April 18 in Yankee History

  • Happy Birthday to us. Yankee Stadium opened this day, as the Yanks beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on April 18, 1923, behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey over Howard Ehmke, and on Babe Ruth‘s three-run home run. It must have been some party; 74,000-plus were in attendance. It was a particularly poignant anniversary in 2008, and was so again in 2009. Continue reading
  • April 17 in Yankee History

  • It’s hard to imagine a much bigger day in Yankee history than April 17, 1951. Sure, Babe Ruth certainly performed some pretty historic feats years earlier. But on this day, as the Yankees opened at home and Vic Raschi shut out the Red Sox, 5-0, Mickey Mantle played his first Yankee game, had one hit and scored a run. And if that’s not enough, it was also the debut of Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, The Voice of God to Yankee fans. Unfortunately, we finally lost Mr. Sheppard in 2010. Continue reading
  • April 16 in Yankee History

  • Following three straight one-run home victories, the Yankees beat up on the Cardinals, 9-3, on April 16, 2017. Soon to be lost for much of the season, Greg Bird, off to a horrendous start, gave the crowd some hope by going 3-for-3 with a homer, a double, and a walk; he scored twice and drove in two. Other encouraging signs were an Aaron Judge rbi triple — that looked to a home run and a blown call, even in replay — preceding Bird’s second-inning blast, and another extra-base hit from Aaron Hicks, who homered in the fifth. Michael Pineda coasted through seven, and the home team blew the doors off against St. Louis reliever Miguel Socolovich in a five-run eighth, greeting him with two walks, a single, and two doubles to start the frame. Continue reading
  • April 15 in Yankee History

  • Strange (and worrying) pitching early and late for both clubs highlighted the Yankee 3-2 win over the Cardinals in the Stadium on April 15, 2017. St. Louis ace Carlos Martinez needed 37 pitches to strike out the side in the home first because he walked four as well, giving the pinstripers the first of two gift runs they would dearly need. Once Ronald Torreyes, in at short for the injured Didi Gregorius, stroked a leadoff double in the sixth, Martinez’s error on a comebacker gave the Yanks a run before Chris Carter plated the home team’s third tally with an rbi single. Meanwhile, a superb CC Sabathia did not allow a third hit until there was one out in the eighth, but it was a home run to second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Adam Warren finished the eighth, but displaying a disturbing trend that would continue, Tyler Clippard struggled in the ninth, surrendering a run on a homer, single, and walk before successfully closing the win. Continue reading
  • April 14 in Yankee History

  • Following a so-so 2-4 mark on their season-opening road trip, the 2017 Yankees first started to open eyes when they came home and had an 8-1 homestand. The fourth of seven straight wins came on April 14, a 4-3 decision against St. Louis. Once Masahiro Tanaka was reached for a first-inning two-run home run by Matt Carpenter, a two-run shot by Starlin Castro equaled matters right away. Austin Romine‘s second-inning blast the other way to right field off Michael Wacha, the first of just two by the backup Yankee catcher (starting for the injured Gary Sanchez) on the year, gave New York a lead they would not relinquish. Dellin Betances struck out the side around a walk in the eighth, but the Cards got the tying run to third base in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman closed it out. Continue reading
  • April 13 in Yankee History

  • It was 60 degrees and nice when the Yanks hosted the Anaheim Angels in their home opener on April 13, 2012. And new free agent starter Hiroki Kuroda quickly endeared himself to the Bronx, allowing just four singles and no runs through eight innings. Initially, Ervin Santana seemed up to the challenge after striking out two to start the bottom of the first, but a single, a stolen base, and two walks set it up for Nick Swisher, who then delivered three runs with a double in a 5-0 Yankee win. Recently retired Jorge Posada threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his father, Jorge Posada, Sr. Continue reading
  • April 12 in Yankee History

  • Although Jordan Montgomery‘s first inning in his major league debut was ruined by a two-run home run by Tampa first baseman Rickie Weeks, Jr., and he left in the fifth on the wrong side of a 3-2 score, the rookie pitched well, striking out seven and allowing just five hits. And everyone went home happy when an ugly four-run sixth-inning rally turned the game. Starlin Castro, Chase Headley, and Aaron Judge singles got the ball rolling, Rays lefty Xavier Cedeno‘s error during a collision at first base kept it moving, and a single by Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Hicks‘s fielder’s choice grounder finished it off. The 8-4 final was due to a two-run Judge bomb in the seventh, a crowd pleaser to be sure. Continue reading
  • April 11 in Yankee History

  • On April 11, 1912, the Yankees wore the pinstripes for the first time in the opener against the Red Sox at Hilltop Park. The locals (playing on the “Hilltop,” they were the “Highlanders”) took a 2-1 lead in the first against Smoky Joe Wood, but two of the four tallies Boston pushed across in the ninth scored on Wood’s single in the 5-3 New York loss. Continue reading
  • April 10 in Yankee History

  • Nothing like a home opener, and April 10, 2017, was no different. It was warm and sunny, and the Yanks beat the Rays 8-1. Michael Pineda could hardly have pitched better: 20 of 25 first-pitch strikes through 7.67 dominant frames, 11 K’s and no walks, and just two hits, the latter a Logan Morrison home run on Mike’s 93rd — and last — pitch. By then the home team led 3-0 on a Jacoby Ellsbury rbi double, an Aaron Judge home run (the buzz began!), and a Chase Headley bomb as well. The Bombers put it away with a five-run eighth featuring a Matt Holliday double, Chris Carter triple, and Starlin Castro home run. Willie Randolph, Tino Martinez, and Joe Torre tossed out ceremonial first pitches in front of 47,000 delirious fans. Baseball was back! Continue reading