October 2010

10/21 in Yankee History

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1998: The Yankees close out one of the greatest years in the club’s history by shutting out the Padres 3-0‚ and completing a sweep of the NL champs to win the World Series. Andy Pettitte gets the victory‚ and Scott Brosius is named Series MVP.



On other 21sts of October…

2003: The Yankees beat the Marlins 6-1 behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams to take a 2-1 Series lead. Jeter gets 3 hits off losing starter Josh Beckett (the only hits Beckett allows)‚ while Williams and Aaron Boone hit home runs. Williams’ blast is his record 19th in postseason play. His 65 RBI are also a new postseason mark.



2001: The Yankees take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS‚ defeating the Mariners by a score of 3-1. Bret Boone’s 8th inning homer breaks a scoreless tie‚ but Bernie Williams hits a homer in
the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. New York win on Alfonso Soriano’s 2-run dinger in the 9th. Mariano Rivera gets the victory in relief.



2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 4-3 in 12 innings in Game 1 of the World Series. The
longest game in Series history in terms of time (4 hours‚ 51 minutes) is ended by Jose Vizcaino’s single which drives home Tino Martinez. It is Vizcaino’s 4th hit of the night. The Mets lead 3-2 going into the 9th‚ but Armando Benitez surrenders the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Chuck Knoblauch. The victory is the Yankees’ 13th in a row in Series play, a new record. Todd Pratt of the Mets ties a Series mark by being hit by pitches 2 times.



1996: At the Stadium, Greg Maddux shuts out the Yankees by a score of 4-0‚ as the Braves open up a 2 games to none World Series lead. Fred McGriff’s 3 RBI give him a major league record 15 for the postseason.



1981: Goose Gossage gets his 2nd save in as many days as he preserves Tommy John’s win 3-0 in game 2. Bob Watson has two hits and an RBI.



Off the field, Gene Robertson, who took over at third base on the 1928 championship team when Joe Dugan went down with an injury, dies at the age of 82.



1976: The Reds take a 3-0 lead against Ed Figueroa‚ but the Yankees close the gap to 3-2. A 4-run splurge in the 9th‚ topped by Johnny Bench’s second HR of the game‚ ices the Reds’ 7-2 win‚ completing a 4-game sweep of the Yankees. World Series MVP Johnny Bench has 2 HRs and 5 RBI‚ and demolishes the Yankees with a .533 average. Opposing catcher Thurman Munson had 6 straight singles to tie a WS mark. The 1976 Reds become the first
team ever to go through an entire LCS and WS without a defeat.



1934: An all-star team captained by Babe Ruth and managed by Connie Mack sets sail for a tour of Hawaii and Japan. Other Yankees along for the ride in the company of their wives include Lou Gehrig and Lefty Gomez.


1928: Whitey Ford is born. Happy 82nd to the Chairman of the Board!



10/20 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1931: Mickey Mantle is born.



On other 20ths of October…

2005: Joe Girardi resigns as a Yankee coach to become the manager of the Florida Marlins.


2004: At the Stadium, the Red Sox roll over the Yankees 10-3 to take the ALCS, becoming the first team in history to come back from a 3-to-0 deficit and win a postseason series. Johnny Damon is the hero for Boston with a pair of HRs‚ including a grand slam off Javy Vazquez, and 6 RBI. David Ortiz and Mark Bellhorn also homer for the Sox.



2001: The Mariners clobber the Yankees 14-3 to win their first game of the ALCS. Bret Boone ties an ALCS record with 5 RBIs as Jamie Moyer gets the win. Boone‚ John Olerud and Jay Buhner  all homer for Seattle.



1998: Down 3-0‚ the Yankees bounce back with 2 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to defeat the Padres 5-4. Scott Brosius is the hitting star for NY with a single‚ 2 homers‚ and 4 runs batted in.The Yanks now take a 3-0 Series lead.



1996: The Braves continue to pound the ball‚ as they bring the tomahawk down on the Yankees with a 12-1 win in the World Series opener. Andruw Jones shot over the left field wall in the 2nd inning puts him in the record books as the youngest
player to homer in a Series game. He hits another 4-bagger in the 3rd
inning‚ as John Smoltz gains the win.



1981: In a World Series rematch of the 1977 and 1978 teams‚ the Yankees take game one over the Dodgers 5-3. Bob Watson’s 3-run homer in the first is the big blow as Ron Guidry goes 7 innings for the win. Goose Gossage closes down a Dodger rally in the 8th.



1964: Johnny Keane pulls another shocker by signing to manage the Yankees.


1960: Coach Ralph Houk, 41‚ is named to succeed Casey Stengel. He briefly led the Yankees in 1960 when Stengel was hospitalized.


1951: Joe DiMaggio takes off for Japan with Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars on an exhibition tour of the country. They will win 13 of the 15 games.


1910: The Giants win the City Series against the Highlanders 4 games to 2‚ as Christy Mathewson bests Jack Warhop 6-3. Larry Doyle’s 3rd inning 3-run homer into the upper grandstand in right field is the big blow.
Paid admission for the six games is over 100‚000‚ and each Giant takes
home $1‚110.62. Art Fletcher will use the winnings to marry his childhood sweetheart‚ Blanche Dieu.


10/19 in Yankee History

2009: The Angels let it be known that there will be no sweep of the ALCS, as they beat the Yankees in 11 innings at Anaheim. The player making the announcement is the ‘defensive’ half of the
AL West champs’ catching platoon, Jeff Mathis, who doubles in Howie Kendrick off Alfredo Aceves with two down in the 11th for a 5-4  win. Derek Jeter leads off the game with a home run, and A-Rod, Johnny Damon, and Jorge Posada go long as well. Posada’s shot ties the game at 4-4 in the eighth, as the veteran backstop appears in his 101st postseason game.



2004: In another thriller‚ the Red Sox draw even in the ALCS by defeating the Yankees 4-2 at the Stadium. Curt ‘Bloody Sock’ Schilling pitches 7 solid innings for Boston‚ while Mark Bellhorn homers. Bernie Williams matches him for the Yanks.



2003: The Yankees bounce back behind Andy Pettitte to tie the World Series at 1 game apiece with a 6-1 triumph in Game 2. Hideki Matsui’s 3-run blast in the 1st inning is all Pettitte needs. Alfonso Soriano also homers for NY. Mark Redman takes the loss for the Marlins.



1992: Atley Donald, winner of 65 games for the Yanks between 1938 and 1945 and member of 4 Championship clubs, dies at the age of 82.



1987: Billy Martin is named manager of the Yankees for a bizarre 5th time‚ replacing Lou Piniella. Piniella, who replaced Martin‚ is ‘promoted’ to general manager after leading the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 1987‚ 4th in the AL East.


1986: George Pipgras, mainstay of the Yankee pitching staffs of the ’20s and early ’30s, dies at the age of 86. Pipgras also went on to a distinguished career as an umpire after his playing days.



1976: At Yankee Stadium‚ Cincinnati DH Dan Driessen contributes 2 singles and a home run to a  6-2 win. The victory puts Cincy up 3 games to none in the Series.




10/18 in Yankee History

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1977: Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October.


Three home runs in three swings lead the Yankees to their first World Series title in 15 years, and the club’s 21st overall. Mike Torrez goes the distance in the Series-clinching 8-4 victory.




1999: The Yankees top the Red Sox 6-1 to win the ALCS and their 36th AL pennant. Orlando Hernandez wins the clincher for NY‚ and is named MVP of the LCS. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homer for the Yanks.





On other 18ths of October…

2004: The Red Sox outlast the Yankees 5-4 in 14 innings to force a Game 6 of their ALCS at the Stadium. David Ortiz again is the hero‚ driving home the winning run with a bloop single. Big Papi also homers‚ as does Bernie Williams for NY.




2003: The underdog Marlins surprise the Yankees with a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the World Series. Juan Pierre has a 2-run single for Florida‚ as Brad Penny bests David Wells.




2001: The Yankees wins their second straight game in Seattle‚ 3-2‚ to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Mike Mussina gets the victory and Scott Brosius drives in 2 runs for the tourists.




1998: The Bombers strike early and often‚ scoring 3 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings. They go on to cruise to a 9-3 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the WS behind Orlando Hernandez. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada connect for homers.





1960: The Casey Stengel era comes to an end. Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65‚ New York Yankee co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieve the skipper, who has compiled a record of 1‚149-696 in 12 years with the club. Stengel is quoted as saying “I wasn’t retired – they fired me.”



1931: Andy Carey, utility infielder for several Yankee championship teams of the ’50s – he played third base in Don Larsen’s perfect game – is born. Happy 80th, AC!




1925: Yankee prospect and Salt Lake City (PCL) second baseman Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season in a 12-10 victory over Sacramento in the final game of the year. It is an inside-the-park drive in the 7th off Frank Shellenback. Lazzeri’s PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.



1920: NL directors meet in New York‚ joined by Yankee owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston‚ along with Charles Comiskey‚ and Harry Frazee of the AL. They name a committee to draw up an agreement along the lines of Albert Lasker’s proposal‚ and give the 5 AL clubs still backing Ban Johnson an ultimatum: come in by November 1st or the Yankees‚ White Sox‚ and Red Sox will pull out of the AL and join a 12-team NL (with a team in Detroit to complete the roster). The AL 5 turn it down‚ and bluff and counterbluff blow through
the autumn air.

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10/17 in Yankee History

The red-letter days –

2000: The Yankees defeat the Mariners‚ 9-7‚ to win the ALCS and their 37th AL pennant. David Justice’s 3-run HR in the 7th inning gives the Bombers lead they never relinquishes. Justice win the ALCS MVP award. Seattle catcher Dan Wilson’s single breaks his 0-for-42 hitless streak‚ the longest ever in post season history.



1978: The Yanks win their 4th straight game, 7-2, to clinch their 2nd consecutive World Series over the Dodgers. Brian Doyle and Series MVP Bucky Dent have 3 hits apiece as the Bronx Bombers raise their 22nd WS championship flag.



On other 17ths of October…

2009: In game 2 of the ALCS, Yankee fans get to see both sides of the mercurial A.J. Burnett at the Stadium, as he blanks the
Angels on one hit through four innings, only to allow two runs in the
fifth on two hits, a hit by pitch, a stolen base, and a wild pitch to tie the game.. A.J. recovers to retire the next four before the game goes to
the bullpens. Phil Coke, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera hold it steady through the 10th, but Alfredo Aceves surrenders a run following a leadoff walk in the 11th. Alex Rodriguez promptly ties it again, with a home run on an 0-2 pitch from closer Brian Fuentes. Anaheim threaten against David Robertson the next two frames, but fail to break through. Jerry Hairston, Jr., pinch hitting for Freddy Guzman, who had run for Hideki Matsui in the 9th, leads off the bottom of the 13th with a single, Brett Gardner sacrifices him to second, and following an intentional walk, Hairston scored on a throwing error by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis. The 4-3  win puts the Yankees up 2 games to 0 .



2004: The Red Sox stay alive in the ALCS with a 6-4‚ 12 inning win over
the Yankees at Fenway. David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff homer wins it in the
12th after the Sox tied the score off Mariano Rivera in the 9th. Ortiz
drives home 4 runs for Boston‚ while A-Rod homers for New York.



2001: The Yankees take the first game of the ALCS with a 4-2 win over
the Mariners. Andy Pettitte gets the victory while Paul O’Neill hits a
2-run HR for NY.


1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 9-2 to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in
the ALCS. Andy Pettitte gets the victory for NY‚ with home run support
from Darryl Strawberry and Ricky Ledee.



1998: The Yankees explode for 7 runs in the last half of the 7th inning
to blow away the Padres 9-6 in the World Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch
hits a 3-run homer in the inning‚ then Tino Martinez follows with a
grand slam. David Wells. 




1976: On a cold Sunday night‚ the Reds reach Catfish Hunter for 3 runs‚ but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With 2 outs in the 9th inning‚ Yankee shortstop Fred Stanley throws Ken Griffey’s easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose game 2 of the WS 4-3. Yankee pinch hitter Jim Mason hits a 7th inning homer off Pat Zachry. It will be Mason’s only career Series at bat‚ and his remains a singular accomplishment. 



1964: A World Series loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference  by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.


1929: The Yankees sign former pitcher Bob Shawkey (below) as manager‚ replacing the recently deceased Miller Huggins. Pitching coach Art Fowler had been helming the team on an interim basis. 


1908: Red Rolfe, the only long-term starting third baseman in Yankee history to date to spend his entire career with the club, is born. Rolfe man ned the hot corner during the Yanks’ run of four straight WS championships from 1936 to 1939.



10/16 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

2003: Two words – Aaron Boone.



1962: New York score the game’s only run‚ as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th‚ with 2 outs and Matty Alou on first, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but superlative fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right‚ but second baseman Bobby Richardson snares it in the webbing of his glove, giving the Yankees a 1-0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry, achieving a measure of redemption for giving up Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff homer in 1960, is named WS MVP.



On other 16ths of October…

2009: The ALCS opens at the Stadium. David Cone throws out the first ball, and CC Sabathia is scintillating, delivering 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run, and 7-strike-out pitching. Alex Rodriguez’s sac fly in the 1st off John Lackey scores Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui comes through with two RBI singles. Mariano Rivera closes out the 4-1 win.



2004: The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for the Bombers with 5 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ and 5 runs scored. A-Rod also scores 5 for the Yanks. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of homers‚ and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon go yard for Boston.



1999: The Red Sox roll over the Yankees 13-1 behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston‚ while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra‚ Valentin‚ and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now lead the ALCS 2-games-to-1.



1995: The Yankees sign Dwight Gooden, who has been on suspension for violation of the rules of his substance abuse program.


1977: LA stay alive with a 10-4 victory in game 5 of the WS. Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game. In a portent of things to come, Reggie Jackson launches a towering home run in his final at bat.



1976: Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter‚ as the Reds win game 1 of the WS over the Yankees 5-1. Three hits by Tony Perez‚ the NL’s first WS designated hitter‚ and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense.



1960: Veteran pitcher Robin Roberts is purchased by the Yankees. Roberts will be released in April without ever pitching an inning in pinstripes.


1936: Lou Gehrig, who hit 49 HRs‚ scored 167 runs‚ knocked in 152‚ and batted .354‚ is
voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a ML record 5th


1929: The Yankees send again star Bob Meusel to the Reds for cash.


1923: Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6‚160.46‚ Harry Heilmann, who beat the Babe for the batting title by 10 points and works as an insurance agent in the offseason, sells him a $50‚000
life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter


1921: In defiance of a Judge Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions‚ Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo. Five days
later‚ they cut it short in Scranton. In the meantime Ruth openly
challenges Landis to act. The judge does‚ fining the players their WS
shares – $3‚362.26 – and suspending them until May 20th of the following season. 


10/15 in Yankee History

The red-letter days –

1981: The Yankees wrap up their 33rd AL pennant with a 4-0 win over the A’s‚ completing a 3-game sweep of the ALCS.



1923: After Babe Ruth’s first-inning home run, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for 4 runs and take a 4-1 lead into the 8th. With one out‚ Art Nehf loads the bases by giving up 2 singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out‚ but Bob Meusel raps a base hit that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones closes out the Giants‚ and the Yankees have their first World Championship.



On other 15ths of October…

2003: The Red Sox rally for 3 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Yankees to send the ALCS to a 7th game. Boston collect 16 hits‚ including 4 by Nomar Garciaparra‚ and get HRs from Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.



2001: The Yankees defeat the A’s‚ 5-3‚ to move into the ALCS. In doing so‚
they become the 1st team ever to win a best-of-5 series after losing the
first 2 games at home. Derek Jeter gets a pair of hits to break Pete Rose’s postseason record with 87. David Justice swats a pinch-hit homer for the Yanks while Mike Stanton gets the win in relief. Jason Giambi goes 4-for-4 for Oakland.



2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees  6-2 to close within 1 game of the New Yorkers‚ who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit back-to back HRs in the 5th inning for Seattle.



1978: The Yankees shell the Dodgers with a barrage of 18 hits, 16 of them singles, to win the 5th game of the WS, 12-2. Brian Doyle, Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers have 3 hits each as the Bombers take a three games to two lead. 



1977: The Yankees win 4-2 to take a 3-1 advantage in the WS. Reggie Jackson doubles and homers‚ and Ron Guidry notches a 4-hitter‚ striking out 7.




1964: St. Louis take an early lead in the deciding World Series game 7. Lou Brock’s 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6-0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer and Phil Linz all go long for New York‚ but it’s not enough. The Cards win 7-5 and are the
World Champions. Both Boyers‚ Ken for the Cards and Clete for the
Yankees‚ homer in their last WS appearance‚ a first in ML history.



1962: After one day of travel and 3 of rain‚ Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter against the Yankees for a 5-2 Giants win in game 6 of the WS. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI.



1957: Neal Ball, starting shortstop for the Highlanders from 1907 through 1909, dies at the age of 73. He is best remembered for turning the first unassisted triple play in modern Major League history, while playing for Cleveland in 1911.

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1937: Rather than accept any trade offers‚ the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri, and allow him to make his own deal. He later signs on a player-coach with the Cubs.


1931: Lou Gehrig and a group of
All Stars set sail for Japan on a barnstorming trip organized by
sportswriter Fred Lieb. Also along for the ride is former Yankee
prospect Lefty O’Doul.


1907: Sam Byrd, all-purpose outfielder for the Yankees’ 1932 championship team, is born. As the Bambino’s defensive skills were declining, Byrd became known as ‘Babe Ruth’s legs.’



10/14 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1976: In the final ALCS game‚ the Yankees take an early lead only to see the
Royals even it up on George Brett’s 3-run blast in the 8th. Chris Chambliss then
connects for a dramatic 9th-inning home run off relief ace Mark Littell to win the game 7-6 and the pennant for the Yankees. it is the club’s first flag in 12 years, and the 29th in their history. By the time
Chambliss reaches second‚ he is surrounded by screaming fans who escort him
around the bases. After he reaches the dugout he returns with a police
escort to make sure he touches third and home, only to discover that all the bases have been stolen as souvenirs.



On other 14ths of October…

2003: David Wells hurls the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox and a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Karim Garcia’s 2-run single in the 3rd is the key hit for NY while Manny Ramirez homers for Boston.



2001: Yankee bats finally come alive, as New York defeat Oakland 9-2 to even their series at 2 games apiece. Orlando Hernandez gets the victory as he improves his postseason mark to 9-1. Bernie Williams drives home 5 runs to lead the Yanks. Oakland outfielder Jermaine Dye fractures his leg when he fouls a ball off his left shin. He will miss
the rest of the postseason and the start of spring training next year.



2000: The Yankees whitewash the Mariners 5-0 behind Roger Clemens’ 1-hitter. The Rocket fans 15 Mariners as New York move out to a
3-games-to-1 lead over Seattle in the ALCS. The Yankees score their runs on a 3-run
homer by Derek Jeter and a 2-run blast by David Justice . Al Martin’s double off the glove of Tino Martinez in the 7th inning is the Mariners’ only hit. The two team’s total of 6 hits ties an ALCS record for fewest safeties in a game.



1999: The Yankees go 2 games up on the Red Sox in the ALCS with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game. David Cone gets the win for NY‚ with help from a Tino Martinez homer. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run round-tripper. 



1988: Vic ‘the Springfield Rifle’ Raschi, mainstay of the early Casey Stengel era pitching staffs, dies at the age of 69.



1981: In game 2 of the ALCS‚ Graig Nettles singles twice in a 7-run 4th inning to become the first player ever to
collect 2 hits in one inning in League Championship Series play. New York set LCS records for
runs and hits (19) in a 13-3 rout of Oakland.  



1978: Lou Piniella’s 10th-inning single scores Roy White with the winning run as the Yankees even the Series with a 4-3 win.



1977: Mike Torrez is the winning pitcher as the Yankees prevail over the Dodgers in game 3 of the WS. Mickey Rivers collects 3 hits‚ including 2 doubles.



1964: In World Series action at Busch Stadium, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle homer on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons‚ and Joe Pepitone launches a Gordie Richardson offering for a grand slam. New York win 8-3, and force a 7th game.



Off the field, Joe Girardi is born. Happy 46th to our skipper!




1948: ’70s Yankee ace Ed Figueroa is born. Happy 62nd to the first boricua ever to start a World Series game!



1923: In game 5 of the WS‚ the Yankees score 3 in the first and 4 in the 2nd off Jack Bentley (13-8)‚ and Joe Bush twirls a 3-hitter for an 8-1 win. Jumpin’ Joe Dugan (below) has 4 hits‚ including a homer. The yanks now take a three games to two lead over the Giants.



10/13 in Yankee History

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2001: The Derek Jeter Flip game.

Oakland Coliseum, Game 3 of the ALDS. Yankees leading 1-0, seventh inning, two outs. With Jeremy Giambi at first, Terrence Long hit
a liner down the right field line. Shane Spencer fields and overthrows both his cutoff men. Jeter swoops in, grabs the ball and backhands it to catcher Jorge Posada, who reaches blindly and tags Giambi on his right calf, a half-second before touching home.

“First of all, Jeter didn’t make that play,” Posada says with a twinkle in his eye. “I made that play. Giambi was at first, and I know
he’s not the fastest guy. And I know Shane covers a lot of ground in right. When the ball was hit, I knew we had a chance because it didn’t even go to the wall. Even if Derek had not been there, I think we would have had a chance.

“When Shane threw the ball, I was screaming, ‘Let it go! Let it go!’ I knew if Derek got the ball and turned to throw we’d have no chance,
but he flipped it backhanded.

“I just caught it and did a blind tag. If he had slid, he would have been safe because I didn’t know where he was.

“There’s no doubt about it, I got him. After the game I looked at the replays. Some of the videos showed that I might not have gotten
him, but I saw one that showed that I got him right on the calf. That umpire made a hell of a call.

“If we don’t make that play, I think we’re out of the playoffs. It would have tied the game, and then you don’t know what’s going to happen.”



1998: The Yankees move on to the World Series‚ as they defeat the Indians 9-5  to take the ALCS‚ 4 games to 2, for the 35th pennant in club history. Scott Brosius homers for NY‚ while Jim Thome hammers his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.



1996: The Yankees defeat the Orioles 6-4 giving them the AL pennant for the 34th time. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning‚ which features homers by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning‚ a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.



1953: The Yankees sign their fist black players, buying the contracts of Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club‚ while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.


On other 13ths of October…

2003: Tim Wakefield earns his 2nd victory of the series‚ leading the Red Soxto a 3-2 win over the Yankees to even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Todd Walker and Trot Nixon homer for Boston‚ while Ruben Sierra’s 9th inning round-tripper gets New York to within a run.



2000: The Yankees batter the Mariners 8-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning for NY‚ while David Justice drives home 3 runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford’s record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 straight goose eggs.



1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the opener of the ALCS‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Boston blow a 3-0 lead‚ as Bernie Williams’ home run off Rod Beck leading off the bottom of the 10th is the game-winner.



1960: With the score tied at 9-9‚ Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history‚ off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10-9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without fanning anyone. Despite Maz’s heroics‚ Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP‚ as the Yanks outscore the Bucs‚ 55 to 27.




1958: The ML fines Yankee pitcher Ryne Duren $250 for giving the ‘choke’ sign to an umpire during the World Series.



1954: George Frazier, Yankee reliever who established an unenviable record by coming up the loser 3 times in the 1981 World Series, is born. Happy 57th, GF!



1923: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants pitchers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey 16-11) to an 8-4 win. Whitey Whitt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time‚ and Ross Youngs collects 4. The World Series is now even at two games  all.



1921: Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest each. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first‚ Giants first baseman George ‘Highpockets’ hits a grounder to short that goes through the legs of Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches third for the rest of the day. After Aaron walks in the 9th‚ Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a drive toward right‚ but second baseman Johnny Rawlings throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for third base Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a
4-3-5 DP. The Giants win1-0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first team to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.




1896: Mike Gazella, reserve utility infielder for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.




1876: Wild Bill Donovan, Yankee manager from 1915 through 1917, is born.



10/12 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1948: The Casey Stengel era begins, as the veteran manager is signed by the Yankees for the following season. Though widely derided at the time of his hiring, Stengel will lead the club to its period of greatest dominance.



On other 12ths of October…

2004: The Yankees open the ALCS at the Stadium with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. The home side almost blow an 8-0 lead‚ but hold on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui, who contributes 5 RBI. Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.




2003: With Game 4 of the AL championship series postponed by rain‚ attention is on Don Zimmer‚ who apologizes for yesterday’s melee. “I’m embarrassed at what happened‚” Zimmer says‚ fighting back tears. “I’m embarrassed for the Yankees‚ the Red Sox‚ the fans‚ the umpires and my family.” Zimmer is fined $5‚000 by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline‚ Martinez is fined
$50‚000‚ Ramirez $25‚000 and Garcia $10‚000. Boston owner John Henry‚ pleased with Zimmer’s apology‚ says he “wouldn’t mind seeing the same thing coming from our side.” Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar says he hopes Zimmer’s remarks will put an end to the “sideshow.” Boston center fielder Johnny Damon acknowledges that the Red Sox also were to blame in the brawl. “If I was involved‚ I’d apologize. But then‚ Zimmer wasn’t coming after my life‚ he was coming after Pedro’s.” It is not Zimmer’s last press conference; he will announce after the Series that he is fed up with Steinbrenner’s interference and that he is retiring.



1996: The Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Orioles gives them a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Darryl Strawberry homers twice for NY‚ while Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill add 4-baggers. .


1977: Homers by Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Reggie Smith and Steve Garvey lead the Dodgers  to a 6-1 win in game 2 of the World Series. Burt Hooton goes the distance‚ allowing just 5 hit, as Yankee starter Catfish Hunter is driven to cover in the 2nd.




1976: In game 3 of the ALCS, Chris Chambliss contributes a home run and 3 RBI to the Yankees come-from-behind 5-3 victory. The Royals score 3 in the 1st off Dock Ellis‚ but the former Pirate faces just 22 batters in the next 7 innings.




1970: Tanyon Sturtze is born. Obtained from the Dodgers in May 2004 for minor league infielder Brian Myrow, he would be a godsend in the Yankee campaign for the rest of the regular season before declining the following year and undergoing arm surgery in ’06. Happy 41st to TS!


1964:Tim McCarver’s 3-run homer pins a 5-2 loss on Yankee reliever Pete Mikkelsen and gives St. Louis a 3-2 WS lead.




1961: Ralph Houk is given a 2-year contract extension to manage the Yankees.



1960: Whitey Ford keeps Yankee hopes alive, and coasts to the game 6 win, tossing a 7-hit shutout as his offense bombs Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend again, 12-0. Bobby Richardson’s 2 run-scoring triples give him a WS record of 12 RBI.




1936: Tony Kubek is born. A 1954 amateur free agent, he remained with the franchise until he retired, contributing 57 homers and 373 RBI to the Yankee cause along the way. Happy 75th, Tony!




1932: Joe McCarthy signs a 3-year contract to manage the Yankees.



1923: Yankee Stadium fills with 62‚430 fans to see an old-fashioned pitching duel. Once again a Casey Stengel home run is the difference‚ as the Giants’ Art Nehf (below)  bests Sam Jones 1-0 in game 3 of the WS.




1921: Carl Mays and Phil Douglas (below) joust again, and again Mays has perfect control (he gives up no walks in his
26 innings in the Series). He yields 6 hits‚ but a 7th-inning error by Aaron Ward at second, followed by Frank Snyder’s double‚ break a 1-1 tie and give Douglas his 2nd win.The Giants now take a 4-3 lead in the best of 9 Series.



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