2011: Curtis Granderson, otherwise having a tremendous season, is embarrassed when he falls for the ‘play that never works’,when the opposing pitcher fakes a throw to third base, then throws to first. Granderson is picked off by Jordan Walden of the Angels to end the Yankees’ 6-4 loss to the Halos. Joe Girardi is philosophical about the blunder though: “Our aggressiveness has won us a lot of ballgames; tonight it cost us”, adding that baserunners were 15 for 15 in steal attempts against the Angels’ closer this year.
2009: The Yankees complete a four-game sweep of the Red Sox at the Stadium, in a pitcher’s duel between Andy Pettitte and John Lester, a scoreless battle until A-Rod homers off the Boston lefty to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Victor Martinez, however, goes long off Phil Coke in the top of the eighth. In the home half of the inning, the Yanks mount a 4-run rally with two out, starting with back-to-back home runs by Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira off Daniel Bard. Mariano Rivera will close out the 5-2 Yankee victory.
2001: Yankee pitcher Ted Lilly (below) is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim’s Scott Spiezio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. Joe Torre rips into baseball’s dean of discipline Frank Robinson for the decision. Lilly was not thrown out of the game by the umpires when the incident occurred.
1999: Bernie Williams’ grand slam in a 12-8 victory over the A’s at Oakland is one of 5 salamis hit throughout the Majors on the day. This is the first time that so many have been hit on a single day in the 129-year history of Major League baseball.
1997: The Yankees beat the Twins 4-1 at the Metrodome, with Luis Sojo’s two-run blast in the 8th as the big blow. Minnesota hurler Brad Radke sees his 12-game winning streak come to an end.
1996: Coming home to roost… The Tigers defeat the Yankees 5-3 as DH Ruben Sierra, traded just over a week ago from New York, drives home all 5 Detroit runs with a double and a 3-run homer . http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1996/B08090NYA1996.htm
1992: Yankee rookie pitcher Sam Militello throws 7 innings of 1-hit shutout ball at the Red Sox on the way to a 6-0 win. Sadly, the promising youngster will fall victim to arm miseries, and will be out of baseball by the following year’s All Star break.
1987: In a 15-4 Tiger mauling of the Yankees‚ New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound. Again‚ he walks one batter and allows no runs‚ the second time in 3 weeks he has caught and pitched in the same game.
1978: The Yanks continue with their come-from-behind ways, rallying for 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 8-7 victory over the visiting Brewers. Milwaukee catcher Buck Martinez is the goat, fielding a Lou Piniella bunt and then airmailing the throw to 1st, allowing Chris Chambliss to race home with the winning run.
1958: Yankee Stadium draws its biggest crowd of the decade – 67‚916 – for Old Timers’ Day‚ but the throng are disappointed as Boston jump out to a 7-0 lead off Yankee starter Duke Maas, and hold on for a 9-6 win.
1956: The Senators get a license to sell beer at Griffith Stadium for the first time, and the Yankees celebrate with a 15-7 drubbing of the Nats. Mickey Mantle is walked three times before he launches a two-run homer in the 7th.
1949: Dom DiMaggio’s 34-game hitting streak is on the line against Vic Raschi and the Yankees. Hitless in his first 4 at bats‚ Dom hits a sinking line drive in the 8th that his brother Joe catches at his shoetops. Dom had started his streak after going hitless against Raschi. The Red Sox win 6-3 to move to within 5 1/2 games of the Yankees.
1946: For the first time in Major League history, all games are played at night, 4 in each league. Attendance is close to 200‚000‚ with the Yankees topping the list as they draw 63‚040 to the Stadium. The Bombers lose to the Red Sox 4-3‚ as Boston’s Rudy York drills a 3-run homer off Bill Bevans in the 6th. Boo Ferris wins his 19th.
1940: Steve Sundra (below) posts his first win of the year for the Yankees‚ beating the A’s and Johnny Babich‚ 2-0. The Yankees‚ at 51-51‚ seem to be out of the running for their 5th straight championship. However‚ they will go 37-15 the rest of the way and actually take over first for one day, on September 11th. The Yanks will ultimately finish 3rd‚ losing a critical three straight to the Browns on September 15-16.
1928: The Yankees whip the Red Sox 7-1‚ as lefty Fred Heimach, in his Yankee debut‚ tosses a complete-game 4-hitter. All the New York scoring comes in the 6th inning.
1927: Lou Gehrig hits his 38th homer of year off the A’s Rube Walberg, but it is the only scoring for his side, finally putting the Bombers on the board in the 9th. The Mackmen roll at home, 8-1.
1925: Babe Ruth is lifted for a pinch hitter for the only time in his career. Bobby Veach (below) bats for the Babe‚ who is suffering from a sore back‚ and flies out. New York lose 4-3 in 12 innings. The Yanks will waive Veach (.353)‚ along with pitcher Alex Ferguson on August 17th‚ and the Senators will pick him up for pennant insurance.
1920: In Cleveland‚ the Yankees top the Indians 6-3 to cut the Tribe’s lead to 3 1/2 games. Babe Ruth‚ coming into the game with 41 homers‚ is walked 3 times and strikes out twice. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1920/B08090CLE1920.htm
1919: Ralph Houk is born.
1901: In the first game of a doubleheader at Boston‚ Baltimore Orioles’ third baseman Jack Dunn knocks himself out cold with a foul ball off his own bat. He will be out of action for a week.
1996: Darryl Strawberry powers a pair of homers to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the White Sox. Straw now has 5 homers in his last 9 at bats.
1995: The Yankees roll to an 11-4 win over Baltimore, powered by DH Ruben Sierra’s 7 RBI. Sierra’s 3 hits include a single‚ double and a home run.
1973: Taking the mound against the Rangers, Yankee starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson and is replaced by Fred Beene. Beene goes the rest of the way, allowing four hits, and getting the 3-2 win when Gene Michael delivers a 9th inning game-ending single off Texas starter Jim Merritt.
1972: The Yankee ownership and New York City sign a 30-year lease on Yankee Stadium that will keep the team in the Bronx till 2002. The City agrees to spend $24 million on renovations‚ but the actual costs will approach $100 million.
1956: Mickey Mantle’s 1st-inning opposite field home off Camilo Pascual jumpstarts the Yankees to a 12-2 win over the Senators. Mantle is now 9 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1954: The Yankees spot the host Tigers a four-run lead‚ tie it up‚ then watch as Detroit win it 10-8 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle has one homer‚ off Billy Hoeft‚ and just misses on a titanic opposite field drive that curves foul before leaving the stadium.
1953: Yankee southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava hurl 1-0 and 3-0 shutouts respectively against the White Sox. Kuzava gives up only Bob Boyd’s double in the 9th. The Sox now trail New York by 8 1/2 games.
1948: 73‚484 fans turn out at Cleveland Stadium to watch the Indians and Yankees square off for a pair. Trailing in the opener‚ an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases loaded pinch single in the 7th to tie the game‚ and Satchel Paige gets the win in relief‚ 8-6. Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nitecap to give the Indians a 2-1 win over rookie Bob Porterfield‚ making his ML debut. The Indians and the A’s are now tied for 1st (60-39)‚ with the Yankees 2 games back and Red Sox in 4th place‚ 2 1/2 out.
1934: Hall of Fame manager Wilbert ‘Uncle’ Robbie’ Robinson dies at the age of 71. Robinson finished his playing days as the starting catcher for the Baltimore Orioles (the franchise that would move to New York and become the Highlanders in 1903) in 1901 and 1902.
1924: Babe Ruth slams his 37th and 38th homers of the year, adds a triple and draws 2 walks‚ but it is not enough to keep the Yanks from falling to Cleveland,10-8. Joe Bush and Bob Shawkey are the victims of the Tribe’s offense. George Myatt’s 2-run homer is the difference in the 3-run 9th. Myatt also has a single and double.
1920: Detroit’s Howard Ehmke whitewashes the Yankees 1-0 and takes just 1 hour‚ 13 minutes to do it‚ for the shortest 1-0 game in AL history. With no outs and 2 on in the 5th inning‚ the Yanks fail to capitalize as Ping Bodie falls for the hidden ball trick applied by second baseman Ralph Young.
1913: The Yankees acquire third baseman Fritz Maisel from Baltimore (IL) for $12‚000 plus third baseman Ezra Midkmiff (batting .197) and outfielder Bert Daniels (.216). Daniels will return to the majors next year with the Reds and improve his average by 3 points.
1904: In Cleveland‚ with the Blues leading New York‚ 7-1 in the 4th‚ Dave Fultz (below) and manager Clark Griffith argue a strike call with umpire Silk O’Loughlin. When the New Yorkers refuse to go back to the bench‚ Silk orders a policeman to escort them off the field. Tomorrow‚ Silk will throw out pitcher Jack Powell and have the police escort Jimmy Williams off the field. Griffith and Williams will receive suspensions from the AL‚ and Highlander owner Frank Farrell vows O’Loughlin will never again be allowed to enter Hilltop Park. He will be, however.
2009: “A long night’s journey into day” is how YES TV’s Michael Kay describes the instant classic the Yankees played against the Red Sox. Neither Josh Beckett nor A.J. Burnett disappoint, each turning in seven scintillating innings of shutout ball, and the two bullpens continue the mastery until A-Rod sends the Bronx crowd home happy with a 15th-inning, two-run shot off Boston’s Junichi Tazawa.
2007: Joba Chamberlain is called up from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
2002: In an historic move (and one that will have considerable repercussions in the Yankee universe)‚ Major League baseball players end their long-held opposition to mandatory drug testing by agreeing to be tested for illegal steroids beginning in 2003.
2000: The Yankees obtain Jose Canseco on waivers from the Devil Rays. The move‚ which mystifies even manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high priced slugger away from AL East rivals.
1998: Making his MLB debut, Shane Spencer collects 5 hits‚ including 2 doubles and 2 home runs‚ while driving home 3 runs and scoring 4 in New York’s 14-2 pasting of Kansas City in the second game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the first contest by a score of 8-2.
1984: The White Sox and Yankees split a double header, with Chicago’s 6-3 triumph in game 1 stopping New York’s 8-game win streak. LaMarr Hoyt is the winner. Ron Guidry strikes out 13 to win the nitecap‚ 7-0. He finishes with a flourish‚ striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th.
1977: Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankee losing streak with his third straight victory. The New Yorkers will take 20 of their next 23 games against Western Division opponents.
1964: Steve Barber beats the Yankees 2-0 with relief assistance from Harvey Haddix to boost the Orioles back into first place by a game.
1962: In his first at bat after returning from military service‚ Tony Kubek homers in a 14-1 Yankee win over the Twins.
1957: Hank Bauer hits his second consecutive lead-off homer‚ against Washington‚ as the first-place Yankees lose 3-2. The Bombers’ other score is Mickey Mantle’s 3rd inning homer to right off starter Tex Clevenger.
1956: The Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5‚000 for spitting at Boston fans‚ as the Red Sox edge the Yanks‚ 2-1‚ in 11 innings on the Splendid Splinter’s bases-loaded walk. It is Williams’ third expectoration incident in 3 weeks. The spitting started after the crowd of 36‚350‚ a record for night games at Fenway Park and the biggest turnout since WWII‚ started booing the Splinter for muffing Mickey Mantle’s windblown pop fly in the 11th. Before the game‚ right fielder Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by teammates from going into the stands after a heckler. Last September‚ Jensen had challenged a fan to come out of the stands.
1955: After a 12-17 record in July‚ the Yankees are in a four-team race. The second division Tigers beat New York 4-2 in game one‚ and New York then earn a critical 3-2 10th-inning win on a Mickey Mantle 2-out homer off Babe Birrer. It is the Mick’s second homer of the game‚ having connected off starter Frank Lary. The Yanks finish the day in a virtual tie with Chicago‚ a 1/2 game ahead of Cleveland‚ and 11/2 games ahead of Boston.
1953: The Yankees turn back the second place White Sox with a 6-1 win at the Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s line drive in the 3rd goes for a 3-run inside-the-park homer‚ and Yogi Berra follows with one in the seats.
1949: Casey Stenegl’s penchant for lineup juggling comes to the fore as his Yankees suffer injury after injury as the St. Louis and New York pitchers throw at each other. Against the Browns, 13 different Yankees score a run‚ tying a record‚ in the first game of a doubleheader‚ as the Yanks roll to a 20-2 win. Yogi Berra hits a three-run homer but on his next time at bat he fractures his thumb when he is hit by a fastball. He will be out until September. Joe DiMaggio hits a three-run round tripper as well. The second game ends in a 2-2 tie.
1948: Before 66‚000 fans at Cleveland Stadium, Vic Raschi (14-4) allows 4 singles in stopping the Indians‚ 5-0. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of doubles‚ drives in 3 runs‚ and swipes home on the front end of a double steal.
1938: Red Ruffing loses his no hitter when Cleveland”s Roy Weatherly doubles in the 9th with one out. The Yankees and Ruffing win easily‚ 7-0.
1929: For the second game in a row‚ Babe Ruth hits a grand slam as the Yanks roll to a 13-1 win over the A’s in the lidlifter of a doubleheader. Mickey Cochrane homers in his one at bat for the A’s only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the first 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner. The A’s take the nitecap‚ 4-2‚ as George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the win.
Off the field, Don Larsen is born. Happy 85th birthday to Mr. World Series perfection!
1919: Before the start of the New York-St. Louis doubleheader at the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees present the umpires with a temporary court injunction restraining Ban Johnson’s order preventing Carl Mays from pitching‚ further eroding Johnson’s authority and standing. Mays then pitches a 6-hitter in the nitecap‚ beating the Browns 8-2. Mays’ 9-3 record will be key to the Yankees’ 3rd place finish.
1918: The Yankees make it 7 straight losses‚ as the White Sox drop them twice in Chicago‚ 8-4 and 4-0. New York make 24 hits in the two games‚ but Ed Cicotte is tough in the pinch to win the opener for the Sox. Slim Love (below) takes the loss. In the nitecap‚ Roy Sanders‚ making his first start for New York‚ gives up no hits in the first 3 innings‚ but records no outs in the 4th as the Sox rack him for 4 straight doubles. Frank Shellenback goes all the way for the Sox win. Chicago now take over 4th place from the Yankees.
1915: In action against the Yankees, future Hall of Famer George Sisler makes the only mound appearance of his career. In the 6th inning of the game at the Polo Grounds, he pitches to two batters, hitting one and walking the other. The Browns-Yankees match is called at the end of 10 innings because of darkness with the score tied 4-4.
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1979: The ‘Thurman Munson Memorial Walkoff’.
In a night game at the Stadium following the funeral of the Yankee captain, Bobby Murcer (who eulogized his longtime friend) drives in all 5 runs as the Bombers top Baltimore 5-4
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2009: After losing the first eight contests between the two teams this year, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 13-6, before a capacity crowd at the Stadium. The Bronx Bombers feast off John Smoltz, still struggling to regain his form after missing all of the 2008 season, and Billy Traber, recalled earlier in the day from AAA Pawtucket, lighting up the two pitchers for 13 runs on 18 hits in 7 combined innings. Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Melky Cabrera and Mark Teixera all go deep for the Yankees, while Boston fail to take full advantage of 12 walks issued by five New York pitchers.
2003: The Yankees send reliever Armando Benitez to the Mariners in exchange for fellow fireman Jeff Nelson. It is Nelson’s second tour of duty with the Yanks.
1996: The Yankees defeat Kevin Tapani and the White Sox 9-2 behind the three home runs hit by Darryl Strawberry. Straw becomes the eighth player in baseball history to hit three in a game in both leagues.
1982: The Yankees trade Bucky Dent to the Rangers for Lee Mazzilli. Dent was hitting only .169 and had already lost his starting shortstop job to Roy Smalley.
1981: As a result of the nearly 2-month interruption in play because of the strike, the ML owners elect to split the 1981 season into 2 halvesâ with the first-place teams from each half in each division (or a wild-card team if the same club wins both halves) meeting in a best-of-five divisional playoff series. The last time the major leagues played a split season was 1892. The Yankees, A’s, Phillies, and Dodgers suddenly find themselves guaranteed playoff spots as first-half champions.
1972: In action against the Reds, Hank Aaron’s 660th and 661st home runs for the Braves break Babe Ruth’s record for home runs hit with one team – the Babe hit 659 in pinstripes.
1971: The Yankees chase Pat Dobson in the 4th on the way to lambasting the Orioles 12-3. The loss ends Dobson’s win streak of 12 gamesâ his 9 consecutive complete gamesâ and his consecutive scoreless inning streak of 23.
1965: After going 7-for-11 in a series against the White Soxâ Mickey Mantle launches a homer off Mickey Lolich, but Detroit top the visiting Yankees 5-4. New York will win tomorrow and the Mick will add another homer.
1963: The Senators take the first game of a doubleheader at D.C. Stadium from the Yankees 8-5. In the nitecap, the Yanks’ Stan Williams (below) one-hits the home side. The Nats’ only safety is Don Blasingame’s 3rd-inning double.
1961: Mickey Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins, going 5-for-9 with 3 home runs and a double. His 4 RBI give him an even 100 for the year and his homer total is now 43. In the openerâ Mantle has 2 home runs off his favorite pitching target, Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard’s homer in the 10th that ties the game at 6-6. In the 15thâ Yogi Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beats the throw at first to give the Yanks the win. The Yankees win the nitecap by a run as wellâ when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie. New York now lead Detroit by 2 1/2 games.
1956: Yankee rookie Ralph Terry makes his Major League debut at Fenway and picks up his first win with 6 innings of work. He leaves after giving up a homer to Jimmy Piersall but Tom Morgan and Tommy Byrne come out of the Bomber bullpen to save the 4-3 win. Tom Brewer takes the loss. Terry is the last Yankee rookie starter to debut at Fenway this century: New York’s Bob Meyer will take his first bow at Fenway as a reliever in 1964.
1946: Former Yankee second baseman Tony Lazzeri dies at home in San Francisco at the age of 42.
1937: In a 10-inning oddity, Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Bob Feller takes a 5-2 lead into the 9th, but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th, Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer, off reliever Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, for a 6-5 Indian lead, and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which Tribe third baseman Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an apparent double. But the plate umpire Charlie Johnson calls it foul, and with both runners scoring, the Indians’ left fielder fails to chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently, and finally Johnson consults with the umpire at third, George Moriarty. Moriarty overrules Johnson, allowing the winning run to score because of the outfield’s idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank), protesting that since the ball had not reached the base, the call was the home plate ump’s to make and ought not to be overruled. The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September 15. In his 9 innings pitched, Feller racks up an unusual double-double, walking 10 and striking out 12.
1928: The Yankees’ tailspin continues, as the White Sox drop them at Comiskey Park, 5-4 in 15 innings. Willie Kamm triples home the run that gives Grady Adkins the win. George Pipgras takes the loss.
1920: Babe Ruth belts 2 more homers, giving him 41, to lead the Yanks to a 11-7 victory over the Tigers. Both homers are off Hooks Dauss, who is given the hook in the 8th. Jack Quinn pitches 2 inning for New York before being lifted for George Mogridge.
2011: The Yankees and the Red Sox, tied atop the AL East standings, meet for a three-game series at Fenway. New York take the opener, 3-2, thanks a to a big performance by their bullpen. After starter Bartolo Colon comes out in the 5th with his team trailing, 2-0, five relievers pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Yanks score three runs in the top of the 6th off Jon Lester for the win. Nick Swisher drives in the winning run with a double, Boone Logan is the winner and Mariano Rivera picks up the save.
2009: Cody Ransom is Designated for Assignment.
2006: The Orioles down the Yankees 5-0, as rookie Adam Loewen and 2 relievers hold New York to 1 hit. Bobby Abreu’s 1st inning single is the Bombers’ only safety.
2003: Derek Jeter goes long on Texas righty Colby Lewis’ first pitch of the game, and then homers for two more runs with two out in the 2nd, with both shots going to right center. Roger Clemens goes 7 innings to earn the win, and Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi homer as well, as the Yankees roll 6-2.
1983: AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing abuse of umpires. The Yankee manager is banished for 2 games for calling umpire Dale Ford “a stone liar” after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble
1959: Mickey Mantle breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Bobby Shantz and Detroit’s Don Mossi by belting an 8th inning homer with one on. New York win at home‚ 3-0.
1956: Al Kaline again leads Detroit‚ socking a 3-run homer to give Detroit a 4-0 lead over New York. A Mickey Mantle homer in the 6th, his 37th‚ off the facade of the right field roof at Briggs Stadium ties the game 5-5. With 2 errors by Tom Sturdivant in the 7th‚ Detroit counter with 3 to win‚ 8-5. The stumbling Bombers have lost 6 straight. Mantle is now 11 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1954: In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 49‚483 in Cleveland‚ New York beat the front runners 5-2 behind Bob Grim. Mickey Mantle starts the scoring with a 4th inning solo shot off Early Wynn‚ then follows an 8th inning homer by Joe Collins by connecting on the next pitch with his 23rd homer of the year. Both are served up by Ray Narleski. Larry Doby’s 2-run homer off Johnny Sain in the 8th is his 24th round-tripper of the year‚ putting him back in the AL lead. New York trail the Indians by 1 1/2 games.
1937: Trailing 7-5 after seven innings‚ the Yanks unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox 13-7. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm, handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning. Lou Gehrig’s 3-run homer is the key blow in the 8th inning rally.
1935: In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack‚ and Myril Hoag pinch hits. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics‚ and AL President Will Harridge fines managers Joe Cronin and Joe McCarthy $100 each. The Yanks win‚ 10-2.
1934: While Tony Lazzeri, Myril Hoag and Ben Chapman stand watching‚ a fly ball by Jimmie Foxx drops for a double‚ the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over the A’s.
1923: Against the Browns‚ Babe Ruth tries batting right-handed. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th home runs off Ray Kolp, relief pitcher Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th and again in the 13th. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel’s single wins the game 9-8.
1920: After losing 3 out of 4 in Chicago‚ the Yanks drop their first game in Detroit‚ 7-1‚ to Howard Ehmke. Babe Ruth supplies the only New York score with a shot in the 7th that clears a wire fence in front of the right field wall and bounces back. According to the Navin
Field ground rules, it’s a home run.
1905: At Hilltop Park, Highlander first baseman Hal Chase makes a record 38 putouts in a doubleheader sweep versus the visiting Browns. The Highlanders win 3-1 and 6-5.
1904: The Highlanders beat Cleveland 5-0 to send the AL race into a virtual three-way tie, with New York (.614) technically first over Chicago (.613) and Cleveland (.611). Al Orth (below) gets the win for the New Yorkers.
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2010: With a first-inning 2-run blast off Toronto’s Shaun Marcum at the Stadium, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 7th player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs in his career, and the youngest ever to reach the milestone. The Yankees go on to win 5-1.
2007: Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run, a 3-run shot off Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals. This makes A-Rod the youngest player ever to reach 500 homers. He is only the second Yankee to hit number 500 at home; Mickey Mantle (on May 14, 1967 against Stu Miller of the Orioles) was the other. The Bombers roll on to double up the Royals 16-8.
On other 4ths of August…
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s pinch hit grand slam is the big blow in New York’s 9-run 9th inning‚ as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the A’s 10-5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. It is Straw’s 2nd pinch grand slam of the season‚ setting a new AL record‚ and tying the NL mark held by his former manager Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, both set in 1978. New York also win the 1st game of the twinbill‚ 10-4.
1989: Hard-luck hurler Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when the Yankees’ Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 out in the 9th inning‚ and Stieb finishes with a 2-1 two-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th.
1985: Tom Seaver becomes the 17th 300-game winner in Major League history, pitching the White Sox to a 4-1, six-hit victory over the Yankees on Phil Rizzuto Day at the Stadium, as 54‚032 New Yorkers cheer him on.
1984: The Yankees win their 8th straight‚ 4-0‚ over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at the Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than two months ago in an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win‚ and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI. Victor Mata hits his lone career homer
1983: While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium‚ Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game‚ Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
1978: Baltimore and Mike Flanagan hand Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the year‚ stopping the Yankees 2-1 at the Stadium. It will also be Guidry’s only loss at home this year. (Editor’s note: I was at this game.)
1973: In a remarkable relief performance‚ Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson, who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning. McDaniel comes out of the bullpen and goes 13 innings to earn himself and the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke’s home run is the game winner.
1972: Bobby Murcer’s grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also trots home twice on bases-loaded walks.
1963: After missing 61 games‚ Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning of the second game of a twinbill at the Stadium when the stiff-legged Mantle golfs a line drive into the short porch in right to tie the game at 10. The emotional Yankees win it‚ 11-10‚ after the visitors took the opener 7-2.
1962: Roger Clemens is born. Happy 52nd to the Rocket!
1953: Vic Raschi sets the Major League record for RBI by a pitcher with 7‚ as the Yanks roll over Detroit 15-0. Raschi singles in 2 in the 2nd‚ doubles home 3 in the 3rd‚ and singles home the last 2 in the 8th. Four pitchers held the previous mark of 6 RB. His record will stand in the AL‚ but Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger will top Raschi’s mark. Raschi’s teammates fill his locker with bats after the game.
1937: Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game‚ connecting off the Browns’ Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as they edge St. Louis‚ 10-9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Babe Ruth did it twice
1934: Backed by Babe Ruth’s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltzgaver (below)‚ the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Lou Gehrig is 0-for-2‚ striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same period‚ he has hit 11 homers.
1932: Bill Dickey returns to the Yankee lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand slam and 3 singles‚ as New York beat Chicago 15-3. Dickey will hit another grand slam on the 10th of September.
1929: The Yankees take the opening game of two from the visiting Indians, winning 12-0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the nitecap‚ after trailing 6-5 with 2 out in the top of the 9th‚ Cleveland score an AL record-tying 9 runs to win 14-6.
1925: Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York win 4-1 behind Urban Shocker
1905: The Highlanders field a unique battery: Eustace ‘Doc’ Newton pitching and Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (below) catching‚ but only Powers has a medical degree. The Highlanders beat St. Louis‚ 7-3.
The red-letter day ~
1914: Yankee backup catcher Les Nunamaker establishes a unique record in the annals of Major League baseball.
In the 7th inning of a game against the Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit, the hosts are coasting along behind starter Harry Coveleski with a 4-0 lead. The Tigers threaten to pad their advantage when Yankee hurler Len ‘King’ Cole walks Hugh High (who is substituting for an injured Ty Cobb) on four straight pitches. On Cole’s next offering to batter Sam ‘Wahoo’ Crawford, High takes off for the keystone cushion, and is gunned down by Nunamaker’s perfect strike to New York second baseman Luke Boone. Cole’s control problems continue, and he walks Crawford, who also takes off for second at the first opportunity, this time successfully. Bobby Veach then comes up for Detroit, and in the course of his at bat, the Yankee backstop notices that Crawford is taking a larger and larger lead off second. When he pegs a throw to second, Crawford is caught high and dry for the second out. Finally, Veach walks, and, himself no slouch on the basepaths, decides to attempt a theft as well. He races towards second, but meets the same fate as his teammate High. It is the first and only time in post-1900 MLB history that a catcher has thrown out three runners in one inning. It is also the only inning ever recorded in a Major League contest in which the side was retired without a single batted ball having been put into play. Nunamaker’s feat is erroneously listed in many record books as having occurred in the 2nd inning; also‚ he is listed as throwing out three runners in the frame when in fact he only threw out 2, and picked off 1.
The Tigers ultimately prevail 4-1, the Yankees’ lone score coming on a double steal with Nunamaker on the front end and Fritz Maisel behind him. Harry Heilmann, normally an outfielder, plays second base for the Tigers, replacing Marty Cavanagh‚ who ‘played like a clown’ yesterday according to Bengal manager Hughie Jennings.
On other 3rds of August…
2011: The Yankees jump out to a 13-1 lead over Chicago in the first three innings, chasing Gavin Floyd early, but A.J. Burnett can’t make it through five innings, departing after one out in the 5th, having allowed his team’s lead to narrow to 13-7. Cory Wade steps in to shut down the Sox and pick up the win, with the Yankees running the final score to 18-7 with some late scoring. Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer in the 1st to set the tone, and Eric Chavez has a two-run shot in the 3rd, his first as a Yankee.
2003: At Oakland, Miguel Tejada of the A’s reaches Mariano Rivera for a three-run, one-out walkoff home run in the 9th ninth to beat the Yanks 3-1, denying Andy Pettitte a win and giving the victory to Mark Mulder.
2001: Andy Pettitte and Jarrod Washburn of the Angels do battle in the Bronx, each allowing four hits and no runs through six. David Eckstein plates two with a two-base hit in the seventh, but the Yankee reply of a Bernie Williams RBI double and home runs by Tino Martinez and Alfonso Soriano trumps the Angels rally. The Bombers win the game 4-2 and Williams’s eighth-inning, two-out, bases-loaded diving catch of an Izzy Molina line drive saves the day
1998: Leading off for the Yankees‚ Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist (below)‚ and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland pitcher for 15 more hits‚ including 4 homers‚ in 5 innings. New York win‚ 14-1‚ scoring all 14 earned runs off the starter ~ it is the most runs allowed by a pitcher in one game since the Brewers’ Bill Travers in August 1977. Orlando Hernandez picks up the win.
1986: At Cleveland‚ the Yankees set a Major League record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5 walks‚ a HBP‚ and 6 hits including 2 homers to rack up the score. New York win 10-6 behind the pitching of Al Holland, Rod Scurry and Brian Fisher.
1982: The White Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks at the Stadium 1-0 and 14-2‚ prompting George Steinbrenner to fire manager Gene Michael and replace him with pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees’ third field boss this season.
1979: The day after the death of Thurman Munson, before the start of the Yankees’ four-game series with Orioles at the Stadium, the team pay tribute to their deceased captain in a pre-game ceremony in which the starters stand at their defensive positions, save for the catcher’s box, which remains empty. Following a prayer by Cardinal Terence Cooke, a moment of silence and a performance of America the Beautiful by Robert Merrill, the fans (announced attendance 51,151) burst into an eight minute standing ovation. Jerry Narron, the man who will replace Munson behind the plate that night, remains in the dugout and does not take the field until Bob Sheppard announces: “And now it is time to play ball. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for your co-operation.”. The game that follows is a tense pitching duel between Baltimore ace Scott McGregor and recent Yankee acquisition Luis Tiant. The Orioles win, 1-0.
1978: Boston and New York pick up where they left off last night‚ and the Red Sox score 2 runs in the 17th to win‚ 7-5‚ on RBIs by Rick Burleson and Jim Rice. Ex-Yankee Mike Torrez then stops New York‚ 8-1 in a rain-shortened game. Jim Rice‚ with only one homer in his last 33 games‚ hits a 3-run shot off Jim Beattie. Fred Lynn belts a 3-run homer in the 7th and Bob Bailey follows with a shot off the facade in left. Boston now lead Milwaukee by 6 games and the Yankees by 8 1/2.
1967: The Yankees ship veteran catcher Elston Howard to the Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Pete Magrini and Ron Klimkowski, and cash. Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. In a codicil to the deal‚ the Sox will sell catcher Bob Tilman to the Yanks on August 8th.
1956: In a 10-4 loss to Detroit‚ Whitey Ford is struck on the pitching hand by a 1st-inning line drive off the bat of Ray Boone. The Chairman of the Board will be sidelined until the 15th. The Yankees also lose Bob Cerv after he crashes into the wall chasing Frank Bolling’s double.
1941: Browns’ knuckleballer Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop the Yankee Clipper’s streak of 74 games in a row reaching base. DiMag is 0-for-8 on the afternoon‚ as the first place Yanks lose two to the Browns‚ 6-2 and 5-0. Niggling wins the opener and Harris allows 2 hits in the game 2 whitewash.
1937: Even though it’s a Tuesday, almost 67,000 fans find the time to throng the Stadium for a doubleheader with the White Sox. The Yanks sweep, 7-2 and 5-3. In the latter contest, Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,900th consecutive game.
1933: The Yankees are shut out 7-0 by the A’s and Lefty Grove (below) for their first scoreless game since August 2‚ 1931. In the 8th
inning‚ Grove loads the bases with one out‚ then strikes out Babe Ruth and gets Lou Gehrig to fly out. The New Yorkers had tallied in 308 games in a row‚ during which they scored 1‚986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1‚434 for the opposition‚ which New York hurlers blanked 22
1927: At the Stadium, the Yanks split a mid-week twinbill with the Tigers, losing 6-5 and then winning 8-6. Lou Gehrig goes long in each game, and now leads Babe Ruth for the league home run lead, 37 to 34. The Bambino will hit his his 35th in two days’ time.
1914: Contracts are let to dismantle Hilltop Park, the New York Highlanders’ former home, between Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue from 165th to 168th Streets. The park has not been used for baseball for two years. A street will be cut through the property.
The red-letter day (bordered in black) ~
1979: Yankee captain Thurman Munson dies at the age of 32. He was killed in a crash of the plane he was piloting. A crowd of 51‚151 will attend the memorial tribute at the Stadium tomorrow.
On other 2nds of August…
2011: The Yankees’ 6-0 win over the White Sox is shortened to 7 innings by rain at U.S. Cellular Field, but not before Mark Teixera sets a record by hitting a homer from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career. He hits a long ball right-handed off starter John Danks in the 3rd, then one left-handed in the pouring rain off reliever Jason Frasor in the 7th. Teixeira had been tied with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis with 11 such games. Phil Hughes is the winner in his best outing of the season.
2009: Melky Cabrera hits for the cycle and drives in four runs in the Yankees’ 8-5 win over the White Sox. Cabrera is the first Yankee to achieve the feat since Tony Fernandez in 1995, and the first to do it in a 9-inning game since Mickey Mantle in 1957.
2007: As A-Rod remains one home run shy of 500, the White Sox beat the Yankees 13-9. Both clubs score 8 times in the 2nd, setting a ML record for runs in the frame.
2002: Andy Pettitte pitches a gem against the Angels, going 8 1/3 innings and giving up only 4 hits. The last two come in the 9th, and Joe Torre summons Ramiro Mendoza to get the final two outs in the 4-0 shutout.
1999: Facing off against David Wells, who is going into action against his previous year’s teammate after being swapped to Toronto for Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte is on top form, surrendering only one run to the Blue Jays before handing the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Derek Jeter’s 8th inning homer with Joe Girardi aboard unknots the tie, and the Yankees win 3-1.
Off the field, Bud Selig announces that Darryl Strawberry’s reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th
1990. Yankee rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th homer in just 77 at bats‚ the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. The Yanks lose to Detroit 6-5 in 11 innings, however.
1985: In the 7th inning of a game with the White Sox, with the score tied at three and no one out, Rickey Henderson singles with two on. As the throw from the outfield comes in, Yankee shortstop Bobby Meacham crashes into Carlton Fisk at home plate, but the Chisox catcher holds onto the ball for the first out. Meacham’s teammate, third baseman Dale Berra, seeing that Fisk is shaken, keeps coming, but the Sox catcher rights himself. When the dust clears, he has managed to tag both members of the left side of the Yankee infield out on the same play. When following batter Don Mattingly flies out to center, the Yanks will have turned two singles and a Chicago error into a scoreless inning
1978: The Yankees jump out to a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston come back to tie it after starter Dick Tidrow and Goose Gossage between them uncork 3 wild pitches‚ issue two bases-loaded walks‚ and give up a series of bloop hits. The game is still tied after 14 innings when play is suspended because of curfew regulations.
1975: The soap opera begins: Billy Martin arrives in New York for his first tour of duty as Yankee manager‚ replacing Bill Virdon, named by The Sporting News as last year’s Manager of the Year. He won’t be out of a job for long.
1961: In the second game of a doubleheader, New York beat Kansas City 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a first inning homer off Art Ditmar. Mantle and Roger Maris are now even at 40 homers each. The Yankees had already prevailed in the opener 6-5.
1957; At the Stadium, Cleveland’s Don Mossi takes a no hitter into the 7th inning before Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle hit
one-out back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2 apiece. The Yanks score another run in the 8th and Bob Grim saves the win for Tom Sturdivant.
1956:The Indians’ Herb Score shuts out the Yankees 4-0 for the Tribe’s 7th shut out in their last 12 games. Bobby Avila gets Cleveland on board with an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. Preston Ward and Rocky Colavito go back-to-back in the 4th and one out later Chico Carrasquel homers. The 4 solo blasts as the only scoring in a shutout win set a Major League record.
1943: Yankee minor league prospect Larry Berra (the ‘Yogi’ will come later)‚ playing for Norfolk‚ has 6 hits and 10 RBIs against Roanoke. This follows the 18-year-old catcher’s performance yesterday when he had 6 hits and 13 RBI. For the two games Berra has 12 hits‚ 23 RBI‚ with 3 homers‚ two triples‚ and a double. For his other 109 games‚ Berra has just 4 homers and 33 RBI. He will hit .253 for the year and lead the league in errors.
1941: Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win‚ 2-0. It is the Yankees’ 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits‚ including a double to Joe DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.
1936: In Cleveland‚ the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65‚000 fans to watch the Yankees and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4-4 tie. Darkness ends the game at 7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being struck in the face with a Monte Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch fractures his jaw. Lou Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe. The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests, including one for pitching accuracy‚ won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.
1931: The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40‚000‚ played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway. Former Boston pitcher Red Ruffing wins the first game 4-1‚ and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.
1928: In St. Louis‚ the Browns go 15 innings with the Yankees before emerging winners‚ 4-3. Tired starter Herb Pennock (below) gives up the winning single to pitcher Walter Stewart‚ who relieved for Curly Ogden. The loss leaves the sputtering Yanks only 4 1/2 games ahead of the A’s – they had a 12-game lead on July 4th
1919: In New York‚ the Tigers beat the Yankees in 10 innings‚ 14-8. Harry Heilmann (below) hits his second homer of the day, a grand slam, to provide the big blow in ther extra frame – the shot comes after an intentional walk to Bobby Veach. The two had hit homers in the 8th on successive pitches. Heilmann adds a pair of singles and Ty Cobb has 4 hits and a walk. Roger Peckinpaugh paces New York with 3 hits‚ including a home run‚ and 4 RBIs.
2011: CC Sabathia wins his major league-leading 16th game in the Yankees’ 3-2 defeat of the White Sox. The big left-hander is 9-1 over his last 10 starts.
2009: Just hours before the trading deadline, Jerry Hairston Jr. is acquired from the Reds for minor league prospect Chase Weems; Shelley Duncan is optioned to AAA to make room for the new arrival.
2007: Andy Pettite holds the White Sox to 1 run on 6 scattered hits, and the bullpen keep a lid on things following his departure after 7 innings of work. With the win, the Baton Rouge, LA native draws his record even at 7-7.
2006: In action against the Blue Jays on a stiflingly hot day, Bernie Williams strokes a 3-run double off Toronto’s A.J. Burnett in the 4th of a 5-1 win. It is his 442nd career two-bagger, which ties him with Don Mattingly for second all-time on the Yankee list. Because of the heatwave, many of the Yankee Stadium scoreboard’s features not are not working in keeping with New York’s stretched power grid.
1997: A 5-run 4th and a 3-run 6th are more than enough to propel the Yanks and Andy Pettitte to an 8-3 victory over Minnesota at the Stadium. Pettitte gives up 13 hits, but still goes 8 2/3 innings, needing help from reliever Jim Mecir only to get the final out.
1995: It’s a no-decision for Andy Pettitte, as he yields after 5 innings to rookie Mariano Rivera, a new member of the middle relief corps. Rivera, who is the pitcher of record when the Yanks pull ahead to stay with a 3-run 7th , goes to 4-2 on the year.
1993: Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has chosen to be depicted in a Yankees cap on his plaque.
1979: Thurman Munson plays his last game, a 9-1 win over the White Sox at Chicago. Munson, who has been plagued by knee troubles, is playing first base, but leaves the game in 3rd after striking out in his only turn at bat. Following the contest, some of his teammates create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the Yankee bus outside Comiskey Park.
1973: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry flares up again, as Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th‚ Munson‚ attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk, and both come up swinging. Boston win 3-2 in the bottom of the inning to push New York into 2nd place, .004 behind the Orioles.
1968: Against the Red Sox‚ Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters‚ the most ever by a Yankee rookie‚ in posting his first Major League shutout‚ 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until ‘El Duque’ Hernandez fans 13. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh‚ a steal‚ and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off Boston’s Dave Morehead.
1941: Lefty Gomez blanks the St. Louis Browns 9-0 despite walking 11 batters‚ the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A Major League record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded‚ matching a mark established twice before in shut outs (May 22‚ 1913; July 29‚ 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24‚ 1994‚ will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year‚ with 1334 left on base. Tommy Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits‚ including 2 homers. For Gomez‚ it is his 8th straight win.
1937: Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the second time in his career, as the Yankees win 14-5. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year‚ and his 3rd in three days.
1932: With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit‚ the Yanks’ normal fifth batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and‚ sensing something amiss‚ asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman, but when manager Joe McCarthy (below) says its a mistake‚ Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles‚ Detroit skipper Bucky Harris rushes out to protest‚ but Nallin overrules him. New York win 6-3‚ but the Detroit protest will be upheld by AL president Will Harridge , and the game replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included‚ but the game will not beclisted in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Some reference works erroneously list this game as having being played on August 19th).
1928: In a Yankee 12-1 rout of the Browns, Babe Ruth hits home run No. 42 in the 1st‚ off Alvin ‘General’ Crowder‚ and goes 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel,also belts a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson (below) scatters 7 hits and goes an unprecedented 5-for-5 at the plate.
1925: The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City‚ and earn thenickname ‘Poosh-em-up’ from his legion of Italian admirers.
1905: Cleveland’s sidearm-firing Earl Moore is hit on the foot by a line drive and limps to a 3-2 loss to the Highlanders in New York. He will hobble to a 2-8 record the rest of the season‚ finishing at 15-15 and win just 9 games in the following three seasons. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland ‘loans’ catcher Nig Clarke to Detroit. He’ll be returned to Cleveland on August 11. He is the third catcher this year to be sold‚ then returned to his original team.
1903: Rube Waddell (below) no-hits the Highlanders except for Kid Elberfeld, who collects 4 singles. These‚ plus a lavish 6 walks‚ take the Philadelphia hurler down to a 3-2 defeat, with the win going to Jack Chesbro. The eccentric A’s ace observes afterward: “If I’d walked him 4 times‚ I would have pitched a no-hitter.”
2008: Andy Pettitte survives a 6-run 3rd at the Stadium, but has to hand the ball over in the 5th, and will absorb his 8th loss of the year as the visiting Angels double up the Yanks 12-6.
2007: The Yankees tie a franchise record with 8 home runs in a game ~ not one of them from Alex Rodriguez, who is one shy of 500. Hideki Matsui homers twice and adding blows are Melky Cabrera, Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damn, Robinson Cano, Shelley Duncan and Jorge Posada in a 16 – 3 rout of the White Sox.
2005: For the second day in a row‚ the Yankees rally from a 4-run deficit to win against the Angels, this time by 8-7 in 11 innings. Chris Bootcheck, making his first Major League start‚ allows one run in 6 innings‚ while Benji and Jose Molina each homer off Randy Johnson to give the Halos a 6-2 lead. The Yanks tie it up but Mariano Rivera gives up a run in the 10th before the Yanks again tie. Tony Womack drives in the game winner in the 11th. Jason Giambi has a pair of homers to give him 300 for his career and 14 for the month‚ tying him with Mickey Mantle who hit 14 in a month in 1961. The Molina homers are just the 21st time a pair of brothers have homered for the
same team in the same game; the last pair to do it were the Giambi brothers on August 11‚ 2001.
2003: The Reds ship third baseman Aaron Boone to the Yankees in exchange for Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash. They also send pitcher Gabe White to New York for a player to be named later. The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million‚ but Bud Selig vetoed the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit‚ forcing the teams to make it 2 transactions.
1999: The Yankees bring back catcher Jim Leyritz from the Padres for pitcher Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A‚ including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously‚ Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000 and earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May‚ 2001‚ after making a relief appearance in which he serves up 3 straight homers
1996: At the trading deadline‚ Detroit swap first baseman-DH Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league pitcher Matt Drews. The Yanks also obtain pitcher David Weathers from the Marlins for pitcher Mark Hutton, but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks.
1994: After years of disappointment, Phil Rizzuto is finally inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joining the Scooter on the podium are Steve Carlton and Leo Durocher (who began his playing career as a Yankee).
1978: The Yankees top Texas 6-1‚ to move to 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Mickey Rivers sets the tone by hitting a leadoff home run on the first pitch he sees.
1977: Greg Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 win over the A’s‚ the 8th win in their last 9 games for New York. The Yankees are a 1/2 game out of first.
1963: Ralph Terry tosses a complete-game five-hitter in just 75 pitches, as the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s 3-2. Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts.
1962: At D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a knee injury‚ but Moose Skowron picks up the slack with a grand slam. The Yankees win 9-5.
1960: At the Stadium‚ the A’s push over three unearned runs in the 11th on two throwing errors by third baseman Hector Lopez (who normally plays in the outfield) to top New York 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Yanks bounce back to take the nitceap 6-0.
1955: In the opener of today’s twinbill, Don Larsen wins 5-2‚ as the Yanks and Athletics combine for 9 double plays, with the New Yorkers turning 6. The 9 ties an AL record (topped in 1990)‚ and the 12 for both games‚ also matches the AL mark. Cloyd Boyer‚ who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for home runs – by Hank Bauer‚ Mickey Mantle‚ and Yogi Berra – takes the loss. The A’s take the second contest 7-1.
1951: The Browns acquire Cliff Mapes (below) from the Yankees‚ sending Bobbie Hogue, Kermit Wahl, Tom Upton and Lou Sleater to New York. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mantle’s return as well as Mapes’ No.7 uniform. (Mapes, incidentally, was also the last Yankee to wear Babe Ruth’s old No.3 before it was retired.)
1938: After New York win the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by a score of 5-1 behind Monte Pearson‚ Spud Chandler pitches a complete-game 15-inning win in the nitecap as the visiting Yankees top the South Siders 7-3.
In a postgame radio interview with Bob Elson‚ Yankee outfielder Jake Powell (below) will make headlines with remarks about ‘knocking n*gg*rs on the head and throwing them in jail’ as part of his off-season duties as a policeman in Dayton, Ohio. For the statements‚ Judge Landis suspends Powell for 10 days. According to baseball historians, Powell, after his suspension is up, will go to Harlem and work his way downtown, stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his comments.
1937: The Yankees purchase the minor league Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling‚ who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert will change the name of the club’s home venue from Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium‚ and reinstitute segregated seating‚ which Kling had abolished.
1936: Led by Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd homer‚ the Yankees down the Indians‚ 11-7‚ at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe’s five-game win streak‚ and leaves the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe connect for homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder‚ but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Bump Hadley‚ with relief help from Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win of the year.
1930; Lou Gehrig hits his seventh career grand slam‚ off Boston’s Ed Durham‚ to lead the Yankees to a 14-13 slugfest win over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now hit 5 salamis in as many weeks.
1929: At the Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 feet in an unofficial test‚ beating all trial competition records. The old mark was held by Ed Walsh‚ who hit a ball 419 feet 6 inches in 1911. In the game today the Yanks crush the White Sox 16-2‚ as Lou Gehrig homers, and reaches base 5 times.
1926: At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win 2-1 behind Sad Sam Jones for their 10th win in a row.
1922: Hank Bauer is born.
1919: AL president Ban Johnson Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for the Yankees.
1918: The Yankees and Detroit split a pair‚ New York winning the opener 5-3 and Detroit‚ behind Ty Cobb’s double and triple‚ take the nitecap‚ 6-2. Cobb‚ leading the AL in hitting‚ is 5-for-7 today.