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Did you know the Yankees logo with the "bat-in-the-hat" first debuted in 1946?
The New York Yankees were the first team in MLB history to hit 3 Grand Slams by one team in the same game! They did it in 2011.
YANK Newsletter was invented by Larry MacPhail. It debuted in 1946. It ran through the winter of 1966. It was published about 6 times a year. In 1967, it went to a newspaper format. It only lasted that season and then it was ended. (Credit: Paul Doherty)
The name "Yankees", referring to the baseball team of the American League, first appeared in print in the Boston Herald Newspaper in 1904.
George Selkirk became the first Yankees player to hit a home run in his first World Series at-bat, doing so 1936.
Sam Crane of the New York Journal, along with Mark Roth of the New York Globe, are both credited as the men who first used the name "Yankees" when referring to the American League baseball team.
Casey Stengel managed in a record 10 World Series. He won 7 of them!
Ed Barrow was the first Yankees Executive to win The Sporting News Major League Executive of the Year Award.
The first time a reliever won the Cy Young Award from the American League was in 1977. It went to the great Sparky Lyle.
Bobby Murcer called his first Yankee game in 1983, the day after he retired as a Yankee player.
The Yankees pitchers who have
been named World Series MVPs are: Don Larsen in 1956, Bob Turley in 1958,
Whitey Ford in 1961, and Mariano Rivera in 1999.
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HARVEY FROMMER ON SPORTS
*YANKEE STADIUM FIRSTS (a very partial list)
As the days draw closer to a precious few for Yankee Stadium, herewith some "firsts" on the big ballpark in the Bronx that has been with us since 1923.
First regular season game at Yankee Stadium, April 18, 1923, a 4-1 win over Boston.
First pitch thrown in Yankee Stadium, Bob Shawkey, Yankees, April 18, 1923.
First batter at Yankee Stadium, Chick Fewster, Red Sox April 18, 1923.
First hit at Yankee Stadium, George Burns, Red Sox April 18, 1923, second inning single.
First Yankee hit at Yankee Stadium, Aaron Ward April 18, 3rd-inning single.
First error, Babe Ruth, April 18, dropped fly ball in 5th inning.
First home run in Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a two-run shot in third inning off Boston's Howard Ehmke in a 4-1 Yankee victory, April 18, 1923.
First Yankee winning pitcher in World Series, Joe Bush, October 14, 1923.
First loss at Yankee Stadium, 4-3 to Washington , April 22, 1923.
First World Series game in Yankee Stadium, first one heard on a nationwide radio network, October 10, 1923.
First World Series home run at Yankee Stadium, Casey Stengel of the New York Giants hit an inside-the-park shot in Game 1 of the 1923 World Series.
First player to have his number retired, Lou Gehrig, #4, on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, July 4, 1939.
First night game at Yankee Stadium, May 28, 1946, a 2-1 loss to Washington.
First World Series pinch-hit home run, Yogi Berra against the Brooklyn Dodgers, Game 3 of the 1947 World Series.
First Yankee Stadium day game completed with lights, August 29, 1950.
First Yankees game behind the microphone for Bob Sheppard, April 17, 1951, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox.
First home game outside of Yankee Stadium since 1922, April 6, 1974, as the Yanks begin playing the first of two seasons at Shea Stadium.
First home run at refurbished Yankee Stadium, Dan Ford of Minnesota, April 15, 1976.
First Yankee winning pitcher at refurbished Yankee Stadium, Dick Tidrow, April 15, 1976.
First home run by a Yankee at refurbished stadium, Thurman Munson, April 17, 1976.
First championship series game at Yankee Stadium, October 12, 1976, a 5-3 win over Kansas City.
First World Series game played by Yankees at night, October 17, 1976, at Cincinnati, a 4-3 loss to Reds.
First night World Series game at Yankee Stadium, October 19, 1976, a 6-2 loss to Cincinnati.
First team to host both the All Star Game and World Series in the same season, 1977.
First pitcher to throw a regular-season perfect game at Yankee Stadium, David Wells May 17, 1998.
First time a U.S. President visits Yankee Stadium during the World Series, George W. Bush, who threw out the first ball, Game 3, October 30, 2001 First November World Series Game, November 1, 2001, Yankees beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2, at the Stadium.
First team in postseason history to win two straight games when trailing after eight innings, 2001 World Series, games four and five.
Brad's Trivia Below
The first baseball radio broadcast was in 1921. The game was between the Pirates and Phillies and broadcasted by KDKA in Pittsburgh.
Unistress was the company that made the facade in Yankee Stadium for the 1973-1976 renovation.
What was the 1st season in which the Yankees drew over 3 million fans at Yankee Stadium? (1999, attendance was 3,293,659)
What is Tino Martinez's given birth name? (Constantino)
How many total Gold Glove Awards did "Donnie Baseball" win? (9)
On what date did the first game in the history of the New York Yankees take place? (Then known as the Highlanders, the game took place on April 22, 1903, a 3-1 loss at Washington.)
Which former Yankees' manager had his uniform number 37 retired on August 8, 1970? (Casey Stengel)
Who was the 1st Yankees player to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat in the 21st Century? (Marcus Thames on June 10, 2002)
With an all-time record of 8996-6901 through 2003, the Yankees have the best winning percentage - .566 - of any franchise in baseball.
Through 2003, in their 39 appearances in the World Series championship, the Yankees have posted a 130-88 record, good for a .596 winning percentage.
Yankees shortstop was nicknamed "Deacon"?
In 1,511 career at-bats with the Yankees, Joe Sewell struck out only 15 times.
Who holds the
Yankees franchise record for most times being hit by a pitch in a single-season?
(Don Baylor with 24 in 1985)
Yankees shortstop Joe Sewell struck out only three times in 503 at-bats in 1932.
pitches surrendered George Brett's infamous "pine tar" home run on July 24,
player holds the American League record for most RBI in a game, with 11?
(Tony Lazzeri, who performed the feat on May 24, 1936)
Including the postseason, the 1998 Yankees won 125 games, more than any other team in MLB history.
Yankees hitter did Branch Rickey once predict would "never make anything more
than a Triple-A ballplayer at best?"
Yankees Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth are the only players in history to hit for the cycle three times.
broadcaster's running dialogue can you hear in Meat Loaf's hit song, "Paradise
by the Dashboard Light"?
Who holds the
record for most career home runs hit at Yankee Stadium?
(Mickey Mantle with 266. Ruth hit 259 and Gehrig hit 251)
The 1909 Highlanders improved upon their previous season's win total by 23 games, the largest such increase in franchise history.
In 1933, Babe
Ruth hit the first home run in All-Star Game history. In what park did he
hit the historic home run?
(Comiskey Park in Chicago)
Prior to the park's renovation in 1976, the left-center field alley at Yankee Stadium stretched some 457 feet from home-plate, meaning that the famed Monument Park in Yankee Stadium was in the field of play.
rookie led the league in winning percentage in 1932?
(Johnny Allen, who went 17-4, a .810 winning percentage)
Upon joining the Reds, future Yankees standout Paul O'Neill singled on the first pitch he ever saw in the Major Leagues.
In the 1951 World
Series, which Yankees player became the first rookie in the history of the Fall
Classic event to hit a grand slam?
(Gil McDougald connected off Larry Jansen in the 3rd inning of game five)
Prior to coming over to the Yankees, Hideki Matsui assembled the second-longest consecutive games player streak in Japanese baseball history, by playing in 1,250 straight games.
In 2003, Hideki Matsui established a new franchise record for games played with 163.
Lou Gehrig holds the franchise record for most career singles, doubles, and triples.
Who has the most
career at-bats as a Yankees player?
(Mickey Mantle with 8,102. Lou Gehrig is 2nd with 8,001)
On June 3, 1932, Lou Gehrig became the first player in AL history to hit four home runs in a single game.
In 1904, when they were known as the Highlanders, Jack Chesbro won a record 41 games.
In the history of
the Yankees franchise, only two right-handed batters have led the league in home
runs. Can you name them?
(Joe DiMaggio in 1937 and Bob Meusel in 1925)
outfielder won the 1962 AL Rookie of the Year Award, when he batted .286 with 20
homeruns and 93 RBI. Who is he?
Of Babe Ruth's 714 career home runs, 10 were of the inside-the-park variety.
On May 3, 1951, Gil McDougald tied a Major League record by driving in six runs in a single inning.
Who did the
Yankees take with the fourth overall pick in the 1968 amateur draft?
Yankees standout was named the MVP of the 1973 College World Series?
Who was the last
Yankees player to lead the league in doubles?
(Don Mattingly led the league in 1984-1986)
pitchers started in five All-Star Game events during his career in pinstripes?
(Lefty Gomez - he won 3 of them)
star was the first player to have a candy bar named after him?
On May 6,
1978, Yankees second baseman Willie Randolph pulled the hidden ball trick on
Bump Wills of the Texas Rangers. Two years later, he has the trick pulled
on him, making him one of only two players in history to be on both sides of the
hidden ball trick.
(Orlando Cepeda is the other)
How many Yankees
shortstops have won the Gold Glove Award?
(1 - Derek Jeter)
pitcher once led the league in wins one year and saves the next?
(Waite Hoyt. 1927 he had 22 wins. In 1928 he had 8 saves.)
broadcaster introduced the home run call, "It's going, going, gone!"?
(Mel Allen in 1948, his 3rd year broadcasting Yankees games.)
In 1973, George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees from CBS for just $10 million, $3.2 million less than the network had paid for the franchise nine years earlier.
2nd baseman Joe Gordon played exactly 1,000 games with the Yankees and collected exactly 1,000 hits.
Which key member
of the Yankees 1996-2000 dynasty was not drafted until the 22nd round of the
June, 1990 amateur draft?
It was on April 6, 1973 that Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees became the first designated hitter in Major League history. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the at-bat.
In 1946, the Yankees became the first team to regularly travel by airplane.
Who was the first
African-American pitcher to start a game for the Yankees?
(Al Downing, in 1961)
Dave Winfield was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Hawks, and Utah Stars before he choose a career as a MLB player. The Vikings drafted him even though he never played college football.
Who holds the
franchise's all-time record for most wins by a manager?
(Joe McCarthy with 1,460 wins. Stengel has 1,149)
outfielder and future broadcaster took over Mickey Mantle's locker after Mantle
retired in 1968?
Despite winning the 1934 Triple Crown with a .363 batting average, 49 home runs, and 165 RBI, Lou Gehrig only finished fifth in that year's MVP balloting.
In 1964 Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre became the first pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam since 1910.
became the highest-paid player in history when he signed a $3.5 million contract
for the Yankees in 1975?
(Jim "Catfish" Hunter)
From 1960 to
1990, who was the only Yankees player to lead the league in batting average?
(Don Mattingly with a .343 mark in 1984)
Who were the
three Dodgers pitchers who surrendered Reggie Jackson's three home runs in game
6 of the 1977 World Series championship?
(Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa, and Charlie Hough)
franchise history the Yankees have had the #1 overall pick in the June amateur
draft. Who did they take?
(Ron Bloomberg in 1967 and Brien Taylor in 1991)
Yankees player went on to serve as president of the American League?
In September, 1998, Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer tied a Major League record by hitting three grand slams in one month.
Within the span of five days in 1984, the Yankees twice matched a franchise record by hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs. On May 29, 1984, Don Mattingly, Don Baylor, and Dave Winfield hit three consecutive home runs, and five days later, on June 3, 1984, Oscar Gamble, Steve Kemp, and Toby Harrah repeated the feat.
slugger holds the record for the best slugging percentage in a single World
Series, at 1.727?
In 1931, the Yankee catchers did not allow a single passed ball all season long.
Who struck out
more times during their respective careers, Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle?
(Mantle 1,710 vs. Ruth 1,330)
The first baseball telecast was of Princeton against Columbia in 1939 by W2XBS at Baker Field in New York. The first professional telecast was the Eagles against the Dodgers by NBC at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field.
It isn't uncommon for peripatetic New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to dine at Elaine's on Second Avenue. When the team's playing a home stand, you can bet The Boss will stop in for an early supper.
The Yankees became known officially as the New York Yankees in 1913. Sportswriters complained that "Highlanders" was too hard to fit into headlines. Sports Editor Jim Price of the New York Press started calling them "Yankees", inspired by the flags in Hilltop Park.
On May 24, 1936, Tony Lazzeri became the first Major Leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. He did it at Shibe Park against the Philadelphia A's.
Who was the first
Yankees player to win both the Rookie of the Year Award and the American
League's Most Valuable Player Award?
Babe Ruth is the only player to drive in and score over 170 runs in a single-season. In 1921, he accumulated 171 RBIs and scored 177 runs.
When Babe Ruth
retired with 714 home runs, only one other player had more than 300 homers in
his career. Who was he?
(Lou Gehrig with 378)
When Babe Ruth
hit 60 home runs in 1927 whose record did he break?
(his own - he hit 59 in 1921)
On the evening of August 6, 1979, after having delivered the eulogy for Thurman Munson in Ohio, Bobby Murcer drove in five runs in the Yankees 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Who was the first
Yankee to hit a home run on the first Major League pitch he saw, on June 10,
Joe McCarthy was the American League manager for the first All-Star event played at night, at Shibe Park in 1943.
On July 22, 1965, Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hit an inside-the-park grand slam home run.
player has the most career grand slam home runs?
(Lou Gehrig with 23)
Babe Ruth is credited with being the first ballplayer to use a bat with a knob at the handle, in 1919.
The University of Illinois Alumni who played right field for the Yankees one year before Babe Ruth was "Papa Bear" George Hallas.
Yankees manager Joe Torre is the 4th man to manage the Yankees and Mets. The others: Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, and Dallas Green.
Baltimore, Milwaukee and Toronto were the teams to beat Ron Guidry in 1978.
Mike Flannagan, Mike Caldwell, and Mike Willis were the three pitchers
who beat Ron Guidry that year.
The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Yankees was Hoyt Wilhelm in 1957. This was of course matched by 6 pitchers of the Houston Astros in 2003.
The catcher who caught the game following the death of Thurman Munson was Jerry Narron.
career, "Babe" Ruth would hit 714 home runs - 659 with the Yankees and rewrite
the single season home run record four times, capped by his 60 round-trippers in
1927. During his playing days with the Yanks, from 1920 to 1934, "The Babe"
would win an amazing 10 home run titles. And in World Series' competition, he
would add another 15 homers to his career total while leading the Yanks to four
World Championships in 1923, 1927, 1928, and 1932. "Babe" Ruth hit a major
league-record 29 home runs in 191, his last season with Boston. But in 1920, his
first season with the Yanks, he would hit an astonishing 54 home runs, more than
any other team in the American League. And the Yankees of 1920 would become the
first team to hit more than 100 homers in a season. On December 8, 1939, Lou
Gehrig was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a special vote of
the Baseball Writers Association at the organization's annual meeting in
Cincinnati. The vote was by acclamation, and was unanimous. On December 18, 1956
former Yankees' shortstop, Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto joined the broadcast team of
Mel Allen and "Red" Barber as a color commentator. The colorful "Scooter", who
had just concluded a 13-season playing career with New York, would be commenting
and calling'em for the Yanks for nearly 40 years, all-in-all, more than half a
century with the Yankees' organization. On December 17, 1966, Mickey Mantle said
he would be willing to move from the outfield to first base, if the move would
help the team. There was no doubt the move would help Mick's ailing legs, which
had taken a beating through 15 seasons of major league ball. On July 21, 1984,
plaques were unveiled in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in memory of Elston
Howard and in honor of Roger Maris. Howard had died on December 14, 1980 in New
York, at the age of 51, and on this day in 1985, Maris died in Houston, at the
age of 51. On Christmas Day, 1989, Billy Martin died in an automobile accident
at the age of 61. But he left some wonderful gifts for New York fans as a part
of his on-going legacy: his competitiveness, and his desire to win, and his
undying love of the Yankees. His plaque in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park sums
up Billy and his career well," Casey's Boy. A Yankee forever. A Man Who Knew
Only One Way to Play - to Win." Another of the Yankees' acquisitions from the
Boston Red Sox, "Red" Ruffing, would pitch for the "Bombers" from 1930-42 and
again in 1945-46. On December 30, 1942 Ruffing, though missing four toes and one
foot, was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. He would return to pitch for
two more season with New York, finishing with 231 career wins, a franchise
record for right-handed pitchers that still stands to this day, as does his
career record for completed games(261), by far the highest total of completed
games for any Yankees' pitcher, before or since. It was in 1968 that Bobby
Murcer was discharged from the Army after a two-year stint. Murcer started with
the Yankees in 1965-66 before being called into military service. He would
return to the Yanks in 1969 for another 6 year stint before being traded to San
Francisco. In 1979 he would return to the Yankees for good, first as a player
from 79' to 83', then as a broadcaster.
Don Baylor hit an impressive .303 in his first year as a Yankee. But in that year, 1983, it was Ken Griffey who would lead the Yankees with a .306 average.
It was December 5, 1921 when commissioner Landis handed down a 6-week suspension to Babe Ruth for a barnstorming event that Babe went on after the 1921 season. The same season Landis forbid any players from the 1921 World Series to partake in any barnstorming events. The Babe didn't listen and had to pay the price.
Constantino Martinez was born on December 7, 1967 in Tampa, FL, and on this day in 1995, he signed a 5-year deal with the Yankees. It was this same day that his daughter was born, Victoria.
It was November 12, 1993 that former Yankee great Bill Dickey died. He played for the Yanks from 1928 to 1943, and again in 1946. His number 8 was retired by the Yanks in 1972 and in 1988 his plaque was added to Monument Park. Dickey had a .313 lifetime average.
It was November 13, 1941 that Mel Stottlemyre was born in Hazelton, In. In 11 season with the Yanks, he compiled a 164-139 record with a 2.97 ERA. He would be a 20-game winner in 1965, 68, and 69. He returned to the Yankees as pitching coach in 1996.
Mickey Mantle was not only the American League MVP in his "Triple Crown" season of 1956, but was also voted Major League Player of the Year by "The Sporting News" and received the coveted Hickok Belt as the nation's professional athlete of the year.
In the 1950's and early 60's, the Yankees owned the American League, winning 13 pennants in 15 years. Yankees' players owned the league's MVP award taking the honor home for 4 years running from 1954 to 1957 and again from 1960 to 1963. Yogi was MVP in 54 and 55, then Mantle in 56 and 57. In 1960 and 61, Maris took MVP honors. Mantle reclaimed the honor in 1962, and then Elston Howard got the MVP in 1963.
In baseball's first free agent re-entry draft in early November, 1976, the first player selected had been Reggie Jackson by the Montreal Expos. In all, 13 teams acquired negotiating rights to Reggie, the game's premier power hitter and brightest star. The Yanks landed Reggie with a 5-year, $3 million contract.
In 1978, the Yankees obtained Dave Righetti from the Texas Rangers. For 11 seasons, Righetti would pitch in 522 games breaking Ford's career games record of 498 career appearances. Righetti would also finish as the Yanks career saves record-holder with 224.
Graig Nettles was acquired from Cleveland in 1972 and in doing so, the Yanks acquired the greatest third baseman in the history of the team. For 11 seasons, Nettles anchored the "hot corner" for the Yanks. He was named captain in 1982, only the seventh player so honored.
It was on November 25, 1914 that Joseph Paul DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California. He was the son of Giuseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio, who had immigrated to America from Sicily.
Joe DiMaggio was released from the Army in September of 1945 and signed his first post-was contract with the Yankees.
Miller Huggins, the “Mighty Mite”, managed the Yankees from 1918 to 1929 and molded the Yankees into World Champions. The first monument in Yankee Stadium was dedicated to “Hug” in 1932. It reads: “A Splendid Character Who Made Priceless Contributions to Baseball and On This Field Brought Glory to the New York Club of the American League.”
It was October 12, 1948 when Casey Stengel was introduced as the new Yankee manager. “I was the best manager I ever saw, and tell people that to shut’em up and also because I believe it.”
“I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee…”, Joe DiMaggio after his retirement in 1951. One of the greatest of the “Sons of Italy” and one of the greatest of the Yankee greats, DiMaggio hung up his cleats in 1951 after leading the Yanks to a third straight championship.
The Yankees won their first World Series in 1923 against the Giants. The series lasted six games before the Yanks prevailed. It would lead to another 24.
It was on October 18, 1977 that Mr. October led the Yankees to the World Championship. Reggie hit three consecutive home runs in game six as the Yanks prevailed 8-4 against the Dodgers and won their 21st World Series.
“You can see a lot by observing” – Yogi Berra at the press conference that introduced him as the new Yankee skipper in 1963, succeeding Casey Stengel.
Mickey Mantle hit 373 left-handed homeruns and 163 from the right side. His 536 homeruns are the most ever by a switch hitter.
It was September 18, 1956 when Mantle hit his 50th homerun of the year, en route to a league leading 52 and the American League’s batting “triple crown”. It was also on September 18, in 1965 when Mantle played his 2,000th game in Yankee pinstripes.
Mickey hit seven more homeruns at Yankee Stadium than Babe Ruth. Mantle finished up with 266 when his career ended in 1968.
It was September 16, 1979 when two great pitchers appeared at Yankee Stadium. Jim “Catfish” Hunter was being honored for his Cy Young Award and 224 career wins and Dave Righetti was making his debut as a major league ballplayer.
It was on August 27, 1938 when the first ever no-hitter was pitched at Yankee Stadium. Monte Pearson pitched a great game as the “Bombers” shelled Cleveland 13-0.
September 27, 1923 is when Lou Gehrig hit his first major league home run in a game with Boston at Fenway Park, helping the Yanks to an 8-3 win. It was on this same day that “Iron Lou” would hit his 493rd homer, his last, in a 5-2 win over Washington at Yankee Stadium.
Roger Eugene Maras was born in 1934 in Hibbing, MN.
Roger Maris was born Roger Maras and kept the name until other players started calling him "Mare-ass". He then changed the spelling of his name and will always be remembered as Roger "Maris".
It was on September 4th, 1993 that Jim Abbott threw the 8th no-hitter in Yankee history and 5th no-hitter in Yankee Stadium history. He beat the Indians 4-0.
Babe Ruth hit his first major league home-run at the Polo Grounds in 1915 in a game against the Yankees while playing for the Redsox. It would be 1922 when he would hit his last at the Polo Grounds with the Yankees against who else?...the Boston Redsox.
It was August 31, 1997 when Don Mattingly would have his #23 retired by the Yankees. "Donnie Baseball" also received a plaque in Monument Park that reads "A Humble Man of Grace and Dignity. A Captain Who Led by Example. Proud of the Pinstripes Tradition and Dedicated to the Pursuit of Excellence. A Yankee Forever."
It was on August 11, 1980 when Reggie Jackson belted his 400th career home run. It was on the same day in 1929 that Babe Ruth hit his 500th homerun. Reggie would finish with 563 homeruns and Babe would hit a stunning 714.
It was on August 17, 1948 that Babe Ruth succumbed to throat cancer. He was 53 years of age. The Babe's body was laid at Yankee Stadium for over 200,000 fans to pay their respects.
Babe Ruth's funeral was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 19, 1948. Over 6,500 people jammed into the church to say goodbye to the Babe. Francis Cardinal Spellman presided over the Mass. He is buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, New York.
Former Yankee greats Joe Dugan and Waite Hoyt were among those who bore "Babe" Ruth's casket through St. Patrick's Cathedral in the sweltering heat of August. On the way out of the cathedral, Dugan whispered to Hoyt, "Lord, I'd give my right arm for an ice-cold beer right now." Said Hoyt, "So would 'The Babe'".
"Game called by darkness - let the curtain fall. No more remembered thunder sweeps the field. No more the ancient echoes hear the call to one who wore so well sword and shield. The 'Big Guy's' left us with the night to face, and there is no one who can take his place." - Grantland Rice.
On August 13, 1995, Mickey Mantle died of complications from liver cancer at the age of 63. "If I'da known I was going to live this long, I'da taken better care of myself."
It was August 7, 1972 when Lefty Gomez and Yogi Berra were inducted into the Hall-of-Fame. A "Yogi-ism" followed. "I thank everybody for making this day necessary..."
The Yankees signed a 30-year lease on August 8, 1972 to stay at Yankee Stadium, which took affect in 1976 after the renovations.
It was August 6, 1979 when the Yankees attended the funeral of Thurman Munson in Ohio. The eulogy was delivered by Bobby Murcer, who later that night drove in 5 runs for a come-from-behind 5-4 victory against the Orioles.
It was on August 3, 1979 when 51,151 fans paid homage to the late Thurman Munson. The Yankees captain was eulogized by Terence Cardinal Cooke. "Our captain and leader has not left us. Today, tomorrow, this year and next, our endeavors will reflect our love and admiration for him."
The Yankees established a sizzling .862 winning percentage for the month of July in 1941. A record that still stands. The Bombers were 25-4.
It was on July 30, 1890 that Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel was born in "K.C.", Kansas City.
It was August 2, 1979 when Captain Thurman Munson was killed while piloting his twin-engine jet at the Akron-Canton, Ohio Airport. The two-time defending champs were stunned..."Thurman's death took everything out of the club.." -Billy Martin.
It was July 27, 1964 when Miller Huggins was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame. He led the Yankees from 1918 until his death in 1929. Huggins led the Yanks to 6 pennants and 3 World Championships in 23, 27, and 28. On Huggins, "This is the man who cut the Yankee pennant pattern." -Joe McCarthy.
Mickey Mantle hit for the cycle only 1 time in his career. He did it against Chicago at Yankee Stadium in 1957.
On July 22, 1965, Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hit a grand-slam in a 6-3 win over the Redsox. Amazingly, the grand-slam was an inside-the-park homerun!
"Whitey" Ford is the Yankees all-time leader in wins(236), innings pitched(3,171), shutouts(45), and strike-outs with 1,956 over 16 seasons.
It was 1939 when the All-Star game was first held at Yankee Stadium. 6 of the starters were Yankees...Dickey, DiMaggio, Gordon, Rolfe, Ruffing, and Selkirk. It was also in 1939 that the Yanks won their 4th consecutive World Championship.
It was on October 20, 1931 that Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. He would become known as the "Commerce Comet" at his local high school. This, of course, enroute to his more known nickname, "The Mick".
About the Bronx Bombers (thru the 2003 season)
The Yankees have hit 11,880 home runs since John Ganzel smacked the first one on May 22, 1903, 20 games into their inaugural season
...the Detroit Tigers have the second most HR in the American League at 10,465 (that's 1,415 fewer home runs than the Yankees in two additional seasons)
...no other team in the A.L. has hit more than 10,000 homers in their history
...the Yankees have led the A.L. in home runs 34 times in their 96-year history, including 12 consecutive years from 1936-47 and nine straight years from 1923-31 (a total of 21 times in 25 years from 1923-47)
...the Yankees have hit more home runs than their opponents in 73 of their 97 seasons...Babe Ruth hit more home runs (54) in 1920 than any other team in the league
...the 1920 Yankees became the first club in baseball history to hit more than 100 home runs in a season with 115 (the mark was more than double any other club in the league)
...the Yankees belted more than 100 home runs per season 38 times from 1920-1961
...Boston had the second-highest total with 21
...the then-record 240 home runs hit in 1961 was the last time the Yankees led the league in homers
...the '61 season total was a Major-League record for 35 years until 1996, when Baltimore (257), Seattle (245) and Oakland (243) surpassed it
...Ruth stroked 659 home runs in a Yankee uniform from 1920-34, 106 more than Boston and 53 more than Cleveland in the same 15-year period
...Ruth hit just six fewer home runs than the Washington Senators during that same stretch
...Clark Griffith became the first Yankee pitcher to hit a home run when he stroked a dinger on July 14, 1903
...Claudel Washington's pinch-hit home run on April 20, 1988 at Minnesota off Jeff Reardon was the club's 10,000th home run
...of the 11,880 home runs the Yankees have hit, 6,058 were at home and 5,822 were on the road.
The Yankees HR breakdown at home:
|Old Yankee Stadium||1923-1973||3,654|
|Shea Stadium||1974-1975, 1998||93|
|Remodeled Yankee Stadium||1976-Present||2,000 and counting!|