10/03 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1964: The Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant‚ and 29th in theclub’s history‚ by defeating Cleveland 8-3.
1947: Brooklyn pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to break up Bill Bevens’ dramatic no-hit bid and give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees in game 4 at Ebbets Field. The Series is now even at 2 games each.
On other 3rds of October…
2006: The Yankees double up the Tigers 8-4 in Game 1 of their ALDS. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 for New York, including a double and a home run. Jason Giambi also homers for the Bronx Bombers while Chien-Ming Wang gets the win. Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe homer for Detroit.
2000: The A’s defeat the Yankees‚ 5-3‚ in the 1st game of their ALDS. Catcher Ramon Hernandez (below) hits a double off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning to give Oakland the lead.
1998: Darryl Strawberry has a cancerous tumor removed from his colon during surgery. Doctors are optimistic that the cancer has not spread.
1995: The Yankees overcome two home runs by Ken Griffey Jr. to beat Seattle‚ 9-6‚ in the opening game of their ALDS, New York’s first
postseason game since 1981.
1990: One of the worst seasons in Yankee history closes on an appropriate note, with a 10-3 shellacking at the hands of Detroit. The Bombers finish in the cellar for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, and for the fourth time in club history. Rookie Steve Adkins, pitching in his fifth and final Major League game, takes the loss.
1978: Reggie Jackson lives up to the nickname ‘Mr. October,’ hitting a 3-run homer, a single‚ and a double to lead the Yankees to a 7-1 win over the Royals in the opening game of the ALCS
1965: The Yanks win 11-5 at Fenway as Tony Kubek goes 3-for-4 and swats a 9th inning homer off Dick Radatz in his final major league at bat. The 29-year-old will be diagnosed over the winter as having three crushed vertebrae‚ the result of a childhood football injury aggravated during military service. He will retire rather than injury.
1963: At the Stadium, Johnny Podres scatters 7 hits‚ Tommy Davis ties a postseason record with 2 triples‚ Willie Davis drives in 2 runs‚ Moose Skowron homers‚ and Los Angeles beats Al Downing and the Yankees to go two games up in the World Series.
1957: In Game 2 of the World Series, Lew Burdette bests the Yankees’ Bobby Shantz 4-2.
1956: Dodger late-season acquisition Sal Maglie gets the start in the opening game of the World Series with the Yankees, and comes out on top, 6-3.
1953: The Dodgers even up the World Series at 2 games apiece‚ as Duke Snider drives in 4 runs in a 7-3 victory.
1952: The World Series moves back to the Bronx, where Preacher Roe wins, 5-3. Brooklyn score 2 decisive runs in the 9th on a Yogi Berra passed ball.
1951: Dave Winfield is born. Happy 61st, Dave!
1942: The Cards win their second in a row as Ernie White shuts out New York on 6 hits‚ winning 2-0. The Cards now take a 2-1 Series lead. Arguments with umpires during the game result in $200 fines for Joe Gordon and Frank Crosetti; the latter will also suspended for the first 30 days of the 1943 season for shoving arbiter Bill Summers.
1936: The Series shifts to Yankee Stadium for game 3, for which a new attendance record of 64‚842 is set. Lou Gehrig’s solo home run is matched by the Giants’ Jimmy Ripple‚ with the deciding run of the Yankees’ 2-1 squeaker coming on an infield hit. The pinstriped New Yorkers now lead 2 games to 1.
1926: In game 2 of the World Series, Grover Cleveland Alexander (9-7) faces Urban Shocker (19-11) as a record 63‚600 look on at the Stadium. The Yankees score twice in the 2nd‚ but Old Pete sets down the last 21 batters‚ striking out 10. Billy Southworth and shortstop Tommy Thevenow collect 3 hits each‚ including a home run apiece‚ for a 6-2 St. Louis win that levels the Series at 1 game each. Thevenow’s is a line drive that skips by Babe Ruth for an inside-the-park homer: Thevenow will hit 2 regular season HRs in his career, both inside the park jobs.
1911: In the 2nd inning of the opener of a doubleheader at New York‚ the Red Sox pull off a double steal, with Duffy Lewis scoring from third and Jack Lewis swiping second. Jack Lewis is shaken up on the play and the Highlanders allow Duffy to replace him at second as a courtesy runner. He doesn’t score, and Jack returns to the game as Boston win‚ 4-1. They take the nitecap‚ 7-0‚ behind Smokey Joe Wood and will win tomorrow over the host New Yorkers‚ 4-1‚ behind Eddie Cicott (below). The Sox will win 10 straight in New York in 1912‚ and the first 5 games there in 1913 – an ML record 18 games on the road versus one team. Brooklyn will tie the record in 1946‚ and the Cardinals will equal it in 1966.
1909: ’30s Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca is born.