August 24 in Yankee History

  • With the unfortunate career-threatening injury to righthander Nate Eovaldi in August 2016, it is appropriate to look back at one of his best Yankee starts when he matched blanks (eight scoreless innings) and pitches (109 each) with Houston hurler Scott Feldman in a 1-0 Yankee win in the Stadium on August 24, 2015. Nate allowed just four hits to Scott’s six, and Andrew Miller retired the Astros in order (a leadoff single was erased by a caught stealing) in the ninth, but lefty Oliver Perez walked Brett Gardner to start the bottom half, then a wild pitch, intentional walk, and unintentional walk set it up for Carlos Beltran, who delivered a first-pitch sac fly to center off righty Chad Qualls. Continue reading
  • August 23 in Yankee History

  • The day after the Yanks retired Jorge Posada‘s number 20 in 2015, they retired Andy Pettitte‘s number 46 on August 23. Unfortunately however, home runs by Cleveland’s Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor keyed a 4-3 Indians victory. CC Sabathia left this one with an apparent injury in the third. The ceremonial first pitch was what you would figure, Andy throwing to Jorge. Continue reading
  • August 22 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees honored two of their core four, plus Bernie, on back-to-back August days in 2015, with catcher Jorge Posada getting his ceremony, and plaque, on the 22nd. Then the Bombers jumped on Cleveland’s Danny Salazar for five runs through two frames, featuring home runs from Brett Gardner and Brian McCann. Rookie Luis Severino went six innings to record the 6-2 win on the day No. 20 was retired in Monument Park. Continue reading
  • August 21 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks finally salvaged the third game against the visiting Astros on August 21, 2014. Given the amount of trouble they (and most of the league) have had with Dallas Keuchel in 2015, it’s a good thing they reached him for three runs on three straight hits in the home second: Mark Teixeira single, Martin Prado double, and Chase Headley home run. The amazing Brandon McCarthy gave up just four hits and no walks while striking out eight in a nine-inning, complete-game shutout, 3-0. Continue reading
  • August 20 in Yankee History

  • The fact that Cleveland was building a stellar starting rotation in 2015 came as a surprise to many MLB observers, but not to the Yankees, who would lose three of four to the visiting Indians in mid-August, the first a 3-2 defeat on August 20. Righty Josh Tomlin allowed just two hits through seven, one of them an Alex Rodriguez home run in the fourth. Ivan Nova allowed single runs in the second, third, and fourth, enough to withstand a one-run, bottom-of-the-ninth rally, started again by a Rodriguez single. Honoring one-time Yankee President/CEO Al Rosen, a career third baseman with Cleveland who had passed away earlier in the year, Al’s brother Robert Rosen threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Continue reading
  • August 19 in Yankee History

  • A trip to see the Staten Island Yankees is usually a hoot, as attending most minor league games is, and the round trip to the game on the Staten Island Ferry is always fun. But we got a real treat on August 19, 2016, when 2016 second-round pick and second baseman Nick Solak had two hits, scored a run, and drove one in. On a fast track to the majors, Solak played in Staten Island the full year, started in Tampa in ’17, and jumped to AA Trenton as August of that year arrived. Shortstop Angel Aguilar led the offense with a double and home run in a 4-1 victory over the rival Brooklyn Cyclones. And the fun of the evening was highlighted by it being Pat Venditte Bobblehead Night. The former Yankee draftee is famous for being an ambidextrous pitcher, a feature displayed in the giveaway. Continue reading
  • August 18 in Yankee History

  • Those of us of a certain age generally agree that Roy White was a better player than he was perhaps given credit for, mostly on a bad ballclub, but the Yanks had improved by 1976, and on August 18 of that year the switch-hitting outfielder homered from each side of the plate in an 8-6 win over the Rangers. Unlike later Yankee hero Don Mattingly, White would play a long frustrating career in Pinstripes, but last long enough to earn a couple of rings. Continue reading
  • August 17 in Yankee History

  • Yankee players achieved some nice career numbers in a 10-inning, 8-7 home win over Minnesota on August 17, 2015, but it was a very costly victory. Young Brian Mitchell and Caleb Cotham gave up five runs into the fourth, but Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran homers helped tie it at 7-7 through six. Brett Gardner scored his 500th career run after walking in the second, and an intentional free pass to Beltran in the 10th was the 1,000th walk of his career. This followed back-to-back doubles by Greg Bird and McCann that produced the winning score. Heady stuff for Bird, who would play well down the stretch, but he was only in this game because Mark Teixeira was hurt by a foul ball off his shin while batting in the sixth. It took weeks to ascertain that the shin bone was broken, and that Tex’s superb comeback season had come to a close. Continue reading
  • August 16 in Yankee History

  • Just the other day we commemorated the death of the great teammate and Yankee, Mickey Mantle. On August 16, 1948, the legendary Babe Ruth, the greatest to ever play the game and the true Athlete of the Century in any clear-eyed vote, passed away, succumbing to throat cancer at the age of 53. The Bambino’s body was made available for viewing at Yankee Stadium where more than 100,000 fans paid their respects. Continue reading
  • August 15 in Yankee History

  • Righthander Sonny Gray put together what would turn out to be a rare good start in a 5-4 victory over the visiting crosstown Mets on August 15, 2017. He threw shutout ball until a walk and a Dominick Smith home run leading off the top of the seventh had him removed from the game. Homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez had the Yanks up 4-2 when Aaron Judge doubled leading off the home eighth. That he would score on a Sanchez sac fly became pivotal because fellow Mets rookie Amed Rosario shocked Aroldis Chapman with a two-run jolt in the ninth, for a 5-4 Bombers victory. Continue reading