The red-letter day ~
1941: At Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio singles in each game of a doubleheader sweep of the Senators, 9-4 and 7-5. The safety in the first game ties the American League consecutive-game-hit record held by George Sisler at 41 games, and the second surpasses it.
On other 29ths of June…
2007: With the Yanks reeling after a 1-7 road trip, Mike Mussina takes the mound at the Stadium to face the Oakland A’s. Moose goes 7 inni9ngs and pick us up the win, riding a two-run, first-inning A-Rod home run. Sadly, the loser for the A’s, Joe Kennedy, will die an untimely death in the off-season due to an undiagnosed heart ailment.
2000: The Yankees tie a Major League record when three Bombers stroked sacrifice flies in the same inning in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino all deliver.
Off the field, the club make a key — if unexpected — trade, shipping outfielder Ricky Ledee and two players to be named later to the Indians for lefty power-hitting outfielder David Justice (below).
1987: The Yankees pull off one of the wildest wins in their history. In action against the Blue Jays, they take an 11-4 lead, fall behind 14-11, then prevail 15-14 on the strength of an 8th inning grand slam by Dave Winfield. It is their second salami of the day, as Don Mattingly had already hit one.
1968: Yankee legends from different eras cross paths – Mickey Mantle ties the score in the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s ith a two-run homer, only to see his blast go for naught when rookie Reggie Jackson goes long in the eighth inning of a 5-2 Oakland win. The home-standing Yanks recover to win the second game, 5-4.
1966: Mickey Mantle blasts his 37th and 38th career Fenway Park homers tying him with Babe Ruth for most homers in the ancient
Boston venue by an opponent. They remain tied in that regard to this day. The second of those two was the middle shot of back-to-back-to-back blasts in the third (after Bobby Richardson and before Joe Pepitone), as the Yanks win 6-5.
1958: Mickey Mantle breaks out of an 0 for 16 slump by homering in the 3rd inning of a contest with Kansas City, but there are few other bright spots on the day for the Yanks, as the A’s roll 12-6 behind Ralph Terry.
1950: The Yankees make an addition to their roster that will have far-reaching implications, as young lefty Whitey Ford is promoted from AA Kansas City.
1947:It seems like only an evening of the score, as the Yankees beat the Senators 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader after losing the first contest 5-1, but this victory will start the club on a 19-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. It is the fourth win of the year for New York right-hander Don Johnson.
1934: Lou Gehrig suffers a concussion when he is beaned in an exhibition game in Norfolk, Virginia.
1915: It’s hard to prevail with two future Hall of Famers in the other dugout…Pitching for the Red Sox, Babe Ruth gets the win as Boston edges the Yanks 6-5 in 10 innings. Tris Speaker backs the Babe with a 5 for 5 day at the plate.
1909: Legendary Washington ace Walter Johnson surrenders his first Major League home run to the Highlanders’ Ray Demmitt (below) in the opening contest of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park. The Nats will win the game anyway, 3-1, but the hosts will storm back to take the nightcap 11-3.
The red-letter day ~
1949: After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel‚ Joe DiMaggio awakes in the morning to find that the pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankee lineup with a single and a home run that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox 6-4 in a night game at Fenway before 36‚228‚ the largest night crowd in Fenway history. Hank Bauer’s 3-run homer in the 2nd inning off young lefty Maurice McDermott jump starts the Yanks‚ who now lead the race by 4 1/2 games.
On other 28ths of June…
2009: Mariano Rivera earns his 500th career save as the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-2 win at Citi Field. Rivera, who is the second pitcher to reach the milestone after Trevor Hoffmann, also draws a bases-loaded walk in the 9th for his first career RBI.
2003: Led by Hideki Matsui, the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets‚ winning the 1st by a score of 7-1 at the Stadium and the nightcap 9-8 at Shea. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different parks in the same day. Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 and is on base in 9 out of 10 plate appearances over both contests. For the second time this season‚ Alfonso Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with another. This time it is Derek Jeter who goes back-to-back.
1998: The Yankees suffer a down-to-the-wire loss at Shea. Joe Torre remarkably allows Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez to throw 143 tosses over eight innings, and he leaves a 1-1 tie as his mound opponent Masato Yoshii is throwing perhaps his finest game as a Met. Both starters allow only two hits, with a 10/4 walk/strike out ratio for Yoshii, and 9/5 for Hernandez,. Carlos Baerga leads off the bottom of the ninth with a double off Ramiro Mendoz, and scores the winner on a Luis Lopez sac fly. The final is 2-1 Mets.
1997: David Wells starts the game against Cleveland wearing Babe Ruth’s autographed cap from the 1934 season. Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning since it doesn’t conform to the team’s current uniform. Without the cap‚ Wells blows a 3-0 lead as the Indians go on to a 12-8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack‚ as center fielder Marquis Grissom accounts for 5 of the hits‚ while third baseman Matt Williams gets 4 hits‚ including a pair of homers‚ and drives home 6 runs.
1966: At Fenway‚ the last place Red Sox cash in on 5 Yankee errors to top the visitors 5-3. All of New York’s scoring comes from Mickey Mantle‚ who blasts a 2-run homer in the 1st and an opposite field homer onto the left field screen in the 8th.
1962: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle break a scoreless tie in the 4th with back-to-back home runs to lead the Yanks to a 4-2 win over the Twins.
1949: Don Baylor, Yankee DH from 1983 to 1986, is born. Happy 65th to Mr. HBP!
1944: At the Stadium‚ the Yankees move into second place‚ beating the Browns 7-2 for their 6th win in 8 games with St. Louis. Bob Muncrief loses‚ snapping his 6-game win streak. George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss hits an inside-the-park home run to straightaway center with a man on in the 4th.
1922: Some days you just can’t win… Waite Hoyt allows just two hits in 8 innings of work, but Walter Johnson fans 9 and wins a 1-0 battle for his third straight shutout, and the 97th in his career. Earl Smith’s double in the 9th drives home the winner.
1916: In a 9-7 New York victory over the A’s in Philadelphia, Yankee outfielder Lee McGee (below) collects four assists.
1915: The Yankees purchase 24-year-old pitcher Bob Shawkey (6-6) from the last-place A’s. Shawkey will pitch 13 seasons or the Yanks‚ reaching the 20-game mark four times.
1907: The last place Washington Nationals steal a record 13 bases off catcher Branch Rickey in a 16-5 win over the New York Highlanders. Rickey‚ acquired last February from the Browns‚ is pressed into service despite a bad shoulder because of the injury to starter Red Kleinow. Rickey’s first throw to second base ends up in right field and the subsequent tosses are not much better. He almost nips Jim Delahanty on a steal of third. In his 8 innings‚ relief pitcher Lew Brockett helps Washington with a deliberate windup and by issuing 9 walks and allowing 15 hits. Only pitcher Tom Hughes and second baseman Jack ‘Nig’ Perrine are steal-less‚ while Hal Chase swipes one for New York.
2012: The Yankees lose two starting pitchers on the same day. First, they place CC Sabathia’s nme on the DL with a groin strain, then in their game against the Indians, Andy Pettitte is hit by a line drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman in the 5th inning, breaking an ankle. As a small consolation, the Yanks win the game 5-4.
2010: Trailing 6-2 in the 9th, the Yankees rally for 4 runs against Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton to tie the game, then win it with a two-run homer by Robinson Cano against George Sherrill in the 10th. In the 4-run rally, Cano drives in the first of the runs with a one-out double, and Chad Huffman (below) sends two more runs home on his first major league hit. Curtis Granderson slides home ahead of James Loney’s throw on Colin Curtis’ grounder to first to tie the game.
2008: A busy day as the Yankees manoeuvre frantically to save the ’08 season, which is rapidly going awry. First, the badly misused but talented righthander Ross Ohlendorf (below) is optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with Kei Igawa recalled from AAA to take his spot. Then the hobbled Hideki Matsui is placed on the 15-day disabled list. Finally, the contract of Sidney Ponson is purchased from AA Trenton so that he can take his place in the rotation alongside the likes of Darrel Rasner.
2003: At the Stadium, the Mets tie the Yanks 5-5 in the sixth inning on a Tony Clark home run, but Raul Mondesi knocks in the game-winner in a 6-5 win for the home team. Dan Miceli also registers the only save of his tenure in pinstripes.
2001: The Yanks come out smoking against Cleveland rookie C.C. Sabathia, racing to a 10-2 lead after four on 13 hits including a Tino Martinez home run. Mike Mussina coasts to the 15-5 victory.
1986: The Blue Jays come from behind to beat the Yankees 14-7‚ despite outhitting the Yanks by only 19 to 18. Damasco Garcia has a record-tying 4 doubles for the Jays.
1978: Graig Nettles belts a two-run homer in the 14th to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Drago serves up Nettles’ 13th circuit shot of the year. Sparky Lyle (6-1) wins in relief of Ron Guidry, who scattered 8 hits over 6 innings of work.
1963: Chicago’s Ray Herbert allows 5 singles to in beating the Yankees 6-0‚ to give the Sox a virtual tie for first. The Sox batter youthful pitching star Jim Bouton (10-3) for all their runs in the first 5 innings.
1952: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle unloads a first inning homer off Bob Hooper, and the Yankees roll to a 10-0 rout of the A’s.
1949: Joe DiMaggio goes hitless but plays without pain for the first time this year, against the Giants in the Mayor’s Trophy game. At this point the Yankees have played 65 games without the Clipper‚ but are in first place by 4 1/2 games over the A’s and 5 ahead of Boston.
1918: The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against starter George Mogridge (below) and the rest of the Yankee bullpen, and still lose 7-5. New York take over first place.
1904: Patsy Dougherty has another 3 hits as the Highlanders beat their old teammate Jesse Tannehill (below) and Boston‚ 8-4. Boston lead the AL by just a half game. ‘Long Tom’ Hughes will win tomorrow to stretch the lead to 1 1/2 games.
The red-letter day…
1974: Derek Jeter is born. Happy birthday to the Captain (shown here enjoying some of the perks of the office)!
On other 26ths of June…
2009: Brett Gardner collects five hits, including a triple and a homer, as the Yankees beat the Mets 9-1 before a record-breaking crowd at Citi Field. Alex Rodriguez hits home run number 564 of his career, passing Reggie Jackson on the all-time list; Jackson was 6th the time of his retirement in 1987 but falls to 12th now. Three errors by the Mets’ infield in the 2nd lead to four runs.
2006: Randy Johnson has one of his better Yankee days in a 5-2 win over Atlanta. DH Jason Giambi paces the Bomber offense, who jump on right-hander Tim Hudson before he settles in. The Giambino homers for two runs in the first and three in the second, two innings during which it takes Hudson 32 pitches to retire the home side each time. He retires the next nine batters on just another 32 tosses, but the damage is done. Braves reliever Kevin Berry has his major-league debut in this game.
1987: Wade Boggs sees his hitting streak snapped at 25 consecutive games and the Rocket sputters as Roger Clemens fails to hold a 9-0‚ 2nd-inning lead. The Yanks will plate 11 in the home 3rd, with Don Mattingly (four hits) and Dave Winfield (4 RBI) leading the way.
Boston lose to the Yankees 12-11 in 10 innings. The 9-run comeback ties a Yankee team record: Boston‚ however‚ have blown bigger leads.
1980: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees’ drafting of highly touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon‚ Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon‚ Sr.‚ college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1959‚ misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college‚ in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft‚ the Indians will pick Cannon but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.
1979: The Yankees reacquire fan favourite Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Paul Semall and cash. Murcer will once again thrive at the Stadium, hitting .273 with 8 HRs.
1977: In front of 55‚039 home fans‚ the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox‚ avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York take a 4-1 lead into the 9th‚ but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th‚ Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at third to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.
1972: Detroit’s Bill Slayback, making his first Major League start, throws 7 inning of no-hit ball at the Yanks in a 4-3 Tiges win. Veteran outfielder Johnny Callison, in a brief, late-career Bronx tour of duty, breaks up the no-no with an eighth-inning single.
1944: More than 50‚000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. Each team plays successive innings against the other two teams‚ then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5‚ Yankees 1‚ Giants.
1941: Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan ~ a future Yankee ~ homers. Tommy Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th‚ Henrich bunts Rolfe over to second to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York win‚ 4-1‚ and take over first place.
1920: Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when‚ as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce‚ he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand slam in the 8th gives the NY team a 12-8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).
1912: The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2-8)‚ winner of last year’s opener‚ to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August‚ Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).
2011: CC Sabathia becomes the first 10-game winner in the American League this year with an 8-3 win over the Rockies.
2005: The Mets down the Yankees 10-3, as Cliff Floyd (below) backs the pitching of Tom Glavine with two homers. David Wright also has a homer and double. Both teams are now at .500 (37-37).
2003: The Yankees obtain outfielder Karim Garcia (below) and pitcher Dan Miceli from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later.
1999: In Baltimore’s 9-8 loss to the Yankees‚ the Orioles’ Jesse Orosco makes his 1‚051th relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve’s Major League record. His successor is Mike Tomlin‚ who takes the loss when he serves up a 9th inning HR to Shane Spencer. Harold Baines has a pair of homers for the O’s‚ while Tino Martinez has 4 hits for NY.
1984: At the Stadium‚ Dave Winfield hits 5 singles and drives in 4 runs to lead New York to a 7-3 win over Detroit. Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield’s one-manbarrage. Dave is now hitting .750 against Detroit this year. Winfield has three five-hit games this month‚ tying a record set by Ty Cobb.
1977: Mike Torrez outduels Luis Tiant in the Bronx to give the Yankees a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. A 3-run homer by Graig Nettles (below) is the big blow. New York now trail the Sox by 3 games.
1976: Javier Vazquez is born. Happy 38th, Javy!
1971: The Yankees and Expos swap outfielders named Ron, with Mr. Swoboda heading to New York in exchange for Mr. Woods.
1967: Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier say that he wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy‚” he said from his training camp. “Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.” Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.
1961: Roger Maris contributes to an 8-4 Yankee win at Minnesota with his 40th home run of the campaign thus far.
1953: The White Sox complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 4-2 win, Chicago skipper Paul Richards using a record five different players at first base in the process. The Bombers still have a nine-game lead in the League even after the three days of futility.
1934: Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox 13-2. Not until Bernie Williams‚ on August 21‚ 1991‚ will another Yankee fan 5 times (all at the hand of Bret Saberhagen). Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career‚ and the Yankees regain first place from the Tigers‚ losers 13-11 in Philadelphia.
1930: The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns‚ winning 5-4 and 16-4. Sam Byrd has a single‚ double and triple in the opener to pace New York‚ and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap to back Red Ruffing’s pitching.
1915: In Boston Babe Ruth his 3rd homer of the year‚ off New York’s Ray Caldwelll‚ and is the second player to hit a ball into the right field seats at Fenway. Ruth strikes out 8 in pitching a complete game‚ 9-5‚ win‚ and adds a single off reliever Bill Donovan‚ Yankee skipper and his former manager.
1904: In Boston‚ the Highlanders’ Jack Chesbro (below) wins his 12th straight‚ besting Cy Young 5-3. Patsy Dougherty has 3 hits against his former teammates.
1903: At South Side Park in Chicago, the Highlanders and the White Sox battle to a 6-6 tie in 18 innings. The two teams rack up 30 hits between them before the contest is called because of darkness.
2012: The Yankees snap R.A. Dickey’s streak of 44 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run with four 3rd-inning runs on their way to a 6-5 win over the Mets. Robinson Cano snaps a 5-5 tie with an 8th-inning homer off Miguel Batista. Dwight Gooden still holds the Mets franchise record with 49 consecutive innings without an earned run in 1985.
2009: The Yankees reactivate utility infielder Cody Ransom from the 60-day disabled list.
2005: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 6-4 behind Pedro Martinez’s strong 8 innings of work. The Mets set an NL record by hitting 3 sacrifice flies (Ramon Castro‚ Jose Reyes‚ Mike Cameron) in the 3-run 2nd inning. One of the balls is dropped by Bernie Williams for an error. The last team to have three sac flies in an inning was the White Sox who did it in the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Indians on July 1‚ 1962. The Mets tie another NL mark with 4 sac flies in the game.
1997: Tino Martinez collects 2 singles‚ a double‚ and a pair of home runs while driving in 4 as the Yankees top Detroit‚ 12-9. Chad Curtis adds 5 RBIs for New York.
1996: Former Yankee pitcher Steve Howe‚ released by the team just two days ago‚ is arrested at Kennedy International Airport forcarrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and receive 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service. Howe had already been permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Fay Vincent on this same day in 1992 after having pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. It was Howe’s 7th ban from the game‚ as he became the first player ever permanently barred from baseball because of drugs. The decision was later reversed on appeal.
1994: At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees and Indians battle to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 a‚m. There are a total of 3 hours, 10 minutes in rain delays, including the one to start the contest. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yanks winning 11-6 in a game that takes 4:03 in total to play‚ a Cleveland team record. Not to be outdone‚ the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game that takes exactly 4:03 to play. The two teams total 11 runs scored in the 8th.
1977: Before 54‚940 at Yankee Stadium‚ Roy White launches a dramatic 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5-5 tie with the Red Sox – New York score in the next inning on Reggie Jackson’s bases-loaded single to win‚ 6-5. White’s key hit comes after Bill Campbell retires the first 2 Yankees in the 9th and Willie Randolph then triples. Sparky Lyle picks up the win‚ handing Boston their 1st loss in 8 games. With homers from Yaz‚ Butch Hobson and George Scott‚ the Sox set a ML record of 33 homers in 10 games.
1970: In a the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Indians at the Stadium‚ Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig’s club record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7-2‚ despite Murcer’s 9th-inning blast off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2 starter Mike Paul‚ hitting a solo shot in the 1st inning. After a walk in the 4th, a 2-run homer off Paul in the 5th‚ and a game-tying homer in the 8th off Fred Lasher put Murcer in the record books. New York score in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5-4 win. Cleveland first baseman Tony Horton hears a hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee hurler Steve Hamilton’s ‘Folly floaters.’ Sensitive to fans’ booing during the season‚ Horton will be hospitalised‚ and at 25‚ this will be his last season.
1962: A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when a home runj by Jack Reed (below) – the only one he will hit in the majors – gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9-7 victory. Reed replaced Pepitone in the 13th. For the Tigers‚ Phil Regan takes the loss and Rocky Colavito has 7 hits. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even 7 hours‚ the game is the longest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankee history.
1958: The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 4th inning off Early Wynn to beat the Sox 6-2 at Comiskey. Mickey Mantle’s clout into the CF bleachers leads off the inning‚ followed by a single‚ walk and Jerry Lumpe’s first Major League home run‚ and a round-tripper by Norm Siebern. Ryne Duren K’s 6 of the last 9 batters to preserve Bob Turley’s win.
1934:Babe Ruth breaks out of an 0 for 21 at slump by hitting a grand slam in a 5-0 Yankee win over the White Sox.
1925: In a 5-3 Yankee win over Washington‚ Lou Gehrig steals his first base; a swipe of home‚ as Wally Schang steals second on the double larceny.
1922: In a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees at Fenway‚ Boston’s Everett Scott plays in his 900th straight game. The Bronx Bombers continue to cling to second place despite having lost 12 of their last 14 games.
2004: Yankee fans are introduced to the dark side of starter Jon Lieber (below), as few of his pitches reach Jorge Posada’s mitt. In a 13-2 destruction in Camden Yards, the Birds plate three in the first when Lieber yields five hits and a sac fly to the first seven batters; five hits and an error leading off the home fourth net Baltimore four more.
2001: The Yankees attempt to shore up their bullpen by getting pitcher Jay Witasick from the Padres for infield prospect D’Angelo Jimenez. The Yanks first choice‚ Expos pitcher Ugueth Urbina‚ failed to pass a physical and will end up with the Red Sox. The Padres released veteran shortstop Chris Gomez yesterday.
1997: In Detroit‚ David Cone strikes out 16‚ his highest total in six years‚ and Cecil Fielder‚ in eight innings of work. hits a three-run homer as the Yankees win‚ 5-2. Cone‚ who had shoulder surgery to repair an aneurysm on May 10‚ 1996‚ allows four hits‚ including homers by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley.
1994: ‘Marvelous’ Marv Throneberry, who made his debut with the Yankees in the ’50s before going on to lasting fame (or infamy) with the ’62 Mets, dies at the age of 60.
1988: The bizarre love-hate saga of George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin takes its final turn, as the Yankee owner files Martin for the 5th and final time, replacing him with Lou Piniella. In 1985‚ Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985‚ Martin was fired and replaced by Piniella. New York’s 40-28 record is the 4th best in the big leagues‚ but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip.
1964: Charlie Lau ties a Major League record with 2 pinch hits in the 8th inning of Baltimore’s 9-8 win over the Yankees. The Orioles score 7 runs in the inning after 2 are out. Yanks manager Yogi Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting starter Bill Sheldon‚ who was leading 7-2‚ having allowed just two solo shots by Boog Powell. Rookie reliever Pete Mickelson cannot hold the lead as the O’s move into first place.
1963: In a game with the visiting Yankees, a Major League fielding record is set by Boston’s first baseman Dick Stuart as ‘Dr. Strange Glove’ handles 3 first-inning grounders and tosses to pitcher Bob Heffner for putouts. Stuart’s teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees win the game, though, 8-0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have 3 putouts in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in 1975 will be the next to record 3 POs.
1962: The Yanks win the opener of a doiuibleheader with the Tigers, 8-4. In the niecap, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup and homers against Paul Foytack. But it is not enough, as Detroit win 5-4.
1959: The Yankees ride 2-run homers from Mickey Mantle‚ Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald to a 10-2 win over Kansas City.
1957: Prime Minister Kishi of Japan‚ wearing a Yankees cap‚ is one of 63‚787 fans at Yankee Stadium to see New York split with Chicago‚ winning the first 9-2 behind Bobby Shantz (9-1)and dropping the 2nd game 4-3. Mickey Mantle goes 6-for-9 as the Yankees maintain their 1/2 game lead over Chicago. Mantle is leading the AL in hitting‚ HRs and is one behind the Senators’ Roy Sievers in RBIs.
1955: Bob Turley shuts out the A’s 4-0 on 3 hits to end his 5-game losing streak.
1950: Eleven home runs – a then MLB record – drive in all the runs scored in a 10-9 Tiger win over the Yankees before 51‚000 Detroit fans. Detroit have 4 homers in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Trout’s home run, off Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Evers hits another homer, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page. For New York‚ Hank Bauer connects for 2 homers‚ including one in the 4th inning. Joe DiMaggio‚ Jerry Coleman, Yogi Berra‚ and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also belt round trippers. It is the first time that 9 different players connect for homers in a game.
1948: Tommy Henrich’s grand slam in the top of the 11th breaks up a pitching duel between Indians starter Don Black and Eddie Lopat. The Yanks win‚ 5-1‚ to cut the Tribe’s lead to 2 1/2 games.
1935: The league-leading Yanks (37-22) lose their third in a row‚ dropping a 6-5 decision to the 2nd-place Indians. Red Rolfe’s error in the 8th allows the Tribe to tie and Lefty Gomez unleashes two wild pitches in a row in the 9th to allow Joe Vosmik to get to third. Ab Wright’s single brings home the winner. Mel Harder‚ in relief in the 9th‚ wins his 11th.
1932: In St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚103rd successive game in a New York uniform‚ equalling Joe Sewell’s record with one club (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the first when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Bill Dickey with the bases loaded‚ and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks’ George Pipgras‚ 11-10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers‚ the third time in his career he’s done it in a game‚ while Gehrig (No.18) and Babe Ruth (No.22) connect for New York.
1930: Yankee hurler Hank Johnson (below) cruises to a 15-0 4-hit win over the Browns. Babe Ruth’s 24th homer paces the 18-hit attack. St. Louis earn a split in the nitecap‚ winning 10-6 behind Rip Collins. Starter Lefty Gomez is the loser.
1929: At the Stadium‚ the A’s top the Yanks‚ 7-4‚ to win the windup of the 5-game series. For the third time in the the series‚ Miller Huggins tries a lefty and the A’s batter him. Ed Wells (below) is the victim. Al Simmons‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Mule Haas homer for the A’s‚ while Lou Gehrig hits his 20th for NY. The A’s lead the Yanks by 8 1/2 games. The game draws 51‚000, bringing the 5 game total to 184‚000 paid spectators.
1927: At Boston‚ Lou Gehrig leads New York to an 11-4 victory by becoming the first player to hit 3 home runs in a game at Fenway. Gehrig hits a two run homer in the 2nd‚ and solo shots in the 6th and 8th‚ off Danny MacFayden. He adds a single to his total as Dutch Ruether coasts to the win.
1915: A new bases on balls-allowed record is as the A’s Bruno Haas (below) walks 16 batters and uncorks three wild pitches in a 15-7 Yankee win.
1894: George Weiss, Yankee general manager during the club’s period of greatest dominance, is born.
2011: The Reds split a doubleheader with the Yankees as Chris Heisey hits three homers in the nitecap for a 10-2 win. Johnny Cueto is the winner against journeyman starter Brian Gordon. The Yanks win the opener, 4-2, when Jorge Posada, making a rare start at first base, hits a two-run homer, his first long ball since April 23rd.
2005: The Yanks get another reminder that the Devil Rays are for real, along with another hint that Carl Pavano is in for a somewhat less than stellar debut season in the Bronx, when Tampa Bay come from behind twice to beat the Yanks 5-3 at the Stadium. Gary Sheffield gives the ‘American Idle’ a first-inning lead with a two-run homer, but Johnny Gomes delivers the equalizer in the 4th. Utility infielder Nick Green wins the game for Tampa with a three-run homer in the seventh. Green will play backup in the Yankee infield next year.
1998: Taking the mound for the Braves against the Yankees‚ Greg Maddux gives up 3 runs in 6 innings‚ then gives way to Dennis Martinez who gives up another 3 in less than an inning. The Yankees win‚ 6-4‚ the 13th straight time they have beaten Martinez going back to September 18, 1984.
1996: In Cleveland‚ Ruben Sierra (below) homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians‚ 11-9. One of Sierra’s blasts comes in the 9-run 6th inning. Albert Belle‚ back from a 2-game suspension‚ is 3-for-5 with a homer‚ and Eddie Murray adds his 488th career round-tripper for the Tribe. The game takes 4:10.
1977: It doesn’t come easy, but the Yankees stop their 5-game losing streak with a 12-11 win over Detroit. The Bombers are led by Graig Nettles‚ with a 3 run homer‚ and Reggie Jackson‚ who belts a 2-run triple.
1965: In twinbill action against the A’s, Ray Barker’s ML-record-tying 2nd consecutive pinch-hit home run is wasted in a first-game‚ 6-2 Yankees loss.. Mickey Mantle adds a homer in the opener‚ but in the 4-2 nitecap win he tries to score from 2nd on a wild pitch and tears an upper-thigh hamstring. He will be out for 3 weeks. The June 21st Sports Illustrated cover features Mantle with the prescient title ‘New York Yankees: End of an Era?’
1961: Roger Maris leads the Yankees in an 8-3 thrashing of the A’s by belting his 27th homer of the year. He adds two doubles and a single. Maris has now hit 20 homers in the past 30 days (May 24 – June 22) to tie a mark set by Ralph Kiner in1947
1959: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle drives in 6 runs with a triple and 2 homers to lead New York to a 13-6 win. Moose Skowron adds his 4th homer in 4 days to move New York to 3 games out of first place.
1957: The Yankees win their 9th game in a row‚ topping the White Sox‚ 6-5‚ at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st starts the scoring‚ and Yogi Berra’s blast in the 13th ends it.
1953: Charlie Hemphill, a turn of the century journeyman who played his last three years as a regular in the New York Highlanders’ outfield, dies at the age of 77.
1952: At Chicago‚ Bob Kuzava shuts out the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ for New York. Yogi Berra homers for the Yanks. In the nitecap at Comiskey Park‚ Mickey Mantle provides New York’s only scoring with a homer‚ as Marv Grissom wins for Chicago‚ 2-1.
1941: Edging the Tigers 5-4‚ the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.
1939: At Comiskey Park‚ the Yankees whip the White Sox 6-1 to run their record to 44-11‚ the best start by any Major League team in the 20th century.
1934: The Yankees drop out of first place with a 4-1 loss to the Indians. Detroit, who power past Washington 11-3, take over the top spot.
1931: At St. Louis, the cellar-dwelling Browns salvage the final game of a 5-game series with the Yankees by outslugging their guests 14-10. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as the Brownies overcome a pair of homers by Lou Gehrig, each with Babe Ruth aboard. Gehrig hits 5 homers‚ 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.
1916: Babe Ruth almost duplicates Red Sox teammate Rube Foster’s no-hitter‚ allowing just 3 singles‚ two of them by Frank Gilhooley‚ in beating the Yankees‚ 1-0. The game takes 1 hour and 18 minutes.
1912: At Fenway, the Red Sox take a pair from the Highlanders, 13-2 and 10-3, to complete a 5-game sweep of the New York club, who are heading for a last-place finish. Boston have scored 55 runs over the five contests.
1903: On the road in St. Louis‚ New York Highlander manager Clark Griffith (below) suspends catcher Jack O’Connor for insubordination. O’Connor‚ a St. Louis native‚ missed the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader and was on hand for the second contest but refused to catch, saying he wasn’t in condition to play.
2005: The Yankees overcome a 10-2 deficit and score 13 runs in the 8th inning on their way to a 20-11 shellacking of the Devil Rays. The Bombers set a total bases record in the frame with 27‚ while the two teams combine for a AL record-tying 77 total bases (TB 32‚ NY‚ 45) in the game. Derek Jeter leads the 23-hit NY attack with 5 hits‚ including a double and a homer, and scores 5 runs; Gary Sheffield hits a pair of round-trippers and drives in 7.
1990: Nelson Mandela, visiting New York on his first foreign tour following his release from a 27-year term in prison, attends a rally at Yankee Stadium (The team are on the road in Toronto, where they will win 7-6). The newly freed leader dons a team cap and jacket and proclaims ‘I am a Yankee!’
1989: Visiting as a member of the White Sox, Carlton Fisk chooses Yankee Stadium as the place for his 307th career home run as a catcher, giving him the American League record at the position. Future Yankee righty Don Pall gets the win in the 7-3 result, with Andy Hawkins taking the loss.
1969: At Fenway‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split an exciting pair of games in a day-night separate admission matchup. 12‚453 watch the opener where the Yankees score 3 runs in the 11th inning to take a 5-2 lead‚ only to see the Sox score 4 times to win. George Thomas drives in the tying and winning runs. Jerry Kenney has a pair of stolen bases for the Yanks in the game‚ but is nabbed on the hidden ball trick by first baseman Thomas. New York win the nitecap‚ 6-3‚ on Roy White’s bases loaded triple in the 9th.
1964: The Yankees move into first place by .008 over Baltimore‚ as they outpitch the White Sox to take both ends of a doubleheader 2-0 and 2-1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard homers win it 2-0 for Jim Bouton in the opener against White Sox pitcher Juan Pizarro‚ and an error by Chicago shortstop Al Weis in the 17th inning hands New York the win in the nightcap. The Yankees sweep 4‚ giving up just one run in 41 innings‚ and take 9 games from Chicago in 11 days.
1960: Whitey Ford outduels ‘Yankee Killer’ Frank Lary to give New York a 6-0 win in Detroit. Mickey Mantle is 3-for-5 with 2 homers off Lary.
1958: Frank Lary pitches his third straight shutout‚ beating the Yankees and Duke Maas‚ 1-0. Al Kaline throws out Maas at the plate and hits his 7th home run of the year to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.
1955: In the first inning at Yankee Stadium‚ Mantle launches a shot off the A’s Alex Kellner that lands in Cooperstown. The home run is the first ever to reach the centerfield bleachers‚ 461 feet from home‚ since the Stadium opened in 1923. New York win 6-2, and will prevail tomrrow, as well, 6-1‚ with Mantle clouting another homer‚ off Art Ditmar.
1953; In the opener of a twinbill‚ Mickey Mantle hits a first inning homer‚ off Hal Newhouser‚ to break out of his hitting slump. The Yanks win 6-3 and Mantle will add another four hits on the afternoon‚ but the Yankees will lose game 2 by a score of 10-3. This loss will be the first in a streak of nine straight.
1945: At Fenway, the Yankees light up rookie star Boo Ferriss for 10 runs and score 13 in the 5th on their way to a 14-4 win.
1939: Having received the report from the Mayo Clinic the day before that he is suffering from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the Yankee front office formally announce the retirement of Lou Gehrig. The 36-year-old star will remain with the team for rest of the season as captain.
1916: The Yankees are the victims as Boston’s George ‘Rube’ Foster pitches the first no-hitter in the history of Fenway Park, winning by 2-0.
1906: ’30s Yankee pitcher Russ van Atta is born.
1904: An uncredited article in the Boston Herald contains the first reference to a player on the AL team in New York as a ‘Yankee’.
2010: the Yankees are back in first place in the AL East, one game ahead of the surging Red Sox and slumping Rays, after CC Sabathia pitches 8 scoreless innings as the Bronx Bombers shut out the Mets and Johan Santana 4-0. All the runs come on a Mark Teixera grand slam.
2008: On his 100th birthday, Bill Werber moves the games-remaining counter in Yankee Stadium I from 45 to 44 Werber is the last remaining former Yankee with any connection to the 1927 Murderers’ Row team (he was sent down to the minors after spring training, and did not come back to the big club until 1930). The honour will prove to be a timely one, since Weber will pass away in January 2009. There are few Yankee highlights on the field this day, as they succumb to Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2. The game turns when Joe Girardi orders Mike Mussina to intentionally walk then-struggling rookie rightfielderJay Bruce with a runner on third and one out in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game. The strategy backfires when Jolbert Cabrera doubles in two runs on the next pitch.
2006: The Yankees score four in the 8th to overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi connects for a blast that moves him past Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada goes long as well, and all of the firepower is needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 Philly runs.
1989: The Yankees trade Rickey Henderson back to the A’s for journeymen pitchers Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret and outfielder Luis Polonia.
1984: At Detroit‚ Yankee reliever Jose Rijo drops to 1-7 when he serves up a 2-out three-run homer to Howard Johnson in the 13th inning. Detroit win 9-6. Alan Trammell‚ Lance Parrish‚ and Chet Lemon also hit go long for the Tigers‚ who draw their 3rd straight 40‚000+ crowd.
1983: Bobby Murcer announces his retirement as a player.
1969: With the Yankees in action at Fenway, Joe Pepitone loses a first inning grand slam off Mike Nagy when the game is called because of rain after the next batter, Roy White.
1958: At Detroit‚ Jim Bunning fans 14 Yankees to win 7-1‚ Detroit’s 6th win in a row over the Bombers. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard fan three times each.
1956: In the 7th and 8th innings at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle parks two Billy Hoeft offerings in the right center field stands‚ something no other player had done since the bleachers were added there in the late ’30s. New York win 4-1. Mantle is now leading in the Triple Crown race. Johnny Kucks gets the win, with relief help from Whitey Ford.
1954: At Comiskey Park, the Yanks wring out the White Sox 16-6 in the opening game of a doubleheader, as Mickey Mantle and Bobby Brown belt consecutive homers off Mike Fornieles. The hosts will come back to take the nitecap 7-3.
1950:Eddie Lopat celebrates his 32nd birthday with an 8-2 win over the Indians – the Yankee junkball specialist is now 25-6 lifetime against the Tribe. Also marking a milestone in the victory is Joe DiMaggio, who gets his 2,000th career hit with a seventh-inning single off Chick Pieretti.
1948: Joe DiMaggio smashes three homers to lead the Yanks to a 4-2 and 6-2 sweep of the Browns. Vic Raschi wins his 8th in a row in the opener‚ besting Fred Sanford. DiMag’s two homers in the nitecap‚ a solo shot in the 8th and a 3-run homer in the 9th‚ give Red Embree the win. The double victory puts the Yanks in second place, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland.
1946: A article appears in Fortune magazine story divulging some rare details of baseball finances. It shows that in 21945, the Yankees earned revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306‚000‚ cut to $201‚000 after minor league losses. Of the gross income‚ $896‚000 was from home ticket sales.
1940: The Yankees lose to the White Sox 1-0 in 11 innings for their sixth straight loss‚ then protest a 2nd inning ‘catch’ by Sox left fielder Julius ‘Moose’ Solters, contending that he dropped the ball when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire crew chief George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld by his colleagues. The game will be replayed September 18‚ but‚ for several years‚ all of today’s records count, including Monte Pearson’s loss and Johnny Rigney’s win. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19‚ 1935 in extras to 2 pitchers‚ Lefty Stewart and Lloyd Brown of the Indians.
1937: The Yankees draw a crowd of 68‚939 to the Stadium and sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ 8-4 and 7-4. Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener‚ with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Monte Pearson is the winner in game 2.
1935: At Detroit‚ Tommy Bridges scatters 5 hits and strikes out 11 in shutting out the Yankees‚ 5-0. The Tiger ace stops Lou Gehrig’s hitting streak at 18 games.
1934: The league-leading Yankees trip the Indians twice, 3-2 and 3-0, at the Stadium. New York tie the first game on Frank Crosetti’s solo homer in the 8th against Bob Weiland, then win it on Lou Gehrig’s 18th homer in the 9th. Lefty Gomez, in relief of Johnny Broaca, is the winner. In game 2‚ Hal Trosky’s single is the only hit off Yankee righthander Red Ruffing, who also knocks in a run.
1916: Tilly Walker delivers the only the homer that a Red Sox player will hit at Fenway this year, but it is the lone Boston score today as the Yankees win‚ 4-1. Inserted as a defensive replacement late in the game‚ Boston shortstop Everett Scott starts a string of 1‚307 consecutive games‚ all played at short. He will complete the streak as a Yankee on May 6‚ 1925. It will be the Majors’ best until Lou Gehrig’s 2‚130.
1914: In the 5th inning of a 7-1 loss to the visiting Yankees, Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman fumbles his way into the record books by making 4 errors in a single frame.
1913: In doubleheader action in the nation’s capital, New York win the opener‚ 9-3. In the nitecap, Washington starter Bert Gallia creates the first Yankee run on his own by hitting the first 4 batters he faces. Two more New York batters will be plunked during the game, by relievers Joe Engel and Tom Hughes‚ for a record six. The outcome is the same as New York win 9-3 again. Yankees leadoff hitter Bert Daniels puts his name in the record book whenhe gets hit 3 times.
1911: In a 3-2 New York win over the Senators, Highlander first baseman Hal Chase sets a still-standing MLB record 21 putouts.