10/04 in Yankee History

2011: With the Yankees facing elimination in their division series with the Tigers, Joe Girardi gives the ball to A.J. Burnett, and the sometimes erratic righty comes through with one of his strongest performances of late, striking out three and giving up only one run over 5 2/3 innings before handing the job off to the bullpen. Meanwhile, the New York offense roars to life in the 8th, plating 6 runs on a barrage of base hits. The 10-1 final sends the series back to New York for a fifth and deciding game.


2005: The Yankees score 3 runs in the 1st inning on Robinson Cano’s bases loaded triple‚ then hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Angels in the opening game of their Division Series. Mike Mussina gets the win for NY‚ while Bengie Molina homers in a losing cause for Los Angeles.



2003: The Yankees move into the lead in their series with the Twins with a 3-1 win behind Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrenders only 1 run and 5 hits sin 7 innings. Hideki Matsui hits a home run for NY.



2002: The Yankees blow a 6-1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9-6 victory and a 2 games to 1 lead in their Division Series. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy homer for Anaheim and Francisco Rodriguez again gets the win in relief.



2000: The Yankees even their series with the Athletics at 1 game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Andy Pettitte holds Oakland scoreless for 7 2/3 innings for the win.



1996: The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning, on a Bernie Williams sacrifice fly and a Mariano Duncan single, to defeat the Rangers 3-2 despite Juan Gonzalez’s 4th HR of the series. NY take a 2-games-to-1 lead.



1995: Don Mattingly hits the only postseason home run of his career, and Jim Leyritz ends the game in the bottom of the 15th with one, as the Yankees defeat the Mariners 6-5 to take a 2 games to none lead in their ALDS.



1980: The Yankees clinch their 4th AL East title in 5 seasons‚ beating Detroit 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Reggie Jackson hits his 41st home run of the season and will share the AL home run crown with Milwaukee’s Ben Oglivie. The Tigers take the nitecap 7-6.



1978: Kansas City notch 16 hits off 3 Yankee pitchers to even the AL series with a 10-4 win. Freddie Patek’s surprise homer in the 6th with a man on seals the victory.




1972: In a 1-0 loss by the Bombers to the Brewers, Yankee pitcher Larry Gowell hits a double  off  Milwaukee’s Jim Lonborg in his only major league at-bat. This is the last hit by an AL pitcher before the league adopts the designated hitter rule in 1973.



1962: At Candlestick Park‚ the World Series opens, as Roger Maris stakes Whitey Ford to a 2-run lead with a first-inning‚ 2-run double. Only right fielder Felipe Alou’s leaping effort keeps Maris’ drive in the park. Ford’s record streak of consecutive shutout innings ends at 33 2/3 when a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan brings Willie Mays home. Clete Boyer’s 7th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 6-2 win‚ the last of a record 10 WS victories for Ford.



1961: Whitey Ford’s 3rd straight World Series shutout‚ with homers by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron,gives New York a 2-0 win in the opener against Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.



1960: Jack Warhop, long-serving early Yankee pitcher who is remembered chiefly for surrendering Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run, dies at the age of 76.



1958: In game 3 of the World Series, Don Larsen and Ryne Duren team up for a shutout of the Braves as the Yankees win 4-0. Hank Bauer accounts for all the  New York runs‚ including a 2-run homer in the 7th. Milwaukee now lead 2 games to 1.



1955: No more ‘wait till next year,’ as Brooklyn‚ behind the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres‚ bring their first World Series championship to Brooklyn after 8 tries. 6th inning replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in left field to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on.


Amoros turns and fires to shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who relays a bullet to Gil Hodges at first base to double off Gil McDougald. Brooklyn pull off 12 DPs in the Series, a new record.



1953: In Game 5 of the World Series, Mickey Mantle hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Russ Meyer‚ and the Yanks hold on to win 11-7 in a game that features 25 hits and 47 total bases.



1952: The Yankees draw even at home in the Series with the Dodgers by winning 2-0 behind the shutout pitching of Allie Reynolds. Johnny Mize‚ inserted at first base, collects a homer, a single a double and a walk in four trips to the plate.



1951: In the opening game of the World Series, Monte Irvin steals home in the first inning and collects 4 hits.

The Giants defeat Allie Reynolds and the Yankees 5-1 with Dave Koslo going the distance for the win at the Stadium. With the injured Don Mueller missing the Series‚ Bobby Thomson switches to third base and the Giants field the first all-black outfield in Major league history, with Irvin, Hank Thompson and Willie Mays.



1950: Phillies’ relief ace Jim Konstanty starts and is outduelled by Vic Raschi at Philadelphia  as the Yankees win game 1 of the WS 1-0. Bobby Brown doubles and comes around on 2 long flies to score the lone run.



1948; The Yankees fire Bucky Harris (below) as manager‚ announcing that the new manager will be named later. Several men are being considered‚ ‘not including a player active with the 1948 team,’ according to the Times. Minor league manager Jim Turner’s name is mentioned as a possibility.


1947: Frank ‘Specs’ Shea throws a 4-hitter and helps his own cause with 2 singles as the Yankees win 2-1 in Game 5 of the Series to take a 3 games to 2 lead. A Joe DiMaggio homer in the 5th is the margin of victory.



1942: The Cardinals get 6 runs in the 4th inning‚ but the Yankees tie the game with a 5-run 6th. St. Louis score 3 more runs to win 9-6 in a 22-hit game and take a 3 games to 1 lead in the Series.



1941: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field. In the 7th inning of a scoreless tie‚ Yankee pitcher Marius Russo shatters Brooklyn hurler Freddie Fitzsimmons’ kneecap with a line drive. The ball caroms to Pee Wee Reese who throws him out to end the inning. The Yankees
score 2 in the 8th off Hugh Casey to win 2-1 and take a 2 games to 1. Fitzsimmons (below) will pitch in just one game in 1942 before retiring to the coaching ranks.



1939: The W0rld Series begins in New York with the Yankees as heavy favourites. The pitching of Red Ruffing for New York and Paul Derringer for Cincinnati produces a tense‚ low-scoring duel that is tied 1-1 until the bottom of the 9th‚ when Bill Dickey singles home Joe DiMaggio with the winning run.



1936: Another attendance record is set at Yankee Stadium‚ with 66‚669 people watching Lou Gehrig lead the way to a 5-2 win over the Giants behind Monte Pearson’s pitching. the Yanks now lead the Series 3 games to 1.



1928: The World Series opens at the Stadium.

The Cardinals lack the Yankees’ power‚ but have a .325 hitter in Jim Bottomley who tied Hack Wilson for NL home run honours with 31 and led in RBI with 136. St. Louis have a solid infield defense with Frankie Frisch‚ the venerable Rabbit Maranville, and their fleet outfield, led by Taylor Douthit, whose 547 putouts and 566 total chances in center have set post-1900 records.

The first game is a swift execution before 61‚425 spectators. Babe Ruth has a single and a double and scores twice‚ once behind Bob Meusel’s 4th-inning home run. Lou Gehrig goes 2-for-4 with 2 RBI off Bill Sherdel (21-10). Waite Hoyt (23-7) allows the Cards 3 hits‚ one a solo homer by Bottomley in the 7th‚ for a 4-1 win.



1923: In his last appearance as a Yankee, Carl Mays (below) has no magic left as the A’s finally sink the submariner‚ 7-6‚ knocking
him out of the box with 4 runs in the 5th He had won 24 straight games against the A’s. Mays strikes out none‚ and gives up 10 hits and 3 walks. He will not appear in any of the games in the upcoming World Series. Babe Ruth‚ filling in for Wally Pipp at first base, swats his 39th HR in the 1st inning. Eddie Rommel‚ in relief‚ is the winner.



1922: For the first time‚ the entire World Series will be broadcast over the radio. Sportswriter Grantland Rice will do the announcing for station WJZ‚ Newark, who will relay it to WGY in Schenectady.


For the first time since 1908‚ two repeaters meet in the Series.  The Yankees get there with an all-righthanded starting pitching staff; the Giants on a .305 BA. The Yankees’ Joe Bush (26-7) leads Art Nehf (19-13) 2-0 when Irish Meusel’s 2-run single and Pep Young’s sacrifice fly score 3 runs in the 8th for a 3-2 win in game 1. Rosy Ryan (17-12) gets the win in relief.



1916: The Yankees take a pair from the visiting Washington Senators, winning 4-3 and 5-1. Yankee rightfielder Tim Hendryx has three stolen bases in game one and teammate Wally Pipp (below) chips in with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 8th. Urban Shocker allows just 3 hits in game 2 and the Yanks score a pair off Charlie Jamieson, an outfielder who pitches the last 4 innings. The unusual feature of the doubleheader is the fact that the New Yorkers, though the home team, bat first in both games. Though there is no written rule prohibiting the practice, the Yankees will be the last club to exercise the right until the regulation is officially changed in 1950 to require the home team to bat last.


1910: Frank Crosetti is born.



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