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 47th to our skipper!
1948: ’70s Yankee ace Ed Figueroa is born. Happy 63rd 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.