9/18 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1956: Mickey Mantle hits his 50th HR‚ making him only the 8th player in ML history to do so. The 11th-inning blow off Chicago’s Billy Pierce gives New York a 3-2 win to clinch the 22nd pennant in club history. The Yanks had tied it in the 9th when Yogi Berra knocked in Billy Martin. New York have now hit 182 homers to tie the AL record set by the 1936 Yankees. Stengel will now bench Mantle‚ who has a pulled muscle‚ for four days to rest the slugger for the Series.
1938: Although they drop both ends of a Sunday doubleheader to the Browns, the Yankees clinch their 10th AL pennant as second-place Boston are rained out. The Browns take the lidlifter 4-3‚ the edge the Yanks 8-7. Harlond Clift (below) has a triple and 2 homers in game 2‚ including a grand slam‚ to drive in 6 runs.
On other 18ths of September…
2010: CC Sabathia becomes the Major Leagues’ first 20-game winner this year in the Yankees’ 11 – 3 pasting of the Orioles. Sabathia has twice before finished a season with 19 wins, but it is the first time he reaches the magic number. However, the Yanks fail to put some distance between themselves and Tampa Bay, as the Rays rally in the 9th to tie the game, then score the winning run on a throwing error as they defeat the Angels, 4 – 3, to remain a half-game behind the Bronx Bombers.
2009: Nobody’s perfect… Mariano Rivera gives up a 2-0ut, 2-run walkoff homer to Ichiro at Safeco Field as Seattle go home the winners, 3-2.
2000: The Indians defeat the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ as Bartolo Colon tosses a 1-hitter. Luis Polonia’s 8th inning single is the New Yorkers’ only safety.
1993: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 4-3 because of a fan who runs out on the field. With New York trailing 3-1 with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning‚ Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke‚ however‚ had called time when the fan bolted onto the field‚ giving Stanley a second chance. He singles on the next pitch. This is followed by a hit by Wade Boggs, a walk to Dion James and a single by Don Mattingly which drives home the tying and winning runs.
1979: Billy Martin reportedly pays rookie pitcher Bob Kammeyer (below) $100 to hit former Yankee Cliff Johnson with a pitch in Cleveland’s 16-3 rout of the Yankees. Johnson belts two homers as does Toby Harrah, and the 2 combine for 9 RBIs. The loss goes to starter Paul Mirabella, although Kammeyer gives up all 8 Tribe scores in the 4th inning without recording an out.
1966: The Twins beat the Yankees 5-3 in 10 innings on Bob Allison’s pinch three-run homer‚ sending the Yankees to the cellar in the AL. They will finish there for the first time since 1912. In his last plate appearance of the year‚ Mickey Mantle whiffs and becomes the first player to strike out 1‚500 times in his career.
1965: On Mickey Mantle Day at the Stadium, 50‚180 fans see the Mick play his 2‚000th game. Joe DiMaggio and Robert Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle’s first at bat‚ Detroit’s Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins‚ 4-3‚ with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.
1962: At Washington’s new ball park D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits the first home run there‚ and adds another‚ both off Washington starter Tom Cheney, to pace New York to a 7-1 win. The Mick has 5 RBIs. Ralph Terry picks up his 22nd win‚ the most by a Yankee right hander since 1928. The Yankee win‚ combined with a Twins loss‚ leaves New York (90-63) in 1st place by 4 games.
1960: Before 53‚876 home fans‚ the Yankees take a twin bill from the Orioles‚ winning 7-3 and 2-0. The Yankees sweep the 4-game series and the faltering Birds‚ now 4 back‚ will end up in 2nd place‚ 8 lengths back. Ralph Terry’s 2-hitter in the nitecap beats Milt Pappas.
1955: Bob Grim comes on in relief of starter Bob Turley, and pitches 7 hitless innings to enable the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox 3-2. Willard Nixon is handed the defeat.
1949: The injury-plagued Yankees receive another blow when Joe DiMaggio is stricken with a form of pneumonia. He remains in the Elysee Hotel while his teammates win‚ 7-3‚ with Joe Page tossing the last 3 innings against Cleveland. Hank Bauer has a single‚ double‚ and triple to pace the Bomber attack.
1933: The second-place Yankees split with the White Sox‚ winning‚ 6-1‚ on Johnny Allen’s 2-hitter‚ before falling 4-3. Les Tietje‚ in his ML debut‚ stops the Bombers in the nitecap. Lou Gehrig clubs homers Nos. 28 and 29; Jimmie Foxx leads the AL with 45 and has connected in every AL ball park‚ the first American Leaguer besides Ruth to do it. The Babe did it 11 seasons.
1927: At the Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers sweep two from Chicago‚ winning 2-1 and 5-1. In the second game win against Ted Lyons‚ Ruth unloads his 54th and Lou Gehrig connects for his 3rd grand slam of the season. A 10-year-old runs on to the field with Ruth’s home-run ball and the Babe obligingly signs it for him.
1926: At Dunn Field‚ the Indians win their fourth in a row‚ defeating the Yanks 3-1 behind George Uhle (below). The win cuts the Yankees lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tribe.
1911: With a triple steal on‚ the Highlanders’ Al ‘Cozy’ Dolan hits a 3-run single in a 9-4 loss at Detroit. The 3 RBIs will be good for half of Cozy’s season total.