This has not been a memorable year so far for the
Yankees of New York.
Roger Clemens has taken the money and fizzled.
Reliever Scott Proctor carried his personal game
equipment out to the field long after a 7-0 loss to Oakland and set it
ablaze on the gravel outside the Yankees dugout, and the fans are
getting restless waiting to see who thankfully replaces Joe Torre or
Brian Cashman or both.
But even with all of the bad news today yesterday (the great, the
goofy and the grand) still keeps the Yankee legend aglow:
Babe Ruth Day Speech, April 27, 1947:
Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. You know
how bad my voice sounds. Well, it feels just as bad. You know, this
baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And
after you're a boy and grow up to play ball, then you come to the boys
you see representing clubs today in your national pastime. The only real
game in the world, I think, is baseball.
As a rule, people think that if you give boys a
football or a baseball or something like that, they naturally become
athletes right away. But you can't do that in baseball. You got to
start from way down, at the bottom, when the boys are six or seven years
of age. You can't wait until they're 14 or 15. You got to
let it grow up with you, if you're the boy. And if you try hard enough,
you're bound to come out on top, just as these boys here have come to
the top now. There have been so many lovely things said about me
today that I'm glad to have had the opportunity to thank everybody.
Yankees Manager Saga/Under George Steinbrenner In Chronological Order
Year(s) Name Won-Loss
|| Yogi Berra
|| Lou Piniella
|| Bucky Dent
|| Stump Merrill
|| Buck Showalter
George Steinbrenner's "Seven Commandments" for judging Billy Martin
1. Does he win?
2. Does he work hard enough?
3. Is he emotionally equipped to lead the men?
4. Is he organized?
5. Is he prepared?
6. Does he understand human nature?
7. Is he honorable?
That the day Gehrig replaced Pipp was the day the
2,130 game streak began. It actually began the day before when the man
they could call the Iron Horse pinch hit for Pee Wee Wanninger who
replaced shortstop Everett Scott who had the record for consecutive
games played (1307) until Wanninger took his place.
That Billy Martin punched St. Louis catcher Clint
Courtney. at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park on April 28, 1953 --
Yanks and the Browns was a close one, but in the top of the 10th, Gil
McDougald broke the 6-6 tie by barreling into Courtney at home plate and
jarring the ball loose.
"I'm going to cut the first guy I reach," Courtney
promptly announced when he came to the plate in the bottom of the
inning. Yankees hurler Allie Reynolds heard the declaration and tried to
go up and in on Courtney, but missed. The St. Louis catcher lined the
ball into right field and raced around the bases in search of a double,
but was far behind the throw to the second base bag.
But Scrap Iron came through on his promise and slid
into second with his spikes high. Phil Rizzuto,covering second on the
play and was cut badly
The Bronx Bombers immediately retaliated. Reynolds,
McDougald and first baseman Joe Collins were on top of Courtney, the
three of them swinging wildly. Both benches cleared as After a lot of
flying dust and a lot of flying punches, the melee cleared. Umpire John
Stevens emerged from the brawl with a separated shoulder.
The fines handed out totaled $850 then a major
league record for a brawl. Courtney was docked $250. But the most
mysterious fine was the $150 tagged on Yankee second baseman Billy
Martin, who never threw a punch.
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