10/08 in Yankee History
The red-letter day with bells, whistles and fireworks -
1956: Baseball history is made by Don Larsen, who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5 of the World Series. He requires only 97 pitches (70 of them are strikes). Sal Maglie matches him until Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th.
…and other days in slightly smaller red letters -
1939: In the 10th inning of game 4‚ the Reds make 3 errors and watch in shock vas the Yankees rally for three runs The inning is climaxed by Joe DiMaggio’s slide across the plate left unguarded by Ernie Lombardi, who was stunned by a collision with the preceding runner‚ Charlie Keller. The Yankees win 7-4‚ beating Bucky Walters for the 2nd time to complete a sweep of the Reds to win their 4th straight World Championship, and the club’s 8th overall. Starter Paul Derringer retires the first 14 Yankees to tie a WS mark set exactly two years ago. It will not be tied or topped this century by a National League pitcher. This is also the last time in the 20th century that a team will enter the 9th inning of a WS game down by 2 or more runs and come back to win.
1927: Down 3-0‚ the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner‚ Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th‚ Babe Ruth’s 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th‚ Combs walks‚Mark Koenig beats out a bunt‚ and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri‚
Miljus unleashes a wild pitch that rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. This is the only WS to date that has ended with a WP. The Murderers’ Row Yanks are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth’s .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner matches his average to top the Bucs.
On other 8ths of October…
2004: The Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for New Yoirk while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.
Off the field, Johnny Sturm, starting first baseman on the Yanks’ 1941 championship team, dies at the age of 88.
2003: Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball baffles the Yankees as the Red Sox take the opening game of the ALCS by a score of 5-2.David Ortiz, Todd Walker and Manny Ramirez all homer for Boston.
2000: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the A’s 7-5 to take their division series.Andy Pettitte gives up 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, but is rescued by the bullpen, with Mike Stanton getting the win and Mariano Rivera closing out the save.
1995: Edgar Martinez’s 2-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning gives the Mariners a dramatic 6-5 win‚ and a 3-games-to-2 victory over the Yankees in the Division Series. Martinez bats .571 with 10 RBIs against the Yankees. Ken Griffey‚ Jr.‚ who beats the relay home to score the winning run‚ has 5 homers in the series.
1977: Mickey Rivers collects 4 hits as the Yankees even the ALCS‚ beating the Royals 6-4. Sparky Lyle comes on early in relief and goes the last 5 2/3 innings.
1964: Rookie Mel Stottlemyre goes head to head with Bob Gibson, and scores an 8-3 victory as the Yankees even the World Series. The Bombers score 4 in the 9th after Gibson is taken out for a pinch hitter.
1962: Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller power San Francisco to a WS-tying 7-3 win. Haller’s 2-run homer puts the Giants in front‚ and Hiller’s surprising grand slam – the first in World Series history by a National Leaguer – is the margin of victory.
1961: Five more scoreless innings by Whitey Ford and four by Jim Coates silence the Reds. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer each drive in 2 runs for a 7-0 win. Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s World Series record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings‚ running his streak to 32. The Yankees now lead the series 3 games to 1.
1960:The Bronx Bombers continue to live up to their name in game 3. Bobby Richardson ‘s 6 RBI‚ including a grand slam off reliever Clem Labine in a 6-run first inning‚ and Whitey Ford’s 4-hitter give the Yanks a 10-0 win and a 2-1 Series lead‚ spoiling Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh’s 43rd birthday.
1951: The Yankees even up the WS at 2-2 with a 6-2 win‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance. Hitless in his previous 11 at bats‚ Joe DiMaggio collects a homer and single.
1949: Allie Reynolds relieves Ed Lopat with 2 on and 2 out in the 6th‚ strikes out Johnny Jorgensen on 3 pitches‚ and then retires the next 9 batters. The Yankees win 6-4, and taker a 3-1` Series lead.
1938: The Series moves to Yankee Stadium‚ and the New Yorkers roll to their third straight win‚ with Monte Pearson beating Clay Bryant 5-2. Bill Dickey and Joe Gordon homer.
1937: The Yankees continue their
mastery of the Giants‚ who unravel with 4 errors. Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combine for a 5-hitter‚ winning 5-1. Pearson retires the first 14 batters‚ setting a once-tied WS mark‚ and besting Eddie Plank’s mark of 13 set in 1913.
1922: The Yanks score first‚ but the Giants score 2 in the 3rd and 3 in the 8th to win the finale 5-3 and complete a Series sweep. Art Nehf (below) hands Joe Bush his 2nd loss.