May 15 in Yankee History

  • The greatest of events sometimes start off in the quietest ways. In a 13-1 hammering at the hands of the White Sox on May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio got a single in four trips against Ed Smith, but it was the first hit (and game) in Joe’s unprecedented (and unmatched) 56-game hitting streak. Continue reading
  • May 14 in Yankee History

  • It has to be a special highlight to top what happened on May 14, 1996, in this Yankee fan’s report, and it is, as today’s lead item is that Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run off Baltimore’s Stu Miller on this day in 1967 in a 6-5 Yankee win. With that shot, The Mick became the sixth member of the 500-home run club. Continue reading
  • May 13 in Yankee History

  • What is it about mid-May, the Yankees, and nine-run comebacks? Yesterday’s column included the Yanks’ rally from an 0-8 deficit to the White Sox, from which they recovered to win 9-8 on May 12, 1996. On May 13, 1985, the Yanks’ rally from 0-8 to the Minnesota Twins was crowned by Don Mattingly‘s three-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth homer off former Yank Ron Davis that propelled the home team to a 9-8 victory. Continue reading
  • May 12 in Yankee History

  • Visiting Oakland jumped young Yankee righty Domingo German for five runs in the fourth, and six through five, largely on Khrys Davis‘s three-run bomb, but the Yanks tied it in the fifth behind Gary Sanchez and Aaaron Hicks home runs, on May 12, 2018. But five scoreless frames later, it was Neil Walker‘s base hit (his second rbi of the day) that won it, 7-6 Yanks in 11. Continue reading
  • May 11 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees failed to recover from yet another Sonny Gray start in a 10-5 loss to visiting Oakland on May 11, 2018. Home runs from Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge were too little too late. Beloved ex-Yank Dustin Fowler, lost to a ballpark structure problem in Chicago the year before while playing for the Yankees, had a hit and scored a run for the A’s. Continue reading
  • May 10 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks seemed to be in the catbird seat in the Stadium on May 10, 2016, when they took an early 5-3 lead, largely on a Didi Gregorius three-run double, with ace Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, but one home run from Kansas City’s Alex Gordon and two from Lorenzo Cain gave the visitors a lead. But the Yanks came storming back on late rbi’s from Brian McCann and Dustin Ackley and, featuring nine pitches thrown 100 mph or better, Aroldis Chapman made the 10-7 lead stand up. Continue reading
  • May 9 in Yankee History

  • Recalling New York bombardments of decades earlier, the Yankees reached Kansas City’s Chris Young for five early singleton home runs, by Brian McCann in the first, Carlos Beltran in the second, and Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Beltran, again, in the third on May 9, 2016. In his first start with CC Sabathia on the DL, Ivan Nova was pulled with two down in the fifth, so the 6-3 win went to the wandering ex-Yank Phil Coke (wearing pinstripes in a short goodbye tour). After coming in for defense in the eighth, outfielder Ben Gamel got an infield hit in his first major league at bat, but far more exciting was the first game featuring Aroldis Chapman, activated from the restricted list earlier in the day, as Yankee closer. Continue reading
  • May 8 in Yankee History

  • Most of the credit for the 3-2 Yankee win over the visiting Red Sox on May 8, 2018, goes to Designated Hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who homered his first two times up; but kudos also to Aaron Judge, who knocked in the game decider once Boston tied it; and to Luis Severino, who struck out 11 while pitching into the seventh. Also, Neil Walker set up and scored the winning run with a leadoff pinch double in the bottom of the seventh. Continue reading
  • May 7 in Yankee History

  • Improving on an early dreadful record, the Yankees took their second straight from the visiting Red Sox on May 7, 2016, this one an 8-2 laugher. In what may have been Nate Eovaldi‘s best start of his injury-shortened year, the hard thrower allowed just six hits and no walks over eight innings, buoyed by a three-run Didi Gregorius triple and a two-run Carlos Beltran double in the middle innings. Austin Romine went 3-for-4 and drove in two, and the Yanks had little trouble solving the pitches of southpaw David Price. Continue reading
  • May 6 in Yankee History

  • You’d never guess it from the final score, but righties Trevor Bauer of the Indians and Yankee Domingo German had a pitchers’ duel as they tossed shutout ball into the seventh on May 6, 2018. But Cleveland pounded Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve for four runs in the eighth, and the Yankees rallied for three behind Aaron Judge‘s double. Then the Bombers tied it in the bottom of the ninth before Gleyber Torres walked off the 7-4 win with a three-run home run. Continue reading