2009: The Angels let it be known that there will be no sweep of the ALCS, as they beat the Yankees in 11 innings at Anaheim. The player making the announcement is the ‘defensive’ half of the AL West champs’ catching platoon, Jeff Mathis, who doubles in Howie Kendrick off Alfredo Aceves with two down in the 11th for a 5-4 win. Derek Jeter leads off the game with a home run, and A-Rod, Johnny Damon, and Jorge Posada go long as well. Posada’s shot ties the game at 4-4 in the eighth, as the veteran backstop appears in his 101st postseason game.
2004: In another thriller‚ the Red Sox draw even in the ALCS by defeating the Yankees 4-2 at the Stadium. Curt ‘Bloody Sock’ Schilling pitches 7 solid innings for Boston‚ while Mark Bellhorn homers. Bernie Williams matches him for the Yanks.
2003: The Yankees bounce back behind Andy Pettitte to tie the World Series at 1 game apiece with a 6-1 triumph in Game 2. Hideki Matsui’s 3-run blast in the 1st inning is all Pettitte needs. Alfonso Soriano also homers for NY. Mark Redman takes the loss for the Marlins.
1992: Atley Donald, winner of 65 games for the Yanks between 1938 and 1945 and member of 4 Championship clubs, dies at the age of 82.
1987: Billy Martin is named manager of the Yankees for a bizarre 5th time‚ replacing Lou Piniella. Piniella, who replaced Martin‚ is ‘promoted’ to general manager after leading the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 1987‚ 4th in the AL East.
1986: George Pipgras, mainstay of the Yankee pitching staffs of the ’20s and early ’30s, dies at the age of 86. Pipgras also went on to a distinguished career as an umpire after his playing days.
1976: At Yankee Stadium‚ Cincinnati DH Dan Driessen contributes 2 singles and a home run to a 6-2 win. The victory puts Cincy up 3 games to none in the Series.
The red-letter day ~
1977: Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October.
Three home runs in three swings lead the Yankees to their first World Series title in 15 years, and the club’s 21st overall. Mike Torrez goes the distance in the Series-clinching 8-4 victory.
1999: The Yankees top the Red Sox 6-1 to win the ALCS and their 36th AL pennant. Orlando Hernandez wins the clincher for NY‚ and is named MVP of the LCS. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homer for the Yanks.
On other 18ths of October…
2012: The Tigers complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees in the ALCS with an 8-1 win at home. Detroit build a 6-0 lead after four innings, chasing CC Sabathia, as Max Scherzer cruises to the win. Delmon Young, who is named series MVP, drives in the winning run for the fourth straight game while the Tigers homer four times. The Yankees were thoroughly outplayed, never leading once in the four games, scoring only 6 runs and batting a collective .157.
2007: Joe Torre is out after 12 seasons when he refuses to take a large pay cut to return as Yankees manager in 2008. The Bombers have reached the postseason in all of Torre’s seasons at the helm.
2004: The Red Sox outlast the Yankees 5-4 in 14 innings to force a Game 6 of their ALCS at the Stadium. David Ortiz again is the hero‚ driving home the winning run with a bloop single. Big Papi also homers‚ as does Bernie Williams for New York.
2003: The underdog Marlins surprise the Yankees with a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the World Series. Juan Pierre has a 2-run single for Florida‚ as Brad Penny bests David Wells.
2001: The Yankees wins their second straight game in Seattle‚ 3-2‚ to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Mike Mussina gets the victory and Scott Brosius drives in 2 runs for the tourists.
1998: The Bombers strike early and often‚ scoring 3 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings. They go on to cruise to a 9-3 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the WS behind Orlando Hernandez. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada connect for homers.
1960: The Casey Stengel era comes to an end. Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65‚ New York Yankee co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieve the skipper, who has compiled a record of 1‚149-696 in 12 years with the club. Stengel is quoted as saying “I wasn’t retired – they fired me.”
1931: Andy Carey, utility infielder for several Yankee championship teams of the ’50s ~ he played third base in Don Larsen’s perfect game ~ is born.
1925: Yankee prospect and Salt Lake City (PCL) second baseman Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season in a 12-10 victory over Sacramento in the final game of the year. It is an inside-the-park drive in the 7th off Frank Shellenback. Lazzeri’s PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.
1920: NL directors meet in New York‚ joined by Yankee owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston‚ along with Charles Comiskey‚ and Harry Frazee of the AL. They name a committee to draw up an agreement along the lines of Albert Lasker’s proposal‚ and give the 5 AL clubs still backing Ban Johnson an ultimatum: come in by November 1st or the Yankees‚ White Sox‚ and Red Sox will pull out of the AL and join a 12-team NL (with a team in Detroit to complete the roster). The AL 5 turn it down‚ and bluff and counterbluff blow through the autumn air.
The red-letter days ~
2000: The Yankees defeat the Mariners‚ 9-7‚ to win the ALCS and their 37th AL pennant. David Justice’s 3-run HR in the 7th inning gives the Bombers lead they never relinquishes. Justice win the ALCS MVP award. Seattle catcher Dan Wilson’s single breaks his 0-for-42 hitless streak‚ the longest ever in post season history.
1978: The Yanks win their 4th straight game, 7-2, to clinch their 2nd consecutive World Series over the Dodgers. Brian Doyle and Series MVP Bucky Dent have 3 hits apiece as the Bronx Bombers raise their 22nd WS championship flag.
On other 17ths of October…
2009: In game 2 of the ALCS, Yankee fans get to see both sides of the mercurial A.J. Burnett at the Stadium, as he blanks the Angels on one hit through four innings, only to allow two runs in the 5th on two hits, a hit by pitch, a stolen base, and a wild pitch to tie the game.. A.J. recovers to retire the next four before the game goes to the bullpens. Phil Coke, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera hold it steady through the 10th, but Alfredo Aceves surrenders a run following a leadoff walk in the 11th. Alex Rodriguez promptly ties it again, with a home run on an 0-2 pitch from closer Brian Fuentes. Anaheim threaten against David Robertson the next two frames, but fail to break through. Jerry Hairston, Jr., pinch hitting for Freddy Guzman, who had run for Hideki Matsui in the 9th, leads off the bottom of the 13th with a single, Brett Gardner sacrifices him to second, and following an intentional walk, Hairston scored on a throwing error by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis. The 4-3 win puts the Yankees up 2 games to 0 .
2004: The Red Sox stay alive in the ALCS with a 6-4‚ 12 inning win over the Yankees at Fenway. David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff homer wins it in the 12th after the Sox tied the score off Mariano Rivera in the 9th. Ortiz drives home 4 runs for Boston‚ while A-Rod homers for New York.
2001: The Yankees take the first game of the ALCS with a 4-2 win over the Mariners. Andy Pettitte gets the victory while Paul O’Neill hits a 2-run HR for NY.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 9-2 to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Andy Pettitte gets the victory for NY‚ with home run support from Darryl Strawberryand Ricky Ledee.
1998: The Yankees explode for 7 runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres 9-6 in the World Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3-run homer in the inning‚ then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells.
1976: On a cold Sunday night‚ the Reds reach Catfish Hunter for 3 runs‚ but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With 2 outs in the 9th inning‚ Yankee shortstop Fred Stanley throws Ken Griffey’s easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose game 2 of the WS 4-3. Yankee pinch hitter Jim Mason hits a 7th inning homer off Pat Zachry. It will be Mason’s only career Series at bat‚ and his remains a singular accomplishment.
1964: A World Series loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.
1929: The Yankees sign former pitcher Bob Shawkey (below) as manager‚ replacing the recently deceased Miller Huggins. Pitching coach Art Fowler had been helming the team on an interim basis.
1908: Red Rolfe, the only long-term starting third baseman in Yankee history to date to spend his entire career with the club, is born. Rolfe manned the hot corner during the Yanks’ run of four straight WS championships from 1936 to 1939.
The red-letter days ~
2003: Two words – Aaron Boone.
1962: New York score the game’s only run‚ as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th‚ with 2 outs and Matty Alou on first, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but superlative fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right‚ but second baseman Bobby Richardson snares it in the webbing of his glove, giving the Yankees a 1-0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry, achieving a measure of redemption for giving up Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff homer in 1960, is named WS MVP.
On other 16ths of October…
2012: Detroit takes a 3 games to none lead in the ALCS behind another strong performance by Justin Verlander. The Tiger ace gives up no runs through the first 8 innings before allowing a lead-off homer to Eduardo Nunez in the 9th, but needs relief help from Phil Coke, who gets the last two outs in a 2-1 win. Delmon Young homers off Phil Hughes for the Bengals’ first run in the 4th, then Quintin Berry scores the second run on a double by Miguel Cabrera in the 5th.
2009: The ALCS opens at the Stadium. David Cone throws out the first ball, and CC Sabathia is scintillating, delivering 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run, and 7-strike-out pitching. Alex Rodriguez’s sac fly in the 1st off John Lackey scores Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui comes through with two RBI singles. Mariano Rivera closes out the 4-1 win.
2004: The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for the Bombers with 5 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ and 5 runs scored. A-Rod also scores 5 for the Yanks. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of homers‚ and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon go yard for Boston.
1999: The Red Sox roll over the Yankees 13-1 behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston‚ while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra‚ Valentin‚ and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now lead the ALCS 2 games to 1.
1995: The Yankees sign Dwight Gooden, who has been on suspension for violation of the rules of his substance abuse program.
1977: LA stay alive with a 10-4 victory in game 5 of the WS. Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game. In a portent of things to come, Reggie Jackson launches a towering home run in his final at bat.
1976: Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter‚ as the Reds win game 1 of the WS over the Yankees 5-1. Three hits by Tony Perez and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense. Dan Driessen, who becomes the first NL designated hitter in history in the game, is blanked in four trips to the plate.
1960: Veteran pitcher Robin Roberts is purchased by the Yankees. Roberts will be released in April without ever pitching an inning in pinstripes.
1936: Lou Gehrig, who hit 49 HRs‚ scored 167 runs‚ knocked in 152‚ and batted .354‚ is voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a Major League record 5th time.
1929: The Yankees send aging star Bob Meusel to the Reds for cash.
1923: Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6‚160.46‚ Harry Heilmann, who beat the Babe for the batting title by 10 points and works as an insurance agent in the offseason, sells him a $50‚000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.
1921: In defiance of a Judge Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions‚ Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo. Five days later‚ they cut it short in Scranton. In the meantime Ruth openly challenges Landis to act. The judge does‚ fining the players their WS shares ~ $3‚362.26 ~ and suspending them until May 20th of the following season.
The red-letter days ~
1981: The Yankees wrap up their 33rd AL pennant with a 4-0 win over the A’s‚ completing a 3-game sweep of the ALCS.
1923: After Babe Ruth’s first-inning home run, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for 4 runs and take a 4-1 lead into the 8th. With one out‚ Art Nehf loads the bases by giving up 2 singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out‚ but Bob Meusel raps a base hit that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones closes out the Giants‚ and the Yankees have their first World Championship.
On other 15ths of October…
2003: The Red Sox rally for 3 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Yankees to send the ALCS to a 7th game. Boston collect 16 hits‚ including 4 by Nomar Garciaparra‚ and get HRs from Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.
2001: The Yankees defeat the A’s‚ 5-3‚ to move into the ALCS. In doing so‚ they become the 1st team ever to win a best-of-5 series after losing the first 2 games at home. Derek Jeter gets a pair of hits to break Pete Rose’s postseason record with 87. David Justice swats a pinch-hit homer for the Yanks while Mike Stanton gets the win in relief. Jason Giambi goes 4-for-4 for Oakland.
2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 6-2 to close within 1 game of the New Yorkers‚ who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit back-to back HRs in the 5th inning for Seattle.
1978: The Yankees shell the Dodgers with a barrage of 18 hits, 16 of them singles, to win the 5th game of the WS, 12-2. Brian Doyle, Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers have 3 hits each as the Bombers take a three games to two lead.
1977: The Yankees win 4-2 to take a 3-1 advantage in the WS. Reggie Jackson doubles and homers‚ and Ron Guidry notches a 4-hitter‚ striking out 7.
1964: St. Louis take an early lead in the deciding World Series game 7. Lou Brock’s 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6-0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer and Phil Linz all go long for New York‚ but it’s not enough. The Cards win 7-5 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers‚ Ken for the Cards and Clete for the Yankees‚ homer in their last WS appearance‚ a first in ML history.
1962: After one day of travel and three of rain‚ Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter against the Yankees for a 5-2 Giants win in game 6 of the WS. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI.
1957: Neal Ball, starting shortstop for the Highlanders from 1907 through 1909, dies at the age of 73. He is best remembered for turning the first unassisted triple play in modern Major League history, while playing for Cleveland in 1911.
1937: Rather than accept any trade offers‚ the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri, and allow him to make his own deal. He later signs on a player-coach with the Cubs.
1931: Lou Gehrig and a group of All Stars set sail for Japan on a barnstorming trip organized by sportswriter Fred Lieb. Also along for the ride is former Yankee prospect Lefty O’Doul.
1907: Sam Byrd, all-purpose outfielder for the Yankees’ 1932 championship team, is born. As the Bambino’s defensive skills were declining, Byrd became known as ‘Babe Ruth’s legs.’
The red-letter day ~
1976: In the final ALCS game‚ the Yankees take an early lead only to see the Royals even it up on George Brett’s 3-run blast in the 8th. Chris Chambliss then connects for a dramatic 9th-inning home run off relief ace Mark Littell to win the game 7-6 and the pennant for the Yankees. it is the club’s first flag in 12 years, and the 29th in their history. By the time Chambliss reaches second‚ he is surrounded by screaming fans who escort him around the bases. After he reaches the dugout he returns with a police escort to make sure he touches third and home, only to discover that all the bases have been stolen as souvenirs.
On other 14ths of October…
2012: The Tigers take a 2 games to none lead in the ALCS with a 3-0 shutout of the Yankees at the Stadium. Anibal Sanchez pitches 7 innings in another strong outing by a Detroit starter. Hiroki Kuroda retires the first 15 Tigers batters but allows a run in the 6th on a botched potential double play grounder. A blown call by second base umpire Jeff Nelson in the 8th leads to two more runs, and results in Joe Girardi’s ejection.
2003: David Wells hurls the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox and a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Karim Garcia’s 2-run single in the 3rd is the key hit for NY while Manny Ramirez homers for Boston.
2001: Yankee bats finally come alive, as New York defeat Oakland 9-2 to even their series at 2 games apiece. Orlando Hernandez gets the victory as he improves his postseason mark to 9-1. Bernie Williams drives home 5 runs to lead the Yanks. Oakland outfielder Jermaine Dye fractures his leg when he fouls a ball off his left shin. He will miss the rest of the postseason and the start of spring training next year.
2000: The Yankees whitewash the Mariners 5-0 behind Roger Clemens’ 1-hitter. The Rocket fans 15 Mariners as New York move out to a 3-games-to-1 lead over Seattle in the ALCS. The Yankees score their runs on a 3-run homer by Derek Jeter and a 2-run blast by David Justice . Al Martin’s double off the glove of Tino Martinez in the 7th inning is the Mariners’ only hit. The two team’s total of 6 hits ties an ALCS record for fewest safeties in a game.
1999: The Yankees go 2 games up on the Red Sox in the ALCS with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game. David Cone gets the win for NY‚ with help from a Tino Martinez homer. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run round-tripper.
1988: Vic ‘the Springfield Rifle’ Raschi, mainstay of the early Casey Stengel era pitching staffs, dies at the age of 69.
1981: In game 2 of the ALCS‚ Graig Nettles singles twice in a 7-run 4th inning to become the first player ever to collect 2 hits in one inning in League Championship Series play. New York set LCS records for runs and hits (19) in a 13-3 rout of Oakland.
1978: Lou Piniella’s 10th-inning single scores Roy White with the winning run as the Yankees even the Series with a 4-3 win.
1977: Mike Torrez is the winning pitcher as the Yankees prevail over the Dodgers in game 3 of the WS. Mickey Rivers collects 3 hits‚ including 2 doubles.
1964: In World Series action at Busch Stadium, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle homer on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons‚ and Joe Pepitone launches a Gordie Richardson offering for a grand slam. New York win 8-3, and force a 7th game.
Off the field, Joe Girardi is born. Happy 50th to our skipper!
1948: ’70s Yankee ace Ed Figueroa is born. Happy 66th to the first Boricua ever to start a World Series game!
1923: In game 5 of the WS‚ the Yankees score 3 in the first and 4 in the 2nd off Jack Bentley (13-8)‚ and Joe Bush twirls a 3-hitter for an 8-1 win. Jumpin’ Joe Dugan (below) has 4 hits‚ including a homer. The Yanks now take a three games to two lead over the Giants.
The red-letter days ~
2001: The Derek Jeter Flip game.
Oakland Coliseum, Game 3 of the ALDS. Yankees leading 1-0, seventh inning, two outs. With Jeremy Giambi at first, Terrence Long hit a liner down the right field line. Shane Spencer fields and overthrows both his cutoff men. Jeter swoops in, grabs the ball and backhands it to catcher Jorge Posada, who reaches blindly and tags Giambi on his right calf, a half-second before touching home.
“First of all, Jeter didn’t make that play,” Posada says with a twinkle in his eye. “I made that play. Giambi was at first, and I know he’s not the fastest guy. And I know Shane covers a lot of ground in right. When the ball was hit, I knew we had a chance because it didn’t even go to the wall. Even if Derek had not been there, I think we would have had a chance.
“When Shane threw the ball, I was screaming, ‘Let it go! Let it go!’ I knew if Derek got the ball and turned to throw we’d have no chance, but he flipped it backhanded.
“I just caught it and did a blind tag. If he had slid, he would have been safe because I didn’t know where he was.
“There’s no doubt about it, I got him. After the game I looked at the replays. Some of the videos showed that I might not have gotten him, but I saw one that showed that I got him right on the calf. That umpire made a hell of a call.
“If we don’t make that play, I think we’re out of the playoffs. It would have tied the game, and then you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
1998: The Yankees move on to the World Series‚ as they defeat the Indians 9-5 to take the ALCS‚ 4 games to 2, for the 35th pennant in club history. Scott Brosius homers for NY‚ while Jim Thome hammers his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.
1996: The Yankees defeat the Orioles 6-4 giving them the AL pennant for the 34th time. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning‚ which features homers by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning‚ a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.
1953: The Yankees sign their first black players, buying the contracts of Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club‚ while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.
On other 13ths of October…
2012: In Game 1 of the ALCS, Raul Ibanez hits a homer to cap a game-tying four-run outburst against Tiger closer Jose Valverde in the 9th inning, but Detroit manage to overcome the psychological blow to win 6-4 in 12 innings. Derek Jeter collects the 200th postseason hit of his career in the game ~ second place on the all-time list is held by his long-time teammate Bernie Williams ~ but he then suffers a broken ankle while fielding a ground ball in the 12th, putting him out for the rest of the year. Delmon Young drives in 3 runs for Detroit, including a homer in the 8th and the game-winner with a double off David Phelps, the eighth Yankee pitcher of the game.
2003: Tim Wakefield earns his 2nd victory of the series‚ leading the Red Soxto a 3-2 win over the Yankees to even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Todd Walker and Trot Nixon homer for Boston‚ while Ruben Sierra’s 9th inning round-tripper gets New York to within a run.
2000: The Yankees batter the Mariners 8-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning for NY‚ while David Justice drives home 3 runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford’s record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 straight goose eggs.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the opener of the ALCS‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Boston blow a 3-0 lead‚ as Bernie Williams’ home run off Rod Beck leading off the bottom of the 10th is the game-winner.
1960: With the score tied at 9-9‚ Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history‚ off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10-9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without fanning anyone. Despite Maz’s heroics‚ Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP‚ as the Yanks outscore the Bucs‚ 55 to 27.
1958: The ML fines Yankee pitcher Ryne Duren $250 for giving the ‘choke’ sign to an umpire during the World Series.
1954: George Frazier, Yankee reliever who established an unenviable record by coming up the loser 3 times in the 1981 World Series, is born. Happy 60th, GF!
1923: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants pitchers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey 16-11) to an 8-4 win. Whitey Whitt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time‚ and Ross Youngs collects 4. The World Series is now even at two games all.
1921: Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest each. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first‚ Giants first baseman George ‘Highpockets’ hits a grounder to short that goes through the legs of Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches third for the rest of the day. After Aaron walks in the 9th‚ Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a drive toward right‚ but second baseman Johnny Rawlings throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for third base Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a 4-3-5 DP. The Giants win1-0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first team to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.
1896: Mike Gazella, reserve utility infielder for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.
1876: Wild Bill Donovan, Yankee manager from 1915 through 1917, is born.
The red-letter day ~
1948: The Casey Stengel era begins, as the veteran manager is signed by the Yankees for the following season. Though widely derided at the time of his hiring, Stengel will lead the club to its period of greatest dominance.
On other 12ths of October…
2012: Behind CC Sabathia, the Yankees fight off the pesky Orioles 3-1 in Game 5 of the ALDS. Sabathia allows only 4 hits in a dominant complete game effort. With Alex Rodriguez on the bench, New York score twice in 6 innings against Jason Hammel, and Curtis Granderson adds a solo homer in the 7th. The Orioles score once in the 8th, but never mount a significant threat against the Yankee ace.
2004: The Yankees open the ALCS at the Stadium with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. The home side almost blow an 8-0 lead‚ but hold on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui, who contributes 5 RBI. Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.
2003: With Game 4 of the AL championship series postponed by rain‚ attention is on Don Zimmer‚ who apologizes for yesterday’s melee. “I’m embarrassed at what happened‚” Zimmer says‚ fighting back tears. “I’m embarrassed for the Yankees‚ the Red Sox‚ the fans‚ the umpires and my family.” Zimmer is fined $5‚000 by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline‚ Martinez is fined $50‚000‚ Ramirez $25‚000 and Garcia $10‚000. Boston owner John Henry‚ pleased with Zimmer’s apology‚ says he “wouldn’t mind seeing the same thing coming from our side.” Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar says he hopes Zimmer’s remarks will put an end to the “sideshow.” Boston center fielder Johnny Damon acknowledges that the Red Sox also were to blame in the brawl. “If I was involved‚ I’d apologize. But then‚ Zimmer wasn’t coming after my life‚ he was coming after Pedro’s.” It is not Zimmer’s last press conference; he will announce after the Series that he is fed up with George Steinbrenner’s interference and that he is retiring.
1996: The Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Orioles gives them a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Darryl Strawberry homers twice for NY‚ while Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill add 4-baggers.
1977: Homers by Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Reggie Smith and Steve Garvey lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 win in game 2 of the World Series. Burt Hooton goes the distance‚ allowing just 5 hit, as Yankee starter Catfish Hunter is driven to cover in the 2nd.
1976: In game 3 of the ALCS, Chris Chambliss contributes a home run and 3 RBI to the Yankees come-from-behind 5-3 victory. The Royals score 3 in the 1st off Dock Ellis‚ but the former Pirate faces just 22 batters in the next 7 innings.
1970: Tanyon Sturtze is born. Obtained from the Dodgers in May 2004 for minor league infielder Brian Myrow, he would be a godsend in the Yankee campaign for the rest of the regular season before declining the following year and undergoing arm surgery in ’06. Happy 44th to TS!
1964:Tim McCarver’s 3-run homer pins a 5-2 loss on Yankee reliever Pete Mikkelsen and gives St. Louis a 3-2 WS lead.
1961: Ralph Houk is given a 2-year contract extension to manage the Yankees.
1960: Whitey Ford keeps Yankee hopes alive, and coasts to the game 6 win, tossing a 7-hit shutout as his offense bombs Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend again, 12-0. Bobby Richardson’s 2 run-scoring triples give him a WS record of 12 RBI.
1936: Tony Kubek is born. A 1954 amateur free agent, he remained with the franchise until he retired, contributing 57 homers and 373 RBI to the Yankee cause along the way. Happy 78th, Tony!
1932: Joe McCarthy signs a 3-year contract to manage the Yankees.
1923: Yankee Stadium fills with 62‚430 fans to see an old-fashioned pitching duel. Once again a Casey Stengel home run is the difference‚ as the Giants’ Art Nehf (below) bests Sam Jones 1-0 in game 3 of the WS.
1921: Carl Mays and Phil Douglas (below) joust again, and again Mays has perfect control (he gives up no walks in his 26 innings in the Series). He yields 6 hits‚ but a 7th-inning error by Aaron Ward at second, followed by Frank Snyder’s double‚ break a 1-1 tie and give Douglas his 2nd win.The Giants now take a 4-3 lead in the best of 9 Series.
The red-letter day ~
1943: Bill Dickey’s 2-run homer off Mort Cooper in the 6th gives the Yanks the championship, the tenth in club history. Spud Chandler gives up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2-0 victory. Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full share is worth $6‚139 to the New York players; the Cards get $4‚321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million at the gate‚ receives $100‚000 for broadcast rights‚ and Major League Baseball donates $308‚000 to War Funds.
On other 11ths of October…
2006: Cory Lidle is killed when his single-engine plane slams into a 50-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Perishing with him is his pilot instructor.
2003: The third game of the ALCS at Fenway turns into one of the most tumultuous affairs in the long history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. In a contest marked by several brawls‚ including a memorable one in which Boston hurler Pedro Martinez throws 72-year-old New York coach Don Zimmer to the ground‚ the Yankees defeat the Sox 4-3 to take a two games to one lead. Zim’s slow charge onto the field is the culmination of a series of events. First comes a Pedro pitch behind Karim Garcia’s head in the 4th inning. Garcia follows with a hard slide into second upending Todd Walker. When the Red Sox come to bat, Manny Ramirez takes exception to a pitch from Roger Clemens that sails high. Although it is barely inside‚ he shouts at Clemens‚ moving at him with bat in hand‚ and both benches empty. Clemens posts the 11th postseason win of his career while Derek Jeter homers for NY.
2001: The A’s take the second game of their Dvision Series with the Yankees 2-0 behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Ron Gant homers for the A’s‚ who escape a two on‚ no one out threat by the Yanks in the 9th.
2000: The Yankees score 7 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Mariners‚ 7-1‚ and tie the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Bernie Williams’ hit breaks NY’s 21-inning scoreless streak. Jorge Posada hits a HR later in the inning. Orlando Hernandez’s record in postseason play. improves to 7-0, as ‘El Duque’ celebrates his 35th birthday in style.
1998: New York get 3 runs in the 1st‚ then hold on for a 5-3 win over Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALCS. David Wells picks up the victory‚ with Chili Davis (below) homering for the Yankees, and Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton going long for the Tribe.
1996: The Yankees win Game 3 by a score of 5-2‚ after AL President Gene Budig (below) rejects Baltimore’s protest of Game 1. NY come up with 4 runs in the 8th inning in another come-from-behind win.
1981: Yankee bats are too much for the Brewers, as three homers, including the 2nd of the series by Reggie Jackson‚ and 13 hits provide a 7-3 win and a trip to the ALCS.
1978: The Dodgers go two games up in the WS with a 4-3 win in game 2. Ron Cey drives in all the Dodger runs and Reggie Jackson does the same for the Yankees.Rookie flamethrower Bob Welch saves Burt Hooton’s win in dramatic fashion by striking out Jackson in the 9th inning to end a Yankee threat.
1977: The Yankees win the opening game of the WS 4-3 in 12 innings, as Willie Randolph doubles and scores the winning run on Paul Blair’s walkoff single.
1964: Ken Boyer’s 6th-inning grand slam off Al Downing provides all the scoring necessary to give the Cards a 4-3 win over the Yankees,in game 4 of the World Series, which is now tied at two games each.
1946: The Yankees ship Ed Bockman and veteran Joe Gordon to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds. Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but Joe DiMaggio urged them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees dynasty of the first half of the ’50s, while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good campaigns. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.
1927: Lou Gehrig, who established a new ML record with 175 RBI‚ is named AL MVP. With 56 points‚ Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann’s 35 and Ted Lyons’ 34. Babe Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible.
1923: The World Series moves across the East River for the second game. Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs and Aaron Ward one‚ as Herb Pennock scatters 9 hits for a 4-2 Yankee win at the Polo Grounds, and a 2-0 Series lead.
1921: Miller Huggins gambles in Game 6 with lefty Harry Harper‚ and the Yankees send Fred Toney to the showers with 3 runs in the first. But the Giants answer with 3 of their own in the 2nd‚ and continue the attack against Bob Shawkey while Jess Barnes (below) slams the door‚ striking out 10‚ including 7 in a row sandwiched around 4 walks. Emil ‘Irish’ Meusel and Frank Snyder homer for the Giants in an 8-5 win. It is Barnes’second WS win in relief, as John McGraw’s club even the best of 9 Series at 3 games each.
The red-letter days ~
1956: In Game 7‚ the Yankees win their first World Series championship in 3 years, and the 16th in club history overall, as Johnny Kucks blanks the Bums 9-0. Yogi Berra swats a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron hits a grand slam. The combination is unprecedented in WS history – not until 1998 will there be another player hitting a grand slam in a game in which a teammate hits 2 homers.. Don Newcombe takes the loss‚ his 4th in Series competition.
1951: Hank Bauer’s bases-loaded triple propels the Yankees to a 4-3 win for their 3rd straight championship, and the 13th in the annals of the franchise. Just before the game‚ Leo Durocher turns over to Ford Frick a letter he received in which the writer offered the Giants’ manager a $15‚000 bribe ‘if the Giants manage to lose the next 3 games.’
1937: Lefty Gomez wins again‚ and the Yankees wrap up the Series, their second in a row, and sixth overall, Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4-2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win‚ without a loss‚ for Gomez. Another record is set as the Yankees complete the 5-game Series without an error.
On other 10ths of October…
2012: Pinch-hitting for a struggling Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 9th, Raul Ibanez homers off Orioles’ closer Jim Johnson to tie the score. Joe Girardi’s bold move pays off twice, as Ibanez homers again against Brian Matusz in the 12th inning to give New York a 3-2 walk-off victory in Game 3 of the other ALDS. Baltimore had taken a 2-1 lead on homers by rookies Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado off Hiroki Kuroda, until Ibanez turns the game’s tide.
2005: The Angels beat the Yankees 5-3 to win their Division Series. Rookie Ervin Santana (below) gets the win in relief of Bartolo Colon, who is forced to leave the game in the 2nd inning with a shoulder injury. Garret Anderson homers for LA while Derek Jeter connects for NY.
2001: The Yankees fall to the A’s‚ 5-3‚ in the first game of their Divisional Series. Terrence Long hits a brace of HRs for Oakland and Jason Giambi adds another. Mark Mulder gets the win for Oakland as Johnny Damon goes 4-for-4.
2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 2-0 to take the opener of the ALCS. Freddy Garcia and the Seattle bullpen combine on a 6-hitter‚ while Alex Rodriguez hits a home run.
1998: The Yankees even the ALCS with Indians at 2 games apiece on a 4-hit‚ 4-0 tag-team shutout. Orlando Hernandez hurls the first 7 innings‚ while Mike Stanton and Mariano Rivera finish up.
1996: Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 evens the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Rafael Palmeiro’s 7th-inning homer is the key blow.
1995: George Steinbrenner is fined $50‚000 for remarks critical of the umpiring in the New York-Seattle Division Series.
1980: George Brett sends Kansas City to their first World Series by belting a 3-run HR off Rich Gossage in the 7th inning to clinch a 4-2 Royals win and a 3-game sweep of the LCS. It is sweet revenge after 3 ALCS losses to the Bombers.
1978: With 2 homers and 5 RBI, Davey Lopes leads the Dodgers to an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in game 1 of the World Series.
976: Kansas City even the ALCS with a 7-3 win over New York behind Paul Splittorff’s 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
1964: After Jim Bouton and Curt Simmons battle to a 1-1 tie through 8 innings‚ Mickey Mantle launches one into the upper deck in right on Bafrney Schultz’s first pitch in the 9th‚ and the Yankees win 2-1. The Yanks now lead the Series 2 games to 1.
1960: Bill Mazeroski (below) stars again. His 2-run double stakes Harvey Haddix to a 3-0 lead. Roy Face is called on once more for a hitless relief effort to preserve a 5-2 win over the Yankees and 3-2 WS lead for the surprising Bucs.
1943: Marius Russo, who had as disappointing regular season‚ pitches and bats the Yankees to a 2-1 win over the Cards. He allows just 7 hits and his double knocks in the winner to put the Bombers up 3 games to 1 in the World Series.
1930: The Yankees announce that they have signed Joe McCarthy to a 4-year contract to manage the team. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant‚ and the Yanks lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8 pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.
1926: On a drizzly New York afternoon‚ only 38‚093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding World Series contest. Grover Cleveland Alexander‚ possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen‚ barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3-2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th as the result of a blister on his pitching hand; 3 straight walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Rogers Hornsby then waves in Alexander for one of the most dramatic confrontations in WS history. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats‚ a few feet to the foul side of the pole‚ then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th‚ and is thrown out in an inexplicable attempt to steal second. (This is the only time that WS has ever ended in this manner.) The Cards and the city of St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5‚584.51; the losers‚ $3‚417.75 apiece.
1923: For the third year in a row it’s a subway series. In the first World Series game at Yankee Stadium‚ the home team take a quick 3-0 lead‚ but Heinie Groh triples in 2 runs in a 4-run 3rd that drives Waite Hoyt (17-9) to cover. A 4-4 tie is broken in the top of the 9th by the Giants when Casey Stengel’s long fly drops in and rolls to the outfield wall. The sore-legged veteran hobbles around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that is the winning run against reliever Joe Bush (19-15) before 55‚307 spectators. This is also the first Fall Classic to be broadcast on a nationwide radio network. Graham McNamee‚ aided by baseball writers taking turns‚ is at the mike. Grantland Rice had broadcast an earlier WS. but not nationally.
1921: In game 5 of the WS, an unearned run in the first is all the Giants can manage off Waite Hoyt despite 10 hits and a walk. A 1-1 game is decided in the 4th when Babe Ruth catches the Giants’ infield unawares with a perfect bunt‚ then makes it home on Bob Meusel’s double off Art Nehf. Meusel scores on a sacrifice fly‚ and 3-1 is the result, as the yanks take a 3 games to 2 lead. The 35‚758 spectators bring the players’ pool to a record $302‚522.23.
1904: On the final day of the season‚ a doubleheader split will give the leading Boston Americans the AL pennant over the Highlanders. 30‚000 are on hand at Hilltop Park for the contests. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th and a man on third, Jack Chesbro lets a spitball get away from him for a wild pitch‚ and Lou Criger scores Boston’s winning run. Bill Dinneen then stops New York in the 9th‚ hurling his 37th consecutive complete game of the season for an AL mark. New York win the meanimgless second game‚ chilling George Winter who goes the route in a 1-0 loss to the hosts. Boston take the AL flag by 1 1/2 games, as their pitchers achieve 148 complete games – an AL record. Both leagues set marks for total complete games: AL 1‚098‚ NL 1‚089.