I've been blogging about the Yankees for four years now and there are times when I know exactly what I want to write about and there are other times when I'm completely stumped. Today was a day when I was stumped. You'd think with the Yankees winning two out of three against the Mets that I'd have a lot to say but I actually didn't. Anyway, when I'm struggling for content, I sometimes look to my music collection to help me out. So as I sat down to start writing, I said to myself, "I will write about April 27, pick the years of the first five songs that play in iTunes on shuffle and write about the games that happened on those days." Easy enough. And luckily for me, my iTunes shuffle did a nice job. First up, 1993. The song was "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" by Sting.
The Yankees played the California Angels in Anaheim on a Tuesday and won the game 5-0 behind a complete game, one-hitter by Jimmy Key and an offensive breakout by Mike Gallego, who had two home runs. Bernie Williams and Danny Tartabull also went yard. Tim Salmon reached on an error by Key in the bottom of the fourth and the Angels' only hit came in the bottom of the sixth when Gary Disarcina hit a single to centerfield.
Next, 1976. The song was "Living Thing" by ELO.
Another Tuesday game, another game on the road, another shutout and another victory for the Yankees. This time, the Yanks beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 behind an interesting performance by Dock Ellis. He pitched eight innings, gave up four hits, walked six and struck out five. Sparky Lyle picked up the save and the Yankees scored their lone run on an RBI single by Oscar Gamble in the top of the ninth. Gaylord Perry was the losing pitcher for Texas.
Third, 1982. The song was "Only the Lonely" by The Motels.
Okay, this is getting weird now. It was another Tuesday but this time the Yankees weren't so lucky. They lost a rain shortened game against the Angels at Yankee Stadium. Ron Guidry picked up the loss, Angel Moreno got the win and the Yankees' lone run was scored on a sacrifice fly by Lou Piniella that scored Dave Winfield in the bottom of the fourth.
Fourth, 1975. The song was "Could It Be Magic" by Barry Manilow. (I know, you're thinking, "What the hell does this girl listen to?")
Well, at least we know this wasn't a Tuesday (it was a Sunday), they weren't on the road - They also weren't in Yankee Stadium. The old girl was still being renovated so home was Shea Stadium - and it was another Yankees victory! Catfish Hunter picked up his first win of the 1975 season thanks to a 10-1 drubbing of the Milwaukee Brewers. The hitting stars for the Yankees on this day were centerfielder Elliott Maddox who had four hits - including a home run and a double - and three RBI. And catcher Ed Hermann who did the same thing - a home run, a double and three RBI. Other Yankees joining the RBI party were Chris Chambliss with two RBI and Bobby Bonds and Graig Nettles with one apiece.
So the Yankees seem to have good luck on April 27 because they won this game 6-0. They were playing the Kansas City Royals in front of a crowd of 16,639 on a Wednesday night. Bob Shirley picked up his first win of the season and the Yankees evened their record to 9-9. The hitting stars were Willie Randolph and Jerry Mumphrey who had three hits apiece, Roy Smalley who had three RBI on two hits - one being a home run in the eighth that put the Yankees up 5-0. Steve Kemp also had two-run single in the third to open the scoring for the Yankees.
And of course, on this date in 1947, the Yankees honored the ailing Babe Ruth, who would die of throat cancer the following year.
The Yankees lost the game that day 1-0 to the Washington Senators in front of a crowd of 58,339. The Senators only run was thanks to an RBI single by right fielder Buddy Lewis. Sid Hudson picked up the win for the Senators while Spud Chandler picked up the loss for the Yankees.
And there's your trip down memory lane for April 27.
[A quick note: Just so you know, I do have songs from 1947 in iTunes but they didn't come up for this exercise, mainly because they're Christmas songs. -SG]