April 23 in Yankee History

  • April 23 is an amazing day in history. Seventeen years apart in the 16th Century it was the birthday of both Miguel Cervantes (“Don Quixote”) and then William Shakespeare (all those plays and sonnets). And on April 23, 1616, those two giants of Western Literature both passed away! Continue reading
  • April 22 in Yankee History

  • In a down April, and in a season where he did not excel at bat, Jacoby Ellsbury, who entered the game in the fifth for defense, was the star of the 6-3 win over visiting Tampa on April 22, 2016. Not only did he stroke a two-run eighth-inning double that forged the tilt’s final score, he barely beat lefty Matt Moore‘s throw when he stole home to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Ivan Nova, who replaced CC Sabathia with two down in the fifth, got the win, and Brian McCann delivered the first two Yankee scores with a bomb to right in the second. Continue reading
  • April 21 in Yankee History

  • Let’s start April 21′s highlights with a thought about that fireplug player and oftentimes Yankee manager, Billy Martin. Billy has been accused of being feisty, a disrupter, of burning out pitching staffs, of many other things. But he won often, handling several different teams. This day in 1977 he reacted to a 2-8 slump in the previous 10 games by throwing up his hands in despair and choosing the day’s lineup by drawing player’s names out of a hat. First baseman Chris Chambliss was buried in the eight hole, but he drove in five runs with two doubles and a homer in an 8-6 Yankee win. Continue reading
  • April 20 in Yankee History

  • On a day with plenty of Yankee exploits, the one that stands out to this Yankee fan is that April 20, 1961, is the day the beloved, the awesome, the best (perhaps?) Yankee, was born. Happy Birthday, Don Mattingly, former Yankee hitting coach and recently bench coach, who unfortunately departed with Joe Torre as Joe Girardi took over as manager. The Hitman stroked 222 jacks and drove in 1,099 runs from 1982-1995, all of it with the team that plays its ball in the South Bronx. Having managed the LA Dodgers for a few years, Donnie was hired as the manager of the Miami Marlins in 2016. Continue reading
  • April 19 in Yankee History

  • Newspapers reports the following day did not address what Phil Hughes may have done for teammate Curtis Granderson following his 7-6 victory over Minnesota in the Bronx on April 19, 2012, once the latter applied much of the thunder with three home runs good for four rbi’s and three runs acored in a 5-for-5 day. The visitors jumped Hughes for four first-inning tallies on rbi hits from Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia, but the Yanks earned a split in the two teams’ four-game set by responding with six quick runs. Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot as well. Continue reading
  • 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

  • The Yankees, who had beaten the Cubs in back-to-back exhibition games to open their new palace in 2009, were even more ungracious hosts on April 16, 2014. Forced to play their two-game series as an early-season, day/night doubleheader due to an all-day downpour the day before, they blanked the visitors from the North side of Chicago twice, 3-0 and then 2-0. Unaware of the injuries that would follow, Yankee fans had to be heartened by the stellar starts from Masahiro Tanaka —no runs on two hits and 10 K’s through eight innings — and Michael Pineda, who allowed just four hits through six dominant frames. On a gorgeous but freezing both day and night, Carlos Beltran‘s first-inning homer carried the play in the first game, and veteran Scott Sizemore, making a very brief stop with the parent club, had his biggest pinstriped day, scoring the first one and driving in the second in the nightcap. Yankee righty Shane Greene must have had barely enough time to unpack before the club recalled him from the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, in town as a 26th player on a doubleheader day. Continue reading
  • My Pitcher From Itami

    Bronx, N.Y., April 14, 2017; Yankees 4, St. Louis 3 — Already on something of a roll, the Yankees got a better start from staff ace Masahiro Tanaka Friday night, and their stellar bullpen pulled out another one-run win, 4-3 over the visiting Cardinals. Following a dreadful outing in Tampa, and an uneven one in Baltimore, Tanaka pitched very well for six innings after a bumpy first frame. Continue reading

    April 15 in Yankee History

  • Unfortunately, the real Yankee offense showed up in their first home Friday night game in 2016, a 7-1 loss to Seattle on April 15. (A week earlier they had pounded Houston with 16 and nine runs in back-to-back games.) After a Brett Gardner home run gave the Yanks an early lead in the first, they would scratch out only five more hits. Young Luis Severino blanked the visiting Mariners through three, but they reached him for four runs into the sixth, and the Yankee pen leaked a run an inning late as well. Lefty Tyler Olson, picked up from the Dodgers along with Ronald Torreyes over the offseason, pitched his only Yankee game (to date); he was lost on waivers that June. Continue reading