» May 20, 1947: Athletics C Buddy Rosar drops a pop-up off Walt Judnich's bat for his first error in 147 games and 756 chances. Yogi Berra will extend the record to 148 and 950 in 1957-59, but Rosar's 1946 single-season record of 115 games and 605 errorless chances will not be surpassed until 1997, by the Marlins' (National League) Charles Johnson. The Browns win, 111, behind Red Muncrief.
» October 2, 1947:
The Dodgers squeak to a 9-8 win, jumping on
Bobo Newsom and Vic Raschi in the 2nd for 6 runs.
Yogi Berra becomes the first player to hit a
pinch HR in WS history, hitting one off Brooklyn's
Ralph Branca in the 7th inning.
» June 23, 1950: Eleven home runsa ML recorddrive in all the runs scored in a 109 Tiger win over the Yankees before 51,000 Detroit fans. Detroit has four home runs in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz, and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Dizzy Trout's home run, off Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Hoot Evers hits another home run, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page to win it. For New York, Hank Bauer connects for two homers, including one in the 4th inning. Joe DiMaggio, Jerry Coleman, Yogi Berra, and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also belt round trippers. It is the first time that nine different players connect for homers in a game.
» June 24, 1950:
Art Houtteman pitches Detroit to a 41 win over the Yankees. Yogi Berra's homer is the only Yankee score, as New York loses their 4th straight and 8th in 12 games. Detroit now leads the AL by three games.
» September 28, 1951: Allie Reynolds pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the season, defeating the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium 80. It is his 7th shutout of the year. With two outs in the 9th, Ted Williams hits a foul pop that catcher Yogi Berra drops. Williams then hits another foul fly that Berra grabs for the last out. The Chief is the first American League hurler with two no-hitters in a season; Vander Meer's pair in 1938 is the only other time a pitcher has thrown two in a season. In the 2nd game, the Yankees clinch their 3rd straight pennant under Casey Stengel as Vic Raschi wins 113 for his 21st victory. Mickey Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his careera three run shot. The Yankees are three 1/2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with two to play.
» November 8, 1951: C Yogi Berra of the NY Yankees wins the first of his three MVP awards.
» October 3, 1952:
Brooklyn's Preacher Roe wins in Yankee Stadium 5-3.
Brooklyn scores 2 runs in the 9th on Yogi Berra's
» May 27, 1953: Eddie Lopat beats the Senators for the 8th straight time as he allows three hits in a 31 Yankee win. Joe Collins, Billy Martin, and Yogi Berra hit solo homers for New York. Mickey Vernon has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The win starts the Yankees on an 18-game winning streak, the 3rd longest American League streak of the century.
» September 7, 1953:
Campanella sets the ML record for RBI by a catcher
when he smacks a 3-run HR in a 6-3 Dodgers' win
over the Phils. Campy's 125 breaks Yogi Berra's ML
record of 124 set in 1950, and he will finish
the season with 142.
» April 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 51 win over the Red Sox.
» May 7, 1954: At New York, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra crash back-to-back homers in the 7th to pin a 20 loss on the A's Morrie Martin.
» September 26, 1954:
Art Ditmar of the Athletics defeats the Yanks
8-6 in the last game the franchise will play
in Philadelphia before moving to Kansas City. Yankee
C Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3B in his career.
Mickey Mantle plays SS again in Casey Stengel's "power
» September 28, 1955:
The Yanks win the first game of the WS, as Whitey
Ford beats Don Newcombe, 6-5. In a controversial
play with Frank Kellert at bat, Jackie Robinson steals
home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run
of a tie. Films later disclose that Robinson is out
by a whisker, but Yankee C Yogi Berra actually balked
on the play, receiving Whitey Ford's pitch before
Kellert could swing at it.
» October 3, 1955:
No more "wait till next year" as Brooklyn, behind
the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres, brings its first
WS championship to Brooklyn in 8 tries. Sixth-inning
replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in
LF to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra
bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on. Amoros
turns and fires to SS Pee Wee Reese who throws
a bullet to Gil Hodges at 1B for the DP on Yankee
base runner Gil McDougald.
» May 3, 1956: Before 4,308 at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers for the 3rd day in a row, but Kansas City holds on to win, 87. A Mick homer in the 5th is followed by homers by Hank Bauer and Yogi Berra.
» May 5, 1956: The Yankees clout four homers -- Yogi Berra's, Hank Bauer's inside-the-park, and two moonshots by Mickey Mantle -- to top the A's, 52. Mantle's 2nd homer hits the RF facade just inside the foul pole, and almost clears the roof.
» May 18, 1956: Mickey Mantle hits home runs from both sides of the plate for the 3rd time in his career, eclipsing the mark of Jim Russell. The shots come off Billy Pierce and Dixie Howell, the 2nd tying the game. Mantle and Yogi Berra, the American League's top home run hitters, combine for 20 bases as the visiting New Yorkers nip Chicago 87 in 10 innings.
» September 11, 1956:
Yogi Berra ties the ML career record for HRs by a
catcher in the Yankees' 9-5 victory over Kansas
City. His 236th--and the Yankees' 177th of the season--tie
him with Cub great Gabby Hartnett.
» October 5, 1956:
The Dodgers come back from a 6-0 deficit
in Game 2 to win 13-8 behind the sterling relief
pitching of Don Bessent. Yankee C Yogi Berra becomes
the only player in WS history to hit a grand slam
in a losing cause as he sends one over the RF screen
off Don Newcombe in the 2nd.
» October 10, 1956:
The Yankees win their first WS championship in
3 years as Johnny Kucks sets down the Bums 9-0.
Yogi Berra hits a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron
hits a grand slam. Don Newcombe takes the loss, his
4th in Series competition.
» May 16, 1957: The Yankees top Kansas City 30 behind Bob Turley's four-hit shutout. Mickey Mantle has a homer off Alex Kellner, the 11th time in his last 12 at bats he's reached base safely. That night a group of Yankees celebrate Billy Martin's 29th birthday in a raucous fashion. An ensuing fight at Manhattan's Copacabana Club leads to $5,500 in fines and the eventual trade of Billy to Kansas City. Hank Bauer allegedly starts the fight by hitting a patron, although Bauer denies it. The Yanks fine Whitey Ford, Bauer, Yogi Berra, Mantle and Martin $1,000 each and Johnny Kucks $500.
» May 21, 1957:
For his part in the Copacabana incident, Yankee OF Hank Bauer is arraigned. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim, Edward Jones, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today's game, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford are benched, while Bauer bats 8th. Mickey Mantle has a single, two walks, and a homer to back Bob Turley's 4-hit 30 shutout over the A's. Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yanks now trail the White Sox by a half game.
» June 11, 1957: In a 7-2 loss to the Braves, Dodger C Roy Campanella hits his 237th career HR, surpassing career marks of Gabby Hartnett and Yogi Berra. The Braves move 1 1/2 game behind the leading Reds.
» October 31, 1957:
Yogi Berra says that the Yankees returned the money
collected in fines to the players involved in
the Copacabana fight.
» September 2, 1958: At Yankee Stadium, New York snaps a scoreless tie with Boston when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle crash back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year of Sisler. New York wins, 61. Mantle, with 38 homers, leads the American League. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together, and homer in the same game 50 times before they are through.
» September 3, 1958: The Yankees spot Boston a 53 lead before Mickey Mantle homers in the 8th and Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 85. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.
» May 10, 1959:
The Yanks sweep two from the Senators at the Stadium, winning 63 and 32 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle's homer in the 3rd inning of the opener starts the Yanks scoring as they beat Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th of the nitecap. Yogi Berra has a home run in the nitecap and sets a new major-league record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.
» May 12, 1959: At Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error on his 34th birthday today. Berra also homers, as do Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle, but New York loses 76 to the first-place Indians.
» July 11, 1959: Boston SS Don Buddin cracks a 10th inning grand slam, off reliever Bob Turley, to give the Red Sox an 84 win over New York. Turley replaced Bronstad, who took over when Ryne Duren and Yogi Berra are tossed by ump Summers.
» December 5, 1959: Representing ML baseball, the Yankees' Yogi Berra visits Italy to present baseball equipment and aid in the sport's development.
» 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 Mickey Mantle makes a catch for the final out, he is surrounded by a group of 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 Joe DiMaggio -- will escort Mantle off the field.
» June 11, 1961: The Yankees sweep two the Angels, winning the opener, 21 behind Ralph Terry's 5-hitter. Yogi Berra clouts a pair of solo homers. In the nitecap, Mickey Mantle's 1st inning homer, #19, gives him the American League lead, but Roger Maris adds a pair of home runs, his 19th and 20th, as New York wins 51. The Yanks have won 10 of 11 games.
» September 1, 1961: The American League's biggest crowd of the year, 65,566, sees Whitey Ford and Don Mossi duel at Yankee Stadium as a weekend battle for first place begins. Two-out, 9th-inning hits by Elston Howard, Yogi Berra, and Bill Skowron give New York a 10 win over the Tigers.
» September 15, 1961:
The Yankees set a new American League record for most homers in a season (222), as they split a doubleheader in Detroit, winning 111 and losing 42. Circuit blows by Bill Skowron and Yogi Berra in the opener help Whitey Ford win his 24th and increase New York's homer total to 222. This breaks the old mark set by the 1947 Giants and tied by the 1956 Reds. Norm Cash and Steve Boros homer in the nitecap to back Ron Kline's 7-hitter.
» October 24, 1963: Yogi Berra is appointed manager of the Yankees.
» June 23, 1964: Charlie Lau ties a major-league record with two pinch hits in the 8th inning of Baltimore's 98 win over the Yankees. The O's, losing score seven runs in the inning after two are out. Yanks manager Yogi Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting starter Bill Sheldon, who was leading 72, having allowed just two solo shots by Boog Powell. Rookie reliever Pete Mickelson cannot hold the lead as the O's move into first place.
» August 20, 1964: On the New York team bus following a 50 White Sox win, Phil Linz begins to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on his harmonica. Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop, then slaps the instrument out of his hands when he continues playing. The incident is reported as indicating dissension on the club and Berra's lack of control, as well as the level of Linz's humor.
» October 17, 1964: A World Series loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.
» January 21, 1971: The BBWAA fails to elect anyone in the annual Hall of Fame election. With 270 votes required, the nearest finishers are Yogi Berra (242) and Early Wynn (240).
» January 19, 1972: The BBWAA elects Sandy Koufax (344 votes), Yogi Berra (339), and Early Wynn (301) to the Hall of Fame. Koufax makes it in his first try and, at 36, is the youngest honoree in history.
» April 2, 1972: Mets manager Gil Hodges dies of a heart attack at West Palm Beach, Florida, two days shy of his 48th birthday. Yogi Berra is named manager.
» August 6, 1975: The Mets fire manager Yogi Berra, promoting coach Roy McMillan as interim skipper.
» September 28, 1982:
Detroit's Lance Parrish hits his 31st home run of the season in a 96 win over the Orioles, breaking the American League single-season record for catchers that he had shared with Yogi Berra and Gus Triandos.
» December 16, 1983: George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin as manager of the Yankees for the 3rd time, replacing him with Yogi Berra and giving Martin a front-office job.
» April 28, 1985: After the Yankees lose to the White Sox 43 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.