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
  • October 1 in Yankee History

  • It sounds memorable enough to simply call it the 240th home run of the Yankees’ record-breaking 1961 season. But it was “61 in 61,” and the greatest significance of Roger Maris‘s 61st home run of that season off Boston’s Tracy Stallard on October 1 was that it finally put an end to the Yankee right fielder’s tortured race to surpass Babe Ruth‘s 1927 record. And it was “big” in another way too, the only score in a 1-0 Yankee win. All these many years later, with contested numbers, the number is bigger than ever. Continue reading
  • September 30 in Yankee History

  • Babe Ruth gets top billing in a September 30 Yankee history column. He stroked legendary home run no. 60 off Tom Zachary this day in 1927, breaking a 2-2 tie with the Senators and carrying the Yankees to a 4-2 victory. Amazingly, the game also featured the last appearance of early-century pitching phenom Walter Johnson, winner of 417 career games. Johnson pinch-hit for Zachary and flied out to Ruth. Continue reading
  • September 29 in Yankee History

  • It was a bittersweet day in the Bronx on September 29, 2016, as the Yankee 5-1 victory over Boston both completed a three-game sweep, and prevented the Red Sox from celebrating clinching the AL East crown on our team’s field for the second straight day. On the down side (at least from my perspective, but apparently not Mariano Rivera‘s, as he spoke for the retiring DH), David Ortiz was honored, with some giving him a standing ovation. But more to the point, at 9:45 (39 minutes before our game would be completed) the scoreboard flashed the update that Baltimore had won their game, making certain that the Yankees would not be participating in postseason play. Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks doubles knocked in two of the runs, and CC Sabathia pitched into the eighth to get the win. Continue reading