The red-letter day (bordered in black) ~
2010: Yankee owner George Steinbrenner dies at the age of 80.
On other 13ths of July…
2012: Russell Martin guns down Howie Kendrick on a steal attempt at second base to preserve the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Angels to begin the season’s second half. It is the third runner that Martin catches in a steal attempt tonight, and he also drives in the winning run in the 8th. Mark Teixera drives in the other 5 runs for the Yankees with a pair of homers.
1985: In a pre-game ceremony at the Stadium, the Yankees retire the numbers 9 and 32, in honour of Roger Maris and Elston Howard respectively.
In the contest that follows, the Yanks beat Mike Mason and the Texas Rangers 3-1 behind Phil Niekro, with the save going to Dave Righetti.
1979: California’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inningâ and each settle for one-hit victories: 6-1 over New York and 2-0 over Oakland respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko while Reggie Jackson has the one-out safety off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th after Jim Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one hitter in his last outing on July 8.
Off the field, Kei Igawa, who set the club record for wins at AAA Scranton during his tenure with the Yankee organization but was generally less successful in the Bronx, is born. Happy birthday to a player who probably should have stayed in Japan!
1973: Bobby Murcer hits 3 home runsâ all off starter Gene Garber, and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5-0 win over the Royals. Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out.
1964: The Yankees belt 4 homers (Tom Tresh with 2, Clete Boyer and Mickey mantle 1 each) in Cleveland to top the Tribeâ 10-4.
1961: Chicago’s Early Wynn gets an early departure as he retires just two Yankees in the first inning. Then Mickey Mantle (no. 30) and Roger Maris (no. 34) belt back-to-back homers to send the vet to the showers. For Mantle, it is the 13th homer in his career off Wynnâ his favorite target. New York win, 6-2
1952: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadiumâ Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11-1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg home run. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5, including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nitecap, Mickey Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser for his 5th straight hit of the afternoonâ and the Yanks roll again,
1948: The Yanks’ Vic Raschi drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the AL again tops the NL, 5-2, in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, George Kell and Hal Newhouser all miss places in the lineup due to injuries.
1947: Making his 14th Major league uniform change, Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will help the Bombers to the title. The next season, Newsom will go across the East River to join the Giants. To make room for Newsom, the Yanks sell pitcher Mel Queen to the Pirates.
1945: At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland outfielder Pat Seerey launches three homers, the second a grand slam and a triple for a 15 total bases as the Indians go on a batting spree to roll 16-4. Seerey hits his homers off starter Atley Donald, Monk Dubiel and Steve Roser. Fat Pat will top his total in 1948, the only player to ever have two games with 15 or more total bases. Jeff Heath adds a pair of homers and pitcher Steve Gromek collects 4 hits to win his 10th game and 4th straight over New York. The Yanks’ Donald is going in the other direction, and this will be his last career start. His charmed life against the Indians is over as well; after going 13-1 against Clevelandâ he has lost to them twice in 10 days.
1941: In Chicago, the Yankees sweep twoâ winning 8-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings to run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York’s lead in the AL is 5 games.
1934: Babe Ruth hits his 700th career home run, a two-run shot in the 3rd off Tommy Bridges, to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As he is circling the bases, Ruth shouts to his teammates “I want that ball!” As with his 500th and 600th homerâ the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the sphere. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.
1927: Babe Ruth is 4-for-4 to lead New York to a 5-3 victory over the Indians. The Babe comments after the game: “Three singles and a double, and they call that a perfect day. That’s just bunting”. Willis Hudlin takes the loss, the 8th in a row for the Tribe.
1905: The New York Highlanders ‘rent’ catcher Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (shown below) from the Philadelphia A’s. Powers will be sold back to the A’s on August 7. Powers was needed to replace backup catcher Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with Detroit. Powers will catch tomorrow but play mainly at first, replacing Hal Chase whose nose was broken in a collision at home plate in the Detroit game. The New York Times (July 22) will note that New York needed Powers to replace Patsy Dougherty, out with a finger injury.
The red-letter day ~
1951: At Cleveland‚ Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland 1-0 for the first of his two no-hitters this season.Gene Woodling’s 7th inning home run off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1-0 game. It is the 3rd game in a row that a Woodling homer has beaten Cleveland. The Chief’s no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson’s in 1938. New York take the nitecap as well behind Vic Raschi, as Joe DiMaggio clinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.
On other 12ths of July…
2008: Bobby Murcer dies after a long battle with cancer.
2000: The Yankees obtain pitcher Denny Neagle and outfielder Mike Frank from the Reds in exchange for third baseman Drew Henson and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnell.
1989: Ron Guidry announces his retirement.
1987: The Yankees trade pitcher Bob Tewksbury and 2 minor league pitchers to the Cubs for Steve Trout‚ who has just pitched back-to-back shutouts.
1977: Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Brewers. The win stops the Yanks’ losing streak at 3 games.
1962: The Senators send first baseman Dale Long (shown below during his tenure with the Pirates) to the Yankees for outfielder Don Lock. Long will hit .298 in pinstripes this year.
1959: NBC uses outfield TV cameras with 80-inch lenses to show the catchers’ signals during a Yankees-Red Sox game. Announcers Phil Rizzuto and Mel Allen (below) are invariably correct in calling the signals of Yogi Berra and Sammy White. Commissioner Ford Frick will request that they halt its use during future Game of the Week broadcasts. It doesn’t help New York, who have dropped their last 3 games to the host Red Sox. Boston win today 7-3.
1952: At the Stadium, the Browns’ bespectacled backstop Clint Courtney lives up to his nickname of ‘Scrap Iron’ when he slides hard into Billy Martin in a 2nd-inning play. In the 6th inning‚ Courtney tries to knock over Yogi Berra in a play at home‚ and in the 8th he gets tagged in the face by Martin‚ again at second base. Both dugouts empty as he and Martin start fighting and Courtney is decked. Courtney is the only player ejected‚ but the AL hands out a record (since topped) $850 in fines. The Yankees prevail‚ 5-4‚ in 11 innings‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance to beat Satchel Paige.
1930: The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox‚ 11-6‚ and gain a split on the day. Chicago win the opener‚ 11-7. In the second game‚ the Sox score 4 in the 7th‚ but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning‚ Ruffing launches a homer into the right field stands to start a New York rally. Babe Ruth, just coming off a 3-day suspension‚ collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that ‘during lulls in the activity‚ small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him‚ provoking the umpires’ displeasure.’ The hitting honours for the day belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits‚ including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball‚ then overthrows third. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unload ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons’ pitching.
1927: Babe Ruth breaks an 0-for-14 drought by banging his 30th homer of the year in the 9th. Babe is now a homer ahead of Lou Gehrig. Behind Urban Shocker’s shutout‚ the Yanks coast to a 7-0 win over the Indians.
1922: Hub Pruett fans babe Ruth 3 times as the Browns top New York‚ 7-4. Two bases-loaded singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14th to stay a half game back.
1921: In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 homers including his 137th career HR‚ passing the record of 136 held by 19th-century star Roger Connor. He adds a double as the Yanks win‚ 6-4.
1912: In a 4-1 Yankee win over the Browns‚ New York pitcher Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhop’s 2nd steal of home in 3 years.
1911: Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell, acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte‚ has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning‚ then piles on a sacrifice fly and a grand slam‚ to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx knocks in 9 in a game in 1933. New York defeat the Browns‚ 12-2.
1905: Jack Doyle (shown below) makes what is possibly the least auspicious debut in Highlander/Yankee annals. A veteran signed the previous day to be a substitute on Hal Chase’s days off, the new first baseman makes two three-run errors that account for all the opposition scoring, as the Tigers beat New York 6-5. Doyle’s first game with the denizens of Hilltop Park will also be his last, both with the club and in the Majors.
2011: Robinson Cano wins the annual All-Star Game Home Run Derby with a record-breaking performance in the final round at Chase Field. After Adrian Gonzalez ties the best-ever home run total for a final round with 11, Cano, hitting off his father Jose, launches 12 balls into the stands with 4 outs to spare to claim the crown.
2010: Bob Sheppard, former public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, dies at the age of 99.
Bob Sheppard became the announcer for the New York Yankees in 1951, and over the decades became as much a part of the Yankee Stadium experience as the Number 4 train rattling past the right field bleachers. Sheppard never missed an Opening Day until 2006, when illness kept him out of the announcer’s box. In late March 2009, with their home opener in the new Yankee Stadium approaching, the team announced that Sheppard had bronchitis and that substitutes would handle two exhibition games scheduled for April 4 and 5.
In March 2008, George Vecsey described Mr. Sheppard and his impact on the game:
Robert Leo Sheppard has been a highlight of any trip to the big ballyard in the Bronx since opening day, April 17, 1951, when he
announced the name of Joe DiMaggio right after the youngster playing right field, Mickey Mantle. Roger or Reggie or Bernie might not hit a home run on any given day, but Sheppard would deliver the starting lineups, in a voice that would make everybody else in the joint sound like we were Archie or Edith Bunker speaking some other language.
It is a voice that makes rowdies stop in their tracks. He made an impromptu appeal to common sense to quiet a restive Yankee crowd back in the ’70s, and on Wednesday he recalled another spontaneous announcement at a Giants football game in Yankee Stadium in the late ’50s when inebriated fans wandered onto the field with four or five minutes left in the game.
“Jack Mara ran up to me and said, ‘Make them stop,'” Sheppard recalled, referring to the former president of the Giants. So Sheppard
told the mob: “If you do not stop, the Giants will forfeit the game. Is that clear? The Giants will forfeit the game.” It must have been clear,
because the fans wobbled back into the stands, and the Giants won the game.
“After the game, one of the reporters asked, ‘Is that a rule?'” Sheppard recalled yesterday. “I said, ‘It’s Sheppard’s Rule.'” And
nobody argues those rules.
The players want to make the majors just to hear Sheppard announce their names. Reggie Jackson still hasn’t gotten over hearing Sheppard, on a busman’s holiday, do a guest inning in Anaheim, Calif., back in the late ’70s. Reggie, in the on-deck circle, nearly flipped, hearing that voice 3,000 miles from home.
2009: The Yankees hit a season-high 5 home runs in Los Angeles, including two by Alex Rodriguez, but they still lose 14-8 to the Angels, who have scored 24 runs in two games since their two most potent offensive weapons, Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter, hit the disabled list simultaneously on July 9th. Rodriguez moves past another steroid-tainted player, Rafael Palmeiro, into 10th place on the all-time major league home run list.
2000: The American League wins its 4th consecutive All-Star Game‚ beating the National League‚ 6-3. Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones each go 3-for-3 in the contest. Jeter takes MVP honors‚ while Chicago’s James Baldwin gets the victory.
1959: Frank Gilhooley, who played in the Yankee outfield from 1913 through 1918, dies at age 67.
1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range into the upper deck in right‚ as New York top Cleveland 11-3.
1957: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle scores the tying run in the 9th‚ then wins it in the 11th with an opposite field homer off righty Tom Morgan. Mantle now has 23 homers‚ and is hitting ‚370 for the first-place Yanks. Chicago trail by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees will lose tomorrow‚ 4-2‚ with Mantle hitting another homer.
1946:The Yankees sell Oscar Grimes to the A’s. Grimes was New York’s regular third baseman in 1944-45‚ but lost his job when the vets returned.
1945:Yankee catcher Aaron Robinson returns from the military. Ruffing is back as well, along with Charlie Keller. More than two dozen former ML players will be in uniform before the season is over.
1939: With another Yankee-dominated lineup‚ the AL defeats the NL 3-1 in the 7th All-Star Game‚ at the Stadium. Joe DiMaggio excites the partisan crowd with a 5th-inning homer. Cincinnati outfielder Ival Goodman fractures his shoulder diving for a ball.
1927: The Yankees beat Detroit 8-5‚ as Lou Gehrig belts his 29th homer of the year‚ tying him with Babe Ruth for the league. Waite Hoyt picks up the win over Lil Stoner.
1922: In the first of 4 games at the Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the first-place Browns‚ 2-1‚ as the Browns hand New York two ‘home runs.’ Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken Williams and goes into the left field stands for a homer. In the 6th, Jim Tobinmakes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the right field foul line, allowing Ruth to take second. The Babe continues to third, and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.
1921: At Chicago‚ Dickie Kerr gives up a pair of 2-run homers to Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth in losing to the Yankees’ Rip Collins‚ 4-0. For Ruth it is his 32nd homer of the season, and he has now homered in every AL park this year. Later at Comiskey Park‚ robbers blow off the door of the safe and make off with $3‚000‚ mostly receipts from the game. Tomorrow‚ the New YorkvTimes says‚ ‘Owner Charles Comiskey <below> denied reports that the safe contained papers pertaining to the former White Sox players now on
1904: The Highlanders salvage the last game of a 4-game series with the Boston Americans with a 10-1 drubbing of the visitors‚ but the Beantowners leave New York with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL. Patsy Dougherty (below) has 4 of New York’s 17 hits.
2011: CC Sabathia wins his 13th game of the year for the Yankees as they eke out a 1 – 0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The only run scores on a pair of miscues, after Robinson Cano starts the 7th inning with a single off James Shields. B.J. Upton makes a nice catch on Jorge Posada’s fly ball to center, but his throw to first to double Cano sails into the first base dugout. Cano moves to third on the play, then scores when Shields’ pick-off attempt is over third baseman Sean Rodriguez’s head. The game takes only 2:11, the fastest 9-inning contest in the AL this year.
2004: Old Timers Day in the Bronx is all about Thurman Munson, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the ’70s Yankees captain. Fourteen of Thurman’s teammates join his widow Diana (shown below) on the mound – one of them, Lou Piniella, is wearing the opposing team’s uniform, since he is the manager of the visiting Devil Rays. Jon Lieber allows two quick tallies on singles by the first three Tampa players and a Tino Martinez sacrifice fly. After that, Lieber stiffens, and holds the line until an 2-run A-Bomb ties off Dewon Brazelton ties it in the home fourth. Derek Jeter’s bases-clearing three-run double three innings later makes the difference in the 6-3 Yankee win.
1999: In a thrilling interleague matchup at Shea, the Yankees’ streak of 125 consecutive victories when leading after 8 innings comes to an end when Matt Franco’s 2-out pinch single in the bottom of the 9th off the suddenly mortal Mariano Rivera drives home 2 runs and gives the Mets a 9-8 win.
1997. Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his Major league debut as the Yankees roll over the Tigers 10-3.
1987: At the Stadium‚ Don mattingly greets White Sox reliever Joel McKeon with a grand slam on the fireman’s first pitch to pace the Yankees to a 9-5 win over Chicago.
1977: The AL East lead changes hands once again, as the Yankees drop into second behind the Red Sox after a 5-0 loss to the Orioles and lefty Ross Grimsley.
1956: Joe Giard, who was acquired mid-season in 1927 to shore up the Yankee bullpen and finished his brief career at the end of the regular campaign, dies at the age of 57.
1955: Despite giving up two solo homers to Mickey Mantle‚ the Nats’ Dean Stone holds on for a 6-4 win in Washington in the first game of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit‚ then later adds a double. In the nitecap‚ Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win‚ 8-3.
1947: At Sportsman’s Park, Yankee relief pitcher Joe Page stops the Browns, and then provides the margin of victory himself with a 9th inning homer as the Yankees win 4-3.
1936: The Bombers unload on the Indians 18-0, as Red Ruffing coasts to the complete game win. Lloyd Brown, the first of the Tribe hurlers, is the loser. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.
1934: The 2nd annual All Star Game witnesses Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out five future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with two on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the second. After three scoreless innings he leaves with the NL leading 4 – 0. The AL rallies, scoring nine runs off Lon Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo and Dizzy Dean, while Mel Harder pitches five shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe ‘Ducky’ Medwick hit homers. Earl Averill’s three RBI are decisive for the 9-7 AL victory.
1927; Murderers’ Row stumbles briefly on their march to the pennant as Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals second, third and home ithe 4th inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Yankees.
1917: Coming off a suspension, Yankee righthander Ray Caldwell (below) pitches 9 2/3 innings of scoreless relief‚ picking up a 7-5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of one Mrs. Lucy Dick whilst visiting. He is arrested for larceny.
The red-letter day ~
2011: Derek Jeter becomes the 28th member of the 3000 hit club with a 5-for-5 day against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Stadium. The second of the 5 hits, a homer off David Price in the 3rd inning, gets him to the milestone. He then adds two singles and a double as the Yankees defeat the Rays, 5 – 4.
On other 9ths of July…
2002: In a controversial finish, the All-Star Game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. The Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano homers for the junior circuit in the contest.
2000: Not only do the Yanks lose to the Mets at Shea, as Andy Pettitte is outduelled by Mike Hampton 2-0, but they lose Shane Spencer for the rest of the season as the outfielder damages his knee when he stumbles making a catch.
1999: The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig when he made his ‘luckiest man on earth’ speech on July 4‚ 1939 is sold for $451‚541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone.
1986: The Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson, who had had become the target of such fan abuse in New York that manager Lou Piniella would no longer pitch him at the Stadium.
1985: Despite giving up 9 hits and striking out only one batter, Ron Guidry wins his 10th straight decision, beating the Royals, 6-4.
1972: The Yankees beat the Twins 9-6‚ even though Rich Reese of Minnesota ties a Major League record by hitting the third pinch grand slam of his career, off Lindy McDaniel.
1960: Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins‚ and 14 straight over two seasons‚ as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-5. The Sox are lead by Vic Wertz, who drives in 4 runs with a homer, a double and a single. Coates’ ML record is 17-2.
1958: In front of the Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly‚ U.S. Senators are treated to a long‚ rambling, barely comprehensible discourse on baseball and America by Casey Stengel. When Stengel finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and the Yankee centerfielder deadpans, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” Manager and player return to New York in time to help thrash the Cleveland Indians 13-2.
1955: Bob Turley and the Yanks prevail over the Washington Senators, with Mickey Mantle’s 5 for 5 day providing the motor for the offense. Bullet Bob tosses a two-hit shutout in the 4-0 win.
1937: Joe DiMaggio goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers in addition to a triple‚ double and single, leading New York to a 16-2 trouncing of the Senators. Lou Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads‚ and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the pair goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When Powell took his place in left field after the incident he was showered with pop bottles.
1936: The temperature is 106ºF in Central Park‚ the hottest July 9th in New York City in the 20th century, as the Yankees host the Indians at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102*F. The Yanks score 4 in the 1st inning‚ but Cleveland come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits‚including 5 homers‚ to win 11-4. Hal Trosky‚ Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Lou Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.
1932: At the Stadium, Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman has two inside-the-park homers and 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit.The Yanks win 14-9, completing the sweep after taking first game 7-6‚ home run heroics provided by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Sewell.
1929: Hector Lopez, early ’60s Yankee outfielder, and member of the ’61 and ’62 championship teams, is born. Happy 84th, Hector!
1927: At Detroit’s Navin Field. Babe Ruth hits two homers and two doubles to lead the Yankees to a 19-7 driveby of the Tigers in the opening game of a twinbill. Detroit first baseman Johnny Neun almost matches the Babe‚ going 5-for-5 and swiping 5 bases. The Bengals bounce right back in the nitecap, thrashing the Yanks 14-4.
1919: The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak‚ beating New York’s Bob Shawkey 2-0‚ to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they don’t stop Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game. Peck‚ who is leading the AL in hitting‚ will go hitless tomorrow.
1874: Jack Powell, who won 23 games for the New York Highlanders in 1904, is born.
2008: A superb Andy Pettitte blanks Scott Kazmir and the Rays 5-0 at the Stadium, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five in eight innings of work. Melky Cabrera homers, and Derek Jeter, one of five Yankees with multiple hits, doubles in two. Reggie Jackson gets the honour of moving the indicator of contests remaining in the old Yankee Stadium from 34 to 33 in the fifth inning.
2000: The Yankees activate former Mets phenom Dwight Gooden and send him into action against his old team – he beats them 4-2 in Flushing on the day game of a two-borough, day/night doubleheader. Roger Clemens tops the Mets by the same score in the evening contest in the Bronx. Also in this game, the Rocket levels Mike Piazza with a pitch off the batting helmet, igniting bad blood between the teams and their fans.
David Justice, Shane Spencer, and Scott Brosius single for one fifth-inning run, and then Chuck Knoblauch, the day after his 32nd birthday, follows with a homer off Glendon Rusch for the winner.
1994: Though it will be another 10 years before he puts on the pinstripes, a promising rookie by the name of Alex Rodriguez makes his Major League debut today with the Mariners, going 0 for 3 in a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.
1982: The good news is that Billy Martin earns his 1,000th career managerial victory in a game involving the Yankees… The bad news is that he is currently at the helm of the Oakland A’s, who present him with the landmark win at the expense of the Bombers, 6-3.
1977: An ace in Cincinnati, Don Gullett has been plagued with arm troubles since signing with the Yankees this year. Nevertheless, the lefty wins his 7th game of the campaign thus far, as Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles homer in a 7-5 win over the Orioles.
1974: Yankee shortstop Jim Mason ties a major-league record by doubling four times in a 12-5 win over Texas.
1966: In twinbill action at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers in both games against the Senators; the second-game blast off Jim Hannan carries over the Monuments into the bleachers in center, to a measured 461 feet. The teams split the two games, 7-6 for Washington in the opener, then 7-5 New York. Unfortunately, Mantle injures a hamstring in the second contest, and will be out two weeks.
1969: Red Rolfe, the only multi-season starting third baseman in Yankee history thus far to have played his entire career with the club, dies at the age of 60.
1962: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-8 victory and regain first place, a position they will hold for the rest of the year. Bobby Richardson, Tom Tresh and Hector Lopez homer, and Whitey Ford picks up the his 7th win.
1958: The AL beats the NL in the All Star Game 4-3. with Gil McDougald’s 6th inning single providing the margin of victory for the junior circuiters. Incidentally, this is the first All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.
1951: As a feud between Casey Stengel and his veteran star continues, the manager replaces Joe DiMaggio in center with Jackie Jensen (shown below) in the second inning of a game with the Red Sox. Red-hot Clyde Vollmer hits a two-run homer, and Boston prevail 6-3.
1927: The Yanks split with the Tigers‚ losing the opener 11-8‚ then outslugging the Bengals in the nitecap to win 10-8. babe Ruth clouts his 27th homer in the nitecap‚ a 3-run inside-the-park job to deep center‚ to back George Pipgras’ pitching. The booming drive off Don Hankins ricochets off the wall past center fielder Heinie Manush and the Babe scores standing up for his only inside-the-parker this season. Lil Stoner goes all the way for Detroit in the opener‚ getting the win in spite of allowing 14 hits. Lou Gehrig‚ leading the AL with a .401 average‚ has 4 hits for the afternoon‚ but his longest is a triple.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, Ty Cobb, out with a wrenched knee since June 6‚ hits a pinch single in the 9th to drive home the winner in a victory over the Yankees. Cobb extends his hit streak to 12 games‚ while Babe Ruth‚ who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple‚ runs
his hit streak to 22 games. New York score one in the 9th but lose 4-3.
1910: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Bert Daniels triples in the 6th inning, then steals home on the next pitch. New York go on to beat the White Sox 13-4.
2007: The 61st Annual Old Timers’ Game takes place at the Stadium. 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius takes part for the first time, and joins Paul O’Neill, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Leyritz and Brian Doyle. In the game that follows, Roger Clemens mkakes one of his best starts of the year, matching Anaheim ace John Lackey by allowing one run on five hits through eight frames. But in the top of the 12th, Brian Bruney surrenders a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick, and a double error by Miguel Cairo at first on a bunt play gives up the deciding run in a 2-1 loss.
2005: A familiar pattern continues to develop as the Yankees place Carl ‘American Idle’ Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis.
In other roster changes, backup infielder Rey Sanchez is transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. And although his initial two-week stay in the bigs would not be good, the purchase of the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera from AAA Columbus would prove to be a good move for the club.
1991: Bernie Williams makes his Major League debut. Though the Yankees fall to the Orioles 5-3, the rookie displays his strengths by driving in one run from each side of the plate. After delivering one tally on a sac fly off lefty starter Jeff Ballard, Bernie strokes an rbi single off righthanded closer Greg Olson in the ninth inning.
1987: The numerologists would have a field day… Trailing the Twins 7-0 in the 7th inning on 7/7/87, the Yanks score 7 runs to tie it. Mike Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson homer and Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Claudell Washington, and Gary Ward single in succession, for 7 straight safeties. A Claudell Washington home run highlights the five-run 8th that follows, and the Bombers emerge with a 12-7 victory.
1982: Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, third baseman for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 85.
1978: Ron Guidry’s historic winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Milwaukee’s Mike Caldwell, who shuts out the Yankees 6-0 on. This is the second of three shutouts the Brewer lefty will record against the Bombers this year, and sends Gator’s record ‘plummeting’ to 13-1.
1977: Catfish Hunter four-hits the Indians for an 8-2 win, completing a three-game series sweep at the Stadium.
1970: Mel Stottlemyre pitches well, but gets a no-decision as his undergunned Yankee mates fail to provide much run support against the Orioles. Stot leaves the game in the 8th with the score tied at 2, and Lindy McDaniel allowed a Brooks Robinson 10th-inning grand slam for a 6-2 Baltimore walkoff win.
1968: Chuck Knoblauch is born. Happy 46th to one of the standouts from the Torre glory years!
1966: Mired in a 1 for 17 slump, Mickey Mantle comes up in the bottom of the 9th with the Yankees tied with the Red Sox 2-2. The Mick belts a 3-run homer for the walkoff win.
1951: At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox connects for a grand slam to chase Yankee starter Allie Reynold. The final score is 10-4 for Boston, with Ellis Kinder going the route for the win. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff blast in the 9th completes the New York scoring .
1937: Lou Gehrig leads the AL to victory in the All Star Game, pacing the junior circuit attack with 4 RBI on a home run and a double.
1915: Connie Mack’s ‘fire sale’ in Philadelphia continues, as the A’s sell Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000. Shawkey will go on to win 175 games in pinstripes.
1904: Jack Chesbro is bested by the Boston Americans 4-1 at Hilltop Park for one of only 6 losses the Highlander ace will suffer in a season in which he establishes a Major League record of 41 victories that still stands.
1903: In a game with the Highlanders at New York, White Sox outfielder Danny Green is called out at first in a close play by arbiter John Sheridan (shown below). After returning to the bench, the Chicago player continues to yell at the ump. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits Green in the head with his mask. The offended player then punches the umpire, who is taken from the grounds in handcuffs and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later, he is released after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.
2011: The trial of Roger Clemens on accusations of perjury in his testimony to Congress in February 2008, opens today in Washington with jury selection. Among the witnesses which prosecutors are planning to call on are Commissioner Bud Selig, former Yankee mnger Joe Torre, former teammates Andy Pettite and Jorge Posada, and slugger Sammy Sosa. Clemens’ attorneys also plan to call on former managers and teammates, albeit different ones, to testify on behalf of the former pitcher.
2010: Alex Rodriguez hits the 21st grand slam of his career and adds a solo homer to bring his career total to 597 long balls. The Yankees defeat the A’s 6-1. CC Sabathia wins his 7th consecutive start to improve to 11-3 on the year. A-Rod’s slam ties him with Manny Ramirez for second on the all-time list, two behind Yankee legend Lou Gehrig.
2008: Joba Chamberlain is not around long enough for the win in a 5-4 extra-inning Yankee victory over the Red Sox at the Stadium , but he does have some fun before leaving by throwing yet another pitch above the head of Kevin Youkilis.
A-Rod homers off Tim Wakefield, and Robinson Cano has a key two-run triple that ties the game in the seventh. The star of the game award goes to Brett Gardner, who got the start in center in place of Johnny Damon, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder earlier in the day. The speedy rookie singles and scores in the sixth, and drives in Cano with the game winner in the bottom of the tenth. Astronaut and Yankee fan Garrett Reisman (below), who in April had thrown out the first pitch in a Stadium game from the International Space Station, throws out the first pitch in person this day, having returned to earth in the interim.
2003: Bill Mueller of the Red Sox jumps on Andy Pettitte for a home run and a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Boston scoring begins and ends there. While Andy settles into a groove, his teammates plate a pair off John Burkett in the opening frame, add one in the 5th, and send the Bosox starter to the showers when Curtis Pride launches a homer to straightaway center in the sixth. Three 7th inning tallies close out the 7-1 Yankee win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball, and the Yankees jump out to a 7-0 lead over the Mets after three innings, on two rbi singles by Scott Brosius and an Alfonso Soriano 3-run blast. The home team then coast to the 8-3 victory, with Andy getting the win over fellow lefty Al Leiter.
1996: John Wetteland ties the record held by Lee Smith by garnering a save in his 20th consecutive appearance. The Yankee closer pitches the ninth inning of Jimmy Key’s 2-0 win over the Brewers.
During the game, the Yankees buy out Darryl Strawberry’s contract with Columbus.
1990: Five days after his disastrous and demoralizing 4-0 loss to the White Sox in 1990, despite having thrown a no-hitter, Andy Hawkins goes down to defeat yet again. After throwing shutout ball at the Twins into the twelfth inning of the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, he gives up two runs in the frame and loses. His record dips to 1-6. The Bombers bounce back to take the nitecap 5-3.
1966: Boston reliever Don McMahon becomes the second pitcher in AL history to beat the Yankees twice in one day, picking up in the win in relief in both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium. When Dave Davenport of the Browns first achieved the same-day double win over the Yanks in 1916, however, he threw two complete-game victories.
Off the field, ‘Sad Sam’ Jones, mainstay of the pitching staff of the Yanks’ first World Series winning team in 1923, dies at the age of 73.
1962: The M & M boys go back-to-back for the third time in four games when they homer off the Twins’ Camilo Pasqual in the 1st inning of a 7-5 win. Both Mantle and Maris will go long again later in the game. The Mick’s dingers in his first two at bats give in four in succession over two games.
1954: Willie Randolph is born. Happy 60th to one of the all time Yankee greats at second base!
1941: At the Stadium, the Yanks sweep two from the Philadelphia Athletics, 8-4 and 3-1. Joe DiMaggio hits safely in both games, extending his hitting streak to 48 games. Before the game the center field monument to the memory of the recently deceased Lou Gehrig is dedicated: ‘A Man, A Gentleman, and A Great Ball Player.’
1933: The first ML All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park‚ and‚ appropriately, Babe Ruth is the star‚ though he finished 6th in the voting. Joining the Bambino in representing the Yanks in the starting AL nine are Lou Gehrig and Lefty Gomez. (Al Simmons and Chuck Klein were the top two vote-getters.) The Babe strikes out against Lon Warneke‚ but his 2-run homer is the margin of victory in the AL’s 4-2 win. Gomez, the starter and winner‚ also knocks in the game’s first run. John McGraw comes out of retirement to manage the NL. The match draws 49‚200 fans who pay $52‚000 in gate receipts.
1928: Urban Shocker (below), who has made only one appearance for the Yankees this year because of health issues, is given his unconditional release by the team.
1920: The Yankees (1920 team photo shown below) set a record by plating 14 runs in the 5th inning of a game with the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium. The mark will stand as the most runs ever scored in one inning of a Major League game until 1953, when the Red Sox produce a 17-run frame.
2009: The Yankees win at the Stadium, though far from gracefully. Battering Toronto rookie Brett Cecil for seven runs, and the soon-to-retire B.J. Ryan for three more, they will need almost all those runs, as Joba Chamberlain allows eight of his own, even if all five runs in the top of the third are unearned after a Cody Ransom (below) error. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada collect four hits each, and Hideki Matsui homers and drives in 4 in the 10-8 triumph.
2000: Andy Pettitte cruises through the first 5 innings, but things turn ugly in the 6th when the Orioles push 6 runs across on 7 hits and a walk off the starter and relievers Jason Grimsley and Mike Stanton before Jeff Nelson finally restores order. The Yanks, who had built a 4-0 lead on homers by Scott Brosius and Derek Jeter, now trail. Fortunately, the Bomber offense is operating at full throttle, and answer back with a six-spot of their own in the home half of the 6th, on their way to a 12-6 win.
1999: Facing the Orioles at the Stadium, Andy Pettitte is on less than top form, allowing 8 hits (including homers by Cal Ripken and B.J. Surhoff) and walking 5 in 6 innings of work, as Mike Mussina and the visitors roll, 9-1.
1966: Former Yankee pitching coach Dave Eiland is born. Happy birthday, Dave!
1961: In the course of a 6-0 victory over the Indians, Roger Maris is erroneously credited with an RBI single along with the RBI he earned for a home run. The error will be discovered and rectified in 1995, and since then, the record book has reflected that Maris and the Orioles’ Jim Gentile were co-leaders of the American League in RBI for the 1961 season.
1951: ’70s Yankee closer and Hall of Famer Rich Gossage is born. Happy 63rd to the Goose!
1950: Tommy Byrne gives up six hits, walks six and hits four batters in five innings of work, but still manages to salvage the win as the Yanks beats the Athletics 12-8. It’s Cliff Mapes (below) to the rescue, as the last Yankee player to wear Babe Ruth’s old no. 3 before it was retired drives in five runs with a home run and a single.
1943: Curt ‘Clank’ Blefary, (the nickname was bestowed on him by Frank Robinson for his less than stellar glovework in the outfield) Yankee benchplayer in 1970 and ’71 during a journeyman career, is born.
1937: Joe DiMaggio hits first Major League grand slam, off Rube Walberg, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over the Red Sox. The Yankees prevail by scores of 15-0 and 8-4.
1934: Lou Gehrig hits the 17th of his 23 career grand slams, this one an inside-the-park job, in an 8-3 win over the Senators
1930: Yankee Stadium plays host to its first Negro League games, as the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox split a doubleheader before a crowd of 20,000. Baltimore’s Herb ‘Rap Dixon’ homers three times, while the Giants’ Chino Smith goes long twice and triples.
1917: In the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Senators at the Polo Grounds, Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a 13th-inning shot to deep center off Walter Johnson, and motors around the bases for an inside-the-park game winner. It is his fifth career homer against the Hall of Fame bound Washington ace. The Senators win the first game, 2-1.
1905: Thanks in part to 9 Boston errors, the Highlanders roll 8-3. Bill Hogg (shown below in a 1908 spring training photo, fourth from the left in the front row) gets the win for the visiting New Yorkers.
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.
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.
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.