6/17 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1978: Ron Guidry strikes out 18 batters – 15 in 6 innings – in a 4-hit 4-0 shutout of the Angels‚ setting an AL record for lefthanders. The Yankee Stadium practice of fans standing and rhythmically clapping when the home pitcher gets two strikes on a batter is said to date from this game.
On other 17ths of June…
2008: Following the partial tear of a tendon in his right foot that he experienced running the bases in an interleague game in Houston two days earlier, Chien-Ming Wang is placed on the 15-day disabled list, a stint from which he will not return this year. It is a fatal blow to the team’s playoff chances. Lefty Billy Traber is recalled rom AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Wang’s roster spot.
2005: The Yankees welcome the Cubs back at the Stadium for their first game since the Bombers swept them in the 1938 World Series by beating them 9-6. Hideki Matsui homers and Robinson Cano ignites a two-run rally when he singles to right in the eighth after flying out to left fielder Todd Hollandsworth four straight times.
2003: The Devil Rays sting the Yankees11-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Tampa Bay set a team record with 18 hits in a 9-inning game‚ and would have scored even more were it not for 6 NY double plays – one shy of the AL mark. New York bounce back to win the nightcap‚ 10-2.
2000: The White Sox edge the Yankees‚ 10-9‚ despite 7 runs driven in by Bernie Williams. Williams strokes a single‚ a pair of doubles‚ and a home run in the losing effort.
1999: Calling it a ‘bad biorhythm day’, Chili Davis (below) hits two scorching line drives, but one starts a triple play and the other a double killing, as the Yanks go down to the Rangers 4-2. New York waste a 12-strikeout performance by Roger Clemens.
1987: Former Yankee player, coach and manager Dick Howser dies at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Howser also led the KC Royals to their first World Championship in 1985‚ but was forced to give up managing during the 1986 season because of a brain tumor. His uniform number‚ 10‚ will be retired by the Royals on July 3rd.
1977: At Boston‚ the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for 4 first-inning homers as Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn hit leadoff shots, and Carlton Fisk‚ and George Scott follow suit later in the inning. Boston add another homer en route to an 11-1 win to take over 1st place in the AL East.
1969: Behind a complete game shutout by John Hiller‚ the Tigers roll to an 8-0 win over Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Stadium. Bill Freehan delivers a solo blast, while Mickey Stanley hits a 3-run homer. The game is historically significant in that the Tigers’ Ike Brown, who makes his MLB debut in taking over at second base for Dick McAuliffe in the 8th, becomes the last former Negro Leaguer to break into the Majors, and joins other vets of that league: Hank Aaron‚ Willie Mays‚ Ernie Banks‚ Lou Johnson‚ and Paul Casanova.
The Yanks also drop the second game, 6-3, as mickey Lolich picks up the win.
1960: In Chicago‚ Bill Veeck’s new $300‚000 exploding scoreboard is silent as no Sox players hit homers. However‚ when Clete Boyer connects for one in the 2nd inning‚ all the Yankees light sparklers and greet
the third baseman on the dugout steps.
Yogi Berra leads the sparklers in the bullpen. Mickey Mantle’s 8th inning homer prompts another round of sparklers
as the Yanks win‚ 4-2.
1959: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle lashes a Ray Moore 3-0 pitch some 470 feet into the right field stands to lead New York to a 7-3 win over the White Sox.
1955: At Comiskey‚ Mickey Mantle ties the game at one apiece by hitting a Dick Donovan pitch 10 rows up in the top tier of the right field stands. New York score another to win‚ 2-1.
1952: At Detroit‚ the Yanks come back from a 6-1 deficit as Mantle clouts a homer to the upper deck of left center off Bill Hoeft in the 6th. The Tigers, however, push over a run in the 11th to win 7-6.
1941:Joe DiMaggio is credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to short takes wicked hop and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder. Chicago beat the Yankees 8-7.
1936: New York sweep a twinbill at Cleveland, 15-4 and 12-2. Red Ruffing wins in the opener, scattering 13 hits and contributing two singles and two homers to the offense. In the nitecap‚Red Rolfe‚ Lou Gehrig‚ and Bill Dickey belt 3rd inning homers to put it away. The first two blasts come off Roxie Lawson while Vic Sorrell serves up Dickey’s.
1931: Tom Connolly‚ who umpired the first AL game in 1901‚ and the first game at Yankee Stadium I on the 18th of April, 1923, retires as an active arbiter to become supervisor of AL umpires.
1925: In the third runs-scored-in-an-inning record to be set within 2 1/2 weeks‚ the Tigers score 13 times in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19-1 at the Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th‚ in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits‚ one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs comes across before the first out is made. The score will be the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built in the 20th century‚ though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off George ‘Hooks’ Dauss‚ a homer and a triple.
Off the field, the Yankees waive iron man Everett Scott to the Senators for $4‚000. Scott currently holds the consecutive games played record with 1‚307.
1923: Playing for the Yankee affiliate Hartford Chiefs, Lou Gehrig‚ who will hit a record 23 bases-loaded homers in the majors‚ hits his only minor league grand slam. Hartford win 5-2 over Worcester.
1922: The Yankees lose at Detroit‚ 9-8 as both teams combine for a AL record 9 triples. Detroit collect six of the three-baggers. Miller Huggins protests the game in the 7th when umpire George Hildebrand refuses his claim for a triple on Aaron Ward’s drive that Ty Cobb went back into the crowd to catch.
1917: The Yankees and the Giants play the first Sunday game in New York for a war charity; 21‚000 fans turn out.
1911: The Highlanders complete a three-game sweep of Detroit as Jack Warhop wins‚ 3-2. Ty Cobb is held to an infield single.
1904: In a swap fiercely criticized in Boston‚ the Americans send outfielder Patsy Dougherty (below) to the Highlanders for weak-hitting rookie Bob Unglaub‚ who will play in just 6 games before being hospitalized with blood poisoning (one report says alcohol poisoning).