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8/19 in Yankee History

 

2010: The Yankees use a 9-run 6th inning to blow away the Tigers 11-5. Robinson Cano hits a double and homer and collects 3 RBI in the frame. The Yankees are now a game in front of Tampa Bay, who lose, 4-3, to Oakland, but place newly-acquired first baseman Lance Berkman on the DL with a sprained ankle. 

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2001: The Mariners rout the Yankees 10-2‚ as outfielder Mike Cameron gets 4 hits ~ including 2 homers ~ and drives home 8 runs. Ichiro stretches his hitting streak to 16 games‚ giving him 3 streaks of 15 or more games this year. He is the first Major Leaguer with three 15-game streaks in the same season since Milwaukee’s Cecil Cooper in 1980.

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2000: The Yankees beat the Angels 9-1‚ with Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger hitting an MLB record-tying 3 sacrifice flies in the 3rd inning. Andy Pettitte goes the distance to garner the win.

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1990: Kevin Maas’ magical run continues, as he becomes the fastest rookie in MLB history to hit 14 home runs (in 128 at bats) in a 3-1 win over the Mariners at the Stadium. Tim Leary gets the win, Matt Young the loss, and Dave Righetti cashes in the save.

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1980: In New York’s 3-1 win at Seattle‚ Bob Watson is 3-for-3 including a homer and a double‚ the latter off the left center field PA speaker at the Dome in the 2nd inning. It’s is retrieved by third baseman Bill Stein.

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1978: Chris Capuano is born. Happy birthday to the Yanks’ newest lefty! 

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1977: Backed by homers from Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, Mike Torrez hurls his 6th complete game in a row as New York beat Texas 8-1. The Yanks are now 2 1/2 games in back of Boston.

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1962: Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey and Billy Bryan of the A’s hit consecutive homers  in the 7th inning‚ but that hardly compares to the Yankee fusillade – Elston Howard has 2 home runs and 8 RBI; Bill Skowron a homer and 4 RBIs; and Mickey Mantle a grand slam and 7 RBIs‚ as the Yankees rout the A’s‚ 21-7. The Mick adds 2 stolen bases before Jack Reed takes over in center field.

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1945: The Yankees win the first of a pair with the White Sox 4-2 to break their 9-game losing streak‚ the longest the team has suffered since Joe McCarthy took over in 1931. Chicago take the nitecap‚ 2-0‚ as Lefty Grove scatters 5 hits amongst the New Yorkers‚ 3 by Bud Metheny (below).

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1941: In the second of two at Detroit‚ Joe DiMaggio jams his spikes sliding into second on a double and severely twists his ankle. He will be out for a month. The Yanks win 8-3 after losing the opener‚ 12-2 to Hal Newhouser.

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1936: In Washington‚ Joe DiMaggio breaks a 2-2 tie with a two-out homer in the 5th off Jimmy DeShong and the first-place Yankees roll on to a 7-4 win. Red Ruffing (below) pitches a complete game‚ while DiMag and Bill Dickey collect three hits apiece. John Stone has a homer for the Nats.

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1935: Bobby Richardson is born. Happy 79th to one of the great Yankee second basemen!

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1920: Despite Babe Ruth’s 43rd home run of the year‚ the Indians’ Slim Caldwell allows just 4 other hits to top the Yanks‚ 3-2. The Tribe answer with homers by Elmer Smith and two hits from new shortstop Harry Lunte. The Indian players leave immediately for Cleveland and Ray Chapman’s funeral with a half-game lead over Chicago and 1 1/2 over the Yankees‚. It will be the tightest race since 1908.

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1910: Atley Donald, standout pitcher for the Yankees in the late ’30s and early ’40s, is born.

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1908: Jack Chesbro allows 11 hits‚ but still blanks the Tigers 7-0.

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8/18 in Yankee History

2007: In an historic first, a player hits a home run off a pitcher who won a Cy Young Award before the hitter was even born. Roger Clemens is the hurler, Cameron Maybin of the Tigers the young slugger. The Yankees down Detroit at the Stadium 5-2.

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2006: At Fenway, the Yankees outlast the Red Sox in the 2nd game of their day-night doubleheader to prevail 14-11, with Mike Myers (below) getting the win. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning contest in ML history. The visitors won the first game by the more comfortable margin of 12-4. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40

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2000: The Angels defeat the Yankees‚ 9-8 in 11 innings. Anaheim score 5 runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad’s homer wins it in the 11th. It is the first time since 1988 that the Bombers have blown a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.

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1996: In a wild contest at the Stadium‚ the Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The New Yorkers strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to make it a ballgame again. Seattle score twice in the 6th‚ but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the inning with 3 runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle score 3 in the top half of the inning‚ 2 on first baseman Paul Sorrento’s second homer of the game. New York fight back with 2 in the bottom of the inning‚ but fall 1 short‚ losing 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East‚ while the Mariners stay 6 games behind Texas in second place in the AL West.

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1995: Phil Rizzuto calls it quits as a Yankee broadcaster after 39 years at the mike‚ reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend Mickey Mantle’s funeral. The Scooter eventually will return for the 1996 season.

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1989: Dallas Green (below) is fired as Yankee manager and replaced by former shortstop Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time that the Bronx Bombers have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973.

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1983.The ‘Pine Tar Game’ resumes. Hal McRae strikes out for the last Kansas City out and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Royals’ 5-4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and‚ as the only game scheduled at the Stadium‚ is attended by a crowd of 1‚245. An odd feature of the game is Billy Martin’s protest lineup in the field, including lefty Don Mattingly playing second, and Ron Guidry in center field.

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1979: The Yankees sell Ray Burris (1-3) to the Mets.

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1976: In an 8-6 Yankee win over the Rangers, Roy White homers from each side of the plate.

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1950: A’s lefty Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankee hit in the last 5 innings‚ but it’s a big one. With the score tied at 2 in the top of the 9th‚ Joe DiMaggio blasts his 22nd home run of the year to give the 3rd place New Yorkers a 3-2 win and hand the Mackmen their 6th straight loss.

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1940: The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its sports editor‚ Jimmy Powers (in the middle in the photo below)‚ suggesting that the fifth place Yankees had been hit by a ‘mass polio epidemic.’ Powers charges that Lou Gehrig’s ‘infantile paralysis’ had infected the other Yankees‚ accounting for the team’s uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and fans.

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At Gehrig’s request‚ Milton Eisenberg‚ a Brooklyn attorney‚ brings suit for $1 million against Powers and the newspaper charging that Gehrig’s reputation and credit had been hurt and that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankees‚ including Bill Dickey, also file suit against the News‚ causing the newspaper to issue a public apology that will appear on September 26‚ The three and a half column story appears under the headline ‘OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES.’ In his apology‚ Powers admits he had no business getting ‘snarled up in medical controversy’, stating ‘Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club’. ‘Lou is a personal
hero‚ Powers adds. ‘Hurting his feelings was far from my mind’.

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1938: In the opening game of a doubleheader at Washington, and pitching against the team that released him less than a week ago‚ new Yankee Wes Ferrell beats the Senators 5-4 in 11 innings. The visitors drop the first nitecap 6-3, Bump Hadley taking the loss.

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1935: At Detroit‚ Tony Lazzeri send a line drive back through the box, hitting Schoolboy Rowe on the hand. After a 12-minute delay‚ the pitcher returns and allows just one more hit. Detroit whip the Yankees 6-0.

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1931: In New York’s 5-4 loss at Detroit‚ Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1‚000th consecutive game. He is 307 short of Everett Scott’s record streak.

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1920: Wally Pipp (below) hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning‚ off Jim Bagby‚ to give the Yankees a 4-3 over the first-place Indians at the Polo Grounds. Both teams wear black arm bands in memory of Ray Chapman. Carl Mays is conspicuous in not wearing the symbol.

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1912: At Hilltop Park, the Tigers beat the Highlanders 9-4. Ty Cobb steals home in the 1st inning‚ the third time this season he’s swiped home in the opening frame.

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1906: Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the second time this season‚ both times by spitballer Ed Walsh of the White Sox‚ and the luck of Willie’s Highlander teammates isn’t much better, as the visiting Chicagoans roll, 10-0. The Sox score 9 in the 9th to break it open.

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1903: Jack Chesbro (below) bests Bill Donovan of the Tigers in a pitching duel at Detroit, as the Highlanders prevail 1-0.

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8/17 in Yankee History

The red-letter day ~ 

1933: In action against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott’s mark. Lou is 2-for-5. Manager Rogers Hornsby‚ razzed by the Yankees all afternoon‚ inserts himself as a pinch hitter with 2 outs in the 10th‚ and belts a 3-run homer off Lefty Grove to win the game, 7-6.

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On other 17ths of August…

2007: Andy Pettitte is masterful in a 6-1 Yankee win over the Tigers in the Stadium. Mike Mussina, having the worst struggles of his career, surrendered a Carlos Guillen grand slam yesterday, but Andy’s five-hitter rights the Yankee ship, and they will win the next three to prevail in yet another four-game series. Third-inning RBI from Bobby Abreu and A-Rod give the Yanks the lead, and Jason Giambi homers twice.

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2002: The Yankees defeat the Mariners 8-3, as Alfonso Soriano homers to become the first second baseman ever to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in a season. NY outfielder Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He gets out his next time up to fall 1 short of the ML record. His 5-for-5 and 4-for-4 in back-to-back games, the first in 45 years, won’t be duplicated until the Pirates’ Jason Werth matches him in 2007.

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2001: Mike Mussina throws 7 shutout innings and the Yankees club 3 homers to beat the Mariners 4-0. Derek Jeter hits a leadoff HR and will do it again tomorrow.

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1971: Jorge Posada is born. Happy 43rd to our beloved former backstop!

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1953: In the second game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park, Bob Kuzava shuts out the Athletics, in spite of the 11 hits that he allows along the way. Whitey Ford had already ridden 11 Yankee safeties to a 10-3 win in the opener.

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1967: Ray Caldwell, a mainstay of Highlanders/Yankees pitching staffs from 1910 through 1918, dies at the age of 79.

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1948: Tom Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season‚ off the Senators’ Sid Hudson, to join Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig and Rudy York – and later Al Rosen and Ray Boone – for the AL record. Henrich‚ who broke in with the Ynkees in 1937‚ had never hit a grand slam before this season. Bob Porterfield wins for New York‚ 8-1

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1944: Yankee outfielder Johnny Lindell, converted from a pitcher last year‚ hits 4 straight doubles to share a ML mark. The Yanks win 10-3 over the Indians.

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1943: In a 4-2 New York win‚ Nick Etten of the Yankees singles twice off White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch in which Etten didn’t single. Six of the games were hitless‚ but Etten either doubled or homered in the other games. The Yankee lead is now 9 1/2 games, with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series‚ most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel restrictions. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators.

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1929: The Yankees buy Lefty Gomez from San Francisco (PCL). The future Hall of Fame pitcher will make his debut with the big club in September 1930.

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1923: The Yanks edge the Browns‚ 5-4 at St. Louis. Babe Ruth hits his 31st home run in the 1st and adds a double in the 8th. After 111 games‚ the Bambino is hitting .401 with 31 homers. He’ll wind up with the hghest BA of his career at 393. With 205 hits‚ a ML record 170 walks‚ and 4 times hit by pitches‚ Ruth will reach base a record 379 times.

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1920: Ray Chapman dies as a result of the fractured skull that he received yesterday from a pitch by Carl Mays. In his memory, today’s Indians-Yankees match will be postponed.

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Mays‚ a surly‚ unpopular pitcher‚ will be the target of fans’ and players’ outrage. Chapman‚ a Cleveland favorite since his debut in 1912‚ had been married the previous year. In October his widow will receive a full World Series share of $3‚986.34. The incident has no effect on Mays’s pitching. One week later he will blank Detroit 10-0‚ and go on to win 26 and lose 11. Joe Sewell will be called up to take Chapman’s place‚ and for 14 years he will be the hardest man in baseball to strike out.

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1918: The Yankees and White Sox split a pair‚ with Chicago taking the first game‚ 7-4‚ and New York winning the nitecap‚ 7-2. Frank Shellenback wins for Chicago in the opener‚ while New York’s Slim Love (below) strikes out 12 Sox hitters in the 2nd game‚ the highest total for the season. Yanks pitcher Ray Caldwell is absent today‚ reportedly having joined the war effort at a local shipyard.

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8/16 in Yankee History

The red-letter day (bordered in black) -

1948: Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium and be viewed by more than 100‚000 fans.

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On other 16ths of August…

 

2009: Derek Jeter  hits an RBI double off Seattle’s Doug Fister in the 3rd for his 2,674th hit as a shortstop, surpassing Luis Aparicio’s all-time leading total for the position. The Yankees lose the game, however, 10 – 3, as Fister records his first win in the majors.

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2006: Bobby Abreu ties an ML record (held by Frank Thomas and Max Bishop) with his 8th straight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees 3-2.

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2000: The Rangers shut out the Yankees‚ 5-0‚ as Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his major league debut. Texas outfielder Gabe Kapler (below) goes hitless in the game‚ ending his 28-game streak. During the string, Kapler batted .375 (42-for-112) and his average jumped from .241 to .289. The outfielder’s streak is the 10th of at least 28 games in the A.L. since 1950.

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1989: Yankee outfielder Luis Polonia is arrested in his hotel room for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He will be sentenced to 60 days in jail after the season.

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1977: In a wild one at the Stadium, the Yankees blow a 9-4 lead in the top of the 9th when Chicago score six runs‚ but a two-run homer by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the inning gives the home side an 11-10 walkoff win.

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1961: Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th home run in his 6th straight game‚ as New York beat Chicago 5-4 in the 9th inning. His two blasts off Billy Pierce give him 48‚ three more than Mickey Mantle.

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1955: At Fenway‚ Mickey Mantle clouts his 4th homer in 3 days‚ this one clearing the 379 foot wall in left center and hitting a building across the street. The Yanks roll over Frank Sullivan to win 13-6.

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1939: New York Giants’ second baseman Burgess Whitehead, under suspension by his own club, turns up at the Stadium and asks Yankee manager Joe McCarthy if he can join the team in their pre-game workout. McCarthy refuses to allow it.

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1927: In an 8-1 Yankee victory‚ Babe Ruth puts his stamp of approval on the newly constructed Comiskey Park grandstand roof by launching a Tommy Thomas pitch over the addition in left field‚ where it lands in a parking lot. He is the first player to hit one over the roof. It is Ruth’s 37th of the year and he now trails Lou Gehrig by a homer.

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1922: Gene Woodling, stalwart member of Casey Stengel’s outfield platoon on the great Yankee teams of the late ’40s and early ’50s, is born.

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1920: At the Polo Grounds, Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman (below) is beaned by a Carl Mays fastball.  A righthanded batter who crowds the plate‚ Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the submarine delivery. He is carried from the field on a stretcher. The game resumes with Harry Lunte taking Chapman’s place. Stan Coveleski will go the distance to get the 4-3 win for the Tribe.

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1918: The second-place Indians trample the Yankees 12-4‚ behind the slugging of Smoky Joe Wood (below). Smoky Joe is 4-for-5‚ with 3 RBI and a steal of home‚ while winner Fritz Coumbe adds 3 hits for Cleveland. Del Pratt hits a 2-run homer in the first off Coumbe but Cleveland retaliates with 7 runs against Happy Finneran. Ray Chapman’s verbal assault on Finneran helps drive the pitcher from the mound in the 4th.

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1903: Toledo native George Mullin‚ pitching for the Tigers, helps the attendance today (6‚000) as the Bengals take on the New York Highlanders in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is touched up  for 8 runs‚ but Detroit score 12‚ led by the hitting of Sam ‘Wahoo’ Crawford, who is 5-for-6.

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8/15 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter day ~

1912: Highlander outfielder Guy Zinn steals home twice in a 5-4 win at Detroit; this will add to last-place New York’s still standing Major League record of 18 steals of home for the year. The neighbouring Giants will set the NL record this season with 17 swipes of the dish. The soon-to-be Yankees will win tomorrow‚ 9-8‚ when Zinn hits a 9th inning double.

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On other 15ths of August…

2006: The morning before his scheduled rehab start for the Columbus (IL) Yankees, embattled pitcher Carl Pavano is injured when his Porsche collides with a truck. Pavano, out since June with various ailments, doesn’t say anything about the accident but pitches with discomfort before seeking medical help. An exam reveals two fractured ribs. Pavano is in the 2nd year of a 4-year contract.

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2003: Joe Torre and staff fail to catch two Orioles (Tony Batista and Jay Gibbons) batting out of order in the first inning. The Yankees rally after the bullpen fail to win‚ 6-4‚ on Aaron Boone’s 3-run homer inside the RF foul pole.

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2002: Bernie Williams goes 5 for 5, including a double, to help propel the Yankees to a 7-5 victory over the Royals.

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1991: Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair‚but the Yankees still beat Kansas City‚ 5-1. He will get a trim two days later‚ and the hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3‚000 to benefit a children’s charity. Mattingly is not alone – Steve Farr, Matt Nokes and Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club policy. Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games‚ is warned his appearance is ‘borderline.’

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1977: Mike Torrez throws his 5th straight complete game‚ a 6-2 win over the White Sox. the Yankees are now just 4 1/2 games in back of Boston.

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1968: At Oakland‚ the Yanks trail the A’s 3-1 in the 6th. Blue Moon Odom gives up a triple to Tom Tresh ~ the play is vehemently disputed by the A’s, who maintain that Tresh failed to touch first base. After his team lose the argument, Odom walks Yankee catcher jake Gibbs, then serves up a 3-run homer to Mickey Mantle. the blast will be the difference in the game, as the visitors prevail 4-3.

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1966: Scott Brosius is born. Happy 48th, Scotty!

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1961: Roger Maris hits his 46th homer‚ off Chicago’s Juan Pizarro, for the Yankees’ only run in a 2-1 loss to the visiting White Sox. Pizarro allows just 4 hits. Whitey Ford falls short in his bid for win no. 21.

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1955: Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate in the same game for the second time in his career‚ tying the ML mark. The Yanks beat the Orioles 12-6 in game 2 and sweep the doubleheader (taking the opener 5-4) to move back into first.

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1954: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle takes Boston hurler Hal Brown downtown‚ hitting his 11th homer against the Red Sox this year‚ to pace the Yanks to a 14-9 win. Harry Agganis hits his first ML grand slam for Boston.

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1948: Before 72‚468  ~ the largest crowd of the season at the Stadium ~ the A’s sweep a pair from the Yanks by matching 5-3 scores and regain second place in the AL. The A’s win the opener in 10 innings after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th homer of the year. Joe D also triples home a run in the extra frame but Lou Brissie preserves the win for Carl Scheib  The A’s total 20 hits in the two games‚ including a triple.

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1934: The Yankees knock  Tommy Bridges out of the box and defeat the Tigers 8-2‚ ending the Bengals’ 14-game winning streak. Johnny Broaca is the winner.

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8/14 in Yankee History

2012:  Hiroki Kuroda pitches a two-hitter in shutting out the Rangers 3 – 0. All three Yankee runs score in the 7th, when Nick Swisher homers off Alexi Ogando with Derek Jeter on base, and Mark Teixera follows with a solo blast.

Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

 

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2010: Alex Rodriguez  hits three homers and drives in five runs, taking over the AL RBI lead as the Yankees defeat the Royals 8-3.  Phil Hughes is the winner.

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2002:  The Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals  3-2 in 14 innings. Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.

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1990: California post a 9-5 win over the Yankees, the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam by Luis Polonia. Yankee right fielder Jesse Barfield misses a shoe string catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner. Barfield will misplay another drive into an inside-the-park salami 2 weeks hence.

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1977: The Yankees amass 15 hits‚ including homers by Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles‚ to swamp the Angels 15-3. Dick Tidrow allows just 2 hits in 6 innings for the win.

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1969: In a 3-2 Yankee win over the White Sox, Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th‚ then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss while Jack Aker is the winner.

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1966: The Yanks sweep two from the Indians‚ winning the opener 7-3 and the nitecap 6-4. The Indians help in the second game by making six errors in one inning‚ one short of the record. Mickey Mantle helps with a homer‚ off lefty Jack Kralick, but he’ll sit the next 12 days after reinjuring his knee.

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1960: The Yankees lose a doubleheader to Washington and fall to third place in the AL‚ 1/2 game behind the Orioles and the White Sox. Pitcher Camilo Pascual’s grand slam is the difference in a 5-4 first-game win. In the second, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs‚ jogs to first on a grounder to third. The Senators turn a double play, with Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at second. Maris will miss 18 games as a result. Mantle is roundly booed‚ and Casey Stengel replaces him with Bob Cerv. The clubs set an ML record by using 17 pinch hitters – 9 by the Yankees – in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings)‚ while playing a record 24
errorless innings.

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1956: With President Dwight Eisenhower in attendance‚ Mickey Mantle is 3-for-3‚ including a long homer to left‚ to lead New York to a 12-2 home win against Boston. Mantle is 13 games ahead of the Babe‚ and is hitting .380. Ted Williams completes the three-game set hitting .393.

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1955: At Baltimore‚ the Yanks overcome a muddy ball field‚ the result of Hurricane Connie passing through‚ and top the Orioles 7-2 in the opener of a twinbill. Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 4th to help defeat Eddie Lopat‚ sent to the O’s two weeks ago. The Bombers rev up the offense in the nitecap to administer a 20-6 whipping to the Birds.

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1954: After a two-inning Old-Timer’s game‚ the Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 3-1. The win goes to Ralph Branca (below), who gets his first and only decision in a Yankee uniform. The Old-Timers match features 18 Hall of Famers‚ and is won by the AL on Joe DiMaggio’s 3-run homer off Carl Hubbell. Mel Ott has a homer for the NL‚ which is helped by Ted Williams who goes 1-for-1.

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1950: Jim Mason, backup shortstop for the Yankees in 1975 and ’76, is born. His pinch-hit homer in the 1976 World Series made him the only player to date whose sole WS plate appearance was a round-tripper. Happy 64th, Jim!

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1942: The Yankees turn a Major League record 7 double plays in an 11-2 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down 2 runners following third strikes‚ three are started by the DP combo of Phil Rizzuto and Joe Gordon (below)‚ reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another‚ and third sacker Red Rolfe initiates one. The 7 twin killings give the Yankees 150 on the year; they’ll finish with 190‚ just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark of 194 that they set last season.

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1934: The largest weekday crowd in Major league history ~ 77‚000  ~ watch as the Tigers sweep a pair at the Stadium‚ winning 9-5 and 7-3. Schoolboy Rowe tops Red Ruffing in the nitecap 7-3 for his 13th win in a row. Rowe allows just 4 hits‚ including Lou Gehrig’s 37th homer of the campaign. Charlie Gehringer has a round-tripper in each game to lead the Tigers to their 14th win in a row. The Yanks now trail by 6 1/2 games.

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1929: It’s Charlie Gehringer Day in Detroit‚ and the popular second baseman expresses his gratitude by handling 10 chances in the field‚ hitting 3 singles and a home run, and stealing home in a 17-13 win over the Yankees.

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1928: The Babe hits his 44th homer on the first pitch of the afternoon that he sees, but the White Sox tie it in the third en route to a 5-2 win over the visiting Yankees. Ruth is now 13 games ahead of last year’s pace.

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1919: With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th‚ starting Yankee hurler Carl Mays is called out on three straight strikes by Brick Owens. In disgust‚ Mays flings his bat high in the air towards the stands and is thumbed out of the game before the offending cudgel lands. The Yankees overcome Muddy Ruel hitting into a triple play – second baseman Ralph Young to shortstop Donie Bush – to beat the Tigers in 15 innings‚ 5-4.

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8/13 in Yankee History

 

2012: The Yankees  use a couple of scrubs to defeat Texas 8-2. Reliever David Phelps starts in place of the injured CC Sabathia and pitches five innings for the win, while Derek Lowe, making his first appearance for the Bronx Bombers after being released by the Indians last week, adds four scoreless innings to pick up his first save since 2001. Nick Swisher  hits a grand slam to propel the Yankees’ offense while Ryan Dempster gives up 8 runs for the second time since being acquired by the Rangers at the trading deadline.

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2011: Back in the line-up after being benched for a week, Yankees DH Jorge Posada drives in 6 runs, including 4 on a 5th-inning grand slam, and the Yankees win 9-2 over the Rays. Phil Hughes is the winner over Jeremy Hellickson, while Curtis Granderson hits his 33rd homer, catching Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays atop the major league leader board.

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2007: Phil Rizzuto dies at the age of 89.

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1998: Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez sets a Yankee rookie record by striking out 13 in beating Texas‚ 2-0.

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1997: The Yankees obtain catcher Mike Stanley and infielder Randy Brown from the Red Sox for pitcher Tony Armas and a player to be named later.

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1995: Mickey Mantle dies at age 63 from liver cancer in Dallas.

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 1980: The Yankees trade righty Ken Clay and a player to be named later to the Rangers for  41-year-old pitcher Gaylord Perry.

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1978: The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 7th inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains force a delay of the game. Thanks to the stalling tactics of Earl Weaver and some slow-moving Baltimore groundskeepers‚ the game is called‚ and the score reverts to the last complete inning. The O’s prevail 3-0‚ with Scott McGregor getting the win.

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1973: Roy White homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees top the Angels 6-0

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1972: George M. Weiss, Yankee General manager during the club’s period of greatest dominance, dies at the age of 78.

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1969: Joe Pepitone returns to the Yankees but does not play in their 5-2 loss to the Twins. Rich Reese is 4-for-4 with 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs for the Twins as Jim Kaat is the winner over Mel Stottlemyre (16-9). Reese will have hits his first 3 at bats tomorrow before flying out.

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1964: CBS buys 80 percent of the Yankees from current owners Dan Topping and Del Webb‚ the sale to go into effect on November 2.

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1961: In the first of two with the Senators‚ Roger Maris belts his 44th homer to tie Mickey Mantle. An inning later‚ Mantle hits a Bennie Daniels offering for his 45th‚ but that’s all the hurler allows,winning 12-2. Maris adds his 45th homer in the 1st inning in game 2 as the Yanks win‚ 9-4.

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1957: Before Fenway’s largest crowd of the season – 35‚647 – Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs as the Yankees edge the Red Sox 3-2. Mantle improves his average to .384 while Ted Williams‚ with 1-for-2‚ is at .388. A week later Mantle will injure himself when he angrily swings a golf club at a branch and gashes his shinbone. This will effectively take him out of the running for a second straight triple crown.

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1939: After losing to the A’s‚ 12-9 in the first game of a doubleheader, the second game is mercifully called after eight innings with the Yankees beating the A’s 21-0, equalling the ML record for lopsided shutouts. Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren both hit a pair of  homers, one each inside-the-park. Red Ruffing collects 4 hits along with pitching a four-hitter. Cotton Pippen takes the loss; the A’s will waive him next month to the Tigers. With the win yesterday and the 23-2 win on June 28‚ the Yankees have now scored 18 or more runs against the A’s three times this year.

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1932: It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken when they are shut out for nine innings‚ but Red Ruffing (below) hits a homer in the 10th with two outs to beat Al Thomas of the Senators 1-0. Tom Hughes‚ in 1906‚ was the only other ML pitcher to hit an
extra-inning‚ game-winning HR in a 1-0 match. Ruffing fans 12 and allows just three hits in leading the Yanks to their 6th straight win.

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1926: Lou Gehrig belts homers in the 4th and 5th innings off Walter Johnson, only the second time in his career that the Big Train has surrendered 2 homers to a player in a game. The Yankees win‚ 7-5

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1924; The Yankees regain the AL lead with a 1-0 and 2-1 doubleheader sweep of the Browns. Herb Pennock and Bullet Joe Bush get the respective wins,

 

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1922:  Yankee shortstop Everett Scott nears 1‚000 consecutive games played‚ but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is derailed. Washington win‚ 3-2.

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1921: In Philadelphia‚ 33‚000 fans – the largest crowd to watch a game in the city since 1914 –  jam Shibe Park to see the A’s play a doubleheader with the Yankees. Carl Mays (below) wins his 15th straight over the Mackmen as the visitors prevail 7-2 in game 1. Bob Shawkey coasts home to a 13-7 win in the nitecap. Bob Meusel homers in each game.

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1920: In a Friday game at Cleveland‚ the Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the league-leading Indians by beating them 4-3. Bob Shawkey is the winner with relief help from Carl Mays. The Indians leave for their final eastern swing with a 70-40 record‚ with New York and Chicago both at 72-42.

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1908: Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20‚000 in Boston. The man of the hour pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes mini-delegation from the New York Highlanders made up of jack Chesbro, Hal Chase and Wee Willie Keeler. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler‚ including a large loving cup from the AL for all his accomplishments. This is Keeler’s last appearance this season‚ as he returns home to Brooklyn‚ partly in protest against manager Kid Elberfeld’s authoritarian managing style. Keeler quits without pay saying‚ “I cannot give you a run for your money”‚ He had been ill and muffed a flyball in left field‚ but he will return next season to play under new manager George Stallings.

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8/12 in Yankee History

2011: In action against the Tampa Bay Rays, CC Sabathia gives up 5 runs on as many solo homers. Taking him deep are Casey Kotchman, Kelly Shoppach, Johnny Damon, Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria. David Price gets the 5-1 win for the visitors.

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1998: Scott Brosius drives in five runs on a single, a double, and a home run in an 11-2 defeat of the Twins at the Stadium. Latroy Hawkins allows five of the runs in pitching into the sixth, and David Cone surrenders both of the visitors’ tallies in seven.

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1994: Major league players go out on strike in the third work stoppage in the last 23 years. The dispute with owners centers on a salary cap‚ salary arbitration‚ free agency‚ and minimum salaries.

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1985: At Chicago‚ Phil Niekro goes the distance to pick up his 295th win as the Yankees beat the White Sox 10-4. New York push 7 runs across in the 7th to break the game open, with Ron Hassey delivering a 2-run homer and an RBI single to lead the scoring in the frame.

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1974: Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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1973: The A’s‚ 6 runs behind in the 7th inning‚ first chase Yankee starter Sam McDowell, and then continue the rally against relievers Sparky Lyle and Tom Buskey. They go on to win 13-12 moving within one game of the first-place Royals in the AL
West.

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1969: Citing ‘personal problems‚’ Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone jumps the club, leaving bench player Len Boehmer to fill in for him. The Yanks beat the Twins 10-3 anyway.

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1964: Mickey Mantle homers from each side of the plate in the same game for the 10th and final time‚ a Major League record‚ and the Yankees beat Chicago 7-3 at Yankee Stadium. Mel Stottlemyre‚ in his major league debut‚ is the winner‚ scattering 7 hits.

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1961: At Griffith Stadium, Roger Maris belts his 43rd homer‚ off Dick Donovan‚ but it is New York’s only score as they lose‚ 5-1. For the Bombers, it is their first loss in 10 games; for Washington, it is their first win in 8. Gene Green’s pinch grand slam off Luis Arroyo is the big blow for the Nats.

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1958: The Bombers top the Orioles 7-2 in the Bronx. Mickey Mantle’s 33rd homer‚ off a ken Lehman knuckler‚ gives him the AL lead.

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1956: Mickey Mantle hits his 41st homer‚ and 7th in 8 days‚ to pace New York to 6-2 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles, as the Yankees take the second game 4-2.

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1953: Playing without the injured Mickey Mantle – out for 10 days with a sprained knee – the Yankees produce a barrage of 28 hits off Washington pitching‚ 2 hits shy of the AL record.  New York roll to a 22-1 victory. Rookie Steve Kraly‚ relieving Whitey Ford, gives up a run to the Senators to avert the largest shutout defeat in ML history. Ford has 4 hits‚ and Yogi Berra and Billy Martin each have 5 RBIs. Hank Bauer scores 5 runs.

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1951: The Yankees‚ tied for first place with Cleveland‚ lose a pair to the A’s. The A’s  use 17 hits to win the opener‚ 9-5. and Pennsylvania’s Sunday Blue Law at 6:59 (AL Rule is 7:00 with no inning starting after 6:44) to win the nitecap‚ 7-4. The Yanks start an 8th inning 5-run rally at 6:37 and take a 9-7 lead‚ but the curfew wipes it out before Pete Suder can hit. Beginning next year‚ the AL will adopt the 40-year-old suspended game policy of the NL.

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1950: Allie Reynolds hits a bases loaded single and hurls the Yanks to a 7-2 win over the A’s. The loss goes to Carl Scheib‚ but Bobby Shantz pitches the last 6.2 innings and clouts his only career homer‚ off the Big Chief.

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1939: At Shibe Park‚ the Yankees shell the feeble A’s 18-4 as Steve Sundra (6-0) coasts to the win. Babe Dahlgren (below) has 4 hits‚ including a solo homer in the 6th and a grand slam an inning later. He drives in 6 runs. Joe Gordon adds his 18th homer of the year.

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1937: In the first of two with the Yankees‚ Jimmie Foxx hits one completely out of Fenway to straightaway center‚ the ball leaving the park to the right of the flag pole. The shot comes off New York’s Kemp Wicker and helps the Red Sox to overpower the Yankees 16-10 and stop  New York’s win streak at 10. The Yawkeymen overcome a 6 run deficit. Buck Newsom is credited with his 11th win. In game 2‚ Bump Hadley outpitches Archie McKain to push NY’s lead to 11 1/2 games over Boston.

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1934: Making a farewell appearance at Fenway, Babe Ruth draws a record 46‚766 fans‚ with an estimated 20‚000 turned away at the venue where he began his career as a pitcher 20 years ago. The Babe singles and doubles in the first game‚ but the Yankees lose to Wes Ferrell 6-4. Walks hold him to one official at bat in the 2nd game‚ which the Yanks win 7-1‚ and he leaves the field to a standing ovation in the 8th inning.

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1932: AL president William Harridge upholds Detroit’s protest of its August 1st game against New York and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because the places of Tony Lazzeri and Ben Chapman in the batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.

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1918: At Fenway‚ the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the league leaders by beating Boston 2-1. Getting his opportunity because of the war‚ lefty Hank Robinson is making his first Major League start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Babe Ruth‚ who gives up 4 safeties. Jack Fournier (below) scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt‚ while Ruth‚ hitless on the afternoon‚ pops out for the last out of the game.

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8/11 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter days ~

1980: Reggie Jackson hits his 400th career home run‚ off Chicago’s Britt Burns‚ in the 3rd inning of a 3-1 Yankees victory. It is Reggie 31st homer of the year.

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1929: Babe Ruth hits career home run no. 500 and his 30th of the year‚ in the 2nd inning off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland‚ but the Yankees lose‚ 6-5. Ruth has gone deep 6 times in his last 7 games. The homer today lands on Lexington Avenue and is recovered by Mr. Jake Geiser, who returns it to Ruth. The Babe gives him $20 and 2 new autographed balls for it.

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On other 11ths of August…

 

2012: The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5 – 2 behind the pitching of Ivan Nova and a three-run homer by Casey McGehee. Derek Jeter collects his league-leading 150th hit of the season, putting him in the company of Hank Aaron as the only two players to have 17 seasons of 150 or more hits.

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2003: The Royals beat the Yankees 12-9‚ as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. KC strokes 11 of the 2-baggers‚ just 1 shy of the AL mark. Sterling Hitchcock takes the loss for New York.

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2001: Led by the Giambi brothers‚ Oakland beat the visiting Yankees 8-6 for their 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run homers‚ the second time they’ve both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last year as well.

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1998: David Wells stops the Twins on a 4 hitter to win‚ 7-0. In his last start against Miinesota, the Yankee lefty pitched a perfect game.

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1995: The Yankees trade controversial outfielder Luis Polonia to the Braves for minor league outfielder Troy Hughes.

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1994: In spite of an 8-7 loss to Toronto in 13 innings, the Yankees continue to lead the AL East, 6 1/2 lengths ahead of second-place Baltimore. Unfortunately, it will be their last game of the year, as a strike is now imminent.

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1967: In the 2nd inning of the first game of a doubleheader‚ Al Downing strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. The Yanks beat the Indians 5-3.  The Bombers will also take the second game 4-1, as Mel Stottlemyre goes the distance.

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1966: It’s is deja vu all over again‚ as Frank Robinson makes another game-saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning homer‚ preserving a 6-5 Orioles’ win. Robinson made a nearly identical play two months earlier.

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1961: Mickey Mantle (44) and Roger Maris (42) belt homers off reliever Pete Burnside to lead New York to a 12-5 pasting of the Senators.

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1955: Bob Turley gives up Ted Williams’ 2‚000th hit‚ a first inning bloop single‚ in a 5-3 Yankee win. Frank Bauman, in his first ML start‚ takes the loss.

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1952: At the Stadium‚ the third-place Red Sox‚ trailing first-place New York by 4 games‚ manage just 2 hits off Allie Reynolds, as the Big Chief 7-0. For Reynolds‚ it’s his 4th two-hitter of the year. Mickey Mantle’s first inning homer‚ of Sid Hudson,is all the scoring New York needs‚ but the Mick adds a double in the 4th and a 2-run homer‚ again lefty‚ in the 5th‚ off Ralph Brickner‚ for a 6-0 lead. Boston will fade to a 6th place finish.

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1951: In the first game of a twinbill, Eddie Joost homers in the 9th for the A’s‚ who tie the Yanks 4-4‚ but the New Yorkers winin 11‚ 7-4. Sloppy fielding and a two-run single by Yogi Berra account for the scoring. The win goes to Bob Kuzava, lately of the Senators‚ while Alex Kellner takes the loss.

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1950: Hitting just .279‚ Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career. He is currently languishing in a 4-for-38 slump. His sub‚ Cliff Mapes (below), rises to the occasion by walloping a  7th-inning homer to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s.

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1934: At Fenway, Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees  winning 2-1. The Sox tie it up‚ and in the 13th, Tony Lazzeri (below) parks a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell, batting for Frtz Ostermueller, wins the game for Boston‚ 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland, New York now fall 4 games off the pace in the AL pennant race.

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1923: The Tigers sweep the Yanks‚ 10-4 and 9-8 (in 10 innings)‚ in a doubleheader  that features the top 2 AL hitters. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8‚ while Detroit’s Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10. The two are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is ‘four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together.’ On August 21‚ the AL boss will rule that only one-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken Williams of the Browns, who is using a plugged bat.

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1921: The Yankees move one percentage point ahead of the Indians with Bob Shawkey’s 7-3 win over the A’s. The two clubs will run in a virtual dead heat through September.

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1912: In an 8-3 win over the Highlanders‚ Cleveland’s Shoeless Joe Jackson becomes the second AL player to steal home twice in a game. He swipes the dish in the first inning‚ and then in the 7th‚ he steals second, third and home.

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1906: Before 15‚000 at South Side Park, the White Sox whip the Highlanders‚ 8-1. New York third baseman George Moriarty charges the stands and gets into a fight with a fan in the 8th inning before police break it up.

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8/10 in Yankee History

 

2005:  After being released from the hospital, an 18-year-old fan appears in court to face criminal charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief stemming from his 40-foot plunge last night from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the netting behind home plate George Steinbrenner called the incident “… the only exciting thing that happened today” after his struggling club lost to the first place White Sox 2-1.

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1995: Yankee catcher Mike Stanley hits 3 home runs  and drives home 7 runs‚ but it’s not enough to prevent New York from losing to Cleveland 10-9 in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Stadium. The Bombers drop the second game as well, 5-2.

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1986: At the Stadium, the Yankees celebrate Billy Martin day and retire his No. 1. In the game that follows, however, the Royals spoil the party, romping over the home side 13-3, with Scott Bankhead getting the win.

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1978: Ron Guidry (16-2) tosses a 3-hitter to beat the Brewers 9-0.

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1977: Billy Martin installs Reggie Jackson as the Yankees’ regular clean-up hitter. The Yanks beat the A’s 6-3‚ as Ron Guidry outpitches Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts his 26th homer of the season. New York will win 40 of their final 53 games‚ with Jackson contributing 13 HRs and 49 RBI.

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1968: On Old Timers’ Day at the Stadium‚ the Twins stop the Yankees‚ 3-2. New York’s only scores are two solo shots by Mickey Mantle off Jim Merritt. It is the Mick’s 46th 2-homer game of his career.

 

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1965: At the Stadium, Jim Kaat benefits from sloppy Yankee fielding and Minnesota score 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees 7-3.

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1957: At Baltimore‚ Mickey Mantle swats his 31st homer and adds 3 singles to lead the Yanks to a 6-3 win over the O’s. Mantle’s homer is the first to clear the hedge approximately 30 feet beyond the 425 foot sign in straightaway center. The Mick is now hitting .380‚ and the Yanks are leading Chicago by 5 games.

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1954: Bob Grim becomes the first Yankee rookie to win 15 games since Hank Borowy in 1942‚ hurling a 5-2 win over the A’s. The Bombers pull to within 3 games in back of the Indians.

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1941: The Yanks sweep a pair from the A’s at Shibe Park‚ 11-2 and 4-1‚ to increase their lead in the AL to 14 games. Jack Knott gives up 17 hits in losing the opener to Mario Russo (below)‚ while Bill Dickey’s 9th inning triple with 2 on decides the nitecap. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of hits in the opener‚ but goes hitless in the nitecap‚ the 5th game in the last 8 that he’s been collared.

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1935: In the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s at the Stadium, George ‘Twinkletoes’ Selkirk drives in 8 runs‚ one short of Jimmie Foxx’s AL record‚ with 2 home runs – one a grand slam – and a single as the Yankees pummel Connie Mack’s boys 18-7. Lou Gehrig has a homer and drives in 5 runs in the game‚ then adds 4 more RBI in the 7-2 nitecap win.

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1934: Following a 10-3 Yankee win at Fenway, Babe Ruth formally announces that this year will definitely be his last season as a regular player. He says that he will seek a managerial role and will occasionally pinch-hit.

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1927: At Washington, Babe Ruth drives in 4 runs‚ 3 on his 36th homer‚ as the Yankees prevail‚ 4-3. Tom Zachary is the loser.

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1904: Jack Chesbro is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 consecutive complete games. For the year he will win 41 games‚ pitching 48 complete games out of 51 starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455 innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh’s 464 in 1908.

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