May 15 in Yankee History

  • The greatest of events sometimes start off in the quietest ways. In a 13-1 hammering at the hands of the White Sox on May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio got a single in four trips against Ed Smith, but it was the first hit (and game) in Joe’s unprecedented (and unmatched) 56-game hitting streak. Continue reading
  • 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

  • Fans who disregard special promos featuring one player should rethink that stance once they consider the May 12, 2023, 6-5 victory over visiting Tampa. Memorialized with the Star Wars Mandelorian bobblehead before the game, Anthony Rizzo not only homered for a run in the first inning, he also went yard for two in the bottom of the eighth, eclipsing the 5-4 bulge the Rays had achieved on a Josh Lowe three-run shot in the top half of the frame. Continue reading
  • May 10 in Yankee History

  • Putting in an early bid for the 2022 AL MVP Award that he would eventually take home, Aaron Judge blasted a one-out, three-run walkoff home run off Toronto closer Jordan Romano for a 6-5 Yankee win on May 10, 2022. Before winning on Judge’s 10th home run of the year, the team had tied the game 3-3 on Giancarlo Stanton‘s seventh bomb in the sixth inning. Continue reading
  • May 9 in Yankee History

  • In one of his best starts ever on May 4, 2022, “Nasty Nestor” Cortes” held the visiting Rangers hitless until center fielder Eli White singled with one out in the eighth inning. But Clay Holmes would be credited with the 1-0 win once Anthony Rizzo drove in Aaron Judge, on base with a single, in the bottom of the eighth. Cortes struck out 11 Texas batters in a game over in 2:41 before MLB’s 2023 rules dramatically shortened the game. Continue reading
  • May 8 in Yankee History

  • If you want the least distinctive thing about the Yankee 7-2 win over visiting Oakland on May 8, 2023, it’s that Aaron Hicks hit his last Yankee home run to cap the victory. But by then, Oswaldo Cabrera, Gleyber Torres, and DJ LeMahieu had already gone yard, and Harrison Bader had chipped in a triple. Nestor Cortes outdueled JP Sears. 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