9/01 in Yankee History
1998: David Wells comes close to his second perfect game of the year, retiring the first 20 A’s to face him until Jason Giambi singles up the middle on an 0-2 pitch with two down in the seventh. Mike Blowers singled on a full count leading off the eighth, but that will all for the Oakland hit column, as Wells shuts them out 7-0 while facing just 29 batters. The lefty’s teammates give him an early cushion, plating 4 runs in the 1st off Tom Candiotti. Boomer also racks up 13 strike outs in the win.
1997: Before 50‚869 at the Vet‚ the Phillies defeat the Yankees 5-1 behind Curt Schilling‚ who fans 16 batters in 8 innings of action‚ and does not walk a man. The Phils will win the next to sweep the series with the defending World champs.
1990: The Yankees continue to lurch towards their worst finish since 1912, as Andy Hawkins fails to get out of the 1st inning at Boston. The low point of the 15-1 loss is Mike Greenwell’s inside-the-park grand slam off Greg Cadaret that eludes Jesse Barfield and rolls around Fenway’s curved right-field wall.
1972: Charlie Spikes collects two hits in his Yankee debut and makes a spectacular catch in right field, while Mel Stottlemyre blanks the White Sox on four hits, 4-0. Spikes will be traded to Cleveland in the off-season as part of the deal that brings Graig Nettles to New York.
1963: Tom Tresh joins teammate Mickey Mantle among 4 AL and 5 NL players to have hit home runs left- and right-handed in one
game. The Yanks beat Baltimore 5-4. A tired Mantle‚ who had partied the
night before‚ adds a pinch homer in the 8th‚ jumping on the first pitch
from Mike McCormick.
1961: The AL’s biggest crowd of the year‚ 65‚566‚ see Whitey Ford and Don Mossi at Yankee Stadium as a weekend battle for first place begins. Two-out‚ 9th-inning hits by Elston Howard, Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron give the Bombers a 1-0 win over the Tigers.
1957: The Yankees obtain Sal Maglie from the Dodgers. Although ‘the Barber’ arrives too late to qualify to pitch in the World Series, his two wins and three saves in six games down the stretch will make him a worthwhile acquisition.
1953: Chicago’s Virgil Trucks surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle in the 7th that proves to be the game-winner‚ as the White Sox lose to the Yankees‚ 3-2.
1944: Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semipro pitcher Arnie ‘Jug’ Thesenga (below)‚ who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Nats rally to win 10-7 behind reliever Roger Wolff, who snaps a personal 11-game losing streak.
1931: In doubleheader action against the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 5 days and homers in his 6th consecutive game when he connects in a 5-1 second game win.. The blast‚ his 40th of the year‚ comes in the 3rd inning off Ed Morris. Gehrig also goes long in the lidlifting 11-3 win against Milt Gaston‚ belting his 39th homer in the 7th inning. The Iron Horse finishes the day with 6 RBI and has knocked in 21 runs in the past 6 games. With the A’s losing to Washington‚ New York are now 1/2 game out of second place.
1930: A Labor Day crowd of 72‚000 pack the Stadium to see the Yankees split with the World Champion A’s. The visitors take the opener‚ 3-2‚ with Lefty Grove coming on in relief to strike out Babe Ruth with 2 on to end the game. The Babe drives in a run in the nitecap for a 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his second two-hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
1928: In Washington‚ Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as ‘Approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats‚
hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away,’ according to the NY Times. Alas‚ the Yankees win, 8-3. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel’s 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has 3 RBI. Garland Braxton takes the loss.
1906: Like a hired mule… The Highlanders win their 6th game in 3 days from
Washington‚ sweeping their 3rd straight doubleheader‚ 5-4 and 5-3‚ for an AL record. Three days later‚ they will move into first place‚ sweeping Boston 7-0 and 1-0 for their 5th straight doubleheader sweep‚ a Major League record.