A four-hour trip to see the New York Yankees take on the Nationals in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 16, 2013, gave us just what you’d want, an almost five-hour game. Andy Pettitte, striking out phenom Bryce Harper swinging three times, left the game with a 3-2 lead over Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats after seven, but Ian Desmond tied it with a home run off Corey Wade. DeWayne Wise extended the game by throwing Tyler Moore out at the plate on an Adam LaRoche eighth-inning single. The Yanks finally won 5-3 on Mark Teixeira‘s 14th-inning triple.
Ron Guidry, who had his no. 49 retired in the Bronx some time ago, and whose Bobblehead was given out in the Stadium a few days ago, threw his first complete game on this day in 1977, a 7-0 shutout over Kansas City.
The Yanks beat hard-throwing Sam McDowell on this day in 1966. Mickey Mantle was robbed of a first-inning home run by a great Rocky Colavito catch, but he came back and stroked one to the opposite field in the third in the Yanks’ 7-6 win. Hitting the other way was often the ticket when facing “Sudden Sam.”
Long-time “Voice of the Yankees” Mel Allen, also the long-time star of TV’s This Week in Baseball, passed away on June 16, 1996.