This Week in Yankees History
September 19th - September 25th
1890 - Former Yankees reserve INF Ralph Young (1913) was born. Ralph appeared in 7 games for the Yankees, hitting .067.
1909 - Former Yankees OF Hersh Martin (1944-1945) was born. Hersh hit .284 in 202 games for the Yankees after being obtained from the Philadelphia Phillies.
1913 - Former Yankees 1B Nick Etten (1943-1946) was born (1913-1990). Nick Etten was obtained from the Philadelphia Phillies in 1942. In 1945, he made the AL All Star team. His best season as a Yankee was in 1944, when he hit .293 and led the AL in HRs with 22. In 1947, he was sold back to the Phillies.
1920 - In New York City, Babe Ruth's movie opens at Madison Square Garden. It has been re-titled “Heading Home.” At Sportmans’ Park in St. Louis, the Browns beat the Yankees by the score of 6-1.
1926 - At Cleveland's League Park, a crowd of 31,000 fans watch the Yankees hold back the Indians by the score of 8-3, in the final game of a 6-game series. In the 7th inning, Babe Ruth parks his 43rd HR of the year and Lou Gehrig follows with another HR, both off of Tribe hurler Emil Levsen. Lou Gehrig adds 3 doubles and 5 RBIs to lead the Yankees batting charge. Yankees veteran starter Dutch Ruether picks up the win.
1930 - Former Yankees P Robert “Bullet Bob” Turley (1955-1962) was born. The Yankees obtained Bob in November of 1954 from the Baltimore Orioles along with P Don Larsen in the huge 17-player trade. He went 17-13 in 1955 with 210 strikeouts and made the AL All Star team. His best Yankees season was in 1958, with Bob going 21-7, winning the MLB Cy Young Award. Bob appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees, posting a 4-3 mark with an ERA of 3.19. After the 1958 AL season, Bob battled with pitching arm troubles, with the 1960 AL season being his best, posting a 9-3 mark. After the 1962 AL season, Bob was sold to the Angels. Bob finished with an 82-52 Yankees career mark (WP .612) with 909 strikeouts with the Yankees.
1933 - The New York Yankees pile up 34 hits in a doubleheader as they drub the Chicago White Sox twice, by scores of 10-1 and 10-3. Yankee starters George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the huge Yankees offensive attack. Joe Sewell has 6 hits for the afternoon, while Lou Gehrig has 6 RBIs. Lou Gehrig hits HR #30 in game #1, following immediately after OF Dixie Walker hits a HR. Lou is now even with Yankees teammate Babe Ruth, who sat out the afternoon game.
1937 - AL All Star slugger Hank Greenberg's HR in the Detroit Tiger's 8-1 win over the New York Yankees is the 1st ever hit into the CF stands at Yankee Stadium.
1951 - The New York Yankees are victorious when rookie OF Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run HR off of Chicago White Sox hurler Lou Kretlow to win the game by a score of 5-3. A small crowd of only 12,127 fans watch the game at Yankee Stadium. The 2 teams have been tied now for 11 days. The Yankees now have 9 games left in the 1951 AL season, with 8 games against the Boston Red Sox.
1964 - The New York Yankees move a half game ahead of the rained-out Baltimore Orioles by defeating the Kansas City A's by the score of 8-3. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit HRs, while Ralph Terry pitches effectively in relief of Yankees starter Al Downing.
1966 - Former New York Yankees co-owner Dan Topping sells his 10% stock interest in the Yankees to CBS and resigns as the club president. CBS executive Mike Burke succeeds him as the team’s club president.
1967 - Former Yankees P Jim Abbott (1993-1994) was born. Jim Abbott went 20-22 for the Yankees. The Yankees obtained Jim from the California Angels for 1B J. T. Snow, pitchers Jerry Nielsen and Russ Springer. On September 4,1993, he threw a no-hitter for the Yankees. In the fall of 1994, he left the team for MLB free agency.
1968 - Detroit Tigers starter Denny McLain's 31st win of the 1968 AL season is overshadowed by Mickey Mantle's 535th MLB career HR. McLain allegedly calls C Jim Price out to the mound, tells him to inform Mickey Mantle, that he's throwing the slugger nothing but fastballs. The HR gives Mantle undisputed hold of 3rd place on the all-time MLB HR leaders list. Mickey Mantle tips his cap to Denny as he rounds 3B. Joe Pepitone, the next Yankees batter, signals where he would like the ball thrown to him, Danny McLain immediately dusts him. The Tigers win the game, by the score of 6-2, for their 12th straight complete game for the 1968 Tigers pitching staff.
1976 - Catfish Hunter notches his 200th MLB career victory as the New York Yankees stop the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 2-1. Since 1901,only Christy Mathewson and Pete Alexander have hit the 200-win mark before their 31st birthday, but arm trouble will limit Catfish to a total of 224 MLB career wins. He'll win 17 games for the Yankees this season, after 5 straight 20-win seasons.
1978 - Current Yankees DH/1B Nick Johnson (2001-2003, 2010) was born. Nick was a 3rd round draft pick by the Yankees in 1996. He played for the Yankees from 2001-2003, but Nick had trouble staying healthy. In the winter of 2003, he was traded to the Montreal Expos along with OF Juan Rivera, P Randy Choate for Expos starter Javier Vazquez. Nick was signed by the Yankees on 2009 to be the team’s 2010 DH; he saw limited play due to a season ending wrist injury that required 2nd surgery.
1980 - At Fenway Park, the Yankees edge the Red Sox by the score of 2-1 on CF Bobby Brown’s 7th inning HR. Yankees starter Louis Tiant picks up his 7th win, pitching 7 innings, giving up only 5 hits and allowing only 1 run. Yankees closer Goose Gossage gets his 29th save of the 1980 AL season.
2000 - After a 16-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees Manager Joe Torre has a team meeting, and blisters the Yankees players for poor play. It won't help as they lose their next 7 games by scores of 15-4, 2-1, 11-1, 11-3, 13-2, 9-1, and 7-3.
2001 - Defeating the Chicago White Sox, by the score of 6-3, Yankees starter Roger Clemens becomes the 1st MLB pitcher to have season won-loss record of 20-1. The 5-time Cy Young Award winner has won his last 16 decisions.
2001 - Former Yankees P William “Bill” Stafford (1960-1965) passes away at age of 62 due to heart problems (1939-2001). The New York Yankees signed Bill as free agent in 1957. He came up to the Yankees in 1960, going 3-0. He appeared in relief in 2 games in 1960 World Series against the Pirates. In 1961, he went 14-9 as a starter. He was the winning pitcher of the Roger Maris #61 HR Game, shutting out the Red Sox by the score of 1-0. He started game # 3 of the 1961 World Series, but he did not get the win. In 1962, he went 14-9 again as a starter. Bill won game #3 of the 1962 World Series, throwing a 4-hitter against the Giants. In 1963, on opening day in Kansas City, he hurt his pitching arm in cold weather, finishing the 1963 AL season with a 4-8 mark. In 1964, he bounced back to a 5-0 record. In 1965, he went only 3-8. In 1966, Bill was 5-0 at Richmond (AAA), when he was traded by the Yankees along with P Gil Blanco, OF Roger Repoz to the Kansas City A’s for P Fred Talbot and C Bill Bryan. He finished up with a 0-5 mark with the A’s, before retiring as an MLB player. His son, Mike was a minor league pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, now is a pitching coach in the Blue Jays minor league system.
1898 - Former Yankees MLB Coach (1947-1948) and MLB Manager Chuck Dressen was born. Chuck was a member of the Yankees 1947-1948 MLB coaching staff. He would later managed the Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Braves and the Detroit Tigers.
1911 - The New York Yankees commit 7 errors in the 1st game of a double header with the Cleveland Indians (a 12-9 loss), and then commit 5 more in the nightcap (a 5-4 win). The 12 errors in one day is still the Yankees club record for errors.
1931 - New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs to break his old AL RBI mark of 175, set in 1927. By the end of 1931 AL season's end, Lou Gehrig will have a total of 184 RBI’s.
1938 - Former Yankees INF/OF Tom Tresh (1961-1969) was born (1938-2009). The New York Yankees signed Tom as a free agent in 1958. He was the son of former Chicago White Sox C Mike Tresh. Tom was the only rookie player called up to the Yankees in 1961. In 1962, he won the AL Rookie Of Year Award. Tom took over the starting shortstop position, when Tony Kubek was serving Army Reserve active duty. Tom had beaten out Phil Linz for the starting position. He was an AL All Star team member in 1962-1963. Tommy played in 3 World Series for the Yankees hitting .277. He won an AL OF Golden Glove in 1965. After the 1965 AL season, the Red Sox offered Yaz for Tresh in a trade, but then they changed their minds. During the 1966 AL season, Tom injured his knees, when newly acquired Yankees shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. ran into him. The injury ruined Tom’s MLB career. In June of 1969, Tom was traded away to the Detroit Tigers for OF Ron Woods. Tom’s son Mike played in the Yankees and Tigers minor league systems.
1945 - Former Yankees P Mike Jurewicz (1965) was born. Mike appeared in 2 games with the Yankees having no decisions in 1965. An arm injury cut his MLB baseball career short.
1954 - Former Yankees reserve INF Mickey Klutts (1976-1978) was born. In 1972, Mickey was a 4th round draft choice by the New York Yankees. He appeared in 8 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Oakland A’s along with OF Dell Alston for OF/DH Gary Thomasson in June of 1978.
1958 - Thanks to a Gus Triandos HR, recently acquired Baltimore Orioles knuckleball hurler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits New York Yankees by the score of 1-0. It will be the last time in this century the Yankees will fail to get a hit in a game.
1961 - The 155th Yankees game of the season (including a tie) is Roger Maris' last chance to beat the 60 HR mark set by Babe Ruth. In compliance with MLB Commissioner Ford Frick's statement, for the record to be broken Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris' 59th HR of the year, off of O’s hurler Jack Fisher, is short of the HR record, but helps the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 4-2 to clinch their 26th AL pennant.
1968 - New York Yankees All Star slugger Mickey Mantle hit his 536th and final HR of his 18-year MLB career. Boston Red Sox hurler Jim Lonborg in a 4-3 loss gives up his last MLB HR to the Red Sox at the Yankee Stadium.
1978 - The New York Yankees split a doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays, losing the opener by the score of 8-1 as Ron Guidry lost his 3rd game of the 1978 AL season. In the nightcap, the Yankees bounced back with a 3-2 win with bullpen help from Goose Gossage and 3-run rally in the 9th inning. The big hits were run-scoring singles by Lou Piniella, Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles. Their lead is at 1 1/2 games, until news comes in from the Motor City, the Boston Red Sox are mauled by the Detroit Tigers by the score of 12-2, the Yankees lead in the AL East now goes back to 2 games.
1980 - In memory of their former team captain and All Star catcher Thurman Munson, a bronze plaque in Memorial Park is dedicated to the deceased New York Yankees catcher, who died in an airplane crash in August of 1979.
1998 - At Camden Yards in Baltimore, the Yankees hang on to beat the Orioles by the score of 5-4. Yankees Closer Mo Rivera gives up a HR to Robby Alomar in 9th inning, but he still gets his 36th save as Yankees starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez picks-up his 11th victory.
2005 - Yankees All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 42nd HR and 2B Robinson Cano erases a 4-run deficit with a Grand Slam HR, helping Yankees starter Aaron Small and the 7-time defending division winners rally to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays by the score of 9-5. Aaron Small pitching record goes to 8-0, becoming the 1st pitcher to win his 1st 8 decisions with the Yankees since Doug Bird in 1980 and 1981, and the Yankees 4th straight win continues its strong push in the AL East and wild-card races
1875 - Former Yankees reserve C Frank McManus (1903) was born. He appeared in only 4 games in 1903 with the Yankees with no BA.
1892 - Former Yankees OF Elmer Smith (1922-1923) was born. Elmer was obtained from the Boston Red Sox along with veteran INF Joe Dugan. After hitting .306 in 1923, he was traded by the Yankees in 1924 to Louisville for future Hall Of Fame CF Earl Combs.
1906 - At Chicago, the Chicago White Sox lose a pair to the Yankees before 20,000 fans, their largest Friday afternoon crowd. New York Yankees 1B Hal Chase has 22 putouts at 1B in the 1st game, tying the MLB record.
1908 - Cleveland Indians takes the AL lead beating the Yankees, while the Detroit Tigers take 2 from the St. Louis Browns. With two weeks to go, three 1/2 games separate four teams.
1923 - New York Yankees OF Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of baseball writers for the MVP award.
1932 - Jimmie Foxx slugs his HR #54 of the 1932 AL season to lead the Philadelphia A's to an 8-4 win over the visiting New York Yankees. His A’s teammates, Al Simmons and Eric McNair also hit HRs off of Yankees starter Red Ruffing as A’s starter Sugar Cain is able to win.
1933 - With lefty Walter Stewart pitching, the Washington Senators eliminates the Yankees from the 1933 AL pennant race by clinching the AL flag in a 2-1 home win over the St. Louis Browns.
1935- The Detroit Tigers clinch the 1935 AL pennant with a double win over the St. Louis Browns, winning by the scores of 6-2 and 2-0. The Tigers will coast the rest of the way of the 1935 AL season, going just 1-6, while the Yankees go 6-1, finishing in 2nd place in the AL with a 89-60 record.
1942 - Former Yankees P “Sudden” Sam Mc Dowell (1973-1974) was born. Sam was a major disappointment for the New York Yankees after coming from the San Francisco Giants in 1973. He went 5-8 and 1-6, before being released by the Yankees during the 1974 AL season. His drinking problems with ruined his MLB pitching career.
1954 - New York Yankees rookie starter Bob Grim wins his 20th game of the 1954 AL season as the Yankees defeat the Washington Senators by the score of 3-1. Bob had previously spent the last 2 years in the Army, before making the Yankees pitching staff in spring training.
1956 - 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron has 5 hits, but the Yankees strand a record 20 base runners in losing to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, by the score of 13-9. Mickey Mantle sends a 480-foot HR into the CF bleachers that lands a foot from the top. His 3 hits raise his BA to .352, 4 points behind the Red Sox slugger Ted Williams.
1961 - At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris is held hitless in 4 at bats, as the Kansas City A’s win by the score of 5-3, behind Bill Fischer's 3-hitter. All the runs off him are unearned. Roger Maris is the only Yankees regular to play the entire game.
1961 - Former Yankees reserve C and MLB Manager Bob Geren (1988-1991) was born. On November 7,1985, Bob was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Bob hit .205 in 249 games for the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1989, when he hit .288. On December 2,1991, Bob was selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds from the Yankees. Bob is the current MLB manager of the Oakland A’s.
1963 - The Kansas City A’s beat the New York Yankees by a score of 5-3, despite HRs by Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. For Yogi Berra, it is his 358th MLB career and last HR as a Yankees player.
1963 - Former Yankee DH/1B Cecil “Big Daddy” Fielder (1996-1997) was born. On July 31,1996, Cecil was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Yankees for OF/DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Matt Drews. Cecil hit .260 in both of his seasons with the Yankees with 28 HRs, 96 RBIs with the Bombers, before leaving the team for MLB free agency in 1997.
1968 - At Yankee Stadium, Boston Red Sox starter Ray Culp fires his 3rd successive shutout, stopping the Yankees on 1-hit shutout, winning by the score of 2-0. Roy White's single in the 7th inning is the only Yankees hit. It's Culp's 15th win of the year for the Red Sox.
1971 - For the 4th consecutive AL season, Baltimore Orioles starter Dave McNally wins his 20th game, as he shuts out the New York Yankees by the score of 5-0.
1989 - Former Yankees P Murry Dickinson (1958) passed away (1916-1989). He went 1-2 in 6 games for the Yankees during the 1958 AL season, before being returned to the Kansas City A’s during the 1959 AL season.
2000 - The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the New York Yankees by the score of 3-1, as former Yankees David Wells becomes the MLB's 1st 20-game winner for the 2000 AL season.
2001 - New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blows a save giving up a 2-run single to Jerry Hairston as the Baltimore Orioles prevail over the Yankees by the score of 7-6.
2002 - The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers by the score 3-2, to clinch the AL East for the 5th straight year.
2009- For the 2nd straight night, the Yankees fail to become the 1st MLB team to clinch a playoff spot. After the Mariners yesterday, it's the Angels' turn to spoil the Yankee celebration, with a 5-2 win over New York, thanks to a strong performance by P Joe Saunders.
1875 - Former Yankees reserve C/1B Mike Powers (1905) was born. Mike hit .182 in 11 games for Yankees before being sent to the Philadelphia A’s.
1892 - Former Yankees reserve OF/INF Jimmy Walsh (1914) was born. Jimmy hit .191 in 43 games for the Yankees.
1915 - In the 1st of 2 games, the New York Yankees top the St. Louis Browns by the score of 7-0. George Sisler pitches 1 perfect inning of relief for the Browns.
1920 - Former HOF MLB OF/P, Scout, MLB Manager, Coach and Yankees Manager (1978-1979, 1981) Robert “Bob” Lemon was born (1920-2000). Bob Lemon was brought in by Yankees President/GM Al Rosen during the 1978 AL season to replace Billy Martin. Under his leadership the New York Yankees caught the Boston Red Sox, after being 14 1/2 games behind and won the AL East. He won the 1978 World Series against the Dodgers. Bob was a MLB, who player switched from the OF to pitching for the Indians during the late 1940’s and 1950’s. He would go 207-128 with a .618 WP, with a 3.23 ERA in 13 seasons (1946-1958). Bob had seven 20-game win seasons for the Indians. He managed in MLB with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.
1925 - New York Yankees OF Ben Paschal hits 2- inside–the-park HRs during a Yankees 11-6 win against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in the 1st game of a doubleheader. The Yankees lost the 2nd game by a score of 4-2.
1927 - New York Yankees CF Earl Combs connects for 3-triples during the Yankees 8-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. Also in that game, Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits HR #56 for the 1927 AL season.
1929 - Former Yankees reserve INF Harry Bright (1963-1964) was born (1929-2000). The New York Yankees acquired Harry Bright from the Cincinnati Reds to back up their INF off the bench. His addition to the Yankee 40 man roster cost the Yankees, a young minor league OF named Curt Belfry, who was at Greensboro (AA), who was immediately claimed by the Baltimore Orioles. Harry Bright was a good field, no-hit player who could play a lot of positions, including catcher. The Yankees originally signed Harry in 1946. He came up to the MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958. Then he played for the new AL expansion team, the Washington Senators then the Cincinnati Reds, before joining the Yankees in 1963. He appeared in 60 games hitting .236 in 1963. He was Sandy Koufax’ 15th strikeout victim in 1963 World Series. In 1964, he appeared in only 4 games for the Yankees because of injuries. He finished his MLB career in 1965 with the Chicago Cubs. After retiring from the MLB as an active player, Harry became a MLB baseball scout.
1952 - Former Yankees reserve OF Del Alston (1977-1978) was born. Del was traded in June of 1978, along with reserve INF Mickey Klutts to the Oakland A’s for OF/DH Gary Thomasson, who helped the Yankees by hitting .276 in 51 games for the injured CF Mickey Rivers during the 1978 AL pennant race.
1959 - At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., the New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators by the score of 12-6 behind the complete game performance by Art Ditmar, who gains his 13th victory of the 1959 AL season, The Senators starter Pedro Ramos is chased by the Yankees for 7 runs in 4 innings.
1963 - At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s by the score of 4-3 on Joe Pepitone’s 2-run HR in the 6th inning. Yankees starter Al Downing picks up his 13th win of the 1963 AL season going the distance allowing only 9 hits, 3-runs, while striking out 6 A’s batters. Mickey Mantle picks up his 2nd stolen base of the 1963 AL season.
1964 - New York Yankees rookie starter Mel Stottlemyre picks up his 8th victory of the 1964 AL season as he goes 8 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3-runs in a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Yankees new closer Pedro Ramos picks up his 3rd save of September of 1964.
1979 - The New York Yankees defeat the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 7-4 behind the pitching of starter Luis Tiant and closer Goose Gossage 3-inning relief performance. Tiant picks up his 12th win, as Gossage gets his 16th save. He relieved Jim Kaat, who gave up a 2-run HR to Rico Carty in the 6th inning. The Yankees had HR’s by Oscar Gamble-2 HRs, Jerry Narron, a 2-run HR and Reggie Jackson had a solo HR shot.
1980 - At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Cleveland Indians by the score of 4-3. Yankees starter Tommy John beats Tribe starter Len Barker. John goes 8 innings, as he gets his 22 win of the 1980 AL season. Yankees closer Goose Gossage works the 9th inning for his 31st save of the season.
1998 - The New York Yankees sweep a double header from the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium by scores of 10-4 and 5-1. In the 1st game, a 10-4 victory with Yankees starter Ramiro Mendoza picks up his 10th win of the 1998 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs from Tino Martinez, a 2-run HR shot, rookie OF Shane Spencer’s 2-solo HRs and another solo HR by Scott Brosius. In the 2nd game, a 5-1 victory, when Yankees starter Hideki Irabu goes 8 innings to get his 13th victory of the season. The Yankees only get 7-hits in the game, but no HRs are hit, but they score 5 runs. The doubleheader sweep gives the team victories #108 and #109 for the 1998 AL season.
2003 - Hitting his 13th leadoff HR of the 2003 AL season, Alfonso Soriano establishes a new MLB record. The Yankees 2nd baseman had been tied with Brady Anderson who hit 12 HRs in 1996 for the Orioles.
2009 - The Yankees are the 1st team to clinch a playoff spot after a 6-5 win over the Angels. Alex Rodriguez drives in Brett Gardner on a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning; he has a homer and 3 RBI in the game. Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless 9th inning for the save.
1898 - Former Yankees P George “Smiler” Murray (1922) was born (1898-1955). As a 24-year old rookie, George went 4-2 in 22 games with the Yankees in 1922. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox for P Herb Pennock in January of 1923.
1908 - The Naps win its 10th straight game, defeating the Yankees starter Jack Chesbro by a score of 9-3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th inning, while Rhoades pitches strong ball until the 9th inning, when he allows 2 Yankee runs. Nap Lajoie has no official at bats, getting hit by pitched balls 3 times, tying an AL record, and walking his other time up.
1910 - New York Yankees Manager George Stallings, convinced that 1B Hal Chase tried to throw a game, but unable to make the charge stick, is replaced by his charismatic 1st baseman as manager of the 2nd-place Highlanders for the season's final 11 games. On his own, Prince Hal will lead the Yankees downhill to 6th place in 1911. Chase will be banned in the 1920’s from baseball for his gambling activities.
1915 - In the 1st of 2 games, the New York Yankees top the St. Louis Browns by the score of 7-0. George Sisler pitches 1 perfect inning of relief for the Browns.
1921 - Trailing by 2 percentage points, the Cleveland Indians come to Yankee Stadium for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt's arm and Babe Ruth's 3 doubles beat them by a score of 4-2.
1933 - The New York Yankees make 7 errors, 3 by INF Frank Crosetti, but have enough firepower to out-slug the Boston Red Sox by the score of 16-12. Including in New York's 23 hits are HRs by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, HR number #31 for each; Lou Gehrig adds 2 doubles and a single. Sammy Byrd, Ben Chapman, and Frankie Crosetti have 3 hits apiece, and reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his 1st hit of the year. The Red Sox chased winning starter Herb Pennock in the 6th inning and make the score 12-9, but fall short at the end.
1937 - The New York Yankees lose their game by a score of 9-5, but clinch the 1937 AL pennant when the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers.
1950 - The New York Yankees, tied for 1st place with the Detroit Tigers and 2 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. Open a crucial series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio's 1st inning HR off of starter Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed, as the Bombers win by a score of 8-0. Yankees starter Eddie Lopat gives up only 5 hits, including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio.
1955 - The New York Yankees clinched the 1955 AL pennant by beating the Boston Red Sox by the score of 3-2.
1960 - The New York Yankees win their 7th straight game in row by downing the Boston Red Sox by the score of 5-1 at Fenway Park. Yankees starter Bob Turley goes 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits, 1-run and striking out 7 batters. Reliever Bobby Shantz picks up his 11th save of the season. The Yankees would finish the 1960 AL season with 15 straight wins, ending with a 97-51-1 record.
1961 - An ailing Mickey Mantle's career-high 54th HR, his last of the regular AL season, helps New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 8-3. Yankee starter Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning, but wins his 25th game of the season.
1964 - The sizzling New York Yankees win their 9th game in a row, defeating the Tribe, by the score of 4-3 in 11 innings in the opener and 6-4 in the 2nd game. Elston Howard's HR off of P Luis Tiant, snaps a tie game in the opener. Indians C Johnny Romano hits HRs in both games. While recently acquired closer Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for the Yankees. Ramos, however, will not be eligible to play for the Yankees in the 1964 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
1977 - Graig Nettles’ 9th inning 2-run HR puts Yankees fans fears to rest as the Yankees rebound from a 2 game sweep at Fenway Park by downing season-long nemesis Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 5-3, behind starter Don Gullett’s 5-hitter.
1978 - The New York Yankees lead over the Boston Red Sox is trimmed to 1 game when the Cleveland Indians scalp New York by the score of 10-1.
1980 - At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 5-4. The Yankee hitting attack in the game was led by Aurelio Rodriguez’s triple, doubles by Reggie Jackson and Oscar Gamble. Yankees reliever Ron Davis is the winner picking up his 9th win, while Indians reliever Mike Stanton took the loss for the Tribe.
1981 - The New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians by the score of 6-1 behind starter Rick Reuschel’s complete game as he picks up his 4th win of the season at Yankee Stadium. Reggie Jackson’s 2-run HR leads the Yankee hitting attack.
1984 - The Detroit Tigers defeat the Yankees by the score of 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the 1st MLB manager ever to win 100 games in a season in each league. As skipper of the 'Big Red Machine', his team won 108 games in 1975 and 102 games in 1976
1997 - In a warm-up for the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians rally from a 9-2 deficit to shock the New York Yankees by the score of 10-9. Yankees Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run HRs, while David Justice and Robby Alomar, also HR for the Indians.
1998 - With an 8-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the 1998 Yankees tie the 1927 World Championship team for the most wins in franchise history. The Bombers' 110 victories pull them within 1 game of the AL record of 111 victories by the 1954 Indians.
1999 - By drawing 27,549 fans, the Yankees break the New York City season attendance record with a total of 3,072,009. The New York Mets' had previously held the record when 3,047,724 fans turned the turnstiles in 1988.
2000 - Former Yankees reserve INF Aurelio Rodriguez (1980-1981) died after being struck by a car in Detroit (1947-2000).
2001 - By saving New York's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, Yankees closer Marino Rivera establishes a franchise single-season record with his 47th save. The previous club record was held by Dave Righetti, who had 46 saves in 1986.
2008 - The Red Sox hand Cliff Lee just his 3rd loss in 25 decisions in a 5-4 win to clinch a playoff spot. The win eliminates the Yankees from making the postseason for the 1st time since 1993 (not counting the 1994 season, when the postseason was cancelled, but during which the Yanks posted the best record in the American league).
1910 - Former Yankees OF Dixie Walker (1931, 1933-36) was born (1910-1982). Dixie started his MLB career with the New York Yankees, but couldn’t break in Yankees starting outfield later he was picked up on waivers by the Chicago White Sox in May of 1936. He would become a MLB star playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940’s. He was the brother of MLB star Harry Walker.
1910 - New York Yankees 1B Hal “Prince” Chase is named manager of the Yankees following the resignation of Manager George Stallings in the day before. The Yankees finish in 2nd place at 88-63, Hal would lead the Yankees to a 6th place finish in 1911, going 76-76. As player-manager, he would stay with the Yankees until 1913.
1919 - Boston Red Sox starter Waite Hoyt pitches 9 perfect innings against the New York Yankees, but they come in between the 4th and the 13th innings in which he gives up hits. He loses the game by a score of 2-1 in the 13th inning.
1920 - In the 1st game of a twin bill, Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his 50th HR in the 1st inning, off of the Washington Senators P Jose Acosta. Then he adds HR# 51 in a 4-for-4 performance in the 2nd game, a 2-1 win, to give the Yankees, a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Shaw are by Phelps.
1923 - The Detroit Tigers P Ray Francis, with a 3-0 lead over the New York Yankees, issues a bases loaded walk to Babe Ruth, but hangs on for the victory.
1924 - Former Yankees P Wally Hood (1949) was born. Wally Hood, was a pitcher for the USC baseball team, was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees on June 29, 1948. The 22-year-old right-hander was assigned to the Newark Bears of the Yankee's AAA affiliate in the International League. Wally would chalk up a 6-5 record and a 4.19 ERA while pitching 86 innings in his 1st season in pro baseball. Hood, who would never pitch below AA ball during his 7-year run in the minors, was with the Newark Bears and the Kansas City Blues in 1949, his 2nd year in the minors, and put together an 8-8 record with a 4.92 ERA while pitching 161 innings. Wally would receive a call from the Yankees in late September of '49. The Californian made his big league debut on September 23 of this same season and in his 2 appearances, he allowed no hits and no runs and never appeared in the MLB again.
Hood would spend 5 more seasons in baseball, all in the minors. The right-hander would go from a 7-16 and a 5.42 ERA record in 1950 with the Kansas City Blues to a 11-9 record in a split season with the San Francisco Seals and the Hollywood Stars, both teams of the Pacific Coast League, in 1951. The Yankees would send Hood to the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1952 season in a presently unknown transaction. Hood reported to the Fort Worth Cats of the AA Texas League and had the best numbers of his career, going 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in the final months of the season. Wally would hold on through 1954 when he went 4-5 with a 5.43 ERA for the Montreal Royals of the International League. He called it quits at the age of 28 with a 7-year career record of 52-62 and a 4.61 ERA in 951 innings.
1927 - The New York Yankees win their 106th game of the 1927 AL season, a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, for a new AL season record high. They will win 110 games, a record held until the 1954, when Indians win 111 games.
1929 - The New York Yankees starter Tom Zachary wins his 12th game without a loss by the score of 5-3 over the Boston Red Sox. His 12-0 season record will not be equaled.
1931 - The round-robin playoff among New York City's 3 MLB teams, to raise money for the unemployed, concludes with Dodgers losing to both the Giants and the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Again, a near capacity crowd turns out and adds $48,000 to bring the fund to $108,000. In field events held between games, Babe Ruth, normally a left-handed hitter, bats right-handed and wins the fungo hitting contest. He breaks the old distance record held by Big Ed Walsh. Babe Ruth's drive lands in deep center field, 421 FT away. The old record, set 20 years earlier, was 419 1/2 FT.
1932 - In a battle of Boston collegians, Harvard beats Boston College. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler, makes his MLB debut for the Yankees and beats the Red Sox, by the score of 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher, former Boston College pitcher who exits in the 5th inning. Yankees slugger Babe Ruth swats his 41st HR of the year in the 9th inning, Lou Gehrig belts his 34th HR in the 5th inning.
1934 - The idle Detroit Tigers win the 1934 AL pennant, as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees by the score of 5-0 in the season's finale at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth walks in the 1st inning, limps to 1B, and leaves for a pinch runner in his last home game was a Yankee. A crowd of only 2,500 fans see the final home game for the 1934 AL season. The Yankees finish in 2nd place with a 94-60 record.
1946 - Disappointing on the field, the New York Yankees (87-67, 3rd Place) nevertheless finish their home season with a 2,309,029 attendance. The best previous draw was the 1929 Chicago Cubs at 1,485,166. Total MLB attendance was 18.5 million, 80 percent more than 1945.
1948 - Former Yankees DH/INF Eric Soderholm (1980) was born. On November 14, 1979, Eric was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Yankees for players to be named later and cash. The Yankees sent minor league players Amos Lewis and Ricky Burdette on December 13, 1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Eric hit .280 for the Yankees in 1980.
1949 - Boston Red Sox starter Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway Park) pitches a 6-hitter, as Ted Williams lines his 42nd HR to beat the New York Yankees by the score of 2-0 and pull the Red Sox 1 game behind the Yankees.
1950 - In the 2nd game of a key series with the Boston Red Sox, 66,924 fans are on hand for “Johnny Mize Day” at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox by the score of 9-5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. Yankees Shortstop Phil Rizzuto contributes a single, double, and HR, while Yogi Berra, adds 4 hits including a triple. Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak reaches 15 games. The Yankees will win 5 of their next 7 games, while the Tigers will manage to go 4-3.
1954 - The New York Yankees tie a MLB record, when 3 consecutive Yankees pinch hitters strike out in 1-inning. The 9th inning Yankee victims of Philadelphia A’s hurler Arnold Portocarrero were Lou Berbert, Gus Triandos, and Frank Leja. The Yankees would strike out 11 times in the game, which they lost by a score of 5-1 to the A’s.
1957 - The New York Yankees clinch their 23rd AL pennant and 8th under Manager Casey Stengel, as the Philadelphia A’s tips the Chicago White Sox by the score of 6-5.
1958 - The Boston Red Sox close out their 1958 AL home schedule with a 7-5 loss to the Yankees. Mickey Mantle cracks his 42nd HR of the year to put him 3 HRs, ahead of Cleveland Indians slugger Rocky Colavito, who will finish at 42 HRs.
1960 - New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle's 11th inning HR off of Ted Wilks gives Bronx Bombers, a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mantle had driven in the games 1st run with a drag bunt in the 1st inning. The Yankees win their 8th straight game and would finish the 1960 AL season with 15 game winning streak as they clinched the AL Flag.
1967 -The Minnesota Twins crunch the Yankees by the score of 9-2 as Dean Chance scatters 9 hits for his 20th victory of the 1967 AL season.
1972 - In the nightcap of a twin-bill sweep over the Indians, Yankees closer Sparky Lyle sets an AL record and tying the MLB mark by saving his 35th game. The Yankees win the game, by the score of 8-3, after gaining a 5-4 win in the opener when they score 2 unearned runs on 5 Indian errors in the 11th inning. Thurman Munson steals 2B by kicking the ball out of Frank Duffy's glove and going to 3B on the error. Duffy then boots a grounder and throws wildly for 2 more Errors. Catcher Gerry Moses then picks up a squibber and fires over 1B and RF Del Unser’s throw to the plate is over Moses' head for error #5.
1973 - The Yankees acquired C Duke Simms on waivers from the Tigers. Duke would make Yankee Stadium history by hitting the last Yankees HR at the old Yankee Stadium in 1973.
1977 - Former Yankees C Sherman Lollar (1947-1948) passes away. Sherman played in 33 games as a backup catcher to Yogi Berra. He appeared in the 1947 World Series with the Yankees. He would be traded to the Browns after the 1948 AL season as part of the Fred Sanford trade. He would later become an AL All Star catcher for the White Sox during the 1950’s. He was the starting catcher for the 1959 AL champions Chicago White Sox.
1978 - Yankees starter Ron Guidry (23-3) gains his 3rd 2-hit shutout of the month, 4-0 over the Indians. The 2 Indian hits are by Duane Kuiper, the 2nd time this year that he has recorded the only hits in a game. The Yankees ace, also threw a 2-hit against the Red Sox on September 9th (7-0) and 15th (4-0). It is Guidry's 9th shut out of the 1978 AL season, a Yankees record, and just 1 short of the AL record for southpaws set by Red Sox lefty Babe Ruth in 1916. The Red Sox stay 1 game in back of Yankees by topping Blue Jays by the score of 7-6.
1980 - The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 7-3 at Yankee Stadium behind the pitching of starter Luis Tiant and reliever Tommy Underwood. Tiant gets his 8th win, while Tommy Underwood picks up his 2nd save of the 1980 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by 1B Bob Watson, who goes 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.
1980 - Former Yankees P Ernie Shore (1919-1920) passed away. In August of 1912, Ernie Shore was traded by the New York Highlanders with cash to Indianapolis (American Association) for Ted Goulait. On December 18,1918, Ernie was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Dutch Leonard and Duffy Lewis to the New York Yankees for Ray Caldwell, Frank Gilhooley, Slim Love, Roxy Walters and $15,000. Ernie went 7-10 in 34 games for the Yankees.
1996 - Former Yankees P Red Embree (1948) passed away (1917-1996). On December 11,1947, Red was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for OF Allie Clark. Red went 5-3 in 20 games for the Yankees in 1948. On December 13, 1948, Red was traded by the Yankees along with C Sherm Lollar, 1B Richard Starr, and $100,000 to the Browns for C Roy Partee and P Fred Sanford.
1998 - The Yankees win by the score of 5-2, over the Devil Rays and post their 111th win of the year, surpassing the club record 110, set by the 1927 World Championship team. They tie the AL record of 111 victories in 1954 held by the Indians. Yankees Rookie OF Shane Spencer pounds a Grand Slam HR, his 8th HR in 57 at bats.
2002 - Thanks to 1B Jason Giambi's 2-HRs in the Yankees 6-0 whitewash of the Devil Rays, the Giambi brothers (Jason 40, Jeremy 20) pass the DiMaggio siblings for the highest single-season total for HRs with 60. The DiMaggio’s (Joe 46, Vince, 13) went yard 59 times in 1937.
2005 - Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the 3rd franchise in MLB history, and the 1st since the 1994 MLB baseball strike, to pass the 4-million attendance mark. The 1993 Rockies and the 1991-1993 Blue Jays are the other MLB teams, which have reached the attendance milestone.
1902 - Former Yankees P Pat Malone (1935-1937) was born. Pat went 19-13 as a Yankees hurler. The 1936 AL season was his best as Yankee pitcher, posting a 12-4 mark.
1917 - Former Yankees HOF Shortstop and Broadcaster Phil ”Scooter” Rizzuto (1941-1942, 1946-1956) was born (1917-2007). The Yankees signed Phil as an MLB amateur free agent in 1937. He won the Minor League player of the Year Award in 1940 with the Kansas City Blues (American Association, AAA). In 1941 he played his 1st season as a Yankee appearing in 133 games and hitting .307. Phil would miss the 1943-45 AL seasons, while serving with the US Navy during WWII. His lifetime MLB BA was .279. Phil would appear in 9 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .242 in 52 games. He was named to the AL All Star squad 5 times. He led the AL shortstops in fielding in 1949-1950. In 1950, Phil had his best Yankee career season, as he won the AL MVP Award, hitting .325 in 155 games with 200 hits, and scoring 100 runs. Also in 1950, he won the MLB best player award. In 1951, Phil won the Babe Ruth Award hitting .320 against the Giants in the 1951 World Series. During the 1955-1956 AL seasons, Phil was slowed down by injuries; he was no longer the Yankees starting shortstop. On August 25,1956, Phil was released by the Yankees. In 1957, Phil started his long-time broadcasting career with the Yankees joining Mel Allen and Red Barber in the booth. In 1994, he was voted into Baseball’s HOF by the Veteran’s Committee. Phil passed away in August 2007.
1917 - Former Yankees P (1951-1955) and MLB Pitching Coach (1961-1963) Johnny Sain was born (1917-2007). John was obtained from the Braves in August of 1951 for Yankees rookie P Lou Burdette and $50,000. John was 20-20, with 67 saves for the Yankees coming out of the bullpen. His best season was 1953, 14-7 with 19 saves. He led the AL in saves in 22 in 1954, while going 6-6. He was traded in 1955 to the A’s along with OF Enos Slaughter for A’s P Sonny Dixon. John would later become a very successful MLB pitching coach with the Tigers, Yankees, Twins and Braves. He was the Yankees pitching coach from 1961-1963 for Manager Ralph Houk. Whitey Ford won 25 games during Johnny Sain’s 1st year as Yankees pitching coach in 1961. John passed away in 2007.
1921 - At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians by the score of 21-7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yankees knock out Tribe starter Ray Caldwell in the 2nd inning and dust Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. Yankees starter Carl Mays goes the distance for the win.
1926 - The Yankees take 2 games from the St. Louis Browns to nail down the 1926 AL flag, winning the opener by the score of 10-2 behind starter Herb Pennock. Babe Ruth's Grand Slam HR is the big blow. In the nightcap, Lou Gehrig HRs in the 3rd inning, off of Milt Gaston, while Babe Ruth matches him with a 2-run HR in the 6th inning off of Win Ballou. Babe Ruth adds a solo HR in the 9th inning, his 46th HR, off of Joe Giard to seal the Waite Hoyt 10-4 victory. Despite the score, the game is played in a new AL record of 55 minutes. The NL record is 51 minutes, played on September 28, 1919.
1929 - At Fenway Park in Boston, the game is halted during in the 5th inning as the umpires called time-out and have players from the Yankees and Red Sox to gather at home plate. Bill McGowan, an respected umpire, informs the teams that Bronx Bomber manager Miller Huggins has just died in New York City, he asks the crowd stands for 1 minute of silence as the flag in center field is lowered to half-staff.
1929 - Three days after turning the team over to coach Art Fletcher, Yankee manager Miller Huggins dies from blood poisoning at New York City’s St. Vincent Hospital. He was only 49 years old. On the day of his funeral in Cincinnati, the AL will cancel all games. "Hug”, who won 6 pennants and 3 World Series in his 12 years as skipper of the Bronx Bombers. Miller Huggins will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.
1931 - Nats OF Sam Rice drops a fly ball and the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Senators by the score of 8-3. Babe Ruth has 2-solo HRs to help in the win. The 3rd place Yankees; now trail the Senators by a 1/2 game.
1934 - Yankees 1st baseman Lou Gehrig plays his 1,500th consecutive MLB game. His 48th HR is a personal career high.
1949 - Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games, Casey Stengel and his Yankees have been in 1st place all season. But today the Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place with a 4-1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR, as Mel Parnell wins his 25th game of the season. The lefty is 16-3 at Fenway Park this season. Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio listens to the game on the radio from a hospital, bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York City and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans, including Mrs. Babe Ruth, who predicts, "Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way."
1959 - At Yankee Stadium, lefty Ace Whitey Ford defeats the Orioles by the score of 5-2 with a complete game, allowing 8-hits, 2-runs, with 4-strikeouts. Yankees hitters Hector Lopez (2), Yogi Berra (1) and Norm Siebern (1) drive in runs. It would be the last Yankees victory of the 1959 AL season, as they would drop the last 2 games to the Orioles. The Yankees would finish in 3rd place in the AL with a 79-75-1 record behind the Indians (2nd Place) and 1959 AL Champs White Sox.
1960 - Yankees starter Ralph Terry clinches the Yankees' 25th pennant with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Luis Arroyo saves the win. It is Casey Stengel's 10th pennant in 12 years at New York. The Yankees are in the middle of a 15 game winning streak, picking up victory #9, to end to the 1960 AL season.
1962 - Yankees ace lefty starter Whitey Ford beats the Senators by the score of 8-3, as the Yankees clinch their 26th AL pennant. Yankees manager Ralph Houk becomes the 5th manager in MLB to capture pennants in each of his 1st two MLB seasons.
1966 - The smallest crowd in Yankee Stadium history, only 413 fans see the Yankees lose to the White Sox by a score of 4-1.
1968 - In Mickey Mantle's last appearance at Yankee Stadium; he slices a 2-out 1st inning single off of Tribe starter Luis Tiant, for the only hit for the Yankees. Tiant tosses his 9th shutout of the season, tops in the AL, to win, by a score of 3-0. El Tiante's ERA drops to 1.60, the previous low for an Indians pitcher was HOF hurler Stan Coveleski's 1.87 in 1917.
1969 - Former Yankees reserve INF/OF Tony Womack (2005) was born.
1969 - Former Yankees P Dave Weathers (1996-1997) was born. Dave went 0-3 was a Yankee. He was obtained from Florida Marlins for P Mark Hutton. In June of 1997, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for OF Chad Curtis.
1971 - With rookie C Tim Hosley hitting 2 HRs and driving in 5 runs, the Detroit Tigers trip the New York Yankees by the score of 10-7. Les Cain pitches 6 innings for the win. Cain finishes with a 10- 9 record with 145 innings but contends Tiger’s Manager Billy Martin forces him to pitch, while Cain has a sore arm. Later, Cain claims that it did permanent damage to his arm and he sues the Tigers. In a landmark decision, the Michigan Bureau of Workman's Compensation will order the Tigers to pay Cain $111 a month for the rest of his life. A lump sum payment was later agreed upon.
1977 - New York Yankees slugger Yankees Cliff Johnson continues his personal assault on the Toronto Blue Jays by slamming 2 HRs in the 2nd game of doubleheader to lead the Yankees to a 2-0 win. Yankees starter Ron Guidry won the opener, 15-0, as the Yankees boosted their lead over the Red Sox to 3 games. The double shut out win was the 1st by the Yankees since July 21, 1972. Cliff Johnson hit 6 of his 12 HRs off of the Blue Jays and batted .381 against them, compared to .296 against the rest of AL.
1977 - Former Yankees reserve C Wil Nieves (2005-2007) was born. On March 29, 2005, Wil Nieves was traded by the California Angels to the New York Yankees for P Bret Prinz. Wil appeared in 35 games for the Yankees hitting .164.
1985 - New York Yankees LF Rickey Henderson steals his 75th base of the 1985 season in the Yankees 10- 2 win over the Detroit Tigers, breaking the Yankees club record of 74 set by Fritz Maisel in 1914.
1989 - Boston Red Sox 3B Wade Boggs extends his own modern MLB record when he collects his 200th hit for the 7th MLB consecutive season. The Red Sox 3B goes 4-for-5 as the Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 7-4.
1990 - The New York Yankees tie a MLB record when their 1st 8-batters all hit safely in a 15-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles. Anthony Telford allows the 1st 6 hits to take the loss. The Yankees hit 6 HRs in the game.
1996 - The New York Yankees clinch the AL East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The Yankees score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating 4 in the opening frame. Yankees 1B Tino Martinez leads with 5 RBIs. Yankees starter David Cone (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yankees take the nightcap, by a score of 6-2.
1998 - With a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Bronx Bombers set an AL record with their 112th win. Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez improves his season record to 12-4.The 1906 Chicago Cubs, who went 116-36, are the only team with more victories than the 1998 Yankees.
2002 - At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays by the score of 4-3. Yankees starter Roger Clements goes 5 innings leaving the game with a 3-3 tie. Reliever Jeff Weaver picks up the win for his 11th victory of the 2002 AL season with closer Mo Rivera getting his 28th saves. The losing pitcher for the Devil Rays was future Yankee P Tanyon Sturtze, who was now at 4-18 mark with Tampa.
(As always I'd like to thank Fw57Clipper51 for his great contribution.)