1916 - Former Yankees INF Ray Mack (1947) was born. On December 6, 1946, Ray was traded by the Indians along with C Sherm Lollar to Yankees for OF Hal Peck, P Al Gettel, and P Gene Bearden. Ray appeared in one game for the Yankees in 1947, before being sent to the White Sox.
1929 - The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox by a score of 10-3. Babe Ruth hits HR No. 43 and leads his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig by 2 HRs. The Yankees with an 89-37 record, they now lead the 2nd-place A's by 17 games.
1931 - Against the Senators' hurler Lloyd Brown, Lou Gehrig belts his 2nd grand slam HR in 3 days, but the Senators hang onto 2nd place in AL by beating the Yankees, by the score of 6-5.
1936 - Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy consents to Dixie Walker as a temporary substitute while the White Sox patch up Mike Kreevich, who is spiked on a play. Walker runs for Kreevich but does not replace him in the outfield.
1942 - Yankees obtained OF Roy Cullenbine from the Senators on waivers. Roy will hit .364 as part-time OF and pinch hitter for the Yankees.
1942 - Former Yankees minor league P Tom Dukes was born. Before 1962 AL season, Tom was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent. Tom never pitched for the Yankees at MLB Level. On June 16, 1965, Tom was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for veteran reliever Bobby Tiefenauer. At the time of the trade Tom was pitching at AAA level for the Yankees
1945 - The Senators again muff a chance to go into 1st place in the AL, by dropping a pair of games to the Yankees, by the scores of 3-2 and 3-1. In between games, Nats hurler Bert Shepard receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for his military service in World War II. Shepard lost his leg in combat.
1948 - At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 4 runs in the 8th inning but the Browns come back with 5 runs in the 9th inning off of Yankees closer Joe Page to make it close, but New York prevails, to hold on to a 10 -9 victory. 1B Tommy Henrich has a HR and an unassisted DP to help starter Allie Reynolds to the win. The Yankees remain a game behind the Red Sox.
1954 - The Indians beat the Yankees 6-1 to record their 26th win of the month, tying the AL mark set by the 1931 A's.
1954 - Former Yankees OF Claudell Washington (1986-1988, 1990) was born. On June 30, 1986, Claudell was traded by the Braves along with INF Paul Zuvella to the Yankees for OF Ken Griffey Sr. and INF Andre Robertson. His best season as a Yankee was in 1988, when he hit .308. After the 1988 season, Claudell left the Yankees for free agency, signing with the Angels. On April 29, 1990, Claudell was traded by the Angels along with P Rich Monteleone to the Yankees for OF/DH Luis Polonia. He finished his 17-year MLB career with the Yankees in 1990, appearing in only 33 games, just batting .162.
1956 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance at Griffth Stadium in Washington, D. C., as Jim Lemon of the Senators slugs 3 consecutive HRs in a night game against the Yankees, but New York still wins the game by a score of 6-4.
1966 - Yankees veteran 2B Bobby Richardson (1955-1966), 31, announces his retirement, as an MLB player. On June 12, 1953, Bobby was signed by the Yankees as an 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, named to the 1959, 1962-66 teams. He hit .307 in 7 World Series for the Yankees. With his best Series was in 1960, winning the World Series MVP Award, after hitting .367 with 1 HR and 12 RBI’s. Bobby would hit .302 in 1962. He would lead the AL in singles in 1961-62 and 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.
1977 - Yankees reliever Sparky Lyle records his 3rd win in three games, all won on late-inning HRs by New York. Graig Nettles' 2nd HR of the game gives New York, a 5-4 victory over the Mariners.
1993 - The Cardinals trade veteran closer Lee Smith to the Yankees in exchange for P Rich Batchelor. Smith would go 0-0 in 8 games with 3 saves for the Yankees. He left the Yankees for free agency after the 1993 season, signing with the Orioles.
1995 - Yankees' OF Paul O'Neill homers in his 1st three at bats and drives home 8 runs in leading the Bombers to an 11-6 win over the Angels.
1997 - In front of a crowd of 55,707 fans, Don Mattingly's uniform number 23 is added to the list of retired numbers on the wall at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.
1903 - Former Yankees P Foster “Eddie” Edwards (1930) was born. Eddie was 0-0 in 2 games for the Yankees in 1930.
1905 - Yankees sell P Jack Powell (1903-04) to the Browns for cash. Powell had won 23 games in 1903, before slipping to 8-13 mark in 1904.
1927 - Former Yankees pitching coach Cloyd Boyer was born. He was the oldest of the 3-Boyer brothers to play in the MLB. Boyer was a coach for the Richmond Virginians (AAA) in 1962. He was the Yankees minor league pitching coach in 1963-1964 and 1974-1976. Boyer scouted for the Yankees from 1964 to 1974, and replaced minor league managers in mid-season in 1962, 1963 and 1968. He was a MLB coach for the Yankees in 1977.
1957 - Yankees obtained veteran hurler Sal “The Barber” Maglie from the Dodgers for $25,000 cash and 2 minor league players. Sal will go 2-0 with 4 saves in 1957, before being sent to the Cardinals during the 1958 MLB season, when he was 1-1, in 7 games with Yankees. Sal becomes one the few MLB players for play for all 3 MLB teams in New York City, the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers.
1908 - Former All Star Yankees P Monte Pearson (1936-1940) was born (1909-1978.). Monte was acquired by the Yankees in trade that sent P Johnny Allen to the Indians in 1935. Monte pitched the 1st no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. He pitched for the Yankees from 1936-1940. His best season was in 1936, when he went 19-7 and made the AL All star team. He appeared in the 1936-39 World Series with the Yankees going 4-4. His Yankee pitching career record was
63-27. He was sold to the Reds in 1940.
1912 - In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nightcap, by the score of 1-0, for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood's 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston takes the opening game, by the score of 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last year, and 5 wins in their 1st 5 road games with New York in 1913, Boston ties the MLB record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
1922 - Yankees starter Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the A’s, although the A’s knock him out of the box for the 1st time in his win streak. He leaves with 1-out in the 6th inning with the Yankees winning, by the score of 7-2. New York prevails to win the game, by the score of 11- 6, in game 1, but the A's win the nightcap, by the score of 4-0, behind starter Bob Hasty.
1928 - The Senators top the Yankees, by a score of 2-0, as starter Fred Marberry does it all, shutting down the Yankees and driving in both Nats runs. Yankees OF Bob Meusel's hit streak is stopped at 6 straight games. The Yankees lead is now 1-1/2 games over the A's, winners of an exhibition game in Lycoming, PA.
1932 - The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Senators, by the score of 1-0. Lou Gehrig triples off of P Firpo Marberry to score Babe Ruth for the winning run.
1933 - Former Yankee 1B/OF Marvin “Marvelous Marv” Throneberry (1955, 1958-59) was born (1933-1994). Marvin was signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 1952. He appeared in 1 game in 1955 for the Yankees. He would win a triple crown while playing with the Yankees Denver Bears AAA farm club under Manager Ralph Houk. He would hit 118 HRs in 3 years with the Denver Bears. He made the American Association All Star team. He joined the Yankees in 1958, as a back up to 1B Bill Skowron. He appeared in 1 game of the 1958 World Series against the Braves. During the 1959 season, he had a chance to play 1st base on a regular basis, when Bill Skowron broke his arm. Marv hit .240 with 8 HRs and 22 RBI’s. Like the other younger players on the Yankees (Lumpe, Richardson, Siebern and others) Marv was verbally abused by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who picked on the young Yankee players that season. Marv was packaged in the Roger Maris trade with the A’s in December of 1959. He later played for the Orioles, before finishing up with the Mets, finishing with a MLB career BA of .237. He later appeared in the great Miller Beer commercials of the 1980’s. His brother Faye played the OF in AL during the 1950-1960’s, making them one of many brother combos of that baseball era.
1952 - Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman and Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell shut out the Red Sox by the scores of 5-0 and 4-0 in a doubleheader.
1955 - Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin's return from active duty in the US Army. Whitey Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against the Senators before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th inning with Washington's only hit. The Yankees win the game by the score of 4-2, as Mantle hits his 36th HR, a 3-run shot. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of his AL rivals Tigers’ Al Kaline and Red Sox Ted Williams. Yankees stay a half game behind the White Sox, who beat the 3rd-place Indians. Billy Martin will hit .300 in September; the Yankees will go on a 17-6 tear to win the 1955 AL pennant by 3 games.
1958 - At Yankee Stadium, Yankees snaps a scoreless tie with Red Sox, when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle crash back-to-back 6th inning HRs off of P Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit 3 HRs this season off of P Dave Sisler. New York wins the game, by a score of 6-1. Mantle, with 38 HRs, leads the AL. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra will hit back-to-back HRs, 12 times together, and homer in the same game, 50 times before they are through as Yankees.
1960 - Orioles starter Milt Pappas stops the Yankees on 3-hits, with 2 hits by Tony Kubek to give Baltimore, a 5-0 lead in the 1st of a 3-game series. The Orioles now trail the 1st place Yankees by .003.
1960 - Former Yankees INF Rex Hudler (1984-85) was born. Rex was a 1st round draft pick by the Yankees in 1978. He played in 29 games for the Yankees in 1984-1985, before being traded along with P Rich Bordi to the Orioles for OF Gary Ward and a player to be named later.
1961 - Against Detroit's Yankees Killer starter Frank Lary, Roger Maris doubles and takes 3B on a misplay. Mickey Mantle, hurting from a pulled muscle in his forearm, lays down a perfect drag bunt to score Roger. Maris then blasts HRs in his next 2-trips to the plate, and Elston Howard adds a 3-run HR, for a 7-2, win over the Tigers.
1965 - Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning HR with 2-runners on as the Yankees score 5 runs on their way to an 8-1 win over the Angels. Yankees veteran starter Whitey Ford is the winner.
1967 - Washington's Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees; when Mickey Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th inning as New York wins, by the score of 2-1. Yankees starter, Mel Stottlemyre is the winner, allowing only 6-hits and no walks. For Mickey Mantle, it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year, 8 of them were HRs.
1969 - Yankees Manager Ralph Houk signs a new 3-year contract with the team at $65,000 a season, the highest managerial salary in either league. Yankees veteran 1B Joe Pepitone is reinstated to the team.
1978 - Yankees starter Ed Figueroa wins his 14th game of the season. Reggie Jackson and Chris Chambliss each hit a HR, as the Yankees dump the Mariners by the score of 6-2. The victory moves the Yankees within 5 1/2 games of the 1st place Red Sox in the AL East. Reggie Jackson’s 20th HR makes him the 19th player in MLB history to hit 20 or more HRs for 11 straight seasons.
1996 - Yankees starter David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound after his May operation to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm, by pitching 7 no-hit innings. The Yankees beat the A's, by the score of 5-0, as Mariano Rivera goes 2-innings, gives up 1-hit to Jose Herrera in the 8th inning. David Cone's remarkable return sends veteran hurler Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.
2001 - The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, by the score of 1-0, as starter Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Red Sox PH Carl Everett's 2-out, 2-strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina's gem. It is the 3rd time in his MLB career that the “Moose” has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th inning on Enrique Wilson's double. Opposing Red Sox hurler David Cone, former Yankee, who takes the loss, is the most recent pitcher to toss a perfect game. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the 1st history by a team that did not score in the 1st 7-innings of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves P coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland, who was promoted from bullpen coach to pitching coach last month, when Joe Kerrigan became manager, said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team's training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.” I'm not going,” Cumberland said. “That's official, that's for damn sure. That's OK. We've had a lot of good people leave this organization, and now it's going to be me because I'm not going to be reassigned.”
1906 - Yankees Kid Elberfeld, the hotheaded, “Tabasco Kid,” assaults Umpire Silk O'Loughlin. He is forcibly removed by NYC police in the 1st game of a doubleheader; a New York's 4-3 win over the A’s. In the 2nd game, Yankees base runner Willie Keeler collides with Shortstop Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball, and 2-runs score. O'Loughlin sees no interference, a call so hotly disputed by A's captain Harry Davis that, after 8-minutes of arguing, the umpire forfeits the game to Yankees. For New York, it is a MLB record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in five consecutive days.
1921 - Powered by Babe Ruth's 50th HR and the pitching of starter Carl Mays, the Yankees down the Senators, by the score of 9–3 at Griffith Stadium.
1927 - A’s starter Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the season, beating the Yankees by the score of 1-0.
1931 - Former Yankees P Marshall “Sheriff” Bridges (1962-1963) was born (1931-1990). Marshall was obtained by the Yankees from the Reds in the fall of 1961 for back-up C Jesse Gonder. He went 8-2 in 52 games with 18 saves in 1962. He appeared in 1962 World Series against the Giants. In November of 1963, he was sold to the Senators.
1934 - Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final AL pennant surge. Tigers, are rained out in Chicago, hold a 5-game lead over the Yankees, who split a pair with the A's. Yankees starter Lefty Gomez wins his 24th game of the season and 10th straight game in the opener, and the A’s slugger Jimmy Foxx hits his 40th HR in the nightcap.
1939 - When Babe Dahlgren strikes out while being given an intentional walk and George Selkirk and Joe Gordon try to steal home on successive pitches by trotting to the plate, Red Sox fans throw a barrage of garbage onto playing field at Fenway Park to protest the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 PM Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard rules the Boston crowd's action makes it impossible to continue the game and awards the game as a forfeit to the Yankees with a 9-0 “official” score, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him and fines the Yankees for their tactics.
1947 - At Fenway Park in Boston, Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio lead the way with 4-hits each as the Yankees bang out a total of 18-hits, all singles, defeating the Red Sox, by a score of
1951 - Newly acquired hurler Johnny Sain tosses a 5-hitter to beat the A's, by the score of 3-1. The A's top the Yankees in the 2nd game, winning by the score of 3- 2.
1952 - The A’s starter Harry Byrd, 1-hits the Yankees winning by the score of 3-0.
1954 - The Yankees snap Tribe starter Bob Lemon's 11-game win streak to beat the Indians by the score of 3-2 and move 3 ½ games from 1st place. Mickey Mantle's gigantic blast into the RF upper deck in the 6th inning started the Yankees scoring.
1954 - The Yankee purchased veteran P Tommy Byrne from Seattle (PCL) for an undisclosed amount of cash and other considerations. He will go 16-5 in 1955 for the Yankees. Tommy will end his Yankees pitching career with a 72-40 mark (1940, 1946-1951,1954-1957).
1958 - The Yankees spot the Red Sox, a 5-3 lead before Mickey Mantle HRs in the 8th inning. Then Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run HR in the 9th inning to win it by a score of 8-5. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, each have 85 RBIs for the 1958 AL season.
1960 - The Orioles hand the Yankees a 2nd straight shut out loss, winning by the score of 2-0 and replacing the Yankees in 1st place in the AL by a game. Brooks Robinson has both RBIs to back starter Jack Fisher's 7-hitter. During the game at Memorial Stadium, home plate Umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls, 3-times. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate, as Napp is carried off the field.
1961 - After taking the 1st of two games against the Tigers, Yankees are down by the score of 5-4 in the 9th inning, when Mickey Mantle ties the game with his 2nd HR of the day. Elston Howard wins it with a 3-run HR drive into the LF stands and Detroit leaves town 4 1/2 games in back of the Yankees. Mickey Mantle is now at 50 HR mark, with Roger Maris at 53 HR mark, they are 1st teammates in MLB history to hit 50 HRs in the same season.
1963 - Former Yankees P Eric Plunk (1989-91) was born. The Yankees drafted Eric in 1981 in 4th round. He was traded to the A’s in 1984 along with pitchers Tim Birtas, Jay Howell, Jose Rojo and OF Stan Javier for A’s OF Rickey Henderson, Bert Bradley and cash. He returned to the Yankees in 1989 from the A’s along with P Greg Cadaret, OF Louis Polonia for Yankees OF Rickey Henderson. Eric went 15-13 for the Yankees.
1970 - Former Yankees INF Craig Wilson (2006) was born. Craig was obtained from Pirates for P Shaun Chacon during the 2006 season.
1978 - In the greatest relief performance of the year, flame-thrower Rich Gossage enters the game in the top of 9th inning with the Mariners runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, with the Yankees clinging to a 4-3 lead. Gossage proceeds to throw 11 pitches and strikeouts the side. The win enabled the Yankees to keep pace with the 1st place Red Sox, 5 1/2 games games out of 1st place in the AL East.
1988 - Closer Dennis Eckersley sets an A's team record with his 37th save of the season in Oakland's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Eckersley will save 45 games this season, one shy of Yankees closer Dave Righetti's MLB record.
1990 - White Sox Closer Bobby Thigpen sets a MLB record with his 47th save as Chicago defeats the Royals, by the score of 4-2. The White Sox reliever breaks Yankees Dave Righetti's mark of 46 saves established in 1986.
1995 - The Yankees drop a 10-9 decision to the A’s as Shortstop Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez scores 3-runs and has 3 RBI’s for Yankees. The last Yankee to hit for the cycle was Bobby Murcer.
2001 - At the Sky Dome, the Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5, by scoring 2 runs off of reliever Billy Koch in the 9th inning. Mendoza picks up his 6th save and Mark Wohlers gets his 1st victory of the season. The Yankees hit 5 doubles during the game.
1905 - The Highlanders win their 5th doubleheader in a row-a record-as they tally a double shutout of Boston, by scores of 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8th and will stretch to 15 victories, propelling New York to a 1-1/2 game lead in the AL.
1908 - In New York, Senators Ace Walter Johnson opens a series against the Yankees by beating veteran Yankee starter Jack Chesbro, by the score of 3-0, allowing 6-hits in the Washington win.
1916 - At New York, the Yankees and Red Sox split a doubleheader. Boston wins the opener, by the score of 7-1, behind lefty starter Babe Ruth, while New York scores in the 9th inning to win the nightcap, by a score of 4-3.
1918 - The Yankees split a pair with Boston, losing 4 -2 to Babe Ruth in the opener, and then beating Carl Mays, by the score of 7-3. Babe Ruth allows no hits until the 6th inning, then just allows 5-hits overall in the game.
1920 - At Fenway Park, 33,000 fans are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth’s return to the Yankees lineup. The Babe hits his 45th HR in the opener to give New York, a 5-3 win. In the 2nd game, Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Carl Mays takes a 5-3 lead into the 9th inning, and then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run and the Red Sox win the game by the score of 6-5.
1922 - At the start of the day, both New York teams (Yankees and Giants) are on top, and both Boston teams (Red Sox and Braves) are on the bottom of their league standings. But today, the Red Sox will take 2 and knock the AL leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees, by scores of 4-3 and 6-5. Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his last regular season HR, in the Polo Grounds. He gets it off of P Herb Pennock, who also gave up Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee homer, also at the Polo Grounds.
1923 - Yankees starter Sam Jones no-hits the A’s, by the score of 2-0, beating Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game, as he slips a point behind Detroit's Harry Heilmann in the AL batting race. Not till Ken Holtzman's no-hitter in 1969, will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts.
1923 - In a twilight charity game, Babe Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia's Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2-1 loss to the Lit Brothers.
1941 - The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-3 to clinch the AL pennant, the earliest date in MLB history. The Yankees need only 136 games, giving them a 91-45 record.
1945 - Long-time Yankee batting practice P Paul Schreiber, who last pitched in the MLB in 1923 and the minors in 1931, relieves for the Yankees against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives no hits in 3 ½ innings, but Tigers starter Dizzy Trout wins the game by a score of 10-0.
1946 - Former Yankees P Ken Wright (1974) was born. The Yankees obtained Ken from the Royals along with OF Lou Piniella for Yankees veteran P Lindy McDaniel. Ken went 0-0 in 3 games in 1974 for the Yankees.
1950 - Former Yankees P Doyle Alexander (1976, 1983) was born. The Yankees in a major trade with the Orioles acquired Doyle during the 1976 AL season. Yankees sent P Rudy May, P Tippy Martinez, P Dave Pagan, P Scott McGregor and C Rick Dempsey for Orioles P Doyle Alexander, P Grant Jackson, P Ken Holtzman and C Elrod Hendricks. He went 10-5 for the Yankees in 1976. He appeared in 1 in game of the 1976 World Series, losing to the Reds. He left the Yankees for free agency in the winter of 1976. The Yankees re-obtained him in 1983 from the Giants for P Andy McGaffigan and OF Ted Wilborn. The Yankees released him, after going 0-2 in May of 1983.
1955 - Mickey Mantle's 1st-inning 3-run HR allows Yankees starter Bob Turley to coast to an 8-3 win over the Senators. This is Mantle's last HR of the 1955 AL season.
1960 - After being held scoreless for 30 straight innings the Yankees finally score, but the Orioles still win the game 6-2 to extend their win streak to 7 games. With 2-outs in the 7th inning, Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada's no-hitter, but closer Hoyt Wilhelm, in relief, preserves the win for the Birds.
1961 - Yankee CF Mickey Mantle misses the Labor Day doubleheader with a painful and swollen forearm, but the Yankees don't need him as they sweep a pair from the Senators, by scores of 5-3 and 3-2. The sweep moves the Yankees 6-games up on the slumping Tigers, who lose by the score of 6 -3 to the Orioles and trail 4-1 in a game suspended. Mantle's replacement John Blanchard breaks a 3-3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning HR.
1964 - The Yankees overcome 2-HRs by Ken "Hawk" Harrelson to beat the host A's, by the score of 9-7, in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th inning for New York. With the Orioles losing today, Baltimore (81-54) and the White Sox (82-55) are virtually tied for 1st place, with the Yankees (77-56) in 2nd place, 3 games back.
1965 - At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox sweep 2 games from the Yankees, winning by scores of 1-0 and 7-2. Mickey Mantle's HR in the 2nd game, off of starter Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for the Yankees.
1972 - The Yankees split a doubleheader with the Orioles, losing 4-3 before winning 5-2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in 4th place, just one-half game out of 1st place. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with the Tigers for the AL East lead. Andy Etchebarren's 3-run HR in the 1st game, off of Fritz Peterson, is the big blow, while the Yankees take the 2nd game behind the 3-hits, including a HR, by Bobby Murcer.
1977 - Southpaw Don Gullet comes of DL, hurls his 1st AL shutout, a 4-0 victory of the Twins. Cliff Johnson’s 1st inning grand slam HR accounted for all of the scoring. The victory allowed the Yankees to have a 4 1/2 game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.
1978 - Behind Ron Guidry's 20th win, the Yankees take the 1st game against Detroit by the score of 9-1. The Yankees score 8-runs in the 7th inning. The Tigers wins the 2nd game, by the score of 5-4 to keep the Yankees, 5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
1991 - Lou Gehrig's 1938 Yankees road uniform brings $220,000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco, becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. A Honus Wagner baseball card goes for $125,500, while an autographed Lou Gehrig bat sells for $47,500.
1991 - Removing an asterisk which really never existed, the Statistical Accuracy Committee decides to put Roger Maris '61 HR season ahead of Babe Ruth's 60 HR mark instead of listing it separately as it was from 1962 until 1991. Regarding the expunging of the asterisk, historian Bill Deane later points out, "It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed. Roger Maris's record was, from 1962 until 1991, listed separately from Babe Ruth's and was never actually defined by 'some distinctive mark.”
1992 - Yankees OF Roberto Kelly ties a MLB record by reaching base on catcher's interference for the 7th time this season. The Pirates Dale Berra set the MLB mark in 1983. Rangers C Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in during a Yankees 6-3 victory over the Rangers.
1993 - Yankees starter Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians at Yankee Stadium, by a score of 4-0. The Flint, Michigan native, who was born without a right hand, becomes the 1st Yankee hurler in a decade to throw a no-hitter. The last no-hitter was by Yankees starter Dave Righetti in 1983.
1996 - Former Yankees 1B Babe Dahlgren, the man who replaced Lou Gehrig at 1st base to end the MLB consecutive games played streak in June of 1939, dies in Arcadia, California. In the 1939 game, Babe goes 2-for-4, including hitting a HR, in a 22-2 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium.
1996 - Yankees starter Andy Pettitte wins his 20th game of the 1996 AL season, as the Yankees defeat the A's, by a score of 10-3. Yankee hitters, Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo HRs in the 4th inning. The Yankees last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.
1998 - The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the AL season, defeating the White Sox, by a score of 11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. Bernie Williams leads the Yankees with a pair of HRs and 4-RBIs. The Yankees 100th win beat the 1906 Cubs and 1954 Indians mark by 5 days.
2001 - The Blue Jays roll over the sleep walking Yankees, by the score of 14-0. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte lasts just 3 innings in losing to Jays starter Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance allowing only 6-hits, while striking out 11 Yankee batters.
1872 - Former Yankees P Al Orth (1904-1909) was born (1872-1948). Al went 72-73 with the Yankees after being traded by the Senators in 1904. His best season for the Yankees was in 1906, posting a 27-17 mark, leading the AL pitchers in wins. In 1905, he went 18-16 for the Yankees.
1908 - Senators starter, Walter Johnson tops the Highlanders, by the score of 6-0, as the New York manages just only 4 hits of the Nat’s ace.
1911 - Former Yankees 1B John “Buddy” Hassett (1942) was born (1911-1997). John was originally signed by the Yankees but was traded to the Dodgers in 1936. He has re-obtained by the Yankees from the Braves in 1941 in the Tommy Holmes trade. He was the regular Yankees 1st baseman, playing in 132 games with a .284 BA, 5 HRs with 48 RBI’s. He went into the military service in 1942. He was released by in the Yankees in May 1946.
1921 - The Senators starter Walter “Big Train” Johnson breaks Cy Young's strike out record as he fans 7-Yankees batters for a MLB career total of 2,287.
1926 - In Baltimore, the minor-league Baltimore Orioles (IL) embarrass the Yankees by the score of 18-9 in an exhibition game. Babe Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with INF Mark Koenig in the Yankees dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig of loafing on several plays.
1927 - The Red Sox edge the Yankees by the score of 12-11, in an 18-inning battle during the 1st game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Red Ruffing, a future Yankee, pitched 15 innings for Red Sox and got no decision, but he made a permanent impression on Yankees front office. The Yankees won the 2nd game with a 5-0 shutout.
1936 - On a day the Yankees would just as soon forget. The Yankees drop a 3-2 decision to the Red Sox in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Then they throw away the 2nd game by allowing the Red Sox to come-behind and tie the score in time for darkness to end it at 7-7 tie. Adding to their 2nd game woes were 2 errors apiece for CF Joe DiMaggio and C Bill Dickey, and a triple play against the Yankees.
1950 - Purdue University Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old baseball star P/SS Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers' 1950 Big 10 football squad.
1950 - The Yankees acquired veteran 1B Johnny Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark, from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yankees believe that Hopp will provide late season pennant insurance. Johnny will hit .333 for the month of September of 1950.
1952 - The Yankees re-signed former veteran OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller, after his release from the Tigers. He will appear in 2 games with no hits for the Yankees, before retiring as a active MLB player at the end of the 1952 AL season.
1952 - Yankees Manager Casey Stengel makes his famous “bus ride speech” to his “loafing Yankees.” The team had just dropped 2 out of 3 games to the hapless the A’s (normally easy prey), while their AL rivals Indians were on a hot streak, and the result was the possibility that the 1st place Indians might break the AL race open. Fortunately, the Old Professor’s speech had the right effect on the Yankee players, who went on to win 15 of their next 18 games.
1955 - Former Yankees hurler and pitching coach Gil Patterson (1977) was born. Gil was a 1st round 7th pick by the Yankees in the 1975 player draft. He appeared in 10 games for the Yankees in 1977, going 1-2. His MLB pitching career was ended by arm injuries. He is the current pitching coach for the Trenton Thunder (AA) in the Yankees organization.
1960 - Former Yankees minor league P Tim Birtsas was born. The Yankees signed Tim in 1984 as 2nd round draft pick. He never appeared in a MLB game for the Yankees. He was traded to the A’s in 1984 as part of the Yankees player package for A’s All-Star OF Rickey Henderson.
1961 - The Yankees top the expansion Senators, by the score of 6-1, sending the Nats to their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. Mickey Mantle homers for his 51st of the 1961 AL season. The Yankees win, coupled with a Tigers doubleheader loss, puts the Yankees ahead by 7 1/2 games in AL.
1964 - The Yankees acquired veteran reliever Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Indians get 2 players to be named later: P Ralph Terry on October 12th, and P Bud Daley on November 27th. Ramos will help the Yankees win the AL Flag, but will be unable to appear in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals. Letting go Ralph Terry will be a mistake, he will win 18 games for Cleveland in 1965. Bud Daley was washed up; he had never fully recovered from his pitching arm injuries.
1964 - The A’s hurler Blue Moon Odom makes his MLB pitching debut, as Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field HR in the 1st inning. The Yankees hang on to win, again beating the A’s by a 9-7 score.
1971 - The Tigers tie a MLB record by using 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning, but still lose 6-5 to the Yankees anyway.
1975 - Former Yankees P Randy Choate (2000-2003) was born. He was a 5th round draft pick by the Yankees in 1991 player draft. Randy went 3-2 in 77 games for the Yankees, before being traded in the winter of 2003 to the Expos as part of the Javier Vaquez deal.
1977 - The Indians break an 18-game losing streak by sweeping a doubleheader from the Yankees by the scores of 4-3 and 5-4. The Indians stage their 1st “Hate the Yankees Hanky Night”, which increases the team’s game attendance to 28,184 fans, triple of the normal Indians home game attendance.
1978 - The Yankees win 4-2 over the Tigers, bringing the team within 4 games of 1st place Red Sox in the AL East.
1989 - Deion Sanders, the 5th player selected overall in the 1989 NFL Draft, hits a HR as the Yankees rout the Mariners at the Kingdome, by the score of 12-2. Five days later in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons, the Yankee rookie returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.
1999 - Yankees starter Ed Yarnell goes 6 innings against the Angels to pick up his only Yankee career victory, winning the game by the score of 8-3. Derek Jeter and DH Darryl Strawberry lead the Yankees hitting attack with solo HRs.
2000 - At Kansas City, Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 10-5, behind Doc Gooden’s 5-inning relief stunt of Yankees starter David Cone. The Yankees hitting attack is lead by HR’s from Clay Bellinger, David Justice and Scott Brosuis. Royals’ starter Jeff Suppan takes the loss.
2001 - At the Sky Dome, Yankees ace starter Roger Clemens picks up his 19th victory of the 2001 AL season, defeating the Blue Jays by the score of 4-3. Closer Mo Rivera picks up his 44th save of the season. Yankees OF David Justice hits a 2-run HR to pace the Yankees hitting attack.
1921 - Former Yankees 1B Jack “Stretch” Phillips (1947-49) was born. The Yankees signed Jack as a free agent in 1943. He played in 63 games at 1st base for the Yankees, before being sold to the Pirates in August of 1949. He was hitting .302 at the time of the trade. Jack appeared in the 1947 World Series with the Yankees, he had 2 at bats with no hits.
1946 - Former Yankees reserve C Fran Healy (1976-1978.) was born. Fran was obtained from the Royals for P Larry Gura. He was a back-up C for Munson (1976-78.) Also Fran became a close friend to Reggie Jackson. Fran would later, became a broadcaster for the Yankees after retiring as active MLB player.
1954 - The Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters during a doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Yankees came from behind to capture the opener by the score of 6-5, thanks to a pinch hit HR by Joe Collins, but they dropped the 2nd game by the score of 7-6, after blowing a 6-0 lead.
1961 - Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his HR #54 off of Senators starter Tom Cheney as the Yankees win the game by a score of 8-0. Yankees starter Whitey Ford hurls a 5-hit shutout, striking out 7 Senators, while picking up his 23rd victory of the 1961 season. Yankees Johnny Blanchard hits 2 HRs, while Bill Skowron and Bob Hale each hit HRs.
1963 - In a lefty pitchers duel at Yankee Stadium, Yankees starter Whitey Ford beats the Tigers Hank Aguirre by a score of 2-1. Ford picks up his 21st victory in a complete game, giving up only 6 hits, 1 run, while striking out 4 Tiger batters. Yankees reserve INF Harry Bright hits a HR in the 5th inning for the Yankees. The Yankees score a run in the 9th inning to win the game.
1964 - At Kansas City, the Yankees edge the A’s by a score of 3-2. Yankees starter Roland Sheldon picks up his 4th win of the season. Newly acquired reliever Pedro Ramos makes his 1st relief appearance for the Yankees. He picks up his 1st save for his new team. Tony Kubek hits a HR for the Yankees.
1973 - The 2 older Alou brothers are sold by the Yankees the same day. Felipe was sold to the Expos, while Matty was sent to the Cardinals. Felipe Alou hit .289 in 131 games in 1971, .278 in 120 games in 1972, but faded in 1973. Matty was a major disappointment for the Yankees hitting .296 in 123 games, but he only had 5 HRs and 28 RBI’s.
1977 - The Yankees rebound from a doubleheader loss the night before when they clobber the Indians, by the score of 8-3. The Yankees big hit of the game is Reggie Jackson’s 3-run HR. The victory keeps the Yankees 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.
1978 - The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 8-2 with Yankees starter Ed Figueroa picking up his 15th victory of the season. Mickey Rivers leads the Yankees hitting attack by going 3 for 4 and driving in 3 runs. After the game, the Yankees head up to Boston for an important AL East 4 game division series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1980 - The Yankees defeat the Angels by the score of 7-4 behind the starting pitching of Tommy Underwood with relief help from Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage. Underwood picks up his 12th victory, while Rich Gossage records his 23rd save of the 1980 season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs by Oscar Gamble and Bobby Brown.
1981 - Despite having won the 1st-half AL pennant, Yankees Manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Yankees are under .500 in the second half of the season.
1996 - At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Blue Jays by the score of 4-3 on Cecil Fielder’s 8th inning HR off of Blue Jay reliever Risley. Jimmy Key starts the game for the Yankees, going 6 innings, giving up only 1 run. Yankees reliever Mo Rivera goes 3 innings in relief, picking up the victory.
2002 - At Yankee Stadium, Yankees starter David Wells picks up his 16th victory of the season, pitching a complete game, defeating the Tigers by the score of 8-2. 1B Jason Giambi goes 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 RBI’s to lead the Yankees hitting attack.
2004 - The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, by the score of 7-4 behind starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who gives up 2 hits, 2 runs with 5 strikeouts in 7 innings. Reliever Paul Quantrill finishes up the game for the Yankees, picking up his 1st save of the 2004 season.