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

  • 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

  • There is really nothing else to say about the Yankee 4-0 victory over Toronto in the Stadium on September 29, 2017, but that Masahiro Tanaka was magnificent. Up 2-0 in the first on Starlin Castro and Greg Bird rbi’s, the masterful righthander proceeded to pound 15 strike outs through seven dominant innings. A two-out infield single in the fifth was the first of three hits he allowed, and Masahiro walked no one. Fourteen of the punch outs were of the swinging variety as he coaxed 22 swings and misses from Blue Jays batters. 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