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1962: Against Detroit’s Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle hits his 400th career home run. The shot ties the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning. The Yanks score 2 in the 9th off Aguirre to beat the Tigers 3-1. The victory‚ combined with a Minnesota loss‚ gives the Yanks a 3 1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in third place‚ 4 games back.
On other 10ths of September…
2011: Dan Haren pitches a four-hit shutout, denying CC Sabathia in his bid for his 20th win of the year, as the Angels blank the Yankees 6-0. The win moves the Halos to within 1 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Rangers. The Angels score their last 5 runs off rookies Hector Noesi and George Kontos, after Sabathia departs after 6 innings trailing 1-0. Jorge Posada is pressed into service behind the plate for the first time this season for the Yankees after Russell Martin leaves the game with a bruised thumb in the 2nd inning.
2003: The Yankees rout the Tigers by a score of 15-5 as Jorge Posada hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.
1999: The Red Sox best the Yankees 3-1‚ as Pedro Martinez hurls an impressive one-hitter for his 21st victory of the year. Martinez strikes out 17 batters‚‚ the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game. DH Chili Davis 2nd inning solo homer is New York’s only safety. Chuck Knoblauch is hit by a pitch leading off the game – this gave the Yankees their only other base-runner, but he was caught stealing‚ so Martinez faces just 1 over the minimum.
1998: A pitching duel is when the 1996 AL Cy Young Award winner meets the runner-up at the Stadium, but Pat Hentgen goes just three frames, and Andy Pettitteoutlasts him. Jose Canseco’s three-run second-inning bomb off the Yankee southpaw crowns a five-run Toronto frame, but Paul O’Neill drives in four on two home runs and a single in the first four innings of the 8-5 Yankee win.
1978: Trying to avoid a sweep, the Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprowl at the Yankees, and the young lefty lasts just 2/3 of an inning, walking 3 and allowing one hit. The Yanks take the lead and top the Red Sox 7-4 behind Ed Figueroa and Rich Gossage. Boston collect just 5 hits‚ including Fred Lynn’s 21st homer. Over the four games of the ‘Boston Massacre,’ the Yankees have outhit the Red Sox 67-21‚ and outscored them 42-9‚ making a sweep that leaves the teams in a tie for first place‚ and caps a remarkable march by the Bombers to the top from 4th place‚ 14 games out.
1977: Toronto’s Roy Howell knocks in 9 runs with a single‚ 2 doubles‚ and 2 HRs‚ as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees 19-3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.
1974: Former AL batting champion Alex Johnson, purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers yesterday‚ joins his new team at Fenway with the game in progress. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th‚ Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for the visitors 2-1.
1963: Randy Johnson is born. Happy 50th to the Big Unit!
1961: The Yankees sweep the Indians 7-6 and 9-3 ‚ their 12th win in a row at home and the Indians 20th loss in a row at the Stadium. Mickey Mantle hits his 53rd homer of the year in the nitecap‚ while Roger Maris‚ who fails to hit one out, stays at 56. The official scorecard credits Mantle with 2 runs scored: it will be discovered in 1995 that one of the runs should go to Moose Skowron. In the 2nd game‚ Clete Boyer sends a Jim Perry pitch into the left field corner that hits the lower deck of the grand stand and bounces back into play. While home plate ump Joe Linsalata calls it a home run, the other two umps agree with Tribe center fielder Jimmy Piersall, who contends the ball is in play. Boyer’s home run trot is interrupted at third with a tag out. Piersall’s contribution to the first game was a fistfight with a fan who climbed onto the field.
1960: In Detroit‚ Mickey Mantle unloads a cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning‚ the ball clearing the right field roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. New York pin a 5-1 loss on Paul Foytack that moves them into first place,a 1/2 game ahead of Baltimore‚ losers today. In June‚ 1985‚ Mantle’s blow will be retroactively measured at 643 feet‚ and listed in The Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.
1959: Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-6‚ including a homer, in a 12-1 romp over Kansas City.
1955: Yankee outfielder Hank Bauer, pressed into emergency service as a catcher‚ permits a passed ball‚ setting up the winning run in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox.
1950: Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 HRs in one game at spacious Griffith Stadium‚ as the Yanks beat Washington 8-1. Joe also adds an RBI double‚ to pass the 100-RBI mark for the 9th time. The Senators lead the second game 6-2 when rain washes it out in the 4th. New York are now a 1/2 game in back of the league-leading Tigers, with Boston 1/2 game behind the Yankees.
1948: The visiting Yankees whip first-place Boston‚ 11-6‚ on Joe DiMaggio’s 10th inning grand slam off sidearmer Earle Caldwell. Both
DiMag boys have 3 hits‚ but Joe has 5 RBIs. Boston’s lead is cut to 2 1/2 games over New York‚ with Cleveland 3 1/2 back of Boston after beating Detroit‚ 10-1‚ behind knuckleballer Gene Bearden.
1944: The Red Sox and Yankees split a pair at Fenway‚ the Sox taking the opener 3-2‚ and the Yankees the nitecap 4-3. George Metkovich has hits in both games to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25 games‚ a new Red Sox record. Metkovich hit .407 during his streak‚ but will end the year at .277. Dom DiMaggio’s will top Metko’s mark.
1934: Roger Maris is born
1927: The Yankees win their 21st game of the year against the Browns‚ but it doesn’t come easy. New York win‚ 1-0, as Wilcey Moore (below) outduels Lefty Stewart. Tony Lazzeri scores in the 8th after hitting a double‚ followed by successive sac flies.
1925: In twinbill action against the A’s at Shibe, Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one, all off Sammy Gray. The Yanks win 7-3. Then‚ Ruth and outfielder Ben Paschal (below) hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2‚ but the visitors lose 5-4.
1922: The Yankees play their farewell home games at the Polo Grounds, a doubleheader with the A’s. An estimated 40‚000 jam the stadium with another 25‚000 turned away. Joe Bush (below) beats the tourists – his former teammates – 10-3 in the opener‚ and Waite Hoyt gets the upper hand in the nitecap, 2-1. Plans are in the works to expand the Grounds to 56‚000 capacity‚ but this is the last regular season AL game at the venue. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road‚ and then inaugurate Yankee Stadium next spring.
1921: Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees’ 21 hits as the New Yorkers wallop the A’s 19-3. An ML record-tying five Yankees collect two hits in the 9th inning: Schang‚ Carl Mays‚ Elmer Miller‚ Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and Babe Ruth. The Bambino’s second hit, a single‚ hits Peck for the 3rd out. Winning pitcher Mays gives up 13 hits to Philadelphia in winning his 16th straight over them.
1920: Cleveland lose 6-1 to the Yanks as Babe Ruth hits a 2-run homer. Shortstop Joe Sewell (below), brought up from the New Orleans Pelicans‚ makes his Major League debut‚ filling in for the injured Harry Lunte. Sewell goes hitless‚ but will then go 10-for-22 to win the job for the coming decade. Cleveland now lead by percentage points over the White Sox, and a 1/2 game ahead of the 3rd place Yankees.
1919: The Indians’ Ray ‘Slim’ Caldwell (below)‚ struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier‚ no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3-0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss, giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Indians win as well‚ 3-2. Roger Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances, for a total of 40 in the twinbill.
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1936: The Yankees sweep the Indians 11-3 and 12-9 to clinch the pennant on the earliest date ever. Lou Gehrig smashes a grand slam as does Cleveland’s Bill Knickerbocker. Gehrig will hit a career high 49 homers this year‚ 14 against Cleveland‚ including six in 11 games at home. The Yanks will finish in front of the second-place Tigers by 19 1/2 games, the biggest margin in the club’s history.
On other 9ths of September…
2009: Derek Jeter ties the Yankee franchise record for hits held by Lou Gehrig, with his 2,721st safety in the 7th against the Rays. In the game, Jorge Posada belts a three-run pinch homer in the 8th to give the Yanks a 4 – 2 win.
2001: Andy Pettitte rides a two-run homer by Nick Johnson off Hideo Nomo and a three-run blast from Tino Martinez against Rolando Arrojoto beat the Red Sox 6-2 at the Stadium.
1999: Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter dies after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
1997: Boston lose to the Yankees 8-6‚ despite 2 RBI for Nomar Garciaparra. The RBI give Garciaparra 87 on the year‚ for a new major league record for leadoff men. Harvey Kuenn held the old mark with 85 in 1956 for Detroit.
1990: The A’s beat the Yankees, 7-3, to complete a 12-game season sweep of the Yanks, the first time the Bombers have achieved this dubious distinction against any one team. Tim Leary takes the loss for New York.
1978: The Boston Massacre continues.
Ron Guidry (21-2) gives up two singles in the 1st inning and that’s it. New York send 12 runners to the plate and scores 7 runs in the 4th inning to win 7-0 against Dennis Eckersley and cut the Boston lead to a single game. For Guidry‚ it is his 7th shutout of the year‚ and the first lefty shutout in Fenway since 1974 (Ken Holtzman of theA’s tossed one on August 5th of that year). With the Brewers’ victory over the Twins‚ Milwaukee trail by just 4 1/2 games.
1974: At Fenway‚ the Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 6-3‚ for their first victory in Boston since July 31st of last year. George ‘Doc’ Medich gets the win for the tourists. The Yanks have won 2 of 24 games at Fenway since 1972.
1961: On Whitey Ford Day at the Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 56th homer‚ off Cleveland’s Mudcat Grant‚ as the Yanks come from behind to win‚ 8-7. New York score 4 in the 9th to enable Luis Arroyo (below) to pick up his 12th relief win in a row.
1954: The Yanks’ Enos Slaughter spoils a no-hitter by getting an 8th inning single off the Orioles’ Joe Coleman‚ who finishes with a one-hitter and a 1-0 shutout.
1953: Mickey Mantle’s 2-run homer off Chicago’s Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning‚ as New York win 9-3 at Yankee Stadium.
Returning to center field after the 5th‚ Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick‚ who will apologize for the indiscretion. However‚ Mantle does sign an endorsement deal with the Bowman Gum company.
1951: The Yanks hit 5 homers – 4 off the Nats’ Dick Starr – to win 7-5. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff homer on the first pitch‚ which starts
the scoring‚ slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the right field stands. Vic Raschi then wins the nitecap‚ 2-0‚ in a game called after the 6th inning because of ‘darkness.’ Though Yankee Stadium has lights‚ unlike in the NL these cannot be used on Sunday. The Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).
1949: At the Stadium‚ Ellis Kinder notches his 19th victory and his 9th straight‚ as Boston win 7-1. The Yanks manage just 4 hits‚ while Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr launch homers off Ed Lopat. Pesky has hit two homers this season‚ both at Yankee Stadium. Hugh Casey makes his AL debut‚ allowing two unearned runs in two innings. The loss cuts the Yanks lead over the Sox to 1 1/2 games.
1948: The Red Sox widen their lead over the Yankees to 3 1/2 games by defusing the Bombers at Fenway, 9-4‚ scoring 8 runs in the 3rd. Ted Williams (.367) has 2 hits to regain the AL batting lead over Lou Boudreau.
1938: Lou Gehrig plays his 2‚100th consecutive game and has four hits to bring his average over .300. The Yanks trip the Senators 3-0 behind Bump Hadley.
1932: The Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has accomplished this RBI feat twice before. Frank Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game‚ including twice in one inning. Detroit
also top the Yanks‚ 4-1‚ in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st‚ and yesterday’s tie. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.
1931: To raise funds to help the unemployed in the Depression‚ the Yankees‚ Giants‚ and Robins (who will change their name next year to the Dodgers) agree to a series of benefit games. 60,000 fans‚ paying regular prices‚ raise $59‚000 in the first matchup‚ as Babe Ruth
homers and the Yankees beat the Giants 7-2. At Comiskey Park‚ a crowd of 34‚865 raise $45‚000 for Governor Emmerson’s unemployment relief fund and watch the Cubs trim the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Charlie Root. Root twirls a 6-hitter and drives in all the runs.
1928: A total of 85‚265 jam the Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep a Sunday doubleheader from the A’s‚ 3-0 and 7-3‚ to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel‚ who takes an Ed Rommel knuckleball out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.
Off the field, Yankee pitcher Urban Shocker, age 38, dies of pneumonia in Denver‚ where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart, and had been unable to sleep lying down for the past 2 years. Shocker‚ who never had a losing season‚ was 18-6 in 1927 but appeared in only one game in pinstripes in 1928.
1920: In the opener of a crucial 3-game series‚ Cleveland blast the Yanks 10-4 behind the pitching of Stan Coveleski and the hitting of Doc Johnston. Johnston has 4 hits‚ two of them triples‚ and a steal of home. Babe Ruth hits his 47th homer in the first‚ then receives 3 intentional walks.
1914: At Washington‚ the Senators’ Jack Bentley shuts out the Yankees 1-0. Jack Warhop takes the loss‚ his 5th 1-0 loss of the year‚ which ties the AL record set by Bill Donovan in 1903. It won’t be topped by any pitcher. Also setting a record not topped‚ or tied is Warhop’s loss today to the Senators‚ the 3rd time this year they’ve beaten him 1-0.
1899: Waite Hoyt, ’20s Yankee ace and Hall of Famer, is born.
1893: Mike McNally, starting 3rd baseman for the first Yankee team to play in a World Series, is born.
1876: Frank Chance, Yankee manager for the 1913-14 seasons, is born.
2012: The Orioles defeat the Yankees 5-4 to tie the Bronx Bombers for first place in the AL East once again, but the win is costly. Right fielder Nick Markakis breaks his left thumb when hit by a CC Sabathia pitch in the 5th inning, putting him out for six weeks. Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homer for the O’s. Closer Jim Johnson almost blows a 5-3 lead when he loads the bases on three singles with none out in the 9th; Nick Swisher brings the Yankees within one on a forceout before Mark Teixera is called out when sliding head-first into first base while vainly trying to avoid a game-ending double play. Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi blast umpire Jerry Meals for the decision after the game.
2009: Nick Swisher gets his first pie, hitting a walkoff 9th inning homer to beat Tampa Bay. Chad Gaudin leaves with a 2-1 lead over Rays’ ace David Price in the 7th, but Jason Bartlett shocks Phil Hughes and the 45,000-plus in attendance with a game-tying blast in the 8th. The deciding blow is Swisher’s second homer of the game, and the win gives the homesiders a 90-50 mark.
2000: The Yankees blank the Red Sox 4-0 behind Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Boston pitcher Bryce Florie is struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of part-time New York outfielder Ryan Thompson. The Boston hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket‚ the bone that surrounds the eye‚ and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery and return to pitch next season.
1992: Yankee outfielder Danny Tartabull goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers and a double‚ and drives in 9 runs as New York defeat Baltimore‚ 16-4. Scott Sanderson is the winner.
1984: The Yankees break a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the 6th, and go on to roll over the Red Sox 12-6. Toby Harrah paces the 15-hit attack with 4 hits‚ and Dave Winfield one of the game’s 12 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games‚ which is and will be a career high. Joe Cowley is the winner.
1983: Yankee outfielder Steve Kemp is sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by an Omar Moreno line drive during batting practice in Milwaukee. Kemp hit just .242 with 12 HR and 49 RBI in the first year of his 5-year‚ $5.45 million contract. New York win today 6-5 in an otherwise disappointing year for the club.
1979: Graig Nettles hits an 8th inning home run to help the Yankees and Ron Guidry beat Detroit‚ 5-4. It is Guidry’s 10th straight win.
1978: New York continue their rampage in Boston by scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning and 6 more in the 2nd. Boston make 7 errors to ease the Yankees’ way to a 13-2 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lou Piniella adds a double‚ a triple and a homer to back Jim Beattie’s pitching. Dwight Evans and Carlton Fisk both make a pair of miscues. New York are now 2 games in back.
1961: The Yanks rout the Indians 9-1 as Mickey Mantle hits homer no. 52‚ off Gary Belll. The Yanks win their 9th straight while Detroit lose their 8th in a row to drop 10 game in back.
1956: The Senators hold Mickey Mantle to an infield single, but the Yankee offense breaks out everywhere else, burying Washington 16-2. Five Yankees have 3 hits apiece‚ led by Hank Bauer with a double‚ a triple and a homer.
1951: At an Old-timer’s Day at the Stadium‚ former manager Joe McCarthy (below) is honoured. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning‚ Mickey Mantle belts a Bob Porterfield pitch into the last row of the right field bleachers ~ some 460 feet away ~ to break the scoreless tie. Ed Lopat shuts out the Senators for a 4-0 Yankee win.
1947: Bob Feller in relief of Bob Lemon in the 9th‚ keeps the Yankees scoreless to save a 4-3 Cleveland win. George McQuinn (below), who earlier hit two homers‚ bloops a single with a man on to chase Lemon. Bobo Newsom, who wilts in the 8th‚ is the loser‚ but New York are still 12 games in front.
1940: In a 9-4 Yankee win over the Red Sox, Joe Gordon (below) hits for the cycle to back Spud Chandler’s pitching.
1939: At Fenway, the Yankees take a 4-1 lead into the 7th when the game is stopped because of violent thunder and lightning, including a spectacular strike on the center field flagpole.
1937: It’s a day in the long Yankees-Red Sox rivalry that the latter would rather forget. In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ New York’s Red Ruffing and Boston’s Bobo Newsom battle to a 2-2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Lou Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th. Then in game 2‚ the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson through the first 8 innings, and are down 6-1 with two outs in the 9th‚ but rally for 8 runs to win 9-6. Two doubles‚ a two-base error by Joe Cronin and a single by ||Joe DiMaggio tie the score at 6 apiece. With two men on‚ Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig‚ who parks a 3-run walkoff homer in short porch in right for his 33rd round-tripper of the season. Frank Makosky‚ who pitches the 9th‚ is the winner.
1932: The Yankees and the Tigers replay their protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader‚ but end in a 7-7 tie. After the game‚ Babe Ruth, who was already out of the lineup with a stomach ache, experiences abdominal pains that he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd‚ subbing for the Babe in the opener‚ collects 5 hits for the Yanks, including 2 home runs, in a 5-4 win.
1928: Behind babe Ruth’s 3-run homer‚ the Yankees take the Senators‚ 6-3‚ but it is not enough to keep New York from dropping into second place, as the A’s take a pair from the Red Sox to move into a 1/2 game lead.
1925: The Yanks sweep a doubleheader from the Red Sox at Fenway, 5-4 and 7-4. In the nitecap, Babe Ruth hits his 300th career home run, off Chester Ross.
1922: The Yankees go back on top‚ this time to stay‚ by beating the Senators 8-1 behind Carl Mays, while the Browns lose to Detroit 8-3. New York’s win is sparked by Wally Pipp’s 6th inning 3-run homer off Walter Johnson.‚ the second homer Pipp (below) has launched off the Senator ace in 9 days.
1920: On their way to Cleveland‚ the Yanks play an exhibition game against the Pirates and suffers injuries to starters Muddy Ruel (split finger) and Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Carl Mays sitting out the Indians series to avoid any scenes‚ New York are short handed.
1919: In twinbill action at the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth hits his 26th home run of the year, off the Yankees’ Hank Thormahlen, in the opener to break Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25. The Red Sox win the game 3-1 ‚ then take the nitecap 2-0 behind Waite Hoyt’s 3-hitter. Ruth scores both runs for Boston. Buck Freeman‚ now an umpire in the American Association‚ congratulates the Babe on his feat. New York shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh ties an AL mark with 15 chances accepted in the first game‚ and 24 in the twinbill. The Tigers object to the second game‚ on the technicality that it was originally scheduled for Boston and had been postponed there.
1917: The Yankees swap shutouts with the Senators‚ winning the first game of a doubleheader 2-0 before losing 5-0 in the second contest. Doc Ayers wins the nitecap‚ his second shutout in a row over the Yankees and the third time he has beaten them in 8 days. Nick Cullop (below) takes the loss for New York. In the opening game‚ Ray Caldwell tosses his only shutout of the year.
1916: Yankee pitchers Allen Russell and Ray Keating are the victims as A’s catcher Wally Schang (below) becomes the first Major League player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. The A’s win, 8-2.
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1978: The ‘Boston Massacre’ begins.
The Yankees‚ 4 games behind the Red Sox the AL East‚ arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the set with a 15-3 rout as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers‚ including 3 hits apiece by Randolph‚ Thurman Munson and Roy White. Mike Torrez, who is chased after one inning of work‚ takes the loss. Ken Clay, coming on to relieve Catfish Hunter, is the winner.
On other 7ths of September…
2002: The Tigers defeat the Yankees 2-1. Detroit first baseman Eric Munson hits a Mike Mussina fastball, the first pitch he sees in the Majors, for a solo homer in the 3rd.
1996: Complaining of abdominal pains the day of his scheduled start at the Stadium‚ Toronto’s Juan Guzman collapses in the visitors’ clubhouse a few minutes before the name and is rushed to New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. He will not pitch again this season and his 2.93 ERA will lead the AL.
1985: Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 win over the A’s. Following a pitchout in the 7th‚ Winfield gets hung up in a rundown but escapes to score.
1974: In the second game with the Tigers‚ who had already taken the opener 8-3, Graig Nettles loses a single when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees still win 1-0 on, on an earlier Nettles homer.
1964: In the morning game of a scheduled doubleheader‚ the Yankees beat the Twins 5-4 in 11 innings. The nitecap is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff homer for the second game in a row‚ and scores the winning run in the 11th. Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.
1961: Roger Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th homer of the year in the 3rd inning as New York beats the Senators‚ 7-3. All of Washington’s scores come in the 6th on an inside-the-park homer by Tito Francona off Ralph Terry. When asked by a writer after the game why he bunted‚ Maris eloquently replies‚ “Trying to win the game‚ you stupid c*cks*cker, why do you think?”
1959: At Fenway‚ the trio of Pumpsie Green, Don Buddin and pitcher Jerry Casale tie a Major League record by belting consecutive homers in the 2nd off Bob Turley to pace the Sox to a 12-4 drubbing of New York. Andy Carey connects for a pinch-hit home run in the 3rd‚ and Mickey Mantle adds one the same inning‚ but little else happens for New York‚ who lose the season series with the Sox for the first time in 11 years.
1955: Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his AL-record second consecutive one-hitter‚ beating the A’s 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A’s only safety. Ford is the 5th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. Arnie Portocarrero, who scatters 6 hits, is the hard-luck loser.
1952: A pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Mize gives the Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington. The Big Cat has now homered in each one of the 15 ML parks‚ including Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis while in each league. Mize joins Jeff Heath as the only players to homer in every park in their league in one season; Mize also connected in each NL park in 1937‚ 1940‚ and 1947.
1949: At the Stadium‚ Allie Reynolds walks the first 3 Red Sox batters before Bobby Doerr singles home two runs. After that, the Big Chief settles down, and that will be all the scoring the Sox can manage. The Yankees come back to take a 3-2 lead and‚ after Doerr triples in the 8th‚ Joe Page comes in from the bullpen to save the game for Reynolds. The final is 5-2‚ with the hitting provided by Bobby Brown (2-run homer) and Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson with two triples.
1938: On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway‚ Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBI on 3 hits, including a pair of homers, and all in just 5 1/2 innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. The second theft will be the last steal of his career.
1934: Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth’s AL home run crown, continue to do battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th, in Chicago‚ and Foxx his 41st, in Detroit.
1932: Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The slugger will be out of action for five days.
1931: In the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the first inning on only 2 hits. Eddie Rommel‚ the 4th pitcher in the frame‚ retires Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig‚ and Ben Chapman on strikes. The Yanks win 15-3. In the second game‚ Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning homers off former teammate Waite Hoyt, and the Babe adds another shot off Hoyt in the 9th‚ his 40th. The Yanks roll 9-4 over the first-place A’s.
1928: The stumbling Yanks drop a pair to the Senators‚ losing 11-0 and 6-1. Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds three singles. Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry wins the nitecap over Waite Hoyt for his second win over New York in 5 days. The Yankees, who led by 13 1/2 games on July 1st‚ are now tied with the A’s.
1927: After blasting 3 home runs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox yesterday‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 today off Danny MacFayden in a 12-10 win. This gives him a ML record-tying 5 in 3 games and he now leads Lou Gehrig 49 HRs to 45. Gehrig will hit just two more the rest of the way.
1926: Urban Shocker (below) and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2, dealing the hapless Bostonians their 17th straight loss.
1925: After apologizing to his teammates yesterday‚ Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week‚ collecting one hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays shuts out Philadelphia on a 4-hitter‚ 2-0‚ for his 9th straight win over the A’s. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Eddie Rommel (below)‚ in relief of losing pitcher Scott Perry, strikes out Babe Ruth‚ Del Pratt‚ and Bob Meusel in the 8th.
1908: On Labor Day‚ Senators’ manager Joe Cantillon starts Walter Johnson in place of one pitcher who is ill, and another who returned to Washington to be with his ailing wife. Only 3 Senators’ pitchers made the trip to New York. The Big Train shuts out the Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days‚ 4-0‚ topping Jack Chesbro again and allowing just 2 hits and no walks. In the three games‚ Johnson allows 12 hits‚ walks one‚ and strikes out 12. The Washington ace will pitch 130 shutouts during his career‚ 23 more than runner-up Grover Cleveland Alexander. This is one of a ML record (tied in 1942‚ topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today‚ out of 16 games.
2012: The Orioles use the long ball to defeat the Yankees, belting 6 homers in a 10-6 win, including three in the 8th inning. Adam Jones leads off the frame with a solo blast off David Robertson to break a 6-6 tie. Mark Reynolds then hits a two-run shot, and Chris Davis follows with a solo shot to seal the outcome of the game. The two teams are again tied for the lead in the AL East.
2004: The Stadium hosts one of the stranger episodes in recent Yankee history. As Labor Day dawns in the Bronx, the Yanks open the park and await the arrival of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who had failed to make the trip north for a weekend New York series before Hurricane Frances hit land. A doubleheader is in the offing, with game one scheduled for 1:00 pm, then delayed to 3:00. Finally the first game is postponed again and the Yankees play the Rays in one game starting at 7:00 pm. During the multi-hour wait, the Bombers hold extended batting practice to entertain the crowd, and hot dogs and soda at the concession stands are free. As Rays players finally appear from the visiting dugout, the Yankee organist plays, ‘If it takes forever, I will wait for you.’ When play finally commences, the Yanks use a four-run fourth-inning rally to post a 7-4 win, with Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandezbesting Doug Waechter.
2003: At the Stadium, Tim Wakefield allows 4 hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Roger Clemens and the Yankees 11-0 to move within 1 1/2 games of New York in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo, who appeared in the Yankee old-timers game earlier in the year‚ pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th and fouls out.
1995: With President Bill Clinton in attendance, Cal Ripken plays in his 2‚131st consecutive game‚ breaking Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. To complete the perfect evening, Ripken hits a homer off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning‚ and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees, ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout‚ and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons. On the 10th‚ he will return a punt for a touchdown. California score 6 in the 9th to beat the Yanks‚ 12-6.
1982: In an 8-2 win over the Yankees‚ Benny Ayala belts the Orioles’ 11th pinch home run of the season to break the AL record set by the 1961 Yankees. The win is Baltimore’s 9th in a row.
1981: Despite having won the first-half pennant‚ Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Bombers are only 2 games above .500 in the second half of the season.
1975: At Baltimore‚ the Orioles top the Yankees 7-6 in 13 innings, though neither manager or Yankee catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end. All are tossed in the 9th inning.
1973: The Yankees bid adieu to the Alous‚ selling Felipe to Montreal and Matty to St. Louis.
1971: Red Sox manager Eddie Kasko uses 2 entirely different 10-man lineups in a doubleheader with New York‚ but neither succeeds. The Yankees sweep, 5-3 and 3-0.
1961: Roger Maris connects for his 54th home run of the season, off Tom Cheney of the Senators‚ as the Yankees win 8-0 behind Whitey Ford’s 5-hitter. Ford is now at 23-3. John Blanchard hits a pair of homers‚ each time following a walk to Mickey Mantle‚ and Moose Skowron and Bob Hale also go deep.
1960: In his final game at the Stadium‚ Ted Williams thumps his 518th career homer to lead Boston to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Billy Muffett’s shutout is ruined when he serves up a homer to Mickey Mantle with 2 outs in the 9th.
1954: New York only manage a split with the Red Sox‚ but it is not for lack of trying on Casey Stengel’s part. The Yankee manager uses a (since tied) record ten pinch hitters in the two games‚ including pitcher Tommy Byrne for Phil Rizzuto. Pinch hitter Joe Collins wins the opener for Jim Konstanty, 6-5 with a homer – one of five hit in the game. The Yanks blow a 6-0 lead in the nitecap to lose‚ 8-7.
1943: During the second game of a doubleheader split between the Yankees and the Athletics, Carl Scheib becomes the youngest player in AL history when he takes the mound for Philadelphia at the age of 16 years, 248 days – he allows two hits but no runs in 2/3 of an inning. The A’s take the first game 11-2, while the New Yorkers prevail in the nightcap 11-4.
1936: At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 14-5, and 4-2. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmie Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
1927: At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair‚ with New York rolling to a 14-2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. The Babe responds, however, with two homers‚ in the 6th and 7th‚ the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called ‘the longest ever hit at Fenway’ by the Sporting News. Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day‚ number 47‚ in the nitecap‚ off Jack Russell, but the terrier nips New York 5-2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season‚ but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8‚ Gehrig 6‚ the only New York roundtrippers hit there.
1915: In a doubleheader at Fenway, the Yankees are blanked by Rube Foster in the opener, 4-0. Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless in the nitecap until the 8th before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves, and the Red Sox win 5-2 for the sweep. Ruth also goes 2-for-3 at the plate.
1904: The Highlanders sweep a doubleheader at home from the A’s, with Al Orth registering a 5-2 win in the opener, and player-manager Clark Griffith (below) tossing a three-hitter for a 2-1 triumph in the nitecap. Though the Boston Americans also win, the New Yorkers move 1/2 game out in front in the neck-and-neck pennant race by virtue of the two victories.
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.
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1993: Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians, blanking them by a score of 4-0.
1941: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant‚ the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees have needed only 136 games‚ giving them a 91-45 record. Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.
1923: ‘Sad Sam’ Jones no-hits the Athletics‚ 2-0‚ beating Bob Hasty. The Yankee hurler becomes the only man in AL history thus far to throw a no-hitter without recording a strikeout. Babe Ruth is the only batter on either side to fan, and drops a point behind Detroit’s Harry Heilmann as a result. Not until Ken Holtzman of the Cubs in 1969 will another pitcher toss a no-hitter with no Ks.
On other 4ths of September…
2006: Trailing 5-1, the Yankees erupt for 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.
2001: The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees 14-0. Andy Pettitte lasts just 3 innings in losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, giving up 6 hits while striking out 11.
1998: The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the season‚ defeating the White Sox 11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. Bernie Williams leads New York with a pair of homers and 4 RBI.
1996: Andy Pettitte wins his 20th as the Yankees prevail over the A’s‚ 10-3. Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo blasts in the 4th inning. The Yanks’ last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.
Off the field, Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base after the Iron Horse’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended, dies at age 84.
1995: Jorge Posada makes his Yankee/Major League debut, replacing Jim Leyritz behind the plate in the 9th inning of a 13-3 romp over Seattle at the Stadium. Andy Pettite gets the win, and Derek Jeter also comes in late at shortstop, making this the first time that at least three of the ‘Core Four’ have appeared in the same game.
1992: Yankee outfielder Roberto Kelly ties a major league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the seventh time this year. Pittsburgh’s Dale Berra set the mark in 1983. Texas receiver Ivan Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in New York’s 6-3 victory.
1991: After 30 years‚ the asterisk attached to Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 is expunged by an 8-man Committee for Statistical
Accuracy. Regarding the removal of the asterisk‚ historian Bill Deane later points out‚ “It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed.
Maris’ record was‚ from 1962 until 1991‚ listed separately from Babe Ruth’s and was never actually defined by ‘some distinctive mark.’” The committee also define a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit.
Lou Gehrig’s 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220‚000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco‚ becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. An autographed Gehrig bat also sells, for $47‚500.
1978: Behind Ron Guidry’s 20th win‚ the Yankees take the first game of a doubleheader with Detroit 9-1. New York score 8 in the 7th. Detroit win the second contest 5-4 to keep New York 5 games behind Boston.
1972: The Yankees split with the Orioles‚ losing 4-3 before winning 5-2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in fourth place‚ but the logjam in the AL East is so tight that they are just 1/2 game out of first. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren’s 3-run homer off Fritz Peterson is the big blow in the opener, while the Yankees take the night cap behind Bobby Murcer’s three hits‚ including a homer.
1965: At the Stadium‚ the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees‚ winning 1-0 and 7-2. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the second game‚ off Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for New York. Against nemesis Dick Radatz in the 8th‚ Mickey Mantle bunts foul on a two-strike pitch‚ the second time he’s struck out bunting against the hulking Boston reliever.
1964: The Yankees overcome two homers by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A’s‚ 9-7‚ in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. With the Orioles losing today‚ Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are
virtually tied for first‚ with New York (77-56) three games back.
1961: Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a painful and swollen forearm for the traditional Labor Day doubleheader‚ but the Yanks get along without him as they take the pair from the Senators‚ 5-3 and 3-2. The sweep moves the Yanks 6 games up on the slumping Tigers‚
who lose 6-3 to the Orioles and trail 4-1 in a game suspended in the 9th. Mantle’s replacement John Blanchard breaks a 3-3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning homer.
1960: After 30 straight scoreless inning‚ the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 by topping New York again‚ 6-2. With 2 outs in the 7th‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada’s no-hitter‚ but Hoyt Wilhelm‚ in relief‚ preserves the win.
1955: Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning 3-run homer gives a starting push to Bob Turley, who coasts to an 8-3 win over Washington. Pedro Ramos is the losing pitcher.
1952: The Yanks re-sign veteran Charlie Keller for the remainder of the season‚ but they won’t need him today as they crush the A’s 12-2. Gil McDougald has two homers and the Yanks chase Bobby Shantz with a 7-run 7th. The lefty was trying for his 23rd victory. Allie Reynolds wins his 17th‚ spoiling Chief Bender night at Shibe Park. The former A’s ace received a plaque before yesterday’s day game, and tonight receives a check for $6‚000‚ gifts‚ and a scroll with the signatures of 150‚000 Philadelphians. On hand are former teammates Frank Baker‚ Rube Oldring, Len Blackburne and Ira Thomas.
1949: Looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run, the Yankees pick up one-time Dodger relief ace Hugh Casey, who was released by the Pirates in early August.
1945: Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber (below)‚ 43‚ who last pitched in the Majors in 1923 and in the minors in 1931‚ relieves for the Bombers against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1/3 innings‚ but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win going aweay, 10-0. The 22 years between appearances is a Major League record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when‚ in an 11-4 loss to Detroit‚ he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.
1944: The Boys from the Bronx move past St. Louis and Detroit by bombing the A’s 10-0 and 14-0. Two rookies are winners‚ Monk Dubiel in the opener and Mel Queen in the nitecap. Queen had a double and 2 singles in the opener and George Stirnweiss has a steal in each game to run his total to 49. Bobo Newsom takes the loss in the opener while Luke Hamlin gives up 19 hits in a complete game loss in game 2. It’s the first time since May 31st that the Yanks have been in first place. The Red Sox are in 4th place‚ but only 3 games behind.
1920: At Fenway, 33‚000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th in the opener to give New York a 5-3 win. In the nitecap‚ Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5-3 lead into the
9th‚ then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run, and Boston prevail 6-5.
1908: At Hilltop Park, Walter Johnson opens a series against New York by besting Jack Chesbro 3-0‚ allowing 6 hits in the Washington win.
1906: The Highlanders complete a Major League record 5th doubleheader sweep in a row – in as many days – as they tally a twin whitewashing of Boston‚ 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8 and stretch to 15 victories‚ propelling New York to a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL. The winning hurlers for the denizens of Hilltop Park are Walter Clarkson (below) and Al Orth.
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1961: After taking the first two games against Detroit‚ New York are down 5-4
in the 9th when Mickey Mantle ties the game with his second homer of the day. Elston Howard wins it with a 3-run drive into the left field stands and Detroit leave town 4 1/2 games off the pace. Mantle’s shot puts him at 50 home runs‚ with Maris at 53‚ making them the first teammates in history to hit 50.
On other 3rds of September…
2012: The AL East race gets even tighter, as the Rays beat the Yankees 4-3. James Shields gets the win as light-hitting Chris Gimenez drives in a pair of runs. The game marks the return of Alex Rodriguez, who starts at DH for the Yankees after missing 6 weeks with a hand injury. Meanwhile, the Orioles shut out the Blue Jays 4-0 as Joe Saunders retires the first 17 batters in order and cruises to the win. At the end of the day, the Yankees’ lead is cut to 1 game over Baltimore, and 2 1/2 over Tampa Bay.
2009: Jorge Posada hits his 20th homer and drives in 4 runs as New York double up Toronto 10- 5. The Yankees now have 7 players with 20 or more homers on the year, matching a record set by three other teams. Derek Jeter currently has 17 round-trippers but will finish the year with 18, leaving the Bronx Bombers just shy of a new record.
2008: Instant replay is used for the first time in a major league game. Alex Rodriguez homers to left off Troy Percival in the 9th as part of an 8-4 Yankee win over the Rays. Umpire Brian Runge calls it a homer and has his call upheld upon review.
2004: The Baltimore Orioles top the Yankees 3-1 behind Rodrigo Lopez. The loss goes to Kevin Brown who pitches 6 innings and then‚ frustrated on a grounder he botched‚ punches a concrete wall inside the Yankees’ clubhouse‚ breaking two bones in his left (non-throwing) hand that will require surgery. The pitcher‚ making $15.7 million per year‚ will miss the rest of this one. New York lead in the East by 2 1/2 games.
1995: New York drop a 10-9 decision to Oakland even though Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez, who is the first Yankee since 1972 to achieve the feat, scores 3 runs and has 3 RBI.
1990: ’60s Yankee reliever Marshall Bridges dies at the age of 59
1987: The parent Yankees don’t find Dave Bresnahan’s potato gag yesterday funny either‚ and release him. Bresnahan‚ hitting .149‚ reacts to the news by saying‚ “We were 23 games out‚ what the hell?” Tomorrow night‚ their last game of the season‚ the Albany/Colonie Yankees will admit any fan for a $1 and a potato. On each potato‚ Bresnahan autographs ‘This spud’s for you.’
1960: The Orioles hand the Yankees a second straight shut out, winning 2-0 and replacing the Yanks in 1st place by a game. Brooks Robinson has both RBIs to
back Jack Fisher’s 7-hitter. During the game in Baltimore‚ plate umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls 3 times, and is knocked unconscious by the third. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate‚ as Napp is carried off the field on a stretcher.
1958: The Yankees spot Boston a 5-3 lead before Mickey Mantle homers in the 8th and Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 8-5. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.
1952: Harry Byrd of the Philadelphia Athletics one-hits the Yankees‚ 3-0. Irv Noren’s 2nd inning double is the only safety. Bullpen coach Al ‘Chief’ Bender (below)‚ the full-blooded Chippewa who was an ace for Connie Mack in the early part of the century, is honoured before the game.
1948: The Yankees move within a 1/2 game of the leading Red Sox with a twinbill sweep of the Senators, 6-2 and 5-2. Joe DiMaggio‚ who started the day tied with Vern Stephens at 118 RBI, leads the way by knocking in 7 runs. DiMag has a pair of round-trippers in the opener‚ and a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the nitecap.
1947: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ the Yankees unleash a barrage of 18 hits‚ all of them singles‚ off three pitchers to stop the Red Sox 11-2 in game one. Bobo Newsom (below) wins his 10th. Specs Shea‚ with relief help from Joe Page, wins the second contest 9-6 to extend the Yankee lead to 12 1/2 games over
Boston. Joe DiMaggio has 6 hits in the twinbill to raise his average to .319‚ while Ted Williams‚ the AL’s leading hitter, is 5-for-9 to push his average to .328. Bobby Doerr hits his 16th homer in the nitecap.
1939: In the second game of a doubleheader, Boston’s Sunday curfew is approaching with the score standing at 7-5 in the 8th for the Yankees, the visitors start making outs to get the game in while the Red Sox start stalling. Two Yankees are walked intentionally and the Fenway fans then litter the field with cushions and other debris to help slow things down. Umpire Cal Hubbard (below) forfeits the game to the Yankees, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him‚ fines both managers for their tactics‚ and orders that the game be replayed. The Red Sox edged the Yanks in the opener, 12-11.
1934: Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant surge. Detroit‚ rained out in Chicago‚ hold a 5-game lead over the Yankees‚ who split a pair with the A’s. Lefty Gomez wins his 24th and 10th straight in the opener‚ 11-7 and Jimmie Foxx hits his 40th HR in the second game. to help the Mackmen to a 10-3 triumph.
1927: A’s ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year‚ beating the host Yankees 1-0‚ on three hits. It is also the only game in which Murderers’ Row will be shut out this season, Babe Ruth has a pair of singles, and the Yanks still lead by 17 games.
1921: Powered by Babe Ruth’s 50th homer and the pitching of Carl Mays, the Yankees down the host Senators‚ 9-3.
1906: Highlander infielder Kid Elberfeld, showing the temper that has earned him the nickname ‘The Tabasco Kid’‚ punches umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is
forcibly removed by police in New York’s 4-3 opening game win in a doubleheader with the Athletics. In the second game‚ New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with Philadelphia shortstop Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball‚ and 2 runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference‚ a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that‚ after 8 minutes of arguing‚ the arbiter forfeits the game to New York. For the Highlanders, it is their fourth straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days‚ and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his assault on Silk.
2012: The Orioles move to within 2 games of the Yankees with an 8-3 win at the Stadium. Starter Chris Tillman has to leave the game after only 3 innings because of stiffness in his elbow, but the O’s rally behind Mark Reynolds, who hits two homers and drives in 4 runs; they then add 3 more runs in the 8th, as the Yankees use five pitchers in the inning in a vain attempt to keep within striking distance. Randy Wolf (below) is the winner in his first game for the Birds.
2009: Alex Rodriguez picks up the 2,500th hit of his career as the Yankees defeat the Orioles 10-2 to complete a sweep at Camden Yards. Eric Hinske’s home run is the Bronx Bombers’ 20th at the park this season, the most by a visiting team since the venue opened in 1992. CC Sabathia earns his American League-leading 16th win.
2004: The Yankees score 1 in the 1st and five in the 2nd off Indian starter Cliff Lee en route to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark. He matches the achievement of 19th century star Dan Brouthers, who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres, Marlins, Dodgers and Braves. Joining him today in passing the century mark is Victor Martinez, who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay, who is making his first appearance since 2003.
2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 1-0‚ as Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Pinch hitter Carl Everett delivers a two-out‚ two-strike single in the 9th inning to ruin Mussina’s gem. It is the 3rd time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson’s double. Opposing hurler David Cone‚ who takes the loss‚ is the most recent hurler to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first 7 innings of any of the games.
1996: In his first game back in action since undergoing surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder in May‚ David Cone hurls 7 hitless innings in New York’s 5-0 victory over the Athletics. Mariano Rivera gives up 1 hit in 2 innings as he finishes up for Cone. Cone’s remarkable return relegates Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.
1987: Catcher Dave Bresnahan of the Albany-Colonie Yankees ( AA Eastern League) introduces a new wrinkle to baseball’s panoply of deception ~ the hidden potato trick. With Reading Phillies runner Rick Rudblad on third, Bresnahan returns from a time out with a peeled potato pared down to the size of a baseball hidden in his mitt. On the next pitch he throws the sphere wildly on an apparent pickoff attempt. When the runner trots home‚ Bresnahan tags him out with the real ball. The umpire‚ unamused‚ rules the runner safe‚ charges the backstop with an error, and fines him $50. After the game, Bresnahan says, “I thought it would be a do-over”.
1978: Reggie Jackson becomes the 19th Major League player to hit at least 20 homers in 11 straight years in the Yankees’ 6-2 win over Seattle.
1969: Ralph Houk signs a new 3-year contract with the Yankees at $65‚000 a season‚ the highest managerial salary in either league‚ and Joe Pepitone is reinstated.
1967: Washington’s Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees when Mickey Mantle swats a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York win‚ 2-1. Mel Stottlemyre is the victor‚ allowing 6 hits and no walks. For Mantle‚ it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year‚ 8 of them home runs.
1965: Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning homer with 2 on as New York score 5 runs on their way to an 8-1 romp over the Angels. Whitey Ford is the winner.
1961: In action against Detroit’s Frank Lary, Roger Maris doubles and takes third on a misplay. Mickey Mantle‚ in pain from a pulled muscle in his forearm‚ lays down a perfect drag bunt to score the other ‘M-boy.’ Maris then blasts homers on his next two trips to the plate‚ and Elston Howard adds a 3-run dinger for a 7-2 win.
1960: Milt Pappas stops New York on 3 hits – 2 by Tony Kubek – to give Baltimore a 5-0 lead in the first of a 3-game showdown. The Orioles now trail the Yankees by .003 in the standings.
1958: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks snap a scoreless tie with Boston when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle launch back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year off the Beantown righty. New York win‚ 6-1. Mantle‚ with 38 homers‚ leads the AL. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together‚ and homer in the same game 50 times before their partnership is through.
1955: Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin’s return from the army; Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against Washington before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th with Washington’s only hit. The Yanks win 4-2 as the Mick hits his 36th HR‚ a 3-run shot off Bob Porterfield. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of rivals Al Kaline and Ted Williams. New York stay a half game behind the White Sox‚ winners over the third-place Indians. Martin will hit .300 in September‚ and New York will go on a 17-6 tear to win the pennant by 3 games.
1954: Before 39‚494 at the Stadium, the Yankees snap Bob Lemon’s 11-game win streak to beat the Indians 3-2 in the rubber game of theseries and move to within 3 1/2 games lof first place. Mickey Mantle’s gargantuan blast into the upper deck in right field in the 1st starts the Bombers’ scoring. Whitey Ford picks up his 16th win.
1952: Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman (below) and Ewell Blackwell blank the Red Sox, 5-0 and 4-0 respectively, in a doubleheader in the Bronx.
1933: Marv Throneberry, who made his debut with the Yankees, and earned a World Series ring in 1958, before going on to greater fame (or infamy, depending on one’s point of view) with the ’62 Mets, is born.
1932: The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Senators 1-0. Lou Gehrig triples off Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry to score Babe Ruth.
1928: The Senators top the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ as Firpo Marberry (below) does it all‚ shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. The New York lead over the A’s is down to 1 1/2 games, from 12 games at the end of July.
1927: For the second time this year‚ Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig blast back-to back homers in the 1st inning off the A’s Rube Walberg, as the Yanks roll 12-2. The duo have connected in the same inning 5 times this year. Gehrig adds another in the 2nd off Rube for his 43rd of the year to leave him one behind the Babe. Trade rumors fill the New York papers – speculation has Gehrig going to Detroit or Bob Meusel heading for Chicago in exchange for Willie Kamm and Bibb Falk. None of the players will change addresses.
1922: In a doubleheader at Shibe Park, Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics‚ although he fails to go the distance against the Mackmen for the first time in the streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning 7-2. New York prevail 11-6‚ in game 1‚ but the A’s win the nitecap‚ 4-0‚ behind Bob Hasty.
1912: In a rain-spattered doubleheader at the Polo Grounds‚ Red Sox ace Smokey Joe Wood tops the Highlanders in the nitecap 1-0 for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood’s 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston take the opening squeaker 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10
tries. With 3 wins last year‚ and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913‚ Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
1908: Monte Pearson, a major contributor to the fortunes of the Yankee pitching staffs of the late ’30s championship teams, and the first man to throw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, is born.
1998: David Wells comes close to his second perfect game of the year, retiring the first 20 A’s to face him until Jason Giambi singles up the middle on an 0-2 pitch with two down in the seventh. Mike Blowers singled on a full count leading off the eighth, but that will all for the Oakland hit column, as Wells shuts them out 7-0 while facing just 29 batters. The lefty’s teammates give him an early cushion, plating 4 runs in the 1st off Tom Candiotti. Boomer also racks up 13 strike outs in the win.
1997: Before 50‚869 at the Vet‚ the Phillies defeat the Yankees 5-1 behind Curt Schilling‚ who fans 16 batters in 8 innings of action‚ and does not walk a man. The Phils will win the next to sweep the series with the defending World champs.
1990: The Yankees continue to lurch towards their worst finish since 1912, as Andy Hawkins fails to get out of the 1st inning at Boston. The low point of the 15-1 loss is Mike Greenwell’s inside-the-park grand slam off Greg Cadaret that eludes Jesse Barfield and rolls around Fenway’s curved right-field wall.
1972: Charlie Spikes collects two hits in his Yankee debut and makes a spectacular catch in right field, while Mel Stottlemyre blanks the White Sox on four hits, 4-0. Spikes will be traded to Cleveland in the off-season as part of the deal that brings Graig Nettles to New York.
1963: Tom Tresh joins teammate Mickey Mantle among 4 AL and 5 NL players to have hit home runs left- and right-handed in one
game. The Yanks beat Baltimore 5-4. A tired Mantle‚ who had partied the
night before‚ adds a pinch homer in the 8th‚ jumping on the first pitch
from Mike McCormick.
1961: The AL’s biggest crowd of the year‚ 65‚566‚ see Whitey Ford and Don Mossi at Yankee Stadium as a weekend battle for first place begins. Two-out‚ 9th-inning hits by Elston Howard, Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron give the Bombers a 1-0 win over the Tigers.
1957: The Yankees obtain Sal Maglie from the Dodgers. Although ‘the Barber’ arrives too late to qualify to pitch in the World Series, his two wins and three saves in six games down the stretch will make him a worthwhile acquisition.
1953: Chicago’s Virgil Trucks surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle in the 7th that proves to be the game-winner‚ as the White Sox lose to the Yankees‚ 3-2.
1944: Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semipro pitcher Arnie ‘Jug’ Thesenga (below)‚ who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Nats rally to win 10-7 behind reliever Roger Wolff, who snaps a personal 11-game losing streak.
1931: In doubleheader action against the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 5 days and homers in his 6th consecutive game when he connects in a 5-1 second game win.. The blast‚ his 40th of the year‚ comes in the 3rd inning off Ed Morris. Gehrig also goes long in the lidlifting 11-3 win against Milt Gaston‚ belting his 39th homer in the 7th inning. The Iron Horse finishes the day with 6 RBI and has knocked in 21 runs in the past 6 games. With the A’s losing to Washington‚ New York are now 1/2 game out of second place.
1930: A Labor Day crowd of 72‚000 pack the Stadium to see the Yankees split with the World Champion A’s. The visitors take the opener‚ 3-2‚ with Lefty Grove coming on in relief to strike out Babe Ruth with 2 on to end the game. The Babe drives in a run in the nitecap for a 2-0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his second two-hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.
1928: In Washington‚ Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover looks on as ‘Approximately 99 percent of the spectators wore their straw hats‚
hoping the Senators would give them a chance to get excited and hurl them away,’ according to the NY Times. Alas‚ the Yankees win, 8-3. Waite Hoyt is the winner and beneficiary of Bob Meusel’s 4-for-4 hitting. Meusel has 3 RBI. Garland Braxton takes the loss.
1906: Like a hired mule… The Highlanders win their 6th game in 3 days from Washington‚ sweeping their 3rd straight doubleheader‚ 5-4 and 5-3‚ for an AL record. Three days later‚ they will move into first place‚ sweeping Boston 7-0 and 1-0 for their 5th straight doubleheader sweep‚ a Major League record.