10/09 in Yankee History

The red-letter days -

1977: For the 2nd year in succession‚ the Yankees score in the 9th inning of the 5th game to beat the Royals in the LCS. Reggie Jackson,
who had been benched, delivers a key RBI single as a pinch hitter in the 8th, and then Mickey Rivers gets the game-winning hit. The final score is New York 5‚ Kansas City 3, to give the Yankees their 30th AL pennant.




1961: Super-subs John Blanchard and Hector Lopez spark a 5-run first inning and 13-5 win for New York over Cincinnati. Both benchmen hit HRs‚ and Lopez drives in 5 runs. Bud Daley’s long relief effort wraps up the Series‚ as Ralph Houk becomes the third rookie manager to guide a WS winner, the Yankees’ 19th overall.




1958: The Yankees wrap up the World Series, the key blow coming on Moose Skowron’s 3-run home run off Lew Burdette in the 8th that puts the game on ice, 6-2. The win completes a comeback from a 3-1 deficit, making the Yanks the first team since the 1925 Pirates to accomplish the feat. Eddie Matthews strikes out for the 11th time‚ a record that will stand until l980 when broken by Willie Wilson  of Kansas City. The Braves’ 53 whiffs are also a new WS record. This is Casey Stengel’s 7th championship‚ tying him with Joe McCarthy for the most Series won, and the team’s 18th title overall.




1949: The Yankees pound the Dodgers 10-6 to win the WS in 5 games, for the 12th championship in franchise history. Pinch hitter and third baseman Bobby Brown is the hitting hero‚ batting .500 and driving in 5 runs.




1938: The Yankees become the first team to win 3 successive World Championships‚ defeating the Cubs by a score of 8-3‚ as Red Ruffing and the Yankees finish off the sweep. The title is the 7th in the history of the franchise.




1928: After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and Bill Sherdel do battle in game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2-1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Babe Ruth hits a home run, his 2nd of the game, after seeming to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel, who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires huddle to discuss the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but not in the junior circuit, and rule it will not be counted. Two pitches later, Lou Gehrig goes long as well. When Bob Meusel singles, in comes Grover Cleveland Alexander to face… Tony Lazzeri. This time, Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs (who is out with a broken finger) hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his 3rd round-tripper of the game. The final score is 7-3 and the Yanks sweep their 2nd straight World Series for the club’s third championship of the decade. Ruth’s WS BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig following closely behind at .545, with a record 9 RBI, The duo also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.




On other 9ths of October…

2009: In game two of their Division Series, A.J. Burnett and Nick Blackburn pitch their respective sides to a 1-1 tie through six, but Minnesota reach Phil Hughes for two runs in the eighth. Alex Rodriguez gets his postseason started in earnest with a two-run blast off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth to send it into extras. Things get tense in the 11th when Minnesota’s first three batters single off  David Robertson, but a liner, then a grounder, to first base and a fly out get the Yanks out of the jam. In the home half of the inning, Mark Teixeira sends a line drive just over the wall in left for a 4-3 Yankee win, and a two-games-to-none lead in the series.




2005: The Yankees down the Angels 3-2 to even their Division Series. Al Leiter gets in the win for NY in relief of Shawn Chacon.




2004: The Yankees finish off the Twins with a come-from-behind 6-5 win in 11 innings to win their Division Series. Ruben Sierra’s 3-run HR ties the game in the 8th inning and A-Rod scores the winning run on a wild pitch. Henry Blanco homers for Minnesota.




2003: The Yankees even their series with the Red Sox by defeating Boston behind Andy Pettitte‚ 6-2. Nick Johnson hits a 2-run dinger for New York while Jason Varitek hits a solo homer for Boston.




1999: The Yankees defeat the Rangers‚ 3-0‚ to sweep their League Division Series. Roger Clemens hurls 7 shutout innings for the win‚ as Darryl Strawberry’s 3-run homer in the 1st provides all the scoring in the game.




1998: Cleveland take a 6-1 victory over the Yankees, and a 2-1 lead in the ALCS, on the strength of 4 HRs: 2 by Jim Thome, and 1 each by Manny Ramirez and Mark Whiten. Andy Pettitte gives up 3 of the homers in a rocky 5th inning.




1996: The Jeffrey Maier Incident.

Bernie Williams’ 11th-inning homer gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Baltimore in the opening game of the ALCS. Williams’ shot was made possible when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the left field fence in the 8th inning‚ interfering with a ball hit by Derek Jeter. It was ruled a HR, which tied the game‚ 4-4.




1981: The Brewers‚ facing elimination in their Divisions Series with the Yanks, win 5-3. Paul Molitor’s solo home run in the 8th inning is the go-ahead blow. Ted Simmons clubs a 2-run homer and Randy Lerch pitches 6 solid innings for the win.




1980: KC win again to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS‚ but this time they have to tag out Willie Randolph in a close play at the plate in the 8th inning. Yankee 3rd base coach Mike Ferraro will be fired after the series for having waved Randolph around. Dennis Leonard gets the 3-2 win.




1976: The Yankees beat the Royals 4-1 in the ALCS opener. George Brett’s 2 first-inning errors allow 2 unearned runs‚ and that is all Catfish Hunter needs to go the distance on.




1960: Vern Law wins again‚ thanks to his own RBI single and Bill Virdon’s 2-run safety. Roy face retires the final 8 Yankees in order. Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win evens the WS at 2 games each.




1957: The Yankees stay alive as Hank Bauer homers off the left field at the Stadium to give his team a 3-2 win behind the 4-hit pitching of Bob Turley. The World Series is even at 3 apiece.




1956: The Dodgers bounce back. Clem Labine, normally a member of the Brooklyn relief corps, comes out of the bullpen to pitch a 1-0 complete game shutout in 10 innings. The Dodgers’ only run (against Bob Turley, who scatters 4 hits in going the distance as well) is unearned – Enos Slaughter misjudges a Jackie Robinson fly ball‚ and Jim Gilliam scores from second with the winning run.




1951:Gil McDougald becomes the first rookie to hit a grand slam in the World Series‚ as the Yankees win in a romp‚ 13-1. Ed Lopat wins his 2nd game, as the Bombers take a 3-2 lead over the Giants.




1950: Casey Stengel signs a new 2-year pact estimated at between $65‚000 and $80‚000 a year.



1940: Joe Pepitone is born Happy 71st, Pepi!




1937: Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit‚ 7-3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning home run to give him a record 34 postseason RBI‚ breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series‚ setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore‚ in a 4-game set in 1966.




1926: Grover Cleveland Alexander scatters 8 hits in game 6 while the Cards tee off on Bob Shawkey (8-6)‚ Urban Shocker and Myles Thomas for 13 hits in a 10-2 romp.




1921: After a rainout, a Sunday crowd of 36,371 watches Carl Mays and Phil Douglas square off for game 4. Mays works 5 hitless innings, while a run-scoring triple by Wally Schang gives the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Mays then apparently tires and the Giants deliver a volley of 7 hits in the last 2 innings for 4 runs.Babe Ruth’s first World Series home run comes in the 9th, but the Giants win 4-2 to pull even at 2 games each. A group of Prohibition agents cause a near-riot by trying to gatecrash the game with a claim of ‘official business.’ When ticket takers refuse to let them in the police are called to forcibly remove the agents from the line, ‘as angry fans look on’ (New York Herald). Tomorrow, Federal Prohibition Commissioner Roy Haynes will issue orders barring agents from using their badges to gain admission to places of amusement.




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