9/14 in Yankee History
The red-letter days ~
1958: The Yankees win their 24th pennant‚ and 9th under Casey Stengel‚ winning game 1 of a twinbill with the A’s‚ 5-3. This ties Casey for first with Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. New York complete the sweep with a 12-7‚ 14-inning win in game 2. Virgil Trucks allows 2 hits over the last 6 innings for the win.
1953: The Yanks clinch their fifth straight pennant‚ and the 20th in club history, spotting the Indians 5 runs before winning 8-5. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBI‚ and Yogi Berra chips in with a two-run homer.
1943: The Yanks clinch their 14th AL pennant by beating the visiting Philadelphia A’s. Jim Turner (below), coming in relief of starter Bill Zuber, gets the win for the Bombers.
1942: With all the NL race going down to the wire, the Yankees go about their lofty business‚ clinching the flag – the 13th in club history – in beating Cleveland‚ 8-3. Ernie Bonham wins his 20th game‚ and Joe DiMaggio collects 4 hits.
On other 14ths of September…
2008: Carl Pavano wins his second straight start for the Yankees… A mere 562 days after his last one, on opening day 2007. ‘American Idle’ is the lucky recipient of the instant offense when A-Rod’s 1st inning grand slam and Jason Giambi’s two-run jolt in the 2nd gives him a quick 6-0 lead in an 8-4 Yankee win over Edwin Jackson and division-leading Tampa Bay at the Stadium. Mariano Rivera’s 478th save ties him for second on the all-time list with Lee Smith. Derek Jeter adds a solo homer.
1999: The Yankees rally with a pair of grand slams ~ for just the third time in club history that two salamis have been hit in one game ~ to beat the Blue Jays 10-6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a slam in the 8th inning‚ and Paul O’Neill wins it in the 9th with one of the walkoff variety.
1994: With the Yankees leading the AL East, the remainder of the baseball season is cancelled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players’ strike. There will be no World Series for the 1st time since 1904.
1974: Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning‚ and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the second time that the two brothers have homered in the same game for different teams‚ having done it previously on June 11‚ 1972‚ when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig’s team win 10-7.
1956: In a 5-1 win at Detroit‚ Yogi Berra hits his 29th homer of the year and the 236th of his career‚ passing Gabby Hartnett’s mark for catchers. Don Larsen scatters 4 hits for the victory.
1952; At Cleveland‚ 73‚609 cheer the second- place Indians in their final meeting of the year with the first place Yanks. Cleveland‚ winners of 9 of their last 10 games‚ have Mike Garcia‚ 4-0 this year vs. New York‚ against Eddie Lopat. Garcia‚ who had not given up a run in his last 28 innings pitched‚ allows 4 runs in the first 4 innings. Reliever Lou Brissie serves up Mickey Mantle’s 20th homer in the 5th to put New York up 5-0. Allie Reynolds relieves a tired Lopat and New York win 7-1 to stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe.
1951: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks move into first place with a 5-1 win over the Indians. Joe DiMaggio triples in the 5th with two on to send the Yanks on their way.
1940: The Yankees finally erupt against Detroit pitching‚ bombarding Bobo Newsom for a 16-7 win. Joe Gordon (below) swats two homers and Joe DiMaggio has two doubles among his 4 hits as he takes over the AL hitting lead from Rip Radcliff. The Tigers lead the AL by 1/2 game as Red Sox rookie Earl Johnson stops the Indians‚ 2-1.
1935: The Yankees split with the AL-leading Tigers‚ winning 2-1 and losing 5-1. Johnny Broaca is the winner in the opener over General Crowder‚ while Roxie Lawson tops Jumbo Brown in game 2. Hank Greenberg‚ leading the AL in hitting at .346‚ is 0-for-7 for the afternoon‚ with 5 strikeouts. ‘The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn’t much of a tribute to the sportsmanship of his home town’ reports the New York American.
1924: Jerry Coleman, member of the Yankee infield platoon on the great teams of the ’50s, is born. Happy 89th, Jerry,.. Hang a star on it!
1920; The Yankees increase their AL lead to 1 1/2 games by topping the Tigers 13-3, Bob Shawkey getting the win for New York. Cleveland and the White Sox are both shut out‚ the A’s beating the Indians 8-0 and Washington whitewashing the Sox 7-0. Chicago are now 2 1/2 games back.
1916: Exercising a baseball superstition‚ Tiger manager Hughie Jennings (below) designates it ‘Shocker Day’ in honour of former Detroit sandlot star Urban Shocker‚ the rookie starter for the visiting Yankees. Instead of being jinxed by the ‘honour’‚ Shocker puts a crimp in the Tigers’ first-place notions with a 4-2 win. The Yankees use a rare double suicide squeeze to score two runners‚ from second and third, to win.
1904: The Boston Americans‚ with a half-game lead over the New York Highlanders‚ send Bill Dinneen to the mound.Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off Dineen and Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that catcher Lou Criger heaves into the crowd to allow Patsy to score. Keeler scores a play later. Boston’s only tally comes in the 9th on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. New York win 3-1. The nitecap is called after 5 innings and a 1-1 score.