December 2012

10/30 in Yankee History

2001: Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera  hurl the Yankees to a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the World Series. Jorge Posada homers for New York while Scott Brosius’  6th-inning single drives home the winning run. President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and Brian Anderson takes the loss for Arizona.



1982: Jonathan Albaladejo is born. Happy 30th to JT!



1962: Danny Tartabull, early ’90s Yankee DH, is born. Happy half century, DT!


1941: Jim Ray Hart, who shared Yankee DH duties with Ron Blomberg during the inaugural season of the designated hitter in 1973, is born. Happy 71st, JRH!


10/29 in Yankee History


2009: A.J. Burnett makes his name and earns his Yankee credibility with a dominant performance in Game 2 of the World Series, registering a 3-1 win over veteran righty Pedro Martinez. Following a Philadelphia score in the second inning, Mark Teixeira evens things up with a fourth-inning home run. Hideki Matsui then clears the right-field fence with the game winner in the sixth. Jorge Posada delivers an insurance run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.


1975: Karim Garcia is born, ¡Feliz  cumpleaños, KG



1962: The Yankees sell Bob Turley (82-52 over 8 years in New York ) to the LA Angels.


1920: The Yankees sign Red Sox manager Ed Barrow as GM, completing the front office team that will build the game’s most successful franchise, which will win 14 American League pennants and 10 World Titles in the 25 years that Barrow serves in the job. ugh Duffy replaces Barrow in the Boston.dugout.


10/28 in Yankee History

2009: The World Series opens at the Stadium. Yogi Berra, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. In the contest that follows, Cliff Lee makes his name as a postseason ace, besting CC Sabathia. The 6-1 final score is deceptive, as Philly reach relievers David Robertson, Brian Bruney, and Phil Coke for four runs in the last two frames. Bruney, wearing the number 99 that may have represented the place he now held on the Yankee bullpen depth chart, and outfielderEric Hinskewere activated and added to the World Series roster earlier that day.


2001: Arizona jump out to a 2-0 Series lead as Randy Johnson hurls a 3-hit complete game shutout. Matt Williams hits a 3-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Andy Pettitte takes the loss for the Yanks.


1981: Pedro Guerrero drives in 5 runs and Burt Hooton and the Dodgers beat the Yankees  9-2 to win the World Series in 6 games. In a remarkable post season‚ the Dodgers came from behind to win 3 series (down 2-0 to Houston and 2-1 to Montreal in the best-of-5 series). Guerrero‚ Ron Cey and Steve Yeager (2 home runs) are named co-MVPs‚ while OF Dave Winfield and reliever George Frazier are the goats for New York. Winfield was just 1-for-21‚ while Frazier tied a Series record by losing 3 games. The record was set by the Lefty Williams of the White Sox in 1919; since Williams was one of the 8 Black Sox‚ one might assume that he was not trying very hard.


1979; George Steinbrenner announces that Billy Martin has been fired again as a result of his recent barroom fight. Third base coach Dick Howser is named to replace him.


1953: The ‘Old Redhead‚’ Red Barber‚ resigns from the Dodger broadcast booth and takes a job with the Yankees.


1917:  ’40s Yankee closer Joe Page is born.


10/27 in Yankee History


The red-letter day -

1999: The Yankees defeat the Braves 4-1‚ to win their 25th world championship. Roger Clemens gets the win‚ hurling 4-hit ball before leaving the game in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the save‚ his 2nd of the Series. Jim Leyritz hits a solo HR in the 8th inning to finish the NY scoring. Rivera wins the Series MVP award.


On other 27ths of October…

2001: The Diamondbacks hammer the Yankees in the World Series opener by a score of 9-1 behind Curt Schilling. Schilling hurls 7 innings to win his 4th game of the postseason. Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez homer for Arizona as Mike Mussina takes the loss.


1985: Billy Martin is fired by the Yankees for an unprecedented 4th time and is replaced by former Yankee outfielder Lou Piniella‚ who had been the team’s hitting instructor since retiring as a player in 1984. 


1972: The Yankees ship Danny Walton to the Twins for catcher Rick Dempsey (below). Walton spent the 1972 season in the minors‚ while young Dempsey had cups of coffee with the Twins the past 4 seasons.


1955: Clark Griffith, the first manager of the New York Highlanders/Yankees, dies at the age of 85.


10/26 in Yankee History

The red-letter days -

2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 4-2‚ to win their 26th World Series title‚ 4-games-to-1. Luis Sojo’s single in the top of the 9th drives home the winning run for NY. Bernie Williams (who makes the final putout) and Derek Jeter homer for the Yankees‚ and Jeter is named Series MVP.


1996: The Yankees take their 4th game in a row from the Braves‚ 3-2‚ giving them their 23rd World Championship, and their first in 18 years. Joe Girardi’s 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. The Yankee closer, who has save all four of his team’s victories, is awarded the MVP trophy.


On other 26ths of October…

1999: Down 5-1 in Game 3 of the World Series‚ the Yankees bounce back to defeat the Braves 6-5 in 10 innings. Chad Curtis’ leadoff HR in the bottom half of the frame – his 2nd of the game – is the walkoff blow. Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch also homer for NY‚ with Knoblauch’s 2-run blast in the 8th tying the score at 5-5. Mariano Rivera picks up the win for the Yankees‚ hurling 2 scoreless inning of


1977: Yankee fireman Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to win the AL Cy Young Award. Lyle led the league with 72
appearances‚ posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.


1950: The Baseball Writers of America select Phil Rizzuto as the AL MVP.



1919: New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Wagner (below) rules in favor of the Yankees and makes permanent the team’s temporary restraining order against the AL. Wagner was persuaded that Ban Johnson acted incorrectly in banning Carl Mays two days after the pitcher was traded to New York. Johnson sent telegrams to all the owners except Boston’s Frazee telling them not to negotiate for Mays.


1918: Late ’40s Yankee second baseman and 1945 AL batting champion George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss is born. 


1917: Miller Huggins, who managed the Cardinals to a 3rd-place finish this year‚ is signed to run the Yankees by owner Jake Ruppert. Co-owner T.L. Huston‚ who favoured Wilbert Robinson for the job‚ has a falling out with partner Ruppert. The rift will widen over the coming years to the point where Huston sells his half interest in the club to Ruppert in 1923.



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