» August 1, 1925:
The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City and earn the nickname "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers.
» October 18, 1925: Salt Lake City (PCL) 2B Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th home run of the season in a 12–10 victory over Sacramento in the final game of the year. It is an inside-the-park drive in the 7th off Frank Shellenback.
» October 7, 1926: With the Series tied at 2–2, 39,552 pack Sportsman's Park to watch Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel duel again. The Cards score first on a double by Jim Bottomley and single by Les Bell. Ragged play costs the Cards a run in the 6th. Tied 2–2 in the 10th, Mark Koenig singles, takes 2B on a wild pitch, and after a sacrifice, comes home on Tony Lazzeri's long fly for a 3–2 Yankees win.
» October 10, 1926: On a drizzling New York afternoon, only 38,093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding World Series contest. Grover Alexander, possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen, barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3–2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; three walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel, and Lou Gehrig on base with two out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats, a few feet to the foul side of the pole, then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with two out in the 9th, and is thrown out, inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5,584.51, the losers, $3,417.75.
» May 31, 1927:
The Yankees slug the 3rd-place Athletics into submission, winning 10–3 and 18–5. Babe Ruth homers in each game to run his string to four 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. Tony Lazzeri and Mark Koenig homer in game 2, while Lou Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double, triple and homer in the opener.
» June 8, 1927: Tony Lazzeri clouts three homers in the Yankees 11-inning, 12–11, win over the White Sox. Tony's first two round trippers come off Red Faber, and his 3rd is a 2-run line drive in the 9th inning off George Connally that ties the game. The Yanks were behind, 11–6, going into the 9th inning. New York wins it in the 11th after Cedric Durst triples, Lazzeri is intentionally walked, and Ray Morehart singles over Barrett's head in RF.
» October 8, 1927:
Down 3-0, the Pirates give the ball to their
biggest winner, Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th, Ruth's
2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him
for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th.
In the last of the 9th, Combs walks, Mark Koenig beats
out a bunt, and Ruth walks to fill the bases.
Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and
Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri, a wild
pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the
winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions
in 4 straight. Ruth's .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd
Waner's .400 tops the Bucs.
» May 24, 1928: In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, a major-league record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A's. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Earle Combs, Leo Durocher, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Waite Hoyt for New York; Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Eddie Collins, Lefty Grove, and Jimmie Foxx for the A's.] Led by Lazzeri's three hits and six RBIs, the Yanks edge the A's, 9–7, handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A's win the nitecap, 5–2, behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
» October 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,
Ruth hits a HR, his 2nd of the game, and Gehrig follows
suit. When Meusel singles, in comes 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 WS.
Ruth's World Series 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.
» May 22, 1930: In Philadelphia, the Yankees and the Athletics continue the home run barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader, 10–1 and 20–13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of home runs in the opener, as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yanks score nine runs in the 1st two innings of the 2nd second game, but the A's come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20–13 as Tony Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores five runs, and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game, while Lou Gehrig powers three round trippers to drive in eight runs. On the A's side, Jimmie Foxx has two homers to drive in six runs. For the afternoon, the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers, a then-record 10 in game 2.
» April 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 2 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.
» September 13, 1931: Yankee Tony Lazzeri steals 2B, reaches 3B, then steal home in the 12th to give Lefty Gomez a 2–1 win over Detroit in the lidlifter. New York edges the Tigers, 4–3, in nitecap although Earl Whitehill holds them to six hits. One of the hits is a 2-run home run by Gehrig in the 6th.
» May 21, 1932: Before 60,000 at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington, 14–2 and 8–0. Washington collects just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener, Ruth homers in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Lou Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon, including a HR, two doubles and a triple.
» June 3, 1932:
Lou Gehrig hits four consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a fifth in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle, and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41).
» August 12, 1932:
AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit's protest of its August first game against NY and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri's and Ben Chapman's batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.
» 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 28, 1934: In St. Louis, Lou Gehrig hits a 6th inning homer, off Paul Andrews, then follows Babe Ruth's 7th inning homer with another round tripper. The back-to-back homers, off Jack Knott, are the last the pair will combine on. New York gets homers from Jack Saltzgaver and Tony Lazzeri to rumble to a 13–9 victory.
» May 23, 1936:
Tony Lazzeri hits three home runs, two in the nitecap, good for four RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics, 12-6 and 15–1. The crowd of 24,240, 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 24, 1936: Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams, a 3rd home run, and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25–2 slaughter of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit seven home runs in four games and six in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. DiMaggio has three hits, including a homer, and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when nine Yanks score two or more runs. Another major-league record is tied when Ben Chapman draws five walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub, Jack Saltzgaver. Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.
» October 6, 1937:
Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez duel in the opening
game of the WS, a rematch of last year's teams. The
Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th inning on 5 singles,
3 walks, and 2 errors. Tony Lazzeri homers in the
bottom of the 8th to make the final score 8-1.
» October 15, 1937:
The Yankees release Tony Lazzeri who later signs
as a player-coach with the Chicago Cubs.
» May 5, 1943: In the nitecap 5–2 win against the Indians, Chicago's Wally Moses steals home. It is Wally's second steal of home in extra innings, tying Tony Lazzeri's mark. Cleveland wins the opener, 2–1.
» July 27, 1946:
Rudy York of Boston hits grand-slam HRs in the second and fifth innings off Tex Shirley of the St. Louis Browns, as the Red Sox win 13-6. Only Tony Lazzeri and Jim Tabor have accomplished this feat before York. York also has a 2-run double to knock in 10 runs. He had five RBI against the Browns the day before.
» September 12, 1947:
Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games to
pass Johnny Mize in the HR race as Pittsburgh tops
the Boston Braves 4-3. The rain of HRs exceeds
the 7 in 4 games hit by Tony Lazzeri in 1936. On the
18th Kiner will again pass Mize in the homer derby
by belting his 50th of the season. Mize will get his
50th two days later. Kiner will get number 51 on September
23 against Jim Hearn of the Cards, and Mize will tie
it up 2 days later off Johnny Sain of Boston. Both
players have until the season finales on September
28 to break the tie, but neither will succeed.
» May 17, 1951: Gus Zernial hits his 7th home run in four successive games to tie the major-league record set by Tony Lazzeri in 1936, as his A's beat the Browns 7–6.
» October 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. major-league 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.
» 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.
» May 9, 1961: Jim Gentile becomes the 3rd player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings (Tony Lazzeri in 1936, Jim Tabor in 1939: Rudy York in 1946 also hit two grand slams, but not in consecutive innings) when he belts one off Pedro Ramos in the first and adds another off Paul Giel in the 2nd. His eight RBI in consecutive innings set a ML record. Gentile also tacks on a sacrifice fly to give him a club record nine RBI in the 13–5 drubbing of the Twins.
» February 26, 1991: Former Yankee 2B Tony Lazzeri and former major league owner Bill Veeck are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee.