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7/04 in Yankee History

The red-letter days ~


1983:  In action against the Red Sox at the Stadium, Dave Righetti throws the first Yankee no-hitter since Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, and the first by a Yankee lefty since George Mogridge threw the Bombers’ first-ever (from either side) in 1917. Righetti strikes out Yankee nemesis Wade Boggs (who will eventually earn a ring in the Bronx in 1996), to end the game (final score 4-0).



1939: Lou Gehrig makes the ‘Luckiest man on the face of the earth’ speech.


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In the doubleheader that follows, the Yankees gain a split, falling in the opener 3-2, but rebounding strongly in the nitecap with an 11-1 win.




On other 4ths of July…


2011: Derek Jeter resumes his quest for 3,000 hits after missing three weeks with a strained calf muscle. However, the Indians’ Josh Tomlin keeps him hitless while defeating the Yankees 6 – 3. The Yankee captain is still six hits away from the magic number.



2009: The Blue Jays are in town for the Independence Day game at the Stadium. Adam Lind’s sixth inning home run keys a three-run rally that gives Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay the lead over Chien-Ming Wang, and then Johnny Damon’s two-run, seventh-inning blast ties it at 5-5. Phil Hughes, Mariano and Phil Coke hold the visitors at bay for five frames, and veteran Brett Tomko (below) gets the victory when Jorge Posada singles in A-Rod for the 6-5 walkoff win in the bottom of the 12th.




1996:  The Yankees sign Darryl Strawberry



1988: Texas knuckleballer Charlie Hough strikes out four Yankees in the opening frame, but the Bombers shrug it off and go on to rout the Rangers 13-2.



1984: Yankee veteran Phil Niekro (below) gets his 3,000th strikeout when he fans Billy Sample in a 5-0 blanking of the Rangers. The knuckleballer goes 8 innings, and Jay Howell finishes up.




1977: The Yanks maintain a one-game lead over the Red Sox, riding home runs by Chris Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles to a 7-5 victory at home over the Indians.




1964: Mickey Mantle’s three-run eighth-inning blast off Minnesota’s Al Worthington resulted in a come from behind 7-5 win in the opening game of doubleheader. The Bombers will take the nitecap as well, 2-1.

1962: After falling to the Kansas City Athletics 11-1 in the first of two, the Yanks recover to win the nightcap as Mickey Mantle homers
his last two times up in the 7-3 win. After a day off on the 5th, the Mick will
homer his first two times to the plate in the next game, giving him his third
and fourth dingers in succession as the Yanks do battle in Minnesota.

1960: Mickey Mantle hits the 300th
home run of his career, a three-run shot off Hal Woodeshick in the
first inning of a game with the Senators. The Yanks will come up short,
however, losing 9-8.




1959: Bob Turley tosses a one-hitter for a 7-0 shutout in the opener of a doubleheader with the Senators. The Yanks will also take the nitecap 10-6. The star of the day, though, is Tony Kubek, who goes 8-for-10 in the
twinbill, including 2 doubles and 3 RBI


1954: Jim Beattie, Yankee pitcher in 1978-79 and winner of the pivotal 5th game of the 1978 World Series, is born. Happy 60th, Jim!




1948: John Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees, is born. Happy 66th to Mr ‘It is high, it is far, it is… caught’ !




1932: The Yanks drop a doubleheader to the Senators, 5-3 and 12-6. In the second game, Washington’s Carl Reynolds bowls over Bill Dickey on a successful squeeze play. After rising from the dust, the Yankee backstop breaks Reynolds’ jaw with one punch. Dickey is suspended for 30 days – supposedly the length of his target’s recuperation – and assessed a $1‚000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360
but will end the season at .305.


1930:  George  Steinbrenner is born.




1925: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium,  Herb Pennock (below) duels Lefty Grove of the A’s for 15 innings, and outlasts him for the 1-0 win. The A’s take the nitecap 8-5.




1884: Jack Warhop, Yankee pitcher from 1908 to 1915 (and who gave up Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run) is born.


7/03 in Yankee History


The red-letter day ~

1922: Bob Meusel, already the first Yankee to hit for the cycle, turns the trick again in a 12-1 win over the A’s. Long Bob’s homer is back-to-back with one by Babe Ruth, as Carl Mays beats Philadelphia for the 22nd time in a row.



On other 3rds of July…


2010: The Yankees score all 11 of their runs in the 3rd inning as they defeat the Blue Jays 11-3.  Brett Gardner hits his first career grand slam in the outburst.

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1998: Joe Torre lets Andy Pettitte throw 143 pitches in a 3-2 complete game victory over the Orioles at the Stadium. Chad Curtis knots the game at two with a fourth-inning home run off Mike Mussina, and the Yankee leftfielder also scores the walkoff winner in the 9th behind Scott Brosius’ single off Jesse Orosco.




1978: Yaz singles twice and doubles, and Dennis Eckersley gets the win over Ed Figueroa as the Red Sox beat the Bombers 9-5 at Fenway. The third-place Yanks now fall eight games off the pace.




1977: In the opening game of a twinbill at the Stadium, Roy White comes through with an 8th inning double to break a scoreless tie with the Tigers and give Ron Guidry a 2-0 win. It is Louisiana Lightning’s second straight complete-game shutout.  The Tigers come roaring back in the second game for a 10-6 victory.



1967: Brian Cashman is born. Happy 47th to our GM!




1966: Mickey Mantle hits three home runs in consecutive times at bat for the second time in the same week when he goes yard in the first and the Yanks take a 5-0 lead over the Senators. It takes Bobby Richardson’s 11th-inning home run, however, to close out the 6-5 Yankee win.




1962: The Yankees squeak by the A’s 8-7, on the strength of five homers. Bobby Richardson accounts for one, and Roger maris hits two, but it is Mickey Mantle’s second of two, in the eighth, that plates the winning run.

1960: In doubleheader action against the Tigers in the Bronx, Ryne Duren preserves thefirst-game, 7-6 win in front of a 50,000-plus crowd by striking Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth. Mickey Mantle’s three-run blast carries the Yanks to a second-game 6-2 victory and the sweep.




1951: Former Yankee reliever Hugh Casey, who made a critical contribution to New York fortunes in the stretch run of the 1949 pennant race, commits suicide at the age of 37. Casey is best remembered in Yankee lore, however, for game four of the 1941 World Series, when he was on the mound for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the bottom of the 9th, Dodger catcher Mickey Owen was unable to handle strike three from Casey with two outs. Given new life, the Bombers took the game and the series.




1950: Ever willing to shuffle the lineup, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base. DiMag handles 13 chances flawlessly, but is unhappy, especially since the Senators win, 7-2. The experiment will not be repeated.




1932: In the first ever Sunday game at Fenway, the Yankees own the Red Sox, 13-2  George Pipgras goes the distance for the Bombers.




1914: In Philadelphia, the A’s Chief Bender (below) and Bob Shawkey combine for a double whitewashing of the Yanks, 2-0 and 1-0.



Off the field, Buddy Rosar, backup catcher for the Yankee championship clubs of 1939 and 1941, is born.



7/02 in Yankee History


The red-letter day ~

1941: Joe DiMaggio becomes the sole owner of the record for longest hitting streak in Major League history. With a homer off Boston’s Dick Newsome at the Stadium, the Yankee Clipper extends his streak to 45 games, eclipsing Wee Willie Keeler’s long-standing mark that he had tied the day before. The blast also contributes to an 8-4 win.



On other 2nds of July…

2009: The Mets’ Jose Reyes, leading the major leagues with a .354 batting average, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today’s game with the Yankees and is headed for the disabled list at a time when trade rumors are swirling around the soon-to-be free agent. The Mets also lose the game, 5-2, as Bartolo Colon wins in his first start since returning from a hamstring injury of his own. Curtis Granderson homers for the Yanks.



2008: Right-handed journeyman Sydney Ponson seems headed for a loss when two-run, sixth-inning homers by Milton Bradley and Kris Davis give the Rangers a 7-6 lead at the Stadium, but the first five Yanks to bat in the seventh score. 8 runs will come across in the frame, and 3 more in the 8th, to carry them to an 18-7 win. Jason Giambi drives in six with a grand slam and a two-run double, Bobby Abreu (below) and A-Rod deliver three RBI each, and Johnny Damon has three hits, and scores three times while driving in two.



1978: After the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium,  Ron Guidry is now off to the best start of any pitcher in Yankee history, having bested the Tigers 3-2 to raise his record to 13-0. Controversy arises when Detroit  outfielder Mickey Stanley waits for a fan interference call on a long drive by Mickey Rivers that never comes, and Rivers legs out an inside-the-park home run to tie the game at two. Goose Gossage gets the win in the nitecap as the Yanks gain a walkoff win, 5-3.


1970: The Yankees fall to the Tigers and Joe Niekro 5-0. Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hit bid by the Detroit knuckleballer with a single in the 9th, the third time this month that the Yankee second baseman has spoilt a no-no with a safety in the final inning.



1966: The struggles of the Yankees (who are heading for their first last-place finish in 54 years) are reflected in the fortunes of Whitey Ford, who continues to be winless so far in the campaign. Washington’s Frank Howard, Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit back-to-back-to-back homers against the fading lefty on the way to a 10-4 victory. Mike McCormick gets the complete-game win for the Senators.

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1962: In a game with the A’s at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle walks in three out of his four In  trips to the plate. He takes advantage of the one good pitch he sees to blast it into the upper deck, helping the Yanks to an 8-4 win.


1946: With nearly 70,000 in attendance at the Stadium, Yankee hurler Spud Chandler gets off to a shaky start, walking nine Red Sox batters in the first four innings. Still, he carries a no-hitter into the 9th, when Bobby Doerr singles with one out, and then closes the door for a 2-1 victory.



1943: Nice effort, shame about the 4th inning… The Indians score all 12 of their runs during that frame in a 12-0 win over the Yankees. The roof falls in on New York starter Marius Russo (shown below), who takes his third loss of the year without a win.



1938: Hal Reniff, pitcher for the ’62 Yankees World Championship team, and member of the ’63 and ’64 pennant winners, is born.  Happy 76th, Hal!


1922: The Yankees beat the A’s 9-3. 2 of Philadelphia’s 3 runs come on solo home runs by outfielder Tilly Walker (below), who will finish the year with 37 round-trippers, two more than Babe Ruth’s total.


1906: After losing the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s 5-4, the Highlanders win by forfeit  for the first time in franchise history, 5-1.


7/01 in Yankee History


The red-letter days ~


2004: The ‘Derek Jeter dive’ game.


One of the most thrilling contests in recent years in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry takes place at the Stadium. Home runs by Tony Clark and Jorge Posada propel starter Brad Halsey into a 3-0 lead over Pedro Martinez. but Boston tie it on a two-run Manny Ramirez homer and a David McCarty two-bagger that glances off Bernie Williams’ glove in the 7th. The Sox load the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk against Mariano in the 11th, but A-Rod  turns a miraculous 5 (UA), 5-2 double play that would have been a triple play on a 2-5, but the latter throw retires Ramirez coming from second for the second time on the play, a twist that one won’t find in the rule book. A second-and-third, two-out threat against Tanyon Sturtze in the following frame is snuffed out when Jeter dives face first into the left-field boxes after snaring Trot Nixon’s flair into no man’s land. The Sox pull ahead again on another Manny blast to lead off the 13th, but with two out in the home half of the inning, Ruben Sierra, Miguel Cairo and John Flaherty deliver a single, a double and a single in succession, and the Yanks and their fans celebrate a 5-4 victory.



1941: Joe Dimaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler’s Major League record hitting streak at 44 games whilst leading the Yanks to a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox, 7-2 and 9-2.




On other 1sts of July…

2007: The contract of righty reliever Edwar Ramirez, who has been all the buzz in Scranton, is purchased, and the spindly hurler is brought to New York. Infielder Chris Basak is  optioned out to create room, and injured righty Jeff Karstens is shifted to the 60-day disabled list.



1990: Yankee starting pitcher Andy Hawkins has a frustrating day’s work, holding the White Sox hitless through seven when New York third baseman Mike Blowers makes an error on a Sammy Sosa grounder leading off the next inning. Two walks follow, and then back-to-back errors by Jim Leyrirz and Jesse Barfield on wind-blown outfield flies, and the Sox are up, 4-0, the final score of the game despite the fact that Hawkins succeeds in finishing the no-hitter.


The 4-0 loss was the largest margin of a no-hitter loss in the 20th century, and Hawkins became the first Yankees pitcher to lose a no-hitter. On September 4, 1991 the Committee for Statistical Accuracy, appointed by Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the definition of a no-hitter to require that a pitcher throw at least nine full innings and a complete game. Since Hawkins played for the visiting team, the White Sox never batted in the ninth inning and Hawkins lost the credit for a no-hitter.



1964: It’s ‘Taxi Day’ at the Stadium, with nearly 5,000 cab drivers and their families in attendance. The Kansas City A’s spoil the party, though, by beating the Yankees 5-4 in 11 innings.

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1962: Angels reliever (and future Yankee pitching coach under Billy Martin) Art Fowler earns the win in the second of two vs. the Bombers with his throwing and with his bat. Fowler drives in four runs with two singles in the 12-5 nightcap after the Yanks win the opener 6-3. Halos  outfielder Albie Pearson becomes first player in MLB history to go hitless in 11 at bats in a twinbill consisting of two nine-inning games.



1957: In a game against the Yankees, Baltimore pitcher George Zuverink and his catcher Frank Zupo become the first ‘Double Z’ battery in Major League history. But the 26th-letter mojo isn’t enough, as the Yanks prevail 3-2.




1950: At Fenway, Whitey Ford makes a considerably less than auspicious MLB debut, coming on in relief of Yankee starter Tommy Byrne. The young lefty is slapped around by the Red Sox for seven hits and five earned runs, while walking six, as Boston roll to a 13-4  win.



1935: At the suggestion of Yankee outfielder George Selkirk, the Stadium gets a six-foot-wide cinder path in front of the fences to alert fielders when they are  approaching the wall. Yankee Stadium is the first Major League ballpark to have the feature, which will subsequently become known as the ‘warning track’.


6/30 in Yankee History

2010:  For the second night in a row, Yankee bats are stymied by a Mariners hurler. One day after Cliff Lee’s complete game win, Felix Hernandez pitches a two-hitter and strikes out 11 in a 7 – 0 win. Michael Saunders hits two homers for the winners.



2009: Following an hour rain delay, the Yanks take another game with late offense in the new Stadium. Consecutive no-out eighth-inning hits by Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher, Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter score three runs to break a 5-5 tie, and the Bombers beat Seattle 8-5. A-Rod  contributes a two-run homer to the win, and Mariano Rivera gets the save.



2008: The Yankees purchase the contract of outfielder Brett Gardner from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Gardy makes his debut in center field against Scott Feldman and the Rangers. Mike Mussina is brilliant, but less so than the Texas rookie righthander, who holds the Yanks to four hits and one run (an A-Rod blast) through six. Moose gives up five safeties and two runs, and the Yanks fall 2-1.




1986: The Yankees ship Ken Griffey Sr. (below) to the Braves for outfielder Claudell Washington and infielder Paul Zuvella.




1977: Cliff Johnson homers twice in the 8th inning of an 11-5 Yankee demolition of the Blue Jays. The hulking DH connects for 3 in succession on the day, and the Yanks move within half a game of first-place Boston.




1962: Tony Fernandez, Derek Jeter’s predecessor at shortstop, and the last Yankee other than the present Captain to wear a single-digit number on the field, is born. Happy 50th, Tony!




1961: On an injury-free day, Mickey Mantle motors for an inside the park homer, while Roger Maris drives in three runs. The M & M boys lift Whitey Ford to a  dizzying 14-2 record on the season as the Yanks beat the Senators 5-1.




1960: A 5-homer Yankee cannonade shells the A’s 10-5. Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Tony Kubek go long once each, and Moose Skowron adds two blasts.




1954: At Fenway, Yankee starter Tom Morgan (below) hits three batters in the 3rd inning. The somewhat bruised Red Sox go on to a 6-1 victory. This is also Bobby Brown’s last game before retiring to pursue a career in medicine


1945: Jerry Kenney, starting third baseman for the Yankees in the difficult years of 1969-71, is born. Happy 69th, Jerry!




1934: Lou Gehrig triples each of his first three times up, but it is all for naught when the game with the Senators  is called because of rain after 4 1/2 innings.




1927: Murderers’ Row take their fifth straight, and send the Red Sox to their 12th consecutive loss, with a 13-6 win at the Stadium. Starter Myles Thomas is forced to leave the game with stiffness in his throwing arm in the 2nd inning, but Wilcy Moore goes the rest of the way in relief.



1924: The Yankees win the opener of a doubleheader at Shibe Park, rolling over the A’s 10-4. In the nitecap, however, Max ‘Camera Eye’ Bishop and third baseman Sammy Hale,  numbers one and two in the Philadelphia order, draw 8 of the 9 walks that the Yankee pitchers issue, as the A’s pull away, 10-3.




1908: Cy Young throws the third no-hitter of his career, blanking the Highlanders 8-0 at Hilltop Park.



6/29 in Yankee History



The red-letter day ~

1941: At Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio singles in each game of a doubleheader sweep of the Senators, 9-4 and 7-5. The safety in the first game ties the American League consecutive-game-hit record held by George Sisler at 41 games, and the second surpasses it.




On other 29ths of June…

2007: With the Yanks reeling after a 1-7 road trip, Mike Mussina takes the mound at the Stadium to face the Oakland A’s. Moose goes 7 inni9ngs and pick us up the win, riding a two-run, first-inning A-Rod home run. Sadly, the loser for the A’s, Joe Kennedy, will die an untimely death in the off-season due to an undiagnosed heart ailment.



2000: The Yankees tie a Major League record when three Bombers stroked sacrifice flies in the same inning in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino all deliver.

Off the field, the club make a key — if unexpected — trade, shipping outfielder Ricky Ledee and two players to be named later  to the Indians for lefty power-hitting outfielder David Justice (below).



1987: The Yankees pull off one of the wildest wins in their history. In action against the Blue Jays, they take an 11-4 lead, fall behind 14-11, then prevail 15-14 on the strength of an 8th inning grand slam by Dave Winfield. It is their second salami of the day, as Don Mattingly had already hit one.



1968: Yankee legends from different eras cross paths – Mickey Mantle ties the score in the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s  ith a two-run homer, only to see his blast go for naught when rookie Reggie Jackson goes long in the eighth inning of a 5-2 Oakland win. The home-standing Yanks recover to win the second game, 5-4.



1966: Mickey Mantle blasts his 37th and 38th career Fenway Park homers  tying him with Babe Ruth for most homers in the ancient
Boston venue by an opponent. They remain tied in that regard to this day. The second of those two was the middle shot of back-to-back-to-back blasts in the third (after Bobby Richardson and before Joe Pepitone), as the Yanks win 6-5.

1958: Mickey Mantle breaks out of an 0 for 16 slump by homering in the 3rd inning of a contest with Kansas City, but there are few other bright spots on the day for the Yanks, as the A’s roll 12-6 behind Ralph Terry.



1950: The Yankees make an addition to their roster that will have far-reaching implications, as young lefty Whitey Ford is promoted from AA Kansas City.



1947:It seems like only an evening of the score, as the Yankees beat the Senators 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader after losing the first contest 5-1, but this victory will start the club on a 19-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. It is the fourth win of the year for New York right-hander Don Johnson.



1934: Lou Gehrig suffers a concussion when he is beaned in an exhibition game in Norfolk, Virginia.



1915: It’s hard to prevail with two future Hall of Famers in the other dugout…Pitching for the Red Sox, Babe Ruth gets the win as Boston edges the Yanks 6-5 in 10 innings. Tris Speaker backs the Babe with a 5 for 5 day at the plate.



1909: Legendary Washington ace Walter Johnson surrenders his first Major League home run to the Highlanders’ Ray Demmitt (below) in the opening contest of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park. The Nats will win the game anyway, 3-1, but the hosts will storm back to take the nightcap 11-3.


6/28 in Yankee History

The red-letter day ~

1949: After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel‚ Joe DiMaggio awakes in the morning to find that the pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankee lineup with a single and a home run that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox 6-4 in a night game at Fenway before 36‚228‚ the largest night crowd in Fenway history. Hank Bauer’s 3-run homer in the 2nd inning off young lefty Maurice McDermott jump starts the Yanks‚ who now lead the race by 4 1/2 games.



On other 28ths of June…

2009: Mariano Rivera earns his 500th career save as the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-2 win at Citi Field. Rivera, who is the second pitcher to reach the milestone after Trevor Hoffmann, also draws a bases-loaded walk in the 9th for his first career RBI.



2003: Led by Hideki Matsui, the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets‚ winning the 1st by a score of 7-1 at the Stadium and the nightcap 9-8 at Shea. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different parks in the same day. Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 and is on base in 9 out of 10 plate appearances over both contests. For the second time this season‚ Alfonso Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with another. This time it is Derek Jeter who goes back-to-back.




1998: The Yankees suffer a down-to-the-wire loss at Shea. Joe Torre remarkably allows Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez to throw 143 tosses over eight innings, and he leaves a 1-1 tie as his mound opponent Masato Yoshii is throwing perhaps his finest game as a Met. Both starters allow only two hits, with a 10/4 walk/strike out ratio for Yoshii, and 9/5 for Hernandez,. Carlos Baerga leads off the bottom of the ninth with a double off Ramiro Mendoz, and scores the winner on a Luis Lopez sac fly. The final is 2-1 Mets.




1997: David Wells starts the game against Cleveland wearing Babe Ruth’s autographed cap from the 1934 season. Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning since it doesn’t conform to the team’s current uniform. Without the cap‚ Wells blows a 3-0 lead as the Indians go on to a 12-8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack‚ as center fielder Marquis Grissom accounts for 5 of the hits‚ while third baseman Matt Williams gets 4 hits‚ including a pair of homers‚ and drives home 6 runs.


1987: Don Baylor moves ahead of Ron Hunt on the all-time hit-by-pitch list when the Yankees’ Rick Rhoden plunks him during a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox. It is the 244th time that Baylor has been hit by the pitch. He’ll end with 267‚ putting him 3rd on the list behind turn-of-the-century star Hughie Jennings.


1969: At Cleveland, Yankee shortstop Gene Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Zoilo Versalles, but the home side still prevail 7-3.




1966: At Fenway‚ the last place Red Sox cash in on 5 Yankee errors to top the visitors 5-3. All of New York’s scoring comes from Mickey Mantle‚ who blasts a 2-run homer in the 1st and an opposite field homer onto the left field screen in the 8th.


1963: Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker, who spent the last 6 seasons of his Hall of Fame career as the Yankees’ starting third baseman, dies at the age of 77.




1962: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle break a scoreless tie in the 4th with back-to-back home runs to lead the Yanks to a 4-2 win over the Twins.

1961: Ryne Duren comes back to haunt his ex-teammates as he strikes out 12 over eight frames to give the Angels a 5-3 win. Mickey Mantle drove in all three New York tallies, two of them on a home run.




1949: Don Baylor, Yankee DH from 1983 to 1986, is born. Happy 65th to Mr. HBP!




1944:  At the Stadium‚ the Yankees move into second place‚ beating the Browns 7-2 for their 6th win in 8 games with St. Louis. Bob Muncrief loses‚ snapping his 6-game win streak. George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss hits an inside-the-park home run to straightaway center with a man on in the 4th.

1941: Joe DiMaggio has two hits and a walk off Johnny Babich of the A’s to extend his streak to 40 games‚ second longest in AL history. New York win‚ 7-4‚ as Charlie Keller homers‚ the 23rd game in a row the Yanks have gone deep. The second-place Yankees will win their next 13 games.


Off the field, Al Downing, ’60s Yankees pitcher (though he is best remembered as the man who gave up Hank Aaron’s 715th career homer) is born. Happy 73rd, Al!
1939: In Philadelphia‚ the Yankees hit 8 home runs – Babe Dahlgren (2)‚ Joe DiMaggio (2)‚ Bill Dickey‚ Joe Gordon‚ Tommy Henrich‚ George Selkirk – in the first game of a doubleheader with the A’s‚ and 5 more in the nightcap. Both are MLB records‚ as are the 87 total bases and 98 at bats in a doubleheader. In the 7th inning‚ the Yanks belt 3 homers with 2 outs tying a ML mark; they are the 3rd major league team to accomplish that feat this month. DiMag, Dahlgren and Joe Gordon each hit 3 round-trippers for the afternoon as the Yankees win the opener 23-2. Monty Pearson wins the laugher. New York then bang out 16 hits takes the nightcap 10-0 behind Lefty Gomez’s 3-hitter. Gomez contributes 2 hits himself. Facing just 5 pitchers in the twin bill‚ the Yankees finish off the A’s in 2 hours‚ 27 minutes in the opener‚ and take 1 hour‚ 40 minutes in the 2nd game. The A’s have no four-baggers on the day.
1928: Babe Ruth slams two homers to lead the Yankees to a 10-4 victory over the Athletics. Ty Cobb appears in his 3‚000th career game.
1927: The Yanks build a 9-0 lead against the A’s‚ and withstand a furious 8-run rally by Connie Mack’s boys in the 9th to win‚ 9-8. New York now lead the AL by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the year‚ belting his 23rd homer with one on. Babe Ruth‚ nursing a sore right knee‚ sits out his 3rd straight game in favour of Ben Paschal.




1922: Some days you just can’t win… Waite Hoyt allows just two hits in 8 innings of work, but Walter Johnson fans 9 and wins a 1-0 battle for his third straight shutout, and the 97th in his career. Earl Smith’s double in the 9th drives home the winner.




1916: In a 9-7 New York victory over the A’s in Philadelphia, Yankee outfielder Lee McGee (below) collects four assists.




1915: The Yankees purchase 24-year-old pitcher Bob Shawkey (6-6) from the last-place A’s. Shawkey will pitch 13 seasons or the Yanks‚ reaching the 20-game mark four times.




1907: The last place Washington Nationals steal a record 13 bases off catcher Branch Rickey in a 16-5 win over the New York Highlanders. Rickey‚ acquired last February from the Browns‚ is pressed into service despite a bad shoulder because of the injury to starter Red Kleinow. Rickey’s first throw to second base ends up in right field and the subsequent tosses are not much better. He almost nips Jim Delahanty on a steal of third. In his 8 innings‚ relief pitcher Lew Brockett helps Washington with a deliberate windup and by issuing 9 walks and allowing 15 hits. Only pitcher Tom Hughes and second baseman Jack ‘Nig’ Perrine are steal-less‚ while Hal Chase swipes one for New York.


6/27 in Yankee History


2012: The Yankees lose two starting pitchers on the same day. First, they place CC Sabathia’s nme on the DL with a groin strain, then in their game against the Indians, Andy Pettitte is hit by a line drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman in the 5th inning, breaking an ankle. As a  small consolation, the Yanks win the game 5-4.




2010: Trailing 6-2 in the 9th, the Yankees rally for 4 runs against Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton to tie the game, then win it with a two-run homer by Robinson Cano against George Sherrill in the 10th. In the 4-run rally, Cano drives in the first of the runs with a one-out double, and Chad Huffman (below) sends two more runs home on his first major league hit. Curtis Granderson slides home ahead of James Loney’s throw on Colin Curtis’ grounder to first to tie the game.



2008: A busy day as the Yankees manoeuvre frantically to save the ’08 season, which is rapidly going awry. First, the badly misused but talented righthander Ross Ohlendorf (below) is optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with Kei Igawa recalled from AAA to take his spot. Then the hobbled Hideki Matsui is placed on the 15-day disabled list. Finally, the contract of Sidney Ponson is purchased from AA Trenton so that he can take his place in the rotation alongside the likes of Darrel Rasner.




2003: At the Stadium, the Mets tie the Yanks 5-5 in the sixth inning on a Tony Clark home run, but Raul Mondesi knocks in the game-winner in a 6-5 win for the home team. Dan Miceli also registers the only save of his tenure in pinstripes.




2001: The Yanks come out smoking against Cleveland rookie C.C. Sabathia, racing to a 10-2 lead after four on 13 hits including a Tino Martinez home run. Mike Mussina coasts to the 15-5 victory.




1986: The Blue Jays come from behind to beat the Yankees 14-7‚ despite outhitting the Yanks by only 19 to 18. Damasco Garcia has a record-tying 4 doubles for the Jays.




1978: Graig Nettles belts a two-run homer in the 14th to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Drago serves up Nettles’ 13th circuit shot of the year. Sparky Lyle (6-1) wins in relief of Ron Guidry, who scattered 8 hits over 6 innings of work.




1963: Chicago’s Ray Herbert allows 5 singles to in beating the Yankees 6-0‚ to give the Sox a virtual tie for first. The Sox batter youthful pitching star Jim Bouton (10-3) for all their runs in the first 5 innings.




1952: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle unloads a first inning homer off Bob Hooper,  and the Yankees roll to a 10-0 rout of the A’s.




1949: Joe DiMaggio goes hitless but plays without pain for the first time this year, against the Giants in the Mayor’s Trophy game. At this point the Yankees have played 65 games without the Clipper‚ but are in first place by 4 1/2 games over the A’s and 5 ahead of Boston.




1918: The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against starter George Mogridge (below) and the rest of the Yankee bullpen, and still lose 7-5. New York take over first place.




1904: Patsy Dougherty has another 3 hits as the Highlanders beat their old teammate Jesse Tannehill (below) and Boston‚ 8-4. Boston lead the AL by just a half game. ‘Long Tom’ Hughes will win tomorrow to stretch the lead to 1 1/2 games.



6/26 in Yankee History


The red-letter day…


1974: Derek Jeter is born. Happy birthday to the Captain (shown here enjoying some of the perks of the office)!



On other 26ths of June…

2009:  Brett Gardner collects five hits, including a triple and a homer, as the Yankees beat the Mets 9-1 before a record-breaking crowd at Citi Field. Alex Rodriguez hits home run number 564 of his career, passing Reggie Jackson on the all-time list; Jackson was 6th  the time of his retirement in 1987 but falls to 12th now. Three errors by the Mets’ infield in the 2nd lead to four runs.

New York Yankees Vs Philadelphia Phillies in game five of the World Series in Philladelphia



2006: Randy Johnson has one of his better Yankee days in a 5-2 win over Atlanta. DH Jason Giambi paces the Bomber offense, who jump on right-hander Tim Hudson before he settles in. The Giambino homers for two runs in the first and three in the second, two innings during which it takes Hudson 32 pitches to retire the home side each time. He retires the next nine batters on just another 32 tosses, but the damage is done. Braves reliever Kevin Berry has his major-league debut in this game.



1987: Wade Boggs sees his hitting streak snapped at 25 consecutive games and the Rocket sputters as Roger Clemens fails to hold a 9-0‚ 2nd-inning lead. The Yanks will plate 11 in the home 3rd, with Don Mattingly (four hits) and Dave Winfield (4 RBI) leading the way.
Boston lose to the Yankees  12-11 in 10 innings. The 9-run comeback ties a Yankee team record: Boston‚ however‚ have blown bigger leads.



1980: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees’ drafting of highly touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon‚ Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon‚ Sr.‚ college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1959‚ misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college‚ in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft‚ the Indians will pick Cannon but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.




1979: The Yankees reacquire fan favourite Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Paul Semall and cash. Murcer will once again thrive at the Stadium, hitting .273 with 8 HRs.




1977: In front of 55‚039 home fans‚ the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox‚ avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York take a 4-1 lead into the 9th‚ but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th‚ Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at third to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.




1972: Detroit’s Bill Slayback, making his first Major League start, throws 7 inning of no-hit ball at the Yanks in a 4-3 Tiges win. Veteran outfielder Johnny Callison, in a brief, late-career Bronx tour of duty, breaks up the no-no with an eighth-inning single.




1944: More than 50‚000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. Each team plays successive innings against the other two teams‚ then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5‚ Yankees 1‚ Giants.




1941: Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan ~ a future Yankee ~ homers. Tommy Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th‚ Henrich bunts Rolfe over to second  to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York win‚ 4-1‚ and take over first place.




1920: Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when‚ as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce‚ he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand slam in the 8th gives the NY team a 12-8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).




1912: The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2-8)‚ winner of last year’s opener‚ to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August‚ Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).


6/25 in Yankee History


2011: CC Sabathia becomes the first 10-game winner in the American League this year with an 8-3 win over the Rockies.



2005: The Mets down the Yankees 10-3, as Cliff Floyd (below) backs the pitching of Tom Glavine with two homers. David Wright also has a homer and double. Both teams are now at .500 (37-37).




2003: The Yankees obtain outfielder Karim Garcia (below) and pitcher Dan Miceli from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later.


1999: In Baltimore’s 9-8 loss to the Yankees‚ the Orioles’ Jesse Orosco makes his 1‚051th relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve’s Major League record. His successor is Mike Tomlin‚ who takes the loss when he serves up a 9th inning HR to Shane Spencer. Harold Baines has a pair of homers for the O’s‚ while Tino Martinez has 4 hits for NY.




1984: At the Stadium‚ Dave Winfield hits 5 singles and drives in 4 runs to lead New York to a 7-3 win over Detroit. Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield’s one-manbarrage. Dave is now hitting .750 against Detroit this year. Winfield has three five-hit games this month‚ tying a record set by Ty Cobb.




1977: Mike Torrez outduels Luis Tiant in the Bronx to give the Yankees a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. A 3-run homer by Graig Nettles (below) is the big blow. New York now trail the Sox by 3 games.



1976: Javier Vazquez is born. Happy 38th, Javy!




1971: The Yankees and Expos swap outfielders named Ron, with Mr. Swoboda heading to New York in exchange for Mr. Woods.




1967: Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier say that he wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy‚” he said from his training camp. “Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.” Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.




1961: Roger Maris contributes to an 8-4 Yankee win at Minnesota with his 40th home run of the campaign thus far.




1953: The White Sox complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 4-2 win, Chicago skipper Paul Richards using a record five different players at first base in the process. The Bombers still have a nine-game lead in the League even after the three days of futility.




1934: Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox 13-2. Not until Bernie Williams‚ on August 21‚ 1991‚ will another Yankee fan 5 times (all at the hand of Bret Saberhagen). Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career‚ and the Yankees  regain first place from the Tigers‚ losers 13-11 in Philadelphia.




1930: The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns‚ winning 5-4 and 16-4. Sam Byrd has a single‚ double and triple in the opener to pace New York‚ and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap to back Red Ruffing’s pitching.




1915: In Boston Babe Ruth his 3rd homer of the year‚ off New York’s Ray Caldwelll‚ and is the second player to hit a ball into the right field seats at Fenway. Ruth strikes out 8 in pitching a complete game‚ 9-5‚ win‚ and adds a single off reliever Bill Donovan‚ Yankee skipper and his former manager.




1904: In Boston‚ the Highlanders’ Jack Chesbro (below)  wins his 12th straight‚ besting Cy Young 5-3. Patsy Dougherty has 3 hits against his former teammates.




1903: At South Side Park in Chicago, the Highlanders and the White Sox battle to a 6-6 tie in 18 innings. The two teams rack up 30 hits between them before the contest is called because of darkness.



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