7/31 in Yankee History
2008: Andy Pettitte survives a 6-run 3rd at the Stadium, but has to hand the ball over in the 5th, and will absorb his 8th loss of the year as the visiting Angels double up the Yanks 12-6.
2007: The Yankees tie a franchise record with 8 home runs in a game ~ not one of them from Alex Rodriguez, who is one shy of 500. Hideki Matsui homers twice and adding blows are Melky Cabrera, Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damn, Robinson Cano, Shelley Duncan and Jorge Posada in a 16 – 3 rout of the White Sox.
2005: For the second day in a row‚ the Yankees rally from a 4-run deficit to win against the Angels, this time by 8-7 in 11 innings. Chris Bootcheck, making his first Major League start‚ allows one run in 6 innings‚ while Benji and Jose Molina each homer off Randy Johnson to give the Halos a 6-2 lead. The Yanks tie it up but Mariano Rivera gives up a run in the 10th before the Yanks again tie. Tony Womack drives in the game winner in the 11th. Jason Giambi has a pair of homers to give him 300 for his career and 14 for the month‚ tying him with Mickey Mantle who hit 14 in a month in 1961. The Molina homers are just the 21st time a pair of brothers have homered for the
same team in the same game; the last pair to do it were the Giambi brothers on August 11‚ 2001.
2003: The Reds ship third baseman Aaron Boone to the Yankees in exchange for Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash. They also send pitcher Gabe White to New York for a player to be named later. The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million‚ but Bud Selig vetoed the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit‚ forcing the teams to make it 2 transactions.
1999: The Yankees bring back catcher Jim Leyritz from the Padres for pitcher Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A‚ including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously‚ Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000 and earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May‚ 2001‚ after making a relief appearance in which he serves up 3 straight homers
1996: At the trading deadline‚ Detroit swap first baseman-DH Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league pitcher Matt Drews. The Yanks also obtain pitcher David Weathers from the Marlins for pitcher Mark Hutton, but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks.
1994: After years of disappointment, Phil Rizzuto is finally inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joining the Scooter on the podium are Steve Carlton and Leo Durocher (who began his playing career as a Yankee).
1978: The Yankees top Texas 6-1‚ to move to 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Mickey Rivers sets the tone by hitting a leadoff home run on the first pitch he sees.
1977: Greg Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 win over the A’s‚ the 8th win in their last 9 games for New York. The Yankees are a 1/2 game out of first.
1963: Ralph Terry tosses a complete-game five-hitter in just 75 pitches, as the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s 3-2. Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts.
1962: At D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a knee injury‚ but Moose Skowron picks up the slack with a grand slam. The Yankees win 9-5.
1960: At the Stadium‚ the A’s push over three unearned runs in the 11th on two throwing errors by third baseman Hector Lopez (who normally plays in the outfield) to top New York 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Yanks bounce back to take the nitceap 6-0.
1955: In the opener of today’s twinbill, Don Larsen wins 5-2‚ as the Yanks and Athletics combine for 9 double plays, with the
New Yorkers turning 6. The 9 ties an AL record (topped in 1990)‚ and the 12 for both games‚ also matches the AL mark. Cloyd Boyer‚ who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for home runs – by Hank Bauer‚ Mickey Mantle‚ and Yogi Berra – takes the loss. The A’s take the second contest 7-1.
1951: The Browns acquire Cliff Mapes (below) from the Yankees‚ sending Bobbie Hogue, Kermit Wahl, Tom Upton and Lou Sleater to New York. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mantle’s return as well as Mapes’ No.7 uniform. (Mapes, incidentally, was also the last Yankee to wear Babe Ruth’s old No.3 before it was retired.)
1938: After New York win the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by a score of 5-1 behind Monte Pearson‚ Spud Chandler pitches a complete-game 15-inning win in the nitecap as the visiting Yankees top the South Siders 7-3.
In a postgame radio interview with Bob Elson‚ Yankee outfielder Jake Powell (below) will make headlines with remarks about ‘knocking n*gg*rs on the head and throwing them in jail’ as part of his off-season duties as a policeman in Dayton, Ohio. For the statements‚ Judge Landis suspends Powell for 10 days. According to baseball historians, Powell, after his suspension is up, will go to Harlem and work his way downtown, stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his comments.
1937: The Yankees purchase the minor league Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling‚ who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert will change the name of the club’s home venue from Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium‚ and
reinstitute segregated seating‚ which Kling had abolished.
1936: Led by Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd homer‚ the Yankees down the Indians‚ 11-7‚ at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe’s five-game win streak‚ and leaves the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe connect for homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder‚ but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Bump Hadley‚ with relief help from Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win of the year.
1930; Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam‚ off Boston’s Ed Durham‚ to lead the Yankees to a 14-13 slugfest win over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now hit 5 salamis in as many weeks.
1929: At the Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 feet in an unofficial test‚ beating all trial competition records. The old mark was held by Ed Walsh‚ who hit a ball 419 feet 6 inches in 1911. In the game today the Yanks crush the White Sox 16-2‚ as Lou Gehrig homers, and reaches base 5 times.
1926: At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win 2-1 behind Sad Sam Jones for their 10th win in a row.
1922: Hank Bauer is born.
1919: AL president Ban Johnson Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for the Yankees.
1918: The Yankees and Detroit split a pair‚ New York winning the opener 5-3 and Detroit‚ behind Ty Cobb’s double and triple‚ take the nitecap‚ 6-2. Cobb‚ leading the AL in hitting‚ is 5-for-7 today.