5/16 in Yankee History
Remembering late ’60s Yankee pitcher Thad Tillotson, who left us one year ago today.
2010: The Twins stun the Yankees with an 8th-inning grand slam by Jason Kubel off Mariano Rivera for a 6 – 3 win at the Stadium. Rivera had converted a record-tying 51 consecutive save opportunities at home and had not given up a grand slam since 2002; the runs are also the first he gives up this season.
2006: The Yankees bounce back from a 9-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 14-13. The comeback matches the biggest in Yankees history. Jorge Posada hits the walkoff homer with Johnny Damon aboard, and Mariano Rivera registers his first win of the year.
1985: Former Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca dies at age 75.
The 1936 Yankees – Broaca is in the top row, third from the left
1984: Dave Winfield delivers the first of the two walkoff homers that he will hit in a Yankee uniform. In the bottom of the 10th, with Don Mattingly aboard, Winfield blasts one into the left field seats off the A’s Bill Caudill for a 7-6 win.
1976: The Yankees send pitcher Larry Gura to Kansas City for catcher Fran Healy. Healy’s best moment will come as a mediator between Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin, and later in the radio booth‚ while Gura will help KC to the 1978 playoffs with a 16-4 record.
1964: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits his 13th homer of the year‚ off Joe Grzenda‚ and New York pounds the A’s‚ 10-6.
1957: The Yankees top Kansas City 3-0 behind Bob Turley’s four-hit shutout. Mickey Mantle has a single‚ two walks‚ and a homer to back Bob Turley’s 4-hit 3-0 shutout over the A’s. Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yanks now trail the White Sox by a half game.
1956: On a blustery day in Cleveland‚ the Yankees beat the Indians 4-1. Mickey Mantle hits a homer off Bud Daley‚ while his pal Billy Martin is benched for the first time. Bobby Richardson takes his place at second.
1954: The Orioles draw a record Memorial Stadium crowd of 46‚796 for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Allie Reynolds wins the opener for New York‚ 2-0‚ on a 3-hitter‚ before Don Larsen stops the Yankees 6-2 in the nitecap.
1953: At Yankee Stadium‚ White Sox lefty pitcher Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for slugger Vern Stephens and hits a grand slam off Yankees reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give Chicago the 5-3 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.
1951: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle drives in four runs and scores three as New York rout the Indians‚ 11-3. Mantle connects for the first of his 206 homers at the Stadium‚ the blast coming off Dick Rozek.
1941: The Yankees bench Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Priddy‚ putting back Joe Gordon and Frank Crosetti. New York then rally in the 9th to beat the White Sox‚ 5-4. Joe DiMaggio contributes a triple and a solo homer.
1932: The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. Johnny Allen‚ George Pipgras‚ Red Ruffing‚ and Lefty Gomez are the hurlers. Lefty stops Cleveland on 5 hits to win‚ 8-0‚ New York’s fifth shutout in 7 games.
1928: Billy Martin is born.
1927: Yankee left fielder Bob Meusel swipes second, third and home in the 3rd inning as New York top Detroit‚ 6-2. Lou Gehrig contributes a homer and 2 doubles to back Dutch Ruether’s pitching.
1921: Jacob Ruppert and T.L. Huston‚ the two owners of the Yankees‚ make their final payment for $500‚ 000 to complete the purchase of the Bronx property for the new Yankee Stadium. The sale was made by the William Waldorf Astor estate‚ owners of the property.
1907: The Highlanders swap pitcher Walter Clarkson and outfielder Frank Delahanty – both siblings of future Hall of Famers – to Cleveland for pitcher Earl Moore. New York are hoping that Moore will return to the form he showed before a Highlander line drive injured his foot in August 1905. But after making just six appearances this season‚ New York will waive him to the Phillies where he will regain his form in 1909. New York lose to Detroit today‚ 1-0.