July 29 in Yankee History

  • It was Old Timers Day in the Bronx on July 29, 1978, when the Yanks made the surprise announcement: Billy Martin would return to manage the Yankees in 1980. Then the Bombers went out and beat the Twins 7-3 with Ken Clay besting Darrell Jackson. The save went to Goose Gossage. Continue reading
  • July 28 in Yankee History

  • On July 28, 2006, New York’s Chien-Ming Wang had perhaps his most dominant start yet, at least until he would flirt with a Perfect Game in 2007. He retired the Devil Rays on just 103 pitches through nine in a 6-0 win in Yankee Stadium in a game where he coaxed 18 ground ball outs and allowed just two singles and two walks. Derek Jeter had two hits and two rbi’s, and scored once, and Bernie Williams capped the scoring with a sixth-inning home run to dead center. Continue reading
  • July 27 in Yankee History

  • It is amazing that the Yanks benefited so long from the input of long-standing pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who after years on the job attended spring training and offered guidance to Ron Guidry in 2006, and Yankee Vice President Gene “Stick” Michael. Those two vets collaborated on a 5-2 win over the Angels way back on July 27, 1970. Mel held on during a 2-2 tie that was finally broken by the Yanks in the 10th, and Stick helped get him there by pulling the Hidden Ball Trick on pinch runner Jarvis Tatum in the ninth. In one of the most moving ceremonies in the Stadium in years, Mel and Willie Randolph, who both wore No. 30, each received a Monument Park plaque on Old Timer’s Day, in July 2015. Continue reading
  • Divining the Numbers

    Bronx, N.Y., July 26, 2017; Yankees 9, Cincinnati 5 — Had a fan, or any observer, at Wednesday afternoon’s Yankee game hosting the Cincinnati Reds in the Stadium, somehow divined what would be the announced attendance, it might have given them a hint as to how this one would go. Just think of the number that graced the back of the best Yankee pitcher — starter or reliever — of the last two decades, then visualize that number again, and then what rank Luis Severino holds in this year’s starting rotation: 42,421, or, 42 42 1. Continue reading

    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