6/05 in Yankee History
2010: The surprising Blue Jays keep giving their main rivals trouble. In tonight’s game against the Yankees, the Jays’ bullpen pitches 6 scoreless innings and Aaron Hill drives in Edwin Encarnacion with a single against Chad Gaudin in the 14th inning for a 3 – 2 win. Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo homers, bringing Toronto’s major league-leading home run total to 96. For the Yankees, the struggling Mark Teixera goes 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts to see his batting average fall to .215.
2006: At the Stadium, the Bombers administer a 13-5 pounding to Josh Beckett and the Red Sox. The six straight safeties to start the home second feature a 3-run Andy Phillips home run to left. Jason Giambi follows with another three-run dinger after the string was broken by a fielder’s choice ground ball. Mike Mussina, celebrating his 57th career complete game in a 6-1 victory in Detroit the week before, benefits from all the offense and goes six innings for the win.
1998: Andy Pettitte goes the distance in beating the Marlins 5-1, with Todd Zeile scoring the only Florida run on a Chuck Knoblauch error in the seventh. Knoblauch redeems himself by knocking in two, however, including plating Joe Girardi after the backstop’s double in the inning’s bottom half. In a preview of the kind of performance he would give later in the Bronx, future Yankee bullpen staffer Felix Heredia teams with Brian Edmondson to issue the Yanks four walks and a bases-loaded hit batsman (Knoblauch, for his second rbi) to hand the opposition two tallies in the 8th.
1977: The Yankees hit 6 home runs‚ their most in three years‚ and barely edge the White Sox‚ 8-6. Bucky Dent‚ Reggie Jackson‚ Thurman Munson‚ Carlos May‚ Graig Nettles and rookie George Zeber connect. Zeber’s clout‚ his first ML homer‚ comes off Dave Hamilton‚ and is the game winner.
1967: Playing his first game for the Senators‚ Mike Epstein hits a 200 foot drive down the left field line for an inside the park homer off New York rookie Thad Tillotson (below). Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 8th with a homer off Darold Knowles‚ and New York win 4-2.
1965: At the Stadium‚ Mel Stottlemyre goes 10 innings to win 4-3 over the White Sox. Stottlemyre also connects for a 4th inning homer‚ off Gary Peters‚ for the first Yankee score in 24 innings. Mickey Mantle adds a homer in the 6th off Peters‚ and Elston Howard‚ recovering from elbow surgery a month ago‚ wins the game with a single in the 10th.
1963: Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence at Baltimore chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. The Mick will be out for 61 games. Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas 4-3‚ as the Yankees return to first place.
1961:In the first of two games at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits an 8th inning homer to help New York top the Twins 6-2. Mantle‚ Maris‚ and Colavito each have hit 15.
1960: The Yankees sweep two from the Red Sox‚ taking the opener on homers by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Roger’s blow is a 3 run shot to give New York a 5-4 victory. Art Ditmar goes the distance for the win in the nitecap‚ winning 8-3.
1958: In the opener of two‚ the Yanks rout Sox starter Early Wynn for a 12-5 win at the Stadium. In the 3rd‚ Mickey Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park homer in a month. The Sox take the nitecap‚ edging New York‚ 3-2.
1957: Behind Gil McDougald’s two homers and Mickey Mantle’s solo shot‚ the second-place Yankees storm by the Indians‚ 13-3 in Cleveland.
1956: A’s manager Lou Boudreau comes up with the ‘Mantle Shift’ – moving the infielders around when Mickey Mantle bats lefty with the bases empty (left fielder backs up third, shortstop takes over second‚ and the second baseman moves to shallow right field). Mantle fans twice trying to bunt‚ and hits a 2-run homer when the shift is not on‚ as KC win 7-4.
1955: The Yankees split today’s doubleheader with Chicago‚ winning nitecap 3-2 in 10 innings. Facing Billy Pierce in the 4th inning‚ Mickey Mantle clouts a tape measure shot to left the clears the roof and‚ according to the Tribune tomorrow‚ ‘bounced on 34th Street to shatter the windshield of a car’. Eyewitnesses say the ball does not hit the roof‚ but clears it on the fly‚ some 550 feet‚ and compare it to the shot that Jimmie Foxx launched on June 16‚ 1936. The Yankees now lead the AL‚ four games in front of Cleveland.
1953: The Yankees beat up on rookie Bobo Holloman‚ beating the Browns 5-0. Mantle’s two-run centerfield homer at Sportsman’s Park is the big blow for New York‚ and extends Mickey’s hitting streak to ten games.
1948: Appearing at Yale Field, a terminally ill Babe Ruth presents an autographed copy of his biography to Yale first baseman and team captain George Bush Sr.
1947: The second-place Yankees slice the Tigers’ lead to one game by beating Detroit‚ 7-0. Spud Chandler tosses a three-hitter while Tommy Henrich paces the drive with two homers. Ralph Houk and Fred Hutchinson are tossed after a punch-up in the 4th inning involving 5 players.
1937: At Detroit‚ the Yankees bang four homers – two by Lou Gehrig‚ one by Joe DiMaggio and a pinch homer by Red Ruffing – to edge the Tigers‚ 6-5. Reliever Pat Malone stops Gee Walker‚ who already had three hits‚ in the 9th inning with the winning run on second.
1936: Lou Gehrig plays in his 1‚700th consecutive game‚ as the Yankees beat Cleveland‚ 4-3.
1932: The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden to the Yankees for $50‚000 and pitcher Ivy Andrews and Henry Johnson. The Yanks will option Jack Saltzgaver to Newark to get down to the 23 player limit by June 15th.
1920: Today’s doubleheader between the A’s and Yankees is rained out‚ but A’s vice president Thomas Shibe (below, with Ty Cobb and Connie Mack) denies charges that the baseballs currently being used are livelier. Shibe‚ a member of the firm that manufactures the balls‚ cites the abolition of the spitball and other ‘freak’ pitches as the reason for the increase in home runs this season. In the past seven games‚ New York have collected 39 extra-base hits‚ including 13 homers.
1919: Eddie Collins’ 8th inning grand slam breaks up a pitching duel between Ernie Shore and Ed Cicotte and gives the White Sox a 7-5 win over the Yankees.
1874: Early Yankee ace and Hall of Famer Jack Chesbro is born.