July 25 in Yankee History

  • Great games, featuring great players — what fan can resist them? Al Downing fell behind the Twins in the first 1-0 on the strength of a Harmon “Killer” Killebrew home run on July 25, 1967. Twins starter Jim Kaat held the Yankees scoreless until, with two outs in the ninth, Mickey Mantle went yard on a 457-foot shot, and the game was rained out with the score, 1-1. The replay was won by the Yankees on August 18, 1-0. Continue reading
  • July 24 in Yankee History

  • The stars of the Broadway show “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” sang the national anthem before the Yankees, behind Bartolo Colon, beat the A’s 7-5 on July 24, 2011, a hot steamy Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. Two rbi’s apiece from Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones, and Brandon Laird supplied enough offense despite the day ex-Yank Hideki Matsui had, going 5-for-5 with two doubles. Continue reading
  • July 22 in Yankee History

  • The 10-4 Yankee win over Kansas City in Yankee Stadium on July 22, 2010, their second straight 10-run game, featured big offensive days from Derek Jeter, with two hits, two runs scored and an rbi; a run, two rbi’s, and three hits from Mark Teixeira; but most of all, Alex Rodriguez, who scored once on three hits while driving in four runs. CC Sabathia got the win in this one, a three-and-a-half hour adventure on a Thursday evening. Continue reading
  • July 21 in Yankee History

  • Though a victory, the July 21, 2010 10-6 win over the Angels in Yankee Stadium was another disappointing day in Javier Vazquez‘s second tour in pinstripes. Staked to a 6-0 lead through four on three hits and three runs scored from Derek Jeter and three safeties good for three rbi’s from Mark Teixeira, Vazquez had given back all but one run of the lead by the time he left with no one out in the sixth. Ex-Yank Hiideki Matsui and his two-run homer that made it 6-5 was the last batter Vazquez faced. But a Yankee Kiddie Crew established some normalcy in the home seventh as all four runs scored on long balls from Juan Miranda and Colin Curtis. Continue reading
  • The Towering Inferno

    July 20, 2012, Bronx, N.Y. — It’s hard not to feel good about the three-game sweep of the Reds by the home-standing Yanks coming out of the All Star break, particularly in light of the five straight losses the team suffered to conclude their last home stand. Those losses, one uglier than the next, handed the “Bombers” a home mark five games under .500, their lowest standing in that respect in decades. Continue reading

    July 20 in Yankee History

  • It’s easy to be deceived by the early innings in a baseball game, as in the July 20, 2010 tilt pitting the Angels and the Yankees in the Bronx. Riding a 2-0 first inning produced by a Nick Swisher home run and Jorge Posada‘s rbi groundout against Anaheim right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, Phil Hughes would be pulled after surrendering six runs in five-plus innings. But the young visiting hurler turned his game around so well that not only would he go six innings in the 10-2 Angels victory, he would earn a trade to the coming-into-New York Kansas City Royals, for whom he would take the same mound against the Yanks five days later (to thankfully different results). Continue reading
  • July 19 in Yankee History

  • Like the older highlight that follows, The Yankees gave their fans two treats on July 19, 2009. First, in the three-inning Old Timers Game, the Clippers bested the Bombers 5-2 with late nineties outfielder Chad Curtis collecting a two-run triple. Then the Yanks outpitched the Tigers 2-1 for the second game in a row, with Joba Chamberlain outdueling Edwin Jackson. Singleton home runs accounted for all the scoring, with Detroit right fielder Clete Thomas blasting a monster shot to the back of the right field bleachers, and the Yanks winning the game on blasts by Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Continue reading
  • July 18 in Yankee History

  • It’s hard to believe that the July 18 is more than double digit years removed already. We all know the almost spooky series of events that day, what with Don Larsen throwing out the first pitch to Yogi Berra, followed by David Cone‘s “Perfect” day against the Expos, in a 6-0 win. And he beat 2004 Yankee Javier Vazquez that day. Almost exactly 14 months after David Wells got his against the Twins on Beanie Baby Day, I’m here to tell you that, although Boomer’s was so startlingly fresh and new, from the standpoint of the diehard fan in the stands, Cone’s was better. There were perhaps 10,000 less people there, but they were all there because they loved Yogi and the Yanks on Yogi Berra Day in the Bronx, not for a free doll. And as we stood and screamed in the eighth inning of both games, no one did the Wave during Coney’s. Continue reading
  • July 17 in Yankee History

  • At first view, July 17, 1961, looked to be a good day in Yankee land. They beat the Orioles in the first game of a double dip in Baltimore 5-0, as Whitey Ford notched his 13th straight win and Mickey Mantle and Moose Skowron hit long home runs. But around the same time, Commissioner Ford Frick was ruling that to break Babe Ruth‘s record for home runs in a season, it would have to be done in 154 games, a slap at Roger Maris. Meanwhile, back in Baltimore, the second game went into rain delay one out before becoming an official game with the Yankees leading, 4-1. In 65 minutes the game was called, wiping out Mantle and Maris home runs. Had Roger’s dinger stood, he would have tied Ruth in 154 games. Continue reading