9/06 in Yankee History
2004: The Stadium hosts one of the stranger episodes in recent Yankee history. As Labor Day dawns in the Bronx, the Yanks open the park and await the arrival of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who had failed to make the trip north for a weekend New York series before Hurricane Frances hit land. A doubleheader is in the offing, with game one scheduled for 1:00 pm, then delayed to 3:00. Finally the first game is postponed again and the Yankees play the Rays in one game starting at 7:00 pm. During the multi-hour wait, the Bombers hold extended batting practice to entertain the crowd, and hot dogs and soda at the concession stands are free. As Rays players finally appear from the visiting dugout, the Yankee organist plays, ‘If it takes forever, I will wait for you.’ When play finally commences, the Yanks use a four-run fourth-inning rally to post a 7-4 win, with Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandezbesting Doug Waechter.
2003: At the Stadium, Tim Wakefield allows 4 hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Roger Clemens and the Yankees 11-0 to move within 1 1/2 games of New York in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo, who appeared in the Yankee old-timers game earlier in the year‚ pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th and fouls out.
1995: With President Bill Clinton in attendance, Cal Ripken plays in his 2‚131st consecutive game‚ breaking Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. To complete the perfect evening, Ripken hits a homer off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning‚ and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees, ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout‚ and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons. On the 10th‚ he will return a punt for a touchdown. California score 6 in the 9th to beat the Yanks‚ 12-6.
1982: In an 8-2 win over the Yankees‚ Benny Ayala belts the Orioles’ 11th pinch home run of the season to break the AL record set by the 1961 Yankees. The win is Baltimore’s 9th in a row.
1981: Despite having won the first-half pennant‚ Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Bombers are only 2 games above .500 in the second half of the season.
1975: At Baltimore‚ the Orioles top the Yankees 7-6 in 13 innings, though neither manager or Yankee catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end. All are tossed in the 9th inning.
1973: The Yankees bid adieu to the Alous‚ selling Felipe to Montreal and Matty to St. Louis.
1971: Red Sox manager Eddie Kasko uses 2 entirely different 10-man lineups in a doubleheader with New York‚ but neither succeeds. The Yankees sweep, 5-3 and 3-0.
1961: Roger Maris connects for his 54th home run of the season, off Tom Cheney of the Senators‚ as the Yankees win 8-0 behind Whitey Ford’s 5-hitter. Ford is now at 23-3. John Blanchard hits a pair of homers‚ each
time following a walk to Mickey Mantle‚ and Moose Skowron and Bob Hale also go deep.
1960: In his final game at the Stadium‚ Ted Williams thumps his 518th career homer to lead Boston to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Billy Muffett’s shutout is ruined when he serves up a homer to Mickey Mantle with 2 outs in the 9th.
1954: New York only manage a split with the Red Sox‚ but it is not for lack of trying on Casey Stengel’s part. The Yankee manager uses a (since tied) record ten pinch hitters in the two games‚ including pitcher Tommy Byrne for Phil Rizzuto. Pinch hitter Joe Collins wins the opener for Jim Konstanty, 6-5 with a homer – one of five hit in the game. The Yanks blow a 6-0 lead in the nitecap to lose‚ 8-7.
1943: During the second game of a doubleheader split between the Yankees and the Athletics, Carl Scheib becomes the youngest player in AL history when he takes the mound for Philadelphia at the age of 16 years, 248 days – he allows two hits but no runs in 2/3 of an inning. The A’s take the first game 11-2, while the New Yorkers prevail in the nightcap 11-4.
1936: At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 14-5, and 4-2. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmie Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
1927: At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair‚ with New York rolling to a 14-2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. The Babe responds, however, with two homers‚ in the 6th and 7th‚ the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called ‘the longest ever hit at Fenway’ by the Sporting News. Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day‚ number 47‚ in the nitecap‚ off Jack Russell, but the terrier nips New York 5-2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season‚ but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8‚ Gehrig 6‚ the only New York roundtrippers hit there.
1915: In a doubleheader at Fenway, the Yankees are blanked by Rube Foster in the opener, 4-0. Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless in the nitecap until the 8th before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves, and the Red Sox win 5-2 for the sweep. Ruth also goes 2-for-3 at the plate.
1904: The Highlanders sweep a doubleheader at home from the A’s, with Al Orth registering a 5-2 win in the opener, and player-manager Clark Griffith (below) tossing a three-hitter for a 2-1 triumph in the nitecap. Though the Boston Americans also win, the New Yorkers move 1/2 game out in front in the neck-and-neck pennant race by virtue of the two victories.