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 Aaron 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

  • J.A. Happ managed to keep the ball in the ballpark through five innings of a 3-1 win over Seattle in Yankee Stadium on May 9, 2019. And it was a good thing, because through seven innings, the only score was on a second-inning Cameron Maybin rbi single. It was also a good thing that Gio Urshela kicked in with a two-rbi single in the home eighth, because Domingo Santana reached closer Aroldis Chapman for a two-out home run in the ninth. 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

  • Walkoffs are a delight, and when the comeback starts with your team on the losing end, they’re that much better. Through six, righthander Mario Gonzalez and the Mariners were up on Masahiro Tanaka 2-1 in Yankee Stadium on May 7, 2019. And Tommy Kahnle made things worse by allowing two more runs in the eighth. But once the home team scratched out a run on righty Cory Gearrin, who would be a Yankee later in the year, in the frame’s bottom half, third baseman Gio Urshela brought New York back to even with a two-run jack in the ninth. Then Cameron Maybin singled, and stole second, and DJ LeMahieu did not waste the opportunity, sending Maybin home with a game-winning single, 5-4 Yankees. Continue reading