June 23 in Yankee History

  • The June 23 game in the Stadium was that rarest of 2022 happenings, a walkoff home victory over the despised Houston Astros. It was Pride Night in the Bronx, and I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross was the Eighties in the Eighth musical highlight. The Yankees survived the three-run home run James Taillon surrendered to Alex Bregman in the first (Giancarlo Stanton equalled it in the boittom half), but not the Yordan Alvarez shot plating three in the third. Almost unbelievably, Aaron Hicks tied it — you guessed it — with a three-runner of his own with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, and two outs later, Aaron Judge delivered the game winner with an rbi single, 7-6 Yankees. 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 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
  • June 18 in Yankee History

  • You had to wonder if the practice the Yankees introduced to their game entertainment in 2019 of “Eighties in the Eighth,” playing a 1980s song in between the top and the bottom of the eighth inning, utilized songs decided upon early in the day, because Lionel Ritchie‘s All Night Long was just too fitting for a game delayed an hour-plus by rain. With J.A. Happ going five, the Yanks took the visiting Rays 6-3 as Cameron Maybin had three hits, including a home run, and Gary Sanchez knocked in two. With the team already up 5-3 in the eighth, DH Edwin Encarnacion contributed his first Yankee bomb to close the scoring. Continue reading
  • June 17 in Yankee History

  • I never thought Ron Guidry‘s 18-strike-out, 4-0 win over California in 1978 would be supplanted atop the June 17 Yankee report, but Masahiro Tanaka deserves his moment in the sun for his two-hit, 3-0, complete-game performance over Tampa in Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2019. On the other side of the ball, young Yonny Chirinos allowed just five hits over six innings, but one shot each by DJ LeMahieu and Cameron Maybin cleared the fence. Masahiro struck out but 10, all of them swinging, he retired 11 on ground balls, and he threw 23 of 29 first-pitch strikes. Continue reading
  • June 16 in Yankee History

  • Although Anthony Rizzo was the hands-down star of the 2-1 Yankees win over visiting Tampa on June 16, 2022, the team got a pretty big boost from backstop Jose Trevino as well. Rizzo knocked in both runs, first with a sixth-inning single, but more dramatically with a walkoff home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Trevino’s assist came when he threw out Harold Ramirez trying to steal just before Francisco Mejia‘s home run in the fifth. Continue reading
  • June 14 in Yankee History

  • Yankee fans had a nice game-long 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, Francisco Cervelli had three hits, an rbi and two runs scored as well. Continue reading