10/06 in Yankee History
The red-letter days ~
1947: The Yankees beat the Dodgers 5-2 to win the World Series in 7 games, for the 11th World Championship in club history. Relief pitcher Hugh Casey of the Dodgers appears in 6 games‚ winning 2 while registering an 0.87 ERA. Series heroes Bill Bevens‚ Al Gionfriddo‚ and Cookie Lavagetto have all played their last Major League games.
1941: The Yankees top the Dodgers 3-1 to wrap up the Series in 5 games, giving the franchise its 9th world title overall. Yankee starter Ernie Bonham goes the distance for the win, retiring the side on 3 pitches in the 7th inning.
1936: The Yankees roll to a 13-5 Series-ending victory over the Giants for the 5th WS championship in club history. Lefty Gomez gets the win. In the 6 games, the Yankees have scored 43 runs to the Giants’ 23.
On other 6ths of October…
2010: The Tigers eliminate the Yankees in the ALDS for the second time in five years, taking advantage of back-to-back 1st-inning homers by Don Kelly and Delmon Young off Ivan Nova to win 3-2, in the decisive Game Five. Nova is lifted in the 2nd inning, while Doug Fister and three relievers manage to quiet the Yankees’ bats to make the lead hold. Closer Jose Valverde remains perfect for the season, picking up the save with a flawless 9th inning at the Stadium.
2004: The Yankees edge the Twins‚ 7-6‚ in 12 innings to even their Division Series at a game apiece. Alex Rodriguez gets 4 hits for NY‚ including a HR. Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield also go long for the Bronx Bombers while Torii Hunter connects for Minnesota.
2000: The Yankees defeat the A’s‚ 4-2‚ to give them a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Orlando ‘El Suque’ Hernandez gets the win for NY‚ his 6th straight postseason victory.
1998: The Yankees jump on Cleveland starter Jaret Wright for 5 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the Indians 7-2 in the 1st game of the ALCS. Jorge Posada homers for NY‚ while Manny Ramirez hits one out for the Tribe.
1997: Cleveland sends the reigning World Champions home‚ as rookie Jaret Wright wins his 2nd game of the ALCS series‚ 4-3‚ giving the Indians a 3-games-to-2 series win over the Yankees.
1995: Pitching in front of fans holding signs saying ‘The Big Unit: The only Johnson the Yankees don’t beat’, Randy Johnson tames the visiting New Yorkers as Seattle defeat NY‚ 7-4‚ for their 1st win of the best-of-5 series.
1978: Despite 3 solo homers by George Brett – all of them off Catfish Hunter – the Yankees pull out a 6-5 win in the 3rd game of the LCS. Thurman Munson’s 2-run homer in the 8th gives the Yanks a 2-1 series lead. Reggie Jackson matches Brett’s blast in the 2nd inning with one of his own.
1977: Ron Guidry tosses a complete-game 3-hitter to give the Yanks a series-evening 6-2 win over the Royals.
1965: Ruben Sierra is born. Happy 48th to the ’90s Hot Dog!
1963: Sandy Koufax beats the Yanks again 2-1 to complete a shocking World Series sweep for the Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only 2 hits‚ both by Frank Howard. One of Howard;s safeties is a long HR in the 5th to start the LA scoring. The Bronx Bombers bat just .171 and score only 4 runs‚ the second lowest total in WS history.
1960: Mickey Mantle’s 2 home runs highlight the Yankees 16-3 thrashing of the Pirates at Forbes Field‚ evening the WS at 1-1. A 7-run 6th inning overwhelms Pittsburgh.
1958: The Yankees finally solve Lew Burdette‚ scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th and winning 7-0 behind the 5-hit pitching of Bob Turley.
1957: With the score tied at 5-5‚ Eddie Matthews of the Braves evens the WS at 2 games all with a 2-run walkoff HR in the the 10th. The game also includes the famous ‘Shoe Polish Incident’ in which pinch hitter Nippy Jones (below, left) convinces umpire Augie Donatelli that Tommy Byrne’s pitch hit him on the foot.
1956: The Yanks regroup at home, and defeat Brooklyn 5-3 in Game 3 of the Series‚ with Whitey Ford going the distance and Enos Slaughter’s 3-run HR pacing the offense.
1952: At Ebbets Field, the Yankees even up the Series for the third time‚ as Vic Raschi and Allie Reynolds combine for a 3-2 win. Yogi Berra’s homer ties the game in the 7th and Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 8th becomes the winner. At age 20‚ Mickey is the youngest player to hit a homer in the post-season‚ a mark that will stand for 44 years. Right fielder Carl Furillo robs Johnny Mize of a HR in the 9th.
1951: Back at the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants win 6-2‚ as Whitey Lockman homers with 2 on in the 5th. The Giants score 5 in the inning after Eddie Stanky kicks the ball out of Phil Rizzuto’s glove on a tag play at second.
1950: Tom Ferrick (below) and the Yanks go up 3 games to none‚ with a 3-2 win over Russ Meyer and the Phils at the Stadium.
1949: Another 1-0 game‚ and Preacher Roe (below) wins this one for Brooklyn to knot the Series with the Yankees at 1 all. Gil Hodges’ single drives in Jackie Robinson in the 2nd for the winner.
1947: Steve Kline, who pitched for the Yankees from 1970 to 1974, and was part of the trade that brought Chris Chambliss from Cleveland to New York is born. Happy 66th, Steve!
1938: Lefty Gomez (below) sets a record with his 6th World Series victory without a loss‚ defeating the Cubs 6-3 with relief help from Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy. Dizzy Dean takes a 3-2 lead into the 8th but Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio deliver two-run homers to propel the Yankees to the win, and a 2-0 Series lead.
1937: Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez duel in the opening game of the WS‚ a rematch of last year’s teams. The Yankees break the game wide open in the 6th with 7 runs on 5 singles‚ 3 walks‚ and 2 errors. Tony Lazzeri homers in the bottom of the 8th to make the final score 8-1.
1927: Two 3-run outbursts by the Yankees off Vic Aldridge (15-10) and a steady 7-hitter by surprise New York starter George Pipgras (10-3) give the Yankees a 6-2 win and a 2-0 Series lead over the Pirates. Mark Koenig has 3 hits for the Bombers.
1926: In game 4‚ the Yankees tee off on Flint Rhem (20-7) and 4 other Cardinal hurlers for 10 runs and 14 hits‚ while Waite Hoyt (16-12) strands 10 Cardinal runners for a 10-5 win. Babe Ruth hits 3 home runs to fulfill his October 1st promise to bedridden 11-year-old Johnny Sylvester. Ruth’s 3rd blast‚ in the 6th‚ is the longest homer ever seen in St. Louis. It clears the park and goes through the window of a car dealership across the street. In the 4th‚Redbird outfielders Taylor Douthit and Chick Hafey collide as the ball drops; Douthit will be sidelined for the rest of the Series, which is now tied at 2.
1922: The Giants’ Jack Scott (8-2 with the Giants) fires a 4-hitter as a surprise starter in game 3‚ after Hugh McQuillan (6-5 with NY) warmed up to face Waite Hoyt (19-12). Scott gets the Yanks to hit 18 ground balls. Frank Frisch’s 2 RBIs are more than enough in the 3-0 win. With 2 hits in each game so far‚ Frisch (below) will bat .471. Heinie Groh, hitting safely in every game‚ will be at .474. The Giants now lead the Series 2-0.
1921: In the opener‚ Johnny Rawlings and Frank Frisch collected the only Giants hits. In game 2 it’s the same story. Waite Hoyt (19-13) surrenders 2 singles in another 3-0 Yankee win. Art Nehf (20-10) deserves better‚ allowing just 3 hits; but 3 errors and 2 mental lapses by the Giants‚ plus a steal of home by Bob Meusel,put the Giants down 2-0. The 5 total hits are the fewest ever in a WS game.
1915: All of 714 spectators are in the stands at the Polo Grounds as the Yankees host the Red Sox for a doubleheader, Boston’s 28th of the year. In the second game‚ Babe Ruth beats New York 4-2 to sweep the pair. Ruth is now 17-3 since June 1st. Boston tookj the opener‚ 2-0‚ as Ernie Shore‚ Dutch Leonard‚ Smokey Joe Wood and Carl Mays split the mound duties with each one striking out 3 Yanks.
1903: The Highlanders trade veteran catcher Jack O’Connor to his hometown St. Louis Browns for another veteran‚ Norwegian born John Anderson (below)
1885: Highlander utility infielder John Knight is born.