9/05 in Yankee History
2007: Bidding to further close a tight Wild Card race, Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn holds a 2-1 lead and has allowed just two hits through six innings at the Stadium, when Alex Rodriguez keys an eight-run 7th with a leadoff home run and caps it with a two-run bomb. He is the first Yankee to homer twice in one inning since Cliff Johnson in 1977. Derek Jeter contributes a triple, Phil Hughes allows two runs over six innings, and Joba Chamberlain pitches a 1-2-3 7th for the 10-2 win.
2006: Mike Mussina and the Yankees lose to Kansas City 5-0, one of seven games today that end in shutouts. This the largest number of whitewashings on any one day in the majors since June 4, 1972.
1995: Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig’s all-time mark by appearing in his 2‚130th consecutive game. The Orioles shutout the Angels behind Scott Erickson by a score of 8-0.
1977: For this year’s Labor Day doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians organize an ‘I Hate the Yankees Hanky’ promotion. The waving cloths work their magic, as the Tribe sweep the pair, 4-3 and 5-4.
1971: The Yankees hold on to beat the Tigers 6-5, despite Detroit skipper Billy Martin’s record-setting use of 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning.
1964: John ‘Blue Moon’ Odom makes his ML debut‚ and Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field homer in the first inning. New York hang on to win by the same score as yesterday, 9-7.
Off the field, the Yanks acquire veteran pitcher Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Tribe get 2 players to be named later: Ralph Terry on October 12‚ and Bud Daley on November 27.
1961: The Yankees top Washington‚ 6-1‚ sending the Senators down to their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. Mickey Mantle hits his 51st homer, and the Yanks’ win‚ coupled with a Detroit doubleheader loss‚ puts New York ahead by 7 1/2 games.
1957: In action against Boston, Casey Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with the score tied at 2, with 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 9th. Grim rewards his manager’s faith by coming through with his first hit of the season‚ a 3-run walkoff homer. Russ Nixon takes the 5-2 loss for the Red Sox.
1950: The Yankees acquire first baseman Johnny ‘Hippity’ Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark‚ from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yanks believe the former Cardinal star will provide late season pennant insurance.
Off the field, Purdue Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old star P/SS Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers’ football squad.
1949: Before 32‚844 fans in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees sweep a Labor Day twinbill from the A’s‚ winning 13-4 and 5-2. Vic Raschi easily wins his 18th in the pener as Joe DiMaggio drives in 5 runs‚ 4 on a grand slam off Lou Brissie. Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson follows with his 8th homer of the year. In the nitecap‚ DiMag leaves in the 2nd inning with leg cramps‚ but the Yankees win behind Tommy Byrne and Joe Page in a game called after 7 innings because of darkness. (A Philadelphia city ordinance prohibits turning on Shibe Park’s lights on Sundays and national holidays.) The Yankees return to NYC having won 8 of 14 on the road, but have just 4 away games in their remaining 25. New York are 1 /12 games ahead of Boston.
1948: Joe DiMaggio hits his 4th homer of the series to help the Yanks top the Senators 5-3. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the 6th‚ Joe D ducks out of the way of a Sid Hudson brushback pitch and the ball hits his bat‚ dunking into right field for a double to start the game-deciding 2-run rally.
1943: Attempting to tie the 1912 Giants’ Major League record of winning 14 straight series, the Yankees drop two to the Senators, earning just a four-game-split. Washington take the opener, 3-2, behind Dutch Leonard, as rookie Charlie Roberts lines an inside-the-park homer in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie; it is his first ML home run. In the second game, Bobo Newsom departs in the 5th with a sore stomach but takes a 2-1 lead. Sherry Robertson hits a 3-run homer, and the Senators win 5-1.
1936: In a doubleheader at Fenway, Boston top the Yankees 3-2 in the first contest, and then come back to tie the second, 7-7‚ before the game is called because of darkness. The Red Sox are helped in the nitecap by a triple play and 2 errors apiece by Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey (below).
1932: Absent from the postseason since 1928, the Yankees put the AL pennant virtually out of reach with a Labor Day doubleheader sweep of the second place A’s, by scores of 8-6 and 6-3. New York now lead by 12 1/2 games.
1927: In the first of two at Fenway‚ the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the homesiders emerge the winners‚ 12-11. Buddy Myers’ double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York score a pair in the top of the 9th to tie‚ and then there is no scoring until the 17th when both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing‚ a future Yankee‚ goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse (below) is the winner over Waite Hoyt . New York win the abbreviated nitecap‚ 5-0‚ with Wiltse taking the loss.
1926: At Baltimore‚ the minor league Orioles embarrass the Yankees 18-9 in an exhibition game. Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig (below) in the dugout after the 8th inning, as the Bambino gives the shortstop a tongue-lashing for allegedly loafing on several plays.
1922: At the start of the day‚ both New York teams are on top‚ and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today‚ the Red Sox take 2 and knock the leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees‚ 4-3 and 6-5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season home run at the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock, who also gave up Ruth’s first Yankee homer‚ also at the Coogan’s Bluff venue.
1921: In the Labor Day doubleheader at Fenway, the Yanks roll in the opener, 8-0. In the afternoon game, won by the Red Sox 8-2‚ the Yankee outfield make an AL-record 5 assists‚ 4 ofr them by Bob Meusel. Meusel‚ with one of the strongest arms in baseball‚ will lead the league in assists both this year and next.
1872: Highlanders pitcher Al Orth (a 27-game winner for the team in 1906) is born.