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.