8/16 in Yankee History
The red-letter day (bordered in black) -
1948: Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium and be viewed by more than 100‚000 fans.
On other 16ths of August…
2006: Bobby Abreu ties an ML record (held by Frank Thomas and Max Bishop) with his 8th straight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees 3-2.
2000: The Rangers shut out the Yankees‚ 5-0‚ as Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his major league debut. Texas outfielder Gabe Kapler (below) goes hitless in the game‚ ending his 28-game streak. During the string, Kapler batted .375 (42-for-112) and his average jumped from .241 to .289. The outfielder’s streak is the 10th of at least 28 games in the A.L. since 1950.
1989: Yankee outfielder Luis Polonia is arrested in his hotel room for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He will be sentenced to 60 days in jail after the season.
1977: In a wild one at the Stadium, the Yankees blow a 9-4 lead in the top of the 9th when Chicago score six runs‚ but a two-run homer by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the inning gives the home side an 11-10 walkoff win.
1961: Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th home run in his 6th straight game‚ as New York beat Chicago 5-4 in the 9th inning. His two blasts off Billy Pierce give him 48‚ three more than Mickey Mantle.
1955: At Fenway‚ Mickey Mantle clouts his 4th homer in 3 days‚ this one clearing the 379 foot wall in left center and hitting a building across the street. The Yanks roll over Frank Sullivan to win 13-6.
1939: New York Giants’ second baseman Burgess Whitehead, under suspension by his own club, turns up at the Stadium and asks Yankee manager Joe McCarthy if he can join the team in their pre-game workout. McCarthy refuses to allow it.
1927: In an 8-1 Yankee victory‚ Babe Ruth puts his stamp of approval on the newly constructed Comiskey Park grandstand roof by launching a Tommy Thomas pitch over the addition in left field‚ where it lands in a parking lot. He is the first player to hit one over the roof. It is Ruth’s 37th of the year and he now trails Lou Gehrig by a homer.
1922: Gene Woodling, stalwart member of Casey Stengel’s outfield platoon on the great Yankee teams of the late ’40s and early ’50s, is born.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman (below) is beaned by a Carl Mays fastball. A righthanded batter who crowds the plate‚ Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the submarine delivery. He is carried from the field on a stretcher. The game resumes with Harry Lunte taking Chapman’s place. Stan Coveleski will go the distance to get the 4-32 win for the Tribe.
1918: The second-place Indians trample the Yankees 12-4‚ behind the slugging of Smoky Joe Wood (below). Smoky Joe is 4-for-5‚ with 3 RBI and a steal of home‚ while winner Fritz Coumbe adds 3 hits for Cleveland. Del Pratt hits a 2-run homer in the first off Coumbe but Cleveland retaliates with 7 runs against Happy Finneran. Ray Chapman’s verbal assault on Finneran helps drive the pitcher from the mound in the 4th.
1903: Toledo native George Mullin‚ pitching for the Tigers, helps the attendance today (6‚000) as the Bengals take on the New York Highlanders in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is touched up for 8 runs‚ but Detroit score 12‚ led by the hitting of Sam ‘Wahoo’ Crawford, who is 5-for-6.