September 3 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees already had a 3-1 lead on Boston ace Chris Sale before they pounded a litany of relievers to a six-run sixth inning in Yankee Stadium in the ESPN Sunday night game on September 3, 2017. Solo homers from Chase Headley, Matt Holliday, and Todd Frazier did the early damage, more than enough to offset the lone Red Sox tally, on two [rare] Frazier errors in the sixth. Starlin Castro had a three-run double in the big inning, and Luis Severino struck out nine over six innings for the 9-2 win. Continue reading
  • September 2 in Yankee History

  • Subbing for an absent Aaron Boone, bench coach (and manager for the day) Josh Bard appeared to stay with starter Lance Lynn for far too long in an 11-7 loss to visiting Detroit on September 2, 2018. Pulled in the fourth with the Bombers down 7-3, Lynn could have witnessed his mates close it to 8-5 through eight, but then southpaw Stephen Tarpley, making his major league debut, allowed three more tallies in the ninth, making the two-run Yankee uprising in the bottom half far too short. Continue reading
  • September 1 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees and the Tigers went to the ninth inning scoreless on September 1, 1961, in front of the biggest American League crowd of the year, with Whitey Ford opposing Don Mossi. The 65,000+ in Yankee Stadium thrilled to the Yankees’ 1-0 victory in this battle for first place, as two-out hits in the bottom of the ninth from Elston Howard, Yogi Berra, and Moose Skowron plated the game winner. Continue reading
  • August 31 in Yankee History

  • Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner laid out the perfect response to being honored with a Bobblehead in a 7-5 win over visiting Detroit on August 31, 2018. With the Yanks down 3-0 to the Tigers entering the home sixth, Gardner homered for two to get things started, then watched as Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar went yard back-to-back to give the home team the lead. And when the visitors eclipsed that with single runs in the seventh and eighth, Gardy started a three-run rally with a double in the bottom of the latter frame. Continue reading
  • August 30 in Yankee History

  • In what had all the earmarks of a great and victorious day in the Bronx, the Yanks tragically fell 8-7 to visiting Detroit on August 30, 2018, on Dellin Betances‘s worst game of the year. In for the save with the Bombers up 8-6 on Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and Luke Voit home runs, Dellin got a leadoff strike out but then yielded a four-pitch walk. It was bad enough that Victor Martinez then homered for the tie, but he was followed by first baseman Niko Goodrun, who went yard to give the Tigers the lead and the win. That Dellin finished the frame with two more strike outs was no comfort at all. Continue reading
  • August 29 in Yankee History

  • On August 23, 2003, when Ron Guidry Day was celebrated in Yankee Stadium, the team played uninspired baseball in a 7-2 loss to the Orioles in the game that followed. No such problem occurred on August 29, 1964, when the Yanks held Elston Howard Day. The Yanks took two from the Red Sox, 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone went yard three times, including a grand slam, and Roger Maris hit six singles. It was highlights all around, as Mickey Mantle hit his 447th career homer in the first game, and tied Babe Ruth‘s career strike out record (1,330) in the second. Continue reading
  • August 28 in Yankee History

  • Giving the lie to all the claims floating around Yankee Stadium in 2009, Robbie Cano sent a soaked fanbase home happy on August 28, 2009, when his 10th-inning three-run walkoff bomb against Chicago lefty Randy Williams gave the Yankees a 5-2 win. Rumor had it that Cano could only hit in non-rbi situations, and the game only went into extras because Nick Swisher made a great throw to nail a runner at home in the top of the seventh. Brian Bruney pitched the top of the 10th and got the win. Continue reading
  • August 27 in Yankee History

  • Ask a number of Yankee fans with a sense of history individually about 1978, and two arcs will emerge. In light of the day held in his honor in Yankee Stadium in 2003, we’ll mention the incredible 25-3 Cy Young season of Louisiana Lightning, Ron Guidry first. And hand in hand with that, of course, was the stirring comeback from 14 games behind, with the Yanks finally wresting the pennant from their Boston rivals in the playoff game that has made “Bucky Dent” two thirds of a three-word epithet in much of Massachusetts and New England ever since. But what should be obvious to even the most casual fan is that you can’t mount a comeback drive like that on the strength of just one starting pitcher. Catfish Hunter beat the Oakland A’s, 6-2, on August 27, 1978, to complete a six-win/no-loss August that helped propel the Bombers on their way. Utilizing a spin windup he may have copied from the wily Luis Tiant (with the Sox at the time, but who would pitch for the Yanks too), Hunter brought to mind the old saw that has it that a flashlight burns brightest just before the light goes out. Guidry’s brilliance would have gone for naught without him. Continue reading
  • August 26 in Yankee History

  • Manny Machado homered twice off Luis Cessa for visiting Baltimore on August 26, 2016, but that is the last of the bad news, as a six-run second-inning onslaught against Yovani Gallardo drove the O’s righty from the mound after having recorded just four outs. Young Gary Sanchez singled, doubled, and homered in this one, scoring three times and driving in four, and Mark Teixeira also went yard; he drove in three in a 14-4 drubbing. Continue reading
  • August 25 in Yankee History

  • Maybe the Bombers were angered after losing two straight to the A’s at home, or perhaps once the skies closed and stopped pouring rain on the field, Yankee bats took their place, raining hits all over the field in a 22-9 win on August 25, 2011. Oddly, the visitors led in this one, 7-1 after three, which was before not one, not two, but three different Yankees chipped in with grand slam home runs. Of the three, Russell “the Muscle” Martin gets first billing because he knocked in six runs and scored four times, while Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson had five rbi’s apiece; they scored once and three times, respectively. Derek Jeter moved into 20th place on the all-time runs scored list, but in maybe the coolest highlight of the day, Joe Girardi inserted Jorge Posada into the game playing second base in the ninth; he got the game-ending assist, though almost threw the ball past Nick Swisher at first. Continue reading