6/19 in Yankee History
The red-letter day ~
1903: Lou Gehrig is born.
On other 19ths of June…
2002: The Yankees pound out 19 hits‚ including 3 home runs‚ as they defeat the Rockies 20-10. Jorge Posada leads the Bomber attack, driving in 3 runs and scoring 4. The Rockies are just the second team in MLB history to score seven runs in an inning (the 4th)‚ but still lose by 10 or more.
2000: The Yankees lambast the Red Sox 22-1 at Fenway, breaking a close game wide open by scoring 9 times in the 8th inning and 7 times in the 9th. Scott Brosius leads in the New York RBI column with 4.
1995: The Yankees sign Darryl Strawberry.
1979: 36‚211 fans show up at the Stadium to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankee manager‚ but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5-4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon (34-31) the previous day‚ and begins his second stint as New York’s skipper‚ a season earlier than previously announced.
1977: At Fenway‚ Yankee pitchers help put the Red Sox in the record books when they serve up 5 gopher balls (Denny Doyle‚ Bernie Carbo‚ Jim Rice‚ Yaz‚ George Scott) in an 11-1 thrashing at the hands of Boston, who complete a 3-game sweep. Yastrzemski’s shot‚ served up by Dick Tidrow,is a towering drive down the line and off the right field facade (to the right of the retired #’s) the only home run to ever reach that height. No one else has ever come close to duplicating the feat. The Bosox hit a record 16 homers in the 3 victories over the Yankees (6 on the 17th; 5 on the 18th). It wasn’t the wind‚ as New York go homerless in the series.
1955: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits his 100th career home run as the Yankees take a pair from the White Sox, 7-1 and 5-2.
1951: Before 61‚596 at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle‚ batting leadoff‚ has 2 homers and 4 RBIs‚ but misses two catchable balls. He has a 3-run homer to match Yogi Berra as the Bombers top the White Sox 11-9 in the opener of a doubleheader. In the nitecap‚ the Mick is 1-for-1 with a homer‚ before being replaced in center field by Gene Woodling. But the first-place Sox take a 5-4 win. Eddie Stewart has a 3-run homer and Phil Masi collects 3 hits and a homer.
1922; In the Yankees 8th straight loss‚ a 3-2 decision to the Indians‚Babe Ruth flies into a rage at umpire Bill Dinneen and gets tossed. He will receive a two-day suspension‚ his fourth suspension of the year‚ when he continues to complain tomorrow about the umpire. Again‚ it is a call at second that sets the Bambino off‚ although he was in the field this time.
1918; The Yankees purchase outfielder Ham Hyatt from the Braves‚ but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Browns pitcher John Robinson‚ who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.
1909: Walter Johnson has a strange day in beating Highlanders 7-4. He gives up just 3 hits‚ but is unusually wild‚ issuing 7 walks‚ uncorking 4 wild pitches‚ and hitting one batter‚ while fanning 10.
1904: Patsy Dougherty makes his first appearance for the Highlanders‚ collecting 2 hits in a 4-3 win over St. Louis. New York lose the 2nd game‚ 1-0.