This day in Yankees history: May 21

2007: Before pinstripes

Pitching for the Indians, CC Sabathia strikes out the Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki for his 1,000th career K.

1970: 11 Walks, 0 runs for Mel

Mel Stottlemyre walks 11 Senators but prevents any from scoring over 8 1/3 innings. Steve Hamilton records the final two outs of the Yankees' 2-0 shutout of Washington. First baseman Danny Cater provides the only offense with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

1967: Whitey’s swan song

Whitey Ford makes the final start of his career in Detroit against the Tigers. He works one inning and gives up a run, a walk and a hit before coming out due to elbow pain. He was later diagnosed with bone spurs and, instead of going through surgery, Ford retired on May 30.

1938: Spud the Stud

Spud Chandler throws a two-hit shutout against the White Sox at Comiskey Park, and he also helps himself with the game's only run by taking Chicago starter Thornton Lee deep in the eighth inning for his first career homer.

1930: Babe’s Hat Trick Wasted

Babe Ruth hits three home runs in a regular season game for the first time in his career. (He had two three-homer performances in the World Series. One in 1926 and one in 1928, both against the Cardinals.) The homers come in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s in Philadelphia. He belts two off starter George Earnshaw, then one off Lefty Grove who came on in relief. While the Yankees take a 6-4 lead, the A’s score nine runs in the seventh inning and win, 15-7.

Of note: The day marks the first of three doubleheaders against the A’s over four days (two in Philly, one in New York). Babe ends up going 12-for-23 (.522) with eight homers and 18 RBI over the six games.