August 4 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks scratched just seven hits off ageless Bartolo Colon of the Mets in a 4-1 loss in the Stadium on August 4, 2016, and didn’t score until the amazing Gary Sanchez (as we were soon to see and marvel at) led off the home seventh with a ringing double; he was driven in by an Aaron Hicks single. The visitors did all their damage with a four-run top of the fifth, which ended with a three-run bomb to right by newly acquired Jay Bruce, who had struggled badly until that at bat. The result in this one had the crosstown rivals with two wins and two losses apiece, as they split two-gamers in their respective ballparks over four days. Continue reading
  • August 3 in Yankee History

  • Three-run rallies off Stephen Matz of the Mets in the first two frames keyed by Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira home runs all but settled the Yankee 9-5 victory in the Stadium on August 3, 2016, but there was bigger and better news in the win. Righthander Luis Severino allowed one hit over 4.33 innings once he relieved Chad Green in the fourth and, serving as DH, Gary Sanchez, called up earlier in the day, singled for his first major league hit to start another three-run rally in the seventh. Both benches cleared briefly when Matz hit Teixeira with a pitch in the fifth inning. Continue reading
  • August 2 in Yankee History

  • There can only be one piece of Yankee history leading off this day’s column, and it is heart-rending. It was on August 2, 1979, that the beloved father, husband, and Yankee captain and catcher Thurman Munson perished in a crash of the plane he was piloting. The Yankees would host a huge crowd in the Stadium on the day after the tragic event. In recent years, it was an inspiring moment when a host of Thurman’s teammates gathered with his widow on the Yankee Stadium field at the 2004 Old Timers Game. The whole tragic event is doubly poignant now with the recent death of Thurman’s great friend, Bobby Murcer. Continue reading
  • August 1 in Yankee History

  • It was a Tale of Two Outcomes in Yankee Stadium when visiting Baltimore overcame the home team 7-5 on August 1, 2018. First, Sonny Gray put his team in a 7-1 hole two outs into the third inning. It was a number the Yanks failed to match, but not for a lack of production from Gleyber Torres, who homered for one in the second, and then again for three in the bottom of the ninth. Continue reading
  • July 30 in Yankee History

  • If the Baltimore Orioles felt manhandled by a Yankee 8-3 win in the day portion of a double-entry doubleheader in Yankee Stadium on July 30, 2011, they would have been well advised to skip the nightcap. Brett Gardner drove in two, and Nick Swisher had three hits, but that was nothing compared to the 17-3 onslaught that was to come. A 12-run first inning against Zach Britton and Jason Berken settled matters, and Robinson Cano had five rbi’s. Continue reading
  • 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

  • The part of the 2018 season with Aaron Judge out with a broken bone in his wrist got off to a bad start, first with a rainout on July 27, then the Yanks dropping a 10-5 decision to visiting Kansas City on Saturday afternoon, July 28. Down 2-0, Luis Severino was reached for four more in the fifth. The home team fought back to a 6-5 deficit, but four runs in the latter innings forged the final score. Happily, a late rally gave the Yanks a 5-4 win in the nightcap, the rescheduled game from the day before. A Greg Bird home run was the big blow in the game-winning rally. 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
  • 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