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Dec 22, 2006 - The Yankees bring back free agent P Andy Pettitte signing him to a one-year contract. Pettitte has never had a losing or .500 season; only Babe Ruth can match that among pitchers with 10 or more seasons.
Oct 5, 2006 - The Tigers even their Division Series with the Yankees, coming from behind to win by a score of 4-3 with Curtis Granderson’s triple being the deciding blow. Jamie Walker gets the win in relief. Johnny Damon and Carlos Guillen hit HRs for New York and Detroit respectively.
Oct 3, 2006 - The Yankees clobber the Tigers, 8-4, in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 for New York, including a 2B and HR. Jason Giambi also homers for the Bronx Bombers while Chien-Ming Wang gets credit for the victory. Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe homer for Detroit.
Sep 27, 2006 - Tampa Bay uses a 9-run 7th inning to beat up the host Red Sox, 11–0. Ty Wigginton has 2 doubles and 3 RBI in the frame, while Rocco Baldelli adds a 3-run homer. Sox starter Josh Beckett pitches 6 2/3 innings and takes the loss, while Tim Corcoran pitches 6 2/3 for the win, just the 3rd on the road for TB since a July 29 drubbing of the Yankees.
Sep 16, 2006 - At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yanks split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game, 5-2. New York takes the nitecap, 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.
Sep 12, 2006 - Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay, 12–4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rd to give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and SS Derek Jeter has not at bats, but scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
Sep 4, 2006 - Trailing 5-1, the Yankees explode for 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.
Aug 27, 2006 - At Anaheim, the Yankees get two homers each from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter to beat the Angels, 11-8, and avoid a three game sweep. Williams adds a double and drives in 6 runs. The Angels are the only team Joe Torre has a losing record against as the Yankee manager; the Haloes are 53-51 against the Yanks with Torre as the skipper.
Aug 18, 2006 - The Yankees outlast the Red Sox, 14-11, in the 2nd game of their day-night doubleheader. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning game in ML history. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40.
Aug 16, 2006 - Bobby Abreu ties a ML record (Frank Thomas) with his 8th straight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees, 3-2. Max Bishop (1926-33) almost had 8 straight seasons, but one year had 97.
Aug 15, 2006 - The morning before his scheduled rehab start for Columbus (IL) Yankees P Carl Pavano is injured when his Porsche collides with a truck. Pavano, out since June with various ailments, doesn’t say anything about the accident but pitches with discomfort before seeking medical help. An exam reveals two fractured ribs. Pavano is in the 2nd year of a 4-year contract.
Jul 30, 2006 - The Yankees obtain All-Star OF Bobby Abreu and P Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospects—P Matt Smith, SS C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and P Carlos Monasteries.
Jul 21, 2006 - The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 7-3. Alex Rodriguez hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.
Jul 18, 2006 - The Braves rout the Cardinals, 14-5. Atlanta becomes the 1st team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in 5 straight games. Andruw Jones goes 5-for-5 for the Braves, including a pair of homers and a double.
Jul 14, 2006 - The Yankees edge the White Sox, 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2 seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40 years. Contreras’ last loss came on August 15 of last season.
Jul 2, 2006 - At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers belt the Mets, 16-7. Carlos Beltran has four hits and a pair of homers for the Mets, while Alex Rodriguez hits a pair, including a grand slam, for the Yanks to drive in 7 runs.
Jun 21, 2006 - Jason Marquis of the St. Louis Cardinals goes five innings against the White Sox and allows all 13 earned runs in the 13-5 loss. He is just the fourth pitcher since 1958 to allow that many. The others since 1958 who gave up at least 13 were Bill Travers of the 1977 Milwaukee Brewers (at Cleveland, 7.2 IP, 14 ER), David Wells of the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays (at Milwaukee, 4.1 IP, 13 ER) and Mike Oquist of the 1998 Oakland Athletics (vs. New York Yankees, 5.0 IP, 14 ER). Marquis allows 14 hits, 8 for extra bases, including four homers: Paul Konerko in the 1st, Jim Thome, who has 4 hits, in the 2nd; Joe Crede in the 3rd and Juan Uribe in the 5th.
Jun 20, 2006 - The Yankees score four in the 8th to overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi hits a homer and passes Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada adds a homer and they are all needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 runs.
Jun 13, 2006 - The Yankees and Indians, the two highest scoring teams in the ML, play to a 1–0 decision with the Yanks prevailing on Robinson Cano’s homer off of Paul Byrd. Chien-Ming Wang (7-2) is the winner. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the 1st time that the highest scoring team in the majors beat the 2nd highest in a 1-0 game since 1964 (Twins 1, Yankees 0) and only the 4th time since 1900. For Yankees CF Bernie Williams it is his 2000th ML game.
Jun 6, 2006 - The Royals select former U. of Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar with the 1st pick of the ML draft. Hochevar had been drafted by the Dodgers last year, but failed to reach a deal with the team. The next five picks are all from college: Stanford’s Gregory Reynolds (Col); Evan Longoria (TB); Brad Lincoln (Pit); Brandon Morrow (Sea); Andrew Miller (Det). Picking 7th, the Dodgers take high schooler Clayton Kershaw; the draft will eventually comprise of 36% high schoolers. The Cubs surprise with the 13th pick and take Clemson’s Tyler Colvin, projected by Baseball America as a 5th rounder. Picking 18th, the Phillies choose the first of a number of ML offspring as they select Doug Drabek’s son, Kyle. The Dodgers will pick Preston Mattingly, Don’s son, and the Mets will take Jesse Barfield’s son, Jeremy. The Papelbon brothers Jeremy (19th round, Cubs) and Josh (48th round, Red Sox) are both taken out of the U. of North Florida. The Orioles draft the Figueroa twins, Stephen and Justin, sons of Bien Figueroa, Baltimore’s class A manager for Frederick. In the 5th round, the Cubs take Notre Dame all-American Wide Receiver Jeff Samardzija, a P, and eventually sign him for a guaranteed $10 million contract, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Samardzija, who holds all of Notre Dame’s notable receiving records, was considered a questionable baseball signing. They also pay $1.3 million to 11th round high schooler Chris Huseby. Huseby barely pitched in the spring while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Not drafted are Jeffrey Maier, who hit .403 in Division 3, but is better known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a ball to help the Yankees, and Danny Almonte, who made headlines as an overage Little League P.
Jun 4, 2006 - At Camden Yards, the Orioles play Small ball, cuffing Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Scott Erickson for another 4 runs. The O’s win 11-3. The Birds hit 3 homers off of Small, one by Javy Lopez, who also homers off of Erickson. The Yankees will release the vet Erickson on the June 19.
May 7, 2006 - The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000th win as Yankee manager. He is the 4th person to reach the level, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.
May 1, 2006 - The Padres trade C Doug Mirabelli back to the Red Sox for C Josh Bard, minor league P Cla Meredith, a 23-year-old reliever, and cash. Bard was leading the AL in passed balls and the Sox hurriedly put Mirabelli in the lineup to catch Tim Wakefield. Mirabelli has a police escort to Fenway and changed uniforms in the cab. With Mirabelli catching, Wakefield goes 7 innings and leaves with the game tied 3 apiece against the Yankees. David Ortiz clubs a 3-run HR in the 8th and the Sox win, 7–3.
Apr 29, 2006 - In a 17-6 win over Toronto, the Yankees became the 15th team to score in every inning in which they batted (excluding rain shortened games). It was the 2nd time in team history (1939) the Bombers scored in every frame matching the Cleveland Spiders as the only team to score a run in every inning of a full-length game twice in franchise history; the Spiders accomplished the feat in 1889 and 1894. Yankees 1B Jason Giambi has a homer and 4 RBI and reaches base 4 times, while Johnny Damon scores 5 runs. Reed Johnson gets hit by pitches three times for the Jays. He joins Damion Easley as the only players since 1957 to be hit by a pitch three times in a game twice in their careers.
Apr 23, 2006 - Jason Giambi has two homers and a double to drive in five runs in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Orioles. O's SS Miguel Tejada is the teams only offensive producer with 4 hits including a homer. He has all 3 hits that winning P Randy Johnson gives up, plus one more off of Mo Rivera, for all 4 Baltimore hits, tying a ML mark
Apr 11, 2006 - In the Yankees home Opener, the Bronx Bombers use a 5-run 8th to up end the Royals, 9-7. Derek Jeter’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the frame. Jason Giambi hits 3-run homer in the 1st to start the Yankee scoring. Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard misses the game due to a hip injury; Sheppard hadn't missed an opener since he began his announcing gig in 1951, a period of 55 years or 20,083 days.
Apr 5, 2006 - The A's use a five-run 8th to beat the visiting Yankees, 9-4. Yankees RF Gary Sheffield hits his 450th career HR and passes Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell into 28th place on the all time HR list. Thomas, now playing for the A’s, has some satisfaction, collecting 3 RBI.
Apr 3, 2006 - The Yankees roll by the A's, 15-2 as Alex Rodriguez has a grand slam and 5 RBI. Hideki Matsui has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 4. Randy Johnson, with 7 IP, is the recipient of the offense. A's starter Barry Zito joins Brad Havens (1983) and Dave Stewart (1995) as the only Opening Day starters since 1945 to give up seven or more runs and record just four outs. The A's are wearing a right-sleeve arm patch on their home uniforms in memory of Bill King, their lead radio announcer since 1981. The patch features a microphone emblazoned with King's name and his signature call, "Holy Toledo." The Blue Jays are paying tribute to Tom Cheek who broadcast 4,306 consecutive regular-season games beginning with the team's first ever in 1977. The team will wear a left-sleeve arm patch featuring a microphone and the initials "TC."
Dec 20, 2005 - The Yankees sign free agent CF Johnny Damon to a 4 year‚ $52 million contract. Damon spurns the Red Sox offer for less as his agent lowers the demand for a 7-year contract to 4 years. The Red Sox will reciprocate by inking Yankee backup catcher John Flaherty. The Sox also sign free agent P Rudy Seanez to a 1 year‚ $2.1 million contract‚ with an option for 2007.
Dec 8, 2005 - The Yankees trade 2B-OF Tony Womack to the Reds for minor leaguers INF Kevin Howard and OF Ben Himes. With the money freed up by dealing Womack‚ the Yankees sign free agent P Mike Myers‚ recently of the Red Sox‚ to a 2 year‚ $2.4 million contract.
Oct 10, 2005 - The Angels beat the Yankees 5-3 to win their Division Series. Rookie Ervin Santana gets the win in relief of Bartolo Colon who is forced to leave the game in the 2nd inning with a shoulder injury. Garret Anderson homers for LA while Derek Jeter connects for NY.
Oct 7, 2005 - The Angels pound out 19 hits on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Bengie Molina hits his 3rd HR of the series for LA. Garret Anderson-who gets 4 hits and drives in 5 runs-also homers for the Angels. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit round-trippers for NY.
Oct 2, 2005 - The Red Sox down the Yankees 10-1 to clinch the AL wild card spot in the playoffs. The Sox lead the majors in runs scored for the 3rd straight year: the last team to do it three straight was the Dodgers in 1951-53 and the last AL club to do it was the Red Sox of 1948-50.
Oct 1, 2005 - The Yankees clinch their 8th straight AL East title with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Although Boston could still tie NY with a win on Sunday the Yankees won the season series to ensure them first place in the division. The Yankees and Red Sox both set new home attendance records this season; the Sox passed the three million mark at Fenway for the first time and the Yankees joined the Blue Jays and Rockies as the only teams to draw four million in a season.
Aug 21, 2005 - The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-2 scoring all its runs in the 4th inning clocking Randy Johnson for 4 HRs in the frame including 3 in a row. The Big Unit had never given up 4 homers in an inning.
Aug 13, 2005 - For the third time this season the Yankees score 17+ runs against the Devil Rays winning today 17-3. This was the 3rd time the Yankees scored 17+ runs in a game against the Devil Rays. The last time a team did that to another team was the 1939 Yankees vs. the Athletics.
Jul 31, 2005 - For the second day in a row the Yankees rally from a 4-run deficit to win against the Angels 8-7 in 11 innings. Chris Bootcheck making his first ML start allows one run in 6 innings while Bengi and Jose Molina each hit HRs off Randy Johnson to give the Angels a 6-2 lead. The Yanks tie it up but Mariano Rivera gives up a run in the 10th before the Yanks again tie. Tony Womack drives in the game winner in the 11th. Jason Giambi has a pair of homers to give him 300 for his career and 14 for the month tying him with Mantle who hit 14 in a month in 1961. The Molina homers are just the 21st time a pair of brothers have homered for the same team in the same game; the last pair to do it were the Giambi brothers on August 11 2001.
Jul 28, 2005 - The Yankees acquire P Shawn Chacon from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra. Ramirez was signed by the Yankees in a deal with the Hiroshima Carp.
Jul 18, 2005 - At Americaquest Field the Yankees edge the Rangers 11-10 getting homers from Posada Matsui and Sheffield. Texas is paced by Alfonso Soriano who has 4 hits including his 23rd HR and 4 RBI.
Jun 22, 2005 - The Yankees trail the Devil Rays 10-2 before rallying to score 13 in the 8th and and winning 20-11. According to Elias they tie the major league record for largest margin of victory by a team with a 8+ run comeback. The record was originally set by the Indians who also trailed the Devil Rays 10-2 and beat them 20-11 in 1999. Yankees SS Derek Jeter has 5 hits (1 2B 1 HR) while DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits (1 2B 1 HR 1 BB). The 31 runs is the biggest total at home for the Yankees while the 3 homers with 2 out ties a June 281939 mark.
Jun 21, 2005 - The Yankees overcome a 10-2 deficit and score 13 runs in the 8th inning on their way to a 20-11 shellacking of the Devil Rays. The Bombers set a total bases record in the frame with 27 while the two teams combine for a AL record-tying 77 total bases (TB 32 NY 45) in the game. Derek Jeter leads the 23-hit NY attack with 5 hits including a 2B and HR and scores 5 runs; Gary Sheffield hits a pair of homers and drives in 7 runs.
May 14, 2005 - For the second time in a week White Sox leadoff batter Scott Podsednik steals four bases in a 9-6 loss to the Orioles. Rickey Henderson of the Yankees in 1991 was the last to do it twice in a season. Scott steals 2B and 3B on his two singles Tomorrow Tony Womack of the Yankees will steal 4 bases for the second time in four days to match Podsednik.
Apr 18, 2005 - The Yankees score an AL record-tying (for the inning) 13 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 19-8 thrashing of the Devil Rays. Alex Rodriguez leads the 20-hit attack with 5 safeties including 2 doubles and a pair of HRs and 6 RBI. He scores 5 runs. Tino Martinez also drives home 6 runs for NY. The last time the Yankees scored 13 runs in an inning was in 1945; the team record of 14 in an inning was set in 1920 against the Senators.
Apr 3, 2005 - The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 9-2 to open the 2005 baseball season. Randy Johnson gets the win for NY while Hideki Matsui gets 3 hits including a HR drives home 3 runs and robs Kevin Millar of a 2-run HR.
Jan 11, 2005 - The Yankees obtain P Randy Johnson from the Diamondbacks. Arizona receives pitchers Javier Vazquez and Bret Halsey C Dioner Navarro and cash from NY. Arizona then sends Navarro and Ps Danny Muegge Beltran Perez and William Juarez to the Dodgers in exchange for OF Shawn Green and cash.
Oct 20, 2004 - The Red Sox defeat the Yankees 10-3 to become the first team in history to come back from a 3-to-0 deficit and win a postseason series. Johnny Damon is the hero for Boston with a pair of HRs including a grand slam and 6 RBI. David Ortiz and Mark Bellhorn also homer for the Sox.
Oct 19, 2004 - In another thriller the Red Sox even their ALCS with the Yankees by defeating NY by a score of 4-2. Chuck Schilling pitches 7 solid innings for Boston while Mark Bellhorn hits a HR. Bernie Williams homers for the Yanks.
Oct 18, 2004 - The Red Sox outlast the Yankees 5-4 in 14 innings to force a Game 6 of their ALCS. David Ortiz again is the hero driving home the winning run with a bloop single. Ortiz also homers as does Bernie Williams for NY.
Oct 16, 2004 - The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for NY with 5 hits 5 RBI and 5 runs scored. Alex Rodriguez also score 5 for the Yankees. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of HRs and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon homer for Boston.
Oct 12, 2004 - The Yankees take the opening game of the ALCS with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. NY almost blows an 8-0 lead but holds on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui (5 RBIs). Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.
Oct 8, 2004 - The Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for NY while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.
Oct 6, 2004 - The Yankees edge the Twins 7-6 in 12 innings to even their Division Series at a game apiece. Alex Rodriguez gets 4 hits for NY including a HR. Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield also homer for the Bronx Bombers while Torii Hunter connects for Minnesota.
Oct 5, 2004 - The Twins shutout the Yankees behind Johan Santana 2-0 to take the opener of their Division Series. Minnesota turns a postseason-record 5 DPs in the contest and Jacque Jones hits a HR.
Sep 26, 2004 - In a bench-clearing game at Fenway the Red Sox down the Yankees 11-4. Curt Schilling pitches 7 innings of one-hit ball while the Red Sox jump on Kevin Brown in the 1st and Estaban Loaiza in the 2nd inning to post a 7-0 lead. Pedro Astacio Brad Halsey and Joe Torre all get tossed in the 8th. Bill Mueller homers for Boston while Andy Phillips in his first ML at bat homers on the first pitch he sees. He is the 20th rookie to pinch hit a homer on his first at bat.
Sep 2, 2004 - The Yankees score 1 in the 1st and five in the 2nd off Indian starter Cliff Lee enroute to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark. He joins 19th century star Dan Brouthers who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres Marlins Dodgers and Braves. Joining him today with 100 RBIs is Victor Martinez who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay who is making his first appearance since 2003.
Aug 8, 2004 - The Blue Jays lose their 5th straight game 8-2 to the Yankees. Shortly after the game Toronto fires Carlos Tosca as its manager and replaces him on an interim basis with coach John Gibbons.
Apr 14, 2004 - The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays 5-1 as Kevin Brown wins the 200th game of his ML career. Together with Mike Mussina they become the first teammates to reach the milestone in the same season doing so in consecutive games.
Mar 30, 2004 - The Yankees and Devil Rays open the 2004 season in Japan with Tampa Bay pounding out an 8-3 victory behind the pitching of Victor Zambrano and the hitting of Tino Martinez. Martinez strokes 3 hits including the 300th HR of his career.
Jan 13, 2004 - After going 21-10 for the New York Yankees in 2003, Andy Pettitte is announced as the winner of the Warren Spahn Award‚ presented annually to the top left-handed pitcher in the majors. Pettitte will move to the Houston Astros as a free agent and win just 6 games in 2004‚ but notch his 10th straight winning season out of 10; Babe Ruth is the only other pitcher who has pitched at least 10 seasons without incurring a losing record in any of them.
Dec 31, 2003 - Let's celebrate the new year. The Padres sign free agent P David Wells to a contract as Wells spurns the Yankees offer. Supposedly‚ the Padre contract does not contain a weight clause‚ which the Yankees insisted upon.
Dec 10, 2003 - The Astros sign free agent hometown lefty Andy Pettitte to a 3-year contract after the Yankees take their sweet time tendering him an offer. Newspaper conjecture that Roger Clemens will come out of retirement to join him on the Astros‚ but the Rocket decides to stay retired.
Dec 4, 2003 - The Expos send P Javier Vazquez to the Yankees who will sign him next month to a 4-year $45 million contract. In return Montreal gets 1B Nick Johnson OF Juan Rivera and P Randy Choate from NY.
Nov 28, 2003 - The Diamondbacks trade ace Curt Schilling to the Red Sox for pitcher Casey Fossum‚ Brandon Lyon and 2 minor leaguers. Schilling negotiates his own contract with the Red Sox. Reportedly‚ the Yankees offered more than the Red Sox-Nick Johnson's name is mentioned-but Arizona owner Jerry Colangelo is still annoyed at George Steinbrenner for resigning David Wells after Boomer had come to an agreement with the Diamondbacks.
Oct 15, 2003 - The Red Sox rally for 3 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Yankees to send the ALCS to a 7th game. Boston slugs 16 hits including 4 by Nomar Garciaparra and gets HRs from Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.
Oct 4, 2003 - The Yankees move into the lead in their series with the Twins with a 3-1 win behind Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrenders only 1 run and 5 hits sin 7 innings. Hideki Matsui hits a HR for NY.
Sep 23, 2003 - The Yankees Twins and Athletics all clinch AL division titles. Oakland clinches by defeating Texas 4-3 in 10 innings while New York shuts out Chicago 7-0 to take the East crown. After defeating the Indians the Twins clinch the Central title when the tigers knock off the Royals.
Sep 6, 2003 - At Yankee Stadium. Tim Wakefield allows 4 hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Roger Clemens to move 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo who appeared in the Yankees old-timers game earlier in the year pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th and fouls out.
Sep 5, 2003 - After three national anthems are played in San Juan the Expos defeat the Marlins 6-2 as Todd Zeile hits a pair of HRs. In doing so he becomes the 1st player in ML history to homer for 11 different teams. When Zeile went yard for the New York Yankees earlier this season he tied two 19th century players Dan Brouthers and Tom Brown with homers for 10 different teams. The Yanks released Zeile on August 17 and Montreal signed him. With Zeile at bat in the 4th inning the lights go out and the game is delayed 1 hour 14 minutes.
Aug 31, 2003 - Roger Clemens of the Yankees became the first pitcher to win 100 games at Fenway Park when he defeats the Red Sox 8-4. In his last regular-season start there. Rocket finishes his career at Fenway with a 100-55 record in 199 appearances; no other pitcher has recorded more than 71 victories at the stadium.
Jul 31, 2003 - The Reds acquire pitchers Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash from the Yankees for 3B Aaron Boone. They also send P Gabe White to the Yanks for a player to be named. The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million but Selig vetoed the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit forcing the teams to make it 2 transactions.
Jul 29, 2003 - The Reds send P Scott Williamson to the Red Sox for minor league P Phil Dumatrait a player to be named and cash in excess of $1 million which is more than the amount allowable. The Yankees protest to Selig in vain.
Jul 23, 2003 - The Yankees top the Orioles 4-2 as Andy Pettitte wins his 7th straight game. Pettitte becomes the first pitcher to win 12 games in each of his first 9 seasons since Stan Coveleski turned the trick (1916-26).
Jul 16, 2003 - The Mets send P Armando Benitez to the Yankees for pitcher Jason Anderson Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa. Benitez will compile a 1.93 ERA in 3 weeks in pinstripes before the Yanks trade him to Seattle for Jeff Nelson.
Jun 28, 2003 - Led by Hideki Matsui the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets winning the 1st by a score of 7-1 at Yankee Stadium and the nightcap 9-8 at Shea Stadium. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different stadiums in the same day. Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 ans he is on base 9 out of 10 plate appearances. For the second time this season Alfonse Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with a HR. This time it is Jeter who follows suit.
Jun 17, 2003 - The Devil Rays defeat the Yankees 11-2 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Tampa Bay sets a team record with 18 hits in a 9-inning game and would have scored even more were it not for 6 NY double plays-one shy of the AL mark. NY comes back to win the nightcap 10-2.
Jun 13, 2003 - The Yankees defeat the Cardinals 5-2 as Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher in history to win 300 games. Clemens finishes with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to become the 3rd pitcher to surpass 4000 for his career.
Jun 7, 2003 - At Milwaukee the Red Sox play long ball to edge the Brewers 11-10 and move to a half game behind the idle first-place AL-East Yankees. Kevin Millar with a grand slam and Bill Mueller hit pinch homers and Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek hit back-to-back solo homers in the 9th to greet reliever Mike DeJean. Ortiz and Ramirez also homer for the Sox.
Jun 7, 2003 - Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is suspended for 8 games for using a corked bat in a 3-2 win over the Devil Rays. The Cubs also lose the services of Hee Seop Choi who suffers a concussion in the 4th when he collides with P Kerry Wood. Choi is knocked out for 17 minutes. His replacement Eric Karros hits a 3-run HR in the 7th as the Cubs beat Roger Clemens and the Yankees 5-2. Clemens was making his 3rd try to win his 300th game.
Apr 21, 2003 - The Yankees continue their hot start with a 15-1 win over the Twins. With David Wells's victory‚ the NY starting pitchers are now 14-0. The Twins have played 6 series so far and have either swept‚ or been swept‚ in all six.
Jan 15, 2003 - In a 3-team deal the White Sox obtain 20-game winner Bartolo Colon from the Expos. The Yankees send P Orlando Hernandez and $2 million to Chicago for Ps Antonio Osuna and Delvis Lantigua. The Sox then sent Hernandez P Rocky Biddle OF Jeff Liefer and cash to Montreal for Colon and minor league IF Jorge Nunez.
Dec 6, 2002 - In a sinister move‚ the Yankees offer the same two-year $4.6 million contract to three lefty relievers-Mike Stanton ‚ Mark Guthrie and Chris Hammond-and give each 15 minutes to decide. Hammond‚ 37‚ signs for $4.8 million over 2 years. Hammond‚ out of baseball for 2 years‚ had a remarkable season‚ posting a .095 ERA in 63 games and did not allow an earned run after June 28. He is the 3rd pitcher since 1900 to post a sub-one ERA while pitching 70+ innings. The veteran Stanton doesn't bother to respond to the step-child treatment and‚ preferring to remain in the New York area‚ will sign a 3-year contract with the Mets in a week.
Oct 5, 2002 - The Angels shock the Yankees by scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning and going on to a 9-5 victory. The win give Anaheim its first postseason series victory ever as they win their divisional matchup 3 games to 1. Shawn Wooten homers for Anaheim while Jorge Posada adds a round-tripper for NY. Jarrod Washburn gets the victory for the Angels.
Oct 4, 2002 - The Yankees blow a 6-1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9-6 victory and a 2 games to 1 lead in their division series. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy homer for Anaheim and Francisco Rodriguez again gets the win in relief.
Oct 2, 2002 - The Angels even their series with the Yankees at 1 game apiece by coming from behind to take an 8-6 decision. Anaheim gets HRs from Tim Salmon Garret Anderson Troy Glaus and Scott Spiezio while Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter stroke round-trippers for NY. Francisco Rodriguez gets his 1st ML win in relief.
Oct 1, 2002 - The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Angels 8-5 in the 1st game of their division series. Derek Jeter Jason Giambi Bernie Williams and Rondell White all homer for NY while Troy Glaus hits a pair of HRs for Anaheim. Steve Karsay gets the win in relief. This is the Angels first time in the playoffs since 1986 but hey face the same starting pitcher today as they did in their last playoff appearance: Roger Clemens.
Sep 19, 2002 - The Expos beat the Marlins behind Bartolo Colon. Colon becomes just the 2nd pitcher in ML history to win 10 games in both leagues in a single season joining Hank Borowy who turned the feat for the Yankees and Cubs in 1945.
Sep 17, 2002 - Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits including a 2B and HR as the Yankees fall to the Devil Rays 9-7. Bernie Williams scores his 100th run in the loss to reach that mark for the 7th straight year. He is the 4th Yankee to score 100 this year the first Yankee team to do so since 1941. Williams and Jeter combine to tie the ML record for consecutive years for teammates both having 100+ runs.
Sep 11, 2002 - At Yankee Stadium the Yankees remember the tragedy of last year with a special monument in Monument Park memorializing those killed as part of the 50-minute pregame ceremony. The Orioles wear 5-sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings before Nick Johnson ends in with an RBI single. The Yankees win 5-4 despite striking out 14 times. Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8th when he goes to his mouth on a 3-2 count while standing on the mound. It was the first walk in 6 full games (65 innings) by a Yankee pitcher the longest steak since WW2 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Steve Karsay later hands out another walk.
Aug 17, 2002 - The Yankees defeat the Mariners, 8–3, as Alfonso Soriano homers to become the first 2B ever to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in a season. NY OF Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He gets out his next time up to fall 1 short of the ML record. His 5-for-5 and 4-for-4 in back-to-back games, the first in 45 years, won’t be duplicated until the Pirates’ Jayson Werth matches him in 2007.
Aug 14, 2002 - Two contests in the AL go 14 innings. Geronimo Gil hits a 2-out 14th inning homer to give Baltimore a 6-5 victory over Minnesota while the Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals 3-2. Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.
Jun 19, 2002 - The Yankees pound out 19 hits including 3 HRs as they defeat the Rockies 20-10. But the Rockies are just the second major-league team to score seven runs in an inning (4th) but still lose by 10 or more.
Jun 16, 2002 - Mo Vaughn belts a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 8th off David Wells to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Yankees. Mark Guthrie in relief of Pedro Astacio picks up the win. In the 5th Piazza throws out Alfonzo Soriano ending a streak of 51 successful runners against Mike not counting a 1-3-6 throwout on April 16.
Jun 14, 2002 - It is a day for Shawns as Shawn Estes of the Mets becomes the 10th pitcher since the introduction of the DH in 1973 to hit a homer off an A.L. pitcher when he hits a 2-run HR off Roger Clemens of the Yankees. All 10 post-DH pitcher homers off A.L. pitching have come during interleague play. Estes throws 7 innings and strikes out 11 in the 8-0 win. He also gets a warning in the 3rd when Clemens makes his first batting appearance against the Mets since drilling Piazza 2 years ago. Estes throws his first pitch behind Clemens. Piazza answers in his own way homering off Roger in the 5th his 4th homer in 15 at bats against the Rocket. Rogers leaves in the 6th after hurting his foot sliding into 2B on a double.
May 10, 2002 - The Angels score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 19-0 rout of the White Sox. The Haloes join the 1923 Indians 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season. Earlier this year the Angels beat the Indians 21-2. The Anaheim calcimine of Chicago is just the 11th since 1901 in which a team scored 19 or more runs while shutting out its opponent and the first such shutout in the A.L. since 1955 when Cleveland beat Boston 19-0.
Dec 13, 2001 - The Yankees sign free agent All-Star 1B Jason Giambi to a 7-year $120 million contract. In another move New York acquired OF John Vander Wal from San Francisco in exchange for P Jay Witasick. For the oft-traveled Witasick it is his 2nd stint with the Padres.
Nov 4, 2001 - The Arizona Diamondbacks win the first WS of their 4-year existence with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Yankees. Alfonso Soriano breaks a 1-1 tie with a HR in the 8th inning to give NY the lead but Arizona comes back with 2 runs in the bottom half of the 9th off Mariano Rivera to get the win. Luis Gonzalez drives home the winning run while Randy Johnson gets the win in relief. Johnson and Curt Schilling share the WS MVP award.
Nov 3, 2001 - The Diamondbacks even the Series at 3 games apiece with a 15-2 win over the Yankees in Game 6. Randy Johnson gets the win for Arizona while Danny Bautista drives in 5 runs. Arizona knocks out a WS-record 22 hits and scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning.
Oct 27, 2001 - The Diamondbacks pound the Yankees in the opener of the WS by a score of 9-1 behind Curt Schilling. Schilling hurls 7 innings to win his 4th game of the postseason. Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez homer for Arizona as Mike Mussina takes the loss.
Oct 20, 2001 - The Mariners clobber the Yankees 14-3 to win their first game of the ALCS. Bret Boone ties an ALCS record with 5 RBIs as Jamie Moyer gets the win. Boone John Olerud and Jay Buhner all homer for Seattle.
Oct 14, 2001 - Yankee bats finally come alive as New York defeats Oakland 9-2 to even their series at 2 games apiece. Orlando Hernandez gets the victory as he improves his postseason mark to 9-1. OF Bernie Williams drives home 5 runs to lead the Yankees. Oakland OF Jermaine Dye fractures his leg when he fouls a ball off his left shin. He will miss the rest of the postseason and the start of spring training next year.
Sep 19, 2001 - Roger Clemens wins his 20th game of the year against only 1 defeat hurling the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the White Sox. The 39-year-old Clemens is the first pitcher in history to start a year 20-1.
Aug 11, 2001 - Led by the 2 Giambi brothers Oakland beats the visiting New York Yankees 8-6 for their 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run homers the 2nd time they've both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last year as well.
May 28, 2001 - The sizzling Cubs win their 8th straight 9-6 in 13 innings over the Reds. Guttierez hits a 2-run homer in the 13th after an Eric Young RBI single. Reds 1B Sean Casey leaves the game with a strained lower back and the Reds use 3 more first basemen tying a NL mark set by the Phillies on July 23 1964. The 2 teams combine to tie the major league record by using 6 at first base: the mark was set by the White Sox (5) and Yankees (1) on June 25 1953.
May 23, 2001 - The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 7-3 as SS Derek Jeter gets 5 hits including a double and HR. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. Pettitte is the winner.
May 12, 2001 - The Yankees extend their quite a mouthful of a major league record of 15 straight wins since the start of a season over teams with a below .500 record. They beat the Orioles‚ 8-5‚ on Derek Jeter's 3-run HR in the 8th. Justice and Williams also homer for NY.
May 6, 2001 - At Camden Yards the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles winning 2-1 behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo HR in the 8th to break a 1-1 tie. The Yanks tie a ML record by starting the season 13-0 against below .500 teams matching a mark set by the 1902 Pirates and the 1966 Indians.
Apr 2, 2001 - The Yankees defeat the Royals 7-3 as Roger Clemens records 5 strikeouts and ties (or beats) Walter Johnson as the all-time leader in strikeouts in AL history with 3509. According to Total Baseball Clemens has 3509 but the Elias Sports Bureau has him with one fewer. The extra strikeout was first discovered in the early 1990s by John Schwartz and it came on September 12 1907. The Rocket makes it moot in his next outing.
Apr 2, 2001 - Former Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is arrested at a Tampa hospital on a violation of a probation warrant. He has been missing for 4 days after leaving his drug treatment center on Thursday.
Mar 28, 2001 - The Yankees trade 36-year-old Glenallen Hill who hit .297 with 29 homers last season to the Angels for minor-league OF Darren Blakely. Hill taking the place of the just-released Canseco will go 9-for-66 spend 5 weeks on the DL and get his release June 1.
Mar 21, 2001 - The Yankees reobtain 3B prospect Drew Henson along with OF Michael Coleman from the Reds for hot prospect OF Wily Mo Pena and cash. Henson agrees to a 6-year $17 million dollar contract that calls for him to leave the University of Michigan football program and to bypass the NFL. The 21-year-old Henson a QB had been projected as a #1 draft choice. Henson will break his hand in April and be out of action till June 14.
Mar 11, 2001 - The Yankees formally announce the signing of Cuban defector Andy Morales a third baseman to a 4-year contract. Morales will wash out and be waived from his minor league team by July. The Yanks will try and sidestep his contract with proof that his listed age of 26 years is really 29.
Oct 22, 2000 - The Yankees defeat the Mets 6-5 behind Roger Clemens to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the WS. The Mets score 5 runs in the 9th inning on HRs by Mike Piazza and Jay Payton to throw a scare into the Bombers. In a bizarre incident Clemens throws a piece of a shattered bat at Piazza in the 1st inning with both benches clearing. It is the first meeting between the two players since Clemens beaned Piazza during the regular season. On Tuesday Clemens will be fined $50000 for his actions.
Oct 15, 2000 - The Mariners defeat the Yankees 6-2 to close within 1 game of the New Yorkers who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit successive HRs in the 5th inning for Seattle.
Oct 2, 2000 - Three more managers get their walking papers today: Buck Showalter is fired as manager of the Diamondbacks. Jack McKeon is let go as manager of the Reds; and Gene Lamont is fired as manager of the Pirates. Under McKeon this year the Reds matched the ML record of the 1932 Yankees by going an entire season without being shut out.
Sep 8, 2000 - The Yankees calcimine the Red Sox 4-0 behind Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Boston P Bryce Florie is hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Ryan Thompson. The Red Sox hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket the bone that surrounds the eye and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery and return to pitch next June 28.
Jul 9, 2000 - The Yankees lose to Mike Hampton and the Mets 2-0. Benitez closes for the Mets while Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yanks also lose Shane Spencer who blows out his knee and ends his season. The game at Shea draws 54283 the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since 1970.
Jul 8, 2000 - The Yankees whip the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the 1st game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap at Yankee Stadium it is the 1st time since 1903 that 2 teams played 2 games in different stadiums on the same day. Dwight Gooden wins the first game with a 6 inning effort in his first start since returning to the Yankees. Roger Clemens wins the night cap and precipitate a near brawl when he drills Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.
Jul 6, 2000 - The Yankees clip the Orioles 13-9 scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to come back from a 7-run deficit. Sidney Ponson helps with 4 straight walks in the inning. Yankees Scott Brosius ties the ML record for 3B by starting 4 DPs in the game.
Jun 29, 2000 - In a prescient move the Yankees obtain OF David Justice from the Indians for OF Ricky Ledee and two players to be named. When Shane Spencer goes down in 10 days Justice will take over LF. Justice with 58 RBI will knock in another 60 with the Yankees the first player to collect 50 RBIs in a season with two teams. Mike Piazza in 1998 with LA-FLA-NY is the only player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams. The trade occurs minutes before the start of the game against Detroit an 8-0 Yankee win and Ledee is scratched from the lineup. The Yanks tie a ML record with 3 sac flies in one inning.
Jun 18, 2000 - The White Sox continue to pummel the Yankees 17-4 to give them a sweep of their 4-game series. Chicago scores 9 runs in the 1st inning off El Duque on the way to its team-record 11th straight road victory. They also set a little-known ML mark by winning their 10th straight over a team with a .500 record or better.
Jun 4, 2000 - The Yankees edge the Braves 7-6. Prior to the game Atlanta P John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in Sports Illustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman although their is no physical contact between the two.
Jun 3, 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 get a decision. Derek Jeter has 4 hits and 2 walks just the 6th player to get 4 hits in a game off Maddux.
May 11, 2000 - The Devil Rays defeat the Yankees 1-0 behind P Steve Trachsel who hurls the first 7 innings. Trachsel who defeated the Red Sox 1-0 in his last start becomes the 1st AL pitcher in 24 years to win back-to-back 1-0 games.
Apr 23, 2000 - The Yankees score 7 runs in the 4th inning on their way to a 10-7 win over the Blue Jays. NY OF Bernie Williams and C Jorge Posada each hit HRs from both sides of the plate marking the 1st time in major league history that a pair of teammates switch hit homers in the same game. Jose Cruz hits a leadoff homer for Toronto for the second straight game. He had 2 homers yesterday.
Oct 27, 1999 - The Yankees defeat the Braves 4-1 to win their 25th world championship. Roger Clemens gets the win hurling 4-hit ball before leaving the game in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the save his 2nd of the Series. Jim Leyritz hits a solo HR in the 8th inning to finish the NY scoring. Rivera wins the Series MVP award.
Oct 18, 1999 - The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 6-1 to win the ALCS and their 36th AL pennant. Orlando Hernandez wins the clincher for NY and is named MVP of the LCS. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homer for the Yanks.
Oct 16, 1999 - The Red Sox roll over the Yankees 13-1 behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra Valentin and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now leads the ALCS 2-games-to-1.
Oct 14, 1999 - The Yankees go 2 games up on the Red Sox with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game of the ALCS. David Cone gets the win for NY with help from a Tino Martinez HR. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run roundtripper.
Oct 5, 1999 - The Yankees whitewash the Rangers 8-0 in the opener of their AL division series. Orlando Hernandez hurls a 2-hitter for NY while OF Bernie Williams gets a single double and HR and drives home 6 runs.
Aug 23, 1999 - The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 victory over the Rangers. 3B Scott Brosius (6) and C Joe Girardi (7)-the 8th and 9th batters in the NY lineup-drive in 13 of the Yankee runs. Jeter scores his 100th run of the year the 1st Yank to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mantle did it in 9 straight seasons (1953-61).
Aug 9, 1999 - A total of 5 grand slams are hit on the day marking the first time it has happened in 129 years of major league baseball. The bases loaded pokes are hit by Fernando Tatis of St. Louis (against the Phillies) Jose Vidro of Montreal (against the Padres) Mike Lowell of Florida (against the Giants) Bernie Williams of the Yankees (against the Athletics) and Jay Buhner of Seattle (against the White Sox).
Jul 31, 1999 - The Yankees bring back C Jim Leyritz from the Padres for P Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000 and earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May 2001 after serving up 3 straight homers.
May 22, 1999 - The Yankees defeat the White Sox 10-2 in the 1st game of a DH. Roger Clemens gets the win for NY giving him an AL record 18 consecutive victories over the course of 2 seasons. The White Sox come back to take the 2nd game by a score of 2-1.
May 12, 1999 - The Angels edge the Yankees 1-0 behind the combined 3-hit pitching of Chuck Finley and Troy Percival. Finley fans 11 Yankees in his 8 innings of work including 4 in the 3rd inning to become the 33rd pitcher in history to strike out 4 in a single frame.
May 9, 1999 - The Yankees defeat the Mariners 6-1. Relief P Mike Stanton makes his 1st major league start for NY ending his major league record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his 1st start. the previous record of 443 was set by Gary Lavelle of the Giants.
Apr 21, 1999 - The Yankees defeat the Rangers 4-2 as Roger Clemens ties an AL record with his 17th consecutive win over 2 seasons. Johnny Allen (1936-37) and Dave McNally (1968-69) previously accomplished the feat for the Indians and Orioles respectively.
Apr 1, 1999 - No joke. Enraged that P Hideki Irabu fails to cover 1B on a ground ball hit during an exhibition game Yankees owner George Steinbrenner calls him a "fat pussy toad." Steinbrenner will later apologize to Irabu.
Oct 21, 1998 - The Yankees close out an incredible year by shutting out the Padres 3-0 and sweeping the NL champs to win the World Series. Andy Pettitte gets the victory and Scott Brosius is named Series MVP.
Oct 20, 1998 - Down 3-0 the Yankees bounce back with 2 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to defeat the Padres 5-3. 3B Scott Brosius is the hitting star for NY with a single 2 homers and 4 runs batted in.
Oct 17, 1998 - The Yankees explode for 7 runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres 9-6 in the Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3-run homer in the inning then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells notches the win.
Oct 13, 1998 - The Yankees move on to the World Series as they defeat the Indians 9-5 to take the ALCS 4 games to 2. Scott Brosius homers for NY while Jim Thome hits his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.
Oct 9, 1998 - Cleveland takes a 6-1 victory over the Yankees on the strength of 4 HRs: 2 by Jim Thome and 1 each by Manny Ramirez and Mark Whiten. Andy Pettitte gives up 3 of the homers in 5th inning.
Oct 7, 1998 - The Indians score 3 runs in the 12th inning to take Game 2 of the ALCS from the Yankees by a score of 4-1. The lead run scores when NY 2B Chuck Knoblauch argues the call on a bunt play at 1B rather than going after the ball.
Oct 6, 1998 - The Yankees jump on Cleveland starter Jaret Wright for 5 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the Indians 7-2 in the 1st game of the ALCS. Jorge Posada homers for NY while Manny Ramirez connects for the Tribe.
Sep 19, 1998 - Texas strikes 2 home run marks today. Mike Simms of the Rangers hits his 16th HR of the year to tie the major league mark for most HRs with less than 200 at bats in a season. Eddie Robinson of the Yankees and Bob Thurman of the Reds accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1957 respectively. Juan Gonzalez belts his 300th career homer off Jimmy Haynes but the Rangers lose to Oakland however 8-4.
Sep 4, 1998 - The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the season defeating the White Sox 11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. fewer Bernie Williams leads NY with a pair of homers and 4 RBIs.
Aug 28, 1998 - The Mariners clout 3 HRs in a 10-3 loss to the Yankees making them the 1st team in history to reach the 200-HR mark for a season in 3 consecutive years. Shane Monahan Russ Davis and Rob Ducey each belts a solo round-tripper for Seattle.
Jul 31, 1998 - After the talks indicate the Yankees or Cleveland the Mariners trade flame thrower Randy Johnson to the Astros in exchange for IF Carlos Guillen P Freddy Garcia and a player to be named.
Jul 20, 1998 - The Tigers take the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4-3 score in 17 innings. The New Yorkers bounce back to take the nightcap by the identical score. The 26 innings take nearly 9 hours to play.
Jun 22, 1998 - Against the Yankees Greg Maddux gives up 3 runs in 6 innings then gives way to Dennis Martinez who gives up another 3 in less than an inning. The Yankees win 6-4 the 13th straight time they have beaten Martinez going back to September 18 1984.
Jun 16, 1998 - The Orioles Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combine on a 2-hit 2-0 shutout over the Yankees. The win the 2nd in the 3 game series with New York ends the Yankees ML record streak of 24 straight winning series. The skein started after the Yankees opened with 2 losses at Anaheim.
Jun 14, 1998 - By defeating the Indians 4-2 the Yankees tie the major league mark for most consecutive non-losing series at 24. The 1912 Red Sox and 1970 Reds also accomplished the feat. David Cone fans 12 in recording the win.
May 19, 1998 - The Yankees defeat the Orioles 9-5 in a game marked by a brawl which results in 5 ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore relief P Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th-inning HR by Bernie Williams.
May 13, 1998 - The Atlanta Braves set an NL record by homering in their 25th straight game a 10-2 win over the Cardinals. This ties the major league mark held by the 1941 Yankees and the 1994 Tigers. The streak will be stopped by the Cardinals tomorrow.
Apr 15, 1998 - The Yankees defeat the Angels 6-3 in an afternoon game played at Shea Stadium. The Mets defeat the Cubs 2-1 in a night game marking the first time in history that American and National League games are played in the same park on the same day.
Oct 2, 1997 - The Indians even their series with a 7-5 win over the Yankees behind a strong effort by rookie P Jaret Wright. Matt Williams homers for the Tribe while light-hitting Omar Vizquel garners 3 hits.
Sep 26, 1997 - Four Yankees pitchers combine to 1-hit the Tigers winning by a score of 8-2. Andy Pettitte starts and allows a 2-run single to Travis Fryman in the 3rd inning giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. Pettitte leaves after 4 frames and is succeeded by Brian Boehringer (3 innings) Mariano Rivera (1 inning) and Jeff Nelson (1 inning). Rivera receives credit for the win when NY explodes for 6 runs in the 9th inning.
Sep 23, 1997 - In a warm-up for the playoffs the Indians rally from a 9-2 deficit to shock the Yankees 10-9. Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run homers while Justice and Alomar also homer for the Tribe.
Sep 16, 1997 - The Yankees sweep the Red Sox winning 2-0 and 4-3. Andy Pettitte pitches 8 innings in the opener striking out career-high 12. Willie Banks is the winner in the nitecap with 6 2/3 innings.
Sep 9, 1997 - Boston loses to the Yankees 8-6 despite 2 RBIs for Nomar Garciaparra. The ribbies give Garciaparra 87 on the year for a new major league record for leadoff men. Harvey Kuenn held the old mark with 85 in 1956 for Detroit.
Sep 1, 1997 - Before 50869 at the Vet the Phillies defeat the Yankees 5-1 behind Chuck Schilling who fans 16 batters in 8 innings of action and does not walk a man. The Phils will win the next to sweep the series with the defending World champs.
Aug 12, 1997 - Dean Palmer homers and drives in four runs as the Kansas City Royals end the New York Yankees' three-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory. Palmer who is 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position and has 16 RBIs in 18 games since coming over in a trade with Texas singles home a run in the fourth opens the 6th with his 17th homer and hits a go-ahead two-run double in the 7th. Mike Perez (2-0) the second of 5 Royals' pitchers is the winner. Jeff Montgomery pitches the 9th for his eighth save the 250th of his career. He retires 32 consecutive batters one shy of the club record before Bernie Williams singles with two outs in the ninth.
Jul 6, 1997 - Roger Clemens becomes the American League's first 13-game winner pitching a four-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 2-0. Clemens has 10 strikeouts and one walk in his first shutout of the year. Ramiro Mendoza takes the loss.
Jun 29, 1997 - In New York the Indians score 7 runs off the usually stingy David Cone but the Yankees outlast the Indians 11-10. With his 9th-inning single Sandy Alomar extends his hitting streak to 26 games 6th longest in Tribe history.
May 29, 1997 - The Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu signing the fireballer to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.
May 22, 1997 - The visiting Red Sox collect 19 hits but strand 16 in beating the Yankees 8-2. Former Yankee Mike Stanley hits a three-run homer and Wil Cordero adds 5 hits Tim Naehring has 4 hits and Mo Vaughn belts his 10th homer of the season in the 8th.
May 11, 1997 - Ruben Sierra released by the Cincinnati Reds last week signs a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sierra 31 hit .244 with 2 homers with the Reds. The Yankees sent Sierra to Detroit last season as part of the Cecil Fielder trade but Detroit is paying $4875000 of his $5.5 million contract. Sierra will play 14 games with Toronto then get released again.
Mar 3, 1997 - For the negotiating rights to Hideki Irabu the Yankees offer the Padres a choice of one from a list of players: Brian Boehringer David Weather Chris Cumberland Andy Fox and Matt Luke. Also one player from a list of five minor leaguers plus $3 million. The Padres are talking to several other teams beside the Yankees.
Dec 13, 1996 - The Blue Jays sign free agent P Roger Clemens (10-13) to a 3-year contract worth $24.75 million. The Red Sox's last minute offer falls short and The Rockets flirtation with the Yankees comes to naught. The Sox are successful in retaining Tim Naehring‚ who was minutes away from signing with Cleveland.
Dec 5, 1996 - Two days after signing C Joe Girardi‚ the Yankees send back-up C Jim Leyritz to the Angels in exchange for minor leaguers Ryan Kane and Jeremy Blevins. Leyritz‚ the Yankee with the longest tenure-5 years‚ 126 days-was vulnerable because of his $1.75 million yearly contract.
Oct 24, 1996 - The Yankees take their 3rd straight game in Atlanta defeating the Braves 1-0. Andy Pettitte records the win while John Wetteland gets his 3rd save. John Smoltz is the hard-luck loser for Atlanta.
Oct 23, 1996 - The Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz ties the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blow a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.
Oct 13, 1996 - The Yankees defeat the Orioles 6-4 giving them the AL pennant. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning which features HRs by Jim Leyritz Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla Todd Zeile and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.
Sep 26, 1996 - Oakland C Terry Steinbach hits a 6th-inning HR in a 7-5 victory over Seattle giving the Athletics their 241st HR of the season. They become the 2nd team this season to surpass the mark formerly held by the 1961 Yankees.
Sep 25, 1996 - The Yankees clinch the AL East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The New Yorkers score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating 4 in the opening frame. Tino Martinez leads with 5 RBIs and David Cone (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yanks take the nitecap 6-2.
Aug 25, 1996 - The Yankees dedicate their 1st new monument in 47 years to Mickey Mantle in Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. Miller Huggins Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments while 15 men are honored on plaques.
Aug 6, 1996 - Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so he becomes just the 8th player to hit 3 in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe Ruth Johnny Mize Dave Kingman Cory Snyder Darnell Coles Claudell Washington and Larry Parrish.
Jul 31, 1996 - At the trading deadline Detroit trades 1B-DH Cecil Fielder 32 to the Yankees for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Matt Drews. The Yankees also obtain P David Weathers from the Marlins for P Mark Hutton but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks.
Jul 26, 1996 - The Yankees unload a 21 hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals 15-1. This is the most hits New York has collected in 9 innings since August 25 1984 when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key is the easy winner giving up 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat Kelly who had been out the season with surgery makes his debut and promptly injures a hamstring.
Jun 24, 1996 - Former Yankees P Steve Howe released by the team just two days ago is arrested at Kennedy International Airport for carrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and receive 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service.
May 24, 1996 - In Seattle Ken Griffey Jr. sinks the Yankees with three home runs scoring 5 runs and driving in 6 as the Mariners win 10-4. It is the first 3-homer game for Griffey. Scott Kamienicki takes the loss his last game with the Yankees. His season will end in a month when he goes on the triple-A DL.
May 22, 1996 - The Athletics spoil Dwight Gooden Day in New York City by hitting 5 solo homers-three by Yankee-killer Geronimo Berroa-to beat the Yankees 5-1. The 5 runs all coming on homers ties the ML mark.
May 15, 1996 - The Mariners spot the Yankees 4 runs then hammer starter Jimmy Key and 5 other pitchers for 19 hits to win 10-5. Seven Mariners collect two or more hits and Edgar Martinez drives in 4 runs. A wild Key takes his 5th straight loss while Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera records four outs to stretch his runless innings to 21 2/3. The Yanks will place Key on the 15 day DL.
May 15, 1996 - The Yankees outbid 4 other American teams and sign Japanese P Katsuhiro Maeda to a $1.5 million contract. The Yanks obtain the fastballer from the Seibu Lions for more than $350000. Maeda who has his hair dyed orange was 0-2 with the Lions in 1995 but refused to sign for the 1996 season unless he was traded to a U.S. team.
Mar 1, 1996 - The Yankees christen Legends Field their new $30 million 31-acre complex near the Tampa Airport. The field has the exact dimensions of the stadium in the Bronx. On hand to see Phil Rizzuto toss out the first ball are former Yanks Whitey Ford Catfish Hunter Ron Guidry and Chris Chambliss who then watch the new Yankees beat the AL Champion Indians 5-2.
Dec 7, 1995 - The Yankees obtain 1B Tino Martinez P Jeff Nelson and minor league P Jim Mecir from the Mariners in exchange for P Sterling Hitchcock and 3B Russ Davis. In a memorable day Martinez signs a 5-year $20.25 million contract and his wife gives birth to their 3rd child.
Nov 20, 1995 - The Yankees trade minor league P Mike DeJean and a player to be named to the Rockies for C Joe Girardi. Girardi will solidify the catching for New York‚ while DeJean will set a ML mark for most appearances without a loss. He'll go 7-0 through 1998‚ while making 88 appearances‚ breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine. DeJean will be 2-4 in '99.
Sep 11, 1995 - At Jacobs Field the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians-no assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. Black Jack retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield makes 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phils game on June 25 1989 the only time in the NL.
Jul 28, 1995 - The Yankees get P David Cone from the Blue Jays in a trade for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. The team also trades OF-DH Danny Tartabull to the Athletics for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Jason Beverlin.
Jun 12, 1995 - The Royals send Bob Hamelin the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year to the their Triple-A Omaha team. Hamelin hitting .175 with 2 HRs is the first top rookie to be demoted in his sophomore year since 1982 when the Yankees sent Dave Righetti down.
May 27, 1995 - Steve Ontiveros hurls a 1-hit 3-0 shutout over the Yankees. Luis Polonia gets the only hit for the New Yorkers as Ontiveros fans 7 and walks only 2. The victory moves the Athletics to within 1 game of the Angels for the lead in the AL West.
May 2, 1995 - The Red Sox defeat the Yankees 8-0. Boston scores its runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings by former college teammates John Valentin and Mo Vaughn. According to SABR statistician David Vincent it is the 1st time ever that 2 grand slams account for all the runs scored in a game.
Apr 26, 1995 - Despite just 6300 fans at the Yanks pre-opening workout 50245 show up for the opener the smallest opening crowd at the Stadium since 1990. The Yankees start with a win 8-6 over the Rangers as Jimmy Key goes 5 innings to pick up the win. It is his 3rd straight opener and his Opening Day record is 6-0. Kenny Rogers is the loser giving up 4 runs in 3 innings including a homer to Danny Tartabull. Bernie Williams also homers.
Jun 24, 1994 - At Jacobs Field the Yankees and Cleveland battle to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 am. There are a total of 3:10 in raind delays counting the delay to start the game. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yankees winning 11-6 in a game that takes 4:03 in total to play a Cleveland team record. Not tobe outdone the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game that takes exactly 4:03 to play. The two teams total 11 runs scored in the 8th.
May 5, 1994 - Tampa Yankees DH Edwin Salcedo hits an apparent 430-foot HR in a game against the Brevard County Manatees but does not even receive credit for a single. Salcedo misses first base while rounding the bases and is called out on appeal. The Manatees defeat the Yankees 5-3.
Dec 18, 1993 - Top Yankees P prospect Brien Taylor injures his shoulder in a fight near his home in North Carolina. The Injury will require surgery and cause Taylor to miss the entire 1994 season. Taylor‚ who signed for a $1.55 million bonus in 1991 has yet to make it to the majors.
Sep 18, 1993 - The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 4-3 because of a fan who runs out on the field. With NY trailing 3-1 with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke however had called time when the fan bolted onto the field giving Stanley a second chance. He singled on the next pitch. That was followed by a hit by Wade Boggs a walk to Dion James and a single by Don Mattingly which drove home the tying and winning runs.
Sep 17, 1993 - In a last try for the pennant the Yankees obtain 40-year-old vet Frank Tanana from the Mets for minor league P Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0-2 to finish out his career at 240-236 and set a ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.
Sep 6, 1993 - Rafael Palmiero has his 2nd game this season with 4 extra base hits as he paces the Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees. Palmiero has 2 homers and 2 doubles The two games this season ties a ML record.
Sep 4, 1993 - The Phillies lose to the Reds by a score of 6-5. In doing so they set a new NL record by not being shut out in 151 consecutive games. The major league mark of 308 is held by the Yankees.
Aug 31, 1993 - In a flurry of deadline trades the Reds sent pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jim Pierce to the White Sox in exchange for P Tim Belcher; The Dodgers trade OF Eric Davis to the Tigers for a player to be named later (P John DeSilva): Davis will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Cardinals trade closer P Lee Smith to the Yankees in exchange for P Richard Batchelor.
Mar 1, 1993 - George Steinbrenner resumes his role as general partner of the Yankees following his suspension from baseball for conduct unbecoming an owner because of his dealings with Howard Spira, reportedly a former employee of Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield. Winfield's contract with New York required Steinbrenner to make a sizable annual contribution to the outfielder's charitable foundation. Steinbrenner suspected the foundation was being badly run and had paid Spira for information that might have relived the Yankees' owner of his obligation. Steinbrenner and Winfield eventually settle the dispute.
Dec 9, 1992 - The Braves sign free agent Cy Young and Gold Glove winner Greg Maddux to a 5-year contract‚ and then trade pitchers Charlie Leibrandt and Pat Gomez to the Rangers in exchange for 3B Jose Oliva. Leibrandt (15-7) saw his star fall in Atlanta when he gave up 11th-inning extra base hits in the 1992 WS and the 1991 NLCS. Maddux‚ who turned down a $28.5 million contract extension in mid-season with the Cubs‚ signs for $28 million‚ $6 million less than the Yankees offered.
May 30, 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.
Aug 26, 1991 - Number 1 draft pick Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the Yankees. It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur player surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by Oakland in 1990.
Jun 29, 1991 - The visiting Yankees score 3 in the 9th off Dan Plesac to beat Milwaukee 9-8. Kevin Maas and Jess Barfield homer for the Bombers. Teddy Higuera (3-2) in the first year of a $13 million 4-year contract pitches 7 innings allowing 3 runs. Higuera who started the year on the DL will go on the DL again when a significant tear to his rotary cuff is discovered. This is his last ML appearance.
Jun 3, 1991 - LHP 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. Arizona State OF Mike Kelly is taken 2nd by the Atlanta Braves. The Indians pick up Manny Ramirez in the 1st round; the Twins take Brad Radke (8th round) the Brewers pick Jeff Cirillo (11th) the Expos take Kirk Kreuter (19th) while the Mariners pick Matt Mantei on the 25th. The Mets pick up Jason Isringhausen on the 44th round.
Apr 10, 1991 - Sixty-eight-year-old Minnie Minoso is denied a chance to appear in a professional game in his 6th consecutive decade by baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. Minoso had been scheduled to suit up for the independent Miami Miracle of the Class A Florida State League in their April 13 game against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees. Vincent refuses to allow Minoso to sign a contract even for a single night.
Sep 25, 1990 - The Yankees tie a ML record when their first 8 batters all hit safely in a 15-3 rout of the Orioles. Tony Telford allows the first 6 hits to take the loss. The Yanks hit 6 homers in the game.
Sep 9, 1990 - Dave Stewart wins his 19th, as the Oakland Athletics score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Yankees , 7-3. In the frame, Willie McGee hits a two-run triple, his 3rd hit of the game, and the A’s sweep the season series with the Yankees, 12-0.
Sep 6, 1990 - At Yankee Stadium Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons. On the 10th he will return a punt for a TD. California scores 6 in the 9th to beat the Yanks 12-6.
Aug 14, 1990 - California posts a 9-5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam by Luis Polonia. Yankee RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoe string catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner. Barfield will misplay another drive into an 4-run IPHR in 2 weeks.
Jul 12, 1990 - The White Sox Melido Perez pitches a rain-shortened 6-inning no-hitter over the Yankees as Chicago wins 8-0. This is the 7th no-hitter this season the most since 1917. Lance Johnson makes a diving over-the-shoulder catch in the 5th to save a hit and also bangs a 3-run HR.
Jun 24, 1990 - The Twins Scott Erickson wins his 12th game in a row stopping the Yankees 5-0 and allowing just 2 hits. He retires 24 of the final 25 batters. Erickson will go on the DL for the first 2 weeks in July with a strained elbow.
Dec 25, 1989 - Billy Martin‚ former infielder and 5-time manager of the Yankees‚ dies in a car accident in Johnson City‚ New York at the age of 61. Martin will be buried in Gates of Heaven cemetery in Valhalla‚ New York in a plot near Babe Ruth's. George Steinbrenner‚ who fired Martin 4 times (he resigned the 5th time) purchases the plot.
Sep 10, 1989 - Five days after hitting a home run for the Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders hit .234 in 14 games for New York this year in his first attempt at playing 2 sports professionally.
Aug 18, 1989 - Dallas Green is fired as manager of the Yankees and replaced by former SS Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time the Yankees have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973.
Jul 2, 1989 - Brewers OF Robin Yount 33 collects his 2500th hit in a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Ty Cobb Rogers Hornsby Hank Aaron and Mel Ott are the only players to reach that milestone at a younger age.
May 24, 1989 - Yankees reliever Lee Guetterman gives up 5 runs in the 9th inning of New York's 11-4 loss to California‚ ending his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 30 2/3. It is the longest season-opening streak in the majors since Harry Brecheen's in 1948‚ and the longest season-opening streak ever by a reliever.
Mar 19, 1989 - With Dave Winfield sidelined the Yankees trade C Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for OF Mel Hall. Winfield will miss all of the 1989 season after undergoing back surgery next week for central disc herniation.
Feb 2, 1989 - Bill White a 6-time All-Star and longtime Yankees broadcaster is elected president of the National League. He becomes the highest-ranking black official in American professional sports.
Oct 24, 1988 - Less than a year after signing him as a free agent the Yankees trade 1B-DH Jack Clark to the Padres with P Pat Clements for pitchers Lance McCullers Jimmy Jones and OF Stan Jefferson.
Oct 7, 1988 - Lou Piniella is fired as manager of the Yankees for the 2nd time and Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of the White Sox. Dallas Green replaces Piniella while Yankee coach Jeff Torborg will eventually replace Fregosi on November 3rd.
Sep 11, 1988 - The Yankees edge the Tigers 5-4 in 18 innings. Steve Shields gets the win in relief when Claudell Washington homers. Rickey Henderson ties a 1948 AL record for extra innings with 12 putouts in LF.
Jun 21, 1988 - With 2 outs in the 9th inning Tiger SS Allan Trammel blasts 3-2 pitch from Cecillio Guante for a game-ending grand slam to give the Bengals a 7-6 win over the Yankees. The Tigers enter the 9th down 6-1 but Dave Righetti walks in two runs before Guante relieves.
Apr 20, 1988 - Claudell Washington hits the 10000th home run in Yankees history and Jack Clark hits his first AL home run in the top of the 10th inning to give New York a 7-6 win over Minnesota. The Yankees are the first ML club to hit 10000 homers.
Apr 5, 1988 - Before 55802 at Yankee Stadium the Yankees score 6 runs off Frank Viola in 5 innings to top the Twins 8-0. Rick Rhoden allows 3 hits in 9 innings for the win. Roberto Kelly and Willie Randolph each have three hits while Jim Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson belt homers.
Dec 11, 1987 - In the first trade ever between the Yankees and Mets that involves a ML player‚ the Mets send SS Rafael Santana and a minor leaguer to the Bronx for C Phil Lombardi and minor leaguers Darren Reed‚ and Steve Frey.
Oct 19, 1987 - Billy Martin is named manager of the Yankees for a bizarre 5th time replacing Lou Piniella who replaced Martin and who is "promoted" to general manager. Piniella led the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 1987 4th in the AL East.
Sep 22, 1987 - Teddy Higuera wins his 7th straight as the Brewers down the Yankees 7-2 in the first of 2 games. Robin Yount drives in 4 runs with a homer and double. Yount drives home another 5 in game 2 including his 20th homer of the season but it is not enough as New York wins 10-8.
Jul 20, 1987 - Don Mattingly ties another ML record this time in the field as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Twins. The feat was last accomplished in the AL by Hal Chase in 1906.
Jul 18, 1987 - Don Mattingly hits a home run in his 8th consecutive game tying the ML record set by Dale Long in 1956 but the Yankees lose to Texas 7-2. His streak will end tomorrow when he goes 2-for-4 but no homers.
Jul 16, 1987 - Don Mattingly bangs two homers one a second inning grand slam to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over host Texas. Mattingly now has 7 homers in 6 games. His 2nd inning grand slam his 4th of the year off Charlie Hough followed a bases-loaded walk to Mike Pagliarulo. Hough had 8 strikeouts but his knuckleball was too much for little-used catch Mike Stanley who sets an AL record with 5 passed balls. His teammate Geno Petralli will tie then break the record next month with 6 passed balls.
Jun 29, 1987 - Eight homers are hit in Toronto as the Yankees outlast the Blue Jays 15-14. Mattingly leads the power outage with a pair one a grand slam and Dave Winfield also hits a grand slam. Dave Righetti gets the win.
May 1, 1987 - Free-agents Ron Guidry (Yankees) Rich Gedman (Red Sox) Bob Boone (Angels) and Tim Raines (Expos) all re-sign with their former clubs on the first day that they are allowed to do so. Doyle Alexander will re-sign with the Braves on May 5th.
Apr 3, 1987 - At Tiger Stadium Jack Morris makes his 8th straight start for Detroit and is booed by the 51315 for his attempts to leave the Tigers over the winter. The Yankees and Tigers each score one run in 9 innings before New York scores in the 10th to beat Morris 2-1. Dave Righetti in relief of Dennis Rasmussen is the winner.
Dec 24, 1986 - Two free agents sign today‚ OF Gary Ward signs with the New York Yankees‚ while Reggie Jackson signs with the Oakland A's. With Jackson's signing‚ the Angels receive the A's 2nd round draft pick.
Dec 19, 1986 - After finding no other clubs interested in signing him‚ free-agent pitcher and 20-game winner Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with the Tigers while at the same time accusing the ML owners of collusion against free agents. Morris had offered to sign a one-year contract‚ with salary to be determined by an arbitrator‚ with either the Yankees‚ Angels‚ Twins‚ or Phillies‚ but was turned down by all 4.
Dec 12, 1986 - The Yankees trade Mike Easler and minor leaguer Tom Barrett to the Phillies for P Charles Hudson and minor leaguer Jeff Knox‚ and also re-sign free-agent OF Claudell Washington to fill Easler's DH position.
Nov 24, 1986 - In yet another unwise trade of prospects for aging veterans‚ the Yankees deal Ps Brian Fisher‚ Doug Drabek‚ and Logan Easley to the Pirates for Ps Rick Rhoden‚ Cecilio Guante‚ and Pat Clements. Drabek will win the National league Cy Young Award for Pittsburgh in 1990.
Oct 4, 1986 - On the next-to-last day of the season Dave Righetti saves both ends of the Yankees doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox to give him a ML-record 46 saves. Bruce Sutter and Dan Quisenberry had shared the record with 45.
Oct 2, 1986 - Don Mattingly sets a Yankees record with his 232nd hit of the season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.
Jul 9, 1986 - The Padres trade P Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for P Ed Whitson who had become the target of such fan abuse in New York that manager Lou Piniella would no longer pitch him in Yankee Stadium.
Apr 8, 1986 - The Kansas City Royals are the first defending champions-besides the New York Yankees-in 61 years to open at Yankee Stadium‚ and they start the season on the wrong foot by losing‚ 4-2. New York scores all 4 runs off starter Bud Black‚ who gives up a three-run homer to Butch Wynegar in the 2nd. Hal McRae accounts for both KC runs with a two-run homer off starter Ron Guidry‚ one of two hits Guidry gives up in 5 innings. Guidry wins his first Opener with relief help from Rod Scurry and Dave Righetti.
Mar 21, 1986 - The Yankees announce that their most celebrated off-season acquisition 26-year-old pitcher Britt Burns will not pitch at all this season because of a chronic deteriorating hip condition.
Feb 13, 1986 - Keep the uniforms? Two months after being traded from the Yankees to the White Sox C Ron Hassey is traded back to the Yankees along with 3 minor leaguers in exchange for P Neil Allen C Scott Bradley and minor leaguer Glen Braxton. But Hassey will again go back to the White Sox on July 30th.
Dec 12, 1985 - The Yankees trade P Joe Cowley and C Ron Hassey to the White Sox for P Britt Burns (18-11) and minor leaguers Mike Soper and Glen Braxton. Hassey will come back to New York before the season's start. A degenerative hip condition ends Burns' career before he has a chance to pitch for the Yanks.
Sep 19, 1985 - At Yankee Stadium, Jimmy Key (13-6) pitches the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees. The pre-game Canadian anthem features NY-Irish singer Mary O’Dowd who forgets the words to ''O Canada'' and sings off key. Later, O’Dowd says she can do better and hopes for another invitation when the Blue Jays come to town next season. ''I've sung at Carnegie Hall,'' she said. ''I'm not a baby. What happened should not have happened. But I've never sung at a stadium. It was very overwhelming. I went blank.'' She said she had called the Mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, to apologize.
Sep 15, 1985 - The Yankees trade minor league pitcher Jim Deshaies and two other minor leaguers to be named later to the Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the first time since 1974 with the Braves.
Aug 12, 1985 - At Chicago Phil Niekro goes the route to pick up his 295th win as the Yankees beat the White Sox 10-4. New York has a 7-run 7th to break the game open with Hassey belting a 2-run homer and RBI single to lead the scoring in the frame.
Apr 28, 1985 - After the Yankees lose to the White Sox 4-3 on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th manager Yogi Berra is replaced by Billy Martin who begins his 4th term in the job. The bad news is delivered to Yogi by pitching coach Clyde King and a furious Berra vows to never set foot in Yankee Stadium as long as George Steinbrenner is the owner.
Apr 8, 1985 - At Fenway 46-year-old Phil Niekro starts for the Yankees the 2nd oldest pitcher ever to start an Opener: only Jack Quinn for Brooklyn in 1931 was older at age 47. Boston chases Niekro after 4 innings and behind the pitching of Oil Can Boyd coasts to a 9-2 win. Niekro walks 4 in the 3rd inning including two with the bases loaded to lose his 7th Opener in a row (6 with Atlanta) the worst opening day record ever. Tony Armas Dwight Evans and Jim Rice stroke homers for Boston.
Dec 5, 1984 - The A's send base-stealing OF Rickey Henderson and P Bert Bradley to the Yankees in exchange for Ps Jay Howell and Jose Rijo‚ OF Stan Javier‚ and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk. On the same day‚ the Yankees trade C Rick Cerone to the Braves for P Brian Fisher.
Sep 30, 1984 - In the dramatic race for the AL batting title Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees season-ending 4-2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4.
Sep 23, 1984 - Sparky Anderson becomes the first manager ever to win 100 games in a season with 2 different clubs as the Tigers beat the Yankees 4-1. Anderson had led the Reds to 100-win seasons in 1970 1975 and 1976.
Aug 4, 1984 - The Yankees win their 8th straight 4-0 over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at Yankee Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than to months ago in an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI. Victor Mata hits his lone career homer.
Jan 5, 1984 - The Yankees sign veteran free agent Phil Niekro to a 2-year contract giving the club 6 starting pitchers. Dave Righetti will move to the bullpen to ease the logjam and to fill the void that will be left by the departure of Rich Gossage who says he will not re-sign with New York.
Aug 28, 1983 - The 4th place Yankees beat California 7-3 behind John Montefusco (1-0) the 2 teams match hits at 10. The Yanks score 6 times in the 6th half coming on a homer by Roy Smalley. Willie Randolph starts and ends the inning making all 3 outs.
Aug 5, 1983 - AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees manager Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing abuse of umpires. Martin is suspended for 2 games for calling umpire Dale Ford "a stone liar" after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble.
Jan 11, 1983 - One of the few good players to be drafted and also sign in the January free agent draft is Ellis Burks‚ picked on the first round by the Red Sox. The Yankees pick and sign a Canseco--Ozzie--with their fourth pick.
Jan 10, 1983 - New York Supreme Court Justice Richard Lane issues a preliminary injunction barring the Yankees from playing their season-opening series against the Tigers in Denver. The club had sought to move the games because it feared off-season renovations to Yankee Stadium would not be completed for the April 11th-13th series.
Dec 14, 1982 - The Cardinals swap blue ribbon prospects Bobby Meacham and Stan Javier to the Yankees for 3 minor leaguers. Some observers think this is a lagniappe to New York for sending Willie McGee to the Cardinals last year in exchange for P Bob Sykes.
Dec 9, 1982 - In what will turn out to be a pair of unwise deals the Yankees sign free-agent OF Steve Kemp to a 5-year contract and trade OF Dave Collins pitcher Mike Morgan and minor leaguer Fred McGriff to the Blue Jays for P Dale Murray and minor leaguer Tom Dodd.
Nov 11, 1982 - Joe Altobelli succeeds the retired Earl Weaver as Orioles manager. Altobelli is the 2nd Yankees coach to take a managing job this month‚ and will be Baltimore's first new pilot since 1968.
Sep 19, 1982 - Milwaukee scores 9 runs in the 8th to roll over the Yankees 14-1. Don Sutton is the victor. Gorman Thomas has a double-his 2nd-and HR in the big inning and Molitor adds a HR then as well.
Sep 12, 1982 - For the 2nd time this season Milwaukee gets 3 consecutive HRs-Cooper Simmons Oglivie-in a losing cause as the Yankees win 9-8. Six homers are hit in the game. Curt Kaufman wins his first ML decision and his only as a Yank.
May 6, 1982 - At the Kingdome Gaylord Perry (3-2) becomes the 15th pitcher to win 300 career games beating the Yankees 7-3. Perry gives up 9 hits and 6 walks in beating Doyle Alexander and he is the first pitcher to reach the 300-win plateau since Early Wynn in 1963. Perry allegedly wears a different uniform each inning in order to sell them as memorabilia. The Yanks and Alexander lose more than the game: after giving up 5 runs in the 3rd Alexander enters the dugout and punches the wall breaking a knuckle and sidelining himself for 2 months.
Apr 23, 1982 - The Yankees trade 1B Bob Watson to Atlanta for minor leaguer P Bob Patterson. Watson was given the choice of Philadelphia LA or Atlanta. In 2 weeks the Yankees will trade their other first baseman Dave Revering who hit .465 in spring training.
Apr 16, 1982 - At Detroit the Yankees Roy Smalley makes the first and last outs-all 3outs-in the 3rd inning as the Yankees score 5 times. Smalley strikes out to start the frame and ends it by lining into a DP. Ron Guidry coasts to his first win of the year 10-2.
Apr 11, 1982 - At Yankee Stadium the Yankees finally open with a 7-6 loss to Chicago in 12 innings then drop a 2-0 nitecap. The grounds crew is feted because of their efforts in getting the snow-covered field ready and grounds crew chief Esposito tosses out the first ball. Jerry Koosman and Ron Guidry are the starters but Koosman gives up 6 runs in 5 2/3 inning and Guidry 4 runs in 4 innings to earn showers. Gossage the last of 4 pitchers gives up a leadoff triple to Bill Almon in the 12th and Ron LeFlore drives him home with one of his 3 hits on the day. Kevin Hickey wins with an inning of relief.
Apr 10, 1982 - The Yankees trade relief pitcher Ron Davis and minor leaguers Paul Boris and Greg Gagne to the Twins for veteran IF Roy Smalley. Gagne hit .270 and .297 the past two seasons at Greensboro.
Dec 9, 1981 - One day after announcing that manager Bob Lemon will return in 1982‚ the Yankees announce that former manager Gene Michael‚ whom Lemon replaced on September 6th‚ will return as manager for the 1983 season. They won't wait that long.
Oct 28, 1981 - Pedro Guerrero drives in 5 runs and the Bert Hooton and the Dodgers beat the Yankees 9-2 to win the World Series in 6 games. In a remarkable post season the Dodgers came from behind to win 3 series (down 2-0 to Houston and 2-1 to Montreal in the best-of-5 series). Guerrero Ron Cey and Steve Yeager (2 home runs) are named co-MVPs while OF Dave Winfield and relief pitcher George Frazier are the goats for New York. Winfield was just 1-for-21 while Frazier tied a WS record by losing 3 games. The record was set by the White Sox Lefty Williams in 1919 but Williams one of the 8 "Black Sox" probably was losing on purpose.
Sep 12, 1981 - Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8 innings at Yankee Stadium before Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th with back-to-back doubles. Reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2-1 win.
Sep 6, 1981 - Despite having won the first-half pennant Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon who managed the club in 1978-79. The Yankees are only 2 games above .500 in the 2nd half of the season.
Aug 24, 1981 - In his first ML game Kent Hrbek homers in the 12th inning to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 21-year-old 1B grew up in Bloomington MN less than a mile from Metropolitan Stadium and jumped directly to his hometown club from Class-A Visalia (California League) where he was hitting .380 with 27 HRs and 112 RBI.
May 27, 1981 - Angel 3B Doug DeCinces hits a pair of home runs for the 3rd time in 6 games to lead California to a 6-5 win over the Yankees. DeCinces also homered twice against Detroit on May 23rd and against the Yankees on May 25th. He had no homers this year prior to the streak.
May 22, 1981 - With Rick Waits on the mound in the 6th the Yankees Bucky Dent hits into a triple play. But the Yankees win 3-2 with the margin a 2-run HR by Dave Winfield. The win goes to Dave Righetti (1-0).
May 9, 1981 - Tom Paciorek hits his 2nd game-winning bottom-of-the-9th HR in as many games a 3-run blow giving the Mariners a 6-5 win over the Yankees. The previous night Paciorek led off the 9th with a solo homer to give Seattle a 3-2 win over the Yankees.
Nov 18, 1980 - The Yankees trade C Brad Gulden and cash to Seattle for infielder Larry Milbourne and a player to be named. That player will turn out to be Gulden‚ who Seattle will ship back to the Yanks on May 18‚ 1981.
Sep 13, 1980 - At Boston the Yankees keep their hold on 1st place with a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox scoring all their runs in the 4th. Tommy John wins his 21st. Willie Randolph helps in the 6th with a neat 4-2 double play stepping on 2B for a force and throwing home to catch Jim Rice.
Jun 4, 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 2 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 $275000. 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.
May 14, 1980 - The Royals pitching staff issues 14 walks in a 16-3 loss to the Yankees as the Yanks outhit KC by one 12-11. Reliever Larry Christenson is the main culprit walking 7 batters in just 12?3 innings. Infielder Jerry Terrell makes his 2nd career pitching appearance pitching the last inning and giving up no runs and a walk.
Apr 10, 1980 - At Arlington Stadium‚ Jon Matlack and the Yankees Ron Guidry both pitch shutout ball for 9 innings before being lifted. In the 12th‚ Goose Gossage relieves with Mickey Rivers on 3rd and Richie Zisk at the plate. His first pitch is wild allowing Rivers to score the game's only run. Gossage also lost the '78 Opener when Zisk took him deep in the 9th. Each team manages just 4 hits in the contest with Bob Watson and Bob Sundberg each collecting three of them.
Nov 14, 1979 - The Yankees acquire 3B Eric Soderholm from Texas for 3 players (minor leaguers Rockey Burdette‚ Roger Slagle‚ Amos Lewis) to be named later. As noted in "Yankees Coming‚ Yankees Going" by Lyle Spatz‚ the Rangers release the players' names‚ a rules violation since they are still frozen on minor league rosters until December. The deal will be consummated on December 13‚ with Slagle's name omitted. Soderholm will hit .287 in 1980‚ then miss the 81 season because of illness‚ and retire.
Nov 1, 1979 - In separate deals the Yankees acquire OF Ruppert Jones from the Mariners and C Rick Cerone and Tom Underwood from the Blue Jays giving up 7 players including popular 1B Chris Chambliss SS Damaso Garcia OF Juan Beniquez and Ps Jim Beattie and Paul Mirabella. Chambliss will be with the Blue Jays a month before they swap him to Atlanta.
Aug 1, 1979 - Following the Yankees 9-1 win over the White Sox members of the New York club create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park.
Jun 15, 1979 - The Yankees send Cliff Johnson to the Indians for P Don Hood. Johnson had been in the Yankee doghouse ever since his brawl with teammate Goose Gossage that put Goose on the DL for two months.
May 23, 1979 - The Yankees trade pitchers with the Cubs sending Dick Tidrow to Chicago for Ray Burris. Tidrow will regain his form in the Windy City while Burris will be just 1-3 in pinstripes before being banished to the Mets.
Nov 13, 1978 - Luis Tiant, Jr.‚ formerly of the Red Sox‚ becomes the first to sign with a new club following the reentry draft. The 38+-year-old pitching star joins the Yankees‚ and will go 13-8 next year.
Nov 10, 1978 - In a major trade the Yankees send former Cy Young winner Sparky Lyle along with pitchers Larry McCall and Dave Rajsich C Mike Heath and infielder Domingo Ramos to the Rangers. The Rangers pack up outfielders Juan Beniquez and Greg Jamison and pitchers Dave Righetti Mike Griffin and Paul Mirabella. Righetti considered the top lefty prospect in the minors will win Rookie of the Year honors in 1981.
Sep 16, 1978 - With 55091 looking on the Yankees snap a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox 3-2. New York now leads by 3 1/2 games. The Yanks first score on a Reggie Jackson 2-run blast in the 5th. Both starters Catfish Hunter and Mike Torrez go the distance.
Sep 15, 1978 - The Yankees now 1 1/2 games in front of Boston open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Guidry again gives up 2 Boston hits and wins a 4-0 shutout. Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles hit successive homers off Luis Tiant in the 4-run 4th inning.
Sep 7, 1978 - The Yankees 4 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the "Boston Massacre" with a 15-3 route as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers including 3 hits apiece by Randolph Munson and White. Mike Torrez with one inning of work takes the loss. Ken Clay in relief of Catfish Hunter is the winner.
Aug 13, 1978 - The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 7th inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains force a delay of the game. Thanks to stalling tactics of Earl Weaver and some slow-moving Baltimore groundskeepers the game is called and the score reverts to the last complete inning. The Orioles win 3-0 with Scott McGregor the winner.
Aug 3, 1978 - Boston and New York pick up where they left off last night and the Red Sox score 2 runs in the 17th to win 7-5 on RBIs by Rick Burleson and Jim Rice. Ex-Yankee Mike Torrez then stops New York 8-1 in a rain-shortened game. Jim Rice with only one homer in his last 33 games hits a 3-run shot off Jim Beattie. Fred Lynn cracks a 3 run homer in the 7th and Bob Bailey follows with a shot off the upper deck facade in LF. Boston now leads Milwaukee by 6 games and the Yankees by 8 1/2 games.
Aug 2, 1978 - The Yankees take a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox but Boston ties it in the 8th on 3 wild pitches two bases-loaded walks and a collection of bloop hits. The game ends in a 14-inning tie at 5 apiece.
Jul 27, 1978 - The Yankees win the first game of a doubleheader 11-0 but the Indians rebound to win the 2nd 17-5. Duane Kuiper ties the ML record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century. He hits one in the 1st and another in the 5th inning.
Jul 7, 1978 - The Brewers Mike Caldwell beats the Yankees Ron Guidry 6-0. For Guidry (13-1) it is his first loss of the season. Caldwell shut out the Yankees 9 days earlier and will shut them out again on September 19th.
Jun 28, 1978 - At Yankee Stadium, Ron Guidry (24-3) allows four hits and strikes out nine in stopping the Blue Jays, 3–1. In the win, the Bronx Bombers manage just four hits off Balor Moore and Tom Buskey. The win keeps the Yankees in first place by a game. When news of the death of Pope John Paul I reaches the press box, New York announcer Phil Rizzuto observes, “That’ll put a damper on even a Yankee win.”
Jun 10, 1978 - The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs his first team in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York and he will not recapture his form in Chicago. Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14-2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. The previous mark was 13 wins by Yankee Wilcy Moore.
Apr 13, 1978 - The Yankees defeat the White Sox 4-2 in their home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day. Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the first inning and the field is showered with candy bars which were given out free to the fans at the game.
Apr 8, 1978 - At the Opener in Arlington the Rangers edge the Yankees 2-1 behind newcomers Richie Zisk and Jon Matlack. Matlack scatters 8 hits in winning while Richie Zisk belts a 9th inning solo shot off Goose Gossage to break a tie. Guidry goes 7 innings for New York allowing six singles and after this no-decision he will win 13 straight games.
Sep 6, 1977 - California acquires Dave Kingman for cash. Nine days later the Yankees will buy Kingman making him the first player to wear 4 uniforms in 4 divisions in the same year. His 26 HRs will be the most by a player with more than 2 teams.
Aug 27, 1977 - Rangers Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park HRs on consecutive pitches off Ken Clay highlighting an 8-2 win over the Yankees only the 2nd loss for New York in 14 games. It ties the ML mark and it is the first time since 1946 that two batters have connected consecutively on IPHRs.
Aug 26, 1977 - New York wins its 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6-5 win over Texas. With the Red Sox losing the Yankees move in front by 2 games.
Aug 16, 1977 - At Yankee Stadium New York blows a 9-4 lead in the top of the 9th when Chicago scores six runs but a two-run homer by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the inning gives the Yankees an 11-10 win.
Jun 30, 1977 - Cliff Johnson becomes the 2nd player in 3 days to hit a pair of homers in an inning. He hits 3 consecutive home runs including 2 in the 8th inning as the Yankees rout the Blue Jays 11-5. New York (42-33) is a half-game behind the Red Sox.
Jun 26, 1977 - In front of 55039 fans the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York takes 4-1 lead into the 9th but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at 3B to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.
Oct 16, 1976 - Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter as the Reds win game 1 of the WS 5-1 over the Yankees. Three hits by Perez the first WS designated hitter and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense.
Oct 12, 1976 - In the AL game Chris Chambliss contributes a HR and 3 RBI to the Yankees come-from-behind 5-3 victory. The Royals score 3 in the 1st off Dock Ellis but the former Pirate faces just 22 batters in the next 7 innings.
Dec 11, 1975 - In two separate deals‚ the Yankees acquire Ps Dock Ellis and Ken Brett‚ and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for P Doc Medich; OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa from the Angels for OF Bobby Bonds. Randolph will hold down 2B for a decade while Rivers will provide fine CF. Medich will go 8-11 before being traded.
Jun 13, 1975 - The Yankees Elliott Maddox hitting .305 is sidelined for the remainder of the season with torn cartilage in his knee. The injury occurs in a fall on the wet Shea Stadium turf during a 2-1 win over the White Sox.
Jun 10, 1975 - The Yankees sponsor Army Day at their temporary home Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute glass is splintered the park is filled with smoke part of the fence is blown away and another part is set afire.
Apr 8, 1975 - After Rachel Robinson widow of Jackie tosses out the first ball in Cleveland Frank Robinson the first black manager in ML history adds a dramatic touch by homering in his first Cleveland at bat (as a DH) during a 5-3 win over the visiting Yankees. For player-manager Robinson it is his 8th Opening Day HR setting a ML record. Starter Doc Medich is the loser going 5 innings and giving up all 5 runs. Gaylord goes all the way to win for the Tribe while Boog Powell backs him going 3-for-3 with a double and homer.
Dec 31, 1974 - Happy New Year. The Yankees sign Catfish Hunter to a 5-year contract worth a reported $3.75 million. This is triple the salary of any other ML player. Catfish will win 40 games over the next two seasons before suffering arm trouble.
Oct 22, 1974 - The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to the Yankees and Bobby Murcer heads to San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York hitting 32 HRs and stealing 32 bases before leg injuries slowed him. Murcer swore he would never forgive the Yankees for trading him but later he will relent when the Yanks reacquire him.
Sep 10, 1974 - Former batting champion Alex Johnson purchased by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers yesterday arrives in Boston during the Red Sox-Yankee game. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for New York 2-1.
Apr 26, 1974 - In what is dubbed the Friday Night Massacre, the Yankees trade four pitchers, including Fritz Peterson and Steve Kline, to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss and hurlers Dick Tidrow and .Cecil Upshaw.
Mar 19, 1974 - In a 3-team deal involving the Indians Tigers and Yankees P Jim Perry joins his pitching brother Gaylord in Cleveland. P Ed Farmer and OF No Neck Williams end up on the Yankees while C Gerry Moses goes to the Motor City.
Dec 18, 1973 - The Yankees announce the signing of Dick Williams as manager‚ precipitating a legal showdown with Charlie Finley. Two days later‚ AL president Joe Cronin rules that the Yankees cannot sign Williams.
Sep 26, 1973 - In front of a home crowd of 4804 Jim Colborn wins his 20th for the Brewers defeating the Yankees 5-2. George Scott chips in with 2 RBIs giving him 100 for the year. Colborn is the Brewers first 20-game winner and the first in Milwaukee since Tony Cloninger did it for the Braves in 1965.
Aug 29, 1973 - Thurman Munson gets a tainted first-inning hit as a pop ?y drops between 2 Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees 5-0.
Jun 9, 1973 - At KC the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 9th to stop the Royals 6-4. Newcomer Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings and allows one hit to win in relief. New York moves into first with the win.
Jun 7, 1973 - The Yankees trade 3 players-1B Frank Tepedino OF Wayne Nordhagen and a player to be named-to the Atlanta Braves for P 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 $100000+. 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.
May 13, 1973 - In the first of two the Yankees tie a ML record by hitting 4 HRs in a shutout game in which no other runs are scored. The mark was originally set by Cleveland on August 2 1956. White Murcer Blomberg and Nettles hit solos in the 4-0 win over Baltimore. Mel Stottlemyre is the winner. The Yanks jump on Dave McNally for 5 runs in game 2 but score zero when Eddie Watts relieves him for 4 IP. Baltimore wins 9-6.
Apr 6, 1973 - At Fenway Park‚ the first ball is thrown out by Ed Folger‚ a Boston Red Sox farm hand who had his legs amputated last September following a farm accident. In the top of the first inning, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first regular season designated history in major league history when he faces righthander Luis Tiant. Blomberg walks with the bases loaded and winds up 1-for-3 in the 15-5 loss to the Boston. Sox DH Orlando Cepeda goes 0-for-6‚ but Carlton Fisk strokes two homers‚ one a grand slam‚ in the 20-hit Boston assault. Second baseman Doug Griffin notches four hits for Boston‚ which overcomes a 3-0 by scoring eight runs to chase Mel Stottlemyre by the third inning. The Yanks record eight hits off Tiant‚ five by the Alou brothers, Matty and Felipe.
Nov 24, 1972 - The Yankees acquire veteran Matty Alou from the A's for Rob Gardner and Rich McKinney. It is the 2nd time the Yankees have traded Gardner to the A's for an Alou. Last year it was Felipe.
Sep 9, 1972 - Gaylord Perry who twice won 20+ games with the Giants becomes the first pitcher in 48 years to win 20 in both leagues as he defeats the Red Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Cleveland 3B Nettles homers with one out in the 10th off Gary Peters. The last hurler to win 20 in each league was Carl Mays who did it with the Yankees in 1921 and the Reds in 1924.
Sep 8, 1972 - After 4 straight shutouts Luis Tiant is finally scored upon but the Red Sox ace still beats the Yankees 4-2. Tiant completed 40 straight shutout innings before the Yanks scored in the 5th.
Sep 7, 1972 - Tommy Harper and Rico Petrocelli club 3-run homers to poser the Red Sox to a 10-4 win over the Yankees and move into first place in the AL East ahead of the Tigers. Siebert adds a homer as he wins his 12th game.
Aug 8, 1972 - The Yankees and New York City sign a 30-year lease on Yankee Stadium that will keep the team in the Bronx till 2002. The City agrees to spend $24 million on renovations but the actual costs will approach $100 million.
Jul 24, 1972 - Ted Simmons, who has been playing all season without a signed contract, signs a new contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The team claim the signing, reportedly for two years at $35,000 per years, when the Federal Pay Board exempted athletes from wage controls. Whether the owners fear a possible test case or not, six players will open the 1973 season without signing a contract and will play on renewed contracts: Stan Bahnsen, Rick Reichardt, and Mike Andrews of the Chicago White Sox; Dick Billings of the Texas Rangers; Fritz Peterson of the New York Yankees; and Jerry Kenney of the Cleveland Indians
Jun 4, 1972 - In game 2 of a doubleheader in Chicago pinch hitter Dick Allen connects with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning and drives a Sparky Lyle pitch into the LF upper deck for a dramatic 5-4 White Sox win over the Yankees.
Dec 2, 1971 - The Yankees send P Stan Bahnsen to the White Sox for INF Rich McKinney. Bahnsen will win 21 games for the White Sox in 1972‚ while McKinney will fail to win the 3B job in NY. The Yanks also get Bernie Allen from Texas in a trade for lefties Terry Ley and Gary Jones.
Jul 5, 1971 - The Yankees and Red Sox each collect 16 hits but for the 2nd day in a row the Red Sox hit 4 homers to win 12-7. The Sox score 6 in the 6th when Petrocelli hits a bases loaded triple and Scott and Lahoud follow with homers.
Jul 28, 1970 - A bad day for Angels C Tom Egan: he is charged with 5 passed balls all with different pitchers and he drops a throw for an error to permit what proves to be the winning run in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees. Egan does get his name in the AL record book with the 5 passed balls.
Jul 27, 1970 - The Yankees defeat California‚ 5-2‚ behind Mel Stottlemyre‚ who is helped by shortstop Gene Michael in the 9th. With the score tied‚ Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angel pinch-runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yanks score 3 in 10th to win.
Jul 1, 1970 - The return of Denny McLain following his suspension is witnessed by a gathering of 53863 fans and 71 writers. Trailing 5-3 he is knocked out of the box in the 6th inning but the Tigers rally to beat the Yankees in the 11th 6-5.
Apr 22, 1970 - The Yankees and Senators battle for 18 innings before the Nats win 2-1. The winning run scores on a walk to Ed Stroud a single by Hank Allen and a sac fly by Mike Epstein. The run off Ron Klimkowski makes a winner of Joe Grzenda.
Jan 17, 1970 - Major league teams select a record 357 players in the January phase of the annual free-agent draft. Some notable choices: Cleveland spends the top pick on first baseman Chris Chambliss‚ and San Francisco chooses shortstop Chris Speier. Both Chambliss and Speier will star in the major leagues in 1971. Chambliss will win the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award; the rangey (4.85 chances per game) Speier will help to stablize the infield for the N.L. Western division champion San Francisco Giants. In the first round, the Yankees pick one of the gems of the draft but Fred Lynn decides not to sign with them.
Jan 14, 1970 - Johnny Murphy the Mets general manager who had seen his team rise from the NL cellar to the World Championship dies of a heart attack at age 61. Murphy was a star relief pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Aug 14, 1969 - In a 3-2 win over the White Sox the Yankees Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss while Jack Aker is the winner.
Aug 13, 1969 - Joe Pepitone returns to the Yankees but does not play in their 5-2 loss to the Twins. Rich Reese is 4-for-4 with 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs for the Twins as Jim Kaat is the winner over Mel Stottlemyre (16-9). Reese will have hits his first 3 at bats tomorrow before flying out.
Jun 21, 1969 - Minnesota scores a club-record 11 runs in an inning the 10th inning at Oakland and sets ML record for runs in the 10th in winning 14-4. The Twins send 16 batters to the plate in the frame garnering 8 hits 4 walks and 3 errors. Killebrew's 3-run homer is the big blow. Minnesota's 11 match the New York Yankees' 12th inning of July 26 1928 for most runs for one club in extra innings and shatters the previous high for the 10th inning of 8 runs. The A's add a run of their own in the 10th to set a record (12) for runs in the 10th by 2 clubs. Yesterday Oakland won 3-2 in 14 innings.
Jun 17, 1969 - Behind a complete game shutout by John Hiller the Tigers roll to an 8-0 win against Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees. Bill Freehan solos while Mickey Stanley hits a 3-run homer. Ike Brown makes his debut taking over at 2B in the 8th for McAuliffe. Brown is the last Negro Leaguer to break into the major leagues and joins other vets of that league: Aaron Mays Banks Lou Johnson and Paul Casanova.
Jun 4, 1969 - With the Twins ahead of the Yankees 3-2 in the 8th Minnesota loads the bases then pulls off their second triple steal of the year. Again it is Carew on the front end his 5th swipe of home this year.
May 18, 1969 - Joe Pepitone is the Yankees offense today as the Yanks sweep the Angels 3-1 and 1-0. Pep hits a 3-run homer in game 1 to give Mel Stottlemyre the victory and his game-ending homer in the nitecap off Hoyt Wilhelm hands the victory to reliever Steve Hamilton.
Apr 10, 1969 - Frank Howard bangs a pair of homers giving him 4 in 3 games in the Senators 9-6 win over the Yankees. Fritz Peterson gives 10 hits and 6 runs in taking the loss. For the Yanks Fernandez hits a pair of homers one a grand slam.
Aug 23, 1968 - Stan Bahnsen outpitches Earl Wilson to give the host Yankees a 2-1 win over Detroit. The two teams then battle for 19 innings before the 2nd game is suspended by curfew with the score 3-3. The game will be finished tomorrow. In the long tie Lindy McDaniel retires 21 straight Tiger batters six on strikeouts. In his last three relief appearances he has retired 30 batters in a row.
Jun 15, 1968 - The Yankees sign outfielder Rocky Colavito after his release by the Dodgers. In another deal New York sells P John Wyatt acquired last month to the Tigers. They also sell sore-armed Jim Bouton to the Seattle Pilots for next season: Bouton goes to the Seattle Angels (PCL) in the meanwhile.
May 26, 1968 - The Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox winning 5-1 behind Mel Stottlemyre and take game 2 7-6 with Bill Monboquette the winner. In the opener P Gary Peters bats 6th but goes 0-for-2 as the Sox manage just 4 hits. Tresh and Cox hit HRs for the Yanks.
Sep 24, 1967 - The Twins crunch the Yankees 9-2 as Dean Chance scatters 9 hits for his 20th victory. The White Sox hold off the Indians 5-1 while Boston racks up 18 hits in an 11-7 win over the Orioles. The Tigers lose and tough one. Going in to the bottom of the 9th in Washington Detroit nursed a 4-2 lead only to lose it 5-4. The loss drop Detroit to 4th 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota Chicago a game back and Boston a half game.
Aug 3, 1967 - The Red Sox acquire C Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and 2 players to be named (Ron Klimkowski and Pete Magrini). Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. With the deal the Sox will sell C Bob Tillman to the Yankees on August 8.
Jul 4, 1967 - The Yankees trade 1B Ray Barker plus cash and 2 players to be named (Chet Trail and Joe Brady) to the Orioles for lefty Steve Barber. The former 20-game winner is damaged goods but will go 6-9 for the rest of the year.
Jun 25, 1967 - Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. "All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy" he said from his training camp. "Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays." Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.
May 17, 1967 - Behind 8-2 to the Indians the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th inning. The big blows are back-to-back homers by Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle into the RF bleachers. New York falls short losing 8-7.
Apr 10, 1967 - At D.C. Stadium LBJ tosses out the first ball to open the season. But the Senators manage just two hits off Mel Stottlemyre as the Yankees win 8-0. New York jumps on starter Pete Richert for 7 runs in the 3rd inning collecting six straight hits to put it away.
Dec 8, 1966 - Five years after breaking Babe Ruth's record‚ the New York Yankees trade OF Roger Maris to the Cardinals for journeyman 3B Charlie Smith. In 2 days‚ the Yanks send Pedro Ramos to the Phils for P Joe Verbanic.
Sep 23, 1966 - The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees 2-1 pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre. It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last Yankee to lose 20 games was Sam Jones who lost 21 in 1925.
Jul 6, 1966 - The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees 5-3 and 5-4 with reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 inning in the opener and another two innings in game 2. The only other pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the Browns Dave Davenport in 1916 who threw two CG victories. Yaz has an inside-the-park home run off Jim Bouton.
Jul 2, 1966 - Frank Howard Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 6th inning and Mike McCormick pitches a complete game as Washington defeats a winless Whitey Ford and the Yankees 10-4. Mike McCormick is the winner for Washington giving up 5 hits including a Mantle homer his 14th in the 9th.
Aug 6, 1965 - After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox Mantle loops a homer off Mickey Lolich but Detroit tops the visiting Yankees 5-4. New York will win tomorrow and Mick will add another homer.
Jun 22, 1965 - Ray Barker's ML-record-tying 2nd consecutive pinch-hit HR is wasted in a first-game 6-2 Yankees loss to the A's. Mickey Mantle adds a HR in the opener but in the 4-2 nightcap win he tries to score from 2nd on a wild pitch and snaps a upper-thigh hamstring. He will be out for 3 weeks. The June 21st Sports Illustrated cover features Mantle with the prescient title "New York Yankees: End of an Era?"
Jun 18, 1965 - The Yankees rout the first-place Twins 10-2 on 4 homers. Mickey Mantle cracks a grand slam in the first inning and his replacement Ross Moschitto adds his first and only ML HR. New York is still 10 back in 7th place.
May 16, 1965 - Oriole teenager Jim Palmer picks up his first major league win topping the Yankees 7-5. Palmer also bangs his first major league homer a two-run drive off Jim Bouton to give himself the victory margin.
Apr 9, 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Astros win an exhibition with the Yankees 2-1 in 12 innings on a Nellie Fox single. Mickey Mantle hits the first HR in the new park.
Sep 7, 1964 - In a morning game the New York Yankees beat the Senators 5-4 in 11 innings. The night game is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff HR for the 2nd game in a row and scores the winning run in the 11th. Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.
Aug 22, 1964 - The Yankees lose the first game to Boston 5-3 extending their losing streak to 6 games. Boston scores 3 runs in the 8th inning to win it. In the nitecap New York wins 8-0 as Mantle and John Blanchard both homer and Maris drives in 3 runs. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 3rd game in a row since being recalled from Richmond. The Yanks end the day 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles with the White Sox in 2nd place 1 1/2 games back.
Jun 21, 1964 - The Yankees move into first place by 8 percentage points over Baltimore as they outpitch the White Sox to win 2-0 and 2-1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard HRs win it 2-0 for Jim Bouton in the opener against White Sox pitcher Juan Pizarro and an error wins the nightcap 2-1 in the 17th. The Yankees sweep 4 giving up just one run in 41 innings and take 9 games from Chicago in 11 days.
Aug 27, 1963 - Jim Bouton (18-6) of the Yankees takes a no hitter into the 9th inning against the Red Sox but PH Russ Nixon leads off with a single to break up the no-no. Bouton allows a 2nd single in winning 5-0.
Jun 5, 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.
Apr 10, 1963 - The Yankees follow a 8-2 opening day victory yesterday with a 5-3 victory today at Kansas City. The 45-degree weather takes its toll‚ as Yankee starter Bill Stafford leaves in the 7th inning with a twinge in his right arm‚ and will never be quite the same. Mickey Mantle homers but pulls a muscle in his last at bat‚ that he will re-injure on the 13th‚ sidelining him for 2 weeks.
Aug 26, 1962 - Robin Roberts discarded earlier in the year by the Yankees beats Whitey Ford 2-1 on HRs by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Oriole sweep of the sagging Yankees. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind New York.
Aug 20, 1962 - Maris hits his 49th and Mantle his 46th as the Yankees sweep a pair from the Indians 6-0 and 5-2. Both come in game one as Terry pitches a 4-hitter. Skowron homers in the nitecap and Mantle notches an RBI with his 101st walk following a single and 2 HPBs load the bases.
Jul 26, 1962 - In New York P Gene Conley and IF Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear after a 13-3 loss to the Yankees. They leave the team bus in traffic to use a rest room and fail to return. Conley decides he wants to ?y to Israel and goes to the airport but is refused a ticket because he does not have a visa. Conley was the loser in the game pitching 2 2/3 inning and walking in 2 of the 8 earned runs allowed. Pumpsie did not play. Bouton is the winner shutting out the Hubmen for 6 innings.
Jul 1, 1962 - Albie Pearson becomes the first player to go hitless in 11 at bats in a doubleheader (both 9-inning games). Los Angeles splits with the Yankees losing 6-3 before winning 12-5. Reliever Art Fowler helps himself to a win in the nitecap by driving in 4 runs on a pair of singles. The Yanks take over 1st place.
Apr 13, 1962 - In a 5-3 win against the Yankees Tigers P Frank Lary pulls a muscle while running out a triple in the 7th and is forced to leave the game. The injury will subsequently create arm problems that will end his career. Lary will win just 2 games this after notching 23 wins in 1961.
Apr 10, 1962 - At Yankee Stadium‚ Mantle‚ Maris‚ and Skowron‚ the three Yankees who combined for 143 homers last season‚ hit Opening Day homers to lead New York to a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Baltimore. Moose's is a 2-run shot to dead center that he legs out for an inside-the -park homer‚ while Mantle hits his in the 8th inning to tie the game‚ Maris hits a 3-run shot in the 5th. Johnny Temple‚ in his first game for the O's‚ has three hits‚ including a HR. Starters Billy Hoeft and Whitey Ford are gone after six innings‚ and the win goes to Ralph Terry‚ while Hal Brown takes the loss.
Aug 22, 1961 - Roger Maris becomes the first player to hit his 50th HR in the month of August as the Yankees lose to the Angels 4-3 (Ruth and Foxx hit #50 on September 4th). Ken McBride tees up the gopher ball in the 6th inning with one on.
Jul 24, 1961 - At Yankee Stadium 50000 fans on hand for the Yankees exhibition game with the Giants save their biggest cheer for Willie Mays. Willie delivers a 2-run single in the 4-1 victory. The only score for the Yanks is a Mickey Mantle homer.
Jun 8, 1961 - The Kansas City Athletics hit 3 consecutive triples in a 5-run 3rd inning while trimming the Yankees 9-6 after a first-game loss 6-1. Skowron has a homer in the opener the 17th straight game the Yanks have homered for a total of 32. The Bombers are shut out in the nitecap by Archer.
Jun 1, 1961 - Veteran Vic Wertz hits his first triple in 6 years as he leads the Red Sox to a 7-5 win over Bob Turley and the Yankees. Since June 14 1955 Wertz has played in 596 games and collected 537 hits but no 3-baggers.
Aug 24, 1960 - Despite Roy Sievers 2 homers and a double the Yankees beat the White Sox 3-2 dropping Chicago 1 1/2 games off the pace and into a 2nd place tie with the Orioles. Art Ditmar is the winner over Herb Score.
Jul 19, 1960 - The Yankees outslug the Indians 13-11 behind the slugging of Bill Skowron. Skowron follows a Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the 8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11-8 lead. Moose then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Maris hits his 30th HR and Piersall homers for the Tribe.
Jul 3, 1960 - Before 50556 fans in New York the Yankees sweep two from the Tigers winning 7-6 and 6-2. In the opener Ryne Duran fans Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th. Detroit is ahead 2-1 in the night cap when Norm Cash argues at length about a call at first base and finally gets tossed. When play resumes Pete Burnside serves up a 3-run homer to Mantle batting righty. The Yankees are 23-5 since June 5 and lead the AL by 3 games.
Jun 14, 1960 - New York beats KC 6-2 behind Jim Coates and Roger Maris. Maris drives in 5 runs with a HR double and single. The Yankees have now 7th straight all since Stengel returned from the hospital and now are in a virtual tie with the Indians and Orioles for 1st place.
May 30, 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 Mantle makes a 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.
May 1, 1960 - Orioles vet Skinny Brown hurls Baltimore to a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Browns allows just one hit a first inning homer by Mantle. Rookie Ron Hansen matches Mantle to up his RBI total to an AL high 32.
Apr 24, 1960 - The Yankees score 8 runs against the Orioles before the first out is made tying an AL record set by Cleveland July 6 1954 also against Baltimore. The Orioles respond with grand slams by Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus in the 8th and 9th but New York holds on for a 15-9 triumph.
Dec 11, 1959 - The Athletics Arnold Johnson gives the New York Yankees an early Christmas present when he gift wraps Roger Maris in pinstripes. The Yankees acquire the slugger in a 7-player deal that sends P Don Larsen‚ RF Hank Bauer‚ 1B Marv Throneberry‚ and LF Norm Siebern to the A's.
Jul 28, 1959 - The White Sox take over first place for good by toppling the Yankees 4-3 behind pitcher Billy Pierce. Al Smith with a 2-run HR in the 8th provides the winning margin. The Sox will go 13-9 against the Yankees this year the first time since 1925 that Chicago is over .500 for the season against the Bombers.
Jul 9, 1959 - The Red Sox club the Yankees 14-3 before 30253 the largest crowd at Fenway so far this year. Frank Sullivan is the winner. Wertz Williams and Avila club homers. Williams and Avila drive in 7 runs.
Jun 14, 1959 - At New York the Tigers sweep a pair from New York 3-2 and 8-2. Charlie Maxwell unleashes his Sunday punch in the opener hitting a 3-run homer in the 8th. It is his 14th homer 8 of which have come on Sunday. Lary wins his 3rd of the year against the Yankees. Paul Foytack is the winner in game 2. Al Kaline has 3 hits in each game.
May 26, 1959 - In a trade that benefits the Yankees New York send pitchers Tom Sturdivant and Johnny Kucks SS Jerry Lumpe and that player to be named later to Kansas City. The Yankees get P Ralph Terry who has been ripening on the vine and Hector Lopez. Terry will win 73 games for NY and pitch in 5 straight World Series.
May 20, 1959 - The Yankees sink to last place the first time since May 25 1940 as Detroit drubs them 13-6. Fittingly it is Yankee Killer Frank Lary who wins it improving his lifetime record against New York to 18-5.
May 7, 1959 - The Los Angeles Coliseum is jammed by 93103 on "Roy Campanella Night" for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the New York Yankees. This is the largest crowd in ML history. The Yanks win 6-2.
May 3, 1959 - Charley Maxwell restored to the Tigers lineup although batting only .136 hits 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees 4-2 and 8-2. "Paw Paw" is 2-4 in the opener with a 9th inning homer then homers his first three at-bats in game 2.
Apr 22, 1959 - Whitey Ford pitches 14 innings against the Senators striking out 15. The Yankees finally win it in the 14th on a Moose Skowron solo homer 1-0 the longest contest ending 1-0 on a four-bagger.
Aug 22, 1958 - The pipeline is working as Kansas City just 2 1/2 games out of 4th place ships Murry Dickson their 2nd biggest winner to the Yankees for a player to be named later: it turns out to be minor leaguer Zeke Bella. Dickson will provide unneeded pennant insurance for the Yankees and not surprisingly will return to KC next May. The Yanks win today topping Chicago 8-5.
Jul 9, 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 New York Yankees manager 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." The manager and player return to New York in time to help thrash the Cleveland Indians, 13-2.
Jul 5, 1958 - At Yankee Stadium the Red Sox take a 5-3 lead in the top of the 11th only to watch the Yankees stall in their at bats until the 11:59 P.M. curfew is reached. The outcome then reverts to the 10th inning 3-3 tie. Mantle has a game-tying homer in the 9th off Dave Sisler.
Jun 30, 1958 - In a 7-6 win against the A's, the Tigers execute a triple steal in the 2nd inning with Billy Martin on the front end of Red Wilson and Frank Bolling. Martin did the same last year with the Yankees. Martin later gets picked off 2B.
Jun 14, 1958 - The Cardinals obtain P Sal Maglie (1-1) from the Yankees for Joe McClain and $25000. For Maglie who will go 3-7 for the Cards this will be his 4th straight year of pitching in both leagues a ML record.
Jun 4, 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.
Jun 4, 1958 - Against the Giants , Wes Wes Covington hits a 2-out 3-run homer against reliever Pete Burnside to tie the game for the Milwaukee Braves. After the Braves score a pair of unearned runs in the 10th, Giant pinch hitters Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt connect for back-to-back homers off Ernie Johnson. The consecutive pinch homers are the first in the National League (Bob Cerv and Elston Howard did it in the AL for the New York Yankees on July 23, 1955). Warren Spahn hits an RBI-pinch single in the 11th, then shuts down the Giants to win, 10-9.
May 2, 1958 - In what nearly turns into a TV war the Yankees threaten to broadcast their games nationwide if the NL goes ahead with its plans to allow other broadcasts especially those of the Dodgers and Giants into New York territory.
Jan 15, 1958 - In a deal worth over a million dollars the Yankees announce that they will televise 140 games in the 1958 season. Six days later the Phillies agree to televise 78 games into the New York City area.
Dec 7, 1957 - The AP votes Tony Kubek of the Yanks as the Rookie of the Year . Frank Malzone of the Red Sox‚ who was declared ineligible‚ receives one vote. Malzone‚ with better offensive numbers‚ will later claim that he was robbed by New York writers‚ when the BBWA changes the minimum number of at-bats during the season‚ thus excluding him.
Oct 5, 1957 - The Yankees score 5 in the 7th to cap a 12-3 win as Don Larsen in relief of Bob Turley defeats Bob Buhl. Tony Kubek of the Yankees becomes only the 2nd rookie in WS history to hit 2 HRs in a WS game.
Sep 24, 1957 - The Yankees clinch their 23rd pennant and 8th under Casey Stengel as Kansas City tips the White Sox 6-5. The Athletics will have no pitchers who qualify for the ERA title; the next team to match that will be the 1995 Cardinals.
Sep 22, 1957 - In the 4th inning Ted Williams hits his 4th HR in 4 games and four at bats to tie the ML record for consecutive homers He adds a single going 2-for-2 with two walks but the Yankees top the Red Sox at the Stadium 5-1 as starter Tom Sturdivant (15-6) is the winner over Dave Sisler (7-7). With the victory the Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant.
Sep 20, 1957 - The Yankees top the Red Sox 7-4 despite a pinch homer by Ted Williams in the 9th inning off Bob Grim. In his last at bat Williams hit an 8th inning solo shot on the 17th both times pinch hitting for Murray Wall.
Sep 5, 1957 - Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 9th and Grim comes through with his first hit of the season a 3-run game-ending home run. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-2. Russ Nixon takes the loss.
Jul 18, 1957 - Horace Stoneham says that the Giants will quit New York after the season. He says he has not heard anything more from San Francisco and that his move is not contingent on that of the Dodgers. He sees a new stadium or joint occupancy with the Yankees as the only reason for the Giants to stay in New York.
Jul 11, 1957 - At Kansas City 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 trails by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees will lose tomorrow 4-2 with Mantle hitting another homer.
Jun 12, 1957 - At Comiskey Park Mickey Mantle again hits HRs from both sides of the plate and drives in 4 runs but the Yankees lose to Chicago 7-6. Jack Harshman is the winner after losing 6 straight to New York. Chicago now leads the Yankees by 5 games.
Apr 22, 1957 - The visiting Yankees overwhelm the Senators 15-6 with Mantle hitting his first homer of the year off lefty Chuck Stobbs. Hank Bauer belts a grand slam in the 7-run 6th inning which also features a triple steal by Martin (on the front end) Berra and Skowron. The Senators strand 16 while the Yankees have 10 LOB.
Apr 20, 1957 - In a slugfest at Fenway the Yankees top the Sox 10-7. Moose Skowron drills two homers one a tape-measure shot to the right of the CF flag pole out of the park. Mantle is 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Dec 10, 1956 - The Cubs buy perennial backup C Charlie Silvera from the Yankees. They also trade Ps Sad Sam Jones and Jim Davis‚ IF Eddie Miksis‚ and C Hobie Landrith to the Cardinals for Ps Tom Poholsky and Jackie Collum‚ C Ray Katt‚ and a minor league P.
Oct 19, 1956 - Playing below par after their 7-game WS loss to the Yankees the Dodgers lose the first game of an exhibition series in Japan to the Yomiuri Giants 5-4. Nonetheless the Dodgers will win 14 lose 4 and tie one in the series.
Oct 8, 1956 - Series history is made by Don Larsen of the Yankees who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5. He requires only 97 pitches. Sal Maglie matches him until Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th.
Sep 22, 1956 - At Fenway the Yankees Don Larsen experiments for the first time with a no windup delivery. He allows just 4 hits including a Lepcio homer in beating the Red Sox 2-1. Byrne gets Williams for the last out.
Sep 21, 1956 - 1B Bill Skowron has 5 hits but the series-bound Yankees strand a ML-record 20 base runners in losing to the Red Sox in Boston 13-7. Three times they leave the bases loaded. Against a favorite cousin Frank Sullivan Mickey Mantle has two singles and sends a 480-foot HR into the CF bleachers to the right of the flagpole that hits the brick wall about a foot from the top. It is one of the longest home runs ever hit at Fenway. His 3 hits raise his average to .353 3 points behind Ted Williams who collects two hits today. Billy Klaus has 5 RBIs to lead the Sox.
Aug 31, 1956 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance as Jim Lemon of the Senators slugs 3 consecutive HRs off Whitey Ford in a night game against the Yankees. But New York still wins 6-4. Mantle has a homer off Camilo Pascual for the Yanks.
Aug 11, 1956 - Mantle hits his 40th homer off Hal Brown as the Yankees clip the Orioles 10-5. Mantle is the first Yankee since DiMaggio in 1937 to hit 40 homers. New York leads the AL by 8 1/2 games.
Aug 9, 1956 - The Senators get a license to sell beer at Griffith Stadium and the Yankees celebrate with a 15-7 pasting of the Nats. Mantle is walked three times before his slices a two-run homer in the 7th.
Aug 2, 1956 - Herb Score shuts out the Yankees 4-0 for the Indians 7th shut out in their last 12 games. Bobby Avila gets the Tribe on board with an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. Ward and Colavito go back-to-back in the 4th and one out later Chico Carrasquel homers. The 4 solo homers in a shutout win sets a ML record.
Jul 30, 1956 - Facing Bob Lemon Mantle socks his 1st grand slam of the year and drives in 6 runs to lead New York to a 13-6 drubbing of the Indians in Cleveland. Mantle follows by hitting his only career homer against reliever Bob Feller. The Yankees now lead the AL by ten games.
Jul 18, 1956 - Detroit sweeps a doubleheader against the Yankees at the Stadium winning 8-4 and 4-3. Kaline saves the nitecap game with a leaping catch of a Mantle drive in the 9th inning. Mantle had homered in the first game off Paul Foytack.
Jul 1, 1956 - Mickey Mantle who failed to hit a homer in 11 games since June 20 switch-hits HRs in the same game for the 4th time in his career. The Yankees win 8-6 over Washington in the 2nd game for a doubleheader sweep. The 2nd homer off Bud Byerly is a 2 run shot in the 9th inning to win it. Pedro Ramos holds the Bombers to 3 hits in the opener but one is a 2-run HR by Joe Collins in the 8th that wins it for New York 3-2. The Nats rap Ford for 12 hits but he picks 2 runners off base and is helped by 4 DPs.
May 21, 1956 - At Kansas City Mantle clouts a drive over the 2nd and more distance fence in RF to help the Yankees win 8-5. The drive off Moe Burtschy matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.
May 16, 1956 - On a blustery day in Cleveland the Yankees top the Indians 4-1. Mantle hits a homer off Bud Daley while his pal Billy Martin is benched for the first time. Bobby Richardson takes his place at 2B.
May 12, 1956 - Orioles lefty Don Ferrarese allows no hits through eight innings against the Yankees but Andy Carey and Hank Bauer open the 9th with singles. Ferrarese holds on for a two-hit 1-0 victory.
May 10, 1956 - At Yankee Stadium Bob Lemon gives Cleveland a 7-2 win over the Yankees. Mantle has a solo homer in the 6th for New York. For Mantle it is his 20th homer of May a new record. The slugger adds a double and two singles and is hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.
Sep 16, 1955 - The Yankees trailing the Indians by a half-game with 11 games to play open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3-0 lead but are behind 4-3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a HR off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it and with 2 outs Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning HR to win it 5-4. When Detroit beats Cleveland 3-0 the Yanks move in first to stay. Slugger Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.
Aug 20, 1955 - The Yankees stay a game ahead of the White Sox and Cleveland by clipping the Orioles 3-2. Lefty Bill Wight allows just one hit till the 4th before allowing a walk single ground out and double. Paul Richards then brings in George Zuverink to pitch to Elston Howard moving Wight to 1B replacing Triandos. Howard doubles in 2 runs Zuverink gets the next 2 hitters before Wight returns to the mound and pitches shutout ball the rest of the way. Tommy Byrne wins his 12th game against 3 losses.
Aug 1, 1955 - Joe Collins hits 2 homers one in the 1st and one in the 10th to give the Yankees a 2-1 win over the Indians Tommy Byrne batting 7th goes the route to beat Early Wynn. The Yanks trail the White Sox by a game with Boston in 4th place 4 games back.
Jul 23, 1955 - In the 9th inning at Kansas City‚ New York Yankees pinch hitter Bob Cerv homers off Alex Kellner and teammate Elston Howard immedately follows with a pinch homer off Tom Gorman. The two homers in the same inning by teammates is a major league first. Howard's home run ties the game, but the Kansas City Athletics win in 11 innings, 8-7.
Jul 17, 1955 - Detroit Tigers first baseman Earl Torgeson steals home with 2 outs in the 9th inning to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees. The steal comes with Bob Turley on the mound and the victory gives Detroit a three-game sweep over New York.
Jul 4, 1955 - The Red hot Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees at Boston winning 4-2 and 10-5. Jackie Jensen with a grand slam and Norm Zauchin with a 3 run homer pace the Hubmen in the nitecap. Russ Williams has a double and HR in the opener to lead the offense. Nixon with relief help from Ike Delock wins the opener: Delock strikes out 4 Yankees in the 9th. Reliever Hurd wins the nitecap.
Nov 18, 1954 - In an enormous two-part trade begun on November 14‚ the Yankees and Orioles exchange 17 players. Included are 1B Dick Kryhoski‚ Ps Bob Turley and Don Larsen‚ and SS Billy Hunter from Baltimore. To the Orioles go OF Gene Woodling‚ SS Willie Miranda‚ Ps Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald‚ and Cs Gus Triandos and Hal Smith. The trade will help both teams.
Nov 3, 1954 - The Yankees tour Japan and draw a record crowd of 64000 when they play the first game against the All-Japan Stars in Osaka. Andy Carey slugs 13 HRs and Elston Howard bats .468 on the 25-game tour.
Sep 21, 1954 - In front of just 1912 fans a Yankee Stadium low Yankees rookie Bob Grim wins his 20th a four-hit 3-1 win over Washington. Freshman Dean Stone takes the loss. The victory gives the Yanks 101 wins and makes Grim only the 2nd Yankee rookie in history to win 20. His 20 wins in less than 200 innings (199) makes him the most efficient 20-game winner ever. The Yankees will finish with 103 victories just one under the ML record for 2nd place held by the 1909 Cubs and 1942 Dodgers.
Aug 21, 1954 - The rampaging Indians top the Orioles 4-1 to move to 4 1/2 games in back of the Yankees. Larry Doby paces the Tribe with a bases loaded triple and has now driven in 100 runs. Pitcher Bob Lemon helps the cause by starting a triple play in the 4th inning after catching a line drive off the bat of Jim Fridley.
Aug 8, 1954 - The Yankees spot the host Tigers a four-run lead tie it up then watch as Detroit wins it 10-8 in 10 innings. Mantle has one homer off Billy Hoeft and just misses on a titanic opposite field drive that curves foul before leaving the stadium.
Jul 18, 1954 - After winning 13 in a row the Yankees lose the 2nd game of a doubleheader to Detroit 8-6. They now trail Cleveland by a 1?2 game. After winning the opener 6-0 behind Byrd the Yankees were in first place.
Jun 6, 1954 - At New York Clint Courtney of the Orioles makes an unassisted DP in a 7-5 win against the Yankees. New York wins the nitecap 5-2 as Mantle belts a two-run homer against Don Larsen who is on his way to a 3-21 season.
May 27, 1954 - At Washington President Eisenhower presents a silver bat to Mickey Vernon for winning the batting title last year. Vernon goes hitless today but the Nats score 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees 7-3.
May 21, 1954 - Boston rookie Frank Sullivan makes his first start and beats the Yankees at the Stadium 6-3. Sullivan strikes out Mantle three times before Mickey clocks one over the auxiliary scoreboard into the right-CF bleachers.
May 16, 1954 - The Orioles draw a record Memorial Stadium crowd of 46796 for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Allie Reynolds wins the opener for New York 2-0 on 3 hits before Don Larsen stops the Yankees 6-2 in the nitecap
Apr 21, 1954 - At Yankee Stadium Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle belt back-to-back homers in the 3rd off Leo Kiely and Gil McDougald adds a solo blast to key the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Red Sox.
Apr 11, 1954 - To make room for promising rookie OF Wally Moon the Cardinals trade long-time great Enos Slaughter to the Yankees. For Mel Wright and 4 players to be named. In what turns out to be a good deal for both teams the Cardinals get CF Bill Virdon P Mel Wright and OF Emil Tellinger in return. Virdon will become the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955 following Wally Moon and Slaughter will help the Yankees to win 103 games.
Mar 30, 1954 - The Braves dispose of the Savannah Indians (Sally League) 27-0. Starter Lew Burdette pitches 6 innings and has 3 hits including a homer. On April 4 Savannah will take a 4-run lead against the Yankees into the 9th and with 2 outs and the bases empty the Bombers explode to win 11-9.
Mar 21, 1954 - Roy Campanella in attempting to break up a DP in an exhibition game against the Yankees catches his spikes and chips the bone in his left hand. Though he hits 2 homers on Opening Day he will have surgery in early May for the bone chips returning May 30. As noted by Bill Deane TSN will surmise that the injury started earlier than the sliding mishap occurring when Campy was hit on the hand in the 1953 WS.
Mar 13, 1954 - Newly acquired Bobby Thomson of the Braves breaks his ankle sliding into 2B under Woodie Held in a 3-2 exhibition loss to the Yankees at Al Lang Field. The injury a trimalleor fracture will keep Thomson out of action until July 14th but it will open the way for Henry Aaron to start in the left field. Ironically Aaron will suffer a fracture in September.
Dec 17, 1953 - In a tax-avoidance scheme‚ the New York Yankees sell Yankee Stadium and Kansas City properties for $6.5 million in a deal with Johnson Corp and the Knights of Columbus‚ who immediately lease the property back to the Yanks.
Dec 16, 1953 - In a ten-player trade‚ the Yankees send 1B Vic Power‚ infielders Jim Finigan and Don Bollweg‚ OF Bill Renna‚ C Jim Robertson‚ and P John Gray to the A's. Philadelphia packs veteran 1B Eddie Robinson‚ Loren Babe‚ P Harry Byrd‚ and outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro to New York. Byrd‚ who won 26 games in 2 years for the A's‚ will never match his wins in New York. The stylish Power‚ the American Association batting leader in 1953‚ will win 7 Gold Gloves and make the All-Star team 4 times.
Oct 13, 1953 - The Yankees buy the contracts of black players Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.
Aug 12, 1953 - Playing without the injured Mantle-out for 10 days with a sprained knee-the Yankees explode for 28 hits off Washington pitching 2 hits shy of the AL-record 30. New York rolls to a 22-1 victory. Rookie Kraly relieving Whitey Ford gives up a run to avert the largest shutout win in history. Ford has 4 hits and Berra and Martin each have 5 RBIs. Hank Bauer scores 5 runs.
Jul 17, 1953 - The Yankees use a triple play and 4 DPs to stop the Browns 6-4. CF Irv Noren starts the TP with a tumbling catch in the 2nd inning. Gil McDougald scores 4 times on a single double triple and walk. Reynolds gets the win in relief.
Jun 25, 1953 - White Sox manager Paul Richards uses ML-record 5 first basemen in beating the Yankees 4-2. He brings in Harry Dorish to face 2 batters moving lefty pitcher Billy Pierce to 1B. The combined 6 first baseman in a game sets a ML mark. The Sox 3-game sweep still leaves New York 9 games up on the Indians and 9 1?2 on Chicago.
Jun 21, 1953 - In the opener of a twinbill Mantle hits a first inning homer off Hal Newhouser to break out of his hitting slump. The Yanks win 6-3 and Mantle will add another four hits on the afternoon but the Yankees will lose game 2 by a score of 10-3. This loss is the first in a streak of nine straight.
Jun 14, 1953 - The Yankees sweep the Indians 6-2 and 3-0 before 74708 to extend their winning streak to 18 games. Berra paces the pinstripers with a homer in the opener and a triple in game 2. New York has now won 18 straight and leads the Indians by 10 1/2 games.
Jun 11, 1953 - Behind the pitching of Jim McDonald and Allie Reynolds first-place New York beats Detroit 6-3 to run their win streak to 14 games. New York gets a game winner from Mantle off Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in right center at Detroit. Mantle has now hit in 16 straight games but will go hitless tomorrow when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the year. The Yankees get another tape-measure blast when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning homer that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.
May 27, 1953 - Eddie Lopat beats the Senators for the 8th straight time as he allows 3 hits in a 3-1 Yankee win. Collins Martin and Berra hit solo homers for New York. Vernon has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The win starts the Yankees on an 18-game winning streak the 3rd longest AL streak of the century.
May 25, 1953 - The Yankees and Red Sox play the longest 9-inning game to date lasting 3 hours and 52 minutes. Boston lefty Mickey McDermott take 2 hours 45 minutes to pitch 6 of the innings as Boston outlasts New York 14-10. Mantle hits an opposite field homer off McDermott.
May 22, 1953 - The Red Sox add two more 3-2 wins to move within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees. Unbeaten Mel Parnell wins his 6th in the opener as George Kell homers and singles in the winner. The Red Sox take the nitecap in 12 innings as Freeman beats Carl Scheib.
May 16, 1953 - At Yankee Stadium White Sox lefty pitcher Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for slugger Vern Stephens and hits a grand slam off Yankees reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give Chicago the 5-3 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.
May 12, 1953 - Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees allows only rival pitcher Early Wynn's infield single in the 6th in beating the Indians 7-0. New York increases its lead to 2 games over the 2nd-place Indians.
May 4, 1953 - Busch Stadium bans bottles from the park during a game due to fans tossing soda bottles during a 7-6 Browns loss to the Yankees on April 28th. Meanwhile at Pittsburgh the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell shuts out the Bucs 5-0.
Apr 28, 1953 - A wild fight occurs after Browns Clint "Scrap Iron" Courtney lines a ball off the wall and comes into to 2B spikes high on Phil Rizzuto in the 10th inning in St. Louis. In the brawl umpire John Stevens dislocates his collarbone. Six players are fined for their actions. Courtney retaliated after being knocked over in the top of the 10th when Gil McDougald scored the go-ahead run in an eventual 7-6 Yankee win. New York took a 5-0 lead on a 3-run homer by Mantle off Bob Cain in the 3rd a moon shot that cleared the LF wall of the newly renamed Busch Stadium. The Browns tie the game at 6-6 to set the stage for the brawl that ends with a shower of bottles from angry fans. Outside the stadium the Yankees need a police escort to board their bus. Courtney will be fined $250 for the fisticuffs with five other players receiving lesser fines. The total of $850 in fines is the most ever for a brawl.
Apr 16, 1953 - At Washington President Dwight Eisenhower tosses out the first ball and then watches as the Senators lose 6-3 to the Yankees in a scheduled day-night DH. The night game is canceled because of cold weather. Sain is the winner over Bob Porterfield.
Nov 30, 1952 - On a local TV program‚ Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson charges that the New York Yankee management is racist for its failure to bring up a black player. George Weiss of the Yanks denies the allegations.
Sep 16, 1952 - Joe Gordon former All-Star 2B for the Yankees and Indians and now manager of Sacramento (PCL) inserts himself as a pinch hitter in each game of a twin bill with Los Angeles and homers on both occasions. The first one is a grand slam that wins the game 4-1.
Aug 28, 1952 - The Reds send aging whip Ewell Blackwell (3-12) to the Yankees for P Johnny Schmitz Ernie Nevel Bob Marquis minor leaguer Jim Greengrass and $35000. The Yankees get pennant insurance and the Reds receive Greengrass a player that manager Hornsby spotted in the minors. In 18 games Greengrass will drive in 24 runs.
Aug 24, 1952 - The 2nd place Indians drop 2 games behind the Yankees winners over Detroit when the lose 9-8 in 16 innings to the Senators. As noted by historian Joe Haardt all the Nats runs are unearned. Randy Gumpert is the winner over Early Wynn both in relief. Wynn gives up 3 hits and an error on a bunt without retiring a batter.
Jul 26, 1952 - Mantle again supplies the Yankees fire power hitting a grand slam into the left-CF upper deck at Briggs Stadium off Ted Gray but again New York loses. Detroit wins 10-6 in 11 innings and again it is Steve Souchock supplying the firepower this time with a pinch grand slam. Bob Hogue loses to Gray.
Jul 15, 1952 - The Indian power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the first inning as Al Rosen scores Larry Doby goes to 3rd and Luke Easter in his only ML theft goes to 2nd. Early Wynn allows several late inning solo home runs including a tape measure shot by Mantle to deep right center but tops the Yankees 7-3.
Jul 13, 1952 - In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11-1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg HR. Mantle is 4-for-5 including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nitecap Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser for his 5th straight hit of the afternoon and the Yankees roll again 12-2.
Jun 3, 1952 - After several games in right Mantle returns to centerfield and celebrates with four singles and scores two runs off Billy Pierce. The 4th place Yankees beat the visiting Pale Hose 4-3 in 13 innings
May 10, 1952 - Hank Bauer of the Yankees goes 5-for-6 in an 18–3 romp over Boston. The Bombers score 11 runs in the 7th inning. The BoSox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning (Retrosheet records nine) as they rack up 18 for the game. The 10 in one inning was last done on August 17, 1921.
May 3, 1952 - The New York Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen along with OF Archie Wilson P Spec Shea and SS Jerry Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding OF Irv Noren and infielder Tommie Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill before going over it while Jensen the former heir to DiMaggio's spot will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will have his best year in 1954 when the left fielder will be an all-star.
Dec 11, 1951 - Joe DiMaggio officially retires as a member of the New York Yankees with 361 HRs and an average of .325 after 13 seasons. His 56-game consecutive-game hitting streak in l941 will stand as one of the all-time best diamond achievements.
Nov 8, 1951 - Catcher Yogi Berra of the NY Yankees wins the first of his 3 MVP awards edging out Browns pitcher Ned Garver. Initially Garver was phoned and told that he had won the award but a recount showed that Yogi was the winner.
Oct 5, 1951 - S. Iijima of the Daiei Stars (later the Lotte Orions) gets 11 RBI in a single game for a Japanese record. The U.S. ML record is 12 set by Jim Bottomley of St. Louis in 1924; Iijima ties Tony Lazzeri of the NY Yankees who knocked in 11 in 1936.
Oct 4, 1951 - In the opening game of the World Series‚ Monte Irvin steals home in the first inning and collects 4 hits. The Giants defeat Allie Reynolds and the Yankees 5-1 with Dave Koslo going all the way at Yankee Stadium. With the injured Mueller missing the World Series‚ Bobby Thomson switches the 3B and the Giants field the first black outfield of Thompson‚ Irvin and Mays.
Sep 18, 1951 - Cleveland beats Boston 6-4 as Mike Garcia wins his 20th. With the Yanks losing to Billy Pierce and Chicago 7-1 the Indians and Yankees are tied for first place. This is the 10th time the 2 teams have been in a tie for first place surpassing the ML record of 9 set in the NL race of 1889 and the Fed League race of 1914.
Aug 16, 1951 - The Browns end the Indians win streak at 13 when Tommy Byrne pitches and bats St. Louis to a 4-0 win. Byrne allows two hits in 7 innings and drives in all the runs before retiring with back spasms. Mike Garcia loses to drop the Indians lead to 1 1/2 games over the Yankees.
Jul 27, 1951 - The White Sox now 3 1?2 games behind New York and Boston open a 4-game series in New York. Trailing 3-1 in the 9th the Sox make it 4-3 before rain and the Yankees delay the game. Gil McDougald is thrown out for stalling and Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally the score reverts to the 8th inning and the Yanks win as the game is called after 30 minutes.
Jul 17, 1951 - The White Sox beat the Yankees, 4-3, to move a half game behind the league-leading Red Sox. But they discover that starting catcher Gus Niarhos has an arm fracture, sustained in yesterday’s marathon game. The Sox call up former Negro Leaguer Sam Hairston as a catching replacement.
Jul 8, 1951 - The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head in 2nd inning against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the first Stengel sends reserve Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper after he had already taken his position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees 6-3 as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a 2-run homer.
Jun 19, 1951 - Before 61596 at Yankee Stadium Mantle batting leadoff has 2 homers and 4 RBIs but misses two catchable balls. He has a 3-run homer to match Yogi Berra as the Yankees top the White Sox 11-9 in the first of 2 games. In the nitecap Mantle is 1-for-1 with a homer before being replaced in CF by Gene Woodling. But the first-place Sox take a 5-4 win. Eddie Stewart has a 3-run homer and Phil Masi collects 3 hits and a homer.
Mar 26, 1951 - In an exhibition game at USC Mickey Mantle propels a homer estimated at 654 to 660 feet. The shot clears Bovard Field and then goes the width of a practice football field before landing. Mantle has two homers a bases loaded triple and drives in 7 runs as the Yankees flunk the collegians 15-1.
Oct 4, 1950 - Relief ace Jim Konstanty of the Phils starts and loses to Vic Raschi and the Yankees in Philadelphia 1-0 in Game 1 of the WS. Bobby Brown doubles and comes around on 2 long flies to score the lone run.
Sep 17, 1950 - With relief help from Kinder in the 9th Mel Parnell wins his 9th in a row to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Tigers. With the Yankees splitting with St. Louis Boston is now 1 1/2 games behind the league leaders and a half game behind 2nd place Detroit.
Sep 16, 1950 - Rookie Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit 8-1 and move them back into first place. DiMaggio hits his 30th HR and the Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th as Ford drives to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Yankees into Detroit and sweep three from the Tigers.
Sep 15, 1950 - Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox lineup and raps a HR and 3 singles in a 12-9 defeat of the Browns. The Red Sox will come within 2 games of the first place Yankees this week but will end up in 3rd place behind both New York and Detroit.
Sep 10, 1950 - Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 HRs in one game at spacious Griffith Stadium as the Yanks beat Washington 8-1. Joe also adds an RBI double to pass the 100-ribbie mark for the 9th time. The Senators lead the 2nd game 6-2 when rain washes it out in the 4th. New York is now a half-game in back of the leaders with Boston a half game behind the Yankees.
Sep 5, 1950 - The Yankees acquire 1B Johnny Hopp who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yanks believe Hopp will provide late season pennant insurance.
Jul 1, 1950 - At Boston Tommy Byrne takes the loss for the Yankees but reliever Whitey Ford does little to help. In his ML debut Ford throws 4 2/3 inning allowing 7 hits 6 walks and 5 earned runs. Boston rolls 13-4. Rookie Walt Dropo hits a grand slam for the Bosox to dump the Yanks into 3rd place.
Jun 15, 1950 - The Yankees frustrated in late April in their aborted trade for Ostrowski with the Browns finally get the pitcher along with pitchers Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas. New York sends infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss OF Jim Delsing pitchers Duane Pillette and Don Johnson and $50000. Both Ferrick and Ostrowski will prove their worth in the 1950 pennant drive. Tomorrow the Yanks beat the Browns 7-5 with Ferrick and Ostrowski starring in relief.
May 11, 1950 - Airplane travel is still a baseball rarity but a railroad strike forces five clubs-the Red Sox Yankees Dodgers Giants and Reds-to ?y home or away to play their next scheduled games. The Senators with short hops in the prospect will take the bus.
Apr 21, 1950 - In Cleveland before 79570 fans the 4th largest paid attendance to date the Yankees take two from the Indians winners of 9 out of their last 11. In the opener DiMaggio drives in 6 runs on 2 homers one a grand slam and the Yankees roll 14-5. New York collects 19 hits in the nitecap to win easily 12-4. Eddie Lopat and Allie Reynolds each win their 4th of the year as the Yankees now pace the AL by 2 1/2 games.
Jan 12, 1950 - The Yankees sell their Newark franchise to the Cubs who will move the team to Springfield Mass. The once-proud Bears owned by the Yankees since 1932 finished last in the International League in 1949.
Dec 1, 1949 - Attendance in the ML is 20.2 million‚ down from 20.9 in 1948. The Yankees and the Indians each finish with over 2.2 million‚ but the Browns fall to 270‚000. The Browns will try to cover their light attendance with $200‚000 obtained in cash in December sales of Bob Dillinger‚ Gerry Priddy‚ and Paul Lehner. The Browns get 5 players in the transactions.
Oct 5, 1949 - In the Series opener at the Stadium the New York Yankees and Allie Reynolds beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0 on Tommy Henrich's 9th-inning HR off Don Newcombe. Newcombe had struck out 11 and walked none before Henrich's blast. Allie Reynolds gives up only 2 hits and fans 9. Henrich's hit is the first game-ending homer is WS history: there will be 10 more this century including 2 that win the Series.
Oct 2, 1949 - The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox enter the final day of the season tied for first place. Nearly 70000 pack Yankee Stadium to see the finale. Rizzuto triples and score in the 1st inning and Vic Raschi nurses the 1-0 lead into the 8th against Ellis Kinder before the Yankees score 4 against a tired Mel Parnell and an unlucky Tex Hughson. A Sox rally falls short and the Yankees win the game and the pennant 5-3. Ted Williams is hitless in 2 official trips (and 1-for-12 in his last 4 games) while George Kell of the Tigers goes 2-for-3. Kell's final mark is .3429 while Williams' is .3427. Ted leads the AL in homers (43) and ties for the lead with teammate Vern Stephens in RBIs with 159. He also reaches base 358 times (194 hits 162 walks and 2 hit by pitches) the 2nd highest total in ML history. Only Ruth in 1923 reached more times.
Sep 25, 1949 - Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games Casey Stengel and his Yankees have been in first place all season. But today the Red Sox (93-55) move into a tie for first place with a 4-1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR and Mel Parnell allows just 4 hits in winning his 25th game of the season. The lefty is 16-3 at Fenway this year while the Red Sox have won their last 21 games at home. Joe DiMaggio listens to the game from a hospital bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans including Mrs. Babe Ruth who predicts "Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way."
Sep 24, 1949 - At Boston Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway Park) pitches a 6-hitter and Williams lines his 42nd HR to beat the Yankees 2-0 and pull the Red Sox within a game of New York. Kinder has now won 13 straight games and is 4-0 against New York.
Sep 21, 1949 - In New York the Yankees take an 8-1 lead against Chicago only to see Chicago rally for a 9-8 win. Gus Zernial clouts a 3-run homer in the 9th off Joe Page for the victory. Yank starter Tommy Byrne takes a no hitter into the 6th inning gives up a double and one out later leaves with a sore shoulder. New York now leads by 2 games.
Sep 18, 1949 - The injury plagued Yankees receive another blow when Joe DiMaggio is stricken with a form of pneumonia. He remains in Elysee Hotel while the Yankees win 7-3 with Joe Page tossing the last 3 innings against Cleveland. Bauer has a single double and triple to pace the Yankees.
Sep 18, 1949 - The Red Sox remain 2 1/2 behind the Yankees with 11-5 route of the visiting White Sox. Ellis Kinder wins his 21st and 11th straight as he is backed by two homers (his 39th and 40th) and six RBIs from Ted Williams. Ted now has 153 RBIs. Vern Stephens clouts his 40th as well giving him 150 RBIs for the year.
Sep 11, 1949 - In the first of two games at Yankee Stadium the Senators hand out 17 base on balls including a ML record 11 walks in the 3rd inning when the Yanks plate 12 the AL record for number of runs in a 3rd inning. Another mark is set as four different Yankees collect 2 walks apiece in the bottom of the 3rd. The Nats hand out 13 walks in the first three innings. Buzz Dozier who pitches the last 5 1/3 innings the most generous with 8 walks. Allie Reynolds (16-4) is the benefactor in the 20-5 romp. New York takes the 2nd game 2-1 in 5 1/2 innings behind Sanford with relief help from Page.
Sep 7, 1949 - At Yankee Stadium Allie Reynolds walks the first 3 Red Sox batters before Bobby Doerr singles home two runs. But that is all the scoring the Sox can manage. The Yankees come back to take a 3-2 lead and after Doerr triples in the 8th Joe Page relieves to save the game for Reynolds. The final is 5-2 with the hitting provided by Bobby Brown (2-run homer) and Billy Johnson with two triples.
Aug 28, 1949 - In the 1st game of a doubleheader in Chicago Yankee OF Tommie Henrich crashes into the wall while chasing a Charlie Kress fly ball and fractures two vertebrae. Old Reliable will be out 3 weeks. In game 2 1B Johnny Mize obtained 6 days earlier dislocates his shoulder. Except for 7 pinch-hit appearances he will be out for the regular season but will reappear in the WS. The Yankees are also playing without Berra who broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch. The Yanks score 6 in the 9th to win the opener 8-7 then take the nitecap 7-5 behind Allie Reynolds (13-4).
Aug 7, 1949 - Lineup juggling is a Casey Stengel forte as his Yankees suffer injury after injury as the Browns and Yankee pitchers throw at each other. Against the Browns 13 different Yankees score a run tying a record in the first game of a doubleheader as the Yanks roll to a 20-2 win. Berra hits a three-run homer but on his next time at bat he fractures his thumb when he is hit by a pitch. He will be out until September. DiMaggio hits a three-run round tripper as well. The second game ends in a 2-2 tie.
Jul 27, 1949 - Three homers are lost in a rain-shortened game at Yankee Stadium between the Yankees and the Indians (as noted in Retrosheet). In the bottom of the first, Tommy Henrich homers off Cleveland's Bob Feller with two on and no one out. In the top of the second, Joe Gordon bangs a solo shot with one out off Ed Lopat. One inning later, Cleveland pitcher Sam Zoldak hits a solo homer with one out off Lopat. Zoldak loses his only career homer with the washout.
Jun 29, 1949 - At Fenway The Yankees spot the Red Sox a 7 run lead before roaring back against Ellis Kinder. Joe DiMaggio hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Kinder and clouts a 2nd HR in the 8th off Earl Johnson breaking a 7-7 tie. New York wins 9-7 with Joe Page victorious in relief.
Jun 25, 1949 - The Red Sox winners of 9 of their last ten games again crush the Browns 12-2. Al Zarilla has a single triple and HR to pace the Millionaires. The Sox are in 4th place 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees.
May 9, 1949 - At Detroit the Tigers set back the first-place Yankees 4-1 behind the five-hit pitching of Ted Gray. Vic Raschi also allows just five hits including a homer by Dick Wakefield in taking the loss.
Apr 22, 1949 - The Red Sox have a record-breaking opening-day crowd of 33955 who see Governor Paul Dever toss out the first ball. The Yankees then win their 4th in a row 5-3 scoring all their runs in the 6th and 7th with the help of six base on balls. Boston starter Tex Hughson hands out four in the 6th sandwiched around a DP. Allie Reynolds follows with a single. Tommy Henrich who won the first two Yankee games with a home run has four walks before striking out.
Dec 13, 1948 - After a year in New York Red Embree is traded along with young C Sherm Lollar Dick Starr and $100000 to the Browns. Embree will slump to 3-13 in St. Louis after having his only winning ML season in NY. Lollar is the prize and will catch in the majors through 1963. The Yankees receive Fred Sanford and Roy Partee. Partee is ticketed for the minors but Sanford will help the Yanks as a starter/reliever in 1949.
Oct 2, 1948 - The Red Sox a game in back of the Indians host the Yankees in a critical match for both teams. Ted Williams gives Boston a two-run lead in the 1st with a HR off a Tommy Byrne fast ball and Jack Kramer posts his 18th win in beating New York 5-1. For Kramer it is his 5th win of the year over the Yanks. New York can now finish no better than 2nd place.
Sep 26, 1948 - Bob Feller allows five hits and outduels Newhouser to give the Indians a 41 win over Detroit before 57888 Tiger fans. Feller wins his 6th straight with the help of a two-run homer by Joe Gordon. Cleveland moves into first place this Sunday night after the Yankees top the Red Sox.
Sep 21, 1948 - After all three contenders won yesterday the Red Sox repeat with a 10-2 win over the Tigers. Mel Parnell scatters 11 hits. Boston is a game ahead of the idle Indians and 1 1/2 ahead of the idle Yankees.
Sep 8, 1948 - At Boston the Red Sox turn back the Yankees 10-6 to lead by 3 games in the loss column. The Indians blow a 7-3 lead against the Tigers but hold on to win 8-7 in the 11th. Doby scores the winning run.
Sep 3, 1948 - The Yankees move a half-game in back of the Red Sox with a sweep of the Senators 6-2 and 5-2. Joe DiMaggio who started the day tied with Stephens at 118 RBIs leads the way by knocking in 7 runs. Joe has a pair of homers into opener and a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the nitecap.
Aug 17, 1948 - Tom Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season off the Senators Sid Hudson to join Ruth Gehrig and York-and later Al Rosen and Ray Boone-for the AL record. Henrich who broke in with the Yankees in 1937 had never hit a grand slam before this season. Bob Porterfield wins for New York 8-1.
Jul 5, 1948 - Despite a hitless day by Ted Williams the Red Sox sweep the Yankees winning 6-5 and 8-7. Denny Galehouse wins the opener then saves the win in game 2. But his 9th inning sac bunt results in his tripping over 1B and he will be out of action for 3 weeks.
Jun 12, 1948 - In an afternoon double header before 68586 at the Stadium Cleveland takes two from the Yankees winning 7-5 and 9-4. The Tribe has now won three games from New York in 24 hours. Joe Gordon leads the way over his ex-teammates by hitting a two-run homer in the first game and belting two more round-trippers in the nitecap. Allie Reynolds and Spec Shea take the losses. The Indians have now won 3 games from NY in less than 24 hours.
May 31, 1948 - The Senators fresh from four wins over the Red Sox drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62626. 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.
May 23, 1948 - Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs for the New York Yankees in a 6-5 first-game win against the Indians. The first 2 home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black the Indians take the nightcap 5-1 to preserve first place.
Apr 10, 1948 - Desperate for pitching help the Giants sign the well-traveled Bobo Newsom released by the Yankees. After an 0-4 start in 11 games New York will pass the Buck and he will be out of the majors until 1952.
Mar 29, 1948 - At St. Pete the Yankees and Red Sox battle for 17 innings and end in a 2-2 tie. This spring training contest one of the longest ever takes 4 hours and 2 minutes. Two years ago in Miami the Braves and Giants played 17-innings for an NL pre-season record.
Oct 6, 1947 - The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-2 to win the WS in 7 games. Relief P Hugh Casey of the Dodgers appears in 6 games winning 2 while notching an 0.87 ERA. Series heroes Bevens Gionfriddo and Lavagetto will not play another ML game.
Oct 3, 1947 - Brooklyn pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to break up Floyd Bevens dramatic no-hit bid and give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees in game 4 at Ebbets Field.
Sep 8, 1947 - Bob Feller in relief of Bob Lemon in the 9th keeps the Yankees scoreless to save a 4-3 Cleveland win. George McQuinn who earlier hit two homers bloops a single with a man on to chase Lemon. Bobo Newsom who wilts in the 8th is the loser but New York is still 12 games in front.
Jul 18, 1947 - Freddie Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8-0 stopping the Bombers record winning streak at 19. Hutch adds a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the 2nd-place Tigers now 10 1/2 back.
Jul 17, 1947 - The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3-1 and 7-2 to extend their winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29 game 2 when they were 3 1/2 games in front; they now lead by 11 1/2.
Jul 13, 1947 - Making his 14th ML uniform switch Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will help the Yankees to the title. The next season Newsom will join the Giants. To make room for Newsom the Yanks sell P Mel Queen to the Pirates.
Jun 9, 1947 - The 2nd place Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Allie Reynolds issues 8 passes and Bill Bevens adds 3 more. Joe Page walks none in the 9th but Aaron Robinson lets a pop up drop in front of the plate for a single and two hits later the Sox score the winner. Johnny Lindell and Luke Appling match homers.
Jun 5, 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 flare-up in the 4th inning involving 5 players.
May 25, 1947 - The Yankees edge into 3rd place ahead of the Red Sox whipping Boston 17-2. Ted Williams 2-run homer in the 9th off Floyd Bevans deprives the Yankees of 4 straight shutouts George Stirnweiss scores 5 runs and King Kong Keller 4 runs in the 17 hit attack. Joe DiMaggio has 4 hits and 3 runs.
Apr 24, 1947 - Johnny Mize of the New York Giants hits 3 successive HRs in a 14-5 loss in Boston. It is a ML-record 5th time in his career that Mize has hit 3 HRs in one game; he will do it a 6th time with the Yankees in 1950. But the Braves collect 22 hits with Danny Litwhiler having a HR triple and 2 singles in the attack. Winning hurler Johnny Sain is 2-for-4 with 3 RBI as he strings together a hitting streak of 17 games as a pitcher. Sain will hit .346 this season.
Apr 14, 1947 - The Yankees release two veterans relief ace Johnny Murphy and first baseman Nick Etten. Murphy will be signed by the Red Sox while Etten the AL home run leader in 1944 and RBI leader in 1945 will catch on briefly with the Phillies.
Mar 1, 1947 - New managers in training camps are Billy Herman with Pittsburgh Muddy Ruel with the Browns Bucky Harris with the Yankees and Johnny Neun at Cincinnati. Neun had ended 1946 as manager of the Yankees after both Joe McCarthy and Bill Dickey had quit.
Dec 20, 1946 - With the trade for Al Lopez‚ the Indians send young catcher Sherm Lollar and 2B Ray Mack to the Yankees for minor league P Gene Bearden‚ P Al Gettel‚ and OF Hal Peck. Peck never played for New York after they acquired him in June. Lollar will play just 33 games in 2 years‚ while Mack is swapped after one game. Bearden‚ as a rookie knuckleballer in 1948‚ will win 20 games and the lead the AL in ERA.
Oct 11, 1946 - The Yankees send veteran Joe Gordon and Ed Bockman to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds (11-15). Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree but DiMaggio advised them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees championship teams while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good years. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.
Sep 24, 1946 - Disappointing on the field the Yankees nevertheless finish their home season with a 2309029 attendance the first team to reach two million. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs at 1485166. Total ML attendance was 18.5 million 80 percent more than 1945.
Sep 8, 1946 - The Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees winning 2-1 and 9-8 both in extra innings. Yankee manager Bill Dickey makes his last ML at bat a good one lining a pinch single in the 8th inning.
Sep 2, 1946 - Red Sox pitcher Boo Ferriss win his 12th straight game in the opener and his 24th of the year as Boston sweeps two from the Yankees 5-2 and 3-1. It is the Bosox 10th straight win over New York this year and their 14th twinbill sweep. Boston split 13 doubleheaders on the year and lost none. Dom DiMaggio and Nick Etten have HRs today. Ferriss who earlier in the season had a 10-game win streak joins Walter Johnson (10 and 14 in 1913) as the only pitchers with 2 winning streaks of 10 or more games in one season.
Aug 9, 1946 - All games are played at night for the first time in ML history 4 in the AL and 4 in the NL. Attendance is close to 200000 with the Yankees at the top of the list with63040 at the Stadium.
Jul 8, 1946 - A special meeting of clubs deals with Mexican League defections and attempts by players to gain new rights. Some results: $5000 minimum salary $25-per- week training-camp expenses a fixed period for spring training 25 days for post-season barnstorming maximum pay cut of 25 percent. A pension fund aimed at providing $100 a month for retired 10-year players will be funded by WS broadcast rights and net proceeds from All-Star Games. Each league will have a player rep to baseball councils. The first player reps named are Yankees P Johnny Murphy and Dodgers OF Dixie Walker.
Jul 2, 1946 - The Yankees nip the Red Sox 2-1 before a Stadium crowd of 69107. Spud Chandler walks 9 in the first 4 innings but takes a no-hitter into the 9th before Bobby Doerr hits a one-out single.
Jun 20, 1946 - A Fortune magazine story gives some rare details of baseball finances showing the 1945 Yankees revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306000 cut to $201000 after minor league losses. Of the gross income $896000 is from home ticket sales.
Jun 9, 1946 - The Yankees draw 66545 for a doubleheader with the Indians and pass the one million mark in attendance the earliest date in ML history. Cleveland spoils the party with a 9-5 win in the opener but the Yankees salvage the nitecap 7-4.
May 23, 1946 - The Yankees deflate Virgil Trucks with HRs in the 5th inning by DiMaggio and Nick Etten. Joe Gordon then greets reliever Hal White with the Yankees 3rd consecutive HR and the Bombers drive over Detroit 12-6.
May 22, 1946 - At the refurbished stadium in Detroit, the Yankees overcome a first inning three-run homer by Hank Greenberg to subdue the Tigers, 5-3. The Yanks stop an 8th inning rally with a triple play, started on a grounder to 1B by Dick Wakefield. The all-tag TP is the first in Briggs Stadium history. The Tigers turn four DPs to keep the game close.
May 20, 1946 - A state Supreme Court justice has armed the Yankees with an injunction against the raiding Mexican Leaguers and the Dodgers and the Cardinals have also turned to the courts for protection and damages. Before any of the relief becomes permanent however Max Lanier Fred Martin and Lou Klein jump back to the Redbirds.
May 12, 1946 - A crowd of 69401 the largest in Stadium history watch the Yankees give the Red Sox 2 unearned runs and manage just 3 hits off Mickey Harris and lose to Boston 3-1. The Sox gets just 3 hits off loser Spud Chandler.
Apr 30, 1946 - Dispelling the rumors that he had lost his fastball after nearly 4 years in the Navy Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians hurls his 2nd no-hitter beating the New York Yankees 1-0 on Frankie Hayes' HR in the 9th inning. It is the first no hitter thrown against the Yankees.
Apr 28, 1946 - At Yankee Stadium the Negro League Homestead Grays take a pair from the New York Black Yankees. Both games are 10-0 with the 2nd ending after six innings. Shortstop Sam Bankhead leads the attack with six hits while Josh Gibson lofts a three run homer in the opener. Gene Smith and Harold Hairston allow just 7 hits in the two games in winning.
Mar 3, 1946 - The New York Yankees wind up their 11-game swing through the Panama Canal Zone with a 5-4 loss to the Canal Zone All-stars. Al Jarlett slated for the PCL goes the rout in handing the Yankees their 3rd loss. The team leaves for Florida tomorrow.
Sep 27, 1945 - At Yankee Stadium the 4th place Yankees whip the Athletics 8-1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3) who returned to the team in July helps his cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of his career: at this point only Wes Ferrell (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season.
Sep 16, 1945 - At New York the Browns and Yankees split a pair the Bombers losing the opener 6-2 to Bob Muncrief. Vern Stephens has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Leadoff hitter Pete Gray is 1-for-4 collecting his safety off reliever Tiny Bonham. It is the last major league hit for the one-armed outfielder as he goes 0-for-3 in the nitecap a 5-4 win for New York. Spud Chandler the winning pitcher drives in 3 runs.
Sep 4, 1945 - Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber 43 who last pitched in the ML in 1923 and the minors in 1931 relieves for the Yankees against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1?3 innings but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win 10-0. The 22 years between ML appearances is a ML record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when in an 11-4 loss to Detroit he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.
Aug 31, 1945 - The Senators again muff a chance to go into first place dropping a pair to the Yankees 3-2 and 3-1. In between games Nats pitcher Bert Shepard receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in WW2. Shepard lost his leg in battle.
Aug 19, 1945 - The Yankees win the first of 2 with the White Sox 4-2 to break their 9-game losing streak the longest under McCarthy. Chicago takes the nitecap 20 as Lefty Grove gives up just 5 hits 3 by Metheny.
Jul 27, 1945 - The Cubs purchase P Hank Borowy from the New York Yankees in an unexpected waiver deal confounding fans and the other AL teams. Borowy 10-5 with the Yankees was put on waivers apparently to solve a roster problem and was passed over by all 7 AL teams who assumed the Yanks would pull him back if claimed. The Cubs snatch him for $97500 and he will help the Cubs win the pennant with an 11-2 record including 3 wins over the Cardinals down the stretch.
Jul 21, 1945 - The Yankees bomb the White Sox into 6th place 12-3 with the help of three homers. Nick Etten connects with the bases full and Herschel Martin and Bud Metheny connect as well. Ernie Bonham wins his 2nd of the year as the Yankees chase Earl Caldwell in the 1st inning.
Jul 11, 1945 - Aaron Robinson Yankees C returns from the military. Red Ruffing is back too and so are Hugh Mulcahy and Buddy Lewis. Charlie Keller will follow and a couple of dozen former ML players will be in uniform before the season is over.
Jul 4, 1945 - In the first game against Cleveland the Indians tie a ML record with no assists a first ever for a 9-inning game in beating the Yankees 4-2. Sidearmer Steve Gromek allows just 5 hits including a Russ Derry homer in winning as the outfield pulls down 15 flyballs. Two years ago the Browns went 8 innings without an assist: the Mets will be the next team to pull it off on June 25 1989. New York takes the nitecap 3-2 as Al Gettel beats Allie Reynolds.
May 20, 1945 - In St. Louis Pete Gray stars as the Browns sweep the Yankees 10-1 and 5-2. Gray has 2 RBI on 3 hits in the opener and in the nightcap he scores the winning run and hauls in 7 ?y balls 3 on spectacular catches.
Apr 29, 1945 - The Yankees split a pair with the Senators losing the nitecap 2-1 after winning the lidlifter 13-4. Russ Derry hits a pair of homers-including his 2nd grand slam of the season-in the opener and has Joe McCarthy wondering if he has another Ruth.
Apr 20, 1945 - In the delayed presidential opener in Washington tribute is paid to the late FDR before Speaker Sam Rayburn tosses out the first ball. The Yankees win their 4th straight pounding 3 pitchers for a 6-3 win.
Apr 19, 1945 - Joe Cronin of the Red Sox catches his spikes at 2B and fractures his right leg in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. The 39-year-old will retire but will continue as manager. Mike Ryba decides the game by hitting Johnny Lindell on the wrist with the bases full in the 9th.
Jan 25, 1945 - The Yankees are sold by the Ruppert estate to Larry MacPhail Dan Topping and Del Webb for $2.8 million. For that price the trio obtains 400 players 266 of them in military service Yankee Stadium parks in Newark and Kansas City and leases on other minor league ballparks. Jake Ruppert who died in 1939 paid more than the new purchase price for the ground on which Yankee Stadium was built in 1923.
Sep 30, 1944 - The Browns remain tied with Detroit as Dennis Galehouse goes all the way winning 2-0 over New York for his 9th victory of the year. Gene Moore hits his 6th homer of the year four of them coming against Yankee pitching. Paid attendance is 12982. The loss eliminates the Yankees and leaves the Tigers and Browns tied with one game left.
Sep 29, 1944 - The final series of the year begins. Trailing Detroit by one game the Browns have 4 games with the Yankees who are three games out of first place. With rainouts the night before all contenders play doubleheaders.
Sep 9, 1944 - The 4th place Red Sox put themselves 3 games from the top with a 7-1 win over the visiting Yankees. Rookie Rex Cecil allows just 5 hits. Catfish Metkovich has a HR and single to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 23 games tying the Red Sox record held by Del Pratt George Burns and Ted Williams.
Sep 6, 1944 - In a rare night game allowed by AL prexy Harridge after wet grounds delayed the afternoon game the Tigers edge the host White Sox 3-2 to stay close to the Browns and Yankees. Only 1216 fans are on hand.
Sep 3, 1944 - After losing 13 of 17 games and dropping from first place the Browns turn back their principal rival the Tigers 4-1 behind Jack Kramer. The Browns thwart Dizzy Trout try for his 24th win and now lead the rampaging Yankees-winners of a pair from Washington-by just a half game.
Sep 1, 1944 - Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semipro pitcher Jug Thesenga who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Senators rally to win 10-7 behind reliever Roger Wolff who snaps his personal 11-game losing streak.
Jul 20, 1944 - In St. Louis the Browns stretch their lead with a 7-3 win over the Yankees. The game is marked by a wild display among fans after ump Cal Hubbard banishes Browns hurler Nelson Potter in the 5th inning for wetting the ball. The game is held up for 15 minutes. The Browns start the spitcalling in the 4th inning accusing Yanks Hank Borowy of loading up a ball. Potter is banished for 10 days for allegedly "putting an illegal substance on the ball" but will return to win 19 games for St. Louis.
Jun 28, 1944 - At Yankee Stadium the Yankees move into 2nd place beating the Browns 7-2 for their 6th win in 8 games with St. Louis. Bob Muncrief loses snapping his 6-game win streak. Stirnweiss hits an inside-the-park HR to CF with a man on in the 4th.
Jun 26, 1944 - More than 50000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees Dodgers and Giants play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. Each team plays successive innings against the other two teams then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5 Yankees 1 Giants 0.
May 30, 1944 - Dizzy Trout leads off the bottom of the 9th with a game ending HR to win his own game as the Tigers beat the Yankees 2-1. Hal Newhouser finishes off the nightcap with a complete-game 4-1 win.
Apr 22, 1944 - The Yankees hand out 1943 WS rings before beating the Senators 6-3. Manager Joe McCarthy is absent because of illness and is at home on his farm near Buffalo. He is suffering from influenza and according to his doctor "will be away indefinitely." Artie Fletcher will serve as acting manager.
Apr 18, 1944 - At Fenway Park Hank Borowy of the Yankees shuts out the Red Sox 3-0 on five hits as Johnny Lindell hits the first HR of 1944 an opposite field shot in the 2nd inning. Yank Terry allows 7 hits in 7 innings to take the loss.
Nov 11, 1943 - The MVPs for both leagues are named. New York Yankees righthander Spud Chandler (246 votes) wins in the AL with Luke Appling (215) finishing second. Chandler led the AL in wins (20), CG (20), ERA (1.64) and had the highest batting average (.258) among AL pitchers. Stan Musial (267) is the winner in the NL. For the second year in a row‚ a Cards teammate finishes 2nd as Walker Cooper attracts 192 votes.
Oct 6, 1943 - Robert Cooper father of P Mort Cooper and C Walker Cooper dies at his home in Independence MO but both players decide to play in the WS. Mort is 1-for-3 and goes on to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 resurrecting memories of 1942 when the Yankees lost 4 straight after winning the opener. Marty Marion and Ray Sanders' two run homer. Mort leaves for home after the game: Walker will follow on October 11.
Oct 5, 1943 - Many ML players have gone into the war including several key Yankees and Cardinals players. Nevertheless both these clubs are back in the Series. New York wins the opener at Yankee Stadium 4-2 behind Spud Chandler who will later be named 1943 AL MVP. Joe Gordon homers off Max Lanier.
Oct 2, 1943 - The Yankees take 2 from the Browns 5-1 and 7-6 for their 14th sweep of a doubleheader an AL mark. Bud Metheny hits a HR in the opener for the Yankees 100th roundtripper of the season.
Sep 12, 1943 - At Fenway, the New York Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox to sweep the five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Sox for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy Johnson hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankees comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.
Jul 25, 1943 - At Yankee Stadium the 2nd game of a twinbill with the White Sox is interrupted by the announcement that "Mussolini has resigned. The crowd cheers wildly. On the field the Yankees take game 2 by a 6-3 score after losing the opener 2-1.
May 27, 1943 - In a 3-2 loss to the Tigers the Yankees Johnny Allen incensed over a balk call attacks umpire George Barr and is suspended for 30 days and fined $200. On May 21st Frank Crosetti made his first start after serving a 30-day suspension for umpire pushing. This occurred in the 3rd game of the World Series when Crosetti pushed Bill Summers.
Jan 29, 1943 - The Yankees trade 2B Jerry Priddy and minor leaguer Milo Candini to the Washington Senators for righty Bill Zuber and cash. Zuber classified 4-F in the draft will not have a winning season in New York while Candini will go 11-7 this year.
Jan 5, 1943 - In Chicago the teams agree to start the season later than usual and prepare to train in areas north of the so-called Eastman-Landis line (named after Joseph Eastman head of the Department of Transportation and Judge Landis) an area East of the Mississippi and North of the Ohio and Potomac rivers. The two St. Louis teams are excluded though they will train in Missouri. Resorts armories and university facilities are chosen for training sites. The Dodgers will train at Bear Mountain NY; Cards at Cape Girardeau MO; the Yankees in Atlantic City. The Red Sox go to Tufts College.
Dec 17, 1942 - The Yankees trade OF Roy Cullenbine and C Buddy Rosar to the Indians for Roy Weatherly and IF Oscar Grimes. With the draft in mind‚ all four players are married with one child each. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz‚ Rosar had been in the doghouse with Joe McCarthy for leaving the team without permission the weekend of July 18-19 to take a police examination in Buffalo. The leave-taking prompted the Yankees to sign vet C Rollie Hemsley.
Nov 3, 1942 - Ted Williams is the ML Triple Crown winner but the writers select 2B Joe Gordon by 21 votes as AL MVP. Gordon of the New York Yankees leads the AL with 95 strikeouts the most ground balls hit into double plays (22) and the most errors at his position (28). P Mort Cooper gets the MVP honor in the NL with Cards teammate Enos Slaughter finishing 2nd.
Sep 27, 1942 - It is Tony Lupien Day at Fenway and the Red Sox Tex Hughson wins his 22nd to tie Mort Cooper for the ML lead as the Red Sox edge the Yankees 7-6. A Fenway Park crowd of 26166-including 4293 youngsters who gained free admission by bringing 29000 pounds of scrap metal-watches Hughson scatter 11 hits in going all the way. Johnny Murphy one of 4 Yank hurlers takes the loss. Ted Williams has a single in three at bats to finish the season at .356 and wins his second straight batting title. Teammate Johnny Pesky is 2nd at .331. Williams also leads the ML in HRs (36) RBI (137) runs (141) and walks (145). Williams Pesky and Dom D play their last games before entering the service. DiMaggio finishes the year with 439 PO and 19 Assists to lead the AL: His brother Vince leads the NL in the same categories with 383 and 20.
Sep 7, 1942 - A traffic accident in Geneva Ohio claims the lives of Negro Leaguers Buster Brown and Smokey Owens. Teammates on the Cleveland Buckeyes Eugene Bremmer and Lefty Watts are hospitalized. The accident occurs when their car in rear-ended while they are changing a flat tire. The players were returning home following a series against the New York Black Yankees.
Aug 23, 1942 - Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69000 for the New York-Washington game at Yankee Stadium that provides $80000 for Army-Navy relief. Ruth hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees the Senators win the opener 7-6 and New York cops the nitecap 3-0 in 5 1/2 innings.
Jul 15, 1942 - The Newark Bears outhit the Orioles just 14-13 but beat Baltimore 23-3 to tie a club scoring record. The Little Yankees score 7 runs in the 3rd on only one hit-a HR by Kelleher. Newark ties a league mark with 7 HRs 3 by Hank Majeski.
Jul 4, 1942 - At Boston the first-place Yankees split a pair with the second-place Red Sox. Red Ruffing wins the opener 6-3 and Tex Hughson is the victor in the nitecap for the Sox 6-4. Johnny Pesky helps Tex by nabbing Tommy Henrich in the 8th inning with a hidden ball trick.
Apr 15, 1942 - At Washington Bobo Newsom holds the Yankees in check for three innings but New York tallies three in the 4th and rolls on to a 9-3 victory. DiMaggio has a single double and long homer with two on into the CF bleachers. Phil Rizzuto adds three singles to make the win easier for Spud Chandler.
Mar 29, 1942 - The Cards beat the Yankees 3-2. to win the championship of St. Petersburg 6 games to 3. The Yanks have been tied but never beaten since 1926 when they dropped the local series to the Braves.
Oct 5, 1941 - With 2 out in the 9th inning Dodger C Mickey Owen drops a 3rd strike on Tommy Henrich which would have given Brooklyn a 4-3 victory over New York. The Yankees then rally for a 7-4 win in the 4th game of the WS. Keller has 2 singles and 2 doubles to lead Yanks.
Sep 27, 1941 - The Yankees tune-up for the World Series with a 4-3 loss to the Senators. Charlie Keller finally plays, going 0-for-4, while Joe Dimaggio has 2 RBIs to take the lead 123 to 122 over Keller. The Senators will shutout New York tomorrow, 5-0.
Sep 23, 1941 - A triple by Eddie Collins, Jr. triggers a two-run ninth inning rally as the A's beat the Yankees, 9-8. Red Ruffing takes the loss, despite hitting a homer, triple and single and driving in 3 runs. Four errors by NY, three by second baseman Joe Gordon, help the A’s. Joe Dimaggio homers and collects two RBI in his RBI race with idle Charlie Keller. Bill Dickey plays four innings to set a ML record of catching 100 games in each of 13 seasons, breaking the previous standard of 12 set by Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk.
Sep 21, 1941 - In their last home game of the year the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-1 behind Harris and clinch 2nd place. Williams is 1-for-3 hitting his 36th homer. Joe Cronin adds a homer and triple.
Sep 4, 1941 - The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees need only 136 games giving them a 91-45 record. Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.
Aug 6, 1941 - In a mid week doubleheader at Boston the Red Sox and Yankees split New York taking the lidlifter 6-3 and the Sox the nitecap 3-1. Williams is 1-for-6 but Pete Fox has a pair of hits in each game for Boston. In his last 5 games Fox has collected 2 triples 6 doubles and 6 singles.
Aug 1, 1941 - Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees pitches a 9-0 shutout over the visiting St. Louis Browns despite walking 11 batters the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A ML record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded matching a mark done twice before in shut outs (May 22 1913; July 29 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24 1994 will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year with 1334 left on base.Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits including 2 homers. For Gomez it is his 8th straight win.
Jun 22, 1941 - Edging the Tigers 5-4 the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.
Jun 2, 1941 - New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig died at his home in the Bronx. From that time on the illness is known primarily as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Jun 2, 1941 - In Cleveland the Indians defeat the Yankees 7-5 behind Bob Feller. Feller had been unscored upon in 31 innings before New York got to him. DiMaggio has a single and double improving his consecutive hit streak to 19 games and also robs Ken Keltner of an extra base hit with a running catch in center.
May 28, 1941 - The New York Yankees edge the Washington Senators 6-5 before 25000 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium. George Selkirk twinkles with a pinch grand slam and DiMaggio triples against Sid Hudson.
Apr 23, 1941 - With Ted Williams on the bench having reinjured his ankle yesterday the Red Sox fall to the Yankees 4-2 in 11 innings. Joe DiMaggio is hitless but Phil Rizzuto provides the offense by hitting his first ML homer a 2-run shot off Charlie Wagner in the 11th to win the contest.
Apr 13, 1941 - In the final pre-season tune-up game with Brooklyn the Yankees win their 3rd in a row at Ebbets Field 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers had come into the series with an 11-game winning streak including 4 with the Yanks on the way North.
Feb 25, 1941 - Days after the start of spring training the Yankees sell Babe Dahlgren the man who took over 1B from Lou Gehrig in 1939 to the Braves. The deal is questioned since no replacement seems apparent. McCarthy claims they would have won another pennant had not Babe Dahlgren made a costly error at first late in the season.
Dec 30, 1940 - The Yankees swap sore-armed Monte Pearson to the Reds for OF Don Lang and cash. Tomorrow‚ they'll send Bump Hadley to the Giants for the waiver price and trade INF Bill Knickerbocker to the White Sox for C Ken Silvestri. The military will claim Silvestri for the next 4 years.
Dec 10, 1940 - In Chicago‚ a curious rule that was designed to "break up the Yankees" is continued by the AL‚ a rule which prohibits the team winning the championship from trading with any other club. The rule was voted in at the December‚ 1939 meetings by the 7 other AL owners after the Yankees won 4 straight WS.
Sep 24, 1940 - The Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators with fireman Johnny Murphy winning both games. Murphy pitches the 10th inning of the opening 6-5 win then tosses 2 2/3 innings of the nitecap a 9-4 win stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of darkness. The Murphy wins puts the Yankees at 2 1/2 games back.
Sep 21, 1940 - With the Tigers Indians and Yankees neck-and-neck the Tigers boost their lead to two games as Schoolboy Rowe shuts out Cleveland 5-0. Rowe seemingly washed up after anchoring the staff through Tiger championships in the mid-1930s wins his 16th game.
Sep 16, 1940 - Rookie Johnny Lucadello of the St. Louis Browns hits HRs from each side of the plate versus the New York Yankees in a 16-4 Browns win. Only Wally Schang in 1916 had accomplished the same in the AL. Mickey Mantle in 1955 will be the next AL player to do it. Today's clouts are the only HRs Lucadello will hit all year. The Browns sweep by winning the nitecap dropping the Yankees to 3 1/2 back of the Indians.
Sep 14, 1940 - The Yankees finally erupt against Detroit pitching bombarding Bobo Newsom for a 16-7 win. Joe Gordon clouts two homers and Joe DiMaggio has two doubles among his 4 hits as he takes over the AL hitting lead from Rip Radcliff. The Tigers lead the AL by a half game as Red Sox rookie Earl Johnson stops the Indians 2-1.
Sep 2, 1940 - With the decision to play all their September games at Municipal Stadium the Indians promptly drop a Labor Day doubleheader to the 7th place St. Louis Browns. The Tribe loses 2-1 and 3-0 and now lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games. Vern Kennedy wins the opener collecting 3 hits.
Aug 8, 1940 - At Fenway 27-year-old Tiny Bonham makes his ML debut for the Yankees and loses 4-1 to Fritz Ostermueller. Tiny brought up to replace the sore-armed Lefty Gomez will still end the season at 9-3 complete 10 games and toss three shut outs. His ERA will be 1.90 (Feller will lead with 2.61)
Jul 31, 1940 - Detroit 57-38) remains in a tie for first place with Cleveland by beating the Yankees 7-6 in 11 innings. The Tigers thought they had the game won when Pinky Higgins hit a bases-loaded triple in the 8th to make it 5-4. In the 11th two walks by Lefty Gomez and a Hank Greenberg single ends it.
Jul 28, 1940 - King Kong Keller clouts 3 HRs and DiMaggio adds 2 HRs-each hitting back-to-back homers twice-for the New York Yankees in a 10-9 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader. Webb is 5-for-6 with a homer for the Sox. The Sox rebound for an 8-4 win in the nitecap.
May 9, 1940 - The press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Ruppert estate to political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front page several times during the next year but it never happens.
Apr 10, 1940 - In an exhibition game in Ashland‚ KY‚ the Yankees collect only 2 hits off Max Macon and Newt Kimball but beat the Dodgers‚ 7-6. The scoring comes in the 4th on Rolfe's single‚ 4 walks‚ and 2 errors‚ and in the 6th on Dahlgren's solo HR. The Yanks do lose Jake Powell‚ who suffers a brain concussion in a collision. Powell will play just 12 games this season.
Jan 4, 1940 - The Reds send sore-armed lefty Lee Grissom to the Yankees for 26-year-old pitcher Joe Beggs. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz Beggs had to clear waivers from all 7 AL teams who likely were not aware of the impending swap. This is due to the new rule voted last month barring the AL pennant winner (read Yankees) from any trades within the league. Beggs will go 12-3 for the Reds while Grissom will be sold to the Dodgers on May 15.
Dec 8, 1939 - At the December meeting of both leagues in Cincinnati‚ Judge Landis votes against all amendments favorable to farm systems. The Rules committee‚ with an eye towards raising declining batting averages‚ votes to restore the sacrifice fly for 1940. Seven American League owners push through a new rule barring the AL champion from making any trades within the league. Clearly aimed at the Yankees‚ winners of the last 4 world series‚ the National League owners decline to vote it for their league.
Oct 7, 1939 - The Series resumes at Crosley Field and Yankee power proves too much for the Reds who collect ten singles. Bump Hadley pitches well enough in relief of Lefty Gomez to wrap up a 7-3 victory. Yankees OF Charlie Keller hits 2 HRs and DiMaggio and Dickey also connect. Junior Thompson is the loser.
Oct 5, 1939 - In game 2 of the World Series Yankees P Monte Pearson does not allow a base hit until one out in the 8th when Ernie Lombardi singles. The Reds are shut out 4-0. Babe Dahlgren hits a HR and double to pace the Bombers off losing pitcher Bucky Walters..
Oct 4, 1939 - The WS with the Yankees as heavy favorites begins in New York. The pitching of Red Ruffing for New York and Paul Derringer for Cincinnati produces a tense low-scoring duel that is tied 1-1 until the last of the 9th when Yankees C Bill Dickey singles home DiMaggio with the winning run.
Sep 3, 1939 - With the Sunday curfew impending and the score at 7-5 in the 8th against the Yankees in Boston the Yanks start making outs to get the game in while the Red Sox starts stalling. Two Yankees are walked intentionally and the Fenway fans then litter the field with cushions and debris to help slow things down. Umpire Cal Hubbard forfeits the game to the Yankees but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him fines both managers for their tactics and the game is ordered to be replayed.
Jul 26, 1939 - At Yankee Stadium the Yankees score in all 8 innings to beat the Browns 14-1. Bill Dickey leads the 20-hit attack by slamming three straight homers. Red Ruffing coasts to the win allowing 3 Brownie safeties.
"Fans‚ for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure‚ I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also‚ the builder of baseball's greatest empire‚ Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow‚ Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader‚ that smart student of psychology‚ the best manager in baseball today‚ Joe McCarthy? Sure‚ I'm lucky. When the New York Giants‚ a team you would give your right arm to beat‚ and vice versa‚ sends you a gift‚ that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies‚ that's something. When you have a father and mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body‚ it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed‚ that's the finest I know. So I close in saying that I might have had a bad break‚ but I have an awful lot to live for. Thank you."
His teammates give Gehrig a silver trophy with all their signatures on it and inscribed with the following poem by writer John Kieran:
We've been to the wars together;
We took our foes as they came;
And always you were the leader‚
And ever you played the game.
Idol of cheering millions;
Records are yours by the sheaves;
Iron of frame they hailed you‚
Decked you with laurel leaves.
But higher than that we hold you‚
We who have known you best;
Knowing the way you came through
Every human test.
Let this be a silent token
Of lasting friendship's gleam
And all that we've left unspoken.
---Your pals of the Yankee team
Gehrig's uniform number 4 is then retired‚ the first ML player so honored. The Yankees split‚ losing the opener‚ 3-2‚ to Dutch Leonard and taking the nitecap‚ 11-1. George Selkirk homers in both games‚ and adds a triple and single in the nitecap. Sundra wins over Alex Carrasquel.
Jun 21, 1939 - The New York Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement based on the report yesterday from the Mayo Clinic that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 36-year-old star will remain with the team as captain.
May 30, 1939 - At Boston the Red Sox and Yankees split a Memorial Day doubleheader. The Sox double the Yanks 8-4 in the opener before the New Yorkers roar back to win the nitecap 17-9. Ted Williams hits a long HR off Red Ruffing that after retirement he says it is hardest hit ball he ever had.
May 11, 1939 - The Yankees set down the Browns 10-8 jumping on rookie Ewald Pyle for three hits before he exits. Pyle is subbing for Newsom out with a skinned finger. Russ Van Atta the Fresno Flinger follows and the Yanks score nine runs in four innings to put the game out of reach. Bill Dickey has three hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Gehrig does not play but takes infield practice and warms up Monte Pearson using a righty glove. New York now leads by 1 1/2 games.
May 7, 1939 - Joe Gordon smacks two homers and Red Rolfe one to pace the Yankees to a 15-4 hosing of the White Sox. Red Ruffing is again the easy winner; in his last outing the Yanks scored 22 against Detroit.
May 2, 1939 - After carrying out the scorecard to the umpires Lou Gehrig voluntarily benches himself "for the good of the team." He is batting .143 with one RBI. His consecutive-game string stops at 2130. Babe Dahlgren his replacement has a homer and double as the Yankees rout Detroit 22-2. New York bats around in three innings to make it easy for Red Ruffing. Ballyhooed Tiger teenager Fred Hutchinson makes his major league debut and the Yankees light him up for eight runs in 2/3 of an inning. Hutch gives up 4 hits and walks five.
Apr 29, 1939 - In the 7th game of the season Joe DiMaggio makes a sharp turn while fielding a liner against the Senators and tears muscles in his right foot. The Yankees lose the game 7-3 and DiMaggio will miss the next 35 games.
Apr 20, 1939 - The Red Sox show off their prize rookie Ted Williams before 30278 in the opener in New York delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice Williams collects a double off Red Ruffing who wins 2-0. Gehrig makes an error goes hitless and lines into two double plays in the only game featuring the two great sluggers. Other notables in what will become a historic box score include Joe DiMaggio Bill Dickey Jimmie Foxx Joe Cronin Bobby Doerr Red Rolfe and losing pitcher Lefty Grove. The Yanks score their first run on a homer by Dickey and their 2nd tally on an error by Jimmy Foxx. Boston has baserunners in each inning but Ruffing tosses just the 2nd opening day shut out in Yankee history. Four umpires work the game including 3B ump George Pipgras the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the 1929 Opener; his opponent for the Red Sox that day was Red Ruffing.
Mar 22, 1939 - Pete Reiser 0-for-3 yesterday against the Yankees starts his 2nd spring training game for the Dodgers. He homers in his first at bat against the Cardinals and follows with a walk and 2 singles. He will have 10 straight hits before striking out 3 times against the Yankees Orel Hildebrand on the 28th. When Jack Haley relieves Hildebrand Reiser hits a HR off him. Reiser will go north with Brooklyn and play in an April 15th exhibition against the Yankees in Ebbets Field before being farmed out to Elmira.
Sep 18, 1938 - Although they drop a Sunday doubleheader to the Browns the Yankees clinch the pennant as second-place Boston is rained out. The Browns take the lidlifter 4-3 the edge the Yanks 8-7. Harland Clift has a triple and 2 homers in game 2 including a grand slam to drive in 6 runs.
Sep 7, 1938 - On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBIs on 3 hits including a pair of homers-all in just 5 1/2 innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. They are the last 2 steals of his career.
Jul 28, 1938 - After taking the first 3 games in St. Louis the Yankees are stopped by Browns P Oral Hildebrand who tops New York 4-3. All three Yankee scores come on solo home runs by DiMaggio Selkirk and Gehrig. New York now leads the Indians by a game and the Red Sox by three.
Jul 4, 1938 - In a game interrupted by a deluge of bottles following an unpopular call the visiting Yankees outpoll the Senators 10-5 behind Red Ruffing Gehrig drives in three runs for the New Yorkers. Yanks SS Frank Crosetti nabs George Case with the hidden ball trick. Game 2 ends in a 4-4 tie.
Jul 3, 1938 - The Yankees pound out four homers-three off loser Wes Ferrell-to whip the Senators 12-2 for their 7th straight win. Joe DiMaggio leads the attack with a triple two singles and a homer to drive in 4 runs. New York now trails the Indians by two games.
Apr 29, 1938 - To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his first two-hit game of the season. He consecutive-game streak reaches 1977.
Apr 29, 1938 - To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his first two-hit game of the season. He consecutive-game streak reaches 1977.
Apr 29, 1938 - To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his first two-hit game of the season. Gehrig's consecutive-game streak reaches 1977.
Oct 10, 1937 - Lefty Gomez wins again and the Yankees wrap up the Series. Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4-2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win without a loss for Gomez. Another record comes as the Yankees complete the Series without an error.
Aug 5, 1937 - Trailing 7-5 after seven innings the Yankees unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm and handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning.
Aug 1, 1937 - Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the Browns as the Yankees win 14-5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his career. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year and his 3rd in three days.
Jul 31, 1937 - The New York Yankees purchase the Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Ruppert will change the name of the Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium and reinstitute segregated seating which Kling had abolished.
Jun 20, 1937 - The Yankees draw a crowd of 68939 and sweep a pair from the White Sox 8-4 and 7-4 Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Monte Pearson is the winner in game 2.
Jun 5, 1937 - At Detroit the Yankees bang four homers-two by Gehrig one by 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 2B.
May 26, 1937 - Joe McCarthy of the Yankees and Bill Terry of the Giants are named to manage the All-Star teams. Judge Landis announces that the managers not the fans will pick the teams and increases the squads from 21 to 23 players.
May 13, 1937 - Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs as the Yankees trip the Browns 4-2. Gehrig hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich making his 2nd appearance bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.
May 11, 1937 - White Sox P Monte Stratton allows 7 hits in subduing the Yankees 7-2. One of the hits is by Tommy Henrich who goes 1-for-4 in his ML debut. Henrich recently signed was called up to take the place of Jake Powell out with appendicitis.
May 10, 1937 - Cleveland insures Bob Feller for $100000 and flies him home to Iowa on a private plane for his high school graduation. Feller pitched 6 innings on April 24 before leaving with a sore arm. His next start is May 23 versus the Yankees.
Apr 20, 1937 - The Senators open the season before 45850 at Yankee Stadium with a 3-2 win over Lefty Gomez. The Yankees tally 10 hits off Monte Weaver including two doubles and a single by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig is playing in his 1809th straight game. Al Simmons purchased two weeks earlier from Detroit cracks a disputed homer in the 6th to tie the game at 2-2: New York argues that a fan reached over the railing and touched the ball. The Nats score the winning run in the 8th on a long sac fly by Shanty Hogan.
Apr 14, 1937 - Judge Landis declares minor leaguer Tommy Henrich a free agent voiding his Cleveland contract. This is another of the cover-up situations Landis hated and the balance of the scale for letting Cleveland keep Bob Feller. In 4 days Henrich will sign with the Yankees for $25000.
Oct 2, 1936 - The Yankees score a WS-record 18 runs as they demolish the Giants 18-4. Lefty Gomez coasts to a 6-hit win while every member of the Yankees lineup makes a hit and scores at least one run. Lazzeri hits a grand slam the first in WS play since 1920 and drives in 5 runs the same number Bill Dickey drives home. This runs-scored-mark will stand until 1993.
Sep 27, 1936 - The Yankees (102-51) end their season with a 10-5 loss to the Senators but finish in 1st place 19 1/2 games in front of the Tigers. Pete Appleton relieves Buck Newsom in the 6th and pitches hitless relief for the win. Lou Gehirg goes 0-for-2 and then watches the rest of the game in civilian clothes behind the Washington dugout. The Yankees set a ML record with 992 RBIs for the season. Their 1065 runs scored is 2 off the ML record they set in 1931.
Sep 6, 1936 - At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 14–5, and 4–2. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmy Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
Sep 5, 1936 - Boston tops the Yankees 3-2 in the first game and then comes back to tie the 2nd 7-7 in a game called because of darkness. The Red Sox are helped in the nitecap by a triple play and 2 errors apiece by Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey.
Aug 19, 1936 - In Washington Joe DiMaggio breaks a 2-2 tie with a two-out homer in the 5th off Jimmy DeShong and the first-place Yankees roll on to a 7-4 win. Red Ruffing pitches a complete game while DiMag and Dickey collect three hits apiece. Stone has a homer for the Nats.
Aug 2, 1936 - In Cleveland the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65000 fans to watch the Yankees and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4-4 tie. Darkness ends the game at 7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being struck with in the jaw with a Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch fractures his jaw. Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe. The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests including one for pitching accuracy won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.
Jul 30, 1936 - The Yankees with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Hoag drop a 5-4 decision to Detroit. On August 1st Powell will go to LF with DiMaggio playing CF for the first time. Selkirk will return to RF. The Yanks loses today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.
Jul 15, 1936 - After an absence of several weeks manager Mickey Cochrane rejoins the Tigers in New York as they split a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Tigers take the opener 5-1 then lose 7-4 as New York maintains its 9-game lead. Cochrane will suffer a relapse and coach Del Baker will take over on the 21st.
Jul 10, 1936 - The Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Indians as Red Ruffing takes the shutout 18-0. Lloyd Brown the first of 3 pitchers is the loser. Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.
Jul 9, 1936 - The temperature is 106 in Central Park the hottest July 9 on record in New York as the Indians take on the Yankees at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102. The Yanks score 4 in the 1st inning but Cleveland comes 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 ML record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.
Jun 24, 1936 - Joe DiMaggio ties 3 ML records as he connects for 2 home runs in the 5th inning good for 5 ribbies and 8 total bases to lead the Yankees to an 18-11 win over the White Sox. Joe is the 5th batter to hit two homers in an inning. His first is a two-run shot off Babe Phelps and the 2nd homer is a 3-run clout off Fred Lasher. For good measure DiMag adds 2 doubles. for a ML record tying 4 long hits. New York scores 10 times in the 5th 9 runs scoring on homers. Jack Powell accounted for 4 runs in the inning with a grand slam and Gehrig becomes the 1st MLer to collect 100 hits for the year.
Jun 14, 1936 - The Yankees trade All Star centerfielder Ben Chapman who briefly was a spring holdout to the Senators for OF Jake Powell. Powell hit .312 with 98 RBIs in 1935 and will take over in CF with DiMaggio moving from LF to RF.
Jun 9, 1936 - Browns manager Rogers Hornsby makes 2nd and last appearance of the season as he replaces the injured Jim Bottomley at 1B. The Browns beat the league-leading Yankees 5-3 when The Rajah draws a walk to force in the winning run and Beau Bell follows with another walk.
May 23, 1936 - Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs 2 in the nitecap good for 4 RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics 12-6 and 15-1. The crowd of 24240 one of the largest in several seasons pelts the field with cushions bottles and other articles making play difficult. Dickey Chapman Rolfe and Crosetti also homer for NY.
May 14, 1936 - Joe DiMaggio bangs three doubles and single to pace the visiting Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Browns. DiMag will end the season with a .323 batting average and a .352 OBA still below the league OBA average of .363. The Browns shut out the Yanks yesterday to break their 13-game losing streak.
May 12, 1936 - Before a crowd of 700 fans the Browns snap a 13-game losing streak by beating the Yankees 7-0. Journeyman reliever Al "Tommy"Thomas signed as a free agent makes his first start of the year to beat the AL leaders. St. Louis gets all its runs in the 1st 2 innings off Pat Malone.
May 3, 1936 - Playing LF Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has 3 hits one a triple as New York routs St. Louis 14-5. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Gehrig and Ben Chapman each collect 4 hits and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room the Yankees waive OF Dixie Walker hitting .350 to the White Sox.
Apr 26, 1936 - At Boston the Red Sox score six runs in the bottom of the first inning but the Yankees rebound with 7 in the 2nd. New York holds on to win 12-9. Foxx and Gehrig match homers while Frank Crosetti is 5-for-6 and Bill Dickey 4-for-6.
Apr 14, 1936 - At Griffith Stadium Vice-President James Garner makes the march to the flagpole for the President. Then to a standing ovation from 31000 Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first ball (but misses the catcher) in the Senators opener against New York. Nats starter Bobo Newsom pitches a masterful game surviving a 5th inning beaning when he is hit by a throw to first by 3B Ossie Bluege to shut out the Yankees 1-0 on 4 hits. Lefty Gomez loses his second straight 1-0 Opener. Roosevelt stays till the 9th muchning peanuts and keeping his own scorecard.
Apr 12, 1936 - With spring training completed the Browns are atop the Grapefruit League standings with a 15-5 record. But only half the games are against ML teams. Washington is 2nd at 13-7; The Yankees finish 13-8 and are 8-6 agaisnt AL teams (0 games against the NL). The Cards go 17-10 with a 9-6 record against ML squads. The Cubs are 12-11 against the ML teams.
Sep 21, 1935 - The Detroit Tigers clinch the pennant with a double win over the St. Louis Browns winning 6-2 and 2-0. Eldon Auker wins the nitecap with a complete game shutout while Tommy Bridges takes the opener. The Tigers will coast the rest of the way going 1-6 while the Yankees go 6-1.
Sep 13, 1935 - Detroit wallops the Yankees 13-5 behind Schoolboy Rowe. Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average. George Selkirk hits an inside the park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI 54 coming on homers.
Aug 27, 1935 - The Yankees outslug the White Sox 13-10 in the first game of two as the two teams combine to strand 30 runners (15 apiece) tying the ML record set in 1893. After 3 hits in the first game Lou Gehrig ties an AL record with 5 walks in 5 plate appearances in the 2nd game as the Yanks lose 4-3.
Aug 25, 1935 - In the first game of four straight doubleheaders with the White Sox Earle Combs of the Yankees collides with teammate Red Rolfe on a ?y ball and suffers a severe shoulder injury. It will contribute to his decision to retire at the end of the season. The Sox win 6-3 then lose the nitecap 5-1 as Gehrig hits his 24th.
Aug 5, 1935 - In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack and Myril Hoag pinch hits. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics and AL President Heydler fines managers Cronin and McCarthy $100 each. The Yanks win 10-2.
Jul 24, 1935 - Behind Chief Crowder the Tigers beat the Yankees 4-0 to go ahead by one-half game but are a fraction of a percentage point behind. Jo Jo White leads off the game with his first ML homer off Red Ruffing.
Aug 21, 1934 - New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees fall to the visiting St. Louis Browns, 8-6. The Browns Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.
Aug 12, 1934 - Making a farewell appearance in Boston Babe Ruth draws a record 46766 fans with an estimated 20000 turned away at Fenway Park where he began his career as a pitcher 20 years ago. Ruth singles and doubles in the first game but the Yankees lose to Wes Ferrell 6-4. Walks hold him to one official at bat in the 2nd game which the Yankees win 7-1 and he leaves the field to standing cheers in the 8th inning.
Aug 11, 1934 - At Boston Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning 2-1. The Sox tie it up and in the 13th Tony Lazzeri lands a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell batting for Fritz Ostermueller wins the game for Boston 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland New York falls 4 games behind.
Jul 18, 1934 - An AL-record 22 players hit safely in the Cleveland 15-14 win over New York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a ball hit by Gehrig and will be out for 10 days the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez and the Yankees 15-14.
Jul 3, 1934 - Boston snaps the Yankees 8-game winning streak by edging the Bombers 10-9 in 11 innings. Roy Johnson hits a 2-run HR off Johnny Murphy to win. Gehrig Werber Chapman and Crosetti also homer in the game at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 29, 1934 - Lou Gehrig is beaned in an exhibition game played in Norfolk Virginia and suffers a slight concussion. Ray White a former Columbia University player hits Gehrig his 2nd time up; he homers his 1st time up. Ruth is 4-for-4 in 5 innings as the Yankees prevail 11-9.
Jun 25, 1934 - Johnny Broaca Yankee P fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox 13-2. Not until Bernie Williams on August 21 1991 will another Yankee fan 5 times (by Bret Saberhagen). Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career and the Yankees regain first place from the Tigers losers 13-11 in Philadelphia.
Jun 20, 1934 - The AL leading New York Yankees trip the Indians twice‚ 3-2 and 3-0‚ at Yankee Stadium. New York ties the first game on Frank Crosetti's solo homer in the 8th against Bob Weiland‚ then wins it on Lou Gehrig's 18th homer in the 9th. Lefty Gomez‚ in relief of Johnny Broaca‚ is the winner. In game 2‚ Hal Trosky's single is the only hit off Yankee righthander Red Ruffing‚ who also knocks in a run.
Jun 7, 1934 - Big Jim Weaver pitches a 1-0 victory for the Cubs over the Cardinals topping Bill Hallahan. Weaver a 25-game winner at Newark in 1933 was sold to the Browns by the Yankees but cash-poor St. Louis returned him to Newark. The Cubs picked him up in mid-May for $12500.
May 29, 1934 - The Yankees purchase—some would say rent—spitballer Burleigh Grimes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 10 appearances with the Yankees, the Yanks will release Grimes and the Pirates will reobtain him.
May 27, 1934 - Buck Newsom walks 11 batters but knocks the visiting Yankees out of first place with a 16-7 Browns win. Bruce Campbell helps Buck with a grand slam as the Brownies score 8 runs in the 4th to pin the loss on Red Ruffing. Cleveland moves into the league lead.
May 26, 1934 - After eleven days and eight appearances with the Pirates a winded and dry-mouthed Burleigh Grimes is sold to the Yankees. Pittsburgh acquired the spitballer on the 15th from the Cardinals.
May 22, 1934 - The Indians stop the Yankees 5-1 with Lou Gehrig driving in the lone run for New York. For the 2nd time in his career Lou has driven in at least one run a game for 10 straight games.
Mar 28, 1934 - In a collision with C Norman Kies forty-two-year-old Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year. He had broken his right leg in spring training of 1926.
Oct 1, 1933 - Babe Ruth attracts 25000 fans to the Stadium as he takes the mound against the Red Sox. The Babe hits a 5th inning HR and takes a 6-0 lead into the 6th inning then hangs on for a 6-5 complete-game win. The Yankees back the Babe with 18 outfield putouts. Today is his last pitching appearance and he finishes his Yankee pitching career at 5-0. Bosox hurler Bob Kline takes the loss. Ruth now has 10 winning seasons in 10 years as a pitcher a mark that will be matched in 2004 by Andy Pettitte.
Sep 19, 1933 - The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice 10-1 and 10-3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon while Lou Gehrig has six RBIs. Gehrig hits #30 in game one following immediately after Walker hits a homer. Lou is now even with Ruth who sat out the afternoon
Jun 23, 1933 - The Senators take over first place winning their 3rd in a row over the White Sox while the Yankees break even in St. Louis. Joe Cronin leads the way with his 5th consecutive multi-hit game. With his 2 hits today matching his output on the 18th and 13 hits in the 3 games of the 19th 21st and 22nd Cronin sets record for most hits in 3 games (13) as well as 4 games (15).
Apr 1, 1933 - Babe Ruth makes his 3rd appearance in Memphis and like the last 3 opening games the Chicks defeat the Yankees winning 5-4. Tomrrow the Yanks will win 6-0 behind Lefty Gomez. Ruth goes hitless getting no good pitches to hit.
Oct 2, 1932 - The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6 as the Yankees sweep the Series winning their ML-record 12th straight WS game. Tony Lazzeri hits 2 HRs and Earle Combs one. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.
Sep 26, 1932 - In a doubleheader split with the Giants Chuck Klein of the Phillies is 0-for-8 but closes the season with 38 HRs and 20 SBs to become the only player of the lively-ball era (1920 and after) to lead his league in these 2 departments. Klein also finishes 2nd in RBIs (137) while teammates Don Hurst (143) and Pinky Whitney (124) finish 1st and 3rd. In this century only the 1915 Tigers and 1928 Yankees have the top three RBI producers in a season.
Sep 24, 1932 - In a battle of Boston collegians Harvard beats BC. Charlie Devens former Harvard hurler makes his ML debut for the Yankees and beats Boston 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher former Boston College pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season with a new ML record of scoring in every game. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.
Sep 12, 1932 - The New York Yankees clinch the AL pennant with their 100th victory as George Pipgras defeats the Indians 9-3 at Cleveland. It is the Yankees 200th straight game without being shut out.
Sep 9, 1932 - The Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game including twice in one inning. Detroit also tops the Yanks 4-1 in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.
Sep 8, 1932 - The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader but end in a 7-7 tie. After the game Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd subbing for Ruth in the opener collects 5 hits for the Yankees including 2 HRs in a 5-4 win.
Aug 13, 1932 - It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken when they are shut out for nine innings but Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 10th with two outs to beat Al Thomas of the Senators 1-0. Tom Hughes in 1906 was the only other ML pitcher to hit an extra-inning game-winning HR in a 1-0 match. Ruffing fans 12 and allows just three hits in leading the Yanks to their 6th straight win.
Jul 28, 1932 - At Cleveland Babe Ruth has 3 hits including his 27th and 28th homers and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.
Jul 3, 1932 - The Red Sox host the Yankees in the first Sunday game ever played at Fenway and the Yankees turn a 4-2 game into a rout. They spray 10 hits and score 9 in the 6th inning to win 13-2. George Pipgras gets two singles in the 6th and allows five hits and 8 walks to win. Ben Chapman has a single and bases-loaded triple while Earl Combs and Lyn Lary each hit two doubles in the frame. Ivy Andrews is hung with the loss.
Jun 5, 1932 - The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden to the Yankees for $50000 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.
Apr 20, 1932 - The Yankees draw the largest paid attendance 55452 for any home opener. [Their "announced" attendance however when the stadium opened in 1923 was 74217]. Babe Ruth homers as Lefty Gomez beats Lefty Grove and the Yankees defeat the Athletics 8-3.
Nov 13, 1931 - Jake Ruppert‚ Yankees owner‚ buys the Newark franchise in the International League. During the decade the Bears will dominate the league and send a steady stream of players to New York.
Sep 27, 1931 - Lou Gehrig hits a HR to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the Yankees pound Lefty Grove 13-1 and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year the most productive duo in history. Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls the only AL catcher-and the Yankees are the only AL team-to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees score 1067 runs this season the highest number this century.
Sep 25, 1931 - Sam Rice drops a fly ball and the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 8th to beat the Senators 8-3. Ruth has two solo homers to help in the win. The 3rd place Yanks now trail the Nats by a 1/2 game.
Aug 25, 1931 - At Chicago the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox 6-0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple single 2 runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition he beats the Sox Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.
Aug 2, 1931 - The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40000 played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway. Former Boston P Red Ruffing wins the first game 4-1 and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.
Jul 28, 1931 - The White Sox record an AL-record 12 hits in the 8th inning against the Yankees. They score 11 runs in the frame led by Bob Fothergill who homers and triples to win 14-12. Fats adds a pair of doubles for 4 long hits in the game.
Jul 26, 1931 - The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox taking the 2nd game 22-5 with a ML record-tying 9 players scoring 2 or more runs each. Pat Caraway who had given up 11 runs to Boston in 4 2/3 innings on the 23rd is hit hard in the debacle the worst loss in Sox history. Chicago wins the opener 5-4 despite collecting just 5 hits off Henry Johnson. One of the hits is a HR by Lu Blue in the 3rd inning his first and only homer in his 2 seasons in a Chicago uniform. But Lu will collect 127 walks this year a club mark not topped until another 1B Frank Thomas does it in 1991.
Jul 22, 1931 - In Detroit the Tigers win 3-2 over the Yankees in game 1. In game 2 Ruth homers in 1st off Tommy Bridges then he and Gehrig both homer in the 6th off Charles Sullivan as New York wins 9-5. Lazzeri triples with the sacks full to help Babe & Lou.
Jul 2, 1931 - Babe Ruth homers-his 19th-to drive in a run for the 11th consecutive game as the Yankees drub Detroit 13-1. Ben Chapman follows Ruth with another HR. Ruth has 18 RBIs in the string but will be collared in his next game.
Jun 22, 1931 - The tail-end Browns take the final game 14-10 in the 5-games series with the Yankees. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as St. Louis overcomes a pair of HRs by Lou Gehrig each with Ruth on base. Gehrig hits 5 homers 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.
Apr 2, 1931 - Miss Jackie Mitchell a 17-year-old gate attraction for Joe Engel's Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern Association) pitches against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waves wildly at two pitches and watches a 3rd strike go by. Lou Gehrig gallantly times his 3 swings to miss the ball but unsmiling Tony Lazzeri after first trying to bunt walks and Miss Mitchell leaves the game. The final score is 14-4 Yankees. In 1933 Mitchell will pitch for the House of David team.
Oct 10, 1930 - The New York Yankees announce they have signed Joe McCarthy to manage the team for 4 years. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant and the Yankees lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8 pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.
Sep 25, 1930 - Joe McCarthy not receiving the support of Cubs owner William Wrigley resigns as manager. Rogers Hornsby is named to finish the season and manage in 1931. McCarthy will not be idle long and will sign with the Yankees next month.
Aug 23, 1930 - The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yankees will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.
Jul 25, 1930 - The 3rd-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers 14-7. Detroit takes the early lead knocking out Wells in the first inning with five runs but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5-4. Gehrig adds a single triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.
Jul 22, 1930 - The Indians trip the Yankees twice winning 6-5 and 10-8. Cleveland wins the opener for Willis Hudlin by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks tie the nitecap at 8-8 when Ben Chapman scores on the front end of a double steal. Earl Averill breaks the tie with a two-run homer his 2nd of the game and his 2nd over the right field screen.
Jul 18, 1930 - Despite homers by Gehrig (25th) and Ruth (33rd) the Browns roll over the Yankees 14-6. Ruth adds a triple and double but the Brownies counter with 18 hits off four New York hurlers. Goose Goslin and Oscar Melillo homer for St. Louis. Vic Sorrell gets credit for the win.
Jul 14, 1930 - At Comiskey Park the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the nitecap by Bob Shawkey 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game while Babe Ruth nursing a sore hand contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.
Jun 1, 1930 - Danny MacFayden in relief beats the Yankees 7-4 to end a 14-game losing streak for the Red Sox. A triple play by the Sox helps overcome 4 hits by Dusty Cooke including a homer and a home run by Ruth.
May 26, 1930 - Washington wins a 10-7 slugfest with the Yankees as Goose Goslin and Joe Judge of the Senators hit back-to-back HRs twice in the game. It is the 1st time it has been done this century but it will be repeated in 5 days.
May 18, 1930 - George Pipgras tosses his 3rd shutout of the season as the Yankees again support his pitching by bombing the Red Sox 11-0 in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the RF bleachers one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.
Apr 8, 1930 - In Memphis the Chicks beat the Yankees in an exhibtion game 3-1. Babe Ruth hobbling from an injury incurred 2 days ago in Dallas bashes a HR for the only run. In his next at bat he hits the top of the signboard at Russwood Park as Ruth ambles to 1B for single. Sam Byrd pinch runs.
Feb 2, 1930 - The Yankees waive Leo Durocher out of the AL and sell him to the Reds. Whispered rumors repeated by Urban Shocker in his 2001 autobiography contend that Leo was stealing money and jewelry from his teammates. Allegedly roommate Babe Ruth beat up Durocher after a theft of marked money confirmed his suspicions. The Yankees according to Shocker prevail on the rest of the AL to waive Durocher. [Another story has Durocher in debt asking for a $1000 advance on his salary from Ed Barrow so he can pay a hotel bill. When Barrow turns him down Leo curses him and Barrow trades him the next day to the Reds.]
Sep 24, 1929 - The Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth Day at Fenway by winning 5-3 over Boston. Ruth is 2-for-3 with a double. Tom Zachary wins his 12th without a loss: his 12-0 season record will not be equaled.
Aug 25, 1929 - After three straight shutouts by Browns hurlers-Gray Blaeholder and Crowder-the Yankees break their 32-inning scoreless streak with a 4th-inning homer by Babe Ruth. St. Louis still wins 3-2.
Aug 11, 1929 - Babe Ruth hits HR No. 500 and his 30th of the year in the 2nd inning off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland but the Yankees lose 6-5. Ruth has gone deep 6 times in his last 7 games. The homer today lands on Lexington Avenue and is recovered by Mr. Jake Geiser who returns it to Ruth. The Babe gives him $20 and 2 new autographed balls for it.
Aug 6, 1929 - After the visiting Senators outslug the Yankees 13-11 New York earns a split 8-0 on two homers by Babe Ruth. The first is a grand slam in the 5th his 26th homer of the year. Heimach scatters 3 hits to earn the nitecap win. Buddy Myers 4 hits including 3 doubles in the opener paces a 14-hit Nat attack. Durst Cronin and West homer for Washington.
Aug 4, 1929 - The Yankees take the opening game of 2 from the visiting Cleveland Indians winning 12-0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the 2nd game after trailing 6-5 with 2 out in the top of the 9th Cleveland scores an AL record-tying 9 runs to win 14-6.
Jul 21, 1929 - Wes Ferrell outpitches Waite Hoyt to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth still nursing a leg injury contributes a pinch single. Gehrig is tossed in the 4th inning for protesting a strike 3 call and Miller Huggins quickly follows.
Jul 6, 1929 - After watching the Tigers belt 8 HRs on the 2nd 3rd and 4th the Browns used the off day yesterday to erect a screen in front of the RF pavilion. The screen stretches 156 feet from the foul pole toward CF 310 feet down the line from home. This screen will remain in place into the 1950s the only stadium with extended OF seating where it is impossible to catch a home run ball. The screen has no effect today as the Yankees win 3-1. Meusel has a double for the only extra-base hit in the game.
May 14, 1929 - After a slow start the Athletics beat Detroit 10-8 and move past the Yankees into first place where they will stay for the rest of the year. The Yanks are rained out. Starter Jack Quinn with the help of 3 relievers is the winner.
Jan 22, 1929 - The Yankees announce they will put numbers on the backs of their uniforms becoming the first baseball team to start continuous use of the numbers. The first numbers are based on positions in the batting order; thus Ruth will wear number 3 and Gehrig 4. In a few weeks the Indians announce that they too will put numbers on the uniforms and by 1931 all AL teams will use them; it will be 1933 before all NL players are numbered.
Oct 9, 1928 - After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and Bill Sherdel are back on the mound for game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2–1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Babe Ruth hits a HR, his 2nd of the game, after seeming to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires discussed the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but outlawed in the AL, and ruled it would not be counted. Two pitches later, Lou Gehrig follows suit. When Bob Meusel singles, in comes Grover Cleveland Alexander to face Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs, hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his 3rd HR of the game. Final score is 7–3 and the Yanks sweep their 2nd straight World Series. Ruth’s WS BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig’s .545 and a record 9 RBI, they also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.
Sep 29, 1928 - The Tigers and Yankees tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record as Detroit wins the slugfest 19-10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men (Gehrig and Ruth with 142 Bob Meusel with 113) just the 2nd time this has happened. It will occur just once more with the 1932 Phils.
Aug 1, 1928 - In the Yankees 12-1 rout of the Browns Babe Ruth hits HR No. 42 in the 1st off Alvin Crowder and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel also cracks a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson scatters 7 hits and goes an unprecedented 5-for-5 at the plate.
Jul 22, 1928 - P Red Faber of the White Sox comes up to bat in the 8th with 2 runners on base and the game with the Yankees tied 4-4. He swings twice righthanded against righty Wilcy Moore and misses. He then switches to the left side and knocks in the winning runs with a single to center as the Sox win 6-4. Cy Moore is the loser in relief.
Jul 19, 1928 - Ruth leads the way again with a pair of 2-run homers to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Al Thomas takes the loss his 13th consecutive to New York in as many games over the past 2 seasons.
Jun 15, 1928 - At St. Louis Otis Brannan has a homerun and 3-run double to pace the Browns to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Red Kress also homers for St. Louis while Babe Ruth hits his 24th for the Bombers.
Apr 19, 1928 - The Yankees are out of first place for the first time since May 1926 when they lose 7-6 the morning Patriots Day game in Boston. Boston has just one hit in 5 innings off Al Sheeley but the Sox overcome a 6-0 deficit to win. Pat Collins homers for the Sox with Slim Harriss picking up the relief win over Cy Moore. Behind Herb Pennock New York takes the nitecap 7-2 in a game rained out after 6 innings. Hooks Wiltse is the losing pitcher. Ken Williams and Babe Ruth exchange homers.
Apr 10, 1928 - The Brooklyn Robins beat the Yankees 7-2 to earn a split in their 4 game series. The World Champions end their exhibition season with a 6-14 record going 3-10 against major-league competition.
Oct 23, 1927 - Bill Purdy who hit .355 in his 2nd year with the Reds scores a touchdown for the Green Bay Packers against the New York Yankees. Purdy's score comes on a 5-yard run.
Sep 21, 1927 - The first-place Yankees drop a 6-1 decision to the Detroit Tigers as Bob "Fats" Fothergill extends his hitting streak to 20 games. Fothergill’s streak will end tomorrow but he will go 36-for-72 in the 20 games, a .500 average, the same average he had during a 20-game hitting streak over 1926-27. The next batter to hit .500 during a 20-game hitting streak will be Larry Walker (as noted by Trent McCotter).
Sep 6, 1927 - At Fenway Park the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair with New York rolling to a 14-2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. But the Babe responds with two homers in the 6th and 7th the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called "the longest ever hit at Fenway" (TSN). Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day number 47 in the nitecap off Jack Russell but the terrier nips New York 5-2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8 Gehrig 6 the only NY HRs hit there.
Aug 29, 1927 - In St. Louis the Yankees win their 18th game against the Browns without a loss 8-3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Gehrig his 41st and makes 2 errors. The Yankees will win 21 games against the Browns this year an AL record.
Jul 4, 1927 - Before an estimated crowd of 75000 at Yankee Stadium the Senators are pounded in both games by the first-place Yankees. In the opener the Yanks quickly put to rest the Senators 10-game win streak by scoring 8 runs in 4 innings off Sloppy Thurston. New York is scoreless against reliever Walter Johnson until the 8th when they score 4 runs 2 on a HR by Gehrig to win 12-1. Gehrig adds another in the nitecap a 21-1 cakewalk for New York. Every starter collects a hit in both games except for the 2nd game winner Wilcey Moore. George Pipgras is the opening game winner. New York gets 5 safeties from Babe Ruth and Joe Dugan for the afternoon.
Jul 1, 1927 - Gehrig continues his slugging by clouting a double and his 26th homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-4. Earl Combs adds a leadoff 4-bagger off Danny MacFayden to help send the Carrigan Troopers to their 13th loss in a row. Despite being hit in the stomach by a line drive in the 3rd Herb Pennock picks up the win with relief help from Bob Shawkey.
May 31, 1927 - The Yankees slug the 3rd-place Athletics into submission winning 10-3 and 18-5. Ruth homers in each game 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 ML homer off Urban Shocker in game 2. Lazzeri and Koenig homer in game 2 while Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double triple and homer in the opener.
May 27, 1927 - The Yankees split with the Senators losing 7-2 before winning 5-0. Herb Pennock goes just 4 innings in game 1 and watches as Tris Speaker and Joe Judge pull off a delayed double steal. Speaker swipes home. Gehrig hits his 11th homer in game 2 to back Waite Hoyt who allows 3 hits in the 5-0 victory.
May 21, 1927 - It is George Burns Day in Cleveland as he is presented with a diploma as the MVP of 1926 a silver bat $1150 in cash and an automobile. Burns has a pair of doubles but the visiting Yankees win 6-4 in 12 innings.
May 8, 1927 - The Yankees draw a record 52000 to Comiskey Park but Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning one of his league-leading 22 games 9-0 the 2nd straight shutout of the Sox. Batterymate Pat Collins homers in the 7th while Gehrig adds a pair of triples.
May 5, 1927 - The Senators even the series at 2 apiece with the Yankees as Hod Lisenbee wins 6-1. The Yanks manage 6 hits-3 by Meusel. The Nats are playing their 4th game without stars Rice and Goslin: Rice is out with sinus trouble and Goose has pleurisy.
May 1, 1927 - The Yankees ride the tandem of Ruth and Gehrig to a 7-3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs a first inning homer off Jack Quinn and Gehrig hits one off Quinn in the 6th. Babe comes back in the 8th with another homer off Rube Walberg as New York takes over undisputed possession of first place.
Sep 15, 1926 - The Yankees beat the Indians 6-4 as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the ML record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.
Sep 5, 1926 - At Baltimore the minor league Orioles embarrass the Yankees 18-9 in an exhibition game. Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig in the dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig of loafing on several plays.
Aug 30, 1926 - At the Stadium the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12-6 win. Big Barney strikes out 8. The Senators outhit the Hugmen 12-11 but errors hurt the Yankees. Two hits and an error in the first inning is followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sam Jones and the Nats add another 4 in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run HR off Johnson in the 8th.
Aug 13, 1926 - The only game played today is in Washington where Lou Gehrig clouts homers in the 4th and 5th innings off Walter Johnson only the 2nd time in his career that the Washington star has surrendered 2 homers to one player. The Yankees win 7-5.
Jul 31, 1926 - At Chicago Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win 2-1 for Sam Jones for their 10th win in a row.
Jun 6, 1926 - Player-manager Tris Speaker 38 of the Indians sporting a lifetime .350 BA startles players and fans alike when he directs P George Uhle to pinch-hit for him in a close contest with the Yankees. Uhle is a good-hitting hurler but he flies out. The Yankees win 6-5.
May 26, 1926 - The Yankees win their 16th game in a row defeating to Red Sox 9-8 to complete a 4-game sweep. The franchise record had been 15 straight wins set in 1906. The streak puts New York in front by 8 1/2 games.
Apr 20, 1926 - The Yankees batter Washington 18–5. Among their 22 hits are a HR, 2 doubles, and 2 singles by Babe Ruth, who scores 5 runs and drives in 8. The Babe's home run is a 2-run shot in the first inning off Walter Johnson. Rookie Bill Morrell debuts in relief for the Senators and this is noteworthy only because contemporary accounts list his age at 26, and his birth year as 1900. In fact, Morrell was born in 1893, making him off by seven years, a possible ML record. Later encyclopedias will carry his correct birth date. (as noted by Dick Thompson)
Apr 13, 1926 - At frigid Fenway Park the hitting is hot as the Yankees and Red Sox combine for 29 hits in the Opener. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1st inning off Howard Ehmke the first of six Boston hurlers. Rudy Sommers making his first ML appearance in 12 years takes over for Ehmke in the 5th. He gives up 3 runs on doubles by Gehrig and Ruth and New York stretches its lead to 11-1. A 5-run Boston outburst in the 6th sends New York starter Bob Shawkey to the showers but New York hangs on to beat the Red Sox 12-11. Ruth and Joe Dugan have three hits apiece for New York while Ira Flagstead has 4 hits for Boston. Ehmke is the loser for Boston.
Mar 15, 1926 - At St. Petersburg the Braves beat the Yankees 6-2 for their 3rd win in a row over the Hugman. After Lazzeri protests a strike in the 6th he is tossed along with Huggins and the rest of the bench.
Sep 28, 1925 - At Yankee Stadium the Tigers take game 1 6-2 behind Ken Holloway and the Yankees rebound to win the nitecap 7-6 behind Ben Shields. Shields gives up a pair of homers to relief pitcher Jess Doyle his only 2 ML round trippers.
Sep 19, 1925 - The St. Louis Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees 9-6 and 4-3 one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century only Mel Stottlemyre in 1966 will lose 20 games in a Yankee uniform.
Aug 1, 1925 - The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City and earn the nickname "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers.
Jun 17, 1925 - In the third record runs-scored-in-an-inning to occur within 2 1/2 weeks the Tigers score 13 runs in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19-1 at Yankee Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs score before the first out is made. The score is the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off Dauss a homer and a triple.
Dec 17, 1924 - The Yankees get 4-time 20-game winner Urban Shocker from the Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston‚ Joe Giard‚ and Joe Bush. Shocker led the Browns in wins in each of the past 5 seasons and will be a mainstay on 2 pennant-winning staffs for New York. Bush had beaten the Browns 17 straight times after losing to them on June 12‚ 1922.
Sep 29, 1924 - With the blue law preventing any games yesterday in Boston or Philadelphia the Senators clinch the pennant by beating the Red Sox 4-2 finishing 2 games in front of the Yankees rained out in Philley. The win goes to Firpo Marberry.
Aug 28, 1924 - Babe Ruth belts two HRs but the Senators beat the Yankees 11-6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September but otherwise the Senators stay on top till the end.
Jul 28, 1924 - The Yankees take a pair from the White Sox winning the opener 8-3 behind Bush. They score 10 runs in the first inning in the nitecap then hang on for a 12-10 win. After the Yanks bat around Babe Ruth greets reliever Mike Cvengros with a 3-run HR his 31st.
Jun 13, 1924 - In the last of a three-game series the first-place Yankees take a 10-6 lead in the top of the 9th. With one out Babe Ruth takes a pitch in close before fouling out then Bob Meusel is hit in the back with a pitch by reliever Bert Cole and charges the mound. Players from both teams start swinging with Ruth and Cobb pushing each other. Fans rush out of the stands eager to mix it up with players police and each other. The fight goes on for nearly 30 minutes before umpire Billy Evans unable to clear the field finally forfeits the game to New York. Cole and Meusel are suspended for 10 days; Meusel is fined $100 and Cole and Ruth $50 each.
Apr 15, 1924 - The opener at Fenway Park draws 25000 (23856 paid) but the Red Sox lose a heartbreaker to the Yankees 2-1. The Sox lead 1-0 after 8 innings with Howard Ehmke driving in the lone run. But two 9th-inning errors by 2B Bill Wambsganss allow two unearned runs and pin the loss on Ehmke. Bob Shawkey pitches 8 innings and is replaced by Waite Hoyt the winning pitcher.
Jan 7, 1924 - The Yankees buy the contract of Louisville star‚ Earle Combs‚ who hit .380 last year for the Colonels. Colonels owner Bill Kneblekamp gets $50‚000‚ Elmer Smith and an outfielder‚ and demands that the Yankees play an exhibition game in Louisville with a guarantee that Ruth is in the lineup. This reportedly nets Kneblekamp an additional $5‚000.
Dec 9, 1923 - Traveling to Chicago for the ML meetings‚ Wild Bill Donovan‚ New Haven manager‚ is killed when the 20th Century limited train crashes. Donovan was a pitcher for Detroit and respected ML manager for the Yankees and Phillies. New Haven president George Weiss had swapped berths with Donovan and he escapes with a minor injury. Phils owner William F. Baker is also on the train‚ but he is unhurt. In all‚ nine die.
Oct 13, 1923 - The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants hurlers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey (16-11) to an 8-4 win. Whitey Witt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time and Ross Youngs has 4.
Jul 4, 1923 - In the 2nd game in NY the Yanks Fred Hoffman hits HR off Walter Johnson as the Yankees veto the Senators 12-2. Dave Danforth is the winning pitcher. New York scores 12 in the opener as well winning 12-6.
Jul 3, 1923 - For the 2nd time this season Babe Ruth clouts a game-winning homer in the 15th inning this one off former Yankee George Mogridge. The Yankees beat the Senators 2-1. The winner is Joe Bush who pitches all 15 innings and accounts for the other New York run with a homer.
Jun 19, 1923 - At Yankee Stadium Tiger 1B Lu Blue singles in the first inning then is replaced by a courtesy runner (as noted by Retrosheet). Blue was hit in the head by a batted ball in pregame practice and is still woozy. Blue then returns to 1B in the bottom of the first and plays out the game a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
Sep 30, 1922 - The Yankees clinch their 2nd pennant by beating Boston 3-1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.
Sep 17, 1922 - Browns southpaw Hub Pruett who has fanned Ruth 9 of 10 times over the season is reached for a HR by the Bambino but he still beats the Yankees 5-1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation but the partisan crowd is CF is quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning for Yanks PH McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his streak to 41 games.
Sep 15, 1922 - The Browns pull to within a half game of the Yankees-losers to the White Sox-by rallying to beat the Red Sox 7-1. Vangilder scatters five hits to win. St. Louis trailed 1-0 after 6 1/2 innings before coming back.
Sep 13, 1922 - The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox losing 7-3 before winning 6-3. Ev Scott barely keeps his consecutive games played streak alive when he is delayed because of a train wreck. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th inning of game 1.
Aug 22, 1922 - At the Polo Grounds Indians P George Uhle singles in the 6th inning and the Yankees (as noted by Retrosheet) allow a courtesy pinch runner Les Nunnamaker while Uhle gets his shoe repaired. Uhle returns to mound to finish the game winning 6-2. The loss drop New York to 2nd place behind St. Louis.
Aug 13, 1922 - The New York Yankees Everett Scott nears 1000 consecutive games played but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is wrecked. Washington wins 3-2.
Jul 27, 1922 - Vangilder gives up a HR to Pipp in the 4th but leads 2-1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns starter and Kolp for 4 runs before the Browns tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth comes on Fred Hofman on a pitch "that sailed a foot." When Brick Owens exams the ball he rules it was doctored earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Reliever Wayne Wright comes on and serves up a game-winning HR to Wally Schang. Yanks win 6-5.
Jul 26, 1922 - In several pregame fights between Yankees teammates Bob Meusel and Wally Schang duke it out in the dugout. Then Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp take a turn. The players then turn on the Browns beating them 11-6. Ruth bangs two homers Pipp adds another and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.
Jul 24, 1922 - In the midst of a pennant fight with the Browns the Yankees obtain Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith from the Red Sox for OF Chuck Fewster SS John Mitchell and OF Elmer Miller. This latest Sox-Yanks deal engenders such outrage in St. Louis that Commissioner Landis recommends passage of the rule that no deals except waiver transactions can be made after June 15.
Jul 11, 1922 - In the first of 4 games at Yankee 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 LF stands for a home run. In the 6th Tobin makes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the RF foul line allowing Babe to take second. Babe continues to 3B 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.
Jul 3, 1922 - Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career to pace the Yankees to a 12-1 whipping of the Athletics. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th as Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the Athletics. As noted by historian Ted Farmer all of the wins have been complete games.
Jun 9, 1922 - At Chicago the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox (as noted by Retrosheet). On a 2-out single to SS Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning when he slides into 1B and is replaced by Al De Vormer. After the 3rd out Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th De Vormer again runs for him this time staying in to catch.
Apr 30, 1922 - Cy Williams is homerless but the Browns beat the Indians 11-9 despite hitting into a triple play. Urban Shocker is the winner for St. Louis now tied (11-5) with the Yankees for first place.
Apr 12, 1922 - President Warren Harding throws out the first ball in Washington and the Senators beat the Yankees 6-5. Former Yank George Mogridge starts for the Nats against Sam Jones making his Yankee debut as rookie manager Clyde Milan passes over Walter Johnson as starting pitcher. The Nats star has been ill most of the spring. Both Ruth and Bob Meusel are out of the Yankee lineup suspended by the league for barnstorming and the Babe watches the game from the presidential box. Washington outhits New York 15-9 and comes from behind to win in the 8th.
Jan 10, 1922 - The following round-robin deal benefits everyone: Roger Peckinpaugh, who played the 1921 season with the New York Yankees, goes from the Boston Red Sox to the Washington Senators. Peckinpaugh had been with Boston for less than three weeks; Joe Dugan‚ from the Philadelphia Athletics to the Boston Red Sox; and OF Bing Miller and P Jose Acosta‚ from Washington to Philadelphia. Acosta will be sold to Chicago on February 4th. After playing only 84 games for the Red Sox, Joe Dugan will join the New York Yankees in a mid-season trade
Dec 20, 1921 - The Yankees raid Boston again‚ and come away with P Bullet Joe Bush‚ SS Everett Scott‚ and P Sad Sam Jones in exchange for SS Roger Peckinpaugh (who goes on to Washington)‚ pitchers Jack Quinn‚ Rip Collins‚ and Bill Piercy‚ and $50‚000.
Oct 9, 1921 - After a rainout, a Sunday crowd of 36,371 watches Carl Mays and Phil Douglas square off for game 4. Mays works 5 hitless innings, while a run-scoring triple by Wally Schang gives the Yanks a 1–0 lead. Mays then apparently tires and the Giants club 7 hits in the last 2 innings for 4 runs. Babe Ruth’s first WS homer comes in the 9th, but the Giants win 4–2. A group of Prohibition agents cause a near-riot by trying to barge their way into the game by saying they were on “official business.” When ticket takers refuse to let them in the police are called to forcibly remove the agents from the line, “as angry fans look on” (Dry Manhattan). Tomorrow, federal Prohibition Commissioner Roy Haynes will issue orders barring agents from using their badges to gain admission to places of amusement.
Oct 2, 1921 - The Yankees close the season by beating the Red Sox 7-6. Ruth hits No. 59 off Curt Fullerton; for the team it is No. 134. Stuffy McInnis completes his 119th consecutive errorless game at 1B (1300 chances) and Boston SS Everett Scott plays his 832nd consecutive game a team record that will not be approached this century. The previous Red Sox mark was held by Buc k Freeman (535) and Frank Malzone will accumulate the next highest with 475 games.
Sep 26, 1921 - Ruth hits Nos. 57 and 58 plus a double and a walk to beat the Indians 8-7 and the Yankees take a 2 game lead. George Burns adds a triple and 3 singles for New York in the come-from-behind win. The Indians load the bases in the 9th inning but Steve Neill strikes out on a Carl Mays fastball in the dirt to end it.
Sep 25, 1921 - At the Polo Grounds 38000 watch the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians 21-7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yanks knock out Caldwell in the 2nd and dust Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. In the 4th the Yankees bat around without an out being record. The 10th batter Peck singles for his 2nd hit of the inning as manager Speaker watches from CF. Bob Meusel as a triple with 2 on and a homer with 2 on to pace the 20-hit offense. Carl Mays has 3 hits and goes the distance for the win.
Sep 5, 1921 - In the Labor Day afternoon game at Boston won by the Red Sox 8-2 the Yankees outfield makes a AL-record 5 assists 4 by Bob Meusel. Meusel with one of the strongest arms in baseball will lead the AL in assists in 1921 and 1922.
Aug 28, 1921 - Despite 3 doubles by Ruth the Tigers drop the Yankees 7-3. Ruth starts a record streak in which he gets at least one extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits 177 runs and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging average is one point behind that of a year ago.
Aug 21, 1921 - At St. Louis the largest crowd of the season cheer as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees winning 5-4 and 10-0. Bayne strikes out 7 of the 1st 9 Yanks in game 2 on his way to a 10 K run.
Aug 13, 1921 - In Philadelphia 33000 fans-the largest crowd to watch a game in Philadelphia since 1914-see Carl Mays win his 15th straight over the Mackmen as the Yankees prevail 7-2 in game 1. Bob Shawkey coasts home to a 13-7 win in the nitecap. Meusel homers in each game.
May 16, 1921 - Rupert and Huston the two owners of the Yankees make their final payment for $500 000 to complete the purchase of the Bronx property for the new Yankee Stadium. The sale was made by the William Waldorf Astor estate owners of the property.
May 7, 1921 - Bob Meusel of the Yankees hits for the cycle. He hits a 2-run third inning HR off Walter Johnson and his triple with 2 on beats the Senators 6-5 in the 9th. Ruth strikes out 3 times against Johnson then poles a HR in the 8th that lands in a tree outside of right field. Former President Wilson witnesses the exciting game in Washington.
Mar 17, 1921 - The Yankees training in Shreveport LA journey to Lake Charles to play a game against the Cardinals based in Orange Texas. The game was proclaimed "Ruth-Hornsby Day" but the Rajah hits only a single while the Babe lofts a HR over the short RF fence. The Yanks win 14-5.
Dec 18, 1920 - On his 34th birthday‚ Ty Cobb signs to manage the Tigers for $32‚500‚ making him the highest-paid player and 2nd to John McGraw among managers. He replaces Hughie Jennings‚ who resigns after 14 years to join his old teammate McGraw as assistant manager of the Giants. In other managerial changes at the ML meetings: Lee Fohl replaces Jimmy Burke with the Browns; Clark Griffith‚ now president of the Senators‚ gives up the managing job to SS George McBride; George Stallings buys the Rochester club and leaves the Boston Braves‚ replaced by Fred Mitchell from the Cubs‚ who is replaced by Johnny Evers; former Yankees skipper Bill Donovan takes over the Phils from Gavvy Cravath.
Dec 15, 1920 - The Yankees' Ed Barrow pries future Hall of Fame P Waite Hoyt‚ C Wally Schang‚ lefty Harry Harper‚ and IF Mike McNally from his former Boston team in exchange for 2B Del Pratt‚ C Muddy Ruel‚ P Hank Thormahlen‚ OF Sammy Vick‚ and cash. Schang‚ expected to give more punch to the Yankees' lineup‚ will go 0-for-25 before connecting for hit. Thormahlen, once predicted to be a star, will win just one more ML game. Umpire Billy Evans commented about him in the May 17, 1918 (New York) Globe and Commercial Advertiser, "He constantly kept the ball just far enough outside or inside to bother the batters. . . . It was pitching that an umpire must watch closely, for Thormahlen was constantly getting them into that neutral zone where either a strike or a ball could be called. . . . I predict that this fellow will be a star."
Sep 28, 1920 - The Illinois grand jury indicts the 8 Chicago players in the 1919 WS scandal and Charles Comiskey immediately suspends the seven players (Chick Gandil had retired before the season). Yankees owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston send a telegram to Chicago owner Charles Comiskey offering to place their entire team at his disposal following the suspension of 8 players in the scandal. Comiskey says he cannot accept the proposal.
Sep 24, 1920 - In the first game of a twinbill Babe Ruth hits his 50th HR in the first inning off the Senators Jose Acosta. He then adds number 51 in a 4-for-4 second game a 2-1 win to give the Yankees a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Shaw are by Phelps.
Sep 13, 1920 - Carl Mays who started yesterday opens today for the Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective stopping Detroit on 2 runs. Ruth hits his 49th HR and Mays drives in the final run of a 4-2 win.
Sep 12, 1920 - In Detroit an overflow crowd of 29000 boo Carl Mays as Detroit roughs up the Yankee submariner for a 4-0 lead to knock him out of the box. But the Yankees rally on 5 ground rule doubles into the crowd and HRs by Wally Pipp and Duffy Lewis to win 13-6.
Sep 10, 1920 - Cleveland loses 6-1 to the Yanks as Ruth hits a 2-run homer. Shortstop Joe Sewell brought up from the New Orleans Pelicans makes his ML debut filling in for the injured Harry Lunte. Sewell goes hitless but will then go 10-for-22 to win the job for the decade. Cleveland now leads by percentage points over the White Sox and a half game ahead of the 3rd place Yankees.
Sep 2, 1920 - In Boston the Red Sox top the Yankees 6-2 in the opener of a 4-game series. Ruth still recovering from his swollen arm coaches 1B. The Sox have feasted off the top 3 contenders recently: In the past 9 games Boston took 4 out of 5 from Cleveland swept 3 from the White Sox and topped the Yankees today.
Aug 18, 1920 - Wally Pipp hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning off Jim Bagby to give the Yankees a 4-3 over the first-place Indians at the Polo Grounds. Both teams wear black arm bands in memory of Ray Chapman; Mays is conspicuous in not wearing the arm band.
Aug 13, 1920 - In a Friday game at Cleveland the Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the leading Indians by beating them 4-3. Shawkey is the winner with relief help from Carl Mays. The Indians leave for their final Eastern swing with a 70-40 record with New York and Chicago both at 72-42.
Jul 30, 1920 - Behind Carl Mays the Yankees roll to a 21-hit 19-3 laugher against the host Browns. Sisler homers for the Browns lone bright spot but Ruth counters with a 2-run homer in the 9th over the RF bleachers. Meusel follows with a homer his 2nd in 2 days.
Jul 25, 1920 - The Yankees Carl Mays (15-7) beats Boston 8-2 for his 8th straight win. Ruth bangs his 35th of the year off Waite Hoyt and adds a double and a spectacular catch. Boston second baseman Mike McNally snags a line drive in the 3rd inning to start a triple play with McInnis. Pratt with 3 hits lines into the TP.
Jul 21, 1920 - In New York the first place Indians (58-28) open a series with the Yankees (58-32) and are held in check through 8 innings by Carl Mays. Wilting in the 9th Mays gives up 3 runs and is relieved by Rip Collins. Ray Chapman fans with the sacks full to end the game and New York holds on to win 4-3. Meusel and Pipp homer for New York while the Babe is hitless for the second game in a row.
Jul 20, 1920 - With two outs in the 9th the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees 7-5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth poles his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game 6-3 behind George Mogridge. Ruth is hitless but Wally Pipp hits a homer. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120000 for the four days.
Jul 19, 1920 - The Babe sets a record with his 30th homer and adds blast both off Dickie Kerr but the Yankees lose to the White Sox 8-5. Joe Jackson and Roger Peckinpaugh also homer. In the opener Bob Shawkey making his first start since being injured June 23rd wins 8-2 giving up an unearned run and another in the 9th after he allows Al Schalk to reach 2B and 3B unmolested. Shawkey wins his 10th straight.
Jul 17, 1920 - The Yankees collect 21 hits good for forty bases to starch the White Sox 20-5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and drives out a home run triple and two singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians sweeping two from Boston the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.
Jul 16, 1920 - Brownie pitcher Bill Bayne allows no Yankees hits until the 7th in stopping New York 5-2. George Sisler leads the offense going 3-for-4 with a homer walk and two stolen bases. Ruth is 1-for-2.
Jul 8, 1920 - At New York 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 Ruth who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple runs his hit streak to 22 games. New York scores one in the 9th but loses 4-3.
Jun 15, 1920 - The Indians jump on Carl Mays in the 3rd inning after the submariner walks 3 in succession. The Tribe scores 5 times enroute to a 10-2 victory the 3rd in 4 games with the Yankees. New York is now 2 games behind Cleveland.
Jun 9, 1920 - The Yankees come from behind to club the host Tigers 13-6. Pacing the Yanks are Bob Meusel with a double and two singles and George Mogridge with a bases-loaded double before the Tigers knocked him out. Ruth has a single two walks and is hit with a pitch. The Tigers are playing without Cobb out ten days with a injured knee.
Jun 5, 1920 - Cleveland loses their third in a row to the Browns 6-0 but retain their half-game lead over the Yankees. Urban Shocker holds the Tribe to 3 hits. Jack Tobin has three hits in his first three at-bat giving him 7 straight hits. He makes out in his last at bat.
Jun 3, 1920 - Ping Bodie hits a 6th inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to an 5-4 win over the Athletics. Bob Shawkey whose indefinite suspension was lifted today gives up homers to Walker and Dykes but settles down and pitches a complete game win.
May 31, 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 wins the opener with three runs in the 9th to pin the loss on reliever Al Schacht. George Mogridge is the winner. New York scores 5 in the 6th when Duff Lewis and Truck Hannah hit back-to-back homers and the Yanks get a single and two triples to knock out Shaw. In the afternoon game before 38000 fans Walter Johnson pitches 4 2/3 innings of ineffective relief for the Nats and gives up a tremendous HR by Ruth in the 8th that hits the facade on the upper deck in right field. A bright spot for Washington is Braggo Roth who swipes four bases including 2B and 3B in the 4th inning then swiping home on the front end of a double steal: Braggo will swipe another 4 on June 12. Peckinpaugh has four hits in game 2 including a pair of doubles and a triple.
May 27, 1920 - Composer Louis Hirsch sues the Yankees for $100000 because of an incident at the Yankee game at the Polo Grounds on the 24th. To avoid sitting next to a cigar smoker Hirsch switched seats with his brother. An usher informed him it was against the rules to shift seats and ordered the two brothers to switch back. Hirsch refused and was forcibly ejected from the stands.
May 16, 1920 - Before an overflow house of 38000-their biggest crowd since 1911 at the Polo Grounds the Indians jump on Carl Mays for 5 runs in the 1st inning and coast to an 8-2 win over the Yankees. Jim Bagby is the winner allowing a single run until the 9th when Ruth doubles home the second score.
May 15, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Yankees beat Cleveland handing Stan Coveleski (7-1) his first loss of the year. Pitcher Jack Quinn hits a homer off Coveleski with a man on in the 8th to win 2-0. Quinn allows just 4 hits with only one runner getting past 1B. Ruth is 0-for-1 tohugh the official socrec ard has him at 0-for-2 a discrepancy that will not be corrected till 2005.
May 14, 1920 - The Giants inform the Yankees that after the 1920 season the lease allowing the American Leaguers to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed. No reason is given but the recent signing of Babe Ruth appears to be the main cause. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert responds that the Giants "have gone back on their word." The Giants cave in a week later but by then Ruppert has initiated plans to obtain a site for his own park.
May 9, 1920 - Indians ace P Stan Coveleski wins his 6th straight beating the White Sox to put Cleveland in 1st place. Except for 2 days in May when the Red Sox take over and 4 days in July when the Yankees occupy first the Indians will remain atop the AL into August.
May 5, 1920 - The Yankees beat Walter Johnson and the Senators 7-1 racking up 11 hits. Only one of the runs off Johnson is earned as Carl Mays is the easy winner. The Babe is 2-for-2 both doubles draws two walks and drives home two.
Feb 9, 1920 - The Joint Rules Committee bans all foreign substances or other alterations to the ball by pitchers including saliva resin talcum powder paraffin and the shine and emery ball. A pitcher caught cheating will be suspended for 10 days. The AL allows each club to name just 2 pitchers who will be allowed to use the pitch for one more season. The NL allows each club to name all its spitball pitchers. No pitchers other than those designated will be permitted to use it and none at all after 1920 (though this will be changed in December). The list of grandfathered spitballers will include Red Faber (White Sox) (Doc Ayers and Dutch Leonard (Tigers) Ray Caldwell and Stan Coveleski (Indians) Bill Doak (Cardinals) Phil Douglas (Giants) Dana Fillingim (Braves) Ray Fisher (Reds) Marv Goodwin (Cardinals) Burleigh Grimes and Clarence Mitchell (Dodgers) Jack Quinn (Yankees) Dick Rudolph (Braves) Allan Russell (Red Sox) Urban Shocker and Allen Sothoron (Browns).
Dec 26, 1919 - Although it will not be officially announced until January‚ the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from financially pressed Harry Frazee‚ paying $125‚000 (one-fourth cash‚ plus $25‚000 a year at 6 percent) plus guaranteeing a $300‚000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral.
Jul 30, 1919 - The first-place White Sox and Yankees split a pair of 10-inning games, with the Yanks winning the first, 6–5, on a squeeze bunt. Yankee outfielder Ping Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game two ties the match at 3 runs apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.
Jul 29, 1919 - The Yankees chase White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte with 12 hits in 5 innings and roll to a 10-0 win. Hank Thormahlen allows 6 hits in the white wash. Frank Baker has 4 hits including 2 doubles and a triple and Roger Peckinpaugh adds 3 hits.
Jun 29, 1919 - With Babe Ruth at 1B for the injured Stuffy McInnis Carl Mays shuts out the Yankees 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in New York. Mays then pitches the 2nd game as well losing a complete game 4-1. Ruth has two hits in each game.
May 30, 1919 - In Chicago the White Sox sweep a pair from Cleveland winning 4-1 in the morning behind Red Faber and 3-2 in the afternoon behind Williams. The nitecap win comes when the Sox score with 2 out in the 9th. In the opener CF Happy Felsch who started a triple play earlier in the week teams up with 3B Buck Weaver for a DP. Felsch will start 15 double plays this year a ML record for outfielders. At the end of the day the White Sox lead the AL by 4 games. They will be overtaken briefly by Cleveland then the Yankees during the next 6 weeks before taking the lead to stay.
May 12, 1919 - After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before the Yankees and Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision going 15 innings in a 4-4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless for the 2nd day in a row and ends his ML career with just 22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.
Jan 17, 1919 - Washington sends C Eddie Ainsmith and P George Dumont to the Red Sox for 2B Hal Janvrin and cash. The Red Sox then pack Ainsmith P Slim Love (acquired a month earlier in the Ernie Shore trade with the Yankees) and Chick Shorten off to Detroit for infielder Ossie Vitt who had been crowded out by Bobby Jones. Ainsmith will be stay just a short time in the Motor City before the Tigers waive him the Cardinals who in turn will waive the hard-drinking backstop to Brooklyn in 1923.
Jan 3, 1919 - The Giants pick up catcher Earl Smith from Rochester for a stiff price: they send outfielders Joe Wilhoit and Bill Kelly, 1B Joe Rodriguez, and pitchers Jack Ogden and Waite Hoyt in exchange. Hoyt got into just one game for the Giants in 1918â€š but will develop into a Hall of Fame pitcher after joining the New York Yankees via the Boston Red Sox.
Dec 18, 1918 - Duffy Lewis returns from the military‚ and is traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees. He goes along with front-line pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard for spitballer Ray "slim" Caldwell‚ Slim Love‚ catcher Roxy Walters‚ OF Frank Gilhooley‚ and $15‚000. The Tigers had turned down a deal for Leonard on the 16th. The Boston Post reports that "it will take a lot to convince Boston fans that they got the best of this one."
Aug 26, 1918 - Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of P Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox for whom Quinn was 5-1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.
Aug 19, 1918 - Jack Quinn pitching for the White Sox trims the Yanks 4-1 at the Polo Grounds. While the Yankees maintain the Quinn who was in the minor leagues is their property he is wearing a Sox uniform while Jack Fournier awarded to the Sox is at 1B for New York. Fournier has 3 hits today off Quinn who has yet to lose. A busy Ray Caldwell who pitched Saturday for his Weehawken ship yard team (and reportedly played CF for them on Sunday) is the loser.
Aug 12, 1918 - At Fenway the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the league leaders by beating Boston 2-1. Getting his opportunity because of the war lefty Hank Robinson is making his first ML start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Babe Ruth who gives up 4 safeties. Jack Fournier scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt while Ruth hitless on the afternoon pops out for the last out of the game.
Aug 7, 1918 - The Yankees make it 7 straight losses as the White Sox drop them twice in Chicago 8-4 and 4-0. New York makes 24 hits in the two games but Ed Cicotte is tough in the pinch to win the opener for the Sox. Slim Love takes the loss. In the nitecap Roy Sanders making his first start for New York gives up no hits in the first 3 innings but records no outs in the 4th as the Sox rack him for 4 straight doubles. Frank Shellenback goes all the way for the Sox win. Chicago now takes over 4th place from the Yankees.
Jul 4, 1918 - In Washington the Yankees split with the Senators while Cleveland is winning twice from the Browns. Cleveland (43-32) takes over first from New York (38-29) and Boston (40-31). The Yankees win the morning game 7-0 behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey and the slugging of Frank Baker. Baker collects a homer double and 2 singles and adds 2 singles in the afternoon contest. The Yankees rap 9 hits off Walter Johnson in the p.m. game but shoddy fielding gives the Nats a 4-3 win.
Jun 26, 1918 - The Yankees top the Red Sox 3-1 as Babe Ruth scores the only Sox run following a double. Babe injures his wrist sliding into second base and will repeat the injury tomorrow on the same play.
Jun 19, 1918 - The Yankees purchase OF Ham Hyatt from the Braves but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Brownie pitcher John Robinson who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.
May 6, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds Babe Ruth subs for the injured Dick Hoblitzel at first base and bats 6th. It is the first time Ruth hits in any other spot besides 9th. He goes 2-for-4 with a home run as the Sox lose 10-3. Ping Bodie has 5 RBIs as the Yankees sweep the 3-game series.
Apr 30, 1918 - Despite the failure of the NY State Legislature to approve Sunday baseball it is announced that there will be major league baseball on Sunday at the former Federal League Park in Harrison NJ. (TSN) All three New York teams-the Giants Dodgers and Yankees-will participate. This arrangement would have been in effect last Sunday but the Senators scheduled to meet the Yanks had already scheduled an exhibition game. The Sunday games in Harrison will necessitate the rescheduling of some IL games from there. The agreement in which the 2 leagues will pay $10000 a year in rent for the park comes about because of the settlement with the Federal League.
Apr 19, 1918 - In the annual Patriot's Day twinbill in Boston, new Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush debuts with a 2–1 four-hit win over the Yankees’ saliva slinger Allan Russell in the a.m. game. The Red Sox (5-0) complete the sweep in the afternoon with a 9–5 win behind Babe Ruth's 13-hitter. Ruth further contributes a single and a long RBI fly to right that scores Everett Scott from 2B after the Frank Gilhooley catch. The Yankees help with six errors in the game, three by Del Pratt, who offsets them with four hits.
Apr 15, 1918 - In the opener in Washington pre-game ceremonies include a biplane scattering thousands of liberty loan cards for the war effort. The Yankees under new manager Miller Huggins rap 11 hits to beat Walter Johnson 6-3. Starter George Mogridge gets the win despite pitching just 3 1/3 innings. Allan Russell relieves and allows just one hit in 5 1/3 innings to save the victory. Johnson strikes out two while allowing 11 hits and will lose again in the 3-game series with New York.
Oct 26, 1917 - Miller Huggins who managed the Cardinals to a 3rd-place finish is signed to run the Yankees by owner Jake Ruppert. Co-owner Til Huston who favored Wilbert Robinson for the job has a falling out with partner Ruppert and will sell his half interest to Ruppert in 1923.
Oct 1, 1917 - In an exhibition game at Ft. Hamilton the Yankees beat Brooklyn 11-8 with the two teams combining for 7 homers. This matches a record set by the Browns and Tigers during the 1886 season. A large crowd of soldiers ringing the field helps the homer total as a number of balls land in among them for extra bases.
Jul 10, 1917 - Coming off a suspension Yankees righthander Ray Caldwell 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 Mrs. Lucy Dick when he was visiting. He is arrested for larceny.
Apr 11, 1917 - In pregame drills before the Yankees Opening Day at the Polo Grounds the Yankees impress General Leonard Wood by marching in drills. The Sox having not practiced decline but then drill New York 10-3 in the game. Boston breaks a 3-3 tie with four runs in the 7th three coming home on round tripper by Dick Hoblitzell. Tilly Walker adds a double two triples and 4 RBIs for Boston while Babe Ruth allows just three hits all singles in beating Ray Caldwell.
Oct 4, 1916 - The New York Yankees take a pair from the visiting Washington Senators, winning 4-3 and 5-1. Yankees rightfielder Tim Hendryx has three stolen bases in game one and teammate Wally Pipp chips in with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 8th. Urban Shocker allows just 3 hits in game 2 and the Yanks score a pair off Charlie Jamieson, an outfielder who pitches the last 4 innings. The New Yorkers bat last in both games, though they batted first in a few home games this season, the last team to do so. The rule is changed in 1950 requiring the home team to bat last.
Sep 14, 1916 - Exercising a baseball superstition Tiger manager Jennings designates it "Shocker Day" in honor of former Detroit sandlot star Urban Shocker the rookie starter for the visiting Yankees (as noted by historian Steve Steinberg). Instead of being jinxed by the "honor" Shocker puts a crimp in the Tigers first-place ideas with a 4-2 win. The Yankees use a rare suicide double squeeze to score two runners from 2B and 3B to win.
Jun 21, 1916 - Rube Foster of the Red Sox no-hits the Yankees 2-0 for the first no-hitter in Fenway Park beating Bob Shawkey 2-0. Harry Hooper leads the offense with 3 hits. Red Sox president Lannin hands Rube a $100 bonus and each of his Sox teammates receive a gold handled pocket knife engraved with the date.
Jun 18, 1916 - In Cleveland the Yankees roll over the Indians 19-3 as they score in every inning but the 8th. Every starter gets a hit including pitcher Nick Cullop who departs after 5 IP. Wally Pipp has a double and homer.
Apr 12, 1916 - Before 20000 at the Polo Grounds the Yankees and Nationals battle 11 innings before the Nats push across an unearned run against starter Ray Caldwell to win 3-2. Walter Johnson strikes out 10 and walks none in the win. Frank Baker after sitting out last season in a salary protest has two of the five hits for New York while Clyde Milan homers for the Nats.
Apr 9, 1916 - The Red Sox trade star outfielder Tris Speaker who did not take to the notion of his salary being cut to Cleveland for two players-Sam Jones and Fred Thomas-and $50000. Speaker will hold out for $10000 of the purchase price: Ban Johnson will finally intervene and Speaker will collect. A few days earlier the Yankees had turned down the offer of Speaker for cash and Fritz Maisel.
Jan 21, 1916 - The Yankees buy left-handed P Nick Cullop from Kansas City (FL) infielder Joe Gedeon from Salt Lake City (PCL) and veteran Germany Schaefer from Newark (FL). Schaefer will announce that he is changing his nickname to "Liberty" because of the war. Schaefer noticed that sauerkraut had been renamed "liberty cabbage."
Oct 2, 1915 - The Queens Bombers? At the Waldorf Astoria the National Commission meets. During the sessions Colonels Ruppert of the Yankees and Ebbets of the Dodgers meet regarding a possible new home for the Yankees and Ebbets withdraws his objections to the Yankees moving to Queens. They are considering a stadium near the 59th Street Bridge. Nothing is final and the New YorkTimes also mentions two sites in Manhattan that the team is considering.
Sep 6, 1915 - Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless till the 8th before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves and the Red Sox win 5-2 sweeping the doubleheader. Ruth is 2-for-3 at the plate.
Aug 7, 1915 - Another Hall of Famer takes a turn on the mound as George Sisler pitches to two Yankees in the 6th inning hitting one and walking the other. The Browns-Yankees game is called at the end of 10 innings with the score tied 4-4.
Jun 11, 1915 - The Yankees finally beat the White Sox winning 10-9. Yankees P Ray Caldwell hits a pinch HR for his 2nd pinch HR in 2 days. He hit one yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Nobody else in the AL repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow Caldwell will hit another but he is on the mound in that game.
Feb 4, 1915 - The Yankees purchase Wally Pipp and OF Hugh High from the Detroit Tigers for a reported $5000 each. Historian Lyle Spatz (Yankees Coming Yankees Going) writes that this was the first of some promised funneling of ball players to the recently sold Yankee franchise.
Dec 31, 1914 - Ban Johnson's efforts to strengthen the New York Yankees succeed when he arranges the purchase of the team by Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston for $460‚000 from Bill Devery and Frank Farrell. After Detroit owner Frank Navin refuses to let Hughie Jennings go‚ the new Yankee owners will name longtime Detroit pitcher Wild Bill Donovan as manager. Donovan was recently manager of Providence (IL) and was rumored to be Jennings' eventual successor in Detroit.
Dec 8, 1914 - After weeks of rumors‚ the bomb drops: Connie Mack sells 27-year-old Eddie Collins‚ generally regarded as the game's finest position player‚ to the White Sox for $50‚000. Collins signs a 5-year contract worth $75‚000 and gets $15‚000 as a signing bonus. The deal breaks up the A's "$100‚000 infield" and raises conjecture that Mack‚ too‚ will leave to manage the Yankees. Ban Johnson reportedly had a hand in the negotiations‚ sending the A's star to counter the box office effect of the Chifeds signing Walter Johnson. Johnson first approached the Yankees who thought the $50‚000 price tag excessive.
Oct 8, 1914 - In the New York city series bridegroom George Burns gets 4 hits including a triple and steals 2 bases to give the Giants a win over the Yankees. Burns gets serenaded with the wedding march in his first at bat.
Sep 27, 1914 - In the opener of a doubleheader in Cleveland Nap Lajoie collects his 3000th hit as his Cleveland team defeats the Yankees 5-3. Lajoie is 2-for-2 with two doubles. He is given the ball after his double. The star is not expected to play the rest of the year. He does not play in game 2 which the Yankees win 5-2.
Aug 8, 1913 - The Yankees pick up 3B Fritz Maisel from Baltimore (IL) for $12000 plus 3B Ezra Midkiff (.197) and OF Bert Daniels (.216). Daniels will return to the majors next year with the Reds and improve his average by 3 points.
May 31, 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 1B Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty Chase will be on the scene 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."
May 22, 1913 - Browns rookie Dwight Stone gives up six hits seven walks and plunks three batters but still beats the Yankees 7-0. The visiting New Yorkers strand a modern-ML record 15 runners in the shutout by Stone who will win just one more game in 1913. Ed Klepfer is the losing pitcher in his only decision of the year. The record will be matched three times and finally topped in 1994. The NL record of 14 runners stranded in a shutout was set less than 2 weeks ago by Pittsburgh against Philley.
May 21, 1913 - In New York Yankees owner Frank Farrell declares that the team will not return to Bermuda next year for spring training. The warm weather and humidty caused a reaction when the players returned to the cold weather.
May 20, 1913 - The Yankees snag 22-year-old SS Roger Peckinpaugh from Cleveland sending in exchange Bill Stumpf and Jack Lelivelt. Peckinpaugh played in fewer than 100 games over 3 seasons but will start in New York. The Yankees win today beating the Browns 6-3 but St. Louis will shut out New York in the next 2 games.
May 10, 1913 - The Yankees commit 8 errors‚ but still end up beating the Tigers‚ 10-9‚ in 10 innings. Yankees SS Claud Derrick commits three of the errors. He will field just .872 for the year. In a deal that might be related to Derrick's poor performance, the Yankees deal for sure-gloved SS Roger Peckinpaugh ten days later.
Jan 22, 1913 - The Giants give the Yankees permission to use the Polo Grounds for the 1913 season only as the lease on the Hilltop grounds has expired. The Yankees will remain as tenants through 1922.
Sep 10, 1912 - At St. Louis, Browns starter Earl Hamilton retires the first batter in the 6th against the Yankees then plunks three successive hitters—Ed Sweeney, George McConnell and Tommy McMillan—to load the bases. Mark Allison then replaces him and Hal Chase lines into a DP to end the inning. The Yankees win, 8-3. As noted by Mike Grahek in 2007, the three hit by pitched balls in an inning is a record in the AL.
Jul 3, 1912 - After a first game 3-2 victory Walter Johnson picks up a win in game 2 and is given a rare rest in the 6th inning as Washington coasts to a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Johnson will rack up an AL record 16 straight wins before he is beaten. The Senators are in the middle of a six-game sweep of the Yankees including another pair tomorrow.
Apr 22, 1912 - The Giants schedule an exhibition game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds on as a Sunday benefit for the relief fund set up for the Titanic. Instead of selling tickets for the game the Giants required fans to purchase a program which cost the same amount as the price of a ticket. More than 14000 fans come raising nearly $9500 for the relief fund through their program purchases. The Giants beat the Yankees 11-2.
Apr 20, 1912 - The Boston Red Sox open in the new Fenway Park with a 7-6 11-inning win over the New York Yankees before 27000. Spitballer Bucky O'Brien and Sea Lion Hall top Jumbo Jim Vaughn handing the Yankees their 6th straight loss.
May 12, 1911 - Against the Yankees at Bennett Park Cobb scores a run from 1st on a short single to right scores from 2B on a wild pitch then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York C Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate the rest of the infield gathers leaving Cobb untended at 2B. With no time out called Cobb strolls to third base and then ambles in to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players he quickly slides in with the go-ahead run. The Tigers win 6-5.
May 6, 1911 - The Yankees top the Red Sox 6-3 and turn their first ever triple play as well. It happens in the 9th inning with Russ Ford on the mound when Bill Carrigan lines into a game ending triple play.
Feb 14, 1911 - At the NL’s annual meeting, the Giants and Phils get an okay for new home uniforms: white flannel with a fine stripe, an innovation that predates the famed Yankee pinstripes. Also introduced is a Reach cork centered ball and the number of .300 hitters will jump from 8 in 1910 to 27 in 1911 in the AL. The average ERA will go from 2.53 to 3.34.
Sep 25, 1909 - The Yankees’ eight-game winning streak halts against the visiting Tigers pitcher Ed Summers, 2–1, in the first game of a doubleheader. They also lose the second game, 10-4. The Yanks hit Summers freely across the first three innings with the help of a signal-stealing scheme. A hat advertisement in CF has the crossbar in “H” cut and painted white on one side and black on the other. Using a telescope, a man spotted the catcher’s signal and used a handle to flip the crossbar to indicate fastball or curve. Tigers manager Hughey Jennings sent the team trainer to investigate. He discovers the scam and destroys the crossbar. Jennings wasn’t the only manager to suspect the Yankees were swiping signs. Chicago White Sox manager Billy Sullivan later claimed that he had suspicions, but couldn’t prove anything. Joe Cantillon, manager of the Senators, also claimed he was aware of the practice, but didn’t complain because his team was out of the race. He identified the man in CF as former pitcher Gene McCann. Later, at the winter meetings the American League board of directors issues a statement saying that “after their investigation, they found no evidence of a signal tipping plan had been in effect.” The statement also declared that “if such a plan was discovered from any team in the league the manager or player responsible would be banned from the league for all time.” A rule prohibiting signal tipping will be implemented the following year.
Aug 28, 1909 - The first six New York batters reach base safely and though two cross the plate only one counts as the Yankees lose 2-1 to Detroit. Engel hits a leadoff single and stays on 1B when Chase chops a ball in the air and Engel thinks it is a pop up. Engle is tagged out. Four more singles plate one run and the Knight is called back to 3B when a hit ball touches an umpire. Cobb has a single double and triple for the Bengals.
Apr 12, 1909 - At Washington the Yankees open the season under new manager George Stallings losing to the Senators 4-1. The Nationals score three runs in the first off journeyman Doc Newton to pave the way for Charlie Smith. Smith allows just 4 hits and strikes out 10.
Sep 23, 1908 - Cleveland wins its 10th straight game defeating the Yankees and Jack Chesbro 9-3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th while Rhoades pitches strong ball until the 9th when he allows 2 runs. Nap Lajoie has no official at bats getting hit by pitched balls 3 times tying a AL record and walking his other time up.
Jun 14, 1908 - Chicago beats the Yankees 5-4 with a late rally that puts Moxie Manual in the record books. Moxie pitching in relief is lifted in the 8th inning and his Sox score to go ahead. Commissioner Ban John will rule that Moxie is the winner not the pitcher who succeeds him this establishing a precedent about awarding victories.
Nov 5, 1907 - The Yankees trade 2B Jimmy Williams and OF Danny Hoffman to the Browns for P Fred Glade speedy 2B Harry Niles and OF Charlie Hemphill. Glade will pitch just 5 games in 1908 before retiring.
Jun 7, 1907 - Boston (AL) ships former player-manager Jimmy Collins to the Athletics for infielder John Knight. Collins guided the team to two pennants but was suspended last August after he left the team without permission. Boston buys 43-year-old Deacon McGuire from the Yankees and make him manager.
Aug 23, 1906 - White Sox pitcher Roy Patterson beats Washington 4-1 giving Chicago its 19th straight win an AL record. The streak will be tied by the 1947 Yankees. Chicago now leads by 5 1/2 games.
Jul 20, 1904 - The Yankees trade pitchers Long Tom Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for Al "the Curveless Wonder" Orth (3-4). Orth will regain his form in New York going 11-6 this year and will win 27 games in 1906.
May 29, 1884 - Taking advantage of a ground rule change which scores balls hit over Chicago's inviting 180' LF fence as HRs (instead of doubles) 5 players hit round trippers in the White Stockings' NL home opener against Detroit winning 29-5. Chicago will hit 142 HRs-last year they hit 13-during the 112-game season (more than 90 percent of them at home) to set a record that will last until the 1927 New York Yankees. The rule change appears to be unilaterally made by Cap Anson as noted by historian Bob Schaeffer and the other league owner will squawk to no avail. But the league will set a minimum distance of 210 feet for an outfield fence after the 1884 season.