9/23 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1955: After losing the first game of a twinbill with the Red Sox 8-4‚ the Yanks clinch the 21st pennant in club history by winning 3-2.Don Larsen, with Whitey Ford, in a sparkling relief effort‚ notches the win. Ford gets Ted Williams to ground into a DP with the bases loaded.
1937: The Yankees back into another pennant (the 9th in franchise history), 1937: losing 9-5 to the Browns but clinching the flag anyway when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig’s 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.
On other 23rds of September…
2007: Leonel Fernandez Reyna (below), president of the Dominican Republic, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stadium. UIn the game with Blue Jays that follows, Mike Mussina outpitches young Dustin McGowan, while Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Doug Mientkiewicz,Robbie Cano deliver RBI singles; the big offensive star, though, is Jose Molina, with three hits in four tries and three RBI.
2003: The Yankees clinch the AL East title by shutting out Chicago 7-0. Jason Giambi leads the New York attack with a double and a home run.
1997: In a dress rehearsal for the playoffs‚ the Indians rally from a 9-2 deficit to shock the Yankees, 10-9. Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run homers‚ while David Justice and Sandy Alomar Jr. also homer for the Tribe.
1984: The Yankees are on the losing end as Sparky Anderson becomes the first manager ever to win 100 games in a season with 2 different clubs when his Tigers win 4-1. Anderson had led the Reds to 100-win seasons in 1970‚ 1975‚ and 1976.
1978: The Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox is trimmed back down to one game when Cleveland scalp New York 10-1. One-time wunderkind David Clyde gets the win for the Tribe.
1966: The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees 2-1‚ pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre. It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last pitcher in pinstripes to lose 20 games was sad Sam Jones, who lost 21 in 1925. Fortunately for Stottlemyre, only 1,440 fans turn out at the Stadium for the game.
1964: The sizzling Yanks win their 9th in a row‚ sweeping the Tribe‚ 4-3 in 11 innings and 6-4. Elston Howard’s homer off Luis Tiant snaps a tie in the opener. John Romano homers in each game for the Indians while recently acquired Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for New York. Ramos‚ however‚ will not be eligible for the World Series.
1961: An ailing Mickey Mantle’s career-high 54th HR‚ his last of the regular season‚ helps New York beat Boston 8-3. Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning‚ but wins his 25th.
1950: The Yankees‚ tied for 1st place with the Tigers and 2 games ahead of Boston‚ open a crucial series with the Red Sox at the Stadium. Joe DiMaggio’s 1st inning HR off Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed, as the Bombers win 8-0. Ed Lopat gives up 5 hits‚ including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio, in posting his 100th career win.
1949: Following yesterday’s rainout‚ the Yankees play a doubleheader with the Senators. Washington take the opener‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings when Sid Hudson’s pop fly off Joe Page falls between Tommie Henrich and second baseman George Stirnweiss. Fred Sanford salvages the 2nd game for New York‚ winning 7-1.
1941: A triple by Eddie Collins Jr. triggers a two-run ninth inning rally as the A’s beat the Yankees 9-8. Red Ruffing takes the loss, despite hitting a homer, triple and single and driving in 3 runs. Four errors by his defense, including three by second baseman Joe Gordon, help the A’s along. Joe DiMaggio homers and knocks in two runs to better his position in his race for the league RBI crown with idle teammate Charlie Keller. Bill Dickey plays four innings to set a Major League of catching 100 games in each of 13 seasons, breaking the previous standard of 12 set by Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk.
1934: The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox‚ but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener‚ a 1-0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run‚ off George Hockette‚ to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap‚ Boston score 4 in the 5th‚ but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig’s 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th‚ the Babe emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter‚ but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Ben Chapman’s single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits‚ including a homer‚ in the two games.
1933: The Yankees make 5 errors‚ 3 by Frank Crosetti‚ but have enough firepower to outslug the Red Sox 16-12. Included in New York’s 23 hits are homers by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig‚ number 31 for each; Lou adds two doubles and a single. Sam Byrd‚ Ben Chapman‚ and Crosetti have three hits apiece‚ and reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his first hit of the year. The Red Sox chase winning pitcher Herb Pennock in the 6th‚ but fall short at the end.
1921: Trailing in the standings by 2 percentage points‚ the Indians come to New York for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt’s arm and Babe Ruth’s 3 doubles beat them in the opener, 4-2.
1915: In the first of two games‚ the Yanks top the Browns 7-0. George Sisler vacates his post at first base to pitch one perfect inning of relief for St. Louis.
1910: George Stallings, convinced that Hal Chase tried to throw a game but unable to make the charge stick‚ is replaced by his charismatic first sacker as manager of the 2nd-place Highlanders for the season’s final 11 games. On his own‚ Prince Hal will lead the New Yorkers downhill to 6th place in 1911.
1908: Cleveland win their 10th straight game‚ defeating the Highlanders and Jack Chesbro, 9-3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th‚ while Bob Rhoads pitches strong ball until the 9th‚ when he allows 2 runs. Nap Lajoie (below) has no official at bats‚ getting hit by the pitch 3 times‚ tying a AL record‚ and walking his other time up.