9/13 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1963: Jim Bouton’s 20th win of the year‚ 2-0 at Minnesota‚ clinches the Yankees 28th pennant.
1927: Babe Ruth hits dingers Nos. 51 and 52, and the Yankees win a pair by 5-3 scores from Cleveland to clinch the AL pennant with a 98-41 record and a 17-game lead. It is Miller Huggins’ fifth pennant‚ tying him with Connie Mack. Waite Hoyt scatters 10 hits and wins his 20th in the nitecap. He will finish at 22-7‚ the only 20-game winner on the team.
On other 13ths of September…
2011: Mariano Rivera becomes the second pitcher to record 600 saves, one year after Trevor Hoffman, in preserving New York’s 3-2 win over Seattle with a scoreless 9th inning. Mo is only one save behind Hoffman’s all-time record, as Hoffman retired after last season.
2004: Kansas City outhit the Yankees by just 2‚ but a 10-run 5th innings helps the Royals to run away with it, 17-8. Angel Berroa scores 5 runs for KC.
2002: The White Sox seal a 13-2 win over the Yankees with an 8-run 9th inning. Mike Mussina leaves the game with his team trailing 5-2, and Joe Torre then hands the game over to the Yankee bullpen, who are on less than stellar form. Ramiro Mendoza and Brandon Knight preside as the roof falls in.
1996: Toronto backstop Charlie O’Brien is the first to wear a hockey-style catcher’s mask in the Majors, in a game against the Yankees. The mask is a success‚ but the Blue Jays lose to the New Yorkers‚ 4-1. Andy Pettitte wins his 21st.
1980: At Fenway, the Yankees maintain their hold on 1st place with a 4-3 victory over the Sox, scoring all their runs in the 4th. Tommy John wins his 21st. Willie Randolph helps in the 6th with a neat 4-2 double play‚ stepping on second for a force and throwing home to catch Jim Rice.
1968: Bernie Williams is born. Happy 45th to Bern Baby Bern!
1959: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Indians, 2-1 and 1-0. Mickey Mantle wins the opener with a 2-run 11th inning homer‚ his 29th of the year. In the nitecap‚ Duke Maas outpitches Jim Perry. The 2 losses push the Tribe to 5 1/2 games behind leading Chicago‚ who win today. The wins are little consolation for the now eliminated Bombers, though, mired in their worst campaign of the Casey Stengel era.
1956: Mickey Mantle breaks out of a September slump with two hits‚ including a homer‚ as New York beat Tom Gorman and the A’s‚ 3-2.
1951: Rookie phenom Mickey Mantle, batting leadoff, launches a Virgil Trucks offering deep into the upper deck in right. After the game, spectators say that if Mantle had hit it more towards center, the ball would have travelled 600 feet. Mantle then fans 3 times‚ as Trucks drives over New York for a 9-2 Detroit win. The Bengal hurler adds a pair of RBIs.
1936: At St. Louis‚ the Bronx Bombers live up to their name, shelling the Browns with 8 homers to sweep a doubleheader, 10-7
and 13-1. Joe DiMaggio hits 3 of the roundtrippers, Lou Gehrig and Jake Powell 2 apiece. The Yanks have now hit 175‚ topping the AL record of 173 set by the 1932 A’s.
1935: Detroit wallop the Yankees, 13-5, behind Schoolboy Rowe. Hank Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average.George Selkirk hits an inside the park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI‚ 54 coming on homers.
1934: Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter for a 3-1 victory over the Indians. It is his 25th win of the year.
1931: Tony Lazzeri steals second, third and home in succession in the 12th to give Lefty Gomez a 2-1 win over Detroit in the lidlifter of a doubleheader. New York edge the Tigers 4-3 in the nitecap, even though Earl Whitehill holds them to 6 hits. One of the hits is a 2-run Lou Gehrig homer in the 6th.
1922: The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox, losing 7-3 before winning 6-3. Everett Scott barely keeps his consecutive
games played streak alive, as he is delayed when the train he is riding on derails. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th inning of game 1.
1920: Carl Mays, who started yesterday‚ gets the ball again today for Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective‚ stopping the Tigers on 2 runs. Babe Ruth hits his 49th HR and Mays drives in the final run of the 4-2 win.
1896: Pat Collins, primary catcher for the Murderers’ Row Yankees of 1927, is born.