8/30 in Yankee History
2011: CC Sabathia finally defeats the Red Sox this season, after going 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in his previous efforts against them this year. The Yankees win 5-2 at Fenway Park to move to within a half-game of the lead in the AL East. In a moment typical of the tense rivalry between the two teams, Francisco Cervelli hits only the third home run of his career for the Yanks in the 5th inning, then is plunked by Sox starter John Lackey in his next at-bat, leading to both benches clearing and the ejection of New York pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
2007: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at home with a 5-0 win. Starter Chien-Ming Wang throws no-hit ball until Mike Lowell singles with one out in the seventh inning. On offense, Robbie Canohomers off Curt Schillinghis first two times up, Derek Jetercollects four singles, and Bobby Abreu strokes his 400th career double. Joba Chamberlain earns an ejection and a suspension after throwing two straight balls over the head of Kevin Youkilis in the 9th.
2003: The Yanks knock Pedro Martinez out of the box‚ scoring 5 runs in 4 innings en route to a 10-7 win. Nick Johnson has 4 hits and 4 RBI‚ while Jorge Posada has a pair of homers to back Andy Pettitte’s pitching.After one of Posada’s homers Sox fan Marty Martin tosses the ball back. He is then escorted out of Fenway for throwing an object onto the field.
1997: David Wells strikes a familiar note as he threatens to punch out George Steinbrenner during a clubhouse argument. Reportedly‚ the argument began after the team’s 7-2 loss to the Expos‚ when a play occurred that was similar to last year’s ALCS. This time it was against the Yankees; Darrin Fletcher was awarded a home run when a fan in right field reached over and snagged the ball before Paul O’Neill could catch it. Wells opined to Steinbrenner that extra security should be added in right field to prevent this sort of thing‚ George answered that Wells ought to stick to his pitching. When Wells said that Steinbrenner could trade him‚ the owner answered that no one wanted the lefty. It was then that Wells joined the ranks of earlier Yankees who had expressed a desire to flatten the feisty owner.
1996: The Yankees continue wheeling and dealing for pennant insurance, adding their 8th new player this month by reacquiring third baseman Charlie Hayes the Yankees from the Pirates. This move makes Wade Boggs a platoon player, and he angrily states‚ “I’ll get my 3‚000 hits somewhere.”
1989: The Yankees send veteran slugger Ken Phelps‚ who is hitting .249‚ to Oakland for minor league pitcher Scott Holcomb.
Joe Collins, starting first baseman on 5 Yankee championship teams of the ’50s, dies at the age of 66.
1977: At the Stadium, the Mariners tie the score 5-5 in the 8th inning‚ then lose in the 11th when Mickey Rivers leads off the inning with a walkoff home run.
1961: Mickey Mantle connects for homer no. 47 of the campaign‚ off the Twins’ Jim Kaat,as the Yanks prevail 4-0. He’ll hit no. 48 tomorrow‚ off Jack Kralick, in the Twins’ 4-3 win.
1957: At the Stadium‚ Chuck Stobbs stops the Yanks to give Washington a 4-2 victory. Mantle hits his 34th homer and scores both New York runs. Mick is a half point behind Williams‚ 39 today‚ in hitting at .3764‚ and tied with Washington’s Roy Sievers at 90 RBIs. Sievers has an RBI today.
1952: A crowd of 41‚558 turn out for Old Timers Day at the Stadium‚ and the Yankees celebrate by besting the Senators 6-4. Mickey Mantle belts a homer to right off Randy Gumpert.
1945: Yankee rookie Bill Bevens (below)‚ 28‚ retires the first 18 Red Sox batters before giving up a walk and a double to Bob Johnson‚ the only hit for the Sox. Bevens wins 7-1‚ defeating Boof Ferriss,who was trying for his 21st win.
1933: In New York, Babe Ruth announces that he will quit after the season. “My legs won’t stand the strain and I can’t play next year‚” he admits‚ leaving open the door to a manager’s job. His wife suggests a European vacation.
1931: At Fenway, Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman have 4 hits each and a joint total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox 14-4. One of Gehrig’s hits is a homer‚ his 37th‚ and 2 of Chapman’s leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.
1926: At the Stadium‚ the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board‚ and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12-6 complete game win. The Big Train strikes out 8. The Senators outhit Miller Huggins’ men by only 12-11‚ but errors hurt the home team. Two hits and an error in the first inning are followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sad Sam Jones, and the tourists from DC add another 4-spot in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run home run off Johnson in the 8th.
1922: After hitting home run no. 28 in the first inning, Babe Ruth argues a called strike on his next at bat, and is thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Tommy Connolly. The Babe is suspended for the fifth time this year‚ and will be out for 3 days. New York win today’s battle with Washington 5-4, overcoming a pair of home runs by Frank Brower.
1918: Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson, starting third baseman for the Yankees’ 1947 championship club, is born.
1916: Johnny Lindell, a regular outfielder for the Yanks throughout the ’40s, is born.
1910: In the second game of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Tom Hughes (below) pitches 9 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before giving up a hit to Cleveland’s Harry Niles. The wheels come off for the New York righthander in the 11th, as he allows 5 runs for a final tally of 5-0 for the visitors. The home side took the opener 4-1 behind Russ Ford.
1906: ‘Slow Joe’ Doyle (below) of the Highlanders becomes the first 20th century pitcher to begin his Major League career with 2 shutouts when he beats the Washington Nationals 5-0. These are his only 2 wins this year as he goes 2-1. Of his 23 lifetime victories‚ 7 will be shutouts. He earned his nickname because of his laborious pace on the mound. Behind the hitting of Hal Chase, who has an MLB record-tying 3 triples in addition to a double, the Highlanders take the nitecap as well‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings. They begin a sweep of 5 doubleheaders in 6 days, during which they will outscore their opponents 76-31.
1905: Ty Cobb makes his Major League debut in a game against the Highlanders, and also gets the first of his 4,191 hits, a double off Jack Chesbro.