10/28 in Yankee History
2009: The World Series opens at the Stadium. Yogi Berra, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. In the contest that follows, Cliff Lee makes his name as a postseason ace, besting CC Sabathia. The 6-1 final score is deceptive, as Philly reach relievers David Robertson, Brian Bruney, and Phil Coke for four runs in the last two frames. Bruney, wearing the number 99 that may have represented the place he now held on the Yankee bullpen depth chart, and outfielder Eric Hinske were activated and added to the World Series roster earlier that day.
2001: Arizona jump out to a 2-0 Series lead as Randy Johnson hurls a 3-hit complete game shutout. Matt Williams hits a 3-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Andy Pettitte takes the loss for the Yanks.
1981: Pedro Guerrero drives in 5 runs and Burt Hooton and the Dodgers beat the Yankees 9-2 to win the World Series in 6 games. In a remarkable post season‚ the Dodgers came from behind to win 3 series (down 2-0 to Houston and 2-1 to Montreal in the best-of-5 series). Guerrero‚ Ron Cey and Steve Yeager (2 home runs) are named co-MVPs‚ while OF Dave Winfield and reliever George Frazier are the goats for New York. Winfield was just 1-for-21‚ while Frazier tied a Series record by losing 3 games. The record was set by the Lefty Williams of the White Sox in 1919; since Williams was one of the 8 Black Sox‚ one might assume that he was not trying very hard.
1979; George Steinbrenner announces that Billy Martin has been fired again as a result of his recent barroom fight. Third base coach Dick Howser is named to replace him.
1953: The ‘Old Redhead‚’ Red Barber‚ resigns from the Dodger broadcast booth and takes a job with the Yankees.
1917: ’40s Yankee closer Joe Page is born.