9/07 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1978: The ‘Boston massacre begins.
The Yankees‚ 4 games behind the Red Sox the AL East‚ arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the set with a 15-3 rout as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers‚ including 3 hits apiece by Randolph‚ Thurman Munson and Roy White. Mike Torrez, who is chased after one inning of work‚ takes the loss. Ken Clay, coming on to relieve Catfish Hunter, is the winner.
On other 7ths of September…
2002: The Tigers defeat the Yankees 2-1. Detroit first baseman Eric Munson hits a Mike Mussina fastball, the first pitch he sees in the Majors, for a solo homer in the 3rd.
1996: Complaining of abdominal pains the day of his scheduled start at the Stadium‚ Toronto’s Juan Guzman collapses in the visitors’ clubhouse a few minutes before the name and is rushed to New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. He will not pitch again this season and his 2.93 ERA will lead the AL.
1985: Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 win over the A’s. Following a pitchout in the 7th‚ Winfield gets hung up in a rundown but escapes to score.
1974: In the second game with the Tigers‚ who had already taken the opener 8-3, Graig Nettles loses a single when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees still win 1-0 on, on an earlier Nettles homer.
1964: In the morning game of a scheduled doubleheader‚ the Yankees beat the Twins 5-4 in 11 innings. The nitecap is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff homer for the second game in a row‚ and scores the winning run in the 11th. Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.
1961: Roger Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th homer of the year in the 3rd inning as New York beats the Senators‚ 7-3. All of Washington’s scores come in the 6th on an inside-the-park homer by Tito Francona, off Ralph Terry. When asked by a writer after the game why he bunted‚ Maris eloquently replies‚ “Trying to win the game‚ you stupid c*cks*cker, why do you think?”
1959: At Fenway‚ the trio of Pumpsie Green, Don Buddin and pitcher Jerry Casale tie a Major League record by belting consecutive homers in the 2nd off Bob Turley to pace the Sox to a 12-4 drubbing of New York. Andy Carey connects for a pinch-hit home run in the 3rd‚ and Mickey Mantle adds one the same inning‚ but little else happens for New York‚ who lose the season series with the Sox for the first time in 11 years.
1955: Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his AL-record second consecutive one-hitter‚ beating the A’s 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A’s only safety. Ford is the 5th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. Arnie Portocarrero, who scatters 6 hits, is the hard-luck loser.
1952: A pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Mize gives the Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington. The Big Cat has now homered in each one of the 15 ML parks‚ including Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis while in each league. Mize joins Jeff Heath as the only players to homer in every park in their league in one season; Mize also connected in each NL park in 1937‚ 1940‚ and 1947.
1949: At the Stadium‚ Allie Reynolds walks the first 3 Red Sox batters before Bobby Doerr singles home two runs. After that, the Big Chief settles down, and that will be all the scoring the Sox can manage. The Yankees come back to take a 3-2 lead and‚ after Doerr triples in the 8th‚ Joe Page comes in from the bullpen to save the game for Reynolds. The final is 5-2‚ with the hitting provided by Bobby Brown (2-run homer) and Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson with two triples.
1938: On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway‚ Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBI on 3 hits, including a pair of homers, and all in just 5 1/2 innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. The second theft will be the last steal of his career.
1934: Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth’s AL home run crown, continue to do battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th, in Chicago‚ and Foxx his 41st, in Detroit.
1932: Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The slugger will be out of action for five days.
1931: In the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the first inning on only 2 hits. Eddie Rommel‚ the 4th pitcher in the frame‚ retires Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig‚ and Ben Chapman on strikes. The Yanks win 15-3. In the second game‚ Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning homers off former teammate Waite Hoyt, and the Babe adds another shot off Hoyt in the 9th‚ his 40th. The Yanks roll 9-4 over the first-place A’s.
1928: The stumbling Yanks drop a pair to the Senators‚ losing 11-0 and 6-1. Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds three singles. Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry wins the nitecap over Waite Hoyt for his second win over New York in 5 days. The Yankees, who led by 13 1/2 games on July 1st‚ are now tied with the A’s.
1927: After blasting 3 home runs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox yesterday‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 today off Danny MacFayden in a 12-10 win. This gives him a ML record-tying 5 in 3 games and he now leads Lou Gehrig 49 HRs to 45. Gehrig will hit just two more the rest of the way.
1926: Urban Shocker (below) and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2, dealing the hapless Bostonians their 17th straight loss.
1925: After apologizing to his teammates yesterday‚ Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week‚ collecting one hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays shuts out Philadelphia on a 4-hitter‚ 2-0‚ for his 9th straight win over the A’s. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Eddie Rommel (below)‚ in relief of losing pitcher Scott Perry, strikes out Babe Ruth‚ Del Pratt‚ and Bob Meusel in the 8th.
1908: On Labor Day‚ Senators’ manager Joe Cantillon starts Walter Johnson in place of one pitcher who is ill, and another who returned to Washington to be with his ailing wife. Only 3 Senators’ pitchers made the trip to New York. The Big Train shuts out the Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days‚ 4-0‚ topping Jack Chesbro again and allowing just 2 hits and no walks. In the three games‚ Johnson allows 12 hits‚ walks one‚ and strikes out 12. The Washington ace will pitch 130 shutouts during his career‚ 23 more than runner-up Grover Cleveland Alexander. This is one of a ML record (tied in 1942‚ topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today‚ out of 16 games.