9/24 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1998: The Yanks win‚ 5-2 over the Devil Rays,and post their 111th win of the year‚ surpassing the club record 110‚ set by the 1927 team. Shane Spencer hammers a grand slam‚ his 8th homer in 57 at bats.
1957: The Yankees are idle, but clinch their 23rd pennant and 8th under Casey Stengel, as Kansas City upend the Whte Sox 6-5. The A’s will have no pitchers who qualify for the ERA title; the next team to match that dubious achievement will be the 1995 Cardinals.
On other 24ths of September…
2002: Mike Mussina is masterful in a 6-0 shutout of the Devil Rays at the Stadium, striking out 12 and allowing just two singles. Bernie Williams’ third-inning double is his 200th hit of the season. Two innings later, young Rays shortstop Felix Escalona (below) makes
a sparkling play on Bernie’s fielder’s choice. The Yanks are so impressed that they will acquire him and in 2005 he will provide valuable
1978: Ron Guidry (23-3) gains his third 2-hit shutout of the month‚ a 4-0 blanking of the Indians. The two Indian safeties re by Duane Kuiper – it is the second time this year that he has recorded the only hits in a game against the Yankee ace. Louisiana Lightning also two-hit the Red Sox on September 9 (7-0) and 15 (4-0). It is Guidry’s 9th shut out of the year‚ a Yankee record‚ and ties the AL record for southpaws set by Boston lefty Babe Ruth in 1916. The Red Sox stay one game in back of New York by topping Toronto 7-6.
1972: In the nitecap of a twinbill sweep over the Indians‚ Sparky Lyle sets an AL record and ties the ML mark by saving his 35th game. The Yanks win 8-3 after gaining a 5-4 win in the opener when they score 2 unearned runs on 5 Indian errors in the 11th. Thurman Munson steals second by kicking the ball out of Frank Duffy’s glove and going to third on the error. Duffy then boots a grounder and throws wildly for two more notches in the E column. Catcher Gerry Moses then picks up a squibber and fires high over first base – right fielder Del Unser’s throw to the plate is over Moses’ head for error no. 5.
1960: Mickey Mantle’s 11th-inning homer off Ted Wilks gives New York a 6-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway. Mantle had driven
in the game’s second run with a drag bunt in the first to bring home Roger Maris, who had tripled.
1954: Arnie Portocarrero stops the A’s 15-game losing streak to the Yankees by winning 5-1 at the Stadium. Arnie fans 11‚ including 3 straight pinch hitters – Lou Berberet‚ Gus Triandos‚ and Frank Leja – in the 9th. KC shortstop Jack Littrell hits a 3-run homer for his first Major League round-tripper.
1952: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ New York’s Johnny Sain relieves in the 10th for a 3-2 win in the opener‚ then relieves in the
nightcap to preserve an 8-6 win. Mickey Mantle leads the way with a homer‚ a triple‚ 2 doubles and a single on the afternoon‚ driving in 6 runs. His triple in the 10th wins the opener‚ and his 4th inning homer in the nightcap‚ off Mel Parnell‚ gives New York a 7-0 lead. Boston come back to cut the lead to one run in the 8th when they score two runs off Bob Kuzava. In the 9th‚ the Mick misses on a sac bunt attempt‚ then doubles home Phil Rizzuto with another run. New York now lead Cleveland by 2 games with 4 to play.
1950: 66‚924 fans come out to the Ballyard in the Bronx for Johnny Mize Day, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox 9-5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1/2 ahead of Detroit. Phil Rizzuto contributes a single‚ double‚ and a homer, while Yogi Berra adds 4 hits including a triple. Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak reaches 15. New York will win 5 of their next 7‚ while the Tigers will manage to go 4-3.
1949: At Boston‚ Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway) pitches a 6-hitter and Ted Williams lines his 42nd homer to beat the Yankees 2-0 and pull the Red Sox to within a game of New York. Kinder has now won 13 straight games and is 4-0 against the Bombers.
1948: The Red Sox knock out Vic Raschi in the 4th inning and Ted Williams drives in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk. The Yankees still whip the Red Sox 9-6‚ though, scoring two gift runs when Ellis Kinder forgets to cover first base. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland snap their seven-game win streak when Detroit beat them‚ 4-3 behind Fred Hutchinson’s 7-hitter. New York‚ Boston and Cleveland are now tied for 1st place in the AL with identical 91-56 records.
1946: Disappointing on the field‚ the Yankees nevertheless finish their home season with a 2‚309‚029 attendance‚ the first team in ML history to reach the two million mark. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs, at 1‚485‚166. Total ML attendance this year was 18.5 million‚ 80 percent more than 1945.
1941: The Yanks down the A’s 7-2, as Joe DiMaggio hits #29 and #30, the fifth year in a row he’s reached the 30 mark. His three RBI move him closer to the still idle Charlie Keller.
1940: The Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, with fireman Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy winning both games. Murphy pitches the 10th inning of the opening 6-5 win‚ then tosses 2 2/3 innings of the nitecap‚ a 9-4 victory stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of darkness. The Murphy wins pull the Yankees to within 2 1/2 games of the pace-setting Tigers.
1934: Babe Ruth plays his final game at Yankee Stadium. Suffering from a mildly sprained ankle, the Bambino walks his first time up, limps to first base, and leaves for a pinch runner. The Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-0, handing the AL pennant to the idle Tigers.
1932: In a battle of Boston collegians‚ Harvard beats Boston College. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler‚ makes his Major League debut for the Yankees and beats Boston 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher‚ former BC pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season as the first ML team to score in every game of the campaign. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.
1929: The Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth Day at Fenway by winning 5-3 over the Red Sox. The Babe is 2-for-3 with a double. Tom Zachary wins his 12th without a loss: his 12-0 season record has still not been equalled.
1927: The Yankees win their 106th game‚ 6-0 over Detroit‚ for a new AL high. They will win 110‚ a record until the 1954 Indians win 111. George Pipgras is the complete-game winner for New York today.
1925: At the Stadium‚ Babe Ruth hits a 10th inning grand slam with the Yankees down by 3 runs to give trhe homesiders a 6-5 win. It is the first so-called Ultimate Grand Slam this century‚ and the only one in the AL to date that will come in extra innings. The next UGS by a Yankee will also come in extra innings – Jason Giambi’s 14th inning blow in 2002. Ruth’s shot, off George ‘Sarge’ Connally in relief of Red Faber‚ makes a winner of starter Ben Shields.
1923: Detroit pitcher Ray Francis, with a 3-0 lead over the Yankees, intentionally walks Babe Ruth with the bases loaded, and then hangs on for the victory.
1921: At the Polo Grounds‚ George Uhle shuts out the Yankees for a 9-0 win to put the Indians back in a virtual tie with New York for 1st place. Outfielder Smoky Joe Wood (below) has a triple, and in 66 games‚ he will have 60 RBI in 194 at bats‚ the most ever by a player with fewer than 200 AB. He will not play tomorrow.
1920: In the first game of a twinbill‚ Babe Ruth becomes the first Major leaguer to attain the 50 home run mark, launching one off the Senators’ Jose Acosta. He adds no.51 in a 4-for-4 second game‚ a 2-1 win‚ to give the Yankees a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Jim Shaw are by Del Pratt.
1910: Early ’30s Yankee outfielder Dixie Walker is born.
1907: After Cleveland’s Addie Joss (below) fired a one-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Highlanders yesterday‚ teammate Heinie Berger matches him today‚ also against the hapless New Yorkers. This is the second time so far this century that teammates have thrown back-to-back one-hitters. Cleveland win, 6-0.
1903: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders take a pair from the St. Louis Browns‚ winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jack Chesbro is the victor in the opener with a bit of help from the Browns John Anderson (below). The Browns make 4 straight hits in the 8th‚ and an error by Kid Elberfeld on Anderson’s grounder loads the bases. With Bob Wallace batting, Anderson inexplicably takes off for second base and is thrown out trying to scramble back to first, a play that will be referred to in the early part of the century as a ‘John Anderson’. Wallace strikes out on the play. Anderson explains that “I got too far off first base and couldn’t get back.” To which his manager Jimmy McAleer responds‚ “Tell me‚ you big bum‚ where did you think you were going?” After the game, New York manager Clark Griffith raises the possibility of a trade again and finds that the price has gone down. “Give me an old bat bag or anything‚” says McAleer‚ “and take the big stiff.” Anderson will be swapped to New York next month.