9/15 in Yankee History


1997: Seventh-inning RBI from Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams carry Andy Pettitteand the Yankees to a 7-6 win over Aaron Sele and the Red Sox.



1985: The Yankees trade minor league pitcher Jim Deshaies and two other minor leaguers to be named later to the Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro, reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the first time since 1974 with the Braves.


1978: The Yankees, now 1 1/2 games in front of Boston‚ open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Ron Guidry again gives up only 2 Boston hits and wins a 4-0 shutout. Chris Chambliss (below) and Graig Nettles hit successive homers‚ off Luis Tiant‚ in the 4-run 4th.



1977: The Yankees purchase Dave Kingman from the Angels. It’s Kingman’s 4th team this year: he started the season with the Mets‚ was traded to San Diego in June‚ and shopped to the Angels for cash on September 6. “King Kong’ will hit 4 homers for the Yankees‚ giving him 26‚ a since-broken record for most homers in 2 leagues in one season (Deron Johnson hit 20 in 1973).


1961: The Yankees set a new AL record for most homers in a season (222)‚ as they split a doubleheader in Detroit‚ winning 11-1 and losing 4-2. Circuit blows by Moose Skowron and Yogi Berra in the opener help Whitey Ford win his 24th and increase New York’s homer total to 222 This breaks the old mark set by the 1947 Giants and tied by the 1956 Reds. Cash and Steve Boros homer in the nitecap to back Ron Kline’s 7-hitter.



1950: For a ML-record 6th time, Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game‚ but the Yankees lose 9-7 at Detroit. Mize matches Babe Ruth’s mark of doing it in both leagues‚ but the Bambino only had 2 three-homer games. With the victory‚ the Tigers recapture first place
from New York.



1937: Two weeks ago‚ AL President William Harridge upheld Cleveland’s protest of the August 6 Yankee win‚ and the entire game is replayed as the second game of today’s doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all stats retained except those following the disputed call. The Indians take the regularly scheduled game‚ 5-4‚ then lose the replay‚ 3-1.



1929: The Yankees and Indians trade shutouts‚ with New York winning the opener‚ 1-0 behind Tom Zachary (11-0). Zachary allows 4 hits. In the nitecap‚ Willis Hudlin is even stingier‚ giving up 3 singles‚ as Cleveland wins‚ 10-0. It is Hudlin’s 14th win over New York in the past three seasons.



1926: The Yankees beat the Indians 6-4‚ as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the ML record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.



1921: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 55 in New York’s 10-6 win over the Browns in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yanks also take game 2‚ 13-5.



1908: The Highlanders’ Pete Wilson makes his Major League debut by shutting out Boston‚ 1-0.


1904: In the4 opener of a twinbill, Boston edge New York‚ 3-2‚ to move back into first place in the AL. Jesse Tannehill (below) allows 9 hits in besting the Highlanders’ Al Orth.The nitecap is called after 9 innings with the score 1-1.


1881: Slow Joe Doyle, who as a Highlander became the first Major League pitcher of the 20th century to throw a shutout in his first two starts, is born.


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