9/16 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1939: The Yankees clinch their 4th successive pennant, and their 11th in club history, with a 10-3 win over Detroit.
On other 16ths of September…
2009: A brand-new member joins the pie party: An early 2-0 lead over Toronto on 1st inning RBI by Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui evaporates in the middle innings with Chad Gaudin on the mound. Toronto have a 4-2 lead when Matsui’s two-run homer ties it up in 8th. Johnny Damon strokes a single to start the bottom of the ninth, moves to second on a fielder’s choice, and scores on a walkoff single off the bat of Francisco Cervelli for the 5-4 Yankee victory. Mariano Rivera’s appearance in the 9th earns him his third win of the year.
2008: In action against Chicago, Derek Jeter eclipses Lou Gehrig’s mark for hits at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte’s disappointing year continues, though, as he loses to the pale Hoase, 6-2. .
2006: At the Stadium, the Red Sox and Yankees split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game 5-2. New York take the nitecap 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.
1997: The Yankees take a pair from the Red Sox‚ winning 2-0 and 4-3. Andy Pettitte pitches 8 innings in the opener‚ striking out a career-high 12. Willie Banks is the winner in the nitecap with 6 2/3 innings of work.
1996: Backed by two 3-run homers from Tim Raines, who is celebrating his 37th birthday‚ Jimmy Key stops the Blue Jays 10-0 at the SkyDome. Raines’ second homer, a 457 ft. blast to straightaway center, is the longest hit by a Yankee this year. The Yanks are now 3 games up in the AL East.
1978: With 55‚091 looking on‚ the Yankees snap a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox 3-2. New York now lead by 3 1/2 games. The Yanks open the scoring with a Reggie Jackson 2-run blast in the 5th. Both starters‚ Catfish Hunter and Mike Torrez, go the distance.
1961: At Detroit‚ Roger Maris connects for #57‚ off Frank Lary‚ to stay a game ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace. But Lary wins his 21st‚ 10-4‚ over Ralph Terry, with help from Norm Cash, who belts a homer – his 37th – and a triple. Al Kaline adds 4 hits and a sac fly.
1960: The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4-game series with the O’s just .002 in back of the Bombers.. Hector Lopez and Roger Maris swat homers to back Whitey Ford’s 4-2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off Ford are the first the Birds have scored off him at the Stadium in 33.2 innings. Bobby Shantz mops up for Whitey in the 9th.
1958: Frank ‘the Yankee Killer’ Lary is the third pitcher to beat them 7 times in the same season‚ as the Tiger ace tops them 4-2. Ed Walsh (9-1 in 1908) and Ed Cicotte (7-1 in 1916) were the others. But Lary sets the AL record for most wins in a season against a pennant winner. The NL record is 8‚ by Bob Buhl, who beat the Dodgers 8 times in 1956 while pitching for the Braves.
Off the field, former Yankee star (and AL batting champion) George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss is killed in a train wreck in Red Bank‚ New Jersey.
1956: In twinbill action at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle launches an 8th inning shot‚ his 49th of the year‚ off the facade of the upper deck in right‚ matching a blast by Ted Williams earlier in the year‚ but Early Wynn hangs on for a 4-3 nitecap win for the home side.The Yankees win the opener 10-3‚ though, to clinch at least a tie for the pennant and eliminate the Tribe from the race. Bob Lemon loses his bid for his 20th win.
1955: The Yankees‚ trailing the Indians by a 1/2 game with 11 to play‚ open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3-0 lead‚ but are behind 4-3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a homer off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it‚ and with 2 outs‚ Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning round-tripper to win it 5-4. When Detroit beat Cleveland‚ 3-0‚ the Yanks move into first to stay. Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September‚ and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.
1951: At the Stadium‚ Joe DiMaggio’s long triple off Bob Feller scores two runs in the 5th, and Allie Reynolds holds on for a 5-1 Yankee win. New York take over first place for good by a margin of .003 points over Cleveland.
1950: Rookie hurler Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit‚ 8-1 and move them back into first place. Joe DiMaggio hits his 30th HR and the Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th as Ford cruises to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Bombers into Detroit and sweep three from the Tigers.
1948; In Detroit‚ Joe DiMaggio bags out his 300th career homer, off Freddie Hutchinson‚ becoming the 8th player in MLB history to attain the mark. It is the only score for the New Yorkers as they lose 2-1. The Yankees take the nitecap‚ 8-4‚ with Joe Page (below) the winner in relief.
1945: At the Stadium, the Browns and Yankees split a pair‚ the Bombers losing the opener‚ 6-2‚ to Bob Muncrief. Vern Stephens belts a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Leadoff hitter Pete Gray is 1-for-4‚ collecting his safety off reliever Tiny Bonham. It is the last major league hit for the one-armed outfielder as he goes 0-for-3 in the nitecap‚ a 5-4 win for New York. Spud Chandler‚ the winning pitcher‚ drives in 3 runs.
1944: The Yankees lose to the A’s, 6-3, to drop into second place, a 1/2 game behind the Browns. Bill Bevens (below) takes the loss for the Bombers.
1940: Rookie Johnny Lucadello (below) of the St. Louis Browns homers from each side of the plate against Yankees in a 16-4 Browns romp. Only Wally Shang‚ in 1916‚ had accomplished the same in the AL. Mickey Mantle will be the next AL player to do it, in 1955. Today’s blasts are the only home runs Lucadello will hit all year. The Browns sweep by winning the nitecap‚ dropping the Yankees 3 1/2 games in back of the Indians.
1937: Lefty Gomez allows only three hits as the Yankees roll to an 8-0 win over Cleveland. Gomez has now won 19 games‚ while the Yankees increase their lead to 10 1/2 games over Detroit.
1922: Pennant fever rages in St. Louis‚ as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2-1‚ as George Sisler ties Ty Cobb’s 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a fly ball in the 9th‚ New York outfielder Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1‚000 reward for the name of the culprit. Then‚ to calm the crowds‚ the AL offers the explanation that Witt stepped on the bottle, which then and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.
1920: Chicago’s Dickie Kerr (below) tops the Yankees 8-3‚ the loss dropping New York to second place behind Cleveland.
1905: The Highlanders find themselves short on infielders, so right fielder Willie Keeler, who is lefthanded‚ plays second base in both games of a doubleheader with visiting Washington. The multi-talented Keeler played two games at shortstop for the Giants in 1893. New York split‚ winning 5-2 and losing 3-0.