2009: Andy Pettitte retires the first 20 Baltimore batters he faces before an error and a hit spoil his bid for perfection. New York win easily 5-1.
2005: Billed as the ‘Battle in Seattle,’ there is buzz aplenty at Safeco Field when Yankee ace Randy Johnson faces rookie ‘King Felix’ Hernandez just four weeks after the latter’s big-league debut. The joust lives up to the hype, as Johnson bests Hernandez 2-0 in a contest that sees a total of 9 hits, 2 after the starters left. Solo homers by Robinson Cano and Gary Sheffieldprovide all the scoring.
2004: The Indians massacre the Yankees 22-0, tying a record for the most lopsided shutout in Major League. Omar Vizquel has 6 hits for Cleveland, while Javy Vazquez is knocked out early and takes the loss.
2003: Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher to win 100 games at Fenway when he defeats the Red Sox 8-4. in what at the time appears to be his last regular-season start there. The Rocket’s career record at the venue up to this point is 100-55 record in 199 appearances; no other pitcher has
recorded more than 71 victories at the park
1995: Paul O’Neill homers in his first 3 at bats and drives in 8 runs in leading the Yankees to an 11-6 win over California.
1993: As the trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals ship closer Lee Smith (below) to the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Richard Batchelor.
1977: Sparky Lyle records his third win in three games‚ all won on late-inning Yankee homers. Graig Nettles’ second round-tripper of the game gives New York a 5-4 win over Seattle.
1974: The Yankees deliver a 25-hit barrage against the White Sox en route to an 18-6 victory. Roy White has 5 hits‚ while Thurman Munson (who also has 5 RBI) and Gene Michael have 4 apiece. Munson has 5 RBI.
1966: Bobby Richardson retires from baseball at the age of 31.
1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance as Jim Lemon of the Senators swats 3 consecutive homers off Whitey Ford in a night game. The Yankees still prevail, however, 6-4. Mickey Mantle has a homer off Camilo Pasqual.
1954: The Indians beat the Yanks 6-1 to record their 26th win in August, tying the 1931 A’s for most wins in a month. Bob Grim takes the loss for the Bombers.
Off the field, Claudell Washington, who would hit the 10,000th hoime run in Yankee franchise history in 1988, is born. Happy 59th to the milestone setter!
1948: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks score 4 runs in the 8th, but the Browns come back with 5 in the 9th off Joe Page to make it close. New York eke out the win, though, 10-9. First baseman Tommy Henrich hits a homer and executes an unassisted DP to help Allie Reynolds to the victory. The Yanks remain a game behind the Red Sox.
1946: The rampaging Red Sox (92-40) sweep a pair from the Yankees‚ winning 5-2 and 3-1 at the Stadium. Boo Ferris (below) wins the opener and Mickey Harris takes the nitecap.
1945: The Yankees deny the Senators the chance to go into first place by sweeping a pair from them, 3-2 and 3-1. In between games‚ Nats pitcher Bert Shepard receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the war. Shepard lost his leg on a mission.
1936: Joe McCarthy consents to Dixie Walker as a temporary substitute while the White Sox patch up Mike Kreevich, who was spiked on a play. Walker runs for Kreevich but does not replace him in the outfield. Recent Yankee acquisition Bob Seeds belts 2 homers‚ and Joe DiMaggio adds another‚ as the Yanks win‚ 5-1. Johnny Broaca wins his 11th‚ scattering 4 hits.
1931: Against the Senators’ Lloyd Brown, Lou Gehrig belts his second grand slam in three days‚ but the Nats hang onto second place by beating the Yankees, 6-5.
1927: The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox 10-3. Babe Ruth hits homer no. 43 and now leads Lou Gehrig by 2. With an 89-37 record‚ Murderers’ Row now lead the 2nd-place A’s by 17 games.
1906: Following in the footsteps of his late brother Ed‚ Frank Delahanty of the Highlanders contributes two home runs, a triple and a single‚ and knocks in 7 runs in a 20-5 rout of Washington in the second game of a twinbill. George Moriarty adds 2 triples as 8 players score 2 or more runs. The game is called
after 6 innings because of darkness and the mercy rule. New York took the opener as well‚ 7-5‚ behind the pitching of Jack Chesbro.
2011: CC Sabathia finally defeats the Red Sox this season, after going 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in his previous efforts against them this year. The Yankees win 5-2 at Fenway Park to move to within a half-game of the lead in the AL East. In a moment typical of the tense rivalry between the two teams, Francisco Cervelli hits only the third home run of his career for the Yanks in the 5th inning, then is plunked by Sox starter John Lackey in his next at-bat, leading to both benches clearing and the ejection of New York pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
2007: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at home with a 5-0 win. Starter Chien-Ming Wang throws no-hit ball until Mike Lowell singles with one out in the seventh inning. On offense, Robbie Canohomers off Curt Schillinghis first two times up, Derek Jetercollects four singles, and Bobby Abreu strokes his 400th career double. Joba Chamberlain earns an ejection and a suspension after throwing two straight balls over the head of Kevin Youkilis in the 9th.
2003: The Yanks knock Pedro Martinez out of the box‚ scoring 5 runs in 4 innings en route to a 10-7 win. Nick Johnson has 4 hits and 4 RBI‚ while Jorge Posada has a pair of homers to back Andy Pettitte’s pitching.After one of Posada’s homers Sox fan Marty Martin tosses the ball back. He is then escorted out of Fenway for throwing an object onto the field.
1997: David Wells strikes a familiar note as he threatens to punch out George Steinbrenner during a clubhouse argument. Reportedly‚ the argument began after the team’s 7-2 loss to the Expos‚ when a play occurred that was similar to last year’s ALCS. This time it was against the Yankees; Darrin Fletcher was awarded a home run when a fan in right field reached over and snagged the ball before Paul O’Neill could catch it. Wells opined to Steinbrenner that extra security should be added in right field to prevent this sort of thing‚ George answered that Wells ought to stick to his pitching. When Wells said that Steinbrenner could trade him‚ the owner answered that no one wanted the lefty. It was then that Wells joined the ranks of earlier Yankees who had expressed a desire to flatten the feisty owner.
1996: The Yankees continue wheeling and dealing for pennant insurance, adding their 8th new player this month by reacquiring third baseman Charlie Hayes the Yankees from the Pirates. This move makes Wade Boggs a platoon player, and he angrily states‚ “I’ll get my 3‚000 hits somewhere.”
1989: The Yankees send veteran slugger Ken Phelps‚ who is hitting .249‚ to Oakland for minor league pitcher Scott Holcomb.
Joe Collins, starting first baseman on 5 Yankee championship teams of the ’50s, dies at the age of 66.
1977: At the Stadium, the Mariners tie the score 5-5 in the 8th inning‚ then lose in the 11th when Mickey Rivers leads off the inning with a walkoff home run.
1961: Mickey Mantle connects for homer no. 47 of the campaign‚ off the Twins’ Jim Kaat,as the Yanks prevail 4-0. He’ll hit no. 48 tomorrow‚ off Jack Kralick, in the Twins’ 4-3 win.
1957: At the Stadium‚ Chuck Stobbs stops the Yanks to give Washington a 4-2 victory. Mantle hits his 34th homer and scores both New York runs. Mick is a half point behind Williams‚ 39 today‚ in hitting at .3764‚ and tied with Washington’s Roy Sievers at 90 RBIs. Sievers has an RBI today.
1952: A crowd of 41‚558 turn out for Old Timers Day at the Stadium‚ and the Yankees celebrate by besting the Senators 6-4. Mickey Mantle belts a homer to right off Randy Gumpert.
1945: Yankee rookie Bill Bevens (below)‚ 28‚ retires the first 18 Red Sox batters before giving up a walk and a double to Bob Johnson‚ the only hit for the Sox. Bevens wins 7-1‚ defeating Boof Ferriss,who was trying for his 21st win.
1933: In New York, Babe Ruth announces that he will quit after the season. “My legs won’t stand the strain and I can’t play next year‚” he admits‚ leaving open the door to a manager’s job. His wife suggests a European vacation.
1931: At Fenway, Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman have 4 hits each and a joint total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox 14-4. One of Gehrig’s hits is a homer‚ his 37th‚ and 2 of Chapman’s leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.
1926: At the Stadium‚ the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board‚ and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12-6 complete game win. The Big Train strikes out 8. The Senators outhit Miller Huggins’ men by only 12-11‚ but errors hurt the home team. Two hits and an error in the first inning are followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sad Sam Jones, and the tourists from DC add another 4-spot in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run home run off Johnson in the 8th.
1922: After hitting home run no. 28 in the first inning, Babe Ruth argues a called strike on his next at bat, and is thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Tommy Connolly. The Babe is suspended for the fifth time this year‚ and will be out for 3 days. New York win today’s battle with Washington 5-4, overcoming a pair of home runs by Frank Brower.
1918: Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson, starting third baseman for the Yankees’ 1947 championship club, is born.
1916: Johnny Lindell, a regular outfielder for the Yanks throughout the ’40s, is born.
1910: In the second game of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Tom Hughes (below) pitches 9 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before giving up a hit to Cleveland’s Harry Niles. The wheels come off for the New York righthander in the 11th, as he allows 5 runs for a final tally of 5-0 for the visitors. The home side took the opener 4-1 behind Russ Ford.
1906: ‘Slow Joe’ Doyle (below) of the Highlanders becomes the first 20th century pitcher to begin his Major League career with 2 shutouts when he beats the Washington Nationals 5-0. These are his only 2 wins this year as he goes 2-1. Of his 23 lifetime victories‚ 7 will be shutouts. He earned his nickname because of his laborious pace on the mound. Behind the hitting of Hal Chase, who has an MLB record-tying 3 triples in addition to a double, the Highlanders take the nitecap as well‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings. They begin a sweep of 5
doubleheaders in 6 days, during which they will outscore their opponents 76-31.
1905: Ty Cobb makes his Major League debut in a game against the Highlanders, and also gets the first of his 4,191 hits, a double off Jack Chesbro.
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1972: In game one of a twinbill against Texas‚ Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle‚ with his home run tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th. The Yanks win 7-6 in the 11th on Johnny Callison’s RBI single. Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mickey Mantle in 1957; the
next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a homer in the nitecap‚ but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Ron Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7-4.
On other 29ths of August…
2005: In one of the latest trades in history‚ the Red Sox acquire Mike Stanton from the Nationals to have him for the final three-game series against the Yankees.
1998: By virtue of an 11-6 victory over the Mariners, the Yankees become the first team to qualify for the post season. Andy Pettitte picks up his 15th win of the year.
1996: Joe Torre’s history of troubles with the Angels continues, as the last-place Halos roll over his Yankees 14-3. Anaheim outfielder Garret Anderson leads the way with 7 RBI on 2 doubles and a homer.
1985: In the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Angels, Don Baylor is hit by a pitch (from Kirk McCaskill) for the 190th time‚ breaking the AL record of 189 set by Minnie Minoso.
1978: in action against the Angels, the Yankees go into the annals by receiving 5 intentional walks in the 11-inning, 4-3 win. Cliff Johnson receives the record-breaking free pass, and Paul Blair delivers Graig Netlles with a walkoff single.
1977: The Yankees top the Royals 5-3 on a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th inning by Chris Chambliss.
1973: Thurman Munson gets a tainted 1st inning hit as a pop fly drops between 2 Angel infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he dominates the Yankees 5-0.
1970: Mickey Mantle dons a Yankee uniform again, returning to the club as a first base coach.
1969: Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees once again, this time after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.
1967: The Red Sox tie an American league record they originally set on July 4‚ 1905‚ by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader with the Yankees. Boston win the opener 2-1‚ then drop the nightcap in 20 innings, 4-3. Winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in the 20th‚ off Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke’s game-winning base hit. The game lasts 5:15 and is the third game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.
1964: On Elston Howard Appreciation Night, the Yankees take 2 from Boston, 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone’s 3 home runs, including a grand slam‚ and Roger Maris’ 6 singles lead the offense.Mickey Mantle his career HR no. 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1‚330) in the nightcap.
1957: At the Stadium, Hank Bauer hits Dick Donovan’s first pitch of the game for a homer‚ but the Sox tie the game at 1-1 and send it into extra innings. Then Donovan’s first pitch to Enos Slaughter to open the 11th is hammered for the game winner.
1956: Mickey Mantle redeems himself by homering and driving in the winning run in the 9th with two outs to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s at the Stadium. A first-inning error by the Mick had allowed four unearned runs to score.
1939: Detroit snap the Yankees’ win streak at 10 games by beating the visiting New Yorkers 8-7. Joe DiMaggio‚ batting .408‚ hits a 3-run homer in the 9th to tie it‚ but the Bengals score off reliever Spud Chandler. After winning 16 of their last 19 games, the Yankees now lead the AL by 12 lengths. During that span‚ the Bombers have scored an impressive 125 more runs than they’ve allowed.
1931: Facing the Yankees, Lefty Grove fans the side (Sam Byrd‚ Joe Sewell‚ Babe Ruth) in the 1st inning‚ hands out a walk to Lou Gehrig to start the 2nd‚ and records 3 more K’s (Ben Chapman‚ Lyn Lary, Bill Dickey). Lefty has 2 K’s in the 3rd but develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam‚ but the A’s southpaw still wins 7-4. Lou now has 142 RBI. Jimmie Foxx knocks in 5 runs for the A’s.
1927: In St. Louis‚ the Yankees win their 18th game of the year against the Browns without a loss‚ 8-3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Lou Gehrig‚ his 41st‚ and makes 2 errors. The Yanks will win 21 games against the Brownies this year‚ an AL record.
1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the diminutive manager‚ owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his field boss. Ruth is forced to apologize before he is reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup‚ Ruth hits career homer no. 300.
1924: With many of the 30‚000 fans at the Stadium cheering for the underdog Senators, Walter Johnson holds the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th‚ a line drive clips the Big Train’s pitching hand and he is lifted‚ but still wins 5-1. Goose Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 1/2 games.
1920: In St. Louis‚ Yankee pitcher Jack Quinn loses his spitter when a drizzle starts in the 6th‚ and Carl Mays comes on in relief for New York with the score 2-2. Despite 2 runners thrown out at home by outfielder Duffy Lewis (below), the Browns take a 3-2 lead. But New York plates 2 more runs to win 4-3 and give Mays his 20th victory of the campaign.
2007: A new character joins the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, as a squirrel treating the right field foul pole as its very own tree captivates fans on both sides during a 5-3 Yankee win behind Andy Pettitte at the Stadium. Jorge Posada’s first-inning double gives the Yankees a quick lead, but after the Sox tie it at 2-2, a Derek Jeter fifth-inning homer restores the lead, and Johnny Damon provides breathing room with a seventh-inning two-run shot.
2004: The Yankees pound the Blue Jays 18-6‚ as Tony Clark (below) belts 3 homers. Clark and Ruben Sierra.each drive in 5 runs. The tourists score half of their total in the top of the 9th.
1998: The Mariners’ only scoring in a 10-3 loss to the Yankees are 3 solo home runs, making them the first team in history to reach the 200-HR mark for a season 3 years in a row. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis and Rob Ducey each go long for Seattle.
1996: In the course of a 10-2 Yankee loss to the Mariners, a bench-clearing brawl erupts in the 8th. Mariners rookie Tim Davis brushes back Paul O’Neill, and Jeff Nelson (below)opens the frame’s bottom half by plunking Joey Cora. O’Neill, Nelson, and Seattle’s John Marzanoall received fines and two-game suspensions.
1983: The fourth-place Yankees beat California 7-3 behind John Montefusco, as the two teams match hits at 10. The Yanks score 6 times in the 6th‚ half of the tallies coming on a homer by Roy Smalley. Willie Randolph starts and ends the inning‚ making all 3 outs.
1977: Ron Guidry fires his third complete game shut out of the year‚ a 1-0 whitewash of the Rangers. Guidry faces just 28 batters‚ allowing 2 hits. Graig Nettle scores the winning run after belting a triple.
1962: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle connects for a 2-run shot in the 4th off Mudcat Grant to provide the margin of victory in a 2-1 Yankee win over the Twins.
1960: In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees snap a 3-3 tie when Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and Yogi Berra follows with a solo shot. The Yanks top the Tigers 8-5 to gain the split, having lost the opener 6-2.
1959: Art Ditmar labours mightily in his own cause, contributing a homer and 3 RBIs while shutting out the Senators on 2 hits. The Yanks win, 5-0.
1955: In Chicago‚ the Sox and Yankees split. The White Sox‚ reaping dividends from their waiver pickup of Bob Kennedy, top New York 3-2 on Kennedy’s homer in game 1. In the nitecap‚ Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer off Connie Johnson in the 5th leads New York to a 6-1 victory in the neck-and-neck AL race. Yogi Berra adds another homer for New York. With Cleveland losing two‚ the Yankees finish the day a 1/2 game ahead of the White Sox.
1951: The Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50‚000 and a young pitcher named Lew Burdette. The transaction is another late-season insurance measure for the New Yorkers.
1950: Ron Guidry is born. Happy 63rd to the Gator!
1949: In the first game of a doubleheader in Chicago‚ Yankee outfielder Tommy Henrich crashes into the wall while chasing a Charlie Kress fly ball and fractures two vertebrae. ‘Old Reliable’ will be out for 3 weeks. In the second contest, first baseman Johnny Mize‚ obtained 6 days earlier‚ dislocates his shoulder. Except for 7 pinch-hit appearances‚ he will be out for the regular season‚ but will return to action in the World Series. The Yankees are also playing without Berra‚ who broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch on August 5th. The Yanks score 6 in the 9th to win the opener‚ 8-7‚ then take the nitecap‚ 7-5‚ behind Allie Reynolds (13-4).
1948: The Yanks stroll into second place by edging the Indians 3-2. Ahead 2-1‚ Sam Zoldak wilts in the 98 degree weather and is replaced by Gene Bearden. in the 9th. Joe DiMaggio is hit‚ and two wild throws bring in Ed Klieman‚ who finishes the walk to Yogi Berra. A Bobby Brown sac bunt‚ and an intentional pass to Phil Rizzuto load the bases. Cliff Mapes (below) walks to force in a run and a grounder brings home the winner.
1943: Lou Piniella is born. Happy 70th to Sweet Lou!
1939: A day after whipping the Tigers 13-3, the Yankees unload on the Bengals again‚ winning this time by 18-2. Joe DiMaggio leads the way with a grand slam.
1936: In the second game of a pair at the Stadium‚ Yankee pitcher Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats‚ collects 5 RBIs‚ and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as Joe DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. George Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit score 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York win 19-4, in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener 14-5 behind Red Ruffing, as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits‚ and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph’s 5 hits until 1964‚ when Mel Stottlemyre also cards five.
1927: Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer, over the right field at Sportsman’s Park in a 10-6 win over the Browns. Mark Koenig adds a homer to match Ken Williams’ two homers for the home side.
1924: Babe Ruth belts two homers, but the Senators beat the Yankees 11-6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning‚ and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September‚ but otherwise the Nats stay on top to the end.
1921: Despite 3 doubles by Babe Ruth‚ the Tigers drop the Yankees 7-3. The Bambino starts a record streak in which he gets at least one
extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits‚ 177 runs‚ and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging
average is one point behind that of a year ago.
1919: Fighting a cold‚ Walter Johnson gives up 19 hits in 14 innings and loses to New York 5-4. Bucky Harris, making his Major League debut, allows a pop fly to fall between three players and the winning run scores.
1909: The first six New York batters reach base safely‚ and though two cross the plate‚ only one counts as the Highlanders lose to Detroit 2-1. Clyde Engle (below) hits a leadoff single and stays on first base when Hal Chase chops a ball in the air and Engle thinks it is a pop up. Engle is tagged out. Four more singles plate one run and John Knight is called back to third when a hit ball touches an umpire. Ty Cobb has a single‚ double and triple for the Tigers.
1907: Highlander pitcher John ‘Tacks’ Neuer (below) begins baseball’s most successful short career by besting the Red Sox 1-0 in his first start‚ the nitecap of a doubleheader. In one month he will pitch 6 complete games‚ win 4‚ including 3 shutouts‚ and then disappear from the Major League scene. In the first game‚ Boston’s other Cy – Cy Morgan – wins over the New Yorkers. 5-3.
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1938: In the second game of a doubleheader with the Indians attended by 40,959 fans, Monte Pearson tosses the first no-hitter in Yankee Stadium history, in the process winning his 10th straight game. The final score is 13-0. Pearson faces just 27 batters‚ striking out 7. The Yankees‚ playing their 6th successive doubleheader‚ increase their AL lead to 12 games. In the lidlifter, Joe DiMaggio has 3 triples in an 8-7 Yankee win. New York score 4 in the 9th‚ the last 2 coming around on DiMaggio’s 3rd successive triple‚ to win it.
On other 27ths of August…
2006: At Anaheim, the Yankees get two homers each from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter to beat the Angels 11-8 and avoid a three game sweep. Williams adds a double and drives in 6 runs. The Angels are the only team against whom Joe Torre has a losing record as Yankee manager; the Halos are 53-51 against the Yanks with Torre as the skipper.
2005: The Yankees obtain outfielder Matt Lawton (below) from the Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Justin Berg.
1985: ’40s Yankee outfielder Johnny Lindell dies at the age of 68.
1984: Dave Kingman hits a double and homer to help Oakland score 7 runs in the 7th inning‚ but that’s all the A’s score in losing to the Yankees‚ 7-6. Bob Meacham has 2 homers‚ including the game winner in the 8th‚ to back Dave Righetti’s relief win. Bill Caudill is the loser.
1978: Catfish Hunter beats the Oakland A’s 6-2 to complete a 6-0 August that has been integral to the Yanks’ return from the dead. Utilizing a spin windup that he may have copied from Boston’s wily Luis Tiant, Hunter brings to mind the old saw that has it that a flashlight burns brightest just before the light goes out. Ron Guidry’s brilliance this year would have gone for naught without him.
1977: Toby Harrah and Bump Wills of the Rangers hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches off Ken Clay, highlighting an 8-2 win over the Yankees, only the second loss for New York in 14 games. It ties the ML mark and it is the first time since 1946 that two batters have connected consecutively on IPHRs.
1963: In the opener of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at the Stadium, Jim Bouton (18-6) takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning‚ but pinch hitter Russ Nixon leads off with a single to spoil the party. Bouton allows a second single as the Yankees win 5-0. Ralph Terry blanks the Bosox 3-0 in the nitecap to complete the sweep.
1950: Allie Reynolds hurls a 2-hitter in a 2-1 win over the White Sox. Tommy Henrich delivers Joe DiMaggio in the 10th with the walkoff single.
1935: The Yankees outslug the White Sox 13-10 in the first game of a doubleheader two as the two teams combine to strand 30 runners (15 apiece)‚ tying the ML record set in 1893. After 3 hits in the first game, Lou Gehrig ties an AL record with 5 walks in 5 plate appearances in the 2nd game‚ as the Yanks lose 4-3.
1927: Babe Ruth has a homer off reliever Ernie Nevers and a triple to pace the Yankees to a 14-4 win over the Browns. Bob Meusel and Earle Combs also add homers.
1926: The Yanks pick up veteran pitcher Dutch Ruether from Washington as pennant insurance. Although he will go only 2-5 down the stretch this season, Ruether will be a major contributor to the Murderers’ Row staff the following year.
1918: George Mogridge saves the Yanks’ 4-2 win in the opener of a twinbill with the Browns‚ relieving Slim Love. Lefty fielder Ham Hyatt connects for a Yankee home run in the 2nd as New York score all their runs in the first two innings. In the second game‚ the Browns start George Sisler on the mound. The Michigan Marvel pitches the first 7 innings and is 3-for-5 with a 3-run homer before being relieved by Byron Houck and returning to his usual post at first base. The Yanks prevail in 12 innings‚ 7-6‚ with the victory going to reliever Mogridge‚ who knocks in the winner. It is Sisler’s first start in 10 years‚ and the last of his career‚ and he would “probably have pitched to victory had it not been for [Les] Nunamaker’s shaky substitution in the gateway corner” (NY Times). Nunamaker makes 3 errors at first before being banished to left field‚ but is 6-for-6 for the afternoon‚ including 5 hits and an intentional walk in the nitecap.
1910: In the first of a pair‚ Highlander pitcher Jack Warhop steals home in the 6th. His run is the difference as New York beat the White Sox 4-3. The second contest is tied 6-6 when the umpires call it because of darkness.
1909: Jack Chesbro pitches his final game in a New York uniform, departing early in a 17-6 drubbing at the hands of Detroit.
2008: Things get off to a good start in in the Bronx when Johnny Damonfouls off four straight Tim Wakefield knuckleballs, then homers to right leading off the bottom of the first, but apart from another Damon blast in the 5th, the Yankees won’t have a lot to smile about today. The Red Sox pound Andy Pettittefor 10 hits and six runs over the next four frames on their way to a 7-3 win.
1997: The Yanks pound out 22 hits in an 18-2 win over Oakland. Joe Girardi and Rey Sanchez lead the way with 4 hits apiece.
1991: Number 1 draft pick Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the Yankees It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur player‚ surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by Oakland in 1990.
1987: The Yankees and Reds exchange starting pitchers‚ with Dennis Rasmussen going to Cincinnati in exchange for Bill Gullickson.
Happy birthday to Jayson Nix, born today in 1982.
1977: The Yanks win their 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6-5 win over Texas. With Boston losing, New York move in front by 2 games.
1966: Detroit’s Earl Wilson, winner of six straight‚ hits an 8th inning homer to give himself a 5-3 lead over New York. But the Yankees‚ batting against reliever Hank Aguirre in the 9th‚ tally one run on a Clete Boyer single‚ and win it 6-5 when Mickey Mantle clouts a pinch homer over a leaping Al Kaline in right field. The win still leaves New York (57-72) entrenched in last place.
1962: Robin Roberts(below), discarded earlier in the year by the Yankees‚ beats Whitey Ford 2-1 on homers by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Oriole sweep of the sputtering Bombers. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind New York.
1961: Roger Maris belts homer no. 51‚ off KC’s Jerry Walker. Roger’s blast in the 6th follows a Tony Kubek round-tripper. Bill Stafford allows just one hit till the 9th inning as the Yanks win 5-1.
1960: The Yanks collect 5 solo homers and 4 pinch hits‚ the latter tying an AL record‚ to top the Indians 7-6 in the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium. Yogi Berra’s 2nd circuit shot gives New York the win in the 11th. In game 2‚ the Yanks win 7-5 with Bob Cerv’s 3-run homer the big blow.
1957: At the Stadium, Yankee-killer Frank Lary stops New York as Detroit win 5-2. Lary allows just a 2-run homer in the first inning to Mickey Mantle that reaches the upper deck in center. The New York lead is now down to 3 1/2 games‚ as they start a crucial series in
Chicago. They will sweep 3 from the Sox.
1956: The Yankees officially announce the purchase of veteran Enos Slaughter from Kansas City.
1949: The Indians down the visiting Yankees 5-3 behind Al Benton. Vic Raschi strikes out 8 but loses his 5th game in his last 8 starts. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, who have swept a doubleheader from the White Sox, now close to within 1 1/2 games.
1935: In the opener of a twinbill‚ lumbering first baseman Zeke Bonura of the White Sox steals home with 2 outs in the 15th inning to beat the Yankees’ Jimmy DeShong 9-8. New York take a 7-5 lead in the 13th on a 2-run single by George Selkirk, but Selkirk’s error following a Luke Appling single and Bonura’s double ties the match up. The Yanks go ahead 8-7 in the top of the 15th on Lou Gehrig’s 2nd homer of the game‚ off Whit Wyatt. A single by Appling and a walk to Bonura start the 15th; Zeke surprises everyone by nabbing his 4th career stolen base. New York take the nitecap 7-5 in 7 innings. Gehrig has 2 homers‚ a double and 3 singles for the afternoon.
1922: The Yankees, in a dogfight with St. Louis for the pennant, take over first place by beating the Brownies 9-2 behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser.
1918: AL president Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of pitcher Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox‚ for whom Quinn was 5-1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.
The red-letter day…
2011: In a rain-delayed afternoon affair, the Yankees become the first team in MLB history to hit 3 grand slams in the same game, in a 22-9 lambasting of the visiting Oakland A’s. The out of towners jumped out to a 7-1 lead before the Bombers’ offense kicked into high gear, with Russell Martin, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson (below) delivering with the bases loaded.
On other 25ths of August…
2003: The Yankees claim Reds lefty reliever Felix Heredia off waivers to keep Cincinnati from trading him to an AL East team.
2001: The Yankees defeat the Angels‚ 7-5‚ as Roger Clemens becomes the 1st AL hurler to go 17-1 to begin a season. Paul O’Neill hits his 20th HR of the year‚ making him the oldest player in history – at age 38 – to reach the 20 HR-20 SB mark in a season.
1996: The Yankees dedicate their first new monument in 47 years‚ to Mickey Mantle‚ in Monument Park in center field at the Stadium. Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments‚ while 15 men are honored on plaques.
1984: ’20s Yankee ace Waite Hoyt dies at the age of 84.
1978: With 4 amateur umps officiating (ML umpires are staging a one-day walkout in defiance of their union contract – semipro and amateur umps are pressed into service until a restraining order forces the strikers to return), Ron Guidry posts his 18th win‚ beating the A’s 7-1. Reggie Jackson’s home run is good for his 1‚001st career RBI. The win keeps the Yankees 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.
1977: The Twins blow a 4-2 lead over the Yankees when Mickey Rivers (below) hits a 2-run single in the 7th inning and Reggie Jackson drives home a run in the next frame.
1976: The Yankees edge the Twins 5-4 in a 19-inning marathon. Grant Jackson becomes the winner over Pete Redfern when Mickey Rivers delivers Oscar Gamble with a walkoff single.
1968: The Tigers‚ ahead 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in the Bronx‚ fail to score with two on in the 4th inning when the Yanks bring in Rocky Colavito to pitch. The 35-year-old slugger retires Al Kaline and Willie Horton and tosses 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky’s only other appearance on the mound‚ in 1958‚ he also faced Kaline – the victory by a position player will be the last this century. Bill Robinson and Bobby Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and‚ after a walk‚ Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th‚ Yankee reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the AL record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tiger he faces‚ giving him 32 straight batters retired over 4 appearances. New York sweep‚ winning 6-5 and then topping Mickey Lolich in the nitecap‚ 5-4. The four losses in New York leave the Tigers just 5 lengths ahead of the Orioles.
1966: With a record of 2-5, Whitey Ford is finished for the year, as he undergoes surgery for a circulatory problem in his left shoulder.
1964: Whitey Ford (13-5) wins his first game in 6 weeks. Ford throws 100 pitches in 8 innings and Al Downing strikes out 3 in the 9th as the 3rd-place Yankees beat Washington 4-1.
1957: A baseball game is played at the Little America research station in Antarctica using equipment donated by the Yankees to the United Nations. A team of Seabees tops a team of civilians‚ 11-6‚ in 2 innings. The temperature at game time is a balmy 40 degrees below zero.
1956: On Old Timer’s Day at the Stadium‚ the Yankees make room for new acquisition Enos Slaughter by giving Phil Rizzuto his unconditional release. The Scooter will be 38 next month‚ though years later he’ll reveal he fudged his birth certificate and was really born in 1917. Through the intervention of Ballantine Beer‚ Rizzuto will get a job in the announcing booth next season‚ replacing Jim Woods. The White Sox top the Yanks‚ 4-2. Mickey Mantle has a homer‚ but his throwing error allows the go-ahead run to score.
1952: In a 1-0 win over the Yankees in at the Stadium‚ Virgil Trucks of the Detroit Tigers pitches his second no-hitter of the season. The no-hitter is in doubt for 3 innings when a play made by shortstop Johnny Pesky in the 3rd inning is under debate. The official scorer‚ John Drebinger‚ records it as an error when Pesky has trouble getting a ball hit by Phil Rizzuto out of his glove. Dan Daniel of the New York World Telegram convinces Drebinger that it cannot be ruled an error because the ball was stuck in the fielder’s glove‚ and Rizzuto is awarded a hit. In the 6th inning‚ with Trucks not having given up another hit‚ Drebinger calls Pesky in the dugout from the press box‚ and the shortstop says that he should be given the error rather than Rizzuto the hit. The call is changed again‚ and Trucks’ achievement – the last time the Yankees will be no-hit in the 20th century – is preserved. Trucks’ record is now 5-15: he will finish the season at 5-19.
1951: Before 66‚110 at Cleveland‚ Mickey Mantle powers an opposite field 2-run homer off Mike Garcia to help the Yankees to a 7-3 win. New York (77-46) move to within a game in back of the Tribe.
1939: At St. Louis‚ the Yankees sweep the Browns‚ 11-0 and 8-2. Red Rolfe scores for the Yankees in both games, giving him 18 straight in which he’s tallied a run. In those 18 games he has scored a total of 30 times. The Browns will end the season with a dismal home record of 18-59 – the .234 winning percentage is the worst home record in the 20th century.
Off the field, Dooley Womack, the Yankee pitcher to date to steal a base (in 1968!) is born. Happy 74th to one of the most interestingly named of all Yankee players.
1935: The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, falling 6-3 in the opener and then bouncing back to take the nitecap 6-1. During the first game, Earle Combs (below), playing out of position in left field, suffers a serious shoulder injury in a collision with third baseman Red Rolfe. The Combs injury will help to precipitate the future Hall of Famer’s retirement of the season.
1931: At Chicago‚ the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox 6-0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple‚ a single‚ 2 runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition‚ he beats Carl Reynolds of the Pale Hose in a pre-game 100-yard dash.
1921: With the Indians on their way to a 15-1 win over the Yankees‚ New York pitcher Harry Harper, on the mound in the 8th‚ hits three consecutive Cleveland batters, plunking Charlie Jamieson in the ribs‚ Larry Gardner in the arm‚ and Steve O’Neill in the back. O’Neill takes several steps towards the mound and throws the ball back at Harper, precipitating a bench- clearing brawl. Bob Meusel contributes 4 errors in the game. The Tribe take over 1st place from the Yanks.
1906: The Highlanders sweep a doubleheader from Cleveland at Hilltop Park by identical 2-0 scores. ‘Slow Joe’ Doyle (below) gets in the win in the opener in his Major League debut.
1902: AL President Ban Johnson (below) announces the league’s intention to have a New York team in ’03‚ with Clark Griffith as manager. The Baltimore Orioles franchise will be moved.
2002: At the Stadium, Rangers’ starter Aaron Myette’s first-inning, bases-loaded walk to Jorge Posada scores Jason Giambi and ties the game at 1-1, after Alex Rodriguez had homered off Roger Clemens. Six innings later Giambi’s long home run to right off lefty Juan Alvarez is the difference in a 3-2 Yankee win.
1983: Brett Gardner is born. Happy 30h to Speedy Gardzales!
1977: Catfish Hunter notches his final win of the year‚ an 11-1 four-hit victory over the Twins. New York support Hunter with homers by Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Chris Chambliss and Bucky Dent.
1968: Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees top Denny McLain, 2-1, for one of only 6 losses (against 31 wins) that the Tiger ace will suffer this year.
1960: Despite Roy Sievers’ 2 homers and a double‚ the Yankees beat the White Sox 3-2‚ dropping Chicago 1 1/2 games off the pace and into a second place tie with the Orioles. Art Ditmar is the winner over Herb Score.
1951: Against Cleveland’s Early Wynn, Gene Woodling cracks his third homer off the Tribe ace this year‚ as the Yanks win 2-0. Woodling went deep on Wynn on June 24th‚ July 24th and today. Mickey Mantle makes his first appearance since his recall from the minors.
1904: The Highlanders’ Wee Willie Keller collects 2 inside-the-park homers against the St. Louis Browns in a 9-1 win at Hilltop Park.
2003: Baltimore beats Mike Mussina and the Yankees 7-2 behind Rodrigo Lopez’s complete game. Jay Gibbon has a homer and a double. Before the game‚ the Yankees retire number 49 in honour of Ron Guidry. The Yanks shower their former captain with gifts including an SUV‚ a tractor‚ golf clubs‚ a ring and even throw in some mountain bikes for Guidry’s kids. Guidry‚ who hates to fly‚ was given five round trip train tickets from his home in Louisiana to New York.
1999: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 rout of the Rangers. Scott Brosius and Joe Girardi – the 8th and 9th batters in the NY lineup – drive in 65 and 7 runs respectively. Derek Jeter scores his 100th run of the year‚ the 1st Yank to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mickey Mantle did it in 9 straight campaigns (1953-61).
1996: The Yankees obtain pitcher Graeme Lloyd (below) and former Rookie of the Year Pat Listach from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Gerald Williams and pitcher Bob Wickman. Lloyd is immediately put to work and provides late inning relief as the first-place Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-3. The Yanks will officially complain to the AL that the Brewers sent damaged goods in the 2 players‚ but the complaint is ignored. However‚ the Brewers will take back
Listach and send Ricky Bones to the Bronx on the 29th. The Yanks will file a grievance over Lloyd’s injury next month and the Brewers will send minor leaguer Danny Perez as compensation. Lloyd will go on to excel in the post-season when the Yankees win their first World Series since 1978.
1977: Behind Mickey Rivers’ 5-for-5 day and Mike Torrez’s 7th straight complete game contributing to an 8-3 defeat of the White Sox‚ the Yanks take over first place in the AL East. With the Red Sox losing‚ the Yankees go ahead by a half game and will stay in first place to the end.
1964: The Yankees, currently in third place, launch the hot streak that will carry them to the pennant, as they beat the Red Sox at Fenway 4-3 – they will win 26 of their next 33. Mickey Mantle opens the scoring with a towering two-run blast off Earl Wilson.
1956: Despite Mickey Mantle’s bunt single, triple, and home run in the nightcap, the White Sox, led by Nellie Fox’s seven straight hits, take both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium, 8-3 and 6-4.
1948: Ron Blomberg, the first Yankee designated hitter (and the first DH in Major League history to bat) is born. Happy 65th, Ron!
1942: Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69‚000 for the New York-Washington game at the Stadium that provides $80‚000 for Army-Navy relief. The Babe hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands‚ and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523‚000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener 7-6, and New York cop the nitecap 3-0 in 5 1/2 innings.
1935: After hitting a homer in the 5th against the Browns, Lou Gehrig connects in the 13th with 2 aboard to give the Yankees a 6-3 win.
1930: The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yanks will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio, buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.
1928: The rained-out Yankees pick up Tom Zachary on waivers from Washington for $7‚500. Zachary will take the place in the starting rotation normally occupied by Herb Pennock currently down with an attack of neuritis. To make room for the lefty‚ New York release veteran spitballer Stan Coveleski.
1920: In the Yankee clubhouse at the Polo Grounds, Carl Mays (below) is waiting to make his first appearance since the fatal beaning of Ray Chapman‚ when a clubhouse boy delivers a note from Ty Cobb. It reads: ‘If it was within my power‚ I would have inscribed on Ray Chapman’s tombstone these words: ‘Here lies a victim of arrogance‚ viciousness and greed’. Though nervous in the early innings‚ Mays shuts out the Tigers to win 10-0. He then issues a statement to answer his critics on the Tigers and Red Sox: “Both those clubs have pitchers who have hit more men this year than I have”. Mays has hit six‚ but Boston’s Joe Bush (10) and Detroit’s Howard Ehmke (9) have more plunkings.
2010: The Yankees sink the Mariners 10-0 at the Stadium. Robinson Cano hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs in support of CC Sabathia’s league-leading 17th win, his 15th straight at home.
1996: The Yankees claim Luis Sojo off waivers.
1968: Jim Merritt loses his shut out in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle parks a pinch homer in Minneapolis. The Twins win‚ 3-1. The Mick’s homer ties him with Jimmie Foxx for third place on the all-time list.
1964: In a doubleheader with the Red Sox, the Yankees lose the opener 5-3‚ extending their losing streak to 6 games. Boston score 3 runs in the 8th inning to win it. In the nitecap‚ New York win 8-0‚ as Mickey Mantle and John Blanchard both homer‚ and Roger Maris
drives in 3 runs. Mel Stottlemyre wins his third game in a row since being recalled from Richmond. The Yanks end the day 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles, with the White Sox in second place‚ 1 1/2 games back.
1961: Roger Maris becomes the first player to hit his 50th homer in the month of August‚ as the Yankees lose to the Angels 4-3 (Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx both hit no. 50 on September 4th). Ken McBride serves up the gopher ball in the 6th inning with Billy Gardner aboard.
1958: The pipeline continues to flow… Kansas City‚ in 5th place, ship pitcher Murry Dickson, their second biggest winner‚ to the Yankees for a player to be named later: it turns out to be minor leaguer Zeke Bella Dickson will provide unneeded pennant insurance for the Yankees, and, to no one’s surprise, will return to KC next May. The Yanks win today‚ topping Chicago‚ 8-5.
1954: The Yankees pick up relief pitcher Jim Konstanty from the Phillies for cash. The former MVP will be a valuable contributor in 1955.
1949: The second-division Giants sell veteran Johnny Mize to the Yankees for $40‚000. Mize has tied Ralph Kiner for the NL lead in homers the past two seasons. Asked about the acquisition at a train stopover in Albany‚ an astonished Casey Stengel replies‚ “This is the first I’ve heard of it. Do with him? I don’t know what I’ll do with him.” The Yanks lead Boston by 2 1/2 games.
1927: The Yankees lose their fourth straight for the first time this year‚ 9-4‚ to the Indians‚ despite Babe Ruth’s 40th home run of the campaign. Righty Urban Shocker, on in relief‚ breaks a finger on his left hand when he is hit by Joe Sewell’s line drive. Sewell has 4 of the Tribe’s 19 hits.
1889: Wally Schang, starting catcher for the Yankees’ first three pennant winning clubs and their first World Championship team in 1923, is born.