9/22 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1966: A crowd of 413‚ the all-time record low for Yankee Stadium‚ see the White Sox beat New York 4-1. Yankee Broadcaster Red Barber insists that TV cameras pan over the empty seats‚ a decision that will cost the legendary play-by-play man his job with the Yankee organization and with WPIX.
1946: Yogi Berra makes his Yankee debut. In a doubleheader against the A’s, the freshman catcher belts a 2-run homer off Jesse Flores in game 1. Also taking a bow today is Bobby Brown, at shortstop. New York sweep the twinbill, 4-3 and 7-4.
On other 22nds of September…
2009: The Yankees are the first team to clinch a playoff spot after a 6 – 5 win over the Angels. Alex Rodriguez drives in Brett Gardner on a sacrifice fly in the 9th; he has a homer and 3 RBI in the game. Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless 9th inning for the save.
2003: The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-3 in 10 innings‚ despite a pair of homers by Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s homer in the first is his 13th leadoff homer of the season to set a new ML mark.
1985: Ron Guidry becomes the AL’s first 20-game winner this season as the Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4.
Off the field, Billy Martin continues a familiar pattern… One night after a fight with a patron in the bar of the Cross Keys Inn‚ the team’s Baltimore hotel‚ the Yankee manager has his right arm broken by pitcher Ed Whitson in an early-morning brawl in the same watering hole.
1964: The Yankees sweep Cleveland‚ winning 5-3 and 8-1. In the doubleheader‚ the Yanks get home runs from Mickey Mantle‚ Joe Pepitone‚ Roger Maris and Phil Linz.
1961: Bob Geren, Yankee starting catcher from 1988 to 1991, is born, Happy 51st, Bob!
1957: In the 4th inning‚ Ted Williams hits his 4th homer in 4 games and four at bats to tie the ML record for consecutive round-trippers. He adds a single‚ going 2-for-2 with two walks‚ but the Yankees top the Red Sox at the Stadium 5-1‚ as starter Tom
Sturdivant (15-6) is the winner over Dave Sisler (7-7). With the victory‚ the Yanks clinch at least a tie for the pennant.
1956: At Fenway‚ Don Larsen tries out his new no-windup delivery for the first time. He allows just 4 hits‚ including a Ted Lepcio homer‚ in beating the the Red Sox 2-1. Tommy Byrne gets Ted Williams on a grounder to the third for the last out.
Off the field, Jesse Tannehill, workhorse of the Highlander pitching staff during the franchise’s inaugural season in New York in 1903, dies at the age of 82.
1935: Competing for prizes donated by Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey‚ the Yanks defeat Boston in a pre-game Field Day at Fenway‚ winning 4 of 5 events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash, nipping jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox player Skinny Graham comes third. The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at second base on the fly; Joe Glenn’s is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive‚ and the Yankees win the walking relay in‚ well‚ a walk.
Chief interest is concentrated on the final event‚ the four-man relay around the bases‚ with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds‚ the Yankee squad of George Selkirk‚ Jesse Hill‚ Red Rolfe‚ and Chapman pass the baton ahead of the quartet of Mel Almada‚ Hank Johnson‚ Dusty Cooke and Graham. The field day will be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.
In the doubleheader that follows, a record crowd of 47‚627 – with 10‚000 turned away – watch the Yankees sweep the Sox‚ 6-4 and 9-0. New York stop Wes Ferrell’s bid to win his 25th in game one‚ and Walter ‘Jumbo’ Brown‚ gives up just 4 hits in the nitecap. In game 2‚ the Yanks have 7 ground rule doubles into the roped-off crowd. The Sunday Law stops the game after 8 innings.
1932: The Yanks overcome two homers by Jimmie Foxx, one a grand slam‚ and edge the Athletics in 10 innings‚ 8-7. Foxx now has 56 homers. The Yanks comeback starts in the 8th inning when Lou Gehrig hits a 2-run homer‚ his 33rd. Myril Hoag’s blast in the 9th ties it for NY. Lou also doubles in the 10th, and Tony Lazzeri (below) brings him across with the game-winning single.
1927: Against the Tigers, Babe Ruth hits his 56th homer‚ off Ken Holloway, and the Yankees edge Detroit 8-7. Earl Combs adds a record three consecutive triples in the win.
1925: Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park homers in an 11-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader with the White Sox at the Stadium. The Sox take the nitecap 4-2. Paschal will have7 homers this month‚ a Yankee rookie record for September that will stand until Shane Spencer’s arrival in 1998.
1920: Future Yankee manager and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon is born.