10/16 in Yankee History
The red-letter day ~
2003: Two words – Aaron Boone.
1962: New York score the game’s only run‚ as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th‚ with 2 outs and Matty Alou on first, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but superlative fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right‚ but second baseman Bobby Richardson snares it in the webbing of his glove, giving the Yankees a 1-0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry, achieving a measure of redemption for giving up Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff homer in 1960, is named WS MVP.
On other 16ths of October…
2012: Detroit takes a 3 games to none lead in the ALCS behind another strong performance by Justin Verlander. The Tiger ace gives up no runs through the first 8 innings before allowing a lead-off homer to Eduardo Nunez in the 9th, but needs relief help from Phil Coke, who gets the last two outs in a 2-1 win. Delmon Young homers off Phil Hughes for the Bengals’ first run in the 4th, then Quintin Berry scores the second run on a double by Miguel Cabrera in the 5th.
2009: The ALCS opens at the Stadium. David Cone throws out the first ball, and CC Sabathia is scintillating, delivering 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run, and 7-strike-out pitching. Alex Rodriguez’s sac fly in the 1st off John Lackey scores Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui comes through with two RBI singles. Mariano Rivera closes out the 4-1 win.
2004: The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for the Bombers with 5 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ and 5 runs scored. A-Rod also scores 5 for the Yanks. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of homers‚ and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon go yard for Boston.
1999: The Red Sox roll over the Yankees 13-1 behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston‚ while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra‚ Valentin‚ and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now lead the ALCS 2 games to 1.
1995: The Yankees sign Dwight Gooden, who has been on suspension for violation of the rules of his substance abuse program.
1977: LA stay alive with a 10-4 victory in game 5 of the WS. Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game. In a portent of things to come, Reggie Jackson launches a towering home run in his final at bat.
1976: Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter‚ as the Reds win game 1 of the WS over the Yankees 5-1. Three hits by Tony Perez and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense. Dan Driessen, who becomes the first NL designated hitter in history in the game, is blanked in four trips to the plate.
1960: Veteran pitcher Robin Roberts is purchased by the Yankees. Roberts will be released in April without ever pitching an inning in pinstripes.
1936: Lou Gehrig, who hit 49 HRs‚ scored 167 runs‚ knocked in 152‚ and batted .354‚ is voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a Major League record 5th time.
1929: The Yankees send aging star Bob Meusel to the Reds for cash.
1923: Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6‚160.46‚ Harry Heilmann, who beat the Babe for the batting title by 10 points and works as an insurance agent in the offseason, sells him a $50‚000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.
1921: In defiance of a Judge Landis ban on WS participants playing post-season exhibitions‚ Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo. Five days later‚ they cut it short in Scranton. In the meantime Ruth openly challenges Landis to act. The judge does‚ fining the players their WS shares ~ $3‚362.26 ~ and suspending them until May 20th of the following season.