Great games, featuring great players — what fan can resist them? Al Downing fell behind the Twins in the first 1-0 on the strength of a Harmon “Killer” Killebrew home run on July 25, 1967. Twins starter Jim Kaat held the Yankees scoreless until, with two outs in the ninth, Mickey Mantle went yard on a 457-foot shot, and the game was rained out with the score, 1-1. The replay was won by the Yankees on August 18, 1-0. Continue reading
In a move Mr. Costanza was sure to bring up every year on Festivus, the Yankees sent young slugger Jay Buhner to Seattle for Ken Phelps on July 21, 1988.
And then, exactly five years later, Jay Buhner chipped in with five hits as the Mariners and Erik Hanson bested the Yanks and Jimmy Key 10-3 on July 21, 1993. Continue reading
For those Yankee lovers and Yankee haters and all those in between who have responded to my first two pieces on Charles Dillon Stengel, for you to enjoy and write to me about is another in the series.
Sparing no one including himself, Casey Stengel was equally at ease using the back of his hand or the glad hand. Not unduly concerned about hurting a player’s (or anyone else’s feelings) by a sarcastic or sharp criticism even in front of others, Stengel picked his times. Continue reading