9/30 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1973: The Yankees play their final game at Yankee Stadium I, an 8-5 loss to Detroit. The ballpark will be closed for the next 2 1/2 years for extensive renovations, during which time the Yanks will play their home games at Shea Stadium. Ralph Houk also resigns as manager immediately after the game.
1947: The Yankees and Dodgers face each other in the opener of the World Series, the first game of the Fall Classic to be televised. Frank ‘Specs’ Shea gets the start for the Bombers. Hitless the first 4 innings against Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca‚ the Yankees score 5 runs in the 5th inning when 6 straight runners reach base‚ and they win 5-3. A record WS crowd of 73‚365 throng the Stadium.
1934: The Senators top the visiting Bombers 5-3 in Babe Ruth’s last game in a Yankee uniform . Preceding the game‚ a band from St. Mary’s Industrial School‚ the Babe’s alma mater‚ plays. Ruth is 0-for-3 in this‚ his 2‚084th and final game as a Yankee. He flies out to center in his final bat and leaves in tears. Senators pitcher Orville Armbrust toils 7 innings in recording his only major league win‚ 5-3. Lou Gehrig goes 3-for-4 to sew up the Triple Crown.
1927: With the score tied at 2-2 in the 8th‚ Mark Koenig triples, and moments later Babe Ruth launches his historic No. 60 off Washington’s Tom Zachary for a 4-2 win. The ball is caught by 40-year-old Joe Forner of Manhattan. Ruth‚ who had singled in his first two at bats‚ walked‚ and scored three runs, is greeted with a handkerchief salute by the fans as he makes his way to his right field position. In the 9th, Walter Johnson makes his final appearance as a player‚ pinch-hitting for Zachary and flying out to Ruth. Ruth hit 17 HRs in September‚ the highest month’s HR output till Rudy York’s 8 in August 1937. The Babe is the first player to hit 30‚ 40‚ 50‚ and now 60 homers.
1922: The Yankees clinch their 2nd pennant by beating Boston 3-1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees‚ but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.
On other 30ths of September…
2003: The Twins end a 13-game losing streak to the Yankees by beating the Bombers 3-1 to take the opening game of their Division Series. LaTroy Hawkins, one of four relievers to appear for Minnesota, gets the win.
2001: Cal Ripken Jr. plays his last game at Yankee Stadium and is loudly booed in some quarters of the venue. Chris Richard and Bernie William strade solo home runs, and the game is called a 1-1 tie after 15 innings.
1998: Andy Pettitte’s strong pitching gives NY a 2-0 lead in their series with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Shane Spencer and Scott Brosius hit round-trippers.
1997: Cleveland score 5 runs in the 1st inning‚ but the Yankees come back with 5 of their own in the 6th to defeat the Indians in Game 1 of their division Division Series‚ 8-6. Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill hit consecutive home runs in the decisive inning‚ giving Mariano Rivera the victory.
1984: In the dramatic race for the AL batting title‚ Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees’ season-ending 4-2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4.
1980: In a 12-9 Cleveland win over the Yankees‚ the Tribe’s Ron Hassey has a double and a homer in an 8-run 2nd inning. There are 4 homers in the game‚ including Reggie Jackson’s 38th.
1978: The Yankees top the Indians‚ 7-0‚ behind Ed Figueroa’s 20th win of the year. The Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant. Meanwhile, at Fenway‚ Dennis Eckersley notches his 20th as well as the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays‚ 5-1. Eck allows just 4 hits‚ including Roy Howell’s 8th homer‚ in completing his 16th start.
1971: The Yankees provide the opposition as the Senators draw 14‚000 for their final game in Washington‚ with another 4‚000 as gatecrashers. Dick Bosman gives up homers to Bobby Murcer, Roy White and Rusty Torres, and the Nats are down 5-1 in the 6th. Mike Kekich then grooves a fastball for Frank Howard who parks his 26th homer‚ and thanks Thurman Munson as he crosses the plate. The Nats take a 7-5 lead‚ and after Murcer makes the 2nd out in the 9th‚ fans swarm onto the field‚ causing the game to be forfeited to the Yanks‚ 9-0. All records stand but reliever Paul Lindblad loses the W by not recording the 3rd out‚ batter Horace Clarke. Of the Senators, Jeff Burroughs will be the last to retire‚ finishing up in 1985.
1970: Fritz Peterson wins his 20th of the year‚ defeating the Red Sox 4-3. Billy Conigliaro and Luis Alvarado‚ with his first ML homer‚ go long for Boston.
1964: In his first Major League at bat‚ Detroit pinch hitter Bill Roman debuts with a homer‚ the only one of his brief career in the Show. Even so‚ the Tigers lose to New York 7-6 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff HR in the 2nd off Mickey Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. New York take the nightcap of the doubleheader 11-8 for a sweep.
1962: At the Stadium‚ Chicago’s Ray Herbert tops the Yankees 8-4. Mickey Mantle‚ in the leadoff slot to give him needed at bats‚
is 2-for-3 and qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a home run, giving him 8 straight seasons of 30+ round-trippers.
1960: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-5‚ and set an new AL record for homers with 192. Tony Kubek and Jesse Gonder deliver the dingers today as the Bombers win their 13th straight.
1955: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field, as the Dodgers’ Johnny Podres defeats Bob Turley, who fails to last 2 innings against the Bums. Roy Campanella leads the Brooklyn attack with 3 hits and 3 RBI‚ as the Dodgers win 8-3 behind the strong effort of their young lefty starter.
1953: The Yanks defeat Brooklyn 9-5 in the opening game of the WS. Carl Erskine is ineffective‚ walking the first 3 batters‚ and all come home on a Hank Bauer triple. The Dodgers tie it up 5-5‚ and Clem Labine gets the loss in relief.
1951: The Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Frank Shea’s 9-hitter. It is the third shutout in a row for the Yankees staff as they
sweep the visiting Red Sox in 5 games‚ outscoring them 29-4.
1948: The idle Indians watch their lead shaved to 1 1/2 games as both the Red Sox and Yankees win.Mel Parnell stops the Senators‚ 7-3‚ for his 15th victory; In the rain at Shibe Park‚ the Yankees edge the A’s‚ 9-7. Vic Raschi pitches the 9th for a save.
1945: In a 12-2 Yankee win over Boston‚ George Stirnweiss gets 3 hits on the final day to raise his average to .309 (actually .30854 to Tony Cuccinello’s .30845). The third hit comes in the 8th‚ off Otis Clark‚ in his last at bat. The White Sox-Indians games are washed out‚ depriving the veteran Tony Cuccinello of a shot at the title. The only other .300 hitter playing full time is teammate Johnny Dickshot (.302). Neither Cuccinello or Dickshot ever play another game in the ML as the White Sox release the two veterans. Only Elmer Flick in 1905 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 ever led the AL with a lower average than Stirnweiss‚ but the latter also leads the AL with 195 hits‚ 107 runs‚ 22 triples‚ 301 TB‚ 33 steals‚ and a .476 SA. He also led the AL in at bats (632) to Cuccinello’s 402. Finally, Snuffy is the only major leaguer to finish a season as the top hitter without ever having led at any point during the season.
1942: Down 7-0 to Red Ruffing and the Yankees in the Series opener‚ the Cardinals rally for four 9th-inning runs. it is not enough to win, but is sufficient to portend the result of the WS.
1936: In the World Series opener‚ Carl Hubbell outpitches Red Ruffing, scattering 7 hits and limiting the Yankees to a solo HR by George Selkirk. The underdog Giants register a decisive 6-1 win.