10/05 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1953: The Yanks end the World Series in 6 as Billy Martin’s 12th hit‚ a record-breaking single to center in the bottom of the 9th‚ gives the Yankees their 5th championship in a row, and their 14th overall. Carl Furillo had tied it up in the 9th with a 2-run homer.
1941: One of the most dramatic comebacks in World Series history occurs when, with 2 out in the 9th inning‚ Dodger catcher Mickey Owen drops a third strike on Tommy Henrich that would have given Brooklyn a4-3 victory over New York. The Yankees then rally for 4 runs to win 7-4 and take a 3 games to 1 lead in the Series. Charlie Keller has 2 singles and 2 doubles to lead the Bombers.
1921: The Yankees play the first postseason game in their history, as the World Series opens at the Polo Grounds (which will be the sole venue for all the games played, as it is the home park for both the Yanks and their opponents, the New York Giants). In the contest, Yankee starter Carl Mays scatters 5 hits for a 3-0 win.
On other 5ths of October…
2007: The ‘Mosquito Game’
2006: The Yankees-Tigers ALDS begins to turn when Mike Mussina fails to cash in a 3-1 Yankee fourth-inning lead forged on a Johnny Damon home run. The Yanks fail to score, leaving five on base against hard-throwing Justin Verlander in the first two innings, and it comes back to haunt them when Curtis Granderson drives in the go-ahead and game-winning run with a seventh-inning triple, in the 4-3 win that pulls the Tigers even at one game apiece.
2005: Orlando Cabrera’s 2-run single in the 7th inning leads the Angels to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Yankees to even their Division Series at 1 game apiece. Three errors help bury NY. Jorge Posada homers for the Yanks‚ and Juan Rivera and Bengie Molina connect for Los Angeles. Kelvin Escobar gets the win in relief.
2004: The Twins shutout the Yankees behind Johan Santana,2-0‚ to take the opener of their Division Series. Minnesota turn a postseason-record 5 DPs in the contest and Jacque Jones hits a HR.
2003: The Yankees pound the Twins behind David Wells, 8-1‚ to win their Division Series. New York stroke 4 doubles in a 4-run 6th inning to move into the ALCS.
2002: The Angels shock the Yankees by scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning and going on to a 9-5 victory. The win gives Anaheim their first postseason series victory ever‚ as they win their divisional matchup‚ 3 games to 1. Shawn Wooten homers for Anaheim while Jorge Posada adds a round-tripper for NY. Jarrod Washburn gets the victory
for the Angels.
1999: The Yankees whitewash the Rangers 8-0 in the opener of their AL division series. Orlando Hernandez hurls a 2-hitter for NY‚ while Bernie Williams contributes a single‚ a double and a homer, driving in 6 runs.
1997: Cleveland score single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to defeat the Yankees‚ 3-2‚ and even their series at 2 games apiece. David Justice and Sandy Alomar homer for the Indians‚ but it’s a single by light-hitting Omar Vizquel (below) that wins it.
1996: The Yankees wrap up their series against the Rangers, taking Game 4 by a score of 6-4 and winning their first postseason series in 15 years. Bernie Williams homers twice for NY‚ while Juan Gonzalez hits a record-tying 5th HR for Texas.
1985: Toronto beat the 2nd-place Yankees 5-1 to clinch their its first AL East crown. Dave Winfield drives in the lone run‚ his 100th RBI of the year. He is the first Yankee to have 100 RBIs and score 100 runs in the same year since Joe DiMaggio in 1941-42.
1977: In the opener of the ALCS, home runs by Hal McRae, John Mayberry and Al Cowens lead the Royals to a 7-2 triumph over the Yankees.
1963: Fans attending the first World Series game at Dodger Stadium see a pitching duel between Don Drysdale and Jim Bouton. A first-inning run is all Los Angeles need to take a 3-0 Series lead.
1962: Jack Sanford’s 3-hitter handcuffs New York and evens the WS at 1-1. Matty Alou’s RBI grounder and Willie McCovey’s home run off Ralph Terry account for San Francisco’s 2-0 win.
1961: The Yankees fall to Cincinnati 6-2, as Joey Jay’s 4-hitter‚ Gordy Coleman’s 2-run homer and 2 RBI hits by Johnny Edwards lead the Reds, who even the WS at one game each.
1960: In a portent of things to come, Bill Mazeroski’s 2-run 5th-inning home run off Jim Coates is the difference as Pittsburgh beat New York 6-4 for the Bucs’ first postseason win since 1925. Roy Face survives a 2-run 9th-inning Elston Howard blast to preserve Vern Law’s victory.
1958: Milwaukee go up 3 games to one with a 3-0‚ 2-hit shutout by Warren Spahn‚ who allows just 2 hits. The Braves stop Hank Bauer’s 17-game WS hitting streak‚ dating back to 1956.
1957: The Yankees score 5 in the 7th to cap a 12-3 win‚ as Don Larsen‚ in relief of Bob Turley, tops Bob Buhl. Tony Kubek becomes only the second rookie in history to hit 2 HRs in a Series game. The Yanks now lead 2 games to 1.
1956: The Dodgers come back from a 6-0 deficit in Game 2 to win 13-8 behind the sterling relief pitching of Don Bessent. Yogi Berra becomes the first player in World Series history to hit a grand slam in a losing cause as he sends one over the right field screen off Don Newcombe in the 2nd. The Series is now even at 1-1.
1952: At the Stadium‚ the seesaw World Series battle continues as Brooklyn win 6-5 in 11 innings when Duke Snider doubles home Billy Cox. Carl Erskine goes the distance for the win, which gives the Bums a 3-2 lead.
1951: The Yanks and Eddie Lopat even up the WS by winning 3-1 over Larry Jansen. Lopat scatters 5 hits‚ three by Monte Irvin. Irvin has now hit safely 7 straight times in two games. Mickey Mantle is injured in the 5th inning when he steps on an exposed water sprinkler while chasing a Willie Mays fly ball. Mantle is taken off the field on a stretcher and the injury to his knee will plague him throughout his career. He will undergo the first of 6 knee operations.
1950: Allie Reynolds and the Yankees win again over ace Robin Roberts, 2-1 in 10 innings in Philadelphia. Joe DiMaggio’s leadoff homer in the 10th is the game winner.
1949: In the Series opener at the Stadium‚ the New York Yankees and Allie Reynolds beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0 on Tommy Henrich’s 9th-inning blast off Don Newcombe. Newk had struck out 11 and walked none before Henrich’s shot, the first walkoff home run in World Series history. Allie Reynolds gives up only 2 hits and fans 9. There will be 10 more WS walkoff homers this century‚ including 2 that win the Series.
1947: Al Gionfriddo’s magnificent catch robs Joe DiMaggio of a home run that would have tied the game 6 of the World Series at the Stadium. The Dodgers go on to win 8-6. There is another Fall Classic attendance record‚ with a crowd of 74‚065 on hand to watch the game.
1943: Many ML players have gone into the war‚ including several key Yankees and Cardinals. Nevertheless‚ both these clubs are back in the Series. New York win the opener at the Stadium 4-2 behind Spud Chandler‚ who will later be named 1943 AL MVP. Joe Gordon homers off Max Lanier.
1942: Whitey Kurowski’s 2-run HR in the 9th inning gives St. Louis a 4-2 WS triumph and enables the Cardinals to upset the Yankees in 5 games.
1939: In game 2 of the World Series‚ Yankees pitcher Monte Pearson does not allow a base hit until the 8th when Ernie Lombardi singles with one out. The Reds are shut out 4-0. Babe Dahlgren hits a home run and a double off losing pitcher Bucky Walters to pace the Bombers.
1938: Bill Dickey ties a WS record with 4 hits‚ as Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-1 win in the Series opener at Wrigley Field.
1936: The Giants score 3 in the 1st on five hits‚ then stave off a final Yankee rally to score a 5-4 victory for Hal Schumacher in 10 innings. The Yanks still lead the Series 3 games to 2.
1928: Grover Cleveland Alexander (16-9) faces George Pipgras (24-13) in game 2 of the World Series. Lou Gehrig unloads a 3-run homer in the first. The Cards tie in the 2nd‚ but Pipgras shuts them out on 2 hits the rest of the way. Alexander is nicked for one in the 2nd and driven to cover by a 4-run outburst in the 3rd. The New Yorkers register a 9-3 triumph to take a two games to none Series lead. Babe Ruth is 2-for-3‚ and Gehrig has 3 more RBI.
1927; With 158 HRs‚ a .307 team BA‚ and 6 winning pitchers‚ the Yankees are the Series favourite. But the Pirates are no pushovers, with a team BA of .305. Outfielder Kiki Cuyler‚ a .309 hitter‚ will see no action in the Series – he is passed over for a lighter-hitting replacement as he and manager Donie Bush feud.
Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (19-8) opens the WS against Waite Hoyt (22-7). In the 3rd‚ 2 walks and 2 Pirates errors help the Yankees to 3 runs and a 4-1 lead. With 9 hits‚ the Pirates come close‚ but the final is 5-4 New York.
1926; Jesse Haines (below) stifles the Yanks on 5 hits, while the Cards knock out Dutch Ruether (14-9 on the year‚ 2-5 for the Yanks) in the 5th. Haines helps his own cause with a 2-run homer in the 4th. The 4-0 St. Louis win gives them the Series lead, two games to one.
1912: The New York Highlanders conclude a dismal campaign (their second last-place finish, and their last to date with 100 or more losses) by playing their final game in Hilltop Park, an 8-6 victory over the Senators, with the win going to Ray Keating; Hal Chase’s three-run homer is they key blow. This is also the club’s last game under their current name – they will return in 1913 as the Yankees.
1909: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders and Giants play a game for the benefit of Sam Crane, a Giants’ minor league prospect who was recently convicted of killing his girlfriend and her male companion in a hotel bar; he will eventually secure a long-term position at shortstop on the Sing-Sing prison team. Christy Mathewson (below) and Joe McGinnity are the opposing pitchers. The season is over for the Highlanders, but Matty pitches even though his Giants are still playing.