October 2011

10/31 in Yankee History

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2001: Derek Jeter becomes ‘Mr. November.’


In a thrilling contest‚ the Yankees defeat the Diamondbacks‚ 4-3 in 10 innings‚ to tie the World Series at 2 games apiece. Tino Martinez’s 2-out‚ 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th ties the game‚ and Derek Jeter’s blast in the bottom of the 10th after midnight wins it for New York. Both homers come off Byung-Hyun Kim, who relieved Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.




On other 31sts of October…

2009: Andy Pettitte survives a three-run Philly uprising in the 2nd inning in an 8-5 Yankee win in Citizen’s Bank Park in Game 3 of the World Series. The Yanks rally for five runs off Cole Hamels in the 5th and 6th. The big blow for the Yanks is a two-run homer by A-Rod off a Fox Sports camera hanging over the right field fence. The call, which comes after the first use of instant replay in Series history, goes in the Bombers’ favour. Nick Swisher doubles and homers, and even in an NL, non-DH park Hideki Matsui pinch-hits a homer in the top of the 8th.



1960: Mike Gallego (shown here with Jim Leyritz giving pointers to recently signed draft pick Derek Jeter), Yankee utility infielder of the early ’90s, is born, Happy 51st, MG!




1957: Yogi Berra tells the Daily News that the Yankee front office returned the money collected in fines to the players involved in the ‘Battle of the Copacabana’ (see May 16th).


1948: Mickey Rivers is born. Happy 63rd to Mick the Quick!



10/29 in Yankee History

2009: A.J. Burnett makes his name and earns his Yankee credibility with
a dominant performance in Game 2 of the World Series, registering a 3-1 win over veteran righty Pedro Martinez. Following a Philadelphia score in the second inning, Mark Teixeira evens things up with a fourth-inning home run. Hideki Matsui then clears the right-field fence with the game winner in the sixth. Jorge Posada delivers an insurance with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.



1975: Karim Garcia is born, ¡Feliz  cumpleaños, KG!




1962: The Yankees sell Bob Turley (82-52 over 8 years in New York ) to the LA Angels.

1920: The Yankees sign Red Sox manager Ed Barrow as GM, completing the front office team that will build the game’s most
successful franchise, which will win 14 American League pennants and 10 World Titles in the 25 years that Barrow serves in the job. Hugh Duffy replaces Barrow in the Boston dugout.


10/28 in Yankee History

2009: The World Series opens in the Bronx. 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.



10/27 in Yankee History

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1999: The Yankees defeat the Braves 4-1‚ to win their 25th world championship. Roger Clemens gets the win‚ hurling 4-hit ball before leaving the game in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the save‚ his 2nd of the Series. Jim Leyritz hits a solo HR in the 8th inning to finish the NY scoring. Rivera wins the Series MVP award.




On other 27ths of October…

2001: The Diamondbacks hammer the Yankees in the World Series opener by a score of 9-1 behind Curt Schilling. Schilling hurls 7 innings to win his 4th game of the postseason. Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez homer for Arizona as Mike Mussina takes the loss.



1985: Billy Martin is fired by the Yankees for an unprecedented 4th time and is replaced by former Yankee outfielder Lou Piniella‚ who had been the team’s hitting instructor since retiring as a player in 1984.



1972: The Yankees ship Danny Walton to the Twins for catcher Rick Dempsey (below). Walton spent the 1972 season in the minors‚ while young Dempsey had cups of coffee with the Twins the past 4 seasons.



1955: Clark Griffith, the first manager of the New York Highlanders/Yankees, dies at the age of 85.


10/23 in Yankee History

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1996: In one of the most memorable games in their 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.


10/22 in Yankee History

2010: The Yankees season comes to an end as Texas close out the ALCS with a 6-1 6th game triumph. A 4-run 5th for the Rangers, keyed by a 2-run Nelson Cruz HR, is the turning point. Alex Rodriguez takes the final strike looking, and the Rangers advance to their first fall classic.



2009: With a chance to close out the ALCS, A.J. Burnett has a rough first inning in Anaheim, giving up four runs, then toughens up and delivers four solid frames. Then, punctuated by Robbie Cano’s 2-run triple, the Yanks plate six in the top of the sixth. But A.J.
allows two to reach leading off the bottom half, and the Angels touch up Phil Hughes for a walk and two singles, and the three runs gave
Anaheim a 7-6 lead which their bullpen will hold. The Yanks load the bases with two outs in the ninth but Nick Swisher pops out to short to send the series back to New York with the Yanks up 3 games to 2.




2003: The Yankees make a classic postseason comeback, crowned by a two-out, two-run, ninth-inning triple by Ruben Sierra  that ties the Marlins at three. Young Miguel Cabrera keys a three-run Florida first with his two-run home run off Roger Clemens after the Rocket had knocked him down, and the Yanks spend the whole game in the hole. But ALCS hero Aaron Boone fails in the 11th, striking out against Braden Looper with the bases loaded and one down. Jeff Weaver relieves and retires the side in the bottom half, but Alex Gonzalez homers off him on a 3-2 pitch leading off the 12th. The Marlins win 4-3, and the Series is tied at two games apiece.




2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets 6-5 behind Roger Clemens to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the World Series. The Mets score 5 runs in the 9th inning on HRs by Mike Piazza and Jay Payton to throw a scare into the Bombers. In a bizarre incident‚ Clemens throws a piece of a shattered bat at Piazza in the 1st inning‚ as both benches clear. It is the first meeting between the two players since Clemens beaned Piazza during the regular season. On Tuesday‚ Clemens
will be fined $50‚000 for his actions.




1996: The Yankees get on the board in the World Series, winning game 3 by a score of 5-2 behind the pitching of David Cone. John Wetteland gets the save as Bernie Williams drives in 3 runs for the winners.




1992: Former Yankee broadcaster Red Barber dies at age 84 in Florida of pneumonia and other complications following emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.




1982: Robinson Cano is born. Happy 29th, Robbie!



1974: The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to New York and Bobby Murcer heads for San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York‚ hitting 32 HRs and stealing 32 bases‚ before leg injuries slow him. Murcer swears that he will  never forgive the Yankees for trading him‚ but later he will relent when the Bombers reacquire him.



1963: Roy Hamey retires as GM of the Yankees. His surprise replacement is Ralph Houk, who moves upstairs from the dugout, where he compiled a record of 309-176 and won 3 pennants in as many seasons.


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 83rd to the Chairman of the Board!






10/20 in Yankee History

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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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