4/10 in Yankee History
The red-letter days…
1998: The largest regular season crowd ever at the post-renovation original Stadium (56,717) look on as Tino Martinez leads the Yankees to an historic 17-13 win over the A’s. Martinez had 3 hits‚ including a double and HR‚ 5 RBI‚ and 4 runs. The teams combine for a Yankee Stadium record with 30 runs‚ topping the old record of 28 set on June 3‚ 1933. The Yankees’ 17 runs are the most in a home opener since 1955.
1913: President Woodrow Wilson‚ who receives a gold pass from Ban Johnson‚ throws out the first ball at Washington’s home opener at National Park against New York. Under new manager Frank Chance‚ the New Yorkers are playing their first regular season game as Yankees.
New York starter George McConnell‚ 8-12 last year as a 35-year-old rookie‚ allows just 6 hits but loses to Walter Johnson 2-1. Danny Moeller drives in both Nat runs with a single. After giving up an unearned run in the first‚ Johnson begins a string of shutout innings that will reach a record 55 2/3 before the St. Louis Browns score in the 4th on May 14th. Johnson scatters 8 hits today‚ including one by 1B Charlie Sterrett. Regular first sacker Hal Chase‚ though left-handed‚ fills in at second base for injured player/manager Frank Chance.
On other 10ths of April…
2011: In the nationally-televised Sunday-night game, the Red Sox shut out the Yankees at Fenway 4-0, thanks to a dominating performance by Josh Beckett, who gives up only 2 hits in 8 innings while striking out 10. The Red Sox strand 16 baserunners but manage to scratch out a run off CC Sabathia on Mike Cameron’s infield single in the 3rd, before tacking on a few insurance runs late in the game. Beckett and Jonathan Pabelbon combine to retire the final 17 New York batters in order.
2010: CC Sabathia flirts with a no-hit bid, before giving up a two-out single to the Rays’ Kelly Shoppach in the 8th inning. Having reached his pitch count limit, he then exits the game, but is credited with the Yanks’ 10-0 win.
2005: The Orioles contribute to the Yankees’ poor start with a 7-2 victory at the Stadium. Carl ‘American Idle’ Pavano, making one of his few starts in pinstripes, allows six singles over 8 innings, as well as a homer to Brian Roberts. Rodrigo Lopez gets the win for the Birds.
1991: Scott Sanderson hurls 8 no-hit innings against the Tigers in his first appearance as a Yankee. He surrenders a wind-blown double to Tony Phillips on his first pitch of the 9th‚ and is replaced by Greg Cadaret‚ who finishes the 1-hitter for a 4-0 Bomber victory.
1989:The Yankees are victims of Dave Stieb’s third one-hitter in his last four starts (dating back to the previous September) as they fall to the Blue Jays, 8-0. Jamie Quirk’s 5th inning single is the Bombers’ only safety.
1982: The Yankees trade relief pitcher Ron Davis and minor leaguers Paul Boris and Greg Gagne to the Twins for veteran infielder Roy Smalley. Gagne hit .270 and .297 over the past two seasons at Greensboro.
1980: At Arlington Stadium‚ Jon Matlack and Ron Guidry both pitch shutout ball for 9 innings before being lifted. In the 12th‚ Goose Gossage relieves with Mickey Rivers on 3rd and Richie Zisk at the plate. His first pitch is wild, allowing Rivers to score the game’s only run. Gossage also lost the ’78 Opener when Zisk took him deep in the 9th. Each team manages just 4 hits in the contest with Bob Watson and Bob Sundberg each collecting three of them
1976: Having failed to hear the time-out call of 1st baseman Chris Chambliss, Yankee reliever Dave Pagan delivers a 9th-inning pitch to the Brewers’ Don Money, who hits it for a grand slam and an apparent Milwaukee 10-9 walkoff win. The time-out nullifies the homer, Money hits a sac fly on the subsequent pitch, and the visitors will prevail 9-7.
1969: Frank Howard bangs a pair of homers‚ giving him 4 in 3 games‚ in the Senators 9-6 win over the Yankees. Fritz Peterson gives up 10 hits and 6 runs in taking the loss. For the Yanks‚ Frank Fernandez hits a pair of homers‚ one a grand slam.
1968: In New York‚ just 15‚744 Yankee faithful show up for the home opener with California. Poet Marianne Moore tosses out the first ball and rookie catcher Frank Fernandez catches it.
Fernandez then belts a home run off George Brunet for the margin of victory, as Mel Stottlemyre gets the win‚ 1-0. Fernandez has one of three hits off Brunet‚ while Stottlemyre allows just four hits. This is one of four shutouts (out of ten games) pitched on Opening Day.
1963: The Yankees follow an 8-2 opening day victory yesterday with a 5-3 win today at Kansas City. The 45*F weather takes its toll‚ as Yankee starter Bill Stafford leaves in the 7th inning with a twinge in his right arm‚ and will never be quite the same. Mickey Mantle homers but pulls a muscle in his last at bat that he will re-injure on the 13th‚ sidelining him for 2 weeks.
1962: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle‚ Roger Maris‚ and Moose Skowron‚ the three Yankees who combined for 143 homers last season‚ hit Opening Day blasts to propel New York to a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Baltimore. Moose’s shot is a two-run job to dead center that he legs out for an inside-the -park homer‚ while Mantle hits his in the 8th inning to tie the game‚ Maris hits a 3-run shot in the 5th. Johnny Temple‚ in his first game for the O’s‚ has three hits‚ including a homer. Starters Billy Hoeft and Whitey Ford are gone after six innings‚ and the win goes to Ralph Terry‚ while Hal Brown takes the loss.
1946: Bob Watson, 1b-DH for the 1980-81 Yankees, and general manager of the team in 1996-97, is born. Happy 68th, Bob!
1940: In an exhibition game in Ashland‚ KY‚ the Yankees collect only 2 hits off Max Macon and Newt Kimball but beat the Dodgers‚ 7-6. The scoring comes in the 4th on a Red Rolfe (below) single‚ 4 walks‚ and 2 errors‚ and in the 6th on Babe Dahlgren’s solo home run. The Yanks do lose Jake Powell‚ who suffers a cerebral concussion in an outfield collision. Powell will play just 12 games this season.
1934: Author and historian David Halberstam is born. Halberstam was also a lifelong Yankee fan who penned excellent accounts of the 1949 pennant race (‘Summer of ’49) and the 1964 World Series (October, 1964). He died in 2007, age 73.
1928: The Brooklyn Robins beat the Yankees‚ 7-2‚ to earn a split in their 4 game series. The World Champions end their exhibition season with a 6-14 record‚ going 3-10 against major-league competition.