9/19 in Yankee History
2001: Roger Clemens wins his 20th game of the year against only 1 defeat‚ propelling the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the White Sox.. The 39-year-old Clemens is the first pitcher in MLB history to start a year 20-1.
2000: After a 16-3 loss to Toronto‚ Joe Torre has a team meeting‚ and gives the Yankees a tongue-lashing for poor play. It won’t
help, as the Bombers lose 10 out of their last 12, the final seven defeats coming by scores of 15-4, 2-1‚ 11-1‚ 11-3‚ 13-2‚ 9-1 and 7-3.
1985: At the Stadium, Stadium, Jimmy Key (13-6) pitches the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Yankees. The pre-game Canadian anthem features NY-Irish singer Mary O’Dowd who forgets the words to ‘O Canada’ and sings off key. Later, O’Dowd says she can do better and hopes for another invitation when the Blue Jays come to town next season. ”I’ve sung at Carnegie Hall,” she said. ”I’m not a baby. What happened should not have happened. But I’ve never sung at a stadium. It was very overwhelming. I went blank.” She said she had called the Mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, to apologize.
1982: Milwaukee score 9 runs in the 8th to roll over the Yakees 14-1. Don Sutton is the victor. Gorman Thomas has a double – his 2nd – and a home run in the big inning, and Paul Molitor adds a dinger then as well.
1976: Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee 2-1 in a rain-shortened contest. Since 1901‚ only Christy mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday‚ but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He’ll win 17 this year‚ after 5 straight 20-win seasons.
1968: Denny McLain’s 31st win is overshadowed by Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer. McLain allegedly calls catcher Jim Price out and tells him to inform Mantle he’s throwing the slugger nothing but fastballs. The round-tripper gives the Mick undisputed possession of 3rd place on the all-time HR list. Mantle tips his cap to Denny as he rounds third. Joe Pepitone‚ the next batter‚ signals where he would like the ball‚ and McLain knocks him down. The Tigers win the game‚ 6-2‚ the 12th straight complete game for the Tigers staff.
1967: Jim Abbott is born. Happy 45th to the former Yankee lefty!
1966: Dan Topping (in the middle, with GM George Weiss on his left) sells his 10 percent stock interest in the Yankees to CBS and resigns as club president. CBS executive Michael Burke succeeds him.
1964: The Yanks move a 1/2 game ahead of the rained-out O’s by defeating the A’s‚ 8-3. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris homer, and Ralph Terry is effective in relief of Al Downing.
1959: It’s Yogi Berra Day at the Stadium‚ as the Yanks top the Red Sox 3-1. Whitey Ford allows 4 singles to win his 15th‚ but Yogi is 0-for-4.
1954: The Yankees provide the opposition as a sparse crowd of 1‚715 watch the A’s play their final game at Shibe Park‚ losing to the tourists 4-2. For the Yankees‚ it is their 100th win of the season and for Stengel it his his first 100-win season in 6 years with NY. For the A’s, it’s off to Kansas City for the 1955 season.
1953: Lefty Mel Parnell shuts out the Yankees‚ 3-0‚ at Fenway to win his 20th of the year. It is Parnell’s third shutout of the Yanks this year. Vic Raschi loses to the Sox for the 1st time since September 5‚ 1951.
1951: The Yankees are victorious when Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run homer off Chicago’s Lou Kretlow to win‚ 5-3. A small crowd of 12‚127 watch the game at the Stadium. The 2 teams have been tied now for 11 days. The Yanks now have 9 games left‚ 8 against Boston.
1949: The Yankees pad their lead in the pennant race, going 3 games up over the idle Red Sox with a 6-0 win over the Indians. Eddie Lopat is the victor.
1945: At the Stadium, 45,000 watch as the NYC Sanitation team beat the Police, 4-3, with a 3-run 8th.
1933: The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice‚ 10-1 and 10-3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon‚ while Lou Gehrig has six RBI. Gehrig hits homer no. 30 in game one‚ back to back with a Dixie Walker dinger. Lou is now even with Babe Ruth‚ who sat out the afternoon.
1930:Bob Turley is born. Happy 82nd to Bullet Bob!
1926: At Cleveland’s League Park‚ a crowd of 31‚000 watch the Yankees hold back the Indians‚ 8-3‚ in the final instalment of a six game series. In the 7th‚ Ruth parks his 43rd homer of the year and Gehrig follows with another homer‚ both off Emil Levsen. Gehrig adds three doubles and 5 RBI to lead the Yankee charge. Dutch Ruether (below) picks up the New York win.
1925: The Browns take a pair from the Yankees‚ 9-6 and 4-3‚ one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones (below) loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century‚ only Mel Stottlemyre‚ in 1966‚ will lose 20 games in pinstripes.
1920: In New York‚ ‘Heading Home,’ Babe Ruth’s movie opens at Madison Square Garden. In St. Louis‚ the Browns beat the Yankees 6-1. The White Sox top the A’s to stay 1 1/2 game behind the Tribe.