10/10 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1956: In Game 7‚ the Yankees win their first World Series championship in 3 years, and the 16th in club history overall, as Johnny Kucks blanks the Bums 9-0. Yogi Berra swats a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron hits a grand slam. The combination is unprecedented in WS history – not until 1998 will there be another player hitting a grand slam in a game in which a teammate hits 2 homers.. Don Newcombe takes the loss‚ his 4th in Series competition.
1951: Hank Bauer’s bases-loaded triple propels the Yankees to a 4-3 win for their 3rd straight championship, and the 13th in the annals of the franchise. Just before the game‚ Leo Durocher turns over to Ford Frick a letter he received in which the writer offered the Giants’ manager a $15‚000 bribe ‘if the Giants manage to lose the next 3 games.’
1937: Lefty Gomez wins again‚ and the Yankees wrap up the Series, their second in a row, and sixth overall, Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4-2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win‚ without a loss‚ for Gomez. Another record is set as the Yankees complete the 5-game Series without an error.
On other 10ths of October…
2005: The Angels beat the Yankees 5-3 to win their Division Series. Rookie Ervin Santana (below) gets the win in relief of Bartolo Colon, who is forced to leave the game in the 2nd inning with a shoulder injury. Garret Anderson homers for LA while Derek Jeter connects for NY.
2001: The Yankees fall to the A’s‚ 5-3‚ in the first game of their Divisional Series. Terrence Long hits a brace of HRs for Oakland and Jason Giambi adds another. Mark Mulder gets the win for Oakland as Johnny Damon goes 4-for-4.
2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 2-0 to take the opener of the ALCS. Freddy Garcia and the Seattle bullpen combine on a 6-hitter‚ while Alex Rodriguez hits a home run.
1998: The Yankees even the ALCS with Indians at 2 games apiece on a 4-hit‚ 4-0 tag-team shutout. Orlando Hernandez hurls the first 7 innings‚ while Mike Stanton and Mariano Rivera finish up.
1996: Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 evens the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Rafael Palmeiro’s 7th-inning homer is the key blow.
1995: George Steinbrenner is fined $50‚000 for remarks critical of the umpiring in the NY-Seattle Dvision Series.
1980: George Brett sends Kansas City to their first World Series by belting a 3-run HR off Rich Gossage in the 7th inning to clinch a 4-2 Royals win and a 3-game sweep of the LCS. It is sweet revenge after 3 ALCS losses to the Bombers.
1978: With 2 homers and 5 RBI, Davey Lopes leads the Dodgers to an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in game 1 of the World Series.
1976: Kansas City even the ALCS with a 7-3 win over New York behind Paul Splittorff’s 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
1964: After Jim Bouton and Curt Simmons battle to a 1-1 tie through 8 innings‚ Mickey Mantle launches one into the upper deck in right on Bafrney Schultz’s first pitch in the 9th‚ and the Yankees win 2-1. The Yanks now lead the Series 2 games to 1.
1962: Following a rainout‚ New York overcome 2 San Francisco leads‚ and Tom Tresh’s 3-run 8th-inning HR off Jack Sanford gives the Yankees and Ralph Terry a 5-3 win, and a 3-2 series lead.
1960: Bill Mazeroski (below) stars again. His 2-run double stakes Harvey Haddix to a 3-0 lead. Roy Face is called on once more for a hitless relief effort to preserve a 5-2 win over the Yankees and 3-2 WS lead for the surprising Bucs.
1943: Marius Russo, who had as disappointing regular season‚ pitches and bats the Yankees to a 2-1 win over the Cards. He allows just 7 hits and his double knocks in the winner to put the Bombers up 3 games to 1 in the World Series.
1930: The Yankees announce that they have signed Joe McCarthy to a 4-year contract to manage the team. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant‚ and the Yanks lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8
pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.
1926: On a drizzly New York afternoon‚ only 38‚093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding World Series contest. Grover Cleveland Alexander‚ possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen‚ barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3-2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th as the result of a blister on his pitching hand; 3 straight walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Rogers Hornsby then waves in Alexander for one of the most dramatic confrontations in WS history. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats‚ a few feet to the foul side of the pole‚ then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th‚ and is thrown out in an inexplicable attempt to steal second. (This is the only time that WS has ever ended in this manner.) The Cards and the city of St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5‚584.51; the losers‚ $3‚417.75 apiece.
1923: For the third year in a row it’s a subway series. In the first World Series game at Yankee Stadium‚ the home team take a quick 3-0 lead‚ but Heinie Groh triples in 2 runs in a 4-run 3rd that drives Waite Hoyt (17-9) to cover. A 4-4 tie is broken in the top of the 9th by the Giants when Casey Stengel’s long fly drops in and rolls to the outfield wall. The sore-legged veteran hobbles around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that is the winning run against reliever Joe Bush (19-15) before 55‚307 spectators. This is also the first Fall Classic to be broadcast on a nationwide radio network. Graham McNamee‚ aided by baseball writers taking turns‚ is at the mike. Grantland Rice had broadcast an earlier WS‚ but not nationally.
1921: In game 5 of the WS, an unearned run in the first is all the Giants can manage off Waite Hoyt despite 10 hits and a walk. A 1-1 game is decided in the 4th when Babe Ruth catches the Giants’ infield unawares with a perfect bunt‚ then makes it home on Bob Meusel’s double off Art Nehf. Meusel scores on a sacrifice fly‚ and 3-1 is the result, as the yanks take a 3 games to 2 lead. The 35‚758 spectators bring the players’ pool to a record $302‚522.23.
1904: On the final day of the season‚ a doubleheader split will give the leading Boston Americans the AL pennant over the Highlanders. 30‚000 are on hand at Hilltop Park for the contests. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th and a man on third, Jack Chesbro lets a spitball get away from him for a wild pitch‚ and Lou Criger scores Boston’s winning run. Bill Dinneen then stops New York in the 9th‚ hurling his 37th consecutive complete game of the season for an AL mark. New York win the meanignless second game‚ chilling George Winter who goes the route in a 1-0 loss to the hosts. Boston take the AL flag by 1 1/2 games, asd their pitchers achieve 148 complete
games – an AL record. Both leagues set marks for total complete games: AL 1‚098‚ NL 1‚089.