September 5 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks beat the visiting Blue Jays 5-3 behind Masahiro Tanaka on Labor Day, September 5, 2016. The hitting star was Jacoby Ellsbury, who had three hits and drove in three, two of them on a first-inning home run that put the Bombers up early. Playing first base base, Tyler Austin had two doubles and drove in two, and Dellin Betances earned the save. Continue reading
  • 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 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 30 in Yankee History

  • An August 30, 2017, (single-entry!) doubleheader in Yankee Stadium got off to a bad start, and pretty much stayed that way. An unlikely solid start by newly acquired southpaw Jaime Garcia got off poorly, as Cleveland scored two in the first inning of Game One (a remake of the rainout from the night before), and then held on for a 2-1 final. Then the Tribe pounded Jordan Montgomery for four runs in the first in a 9-4 win in which the score was only remotely respectable due to a three-run late-game Greg Bird home run. 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