10/23 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1996: In one of the most memorable games in postseason history, the Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz tied the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blew a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.
On other 23rds of October…
2003: The Marlins move to within one game of a world championship as they defeat the Yankees 6-4 to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the Series. Winning pitcher Brad Penny’s 2-run single gives Florida a lead they never surrender. Jason Giambi hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th to bring the Yankees within 2 runs‚ but Bernie Williams’ attempt for a game-tying homer falls short at the warning track in center field.
1999: The Yankees 2-hit the Braves 4-1 to take the opening game of the World Series. Orlando Hernandez holds Atlanta to 1 hit in 7 innings for the victory. The Braves’ only run comes on a 4th inning homer by Chipper Jones. Scott Brosius has 3 hits for NY‚ while Paul O’Neill drives home 2 runs.
1995: The Yankees name Bob Watson as GM, replacing Gene Michael. Michael will stay on the payroll as a special assignment scout.
1981: Despite an uncharacteristic poor performance (9 hits‚ 7 walks) Fernando Valenzuela goes the distance in the Dodgers’ 5-4 come-from-behind win in the third game of the WS. The deciding run scores on a double play. Yankee starter Dave Righetti lasts just two innings‚ walking 2 and allowing 5 hits‚ but reliever George Frazier takes the loss. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer for LA. Starters Valenzuela and Righetti are the first two Rookies of the Year to oppose each other in the Series since Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951.
1979: Yankee manager Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper‚ a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.
1973: Yankee General Manager and President Lee MacPhail is named AL President.
1926: In South Bend‚ Indiana‚ the Babe Ruth All Stars‚ including the Bambino’s Yankee teammate Urban Shocker, beat the local South Bend Indians 7-3 in a game called after 6 innings because of a late start. The all stars were delayed 2 hours when their vehicle broke down. The Babe is 3-for-4 and hits a home run estimated at 600 feet. In preparation for the Babe’s visit‚ the local team stocked up on baseballs at a cost of $1.23 each: in Montreal on October 17‚ the Babe hit 36 into a nearby river‚ according to the South Bend Tribune‚ and the ensuing game had to be stopped for lack of the spheres. Babe’s squad will tie tomorrow when the Indians pitch the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons‚ who lives nearby. Joining Freddie is Fred Lindstrom.
1923: Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform‚ as John Mcgraw’s men defeat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0. Ruth hits a homer over the right field roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.