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    I'm trying to revive this idea. Hopefully, it'll catch on. If anything of good value, please post it here.


    May 16, 1957

    Associated Press
    Hank Bauer, second from right, with his wife and
    teammate Mickey Mantle, left, and ex-teammate
    Billy Martin a month after the Copacabana row.
    A New York grand jury had just cleared Bauer of
    possible charges.

    Yanks Play the Copa

    [Unsigned, The New York Times]

    May 16, 1957 NEW YORK-Six members of the world champion New York Yankees were involved in a postmidnight disturbance tonight during a party at the Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan. The Yankees, who were at the club to celebrate Billy Martin's 29th birthday, included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer, Whitey Ford, Johnny Kucks and Martin. The disturbance stemmed from an argument between the players and members of a bowling club who also were celebrating at the club.

    The party, at which all the players except Martin were accompanied by their wives, was planned long in advance. It was not immediately clear how the disturbance occurred or whether the police were called to the club, which is at 10 East 60th Street. Words apparently were exchanged between the players and members of a bowling club who also were celebrating at the Copacabana. One of the members of the bowling club, Edwin Jones, accused Bauer of striking him.

    On June 4, The Times carried the following unsigned article about fines levied against the players.

    Mantle, Berra, Bauer, Ford and Martin were fined $1,000 each and Kucks, a young pitcher in a lower salary bracket than the others, was fined $500. The fines were deducted from the checks the players received at the Yankee Stadium two days ago.

    There were published statements yesterday that the disciplinary action had caused a rift between Casey Stengel, the manager of the team, and George M. Weiss, the general manager of the Yankees. Weiss issued this statement denying that a rift existed: "As for the reported friction between Casey Stengel and myself, this is wholly untrue. We have always consulted and agreed on all moves involving the team on and off the field, with the complete approval of Dan Topping and Del Webb (the co-owner of the Yanks).

    Stengel appeared in a bitter mood when he was interviewed at Grand Central Station, where the Yankees departed for a trip to Cleveland and a three-game series with the Indians. Said Stengel: "I know of no rift between me and Mr. Weiss. Mr. Weiss hasn't lost a game all year. I have, me, the manager. Can't understand the big fuss. This [the nightclub incident] all happened three weeks ago. They're trying to make a big scandal over this because we're the Yanks."

    Berra, Bauer and Kucks confirmed the fines. Ford insisted, "I wasn't fined." When pressed, he said: "I was told what to say. They haven't announced it, so why should I?"

    As for the Bauer incident, the police refused to take action in the matter and Jones had Bauer taken into custody by a citizen's arrest on May 21. Bauer, 34, faces a hearing on charges of felonious assault. In the case of a citizen's arrest, the way is open for a suit for false arrest should Bauer be found not guilty. Bauer denied that he struck Jones. He was supported in this contention by other members of the party. However, the story was published and the fines were a result.

    The Yankees went on to win the American League pennant by eight games and lose the World Series to the Milwaukee Braves in seven. Four weeks later, Billy Martin was traded to the Kansas City A's in an eight-player deal generally acknowledged to have stemmed from the brawl.
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  • #2
    May 17

    I'll help you out on this one Mattingly.

    1961- Roger Maris hit his 1st Yankee Stadium homer of the season in an 8-7 loss to the Washington Senators.His homer was his 4th of then year,on his way to 61.

    1998- David Wells pitched the 13th perfect game in history as the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Yankee Stadium.


    • #3
      May 21st.

      At Kansas City, Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Orlando Pena, then adds another in the 5th. Roger Maris follows with another homer and New York wins, 7–4.

      For his part in the Copacabana incident, Yankee OF Hank Bauer is arraigned. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim, Edward Jones, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today's game, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin and Whitey Ford are benched, while Bauer bats 8th. Mickey Mantle has a single, two walks, and a homer to back Bob Turley’s 4-hit 3–0 shutout over the A's. Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yanks now trail the White Sox by a half game.

      At Kansas City, Mickey Mantle clouts a drive over the 2nd and more distance fence in RF to help the Yankees win, 8–5. The drive, off Moe Burtschy, matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.

      The power-laden Yankees give little support to P Spud Chandler, but he hits a home run in the 8th to gain a 1–0 victory over Thornton Lee and the White Sox.

      Before 60,000 at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington, 14–2 and 8–0. Washington collects just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener, Ruth homers in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Lou Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon, including a HR, two doubles and a triple.

      Babe Ruth hits three consecutive home runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A's, then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th, Ruth decides to hit right handed. After two strikes, he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career 3-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws five walks for the 2nd time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice), and Jimmie Foxx homers to help the A's to a 15–7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the 2nd game, a 4–1 Yankee loss, but Bishop has three more walks. Bishop will walk eight times in a doubleheader in 1934, the only player to collect more than six walks in an afternoon.
      "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

      ~Mickey Mantle


      • #4
        Thanks, folks, always good to get some help on this one!

        May 22nd:


        The Yankees defeat the White Sox, 10-2, in the 1st game of a DH. Roger Clemens gets the win for NY, giving him an AL record 18 consecutive victories over the course of two seasons. The White Sox come back to take the 2nd game by a score of 2-1.

        With Rick Waits on the mound in the 6th, the Yankees Bucky Dent hits into a triple play. But the Yankees win, 3–2, with the margin a 2-run home run by Dave Winfield. The win goes to Dave Righetti (1-0).

        Ron Guidry stops a 3-game Yankee losing streak with a 4-hitter to defeat the Orioles, 8–2.

        At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 7–0 lead and allows Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mickey Mantle, leading off the 11th, is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2–2 pitch that almost clears the RF roof. "The hardest ball I ever hit," Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, was still rising when it struck a foot below the top. It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald, a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the facade. "That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands," Mantle tells Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.

        Roger Maris, who went all of 1961 without receiving an intentional walk, gets four in a 12-inning 2–1 win against the Angels to set an American League record. Maris receives five walks in all. Four Yankee pitchers (Whitey Ford, Jim Coates, Bud Daley, and Bob Turley) combine to give up just one hit in 12 innings. Ford leaves after seven innings because of back spasms, and Coates gives up the lone hit, a one-out 9th-inning single to Bob Rodgers.

        At Yankee Stadium, Allie Reynolds tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Red Sox to win 7–0. Mickey Mantle is the offense, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Mick will knock in 10 runs in the 3-game series against the Red Sox.

        The Yankees beat Boston, 9–0, as Allie Reynolds fires his 2nd two-hit shutout over the Red Sox in a month. Harry Dorish is the loser.

        Joe Sewell of the Yankees fans for the first time this season, a 3–0 win behind Lefty Gomez over Cleveland. Sewell will strike out only three more times in 524 at bats.

        In Philadelphia, the Yankees and the Athletics continue the home run barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader, 10–1 and 20–13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of home runs in the opener, as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yanks score nine runs in the 1st two innings of the 2nd second game, but the A's come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20–13 as Tony Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores five runs, and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game, while Lou Gehrig powers three round trippers to drive in eight runs. On the A's side, Jimmie Foxx has two homers to drive in six runs. For the afternoon, the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers, a then-record 10 in game 2.

        Down 3–0 to the Browns' Vangilder, Babe Ruth finally puts the Yankees on the board with a homer in the 8th. The Yankees win in the 13th when Ev Scott's single off Hub Pruett scores Bob Meusel.
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        • #5
          May 23, 1962: Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in American League history to hit two home runs in one inning. New York's 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 13–7.


          • #6
            May 24, 1946: Co-owner and GM Larry MacPhail fired Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager, and Bill Dickey replaced him. As proof that McCarthy had lost control of his players, MacPhail cited a confrontation between the manager and Joe Page during a May 21st flight from Cleveland to Detroit. McCarthy, whose health was ailing, left the team with a 22–13 record. Bill Dickey guided the Yankees to a 57-48 mark, but resigned right after the season.

            May 24, 1956: Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in an 11–4 win against the Tigers. Mantle is hitting .421. He combines with Joe Collins for back-to-back homers, off Duke Maas.

            Last edited by zman; 05-24-2005, 08:21 AM.


            • #7
              May 25th.

              » The Yankees send C Duke Sims to the Rangers for P Larry Gura. Gura will go 5–1 with New York but because of reported differences with Billy Martin, Gura will be peddled to KC.

              » At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks maul the Angels 11–6. Mickey Mantle has two homers, one off Dean Chance and the other coming off reliever Lew Burdette..

              » After hitting a solo home run against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1–1 tie, player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 3–1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader, who will never return to active play. Cochrane's homer is his last at bat. In the hospital, Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying, "I lost the ball." The Yanks win the game, 4–3, beating Schoolboy Rowe, who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.

              1922 ~ The Bambino goes crazy :grouchy
              » Babe Ruth is suspended one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on ump George Hildebrand after being called out at 2B while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and is restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the CF clubhouse Ruth gestures to another heckler in RF. Babe gets stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beats the visiting Nationals, 6–4.
              "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

              ~Mickey Mantle


              • #8
                May 26 1959 The Yankees trade pitchers Tom Sturdivant Johnny Kucks, and infielder Jerry Lumpe to Kansas City for Ralph Terry and Hector Lopez. It was Terry's second tour with The Yankees. He was part of the trade that sent Billy Martin to Kansas City in 1957. Terry might be best known for giving up Bill Mazeroski's game winning homer in the 1960 World Series but he was a fine pitcher who won 23 games in 1962 and was the winning pitcher in game 7 of the series that year. He was also a fine golfer who would later play on the senior PGA Tour.

                Hector "What a Pair of Hands" Lopez was a particular favorite of mine. For anyone unfamiliar with Hector's fielding prowess I've cut and pasted the following thread from another web board.

                Hector Lopez was pretty good with the bat, and it is
                a damned good thing he was too, because his fielding
                was...I mean, at third base he...well, let me let others
                tell you...

                Bill James, in his "...Abstract" book, says of Hector, that
                he was " bad a defensive player as you would ever
                want to see."

                My favorite book about baseball is "The Great American
                Baseball Card Flipping Trading And Bubble Gum Book",
                by Brandan Boyd and Fred Harris. In it, they say of
                Hector Lopez:

                "His range was about one step to either side, his hands
                seemed to be made of concrete (and he) did not simply
                field a ground ball, he attacked it. Like a farmer trying to
                kill a snake with a stick. And his mishandling of routine
                infield flies was the sort of which legends are made."

                Hector came up with the Kansas City Athletics in 1955,
                and in his rookie year hit for a .290 average, with 15
                home runs. In his time with the Athletics, he mostly
                played third base, but would play some second base.

                He played for Kansas City until the 1959 season, when
                he was traded to the Yankees in May. His totals for
                1959 would put him 10th in the league in hits, doubles,
                and slugging percentage, and 7th in RBIs.

                Casey and the Yankees were still trying to use him at
                third base when he got there in '59, but figured out that
                he could do less damage defensively in the outfield, so
                he ended up playing almost all of his games there in 1960.
                Starting in 1960, Hector would be with the Yankees for
                five straight pennants.

                In 1961, the year of this card, Ralph Houk took over
                the helm of the Yankees. Hector got less playing time
                and his average suffered, dropping to .222 in 93 games.
                In the 1961 World Series against the Reds, Hector
                drove in 5 runs in the final game.

                Hector would play in over 100 games for the Yankees
                through the 1965 season. In 1966 he would only be in
                54 games before being released.

                Hector had a lifetime batting average of .269.
                ------------------------------------------------------------ --------------------------
                John Wade
                ovis [at]

                Steve Grant wrote:

                > How in heaven's name did you manage to get through
                > this entire (interesting) post without once using the phrase
                > "what a pair of hands"?
                ------------------------------------------------------------ -----------------------
                Because there is some debate as to whether Hector
                actually owned a pair of hands!!
                ------------------------------------------------------------ -----------------------
                John Wade
                ovis [at]
                Last edited by zman; 05-26-2005, 04:21 PM.


                • #9
                  May 27th.

                  2001» Is this an omen?
                  The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 7-3 as SS Derek Jeter gets five hits, including a double and home run. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss, going five innings and giving up three runs. Andy Pettitte is the winner.

                  » Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in American League history to hit two home runs in one inning. New York's 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 13–7.

                  » At Ebbets Field, the Yanks top the Dodgers, 10–7, in the Mayor's Trophy game. Al Cicotte allows two hits in six innings, and smacks two himself. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5.

                  » Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive home runs for the New York Yankees in a 6–5, first-game win against the Indians.

                  1947» Yet another omen?
                  Matching the Chief's game yesterday, Spud Chandler gives the Yankees a 5–0 win over Boston, allowing two hits.

                  Tony Lazzeri hits three home runs, two in the nitecap, good for four RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics, 12-6 and 15–1. The crowd of 24,240, one of the largest in several seasons, pelts the field with cushions, bottles and other articles, making play difficult. Dickey, Chapman, Rolfe, and Crosetti also homer for NY.
                  "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                  ~Mickey Mantle


                  • #10
                    Yep. Sounds like an omen to me.


                    • #11
                      There's more...

                      Forbes magazine reports the New York Yankees are worth $540 million, making them the most valuable team in baseball for the 3rd straight year.

                      » Yankees Ed Figueroa and Tippy Martinez beat the Tigers 9–5 and hold Ron LeFlore hitless for the first time since April 17th. LeFlore had hit safely in 30 straight games, tying the 3rd longest streak in club history.

                      » The American League owners agree to the following divisional alignment for
                      1969: Eastern: Boston, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington, Detroit; Western: Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Seattle, Oakland, California.

                      » New York beats Cleveland, 5–0, and Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days, and his 11th of the season.

                      » Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus and high fever and will miss 13 games. New York goes 7-6 under interim manager Ralph Houk. Today the Yanks top the Senators, 5–1, behind Jim Coates’ 5th straight win. The game is scoreless until Mickey Mantle cracks a 5th inning opposite field homer off Jim (Kitty) Kaat, who then walks three, hits two batters, and a serves up a Gil McDougald 2-run triple good for three runs. Later Mantle homers again, and Roger Maris, leading the American League, also homers, the first time the two have hit round trippers together in a game.

                      At Boston, Joe Collins 9th inning walk—the 20th of the game—turns into the winning run in the 9th as New York beats the Red Sox, 10–9. The Yanks overcome a grand slam by Jackie Jensen.

                      » Robert Joyce, who gave up two home runs to New York's George Selkirk yesterday, relieves for the A's. Selkirk hits two more home runs off Joyce, giving him four home runs in four at bats against the same pitcher in two successive games. Yankees win, 9–5. The Yanks release vet Wes Ferrell, who never came back after arm surgery over the winter. Ferrell will appear with the Dodgers in '40 and the Braves in 1941.

                      » In St. Louis, Lou Gehrig hits a 6th inning homer, off Paul Andrews, then follows Babe Ruth's 7th inning homer with another round tripper. The back-to-back homers, off jack Knott, are the last the pair will combine on. New York gets homers from Jack Saltzgaver and Tony Lazzeri to rumble to a 13–9 victory.

                      » Lou Gehrig is spiked at 1B by Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scores the winning run. The Yanks win the opener, 8–2, as Ruth corks his 12th homer of the year, a 3-run shot. Tris Speaker plays most of Game One despite fracturing his left thumb in batting practice.
                      Last edited by MetsFan11368; 05-28-2005, 06:22 AM.
                      "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                      ~Mickey Mantle


                      • #12
                        May 29, 1995

                        A 20-year-old SS is called up from the farm, briefly takes over for an injured Tony Fernandez, playing 15 games that season.

                        Ahhhhhhh, the making of a true leader. :gt
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                        Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004


                        • #13
                          Well, I think this event pretty much overshadows all others on this day in Yankee history. What a great 10 years these have been for him and his fans.

                          Thanks, Derek.......and thanks, Stick.
                          "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                          ~Mickey Mantle


                          • #14
                            1958 - Yankee P Whitey Ford fans six in a row to tie an American League record as he shuts out the White Sox 3–0. Sox pitcher Jim Wilson allows just six hits but three -- 2 by Hank Bauer and one by Mickey Mantle -- are out of the Stadium.

                            Last edited by zman; 06-02-2005, 01:12 PM.


                            • #15
                              1941 - New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. From that time on, the illness is known primarily as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

                              Last edited by zman; 06-02-2005, 01:25 PM.


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