The red-letter day ~
1976: In the final ALCS game‚ the Yankees take an early lead only to see the Royals even it up on George Brett’s 3-run blast in the 8th. Chris Chambliss then connects for a dramatic 9th-inning home run off relief ace Mark Littell to win the game 7-6 and the pennant for the Yankees. it is the club’s first flag in 12 years, and the 29th in their history. By the time Chambliss reaches second‚ he is surrounded by screaming fans who escort him around the bases. After he reaches the dugout he returns with a police escort to make sure he touches third and home, only to discover that all the bases have been stolen as souvenirs.
On other 14ths of October…
2012: The Tigers take a 2 games to none lead in the ALCS with a 3-0 shutout of the Yankees at the Stadium. Anibal Sanchez pitches 7 innings in another strong outing by a Detroit starter. Hiroki Kuroda retires the first 15 Tigers batters but allows a run in the 6th on a botched potential double play grounder. A blown call by second base umpire Jeff Nelson in the 8th leads to two more runs, and results in Joe Girardi’s ejection.
2003: David Wells hurls the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox and a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Karim Garcia’s 2-run single in the 3rd is the key hit for NY while Manny Ramirez homers for Boston.
2001: Yankee bats finally come alive, as New York defeat Oakland 9-2 to even their series at 2 games apiece. Orlando Hernandez gets the victory as he improves his postseason mark to 9-1. Bernie Williams drives home 5 runs to lead the Yanks. Oakland outfielder Jermaine Dye fractures his leg when he fouls a ball off his left shin. He will miss the rest of the postseason and the start of spring training next year.
2000: The Yankees whitewash the Mariners 5-0 behind Roger Clemens’ 1-hitter. The Rocket fans 15 Mariners as New York move out to a 3-games-to-1 lead over Seattle in the ALCS. The Yankees score their runs on a 3-run homer by Derek Jeter and a 2-run blast by David Justice . Al Martin’s double off the glove of Tino Martinez in the 7th inning is the Mariners’ only hit. The two team’s total of 6 hits ties an ALCS record for fewest safeties in a game.
1999: The Yankees go 2 games up on the Red Sox in the ALCS with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game. David Cone gets the win for NY‚ with help from a Tino Martinez homer. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run round-tripper.
1988: Vic ‘the Springfield Rifle’ Raschi, mainstay of the early Casey Stengel era pitching staffs, dies at the age of 69.
1981: In game 2 of the ALCS‚ Graig Nettles singles twice in a 7-run 4th inning to become the first player ever to collect 2 hits in one inning in League Championship Series play. New York set LCS records for runs and hits (19) in a 13-3 rout of Oakland.
1978: Lou Piniella’s 10th-inning single scores Roy White with the winning run as the Yankees even the Series with a 4-3 win.
1977: Mike Torrez is the winning pitcher as the Yankees prevail over the Dodgers in game 3 of the WS. Mickey Rivers collects 3 hits‚ including 2 doubles.
1964: In World Series action at Busch Stadium, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle homer on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons‚ and Joe Pepitone launches a Gordie Richardson offering for a grand slam. New York win 8-3, and force a 7th game.
Off the field, Joe Girardi is born. Happy 49th to our skipper!
1948: ’70s Yankee ace Ed Figueroa is born. Happy 65th to the first Boricua ever to start a World Series game!
1923: In game 5 of the WS‚ the Yankees score 3 in the first and 4 in the 2nd off Jack Bentley (13-8)‚ and Joe Bush twirls a 3-hitter for an 8-1 win. Jumpin’ Joe Dugan (below) has 4 hits‚ including a homer. The Yanks now take a three games to two lead over the Giants.
The red-letter days ~
2001: The Derek Jeter Flip game.
Oakland Coliseum, Game 3 of the ALDS. Yankees leading 1-0, seventh inning, two outs. With Jeremy Giambi at first, Terrence Long hit a liner down the right field line. Shane Spencer fields and overthrows both his cutoff men. Jeter swoops in, grabs the ball and backhands it to catcher Jorge Posada, who reaches blindly and tags Giambi on his right calf, a half-second before touching home.
“First of all, Jeter didn’t make that play,” Posada says with a twinkle in his eye. “I made that play. Giambi was at first, and I know he’s not the fastest guy. And I know Shane covers a lot of ground in right. When the ball was hit, I knew we had a chance because it didn’t even go to the wall. Even if Derek had not been there, I think we would have had a chance.
“When Shane threw the ball, I was screaming, ‘Let it go! Let it go!’ I knew if Derek got the ball and turned to throw we’d have no chance, but he flipped it backhanded.
“I just caught it and did a blind tag. If he had slid, he would have been safe because I didn’t know where he was.
“There’s no doubt about it, I got him. After the game I looked at the replays. Some of the videos showed that I might not have gotten him, but I saw one that showed that I got him right on the calf. That umpire made a hell of a call.
“If we don’t make that play, I think we’re out of the playoffs. It would have tied the game, and then you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
1998: The Yankees move on to the World Series‚ as they defeat the Indians 9-5 to take the ALCS‚ 4 games to 2, for the 35th pennant in club history. Scott Brosius homers for NY‚ while Jim Thome hammers his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.
1996: The Yankees defeat the Orioles 6-4 giving them the AL pennant for the 34th time. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning‚ which features homers by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning‚ a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.
1953: The Yankees sign their first black players, buying the contracts of Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club‚ while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.
On other 13ths of October…
2012: In Game 1 of the ALCS, Raul Ibanez hits a homer to cap a game-tying four-run outburst against Tiger closer Jose Valverde in the 9th inning, but Detroit manage to overcome the psychological blow to win 6-4 in 12 innings. Derek Jeter collects the 200th postseason hit of his career in the game ~ second place on the all-time list is held by his long-time teammate Bernie Williams ~ but he then suffers a broken ankle while fielding a ground ball in the 12th, putting him out for the rest of the year. Delmon Young drives in 3 runs for Detroit, including a homer in the 8th and the game-winner with a double off David Phelps, the eighth Yankee pitcher of the game.
2003: Tim Wakefield earns his 2nd victory of the series‚ leading the Red Soxto a 3-2 win over the Yankees to even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Todd Walker and Trot Nixon homer for Boston‚ while Ruben Sierra’s 9th inning round-tripper gets New York to within a run.
2000: The Yankees batter the Mariners 8-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning for NY‚ while David Justice drives home 3 runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford’s record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 straight goose eggs.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the opener of the ALCS‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Boston blow a 3-0 lead‚ as Bernie Williams’ home run off Rod Beck leading off the bottom of the 10th is the game-winner.
1960: With the score tied at 9-9‚ Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history‚ off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10-9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without fanning anyone. Despite Maz’s heroics‚ Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP‚ as the Yanks outscore the Bucs‚ 55 to 27.
1958: The ML fines Yankee pitcher Ryne Duren $250 for giving the ‘choke’ sign to an umpire during the World Series.
1954: George Frazier, Yankee reliever who established an unenviable record by coming up the loser 3 times in the 1981 World Series, is born. Happy 59th, GF!
1923: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants pitchers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey 16-11) to an 8-4 win. Whitey Whitt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time‚ and Ross Youngs collects 4. The World Series is now even at two games all.
1921: Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game 8 with 2 days rest each. With 2 on and 2 outs in the first‚ Giants first baseman George ‘Highpockets’ hits a grounder to short that goes through the legs of Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches third for the rest of the day. After Aaron walks in the 9th‚ Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a drive toward right‚ but second baseman Johnny Rawlings throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for third base Kelly to Frisch to end the Series with a 4-3-5 DP. The Giants win1-0. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in 3 complete games. The Giants are the first team to lose the first 2 games and come back to win the Series.
1896: Mike Gazella, reserve utility infielder for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.
1876: Wild Bill Donovan, Yankee manager from 1915 through 1917, is born.
The red-letter day ~
1948: The Casey Stengel era begins, as the veteran manager is signed by the Yankees for the following season. Though widely derided at the time of his hiring, Stengel will lead the club to its period of greatest dominance.
On other 12ths of October…
2012: Behind CC Sabathia, the Yankees fight off the pesky Orioles 3-1 in Game 5 of the ALDS. Sabathia allows only 4 hits in a dominant complete game effort. With Alex Rodriguez on the bench, New York score twice in 6 innings against Jason Hammel, and Curtis Granderson adds a solo homer in the 7th. The Orioles score once in the 8th, but never mount a significant threat against the Yankee ace.
2004: The Yankees open the ALCS at the Stadium with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. The home side almost blow an 8-0 lead‚ but hold on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui, who contributes 5 RBI. Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.
2003: With Game 4 of the AL championship series postponed by rain‚ attention is on Don Zimmer‚ who apologizes for yesterday’s melee. “I’m embarrassed at what happened‚” Zimmer says‚ fighting back tears. “I’m embarrassed for the Yankees‚ the Red Sox‚ the fans‚ the umpires and my family.” Zimmer is fined $5‚000 by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline‚ Martinez is fined $50‚000‚ Ramirez $25‚000 and Garcia $10‚000. Boston owner John Henry‚ pleased with Zimmer’s apology‚ says he “wouldn’t mind seeing the same thing coming from our side.” Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar says he hopes Zimmer’s remarks will put an end to the “sideshow.” Boston center fielder Johnny Damon acknowledges that the Red Sox also were to blame in the brawl. “If I was involved‚ I’d apologize. But then‚ Zimmer wasn’t coming after my life‚ he was coming after Pedro’s.” It is not Zimmer’s last press conference; he will announce after the Series that he is fed up with George Steinbrenner’s interference and that he is retiring.
1996: The Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Orioles gives them a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Darryl Strawberry homers twice for NY‚ while Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill add 4-baggers.
1977: Homers by Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Reggie Smith and Steve Garvey lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 win in game 2 of the World Series. Burt Hooton goes the distance‚ allowing just 5 hit, as Yankee starter Catfish Hunter is driven to cover in the 2nd.
1976: In game 3 of the ALCS, Chris Chambliss contributes a home run and 3 RBI to the Yankees come-from-behind 5-3 victory. The Royals score 3 in the 1st off Dock Ellis‚ but the former Pirate faces just 22 batters in the next 7 innings.
1970: Tanyon Sturtze is born. Obtained from the Dodgers in May 2004 for minor league infielder Brian Myrow, he would be a godsend in the Yankee campaign for the rest of the regular season before declining the following year and undergoing arm surgery in ’06. Happy 43rd to TS!
1964:Tim McCarver’s 3-run homer pins a 5-2 loss on Yankee reliever Pete Mikkelsen and gives St. Louis a 3-2 WS lead.
1961: Ralph Houk is given a 2-year contract extension to manage the Yankees.
1960: Whitey Ford keeps Yankee hopes alive, and coasts to the game 6 win, tossing a 7-hit shutout as his offense bombs Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend again, 12-0. Bobby Richardson’s 2 run-scoring triples give him a WS record of 12 RBI.
1936: Tony Kubek is born. A 1954 amateur free agent, he remained with the franchise until he retired, contributing 57 homers and 373 RBI to the Yankee cause along the way. Happy 77th, Tony!
1932: Joe McCarthy signs a 3-year contract to manage the Yankees.
1923: Yankee Stadium fills with 62‚430 fans to see an old-fashioned pitching duel. Once again a Casey Stengel home run is the difference‚ as the Giants’ Art Nehf (below) bests Sam Jones 1-0 in game 3 of the WS.
1921: Carl Mays and Phil Douglas (below) joust again, and again Mays has perfect control (he gives up no walks in his 26 innings in the Series). He yields 6 hits‚ but a 7th-inning error by Aaron Ward at second, followed by Frank Snyder’s double‚ break a 1-1 tie and give Douglas his 2nd win.The Giants now take a 4-3 lead in the best of 9 Series.
The red-letter day ~
1943: Bill Dickey’s 2-run homer off Mort Cooper in the 6th gives the Yanks the championship, the tenth in club history. Spud Chandler gives up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2-0 victory. Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full share is worth $6‚139 to the New York players; the Cards get $4‚321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million at the gate‚ receives $100‚000 for broadcast rights‚ and Major League Baseball donates $308‚000 to War Funds.
On other 11ths of October…
2006: Cory Lidle is killed when his single-engine plane slams into a 50-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Perishing with him is his pilot instructor.
2003: The third game of the ALCS at Fenway turns into one of the most tumultuous affairs in the long history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. In a contest marked by several brawls‚ including a memorable one in which Boston hurler Pedro Martinez throws 72-year-old New York coach Don Zimmer to the ground‚ the Yankees defeat the Sox 4-3 to take a two games to one lead. Zim’s slow charge onto the field is the culmination of a series of events. First comes a Pedro pitch behind Karim Garcia’s head in the 4th inning. Garcia follows with a hard slide into second upending Todd Walker. When the Red Sox come to bat, Manny Ramirez takes exception to a pitch from Roger Clemens that sails high. Although it is barely inside‚ he shouts at Clemens‚ moving at him with bat in hand‚ and both benches empty. Clemens posts the 11th postseason win of his career while Derek Jeter homers for NY.
2001: The A’s take the second game of their Dvision Series with the Yankees 2-0 behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Ron Gant homers for the A’s‚ who escape a two on‚ no one out threat by the Yanks in the 9th.
2000: The Yankees score 7 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Mariners‚ 7-1‚ and tie the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Bernie Williams’ hit breaks NY’s 21-inning scoreless streak. Jorge Posada hits a HR later in the inning. Orlando Hernandez’s record in postseason play. improves to 7-0, as ‘El Duque’ celebrates his 35th birthday in style.
1998: New York get 3 runs in the 1st‚ then hold on for a 5-3 win over Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALCS. David Wells picks up the victory‚ with Chili Davis (below) homering for the Yankees, and Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton going long for the Tribe.
1996: The Yankees win Game 3 by a score of 5-2‚ after AL President Gene Budig (below) rejects Baltimore’s protest of Game 1. NY come up with 4 runs in the 8th inning in another come-from-behind win.
1981: Yankee bats are too much for the Brewers, as three homers, including the 2nd of the series by Reggie Jackson‚ and 13 hits provide a 7-3 win and a trip to the ALCS.
1978: The Dodgers go two games up in the WS with a 4-3 win in game 2. Ron Cey drives in all the Dodger runs and Reggie Jackson does the same for the Yankees.Rookie flamethrower Bob Welch saves Burt Hooton’s win in dramatic fashion by striking out Jackson in the 9th inning to end a Yankee threat.
1977: The Yankees win the opening game of the WS 4-3 in 12 innings, as Willie Randolph doubles and scores the winning run on Paul Blair’s walkoff single.
1964: Ken Boyer’s 6th-inning grand slam off Al Downing provides all the scoring necessary to give the Cards a 4-3 win over the Yankees,in game 4 of the World Series, which is now tied at two games each.
1946: The Yankees ship Ed Bockman and veteran Joe Gordon to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds. Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but Joe DiMaggio urged them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees dynasty of the first half of the ’50s, while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good campaigns. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.
1927: Lou Gehrig, who established a new ML record with 175 RBI‚ is named AL MVP. With 56 points‚ Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann’s 35 and Ted Lyons’ 34. Babe Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible.
1923: The World Series moves across the East River for the second game. Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs and Aaron Ward one‚ as Herb Pennock scatters 9 hits for a 4-2 Yankee win at the Polo Grounds, and a 2-0 Series lead.
1921: Miller Huggins gambles in Game 6 with lefty Harry Harper‚ and the Yankees send Fred Toney to the showers with 3 runs in the first. But the Giants answer with 3 of their own in the 2nd‚ and continue the attack against Bob Shawkey while Jess Barnes (below) slams the door‚ striking out 10‚ including 7 in a row sandwiched around 4 walks. Emil ‘Irish’ Meusel and Frank Snyder homer for the Giants in an 8-5 win. It is Barnes’second WS win in relief, as John McGraw’s club even the best of 9 Series at 3 games each.
The red-letter days ~
1956: In Game 7‚ the Yankees win their first World Series championship in 3 years, and the 16th in club history overall, as Johnny Kucks blanks the Bums 9-0. Yogi Berra swats a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron hits a grand slam. The combination is unprecedented in WS history – not until 1998 will there be another player hitting a grand slam in a game in which a teammate hits 2 homers.. Don Newcombe takes the loss‚ his 4th in Series competition.
1951: Hank Bauer’s bases-loaded triple propels the Yankees to a 4-3 win for their 3rd straight championship, and the 13th in the annals of the franchise. Just before the game‚ Leo Durocher turns over to Ford Frick a letter he received in which the writer offered the Giants’ manager a $15‚000 bribe ‘if the Giants manage to lose the next 3 games.’
1937: Lefty Gomez wins again‚ and the Yankees wrap up the Series, their second in a row, and sixth overall, Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4-2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win‚ without a loss‚ for Gomez. Another record is set as the Yankees complete the 5-game Series without an error.
On other 10ths of October…
2012: Pinch-hitting for a struggling Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 9th, Raul Ibanez homers off Orioles’ closer Jim Johnson to tie the score. Joe Girardi’s bold move pays off twice, as Ibanez homers again against Brian Matusz in the 12th inning to give New York a 3-2 walk-off victory in Game 3 of the other ALDS. Baltimore had taken a 2-1 lead on homers by rookies Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado off Hiroki Kuroda, until Ibanez turns the game’s tide.
2005: The Angels beat the Yankees 5-3 to win their Division Series. Rookie Ervin Santana (below) gets the win in relief of Bartolo Colon, who is forced to leave the game in the 2nd inning with a shoulder injury. Garret Anderson homers for LA while Derek Jeter connects for NY.
2001: The Yankees fall to the A’s‚ 5-3‚ in the first game of their Divisional Series. Terrence Long hits a brace of HRs for Oakland and Jason Giambi adds another. Mark Mulder gets the win for Oakland as Johnny Damon goes 4-for-4.
2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees 2-0 to take the opener of the ALCS. Freddy Garcia and the Seattle bullpen combine on a 6-hitter‚ while Alex Rodriguez hits a home run.
1998: The Yankees even the ALCS with Indians at 2 games apiece on a 4-hit‚ 4-0 tag-team shutout. Orlando Hernandez hurls the first 7 innings‚ while Mike Stanton and Mariano Rivera finish up.
1996: Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 evens the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Rafael Palmeiro’s 7th-inning homer is the key blow.
1995: George Steinbrenner is fined $50‚000 for remarks critical of the umpiring in the New York-Seattle Division Series.
1980: George Brett sends Kansas City to their first World Series by belting a 3-run HR off Rich Gossage in the 7th inning to clinch a 4-2 Royals win and a 3-game sweep of the LCS. It is sweet revenge after 3 ALCS losses to the Bombers.
1978: With 2 homers and 5 RBI, Davey Lopes leads the Dodgers to an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in game 1 of the World Series.
1976: Kansas City even the ALCS with a 7-3 win over New York behind Paul Splittorff’s 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
1964: After Jim Bouton and Curt Simmons battle to a 1-1 tie through 8 innings‚ Mickey Mantle launches one into the upper deck in right on Bafrney Schultz’s first pitch in the 9th‚ and the Yankees win 2-1. The Yanks now lead the Series 2 games to 1.
1962: Following a rainout‚ New York overcome 2 San Francisco leads‚ and Tom Tresh’s 3-run 8th-inning HR off Jack Sanford gives the Yankees and Ralph Terry a 5-3 win, and a 3-2 series lead.
1960: Bill Mazeroski (below) stars again. His 2-run double stakes Harvey Haddix to a 3-0 lead. Roy Face is called on once more for a hitless relief effort to preserve a 5-2 win over the Yankees and 3-2 WS lead for the surprising Bucs.
1943: Marius Russo, who had as disappointing regular season‚ pitches and bats the Yankees to a 2-1 win over the Cards. He allows just 7 hits and his double knocks in the winner to put the Bombers up 3 games to 1 in the World Series.
1930: The Yankees announce that they have signed Joe McCarthy to a 4-year contract to manage the team. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant‚ and the Yanks lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8 pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.
1926: On a drizzly New York afternoon‚ only 38‚093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding World Series contest. Grover Cleveland Alexander‚ possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen‚ barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3-2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th as the result of a blister on his pitching hand; 3 straight walks put Earle Combs, Bob Meusel and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Rogers Hornsby then waves in Alexander for one of the most dramatic confrontations in WS history. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats‚ a few feet to the foul side of the pole‚ then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th‚ and is thrown out in an inexplicable attempt to steal second. (This is the only time that WS has ever ended in this manner.) The Cards and the city of St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5‚584.51; the losers‚ $3‚417.75 apiece.
1923: For the third year in a row it’s a subway series. In the first World Series game at Yankee Stadium‚ the home team take a quick 3-0 lead‚ but Heinie Groh triples in 2 runs in a 4-run 3rd that drives Waite Hoyt (17-9) to cover. A 4-4 tie is broken in the top of the 9th by the Giants when Casey Stengel’s long fly drops in and rolls to the outfield wall. The sore-legged veteran hobbles around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that is the winning run against reliever Joe Bush (19-15) before 55‚307 spectators. This is also the first Fall Classic to be broadcast on a nationwide radio network. Graham McNamee‚ aided by baseball writers taking turns‚ is at the mike. Grantland Rice had broadcast an earlier WS‚ but not nationally.
1921: In game 5 of the WS, an unearned run in the first is all the Giants can manage off Waite Hoyt despite 10 hits and a walk. A 1-1 game is decided in the 4th when Babe Ruth catches the Giants’ infield unawares with a perfect bunt‚ then makes it home on Bob Meusel’s double off Art Nehf. Meusel scores on a sacrifice fly‚ and 3-1 is the result, as the yanks take a 3 games to 2 lead. The 35‚758 spectators bring the players’ pool to a record $302‚522.23.
1904: On the final day of the season‚ a doubleheader split will give the leading Boston Americans the AL pennant over the Highlanders. 30‚000 are on hand at Hilltop Park for the contests. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th and a man on third, Jack Chesbro lets a spitball get away from him for a wild pitch‚ and Lou Criger scores Boston’s winning run. Bill Dinneen then stops New York in the 9th‚ hurling his 37th consecutive complete game of the season for an AL mark. New York win the meanimgless second game‚ chilling George Winter who goes the route in a 1-0 loss to the hosts. Boston take the AL flag by 1 1/2 games, as their pitchers achieve 148 complete games – an AL record. Both leagues set marks for total complete games: AL 1‚098‚ NL 1‚089.
The red-letter days ~
1977: For the 2nd year in succession‚ the Yankees score in the 9th inning of the 5th game to beat the Royals in the LCS. Reggie Jackson, who had been benched, delivers a key RBI single as a pinch hitter in the 8th, and then Mickey Rivers gets the game-winning hit. The final score is New York 5‚ Kansas City 3, to give the Yankees their 30th AL pennant.
1961: Super-subs John Blanchard and Hector Lopez spark a 5-run first inning and 13-5 win for New York over Cincinnati. Both benchmen hit HRs‚ and Lopez drives in 5 runs. Bud Daley’s long relief effort wraps up the Series‚ as Ralph Houk becomes the third rookie manager to guide a WS winner, the Yankees’ 19th overall.
1958: The Yankees wrap up the World Series, the key blow coming on Moose Skowron’s 3-run home run off Lew Burdette in the 8th that puts the game on ice, 6-2. The win completes a comeback from a 3-1 deficit, making the Yanks the first team since the 1925 Pirates to accomplish the feat. Eddie Matthews strikes out for the 11th time‚ a record that will stand until l980 when broken by Willie Wilson of Kansas City. The Braves’ 53 whiffs are also a new WS record. This is Casey Stengel’s 7th championship‚ tying him with Joe McCarthy for the most Series won, and the team’s 18th title overall.
1949: The Yankees pound the Dodgers 10-6 to win the WS in 5 games, for the 12th championship in franchise history. Pinch hitter and third baseman Bobby Brown is the hitting hero‚ batting .500 and driving in 5 runs.
1938: The Yankees become the first team to win 3 successive World Championships‚ defeating the Cubs by a score of 8-3‚ as Red Ruffing and the Yankees finish off the sweep. The title is the 7th in the history of the franchise.
1928: After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and Bill Sherdel do battle in game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2-1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Babe Ruth hits a home run, his 2nd of the game, after seeming to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel, who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires huddle to discuss the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but not in the junior circuit, and rule it will not be counted. Two pitches later, Lou Gehrig goes long as well. When Bob Meusel singles, in comes Grover Cleveland Alexander to face… Tony Lazzeri. This time, Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs (who is out with a broken finger) hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his 3rd round-tripper of the game. The final score is 7-3 and the Yanks sweep their 2nd straight World Series for the club’s third championship of the decade. Ruth’s WS BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig following closely behind at .545, with a record 9 RBI, The duo also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.
On other 9ths of October…
2010: For the second straight year, the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the divisional round. Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher deliver bombs for the Bombers as the homesiders roll at the Stadium, 6-1.
2009: In game two of their Division Series, A.J. Burnett and Nick Blackburn pitch their respective sides to a 1-1 tie through six, but Minnesota reach Phil Hughes for two runs in the eighth. Alex Rodriguez gets his postseason started in earnest with a two-run blast off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth to send it into extras. Things get tense in the 11th when Minnesota’s first three batters single off David Robertson, but a liner, then a grounder, to first base and a fly out get the Yanks out of the jam. In the home half of the inning, Mark Teixeira sends a line drive just over the wall in left for a 4-3 Yankee win, and a two-games-to-none lead in the series.
2005: The Yankees down the Angels 3-2 to even their Division Series. Al Leiter gets in the win for NY in relief of Shawn Chacon.
2004: The Yankees finish off the Twins with a come-from-behind 6-5 win in 11 innings to win their Division Series. Ruben Sierra’s 3-run HR ties the game in the 8th inning and A-Rod scores the winning run on a wild pitch. Henry Blanco homers for Minnesota.
2003: The Yankees even their series with the Red Sox by defeating Boston behind Andy Pettitte‚ 6-2. Nick Johnson hits a 2-run dinger for New York while Jason Varitek hits a solo homer for Boston.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Rangers‚ 3-0‚ to sweep their League Division Series. Roger Clemens hurls 7 shutout innings for the win‚ as Darryl Strawberry’s 3-run homer in the 1st provides all the scoring in the game.
1998: Cleveland take a 6-1 victory over the Yankees, and a 2-1 lead in the ALCS, on the strength of 4 HRs: 2 by Jim Thome, and 1 each by Manny Ramirez and Mark Whiten. Andy Pettitte gives up 3 of the homers in a rocky 5th inning.
1996: The Jeffrey Maier Incident.
Bernie Williams’ 11th-inning homer gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Baltimore in the opening game of the ALCS. Williams’ shot was made possible when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the left field fence in the 8th inning‚ interfering with a ball hit by Derek Jeter. It was ruled a HR, which tied the game‚ 4-4.
1981: The Brewers‚ facing elimination in their Divisions Series with the Yanks, win 5-3. Paul Molitor’s solo home run in the 8th inning is the go-ahead blow. Ted Simmons clubs a 2-run homer and Randy Lerch pitches 6 solid innings for the win.
1980: KC win again to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS‚ but this time they have to tag out Willie Randolph in a close play at the plate in the 8th inning. Yankee 3rd base coach Mike Ferraro will be fired after the series for having waved Randolph around. Dennis Leonard gets the 3-2 win.
1976: The Yankees beat the Royals 4-1 in the ALCS opener. George Brett’s 2 first-inning errors allow 2 unearned runs‚ and that is all Catfish Hunter needs to go the distance on.
1960: Vern Law wins again‚ thanks to his own RBI single and Bill Virdon’s 2-run safety. Elroy face retires the final 8 Yankees in order. Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win evens the WS at 2 games each.
1957: The Yankees stay alive as Hank Bauer homers off the left field at the Stadium to give his team a 3-2 win behind the 4-hit pitching of Bob Turley. The World Series is even at 3 apiece.
1956: The Dodgers bounce back. Clem Labine, normally a member of the Brooklyn relief corps, comes out of the bullpen to pitch a 1-0 complete game shutout in 10 innings. The Dodgers’ only run (against Bob Turley, who scatters 4 hits in going the distance as well) is unearned – Enos Slaughter misjudges a Jackie Robinson fly ball‚ and Jim Gilliam scores from second with the winning run.
1951: Gil McDougald becomes the first rookie to hit a grand slam in the World Series‚ as the Yankees win in a romp‚ 13-1. Ed Lopat wins his 2nd game, as the Bombers take a 3-2 lead over the Giants.
1950: Casey Stengel signs a new 2-year pact estimated at between $65‚000 and $80‚000 a year.
1940: Joe Pepitone is born Happy 73rd, Pepi!
1937: Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit‚ 7-3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning home run to give him a record 34 postseason RBI‚ breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series‚ setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore‚ in a 4-game set in 1966.
1926: Grover Cleveland Alexander scatters 8 hits in game 6 while the Cards tee off on Bob Shawkey (8-6)‚ Urban Shocker and Myles Thomas for 13 hits in a 10-2 romp.
1921: After a rainout, a Sunday crowd of 36,371 watches Carl Mays and Phil Douglas square off for game 4. Mays works 5 hitless innings, while a run-scoring triple by Wally Schang gives the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Mays then apparently tires and the Giants deliver a volley of 7 hits in the last 2 innings for 4 runs.Babe Ruth’s first World Series home run comes in the 9th, but the Giants win 4-2 to pull even at 2 games each. A group of Prohibition agents cause a near-riot by trying to gatecrash the game with a claim of ‘official business.’ When ticket takers refuse to let them in the police are called to forcibly remove the agents from the line, ‘as angry fans look on’ (New York Herald). Tomorrow, Federal Prohibition Commissioner Roy Haynes will issue orders barring agents from using their badges to gain admission to places of amusement.
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.