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Red Ruffing from the Chronology
May 8, 1973 - In a 9-7 losing effort against the Giants Cardinals ace Bob Gibson makes his 242nd consecutive start. It is a new 20th century record passing that of Red Ruffing who never pitched in relief the last 10 years of his career.
Feb 16, 1967 - Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January.
Jun 29, 1946 - The Yankees not only lose 2-0 to the A's they lose the services of veteran Red Ruffing who sustains a broken kneecap when he is hit by a Hank Majeski line drive. The Yanks will give the 42-year-old his release in late September and he will sign with the White Sox for the '47 season.
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.
Jul 22, 1945 - Making his first start since the 1942 WS New York's Red Ruffing beats the Athletics 13-4 despite tiring in the 7th and being relieved by Gettel. Red gives up no runs and just 2 hits until the 7th.
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.
Jan 4, 1943 - A wartime tone for the season is set when Red Ruffing just months short of his 38th birthday and minus 4 toes is drafted into the Army Air Corp.
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.
Jun 21, 1942 - Ted Lyons (5-5) wins his 250th career game 6-5 over Boston's Dick Newsome. A week from now he will beat New York's Red Ruffing to match the Yankee hurler's 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season 14-6 with 20 complete games in 20 starts lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA then enter the Marine Corps at age 42.
Jun 6, 1942 - Red Ruffing wins his 250th game stopping the Indians on 4 hits. The Yankees win 3-0. He'll win his 251st in 8 days defeating the Browns.
Apr 14, 1942 - In Washington Vice President Henry Wallace fills in for FDR and tosses out the first ball. Then Red Ruffing makes his 5th and final Opening Day start for the Yankees holding the Senators to 3 singles as the Yanks win 7-0. The Yankees tally 3 runs in the 2nd inning off the Senators young righty Sid Hudson for all the scoring they need. For Ruffing it is his 245th career victory tying him with Ted Lyons for most wins by an active pitcher. Helping to keep order at the park are 80 auxiliary police from DC's 13th precinct-"40 whites and 40 negroes."
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 As. 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.
Apr 20, 1941 - At Shibe Park the Yankees bombard the A's 19-5 with Joe DiMaggio driving in 6 runs 4 on a grand slam. Red Ruffing is down 4-2 to Chubby Dean after 4 innings but the New Yorkers notch 8 runs in the 5th. Joe Gordon has 2 home runs good for 5 RBIs.
Sep 26, 1940 - The Yankees stay in contention by sweeping a pair from the A's 5-4 and 2-0. New York winners of 8 straight are now 2 1/2 games behind Detroit and a half game behind Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins the openers with home run support from Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey. For Gordon it is his 30th homer of the year. Ernie Bonham allows 4 hits in the nitecap.
May 12, 1940 - Behind the six-hit pitching of Red Ruffing the Yankees beat the Bosox 4-0 and stop New York's 8-game losing streak. New York (7-14) is still in last place while Boston (16-6) sits atop the AL.
Apr 24, 1940 - At Philadelphia the Yankees whip the A's 9-4 behind Red Ruffing. Master deceiver Frankie Crosetti pulls off at least his 6th successful hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane) when he nabs the A's Al Brancato.
Apr 16, 1940 - Before 20187 at Shibe Park Chubby Dean outlasts Red Ruffing as the A's defeat the defending champion Yankees 2-1 in ten innings. It is Dean's first complete game in the majors. New York's only run is unearned in the 3rd inning but the A's tie it up on a Bob Johnson solo homer. Chubby Dean's long sac fly in the 10th off Ruffing drives in the winning run.
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.
Aug 13, 1939 - After losing to the A's 12-9 in game 1 the 2nd game is mercifully called after eight innings with the Yankees beating the A's 21-0 to equal the ML record for lopsided shutouts. Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren each have a pair of HRs one each inside-the-park. Red Ruffing collects 4 hits along with pitching a four-hitter. Cotton Pippen takes the loss; the A's will waive him next month to the Tigers. With the win yesterday and the 23-2 win on June 28 the Yankees have now scored 18 or more runs against the A's three times this year. The next team to top 17 runs three times against one team will be the 2005 Yankees against Tampa Bay.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
May 30, 1938 - The largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history 83533 sees Red Ruffing end Lefty Grove's 8-game winning streak in a 10-0 victory over the Red Sox. Six thousand fans are turned away and 511 are given refunds because there is no place to sit. The Yankees also took the 2nd game of the doubleheader 5-4 in a game made famous for a fight between Yankee OF Jake Powell and Boston player-manager Joe Cronin. The brawl starts when Boston P Archie McKain hits Powell with a pitch in the stomach. Powell's charge to the mound is intercepted by Cronin and the two pummel each other for 2-3 minutes. Cronin and Powell are ejected but continue the fight in the area beneath the stands until they are separated by Yankee players. Both players are fined and suspended for 10 days.
Apr 18, 1938 - At Fenway Park Jim Bagby Jr. becomes the 7th pitcher this century to make his debut as an Opening Day pitcher. Bagby gives up 4 runs to the Yankees in 6 innings of work leaving with a 4-2 deficit. But in the bottom of the 6th the Sox pound Red Ruffing and reliever Joe Vance for six runs all charged to Red to win 8-4. Bagby is given the win with Ruffing the loser. Archie McKain pitches the last 3 innings allowing just one Yankee hit. Ben Chapman has the game's only homer in the 2nd inning.
Sep 8, 1937 - It's a day the Red Sox would rather forget. In the opener at Yankee Stadium New York's Red Ruffing and Bobo Newsom battle to a 2-2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th inning. Then in game 2 the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson and are down 6-1 with two outs in the 9th inning but rally for 8 runs to win 9-6. Two doubles a double error by Cronin and a single by Joe DiMaggio ties the score at 6 apiece. With two men on Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig who parks a game-winning 3-run HR his 33rd round tripper of the season. Frank Makosky who pitches the 9th is winner.
Jul 18, 1937 - In Cleveland Joe DiMaggio breaks a 1-1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller (0-4) by clouting a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a grand slam his 2nd in two weeks. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches thrown and takes his 4th straight loss. Feller is just pitching on Sundays to lure in big crowds but will soon pitch every 5th day. DiMaggio's homer is his league-leading 24th.
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.
Aug 28, 1936 - In the 2nd game at the Stadium New York pitcher Johnny Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats collects 5 RBIs and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit scores 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York wins 19-4 in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener 14-5 behind Red Ruffing as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph's 5 hits until 1964 when Mel Stottlemyre cards five.
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.
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.
Jun 17, 1936 - New York wins 15-4 and 12-2 at Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins in the opener scattering 13 hits and contributing two singles and two HRs to the offense. In the nitecap Rolfe Gehrig and Dickey belt 3rd inning homers to put it away. The first two blasts come off Roxie Lawson while Vic Sorrell serves up Dickey's.
Jun 7, 1936 - George Selkirk's HR in the 16th gives the Yankees Red Ruffing a 5-4 win over Oral Hildebrand of the Indians. Ruffing has 3 hits including a HR. Both starters finished the game but neither record a strikeout an American League record.
May 30, 1936 - At Yankee Stadium a crowd of 71000 watch the Bronx Bombers sweep the Nats 7-1 and 6-1. DiMaggio has 3 doubles in the nitecap in support of Red Ruffing's 2 hitter.
Mar 26, 1936 - Hank Greenberg signs a Tiger's contract for $20000 and Red Ruffing accepts $12000 from the Yankees.
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.
Sep 23, 1934 - The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener a 1-0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run off George Hockette to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap Boston scores 4 in the 5th but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig's 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th Ruth emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Chapman's single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits including a homer in the two games.
Sep 18, 1934 - Schoolboy Rowe stops the Yankees 2-0 driving in a run himself with a single in the 5th off Red Ruffing to stretch Detroit's AL lead to 7 1/2 games. The Tiger's other run comes on Hank Greenberg's 25th homer in the 4th. It's the 5th time this year that Rowe has beaten the Yanks.
Aug 14, 1934 - The largest weekday crowd in history 77000 watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium winning 9-5 and 7-3. Schoolboy Rowe tops Red Ruffing in the nitecap 7-3 for his 13th win in a row. Rowe allows just 4 hits including Gehrig's 37th HR. Gehringer has a HR in each game to lead the Tigers to their 14th win in a row. The Yanks now trail by 6 1/2 games.
Jul 13, 1934 - Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR a two-run shot in the 3rd off Timmy Bridges to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win at Detroit's Navin Field. As he is circling the bases Ruth shouts to his teammates "I want that ball." As with his 500th and 600th homer the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the ball. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.
Jul 10, 1934 - The 2nd annual All-Star Game produces Carl Hubbell's amazing feat of striking out 5 future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 on base in the first inning Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Ruth Gehrig and Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the 2nd. After 3 scoreless innings he leaves with the NL ahead 4-0. The AL rallies scoring 9 runs off Warneke Van Lingle Mungo the eventual loser and Dean. Meanwhile Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frisch and Medwick hit HRs. Earl Averill's 3 RBI are decisive for the AL 9-7 victory.
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.
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.
Apr 14, 1933 - At Yankee Stadium pitcher Red Ruffing breaks a 2-2 tie with the Red Sox by belting a game-ending grand slam in the 9th inning. New York wins 6-2. It is the only walk-off grand slam in ML history to date; the one previous 9th inning grand slam winner-Jack Stivett's June 10 1890-occurred in the top of the inning even though his team was playing at home.
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.
Jun 1, 1932 - Max Bishop ends a game 1 battle with the Yankees with a 16th inning 2-run homer off Brown to give the A's an 8-7 win. Red Ruffing who scored 3 runs hit s a HR in the 9th to sned the game into extra frames. Left Grove pitches 15 innings of indecision. The A's take game 2 by a run 7-6 with Jimmie Foxx's 2-run homer in the 7th putting the A's ahead.
May 16, 1932 - The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. Johnny Allen George Pipgras Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez are the hurlers. Lefty stops Cleveland on 5 hits to win 8-0 New York's 5th shutout in 7 games.
Apr 12, 1932 - At Shibe Park bitter cold and the Depression limit the crowd to 16000 for the Opener with the Yankees a 12-6 slugfest won by New York. New York racks up five home runs-two each by Babe Ruth and Sammy Byrd and another by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig adds a triple and single as the Yankees score ten runs and hit four homers off ace George Earnshaw. Ruth clouts a three-run homer in the first that lands on a roof across 20th street and a two-run homer in the 4th that travels even farther. The longest homer of the day however is Jimmie Foxx's shot to center in the 7th. Jack Saltzgraver and the A's Max Bishop each walk four times and Gehrig with an 11-4 lead in the 9th steals home with Ben Chapman swiping 2B. Al Simmons answers with a two-run homer the 7th of the game off Lefty Gomez. With the bases full of A's Red Ruffing gets the last out.
Sep 17, 1931 - In the first of two the Yankees and Red Ruffing rough up the Browns and George Blaeholder 17-0. Bill Dickey's grand slam is the big blow. The Yanks take the nitecap 6-1 behind Lefty Gomez's three hitter and Babe Ruth's 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Ruth connects for a home run in every park in the AL a feat he's accomplished every year since 1919 except 1922. No other american Leaguer has homered in every park in a season.
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.
Apr 26, 1931 - Dusty Cooke Yankee RF separates his shoulder diving for a ?y ball off the bat of Ossie Bluege of Washington and 1B Gehrig winds up chasing the ball which becomes an inside-the-park HR. With Babe Ruth still sidelined the shorthanded Yankees send P Red Ruffing to the outfield. The game's most significant play comes with Lyn Lary on base when Lou Gehrig's drive into the CF stands at Washington bounces back and is caught by CF Harry Rice. According to the rules this is a home run but when Lary sees Rice catching the ball he thinks it's the final out of the inning. Unnoticed by Joe McCarthy coaching at 3B Lary heads for the dugout after crossing 3B. Gehrig circles the bases but he is called out and gets credit for a triple instead of a HR and loses 2 RBI. As a result Gehrig will end the season tied for the HR title with Babe Ruth at 46 and will have "only" 184 RBI. The Yanks also lose the game 9-7 and McCarthy will do no more coaching at the bases this season. Gehrig's triple also means that at the year's end the majors will collect 1070 triples one more than the two leagues will total in homers (1069). It will be the last season that there are more triples than homers. For Cooke the injury ends his season at 27 games and a .333 batting average. The injury will cut down his effectiveness and after just 3 appearances next year he'll be traded to Boston.
Apr 14, 1931 - Under new managers-Shano Collins for Boston and Joe McCarthy for New York-the Yankees open at the Stadium with a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox. Red Ruffing gives up a leadoff triple and a run in the first but the Yankees respond with two runs in the 2nd off Wilcy Moore. New York's last score is a 7th-inning solo shot by the Babe off reliever Ed Durham. Boston threatens in the 8th getting a two-run pinch homer from Tom Winsett in his first major league at bat. Winsett is the first player to take advantage of the new fair/foul rule regarding HRs. He hits a ball that curves foul after leaving the playing field but in the judgment of the umps was a fair ball at the time it left the playing field. Then with two on Red Ruffing induces Earl Webb to ground into a 3rd out.
Sep 1, 1930 - A Labor Day crowd of 72000 packs Yankee Stadium to see the World Champion A's split with the New Yorkers. The A's take the opener 3-2 with reliever Lefty Grove striking out Ruth with 2 on to end the game. Ruth drives in a run in the nitecap 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his 2nd two hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
Jul 12, 1930 - The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox 11-6 and gain a split on the day. Chicago wins the opener 11-7. In the 2nd game the Sox score 4 in the 7th but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning Ruffing sails a homer into the RF stands to start the New York rally. Babe Ruth his 3 day suspension over collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that "during lulls in the activity small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him provoking the umpires' displeasure." The hitting honors for the day belong to Chicago's Carl Reynolds with seven hits including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can't hold his long fly ball then overthrows 3B. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unloads ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons pitching.
Jun 25, 1930 - The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns winning 5-4 and 16-4. Sam Byrd has a single double and triple in the opener to pace New York and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap to back Red Ruffing's pitching.
May 24, 1930 - In New York the Yanks and A's play their 3rd doubleheader in 4 days. Ruth homers in both games giving him 8 in six games and drives home 7 runs to help New York sweep 10-6 and 11-1. Newly acquired Red Ruffing is the easy winner in the nitecap.
Sep 29, 1929 - The Red Sox jump on A's ace Lefty Grove collecting 11 hits in 5 innings off him and rolling to a 10-0 win. The AL leaders collect a scratch single off Red Ruffing and just 3 infield singles off reliever Milt Gaston.
Jul 3, 1929 - Babe Ruth belts a grand slam off Red Ruffing in the 7th as the Yanks rally to beat the visiting Red Sox 6-5. Reliever Lefty Heimach wins his own game with an inside-the-park homer in the 8th inning. Losing pitcher Red Ruffing also hits a home run.
Apr 28, 1929 - The Red Sox play the first Sunday game in Boston history at Braves Field losing to the A's 7-3. Protests by a few members of a nearby church are the reason for the shift from Fenway. The Braves rained out of their scheduled Sunday game on April 21 will play their first Sunday home game on May 5. Starter Red Ruffing gives up 4 runs in the 6th including consecutive homers by Miller and Dykes. When Milt Gaston takes over in the 7th he pitches to his brother Alex the 2nd brother battery in AL history: Tommy and Homer Thompson one game in 1912 for the Yankees were the first.
Apr 18, 1929 - After two cancellations of their season start-their first ever-the Yankees open against the Red Sox before 40000 at the Stadium winning 7-3. Judge Landis presents diamond-studded watches to the New York players in honor of their championship season in 1928. New York Starter George Pipgras allows just 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings but walks 9. Reliever Fred Heimach then pitches hitless ball to preserve the win. In his first at bat against Boston's Red Ruffing the newly wed Babe hits a HR and as he rounds 2nd base he doffs his cap to his bride Claire in the stands. Gehrig adds a HR in the 6th off Milt Gaston. For the first time the Yanks have numbers on their uniforms assigned according to the player's spot in the lineup: Combs 1 Koenig 2 Ruth 3 Gehrig 4 Meusel 5 Lazzeri 6 Durocher 7 Grabowski 8. The win goes to Pipgras # 14 with Heimach #17 picking up the save.
Sep 21, 1928 - At St. Louis Boston's Red Ruffing smashes a 3-run homer in the 7th and pitches the Sox to a 5-3 win over the Browns.
Sep 7, 1928 - The A's take 2 from Boston winning 1-0 and 7-3 and move into a first-place tie with the Yankees. Lefty Grove is magnificent in the opener allowing 4 hits and striking out 11 to win his 14th straight. Red Ruffing takes the tough loss allowing an unearned run. Ed Rommel outguns Danny MacFayden in the nitecap.
Sep 5, 1927 - In the first of two at Fenway the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the Red Sox emerge the winners 12-11. Buddy Myers' double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York scores a pair in the top of the 9thg to tie and then there is no scoring until the 17th when both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing a future Yankee goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse is the winner over Waite Hoyt. New York wins the abbreviated nitecap 5-0 with Wiltse taking the loss.
Jun 14, 1926 - Red Sox pitcher Red Ruffing hits the first of his 36 ML homers connecting off Detroit's Hooks Dauss in an 8-7 loss to Detroit. The future Hall of Famer will be 3rd on the list of homer-hitting hurlers.
Sep 3, 1925 - The first place Senators continue their march toward a second straight pennant with a 9-3 roughing up of Red Ruffing and the Red Sox. Roger Peckinpaugh leads the way going 3-for-4 with a triple. Alex Ferguson Yankee castoff is the winner. The idle A's drop six games off the pace.
Aug 3, 1906 - Tom Hughes of the Washington Nationals and Tom Glade of the St. Louis Browns enter the 10th inning with a scoreless tie. Hughes decides he will have to do it on his own and goes long for a 1-0 victory. He is the first pitcher to win a 1-0 extra-inning game with his own HR. Red Ruffing will do it in 1932.