10/24 & 10/25 in Yankee History
(I’m starting out on a road trip across Europe this afternoon & don’t expect to be near a computer tomorrow, so today you get two days for the price of one).
On the 24th, then…
2000: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 4-2‚ behind the pitching of Rick Reed and their bullpen. Benny Agbayani’s 8th inning double is the key hit for the Queensiders as they cut the Yankees lead in the Series to 2-games-to-1. Orlando Hernandez fans 12 but loses his first postseason game after 8 wins. The loss ends the Yankees record streak of 14 consecutive wins in World Series action.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Braves 7-2 to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the Series. David Cone holds Atlanta to one hit and no runs in 7 innings. Bernie Williams gets 3 hits for NY‚ while 5 of his teammates get 2 apiece. Braves’ starter Kevin Millwood gets battered for 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 innings of work.
1996: The Yankees take their 3rd straight game in Atlanta‚ defeating the Braves 1-0. Andy Pettitte records the win‚ while John Wetteland gets his 3rd save. John Smoltz is the hard-luck loser in the tense pitchers’ duel.
1988: Less than a year after signing him as a free agent‚ the Yankees trade 1B-DH Jack Clark to the Padres with pitcher Pat Clements for pitchers Lance McCullers and Jimmy Jones, and outfielder Stan Jefferson
1981: Another come-from-behind victory for LA, 8-7‚ helped by poor Yankee defense in the outfield‚ ties the Series at 2 games apiece. George Frazier takes his second loss for the Bombers.
1963: Yogi Berra is appointed manager of the Yankees.
1951: UPI names Casey Stengel as Manager of the Year.
1939: Despite having missed 32 games‚ the AL MVP is Joe DiMaggio‚ with Jimmie Foxx the runner-up‚ in the BBWAA poll. DiMag has 280 points‚ while Foxx draws 170.
…and on the 25th:
The red-letter day -
2009: After a rainout the night before kept the Anaheim Angels still alive in the ALCS, their string runs out, even if Gary Matthews, Jr.‘s swing and miss at Mariano Rivera’s cutter that ended the game actually occurs at one minute past midnight (and therefore technically October 26). Andy Pettitte pitches into the seventh for the win, Johnny Damon’s 4th-inning two-run double gives the Yanks a lead they will not relinquish, and Mark Teixeira crowns a two-run eighth with a sac fly in the 5-2 Yankee win that sends the club to the World Series for the 40th time. Chuck Mangione played the National Anthem before the game, and Bernie Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
On other 25ths of October…
2006: Derek Jeter is named the AL winner of the Hank Aaron Award as best overall hitter. Ryan Howard of the Phillies is the winner for the Senior Circuit.
2003: The Marlins win their second world championship as World Series MVP Josh Beckett hurls a 5-hit shutout in defeating the Yankees 2-0 in Game 6 of the Series. Luis Castillo’s 5th-inning single brings home Florida’s 1st run‚ and the only one Beckett needs as he outduels Andy Pettitte. Thus the Marlins conclude their second winning season in the past 11 years in the same manner in which they
concluded their first winning season.
2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 3-2‚ to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the World Series. Derek Jeter homers off Bobby Jones on the 1st pitch of the game for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankee bullpen saves the game with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Piazza’s 2-run homer accounts for all the Mets scoring.
Off the field, Darryl Strawberry is arrested and jailed after leaving a treatment center following a weekend drug binge.
1981: In World Series action in L.A., back-to-back homers by Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager off Yankee ace Ron Guidry are enough to give the Dodgers their 3rd consecutive win, 2-1.
Off the field, George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 (he says) fans in a hotel elevator after the game and emerges with a fat lip and a broken hand.
1924: Bobby Brown, Yankee 3rd baseman of the late ’40s and early ’50s, is born. Brown, who graduated from medical school with a specialty in cardiology, also served as AL President after his playing days. Happy 88th to Doctor Bob!