8/26 in Yankee History
2008: Things get off to a good start in in the Bronx when Johnny Damon fouls off four straight Tim Wakefield knuckleballs, then homers to right leading off the bottom of the first, but apart from another Damon blast in the 5th, the Yankees won’t have a lot to smile about today. The Red Sox pound Andy Pettittefor 10 hits and six runs over the next four frames on their way to a 7-3 win.
1997: The Yanks pound out 22 hits in an 18-2 win over Oakland. Joe Girardi and Rey Sanchez lead the way with 4 hits apiece.
1991: Number 1 draft pick Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the Yankees It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur player‚ surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by Oakland in 1990.
1987: The Yankees and Reds exchange starting pitchers‚ with Dennis Rasmussen going to Cincinnati in exchange for Bill Gullickson.
1977: The Yanks win their 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6-5 win over Texas. With Boston losing, New York move in front by 2 games.
1966: Detroit’s Earl Wilson, winner of six straight‚ hits an 8th inning homer to give himself a 5-3 lead over New York. But the Yankees‚ batting against reliever Hank Aguirre in the 9th‚ tally one run on a Clete Boyer single‚ and win it 6-5 when Mickey Mantle clouts a pinch homer over a leaping Al Kaline in right field. The win still leaves New York (57-72) entrenched in last place.
1962: Robin Roberts (below), discarded earlier in the year by the Yankees‚ beats Whitey Ford 2-1 on homers by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Oriole sweep of the sputtering Bombers. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind New York.
1961: Roger Maris belts homer no. 51‚ off KC’s Jerry Walker. Roger’s blast in the 6th follows a Tony Kubek round-tripper. Bill Stafford allows just one hit till the 9th inning as the Yanks win 5-1.
1960: The Yanks collect 5 solo homers and 4 pinch hits‚ the latter tying an AL record‚ to top the Indians 7-6 in the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium. Yogi Berra’s 2nd circuit shot gives New York the win in the 11th. In game 2‚ the Yanks win 7-5 with Bob Cerv’s 3-run homer the big blow.
1957: At the Stadium, Yankee-killer Frank Lary stops New York as Detroit win 5-2. Lary allows just a 2-run homer in the first inning to Mickey Mantle that reaches the upper deck in center. The New York lead is now down to 3 1/2 games‚ as they start a crucial series in
Chicago. They will sweep 3 from the Sox.
1956: The Yankees officially announce the purchase of veteran Enos Slaughter from Kansas City.
1949: The Indians down the visiting Yankees 5-3 behind Al Benton. Vic Raschi strikes out 8 but loses his 5th game in his last 8 starts. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, who have swept a doubleheader from the White Sox, now close to within 1 1/2 games.
1935: In the opener of a twinbill‚ lumbering first baseman Zeke Bonura of the White Sox steals home with 2 outs in the 15th inning to beat the Yankees’ Jimmy DeShong 9-8. New York take a 7-5 lead in the 13th on a 2-run single by George Selkirk, but Selkirk’s error following a Luke Appling single and Bonura’s double ties the match up. The Yanks go ahead 8-7 in the top of the 15th on Lou Gehrig’s 2nd homer of the game‚ off Whit Wyatt. A single by Appling and a walk to Bonura start the 15th; Zeke surprises everyone by nabbing his 4th career stolen base. New York take the nitecap 7-5 in 7 innings. Gehrig has 2 homers‚ a double and 3 singles for the afternoon.
1922: The Yankees, in a dogfight with St. Louis for the pennant, take over first place by beating the Brownies 9-2 behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser.
1918: AL president Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of pitcher Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox‚ for whom Quinn was 5-1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.