June 28 in Yankee History

  • You don’t earn a name like the Bronx Bombers lightly, but putting up numbers like the Yanks did on June 28, 1939, sure helps. The eight home runs they hit in the first game of that day’s doubleheader was a record. When they made it 13 on the day with five more in the second game, that was another, as were the 53 total bases they earned in the two games. Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren, and Joe Gordon each hit three home runs as the Yankees swept the A’s, 23-2 and 10-0. Continue reading
  • June 27 in Yankee History

  • I had my worst ever experience in Yankee Stadium on June 27, 2016, when a rain delay declared with one down in the top of the ninth — a 3:56 rain delay! — halted what should have been a hard-fought 6-5 Yankee win over the visiting Rangers. A Mark Teixeira seventh-inning home run gave the Yanks a 6-4 lead, and Rougned Odor halved the Yankee edge with a blast off Andrew Miller in the eighth. With a hard rain having fallen for innings, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t even stand on the soaked mound in the ninth, much less push off from it. Each team had batted for eight innings, with the visitors having scored last; the field was unplayable, with the rain expected to continue for hours — it did not disappoint. It should have been called right then, an eight-inning, rain-shortened 6-5 Yankee win. Kirby Yates had a disastrous ninth inning four hours later, twice hitting batters with pitches when it seemed he might escape early trouble. Texas scored four, and had themselves a 9-6, eight-hour win, played before 25 or 30 rain-drenched fans. That home plate ump John Tumpane still has his job in 2017 baffles and infuriates me. Continue reading
  • June 26 in Yankee History

  • It’s not earth-shattering news that the Yanks often have days honoring ex-players, but they took advantage of the Old Timers’ Day festivities on June 26, 2011, to give tribute to retiring trainer Gene Monahan. In pregame ceremonies, Geno was given a Garth Books 10-gallon hat (and concert tix), a multi-signed Nascar helmet, a trip to the Alps, a Ford truck (perhaps with dog?), and a sitdown lawnmower. But the best were the funny player tributes by Derek Jeter: “He’s been here 100 years, I think”; and on tape from Don Mattingly: “He worked on Babe Ruth, you know.” Tino Martinez followed a Bernie Williams double with a home run to right to lead the Bombers past the Clippers in the three-inning 2-0 win in the OTD game. Then the Yanks used back-to-back Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada fifth-inning jacks, and another by Mark Teixeira in the eighth, to beat the Rockies 6-4. Continue reading
  • June 25 in Yankee History

  • The best things about the Old Timers’ Day festivities held in Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2017, were that Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada attended (the latter for the first time), and that newly elected to the Hall of Fame one-time Bomber Tim Raines was honored. The worst was that it would turn out to be Gene “Stick” Michael‘s last, as he would be lost in the year that followed. And also that the Yankees lost the game afterward. Michael Pineda gave up multi-run blasts to Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo that had the home team down 6-0 after two, but the back breaker was a solo shot by rookie Drew Robinson in the fourth. This latter made the spirited comeback featuring homers from Gary Sanchez and even (!) Ronald Torreyes fall just short, 7-6 Texas. In the earlier contest, which I gave up trying to score in the second inning (as I have done this year as well), the Clippers beat the Bombers 2-1, I think. Continue reading
  • June 24 in Yankee History

  • It was a little disconcerting, as the Yanks held Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Night on Friday, June 24, 2016, a gorgeous night in the Bronx, because ex-Yank Eduardo Nunez promptly put the visiting Twins up 2-0 with a double in the top of the third. But Masahiro Tanaka righted the ship, and the home team prevailed 5-3, with five different pinstripers scoring, and five knocking in a run apiece as well. The only players to notch one of each were Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks, the latter by stroking the game’s lone home run. Continue reading
  • June 23 in Yankee History

  • Although by their very nature Old Timers’ Days can be bittersweet affairs, as new “oldsters” are welcomed and some depart, the one held on Sunday, June 23, 2019, has to be looked at as an upbeat affair, despite the fact that this one was the last one attended by Don Larsen, whom we were sadly to lose on New Year’s Day, 2020. On the uplifting side, this was the first such game attended by Mariano Rivera, and that in itself could have been THE headline of the day, but Mo was not about to go quietly into the OTD record books. Not only did he both bat and pitch for both the Clippers and the Bombers, his fourth-inning inside-the-park home run put a cap on the 3-0 Bombers victory. This (happily, I guess) allows me to give short shrift to the 9-4 Astros win in the game that followed, keeping the Yankees from a four-game sweep. Not only did current persona non grata Jose Altuve homer off J.A. Happ leading off the game, a Tyler White grand slam and Yordan Alvarez two-run shot drove the homestanding lefty from the mound with no outs in the fifth. Although Yuli Gurriel greeted Luis Cessa with a homer of his own, the Yankee righty had a good outing retiring the visitors through four frames with no more damage. DJ LeMahieu had a three-run jack and scored following a triple for the only Yankee offense. Continue reading
  • June 22 in Yankee History

  • Gio Urshela‘s two-run fifth-inning shot off Houston’s Wade Miley on June 22, 2019, could be looked as a reverse game winner in the 7-5 Yankee victory, because each team then went on to score two, then three runs in the sixth and the seventh for all the scoring. Austin Romine homered, and oddly, Giancarlo Stanton caromed two-run singles off the body and glove of Yuli Gurriel at third base in back-to-back innings. Masahiro Tanaka went six innings for the win. Continue reading
  • June 21 in Yankee History

  • Mid- to late-June 2019 Yankee game reports often find a dynamic duo leading the Yankee offense, seen yet again in a 4-1 decision over visiting Houston on Friday, June 21. Two-run jacks by Gary Sanchez (in the third) and Gleyber Torres (the seventh) were more than enough offense for James Paxton and some solid bullpen work. In his first day back from the injured list, Aaron Judge struggled (0-for-4 with two K’s), which made it that much more fortuitous that other members of the team were clicking at the plate so well. Continue reading
  • June 20 in Yankee History

  • They’re all emotional events, but Old Timer’s day on June 20, 2015, in Yankee Stadium was a particularly poignant affair. The retiring of No. 30 and a plaque in Monument Park for Willie Randolph was expected, but the presence, and then addition to that honor, of an ailing Mel Stottlemyre brought many a tear. The Clippers beat the Bombers 3-2 in two innings in the game that followed, then the Yankees blasted the Tigers, 14-3. Driving Alberto Simon from the mound in the third, the offense was led by five rbi’s from Alex Rodriguez, with three more from Carlos Beltran, and two each from Didi Gregorius and Chris Young. Continue reading
  • June 19 in Yankee History

  • Take your pick, and most take The Streak, but he was MVP twice (in a career during much of which that award was a once-a-lifetime honor), and won the Triple Crown. He homered in four consecutive at bats in one game and led everyone with 23 career grand slams for eight decades until he was tied, then passed, by Alex Rodriguez). He had a .340 lifetime batting average, gathered 175, then 174, rbi’s in 1927 and 1930, respectively, and the 184 in 1931 are the most ever in the American League. Yes, this Yankee hero, Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, was born on June 19, 1903. It’s another Hallelujah day in Yankee Land. Continue reading