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1961: The Yankees’ 154th game of 1961 (including a tie) is Roger Maris’ last chance to beat the Babe‚ according to Commissioner Ford
Frick’s statement that‚ for the record to be broken‚ Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris’ 59th HR of the year‚ off Milt Pappas, is short of the record but helps New York beat Baltimore 4-2‚ as the Bombers clinch their 26th AL pennant. In 1998‚ Pappas will state that he told Maris the night before that‚ if the game’s outcome was not on the line‚ he would throw him nothing but fastballs.
1923: The Yanks (’23 team photo below) clinch their 3rd straight pennant‚ beating St. Louis 4-3 to open up an 18-game lead. Their final margin will be 16. Sad Sam Jones goes the distance for the win.
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2006: The Yankees back into the AL East title, losing to the Blue Jays 3-2 but still clinching the division pennant as the Red Sox lose to the Twins. Sean Henn takes the loss for the Bombers.
1998:Cal Ripken, Jr. takes himself out of the starting lineup and does not play in the Baltimore Orioles’ loss to the Yankees, ending his consecutive games played streak at 2,632. After nearly 16 years, Ripken says he decided the time was right to end the streak, which began on May 30, 1982.
1980: A plaque commemorating Thurman Munson is dedicated in Monument park at the Stadium.
1978: The Yanks split a pair with Toronto‚ with Ron Guidry losing his third and final game of the year. Louisiana Lightning is knocked out in the 2nd inning, as the Jays roll 8-1. The nitecap will be a closer affair, with Goose Gossage getting the win in relief, 4-3. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are clobbered by the Tigers 12-2. leaving the Yanks in front by 2 games with 10 to go.
1974: The Yankees move into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East with a sweep of the Indians. The Yanks take the opener 5-4 when Bobby Murcer’s third hit, a triple‚ scores the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Gaylord Perry takes his 20th loss. Larry Gura (5-0) wins the nitecap‚ 3-0‚ scattering 6 hits.
1968: Mickey Mantle hits his last career homer, no. 536, off Boston’s Jim Lonborg. The Red Sox ace tosses his third complete game of the year to beat the Yankees‚ 4-3. Carl Yastrzemski has three hits‚ including a homer‚ to raise his average to a Major League leading
1963: In the opener of a doubleheader in the Bronx, the Yankees edge the Athletics‚ 5-4 in 13 innings. Rookie second baseman Pedro
Gonzalez helps the win by pulling the hidden ball trick in the 11th frame and tagging out A’s out fielder Ken Harrelson‚ who had advanced to second after a single and a sac bunt. Gonzalez will play only 7 games in the field this year before being traded to the Indians. The A’s gain a split by winning the nitecap 4-3.
1958: Orioles pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm‚ in a rare start (he is 0-6 this year when starting)‚ pitches a 1-0 no-hitter‚ the first in O’s history‚ against Don Larsen of the Yankees‚ fanning 8. Larsen allows one hit through 6 innings. The Orioles acquired Wilhelm in August for the $20‚000 waiver price. The win‚ Wilhelm’s first ML complete game‚ and his only this year for the O’s‚ improves his record to 3-10. The winning margin is Gus Triandos’ 30th HR‚ off reliever Bobby Shantz.
1957: The Yankees top the Red Sox 7-4 despite a 9th-inning pinch homer by Ted Williams off Bob Grim In his most recent at bat‚ on the 17th, Williams hit an 8th inning solo shot on the both times standing in for Murray Wall.
1955: Phil Rizzuto returns to action and bats 9th behind Don Larsen in game one as the Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators‚ 6-3 and 9-7. The Bombers now lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games with 5 to play.
1949: The Yankees edge the White Sox‚ 3-1‚ with Joe Page (below) preserving the win for Allie Reynolds (17-5).
1937: Lefty Gomez pitches his second successive shutout‚ beating Detroit‚ 5-0‚ for his 20th win. Lou Gehrig’s 2-run single and Joe DiMaggio’s 2-run homer‚ his 44th‚ are the big blows.
Off the field, ’60s Yankee outfielder Tom Tresh is born.
1931: The Yankees run their win streak to 10 in a row‚ beating the Indians 7-1 and 10-4 (the second game is called after 7 innings because of darkness). Lou Gehrig hits his 45th homer in game 1 and drives in 4 runs for the afternoon to break his old RBI mark of 175‚ set in 1927. By the season’s end he will have a total of 184. Babe Ruth also drives home 4 runs and hits his 44th four-bagger in
1929: Miller Huggins goes into hospital with a high fever and Yankee pitching coach Artie Fletcher takes over as interim manager.
1928: The White Sox score a 4-3 victory over the Yankees, whose lead over the A’s is back down to 1 game. Waite Hoyt surrenders the winning run in the bottom of the 12th.
1920: Carl Mays stops the Yanks 4 game loss streak with a 4-3 win over the Browns. Babe Ruth tallies the winning run in the 11th inning for New York‚ giving the Babe an AL-record 148 runs scored. Ty Cobb had 147 in 1911. Ruth doubles off Carl Weilman in the 11th after striking out twice on slow curves.
2001: Roger Clemens wins his 20th game of the year against only 1 defeat‚ propelling the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the White Sox.. The 39-year-old Clemens is the first pitcher in MLB history to start a year 20-1.
2000: After a 16-3 loss to Toronto‚ Joe Torre has a team meeting‚ and gives the Yankees a tongue-lashing for poor play. It won’t
help, as the Bombers lose 10 out of their last 12, the final seven defeats coming by scores of 15-4, 2-1‚ 11-1‚ 11-3‚ 13-2‚ 9-1 and 7-3.
1985: At the Stadium, Stadium, Jimmy Key (13-6) pitches the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Yankees. The pre-game Canadian anthem features NY-Irish singer Mary O’Dowd who forgets the words to ‘O Canada’ and sings off key. Later, O’Dowd says she can do better and hopes for another invitation when the Blue Jays come to town next season. ”I’ve sung at Carnegie Hall,” she said. ”I’m not a baby. What happened should not have happened. But I’ve never sung at a stadium. It was very overwhelming. I went blank.” She said she had called the Mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, to apologize.
1982: Milwaukee score 9 runs in the 8th to roll over the Yakees 14-1. Don Sutton is the victor. Gorman Thomas has a double – his 2nd – and a home run in the big inning, and Paul Molitor adds a dinger then as well.
1976: Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee 2-1 in a rain-shortened contest. Since 1901‚ only Christy mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday‚ but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He’ll win 17 this year‚ after 5 straight 20-win seasons.
1968: Denny McLain’s 31st win is overshadowed by Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer. McLain allegedly calls catcher Jim Price out and tells him to inform Mantle he’s throwing the slugger nothing but fastballs. The round-tripper gives the Mick undisputed possession of 3rd place on the all-time HR list. Mantle tips his cap to Denny as he rounds third. Joe Pepitone‚ the next batter‚ signals where he would like the ball‚ and McLain knocks him down. The Tigers win the game‚ 6-2‚ the 12th straight complete game for the Tigers staff.
1967: Jim Abbott is born. Happy 45th to the former Yankee lefty!
1966: Dan Topping (in the middle, with GM George Weiss on his left) sells his 10 percent stock interest in the Yankees to CBS and resigns as club president. CBS executive Michael Burke succeeds him.
1964: The Yanks move a 1/2 game ahead of the rained-out O’s by defeating the A’s‚ 8-3. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris homer, and Ralph Terry is effective in relief of Al Downing.
1959: It’s Yogi Berra Day at the Stadium‚ as the Yanks top the Red Sox 3-1. Whitey Ford allows 4 singles to win his 15th‚ but Yogi is 0-for-4.
1954: The Yankees provide the opposition as a sparse crowd of 1‚715 watch the A’s play their final game at Shibe Park‚ losing to the tourists 4-2. For the Yankees‚ it is their 100th win of the season and for Stengel it his his first 100-win season in 6 years with NY. For the A’s, it’s off to Kansas City for the 1955 season.
1953: Lefty Mel Parnell shuts out the Yankees‚ 3-0‚ at Fenway to win his 20th of the year. It is Parnell’s third shutout of the Yanks this year. Vic Raschi loses to the Sox for the 1st time since September 5‚ 1951.
1951: The Yankees are victorious when Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run homer off Chicago’s Lou Kretlow to win‚ 5-3. A small crowd of 12‚127 watch the game at the Stadium. The 2 teams have been tied now for 11 days. The Yanks now have 9 games left‚ 8 against Boston.
1949: The Yankees pad their lead in the pennant race, going 3 games up over the idle Red Sox with a 6-0 win over the Indians. Eddie Lopat is the victor.
1945: At the Stadium, 45,000 watch as the NYC Sanitation team beat the Police, 4-3, with a 3-run 8th.
1933: The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice‚ 10-1 and 10-3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon‚ while Lou Gehrig has six RBI. Gehrig hits homer no. 30 in game one‚ back to back with a Dixie Walker dinger. Lou is now even with Babe Ruth‚ who sat out the afternoon.
1930:Bob Turley is born. Happy 82nd to Bullet Bob!
1926: At Cleveland’s League Park‚ a crowd of 31‚000 watch the Yankees hold back the Indians‚ 8-3‚ in the final instalment of a six game series. In the 7th‚ Ruth parks his 43rd homer of the year and Gehrig follows with another homer‚ both off Emil Levsen. Gehrig adds three doubles and 5 RBI to lead the Yankee charge. Dutch Ruether (below) picks up the New York win.
1925: The Browns take a pair from the Yankees‚ 9-6 and 4-3‚ one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones (below) loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century‚ only Mel Stottlemyre‚ in 1966‚ will lose 20 games in pinstripes.
1920: In New York‚ ‘Heading Home,’ Babe Ruth’s movie opens at Madison Square Garden. In St. Louis‚ the Browns beat the Yankees 6-1. The White Sox top the A’s to stay 1 1/2 game behind the Tribe.
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1956: Mickey Mantle hits his 50th HR‚ making him only the 8th player in ML history to do so. The 11th-inning blow off Chicago’s Billy Pierce gives New York a 3-2 win to clinch the 22nd pennant in club history. The Yanks had tied it in the 9th when Yogi Berra knocked in Billy Martin. New York have now hit 182 homers to tie the AL record set by the 1936 Yankees. Stengel will now bench Mantle‚ who has a pulled muscle‚ for four days to rest the slugger for the Series.
1938: Although they drop both ends of a Sunday doubleheader to the Browns, the Yankees clinch their 10th AL pennant as second-place Boston are rained out. The Browns take the lidlifter 4-3‚ the edge the Yanks 8-7. Harlond Clift (below) has a triple and 2 homers in game 2‚ including a grand slam‚ to drive in 6 runs.
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2010: CC Sabathia becomes the Major Leagues’ first 20-game winner this year in the Yankees’ 11 – 3 pasting of the Orioles. Sabathia has twice before finished a season with 19 wins, but it is the first time he reaches the magic number. However, the Yanks fail to put some distance between themselves and Tampa Bay, as the Rays rally in the 9th to tie the game, then score the winning run on a throwing error as they defeat the Angels, 4 – 3, to remain a half-game behind the Bronx Bombers.
2009: Nobody’s perfect… Mariano Rivera gives up a 2-0ut, 2-run walkoff homer to Ichiro at Safeco Field as Seattle go home the winners, 3-2.
2000: The Indians defeat the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ as Bartolo Colon tosses a 1-hitter. Luis Polonia’s 8th inning single is the New Yorkers’ only safety.
1993: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 4-3 because of a fan who runs out on the field. With New York trailing 3-1 with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning‚ Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke‚ however‚ had called time when the fan bolted onto the field‚ giving Stanley a second chance. He singles on the next pitch. This is followed by a hit by Wade Boggs, a walk to Dion James and a single by Don Mattingly which drives home the tying and winning runs.
1979: Billy Martin reportedly pays rookie pitcher Bob Kammeyer (below) $100 to hit former Yankee Cliff Johnson with a pitch in Cleveland’s 16-3 rout of the Yankees. Johnson belts two homers as does Toby Harrah, and the 2 combine for 9 RBIs. The loss goes to starter Paul Mirabella, although Kammeyer gives up all 8 Tribe scores in the 4th inning without recording an out.
1966: The Twins beat the Yankees 5-3 in 10 innings on Bob Allison’s pinch three-run homer‚ sending the Yankees to the cellar in the AL. They will finish there for the first time since 1912. In his last plate appearance of the year‚ Mickey Mantle whiffs and becomes the first player to strike out 1‚500 times in his career.
1965: On Mickey Mantle Day at the Stadium, 50‚180 fans see the Mick play his 2‚000th game. Joe DiMaggio and Robert Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle’s first at bat‚ Detroit’s Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins‚ 4-3‚ with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.
1962: At Washington’s new ball park D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits the first home run there‚ and adds another‚ both off Washington starter Tom Cheney, to pace New York to a 7-1 win. The Mick has 5 RBIs. Ralph Terry picks up his 22nd win‚ the most by a Yankee right hander since 1928. The Yankee win‚ combined with a Twins loss‚ leaves New York (90-63) in 1st place by 4 games.
1960: Before 53‚876 home fans‚ the Yankees take a twin bill from the Orioles‚ winning 7-3 and 2-0. The Yankees sweep the 4-game series and the faltering Birds‚ now 4 back‚ will end up in 2nd place‚ 8 lengths back. Ralph Terry’s 2-hitter in the nitecap beats Milt Pappas.
1955: Bob Grim comes on in relief of starter Bob Turley, and pitches 7 hitless innings to enable the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox 3-2. Willard Nixon is handed the defeat.
1949: The injury-plagued Yankees receive another blow when Joe DiMaggio is stricken with a form of pneumonia. He remains in the Elysee Hotel while his teammates win‚ 7-3‚ with Joe Page tossing the last 3 innings against Cleveland. Hank Bauer has a single‚ double‚ and triple to pace the Bomber attack.
1933: The second-place Yankees split with the White Sox‚ winning‚ 6-1‚ on Johnny Allen’s 2-hitter‚ before falling 4-3. Les Tietje‚ in his ML debut‚ stops the Bombers in the nitecap. Lou Gehrig clubs homers Nos. 28 and 29; Jimmie Foxx leads the AL with 45 and has connected in every AL ball park‚ the first American Leaguer besides Ruth to do it. The Babe did it 11 seasons.
1927: At the Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers sweep two from Chicago‚ winning 2-1 and 5-1. In the second game win against Ted Lyons‚ Ruth unloads his 54th and Lou Gehrig connects for his 3rd grand slam of the season. A 10-year-old runs on to the field with Ruth’s home-run ball and the Babe obligingly signs it for him.
1926: At Dunn Field‚ the Indians win their fourth in a row‚ defeating the Yanks 3-1 behind George Uhle (below). The win cuts the Yankees lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tribe.
1911: With a triple steal on‚ the Highlanders’ Al ‘Cozy’ Dolan hits a 3-run single in a 9-4 loss at Detroit. The 3 RBIs will be good for half of Cozy’s season total.
2011: Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman’s Major League record with his 602nd career save in the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Blue Jays. Rivera is backed by home runs from Alex Rodriguez, playing in his first game since aggravating a wrist injury on September 9th, and Curtis Granderson, who becomes the first Yankees center fielder since Mickey Mantle in 1961 to hit 40 home runs in a season.
2002: Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits‚ including a double and a home run, but the Yankees fall to the Devil Rays anyway, 9-7. Bernie Williams scores his 100th run inthe loss to reach that mark for the 7th straight year. He is the 4th Yankee to score 100 this year‚ the first time this has happened on the team since 1941. Williams and Derek Jeter combine to tie the ML record for consecutive years for two teammates having 100+ runs.
1998: Chester ‘Red’ Hoff‚ the longest-lived ex-Major Leaguer, dies at the age of 107. Huff pitched for the Yankees and Browns in 1911-13 and 1915 and struck out the first batter he ever faced – Ty Cobb.
1993: In a last try for the division title, the Yankees obtain 40-year-old veteran Frank Tanana from the Mets for minor league pitcher Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0-2 to finish out his career at 240-236‚ and set an ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.
1978: Boston finally win against the Yankees‚ taking a 7-3 victory at the Stadium as Dennis Eckersley and Andy Hassler combine to stop the Yankees on 4 hits. The Yanks score 2 unearned runs in the 8th on Butch Hobson’s 2nd error of the game (and his 42nd of the year). Yaz‚ playing center field in place of an injured Fred Lynn‚ collects his 14th homer of the year in the 9th inning.
1968: Yankee shortstop Gene Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Tom Matchick in the 7th‚ but Detroit clinch the AL pennant with a 2-1 win. Detroit are ahead 1-0 when Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey phones Tiger GM Jim Campbell with the news that the Sox have beaten the Orioles, clinching the pennant for the Tigers. Campbell keeps the score off the radio and the scoreboard‚ fearing the news will send fans rampaging onto the field. Don Wert singles home the winner in the 9th, and the fans tear down the left field screen anyway.
1964: The Yankees beat the Angels 6-2 to lock on to first place for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle have 3 hits each. Mantle’s include his 2‚000th career hit and his 450th HR‚ his 31st of the year. The Yankees have taken two in a row, and will run their win streak to 11 games.
1961: In Detroit‚ Roger Maris triples off Terry Fox in the 7th to put the Yanks ahead‚ Detroit tie it and‚ then in the 12th‚ Maris faces Fox again, with Tony Kubek on second base. Maris steps out of the box to watch a long skein of Canadian geese fly over Tiger Stadium‚ then
steps in and belts the first pitch for his 58th homer of the year.
1960: With Ty Cobb among the 49‚055 fans in attendance at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle powers a 2-run homer‚ his 35th‚ off the O’s Chuck Estrada to give the homesiders a 2-0 lead in the 1st. Yogi Berra adds a home run in the 8th. Bobby Richardson’s liner off Estrada’s glove drives in 2 runs for a 5-3 New York win.
1958: Despite a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hammers a Jim Bunning pitch down the right field line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue‚ some 500 feet away. The 2-run homer is all the scoring that Bunning allows as the Tigers win 5-2.
1955: Phil Rizzuto and Bob Cerv pull off a 1st inning double steal‚ but the Scooter is knocked unconscious in the 4th when Red Sox hurler George Susce beans him. Tommy Byrne’s 4-hitter gives New York a critical 4-1 win‚ as the Indians bow to the Tigers. New York’s woes continue: following an out‚ Moose Skowron kicks a water cooler and breaks a toe.
1952: Behind Mickey Mantle’s two doubles and a homer, the Yanks roll 12-3 at Detroit‚ for New York’s 6th straight win. Mantle‚ hitting lefty against Bill Wright, drills his line drive homer just below the right field roof. Hank Bauer adds a homer off starter Virgil Trucks, while Walt Dropo clubs his 28th for Detroit. Bob Kuzava is the winner. New York maintain their 2 1/2 game lead.
1951: The Yanks break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 9th when‚ with the bases loaded‚ Phil Rizzuto squeezes Joe DiMaggio home with the winning run. The score‚ off Cleveland’s Bob Lemon, gives Eddie Lopat his 20th win of the year. The Yanks now lead Cleveland by 1 game and Boston by 2 1/2.
1938: Hank Greenberg (below) connects for his 52nd and 53rd homers‚ off Monte Pearson, to lead Detroit to a 7-3 win over the Yankees. Hank is now two games ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1934: The Yankees come into Detroit for their last chance to catch the league-leaders, and lose the opener‚ as veteran Al ‘General’ Crowder beats Lefty Gomez with a 3-0 shutout.
1931: In the first of two‚ the Yankees and Red Ruffing rough up the Browns and George Blaeholder 17-0. A Bill Dickey grand slam is the big blow. The Yanks take the nitecap‚ 6-1 behind Lefty Gomez’s three hitter and babe Ruth’s 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Ruth has connected for a home run in every park in the AL‚ a feat he has accomplished every year since 1919‚ except 1922. No other American Leaguer has homered in every park in a season.
1928: Wilcy Moore, the Yankee bullpen hero of 1927‚ goes home for the year with an ailing arm after working just 60 innings.
1922: Browns southpaw Hub Pruett‚ who has fanned Ruth 9 of 10 times over the season‚ is reached for a homer by the Bambino‚ but he still beats the Yankees 5-1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation when he takes the field, but the partisan crowd in center are quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning in an attempt to distract Yanks pinch hitter Norm McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his hitting streak to 41 games.
1904: More than 23‚000‚ reputedly the largest crowd in Boston history‚ show up for a showdown twinbill with the New York Highlanders. New York score 3 runs in each of the first 2 innings against Bill Dinneen. Jack Chesbro (below) holds on for a 6-4 win‚ his 7th victory in a row. But Cy Young tops New York‚ 4-2‚ in the nitecap‚ beating Ned Garvin‚ recently acquired from Brooklyn. The two teams split their three doubleheaders and at the end of the day New York (80-50) have a half game lead over Boston (81-52).
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1939: The Yankees clinch their 4th successive pennant, and their 11th in club history, with a 10-3 win over Detroit.
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2009: A brand-new member joins the pie party: An early 2-0 lead over Toronto on 1st inning RBI by Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui evaporates in the middle innings with Chad Gaudin on the mound. Toronto have a 4-2 lead when Matsui’s two-run homer ties it up in 8th. Johnny Damon strokes a single to start the bottom of the ninth, moves to second on a fielder’s choice, and scores on a walkoff single off the bat of Francisco Cervelli for the 5-4 Yankee victory. Mariano Rivera’s appearance in the 9th earns him his third win of the year.
2008: In action against Chicago, Derek Jeter eclipses Lou Gehrig’s mark for hits at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte’s disappointing year continues, though, as he loses to the pale Hoase, 6-2. .
2006: At the Stadium, the Red Sox and Yankees split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game 5-2. New York take the nitecap 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.
1997: The Yankees take a pair from the Red Sox‚ winning 2-0 and 4-3. Andy Pettitte pitches 8 innings in the opener‚ striking out a career-high 12. Willie Banks is the winner in the nitecap with 6 2/3 innings of work.
1996: Backed by two 3-run homers from Tim Raines, who is celebrating his 37th birthday‚ Jimmy Key stops the Blue Jays 10-0 at the SkyDome. Raines’ second homer, a 457 ft. blast to straightaway center, is the longest hit by a Yankee this year. The Yanks are now 3 games up in the AL East.
1978: With 55‚091 looking on‚ the Yankees snap a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox 3-2. New York now lead by 3 1/2 games. The Yanks open the scoring with a Reggie Jackson 2-run blast in the 5th. Both starters‚ Catfish Hunter and Mike Torrez, go the distance.
1961: At Detroit‚ Roger Maris connects for #57‚ off Frank Lary‚ to stay a game ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace. But Lary wins his 21st‚ 10-4‚ over Ralph Terry, with help from Norm Cash, who belts a homer – his 37th – and a triple. Al Kaline adds 4 hits and a sac fly.
1960: The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4-game series with the O’s just .002 in back of the Bombers.. Hector Lopez and Roger Maris swat homers to back Whitey Ford’s 4-2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off Ford are the first the Birds have scored off him at the Stadium in 33.2 innings. Bobby Shantz mops up for Whitey in the 9th.
1958: Frank ‘the Yankee Killer’ Lary is the third pitcher to beat them 7 times in the same season‚ as the Tiger ace tops them 4-2. Ed Walsh (9-1 in 1908) and Ed Cicotte (7-1 in 1916) were the others. But Lary sets the AL record for most wins in a season against a pennant winner. The NL record is 8‚ by Bob Buhl, who beat the Dodgers 8 times in 1956 while pitching for the Braves.
Off the field, former Yankee star (and AL batting champion) George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss is killed in a train wreck in Red Bank‚ New Jersey.
1956: In twinbill action at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle launches an 8th inning shot‚ his 49th of the year‚ off the facade of the upper deck in right‚ matching a blast by Ted Williams earlier in the year‚ but Early Wynn hangs on for a 4-3 nitecap win for the home side.The Yankees win the opener 10-3‚ though, to clinch at least a tie for the pennant and eliminate the Tribe from the race. Bob Lemon loses his bid for his 20th win.
1955: The Yankees‚ trailing the Indians by a 1/2 game with 11 to play‚ open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3-0 lead‚ but are behind 4-3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a homer off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it‚ and with 2 outs‚ Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning round-tripper to win it 5-4. When Detroit beat Cleveland‚ 3-0‚ the Yanks move into first to stay. Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September‚ and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.
1951: At the Stadium‚ Joe DiMaggio’s long triple off Bob Feller scores two runs in the 5th, and Allie Reynolds holds on for a 5-1 Yankee win. New York take over first place for good by a margin of .003 points over Cleveland.
1950: Rookie hurler Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit‚ 8-1 and move them back into first place. Joe DiMaggio hits his 30th HR and the Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th as Ford cruises to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Bombers into Detroit and sweep three from the Tigers.
1948; In Detroit‚ Joe DiMaggio bags out his 300th career homer, off Freddie Hutchinson‚ becoming the 8th player in MLB history to attain the mark. It is the only score for the New Yorkers as they lose 2-1. The Yankees take the nitecap‚ 8-4‚ with Joe Page (below) the winner in relief.
1945: At the Stadium, the Browns and Yankees split a pair‚ the Bombers losing the opener‚ 6-2‚ to Bob Muncrief. Vern Stephens belts a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Leadoff hitter Pete Gray is 1-for-4‚ collecting his safety off reliever Tiny Bonham. It is the last major league hit for the one-armed outfielder as he goes 0-for-3 in the nitecap‚ a 5-4 win for New York. Spud Chandler‚ the winning pitcher‚ drives in 3 runs.
1944: The Yankees lose to the A’s, 6-3, to drop into second place, a 1/2 game behind the Browns. Bill Bevens (below) takes the loss for the Bombers.
1940: Rookie Johnny Lucadello (below) of the St. Louis Browns homers from each side of the plate against Yankees in a 16-4 Browns romp. Only Wally Shang‚ in 1916‚ had accomplished the same in the AL. Mickey Mantle will be the next AL player to do it, in 1955. Today’s blasts are the only home runs Lucadello will hit all year. The Browns sweep by winning the nitecap‚ dropping the Yankees 3 1/2 games in back of the Indians.
1937: Lefty Gomez allows only three hits as the Yankees roll to an 8-0 win over Cleveland. Gomez has now won 19 games‚ while the Yankees increase their lead to 10 1/2 games over Detroit.
1922: Pennant fever rages in St. Louis‚ as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2-1‚ as George Sisler ties Ty Cobb’s 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a fly ball in the 9th‚ New York outfielder Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1‚000 reward for the name of the culprit. Then‚ to calm the crowds‚ the AL offers the explanation that Witt stepped on the bottle, which then and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.
1920: Chicago’s Dickie Kerr (below) tops the Yankees 8-3‚ the loss dropping New York to second place behind Cleveland.
1905: The Highlanders find themselves short on infielders, so right fielder Willie Keeler, who is lefthanded‚ plays second base in both games of a doubleheader with visiting Washington. The multi-talented Keeler played two games at shortstop for the Giants in 1893. New York split‚ winning 5-2 and losing 3-0.
1997: Seventh-inning RBI from Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams carry Andy Pettitteand the Yankees to a 7-6 win over Aaron Sele and the Red Sox.
1985: The Yankees trade minor league pitcher Jim Deshaies and two other minor leaguers to be named later to the Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro, reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the first time since 1974 with the Braves.
1978: The Yankees, now 1 1/2 games in front of Boston‚ open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Ron Guidry again gives up only 2 Boston hits and wins a 4-0 shutout. Chris Chambliss (below) and Graig Nettles hit successive homers‚ off Luis Tiant‚ in the 4-run 4th.
1977: The Yankees purchase Dave Kingman from the Angels. It’s Kingman’s 4th team this year: he started the season with the Mets‚ was traded to San Diego in June‚ and shopped to the Angels for cash on September 6. “King Kong’ will hit 4 homers for the Yankees‚ giving him 26‚ a since-broken record for most homers in 2 leagues in one season (Deron Johnson hit 20 in 1973).
1961: The Yankees set a new AL record for most homers in a season (222)‚ as they split a doubleheader in Detroit‚ winning 11-1 and losing 4-2. Circuit blows by Moose Skowron and Yogi Berra in the opener help Whitey Ford win his 24th and increase New York’s homer total to 222 This breaks the old mark set by the 1947 Giants and tied by the 1956 Reds. Cash and Steve Boros homer in the nitecap to back Ron Kline’s 7-hitter.
1950: For a ML-record 6th time, Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game‚ but the Yankees lose 9-7 at Detroit. Mize matches Babe Ruth’s mark of doing it in both leagues‚ but the Bambino only had 2 three-homer games. With the victory‚ the Tigers recapture first place
from New York.
1937: Two weeks ago‚ AL President William Harridge upheld Cleveland’s protest of the August 6 Yankee win‚ and the entire game is replayed as the second game of today’s doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all stats retained except those following the disputed call. The Indians take the regularly scheduled game‚ 5-4‚ then lose the replay‚ 3-1.
1929: The Yankees and Indians trade shutouts‚ with New York winning the opener‚ 1-0 behind Tom Zachary (11-0). Zachary allows 4 hits. In the nitecap‚ Willis Hudlin is even stingier‚ giving up 3 singles‚ as Cleveland wins‚ 10-0. It is Hudlin’s 14th win over New York in the past three seasons.
1926: The Yankees beat the Indians 6-4‚ as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the ML record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.
1921: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 55 in New York’s 10-6 win over the Browns in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yanks also take game 2‚ 13-5.
1908: The Highlanders’ Pete Wilson makes his Major League debut by shutting out Boston‚ 1-0.
1904: In the4 opener of a twinbill, Boston edge New York‚ 3-2‚ to move back into first place in the AL. Jesse Tannehill (below) allows 9 hits in besting the Highlanders’ Al Orth.The nitecap is called after 9 innings with the score 1-1.
1881: Slow Joe Doyle, who as a Highlander became the first Major League pitcher of the 20th century to throw a shutout in his first two starts, is born.
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1958: The Yankees win their 24th pennant‚ and 9th under Casey Stengel‚ winning game 1 of a twinbill with the A’s‚ 5-3. This ties Casey for first with Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. New York complete the sweep with a 12-7‚ 14-inning win in game 2. Virgil Trucks allows 2 hits over the last 6 innings for the win.
1953: The Yanks clinch their fifth straight pennant‚ and the 20th in club history, spotting the Indians 5 runs before winning 8-5. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBI‚ and Yogi Berra chips in with a two-run homer.
1943: The Yanks clinch their 14th AL pennant by beating the visiting Philadelphia A’s. Jim Turner (below), coming in relief of starter Bill Zuber, gets the win for the Bombers.
1942: With all the NL race going down to the wire, the Yankees go about their lofty business‚ clinching the flag – the 13th in club history – in beating Cleveland‚ 8-3. Ernie Bonham wins his 20th game‚ and Joe DiMaggio collects 4 hits.
On other 14ths of September…
2008: Carl Pavano wins his second straight start for the Yankees… A mere 562 days after his last one, on opening day 2007. ‘American Idle’ is the lucky recipient of the instant offense when A-Rod’s 1st inning grand slam and Jason Giambi’s two-run jolt in the 2nd gives him a quick 6-0 lead in an 8-4 Yankee win over Edwin Jackson and division-leading Tampa Bay at the Stadium. Mariano Rivera’s 478th save ties him for second on the all-time list with Lee Smith. Derek Jeter adds a solo homer.
1999: The Yankees rally with a pair of grand slams – for just the third time in club history that two salamis have been hit in one game - to beat the Blue Jays 10-6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a slam in the 8th inning‚ and Paul O’Neill wins it in the 9th with one of the walkoff variety.
1994: With the Yankees leading the AL East, the remainder of the baseball season is cancelled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players’ strike. There will be no World Series for the 1st time since 1904.
1974: Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning‚ and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the second time that the two brothers have homered in the same game for different teams‚ having done it previously on June 11‚ 1972‚ when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig’s team win 10-7.
1956: In a 5-1 win at Detroit‚ Yogi Berra hits his 29th homer of the year and the 236th of his career‚ passing Gabby Hartnett’s mark for catchers. Don Larsen scatters 4 hits for the victory.
1952; At Cleveland‚ 73‚609 cheer the second- place Indians in their final meeting of the year with the first place Yanks. Cleveland‚ winners of 9 of their last 10 games‚ have Mike Garcia‚ 4-0 this year vs. New York‚ against Eddie Lopat. Garcia‚ who had not given up a run in his last 28 innings pitched‚ allows 4 runs in the first 4 innings. Reliever Lou Brissie serves up Mickey Mantle’s 20th homer in the 5th to put New York up 5-0. Allie Reynolds relieves a tired Lopat and New York win 7-1 to stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe.
1951: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks move into first place with a 5-1 win over the Indians. Joe DiMaggio triples in the 5th with two on to send the Yanks on their way.
1940: The Yankees finally erupt against Detroit pitching‚ bombarding Bobo Newsom for a 16-7 win. Joe Gordon (below) swats two homers and Joe DiMaggio has two doubles among his 4 hits as he takes over the AL hitting lead from Rip Radcliff. The Tigers lead the AL by 1/2 game as Red Sox rookie Earl Johnson stops the Indians‚ 2-1.
1935: The Yankees split with the AL-leading Tigers‚ winning 2-1 and losing 5-1. Johnny Broaca is the winner in the opener over General Crowder‚ while Roxie Lawson tops Jumbo Brown in game 2. Hank Greenberg‚ leading the AL in hitting at .346‚ is 0-for-7 for the
afternoon‚ with 5 strikeouts. ‘The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn’t much of a tribute to the
sportsmanship of his home town’ reports the New York American.
1924: Jerry Coleman, member of the Yankee infield platoon on the great teams of the ’50s, is born. Happy 88th, Jerry,.. Hang a star on it!
1920; The Yankees increase their AL lead to 1 1/2 games by topping the Tigers 13-3, Bob Shawkey getting the win for New York. Cleveland and the White Sox are both shut out‚ the A’s beating the Indians 8-0 and Washington whitewashing the Sox 7-0. Chicago are now 2 1/2 games back.
1916: Exercising a baseball superstition‚ Tiger manager Hughie Jennings (below) designates it ‘Shocker Day’ in honour of former Detroit sandlot star Urban Shocker‚ the rookie starter for the visiting Yankees. Instead of being jinxed by the ‘honour’‚ Shocker puts a crimp in the Tigers’ first-place notions with a 4-2 win. The Yankees use a rare double suicide squeeze to score two runners‚ from second and third, to win.
1904: The Boston Americans‚ with a half-game lead over the New York Highlanders‚ send Bill Dinneen to the mound.Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off Dineen and Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that catcher Lou Criger heaves into the crowd to allow Patsy to score. Keeler scores a play later. Boston’s only tally comes in the 9th on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. New York win 3-1. The nitecap is called after 5 innings and a 1-1 score.
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1963: Jim Bouton’s 20th win of the year‚ 2-0 at Minnesota‚ clinches the Yankees 28th pennant.
1927: Babe Ruth hits dingers Nos. 51 and 52, and the Yankees win a pair by 5-3 scores from Cleveland to clinch the AL pennant with a 98-41 record and a 17-game lead. It is Miller Huggins’ fifth pennant‚ tying him with Connie Mack. Waite Hoyt scatters 10 hits and wins his 20th in the nitecap. He will finish at 22-7‚ the only 20-game winner on the team.
On other 13ths of September…
2004: Kansas City outhit the Yankees by just 2‚ but a 10-run 5th innings helps the Royals to run away with it, 17-8. Angel Berroa scores 5 runs for KC.
2002: The White Sox seal a 13-2 win over the Yankees with an 8-run 9th inning. Mike Mussina leaves the game with his team trailing 5-2, and Joe Torre then hands the game over to the Yankee bullpen, who are on less than stellar form. Ramiro Mendoza and Brandon Knight preside as the roof falls in.
1996: Toronto backstop Charlie O’Brien is the first to wear a hockey-style catcher’s mask in the Majors, in a game against the Yankees. The mask is a success‚ but the Blue Jays lose to the New Yorkers‚ 4-1. Andy Pettitte wins his 21st.
1980: At Fenway, the Yankees maintain their hold on 1st place with a 4-3 victory over the Sox, scoring all their runs in the 4th. Tommy John wins his 21st. Willie Randolph helps in the 6th with a neat 4-2 double play‚ stepping on second for a force and throwing home to catch Jim Rice.
1968: Bernie Williams is born. Happy 44th to Bern Baby Bern!
1959: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Indians, 2-1 and 1-0. Mickey Mantle wins the opener with a 2-run 11th inning homer‚ his 29th of the year. In the nitecap‚ Duke Maas outpitches Jim Perry. The 2 losses push the Tribe to 5 1/2 games behind leading Chicago‚ who win today. The wins are little consolation for the now eliminated Bombers, though, mired in their worst campaign of the Casey Stengel era.
1956: Mickey Mantle breaks out of a September slump with two hits‚ including a homer‚ as New York beat Tom Gorman and the A’s‚ 3-2.
1951: Rookie phenom Mickey Mantle, batting leadoff, launches a Virgil Trucks offering deep into the upper deck in right. After the game, spectators say that if Mantle had hit it more towards center, the ball would have travelled 600 feet. Mantle then fans 3 times‚ as Trucks drives over New York for a 9-2 Detroit win. The Bengal hurler adds a pair of RBIs.
1936: At St. Louis‚ the Bronx Bombers live up to their name, shelling the Browns with 8 homers to sweep a doubleheader, 10-7
and 13-1. Joe DiMaggio hits 3 of the roundtrippers, Lou Gehrig and Jake Powell 2 apiece. The Yanks have now hit 175‚ topping the AL record of 173 set by the 1932 A’s.
1935: Detroit wallop the Yankees, 13-5, behind Schoolboy Rowe. Hank Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average.George Selkirk hits an inside the park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI‚ 54 coming on homers.
1934: Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter for a 3-1 victory over the Indians. It is his 25th win of the year.
1931: Tony Lazzeri steals second, third and home in succession in the 12th to give Lefty Gomez a 2-1 win over Detroit in the lidlifter of a doubleheader. New York edge the Tigers 4-3 in the nitecap, even though Earl Whitehill holds them to 6 hits. One of the hits is a 2-run Lou Gehrig homer in the 6th.
1922: The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox, losing 7-3 before winning 6-3. Everett Scott barely keeps his consecutive
games played streak alive, as he is delayed when the train he is riding on derails. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th
inning of game 1.
1920: Carl Mays, who started yesterday‚ gets the ball again today for Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective‚ stopping the Tigers on 2 runs. Babe Ruth hits his 49th HR and Mays drives in the final run of the 4-2 win.
1896: Pat Collins, primary catcher for the Murderers’ Row Yankees of 1927, is born.
2006: Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees’ 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay 12-4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rd to give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankee DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and Derek Jeter does not register an at-bat. he scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
2004: The Orioles lose to the Yankees‚ 9-7. In the process‚ they set an AL record by using 10 pitchers in the game. Jorge Julio draws the short straw, taking the loss for Baltimore.
2000: Darryl Strawberry is is sentenced to 2 years’ house arrest after admitting he violated probation by driving under the influence of medication‚ and leaving the scene of an accident.
1999: Before a crowd of 50‚027‚ the Red Sox finish their 3-game series at the Stadium with a 4-1 win for a sweep. It is the first 3-game sweep in the Bronx for Boston since 1986. Rheal Cormier picks up the win for the visitors.
1996: Bernie Williams drives home 8 runs in New York’s 12-3 win over the Tigers. Williams hits 2 round-trippers and a single.
1990: There’s good news and bad news… Yankees starter Steve Adkins doesn’t allow a hit in his ML debut‚ but he walks 8 batters in just 1 1/3 innings‚ as Texas win 5-4. Adkins walks the first three batters‚ then retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd‚ he walks the next five before being lifted‚ two shy of consecutive walk record held by Dolly Gray.
1981: Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8 innings at the Stadium beforde Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th with back-to-back doubles. Reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2-1 win.
1979: Yankee hurler Jim Beattie gives up a single to Carl Yastrzemski for the latter’s 3‚000th career hit. The Red Sox win 9-2, and Yaz becomes the first AL player to collect both 3‚000 hits and 400 HRs.
1962: At Cleveland‚ Whitey and Mickey lead the way to a Yankee win‚ 5-2. Mantle hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Pedro Ramos,his second favourite all-time mark (12 homers allowed).
1954: A Major League record crowd of 86‚587 jam Cleveland’s Memorial Stadium to see the Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks‚ 4-1 and 3-2‚ behind Bob Lemon and Early Wynn (below). Al Rosen’s two-run double is the key blow in the opener. In the nitecap‚ Wally Westlake’s double in the 5th is the big hit. The Yanks now trail Cleveland (104-40) by 8 1/2 games.
1953: At the Stadium, the Yankees take a 4-3 lead into the 7th inning‚ then score 8 runs to coast past Detroit‚ 13-4. The inning’s big blow is Mickey Mantle’s 20th homer of the year‚ a 3-run shot off Billy Hoeft that is still rising when it hits the facade of the upper deck in left.
1952: The Yankees (83-57) subdue the White Sox‚ 6-4‚ to remain a 1/2 game ahead of the Indians. Ray Scarborough is the winner over Hal Brown.
1950: The Yankees blow a 6-run lead as Cleveland scores 4 in the 9th inning off Allie Reynolds to win‚ 8-7. Luke Easter’s 3-run homer - his 2nd of the game – is the big blow‚ as the Yankees skid to 2nd place‚ a half game behind Detroit and a half game ahead of Boston.
1943: At Fenway, the Yankees take a pair from the Sox to complete a sweep of their five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Hubmen for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy ‘Bull’ Johnsonj hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankees comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.
1937: At the Stadium‚ the Yankees split with the Senators, losing game 1 by a 2-1 score to rookie Ken Chase. Lefty Gomez wins game 2 by the same score as DiMaggio belts his 42nd homer of the campaign.
1920: At Navin Field in Detroit‚ an overflow crowd of 29‚000 boo Carl Mays (below) as Detroit touch up the Yankee submariner for a 4-0 lead to knock him out of the box. But the Yanks rally on 5 ground rule doubles into the crowd‚ and home runs by Wally Pipp and Duffy Lewis clinch it, 13-6.
1916: Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller, luminary in the Yankee outfield in the ‘late 30s and well into the ’40s, is born.
1914: Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh‚ 23‚ is named to replace manager Frank Chance‚ who resigns today effective on September 15. Peckinpaugh becomes the youngest manager in MLB history, and the 7th in the club’s 12-year history. He will win 9 of 17 games and will manage next at Cleveland in 1928.
The Yanks win today‚ 2-1‚ over the A’s‚ with catcher Jeff ‘Big Ed’ Sweeney (below) going from goat to hero. When Stuffy McInnis and Amos Strunk attempt a double steal in the top of the 9th‚ Sweeney heaves the ball into center field trying to throw to second, and McInnis scores the tying run. Leading off in the bottom of the 9th against Chief Bender, Sweeney connects for a home run‚ his only one of the year‚ to give New York the walkoff win. Winning pitcher Ray Keating is warned by umpire Tommy Connally‚ who discovers an emery board on the pitcher. In ten days the emery pitch will be banned and any violation will result in a $100 fine and a 30-day suspension.
1907: In a 2-0 win against the Highlanders at Hilltop Park‚ Walter Johnson strikes out 5 batters‚ though the total will be recorded as 4 K’s. SABR member John Schwartz‚ in the 1990s‚ will find the extra K‚ resulting in Johnson’s currently recognized lifetime total of 3‚509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day‚ 2001‚ when Roger Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.
Off the field, Spurgeon ‘Spud’ Chandler, the only Yankee pitcher to date to win the AL MVP award (in 1943) is born.
1903: Boston’s ‘Long Tom’ Hughes (below) coasts as his mates drub the Highlanders‚ 10-1‚ for his 20th win. He joins Cy Young and Bill Dineen as the third Beantown hurler to notch 20 this year.
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2009: In action against the Orioles at the Stadium, Derek Jeter ties Lou Gehrig for most career hits by a Yankee with a single in the 3rd inning (at 9:23 p.m. EST), then breaks the all-time Pinstriped hits record with an RBI single in the 4th (at 10:00 p.m.). It is a beastly night on which the start of the game is held up for 90 minutes, followed by another extended rain delay later. Alex Rodriguez gives Andy Pettitte an instant lead with a three-run bomb in the first, but it’s all O’s thereafter (except for the Jeter record). Baltimore send eight, then nine, then eight batters up in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, scoring 2, 4, and 3 runs respectively. The home run is Alex’s 577th, but cannot offset the 10-4 result.
On other 11ths of September…
2002: At the Stadium, the Yankees remember the tragedy of the previous year with a special monument in Monument Park memorialising those killed. The dedication is part of the 50-minute pregame ceremony. The Orioles wear 5-sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings‚ before Nick Johnson ends it with an RBI single. The Yankees win‚ 5-4‚ despite striking out 14 times. Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8th when he goes to his mouth on a 3-2 count while standing on the mound. It was the first walk in 6 full games (65 innings) by a Yankee pitcher‚ the longest such streak since WWII. Steve Karsay later hands out another free pass.
2001: All Major League baseball games are cancelled as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center‚ flight #93‚ and the Pentagon. The White Sox take a 15-hour bus from New York to home after their scheduled 3-game series with the Yankees is called off.
1995: At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians – no assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits‚ walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. ’Black Jack’ retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield make 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phillies game on June 25‚ 1989‚ the only time it has occurred in the NL.
1990: New York beats Texas 5-4 to snap pitcher Bobby Witt’s personal 12-game winning streak. The Yanks score 2 in both the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Dave Righetti saves his 31st.
1988: The Yankees edge the Tigers 5-4 in 18 innings. Steve Shields gets the win in relief when Claudell Washington homers. Rickey Henderson ties an AL record set in 1948 for extra inning games with 12 putouts in left field.
1978: Mike Gazella, bench player and utility infielder for the Yankee championship clubs of 1927 and ’28, dies at the age of 82.
1966: John Miller becomes the first Yankee to hit a homer in his first Major League at-bat. He contributes 2 runs in a 4-2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway. It will be Miller’s only round-tripper in pinstripes‚ but as a Dodger in 1969‚ he will hit a homer in his last ML at-bat.
1963: Whitey Ford tops the host A’s 8-2‚ as Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st provides all the scoring Whitey needs. The Mick is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs.
1956: Yogi Berra ties the ML career record for home runs by a catcher in the Yankees’ 9-5 victory over Kansas City. His 236th – and the Yankees’ 177th of the season – tie him with Cub great Gabby Hartnett. Hank Bauer hits a leadoff homer; he’ll do it again tomorrow to tie an ML mark.
1955: In a move to shore up their pitching down the stretch‚ the Yankees buy Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price.
1954: The Yanks lose to the White Sox 6-5‚ dropping New York 6 1/2 out of first‚ the largest deficit that the Yankees have seen since Casey Stengel took over as manager five years previously.
1950: The Yanks move back into first with a twin win over the Senators, 5-1 and 6-2. Rookies Whitey Ford and Jackie Jensen lead the way in the opener as the future ‘Chairman of the Board’ wins his 6th straight. Jensen has 3 hits including his first ML homer. Ed Lopat wins his 16th in game two.
1949: In the first of two games at the Stadium‚ the Senators hand out 17 bases on balls‚ including an ML record 11 walks in the 3rd frame‚ when the Yanks plate 12‚ the AL record for number of runs in a 3rd inning. Another mark is set as four different Yankees collect 2 walks apiece in the bottom of the 3rd. The Nats hand out 13 walks in the first three innings. Buzz Dozier, who pitches the last 5 1/3 innings‚ is the most generous with 8 walks. Allie Reynolds (16-4) is the benefactor in the 20-5 romp. New York take the nitecap 2-1 in 5 1/2 innings behind Fred Sanford‚ with relief help from Joe Page.
1940: In a doubleheader‚ the Yankees’ first-game win at Cleveland puts them atop the AL‚ as Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham (below) bests Bob Feller 5-3. A 2nd game loss‚ 5-3‚ aided by a costly Babe Dahlgren error, drops them back out of first‚ and they will never get back to the summit this year. Joe McCarthy will hold this error against Babe‚ contending that it cost them the pennant. He whispers to many that
Dahlgren is a marijuana user‚ and will trade him after the season. The Dahlgren family will maintain for years that McCarthy essentially
blackballed him out of the game and defamed him‚ though his .253 average over 5 seasons might also have played a part in his downfall.
1936: The Yankees win at Detroit‚ 14-4‚ using a 9-run 8th inning to break it wide open. Pat Malone is the winner‚ helping himself with 2 hits and 4 RBI.
1928: In a 5-3 Yankee win at the Stadium‚ Ty Cobb makes his final Major League appearance as a batter‚ popping out against Yankee Hank Johnson to shortstop Mark Koenig as a PH in the 9th. Babe Ruth’s 2-run blast off Lefty Grove in the 8th seals the win for the homesiders. The Bronx Bombers seal the fate of the A’s with their 4th straight win over them, dropping the Mackmen into 2nd place‚ 2 1/2 games back.
1927: After losing a record 21 in a row this year to New York‚ the Browns win their last meeting‚ 6-2‚ at the Stadium behind Milt Gaston’s 5-hitter. One of the two runs allowed by the ex-Yankee is the Babe’s 50th homer‚ a solo shot in the 4th inning. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series‚ though one NL team‚ the 1909 Braves‚ went 1-21 against the Cubs.
1923: After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a disputed infield hit that is ruled a single‚ Boston pitcher Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3-0 win‚ his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhort official scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that third baseman Howard Shanks booted‚ but the one hit stands. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last 2 games.
1920: The Yankees take final game of their series with the Indians, topping the Tribe 6-2 as Babe Ruth cracks two doubles. Cleveland now lead by a .001 points over New York with the White Sox a game back.
1906: At Hilltop Park, the Boston Americans take it on the chin‚ losing 11-3. The Highlanders’ Frank LaPorte hits an inside-the-park home run off Boston starter Ed Barry in the 6th, and when the inning ends Boston second baseman Hobe Ferris (below) punches teammate and right fielderJack Hayden. After they are separated‚ Hayden goes to the bench and Ferris runs after him and kicks
him. Umpire Hank O’Loughlin ejects both of them‚ but Ferris refuses to go. Two policemen escort him to the clubhouse in handcuffs and he is arrested for assault.
1905: The Highlanders sell workhorse pitcher Jack Powell (8-13) to the Browns. Powell won 23 games in 1904‚ pitching 390 1/3 innings.