July 26 in Yankee History

  • July 26 was another big day for Johnny Blanchard in 1961, just one more guy on that team who had a magical year. It’s the year that indelibly glued the boy in me to the Yanks, but sometimes I think the man in me now would not only have enjoyed that season, but would have appreciated what he was seeing far more. When Blanchard homered in his first two at bats against the White Sox that day, it brought his tater total to four in a five-at-bat period over three days. The Yanks went yard four times in a 5-2 win, including a Mickey Mantle shot back-to-back behind Johnny’s in the first. Blanchard became the first player ever to hit more than 20 homers in a season of less than 250 at bats (21/243) that year. Continue reading
  • July 25 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees pulled off the first of two blockbuster deals that would alter the direction of their franchise in a positive direction on July 25, 2016, when they traded lefty closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for righthander Adam Warren, shortstop Gleyber Torres, right fielder Billy McKinney, and outfielder Rashad Crawford. Continue reading
  • July 24 in Yankee History

  • Home runs by Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira off San Francisco’s Jeff Samardzija in the first two innings got the Yanks off to a good start, and the three-run sixth-inning rally keyed by Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius rbi’s put on the finishing touch to the Yanks’ 5-2 victory on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Nate Eovaldi got the win, as the home team took the rubber match of their three-game set with the visiting Giants. Continue reading
  • July 23 in Yankee History

  • After squeaking by the visiting Orioles in two straight one-run games, the Yanks had a rare laugher in a 9-3 win on July 23, 2015. Off and running with a four-run first inning keyed by a three-run Chase Headley homer off Ubaldo Jimenez, the Bombers got better than they needed from Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed just two hits through seven innings. But singleton shots by J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado finished the righty’s day and forged the final score. Jacoby Ellsbury had a homer among his three hits, scored twice, and drove in four runs. Continue reading
  • July 22 in Yankee History

  • It was Madison Bumgarner vs Masahiro Tanaka in a rare San Francisco Giants visit to the Bronx on July 22, 2016, and although each pitched well, Tanaka should have gotten the 3-2 win. Starlin Castro doubled in a run in the home first, and left fielder Angel Pagan‘s error on Castro’s fly in the second led to an unearned run. Tanaka left with a 2-0 lead after six, and Bumgarner was down 2-1 when he left after seven. Mac Williamson tied it in the eighth with an rbi double off Andrew Miller, who would “earn” the victory when Chase Headley scored on Brandon Crawford‘s wild throw to first trying to complete a double play in the bottom of the eighth. Continue reading
  • July 21 in Yankee History

  • I wish I had a good reason to offer why the July 21, 2014, game deserves to be atop that calendar day’s Yankee highlights, but there was nothing good about the bedlam that befell the Stadium and its environs when an apparent broken-down truck (they had the nerve to blame my long-time adopted state New Jersey for this!) resulted in tens of thousands of fans waiting just outside the turnstiles being barred entrance because the night’s giveaway — a Derek Jeter figurine — was not present and could not be handed out to entering ticket holders, as had been promised. The immense popularity of the soon-to-be-retired captain brought forth unprecedented numbers of early arrivals, further adding to the crush outside the gates. The Yankees eventually allowed the fans in, and then to line up inside the Stadium to get a figurine, or to accept a voucher, in about the fifth or sixth inning of the night’s game. Ironically, the game turned in the top of the sixth as young Shane Greene, who had allowed the visiting Rangers a run on three hits through five, surrendered two hits and a walk with two down in the sixth, and southpaw Matt Thornton saw to it that all three scored, resulting in a 4-2 loss to Texas. Jeter walked and scored and Jacoby Ellsbury homered for the two Yankee runs. Continue reading
  • July 20 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees made it a sweep over the visiting Reds on Sunday, July 20, 2014, but it wasn’t easy. Hiroki Kuroda outdueled Johnny Cueto 2-1 into the seventh on fifth-inning rbi singles from Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury, and also got lucky that a 1-3-4-1-6 pickoff started by reliever Dellin Betances of Scott Schumaker in the eighth preceded Todd Frazier‘s game-tying home run. Then a one-out Brian McCann single plated Ellsbury with the 3-2 game winner once closer Arnoldis Chapman had wild-pitched the Yankee center fielder to second, and then again to third after Jacoby’s leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Continue reading
  • July 19 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees held a pregame moment of silence for MLB executive Susanne Hilgefort, who died earlier in the day in a plane crash, before their July 19, 2016, game hosting Baltimore. In the game that followed, a strong Michael Pineda allowed five hits and struck out eight through six innings, and the New Yorkers blanked the Orioles 5-0 by scoring in five different innings, with four of the tallies coming on singleton home runs from Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, and Carlos Beltran. 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

  • Beating lefty David Price, whatever uni he’s wearing (three, all AL East competitors so far), has become a fun and regular accomplishment of the Yankees, and they did not disappoint their fanbase in the ESPN Sunday night game on July 17, 2016, with a 3-1 victory. Off to an ominous start with a Dustin Pedroia home run off Masahiro Tanaka in the first, the Japanese righty stiffened and held the Red Sox right there on just two more hits through the sixth. The Yanks put up a three-run fourth on Starlin Castro, Austin Romine, and Jacoby Ellsbury rbi’s, and utilized their three-headed bullpen game-ending gang of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman for one of the last times before big-time trades would have a huge effect on the team’s present, and its future, to put this one away. Continue reading