Joe Pepitone was in his rookie season when he became the sixth player in American League history to homer twice in the same inning on this day in 1962. The New York Yankees rode their nine-run eighth inning to a 13-7 victory over Kansas City.
Derek Jeter had three hits, two rbi’s and scored two on May 23, 2007, in an 8-3 Yankee Stadium win over Boston. His second-inning single was Derek’s 2,215th career safety, pushing him past Joe DiMaggio into fifth place on the all-time Yankees hit list.
The Yanks jumped on Curt Schilling with a three-run Hideki Matsui first-inning bomb, then kept the Sox at bay with singleton scores in the second, third, fourth, seventh, and eighth innings while Andy Pettitte kept the visitors off the board until the top of the seventh. It was Manager Joe Torre‘s 1,110th win on the Yankee bench on a night when the paying crowd numbered an eerily exact 55,000 fans.
A very good Bartolo Colon start against Toronto in Yankee Stadium on May 23, 2011, derailed in the sixth inning, as he surrendered five runs on three hits and three walks, two of them intentional. The only highlight (and a quirky one at that) in the 7-3 Yankee loss is that Curtis Granderson reached on three straight walks, scored for the Yankee runs each time, and was driven in all three times by Robinson Cano.
Power-hitter and lefty-batting outfielder Charlie “King Kong” Keller died on May 23, 1990. Almost all of Keller’s career came with the Yanks, though the five home runs and 37 rbi’s he garnered with Detroit in 1950-1951 brought his total with New York from 1939-1949 plus 1952 to 184 long balls good for 723 runs driven in.
Two one-time Yankee managers celebrate May 23 as their birthday, Buck Showalter (1956) and Clyde King (1924), who directed the Yanks to a 29-33 record for part of the 1982 season. And most of us regulars at the old Stadium would have no trouble including the following personality in the Yankee birthday list: On May 23, 1925, Fred Schulman, Freddy the Fan, he of the pan, the spoon, and the three-color signs, was born.