October 5 in Yankee History

  • Although it was long balls by Yankees Clint Frazier, Aaron Judge, and Kyle Higashioka that had the Yankees up 4-3 in Game One of the ALDS vs Tampa in Petco Park on October 5, 2020, fans walked away talking about the terrific postseason Giancarlo Stanton was having, as his ninth-inning grand slam forged the 9-3 final score. Gerrit Cole struck out eight in going seven innings for the win. Lefty Shane McClanahan made his major league debut finishing up the Yankee ninth for Tampa, while Luis Cessa closed for the Yanks. Continue reading
  • October 4 in Yankee History

  • Fans looking forward from the 2018 season might be surprised to see who the offensive star of the Yanks’s Game 1 2019 ALDS 10-4 victory on October 4 over visiting Minnesota was, but not anyone looking back from 2020. Playing first base, DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-4, scored two times, and drove in four runs. Starter James Paxton was lifted once the Twins tied the game 3-3 in the fifth, but rallies of two, two, then three runs in the next three frames put this one away. Oddly, perhaps, usual starter JA Happ pitched a clean ninth inning around a walk to close it. Continue reading
  • October 3 in Yankee History

  • Righty Luis Severino was powerful through four innings in a 7-2 Wild Card victory over visiting Oakland on October 3, 2018, but he was wild, issuing five walks in that time. Liam Hendriks, serving as an Opener, allowed two runs on an Aaron Judge home run in the first. The Yankees put the game out of reach on a four-run sixth, built primarily on doubles from Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Luke Voit. 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

  • The Yankees jumped all over 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber in the opener of the teams’ three-game postseason Series, 12 -3 on September 29. Although the most impressive thing about the Yankee offense was the tack-on runs (they scored in six of nine frames), Aaron Judge set the tone with a two-run bomb with no outs in the top of the first. Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner, and Giancarlo Stanton also went yard, and Gerrit Cole cashed in the win while giving up just an rbi double, and a solo homer to Josh Naylor. Continue reading
  • September 28 in Yankee History

  • Brian Mitchell and Boston’s Clay Buccholz put up zeroes through seven innings in a September 28, 2016, battle in Yankee Stadium, but things looked bleak when the Red Sox plated three in the eighth on an error and Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts doubles. Closer Craig Kimbrell came on in the ninth to not only finish the win, but also give the visitors the opportunity to celebrate clinching the AL East title on the Stadium field. But Brett Gardner reached on a single, and Kimbrell walked the next three to force in a run. Once he was replaced by Joe Kelly, things looked bad again when the hard thrower got two quick outs on six pitches. But then in the defining moment of his final year, the retiring Mark Teixeira sent what was left of 35,000 fans dancing and cheering like we had just won the World Series with a grand slam home run to right field, 5-3 Yankees! Continue reading
  • September 27 in Yankee History

  • Surprisingly, journeyman righty Paul Byrd delayed the almost relentless Yankee march to the 2009 AL East title for almost six innings in a rain-soaked Yankee Stadium on September 27, 2009, against a game Andy Pettitte who, because he completed six innings, got the win. After Byrd allowed two, two-out singles in the sixth, Hideki Matsui singled in two runs three pitches after a Takashi Saito wild pitch to give the Bombers a 3-2 lead. Mark Teixeira homered for the final run in the 4-2 win in the eighth, Melky Cabrera went yard earlier, and the Yanks earned the division crown at exactly 5:00 pm New York time. Continue reading