(I’m starting out on a road trip across Europe this afternoon & don’t expect to be near a computer tomorrow, so today you get two days for the price of one).
On the 24th, then…
2000: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 4-2‚ behind the pitching of Rick Reed and their bullpen. Benny Agbayani’s 8th inning double is the key hit for the Queensiders as they cut the Yankees lead in the Series to 2-games-to-1. Orlando Hernandez fans 12 but loses his first postseason game after 8 wins. The loss ends the Yankees record streak of 14 consecutive wins in World Series action.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Braves 7-2 to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the Series. David Cone holds Atlanta to one hit and no runs in 7 innings. Bernie Williams gets 3 hits for NY‚ while 5 of his teammates get 2 apiece. Braves’ starter Kevin Millwood gets battered for 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 innings of work.
1996: The Yankees take their 3rd straight game in Atlanta‚ defeating the Braves 1-0. Andy Pettitte records the win‚ while John Wetteland gets his 3rd save. John Smoltz is the hard-luck loser in the tense pitchers’ duel.
1988: Less than a year after signing him as a free agent‚ the Yankees trade 1B-DH Jack Clark to the Padres with pitcher Pat Clements for pitchers Lance McCullers and Jimmy Jones, and outfielder Stan Jefferson
1981: Another come-from-behind victory for LA, 8-7‚ helped by poor Yankee defense in the outfield‚ ties the Series at 2 games apiece. George Frazier takes his second loss for the Bombers.
1963: Yogi Berra is appointed manager of the Yankees.
1951: UPI names Casey Stengel as Manager of the Year.
1939: Despite having missed 32 games‚ the AL MVP is Joe DiMaggio‚ with Jimmie Foxx the runner-up‚ in the BBWAA poll. DiMag has 280 points‚ while Foxx draws 170.
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2009: After a rainout the night before kept the Anaheim Angels still alive in the ALCS, their string runs out, even if Gary Matthews, Jr.‘s swing and miss at Mariano Rivera’s cutter that ended the game actually occurs at one minute past midnight (and therefore technically October 26). Andy Pettitte pitches into the seventh for the win, Johnny Damon’s 4th-inning two-run double gives the Yanks a lead they will not relinquish, and Mark Teixeira crowns a two-run eighth with a sac fly in the 5-2 Yankee win that sends the club to the World Series for the 40th time. Chuck Mangione played the National Anthem before the game, and Bernie Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
On other 25ths of October…
2006: Derek Jeter is named the AL winner of the Hank Aaron Award as best overall hitter. Ryan Howard of the Phillies is the winner for the Senior Circuit.
2003: The Marlins win their second world championship as World Series MVP Josh Beckett hurls a 5-hit shutout in defeating the Yankees 2-0 in Game 6 of the Series. Luis Castillo’s 5th-inning single brings home Florida’s 1st run‚ and the only one Beckett needs as he outduels Andy Pettitte. Thus the Marlins conclude their second winning season in the past 11 years in the same manner in which they
concluded their first winning season.
2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 3-2‚ to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the World Series. Derek Jeter homers off Bobby Jones on the 1st pitch of the game for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankee bullpen saves the game with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Piazza’s 2-run homer accounts for all the Mets scoring.
Off the field, Darryl Strawberry is arrested and jailed after leaving a treatment center following a weekend drug binge.
1981: In World Series action in L.A., back-to-back homers by Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager off Yankee ace Ron Guidry are enough to give the Dodgers their 3rd consecutive win, 2-1.
Off the field, George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 (he says) fans in a hotel elevator after the game and emerges with a fat lip and a broken hand.
1924: Bobby Brown, Yankee 3rd baseman of the late ’40s and early ’50s, is born. Brown, who graduated from medical school with a specialty in cardiology, also served as AL President after his playing days. Happy 88th to Doctor Bob!
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1996: In one of the most memorable games in their postseason history, the Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz tied the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blew a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.
On other 23rds of October…
2003: The Marlins move to within one game of a world championship as they defeat the Yankees 6-4 to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the Series. Winning pitcher Brad Penny’s 2-run single gives Florida a lead they never surrender. Jason Giambi hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th to bring the Yankees within 2 runs‚ but Bernie Williams’ attempt for a game-tying homer falls short at the warning track in center field.
1999: The Yankees 2-hit the Braves 4-1 to take the opening game of the World Series. Orlando Hernandez holds Atlanta to 1 hit in 7 innings for the victory. The Braves’ only run comes on a 4th inning homer by Chipper Jones. Scott Brosius has 3 hits for NY‚ while Paul O’Neill drives home 2 runs.
1995: The Yankees name Bob Watson as GM, replacing Gene Michael. Michael will stay on the payroll as a special assignment scout.
1981: Despite an uncharacteristic poor performance (9 hits‚ 7 walks) Fernando Valenzuela goes the distance in the Dodgers’ 5-4 come-from-behind win in the third game of the WS. The deciding run scores on a double play. Yankee starter Dave Righetti lasts just two innings‚ walking 2 and allowing 5 hits‚ but reliever George Frazier takes the loss. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer for LA. Starters Valenzuela and Righetti are the first two Rookies of the Year to oppose each other in the Series since Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951.
1979: Yankee manager Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper‚ a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.
1973: Yankee General Manager and President Lee MacPhail is named AL President.
1926: In South Bend‚ Indiana‚ the Babe Ruth All Stars‚ including the Bambino’s Yankee teammate Urban Shocker, beat the local South Bend Indians 7-3 in a game called after 6 innings because of a late start. The all stars were delayed 2 hours when their vehicle broke down. The Babe is 3-for-4 and hits a home run estimated at 600 feet. In preparation for the Babe’s visit‚ the local team stocked up on baseballs at a cost of $1.23 each: in Montreal on October 17‚ the Babe hit 36 into a nearby river‚ according to the South Bend Tribune‚ and the ensuing game had to be stopped for lack of the spheres. Babe’s squad will tie tomorrow when the Indians pitch the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons‚ who lives nearby. Joining Freddie is Fred Lindstrom.
1923: Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform‚ as John Mcgraw’s men defeat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0. Ruth hits a homer over the right field roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.
2010: The Yankees season comes to an end as Texas close out the ALCS with a 6-1 6th game triumph. A 4-run 5th for the Rangers, keyed by a 2-run Nelson Cruz HR, is the turning point. Alex Rodriguez takes the final strike looking, and the Rangers advance to their first fall classic.
2009: With a chance to close out the ALCS, A.J. Burnett has a rough first inning in Anaheim, giving up four runs, then toughens up and delivers four solid frames. Then, punctuated by Robbie Cano’s 2-run triple, the Yanks plate six in the top of the sixth. But A.J.
allows two to reach leading off the bottom half, and the Angels touch up Phil Hughes for a walk and two singles, and the three runs gave
Anaheim a 7-6 lead which their bullpen will hold. The Yanks load the bases with two outs in the ninth but Nick Swisher pops out to short to send the series back to New York with the Yanks up 3 games to 2.
2003: The Yankees make a classic postseason comeback, crowned by a two-out, two-run, ninth-inning triple by Ruben Sierra that ties the Marlins at three. Young Miguel Cabrera keys a three-run Florida first with his two-run home run off Roger Clemens after the Rocket had knocked him down, and the Yanks spend the whole game in the hole. But ALCS hero Aaron Boone fails in the 11th, striking out against Braden Looper with the bases loaded and one down. Jeff Weaver relieves and retires the side in the bottom half, but Alex Gonzalez homers off him on a 3-2 pitch leading off the 12th. The Marlins win 4-3, and the Series is tied at two games apiece.
2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets 6-5 behind Roger Clemens to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the World Series. The Mets score 5 runs in the 9th inning on HRs by Mike Piazza and Jay Payton to throw a scare into the Bombers. In a bizarre incident‚ Clemens throws a piece of a shattered bat at Piazza in the 1st inning‚ as both benches clear. It is the first meeting between the two players since Clemens beaned Piazza during the regular season. On Tuesday‚ Clemens
will be fined $50‚000 for his actions.
1996: The Yankees get on the board in the World Series, winning game 3 by a score of 5-2 behind the pitching of David Cone. John Wetteland gets the save as Bernie Williams drives in 3 runs for the winners.
1992: Former Yankee broadcaster Red Barber dies at age 84 in Florida of pneumonia and other complications following emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.
1982: Robinson Cano is born. Happy 30th, Robbie!
1974: The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to New York and Bobby Murcer heads for San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York‚ hitting 32 HRs and stealing 32 bases‚ before leg injuries slow him. Murcer swears that he will never forgive the Yankees for trading him‚ but later he will relent when the Bombers reacquire him.
1963: Roy Hamey retires as GM of the Yankees. His surprise replacement is Ralph Houk, who moves upstairs from the dugout, where he compiled a record of 309-176 and won 3 pennants in as many seasons.
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1998: The Yankees close out one of the greatest years in the club’s history by shutting out the Padres 3-0‚ and completing a sweep of the NL champs to win the World Series. Andy Pettitte gets the victory‚ and Scott Brosius is named Series MVP.
On other 21sts of October…
2003: The Yankees beat the Marlins 6-1 behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams to take a 2-1 Series lead. Jeter gets 3 hits off losing starter Josh Beckett (the only hits Beckett allows)‚ while Williams and Aaron Boone hit home runs. Williams’ blast is his record 19th in postseason play. His 65 RBI are also a new postseason mark.
2001: The Yankees take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS‚ defeating the Mariners by a score of 3-1. Bret Boone’s 8th inning homer breaks a scoreless tie‚ but Bernie Williams hits a homer in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. New York win on Alfonso Soriano’s 2-run dinger in the 9th. Mariano Rivera gets the victory in relief.
2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 4-3 in 12 innings in Game 1 of the World Series. The longest game in Series history in terms of time (4 hours‚ 51 minutes) is ended by Jose Vizcaino’s single which drives home Tino Martinez. It is Vizcaino’s 4th hit of the night. The Mets lead 3-2 going into the 9th‚ but Armando Benitez surrenders the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Chuck Knoblauch. The victory is the Yankees’ 13th in a row in Series play, a new record. Todd Pratt of the Mets ties a Series mark by being hit by pitches 2 times.
1996: At the Stadium, Greg Maddux shuts out the Yankees by a score of 4-0‚ as the Braves open up a 2 games to none World Series lead. Fred McGriff’s 3 RBI give him a major league record 15 for the postseason.
1981: Goose Gossage gets his 2nd save in as many days as he preserves Tommy John’s win 3-0 in game 2. Bob Watson has two hits and an RBI.
Off the field, Gene Robertson, who took over at third base on the 1928 championship team when Joe Dugan went down with an injury, dies at the age of 82.
1976: The Reds take a 3-0 lead against Ed Figueroa‚ but the Yankees close the gap to 3-2. A 4-run splurge in the 9th‚ topped by Johnny Bench’s second HR of the game‚ ices the Reds’ 7-2 win‚ completing a 4-game sweep of the Yankees. World Series MVP Johnny Bench has 2 HRs and 5 RBI‚ and demolishes the Yankees with a .533 average. Opposing catcher Thurman Munson had 6 straight singles to tie a WS mark. The 1976 Reds become the firstteam ever to go through an entire LCS and WS without a defeat.
1934: An all-star team captained by Babe Ruth and managed by Connie Mack sets sail for a tour of Hawaii and Japan. Other Yankees along for the ride in the company of their wives include Lou Gehrig and Lefty Gomez.
1928: Whitey Ford is born. Happy 82nd to the Chairman of the Board!
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1931: Mickey Mantle is born.
On other 20ths of October…
2005: Joe Girardi resigns as a Yankee coach to become the manager of the Florida Marlins.
2004: At the Stadium, the Red Sox roll over the Yankees 10-3 to take the ALCS, becoming the first team in history to come back from a 3-to-0 deficit and win a postseason series. Johnny Damon is the hero for Boston with a pair of HRs‚ including a grand slam off Javy Vazquez, and 6 RBI. David Ortiz and Mark Bellhorn also homer for the Sox.
2001: The Mariners clobber the Yankees 14-3 to win their first game of the ALCS. Bret Boone ties an ALCS record with 5 RBIs as Jamie Moyer gets the win. Boone‚ John Olerud and Jay Buhner all homer for Seattle.
1998: Down 3-0‚ the Yankees bounce back with 2 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to defeat the Padres 5-4. Scott Brosius is the hitting star for NY with a single‚ 2 homers‚ and 4 runs batted in.The Yanks now take a 3-0 Series lead.
1996: The Braves continue to pound the ball‚ as they bring the tomahawk down on the Yankees with a 12-1 win in the World Series opener. Andruw Jones shot over the left field wall in the 2nd inning puts him in the record books as the youngest
player to homer in a Series game. He hits another 4-bagger in the 3rd
inning‚ as John Smoltz gains the win.
1981: In a World Series rematch of the 1977 and 1978 teams‚ the Yankees take game one over the Dodgers 5-3. Bob Watson’s 3-run homer in the first is the big blow as Ron Guidry goes 7 innings for the win. Goose Gossage closes down a Dodger rally in the 8th.
1964: Johnny Keane pulls another shocker by signing to manage the Yankees.
1960: Coach Ralph Houk, 41‚ is named to succeed Casey Stengel. He briefly led the Yankees in 1960 when Stengel was hospitalized.
1951: Joe DiMaggio takes off for Japan with Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars on an exhibition tour of the country. They will win 13 of the 15 games.
1910: The Giants win the City Series against the Highlanders 4 games to 2‚ as Christy Mathewson bests Jack Warhop 6-3. Larry Doyle’s 3rd inning 3-run homer into the upper grandstand in right field is the big blow. Paid admission for the six games is over 100‚000‚ and each Giant takes home $1‚110.62. Art Fletcher will use the winnings to marry his childhood sweetheart‚ Blanche Dieu.
2009: The Angels let it be known that there will be no sweep of the ALCS, as they beat the Yankees in 11 innings at Anaheim. The player making the announcement is the ‘defensive’ half of the AL West champs’ catching platoon, Jeff Mathis, who doubles in Howie Kendrick off Alfredo Aceves with two down in the 11th for a 5-4 win. Derek Jeter leads off the game with a home run, and A-Rod, Johnny Damon, and Jorge Posada go long as well. Posada’s shot ties the game at 4-4 in the eighth, as the veteran backstop appears in his 101st postseason game.
2004: In another thriller‚ the Red Sox draw even in the ALCS by defeating the Yankees 4-2 at the Stadium. Curt ‘Bloody Sock’ Schilling pitches 7 solid innings for Boston‚ while Mark Bellhorn homers. Bernie Williams matches him for the Yanks.
2003: The Yankees bounce back behind Andy Pettitte to tie the World Series at 1 game apiece with a 6-1 triumph in Game 2. Hideki Matsui’s 3-run blast in the 1st inning is all Pettitte needs. Alfonso Soriano also homers for NY. Mark Redman takes the loss for the Marlins.
1992: Atley Donald, winner of 65 games for the Yanks between 1938 and 1945 and member of 4 Championship clubs, dies at the age of 82.
1987: Billy Martin is named manager of the Yankees for a bizarre 5th time‚ replacing Lou Piniella. Piniella, who replaced Martin‚ is ‘promoted’ to general manager after leading the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 1987‚ 4th in the AL East.
1986: George Pipgras, mainstay of the Yankee pitching staffs of the ’20s and early ’30s, dies at the age of 86. Pipgras also went on to a distinguished career as an umpire after his playing days.
1976: At Yankee Stadium‚ Cincinnati DH Dan Driessen contributes 2 singles and a home run to a 6-2 win. The victory puts Cincy up 3 games to none in the Series.
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1977: Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October.
Three home runs in three swings lead the Yankees to their first World Series title in 15 years, and the club’s 21st overall. Mike Torrez goes the distance in the Series-clinching 8-4 victory.
1999: The Yankees top the Red Sox 6-1 to win the ALCS and their 36th AL pennant. Orlando Hernandez wins the clincher for NY‚ and is named MVP of the LCS. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homer for the Yanks.
On other 18ths of October…
2007: Joe Torre is out after 12 seasons when he refuses to take a large pay cut to return as Yankees manager in 2008. The Bombers have reached the postseason in all of Torre’s seasons at the helm.
2004: The Red Sox outlast the Yankees 5-4 in 14 innings to force a Game 6 of their ALCS at the Stadium. David Ortiz again is the hero‚ driving home the winning run with a bloop single. Big Papi also homers‚ as does Bernie Williams for New York.
2003: The underdog Marlins surprise the Yankees with a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the World Series. Juan Pierre has a 2-run single for Florida‚ as Brad Penny bests David Wells.
2001: The Yankees wins their second straight game in Seattle‚ 3-2‚ to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Mike Mussina gets the victory and Scott Brosius drives in 2 runs for the tourists.
1998: The Bombers strike early and often‚ scoring 3 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings. They go on to cruise to a 9-3 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the WS behind Orlando Hernandez. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada connect for homers.
1960: The Casey Stengel era comes to an end. Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65‚ New York Yankee co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieve the skipper, who has compiled a record of 1‚149-696 in 12 years with the club. Stengel is quoted as saying “I wasn’t retired – they fired me.”
1931: Andy Carey, utility infielder for several Yankee championship teams of the ’50s – he played third base in Don Larsen’s perfect game – is born. Happy 81st, AC!
1925: Yankee prospect and Salt Lake City (PCL) second baseman Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season in a 12-10 victory over Sacramento in the final game of the year. It is an inside-the-park drive in the 7th off Frank Shellenback. Lazzeri’s PCL record was accomplished in 197 games.
1920: NL directors meet in New York‚ joined by Yankee owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston‚ along with Charles Comiskey‚ and Harry Frazee of the AL. They name a committee to draw up an agreement along the lines of Albert Lasker’s proposal‚ and give the 5 AL clubs still backing Ban Johnson an ultimatum: come in by November 1st or the Yankees‚ White Sox‚ and Red Sox will pull out of the AL and join a 12-team NL (with a team in Detroit to complete the roster). The AL 5 turn it down‚ and bluff and counterbluff blow through
the autumn air.
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2000: The Yankees defeat the Mariners‚ 9-7‚ to win the ALCS and their 37th AL pennant. David Justice’s 3-run HR in the 7th inning gives the Bombers lead they never relinquishes. Justice win the ALCS MVP award. Seattle catcher Dan Wilson’s single breaks his 0-for-42 hitless streak‚ the longest ever in post season history.
1978: The Yanks win their 4th straight game, 7-2, to clinch their 2nd consecutive World Series over the Dodgers. Brian Doyle and Series MVP Bucky Dent have 3 hits apiece as the Bronx Bombers raise their 22nd WS championship flag.
On other 17ths of October…
2009: In game 2 of the ALCS, Yankee fans get to see both sides of the mercurial A.J. Burnett at the Stadium, as he blanks the
Angels on one hit through four innings, only to allow two runs in the 5th on two hits, a hit by pitch, a stolen base, and a wild pitch to tie the game.. A.J. recovers to retire the next four before the game goes to the bullpens. Phil Coke, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera hold it steady through the 10th, but Alfredo Aceves surrenders a run following a leadoff walk in the 11th. Alex Rodriguez promptly ties it again, with a home run on an 0-2 pitch from closer Brian Fuentes. Anaheim threaten against David Robertson the next two frames, but fail to break through. Jerry Hairston, Jr., pinch hitting for Freddy Guzman, who had run for Hideki Matsui in the 9th, leads off the bottom of the 13th with a single, Brett Gardner sacrifices him to second, and following an intentional walk, Hairston scored on a throwing error by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis. The 4-3 win puts the Yankees up 2 games to 0 .
2004: The Red Sox stay alive in the ALCS with a 6-4‚ 12 inning win over the Yankees at Fenway. David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff homer wins it in the 12th after the Sox tied the score off Mariano Rivera in the 9th. Ortiz drives home 4 runs for Boston‚ while A-Rod homers for New York.
2001: The Yankees take the first game of the ALCS with a 4-2 win over the Mariners. Andy Pettitte gets the victory while Paul O’Neill hits a 2-run HR for NY.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 9-2 to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Andy Pettitte gets the victory for NY‚ with home run support from Darryl Strawberryand Ricky Ledee.
1998: The Yankees explode for 7 runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres 9-6 in the World Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3-run homer in the inning‚ then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells.
1976: On a cold Sunday night‚ the Reds reach Catfish Hunter for 3 runs‚ but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With 2 outs in the 9th inning‚ Yankee shortstop Fred Stanley throws Ken Griffey’s easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose game 2 of the WS 4-3. Yankee pinch hitter Jim Mason hits a 7th inning homer off Pat Zachry. It will be Mason’s only career Series at bat‚ and his remains a singular accomplishment.
1964: A World Series loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.
1929: The Yankees sign former pitcher Bob Shawkey (below) as manager‚ replacing the recently deceased Miller Huggins. Pitching coach Art Fowler had been helming the team on an interim basis.
1908: Red Rolfe, the only long-term starting third baseman in Yankee history to date to spend his entire career with the club, is born. Rolfe man ned the hot corner during the Yanks’ run of four straight WS championships from 1936 to 1939.
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2003: Two words – Aaron Boone.
1962: New York score the game’s only run‚ as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th‚ with 2 outs and Matty Alou on first, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but superlative fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right‚ but second baseman Bobby Richardson snares it in the webbing of his glove, giving the Yankees a 1-0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry, achieving a measure of redemption for giving up Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff homer in 1960, is named WS MVP.
On other 16ths of October…
2009: The ALCS opens at the Stadium. David Cone throws out the first ball, and CC Sabathia is scintillating, delivering 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run, and 7-strike-out pitching. Alex Rodriguez’s sac fly in the 1st off John Lackey scores Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui comes through with two RBI singles. Mariano Rivera closes out the 4-1 win.
2004: The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for the Bombers with 5 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ and 5 runs scored. A-Rod also scores 5 for the Yanks. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of homers‚ and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon go yard for Boston.
1999: The Red Sox roll over the Yankees 13-1 behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston‚ while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra‚ Valentin‚ and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now lead the ALCS 2 games to 1.
1995: The Yankees sign Dwight Gooden, who has been on suspension for violation of the rules of his substance abuse program.
1977: LA stay alive with a 10-4 victory in game 5 of the WS. Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game. In a portent of things to come, Reggie Jackson launches a towering home run in his final at bat.
1976: Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter‚ as the Reds win game 1 of the WS over the Yankees 5-1. Three hits by Tony Perez and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense. Dan Driessen, who becomes the first NL designated hitter in history in the game, is blanked in four trips to the plate.
1960: Veteran pitcher Robin Roberts is purchased by the Yankees. Roberts will be released in April without ever pitching an inning in pinstripes.
1936: Lou Gehrig, who hit 49 HRs‚ scored 167 runs‚ knocked in 152‚ and batted .354‚ is voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a Major League record 5th time.
1929: The Yankees send aging star Bob Meusel to the Reds for cash.
1923: Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6‚160.46‚ Harry Heilmann, who beat the Babe for the batting title by 10 points and works as an insurance agent in the offseason, sells him a $50‚000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.
1921: In defiance of a Judge Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions‚ Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo. Five days later‚ they cut it short in Scranton. In the meantime Ruth openly challenges Landis to act. The judge does‚ fining the players their WS shares – $3‚362.26 – and suspending them until May 20th of the following season.
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1981: The Yankees wrap up their 33rd AL pennant with a 4-0 win over the A’s‚ completing a 3-game sweep of the ALCS.
1923: After Babe Ruth’s first-inning home run, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for 4 runs and take a 4-1 lead into the 8th. With one out‚ Art Nehf loads the bases by giving up 2 singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out‚ but Bob Meusel raps a base hit that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones closes out the Giants‚ and the Yankees have their first World Championship.
On other 15ths of October…
2003: The Red Sox rally for 3 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Yankees to send the ALCS to a 7th game. Boston collect 16 hits‚ including 4 by Nomar Garciaparra‚ and get HRs from Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.
2001: The Yankees defeat the A’s‚ 5-3‚ to move into the ALCS. In doing so‚ they become the 1st team ever to win a best-of-5 series after losing the first 2 games at home. Derek Jeter gets a pair of hits to break Pete Rose’s postseason record with 87. David Justice swats a pinch-hit homer for the Yanks while Mike Stanton gets the win in relief. Jason Giambi goes 4-for-4 for Oakland.
2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 6-2 to close within 1 game of the New Yorkers‚ who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit back-to back HRs in the 5th inning for Seattle.
1978: The Yankees shell the Dodgers with a barrage of 18 hits, 16 of them singles, to win the 5th game of the WS, 12-2. Brian Doyle, Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers have 3 hits each as the Bombers take a three games to two lead.
1977: The Yankees win 4-2 to take a 3-1 advantage in the WS. Reggie Jackson doubles and homers‚ and Ron Guidry notches a 4-hitter‚ striking out 7.
1964: St. Louis take an early lead in the deciding World Series game 7. Lou Brock’s 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6-0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer and Phil Linz all go long for New York‚ but it’s not enough. The Cards win 7-5 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers‚ Ken for the Cards and Clete for the Yankees‚ homer in their last WS appearance‚ a first in ML history.
1962: After one day of travel and 3 of rain‚ Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter against the Yankees for a 5-2 Giants win in game 6 of the WS. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI.
1957: Neal Ball, starting shortstop for the Highlanders from 1907 through 1909, dies at the age of 73. He is best remembered for turning the first unassisted triple play in modern Major League history, while playing for Cleveland in 1911.
1937: Rather than accept any trade offers‚ the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri, and allow him to make his own deal. He later signs on a player-coach with the Cubs.
1931: Lou Gehrig and a group of All Stars set sail for Japan on a barnstorming trip organized by sportswriter Fred Lieb. Also along for the ride is former Yankee prospect Lefty O’Doul.
1907: Sam Byrd, all-purpose outfielder for the Yankees’ 1932 championship team, is born. As the Bambino’s defensive skills were declining, Byrd became known as ‘Babe Ruth’s legs.’