June 17 in Yankee History

  • It is a day often commemorated on YES and enshrined in the memories of a whole generation of Yankee fans. Ron Guidry‘s magical 1978 was so overwhelming and his outing on June 17 was no different, as his 4-0 win over California pushed his record to 11-0. And that’s not even the best number. Next time you are seated in Yankee Stadium and are engulfed in fans standing and rhythmically clapping when a Yankee pitcher gets two strikes on a batter, be aware that the practice started on this day in 1978 in response to Louisiana Lightning’s 18 strike outs. Continue reading
  • June 16 in Yankee History

  • In its initial season (2009), new Yankee Stadium was a walkoff house of horrors for visiting teams, but it hasn’t featured those kinds of home celebrations quite as often since. But on June 16, 2011, the Yanks rode an unexpected start from journeyman free agent Brian Gordon, signed that day, who allowed two runs into the sixth, to a 2-2 tie in regulation, with the tie forged on DH Jorge Posada‘s sixth-inning double. Mariano Rivera and Cory Wade retired 12 of 13 in innings 9 through 12, until Brett Gardner‘s rbi single drove in Curtis Granderson with the game winner in the bottom of the 12th, 3-2 Yanks. Continue reading
  • June 15 in Yankee History

  • With Derek Jeter on the DL, Nick Swisher was the surprise leadoff choice in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2011, but although he doubled, walked twice, and scored once in the 12-4 Yankee win, he did not lead the way. Mark Teixeira hit two fence clearers, and had three hits, scored three times, and knocked in four. Eduardo Nunez contributed a home run on his 24th birthday (see below), and Robinson Cano hit a three-run bomb. Alex Rodriguez tied Ted Williams for 16th place on baseball’s all-time run scored list, with his 1,799th. Continue reading
  • June 14 in Yankee History

  • Yankee fans had an unexpected celebration on Sunday, June 14, 2009, when the Bombers recorded an unexpectedly easy 15-0 rout of Johan Santana and the Mets in the Bronx to take the first half of crosstown interleague two games to one (it would grow to five to one in weeks). Although he didn’t need to be, A.J. Burnett was superb, Derek Jeter had three hits, two rbi’s and two runs scored, and Johnny Damon and Robbie Cano drove in three runs apiece. And for a boost that continues to surprise to this day, Francisco Cervelli had three hits, an rbi and two runs scored as well. Continue reading
  • June 13 in Yankee History

  • We could feature the 1-0 loss that A.J. Burnett (five hits, eight strike outs, one run, in eight) and the Yankees suffered at the hands of young Carlos Carrasco and the Indians in Yankee Stadium on June 13, 2011, in light of its haunting familiarity to some offensive woes the 2012 team had. Not ony did the Yanks fail to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first, no Yankee crossed home plate in the second either once the first two batters reached. But the greater significance of this game, really, was the sore right calf that sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list after it, just a few hits short of the magical 3,000-hits mark. Continue reading
  • June 12 in Yankee History

  • If Detroit righthander Michael Fullmer really did earn his Rookie of the Year award in 2016 against the late charging Gary Sanchez, he made one stride to that goal in a 4-1 Tigers win over the Yankees in the Bronx on June 12, 2016. In the Old Timers’ Game that preceded that battle, Lou Piniella‘s single to right plated the winner in the four-inning 5-3 Bombers win over the Clippers. Continue reading
  • June 11 in Yankee History

  • Veteran free agent signee Bartolo Colon had one of his best Yankee starts of the 2011 season on June 11 in a 4-0 win in Yankee Stadium against the visiting Cleveland Indians. Singleton home runs by Alex Rodriguez (the first score, in the fourth), Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixeira, and a Jorge Posada rbi double accounted for the scoring, but Colon, who struck out six while allowing just two hits two outs into the seventh, takes first star in this one. Continue reading
  • June 10 in Yankee History

  • Attempting, for the second straight day, to ride a four-run, seventh-inning rally to victory over Washington in Yankee Stadium on June 10, 2015, the Yanks were derailed when young southpaw Jacob Lindgren surrendered a game-tying, two-run homer to Clint Robinson in the eighth. A two-out infield single off the bat of Denard Span against Chris Capuano in the 11th scored Tyler Moore, sending the Yanks to a 5-4 loss. Continue reading
  • June 9 in Yankee History

  • A five-run fifth inning decided the Yanks’ 6-3 victory over visiting Anaheim on June 9, 2016, with Ivan Nova benefiting from the run explosion. Batting third and fourth in the order, respectively, Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez knocked in two runs apiece. After a flurry of offense in the last few days, first baseman Chris Parmalee was lost to season-ending injury playing defense in the seventh inning. Continue reading
  • June 8 in Yankee History

  • A game the Yanks trailed in the fifth inning but ended up winning by six runs could come to be known as a lot of things going forward: Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury scored six runs and drove in three at the top of the order in the 12-6 win over Anaheim on June 8, 2016; and Carlos Beltran collected three rbi’s with a double and home run. But what stands out in this game is the brief but highly successful Yankee career of first baseman Chris Parmalee, as he drilled a double and two homers, scoring three times and driving in three as well. Anthony Swarzak got his lone Yankee win in this, his first appearance in the pinstripes, in relief of Nate Eovaldi. Continue reading