The red-letter day with bells, whistles and fireworks ~
1956: Baseball history is made by Don Larsen, who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5 of the World Series. He requires only 97 pitches (70 of them are strikes). Sal Maglie matches him until Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th.
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1939: In the 10th inning of game 4‚ the Reds make 3 errors and watch in shock vas the Yankees rally for three runs The inning is climaxed by Joe DiMaggio’s slide across the plate left unguarded by Ernie Lombardi, who was stunned by a collision with the preceding runner‚ Charlie Keller. The Yankees win 7-4‚ beating Bucky Walters for the 2nd time to complete a sweep of the Reds to win their 4th straight World Championship, and the club’s 8th overall. Starter Paul Derringer retires the first 14 Yankees to tie a WS mark set exactly two years ago. It will not be tied or topped this century by a National League pitcher. This is also the last time in the 20th century that a team will enter the 9th inning of a WS game down by 2 or more runs and come back to win.
1927: Down 3-0‚ the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner‚ Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th‚ Babe Ruth’s 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th‚ Combs walks‚Mark Koenig beats out a bunt‚ and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri‚ Miljus unleashes a wild pitch that rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. This is the only WS to date that has ended with a WP. The Murderers’ Row Yanks are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth’s .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner matches his average to top the Bucs.
On other 8ths of October…
2004: The Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for New Yoirk while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.
Off the field, Johnny Sturm, starting first baseman on the Yanks’ 1941 championship team, dies at the age of 88.
2003: Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball baffles the Yankees as the Red Sox take the opening game of the ALCS by a score of 5-2.David Ortiz, Todd Walker and Manny Ramirez all homer for Boston.
2000: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the A’s 7-5 to take their division series.Andy Pettitte gives up 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, but is rescued by the bullpen, with Mike Stanton getting the win and Mariano Rivera closing out the save.
1995: Edgar Martinez’s 2-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning gives the Mariners a dramatic 6-5 win‚ and a 3-games-to-2 victory over the Yankees in the Division Series. Martinez bats .571 with 10 RBIs against the Yankees. Ken Griffey‚ Jr.‚ who beats the relay home to score the winning run‚ has 5 homers in the series.
1977: Mickey Rivers collects 4 hits as the Yankees even the ALCS‚ beating the Royals 6-4. Sparky Lyle comes on early in relief and goes the last 5 2/3 innings.
1964: Rookie Mel Stottlemyre goes head to head with Bob Gibson, and scores an 8-3 victory as the Yankees even the World Series. The Bombers score 4 in the 9th after Gibson is taken out for a pinch hitter.
1962: Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller power San Francisco to a WS-tying 7-3 win. Haller’s 2-run homer puts the Giants in front‚ and Hiller’s surprising grand slam – the first in World Series history by a National Leaguer – is the margin of victory.
1961: Five more scoreless innings by Whitey Ford and four by Jim Coates silence the Reds. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer each drive in 2 runs for a 7-0 win. Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s World Series record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings‚ running his streak to 32. The Yankees now lead the series 3 games to 1.
1960:The Bronx Bombers continue to live up to their name in game 3. Bobby Richardson ‘s 6 RBI‚ including a grand slam off reliever Clem Labine in a 6-run first inning‚ and Whitey Ford’s 4-hitter give the Yanks a 10-0 win and a 2-1 Series lead‚ spoiling Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh’s 43rd birthday.
1951: The Yankees even up the WS at 2-2 with a 6-2 win‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance. Hitless in his previous 11 at bats‚ Joe DiMaggio collects a homer and single.
1949: Allie Reynolds relieves Ed Lopat with 2 on and 2 out in the 6th‚ strikes out Johnny Jorgensen on 3 pitches‚ and then retires the next 9 batters. The Yankees win 6-4, and taker a 3-1` Series lead.
1938: The Series moves to Yankee Stadium‚ and the New Yorkers roll to their third straight win‚ with Monte Pearson beating Clay Bryant 5-2. Bill Dickey and Joe Gordon homer.
1937: The Yankees continue their mastery of the Giants‚ who unravel with 4 errors. Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combine for a 5-hitter‚ winning 5-1. Pearson retires the first 14 batters‚ setting a once-tied WS mark‚ and besting Eddie Plank’s mark of 13 set in 1913.
1922: The Yanks score first‚ but the Giants score 2 in the 3rd and 3 in the 8th to win the finale 5-3 and complete a Series sweep. Art Nehf (below) hands Joe Bush his 2nd loss.
The red-letter days ~
1978: Veteran outfielder Roy White leads the Yanks to victory‚ snapping a 1-1 tie with a homer in the 6th inning. New York gain its third straight championship series win over Kansas City, and the 32nd pennant in club history. Graig Nettle’s solo blast accounts for the other run‚ as Ron Guidry shuts down the Royals.
1950: Whitey Ford wins his first World Series game‚ 5-2, over Bob Miller at the Stadium. The 4-game sweep gives the Yankees their second consecutive World Championship, and the 13th in franchise history. Jerry Coleman (below), who drove in the winning run in games 1 and 3, is Series MVP.
On other 7ths of October…
2012: Russell Martin’s ’s homer off closer Jim Johns on sparks a five-run 9th inning as the Yankees take the first game of the ALDS 7- 2, in Baltimore. CC Sabathia pitches 8 2/3 innings for the win.
2009: In the first ALDS, New York beat Minnesota 7-2 in the first postseason game to be played at Yankee Stadium II. Just like old times, Derek Jeter has a key hit, a game-tying home run off Brian Duensing in the 2nd inning. The Yankees and CC Sabathia roll from that point on, with Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui, who blasts a two-run homer, collecting the big hits in the 5th inning.
2006: The Tigers down the Yankees 8-3 to win their Division series, 3 games to 1. Jeremy Bonderman goes 8 innings for the win. He is aided by HRs by Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe.
2005: The Angels pound out 19 hits on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Bengie Molina hits his 3rd home run of the series for LA. Garret Anderson, who gets 4 hits and drives in 5 runs, also homers for the Angels. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit round-trippers for NY.
2000: The A’s roll over the Yankees 11-1 behind Barry Zito to tie their division series at 2 games apiece. Olmedo Saenz hits a 3-run homer off Roger Clemens for Oakland.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Rangers 3-1 behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte‚ with relief help from Mariano Rivera. New York lead the best-of-5 series‚ 2 games to 0.
1998: The Indians score 3 runs in the 12th inning to take Game 2 of the ALCS from the Yankees by a score of 4-1. The go-ahead run scores when Chuck Knoblauch argues the call on a bunt play at first instead of going after the ball; while the Yankee second sacker is distracted by the rhubarb, Tribe pinch runner Enrique Wilson motors all the way around from first.
1995: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 11-8 at the Kingdome to even their Division Series at two all. Seattle hit 4 HRs in the contest, while Paul O’Neill contributes New York’s only round-tripper.
1991: Stump Merrill is fired as manager of the Yankees.
Also, Leo Durocher (who broke into the Majors with the Yankees and was a key contributor to the team’s 1928 pennant drive) dies at the age of 86.
1988: Lou Piniella is fired as Yankee manager for the second time. Dallas Green will be his replacement.
1981: Ron Davis and Goose Gossage provide a 1-2 relief punch that Milwaukee cannot survive‚ as the Yankees win the opening game of the American League Eastern Division playoff, 5-3.
1977: Kansas City earn a 6-2 win over New York as Hal McRae doubles and scores twice to back Dennis Leonard’s 4-hitter. The Royals now lead the ALCS two games to one.
1964: An ailing Whitey Ford struggles as St. Louis win the WS opener 9-5 at Busch Stadium. Mike Shannon homers in a 4-run Cardinal 6th. During the rally, Tom Tresh loses track of a Curt Flood fly ball that the fleet Redbird outfielder turns into a triple. Ray Sadecki and Barney Schultz combine for the win.
1962: At Yankee Stadium in game 3‚ Bill Stafford and Billy Pierce trade goose eggs for 6 innings. Ed Bailey’s 2-run 9th-inning homer ruins Stafford’s shutout‚ but his 4-hitter tops the Giants 3-2.
1961: John Blanchard’s pinch-hit homer ties the game in the 8th‚ and Roger Maris’ 9th-inning shot off Bob Purkey is the difference in a 3-2 New York win for Luis Arroyo in game 3 of the WS.
1957: Lew Burdette wins his 2nd against New York, coming out on top in a tense pitching duel with Whitey Ford that ends in a 1-0 shutout for the Braves. Milwaukee now take a 3-2 Series lead.
1956: In Game 4‚ the Yanks even the Series at two apiece with a 6-2 win at the Stadium. Righty Tom Sturdivant holds Brooklyn to 6 hits.
1949: The 9th inning decides the 3rd game as well. At Ebbets Field‚ with the game tied 1-1‚ the Yanks score 3‚ the Dodgers 2 in the final frame. A 2-run pinch single from johnny Mize (below) is the key hit, followed by Jerry Coleman’s run-scoring safety. Roy Campanella and Luis Olmo hit bases-empty homers in the bottom of the 9th.
1947: Larry MacPhail (shown below with Dodger GM Branch Rickey) resigns as Yankees general manager the day after the end of the World Series.. Co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb then buy out MacPhail’s one-third interest in the club for $2 million. George
Weiss will become GM.
1943: Nearly 70‚000 jam the Stadium as the Yankees take a 2-1 Series lead with a 6-2 win. The home side are helped by four Cardinal errors. Bill Johnson’s three-run triple in the 8th off Al Brazle is the big blow.
1939: The Series resumes at Crosley Field‚ and Yankee power proves too much for the Reds, who collect ten singles. Bump Hadley pitches well enough in relief of Lefty Gomez to wrap up a 7-3 victory. Charlie Keller hits 2 HRs‚ and Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey also connect. Junior Thompson is the loser.
1937: The Yankees win the 2nd game of the Series‚ again by an 8-1 score‚ with Red Ruffing beating Cliff Melton. Ruffing fans 8 Giants and drives in 3 runs with 2 hits.
1928: Veteran Tom Zachary (3-3 with New York) gets a start against the Cards’ Jesse Haines (20-8). Two infield hits followed by a triple give the Cards 2 runs.Lou Gehrig leads off the 2nd with a booming HR‚ and in the 4th the normally sharp-fielding Taylor Douthit misplays a single before a 2-run HR by Gehrig. Three runs in the 8th give New York a 6-3 lead that stands up when Zachary goes all the way for a 7-3 win. Gehrig and Ruth have 2 hits each‚ and Gehrig chips in with another 3 RBI.
1927: The 60‚695 on hand for game 3 see the Yankees’ Herb Pennock (19-8) take an 8-0 lead and a perfect game into the 8th. He retires Glenn Wright, the 22nd straight batter‚ but Pie Traynor breaks the spell with a single‚ and Clyde Barnhart doubles him home. Pennock settles for a 3-hit, 8-1 victory.
1926: With the Series tied at 2-2‚ 39‚552 turn out at Sportsman’s Park to watch Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel duel again. The Cards score first on a double by Jim Bottomley and a single by Les Ball. Sloppy play costs the Cards a run in the 6th. With the score tied 2-2 in the 10th‚ Mark Koenig (below) singles‚ takes 2B on a wild pitch‚ and after a sacrifice‚ comes home on Tony Lazzeri’s long fly for a 3-2 Yankees win.
1923: At the Stadium, Yankee shortstop Everett Scott extends his consecutive-game streak to 1‚138 in a 9-7 season finale loss to the A’s.
1922: Judge Landis insists that game 4 be played despite heavy rains. Again one big inning – a 4-run fourth off Carl Mays (13-4) – is enough for George McQuillan to squeeze out a 4-3 win. Aaron ward’s second HR of the Series is all the long-ball power the Yankees will display. Mays’ brief collapse today‚ coupled with his two losses in the 1921 series‚ leads to rumors that he took money to throw the games. The accusations will dog the pitcher for the rest of his life.
1921: The Giants’ bats wake up against Bob Shawkey (18-12) and 3 other pitchers. A 20-hit barrage and 8-run 8th sink the Yanks 13-5, as the Giants get on the board in the Series. Jesse Barnes (15-9) gets the win. Ross Youngs (below) sets a WS record with a pair of long hits – a double and a triple – and 5 total bases in the 8th.
1904: Jack Chesbro pitches the Highlanders to a 3-2 win over Boston for his 41st victory. His 41-12 record will top the AL in wins and percentage; in 1902 with Pittsburgh‚ his 28-6 topped that league‚ making him the only pitcher to lead both leagues in winning percentage. The win gives New York a 1/2 game lead over Boston.
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.
The red-letter days ~
1953: The Yanks end the World Series in 6 as Billy Martin’s 12th hit‚ a record-breaking single to center in the bottom of the 9th‚ gives the Yankees their 5th championship in a row, and their 14th overall. Carl Furillo had tied it up in the 9th with a 2-run homer.
1941: One of the most dramatic comebacks in World Series history occurs when, with 2 out in the 9th inning‚ Dodger catcher Mickey Owen drops a third strike on Tommy Henrich that would have given Brooklyn a4-3 victory over New York. The Yankees then rally for 4 runs to win 7-4 and take a 3 games to 1 lead in the Series. Charlie Keller has 2 singles and 2 doubles to lead the Bombers.
1921: The Yankees play the first postseason game in their history, as the World Series opens at the Polo Grounds (which will be the sole venue for all the games played, as it is the home park for both the Yanks and their opponents, the New York Giants). In the contest, Yankee starter Carl Mays scatters 5 hits for a 3-0 win.
On other 5ths of October…
2007: The ‘Mosquito Game’
2006: The Yankees-Tigers ALDS begins to turn when Mike Mussina fails to cash in a 3-1 Yankee fourth-inning lead forged on a Johnny Damon home run. The Yanks fail to score, leaving five on base against hard-throwing Justin Verlander in the first two innings, and it comes back to haunt them when Curtis Granderson drives in the go-ahead and game-winning run with a seventh-inning triple, in the 4-3 win that pulls the Tigers even at one game apiece.
2005: Orlando Cabrera’s 2-run single in the 7th inning leads the Angels to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Yankees to even their Division Series at 1 game apiece. Three errors help bury NY. Jorge Posada homers for the Yanks‚ and Juan Rivera and Bengie Molina connect for Los Angeles. Kelvin Escobar gets the win in relief.
2004: The Twins shutout the Yankees behind Johan Santana,2-0‚ to take the opener of their Division Series. Minnesota turn a postseason-record 5 DPs in the contest and Jacque Jones hits a HR.
2003: The Yankees pound the Twins behind David Wells, 8-1‚ to win their Division Series. New York stroke 4 doubles in a 4-run 6th inning to move into the ALCS.
2002: The Angels shock the Yankees by scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning and going on to a 9-5 victory. The win gives Anaheim their first postseason series victory ever‚ as they win their divisional matchup‚ 3 games to 1. Shawn Wooten homers for Anaheim while Jorge Posada adds a round-tripper for NY. Jarrod Washburn gets the victory for the Angels.
1999: The Yankees whitewash the Rangers 8-0 in the opener of their AL division series. Orlando Hernandez hurls a 2-hitter for NY‚ while Bernie Williams contributes a single‚ a double and a homer, driving in 6 runs.
1997: Cleveland score single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to defeat the Yankees‚ 3-2‚ and even their series at 2 games apiece. David Justice and Sandy Alomar homer for the Indians‚ but it’s a single by light-hitting Omar Vizquel (below) that wins it.
1996: The Yankees wrap up their series against the Rangers, taking Game 4 by a score of 6-4 and winning their first postseason series in 15 years. Bernie Williams homers twice for NY‚ while Juan Gonzalez hits a record-tying 5th HR for Texas.
1985: Toronto beat the 2nd-place Yankees 5-1 to clinch their its first AL East crown. Dave Winfield drives in the lone run‚ his 100th RBI of the year. He is the first Yankee to have 100 RBIs and score 100 runs in the same year since Joe DiMaggio in 1941-42.
1977: In the opener of the ALCS, home runs by Hal McRae, John Mayberry and Al Cowens lead the Royals to a 7-2 triumph over the Yankees.
1963: Fans attending the first World Series game at Dodger Stadium see a pitching duel between Don Drysdale and Jim Bouton. A first-inning run is all Los Angeles need to take a 3-0 Series lead.
1962: Jack Sanford’s 3-hitter handcuffs New York and evens the WS at 1-1. Matty Alou’s RBI grounder and Willie McCovey’s home run off Ralph Terry account for San Francisco’s 2-0 win.
1961: The Yankees fall to Cincinnati 6-2, as Joey Jay’s 4-hitter‚ Gordy Coleman’s 2-run homer and 2 RBI hits by Johnny Edwards lead the Reds, who even the WS at one game each.
1960: In a portent of things to come, Bill Mazeroski’s 2-run 5th-inning home run off Jim Coates is the difference as Pittsburgh beat New York 6-4 for the Bucs’ first postseason win since 1925. Roy Face survives a 2-run 9th-inning Elston Howard blast to preserve Vern Law’s victory.
1958: Milwaukee go up 3 games to one with a 3-0‚ 2-hit shutout by Warren Spahn‚ who allows just 2 hits. The Braves stop Hank Bauer’s 17-game WS hitting streak‚ dating back to 1956.
1957: The Yankees score 5 in the 7th to cap a 12-3 win‚ as Don Larsen‚ in relief of Bob Turley, tops Bob Buhl. Tony Kubek becomes only the second rookie in history to hit 2 HRs in a Series game. The Yanks now lead 2 games to 1.
1956: The Dodgers come back from a 6-0 deficit in Game 2 to win 13-8 behind the sterling relief pitching of Don Bessent. Yogi Berra becomes the first player in World Series history to hit a grand slam in a losing cause as he sends one over the right field screen off Don Newcombe in the 2nd. The Series is now even at 1-1.
1952: At the Stadium‚ the seesaw World Series battle continues as Brooklyn win 6-5 in 11 innings when Duke Snider doubles home Billy Cox. Carl Erskine goes the distance for the win, which gives the Bums a 3-2 lead.
1951: The Yanks and Eddie Lopat even up the WS by winning 3-1 over Larry Jansen. Lopat scatters 5 hits‚ three by Monte Irvin. Irvin has now hit safely 7 straight times in two games. Mickey Mantle is injured in the 5th inning when he steps on an exposed water sprinkler while chasing a Willie Mays fly ball. Mantle is taken off the field on a stretcher and the injury to his knee will plague him throughout his career. He will undergo the first of 6 knee operations.
1950: Allie Reynolds and the Yankees win again over ace Robin Roberts, 2-1 in 10 innings in Philadelphia. Joe DiMaggio’s leadoff homer in the 10th is the game winner.
1949: In the Series opener at the Stadium‚ the New York Yankees and Allie Reynolds beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0 on Tommy Henrich’s 9th-inning blast off Don Newcombe. Newk had struck out 11 and walked none before Henrich’s shot, the first walkoff home run in World Series history. Allie Reynolds gives up only 2 hits and fans 9. There will be 10 more WS walkoff homers this century‚ including 2 that win the Series.
1947: Al Gionfriddo’s magnificent catch robs Joe DiMaggio of a home run that would have tied the game 6 of the World Series at the Stadium. The Dodgers go on to win 8-6. There is another Fall Classic attendance record‚ with a crowd of 74‚065 on hand to watch the game.
1943: Many ML players have gone into the war‚ including several key Yankees and Cardinals. Nevertheless‚ both these clubs are back in the Series. New York win the opener at the Stadium 4-2 behind Spud Chandler‚ who will later be named 1943 AL MVP. Joe Gordon homers off Max Lanier.
1942: Whitey Kurowski’s 2-run HR in the 9th inning gives St. Louis a 4-2 WS triumph and enables the Cardinals to upset the Yankees in 5 games.
1939: In game 2 of the World Series‚ Yankees pitcher Monte Pearson does not allow a base hit until the 8th when Ernie Lombardi singles with one out. The Reds are shut out 4-0. Babe Dahlgren hits a home run and a double off losing pitcher Bucky Walters to pace the Bombers.
1938: Bill Dickey ties a WS record with 4 hits‚ as Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-1 win in the Series opener at Wrigley Field.
1936: The Giants score 3 in the 1st on five hits‚ then stave off a final Yankee rally to score a 5-4 victory for Hal Schumacher in 10 innings. The Yanks still lead the Series 3 games to 2.
1928: Grover Cleveland Alexander (16-9) faces George Pipgras (24-13) in game 2 of the World Series. Lou Gehrig unloads a 3-run homer in the first. The Cards tie in the 2nd‚ but Pipgras shuts them out on 2 hits the rest of the way. Alexander is nicked for one in the 2nd and driven to cover by a 4-run outburst in the 3rd. The New Yorkers register a 9-3 triumph to take a two games to none Series lead. Babe Ruth is 2-for-3‚ and Gehrig has 3 more RBI.
1927; With 158 HRs‚ a .307 team BA‚ and 6 winning pitchers‚ the Yankees are the Series favourite. But the Pirates are no pushovers, with a team BA of .305. Outfielder Kiki Cuyler‚ a .309 hitter‚ will see no action in the Series – he is passed over for a lighter-hitting replacement as he and manager Donie Bush feud.
Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (19-8) opens the WS against Waite Hoyt (22-7). In the 3rd‚ 2 walks and 2 Pirates errors help the Yankees to 3 runs and a 4-1 lead. With 9 hits‚ the Pirates come close‚ but the final is 5-4 New York.
1926; Jesse Haines (below) stifles the Yanks on 5 hits, while the Cards knock out Dutch Ruether (14-9 on the year‚ 2-5 for the Yanks) in the 5th. Haines helps his own cause with a 2-run homer in the 4th. The 4-0 St. Louis win gives them the Series lead, two games to one.
1912: The New York Highlanders conclude a dismal campaign (their second last-place finish, and their last to date with 100 or more losses) by playing their final game in Hilltop Park, an 8-6 victory over the Senators, with the win going to Ray Keating; Hal Chase’s three-run homer is they key blow. This is also the club’s last game under their current name – they will return in 1913 as the Yankees.
1909: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders and Giants play a game for the benefit of Sam Crane, a Giants’ minor league prospect who was recently convicted of killing his girlfriend and her male companion in a hotel bar; he will eventually secure a long-term position at shortstop on the Sing-Sing prison team. Christy Mathewson (below) and Joe McGinnity are the opposing pitchers. The season is over for the Highlanders, but Matty pitches even though his Giants are still playing.
2011: With the Yankees facing elimination in their division series with the Tigers, Joe Girardi gives the ball to A.J. Burnett, and the sometimes erratic righty comes through with one of his strongest performances of late, striking out three and giving up only one run over 5 2/3 innings before handing the job off to the bullpen. Meanwhile, the New York offense roars to life in the 8th, plating 6 runs on a barrage of base hits. The 10-1 final sends the series back to New York for a fifth and deciding game.
2005: The Yankees score 3 runs in the 1st inning on Robinson Cano’s bases loaded triple‚ then hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Angels in the opening game of their Division Series. Mike Mussina gets the win for NY‚ while Bengie Molina homers in a losing cause for Los Angeles.
2003: The Yankees move into the lead in their series with the Twins with a 3-1 win behind Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrenders only 1 run and 5 hits sin 7 innings. Hideki Matsui hits a home run for NY.
2002: The Yankees blow a 6-1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9-6 victory and a 2 games to 1 lead in their Division Series. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy homer for Anaheim and Francisco Rodriguez again gets the win in relief.
2000: The Yankees even their series with the Athletics at 1 game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Andy Pettitte holds Oakland scoreless for 7 2/3 innings for the win.
1996: The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning, on a Bernie Williams sacrifice fly and a Mariano Duncan single, to defeat the Rangers 3-2 despite Juan Gonzalez’s 4th HR of the series. NY take a 2-games-to-1 lead.
1995: Don Mattingly hits the only postseason home run of his career, and Jim Leyritz ends the game in the bottom of the 15th with one, as the Yankees defeat the Mariners 6-5 to take a 2 games to none lead in their ALDS.
1980: The Yankees clinch their 4th AL East title in 5 seasons‚ beating Detroit 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Reggie Jackson hits his 41st home run of the season and will share the AL home run crown with Milwaukee’s Ben Oglivie. The Tigers take the nitecap 7-6.
1978: Kansas City notch 16 hits off 3 Yankee pitchers to even the AL series with a 10-4 win. Freddie Patek’s surprise homer in the 6th with a man on seals the victory.
1972: In a 1-0 loss by the Bombers to the Brewers, Yankee pitcher Larry Gowell hits a double off Milwaukee’s Jim Lonborg in his only major league at-bat. This is the last hit by an AL pitcher before the league adopts the designated hitter rule in 1973.
1962: At Candlestick Park‚ the World Series opens, as Roger Maris stakes Whitey Ford to a 2-run lead with a first-inning‚ 2-run double. Only right fielder Felipe Alou’s leaping effort keeps Maris’ drive in the park. Ford’s record streak of consecutive shutout innings ends at 33 2/3 when a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan brings Willie Mays home. Clete Boyer’s 7th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 6-2 win‚ the last of a record 10 WS victories for Ford.
1961: Whitey Ford’s 3rd straight World Series shutout‚ with homers by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron,gives New York a 2-0 win in the opener against Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.
1960: Jack Warhop, long-serving early Yankee pitcher who is remembered chiefly for surrendering Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run, dies at the age of 76.
1958: In game 3 of the World Series, Don Larsen and Ryne Duren team up for a shutout of the Braves as the Yankees win 4-0. Hank Bauer accounts for all the New York runs‚ including a 2-run homer in the 7th. Milwaukee now lead 2 games to 1.
1955: No more ‘wait till next year,’ as Brooklyn‚ behind the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres‚ bring their first World Series championship to Brooklyn after 8 tries. 6th inning replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in left field to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on.
Amoros turns and fires to shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who relays a bullet to Gil Hodges at first base to double off Gil McDougald. Brooklyn pull off 12 DPs in the Series, a new record.
The red-letter days ~
1964: The Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant‚ and 29th in theclub’s history‚ by defeating Cleveland 8-3.
1947: Brooklyn pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to break up Bill Bevens’ dramatic no-hit bid and give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees in game 4 at Ebbets Field. The Series is now even at 2 games each.
On other 3rds of October…
2011: Detroit take a 2-1 lead in their ALDS with a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Justin Verlander gives up two runs in the 1st inning, but then settles down. The Tigers score twice in the 3rd off CC Sabathia, then Jhonny Peralta puts them ahead with an RBI double in the 5th. The Yankees tie the game at 4 in the 7th on Brett Gardner’s two-run double, but Delmon Young hits a solo homer off Rafael Soriano in the bottom of the inning to make Verlander a winner.
2006: The Yankees double up the Tigers 8-4 in Game 1 of their ALDS. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 for New York, including a double and a home run. Jason Giambi also homers for the Bronx Bombers while Chien-Ming Wang gets the win. Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe homer for Detroit.
2000: The A’s defeat the Yankees‚ 5-3‚ in the 1st game of their ALDS. Catcher Ramon Hernandez (below) hits a double off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning to give Oakland the lead.
1998: Darryl Strawberry has a cancerous tumor removed from his colon during surgery. Doctors are optimistic that the cancer has not spread.
1995: The Yankees overcome two home runs by Ken Griffey Jr. to beat Seattle‚ 9-6‚ in the opening game of their ALDS, New York’s first postseason game since 1981.
1990: One of the worst seasons in Yankee history closes on an appropriate note, with a 10-3 shellacking at the hands of Detroit. The Bombers finish in the cellar for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, and for the fourth time in club history. Rookie Steve Adkins, pitching in his fifth and final Major League game, takes the loss.
1978: Reggie Jackson lives up to the nickname ‘Mr. October,’ hitting a 3-run homer, a single‚ and a double to lead the Yankees to a 7-1 win over the Royals in the opening game of the ALCS
1965: The Yanks win 11-5 at Fenway as Tony Kubek goes 3-for-4 and swats a 9th inning homer off Dick Radatz in his final major league at bat. The 29-year-old will be diagnosed over the winter as having three crushed vertebrae‚ the result of a childhood football injury aggravated during military service. He will retire rather than risk debilitating injury.
1963: At the Stadium, Johnny Podres scatters 7 hits‚ Tommy Davis ties a postseason record with 2 triples‚ Willie Davis drives in 2 runs‚ Moose Skowron homers‚ and Los Angeles beats Al Downing and the Yankees to go two games up in the World Series.
1957: In Game 2 of the World Series, Lew Burdette bests the Yankees’ Bobby Shantz 4-2.
1956: Dodger late-season acquisition Sal Maglie gets the start in the opening game of the World Series with the Yankees, and comes out on top, 6-3.
1953: The Dodgers even up the World Series at 2 games apiece‚ as Duke Snider drives in 4 runs in a 7-3 victory.
1952: The World Series moves back to the Bronx, where Preacher Roe wins, 5-3. Brooklyn score 2 decisive runs in the 9th on a Yogi Berra passed ball.
1951: Dave Winfield is born. Happy 62nd, Dave!
1942: The Cards win their second in a row as Ernie White shuts out New York on 6 hits‚ winning 2-0. The Cards now take a 2-1 Series lead. Arguments with umpires during the game result in $200 fines for Joe Gordon and Frank Crosetti; the latter will also suspended for the first 30 days of the 1943 season for shoving arbiter Bill Summers.
1936: The Series shifts to Yankee Stadium for game 3, for which a new attendance record of 64‚842 is set. Lou Gehrig’s solo home run is matched by the Giants’ Jimmy Ripple‚ with the deciding run of the Yankees’ 2-1 squeaker coming on an infield hit. The pinstriped New Yorkers now lead 2 games to 1.
1926: In game 2 of the World Series, Grover Cleveland Alexander (9-7) faces Urban Shocker (19-11) as a record 63‚600 look on at the Stadium. The Yankees score twice in the 2nd‚ but Old Pete sets down the last 21 batters‚ striking out 10. Billy Southworth and shortstop Tommy Thevenow collect 3 hits each‚ including a home run apiece‚ for a 6-2 St. Louis win that levels the Series at 1 game each. Thevenow’s is a line drive that skips by Babe Ruth for an inside-the-park homer: Thevenow will hit 2 regular season HRs in his career, both inside the park jobs.
1911: In the 2nd inning of the opener of a doubleheader at New York‚ the Red Sox pull off a double steal, with Duffy Lewis scoring from third and Jack Lewis swiping second. Jack Lewis is shaken up on the play and the Highlanders allow Duffy to replace him at second as a courtesy runner. He doesn’t score, and Jack returns to the game as Boston win‚ 4-1. They take the nitecap‚ 7-0‚ behind Smokey Joe Wood and will win tomorrow over the host New Yorkers‚ 4-1‚ behind Eddie Cicott (below). The Sox will win 10 straight in New York in 1912‚ and the first 5 games there in 1913 – an ML record 18 games on the road versus one team. Brooklyn will tie the record in 1946‚ and the Cardinals will equal it in 1966.
1909: ’30s Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca is born.
The red-letter day ~
1978: The Yankees and Red Sox‚ tied for first at the end of the regular season‚ play a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway for the AL East title. New York prevail 5-4 behind Bucky Dent’s 3-run home run off Mike Torrez and Ron Guidry’s 25th win against just 3 losses. Guidry’s .893 percentage is a ML record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game‚ getting Yaz to pop out with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th. Manager Bob Lemon, who took over for Billy Martin after being fired by the White Sox‚ becomes the first manager to win a title after starting the season with another club.
1949: The Yankees and the Red Sox enter the final day of the season tied for first place. Nearly 70‚000 Bronx faithful pack the Stadium to see the finale. Phil Rizzuto triples and scoresin the 1st inning, and Vic Raschi nurses the 1-0 lead into the 8th against Ellis Kinder, before the Yankees score 4 against a tired Mel Parnell and an unlucky Tex Hughson A Sox rally falls short‚ and the Yankees win the game and the pennant‚ 5-3. Ted Williams is hitless in 2 official trips (and 1-for-12 in his last 4 games) while George Kell of the Tigers goes 2-for-3. Kell’s final mark is .3429 while Williams’ is .3427. Ted leads the AL in homers (43) and ties for the lead with teammate Vern Stephens in RBI with 159. He also reaches base 358 times (194 hits‚ 162 walks‚ and 2 hit by pitches)‚ the second highest total in ML history. Only Babe Ruth in 1923 reached more times.
1932: The demoralized Cubs lose 13-6‚ as the Yankees complete their sweep of the Series‚ winning their ML-record 12th straight post-season game, and the fourth title in franchise history. Tony Lazzeri belts 2 homers, and Earle Combs contributes another. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored‚ and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.
On other 2nds of October…
2012: On the penultimate day of the regular season, the Yankees maintain their one-game lead over the Orioles in the AL East when Raul Ibanez homers off Boston’s Andrew Miller in the bottom of the 12th inning to give New York a 4 – 3 win.
2011: The Tigers get a dominant outing by Max Scherzer to beat the Yankees 5-3 and even their ALDS at one game each. Scherzer does not allow a hit until the 6th inning, while Miguel Cabrera puts the Tigers ahead with a two-run homer off Freddy Garcia in the 1st inning. Closer Jose Valverde struggles a bit in the 9th, giving up a home run to Nick Swisher and a triple to Jorge Posada, but ends the game with the tying run on base.
2005: The Red Sox thump the Yankees 10-1 to clinch the AL wild card spot in the playoffs. The Sox lead the majors in runs scored for the third straight year: the last team to do it three straight was the Dodgers in 1951-53‚ and the last AL club to do it was the Red Sox of 1948-50.
2003: The Yankees even their division series with Minnesota with a 4-1 victory behind Andy Pettitte. Jason Giambi hits a 2-run single and Pettitte fans 10 for New York.
1999: In a 3-2 Yankee win by David Cone over Tampa Bay‚ Bernie Williams draws his 100th walk of the year. He is the first player since Stan Musial (1948‚ 1953) to reach 200 hits‚ 100 runs‚ 100 RBI‚ and 100 walks in a season. Bernie finishes with 202: 116: 115: 100 respectively.
1998: The Yankees blank the Rangers 4-0 to complete a sweep of their divisional playoff. Shane Spencer hits a 3-run homer and Paul O’Neill adds a solo blast for NY.
1997: The Indians even their series with a 7-5 win over the Yankees behind a strong effort by rookie pitcher Jaret Wright. Matt Williams homers for the Tribe‚ while light-hitting Omar Vizquel collects 3 hits.
1996: The Yankees defeat the Rangers 5-4 in 12 innings to even their division series at 1 game apiece. Derek Jeter scores from second on a throwing error by third baseman Dean Palmer on a routine bunt by Charlie Hayes.
1986: Don Mattingly sets a Yankee record with his 232nd hit of the season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox, eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.
1966: The Yankees are put out of the misery at last with the final game of the season. Though the Bombers finish on a positive note, beating the White Sox 2-0 behind Al Downing, the club finish in last place for the first time since 1912.
1963: In the World Series opener‚ Sandy Koufax fans the first 5 batters he faces en route to a WS record 15. John Roseboro’s 3-run HR is the difference‚ as Los Angeles beats the Yankees 5-2 at the Stadium.
1960: Dale Long hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to give the Yankees an 8-7 win over Boston. The Yanks go into the World Series with a 15-game win streak‚ the longest ever.
1958: The Braves erupt for 7 runs in the first and go on to defeat the Yankees 13-5 in game 2 of the World Series. Lew Burdette is shaky but beats New York for the 4th consecutive time. He also chips in with a 3-run homer.
1957: Whitey Ford bests Warren Spahn in Game 1 of the World Series at the Stadium, 3-1.
1955: Surprise Brooklyn starter rookie Roger Craig pitches 6 innings for the 5-3 win. Two home runs by Duke Snider and one by Sandy Amoros in the first 5 innings prove too much for New York. Snider‚ who hit 4 HRs in the 1952 WS‚ becomes the first player in history to do this more than once.
1953: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field, as Carl Erskine (below) establishes a new Series strikeout record by fanning 14 Yanks‚ including Mickey Mantle and Joe Collins 4 times each. Roy Campanella breaks a 2-2 tie with a game-winning solo home run in the 8th for a 3-2 Brooklyn win.
1952: The Yanks draw even in the WS at 1 game apiece behind the masterful 3-hit pitching of Vic Raschi ‚ who defeats Carl Erskine 7-1. Raschi strikes out 9.
1948: The Red Sox, a game in back of the Indians, host the Yankees in a critical match for both teams. Ted Williams gives Boston a two-run lead in the 1st with a home run off a Tommy Byrne fastball‚ and Jack Kramer (below) posts his 18th win in beating New York 5-1. For Kramer‚ it is his 5th win of the year over the Yanks. New York can now finish no better than 2nd place.
1947: Yogi Berra hits the first pinch home run in World Series history‚ connecting off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of game 3 of this year’s Fall Classic. The Dodgers still prevail, 9-8. The Yankees now lead 2 games to 1.
1943: The Yankees take two from the Browns, 5-1 and 7-6‚ for their 14th sweep of a doubleheader‚ an AL mark. Bud Metheny (below) hits a home run in the opener for the Yankees 100th round-tripper of the season.
1941: Dodgers ace Whitlow Wyatt trims the Yankees in a 3-2 Brooklyn win in game 2 to even the Series.
1937: The Yankees (101-52) close out the season with an 11-3 drubbing of the Red Sox. New York club 4 homers‚ including Lou Gehrig’s 37th of the year. Lou follows that with a bunt single in his next at bat to reach 200 hits. The Sox‚ aware he had 199‚ were looking for the bunt.
1936: The Yankees post a World Series-record run total as they demolish the Giants 18-4. Lefty Gomez coasts to a 6-hit win‚ while every member of the Yankee lineup makes a hit and scores at least one run. Tony Lazzeri hits a grand slam‚ the first in World Series play since 1920‚ and drives in 5 runs‚ the same number Bill Dickey knocks in. This runs-scored mark will stand until 1993.
1926: Game 1 of the World Series before 61‚658 at the Stadium belongs to southpaws Herb Pennock (25-11) and Bill Sherdel (16-12). Two hits give the Cards a quick first-inning run. Sherdel issues 3 walks for a New York run without a hit. In the 6th‚ Babe Ruth punches a single to left‚ moves to second on a sacrifice‚ and scores on a Lou Gehrig single for a 2-1 win. It is the first of Gehrig’s record 8 game-winning RBI in WS play.
1920: Frank ‘Spec’ Shea, the first Yankee pitcher to appear in a televised World Series game (in 1947) is born.
1915: The Queens Bombers?… At the Waldorf Astoria‚ the National Commission meets. During the sessions Colonels Ruppert of the Yankees and Ebbets of the Dodgers meet regarding a possible new home for the Yankees‚ and Ebbets withdraws his objections to the team moving to Queens. They are considering a stadium near the 59th Street Bridge. Nothing is final and the New York Times also mentions two sites in Manhattan that the team are considering.
1914: At Fenway, the Yankees make 5 errors to help Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth win‚ 11-5. Ruth‚ just recalled from Providence‚ gets his first Major League hit‚ a double‚ off Len ‘King’ Cole.
1904: In the opening game of a doubleheader at Chicago, Doc White’s scoreless streak ends at 45 innings‚ when the New York Highlanders push a run across in the 1st; White then pitches another 8 shutout innings to win‚ 7-1. White also gets the ball to start the second game against New York’s Ambrose Puttmann. The Highlanders take the darkness-shortened nitecap 6-3 in 67 innings.
The red letter days ~
1961: Roger Maris’ torturous‚ season-long race with Babe Ruth ends in a dramatic at bat against Boston’s Tracy Stallard. Maris’ classic left-handed swing sends home run number 61 into the right field stands in the House That Ruth Built. (Sal Durante‚ one of 23‚154 fans in attendance‚ grabs the historic HR ball, which he later sells for $5‚000). New York’s 1-0 victory gives the Yanks 109 wins‚ one short of the club’s 1927 record. It is New York’s ML record 240th homer of the year.
1932: One of the most celebrated and controversial events in baseball history occurs in game 3 of the World Series. In the 5th inning‚ Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes and then gestures to pitcher Charlie Root. He launches the next pitch into the center field bleachers for his second homer of the game. Lou Gehrig also hammers out 2 round-trippers – his second homer goes back-to-back
with the Babe’s alleged ‘called shot.’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth%27s_called_shot). The Yankees win, 7-5.
On other 1sts of October…
2011: The suspended opening game of the ALDS between Detroit and New York resumes with the score tied 1-1 in the middle of the 2nd inning. Doug Fister and Ivan Nova take over on the mound and the Yankees break through for a run in the 5th and 6 in the 6th to take a 9-3 win. Robinson Cano drives in 6 runs, including a grand slam off Al Alburquerque in New York’s big inning.
2005: The Yankees clinch their 8th straight AL East title with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Randy Johnson gets the win, with help from Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera. Although Boston could still tie New York with a win on Sunday‚ the Yankees won the season series to ensure them first place in the division. The Yanks and the Red Sox both set new home attendance records this season; the Sox passed the three million mark at Fenway for the first time and the Yankees joined the Blue Jays and Rockies as the only teams to draw four million in a season.
2002: The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Angels 8-5 in the opening game of their division series. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams‚ and Rondell White all homer for NY while Troy Glaus hits a pair of dingers for Anaheim. Steve Karsay gets the win in relief. This is the Angels’ first time in the playoffs since 1986‚ but they face the same starting pitcher today as they did in their last playoff appearance: Roger Clemens.
1996: The Rangers top the Yankees 6-2 in the first game of their AL Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.
1978: With the Yankees leading the AL East by a game with one left to play, Cleveland’s Rick Waits stops New York on 5 hits to win 9-2. Meanwhile‚ Boston take their finale‚ their 8th win in a row‚ on Luis Tiant’s 5-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Boston have two unearned runs in the 5th‚ a two-run homer by Rick Burleson in the 7th‚ and Jim Rice’s 46th homer in the 8th for their scoring. Both teams end the season with identical 99-63 records‚ with a one-game playoff at Fenway tomorrow to determine the divisional champ.
1977: The Yankees clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Orioles 8-7.
1967: In a 4-3 win over the A’s, Mel Stottlemyre gives up a homer to Dave Duncan. The home run will be the last hit by a player for the Kansas City Athletics. The franchise will relocate to Oakland the following year.
1960: The Yankees win their 14th straight‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 3-1 behind 3 pitchers. Jim Coates (13-3) is the winner. Nichols is the loser for the Bosox‚ while Tracy Stallard, on in relief‚ fans Roger Maris. Maris’ next at bat against Stallard one year from now will be a momentous one.
1958: As the World Series opens, the Braves pick up where they left off the previous year‚ defeating the Yankees behind Warren Spahn, 4-3 in 10 innings.
1953: The Yankees go two up in the World Series as Eddie Lopat beats Preacher Roe 4-2‚ despite the Dodgers’ 9-5 edge in hits. Mickey Mantle’s 2-run shot in the 8th inning breaks a 2-2 tie.
1952: In Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 4-2 at Ebbets Field behind relief ace Joe Black. who started only 2 games during the season.
1949: The Red Sox need to win just one of the final 2 games against the Yankees to clinch the AL title. Before a crowd of 69‚551 at the Stadium‚ New York overcome a 4-0 deficit‚ as Joe Page is all but untouchable in 5 innings in relief of Allie Reynolds. Page walks in 2 runs‚ but he picks up the win. Joe DiMaggio starts for New York and scores the first run and Johnny Lindell’s solo homer in the 8th wins it, 5-4. The two teams are now tied.
1947: Allie Reynolds scatters 9 Dodger hits and coasts to a 10-3 victory in the second game of the World Series. Tommy Henrich’s solo HR in the 5th puts the game away for the Yankees.
1942: Behind 3-0‚ the Yankees tie it up in the top of the 8th‚ but rookie Stan Musial (below) brings Enos Slaughter across with a single in the bottom of the inning to forge a 4-3 Cardinal victory.
1941: Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at the Stadium in the opening game of the World Series. Joe Gordon (below) chips in with a home run and an RBI single.
1933: Babe Ruth attracts 25‚000 fans to the Stadium as he takes the mound against the Red Sox. The Babe hits a 5th inning home run and takes a 6-0 lead into the 6th‚ then hangs on for a 6-5 complete-game win. The Yankees back the Babe with 18 outfield putouts. Today is his final pitching appearance‚ and he finishes his Yankee career as a hurler at 5-0. Bosox righty Bob Kline takes the loss. Ruth now has 10 winning seasons in 10 years as a pitcher‚ a mark that will be matched in 2004 by Andy Pettitte.
1927: The Yankees win No.110 of the year, beating the Senators 4-3 behind the one-two pitching punch of Wilcy Moore and Waite Hoyt.
1921: After clinching the pennant with a 5-3 win over Philadelphia in the opener of a doubleheader behind Carl Mays’ 17th straight victory over Philadelphia‚ the Yankees bring Babe Ruth into pitch in relief in the night cap. Ruth‚ with just one other pitching appearance all season‚ takes over in the 8th with New York in the lead 6-0. The Babe allows the A’s 6 runs to tie the score‚ but then knuckles down to hold them scoreless to the 11th when New York scores a run to win‚ 7-6. Ruth drives in his 167th run in the game‚ besting Sam Thompson’s mark set in 1884. For Mays (below)‚ it is his 7th straight win over Philly this season.
1917: In an exhibition game at Ft. Hamilton‚ the Yankees beat Brooklyn‚ 11-8‚ with the two teams combining for 7 homers. This matches a record set by the Browns and Tigers during the 1886 season. A large crowd of soldiers ringing the field helps the homer total as a number of balls land in among them for extra bases.
The red-letter days ~
1973: The Yankees play their final game at Yankee Stadium I, an 8-5 loss to Detroit. The ballpark will be closed for the next 2 1/2 years for extensive renovations, during which time the Yanks will play their home games at Shea Stadium. Ralph Houk also resigns as manager immediately after the game.
1947: The Yankees and Dodgers face each other in the opener of the World Series, the first game of the Fall Classic to be televised. Frank ‘Specs’ Shea gets the start for the Bombers. Hitless the first 4 innings against Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca‚ the Yankees score 5 runs in the 5th inning when 6 straight runners reach base‚ and they win 5-3. A record WS crowd of 73‚365 throng the Stadium.
1934: The Senators top the visiting Bombers 5-3 in Babe Ruth’s last game in a Yankee uniform . Preceding the game‚ a band from St. Mary’s Industrial School‚ the Babe’s alma mater‚ plays. Ruth is 0-for-3 in this‚ his 2‚084th and final game as a Yankee. He flies out to center in his final bat and leaves in tears. Senators pitcher Orville Armbrust toils 7 innings in recording his only major league win‚ 5-3. Lou Gehrig goes 3-for-4 to sew up the Triple Crown.
1927: With the score tied at 2-2 in the 8th‚ Mark Koenig triples, and moments later Babe Ruth launches his historic No. 60 off Washington’s Tom Zachary for a 4-2 win. The ball is caught by 40-year-old Joe Forner of Manhattan. Ruth‚ who had singled in his first two at bats‚ walked‚ and scored three runs, is greeted with a handkerchief salute by the fans as he makes his way to his right field position. In the 9th, Walter Johnson makes his final appearance as a player‚ pinch-hitting for Zachary and flying out to Ruth. Ruth hit 17 HRs in September‚ the highest month’s HR output till Rudy York’s 8 in August 1937. The Babe is the first player to hit 30‚ 40‚ 50‚ and now 60 homers.
1922: The Yankees clinch their 2nd pennant by beating Boston 3-1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees‚ but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.
On other 30ths of September…
2003: The Twins end a 13-game losing streak to the Yankees by beating the Bombers 3-1 to take the opening game of their Division Series. LaTroy Hawkins, one of four relievers to appear for Minnesota, gets the win.
2001: Cal Ripken Jr. plays his last game at Yankee Stadium and is loudly booed in some quarters of the venue. Chris Richard and Bernie William strade solo home runs, and the game is called a 1-1 tie after 15 innings.
1998: Andy Pettitte’s strong pitching gives NY a 2-0 lead in their series with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Shane Spencer and Scott Brosius hit round-trippers.
1997: Cleveland score 5 runs in the 1st inning‚ but the Yankees come back with 5 of their own in the 6th to defeat the Indians in Game 1 of their division Division Series‚ 8-6. Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill hit consecutive home runs in the decisive inning‚ giving Mariano Rivera the victory.
1984: In the dramatic race for the AL batting title‚ Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees’ season-ending 4-2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4.
1980: In a 12-9 Cleveland win over the Yankees‚ the Tribe’s Ron Hassey has a double and a homer in an 8-run 2nd inning. There are 4 homers in the game‚ including Reggie Jackson’s 38th.
1978: The Yankees top the Indians‚ 7-0‚ behind Ed Figueroa’s 20th win of the year. The Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant. Meanwhile, at Fenway‚ Dennis Eckersley notches his 20th as well as the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays‚ 5-1. Eck allows just 4 hits‚ including Roy Howell’s 8th homer‚ in completing his 16th start.
1971: The Yankees provide the opposition as the Senators draw 14‚000 for their final game in Washington‚ with another 4‚000 as gatecrashers. Dick Bosman gives up homers to Bobby Murcer, Roy White and Rusty Torres, and the Nats are down 5-1 in the 6th. Mike Kekich then grooves a fastball for Frank Howard who parks his 26th homer‚ and thanks Thurman Munson as he crosses the plate. The Nats take a 7-5 lead‚ and after Murcer makes the 2nd out in the 9th‚ fans swarm onto the field‚ causing the game to be forfeited to the Yanks‚ 9-0. All records stand but reliever Paul Lindblad loses the W by not recording the 3rd out‚ batter Horace Clarke. Of the Senators, Jeff Burroughs will be the last to retire‚ finishing up in 1985.
1970: Fritz Peterson wins his 20th of the year‚ defeating the Red Sox 4-3. Billy Conigliaro and Luis Alvarado‚ with his first ML homer‚ go long for Boston.
1964: In his first Major League at bat‚ Detroit pinch hitter Bill Roman debuts with a homer‚ the only one of his brief career in the Show. Even so‚ the Tigers lose to New York 7-6 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff HR in the 2nd off Mickey Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. New York take the nightcap of the doubleheader 11-8 for a sweep.
1962: At the Stadium‚ Chicago’s Ray Herbert tops the Yankees 8-4. Mickey Mantle‚ in the leadoff slot to give him needed at bats‚
is 2-for-3 and qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a home run, giving him 8 straight seasons of 30+ round-trippers.
1960: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-5‚ and set an new AL record for homers with 192. Tony Kubek and Jesse Gonder deliver the dingers today as the Bombers win their 13th straight.
1955: The World Series shifts to Ebbets Field, as the Dodgers’ Johnny Podres defeats Bob Turley, who fails to last 2 innings against the Bums. Roy Campanella leads the Brooklyn attack with 3 hits and 3 RBI‚ as the Dodgers win 8-3 behind the strong effort of their young lefty starter.
1953: The Yanks defeat Brooklyn 9-5 in the opening game of the WS. Carl Erskine is ineffective‚ walking the first 3 batters‚ and all come home on a Hank Bauer triple. The Dodgers tie it up 5-5‚ and Clem Labine gets the loss in relief.
1951: The Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Frank Shea’s 9-hitter. It is the third shutout in a row for the Yankees staff as they
sweep the visiting Red Sox in 5 games‚ outscoring them 29-4.
1948: The idle Indians watch their lead shaved to 1 1/2 games as both the Red Sox and Yankees win.Mel Parnell stops the Senators‚ 7-3‚ for his 15th victory; In the rain at Shibe Park‚ the Yankees edge the A’s‚ 9-7. Vic Raschi pitches the 9th for a save.
1945: In a 12-2 Yankee win over Boston‚ George Stirnweiss gets 3 hits on the final day to raise his average to .309 (actually .30854 to Tony Cuccinello’s .30845). The third hit comes in the 8th‚ off Otis Clark‚ in his last at bat. The White Sox-Indians games are washed out‚ depriving the veteran Tony Cuccinello of a shot at the title. The only other .300 hitter playing full time is teammate Johnny Dickshot (.302). Neither Cuccinello or Dickshot ever play another game in the ML as the White Sox release the two veterans. Only Elmer Flick in 1905 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 ever led the AL with a lower average than Stirnweiss‚ but the latter also leads the AL with 195 hits‚ 107 runs‚ 22 triples‚ 301 TB‚ 33 steals‚ and a .476 SA. He also led the AL in at bats (632) to Cuccinello’s 402. Finally, Snuffy is the only major leaguer to finish a season as the top hitter without ever having led at any point during the season.
1942: Down 7-0 to Red Ruffing and the Yankees in the Series opener‚ the Cardinals rally for four 9th-inning runs. it is not enough to win, but is sufficient to portend the result of the WS.
1936: In the World Series opener‚ Carl Hubbell outpitches Red Ruffing, scattering 7 hits and limiting the Yankees to a solo HR by George Selkirk. The underdog Giants register a decisive 6-1 win.
The red-letter day ~
1950: Though idle, the Yankees clinch their second consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel‚ and 17th in franchise history, as
Cleveland’s Bob Lemon coasts behind a 12-2 lambasting of Detroit to his 23rd win.
On other 29ths of September…
2000: The Orioles thrash the Yankees 13-2‚ scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. New York clinch their third straight AL East title‚
however‚ when the Red Sox lose to the Devil Rays, 8-6.
1998: The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series against the Rangers 2-0 on a 5-hit shutout by David Wells‚ with help from
Mariano Rivera in the 9th.
1987: Don Mattingly hits his ML-record 6th grand slam of the season, off Boston’s Bruce Hurst, in a 6-0 Yankee victory‚ eclipsing the mark shared by Ernie Banks and Jim Gentile. 1961). Mattingly’s record salami is the last of his career.
1978: The first-place Yankees, trailing Cleveland 1-0‚ score 3 runs in the 8th on RBI singles by Thurman Munson, Lou Piniella and
Reggie Jackson to win‚ 3-1. They fail to gain any more distance from the Red Sox, however, as Boston thrash Toronto 11-0.
1961: John Blanchard singles and homers to drive in both runs in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Red Sox. The Bomber handyman hits his 21st homer and singles in Roger Maris in the 9th to pin the loss on Bill Monbouquette. Whitey Ford pitches 4 scoreless innings for New York‚ and finishes the year having no stolen bases off him in 243 innings‚ a record.
1956: The Yankees and Red Sox use a record 44 players in the game: the 26 used by New York sets a new ML mark. Ted Williams has 6 at bats in the extra inning battle‚ but manages just a single‚ which takes him out of the running for the batting crown. Suffering from a pulled groin muscle‚ Mickey Mantle pinch hits and walks with the bases loaded. Mantle does not start tomorrow. But when Stengel hears that Kaline knocks in 2 runs in Detroit‚ he sends in the Mick with the bases jammed‚ and he drives in a run on a grounder. Mantle wins the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average‚ 52 HRs‚ and 130 RBI.
1955: In Game 2 of the WS‚ lefty Tommy Byrne defeats Dodger Billy Loes 4-2 to go 2 games up. The pitcher’s 2-run single caps a 4-run 4th for the Yanks. Byrne becomes the only lefty to hurl a complete game against Brooklyn in 1955.
1948: The Yankees stay in the tight AL race as rookie righty Bob Porterfield (below) gives New York a 4-2 win over the A’s. Fellow freshman Hank Bauer belts his first major league homer‚ a three run shot off Dick Fowler. New York remain in a dead heat with Boston for second place, 2 games behind Cleveland.
1934: In game one of a twinbill at Washington, Babe Ruth hits his home run as a Yankee, as the Yankees split with the Senators, losing 8-5 and winning 9-6. Ruth’s blast comes off rookie Sid Cohen‚ who wins his first Major League game.
1933: With the Giants in the stands at Yankee Stadium‚ the Senators pile up a 5-0 lead over the Yankees‚ and then bring in the reserves to score an 8-5 win. Heinie Manush’s double and homer and three RBI lead the Nats’ attack. Babe Ruth has a triple. Lou Gehrig keeps his consecutive game streak alive‚ playing nine innings after getting married at noon today in New Rochelle.
1932: The Yankees take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, as Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Lou Gehrig collects 3 hits to
pace the homesiders’ attack.
1928: The Yankees and Tigers tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits‚ Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record‚ as Detroit wins the slugfest 19-10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men (Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113)‚ just the second time this has happened. It will occur just once more‚ on the 1932 Phillies.
1927: Babe Ruth hits 2 home runs to tie his own record of 59 from 1921 in a 15-4 drubbing of Washington. The second of the roundtrippers is a 5th inning grand slam off Paul Hopkins‚ making his ML debut‚ and is the Babe’s 2nd slam in 2 games. He will match the feat on August 6th and 7th, 1929. Hopkins started the 5th inning and walked the bases loaded for the Babe.
1921: With New York in first place by 1 1/2 games over Cleveland‚ and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series‚ manager Miller Huggins polls his players to find out whom they’d like to see start. The team elects to go with veteran Jack Quinn, but the spitballer comes up dry, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Babe Ruth hits a 1st inning homer, adds an RBI double in the 3rd and a 2-run shot in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays‚ who took over in the 5th‚ strikes out Steve O’Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5-4. The win increases New York’s lead to 2 1/2 games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147‚000 spectators.
1920: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 54 in Philadelphia, as the Yankees take the opening game of a season-closing doubleheader,7-2. The Babe’s total for the year is more than that of any other entire team with the exception of the Phillies. Even though he misses 12 games‚ he is responsible for 241 of his team’s 838 runs‚ with a modern record 158 runs scored‚ beating Ty Cobb’s 1911 record of 147.
1916: Red Sox starter Babe Ruth closes the season with his 23rd win‚ topping the Yankees 3-0. It is his 9th shutout and reduces his ERA to 1.75. In 324 IP he gave up no home runs. The 9 shutouts is a record for lefties that will be unmatched in the AL until Ron Guidry ties it in 1978.
1913: At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally end the Red Sox road jinx over them by sweeping the Beantowners 3-1 and 5-1, with Ray Keating getting the win the opener, and Ray Fisher coming out on top in the nightcap. It is the first loss in New York for Boston after an MLB record tying 18 straightxroad wins stretching back to 1911‚ including 5 wins this year. They had a 3-3 tie on May 24. They will get back on track tomorrow by sweeping the Yankees‚ 3-2 and 3-0.
1902: The visiting Boston Americans beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5. It is the final game for the latter franchise, which will soon move to NewxYork, opening next spring as the New York Highlanders. Snake Wiltse (below) takes the loss for the home team.