10/01 in Yankee History
red letter days –
1961: Roger Maris’ torturous‚ season-long race with Babe Ruth ends in a dramatic at bat against Boston’s Tracy Stallard. Maris’ classic left-handed swing sends home run number 61 into the right field stands in the House That Ruth Built. (Sal Durante‚ one of 23‚154 fans in attendance‚ grabs the historic HR ball, which he later sells for $5‚000). New York’s 1-0 victory gives the Yanks 109 wins‚ one short of the club’s 1927 record. It is New York’s ML record 240th homer of the year.
1932: One of the most celebrated and controversial events in baseball history occurs in game 3 of the World Series. In the 5th inning‚ Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes and then gestures to pitcher Charlie Root. He launches the next pitch into the center field bleachers for his second homer of the game. Lou Gehrig also hammers out 2 round-trippers – his second homer goes back-to-back
with the Babe’s alleged ‘called shot.’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth%27s_called_shot). The Yankees win, 7-5.
On other 1sts of October…
2005: The Yankees clinch their 8th straight AL East title with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Randy Johnson gets the win, with help from Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera. Although Boston could still tie New York with a win on Sunday‚ the Yankees won the season series to ensure them first place in the division. The Yanks and the Red Sox both set new home attendance records this season; the Sox passed the three million mark at Fenway for the first time and the Yankees joined the Blue Jays and Rockies as the only teams to draw four million in a season.
2002: The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Angels 8-5 in the opening game of their division series. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams‚ and Rondell White all homer for NY while Troy Glaus hits a pair of dingers for Anaheim. Steve Karsay gets the win in relief. This is the Angels’ first time in the playoffs since 1986‚ but they face the same starting pitcher today as they did in their last playoff appearance: Roger Clemens.
1996: The Rangers top the Yankees 6-2 in the first game of their AL Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back
the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.
1978: With the Yankees leading the AL East by a game with one left to play, Cleveland’s Rick Waits stops New York on 5 hits to win
9-2. Meanwhile‚ Boston take their finale‚ their 8th win in a row‚ on Luis Tiant’s 5-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Boston have two
unearned runs in the 5th‚ a two-run homer by Rick Burleson in the 7th‚ and Jim Rice’s 46th homer in the 8th for their scoring. Both
teams end the season with identical 99-63 records‚ with a one-game playoff at Fenway tomorrow to determine the divisional champ.
1977: The Yankees clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Orioles 8-7.
1967: In a 4-3 win over the A’s, Mel Stottlemyre gives up a homer to Dave Duncan. The home run will be the last hit by a player for the Kansas City Athletics. The franchise will relocate to Oakland the following year.
1960: The Yankees win their 14th straight‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 3-1 behind 3 pitchers. Jim Coates (13-3) is the winner. Nichols is the loser for the Bosox‚ while Tracy Stallard, on in relief‚ fans Roger Maris. Maris’ next at bat against Stallard one year from now will be a momentous one.
1958: As the World Series opens, the Braves pick up where they left off the previous year‚ defeating the Yankees behind Warren Spahn, 4-3 in 10 innings.
1953: The Yankees go two up in the WS as Eddie Lopat beats Preacher Roe 4-2‚ despite the Dodgers’ 9-5 edge in hits. Mickey Mantle’s 2-run shot in the 8th inning breaks a 2-2 tie.
1952: In Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 4-2 at Ebbets Field behind relief ace Joe Black. who started
only 2 games during the season.
1949: The Red Sox need to win just one of the final 2 games against the Yankees to clinch the AL title. Before a crowd of 69‚551 at the
Stadium‚ New York overcome a 4-0 deficit‚ as Joe Page is all but untouchable in 5 innings in relief of Allie Reynolds. Page walks in 2
runs‚ but he picks up the win. Joe DiMaggio starts for New York and scores the first run and Johnny Lindell’s solo homer in the 8th wins
it, 5-4. The two teams are now tied.
1947: Allie Reynolds scatters 9 Dodger hits and coasts to a 10-3 victory in the second game of the World Series. Tommy Henrich’s solo HR in the 5th puts the game away for the Yankees.
1942: Behind 3-0‚ the Yankees tie it up in the top of the 8th‚ but rookie Stan Musial (below) brings Enos Slaughter across with
a single in the bottom of the inning to forge a 4-3 Cardinal victory.
1941: Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at the Stadium in the opening game of the World Series. Joe
Gordon (below) chips in with a home run and an RBI single.
1933: Babe Ruth attracts 25‚000 fans to the Stadium as he takes the mound against the Red Sox. The Babe hits a 5th inning home
run and takes a 6-0 lead into the 6th‚ then hangs on for a 6-5 complete-game win. The Yankees back the Babe with 18 outfield
putouts. Today is his final pitching appearance‚ and he finishes his Yankee career as a hurler at 5-0. Bosox righty Bob Kline takes
the loss. Ruth now has 10 winning seasons in 10 years as a pitcher‚ a mark that will be matched in 2004 by Andy Pettitte.
1927: The Yankees win No.110 of the year, beating the Senators 4-3 behind the one-two pitching punch of Wilcy Moore and Waite Hoyt.
1921: After clinching the pennant with a 5-3 win over Philadelphia in the opener of a doubleheader behind Carl Mays’ 17th straight victory over Philadelphia‚ the Yankees bring Babe Ruth into pitch in relief in the night cap. Ruth‚ with just one other pitching appearance all season‚ takes over in the 8th with New York in the lead 6-0. The Babe allows the A’s 6 runs to tie the score‚ but then knuckles down to hold them scoreless to the 11th when New York scores a run to win‚ 7-6. Ruth drives in his 167th run in the game‚
besting Sam Thompson’s mark set in 1884. For Mays (below)‚ it is his 7th straight win over Philly this season.
1917: In an exhibition game at Ft. Hamilton‚ the Yankees beat Brooklyn‚ 11-8‚ with the two teams combining for 7 homers. This matches a record set by the Browns and Tigers during the 1886 season. A large crowd of soldiers ringing the field helps the homer total as a number of balls land in among them for extra bases.