10/02 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1978: The Yankees and Red Sox‚ tied for first at the end of the regular season‚ play a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway for the AL East title. New York prevail 5-4 behind Bucky Dent’s  3-run home run off Mike Torrez and Ron Guidry’s 25th win against just 3 losses. Guidry’s .893 percentage is a ML record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game‚ getting Yaz to pop out with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th. Manager Bob Lemon, who took over for Billy Martin after being fired by the White Sox‚ becomes the first manager to win a title after starting the season with another club.


1949: The Yankees and the Red Sox enter the final day of the season tied for first place. Nearly 70‚000 Bronx faithful pack the Stadium to see the finale. Phil Rizzuto triples and scoresin the 1st inning, and Vic Raschi nurses the 1-0 lead into the 8th against Ellis Kinder, before the Yankees score 4 against a tired Mel Parnell and an unlucky Tex Hughson  A Sox rally falls short‚ and the Yankees win the game and the pennant‚ 5-3. Ted Williams is hitless in 2 official trips (and 1-for-12 in his last 4 games) while George Kell of the Tigers goes 2-for-3. Kell’s final mark is .3429 while Williams’ is .3427. Ted leads the AL in homers (43) and ties for the lead with teammate Vern Stephens in RBI with 159. He also reaches base 358 times (194 hits‚ 162 walks‚ and 2 hit by pitches)‚ the second highest total in ML history. Only Babe Ruth in 1923 reached more times.



1932: The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6‚ as the Yankees complete their sweep of the Series‚ winning their ML-record 12th straight post-season game, and the fourth title in franchise history. Tony Lazzeri belts 2 homers, and Earle Combs contributes another. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored‚ and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.




On other 2nds of October…

2005: The Red Sox thump the Yankees 10-1 to clinch the AL wild card spot in the playoffs. The Sox lead the majors in runs scored for the third straight year: the last team to do it three straight was the Dodgers in 1951-53‚ and the last AL club to do it was the Red Sox of 1948-50.


2003: The Yankees even their division series with Minnesota with a 4-1 victory behind Andy Pettitte. Jason Giambi hits a 2-run single and Pettitte fans 10 for New York.


1999: In a 3-2 Yankee win by David Cone over Tampa Bay‚ Bernie Williams draws his 100th walk of the year. He is the first player since Stan Musial (1948‚ 1953) to reach 200 hits‚ 100 runs‚ 100 RBI‚ and 100 walks in a season. Bernie finishes with 202: 116: 115: 100 respectively.


1998: The Yankees blank the Rangers 4-0 to complete a sweep of their divisional playoff. Shane Spencer hits a 3-run homer and Paul O’Neill adds a solo blast for NY.


1997: The Indians even their series with a 7-5 win over the Yankees behind a strong effort by rookie pitcher Jaret Wright. Matt Williams homers for the Tribe‚ while light-hitting Omar Vizquel collects 3 hits.


1996: The Yankees defeat the Rangers 5-4 in 12 innings to even their division series at 1 game apiece. Derek Jeter scores from second on a throwing error by third baseman Dean Palmer on a routine bunt by Charlie Hayes.


1986: Don Mattingly sets a Yankee record with his 232nd hit of the season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox, eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.


1966: The Yankees are put out of the misery at last with the final game of the season. Though the Bombers finish on a positive note, beating the White Sox 2-0 behind Al Downing, the club finish in last place for the first time since 1912.


1963: In the World Series opener‚ Sandy Koufax fans the first 5 batters he faces en route to a WS record 15. John Roseboro’s 3-run HR is the difference‚ as Los Angeles beats the Yankees 5-2 at the Stadium.



1960: Dale Long hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to give the Yankees an 8-7 win over Boston. The Yanks go into the World Series with a 15-game win streak‚ the longest ever.


1958: The Braves erupt for 7 runs in the first and go on to defeat the Yankees 13-5 in game 2 of the World Series. Lew Burdette is shaky but beats New York for the 4th consecutive time. He also chips in with a 3-run homer.


1957: Whitey Ford bests Warren Spahn in Game 1 of the World Series at the Stadium, 3-1.



1955: Surprise Brooklyn starter rookie Roger Craig pitches 6 innings for the 5-3 win. Two home runs by Duke Snider and one by Sandy Amoros in the first 5 innings prove too much for New York. Snider‚ who hit 4 HRs in the 1952 WS‚ becomes the first player in history to do this more than once.


1953: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field, as Carl Erskine (below) establishes a new Series strikeout record by fanning 14 Yanks‚ including Mickey Mantle and Joe Collins 4 times each. Roy Campanella breaks a 2-2 tie with a game-winning solo home run in the 8th for a 3-2 Brooklyn win.


1952: The Yanks draw even in the WS at 1 game apiece behind the masterful 3-hit pitching of Vic Raschi ‚ who defeats Carl Erskine 7-1. Raschi strikes out 9.



1948: The Red Sox, a game in back of the Indians, host the Yankees in a critical match for both teams. Ted Williams gives Boston a two-run lead in the 1st with a home run off a Tommy Byrne fastball‚ and Jack Kramer (below) posts his 18th win in beating New York 5-1. For Kramer‚ it is his 5th win of the year over the Yanks. New York can now finish no better than 2nd place.


1947: Yogi Berra hits the first pinch home run in World Series history‚ connecting off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of game 3 of this year’s Fall Classic. The Dodgers still prevail, 9-8. The Yankees now lead 2 games to 1.


1943: The Yankees take two from the Browns, 5-1 and 7-6‚ for their 14th sweep of a doubleheader‚ an AL mark. Bud Metheny (below) hits a home run in the opener for the Yankees 100th round-tripper of the season.



1941: Dodgers ace Whitlow Wyatt trims the Yankees in a 3-2 Brooklyn win in game 2 to even the Series.


1937: The Yankees (101-52) close out the season with an 11-3 drubbing of the Red Sox. New York club 4 homers‚ including Lou Gehrig’s 37th of the year. Lou follows that with a bunt single in his next at bat to reach 200 hits. The Sox‚ aware he had 199‚ were looking for the bunt.



1936: The Yankees post a World Series-record run total as they demolish the Giants 18-4. Lefty Gomez coasts to a 6-hit win‚ while every member of the Yankee lineup makes a hit and scores at least one run. Tony Lazzeri hits a grand slam‚ the first in World Series play since 1920‚ and drives in 5 runs‚ the same number Bill Dickey knocks in. This runs-scored mark will stand until 1993.


1926: Game 1 of the World Series before 61‚658 at the Stadium belongs to southpaws Herb Pennock (25-11) and Bill Sherdel (16-12). Two hits give the Cards a quick first-inning run. Sherdel issues 3 walks for a New York run without a hit. In the 6th‚ Babe Ruth punches a single to left‚ moves to second on a sacrifice‚ and scores on a Lou Gehrig single for a 2-1 win. It is the first of Gehrig’s record 8 game-winning RBI in WS play.


1920: Frank ‘Spec’ Shea, the first Yankee pitcher to appear in a televised World Series game (in 1947) is born.



1915: The Queens Bombers?… At the Waldorf Astoria‚ the National Commission meets. During the sessions Colonels Ruppert of the Yankees and Ebbets of the Dodgers meet regarding a possible new home for the Yankees‚ and Ebbets withdraws his objections to the team moving to Queens. They are considering a stadium near the 59th Street Bridge. Nothing is final and the New York Times also mentions two sites in Manhattan that the team are  considering.



1914: At Fenway, the Yankees make 5 errors to help Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth win‚ 11-5. Ruth‚ just recalled from Providence‚ gets his first Major League hit‚ a double‚ off Len ‘King’ Cole.



1904: In the opening game of a doubleheader at Chicago, Doc White’s scoreless streak ends at 45 innings‚ when the New York Highlanders push a run across in the 1st; White then pitches another 8 shutout innings to win‚ 7-1. White also gets the ball to start the second game against New York’s Ambrose Puttmann. The Highlanders take the darkness-shortened nitecap 6-3 in 67 innings.


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