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.