9/11 in Yankee History
The red-letter day –
2009: In action against the Orioles at the Stadium, Derek Jeter ties Lou Gehrig for
most career hits by a Yankee with a single in the 3rd inning (at 9:23 p.m. EST),
then breaks the all-time Pinstriped hits record with an RBI single in
the 4th (at 10:00 p.m.). It is a beastly night on which the start of the game is held up for 90 minutes, followed by another extended rain delay later. Alex Rodriguez gives Andy Pettitte an
instant lead with a three-run bomb in the first, but it’s all O’s
thereafter (except for the Jeter record). Baltimore send eight,
then nine, then eight batters up in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, scoring 2, 4, and 3 runs respectively. The home run is Alex’s 577th, but cannot offset the 10-4 result.
On other 11ths of September…
2002: At the Stadium, the Yankees remember the tragedy of the previous year with a special monument in Monument
Park memorialising those killed. The dedication is part of the 50-minute pregame
ceremony. The Orioles wear 5-sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the
Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings‚ before Nick Johnson ends it with an RBI single. The Yankees win‚ 5-4‚ despite striking out 14 times. Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8th when he goes to his mouth on a
3-2 count while standing on the mound. It was the first walk in 6 full
games (65 innings) by a Yankee pitcher‚ the longest such streak since WWII. Steve Karsay later hands out another free pass.
2001: All Major League baseball games are cancelled as a result of the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center‚ flight #93‚ and the Pentagon. The White Sox take a 15-hour bus from New York to home after their scheduled 3-game series with the Yankees is called off.
1995: At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians – no
assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits‚ walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings
as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century.
‘Black Jack’ retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield make 8
of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phillies game on June 25‚ 1989‚ the only time it has occurred in the NL.
1990: New York beats Texas 5-4 to snap pitcher Bobby Witt’s personal 12-game winning streak. The Yanks score 2 in both
the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Dave Righetti saves his 31st.
1988: The Yankees edge the Tigers 5-4 in 18 innings. Steve Shields gets the win in relief when Claudell Washington homers. Rickey Henderson ties an AL record set in 1948 for extra inning games with 12 putouts
in left field.
1978: Mike Gazella, bench player and utility infielder for the Yankee championship clubs of 1927 and ’28, dies at the age of 82.
1966: John Miller becomes the first Yankee to hit a homer in his first Major League at-bat. He contributes 2 runs in a 4-2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway.
It will be Miller’s only round-tripper in pinstripes‚ but as a Dodger in 1969‚
he will hit a homer in his last ML at-bat.
1963: Whitey Ford tops the host A’s 8-2‚ as Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st provides all the scoring Whitey needs. The Mick is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs.
1956: Yogi Berra ties the ML career record for home runs by a catcher in the
Yankees’ 9-5 victory over Kansas City. His 236th – and the Yankees’ 177th
of the season – tie him with Cub great Gabby Hartnett. Hank Bauer hits a leadoff homer; he’ll do it again tomorrow to tie an ML
1955: In a move to shore up their pitching down the stretch‚ the Yankees buy Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price.
1954: The Yanks lose to the White Sox 6-5‚ dropping New York 6 1/2 out of
first‚ the largest deficit that the Yankees have seen since Casey Stengel took over as manager five years previously.
1950: The Yanks move back into first with a twin win over the Senators,
5-1 and 6-2. Rookies Whitey Ford and Jackie Jensen lead the way in the opener as
the future ‘Chairman of the Board’ wins his 6th straight. Jensen has 3 hits including his first ML
homer. Ed Lopat wins his 16th in game two.
1949: In the first of two games at the Stadium‚ the Senators hand out 17 bases on balls‚ including an ML record 11 walks in the 3rd frame‚ when the Yanks plate 12‚ the AL record for number of runs in a
3rd inning. Another mark is set as four different Yankees collect 2 walks apiece in the bottom of the 3rd. The Nats hand out 13
walks in the first three innings. Buzz Dozier, who pitches the last 5 1/3 innings‚ is the most generous with 8
walks. Allie Reynolds (16-4) is the benefactor in the 20-5 romp. New York take
the nitecap 2-1 in 5 1/2 innings behind Fred Sanford‚ with relief help
from Joe Page.
1940: In a doubleheader‚ the Yankees’ first-game win at Cleveland puts them
atop the AL‚ as Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham (below) bests Bob Feller 5-3. A 2nd game loss‚ 5-3‚ aided by a costly Babe Dahlgren error, drops them back out of first‚ and they will
never get back to the summit this year. Joe McCarthy will hold this error against Babe‚
contending that it cost them the pennant. He whispers to many that
Dahlgren is a marijuana user‚ and will trade him after the season. The
Dahlgren family will maintain for years that McCarthy essentially
blackballed him out of the game and defamed him‚ though his .253 average over 5
seasons might also have played a part in his downfall.
1936: The Yankees win at Detroit‚ 14-4‚ using a 9-run 8th inning to break it wide open. Pat Malone is the winner‚ helping himself with 2 hits and 4 RBI.
1928: In a 5-3 Yankee win at the Stadium‚ Ty Cobb makes his final Major League appearance as a batter‚ popping out against
Yankee Hank Johnson to shortstop Mark Koenig as a PH in the 9th. Bae Ruth’s 2-run blast off Lefty Grove in the 8th seals the win for the homesiders. The Bronx Bombers
seal the fate of the A’s with their 4th straight win over them, dropping the Mackmen into 2nd place‚ 2 1/2 games back.
1927: After losing a record 21 in a row this year to New York‚ the Browns win
their last meeting‚ 6-2‚ at the Stadium behind Milt Gaston’s 5-hitter. One of the two runs allowed by the ex-Yankee is
the Babe’s 50th homer‚ a solo shot in the 4th inning. No team has ever
swept a 22-game season series‚ though one NL team‚ the 1909 Braves‚ went
1-21 against the Cubs.
1923: After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a disputed infield hit that is
ruled a single‚ Boston pitcher Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3-0 win‚ his 20th of the
year. The Yankee crowd exhort official scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call
on the hard grounder that third baseman Howard Shanks booted‚ but the one hit stands Ehmke has now given up just
one hit in his last 2 games.
1920: The Yankees take final game of their series with the Indians, topping the Tribe 6-2 as
Babe Ruth cracks two doubles. Cleveland now lead by a .001 points over New
York with the White Sox a game back.
1906: At Hilltop Park, the Boston Americans take it on the chin‚ losing 11-3. The Highlanders’ Frank LaPorte hits an inside-the-park home run off Boston starter Ed
Barry in the 6th and when the inning ends Boston second baseman Hobe Ferris (below) punches teammate and right fielderJack Hayden. After they are
separated‚ Hayden goes to the bench and Ferris runs after him and kicks
him. Umpire Hank O’Loughlin ejects both of them‚ but Ferris refuses to
go. Two policemen escort him to the clubhouse in handcuffs and he is arrested for
1905: The Highlanders sell workhorse pitcher Jack Powell (8-13) to the Browns.
Powell won 23 games in 1904‚ pitching 390 1/3 innings.