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, which is also the first game in WS history to be broadcast on radio, 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 the club’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 63rd, 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.
The red-letter days ~
1951: Allie Reynolds pitches his second no-hitter of the season‚ defeating the Red Sox at the Stadium 8-0 in the opener of a
doubleheader. It is his 7th shutout of the year. With 2 outs in the 9th‚ Ted Williams hits a foul pop that Yogi Berra drops. Williams last out. The Big Chief is the first AL hurler with two no-hitters in a season; Johnny Van der Meer’s back-to-back pair in 1938 is the only other time a pitcher has thrown two in a season. In the second game‚ the Yanks clinch their 3rd straight pennant under Casey Stengel, and the 18th in club history, as Vic Raschi wins 11-3 for his 21st victory. Mickey Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his career, a three run shot. The Yankees are 3 1/2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with 2 to play.
1928: Babe Ruth powers his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras (below) goes the distance for an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant for the Yankees for the 6th time in franchise history. The A’s will finish 2 1/2 games out.
On other 28ths of September…
2006: Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.
2005: Alex Rodriguez hits his 47th home run in the Yankees’ 2 – 1 victory over Baltimore. The shot breaks Joe Dimaggio’s single-season club record for home runs by a right-handed batter, set in 1937.
2003: The Yankees win 3-1 over Baltimore as David Wells (15-7) goes 7 2/3 innings for his 200th career victory and last win as a Yankee. Acting manager Roger Clemens removes him in the 8th. Drew Henson bounces out a seeing-eye single for his first and only ML hit. He later scores. A day after the Patriots win the 2004 Superbowl behind Henson’s former Michigan teammate Tom Brady‚ he gives up baseball and $12 million for NFL football.
1996: Andy Pettitte and 4 relievers outlast the Red Sox 4-2‚ pinning the loss on Roger Clemens (10-13) in his last appearance in a Bostonuniform. Clemens strikes out 10 and allows homers to Mike Aldrete and Bernie Williams. The Sox are reluctant to grant the Rocket’s request for a 4-year contract.
1991: In a 5-4 loss to the Indians‚ Yankee manager Stump Merrill goes to the bullpen for the 75th consecutive game, surpassing the record set by the 1977 Padres. Reliever Greg Cadaret takes the loss‚ while Eric Bell (3-0) wins in relief to set another record: most wins
without a loss on a team with 100 losses He will win another on October 4 against New York to finish 4-0.
1978: At the Stadium, Ron Guidry (24-3) allows four hits and strikes out nine in stopping the Blue Jays 3-1. In the win, the Bronx Bombers manage just four hits off Balor Morre and Tom Buskey. The win keeps the Yankees in first place by a game. When news of the death of Pope John Paul I reaches the press box, New York announcer Phil Rizzuto observes, “That’ll put a damper on even a Yankee win”.
1962: At Chicago‚ the Yanks score 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to beat the White Sox‚ 7-3‚ spoiling Early Wynn’s bid for his 300th win.
1960: The Yanks win their 12th of 15 straight‚ taking a 6-3 victory over the Senators. Mickey Mantle swats homers 39 and 40‚ off Chuck
Stobbs, to insure his home run title over Roger Maris. Since August 15th‚ the Mick has hit 13 to Roger’s 4.
1956: In the opener of three games with visiting Boston‚ the Yanks top the Sox 7-2. Ted Williams is 0-for-3‚ and needs 6 ABs to qualify for the batting title. Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4‚ but his one hit is a homer off Bob Poterfield. It is the Mick’s last homer – and last hit – of the season.
1955: The Yanks open the World Series at home, and beat the Dodgers 6-5; Whitey Ford gets the win, and Don Newcombe takes the loss for the Dodgers. In a controversial play with Frank Keller at bat‚ Jackie Robinson steals home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run of a tie. A furious Yogi Berra disputes the call, but to no avail. Films later disclose that Robinson was in fact out, but also that Berra ‘balked’ on the play‚ receiving Ford’s pitch before Keller could swing at it.
1949: The Yankees take a 4-run lead over the A’s on homers by Bobby Brown and Jim Delsing (below), but the A’s come back to take a 5-4 lead in the 7th. New York score three runs in the last of the 7th‚ the go ahead on Phil Rizzuto’s squeeze bunt‚ and reliever Allie Reynolds holds on to beat Alex Kellner 7-5. Joe DiMaggio‚ down 18 pounds because of a recent bout with pneumonia, is sitting down today, giving up his post in center field to Delsing.
1933: In the Yankees’ 11-9 win over visiting Washington‚ Lou Gehrig plays the first three innings‚ then leaves to prepare for his wedding tomorrow. Babe Ruth takes over at first base.
1932: In the opening game of the World Series at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s home run leads the Yankees to a 12-6 win over the Cubs.
1930: Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame‚ the pitcher’s mound at Fenway‚ and hurls a 9-3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Lou Gehrig takes Ruth’s spot in left field, ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at first base‚ and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons‚ who sits out the last game‚ leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score more than a 1‚000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1‚067‚ but finish second.
1923: Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A’s within 5 days of each other‚ Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20-17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke’s day; he is routed after facing a AL record 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning‚ as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees rout the Red Sox 24-4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats‚ both AL records. Babe Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR‚ Wally Schang adds 5 hits‚ and Gehrig 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles.
1911: Approximately 700 fans turn out at Hilltop Park to watch the Highlanders take on the Browns in one of the worst-played games in American League history. The homesiders prevail over the tourists, 18-12. The teams accumulate 29 hits‚ 20 walks‚ and 12 errors between them. New York score in each of 7 innings‚ steal a record 15 bases – 7 off catcher Jim Stephens in 2 innings‚ 8 off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree (below) lead the thieves with 4 steals each. Five Highlander runners are thrown out.
The red-letter day ~
1910: At Detroit‚ the Highlanders win 10-2‚ as rookie Russ Ford (26-6) records his 26th victory‚ beating Ed Willett. Ford’s tally of 26 is the most wins ever by a Major League rookie.
On other 27ths of September…
2009: The Yankees clinch the AL East title with a 4-2 victory over Boston at the Stadium. Andy Pettitte goes 6 innings, enough for the win, the Bombers’ 100th of the year.
1998: The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays 8-3 for their 114th win of the season‚ the 2nd-highest total in major league history. Late-season acquisition Jim Bruske gets his only win in pinstripes.
1991: The Yankees beat Greg Swindell and the Indians 3-0 to hand the Tribe their 100th loss of the year. With 8 innings of work, Pascual Perez (2-4) earns his last ML decision.
1986: Jack Morris shuts out the Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings‚ winning his 20th game of the campaign, and halting Don Mattingly’s hitting streak at 24 games in the process.
1978: New York maintain their 1-game lead by beating the Blue Jays‚ 5-1‚ at Yankee Stadium. Catfish Hunter continues his remarkable late season run, with his 6th win in his last 7 starts. s Meanwhile, at Fenway‚ Carlton Fisk lines a 2-run triple in the 1st inning and the Red Sox top the Tigers‚ 5-2. George Scott hits his 1st homer in a month and collects his 1000th RBI to back Luis Tiant’s win (his 203rd).
1972: Sparky Lyle has a rare blown save, as the Tigers, trailing 5-1‚ score 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Yankees. The loss deals a critical blow to the Bombers’ division title hopes, as they now fall 3 1/2 games behind the front-running Red Sox. The Tigers, on the other hand, move to within a 1/2 game of the top.
1968: Mickey Mantle makes his final plate appearance. Facing Lee Stange at Fenway Park‚ Mantle flies out to Ken Harrelson in right before being replaced by Andy Kosko. Kosko’s homer ties the score in the 8th, and a Joe Pepitone blast in the 9th gives New York a 4-3 win.
1950: Against the A’s‚ Whitey Ford comes on in relief and blows the save, registering his first ML loss after 9 wins. Philadelphia win 8-7.
1949: At the Stadium, Vic Raschi beats the A’s‚ 3-1‚ for his 20th win. The Yankee starter allows just 4 hits as his teammates maintain their position 1 game behind the league-leading Red Sox.
1945: At the Stadium, Stadium‚ the 4th place Yankees whip the A’s 8-1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3)‚ who returned to the team in July‚ helps his own cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of the Hall of Fame-bound hurler’scareer; at this point only Wes Ferrell (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo‚ it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season.
1941: The Series-bound Yankees play their second to last game of the regular season, a 4-3 loss to the Senators. Charlie Keller finally plays, going 0-for-4, while J0e DiMaggio has 2 RBIs to take the league lead 123 to 122 over Keller. The Nats will shut out New York tomorrow, 5-0.
1940: In New York‚ the Yankees‚ winners of 8 straight games‚ lose to the A’s Johnny Babbich 6-2. Babich is a former Yankee minor league prospect. The loss eliminates New York from the pennant race for the first time since 1935. Yankee catcher Arndt Jorgens (below), on the club’s active roster both last year and this‚ ends the season without an appearance‚ certainly a ML record. Last season he scored a run as a pinch runner‚ but had no at bats.
1938: At Yankee Stadium‚ Lou Gehrig connects off Washington’s Dutch Leonard for his 29th homer of the year to pace New York to a 5-2 win. It is the Iron Horse’s 493rd and last career round tripper and it comes on the 15th anniversary of his first.
1936: The Yankees (102-51) end their season with a 10-5 loss to the Senators‚ but finish in 1st place for the first time in 4 years, 19 1/2 games in front of the Tigers. Pete Appleton relieves Buck Newsom in the 6th and pitches hitless relief for the win. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-2 and then watches the rest of the game in street clothes behind the Washington dugout. The Yankees set an ML record with 992 RBI for the season. Their mark of 1065 runs scored is 2 off the ML record they set in 1931.
1931: Lou Gehrig hits a home run to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the yankees pound Lefty grove on their way to a 13-1 win‚ and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year‚ the most productive duo in history. Bill Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls‚ the only AL catcher – and the Yankees are the only AL team – to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees have scored 1‚067 runs this season‚ the highest number this century.
1927: Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7-4 win over the A’s. For the Babe, it is his 6th grand slam‚ but just his 3rd as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 homers for the year with 3 games to play
1920: Carl Mays and the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 3-0‚ as Mays allows just 4 hits. It is his 3rd straight shutout over Philadelphia and his 10th straight win against them. Babe Ruth drives in all the runs on a pair of homers over the right field off Eddie Rommel‚ his 52nd and 53rd homers of the campaign. He hit 2 other liners to left and center that were close to the wall.
The red letter days ~
2013: At the Stadium, Mariano Rivera makes his final appearance in a game. With the Yankees trailing 4-0 in the 9th, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter come out to the mound to change pitchers. The score remains unchanged, and Ivan Nova takes his sixth loss of the year.
1961: In New York’s 159th game‚ Roger Maris rips a Jack Fisher fastball into the right field seats at Yankee Stadium for his 60th HR. New York beat Baltimore 3-2. There are fewer than 8‚000 fans on hand to witness the historic event.
1952: The Yanks clinch their 4th straight pennant, and 19th overall, with an 11-inning 5-2 win at Philadelphia behind Ed Lopat and Johnny Sain. Billy Martin’s two out‚ two run single in the 11th clinches it. The loser is starter Harry Byrd‚ who gives up early solo homers to Mickey Mantle and Irv Noren. Gus Zernial’s 2-run homer is all the A’s offense.
On other 26ths of September…
2012: CC Sabathia strikes out 10 batters over 8 innings to lead the Yankees over the Twins 8 – 2. But the Yankees can’t put any additional distance between themselves and the second-place Orioles, who remain 1 1/2 games behind, as the Birds hit seven homers in routing the Blue Jays 12 – 2.
2009: Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice, Bronx native and Yankee fan Sonia Sotomayor throws out the first pitch at the Stadium. In the game that followed, CC Sabathia reduces the Bombers’ magic number to clinch the AL East title to one with a 3-0 win over Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox. Robbie Cano breaks a scoreless duel with a sixth-inning home run, and Johnny Damon singles in two in the 8th, but not until after pinch runner Brett Gardner escapes a rundown between home and third by diving back into third under an errant throw.
2004: In a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl, the Red Sox down the Yankees at Fenway, 11-4. Curt Schilling pitches 7 innings of one-hit ball‚ while the Red Sox jump on Kevin Brown in the 1st and Estaban Loaiza in the 2nd inning to post a 7-0 lead. Pedro Astacio, Brad Halsey and Joe Torre all get tossed in the 8th. Bill Mueller homers for Boston while Andy Phillips‚ in his first Major League at bat‚ homers on the first pitch he sees. He is the 20th rookie to pinch hit a homer on his first trip to the plate.
2003: Yankee rookie pitcher Jorge De Paula (below) makes his ML debut with 6 1/3 hitless innings in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles. He is removed after allowing a single to Larry Bigbie, but does not get a decision as the Orioles win‚ 3-2 in 10 innings. New York take the opener‚ 11-2.
1998: The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays‚ 3-1‚ for David Cone’s 20th win of the year. Cone sets a record for the most years (10) between 20-win seasons‚ having won 20 for the Mets in 1988. Jim Kaat held the previous record at 9. Shane Spencer homers‚ his 6th in 9 days and his 7th in the month‚ a Yankee rookie record..
1997: Four Yankee pitchers combine to 1-hit the Tigers‚ winning by a score of 8-2. Andy Pettitte starts and allows a 2-run single to Travis Fryman, in the 3rd inning‚ giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. Pettitte leaves after 4 frames and is succeeded by Brian Boehringer (3 innings)‚ Mariano Rivera (1 inning)‚ and Jeff Nelson (1 inning). Rivera receives credit for the win when NY explode for 6 runs in the 9th inning.
1978: The Yanks retain their one-game cushion with a 4-1 victory for Ed Figueroa over the Blue Jays, as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 6-0 behind Dennis Eckersley.
Off the field, New York District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms in the state.
1964: Behind rookie Mel Stottlemyre’s 2-hitter‚ the Yankees roll over the Senators 7-0 for their 11th win in a row. Stottlemyre leads the offense with a ML-record-tying 5 hits‚ the last pitcher to collect that many and just the 8th pitcher in the 20th century to do so (Jim Callahan of the White Sox did it twice). With a single in his last at bat in his last game‚ he has hit safely in 6 consecutive ABs.
1956: In his first ML start‚ Charlie Beamon of the Orioles throws a 1-0‚ 4-hit shutout against the Yanks to thwart Whitey Ford’s bid for his 20th win. Ford won’t win 20 until 1961.
1954: Already eliminated, the Yankees try to set a record for most wins by a second-place team. In Casey Stengel’s ‘power line-up‚’ Yogi Berra plays his only game at third base in his career; Mickey Mantle is back at shortstop,; and Moose Skowron is at second, with Eddie Robinson first. But Art Ditmar of the Athletics defeats the Yanks 8-6 in the last game the franchise will play as the Philadelphia A’s before moving to Kansas City.
1949: Before 67‚434 at the Stadium‚ the Red Sox survive a rhubarb-filled 7-6 win when Johnny Pesky scores on a disputed squeeze play. The Sox‚ down 6-3 in the 5th when Joe Page comes in‚ score 4 in the 8th to win. The winning tally comes across when Bobby Doerr drops a surprise squeeze bunt in front of Tommy Henrich‚ who is playing third, and Pesky slides under Ralph Houk’s tag at home. Umpire Bill Grieve disagrees with every fan in the park by calling Pesky safe‚ and three Yanks- Cliff Mapes, Casey Stengel and Houk – are fined for a post-game confrontation with the arbiter. Leading by one game‚ the Sox move on to Washington for a 3-game series before the last 2 games of the year with the Yankees.
1948: Tommy Henrich reaches Mel Parnell for a two-run homer in the 1st inning and Joe DiMaggio adds another pair in the 4th inning on a single. Tommy Byrne stops the Red Sox to give New York a 6-2 win. But Gus Niarhos, New York’s starting catcher since early August when Yogi Berra was injured‚ breaks a finger and is out for the year.
1940: The Yankees stay in the hunt for the pennant by sweeping a pair from the A’s‚ 5-4 and 2-0. New York‚ winners of 8 straight‚ are now 2 1/2 games behind Detroit and a 1/2 game behind Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins the opener with home run support from Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey.. For Gordon‚ it is his 30th round-tripper of the year. Ernie Bonham allows 4 hits in the nitecap.
1929: At Washington‚ the Yankees blast 3 Senator pitchers for a 10-3 win. Lou Gehrig‚ Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey each triple for the victors.
1926: The Browns beat the Yankees twice‚ 6-1 and 6-2‚ in a total time of 2 hours‚ 7 minutes‚ an MLB record for a twinbill. The 2nd game is the fastest in AL history: at 55 minutes. The Yanks total 19 hits‚ while the Browns collect 26 in the two games. Babe Ruth has one at bat‚ then sits‚ and misses reliever George Sisler‚ who tosses 2 scoreless innings to finish for the Browns in game 2 and‚ when the Browns score 4 in the 8th‚ picks up the victory. Ruth has 47 homers – twice as many as the runner-up – and also leads the AL with 139 runs‚ 155 RBI‚ and 144 bases on balls. Ruth is batting .372‚ second to Detroit’s Heinie Manush‚ who will go 6-for-9 on the last day to end at .378. Browns coach Jimmie Austin‚ 46 years old‚ participates in the nitecap and contributes to the win by knocking in a run with a double and then stealing home. He is not the oldest to steal a base (Arlie Latham was 50 when he swiped a bag for the New York Giants in 1909), but he is the oldest ever to steal home. The Yankees use Fred ‘Bonehead’ Merkle in his final game. Merkle replaces Lou Gehrig at first in the 6th.
1925: Late ’50s Yankee reliever Bobby Shantz is born. Happy 89th, Bobby!
1921: Babe Ruth hits homers nos. 57 and 58 plus a double, and collects a walk to beat the Indians 8-7‚ and the Yankees take a 2 game lead. George Burns (below) adds a triple and 3 singles for New York in the come-from-behind win. The Indians load the bases in the 9th inning, but Steve Neill strikes out on a Carl Mays fastball in the dirt to end it.
1919: Carl Mays gives up 2 unearned runs in the Yankees’ 8-2 victory over the A’s. He strikes out 7.
1904: In Philadelphia‚ Connie Mack correctly predicts the AL finish, saying‚ “It certainly looks like the men from Plymouth Rock will take the bunting‚” because of all the postponed games the crippled Highlanders have to make up. The New Yorkers then lose a pair to Cleveland‚ 4-3 and 6-2. Jack Chesbro loses the opener‚ his first defeat in 10 games‚ when George Stovall hits a bases loaded triple in the 8th. Jack Powell struggles to the loss in game 2 after Terry Turner hits a liner off his knee that caroms into the outfield for a double. Meanwhile‚ Boston sweep Detroit‚ 2-0 and 5-3‚ and now lead the AL race by 2 games. Bill Dinneen applies the whitewash in the opener and Cy Young ,coming in relief of George Winter for the last inning, takes game 2.