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This Week in Yankees History Sept 30th-October 6th
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This Week in Yankees History September 30th-October 6th Part One

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September 30th

1882- Former Yankees Catcher Gabby “Old Sarge” Street (1912) was born. (1882-1951)
On February 17,1912, Catcher Gabby Street was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for a player to be named later and INF John Knight. On February 22,1912, the Yankees would send Rip Williams to the Senators to complete the trade. He appeared in 29 games for the 1912 Yankees, hitting just .182. He later became a minor league manager then a MLB manager with the 1930’s St. Louis Cardinals.

1885- Former Yankees Reserve INF Zinn Beck (1918) was born. (1885-1981)
Zinn Beck was the regular 3B for the 1914 Cardinals. In 1915, he lost his regular job and became a backup. In 1916, at age 30, he backed up the 20-year-old Rogers Hornsby at 3B. Beck hit .223, while Hornsby hit .313. On September 20,1917, INF Zinn Beck was drafted by the Yankees from Milwaukee (American Association) in the 1917 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He appeared in 11 games with the 1918 Yankees with no hits. Beck was later the General Manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts. Beck later scouted for the Senators/ Twins organizations from 1948 until his passing at 95 years of age in 1981.

1904- White Sox Left-hander Doc White pitches his 5th shutout in 18 days, defeating the Yankees. Of his 7 shutouts for the 1904 AL season, 6 came in the month of September.

1905- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Allen (1932-1935) was born. (1905-1959)
Johnny Allen was working as a bellboy in a hotel, when Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell discovered him. He reached the majors with the 1932 Yankees. He went 17-4 in 33 games, that season, leading the AL with a .810 winning percentage. Allen appeared in 1 game of the 1932 World Series against the Cubs with no record. He went 15-7 in 25 games for the 1933 Yankees, but after holding out for a pay raise and suffering a sore arm, Johnny Allen became expendable. He posted a 5-2 record in 13 games in 1934, then a 13-6 record in 23 games in 1935. Following the 1935 AL season, he was traded to the Indians for 2 hurlers: Monte Pearson and Steve Sundra. As a Yankees hurler, Johnny Allen finished with a 50-19 record with a 3.79 ERA in 94 games. He will go 67-35 in 5 seasons with the Tribe, including a 20-10 mark in 1936 and a league leading 15-1 in 1937. He pitched for the 1941 Dodgers, going 10-6 and appearing in 3 games of the 1941 World Series against his old team the Yankees. He finished his MLB pitching career with the 1944 Giants, going overall 142-75 with a 3.75 ERA in 352 games.

1916- Red Sox CF Tilly Walker, imitating Tris Speaker, his predecessor, dashes in for a low line drive and beats the runner back to 2B for an unassisted DP. It is an important play, as Dutch Leonard defeats Nick Cullop of the Yankees by the score of 1-0 in the 10th inning on Harry Hooper's sacrifice fly. The win clinches a tie for the 1916 AL pennant for Boston. The Indians will beat the White Sox tomorrow to give the 1916 AL pennant to Boston.

1922-The Yankees clinched their 2nd AL pennant by beating the Red Sox by the score of 3-1 behind the pitching of Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush.

1926- Former Yankees Pitcher and long-time MLB Starter Robin Roberts (1962) was born. (1926-2010)
In the winter of 1961, Robin Roberts had his MLB player contract was sold by the Phillies to the Yankees for $100,000. In 1962 Yankees spring training camp, the team decided to keep veteran Bob Turley over Roberts, who released him before he had made a regular AL season appearance for the team. It was a rare pitching mistake by Manager Ralph Houk and Yankees MLB Pitching Coach Johnny Sain. Turley (3-3 with 4.57 ERA) would be sold to the Angels at the end of the 1962 MLB season. In April of 1962, MLB free agent Robin Roberts would be signed by the Orioles. Roberts put up 42 wins in 3 ½ seasons with the club. After being let go by the O's, he spent about a season with the Astros, a partial season with the Cubs. Fourteen games shy of 300 MLB career wins; the Cubs released him. He tried to stay in the game in 1967, pitching at age 40 for the Phillies AA club, the Reading Phillies (Eastern League). He was 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA for the club, but pitching arm trouble ended his comeback attempt. Roberts ended his MLB pitching career with 286 wins and a 3.41 ERA, while striking out 2,357 batters. He threw 305 complete games, 45 career shutouts and for a long time held a MLB record with 505 HRs allowed.

1927- With the score tie at 2-2 in the 8th inning Yankees INF Mark Koenig triples, then teammate Babe Ruth hits HR #60 off of Senators hurler Tom Zachary for a 4-2 win. In the 9th inning, Walter Johnson makes his final MLB appearance as a player. He pinch-hits for Pitcher Tom Zachary and flies out to Babe Ruth. Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 17 HR’s in September, the highest month's HR output till Rudy York's 18 HRs in August of 1937.

1934- Longtime Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth is hitless in his last game in a Yankees uniform. Babe went 0 for 3 with a walk and run scored. The Yankees lose the game to the Senators by a score of 5-3.

1936-In the 1936 World Series Opener at the Polo Grounds, Giants starter Carl Hubbell scatters 7 Yankees hits and limits the Bronx Bombers scoring to a solo HR by George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk. The Giants take a decisive 6-1 victory. Yankees starter Red Ruffing takes the complete game loss, allowing 6 runs and 9 Giants hits.

1942- Down 7-0 to Yankees starter Red Ruffing in the 1942 World Series opener, the Cardinals storm back for 4-runs in the 9th-inning, not enough to win the game but enough to portend the result of the World Series.

1945- Yankees 2B George Stirnweiss gets 3 hits on the final day of the 1945 MLB season to raise his batting average to .309. The White Sox games are washed out, depriving the veteran Tony Cuccinello of a shot at the title. The only other .300 hitter playing full time in the AL is Johnny D*i*c*k*shot. Neither Cuccinello nor D*i*c*k*shot will ever play another game in the MLB. Only Elmer Flick in 1905 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 ever lead the American League with a lower batting average than George Stirnweiss, but the latter also leads the AL with 195 hits, 107 runs, 22 triples, 301 SB, 33 TB, and a .476 SA.

1947- In the 1st televised World Series game, Dodgers hurler Ralph Branca becomes the youngest player to start a World Series opener. At Yankee Stadium, the 21-year (9 month) old right-hander and the Dodgers loses to the Bronx Bombers by the score of 5-3 before a crowd of 73,365 fans at Yankee Stadium. Bronx starter Frank “Spec” Shea picks up the opening game victory for the Yankees with relief help from Closer Joe Page.

1948- Former Yankees OF Rusty Torres (1971-1972) was born.
Rusty Torres was a 54th round draft selection by the Yankees in the 1966 MLB amateur player draft. Rusty appeared in 89 games for 1971-1972 Yankees, while hitting .298 with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs. He was traded by the Yankees to the Indians in the Graig Nettles trade in the winter of 1972.

1951-The triumphant Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 3-0, behind starter Frank “Spec” Shea’s 9-hitter. It is the 3rd shutout in a row for the Yankees pitching staff as they sweep the visiting Red Sox in 5 games, outscoring them 29-4.

1951- FWClipper51 was born in Plainfield, NJ.

1951- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 3-0. It is game #154 to finish out the 1951 AL season with a 98-56 record, 5 games ahead of the Indians. The Yankees had already clinched the 1951 AL flag. It was Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio's last regular AL career game as a Yankees player (1936-1951). The winning pitcher for the Yankees was Frank "Spec "Shea, who won his 5th game (5-5) of the 1951 season. He had relief help from veteran hurler Johnny Sain. There wasn’t an HRs hit by either team in the game.
1953- The Yankees defeat the Dodgers by the score of 9-5 in the 1st game of the 1953 World Series before a crowd of 69,374 fans at Yankee Stadium. Dodgers starter Carl Erskine is ineffective, walking the 1st 3 Yankee batters, who score on a Billy Martin triple. The Dodgers tie it up at 5-5; Clem Labine gets the loss in relief, after Joe Collins hits a HR in the 7th inning. Also, Yogi Berra homers for the Bombers. Veteran hurler Johnny Sain picks the win in relief of veteran starter Allie Reynolds.

1955- At Ebbets Field, Dodgers starter Johnny Podres defeats Yankees starter Bob Turley, who fails to last 2 innings against the Bums. Catcher Roy Campanella leads the Dodgers attack with 3 hits and 3 RBI’s, as Brooklyn wins the game by the score of 8-3 behind the strong effort of lefty Johnny Podres. Mickey Mantle hits a HR for the Yankees.

1960- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-5. They set a new AL record for team HRs with 192. Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek and reserve catcher Jesse Gonder hit the HRs today as the Bombers win their 13th straight game. The team HR record would last for only 1 season with the 1961 Yankees setting a new AL HR record with 240 HRs.

1962- At Yankee Stadium, White Sox veteran starter Ray Herbert tops the Bombers by a score of 8-4. Mickey Mantle, batting leadoff to give him needed at bats, he is 2-for-3 and he qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a HR, giving him 8 straight MLB seasons of 30 HRs.

1964- At his 1st MLB at bat, Tigers PH Bill Roman debuts with a HR, the only 1 of his brief MLB playing career. Even so, the Tigers lose to the Yankees by a score of 7-6 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff HR in the 2nd inning off of starter Mickey Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. The Yankees take the nightcap by the score of 11-8 for a doubleheader sweep.

1966- The White Sox tip the Yankees by a score of 6-5 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees will win their next 2 games, but they will finish in 10th place in the AL, one-half game behind the 9th place Red Sox.

1970- Yankees starter Fritz Peterson wins his 20th game of the 1970 MLB season defeating the Red Sox by the score of 4-3. Fritz will finish the 1970 AL season with a 20-11 record, being the team’s only 20 game winner.

1971- The Senators draw 14,000 fans for their final MLB game in Washington, D.C, with another 4,000 fans crashing. Nats starter Richard Bosman gives up HRs to Yankee batters Bobby Murcer, Roy White and Rusty Torres with the Nats are down by the score of 5-1 in the 6th inning. Mike Kekich then grooves a fastball for Frank Howard, who parks his 26th HR, and thanks Thurman Munson as he crosses the plate. The Senators take a 7-5 lead, and after Bobby Murcer makes the 2nd out in the 9th inning, fans swarm onto the field, causing the game to be forfeited to the Yankees by the score of 9-0. All records stand, but reliever Paul Lindblad losses the win by not recording the 3rd out, Yankees batter Horace Clarke. Of the Senators players, Jeff Burroughs will be the last active MLB player to retire, finishing up his active MLB playing career in 1985.

1973- The Yankees close out their 50th season at old Yankee Stadium by losing to the Tigers by a score of 8-5. Recently acquired Duke Sims hits the last Yankee HR at the old ballpark. Tigers ace John Hiller was the winner, while Yankee reliever Lindy Mc Daniel lost the finale game. It would be McDaniel’s last game appearance as a Yankees pitcher. He would be traded during the off-season to the Royals for OF Lou Piniella and P Ken Wright.

1973- After 11 seasons at the helm of the Yankees (944-806 .539), long-time Manager Ralph Houk resigns as the Yankees skipper. Houk leaves the team despite new Team Owner George Steinbrenner’s promise of spending more money on players to rebuild the team into a winner. Houk doesn’t trust George, he leaves the organization that he has been part of since 1939. The 'Major' will manage the Tigers next season. He will manage the Red Sox before retiring as a MLB Manager in 1984. Houk will finish out his long MLB career working as a baseball executive in the 1987-1989 Twins front office, working in their Player Development Department.

1977- Former Yankees 2B Del Pratt (1918-1920) passed away. (1888-1977)
On January 22,1918, 2B Del Pratt was traded by the Browns along with veteran starter Eddie Plank to the Yankees for Pitchers Nick Cullop and Joe Gedeon, INF Fritz Maisel, Catcher Les Nunamaker, starter Urban Shocker and $15,000. Del Pratt appeared in 420 games with the Yankees, while hitting .295 with 10 HRs and 208 RBIs. On December 15,1920, Del was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for hurlers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang.

1978- The Yankees top the Indians by a score of 7-0, behind starter Ed Figueroa's 20th win of the 1978 AL season. The Yankees clinch a tie for the 1978 AL East pennant.

1980- In a 12-9 Indians win over the Yankees, the Tribe's Ron Hassey has a double and HR in the 8-run 2nd inning. There are 4 HRs hit in the game, including the Yankees Reggie Jackson's 38th HR of the 1980 AL season.

1984- In the dramatic race for the 1984 AL batting title, Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees season-ending 4-2 win over the Tigers to edge out his Yankees teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Dave Winfield goes 1-for-4 in the game.

1997- The Indians score 5 runs in the 1st inning, but the Yankees come back to win the game with 5 runs of their own in the 6th inning to defeat the Indians in Game 1 of their 1997 AL playoff series by a score of 8-6. Yankee hitters Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill hit consecutive HRs in the decisive inning, giving Bronx hurler Ramiro Mendoza the victory.

1998- Yankees lefty starter Andy Pettitte's strong pitching gives the Bronx Bombers, a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Rookie OF Shane Spencer and 3B Scott Brosius hit HRs for the Yankees.

2004- The Yankees clinched their 7th straight AL East title, beating the play-off bound Twins by the score of 6-4 for their 100th victory of the 2004 MLB season.

2008- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ed Brinkman (1975) passed away. (1941-2008)
On June 13,1975, veteran INF Ed Brinkman was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers. Ed came to the Yankees at the end of his fine MLB playing career, he appeared in 44 games for the 1975 Yankees, hitting just .175. On March 29,1976, Ed was released by the Yankees. He retired as an active player.

2011- The opening game of the 2011 ALDS between the Yankees and Tigers at New Yankee Stadium is suspended by rain in the middle of the 2nd inning with the score tied at 1-1 with the teams’ aces Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia on the mound. The game will be continued tomorrow.

2012- The Yankees defeat the Blue Jays by the score of 9-6 to clinch a 2012 AL postseason playoff spot.

October 1st

1889- Former Yankees OF/INF/C Charles “Dutch’ Sterrett (1912-1913) was born. (1889-1965)
The former Princeton University baseball player, Dutch Sterrett hit .253 in 87 games for the 1912-1913 Yankees.

1904- Former Reserve INF Yankees Jimmy Reese (1930-1931) was born. (1901-1994)
In 1927, the Yankees obtained INF Jimmy Reese from the Oakland Oaks (PCL). Debuting with the Yankees in 1930, Jimmy hit .346 in 77 games, while backing up shortstop Tony Lazzeri. He was assigned as Babe Ruth's roommate and famously joked that in reality, he roomed with Ruth's suitcase. He said Ruth treated him "like a son." In 1931, Reese returned to earth, hitting .241 while playing in 65 games. He played with the Yankees in 1930-1931.Then he was picked up on waivers by the Cardinals in 1932. After retiring as active player, Jimmy became a coach and manager in the minors. In 1973, he became the long-time conditioning coach for the Angels, until his death in 1994. The Angels honored Jimmy Reese by retiring his uniform number.

1908- Veteran Yankees starter Jack Chesbro notches his final victory in a Yankees uniform, a 5-hit win against the Senators starter Walter Johnson beating the Nats by the score of 2-1. Jack finishes his Yankees pitching career with 126 wins, including a MLB record season of 41 wins in 1904.

1912- The Yankees lose their 100th game of the 1912 AL season, a 4-3 loss to the A’s at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The Yankees finish the 1912 MLB season with a 50-102 mark, 55 games behind the 1st place Red Sox, the worst finish in the team’s franchise history.

1921- After clinching their 1st AL pennant by defeating the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 5-3 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Yankees Babe Ruth comes in to pitch in the 8th inning of the nightcap and comes out the winner. Ruth took the mound in the top of the 8th inning, promptly allowed the A’s to score 6 A’s runs to tie the game at 6-6, but then he settles down and holds them scoreless until the Yankees won the game with a run in the 11th inning.

1931- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Kipp (1960) was born.
The Dodgers originally signed hurler Fred Kipp in 1953. He went 6-6 in 43 games for the Dodgers. On April 5,1960, Fred was traded by the team to the Yankees for reserve OF Gordon Windhorn and minor league player INF Dick Sanders. Fred went 0-1 in 4 games for the 1960 Yankees. He would spend the rest of his time with the Yankees, pitching for their AAA Richmond team (International League), before retiring as an active player after the 1962 baseball season ended.

1932- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth as baseball legend has it, called his HR off of Cubs starter Charlie Root in the 5th inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field. The Yankees win the game by a score of 7-5 at Wrigley Field. Ruth’s Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs for the Yankees.

1933- With the Yankees already eliminated from the 1933 AL pennant race, Babe Ruth is named the starting pitcher for today’s game. He responds by beating the Red Sox by the score of 6-5. He allowed 11 Red Sox hits, no walks, 3-strikeouts. As a hitter, he hits the game-winning HR.

1943- MLB statistics show the 1943 pitchers' marks are topped by Yankees Spud Chandler's 1.64 ERA, the best since 1919. Chandler also has the best winning percentage at .833, on a 20-4 won-lost mark.

1944- The Yankees drop their 4th straight game to the Browns by a score of 5-2. This win gives the Browns their only AL pennant in their franchise history in St. Louis.

1949- Some 69,551 fans jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees and Red Sox battle to a 5-4, come-from-behind New York victory on a Johnny Lindell 8th inning HR. The Yankees entered the game trailing the Red Sox by 1 game with 2 games to go, both games were against the Red Sox.

1955- In Game 4 of 1955 World Series, the Dodgers defeated the Yankees by a score of 8-5. Dodgers’ reliever Clem Labine is the winner, while Yankees starter Don Larsen takes the loss. Dodgers’ hitters Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider led the Brooklyn hitting attack with HRs. Gil McDougald hits a HR for the Yankees

1955- Former Yankees Reliever Jeff Reardon (1994) was born.
After signing as an MLB free agent with the Yankees, veteran reliever Jeff Reardon went 1-0 in 11 games with 2 saves for the 1994 Yankees.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 61st HR of the 1961 season against Red Sox starter Tracy Stallard. The homer eclipsed Babe Ruth’s 34-year-old single-season MLB HR record. The Yankees win the game by a score of 1-0. Yankees starter Bill Stafford picks up the win for the Yankees. The historic HR is hit before a crowd of only 23,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.
"As a ballplayer, I would be delighted to do it again. As an individual, I doubt if I could possibly go through it again." -ROGER MARIS, commenting about his historic 1961 season with the Yankees.

1962- Former Yankees Minor League P Darin Cloninger was born.
The Padres in the 11th round of the 1983 MLB amateur player draft selected P Darin Cloninger. He was 0-3 with a 3.54 ERA for the Spokane Indians that summer, but he averaged over a strikeout per inning. In 1984, Darin pitched 3 games for the Marlins, and then he was sent along with P Dennis Rasmussen to the Yankees for veteran All Star 3B Graig Nettles. Cloninger was 4-9 with a 2.85 ERA between Miami and the Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) for the season. He was 4th in the Florida State League in ERA. He split his last pro season, 1985, between Fort Lauderdale (4-4, 3.70 ERA) and the Albany-Colonie Yankees (1-3, 5.35 ERA). Overall, his minor league pitching record was 9-19 with a 3.50 ERA in 3 seasons in pro baseball. He retired from baseball became a teacher; later he became a HS Principal in California.

1964- Former Yankees All Star OF Roberto Kelly (1987-1992, 2000) was born.
In 1982, OF Roberto Kelly was signed by the Yankees as a MLB free agent. He was an AL All Star team member in 1992-1993. The Yankees front office asked Roberto to move to RF to let rookie Bernie Williams to play CF, but he refused. Then Kelly was traded by the Yankees to the Reds by the Yankees for OF Paul O’Neill. His final Yankees player career totals were a .278 BA, 57 HRs and 259 RBIs with 151 stolen bases. He hit over .300 with 4 different teams, and appeared in post-season play 4 times with 3 different teams.

1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Patterson (1995) was born.
On November 8,1994, Jeff Patterson was sent by the Phillies to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on February 9,1994. The Phillies sent a player to be named later and P Terry Mulholland to the Yankees for 2 minor league players: INF Kevin Jordan, P Ryan Karp and MLB hurler Bobby Munoz. Jeff appeared in 4 games for the 1995 Yankees with no record.

1973-As the renovations begin at Yankee Stadium, home plate and 1st base from the old ballpark are presented respectively to Mrs. Babe Ruth and Mrs. Lou Gehrig. The Bronx Bombers will play their home games at Shea Stadium during the next 2 MLB seasons (1974-1975).

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Brandon Knight (2001-2002) was born.
On December 13,1999, Brandon Knight was traded by the Rangers along with P Sam Marsonek to the Yankees for OF/DH Chad Curtis. On December 11,2000, Brandon was drafted by the Twins from the Yankees in the 2000 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On March 28,2001, he was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Twins to the Yankees. Brandon appeared in 11 games for the Yankees before being released by the team in 2002.

1975- Former Yankees President and Team Co-Owner, Larry MacPhail (1946-1947) passed away. (1890-1975)
Larry MacPhail was part of the ownership group (Dan Topping and Del Webb) that bought the Yankees from the Jacob Ruppert estate in 1945. MacPhail had previous worked with the Reds and Dodgers in NL. He replaced Edward Barrow as the Yankees General Manager. As Yankees GM, Mac Phail started signing black players for the Yankees organization. When he sold his interest in the Yankees in the fall of 1947, MacPhail was replaced by Minor League Director George Weiss; as the new Yankees, General Manager. He would be elected into the Hall of Fame as a Baseball Executive in 1978. MacPhail and his son Lee MacPhail are the only father-son baseball executives elected to the Hall of Fame. Lee had worked for the Yankees and Orioles front offices before becoming the AL President in the early 1970’s. 1977- While the Yankees and Tigers sit out a 2:42 rain delay. The Orioles defeat the Red Sox by a score of 8-7 at Fenway Park, and thereby hand the Yankees their 2nd consecutive AL Eastern Division Championship. The Yankees added insult to injury by losing the game by the score of 10-7, after the rain delay ended, but the Yankees won the final game of the 1977 MLB season.

1978- The Indians beat the Yankees by the score of 9-2 behind starter Rick Waits on the last day of the 1978 AL season to force a 1-game playoff between the Yankees and the Red Sox. The Red Sox won their 8th straight game, a 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays. The play-off game would be played on October 2nd at Fenway Park in Boston.

1995- The Yankees become the 1st wild card winner in the American League.

2011- The suspended game in the opener of the other ALDS, between Tigers and Yankees resumes with the score tied 1-1 in the middle of the 2nd inning. Doug Fister and Ivan Nova take over on the mound for starters Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia, who had originally started the game that was rained out. The Yankees break-through for a run in the 5th and 6 runs in the 6th inning to take a 9-3 win. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano drives in 6 runs, including a Grand Slam HR off of Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque in New York's big inning.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny “Bear Tracks” Schmitz (1952-1953) passed away. (1920-2011)
On August 1,1952, Johnny Schmitz was selected off waivers from the Dodgers by the Yankees. He'd end up posting a 3.60 ERA in 5 games with the Bombers before being traded along with OF Jim Greengrass, OF Bob Marquis and P Ernie Nevel to the Reds for veteran starter Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell. He gave up 0 runs in 5 innings of work (in 3 games total) for the Reds that season. Shoulder and arm problems would result in him playing less and less. In the 1952-1953 off-season, the Yankees purchased him. He only appeared in 3 regular season games in 1953 with them before being picked up by the Senators off waivers on May 12th. His time with the 1953 Nats was quite similar to the last few seasons, when he posted an overall 2-7 record.

2015-The Yankees clinched a 2015 AL wild card spot, ending a 2-season absence from the MLB postseason by beating their rivals the Red Sox by the score of 4-1 at Yankee Stadium. Yankee veteran slugger Carlos Beltran and rookies 1B Greg Bird and 2B Rob Refsnyder, all homered for the Yankees in the franchise’s 10,000th regular-season win. Yankees veteran starter CC Sabathia goes 5 innings for the victory with bullpen help from Adam Warren and Betances, who gains his 9th save of the 2015 AL season.

2015-- Former Yankees Minor League C Cal Neeman passed away. (1925-2015)
In 1949, the Yankees signed Catcher Cal Neeman as an MLB amateur free agent. The Yankee organization assigned Cal to the Class C, Joplin Miners (Western Association), where he spent both the 1949-1950 baseball seasons. He would hit .292 for the 1950 Miners in 95 games to help them win the league pennant (with help from teammate Mickey Mantle). Neeman was then called up by the military to serve during the Korean War, returning in time for the start of the 1953 baseball season. Neeman would spend the next 4 seasons in the minor leagues with his best season coming in 1955, when he caught in 122 games, while hitting .294 for the Birmingham Barons (Southern Association.) In 1956, he would split time between the Yankees 2 AAA farm clubs: Richmond Virginians (International League) and the Denver Bears (American Association) and he played well. Cal never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level, he did attend the Yankees spring training camps during his time in the organization. On December 3,1956, Cal Neeman was drafted by the Cubs from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 player draft. His MLB numbers showed that he had 7 active seasons behind the plate, where he had a good .988 fielding percentage, but he wound up with only a lifetime .224 BA, hitting 30 HRs and 97 RBIs, while appearing in 376 MLB games. Cal played in the MLB as a reserve catcher for the 1957-1960 Cubs, 1961 Phillies, 1962 Pirates, 1963 Indians and finishing up with the 1963 Senators. Cal had also spent time in all or parts of 9 minor league seasons with a .261 BA with 30 HRs, while appearing in 719 games.

2015- The Yankees record the 10,000th win in their illustrious history, and it also clinches a wild card slot for the wearers of pinstripes. They defeat the Red Sox by the score of 4-1 on a rain-drenched evening at New Yankee Stadium. All 4 runs come courtesy of the long ball; a 2-run shot by Carlos Beltran and solo HR drives by Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder. CC Sabathia gets the win and the Yankees' bullpen ties a new MLB record when Josh Rutledge strikes out against Dellin Betances to end the game, their 589th victim of the 2015 MLB season.

October 2nd

1905-The Yankees signed MLB free agent shortstop Rube Oldring and immediately sold him to the A’s.

1919- Former Yankees shortstop Joe Buzas (1945) was born. (1919-2003)
The opening day shortstop for the 1945 Yankees, Joe Buzas badly injured his shoulder, ending his MLB playing career. Joe appeared in only 30 games for the Yankees, while hitting .262 with no HRs with 6 RBIs. He would later become a successful minor league team owner for 47 years, owning over 82 teams during his baseball business career.

1920- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Spec” Shea (1947,1949-1951) was born. (1920-2002)
Frank “Spec” Shea went 29-21 in 100 games for the Yankees. He was nicknamed “The Naugatuck Nugget.” He burst onto the MLB scene in 1947 as a 26-year-old rookie, winning 14 games for the 1947 Yankees, while leading the league in winning percentage. He was a member of 1947 All Star squad. In the 1947 World Series, he won 2 games (Game 1 and Game 5) also he hit .400. He started the decisive 7th game against the Dodgers but he was taken out after only an inning and a third: Bill Bevens replaced him; the Yankees eventually won the game and the 1947 World Series. Spec spent 1949-1950 seasons at AA. In 1951, he returned to the Bronx, posting a 5-5 mark with a 4.33 ERA in 25 games, but he did not appear in 1951 World Series against the Giants. In 1952, he was traded to the Senators in the Irv Noren-Jackie Jensen trade. With the Nats, he had 2 good seasons with poor teams, posting 11-7 and 12-7 records before retiring from MLB in 1955.

1930- Former Yankees Pitcher John Gabler (1959-1960) was born. (1930-2009)
In 1949, the Yankees signed John Gabler to a MLB free agent contract. He was sent to the Belleville Stags (Class D, Mississippi-Ohio Valley League). The 18-year-old rookie spent his 1st season with a last-place team under 4 different managers. John ended up with a 5-7 record with a 4.75 ERA. He appeared in 18 games, while pitching 91 innings. It would be 1959, before Gabler got his 1st chance with the Yankees. He had spent most of the season with the AAA Denver Bears (American Association), where he had a 14-8 record with a 3.39 ERA. In late season, he got into 3 games with the Yankees, he had a 1-1 record, pitching 19 innings with a 2.79 ERA. John was rewarded for his good effort in 1959; he started the 1960 season with the Yankees. He got into 21 games, going 3-3, pitching 52 innings, but he went to a 4.15 ERA. He was then sent down to the AAA Richmond Virginians (International League) where he finished out the 1960 season with a 4-4 record with a 2.71 ERA, thus missing a chance to play in the 1960 World Series against the Pirates. Overall, he went 4-4 in 24 games for the Yankees before being drafted by the new expansion Senators in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft in December of 1960. He was with the 1961 Senators for the entire season, while posting a 3-8 record, while appearing in 29 games. He pitched 93 innings, giving up 104 base hits, 37 walks and 61 runs. His ERA was at 4.86. In 1962, the Senators sent him down to AAA, John retired as an active player after the 1962 season was completed.

1936- Tony Lazzeri becomes the 1st Yankee (and 2nd player in MLB history) to hit a Grand Slam HR in a World Series game. His drive capped a 7-run 3rd inning during the Yankees 18-4 shellacking of their cross-river rivals the Giants.

1947- The Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra becomes the 1st player in MLB history to hit a pinch-hit HR in a World Series game against the Dodgers, but the Yankees still lose the game by the score of 9-8.

1949- The Yankees win the 1949 AL pennant by defeating the Red Sox by the score of 5-3. Yankees Jerry Coleman’s 3-run triple provides the winning runs to give Yankee starter Vic Raschi, the win. The game started with both teams tied for 1st place in the AL.

1949- Former Yankees Minor League INF Greg Pryor was born.
On February 17,1977, Greg Pryor was traded by the Rangers along with INF Brian Doyle and cash to the Yankees for veteran INF Sandy Alomar Sr. Greg never played for the Yankees at the MLB level.

1953-At Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, Dodgers starter Carl Erskine sets a new World Series record with 14 strikeouts in Game 3 at Ebbets Field against the Yankees. The Dodgers wins the game by the score of 3-2, behind Erskine’s 6-hit pitching performance. The strikeout record will stand until 1963, when Dodgers Ace Sandy Koufax fans 15 Yankee batters.

1957- At Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 69,476 fans, the Yankees defeat the Braves by the score of 3-1 in the opener of the 1957 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Yankees Ace Whitey Ford pitches a complete game, allowing only 1 run on 5 Braves hits. Warren Spahn takes the loss for the Braves, lasting only 6 innings.

1957- Former Yankees INF Andre Robertson (1981-1985) was born.
On December 10,1979, Andre Robertson was purchased by the Yankees from the Blue Jays. He played for 5 seasons with the Yankees, while hitting .251 with 5 HRs and 54 RBIs in 254 games. A serious late-night auto accident ruined his promising MLB playing career with the Yankees. On June 30,1986, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF/1B/DH Ken Griffey Sr. to the Braves for OF Claudell Washington and minor league INF Paul Zuvella.

1963- Dodgers Starter Sandy Koufax sets a World Series record by striking out 15 Yankee batters in Game 1 against New York. Yankees batter Harry Bright was Koufax’s 15th strikeout victim. The Dodgers win the game by the score of 5-2, behind Sandy Koufax's 6-hit pitching. Veteran starter Whitey Ford takes the loss for the Yankees.

1963- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Cy Perkins (1931) passed away. (1896-1963)
Reserve catcher Cy Perkins hit .255 in 16 games for the 1931 Yankees. He was a MLB coach for the 1932 Yankees. Cy spent most of his MLB playing career with the Philadelphia A’s.

1965- Yankees starter Mel Stottlemyre wins his 20th game of the 1965 AL season by beating the Red Sox by the score of 6-1 at Fenway Park.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Jumbo” George Brown (1932-1936) died. (1907-1966)
Jumbo Brown went 19-16 in 80 games with 2 saves for the 1932-1936 Yankees. In June of 1937, the Yankees sold him to the Reds. He would finish the 1937 MLB season with the Giants. Over all Jumbo pitched in the MLB from 1925-1941, finishing with a 33-31 record and a 4.07 ERA in 249 games. Jumbo’s MLB player weight was listed at 300 Lbs. He pitched for the Cubs, Indians, Yankees, Reds and finishing up with the 1941 Giants.

1977- The Yankees beat the Tigers by the score of 8-7 to finish the season as AL Eastern Champs.

1978- Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent’s unlikely HR helps the Yankees defeat the Red Sox dramatic 1-game playoff at Fenway Park. Trailing by 2 runs in the 6th inning, Bucky Dent smacks a 3-run HR shot against former Yankees starter Mike Torrez the screen above the Green Monster. The Yankees hold on for a 5-4 victory en route to face the Dodgers in the 1978 World Series.

1989- Current Yankees OF Aaron Hicks (2015-2018) was born.
Aaron Hicks was selected by the Twins in the 1st round of the 2008 MLB amateur player draft with the 14th overall selection. Hicks is the son of former minor league OF Joe Hicks. A product of MLB's Urban Youth Academy, Hicks helped Wilson HS to a national title, its 1st ever, in 2007. He hit .370 as a junior and stole 44 bases in 45 tries. On the mound, he was 3-0 with 3 saves and fanned 27 in 19 innings while hitting 94 mph on the radar gun. In the AFLAC Classic, he only threw strikes on 12 of 32 pitches, fired 2 wild pitches and had a passed ball by his catcher. He allowed the losing run in the 9th on a Tim Beckham sacrifice fly. There was question whether he would be a pitcher or an outfielder as a pro, but the Twins chose the latter. Hicks made his pro debut on June 22, 2008 for the GCL Twins against the GCL Red Sox and went 2 for 4 at the plate. He hit .318 in 45 games that 1st season. In 2009, he hit .251 in 67 games for the Beloit Snappers (Class A, Midwest League.) He repeated that level in 2010 and improved to .279 in 115 games. In 2011, he played for the Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League). He hit .242 in 122 games with 31 doubles. Over his 1st 4 seasons, he played mainly centerfield, displaying good on-base skills, with a high of 88 walks in 2010, and has a good number of doubles, but his personal high was 8 HRs. He stole a good number of bases, but with a mediocre success rate. In 2012, Hicks had the sort of season the Twins had been expecting when they drafted him, hitting .286 in 129 games for the AA New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League). He scored an even 100 runs, hits 21 doubles, 11 triples and 13 HRs and drove in 61 runs. He was 32 for 43 on the base paths, showing the kind of base-stealing prowess that had been missing in previous years. After that outstanding season, the Twins traded their 2 MLB CFer’s Ben Revere and Denard Span, in order to open a spot in the MLB team's line-up for Hicks in 2013. He confirmed his bosses' confidence with a great spring, securing his place on the opening day roster. Starting in centerfield on April 1st, he went 0 for 4 with a walk in his debut against the Tigers. He had a huge night on May 13th, after starting the season hitting only .137 with 1 HR through 30 games. Hicks had the 1st multi-hit game of his MLB career that night, with both hits being HRs off of Hector Santiago, and also robbed Adam Dunn of a potential game-tying HR by leaping to snag the ball over the CF fence in the 6th inning; the Twins went on a late scoring binge to defeat the White Sox, by the score of 10-3. He was still struggling with a .154 BA, when he had another great game on May 28th against the Brewers. He deprived Carlos Gomez of a sure HR and later homered himself against Alfredo Figaro as the Twins won, 6-5 in 14 innings. The following day, he robbed Rickie Weeks of an RBI single with a diving catch in the top of the 4th inning, then immediately homered off Marco Estrada in the bottom of the frame as the Twins again defeated the Brewers, 4-1. He went on the DL with a pulled hamstring on June 10th. He ended up hitting .193 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs in 61 games. Hicks improved slowly over the next 2 seasons. In 2014, he broke the Mendoza Line with a .215 BA, although with only 1 HR and 18 RBIs in 69 games. In 2015, he played 97 games and began to look like a major league hitter, with a .256 average, 11 homers and 33 RBIs. His OPS+ was up to 95, and he continued to be an excellent defender in CF, while stealing 13 bases in 16 attempts. He was particularly good against left-handed pitching, hitting .307 and slugging .495 against them. However, Hicks was also being pushed by Byron Buxton; a very similar player rated even higher as a prospect, who made his MLB player debut during the 2015 season. On November 11th, the Twins traded him to the Yankees in return for Catcher John Ryan Murphy. The Yankees had a crew of outfielders on the wrong side of 30 and wanted to get younger and more athletic at the position. Hicks obviously fit the bill as on April 20, 2016, he displayed his tremendous arm by gunning down Danny Valencia of the Oakland at home plate on a throw measured at 105.5 mph - the highest speed ever recorded in the MLB on any throw or pitch. He finished the 2016 season for the Yankees with a disappointing .217 BA with 8 HRs and 31 RBIs in 123 games. Still he managed to retain his job in 2017 and appeared to be transformed as a hitter. Over the first two months of the year, he hit .298 with 8 homers and 24 RBIs in 40 games. He received a lot of playing time when Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the disabled list in May, and thrived in the situation. On June 1st, he had the best game of his career in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, going 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and 6 RBIs to push his average to .317. He followed that a couple of days later on June 9th with a pair of homers in an 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. He ran into injury trouble during his break-out season though, as he was on the disabled list from June 26th to August 10th with a right oblique strain, and again starting on September 3rd, this time with a left oblique strain. He had had trouble finding his hitting stroke again after the first injury, as he hit just .207 in 22 games before returning to the DL. He was re-activated on September 26th, just in time to get a few games in before the start of the postseason, and in the 1st inning of his 1st game back, against the Rays, he robbed Wilson Ramos of a potential grand slam HR, with a magnificent leaping catch. He ended up hitting .266 in 88 games, with 15 HRs and 52 RBIs. In the 2017 postseason, after going 1 for 3 in the Wild Card Game, he shined in the ALDS against the Indians, with a .316 average, 1 HR and 4 RBIs in the Yankees' upset win. He cooled down in the ALCS though, when he hit just .083 against the  Astros.

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Tyler Olson (2016) was born.
On January 12, 2016, Tyler Olson was traded by the Dodgers along with INF Ronald Torreyes to the Yankees for Rob Segedin and player to be named or cash. He appeared in 1 game with the 2016 Yankees with no record. On June 14, 2016, Tyler was selected off waivers by the Royals from the Yankees.

2009- B.J. Upton is the 1st player in Tampa Bay franchise history to hit for the cycle. He goes 5 for 5 with 6 RBI in the Rays' 13-4 victory over New York. Yankees starter CC Sabathia takes the loss in his bid to become the MLB’s 1st 20-game winner.

2011- The Tigers get a dominant outing by starter Max Scherzer to beat the Yankees by the score of 5-3 and even their ALDS at 1 game each. Scherzer does not allow a Yankees hit until the 6th inning, while Miguel Cabrera puts the Tigers ahead with a 2-run HR off of Yankees starter Freddy Garcia in the 1st inning. Tigers Closer Jose Valverde struggles a bit in the 9th inning, giving up a HR to Nick Swisher and a triple to Jorge Posada, but he ends the game with the tying run on base.

2012- On the penultimate day of the regular 2012 AL season, the Yankees maintain their 1-game lead over the Orioles in the AL East, when Raul Ibanez HRs off of Boston's reliever Andrew Miller in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees, a 4-3 win.

2016- The Orioles clinch a AL wild card spot by defeating the Yankees by the score of 5-2, behind a pair of HRs by Matt Wieters.

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This Week in Yankees History September 30th-October 6th Part Two

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October 3rd

1887- Former Yankees INF Armando Marsans (1917-1918) was born.
On July 15,1917, OF Armando Marsans was traded by the Browns to the Yankees for veteran OF Lee Magee. The Cuban born player appeared in 62 games for the Yankees, while hitting .232. When the Reds invited Rafael Almeida to a tryout in 1911, Armando Marsans accompanied him to act as his interpreter. Marsans ended up trying out as well; he went on to play 8 seasons in the MLB, during the Deadball Era, accumulating 2,273 at-bats. In 1912, he was in the top 10 in batting average. A centerfielder, he was a teammate of Reds Harvard Eddie Grant and George Sisler with the Browns. He was the 1st Cuban-born player to get 500 at-bats in the MLB, followed shortly thereafter by Dolf Luque and Mike Gonzalez. He was the Reds' Opening Day clean-up hitter in 1912 and 1914. Baseball Magazine in September 1914 published an article entitled "The Famous Marsans Case", calling his jumping to the Federal League "one of the most important of the test cases in baseball law". Baseball Magazine of July 1918 referred to him as "frail in build" and "a real speed merchant". It indicated that Marsans started in the U.S. in 1907 with New London. He was the 1st Cuban to manage in Organized Baseball, leading the 1924 Elmira Colonels. He also managed the 1956 Havana Cubans in the Florida International League. He is the all-time stolen base leader in the history of the Cuban Winter League, with 135, 23 more than Cristobal Torriente. Armando Marsans was among the 1st group of players inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

1909- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Broaca (1934-1937) was born. (1909-1986)
Johnny Broaca went 40-27 in 99 games for the Yankees. He was a graduate of Yale University. His best Yankees season was in 1935, when he posted a 15-7 record. In 1937, he started 1-4. He jumped the Yankees during the season sitting out the rest of the year, as well as all of 1938. One source claims that it had something to do with Lefty Gomez and a woman. It was announced a week before he left the team that he had an arm injury. He left baseball to become a professional boxer. Eventually, he went back to his hometown of Lawrence, MA to work as a laborer. Another source says that Broaca left baseball because his wife divorced him and he worked for Tyer Rubber at low wages because, it was said, he refused to let his wife get any alimony. Yet other sources have different information. The New York Times had an article saying that the team voted a World Series share to Broaca's estranged wife (the 1st time that a player’s share was ever voted to a woman) after Broaca left the team. The book “Joe McCarthy: Architect of the Yankee Dynasty” says that Broaca abandoned his wife. The December 1957 Baseball Digest relates a story where Gomez, unhappy that Broaca was saving his arm and refused to throw balls before a game, played a practical joke on him by calling the bullpen, pretending to be the manager, and ordering Broaca to warm up for 9 innings straight. The story goes that Joe McCarthy didn't know for many years why Broaca claimed to be unable to start the next day's game. Broaca for calling him "Goofy". When asked why Gomez was upset when other players such as Pat Malone also called him "Goofy", Gomez said, "Malone didn't go to Yale". On November 19,1938, Johnny was purchased by the Indians from the Yankees. In 1939 as a reliever, he posted a 4-2 record for the Tribe.

1926- After the Yankees scored twice in the 2nd inning, Cardinals starter Glover Cleveland Alexander sets down the last 21 Yankee batters with 10 strikeouts in Game 2 of the 1926 World Series, resulting in a 6-2 St. Louis win. Cardinal’s hitters Billy Southworth and Tommy Thevenow collect 3 hits each in the Cards win.

1947- Yankee starter Floyd Bevens flirts with immorality, when he pitches no-hit baseball for 8 2/3 innings of a World Series game against the Dodgers. He loses the no-hitter and game when Dodgers PH Cookie Lavagetto doubles off the RF wall at Ebbets Field to score the tying and winning runs.

1949- The Yankees win the 1949 AL pennant by defeating the Red Sox by the score of 5-3. Jerry Coleman's 3-run triple provides the winning margin, while Red Sox slugger Ted Williams falls short of both the AL batting title and the AL Triple Crown.

1951- Former Yankees HOF OF/DH Dave Winfield (1981-1988) was born.
On December 15,1980, MLB free agent Dave Winfield signed a 10-year player contract with the Yankees. He came to the MLB with the Padres. Dave hit .296 with 205 HRs and 818 RBI╒s in 1,172 games as Yankees player. He was named to the AL All Star teams in 1981-1988. In his only World Series appearance in 1981 with the Yankees, Dave only hit .045 in 6 games, prompting Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to call him “Mr. May” for not responding with his bat in the MLB postseason for the Yankees. On May 11,1990, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for veteran starter Mike Witt.

1955- The Yankees jump on Dodgers starter Karl Spooner in the 1st inning beating Brooklyn by the score of 5-1. Whitey Ford pitches a complete game allowing only 4 Dodger hits, while Bill Skowron hits a HR for the Yankees.

1956- Dodgers veteran starter Sal Maglie defeated the Yankees by the score of 6-3 in the opening game of the 1956 World Series. Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin hit HRs in the Yankee lost at Ebbets Field. Yankees Whitey Ford gives up a 3-HR to Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges in the 3rd inning to break a 2-2 tie

1957- In Game 2 of the 1957 World Series, Lew Burdette wins the 1st of his 3 decisions against his former team, the Yankees, allowing only 7 New York hits and just 2 runs. Hank Bauer hits a HR for the Bombers, while shortstop Johnny Logan hits one for the Braves. Burdette complete game defeats Yankees starter Bobby Shantz, relievers Art Ditmar and Bob Grim by the score of 4-2.

1960-The Yankees ended their 1960 AL season with an 8-7 win over the Red Sox, finishing out the season with a 15-game winning streak.

1965- Whitey Ford becomes the winngest pitcher in Yankees team history, when he notches career win No. 232 against the Red Sox by the score of 8-7 at Fenway Park. Whitey passes former Yankees starter Charles “Red” Ruffing as the Yankees pitcher with the most career team 231 wins.

1966-Former MLB Player and Yankees MLB Scout Mike Tresh passed away. (1914-1966.)
Father of Yankees player Tom Tresh, Mike Tresh played 12 seasons in the AL, almost all with the White Sox and finished with the 1949 Indians. Mike had only 2 MLB HRs in over 1,027 games, unlike his son Tom, who was a pretty good HR hitter. During his MLB playing career, Mike hit .249 with 2 HRs and 297 RBIs. He was a good enough catcher that he never played any other position in the MLB. After his playing days were over, he was a Yankees MLB Scout and worked for Ford Motor Company. He died on October 4, 1966, 2 days after the end of the 1966 MLB season in which his son Tom had achieved his career-best HR total of 27 with the Yankees. His grandson, Mickey Tresh, played in the minor leagues with the Yankees and Tigers farm systems from 1987 to 1990.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League OF Kerry Robinson was born.
The Yankees signed OF Kerry Robinson as a minor league free agent. He spent the 2000 season with the Columbus Clippers (AAA), never making a MLB appearance for the Yankees. He was released at the end of the season by the team.

1986- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Vince DiMaggio passed away. (1912-1986)
Vince DiMaggio came up to MLB in 1937 with the Boston Bees (aka Braves). Vince was the older brother of MLB players Joe and Dom DiMaggio. He had been a minor league star player with the San Francisco Seals (PCL). In February of 1939, Vince was traded to the Yankees, his brother Joe's team, but he never played a game for the team. He was blocked by the presence of Yankees reserve 1B Babe Dahlgren. Most of 1939 season was spent in the minors, where he showed substantial power for the Kansas City Blues. He cranked out 46 HRs, the 2nd-highest total to that point by a right-handed hitter in the American Association, leading the AA by 13 over Phil Weintraub. As the top power threat on the most successful AA team ever (judging by total wins), Vince also led the league with 136 RBIs. In August of 1939, he was traded by the Yankees to the Reds. Vince played in 8 games for the 1939 Reds, while hitting just .071. In 1940, he appeared in 2 more games with the Reds before being traded to the Pirates, where he was to spend the bulk of his MLB playing career.

2011- Detroit takes a 2-1 lead in their ALDS with a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Tigers starter Justin Verlander gives up 2 runs in the 1st inning, but then he settles down. The Tigers score twice in the 3rd inning off of Yankees starter CC Sabathia, then Jhonny Peralta puts them ahead with an RBI double in the 5th inning. The Yankees tie the game at 4 in the 7th inning on Brett Gardner's 2-run double, but Delmon Young hits a solo HR off of Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano in the bottom of the 7th inning to make Verlander a winner.

2012- The Yankees clinched the 2012 AL East crown with a 14-2 rout of the Red Sox before a home crowd of 47.393 fans at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles lose their game to the Rays by the score of 4-1. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda picks up his 16th victory of the 2012 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by Curtis Granderson hits 2 HRs, he finished the 2012 AL season with 43 HRS. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano finishes the regular season with 2 HRs, finishing the 2012 MLB season at 33 HRs mark.

2017- The 2017 AL postseason  opens with the ALWC Game between the Twins and Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. As expected, the Yankees win, 8-4, but the game doesn't go according to script: the Twins score 3 runs in the 1st and chase Bronx starter Luis Severino after only 1 out, after he gives up long balls to Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario. But the Twins' starter, Ervin Santana, is not any better, as he allows a 3-run HR blast to Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the 1st and is taken out after 2 innings, having given up another HR to Brett Gardner. The Yankees then win the battle of the bullpens, as their relievers ring up 13 Twins strikeouts in 8 innings, while the Yankees continue to score, including a 2-run HR shot by Aaron Judge off of Twins hurler Jose Berrios in the 4th.

October 4th

1884- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Ables (1911) was born. (1884-1951)
The Yankees acquired hurler Harry Ables in 1911, after he had turned in as good a season as a pitcher could wish for, going 22-11 with a 1.75 ERA with the Oakland Oaks (PCL). Harry went 0-1 in 3 games for the 1911 Yankees. Harry would spend the rest of his baseball career pitching in the minor leagues.

1887- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Fisher (1910-1917) was born. (1887-1982)
Ray Fisher went 76-68 in 219 games for the Yankees before being sent to the Reds. His best Yankees season was in 1915, when he went 18-11. In 1921, the Reds cut Ray Fisher's salary by $1,000. Rather than take the pay cut, Fisher asked for his release, then he quit to coach baseball at the University of Michigan, when the Reds wouldn't release him. For this offense, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned Ray Fisher from baseball. In 1980, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reinstated him back into baseball. In 1951, Fisher was one of a number of baseball figures, who had testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Study of Monopoly Power in its investigation of MLB's business practices. His testimony focused primarily on the circumstances surrounding his leaving the Reds to take the college coaching position at Michigan with his subsequent blacklisting by the Commissioner Landis. Ray Fisher coached Michigan for 38 years (1921-1958) winning 9 Big 10 Conference titles outright while sharing 4 more. The 1953 team won the College World Series. Shortly before his death he was honored at Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. Prior to his death, he was the oldest-living former player of the Yankees and Reds franchises.

1910- Former Yankees INF (1932-1948) and MLB Coach (1949-1970) Frank “The Crow” Crosetti was born. (1910-2002)
On August 23,1929, Shortstop Frank Crosetti was traded by the San Francisco Seals (PCL) to the Yankees for a player to be named later and 3 players. The Yankees sent reserve INF Julie Wera (1931) to the Seals to complete the trade. Frank was a Yankees regular INF for 13 years and part-timer for 4 seasons. Frank hit more than 20 doubles 7 times and scored more than 70 runs in 7 seasons. He was a 1936-1937 AL All Star team member. Frank finished his Yankees playing career in 1948 with .245 BA with 98 HRs, 260 doubles, 65 triples and 649 RBIs in 1,682 games. Crosetti appeared in 7 World Series for the Yankees, hitting just .174 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs in 29 games. He was the longtime Yankees MLB 3B coach from 1947-1967. Also, he coached for the AL expansion team, the Seattle Pilots and the Twins before retiring from baseball.

1922- For the 1st time, the entire World Series will be broadcast over the radio. Sportswriter Garland Rice does the announcing of the New York Giants-Yankees game for radio station WJZ in Newark, NJ, whose signal is relayed to WGY in Schenectady, NY.

1928- Game 1 of the 1928 World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals is a swift execution before 61,425 fans at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth has a single and double and scored 2 runs, once on Bob Meusel's 4th-inning HR, while 1B Lou Gehrig is 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs off of Cardinals hurler Bill Sherdel. Yankees starter Waite Hoyt sets the Cardinals down with 3-hits, with a solo HR by Jim Bottomley in the 7th inning for a 4-1 victory.

1939- The 1939 World Series begins at Yankee Stadium with a crowd of 58,451 fans watching the Reds playing their 1st Series since the infamous 1919 match-up against the White Sox. With the Yankees as heavy favorites, the game is tied 1-1 until the last of the 9th inning, when Yankees Bill Dickey singles home the winning run, making Yankees starter Red Ruffing the winner. While Derringer takes the complete game loss for the Reds.

1942- In Game 4 of the 1942 World Series at Yankee Stadium before 69,902 fans, the Cardinals get 6 runs in the 4th inning, but the Yankees tie the game with 5 runs in the 6th inning. St. Louis scores 3 more runs to win the game by the score of 9-6 in a 22-hit game. Max Lanier picks-up the win, while Atley “Swampy” Donald takes the loss in relief for the Yankees. Yankees Charlie Keller hits the only HR in the game.

1947- At Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, Yankees starter Frank “Spec” Shea throws a 4-hitter, as he helps his own cause at the plate by hitting 2 singles, the Yankees win the game by a score of 2-1 over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1947 World Series. A HR by Joe DiMaggio in the 5th inning is the winning margin for the Yankees.

1950- Phillies Relief ace Jim Konstanty starts and loses Game 1 of the 1950 World Series to Yankees starter Vic Raschi by the score of 1-0. Yankees INF Bobby Brown hit a double and scored the lone run on 2 long flies.

1951-In the opening game of the 1951 World Series, Monte Irvin stole home in the 1st inning and collected 4 hits. The Giants defeated Yankees starter Allie Reynolds by the score of 5-1 with Giants starter Dave Koslo pitching a complete game at Yankee Stadium. Monte Irvin, Hank Thompson and Willie Mays of the Giants became the 1st all-black MLB outfield to play in a World Series game.

1952- Yankees veteran starter Allie Reynolds shutouts the Dodgers by the score of 2-0 before 71,787 fans at Yankee Stadium. Yankees 1B Johnny Mize hits a HR in the 4th inning for the Yankees. Starter Joe Black takes the loss for the Dodgers.

1953- At Ebbet’s field, Mickey Mantle’s 3rd inning Grand Slam HR off of Dodgers Ace Johnny Podres leads the Yankees to an 11-7 win, giving the Bronx Bombers a 3-2 games lead in the 1953 World Series. Also, Yankees hitters Gene Woodling, Gil McDougald and Billy Martin hit HRs in the game.

1955- "Next Year” finally comes to Brooklyn as the Dodgers win by the score of 2-0 the 1955 World Series behind the pitching of starter Johnny Podres at Yankee Stadium. Yankees starter Tommy Byrne takes the loss.

1958- In Game 3 of the 1958 World Series at Yankee Stadium, 71,599 fans see Yankees starter Don Larsen and closer Ryne Duren combine for a shutout as the Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 4-0 over the Braves. Yankees slugger Hank Bauer accounts for all Yankee 4 runs, including a 2-run HR in the 7th inning.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack Warhop (1908-1915) passed away. (1884-1960)
Jack Warhop pitched for some poor Yankee teams (1908-1915), while posting a 69-93 career record with a 3.12 ERA in 221 games. His best Yankees season was in 1910, posting a 14-14 record with a 2.64 ERA in 37 games.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 62.397 fans see Yankees starter Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout along with HRs by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron, gives the Yankees a 2-0 win in Game 1 against the Reds at Yankee Stadium. Jim O’Toole takes the loss for the Reds. Ford continues his chase of Babe Ruth’s World Series pitching record of 29 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

1962- In the opener of the 1962 World Series at Candlestick Park, Whitey Ford's record scoreless inning streak ends at 33 2/3 innings, when a surprising squeeze play by Giants batter Jose Pagan brings Giants base runner Willie Mays home. The 1st World Series game in San Francisco draws a crowd of 43,852 fans. The Yankees beat the Giants by the score of 6-2, the last win of a record 10 World Series victories for Whitey Ford. Yankees 3B Clete Boyer hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers

1972- Yankees' pitcher Larry Gowell hits a double in his only MLB career at-bat. This is the last hit by an AL pitcher before the league adopts the DH rule for 1973 season. The Yankees lose to the Brewers by the score of 1-0.

1978- The Royals notch 16 hits off of 3 Yankees pitchers (Starter Ed Figueroa, relievers Richard Tidrow and Sparky Lyle) to even the 1978 ALCS with a 10-4 triumph. A 2-run HR by Royals shortstop Freddie Patek seals the victory. Royals starter Larry Gura picks up the victory.

1980- The Yankees clinch their 4th AL East title in 5 seasons beating the Tigers by the score of 5-2 in the 1st game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Reggie Jackson hits his 41st HR of the 1980 AL season. Reggie will share the 1980 AL HR crown with Brewers slugger Ben Oglivie. Yankees starter Rudy May picks up the victory for the team, finishing the 1980 AL season with a 15-5 record. Yankees Closer Rich Gossage records his 33 save of the season. In the 2nd game, the Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 7-6, with Dave Tobik picking up 1st win of the season. Mike Griffin takes the loss for the Yankees, dropping his 1980 AL season pitching record to 2-4. Yankees catcher Brad Gulden hits his 1st HR of the season.

1995- The Yankees Jim Leyritz hits a dramatic 2-run HR in the 15th inning to give the Yankees a dramatic victory and a 2-games-to-none ALDS lead over the Mariners.

1996- The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning to defeat the Rangers by the score of 2-1, despite Juan Gonzalez's 4th HR of their ALDS. The Yankees take a 2-1 lead in the ALD series.

1997- The Yankees go a game up on Indians with a 6-1 victory behind a 5-hitter by starter David Wells. Yankees RF Paul O'Neill hits a 4th-inning Grand Slam HR, driving in 4 of the 5 Yankees runs.

1998- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee Grissom (1940) passed away. (1907-1998)
On January 4,1940, Lee Grissom was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for hurler Joe Beggs. Lee posted a 0-0 mark in 5 games for the 1940 Yankees before being selected off of waivers on May 15, 1940 by the Dodgers from the Yankees, who assigned him to the Montreal Royals (International League).

2000- The Yankees even their ALDS with Oakland at 1 game apiece with a 4-0-shutout victory. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte holds the A’s scoreless for 7 2/3 innings for the victory.

2002- The Yankees blow a 6-1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9-6 victory and 2 games to 2 lead in their ALDS. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy hit HRs for Anaheim while rookie hurler Francisco Rodriguez again gets the victory in relief.

2005- Yankees starter Mike Mussina pitched scoreless ball into the 6th inning, rookie 2B Robinson Cano lined a 3-run double in the 1st inning as the Yankees defeated Angels starter Bartolo Colon by the score of 4-2 in Game 1 of their AL Division Series.

2007- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Nottebart (1969) was passed away. (1936-2007)
On October 21,1968, veteran MLB reliever Don Nottebart was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. Don only appeared in 4 games for the 1969 Yankees with no record before being returned to the Reds on April 26,1969. During his 10-season MLB pitching career, Don had pitched for the Braves, Colt 45s., Reds (Twice), Yankees before finishing up his MLB pitching career with the 1969 Cubs.

2009- The Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez sets an AL record with 7 RBIs in the 6th inning of the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Rays, with HRs off of hurlers Wade Davis and Andy Sonnanstine - the 2nd a Grand Slam HR. The Yankees complete the 2009 AL season with 243 HRs, a franchise record.

2011- The Yankees tie their ALDS with Detroit at 2 games each with a 10-1 rout at Comerica Park. Due to the suspension of Game 1, which cost the 2 teams an off day the Yankees have to start the unpredictable veteran starter A.J. Burnett against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, but he responds with a solid performance. Burnett gives up a run in 5 2/3 innings after issuing 3 walks in the 1st inning. Yankees put the game away by beating up Tiger's bullpen for 6-runs in the 8th-inning.

October 5th

1895- Former Yankees OF/3B Norman “Bub” McMillian (1922) was born. (1895-1969)
Norm McMillan made his MLB player debut batting cleanup on 1922 Opening Day for the defending AL Champion Yankees. He was replacing Yankees slugger Babe Ruth who had been suspended by MLB Commissioner Judge Landis for barnstorming after the 1921 World Series. McMillian hit .256 in 33 games for the 1922 Yankees. On January 30,1923, McMillian was traded by the Yankees along with P George Murray, OF Camp Skinner and $50,000 to the Red Sox for P Herb Pennock.

1908- Veteran NL pitcher King Brady makes his only AL appearance with the Red Sox, a good one shutting out the Yankees by the score of 4-0. He will return to the NL next season pitching for the Boston Doves.

1912- The Yankees win their final game at Hill Top Park by the score of 8-6, when Hal Chase hits a 3-run HR to defeat the Senators. Next season, the team will play their AL season games at the Polo Grounds. Homer Thompson, in his only MLB appearance is the catcher for New York, while pitching is his brother Tommy, becoming the 1st brother battery in AL history.

1921- The Yankees play their 1st World Series game ever beating the Giants as Yankees starter Carl Mays only needs 86 pitches to set the Giants down on 5 hits, 4 of them by Frankie Frisch, as Babe Ruth drives in the 1st run of the World Series in the opening inning of the 3-0 Yankees win. A crowd of 30,202 attended the opening 1921 World Series game, played at the Polo Grounds. It will be 9 games World Series and the 1st all city World Series since the 1906 MLB season.

1922- The Yankees and Giants play to a 3-3 tie in 1922 World Series, in a game called account of darkness by the Umpires. Shortstop Aaron Ward hits a HR in the 7th inning to tie the game for the Yankees. A crowd of 37,202 fans watched the 2nd Game of the 1922 World Series.

1926- In Game #3 of the 1926 World Series at Sportsman Park in St. Louis, Cardinals starter Jesse Haines pitches a 5-hit shutout as the Redbirds beat the Yankees by the score of 4-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Series. Yankees veteran starter Dutch Ruether takes the lost for the Bombers.

1928- In the 1928 World Series Game #2 at Yankee Stadium, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig unloads a 3-run HR in the 1st inning of Game #2. Grover Cleveland Alexander, the hero of the 1926 World Series between the Yankees and the Cardinals, is driven from the game in the 3rd inning as the Bronx Bombers cruise to a 9-3 victory, to take a 2-1 Series lead. A crowd of 60,714 fans watched the game.

1939- In Game 2 of the 1939 World Series played at Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bombers starter Monte Pearson does not allow a base hit until 1 out in the 8th inning as he shuts out the Reds by the score of 4-0. Yankees 1B Babe Dahlgren hits a HR and double for the Bronx Bombers. A crowd of 59,791 fans attended the game. Lou Gehrig in uniform sits on the Yankees bench to watch his last World Series. He would never wear the Yankees pinstripes again on the playing field after the 1939 World Series ends on October 8th.

1941- In Game #4 of the 1941 World Series played at Ebbet’s Field, Dodgers Catcher Mickey Owens earns eternal goat’s horns by dropping 3rd strike from reliever Hugh Casey to Yankees batter Tommy Henrich in 9th inning thereby opens the floodgates for a Yankees win with 4 unearned runs being scored in the inning. A disappointed crowd of 33,813 fans watched the Dodgers lose their game. The Yankees now have 3-1 lead in the World Series.

1941- Former Yankees 1B/OF Andy Kosco (1968) was born.
In 1959, the Tigers signed Andy as a MLB amateur free agent. He came up to MLB with the 1965 Twins, appearing in 23 games, but he did not appear in 1965 World Series against the Dodgers for the Twins. On November 28,1967, Andy Kosco was drafted by the Yankees from the A’s organization in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He became a regular on the 1968 Yankees, playing alongside Roy White and Joe Pepitone in the Yankees outfield. Also, he was back-up 1B for Mickey Mantle. The Yankees were expecting him to be a power-hitter, but Andy only hit .248 with 15 HRs and 59 RBIs for the team. He still hit higher than the 1968 Yankee team BA of .214. On December 4,1968, Andy was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for P Mike Kekich. He would later play for the Angels, Red Sox, Brewers and the Reds before retiring as an active player in 1974.

1942- At Yankee Stadium, Cardinals 3B Whitey Kurowski hits a 2-run HR in the 9th inning of Game #5, giving the St. Louis, a 4-2 victory to capture the 1942 World Series in 5 games over the Yankees. Red Ruffing takes the loss for the Yankees, shortstop Phil Rizzuto hits a HR in the loss. A crowd of 69,052 fans watched the game.

1947-At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 74,065 fans watched Dodgers LF Al Gionfriddo make a spectacular catch and robs Joe DiMaggio of a game-tying HR in Game #6 of the World Series. The Dodgers beat the Yankees by a score of 8-6. Dodgers hurler Ralph Branca picks up the win, while Yankees Closer Joe Page takes the loss. It is Gionfriddo’s last MLB appearance as a player in a game. The 2 teams used a record of 38 players in the game.

1949 -In the opening game of the 1949 World Series played at Yankee Stadium, 66,224 fans watched the Yankees edge the Dodgers by the score of 1-0 on Tommy Henrich’s lead off HR off of Dodgers starter Don Newcombe in the bottom of the 9th inning. Yankees starter Allie Reynolds throws a 2-hit complete game shutout.

1952- At Yankee Stadium, 70,536 fans watched Game #5 of the 1952 World Series, Dodgers win a 6-5 victory in 11 innings over the Yankees, when Billy Cox scores the winning run behind a RBI-double hit by Duke Snider. In the 5th inning, Yankees 1B Johnny Mize had hit a 3-run HR during the Yankees 5-run rally. Carl Erskine pitched a complete game to give the Dodgers, a 3-2 Series lead heading back to Ebbets Field. Yankees veteran reliever Johnny Sain takes the loss.

1953- Yankees 2B Billy Martin makes a record 12th hit in the 1953 World Series as the Yankees win their 5th consecutive World Championship under Manager Casey Stengel (1949-1953) with a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. Billy Martin collects his 12th Series hit, a single to center field in the bottom of the 9th inning, that gives the Yankees their 5th World Championship in a row. Carl Furillo had tied the game up in the 9th inning with a 2-run HR. Yankees starter Whitey Ford goes 8 innings, with veteran hurler Allie Reynolds picking up his last World Series victory in relief. Clem Labine takes the loss for the Dodgers.

1956- In Game #2 of 1956 World Series at Ebbets Field, Yogi Berra becomes the 4th Yankee player to hit a Grand Slam HR in the World Series game, but the Yankees still lose the game by dropping a 6-0 lead to the Dodgers, who rally to win the game by a score of 13-8. Yankees starter Don Larsen was knocked out of the game in 2nd inning after giving up a 3-run HR to Dodgers Slugger Duke Snider.

1960- In a portent of things to come, Bill Mazeroski's 2-run 5th-inning HR off of Yankees reliever Jim Coates is the difference as the Pirates beats the Yankees by the score of 6-4 for its 1st World Series game win since the 1925 World Series against the Senators.

1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Rey Sanchez (1997,2005) was born.
On August 16,1997, INF Rey Sanchez was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for minor league player Frisco Parotte. He appeared in 38 games for the 1997 Yankees, hitting .312. In 2005, he returned to Yankees appearing in 23 games, while hitting .279.

1972- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B/DH Aaron Guiel (2006) was born.
On July 5,2006, Aaron Guiel was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Royals. He appeared in 44 games for the 2006 Yankees, while hitting .256. Guiel batted .260 in 16 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers. On December 12,2006, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. He would play baseball in Japan for the 2007-2011 seasons, until a back injury forced him to retire from the game. He is now a special instructor in the Royals organization.

1977- The Royals shell Yankees starter Don Gullet for 3 HRs and win the game by a score of 7-2 in the opening game of the 1977 AL Playoffs.

1985- The Blue Jays win the AL East championship with a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Exhibition Stadium. Blue Jays starter Doyle Alexander pitches a complete game, allowing only 5 Yankee hits.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League P Zack Littell was born.
Zach Littell was an 11th Round selection by the Mariners in the 2013 MLB amateur player draft. On November 18, 2016, the Yankees acquired Zack Littell from the Mariners for reliever James Pazos. On July 30, 2017, the Twins acquired minor league hurlers Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns from the Yankees in exchange for MLB starter Jaime Garcia and cash considerations. Ranked by as the Yankees' No. 22 prospect, Littell holds a 1.87 ERA and 109/23 K/BB ratio over 115 1/3 innings this 2017 season between High- and Double-A (Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder). There are questions about Littell's upside, but he looks like a good get for a couple months of Garcia. His Yankees minor league pitching record at the time of trade was 35-34 record with a 3.24 ERA with 1 save in 62 games.

1996- Yankees CF Bernie Williams homered from each side of the plate and Cecil Fielder breaks a tie with a 7th-inning single as the Yankees beat the Rangers by a score of 6-4 to win the ALDS, 3-1 and advance to the 1996 ALCS.

1999-The Yankees whitewash the Rangers by a score of 8-0 in Game #1 of their ALDS. Bronx starter Orlando Hernandez pitches a 2-hitter for the Yankees, while CF Bernie Williams hits a single, double and a HR, as he collects 6 RBI╒s in the game.

2002- The Angels shock the Yankees by scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning and going on to a 9-5 victory. This victory gives Anaheim its 1st postseason series victory ever, as they win their ALDS match-up, 3 games to 1. Shawn Wooten hit a HR for the Angels, while Catcher Jorge Posada adds a HR for the Yankees. Jarrod Washburn gets the victory for the Angels.

2007- The Indians can thank a bug infestation at Jacobs Field for helping them defeat the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 11 innings and take a 2-0 lead in the 2007 ALDS. The bugs are at their worst in the 8th inning, when a flustered Yankees rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain gives up the tying run on a wild pitch.

2015- On the eve of the 2015 AL Wild Card Game between the Yankees and the Astros, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia checks himself into a rehabilitation facility to treat an alcohol dependency problem. He will miss the 2015 MLB postseason, but he explains that he owes this to his family.

2017- In 2017 ALDS action, Indians starter Trevor Bauer muzzles the Yankees, allowing just 2 hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 8 Yankee batters, as the Tribe wins Game 1 of their series. A 2-run HR by Jay Bruce off of Yankees starter Sonny Gray in the 4th inning is the big blow for the Indians.

October 6th

1885- Former Yankees INF John “Schoolboy” Knight (1909-1911,1913) was born. (1885-1965)
On August 20,1908, John Knight was purchased by the Yankees from the Baltimore Orioles (International League). His best Yankees season was in 1910, when he hit .312. On February 17,1912, John was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later to the Senators for Catcher Gabby Street. The Yankees sent C/1B Rip Williams on February 22,1912 to the Senators to complete the trade.

1908- The Yankees lose their 100th game of the 1908 AL season by the score of 11-3 at Fenway Park in Boston. When the 1908 AL season ended, the Yankees showed a 51-103 record, some 38 1/2 games behind the 1st place Tigers. The Yankees will hire George Stallings to manage the team for the 1909 AL season with Kid Elberfeld returning to regular player status.

1908- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher and Manager (1948) Thomas Padden was born. (1908-1973)
Thomas Padden was a catcher for the 1932-1937 Pirates. The Pirates traded him to Giants. The Giants assigned him to their Top AA team: Jersey City Giants (International League). On December 27,1939, Tom was purchased along with Alex Kampouris by the Yankees from the Giants. Padden played in the Yankees minor league system with the 1940-1942 Newark Bears. He never played for the team at the MLB level. On March 26,1943, the Yankees sent P Al Gerheauser and C Tom Padden to the Phillies to complete an earlier deal (1B Nick Etten) made on January 22,1943. On January 22,1943, The Yankees sent to the Phillies for unknown compensation, P Al Gettel and Ed Levy returned to original team on March 26,1943. Tom split the 1943 season playing for the Phillies and the Senators. Tom was in the Dodgers organization for the 1944-1945 seasons. In 1948, Tom was the Manager for the Yankees Class B team, the Manchester Yankees (New England League).

1914- Former Yankees Pitcher George Washburn (1941) was born.
After pitching for 16 seasons in the minor leagues, George Washburn went 0-1 in 1-game for the 1941 Yankees. On November 2,1942, George was drafted by the Cubs from the Yankees organization in the 1942 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Later he became a minor league manager.

1915- Former Yankees Minor League 2B Dutch Meyer was born. (1915-2003)
On December 5, 1946, the Indians sent 2B Dutch Meyer to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on October 12, 1946. On October 12, 1946, the Indians sent a player to be named later and cash to the Yankees for INF Eddie Bockman. The Yankees sent Meyer to their AA team, the Newark Bears in the International League. He appears in 22 games for the 1947 Bears. He never returns to the MLB.

1926- Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs to lead the Yankees to a 10-5 victory over St. Louis in Game 4 of the 1926 World Series. His 1st-inning curtain raiser is a majestic 395-FT, exiting Sportsman's Park over its RF bleacher roof. HR # 2 clears the roof in RCF, carrying 515 feet, breaking a window on the other side of Grand Avenue. Ruth's final foray, however, is the main attraction, carrying deep into the never-before reached CF bleachers, far beyond the 430-FT mark. Estimated at 530 feet, it's still deemed, as of April 2010, the longest HR hit in World Series history. Ruth, however, not content to dominate offensively, also delivers a crucial OF assist, cutting down a runner at the plate, ending the Cardinals' 3rd-inning rally. In the words of broadcaster Graham McNamee, "Babe Ruth nor no other man ever made a better throw. Babe shot it like an arrow, and Hank Severeid did not have to move for it." If all this weren't enough, this also is the game during which the Babe makes good on his alleged pre-game promise to hit a HR for the bedridden young Johnny Sylvester.

1938- The famous heart-breaking performance by veteran MLB hurler Dizzy Dean during the 1938 World Series with the Cubs against the Yankees. At Wrigley Field in Chicago, the sore armed pitcher, no longer the flame-thrower of his youth, used a mixture of curves and off-speed pitches to carry a 2-1 Cubs lead into 7th inning, only to watch it disappear on tough luck. This was Dean’s last World Series appearance in in his MLB pitching career. As the Yankees score 3 runs to win the game by the score of 6-3. Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio, each hit HRs for the Yankees. Yankees veteran starter Lefty Gomez picks up his 6th World Series win and his last win in his Yankees pitching career for the Fall Classic. A crowd of 42,108 fans watched the game at Wrigley Field, the Series now would move to Yankee Stadium.

1939- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack Cullen (1962,1965-1966) was born.
In 1959, the Yankees signed Jack Cullen as MLB amateur free agent. Cullen went 4-4 in 19 games for the Yankees before he was traded along with OF/1B John Miller to the Dodgers for INF John Kennedy on April 3, 1967. Cullen and Miller were sent to the Dodgers AAA team in the PCL.

1947- Before a crowd of 71,548 fans, the Yankees defeat the Dodgers by the score of 5-2 at Yankee Stadium. Closer Joe Page picks up the victory with 5 innings of scoreless relief work, allowing the Yankees to become the 1947 World Champions.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Kline (1970-1974) was born.
The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1966 MLB amateur player draft selected hurler Steve Kline. He went 40-37 in 97 games for the Yankees, with 1972 being his best Yankees season, while posting a 16-9 mark. On April 26,1974, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with hurlers Fred Beene, Tom Buskey and Fritz Peterson to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss, hurlers Richard Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw.

1949- Former Yankees Reserve OF Guy Zinn (1911-1912) passed away. (1887-1949)
Guy Zinn appeared in 115 games for the Yankees, while hitting .255. In December of 1912, Guy was sold to the Braves. He would end his MLB playing career with 1914-1915 Baltimore team in the Federal League

1958- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx starter Bob Turley stops the Braves by the score of 7-0 to give the Yankees a victory. The Yankees, who were down to the Braves 3-1, now have chance. Turley, who was rocked for 7 runs in the 1st inning in the 2nd game of World Series, responds with a 5-hit shutout of the Braves. Yankees Gil McDougald hits HR for the Yankees in the 3rd inning to give the Yankees an early lead. A Yankee 6-run rally in 6th inning chases Braves Starter Lew Burdette and seals the Yankee victory.

1960- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle hits 2 HRs in the 2nd game of the 1960 World Series to lead the Yankees to a 16-3 win at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. This utterly uncontested affair is little more than batting practice for the Bombers, highlighted by 2 tremendous opposite field HR blasts by Mickey Mantle, the latter of which, measured at 478 FT, proves historic HR the 1st time within memory that any right-handed batter has hit a ball out of Forbes Field to the right of dead center. It was the 2nd time Mickey Mantle paired up HRs in a World Series game. Mickey has a total of 5 RBIs in the game. Yankees starter Bob Turley picks up the win, while reliever Bobby Shantz gets the save. Both teams combine to get 32 hits for a new World Series record. The 1960 World Series is now tied at 1-1.

1965- Former Yankees DH/OF Ruben Sierra (1995-1996,2003-2005) was born.
On July 28,1995, DH/OF Ruben Sierra was traded by the A’s along with P Jason Beverlin to the Yankees for OF/DH Danny Tartabull. Ruben was a major disappointment with the Yankees during his 1st tour with team. On July 31,1996, Ruben was traded by the Yankees along with minor league P Matt Drews to the Tigers for veteran 1B/DH Cecil Fielder. On June 6, 2003, Ruben was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for minor league OF Marcus Thames. On his 2nd tour with the team, Ruben was a valuable player for the Yankees, providing power off the bench. Overall as a Bronx Bomber, Ruben hit .254 with 45 HRs and 221 RBIs in 382 games.

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Freddie Garcia (2011-2012) was born.
On February 3,2011, veteran starter Freddie Garcia was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He posted a 12-8 record in 26 games for the 2011 Yankees. Overall as a Yankees pitcher, he went 19-14 with a 4.29 ERA in 56 games for the team. At the end of the 2012 MLB season, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.

1977- The Yankees turn to remarkable Ron Guidry to even their 1977 AL Playoff series with the Royals. Guidry turns in a 3-hit, 6-2 victory, highlighted by Cliff Johnson’s 5th inning HR and 6th inning run-scoring double.

1978- The Yankees overcome 3 HRs by Royals slugger George Brett to edge the Royals by a score of 6-5 in a thrilling Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. The winning run scored on Thurman Munson’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the 8th inning, after the Yankees had fallen behind by the score of 5-4, in the top of the 8th inning.

1985- Yankees veteran starter Phil Niekro becomes the 18th MLB 300-game winner as he blanked the Blue Jays by the score of 8-0, on the last day of the 1985 AL season. At age of 46, Phil Niekro became the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in MLB history. Veteran starter Jamie Moyer will eventually pass Phil Niekro on May 7, 2010.

2009- In the 1st ALDS, Yankees beat the Twins by the score of 7-2 in the 1st postseason game to be played in New Yankee Stadium. Just like old times, Derek Jeter has a key hit, a game-tying HR of Twins starter Brian Duensing in the 2nd inning. The Yankees and CC Sabathia roll from that point on, with Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui, who blasts a 2-run HR, collect the key hits in the 5th inning.

2011- The Tigers eliminate the Yankees in the ALDS for the 2nd time in 5 seasons, taking advantage of back-to-back 1st-inning HRs by Don Kelly and Delmon Young off of Yankees starter Ivan Nova to win by the score of 3-2 in the decisive Game 5. Nova is lifted in the 2nd inning, while Tigers starter Doug Fister and 3 relievers manage to quiet the Yankees' bats to make the lead hold. Tigers Closer Jose Valverde remains perfect for the season, picking up the save with a flawless 9th inning at New Yankee Stadium.

2015- The Astros open the 2015 MLB Postseason by defeating the Yankees 3-0 in the American League Wild Card Game. Dallas Keuchel pitches 6 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 Yankee hits and a walk while striking out 7 batters, while his opponent, Masahiro Tanaka, allows a pair of solo HRs to Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez to be charged with the loss.

2017- The Yankees takes an early 8-3 lead over the Indians, with a 2-run HR by Gary Sanchez and a 3-run HR blast by Aaron Hicks. They chase Tribe starter Corey Kluber before the end of the 3rd inning, but the Indians come back after Yankees starter CC Sabathia is taken out of the game, thanks to a  Grand Slam HR by Francisco Lindor and a solo HR by Jay Bruce off of reliever David Robertson in the 9th. Finally, in the 13th inning, Yan Gomes drives in Austin Jackson from 2nd against a tiring Dellin Betances to give the Tribe a 9-8 win and a 2-games-to-none lead.

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On this date in Yankees history: The Bucky Dent Game

The Yankees beat the Red Sox in Game 163 on the way to their 22nd World Series championship.

Bucky Dent became a Yankees legend 40 years ago today. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

October 2nd, 1978 — a date which will live in infamy for Red Sox fans. Light-hitting shortstop Bucky Dent hit a three-run home run over the Green Monster to stun the Boston faithful and catapult the Yankees into the playoffs.

It had been a crazy year, with the defending World Series champion Yankees falling 14 1/2 games behind Boston in mid-July. They dropped to fourth place in the AL East race, just five games over .500. The Red Sox, meanwhile, sprinted out to a 62-28 start, and held a nine-game lead over second-place Milwaukee on July 19th.

Little by little, New York crept back into the playoff picture, while Boston’s historic pace slowed to a crawl. The Bombers arrived in Beantown for a critical four-game series on September 7th, trailing the Red Sox by only four games in the standings.

The unthinkable happened, as the Yankees swept their rivals in what came to be known as “The Boston Massacre.” As fortune would have it, each team went 13-7 for the remainder of the schedule to finish in a first-place tie. Yankees President Al Rosen lost the coin flip with his Red Sox counterpart, which meant that the winner-take-all Game 163 would be played at Fenway Park.

Red Sox ace Dennis Eckersley threw a complete game to notch his 20th win only two days before, so he was unavailable to pitch. Manager Don Zimmer chose a suitable replacement in Mike Torrez, who would start the play-in game on his preferred three days’ rest. Torrez, who won the clinching game of the World Series for the Yankees the previous year, was 1-3 against his former team.

Yankees skipper Bob Lemon went with ace Ron Guidry on short rest for the third straight turn. “Louisiana Lightning” was already 24-3, amidst one of the most dominant seasons for a starting pitcher during the Live Ball Era. The southpaw was 2-0 against the Red Sox in three starts, with both wins coming in the form of complete game shutouts in consecutive outings in September.

The Yankees threatened in the top of the first, but failed to score. Leadoff hitter Mickey Rivers squared to bunt his way on, but none of Torrez’s pitches came close to the strike zone. “Mick the Quick” walked on four pitches and then immediately stole second. With the Boston bullpen already stirring, Torrez settled down and started throwing strikes. He quickly retired the next three batters to kill the potential rally.

Guidry appeared to be his usual dominant self, retiring the side in order in the first, including two batters on strikeouts. But Gator made a mistake in the second by throwing a pitch up in the zone to Carl Yastrzemski, and the future Hall of Famer made him pay. The crowd had greeted Yaz with a sustained standing ovation as he strode to the plate, and the icon responded by crushing a no-doubt-about-it home run into the right-field seats to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

For awhile, it looked like that might be the final score, but Boston managed to tack on an insurance run in the sixth. Shortstop Rick Burleson led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jerry Remy. Jim Rice, voted AL MVP after the season, singled him home.

At that point, Boston’s lead looked insurmountable. The Yankees had been unable to get anything going at all off Torrez. Rivers managed a two-out double in the third, Lou Piniella got a leadoff single in the fourth, and Roy White walked to begin the fifth. Those were New York’s only baserunners, and all were left stranded. Soft-tossing Torrez was winning the pitching duel against flame-throwing Guidry.

Everything changed in the seventh. With one out, Chris Chambliss and White reached on back-to-back singles. The Yankees were desperate to get on the board, so Lemon sent slugger Jim Spencer up to pinch-hit for weak-hitting second baseman Brian Doyle. Suspense mounted as multiple conferences were held on the mound before and during the at-bat to discuss pitching to Spencer. He was obviously the biggest hitter of the game for the Yankees, and the Red Sox needed to get him out. New York’s hopes of a long ball were dashed when Spencer was retired on a weak fly ball.

The Red Sox and their fans breathed a sigh of relief, as the Yankees’ number-nine hitter stepped into the batter’s box. Dent was a glove-first guy, slashing .243/.286/.317 with four home runs on the year. The Bombers had bats on the bench, but with Fred Stanley slated to take over at second for Doyle, and Willie Randolph still bothered by the injured hamstring that kept him out of the starting lineup, New York needed to stick with Dent for defense.

Dent choked up, the way slap hitters do. He took a pitch in the dirt, and then fouled one off his foot. Play was stopped for several minutes while the Yankees shortstop was attended to by the trainer. When Dent finally got back in the box, he hit the next pitch from Torrez into the screen above the Green Monster.

The Yankees celebrated the home run that no one could have predicted, but the inning wasn’t over. Rivers drew his second walk of the game, stole second, and scored when Thurman Munson doubled off reliever Bob Stanley. The Yankees had plated four in the frame, stunning the Boston crowd.

Reggie Jackson led off the eighth with a towering home run to dead-center field, giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Although this game is remembered for Dent’s blast, it was Mr. October’s that proved to be the game winner.

Boston, known for late-inning comebacks, didn’t go down without a fight. The Red Sox scored twice off closer Goose Gossage in the eighth. Remy led off with a double, and scored on a one-out Yaz single. Yaz moved up on a Carlton Fisk single, and scored when Fred Lynn singled. Gossage appeared to be on the ropes, but he retired Butch Hobson on a lazy fly ball and struck out George Scott to escape the jam.

Clinging to a 5-4 lead, the Yankees headed to the bottom of the ninth. Gossage got pinch-hitter Dwight Evans to fly out, but then walked Burleson. Remy followed with a catchable line drive to right, but Piniella was blinded by the late-afternoon sun, and the ball dropped right in front of him for a base hit.

With hearts on both sides of the rivalry pounding, Rice moved the tying run to third base on a deep fly out to right. That’s as far as Burleson got. Graig Nettles caught Yaz’s foul pop up to close out the win and send the Yankees to their third straight meeting with the Royals in the League Championship Series.

Before the game, Phil Rizzuto was in the hotel lobby, nervously biting his nails. George Steinbrenner walked over to him and said, “don’t worry Phil, we’re gonna win it.” That they did. The Yankees went on to capture their 22nd World Series trophy. For the Red Sox, the Curse of the Bambino would drag on for 26 more years.

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