2012: Ivan Nova is a winner in his return from the disabled list, 5-3 over the Rays. Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and they never look back. Out three weeks with a shoulder inflammation, Nova picks up his 12th win and puts the Bronx Bombers one game ahead of their main rivals, the Orioles, who lose to the A’s 5 – 2. For their part, the Rays are now four games back and in danger of falling out of playoff contention altogether.
2010: The Rays take back first place in their see-saw battle with the Yankees for top spot in the AL East with a 4 – 3 win at Tropicana Field. Dan Johnson hits a pair of two-run homers off Phil Hughes to account for all of Tampa Bay’s runs.
1997: Seventh-inning RBI from Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams carry Andy Pettitte and the Yankees to a 7-6 win over Aaron Sele and the Red Sox.
1985: The Yankees trade minor league pitcher Jim Deshaies and two other minor leaguers to be named later to the Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro, reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the first time since 1974 with the Braves.
1978: The Yankees, now 1 1/2 games in front of Boston‚ open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Ron Guidry again gives up only 2 Boston hits and wins a 4-0 shutout. Chris Chambliss (below) and Graig Nettles hit successive homers off Luis Tiant in the 4-run 4th.
1977: The Yankees purchase Dave Kingman from the Angels. It’s Kingman’s 4th team this year: he started the season with the Mets‚ was traded to San Diego in June‚ and shopped to the Angels for cash on September 6. “King Kong’ will hit 4 homers for the Yankees‚ giving him 26‚ a since-broken record for most homers in 2 leagues in one season (Deron Johnson hit 20 in 1973).
1961: The Yankees set a new AL record for most homers in a season (222)‚ as they split a doubleheader in Detroit‚ winning 11-1 and losing 4-2. Circuit blows by Moose Skowron and Yogi Berra in the opener help Whitey Ford win his 24th and increase New York’s homer total to 222 This breaks the old mark set by the 1947 Giants and tied by the 1956 Reds. Cash and Steve Boros homer in the nitecap to back Ron Kline’s 7-hitter.
1950: For a ML-record 6th time, Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game‚ but the Yankees lose 9-7 at Detroit. Mize matches Babe Ruth’s mark of doing it in both leagues‚ but the Bambino only had 2 three-homer games. With the victory‚ the Tigers recapture first place
from New York.
1937: Two weeks ago‚ AL President William Harridge upheld Cleveland’s protest of the August 6 Yankee win‚ and the entire game is replayed as the second game of today’s doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all stats retained except those following the disputed call. The Indians take the regularly scheduled game‚ 5-4‚ then lose the replay‚ 3-1.
1929: The Yankees and Indians trade shutouts‚ with New York winning the opener‚ 1-0 behind Tom Zachary (11-0). Zachary allows 4 hits. In the nitecap‚ Willis Hudlin is even stingier‚ giving up 3 singles‚ as Cleveland wins‚ 10-0. It is Hudlin’s 14th win over New York in the past three seasons.
1926: The Yankees beat the Indians 6-4‚ as Bob Meusel drives home three runs with three sacrifice flies. This ties the ML record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Bob Shawkey is the winning hurler.
1921: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 55 in New York’s 10-6 win over the Browns in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yanks also take game 2‚ 13-5.
1908: The Highlanders’ Pete Wilson makes his Major League debut by shutting out Boston‚ 1-0.
1904: In the4 opener of a twinbill, Boston edge New York‚ 3-2‚ to move back into first place in the AL. Jesse Tannehill (below) allows 9 hits in besting the Highlanders’ Al Orth. The nitecap is called after 9 innings with the score 1-1.
1881: Slow Joe Doyle, who as a Highlander will become the first Major League pitcher of the 20th century to throw a shutout in his first two starts, is born.
The red-letter days ~
1958: The Yankees win their 24th pennant‚ and 9th under Casey Stengel‚ winning game 1 of a twinbill with the A’s‚ 5-3. This ties Casey for first with Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. New York complete the sweep with a 12-7‚ 14-inning win in game 2. Virgil Trucks allows 2 hits over the last 6 innings for the win.
1953: The Yanks clinch their fifth straight pennant‚ and the 20th in club history, spotting the Indians 5 runs before winning 8-5. Second baseman Billy Martin has 4 RBI‚ and Yogi Berra chips in with a two-run homer.
1943: The Yanks clinch their 14th AL pennant by beating the visiting Philadelphia A’s. Jim Turner (below), coming in relief of starter Bill Zuber, gets the win for the Bombers.
1942: With all the NL race going down to the wire, the Yankees go about their lofty business‚ clinching the flag – the 13th in club history – in beating Cleveland‚ 8-3. Ernie Bonham wins his 20th game‚ and Joe DiMaggio collects 4 hits.
On other 14ths of September…
2008: Carl Pavano wins his second straight start for the Yankees… A mere 562 days after his last one, on opening day 2007. ‘American Idle’ is the lucky recipient of the instant offense when A-Rod’s 1st inning grand slam and Jason Giambi’s two-run jolt in the 2nd gives him a quick 6-0 lead in an 8-4 Yankee win over Edwin Jackson and division-leading Tampa Bay at the Stadium. Mariano Rivera’s 478th save ties him for second on the all-time list with Lee Smith. Derek Jeter adds a solo homer.
1999: The Yankees rally with a pair of grand slams ~ for just the third time in club history that two salamis have been hit in one game ~ to beat the Blue Jays 10-6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a slam in the 8th inning‚ and Paul O’Neill wins it in the 9th with one of the walkoff variety.
1994: With the Yankees leading the AL East, the remainder of the baseball season is cancelled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players’ strike. There will be no World Series for the 1st time since 1904.
1974: Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning‚ and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the second time that the two brothers have homered in the same game for different teams‚ having done it previously on June 11‚ 1972‚ when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig’s team win 10-7.
1956: In a 5-1 win at Detroit‚ Yogi Berra hits his 29th homer of the year and the 236th of his career‚ passing Gabby Hartnett’s mark for catchers. Don Larsen scatters 4 hits for the victory.
1952; At Cleveland‚ 73‚609 cheer the second- place Indians in their final meeting of the year with the first place Yanks. Cleveland‚ winners of 9 of their last 10 games‚ have Mike Garcia‚ 4-0 this year vs. New York‚ against Eddie Lopat. Garcia‚ who had not given up a run in his last 28 innings pitched‚ allows 4 runs in the first 4 innings. Reliever Lou Brissie serves up Mickey Mantle’s 20th homer in the 5th to put New York up 5-0. Allie Reynolds relieves a tired Lopat and New York win 7-1 to stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe.
1951: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks move into first place with a 5-1 win over the Indians. Joe DiMaggio triples in the 5th with two on to send the Yanks on their way.
1940: The Yankees finally erupt against Detroit pitching‚ bombarding Bobo Newsom for a 16-7 win. Joe Gordon (below) swats two homers and Joe DiMaggio has two doubles among his 4 hits as he takes over the AL hitting lead from Rip Radcliff. The Tigers lead the AL by 1/2 game as Red Sox rookie Earl Johnson stops the Indians‚ 2-1.
1935: The Yankees split with the AL-leading Tigers‚ winning 2-1 and losing 5-1. Johnny Broaca is the winner in the opener over General Crowder‚ while Roxie Lawson tops Jumbo Brown in game 2. Hank Greenberg‚ leading the AL in hitting at .346‚ is 0-for-7 for the afternoon‚ with 5 strikeouts. ‘The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn’t much of a tribute to the sportsmanship of his home town’ reports the New York American.
1924: Jerry Coleman, member of the Yankee infield platoon on the great teams of the ’50s, is born
1920; The Yankees increase their AL lead to 1 1/2 games by topping the Tigers 13-3, Bob Shawkey getting the win for New York. Cleveland and the White Sox are both shut out‚ the A’s beating the Indians 8-0 and Washington whitewashing the Sox 7-0. Chicago are now 2 1/2 games back.
1916: Exercising a baseball superstition‚ Tiger manager Hughie Jennings (below) designates it ‘Shocker Day’ in honour of former Detroit sandlot star Urban Shocker‚ the rookie starter for the visiting Yankees. Instead of being jinxed by the ‘honour’‚ Shocker puts a crimp in the Tigers’ first-place notions with a 4-2 win. The Yankees use a rare double suicide squeeze to score two runners‚ from second and third, to win.
1904: The Boston Americans‚ with a half-game lead over the New York Highlanders‚ send Bill Dinneen to the mound.Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off Dineen and Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that catcher Lou Criger heaves into the crowd to allow Patsy to score. Keeler scores a play later. Boston’s only tally comes in the 9th on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. New York win 3-1. The nitecap is called after 5 innings and a 1-1 score.
The red-letter days ~
1963: Jim Bouton’s 20th win of the year‚ 2-0 at Minnesota‚ clinches the Yankees 28th pennant.
1927: Babe Ruth hits dingers Nos. 51 and 52, and the Yankees win a pair by 5-3 scores from Cleveland to clinch the AL pennant with a 98-41 record and a 17-game lead. It is Miller Huggins’ fifth pennant‚ tying him with Connie Mack. Waite Hoyt scatters 10 hits and wins his 20th in the nitecap. He will finish at 22-7‚ the only 20-game winner on the team.
On other 13ths of September…
2011: Mariano Rivera becomes the second pitcher to record 600 saves, one year after Trevor Hoffman, in preserving New York’s 3-2 win over Seattle with a scoreless 9th inning. Mo is only one save behind Hoffman’s all-time record, as Hoffman retired after last season.
2004: Kansas City outhit the Yankees by just 2‚ but a 10-run 5th innings helps the Royals to run away with it, 17-8. Angel Berroa scores 5 runs for KC.
2002: The White Sox seal a 13-2 win over the Yankees with an 8-run 9th inning. Mike Mussina leaves the game with his team trailing 5-2, and Joe Torre then hands the game over to the Yankee bullpen, who are on less than stellar form. Ramiro Mendoza and Brandon Knight preside as the roof falls in.
1996: Toronto backstop Charlie O’Brien is the first to wear a hockey-style catcher’s mask in the Majors, in a game against the Yankees. The mask is a success‚ but the Blue Jays lose to the New Yorkers‚ 4-1. Andy Pettitte wins his 21st.
1980: At Fenway, the Yankees maintain their hold on 1st place with a 4-3 victory over the Sox, scoring all their runs in the 4th. Tommy John wins his 21st. Willie Randolph helps in the 6th with a neat 4-2 double play‚ stepping on second for a force and throwing home to catch Jim Rice.
1968: Bernie Williams is born. Happy 46th to Bern Baby Bern!
1959: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Indians, 2-1 and 1-0. Mickey Mantle wins the opener with a 2-run 11th inning homer‚ his 29th of the year. In the nitecap‚ Duke Maas outpitches Jim Perry. The 2 losses push the Tribe to 5 1/2 games behind leading Chicago‚ who win today. The wins are little consolation for the now eliminated Bombers, though, mired in their worst campaign of the Casey Stengel era.
1956: Mickey Mantle breaks out of a September slump with two hits‚ including a homer‚ as New York beat Tom Gorman and the A’s‚ 3-2.
1951: Rookie phenom Mickey Mantle, batting leadoff, launches a Virgil Trucks offering deep into the upper deck in right. After the game, spectators say that if Mantle had hit it more towards center, the ball would have travelled 600 feet. Mantle then fans 3 times‚ as Trucks drives over New York for a 9-2 Detroit win. The Bengal hurler adds a pair of RBIs.
1936: At St. Louis‚ the Bronx Bombers live up to their name, shelling the Browns with 8 homers to sweep a doubleheader, 10-7
and 13-1. Joe DiMaggio hits 3 of the roundtrippers, Lou Gehrig and Jake Powell 2 apiece. The Yanks have now hit 175‚ topping the AL record of 173 set by the 1932 A’s.
1935: Detroit wallop the Yankees, 13-5, behind Schoolboy Rowe. Hank Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average.George Selkirk hits an inside the park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI‚ 54 coming on homers.
1934: Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter for a 3-1 victory over the Indians. It is his 25th win of the year.
1931: Tony Lazzeri steals second, third and home in succession in the 12th to give Lefty Gomez a 2-1 win over Detroit in the lidlifter of a doubleheader. New York edge the Tigers 4-3 in the nitecap, even though Earl Whitehill holds them to 6 hits. One of the hits is a 2-run Lou Gehrig homer in the 6th.
1922: The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox, losing 7-3 before winning 6-3. Everett Scott barely keeps his consecutive games played streak alive, as he is delayed when the train he is riding on derails. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th inning of game 1.
1920: Carl Mays, who started yesterday‚ gets the ball again today for Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective‚ stopping the Tigers on 2 runs. Babe Ruth hits his 49th HR and Mays drives in the final run of the 4-2 win.
1896: Pat Collins, primary catcher for the Murderers’ Row Yankees of 1927, is born.
2006: Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees’ 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay 12-4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rd to give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankee DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and Derek Jeter does not register an at-bat. he scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
2004: The Orioles lose to the Yankees‚ 9-7. In the process‚ they set an AL record by using 10 pitchers in the game. Jorge Julio draws the short straw, taking the loss for Baltimore.
2000: Darryl Strawberry is is sentenced to 2 years’ house arrest after admitting he violated probation by driving under the influence of medication‚ and leaving the scene of an accident.
1999: Before a crowd of 50‚027‚ the Red Sox finish their 3-game series at the Stadium with a 4-1 win for a sweep. It is the first 3-game sweep in the Bronx for Boston since 1986. Rheal Cormier picks up the win for the visitors.
1996: Bernie Williams drives home 8 runs in New York’s 12-3 win over the Tigers. Williams hits 2 round-trippers and a single.
1990: There’s good news and bad news… Yankees starter Steve Adkins doesn’t allow a hit in his ML debut‚ but he walks 8 batters in just 1 1/3 innings‚ as Texas win 5-4. Adkins walks the first three batters‚ then retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd‚ he walks the next five before being lifted‚ two shy of consecutive walk record held by Dolly Gray.
1981: Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8 innings at the Stadium beforde Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th with back-to-back doubles. Reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2-1 win.
1979: Yankee hurler Jim Beattie gives up a single to Carl Yastrzemski for the latter’s 3‚000th career hit. The Red Sox win 9-2, and Yaz becomes the first AL player to collect both 3‚000 hits and 400 HRs.
1962: At Cleveland‚ Whitey and Mickey lead the way to a Yankee win‚ 5-2. Mantle hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Pedro Ramos,his second favourite all-time mark (12 homers allowed).
1954: A Major League record crowd of 86‚587 jam Cleveland’s Memorial Stadium to see the Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks‚ 4-1 and 3-2‚ behind Bob Lemon and Early Wynn (below). Al Rosen’s two-run double is the key blow in the opener. In the nitecap‚ Wally Westlake’s double in the 5th is the big hit. The Yanks now trail Cleveland (104-40) by 8 1/2 games.
1953: At the Stadium, the Yankees take a 4-3 lead into the 7th inning‚ then score 8 runs to coast past Detroit‚ 13-4. The inning’s big blow is Mickey Mantle’s 20th homer of the year‚ a 3-run shot off Billy Hoeft that is still rising when it hits the facade of the upper deck in left.
1952: The Yankees (83-57) subdue the White Sox‚ 6-4‚ to remain a 1/2 game ahead of the Indians. Ray Scarborough is the winner over Hal Brown.
1950: The Yankees blow a 6-run lead as Cleveland scores 4 in the 9th inning off Allie Reynolds to win‚ 8-7. Luke Easter’s 3-run homer ~ his 2nd of the game – is the big blow‚ as the Yankees skid to 2nd place‚ a half game behind Detroit and a half game ahead of Boston.
1943: At Fenway, the Yankees take a pair from the Sox to complete a sweep of their five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Hubmen for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy ‘Bull’ Johnsonj hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankees comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.
1937: At the Stadium‚ the Yankees split with the Senators, losing game 1 by a 2-1 score to rookie Ken Chase. Lefty Gomez wins game 2 by the same score as DiMaggio belts his 42nd homer of the campaign.
1920: At Navin Field in Detroit‚ an overflow crowd of 29‚000 boo Carl Mays (below) as Detroit touch up the Yankee submariner for a 4-0 lead to knock him out of the box. But the Yanks rally on 5 ground rule doubles into the crowd‚ and home runs by Wally Pipp and Duffy Lewis clinch it, 13-6.
1916: Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller, luminary in the Yankee outfield in the ‘late 30s and well into the ’40s, is born.
1914: Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh‚ 23‚ is named to replace manager Frank Chance‚ who resigns today effective on September 15. Peckinpaugh becomes the youngest manager in MLB history, and the 7th in the club’s 12-year history. He will win 9 of 17 games and will manage next at Cleveland in 1928.
The Yanks win today‚ 2-1‚ over the A’s‚ with catcher Jeff ‘Big Ed’ Sweeney (below) going from goat to hero. When Stuffy McInnis and Amos Strunk attempt a double steal in the top of the 9th‚ Sweeney heaves the ball into center field trying to throw to second, and McInnis scores the tying run. Leading off in the bottom of the 9th against Chief Bender, Sweeney connects for a home run‚ his only one of the year‚ to give New York the walkoff win. Winning pitcher Ray Keating is warned by umpire Tommy Connally‚ who discovers an emery board on the pitcher. In ten days the emery pitch will be banned and any violation will result in a $100 fine and a 30-day suspension.
1907: In a 2-0 win against the Highlanders at Hilltop Park‚ Walter Johnson strikes out 5 batters‚ though the total will be recorded as 4 K’s. SABR member John Schwartz‚ in the 1990s‚ will find the extra K‚ resulting in Johnson’s currently recognized lifetime total of 3‚509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day‚ 2001‚ when Roger Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.
Off the field, Spurgeon ‘Spud’ Chandler, the only Yankee pitcher to date to win the AL MVP award (in 1943) is born.
1903: Boston’s ‘Long Tom’ Hughes (below) coasts as his mates drub the Highlanders 10-1 for his 20th win. He joins Cy Young and Bill Dineen as the third Beantown hurler to notch 20 this year.
The red-letter day ~
2009: In action against the Orioles at the Stadium, Derek Jeter ties Lou Gehrig for most career hits by a Yankee with a single in the 3rd inning (at 9:23 p.m. EST), then breaks the all-time Pinstriped hits record with an RBI single in the 4th (at 10:00 p.m.). It is a beastly night on which the start of the game is held up for 90 minutes, followed by another extended rain delay later. Alex Rodriguez gives Andy Pettitte an instant lead with a three-run bomb in the first, but it’s all O’s thereafter (except for the Jeter record). Baltimore send eight, then nine, then eight batters up in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, scoring 2, 4, and 3 runs respectively. The home run is Alex’s 577th, but cannot offset the 10-4 result.
On other 11ths of September…
2002: At the Stadium, the Yankees remember the tragedy of the previous year with a special monument in Monument Park memorialising those killed. The dedication is part of the 50-minute pregame ceremony. The Orioles wear 5-sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings‚ before Nick Johnson ends it with an RBI single. The Yankees win‚ 5-4‚ despite striking out 14 times. Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8th when he goes to his mouth on a 3-2 count while standing on the mound. It was the first walk in 6 full games (65 innings) by a Yankee pitcher‚ the longest such streak since WWII. Steve Karsay later hands out another free pass.
2001: All Major League baseball games are cancelled as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center‚ flight #93‚ and the Pentagon. The White Sox take a 15-hour bus from New York to home after their scheduled 3-game series with the Yankees is called off.
1995: At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians ~ no assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits‚ walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. ‘Black Jack’ retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield make 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phillies game on June 25‚ 1989‚ the only time it has occurred in the NL.
1990: New York beats Texas 5-4 to snap pitcher Bobby Witt’s personal 12-game winning streak. The Yanks score 2 in both the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Dave Righetti saves his 31st.
1988: The Yankees edge the Tigers 5-4 in 18 innings. Steve Shields gets the win in relief when Claudell Washington homers. Rickey Henderson ties an AL record set in 1948 for extra inning games with 12 putouts in left field.
1978: Mike Gazella, bench player and utility infielder for the Yankee championship clubs of 1927 and ’28, dies at the age of 82.
1966: John Miller becomes the first Yankee to hit a homer in his first Major League at-bat. He contributes 2 runs in a 4-2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway. It will be Miller’s only round-tripper in pinstripes‚ but as a Dodger in 1969‚ he will hit a homer in his last ML at-bat.
1963: Whitey Ford tops the host A’s 8-2‚ as Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st provides all the scoring Whitey needs. The Mick is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs.
1956: Yogi Berra ties the ML career record for home runs by a catcher in the Yankees’ 9-5 victory over Kansas City. His 236th – and the Yankees’ 177th of the season – tie him with Cub great Gabby Hartnett. Hank Bauer hits a leadoff homer; he’ll do it again tomorrow to tie an ML mark.
1955: In a move to shore up their pitching down the stretch‚ the Yankees buy Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price.
1954: The Yanks lose to the White Sox 6-5‚ dropping New York 6 1/2 out of first‚ the largest deficit that the Yankees have seen since Casey Stengel took over as manager five years previously.
1950: The Yanks move back into first with a twin win over the Senators, 5-1 and 6-2. Rookies Whitey Ford and Jackie Jensen lead the way in the opener as the future ‘Chairman of the Board’ wins his 6th straight. Jensen has 3 hits including his first ML homer. Ed Lopat wins his 16th in game two.
1949: In the first of two games at the Stadium‚ the Senators hand out 17 bases on balls‚ including an ML record 11 walks in the 3rd frame‚ when the Yanks plate 12‚ the AL record for number of runs in a 3rd inning. Another mark is set as four different Yankees collect 2 walks apiece in the bottom of the 3rd. The Nats hand out 13 walks in the first three innings. Buzz Dozier, who pitches the last 5 1/3 innings‚ is the most generous with 8 walks. Allie Reynolds (16-4) is the benefactor in the 20-5 romp. New York take the nitecap 2-1 in 5 1/2 innings behind Fred Sanford‚ with relief help from Joe Page.
1940: In a doubleheader‚ the Yankees’ first-game win at Cleveland puts them atop the AL‚ as Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham (below) bests Bob Feller 5-3. A 2nd game loss‚ 5-3‚ aided by a costly Babe Dahlgren error, drops them back out of first‚ and they will never get back to the summit this year. Joe McCarthy will hold this error against Babe‚ contending that it cost them the pennant. He whispers to many that Dahlgren is a marijuana user‚ and will trade him after the season. The Dahlgren family will maintain for years that McCarthy essentially blackballed him out of the game and defamed him‚ though his .253 average over 5 seasons might also have played a part in his downfall.
1936: The Yankees win at Detroit‚ 14-4‚ using a 9-run 8th inning to break it wide open. Pat Malone is the winner‚ helping himself with 2 hits and 4 RBI.
1928: In a 5-3 Yankee win at the Stadium‚ Ty Cobb makes his final Major League appearance as a batter‚ popping out against Yankee Hank Johnson to shortstop Mark Koenig as a PH in the 9th. Babe Ruth’s 2-run blast off Lefty Grove in the 8th seals the win for the homesiders. The Bronx Bombers seal the fate of the A’s with their 4th straight win over them, dropping the Mackmen into 2nd place‚ 2 1/2 games back.
1927: After losing a record 21 in a row this year to New York‚ the Browns win their last meeting‚ 6-2‚ at the Stadium behind Milt Gaston’s 5-hitter. One of the two runs allowed by the ex-Yankee is the Babe’s 50th homer‚ a solo shot in the 4th inning. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series‚ though one NL team‚ the 1909 Braves‚ went 1-21 against the Cubs.
1923: After Yankee leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches first base on a disputed infield hit that is ruled a single‚ Boston pitcher Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 batters for a 3-0 win‚ his 20th of the year. The Yankee crowd exhort official scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that third baseman Howard Shanks booted‚ but the one hit stands. Ehmke has now given up just one hit in his last 2 games.
1920: The Yankees take final game of their series with the Indians, topping the Tribe 6-2 as Babe Ruth cracks two doubles. Cleveland now lead by a .001 points over New York with the White Sox a game back.
1906: At Hilltop Park, the Boston Americans take it on the chin‚ losing 11-3. The Highlanders’ Frank LaPorte hits an inside-the-park home run off Boston starter Ed Barry in the 6th, and when the inning ends Boston second baseman Hobe Ferris (below) punches teammate and right fielder Jack Hayden. After they are separated‚ Hayden goes to the bench and Ferris runs after him and kicks him. Umpire Hank O’Loughlin ejects both of them‚ but Ferris refuses to go. Two policemen escort him to the clubhouse in handcuffs and he is arrested for assault.
1905: The Highlanders sell workhorse pitcher Jack Powell (8-13) to the Browns. Powell won 23 games in 1904‚ pitching 390 1/3 innings.
1962: Against Detroit’s Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle hits his 400th career home run. The shot ties the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning. The Yanks score 2 in the 9th off Aguirre to beat the Tigers 3-1. The victory‚ combined with a Minnesota loss‚ gives the Yanks a 3 1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in third place‚ 4 games back.
On other 10ths of September…
2011: Dan Haren pitches a four-hit shutout, denying CC Sabathia in his bid for his 20th win of the year, as the Angels blank the Yankees 6-0. The win moves the Halos to within 1 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Rangers. The Angels score their last 5 runs off rookies Hector Noesi and George Kontos, after Sabathia departs after 6 innings trailing 1-0. Jorge Posada is pressed into service behind the plate for the first time this season for the Yankees after Russell Martin leaves the game with a bruised thumb in the 2nd inning.
2003: The Yankees rout the Tigers by a score of 15-5 as Jorge Posada hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.
1999: The Red Sox best the Yankees 3-1‚ as Pedro Martinez hurls an impressive one-hitter for his 21st victory of the year. Martinez strikes out 17 batters‚‚ the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game. DH Chili Davis 2nd inning solo homer is New York’s only safety. Chuck Knoblauch is hit by a pitch leading off the game – this gave the Yankees their only other base-runner, but he was caught stealing‚ so Martinez faces just 1 over the minimum.
1998: A pitching duel is when the 1996 AL Cy Young Award winner meets the runner-up at the Stadium, but Pat Hentgen goes just three frames, and Andy Pettitteoutlasts him. Jose Canseco’s three-run second-inning bomb off the Yankee southpaw crowns a five-run Toronto frame, but Paul O’Neill drives in four on two home runs and a single in the first four innings of the 8-5 Yankee win.
1978: Trying to avoid a sweep, the Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprowl at the Yankees, and the young lefty lasts just 2/3 of an inning, walking 3 and allowing one hit. The Yanks take the lead and top the Red Sox 7-4 behind Ed Figueroa and Rich Gossage. Boston collect just 5 hits‚ including Fred Lynn’s 21st homer. Over the four games of the ‘Boston Massacre,’ the Yankees have outhit the Red Sox 67-21‚ and outscored them 42-9‚ making a sweep that leaves the teams in a tie for first place‚ and caps a remarkable march by the Bombers to the top from 4th place‚ 14 games out.
1977: Toronto’s Roy Howell knocks in 9 runs with a single‚ 2 doubles‚ and 2 HRs‚ as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees 19-3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.
1974: Former AL batting champion Alex Johnson, purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers yesterday‚ joins his new team at Fenway with the game in progress. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th‚ Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for the visitors 2-1.
1963: Randy Johnson is born. Happy 51st to the Big Unit!
1961: The Yankees sweep the Indians 7-6 and 9-3 ‚ their 12th win in a row at home and the Indians 20th loss in a row at the Stadium. Mickey Mantle hits his 53rd homer of the year in the nitecap‚ while Roger Maris‚ who fails to hit one out, stays at 56. The official scorecard credits Mantle with 2 runs scored: it will be discovered in 1995 that one of the runs should go to Moose Skowron. In the 2nd game‚ Clete Boyer sends a Jim Perry pitch into the left field corner that hits the lower deck of the grand stand and bounces back into play. While home plate ump Joe Linsalata calls it a home run, the other two umps agree with Tribe center fielder Jimmy Piersall, who contends the ball is in play. Boyer’s home run trot is interrupted at third with a tag out. Piersall’s contribution to the first game was a fistfight with a fan who climbed onto the field.
1960: In Detroit‚ Mickey Mantle unloads a cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning‚ the ball clearing the right field roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. New York pin a 5-1 loss on Paul Foytack that moves them into first place,a 1/2 game ahead of Baltimore‚ losers today. In June‚ 1985‚ Mantle’s blow will be retroactively measured at 643 feet‚ and listed in The Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.
1959: Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-6‚ including a homer, in a 12-1 romp over Kansas City.
1955: Yankee outfielder Hank Bauer, pressed into emergency service as a catcher‚ permits a passed ball‚ setting up the winning run in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox.
1950: Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 HRs in one game at spacious Griffith Stadium‚ as the Yanks beat Washington 8-1. Joe also adds an RBI double‚ to pass the 100-RBI mark for the 9th time. The Senators lead the second game 6-2 when rain washes it out in the 4th. New York are now a 1/2 game in back of the league-leading Tigers, with Boston 1/2 game behind the Yankees.
1948: The visiting Yankees whip first-place Boston‚ 11-6‚ on Joe DiMaggio’s 10th inning grand slam off sidearmer Earle Caldwell. Both
DiMag boys have 3 hits‚ but Joe has 5 RBIs. Boston’s lead is cut to 2 1/2 games over New York‚ with Cleveland 3 1/2 back of Boston after beating Detroit‚ 10-1‚ behind knuckleballer Gene Bearden.
1944: The Red Sox and Yankees split a pair at Fenway‚ the Sox taking the opener 3-2‚ and the Yankees the nitecap 4-3. George Metkovich has hits in both games to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25 games‚ a new Red Sox record. Metkovich hit .407 during his streak‚ but will end the year at .277. Dom DiMaggio’s will top Metko’s mark.
1934: Roger Maris is born
1927: The Yankees win their 21st game of the year against the Browns‚ but it doesn’t come easy. New York win‚ 1-0, as Wilcey Moore (below) outduels Lefty Stewart. Tony Lazzeri scores in the 8th after hitting a double‚ followed by successive sac flies.
1925: In twinbill action against the A’s at Shibe, Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one, all off Sammy Gray. The Yanks win 7-3. Then‚ Ruth and outfielder Ben Paschal (below) hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2‚ but the visitors lose 5-4.
1922: The Yankees play their farewell home games at the Polo Grounds, a doubleheader with the A’s. An estimated 40‚000 jam the stadium with another 25‚000 turned away. Joe Bush (below) beats the tourists – his former teammates – 10-3 in the opener‚ and Waite Hoyt gets the upper hand in the nitecap, 2-1. Plans are in the works to expand the Grounds to 56‚000 capacity‚ but this is the last regular season AL game at the venue. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road‚ and then inaugurate Yankee Stadium next spring.
1921: Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees’ 21 hits as the New Yorkers wallop the A’s 19-3. An ML record-tying five Yankees collect two hits in the 9th inning: Schang‚ Carl Mays‚ Elmer Miller‚ Roger Peckinpaugh‚ and Babe Ruth. The Bambino’s second hit, a single‚ hits Peck for the 3rd out. Winning pitcher Mays gives up 13 hits to Philadelphia in winning his 16th straight over them.
1920: Cleveland lose 6-1 to the Yanks as Babe Ruth hits a 2-run homer. Shortstop Joe Sewell (below), brought up from the New Orleans Pelicans‚ makes his Major League debut‚ filling in for the injured Harry Lunte. Sewell goes hitless‚ but will then go 10-for-22 to win the job for the coming decade. Cleveland now lead by percentage points over the White Sox, and a 1/2 game ahead of the 3rd place Yankees.
1919: The Indians’ Ray ‘Slim’ Caldwell (below)‚ struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier‚ no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3-0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss, giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Indians win as well‚ 3-2. Roger Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances, for a total of 40 in the twinbill.
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1936: The Yankees sweep the Indians 11-3 and 12-9 to clinch the pennant on the earliest date ever. Lou Gehrig smashes a grand slam as does Cleveland’s Bill Knickerbocker. Gehrig will hit a career high 49 homers this year‚ 14 against Cleveland‚ including six in 11 games at home. The Yanks will finish in front of the second-place Tigers by 19 1/2 games, the biggest margin in the club’s history.
On other 9ths of September…
2009: Derek Jeter ties the Yankee franchise record for hits held by Lou Gehrig, with his 2,721st safety in the 7th against the Rays. In the game, Jorge Posada belts a three-run pinch homer in the 8th to give the Yanks a 4 – 2 win.
2001: Andy Pettitte rides a two-run homer by Nick Johnson off Hideo Nomo and a three-run blast from Tino Martinez against Rolando Arrojoto beat the Red Sox 6-2 at the Stadium.
1999: Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter dies after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
1997: Boston lose to the Yankees 8-6‚ despite 2 RBI for Nomar Garciaparra. The RBI give Garciaparra 87 on the year‚ for a new major league record for leadoff men. Harvey Kuenn held the old mark with 85 in 1956 for Detroit.
1990: The A’s beat the Yankees, 7-3, to complete a 12-game season sweep of the Yanks, the first time the Bombers have achieved this dubious distinction against any one team. Tim Leary takes the loss for New York.
1978: The Boston Massacre continues.
Ron Guidry (21-2) gives up two singles in the 1st inning and that’s it. New York send 12 runners to the plate and scores 7 runs in the 4th inning to win 7-0 against Dennis Eckersley and cut the Boston lead to a single game. For Guidry‚ it is his 7th shutout of the year‚ and the first lefty shutout in Fenway since 1974 (Ken Holtzman of theA’s tossed one on August 5th of that year). With the Brewers’ victory over the Twins‚ Milwaukee trail by just 4 1/2 games.
1974: At Fenway‚ the Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 6-3‚ for their first victory in Boston since July 31st of last year. George ‘Doc’ Medich gets the win for the tourists. The Yanks have won 2 of 24 games at Fenway since 1972.
1961: On Whitey Ford Day at the Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 56th homer‚ off Cleveland’s Mudcat Grant‚ as the Yanks come from behind to win‚ 8-7. New York score 4 in the 9th to enable Luis Arroyo (below) to pick up his 12th relief win in a row.
1954: The Yanks’ Enos Slaughter spoils a no-hitter by getting an 8th inning single off the Orioles’ Joe Coleman‚ who finishes with a one-hitter and a 1-0 shutout.
1953: Mickey Mantle’s 2-run homer off Chicago’s Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning‚ as New York win 9-3 at Yankee Stadium.
Returning to center field after the 5th‚ Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick‚ who will apologize for the indiscretion. However‚ Mantle does sign an endorsement deal with the Bowman Gum company.
1951: The Yanks hit 5 homers – 4 off the Nats’ Dick Starr – to win 7-5. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff homer on the first pitch‚ which starts
the scoring‚ slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the right field stands. Vic Raschi then wins the nitecap‚ 2-0‚ in a game called after the 6th inning because of ‘darkness.’ Though Yankee Stadium has lights‚ unlike in the NL these cannot be used on Sunday. The Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).
1949: At the Stadium‚ Ellis Kinder notches his 19th victory and his 9th straight‚ as Boston win 7-1. The Yanks manage just 4 hits‚ while Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr launch homers off Ed Lopat. Pesky has hit two homers this season‚ both at Yankee Stadium. Hugh Casey makes his AL debut‚ allowing two unearned runs in two innings. The loss cuts the Yanks lead over the Sox to 1 1/2 games.
1948: The Red Sox widen their lead over the Yankees to 3 1/2 games by defusing the Bombers at Fenway, 9-4‚ scoring 8 runs in the 3rd. Ted Williams (.367) has 2 hits to regain the AL batting lead over Lou Boudreau.
1938: Lou Gehrig plays his 2‚100th consecutive game and has four hits to bring his average over .300. The Yanks trip the Senators 3-0 behind Bump Hadley.
1932: The Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has accomplished this RBI feat twice before. Frank Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game‚ including twice in one inning. Detroit
also top the Yanks‚ 4-1‚ in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st‚ and yesterday’s tie. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.
1931: To raise funds to help the unemployed in the Depression‚ the Yankees‚ Giants‚ and Robins (who will change their name next year to the Dodgers) agree to a series of benefit games. 60,000 fans‚ paying regular prices‚ raise $59‚000 in the first matchup‚ as Babe Ruth
homers and the Yankees beat the Giants 7-2. At Comiskey Park‚ a crowd of 34‚865 raise $45‚000 for Governor Emmerson’s unemployment relief fund and watch the Cubs trim the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Charlie Root. Root twirls a 6-hitter and drives in all the runs.
1928: A total of 85‚265 jam the Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep a Sunday doubleheader from the A’s‚ 3-0 and 7-3‚ to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel‚ who takes an Ed Rommel knuckleball out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.
Off the field, Yankee pitcher Urban Shocker, age 38, dies of pneumonia in Denver‚ where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart, and had been unable to sleep lying down for the past 2 years. Shocker‚ who never had a losing season‚ was 18-6 in 1927 but appeared in only one game in pinstripes in 1928.
1920: In the opener of a crucial 3-game series‚ Cleveland blast the Yanks 10-4 behind the pitching of Stan Coveleski and the hitting of Doc Johnston. Johnston has 4 hits‚ two of them triples‚ and a steal of home. Babe Ruth hits his 47th homer in the first‚ then receives 3 intentional walks.
1914: At Washington‚ the Senators’ Jack Bentley shuts out the Yankees 1-0. Jack Warhop takes the loss‚ his 5th 1-0 loss of the year‚ which ties the AL record set by Bill Donovan in 1903. It won’t be topped by any pitcher. Also setting a record not topped‚ or tied is Warhop’s loss today to the Senators‚ the 3rd time this year they’ve beaten him 1-0.
1899: Waite Hoyt, ’20s Yankee ace and Hall of Famer, is born.
1893: Mike McNally, starting 3rd baseman for the first Yankee team to play in a World Series, is born.
1876: Frank Chance, Yankee manager for the 1913-14 seasons, is born.
2012: The Orioles defeat the Yankees 5-4 to tie the Bronx Bombers for first place in the AL East once again, but the win is costly. Right fielder Nick Markakis breaks his left thumb when hit by a CC Sabathia pitch in the 5th inning, putting him out for six weeks. Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homer for the O’s. Closer Jim Johnson almost blows a 5-3 lead when he loads the bases on three singles with none out in the 9th; Nick Swisher brings the Yankees within one on a forceout before Mark Teixera is called out when sliding head-first into first base while vainly trying to avoid a game-ending double play. Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi blast umpire Jerry Meals for the decision after the game.
2009: Nick Swisher gets his first pie, hitting a walkoff 9th inning homer to beat Tampa Bay. Chad Gaudin leaves with a 2-1 lead over Rays’ ace David Price in the 7th, but Jason Bartlett shocks Phil Hughes and the 45,000-plus in attendance with a game-tying blast in the 8th. The deciding blow is Swisher’s second homer of the game, and the win gives the homesiders a 90-50 mark.
2000: The Yankees blank the Red Sox 4-0 behind Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Boston pitcher Bryce Florie is struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of part-time New York outfielder Ryan Thompson. The Boston hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket‚ the bone that surrounds the eye‚ and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery and return to pitch next season.
1992: Yankee outfielder Danny Tartabull goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers and a double‚ and drives in 9 runs as New York defeat Baltimore‚ 16-4. Scott Sanderson is the winner.
1984: The Yankees break a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the 6th, and go on to roll over the Red Sox 12-6. Toby Harrah paces the 15-hit attack with 4 hits‚ and Dave Winfield one of the game’s 12 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games‚ which is and will be a career high. Joe Cowley is the winner.
1983: Yankee outfielder Steve Kemp is sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by an Omar Moreno line drive during batting practice in Milwaukee. Kemp hit just .242 with 12 HR and 49 RBI in the first year of his 5-year‚ $5.45 million contract. New York win today 6-5 in an otherwise disappointing year for the club.
1979: Graig Nettles hits an 8th inning home run to help the Yankees and Ron Guidry beat Detroit‚ 5-4. It is Guidry’s 10th straight win.
1978: New York continue their rampage in Boston by scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning and 6 more in the 2nd. Boston make 7 errors to ease the Yankees’ way to a 13-2 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lou Piniella adds a double‚ a triple and a homer to back Jim Beattie’s pitching. Dwight Evans and Carlton Fisk both make a pair of miscues. New York are now 2 games in back.
1961: The Yanks rout the Indians 9-1 as Mickey Mantle hits homer no. 52‚ off Gary Belll. The Yanks win their 9th straight while Detroit lose their 8th in a row to drop 10 game in back.
1956: The Senators hold Mickey Mantle to an infield single, but the Yankee offense breaks out everywhere else, burying Washington 16-2. Five Yankees have 3 hits apiece‚ led by Hank Bauer with a double‚ a triple and a homer.
1951: At an Old-timer’s Day at the Stadium‚ former manager Joe McCarthy (below) is honoured. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning‚ Mickey Mantle belts a Bob Porterfield pitch into the last row of the right field bleachers ~ some 460 feet away ~ to break the scoreless tie. Ed Lopat shuts out the Senators for a 4-0 Yankee win.
1947: Bob Feller in relief of Bob Lemon in the 9th‚ keeps the Yankees scoreless to save a 4-3 Cleveland win. George McQuinn (below), who earlier hit two homers‚ bloops a single with a man on to chase Lemon. Bobo Newsom, who wilts in the 8th‚ is the loser‚ but New York are still 12 games in front.
1940: In a 9-4 Yankee win over the Red Sox, Joe Gordon (below) hits for the cycle to back Spud Chandler’s pitching.
1939: At Fenway, the Yankees take a 4-1 lead into the 7th when the game is stopped because of violent thunder and lightning, including a spectacular strike on the center field flagpole.
1937: It’s a day in the long Yankees-Red Sox rivalry that the latter would rather forget. In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ New York’s Red Ruffing and Boston’s Bobo Newsom battle to a 2-2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Lou Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th. Then in game 2‚ the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson through the first 8 innings, and are down 6-1 with two outs in the 9th‚ but rally for 8 runs to win 9-6. Two doubles‚ a two-base error by Joe Cronin and a single by ||Joe DiMaggio tie the score at 6 apiece. With two men on‚ Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig‚ who parks a 3-run walkoff homer in short porch in right for his 33rd round-tripper of the season. Frank Makosky‚ who pitches the 9th‚ is the winner.
1932: The Yankees and the Tigers replay their protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader‚ but end in a 7-7 tie. After the game‚ Babe Ruth, who was already out of the lineup with a stomach ache, experiences abdominal pains that he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd‚ subbing for the Babe in the opener‚ collects 5 hits for the Yanks, including 2 home runs, in a 5-4 win.
1928: Behind babe Ruth’s 3-run homer‚ the Yankees take the Senators‚ 6-3‚ but it is not enough to keep New York from dropping into second place, as the A’s take a pair from the Red Sox to move into a 1/2 game lead.
1925: The Yanks sweep a doubleheader from the Red Sox at Fenway, 5-4 and 7-4. In the nitecap, Babe Ruth hits his 300th career home run, off Chester Ross.
1922: The Yankees go back on top‚ this time to stay‚ by beating the Senators 8-1 behind Carl Mays, while the Browns lose to Detroit 8-3. New York’s win is sparked by Wally Pipp’s 6th inning 3-run homer off Walter Johnson.‚ the second homer Pipp (below) has launched off the Senator ace in 9 days.
1920: On their way to Cleveland‚ the Yanks play an exhibition game against the Pirates and suffers injuries to starters Muddy Ruel (split finger) and Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Carl Mays sitting out the Indians series to avoid any scenes‚ New York are short handed.
1919: In twinbill action at the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth hits his 26th home run of the year, off the Yankees’ Hank Thormahlen, in the opener to break Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25. The Red Sox win the game 3-1 ‚ then take the nitecap 2-0 behind Waite Hoyt’s 3-hitter. Ruth scores both runs for Boston. Buck Freeman‚ now an umpire in the American Association‚ congratulates the Babe on his feat. New York shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh ties an AL mark with 15 chances accepted in the first game‚ and 24 in the twinbill. The Tigers object to the second game‚ on the technicality that it was originally scheduled for Boston and had been postponed there.
1917: The Yankees swap shutouts with the Senators‚ winning the first game of a doubleheader 2-0 before losing 5-0 in the second contest. Doc Ayers wins the nitecap‚ his second shutout in a row over the Yankees and the third time he has beaten them in 8 days. Nick Cullop (below) takes the loss for New York. In the opening game‚ Ray Caldwell tosses his only shutout of the year.
1916: Yankee pitchers Allen Russell and Ray Keating are the victims as A’s catcher Wally Schang (below) becomes the first Major League player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. The A’s win, 8-2.
The red-letter day ~
1978: The ‘Boston Massacre’ begins.
The Yankees‚ 4 games behind the Red Sox the AL East‚ arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the set with a 15-3 rout as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers‚ including 3 hits apiece by Randolph‚ Thurman Munson and Roy White. Mike Torrez, who is chased after one inning of work‚ takes the loss. Ken Clay, coming on to relieve Catfish Hunter, is the winner.
On other 7ths of September…
2002: The Tigers defeat the Yankees 2-1. Detroit first baseman Eric Munson hits a Mike Mussina fastball, the first pitch he sees in the Majors, for a solo homer in the 3rd.
1996: Complaining of abdominal pains the day of his scheduled start at the Stadium‚ Toronto’s Juan Guzman collapses in the visitors’ clubhouse a few minutes before the name and is rushed to New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. He will not pitch again this season and his 2.93 ERA will lead the AL.
1985: Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 win over the A’s. Following a pitchout in the 7th‚ Winfield gets hung up in a rundown but escapes to score.
1974: In the second game with the Tigers‚ who had already taken the opener 8-3, Graig Nettles loses a single when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees still win 1-0 on, on an earlier Nettles homer.
1964: In the morning game of a scheduled doubleheader‚ the Yankees beat the Twins 5-4 in 11 innings. The nitecap is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff homer for the second game in a row‚ and scores the winning run in the 11th. Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.
1961: Roger Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th homer of the year in the 3rd inning as New York beats the Senators‚ 7-3. All of Washington’s scores come in the 6th on an inside-the-park homer by Tito Francona off Ralph Terry. When asked by a writer after the game why he bunted‚ Maris eloquently replies‚ “Trying to win the game‚ you stupid c*cks*cker, why do you think?”
1959: At Fenway‚ the trio of Pumpsie Green, Don Buddin and pitcher Jerry Casale tie a Major League record by belting consecutive homers in the 2nd off Bob Turley to pace the Sox to a 12-4 drubbing of New York. Andy Carey connects for a pinch-hit home run in the 3rd‚ and Mickey Mantle adds one the same inning‚ but little else happens for New York‚ who lose the season series with the Sox for the first time in 11 years.
1955: Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his AL-record second consecutive one-hitter‚ beating the A’s 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A’s only safety. Ford is the 5th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. Arnie Portocarrero, who scatters 6 hits, is the hard-luck loser.
1952: A pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Mize gives the Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington. The Big Cat has now homered in each one of the 15 ML parks‚ including Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis while in each league. Mize joins Jeff Heath as the only players to homer in every park in their league in one season; Mize also connected in each NL park in 1937‚ 1940‚ and 1947.
1949: At the Stadium‚ Allie Reynolds walks the first 3 Red Sox batters before Bobby Doerr singles home two runs. After that, the Big Chief settles down, and that will be all the scoring the Sox can manage. The Yankees come back to take a 3-2 lead and‚ after Doerr triples in the 8th‚ Joe Page comes in from the bullpen to save the game for Reynolds. The final is 5-2‚ with the hitting provided by Bobby Brown (2-run homer) and Billy ‘Bull’ Johnson with two triples.
1938: On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway‚ Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBI on 3 hits, including a pair of homers, and all in just 5 1/2 innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. The second theft will be the last steal of his career.
1934: Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth’s AL home run crown, continue to do battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th, in Chicago‚ and Foxx his 41st, in Detroit.
1932: Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The slugger will be out of action for five days.
1931: In the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the first inning on only 2 hits. Eddie Rommel‚ the 4th pitcher in the frame‚ retires Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig‚ and Ben Chapman on strikes. The Yanks win 15-3. In the second game‚ Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning homers off former teammate Waite Hoyt, and the Babe adds another shot off Hoyt in the 9th‚ his 40th. The Yanks roll 9-4 over the first-place A’s.
1928: The stumbling Yanks drop a pair to the Senators‚ losing 11-0 and 6-1. Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds three singles. Fred ‘Firpo’ Marberry wins the nitecap over Waite Hoyt for his second win over New York in 5 days. The Yankees, who led by 13 1/2 games on July 1st‚ are now tied with the A’s.
1927: After blasting 3 home runs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox yesterday‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 today off Danny MacFayden in a 12-10 win. This gives him a ML record-tying 5 in 3 games and he now leads Lou Gehrig 49 HRs to 45. Gehrig will hit just two more the rest of the way.
1926: Urban Shocker (below) and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2, dealing the hapless Bostonians their 17th straight loss.
1925: After apologizing to his teammates yesterday‚ Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week‚ collecting one hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays shuts out Philadelphia on a 4-hitter‚ 2-0‚ for his 9th straight win over the A’s. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Eddie Rommel (below)‚ in relief of losing pitcher Scott Perry, strikes out Babe Ruth‚ Del Pratt‚ and Bob Meusel in the 8th.
1908: On Labor Day‚ Senators’ manager Joe Cantillon starts Walter Johnson in place of one pitcher who is ill, and another who returned to Washington to be with his ailing wife. Only 3 Senators’ pitchers made the trip to New York. The Big Train shuts out the Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days‚ 4-0‚ topping Jack Chesbro again and allowing just 2 hits and no walks. In the three games‚ Johnson allows 12 hits‚ walks one‚ and strikes out 12. The Washington ace will pitch 130 shutouts during his career‚ 23 more than runner-up Grover Cleveland Alexander. This is one of a ML record (tied in 1942‚ topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today‚ out of 16 games.
2012: The Orioles use the long ball to defeat the Yankees, belting 6 homers in a 10-6 win, including three in the 8th inning. Adam Jones leads off the frame with a solo blast off David Robertson to break a 6-6 tie. Mark Reynolds then hits a two-run shot, and Chris Davis follows with a solo shot to seal the outcome of the game. The two teams are again tied for the lead in the AL East.
2004: The Stadium hosts one of the stranger episodes in recent Yankee history. As Labor Day dawns in the Bronx, the Yanks open the park and await the arrival of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who had failed to make the trip north for a weekend New York series before Hurricane Frances hit land. A doubleheader is in the offing, with game one scheduled for 1:00 pm, then delayed to 3:00. Finally the first game is postponed again and the Yankees play the Rays in one game starting at 7:00 pm. During the multi-hour wait, the Bombers hold extended batting practice to entertain the crowd, and hot dogs and soda at the concession stands are free. As Rays players finally appear from the visiting dugout, the Yankee organist plays, ‘If it takes forever, I will wait for you.’ When play finally commences, the Yanks use a four-run fourth-inning rally to post a 7-4 win, with Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez besting Doug Waechter.
2003: At the Stadium, Tim Wakefield allows 4 hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Roger Clemens and the Yankees 11-0 to move within 1 1/2 games of New York in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo, who appeared in the Yankee old-timers game earlier in the year‚ pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th and fouls out.
1995: With President Bill Clinton in attendance, Cal Ripken plays in his 2‚131st consecutive game‚ breaking Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. To complete the perfect evening, Ripken hits a homer off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning‚ and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees, ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout‚ and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons. On the 10th‚ he will return a punt for a touchdown. California score 6 in the 9th to beat the Yanks‚ 12-6.
1982: In an 8-2 win over the Yankees‚ Benny Ayala belts the Orioles’ 11th pinch home run of the season to break the AL record set by the 1961 Yankees. The win is Baltimore’s 9th in a row.
1981: Despite having won the first-half pennant‚ Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Bombers are only 2 games above .500 in the second half of the season.
1975: At Baltimore‚ the Orioles top the Yankees 7-6 in 13 innings, though neither manager or Yankee catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end. All are tossed in the 9th inning.
1973: The Yankees bid adieu to the Alous‚ selling Felipe to Montreal and Matty to St. Louis.
1971: Red Sox manager Eddie Kasko uses 2 entirely different 10-man lineups in a doubleheader with New York‚ but neither succeeds. The Yankees sweep, 5-3 and 3-0.
1961: Roger Maris connects for his 54th home run of the season, off Tom Cheney of the Senators‚ as the Yankees win 8-0 behind Whitey Ford’s 5-hitter. Ford is now at 23-3. John Blanchard hits a pair of homers‚ each time following a walk to Mickey Mantle‚ and Moose Skowron and Bob Hale also go deep.
1960: In his final game at the Stadium‚ Ted Williams thumps his 518th career homer to lead Boston to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Billy Muffett’s shutout is ruined when he serves up a homer to Mickey Mantle with 2 outs in the 9th.
1954: New York only manage a split with the Red Sox‚ but it is not for lack of trying on Casey Stengel’s part. The Yankee manager uses a (since tied) record ten pinch hitters in the two games‚ including pitcher Tommy Byrne for Phil Rizzuto. Pinch hitter Joe Collins wins the opener for Jim Konstanty, 6-5 with a homer – one of five hit in the game. The Yanks blow a 6-0 lead in the nitecap to lose‚ 8-7.
1943: During the second game of a doubleheader split between the Yankees and the Athletics, Carl Scheib becomes the youngest player in AL history when he takes the mound for Philadelphia at the age of 16 years, 248 days – he allows two hits but no runs in 2/3 of an inning. The A’s take the first game 11-2, while the New Yorkers prevail in the nightcap 11-4.
1936: At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 14-5, and 4-2. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmie Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
1927: At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair‚ with New York rolling to a 14-2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. The Babe responds, however, with two homers‚ in the 6th and 7th‚ the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called ‘the longest ever hit at Fenway’ by the Sporting News. Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day‚ number 47‚ in the nitecap‚ off Jack Russell, but the terrier nips New York 5-2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season‚ but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8‚ Gehrig 6‚ the only New York roundtrippers hit there.
1915: In a doubleheader at Fenway, the Yankees are blanked by Rube Foster in the opener, 4-0. Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless in the nitecap until the 8th before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves, and the Red Sox win 5-2 for the sweep. Ruth also goes 2-for-3 at the plate.
1904: The Highlanders sweep a doubleheader at home from the A’s, with Al Orth registering a 5-2 win in the opener, and player-manager Clark Griffith (below) tossing a three-hitter for a 2-1 triumph in the nitecap. Though the Boston Americans also win, the New Yorkers move 1/2 game out in front in the neck-and-neck pennant race by virtue of the two victories.