Jackson gets No. 44 retired, heads to Monument Park

Orioles notebook

August 15, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Reggie Jackson Day drew the second-largest crowd of the year to Yankee Stadium yesterday, as 52,598 turned out to honor the newest member of baseball's Hall Of Fame.

Jackson's 44 became the 13th number retired by the Yankeeswho also an-nounced that they will place a plaque in honor of the slugger in Monument Park, behind the center-field fence.

Although he spent only five years of his career in pinstripesJackson went into the Hall Of Fame as a representative of the Yankees. He has since been appointed an executive with the club.

"People always talk about tradition -- and it all started here,Jackson said during brief pre-game remarks. "No offense to other great teams, but everywhere you go in the world, the greatest name in sports belongs to the Yankees.

"New York City and I have been a natural fit. And because of thdemands of you, the fans, I was able to achieve my goals. Thank you all for putting me on that level."

Yesterday's crowd was the largest at Yankee Stadium sinc56,704 turned out on Opening Day and the fourth to exceed 50,000.

Jean knows way around jam

Domingo Jean came close to being a victim of the traffic jam created by yesterday's large turnout. The rookie right-hander had almost as much trouble finding his way to Yankee Stadium as he did locating the strike zone once he reached his destination.

Jean, who made his second major-league start without decision, was still on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge when he abandoned his taxicab about two hours before game time. After jogging approximately a mile across the bridge, Jean hitched a ride, arriving at Yankee Stadium about 45 minutes before he threw the game's first pitch.

"He handled it very well," said Yankees manager BucShowalter, who was prepared to start Rich Monteleone if Jean didn't arrive in time for the game.

Once on the scene, Jean didn't allow a hit until Cal Ripken'infield single in the fourth, but he encountered persistent control difficulties, throwing only 42 strikes in 85 pitches. He left after five innings, trailing 2-0 on a home run by Mike Devereaux.

Second-guessing Oates

More than a few New York observers questioned Orioles manager Johnny Oates' decision to pitch to Don Mattingly in the fifth inning. But the situation hardly dictated an intentional walk.

The Orioles were leading 2-0, with runners on second and thirand one out when Mattingly delivered a game-tying single off Arthur Rhodes. "Mattingly was something like 1-for-10 [off Rhodes]," said Oates, and the bullpen has been overloaded. I didn't want to use those guys today."

As it turned out, Mark Williamson was in the game afteMattingly's single tied it. But, at that point, and given the condition of the Orioles' staff, removing Rhodes couldn't have been justified.

"Arthur threw well, he just walked a few guys at the wrong time,said Oates, who was asked if Rhodes had the same stuff he had in last Monday night's 4-1 victory over Detroit.

"His stuff always looks the same to me," said Oates. "It [the Detroit game] just shows you how effective he can be when he throws strikes.

"He threw an awful lot of first-pitch balls today [yesterday]," saiOates. "It's not easy to pitch with that count, and when it goes to 2-and-0 it gets that much tougher.

"It's tough to pitch when that happens. It's tough to manage, it'tough to catch and it's tough to play defense."

Which about sums it up -- yesterday was a tough day all arounfor the Orioles.

THE RETIRING TYPES

Yesterday, the Yankees added Reggie Jackson's number to their list of retired uniform numbers (year is year retired):

No. .. .. Player .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Year

1 .. .. Billy Martin .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1986

3 .. .. Babe Ruth .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1948

4 .. .. Lou Gehrig .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1939

5 .. .. Joe DiMaggio .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1952

7 .. .. Mickey Mantle .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1969

8 .. .. Yogi Berra .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1972

.. .. ..Bill Dickey .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1972

9 .. .. Roger Maris .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1984

10 .. ..Phil Rizzuto .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1985

15 .. ..Thurman Munson .. .. .. .. .. .. 1979

16 .. ..Whitey Ford .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1974

32 .. ..Elston Howard .. .. .. .. .. .. 1984

37 .. ..Casey Stengel .. .. .. .. .. .. 1970

44 .. ..Reggie Jackson .. .. .. .. .. .. 1993

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