10/11 in Yankee History
The red-letter day ~
1943: Bill Dickey’s 2-run homer off Mort Cooper in the 6th gives the Yanks the championship, the tenth in club history. Spud Chandler gives up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2-0 victory. Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full share is worth $6‚139 to the New York players; the Cards get $4‚321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million at the gate‚ receives $100‚000 for broadcast rights‚ and Major League Baseball donates $308‚000 to War Funds.
On other 11ths of October…
2006: Cory Lidle is killed when his single-engine plane slams into a 50-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Perishing with him is his pilot instructor.
2003: The third game of the ALCS at Fenway turns into one of the most tumultuous affairs in the long history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. In a contest marked by several brawls‚ including a memorable one in which Boston hurler Pedro Martinez throws 72-year-old New York coach Don Zimmer to the ground‚ the Yankees defeat the Sox 4-3 to take a two games to one lead. Zim’s slow charge onto the field is the culmination of a series of events. First comes a Pedro pitch behind Karim Garcia’s head in the 4th inning. Garcia follows with a hard slide into second upending Todd Walker. When the Red Sox come to bat, Manny Ramirez takes exception to a pitch from Roger Clemens that sails high. Although it is barely inside‚ he shouts at Clemens‚ moving at him with bat in hand‚ and both benches empty. Clemens posts the 11th postseason win of his career while Derek Jeter homers for NY.
2001: The A’s take the second game of their Dvision Series with the Yankees 2-0 behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Ron Gant homers for the A’s‚ who escape a two on‚ no one out threat by the Yanks in the 9th.
2000: The Yankees score 7 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Mariners‚ 7-1‚ and tie the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Bernie Williams’ hit breaks NY’s 21-inning scoreless streak. Jorge Posada hits a HR later in the inning. Orlando Hernandez’s record in postseason play. improves to 7-0, as ‘El Duque’ celebrates his 35th birthday in style.
1998: New York get 3 runs in the 1st‚ then hold on for a 5-3 win over Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALCS. David Wells picks up the victory‚ with Chili Davis (below) homering for the Yankees, and Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton going long for the Tribe.
1996: The Yankees win Game 3 by a score of 5-2‚ after AL President Gene Budig (below) rejects Baltimore’s protest of Game 1. NY come up with 4 runs in the 8th inning in another come-from-behind win.
1981: Yankee bats are too much for the Brewers, as three homers, including the 2nd of the series by Reggie Jackson‚ and 13 hits provide a 7-3 win and a trip to the ALCS.
1978: The Dodgers go two games up in the WS with a 4-3 win in game 2. Ron Cey drives in all the Dodger runs and Reggie Jackson does the same for the Yankees.Rookie flamethrower Bob Welch saves Burt Hooton’s win in dramatic fashion by striking out Jackson in the 9th inning to end a Yankee threat.
1977: The Yankees win the opening game of the WS 4-3 in 12 innings, as Willie Randolph doubles and scores the winning run on Paul Blair’s walkoff single.
1964: Ken Boyer’s 6th-inning grand slam off Al Downing provides all the scoring necessary to give the Cards a 4-3 win over the Yankees,in game 4 of the World Series, which is now tied at two games each.
1946: The Yankees ship Ed Bockman and veteran Joe Gordon to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds. Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but Joe DiMaggio urged them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees dynasty of the first half of the ’50s, while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good campaigns. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.
1927: Lou Gehrig, who established a new ML record with 175 RBI‚ is named AL MVP. With 56 points‚ Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann’s 35 and Ted Lyons’ 34. Babe Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible.
1923: The World Series moves across the East River for the second game. Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs and Aaron Ward one‚ as Herb Pennock scatters 9 hits for a 4-2 Yankee win at the Polo Grounds, and a 2-0 Series lead.
1921: Miller Huggins gambles in Game 6 with lefty Harry Harper‚ and the Yankees send Fred Toney to the showers with 3 runs in the first. But the Giants answer with 3 of their own in the 2nd‚ and continue the attack against Bob Shawkey while Jess Barnes (below) slams the door‚ striking out 10‚ including 7 in a row sandwiched around 4 walks. Emil ‘Irish’ Meusel and Frank Snyder homer for the Giants in an 8-5 win. It is Barnes’second WS win in relief, as John McGraw’s club even the best of 9 Series at 3 games each.