8/31 in Yankee History

 

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.

Yankees starting pitcher Pettitte throws against the Phillies in Game 3 of the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series in Philadelphia

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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1993: As the trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals ship  closer Lee Smith (below) to the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Richard Batchelor.

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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.

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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.

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1966: Bobby Richardson retires from baseball at the age of 31.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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