9/21 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
2008: Yankee Stadium mark I hosts its final game, a 7-3 victory over the Orioles. Brian Roberts grounds to first baseman Cody Ransom for the last out, and Andy Pettitte gets the win for the Bombers.
On other 21sts of September…
2002: Behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte, the Yankees beat the Tigers 3-2 to clinch the AL East for the 5th straight year.
2001: Mariano Rivera blows a save‚ giving up a 2-run walkoff single to Jerry Hairston Jr. as the Orioles prevail‚ 7-6. Mo will still lead the AL with 50 saves‚ the league’s most since Dennis Eckersley’s 51 in 1992.
2000: David Wells, now in a Blue Jays uniform returns to haunt his old mates, Toronto defeat the Yankees 3-1‚ as the former Mr. Perfecto becomes the majors’ first 20-game winner of the year.
1971: Dave McNally shuts out the Yankees 5-0 for his 20th win. It is the 4th straight 20-win year for the Oriole ace.
1968: At the Stadium‚ Red Sox pitcher Ray Culp fires his 3rd successive shutout‚ stopping the Yankees on one hit‚ 2-0. Roy White’s single in the 7th is the only safety for the pinstripers. It is Culp’s 15th win of the year.
1963: Yogi Berra hits his 358th and last Major League home run, Mickey Mantle goes long as well, but it’s not enough, as the Kansas City A’s prevail, 5-3.
Off the field, Cecil Fielder, who will contribute hugely to the Yanks’ fortunes 1996, is born. Happy 48th, CF!
1961: At the Stadium, Roger Maris is held hitless in 4 at bats‚ as the Orioles win 5-3 behind Jack Fisher’s 3-hitter. All the runs off him are unearned. Maris is the only
Yankee regular to play the entire game.
1956: First baseman Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron has 5 hits‚ but the Series-bound Yankees strand a Major League-record 20 base runners in losing to the Red Sox in Boston‚ 13-7. Three times they leave the bases loaded. Against a favourite target, Frank Sullivan, Mickey Mantle has two singles and sends a 480-foot homer into the center field bleachers that soars to the right and hits the brick wall about a foot from the top. It is one of the longest home runs ever hit at Fenway. His 3 hits raise his average to .353‚ 3 points behind Ted Williams, who collects two hits today. Billy Klaus has 5 RBIs to lead the Sox.
1954: Just 1‚912 fans‚ an all-time Yankee Stadium low‚ turn out in the Bronx to see rookie Bob Grim win his 20th‚ a four-hit‚ 3-1 triumph over Washington. Dean Stone, also a freshman, takes the loss. The victory gives the Yanks 101 wins‚ and makes Grim only the second Yankee rookie in history to win 20. His 20 wins in less than 200 innings (199) makes him the most efficient 20-game winner ever.
The Yanks will finish with 103 victories‚ just one under the ML record for second place clubs held by the 1909 Cubs and 1942 Dodgers.
1952: A’s rookie Harry Byrd is the hard-luck loser to New York and Allie Reynolds in a 1-0 result. Byrd will be named the AL Rookie of the Year. Reynolds strikes out 8 to move ahead of Bobby Shantz 153 to 152 for the AL lead.
1949: At the Stadium, the Yankees take an 8-1 lead against Chicago‚ only to see the White Sox rally for a 9-8 win.Gus Zernial swats a 3-run homer in the 9th off Joe Page for the victory. Yankee starter Tommy Byrne (below) takes a no-hitter into the 6th inning‚ gives up a double and one out later leaves with a sore shoulder. New York now lead by 2 games.tbb
1945: Playing at home, the Yankees again dent the Senators’ pennant aspirations‚ beating them 5-3 behind homers by Nick Etten and George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss. The Tigers drop to 1 1/2 games behind the idle Tigers. The Senators lose Harlond Clift, who is beaned by a batting practice pitch and suffers a concussion. Yesterday will prove to be his last ML game.
1927: The first-place Yankees drop a 6-1 decision to the Tigers as Bob ‘Fats’ Fothergill extends his hitting streak to 20 games. Fothergill’s streak will end tomorrow but he will go 36-for-72 in the 20 games, a .500 average, the ame average he had during a 20-game skein over 1926-27.
1926; Behind Waite Hoyt’s two-hitter‚ the Yankees bomb the White Sox 14-0 to maintain their 3-game lead in the AL. Babe Ruth has a triple and hits his 44th homer. Al Simmons is 2nd in the AL with 19.
1923: Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of baseball writers for the AL MVP award.
1916: The Sporting News reports that Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell has entered a hospital to dry out and that he is completely cured.
1904: The Boston Americans sweep a pair from Philadelphia‚ winning 5-1 and 4-3 to move a half game behind the leading Highlanders‚ losers at Washington‚ 4-2. Walter Clarkson (below) takes the loss for the tourists.