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 posted 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

  • Putting together an awesome start, Chad Green, recalled from AAA that morning, walked none while striking out 11 over six innings in a 1-0 win over R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays on August 15, 2016. The hard-throwing righthander gave up two singles, and Toronto scratched out one single and a walk over the last three innings. Continue reading
  • August 14 in Yankee History

  • Despite the positive buzz both from a weekend dedicated to commemorating the Yanks’ 1996 World Series Championship and the addition of a Mariano Rivera plaque to Monument Park, the home team took a 12-3 beating from the visiting Rays on August 14, 2016, largely thanks to a six-run fourth inning against rookie Luis Severino. Much of the offense was supplied by three-run home runs from Corey Dickerson and Nick Franklin, and a Tim Beckham double that plated three runs. On the plus side, all the Yankee runs were driven in on home runs from young Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Continue reading
  • August 13 in Yankee History

  • If you took a pathway to Yankee and baseball fanhood similar to mine, then share my grief on this worst day on the baseball calendar. Mickey Mantle passed away on August 13, 1995. We’ll go into numbers and detail how incredibly bad a day on the Yankee front this is in that respect where we list player deaths below. Continue reading
  • August 10 in Yankee History

  • The big bat behind the Yanks’ 9-3 win over Anaheim in Yankee Stadium on August 10, 2011, belonged to Curtis Granderson, who went yard for three runs in the first, and added a singleton shot and a walk later. Robinson Cano may have been denied a cycle by a fine Mark Trumbo play at first, because the Yankee second sacker had a double, triple, and homer in his other three at bats. Before the game, the release of a children’s album, “Believe,” organized and recorded by Nick Swisher, was announced on the scoreboard. Ex-Yank Bernie Williams and SF Giant Barry Zito played guitar on the record. Continue reading
  • August 9 in Yankee History

  • Both Marco Estrada and Masahiro Tanaka allowed three hits through six in the Sunday, August 9, 2015, game in Yankee Stadium, only two of Toronto’s were Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista homers in a 2-0 Yankee loss. The same two guys had homered in the Friday night 2-1 Blue Jays win, and the home team scored just one run in losing all three games that weekend. Continue reading