9/10 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1962: Against Detroit’s Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle hits his 400th career home run. The shot ties the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning. The Yanks score 2 in the 9th off Aguirre to beat the Tigers 3-1. The victory‚ combined with a Minnesota loss‚ gives the Yanks a 3
1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in third place‚ 4 games back.




On other 10ths of September…

2003: The Yankees rout the Tigers by a score of 15-5 as Jorge Posada hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.



1999: The Red Sox best the Yankees 3-1‚ as Pedro Martinez hurls an impressive one-hitter for his 21st victory of the year. Martinez strikes out 17 batters‚‚ the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game. DH Chili Davis 2nd inning solo homer is New York’s only safety. Chuck Knoblauch is hit by a pitch leading off the game – this gave the Yankees their only other base-runner, but he was caught stealing‚ so Martinez faces just 1 over the minimum.



1998: A pitching duel is when the 1996 AL Cy Young Award winner meets the runner-up at the Stadium, but Pat Hentgen goes just three frames, and Andy Pettitteoutlasts him. Jose Canseco’s three-run second-inning bomb off the Yankee southpaw crowns a five-run Toronto frame, but Paul O’Neill drives in four on two home runs and a single in the first four innings of the 8-5 Yankee win.



1978: Trying to avoid a sweep, the Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprowl at the Yankees, and the young lefty lasts just 2/3  of an inning, walking 3 and allowing one hit. The Yanks take the lead and top the Red Sox 7-4 behind Ed Figueroa and Rich Gossage. Boston collect just 5 hits‚ including Fred Lynn’s 21st homer. Over the four games of the ‘Boston Massacre,’ the Yankees have outhit the Red Sox 67-21‚ and outscored them 42-9‚ making a  sweep that leaves the teams in a tie for first place‚ and caps a remarkable march by the Bombers to the top from 4th place‚ 14 games out.



1977: Toronto’s Roy Howell knocks in 9 runs with a single‚ 2 doubles‚ and 2 HRs‚ as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees 19-3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.



1974: Former AL batting champion Alex Johnson, purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers  yesterday‚ joins his new team at Fenway with the game in progress. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th‚ Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for the visitors 2-1.



1963: Randy Johnson is born. Happy 49th to the Big Unit!


1961: The Yankees sweep the Indians 7-6 and 9-3 ‚ their 12th win in a row at home and the Indians 20th loss in a row at the Stadium. Mickey Mantle hits his 53rd homer of the year in the nitecap‚ while Roger Maris‚ who fails to hit one out, stays at 56. The official scorecard credits Mantle with 2 runs scored: it will be discovered in 1995 that one of the runs should go to Moose Skowron. In the 2nd game‚ Clete Boyer sends a Jim Perry pitch into the left field corner that hits the lower deck of the grand stand and bounces back into play. While home plate ump Joe Linsalata calls it a home run, the other two umps agree with Tribe center fielder Jimmy Piersall, who contends the ball is in play. Boyer’s home run trot is interrupted at third with a tag out. Piersall’s contribution to the first game was a fistfight with a fan who climbed onto the field.



1960: In Detroit‚ Mickey Mantle unloads a cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning‚ the ball clearing the right field roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. New York pin a 5-1 loss on Paul Foytack that moves them into first place,a 1/2 game ahead of Baltimore‚ losers today. In June‚ 1985‚ Mantle’s blow will be retroactively measured at 643 feet‚ and listed in The Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.


1959: Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-6‚ including a homer, in a 12-1 romp over Kansas City.  



1955: Yankee outfielder Hank Bauer, pressed into emergency service as a catcher‚ permits a passed ball‚ setting up the winning run in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox.



1950: Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 HRs in one game at spacious Griffith Stadium‚ as the Yanks beat Washington 8-1. Joe also adds an RBI double‚ to pass the 100-RBI mark for the 9th time. The Senators lead the second game 6-2 when rain washes it out in the 4th. New York are now a 1/2 game in back of the league-leading Tigers, with Boston 1/2 game behind the Yankees.


1948: The visiting Yankees whip first-place Boston‚ 11-6‚ on Joe DiMaggio’s 10th inning grand slam off sidearmer Earle Caldwell. Both
DiMag boys have 3 hits‚ but Joe has 5 RBIs. Boston’s lead is cut to 2 1/2 games over New York‚ with Cleveland 3 1/2 back of Boston after beating Detroit‚ 10-1‚ behind knuckleballer Gene Bearden. 



1944: The Red Sox and Yankees split a pair at Fenway‚ the Sox taking the opener 3-2‚ and the Yankees the nitecap 4-3. George Metkovich has hits in both games to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25 games‚ a new Red Sox record. Metkovich hit .407 during his streak‚ but will end the year at .277. Dom DiMaggio’s will top Metko’s mark.



1934: Roger Maris is born



1927: The Yankees win their 21st game of the year against the Browns‚ but it doesn’t come easy. New York win‚ 1-0, as Wilcey Moore (below) outduels Lefty Stewart. Tony Lazzeri scores in the 8th after hitting a double‚ followed by successive sac flies.



1925: In twinbill action against the A’s at Shibe, Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one, all off Sammy Gray. The Yanks win 7-3. Then‚ Ruth and outfielder Ben Paschal (below) hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2‚ but the visitors lose 5-4.



1922: The Yankees play their farewell home games at the Polo Grounds, a doubleheader with the A’s. An estimated 40‚000 jam the stadium with another 25‚000 turned away. Joe Bush (below) beats the tourists – his former teammates – 10-3 in the opener‚ and Waite Hoyt gets the upper hand in the nitecap, 2-1.  Plans are in the works to expand the Grounds to 56‚000 capacity‚ but this is the last regular season AL game at the venue. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road‚ and then inaugurate Yankee Stadium next spring. 



1921: Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees’ 21 hits as the New Yorkers wallop the A’s 19-3. An ML record-tying five Yankees collect two hits in the 9th inning: Schang‚ Carl Mays‚ Elmer Miller‚ Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and Babe Ruth. The Bambino’s second hit, a single‚ hits Peck for the 3rd out. Winning pitcher Mays gives up 13 hits to Philadelphia in winning his 16th straight over them. 



1920: Cleveland lose 6-1 to the Yanks as Babe Ruth hits a 2-run homer. Shortstop Joe Sewell (below), brought up from the New Orleans Pelicans‚ makes his Major League debut‚ filling in for the injured Harry Lunte. Sewell goes hitless‚ but will then go 10-for-22 to win the job for the coming decade. Cleveland now lead by percentage points over the White Sox, and a 1/2  game ahead of the 3rd place Yankees.


1919: The Indians’ Ray ‘Slim’ Caldwell (below)‚ struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier‚ no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3-0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss, giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Indians win as well‚ 3-2. Roger Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances, for a total of 40 in the twinbill. 


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