8/21 in Yankee History
The red-letter day ~
1930: After belting career home run no. 599 ~ a grand slam ~ in yesterday’s game, Babe Ruth hits his 600th off George Blaeholder of the Browns‚ as the Yankees win 11-7. Lou Gehrig homers immediately after the Babe’s historic blow. In their 10 years as teammates‚ they will homer in the same inning 19 times and in the same game 72 times.
On other 21sts of August…
2011: With Alex Rodriguez back in the line-up for the first time since the 7th of July, the Yankees shut out the Twins 3 – 0. Curtis Granderson, who has had no problem hitting the ball out of the park all year, keeps his 7th-inning hit within the confines, but races around the bases for an inside the park homer that doubles the Yankees’ lead. Mark Teixera follows with a more conventional home run and Ivan Nova improves to 13-4 on the year. A-Rod and Jim Thome become the first members of the 600 home run club to appear in the same contest since Willie Mays and Hank Aaron 38 years earlier.
2009: Hideki Matsui hits a pair of three-run homers and drives in 7 as the Yankees lambast the Red Sox 20-11 at Fenway. The only highlight for the Sox comes when Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 54th base of the season in the 1st, breaking the franchise record held by Tommy Harper.
2005: The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-2‚ scoring all its runs in the 4th inning‚ clocking Randy Johnson for 4 home runs in the frame‚ including 3 in a row. The Big Unit had never previously given up 4 homers in an inning.
1996: Welcome to the Bigs ~ Derek Jeter launches Jason Dickson’s first Major League pitch for a home run, but that’s all the scoring for the slumping Yankees as the Angels’ rookie wins 7-1. Chili Davis has a brace of homers‚ the first off loser Jimmy Key (9-10).
1991: Bernie Williams fans 5 consecutive times in a 7-4 loss to the Royals to tie the major league mark for a 9-inning game. He’s consoled by Yankee hitting coach Frank Howard, one of the 28 batters who share the mark.
1977: Graig Nettles’ home run and double account for both Yankee runs in a 2-1 win over Texas. Ron Guidry picks up his 10th win of the year, and the Yanks cut the Red Sox lead to 1/2 a game.
1966: John Wetteland is born. Happy 47th to Mariano’s predecessor, and thanks for the ’96 WS!
1943: At Cleveland‚ Charley Keller and Bill Dickey hit homers to pace the Yankees to a 8-3 win over the Indians. For Dickey‚ it is his 200th career round-tripper. Jeff Heath had a two run homer‚ his 4th of the series against New York. Hank Borowy is the winner and stops Lou Boudreau’s 14-game hit streak. Nick Etten has three hits and an RBI‚ and is now tied with Rudy York for the league RBI lead with 84.
1936: Red Sox hurler Wes Ferrell, in a tantrum for what he considers shabby support‚ walks off the mound during a Yankee rally at the Stadium and is suspended and fined $1‚000 by Boston manager Joe Cronin. It is the second time in 5 days he has walked off the hill‚ having done it at Fenway last Sunday in a game against the Senators. Ferrell‚ furious when he hears about the fine‚ and says he will not pay it. “They can suspend me or trade me‚ but they’re not getting any dough from me.” The Red Sox lift the suspension in 4 days but will trade Ferrell after the season. The Yanks win‚ 4-1‚ handing Ferrell his 14th loss of the year.
1935: In a see-saw doubleheader at Sportsman’s Park, the Yankees thrash the Browns 14-2 in the opener before losing the nitecap 14-3. A crowd of 1‚500 see Lou Gehrig blow open the first game with a 3rd inning grand slam off Buck Newsom. It is Lou’s record 17th salami. The Iron Horse has another circuit shot in the second game.
1934: Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees fall to the visiting Browns 8-6. St. Louis left fielder Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.
1933: The Yankees and White Sox play an 18-inning game which ends in a 3-3 tie because of darkness. Each team has a line of 3-11-0 and each scores a single run in the 9th and two in the 11th. Herb Pennock (below) comes on to relieve Yankee starter Charlie Devens in the 8th and goes the last 10 innings.
1927: The Indians make it 2 in a row over the Yankees‚ beating them 7-4. Babe Ruth leaves the game in the first inning after hitting an apparent extra base hit and pulling up lame at first.
1921: At St. Louis‚ the largest crowd of the season cheer as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 5-4 and 10-0. Bill Bayne (below) strikes out 7 of the 1st 9 Yanks in game 2 on his way to a 10 K run.