July 2013

7/21 in Yankee History

2009:  Sergio Mitre earns his first win since 2007 asd the Yankees beat Baltimore 6 – 4. Mitre underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008, then was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance; he allows 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start after being called up from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured CFhien-Ming Wang. A two-run homer by Robinson Cano off Rich Hill and a two-run single by Alex Rodriguez are the big blows for the Bronx Bombers. Combined with Boston’s 4-2 loss at Texas, the win gives the Yankees sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time this season.


New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox





2006: The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees 7-3. A-Rod hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.




2000: The Yankees obtain Glenallen Hill (below) from the Cubs for minor league pitcher Ben Ford and Ozwaldo Mairena.




1997: Four days after the birth of his second child‚ Yankee outfielder Mark Whiten (shown below during his tenure with Toronto) is arrested in Milwaukee and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman.




1988: One of the less successful trades in recent Yankee history ~ and one made even more notorious by the writers of ‘Seinfeld’ – is completed, as young slugger Jay Buhner is shipped to Seattle for Ken Phelps.




1980: C.C. Sabathia is born. Happy 333rd to our hefty lefty!





1977: In the opening  game of a doubleheader with the Brewers, Catfish Hunter tosses a 7-0 shutout, snapping a3-game Yankee losing streak. Milwaukee come back in the nitecap to win‚ 5-4  in 10 innings.





1976: Hall of Famer Earle Combs, starting center fielder for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 77.





1972: The Yankees sweep the Angels, winning 6-0 and 3-0, with Fritz Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre applying the whitewash.




1969: A gala All-Star Game banquet in Washington is one of baseball’s great events. An all-time team and all-time living team is announced. Babe Ruth is selected Greatest All-Time Player‚ and Joe DiMaggio Greatest Living Player. (DiMaggio will insist on being introduced by this title at all his public appearances until his death).




1961: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris slam back-to-back homers in the first inning for New York‚ but it takes a 2-out‚ 9th-inning pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard to finally subdue the Red Sox‚ 11-8 at Fenway. The pinch slam is the AL’s 6th of the season‚ a new record.





1957: At Cleveland‚ the Yankees split a pair‚ winning the opener and losing the nitecap by identical 7-4 scores. Mickey Mantle pops out in the 7th of the second contest after reaching base 10 straight times. He has a single‚ walk and homer off Ray Narleski in game 2‚ after collecting a single and four walks in the opener. He concluded yesterday’s game with two walks.





1945: The boys from the Bronx bomb the White Sox into 6th place‚ 12-3‚ with the help of three homers. Nick Etten delivers a grand slam, and Herschel Martin and Bud Metheny go long as well. Ernie Bonham wins his seclond of the year as the Yankees chase Earl Caldwell in the 1st inning.





1930: Babe Ruth cracks homer no. 35 of the campaign thus far‚ Lou Gehrig belts his 28th – his third in two games – and Harry Rice adds another homer to lead the Yanks to a 7-3 win over Cleveland. Lefty Ed Wells is the winner despite giving up 4 hits to John Hodapp. Ruth is 12 games ahead of his 1927 pace.


1929: Wes Ferrell outpitches Waite Hoyt to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth‚ still nursing a leg injury‚ contributes a pinch single. Lou Gehrig, in an uncharacteristic display of on-field temper, is tossed in the 4th inning for protesting a called third strike‚ and Miller Huggins quickly follows.




1921: The Indians bang out 9 doubles‚ and the Yankees 7 for an AL record 16 in Cleveland’s 17-8 win. The Indians‚ who cling to a 2-game lead‚ are led by Joe Sewell’s 5 hits. Two of the New Yorkers’ two-baggers are delivered by Roger Peckinpaugh.





1920: At the Polo Grounds, the first place  Indians (58-28) open a series with the Yankees (58-32) and are held in check through 8 innings by Carl Mays (below). Wilting in the 9th‚ Mays gives up 3 runs and is relieved by Rip Collins. Ray Chapman fans with the bases loaded to end the game and New York hold on to win‚ 4-3. Bob Meusel and Wally Pipp homer for New York‚ while Babe Ruth is hitless for the second game in a row.


7/20 in Yankee History

2012: Joe DiMaggio is one of four former major leaguers enshrined in a new series of stamps issued by the US Postal Service (Ted Williams, Larry Doby and Willie Stargell are the others).  The issuance ceremonies are held in Cooperstown as part of the Hall’s annual induction week-end.




2009: The Yankees win their third straight home game, and their third straight  by a 2-1 score. Andy Pettitte is on top of his game, giving up just about nothing once Baltimore’s Nick Markakis homers off him in the first. Eric Hinske levels matters with a second-inning shot off David Hernandez. After Melky Cabrera makes a potentially game-saving catch off Aubrey Huff in center field in the top of the ninth, Alfredo Aceves notches one of his 10 season wins when Hideki Matsui delivers the walkoff home run.





2008: Another first-rate outing from Mr. Pettitte, as Dandy Andy outduels Oakland’s Justin Duscherer,allowing just one run on four hits through eight, walking none and striking out nine in the process. An A-Rod sac fly gets Andy an early lead, but once the A’s tie it in the sixth, Jason Giambi unties it with a long drive to right for the game winner.




1998: The Tigers take the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4-3 score in 17 innings. The Bombers bounce back to take the nightcap by the identical score, with Hideki Irabu getting the win. The 26 innings take nearly 9 hours to play.

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1987: Don Mattingly ties another ML record‚ this time in the field‚ as he makes 22 putouts in the  Yankees’ 7-1 win over the Twins. Mattingly also ties a franchise record as well, since the last player to accomplish the feat was Hal Chase of the Highlanders in 1906.





1985: Scattering 7 hits‚ Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight‚ beating the Twins 8-3. Don Mattingly has a 2-run homer and a 2-run double for the Yanks.


1978: Ron Guidry, who lost his first game July 7‚ goes to 14-1 with a 4-hit shutout over the Twins. The Yankees win 4-0.





1965: Mel Stottlemyre becomes the first (and the only to date) American League pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam. The only other hurler to have accomplished the feat was Deacon Phillippe of the Pirates, in 1910. Stottlemyre’s bases-loaded drive in the 5th at the  Stadium‚ off Bill Monbouquette‚ assures him of a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.





1962: Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Washington starter Steve Hamilton to propel New York to a 3-2 victory. The Mick goes 3-for-4 and his on-base percentage is now .516.


1960: At Municipal Stadium‚ with Cleveland in the lead 8-2‚ Mickey Mantle launches a Gary Bell  pitch over the auxiliary scoreboard into the distant upper deck in right, making him only the second player after Luke Easter to reach that spot. Cleveland hold on
for an 8-6 win.





1956: In a 6-2 Yankee win over the A’s, Whitey Ford ties the AL record by striking out 6 successive batters.




1951: The Yankees beat the Browns‚ 1-0‚ with Tom Morgan (below)  besting Ned Garvere. 87 games into the season‚ the dust settles with New York, Boston, Cleveland‚ and Chicago all within a half-game of first place.





1944: In St. Louis‚ the Browns stretch their lead with a 7-3 win over the Yankees. The game is marked by a wild display among fans after ump Cal Hubbard ejects Brownie hurler Nelson Potter in the 5th inning for allegedly wetting the ball. The game is held up for 15 minutes as debris thrown onto the field from the stands is cleared away. The Browns start the spitcalling in the 4th inning‚ accusing the Yanks’ Hank Borowy of loading up a ball. Potter is banished for 10 days for ‘putting an illegal substance on the ball‚’ but will return to win 19 games for St. Louis.





1941: Joe DiMaggio collects 3 doubles and a homer as the Yankees go 17 innings with the Tigers before winning 12-6 at Detroit. Also going long are fellow outfielders Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich.





1937: At Sportsman’s Park‚ the Browns load the bases with no one out in the 10th inning against the Yankees‚ but fail to score. Pinch hitting manager Rogers Hornsby grounds into a force at home‚ then Ethan Allen’s fly out results in a tag out at home. Joe DiMaggio contributes his 25th homer of the year‚ and adds an assist from center field as the Yanks win it 5-4. DiMag has two hits in the nitecap to extend his hitting streak to 21 games‚ and New York win 9-6. The twin losses give the Browns a season record of 25-52.





1920: With two outs in the 9th‚ the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees 7-5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth wallops his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game‚ 6-3‚ behind George Mogridge. The Babe goes hitless, but Wally Pipp (below) homers. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120‚000 for the four days.




1912:Ray Caldwell does double duty for the Highlanders.  As a pinch runner in game one of a twinbill with Cleveland, he steals home for the walkoff 4-3 win,  then pitches his club to a 4-0 victory in the second.




1904: The Highlanders trade pitchers ‘Long Tom’ Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for Al ‘the Curveless Wonder’ Orth (3-4). Orth (below) will regain his form in New York‚ going 11-6 this year and will win 27 games in 1906.



7/19 in Yankee History

2008: Confusion erupts in a New York-Penn League game between the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones. Switch-hitting Brooklyn DH Ralph Henriquez Jr. steps to the plate from the right side against Pat Venditte, the minor leagues’ first ambidextrous  pitcher of the century. Henriquez then decides he will hit left-handed and Venditte promptly switches his glove to the right hand. Henriquez again calls time and switches sides. The shuffle continues several times before the umpires and managers decide that the batter must declare first from which side he will bat and that players can only switch once per at-bat. Venditte, throwing from the right side, winds up whiffing Henriquez on four pitches.


2007: Shelley Duncan hits his 25th homer for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees to break Wendell Magee’s franchise record for home runs. Duncan will be called up to the majors and hit three homers in his first three days in big leagues.


2001: In action at Detroit, Andy Pettite is somewhat less than dandy, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits before giving way to the bullpen in the 4th. The Tigers go on to an 11-2 victory.



1990: By coming in for the save in a 2-1 victory over the Twins, Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as Yankee, breaking Whitey Ford’s record for mound appearances for the club.



1987: Texas hand the Yankees one of their worst defeats in franchise history, with a 20-3 thrashing. Steve Buechle has 2 homers to pace the offense. In the 9th inning‚ catcher New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound and walks one but allows no runs. The only good news for the Bombers is that Don Mattingly sets an MLB record by getting an extra-base hit in his 10th straight game.



1979: Al Rosen resigns as Yankee club president after a year and a half on the job. The one-time Indian star’s tenure had been marred by continual disagreements with Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.



1975: The shape of things to come… Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout. The Yankees lose‚ 2-1.



1962: John W. Cox‚ owner and CEO of the General Packaging Company (who are the landlords of Yankee Stadium), donates the facility ‘lock‚ stock and barrel’ to Rice University‚ his alma mater. Cox has owned the Stadium since 1955. The university will derive the income from the rental of the Stadium‚ while the land underneath goes to the Knights of Columbus. Rice will relinquish ownership in 1971‚ when the city of New York will acquire it through eminent domain. New York will pay the university $2.5 million as compensation


1961: Baseball commissioner Ford Frick‚ an old friend of Babe Ruth’s, announces that should Ruth’s record be beaten after 154
games‚ the record will carry an asterisk. When asked about the ruling‚ Roger Maris replies‚ “A season is a season.”

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1960: The Yankees outslug the Indians 13-11‚ behind the bat of Moose Skowron,  Moose follows a Yogi Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the 8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11-8 lead. Skowron then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Roger Maris hits his 30th HR and Jimmy Piersall homers for the Tribe.



1959: Before 57‚000 at the Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting White Sox‚ winning the nitecap 6-4 on Mantle’s homer off Turk Lowin. In game 1‚ Yankee veteran Enos Slaughter (below) belts a pair of homers: at age 43‚ he is the oldest player this century to go long twice in one game. Carlton Fisk will top Slaughter in 1991.



1958: The Yanks Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month‚ against the Athletics‚ but New York lose 6-4.



1950: In the first game of a doubleheader, Ed Lopat tosses a 2-hitter as the Yankees romp to a 16-1 win. The nitecap will be a closer affair, but New York still complete the sweep, winning 4-3.



Off the field, the Yankees sign their first black players, Elston Howard (shown below)  and Frank Barnes. Obtained from the Kansas City Monarchs, both will be assigned to Muskegon of the Central League.


1940: The Yankee drive to salvage their season after a very slow start continues, as they roll over Cleveland 15-6. With Bill Dickey taking the day off, backup catcher Warren ‘Buddy’ Rosar hits for the cycle and Babe Dahlgren homers twice to lead the New York attack. Lefty Gomez and Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy combine for the win.



1937: Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for jumping the club. On the 13th‚ the Yanks had announced that Broaca had a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot.


1928: Babe Ruth leads the way again‚ with a pair of 2-run homers‚ to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Al Thomas takes the loss‚ his 13th consecutive to New York in as many games over the past 2 seasons.



1904: Mark Koenig, the longest surviving member of the Murderers’ Row starting eight, is born.



1896: Bob Meusel, starting left fielder for the Murderers’ Row club in 1927, and the first Yankee to hit for the cycle twice, is born .


7/18 in Yankee History


The red-letter days -

1999: Don Larsen throws out the first pitch, with Yogi Berra as his catcher, in a ceremony  prior to New York’s game against Montreal. The Yankees then defeat the Expos‚ 6-0‚ as David Cone caps an emotional day by hurling a perfect game. Cone fans 10 batters in the course of his gem in the Bronx.




1987: Don Mattingly hits a home run in his 8th consecutive game‚ tying the ML
record set by Dale Long in 1956‚ but the Yankees
lose to Texas 7-2. The streak will end tomorrow when Mattingly goes 2-for-4
but with no homers.




1923: Elmer Smith (shown below) turns the only unassisted double play by an outfielder in Yankee history. Patrolling right field in a game at Detroit, Smith snags a hit-and-run line drive by Del Pratt and sprints to first to double off Harry Heilmann, who had been running. It is the third outfield UADP of Smith’s career, putting him behind only Tris Speaker on the all-time list. He will add a 4th in 1925 when playing for the Reds.





On other 18ths of July…

2009: Justin Verlander of the Tigers goes up against CC Sabathia at the Stadium.  Both hurlers go  seven, and A-Rod’s leadoff roundtripper in the home half of the seventh is just the third hit that Verlander has given up. The Yanks reach him for another run on three more hits. Sabathia gets the win and, after future Yankee Marcus Thames reached Alfredo Aceves for a homer in the eighth, Mariano Rivera closes out the 2-1 save.




2005: At Americaquest Field‚ the Yankees edge the Rangers‚ 11-10‚ getting homers from Jorge Posada‚ Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield. Texas is paced by Alfonso Soriano who has 4 hits‚ including his 23rd HR‚ and 4 RBI.





1995: The White Sox blast Yankee pitcher Jack McDowell for 13 hits and 9 runs in 4 2/3 innings in their 11-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. McDowell raises a middle finger to the fans as he is booed walking off the field after being lifted for Joe Ausanio.





1961: Mickey Mantle powers two homers‚ off rookie Joe McLain‚ to pace New York to a 5-3 win over the Senators. In pre-game ceremonies‚ Mantle teamed with New York Congressman Ed Dooley to win the homer-hitting contest against other Congressional-player duos.





1960:  The Yanks score 5 runs in the 3rd off Dick Stigman, and Whitey Ford coasts to a complete game 9-2 victory over the Indians.





1956: Detroit sweep a doubleheader against the Yankees at the Stadium‚ winning 8-4 and 4-3. Kaline saves the nitecap game with
a leaping catch of a Mickey Mantle drive in the 9th inning. Mantle had homered in the first game‚ off Paul Foytack.





1954: After winning 13 in a row‚ the Yankees lose the second game of a doubleheader to Detroit 8-6. They now trail Cleveland by a 1/2 game. After winning the opener‚ 6-0‚ behind Harry Byrd‚ the Yankees were in first place.




1947:  Fred Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8-0‚ stopping the Bombers’ record winning streak at 19. Hutch adds a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the 2nd-place Tigers‚ now 10 1/2 lengths back.




1940: Joe Torre is born. Happy 73rd to our former skipper :-)




1937: In Cleveland‚ Joe DiMaggio breaks up a 1-1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller by connecting with a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a grand slam‚ his second in two weeks. The homer is also his league-leading 24th of the campaign. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches thrown‚ and takes his 4th straight loss. ‘Rapid Robert’ is pitching only on Sundays to lure big crowds‚ but will soon join the rotation every 5th day.





1934: An AL-record 22 players hit safely in Cleveland’s 15-14 win over New York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a line drive hit by Lou Gehrig and will be out for 10 days‚ the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez.





1933: The Yankees win their 9th straight and take the lead from the Senators‚ beating the White Sox 5-4. Johnny Allen gets the win from the Bombers, with Wilcy Moore coming in to get the final out.





1928: Babe Ruth delivers his 36th homer‚ off Ted Lyons with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning to give New York a 9-8
win over the visiting White Sox. Bibb Falk had levelled the match with a 3-run homer off Waite Hoyt in the 8th.




7/17 in Yankee History

The red-letter days -

1950: Whitey Ford wins his first Major League game‚ beating the visiting White Sox 4-3. Tom Ferrick closes for New York.





1947: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3-1 and 7-2 to extend their winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29‚ in game 2 of a doubleheader with the Senators‚ when they were 3 1/2 games in front; they now lead by 11 1/2.




1941: In front of more than 60‚000 fans at Cleveland’s League Park‚ Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is ended at 56 games (94 hits). Indian pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby‚ plus sensational plays by third baseman Ken Keltner‚ stop the Yankee Clipper. But New York edge the Indians 4-3‚ for their 17th win in 18 games to stretch their lead to 7 games.





On other 17ths of July…

2003: Andy Pettitte gets the start, and gives up 4 runs and 7 hits, including a home run to former Yankee Shane Spencer,  in 7 innings of work before handing the ball over to Chris Hammond. An Alfonso Soriano homer in the sixth pulls the Yanks even at 2, but reliever Hammond  gives up up two in the seventh, before Derek Jeter’s two-run blast in the eighth ties things yet again. Hideki Matsui’s walk-off home run on the second pitch of the home ninth gives Mariano and the Yankees the win, 5-4.





1996: The Red Sox take a 9-2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in Boston. New York score 3 in the 7th‚ 2 in the 8th‚ and 4 in the 9th to move ahead‚ 11-9. The Red Sox bounce back with 3 of their own in their last at bat to defeat NY by a score of 12-11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.




1990: At the Stadium‚ Bo Jackson hits 3 straight homers, the third for career no. 100, then separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankee Deion Sanders. Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park homer run, but Kansas City take home a 10-7 win. Jackson will be out for 6 weeks. Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (shown below with his father) makes his ML debut‚ pitching an inning of relief against the Bronx Bombers.





1989: In a 7-3 loss to the White Sox, Yankee hurler Dave LaPoint gives up Carlton Fisk’s 2,000th career hit.


1978: In the latest incident in his ongoing feud with manager Billy Martin‚ Reggie Jackson ignores instructions and attempts to bunt in the 10th inning of a tie game with the Royals. Jackson pops up‚ the Yanks lose in the 11th by a final score of 9-7‚ and Martin serves Jackson with a 5-day suspension without pay. The Royals’ 3-game sweep at Yankee Stadium leaves New York in 4th place‚ 14 games behind the Red Sox.jackson_81F_NEW.jpg

1977: The Royals complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees at home, with Ken Clay taking the loss. The Bombers have now dropped 7 of their last 9, and are 3 games in back
of the leading Orioles.K_Clay.jpg

1961: The Yankees top the O’s‚ 5-0‚ behind Whitey Ford’s 13th straight win. Mickey Mantle and Moose Skowron hit long home runs at
Baltimore. The nitecap goes into the 5th when‚ with 2 outs and the Yanks up 4-1‚ a thunderstorm strikes. The umps wait 65 minutes before calling the game‚ thus washing out homers by Mantle and Roger Maris.Ford_60.jpg

1959: Chicago’s Early Wynn and the Yankees’ Ralph Terry match zeroes for 8 innings at the  Stadium‚ before Chicago’s Jim McAnany collects the first Sox hit in the 9th. Jim Landis adds a second hit to drive home two runs to give the Sox the 2-0 win. Wynn matched Terry by also allowing just two hits.ralph_terry.jpg

1956: Johnny Kucks wins his 4th game in 10 days – 2 starts and 2 relief appearances – beating the Tigers 4-0. It extends the Yanks’ win streak to 11 games and gives Kucks his 14th win – high in the majors. The Yanks will lose a pair tomorrow.Kucks_56.jpg

1953: The Yankees use a triple play and 4 DPs to stop the  Browns 6-4. Center fielder Irv Noren starts the trip[le-killing with a tumbling catch in the 2nd inning. Gil McDougald scores 4 times on a single‚ double‚ triple and walk. Allie Reynolds gets the win in relief.Irv Noren.jpg

1936: Red Rolfe, Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey hit 3rd-inning homers against Detroit to tie the AL record‚ since topped. New York roll‚ 9-4‚ dropping the Bengals to 4th place.Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.Lou_Gehrig.jpg




1934:Babe Ruth draws his 2‚000th base on balls at Cleveland‚ off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of
2‚056. The Indians jump on 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win 13-5, though.


1923: Miller Huggins’ antipathy towards Carl Mays surfaces as the manager keeps the him  in the entire game against Cleveland even though the hurler is having a disastrous outing. The Indians light up Mays for 20 hits in the 13-0 win behind George Uhle. Mays’ record over the campaign will be a decent 5-2 in 81 innings‚ but the Yankees will sell him at the end of the season. Teammates Everett Scott and Wally Pipp protest the Indian scalping of Mays by exiting the dugout.Miller_Huggins.jpg




1920: The Yankees collect 21 hits‚ good for forty bases‚ to starch the White Sox 20-5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and collects a home run‚ a triple‚ and two singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles‚ while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians sweeping two from Boston‚ the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.





1903: Cleveland knock Jack Chesbro out of the box in the 6th to easily beat the host New Yorkers‚ 11-4. Nap Lajoie‚ Elmer Flick have triples for Cleveland and Wid Conroy contributes one for the Highlanders. The Naps’ Bill Bradely connects for a home run. The drive over the left field fence is ‘the longest hit made at the new grounds’ according to the New York Herald. Harry Howell (shown below) pitches the last three innings for the home team‚ holding Cleveland without a run.



7/16 in Yankee History


The red-letter days:

2006: As the Yankees defeat the White Sox, Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save.



1941: Joe DiMaggio is 3-for-4 as the Yankee pummel the Indians‚ 10-3. The Clipper’s hitting streak has now reached 56 games.




On other 16ths of July…

2007; The Yankees begin their drive to reclaim the ’07 season. Their 6-4 win over Toronto is Game One in the second of four straight four-game series, all of which they will take by a three-games-to-one margin. Early home runs from Hideki Matsui, Robbie Cano, and A-Rod  give them a 4-2 lead through three innings, one that Kei Igawa squanders by surrendering long balls to Troy Glaus and Alex Rios. Andy Phillips’  subsequent 2-run double, however, will provide the margin of victory.




2005: The Yankees obtain Al Leiter from the Marlins for a player to be named. Leiter will pitch tomorrow night and win.




2003: The Yankees send pitching prospects Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondos to the Mets for hard-throwing embattled closer Armando Benitez. The 30-year-old All-Star reliever, who is slated to be the set-up man for closer Mariano Rivera, has blown 7 of 28 save opportunities this year and has been object of much booing at Shea Stadium.  




1987: Don Mattingly bangs two homers‚ one a second inning grand slam‚ to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over host Texas. Mattingly now has 7 homers in 6 games. His 2nd inning grand slam‚ his 4th of the year‚ off Charlie Hough, followed a bases-loaded walk to Mike Pagilarulo. Hough had 8 strikeouts but his knuckleball was too much for little-used catcher Mike Stanley‚ who sets an AL record with 5 passed balls. His teammate Geno Petralli will tie then break the record next month with 6 passed balls.




1967: At the Stadium‚ Baltimore outlast the Yankees to win 2-1 in 14 innings. New York manage just 4 hits‚ including a solo homer by Mickey Mantle‚ off Bill Dillman.





1964: The advantage in New York’s see-saw battle for first with Baltimore tilts southward once again, as Steve Barber regains first place for the Orioles with a successful 6-1 outing against the Yankees and Jim |Bouton.




1959: After beating the Indians yesterday‚ the Yanks sweep a doubleheader today to knock the Tribe out of first. New York win the opener when Yogi Berra ties the game in the 9th with a homer‚ and Mickey Mantle wins it‚ 7-5‚ in the 10th with a 2-run shot off Gary Bell. Bobby Shantz wins the nitecap‚ 4-0. New York are now 5 1/2 games out of first.




1953: In the opening game of a doubleheader at St. Louis, Yankee starter Johnny Sain fails to get out of the first inning, as the first three Brownie batters – Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski and Jim Dyck – tie a Major League record by homering to start the game. The team’s 5 bases-empty homers in 3 innings establishes a new mark. It’s enough to beat the visitors  8-6. The Yanks bounce back to win the nitecap 7-3 behind Whitey Ford.





1951: While in Detroit‚ the Yanks option struggling rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle‚ plagued with strikeouts – 3 on the 13th – and in a slump‚ will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues‚ before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him August 20th. Lefty hurler Art Schallock (shown below) takes the Mick’s place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7 hits in 2.3 innings in today’s 8-6 win.





1937: At Detroit‚ the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and seven walks to double up the Yankees‚ 14-7‚ ending New York’s win streak of 10 games. Monte Pearson opens the floodgates by walking three on 15 pitches‚ fans Gee Walker‚ then walks Rudy York. His replacement Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another walk force in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bat around in the 8th to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca. Boots Poffenberger is the winning beneficiary of the Yankee wildness. New York end their 9-game win streak‚ but stay 6 1/2 ahead of Boston.



1920: Babe Ruth becomes the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs in a season, though the Yankees lose to the Browns 3-2.





1907: Ed Walsh sets another Major League record for fielding chances for pitchers‚ handling 12 assists and 3 putouts in a 13-inning 3-2 White Sox win over the visiting Highlanders. His 12 assists (extra innings) will be matched by Nick Altrock in 1908 and Leon Cadore in 1920.


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.


1965: Mickey Mantle’s 5th inning homer off Phil Ortega ties the game 1-1‚ and host New York go on to top the
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.

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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.


7/14 in Yankee History

On the 14th of July over the years…

2006: The Yankees edge the White Sox 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2
seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40 years. Contreras’ last loss came August 15 of last season. longtime Yankee fan favourite Kyle Farnsworth (below), in relief of Randy Johnson, gets the win.




2002: Mariano Rivera shows one of his occasional flashes of mortality, surrendering a walkoff grand slam to Cleveland’s Bill Selby, as the Tribe rally for 6 runs in the 9th inning.




1988: Whitey Witt, starting center fielder on the Yankees’ first World Series championship club of 1923 (and pennant winner of 1922) dies at the age of 92.





1964: Baltimore’s Bob Johnson sets a Major league record by delivering his sixth straight pinch hit in a game against the Yankees, but the Bombers win anyway, 4-3.



1957: Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron of the Yanks hits an ML-record 2nd pinch-hit grand slam of the season‚ off Jim Wilson of the White Sox‚ in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th as the Yanks score 6 runs to win 6-4. The White Sox take the first game 3-1.



1956: At the Stadium‚ New York edges the Indians in 10 innings in Cleveland‚ 5-4. Mickey Mantle deposits a Herb Score fastball in the Indians’ bullpen in the 3rd inning.




1939: The Yankees tie an AL record by registering only one assist, as Red Ruffing tames the Tigers 8-3.



1934: In Detroit‚ Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game string is extended by having him lead off and listed in the lineup as shortstop. He singles and leaves the game‚ and Red Rolfe pinch runs. But the Tigers win a swatfest‚ 12-11‚ to regain the AL lead. The Tigers bang out an AL record 11 doubles (The 1905 A’s had the record with 10) while the Yanks add 3‚ while Babe Ruth and Frank Crosetti chip in with homers. Firpo Marberry beats Burleigh Grimes.



Off the field, an uncredited writer in today’s issue of the New York Times predicts that Babe Ruth’s record of 700 home runs will never be broken. (In 40 years’ time, Henry Aaron will beg to differ).




1930: At Comiskey Park‚ the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the second game by Bob Shawkey‚ 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game‚ while Babe Ruth, nursing a sore hand‚ contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.




1908: Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, Yankee bullpen star who amassed 104 saves for the club between 1932 and 1946, is born.




1874: Jesse Tannehill, who won 15 games for the NY Highlanders in their first year of existence (1903) is born.



7/13 in Yankee History


The red-letter day (bordered in black) -

2010: Yankee owner George Steinbrenner dies at the age of 80.



On other 13ths of July…


2012: Russell Martin guns down Howie Kendrick on a steal attempt at second base to preserve the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Angels to begin the season’s second half. It is the third runner that Martin catches in a steal attempt tonight, and he also drives in the winning run in the 8th. Mark Teixera drives in the other 5 runs for the Yankees with a pair of homers.





1985: In a pre-game ceremony at the Stadium, the Yankees retire the numbers 9 and 32, in honour of Roger Maris and Elston Howard respectively.


In the contest that follows, the Yanks beat Mike Mason and the Texas Rangers 3-1 behind Phil Niekro, with the save going to Dave Righetti.



1979: California’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inning‚ and each settle for one-hit victories: 6-1 over New York€š and 2-0 over Oakland respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko while Reggie Jackson has the one-out safety off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th after Jim Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one hitter in his last outing on July 8.



Off the field, Kei Igawa, who set the club record for wins at AAA Scranton during his tenure with the Yankee organization but was generally less successful in the Bronx, is born. Happy birthday to everyone’s favourite not ready for prime time pitcher!




1973: Bobby Murcer hits 3 home runs‚ all off starter Gene Garber, and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5-0 win over the
Royals. Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out.





1964: The Yankees belt 4 homers (Tom Tresh with 2, Clete Boyer and Mickey mantle 1 each) in Cleveland to top the Tribe‚ 10-4.





1961: Chicago’s Early Wynn gets an early departure as he retires just two Yankees in the first inning. Then Mickey Mantle (no. 30) and Roger Maris (no. 34) belt back-to-back homers to send the vet to the showers. For Mantle,€š it is the 13th homer in his career off Wynn‚ his favorite target. New York win,€š 6-2


1952: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11-1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg home run. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5,€š including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nitecap,€š Mickey Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser for his 5th straight hit of the afternoon‚ and the Yanks roll again,€š





1948: The Yanks’ Vic Raschi drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the
AL again tops the NL, 5-2, in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, George Kell and Hal Newhouser all miss places in the lineup due to injuries.





1947: Making his 14th Major league uniform change, Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will help the Bombers to the title. The next season, Newsom will go across the East River to join the Giants. To make room for Newsom,€š the Yanks sell pitcher Mel Queen to the Pirates.




1945: At Yankee Stadium,€š Cleveland outfielder Pat Seerey launches three homers, the second a grand slam€š and a triple for a 15
total bases  as the Indians go on a batting spree to roll 16-4. Seerey hits his homers off starter Atley Donald, Monk Dubiel and Steve Roser. Fat Pat will top his total in 1948,€š the only player to ever have two games with 15 or more total bases. Jeff Heath adds a pair of homers and pitcher Steve Gromek collects 4 hits to win his 10th game and 4th straight over New York. The Yanks’ Donald is going in the other direction, and this will be his last career start. His charmed life against the Indians is over as well; after going 13-1 against Cleveland‚ he has lost to them twice in 10 days.





1941: In Chicago, the Yankees sweep two‚ winning 8-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings€š to run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York’s lead in the AL is 5 games.





1934: Babe Ruth hits his 700th career home run,  a two-run shot in the 3rd off Tommy Bridges,€š to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As he is circling the bases,€š Ruth shouts to his teammates “I want that ball!” As with his 500th and 600th homer‚ the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the sphere. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.


1927: Babe Ruth is 4-for-4 to lead New York to a 5-3 victory over the Indians. The Babe comments after the game: “Three singles and a double, and they call that a perfect day. That’s just bunting”. Willis Hudlin takes the loss,€š the 8th in a row for the Tribe.




1905: The New York Highlanders ‘rent’ catcher Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (shown below) from the Philadelphia A’s. Powers will be sold back to the A’s on August 7.  Powers was needed to replace backup catcher Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with Detroit. Powers will catch tomorrow but play mainly at first,€š replacing Hal Chase whose nose was broken in a collision at home plate in the Detroit game. The New York Times (July 22) will note that New York needed Powers to replace Patsy Dougherty,€š out with a finger injury.

7/12 in Yankee History


The red-letter day ~

1951: At Cleveland‚ Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland 1-0 for the first of his two no-hitters this season.Gene Woodling’s 7th inning home run off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1-0 game. It is the 3rd game in a row that a Woodling homer has beaten Cleveland. The Chief’s no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson’s in 1938. New York take the nitecap as well behind Vic Raschi, as Joe DiMaggio clinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.





On other 12ths of July…

2008: Bobby Murcer dies after a long battle with cancer.





2000: The Yankees obtain pitcher Denny Neagle and outfielder Mike Frank from the Reds in exchange for third baseman Drew Henson and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnell.



1989: Ron Guidry announces his retirement.




1987: The Yankees trade pitcher Bob Tewksbury and 2 minor league pitchers to the Cubs for Steve Trout‚ who has just pitched back-to-back shutouts.




1977: Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Brewers.
The win stops the Yanks’ losing streak at 3 games.




1962: The Senators send first baseman Dale Long (shown below during his tenure with the Pirates) to the Yankees for outfielder Don Lock.  Long will hit .298 in pinstripes this year.




1959: NBC uses outfield TV cameras with 80-inch lenses to show the catchers’ signals during a Yankees-Red Sox game. Announcers Phil Rizzuto and Mel Allen (below) are invariably correct in calling the signals of Yogi Berra and Sammy White. Commissioner Ford Frick will request that they halt its use during future Game of the Week broadcasts. It doesn’t help New York, who have dropped their last 3 games to the host Red Sox. Boston win today 7-3.





1952: At the Stadium, the Browns’ bespectacled backstop Clint Courtney lives up to his nickname of ‘Scrap Iron’ when he slides
hard into Billy Martin in a 2nd-inning play. In the 6th inning‚ Courtney tries to knock over Yogi Berra in a play at home‚ and in the
8th he gets tagged in the face by Martin‚ again at second base. Both dugouts empty as he and Martin start fighting and Courtney is
decked. Courtney is the only player ejected‚ but the AL hands out a record (since topped) $850 in fines. The Yankees prevail‚ 5-4‚ in 11 innings‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance to beat Satchel Paige.





1930: The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox‚ 11-6‚ and gain a split on the day. Chicago win the opener‚ 11-7. In the second game‚ the Sox score 4 in the 7th‚ but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning‚ Ruffing launches a homer into the right field stands to start a New York rally. Babe Ruth, just coming off a 3-day suspension‚ collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that ‘during lulls in the activity‚ small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him‚ provoking the umpires’ displeasure.’ The hitting honours for the day belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits‚ including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball‚ then overthrows third. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unload ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons’ pitching.





1927: Babe Ruth breaks an 0-for-14 drought by banging his 30th homer of the year in the 9th. Babe is now a homer ahead of Lou Gehrig. Behind Urban Shocker’s shutout‚ the Yanks coast to a 7-0 win over the Indians.


1922: Hub Pruett fans babe Ruth 3 times as the Browns top New York‚ 7-4. Two bases-loaded singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14th to stay a half game back.





1921: In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 homers including his 137th career HR‚ passing the record of 136 held by 19th-century star Roger Connor. He adds a double as the Yanks win‚ 6-4.



1912: In a 4-1 Yankee win over the Browns‚ New York pitcher Jack Warhop  swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhop’s 2nd steal of home in 3 years.





1911: Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte‚ has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning‚ then piles on a sacrifice fly and a grand slam‚ to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx knocks in 9 in a game in 1933. New York defeat the Browns‚ 12-2.




1905: Jack Doyle (shown below) makes what is possibly the least auspicious debut in Highlander/Yankee annals. A veteran signed the previous day to be a substitute on Hal Chase’s days off, the new first baseman makes two three-run errors that account for all the opposition scoring, as the Tigers beat New York 6-5. Doyle’s first game with the denizens of Hilltop Park will also be his last, both with the club and in the Majors.



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