2011: CC Sabathia wins his 13th game of the year for the Yankees as they eke out a 1 – 0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The only run scores on a pair of miscues, after Robinson Cano starts the 7th inning with a single off James Shields. B.J. Upton makes a nice catch on Jorge Posada’s fly ball to center, but his throw to first to double Cano sails into the first base dugout. Cano moves to third on the play, then scores when Shields’ pick-off attempt is over third baseman Sean Rodriguez’s head. The game takes only 2:11, the fastest 9-inning contest in the AL this year.
2004: Old Timers Day in the Bronx is all about Thurman Munson, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the ’70s Yankees captain. Fourteen of Thurman’s teammates join his widow Diana (shown below) on the mound – one of them, Lou Piniella, is wearing the opposing team’s uniform, since he is the manager of the visiting Devil Rays. Jon Lieber allows two quick tallies on singles by the first three Tampa players and a Tino Martinez sacrifice fly. After that, Lieber stiffens, and holds the line until an 2-run A-Bomb ties off Dewon Brazelton ties it in the home fourth. Derek Jeter’s bases-clearing three-run double three innings later makes the difference in the 6-3 Yankee win.
1999: In a thrilling interleague matchup at Shea, the Yankees’ streak of 125 consecutive victories when leading after 8 innings comes to an end when Matt Franco’s 2-out pinch single in the bottom of the 9th off the suddenly mortal Mariano Rivera drives home 2 runs and gives the Mets a 9-8 win.
1997. Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his Major league debut as the Yankees roll over the Tigers 10-3.
1987: At the Stadium‚ Don mattingly greets White Sox reliever Joel McKeon with a grand slam on the fireman’s first pitch to pace the Yankees to a 9-5 win over Chicago.
1977: The AL East lead changes hands once again, as the Yankees drop into second behind the Red Sox after a 5-0 loss to the Orioles and lefty Ross Grimsley.
1956: Joe Giard, who was acquired mid-season in 1927 to shore up the Yankee bullpen and finished his brief career at the end of the regular campaign, dies at the age of 57.
1955: Despite giving up two solo homers to Mickey Mantle‚ the Nats’ Dean Stone holds on for a 6-4 win in Washington in the first game of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit‚ then later adds a double. In the nitecap‚ Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win‚ 8-3.
1947: At Sportsman’s Park, Yankee relief pitcher Joe Page stops the Browns, and then provides the margin of victory himself with a 9th inning homer as the Yankees win 4-3.
1936: The Bombers unload on the Indians 18-0, as Red Ruffing coasts to the complete game win. Lloyd Brown, the first of the Tribe hurlers, is the loser. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.
1934: The 2nd annual All Star Game witnesses Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out five future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with two on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the second. After three scoreless innings he leaves with the NL leading 4 – 0. The AL rallies, scoring nine runs off Lon Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo and Dizzy Dean, while Mel Harder pitches five shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe ‘Ducky’ Medwick hit homers. Earl Averill’s three RBI are decisive for the 9-7 AL victory.
1927; Murderers’ Row stumbles briefly on their march to the pennant as Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals second, third and home ithe 4th inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Yankees.
1917: Coming off a suspension, Yankee righthander Ray Caldwell (below) pitches 9 2/3 innings of scoreless relief‚ picking up a 7-5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of one Mrs. Lucy Dick whilst visiting. He is arrested for larceny.
The red-letter day ~
2011: Derek Jeter becomes the 28th member of the 3000 hit club with a 5-for-5 day against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Stadium. The second of the 5 hits, a homer off David Price in the 3rd inning, gets him to the milestone. He then adds two singles and a double as the Yankees defeat the Rays, 5 – 4.
On other 9ths of July…
2002: In a controversial finish, the All-Star Game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. The Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano homers for the junior circuit in the contest.
2000: Not only do the Yanks lose to the Mets at Shea, as Andy Pettitte is outduelled by Mike Hampton 2-0, but they lose Shane Spencer for the rest of the season as the outfielder damages his knee when he stumbles making a catch.
1999: The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig when he made his ‘luckiest man on earth’ speech on July 4‚ 1939 is sold for $451‚541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone.
1986: The Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson, who had had become the target of such fan abuse in New York that manager Lou Piniella would no longer pitch him at the Stadium.
1985: Despite giving up 9 hits and striking out only one batter, Ron Guidry wins his 10th straight decision, beating the Royals, 6-4.
1972: The Yankees beat the Twins 9-6‚ even though Rich Reese of Minnesota ties a Major League record by hitting the third pinch grand slam of his career, off Lindy McDaniel.
1960: Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins‚ and 14 straight over two seasons‚ as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-5. The Sox are lead by Vic Wertz, who drives in 4 runs with a homer, a double and a single. Coates’ ML record is 17-2.
1958: In front of the Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly‚ U.S. Senators are treated to a long‚ rambling, barely comprehensible discourse on baseball and America by Casey Stengel. When Stengel finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and the Yankee centerfielder deadpans, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” Manager and player return to New York in time to help thrash the Cleveland Indians 13-2.
1955: Bob Turley and the Yanks prevail over the Washington Senators, with Mickey Mantle’s 5 for 5 day providing the motor for the offense. Bullet Bob tosses a two-hit shutout in the 4-0 win.
1937: Joe DiMaggio goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers in addition to a triple‚ double and single, leading New York to a 16-2 trouncing of the Senators. Lou Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads‚ and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the pair goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When Powell took his place in left field after the incident he was showered with pop bottles.
1936: The temperature is 106ºF in Central Park‚ the hottest July 9th in New York City in the 20th century, as the Yankees host the Indians at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102*F. The Yanks score 4 in the 1st inning‚ but Cleveland come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits‚including 5 homers‚ to win 11-4. Hal Trosky‚ Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Lou Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.
1932: At the Stadium, Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman has two inside-the-park homers and 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit.The Yanks win 14-9, completing the sweep after taking first game 7-6‚ home run heroics provided by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Sewell.
1929: Hector Lopez, early ’60s Yankee outfielder, and member of the ’61 and ’62 championship teams, is born. Happy 84th, Hector!
1927: At Detroit’s Navin Field. Babe Ruth hits two homers and two doubles to lead the Yankees to a 19-7 driveby of the Tigers in the opening game of a twinbill. Detroit first baseman Johnny Neun almost matches the Babe‚ going 5-for-5 and swiping 5 bases. The Bengals bounce right back in the nitecap, thrashing the Yanks 14-4.
1919: The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak‚ beating New York’s Bob Shawkey 2-0‚ to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they don’t stop Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game. Peck‚ who is leading the AL in hitting‚ will go hitless tomorrow.
1874: Jack Powell, who won 23 games for the New York Highlanders in 1904, is born.
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.
2007: The 61st Annual Old Timers’ Game takes place at the Stadium. 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius takes part for the first time, and joins Paul O’Neill, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Leyritz and Brian Doyle. In the game that follows, Roger Clemens mkakes one of his best starts of the year, matching Anaheim ace John Lackey by allowing one run on five hits through eight frames. But in the top of the 12th, Brian Bruney surrenders a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick, and a double error by Miguel Cairo at first on a bunt play gives up the deciding run in a 2-1 loss.
2005: A familiar pattern continues to develop as the Yankees place Carl ‘American Idle’ Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis.
In other roster changes, backup infielder Rey Sanchez is transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. And although his initial two-week stay in the bigs would not be good, the purchase of the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera from AAA Columbus would prove to be a good move for the club.
1991: Bernie Williams makes his Major League debut. Though the Yankees fall to the Orioles 5-3, the rookie displays his strengths by driving in one run from each side of the plate. After delivering one tally on a sac fly off lefty starter Jeff Ballard, Bernie strokes an rbi single off righthanded closer Greg Olson in the ninth inning.
1987: The numerologists would have a field day… Trailing the Twins 7-0 in the 7th inning on 7/7/87, the Yanks score 7 runs to tie it. Mike Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson homer and Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Claudell Washington, and Gary Ward single in succession, for 7 straight safeties. A Claudell Washington home run highlights the five-run 8th that follows, and the Bombers emerge with a 12-7 victory.
1982: Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, third baseman for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 85.
1978: Ron Guidry’s historic winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Milwaukee’s Mike Caldwell, who shuts out the Yankees 6-0 on. This is the second of three shutouts the Brewer lefty will record against the Bombers this year, and sends Gator’s record ‘plummeting’ to 13-1.
1977: Catfish Hunter four-hits the Indians for an 8-2 win, completing a three-game series sweep at the Stadium.
1970: Mel Stottlemyre pitches well, but gets a no-decision as his undergunned Yankee mates fail to provide much run support against the Orioles. Stot leaves the game in the 8th with the score tied at 2, and Lindy McDaniel allowed a Brooks Robinson 10th-inning grand slam for a 6-2 Baltimore walkoff win.
1968: Chuck Knoblauch is born. Happy 46th to one of the standouts from the Torre glory years!
1966: Mired in a 1 for 17 slump, Mickey Mantle comes up in the bottom of the 9th with the Yankees tied with the Red Sox 2-2. The Mick belts a 3-run homer for the walkoff win.
1951: At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox connects for a grand slam to chase Yankee starter Allie Reynold. The final score is 10-4 for Boston, with Ellis Kinder going the route for the win. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff blast in the 9th completes the New York scoring .
1937: Lou Gehrig leads the AL to victory in the All Star Game, pacing the junior circuit attack with 4 RBI on a home run and a double.
1915: Connie Mack’s ‘fire sale’ in Philadelphia continues, as the A’s sell Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000. Shawkey will go on to win 175 games in pinstripes.
1904: Jack Chesbro is bested by the Boston Americans 4-1 at Hilltop Park for one of only 6 losses the Highlander ace will suffer in a season in which he establishes a Major League record of 41 victories that still stands.
1903: In a game with the Highlanders at New York, White Sox outfielder Danny Green is called out at first in a close play by arbiter John Sheridan (shown below). After returning to the bench, the Chicago player continues to yell at the ump. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits Green in the head with his mask. The offended player then punches the umpire, who is taken from the grounds in handcuffs and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later, he is released after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.
2011: The trial of Roger Clemens on accusations of perjury in his testimony to Congress in February 2008, opens today in Washington with jury selection. Among the witnesses which prosecutors are planning to call on are Commissioner Bud Selig, former Yankee mnger Joe Torre, former teammates Andy Pettite and Jorge Posada, and slugger Sammy Sosa. Clemens’ attorneys also plan to call on former managers and teammates, albeit different ones, to testify on behalf of the former pitcher.
2010: Alex Rodriguez hits the 21st grand slam of his career and adds a solo homer to bring his career total to 597 long balls. The Yankees defeat the A’s 6-1. CC Sabathia wins his 7th consecutive start to improve to 11-3 on the year. A-Rod’s slam ties him with Manny Ramirez for second on the all-time list, two behind Yankee legend Lou Gehrig.
2008: Joba Chamberlain is not around long enough for the win in a 5-4 extra-inning Yankee victory over the Red Sox at the Stadium , but he does have some fun before leaving by throwing yet another pitch above the head of Kevin Youkilis.
A-Rod homers off Tim Wakefield, and Robinson Cano has a key two-run triple that ties the game in the seventh. The star of the game award goes to Brett Gardner, who got the start in center in place of Johnny Damon, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder earlier in the day. The speedy rookie singles and scores in the sixth, and drives in Cano with the game winner in the bottom of the tenth. Astronaut and Yankee fan Garrett Reisman (below), who in April had thrown out the first pitch in a Stadium game from the International Space Station, throws out the first pitch in person this day, having returned to earth in the interim.
2003: Bill Mueller of the Red Sox jumps on Andy Pettitte for a home run and a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Boston scoring begins and ends there. While Andy settles into a groove, his teammates plate a pair off John Burkett in the opening frame, add one in the 5th, and send the Bosox starter to the showers when Curtis Pride launches a homer to straightaway center in the sixth. Three 7th inning tallies close out the 7-1 Yankee win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball, and the Yankees jump out to a 7-0 lead over the Mets after three innings, on two rbi singles by Scott Brosius and an Alfonso Soriano 3-run blast. The home team then coast to the 8-3 victory, with Andy getting the win over fellow lefty Al Leiter.
1996: John Wetteland ties the record held by Lee Smith by garnering a save in his 20th consecutive appearance. The Yankee closer pitches the ninth inning of Jimmy Key’s 2-0 win over the Brewers.
During the game, the Yankees buy out Darryl Strawberry’s contract with Columbus.
1990: Five days after his disastrous and demoralizing 4-0 loss to the White Sox in 1990, despite having thrown a no-hitter, Andy Hawkins goes down to defeat yet again. After throwing shutout ball at the Twins into the twelfth inning of the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, he gives up two runs in the frame and loses. His record dips to 1-6. The Bombers bounce back to take the nitecap 5-3.
1966: Boston reliever Don McMahon becomes the second pitcher in AL history to beat the Yankees twice in one day, picking up in the win in relief in both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium. When Dave Davenport of the Browns first achieved the same-day double win over the Yanks in 1916, however, he threw two complete-game victories.
Off the field, ‘Sad Sam’ Jones, mainstay of the pitching staff of the Yanks’ first World Series winning team in 1923, dies at the age of 73.
1962: The M & M boys go back-to-back for the third time in four games when they homer off the Twins’ Camilo Pasqual in the 1st inning of a 7-5 win. Both Mantle and Maris will go long again later in the game. The Mick’s dingers in his first two at bats give in four in succession over two games.
1954: Willie Randolph is born. Happy 60th to one of the all time Yankee greats at second base!
1941: At the Stadium, the Yanks sweep two from the Philadelphia Athletics, 8-4 and 3-1. Joe DiMaggio hits safely in both games, extending his hitting streak to 48 games. Before the game the center field monument to the memory of the recently deceased Lou Gehrig is dedicated: ‘A Man, A Gentleman, and A Great Ball Player.’
1933: The first ML All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park‚ and‚ appropriately, Babe Ruth is the star‚ though he finished 6th in the voting. Joining the Bambino in representing the Yanks in the starting AL nine are Lou Gehrig and Lefty Gomez. (Al Simmons and Chuck Klein were the top two vote-getters.) The Babe strikes out against Lon Warneke‚ but his 2-run homer is the margin of victory in the AL’s 4-2 win. Gomez, the starter and winner‚ also knocks in the game’s first run. John McGraw comes out of retirement to manage the NL. The match draws 49‚200 fans who pay $52‚000 in gate receipts.
1928: Urban Shocker (below), who has made only one appearance for the Yankees this year because of health issues, is given his unconditional release by the team.
1920: The Yankees (1920 team photo shown below) set a record by plating 14 runs in the 5th inning of a game with the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium. The mark will stand as the most runs ever scored in one inning of a Major League game until 1953, when the Red Sox produce a 17-run frame.
2009: The Yankees win at the Stadium, though far from gracefully. Battering Toronto rookie Brett Cecil for seven runs, and the soon-to-retire B.J. Ryan for three more, they will need almost all those runs, as Joba Chamberlain allows eight of his own, even if all five runs in the top of the third are unearned after a Cody Ransom (below) error. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada collect four hits each, and Hideki Matsui homers and drives in 4 in the 10-8 triumph.
2000: Andy Pettitte cruises through the first 5 innings, but things turn ugly in the 6th when the Orioles push 6 runs across on 7 hits and a walk off the starter and relievers Jason Grimsley and Mike Stanton before Jeff Nelson finally restores order. The Yanks, who had built a 4-0 lead on homers by Scott Brosius and Derek Jeter, now trail. Fortunately, the Bomber offense is operating at full throttle, and answer back with a six-spot of their own in the home half of the 6th, on their way to a 12-6 win.
1999: Facing the Orioles at the Stadium, Andy Pettitte is on less than top form, allowing 8 hits (including homers by Cal Ripken and B.J. Surhoff) and walking 5 in 6 innings of work, as Mike Mussina and the visitors roll, 9-1.
1966: Former Yankee pitching coach Dave Eiland is born. Happy birthday, Dave!
1961: In the course of a 6-0 victory over the Indians, Roger Maris is erroneously credited with an RBI single along with the RBI he earned for a home run. The error will be discovered and rectified in 1995, and since then, the record book has reflected that Maris and the Orioles’ Jim Gentile were co-leaders of the American League in RBI for the 1961 season.
1951: ’70s Yankee closer and Hall of Famer Rich Gossage is born. Happy 63rd to the Goose!
1950: Tommy Byrne gives up six hits, walks six and hits four batters in five innings of work, but still manages to salvage the win as the Yanks beats the Athletics 12-8. It’s Cliff Mapes (below) to the rescue, as the last Yankee player to wear Babe Ruth’s old no. 3 before it was retired drives in five runs with a home run and a single.
1943: Curt ‘Clank’ Blefary, (the nickname was bestowed on him by Frank Robinson for his less than stellar glovework in the outfield) Yankee benchplayer in 1970 and ’71 during a journeyman career, is born.
1937: Joe DiMaggio hits first Major League grand slam, off Rube Walberg, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over the Red Sox. The Yankees prevail by scores of 15-0 and 8-4.
1934: Lou Gehrig hits the 17th of his 23 career grand slams, this one an inside-the-park job, in an 8-3 win over the Senators
1930: Yankee Stadium plays host to its first Negro League games, as the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox split a doubleheader before a crowd of 20,000. Baltimore’s Herb ‘Rap Dixon’ homers three times, while the Giants’ Chino Smith goes long twice and triples.
1917: In the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Senators at the Polo Grounds, Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a 13th-inning shot to deep center off Walter Johnson, and motors around the bases for an inside-the-park game winner. It is his fifth career homer against the Hall of Fame bound Washington ace. The Senators win the first game, 2-1.
1905: Thanks in part to 9 Boston errors, the Highlanders roll 8-3. Bill Hogg (shown below in a 1908 spring training photo, fourth from the left in the front row) gets the win for the visiting New Yorkers.
The red-letter days ~
1983: In action against the Red Sox at the Stadium, Dave Righetti throws the first Yankee no-hitter since Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, and the first by a Yankee lefty since George Mogridge threw the Bombers’ first-ever (from either side) in 1917. Righetti strikes out Yankee nemesis Wade Boggs (who will eventually earn a ring in the Bronx in 1996), to end the game (final score 4-0).
1939: Lou Gehrig makes the ‘Luckiest man on the face of the earth’ speech.
In the doubleheader that follows, the Yankees gain a split, falling in the opener 3-2, but rebounding strongly in the nitecap with an 11-1 win.
On other 4ths of July…
2011: Derek Jeter resumes his quest for 3,000 hits after missing three weeks with a strained calf muscle. However, the Indians’ Josh Tomlin keeps him hitless while defeating the Yankees 6 – 3. The Yankee captain is still six hits away from the magic number.
2009: The Blue Jays are in town for the Independence Day game at the Stadium. Adam Lind’s sixth inning home run keys a three-run rally that gives Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay the lead over Chien-Ming Wang, and then Johnny Damon’s two-run, seventh-inning blast ties it at 5-5. Phil Hughes, Mariano and Phil Coke hold the visitors at bay for five frames, and veteran Brett Tomko (below) gets the victory when Jorge Posada singles in A-Rod for the 6-5 walkoff win in the bottom of the 12th.
1996: The Yankees sign Darryl Strawberry
1988: Texas knuckleballer Charlie Hough strikes out four Yankees in the opening frame, but the Bombers shrug it off and go on to rout the Rangers 13-2.
1984: Yankee veteran Phil Niekro (below) gets his 3,000th strikeout when he fans Billy Sample in a 5-0 blanking of the Rangers. The knuckleballer goes 8 innings, and Jay Howell finishes up.
1977: The Yanks maintain a one-game lead over the Red Sox, riding home runs by Chris Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles to a 7-5 victory at home over the Indians.
1964: Mickey Mantle’s three-run eighth-inning blast off Minnesota’s Al Worthington resulted in a come from behind 7-5 win in the opening game of doubleheader. The Bombers will take the nitecap as well, 2-1.
1962: After falling to the Kansas City Athletics 11-1 in the first of two, the Yanks recover to win the nightcap as Mickey Mantle homers
his last two times up in the 7-3 win. After a day off on the 5th, the Mick will
homer his first two times to the plate in the next game, giving him his third
and fourth dingers in succession as the Yanks do battle in Minnesota.
1960: Mickey Mantle hits the 300th
home run of his career, a three-run shot off Hal Woodeshick in the
first inning of a game with the Senators. The Yanks will come up short,
however, losing 9-8.
1959: Bob Turley tosses a one-hitter for a 7-0 shutout in the opener of a doubleheader with the Senators. The Yanks will also take the nitecap 10-6. The star of the day, though, is Tony Kubek, who goes 8-for-10 in the
twinbill, including 2 doubles and 3 RBI
1954: Jim Beattie, Yankee pitcher in 1978-79 and winner of the pivotal 5th game of the 1978 World Series, is born. Happy 60th, Jim!
1948: John Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees, is born. Happy 66th to Mr ‘It is high, it is far, it is… caught’ !
1932: The Yanks drop a doubleheader to the Senators, 5-3 and 12-6. In the second game, Washington’s Carl Reynolds bowls over Bill Dickey on a successful squeeze play. After rising from the dust, the Yankee backstop breaks Reynolds’ jaw with one punch. Dickey is suspended for 30 days – supposedly the length of his target’s recuperation – and assessed a $1‚000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360
but will end the season at .305.
1925: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Herb Pennock (below) duels Lefty Grove of the A’s for 15 innings, and outlasts him for the 1-0 win. The A’s take the nitecap 8-5.
1884: Jack Warhop, Yankee pitcher from 1908 to 1915 (and who gave up Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run) is born.
The red-letter day ~
1922: Bob Meusel, already the first Yankee to hit for the cycle, turns the trick again in a 12-1 win over the A’s. Long Bob’s homer is back-to-back with one by Babe Ruth, as Carl Mays beats Philadelphia for the 22nd time in a row.
On other 3rds of July…
2010: The Yankees score all 11 of their runs in the 3rd inning as they defeat the Blue Jays 11-3. Brett Gardner hits his first career grand slam in the outburst.
1998: Joe Torre lets Andy Pettitte throw 143 pitches in a 3-2 complete game victory over the Orioles at the Stadium. Chad Curtis knots the game at two with a fourth-inning home run off Mike Mussina, and the Yankee leftfielder also scores the walkoff winner in the 9th behind Scott Brosius’ single off Jesse Orosco.
1978: Yaz singles twice and doubles, and Dennis Eckersley gets the win over Ed Figueroa as the Red Sox beat the Bombers 9-5 at Fenway. The third-place Yanks now fall eight games off the pace.
1977: In the opening game of a twinbill at the Stadium, Roy White comes through with an 8th inning double to break a scoreless tie with the Tigers and give Ron Guidry a 2-0 win. It is Louisiana Lightning’s second straight complete-game shutout. The Tigers come roaring back in the second game for a 10-6 victory.
1967: Brian Cashman is born. Happy 47th to our GM!
1966: Mickey Mantle hits three home runs in consecutive times at bat for the second time in the same week when he goes yard in the first and the Yanks take a 5-0 lead over the Senators. It takes Bobby Richardson’s 11th-inning home run, however, to close out the 6-5 Yankee win.
1962: The Yankees squeak by the A’s 8-7, on the strength of five homers. Bobby Richardson accounts for one, and Roger maris hits two, but it is Mickey Mantle’s second of two, in the eighth, that plates the winning run.
1960: In doubleheader action against the Tigers in the Bronx, Ryne Duren preserves thefirst-game, 7-6 win in front of a 50,000-plus crowd by striking Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth. Mickey Mantle’s three-run blast carries the Yanks to a second-game 6-2 victory and the sweep.
1951: Former Yankee reliever Hugh Casey, who made a critical contribution to New York fortunes in the stretch run of the 1949 pennant race, commits suicide at the age of 37. Casey is best remembered in Yankee lore, however, for game four of the 1941 World Series, when he was on the mound for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the bottom of the 9th, Dodger catcher Mickey Owen was unable to handle strike three from Casey with two outs. Given new life, the Bombers took the game and the series.
1950: Ever willing to shuffle the lineup, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base. DiMag handles 13 chances flawlessly, but is unhappy, especially since the Senators win, 7-2. The experiment will not be repeated.
1932: In the first ever Sunday game at Fenway, the Yankees own the Red Sox, 13-2 George Pipgras goes the distance for the Bombers.
1914: In Philadelphia, the A’s Chief Bender (below) and Bob Shawkey combine for a double whitewashing of the Yanks, 2-0 and 1-0.
Off the field, Buddy Rosar, backup catcher for the Yankee championship clubs of 1939 and 1941, is born.
The red-letter day ~
1941: Joe DiMaggio becomes the sole owner of the record for longest hitting streak in Major League history. With a homer off Boston’s Dick Newsome at the Stadium, the Yankee Clipper extends his streak to 45 games, eclipsing Wee Willie Keeler’s long-standing mark that he had tied the day before. The blast also contributes to an 8-4 win.
On other 2nds of July…
2009: The Mets’ Jose Reyes, leading the major leagues with a .354 batting average, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today’s game with the Yankees and is headed for the disabled list at a time when trade rumors are swirling around the soon-to-be free agent. The Mets also lose the game, 5-2, as Bartolo Colon wins in his first start since returning from a hamstring injury of his own. Curtis Granderson homers for the Yanks.
2008: Right-handed journeyman Sydney Ponson seems headed for a loss when two-run, sixth-inning homers by Milton Bradley and Kris Davis give the Rangers a 7-6 lead at the Stadium, but the first five Yanks to bat in the seventh score. 8 runs will come across in the frame, and 3 more in the 8th, to carry them to an 18-7 win. Jason Giambi drives in six with a grand slam and a two-run double, Bobby Abreu (below) and A-Rod deliver three RBI each, and Johnny Damon has three hits, and scores three times while driving in two.
1978: After the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Ron Guidry is now off to the best start of any pitcher in Yankee history, having bested the Tigers 3-2 to raise his record to 13-0. Controversy arises when Detroit outfielder Mickey Stanley waits for a fan interference call on a long drive by Mickey Rivers that never comes, and Rivers legs out an inside-the-park home run to tie the game at two. Goose Gossage gets the win in the nitecap as the Yanks gain a walkoff win, 5-3.
1970: The Yankees fall to the Tigers and Joe Niekro 5-0. Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hit bid by the Detroit knuckleballer with a single in the 9th, the third time this month that the Yankee second baseman has spoilt a no-no with a safety in the final inning.
1966: The struggles of the Yankees (who are heading for their first last-place finish in 54 years) are reflected in the fortunes of Whitey Ford, who continues to be winless so far in the campaign. Washington’s Frank Howard, Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit back-to-back-to-back homers against the fading lefty on the way to a 10-4 victory. Mike McCormick gets the complete-game win for the Senators.
1962: In a game with the A’s at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle walks in three out of his four In trips to the plate. He takes advantage of the one good pitch he sees to blast it into the upper deck, helping the Yanks to an 8-4 win.
1946: With nearly 70,000 in attendance at the Stadium, Yankee hurler Spud Chandler gets off to a shaky start, walking nine Red Sox batters in the first four innings. Still, he carries a no-hitter into the 9th, when Bobby Doerr singles with one out, and then closes the door for a 2-1 victory.
1943: Nice effort, shame about the 4th inning… The Indians score all 12 of their runs during that frame in a 12-0 win over the Yankees. The roof falls in on New York starter Marius Russo (shown below), who takes his third loss of the year without a win.
1938: Hal Reniff, pitcher for the ’62 Yankees World Championship team, and member of the ’63 and ’64 pennant winners, is born. Happy 76th, Hal!
1922: The Yankees beat the A’s 9-3. 2 of Philadelphia’s 3 runs come on solo home runs by outfielder Tilly Walker (below), who will finish the year with 37 round-trippers, two more than Babe Ruth’s total.
1906: After losing the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s 5-4, the Highlanders win by forfeit for the first time in franchise history, 5-1.
The red-letter days ~
2004: The ‘Derek Jeter dive’ game.
One of the most thrilling contests in recent years in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry takes place at the Stadium. Home runs by Tony Clark and Jorge Posada propel starter Brad Halsey into a 3-0 lead over Pedro Martinez. but Boston tie it on a two-run Manny Ramirez homer and a David McCarty two-bagger that glances off Bernie Williams’ glove in the 7th. The Sox load the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk against Mariano in the 11th, but A-Rod turns a miraculous 5 (UA), 5-2 double play that would have been a triple play on a 2-5, but the latter throw retires Ramirez coming from second for the second time on the play, a twist that one won’t find in the rule book. A second-and-third, two-out threat against Tanyon Sturtze in the following frame is snuffed out when Jeter dives face first into the left-field boxes after snaring Trot Nixon’s flair into no man’s land. The Sox pull ahead again on another Manny blast to lead off the 13th, but with two out in the home half of the inning, Ruben Sierra, Miguel Cairo and John Flaherty deliver a single, a double and a single in succession, and the Yanks and their fans celebrate a 5-4 victory.
1941: Joe Dimaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler’s Major League record hitting streak at 44 games whilst leading the Yanks to a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox, 7-2 and 9-2.
On other 1sts of July…
2007: The contract of righty reliever Edwar Ramirez, who has been all the buzz in Scranton, is purchased, and the spindly hurler is brought to New York. Infielder Chris Basak is optioned out to create room, and injured righty Jeff Karstens is shifted to the 60-day disabled list.
1990: Yankee starting pitcher Andy Hawkins has a frustrating day’s work, holding the White Sox hitless through seven when New York third baseman Mike Blowers makes an error on a Sammy Sosa grounder leading off the next inning. Two walks follow, and then back-to-back errors by Jim Leyrirz and Jesse Barfield on wind-blown outfield flies, and the Sox are up, 4-0, the final score of the game despite the fact that Hawkins succeeds in finishing the no-hitter.
The 4-0 loss was the largest margin of a no-hitter loss in the 20th century, and Hawkins became the first Yankees pitcher to lose a no-hitter. On September 4, 1991 the Committee for Statistical Accuracy, appointed by Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the definition of a no-hitter to require that a pitcher throw at least nine full innings and a complete game. Since Hawkins played for the visiting team, the White Sox never batted in the ninth inning and Hawkins lost the credit for a no-hitter.
1964: It’s ‘Taxi Day’ at the Stadium, with nearly 5,000 cab drivers and their families in attendance. The Kansas City A’s spoil the party, though, by beating the Yankees 5-4 in 11 innings.
1962: Angels reliever (and future Yankee pitching coach under Billy Martin) Art Fowler earns the win in the second of two vs. the Bombers with his throwing and with his bat. Fowler drives in four runs with two singles in the 12-5 nightcap after the Yanks win the opener 6-3. Halos outfielder Albie Pearson becomes first player in MLB history to go hitless in 11 at bats in a twinbill consisting of two nine-inning games.
1957: In a game against the Yankees, Baltimore pitcher George Zuverink and his catcher Frank Zupo become the first ‘Double Z’ battery in Major League history. But the 26th-letter mojo isn’t enough, as the Yanks prevail 3-2.
1950: At Fenway, Whitey Ford makes a considerably less than auspicious MLB debut, coming on in relief of Yankee starter Tommy Byrne. The young lefty is slapped around by the Red Sox for seven hits and five earned runs, while walking six, as Boston roll to a 13-4 win.
1935: At the suggestion of Yankee outfielder George Selkirk, the Stadium gets a six-foot-wide cinder path in front of the fences to alert fielders when they are approaching the wall. Yankee Stadium is the first Major League ballpark to have the feature, which will subsequently become known as the ‘warning track’.