October 2012

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.



10/03 in Yankee History


The red-letter days -

1964: The Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant‚ and 29th in theclub’s history‚ by defeating Cleveland 8-3.



1947: Brooklyn pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to break up Bill Bevens’ dramatic no-hit bid and give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees in game 4 at Ebbets Field. The Series is now even at 2 games each.




On other 3rds of October…

2006: The Yankees double up the Tigers 8-4 in Game 1 of their ALDS. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 for New York, including a double and a home run. Jason Giambi also homers for the Bronx Bombers while Chien-Ming Wang gets the win. Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe homer for Detroit.



2000: The A’s defeat the Yankees‚ 5-3‚ in the 1st game of their ALDS. Catcher Ramon Hernandez (below) hits a double off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning to give Oakland the lead.



1998: Darryl Strawberry has a cancerous tumor removed from his colon during surgery. Doctors are optimistic that the cancer has not spread.


1995: The Yankees overcome two home runs by Ken Griffey Jr. to beat Seattle‚ 9-6‚ in the opening game of their ALDS, New York’s first
postseason game since 1981.



1990: One of the worst seasons in Yankee history closes on an appropriate note, with a 10-3 shellacking at the hands of Detroit. The Bombers finish in the cellar for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, and for the fourth time in club history. Rookie Steve Adkins, pitching in his fifth and final Major League game, takes the loss.



1978: Reggie Jackson lives up to the nickname ‘Mr. October,’ hitting a 3-run homer, a single‚ and a double to lead the Yankees to a 7-1 win over the Royals in the opening game of the ALCS 


1965: The Yanks win 11-5 at Fenway as Tony Kubek goes 3-for-4 and swats a 9th inning homer off Dick Radatz in his final major league at bat. The 29-year-old will be diagnosed over the winter as having three crushed vertebrae‚ the result of a childhood football injury aggravated during military service. He will retire rather than  injury.


1963: At the Stadium, Johnny Podres scatters 7 hits‚ Tommy Davis ties a postseason record with 2 triples‚ Willie Davis drives in 2 runs‚ Moose Skowron homers‚ and Los Angeles beats Al Downing and the Yankees to go two games up in the World Series.



1957: In Game 2 of the World Series, Lew Burdette bests the Yankees’ Bobby Shantz 4-2.



1956: Dodger late-season acquisition Sal Maglie gets the start in the opening game of the World Series with the Yankees, and comes out on top, 6-3.



1953: The Dodgers even up the World Series at 2 games apiece‚ as Duke Snider drives in 4 runs in a 7-3 victory.



1952: The World Series moves back to the Bronx, where Preacher Roe wins, 5-3. Brooklyn score 2 decisive runs in the 9th on a Yogi Berra passed ball.



1951: Dave Winfield is born. Happy 61st, Dave!



1942: The Cards win their second in a row as Ernie White shuts out New York on 6 hits‚ winning 2-0. The Cards now take a 2-1 Series lead. Arguments with umpires during the game result in $200 fines for Joe Gordon and Frank Crosetti; the latter will also suspended for the first 30 days of the 1943 season for shoving arbiter Bill Summers.



1936: The Series shifts to Yankee Stadium for game 3, for which a new attendance record of 64‚842 is set. Lou Gehrig’s solo home run is matched by the Giants’ Jimmy Ripple‚ with the deciding run of the Yankees’ 2-1 squeaker coming on an infield hit. The pinstriped New Yorkers now lead 2 games to 1.



1926: In game 2 of the World Series, Grover Cleveland Alexander (9-7) faces Urban Shocker (19-11) as a record 63‚600 look on at the Stadium. The Yankees score twice in the 2nd‚ but Old Pete sets down the last 21 batters‚ striking out 10. Billy Southworth and shortstop Tommy Thevenow collect 3 hits each‚ including a home run apiece‚ for a 6-2 St. Louis win that levels the Series at 1 game each. Thevenow’s is a line drive that skips by Babe Ruth for an inside-the-park homer: Thevenow will hit 2 regular season HRs in his career, both inside the park jobs.



1911: In the 2nd inning of the opener of a doubleheader at New York‚ the Red Sox pull off a double steal, with Duffy Lewis scoring from third and Jack Lewis swiping second. Jack Lewis is shaken up on the play and the Highlanders allow Duffy to replace him at second as a courtesy runner. He doesn’t score, and Jack returns to the game as Boston win‚ 4-1. They take the nitecap‚ 7-0‚ behind Smokey Joe Wood and will win tomorrow over the host New Yorkers‚ 4-1‚ behind Eddie Cicott (below). The Sox will win 10 straight in New York in 1912‚ and the first 5 games there in 1913 – an ML record 18 games on the road versus one team. Brooklyn will tie the record in 1946‚ and the Cardinals will equal it in 1966.



1909: ’30s Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca is born.



10/02 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1978: The Yankees and Red Sox‚ tied for first at the end of the regular season‚ play a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway for the AL East title. New York prevail 5-4 behind Bucky Dent’s  3-run home run off Mike Torrez and Ron Guidry’s 25th win against just 3 losses. Guidry’s .893 percentage is a ML record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game‚ getting Yaz to pop out with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th. Manager Bob Lemon, who took over for Billy Martin after being fired by the White Sox‚ becomes the first manager to win a title after starting the season with another club.


1949: The Yankees and the Red Sox enter the final day of the season tied for first place. Nearly 70‚000 Bronx faithful pack the Stadium to see the finale. Phil Rizzuto triples and scoresin the 1st inning, and Vic Raschi nurses the 1-0 lead into the 8th against Ellis Kinder, before the Yankees score 4 against a tired Mel Parnell and an unlucky Tex Hughson  A Sox rally falls short‚ and the Yankees win the game and the pennant‚ 5-3. Ted Williams is hitless in 2 official trips (and 1-for-12 in his last 4 games) while George Kell of the Tigers goes 2-for-3. Kell’s final mark is .3429 while Williams’ is .3427. Ted leads the AL in homers (43) and ties for the lead with teammate Vern Stephens in RBI with 159. He also reaches base 358 times (194 hits‚ 162 walks‚ and 2 hit by pitches)‚ the second highest total in ML history. Only Babe Ruth in 1923 reached more times.



1932: The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6‚ as the Yankees complete their sweep of the Series‚ winning their ML-record 12th straight post-season game, and the fourth title in franchise history. Tony Lazzeri belts 2 homers, and Earle Combs contributes another. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored‚ and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.




On other 2nds of October…

2005: The Red Sox thump the Yankees 10-1 to clinch the AL wild card spot in the playoffs. The Sox lead the majors in runs scored for the third straight year: the last team to do it three straight was the Dodgers in 1951-53‚ and the last AL club to do it was the Red Sox of 1948-50.


2003: The Yankees even their division series with Minnesota with a 4-1 victory behind Andy Pettitte. Jason Giambi hits a 2-run single and Pettitte fans 10 for New York.


1999: In a 3-2 Yankee win by David Cone over Tampa Bay‚ Bernie Williams draws his 100th walk of the year. He is the first player since Stan Musial (1948‚ 1953) to reach 200 hits‚ 100 runs‚ 100 RBI‚ and 100 walks in a season. Bernie finishes with 202: 116: 115: 100 respectively.


1998: The Yankees blank the Rangers 4-0 to complete a sweep of their divisional playoff. Shane Spencer hits a 3-run homer and Paul O’Neill adds a solo blast for NY.


1997: The Indians even their series with a 7-5 win over the Yankees behind a strong effort by rookie pitcher Jaret Wright. Matt Williams homers for the Tribe‚ while light-hitting Omar Vizquel collects 3 hits.


1996: The Yankees defeat the Rangers 5-4 in 12 innings to even their division series at 1 game apiece. Derek Jeter scores from second on a throwing error by third baseman Dean Palmer on a routine bunt by Charlie Hayes.


1986: Don Mattingly sets a Yankee record with his 232nd hit of the season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox, eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.


1966: The Yankees are put out of the misery at last with the final game of the season. Though the Bombers finish on a positive note, beating the White Sox 2-0 behind Al Downing, the club finish in last place for the first time since 1912.


1963: In the World Series opener‚ Sandy Koufax fans the first 5 batters he faces en route to a WS record 15. John Roseboro’s 3-run HR is the difference‚ as Los Angeles beats the Yankees 5-2 at the Stadium.



1960: Dale Long hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to give the Yankees an 8-7 win over Boston. The Yanks go into the World Series with a 15-game win streak‚ the longest ever.


1958: The Braves erupt for 7 runs in the first and go on to defeat the Yankees 13-5 in game 2 of the World Series. Lew Burdette is shaky but beats New York for the 4th consecutive time. He also chips in with a 3-run homer.


1957: Whitey Ford bests Warren Spahn in Game 1 of the World Series at the Stadium, 3-1.



1955: Surprise Brooklyn starter rookie Roger Craig pitches 6 innings for the 5-3 win. Two home runs by Duke Snider and one by Sandy Amoros in the first 5 innings prove too much for New York. Snider‚ who hit 4 HRs in the 1952 WS‚ becomes the first player in history to do this more than once.


1953: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field, as Carl Erskine (below) establishes a new Series strikeout record by fanning 14 Yanks‚ including Mickey Mantle and Joe Collins 4 times each. Roy Campanella breaks a 2-2 tie with a game-winning solo home run in the 8th for a 3-2 Brooklyn win.


1952: The Yanks draw even in the WS at 1 game apiece behind the masterful 3-hit pitching of Vic Raschi ‚ who defeats Carl Erskine 7-1. Raschi strikes out 9.



1948: The Red Sox, a game in back of the Indians, host the Yankees in a critical match for both teams. Ted Williams gives Boston a two-run lead in the 1st with a home run off a Tommy Byrne fastball‚ and Jack Kramer (below) posts his 18th win in beating New York 5-1. For Kramer‚ it is his 5th win of the year over the Yanks. New York can now finish no better than 2nd place.


1947: Yogi Berra hits the first pinch home run in World Series history‚ connecting off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of game 3 of this year’s Fall Classic. The Dodgers still prevail, 9-8. The Yankees now lead 2 games to 1.


1943: The Yankees take two from the Browns, 5-1 and 7-6‚ for their 14th sweep of a doubleheader‚ an AL mark. Bud Metheny (below) hits a home run in the opener for the Yankees 100th round-tripper of the season.



1941: Dodgers ace Whitlow Wyatt trims the Yankees in a 3-2 Brooklyn win in game 2 to even the Series.


1937: The Yankees (101-52) close out the season with an 11-3 drubbing of the Red Sox. New York club 4 homers‚ including Lou Gehrig’s 37th of the year. Lou follows that with a bunt single in his next at bat to reach 200 hits. The Sox‚ aware he had 199‚ were looking for the bunt.



1936: The Yankees post a World Series-record run total as they demolish the Giants 18-4. Lefty Gomez coasts to a 6-hit win‚ while every member of the Yankee lineup makes a hit and scores at least one run. Tony Lazzeri hits a grand slam‚ the first in World Series play since 1920‚ and drives in 5 runs‚ the same number Bill Dickey knocks in. This runs-scored mark will stand until 1993.


1926: Game 1 of the World Series before 61‚658 at the Stadium belongs to southpaws Herb Pennock (25-11) and Bill Sherdel (16-12). Two hits give the Cards a quick first-inning run. Sherdel issues 3 walks for a New York run without a hit. In the 6th‚ Babe Ruth punches a single to left‚ moves to second on a sacrifice‚ and scores on a Lou Gehrig single for a 2-1 win. It is the first of Gehrig’s record 8 game-winning RBI in WS play.


1920: Frank ‘Spec’ Shea, the first Yankee pitcher to appear in a televised World Series game (in 1947) is born.



1915: The Queens Bombers?… At the Waldorf Astoria‚ the National Commission meets. During the sessions Colonels Ruppert of the Yankees and Ebbets of the Dodgers meet regarding a possible new home for the Yankees‚ and Ebbets withdraws his objections to the team moving to Queens. They are considering a stadium near the 59th Street Bridge. Nothing is final and the New York Times also mentions two sites in Manhattan that the team are  considering.



1914: At Fenway, the Yankees make 5 errors to help Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth win‚ 11-5. Ruth‚ just recalled from Providence‚ gets his first Major League hit‚ a double‚ off Len ‘King’ Cole.



1904: In the opening game of a doubleheader at Chicago, Doc White’s scoreless streak ends at 45 innings‚ when the New York Highlanders push a run across in the 1st; White then pitches another 8 shutout innings to win‚ 7-1. White also gets the ball to start the second game against New York’s Ambrose Puttmann. The Highlanders take the darkness-shortened nitecap 6-3 in 67 innings.


10/01 in Yankee History


The red letter days -

1961: Roger Maris’ torturous‚ season-long race with Babe Ruth ends in a dramatic at bat against Boston’s Tracy Stallard.  Maris’ classic left-handed swing sends home run number 61 into the right field stands in the House That Ruth Built. (Sal Durante‚ one of 23‚154 fans in attendance‚ grabs the historic HR ball, which he later sells for $5‚000). New York’s 1-0 victory gives the Yanks 109 wins‚ one short of the club’s 1927 record. It is New York’s ML record 240th homer of the year.



1932: One of the most celebrated and controversial events in baseball history occurs in game 3 of the World Series. In the 5th inning‚ Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes and then gestures to pitcher Charlie Root. He launches the next pitch into the center field bleachers for his second homer of the game. Lou Gehrig also hammers out 2 round-trippers – his second homer goes back-to-back
with the Babe’s alleged ‘called shot.’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth%27s_called_shot).  The Yankees win, 7-5.



On other 1sts of October…

2005: The Yankees clinch their 8th straight AL East title with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Randy Johnson gets the win, with help from Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera. Although Boston could still tie New York with a win on Sunday‚ the Yankees won the season series to ensure them first place in the division. The Yanks and the Red Sox both set new home attendance records this season; the Sox passed the three million mark at Fenway for the first time and the Yankees joined the Blue Jays and Rockies as the only teams to draw four million in a season.



2002: The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Angels 8-5 in the opening game of their division series. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi,  Bernie Williams‚ and Rondell White all homer for NY while Troy Glaus hits a pair of dingers for Anaheim. Steve Karsay gets the win in relief. This is the Angels’ first time in the playoffs since 1986‚ but they face the same starting pitcher today as they did in their last playoff appearance: Roger Clemens.



1996: The Rangers top the Yankees 6-2 in the first game of their AL Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back
the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.




1978: With the Yankees leading the AL East by a game with one left to play, Cleveland’s Rick Waits stops New York on 5 hits to win
9-2. Meanwhile‚ Boston take their finale‚ their 8th win in a row‚ on Luis Tiant’s 5-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Boston have two
unearned runs in the 5th‚ a two-run homer by Rick Burleson in the 7th‚ and Jim Rice’s 46th homer in the 8th for their scoring. Both
teams end the season with identical 99-63 records‚ with a one-game playoff at Fenway tomorrow to determine the divisional champ.



1977: The Yankees clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Orioles 8-7.



1967: In a 4-3 win over the A’s, Mel Stottlemyre gives up a homer to Dave Duncan. The home run will be the last hit by a player for the Kansas City Athletics. The franchise will relocate to Oakland the following year.



1960: The Yankees win their 14th straight‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 3-1 behind 3 pitchers. Jim Coates (13-3) is the winner. Nichols is the loser for the Bosox‚ while Tracy Stallard, on in relief‚ fans Roger Maris. Maris’ next at bat against Stallard one year from now  will be a momentous one.



1958: As the World Series opens, the Braves pick up where they left off the previous year‚ defeating the Yankees behind Warren Spahn, 4-3 in 10 innings.



1953: The Yankees go two up  in the World Series as Eddie Lopat beats Preacher Roe 4-2‚ despite the Dodgers’ 9-5 edge in hits. Mickey Mantle’s 2-run shot in the 8th inning breaks a 2-2 tie.



1952: In Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 4-2 at Ebbets Field behind relief ace Joe Black. who started
only 2 games during the season.



1949: The Red Sox need to win just one of the final 2 games against the Yankees to clinch the AL title. Before a crowd of 69‚551 at the
Stadium‚ New York overcome a 4-0 deficit‚ as Joe Page is all but untouchable in 5 innings in relief of Allie Reynolds. Page walks in 2
runs‚ but he picks up the win. Joe DiMaggio starts for New York and scores the first run and Johnny Lindell’s solo homer in the 8th wins
it,  5-4. The two teams are now tied.



1947: Allie Reynolds scatters 9 Dodger  hits and coasts to a 10-3 victory in the second game of the World Series. Tommy Henrich’s solo HR in the 5th puts the game away for the Yankees.



1942: Behind 3-0‚ the Yankees tie it up in the top of the 8th‚ but rookie Stan Musial (below) brings Enos Slaughter across with
a single in the bottom of the inning to forge a 4-3 Cardinal victory.




1941: Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at the Stadium in the opening game of the World Series. Joe
Gordon (below) chips in with a home run and an RBI single.



1933: Babe Ruth attracts 25‚000 fans to the Stadium as he takes the mound against the Red Sox. The Babe hits a 5th inning home
run and takes a 6-0 lead into the 6th‚ then hangs on for a 6-5 complete-game win. The Yankees back the Babe with 18 outfield
putouts. Today is his final pitching appearance‚ and he finishes his Yankee career as a hurler at 5-0. Bosox righty Bob Kline takes
the loss. Ruth now has 10 winning seasons in 10 years as a pitcher‚ a mark that will be matched in 2004 by Andy Pettitte.



1927: The Yankees win No.110 of the year, beating the Senators 4-3 behind the one-two pitching punch of Wilcy Moore and Waite Hoyt.



1921: After clinching the pennant with a 5-3 win over Philadelphia in the opener of a doubleheader behind Carl Mays’ 17th straight victory over Philadelphia‚ the Yankees bring Babe Ruth into pitch in relief in the night cap. Ruth‚ with just one other pitching appearance all season‚ takes over in the 8th with New York in the lead 6-0. The Babe allows the A’s 6 runs to tie the score‚ but then knuckles down to hold them scoreless to the 11th when New York scores a run to win‚ 7-6. Ruth drives in his 167th run in the game‚
besting Sam Thompson’s mark set in 1884. For Mays (below)‚ it is his 7th straight win over Philly this season.



1917: In an exhibition game at Ft. Hamilton‚ the  Yankees beat Brooklyn‚ 11-8‚ with the two teams combining for 7 homers. This matches a record set by the Browns and Tigers during the 1886 season. A large crowd of soldiers ringing the field helps the homer total as a number of balls land in among them for extra bases.



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