7/28 in Yankee History
2005: The Yankees acquire pitcher Shawn Chacon from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra. Ramirez was signed by the Yankees in a deal with the Hiroshima Carp.
2002: At Tropicana Field, the Yankees back Andy Pettitte with two homers, a solo shot by Jorge Posada and a grand slam by Robin Ventura to beat the Devil Rays 9-1.
2000: Unable to win in four months, David Cone is sent to the team’s minor league camp in Tampa by George Steinbrenner. The struggling veteran will be under the supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees’ vice president of player personnel.
1999: Andy Pettitte fails to finish what he starts, departing in the 3rd inning against the White Sox after surrendering 3 runs on 8 hits. The real villain of the piece for the Yankees, however, is reliever Dan Nault, on whom the roof caves in with 6 runs in the 5th. The Pale Hose hosts go on to an 11-3 victory.
1996: Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th career HR‚ a 2-run walkoff blast in the 9th‚ to lift the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the visiting Royals. The Yankees now lead by 12 games.
1995: The Yankees obtain David Cone from the Blue jays in a trade for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis‚ and Mike Gordon. The team also trade OF-DH Danny Tartabull to the A’s for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league pitcher Jason Beverlin.
1983: In a controversial ruling, AL President Lee MacPhail upholds the Royals’ protest and overrules his umpires in their call in the ‘Pine Tar Game,’ announcing that George Brett’s home run will stand even though the decision on the field complied with the rules as written.
1977: In New York‚ a Thursday afternoon crowd of 40‚918 cheer as New York unleash a 15 hit attack to thrash the Orioles 14-2. The Yankee barrage includes homers by Graig Nettles‚ Thurman Munson and Roy White.
1974: At Fenway‚ the Red Sox break out of a 3-3 tie with the Yankees to win‚ 8-3. It is their 10th straight win over the Yanks at home, and their 19th in their last 20 games with the Bronx Bombers. Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee goes the distance for the Sox.
1971: Myril Hoag, one of only two Yankee players to go 6 for 6 in a 9-inning game, dies at the age of 63.
1962: On Old Timers Day at the Stadium‚ White Sox knuckleballer Eddie Fisher loses a 3-0 shut out when he surrenders 7th inning homers to Mickey Mantle and Johnny Blanchard, as the Yankees win 4-3.
1961: The Yanks buy first baseman Bob Hale from Cleveland. This will make veteran Earl Torgeson, signed on June 17‚ expendable. They’ll release Torgy as a player in early September and sign him as a coach.
1960: With relief help from Bobby Shantz, Whitey Ford, who leaves with an upset stomach‚ picks up a 4-0 win over the Indians. Tony Kubek‚ Mickey Mantle and Clete Boyer homer for the pinstripers. The Yanks sweep‚ winning the nitecap‚ 9-2‚ and take over 1st place by 3 percentage points.
1959: The White Sox take over first place for good by toppling the Yankees 4-3 behind pitcher Billy Pierce. Al Smith‚ with a 2-run homer in the 8th‚ provides the winning margin. The Sox will go 13-9 against the Yankees this year‚ the first time since 1925 that Chicago is over .500 for the season against the Bombers.
1958: For the 6th time in his career‚ Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate. New York beat the Athletics 14-7, as the Yankees pick up a game on Boston and open up a 15-game lead in the AL. now leads the AL by 15 games. Mantle and KC’s Bob Cerv are one behind Jackie Jensen (29) in the home run race.
1943: In a charity game for the Red Cross at the Stadium‚ Babe Ruth heads a team of former Yankees against Ted Williams’ team‚ which consists of the University of North Carolina Cloudbusters.Johnny Sain walks the Babe in the latter’s one plate appearance‚ as the old time Yanks lose 8-5.
1940: Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller clouts 3 HRs and Joe DiMaggio adds 2 HRs-each hitting back-to-back homers twice-for the Yankees in a 10-9 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader. Skeeter Webb is 5-for-6 with a homer for the Sox. The Pale Hose rebound for an 8-4 win in the nitecap.
1938: After taking the first 3 games in St. Louis‚ the Yankees are stopped by Browns pitcher Oral Hildebrand, who tops New York 4-3. All three Yankee scores come on solo home runs‚ by Joe DiMaggio‚ George Selkirk‚ and Lou Gehrig. New York now leads the Indians by a game‚ and the Red Sox by three.
1936: In the 6th inning of a 16-6 Yankee win in Detroit‚ the Tigers’ Goose Goslin drives a ball in the gap in right center. Right fielder Joe DiMaggio and center fielder Myril Hoag, in for a slumping Jake Powell‚ sprint for the ball and collide‚ the ball bounding by for an inside-the-park homer. Both players are knocked unconscious but appear unhurt: Dimag stays in though Hoag is replaced. He’ll play tomorrow and collect a single‚ then collapse in his hotel room on the 30th with a blood clot on the brain. Hoag will be operated on
successfully at Harper Hospital and will be out the rest of the season‚ but he’ll return to play six more years. New York win the game on 20 hits‚ scoring 4 runs in each of the first two innings‚ and three apiece in the 4th and 5th. Lou Gehrig scores 5 runs and has two doubles‚ single and home run number 31 with two aboard to pace the visitors. Tommy Bridges is the loser while Johnny Murphy, who relieves Monte Pearson in the 4th‚ is credited with the win. George Selkirk adds a homer for the Yankees‚ who have now hit 122 on the year.
1932: At Cleveland‚ Babe Ruth has 3 hits‚ including his 27th and 28th homers of the campaign thus far, and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Red Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.
1924: The Yankees take a pair from the White Sox, winning the opener‚ 8-3 behind Joe Bush. They score 10 runs in the first inning in the nitecap‚ then hang on for a 12-10 win. After the Yanks bat around‚ Babe Ruth greets reliever Mike Cvengros with a 3-run homer‚ his 31st.
1922: The Yanks move back into first when Sad Sam Jones beats Ray Kolp 7-3. Kolp lasts just 2 innings before Bill Bayne takes over for the final 7 and allows 2 runs. Ken Williams hits his 23rd but Whitey Witt counters with a 3-run homer.
1890: Elmer Miller, the first Yankee ever to bat in a World Series game (as the leadoff man for Miller Huggins in the 1921 fall classic), is born.