October 10 in Yankee History

  • If there were a few Yankee fans too shy to yell “R-R-A-A-U-U-U-L-L-!-!-!” before October 10, 2012, his exploits that night probably put them over the top. With Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez barely outpitching Hiroki Kuroda, the 2-1 lead the O’s took to the ninth had them set to take that same lead in games in the five-game ALDS, after the teams had split two in Baltimore. But Joe Girardi made the controversial call and pinch hit Raul Ibanez for Alex Rodriguez with one down, and Raul tied it with a homer to right off Jim Johnson. And three innings later, Ibanez sent 50,000-plus home happy by homering off Brian Matusz for the 3-2 Yankee win. Continue reading
  • Believe It

    Bronx, N.Y., October 8, 2017; Yankees 1, Cleveland 0 — It was a hopeful, nervous, but mostly disgruntled fanbase that showed up at Yankee Stadium for Game 3 of the ALDS Sunday night. With their team down 2-0 in games and on the cusp of elimination,, virtually to a person the crowd believed that the Yankee players had earned a split their manager had deprived them of in Cleveland, and there were mixed emotions all around. Continue reading

    October 9 in Yankee History

  • The victory in Game Two of the 2009 ALDS had to be pretty special to move to the front of October 9 history in front of the several postseason beauties that follow, and it was. Nick Blackburn and A.J. Burnett pitched the Twins and Yanks, respectively, to a 1-1 tie through six, but Minnesota reached Phil Hughes for two runs in the eighth. But Alex Rodriguez got his great postseason started in earnest with a two-run blast off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth to send it to extras. It got tense in the 11th when Minnesota’s first three batters singled off Damaso Marte and David Roberston, but a liner, then a grounder, to first base and a fly out got the Yanks up still tied, when Mark Teixeira sent everyone home happy with a leadoff home run off the top of the wall in left for a 4-3 Yankee win, and a two-games-to-none lead in the ALDS. Continue reading
  • October 8 in Yankee History

  • It’s more than 50 years now, and nobody has equaled Don Larsen‘s stellar achievement (though Doc Halladay‘s not perfect no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS–still not in the World Series, has come close), as he tossed a Perfect Game in the World Series on October 8, 1956. He blanked the Dodgers, 2-0, besting Sal “The Barber” Maglie, who matched him until Mickey Mantle broke the tie with a fourth-inning home run. We’ll cover the more recent Yankee playoff exploits next, and return to the long list of Bombers World Series successes (with a few failures) later. Continue reading
  • October 7 in Yankee History

  • The 2009 Yankee postseason got off to a great start on October 7, with the Captain and the ace leading the way. Once the Twins reached CC Sabathia for two third-inning runs on three singles, a double play, and a passed ball, Derek Jeter equaled matters almost immediately with a two-run home run following an earlier single, then walked twice and scored two more runs in the 7-2 Yankee win in Yankee Stadium. CC struck out eight pitching into the seventh, and Hideki Matsui got his superb postseason going with a two-run jack of his own. The Wednesday evening game got off on a surprisingly early 6:07 pm first pitch. Continue reading
  • October 5 in Yankee History

  • Regular-season Yankee highlights as far into the 10th month as this go way back almost 100 years. On October 5, 1912, the Highlanders (Yankees) played their last game at Hilltop Park, defeating the Senators 8-6 on Hal Chase‘s three-run home run. Starting the next season, they would share the Polo Grounds with the Giants until Yankee Stadium was built. Continue reading
  • October 3 in Yankee History

  • Tony Kubek homered in his final major league at bat in a Yankee win over the Red Sox on October 3, 1965. The clout came off Dick Radatz in an 11-5 Yankee victory in Boston, in Whitey Ford‘s 232nd win, which made him the winningest Bomber hurler ever. As for Kubek, an offseason diagnosis of a childhood football injury would prompt him to retire rather than risk further damage. Continue reading
  • October 2 in Yankee History

  • Bucky Dent in Fenway Park says it all. The Yanks prevailed in the one-game playoff for the 1978 AL Pennant, 5-4 on October 2. Ron Guidry went to 25-3 with the win, besting Mike Torrez. Reggie Jackson homered as well, and Goose Gossage got the save when Graig Nettles caught Carl Yastrzemski‘s popup. Continue reading