7/10 in Yankee History
2011: CC Sabathia wins his 13th game of the year for the Yankees as they eke out a 1 – 0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The only run scores on a pair of miscues, after Robinson Cano starts the 7th inning with a single off James Shields. B.J. Upton makes a nice catch on Jorge Posada’s fly ball to center, but his throw to first to double Cano sails into the first base dugout. Cano moves to third on the play, then scores when Shields’ pick-off attempt is over third baseman Sean Rodriguez’s head. The game takes only 2:11, the fastest 9-inning contest in the AL this year.
2004: Old Timers Day in the Bronx is all about Thurman Munson, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the ’70s Yankees captain. Fourteen of Thurman’s teammates join his widow Diana (shown below) on the mound – one of them, Lou Piniella, is wearing the opposing team’s uniform, since he is the manager of the visiting Devil Rays. Jon Lieber allows two quick tallies on singles by the first three Tampa players and a Tino Martinez sacrifice fly. After that, Lieber stiffens, and holds the line until an 2-run A-Bomb ties off Dewon Brazelton ties it in the home fourth. Derek Jeter’s bases-clearing three-run double three innings later makes the difference in the 6-3 Yankee win.
1999: In a thrilling interleague matchup at Shea, the Yankees’ streak of 125 consecutive victories when leading after 8 innings comes to an end when Matt Franco’s 2-out pinch single in the bottom of the 9th off the suddenly mortal Mariano Rivera drives home 2 runs and gives the Mets a 9-8 win.
1997. Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his Major league debut as the Yankees roll over the Tigers 10-3.
1987: At the Stadium‚ Don mattingly greets White Sox reliever Joel McKeon with a grand slam on the fireman’s first pitch to pace the Yankees to a 9-5 win over Chicago.
1977: The AL East lead changes hands once again, as the Yankees drop into second behind the Red Sox after a 5-0 loss to the Orioles and lefty Ross Grimsley.
1956: Joe Giard, who was acquired mid-season in 1927 to shore up the Yankee bullpen and finished his brief career at the end of the regular campaign, dies at the age of 57.
1955: Despite giving up two solo homers to Mickey Mantle‚ the Nats’ Dean Stone holds on for a 6-4 win in Washington in the first game of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit‚ then later adds a double. In the nitecap‚ Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win‚ 8-3.
1947: At Sportsman’s Park, Yankee relief pitcher Joe Page stops the Browns, and then provides the margin of victory himself with a 9th inning homer as the Yankees win 4-3.
1936: The Bombers unload on the Indians 18-0, as Red Ruffing coasts to the complete game win. Lloyd Brown, the first of the Tribe hurlers, is the loser. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.
1934: The 2nd annual All Star Game witnesses Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out five future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with two on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the second. After three scoreless innings he leaves with the NL leading 4 – 0. The AL rallies, scoring nine runs off Lon Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo and Dizzy Dean, while Mel Harder pitches five shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe ‘Ducky’ Medwick hit homers. Earl Averill’s three RBI are decisive for the 9-7 AL victory.
1927; Murderers’ Row stumbles briefly on their march to the pennant as Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals second, third and home ithe 4th inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Yankees.
1917: Coming off a suspension, Yankee righthander Ray Caldwell (below) pitches 9 2/3 innings of scoreless relief‚ picking up a 7-5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of one Mrs. Lucy Dick whilst visiting. He is arrested for larceny.