9/29 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1950: Though idle, the Yankees clinch their second consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel‚ and 17th in franchise history, as
Cleveland’s Bob Lemon coasts behind a 12-2 lambasting of Detroit to his 23rd win.
On other 29ths of September…
2000: The Orioles thrash the Yankees 13-2‚ scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. New York clinch their third straight AL East title‚
however‚ when the Red Sox lose to the Devil Rays, 8-6.
1998: The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series against the Rangers 2-0 on a 5-hit shutout by David Wells‚ with help from
Mariano Rivera in the 9th.
1987: Don Mattingly hits his ML-record 6th grand slam of the season, off Boston’s Bruce Hurst, in a 6-0 Yankee victory‚ eclipsing the mark shared by Ernie Banks and Jim Gentile. 1961). Mattingly’s record salami is the last of his career.
1978: The first-place Yankees, trailing Cleveland 1-0‚ score 3 runs in the 8th on RBI singles by Thurman Munson, Lou Piniella and
Reggie Jackson to win‚ 3-1. They fail to gain any more distance from the Red Sox, however, as Boston thrash Toronto 11-0.
1961: John Blanchard singles and homers to drive in both runs in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Red Sox. The Bomber handyman hits his 21st homer and singles in Roger Maris in the 9th to pin the loss on Bill Monbouquette. Whitey Ford pitches 4 scoreless innings for New York‚ and finishes the year having no stolen bases off him in 243 innings‚ a record.
1956: The Yankees and Red Sox use a record 44 players in the game: the 26 used by New York sets a new ML mark. Ted Williams has 6 at bats in the extra inning battle‚ but manages just a single‚ which takes him out of the running for the batting crown. Suffering from a pulled groin muscle‚ Mickey Mantle pinch hits and walks with the bases loaded. Mantle does not start tomorrow. But when Stengel hears that Kaline knocks in 2 runs in Detroit‚ he sends in the Mick with the bases jammed‚ and he drives in a run on a grounder. Mantle wins the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average‚ 52 HRs‚ and 130 RBI.
1955: In Game 2 of the WS‚ lefty Tommy Byrne defeats Dodger Billy Loes 4-2 to go 2 games up. The pitcher’s 2-run single caps a 4-run 4th for the Yanks. Byrne becomes the only lefty to hurl a complete game against Brooklyn in 1955.
1948: The Yankees stay in the tight AL race as rookie righty Bob Porterfield (below) gives New York a 4-2 win over the A’s. Fellow freshman Hank Bauer belts his first major league homer‚ a three run shot off Dick Fowler. New York remain in a dead heat with Boston for second place, 2 games behind Cleveland.
1934: In game one of a twinbill at Washington, Babe Ruth hits his last AL home run, as the Yankees split with the Senators, losing 8-5 and winning 9-6. Ruth’s blast comes off rookie Sid Cohen‚ who wins his first Major League game.
1933: With the Giants in the stands at Yankee Stadium‚ the Senators pile up a 5-0 lead over the Yankees‚ and then bring in the reserves to score an 8-5 win. Heinie Manush’s double and homer and three RBI lead the Nats’ attack. Babe Ruth has a triple. Lou Gehrig keeps his
consecutive game streak alive‚ playing nine innings after getting married at noon today in New Rochelle.
1932: The Yankees take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, as Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Lou Gehrig collects 3 hits to
pace the homesiders’ attack.
1928: The Yankees and Tigers tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits‚ Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record‚ as Detroit wins the slugfest 19-10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men (Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113)‚ just the second time this has happened. It will occur just once more‚ on the 1932 Phillies.
1927: Babe Ruth hits 2 home runs to tie his own record of 59 from 1921 in a 15-4 drubbing of Washington. The second of the roundtrippers is a 5th inning grand slam off Paul Hopkins‚ making his ML debut‚ and is the Babe’s 2nd slam in 2 games. He will match the feat on August 6th and 7th, 1929. Hopkins started the 5th inning and walked the bases loaded for the Babe.
1921: With New York in first place by 1 1/2 games over Cleveland‚ and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series‚ manager Miller
Huggins polls his players to find out whom they’d like to see start. The team elects to go with veteran Jack Quinn, but the spitballer
comes up dry, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Babe Ruth hits a 1st inning homer, adds an RBI double in
the 3rd and a 2-run shot in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays‚ who took over in the 5th‚ strikes out Steve O’Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5-4. The win increases New York’s lead to 2 1/2 games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147‚000 spectators.
1920: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 54 in Philadelphia, as the Yankees take the opening game of a season-closing doubleheader,7-2. The Babe’s total for the year is more than that of any other entire team with the exception of the Phillies. Even though he misses 12 games‚ he is responsible for 241 of his team’s 838 runs‚ with a modern record 158 runs scored‚ beating Ty Cobb’s 1911 record of 147.
1916: Red Sox starter Babe Ruth closes the season with his 23rd win‚ topping the Yankees 3-0. It is his 9th shutout and reduces his ERA to 1.75. In 324 IP he gave up no home runs. The 9 shutouts is a record for lefties that will be unmatched in the AL until Ron Guidry ties it in 1978.
1913: At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally end the Red Sox road jinx over them by sweeping the Beantowners 3-1 and 5-1, with Ray Keating getting the win the opener, and Ray Fisher coming out on top in the nightcap. It is the first loss in New York for Boston after an MLB record tying 18 straightxroad wins stretching back to 1911‚ including 5 wins this year. They had a 3-3 tie on May 24. They will get back on track tomorrow by sweeping the Yankees‚ 3-2 and 3-0.
1902: The visiting Boston Americans beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5. It is the final game for the latter franchise, which will soon move to NewxYork, opening next spring as the New York Highlanders. Snake Wiltse (below) takes the loss for the home team.