9/12 in Yankee History
2006: Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees’ 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay 12-4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rd to give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankee DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and Derek Jeter does not register an at-bat. he scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
2004: The Orioles lose to the Yankees‚ 9-7. In the process‚ they set an AL record by using 10 pitchers in the game. Jorge Julio draws the short straw, taking the loss for Baltimore.
2000: Darryl Strawberry is is sentenced to 2 years’ house arrest after admitting he violated probation by driving under the influence of medication‚ and leaving the scene of an accident.
1999: Before a crowd of 50‚027‚ the Red Sox finish their 3-game series at the Stadium with a 4-1 win for a sweep. It is the first 3-game sweep in the Bronx for Boston since 1986. Rheal Cormier picks up the win for the visitors.
1996: Bernie Williams drives home 8 runs in New York’s 12-3 win over the Tigers. Williams hits 2 round-trippers and a single.
1990: There’s good news and bad news… Yankees starter Steve Adkins doesn’t allow a hit in his ML debut‚ but he walks 8 batters in just 1 1/3 innings‚ as Texas win 5-4. Adkins walks the first three batters‚ then retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd‚ he walks the next five before being lifted‚ two shy of consecutive walk record held by Dolly Gray.
1981: Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8 innings at the Stadium beforde Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th with back-to-back doubles. Reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2-1 win.
1979: Yankee hurler Jim Beattie gives up a single to Carl Yastrzemski for the latter’s 3‚000th career hit. The Red Sox win 9-2, and Yaz becomes the first AL player to collect both 3‚000 hits and 400 HRs.
1962: At Cleveland‚ Whitey and Mickey lead the way to a Yankee win‚ 5-2. Mantle hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Pedro Ramos,his second favourite all-time mark (12 homers allowed).
1954: A Major League record crowd of 86‚587 jam Cleveland’s Memorial Stadium to see the Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks‚ 4-1 and 3-2‚ behind Bob Lemon and Early Wynn (below). Al Rosen’s two-run double is the key blow in the opener. In the nitecap‚ Wally Westlake’s double in the 5th is the big hit. The Yanks now trail Cleveland (104-40) by 8 1/2 games.
1953: At the Stadium, the Yankees take a 4-3 lead into the 7th inning‚ then score 8 runs to coast past Detroit‚ 13-4. The inning’s big blow is Mickey Mantle’s 20th homer of the year‚ a 3-run shot off Billy Hoeft that is still rising when it hits the facade of the upper deck in left.
1952: The Yankees (83-57) subdue the White Sox‚ 6-4‚ to remain a 1/2 game ahead of the Indians. Ray Scarborough is the winner over Hal Brown.
1950: The Yankees blow a 6-run lead as Cleveland scores 4 in the 9th inning off Allie Reynolds to win‚ 8-7. Luke Easter’s 3-run homer – his 2nd of the game – is the big blow‚ as the Yankees skid to 2nd place‚ a half game behind Detroit and a half game ahead of Boston.
1943: At Fenway, the Yankees take a pair from the Sox to complete a sweep of their five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Hubmen for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy ‘Bull’ Johnsonj hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankees comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.
1937: At the Stadium‚ the Yankees split with the Senators, losing game 1 by a 2-1 score to rookie Ken Chase. Lefty Gomez wins game 2 by the same score as DiMaggio belts his 42nd homer of the campaign.
1920: At Navin Field in Detroit‚ an overflow crowd of 29‚000 boo Carl Mays (below) as Detroit touch up the Yankee submariner for a 4-0 lead to knock him out of the box. But the Yanks rally on 5 ground rule doubles into the crowd‚ and home runs by Wally Pipp and Duffy Lewis clinch it, 13-6.
1916: Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller, luminary in the Yankee outfield in the ‘late 30s and well into the ’40s, is born.
1914: Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh‚ 23‚ is named to replace manager Frank Chance‚ who resigns today effective on September 15. Peckinpaugh becomes the youngest manager in MLB history, and the 7th in the club’s 12-year history. He will win 9 of 17 games and will manage next at Cleveland in 1928.
The Yanks win today‚ 2-1‚ over the A’s‚ with catcher Jeff ‘Big Ed’ Sweeney (below) going from goat to hero. When Stuffy McInnis and Amos Strunk attempt a double steal in the top of the 9th‚ Sweeney heaves the ball into center field trying to throw to second, and McInnis scores the tying run. Leading off in the bottom of the 9th against Chief Bender, Sweeney connects for a home run‚ his only one of the year‚ to give New York the walkoff win. Winning pitcher Ray Keating is warned by umpire Tommy Connally‚ who discovers an emery board on the pitcher. In ten days the emery pitch will be banned and any violation will result in a $100 fine and a 30-day suspension.
1907: In a 2-0 win against the Highlanders at Hilltop Park‚ Walter Johnson strikes out 5 batters‚ though the total will be recorded as 4 K’s. SABR member John Schwartz‚ in the 1990s‚ will find the extra K‚ resulting in Johnson’s currently recognized lifetime total of 3‚509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day‚ 2001‚ when Roger Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.
Off the field, Spurgeon ‘Spud’ Chandler, the only Yankee pitcher to date to win the AL MVP award (in 1943) is born.
1903: Boston’s ‘Long Tom’ Hughes (below) coasts as his mates drub the Highlanders‚ 10-1‚ for his 20th win. He joins Cy Young and Bill Dineen as the third Beantown hurler to notch 20 this year.