9/17 in Yankee History
2011: Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman’s Major League record with his 602nd career save in the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Blue Jays. Rivera is backed by home runs from Alex Rodriguez, playing in his first game since aggravating a wrist injury on September 9th, and Curtis Granderson, who becomes the first Yankees center fielder since Mickey Mantle in 1961 to hit 40 home runs in a season.
2002: Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits‚ including a double and a home run, but the Yankees fall to the Devil Rays anyway, 9-7. Bernie Williams scores his 100th run inthe loss to reach that mark for the 7th straight year. He is the 4th Yankee to score 100 this year‚ the first time this has happened on the team since 1941. Williams and Derek Jeter combine to tie the ML record for consecutive years for two teammates having 100+ runs.
1998: Chester ‘Red’ Hoff‚ the longest-lived ex-Major Leaguer, dies at the age of 107. Huff pitched for the Yankees and Browns in 1911-13 and 1915 and struck out the first batter he ever faced – Ty Cobb.
1993: In a last try for the division title, the Yankees obtain 40-year-old veteran Frank Tanana from the Mets for minor league pitcher Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0-2 to finish out his career at 240-236‚ and set an ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.
1978: Boston finally win against the Yankees‚ taking a 7-3 victory at the Stadium as Dennis Eckersley and Andy Hassler combine to stop the Yankees on 4 hits. The Yanks score 2 unearned runs in the 8th on Butch Hobson’s 2nd error of the game (and his 42nd of the year). Yaz‚ playing center field in place of an injured Fred Lynn‚ collects his 14th homer of the year in the 9th inning.
1968: Yankee shortstop Gene Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Tom Matchick in the 7th‚ but Detroit clinch the AL pennant with a 2-1 win. Detroit are ahead 1-0 when Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey phones Tiger GM Jim Campbell with the news that the Sox have beaten the Orioles, clinching the pennant for the Tigers. Campbell keeps the score off the radio and the scoreboard‚ fearing the news will send fans rampaging onto the field. Don Wert singles home the winner in the 9th, and the fans tear down the left field screen anyway.
1964: The Yankees beat the Angels 6-2 to lock on to first place for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle have 3 hits each. Mantle’s include his 2‚000th career hit and his 450th HR‚ his 31st of the year. The Yankees have taken two in a row, and will run their win streak to 11 games.
1961: In Detroit‚ Roger Maris triples off Terry Fox in the 7th to put the Yanks ahead‚ Detroit tie it and‚ then in the 12th‚ Maris faces Fox again, with Tony Kubek on second base. Maris steps out of the box to watch a long skein of Canadian geese fly over Tiger Stadium‚ then
steps in and belts the first pitch for his 58th homer of the year.
1960: With Ty Cobb among the 49‚055 fans in attendance at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle powers a 2-run homer‚ his 35th‚ off the O’s Chuck Estrada to give the homesiders a 2-0 lead in the 1st. Yogi Berra adds a home run in the 8th. Bobby Richardson’s liner off Estrada’s glove drives in 2 runs for a 5-3 New York win.
1958: Despite a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hammers a Jim Bunning pitch down the right field line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue‚ some 500 feet away. The 2-run homer is all the scoring that Bunning allows as the Tigers win 5-2.
1955: Phil Rizzuto and Bob Cerv pull off a 1st inning double steal‚ but the Scooter is knocked unconscious in the 4th when Red Sox hurler George Susce beans him. Tommy Byrne’s 4-hitter gives New York a critical 4-1 win‚ as the Indians bow to the Tigers. New York’s woes continue: following an out‚ Moose Skowron kicks a water cooler and breaks a toe.
1952: Behind Mickey Mantle’s two doubles and a homer, the Yanks roll 12-3 at Detroit‚ for New York’s 6th straight win. Mantle‚ hitting lefty against Bill Wright, drills his line drive homer just below the right field roof. Hank Bauer adds a homer off starter Virgil Trucks, while Walt Dropo clubs his 28th for Detroit. Bob Kuzava is the winner. New York maintain their 2 1/2 game lead.
1951: The Yanks break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 9th when‚ with the bases loaded‚ Phil Rizzuto squeezes Joe DiMaggio home with the winning run. The score‚ off Cleveland’s Bob Lemon, gives Eddie Lopat his 20th win of the year. The Yanks now lead Cleveland by 1 game and Boston by 2 1/2.
1938: Hank Greenberg (below) connects for his 52nd and 53rd homers‚ off Monte Pearson, to lead Detroit to a 7-3 win over the Yankees. Hank is now two games ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1934: The Yankees come into Detroit for their last chance to catch the league-leaders, and lose the opener‚ as veteran Al ‘General’ Crowder beats Lefty Gomez with a 3-0 shutout.
1931: In the first of two‚ the Yankees and Red Ruffing rough up the Browns and George Blaeholder 17-0. A Bill Dickey grand slam is the big blow. The Yanks take the nitecap‚ 6-1 behind Lefty Gomez’s three hitter and babe Ruth’s 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Ruth has connected for a home run in every park in the AL‚ a feat he has accomplished every year since 1919‚ except 1922. No other American Leaguer has homered in every park in a season.
1928: Wilcy Moore, the Yankee bullpen hero of 1927‚ goes home for the year with an ailing arm after working just 60 innings.
1922: Browns southpaw Hub Pruett‚ who has fanned Ruth 9 of 10 times over the season‚ is reached for a homer by the Bambino‚ but he still beats the Yankees 5-1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation when he takes the field, but the partisan crowd in center are quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning in an attempt to distract Yanks pinch hitter Norm McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his hitting streak to 41 games.
1904: More than 23‚000‚ reputedly the largest crowd in Boston history‚ show up for a showdown twinbill with the New York Highlanders. New York score 3 runs in each of the first 2 innings against Bill Dinneen. Jack Chesbro (below) holds on for a 6-4 win‚ his 7th victory in a row. But Cy Young tops New York‚ 4-2‚ in the nitecap‚ beating Ned Garvin‚ recently acquired from Brooklyn. The two teams split their three doubleheaders and at the end of the day New York (80-50) have a half game lead over Boston (81-52).