6/07 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
2008: Almost exactly 74 years to the day since Myril Hoag became the first, Johnny Damon becomes the second player in Yankee history to go 6 for 6 in a 9 inning-game. In a wild contest at the Stadium that sees the Bombers come back from four runs down twice, Damon delivers a walkoff ground rule double for his sixth safety as the home side prevail over Kansas City, 12-11
2007: With a 10-3 triumph over the White Sox at Chicago, Joe Torre becomes the first man in Major League history to have collected both 2,000 hits as a player and 2,000 wins as a manager.
On other 7ths of June…
2009: It’s not a walkoff, and the eventual game-winning run scores on a less than borough-shaking Hideki Matsui groundout, but the 4-3 Yankee win over the Rays at the new Stadium is part and parcel of the new venue’s magic all the same. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira’s singles leading off the 8th spark the three-run come-from-behind rally, Teixeira saves an estimated 5 runs runs with a series of sparkling defensive plays, Alfredo Aceves strikes out four straight in gaining the win, and Mariano Rivera’s 10-pitch, one-two-three, 9th-inning save is true to form.
2003: Against the Cubs, Roger Clemens makes his third try at winning his 300th game. Chicago are without the services of slugger Sammy Sosa, who has been suspended for 8 games for using a corked bat in a 3-2 win over the Devil Ray. They’ll also have to get along without Hee Seop Choi‚ who suffers a concussion in the 4th when he collides with pitcher Kerry Wood. The Chicago first baseman is knocked out for 17 minutes. His replacement Eric Karros hits a 3-run homer in the 7th as the Cubs beat Clemens and the Yankees 5-2.
2002: Bob Sheppard makes a rare slip of the tongue in the 1st inning of an interleague battle between the Yankees and the Giants, as he announces Jason Giambi as ‘Giambini.’ But perhaps not, as Jason drives in Alfonso Soriano with the game’s first run, and just misses with a foul homer in a tight 2-1 Yankee victory. Mike Mussina outduels Livan Hernandez, and Barry Bonds singles twice, walks and strikes out.
1982: The Yankees select high school shortstop Bo Jackson in the 2nd round of the amateur draft‚ but the future Heisman trophy winner opts for Auburn instead.
1980: Yankee pitcher Tommy John posts his 200th victory‚ a two-hit‚ 1-0 win over Seattle.
1973: The Yankees trade 3 players – first baseman Frank Tepedino‚ outfielder Wayne Nordhagen and a player to be named – to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Pat Dobson.
Dobson had struggled in his one year in Atlanta after the Braves had acquired him from the Orioles. The player to be named will turn out to be 2 – Alan Closter and Dave Cheadle. The Yanks also purchase 30-year-old Sam McDowell (1-2) from the San Francisco Giants for $100‚000+. McDowell‚ who will later admit to a drinking problem (teammate Dick Radatz later remarked‚ “We thought he was just stupid. It turned out he was never sober.”) will pitch 2 seasons in New York before being released.
1968: On his 21st birthday, Thurman Munson is selected by the Yankees as the fourth pick in the first round of the amateur draft.
1967: Having finished in last place the previous year, the Yankees have the first pick in the amateur draft, and use it to
take Ron Blomberg, who will eventually become the club’s first designated hitter (in 1973).
1961: The Twins lose to the Yankees‚ 5-1‚ for their 13th straight loss. They’ll win tomorrow but will reach 14 losses in a row in 1982. Ralph Terry allows the Twins a run in the 1st on 2 hits‚ then pitches hitless ball for the next 8 innings. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle homer off Camilo Pascual in the 3rd; it is a record setting 31 homers in the last 16 consecutive games.
1947: Thurman Munson is born.
1941: The Yankees score 5 in the 9th to beat host St. Louis 11-7. Joe DiMaggio has 3 hits and Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller
belts a grand slam to back reliever Charley Stanceau.
1939: With Joe DiMaggio back in center field after an absence of 35 games because of a foot injury‚ the Yankees roll to a 5-2 win over the White Sox. DiMag knocks in the Yankees’ first run with a triple and scores another in a three-run 5th. Yankee nemesis Thornton Lee leaves the game with a torn muscle in his left shoulder after 5 1/3 innings‚ while New York’s starter Lefty Gomez goes 7 innings before wilting in the heat. New York’s lead over the idle Red Sox is now 9 games
1936: George Selkirk’s homer in the 16th gives the Yankees’ Red Ruffing a 5-4 win over Oral Hildebrand of the Indians. Ruffing has 3 hits‚ including a home run. Both starters finish the game but neither record a strikeout‚ an American League record.
1929: Babe Ruth enters New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for a cold‚ and a heart murmur is discovered. The Babe is ordered to rest and will be out of action for two weeks. Without Ruth‚ the Indians cuff the Yankees‚ 7-3‚ sending them into third place. Joe Sewell hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Ed Morgan follows with a round-tripper.
1928: At Cleveland‚ Joe Shaute pitches credible ball‚ allowing an early homer to Tony Lazzeri‚ but in the 8th he gives up 4 unearned runs. Then in the 9th he serves up back-to-back homers to Ruth (No.20 on the year) and Lou Gehrig (No. 12). The Babe’s is a 3-run shot. Cleveland lose‚ 8-2‚ with George Pipgras winning his 10th.
1927: At New York‚ babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig clout back-to-back homers in the 4th inning‚ off Al ‘Tommy’ homas‚ to beat the White Sox 4-1 and increase the Yanks lead over Chicago to 2 games. Pat Collins also homers for the Yanks, while Bud Clancy matches for Chicago.
1913: Facing the White Sox at the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees finally win one‚ 3-2‚ behind the pitching of Ray Keating (below). The Yanks are now 10-34, 24 1/2 games out of first place.