5/21 in Yankee History
2009: Joba Chamberlain is knocked out of the game in the first inning with a bruised right knee after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Adam Jones. The Yankees still defeat the Orioles, 7 – 4, as Robinson Cano drives in three runs. Alfredo Aceves pitches 3 ⅓ scoreless innings in relief of Chamberlain to earn the Bombers’ 9th straight win.
2005: The Mets batter Randy Johnson for 9 hits in 3+ innings and beat the Yankees‚ 7-1. Kris Benson pitches into the 7th inning before being lifted for Dae-Sung Koo. Koo K’s two and then in the bottom of the inning hits a double over Bernie Williams’ head in center field. Koo goes to 3rd on a sac bunt and continues home when Jorge Posada is late covering the plate and scores sliding. Koo later admits he has not been on base in nearly 20 years.
1997: Roger Clemens fires Toronto past the Yankees‚ 4-1‚ for his 8th win of the year against no losses. The Rocket wins his 200th‚ the 94th pitcher in MLB history to reach the plateau.
1970: As the Yanks take on the Senators, a generous Mel Stottlemyre hands out 11 walks to Washington in 8 1/3 innings‚ but the Nats are unable to score. Steve Hamilton gets the last 2 outs to preserve the 2-0 win. The 11 walks in a shutout ties Lefty Gomez‚ who did complete his 1941 shutout. Danny Cater’s 2-run homer in the 5th accounts for the scoring off Dick Such‚ making his first ML start.
1967: Earl Wilson gives Detroit its third straight win over the Yankees‚ 9-4. Mickey Mantle hits his 5th homer in 6 games but it’s not enough for Whitey Ford, who appears in his last Major League game.
1963: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Orlando Pena, then adds another in the 5th. Roger Maris follows with another homer and New York win‚ 7-4.
1957: For his part in the Copacabana incident‚ Yankee outfielder Hank Bauer is arraigned. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim‚ Edward Jones‚ who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today’s game‚ Yogi Berra‚ Billy Martin‚ and Whitey Ford are benched‚ while Bauer bats 8th. The White Sox win‚ 3-1.
1956: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle belts a drive over the second and more distant fence in right to help the Yankees win‚ 8-5. The drive‚ off Moe Burtschy‚ matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.
1941: Bobby Cox, starting Yankee third baseman in 1968 before going on to managerial fame, is born. Happy birthday, Bobby!
1938: The power-laden Yankees give little support to starter Spud Chandler‚ but he hits a home run in the 8th to gain a 1-0 victory over Thornton Lee and the White Sox.
1932: Before 60‚000 at the Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington‚ 14-2 and 8-0. Washington collect just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener‚ Babe Ruth hits a grand slam in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon‚ including a homer‚ 2 doubles and a triple.
1930: Babe Ruth hits three consecutive homers in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s‚ then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th‚ Ruth decides to hit right handed. After 2 strikes‚ he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career 3-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws 5 walks for the 2nd time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice)‚ and Jimmie Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15-7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the 2nd game‚ a 4-1 Yankee loss‚ but Bishop has 3 more walks. Bishop will walk 8 times in a doubleheader in 1934‚ the only player to collect more than 6 walks in an afternoon
1923: Formal transfer of T. L. Huston’s interest in the Yankees to Jacob Ruppert is completed for $1.5 million. Ten days later Ruppert buys 2 more sets of uniforms so that his players can wear a clean outfit every day‚ an unprecedented move.