Sunday, July 20, 2014

This Day In New York Yankees History 7/20: Inside The Park Grand Slam By a Pitcher

It doesn't happen often but there have been a few members of the New York Yankees pitching staff that have hit home runs in their major league careers. On this day in 1965 one Yankee pitcher, the very underrated Mel Stottlemyre, hit an inside the park grand slam to beat the Boston Red Sox. The fifth inning grand slam would be the difference in Stottlemyre's complete game and the Yankees 6-3 victory.

Also on this day in 1973 the Yankees would sweep a double header with the Chicago White Sox in which the same starting pitcher, Wilbur Wood, would take the loss in both games. Wood did not make it out of the first inning in the first game and would also start and lose the nightcap.

Finally on this day in 1987 "Donnie Baseball" Don Mattingly tied a major league record when he was credited with 22 putouts in a single game against the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome. The man Donnie Ballgame tied was another Yankee first basemen in Hal Chase who also was credited with 22 putouts way back in 1906. The Yankees would beat the Twins 7-1.

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