8/29 in Yankee History


The red-letter day -

1972: In game one of a twinbill against Texas‚ Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle‚ with his home run tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th. The Yanks win 7-6 in the 11th on Johnny Callison’s RBI single. Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mickey Mantle in 1957; the
next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a homer in the nitecap‚ but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Ron Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7-4.




On other 29ths of August…

2005: In one of the latest trades in history‚ the Red Sox acquire Mike Stanton from the Nationals to have him for the final three-game series against the Yankees.



1998: By virtue of an 11-6 victory over the Mariners, the Yankees become the first team to qualify for the post season. Andy Pettitte picks up his 15th win of the year.



1996: Joe Torre’s history of troubles with the Angels continues, as the last-place Halos roll over his Yankees 14-3. Anaheim outfielder Garret Anderson leads the way with 7 RBI on 2 doubles and a homer. 



1985: In the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Angels, Don Baylor is hit by a pitch (from Kirk McCaskill) for the 190th time‚ breaking the AL record of 189 set by Minnie Minoso. 



1978: in action against the Angels, the Yankees go into the annals by receiving 5 intentional walks in the 11-inning, 4-3 win. Cliff Johnson receives the record-breaking free pass, and Paul Blair delivers Graig Netlles with a walkoff single. 



1977: The Yankees top the Royals 5-3 on a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th inning by Chris Chambliss.



1973: Thurman Munson gets a tainted 1st inning hit as a pop fly drops between 2 Angel infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he dominates the Yankees 5-0.



1970: Mickey Mantle dons a Yankee uniform again, returning to the club as a first base coach. 



1969: Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees once again, this time after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.



1967: The Red Sox tie an American league record they originally set on July 4‚ 1905‚ by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader with the Yankees. Boston win the opener 2-1‚ then drop the nightcap in 20 innings, 4-3. Winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in the 20th‚ off Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke’s game-winning base hit. The game lasts 5:15 and is the third game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.



1964: On Elston Howard Appreciation Night, the Yankees take 2 from Boston, 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone’s 3 home runs, including a grand slam‚ and Roger Maris’ 6 singles lead the offense.Mickey Mantle his career HR no. 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1‚330) in the nightcap.




1957: At the Stadium, Hank Bauer hits Dick Donovan’s first pitch of the game for a homer‚ but the Sox tie the game at 1-1 and send it into extra innings. Then Donovan’s first pitch to Enos Slaughter to open the 11th is hammered for the game winner.


1956: Mickey Mantle redeems himself by homering and driving in the winning run in the 9th with two outs to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s at the Stadium. A first-inning error by the Mick had allowed four unearned runs to score.   



1939: Detroit snap the Yankees’ win streak at 10 games by beating the visiting New Yorkers 8-7. Joe DiMaggio‚ batting .408‚ hits a 3-run homer in the 9th to tie it‚ but the Bengals score off reliever Spud Chandler. After winning 16 of their last 19 games, the Yankees now lead the AL by 12 lengths. During that span‚ the Bombers have scored an impressive 125 more runs than they’ve allowed.



1931: Facing the Yankees, Lefty Grove fans the side (Sam Byrd‚ Joe Sewell‚ Babe Ruth) in the 1st inning‚ hands out a walk to Lou Gehrig to start the 2nd‚ and records 3 more K’s (Ben Chapman‚ Lyn Lary, Bill Dickey). Lefty has 2 K’s in the 3rd but develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam‚ but the A’s southpaw still wins 7-4. Lou now has 142 RBI. Jimmie Foxx knocks in 5 runs for the A’s.


1927: In St. Louis‚ the Yankees win their 18th game of the year against the Browns without a loss‚ 8-3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Lou Gehrig‚ his 41st‚ and makes 2 errors. The Yanks will win 21 games against the Brownies this year‚ an AL record.



1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins  suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the diminutive manager‚ owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his field boss. Ruth is forced to apologize before he is reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup‚ Ruth hits career homer no. 300.



1924: With many of the 30‚000 fans at the Stadium cheering for the underdog Senators, Walter Johnson holds the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th‚ a line drive clips the Big Train’s pitching hand and he is lifted‚ but still wins 5-1. Goose Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 1/2 games. 



1920: In St. Louis‚ Yankee pitcher Jack Quinn loses his spitter when a drizzle starts in the 6th‚ and Carl Mays comes on in relief for New York with the score 2-2.  Despite 2 runners thrown out at home by outfielder Duffy Lewis (below), the Browns take a 3-2 lead. But New York plates 2 more runs to win 4-3 and give Mays his 20th victory of the campaign.



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