10/26 in Yankee History
The red-letter days –
2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 4-2‚ to win their 26th World Series title‚ 4-games-to-1. Luis Sojo’s single in the top of the 9th drives home the winning run for NY. Bernie Williams (who makes the final putout) and Derek Jeter homer for the Yankees‚ and Jeter is named Series MVP.
1996: The Yankees take their 4th game in a row from the Braves‚ 3-2‚ giving them their 23rd World Championship, and their first in 18 years. Joe Girardi’s 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. The Yankee closer, who has save all four of his team’s victories, is awarded the MVP trophy.
On other 26ths of October…
1999: Down 5-1 in Game 3 of the World Series‚ the Yankees bounce back to defeat the Braves 6-5 in 10 innings. Chad Curtis’ leadoff HR in the bottom half of the frame – his 2nd of the game – is the walkoff blow. Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch also homer for NY‚ with Knoblauch’s 2-run blast in the 8th tying the score at 5-5. Mariano Rivera picks up the win for the Yankees‚ hurling 2 scoreless inning of
1977: Yankee fireman Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to win the AL Cy Young Award. Lyle led the league with 72
appearances‚ posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.
1950: The Baseball Writers of America select Phil Rizzuto as the AL MVP.
1919: New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Wagner (below) rules in favor of the Yankees and makes permanent the team’s temporary restraining order against the AL. Wagner was persuaded that Ban Johnson acted incorrectly in banning Carl Mays two days after the pitcher was traded to New York. Johnson sent telegrams to all the owners except Boston’s Frazee telling them not to negotiate for Mays.
1918: Late ’40s Yankee second baseman and 1945 AL batting champion George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss is born.
1917: Miller Huggins, who managed the Cardinals to a 3rd-place finish this year‚ is signed to run the Yankees by owner Jake Ruppert. Co-owner T.L. Huston‚ who favoured Wilbert Robinson for the job‚ has a falling out with partner Ruppert. The rift will widen over the coming years to the point where Huston sells his half interest in the club to Ruppert in 1923.