» May 7, 1929: Yankee southpaw Tom Zachary wins a 6–5 game in relief at St. Louis, the first of his 12 wins without a loss for the year, a ML record. No pitcher will have a better season without losing a game. His batterymate, rookie Bill Dickey, helps out with his first major league homer, off General Crowder.
» May 13, 1929: In Cleveland, fans have no trouble telling the players apart, as both teams wear numbers on their uniform backs. This is a first in the majors. The Indians beat the Yanks 4–3, despite a homer by New York's Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th, Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York, it is their 3rd loss after six straight wins.
» September 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.
» July 4, 1932:
Yankees C Bill Dickey breaks Carl Reynolds'
jaw with a punch, sidelining the Senators OF indefinitely. Dickey is suspended for 30 days and assessed a $1,000 fine.
» August 4, 1932:
Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup after his month's suspension with a grand slam and three singles, as New York beats Chicago 15-3.
» October 2, 1932:
The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6, as the Yankees
sweep the Series. 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.
» May 27, 1933: The White Sox tally three in their half of the 8th inning to take an 11–3 lead against New York. The Yankees storm back with 12 runs in the bottom half of the 8th inning with Bill Dickey's grand slam the big blow. The combined total of 15 runs is a new American League record for one inning. The final reads 15–11.
» June 1, 1935: At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers hit a record six solo home runs in beating Boston, 7–2. Bill Dickey 2, Frank Crosetti, Ben Chapman, George Selkirk, and Red Rolfe are the sluggers. All the Sox scoring comes on a two-run homer by pitcher Mel Almedo.
» April 26, 1936:
At Boston, the Red Sox score six runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Yankees rebound with seven 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.
» July 17, 1936:
Yankees Red Rolfe, Lou Gehrig, and Bill Dickey hit 3rd-inning home runs against Detroit to tie the American League record, since topped. New York rolls, 9–4, dropping the Bengals to 4th place. Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.
» July 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.
» October 5, 1938:
Bill Dickey ties a WS record with 4 hits, as Red
Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-1 win
in the Series opener at Wrigley Field.
» October 8, 1938:
The Series moves to Yankee Stadium, and New York
rolls to its 3rd straight win, with Monte Pearson
beating Clay Bryant 5-2. Bill Dickey and Joe
» November 2, 1938: Jimmie Foxx is voted MVP of the American League for the 3rd time, with Yankees C Bill Dickey 2nd in the voting.
» 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.
» 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 Bobo 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. Lou Gehrig does not play, but takes infield practice and warms up Monte Pearson using a righty glove. New York now leads by one 1/2 games.
» October 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 the winning run.
» May 21, 1940: Jimmie Foxx hits a grand-slam home run for the 2nd day in a row against Detroit in an 11–8 Red Sox win. Only Babe Ruth, twice, and Bill Dickey have slammed in consecutive days in the American League. Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, and Doc Cramer also homer for Boston. Hank Greenberg and Rudy York homer for the Bengals, while Wally Moses has a pair of triples and two singles.
» August 18, 1940: The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its sports editor, Jimmy Powers, suggesting that the 5th place Yankees, had been hit by a "mass polio epidemic." Powers charges that Lou Gehrig's "infantile paralysis" had infected the other Yankees, accounting for the team's uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and fans. At Gehrig's request, Milton Eisenberg, a Brooklyn attorney, brings suit for $1 million against Powers and newspaper charging that Gehrig's reputation and credit had been hurt and that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankees, including Bill Dickey, also file suit against the News, causing the newspaper to issue a public apology on September 26, The three and a half column story appears under the headline "OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES." In his apology, Powers admits he had no business getting 'snarled up in medical controversy," stating "Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club." Lou is a personal hero, Powers adds. "Hurting his feelings was far from my mind.'
» August 14, 1942: The Yankees turn a ML-record seven DPs in an 11–2 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down two runners following third strikes, three are started by the DP combo of Rizzuto and Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates one. The seven DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190, just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark they set last season of 194.
» October 11, 1943:
Bill Dickey's 2-run HR off Mort Cooper in the 6th
gives the Yanks the championship. Spud Chandler gives
up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2-0 victory.
Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full
share is worth $6,139 to the New York players; the
Cards get $4,321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million
at the gate, receives $100,000 for broadcast rights,
and donates $308,000 to War Funds.
» May 24, 1946:
Co-owner and GM Larry MacPhail fires Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager, and Bill Dickey replaces him. As prove that McCarthy had lost control of his players, MacPhail cites a confrontation between the manager and Joe Page during a May 21st flight from Cleveland to Detroit. McCarthy, whose health is ailing, leaves the team with a 22–13 record.
» March 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.
» 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, 1952: Jimmy Piersall and New York's Billy Martin first exchange insults before a game in Boston, then exchange punches in the tunnel under the stands. It takes coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo, along with starter Ellis Kinder, to break the fight up. Piersall goes to the clubhouse to change his bloody shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate Maury McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yanks, 5–2.
» 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.
» May 13, 1955: It's Friday the 13th and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time. In all, Mantle has three home runs, the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek, and the third off Bob Miller, all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. Mick adds a single, good for five RBIs as New York beats Detroit 5–2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Tony Lazzeri (1927), Ben Chapman (1932), and Bill Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hits three homers in a game at Yankee Stadium.