8/17 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1933: In action against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott’s mark. Lou is 2-for-5. Manager Rogers Hornsby‚ razzed by the Yankees all afternoon‚ inserts himself as a pinch hitter with 2 outs in the 10th‚
and belts a 3-run homer off Lefty Grove to win the game, 7-6.
On other 17ths of August…
2007: Andy Pettitteis masterful in a 6-1 Yankee win over the Tigers in the Stadium. Mike Mussina, having the worst struggles of his career, surrendered a Carlos Guillen grand slam yesterday, but Andy’s five-hitter rights the Yankee ship, and they will win the next three to prevail in yet another four-game series. Third-inning RBI from Bobby Abreu and A-Rod give the Yanks the lead, and Jason Giambi homers twice.
2002: The Yankees defeat the Mariners 8-3, as Alfonso Soriano homers to become the first second baseman ever to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in a season. NY outfielder Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He gets out his next time up to fall 1 short of the ML record. His 5-for-5 and 4-for-4 in back-to-back games, the first in 45 years, won’t be duplicated until the Pirates’ Jason Werth matches him in 2007.
2001: Mike Mussina throws 7 shutout innings and the Yankees club 3 homers to beat the Mariners 4-0. Derek Jeter hits a leadoff HR and will do it again tomorrow.
1971: Jorge Posada is born. Happy 41st to our beloved former backstop!
1953: In the second game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park, Bob Kuzava shuts out the Athletics, in spite of the 11 hits that he allows along the way. Whitey Ford had already ridden 11 Yankee safeties to a 10-3 win in the opener.
1967: Ray Caldwell, a mainstay of Highlanders/Yankees pitching staffs from 1910 through 1918, dies at the age of 79.
1948: Tom Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season‚ off the Senators’ Sid Hudson, to join Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig and Rudy York – and later Al Rosen and Ray Boone – for the AL record. Henrich‚ who broke in with the Ynkees in 1937‚ had never hit a grand slam before this season. Bob Porterfield wins for New York‚ 8-1
1944: Yankee outfielder Johnny Lindell, converted from a pitcher last year‚ hits 4 straight doubles to share a ML mark. The Yanks win 10-3 over the Indians.
1943: In a 4-2 New York win‚ Nick Etten of the Yankees singles twice off White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch in which Etten didn’t single. Six of the games were hitless‚ but Etten either doubled or homered in the other games. The Yankee lead is now 9 1/2 games, with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series‚ most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel restrictions. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators.
1929: The Yankees buy Lefty Gomez from San Francisco (PCL). The future Hall of Fame pitcher will make his debut with the big club in September 1930.
1923:The Yanks edge the Browns‚ 5-4 at St. Louis. Babe Ruth hits his 31st home run in the 1st and adds a double in the 8th. After 111 games‚ the Bambino is hitting .401 with 31 homers. He’ll wind up with the hghest BA of his career at 393. With 205 hits‚ a ML record 170 walks‚ and 4 times hit by pitches‚ Ruth will reach base a record 379 times.
1920: Ray Chapman dies as a result of the fractured skull that he received yesterday from a pitch by Carl Mays. In his memory, today’s Indians-Yankees match will be postponed.
Mays‚ a surly‚ unpopular pitcher‚ will be the target of fans’ and players’ outrage. Chapman‚ a Cleveland favorite since his debut in 1912‚ had been married the previous year. In October his widow will receive a full World Series share of $3‚986.34. The incident has no effect on Mays’s pitching. One week later he will blank Detroit 10-0‚ and go on to win 26 and lose 11. Joe Sewell will be called up to take Chapman’s place‚ and for 14 years he will be the hardest man in baseball to strike out.
1918: The Yankees and White Sox split a pair‚ with Chicago taking the first game‚ 7-4‚ and New York winning the nitecap‚ 7-2. Frank Shellenback wins for Chicago in the opener‚ while New York’s Slim Love (below) strikes out 12 Sox hitters in the 2nd game‚ the highest total for the season. Yanks pitcher Ray Caldwell is absent today‚ reportedly having joined the war effort at a local shipyard.