7/15 in Yankee History
2008: In its final year of existence, Yankee Stadium I plays host to the All Star Game. Derek Jeter goes 1 for 3 and A-Rod 0 for 2, while Mariano Rivera gets five outs without giving up a run. The American League finally wins the 15-inning affair 4-3 on a Michael Young sac fly, but the Yankee fans in the crowd have their most enjoyable moment when Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon blows a potential save in regulation.
2006: The Yankees put the hammer to the White Sox in the middle contest of a three-game series at the Stadium, administering a 14-3 drubbing to their guests. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams both double twice for three rbi’s apiece, and the Yanks drive Chicago lefty Mark Buehrle from the mound in the home fourth after battering him for eight runs. Johnny Damon homers in the eighth, and Andy Phjillips (shown below) tacks on four runs on a two-run double and a two-run home run in the game’s latter innings.
2001: The battle of 2 first place teams draws 59‚470 to Veterans Stadium as the Yanks lose a sloppy game to the Phils‚ 9-3. In the 5th‚ Jimmy Rollins takes second on a passed ball, then swipes third for his 26th straight successful steal. Jorge Posada has 3 passed balls and should have been charged with a 4th‚ while Derek Jeter makes a critical error. Posada will lead the majors in passed balls this year with 18.
1997: Despite a sluggish performance‚ Hideki Irabu wins his second major league start‚ leading the Yankees over Cleveland‚ 12-6. Irabu gives up five runs and nine hits in five innings‚ allowing homers to Tony Fernandez, Marquis Grissom and Matt Williams. Cecil Fiedler‚ the Yank’s 270-pound DH‚ tries to score from first on a double and his head first slide results in a broken right thumb. Fielder will miss eight weeks.
1990: The White Sox complete a 4-game sweep of the host Yankees with an 8-5 win. The Bombers have now lost 14 of their last 19 games, and are headed for the fourth last-place finish in franchise history under new manager Stump Merrill.
1968: The Yankees sign veteran Rocky Colavito, just released by the Dodgers.
Senators‚ 2-1. The winning run comes across when Clete Boyer is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th.
1964: Whitey Ford’s 2-0 win over the Orioles raises the Yankees to first place.
1958: ‘Yankee killer’ Frank Lary survives Mantle’s 8th homer of the month and Detroit drives by New York‚
12-5. Lary’s record this year against the Yanks is 5-0.
1952: The Indian power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the first inning as Al Rosen scores‚ Larry Doby goes to 3rd‚ and Luke Easter‚ in the only theft of his Major League career, goes to 2nd. Early Wynn allows several late inning solo home runs‚ including a tape measure shot by Mantle to deep right center‚ but tops the Yankees 7-3.
1945: Detroit manager Steve O’Neill sends in pitcher Zeb Eaton to hit with the bases loaded in the 4th against the Yankees’ Hank Borowy. Eaton rewards his confidence with a pinch grand slam‚ but the Yanks win 5-4 when rookie Walt Wilson walks a batter with the sacks full in the 6th.
1928: With Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig connecting for homers – their 34th and 19th of the year respectively - the Yankees defeat the Indians 6-4 in the nirtecap of a doubleheader. Herb Pennock shuts out the Tribe 3-0 in the opener.
1920: Babe Ruth ties his 1919 record of 29 home runs with a game-winner in the 11th off lefty Bill Burwell to beat the Browns 13-10. The Babe’s blast is the first AL walk off homer under the new rules; Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Jake Daubert’s walk-off homer four
days earlier is the only other hit this season. Ruth scores three runs‚ while Del Pratt has hits in his first four at bats. Wally Pipp homers‚ but the Browns match it with home runs by George Sisler Ken Williams and Jim Tobin. Rip Collins is the winner in relief over Allan Sothoron.
1918: New York reach Stan Coveleskie (shown below) for 3 runs in the 1st‚ but that’s all the scoring they manage against the Yankee nemesis. Cleveland tie the game in the 7th and Smoky Joe Wood’s homer in the 8th is the clincher. Wood and Braggo Roth each have 4 hits for the Tribe. Umpire Brick Owens confiscates a ball from Yank pitcher Joe Finneran‚ who had earlier been accused by George Moriarty of throwing a tallow ball‚ and will send the exhibit A to Ban Johnson. Owens also throws out more than the ball when he tosses Bill Wambsganss in the first for arguing a called strike, and Steve O’Neill in the 2nd for disagreeing on an out call. Cleveland now move
into 3rd place ahead of the Yankees.
1908: Jake Powell, star outfielder for the Yankees in the 1930s, is born.
1907: The White Sox beat the Highlanders 15-0 for the second time this season. In 1950, the Pale Hose will beat the New Yorkers by the same score again, establishing a three-way tie for the record of most runs scored against the Yankees in a shutout.