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

  • Before the April 16, 2013, game where the Yanks hosted Arizona, it was announced that NFL kicker and legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall had passed away. In the game that followed, Ivan Nova gave up two early runs, but he got the 4-2 win because by the time he exited after five innings, Robinson Cano had homered for three in the fourth. The group of Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera combined to allow one hit and no walks over the last four frames. Continue reading
  • April 15 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks took their first home series of 2012 by pounding Anaheim’s Randy Williams and Hisanori Takahashi for eight early runs, highlighted by Derek Jeter‘s three-run fourth-inning bomb, on April 15. Later, DH Raul Ibanez got his fabulous and magical season in The Bronx started with an upper-deck shot and three rbi’s of his own in the 11-5 Yankee win. Continue reading
  • … by That Much!

    Bronx, N.Y., April 13, 2014 — I don’t know how the ESPN TV Sunday night game between the visiting Red Sox and the Yankees in the Stadium played out on screen, but it was among the most captivating contests I’ve witnessed, and the pleasant temps under a Full Moon (with a hint of relatively oh-so-close planet Mars nearby) set the scene beautifully. Having seen No. 3 starter Ivan Nova implode earlier in the week against Baltimore, Yankee fans were apprehensive. But “Super-Nova” thankfully made an appearance in a key AL East game, if there can be such a thing on April 13. Continue reading

    April 14 in Yankee History

  • Perhaps ballplayers don’t dread ESPN Sunday night games as much as fans do, because the Yanks and Orioles played a great pitchers’ duel on April 14, 2013, to a 3-0 final win for the home team. Baltimore lefty Wei-Yin Chen allowed just six hits, but the one to Brett Gardner in the fifth hit the right field foul pole, and capped the only scoring half inning of the night. But the star of this one was righthander Hiroki Kuroda, who scattered five singles and no walks to go the nine-inning distance on 113 pitches. Gathering 18 ground-ball outs, Hiroki needed just five strike outs, three of them by O’s slugger Chris Davis. 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 CC Sabathia pitched a great game and allowed the Orioles just one earned run over eight innings, with eight strike outs on April 12, 2012, that comes in third or fourth place to several highlights that all involve the word “three.” First, once an unearned run in the seventh tied the game at 2-2, the Yanks benefited big-time from a three-run error on Baltimore’s Adam Jones, who dropped Vernon Wells‘s fly ball in center field, forging the 5-2 final score. Hinting at promise that would prove illusory, newly signed Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-3 with a walk, scored a run, and drove one in. But the standout moment of the game followed an e-2 and a single in the top of the eighth when Manny Machado smacked what appeared to be a tailor-made dp grounder to Robinson Cano at second. Once his throw went to second for one out, however, Jayson Nix threw to third, and when the dust cleared that Yanks had recorded a triple play, 4-6-5-6-5-3-4. 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
  • The NoMo Virus

    April 9, 2014, Bronx, N.Y. — Yankee Stadium got its long-anticipated look at Masahiro Tanaka Wednesday evening and, despite an early bump in the road, the show was worth the ticket price, and more. Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop turned on a 1-0 pitch with two on in the second inning, scoring three runs early against Masahiro, just as the Jays did in Toronto last week. Continue reading