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2005: In a 12-3 lambasting of the Brewers at Milwaukee, Alex Rodriguez strokes the 400th HR of his career, off Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano. A-Rod becomes the youngest player to date to reach the plateau, and the 40th overall. The milestone is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise ugly 3-9 road trip.
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2011: The Red Sox take over first place in the AL East by dropping the Yankees 11-6 at the Stadium. Tim Wakefield continues to do well in filling for injured members of the starting rotation, picking up his third win after being staked an early 7 – 0 lead. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew all homer as A.J. Burnett takes the loss. But not all is rosy for Boston ~ Dustin Pedroia heads home after the game to have his ailing right knee examined, but the problem turns out to be only a bone bruise. The Yanks are not so lucky, as they place Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list before the game with what turns out to be a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery. Boston hburler Bobby Jenks also goes on the DL, but his prognosis is not as dire as Joba’s.
2007: A poignant moment occurs before a game with Pittsburgh at the Stadium, as the untimely death of Clete Boyer is honored – the ex-Yank third baseman had succumbed several days before when the team was on the road. The contest that follows pits lefties Tom Gorzelanny and Andy Pettitte against each other, and the Yanks come from behind twice, the first time on a two-run, 6th inning homer by Hideki Matsui . Mariano Rivera replaces Pettitte after eight in a 4-4 tie, and gets the win when Derek Jeter delivers Robbie Cano with a single in the bottom of the 10th.
1999: Having been entrusted with a 5-0 going into the 7th at Veterans Stadium, the Yankee bullpen implodes, as the Phillies come up with 9 runs in the inning, on their way to an eventual 11-5 victory. Jason Grimsley takes the loss for the Bombers.
1992: Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is suspended from baseball indefinitely after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy cocaine. It is Howe’s seventh suspension. Howe will eventually perish in a car accident in 2006.
1986: The Yankees are on the losing end of the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history to date. Baltimore’s Lee Lacy goes 4-for-6 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI as the Orioles double up the Bombers, 18-9. The game features 9 pitchers‚ 36 hits‚ and 16 walks‚ and takes 4:16 to complete.
1980: In the ‘Can’t blame them for trying’ department, they Yankees use their first-round amateur draft pick to select Stanford quarterback John Elway.
1977: Behind a 9-2 victory by Mike Torrez over the Brewers‚ the Yankees move into first place.
1969: 60,096 fans are on hand at the Stadium for Mickey Mantle Day. The Mick’s no. 7 is retired, and he and Joe DiMaggio exchange plaques to be hung on the wall – DiMag’s is a surprise. The team put a fine cap on the day by sweeping a pair from the White Sox, 3-1 and 11-2.
1968: MLB Commissioner William Eckert orders that the Yankees-Angels game scheduled at the Stadium be postponed following the assassination of New York senator Robert Kennedy. The clubs will play a doubleheader tomorrow.
1965: The Yankees participate in the first amateur draft in MLB history. Their first pick is Bill Burbach, a 19-year old pitcher from Dickeyville, Wisconsin. He will have three seasons with the big club, from 1969 to 1971.
1961: In twinbill action at the Stadium, the A’s hit 3 consecutive triples in a 5-run 3rd inning whilst upending the Yankees 9-6 in the nitecap, after dropping the opener 6-1. Moose Skowron homers in the lidlifter, the 17th straight game in which the Yanks have homered‚ for a total of 32. The Bombers are shut out in the nitecap by KC’s Jim Archer.
1960: Bob Turley tosses a 3-hit shutout against the White Sox‚ and Mickey Mantle adds his 9th and 10th homers of the season. His second homer‚ in the 8th‚ is followed by Roger Maris’s 16th of the year‚ matching his season total last year with KC. It is the first time the M & M Boys have hit back-to back homers.
1952: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ Browns pitcher Tommy Byrne hits a 4th inning fly ball behind third that New York’s Gil McDougald chases. A fan catches the ball but the umpire rules interference and calls the batter out. Browns manager Rogers Hornsby‚ coaching third‚ doesn’t disagree. However‚ Browns owner Bill Veeck‚ listening on the radio in St. Louis‚ phones Hornsby and orders him to protest‚ which Hornsby reluctantly does‚ but too late anyway. The Yanks win 5-2‚ then take the nitecap as Vic Raschi shuts out St. Louis. That night‚ Hornsby calls Veeck and tells him to stop meddling‚ a call that will cost him his job.
1951: Before 53‚940 at Comiskey Park‚ Vic Raschi and the Yankees edge the Sox‚ 4-2. Mickey Mantle‚ leading the Yankees with 33 RBIs‚ ties the game with a single and throws out Nellie Fox‚ who tries to score from 3B on Minnie Minoso’s fly to right.
1950: The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th to beat the Tigers 11-4, though Phil Rizzuto’s record string of 238 errorless chances ends when he fumbles a grounder in the 5th.
1949: Yankee knuckleballer Tommy Byrne walks 13 Tigers in 11 innings‚ a franchise record, and the most passes handed out in a Major League game since 1935. Dick Weik will match it in September and‚ as a Brown‚ Byrne will actually top it in an extra-inning game in 1951. The second-place Tigers manage just 4 hits‚ but finally score with 2 out in the 11th to win‚ 3-2. Virgil Trucks gives up 3 hits in the win. The Yankees pitching staff will surrender 812 bases on balls this year‚ the second-most of any team in MLB history (the record is held by the 1915 Philadelphia A’s, with 827).
1942: Despite 2 homers by Jeff Heath and 5 hits by Ken Keltner‚ the Indians lose 11-10 to the Yankees in 11 innings. Tom Ferrick’s wild throw to third allows Joe DiMaggio to score the winning run. Joe Gordon singles in the 10th to extend his hitting streak to 25 games‚ and Buddy Hassett’s 2 singles extends his string to 20.
1941: Bill Dickey pulls off the only unassisted double play of his career in the first of two with the Browns. The Yankee catcher snares Bob Swift’s pop foul along the first base line and tags first to double off the straying runner‚ Johnny Berardino.
The Yanks sweep the Browns‚ 9-3 and 8-3. Joe DiMaggio collects 7 RBIs on the afternoon‚ with 2 homers in the opener and 2 hits in the nitecap. He has now hit in 24 straight. From today’s second game to July 26th‚ Joe will jolt 11 homers without striking out.
1939: Joe DiMaggio leads New York to a 7-2 win over the White Sox by hitting a single‚ double‚ and his 2nd homer of the year. Joe is now hitting .464. Lefty Edgar Smith takes the loss for Chicago while rookie Atley Donald wins his 6th without a loss. New York’s record against southpaws is 15-4.
1935: In the opener of a doubleheader with Boston‚ Lou Gehrig is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs to lead New York to a 13-6 win. The Iron Horse collides with Carl Reynolds on a play at first and leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. He does play in game 2‚ however, a 4-2 Boston win. Lefty Gomez walks 8 and wild pitches home 2 runs to help lose his 7th.
1933: Welcome to the Big Leagues: A’s reliever Bobby Coombs gives up a homer to his first ML batter (an understandable rookie mistake, since the batter is Babe Ruth)‚ but Jimmie Foxx homers in his first 3 at bats‚ all off Lefty Gomez‚ as the A’s outscore the Yankees 14-10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him an MLB record tying 4 consecutive homers. He is the first to achieve the feat in the 20th century – the last man to go long four times in a row was Bobby Lowe, in 1894. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth homer for New York‚ with the Babe’s landing across the street from the right field fence. Losing pitcher Wilcey Moore gives up 6 runs in the 8th. Art Mahaffey is the winner.
1927: Tony Lazzeri belts three homers in the Yankees’ 11-inning‚ 12-11 win over the White Sox. Tony’s first 2 round-trippers come off Red Faber‚ and his third is a 2-run line drive in the 9th inning off George Connally that ties the game.
The Yanks were behind 11-6 going into the 9th inning. New York win it in the 11th after Cedric Durst triples‚ Lazzeri is intentionally walked‚ and Ray Morehart singles over Bill Barrett’s head in right field.
1926: In Detroit‚ Babe Ruth launches a homer run that reportedly carries 626 feet, in an 11-9 Yankee slugfest over the Tigers. The shot‚ off the Bengals’ Lil Stoner‚ lands at the intersection of Cherry Street and Brooklyn Avenue‚ two blocks from Navin Field. The youngster who retrieves the ball sells it back to the Babe for $20.
1921:Babe Ruth is arrested for speeding, fined, and held until 4:00 pm. Dressing at the stationhouse in a uniform brought to him, he follows a police escort to the Polo Grounds, enters the game with the Yanks losing toCleveland 3-2, and watches as the home team rally in the bottom of the 9th for a 4-3 win.
1911: The peculiar early baseball practice of the ‘courtesy runner’ comes into play in a 7-2 loss by the Highlanders to the White Sox at Hilltop Park . When New York pitcher Russ Ford beans Sox shortstop Roy Corhan, Ping Bodie, already in the lineup, runs for Corhan. In the bottom of the frame‚ Bodie returns to center field. with Jesse Tannehill moving from first to short. Pitcher Doc White ends up playing first base.
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2008: Almost exactly 74 years to the day since Myril Hoag became the first, Johnny Damon becomes the second player in Yankee history to go 6 for 6 in a 9 inning-game. In a wild contest at the Stadium that sees the Bombers come back from four runs down twice, Damon delivers a walkoff ground rule double for his sixth safety as the home side prevail over Kansas City, 12-11
2007: With a 10-3 triumph over the White Sox at Chicago, Joe Torre becomes the first man in Major League history to have collected both 2,000 hits as a player and 2,000 wins as a manager.
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2009: It’s not a walkoff, and the eventual game-winning run scores on a less than borough-shaking Hideki Matsui groundout, but the 4-3 Yankee win over the Rays at the new Stadium is part and parcel of the new venue’s magic all the same. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira’s singles leading off the 8th spark the three-run come-from-behind rally, Teixeira saves an estimated 5 runs runs with a series of sparkling defensive plays, Alfredo Aceves strikes out four straight in gaining the win, and Mariano Rivera’s 10-pitch, one-two-three, 9th-inning save is true to form.
2003: Against the Cubs, Roger Clemens makes his third try at winning his 300th game. Chicago are without the services of slugger Sammy Sosa, who has been suspended for 8 games for using a corked bat in a 3-2 win over the Devil Ray. They’ll also have to get along without Hee Seop Choi‚ who suffers a concussion in the 4th when he collides with pitcher Kerry Wood. The Chicago first baseman is knocked out for 17 minutes. His replacement Eric Karros hits a 3-run homer in the 7th as the Cubs beat Clemens and the Yankees 5-2.
2002: Bob Sheppard makes a rare slip of the tongue in the 1st inning of an interleague battle between the Yankees and the Giants, as he announces Jason Giambi as ‘Giambini.’ But perhaps not, as Jason drives in Alfonso Soriano with the game’s first run, and just misses with a foul homer in a tight 2-1 Yankee victory. Mike Mussina outduels Livan Hernandez, and Barry Bonds singles twice, walks and strikes out.
1982: The Yankees select high school shortstop Bo Jackson in the 2nd round of the amateur draft‚ but the future Heisman trophy winner opts for Auburn instead.
1980: Yankee pitcher Tommy John posts his 200th victory‚ a two-hit‚ 1-0 win over Seattle.
1973: The Yankees trade 3 players – first baseman Frank Tepedino‚ outfielder Wayne Nordhagen and a player to be named – to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Pat Dobson.
Dobson had struggled in his one year in Atlanta after the Braves had acquired him from the Orioles. The player to be named will turn out to be 2 – Alan Closter and Dave Cheadle. The Yanks also purchase 30-year-old Sam McDowell (1-2) from the San Francisco Giants for $100‚000+. McDowell‚ who will later admit to a drinking problem (teammate Dick Radatz later remarked‚ “We thought he was just stupid. It turned out he was never sober.”) will pitch 2 seasons in New York before being released.
1968: On his 21st birthday, Thurman Munson is selected by the Yankees as the fourth pick in the first round of the amateur draft.
1967: Having finished in last place the previous year, the Yankees have the first pick in the amateur draft, and use it to
take Ron Blomberg, who will eventually become the club’s first designated hitter (in 1973).
1961: The Twins lose to the Yankees‚ 5-1‚ for their 13th straight loss. They’ll win tomorrow but will reach 14 losses in a row in 1982. Ralph Terry allows the Twins a run in the 1st on 2 hits‚ then pitches hitless ball for the next 8 innings. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle homer off Camilo Pascual in the 3rd; it is a record setting 31 homers in the last 16 consecutive games.
1947: Thurman Munson is born.
1941: The Yankees score 5 in the 9th to beat host St. Louis 11-7. Joe DiMaggio has 3 hits and Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller
belts a grand slam to back reliever Charley Stanceau.
1939: With Joe DiMaggio back in center field after an absence of 35 games because of a foot injury‚ the Yankees roll to a 5-2 win over the White Sox. DiMag knocks in the Yankees’ first run with a triple and scores another in a three-run 5th. Yankee nemesis Thornton Lee leaves the game with a torn muscle in his left shoulder after 5 1/3 innings‚ while New York’s starter Lefty Gomez goes 7 innings before wilting in the heat. New York’s lead over the idle Red Sox is now 9 games
1936: George Selkirk’s homer in the 16th gives the Yankees’ Red Ruffing a 5-4 win over Oral Hildebrand of the Indians. Ruffing has 3 hits‚ including a home run. Both starters finish the game but neither record a strikeout‚ an American League record.
1929: Babe Ruth enters New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for a cold‚ and a heart murmur is discovered. The Babe is ordered to rest and will be out of action for two weeks. Without Ruth‚ the Indians cuff the Yankees‚ 7-3‚ sending them into third place. Joe Sewell hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Ed Morgan follows with a round-tripper.
1928: At Cleveland‚ Joe Shaute pitches credible ball‚ allowing an early homer to Tony Lazzeri‚ but in the 8th he gives up 4 unearned runs. Then in the 9th he serves up back-to-back homers to Ruth (No.20 on the year) and Lou Gehrig (No. 12). The Babe’s is a 3-run shot. Cleveland lose‚ 8-2‚ with George Pipgras winning his 10th.
1927: At New York‚ babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig clout back-to-back homers in the 4th inning‚ off Al ‘Tommy’ homas‚ to beat the White Sox 4-1 and increase the Yanks lead over Chicago to 2 games. Pat Collins also homers for the Yanks, while Bud Clancy matches for Chicago.
1913: Facing the White Sox at the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees finally win one‚ 3-2‚ behind the pitching of Ray Keating (below). The Yanks are now 10-34, 24 1/2 games out of first place.
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1934: In the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Fenway, Myril Hoag‚ substituting for Babe Ruth‚ becomes the first Yankee to go 6 for 6 in a 9-inning game, tying an AL record in the process. All of Hoag’s safeties are signles, as the Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll to a 15-3 win. Boston win the nitecap‚ 7-3‚ to drop the Yanks to second place.
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2006: Melky Cabrera has one of his greatest defensive moments of his Yankee tenure. Chien-Ming Wang pitches the Yanks to a 2-1 lead over Boston through seven. David Ortiz had homered for the lone Red Sox run in the third, and Manny Ramirez blasts a two-out, eighth-inning fastball from Kyle Farnsworth toward the visiting bullpen, with Cabrera and Johnny Damon in hot pursuit. Damon’s unbridled jump for joy confirms the great catch to one and all, as the Scoreboard celebrated the Yankee rookie’s transcendent moment by flashing: :The Melky Way!
Off the field, the Yankees, along with every other club in the majors, pass on Jeffrey Maier in the amateur draft. Maier will remain best known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a Derek Jeter fly ball in game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, in spite of having hit .403 in Division 3.
2004: Mike Mussina and Texas righty Ryan Drese face off in a pitchers’ duel on a damp Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. Moose allows only two fly balls and three hits through eight innings, but Drese matches him. When Jason Giambi doubles 1-0 lead the Yanks had taken on a Bernie Williams fourth-inning homer with a two-out long ball of his own in the 8th, it looks like the home team wouldn’t need it. But catcher Rod Barajas chases Mussina with a lead-off ninth-inning triple, and Mariano Rivera closes out the 2-1 Yankee win.
2001: Baltimore’s first two hitters‚ Jerry Hairston‚ Jr and Mike Bordick‚ hit homers against New York. Despite a second round-tripper by Bordick‚ the Yankees win‚ 7-4‚ going ahead on an 8th inning grand slam by Jorge Posada.
1999: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 7-2 to end Roger Clemens’ 20-game winning streak. Also ended is Derek Jeter’s streak of reaching base in 53 consecutive games, as the orange and blue snap an 8-game losing streak of their own.
1997: Less than 24 hours after announcing one of the stranger promotions in baseball history for Father’s Day‚ Mike Veeck, owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ class A affiliate, cancels plans to give free vasectomies on June 13th. Roman Catholic bishop David Thompson‚ a season ticket holder‚ led the complaints about the scheme. Veeck‚ who bought the RiverDogs this season‚ is the son of the legendary Bill Veeck
1990: A week after the Mets fire their manager‚ the struggling Yankees follow suit. Bucky Dent‚ the Yanks’ skipper for just 89 games‚ is replaced by Stump Merrill‚ who managed the Columbus farm team.
1987: Needing a replacement for the injured Don Mattingly‚ the Yankees reluctantly trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for catcher Mark Salas.
1979: The Yankees select Don Marttingly in the 19th round of the amateur draft.
1965: Tom Tresh collects 4 homers in a doubleheader with the White Sox at the Stadium, 3 of them coming in the second game. In the nitecap, the outfielder also goes long from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career The Yanks sweep the twinbill, 6-1 and 12-0.
1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers in the first off the Indians’ Dick Tomanek‚ then ties the game at 4 with a 3-run tomahawk off the Tribe starter. New York win 6-5.
1955: At Briggs Stadium‚ the Yankees blast four homers to beat the Tigers and Bob Miller‚ 7-5. Eddie Robinson connects for a pair of two-run homers‚ while Billy Hunter‚ Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle add round-trippers. Mantle’s shot is to dead center‚ 440 feet away.
1954: In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Orioles’ catcher Clint Courtney makes an unassisted double play in a 7-5 win against the Yankees. New York take the opener as well, 5-2‚ as Mickey Mantle belts a two-run homer off Don Larsen‚ who is on his way to a 3-21 season.
1944: The Yankees have the day off, along with the rest of the major league clubs ~ the country’s focus is turned toward Europe as allied forces invade occupied France on D-Day. Yesterday was an off-day as well after all teams played Saturday doubleheaders.
1931: At the Stadium‚ the Indians take a 7-4 lead into the 9th when Ed Morgan and Joe Vosmik single off Yankee reliever Jim Weaver. Willie Kamm lines to Lou Gehrig who starts a 3-6 triple play. The Tribe still win, 7-5.
1926: Player-manager Tris Speaker of the Indians‚ sporting a lifetime .350 BA‚ startles players and fans alike when he directs pitcher George Uhle to pinch-hit for him in a close contest with the Yankees at Cleveland. Uhle is a good-hitting hurler‚ but he flies out. The Yankees win‚ 6-5.
1920: Carl Mays allows 6 runs-3 unearned-but the Yankee submariner earns his seventh straight win over the Athletics‚ 12-6. Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the 15-hit attack.
1913: The Yankees, on their way to a 7th-place finish‚ extend their winless streak to 13 games(12 losses, and a tie with Boston on May 24)‚ losing 2-1 to Cleveland. New York shortstop Rabbit Maranville is thrown out three times trying to steal home.
1907: Bill Dickey is born.
2010: The surprising Blue Jays keep giving their main rivals trouble. In tonight’s game against the Yankees, the Jays’ bullpen pitches 6 scoreless innings and Aaron Hill drives in Edwin Encarnacion with a single against Chad Gaudin in the 14th inning for a 3 – 2 win. Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo homers, bringing Toronto’s major league-leading home run total to 96. For the Yankees, the struggling Mark Teixera goes 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts to see his batting average fall to .215.
2006: At the Stadium, the Bombers administer a 13-5 pounding to Josh Beckett and the Red Sox. The six straight safeties to start the home second feature a 3-run Andy Phillips home run to left. Jason Giambi follows with another three-run dinger after the string was broken by a fielder’s choice ground ball. Mike Mussina, celebrating his 57th career complete game in a 6-1 victory in Detroit the week before, benefits from all the offense and goes six innings for the win.
1998: Andy Pettitte goes the distance in beating the Marlins 5-1, with Todd Zeile scoring the only Florida run on a Chuck Knoblauch error in the seventh. Knoblauch redeems himself by knocking in two, however, including plating Joe Girardi after the backstop’s double in the inning’s bottom half. In a preview of the kind of performance he would give later in the Bronx, future Yankee bullpen staffer Felix Heredia teams with Brian Edmondson to issue the Yanks four walks and a bases-loaded hit batsman (Knoblauch, for his second rbi) to hand the opposition two tallies in the 8th.
1977: The Yankees hit 6 home runs‚ their most in three years‚ and barely edge the White Sox‚ 8-6. Bucky Dent‚ Reggie Jackson‚ Thurman Munson‚ Carlos May‚ Graig Nettles and rookie George Zeber connect. Zeber’s clout‚ his first ML homer‚ comes off Dave Hamilton‚ and is the game winner.
1967: Playing his first game for the Senators‚ Mike Epstein hits a 200 foot drive down the left field line for an inside the park homer off New York rookie Thad Tillotson (below). Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 8th with a homer off Darold Knowles‚ and New York win 4-2.
1965: At the Stadium‚ Mel Stottlemyre goes 10 innings to win 4-3 over the White Sox. Stottlemyre also connects for a 4th inning homer‚ off Gary Peters‚ for the first Yankee score in 24 innings. Mickey Mantle adds a homer in the 6th off Peters‚ and Elston Howard‚ recovering from elbow surgery a month ago‚ wins the game with a single in the 10th.
1963: Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence at Baltimore chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. The Mick will be out for 61 games. Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas 4-3‚ as the Yankees return to first place.
1961:In the first of two games at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits an 8th inning homer to help New York top the Twins 6-2. Mantle‚ Maris‚ and Colavito each have hit 15.
1960: The Yankees sweep two from the Red Sox‚ taking the opener on homers by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Roger’s blow is a 3 run shot to give New York a 5-4 victory. Art Ditmar goes the distance for the win in the nitecap‚ winning 8-3.
1958: In the opener of two‚ the Yanks rout Sox starter Early Wynn for a 12-5 win at the Stadium. In the 3rd‚ Mickey Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park homer in a month. The Sox take the nitecap‚ edging New York‚ 3-2.
1957: Behind Gil McDougald’s two homers and Mickey Mantle’s solo shot‚ the second-place Yankees storm by the Indians‚ 13-3 in Cleveland.
1956: A’s manager Lou Boudreau comes up with the ‘Mantle Shift’ – moving the infielders around when Mickey Mantle bats lefty with the bases empty (left fielder backs up third, shortstop takes over second‚ and the second baseman moves to shallow right field). Mantle fans twice trying to bunt‚ and hits a 2-run homer when the shift is not on‚ as KC win 7-4.
1955: The Yankees split today’s doubleheader with Chicago‚ winning nitecap 3-2 in 10 innings. Facing Billy Pierce in the 4th inning‚ Mickey Mantle clouts a tape measure shot to left the clears the roof and‚ according to the Tribune tomorrow‚ ‘bounced on 34th Street to shatter the windshield of a car’. Eyewitnesses say the ball does not hit the roof‚ but clears it on the fly‚ some 550 feet‚ and compare it to the shot that Jimmie Foxx launched on June 16‚ 1936. The Yankees now lead the AL‚ four games in front of Cleveland.
1953: The Yankees beat up on rookie Bobo Holloman‚ beating the Browns 5-0. Mantle’s two-run centerfield homer at Sportsman’s Park is the big blow for New York‚ and extends Mickey’s hitting streak to ten games.
1948: Appearing at Yale Field, a terminally ill Babe Ruth presents an autographed copy of his biography to Yale first baseman and team captain George Bush Sr.
1947: The second-place Yankees slice the Tigers’ lead to one game by beating Detroit‚ 7-0. Spud Chandler tosses a three-hitter while Tommy Henrich paces the drive with two homers. Ralph Houk and Fred Hutchinson are tossed after a punch-up in the 4th inning involving 5 players.
1937: At Detroit‚ the Yankees bang four homers – two by Lou Gehrig‚ one by Joe DiMaggio and a pinch homer by Red Ruffing – to edge the Tigers‚ 6-5. Reliever Pat Malone stops Gee Walker‚ who already had three hits‚ in the 9th inning with the winning run on second.
1936: Lou Gehrig plays in his 1‚700th consecutive game‚ as the Yankees beat Cleveland‚ 4-3.
1932: The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden to the Yankees for $50‚000 and pitcher Ivy Andrews and Henry Johnson. The Yanks will option Jack Saltzgaver to Newark to get down to the 23 player limit by June 15th.
1920: Today’s doubleheader between the A’s and Yankees is rained out‚ but A’s vice president Thomas Shibe (below, with Ty Cobb and Connie Mack) denies charges that the baseballs currently being used are livelier. Shibe‚ a member of the firm that manufactures the balls‚ cites the abolition of the spitball and other ‘freak’ pitches as the reason for the increase in home runs this season. In the past seven games‚ New York have collected 39 extra-base hits‚ including 13 homers.
1919: Eddie Collins’ 8th inning grand slam breaks up a pitching duel between Ernie Shore and Ed Cicotte and gives the White Sox a 7-5 win over the Yankees.
1874: Early Yankee ace and Hall of Famer Jack Chesbro is born.
2008: In a 5-1 win over Toronto at the Stadium, Derek Jeter’s third-inning RBI single off Jesse Litsch moves the captain past Mickey Mantle into third place on the all-time Yankees hits list.
2007: Clete Boyer, starting Yankee third baseman for the 1961 and 1962 championship clubs, dies at the age of 70.
2002: The Yankees come up with an 8 runs in the 6th to pull away from Baltimore, going on to win 13-5. Scott Erickson, who spent time in the New York bullpen in 2006, fans Rondell White (below) on three pitches to start the frame, but after the Yanks bat around, White caps it with a homer off Calvin Maduro. Shane Spencer, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter, and Bernie Williams single in the inning, and Jason Giambi and Robin Ventura homer as well.
2000: The Yankees edge the Braves‚ 7-6. Prior to the game‚ Atlanta pitcher John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman‚ the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in Sports Illustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman‚ although there is no physical contact between the two.
1997: For the second straight night‚ Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling Bombers‚ as the Orioles win 9-7. The Yanks had tied the game at 7 on Charlie Hayes’ pinch grand slam. The O’s Chris Hoiles has two RBIs and Cal Ripken‚ showing no effects from signing (a Major League record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night’s game‚ hits a homer. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3 AM. The Orioles extend their winning streak to seven games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.
1990:After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft‚ the Yankees pull 3 winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round‚ Jorge Posada in the 24th‚ and Shane Spencer in the 25th.
1988: Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York’s 7-6‚ 14-inning loss to the Orioles‚ giving him a club-record 249 as a Yankee.
1986: Yankee hurler Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 7 2/3 innings, until Gary Pettis doubles.
Niekro and Al Holland finish an 11-0 one-hitter, and Dave Winfield homers twice.
1980: The Yankees‚ with no picks in rounds one and two‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick. After protests from at least two other teams‚ Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play football. A special draft (excluding the Yanks) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But Cannon elects to play football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad‚ Cannon will be the number 1 pick of the Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his career.
1958: After 32 scoreless innings, the Chicago White Sox score in the 3rd, and go on to win 7-4 over the first place New York Yankees. Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot to Mickey Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The drive is measured at 478 feet.
1953: At Chicago‚ Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 4th‚ off Billy Pierce‚ gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead‚ but Chicago come back to tie. The Mick’s leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a New York rally‚ and they win 9-5.
1951: In Cleveland‚ in an effort to defeat their Yankee nemeses‚ the Indians distribute 15‚000 lucky rabbits feet for Beat Eddie Lopat Night. Lopat recalled later‚ “While I was warming up‚ before the game‚ a drunk came on the field and threw a black cat at me and it clung to my uniform jersey.” It works‚ as Cleveland plates five runs in the first inning-three on a Bob Kennedy homer-on the way to an 8-2 win. It is Lopat’s first defeat to the Indians after 11 straight wins.
1939: Phil Linz is born. Happy 75th to the harmonica man!
1929: Former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee dies. Frazee is forever remembered as the man who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the A’s for the 21st straight time. The Yanks win 8-3. Babe Ruth belts a 3-run homer over the right field fence for the Bombers.
1915: Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3-0 Detroit win over New York‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O’Loughlin. It is Cobb’s second steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12th‚ 1911).
The red-letter days -
2003: Derek Jeter is named the 11th captain in Yankee history.
1932: In Philadelphia‚ Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive home runs and narrowly misses a fifth in a Yanks-A’s slugfest won by New York 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle‚ including a grand slam‚ and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig’s 5th inning homer – his 3rd of the game – comes off A’s starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth‚ his 15th. Lou’s last homer‚ in the 7th‚ is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A’s‚
On other 3rds of June…
2008: Step one of a long, gradual evolution occurs when Joba Chamberlain makes his first major-league start, against the Blue Jays at the Stadium. His pitch count (62) will match his number. He leaves with a 2-1 lead after 2.3 innings, though an unearned tally ties matters before the inning is through. Dan Geise, whose contract the Yankees purchased from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game, allows one more run through the sixth, but Toronto batter Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez for 6 runs in the seventh on the way to a 9-3 win. The club optioned righthander Scott Patterson to AAA to clear a roster spot for Geise, and ex-NFL quarterback and current native New Yorker Boomer Esiason reduces the games-left counter to 54 in Yankee Stadium I in the bottom of the 5th.
2007: First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is sent to the DL following a game against Boston in which he broke his wrist.
2000: Brian Jordan has 4 RBIs to lead the Braves to a 11-7 win over the Yankees. Greg Maddux (5 2/3 IP‚ 13 H‚ 7 ER‚ 3 BB‚ 5 SO) allows hits to the first 4 batters he faces for the first time in his career. Roger Clemens (5 IP‚ 6 H‚ 6 R‚ 4 ER‚ 4 BB‚ 7 SO) is equally ineffective, and neither gets a decision. Derek Jeter has 4 hits and 2 walks‚ just the 6th player to get 4 hits in a game off Maddux.
1998: Orlando Hernandez makes his debut in pinstripes in a 7-1 victory over Tampa Bay at the Stadium. El Duque scatters 5 hits over 7 innings before giving way to Mike Stanton. Scott Brosius paces the Yankee offense with 2 two-run doubles.
1991: Left-handed pitcher Brien Taylor of East Carteret HS in Beaufort‚ NC‚ is selected by the Yankees as the 1st pick in the major league draft. The Yanks will sign him for $1.55 million-three times the previous high.
Travis Hafner was born today in 1977. Happy 37th birthday to the former Pronk Bomber!
1975: Jose Molina is born. Happy 39th to our former backup backstop!
1972: Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson both connect for 3-run homers in an 8-run Yankee 13th to beat the White Sox 18-10. Murcer scores 5 runs on 4 hits.
1968; The Yankees turn their last triple play of the 20th century, in the 8th inning against Minnesota, but still lose 4-3. Reliever John Wyatt, acquired from the Red Sox three weeks previously, takes the loss for the Bombers.
1959:At Detroit‚ Mickey Mantle homers off Ray Narleski in the 9th to give the Yankees a 6-5 win. New York chase nemesis Frank Lary with 5 runs in the 3rd.
1958: Led by Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer in the first‚ the Yanks jump on Dick Donovan‚ who does not retire a batter. New York roll to a 13-0 win over the White Sox.
1937: Josh Gibson is credited with a drive that hits just 2 feet below the rim of Yankee Stadium‚ about 580 feet from home plate. It is estimated by some that the ball would have traveled nearly 700 feet.
1933: Against the Yankees at the Stadium, the A’s score 11 runs in the 3rd inning‚ then watch the home side score 10 in the 5th. Ben Chapman and Tony Lazzeri hit homers in the inning‚ and Lazzeri‚ Arndt Jorgens and Frank Crosetti all have 2 hits in the frame. Babe Ruth clouts his 10th of the year in the 8th. The A’s fail to score after the 3rd‚ as pitcher Jumbo Brown strikes out 12 A’s in 6 1/3 innings of relief. The Yanks win 17-11. Not until the Red Sox in 1998 will another opponent tally eleven runs in an inning at Yankee Stadium.
1929: Blink and you’ll miss it ~ at the Stadium, the Yankees take just 1 hour and 20 minutes to edge the White Sox 1-0. Ed Wells (below) allows 2 hits in beating Ted Lyons.
1921: Playing under the name Lou Lewis‚ Lou Gehrig makes his professional debut at first base for the Hartford Senators. The 17-year-old Lou is 0-for-3 as Hartford loses to the Pittsfield Hillies‚ 2-1. He’ll get his first hit-a triple-in tomorrow’s 5-3 win over the Waterbury Brasscos‚ and then play just 10 more games.
1920: Ping Bodie hits a 6th inning grand slam to lift the Yankees to an 5-4 win over the Athletics. Bob Shawkey‚ whose indefinite suspension was lifted today‚ gives up homers to Tillie Walker and Jimmy Dykes but settles down and pitches a complete game win.
1910: Jack Warhop throws a one-hitter for the Highlanders, but loses to the White Sox‚ 3-1. Chicago hurler Ed Walsh allows 4 singles‚ drives in 2 runs with a double‚ and scores the last run.
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1941: Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig
passed away at his home in the Bronx. Since then, his illness has been known
primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
On other 2nds of June…
2005: The Yankees have been swept by the team with the worst record in the majors (16-37), falling 5-2 to the Royals for their first five-game losing streak in more than two years. Kansas City pitchers allowed just six runs in the series. It was the third time in their storied history the Yankees had been swept in three games by the team with the worst record in major leagues. The other times were in 2000, by the Detroit Tigers, and 1937 by the Philadelphia Athletics. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the majors since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep in 1996-97.
2001: Gene Woodling, mainstay of the Yankees’ late ’40s and early ’50s outfield platoon, dies at the age of 78.
1996: At Oakland‚ the Yankees win 11-4 and do it the old-fashioned way-by stealing 8 bases. Gerald Williams‚ with 10 career steals‚ has 4 steals to tie a club record‚ and rookie Derek Jeter adds 2. Kenny Rogers (4-1) is the benefactor‚ pitching 6 1/3 innings for the win‚ as the Yankees stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the O’s.
1972: Raul Ibanez is born. Happy birthday, Raul, and thanks for the memories last season!
1958: Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record as he shuts out the White Sox 3-0. Sox pitcher Jim Wilson allows just 6 hits but three – 2 by Hank Bauer and one by Mickey Mantle – are out of the park. On a botched hit-and-run attempt‚ Luis Aparicio is thrown out at second, ending his streak of 26 consecutive steals.
1957: In the first inning of the nitecap of a doubleheader with Baltimore at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra‚ homer back to back off Skinny Brown‚ and Elston Howard goes deep as well, for a 4-0 lead. The fans could have headed for the exits then, because there will be no more scoring on either side the rest of the way.
1954: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks tag Early Wynn for seven runs in the first inning without the righty recording an out. Don Mossi relieves and starting in the 2nd inning‚ the Yanks are held hitless by Mossi and four more relievers. Cleveland peck away‚ eventually tying the game before winning in the 10th‚ 8-7. Hal Newhouser‚ who tosses the last three hitless innings‚ is the winner.
1948: At Detroit‚ the Yankees open the series with a 1-0 win behind Vic Raschi‚ but lose left fielder Charlie Keller who breaks his hand. Johnny Lindell will move in as the regular left fielder.
1940: Horace Clarke, starting Yankee second baseman from 1967 until 1974, is born. Happy 74th, Hoss!
1938: Gene Michael, starting Yankee shortstop from 1969 to 1974 and later general manager, is born. Happy 76th, Stick!
1931: Marshall Bridges, early ’60s Yankee pitcher and member of the 1962 Championship team, is born.
1925: Yankee first baseman Wally Pipp is beaned during batting practice‚ resulting in a severe headache. Things will only get worse for him as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators – it will be nearly 14 years before he is out of the lineup again. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8-5 victory‚ with Allan Russell taking the loss.
1920: The Yankees stretch their win streak to 10 games by beating the Senators 8-1 behind Jack Quinn. Babe Ruth hits a two-run shot in the opener of the doubleheader‚ connecting off Tom Zachary and Leon Carlson. The Babe bangs out another‚ his 14th‚ in the nitecap off Bill Snyder‚ but the Senators win 7-6. Clyde Milan homers in the first game‚ while Bob Meusel‚ Howie Shanks‚ Muddy Ruel‚ and Braggo Roth all homer in game 2. The New York Times notes that ‘Ruth is the only player in the game who has the handle of his bat wound with tape. It gives him a better grip.’
The 1920 Yankees
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