New York Yankees RF Hank Bauer goes to NYC court for Copa fight incident, other Yankees players are benched...
On May 16, 1957, Billy Martin celebrated his 29th birthday with a night on the town that ended at the Copacabana, in the company of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer and their wives. It turned out to be the most infamous off-field night in club history – and one of Martin’s last acts as a Yankee player. Long convinced that Martin was a corrupting influence on Mantle, GM George Weiss found out about the brawl that broke out at the club, and that was all he needed to know. Not even a month later, Weiss traded Martin, Ralph Terry and two minor-leaguers to the A’s for outfielder Harry (Suitcase) Simpson, reliever Ryne Duren and outfielder Jim Pisoni. “When Casey told me about the trade, he didn’t even look up,” says Terry, who was reacquired two years later. Stengel loved Martin, and the feeling was mutual. “I didn’t make this trade. Weiss did,” Stengel said. Martin was devastated by the trade. He returned 18 years later as manager. Martin continued to be a fan favorite, though barrooms never stopped being a problem.
May 21, 1957- For his part in the Copacabana nightclub fight incident, New York Yankees OF Hank Bauer is arraigned in New York City court. 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 against the Kansas City A's, Catcher Yogi Berra, INF Billy Martin and P Whitey Ford are benched, while Hank Bauer bats 8th in the Yankees starting batting order. Mickey Mantle has a single, 2 walks, and a HR to back Yankees starter Bob Turley's 4-hit, 3-0 shutout over the Kansas City A's. Bob Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The New York Yankees now trail the Chicago White Sox by a half game. On June 15, 1957, Yankees GM George Weiss would trade INF Billy Martin to the Kansas City A's. Billy Martin's MLB career would start a decline, eventually leading to his release by the Twins in the spring of 1962.
New York Yankees RF Roger Maris gets 5 walks in a game to set new record
May 22,1962- The New York Yankees RF Roger Maris, who went all of the 1961 AL season without receiving an intentional walk, collects 4 walks in a 12-inning, in a 2-1 win against the expansion LA Angels to set an AL record. Roger Maris receives 5 walks in all. Four Yankee pitchers (Whitey Ford, Jim Coates, Bud Daley and Bob Turley) combine to give up just 1 hit to the Angels in 12 innings. New York Yankees starter Whitey Ford leaves after 7 innings, because of back spasms, reliever Jim Coates gives up the lone Angels hit, a 1-out 9th-inning single to Angels rookie catcher Buck Rodgers.