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9/05 in Yankee History

2007: Bidding to further close a tight Wild Card race, Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn holds a 2-1 lead and has allowed just two hits through six innings at the Stadium, when Alex Rodriguez keys an eight-run 7th with a leadoff home run and caps it with a two-run bomb. He is the first Yankee to homer twice in one inning since Cliff Johnson in 1977. Derek Jeter contributes a triple, Phil Hughes allows two runs over six innings, and Joba Chamberlain pitches a 1-2-3 7th for the 10-2 win.



2006: Mike Mussina and the Yankees lose to Kansas City 5-0, one of seven games today that end in shutouts. This the largest number of whitewashings on any one day in the majors since June 4, 1972.



1995: Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig’s all-time mark by appearing in his 2‚130th consecutive game. The Orioles shutout the Angels behind Scott Erickson by a score of 8-0.



1977: For this year’s Labor Day doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians organize an ‘I Hate the Yankees Hanky’ promotion. The waving cloths work their magic, as the Tribe sweep the pair, 4-3 and 5-4.



1971: The Yankees hold on to beat the Tigers 6-5, despite Detroit skipper Billy Martin’s record-setting use of 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning.



1964: John ‘Blue Moon’ Odom makes his ML debut‚ and Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field homer in the first inning. New York hang on to win by the same score as yesterday, 9-7.



Off the field, the Yanks acquire veteran pitcher Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Tribe get 2 players to be named later: Ralph Terry on October 12‚ and Bud Daley on November 27.




1961: The Yankees top Washington‚ 6-1‚ sending the Senators down to their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. Mickey Mantle hits his 51st homer, and the Yanks’ win‚ coupled with a Detroit doubleheader loss‚ puts New York ahead by 7 1/2 games.



1957: In action against Boston, Casey Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with the score tied at 2, with 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 9th. Grim rewards his manager’s faith by coming through with his first hit of the season‚ a 3-run walkoff homer.  Russ Nixon takes the 5-2 loss for the Red Sox.



1950: The Yankees acquire first baseman Johnny ‘Hippity’ Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark‚ from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yanks believe the former Cardinal star will provide late season pennant insurance.


Off the field, Purdue Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old star P/SS Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers’ football squad.




1949: Before 32‚844 fans in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees sweep a Labor Day twinbill from the A’s‚ winning 13-4 and 5-2. Vic Raschi easily wins his 18th in the pener as Joe DiMaggio drives in 5 runs‚ 4 on a grand slam off Lou Brissie. Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson follows with his 8th homer of the year. In the nitecap‚ DiMag leaves in the 2nd inning with leg cramps‚ but the Yankees win behind Tommy Byrne and Joe Page in a game called after 7 innings because of darkness. (A Philadelphia city ordinance prohibits turning on Shibe Park’s lights on Sundays and national holidays.) The Yankees return to NYC having won 8 of 14 on the road, but have just 4 away games in their remaining 25. New York are 1 /12 games ahead of Boston.




1948: Joe DiMaggio hits his 4th homer of the series to help the Yanks top the Senators 5-3. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the 6th‚ Joe D ducks out of the way of a Sid Hudson brushback pitch and the ball hits his bat‚ dunking into right field for a double to start the game-deciding 2-run rally.




1943: Attempting to tie the 1912 Giants’ Major League record of winning 14 straight series, the Yankees drop two to the Senators, earning just a four-game-split. Washington take the opener, 3-2, behind Dutch Leonard, as rookie Charlie Roberts lines an inside-the-park homer in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie; it is his first ML home run. In the second game, Bobo Newsom departs in the 5th with a sore stomach but takes a 2-1 lead. Sherry Robertson hits a 3-run homer, and the Senators win 5-1.



1936: In a doubleheader at Fenway, Boston top the Yankees 3-2 in the first contest, and then come back to tie the second, 7-7‚ before the game is called because of darkness. The Red Sox are helped in the nitecap by a triple play and 2 errors apiece by Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey (below).




1932: Absent from the postseason since 1928, the Yankees put the AL pennant virtually out of reach with a Labor Day doubleheader sweep of the second place A’s, by scores of 8-6 and 6-3. New York now lead by 12 1/2 games.




1927: In the first of two at Fenway‚ the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the homesiders emerge the winners‚ 12-11. Buddy Myers’ double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York score a pair in the top of the 9th to tie‚ and then there is no scoring until the 17th when both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing‚ a future Yankee‚ goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse (below) is the winner over Waite Hoyt . New York win the abbreviated nitecap‚ 5-0‚ with Wiltse taking the loss.




1926: At Baltimore‚ the minor league Orioles embarrass the Yankees 18-9 in an exhibition game. Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig (below) in the dugout after the 8th inning, as the Bambino gives the shortstop a tongue-lashing for allegedly loafing on several plays.




1922: At the start of the day‚ both New York teams are on top‚ and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today‚ the Red Sox take 2 and knock the leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees‚ 4-3 and 6-5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season home run at the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock, who also gave up Ruth’s first Yankee homer‚ also at the Coogan’s Bluff venue.




1921: In the Labor Day doubleheader at Fenway, the Yanks roll in the opener, 8-0. In the afternoon game, won by the Red Sox 8-2‚ the Yankee outfield make an AL-record 5 assists‚ 4 ofr them by Bob Meusel. Meusel‚ with one of the strongest arms in baseball‚ will lead the league in assists both this year and next.




1872: Highlanders pitcher Al Orth (a 27-game winner for the team in 1906) is born.


9/04 in Yankee History


The red-letter days ~

1993: Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians, blanking them by a score of 4-0.



1941: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant‚ the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees have needed only 136 games‚ giving them a 91-45 record. Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.



1923: ‘Sad Sam’ Jones no-hits the Athletics‚ 2-0‚ beating Bob Hasty. The Yankee hurler becomes the only man in AL history thus far to throw a no-hitter without recording a strikeout. Babe Ruth is the only batter on either side to fan, and drops a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann as a result. Not until Ken Holtzman of the Cubs in 1969 will another pitcher toss a no-hitter with no Ks.




On other 4ths of September…

2006: Trailing 5-1, the Yankees erupt for 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.



2001: The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees 14-0. Andy Pettitte lasts just 3 innings in losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, giving up 6 hits while striking out 11.



1998: The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the season‚ defeating the White Sox  11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Cubs  needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. Bernie Williams leads New York with a pair of homers and 4 RBI.



1996: Andy Pettitte wins his 20th as the Yankees prevail over the A’s‚ 10-3. Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo blasts in the 4th inning. The Yanks’ last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.


Off the field, Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base after the Iron Horse’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended, dies at age 84.



1995: Jorge Posada makes his Yankee/Major League debut, replacing Jim Leyritz behind the plate in the 9th inning of a 13-3 romp over Seattle at the Stadium. Andy Pettite gets the win, and Derek Jeter also comes in late at shortstop, making this the first time that at least three of the ‘Core Four’ have appeared in the same game.




1992: Yankee outfielder Roberto Kelly ties a major league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the seventh time this year. Pittsburgh’s Dale Berra set the mark in 1983. Texas receiver Ivan Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in New York’s 6-3 victory.



1991: After 30 years‚ the asterisk attached to Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 is expunged by an 8-man Committee for Statistical Accuracy. Regarding the removal of the asterisk‚ historian Bill Deane later points out‚ “It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed. Maris’ record was‚ from 1962 until 1991‚ listed separately from Babe Ruth’s and was never actually defined by ‘some distinctive mark.'” The committee also define a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit.



Lou Gehrig’s 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220‚000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco‚ becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. An autographed Gehrig bat also sells, for $47‚500.



1978: Behind Ron Guidry’s 20th win‚ the Yankees take the first game of a doubleheader with Detroit 9-1. New York score 8 in the 7th. Detroit win the second contest 5-4 to keep New York 5 games behind Boston.




1972: The Yankees split with the Orioles‚ losing 4-3 before winning 5-2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in fourth place‚ but the logjam in the AL East is so tight that they are just 1/2  game out of first. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren’s  3-run homer off Fritz Peterson is the big blow in the opener, while the Yankees take the night cap behind Bobby Murcer’s three hits‚ including a homer.




1965: At the Stadium‚ the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees‚ winning 1-0 and 7-2. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the second game‚ off Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for New York. Against nemesis Dick Radatz in the 8th‚ Mickey Mantle bunts foul on a two-strike pitch‚ the second time he’s struck out bunting against the hulking Boston reliever.

1964: The Yankees overcome two homers by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A’s‚ 9-7‚ in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. With the Orioles losing today‚ Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are
virtually tied for first‚ with New York (77-56) three games back.



1961: Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a painful and swollen forearm for the traditional Labor Day doubleheader‚ but the Yanks get along without him as they take the pair from the Senators‚ 5-3 and 3-2. The sweep moves the Yanks 6 games up on the slumping Tigers‚
who lose 6-3 to the Orioles and trail 4-1 in a game suspended in the 9th. Mantle’s replacement John Blanchard breaks a 3-3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning homer.




1960: After 30 straight scoreless inning‚ the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 by topping New York again‚ 6-2. With 2 outs in the 7th‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada’s no-hitter‚ but Hoyt Wilhelm‚ in relief‚ preserves the win.



1955: Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning 3-run homer gives a starting push to Bob Turley, who coasts to an 8-3 win over Washington. Pedro Ramos is the losing pitcher.




1952: The Yanks re-sign veteran Charlie Keller for the remainder of the season‚ but they won’t need him today as they crush the A’s 12-2. Gil McDougald has two homers and the Yanks chase Bobby Shantz with a 7-run 7th. The lefty was trying for his 23rd victory. Allie Reynolds wins his 17th‚ spoiling Chief Bender night at Shibe Park. The former A’s ace received a plaque before yesterday’s day game, and tonight receives a check for $6‚000‚ gifts‚ and a scroll with the signatures of 150‚000 Philadelphians. On hand are former teammates Frank Baker‚ Rube Oldring, Len Blackburne and Ira Thomas.



1949: Looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run, the Yankees pick up one-time Dodger relief ace Hugh Casey,  who was released by the Pirates in early August.




1945: Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber (below)‚ 43‚ who last pitched in the Majors in 1923 and in the minors in 1931‚ relieves for the Bombers against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1/3 innings‚ but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win going aweay, 10-0. The 22 years between appearances is a Major League record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when‚ in an 11-4 loss to Detroit‚ he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.




1944: The Boys from the Bronx move past St. Louis and Detroit by bombing the A’s 10-0 and 14-0. Two rookies are winners‚ Monk Dubiel in the opener and Mel Queen in the nitecap. Queen had a double and 2 singles in the opener and George Stirnweiss has a steal in each game to run his total to 49. Bobo Newsom takes the loss in the opener while Luke Hamlin gives up 19 hits in a complete game loss in game 2. It’s the first time since May 31st that the Yanks have been in first place. The Red Sox are in 4th place‚ but only 3 games behind.



1920: At Fenway, 33‚000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th in the opener to give New York a 5-3 win. In the nitecap‚ Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5-3 lead into the
9th‚ then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run, and Boston prevail 6-5.



1908: At Hilltop Park, Walter Johnson opens a series against New York by besting Jack Chesbro 3-0‚ allowing 6 hits in the Washington win.




1906: The Highlanders complete a Major League record 5th doubleheader sweep in a row – in as many days – as they tally a twin whitewashing of Boston‚ 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8 and stretch to 15 victories‚ propelling New York to a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL. The winning hurlers for the denizens of Hilltop Park are Walter Clarkson (below) and Al Orth.


9/03 in Yankee History


The red-letter day ~

1961: After taking the first two games against Detroit‚ New York are down 5-4
in the 9th when Mickey Mantle ties the game with his second homer of the day. Elston Howard  wins it with a 3-run drive into the left field stands and Detroit leave town 4 1/2 games off the pace. Mantle’s shot puts him at 50 home runs‚ with Maris at 53‚ making them the first teammates in history to hit 50.




On other 3rds of September…


2012:  The AL East race gets even tighter, as the Rays beat the Yankees 4-3. James Shields gets the win as light-hitting Chris Gimenez drives in a pair of runs. The game marks the return of Alex Rodriguez, who starts at DH for the Yankees after missing 6 weeks with a hand injury. Meanwhile, the Orioles shut out the Blue Jays 4-0 as Joe Saunders retires the first 17 batters in order and cruises to the win. At the end of the day, the Yankees’ lead is cut to 1 game over Baltimore, and 2 1/2 over Tampa Bay.



2009:  Jorge Posada hits his 20th homer and drives in 4 runs as New York double up Toronto 10- 5. The Yankees now have 7 players with 20 or more homers on the year, matching a record set by three other teams. Derek Jeter currently has 17 round-trippers but will finish the year with 18, leaving the Bronx Bombers just shy of a new record.



2008: Instant replay is used for the first time in a major league game. Alex Rodriguez homers to left off Troy Percival in the 9th as part of an 8-4 Yankee win over the Rays. Umpire Brian Runge calls it a homer and has his call upheld upon review.



2004: The Baltimore Orioles top the Yankees 3-1 behind Rodrigo Lopez. The loss goes to Kevin Brown who pitches 6 innings and then‚ frustrated on a grounder he botched‚ punches a concrete wall inside the Yankees’ clubhouse‚ breaking two bones in his left (non-throwing) hand that will require surgery. The pitcher‚ making $15.7 million per year‚ will miss the rest of this one. New York lead in the East by 2 1/2 games.



1995: New York drop a 10-9 decision to Oakland even though Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez, who is the first Yankee since 1972 to achieve the feat, scores 3 runs and has 3 RBI.



1990: ’60s Yankee reliever Marshall Bridges dies at the age of 59




1987: The parent Yankees don’t find Dave Bresnahan’s potato gag yesterday funny either‚ and release him. Bresnahan‚ hitting .149‚ reacts to the news by saying‚ “We were 23 games out‚ what the hell?” Tomorrow night‚ their last game of the season‚ the Albany/Colonie Yankees will admit any fan for a $1 and a potato. On each potato‚ Bresnahan autographs ‘This spud’s for you.’




1960: The Orioles hand the Yankees a second straight shut out, winning 2-0 and replacing the Yanks in 1st place by a game. Brooks Robinson has both RBIs to back Jack Fisher’s  7-hitter. During the game in Baltimore‚ plate umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls 3 times, and is knocked unconscious by the third. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate‚ as Napp is carried off the field on a stretcher.



1958: The Yankees spot Boston a 5-3 lead before Mickey Mantle homers in the 8th and Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 8-5. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.




1952: Harry Byrd of the Philadelphia Athletics one-hits the Yankees‚ 3-0. Irv Noren’s 2nd inning double is the only safety. Bullpen coach Al ‘Chief’ Bender (below)‚ the full-blooded Chippewa who was an ace for Connie Mack in the early part of the century, is honoured before the game.




1948: The Yankees move within a 1/2 game of the leading Red Sox with a twinbill sweep of the Senators, 6-2 and 5-2. Joe DiMaggio‚ who started the day tied with Vern Stephens at 118 RBI, leads the way by knocking in 7 runs. DiMag has a pair of round-trippers in the opener‚ and a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the nitecap.




1947: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ the Yankees unleash a barrage of 18 hits‚ all of them singles‚ off three pitchers to stop the Red Sox 11-2 in game one. Bobo Newsom (below) wins his 10th. Specs Shea‚ with relief help from Joe Page, wins the second contest 9-6 to extend the Yankee lead to 12 1/2 games over Boston. Joe DiMaggio has 6 hits in the twinbill to raise his average to .319‚ while Ted Williams‚ the AL’s leading hitter, is 5-for-9 to push his average to .328. Bobby Doerr hits his 16th homer in the nitecap.



1939: In the second game of a doubleheader, Boston’s Sunday curfew is approaching with the score standing at 7-5 in the 8th for the Yankees, the visitors start making outs to get the game in while the Red Sox start stalling. Two Yankees are walked intentionally and the Fenway fans then litter the field with cushions and other debris to help slow things down. Umpire Cal Hubbard (below) forfeits the game to the Yankees, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him‚ fines both managers for their tactics‚ and orders that the game be replayed. The Red Sox edged the Yanks in the opener, 12-11.




1934: Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant surge. Detroit‚ rained out in Chicago‚ hold a 5-game lead over the Yankees‚ who split a pair with the A’s. Lefty Gomez wins his 24th and 10th straight in the opener‚ 11-7 and Jimmie Foxx hits his 40th HR in the second game. to help the Mackmen to a 10-3 triumph.




1927: A’s ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year‚ beating the host Yankees 1-0‚ on three hits. It is also the only game in which Murderers’ Row will be shut out this season,  Babe Ruth has a pair of singles, and the Yanks still lead by 17 games.



1921: Powered by Babe Ruth’s 50th homer and the pitching of Carl Mays, the Yankees down the host Senators‚ 9-3.




1906: Highlander infielder Kid Elberfeld, showing the temper that has earned him the nickname ‘The Tabasco Kid’‚ punches umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in New York’s 4-3 opening game win in a doubleheader with the Athletics. In the second game‚ New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with Philadelphia shortstop Lave Cross  trying to field a ground ball‚ and 2 runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference‚ a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that‚ after 8 minutes of arguing‚ the arbiter forfeits the game to New York. For the Highlanders, it is their fourth straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days‚ and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his assault on Silk.


9/02 in Yankee History


2012:  The Orioles move to within 2 games of the Yankees with an 8-3 win at the Stadium. Starter Chris Tillman  has to leave the game after only 3 innings because of stiffness in his elbow, but the O’s rally behind Mark Reynolds, who hits two homers and drives in 4 runs; they then add 3 more runs in the 8th, as the Yankees use five pitchers in the inning in a vain attempt to keep within striking distance. Randy Wolf (below) is the winner in his first game for the Birds.




2009: Alex Rodriguez picks up the 2,500th hit of his career as the Yankees defeat the Orioles 10-2 to complete a sweep at Camden Yards. Eric Hinske’s home run is the Bronx Bombers’ 20th at the park this season, the most by a visiting team since the venue opened in 1992. CC Sabathia earns his American League-leading 16th win.



2004: The Yankees score 1 in the 1st and five in the 2nd off Indian starter Cliff Lee en route to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark. He matches the achievement of 19th century star Dan Brouthers, who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres, Marlins, Dodgers and Braves. Joining him today in passing the century mark is Victor Martinez, who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay, who is making his first appearance since 2003.



2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 1-0‚ as Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Pinch hitter Carl Everett delivers a two-out‚ two-strike single in the 9th inning to ruin Mussina’s gem. It is the 3rd time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson’s double. Opposing hurler David Cone‚ who takes the loss‚ is the most recent hurler to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first 7 innings of any of the games.




1996: In his first game back in action since undergoing surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder in May‚ David Cone hurls 7 hitless innings in New York’s 5-0 victory over the Athletics. Mariano Rivera gives up 1 hit in 2 innings as he finishes up for Cone. Cone’s remarkable return relegates Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.



1987: Catcher Dave Bresnahan of the Albany-Colonie Yankees ( AA Eastern League) introduces a new wrinkle to baseball’s panoply of deception ~ the hidden potato trick. With  Reading Phillies runner Rick Rudblad on third, Bresnahan returns from a time out with a peeled potato pared down to the size of a baseball hidden in his mitt. On the next pitch he throws the sphere wildly on an apparent pickoff attempt. When the runner trots home‚ Bresnahan tags him out with the real ball. The umpire‚ unamused‚ rules the runner safe‚ charges the backstop with an error, and fines him $50. After the game, Bresnahan says, “I thought it would be a do-over”.



1978: Reggie Jackson becomes the 19th Major League player to hit at least 20 homers in 11 straight years in the Yankees’ 6-2 win over Seattle.




1969: Ralph Houk signs a new 3-year contract with the Yankees at $65‚000 a season‚ the highest managerial salary in either league‚ and Joe Pepitone is reinstated.



1967: Washington’s Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees when Mickey Mantle swats a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York win‚ 2-1. Mel Stottlemyre is the victor‚ allowing 6 hits and no walks. For Mantle‚ it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year‚ 8 of them home runs.



1965: Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning homer with 2 on as New York score 5 runs on their way to an 8-1 romp over the Angels. Whitey Ford is the winner.



1961: In action against Detroit’s Frank Lary,  Roger Maris doubles and takes third on a misplay. Mickey Mantle‚ in pain from a pulled muscle in his forearm‚ lays down a perfect drag bunt to score the other ‘M-boy.’ Maris then blasts homers on his next two trips to the plate‚ and Elston Howard adds a 3-run dinger for a 7-2 win.




1960: Milt Pappas stops New York on 3 hits – 2 by Tony Kubek – to give Baltimore a 5-0 lead in the first of a 3-game showdown. The Orioles now trail the Yankees by .003 in the standings.



1958: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks snap a scoreless tie with Boston when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle launch back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year off the Beantown righty. New York win‚ 6-1. Mantle‚ with 38 homers‚ leads the AL. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together‚ and homer in the same game 50 times before their partnership is through.



1955: Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin’s return from the army; Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against Washington before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th with Washington’s only hit. The Yanks win 4-2 as the Mick hits his 36th HR‚ a 3-run shot off Bob Porterfield. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of rivals Al Kaline and Ted Williams. New York stay a half game behind the White Sox‚ winners over the third-place Indians. Martin will hit .300 in September‚ and New York will go on a 17-6 tear to win the pennant by 3 games.




1954: Before 39‚494 at the Stadium, the Yankees snap Bob Lemon’s 11-game win streak to beat the Indians 3-2 in the rubber game of theseries and move to within 3 1/2 games lof first place. Mickey Mantle’s gargantuan blast into the upper deck in right field in the 1st starts the Bombers’ scoring. Whitey Ford picks up his 16th win.



1952: Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman (below) and Ewell Blackwell blank the Red Sox, 5-0 and 4-0 respectively, in a doubleheader in the Bronx.



1933: Marv Throneberry, who made his debut with the Yankees, and earned a World Series ring in 1958, before going on to greater fame (or infamy, depending on one’s point of view) with the ’62 Mets, is born.



1932: The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Senators 1-0. Lou Gehrig triples off Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry to score Babe Ruth.




1928: The Senators top the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ as Firpo Marberry (below) does it all‚ shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. The New York lead over the A’s is down to 1 1/2 games, from 12 games at the end of July.




1927: For the second time this year‚ Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig blast back-to back homers in the 1st inning off the A’s Rube Walberg, as the Yanks roll 12-2. The duo have connected in the same inning 5 times this year. Gehrig adds another in the 2nd off Rube for his 43rd of the year to leave him one behind the Babe. Trade rumors fill the New York papers – speculation has Gehrig going to Detroit or Bob Meusel heading for Chicago in exchange for Willie Kamm and Bibb Falk. None of the players will change addresses.



1922: In a doubleheader at Shibe Park, Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics‚ although he fails to go the distance against the Mackmen for the first time in the streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning 7-2. New York prevail 11-6‚ in game 1‚ but the A’s win the nitecap‚ 4-0‚ behind Bob Hasty.




1912: In a rain-spattered doubleheader at the Polo Grounds‚ Red Sox ace Smokey Joe Wood tops the Highlanders in the nitecap 1-0 for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood’s 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston take the opening squeaker 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10
tries. With 3 wins last year‚ and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913‚ Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).




1908: Monte Pearson, a major contributor to the fortunes of the Yankee pitching staffs of the late ’30s championship teams, and the first man to throw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, is born.


9/01 in Yankee History


1998: David Wells comes close to his second perfect game of the year, retiring the first 20 A’s to face him until Jason Giambi singles up the middle on an 0-2 pitch with two down in the seventh.  Mike Blowers singled on a full count leading off the eighth, but that will all for the Oakland hit column, as Wells shuts them out 7-0 while facing just 29 batters. The lefty’s teammates give him an early cushion, plating 4 runs in the 1st off Tom Candiotti. Boomer also racks up 13 strike outs in the win.



1997: Before 50‚869 at the Vet‚ the Phillies defeat the Yankees 5-1 behind Curt Schilling‚ who fans 16 batters in 8 innings of action‚ and does not walk a man. The Phils will win the next to sweep the series with the defending World champs.



1990: The Yankees continue to lurch towards their worst finish since 1912, as Andy Hawkins fails to get out of the 1st inning at Boston. The low point of the 15-1 loss is Mike Greenwell’s inside-the-park grand slam off Greg Cadaret that eludes Jesse Barfield and rolls around Fenway’s curved right-field wall.




1972: Charlie Spikes collects two hits in his Yankee debut and makes a spectacular catch in right field, while Mel Stottlemyre blanks the White Sox on four hits, 4-0. Spikes will be traded to Cleveland in the off-season as part of the deal that brings Graig Nettles to New York.




1963: Tom Tresh joins teammate Mickey Mantle among 4 AL and 5 NL players to have hit home runs left- and right-handed in one game. The Yanks beat Baltimore 5-4. A tired Mantle‚ who partied the night before‚ adds a pinch homer in the 8th‚ jumping on the first pitch from Mike McCormick.



1961: The AL’s biggest crowd of the year‚ 65‚566‚ see Whitey Ford and Don Mossi  at Yankee Stadium as a weekend battle for first place begins. Two-out‚ 9th-inning hits by Elston Howard, Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron give the Bombers a 1-0 win over the Tigers.




1957: The Yankees obtain Sal Maglie from the Dodgers.  Although ‘the Barber’ arrives too late to qualify to pitch in the World Series, his two wins and three saves in six games down the stretch will make him a worthwhile acquisition.




1953: Chicago’s Virgil Trucks surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle in the 7th that proves to be the game-winner‚ as the White Sox lose to the Yankees‚ 3-2.



1944: Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semipro pitcher Arnie ‘Jug’ Thesenga (below)‚ who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Nats rally to win 10-7 behind reliever Roger Wolff, who snaps a personal 11-game losing streak.




1931: In doubleheader action against the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 5 days and homers in his 6th consecutive game when he connects in a 5-1 second game win.. The blast‚ his 40th of the year‚ comes in the 3rd inning off Ed Morris. Gehrig also goes long  in the lidlifting 11-3 win against Milt Gaston‚ belting his 39th homer in the 7th inning. The Iron Horse finishes the day with 6 RBI and has knocked in 21 runs in the past 6 games. With the A’s losing to Washington‚ New York are now 1/2 game out of second place.




1930: A Labor Day crowd of 72‚000 pack the Stadium to see the Yankees split with the World Champion A’s. The visitors take the opener‚ 3-2‚ with Lefty Grove coming on in relief to strike out Babe Ruth with 2 on to end the game. The Babe drives in a run in the nitecap for a 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his second two-hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.




1928: In Washington‚ Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as ‘Approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats‚ hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away,’  according to the NY Times. Alas‚ the Yankees win, 8-3. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel’s 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has 3 RBI. Garland Braxton takes the loss.




1906: Like a hired mule… The Highlanders win their 6th game in 3 days from Washington‚ sweeping their 3rd straight doubleheader‚ 5-4 and 5-3‚ for an AL record. Three days later‚ they will move into first place‚ sweeping Boston 7-0 and 1-0 for their 5th straight doubleheader sweep‚ a Major League record.


8/31 in Yankee History

2009: Andy Pettitte retires the first 20 Baltimore batters he faces before an error and a hit spoil his bid for perfection. New York win easily 5-1.

Yankees starting pitcher Pettitte throws against the Phillies in Game 3 of the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series in Philadelphia



2005: Billed as the ‘Battle in Seattle,’ there is buzz aplenty at Safeco Field when Yankee ace Randy Johnson faces rookie ‘King Felix’ Hernandez just four weeks after the latter’s big-league debut. The joust lives up to the hype, as Johnson bests Hernandez 2-0 in a contest that sees a total of 9 hits, 2 after the starters left. Solo homers by Robinson Cano and Gary Sheffieldprovide all the scoring.



2004: The Indians massacre the Yankees 22-0, tying  a record for the most lopsided shutout in Major League. Omar Vizquel has 6 hits for Cleveland, while Javy Vazquez is knocked out early and takes the loss.




2003: Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher to win 100 games at Fenway when he defeats the Red Sox 8-4. in what at the time appears to be his last regular-season start there. The Rocket’s career record at the venue up to this point is 100-55 record in 199 appearances; no other pitcher has recorded more than 71 victories at the park



1995: Paul O’Neill homers in his first 3 at bats and drives in 8 runs in leading the Yankees to an 11-6 win over California.




1993: As the trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals ship  closer Lee Smith (below) to the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Richard Batchelor.




1977: Sparky Lyle records his third win in three games‚ all won on late-inning Yankee homers. Graig Nettles’ second round-tripper of the game gives New York a 5-4 win over Seattle.



1974: The Yankees deliver a 25-hit barrage against the White Sox en route to an 18-6 victory. Roy White has 5 hits‚ while Thurman Munson (who also has 5 RBI) and Gene Michael have 4 apiece. Munson has 5 RBI.




1966: Bobby Richardson retires from baseball at the age of 31.




1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance as Jim Lemon of the Senators swats  3 consecutive homers off Whitey Ford in a night game. The Yankees still prevail, however,  6-4. Mickey Mantle has a homer off Camilo Pasqual.




1954: The Indians beat the Yanks 6-1 to record their 26th win in August, tying the 1931 A’s for most wins in a month. Bob Grim takes the loss for the Bombers.


Off the field, Claudell Washington, who would hit the 10,000th hoime run in Yankee franchise history in 1988, is born. Happy 60th to the milestone setter!



1948: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks score 4 runs in the 8th, but the Browns come back with 5 in the 9th off Joe Page to make it close. New York eke out the win, though, 10-9. First baseman Tommy Henrich hits a homer and executes an unassisted DP to help Allie Reynolds to the victory. The Yanks remain a game behind the Red Sox.



1946: The rampaging Red Sox (92-40) sweep a pair from the Yankees‚ winning 5-2 and 3-1 at the Stadium. Boo Ferris (below) wins the opener and Mickey Harris takes the nitecap.



1945: The Yankees deny the Senators the chance to go into first place by sweeping a pair from them, 3-2 and 3-1. In between games‚ Nats pitcher Bert Shepard receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the war. Shepard lost his leg on a mission.



1936: Joe McCarthy consents to Dixie Walker as a temporary substitute while the White Sox patch up Mike Kreevich, who was spiked on a play. Walker runs for Kreevich but does not replace him in the outfield. Recent Yankee acquisition Bob Seeds belts 2 homers‚ and Joe DiMaggio adds another‚ as the Yanks win‚ 5-1. Johnny Broaca wins his 11th‚ scattering 4 hits.



1931: Against the Senators’ Lloyd Brown, Lou Gehrig belts his second grand slam in three days‚ but the Nats hang onto second place by beating the Yankees, 6-5.




1927: The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox 10-3. Babe Ruth hits homer no. 43 and now leads Lou Gehrig by 2. With an 89-37 record‚ Murderers’ Row now lead the 2nd-place A’s by 17 games.




1906: Following in the footsteps of his late brother Ed‚ Frank Delahanty of the Highlanders contributes two home runs, a triple and a single‚ and knocks in 7 runs in a 20-5 rout of Washington in the second game of a twinbill. George Moriarty adds 2 triples as 8 players score 2 or more runs. The game is called after 6 innings because of darkness and the mercy rule. New York took the opener as well‚ 7-5‚ behind the pitching of Jack Chesbro.


8/30 in Yankee History


2011: CC Sabathia finally defeats the Red Sox this season, after going 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in his previous efforts against them this year. The Yankees win 5-2 at Fenway Park to move to within a half-game of the lead in the AL East. In a moment typical of the tense rivalry between the two teams, Francisco Cervelli hits only the third home run of his career for the Yanks in the 5th inning, then is plunked by Sox starter John Lackey in his next at-bat, leading to both benches clearing and the ejection of New York pitching coach Larry Rothschild.



2007: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at home with a 5-0 win. Starter Chien-Ming Wang throws no-hit ball until Mike Lowell singles with one out in the seventh inning. On offense, Robbie Canohomers off Curt Schillinghis first two times up, Derek Jetercollects four singles, and Bobby Abreu strokes his 400th career double. Joba Chamberlain earns an ejection and a suspension after throwing two straight balls over the head of Kevin Youkilis in the 9th.



2003: The Yanks knock Pedro Martinez out of the box‚ scoring 5 runs in 4 innings en route to a 10-7 win. Nick Johnson has 4 hits and 4 RBI‚ while Jorge Posada has a pair of homers to back Andy Pettitte’s pitching.After one of Posada’s homers Sox fan Marty Martin tosses the ball back. He is then escorted out of Fenway for throwing an object onto the field.



1997: David Wells strikes a familiar note as he threatens to punch out George Steinbrenner during a clubhouse argument. Reportedly‚ the argument began after the team’s 7-2 loss to the Expos‚ when a play occurred that was similar to last year’s ALCS. This time it was against the Yankees; Darrin Fletcher was awarded a home run when a fan in right field reached over and snagged the ball before Paul O’Neill could catch it. Wells opined to Steinbrenner that extra security should be added in right field to prevent this sort of thing‚ George answered that Wells ought to stick to his pitching. When Wells said that Steinbrenner could trade him‚ the owner answered that no one wanted the lefty. It was then that Wells joined the ranks of earlier Yankees who had expressed a desire to flatten the feisty owner.




1996: The Yankees continue wheeling and dealing  for pennant insurance, adding their 8th new player this month by reacquiring third baseman Charlie Hayes the Yankees from the Pirates. This move makes Wade Boggs a platoon player, and he angrily states‚ “I’ll get my 3‚000 hits somewhere.”




1989: The Yankees send veteran slugger Ken Phelps‚ who is hitting .249‚ to Oakland for minor league pitcher Scott Holcomb.



Joe Collins, starting first baseman on 5 Yankee championship teams of the ’50s, dies at the age of 66.



1977: At the Stadium, the Mariners tie the score 5-5 in the 8th inning‚ then lose in the 11th when Mickey Rivers leads off the inning with a walkoff home run.




1961: Mickey Mantle connects for homer no. 47 of the campaign‚ off the Twins’ Jim Kaat,as the Yanks prevail 4-0. He’ll hit no. 48 tomorrow‚ off Jack Kralick, in the Twins’ 4-3 win.

1957: At the Stadium‚ Chuck Stobbs stops the Yanks to give Washington a 4-2 victory. Mantle hits his 34th homer and scores both New York runs. Mick is a half point behind Williams‚ 39 today‚ in hitting at .3764‚ and tied with Washington’s Roy Sievers at 90 RBIs. Sievers has an RBI today.

1952: A crowd of 41‚558 turn out for Old Timers Day at the Stadium‚ and the Yankees celebrate by besting the Senators 6-4. Mickey Mantle belts a homer to right off Randy Gumpert.



1945: Yankee rookie Bill Bevens (below)‚ 28‚ retires the first 18 Red Sox batters before giving up a walk and a double to Bob Johnson‚ the only hit for the Sox. Bevens wins 7-1‚ defeating Boof Ferriss,who was trying for his 21st win.




1933: In New York, Babe Ruth announces that he will quit after the season. “My legs won’t stand the strain and I can’t play next year‚” he admits‚ leaving open the door to a manager’s job. His wife suggests a European vacation.




1931: At Fenway, Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman have 4 hits each and a joint total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox 14-4. One of Gehrig’s hits is a homer‚ his 37th‚ and 2 of Chapman’s leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.



1926: At the Stadium‚ the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board‚ and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12-6 complete game win. The Big Train strikes out 8. The Senators outhit Miller Huggins’ men by only 12-11‚ but errors hurt the home team. Two hits and an error in the first inning are followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sad Sam Jones, and the tourists from DC add another 4-spot in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run home run off Johnson in the 8th.




1922: After hitting home run no. 28 in the first inning, Babe Ruth argues a called strike on his next at bat, and is thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Tommy Connolly. The Babe is suspended for the fifth time this year‚ and will be out for 3 days. New York win today’s battle with Washington 5-4, overcoming a pair of home runs by Frank Brower.



1918: Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson, starting third baseman for the Yankees’ 1947 championship club, is born.




1916: Johnny Lindell, a regular outfielder for the Yanks throughout the ’40s, is born.




1910: In the second game of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Tom Hughes (below) pitches 9 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before giving up a hit to Cleveland’s Harry Niles. The wheels come off for the New York righthander in the 11th, as he allows 5 runs for a final tally of 5-0 for the visitors. The home side took the opener 4-1 behind Russ Ford.



1906:  ‘Slow Joe’ Doyle (below) of the Highlanders becomes the first 20th century pitcher to begin his Major League career with 2 shutouts when he beats the Washington Nationals 5-0. These are his only 2 wins this year as he goes 2-1. Of his 23 lifetime victories‚ 7 will be shutouts. He earned his nickname because of his laborious pace on the mound. Behind the hitting of Hal Chase, who has an MLB record-tying 3 triples in addition to a double, the Highlanders take the nitecap as well‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings. They begin a sweep of 5 doubleheaders in 6 days, during which they will outscore their opponents 76-31.



1905: Ty Cobb makes his Major League debut in a game against the Highlanders, and also gets the first of his 4,191 hits, a double off Jack Chesbro.


8/29 in Yankee History


The red-letter day ~


1972: In game one of a twinbill against Texas‚ Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle‚ with his home run tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th. The Yanks win 7-6 in the 11th on Johnny Callison’s RBI single. Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mickey Mantle in 1957; the next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a homer in the nitecap‚ but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Ron Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7-4.



On other 29ths of August…

2005: In one of the latest trades in history‚ the Red Sox acquire Mike Stanton from the Nationals to have him for the final three-game series against the Yankees.




1998: By virtue of an 11-6 victory over the Mariners, the Yankees become the first team to qualify for the post season. Andy Pettitte picks up his 15th win of the year.



1996: Joe Torre’s history of troubles with the Angels continues, as the last-place Halos roll over his Yankees 14-3. Anaheim outfielder Garret Anderson leads the way with 7 RBI on 2 doubles and a homer.




1985: In the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Angels, Don Baylor is hit by a pitch (from Kirk McCaskill) for the 190th time‚ breaking the AL record of 189 set by Minnie Minoso.


1978: in action against the Angels, the Yankees go into the annals by receiving 5 intentional walks in the 11-inning, 4-3 win. Cliff Johnson receives the record-breaking free pass, and Paul Blair delivers Graig Netlles with a walkoff single.



1977: The Yankees top the Royals 5-3 on a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th inning by Chris Chambliss.



1973: Thurman Munson gets a tainted 1st inning hit as a pop fly drops between 2 Angel infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he dominates the Yankees 5-0.




1970: Mickey Mantle dons a Yankee uniform again, returning to the club as a first base coach.




1969: Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees once again, this time after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.




1967: The Red Sox tie an American league record they originally set on July 4‚ 1905‚ by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader with the Yankees. Boston win the opener 2-1‚ then drop the nightcap in 20 innings, 4-3. Winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in the 20th‚ off Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke’s game-winning base hit. The game lasts 5:15 and is the third game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.




1964: On Elston Howard Appreciation Night, the Yankees take 2 from Boston, 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone’s 3 home runs, including a grand slam‚ and Roger Maris’ 6 singles lead the offense.Mickey Mantle his career HR no. 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1‚330) in the nightcap.




1957: At the Stadium, Hank Bauer hits Dick Donovan’s first pitch of the game for a homer‚ but the Sox tie the game at 1-1 and send it into extra innings. Then Donovan’s first pitch to Enos Slaughter to open the 11th is hammered for the game winner.

1956: Mickey Mantle redeems himself by homering and driving in the winning run in the 9th with two outs to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s at the Stadium. A first-inning error by the Mick had allowed four unearned runs to score.




1939: Detroit snap the Yankees’ win streak at 10 games by beating the visiting New Yorkers 8-7. Joe DiMaggio‚ batting .408‚ hits a 3-run homer in the 9th to tie it‚ but the Bengals score off reliever Spud Chandler. After winning 16 of their last 19 games, the Yankees now lead the AL by 12 lengths. During that span‚ the Bombers have scored an impressive 125 more runs than they’ve allowed.




1931: Facing the Yankees, Lefty Grove fans the side (Sam Byrd‚ Joe Sewell‚ Babe Ruth) in the 1st inning‚ hands out a walk to Lou Gehrig to start the 2nd‚ and records 3 more K’s (Ben Chapman‚ Lyn Lary, Bill Dickey). Lefty has 2 K’s in the 3rd but develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam‚ but the A’s southpaw still wins 7-4. Lou now has 142 RBI. Jimmie Foxx knocks in 5 runs for the A’s.

1927: In St. Louis‚ the Yankees win their 18th game of the year against the Browns without a loss‚ 8-3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Lou Gehrig‚ his 41st‚ and makes 2 errors. The Yanks will win 21 games against the Brownies this year‚ an AL record.




1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins  suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the diminutive manager‚ owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his field boss. Ruth is forced to apologize before he is reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup‚ Ruth hits career homer no. 300.




1924: With many of the 30‚000 fans at the Stadium cheering for the underdog Senators, Walter Johnson holds the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th‚ a line drive clips the Big Train’s pitching hand and he is lifted‚ but still wins 5-1. Goose Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 1/2 games.




1920: In St. Louis‚ Yankee pitcher Jack Quinn loses his spitter when a drizzle starts in the 6th‚ and Carl Mays comes on in relief for New York with the score 2-2.  Despite 2 runners thrown out at home by outfielder Duffy Lewis (below), the Browns take a 3-2 lead. But New York plates 2 more runs to win 4-3 and give Mays his 20th victory of the campaign.


8/28 in Yankee History

2007: A new character joins the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, as a squirrel treating the right field foul pole as its very own tree captivates fans on both sides during a 5-3 Yankee win behind Andy Pettitte at the Stadium. Jorge Posada’s first-inning double gives the Yankees a quick lead, but after the Sox tie it at 2-2, a Derek Jeter fifth-inning homer restores the lead, and Johnny Damon provides breathing room with a seventh-inning two-run shot.



2004: The Yankees pound the Blue Jays 18-6‚ as Tony Clark (below) belts 3 homers. Clark and Ruben Sierra.each drive in 5 runs. The tourists score half of their total in the top of the 9th.




1998: The Mariners’ only scoring in a 10-3 loss to the Yankees are 3 solo home runs, making them the first team in history to reach the 200-HR mark for a season 3 years in a row. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis and Rob Ducey each go long for Seattle.



1996: In the course of a 10-2 Yankee loss to the Mariners, a bench-clearing brawl erupts in the 8th. Mariners rookie Tim Davis brushes back Paul O’Neill, and Jeff Nelson (below)opens the frame’s bottom half by plunking Joey Cora. O’Neill, Nelson, and Seattle’s John Marzanoall received fines and two-game suspensions.




1983: The fourth-place Yankees beat California 7-3 behind John Montefusco, as the two teams match hits at 10. The Yanks score 6 times in the 6th‚ half of the tallies coming on a homer by Roy Smalley. Willie Randolph starts and ends the inning‚ making all 3 outs.



1977: Ron Guidry fires his third complete game shut out of the year‚ a 1-0 whitewash of the Rangers. Guidry faces just 28 batters‚ allowing 2 hits. Graig Nettle scores the winning run after belting a triple.




1962: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle connects for a 2-run shot in the 4th off Mudcat Grant to provide the margin of victory in a 2-1 Yankee win over the Twins.




1960: In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees snap a 3-3 tie when Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and Yogi Berra follows with a solo shot. The Yanks top the Tigers 8-5 to gain the split, having lost the opener 6-2.



1959: Art Ditmar labours mightily in his own cause, contributing a homer and 3 RBIs while shutting out the Senators on 2 hits. The Yanks win, 5-0.




1955: In Chicago‚ the Sox and Yankees split. The White Sox‚ reaping dividends from their waiver pickup of Bob Kennedy, top New York 3-2 on Kennedy’s homer in game 1. In the nitecap‚ Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer off Connie Johnson in the 5th leads New York to a 6-1 victory in the neck-and-neck AL race. Yogi Berra adds another homer for New York. With Cleveland losing two‚ the Yankees finish the day a 1/2 game ahead of the White Sox.




1951: The Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50‚000 and a young pitcher named Lew Burdette. The transaction is another late-season insurance measure for the New Yorkers.




1950: Ron Guidry is born. Happy 64th to the Gator!




1949: In the first game of a doubleheader in Chicago‚ Yankee outfielder Tommy Henrich crashes into the wall while chasing a Charlie Kress fly ball and fractures two vertebrae. ‘Old Reliable’ will be out for 3 weeks. In the second contest, first baseman Johnny Mize‚ obtained 6 days earlier‚ dislocates his shoulder. Except for 7 pinch-hit appearances‚ he will be out for the regular season‚ but will return to action in the World Series. The Yankees are also playing without Berra‚ who broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch on August 5th. The Yanks score 6 in the 9th to win the opener‚ 8-7‚ then take the nitecap‚ 7-5‚ behind Allie Reynolds (13-4).



1948: The Yanks stroll into second place by edging the Indians 3-2. Ahead 2-1‚ Sam Zoldak wilts in the 98 degree weather and is replaced by Gene Bearden. in the 9th. Joe DiMaggio is hit‚ and two wild throws bring in Ed Klieman‚ who finishes the walk to Yogi Berra. A Bobby Brown sac bunt‚ and an intentional pass to Phil Rizzuto load the bases. Cliff Mapes (below) walks to force in a run and a grounder brings home the winner.




1943: Lou Piniella is born. Happy 71st to Sweet Lou!




1939: A day after whipping the Tigers 13-3, the Yankees unload on the Bengals again‚ winning this time by 18-2. Joe DiMaggio leads the way with a grand slam.



1936: In the second game of a pair at the Stadium‚ Yankee pitcher Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats‚ collects 5 RBIs‚ and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as Joe DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. George Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit score 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York win 19-4, in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener 14-5 behind Red Ruffing, as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits‚ and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph’s 5 hits until 1964‚ when Mel Stottlemyre also cards five.




1927: Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer, over the right field at Sportsman’s Park in a 10-6 win over the Browns. Mark Koenig adds a homer to match Ken Williams’ two homers for the home side.

1924: Babe Ruth belts two homers, but the Senators beat the Yankees 11-6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning‚ and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September‚ but otherwise the Nats stay on top to the end.

1921: Despite 3 doubles by Babe Ruth‚ the Tigers drop the Yankees 7-3. The Bambino starts a record streak in which he gets at least one
extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits‚ 177 runs‚ and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging
average is one point behind that of a year ago.



1919: Fighting a cold‚ Walter Johnson gives up 19 hits in 14 innings and loses to New York 5-4. Bucky Harris, making his Major League debut, allows a pop fly to fall between three players and the winning run scores.




1909: The first six New York batters reach base safely‚ and though two cross the plate‚ only one counts as the Highlanders lose to Detroit 2-1. Clyde Engle (below)  hits a leadoff single and stays on first base when Hal Chase chops a ball in the air and Engle thinks it is a pop up. Engle is tagged out. Four more singles plate one run and John Knight is called back to third when a hit ball touches an umpire. Ty Cobb has a single‚ double and triple for the Tigers.




1907: Highlander pitcher John ‘Tacks’ Neuer (below) begins baseball’s most successful short career by besting the Red Sox 1-0 in his first start‚ the nitecap of a doubleheader. In one month he will pitch 6 complete games‚ win 4‚ including 3 shutouts‚ and then disappear from the Major League scene. In the first game‚ Boston’s other Cy ~ Cy Morgan ~ wins over the New Yorkers. 5-3.


8/27 in Yankee History


The red-letter day ~


1938: In the second game of a doubleheader with the Indians attended by 40,959 fans, Monte Pearson tosses the first no-hitter in Yankee Stadium history, in the process winning his 10th straight game. The final score is 13-0. Pearson faces just 27 batters‚ striking out 7. The Yankees‚ playing their 6th successive doubleheader‚ increase their AL lead to 12 games. In the lidlifter, Joe DiMaggio has 3 triples in an 8-7 Yankee win. New York score 4 in the 9th‚ the last 2 coming around on DiMaggio’s 3rd successive triple‚ to win it.



On other 27ths of August…

2006: At Anaheim, the Yankees get two homers each from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter to beat the Angels 11-8 and avoid a three game sweep. Williams adds a double and drives in 6 runs. The Angels are the only team against whom Joe Torre has a losing record as Yankee manager; the Halos are 53-51 against the Yanks with Torre as the skipper.




2005:  The Yankees obtain outfielder Matt Lawton (below) from the Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Justin Berg.




1985: ’40s Yankee outfielder Johnny Lindell dies at the age of 68.




1984: Dave Kingman hits a double and homer to help Oakland score 7 runs in the 7th inning‚ but that’s all the A’s score in losing to the Yankees‚ 7-6. Bob Meacham has 2 homers‚ including the game winner in the 8th‚ to back Dave Righetti’s relief win. Bill Caudill is the loser.



1978: Catfish Hunter beats the Oakland A’s 6-2 to complete a 6-0 August that has been integral to the Yanks’ return from the dead. Utilizing a spin windup that he may have copied from Boston’s wily Luis Tiant, Hunter brings to mind the old saw that has it that a flashlight burns brightest just before the light goes out. Ron Guidry’s brilliance this year would have gone for naught without him.



1977: Toby Harrah and Bump Wills of the Rangers hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches off Ken Clay, highlighting an 8-2 win over the Yankees, only the second loss for New York in 14 games. It ties the ML mark and it is the first time since 1946 that two batters have connected consecutively on IPHRs.



1963: In the opener of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at the Stadium, Jim Bouton (18-6) takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning‚ but pinch hitter Russ Nixon leads off with a single to spoil the party. Bouton allows a second single as the Yankees win 5-0. Ralph Terry blanks the Bosox 3-0 in the nitecap to complete the sweep.



1950: Allie Reynolds hurls a 2-hitter in a 2-1 win over the White Sox. Tommy Henrich delivers Joe DiMaggio in the 10th with the walkoff single.




1935: The Yankees outslug the White Sox 13-10 in the first game of a doubleheader two as the two teams combine to strand 30 runners (15 apiece)‚ tying the ML record set in 1893. After 3 hits in the first game, Lou Gehrig ties an AL record with 5 walks in 5 plate appearances in the 2nd game‚ as the Yanks lose 4-3.



1927: Babe Ruth has a homer off reliever Ernie Nevers and a triple to pace the Yankees to a 14-4 win over the Browns. Bob Meusel and Earle Combs also add homers.




1926: The Yanks pick up veteran pitcher Dutch Ruether from Washington as pennant insurance. Although he will go only 2-5 down the stretch this season, Ruether will be a major contributor to the Murderers’ Row staff the following year.



1918: George Mogridge saves the Yanks’ 4-2 win in the opener of a twinbill with the Browns‚ relieving Slim Love. Lefty fielder Ham Hyatt connects for a Yankee home run in the 2nd as New York score all their runs in the first two innings. In the second game‚ the Browns start George Sisler on the mound. The Michigan Marvel pitches the first 7 innings and is 3-for-5 with a 3-run homer before being relieved by Byron Houck and returning to his usual post at first base. The Yanks prevail in 12 innings‚ 7-6‚ with the victory going to reliever Mogridge‚ who knocks in the winner. It is Sisler’s first start in 10 years‚ and the last of his career‚ and he would “probably have pitched to victory had it not been for [Les] Nunamaker’s shaky substitution in the gateway corner” (NY Times). Nunamaker makes 3 errors at first before being banished to left field‚ but is 6-for-6 for the afternoon‚ including 5 hits and an intentional walk in the nitecap.




1910: In the first of a pair‚ Highlander pitcher Jack Warhop steals home in the 6th. His run is the difference as New York beat the White Sox 4-3. The second contest is tied 6-6 when the umpires call it because of darkness.




1909: Jack Chesbro pitches his final game in a New York uniform, departing early in a 17-6 drubbing at the hands of Detroit.



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