7/08 in Yankee History
2008: A superb Andy Pettitte blanks Scott Kazmir and the Rays 5-0 at the Stadium, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five in eight innings of work. Melky Cabrera homers, and Derek Jeter, one of five Yankees with multiple hits, doubles in two. Reggie Jackson gets the honour of moving the indicator of contests remaining in the old Yankee Stadium from 34 to 33 in the fifth inning.
2000: The Yankees activate former Mets phenom Dwight Gooden and send him into action against his old team – he beats them 4-2 in Flushing on the day game of a two-borough, day/night doubleheader. Roger Clemens tops the Mets by the same score in the evening contest in the Bronx. Also in this game, the Rocket levels Mike Piazza with a pitch off the batting helmet, igniting bad blood between the teams and their fans.
David Justice, Shane Spencer, and Scott Brosius single for one fifth-inning run, and then Chuck Knoblauch, the day after his 32nd birthday, follows with a homer off Glendon Rusch for the winner.
1994: Though it will be another 10 years before he puts on the pinstripes, a promising rookie by the name of Alex Rodriguez makes his Major League debut today with the Mariners, going 0 for 3 in a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.
1982: The good news is that Billy Martin earns his 1,000th career managerial victory in a game involving the Yankees… The bad news is that he is currently at the helm of the Oakland A’s, who present him with the landmark win at the expense of the Bombers, 6-3.
1977: An ace in Cincinnati, Don Gullett has been plagued with arm troubles since signing with the Yankees this year. Nevertheless, the lefty wins his 7th game of the campaign thus far, as Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles homer in a 7-5 win over the Orioles.
1974: Yankee shortstop Jim Mason ties a major-league record by doubling four times in a 12-5 win over Texas.
1966: In twinbill action at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers in both games against the Senators; the second-game blast off Jim Hannan carries over the Monuments into the bleachers in center, to a measured 461 feet. The teams split the two games, 7-6 for Washington in the opener, then 7-5 New York. Unfortunately, Mantle injures a hamstring in the second contest, and will be out two weeks.
1969: Red Rolfe, the only multi-season starting third baseman in Yankee history thus far to have played his entire career with the club, dies at the age of 60.
1962: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-8 victory and regain first place, a position they will hold for the rest of the year. Bobby Richardson, Tom Tresh and Hector Lopez homer, and Whitey Ford picks up the his 7th win.
1958: The AL beats the NL in the All Star Game 4-3. with Gil McDougald’s 6th inning single providing the margin of victory for the junior circuiters. Incidentally, this is the first All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.
1951: As a feud between Casey Stengel and his veteran star continues, the manager replaces Joe DiMaggio in center with Jackie Jensen (shown below) in the second inning of a game with the Red Sox. Red-hot Clyde Vollmer hits a two-run homer, and Boston prevail 6-3.
1927: The Yanks split with the Tigers‚ losing the opener 11-8‚ then outslugging the Bengals in the nitecap to win 10-8. babe Ruth clouts his 27th homer in the nitecap‚ a 3-run inside-the-park job to deep center‚ to back George Pipgras’ pitching. The booming drive off Don Hankins ricochets off the wall past center fielder Heinie Manush and the Babe scores standing up for his only inside-the-parker this season. Lil Stoner goes all the way for Detroit in the opener‚ getting the win in spite of allowing 14 hits. Lou Gehrig‚ leading the AL with a .401 average‚ has 4 hits for the afternoon‚ but his longest is a triple.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, Ty Cobb, out with a wrenched knee since June 6‚ hits a pinch single in the 9th to drive home the winner in a victory over the Yankees. Cobb extends his hit streak to 12 games‚ while Babe Ruth‚ who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple‚ runs
his hit streak to 22 games. New York score one in the 9th but lose 4-3.
1910: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Bert Daniels triples in the 6th inning, then steals home on the next pitch. New York go on to beat the White Sox 13-4.