August 29 in Yankee History

  • On August 23, 2003, when Ron Guidry Day was celebrated in Yankee Stadium, the team played uninspired baseball in a 7-2 loss to the Orioles in the game that followed. No such problem occurred on August 29, 1964, when the Yanks held Elston Howard Day. The Yanks took two from the Red Sox, 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone went yard three times, including a grand slam, and Roger Maris hit six singles. It was highlights all around, as Mickey Mantle hit his 447th career homer in the first game, and tied Babe Ruth‘s career strike out record (1,330) in the second. Continue reading
  • August 28 in Yankee History

  • Giving the lie to all the claims floating around Yankee Stadium in 2009, Robbie Cano sent a soaked fanbase home happy on August 28, 2009, when his 10th-inning three-run walkoff bomb against Chicago lefty Randy Williams gave the Yankees a 5-2 win. Rumor had it that Cano could only hit in non-rbi situations, and the game only went into extras because Nick Swisher made a great throw to nail a runner at home in the top of the seventh. Brian Bruney pitched the top of the 10th and got the win. Continue reading
  • August 27 in Yankee History

  • Ask a number of Yankee fans with a sense of history individually about 1978, and two arcs will emerge. In light of the day held in his honor in Yankee Stadium in 2003, we’ll mention the incredible 25-3 Cy Young season of Louisiana Lightning, Ron Guidry first. And hand in hand with that, of course, was the stirring comeback from 14 games behind, with the Yanks finally wresting the pennant from their Boston rivals in the playoff game that has made “Bucky Dent” two thirds of a three-word epithet in much of Massachusetts and New England ever since. But what should be obvious to even the most casual fan is that you can’t mount a comeback drive like that on the strength of just one starting pitcher. Catfish Hunter beat the Oakland A’s, 6-2, on August 27, 1978, to complete a six-win/no-loss August that helped propel the Bombers on their way. Utilizing a spin windup he may have copied from the wily Luis Tiant (with the Sox at the time, but who would pitch for the Yanks too), Hunter brought to mind the old saw that has it that a flashlight burns brightest just before the light goes out. Guidry’s brilliance would have gone for naught without him. Continue reading
  • August 26 in Yankee History

  • One of the most veteran Yankees and a journeyman with them briefly led the way when the Bombers bashed Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers 9-2 in Yankee Stadium on August 26, 2009. Jorge Posada got the rout going with a three-run bomb in the second, and Jerry Hairston, Jr. upped the lead with a fourth-inning homer. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, and Mark Teixeira drove in all the runs in a five-run home seventh inning, and Andy Pettitte went seven for the win. Continue reading
  • Old Friends

    August 24, 2015, Bronx, N.Y.; Yankees 1, Astros 0 — If you attended the Monday night Yankee game hosting the Astros hoping to see signs of a resurgent offense, you had a tense, unsatisfying night, at least until the final moment when Brett Gardner scored the game’s lone run. But if a classic pitcher’s duel is more your cup of tea, you were in for a scintillating experience, and one tremendous ballgame. Continue reading

    August 25 in Yankee History

  • Maybe the Bombers were angered after losing two straight to the A’s at home, or perhaps once the skies closed and stopped pouring rain on the field, Yankee bats took their place, raining hits all over the field in a 22-9 win on August 25, 2011. Oddly, the visitors led in this one, 7-1 after three, which was before not one, not two, but three different Yankees chipped in with grand slam home runs. Of the three, Russell “the Muscle” Martin gets first billing because he knocked in six runs and scored four times, while Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson had five rbi’s apiece; they scored once and three times, respectively. Derek Jeter moved into 20th place on the all-time runs scored list, but in maybe the coolest highlight of the day, Joe Girardi inserted Jorge Posada into the game playing second base in the ninth; he got the game-ending assist, though almost threw the ball past Nick Swisher at first. Continue reading
  • August 24 in Yankee History

  • It was all good for Denny McLain in 1968. Cy Young Award, League MVP, and his record as the last guy to win 30+ games in a season seems safer than ever from being equaled several decades later. To amass that kind of win total, you have to eliminate just about all the little setbacks that happen along the way no matter how well you are throwing. Denny suffered through very few of those kinds of days that year, at least until the World Series, when Mickey Lolich picked up the Tigers’ slack. But Denny did have a misstep on August 24, 1968 when, despite the fact that he threw another beaut, someone threw a little better. And that someone was young Yankee righty Mel Stottlemyre, who whipped McLain and the Tigers, 2-1. Continue reading
  • August 23 in Yankee History

  • Burying mostly undeserved bad feelings, the Yankees celebrated Joe Torre Day in the Bronx on August 23, 2014, feting the skipper who brought them four championships in five years before the day’s game, and retiring his No. 6 in Monument Park as well. Then it was Martin Prado Day yet again in the game that followed, as the second baseman had three hits, scored a run, and drove in two in the 5-3 win over the White Sox that followed. Hiroki Kuroda got the win, and David Robertson the save with a two-strike-out ninth inning. Continue reading
  • The Pinderic Ode

    August 22, 2015, Bronx, N.Y.; Yankees 6, Indians 2 — On Saturday afternoon, the Yankees presented an early explosion of runs to a host of fans largely there to celebrate Jorge Posada Day on one of the nicest days in any year. With ceremonies starting about 12:20, the half hour began with Jorge and members of his family unveiling his retired number 20 and plaque in Monument Park, then continued as Jorge’s team members and Yankee officials gathered in the infield to give tribute. Continue reading

    August 22 in Yankee History

  • It looked to be a long day in the Bronx on August 22, 2014, when two singles and a Jose Abreu home run leading off the top of the first against Shane Greene put the Yanks in a quick hole. But Greene stiffened, Shawn Kelley and Dellin Betances followed with strong relief, and it was Martin Prado to the rescue. He homered for two in the third, and his two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth rbi single plated the winner in a 4-3 Bombers victory over the visiting White Sox. Continue reading