September 2012

9/30 in Yankee History

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1973: The Yankees play their final game at Yankee Stadium I, an 8-5 loss to Detroit. The ballpark will be closed for the next 2 1/2 years for extensive renovations, during which time the Yanks will play their home games at Shea Stadium. Ralph Houk also resigns as manager immediately after the game.


1947: The Yankees and Dodgers face each other in the opener of the World Series, the first game of the Fall Classic to be televised. Frank ‘Specs’ Shea gets the start for the Bombers. Hitless the first 4 innings against Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca‚ the Yankees score 5 runs in the 5th inning when 6 straight runners reach base‚ and they win 5-3. A record WS crowd of 73‚365  throng the Stadium.


1934: The Senators top the visiting Bombers 5-3 in Babe Ruth’s last game in a Yankee uniform . Preceding the game‚ a band from St. Mary’s Industrial School‚ the Babe’s alma mater‚ plays. Ruth is 0-for-3 in this‚ his 2‚084th and final game as a Yankee. He flies out to center in his final bat and leaves in tears. Senators pitcher Orville Armbrust toils 7 innings in recording his only major league win‚ 5-3. Lou Gehrig goes 3-for-4 to sew up the Triple Crown.


1927: With the score tied at 2-2 in the 8th‚ Mark Koenig triples, and moments later Babe Ruth launches his historic No. 60 off Washington’s Tom Zachary for a 4-2 win. The ball is caught by 40-year-old Joe Forner of Manhattan. Ruth‚ who had singled in his first two at bats‚ walked‚ and scored three runs, is greeted with a handkerchief salute by the fans as he makes his way to his right field position. In the 9th, Walter Johnson makes his final appearance as a player‚ pinch-hitting for Zachary and flying out to Ruth. Ruth hit 17 HRs in September‚ the highest month’s HR output till Rudy York’s 8 in August 1937. The Babe is the first player to hit 30‚ 40‚ 50‚ and now 60 homers.


1922: The Yankees clinch their 2nd pennant by beating Boston 3-1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees‚ but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.



On other 30ths of September…

2003: The Twins end a 13-game losing streak to the Yankees by beating the Bombers 3-1 to take the opening game of their Division Series. LaTroy Hawkins, one of four relievers to appear for Minnesota, gets the win.


2001: Cal Ripken Jr. plays his last game at Yankee Stadium and is loudly booed in some quarters of the venue. Chris Richard and Bernie William strade solo home runs, and the game is called a 1-1 tie after 15 innings.


1998: Andy Pettitte’s strong pitching gives NY a 2-0 lead in their series with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Shane Spencer and Scott Brosius hit round-trippers.


1997: Cleveland score 5 runs in the 1st inning‚ but the Yankees come back with 5 of their own in the 6th to defeat the Indians in Game 1 of their division Division Series‚ 8-6. Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill hit consecutive home runs in the decisive inning‚ giving Mariano Rivera the victory.


1984: In the dramatic race for the AL batting title‚ Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees’  season-ending 4-2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4.


1980: In a 12-9 Cleveland win over the Yankees‚ the Tribe’s Ron Hassey has a double and a homer in an 8-run 2nd inning. There are 4 homers in the game‚ including Reggie Jackson’s  38th.


1978: The Yankees top the Indians‚ 7-0‚ behind Ed Figueroa’s  20th win of the year. The Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant. Meanwhile, at Fenway‚ Dennis Eckersley notches his 20th as well as the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays‚ 5-1. Eck allows just 4 hits‚ including Roy Howell’s 8th homer‚ in completing his 16th start.


1971: The Yankees provide the opposition as the Senators draw 14‚000 for their final game in Washington‚ with another 4‚000 as gatecrashers. Dick Bosman gives up homers to Bobby Murcer, Roy White and Rusty Torres, and the Nats are down 5-1 in the 6th. Mike Kekich then grooves a fastball for Frank Howard  who parks his 26th homer‚ and thanks Thurman Munson as he crosses the plate. The Nats take a 7-5 lead‚ and after Murcer makes the 2nd out in the 9th‚ fans swarm onto the field‚ causing the game to be forfeited to the Yanks‚ 9-0. All records stand but reliever Paul Lindblad loses the W by not recording the 3rd out‚ batter Horace Clarke. Of the Senators, Jeff Burroughs will be the last to retire‚ finishing up in 1985.


1970: Fritz Peterson wins his 20th of the year‚ defeating the Red Sox 4-3. Billy Conigliaro and Luis Alvarado‚ with his first ML homer‚ go long for Boston.


1964: In his first Major League at bat‚ Detroit pinch hitter Bill Roman debuts with a homer‚ the only one of his brief career in the Show. Even so‚ the Tigers lose to New York 7-6 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff HR in the 2nd off Mickey Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. New York take the nightcap  of the doubleheader 11-8 for a sweep.

1962: At the Stadium‚ Chicago’s Ray Herbert tops the Yankees 8-4. Mickey Mantle‚ in the leadoff slot to give him needed at bats‚
is 2-for-3 and qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a home run, giving him 8 straight seasons of 30+ round-trippers.


1960: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-5‚ and set an new AL record for homers with 192. Tony Kubek and Jesse Gonder deliver the dingers today as the Bombers win their 13th straight.


1955: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field, as the Dodgers’ Johnny Podres defeats Bob Turley, who fails to last 2 innings against the Bums. Roy Campanella leads the Brooklyn  attack with 3 hits and 3 RBI‚ as the Dodgers win 8-3 behind the strong effort of their young lefty starter.


1953: The Yanks defeat Brooklyn 9-5 in the opening game of the WS. Carl Erskine is ineffective‚ walking the first 3 batters‚ and all come home on a Hank Bauer triple. The Dodgers  tie it up 5-5‚ and Clem Labine gets the loss in relief.


1951: The Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Frank Shea’s 9-hitter. It is the third shutout in a row for the Yankees staff as they
sweep the visiting Red Sox in 5 games‚ outscoring them 29-4.


1948: The idle Indians watch their lead shaved to 1 1/2 games as both the Red Sox and Yankees win.Mel Parnell stops the Senators‚ 7-3‚ for his 15th victory; In the rain at Shibe Park‚ the Yankees edge the A’s‚ 9-7. Vic Raschi pitches the 9th for a save.


1945: In a 12-2 Yankee win over Boston‚ George Stirnweiss gets 3 hits on the final day to raise his average to .309 (actually .30854 to Tony Cuccinello’s .30845). The third hit comes in the 8th‚ off Otis Clark‚ in his last at bat. The White Sox-Indians games are washed out‚ depriving the veteran Tony Cuccinello of a shot at the title. The only other .300 hitter playing full time is teammate Johnny Dickshot (.302). Neither Cuccinello or Dickshot ever play another game in the ML as the White Sox release the two veterans. Only Elmer Flick in 1905 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 ever led the AL with a lower average than Stirnweiss‚ but the latter also leads the AL with 195 hits‚ 107 runs‚ 22 triples‚ 301 TB‚ 33 steals‚ and a .476 SA. He also led the AL in at bats (632) to Cuccinello’s 402. Finally, Snuffy is the only major leaguer to finish a season as the top hitter without ever having led at any point during the season.


1942: Down 7-0 to Red Ruffing and the Yankees in the Series opener‚ the Cardinals rally for four 9th-inning runs. it is not enough to win, but is sufficient to portend the result of the WS.


1936: In the World Series opener‚ Carl Hubbell outpitches Red Ruffing, scattering 7 hits and limiting the Yankees to a solo HR by George Selkirk. The underdog Giants register a decisive 6-1 win.


9/29 in Yankee History

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1950: Though idle, the Yankees clinch their second consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel‚ and 17th in franchise history, as
Cleveland’s Bob Lemon coasts behind a 12-2 lambasting of Detroit to his 23rd win.


On other 29ths of September…

2000: The Orioles thrash the Yankees 13-2‚ scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning.  New York clinch their third straight AL East title‚
however‚ when the Red Sox lose to the Devil Rays, 8-6.


1998: The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series against the Rangers 2-0 on a 5-hit shutout by David Wells‚ with help from
Mariano Rivera in the 9th.


1987: Don Mattingly hits his ML-record 6th grand slam of the season, off Boston’s Bruce Hurst, in a 6-0 Yankee victory‚ eclipsing the mark shared by Ernie Banks and Jim Gentile. 1961). Mattingly’s record salami is the last of his career.


1978: The first-place Yankees, trailing Cleveland 1-0‚ score 3 runs in the 8th on RBI singles by Thurman Munson, Lou Piniella and
Reggie Jackson to win‚ 3-1. They fail to gain any more distance from the Red Sox, however, as Boston thrash Toronto 11-0.


1961: John Blanchard singles and homers to drive in both runs in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Red Sox. The Bomber handyman hits his 21st homer and singles in Roger Maris in the 9th to pin the loss on Bill Monbouquette. Whitey Ford pitches 4 scoreless innings for New York‚ and finishes the year having no stolen bases off him in 243 innings‚ a record.


1956: The Yankees and Red Sox use a record 44 players in the game: the 26 used by New York sets a new ML mark. Ted Williams has 6 at bats in the extra inning battle‚ but manages just a single‚ which takes him out of the running for the batting crown. Suffering from a pulled groin muscle‚ Mickey Mantle pinch hits and walks with the bases loaded. Mantle does not start tomorrow. But when Stengel hears that Kaline knocks in 2 runs in Detroit‚ he sends in the Mick with the bases jammed‚ and he drives in a run on a grounder. Mantle wins the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average‚ 52 HRs‚ and 130 RBI.


1955: In Game 2 of the WS‚ lefty Tommy Byrne defeats Dodger Billy Loes 4-2 to go 2 games up. The pitcher’s 2-run single caps a 4-run 4th for the Yanks. Byrne becomes the only lefty to hurl a complete game against Brooklyn in 1955.


1948: The Yankees stay in the tight AL race as rookie righty Bob Porterfield (below) gives New York a 4-2 win over the A’s. Fellow freshman Hank Bauer belts his first major league homer‚ a three run shot off Dick Fowler. New York remain in a dead heat with Boston for second place, 2 games behind Cleveland.


1934: In game one of a twinbill at Washington, Babe Ruth hits his last AL home run, as the Yankees split with the Senators, losing 8-5 and winning 9-6. Ruth’s blast comes off rookie Sid Cohen‚ who wins his first Major League game.


1933: With the Giants in the stands at Yankee Stadium‚ the Senators pile up a 5-0 lead over the Yankees‚ and then bring in the reserves to score an 8-5 win. Heinie Manush’s double and homer and three RBI lead the Nats’ attack. Babe Ruth has a triple. Lou Gehrig keeps his
consecutive game streak alive‚ playing nine innings after getting married at noon today in New Rochelle.


1932: The Yankees take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, as Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Lou Gehrig collects 3 hits to
pace the homesiders’ attack.


1928: The Yankees and Tigers tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits‚ Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record‚ as Detroit wins the slugfest 19-10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men  (Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113)‚ just the second time this has happened. It will occur just once more‚ on the 1932 Phillies.


1927: Babe Ruth hits 2 home runs to tie his own record of 59 from 1921 in a 15-4 drubbing of Washington. The second of the roundtrippers is a 5th inning grand slam off Paul Hopkins‚ making his ML debut‚ and is the Babe’s 2nd slam in 2 games. He will match the feat on August 6th and 7th, 1929. Hopkins started the 5th inning and walked the bases loaded for the Babe.


1921: With New York in first place by 1 1/2 games over Cleveland‚ and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series‚ manager Miller
Huggins polls his players to find out whom they’d like to see start. The team elects to go with veteran Jack Quinn, but the spitballer
comes up dry, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Babe Ruth hits a 1st inning homer, adds an RBI double in
the 3rd and a 2-run shot in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays‚ who took over in the 5th‚ strikes out Steve O’Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5-4. The win increases New York’s lead to 2 1/2 games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147‚000 spectators.


1920: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 54 in Philadelphia, as the Yankees take the opening game of a season-closing doubleheader,7-2. The Babe’s total for the year is more than that of any other entire team with the exception of the Phillies. Even though he misses 12 games‚ he is responsible for 241 of his team’s 838 runs‚ with a modern record 158 runs scored‚ beating Ty Cobb’s 1911 record of 147.


1916: Red Sox starter Babe Ruth closes the season with his 23rd win‚ topping the Yankees 3-0. It is his 9th shutout and reduces his ERA to 1.75. In 324 IP he gave up no home runs. The 9 shutouts is a record for lefties that will be unmatched in the AL until Ron Guidry ties it in 1978.


1913: At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally end the Red Sox road jinx over them by sweeping the Beantowners 3-1 and 5-1, with Ray Keating getting the win the opener, and Ray Fisher coming out on top in the nightcap. It is the first loss in New York for Boston after an MLB record tying 18 straightxroad wins stretching back to 1911‚ including 5 wins this year. They had a 3-3 tie on May 24. They will get back on track tomorrow by sweeping the Yankees‚ 3-2 and 3-0.


1902: The visiting Boston Americans beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5. It is the final game for the latter franchise, which will soon move to NewxYork, opening next spring as the New York Highlanders. Snake Wiltse (below) takes the loss for the home team.


9/28 in Yankee History

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1951: Allie Reynolds pitches his second no-hitter of the season‚ccdefeating the Red Sox at the Stadium 8-0 in the opener of a
doubleheader. It is his 7th shutout of the year. With 2 outs in the  9th‚ Ted Williams hits a foul pop that Yogi Berra drops. Williams
last out. The Big Chief is the first AL hurler with two no-hitters in a season; Johnny Van der Meer’s back-to-back pair in 1938 is the only other time a pitcher has thrown two in a season. In the second game‚ the Yanks clinch their 3rd straight pennant under Casey Stengel, and the 18th in club history, as Vic Raschi wins 11-3 for his 21st victory. Mickey Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his career, a three run shot. The Yankees are 3 1/2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with 2 to play.


1928:  Babe Ruth powers his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras (below) goes the distance for an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant  for the Yankees for the 6th time in franchise history. The A’s will finish 2 1/2 games out.


On other 28ths of September…

2006: Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.


2005:  Alex Rodriguez  hits his 47th home run in the Yankees’ 2 – 1 victory over Baltimore. The shot breaks Joe Dimaggio’s single-season club record for home runs by a right-handed batter, set in 1937.

2003: The Yankees win 3-1 over Baltimore as David Wells (15-7) goes 7 2/3  innings for his 200th career victory and last win as a Yankee. Acting manager Roger Clemens removes him in the 8th. Drew Henson bounces out a seeing-eye single for his first and only ML hit. He later scores. A day after the Patriots win the 2004 Superbowl behind Henson’s former Michigan teammate Tom Brady‚ he gives up baseball and $12 million for NFL football.


1996: Andy Pettitte and 4 relievers outlast the Red Sox 4-2‚ pinning the loss on Roger Clemens (10-13) in his last appearance in a Bostonuniform. Clemens strikes out 10 and allows homers to Mike Aldrete and Bernie Williams. The Sox are reluctant to grant the Rocket’s request for a 4-year contract.


1991: In a 5-4 loss to the Indians‚ Yankee manager Stump Merrill goes to the bullpen for the 75th consecutive game, surpassing the record set by the 1977 Padres. Reliever Greg Cadaret takes the loss‚ while Eric Bell (3-0) wins in relief to set another record: most wins
without a loss on a team with 100 losses He will win another on October 4 against New York to finish 4-0.



1978: At the Stadium, Ron Guidry (24-3) allows four hits and strikes out nine in stopping the Blue Jays 3-1. In the win, the Bronx Bombers manage just four hits off Balor Morre and Tom Buskey. The win keeps the Yankees in first place by a game. When news of the death of Pope John Paul I reaches the press box, New York announcer Phil Rizzuto observes, “That’ll put a damper on even a Yankee win”.



1962: At Chicago‚ the Yanks score 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to beat the White Sox‚ 7-3‚ spoiling Early Wynn’s bid for his 300th win.


1960: The Yanks win their 12th of 15 straight‚ taking a 6-3 victory over the Senators. Mickey Mantle swats homers 39 and 40‚ off Chuck
Stobbs, to insure his home run title over Roger Maris. Since August 15th‚ the Mick has hit 13 to Roger’s 4.


1956: In the opener of three games with visiting Boston‚ the Yanks top the Sox 7-2. Ted Williams is 0-for-3‚ and needs 6 ABs to qualify
for the batting title. Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4‚ but his one hit is a homer off Bob Poterfield. It is the Mick’s last homer – and last hit – of the season.


1955: The Yanks open the World Series at home, and beat the Dodgers 6-5; Whitey Ford gets the win, and Don Newcombe takes the loss for the Dodgers. In a controversial play with Frank Keller at bat‚ Jackie Robinson steals home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run of a tie. A furious Yogi Berra disputes the call, but to no avail. Films later disclose that Robinson was in fact out, but also that
Berra ‘balked’ on the play‚ receiving Ford’s pitch before Kellert could swing at it.


1949: The Yankees take a 4-run lead over the A’s on homers by Bobby Brown and Jim Delsing (below), but the A’s come back to take a 5-4 lead in the 7th. New York score three runs in the last of the 7th‚ the go ahead on Phil Rizzuto’s squeeze bunt‚ and reliever Allie Reynolds holds on to beat Alex Kellner 7-5.  Joe DiMaggio‚ down 18 pounds because of a recent bout with pneumonia, is sitting down today, giving up his post in center field to Delsing.


1933: In the Yankees’ 11-9 win over visiting Washington‚ Lou Gehrig plays the first three innings‚ then leaves to prepare for his wedding tomorrow. Babe Ruth takes over at first base.


1932: In the opening game of the World Series at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s home run leads the Yankees to a 12-6 win over the Cubs.


1930: Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame‚ the pitcher’s mound at Fenway‚ and hurls a 9-3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Lou Gehrig takes Ruth’s spot in left field, ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at first base‚ and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons‚ who sits out the last game‚ leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score more than a 1‚000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1‚067‚ but finish second.


1923: Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A’s within 5 days of each other‚ Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20-17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke’s day; he is routed after facing a AL record 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning‚ as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees rout the Red Sox 24-4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats‚ both AL records. Babe Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR‚ Wally Schang adds 5 hits‚ and Gehrig 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles.


1911: Approximately 700 fans turn out at Hilltop Park to watch the Highlanders take on the Browns in one of the worst-played games in American League history. The homesiders prevail over the tourists, 18-12. The teams accumulate 29 hits‚ 20 walks‚ and 12 errors
between them. New York score in each of 7 innings‚ steal a record 15 bases – 7 off catcher Jim Stephens in 2 innings‚ 8 off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree (below) lead the thieves with 4 steals each. Five Highlander runners are thrown out.


9/27 in Yankee History


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1910: At Detroit‚ the Highlanders win 10-2‚ as rookie Russ Ford (26-6) records his 26th victory‚ beating Ed Willett. Ford’s tally of 26 is the most wins ever by a Major League rookie.



On other 27ths of September…

2009:  The Yankees clinch the AL East title with a 4-2 victory over Boston at the Stadium. Andy Pettitte goes 6 innings, enough for the win.


1998: The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays 8-3 for their 114th win of the season‚ the 2nd-highest total in major league history. Late-season acquisition Jim Bruske gets his only win in pinstripes.



1991: The Yankees beat Greg Swindell and the Indians 3-0 to hand the Tribe their 100th loss of the year. With 8 innings of work, Pascual Perez (2-4) earns his last ML decision.


1986: Jack Morris shuts out the Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings‚ winning his 20th game of the campaign, and halting  Don Mattingly’s hitting streak at 24 games in the process.


1978: New York maintain their 1-game lead by beating the Blue Jays‚ 5-1‚ at Yankee Stadium. Catfish Hunter continues his remarkable late season run, with his 6th win in his last 7 starts. s  Meanwhile, at Fenway‚ Carlton Fisk lines a 2-run triple in the 1st inning and the Red Sox top the Tigers‚ 5-2. George Scott hits his 1st homer in a month and collects his 1000th RBI to back Luis Tiant’s win (his 203rd).


1972: Sparky Lyle has a rare blown save, as the Tigers, trailing 5-1‚ score 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Yankees. The loss deals a critical blow to the Bombers’ division title hopes, as they now fall 3 1/2 games behind the front-running Red Sox. The Tigers, on the other hand, move to within a 1/2 game of the top.



1968: Mickey Mantle makes his final plate appearance. Facing Lee Stange at Fenway Park‚ Mantle flies out to Ken Harrelson in right before being replaced by Andy Kosko. Kosko’s homer ties the score in the 8th, and a Joe Pepitone blast in the 9th gives New York a 4-3 win.


1950: Against the A’s‚ Whitey Ford comes on in relief and blows the save, registering his first ML loss after 9 wins. Philadelphia win 8-7.


1949: At the Stadium, Vic Raschi beats the A’s‚ 3-1‚ for his 20th win. The Yankee starter allows just 4 hits as his teammates maintain their position 1 game behind the league-leading Red Sox.


1945: At the Stadium, Stadium‚ the 4th place Yankees whip the A’s 8-1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3)‚ who returned to the team in July‚ helps his own cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of the Hall of Fame-bound hurler’scareer; at this point only Wes Ferrell  (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo‚ it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season.



1941: The Series-bound Yankees play their second to last game of the regular season, a 4-3 loss to the Senators. Charlie Keller finally plays, going 0-for-4, while J0e DiMaggio has 2 RBIs to take the league lead 123 to 122 over Keller. The Nats will shut out New York tomorrow, 5-0.


1940: In New York‚ the Yankees‚ winners of 8 straight games‚ lose to the A’s Johnny Babbich 6-2. Babich is a former Yankee minor league prospect. The loss eliminates New York from the pennant race for the first time since 1935. Yankee catcher Arndt Jorgens (below), on the club’s active roster both last year and this‚ ends the season without an appearance‚ certainly a ML record. Last season he scored a run as a pinch runner‚ but had no at bats.


1938: At Yankee Stadium‚ Lou Gehrig connects off Washington’s Dutch Leonard for his 29th homer of the year to pace New York to a 5-2 win. It is the Iron Horse’s 493rd and last career round tripper and it comes on the 15th anniversary of his first.


1936: The Yankees (102-51) end their season with a 10-5 loss to the Senators‚ but finish in 1st place for the first time in 4 years, 19 1/2 games in front of the Tigers. Pete Appleton relieves Buck Newsom in the 6th and pitches hitless relief for the win. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-2 and then watches the rest of the game in street clothes behind the Washington dugout. The Yankees set an ML record with 992 RBI for the season. Their mark of 1065 runs scored is 2 off the ML record they set in 1931.


1931: Lou Gehrig hits a home run to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the yankees pound Lefty grove on their way to a 13-1 win‚ and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year‚ the most productive duo in history. Bill Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls‚ the only AL catcher – and the Yankees are the only AL team – to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees have scored 1‚067 runs this season‚ the highest number this century.


1927: Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7-4 win over the A’s. For the Babe, it is his 6th grand slam‚ but just his 3rd as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 homers for the year with 3 games to play


1920:  Carl Mays and the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 3-0‚ as Mays allows just 4 hits. It is his 3rd straight shutout over Philadelphia and his 10th straight win against them. Babe Ruth drives in all the runs on a pair of homers over the right field off Eddie Rommel‚ his 52nd and 53rd homers of the campaign. He hit 2 other liners to left and center that were close to the wall.


9/26 in Yankee History

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1961: In New York’s 159th game‚ Roger Maris rips a Jack Fisher fastball into the right field seats at Yankee Stadium for his 60th HR. New York beat Baltimore 3-2. There are fewer than 8‚000 fans on hand to witness the historic event.


1952: The Yanks clinch their 4th straight pennant, and 19th overall,  with an 11-inning 5-2 win at Philadelphia behind Ed Lopat and Johnny Sain. Billy Martin’s two out‚ two run single in the 11th clinches it. The loser is starter Harry Byrd‚ who gives up early solo homers to Mickey Mantle and Irv Noren. Gus Zernial’s 2-run homer is all the A’s offense.



On other 26ths of September…

2009: Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice, Bronx native and Yankee fan Sonia Sotomayor throws out the first pitch at the Stadium. In the game that followed,  CC Sabathia reduces the Bombers’ magic number to clinch the AL East title to one with a 3-0 win over Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox. Robbie Cano breaks a scoreless duel with a sixth-inning home run, and Johnny Damon singles in two in the 8th, but not until after pinch runner Brett Gardner escapes a rundown between home and third by diving back into third under an errant throw.


2004: In a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl, the Red Sox down the Yankees at Fenway,  11-4. Curt Schilling pitches 7 innings of one-hit ball‚ while the Red Sox jump on Kevin Brown in the 1st and Estaban Loaiza in the 2nd inning to post a 7-0 lead. Pedro Astacio, Brad Halsey and Joe Torre all get tossed in the 8th. Bill Mueller homers for Boston while Andy Phillips‚ in his first Major League at bat‚ homers on the first pitch he sees. He is the 20th rookie to pinch hit a homer on his first AB.


2003: Yankee rookie pitcher Jorge De Paula (below) makes his ML debut with 6 1/3 hitless innings in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles. He is removed after allowing a single to Larry Bigbie, but does not get a decision as the Orioles win‚ 3-2 in 10 innings. New York take the opener‚ 11-2.


1998: The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays‚ 3-1‚ for David Cone’s 20th win of the year. Cone sets a record for the most years (10) between 20-win seasons‚ having won 20 for the Mets in 1988. Jim Kaat held the previous record at 9. Shane Spencer homers‚ his 6th in 9 days and his 7th in the month‚ a Yankee rookie record..


1997: Four Yankee pitchers combine to 1-hit the Tigers‚ winning by a score of 8-2. Andy Pettitte starts and allows a 2-run single to Travis Fryman, in the 3rd inning‚ giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. Pettitte leaves after 4 frames and is succeeded by Brian Boehringer (3 innings)‚ Mariano Rivera (1 inning)‚ and Jeff Nelson (1 inning). Rivera receives credit for the win when NY explode for 6 runs in the 9th inning.


1978: The Yanks retain their one-game cushion with a 4-1 victory for Ed Figueroa over the Blue Jays, as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 6-0 behind Dennis Eckersley.


Off the field, New York District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms in the state.



1964: Behind rookie Mel Stottlemyre’s 2-hitter‚ the Yankees roll over the Senators 7-0 for their 11th win in a row. Stottlemyre leads the offense with a ML-record-tying 5 hits‚ the last pitcher to collect that many and just the 8th pitcher in the 20th century to do so (Jim Callahan of the White Sox did it twice). With a single in his last at bat in his last game‚ he has hit safely in 6 consecutive ABs.

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1956: In his first ML start‚ Charlie Beamon of the Orioles throws a 1-0‚ 4-hit shutout against the Yanks to thwart Whitey Ford’s bid for his 20th win. Ford won’t win 20 until 1961.


1954: Already eliminated, the Yankees try to set a record for most wins by a second-place team. In Casey Stengel’s ‘power line-up‚’ Yogi Berra plays his only game at third base in his career; Mickey Mantle is back at shortstop,; and Moose Skowron is at second, with Eddie Robinson first. But Art Ditmar of the Athletics defeats the Yanks 8-6 in the last game the franchise will play as the Philadelphia A’s before moving to Kansas City.


1949: Before 67‚434 at the Stadium‚ the Red Sox survive a rhubarb-filled 7-6 win when Johnny Pesky scores on a disputed squeeze play. The Sox‚ down 6-3 in the 5th when Joe Page  comes in‚ score 4 in the 8th to win. The winning tally comes across when Bobby Doerr  drops a surprise squeeze bunt in front of Tommy Henrich‚ who is playing third, and Pesky slides under Ralph Houk’s tag at home. Umpire Bill Grieve disagrees with every fan in the park by calling Pesky safe‚ and three Yanks- Cliff Mapes, Casey Stengel and Houk – are fined for a post-game confrontation with the arbiter. Leading by one game‚ the Sox move on to Washington for a 3-game series before the last 2 games of the year with the Yankees.


1948: Tommy Henrich reaches Mel Parnell for a two-run homer in the 1st inning and Joe DiMaggio adds another pair in the 4th inning on a single. Tommy Byrne stops the Red Sox to give New York a 6-2 win. But Gus Niarhos, New York’s starting catcher since early August when Yogi Berra was injured‚ breaks a finger and is out for the year.



1940: The Yankees stay in the hunt for the pennant by sweeping a pair from the A’s‚ 5-4 and 2-0. New York‚ winners of 8 straight‚ are now 2 1/2 games behind Detroit and a 1/2 game behind Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins the opener with home run support from Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey.. For Gordon‚ it is his 30th round-tripper of the year. Ernie Bonham allows 4 hits in the nitecap.


1929: At Washington‚ the Yankees blast 3 Senator pitchers for a 10-3 win. Lou Gehrig‚ Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey each triple for the victors.



1926: The Browns beat the Yankees twice‚ 6-1 and 6-2‚ in a total time of 2  hours‚ 7 minutes‚ an MLB record for a twinbill. The 2nd game is the fastest in AL history: at 55 minutes. The Yanks total 19 hits‚ while the Browns collect 26 in the two games. Babe Ruth has one at bat‚ then sits‚ and misses reliever George Sisler‚ who tosses 2 scoreless innings to finish for the Browns in game 2 and‚ when the Browns score 4 in the 8th‚ picks up the victory. Ruth has 47 homers – twice as many as the runner-up – and also leads the AL with 139 runs‚ 155 RBI‚ and 144 bases on balls. Ruth is batting .372‚ second to Detroit’s Heinie Manush‚ who will go 6-for-9 on the last day to end at .378. Browns coach Jimmie Austin‚ 46 years old‚ participates in the nitecap and contributes to the win by knocking in a run with a double and then stealing home. He is  not the oldest to steal a base (Arlie Latham was 50 when he swiped a bag for the New York Giants in 1909), but he is the oldest ever to steal home. The Yankees use Fred ‘Bonehead’ Merkle in his final game. Merkle replaces Lou Gehrig at first in the 6th.



1925: Late ’50s Yankee reliever Bobby Shantz is born. Happy 87th, Bobby!


1921: Babe Ruth hits homers nos. 57 and 58 plus a double, and collects a walk to beat the Indians 8-7‚ and the Yankees take a 2 game lead. George Burns (below) adds a triple and 3 singles for New York in the come-from-behind win. The Indians load the bases in the 9th inning, but Steve Neill strikes out on a Carl Mays fastball in the dirt to end it.


1919: Carl Mays gives up 2 unearned runs in the Yankees’ 8-2 victory over the A’s. He strikes out 7.



1904: In Philadelphia‚ Connie Mack correctly predicts the AL finish, saying‚ “It certainly looks like the men from Plymouth Rock will take the bunting‚” because of all the postponed games the crippled Highlanders have to make up. The New Yorkers then lose a pair to Cleveland‚ 4-3 and 6-2. Jack Chesbro loses the opener‚ his first defeat in 10 games‚ when George Stovall hits a bases loaded triple in the 8th. Jack Powell struggles to the loss in game 2 after Terry Turner hits a liner off his knee that caroms into the outfield for a double. Meanwhile‚ Boston sweep Detroit‚ 2-0 and 5-3‚ and now lead the AL race by 2 games. Bill Dinneen applies the whitewash in the opener and Cy Young ,coming in relief of George Winter for the last inning, takes game 2.


9/25 in Yankee History


The red-letter days:

1962: Whitey Ford beats Washington 8-3‚ as the Yankees clinch the AL pennant for the 26th time in club history. Ralph Houk becomes the 5th ML manager to capture pennants in each of his first 2 seasons.


1960: Ralph Terry clinches the Yankees’ 25th pennant with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Luis Arroyo saves the win. It is Casey Stengel’s 10th and final pennant in 12 years at New York.


1943: The  Yankees clinch the AL flag, their 14th, with a 2-1 win over the Tigers in 14 innings. Both starters go the distance, Spud Chandler (below) outduelling Detroit’s Frank ‘Stubby’ Overmire.

1929: Three days after turning the team over to coach Art Fletcher,  Yankee manager Miller Huggins dies from blood poisoning at New York’s St. Vincent Hospital. He was 49. The team finds out about the death during the 5th inning at Fenway Park and both teams line up along the foul lines for a minute of silent prayer. New York win the game 11-10 in 11 innings as starters Ray Dobens and Bots Nekola‚ teammates at Holy Cross a year ago‚ are gone after 6 innings. Tony Lazzeri is the hitting star with a single‚ double‚ and 2 triples.


1926: The Yankees take two from the Browns to nail down the AL flag, the club’s 4th, winning the opener 10-2 behind Herb Pennock. Babe Ruth’s grand slam is the big blow. In the nitecap‚ Lou Gehrig homers in the 3rd inning‚ off Milt Gaston, while Ruth matches him with a 2-run HR in the 6th off Win Ballou. Ruth adds a solo shot in the 9th‚ his 46th‚ off Joe Giard to seal the Waite Hoyt 10-4 victory. Ruth has 4 RBIs in each game‚ though his official scorecard somehow lists him at two apiece: the incorrect total will not be noted until ASBR member Trent McCotter discovers it in 2004‚ and it raises his RBI total for the year to 150‚ not 146‚ which is his official total.



On other 25ths of September…

2000: The Yankees’ disastrous September slide continues, as the club lose their last regular season home game of the year to the Tigers, 15-4. David Justice blasts his career-high 41st home run, but it isn’t nearly enough, as Detroit jump on Doc Gooden for five runs in the first three innings. Derek Jeter notches his 1,000th career hit with a 5th inning infield single.


1998: The Yankees win‚ 6-1 over the Devil Rays and set an AL record for most wins in a season‚ 112. The 1954 Indians held the record at 111. Orlando Hernandez improves his record to 12-4.


1996: The Yankees clinch the AL East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The New Yorkers score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating 4 in the opening frame. Tino Martinez leads with 5 RBIs and David Cone # (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yanks also take the nitecap‚ 6-2.


1990: One of the few bright spots in a dismal year: the Yankees tie an MLB record when their first 8 batters all hit safely in a 15-3 rout of the Orioles. Anthony Telford gives up the first 6 hits to take the loss. The Yanks hit 6 homers in the game.


1989: In a 7-4 Yankee loss to the Red Sox, Boston’s Wade Boggs goes 4-for-5 to become the first player in Major League history to achieve both 200 hits and 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons. It is Boggs’ 7th straight 200-hit season overall‚ extending his own modern ML record. Dwight Evans also puts his name in the record books by belting his 20th homer. He is the only current player with 20 or more homers in each of the last 9 years.


1985: Rickey Henderson steals his 75th base of the season in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over Detroit‚ breaking the club record of 74 set by Fritz Maisel in 1914.


1968: Mickey Mantle plays his final game at Yankee Stadium. He slices a two-out first inning single off Cleveland’s Luis Tiant‚ the only hit for the homesiders. Tiant tosses his 9th shutout of the year‚ tops in the AL‚ to win 3-0. El Tiante’s ERA drops to 1.60; the previous low for an Indian pitcher was Stan Coveleski’s 1.87 in 1917.


1955: The Series-bound Yankees split a tune-up with the Red Sox‚ as Casey Stengel uses 17 players in each game of the doubleheader. New York win‚ 9-2‚ then loses 8-1 to righty George Susce. Ted Williams is 1-for-1 in each game and is replaced with a pinch runner. He finishes the season at .356‚ well ahead of Al Kaline’s .340‚ but he does not have enough ABs to win the batting title. The same thing happened the previous year. Williams was walked 136 times in 1954 and 71 times (an AL-leading 17 were intentional) this year. A rule change will be made to recognize plate appearances‚ not times at bat. The Throneberry brothers face in other for the first time in the opener with New York’s Marv collecting 2 hits to Faye’s 0. Haywood and Frank Sullivan‚ the losing pitcher‚ are the Boston battery in game 1‚ but they are not related.


1949: Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games‚ Casey Stengel and his Yankees have been in first place all season. But today the Red Sox (93-55) move into a tie for first place with a 4-1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR‚ and Mel Parnell allows just 4 hits in winning his 25th game of the season. The lefty is 16-3 at Fenway this year‚ while the Sox have won their last 21 games at home. Joe DiMaggio listens to the game from a hospital‚ bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans‚ including Mrs. Babe Ruth‚ who predicts‚ “Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way.”


1948: Boston’s Jack Kramer scatters seven hits and the Sox beat up on Allie Reynolds‚ sending the Big Chief to the showers in the 4th inning. The Red Sox win‚ 7-2. The Yanks are now one game out of first, with the Red Sox and the Indians in a dead heat.


1934: In his first major league game‚ Yankee Vito Tamulis shuts out the A’s‚ 5-0. Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚500th consecutive game and hits his 48th HR‚ a personal high.


1921: At the Polo Grounds‚ 38‚000 watch the Yankees  thrash the 2nd place Indians 21-7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yanks knock out Ray Caldwell in the 2nd and dust up Duster Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. In the 4th the Yankees bat around before the first out is recorded. The 10th batter, Roger  Peckinpaugh, singles for his 2nd hit of the inning‚ as manager Tris Speaker watches from center field. Bob Meusel adds a triple with 2 on and a homer with 2 on to pace the 20-hit attack. Carl Mays has 3 hits and goes the distance for the win.



1917: Phil Rizzuto is born.


1909: The Highlanders’ eight-game winning streak comes to an end against visiting Tiger pitcher Ed Summers, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. They also lose the second game, 10-4. The New Yorkers  hit Summers freely across the first three innings with the help of a signal-stealing scheme. A hat advertisement in center field at Hilltop Park has the crossbar in ‘H’ cut and painted white on one side and black on the other. Using a telescope, a  spotter picks up the catcher’s signal and uses a handle to flip the crossbar to indicate fastball or curve. Tigers manager Hughey Jennings sends the team trainer to investigate. He discovers the scam and destroys the crossbar. Jennings isn’t the only manager to suspect the Highlanders are swiping signs. White Sox manager Billy Sullivan will later claim that he had suspicions, but couldn’t prove anything. Joe Cantillon, manager of the Senators, also claims to have been aware of the practice, but didn’t complain because his team was out of the race. He identified the man in center field as former pitcher Gene McCann. Later, at the winter meetings the American League board of directors issues a statement saying that ‘after their investigation, they found no evidence of a signal tipping plan had been in effect.’ The statement also declared that ‘if such a plan was discovered from any team in the league the manager or player responsible would be banned from the league for all time.’ A rule prohibiting signal tipping will be implemented the following year.


9/24 in Yankee History

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1998: The Yanks win‚ 5-2 over the Devil Rays,and post their 111th win of the year‚ surpassing the club record 110‚ set by the 1927 team. Shane Spencer hammers a grand slam‚ his 8th homer in 57 at bats.


1957: The Yankees are idle, but clinch their 23rd pennant and 8th under Casey Stengel, as Kansas City upend the Whte Sox 6-5. The A’s will have no pitchers who qualify for the ERA title; the next team to match that dubious achievement will be the 1995 Cardinals.

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On other 24ths of September…

2002: Mike Mussina is masterful in a 6-0 shutout of the Devil Rays at the Stadium, striking out 12 and allowing just two singles. Bernie Williams’ third-inning double is his 200th hit of the season. Two innings later, young Rays shortstop Felix Escalona (below) makes
a sparkling play on Bernie’s fielder’s choice. The Yanks are so impressed that they will acquire him and in 2005 he will provide valuable
middle-infield backup.


1978: Ron Guidry (23-3) gains his third 2-hit shutout of the month‚ a 4-0 blanking of the Indians. The two Indian safeties re by Duane Kuiper – it is the second time this year that he has recorded the only hits in a game against the Yankee ace. Louisiana Lightning also two-hit the Red Sox on September 9 (7-0) and 15 (4-0). It is Guidry’s 9th shut out of the year‚ a Yankee record‚ and ties the AL record for southpaws set by Boston lefty Babe Ruth in 1916. The Red Sox stay one game in back of New York by topping Toronto 7-6.


1972: In the nitecap of a twinbill sweep over the Indians‚ Sparky Lyle sets an AL record and ties the ML mark by saving his 35th game. The Yanks win 8-3 after gaining a 5-4 win in the opener when they score 2 unearned runs on 5 Indian errors in the 11th. Thurman Munson steals second by kicking the ball out of Frank Duffy’s glove and going to third on the error. Duffy then boots a grounder and throws wildly for two more notches in the E column. Catcher Gerry Moses then picks up a squibber and fires high over first base – right fielder Del Unser’s  throw to the plate is over Moses’ head for error no. 5.


1960: Mickey Mantle’s 11th-inning homer off Ted Wilks gives New York a 6-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway. Mantle had driven in the game’s second run with a drag bunt in the first to bring home Roger Maris, who had tripled.


1954: Arnie Portocarrero stops the A’s 15-game losing streak to the Yankees by winning 5-1 at the Stadium. Arnie fans 11‚ including 3 straight pinch hitters – Lou Berberet‚ Gus Triandos‚ and Frank Leja – in the 9th. KC shortstop Jack Littrell hits a 3-run homer for his first Major League round-tripper.


1952: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ New York’s Johnny Sain relieves in the 10th for a 3-2 win in the opener‚ then relieves in the
nightcap to preserve an 8-6 win. Mickey Mantle leads the way with a homer‚ a triple‚ 2 doubles and a single on the afternoon‚ driving in 6 runs. His triple in the 10th wins the opener‚ and his 4th inning homer in the nightcap‚ off Mel Parnell‚ gives New York a 7-0 lead. Boston come back to cut the lead to one run in the 8th when they score two runs off Bob Kuzava. In the 9th‚ the Mick misses on a sac bunt attempt‚ then doubles home Phil Rizzuto with another run. New York now lead Cleveland by 2 games with 4 to play.


1950: 66‚924 fans come out to the Ballyard in the Bronx for Johnny Mize Day, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox 9-5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1/2 ahead of Detroit. Phil Rizzuto contributes a single‚ double‚ and a homer, while Yogi Berra adds 4 hits including a triple. Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak reaches 15. New York will win 5 of their next 7‚ while the Tigers will manage to go 4-3.


1949: At Boston‚ Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway)  pitches a 6-hitter and Ted Williams lines his 42nd homer to beat the Yankees 2-0 and pull the Red Sox to within a game of New York. Kinder has now won 13 straight games and is 4-0 against the Bombers.


1948: The Red Sox knock out Vic Raschi in the 4th inning and Ted Williams drives in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk. The Yankees still whip the Red Sox 9-6‚ though, scoring two gift runs when Ellis Kinder forgets to cover first base. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland snap their seven-game win streak when Detroit beat them‚ 4-3 behind Fred Hutchinson’s 7-hitter. New York‚ Boston and Cleveland are now tied for 1st place in the AL with identical 91-56 records.


1946: Disappointing on the field‚ the Yankees nevertheless finish their home season with a 2‚309‚029 attendance‚ the first team in ML history to reach the  two million mark. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs, at 1‚485‚166. Total ML attendance this year was 18.5 million‚ 80 percent more than 1945.


1941: The Yanks down the A’s 7-2  as Joe DiMaggio hits HRs #29 and #30, the fifth year in a row he’s reached the 30 mark. His three RBI move him closer to the still idle Charlie Keller.


1940: The Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, with fireman Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy winning both games. Murphy pitches the 10th inning of the opening 6-5 win‚ then tosses 2 2/3 innings of the nitecap‚ a 9-4 victory stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of darkness. The Murphy wins pull the Yankees to within 2 1/2 games of the pace-setting Tigers.


1934: Babe Ruth plays his final game at Yankee Stadium. Suffering from a mildly sprained ankle, the Bambino walks his first time up, limps to first base, and leaves for a pinch runner. The Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-0, handing the AL pennant to the idle Tigers.


1932: In a battle of Boston collegians‚ Harvard beats Boston College. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler‚ makes his Major League debut for the Yankees and beats Boston 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher‚ former BC pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season as the first ML team to score in every game of the campaign.  Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.


1929: The Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth Day at Fenway by winning 5-3 over the Red Sox. The Babe is 2-for-3 with a double. Tom Zachary wins his 12th without a loss: his 12-0 season record has still not been equalled.


1927: The Yankees win their 106th game‚ 6-0 over Detroit‚ for a new AL high. They will win 110‚ a record until the 1954 Indians win 111. George Pipgras is the complete-game winner for New York today.


1925: At the Stadium‚ Babe Ruth hits a 10th inning grand slam with the Yankees down by 3 runs to give trhe homesiders a 6-5 win. It is the first so-called Ultimate Grand Slam this century‚ and the only one in the AL to date that will come in extra innings. The next UGS by a Yankee will also come in extra innings – Jason Giambi’s 14th inning blow in 2002. Ruth’s shot, off George ‘Sarge’ Connally in relief of Red Faber‚ makes a winner of starter Ben Shields.

1923: Detroit pitcher Ray Francis,  with a 3-0 lead over the Yankees, intentionally walks Babe Ruth with the bases loaded, and then hangs on for the victory.


1921: At the Polo Grounds‚ George Uhle shuts out the Yankees for a 9-0 win to put the Indians back in a virtual tie with New York for 1st place. Outfielder Smoky Joe Wood (below) has a triple, and in 66 games‚ he will have 60 RBI in 194 at bats‚ the most ever by a player with fewer than 200 AB. He will not play tomorrow.


1920: In the first game of a twinbill‚ Babe Ruth becomes the first Major leaguer to attain the 50 home run mark, launching one off the Senators’ Jose Acosta. He adds no.51 in a 4-for-4 second game‚ a 2-1 win‚ to give the Yankees a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Jim Shaw are by Del Pratt.


1910: Early ’30s Yankee outfielder Dixie Walker is born.


1907: After Cleveland’s Addie Joss (below) fired a one-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Highlanders yesterday‚ teammate Heinie Berger matches him today‚ also against the hapless New Yorkers. This is the second time so far this century that teammates have thrown back-to-back one-hitters. Cleveland win, 6-0.


1903: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders take a pair from the St. Louis Browns‚ winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jack Chesbro is the victor in the opener with a bit of help from the Browns John Anderson (below). The Browns make 4 straight hits in the 8th‚ and an error by Kid Elberfeld on Anderson’s grounder loads the bases. With Bob Wallace batting, Anderson inexplicably takes off for second base and is thrown out trying to scramble back to first, a play that will be referred to in the early part of the century as a ‘John Anderson’. Wallace strikes out on the play. Anderson explains that “I got too far off first base and couldn’t get back.” To which his manager Jimmy McAleer responds‚ “Tell me‚ you big bum‚ where did you think you were going?” After the game, New York manager Clark Griffith raises the possibility of a trade again and finds that the price has gone down. “Give me an old bat bag or anything‚” says McAleer‚ “and take the big stiff.” Anderson will be swapped to New York next month.


9/23 in Yankee History


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1955: After losing the first game of a twinbill with the Red Sox 8-4‚ the Yanks clinch the 21st pennant in club history by winning 3-2.Don Larsen, with Whitey Ford, in a sparkling relief effort‚ notches the win. Ford gets Ted Williams to ground into a DP with the bases loaded.


1937: The Yankees back into another pennant (the 9th in franchise history), 1937: losing 9-5 to the Browns but clinching the flag anyway when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig’s 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.



On other 23rds of September…

2007: Leonel Fernandez Reyna (below), president of the Dominican Republic, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stadium. UIn the game with Blue Jays that follows, Mike Mussina outpitches young Dustin McGowan, while Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Doug Mientkiewicz,Robbie Cano deliver RBI singles; the big offensive star, though, is Jose Molina, with three hits in four tries and three RBI.

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2003: The Yankees clinch the AL East title by shutting out Chicago 7-0. Jason Giambi leads the New York attack with a double and a home run.


1997: In a dress rehearsal for the playoffs‚ the Indians rally from a 9-2 deficit to shock the Yankees, 10-9. Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run homers‚ while David Justice and Sandy Alomar Jr. also homer for the Tribe.


1984: The Yankees are on the losing end as Sparky Anderson becomes the first manager ever to win 100 games in a season with 2 different clubs when his Tigers win 4-1.  Anderson had led the Reds to 100-win seasons in 1970‚ 1975‚ and 1976.


1978: The Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox is trimmed back down to one game when Cleveland scalp New York 10-1. One-time wunderkind David Clyde gets the win for the Tribe.


1966: The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees 2-1‚ pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre. It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last pitcher in pinstripes  to lose 20 games was sad Sam Jones, who lost 21 in 1925. Fortunately for Stottlemyre, only 1,440 fans turn out at the Stadium for the game.


1964: The sizzling Yanks win their 9th in a row‚ sweeping the Tribe‚ 4-3 in 11 innings and 6-4. Elston Howard’s homer off Luis Tiant snaps a tie in the opener. John Romano homers in each game for the Indians while recently acquired Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for New York. Ramos‚ however‚ will not be eligible for the World Series.


1961: An ailing Mickey Mantle’s career-high 54th HR‚ his last of the regular season‚ helps New York beat Boston 8-3. Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning‚ but wins his 25th.


1950: The Yankees‚ tied for 1st place with the Tigers and 2 games ahead of Boston‚ open a crucial series with the Red Sox at the Stadium.  Joe DiMaggio’s 1st inning HR off Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed, as the Bombers win 8-0. Ed Lopat gives up 5 hits‚ including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio, in posting his 100th career win.


1949: Following yesterday’s rainout‚ the Yankees play a doubleheader with the Senators. Washington take the opener‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings when Sid Hudson’s pop fly off Joe Page falls between Tommie Henrich and second baseman George Stirnweiss. Fred Sanford salvages the 2nd game for New York‚ winning 7-1.


1941: A triple by Eddie Collins Jr. triggers a two-run ninth inning rally as the A’s beat the Yankees 9-8. Red Ruffing takes the loss, despite hitting a homer, triple and single and driving in 3 runs. Four errors by his defense, including three by second baseman Joe Gordon, help the A’s along. Joe DiMaggio homers and knocks in two runs to better his position in his race for the league RBI crown with idle teammate Charlie Keller. Bill Dickey plays four innings to set a Major League of catching 100 games in each of 13 seasons, breaking the previous standard of 12 set by Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk.


1934: The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox‚ but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener‚ a 1-0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run‚ off George Hockette‚ to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap‚ Boston score 4 in the 5th‚ but the Yankees tie it  on Lou Gehrig’s 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th‚ the Babe  emerges from the  dugout as a pinch hitter‚ but lines out. New York then scores the winner  in the 10th on Ben Chapman’s single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits‚ including a homer‚ in the two games.


1933: The Yankees make 5 errors‚ 3 by Frank Crosetti‚ but have enough firepower  to outslug the Red Sox 16-12. Included in New York’s 23 hits are homers by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig‚ number 31 for each; Lou adds two doubles and a  single. Sam Byrd‚ Ben Chapman‚ and Crosetti have three hits apiece‚ and reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his first hit of the year. The Red Sox chase winning pitcher Herb Pennock in the 6th‚ but fall short at the end.


1921: Trailing in the standings by 2 percentage points‚ the Indians come to New York for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt’s arm and Babe Ruth’s 3 doubles beat them in the opener, 4-2.


1915: In the first of two games‚ the Yanks top the Browns 7-0. George Sisler vacates his post at first base to pitch one perfect inning of relief for St. Louis.

1910: George Stallings, convinced that Hal Chase tried to throw a game but unable to make the charge stick‚ is replaced by his charismatic first sacker as manager of the 2nd-place Highlanders   for the season’s final 11 games. On his own‚ Prince Hal will lead the New Yorkers downhill to 6th place in 1911.


1908: Cleveland win their 10th straight game‚ defeating the Highlanders and Jack Chesbro,  9-3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th‚ while Bob Rhoads pitches strong ball until the 9th‚ when he allows 2 runs. Nap Lajoie (below) has no official at bats‚ getting hit by the pitch 3 times‚ tying a AL record‚ and walking his other time up.


9/22 in Yankee History

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1966: A crowd of 413‚ the all-time record low for Yankee Stadium‚ see the White Sox beat New York 4-1. Yankee Broadcaster Red Barber insists that TV cameras pan over the empty seats‚ a decision that will cost the legendary  play-by-play man his job with the Yankee organization and with WPIX.


1946: Yogi Berra makes his Yankee debut. In a doubleheader against the A’s, the freshman catcher belts a 2-run homer off Jesse Flores in game 1. Also taking a bow today is Bobby Brown, at shortstop. New York sweep the twinbill, 4-3 and 7-4.



On other 22nds of September… 

2009: The Yankees are the first team to clinch a playoff spot after a 6 – 5 win over the Angels. Alex Rodriguez drives in Brett Gardner on a sacrifice fly in the 9th; he has a homer and 3 RBI in the game. Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless 9th inning for the save.


2003: The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-3 in 10 innings‚ despite a pair of homers by Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s homer in the first is his 13th  leadoff homer of the season to set a new ML mark.


1985: Ron Guidry becomes the AL’s first 20-game winner this season as the Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4.


Off the field, Billy Martin continues a familiar pattern… One night after a fight with a patron in the bar of the Cross Keys Inn‚ the team’s Baltimore hotel‚ the Yankee manager has his right  arm broken by pitcher Ed Whitson in an early-morning brawl in the same watering hole.


1964: The Yankees sweep Cleveland‚ winning 5-3 and 8-1. In the doubleheader‚ the Yanks get home runs from Mickey Mantle‚ Joe Pepitone‚  Roger Maris and Phil Linz.


1961: Bob Geren, Yankee starting catcher from 1988 to 1991, is born, Happy 51st, Bob!


1957: In the 4th inning‚ Ted Williams hits his 4th homer in 4 games and four at bats to tie the ML record for  consecutive round-trippers. He adds a single‚ going 2-for-2 with two walks‚ but  the Yankees top the Red Sox at the Stadium 5-1‚ as starter Tom
Sturdivant (15-6) is the winner over Dave Sisler (7-7). With the victory‚ the Yanks clinch at least a tie for the pennant.


1956: At Fenway‚ Don Larsen tries out his new no-windup delivery for the first time. He allows just 4 hits‚ including a Ted Lepcio homer‚ in beating the the Red Sox 2-1. Tommy Byrne gets Ted Williams on a grounder to the third for the last out.


Off the field, Jesse Tannehill, workhorse of the Highlander pitching staff during the franchise’s inaugural season in New York in 1903, dies at the age of 82.


1935: Competing for prizes donated by Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey‚ the Yanks defeat Boston in a pre-game Field Day at Fenway‚ winning 4 of 5 events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash, nipping jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox player Skinny Graham comes third.  The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at second base on the fly; Joe Glenn’s is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive‚ and the Yankees win the walking relay in‚ well‚ a walk.
Chief interest is concentrated on the final event‚ the four-man relay around the bases‚ with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds‚ the Yankee squad of George Selkirk‚ Jesse Hill‚ Red Rolfe‚ and Chapman pass the baton ahead  of the quartet of Mel Almada‚ Hank Johnson‚ Dusty Cooke and Graham. The field day will  be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.


In the doubleheader that follows, a record crowd of 47‚627 – with 10‚000 turned away – watch the Yankees sweep the Sox‚ 6-4 and 9-0. New York stop Wes Ferrell’s bid to win his 25th in game one‚ and Walter ‘Jumbo’ Brown‚ gives up just 4 hits in the nitecap. In game 2‚ the Yanks have 7 ground rule doubles into the roped-off crowd. The Sunday Law stops the game after 8 innings.


1932: The Yanks overcome two homers by Jimmie Foxx, one a grand slam‚ and edge the Athletics in 10 innings‚ 8-7. Foxx now  has 56 homers. The Yanks comeback starts in the 8th inning when Lou Gehrig hits a 2-run homer‚ his 33rd. Myril Hoag’s blast in the 9th ties it for NY. Lou also doubles in the 10th, and Tony Lazzeri (below) brings him across with the game-winning single.


1927: Against the Tigers, Babe Ruth hits his 56th homer‚ off Ken Holloway, and the Yankees edge Detroit 8-7. Earl Combs adds a record three consecutive triples in the win.


1925: Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park homers in an 11-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader with the White  Sox at the Stadium. The Sox take the nitecap 4-2. Paschal will have7 homers this month‚ a Yankee rookie record for September that will  stand until Shane Spencer’s arrival in 1998.


1920: Future Yankee manager and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon is born.


9/21 in Yankee History


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2008: Yankee Stadium mark I hosts its final game, a 7-3 victory over the Orioles. Brian Roberts grounds to first baseman Cody Ransom for the last out, and Andy Pettitte gets the win for the Bombers.



On other 21sts of September…

2002: Behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte, the Yankees beat the Tigers 3-2 to clinch the AL East for the 5th straight year.


2001: Mariano Rivera blows a save‚ giving up a 2-run walkoff single to Jerry Hairston Jr. as the Orioles prevail‚ 7-6. Mo will still lead the AL with 50 saves‚ the league’s most since Dennis Eckersley’s 51 in 1992.



2000: David Wells, now in a Blue Jays uniform returns to haunt his old mates, Toronto defeat the Yankees 3-1‚ as the former Mr. Perfecto becomes the majors’ first 20-game winner of the year.


1971:  Dave McNally shuts out the Yankees 5-0 for his 20th win. It is the 4th straight 20-win year for the Oriole ace.


1968: At the Stadium‚ Red Sox pitcher Ray Culp fires his 3rd successive shutout‚ stopping the Yankees on one hit‚ 2-0. Roy White’s single in the 7th is the only safety for the pinstripers. It is Culp’s 15th win of the year.

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1963: Yogi Berra hits his 358th and last Major League home run, Mickey Mantle goes long as well, but it’s not enough, as the Kansas City A’s prevail, 5-3.


Off the field, Cecil Fielder, who will contribute hugely to the Yanks’ fortunes 1996, is born. Happy 49th, CF!


1961: At the Stadium, Roger Maris is held hitless in 4 at bats‚ as the Orioles win 5-3 behind Jack Fisher’s 3-hitter. All the runs off him are unearned. Maris is the only Yankee regular to play the entire game.


1956: First baseman Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron has 5 hits‚ but the Series-bound Yankees strand a Major League-record 20 base runners in losing to the Red Sox in Boston‚ 13-7. Three times they leave the bases loaded. Against a favourite target, Frank Sullivan, Mickey Mantle has two singles and sends a 480-foot homer into the center field bleachers that soars to the right and hits the brick wall about a foot from the top. It is one of the longest home runs ever hit at Fenway. His 3 hits raise his average to .353‚ 3 points behind Ted Williams, who collects two hits today. Billy Klaus has 5 RBIs to lead the Sox.


1954: Just 1‚912 fans‚ an all-time Yankee Stadium low‚ turn out in the Bronx to see rookie Bob Grim win his 20th‚ a four-hit‚ 3-1 triumph over Washington. Dean Stone, also a freshman, takes the loss. The victory gives the Yanks 101 wins‚ and makes Grim only the second  Yankee rookie in history to win 20. His 20 wins in less than 200 innings (199) makes him the most efficient 20-game winner ever.
The Yanks will finish with 103 victories‚ just one under the ML record for second place clubs held by the 1909 Cubs and 1942 Dodgers.


1952: A’s rookie Harry Byrd is the hard-luck loser to New York and Allie Reynolds in a 1-0 result. Byrd will be named the AL Rookie of the Year. Reynolds strikes out 8 to move ahead of Bobby Shantz 153 to 152 for the AL lead.


1949: At the Stadium, the Yankees take an 8-1 lead against Chicago‚ only to see the White Sox rally for a 9-8 win.Gus Zernial swats a 3-run homer in the 9th off Joe Page for the victory. Yankee starter Tommy Byrne (below) takes a no-hitter into the 6th inning‚ gives up a double and one out later leaves with a sore shoulder. New York now lead by 2 games.tbb


1945: Playing at home, the Yankees again dent the Senators’ pennant aspirations‚ beating them 5-3 behind homers by Nick Etten and George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss. The Tigers drop to 1 1/2 games behind the idle Tigers. The Senators lose Harlond Clift, who is beaned by a batting practice pitch and suffers a concussion. Yesterday will prove to be his last ML game.


1927: The first-place Yankees drop a 6-1 decision to the  Tigers as Bob ‘Fats’ Fothergill extends his hitting streak to 20 games. Fothergill’s streak will end tomorrow but he will go 36-for-72 in the 20 games, a .500 average, the same average he had during a 20-game skein  over 1926-27.


1926; Behind Waite Hoyt’s two-hitter‚ the Yankees bomb the White Sox 14-0 to maintain their 3-game lead in the AL. Babe Ruth has a triple and hits his 44th homer. Al Simmons is 2nd in the AL with 19.

1923: Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of baseball writers for the AL  MVP award.



1916: The Sporting News reports that Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell has entered a hospital to dry out and that he is completely cured.



1904: The Boston Americans sweep a pair from Philadelphia‚ winning 5-1 and 4-3 to move a half game behind the leading Highlanders‚ losers at Washington‚ 4-2. Walter Clarkson (below) takes the loss for the tourists.



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