4/24 in Yankee History
The red-letter day ~
1917: In front of 3‚219 fans‚ Yankee lefty George Mogridge pitches a no-hitter against the Red Sox, the second no-no in franchise history, and the first at Fenway Park, for a 2-1 New York win.
It is the second of what will be an AL record five no-hitters in a season. The Yankees score on 2 walks‚ an error‚ and a sacrifice fly off Dutch Leonard. This will be the last no-hitter by a Yankee lefty until Dave Righetti’s in 1983.
On other 24ths of April…
2012: The game between the Yankees and the Rangers features a duel between two Japanese free agents, Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish. Darvish gets the upper hand, pitching 8 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out 10 in leading Texas to a 2 – 0 win.
2009: At Fenway Park, Mariano Rivera is charged with a rare blown save in the first matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox this season. With two outs in the 9th inning, Rivera gives up a two-run home run to Jason Bay to tie the score 4 – 4. Kevin Youkilis homers over the Green Monster in the 11th for a 5 – 4 Boston walkoff win.
2003: The Angels hand Andy Pettitte and the Yankees a 6-2 loss. It is the first defeat of the year for a NY starting pitcher‚ ending their ML-record streak of starters going 16-0 to begin the season.
2001: As the American League celebrates its 100th anniversary, ‘Ichiromania’ arrives the Bronx. The newly signed former Orix Blue Wave star makes his Yankee Stadium debut, with fans of Japanese extraction jamming the stands, including an enterprising crew of six bare-chested young men with I-C-H-I-R-O on their fronts and S-U-Z-U-K-I on their backs. But it is Mariners; shortstop and catcher Tom Lampkin who do most of the damage off Roger Clemens, driving in two runs apiece off the Yankee fireballer in a 7-5 Seattle win.
1998: Yankee Stadium is cleared to reopen‚ so a series that was originally scheduled to be in Detroit opens in New York. Darryl Strawberry homers to complete a 4-run rally in the 1st in the Yankees 8-4 win. David Cone earns the win‚ his 150th‚ over Greg Keagle. It is also Cone’s 11th consecutive win over Detroit.
1995: Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 6 months of home confinement on tax evasion charges. He must also pay the government $350‚000 in back taxes.
1992: Former Yankees vice president Leonard Kleinman drops his $30 million lawsuit against baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. The suit had been one of the obstacles standing in the way of George Steinbrenner’s reinstatement with the Yankees.
1965: Former Yankee third baseman/DH Mike Blowers in born. Happy 49th to M.B.!
1977: Carlos Beltran is born. Happy 37th, CB ~ glad to have you in the Bronx!
1962: Mets manager and former Yankee skipper Casey Stengel is fined $500 by Commissioner Ford Frick for allowing his picture to appear in a beer ad.
1960: The Yankees score 8 runs against the Orioles before the first out is made‚ tying an AL record set by Cleveland July 6‚ 1954‚ also against Baltimore. Included in the opening New York salvo are a 3-run homer by Elston Howard and a follow-up jack by Tony Kubek. The Orioles respond with grand slams by Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus in the 8th and 9th‚ but New York hold on for a 15-9 triumph.
1957: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle drills an 8th inning solo shot off Baltimore’s Connie Johnson to give the Yankees a 3-2 win. He scored earlier on a Yogi Berra homer.
1946: Clark Griffith, the Yankees’ first manager, and his one-time ace Jack Chesbro are among 11 new inductees into the Hall of Fame.
1940: At Philadelphia‚ the Yankees whip the A’s‚ 9-4‚ behind Red Ruffing. Master deceiver Frankie Crosetti pulls off his sixth successful hidden ball trick in the majors when he nabs the A’s Al Brancato.
1938: Goose Goslin’s pinch-hit homer is the fifth of his career‚ for a new AL record‚ but the Yankees beat the Senators 4-3.
1937: In Boston’s home opener‚ the Yankees tie the Sox on Tony Lazzeri’s 8th inning homer‚ then score a pair in the 10th on George Selkirk’s triple. Twinkletoes is out trying to swipe home. The Sox come back for a run in the 10th‚ but the Yankees win‚ 6-5.
1923: President Warren G. Harding attends the game at Yankee Stadium and sees Babe Ruth hit a HR in a 4-0 win over the Senators‚ as Sad Sam Jones pitches the first shutout in the new park.
1920: The Yankees Carl Mays pitches 10 innings in beating the Philadelphia Athletics‚ 3-2. Mays allows 6 hits in winning his 6th straight over the Mackmen.
1909: Sidelined much of April with the flu‚ Walter Johnson makes his 1st appearance of the year. He ‘should’ve stood in bed’, as the Highlanders rough him up for 6 runs before he is lifted in the 3rd. Behind Joe Lake‚ New York roll to a 17-0 win over Washington‚ a club record shutout loss for the Nationals. It will be tied by the Yankees in 1920.