9/04 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1993: Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians, blanking them by a score of 4-0.
1941: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant‚ the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees have needed only 136 games‚ giving them a 91-45 record. Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.
1923: ‘Sad Sam’ Jones no-hits the Athletics‚ 2-0‚ beating Bob Hasty. The Yankee hurler becomes the only man in AL history thus far to throw a no-hitter without recording a strikeout. Babe Ruth is the only batter on either side to fan, and drops a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann as a result. Not until Ken Holtzman of the Cubs in 1969 will another pitcher toss a no-hitter with no Ks.
On other 4ths of September…
2006: Trailing 5-1, the Yankees erupt for 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.
2001: The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees 14-0. Andy Pettitte lasts just 3 innings in losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, giving up 6 hits while striking out 11.
1998: The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the season‚ defeating the White Sox 11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. Bernie Williams leads New York with a pair of homers and 4 RBI.
1996: Andy Pettitte wins his 20th as the Yankees prevail over the A’s‚ 10-3. Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo blasts in the 4th inning. The Yanks’ last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.
Off the field, Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base after the Iron Horse’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended, dies at age 84.
1995: Jorge Posada makes his Yankee/Major League debut, replacing Jim Leyritz behind the plate in the 9th inning of a 13-3 romp over Seattle at the Stadium. Andy Pettite gets the win, and Derek Jeter also comes in late at shortstop, making this the first time that at least three of the ‘Core Four’ have appeared in the same game.
1992: Yankee outfielder Roberto Kelly ties a major league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the seventh time this year. Pittsburgh’s Dale Berra set the mark in 1983. Texas receiver Ivan Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in New York’s 6-3 victory.
1991: After 30 years‚ the asterisk attached to Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 is expunged by an 8-man Committee for Statistical
Accuracy. Regarding the removal of the asterisk‚ historian Bill Deane later points out‚ “It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed.
Maris’ record was‚ from 1962 until 1991‚ listed separately from Babe Ruth’s and was never actually defined by ‘some distinctive mark.’” The committee also define a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit.
Lou Gehrig’s 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220‚000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco‚ becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. An autographed Gehrig bat also sells, for $47‚500.
1978: Behind Ron Guidry’s 20th win‚ the Yankees take the first game of a doubleheader with Detroit 9-1. New York score 8 in the 7th. Detroit win the second contest 5-4 to keep New York 5 games behind Boston.
1972: The Yankees split with the Orioles‚ losing 4-3 before winning 5-2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in fourth place‚ but the logjam in the AL East is so tight that they are just 1/2 game out of first. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren’s 3-run homer off Fritz Peterson is the big blow in the opener, while the Yankees take the night cap behind Bobby Murcer’s three hits‚ including a homer.
1965: At the Stadium‚ the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees‚ winning 1-0 and 7-2. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the second game‚ off Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for New York. Against nemesis Dick Radatz in the 8th‚ Mickey Mantle bunts foul on a two-strike pitch‚ the second time he’s struck out bunting against the hulking Boston reliever.
1964: The Yankees overcome two homers by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A’s‚ 9-7‚ in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. With the Orioles losing today‚ Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are
virtually tied for first‚ with New York (77-56) three games back.
1961: Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a painful and swollen forearm for the traditional Labor Day doubleheader‚ but the Yanks get along without him as they take the pair from the Senators‚ 5-3 and 3-2. The sweep moves the Yanks 6 games up on the slumping Tigers‚
who lose 6-3 to the Orioles and trail 4-1 in a game suspended in the 9th. Mantle’s replacement John Blanchard breaks a 3-3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning homer.
1960: After 30 straight scoreless inning‚ the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 by topping New York again‚ 6-2. With 2 outs in the 7th‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada’s no-hitter‚ but Hoyt Wilhelm‚ in relief‚ preserves the win.
1955: Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning 3-run homer gives a starting push to Bob Turley, who coasts to an 8-3 win over Washington. Pedro Ramos is the losing pitcher.
1952: The Yanks re-sign veteran Charlie Keller for the remainder of the season‚ but they won’t need him today as they crush the A’s 12-2. Gil McDougald has two homers and the Yanks chase Bobby Shantz with a 7-run 7th. The lefty was trying for his 23rd victory. Allie Reynolds wins his 17th‚ spoiling Chief Bender night at Shibe Park. The former A’s ace received a plaque before yesterday’s day game, and tonight receives a check for $6‚000‚ gifts‚ and a scroll with the signatures of 150‚000 Philadelphians. On hand are former teammates Frank Baker‚ Rube Oldring, Len Blackburne and Ira Thomas.
1949: Looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run, the Yankees pick up one-time Dodger relief ace Hugh Casey, who was released by the Pirates in early August.
1945: Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber (below)‚ 43‚ who last pitched in the Majors in 1923 and in the minors in 1931‚ relieves for the Bombers against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1/3 innings‚ but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win going aweay, 10-0. The 22 years between appearances is a Major League record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when‚ in an 11-4 loss to Detroit‚ he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.
1944: The Boys from the Bronx move past St. Louis and Detroit by bombing the A’s 10-0 and 14-0. Two rookies are winners‚ Monk Dubiel in the opener and Mel Queen in the nitecap. Queen had a double and 2 singles in the opener and George Stirnweiss has a steal in each game to run his total to 49. Bobo Newsom takes the loss in the opener while Luke Hamlin gives up 19 hits in a complete game loss in game 2. It’s the first time since May 31st that the Yanks have been in first place. The Red Sox are in 4th place‚ but only 3 games behind.
1920: At Fenway, 33‚000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th in the opener to give New York a 5-3 win. In the nitecap‚ Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5-3 lead into the
9th‚ then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run, and Boston prevail 6-5.
1908: At Hilltop Park, Walter Johnson opens a series against New York by besting Jack Chesbro 3-0‚ allowing 6 hits in the Washington win.
1906: The Highlanders complete a Major League record 5th doubleheader sweep in a row – in as many days – as they tally a twin whitewashing of Boston‚ 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8 and stretch to 15 victories‚ propelling New
York to a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL. The winning hurlers for the denizens of Hilltop Park are Walter Clarkson (below) and Al Orth.