9/03 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1961: After taking the first two games against Detroit‚ New York are down 5-4
in the 9th when Mickey Mantle ties the game with his second homer of the day. Elston Howard  wins it with a 3-run drive into the left field stands and Detroit leave town 4 1/2 games off the pace. Mantle’s shot puts him at 50 home runs‚ with Maris at 53‚ making them the first teammates in history to hit 50.



On other 3rds of September…

2004: The Baltimore Orioles top the Yankees 3-1 behind Rodrigo Lopez. The loss goes to Kevin Brown who pitches 6 innings and then‚ frustrated
on a grounder he botched‚ punches a concrete wall inside the Yankees’
clubhouse‚ breaking two bones in his left (non-throwing) hand that will
require surgery. The pitcher‚ making $15.7 million per year‚ will miss the rest
of this one. New York lead in the East by 2 1/2 games.



1995: New York drop a 10-9 decision to Oakland even though Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez, who is the first Yankee since 1972 to achieve the feat, scores 3 runs and has 3 RBI.



1990: ’60s Yankee reliever Marshall Bridges dies at the age of 59



1987: The parent Yankees don’t find Dave Bresnahan’s potato gag yesterday funny either‚ and release him. Bresnahan‚ hitting .149‚ reacts to the news by saying‚ “We were 23 games out‚ what the hell?” Tomorrow night‚ their last game of the season‚ the Albany/Colonie Yankees will admit any fan for a $1 and a potato. On each potato‚ Bresnahan autographs ‘This spud’s for you.’


1960: The Orioles hand the Yankees a second straight shut out, winning 2-0 and
replacing the Yanks in 1st place by a game. Brooks Robinson has both RBIs to
back Jack Fisher’s  7-hitter. During the game in Baltimore‚ plate umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls 3 times, and is knocked unconscious by the third. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate‚ as Napp is carried off the field on a stretcher.



1958: The Yankees spot Boston a 5-3 lead before Mickey Mantle homers in the 8th and Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 8-5. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.



1952: Harry Byrd of the Philadelphia Athletics one-hits the Yankees‚ 3-0. Irv Noren’s 2nd inning double is the only safety. Bullpen coach Al ‘Chief’ Bender (below)‚ the full-blooded Chippewa who was an ace for Connie Mack in the early part of the century, is honoured before the game.



1948: The Yankees move within a 1/2 game of the leading Red Sox with a twinbill sweep of the Senators, 6-2 and 5-2. Joe DiMaggio‚ who started the day tied with Vern Stephens at 118 RBI, leads the way by knocking in 7 runs. DiMag has a pair of round-trippers in the opener‚ and a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the nitecap.



1947: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ the Yankees unleash a barrage of 18 hits‚ all of them singles‚ off three pitchers to stop the Red Sox 11-2 in game one. Bobo Newsom (below) wins his 10th. Specs Shea‚ with relief help from Joe Page, wins the second contest 9-6 to extend the Yankee lead to 12 1/2 games over
Boston. Joe DiMaggio has 6 hits in the twinbill to raise his average to .319‚ while Ted Williams‚ the AL’s leading hitter, is 5-for-9 to push his average to .328. Bobby Doerr hits his 16th homer in the nitecap.



1939: In the second game of a doubleheader, Boston’s Sunday curfew is approaching with the score standing at 7-5 in the 8th for the Yankees, the visitors start making outs to get the game in while the Red Sox start stalling. Two Yankees are walked intentionally and the Fenway fans then litter the field with cushions and other debris to help slow things down. Umpire Cal Hubbard (below) forfeits the game to the Yankees, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him‚ fines both managers for their tactics‚ and orders that the game be replayed. The Red Sox edged the Yanks in the opener, 12-11. 



1934: Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant
surge. Detroit‚ rained out in Chicago‚ hold a 5-game lead over the
Yankees‚ who split a pair with the A’s. Lefty Gomez wins his 24th and 10th
straight in the opener‚ 11-7 and Jimmie Foxx hits his 40th HR in the second game. to help the Mackmen to a 10-3 triumph. 



1927: A’s ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year‚ beating the host Yankees 1-0‚ on three hits. It is also the only game in which Murderers’ Row will be shut out this season,  Babe Ruth has a pair of singles, and the Yanks still lead by 17 games.



1921: Powered by Babe Ruth’s 50th homer and the pitching of Carl Mays, the Yankees down the host Senators‚ 9-3.



1906: Highlander infielder Kid Elberfeld, showing the temper that has earned him the nickname ‘The Tabasco Kid’‚ punches umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is
forcibly removed by police in New York’s 4-3 opening game win in a doubleheader with the Athletics. In the second game‚ New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with Philadelphia shortstop Lave Cross  trying to field a ground ball‚ and 2 runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference‚ a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that‚ after 8 minutes of arguing‚ the arbiter forfeits the game to New York. For the Highlanders, it is their fourth straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days‚ and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his assault on Silk.


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