10/13 in Yankee History

The red-letter days -

2001: The Derek Jeter Flip game.

Oakland Coliseum, Game 3 of the ALDS. Yankees leading 1-0, seventh inning, two outs. With Jeremy Giambi at first, Terrence Long hit

a liner down the right field line. Shane Spencer fields and overthrows both his cutoff men. Jeter swoops in, grabs the ball and backhands it to catcher Jorge Posada, who reaches blindly and tags Giambi on his right calf, a half-second before touching home.

“First of all, Jeter didn’t make that play,” Posada says with a twinkle in his eye. “I made that play. Giambi was at first, and I know
he’s not the fastest guy. And I know Shane covers a lot of ground in right. When the ball was hit, I knew we had a chance because it didn’t even go to the wall. Even if Derek had not been there, I think we would have had a chance.

“When Shane threw the ball, I was screaming, ‘Let it go! Let it go!’ I knew if Derek got the ball and turned to throw we’d have no chance,
but he flipped it backhanded.

“I just caught it and did a blind tag. If he had slid, he would have been safe because I didn’t know where he was.

“There’s no doubt about it, I got him. After the game I looked at the replays. Some of the videos showed that I might not have gotten
him, but I saw one that showed that I got him right on the calf. That umpire made a hell of a call.

“If we don’t make that play, I think we’re out of the playoffs. It would have tied the game, and then you don’t know what’s going to happen.”



1998: The Yankees move on to the World Series‚ as they defeat the Indians 9-5  to take the ALCS‚ 4 games to 2, for the 35th pennant in club history. Scott Brosius homers for NY‚ while Jim Thome hammers his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.



1996: The Yankees defeat the Orioles 6-4 giving them the AL pennant for the 34th time. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning‚ which features homers by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning‚ a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.


1953: The Yankees sign their fist black players, buying the contracts of Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club‚ while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.



On other 13ths of October…

2003: Tim Wakefield earns his 2nd victory of the series‚ leading the Red Soxto a 3-2 win over the Yankees to even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Todd Walker and Trot Nixon homer for Boston‚ while Ruben Sierra’s 9th inning round-tripper gets New York to within a run.



2000: The Yankees batter the Mariners 8-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning for NY‚ while David Justice drives home 3 runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford’s record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 straight goose eggs.


1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the opener of the ALCS‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Boston blow a 3-0 lead‚ as Bernie Williams’ home run off Rod Beck leading off the bottom of the 10th is the game-winner.


1960: With the score tied at 9-9‚ Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history‚ off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10-9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without fanning anyone. Despite Maz’s heroics‚ Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP‚ as the Yanks outscore the Bucs‚ 55 to 27.


1958: The ML fines Yankee pitcher Ryne Duren $250 for giving the ‘choke’ sign to an umpire during the World Series.



1954: George Frazier, Yankee reliever who established an unenviable record by coming up the loser 3 times in the 1981 World Series, is born. Happy 58th, GF!



1923: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants pitchers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey 16-11) to an 8-4 win. Whitey Whitt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time‚ and Ross Youngs collects 4. The World Series is now even at two games  all.


1921: Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest each. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first‚ Giants first baseman George ‘Highpockets’ hits a grounder to short that goes through the legs of Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches third for the rest of the day. After Aaron walks in the 9th‚ Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a drive toward right‚ but second baseman Johnny Rawlings throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for third base Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a 4-3-5 DP. The Giants win1-0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first team to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.



1896: Mike Gazella, reserve utility infielder for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.


1876: Wild Bill Donovan, Yankee manager from 1915 through 1917, is born.


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