9/08 in Yankee History
2009: Nick Swisher gets his first pie, hitting a walkoff 9th inning homer to beat Tampa Bay. Chad Gaudin leaves with a 2-1 lead over Rays’ ace David Price in the 7th, but Jason Bartlett shocks Phil Hughes and the 45,000-plus in attendance with a game-tying blast in the 8th. The deciding blow is Swisher’s second homer of the game, and the win gives the homesiders a 90-50 mark.
2000: The Yankees blank the Red Sox 4-0 behind Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Boston pitcher Bryce Florie is struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of part-time New York outfielder Ryan Thompson. The Boston hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket‚ the bone that surrounds the eye‚ and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery and return to pitch next season.
1992: Yankee outfielder Danny Tartabull goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers and a double‚ and drives in 9 runs as New York defeat Baltimore‚ 16-4. Scott Sanderson is the winner.
1984: The Yankees break a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the 6th, and go on to roll over the Red Sox 12-6. Toby Harrah paces the 15-hit attack with 4 hits‚ and Dave Winfield one of the game’s 12 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games‚ which is and will be a career high. Joe Cowley is the winner.
1983: Yankee outfielder Steve Kemp is sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by an Omar Moreno line drive during batting practice in Milwaukee. Kemp hit just .242 with 12 HR and 49 RBI in the first year of his 5-year‚ $5.45 million contract. New York win today‚ 6-5.in an otherwise disappointing year for his club.
1979: Graig Nettles hits an 8th inning home run to help the Yankees and Ron Guidry beat Detroit‚ 5-4. It is Guidry’s 10th straight win.
1978: New York continue their rampage in Boston by scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning and 6 more in the 2nd. Boston make 7 errors to ease the Yankees’ way to a 13-2 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lou Piniella adds a double‚ a triple and a homer to back Jim Beattie’s pitching. Dwight Evans and Carlton Fisk both make a pair of miscues. New York are now 2 games in back.
1961: The Yanks rout the Indians 9-1 as Mickey Mantle hits homer no. 52‚ off Gary Belll. The Yanks win their 9th straight while Detroit lose their 8th in a row to drop 10 game in back.
1956: The Senators hold Mickey Mantle to an infield single, but the Yankee offense breaks out everywhere else, burying Washington 16-2. Five Yankees have 3 hits apiece‚ led by Hank Bauer with a double‚ a triple and a homer.
1951: At an Old-timer’s Day at the Stadium‚ former manager Joe McCarthy (below) is honoured. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning‚ Mickey Mantle belts a Bob Porterfield pitch into the last row of the right field bleachers – some 460 feet away – to break the scoreless tie. Ed Lopat shuts out the Senators for a 4-0 Yankee win.
1947: Bob Feller in relief of Bob Lemon in the 9th‚ keeps the Yankees scoreless to save a 4-3 Cleveland win. George McQuinn (below), who earlier hit two homers‚ bloops a single with a man on to chase Lemon. Bobo Newsom, who wilts in the 8th‚ is the loser‚ but New York are still 12 games in front.
1940: In a 9-4 Yankee win over the Red Sox, Joe Gordon (below) hits for the cycle to back Spud Chandler’s pitching.
1939: At Fenway, the Yankees take a 4-1 lead into the 7th when the game is stopped because of violent thunder and lightning, including a spectacular strike on the center field flagpole.
1937: It’s a day in the long Yankees-Red Sox rivalry that the latter would rather forget. In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ New York’s Red Ruffing and Boston’s Bobo Newsom battle to a 2-2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Lou Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th. Then in game 2‚ the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson through the first 8 innings, and are down 6-1 with two outs in the 9th‚ but rally for 8 runs to win 9-6. Two doubles‚ a two-base error by Joe Cronin and a single by ||Joe DiMaggio tie the score at 6 apiece. With two men on‚ Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig‚ who parks a 3-run walkoff homer in short porch in right for his 33rd round-tripper of the season. Frank Makosky‚ who pitches the 9th‚ is the winner.
1932: The Yankees and the Tigers replay their protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader‚ but end in a 7-7 tie. After the game‚ Babe Ruth, who was already out of the lineup with a stomach ache, experiences abdominal pains that he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd‚ subbing for the Babe in the opener‚ collects 5 hits for the Yanks, including 2 home runs, in a 5-4 win.
1928: Behind babe Ruth’s 3-run homer‚ the Yankees take the Senators‚ 6-3‚ but it is not enough to keep New York from dropping into second place, as the A’s take a pair from the Red Sox to move into a 1/2 game lead.
1925: The Yanks sweep a doubleheader from the Red Sox at Fenway, 5-4 and 7-4. In the nitecap, Babe Ruth hits his 300th career home run, off Chester Ross.
1922: The Yankees go back on top‚ this time to stay‚ by beating the Senators 8-1 behind Carl Mays, while the Browns lose to Detroit 8-3. New York’s win is sparked by Wally Pipp’s 6th inning 3-run homer off Walter Johnson.‚ the second homer Pipp (below) has launched off the Senator ace in 9 days.
1920: On their way to Cleveland‚ the Yanks play an exhibition game against the Pirates and suffers injuries to starters Muddy Ruel (split finger) and Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Carl Mays sitting out the Indians series to avoid any scenes‚ New York are short handed.
1919: In twinbill action at the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth hits his 26th home run of the year, off the Yankees’ Hank Thormahlen, in the opener to break Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25. The Red Sox win the game 3-1 ‚ then take the nitecap 2-0 behind Waite Hoyt’s 3-hitter. Ruth scores both runs for Boston. Buck Freeman‚ now an umpire in the American Association‚ congratulates the Babe on his feat. New York shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh ties an AL mark with 15 chances accepted in the first game‚ and 24 in the twinbill. The Tigers object to the second game‚ on the technicality that it was originally scheduled for Boston and had been postponed there.
1917: The Yankees swap shutouts with the Senators‚ winning the first game of a doubleheader 2-0 before losing 5-0 in the second contest. Doc Ayers wins the nitecap‚ his second shutout in a row over the Yankees and the third time he has beaten them in 8 days. Nick Cullop (below) takes the loss for New York. In the opening game‚ Ray Caldwell tosses his only shutout of the year.
1916: Yankee pitchers Allen Russell and Ray Keating are the victims as A’s catcher Wally Schang (below) becomes the first Major League player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. The A’s win, 8-2.