» August 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.
» October 1, 1932:
On the West Coast, a 17-year-old San Francisco
player appears in his first game with the Seals
(PCL). SS Joe DiMaggio has one hit against the Missions.
» July 26, 1933:
The 61-game batting streak of San Francisco's (PCL) 18-year-old rookie, Joe DiMaggio, is stopped
by Ed Walsh, Jr. of Oakland.
» December 19, 1934: The Yankees send five players to San Francisco as part of the payment for Joe DiMaggio. He will play another season in the Pacific Coast League and will report at the end of 1935.
» March 17, 1936: Much-heralded rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his spring debut with the Yankees, getting four hits, including a triple. The day is marred when the Cardinals win 8–7.
» March 21, 1936:
Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training record to 12-for-20, in an 11–2 Yankee victory over the newly named Boston Bees. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his spring training and delays his ML debut until May.
» May 3, 1936: Playing LF, Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has three hits, one a triple, as New York routs St. Louis 14–5. Joe scores three runs and knocks in one. Gehrig and Ben Chapman each collect four hits. New York will win five of their next six games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room, the Yankees waive OF Dixie Walker, hitting .350, to the White Sox.
» May 10, 1936:
By beating the A's, 7–2, at home the Yankees move into first place and will remain there the rest of the season. Rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut and hits his first home run, off George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has four hits and two RBIs and Johnny Murphy, in his first start of the season, picks up the win.
» May 14, 1936: Joe DiMaggio bangs three doubles and single to pace the visiting Yankees to a 6–1 win over the Browns. The Browns shut out the Yanks yesterday to break their 13-game losing streak.
» June 24, 1936:
Joe DiMaggio ties three major-league records in New York's 10-run 5th inning against the White Sox, hitting 2 HRs for
8 total bases. With 2 doubles, he equals the modern
record of four long hits in a game.
» July 7, 1936: The National League, having lost the first three All-Star Games, wins 4–3 at Boston's National League Park with four different Cub players (Galan, Herman, Hartnett, and Demaree) scoring runs. After Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints, Curt Davis is hammered by the American League, including Lou Gehrig's home run, but Lon Warneke shuts the door. Meanwhile, the NL is helped by Joe DiMaggio's loose fielding and error and Augie Galan's home run. DiMag is the first rookie to play in an All-Star game. NL plays its starting lineup except for two late-inning pinch hitters. Local favorite and 3-time starter Wally Berger doesn't appear. Missing from the NL roster are Dolph Camilli and Buck Jordan, co-leaders at .348, as well as the eventual batting champ Paul Waner.
» May 1, 1937: Joe DiMaggio makes his debut as a starter after missing six games, and strokes three hits against Rube Walberg. New York tips the Red Sox, 3–2.
» May 10, 1937: Monte Pearson pitches a one hitter in stopping the White Sox, 6–0. Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st two homers of the year and George Selkirk his 5th for NY. Chicago's only hit is a one-out first inning single by Larry Rosenthal, who was erased on a DP.
» 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.
» August 6, 1937:
In a 10-inning game Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. In the 10th inning Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory. One umpire calls it foul, so the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. But the other umpire overrules the first, allowing the winning run to score because of the OF's idleness. Cleveland protest of the game will be upheld.
» November 2, 1937: American League batting champ Charlie Gehringer is named MVP by the BBWAA receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Joe DiMaggio is a close second four points behind while Tiger teammate Hank Greenberg, who knocked in 183 runs, is a distant 3rd. Gehringer is the 3rd Tiger in four years to medal.
» May 2, 1938:
With Lou Gehrig batting 6th and joe DiMaggio at the cleanup spot for the 2nd game in a row, the Yankees edge the host Senators, 3–2. DiMag homers while Gehrig has a single.
» May 18, 1938: After Bobo Newsom equals the American League record with six consecutive strikeouts, Joe DiMaggio hits his 2nd home run of the game, and Newsom and the Browns lose to New York 11–7. DiMag drives in five runs and WP Lefty Gomez knocks in 3.
» August 27, 1938:
Joe DiMaggio has three triples in the first game of a doubleheader with Cleveland, an 8-7 win in New York. Monte Pearson has a no-hitter in the 2nd game, winning his 10th straight game, 13-0.
The Yankees, playing their sixth successive doubleheader, increase their AL lead to 12 games.
» April 20, 1939:
The Red Sox show off their prize rookie Ted Williams before 30,278 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.
» April 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 and DiMaggio will miss the next 35 games.
» June 7, 1939:
In his first at bat since April 29th, Joe DiMaggio triples to pace the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
» June 28, 1939:
The Yankees hit eight HRs in the first game of a doubleheader with the A's, and five more in the nightcap. Both are major-league records, as is the 53 total bases in a doubleheader. Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren, and Joe Gordon each hit three HRs. The Yankees win the opener 23-2 and take the nightcap 100.
» August 13, 1939:
The Yankees beat the A's 21-0 to equal the major-league record for lopsided shutouts. Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren each have two HRs, one each inside the park. Red Ruffing collects four hits along with the victory.
» October 8, 1939:
In the 10th inning of game 4, the Reds make 3 errors
and watch in shock as the Yankees run wild. The inning
is climaxed by Joe DiMaggio's slide across the plate
left unguarded by Ernie Lombardi, who was stunned
by a kick in the groin by the preceding runner, Charlie
Keller. The Yankees sweep the Reds and win their 4th
straight World Championship.
» October 24, 1939:
The AL MVP is Joe DiMaggio, with Jimmie Foxx the
runner-up, in the BBWAA poll.
» January 8, 1941: The BBWAA in TSN poll names the 1940 All Star team: Hank Greenberg, LF; Joe DiMaggio, CF; Ted Williams, RF; Frank McCormick, 1B; Joe Gordon, 2B; Luke Appling, SS; Stan Hack, 3B; Harry Danning, C. The pitchers are Bob Feller, Bucky Walters, and Paul Derringer.
» March 23, 1941: Joe DiMaggio, a hold out and late arrival in spring training, plays his first Grapefruit League game.
» May 5, 1941: Bobo Newsom and the Tigers trounce the Yankees 10–1 in Detroit. Joe DiMaggio is held hitless and has gone 7-for-43 in his last 12 games.
» May 15, 1941: Joe DiMaggio gets a single in four at bats against Ed Smith of the Chicago White Sox to start his 56-game hitting streak. Joe D's hit goes unnoticed as the Yankees lose, 13–1. Taffy Wright homers and drives in four White Sox runs, the 8th straight game he's driven in a run.
» May 25, 1941: Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. His run to be the first since Bill Terry in 1930 to exceed the magic number will be marked in newspapers throughout the season, although it will often give way to the batting streak by Joe DiMaggio. DiMag singles today, off Boston's Lefty Grove. Grove thus joins two of baseball's most famous streaks—Joe's current hitting streak and Ruth's 60 homers in 1927. Lefty served up a gopher on September 27, 1927.
» May 27, 1941:
Joe DiMaggio is 4-for-5 with three runs and three ribbies to pace the Yankees to a 10–8 win over the Senators.
» May 28, 1941: The New York Yankees edge the Washington Senators, 6–5, before 25,000 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium. George Selkirk twinkles with a pinch grand slam, and Joe DiMaggio triples against Sid Hudson.
» May 30, 1941:
The Red Sox and Yanks split, New York winning the opener and Boston trouncing New York in the nitecap, 13–0. The Sox cap it off with a triple steal. Ted Williams laces six hits in the doubleheader, while Joe DiMaggio hits in both games to run his streak to 16. It is not a good day for the DiMag, suffering from a cold, as he commits an error in the opener and three more in the nitecap.
» June 17, 1941:
Joe DiMaggio is credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to short bounces up and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder. Chicago beats the Yankees 8-7.
» June 29, 1941:
Joe DiMaggio singles against Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler's AL consecutive-game hit record of 41. In game two he collects a seventh-inning single off of Walt Masterson to set the record at 42 games.
» July 1, 1941:
Before 52,832 at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio leads a sweep of the Red Sox 7-2 and 92. The 2nd game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2
hits in the first game and one in the second to tie Willie Keeler's major-league batting streak of 44 games. The Yankees have 25 hits in the two games but fail to hit a HR in the first game, ending their AL streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one HR. The previous record, set by the Tigers in 1940, was 17 games.
» July 2, 1941:
Joe DiMaggio extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 45 by hitting a HR off Boston's Dick Newsome,
surpassing Willie Keeler's all-time record.
» July 17, 1941:
In front of more than 60,000 fans at Cleveland, Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak is ended at 56 games. Indian P Al Smith and Jim Bagby, Sr., plus sensational plays by 3B Ken Keltner, stop the Yankee Clipper, but New York edges the Indians 6-5.
» September 29, 1941:
Overshadowed by the .406 mark of Ted Williams and
the hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio, Jeff Heath of
the Indians hits over 20 doubles, triples, and HRs
during the season. The Canadian muscleman will finish
with 32 doubles, 20 triples, and 24 HRs. It will be
38 years before George Brett will duplicate the feat
in the AL.
» November 27, 1941: Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP. His 56-game hitting
streak edges out Ted Williams and his .406 batting
average for the award (291 votes for DiMaggio and
254 for Williams).
» March 5, 1942: Variety, the week entertainment newspaper, wades in against "droopy drawers" in baseball. "Joe DiMaggio and Carl Hubbell are the silliest looking pair we've seen. Way back in the days when the speed boys were stealing 40 to 90 bases a year, you'll remember they used to roll their pants just below the knee. Now they've got 'em almost to their shoes. The theory here is that the constriction inherent in the new style can slow a player a full stride getting to first."
» February 17, 1943: Joe DiMaggio, drawing $43,500 from the Yankees, trades in his salary for the $50 a month as an army enlisted man. DiMag, in his customary quiet style, gives no notice to the club.
» April 20, 1943:
The season starts, 2 weeks later than customary.
Stalwarts such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Enos
Slaughter and Johnny Mize are gone, among some 60
players who could have been classified as regulars
in the 1942 season.
» July 12, 1943:
In Boston, a team of Armed Forces all-stars managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams plays the Braves in a fund-raising effort. Ruth pinch-hits in the eighth and flies out to right. The all-stars win 9-8 on a Williams HR.
» June 4, 1944:
In Hawaii, Joe DiMaggio hits a 435-foot HR, but the seventh Army Force team loses 6-2 to a Navy team, as former major-league P Bob Harris throw a 4-hitter for the Navy.
» May 10, 1946: Before a Friday Ladies' Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64,183, the first-place Red Sox take their 15th straight game, a 5–4 win over the Yankees. Earl Johnson gets the win with four innings of scoreless relief. A Joe DiMaggio grand slam accounts for all the Bombers' scoring.
» May 17, 1947:
The Yanks win a pair from the White Sox by 4–3 scores. Spec Shea wins the opener, collecting three hits a two runs scored. Joe DiMaggio's homer in the bottom of the 9th, off Maltzberger, is the winner. Bill Dickey has a pair of hits and a stolen base for the White Sox. In the nitecap, George McQuinn has three hits and scores the winning run in the 8th to break up the pitching duel between Spud Chandler and Chicago' Ed Lopat.
» May 24, 1947: The Yankees edge into 3rd place ahead of the Red Sox, whipping Boston, 17–2. George Stirnweiss scores five runs and King Kong Keller four runs in the 17 hit attack. Joe DiMaggio has four hits and three runs.
» October 4, 1947:
Frank Shea throws a 4-hitter and helps his own cause
with 2 singles, as the Yankees win 2-1 in Game
5. A Joe DiMaggio HR in the 5th is the margin.
» October 5, 1947:
CF Al Gionfriddo's magnificent catch takes
a HR away from Joe DiMaggio, which would have tied
the 6th game of the WS at Yankee Stadium. The Brooklyn
Dodgers go on to win 8-6. There is another WS
attendance record, with a crowd of 74,065 on hand
to watch the game.
» November 27, 1947: Setting off a storm of controversy, Joe DiMaggio
is named American League MVP by a single point over
Ted Williams. Williams, the Triple Crown winner, receives
201 points, and is completely left off one writer's
ballot. A 10th-place vote would have given Williams
the needed 2 points. Williams is selected The Sporting
News Player of the Year.
» May 20, 1948: At Chicago, Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and adds another homer to drive in six runs, as the Yanks coast, 13–2. DiMag almost has a 6th extra base hit, but left fielder Ralph Hodgin snares it at the wall. Johnny Lindell adds a homer to back Vic Raschi's pitching over Orval Grove. DiMaggio is the first Yankee in eight years to hit for the cycle. DiMag last cycled in 1937.
» May 23, 1948: Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive home runs for the New York Yankees in a 6–5, first-game win against the Indians. The first two home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black, the Indians take the nightcap, 5–1, to preserve first place.
» July 13, 1948: Vic Raschi of the Yankees drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the American League again tops the National League 5–2 in the All-Star Game at Sportsman's Park. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, George Kell, and Hal Newhouser miss places in the lineup due to injuries.
» July 22, 1948: The Yankees take the rubber game of the series with the Indians as Vic Raschi earns the decision over Bob Feller, 6–5. Joe DiMaggio's grand slam is the big blow for the Bombers: he has hit four homers and a triple in Feller's four starts against New York. His eight RBIs in the three games with Cleveland gives him a league-leading 82.
» July 25, 1948: In the tight 4-team American League race, Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a sweep over the White Sox, 5–3 and 7–3. Joe D is 3-for-3 in Game One to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and two doubles in the nitecap. His three RBIs in game two gives him an AL-high 86.
» August 15, 1948: Before 72,468—the largest crowd of the season at Yankee Stadium—the A's sweep a pair from the Yanks by 5–3 scores and regain second place in the American League. The A's win the opener in 10 innings after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th homer of the year. Joe D also triples home a run in the extra frame but Lou Brissie preserves the win for Carl Scheib. The A's total 20 hits in the two games, including a triple and double by Sam Chapman. New York is now in 4th place, five games back.
» October 3, 1948:
The Red Sox tie for the lead by blasting New
York 10-5, despite 4 hits by Joe DiMaggio.
» February 7, 1949: Joe DiMaggio signs with the Yankees for $100,000, the first six-figure contract in the ML.
» March 2, 1949: Joe DiMaggio leaves the Yankee camp to have an ailing right heel examined at Johns Hopkins hospital. He is told that no surgery is needed and he returns to Florida, but the heel will continue to bother him. The star is hitting just 7-for-31 in the Grapefruit League.
» June 28, 1949:
After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel, Joe DiMaggio wakes to find the pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankee lineup with a single and a HR that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox 6-4 in a night game at Fenway. He will hit four HRs in a 3-game sweep.
» June 21, 1950: Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit, a 7th-inning single off the Indians Chick Pieretti, as the Yanks win 8–2. DiMaggio joins Luke Appling and Wally Moses as the only active players with 2,000 or more hits. Eddie Lopat is the winning pitcher, running his record against Cleveland to 25–6.
» June 23, 1950: Eleven home runs—a ML record—drive in all the runs scored in a 10–9 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 30, 1950: Joe and Dom DiMaggio both home run in the 10–2 Red Sox victory over New York in the nightcap of a doubleheader. It has been 15 years since two brothers homered in a game.
» July 3, 1950: With rookie Joe Collins not hitting and Tommy Henrich still injured, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1B in an experiment. In the 7–2 loss he handles 13 cleanly but is clearly not happy with the move. After this one-game experiment, Joe returns to the outfield.
» August 11, 1950: Hitting just .279, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career. He is currently languishing in a 4-for-38 slump. His sub, Cliff Mapes, wallops a seventh-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7–6 win over the A's.
» September 10, 1950: Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit three 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 ninth time. The Senators lead the second game 6–2 when rain washes it out in the fourth. New York is now a half-game in back of the leaders with Boston a half game behind the Yankees.
» October 5, 1950: Allie Reynolds and the Yankees win again over ace Robin Roberts 2–1 in 10 innings in Philadelphia. Joe DiMaggio's leadoff home run in the 10th inning is the game winner.
» May 24, 1951:
Mickey Mantle is 0-for-5 but reaches base twice after striking out on a wild pitch. The 2nd time, in the 6th inning, he reaches 2B before Detroit C Joe Ginsberg can retrieve the ball, and Joe DiMaggio follows with a homer to deep left field. New York wins, 11–1, behind Joe Ostrowski.
» July 8, 1951: The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head in second 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.
» July 12, 1951: At Cleveland, Allie Reynolds of the NY Yankees no-hits Cleveland 1–0 for the first of his two no-hitters this season. Gene Woodling’s seventh inning HR off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1–0 game. The Chief's no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson in 1928. New York takes the nitecap behind Vic Raschi as Joe DiMaggio cinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.
» July 30, 1951: Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error against Detroit, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep CF and, thinking it's the third out, begins trotting in. It's only the second out, and George Kell scores from 2B to make the score 4–2 in the eighth. Despite the lapse, the Yanks win, 5–4, with DiMag knocking in the winning run in the ninth.
» September 14, 1951:
At the Stadium, the Yanks move into first place with a 5–1 win over the Indians. Joe DiMaggio triples in the 5th with two on to send the Yanks on their way.
» September 16, 1951:
At the Stadium, Joe DiMaggio's long triple off Bob Feller scores two runs in the 5th and Allie Reynolds holds on for a 5–1 New York win. The Yanks take over first place for good by a margin of .003 points over Cleveland.
» September 28, 1951: Allie Reynolds pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the season, defeating the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium 8–0. 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 11–3 for his 21st victory. Mickey Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his career—a three run shot. The Yankees are three 1/2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with two to play.
» October 20, 1951: Joe DiMaggio accompanies Lefty O'Doul's all-stars on a tour of Japan. They will win 13 of the 15 games.
» November 10, 1951: in Tokyo, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American all-star team battles a Central League all-star team. Joe DiMaggio hits a 400 ft. home run in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1–1, then his brother Dom DiMaggio laces an RBI-triple in the 9th and scores to give the Americans a 3–2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied one.
» November 13, 1951: Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio, Ferris Fain, and Billy Martin, lose 3–1 to a Pacific League all-star team—only the 2nd time since 1922 that an American professional team has lost to Japan, and the first time to professional players.
» December 11, 1951: Joe DiMaggio officially retires as a member of the New York Yankees with 361 home runs and an average of .325 after 13 seasons. His 56-game, consecutive-game hitting streak in 1941 will stand as one of the all-time best diamond achievements.
» 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 Tom Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill before going over it, while Jensen, the former heir to Joe 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.
» January 21, 1953: The Hall of Fame passes over Joe DiMaggio in his first year of eligibility and elects P Dizzy Dean and OF Al Simmons to Cooperstown. Dean gathers 209 votes while Simmons' total of 199 is one more than needed. Also joining DiMag, who finished 8th in the voting, are in order Bill Terry, Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, Dazzy Vance, Ted Lyons, Chief Bender (9th) and Gabby Hartnett (10th). All will eventually make it.
» January 14, 1954: Former Yankee great Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe in San Francisco.
» 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.
» May 2, 1961: In their first appearance in Minnesota, the Yankees top the transplanted Washington team, 6–4. Mickey Mantle's grand slam in the 10th inning off Camilo Pascual, is the big blow. Luis Arroyo picks up the save after the Twins score 2. Mick's extra inning grand slam is the 6th by a Yankee, joining Wally Pipp (1923), Babe Ruth (1925), Bob Meusel (1929), and Joe DiMaggio and Tommy Henrich (1948).
» December 13, 1961: Mickey Mantle signs a 1962 contract for $82,000. Only Joe DiMaggio has been paid more by the Yankees.
» September 18, 1965: On Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium, 50,180 fans see Mantle play his 2,000th game. Joe DiMaggio and Bobby Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle's first at bat, Detroit's Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins, 4–3, with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.
» April 30, 1967:
In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle breaks a 1–1 tie in the 10th with a three-run homer off California reliever Minnie Rojas to give New York a 4–1 win. California takes the 2nd game 4–2 despite Mantle cracking a pinch double in the 9th inning. His hit gives him 2,215, one more than Joe DiMaggio.
» October 22, 1967: Joe DiMaggio is hired as executive vice president of the A's by Charlie Finley.
» June 8, 1969:
Mickey Mantle Day in New York. With 60,096 fans on hand, Mantle's number seven is retired and plaques he exchanges with Joe DiMaggio will hang on the CF wall at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio's plaque comes as a surprise to the Yankee Clipper. The Yankees then sweep the White Sox 3–1 and 11–2.
» July 21, 1969: A gala All-Star Game banquet in Washington is one of baseball's great events. An all-time team and all-time living team is announced. Babe Ruth is selected Greatest All-Time Player, and Joe DiMaggio, Greatest Living Player.
» August 15, 1977:
In a 2–1 win over Kansas City, Boston's Jim Rice hits a 3rd inning double and becomes the first Boston player since Ted Williams in 1939 to hit 20 homers, 20 doubles and 10 triples in a season. Between Williams and Rice, only Charlie Keller (1946), Joe DiMaggio (1948, '50) and Mickey Mantle (1955) had reached those levels.
» September 29, 1978: Bob Stanley makes just his 3rd start of the year, shutting out the Blue Jays at Fenway, 11–0. Stanley has a one-hitter but Dick Drago takes over in the 7th as the two hurlers allow just three hits. Jim Rice's first inning double and 2nd inning single gives him 400 total bases for the year. He is the first player to reach that mark in the American League since Joe DiMaggio in 1937: Aaron had 400 in 1959. Lynn and Hobson both collect three hits.
» November 7, 1978: Boston's Jim Rice outpoints New York's Ron Guidry, 353-291, to win the American League MVP Award. Rice led the league in hits (213), triples (15), home runs (46), RBI (139), and slugging (.600), and became the first AL player to accumulate 400 total bases in a season since Joe DiMaggio in 1937.
» July 22, 1980: Atlanta's Bob Horner belts two home runs in a 7–5 win over the Expos, giving him 15 homers in his last 23 games and 13 in the month of July, just two short of the major-league record shared by Hank Greenberg, Joe DiMaggio, and Joe Adcock. Horner will hit one more home run in July, and finish the season with a career-high 35.
» October 5, 1985:
Willie Wilson singles home the winning run as Kansas City beats Oakland 5–4 in 10 innings. Doyle Alexander pitches a 5-hitter, as Toronto beats 2nd-place New York 5–1 to wrap up its first American League East crown. Dave Winfield drives in the lone run, his 100th RBI of the year. He is the first Yankee to have 100 RBIs and score 100 runs in the same year since Joe DiMaggio in 1941-42.
» August 26, 1987: Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 in Milwaukee's 1–0, 10-inning win over the Indians, ending his hitting streak at 39 consecutive games. His streak was the 7th longest in ML history and the longest in the American League since Joe DiMaggio's 56-game streak in 1941. Molitor faces rookie John Farrell all four times, and is on deck when Rick Manning ends the game with a run-scoring pinch single in the bottom of the 10th.
» May 13, 1991: California's Dave Winfield moves into 25th place on the all-time RBI list by bringing home the 1,538th of his career in California's 9-5 win over Cleveland. He surpasses Joe DiMaggio in the process.
» March 8, 1999: Joe DiMaggio, baseball's "Greatest Living Player," dies at the age of 84 following a long illness.
» May 22, 2002:
The Athletics send OF Jeremy Giambi to the Phillies in exchange for IF/OF John Mabry. The trade, viewed as one–sided for the Phils, will be a good one for Oakland. Giambi will homer in his first two Philley at bats on the 25th, and be the first player in major–league history to hit eight homers in each league before the All–Star break. He'll finish the year with 20. That, plus Jason Giambi's 41, will give the Giambi boys the record for homers by brothers in the same season, topping the 59 hit in 1937 by Joe DiMaggio (46) and Vince DiMaggio (13).
» September 29, 2002:
The Cardinals win their 97th, beating the Brewers, 4–0. Andy Benes pitches five innings before leaving with a back twinge. Wayne Franklin pitches seven innings for the Brewers. Edgar Renteria knocks in the game's 1st run in the 8th with the 1st of two RBIs. He finishes with 82 RBIs, the highest for a Bird SS since Doc Lavan's 82 in 1921. Albert Pujols has no RBIs, but finishes with 127, one behind National League leader Lance Berkman. Pujols is the first batter since Ted Williams in 1939–40 to drive in more than 250 runs in his first two seasons in the majors. Pujols drove in 257 runs in his first two campaigns. Just four big–leaguers have posted 250 or more RBIs in their first two years in the majors. Joe DiMaggio holds the record with 292 ribbies in his first two; Dale Alexander with 272, is in 2nd place.