6/29 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1941: At Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio singles in each game of a doubleheader sweep of the Senators, 9-4 and 7-5. The safety in the first game ties the American League consecutive-game-hit record held by George Sisler at 41 games, and the second surpasses it.
On other 29ths of June…
2007: With the Yanks reeling after a 1-7 road trip, Mike Mussina takes the mound at the Stadium to face the Oakland A’s. Moose goes 7 inni9ngs and pick us up the win, riding a two-run, first-inning A-Rod home run. Sadly, the loser for the A’s, Joe Kennedy, will die an untimely death in the off-season due to an undiagnosed heart ailment.
2000: The Yankees tie a Major League record when three Bombers stroked sacrifice flies in the same inning in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino all deliver.
Off the field, the club make a key — if unexpected — trade, shipping outfielder Ricky Ledee and two players to be named later to the Indians for lefty power-hitting outfielder David Justice (below).
1987: The Yankees pull off one of the wildest wins in their history. In action against the Blue Jays, they take an 11-4 lead, fall behind 14-11, then prevail 15-14 on the strength of an 8th inning grand slam by Dave Winfield. It is their second salami of the day, as Don Mattingly had already hit one.
1968: Yankee legends from different eras cross paths – Mickey Mantle ties the score in the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s ith a two-run homer, only to see his blast go for naught when rookie Reggie Jackson goes long in the eighth inning of a 5-2 Oakland win. The home-standing Yanks recover to win the second game, 5-4.
1966: Mickey Mantle blasts his 37th and 38th career Fenway Park homers tying him with Babe Ruth for most homers in the ancient
Boston venue by an opponent. They remain tied in that regard to this day. The second of those two was the middle shot of back-to-back-to-back blasts in the third (after Bobby Richardson and before Joe Pepitone), as the Yanks win 6-5.
1958: Mickey Mantle breaks out of an 0 for 16 slump by homering in the 3rd inning of a contest with Kansas City, but there are few other bright spots on the day for the Yanks, as the A’s roll 12-6 behind Ralph Terry.
1950: The Yankees make an addition to their roster that will have far-reaching implications, as young lefty Whitey Ford is promoted from AA Kansas City.
1947:It seems like only an evening of the score, as the Yankees beat the Senators 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader after losing the first contest 5-1, but this victory will start the club on a 19-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. It is the fourth win of the year for New York right-hander Don Johnson.
1934: Lou Gehrig suffers a concussion when he is beaned in an exhibition game in Norfolk, Virginia.
1915: It’s hard to prevail with two future Hall of Famers in the other dugout…Pitching for the Red Sox, Babe Ruth gets the win as Boston edges the Yanks 6-5 in 10 innings. Tris Speaker backs the Babe with a 5 for 5 day at the plate.
1909: Legendary Washington ace Walter Johnson surrenders his first Major League home run to the Highlanders’ Ray Demmitt (below) in the opening contest of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park. The Nats will win the game anyway, 3-1, but the hosts will storm back to take the nightcap 11-3.