The red-letter day ~
1978: The ‘Boston Massacre’ begins.
The Yankees‚ 4 games behind the Red Sox the AL East‚ arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the set with a 15-3 rout as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers‚ including 3 hits apiece by Randolph‚ Thurman Munson and Roy White. Mike Torrez, who is chased after one inning of work‚ takes the loss. Ken Clay, coming on to relieve Catfish Hunter, is the winner.
On other 7ths of September…
2002: The Tigers defeat the Yankees 2-1. Detroit first baseman Eric Munson hits a Mike Mussina fastball, the first pitch he sees in the Majors, for a solo homer in the 3rd.
1996: Complaining of abdominal pains the day of his scheduled start at the Stadium‚ Toronto’s Juan Guzman collapses in the visitors’ clubhouse a few minutes before the name and is rushed to New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. He will not pitch again this season and his 2.93 ERA will lead the AL.
1985: Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 win over the A’s. Following a pitchout in the 7th‚ Winfield gets hung up in a rundown but escapes to score.
1974: In the second game with the Tigers‚ who had already taken the opener 8-3, Graig Nettles loses a single when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees still win 1-0 on, on an earlier Nettles homer.
1964: In the morning game of a scheduled doubleheader‚ the Yankees beat the Twins 5-4 in 11 innings. The nitecap is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff homer for the second game in a row‚ and scores the winning run in the 11th. Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.
1961: Roger Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th homer of the year in the 3rd inning as New York beats the Senators‚ 7-3. All of Washington’s scores come in the 6th on an inside-the-park homer by Tito Francona off Ralph Terry. When asked by a writer after the game why he bunted‚ Maris eloquently replies‚ “Trying to win the game‚ you stupid c*cks*cker, why do you think?”
1959: At Fenway‚ the trio of Pumpsie Green, Don Buddin and pitcher Jerry Casale tie a Major League record by belting consecutive homers in the 2nd off Bob Turley to pace the Sox to a 12-4 drubbing of New York. Andy Carey connects for a pinch-hit home run in the 3rd‚ and Mickey Mantle adds one the same inning‚ but little else happens for New York‚ who lose the season series with the Sox for the first time in 11 years.
1955: Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his AL-record second consecutive one-hitter‚ beating the A’s 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A’s only safety. Ford is the 5th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. Arnie Portocarrero, who scatters 6 hits, is the hard-luck loser.
1952: A pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Mize gives the Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington. The Big Cat has now homered in each one of the 15 ML parks‚ including Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis while in each league. Mize joins Jeff Heath as the only players to homer in every park in their league in one season; Mize also connected in each NL park in 1937‚ 1940‚ and 1947.
1949: At the Stadium‚ Allie Reynolds walks the first 3 Red Sox batters before Bobby Doerr singles home two runs. After that, the Big Chief settles down, and that will be all the scoring the Sox can manage. The Yankees come back to take a 3-2 lead and‚ after Doerr triples in the 8th‚ Joe Page comes in from the bullpen to save the game for Reynolds. The final is 5-2‚ with the hitting provided by Bobby Brown (2-run homer) and Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson with two triples.
1938: On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway‚ Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBI on 3 hits, including a pair of homers, and all in just 5 1/2 innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. The second theft will be the last steal of his career.
1934: Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth’s AL home run crown, continue to do battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th, in Chicago‚ and Foxx his 41st, in Detroit.
1932: Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The slugger will be out of action for five days.
1931: In the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the first inning on only 2 hits. Eddie Rommel‚ the 4th pitcher in the frame‚ retires Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig‚ and Ben Chapman on strikes. The Yanks win 15-3. In the second game‚ Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning homers off former teammate Waite Hoyt, and the Babe adds another shot off Hoyt in the 9th‚ his 40th. The Yanks roll 9-4 over the first-place A’s.
1928: The stumbling Yanks drop a pair to the Senators‚ losing 11-0 and 6-1. Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds three singles. Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry wins the nitecap over Waite Hoyt for his second win over New York in 5 days. The Yankees, who led by 13 1/2 games on July 1st‚ are now tied with the A’s.
1927: After blasting 3 home runs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox yesterday‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 today off Danny MacFayden in a 12-10 win. This gives him a ML record-tying 5 in 3 games and he now leads Lou Gehrig 49 HRs to 45. Gehrig will hit just two more the rest of the way.
1926: Urban Shocker (below) and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2, dealing the hapless Bostonians their 17th straight loss.
1925: After apologizing to his teammates yesterday‚ Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week‚ collecting one hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays shuts out Philadelphia on a 4-hitter‚ 2-0‚ for his 9th straight win over the A’s. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Eddie Rommel (below)‚ in relief of losing pitcher Scott Perry, strikes out Babe Ruth‚ Del Pratt‚ and Bob Meusel in the 8th.
1908: On Labor Day‚ Senators’ manager Joe Cantillon starts Walter Johnson in place of one pitcher who is ill, and another who returned to Washington to be with his ailing wife. Only 3 Senators’ pitchers made the trip to New York. The Big Train shuts out the Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days‚ 4-0‚ topping Jack Chesbro again and allowing just 2 hits and no walks. In the three games‚ Johnson allows 12 hits‚ walks one‚ and strikes out 12. The Washington ace will pitch 130 shutouts during his career‚ 23 more than runner-up Grover Cleveland Alexander. This is one of a ML record (tied in 1942‚ topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today‚ out of 16 games.
2012: The Orioles use the long ball to defeat the Yankees, belting 6 homers in a 10-6 win, including three in the 8th inning. Adam Jones leads off the frame with a solo blast off David Robertson to break a 6-6 tie. Mark Reynolds then hits a two-run shot, and Chris Davis follows with a solo shot to seal the outcome of the game. The two teams are again tied for the lead in the AL East.
2004: The Stadium hosts one of the stranger episodes in recent Yankee history. As Labor Day dawns in the Bronx, the Yanks open the park and await the arrival of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who had failed to make the trip north for a weekend New York series before Hurricane Frances hit land. A doubleheader is in the offing, with game one scheduled for 1:00 pm, then delayed to 3:00. Finally the first game is postponed again and the Yankees play the Rays in one game starting at 7:00 pm. During the multi-hour wait, the Bombers hold extended batting practice to entertain the crowd, and hot dogs and soda at the concession stands are free. As Rays players finally appear from the visiting dugout, the Yankee organist plays, ‘If it takes forever, I will wait for you.’ When play finally commences, the Yanks use a four-run fourth-inning rally to post a 7-4 win, with Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez besting Doug Waechter.
2003: At the Stadium, Tim Wakefield allows 4 hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Roger Clemens and the Yankees 11-0 to move within 1 1/2 games of New York in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo, who appeared in the Yankee old-timers game earlier in the year‚ pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th and fouls out.
1995: With President Bill Clinton in attendance, Cal Ripken plays in his 2‚131st consecutive game‚ breaking Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. To complete the perfect evening, Ripken hits a homer off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning‚ and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees, ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout‚ and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons. On the 10th‚ he will return a punt for a touchdown. California score 6 in the 9th to beat the Yanks‚ 12-6.
1982: In an 8-2 win over the Yankees‚ Benny Ayala belts the Orioles’ 11th pinch home run of the season to break the AL record set by the 1961 Yankees. The win is Baltimore’s 9th in a row.
1981: Despite having won the first-half pennant‚ Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Bombers are only 2 games above .500 in the second half of the season.
1975: At Baltimore‚ the Orioles top the Yankees 7-6 in 13 innings, though neither manager or Yankee catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end. All are tossed in the 9th inning.
1973: The Yankees bid adieu to the Alous‚ selling Felipe to Montreal and Matty to St. Louis.
1971: Red Sox manager Eddie Kasko uses 2 entirely different 10-man lineups in a doubleheader with New York‚ but neither succeeds. The Yankees sweep, 5-3 and 3-0.
1961: Roger Maris connects for his 54th home run of the season, off Tom Cheney of the Senators‚ as the Yankees win 8-0 behind Whitey Ford’s 5-hitter. Ford is now at 23-3. John Blanchard hits a pair of homers‚ each time following a walk to Mickey Mantle‚ and Moose Skowron and Bob Hale also go deep.
1960: In his final game at the Stadium‚ Ted Williams thumps his 518th career homer to lead Boston to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Billy Muffett’s shutout is ruined when he serves up a homer to Mickey Mantle with 2 outs in the 9th.
1954: New York only manage a split with the Red Sox‚ but it is not for lack of trying on Casey Stengel’s part. The Yankee manager uses a (since tied) record ten pinch hitters in the two games‚ including pitcher Tommy Byrne for Phil Rizzuto. Pinch hitter Joe Collins wins the opener for Jim Konstanty, 6-5 with a homer – one of five hit in the game. The Yanks blow a 6-0 lead in the nitecap to lose‚ 8-7.
1943: During the second game of a doubleheader split between the Yankees and the Athletics, Carl Scheib becomes the youngest player in AL history when he takes the mound for Philadelphia at the age of 16 years, 248 days – he allows two hits but no runs in 2/3 of an inning. The A’s take the first game 11-2, while the New Yorkers prevail in the nightcap 11-4.
1936: At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 14-5, and 4-2. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmie Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
1927: At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair‚ with New York rolling to a 14-2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. The Babe responds, however, with two homers‚ in the 6th and 7th‚ the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called ‘the longest ever hit at Fenway’ by the Sporting News. Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day‚ number 47‚ in the nitecap‚ off Jack Russell, but the terrier nips New York 5-2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season‚ but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8‚ Gehrig 6‚ the only New York roundtrippers hit there.
1915: In a doubleheader at Fenway, the Yankees are blanked by Rube Foster in the opener, 4-0. Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless in the nitecap until the 8th before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves, and the Red Sox win 5-2 for the sweep. Ruth also goes 2-for-3 at the plate.
1904: The Highlanders sweep a doubleheader at home from the A’s, with Al Orth registering a 5-2 win in the opener, and player-manager Clark Griffith (below) tossing a three-hitter for a 2-1 triumph in the nitecap. Though the Boston Americans also win, the New Yorkers move 1/2 game out in front in the neck-and-neck pennant race by virtue of the two victories.
2007: Bidding to further close a tight Wild Card race, Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn holds a 2-1 lead and has allowed just two hits through six innings at the Stadium, when Alex Rodriguez keys an eight-run 7th with a leadoff home run and caps it with a two-run bomb. He is the first Yankee to homer twice in one inning since Cliff Johnson in 1977. Derek Jeter contributes a triple, Phil Hughes allows two runs over six innings, and Joba Chamberlain pitches a 1-2-3 7th for the 10-2 win.
2006: Mike Mussina and the Yankees lose to Kansas City 5-0, one of seven games today that end in shutouts. This the largest number of whitewashings on any one day in the majors since June 4, 1972.
1995: Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig’s all-time mark by appearing in his 2‚130th consecutive game. The Orioles shutout the Angels behind Scott Erickson by a score of 8-0.
1977: For this year’s Labor Day doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians organize an ‘I Hate the Yankees Hanky’ promotion. The waving cloths work their magic, as the Tribe sweep the pair, 4-3 and 5-4.
1971: The Yankees hold on to beat the Tigers 6-5, despite Detroit skipper Billy Martin’s record-setting use of 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning.
1964: John ‘Blue Moon’ Odom makes his ML debut‚ and Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field homer in the first inning. New York hang on to win by the same score as yesterday, 9-7.
Off the field, the Yanks acquire veteran pitcher Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Tribe get 2 players to be named later: Ralph Terry on October 12‚ and Bud Daley on November 27.
1961: The Yankees top Washington‚ 6-1‚ sending the Senators down to their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. Mickey Mantle hits his 51st homer, and the Yanks’ win‚ coupled with a Detroit doubleheader loss‚ puts New York ahead by 7 1/2 games.
1957: In action against Boston, Casey Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with the score tied at 2, with 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 9th. Grim rewards his manager’s faith by coming through with his first hit of the season‚ a 3-run walkoff homer. Russ Nixon takes the 5-2 loss for the Red Sox.
1950: The Yankees acquire first baseman Johnny ‘Hippity’ Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark‚ from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yanks believe the former Cardinal star will provide late season pennant insurance.
Off the field, Purdue Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old star P/SS Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers’ football squad.
1949: Before 32‚844 fans in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees sweep a Labor Day twinbill from the A’s‚ winning 13-4 and 5-2. Vic Raschi easily wins his 18th in the pener as Joe DiMaggio drives in 5 runs‚ 4 on a grand slam off Lou Brissie. Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson follows with his 8th homer of the year. In the nitecap‚ DiMag leaves in the 2nd inning with leg cramps‚ but the Yankees win behind Tommy Byrne and Joe Page in a game called after 7 innings because of darkness. (A Philadelphia city ordinance prohibits turning on Shibe Park’s lights on Sundays and national holidays.) The Yankees return to NYC having won 8 of 14 on the road, but have just 4 away games in their remaining 25. New York are 1 /12 games ahead of Boston.
1948: Joe DiMaggio hits his 4th homer of the series to help the Yanks top the Senators 5-3. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the 6th‚ Joe D ducks out of the way of a Sid Hudson brushback pitch and the ball hits his bat‚ dunking into right field for a double to start the game-deciding 2-run rally.
1943: Attempting to tie the 1912 Giants’ Major League record of winning 14 straight series, the Yankees drop two to the Senators, earning just a four-game-split. Washington take the opener, 3-2, behind Dutch Leonard, as rookie Charlie Roberts lines an inside-the-park homer in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie; it is his first ML home run. In the second game, Bobo Newsom departs in the 5th with a sore stomach but takes a 2-1 lead. Sherry Robertson hits a 3-run homer, and the Senators win 5-1.
1936: In a doubleheader at Fenway, Boston top the Yankees 3-2 in the first contest, and then come back to tie the second, 7-7‚ before the game is called because of darkness. The Red Sox are helped in the nitecap by a triple play and 2 errors apiece by Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey (below).
1932: Absent from the postseason since 1928, the Yankees put the AL pennant virtually out of reach with a Labor Day doubleheader sweep of the second place A’s, by scores of 8-6 and 6-3. New York now lead by 12 1/2 games.
1927: In the first of two at Fenway‚ the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the homesiders emerge the winners‚ 12-11. Buddy Myers’ double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York score a pair in the top of the 9th to tie‚ and then there is no scoring until the 17th when both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing‚ a future Yankee‚ goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse (below) is the winner over Waite Hoyt . New York win the abbreviated nitecap‚ 5-0‚ with Wiltse taking the loss.
1926: At Baltimore‚ the minor league Orioles embarrass the Yankees 18-9 in an exhibition game. Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig (below) in the dugout after the 8th inning, as the Bambino gives the shortstop a tongue-lashing for allegedly loafing on several plays.
1922: At the start of the day‚ both New York teams are on top‚ and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today‚ the Red Sox take 2 and knock the leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees‚ 4-3 and 6-5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season home run at the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock, who also gave up Ruth’s first Yankee homer‚ also at the Coogan’s Bluff venue.
1921: In the Labor Day doubleheader at Fenway, the Yanks roll in the opener, 8-0. In the afternoon game, won by the Red Sox 8-2‚ the Yankee outfield make an AL-record 5 assists‚ 4 ofr them by Bob Meusel. Meusel‚ with one of the strongest arms in baseball‚ will lead the league in assists both this year and next.
1872: Highlanders pitcher Al Orth (a 27-game winner for the team in 1906) is born.
The red-letter days ~
1993: Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians, blanking them by a score of 4-0.
1941: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant‚ the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees have needed only 136 games‚ giving them a 91-45 record. Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.
1923: ‘Sad Sam’ Jones no-hits the Athletics‚ 2-0‚ beating Bob Hasty. The Yankee hurler becomes the only man in AL history thus far to throw a no-hitter without recording a strikeout. Babe Ruth is the only batter on either side to fan, and drops a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann as a result. Not until Ken Holtzman of the Cubs in 1969 will another pitcher toss a no-hitter with no Ks.
On other 4ths of September…
2006: Trailing 5-1, the Yankees erupt for 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.
2001: The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees 14-0. Andy Pettitte lasts just 3 innings in losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, giving up 6 hits while striking out 11.
1998: The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the season‚ defeating the White Sox 11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. Bernie Williams leads New York with a pair of homers and 4 RBI.
1996: Andy Pettitte wins his 20th as the Yankees prevail over the A’s‚ 10-3. Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo blasts in the 4th inning. The Yanks’ last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.
Off the field, Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base after the Iron Horse’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended, dies at age 84.
1995: Jorge Posada makes his Yankee/Major League debut, replacing Jim Leyritz behind the plate in the 9th inning of a 13-3 romp over Seattle at the Stadium. Andy Pettite gets the win, and Derek Jeter also comes in late at shortstop, making this the first time that at least three of the ‘Core Four’ have appeared in the same game.
1992: Yankee outfielder Roberto Kelly ties a major league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the seventh time this year. Pittsburgh’s Dale Berra set the mark in 1983. Texas receiver Ivan Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in New York’s 6-3 victory.
1991: After 30 years‚ the asterisk attached to Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 is expunged by an 8-man Committee for Statistical Accuracy. Regarding the removal of the asterisk‚ historian Bill Deane later points out‚ “It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed. Maris’ record was‚ from 1962 until 1991‚ listed separately from Babe Ruth’s and was never actually defined by ‘some distinctive mark.'” The committee also define a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit.
Lou Gehrig’s 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220‚000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco‚ becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. An autographed Gehrig bat also sells, for $47‚500.
1978: Behind Ron Guidry’s 20th win‚ the Yankees take the first game of a doubleheader with Detroit 9-1. New York score 8 in the 7th. Detroit win the second contest 5-4 to keep New York 5 games behind Boston.
1972: The Yankees split with the Orioles‚ losing 4-3 before winning 5-2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in fourth place‚ but the logjam in the AL East is so tight that they are just 1/2 game out of first. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren’s 3-run homer off Fritz Peterson is the big blow in the opener, while the Yankees take the night cap behind Bobby Murcer’s three hits‚ including a homer.
1965: At the Stadium‚ the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees‚ winning 1-0 and 7-2. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the second game‚ off Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for New York. Against nemesis Dick Radatz in the 8th‚ Mickey Mantle bunts foul on a two-strike pitch‚ the second time he’s struck out bunting against the hulking Boston reliever.
1964: The Yankees overcome two homers by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A’s‚ 9-7‚ in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. With the Orioles losing today‚ Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are
virtually tied for first‚ with New York (77-56) three games back.
1961: Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a painful and swollen forearm for the traditional Labor Day doubleheader‚ but the Yanks get along without him as they take the pair from the Senators‚ 5-3 and 3-2. The sweep moves the Yanks 6 games up on the slumping Tigers‚
who lose 6-3 to the Orioles and trail 4-1 in a game suspended in the 9th. Mantle’s replacement John Blanchard breaks a 3-3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning homer.
1960: After 30 straight scoreless inning‚ the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 by topping New York again‚ 6-2. With 2 outs in the 7th‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada’s no-hitter‚ but Hoyt Wilhelm‚ in relief‚ preserves the win.
1955: Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning 3-run homer gives a starting push to Bob Turley, who coasts to an 8-3 win over Washington. Pedro Ramos is the losing pitcher.
1952: The Yanks re-sign veteran Charlie Keller for the remainder of the season‚ but they won’t need him today as they crush the A’s 12-2. Gil McDougald has two homers and the Yanks chase Bobby Shantz with a 7-run 7th. The lefty was trying for his 23rd victory. Allie Reynolds wins his 17th‚ spoiling Chief Bender night at Shibe Park. The former A’s ace received a plaque before yesterday’s day game, and tonight receives a check for $6‚000‚ gifts‚ and a scroll with the signatures of 150‚000 Philadelphians. On hand are former teammates Frank Baker‚ Rube Oldring, Len Blackburne and Ira Thomas.
1949: Looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run, the Yankees pick up one-time Dodger relief ace Hugh Casey, who was released by the Pirates in early August.
1945: Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber (below)‚ 43‚ who last pitched in the Majors in 1923 and in the minors in 1931‚ relieves for the Bombers against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1/3 innings‚ but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win going aweay, 10-0. The 22 years between appearances is a Major League record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when‚ in an 11-4 loss to Detroit‚ he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.
1944: The Boys from the Bronx move past St. Louis and Detroit by bombing the A’s 10-0 and 14-0. Two rookies are winners‚ Monk Dubiel in the opener and Mel Queen in the nitecap. Queen had a double and 2 singles in the opener and George Stirnweiss has a steal in each game to run his total to 49. Bobo Newsom takes the loss in the opener while Luke Hamlin gives up 19 hits in a complete game loss in game 2. It’s the first time since May 31st that the Yanks have been in first place. The Red Sox are in 4th place‚ but only 3 games behind.
1920: At Fenway, 33‚000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th in the opener to give New York a 5-3 win. In the nitecap‚ Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5-3 lead into the
9th‚ then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run, and Boston prevail 6-5.
1908: At Hilltop Park, Walter Johnson opens a series against New York by besting Jack Chesbro 3-0‚ allowing 6 hits in the Washington win.
1906: The Highlanders complete a Major League record 5th doubleheader sweep in a row – in as many days – as they tally a twin whitewashing of Boston‚ 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8 and stretch to 15 victories‚ propelling New York to a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL. The winning hurlers for the denizens of Hilltop Park are Walter Clarkson (below) and Al Orth.
The red-letter day ~
1961: After taking the first two games against Detroit‚ New York are down 5-4
in the 9th when Mickey Mantle ties the game with his second homer of the day. Elston Howard wins it with a 3-run drive into the left field stands and Detroit leave town 4 1/2 games off the pace. Mantle’s shot puts him at 50 home runs‚ with Maris at 53‚ making them the first teammates in history to hit 50.
On other 3rds of September…
2012: The AL East race gets even tighter, as the Rays beat the Yankees 4-3. James Shields gets the win as light-hitting Chris Gimenez drives in a pair of runs. The game marks the return of Alex Rodriguez, who starts at DH for the Yankees after missing 6 weeks with a hand injury. Meanwhile, the Orioles shut out the Blue Jays 4-0 as Joe Saunders retires the first 17 batters in order and cruises to the win. At the end of the day, the Yankees’ lead is cut to 1 game over Baltimore, and 2 1/2 over Tampa Bay.
2009: Jorge Posada hits his 20th homer and drives in 4 runs as New York double up Toronto 10- 5. The Yankees now have 7 players with 20 or more homers on the year, matching a record set by three other teams. Derek Jeter currently has 17 round-trippers but will finish the year with 18, leaving the Bronx Bombers just shy of a new record.
2008: Instant replay is used for the first time in a major league game. Alex Rodriguez homers to left off Troy Percival in the 9th as part of an 8-4 Yankee win over the Rays. Umpire Brian Runge calls it a homer and has his call upheld upon review.
2004: The Baltimore Orioles top the Yankees 3-1 behind Rodrigo Lopez. The loss goes to Kevin Brown who pitches 6 innings and then‚ frustrated on a grounder he botched‚ punches a concrete wall inside the Yankees’ clubhouse‚ breaking two bones in his left (non-throwing) hand that will require surgery. The pitcher‚ making $15.7 million per year‚ will miss the rest of this one. New York lead in the East by 2 1/2 games.
1995: New York drop a 10-9 decision to Oakland even though Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez, who is the first Yankee since 1972 to achieve the feat, scores 3 runs and has 3 RBI.
1990: ’60s Yankee reliever Marshall Bridges dies at the age of 59
1987: The parent Yankees don’t find Dave Bresnahan’s potato gag yesterday funny either‚ and release him. Bresnahan‚ hitting .149‚ reacts to the news by saying‚ “We were 23 games out‚ what the hell?” Tomorrow night‚ their last game of the season‚ the Albany/Colonie Yankees will admit any fan for a $1 and a potato. On each potato‚ Bresnahan autographs ‘This spud’s for you.’
1960: The Orioles hand the Yankees a second straight shut out, winning 2-0 and replacing the Yanks in 1st place by a game. Brooks Robinson has both RBIs to back Jack Fisher’s 7-hitter. During the game in Baltimore‚ plate umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls 3 times, and is knocked unconscious by the third. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate‚ as Napp is carried off the field on a stretcher.
1958: The Yankees spot Boston a 5-3 lead before Mickey Mantle homers in the 8th and Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 8-5. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.
1952: Harry Byrd of the Philadelphia Athletics one-hits the Yankees‚ 3-0. Irv Noren’s 2nd inning double is the only safety. Bullpen coach Al ‘Chief’ Bender (below)‚ the full-blooded Chippewa who was an ace for Connie Mack in the early part of the century, is honoured before the game.
1948: The Yankees move within a 1/2 game of the leading Red Sox with a twinbill sweep of the Senators, 6-2 and 5-2. Joe DiMaggio‚ who started the day tied with Vern Stephens at 118 RBI, leads the way by knocking in 7 runs. DiMag has a pair of round-trippers in the opener‚ and a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the nitecap.
1947: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ the Yankees unleash a barrage of 18 hits‚ all of them singles‚ off three pitchers to stop the Red Sox 11-2 in game one. Bobo Newsom (below) wins his 10th. Specs Shea‚ with relief help from Joe Page, wins the second contest 9-6 to extend the Yankee lead to 12 1/2 games over Boston. Joe DiMaggio has 6 hits in the twinbill to raise his average to .319‚ while Ted Williams‚ the AL’s leading hitter, is 5-for-9 to push his average to .328. Bobby Doerr hits his 16th homer in the nitecap.
1939: In the second game of a doubleheader, Boston’s Sunday curfew is approaching with the score standing at 7-5 in the 8th for the Yankees, the visitors start making outs to get the game in while the Red Sox start stalling. Two Yankees are walked intentionally and the Fenway fans then litter the field with cushions and other debris to help slow things down. Umpire Cal Hubbard (below) forfeits the game to the Yankees, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him‚ fines both managers for their tactics‚ and orders that the game be replayed. The Red Sox edged the Yanks in the opener, 12-11.
1934: Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant surge. Detroit‚ rained out in Chicago‚ hold a 5-game lead over the Yankees‚ who split a pair with the A’s. Lefty Gomez wins his 24th and 10th straight in the opener‚ 11-7 and Jimmie Foxx hits his 40th HR in the second game. to help the Mackmen to a 10-3 triumph.
1927: A’s ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year‚ beating the host Yankees 1-0‚ on three hits. It is also the only game in which Murderers’ Row will be shut out this season, Babe Ruth has a pair of singles, and the Yanks still lead by 17 games.
1921: Powered by Babe Ruth’s 50th homer and the pitching of Carl Mays, the Yankees down the host Senators‚ 9-3.
1906: Highlander infielder Kid Elberfeld, showing the temper that has earned him the nickname ‘The Tabasco Kid’‚ punches umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in New York’s 4-3 opening game win in a doubleheader with the Athletics. In the second game‚ New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with Philadelphia shortstop Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball‚ and 2 runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference‚ a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that‚ after 8 minutes of arguing‚ the arbiter forfeits the game to New York. For the Highlanders, it is their fourth straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days‚ and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his assault on Silk.
2012: The Orioles move to within 2 games of the Yankees with an 8-3 win at the Stadium. Starter Chris Tillman has to leave the game after only 3 innings because of stiffness in his elbow, but the O’s rally behind Mark Reynolds, who hits two homers and drives in 4 runs; they then add 3 more runs in the 8th, as the Yankees use five pitchers in the inning in a vain attempt to keep within striking distance. Randy Wolf (below) is the winner in his first game for the Birds.
2009: Alex Rodriguez picks up the 2,500th hit of his career as the Yankees defeat the Orioles 10-2 to complete a sweep at Camden Yards. Eric Hinske’s home run is the Bronx Bombers’ 20th at the park this season, the most by a visiting team since the venue opened in 1992. CC Sabathia earns his American League-leading 16th win.
2004: The Yankees score 1 in the 1st and five in the 2nd off Indian starter Cliff Lee en route to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark. He matches the achievement of 19th century star Dan Brouthers, who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres, Marlins, Dodgers and Braves. Joining him today in passing the century mark is Victor Martinez, who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay, who is making his first appearance since 2003.
2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 1-0‚ as Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Pinch hitter Carl Everett delivers a two-out‚ two-strike single in the 9th inning to ruin Mussina’s gem. It is the 3rd time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson’s double. Opposing hurler David Cone‚ who takes the loss‚ is the most recent hurler to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first 7 innings of any of the games.
1996: In his first game back in action since undergoing surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder in May‚ David Cone hurls 7 hitless innings in New York’s 5-0 victory over the Athletics. Mariano Rivera gives up 1 hit in 2 innings as he finishes up for Cone. Cone’s remarkable return relegates Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.
1987: Catcher Dave Bresnahan of the Albany-Colonie Yankees ( AA Eastern League) introduces a new wrinkle to baseball’s panoply of deception ~ the hidden potato trick. With Reading Phillies runner Rick Rudblad on third, Bresnahan returns from a time out with a peeled potato pared down to the size of a baseball hidden in his mitt. On the next pitch he throws the sphere wildly on an apparent pickoff attempt. When the runner trots home‚ Bresnahan tags him out with the real ball. The umpire‚ unamused‚ rules the runner safe‚ charges the backstop with an error, and fines him $50. After the game, Bresnahan says, “I thought it would be a do-over”.
1978: Reggie Jackson becomes the 19th Major League player to hit at least 20 homers in 11 straight years in the Yankees’ 6-2 win over Seattle.
1969: Ralph Houk signs a new 3-year contract with the Yankees at $65‚000 a season‚ the highest managerial salary in either league‚ and Joe Pepitone is reinstated.
1967: Washington’s Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees when Mickey Mantle swats a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York win‚ 2-1. Mel Stottlemyre is the victor‚ allowing 6 hits and no walks. For Mantle‚ it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year‚ 8 of them home runs.
1965: Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning homer with 2 on as New York score 5 runs on their way to an 8-1 romp over the Angels. Whitey Ford is the winner.
1961: In action against Detroit’s Frank Lary, Roger Maris doubles and takes third on a misplay. Mickey Mantle‚ in pain from a pulled muscle in his forearm‚ lays down a perfect drag bunt to score the other ‘M-boy.’ Maris then blasts homers on his next two trips to the plate‚ and Elston Howard adds a 3-run dinger for a 7-2 win.
1960: Milt Pappas stops New York on 3 hits – 2 by Tony Kubek – to give Baltimore a 5-0 lead in the first of a 3-game showdown. The Orioles now trail the Yankees by .003 in the standings.
1958: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks snap a scoreless tie with Boston when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle launch back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year off the Beantown righty. New York win‚ 6-1. Mantle‚ with 38 homers‚ leads the AL. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together‚ and homer in the same game 50 times before their partnership is through.
1955: Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin’s return from the army; Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against Washington before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th with Washington’s only hit. The Yanks win 4-2 as the Mick hits his 36th HR‚ a 3-run shot off Bob Porterfield. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of rivals Al Kaline and Ted Williams. New York stay a half game behind the White Sox‚ winners over the third-place Indians. Martin will hit .300 in September‚ and New York will go on a 17-6 tear to win the pennant by 3 games.
1954: Before 39‚494 at the Stadium, the Yankees snap Bob Lemon’s 11-game win streak to beat the Indians 3-2 in the rubber game of theseries and move to within 3 1/2 games lof first place. Mickey Mantle’s gargantuan blast into the upper deck in right field in the 1st starts the Bombers’ scoring. Whitey Ford picks up his 16th win.
1952: Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman (below) and Ewell Blackwell blank the Red Sox, 5-0 and 4-0 respectively, in a doubleheader in the Bronx.
1933: Marv Throneberry, who made his debut with the Yankees, and earned a World Series ring in 1958, before going on to greater fame (or infamy, depending on one’s point of view) with the ’62 Mets, is born.
1932: The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Senators 1-0. Lou Gehrig triples off Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry to score Babe Ruth.
1928: The Senators top the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ as Firpo Marberry (below) does it all‚ shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. The New York lead over the A’s is down to 1 1/2 games, from 12 games at the end of July.
1927: For the second time this year‚ Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig blast back-to back homers in the 1st inning off the A’s Rube Walberg, as the Yanks roll 12-2. The duo have connected in the same inning 5 times this year. Gehrig adds another in the 2nd off Rube for his 43rd of the year to leave him one behind the Babe. Trade rumors fill the New York papers – speculation has Gehrig going to Detroit or Bob Meusel heading for Chicago in exchange for Willie Kamm and Bibb Falk. None of the players will change addresses.
1922: In a doubleheader at Shibe Park, Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics‚ although he fails to go the distance against the Mackmen for the first time in the streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning 7-2. New York prevail 11-6‚ in game 1‚ but the A’s win the nitecap‚ 4-0‚ behind Bob Hasty.
1912: In a rain-spattered doubleheader at the Polo Grounds‚ Red Sox ace Smokey Joe Wood tops the Highlanders in the nitecap 1-0 for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood’s 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston take the opening squeaker 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10
tries. With 3 wins last year‚ and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913‚ Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
1908: Monte Pearson, a major contributor to the fortunes of the Yankee pitching staffs of the late ’30s championship teams, and the first man to throw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, is born.
1998: David Wells comes close to his second perfect game of the year, retiring the first 20 A’s to face him until Jason Giambi singles up the middle on an 0-2 pitch with two down in the seventh. Mike Blowers singled on a full count leading off the eighth, but that will all for the Oakland hit column, as Wells shuts them out 7-0 while facing just 29 batters. The lefty’s teammates give him an early cushion, plating 4 runs in the 1st off Tom Candiotti. Boomer also racks up 13 strike outs in the win.
1997: Before 50‚869 at the Vet‚ the Phillies defeat the Yankees 5-1 behind Curt Schilling‚ who fans 16 batters in 8 innings of action‚ and does not walk a man. The Phils will win the next to sweep the series with the defending World champs.
1990: The Yankees continue to lurch towards their worst finish since 1912, as Andy Hawkins fails to get out of the 1st inning at Boston. The low point of the 15-1 loss is Mike Greenwell’s inside-the-park grand slam off Greg Cadaret that eludes Jesse Barfield and rolls around Fenway’s curved right-field wall.
1972: Charlie Spikes collects two hits in his Yankee debut and makes a spectacular catch in right field, while Mel Stottlemyre blanks the White Sox on four hits, 4-0. Spikes will be traded to Cleveland in the off-season as part of the deal that brings Graig Nettles to New York.
1963: Tom Tresh joins teammate Mickey Mantle among 4 AL and 5 NL players to have hit home runs left- and right-handed in one game. The Yanks beat Baltimore 5-4. A tired Mantle‚ who partied the night before‚ adds a pinch homer in the 8th‚ jumping on the first pitch from Mike McCormick.
1961: The AL’s biggest crowd of the year‚ 65‚566‚ see Whitey Ford and Don Mossi at Yankee Stadium as a weekend battle for first place begins. Two-out‚ 9th-inning hits by Elston Howard, Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron give the Bombers a 1-0 win over the Tigers.
1957: The Yankees obtain Sal Maglie from the Dodgers. Although ‘the Barber’ arrives too late to qualify to pitch in the World Series, his two wins and three saves in six games down the stretch will make him a worthwhile acquisition.
1953: Chicago’s Virgil Trucks surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle in the 7th that proves to be the game-winner‚ as the White Sox lose to the Yankees‚ 3-2.
1944: Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semipro pitcher Arnie ‘Jug’ Thesenga (below)‚ who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Nats rally to win 10-7 behind reliever Roger Wolff, who snaps a personal 11-game losing streak.
1931: In doubleheader action against the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 5 days and homers in his 6th consecutive game when he connects in a 5-1 second game win.. The blast‚ his 40th of the year‚ comes in the 3rd inning off Ed Morris. Gehrig also goes long in the lidlifting 11-3 win against Milt Gaston‚ belting his 39th homer in the 7th inning. The Iron Horse finishes the day with 6 RBI and has knocked in 21 runs in the past 6 games. With the A’s losing to Washington‚ New York are now 1/2 game out of second place.
1930: A Labor Day crowd of 72‚000 pack the Stadium to see the Yankees split with the World Champion A’s. The visitors take the opener‚ 3-2‚ with Lefty Grove coming on in relief to strike out Babe Ruth with 2 on to end the game. The Babe drives in a run in the nitecap for a 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his second two-hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
1928: In Washington‚ Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as ‘Approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats‚ hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away,’ according to the NY Times. Alas‚ the Yankees win, 8-3. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel’s 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has 3 RBI. Garland Braxton takes the loss.
1906: Like a hired mule… The Highlanders win their 6th game in 3 days from Washington‚ sweeping their 3rd straight doubleheader‚ 5-4 and 5-3‚ for an AL record. Three days later‚ they will move into first place‚ sweeping Boston 7-0 and 1-0 for their 5th straight doubleheader sweep‚ a Major League record.
2009: Andy Pettitte retires the first 20 Baltimore batters he faces before an error and a hit spoil his bid for perfection. New York win easily 5-1.
2005: Billed as the ‘Battle in Seattle,’ there is buzz aplenty at Safeco Field when Yankee ace Randy Johnson faces rookie ‘King Felix’ Hernandez just four weeks after the latter’s big-league debut. The joust lives up to the hype, as Johnson bests Hernandez 2-0 in a contest that sees a total of 9 hits, 2 after the starters left. Solo homers by Robinson Cano and Gary Sheffieldprovide all the scoring.
2004: The Indians massacre the Yankees 22-0, tying a record for the most lopsided shutout in Major League. Omar Vizquel has 6 hits for Cleveland, while Javy Vazquez is knocked out early and takes the loss.
2003: Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher to win 100 games at Fenway when he defeats the Red Sox 8-4. in what at the time appears to be his last regular-season start there. The Rocket’s career record at the venue up to this point is 100-55 record in 199 appearances; no other pitcher has recorded more than 71 victories at the park
1995: Paul O’Neill homers in his first 3 at bats and drives in 8 runs in leading the Yankees to an 11-6 win over California.
1993: As the trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals ship closer Lee Smith (below) to the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Richard Batchelor.
1977: Sparky Lyle records his third win in three games‚ all won on late-inning Yankee homers. Graig Nettles’ second round-tripper of the game gives New York a 5-4 win over Seattle.
1974: The Yankees deliver a 25-hit barrage against the White Sox en route to an 18-6 victory. Roy White has 5 hits‚ while Thurman Munson (who also has 5 RBI) and Gene Michael have 4 apiece. Munson has 5 RBI.
1966: Bobby Richardson retires from baseball at the age of 31.
1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance as Jim Lemon of the Senators swats 3 consecutive homers off Whitey Ford in a night game. The Yankees still prevail, however, 6-4. Mickey Mantle has a homer off Camilo Pasqual.
1954: The Indians beat the Yanks 6-1 to record their 26th win in August, tying the 1931 A’s for most wins in a month. Bob Grim takes the loss for the Bombers.
Off the field, Claudell Washington, who would hit the 10,000th hoime run in Yankee franchise history in 1988, is born. Happy 60th to the milestone setter!
1948: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks score 4 runs in the 8th, but the Browns come back with 5 in the 9th off Joe Page to make it close. New York eke out the win, though, 10-9. First baseman Tommy Henrich hits a homer and executes an unassisted DP to help Allie Reynolds to the victory. The Yanks remain a game behind the Red Sox.
1946: The rampaging Red Sox (92-40) sweep a pair from the Yankees‚ winning 5-2 and 3-1 at the Stadium. Boo Ferris (below) wins the opener and Mickey Harris takes the nitecap.
1945: The Yankees deny the Senators the chance to go into first place by sweeping a pair from them, 3-2 and 3-1. In between games‚ Nats pitcher Bert Shepard receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the war. Shepard lost his leg on a mission.
1936: Joe McCarthy consents to Dixie Walker as a temporary substitute while the White Sox patch up Mike Kreevich, who was spiked on a play. Walker runs for Kreevich but does not replace him in the outfield. Recent Yankee acquisition Bob Seeds belts 2 homers‚ and Joe DiMaggio adds another‚ as the Yanks win‚ 5-1. Johnny Broaca wins his 11th‚ scattering 4 hits.
1931: Against the Senators’ Lloyd Brown, Lou Gehrig belts his second grand slam in three days‚ but the Nats hang onto second place by beating the Yankees, 6-5.
1927: The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox 10-3. Babe Ruth hits homer no. 43 and now leads Lou Gehrig by 2. With an 89-37 record‚ Murderers’ Row now lead the 2nd-place A’s by 17 games.
1906: Following in the footsteps of his late brother Ed‚ Frank Delahanty of the Highlanders contributes two home runs, a triple and a single‚ and knocks in 7 runs in a 20-5 rout of Washington in the second game of a twinbill. George Moriarty adds 2 triples as 8 players score 2 or more runs. The game is called after 6 innings because of darkness and the mercy rule. New York took the opener as well‚ 7-5‚ behind the pitching of Jack Chesbro.
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.
The red-letter day ~
1972: In game one of a twinbill against Texas‚ Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle‚ with his home run tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th. The Yanks win 7-6 in the 11th on Johnny Callison’s RBI single. Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mickey Mantle in 1957; the next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a homer in the nitecap‚ but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Ron Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7-4.
On other 29ths of August…
2005: In one of the latest trades in history‚ the Red Sox acquire Mike Stanton from the Nationals to have him for the final three-game series against the Yankees.
1998: By virtue of an 11-6 victory over the Mariners, the Yankees become the first team to qualify for the post season. Andy Pettitte picks up his 15th win of the year.
1996: Joe Torre’s history of troubles with the Angels continues, as the last-place Halos roll over his Yankees 14-3. Anaheim outfielder Garret Anderson leads the way with 7 RBI on 2 doubles and a homer.
1985: In the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Angels, Don Baylor is hit by a pitch (from Kirk McCaskill) for the 190th time‚ breaking the AL record of 189 set by Minnie Minoso.
1978: in action against the Angels, the Yankees go into the annals by receiving 5 intentional walks in the 11-inning, 4-3 win. Cliff Johnson receives the record-breaking free pass, and Paul Blair delivers Graig Netlles with a walkoff single.
1977: The Yankees top the Royals 5-3 on a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th inning by Chris Chambliss.
1973: Thurman Munson gets a tainted 1st inning hit as a pop fly drops between 2 Angel infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he dominates the Yankees 5-0.
1970: Mickey Mantle dons a Yankee uniform again, returning to the club as a first base coach.
1969: Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees once again, this time after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.
1967: The Red Sox tie an American league record they originally set on July 4‚ 1905‚ by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader with the Yankees. Boston win the opener 2-1‚ then drop the nightcap in 20 innings, 4-3. Winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in the 20th‚ off Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke’s game-winning base hit. The game lasts 5:15 and is the third game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.
1964: On Elston Howard Appreciation Night, the Yankees take 2 from Boston, 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone’s 3 home runs, including a grand slam‚ and Roger Maris’ 6 singles lead the offense.Mickey Mantle his career HR no. 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1‚330) in the nightcap.
1957: At the Stadium, Hank Bauer hits Dick Donovan’s first pitch of the game for a homer‚ but the Sox tie the game at 1-1 and send it into extra innings. Then Donovan’s first pitch to Enos Slaughter to open the 11th is hammered for the game winner.
1956: Mickey Mantle redeems himself by homering and driving in the winning run in the 9th with two outs to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s at the Stadium. A first-inning error by the Mick had allowed four unearned runs to score.
1939: Detroit snap the Yankees’ win streak at 10 games by beating the visiting New Yorkers 8-7. Joe DiMaggio‚ batting .408‚ hits a 3-run homer in the 9th to tie it‚ but the Bengals score off reliever Spud Chandler. After winning 16 of their last 19 games, the Yankees now lead the AL by 12 lengths. During that span‚ the Bombers have scored an impressive 125 more runs than they’ve allowed.
1931: Facing the Yankees, Lefty Grove fans the side (Sam Byrd‚ Joe Sewell‚ Babe Ruth) in the 1st inning‚ hands out a walk to Lou Gehrig to start the 2nd‚ and records 3 more K’s (Ben Chapman‚ Lyn Lary, Bill Dickey). Lefty has 2 K’s in the 3rd but develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam‚ but the A’s southpaw still wins 7-4. Lou now has 142 RBI. Jimmie Foxx knocks in 5 runs for the A’s.
1927: In St. Louis‚ the Yankees win their 18th game of the year against the Browns without a loss‚ 8-3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Lou Gehrig‚ his 41st‚ and makes 2 errors. The Yanks will win 21 games against the Brownies this year‚ an AL record.
1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the diminutive manager‚ owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his field boss. Ruth is forced to apologize before he is reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup‚ Ruth hits career homer no. 300.
1924: With many of the 30‚000 fans at the Stadium cheering for the underdog Senators, Walter Johnson holds the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th‚ a line drive clips the Big Train’s pitching hand and he is lifted‚ but still wins 5-1. Goose Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 1/2 games.
1920: In St. Louis‚ Yankee pitcher Jack Quinn loses his spitter when a drizzle starts in the 6th‚ and Carl Mays comes on in relief for New York with the score 2-2. Despite 2 runners thrown out at home by outfielder Duffy Lewis (below), the Browns take a 3-2 lead. But New York plates 2 more runs to win 4-3 and give Mays his 20th victory of the campaign.