This week in Yankees History August 14th- August 20th
1919- The New York Yankees overcome Muddy Ruel's hitting into a triple play and beat the Detroit Tigers in 15 innings by the score of 5-4.
1919- The New York Yankees get a court injunction to barring further interference by the AL team owners, who had sought to prevent starter Carl Mays from playing with the Yankees for the rest of 1919 AL season. The Boston Red Sox had traded the troubled hurler to the Yankees for 2 players and $40,000, after a personnel dispute with the pitcher, who felt that the team hasn’t giving him enough support on the field when he pitched.
1929- Former Yankees reserve OF Jim Pisoni (1959-1960) was born. (1929-2007) On June 15,1957, Jim Pisoni was traded by the Kansas City A’s along with P Ryne Duren and OF Harry Simpson to the Yankees for INF Billy Martin, P Ralph Terry, INF/OF Woodie Held, and OF Bob Martyn. Jim was a weak hitting OF, who appeared only in 37 games, hitting just .143 with the Yankees. He spent most of his time at AAA level, while with the New York Yankees organization. On December 1,1958, Jim was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves from the Yankees in the 1958 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On May 7,1959, Jim was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Braves to the Yankees. Jim passed away in February of 2007.
1929- It is “Charlie Gehringer Day” in Detroit, and the popular Detroit Tigers 2B handles 10 chances in the field, at the plate he hits 3 singles and a HR, and steals home in a 17-13 win over the visiting New York Yankees.
1934-The largest weekday crowd in history watches as the Detroit Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium. It is the Tigers' 14th straight win. Tiger’s starter “Schoolboy” Rowe has won 13 games in a row. The next day the Yankees will end the Tigers winning streak.
1937- The New York Yankees purchased P Ivy Andrews from the Cleveland Indians for $7,500. Ivy was originally with the Yankees in 1931-1932, going 4-2 in 11 games before being traded to the Boston Red Sox. In his 2nd tour with the team, he went 4-5 in 30 games during the 1937-1938 AL seasons.
1942- The New York Yankees turned MLB-record seven-double-plays in an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Yankees catcher Bill Dickey guns down 2 runners following called 3rd strikes, 3 are started by the DP combo of Phil Rizzuto and Joe Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates another one. The seven DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190 DPs for the 1942 AL season, just missing the (since surpassed) MLB mark they set in the 1941 AL season with 194.
1947- Former Yankees minor league P Lowell Palmer was born. On June 12,1973, Lowell Palmer was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the New York Yankees for P Mike Kekich. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 31,1974, Lowell Palmer was purchased by the San Diego Padres from the New York Yankees.
1950- Former Yankees shortstop Jim Mason (1974-1976) was born. On December 6,1973, Jim Mason was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Texas Rangers for cash. Jim hit .250 in 152 games in 1974, before fading during the 1975-1976 AL seasons. In July of 1974, Jim hit 4 doubles in a game, while driving in 2 runs. In the 1976 World Series, Jim hit the only HR for the Yankees. On November 5,1976, Jim was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Yankees as the 30th pick in the 1976 AL team expansion player draft.
1959- The Boston Red Sox 1B Vic Wertz hits a pinch-hit grand slam HR off of New York Yankees reliever Ryne Duren to pace the 11-6 Boston win. Pete Runnels of the Red Sox walks twice in one inning to tie a MLB record.
1960- The New York Yankees lose a doubleheader to Washington Senators and fall to 3rd place in the AL, a half game behind the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox. Senators starter Camilo Pascual's grand slam homerun is the difference in a 5-4, 1st-game win for the Nats. In the 2nd inning, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs, jogs to 1B on a grounder to 3rd Base. The Senators turn a DP, with Yankees Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at 2B. Roger Maris will miss 18 games as a result of the rib injury. Yankee Stadium fans heavily boo Mickey Mantle; Manager Casey Stengel replaces him in the starting lineup with reserve OF Bob Cerv. The clubs set a MLB record by using 17 pinch hitters, 9 by the Yankees in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings), while playing a MLB record 24 errorless innings.
1966- The New York Yankees sweep 2 games from the Cleveland Indians, winning the nightcap by a score of 6-4. The Indians help in the 2nd game by making 6 errors in one inning, one short of the record. Mickey Mantle helps with a HR, off of lefty Jack Kralick, but he'll sit the next 12 days after re-injuring his knee.
1969- In a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, the Yankees 2B Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th inning, then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss for the White Sox, while Yankees reliever Jack Aker is the winner.
1977- The New York Yankees collect 15 hits, including HRs by Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles, to swamp the California Angels by a score of 15-3. Yankees starter Richard “Dirt” Tidrow allows just 2 hits in 6 innings for the win.
1990- The California Angels post a 9-5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam HR by Luis Polonia. Yankees RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoestring catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner for the Angels. Jesse Barfield will misplay another drive into an inside-the-park home run 4-run in 2 weeks.
2002- The New York Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Kansas City Royals by the score of 3-2. Yankees CF Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Yankees hurler Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.
2010- New York Yankees All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez hits 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs, taking over the AL RBI lead with 97, as the Yankees defeat the Kansas City Royals by the score of 8-3. New York starter Phil Hughes (14-5) is the winner.
1912- Little-known Guy Zinn, New York Yankees outfielder steals home twice in a 5-4 win at Detroit; this will add to last-place New York's MLB record of 18 steals of home for the year. The Yankees will win tomorrow game by the score of 9-8, when Zinn hits a 9th inning double.
1930- Former Yankees minor league OF Bob Martyn was born. In 1952, OF Bob Martyn was signed by the New York Yankees. An impressive minor league player, he was named to 3 All-Star teams while playing in the Yankees farm system. In the 1956 American Association All-Star Game, he hit 2 HRs, winning the MVP Award for the game. That season, Bob was playing for Manager Ralph Houk’s Denver Bears (AAA). He was sent to the Kansas City A’s in a trade that took place on June 15,1957. The Yankees sent OF Bob Martyn, INF/OF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin and P Ralph Terry to the A’s for P Ryne Duren, OF Jim Pisoni and OF Harry Simpson. On April 12,1959, he was traded back to the Yankees along with Mike Baxes by the Kansas City A’s for OF Russ Snyder and INF Tom Carroll. Mike was sent down to Richmond (AAA) never appearing with the Yankees in a MLB game. He retired from MLB baseball in 1960. Overall, Bob Martyn played in 154 MLB games. In 358 at-bats, he hit .263 with 3 HRs with 35 RBIs. He hit 12 doubles and 11 triples, scoring 35 runs and stealing 2 bases (while being caught stealing 7 times).
1948- Before 72,468 fans, the largest crowd of the 1948 AL season at Yankee Stadium, the Philadelphia A's sweep a pair from the Yankees by 5-3 scores and regain 2nd place in the AL. The A's win the opener in 10 innings after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th HR of the year. Joe DiMaggio also triples home a run in the extra frame, but Lou Brissie preserves the win for A’s starter Carl Scheib. The A's total 20 hits in the 2 games, including a triple and double by Sam Chapman. The Yankees are now in 4th place, 5 games back in the 1948 AL pennant race.
1955- Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate in the same game for the 2nd time in his MLB career, tying the MLB mark. The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 12-6 in game 2 and sweep the doubleheader to move back into 1st place in the AL.
1958- Former Yankees P Joe Cowley (1984-1985) was born. On November 22,1983, Joe Cowley was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees. Joe went 21-8 in 46 games for the Yankees. On December 12,1985, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with C Ron Hassey to the Chicago White Sox for P Britt Burns, minor league players: P Glen Braxton and P Mike Soper.
1958- Former Yankees minor league OF Tom Dodd was born Tom Dodd was college baseball player at the University of Oregon from 1977-1979. The New York Yankees selected him in the 1st round of the 1980 MLB amateur player draft. In the minors, he played in the Yankees minor league organization, before being traded to the Chicago White Sox.
1960- Behind New York Yankees starter Art Ditmar's 5-hitter aided by Mickey Mantle's 2-HRs, off of Baltimore Orioles hurlers Jerry Walker and Hoyt Wilhelm, the Yankees get a 4-3 win and 1st place in the AL. The 2nd HR comes after C Clint Courtney drops a Mickey Mantle foul pop-up. The Orioles loss is only its 2nd in their last 15 games. The Baltimore Orioles and the defending 1959 AL Champs Chicago White Sox, now trail the Yankees by a half-game.
1961- New York Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 46th HR, off of Chicago White Sox starter Juan Pizarro for the Yankees only run in a 2-1 loss to the visiting White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Pizarro allows just 4 Yankee hits, as Yankees Ace Whitey Ford loses in his bid for his 21st win of the 1961 AL season.
1963- Former Yankees P Karl Drews (1946-1948) passed away. Before the 1939 MLB season, Karl Drews was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Karl would spend 1939 season with the class D Butler Yankees. The 19-year old right-hander would appear in 31 games, posting a 16-5 record with a 3.66 ERA. Karl would spend until 1946 in the minors before getting a look at the major leagues, after winning 19 and losing only 9 for the Newark Bears (AA) with a 2.70 ERA in 1945. He went 14-9 with the Kansas City Blues (AAA) in 1946. The Yankees would have him up for a late season look, where he got into only 3 games. Karl was back with the Yankees and was 6-6 in 30 games for the 1947 World Champions making a couple of relief appearances against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1947 World Series. He would go 2-3 for the 1948 Yankees. On August 9, 1948, Karl was purchased by the St. Louis Browns. Karl Drews went 9-9 in 52 games with the New York Yankees. Karl's son had been born on the day he pitched in his 1st World Series game in 1947. He put away his Yankees cap from that game for him. In 1994, Ron Drews gave the cap to his son, Karl's grandson Matt, on the day Matt Drews was selected as the New York Yankees number 1 selection in the 1993 MLB amateur player draft. He did appear with the Yankees at the MLB level.
1966- Former AL All Star Yankees 3B Scott Brosius (1998-2001) was born. On November 18,1997, Scott Brosius was sent by the Oakland A’s to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 7,1997. The A’s sent a player to be named later to the Yankees for veteran MLB starter Kenny Rogers and cash. Scott’s best season for the Yankees was in 1998, when he hit .300 and made the AL All Star team. He was the 1998 World Series MVP and won AL Babe Ruth Award. In 1999, he won an AL Golden Glove for 3B. Scott retired from MLB after the 2001 World Series.
1968- At Oakland, the Yankees edge the A's by the score of 4-3. A’s hurler Blue Moon Odom gives up a triple to Tommy Tresh, a walk, then he serves up a 3-run HR to Mickey Mantle for the difference in the game.
1971- Oakland A’s Ace Vida Blue raises his 1971 AL pitching record to 22-4 as the A's beat the Yankees by a score of 6-4. Blue scatters 10 hits and scores the tie breaking run on a wild pitch.
1972- Former Yankees minor league OF Chris Singleton was born On November 11,1997, Chris Singleton was traded by the San Francisco Giants along with C Alberto Castillo (minors) to the New York Yankees for 3B Charlie Hayes and cash. Singleton played only 1 season in the Yankees farm system, hitting .254 for the Columbus Clippers (IL). On December 8,1998, Chris was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later. The White Sox would send minor league player Rich Pratt on January 10,1999 to the Yankees to complete the trade.
1975- Former Yankees P Ben Ford (2000) was born. In 1994, the New York Yankees originally signed Ben Ford. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1997 MLB team player expansion draft. After returning to the Yankees in 2000, Ben went 0-1 in 4 games.
1977- New York Yankees starter Mike Torrez throws his 5th straight complete game, a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Yankees are now just 4 1/2 games in back of the Boston Red Sox.
1991- New York Yankees All Star 1B Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair, but the Yankees still beat the Kansas City Royals by the score of 5-1. He will get one 2-days later, and the hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3,000 to benefit a children's charity. Mattingly is not alone; Yankees P Steve Farr, C Matt Nokes, and P Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club’s hair policy. OF Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games, is warned his appearance is "borderline."
2002- The New York Yankees top the Kansas City Royals by the score of 7-5, as Yankees CF Bernie Williams gets 5 hits in the game, including a double.
2007- New York Yankees rookie outfielder slugger Shelley Duncan hits a dramatic 3-run HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game but the Baltimore Orioles rally with 3 runs of their own in the 10th inning off of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to win the game by a score of 6-3.
1889- Former Yankees P Henry “Rube” Robinson (1918) was born. On June 20,1918, Henry Robinson was purchased by the New York Yankees from the St. Louis Cardinals. Rube went 2-4 in 11 games for the Yankees in 1918.
1903- Toledo native George Mullin, pitching for the Detroit Tigers, helps the attendance today (6,000) as the Tigers take on New York in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is racked for 8 runs, but Detroit scores 12, led by the hitting of Sam Crawford, who is 5-for-6.
1913- Former Yankees P Ernest “Tiny” Bonham (1940-1946) was born. (1913-1949). Tiny Bonham went 79-50 for the Yankees. He was a member of 1942-1943 AL All Star teams. His best season was in 1942, when he went 21-5 for the Yankees. On October 24,1946, Tiny was traded by the Yankees to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Cookie Cuccurullo. Tiny passed away during the 1949 NL season following surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital.
1920- At the Polo Grounds, Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, 29, is beaned by a Carl Mays pitch. Chapman is a right-handed batter who likes to crowd the plate, Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the submarine delivery. He is carried from the field and dies the next day from a fractured skull. Carl Mays, a surly, unpopular pitcher, is the target of fans' and MLB players' outrage. Ray Chapman, a Cleveland favorite since breaking in with the team in 1912, had been married the previous year. In October, his wife will receive a full 1920 World Series share, $3,986.34. The incident has no effect on Mays's pitching. One week later he will blank the Tigers by the score of 10-0, and go on to win 26 and lose 11 during the 1920 AL season. Joe Sewell will be called up to take Chapman's place at 2B, he will for 14 AL seasons. He will be the hardest man to strike out in MLB.
1922- Former Yankees OF Gene Woodling (1949-1954) was born. (1922-2001). On September 30,1948, Gene Woodling was purchased by the New York Yankees from the San Francisco Seals (PCL). He would play outfield on 5 straight World Championship teams (1949-1953). He hit over .300 in 1952 and 1953 AL seasons. During the 1954 AL season, Gene broke his arm. After the 1954 AL season, Gene was part of the big 17-man trade between the Baltimore Orioles and Yankees.
1927- Teeing off on a White Sox hurler Tommy Thomas pitch, New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes the 1st player to homer over the roof of Chicago's Comiskey Park.
1929- Former Yankees minor league INF Curt Roberts was born. On April 4,1957, the Kansas City A’s sent INF Curt Roberts to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on February 19, 1957. The A’s sent players to be named later, INF Wayne Belardi, P Art Ditmar, INF Jack McMahan and veteran P Bobby Shantz to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later, P Rip Coleman, INF Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, P Mickey McDermott, P Tom Morgan and OF Irv Noren. Curt will stay at AAA in the Yankees minor league system. Curt played in the MLB in 1954-1956 with the Pirates, being their first black MLB player. He was bumped by rookie Bill Mazeroski for the 2B job with the Bucs; he was traded to the A’s.
1948- New York Yankees Hall Of Fame OF/P Babe Ruth (1920-1934) dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York City. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium and will be viewed by more than 100,000 fans.
1952- Former Yankees reliever Al Holland (1986-1987) was born. Veteran MLB P Al Holland was signed and released as a MLB free agent with the team in 1986-1987 AL seasons. Al went 1-0 in 28 games for the Yankees.
1961- Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th HR in his 6th straight game, as the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox by the score of 5-4 in the 9th inning. His two HRs blasts off of veteran lefty starter Billy Pierce give him 48 HRs, 3 more than his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle.
1965- Former Yankees reliever Xavier Hernandez (1994) was born. On November 27,1993, Xavier Hernandez was traded by the Houston Astros to the New York Yankees for P Domingo Jean and INF Andy Stankiewicz. He went 4-4 in 31 games with 6 saves for the Yankees in 1994. He left the team for MLB free agency signing with the Cincinnati Reds. He is currently a minor league pitching coach for AAA Durham Bulls in the Tampa Bay Rays system.
1975- Former Yankees reserve OF Mike Coleman (2001) was born. On March 21,2001, Mike Coleman was traded by the Cincinnati Reds along with 3B Drew Henson to the New York Yankees for minor league OF Wily Mo Pena. He appeared in 12 games hitting .211 for the Yankees, spending most of the 2001 season with the Columbus Clippers (AAA). On July 17, 2005, Mike Coleman was purchased by the New York Yankees from Bridgeport (Atlantic League). He didn’t appear with the Yankees that season, spending the season at Columbus. On October 15,2005, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.
1976- Yankees LF Mickey Rivers hits an inside the park HR against Texas Rangers starter Gaylord Perry as the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1. Yankees reserve INF Fred “Chicken” Stanley, also hits a HR in the game.
1977- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees blows a 9-4 lead in the top of the 9th inning, when the Chicago White Sox score 6-runs, but a 2-run HR by 1B Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the 9th inning gives the Yankees an 11-10 comeback win.
1978- Former Yankees P Brian Gordon (2011) was born. Capping a journeyman's career, Brian Gordon got a chance to return to the MLB in June 2011, when the New York Yankees' starting rotation was crippled by injuries. In his 1st MLB appearance since 2008, he held his former team, the Texas Rangers, to 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings on June 16th. He had been signed by the New York Yankees from the Philadelphia Phillies’ AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, where he was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA, the best in the International League. The Yankees went on to win the game, 3-2 in extra innings. The developing fairy tale came to a crashing stop in his next MLB start, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on June 22nd. He gave up a HR to the 1st batter he faced, Chris Heisey, who would go on to hit 3 HRs in the Reds' 10-2 win. Gordon gave up 2 more long balls in taking the loss. Brian was sent back to Scranton, he received his release by the Yankees to pitch for a team in South Korea.
1989- Yankees OF/DH Luis Polonia is arrested in his hotel room for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He will be sentenced to 60 days in jail after the 1989 AL season.
2000- The Texas Rangers shut out the New York Yankees by the score of 5-0, as starter Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his MLB pitching debut. Rangers OF Gabe Kapler goes hitless in the game, ending his 28-game AL hitting streak.
2009- Yankees AL All Star shortstop Derek Jeter hits an RBI double off Seattle's Doug Fister in the 3rd inning for his 2,674th hit as a shortstop, surpassing Luis Aparicio's all-time leading total for the position. The Yankees lose the game, however, by the score of 10-3 as Fister records his first win in the majors.
1915- INF Fritz Maisel of the New York Yankees steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 9th inning against the Philadelphia A’s.
1919- Former Yankees P Ernest Nevel (1950-1951) was born. (1919-1988) Before the 1946 AL season, Ernie Nevel was signed as an amateur MLB free agent by the New York Yankees. Nevel was farmed out to the Augusta Tigers (SAL), where he would go 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 36 appearances. This would be the 1st year of 9 seasons that he would spend in the minors. After 4 more years of minor league baseball, he was tying for the league lead with a 21-win performance with the pennant-winning Beaumont Roughnecks (TL) in 1950. He got a very short look by the Yankees in late September of the year, making only 3 appearances, losing 1 game and having a 9.95 ERA. The Kansas City Blues (AAA) would be Ernie's home for the biggest part of the 1951 season. The he would go 14-11 with a 3.86 ERA. Ernie would show up again in Yankee Stadium, appearing in only 1 game, pitching just 4 innings with no decisions and that was it for his 2nd shot at the MLB hitters. It was back to Kansas City in 1952, where he went 7-6 in 22 appearances. On August 28th, he was traded by the New York Yankees along with OF Jim Greengrass, OF Bob Marquis, P Johnny Schmitz and $35,000 to the Cincinnati Reds for veteran MLB P Ewell Blackwell.
1920- Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman dies as a result of being hit by a pitch thrown by Yankee submariner hurler Carl Mays. The tragedy remains the only on-field fatality in MLB history.
1923- After 111 games played, Babe Ruth is hitting .401 with 31 HRs. He'll wind up with his highest BA, .393. With 205 hits, a MLB record 170 walks, and 4 times hit by pitches, Ruth will reach base a record 379 times.
1925- New York Yankees released OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Fergunson to the Washington Senators for future considerations and waiver price.
1929- The New York Yankees buy P Lefty Gomez from San Francisco Seals (PCL) for delivery in September 1930. Lefty would post a Yankees pitching career record of 189-101 with a WP of .649 with 1,468 strikeouts and 173 complete games from 1930-1942.
1933- On his way establishing the MLB mark of playing in 2,130 consecutive games, Lou Gehrig quietly surpasses former Yankees shortstop Everett Scott's previous MLB record of 1,308 games. The 1st baseman's single and triple doesn't prevent the last place Browns from beating the Yankees in 10 innings, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis by the score of 7-6.
1943- Yankees 1B Nick Etten singles twice off of Chicago White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking an 17-game stretch, in which Etten didn't single. Six of the 17 games were hitless, but Etten either doubled or HR in the other games. The Yankee lead is now at 9 1/2 games with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series, most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel restrictions. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Washington Senators.
1944- New York Yankees OF Johnny Lindell, converted from a pitcher in 1943, hits 4 straight doubles to share a MLB mark. The Yankees defeat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 10-3.
1944- Former Yankees minor league INF Ron Boyer was born. Ron Boyer is the brother of major leaguers Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer, Cloyd Boyer, and minor leaguers Lynn Boyer, Wayne Boyer and Len Boyer, and the uncle of Dave Boyer and Mickey Boyer. Ron Boyer spent 8 years in the New York Yankees minor league system from 1962 to 1969. He only hit above .200 twice, never hit double-digit home runs. He made it to the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) in 1967 for 23 games. Boyer spent the rest of 1966-1969 seasons playing in AA ball.
1946- Former Yankees P Skip Lockwood (1974) was born. On December 3,1974, reliever Skip Lockwood was traded by the California Angels to the New York Yankees for veteran C/1B/DH Bill Sudakis. Skip never played a MLB game for the 1975 Yankees. On April 7,1975, Skip was released by the New York Yankees. He would be picked up by Oakland A’s.
1948- Yankees OF Tommy Henrich hits his 4th grand slam HR of the 1948 AL season, off of Washington Senators hurler Sid Hudson, to join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Rudy York and, later, Al Rosen and Ray Boone for the AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit a grand slam HR before the 1948 AL season. Starter Bob Porterfield wins the game for the Yankees by the score of 8-1.
1948- An estimated crowd of 100,000 baseball fans passes by the body of New York Yankees Hall Of Fame slugger Babe Ruth that is on display at Yankee Stadium.
1950- Former Yankees reserve catcher MLB Coach Paddy O’Connor (1918-1919) passed away. Paddy O’Connor finished his MLB career with the 1918 Yankees as reserve player appearing in 1 game hitting .333 (1 for 3) then becoming a Yankees MLB coach for 2 seasons. He was a minor league manager in the 1920’s.
1951- Former Yankees reserve INF Butch Hobson (1982) was born. On March 24,1982, Butch Hobson was traded by the California Angels to the Yankees for P Bill Castro. Butch only appeared in 30 games with the Yankees, hitting only .172, spending most of the 1982 baseball season at Columbus (AAA).
1953- Bob Kuzava of the New York Yankees shuts out the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 9-0, allowing 11 hits along the way.
1967- Former Yankees P Ray “Slim” Caldwell (1910-1918) passed away. Ray Caldwell posted a 96-99 pitching career record in 248 games for the New York Yankees. His best Yankees seasons were in 1914, he went 18-9 and in 1915, posting a 19-16 mark. On December 18,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Frank Gilhooley, P Slim Love, C Roxy Walters, and $15,000 cash to the Boston Red Sox for P Ernie Shore, OF Duffy Lewis, and P Dutch Leonard.
1971- Current Yankees All Star DH/1B/C Jorge Posada (1995-2011) was born. In 1990, INF Jorge Posada was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the MLB amateur player draft. He was originally an infielder, who was converted into a catcher after his 1st minor league season. In his 17 seasons with the Yankees, Jorge has .273 lifetime BA with 270 HRs with 1052 RBIs. He was named to the AL All Star team five times. In 14 ALDS games he has a .270 BA with 5 HRs with 14 RBIs. In 8 ALCS, Jorge has .224 BA with 4 HRs with 17 RBIs. In 6 World Series with the Yankees has a .219 BA with 3 HRs with 11 RBIs.
1979- The Kansas City Royals released veteran 1B/DH George Scott, who will sign with the New York Yankees on August 26th.
1986- Former Yankees reserve OF Sammy Vick (1917-1920) passed away Sammy Vick was a reserve outfielder for the New York Yankees from 1917-1920. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Del Pratt, C Muddy Ruel and P Hank Thormahlen to the Boston Red Sox for P Waite Hoyt, P Harry Harper, C Wally Schang, and INF Mike McNally.
2002- Hitting a HR in the 7th inning off of Seattle Mariners starter James Baldwin, Yankees All-star Alfonso Soriano becomes the 1st 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Bobby Bonds was the only other New York Yankee player to post a 30/30 season accomplishing the feat in 1975.
1893- Former Yankees and Hall Of Fame P Burleigh Grimes (1934) was born.He went 1-2 in 10 games with the 1934 Yankees in his final MLB year as a active player.
1906- New York Yankees Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the 2nd time of the 1906 AL season, both times by spitballer starter Ed Walsh of the Chicago White Sox.
1912- In New York, the Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 9-4. Ty Cobb steals home in the 1st inning, the 3rd time this season, he's swiped home and all are in the 1st inning.
1931- In the Yankees 5-4 loss at Detroit, New York 1B Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1,000th consecutive MLB game. Gehrig is 307 games short of former Yankees shortstop Everett Scott's MLB record streak.
1926- The New York Yankees purchased P Wilcy Moore from Greenville from South Atlantic League. He would be the great relief ace of the 1927 Yankees going 19-7 with 13 saves. He is considered to be the 1st of the great Yankee closers in the team’s history.
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 Yankee players, accounting for the team's uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and baseball fans. At Gehrig's request, Milton Eisenberg, a Brooklyn attorney, brings suit for $1 million against Powers and the newspaper charging that Lou Gehrig's reputation and credit had been hurt, that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankee players, including C Bill Dickey, also file suit against the Daily News, causing the newspaper to issue a public apology on September 26, 1940. The three and a half column story appears under the headline "OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES." In his apology, Jimmy 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.”
1944- Former Yankees player (1966,1968), MLB Coach and Manager Mike Ferraro was born. In 1962, Mike Ferraro was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. In limited play of 33 games, Mike hit .170 for the Yankees. On October 15,1968, Mike was drafted by the Seattle Pilots from the Yankees as the 57th pick in the 1968 AL expansion team player draft. On May 7,1973, Mike was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees, he did not play for the team at MLB level. Mike was released as a player in April of 1974; he joined the Yankees minor league system. He was in charge of the Oneonta Yankees (1974-1975), Fort Lauderdale Yankees (1976), West Haven Yankees (1977) and Tacoma Yankees (1978). He was a New York Yankees MLB coach from 1979-1982. During the 1980 ALCS, he was the victim of one of owner George Steinbrenner's patented tirades when the Boss blamed him, as the Yankees' 3B coach, for Willie Randolph having been thrown out at home plate during Game 2. Steinbrenner wanted to have Ferraro fired on the spot but just about everyone else who followed baseball jumped to Ferraro's defense. Yankees manager Dick Howser found the episode so distasteful that he resigned after the Series. Mike Ferraro took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1983 but was replaced by Pat Corrales after just 100 games - Corrales had earlier been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies with his team his 1st place, and the Indians' brass jumped at the chance to hire a "proven manager", leaving Ferraro holding the short end of the stick. In 1984, he joined the Kansas City Royals MLB coaching staff, working again with Howser. He was with the team in its 1985 World Series victory, and took over the club for the second half of the 1986 AL season after skipper Howser was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Ferraro returned to the Yankees MLB staff from 1987 to 1991. Also he spent 1993 AL season as a Baltimore Orioles MLB coach.
1946- Former Yankees P Jim Magnuson (1973) was born. (1946-1991) On November 29,1971, Jim Magnuson was drafted by the New York Yankees from the Chicago White Sox in the 1971 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Jim went 0-1 in 8 games for the Yankees.
1950- The Philadelphia A's lefty hurler Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankees hit in the last 5 innings, but it's a critical one. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th inning, Joe DiMaggio cracks his 22nd HR of the 1950 AL season to give the 3rd place Yankees, a 3-2 win and hand the A’s their 6th straight loss.
1962- The Kansas City A’s top the New York Yankees for the 2nd day in a row by the score of 5-4. Once again, All Star CF Mickey Mantle homers in the losing cause for the Yankees.
1965- Former Yankees reserve OF Marcus Lawton (1989) was born. On July 10,1989, Marcus Lawton was traded by the New York Mets to the Yankees for P Scott Nielsen. Marcus appeared in only 10 games with the Yankees, just hitting .214. He is the older brother of former Yankees OF Matt Lawton.
1973- The New York Yankees purchased veteran 1B Mike Hegan from the Oakland A’s for cash. The Yankees originally signed Mike in the early 1960’s. Mike was the son of longtime Yankees bullpen coach Jim Hegan.
1973- The New York Yankees released veteran NL All Star OF Johnny Callison. John Callison had hit .258 in 92 games in 1972, after coming from the Chicago Cubs for P Jack Aker, but he faded to .176 in 45 games at the time of his release. John had hit the winning HR for the NL team in the 1964 All Star Game at Shea Stadium.
1976- In the Yankees 8-6 win over the Texas Rangers, Roy White HR’s from each side of the plate.
1979- The New York Yankees sell veteran P Ray Burris (1-3) to the New York Mets.
1983- In the continuation of the "Pine Tar Game," Hal McRae strikes out for the last Royals out. KC Closer Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th inning to preserve the Royals' 5-4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and, as the only game scheduled at the Stadium, is witnessed by a crowd of 1,245 fans. An odd feature of the game is that lefty 1B Don Mattingly playing 2B and P Ron Guidry in CF, as the Yankees try to cover all the options.
1989- Dallas Green is fired as manager of the New York Yankees (5th place, 56-65) and is replaced by former Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time the Yankees have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over ownership of the club in 1973. The 1978 AL play-off hero loses his MLB managerial debut to the Tigers in Detroit by a score of 7-3.
1995- New York Yankees announcer, former AL MVP and All Star Shortstop, Phil Rizzuto retires as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend his former Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle's funeral. Phil Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 AL season.
1996- In a wild contest at Yankee Stadium, the Seattle Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The Yankees strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to edge within 1 run. Seattle scores twice in the 6th inning, but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the 6th inning with 3 runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle scores 3 runs in the top half of the 12th inning, two runs on 1B Paul Sorrento's 2nd HR of the game. New York fights back with 2 runs in the bottom of the12th inning, but falls one run shy, losing, by the score of 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, while the Seattle Mariners stay 6 games behind the Texas Rangers in 2nd place in the AL West.
2000- The Anaheim Angels defeat the New York Yankees, by the score of 9-8 in 11 innings. Anaheim scores 5-runs in the 9th inning to tie the game before Darin Erstad's HR wins it in the 11th inning. Angels OF Darin Erstad makes a 10th inning game-saving catch It is the 1st time in 12 years that the Yankees blow a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.
1891- Former Yankees 1B/C Al DeVormer (1920-1921) was born. (1891-1966) Al DeVormer hit .288 in 108 games with the Yankees before being traded on January 3, 1923, with cash to the Boston Red Sox for P George Pipgras and OF Harvey Hendrick.
1908- The New York Yankees veteran starter Jack Chesbro allows 11 hits, but still shuts out the Detroit Tigers by a score of 7-0.
1910- Former Yankees P Atley “Swampy” Donald (1938-1945) was born. Atley Donald went 66-33 in 153 games with Yankees. He had 54 complete games with 6 shutouts. He led the American League in WP with .813 in 1939, while posting a 13-3 record. Atley was 1-1 in 2 games in the 1941-1942 World Series with the Yankees.
1920- The Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees by a score of 3-2. They leave town with a half-game lead over the Chicago White Sox and 1 1/2 over the Yankees, in what will be the tightest AL race since the 1908 AL season.
1935- Former World Series MVP and AL All Star 2B Bobby Richardson (1955-1966) was born. On June 12,1953, Bobby Richardson was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Bobby would become the Yankees regular 2nd baseman in 1959, hitting .301, the only Yankee regular to hit over .300 that season. He would be an AL All Star 2nd baseman in 1957, but didn’t play. He was named to the 1959,1962-1966 AL All Star teams. He hit .307 in 7 World Series for the Yankees. With his best World Series was in 1960, winning the World Series MVP Award, after hitting .367 with 1 HR and 12 RBI’s against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bobby would hit .302 in 1962. He would lead the AL in singles in 1961-1962 and again in 1964. Bobby led the AL in Sac hits with 20 in 1962 and 16 in 1964. Bobby won the AL Golden Glove for 2nd base from 1961-1965. In 1963, he won the MLB Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
1945- The New York Yankees win the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox, by the score of 4-2 to break their 9-game losing streak, the longest under Manager Joe McCarthy. Chicago takes the nightcap, winning the game by the score of 2-0, as starter Lefty Grove gives up just 5 hits, including 3 hits by Yankees OF Bud Metheny.
1962- Kansas City A’s hitters Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey, and Billy Bryan hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning, but Yankees respond with Elston Howard has 2 HRs and 8 RBIs; Bill Skowron, a HR and 4 RBIs; Mickey Mantle, a Grand Slam HR and 7 RBIs, as the Yankees rout the A's, by the score of 21-7. Mantle adds 2 stolen bases before reserve OF Jack Reed takes over CF and has 2 at bats in the game.
1977- Backed by HRs from Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, starter Mike Torrez hurls his 6th complete game in a row as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers by a score of 8-1. The Yankees are now 2-1/2 games in back of the Boston Red Sox.
1981- Former Yankees minor league INF Jim Finigan passed away. In 1948, Jim Finigan was signed by the New York Yankees. Working his way up through the Yankees farm system, he missed the 1951-1952 AL seasons due to military service. Prior to the 1954 AL season, he was traded to the Philadelphia A’s in the Vic Power trade, where he spent his rookie year, hitting .302 and playing 3B. He made the 1954 Al All Star team. When the A’s moved to Kansas City, he went with them playing in 1955-1956. He was an AL All Star again in 1955, with 30 doubles (4th in AL) and 7 triples (8th in AL). In both 1955 and 1956 he played more 2B than 3B, as Hector Lopez became the 3B on the team. Hitting only .216 in 1956, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers after the season; he shared the 3rd base spot on the team in 1957 with Reno Bertoia. Finigan hit .270 on a team whose team average was .257. Bertoia kept the Tigers 3B job in 1958, while Finigan was traded to the San Francisco Giants, where he appeared in only 23 games in 1958, only 12 of which were in the field. He was then sent to the Baltimore Orioles in 1959, where he finished out his MLB playing career, hitting .252 in 119 at-bats as a 3B, filling in for Brooks Robinson who was only 22 but already in his 5th MLB season.
2000- For only the 3rd time in MLB history and the 2nd this season by the Yankees, a team is credited with 3 sacrifice flies in one inning. Bronx Bombers Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger join Yankee teammates Jose Vizcaino, Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams (June 29, 2000) and the White sox trio of Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith who accomplished the feat against the Indians on July 1,1962. The Yankees beat the Angels by a score of 9-1.
2001- The Seattle Mariners rout the New York Yankees by the score of 10-2, as OF Mike Cameron gets 4 hits including 2- HRs and drives home 8 runs. OF Ichiro Suzuki stretches his hitting streak to 16 games, giving him 3 streaks of 15 or more games this year. He's the 1st ML player with three 15-game streaks in the same season since Milwaukee Brewers Cecil Cooper in 1980.
2010- The Yankees use a 9-run 6th inning to blow away the Tigers by the score of 11-5. Robinson Cano hits a double, HR and collects 3 RBIs in the 6th inning. The Yankees are now a game in front of Tampa Bay Rays, who lose their game by a score of 4-3 to Oakland, but place newly-acquired 1B Lance Berkman on the disabled list with a sprained ankle.
1895- Former Yankees P Pete Schneider (1919) was born. (1895-1957) Pete Schneider went 0-1 in 7 games for the 1919 Yankees after being purchased from the Cincinnati Reds.
1923- AL President Ban Johnson bans a four-piece bat used by New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth because of the glue used on it. A protest is made against St. Louis Browns' Ken Williams for using a bat with a wooden plug in it. Ban Johnson rules that all bats must be one piece with nothing added except tape extending to 18 inches up the handle.
1923- New York Yankees P Waite Hoyt is suspended for 10 days after attacking AL Umpire. Hoyt’s “victim” was home plate umpire Marv Owens during the previous day’s 4-3 loss to the White Sox. The incident involved a close play at home, in which Hoyt claimed that he tagged the Chicago White Sox runner out, but Owens called the play safe. Hoyt never touched Owens, thanks to 5 Yankee players who had restrained him.
1931- At St. Louis, Lou Gehrig hits his 33rd HR in the 4th inning to tie Babe Ruth for the MLB HR lead, but the Babe answers back in the 9th inning with his 34th HR, a grand slam over RF roof at Sportsman Park, to give the Yankees a 7-3 win over the Browns. Lefty Gomez almost has New York's 1st shutout of the 1931 AL season, but he weakens in the 9th inning.
1938- Yankees AL All Star 1B Lou Gehrig hits a 1st-inning grand slam, the 23rd and last of his MLB career for a still-standing record. It comes off of A’s hurler Buck Ross in an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia.
1944- Former Yankee All Star 3rd Baseman Graig Nettles (1973-1983) was born. On November 27,1972, Graig Nettles was traded by the Cleveland Indians along with C Jerry Moses to the Yankees for C/1B/DH Johnny Ellis, INF Jerry Kenney, Outfielder’s Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres. Graig’s arrival from the Tribe would settle the Yankees long standing 3B problems that existed since the trade of Clete Boyer in 1966 to the Atlanta Braves. Nettles would be an All Star 3rd Baseman in 1975, 1977-1980 for the Yankees. He would win the AL Golden Glove for 3B in 1977-1978. In 1976, his 32 HRs would lead the AL. In 1981, he won the ALCS MVP. On March 30,1984, Graig was traded by the Yankees to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later and P Dennis Rasmussen. The San Diego Padres would sent minor league player Darin Cloninger on April 26,1984 to the Yankees to complete the trade. He would write a book about his Yankees playing experience titled “Balls.”
1954- OF Gene Woodling of the New York Yankees crashes into the wall, breaking a thumb. He is lost for the rest of 1954 AL season. Gene will be traded in the winter of 1954 to the Baltimore Orioles as part an of 17-player trade, which the Yankees would obtain starters Bob Turley and Don Larsen.
1957- New York Yankees starter Bob Turley pitches a two-hitter against the Kansas City A’s, but loses the game by a score of 1-0.
1961- At Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris homer in the twin-bill sweep of the Tribe. Mickey Mantle's 1st inning 3-run HR (#46) and Maris 49th HR in the 3rd inning to make it easy for Yankees starter Ralph Terry, who only allows 4 hits. In the nightcap, Bill Skowron hits his 21st HR in the 2nd inning and the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-2. In the 6th inning, after Indians hurler Gary Bell allows a single and then hits Billy Gardner and Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle collects his 101st walk of the season to force home a run.
1963- Former Yankees P Brad Arnsberg (1986-1987) was born. On June 6,1983, Brad Arnsberg was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1983 amateur player draft (Secondary Phase). Brad went 1-3 in 8 games with the Yankees. On November 10,1987, he was sent by the Yankees to the Texas Rangers to complete an earlier deal made on November 2,1987. The Yankees sent a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for C Don Slaught. The Yankees would send P Brad Arnsberg on November 10,1987 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Brad would be plagued by arm injuries during his MLB career. He would later become a pitching coach for the Yankees in their minor league farm system.
1964- On the Yankees team bus following a 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox, reserve INF Phil Linz begins to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on his harmonica. Yankees Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop. Phil Linz asks what Berra said to him, Mickey Mantle tells him to play it louder. Yogi Berra comes back to Linz then slaps the instrument out of his hands, when he continues playing. The harmonica accidentally hits Joe Pepitone in the knee; he over reacts by holding his knee complaining of an injury. The incident is reported by the media as indicating dissension on the club and Berra's lack of control, as well as the level of Linz's humor. Phil Linz would later get a $10,000 endorsement from Horner Harmonica Company to promote their products.
1982- Former Yankees P Hank Johnson (1925-1926,1928-1932) passed away. Hank Johnson began his minor league career playing 2 seasons (1923-1924) with the Florida State League team in Bradenton. When he first came up to the majors, Johnson was the youngest player on the 1925 Yankees. He pitched in 24 games but then spent virtually all of 1926 and 1927 seasons in the minor leagues, missing a chance to play in the World Series with the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1928 when he posted a 14-9 record. In 1930, Henry went 14-11 and the next season 1931, he finished with a 13-8 mark. His overall Yankees pitching record was 47-36 in 157 games. On June 5,1932, he was traded by the New York Yankees along with P Ivy Andrews and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for P Danny MacFayden. From 1933-1935, he was with the Boston Red Sox. He was with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1937.The Cincinnati Reds in 1939. He finished his playing days in the minors with Memphis in 1943.
1986- Yankees All Star OF Dave Winfield hits his 300th MLB career HR in a losing cause as the Yankees fall to the Seattle Mariners by a score of 5-2. Mike Trujillo wins his 1st game for Seattle.
2000- The most victorious pitcher in the New York franchise history is honored by the Yankees during “Whitey Ford Day” ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. The crafty Hall Of Fame lefty holds the team record for most victories (236), innings pitched (3,170 1/3), strikeouts (1,956) and shutouts (45). Whitey broke hurler Red Ruffing’s mark of 232 victories to become the all-time team leader.
2010- Seattle starter Felix Hernandez stymies New York at Yankee Stadium, leading the Mariners to a 6-0 win with 8 scoreless innings in which he strikes out 11 Yankee batters.
The 1942 Yankees handle 7 double plays in a Win against the A's
August 14, 1942- The New York Yankees turned MLB-record seven-double-plays in an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Yankees catcher Bill Dickey guns down 2 runners following called 3rd strikes, 3 are started by the DP combo of Phil Rizzuto and Joe Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates another one. The seven DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190 DPs for the 1942 AL season, just missing the (since surpassed) MLB mark they set in the 1941 AL season with 194.
1943 photo of HOF New York Yankees 2B Joe "Flash" Gordon
Thanks for the kind words. Enjoyed yesterday's game on FOX-TV. Jorge looked better as a lefty batter than righthanded. I guess its been a diappointing season for the Scranton fans with no playoffs this year. Who will be be brought up after the International league season ends?
1961 New York Yankees: Roger Maris hits HR #48 but the Yankees still lose the game.
August 15, 1961- New York Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 46th HR of the 1961 AL season, off of Chicago White Sox starter Juan Pizarro for the Yankees only run in a 2-1 loss to the visiting White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Pizarro allows just 4 Yankee hits, as New York Yankees Ace Whitey Ford loses in his bid for his 21st win of the 1961 AL season.
New York Yankees Hall Of Fame Slugger Babe Ruth passes away from cancer
August 16, 1948- New York Yankees Hall Of Fame OF/P Babe Ruth (1920-1934) dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York City. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium tomorrow and will be viewed by more than 100,000 fans.
August 17, 1971- Current Yankees All Star DH/1B/C Jorge Posada (1995-2011) was born.
In 1990, Jorge Posada was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the MLB amateur player draft. He was originally an infielder, who was converted into a catcher after his first minor league season. In his 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, Jorge has .273 lifetime BA, 270 HRs with 1052 RBIs. He was named to the American League All Star team five times. In 14 ALDS, he has a .270 BA with 5 HRs with 14 RBIs. In 8 ALCS, Jorge has .224 BA with 4 HRs with 17 RBIs. In six World Series with the Yankees Jorge has a .219 BA with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs.
1962 New York Yankees beat the Kansas City A's in Home Run Derby
August 19, 1962- Kansas City A’s hitters Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey, and Billy Bryan hit consecutive Home Runs in the 7th inning, but the New York Yankees respond with Elston Howard has 2 Home Runs and 8 RBIs; Bill Skowron, a Home Run and 4 RBIs; Mickey Mantle, a Grand Slam Home Run and 7 RBIs, as the Yankees rout the A's by the score of 21-7. Mickey Mantle adds 2 stolen bases before reserve OF Jack Reed takes over Centerfield and has 2 at bats in the game.
The 1962 Kansas City A's beat the New York Yankees 2nd day in a row.
August 2, 1962- The Kansas City A's top the New York Yankees for the second game in a row by the score of 5-4. Once again Yankees AL All Star CF Mickey Mantle hits a HR in the Bronx Bombers losing cause.
very well presented as always Clippper...naturally, I'm finding myself emphasizing and reading more carefully the "1961" days of the week as the historic home run record race furiously unfolds...reliving moments and memories of a 13 year old kid so caught up in such an exciting time...thanks Clipper, you are doing such a great job!
"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."