5/18 in Yankee History
The red-letter day:
1946: Reggie Jackson is born. Happy birthday, Mr. October!
On other 18ths of May…
2011: The Yankees and the Orioles play a wild one. The tems are tied 1-1 when the Yanks score two runs off Mike Gonzalez, who is then ejected for beaning Chris Dickerson, shattering his batting helmet and sending him to hospital. Out of pitchers, the O’s have to bring in the next day’s scheduled starter, Jeremy Guthrie, to complete the inning. Hector Noesi throws 4 scoreless innings to earn the win in his major league debut; called up by the Yanks 16 days earlier, he had yet to pitch before the marathon game forces manager Joe Girardi’s hand. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 15th, the Orioles then put two runners on base, but Matt Wieter’s ground ball headed for right field just nips the foot of baserunner Brandon Snyder, and he is called out for interference, snuffing out the O’s best chance to tie the game.
2010: Another day, another Yankees-Red Sox donnybrook. Today, the Yankees play the game under protest, claiming the Sox did not properly signal an injury before removing pitcher Josh Beckett trailing 5-0 in the 5th inning, thus giving reliever Manny Delcarmen more time to warm up than warranted. For the second night in a row, the Sox come back from a five-run hole, taking a 7 – 5 lead in the 9th thanks to an error by right fielder Marcus Thames on Marco Scutaro’s fly ball. Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save the previous night, allows a run in the bottom of the 9th, but strikes out Randy Winn with runners on second and third to end the game. The contest starts almost an hour late because of rain, is played in a constant drizzle, and lasts 4 hours and 9 minutes, making it the longest nine-inning game played so far this season.
2005: The Mariners defeat the Yankees‚ 7-6‚ to snap New York’s 10-game winning streak. Tom Gordon takes the loss for the Bombers.
2001: The Yanks stop Seattle’s 8-game win streak by a 14-10 margin. Ex-Mariner Tino Martinez is 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 ribbies. John Halama is the loser with 7 runs in 3 IP. Ichiro Suzuki is 3-for-6 with 2 steals to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.
1999: Joe Torre returns to the dugout for the first time since being treated for prostate cancer. The Red Sox spoil the party, however, by beating the Yankees 6-3 behind Pedro Martinez.
1976: The Yankees trade pitcher Ken Brett and outfielder Rich Coggins to the White Sox for outfielder Carlos May.
1974: Former Yankee co-owner Dan Topping (right) dies at the age of 61.
1969: Joe Pepitone is the Yankees’ offense today as his mates sweep the Angels 3-1 and 1-0. Pepi hits a 3-run homer in game 1 to give Mel Stottlemyre the victory and his walkoff blast in the nitecap off Hoyt Wilhelm hands the victory to reliever Steve Hamilton.
1962: Mickey Mantle suffers a groin strain and torn muscles in his right thigh‚ and injures his left knee trying to leg out an infield hit that becomes the final out of New York’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota. He will be sidelined for a month.
1956: Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career‚ eclipsing the mark of Jim Russell. The shots come off Billy Pierce and the Dixie Howell‚ the second tying the game. Mantle and Yogi Berra‚ the AL’s top home run hitters‚ combine for 20 bases as the visiting New Yorkers nip Chicago 8-7 in 10 innings.
1955: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle’s 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox‚ 11-6. In the play before Mantle’s blast‚ a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd‚ leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for 2 weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.
1947: Early Yankee star Hal Chase dies at the age of 64.
1940: The Yanks vacate last place by beating the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Monte Pearson’s 2-hitter.
1930: George Pipgras tosses his third shutout of the season as the Yankees again back his pitching by bombing the Red Sox 11-0 in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the right field bleachers‚ one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.
1926: In the 8th inning at the Stadium‚ rookie sensation Tony Lazzeri clouts a long drive over center fielder Johnny Mostil’s head that he will leg out for an inside-the-park grand slam, as the Yanks come from behind to beat the White Sox 5-3
1919: The Yankees sell veteran Dutch Leonard‚ acquired in December from Boston‚ to Detroit.
1909: The Yankees sell infielder Neal Ball to the Cleveland Naps. On the 19th of July, in a game against the Red Sox, Ball will execute the first unassisted triple play in modern MLB history.