The red-letter day ~
1925: Lou Gehrig begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.
In a Monday game at the Stadium‚ 18‚000 are on hand to see the Babe make his first appearance of the season. He goes 0-2 with a walk against Washington’s Walter Johnson before leaving in the 6th inning. The Senators win 5-3. In the 9th inning‚ Gehrig pinch-hits for Pee Wee Wanninger‚ launching the streak that will eventually surpass the record held by Everett Scott, the shortstop whom Wanninger replaced in the Yankees lineup.
On other 1sts of June…
2009: The Yankees play their 18th straight game without an error, breaking the record held by the 2006 Red Sox. Joba Chamberlain, in starter mode, goes 8 strong innings to get the 5-2 win against Cleveland, and Mariano River picks up his 11th save.
2008: Another spring training hope goes by the wayside: the Yankees designate infielder Morgan Ensberg for assignment on June 1. Right-hander Scott Patterson is recalled from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the spot.
2003: The Yankees defeat the Tigers in 17 innings by a score of 10-9. New York takes a 7-1 lead as Roger Clemens starts in pursuit of his 300th win‚ but Detroit tie the game in the 7th. David Wells, who contributes 5 2/3 innings of relief, will get the win.
2001: The Stadium witnesses a rarity, as Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia earns a win despite pitching only 4 innings. The game is called because of rain after 5 innings with the Tribe ahead‚ 7-2. The rules state that in a 5-inning game‚ a starter need not go the full 5 to earn a victory‚ There have been just 5 other cases since 1970 to match C.C’s.
1999: At the Stadium‚ Roger Clemens and New York overpower the Indians 11-5. Derek Jeter has 2 hits‚ 3 runs‚ and has now reached base in all 50 Yankee games (a record going back to 1961). Reliever Steve Reed plunks Jeter in the 8th‚ then Paul O’Neill hits a 2-run homer.
1992: The Yankees select Derek Jeter as their first-round pick in the amateur draft, and the sixth pick overall.
1988: The Yankees take football all American Deion Sanders in the 30th round of the amateur draft.
1973: Fred Heimach, pitcher and pinch hitter for the Yankees in the late ’20s (and member of the 1928 championship team), dies at the age of 72.
1961: Bob Turley gives up Vic Wertz’s first triple in 6 years as the veteran slugger leads the Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Yankees. Since June 14‚ 1955‚ Wertz has played in 596 games and collected 537 hits‚ but no 3-baggers.
1960: Mickey Mantle hits a one-out home run in the first inning‚ a 400-foot blow on an 0-2 pitch‚ for the only Yankee hit against Baltimore’s Hal Brown. The Birds win 4-1 and sweep the three game series with the Yankees to move into first place (27-15). New York leave Baltimore in 4th place (19-19).
1958: In Boston‚ Bob Turley wins his 8th‚ 10-4‚ for the first-place Yanks. He allows 5 Red Sox hits‚ 3 by Billy Klaus‚ as Andy Carey helps with 5 straight hits.
1947: Joe DiMaggio has a single‚ double‚ and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs and lead New York to an 11-9 win over Cleveland. Al Lyons wins his only decision for New York this year‚ beating Bob Lemon.
1936: In an exhibition game at West Point‚ the Yankees easily subdue the cadets‚ 6-2. Lefty Gomez pitches the first 3 innings and allows 2 runs.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth makes his first start on the mound this season‚ pitches 4 innings‚ then goes to right field after the Yankees take a 10-run lead. Roger Peckinpaugh’s inside-the-park homer and Ping Bodie’s homer off Erickson are the big blows. New York roll to a 14-7 win over the Senators‚ the 9th win in a row for the Yankees‚ as they move into second place behind the Indians.
1918: Losing at home 5-3 against the Yankees‚ the White Sox load the bases in the bottom of the 9th with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to third baseman Frank Baker‚ who turns it into a game-ending triple play. The Yankees win 6-3.
1910: Still in his playing days, batting leadoff for the Cardinals, future Yankee manager Miller Huggins becomes the first player in modern major league history to make six plate appearances in a game without recording a single official at bat. In a game against the Phillies, Huggins walks his first three times up, follows with a sac fly and a sac bunt, then draws another free pass to force the lead run across in the eighth inning. The Redbirds win, 10-5.
1908: The first-place Highlanders trip Ed Cicotte and the visiting Red Sox‚ 2-0. Jack Chesbro (below) allows just 4 hits in the victory. But the Highlanders‚ 20-15‚ will win just 31 more games the rest of the way for the first of the four last-place finishes in franchise history to date, with a 51-103 record.
2010: Alex Rodriguez may not be his usual superhuman self this season, but it’s still a bad idea to issue an intentional walk to face him with the bases loaded. The Indians find this out the hard way, as A-Rod connects for a grand slam in the 7th inning, turning a 2-1 Yankees lead into an eventual 11-2 rout. The slam is the 20th of his career, placing him third on the all-time list, behind Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21).
1998: The Yankee machine hits a bump in the road, as Andy Pettitte suddenly can’t get anyone out in the third inning of a game with Boston, leaving with six across and two outs. But reliever Darren Holmes throws gas on the fire, as he fails to record the third out until five more Red Sox players reach safely, and 11 have scored. The Yanks fall 13-7.
1989: At the Stadium‚ New York rookie Deion Sanders makes his debut. He throws out one Seattle runner‚ drives in a run‚ and triggers a 5-run rally in the 7th with a single. Don Mattingly completes the scoring with a 2-run homer-his 4th hit of the game-in the 8th following a single and 2 steals by Steve Sax. New York win 9-5‚ with the decision going to Andy Hawkins.
1988: Yankee starter Al Leiter makes one pitch before leaving the game. Oakland leadoff batter Carney Lansford lines the pitcher’s first offering to left for a clean single, and Billy Martin replaces Leiter with reliever Neil Allen. Allen gives up just 3 hits in 9 innings to record a 5-0 shutout for New York Allen will have a shutout and no starts this year. Mike Pagliarulo hits a 2-run HR off Steve Ontiveros to supply Allen with all the runs he needs.
1983: AL President Lee MacPhail suspends George Steinbrenner for one week‚ citing ‘repeated problems’ with the outspoken owner’s public criticism of umpires. Steinbrenner‚ who had been fined $50‚000 by Commissioner Kuhn during spring training for berating some NL umpires‚ cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the suspension.
1975: Cesar Tovar gets the only hit for Texas‚ the fifth time in his career he has had his team’s lone hit in a game. Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6-0 Yankee victory.
1967: Kenny Lofton is born. Happy 47th, Kenny!
1961: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris again homer as New York edge Boston‚ 7-6. Mantle’s is no.14‚ two ahead of Roger. In the 8th inning‚ Carroll Hardy pinch hits for rookie Carl Yastrzemski; last year he pinch hit for Ted Williams‚ making him the only player to go in for both future Hall of Famers.
1959: At Washington‚ the Yankees beat the Senators‚ 3-0‚ on Bob Turley’s two-hitter. Moose Skowron accounts for the scoring with a three-run homer. Mickey Mantle almost homers‚ but his 438-foot drive is caught by center fielder Bob Allison.
1948: The Senators‚ fresh from four wins over the Red Sox‚ drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62‚626. Spec Shea allows just two hits in coasting in the opener‚ 10-0. The Yanks collect 16 hits‚ including homers by Tommy Henrich and George McQuinn. The Yanks take the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ as Red Embree makes a rare start. Bobby Brown makes 7 straight hits in the two games‚ making out his first and last at-bats.
1938: In action against the A’s at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig plays his 2‚000th consecutive game and has an RBI single in a 12-5 win. Jimmie Foxx hits a grand slam off Yankee pitcher Joe Beggs‚ the first of three salamis he will hit this season, all of them courtesy of the Yankee hurler.
1931: Earle Combs’ hitting streak ends at 29‚ although the Yankees beat Washington‚ 4-2‚ in a rain-shortened 7-inning game.
1928: At the Stadium‚ Herb Pennock tosses his second shutout of the year‚ beating Washington 4-0 for his 8th win. Irv Hadley is the loser‚ giving up a home run to Cedric Durst and another to Babe Ruth‚ his 19th. The Babe almost adds his 20th when he blasts a long high fly with two on‚ but Leo Durocher‚ the runner on first‚ holds up to see if the ball will be caught. Durocher scores but the Babe is cut down at the plate.
The Yankee outfielders of 1928: (L to R) Cedric Durst, Earle Combs,
Ben Paschal, Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel)
1927: The Yankees pound the third-place Athletics into submission‚ winning 10-3 and 18-5. Babe Ruth homers in each contest to run his string to 4 straight games. He finishes the month with 12 homers‚ and 16 altogether. Rookie strongboy Jimmie Foxx belts his first Major League homer‚ off Urban Shocker‚ in game 2. Tony Lazzeri and Mark Koenig homer in game 2‚ while Lou Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double‚ triple and homer in the opener.
1920: At the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees outslug Washington‚ winning 7-6 in the morning game and 10-7 in the afternoon match. New York win the opener with three runs in the 9th to pin the loss on reliever Al Schacht. George Mogridge (below) is the winner. New York score 5 in the 6th when Duffy Lewis and Truck Hannah hit back-to-back homers‚ and the Yanks get a single and two triples to knock out Jim Shaw.
In the afternoon game before 38‚000 fans‚ Walter Johnson pitches 4 2/3 innings of ineffective relief for the Nats and gives up a tremendous home run by Babe Ruth in the 8th that hits the facade on the upper deck in right. A bright spot for Washington is Braggo Roth‚ who swipes four bases‚ including second and third in the 4th inning‚‚ then swiping home on the front end of a double steal: Braggo will swipe another 4 on June 12. Roger Peckinpaugh has four hits in game 2‚ including a pair of doubles and a triple.
1913: Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability‚ Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for light-hitting infielder Rollie Zeider and first baseman Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty‚ Chase will be on the scene for another 6 years. Zeider‚ who set the AL rookie record for stolen bases in 1910 with 49‚ is suffering from foot problems. When Borton hits .133 in 39 games‚ writer Mark Roth remarks‚ ‘Hal Chase was traded to the White Sox for an onion and a bunion’.
1910: The Highlanders sell Slow Joe Doyle to the Reds. Doyle set a Major League record by winning his first 2 decisions in 1906 by shutouts.
1907: The Highlanders beat Boston‚ 4-1‚ behind Frank Kitson‚ making his first appearance for New York. Kitson was 0-3 for the Nationals this year‚ but will go 4-0 in New York. Kid Elberfeld of the Highlanders has a steal of home‚ and Hal Chase has 2 steals.
The red-letter day ~
1995: Derek Jeter collects his first major league hit, a single to left off the Mariners’ Tim Belcher. Seattle go on to win the game 7-3.
On other 30ths of May…
2011: Bartolo Colon pitches his first shutout since 2006 in blanking the Athletics 5-0. The 38-year-old Yankees pitcher has made a remarkable comeback after being out of the majors all of last year.
1992: By beating the Milwaukee Brewers‚ 8-1‚ Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan‚ Tommy John‚ Don Sutton‚ Mike Torrez‚ Rick Wise‚ Gaylord Perry‚ Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
1986: The Yanks and Sox complete a six-player swap with Ron Kittle‚ along with Wayne Tolleson and catcher Joel Skinner coming to New York. The White Sox receive-again-Ron Hassey‚ along with Carlos Martinez and a player to be named later (Bill Lindsey). Hassey was traded from the Cubs to the Yanks in December‚ 1984‚ back to Chicago (Sox) in December‚ 1985‚ back to the Bronx in February‚ and now to Chicago.
1979: Cliff Johnson crashes into home plate umpire Lou DiMuro in the 11th inning in a game against Milwaukee. DiMuro‚ unconscious for 32 minutes‚ is taken to the hospital. Johnson scores the 2nd of 3 runs for the Yanks in their 11-inning, 5-2 win.
1968: New York and Washington split‚ with the Yankees winning the opener‚ 13-4‚ and the Senators the nitecap‚ 6-2. In the first game‚ Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with two home runs‚ and 5 RBIs for New York. He sits out the second game. Mantle’s last 5-for-5 game was on May 24‚ 1956.
1967: Whitey Ford, nearing 41‚ announces his retirement from baseball because of an elbow injury. His final appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21st‚ but he lasted just one inning. The stylish lefthander closes out with 236 career wins and only 106 losses for a .690 percentage. He played in only 7 games this season.
1961: Roger Maris‚ Mickey Mantle‚ and Moose Skowron each belt 2 homers‚ tying the ML record for most players (on one club) with multiple HRs in a 9-inning game. Yogi Berra adds a round-tripper as New York win at Fenway Park 12-3.
1960: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks earn a split with the Senators when‚ in game 2‚ Yogi Berra belts a two-run homer in the 8th inning. When Mickey Mantle makes the catch for the final out‚ he is surrounded by a group a fans‚ one of whom punches him in the face as he races for the dugout. Because of the incident‚ the Yankees announce that ushers using ropes – a tactic used at one point with DiMaggio – will escort Mantle off the field.
1956: Mickey Mantle hits one of the most memorable HRs in his career‚ in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators. He tags a pitch from Camilo Pascual that comes within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium I‚ something never accomplished by any major leaguer. The ball was still climbing when it caromed off the upper-stand facade‚ about 396 feet from home plate. Estimates are that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. It is Mantle’s 20th dinger of the season; no one else has ever hit 20 HRs before June. Mantle also goes long in the opener‚ off Pedro Ramos‚ with 2 on as New York sweeps‚ 4-3 and 12-5. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1956/B05301NYA1956.htm
1952: At New York‚ Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 3rd is all the scoring the Yanks can muster against Bobby Shantz, as the ‘Mighty Molecule’ strikes out 11 on Memorial Day. Mantle doubles off Shantz in the 14th‚ but the A’s hold on for a 2-1 victory. Dave Philley knocks home the winner. In game 2‚ Bob Hooper loses a shutout with 2 out in the 9th‚ but wins‚ 4-2.
1951: In a doubleheader loss with Boston‚ Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle strikes out 3 times in the opener‚ and twice more to start
the 2nd game: Stengel lifts the slugger in the middle of the game for Cliff Mapes. In the opener‚ Ted Williams scores from second on a sacrifice bunt‚ and then ties the game with a HR. Vern Stephens’ 15th inning homer off Specs Shea wins it for Boston‚ 11-10. Williams then ties the nitecap with a double and Stephens’ single drives him home with the game winner as Boston triumphs‚ 9-4. Ray Scarborough and Bill Wight are today’s winners. The loss drops the Yanks into second place‚ where they’ll stay for a month.
1941: The Red Sox and Yanks split‚ New York winning the opener and Boston trouncing New York in the nitecap‚ 13-0. The Sox cap it off with a triple steal. Ted Williams laces 6 hits in the doubleheader‚ while Joe DiMaggio hits in both games to run his streak to 16. It is not a good day for DiMag‚ suffering from a cold‚ as he commits an error in the opener and 3 more in the nitecap.
1938:The largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history‚ 83‚533‚ see Red Ruffing end Lefty Grove’s 8-game winning streak in a 10-0 victory over the Red Sox. Six thousand fans are turned away‚ and 511 are given refunds because there is no place to sit. The Yankees also take the second game of the doubleheader‚ 5-4‚ in a game made famous for a fight between Yankee outfielder Jake Powell (below) and Boston player-manager Joe Cronin. The brawl starts when Boston pitcher Archie McKain hits Powell in the stomach with a pitch. Powell’s charge to the mound is intercepted by Cronin and the two pummel each other for 2-3 minutes. Cronin and Powell are ejected but continue the fight in the area beneath the stands‚ until they are separated by Yankee players. Both players are fined and suspended for 10 days.
1936: At the Stadium‚ a crowd of 71‚000 watch the Bronx Bombers sweep the Nats‚ 7-1 and 6-1. DiMaggio has 3 doubles in the nitecap in support of Red Ruffing’s 2-hitter.
1934: Washington’s Earl Whitehill pitches a one-hitter‚ allowing a 9th-inning single by Ben Chapman, to defeat Lefty Gomez 1-0. In the nitecap‚ Yankee reliever Burleigh Grimes pitches the last 4 innings to pick up his 269th win‚ 5-4, in 11 innings. It is his first AL appearance and the last win for the Cooperstown-bound Grimes, as well as the last legal win by a spitballer.
1932: A plaque in memory of Miller Huggins‚ former Yankee manager‚ is dedicated at the Stadium‚ the first of an array of monuments erected in the ballpark. The Yanks then sweep the Red Sox‚ 7-5 and 13-3 to increase their lead to 5 games over Washington.
1912: The Highlanders play their first game at the Polo Grounds. The A’s roll, 7-1, with Jim ‘Hippo’ Vaughn taking the loss for New York.
1905: The Highlanders sell veteran outfielder John Anderson to Washington.
Anderson in his days with St.Louis
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1995: Derek Jeter makes his Yankee debut. The much-heralded prospect makes a less than stellar impression, however, going 0 for 5 in a 12-inning, 8-7 loss at Seattle.
On other 29ths of May…
2009: On the road, the Yankees top the Indians 3-1. Mariano Rivera saves an Andy Pettitte win for the 58th time, setting a new record for a pitcher duo; the old mark had been held by Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch.
2000: At the Stadium, the Yankees defeat the A’s Omar Olivares 4-1 on Andy Pettitte’s 2-hitter. In the 6th inning‚ Oakland second baseman (and former Yankee) Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play‚ just the 11th in history‚ on a line drive by Shane Spencer. With runners on first and second running with the pitch‚ Velarde tags Jorge Posada as he nears second‚ then touches the bag to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995‚ while with the Bombers‚ Velarde turned a UATP against the Dodgers in spring training following the strike.
1997: In Toronto‚ Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer – his third in three games-and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto‚ 4-0. Jeff Nelson strikes out 3 Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.
Off the field, the Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu‚ signing the fireballer to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.
1982: At Minnesota‚ the Yanks put runners on first (Graig Nettles) and second (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Roy Smalley strikes out on a ball 4 pitch from Terry Felton‚ Murcer attempts to steal third. But Sal Butera’s throw beats him so badly that he retreats to second, only to find Nettles there. Gary Gaetti tags Murcer who is standing safely alone on the base‚ and then throws to Kent Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to first. Murcer then tries for third again, and Hrbek’s throw to Felton covering completes the bizarre triple play. Alas‚ Felton‚ 0-8 coming into the game gets a no-decision‚ and will lose another 5 to finish his career with an 0-16 record.
1978: During a 2-0 Yankee victory at Cleveland, Billy Martin flies into a rage and heaves 2 handfuls of dirt on home plate umpire Terry Cooney’s back after being ejected for arguing ball and strike calls. He will be suspended by AL president Lee MacPhail for a week.
1976: Former Yankee Jerry Hairston jr. is born. Happy 38th, Jerry!
1965: Mike McNally, utility infielder for the first three Yankee pennant winners, and the first man to start at third base for the team in a World Series game, dies at the age of 72.
The red-letter day ~
1946: The Yankees play their first night game at the Stadium. The Senators mar the occasion by winning 2-1. Dutch Leonard gets the win for the Nats, and Clarence ‘Cuddles’ Marshall takes the loss for the home side.
On other 28ths of May…
2004: Mariano Rivera records the 300th save of his MLB career as the Yankees defeat the Devil Rays‚ 7-5‚ as He is the 17th pitcher to reach the mark.
2000: Forbes magazine reports that the Yankees are worth $540 million‚ making them the most valuable team in baseball for the 3rd straight year.
1999: Darryl Strawberry pleads no contest to cocaine possession and solicitation charges‚ and is sentenced to 18 months probation.
1977: A Stadium crowd of 54‚881‚ on hand for Jacket Day‚ watch as the White Sox cuff Ron Guidry for 16 hits‚ en route to a 9-4 win over the Yankees.
1976: Hurlers Ed Figueroa and Tippy Martinez lead the Yanks to a 9-5 win over the Tigers, holding Ron LeFlore hitless for the first time since April 17th. LeFlore had hit safely in 30 straight games‚ tying the third longest streak in club history.
1967: New York beats Cleveland‚ 5-0‚ and Mickey Mantle hits his second homer in two days‚ and his 11th of the season.
1961: After losing the first game 14-9 at home to Chicago‚ the Yankees take the nightcap 5-3 with the help of a Roger Maris homer. Maris’s 9th round tripper of the season is one of 27 hit in today’s 7 AL games-a record. Twelve more in 4 NL games make a total of 39‚ a one-day ML record for 11 games in the 2 leagues.
1960: Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus and high fever and will miss 13 games. New York goes 7-6 under interim manager Ralph Houk. Today the Yanks top the Senators‚ 5-1‚ behind Jim Coates’ 5th straight win. The game is scoreless until Mickey Mantle launches a 5th inning opposite field homer off Jim Kaat‚ who then walks three‚ hits two batters‚ and a serves up a Gil McDougald 2-run triple good for 3 runs. Later Mantle homers again‚ and Maris‚ leading the AL‚ also homers‚ the first time the two have hit round trippers together in a game.
1941: The Yankees edge the Washington Senators‚ 6-5‚ before 25‚000 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium. George Selkirk twinkles with a pinch grand slam‚ and Joe DiMaggio triples against Sid Hudson to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
1939: Robert Joyce‚ who gave up two homers to New York’s George Selkirk yesterday‚ relieves for the A’s. Selkirk hits two more dingers off Joyce‚ giving him 4 HRs in 4 at bats against the same pitcher in two successive games. Yankees win‚ 9-5. The Yanks release vet Wes Ferrell‚ who never came back after arm surgery over the winter. Ferrell will appear with the Dodgers in ’40 and the Braves in 1941.
1934: In St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig hits a 6th inning homer‚ off Paul Andrews‚ then follows Babe Ruth’s 7th inning homer with another round tripper. The back-to-back homers‚ off Jack Knott‚ are the last the pair will combinegaver and Tony Lazzeri to rumble to a 13-9 victory. New York get homers from Jack Saltgaver and Tony Lazzeri to rumble to a 13-9 victory.
1927: In his first starting assignment for the Yankees‚ Wilcy Moore loses a heartbreaker to the Senators 3-2 in the nitecap of a twinbill. Lou Gehrig is spiked at first by Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scores the winning run. The Yanks win the opener‚ 8-2‚ as Babe Ruth launches his 12th homer of the year‚ a 3-run shot. Tris Speaker plays most of game one despite having fractured his left thumb in batting practice
2003: The Yankees wallop the Red Sox‚ 11-3‚ ending Nomar Garciaparra’s 26-game hitting streak in the process
1996: The Yankees pound the Angels16-5 to remain in first place aheadof the Orioles by a game. Bernie Williams‚ making his first start since missing 14 games because of injuries‚ has his 2nd 5-hit game of the year‚ The Yankees‚ down 5-4 after 4 innings‚ jump on former teammate Jim Abbott (1-8) and two relievers to score 8 runs in the 5th inning. Abbott will lose another 5 before winning. He will finish at 2-18.
1960: At the Stadium, Orioles’ catcher Clint Courtney uses an oversized mitt in an effort to handle the pitches of knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. The mitt, designed by Baltimore manager Paul Richards, is 50 percent larger than the standard. Courtney handles Wilhelm’s pitches flawlessly in a 3 – 2 win over the Yanks. The oversized mitt will later be banned.
1953: Ed Lopat beats the Senators for the 8th straight time as he allows 3 hits in a 3-1 Yankee win. Joe Collins‚ Billy Martin‚ and Yogi Berra hit solo homers for New York. Mickey Vernon has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The win starts the Yankees on an 18-game winning streak‚ the 3rd longest AL streak of the century.
1945: After losing 9 straight to the Browns over 2 seasons‚ the Yanks brush aside the jinx to sweep a pair‚ winning 10-9 and 3-1. The Browns blow a 8-2 lead in the first game and lose in the 14th inning. The nitecap is called after 8 innings because of darkness.
1943: In a 3-2 loss to the Tigers‚ Yankee hurler Johnny Allen‚ incensed over a balk call‚ attacks umpire George Barr and is suspended for 30 days and fined $200. On May 21st‚ Frank Crosetti made his first start after serving a 30-day suspension for umpire pushing. This occurred in the third game of the World Series when the Crow pushed Bill Summers.
1941: Joe DiMaggio extends his hitting streak to 12 games by going 4-for-5 with three runs and three ribbies to pace the Yankees to a 10-8 win over the Senators.
1927: The Yankees split a twinbill with the Senators‚ losing 7-2 before winning‚ 5-0. Herb Pennock goes just 4 innings in game 1 and watches as Tris Speaker and Joe Judge pull off a delayed double steal. Speaker swipes home. Lou Gehrig hits his 11th homer in game 2 to back Waite Hoyt‚ who allows 3 hits in the 5-0 victory.
1920: At Fenway‚ New York’s Bob Shawkey walks in a run in the 4th inning and yells at the umpire George Hildebrand. When play resumes‚ Shawkey takes 5 minutes to tie his shoe on the mound. Then after a called third strike on Harry Hooper‚ he doffs his cap and bows low to the arbiter. As Shawkey walks past Hildebrand‚ the ump informs him that he’s out of the game: Shawkey’s response is to swing at the ump, and Hildebrand then bangs the angry hurler over the head with his mask. Carl Mays replaces Shawkey and gives up no runs to insure the Yankees’ 6-1 win. Shawkey draws a one week suspension and a $200 fine for his theatrics. Additional fireworks are provided by Babe Ruth who clubs homers off Harry Harper and Benn Karr. Ruth has now belted four homers in three days‚ the first 20th century slugger to do so (Ed Williamson was the other MLB hitter‚ in 1884): He’ll hit his 11th in tomorrow’s double win over the Hubmen.
Off the field, Broadway show composer Louis Hirsch sues the Yankees for $100‚000 because of an incident at the Yankee game at the Polo Grounds on the 24th. To avoid sitting next to a cigar smoker‚ Hirsch switched seats with his brother. An usher informed him it was against the rules to shift seats‚ and ordered the two brothers to switch back. Hirsch refused and was forcibly ejected from the stands.
1916: The Yankees’ Ray Keating gives up 3 hits on his way to beating Babe Ruth and the Red Sox 4-2. Ruth has two hits for Boston.
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2006: In action against the Royals at the Stadium, Derek Jeter gets his 2,000th career hit, becoming the eighth player in Yankees history to reach the milestone. Angel Berroa hits a three-run homer in the 8th, and Kansas City escape a jam in the bottom of the 9th after a near two-hour rain delay, edging the homesiders 7-6 to halt a 13-game losing streak, and one of 14 games in the Bronx since 2005.
On other 26ths of May…
2010: The Yankees take two from the Twins t Target Field. First, in a resumption of yesterday’s game which was suspended by rain with no score, they win 1-0 on a homer by Derek Jeter. They then win the regularly-scheduled game, 3 – 2, on a long ball by Nick Swisher off Jon Rauch in the 9th that gives Andy Pettitte the win. Mariano Rivera saves both wins.
1971: The Yankees swap Curt Blefary to Oakland for pitchers Darrell Osteen and Rob Gardner. Gardner had been traded to the A’s by New York last month.
1968: The Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ winning 5-1 behind Mel Stottlemyre and take game 2‚ 7-6‚ with Bill Monboquette the winner. In the opener‚ pitcher Gary Peters bats 6th‚ but goes 0-for-2‚ as the Sox manage just 4 hits. Tom Tresh and Bobby Cox homer for the Yanks.
1964: The Indians complain that Whitey Ford is scuffing the ball with his wedding ring‚ which is wrapped in tape‚ and after he removes the ring‚ he exits with one out in the 9th and the game tied at 2-2. Pete Mikkelson is the victor when Bobby Richardson singles home the winner‚ 3-2. Richardson has a pair of triples and Roger Maris hits one out.
1959: In a trade that benefits the Yankees‚ New York send pitchers Tom Sturdivant and Johnny Kucks‚ shortstop Jerry Lumpe and a player to be named later to Kansas City. The Yankees get pitcher Ralph Terry‚ who has been ripening on the vine‚ and Hector Lopez. Terry will win 73 games for NY and pitch in 5 straight World Series.
1951: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks top the A’s‚ 8-5‚ with Mickey Mantle belting a bases-loaded triple off Dick Fowler that bounces off the bleacher railing in center field.
1947: The largest single-game crowd in Major Leagto this date‚ 74‚747‚ sees the Yankees win their 5th straight‚ defeating the Red Sox 9-3 at Yankee Stadium. Joe Page, who comes on in relief to start the 3rd and goes the rest of the way, picks up the win.
1937: Joe McCarthy is named to manage the AL All-Star team. (Bill Terry of the Giants will be his opposite number). Judge Landis announces that the managers‚ not the fans‚ will pick the teams‚ and increases the squads from 21 to 23 players.
1936: In Boston’s 5-4 win at Fenway over the Yankees‚ Bill Dickey suffers a contusion of the left kidney in a home plate collision‚ which will send him to hospital.
1934: After eleven days and eight appearances with the Pirates‚ a winded and dry-mouthed Burleigh Grimes is sold to the Yankees. Pittsburgh acquired the veteran spitballer on the 15th from the Cardinals.
1928: The A’s make it easy for New York by making 7 errors ~ 4 of them by third baseman Sammy Hale (below) ~ as the Yankees win 7-4.
1926; The Yankees win their 16th game in a row‚ defeating the Red Sox 9-8 to complete a 4-game sweep. The franchise record had been 15 straight wins‚ set in 1906. The streak puts New York in front by 8 1/2 games.
The 1926 Yankees
2011: Mariano Rivera makes his 1000th appearance for the Yankees, in a 7-3 win over the Blue Jays; he is the 15th pitcher to reach the mark, and the first ever to do it with only one team. Toronto hurler Jo-Jo Reyes also puts his name in the record books with his 28th consecutive winless start, tying Cliff Curtis and Matt Keough. Reyes is 0-4 this season, but has pitched well: his ERA was 3.06 over his last 6 starts prior to last night’s effort, yet wins have proved elusive. His last victory came on June 13, 2008 while a member of the Braves, and his record since is 0-13.
1974: The Yankees send catcher Duke Sims to the Rangers for pitcher Larry Gura. Gura will go 5-1 with New York but because of reported differences with Billy Martin‚ Gura will be peddled to Kansas City.
1966: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks maul the Angels 11-6. Mickey Mantle has two homers‚ one off Dean Chance and the other coming off reliever Lew Burdette.
1953: The Yankees and Red Sox play the longest 9-inning game to date‚ lasting 3 hours and 52 minutes. Boston lefty Mickey McDermott takes 2 hours‚ 45 minutes to pitch 6 of the innings‚ as Boston outlast New York‚ 14-10. Mickey Mantle hits an opposite field homer off McDermott.
1947: The Yankees edge into third place ahead of the Red Sox by whipping Boston 17-2. Ted Williams’ 2-run homer in the 9th off Floyd Bevens deprives the Yankees of 4 straight shutouts‚ George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss scores 5 runs and Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller 4 behind the 17-hit attack. Joe DiMaggio has 4 hits and 3 runs.
1937: After hitting a solo homer against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1-1 tie‚ player-manager Mickey Cochrane is beaned by a 3-1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader‚ who will never return to active play. Cochrane’s homer is his last at bat. In the hospital‚ Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying‚ “I lost the ball.” The Yanks win the game‚ 4-3‚ beating Schoolboy Rowe‚ who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.
1922: Babe Ruth is suspended for one game and fined $200 for throwing dirt on umpire George Hildebrand after being called out at second while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. The Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and has to be restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the center field clubhouse, Ruth makes an obscene gesture at another heckler in right. Ruth will be stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beat the visiting Nationals‚ 6-4.
1921: In St. Louis‚ babe Ruth hits his 13th homer of the year, a blow that travels an estimated 500 feet. The Browns win anyway, though, 7-6.
1920: At the Polo Grounds‚ the Yanks top the Tigers 4-3 with Babe Ruth’s 2 run home run providing the margin. It’s the Babe’s 8th circuit blast of the year‚ breaking a tie for the AL lead with Chicago’s Happy Felsch.
1912: New York shortstop Jack Martin gets plunked twice by Walter Johnson‚ who hits three batters in the game. The second time Martin is hit, the fast ball shatters his jaw. He will be out of action for five weeks. Johnson‚ who consciously avoids throwing at hitters will‚ nevertheless‚ hit 205 batters in his career.
2011: The Yankees end an American League record run of 341 games without a complete game when CC Sabathia goes the distance in a 5-4 victory over Toronto.
1989: Yankees reliever Lee Guetterman gives up 5 runs in the 9th inning of New York’s 11-4 loss to California‚ ending his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 30 2/3. It is the longest season-opening streak in the majors since Harry Brecheen’s in 1948‚ and the longest season-opening streak ever by a reliever.
1979: Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar‚ with whom he brawled last November, in an incident that led to his second firing as Yankee manager. Hagar had filed suit for assault‚ leading to an out-of-court settlement.
1977: Carlos May and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 6th as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Red Sox‚ 6-5.
1967: The Yankees top Baltimore‚ 2-0. Mickey Mantle’s 3rd inning drive to the wall is caught by Frank Robinson but the ball pops out and over the fence for a home run.
1956: Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in an 11-4 win against the Tigers. Mantle is hitting .421. He combines with Joe Collins for back-to-back homers‚ off Duke Maas.
1952: Jimmy Piersall and New York’s Billy Martin first exchange insults before a game in Boston‚ then exchange punches in the tunnel under the stands. It takes coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo‚ along with starter Ellis Kinder‚ to break it up. Piersall goes to the clubhouse to change his bloody shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate Maury McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yanks‚ 5-2.
1951: Mickey Mantle is 0-for-5 but reaches base twice after striking out on a wild pitch. The second time‚ in the 6th inning‚ he reaches second base before Detroit catcher Joe Ginsberg can retrieve the ball‚ and Joe DiMaggio follows with a homer to deep left field. New York wins‚ 11-1‚ behind Joe Ostrowski.
1947: Matching the Big Chief’s game yesterday‚ Spud Chandler gives the Yankees a 5-0 win over Boston‚ allowing 2 hits.
1936: Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams‚ a third homer‚ and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25-2 massacre of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit 7 HRs in 4 games and 6 in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. Joe DiMaggio has three hits‚ including a homer‚ and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when 9 Yanks score two or more runs. Another MLB record is tied when Ben Chapman draws 5 walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Lou Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub‚ Jack Saltzgaver (below). Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.
1932: Lefty Gomez allows only 3 hits and strikes out 13 as the Yanks top the A’s 3-1.
1930: In New York‚ the Yanks and A’s play their third doubleheader in 4 days. Babe Ruth homers in both games‚ giving him 8 in six games‚ and drives home 7 runs to help New York sweep‚ 10-6 and 11-1. Newly acquired Red Ruffing is the easy winner in the nitecap.
1928: In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ a Major League 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the second-place A’s. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski‚ managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack‚ nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Earle Combs‚ Leo Durocher‚ Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig‚ Tony Lazzeri and Waite Hoyt for New York; Ty Cobb‚ Triss Speaker‚ Mickey Cochrane‚ Al Simmons‚ Eddie Collins‚ Lefty Grove‚ and Jimmie Foxx for the A's] Led by Tony Lazzeri’s three hits and six RBIs‚ the Yanks edge the A’s‚ 9-7‚ handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A’s win the nitecap‚ 5-2‚ behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
1918: Stan Coveleski (below) of the Indians pitches a 19-inning complete game to defeat the Yankees 3-2. Former pitcher Joe Wood hits a home run in the 19th inning ~ his second of the game ~ to end the 3:45 marathon. For New York‚, Home Run Baker’s 11 assists tie the AL record for a third baseman in an extra-inning game.
2010: The Mets win their first subway series against the Yankees since 1998 with a 6-4 victory. Jason Bay homers twice ~ only his second and third long balls of the year ~ off CC Sabathia. Johan Santana is the winner and Francisco Rodriguez picks up the save by striking out A-Rod with two men on to end the game.
2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 7-3 as Derek Jeter gets 5 hits‚ including a double and a home run. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss‚ going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. Andy Pettitte is the winner.
Remembering late ’30s & ’40s Yankee great Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller, who left us today in 1990.
1979: The Yankees trade pitchers with the Cubs‚ sending Dick Tidrow to Chicago for Ray Burris. Tidrow will regain his form in the Windy City‚ while Burris will be just 1-3 in pinstripes before being banished to the Mets.
1964: At the Stadium, the Angels score 4 in the first‚ and the Yankees counter with 5 in the bottom of the inning off Bo Belinsky. That’s all the scoring for the pinstripers as the Angels win 9-5. This is only the second game this season that the injury-plagued Yanks have started their regular outfield of Mickey Mantle‚ Roger Maris and Tom Tresh (below). Mantle will pull a muscle on the 26th‚ keeping him out of the lineup for 2 weeks.
1962: Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in AL history to hit 2 homers in one inning. New York’s 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 13-7.
1957: At Ebbets Field‚ the Yanks top the Dodgers‚ 10-7‚ in the Mayor’s Trophy game. Al Cicotte allows 2 hits in 6 innings‚ and smacks two himself. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5.
1956: Former Yankee manager Buck Showalter is born. Happy 58th, Buck!
1954: At New York‚ Mickey Mantle’s three run homer in the 3rd ties the game‚ but the Commerce Comet strikes out for the final out of the game‚ and Boston wins‚ 10-9.
1948: Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive home runs in a 6-5 first-game Yankee win against the Indians. The first 2 home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black‚ the Indians take the nightcap‚ 5-1‚ to preserve their hold on first place.
1947: The Yankees beat Boston‚ 9-0‚ as Allie Reynolds fires his 2nd two-hit shutout over the Red Sox in a month. Harry Dorish is the loser.
1946: The Yankees deflate Virgil Trucks with homers in the 5th inning by DiMaggio and Nick Etten. Joe Gordon then greets reliever Hal White with the Yankees 3rd consecutive HR‚ and the Bombers roll over Detroit 12-6.
Off the field, Johnny Grabowski, 1/3 of the Murderers’ Row catching platoon, dies at the age of 46.
1936: Tony Lazzeri hits 3 homers‚ 2 in the nitecap‚ good for 4 RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics‚ 12-6 and 15-1. The crowd of 24‚240‚ one of the largest in several seasons‚ pelt the field with cushions‚ bottles and other articles‚ making play difficult. Bill Dickey‚ Ben Chapman‚ Red Rolfe‚ and Frank Crosetti also homer for NY.
1927: Despite back-to-back first inning home runs by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig off Sloppy Thurston‚ Murderers’ Row goes down to the Senators 3-2.
1924: Former Yankee coach and front office man (as well as interim manager in 1982) Clyde King is born.
1920: After a week in bed with illness‚ Babe Ruth returns to belt a two run homer in the 6th off Carl Weilman to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the visiting Browns. Baby Doll Jacobson’s two run homer in the 4th is the only Browns scoring off Bob Shawkey.