9/28 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1951: Allie Reynolds pitches his second no-hitter of the season‚ccdefeating the Red Sox at the Stadium 8-0 in the opener of a
doubleheader. It is his 7th shutout of the year. With 2 outs in the 9th‚ Ted Williams hits a foul pop that Yogi Berra drops. Williams
last out. The Big Chief is the first AL hurler with two no-hitters in a season; Johnny Van der Meer’s back-to-back pair in 1938 is the only other time a pitcher has thrown two in a season. In the second game‚ the Yanks clinch their 3rd straight pennant under Casey Stengel, and the 18th in club history, as Vic Raschi wins 11-3 for his 21st victory. Mickey Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his career, a three run shot. The Yankees are 3 1/2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with 2 to play.
1928: Babe Ruth powers his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras (below) goes the distance for an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant for the Yankees for the 6th time in franchise history. The A’s will finish 2 1/2 games out.
On other 28ths of September…
2006: Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.
2005: Alex Rodriguez hits his 47th home run in the Yankees’ 2 – 1 victory over Baltimore. The shot breaks Joe Dimaggio’s single-season club record for home runs by a right-handed batter, set in 1937.
2003: The Yankees win 3-1 over Baltimore as David Wells (15-7) goes 7 2/3 innings for his 200th career victory and last win as a Yankee. Acting manager Roger Clemens removes him in the 8th. Drew Henson bounces out a seeing-eye single for his first and only ML hit. He later scores. A day after the Patriots win the 2004 Superbowl behind Henson’s former Michigan teammate Tom Brady‚ he gives up baseball and $12 million for NFL football.
1996: Andy Pettitte and 4 relievers outlast the Red Sox 4-2‚ pinning the loss on Roger Clemens (10-13) in his last appearance in a Bostonuniform. Clemens strikes out 10 and allows homers to Mike Aldrete and Bernie Williams. The Sox are reluctant to grant the Rocket’s request for a 4-year contract.
1991: In a 5-4 loss to the Indians‚ Yankee manager Stump Merrill goes to the bullpen for the 75th consecutive game, surpassing the record set by the 1977 Padres. Reliever Greg Cadaret takes the loss‚ while Eric Bell (3-0) wins in relief to set another record: most wins
without a loss on a team with 100 losses He will win another on October 4 against New York to finish 4-0.
1978: At the Stadium, Ron Guidry (24-3) allows four hits and strikes out nine in stopping the Blue Jays 3-1. In the win, the Bronx Bombers manage just four hits off Balor Morre and Tom Buskey. The win keeps the Yankees in first place by a game. When news of the death of Pope John Paul I reaches the press box, New York announcer Phil Rizzuto observes, “That’ll put a damper on even a Yankee win”.
1962: At Chicago‚ the Yanks score 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to beat the White Sox‚ 7-3‚ spoiling Early Wynn’s bid for his 300th win.
1960: The Yanks win their 12th of 15 straight‚ taking a 6-3 victory over the Senators. Mickey Mantle swats homers 39 and 40‚ off Chuck
Stobbs, to insure his home run title over Roger Maris. Since August 15th‚ the Mick has hit 13 to Roger’s 4.
1956: In the opener of three games with visiting Boston‚ the Yanks top the Sox 7-2. Ted Williams is 0-for-3‚ and needs 6 ABs to qualify
for the batting title. Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4‚ but his one hit is a homer off Bob Poterfield. It is the Mick’s last homer – and last hit – of the season.
1955: The Yanks open the World Series at home, and beat the Dodgers 6-5; Whitey Ford gets the win, and Don Newcombe takes the loss for the Dodgers. In a controversial play with Frank Keller at bat‚ Jackie Robinson steals home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run of a tie. A furious Yogi Berra disputes the call, but to no avail. Films later disclose that Robinson was in fact out, but also that
Berra ‘balked’ on the play‚ receiving Ford’s pitch before Kellert could swing at it.
1949: The Yankees take a 4-run lead over the A’s on homers by Bobby Brown and Jim Delsing (below), but the A’s come back to take a 5-4 lead in the 7th. New York score three runs in the last of the 7th‚ the go ahead on Phil Rizzuto’s squeeze bunt‚ and reliever Allie Reynolds holds on to beat Alex Kellner 7-5. Joe DiMaggio‚ down 18 pounds because of a recent bout with pneumonia, is sitting down today, giving up his post in center field to Delsing.
1933: In the Yankees’ 11-9 win over visiting Washington‚ Lou Gehrig plays the first three innings‚ then leaves to prepare for his wedding tomorrow. Babe Ruth takes over at first base.
1932: In the opening game of the World Series at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s home run leads the Yankees to a 12-6 win over the Cubs.
1930: Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame‚ the pitcher’s mound at Fenway‚ and hurls a 9-3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Lou Gehrig takes Ruth’s spot in left field, ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at first base‚ and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons‚ who sits out the last game‚ leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score more than a 1‚000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1‚067‚ but finish second.
1923: Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A’s within 5 days of each other‚ Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20-17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke’s day; he is routed after facing a AL record 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning‚ as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees rout the Red Sox 24-4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats‚ both AL records. Babe Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR‚ Wally Schang adds 5 hits‚ and Gehrig 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles.
1911: Approximately 700 fans turn out at Hilltop Park to watch the Highlanders take on the Browns in one of the worst-played games in American League history. The homesiders prevail over the tourists, 18-12. The teams accumulate 29 hits‚ 20 walks‚ and 12 errors
between them. New York score in each of 7 innings‚ steal a record 15 bases – 7 off catcher Jim Stephens in 2 innings‚ 8 off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree (below) lead the thieves with 4 steals each. Five Highlander runners are thrown out.