8/23 in Yankee History
2003: Baltimore beats Mike Mussina and the Yankees 7-2 behind Rodrigo Lopez’s complete game. Jay Gibbon has a homer and a double. Before the game‚ the Yankees retire number 49 in honour of Ron Guidry. The Yanks shower their former captain with gifts including an SUV‚ a tractor‚ golf clubs‚ a ring and even throw in some mountain bikes for Guidry’s kids. Guidry‚ who hates to fly‚ was given five round trip train tickets from his home in Louisiana to New York.
1999: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 rout of the Rangers. Scott Brosius and Joe Girardi – the 8th and 9th batters in the NY lineup – drive in 65 and 7 runs respectively. Derek Jeter scores his 100th run of the year‚ the 1st Yank to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mickey Mantle did it in 9 straight campaigns (1953-61).
1996: The Yankees obtain pitcher Graeme Lloyd (below) and former Rookie of the Year Pat Listach from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Gerald Williams and pitcher Bob Wickman. Lloyd is immediately put to work and provides late inning relief as the first-place Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-3. The Yanks will officially complain to the AL that the Brewers sent damaged goods in the 2 players‚ but the complaint is ignored. However‚ the Brewers will take back
Listach and send Ricky Bones to the Bronx on the 29th. The Yanks will file a grievance over Lloyd’s injury next month and the Brewers will send minor leaguer Danny Perez as compensation. Lloyd will go on to excel in the post-season when the Yankees win their first World Series since 1978.
1977: Behind Mickey Rivers’ 5-for-5 day and Mike Torrez’s 7th straight complete game contributing to an 8-3 defeat of the White Sox‚ the Yanks take over first place in the AL East. With the Red Sox losing‚ the Yankees go ahead by a half game and will stay in first place to the end.
1964: The Yankees, currently in third place, launch the hot streak that will carry them to the pennant, as they beat the Red Sox at Fenway 4-3 – they will win 26 of their next 33. Mickey Mantle opens the scoring with a towering two-run blast off Earl Wilson.
1956: Despite Mickey Mantle’s bunt single, triple, and home run in the nightcap, the White Sox, led by Nellie Fox’s seven straight hits, take both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium, 8-3 and 6-4.
1948: Ron Blomberg, the first Yankee designated hitter (and the first DH in Major League history to bat) is born. Happy 64th, Ron!
1942: Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69‚000 for the New York-Washington game at the Stadium that provides $80‚000 for Army-Navy relief. The Babe hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands‚ and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523‚000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener 7-6, and New York cop the nitecap 3-0 in 5 1/2 innings.
1935: After hitting a homer in the 5th against the Browns, Lou Gehrig connects in the 13th with 2 aboard to give the Yankees a 6-3 win.
1930: The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yanks will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio, buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.
1928: The rained-out Yankees pick up Tom Zachary on waivers from Washington for $7‚500. Zachary will take the place in the starting rotation normally occupied by Herb Pennock currently down with an attack of neuritis. To make room for the lefty‚ New York release veteran spitballer Stan Coveleski.
1920: In the Yankee clubhouse at the Polo Grounds, Carl Mays (below) is waiting to make his first appearance since the fatal beaning of Ray Chapman‚ when a clubhouse boy delivers a note from Ty Cobb. It reads: “If it was within my power‚ I would have inscribed on Ray Chapman’s tombstone these words: ‘Here lies a victim of arrogance‚ viciousness and greed'”. Though nervous in the early innings‚ Mays shuts out the Tigers to win 10-0. He then issues a statement to answer his critics on the Tigers and Red Sox: “Both those clubs have pitchers who have hit more men this year than I have”. Mays has hit six‚ but Boston’s Joe Bush (10) and Detroit’s Howard Ehmke (9) have more plunkings.