October 2011

10/17 in Yankee History

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2000: The Yankees defeat the Mariners‚ 9-7‚ to win the ALCS and their 37th AL pennant. David Justice’s 3-run HR in the 7th inning gives the Bombers lead they never relinquishes. Justice win the ALCS MVP award. Seattle catcher Dan Wilson’s single breaks his 0-for-42 hitless streak‚ the longest ever in post season history.




1978: The Yanks win their 4th straight game, 7-2, to clinch their 2nd consecutive World Series over the Dodgers. Brian Doyle and Series MVP Bucky Dent have 3 hits apiece as the Bronx Bombers raise their 22nd WS championship flag.





On other 17ths of October…

2009: In game 2 of the ALCS, Yankee fans get to see both sides of the mercurial A.J. Burnett at the Stadium, as he blanks the
Angels on one hit through four innings, only to allow two runs in the 5th on two hits, a hit by pitch, a stolen base, and a wild pitch to tie the game.. A.J. recovers to retire the next four before the game goes to the bullpens. Phil Coke, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera hold it steady through the 10th, but Alfredo Aceves surrenders a run following a leadoff walk in the 11th. Alex Rodriguez promptly ties it again, with a home run on an 0-2 pitch from closer Brian Fuentes. Anaheim threaten against David Robertson the next two frames, but fail to break through. Jerry Hairston, Jr., pinch hitting for Freddy Guzman, who had run for Hideki Matsui in the 9th, leads off the bottom of the 13th with a single, Brett Gardner sacrifices him to second, and following an intentional walk, Hairston scored on a throwing error by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis. The 4-3  win puts the Yankees up 2 games to 0 .




2004: The Red Sox stay alive in the ALCS with a 6-4‚ 12 inning win over the Yankees at Fenway. David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff homer wins it in the 12th after the Sox tied the score off Mariano Rivera in the 9th. Ortiz drives home 4 runs for Boston‚ while A-Rod homers for New York.




2001: The Yankees take the first game of the ALCS with a 4-2 win over the Mariners. Andy Pettitte gets the victory while Paul O’Neill hits a 2-run HR for NY.


1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 9-2 to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Andy Pettitte gets the victory for NY‚ with home run support from Darryl Strawberryand Ricky Ledee.




1998: The Yankees explode for 7 runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres 9-6 in the World Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3-run homer in the inning‚ then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells.




1976: On a cold Sunday night‚ the Reds reach Catfish Hunter for 3 runs‚ but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With 2 outs in the 9th inning‚ Yankee shortstop Fred Stanley throws Ken Griffey’s easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose game 2 of the WS 4-3. Yankee pinch hitter Jim Mason hits a 7th inning homer off Pat Zachry. It will be Mason’s only career Series at bat‚ and his remains a singular accomplishment.



1964: A World Series loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference  by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.



1929: The Yankees sign former pitcher Bob Shawkey (below) as manager‚ replacing the recently deceased Miller Huggins. Pitching coach Art Fowler had been helming the team on an interim basis.



1908: Red Rolfe, the only long-term starting third baseman in Yankee history to date to spend his entire career with the club, is born. Rolfe man ned the hot corner during the Yanks’ run of four straight WS championships from 1936 to 1939.




10/16 in Yankee History

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2003: Two words – Aaron Boone.




1962: New York score the game’s only run‚ as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th‚ with 2 outs and Matty Alou on first, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but superlative fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right‚ but second baseman Bobby Richardson snares it in the webbing of his glove, giving the Yankees a 1-0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry, achieving a measure of redemption for giving up Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff homer in 1960, is named WS MVP.




On other 16ths of October…

2009: The ALCS opens at the Stadium. David Cone throws out the first ball, and CC Sabathia is scintillating, delivering 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run, and 7-strike-out pitching. Alex Rodriguez’s sac fly in the 1st off John Lackey scores Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui comes through with two RBI singles. Mariano Rivera closes out the 4-1 win.




2004: The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for the Bombers with 5 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ and 5 runs scored. A-Rod also scores 5 for the Yanks. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of homers‚ and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon go yard for Boston.




1999: The Red Sox roll over the Yankees 13-1 behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston‚ while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra‚ Valentin‚ and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now lead the ALCS 2 games to 1.




1995: The Yankees sign Dwight Gooden, who has been on suspension for violation of the rules of his substance abuse program.



1977: LA stay alive with a 10-4 victory in game 5 of the WS. Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game. In a portent of things to come, Reggie Jackson launches a towering home run in his final at bat.




1976: Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter‚ as the Reds win game 1 of the WS over the Yankees 5-1. Three hits by Tony Perez  and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense. Dan Driessen, who becomes the first NL designated hitter in history in the game, is blanked in four trips to the plate.




1960: Veteran pitcher Robin Roberts is purchased by the Yankees. Roberts will be released in April without ever pitching an inning in pinstripes.



1936: Lou Gehrig, who hit 49 HRs‚ scored 167 runs‚ knocked in 152‚ and batted .354‚ is voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a Major League record 5th time.



1929: The Yankees send aging star Bob Meusel to the Reds for cash.



1923: Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6‚160.46‚ Harry Heilmann, who beat the Babe for the batting title by 10 points and works as an insurance agent in the offseason, sells him a $50‚000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.



1921: In defiance of a Judge Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions‚ Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo. Five days later‚ they cut it short in Scranton. In the meantime Ruth openly challenges Landis to act. The judge does‚ fining the players their WS shares – $3‚362.26 – and suspending them until May 20th of the following season.


10/15 in Yankee History

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1981: The Yankees wrap up their 33rd AL pennant with a 4-0 win over the A’s‚ completing a 3-game sweep of the ALCS.




1923: After Babe Ruth’s first-inning home run, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for 4 runs and take a 4-1 lead into the 8th. With one out‚ Art Nehf loads the bases by giving up 2 singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out‚ but Bob Meusel raps a base hit that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones closes out the Giants‚ and the Yankees have their first World Championship.



On other 15ths of October…

2003: The Red Sox rally for 3 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Yankees to send the ALCS to a 7th game. Boston collect 16 hits‚ including 4 by Nomar Garciaparra‚ and get HRs from Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.




2001: The Yankees defeat the A’s‚ 5-3‚ to move into the ALCS. In doing so‚ they become the 1st team ever to win a best-of-5 series after losing the first 2 games at home. Derek Jeter gets a pair of hits to break Pete Rose’s postseason record with 87. David Justice swats a pinch-hit homer for the Yanks while Mike Stanton gets the win in relief. Jason Giambi goes 4-for-4 for Oakland.




2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees  6-2 to close within 1 game of the New Yorkers‚ who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit back-to back HRs in the 5th inning for Seattle.




1978: The Yankees shell the Dodgers with a barrage of 18 hits, 16 of them singles, to win the 5th game of the WS, 12-2. Brian Doyle, Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers have 3 hits each as the Bombers take a three games to two lead.



1977: The Yankees win 4-2 to take a 3-1 advantage in the WS. Reggie Jackson doubles and homers‚ and Ron Guidry notches a 4-hitter‚ striking out 7.




1964: St. Louis take an early lead in the deciding World Series game 7. Lou Brock’s 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6-0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer and Phil Linz all go long for New York‚ but it’s not enough. The Cards win 7-5 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers‚ Ken for the Cards and Clete for the Yankees‚ homer in their last WS appearance‚ a first in ML history.




1962: After one day of travel and 3 of rain‚ Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter against the Yankees for a 5-2 Giants win in game 6 of the WS. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI.




1957: Neal Ball, starting shortstop for the Highlanders from 1907 through 1909, dies at the age of 73. He is best remembered for turning the first unassisted triple play in modern Major League history, while playing for Cleveland in 1911.


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1937: Rather than accept any trade offers‚ the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri, and allow him to make his own deal. He later signs on a player-coach with the Cubs.



1931: Lou Gehrig and a group of All Stars set sail for Japan on a barnstorming trip organized by sportswriter Fred Lieb. Also along for the ride is former Yankee prospect Lefty O’Doul.


1907: Sam Byrd, all-purpose outfielder for the Yankees’ 1932 championship team, is born. As the Bambino’s defensive skills were declining, Byrd became known as ‘Babe Ruth’s legs.’




10/14 in Yankee History

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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.




10/13 in Yankee History

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2001: The Derek Jeter Flip game.


Oakland Coliseum, Game 3 of the ALDS. Yankees leading 1-0, seventh inning, two outs. With Jeremy Giambi at first, Terrence Long hit

a liner down the right field line. Shane Spencer fields and overthrows both his cutoff men. Jeter swoops in, grabs the ball and backhands it to catcher Jorge Posada, who reaches blindly and tags Giambi on his right calf, a half-second before touching home.

“First of all, Jeter didn’t make that play,” Posada says with a twinkle in his eye. “I made that play. Giambi was at first, and I know
he’s not the fastest guy. And I know Shane covers a lot of ground in right. When the ball was hit, I knew we had a chance because it didn’t even go to the wall. Even if Derek had not been there, I think we would have had a chance.

“When Shane threw the ball, I was screaming, ‘Let it go! Let it go!’ I knew if Derek got the ball and turned to throw we’d have no chance,
but he flipped it backhanded.

“I just caught it and did a blind tag. If he had slid, he would have been safe because I didn’t know where he was.

“There’s no doubt about it, I got him. After the game I looked at the replays. Some of the videos showed that I might not have gotten
him, but I saw one that showed that I got him right on the calf. That umpire made a hell of a call.

“If we don’t make that play, I think we’re out of the playoffs. It would have tied the game, and then you don’t know what’s going to happen.”



1998: The Yankees move on to the World Series‚ as they defeat the Indians 9-5  to take the ALCS‚ 4 games to 2, for the 35th pennant in club history. Scott Brosius homers for NY‚ while Jim Thome hammers his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.



1996: The Yankees defeat the Orioles 6-4 giving them the AL pennant for the 34th time. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning‚ which features homers by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning‚ a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.



1953: The Yankees sign their fist black players, buying the contracts of Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club‚ while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.


On other 13ths of October…

2003: Tim Wakefield earns his 2nd victory of the series‚ leading the Red Soxto a 3-2 win over the Yankees to even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Todd Walker and Trot Nixon homer for Boston‚ while Ruben Sierra’s 9th inning round-tripper gets New York to within a run.



2000: The Yankees batter the Mariners 8-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning for NY‚ while David Justice drives home 3 runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford’s record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 straight goose eggs.



1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the opener of the ALCS‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Boston blow a 3-0 lead‚ as Bernie Williams’ home run off Rod Beck leading off the bottom of the 10th is the game-winner.



1960: With the score tied at 9-9‚ Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history‚ off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10-9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without fanning anyone. Despite Maz’s heroics‚ Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP‚ as the Yanks outscore the Bucs‚ 55 to 27.



1958: The ML fines Yankee pitcher Ryne Duren $250 for giving the ‘choke’ sign to an umpire during the World Series.


1954: George Frazier, Yankee reliever who established an unenviable record by coming up the loser 3 times in the 1981 World Series, is born. Happy 57th, GF!



1923: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants pitchers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey 16-11) to an 8-4 win. Whitey Whitt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time‚ and Ross Youngs collects 4. The World Series is now even at two games  all.



1921: Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest each. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first‚ Giants first baseman George ‘Highpockets’ hits a grounder to short that goes through the legs of Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches third for the rest of the day. After Aaron walks in the 9th‚ Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a drive toward right‚ but second baseman Johnny Rawlings throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for third base Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a
4-3-5 DP. The Giants win1-0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first team to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.



1896: Mike Gazella, reserve utility infielder for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.



1876: Wild Bill Donovan, Yankee manager from 1915 through 1917, is born.



10/12 in Yankee History

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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.



10/11 in Yankee History

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1943: Bill Dickey’s 2-run homer off Mort Cooper in the 6th gives the Yanks the championship, the tenth in club history. Spud Chandler gives up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2-0 victory. Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full share is worth $6‚139 to the New York players; the Cards get $4‚321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million at the gate‚ receives $100‚000 for broadcast rights‚ and Major League Baseball donates $308‚000 to War Funds.



On other 11ths of October…

2006: Cory Lidle is killed when his single-engine plane slams into a 50-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Perishing with him is his pilot instructor.


2003: The third game of the ALCS at Fenway turns into one of the most tumultuous affairs in the long history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. In a contest marked by several brawls‚ including a memorable one in which Boston hurler Pedro Martinez throws 72-year-old New York coach Don Zimmer to the ground‚ the Yankees defeat the Sox 4-3 to take a two games to one lead. Zim’s slow charge onto the field   is the culmination of a series of events. First comes a Pedro pitch behind Karim Garcia’s head in the 4th inning. Garcia follows with a hard slide into second upending Todd Walker.  When the Red Sox come to bat,  Manny Ramirez takes exception to a pitch from Roger Clemens that sails high. Although it is barely inside‚ he shouts at Clemens‚ moving at him with bat in hand‚ and both benches empty. Clemens posts the 11th postseason win of his career while Derek Jeter homers for NY.



2001: The A’s take the second game of their Dvision Series with the Yankees 2-0 behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Ron Gant homers for the A’s‚ who escape a two on‚ no one out threat by the Yanks in the 9th.



2000: The Yankees score 7 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Mariners‚ 7-1‚ and tie the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Bernie Williams’ hit breaks NY’s 21-inning scoreless streak. Jorge Posada hits a HR later in the inning. Orlando Hernandez’s record in postseason play. improves to 7-0, as ‘El Duque’ celebrates his 35th birthday in style.



1998: New York get 3 runs in the 1st‚ then hold on for a 5-3 win over Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALCS. David Wells picks up the victory‚ with Chili Davis (below) homering for the Yankees, and Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton going long for the Tribe.



1996: The Yankees win Game 3 by a score of 5-2‚ after AL President Gene Budig (below) rejects Baltimore’s protest of Game 1. NY come up with 4 runs in the 8th inning in another come-from-behind win.



1981: Yankee bats are too much for the Brewers, as three homers,  including the 2nd of the series by Reggie Jackson‚ and 13 hits provide a 7-3 win and a trip to the ALCS.


1978: The Dodgers go two games up in the WS  with a 4-3 win in game 2. Ron Cey drives in all the Dodger runs and Reggie Jackson does the same for the Yankees.Rookie flamethrower Bob Welch saves Burt Hooton’s win in dramatic fashion by striking out Jackson in the 9th inning to end a Yankee threat.



1977: The Yankees win the opening game of the WS 4-3 in 12 innings, as Willie Randolph doubles and scores the winning run on Paul Blair’s walkoff single.



1964: Ken Boyer’s 6th-inning grand slam off Al Downing provides all the scoring necessary to give the Cards a 4-3 win over the Yankees,in game 4 of the World Series, which is now tied at two games each.



1946: The Yankees ship Ed Bockman and veteran Joe Gordon to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds. Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but Joe DiMaggio urged them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees dynasty of the first half of the ’50s, while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good years. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year

1927: Lou Gehrig, who established a new ML record with 175 RBI‚ is named AL MVP. With 56 points‚ Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann’s 35 and Ted Lyons’ 34. Babe Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible.


1923: The World Series moves across the East River for the second game. Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs and Aaron Ward one‚ as Herb Pennock scatters 9 hits for a 4-2 Yankee win at the Polo Grounds, and a 2-0 Series lead.



1921: Miller Huggins gambles in Game 6 with lefty Harry Harper‚ and the Yankees send Fred Toney to the showers with 3 runs in the first. But the Giants answer with 3 of their own in the 2nd‚ and continue the attack against Bob Shawkey while Jess Barnes (below) slams the door‚ striking out 10‚ including 7 in a row sandwiched around 4 walks. Emil ‘Irish’ Meusel and Frank Snyder homer for the Giants in an 8-5 win. It is Barnes’second WS win in relief, as John McGraw’s club even the best of 9 Series at 3 games each.



10/10 in Yankee History

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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.


10/09 in Yankee History

The red-letter days -

1977: For the 2nd year in succession‚ the Yankees score in the 9th inning of the 5th game to beat the Royals in the LCS. Reggie Jackson,
who had been benched, delivers a key RBI single as a pinch hitter in the 8th, and then Mickey Rivers gets the game-winning hit. The final score is New York 5‚ Kansas City 3, to give the Yankees their 30th AL pennant.



1961: Super-subs John Blanchard and Hector Lopez spark a 5-run first inning and 13-5 win for New York over Cincinnati. Both benchmen hit HRs‚ and Lopez drives in 5 runs. Bud Daley’s long relief effort wraps up the Series‚ as Ralph Houk becomes the third rookie manager to guide a WS winner, the Yankees’ 19th overall.



1958: The Yankees wrap up the World Series, the key blow coming on Moose Skowron’s 3-run home run off Lew Burdette in the 8th that puts the game on ice, 6-2. The win completes a comeback from a 3-1 deficit, making the Yanks the first team since the 1925 Pirates to accomplish the feat. Eddie Matthews strikes out for the 11th time‚ a record that will stand until l980 when broken by Willie Wilson  of Kansas City. The Braves’ 53 whiffs are also a new WS record. This is Casey Stengel’s 7th championship‚ tying him with Joe McCarthy for the most Series won, and the team’s 18th title overall.



1949: The Yankees pound the Dodgers 10-6 to win the WS in 5 games, for the 12th championship in franchise history. Pinch hitter and third baseman Bobby Brown is the hitting hero‚ batting .500 and driving in 5 runs.



1938: The Yankees become the first team to win 3 successive World Championships‚ defeating the Cubs by a score of 8-3‚ as Red Ruffing and the Yankees finish off the sweep. The title is the 7th in the history of the franchise.



1928: After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and Bill Sherdel do battle in game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2-1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Babe Ruth hits a home run, his 2nd of the game, after seeming to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel, who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires huddle to discuss the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but not in the junior circuit, and rule it will not be counted. Two pitches later, Lou Gehrig goes long as well. When Bob Meusel singles, in comes Grover Cleveland Alexander to face… Tony Lazzeri. This time, Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs (who is out with a broken finger) hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his 3rd round-tripper of the game. The final score is 7-3 and the Yanks sweep their 2nd straight World Series for the club’s third championship of the decade. Ruth’s WS BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig following closely behind at .545, with a record 9 RBI, The duo also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.



On other 9ths of October…

2010: For the second straight year, the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the divisional round. Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher deliver bombs for the Bombers as the homesiders roll at the Stadium, 6-1.


2009: In game two of their Division Series, A.J. Burnett and Nick Blackburn pitch their respective sides to a 1-1 tie through six, but Minnesota reach Phil Hughes for two runs in the eighth. Alex Rodriguez gets his postseason started in earnest with a two-run blast off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth to send it into extras. Things get tense in the 11th when Minnesota’s first three batters single off  David Robertson, but a liner, then a grounder, to first base and a fly out get the Yanks out of the jam. In the home half of the inning, Mark Teixeira sends a line drive just over the wall in left for a 4-3 Yankee win, and a two-games-to-none lead in the series.



2005: The Yankees down the Angels 3-2 to even their Division Series. Al Leiter gets in the win for NY in relief of Shawn Chacon.



2004: The Yankees finish off the Twins with a come-from-behind 6-5 win in 11 innings to win their Division Series. Ruben Sierra’s 3-run HR ties the game in the 8th inning and A-Rod scores the winning run on a wild pitch. Henry Blanco homers for Minnesota.



2003: The Yankees even their series with the Red Sox by defeating Boston behind Andy Pettitte‚ 6-2. Nick Johnson hits a 2-run dinger for New York while Jason Varitek hits a solo homer for Boston.



1999: The Yankees defeat the Rangers‚ 3-0‚ to sweep their League Division Series. Roger Clemens hurls 7 shutout innings for the win‚ as Darryl Strawberry’s 3-run homer in the 1st provides all the scoring in the game.



1998: Cleveland take a 6-1 victory over the Yankees, and a 2-1 lead in the ALCS, on the strength of 4 HRs: 2 by Jim Thome, and 1 each by Manny Ramirez and Mark Whiten. Andy Pettitte gives up 3 of the homers in a rocky 5th inning.



1996: The Jeffrey Maier Incident.

Bernie Williams’ 11th-inning homer gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Baltimore in the opening game of the ALCS. Williams’ shot was made possible when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the left field fence in the 8th inning‚ interfering with a ball hit by Derek Jeter. It was ruled a HR, which tied the game‚ 4-4.



1981: The Brewers‚ facing elimination in their Divisions Series with the Yanks, win 5-3. Paul Molitor’s solo home run in the 8th inning is the go-ahead blow. Ted Simmons clubs a 2-run homer and Randy Lerch pitches 6 solid innings for the win.



1980: KC win again to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS‚ but this time they have to tag out Willie Randolph in a close play at the plate in the 8th inning. Yankee 3rd base coach Mike Ferraro will be fired after the series for having waved Randolph around. Dennis Leonard gets the 3-2 win.



1976: The Yankees beat the Royals 4-1 in the ALCS opener. George Brett’s 2 first-inning errors allow 2 unearned runs‚ and that is all Catfish Hunter needs to go the distance on.



1960: Vern Law wins again‚ thanks to his own RBI single and Bill Virdon’s 2-run safety. Roy face retires the final 8 Yankees in order. Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win evens the WS at 2 games each.



1957: The Yankees stay alive as Hank Bauer homers off the left field at the Stadium to give his team a 3-2 win behind the 4-hit pitching of Bob Turley. The World Series is even at 3 apiece.



1956: The Dodgers bounce back. Clem Labine, normally a member of the Brooklyn relief corps, comes out of the bullpen to pitch a 1-0 complete game shutout in 10 innings. The Dodgers’ only run (against Bob Turley, who scatters 4 hits in going the distance as well) is unearned – Enos Slaughter misjudges a Jackie Robinson fly ball‚ and Jim Gilliam scores from second with the winning run.



1951:Gil McDougald becomes the first rookie to hit a grand slam in the World Series‚ as the Yankees win in a romp‚ 13-1. Ed Lopat wins his 2nd game, as the Bombers take a 3-2 lead over the Giants.



1950: Casey Stengel signs a new 2-year pact estimated at between $65‚000 and $80‚000 a year.


1940: Joe Pepitone is born Happy 71st, Pepi!



1937: Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit‚ 7-3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning home run to give him a record 34 postseason RBI‚ breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series‚ setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore‚ in a 4-game set in 1966.



1926: Grover Cleveland Alexander scatters 8 hits in game 6 while the Cards tee off on Bob Shawkey (8-6)‚ Urban Shocker and Myles Thomas for 13 hits in a 10-2 romp.



1921: After a rainout, a Sunday crowd of 36,371 watches Carl Mays and Phil Douglas square off for game 4. Mays works 5 hitless innings, while a run-scoring triple by Wally Schang gives the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Mays then apparently tires and the Giants deliver a volley of 7 hits in the last 2 innings for 4 runs.Babe Ruth’s first World Series home run comes in the 9th, but the Giants win 4-2 to pull even at 2 games each. A group of Prohibition agents cause a near-riot by trying to gatecrash the game with a claim of ‘official business.’ When ticket takers refuse to let them in the police are called to forcibly remove the agents from the line, ‘as angry fans look on’ (New York Herald). Tomorrow, Federal Prohibition Commissioner Roy Haynes will issue orders barring agents from using their badges to gain admission to places of amusement.



10/08 in Yankee History

The red-letter day with bells, whistles and fireworks -

1956: Baseball history is made by Don Larsen, who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5 of the World Series. He requires only 97 pitches (70 of them are strikes). Sal Maglie matches him until Mickey Mantle.homers in the 4th.



…and other days in slightly smaller red letters -

1939: In the 10th inning of game 4‚ the Reds make 3 errors and watch in shock vas the Yankees rally for three runs The inning is climaxed by Joe DiMaggio’s slide across the plate left unguarded by Ernie Lombardi, who was stunned by a collision with the preceding runner‚ Charlie Keller. The Yankees win 7-4‚ beating Bucky Walters for the 2nd time to complete a sweep of the Reds to win their 4th straight World Championship, and the club’s 8th overall. Starter Paul Derringer retires the first 14 Yankees to tie a WS mark set exactly two years ago. It will not be tied or topped this century by a National League pitcher. This is also the last time in the 20th century that a team will enter the 9th inning of a WS game down by 2 or more runs and come back to win.



1927: Down 3-0‚ the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner‚ Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th‚ Babe Ruth’s 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th‚ Combs walks‚Mark Koenig beats out a bunt‚ and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri‚
Miljus unleashes a wild pitch that rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. This is the only WS to date that has ended with a WP. The Murderers’ Row Yanks are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth’s .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner matches his average to top the Bucs.



On other 8ths of October…

2004: The Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for New Yoirk while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.



Off the field, Johnny Sturm, starting first baseman on the Yanks’ 1941 championship team, dies at the age of 88.



2003: Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball baffles the Yankees as the Red Sox take the opening game of the ALCS by a score of 5-2.David Ortiz, Todd Walker and Manny Ramirez all homer for Boston.


2000: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the A’s 7-5 to take their division series.Andy Pettitte gives up 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, but is rescued by the bullpen, with Mike Stanton getting the win and Mariano Rivera closing out the save.



1995: Edgar Martinez’s 2-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning gives the Mariners a dramatic 6-5 win‚ and a 3-games-to-2 victory over the Yankees in the Division Series. Martinez bats .571 with 10 RBIs against the Yankees. Ken Griffey‚ Jr.‚ who beats the relay home to score the winning run‚ has 5 homers in the series.



1977: Mickey Rivers collects 4 hits as the Yankees even the ALCS‚ beating the Royals 6-4.  Sparky Lyle comes on early in relief and goes the last 5 2/3 innings.



1964: Rookie Mel Stottlemyre goes head to head with Bob Gibson, and scores an 8=3 victory as the Yankees even the World Series. The Bombers score 4 in the 9th after Gibson is taken out for a pinch hitter.

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1962: Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller power San Francisco to a  WS-tying 7-3 win. Haller’s 2-run homer puts the Giants in front‚ and Hiller’s surprising grand slam – the first in World Series history by a National Leaguer – is the margin of victory.



1961: Five more scoreless innings by Whitey Ford and four by Jim Coates silence the Reds. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer each drive in 2 runs for a 7-0 win. Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s World Series record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings‚ running his streak to 32. The Yankees now lead the series 3 games to 1.



1960:The Bronx Bombers continue to live up to their name in game 3. Bobby Richardson ‘s 6 RBI‚ including a grand slam off reliever Clem Labine in a 6-run first inning‚ and Whitey Ford’s  4-hitter give the Yanks a 10-0 win and a 2-1 Series lead‚ spoiling Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh’s 43rd birthday.



1951: The Yankees even up the WS at 2-2 with a 6-2 win‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance. Hitless in  his previous 11 at bats‚ Joe DiMaggio collects a homer and single.


1949: Allie Reynolds relieves Ed Lopat with 2 on and 2 out in the 6th‚ strikes out Johnny Jorgensen on 3 pitches‚ and then retires the next 9 batters. The Yankees win 6-4, and taker a 3-1` Series lead.



1938: The Series moves to Yankee Stadium‚ and the New Yorkers roll to their third straight win‚ with Monte Pearson beating Clay Bryant 5-2. Bill Dickey and Joe Gordon homer.


1937: The Yankees continue their
mastery of the Giants‚ who unravel with 4 errors. Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combine for a 5-hitter‚ winning 5-1. Pearson retires the first 14 batters‚ setting a once-tied WS mark‚ and besting Eddie Plank’s mark of 13 set in 1913.



1922: The Yanks score first‚ but the Giants score 2 in the 3rd and 3 in the 8th to win the finale 5-3 and complete a Series sweep. Art Nehf (below) hands Joe Bush his 2nd loss.




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