The red-letter days ~
1962: Whitey Ford beats Washington 8-3‚ as the Yankees clinch the AL pennant for the 26th time in club history. Ralph Houk becomes the 5th ML manager to capture pennants in each of his first 2 seasons.
1960: Ralph Terry clinches the Yankees’ 25th pennant with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Luis Arroyo saves the win. It is Casey Stengel’s 10th and final pennant in 12 years at New York.
1943: The Yankees clinch the AL flag, their 14th, with a 2-1 win over the Tigers in 14 innings. Both starters go the distance, Spud Chandler (below) outduelling Detroit’s Frank ‘Stubby’ Overmire.
1929: Three days after turning the team over to coach Art Fletcher, Yankee manager Miller Huggins dies from blood poisoning at New York’s St. Vincent Hospital. He was 49. The team finds out about the death during the 5th inning at Fenway Park and both teams line up along the foul lines for a minute of silent prayer. New York win the game 11-10 in 11 innings as starters Ray Dobens and Bots Nekola‚ teammates at Holy Cross a year ago‚ are gone after 6 innings. Tony Lazzeri is the hitting star with a single‚ double‚ and 2 triples.
1926: The Yankees take two from the Browns to nail down the AL flag, the club’s 4th, winning the opener 10-2 behind Herb Pennock. Babe Ruth’s grand slam is the big blow. In the nitecap‚ Lou Gehrig homers in the 3rd inning‚ off Milt Gaston, while Ruth matches him with a 2-run HR in the 6th off Win Ballou. Ruth adds a solo shot in the 9th‚ his 46th‚ off Joe Giard to seal the Waite Hoyt 10-4 victory. Ruth has 4 RBIs in each game‚ though his official scorecard somehow lists him at two apiece: the incorrect total will not be noted until ASBR member Trent McCotter discovers it in 2004‚ and it raises his RBI total for the year to 150‚ not 146‚ which is his official total.
On other 25ths of September…
2000: The Yankees’ disastrous September slide continues, as the club lose their last regular season home game of the year to the Tigers, 15-4. David Justice blasts his career-high 41st home run, but it isn’t nearly enough, as Detroit jump on Doc Gooden for five runs in the first three innings. Derek Jeter notches his 1,000th career hit with a 5th inning infield single.
1998: The Yankees win‚ 6-1 over the Devil Rays and set an AL record for most wins in a season‚ 112. The 1954 Indians held the record at 111. Orlando Hernandez improves his record to 12-4.
1996: The Yankees clinch the AL East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The New Yorkers score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating 4 in the opening frame. Tino Martinez leads with 5 RBIs and David Cone # (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yanks also take the nitecap‚ 6-2.
1990: One of the few bright spots in a dismal year: the Yankees tie an MLB record when their first 8 batters all hit safely in a 15-3 rout of the Orioles. Anthony Telford gives up the first 6 hits to take the loss. The Yanks hit 6 homers in the game.
1989: In a 7-4 Yankee loss to the Red Sox, Boston’s Wade Boggs goes 4-for-5 to become the first player in Major League history to achieve both 200 hits and 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons. It is Boggs’ 7th straight 200-hit season overall‚ extending his own modern ML record. Dwight Evans also puts his name in the record books by belting his 20th homer. He is the only current player with 20 or more homers in each of the last 9 years.
1985: Rickey Henderson steals his 75th base of the season in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over Detroit‚ breaking the club record of 74 set by Fritz Maisel in 1914.
1968: Mickey Mantle plays his final game at Yankee Stadium. He slices a two-out first inning single off Cleveland’s Luis Tiant‚ the only hit for the homesiders. Tiant tosses his 9th shutout of the year‚ tops in the AL‚ to win 3-0. El Tiante’s ERA drops to 1.60; the previous low for an Indian pitcher was Stan Coveleski’s 1.87 in 1917.
1955: The Series-bound Yankees split a tune-up with the Red Sox‚ as Casey Stengel uses 17 players in each game of the doubleheader. New York win‚ 9-2‚ then loses 8-1 to righty George Susce. Ted Williams is 1-for-1 in each game and is replaced with a pinch runner. He finishes the season at .356‚ well ahead of Al Kaline’s .340‚ but he does not have enough ABs to win the batting title. The same thing happened the previous year. Williams was walked 136 times in 1954 and 71 times (an AL-leading 17 were intentional) this year. A rule change will be made to recognize plate appearances‚ not times at bat. The Throneberry brothers face in other for the first time in the opener with New York’s Marv collecting 2 hits to Faye’s 0. Haywood and Frank Sullivan‚ the losing pitcher‚ are the Boston battery in game 1‚ but they are not related.
1949: Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games‚ Casey Stengel and his Yankees have been in first place all season. But today the Red Sox (93-55) move into a tie for first place with a 4-1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR‚ and Mel Parnell allows just 4 hits in winning his 25th game of the season. The lefty is 16-3 at Fenway this year‚ while the Sox have won their last 21 games at home. Joe DiMaggio listens to the game from a hospital‚ bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans‚ including Mrs. Babe Ruth‚ who predicts‚ “Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way.”
1948: Boston’s Jack Kramer scatters seven hits and the Sox beat up on Allie Reynolds‚ sending the Big Chief to the showers in the 4th inning. The Red Sox win‚ 7-2. The Yanks are now one game out of first, with the Red Sox and the Indians in a dead heat.
1934: In his first major league game‚ Yankee Vito Tamulis shuts out the A’s‚ 5-0. Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚500th consecutive game and hits his 48th HR‚ a personal high.
1921: At the Polo Grounds‚ 38‚000 watch the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians 21-7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yanks knock out Ray Caldwell in the 2nd and dust up Duster Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. In the 4th the Yankees bat around before the first out is recorded. The 10th batter, Roger Peckinpaugh, singles for his 2nd hit of the inning‚ as manager Tris Speaker watches from center field. Bob Meusel adds a triple with 2 on and a homer with 2 on to pace the 20-hit attack. Carl Mays has 3 hits and goes the distance for the win.
1917: Phil Rizzuto is born.
1909: The Highlanders’ eight-game winning streak comes to an end against visiting Tiger pitcher Ed Summers, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. They also lose the second game, 10-4. The New Yorkers hit Summers freely across the first three innings with the help of a signal-stealing scheme. A hat advertisement in center field at Hilltop Park has the crossbar in ‘H’ cut and painted white on one side and black on the other. Using a telescope, a spotter picks up the catcher’s signal and uses a handle to flip the crossbar to indicate fastball or curve. Tigers manager Hughey Jennings sends the team trainer to investigate. He discovers the scam and destroys the crossbar. Jennings isn’t the only manager to suspect the Highlanders are swiping signs. White Sox manager Billy Sullivan will later claim that he had suspicions, but couldn’t prove anything. Joe Cantillon, manager of the Senators, also claims to have been aware of the practice, but didn’t complain because his team was out of the race. He identified the man in center field as former pitcher Gene McCann. Later, at the winter meetings the American League board of directors issues a statement saying that ‘after their investigation, they found no evidence of a signal tipping plan had been in effect.’ The statement also declared that ‘if such a plan was discovered from any team in the league the manager or player responsible would be banned from the league for all time.’ A rule prohibiting signal tipping will be implemented the following year.
The red-letter days ~
1998: The Yanks win‚ 5-2 over the Devil Rays,and post their 111th win of the year‚ surpassing the club record 110‚ set by the 1927 team. Shane Spencer hammers a grand slam‚ his 8th homer in 57 at bats.
1957: The Yankees are idle, but clinch their 23rd pennant and 8th under Casey Stengel, as Kansas City upend the Whte Sox 6-5. The A’s will have no pitchers who qualify for the ERA title; the next team to match that dubious achievement will be the 1995 Cardinals.
On other 24ths of September…
2012: The Yankees defeat the Twins 6-3 behind Andy Pettitte to move to 1 1/2 games in front of the Orioles. Curtis Granderson hits his 40th homer, becoming the fifth Yankee to hit forty dingers in back-to-back seasons.
2005: Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the third franchise in major league history, and the first since the 1994 strike to pass the four-million attendance mark. The Bombers back into the record, however, as starter Jaret Wright fails to get out of the 2nd inning in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays.
2002: Mike Mussina is masterful in a 6-0 shutout of the Devil Rays at the Stadium, striking out 12 and allowing just two singles. Bernie Williams’ third-inning double is his 200th hit of the season. Two innings later, young Rays shortstop Felix Escalona (below) makes a sparkling play on Bernie’s fielder’s choice. The Yanks are so impressed that they will acquire him and in 2005 he will provide valuable middle-infield backup.
1978: Ron Guidry (23-3) gains his third 2-hit shutout of the month‚ a 4-0 blanking of the Indians. The two Indian safeties re by Duane Kuiper – it is the second time this year that he has recorded the only hits in a game against the Yankee ace. Louisiana Lightning also two-hit the Red Sox on September 9 (7-0) and 15 (4-0). It is Guidry’s 9th shut out of the year‚ a Yankee record‚ and ties the AL record for southpaws set by Boston lefty Babe Ruth in 1916. The Red Sox stay one game in back of New York by topping Toronto 7-6.
1972: In the nitecap of a doubleheader sweep over the Indians‚ Sparky Lyle sets an AL record and ties the ML mark by saving his 35th game. The Yanks win 8-3 after gaining a 5-4 win in the opener when they score 2 unearned runs on 5 Indian errors in the 11th. Thurman Munson steals second by kicking the ball out of Frank Duffy’s glove and going to third on the error. Duffy then boots a grounder and throws wildly for two more notches in the E column. Catcher Gerry Moses then picks up a squibber and fires high over first base – right fielder Del Unser’s throw to the plate is over Moses’ head for error no. 5.
1960: Mickey Mantle’s 11th-inning homer off Ted Wilks gives New York a 6-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway. Mantle had driven in the game’s second run with a drag bunt in the first to bring home Roger Maris, who had tripled.
1954: Arnie Portocarrero stops the A’s 15-game losing streak to the Yankees by winning 5-1 at the Stadium. Arnie fans 11‚ including 3 straight pinch hitters – Lou Berberet‚ Gus Triandos‚ and Frank Leja – in the 9th. KC shortstop Jack Littrell hits a 3-run homer for his first Major League round-tripper.
1952: In doubleheader action at Fenway‚ New York’s Johnny Sain relieves in the 10th for a 3-2 win in the opener‚ then relieves in the nightcap to preserve an 8-6 win. Mickey Mantle leads the way with a homer‚ a triple‚ 2 doubles and a single on the afternoon‚ driving in 6 runs. His triple in the 10th wins the opener‚ and his 4th inning homer in the nightcap‚ off Mel Parnell‚ gives New York a 7-0 lead. Boston come back to cut the lead to one run in the 8th when they score two runs off Bob Kuzava. In the 9th‚ the Mick misses on a sac bunt attempt‚ then doubles home Phil Rizzuto with another run. New York now lead Cleveland by 2 games with 4 to play.
1950: 66‚924 fans come out to the Ballyard in the Bronx for Johnny Mize Day, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox 9-5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1/2 ahead of Detroit. Phil Rizzuto contributes a single‚ double‚ and a homer, while Yogi Berra adds 4 hits including a triple. Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak reaches 15. New York will win 5 of their next 7‚ while the Tigers will manage to go 4-3.
1949: At Boston‚ Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway) pitches a 6-hitter and Ted Williams lines his 42nd homer to beat the Yankees 2-0 and pull the Red Sox to within a game of New York. Kinder has now won 13 straight games and is 4-0 against the Bombers.
1948: The Red Sox knock out Vic Raschi in the 4th inning and Ted Williams drives in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk. The Yankees still whip the Red Sox 9-6‚ though, scoring two gift runs when Ellis Kinder forgets to cover first base. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland snap their seven-game win streak when Detroit beat them‚ 4-3 behind Fred Hutchinson’s 7-hitter. New York‚ Boston and Cleveland are now tied for 1st place in the AL with identical 91-56 records.
1946: Disappointing on the field‚ the Yankees nevertheless finish their home season with a 2‚309‚029 attendance‚ the first team in ML history to reach the two million mark. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs, at 1‚485‚166. Total ML attendance this year was 18.5 million‚ 80 percent more than 1945.
1941: The Yanks down the A’s 7-2 as Joe DiMaggio hits HRs #29 and #30, the fifth year in a row he’s reached the 30 mark. His three RBI move him closer to the still idle Charlie Keller.
1940: The Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, with fireman Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy winning both games. Murphy pitches the 10th inning of the opening 6-5 win‚ then tosses 2 2/3 innings of the nitecap‚ a 9-4 victory stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of darkness. The Murphy wins pull the Yankees to within 2 1/2 games of the pace-setting Tigers.
1934: Babe Ruth plays his final game at Yankee Stadium. Suffering from a mildly sprained ankle, the Bambino walks his first time up, limps to first base, and leaves for a pinch runner. The Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-0, handing the AL pennant to the idle Tigers.
1932: In a battle of Boston collegians‚ Harvard beats Boston College. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler‚ makes his Major League debut for the Yankees and beats Boston 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher‚ former BC pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season as the first ML team to score in every game of the campaign. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.
1929: The Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth Day at Fenway by winning 5-3 over the Red Sox. The Babe is 2-for-3 with a double. Tom Zachary wins his 12th without a loss: his 12-0 season record has still not been equalled.
1927: The Yankees win their 106th game‚ 6-0 over Detroit‚ for a new AL high. They will win 110‚ a record until the 1954 Indians win 111. George Pipgras is the complete-game winner for New York today.
1925: At the Stadium‚ Babe Ruth hits a 10th inning grand slam with the Yankees down by 3 runs to give trhe homesiders a 6-5 win. It is the first so-called Ultimate Grand Slam this century‚ and the only one in the AL to date that will come in extra innings. The next UGS by a Yankee will also come in extra innings – Jason Giambi’s 14th inning blow in 2002. Ruth’s shot, off George ‘Sarge’ Connally in relief of Red Faber‚ makes a winner of starter Ben Shields.
1923: Detroit pitcher Ray Francis, with a 3-0 lead over the Yankees, intentionally walks Babe Ruth with the bases loaded, and then hangs on for the victory.
1921: At the Polo Grounds‚ George Uhle shuts out the Yankees for a 9-0 win to put the Indians back in a virtual tie with New York for 1st place. Outfielder Smoky Joe Wood (below) has a triple, and in 66 games‚ he will have 60 RBI in 194 at bats‚ the most ever by a player with fewer than 200 AB. He will not play tomorrow.
1920: In the first game of a twinbill‚ Babe Ruth becomes the first Major leaguer to attain the 50 home run mark, launching one off the Senators’ Jose Acosta. He adds no.51 in a 4-for-4 second game‚ a 2-1 win‚ to give the Yankees a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Jim Shaw are by Del Pratt.
1910: Early ’30s Yankee outfielder Dixie Walker is born.
1907: After Cleveland’s Addie Joss (below) fired a one-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Highlanders yesterday‚ teammate Heinie Berger matches him today‚ also against the hapless New Yorkers. This is the second time so far this century that teammates have thrown back-to-back one-hitters. Cleveland win, 6-0.
1903: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders take a pair from the St. Louis Browns‚ winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jack Chesbro is the victor in the opener with a bit of help from the Browns John Anderson (below). The Browns make 4 straight hits in the 8th‚ and an error by Kid Elberfeld on Anderson’s grounder loads the bases. With Bob Wallace batting, Anderson inexplicably takes off for second base and is thrown out trying to scramble back to first, a play that will be referred to in the early part of the century as a ‘John Anderson’. Wallace strikes out on the play. Anderson explains that “I got too far off first base and couldn’t get back.” To which his manager Jimmy McAleer responds‚ “Tell me‚ you big bum‚ where did you think you were going?” After the game, New York manager Clark Griffith raises the possibility of a trade again and finds that the price has gone down. “Give me an old bat bag or anything‚” says McAleer‚ “and take the big stiff.” Anderson will be swapped to New York next month.
The red-letter days ~
1955: After losing the first game of a twinbill with the Red Sox 8-4‚ the Yanks clinch the 21st pennant in club history by winning 3-2. Don Larsen, with Whitey Ford, in a sparkling relief effort‚ notches the win. Ford gets Ted Williams to ground into a DP with the bases loaded.
1937: The Yankees back into another pennant (the 9th in franchise history), 1937: losing 9-5 to the Browns but clinching the flag anyway when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig’s 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.
On other 23rds of September…
2008: The Red Sox hand Cliff Lee just his third loss in 25 decisions in a 5-4 win to clinch a playoff spot. The win eliminates the Yankees from making the postseason for the first time since 1993 (not counting the strike-shortened year of 1994, when the remainder of the season after was cancelled, but during which the Yanks posted the best record in the American League.
2007: Leonel Fernandez Reyna (below), president of the Dominican Republic, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stadium. UIn the game with Blue Jays that follows, Mike Mussina outpitches young Dustin McGowan, while Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Doug Mientkiewicz,Robbie Cano deliver RBI singles; the big offensive star, though, is Jose Molina, with three hits in four tries and three RBI.
2003: The Yankees clinch the AL East title by shutting out Chicago 7-0. Jason Giambi leads the New York attack with a double and a home run.
1997: In a dress rehearsal for the playoffs‚ the Indians rally from a 9-2 deficit to shock the Yankees, 10-9. Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run homers‚ while David Justice and Sandy Alomar Jr. also homer for the Tribe.
1984: The Yankees are on the losing end as Sparky Anderson becomes the first manager ever to win 100 games in a season with 2 different clubs when his Tigers win 4-1. Anderson had led the Reds to 100-win seasons in 1970‚ 1975‚ and 1976.
1978: The Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox is trimmed back down to one game when Cleveland scalp New York 10-1. One-time wunderkind David Clyde gets the win for the Tribe.
1966: The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees 2-1‚ pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre. It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last pitcher in pinstripes to lose 20 games was sad Sam Jones, who lost 21 in 1925. Fortunately for Stottlemyre, only 1,440 fans turn out at the Stadium for the game.
1964: The sizzling Yanks win their 9th in a row‚ sweeping the Tribe‚ 4-3 in 11 innings and 6-4. Elston Howard’s homer off Luis Tiant snaps a tie in the opener. John Romano homers in each game for the Indians while recently acquired Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for New York. Ramos‚ however‚ will not be eligible for the World Series.
1961: An ailing Mickey Mantle’s career-high 54th HR‚ his last of the regular season‚ helps New York beat Boston 8-3. Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning‚ but wins his 25th.
1950: The Yankees‚ tied for 1st place with the Tigers and 2 games ahead of Boston‚ open a crucial series with the Red Sox at the Stadium. Joe DiMaggio’s 1st inning HR off Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed, as the Bombers win 8-0. Ed Lopat gives up 5 hits‚ including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio, in posting his 100th career win.
1949: Following yesterday’s rainout‚ the Yankees play a doubleheader with the Senators. Washington take the opener‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings when Sid Hudson’s pop fly off Joe Page falls between Tommie Henrich and second baseman George Stirnweiss. Fred Sanford salvages the 2nd game for New York‚ winning 7-1.
1941: A triple by Eddie Collins Jr. triggers a two-run ninth inning rally as the A’s beat the Yankees 9-8. Red Ruffing takes the loss, despite hitting a homer, triple and single and driving in 3 runs. Four errors by his defense, including three by second baseman Joe Gordon, help the A’s along. Joe DiMaggio homers and knocks in two runs to better his position in his race for the league RBI crown with idle teammate Charlie Keller. Bill Dickey plays four innings to set a Major League of catching 100 games in each of 13 seasons, breaking the previous standard of 12 set by Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk.
1934: The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox‚ but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener‚ a 1-0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run‚ off George Hockette‚ to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap‚ Boston score 4 in the 5th‚ but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig’s 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th‚ the Babe emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter‚ but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Ben Chapman’s single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits‚ including a homer‚ in the two games.
1933: The Yankees make 5 errors‚ 3 by Frank Crosetti‚ but have enough firepower to outslug the Red Sox 16-12. Included in New York’s 23 hits are homers by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig‚ number 31 for each; Lou adds two doubles and a single. Sam Byrd‚ Ben Chapman‚ and Crosetti have three hits apiece‚ and reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his first hit of the year. The Red Sox chase winning pitcher Herb Pennock in the 6th‚ but fall short at the end.
1921: Trailing in the standings by 2 percentage points‚ the Indians come to New York for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt’s arm and Babe Ruth’s 3 doubles beat them in the opener, 4-2.
1915: In the first of two games‚ the Yanks top the Browns 7-0. George Sisler vacates his post at first base to pitch one perfect inning of relief for St. Louis.
1910: George Stallings, convinced that Hal Chase tried to throw a game but unable to make the charge stick‚ is replaced by his charismatic first sacker as manager of the 2nd-place Highlanders for the season’s final 11 games. On his own‚ Prince Hal will lead the New Yorkers downhill to 6th place in 1911.
1908: Cleveland win their 10th straight game‚ defeating the Highlanders and Jack Chesbro, 9-3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th‚ while Bob Rhoads pitches strong ball until the 9th‚ when he allows 2 runs. Nap Lajoie (below) has no official at bats‚ getting hit by the pitch 3 times‚ tying a AL record‚ and walking his other time up.
The red-letter days ~
1966: A crowd of 413‚ the all-time record low for Yankee Stadium‚ see the White Sox beat New York 4-1. Yankee Broadcaster Red Barber insists that TV cameras pan over the empty seats‚ a decision that will cost the legendary play-by-play man his job with the Yankee organization and with WPIX.
1946: Yogi Berra makes his Yankee debut. In a doubleheader against the A’s, the freshman catcher belts a 2-run homer off Jesse Flores in game 1. Also taking a bow today is Bobby Brown, at shortstop. New York sweep the twinbill, 4-3 and 7-4.
On other 22nds of September…
2012: The Yankees and Orioles both win in extra innings as they remain separated by one game in their epic race for the AL East crown. New York trail Oakland 9 – 5, going into the bottom of the 13th after three A’s homers, but the Yankees manage to tie the game and win, 10 – 9, on a 14th-inning error by the visitors’ 1st baseman Brandon Moss on a grounder by Eduardo Nunez. For their part, Baltimore score three times in the 13th to beat Boston 9 – 6 for the team’s 16th consecutive extra-innings win.
2009: The Yankees are the first team to clinch a playoff spot after a 6 – 5 win over the Angels. Alex Rodriguez drives in Brett Gardner on a sacrifice fly in the 9th; he has a homer and 3 RBI in the game. Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless 9th inning for the save.
2003: The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-3 in 10 innings‚ despite a pair of homers by Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s homer in the first is his 13th leadoff homer of the season to set a new ML mark.
1985: Ron Guidry becomes the AL’s first 20-game winner this season as the Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4.
Off the field, Billy Martin continues a familiar pattern… One night after a fight with a patron in the bar of the Cross Keys Inn‚ the team’s Baltimore hotel‚ the Yankee manager has his right arm broken by pitcher Ed Whitson in an early-morning brawl in the same watering hole.
1964: The Yankees sweep Cleveland‚ winning 5-3 and 8-1. In the doubleheader‚ the Yanks get home runs from Mickey Mantle‚ Joe Pepitone‚ Roger Maris and Phil Linz.
1961: Bob Geren, Yankee starting catcher from 1988 to 1991, is born, Happy 53rd, Bob!
1957: In the 4th inning‚ Ted Williams hits his 4th homer in 4 games and four at bats to tie the ML record for consecutive round-trippers. He adds a single‚ going 2-for-2 with two walks‚ but the Yankees top the Red Sox at the Stadium 5-1‚ as starter Tom Sturdivant (15-6) is the winner over Dave Sisler (7-7). With the victory‚ the Yanks clinch at least a tie for the pennant.
1956: At Fenway‚ Don Larsen tries out his new no-windup delivery for the first time. He allows just 4 hits‚ including a Ted Lepcio homer‚ in beating the the Red Sox 2-1. Tommy Byrne gets Ted Williams on a grounder to the third for the last out.
Off the field, Jesse Tannehill, workhorse of the Highlander pitching staff during the franchise’s inaugural season in New York in 1903, dies at the age of 82.
1935: Competing for prizes donated by Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey‚ the Yanks defeat Boston in a pre-game Field Day at Fenway‚ winning 4 of 5 events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash, nipping jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox player Skinny Graham comes third. The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at second base on the fly; Joe Glenn’s is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive‚ and the Yankees win the walking relay in‚ well‚ a walk. Chief interest is concentrated on the final event‚ the four-man relay around the bases‚ with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds‚ the Yankee squad of George Selkirk‚ Jesse Hill‚ Red Rolfe‚ and Chapman pass the baton ahead of the quartet of Mel Almada‚ Hank Johnson‚ Dusty Cooke and Graham. The field day will be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.
In the doubleheader that follows, a record crowd of 47‚627 – with 10‚000 turned away – watch the Yankees sweep the Sox‚ 6-4 and 9-0. New York stop Wes Ferrell’s bid to win his 25th in game one‚ and Walter ‘Jumbo’ Brown‚ gives up just 4 hits in the nitecap. In game 2‚ the Yanks have 7 ground rule doubles into the roped-off crowd. The Sunday Law stops the game after 8 innings.
1932: The Yanks overcome two homers by Jimmie Foxx, one a grand slam‚ and edge the Athletics in 10 innings‚ 8-7. Foxx now has 56 homers. The Yanks comeback starts in the 8th inning when Lou Gehrig hits a 2-run homer‚ his 33rd. Myril Hoag’s blast in the 9th ties it for NY. Lou also doubles in the 10th, and Tony Lazzeri (below) brings him across with the game-winning single.
1927: Against the Tigers, Babe Ruth hits his 56th homer‚ off Ken Holloway, and the Yankees edge Detroit 8-7. Earl Combs adds a record three consecutive triples in the win.
1925: Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park homers in an 11-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader with the White Sox at the Stadium. The Sox take the nitecap 4-2. Paschal will have7 homers this month‚ a Yankee rookie record for September that will stand until Shane Spencer’s arrival in 1998.
1920: Future Yankee manager and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon is born.
The red-letter day ~
2008: Yankee Stadium mark I hosts its final game, a 7-3 victory over the Orioles. Brian Roberts grounds to first baseman Cody Ransom for the last out, and Andy Pettitte gets the win for the Bombers.
On other 21sts of September…
2012: The Yankees win their 6th straight game, 2-1, on Russell Martin’s walk-off homer off Oakland’s Sean Doolittle in the 10th inning. However, the surprising Orioles continue to keep pace, with a 4-2 win over the Red Sox, staying one game behind. Matt Wieters drives in three runs and Jim Johnson saves his 46th game of the year, passing Randy Myers for the team record.
2002: Behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte, the Yankees beat the Tigers 3-2 to clinch the AL East for the 5th straight year.
2001: Mariano Rivera blows a save‚ giving up a 2-run walkoff single to Jerry Hairston Jr. as the Orioles prevail‚ 7-6. Mo will still lead the AL with 50 saves‚ the league’s most since Dennis Eckersley’s 51 in 1992.
2000: David Wells, now in a Blue Jays uniform returns to haunt his old mates, Toronto defeat the Yankees 3-1‚ as the former Mr. Perfecto becomes the majors’ first 20-game winner of the year.
1971: Dave McNally shuts out the Yankees 5-0 for his 20th win. It is the 4th straight 20-win year for the Oriole ace.
1968: At the Stadium‚ Red Sox pitcher Ray Culp fires his 3rd successive shutout‚ stopping the Yankees on one hit‚ 2-0. Roy White’s single in the 7th is the only safety for the pinstripers. It is Culp’s 15th win of the year.
1963: Yogi Berra hits his 358th and last Major League home run, Mickey Mantle goes long as well, but it’s not enough, as the Kansas City A’s prevail, 5-3.
Off the field, Cecil Fielder, who will contribute mightily to the Yanks’ fortunes 1996, is born. Happy 51st, CF!
1961: At the Stadium, Roger Maris is held hitless in 4 at bats‚ as the Orioles win 5-3 behind Jack Fisher’s 3-hitter. All the runs off him are unearned. Maris is the only Yankee regular to play the entire game.
1956: First baseman Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron has 5 hits‚ but the Series-bound Yankees strand a Major League-record 20 base runners in losing to the Red Sox in Boston‚ 13-7. Three times they leave the bases loaded. Against a favourite target, Frank Sullivan, Mickey Mantle has two singles and sends a 480-foot homer into the center field bleachers that soars to the right and hits the brick wall about a foot from the top. It is one of the longest home runs ever hit at Fenway. His 3 hits raise his average to .353‚ 3 points behind Ted Williams, who collects two hits today. Billy Klaus has 5 RBIs to lead the Sox.
1954: Just 1‚912 fans‚ an all-time Yankee Stadium low‚ turn out in the Bronx to see rookie Bob Grim win his 20th‚ a four-hit‚ 3-1 triumph over Washington. Dean Stone, also a freshman, takes the loss. The victory gives the Yanks 101 wins‚ and makes Grim only the second Yankee rookie in history to win 20. His 20 wins in less than 200 innings (199) makes him the most efficient 20-game winner ever. The Yanks will finish with 103 victories‚ just one under the ML record for second place clubs held by the 1909 Cubs and 1942 Dodgers.
1952: A’s rookie Harry Byrd is the hard-luck loser to New York and Allie Reynolds in a 1-0 result. Byrd will be named the AL Rookie of the Year. Reynolds strikes out 8 to move ahead of Bobby Shantz 153 to 152 for the AL lead.
1949: At the Stadium, the Yankees take an 8-1 lead against Chicago‚ only to see the White Sox rally for a 9-8 win.Gus Zernial swats a 3-run homer in the 9th off Joe Page for the victory. Yankee starter Tommy Byrne (below) takes a no-hitter into the 6th inning‚ gives up a double and one out later leaves with a sore shoulder. New York now lead by 2 games.tbb
1945: Playing at home, the Yankees again dent the Senators’ pennant aspirations‚ beating them 5-3 behind homers by Nick Etten and George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss. The Tigers drop to 1 1/2 games behind the idle Tigers. The Senators lose Harlond Clift, who is beaned by a batting practice pitch and suffers a concussion. Yesterday will prove to have been his last ML game.
1927: The first-place Yankees drop a 6-1 decision to the Tigers as Bob ‘Fats’ Fothergill extends his hitting streak to 20 games. Fothergill’s streak will end tomorrow but he will go 36-for-72 in the 20 games, a .500 average, the same average he had during a 20-game skein over 1926-27.
1926; Behind Waite Hoyt’s two-hitter‚ the Yankees bomb the White Sox 14-0 to maintain their 3-game lead in the AL. Babe Ruth has a triple and hits his 44th homer. Al Simmons is 2nd in the AL with 19.
1923: Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of baseball writers for the AL MVP award.
1916: The Sporting News reports that Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell has entered a hospital to dry out and that he is completely cured.
1904: The Boston Americans sweep a pair from Philadelphia‚ winning 5-1 and 4-3 to move a half game behind the leading Highlanders‚ losers at Washington‚ 4-2. Walter Clarkson (below) takes the loss for the tourists.
The red-letter days ~
1961: The Yankees’ 154th game of 1961 (including a tie) is Roger Maris’ last chance to beat the Babe‚ according to Commissioner Ford Frick’s statement that‚ for the record to be broken‚ Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris’ 59th HR of the year‚ off Milt Pappas, is short of the record but helps New York beat Baltimore 4-2‚ as the Bombers clinch their 26th AL pennant. In 1998‚ Pappas will state that he told Maris the night before that‚ if the game’s outcome was not on the line‚ he would throw him nothing but fastballs.
1923: The Yanks (’23 team photo below) clinch their 3rd straight pennant‚ beating St. Louis 4-3 to open up an 18-game lead. Their final margin will be 16. Sad Sam Jones goes the distance for the win.
On other 20ths of September…
2012: Ichiro continues his hot hitting as he homers off Aaron Laffey in the 3rd to open the Yankees’ account, then hits a two-run double in a seven-run 4th inning, leading the Yankees to a 10 – 7 win over the Blue Jays. Nick Swisher adds a grand slam during the big outburst, as the Bronx Bombers move one full game ahead of the idle Orioles in the AL East.
2006: The Yankees back into the AL East title, losing to the Blue Jays 3-2 but still clinching the division pennant as the Red Sox lose to the Twins. Sean Henn takes the loss for the Bombers.
1998: Cal Ripken, Jr. takes himself out of the starting lineup and does not play in the Baltimore Orioles’ loss to the Yankees, ending his consecutive games played streak at 2,632. After nearly 16 years, Ripken says he decided the time was right to end the streak, which began on May 30, 1982.
1980: A plaque commemorating Thurman Munson is dedicated in Monument park at the Stadium.
1978: The Yanks split a pair with Toronto‚ with Ron Guidry losing his third and final game of the year. Louisiana Lightning is knocked out in the 2nd inning, as the Jays roll 8-1. The nitecap will be a closer affair, with Goose Gossage getting the win in relief, 4-3. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are clobbered by the Tigers 12-2. leaving the Yanks in front by 2 games with 10 to go.
1974: The Yankees move into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East with a sweep of the Indians. The Yanks take the opener 5-4 when Bobby Murcer’s third hit, a triple‚ scores the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Gaylord Perry takes his 20th loss. Larry Gura (5-0) wins the nitecap‚ 3-0‚ scattering 6 hits.
1968: Mickey Mantle hits his last career homer, no. 536, off Boston’s Jim Lonborg. The Red Sox ace tosses his third complete game of the year to beat the Yankees‚ 4-3. Carl Yastrzemski has three hits‚ including a homer‚ to raise his average to a Major League leading .306.
1963: In the opener of a doubleheader in the Bronx, the Yankees edge the Athletics‚ 5-4 in 13 innings. Rookie second baseman Pedro Gonzalez helps the win by pulling the hidden ball trick in the 11th frame and tagging out A’s out fielder Ken Harrelson‚ who had advanced to second after a single and a sac bunt. Gonzalez will play only 7 games in the field this year before being traded to the Indians. The A’s gain a split by winning the nitecap 4-3.
1958: Orioles pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm‚ in a rare start (he is 0-6 this year when starting)‚ pitches a 1-0 no-hitter‚ the first in O’s history‚ against Don Larsen of the Yankees‚ fanning 8. Larsen allows one hit through 6 innings. The Orioles acquired Wilhelm in August for the $20‚000 waiver price. The win‚ Wilhelm’s first ML complete game‚ and his only this year for the O’s‚ improves his record to 3-10. The winning margin is Gus Triandos’ 30th HR‚ off reliever Bobby Shantz.
1957: The Yankees top the Red Sox 7-4 despite a 9th-inning pinch homer by Ted Williams off Bob Grim In his most recent at bat‚ on the 17th, Williams hit an 8th inning solo shot on the both times standing in for Murray Wall.
1955: Phil Rizzuto returns to action and bats 9th behind Don Larsen in game one as the Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators‚ 6-3 and 9-7. The Bombers now lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games with 5 to play.
1949: The Yankees edge the White Sox‚ 3-1‚ with Joe Page (below) preserving the win for Allie Reynolds (17-5).
1937: Lefty Gomez pitches his second successive shutout‚ beating Detroit‚ 5-0‚ for his 20th win. Lou Gehrig’s 2-run single and Joe DiMaggio’s 2-run homer‚ his 44th‚ are the big blows.
Off the field, ’60s Yankee outfielder Tom Tresh is born.
1931: The Yankees run their win streak to 10 in a row‚ beating the Indians 7-1 and 10-4 (the second game is called after 7 innings because of darkness). Lou Gehrig hits his 45th homer in game 1 and drives in 4 runs for the afternoon to break his old RBI mark of 175‚ set in 1927. By the season’s end he will have a total of 184. Babe Ruth also drives home 4 runs and hits his 44th four-bagger in game 2.
1929: Miller Huggins goes into hospital with a high fever and pitching coach Artie Fletcher takes over as interim manager.
1928: The White Sox score a 4-3 victory over the Yankees, whose lead over the A’s is back down to 1 game. Waite Hoyt surrenders the winning run in the bottom of the 12th.
1920: Carl Mays stops the Yanks 4 game loss streak with a 4-3 win over the Browns. Babe Ruth tallies the winning run in the 11th inning for New York‚ giving the Babe an AL-record 148 runs scored. Ty Cobb had 147 in 1911. Ruth doubles off Carl Weilman in the 11th after striking out twice on slow curves.
The red-letter day ~
2011: Mariano Rivera throws a perfect 9th inning in a 6-4 win over the Twins, striking out rookie Chris Parmelee for the final out, to record the 602nd save of his career. He passes Trevor Hoffman for the all-time lead in the category.
On other 19ths of September…
2012: Ichiro goes 7 for 8 as the Yankees sweep a doubleheader with the Blue Jays 4 – 2 and 2 – 1. Andy Pettitte makes his return to the mound from a broken fibula in winning the opener, while Derek Jeter collects his 200th hit of the season in the nitecap, tying Lou Gehrig who also recorded 200 hits eight times for the Bombers.
2001: Roger Clemens wins his 20th game of the year against only 1 defeat‚ propelling the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the White Sox.. The 39-year-old Clemens is the first pitcher in MLB history to start a year 20-1.
2000: After a 16-3 loss to Toronto‚ Joe Torre has a team meeting‚ and gives the Yankees a tongue-lashing for poor play. It won’t help, as the Bombers lose 10 out of their last 12, the final seven defeats coming by scores of 15-4, 2-1‚ 11-1‚ 11-3‚ 13-2‚ 9-1 and 7-3.
1985: At the Stadium, Jimmy Key (13-6) pitches the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Yankees. The pre-game Canadian anthem features NY-Irish singer Mary O’Dowd who forgets the words to ‘O Canada’ and sings off key. Later, O’Dowd says she can do better and hopes for another invitation when the Blue Jays come to town next season. ”I’ve sung at Carnegie Hall,” she said. ”I’m not a baby. What happened should not have happened. But I’ve never sung at a stadium. It was very overwhelming. I went blank.” She said she had called the Mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, to apologize.
1982: Milwaukee score 9 runs in the 8th to roll over the Yakees 14-1. Don Sutton is the victor. Gorman Thomas has a double – his 2nd – and a home run in the big inning, and Paul Molitor adds a dinger then as well.
1976: Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee 2-1 in a rain-shortened contest. Since 1901‚ only Christy mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday‚ but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He’ll win 17 this year‚ after 5 straight 20-win seasons.
1968: Denny McLain’s 31st win is overshadowed by Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer. McLain allegedly calls catcher Jim Price out and tells him to inform Mantle he’s throwing the slugger nothing but fastballs. The round-tripper gives the Mick undisputed possession of 3rd place on the all-time HR list. Mantle tips his cap to Denny as he rounds third. Joe Pepitone‚ the next batter‚ signals where he would like the ball‚ and McLain knocks him down. The Tigers win the game‚ 6-2‚ the 12th straight complete game for the Tigers staff.
1967: Jim Abbott is born. Happy 47th to the former Yankee lefty!
1966: Dan Topping (in the middle, with GM George Weiss on his left) sells his 10 percent stock interest in the Yankees to CBS and resigns as club president. CBS executive Michael Burke succeeds him.
1964: The Yanks move a 1/2 game ahead of the rained-out O’s by defeating the A’s‚ 8-3. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris homer, and Ralph Terry is effective in relief of Al Downing.
1959: It’s Yogi Berra Day at the Stadium‚ as the Yanks top the Red Sox 3-1. Whitey Ford allows 4 singles to win his 15th‚ but Yogi is 0-for-4.
1954: The Yankees provide the opposition as a sparse crowd of 1‚715 watch the A’s play their final game at Shibe Park‚ losing to the tourists 4-2. For the Yankees‚ it is their 100th win of the season and for Stengel it his his first 100-win season in 6 years with NY. For the A’s, it’s off to Kansas City for the 1955 season.
1953: Lefty Mel Parnell shuts out the Yankees‚ 3-0‚ at Fenway to win his 20th of the year. It is Parnell’s third shutout of the Yanks this year. Vic Raschi loses to the Sox for the 1st time since September 5‚ 1951.
1951: The Yankees are victorious when Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run homer off Chicago’s Lou Kretlow to win‚ 5-3. A small crowd of 12‚127 watch the game at the Stadium. The 2 teams have been tied now for 11 days. The Yanks now have 9 games left‚ 8 against Boston.
1949: The Yankees pad their lead in the pennant race, going 3 games up over the idle Red Sox with a 6-0 win over the Indians. Eddie Lopat is the victor.
1945: At the Stadium, 45,000 watch as the NYC Sanitation team beat the Police, 4-3, with a 3-run 8th.
1933: The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice‚ 10-1 and 10-3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon‚ while Lou Gehrig has six RBI. Gehrig hits homer no. 30 in game one‚ back to back with a Dixie Walker dinger. Lou is now even with Babe Ruth‚ who sat out the afternoon.
1930: Bob Turley is born.
1926: At Cleveland’s League Park‚ a crowd of 31‚000 watch the Yankees hold back the Indians‚ 8-3‚ in the final instalment of a six game series. In the 7th‚ Ruth parks his 43rd homer of the year and Gehrig follows with another homer‚ both off Emil Levsen. Gehrig adds three doubles and 5 RBI to lead the Yankee charge. Dutch Ruether (below) picks up the New York win.
1925: The Browns take a pair from the Yankees‚ 9-6 and 4-3‚ one of 8 doubleheaders the Yankees will play in a three-week stretch. Sad Sam Jones (below) loses his 20th in the opener; in the rest of the century‚ only Mel Stottlemyre‚ in 1966‚ will lose 20 games in pinstripes.
1920: In New York‚ ‘Heading Home,’ Babe Ruth’s movie opens at Madison Square Garden. In St. Louis‚ the Browns beat the Yankees 6-1. The White Sox top the A’s to stay 1 1/2 game behind the Tribe.
The red-letter days ~
1956: Mickey Mantle hits his 50th HR‚ making him only the 8th player in ML history to do so. The 11th-inning blow off Chicago’s Billy Pierce gives New York a 3-2 win to clinch the 22nd pennant in club history. The Yanks had tied it in the 9th when Yogi Berra knocked in Billy Martin. New York have now hit 182 homers to tie the AL record set by the 1936 Yankees. Stengel will now bench Mantle‚ who has a pulled muscle‚ for four days to rest the slugger for the Series.
1938: Although they drop both ends of a Sunday doubleheader to the Browns, the Yankees clinch their 10th AL pennant as second-place Boston are rained out. The Browns take the lidlifter 4-3‚ the edge the Yanks 8-7. Harlond Clift (below) has a triple and 2 homers in game 2‚ including a grand slam‚ to drive in 6 runs.
On other 18ths of September…
2010: CC Sabathia becomes the Major Leagues’ first 20-game winner this year in the Yankees’ 11 – 3 pasting of the Orioles. Sabathia has twice before finished a season with 19 wins, but it is the first time he reaches the magic number. However, the Yanks fail to put some distance between themselves and Tampa Bay, as the Rays rally in the 9th to tie the game, then score the winning run on a throwing error as they defeat the Angels, 4 – 3, to remain a half-game behind the Bronx Bombers.
2009: Nobody’s perfect… Mariano Rivera gives up a 2-out, 2-run walkoff homer to Ichiro at Safeco Field as Seattle go home the winners, 3-2.
2000: The Indians defeat the Yankees‚ 2-0‚ as Bartolo Colon tosses a 1-hitter. Luis Polonia’s 8th inning single is the New Yorkers’ only safety.
1993: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 4-3 because of a fan who runs out on the field. With New York trailing 3-1 with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning‚ Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke‚ however‚ had called time when the fan bolted onto the field‚ giving Stanley a second chance. He singles on the next pitch. This is followed by a hit by Wade Boggs, a walk to Dion James and a single by Don Mattingly which drives home the tying and winning runs.
1979: Billy Martin reportedly pays rookie pitcher Bob Kammeyer (below) $100 to hit former Yankee Cliff Johnson with a pitch in Cleveland’s 16-3 rout of the Yankees. Johnson belts two homers as does Toby Harrah, and the 2 combine for 9 RBIs. The loss goes to starter Paul Mirabella, although Kammeyer gives up all 8 Tribe scores in the 4th inning without recording an out.
1966: The Twins beat the Yankees 5-3 in 10 innings on Bob Allison’s pinch three-run homer‚ sending the Yankees to the cellar in the AL. They will finish there for the first time since 1912. In his last plate appearance of the year‚ Mickey Mantle whiffs and becomes the first player to strike out 1‚500 times in his career.
1965: On Mickey Mantle Day at the Stadium, 50‚180 fans see the Mick play his 2‚000th game. Joe DiMaggio and Robert Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle’s first at bat‚ Detroit’s Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins‚ 4-3‚ with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.
1962: At Washington’s new ball park D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits the first home run there‚ and adds another‚ both off Washington starter Tom Cheney, to pace New York to a 7-1 win. The Mick has 5 RBIs. Ralph Terry picks up his 22nd win‚ the most by a Yankee right hander since 1928. The Yankee win‚ combined with a Twins loss‚ leaves New York (90-63) in 1st place by 4 games.
1960: Before 53‚876 home fans‚ the Yankees take a twin bill from the Orioles‚ winning 7-3 and 2-0. The Yankees sweep the 4-game series and the faltering Birds‚ now 4 back‚ will end up in 2nd place‚ 8 lengths back. Ralph Terry’s 2-hitter in the nitecap beats Milt Pappas.
1955: Bob Grim comes on in relief of starter Bob Turley, and pitches 7 hitless innings to enable the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox 3-2. Willard Nixon is handed the defeat.
1949: The injury-plagued Yankees receive another blow when Joe DiMaggio is stricken with a form of pneumonia. He remains in the Elysee Hotel while his teammates win‚ 7-3‚ with Joe Page tossing the last 3 innings against Cleveland. Hank Bauer has a single‚ double‚ and triple to pace the Bomber attack.
1933: The second-place Yankees split with the White Sox‚ winning‚ 6-1‚ on Johnny Allen’s 2-hitter‚ before falling 4-3. Les Tietje‚ in his ML debut‚ stops the Bombers in the nitecap. Lou Gehrig clubs homers Nos. 28 and 29; Jimmie Foxx leads the AL with 45 and has connected in every AL ball park‚ the first American Leaguer besides Ruth to do it. The Babe did it 11 seasons.
1927: At the Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers sweep two from Chicago‚ winning 2-1 and 5-1. In the second game win against Ted Lyons‚ Ruth unloads his 54th and Lou Gehrig connects for his 3rd grand slam of the season. A 10-year-old runs on to the field with Ruth’s home-run ball and the Babe obligingly signs it for him.
1926: At Dunn Field‚ the Indians win their fourth in a row‚ defeating the Yanks 3-1 behind George Uhle (below). The win cuts the Yankees lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tribe.
1911: With a triple steal on‚ the Highlanders’ Al ‘Cozy’ Dolan hits a 3-run single in a 9-4 loss at Detroit. The 3 RBIs will be good for half of Cozy’s season total.
2011: Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman’s Major League record with his 602nd career save in the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Blue Jays. Rivera is backed by home runs from Alex Rodriguez, playing in his first game since aggravating a wrist injury on September 9th, and Curtis Granderson, who becomes the first Yankees center fielder since Mickey Mantle in 1961 to hit 40 home runs in a season.
2002: Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits‚ including a double and a home run, but the Yankees fall to the Devil Rays anyway, 9-7. Bernie Williams scores his 100th run inthe loss to reach that mark for the 7th straight year. He is the 4th Yankee to score 100 this year‚ the first time this has happened on the team since 1941. Williams and Derek Jeter combine to tie the ML record for consecutive years for two teammates having 100+ runs.
1998: Chester ‘Red’ Hoff‚ the longest-lived ex-Major Leaguer, dies at the age of 107. Huff pitched for the Yankees and Browns in 1911-13 and 1915 and struck out the first batter he ever faced ~ Ty Cobb.
1993: In a last try for the division title, the Yankees obtain 40-year-old veteran Frank Tanana from the Mets for minor league pitcher Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0-2 to finish out his career at 240-236‚ and set an ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.
1978: Boston finally win against the Yankees‚ taking a 7-3 victory at the Stadium as Dennis Eckersley and Andy Hassler combine to stop the Yankees on 4 hits. The Yanks score 2 unearned runs in the 8th on Butch Hobson’s 2nd error of the game (and his 42nd of the year). Yaz‚ playing center field in place of an injured Fred Lynn‚ collects his 14th homer of the year in the 9th inning.
1968: Yankee shortstop Gene Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Tom Matchick in the 7th‚ but Detroit clinch the AL pennant with a 2-1 win. Detroit are ahead 1-0 when Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey phones Tiger GM Jim Campbell with the news that the Sox have beaten the Orioles, clinching the pennant for the Tigers. Campbell keeps the score off the radio and the scoreboard‚ fearing the news will send fans rampaging onto the field. Don Wert singles home the winner in the 9th, and the fans tear down the left field screen anyway.
1964: The Yankees beat the Angels 6-2 to lock on to first place for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle have 3 hits each. Mantle’s include his 2‚000th career hit and his 450th HR‚ his 31st of the year. The Yankees have taken two in a row, and will run their win streak to 11 games.
1961: In Detroit‚ Roger Maris triples off Terry Fox in the 7th to put the Yanks ahead‚ Detroit tie it and‚ then in the 12th‚ Maris faces Fox again, with Tony Kubek on second base. Maris steps out of the box to watch a long skein of Canadian geese fly over Tiger Stadium‚ then steps in and belts the first pitch for his 58th homer of the year.
1960: With Ty Cobb among the 49‚055 fans in attendance at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle powers a 2-run homer‚ his 35th‚ off the O’s Chuck Estrada to give the homesiders a 2-0 lead in the 1st. Yogi Berra adds a home run in the 8th. Bobby Richardson’s liner off Estrada’s glove drives in 2 runs for a 5-3 New York win.
1958: Despite a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hammers a Jim Bunning pitch down the right field line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue‚ some 500 feet away. The 2-run homer is all the scoring that Bunning allows as the Tigers win 5-2.
1955: Phil Rizzuto and Bob Cerv pull off a 1st inning double steal‚ but the Scooter is knocked unconscious in the 4th when Red Sox hurler George Susce beans him. Tommy Byrne’s 4-hitter gives New York a critical 4-1 win‚ as the Indians bow to the Tigers. New York’s woes continue: following an out‚ Moose Skowron kicks a water cooler and breaks a toe.
1952: Behind Mickey Mantle’s two doubles and a homer, the Yanks roll 12-3 at Detroit‚ for New York’s 6th straight win. Mantle‚ hitting lefty against Bill Wright, drills his line drive homer just below the right field roof. Hank Bauer adds a homer off starter Virgil Trucks, while Walt Dropo clubs his 28th for Detroit. Bob Kuzava is the winner. New York maintain their 2 1/2 game lead.
1951: The Yanks break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 9th when‚ with the bases loaded‚ Phil Rizzuto squeezes Joe DiMaggio home with the winning run. The score‚ off Cleveland’s Bob Lemon, gives Eddie Lopat his 20th win of the year. The Yanks now lead Cleveland by 1 game and Boston by 2 1/2.
1938: Hank Greenberg (below) connects for his 52nd and 53rd homers‚ off Monte Pearson, to lead Detroit to a 7-3 win over the Yankees. Hank is now two games ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1934: The Yankees come into Detroit for their last chance to catch the league-leaders, and lose the opener‚ as veteran Al ‘General’ Crowder beats Lefty Gomez with a 3-0 shutout.
1931: In the first of two‚ the Yankees and Red Ruffing rough up the Browns and George Blaeholder 17-0. A Bill Dickey grand slam is the big blow. The Yanks take the nitecap‚ 6-1 behind Lefty Gomez’s three hitter and babe Ruth’s 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Ruth has connected for a home run in every park in the AL‚ a feat he has accomplished every year since 1919‚ except 1922. No other American Leaguer has homered in every park in a season.
1928: Wilcy Moore, the Yankee bullpen hero of 1927‚ goes home for the year with an ailing arm after working just 60 innings.
1922: Browns southpaw Hub Pruett‚ who has fanned Ruth 9 of 10 times over the season‚ is reached for a homer by the Bambino‚ but he still beats the Yankees 5-1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation when he takes the field, but the partisan crowd in center are quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning in an attempt to distract Yanks pinch hitter Norm McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his hitting streak to 41 games.
1904: More than 23‚000‚ reputedly the largest crowd in Boston history‚ show up for a showdown twinbill with the New York Highlanders. New York score 3 runs in each of the first 2 innings against Bill Dinneen. Jack Chesbro (below) holds on for a 6-4 win‚ his 7th victory in a row. But Cy Young tops New York‚ 4-2‚ in the nitecap‚ beating Ned Garvin‚ recently acquired from Brooklyn. The two teams split their three doubleheaders and at the end of the day New York (80-50) have a half game lead over Boston (81-52).
The red-letter day ~
1939: The Yankees clinch their 4th successive pennant, and their 11th in club history, with a 10-3 win over Detroit.
On other 16ths of September…
2009: A brand-new member joins the pie party: An early 2-0 lead over Toronto on 1st inning RBI by Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui evaporates in the middle innings with Chad Gaudin on the mound. Toronto have a 4-2 lead when Matsui’s two-run homer ties it up in 8th. Johnny Damon strokes a single to start the bottom of the ninth, moves to second on a fielder’s choice, and scores on a walkoff single off the bat of Francisco Cervelli for the 5-4 Yankee victory. Mariano Rivera’s appearance in the 9th earns him his third win of the year.
2008: In action against Chicago, Derek Jeter eclipses Lou Gehrig’s mark for hits at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte’s disappointing year continues, though, as he loses to the pale Hoase, 6-2. .
2006: At the Stadium, the Red Sox and Yankees split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game 5-2. New York take the nitecap 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.
1997: The Yankees take a pair from the Red Sox‚ winning 2-0 and 4-3. Andy Pettitte pitches 8 innings in the opener‚ striking out a career-high 12. Willie Banks is the winner in the nitecap with 6 2/3 innings of work.
1996: Backed by two 3-run homers from Tim Raines, who is celebrating his 37th birthday‚ Jimmy Key stops the Blue Jays 10-0 at the SkyDome. Raines’ second homer, a 457 ft. blast to straightaway center, is the longest hit by a Yankee this year. The Yanks are now 3 games up in the AL East.
1978: With 55‚091 looking on‚ the Yankees snap a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox 3-2. New York now lead by 3 1/2 games. The Yanks open the scoring with a Reggie Jackson 2-run blast in the 5th. Both starters‚ Catfish Hunter and Mike Torrez, go the distance.
1961: At Detroit‚ Roger Maris connects for #57‚ off Frank Lary‚ to stay a game ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace. But Lary wins his 21st‚ 10-4‚ over Ralph Terry, with help from Norm Cash, who belts a homer – his 37th – and a triple. Al Kaline adds 4 hits and a sac fly.
1960: The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4-game series with the O’s just .002 in back of the Bombers.. Hector Lopez and Roger Maris swat homers to back Whitey Ford’s 4-2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off Ford are the first the Birds have scored off him at the Stadium in 33.2 innings. Bobby Shantz mops up for Whitey in the 9th.
1958: Frank ‘the Yankee Killer’ Lary is the third pitcher to beat them 7 times in the same season‚ as the Tiger ace tops them 4-2. Ed Walsh (9-1 in 1908) and Ed Cicotte (7-1 in 1916) were the others. But Lary sets the AL record for most wins in a season against a pennant winner. The NL record is 8‚ by Bob Buhl, who beat the Dodgers 8 times in 1956 while pitching for the Braves.
Off the field, former Yankee star (and AL batting champion) George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss is killed in a train wreck in Red Bank‚ New Jersey.
1956: In twinbill action at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle launches an 8th inning shot‚ his 49th of the year‚ off the facade of the upper deck in right‚ matching a blast by Ted Williams earlier in the year‚ but Early Wynn hangs on for a 4-3 nitecap win for the home side.The Yankees win the opener 10-3‚ though, to clinch at least a tie for the pennant and eliminate the Tribe from the race. Bob Lemon loses his bid for his 20th win.
1955: The Yankees‚ trailing the Indians by a 1/2 game with 11 to play‚ open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3-0 lead‚ but are behind 4-3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a homer off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it‚ and with 2 outs‚ Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning round-tripper to win it 5-4. When Detroit beat Cleveland‚ 3-0‚ the Yanks move into first to stay. Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September‚ and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.
1951: At the Stadium‚ Joe DiMaggio’s long triple off Bob Feller scores two runs in the 5th, and Allie Reynolds holds on for a 5-1 Yankee win. New York take over first place for good by a margin of .003 points over Cleveland.
1950: Rookie hurler Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit‚ 8-1 and move them back into first place. Joe DiMaggio hits his 30th HR and the Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th as Ford cruises to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Bombers into Detroit and sweep three from the Tigers.
1948; In Detroit‚ Joe DiMaggio bags out his 300th career homer, off Freddie Hutchinson‚ becoming the 8th player in MLB history to attain the mark. It is the only score for the New Yorkers as they lose 2-1. The Yankees take the nitecap‚ 8-4‚ with Joe Page (below) the winner in relief.
1945: At the Stadium, the Browns and Yankees split a pair‚ the Bombers losing the opener‚ 6-2‚ to Bob Muncrief. Vern Stephens belts a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Leadoff hitter Pete Gray is 1-for-4‚ collecting his safety off reliever Tiny Bonham. It is the last major league hit for the one-armed outfielder as he goes 0-for-3 in the nitecap‚ a 5-4 win for New York. Spud Chandler‚ the winning pitcher‚ drives in 3 runs.
1944: The Yankees lose to the A’s, 6-3, to drop into second place, a 1/2 game behind the Browns. Bill Bevens (below) takes the loss for the Bombers.
1940: Rookie Johnny Lucadello (below) of the St. Louis Browns homers from each side of the plate against Yankees in a 16-4 Browns romp. Only Wally Shang‚ in 1916‚ had accomplished the same in the AL. Mickey Mantle will be the next AL player to do it, in 1955. Today’s blasts are the only home runs Lucadello will hit all year. The Browns sweep by winning the nitecap‚ dropping the Yankees 3 1/2 games in back of the Indians.
1937: Lefty Gomez allows only three hits as the Yankees roll to an 8-0 win over Cleveland. Gomez has now won 19 games‚ while the Yankees increase their lead to 10 1/2 games over Detroit.
1922: Pennant fever rages in St. Louis‚ as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2-1‚ as George Sisler ties Ty Cobb’s 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a fly ball in the 9th‚ New York outfielder Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1‚000 reward for the name of the culprit. Then‚ to calm the crowds‚ the AL offers the explanation that Witt stepped on the bottle, which then and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.
1920: Chicago’s Dickie Kerr (below) tops the Yankees 8-3‚ the loss dropping New York to second place behind Cleveland.
1905: The Highlanders find themselves short on infielders, so right fielder Willie Keeler, who is lefthanded‚ plays second base in both games of a doubleheader with visiting Washington. The multi-talented Keeler played two games at shortstop for the Giants in 1893. New York split‚ winning 5-2 and losing 3-0.