With historic Bombers exploits few and far between in the 1980s, April 20, 1988 stands out. The three homers they slugged were all-time Yankee home runs no. 9,999 (Dave Winfield), no. 10,000 (Claudell Washington), and no. 10,001 (Jack Clark). They were the first team to reach that five-figure amount. Clark made his first Yankee roundtripper count, as his 10th-inning blast powered the Pinstripers over the Twins, 7-6. Continue reading
The 1979 season took a decidedly bad turn on April 19, when newly enshrined (now) Hall of Famer Goose Gossage and Cliff Johnson fought in the clubhouse. The resulting sprained ligament in Goose’s thumb kept him out of action until July. Not surprisingly, Cliff was gone from the Yankees before Goose’s return, but so were the Yankees’ playoff hopes. Continue reading
There is always the debate among baseball aficionados, experts, fans — what was the greatest baseball team of all time? Perhaps after reading the new edition of Five O’Clock Lightning, you will have the definitive answer, the 1927 New York Yankees.
When Yankee owner Colonel Ruppert’s “Rough Riders,” as some called them, were not going head to head against their American League competition, they were playing exhibition games in Buffalo, Omaha, Rochester, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, all kinds of places. Continue reading