8/28 in Yankee History
2007: A new character joins the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, as a squirrel treating the right field foul pole as its very own tree captivates fans on both sides during a 5-3 Yankee win behind Andy Pettitte at the Stadium. Jorge Posada’s first-inning double gives the Yankees a quick lead, but after the Sox tie it at 2-2, a Derek Jeter fifth-inning homer restores the lead, and Johnny Damonprovides breathing room with a seventh-inning two-run shot.
2004: The Yankees pound the Blue Jays 18-6‚ as Tony Clark (below) belts 3 homers. Clark and Ruben Sierra.each drive in 5 runs. The tourists score half of their total in the top of the 9th.
1998: The Mariners’ only scoring in a 10-3 loss to the Yankees are 3 solo home runs, making them the first team in history to reach the 200-HR mark for a season 3 years in a row. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis and Rob Ducey each go long for Seattle.
1996: In the course of a 10-2 Yankee loss to the Mariners, a bench-clearing brawl erupts in the 8th. Mariners rookie Tim Davis brushes back Paul O’Neill, and Jeff Nelson (below)opens the frame’s bottom half by plunking Joey Cora. O’Neill, Nelson, and Seattle’s John Marzanoall received fines and two-game suspensions.
1983: The fourth-place Yankees beat California 7-3 behind John Montefusco, as the two teams match hits at 10. The Yanks score 6 times in the 6th‚ half of the tallies coming on a homer by Roy Smalley. Willie Randolph starts and ends the inning‚ making all 3 outs.
1977: Ron Guidry fires his third complete game shut out of the year‚ a 1-0 whitewash of the Rangers. Guidry faces just 28 batters‚ allowing 2 hits. Graig Nettle scores the winning run after belting a triple.
1962: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle connects for a 2-run shot in the 4th off Mudcat Grant to provide the margin of victory in a 2-1 Yankee win over the Twins.
1960: In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees snap a 3-3 tie when Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and Yogi Berra follows with a solo shot. The Yanks top the Tigers 8-5 to gain the split, having lost the opener 6-2.
1959: Art Ditmar labours mightily in his own cause, contributing a homer and 3 RBIs while shutting out the Senators on 2 hits. The Yanks win, 5-0.
1955: In Chicago‚ the Sox and Yankees split. The White Sox‚ reaping dividends from their waiver pickup of Bob Kennedy, top New York 3-2 on Kennedy’s homer in game 1. In the nitecap‚ Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer off Connie Johnson in the 5th leads New York to a 6-1 victory in the neck-and-neck AL race. Yogi Berra adds another homer for New York. With Cleveland losing two‚ the Yankees finish the day a 1/2 game ahead of the White Sox.
1951: The Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50‚000 and a young pitcher named Lew Burdette. The transaction is another late-season insurance measure for the New Yorkers.
1950: Ron Guidry is born. Happy 62nd to the Gator!
1949: In the first game of a doubleheader in Chicago‚ Yankee outfielder Tommy Henrich crashes into the wall while chasing a Charlie Kress fly ball and fractures two vertebrae. ‘Old Reliable’ will be out for 3 weeks. In the second contest, first baseman Johnny Mize‚
obtained 6 days earlier‚ dislocates his shoulder. Except for 7 pinch-hit appearances‚ he will be out for the regular season‚ but will
return to action in the World Series. The Yankees are also playing without Berra‚ who broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch on August 5th. The Yanks score 6 in the 9th to win the opener‚ 8-7‚ then take the nitecap‚ 7-5‚ behind Allie Reynolds (13-4).
1948: The Yanks stroll into second place by edging the Indians 3-2. Ahead 2-1‚ Sam Zoldak wilts in the 98 degree weather and is replaced by Gene Bearden. in the 9th. Joe DiMaggio is hit‚ and two wild throws bring in Ed Klieman‚ who finishes the walk to Yogi Berra. A Bobby Brown sac bunt‚ and an intentional pass to Phil Rizzuto load the bases. Cliff Mapes (below) walks to force in a run and a grounder brings home the winner.
1943: Lou Piniella is born. Happy 69th to Sweet Lou!
1939: A day after whipping the Tigers 13-3, the Yankees unload on the Bengals again‚ winning this time by 18-2. Joe DiMaggio leads the way with a grand slam.
1936: In the second game of a pair at the Stadium‚ Yankee pitcher Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats‚ collects 5 RBIs‚ and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as Joe DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. George Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit score 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York win 19-4, in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener 14-5 behind Red Ruffing, as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits‚ and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph’s 5 hits until 1964‚ when Mel Stottlemyre also cards five.
1927: Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer, over the right field at Sportsman’s Park in a 10-6 win over the Browns. Mark Koenig adds a homer to match Ken Williams’ two homers for the home side.
1924: Babe Ruth belts two homers, but the Senators beat the Yankees 11-6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning‚ and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September‚ but otherwise the Nats stay on top to the end.
1921: Despite 3 doubles by Babe Ruth‚ the Tigers drop the Yankees 7-3. The Bambino starts a record streak in which he gets at least one
extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits‚ 177 runs‚ and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging
average is one point behind that of a year ago.
1919: Fighting a cold‚ Walter Johnson gives up 19 hits in 14 innings and loses to New York 5-4. Bucky Harris, making his Major League debut, allows a pop fly to fall between three players and the winning run scores.
1909: The first six New York batters reach base safely‚ and though two cross the plate‚ only one counts as the Highlanders lose to Detroit 2-1. Clyde Engle (below) hits a leadoff single and stays on first base when Hal Chase chops a ball in the air and Engle thinks it is a pop up. Engle is tagged out. Four more singles plate one run and John Knight is called back to third when a hit ball touches an umpire. Ty Cobb has a single‚ double and triple for the Tigers.
1907: Highlander pitcher John ‘Tacks’ Neuer (below) begins baseball’s most successful short career by besting the Red Sox 1-0 in his first start‚ the nitecap of a doubleheader. In one month he will pitch 6 complete games‚ win 4‚ including 3 shutouts‚ and then disappear from the Major League scene. In the first game‚ Boston’s other Cy – Cy Morgan – wins over the New Yorkers. 5-3.