Sit back, stir your drink, and unwrap that candy bar treat. May 18 Yankee birthday No. 1 is that of Mr. October, former Yankee and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson (1946). Mr. Jackson cracked 563 homers with 1,702 rbiâ€™s from 1967-1987; he was signed as a Yankee free agent in November 1976, and was lost to free agency when he inked a contract with California in January 1982. Reggie, who blasted 144 of the bombs with 461 rbiâ€™s for New York, will always be remembered for his three-home run performance in the deciding game of the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers.
Tino Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and four rbiâ€™s as the Yanks stopped the Marinersâ€™ eight-game win streak on this day in 2001. John Halama took the loss in the Yanksâ€™ 14-10 victory.
The Yankee road show was led into Chicago on May 18, 1956, by the two current (at the time) AL home run leaders, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. They combined for 20 bases between them, and The Mick homered from both sides of the plate in the same game for the third time. The Yanks prevailed, 8-7, in 10 innings.
Joe Torre was very appreciative of the welcome he received from the Fenway faithful on this day in 1999, as they greeted him back warmly after his return from prostate cancer treatment. The Red Sox beat the Yanks 6-3 that day.
â€œPrince Hal,â€ lefthanded first baseman Hal Chase, died on May 18, 1947. A conflicted figure in early baseball, Chase was a good defender, and one of the first Highlander stars as he hit 20 home runs with 494 rbiâ€™s in starting his playing career with New York from 1905-1913. But he was the victim of rumors about thrown games too, which was why no team would sign him beyond the 1919 season. After playing with the White Sox, the Buffalo Buffeds, and the Reds between 1913 and 1919, his final totals were 57 and 941. Yankee owner Dan Topping passed away on this day too, in 1974.