10/07 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1978: Veteran outfielder Roy White leads the Yanks to victory‚ snapping a 1-1 tie with a homer in the 6th inning. New York gain its third straight championship series win over Kansas City, and the 32nd pennant in club history. Graig Nettle’s solo blast accounts for the other run‚ as Ron Guidry shuts down the Royals.
1952: The Yankees take their 4th consecutive World Series championship‚ as Allie Reynolds one of 3 relievers‚ defeats Joe Black 4-2 in game 7. Billy Martin saves the day by snaring a towering 2-out‚ bases-loaded infield pop off the bat of Jackie Robinson. Gil Hodges goes hitless again and is 0-for-21 in the Series. Each Yank will receive a winners’ share of $6‚026‚ and each Dodger‚ a losers’ share of $4‚200.
1950: Whitey Ford wins his first World Series game‚ 5-2, over Bob Miller at the Stadium. The 4-game sweep gives the Yankees their second consecutive World Championship, and the 13th in franchise history. Jerry Coleman (below), who drove in the winning run in games 1 and 3, is Series MVP.
On other 7ths of October…
2006: The Tigers down the Yankees 8-3 to win their Division series, 3 games to 1. Jeremy Bonderman goes 8 innings for the win. He is aided by HRs by Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe.
2005: The Angels pound out 19 hits on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Bengie Molina hits his 3rd home run of the series for LA. Garret Anderson, who gets 4 hits and drives in 5 runs, also homers for the Angels. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit round-trippers for NY.
2000: The A’s roll over the Yankees 11-1 behind Barry Zito to tie their division series at 2 games apiece. Olmedo Saenz hits a 3-run homer off Roger Clemens for Oakland.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Rangers 3-1 behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte‚ with relief help from Mariano Rivera. New York lead the best-of-5 series‚ 2 games to 0.
1998: The Indians score 3 runs in the 12th inning to take Game 2 of the ALCS from the Yankees by a score of 4-1. The go-ahead run scores when Chuck Knoblauch argues the call on a bunt play at first instead of going after the ball; while the Yankee second sacker is distracted by the rhubarb, Tribe pinch runner Enrique Wilson motors all the way around from first.
1995: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 11-8 at the Kingdome to even their Division Series at two all. Seattle hit 4 HRs in the contest, while Paul O’Neill contributes New York’s only round-tripper.
1991: Stump Merrill is fired as manager of the Yankees.
Also, Leo Durocher (who broke into the Majors with the Yankees and was a key contributor to the team’s 1928 pennant drive) dies at the age of 86.
1988: Lou Piniella is fired as Yankee manager for the second time. Dallas Green will be his replacement.
1981: Ron Davis and Goose Gossage provide a 1-2 relief punch that Milwaukee cannot survive‚ as the Yankees win the opening game of the American League Eastern Division playoff, 5-3.
1977: Kansas City earn a 6-2 win over New York as Hal McRae doubles and scores twice to back Dennis Leonard;s 4-hitter. The Royals now lead the ALCS two games to one.
1964: An ailing Whitey Ford struggles as St. Louis win the WS opener 9-5 at Busch Stadium. Mike Shannon homers in a 4-run Cardinal 6th. During the rally, Tom Tresh loses track of a Curt Flood fly ball that the fleet Redbird outfielder turns into a triple. Ray Sadecki and Barney Schultz combine for the win.
1962: At Yankee Stadium in game 3‚ Bill Stafford and Billy Pierce trade goose eggs for 6 innings. Ed Bailey’s 2-run 9th-inning homer ruins Stafford’s shutout‚ but his 4-hitter tops the Giants 3-2.
1961: John Blanchard’s pinch-hit homer ties the game in the 8th‚ and Roger Maris’ 9th-inning shot off Bob Purkey is the difference in a 3-2 New York win for Luis Arroyo in game 3 of the WS.
1957: Lew Burdette wins his 2nd against New York, coming out on top in a tense pitching duel with Whitey Ford that ends in a 1-0 shutout for the Braves. Milwaukee now take a 3-2 Series lead.
1956: In Game 4‚ the Yanks even the Series at two apiece with a 6-2 win at the Stadium. Righty Tom Sturdivant holds Brooklyn to 6 hits.
1949: The 9th inning decides the 3rd game as well. At Ebbets Field‚ with the game tied 1-1‚ the Yanks score 3‚ the Dodgers 2 in the final frame. A 2-run pinch single from johnny Mize (below) is the key hit, followed by Jerry Coleman’s run-scoring safety. Roy Campanella and Luis Olmo hit bases-empty homers in the bottom of the 9th.
1947: Larry MacPhail (shown below with Dodger GM Branch Rickey) resigns as Yankees general manager the day after the end of the World Series.. Co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb then buy out MacPhail’s one-third interest in the club for $2 million. George
Weiss will become GM.
1943: Nearly 70‚000 jam the Stadium as the Yankees take a 2-1 Series lead with a 6-2 win. The home side are helped by four Cardinal errors. Bill Johnson’s three-run triple in the 8th off Al Brazle is the big blow.
1939: The Series resumes at Crosley Field‚ and Yankee power proves too much for the Reds, who collect ten singles. Bump Hadley pitches well enough in relief of Lefty Gomez to wrap up a 7-3 victory. Charlie Keller hits 2 HRs‚ and Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey also connect. Junior Thompson is the loser.
1937; The Yankees win the 2nd game of the Series‚ again by an 8-1 score‚ with Red Ruffing beating Cliff Melton. Ruffing fans 8 Giants and drives in 3 runs with 2 hits.
1928: Veteran Tom Zachary (3-3 with New York) gets a start against the Cards’ Jesse Haines (20-8). Two infield hits followed by a triple give the Cards 2 runs.Lou Gehrig leads off the 2nd with a booming HR‚ and in the 4th the normally sharp-fielding Taylor Douthit misplays a single before a 2-run HR by Gehrig. Three runs in the 8th give New York a 6-3 lead that stands up when Zachary goes all the way for a 7-3 win. Gehrig and Ruth have 2 hits each‚ and Gehrig chips in with another 3 RBI.
1927: The 60‚695 on hand for game 3 see the Yankees’ Herb Pennock (19-8) take an 8-0 lead and a perfect game into the 8th. He retires Glenn Wright, the 22nd straight batter‚ but Pie Traynor breaks the spell with a single‚ and Clyde Barnhart doubles him home. Pennock settles for a 3-hit, 8-1 victory.
1926: With the Series tied at 2-2‚ 39‚552 turn out at Sportsman’s Park to watch Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel duel again. The Cards score first on a double by Jim Bottomley and a single by Les Ball. Sloppy play costs the Cards a run in the 6th. With the score tied 2-2 in the 10th‚ Mark Koenig (below) singles‚ takes 2B on a wild pitch‚ and after a sacrifice‚ comes home on Tony Lazzeri’s long fly for a 3-2 Yankees win.
1923: At the Stadium, Yankee shortstop Everett Scott extends his consecutive-game streak to 1‚138 in a 9-7 season finale loss to the A’s.
1922: Judge Landis insists that game 4 be played despite heavy rains. Again one big inning – a 4-run fourth off Carl Mays (13-4) – is enough for George McQuillan to squeeze out a 4-3 win. Aaron ward’s second HR of the Series is all the long-ball power the Yankees will
display. Mays’ brief collapse today‚ coupled with his two losses in the 1921 series‚ leads to rumors that he took money to throw the games. The accusations will dog the pitcher for the rest of his life.
1921: The Giants’ bats wake up against Bob Shawkey (18-12) and 3 other pitchers. A 20-hit barrage and 8-run 8th sink the Yanks 13-5, as the Giants get on the board in the Series. Jesse Barnes (15-9) gets the win. Ross Youngs (below) sets a WS record with a pair of long hits – a double and a triple – and 5 total bases in the 8th.
1904: Jack Chesbro pitches the Highlanders to a 3-2 win over Boston for his 41st victory. His 41-12 record will top the AL in wins and percentage; in 1902 with Pittsburgh‚ his 28-6 topped that league‚ making him the only pitcher to lead both leagues in winning percentage. The win gives New York a 1/2 game lead over Boston.