8/18 in Yankee History
2007: In an historic first, a player hits a home run off a pitcher who won a Cy Young Award before the hitter was even born. Roger Clemens is the hurler, Cameron Maybin of the Tigers the young slugger. The Yankees down Detroit at the Stadium 5-2.
2006: At Fenway, the Yankees outlast the Red Sox in the 2nd game of their day-night doubleheader to prevail 14-11, with Mike Myers (below) getting the win. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning contest in ML history. The visitors won the first game by the more comfortable margin of 12-4. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40
2000: The Angels defeat the Yankees‚ 9-8 in 11 innings. Anaheim score 5 runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad’s homer wins it in the 11th. It is the first time since 1988 that the Bombers have blown a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.
1996: In a wild contest at the Stadium‚ the Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The New Yorkers strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to make it a ballgame again. Seattle score twice in the 6th‚ but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the inning with 3 runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle score 3 in the top half of the inning‚ 2 on first baseman Paul Sorrento’s second homer of the game. New York fight back with 2 in the bottom of the inning‚ but fall 1 short‚ losing 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East‚ while the Mariners stay 6 games behind Texas in second place in the AL West.
1995: Phil Rizzuto calls it quits as a Yankee broadcaster after 39 years at the mike‚ reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend Mickey Mantle’s funeral. The Scooter eventually will return for the 1996 season.
1989: Dallas Green (below) is fired as Yankee manager and replaced by former shortstop Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time that the Bronx Bombers have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973.
1983.The ‘Pine Tar Game’ resumes. Hal McRae strikes out for the last Kansas City out and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Royals’ 5-4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and‚ as the only game scheduled at the Stadium‚ is attended by a crowd of 1‚245. An odd feature of the game is Billy Martin’s protest lineup in the field, including lefty Don Mattingly playing second, and Ron Guidry in center field.
1979: The Yankees sell Ray Burris (1-3) to the Mets.
1976: In an 8-6 Yankee win over the Rangers, Roy White homers from each side of the plate.
1950: A’s lefty Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankee hit in the last 5 innings‚ but it’s a big one. With the score tied at 2 in the top of the 9th‚ Joe DiMaggio blasts his 22nd home run of the year to give the 3rd place New Yorkers a 3-2 win and hand the Mackmen their 6th straight loss.
1940: The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its sports editor‚ Jimmy Powers (in the middle in the photo below)‚ suggesting that the fifth place Yankees had been hit by a ‘mass polio epidemic.’ Powers charges that Lou Gehrig’s ‘infantile paralysis’ had infected the other Yankees‚ accounting for the team’s uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and fans.
At Gehrig’s request‚ Milton Eisenberg‚ a Brooklyn attorney‚ brings suit for $1 million against Powers and the newspaper charging that Gehrig’s reputation and credit had been hurt and that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankees‚ including Bill Dickey, also file suit against the News‚ causing the newspaper to issue a public apology that will appear on September 26‚ The three and a half column story appears under the headline ‘OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES.’ In his apology‚ Powers admits he had no business getting ‘snarled up in medical controversy’, stating ‘Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club’. ‘Lou is a personal
hero‚ Powers adds. ‘Hurting his feelings was far from my mind’.
1938: In the opening game of a doubleheader at Washington, and pitching against the team that released him less than a week ago‚ new Yankee Wes Ferrell beats the Senators 5-4 in 11 innings. The visitors drop the first nitecap 6-3, Bump Hadley taking the loss.
1935: At Detroit‚ Tony Lazzeri send a line drive back through the box, hitting Schoolboy Rowe on the hand. After a 12-minute delay‚ the pitcher returns and allows just one more hit. Detroit whip the Yankees 6-0.
1931: In New York’s 5-4 loss at Detroit‚ Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1‚000th consecutive game. He is 307 short of Everett Scott’s record streak.
1920: Wally Pipp (below) hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning‚ off Jim Bagby‚ to give the Yankees a 4-3 over the first-place Indians at the Polo Grounds. Both teams wear black arm bands in memory of Ray Chapman. Carl Mays is conspicuous in not wearing the symbol.
1912: At Hilltop Park, the Tigers beat the Highlanders 9-4. Ty Cobb steals home in the 1st inning‚ the third time this season he’s swiped home in the opening frame.
1906: Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the second time this season‚ both times by spitballer Ed Walsh of the White Sox‚ and the luck of Willie’s Highlander teammates isn’t much better, as the visiting Chicagoans roll, 10-0. The Sox score 9 in the 9th to break it open.
1903: Jack Chesbro (below) bests Bill Donovan of the Tigers in a pitching duel at Detroit, as the Highlanders prevail 1-0.