9/27 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1910: At Detroit‚ the Highlanders win 10-2‚ as rookie Russ Ford (26-6) records his 26th victory‚ beating Ed Willett. Ford’s tally of 26 is the most wins ever by a Major League rookie.


On other 27ths of September…

2009:  The Yankees clinch the AL East title with a 4-2 victory over Boston at the Stadium. Andy Pettitte goes 6 innings, enough for the win.



1998: The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays 8-3 for their 114th win of the season‚ the 2nd-highest total in major league history. Late-season acquisition Jim Bruske gets his only win in pinstripes.



1991: The Yankees beat Greg Swindell and the Indians 3-0 to hand the Tribe their 100th loss of the year. With 8 innings of work, Pascual Perez (2-4) earns his last ML decision.



1986: Jack Morris shuts out the Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings‚ winning his 20th game of the campaign, and halting  Don Mattingly’s hitting streak at 24 games in the process.



1978: New York maintain their 1-game lead by beating the Blue Jays‚ 5-1‚ at Yankee Stadium. Catfish Hunter continues his remarkable late season run, with his 6th win in his last 7 starts. s  Meanwhile, at Fenway‚ Carlton Fisk lines a 2-run triple in the 1st inning and the Red Sox top the Tigers‚ 5-2. George Scott hits his 1st homer in a month and collects his 1000th RBI to back Luis Tiant’s win (his 203rd).



1972: Sparky Lyle has a rare blown save, as the Tigers, trailing 5-1‚ score 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Yankees. The loss deals a critical blow to the Bombers’ division title hopes, as they now fall 3 1/2 games behind the front-running Red Sox. The Tigers, on the other hand, move to within a 1/2 game of the top.



1968: Mickey Mantle makes his final plate appearance. Facing Lee Stange at Fenway Park‚ Mantle flies out to Ken Harrelson in right before being replaced by Andy Kosko. Kosko’s homer ties the score in the 8th, and a Joe Pepitone blast in the 9th gives New York a 4-3 win.



1950: Against the A’s‚ Whitey Ford comes on in relief and blows the save, registering his first ML loss after 9 wins. Philadelphia win 8-7.



1949: At the Stadium, Vic Raschi beats the A’s‚ 3-1‚ for his 20th win. The Yankee starter allows just 4 hits as his teammates maintain their position 1 game behind the league-leading Red Sox.



1945: At the Stadium, Stadium‚ the 4th place Yankees whip the A’s 8-1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3)‚ who returned to the team in July‚ helps his own cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of the Hall of Fame-bound hurler’scareer; at this point only Wes Ferrell  (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo‚ it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season.



1941: The Series-bound Yankees play their second to last game of the regular season, a 4-3 loss to the Senators. Charlie Keller finally plays, going 0-for-4, while J0e DiMaggio has 2 RBIs to take the league lead 123 to 122 over Keller. The Nats will shut out New York tomorrow, 5-0.



1940: In New York‚ the Yankees‚ winners of 8 straight games‚ lose to the A’s Johnny Babbich 6-2. Babich is a former Yankee minor league prospect. The loss eliminates New York from the pennant race for the first time since 1935. Yankee catcher Arndt Jorgens (below), on the club’s active roster both last year and this‚ ends the season without an appearance‚ certainly a ML record. Last season he scored a run as a pinch runner‚ but had no at bats.



1938: At Yankee Stadium‚ Lou Gehrig connects off Washington’s Dutch Leonard for his 29th homer of the year to pace New York to a 5-2 win. It is the Iron Horse’s 493rd and last career round tripper and it comes on the 15th anniversary of his first.



1936: The Yankees (102-51) end their season with a 10-5 loss to the Senators‚ but finish in 1st place for the first time in 4 years, 19 1/2 games in front of the Tigers. Pete Appleton relieves Buck Newsom in the 6th and pitches hitless relief for the win. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-2 and then watches the rest of the game in street clothes behind the Washington dugout. The Yankees set an ML record with 992 RBI for the season. Their mark of 1065 runs scored is 2 off the ML record they set in 1931.



1931: Lou Gehrig hits a home run to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the yankees pound Lefty grove on their way to a 13-1 win‚ and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year‚ the most productive duo in history. Bill Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls‚ the only AL catcher – and the Yankees are the only AL team – to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees have scored 1‚067 runs this season‚ the highest number this century.



1927: Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7-4 win over the A’s. For the Babe, it is his 6th grand slam‚ but just his 3rd as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 homers for the year with 3 games to play


1920:  Carl Mays and the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 3-0‚ as Mays allows just 4 hits. It is his 3rd straight shutout over Philadelphia and his 10th straight win against them. Babe Ruth drives in all the runs on a pair of homers over the right field off Eddie Rommel‚ his 52nd and 53rd homers of the campaign. He hit 2 other liners to left and center that were close to the wall.



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