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This Week in Yankees History October 2nd-8th Part One

October 2nd

1905- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Shortstop Rube Oldring, they would immediately sell 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 1945 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 AL 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 pitching at AA level. 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. On May 3,1952, he was traded to the Senators in the Irv Noren-Jackie Jensen trade. With the Nats, he had 2 good seasons despite pitching for very poor Nats teams, posting 11-7 and 12-7 records before retiring from MLB in 1955.

1921- Babe Ruth slams his record 59th in the last game of the 1921 AL season, as the Yankees nip the Red Sox by the score of  7-6. Also, Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott plays in a Yankee team record 832nd consecutive game.

1930- Former Yankees Pitcher John Gabler (1959-1960) was born. (1930-2009)

In 1949, the Yankees had signed John Gabler to an MLB Free Agent contract. He was sent to the Class D Belleville Stags (MOVL). The 18-year-old rookie would spend 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 had appeared in 18 games, while pitching 91 innings. It would be 1959, before Gabler got his 1st chance to pitch with the Yankees. He had spent most of the season with the AAA Denver Bears (AA), where he had a 14-8 record with a 3.39 ERA. In late season, he got into 3 games with the Yankees, he posted a 1-1 record with a 2.79 ERA, while pitching 19 innings. John was rewarded for his good effort in 1959;  when he started the 1960 season with the Yankees. He got into 21 games, posting a 3-3 record, but he went to a 4.15 ERA, while pitching 52 innings. He was then sent down to the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) 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 expansion Senators for the entire season, while posting a 3-8 record, appearing in 29 games. He would pitch 93 innings, while giving up 104 base hits, 37 walks and 61 runs. His 1961 pitching ERA was a 4.86 mark. In 1962, the Senators would send him down to AAA. After the 1962 season was over, John would retired as an active player.

1936- In game 2 of the 1936 World Series played at the Polo Grounds, Tony Lazzeri becomes the 1st Yankee (and 2nd player in MLB history) to hit a Grand Slam HR in a World Series game. His Grand Slam HR drive capped a 7-run 3rd inning during the Yankees 18-4 shellacking of their cross-river rivals the Giants. A crowd of 43,543 fans watched Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez throw a complete game win.

1947- At Game #3 of the 1947 World Series played at Ebbets Field, Yankees Rookie 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. A crowd of 33,098 fans had attended the game 

1949- At Yankee Stadium, 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 had 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, INF 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 with 35,270 fans watching, Dodgers Starter Carl Erskine sets a new World Series record with 14 strikeouts in Game 3 against the Yankees. The Dodgers win the game by the score of 3-2 behind Erskine’s 6-hit pitching performance. Yankees starter Vic Raschi takes the complete game loss. The new World Series strikeout record will stand until 1963, when Dodgers Ace Sandy Koufax fans 15 Yankee batters in Game 1 of the World Series.

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. Yankees Ace Whitey Ford pitches a complete game, allowing only 1 run on 5 Braves hits. Veteran starter 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, INF 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 veteran 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 would 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. Tom Tresh hits a HR 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 an MLB Coach for the 1932 Yankees. Cy spent most of his MLB playing career with the Philadelphia A’s.

1965- At Fenway Park, Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre wins his 20th game of the 1965 AL season by beating the Red Sox by the score of 6-1. Mel finishes the 1965 AL season with a 20-9 record with a 2.63 ERA in 37 games.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Jumbo” George Brown (1932-1936) died. (1907-1966)

Jumbo Brown would post a 19-16 record with an ERA and 2 saves in 80 games for the 1932-1936 Yankees. In June of 1937, the Yankees would sell him to the Reds. He would finish the 1937 MLB season with the Giants. Over all, Brown had pitched in the MLB from 1925-1941, finishing with a 33-31 record with a 4.07 ERA in 249 games. Jumbo’s MLB player weight was listed at 300 Lbs. He had pitched for the Cubs, Indians, Yankees, Reds before finishing up with the 1941 Giants.

1977- The Yankees would 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 Royals in the AL Championship Series, then the Dodgers in the 1978 World Series.

1986- Breaking Earle Combs’ team record of 231 hits set in 1927, Don Mattingly notches his 232nd hit of the 1986 AL season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox.

1989- Former Yankees Reliever Ryan Dull (2019) was born.

On August 14, 2019, Reliever Ryan Dull was elected off waivers by Yankees from the Giants. He went 0-0 with a 19.23 ERA in 3 games for the Yankees. On September 18, 2019, he was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays from the Yankees.

1989- Current Yankees OF Aaron Hicks (2015-2022) was born.

Aaron Hicks was selected by the Twins in the 1st round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft as the 14th overall selection. On June 22, 2008, Hicks made his pro debut for the GCL Twins against the GCL Red Sox as he 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 Class A Beloit Snappers (ML). He repeated that level in 2010 and improved to .279 in 115 games. In 2011, he played for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle (FSL). 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 had drafted him, by hitting .286 in 129 games for the AA New Britain Rock Cats (EL). He scored an even 100 runs, hit  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 CF players: 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 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 in 97 games and began to look like an MLB hitter, with a .256 BA, 11 HRs and 33 RBIs. He would continue to be an excellent defender in CF, while stealing 13 bases in 16 attempts. He was particularly good against left-handed pitching, hitting .307. 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 would trade him to the Yankees in return for Catcher John Ryan Murphy. The Yankees had a crew of outfielders who were on the wrong side of 30, they 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 A’s Danny Valencia at home plate on a throw that 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 1st 2 months of the season, he would hit .298 with 8 HRs and 24 RBIs in 40 games. He received a lot of playing time, when CF Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the DL 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 Blue Jays, going 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and 6 RBIs to push his BA to .317. He followed that a couple of days later on June 9th with a pair of HRs in an 8-2 win over the Orioles. He ran into injury trouble during his break-out season though, as he was on the DL 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 1st injury, as he hit just .207 in 22 games before returning to the DL. He was re-activated by the team on September 26th, just in time to get a few games in before the start of the postseason. 

In the 1st inning of his 1st game back against the Rays, he had robbed Wilson Ramos of a potential Grand Slam HR, with a magnificent leaping catch. He would end up hitting .266 with 15 HRs and 52 RBIs in 88 games. In the 2017 postseason, after going 1 for 3 in the ALWC Game, he would shine in the ALDS against the Indians by hitting .316 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs in the Yankees' upset win. He would cool down in the ALCS though, when he hit just .083 against theAstros. In 2018, Hicks was the Opening Day Centerfielder, going 2 for 4 on March 29th against the Blue Jays. However, the next day, he was placed on the DL with a strained intercostal muscle, although the injury was not expected to keep him out for more than a week. He would return on April 12th;  in his 2nd game back, he would HR twice, 1 of them inside-the-park HR and drove in 3 runs in an 8-6 win over the Tigers. When he hit his 2nd in-the-park HR of the year on May 19th, he became the 1st Yankees player since Mickey Mantle in 1958 to have done so; Mantle had hit  3 such HRs that season. On July 1st, he had a 3-HR game in an 11-1 win over the Red Sox. He would play a career-high 137 games as he hit .248 along with 27 HRs and 79 RBIs; he also drew 90 walks and scored 90 runs. In the 2018 postseason, he went 1 for 4 with a double, a run and an RBI in Yankees win over the Athletics in the ALWC Game. However, he was hurt in the ALDS, which the Yankees lost to the Red Sox and went only 1 for 5 in 2 games. In February 2019, he had signed a 7-year contract extension with the Yankees worth $70 million. But he was hurt again in spring training camp, straining his back while taking batting practice on March 1st, making him miss Opening Day. He was finally back on the 25 MLB man roster on May 13th, having missed the 1st 6 weeks of the season. On June 29th, he became the 1st player to hit a MLB HR in Europe, when he connected off of&nbs**** Porcello in the 1st inning of the 1st of 2 games between the Yankees and the Red Sox played at London Olympic Stadium on June 29th. He would hit .235 in 59 games with 12 HRs and 36 RBIs, after missing the 1st 40 games of the season with a lower back strain and almost all of August and September with a flexor strain. He was reactivate in time for the 2019 postseason, going 2 for 13 with a HR in the Yankees' loss to the Astros in the ALCS. In 2020, he was back healthy and played in 54 of the Yankees' 60 games in the pandemic-shortened season. He would hit .225 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs, but the superficially unimpressive numbers did not tell the whole story as his very good walk rate meant his OBP was a very good .379 and his OPS+ was 122. After going 1 for 8 in the 2-game sweep of the Indians in the ALWCS, he excelled in the closely-fought loss to the Rays in the ALDS, going 7 for 18 (.389) with a double, 2 runs and 3 RBIs. In 2021, he started the season as the Yankees' #3 hitter, as Manager Aaron Boone decided to have the switch-hitting Hicks break up a string of righthanded batters at the top of the line-up. He  would start the season slowly by hitting .129 in his 1st 8 games before he announced on April 12th that he was sitting out that night's game against the Blue Jays as his mind was not on baseball given the recent events in Brooklyn Center, MN, where a young black motorist had been killed by a white policewoman in a stark reminder of the death of George Floyd a year earlier. As a former member of the Twins and African-American resident of the Minneapolis area, he felt particularly affected by the community's pain. In May of 2021, Aaron would hurt his left wrist in play, he had to have season ending surgery. Hicks had appeared in only 32 games, while hitting .194 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. In 2022, he would continue to have injury issues and a low BA during the season.

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 had 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 becomes 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 would 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 would clinch a ALWC spot by defeating the Yankees by the score of 5-2 behind a pair of HRs by Birds Slugger Matt Wieters.

2021- Today is the penultimate day of the MLB season, as at the end of play 4 teams are still vying for the 2 wild card spots in the AL. Following a 12-2 loss to the Rays, the Yankees are at 91-70, tied with the Red Sox, who had defeat the Nationals, by the score of 5-3. Just 1 game behind at 90-71 are the Blue Jays,  who were the 10-2 winners over the Orioles and the Mariners, who had conclude the day with a 6-4 win over the Angels. All sorts of scenarios are in play for the final day of the AL season, including a possible unprecedented 4-way tie.

October 3rd

1887- Former Yankees INF Armando Marsans (1917-1918) was born. (1887-1960)

On July 15,1917, OF Armando Marsans was traded by the Browns to the Yankees for veteran OF Lee Magee. The Cuban born player had appeared in 62 games for the Yankees, while hitting .232 with No HRs and 24 RBIs during his time with team, he had leg injuries that reduced his playing time. In 1911, when the Reds had invited Rafael Almeida to a tryout, Armando Marsans would accompany him to act as his interpreter. Marsans would end up trying out for the club as well; he went on to play 8 seasons in the MLB, during the Deadball Era; while accumulating 2,273 at-bats. He would play for the 1911-1914 Reds, 1914-1915 Federal League team, 1917 Browns and the 1917-1918 Yankees. 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. Also, he would manage the 1956 Havana Cubans (FIL). He is the all-time stolen base leader in the history of the Cuban Winter League, with 135, 23 more than Cristobal Torriente. In 1939, Armando Marsans was among the 1st group of players inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame. 

1909- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Broaca (1934-1937) was born. (1909-1986)

Johnny Broaca would post a 40-27 record with an  ERA 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 out with 1-4 record. He jumped the Yankees during the 1937 AL 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 pro 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 would work 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 had 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 veteran hurler 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 would post a 4-2 record for the Tribe.

1926- After the Yankees had 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 each collect 3 hits each in the Cardinals win.

1947- In Game #4 of the 1947 World Series played at Ebbets Field, Yankees 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 at Yankee Stadium. 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 had come to the MLB with the Padres. Dave would hit .296 with 205 HRs and 818 RBIs 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. Winfield was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 16, 2001 by the BWAA. His Padres player uniform  #31 was retired by the Padres in 2001, 1 year after he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. In his retirement, he would work in the front office of the Padres, holding the title of Executive Vice-President and Senior Adviser and as a Spring Training Instructor. In December of 2013, he would joined the staff of the MLB Players Association as Deputy to new Executive Director Tony Clark.

1955- In Game #6 of the 1955 World Series played at Yankee Stadium, 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.

1964- The Bronx Bombers clinched their 5th straight AL Pennant by defeating the Indians by the score of 8-3. Yankees Reliever Pete Mikkelsen picks-up the win in relief of Yankees Starter Al Downing. As Yankees hitters Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle led the Bombers hitting attack. A crowd of 14,879 fans attended the Saturday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium.

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 up 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 AL 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.

1978- Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run HR, singles and doubles leading the Yankees to a 7-1 win in the Opening Game of the 1978 AL Championship Series against the Royals.

1986- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Vince DiMaggio passed away. (1912-1986)

In 1937, Vince DiMaggio came up to MLB 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 AA San Francisco Seals (PCL).  In February of 1939, he 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 AA Kansas City Blues (AA). He cranked out 46 HRs, the 2nd-highest total to that point by a right-handed hitter in the American Association, leading the league 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 would play in 8 games for the 1939 Reds, while hitting just .071. In 1940, he would appear 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. 

1990- For the 1st time during the team ownership of George Steinbrenner era, the Yankees finish the season in last place.

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- Before a home crowd of 47,393 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees would clinch the 2012 AL East crown with a 14-2 rout of the Red Sox The Orioles would lose their game to the Rays by the score of 4-1. Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda picks up his 16th victory of the season. The Bronx  Bombers hitting attack is led by CF Curtis Granderson, whohits 2 HRs, as he finished the 2012 AL season with 43 HRs. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano finishes the regular season with 2 HRs, finishing his 2012 AL season at 33 HRs mark. 

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

2018- The Yankees would defeat the A’s by the score of  7-2 in their AL WC game. Now they will now face their arch-enemy, the Red Sox in the 2018 AL Division Series. They take a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st against "opener" Liam Hendriks as Aaron Judge homers after a lead-off walk by Andrew McCutchen. After the A's waste a couple of good opportunities to get back in the game in the 4th and 5th innings, the Yankees put the game away with 4 runs in the 6th, with Luke Voit's triple off of A’s hurler Blake Treinen as being the big blow.

2021- In the ALWC race, the pressure is on both the Red Sox and Yankees to win as the Blue Jays take a quick and large lead on their way to defeating the Orioles, 12-4. The 2 leaders avoid a one-game playoff against the Jays by scoring the winning run in their respective games in the 9th inning: first the Yankees would defeat the Rays, 1-0, thanks to Aaron Judge's RBI, then a 2-run HR by Rafael Devers provides Boston with a 7-5 win over the Nationals, in a game in which they trailed , 5-1, at one point. The 2 long-time rivals finish with identical 92-70 records, but it's the Red Sox who will host the WC Game thanks to their better head-to-head record.

October 4th 

1884- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Ables (1911) was born. (1884-1951)

The Yankees had acquired P Harry Ables in 1911, after he had turned in as good a season as a pitcher could wish for, by going 22-11 with a 1.75 ERA for the AA 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 would post a 76-68 record 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 had cut Ray Fisher's salary by $1,000. Rather than take the pay cut, Fisher asked for his player release, then he quit to coach baseball at the Univ. of Michigan, when the Reds wouldn't release him. For this offense, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had banned Ray Fisher from organized baseball. In 1980, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn would reinstate 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 baseball coaching position at Michigan with his subsequent blacklisting by the Commissioner Landis. 

Ray Fisher would coach Michigan for 38 years (1921-1958) winning 9 Big 10 Conference titles outright, while sharing 4 more. His 1953 team had 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 AA 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 had 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- In 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 played 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 would defeat 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- At Yankee Stadium, before a crowd of  71,787 fans Bronx veteran Starter Allie Reynolds shutouts the Dodgers by the score of 2-0. Bronx Bomber 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 would 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, a crowd of 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 had 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 Bomber HRs by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron, gives the Yankees a 2-0 win in Game 1 against the Reds. Starter 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 played in San Francisco draws a crowd of 43,852 fans. The Yankees would 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 would 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 would 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 would 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  P 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 AA Montreal Royals (IL).

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 ALDS. 

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 would only appear 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.

2019- Game 1 of the 2019 ALDS between the Twins and Yankees features 15 runs, 5 HRs and 13 pitchers - and a familiar result as the Bronx Bombers beat the Twins for the 11th straight time in a AL Postseason confrontation by the score of 10-4. All 5 HRs hit in the game- 3 by the Twins - are solo HR shots, but the deciding blows are a pair of doubles with the bases loaded, 1 by Gleyber Torres off of Twins Reliever Tyler Duffey in the 5th that scores 2 runs and another by D.J. LeMahieu off of Twins Reliever Kyle Gibson that clears the bases in the 7th inning.

2021- Former Yankees 1B/PH and MLB Baseball Executive Eddie Robinson (1954-1956) passed way at age of 100. (1920-2021)

On December 16,1953, veteran 1B Eddie Robinson was traded by A’s along with 3B Loren Babe, Starter Harry Byrd, Outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro to the Yankees for 1B Don Bollweg, Minor League 3B Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, Minor League Star 1B/OF Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and Minor League C Jim Robertson. Veteran power-hitter Eddie Robinson had hit 145 HRs in 9 AL seasons before joining the Yankees in 1954. Eddie was acquired by the Yankees to replace the retiring 1B/PH Johnny “Big Cat” Mize. He will hit .261 with 3 HRs and 27 RBIs in 85 games for the 1954 Yankees, while leading the AL with 15 Pinch-Hits. Overall, for the Yankees, Eddie would hit .230  along with 24 HRs and 80 RBIs in 199 games. In the 1955 World Series, he would hit .667 against the Dodgers. On June 14,1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Lou Skizas to the Kansas City for Minor League P Moe Burtschy, OF Bill Renna and Cash. Eddie would retire as an active player after the 1957 AL season had ended. Robinson eventually became the Field Director for the Orioles in 1961. Next, he would move to the NL expansion team, the Houston Colt .45s as their Assistant GM in 1962. In 1964, he would become the club's Farm Director. In 1976, he was Kansas City's Director of Player Development. During that time, he became the subject of media and fan criticism for limiting young prospects to a pitch count of 100 pitches. Then Robinson was with the 1968-1972 Braves as their Farm Director. Next, he would become the team General Manager from 1973 to 1976. During his GM tenure with the Braves, he would trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers. Robinson would join the Rangers front office as their GM from 1977 to 1982, bringing in such MLB players as Buddy Bell, Mickey Rivers, Fergie Jenkins and Charlie Hough to help improve the club. In the 1990s, he was Assistant Coordinator of Scouting for the Yankees. Also, Eddie had scouted for various other MLB clubs over the years.

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 fans 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 played at the Polo Grounds.

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 had 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 had signed Andy Kosco as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1965, he came up to MLB with the Twins, appearing in 23 games, but he did not appear in 1965 World Series against the Dodgers for the team. 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 at 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 would 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, a crowd of  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 an 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, OF/1B/DH Aaron Guiel was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Royals. He appeared in 44 games for the 2006 Yankees, while hitting .256. Aaron batted .260 in 16 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). 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- In the opening game of the 1977 AL Playoffs. the Royals would shell Yankees starter Don Gullet for 3 HRs and win the game by a score of 7-2.

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

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 had acquired P Zack Littell from the Mariners for Reliever James Pazos. On July 30, 2017, the Twins had 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 a 35-34 record along with a 3.24 ERA and 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 would 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 RBIs 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, by 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 Tribe hitter Jay Bruce off of Yankees Starter Sonny Gray in the 4th inning is the big blow for the Indians.

2019- The Yankees would continue their AL Postseason dominance of the Twins, by winning Game 2 of the ALDS by the score of 8-2, behind the pitching of veteran Starter Masahiro Tanaka and a Grand Slam HR by Shortstop Didi Gregorius that highlights a 7-run Yankees 3rd inning.

2020- In the 1st Series played at Petco Park in San Diego, the Yankees would blow open a close game with 5 runs in the top of the 9th, including a Grand Slam  HR by Giancarlo Stanton, to secure a 9-3 win over Tampa Bay. The 2 teams combine for 7 homers, as Gerrit Cole prevails over Blake Snell.

2021- The 2021 Postseason begins with a 6-2 win by the Red Sox over the Yankees at Fenway Park in the AL Wild Card Game. Boston hitters chase Yankees Starter Gerrit Cole early with HRs by Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber, meanwhile Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi keeps the Yankees scoreless through 5 innings. A solo HR by Anthony Rizzo to lead off the 6th makes things closer, but after Aaron Judge is thrown out at the plate, the Sox would add 3 more runs over the next 2 innings to seal the win. 

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This Week in Yankees History October 2nd-8th Part Two

October 6th

1885- Former Yankees INF John “Schoolboy” Knight (1909-1911,1913) was born. (1885-1965)

On August 20,1908, INF John Knight was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). 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 would send C/1B Rip Williams on February 22,1912 to the Senators to complete the trade.

1908- At Fenway Park in Boston, the Yankees would lose their 100th game of the 1908 AL season by the score of 11-3. When the 1908 AL season had 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 Shortstop 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 would trade him to Giants. The Giants would assign him to their Top AA team: Jersey City Giants (IL). 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. He 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 (NEL).

1914- Former Yankees Pitcher George Washburn (1941) was born. (1914-1979)

George Washburn had pitched in the Yankees Minor League system from 1935 to 1942. In 1940, he had gone 18-8 with a 3.13 ERA in 35 games for the AA Newark Bears (IL). On May 4,1941, he made his only MLB start for the team. Against the Tigers, he would pitch 2 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1-strikeout, 5 walks, while allowing 3 earned runs and losing the game by the score of 10-1. He leaves the team with a 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA. He would be returned to AA Newark (IL). On November 2,1942, George was drafted by the Cubs from the Yankees organization in the 1942 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Later, George would managed 3 different teams in the Evangeline League starting in 1947, when he took over the reins of the Houma Indians and continuing through 1952, when he finished the season managing the Alexandria Aces. He was at the helm of Houma for 4 seasons, later he moved to the Baton Rouge Red Sticks in 1951.

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 in October of 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 (IL). 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 FT, 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 FT, 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 had signed P 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- At Yankee Stadium, before a crowd of 71,548 fans, the Yankees would defeat the Dodgers by the score of 5-2. 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. (1947-2018)

The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Steve Kline. He would post a 40-37 record with a 2.96 ERA in 97 games for the Yankees, with 1972 being his best Yankees season, while recording a 16-9 mark. On April 26,1974, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Fred Beene, Tom Buskey and Fritz Peterson to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss, 2 hurlers: Richard Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher Steve went 43-45 with a 3.26 ERA and 1 save in 129 games.

1949- Former Yankees Reserve OF Guy Zinn (1911-1912) passed away. (1887-1949)

Reserve OF 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- At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, 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. 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 an 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 AL 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- At New Yankee Stadium, the Tigers would 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.

2015- The Astros would open the 2015 AL Postseason by defeating the Yankees 3-0 in the ALWC Game. Dallas Keuchel pitches 6 scoreless innings, while 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.

2020- The Yankees try to pull off an old trick by taking out right-handed starter Deivi Garcia after 1 inning and replacing him with veteran lefty J.A. Happ, but it doesn't work as Tampa Bay scores in 5 of the 1st 6 innings on their way to a 7-5 win. Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton hits a couple of HRs, including a tape-measure blast off Rays starter Tyler Glasnow with 2 men on in the 4th, but the Yankees' batters would strike out a record 18 times in going down to defeat.

October 7th

1898- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Giard (1927) was born. (1898-1956)

In 1924, the Yankees had purchased P Joe Giard from AA Toledo (AA). On December 17,1924, Joe Giard was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers “Bullet Joe” Bush and Milt Gaston to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Urban Shocker. On February 8,1927, Joe Giard was traded back to the Yankees by the Browns along with OF Cedric Durst to the Yankees for veteran Starter Sad Sam Jones. Joe had appeared in 16 games for the 1927 Yankees with no record. He did not appear in the 1927 World Series with the Yankees. Overall, Joe went 13-15 with a 5.96 ERA in 68 MLB games with the 1925-1926 Browns and the 1927 Yankees.

1904- Veteran MLB Starter Jack Chesbro gets his 41st victory of the 1904 AL season as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox by a score of 3-2. His 41 wins still are a Yankees club and MLB pitching record for most wins in an MLB season. He finishes the 1904 AL season with a 41-12 record, leading the AL in wins and winning percentage. He pitched with 1.82 ERA with 239 strikeouts in 455 innings with 48 complete games.

1916- Former Yankees OF Russ Derry (1944-1945) was born. (1916-2004)

Russ Derry had been playing in the Yankees Minor League system from 1937 to 1943 with the Yankees losing their starting Outfielders to military service; he was given a chance to play in 1944 to appear at the MLB level. He had spent the 1942-1943 seasons with AA Newark Bears (IL). Russ would appear in 116 games for the Yankees, while hitting .234 with 17 HRs and 59 RBIs. On April 29, 1946, Russ was purchased by Philadelphia from the Yankees. With the Yankees regulars returning from war service, there was no room for him on the Yankees 25-player roster. He had refused a Minor League assignment to the AA Newark Bears (IL).  A’s Owner/Manager Connie Mack would contact the Yankees GM George Weiss and made the deal for him.

1921- Former Yankees MLB Coach Charlie Fox (1989) was born. (1921-2004)

Charlie Fox was a member of the 1989 Yankees MLB Coaching staff. He spent most of MLB career with the Giants organization as a Player, MLB Coach and Manager.

1921- At the Polo Grounds in Game 3 of the 1921 World Series, the Giants drill the Yankees by the score of 13-5 before a crowd of 36,509 fans. Barnes picks up the win for the Giants, while Yankees veteran Reliever Jack Quinn takes the loss, he had relieved Bronx Starter Bob Shawkey in the 3rd inning. The Yankees 5-4 lead was overturned by the Giants 8-run 7th inning rally. The Giants had 20 hits in the game.

1922- The Giants beat the Yankees by the score of 4-3 in Game 4 of the 1922 World Series before a crowd of 36,242 fans. Giants Starter Hugh McQuillian picks up the win, while Yankees Starter Carl Mays the loss. Shortstop Aaron Ward hits a HR for the Yankees

1926- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, the Yankees defeat the Cardinals by the score of 3-2 behind the pitching of Starter Herb Pennock, who throws a 3-hitter. Cardinals Starter Bill Sherdel takes the complete game loss. A crowd of 39,552 fans watched the 5th game of the 1926 World Series. Yankees Slugger Lou Gehrig follows Babe Ruth’s 6th inning double with a run scoring single to a break a 1-1 tie to give the Yankees the lead.

1927- In Game 3 of the 1927 World Series played at Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 60,995 fans, Bronx Starter Herb Pennock is handed an 8-0 lead over the Pirates; he takes a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees lefthander retires Pirates hitter Glenn Wright his 22nd straight batter, but Pirates veteran 3B Pie Traynor breaks the spell with a single and Clyde Barnhart doubles him home. Pennock settles for a 3-hit, 8-1 victory over the Pirates to give the Yankees a commanding 3-0 edge in the 1927 World Series. Babe Ruth hits a 3-HR for the Bronx Bombers in the 8th inning.

1928- In 1928 World Series Game #3 played at Sportsman Park in St. Louis before a crowd of 39,602 fans, Bronx Bombers 1B Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs to led the Yankees to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals, giving them a 3-0 lead in the 1928 World Series. Yankees veteran Starter Tom Zachary, a surprise starter for the Bombers gets the complete game victory for the Yankees, allowing only 3 Cardinals runs and 9 hits.

1933- Former Yankees Pitcher Bud Daley (1962-1964) was born.

Bud Daley was obtained from Kansas City by the Yankees on June 14,1961 for veteran P Art Ditmar and Rookie Reserve OF/INF Deron Johnson. Bud had originally come up with the Indians, who had signed him as MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1951; then he was traded by the Tribe to the Orioles, who next would trade to the A’s. With the 1959-1960 A’s, he had won 16 games for the team; making the AL All-Star team Pitching staff. He went 18-16 with a 3.89 ERA with 6 saves in 80 games with for the 1961-1964 Yankees. In 1961, he won the AL Pennant-clinching game for the team. In the 1961 World Series, he was the winning pitcher in the 5th and final game over the Reds, working the final 7 innings in long relief of Starter Ralph Terry. Overall, he had allowed no runs in 8 innings in 3 World Series appearances. He missed most of the 1963 AL season with serious pitching arm injury. After the 1964 World Series, Bud was traded to the Indians as part of the Players to be Named Later (along with P Ralph Terry) in the Pedro Ramos trade. His continuing pitching arm injuries forced Bud to retire in 1965, he would finish his MLB pitching career with a 60-64 record with a 4.30 ERA in 248 games.

1937- At Yankee Stadium, Game 2 of the 1937 World Series is played, Bronx Starter Red Ruffing leads the Yankees to 8-1 win over the Giants. A crowd of 57,675 fans watched Ruffing hold the Giants to just 7 hits and 1 run. Ruffing a lifetime .269 hitter, singled twice and drove in 3 of 8 Yankees runs in the game.

1939- At Crosley Field in Cincinnati, the Yankees beat the Reds by the score of 7-3 in the 3rd game of the 1939 World Series. The Reds chase Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez for 3 runs, but Yankees Reliever Bump Hadley shuts the door on the Reds batting line-up, picking up the victory. Yankees hitters Charlie Keller (2 HRs), Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey hit HRs in the game. A crowd of 32,723 fans watched the Reds drop the game, now the Yankees hold a 3-0 lead in the 1939 World Series.

1943- Former Yankees MLB Coach Jose Cardenal (1996-1999) was born.

From 1996 to 1999, Jose Cardenal was a 1B Yankees MLB Coach for Manager Joe Torre. Jose was later an MLB Coach for the Rays and the Reds. He had played in the MLB from 1963-1980. He appeared with the Giants, Angels, Indians, Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, Mets before finishing up with the 1980 Royals. Jose played in the 1980 World Series with the Royals, hitting .200 in 4 games. He finished his MLB playing career with a .275 BA with 138 HRs and 775 RBIs in 2,017 games.

1943- At Yankee Stadium, Game 3 of the 1943 World Series is played before of crowd of 69,990 fans with the Yankees defeating the Cardinals by the score of 6-2 behind the pitching of Starter Hank Borowy and Closer Johnny Murphy, who picks up his 4th World Series save and final Yankees World Series appearance. The Yankees would score 5 runs in the 8th inning to erase a Cardinals 2-1 lead.

1947- Just moments after winning the final game of the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers, Larry McPhail resigns as a Yankees General Manager. Yankees Co-Team Owners Dan Topping and Del Webb, then buy-out MacPhail’s 1/3 interest in the team for 2 million dollars. Yankees Farm Director George Weiss will become the new Yankees General Manager. Current Yankees Manager Bucky Harris will continue to manage the Yankees in 1948. Weiss will be looking for his own man to run the team, which will be long-time MLB and Minor League Manager Casey Stengel on October 12,1948. He is currently managing the 1947 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL).

1949- At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, the Yankees edge the Dodgers by the score of 4-3 in the 3rd Game of the 1949 World Series before of a crowd of 32,788 fans. The 9th inning started with a 1-1 tie game. The Yankees scored 3 runs, while the Dodgers score 2 runs, falling short of the win. Yankees Closer Joe Page picks-up the victory in relief of Starter Tommy Byrne, while Dodgers Starter Ralph Branca takes the loss. All 3 Dodgers runs were solo HRs hit by Pee-Wee Reese, Luis Olmo and Roy Campanella.

1950- At Yankee Stadium, Rookie hurler Whitey Ford with a 9th inning relief help from Allie Reynolds, beat Phillies Starter Bob Miller by the score of 5-2, as the Yankees complete the World Series sweep of the NL "The Whiz Kids." It would be the 1st of Ford’s of 10 World Series career wins as a Yankee Starter. The sweep of the Phillies gives the Yankees their 13th World Championship. This is their 2nd straight World Championship under Yankees Manager Casey Stengel.

1952- During the 7th Game of the 1952 World Series, Yankees 2B Billy Martin makes a dramatic running catch on a high infield pop with the bases loaded as the Yankees win their 4th consecutive World Championship by downing the Dodgers by a score of 4-2. Yankees Reliever Bob Kuzava picks up the save for winning Yankees hurler Allie Reynolds, who had taken over for Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat in the 4th inning. Bronx Bombers hitters Gene Woodling and Mickey Mantle hit HRs in the game played at Ebbets Field before a crowd of  33,195 fans. Dodgers Starter Joe Black goes 6 innings takes the lost. Brooklyn 1B Gil Hodges ends the 1953 World Series with a 0 for 21 performances at the plate with a walk.

1956- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 69,705 fans watched the Yankees win Game 4 of the 1956 World Series behind the pitching of Starter Tom Sturdivant’s 6-hitter, a 6-2 win. He allows only 2  runs and 6 Dodger hits in his complete game victory. Carl Erskine takes the loss for the Bums. Yankee Sluggers Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer would hit HRs in the game.

1958- In Game 6 of the 1958 World Series is played at County Stadium in Milwaukee, before of crowd of 46,367 fans as the Yankees pull even with the Braves as veteran Yankees Slugger Hank Bauer hits his 4th HR of the 1958 World Series. The Yankees win the game in 10 innings by the score of 4-3. Bronx Closer Ryne Duren gets the win with relief help from Bob Turley in the 10th inning. Braves veteran Starter Warren Spahn takes the loss. Also, Yankees INF Gil McDougald hits a HR in the game.

1961- At Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Yankees Slugger Roger Maris wins Game 3 of the 1961 World Series with a 9th-inning HR off of Reds Starter Bob Purkey. It is Roger Maris 1st HR since hitting HR #61 at Yankee Stadium on October 1st. The Yankees would win the game by a score of 3-2, as Closer Louis Arroyo picks up the victory for the Yankees in relief of Starter Bill Stafford and Reliever Bud Daley. Also, Johnny “Super Sub” Blanchard hits a HR for the Yankees in the game.

1964- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, a crowd of 30,805 fans watch the Cardinals take the 1st game of 1964 World Series by beating the Yankees by the score of 9-5. Starter Ray Sadecki picks up the victory for the Cardinals, while Veteran Bronx Starter Whitey Ford takes the loss for the Yankees. This game will be Ford’s last appearance for the Yankees in a World Series. Tom Tresh hits a HR for the Yankees.

1968- The Yankees had released veteran MLB OF Rocky Colavito. After turning down a Yankees player contract offer to return for the 1969 AL season, as a Pitcher, Pinch-Hitter and Reserve Outfielder for the team, he had retired as active MLB player. Overall, Rocky had hit .266 with 374 HRs and 1,159 RBIs in 1,641 games with the Indians (twice), Tigers, the A’s, White Sox, Dodgers and the Yankees.

1988- The Yankees would replace Manager Billy Martin with former Phillies Manager Dallas Green. Billy Martin had completed a 1,253-1,013 record (.553) while piloting the Tigers, Twins, Yankees, A's and the Rangers during his 19-season MLB managerial career. Dallas Green will go 56-65 with the 1989 Yankees before being fired by Team Owner George Steinbrenner over a dispute about player  personnel issues. He would be replaced by Bucky Dent as the Yankees Manager. He will go on manage the Mets in the early 1990’s.

1991- Former Yankees INF and HOF MLB Manager Leo “Lip” Durocher (1925,1928-1929) passes away. (1905-1991)

INF Leo Durocher came up with the Yankees in 1925, appearing in 210 games, while hitting .257 with No HRs and 64 RBIs. Leo was the 1st Yankees player to wear Uniform No. 7. Leo had appeared in 4 games of the 1928 World Series for the Yankees with no hits. He was a good infielder, but he was weak with his bat on the power hitting driven Yankees. His Yankees teammate Slugger Babe Ruth nickname him, “The All-American Out.” During the 1929 AL season, he had been accused of stealing items from his Yankees roommate Babe Ruth. He was beaten up by Ruth, who later complained to the Yankees GM Edward Barrow about Leo’s misbehavior. Also, he gave Barrow some trouble during their talks about his player’s contract. On February 3,1930, the GM Barrow would sell Leo to the Reds. All 7 remaining AL teams had passed over him on waivers by the Yankees. Leo would play in 14 NL seasons as a solid fielder, but a mediocre hitter. In the NL, he played for the Reds, Cardinals and the Dodgers. Overall, as an MLB player, he hit .247 with 24 HRs and 567 RBIs in 1,637 games. During the 1940’s-1950’s, he was a successful MLB manager with the Giants and the Dodgers. He went to the World Series 3 times during his MLB managing career: 1941 Dodgers, 1951 and 1954 Giants, winning 1 and losing 2 World Series. His 1954 Giants team surprised the 1954 Indians with a 4-game sweep. The 1954 Tribe team had won an AL season record of 111 games. In the late 1950’s, Leo would return to the Dodgers as an MLB Coach for Manager Walt Alston. Later, he would manage the Cubs (1966-1972) and the Astros (1972-1973) during his MLB long manager career. Overall, as an MLB Manager, Leo had posted a 2,010-1,710 record with a WP .540 in 24 MLB seasons. In 1994, the Veteran’s Committee would elect him to Baseball Hall of Fame as a Manager.

1998- Yankees 2B Chuck Knoblauch argues for an interference call with the Umpire at 1B instead of picking up the ball while Tribe base-runner Enrique Wilson scores to break a 1-1 tie in the 12th inning of the Indians' 4-1 victory at Yankee Stadium in Game 2 of the 1998 ALCS. The next day, Knoblauch will issue a public apology to the fans for his actions during the game.

2005- At Yankee Stadium, the Angels defeat the Yankees by the score of 11-7 in Game #3 of the 2005 ALDS. The Angels jumped on Yankees Starter Randy Johnson early, knocking him out of the game with a 5-0 lead. The Yankees would strike back in the 4th inning with 4 runs and in the 5th inning with 2 runs, but the Angels come back with 6 runs in the next 3 innings off of Yankee Relievers Aaron Small, Tom Gordon and Al Leiter. Yankees would get HRs from Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui. While Garret Anderson and Bengie Molina hit HRs for the Angels. Scott Proctor takes the loss for the Yankees, while Angels Starter Scott Shields picks-up the victory with help from the Angels bullpen.

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

2012- Yankees Catcher Russell Martin's HR off of Orioles Closer Jim Johnson sparks a 5-run 9th inning as the Yankees take the 1st game of the 2012 ALDS by the score of 7-2 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Yankees Starter CC Sabathia pitches 8 2/3 innings for the win.

2018- The Red Sox humiliate the Yankees in Game 3 of the Division Series at New Yankee Stadium, winning the game by the score 16-1. The Sox score 7 times in the 4th, chasing Bronx Starter Luis Severino, to build a comfortable lead and keep adding to it as Brock Holt hits for the cycle, becoming the 1st player ever to do so in an MLB postseason game. Boston Starter Nathan Eovaldi pitches 7 innings for the win.

2019- The Yankees are the 1st team able to successfully close out its series as they defeat the Twins by the score of 5-1, to complete their sweep of their ALDS, record 13th straight postseason wins over Minnesota. Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres homers and doubles twice to lead the Yankees to victory. The Twins waste a number of opportunities to cash in with base runners in scoring position, getting their only run on a solo HR by Eddie Rosairo in the 8th.

2020- The Rays take a 2 games to 1 lead over the Yankees in the other ALDS, as 3 HRs back up 5 solid innings from starter Charlie Morton in an 8-4 win. Bronx Bombers Slugger  Giancarlo Stanton hits a HR in his 5th straight MLB postseason game, but it comes in a losing effort.

October 8th

1887- Former Yankees OF Frank “Ping” Bodie (1918-1921) was born. (1887-1961)

On March 8,1918, OF Ping Bodie was traded by Philadelphia to the Yankees for 1B George “Tigoa” Burns. He had hit .291 with 74 RBIs for the 1917 last place A’s. His best season as a Yankees player was in 1920, when he hit .296 with 7 HRs and 79 RBIs in in 129 games. As a Yankees player, he had appeared in 385 games, while hitting .272 with 16 HRs and 194 RBIs. After the 1921 AL season had ended, Bodie had retired from the MLB.

1910- Former Yankees MLB Batting Coach and MLB Player Wally Moses was born. (1910-1990)

Wally Moses was an MLB outfielder for 17 seasons, finishing with .291 BA. He retired as active player in 1951. Wally spent most of his MLB playing career with the Philadelphia A’s. Moses was an MLB Coach for the 1952-1954 A's, then he went to the Phillies from 1955 to 1958. Next, Wally was with the Reds in 1959-1960. In October of 1960, Wally Moses was named the new MLB Batting Coach for Yankees Manager Ralph Houk; he was with the club from 1961-1962. He stayed with the Yankees organization as a Batting Instructor for the 1963 AL season. Then Wally was an MLB Scout from 1964-1966, when he returned to the MLB Coaching staff under returning Yankees Manager Ralph Houk from May 1966 through the end of the AL season. After leaving the Yankees in 1966, Wally worked as an MLB Hitting Coach for the 1967-1970 Tigers until his retirement from baseball in 1970.

1927- In Game 4 of the 1927 World Series, a crowd of 57,909 fans watched the Pirates facing elimination at Yankee Stadium; the Bucs were tied with the Yankees 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Reliever Johnny Miljus fanned Yankee batters Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel with the bases loaded, but a 2-strike wild pitch to Tony Lazzeri allowed Yankees 3rd base-runner Earle Combs to score the winning run for the Yankees and capture the 1927 World Series. Babe Ruth hit a HR in the game for the Yankees.

1938- At Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the 1938 World Series, a crowd of 55,236 fans watched Yankees Starter Monte Pearson defeat the Cubs by the score of 5-2. He throws a complete game against the Cubs, while allowing only 2 runs and 8-Cubs hits. Yankee hitters Bill Dickey and Joe “Flash” Gordon hit HRs for the Yankees. The Yankees lead to the 1938 World Series by a 3-0 margin.

1939- The Yankees win the 1939 World Series at Crosley Field by defeating the Reds by the score of 7-4. Yankees Closer Johnny Murphy picks up the win in relief. Yankee hitters Charlie Keller and Bill Dickey hit HRs for the Yankees. A crowd of 32,794 fans watched the Reds drop their 4th World Series game in a row to the Yankees. Yankees Captain Lou Gehrig watches the Game 4 from the Yankees dugout. It is the last time Lou appears in a Yankees uniform.

1948- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Orth (1904-1909) passed away. (1872-1948)

After being traded by the Senators for Yankee Pitchers Tom Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) on July 20, 1904. He would win 11 of 17 games for the 1904 Yankees. His best season for the Yankees was in 1906, going 27-17 in 45 starts leading the AL Pitchers in wins along with 36 complete games. In 1905, he went 18-16 with a 2.86 ERA for the Yankees. Veteran hurler Al Orth went 72-73 with a 3.87 ERA in 163 games with the Yankees. He pitched in the MLB for 15 seasons, finishing his MLB Pitching career with a record of 204-189 with a 3.37 ERA with 6 saves in 440 games.

1948- Former Yankees Minor League C Rick Stelmaszek (1976) was born.

On January 23,1976, Catcher Rick Stelmaszek was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for Minor League P Gerry Pirtle. Rick never played for the Yankees at the MLB Level.

1949- In Brooklyn, a crowd of 33,949 fans watched the Yankees edge the Dodgers by the score of 6-4 with Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat beating the Dodgers Starter Don Newcombe in Game 4 of the 1949 World Series. Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds in relief of Lopat, picks up the save by shutting down the Dodgers hitters, who had scored 4 runs off of the veteran Bronx Starter.

1951- At the Polo Grounds, a crowd of 49,010 fans watched the Yankees defeat the Giants by the score of 6-2 in Game 4 of the 1951 World Series. Yankees Allie Reynolds pitches a complete game allowing only 8-Giant hits, while giving up only 2 runs. Veteran Giants Starter Sal Maglie takes the loss, only lasting only 6 innings. Yankees Joe DiMaggio snaps a 3-game hitless streak with a run scoring single and 2-run HR.

1956- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 64,519 fans watched, Yankees Starter Don Larsen pitched the only “Perfect Game” in World Series history for a 2-0 triumph over the Dodgers veteran Starter Sal “The Barber” Maglie. Don Larsen is helped by 2 fine defensive plays by 3B Andy Carey, with help from Shortstop Gil McDougald on 1 play and CF Mickey Mantle’s fly ball catch, who also hits his 3rd HR of the 1956 World Series.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike Morgan (1981) was born.

On November 3,1980, Mike Morgan was traded by Oakland to the Yankees for Reserve INF Fred “Chicken” Stanley. Mike went 7-11 in 30 games for the 1981 Yankees. On December 9,1982, Mike was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Dave Collins, Class A Minor League 1B Fred McGriff and Cash to the Blue Jays for veteran MLB Reliever Dale Murray and OF Tom Dodd.

1959- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bryan Little (1986) was born.

On July 2,1986, INF Bryan Little was purchased by the Yankees from the White Sox. He only appeared in 14 games for the team, while hitting just .195. On October 15,1986, Bryant was released by the team.

1960- At Yankee Stadium, over 70,000 fans see Bobby Richardson’s Grand Slam HR that supports Yankees Starter Whitey Ford’s shutout of a 10-0 victory over the Pirates in Game 3 of the 1960 World Series. As Bronx Starter Whitey Ford continues his quest to catch Babe Ruth’s 29 2/3 scoreless innings pitched World Series mark. Richardson has 6 RBIs in the game. His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle hits another World Series HR for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees now lead the 1960 World Series 2 games to 1.

1961- At Crosley Field in Cincinnati, a crowd of 32,589 fans watched veteran Yankees Starter Whitey Ford sets a new World Series Pitching record for consecutive scoreless innings by extending his streak to 32 innings in a 7-0 triumph over the Reds in Game 4. Hall of Fame Pitcher Babe Ruth with the Red Sox had held the mark of 29 2/3 innings. As Yankees veteran OF Yogi Berra put it, “1961 wasn’t a good year for the Babe.”

1962- In Game 5 of the 1962 World Series played at Yankees Stadium, a crowd of  63,165 fans watch the Yankees beat the Giants by the score of 5-3 behind Yankee Starter Ralph Terry’s complete game victory. Terry allows just 8-Giants hits and 3 runs. Giants Starter Jack Sanford takes the loss. Tom Tresh hits a HR for the Bombers, while Jose Pagan hits one for the Giants.

1964- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, Yankees Rookie Starter Mel Stottlemyre defeats Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson in an 8-3 Yankees victory in Game #2 of 1964 World Series. Phil Linz hits a HR for the Yankees. A crowd of 30,805 fans attended the game.

1977- The Yankees rip Royals Starter Larry Gura for 6-hits and 4 runs in 2-innings, continue on to a 6-4 win to even their ALC series with the Royals at 2-2. Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle turns in 5 1/3 innings of relief work to gain the win.

1978- The Yankees clinch their 3rd straight AL Championship by defeating the Royals by the score of 2-1 at Yankee Stadium, behind the pitching of Starter Ron Guidry and Closer Rich Gossage, with HR power supplied by Graig Nettles and Roy White.

1983- Yankees Reserve OF Antoan Richardson (2014) was born.

Anton Richardson had played with the 2011 Braves. Originally, the Giants had signed him. Then he  would play in the Twins farm system. He made it back to the MLB with the Yankees at the end of the 2014 AL season, after hitting .271 in 93 games for their AAA team, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). On September 25th, he was on 2B as a pinch-runner when Derek Jeter ended his final game in his home ballpark of New Yankee Stadium with an opposite-field single off of Orioles hurler Evan Meek; Antoan ran home with the winning run in a 6-5 Yankees win, sending the huge crowd into a frenzy. He had appeared in 13 games for the team, while hitting .313. After the 2014 AL season had ended, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He was signed by the Rangers organization for the 2015 season.

1985- Former Yankees Reliever Cody Eppley (2012) was born.

On April 5, 2012, Reliever Cody Eppley was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Rangers. He appeared in 59 games for the 2012 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record. After appearing in 2 games, he was released by the Yankees on May 5, 2013. He would be picked up the by Twins.

1985- Yankees Starting Pitcher Phil Niekro becomes the 18th MLB 300-game winner as he blanks the Blue Jays by the score 8-0 on the last day of the 1985 AL season. At age 46, Niekro also becomes the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in MLB history; he will eventually be passed by Jamie Moyer on May 7, 2010.

1995- In the bottom of the 11th inning, Seattle DH Edgar Martinez drove home the tying and winning runs with a double to left field to rally the Mariners to a 6-5 win and the 1995 ALDS over the Yankees. Martinez batted .571 with 10 RBIs in the best-of-5 series. Ken Griffey, Jr., who beats the relay throw home to score the winning run, belted 5 HRs in the series.

2004- Former Yankees 1B and Minor League Manager Johnny Sturm (1941) passed away. (1916-2004)

In 1941, 1B Johnny Sturm made his MLB player debut with the Yankees. He had hit over .300 for their 1939-1940 AA Kansas City Blues (AA). Johnny had replaced 1B Babe Dahlgren, who had been sold to the Braves. He hit only .239 as the club's regular 1B with just 3 HRs and 36 RBIs. In 1941 World Series against the Dodgers, he got a hit in each of the 5 games played. After that season, he enlisted in the Army. During his time in the military, he lost the tip of his right index finger in a tractor accident. Sturm tried to make a comeback with the Yankees in 1946, but a broken wrist ended his comeback attempt, before he played in a game. He would spend the next few seasons playing in the Yankees farm system. After his active playing days had ended, he was a Minor League Manager for the Yankees, who was largely responsible for discovering Mickey Mantle, when he gave the young player a tryout. He also spent time as an MLB Scout.

2010- Former Yankees Pitcher Dale Roberts (1967) passed away. (1942-2010)

Prior to the start of the 1963 AL season, the Yankees had signed Dale Roberts as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1967,  he had earned a September call-up to the Bronx, after going 9-4 with a 2.97 ERA for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He would make his MLB Pitching debut on September 9th against the Red Sox, entering the game in the bottom of the 8th inning with his club down 6-1. He pitched 1 inning, allowing Mike Andrews to score on a Jerry Adair single. On September 16th, he made his only other appearance, pitching the 8th inning against the Indians. With his team down 5-1, when he came into the game, he hit the 1st 2 Tribe batters he faced, Chuck Hinton and Leon Wagner. After retiring Max Alvis, he walked Tony Horton to load the bases. Joe Azcue then singled to drive in Hinton. Dale Roberts ended his MLB pitching career with 2 earned runs in 2 innings spread over 2 games. After the 1967 AL season ended, Roberts was dealt to the Braves along with Catcher Bob Tillman for INF Bobby Cox. He would pitch 3 more seasons in the Minor Leagues, ending his playing days with brief stints in the Angels and the Phillies organizations in 1970.

2012- Baltimore Rookie Starter Wei-Yin Chen pitches into the 7th inning against Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte to lead the Orioles to a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the 2012 ALDS, evening the series. Orioles Slugger Chris Davis drives in 2 runs with a 2-out basis-loaded single in the 3rd and then Mark Reynolds provides the winning margin with an RBI in the 6th.

2017- Tribe Starter Carlos Carrasco and Yankees Starter Masahiro Tanaka are locked in a pitchers' duel until the 7th inning, when Yankees 1B Greg Bird hits a solo HR off of the Tribe Closer Andrew Miller for the sole run of the game. Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman gets the final 5 outs for Yankees, 4 of them on strikeouts, as the Bronx Bombers avoid elimination from the 2017 AL Post-Season.

2017- Former Yankees Minor League OF Don Lock passed away (1936-2017)

In 1958, the Yankees had signed OF Don Lock as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. In the Yankees farm system, he was a HR King, who never had a chance to make the Yankees MLB 25-man roster. In 1959, he had played at Greensboro along with Tom Tresh. In 1960, he had led the Eastern League in HRs with 35 and in RBIs with 117. From Tales from the Yankee Dugout, “Humorously reacting during spring training to the possibility that the Yankees would cut him, he crossed off his name from his locker, barricaded himself inside and "fired" at anyone who approached with his bat.” On July 11,1962, Don Lock was playing for the Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), when he was traded to the Senators for veteran 1B Don Long. Don had been hitting .194 for the Virginians, but he had still hit 13 HRs for the club. He later  would play for the Phillies and the Red Sox. From 1971-1973, Don would become a Minor League Manager in the Red Sox system.

2018- At New Yankee Stadium, Red Sox would humiliate the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS by winning the game by the score 16-1. The Sox would score 7 times in the 4th, chasing Bronx Starter Luis Severino, to build a comfortable lead and keep adding to it as Brock Holt hits for the cycle, becoming the 1st player ever to do so in an MLB postseason game. Boston Starter Nathan Eovaldi pitches 7 innings for the win.

2020- In the only series that will go the distance, the Yankees would defeat the Rays by the score of 5-1, to force their ALDS to a decisive 5th game. The Yankees would get a pair of HRs by Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres, but it's the combined 5 hitless innings by their top relievers Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman, that seals the win. 

2020- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Pitcher and Pitching Coach Edward “Whitey” Ford (1950, 1953-1967) passed away at the age of 91. (1928-2020)

In 1947, the Yankees had signed hurler Whitey Ford as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Ford will pitch for the Yankees for 16 seasons. He would miss the 1951-1952 AL seasons, because he was serving on active duty in Army. In 1955, Whitey was named the  AL Sporting News Pitcher, while posting a 18-7 record with a 2.63 ERA in 39 games. Also, he would win the AL Pitchers Award in 1956 and 1958 as the League’s Top Pitcher. In 1961, Whitey Ford was the Cy Young Award winner after going 25-4 with 3.21 ERA in 39 games. Also, that 1961 AL season, he won the Babe Ruth Award. He was the 1961 World Series MVP. Whitey was selected for AL All-Star team 8 times. He won 20 games only twice in his Yankees Pitching career; in 1961 going 25-4 and 24-7 in 1963. In 1961, he broke Babe Ruth’s 29 2/3 scoreless innings pitched World Series record with a total of 33 innings. In 1964, he served as Manager Yogi Berra’s MLB Pitching Coach. When Whitey retired in 1967, as the Yankees All-time Pitching Wins’ Leader with 236 games, passing former Yankees Starter Charles “Red” Ruffing, who had 231 Yankees career wins. In the World Series play with the team, Whitey had posted a 10-8 record with a 2.71 ERA along with 7 complete games and 3 shutouts in 22 World Series games. His .690 winning percentage remains one of the best all time while he holds the record for most wins (10), starts (22) and strikeouts (94) in World Series history. He would finish his Yankees Pitching career with a 236-106 record, WP .690 with a 2.75 ERA with 11 saves and 45 shutouts in 498 games. Ford had 1,956 MLB career strikeouts in 3,171 innings pitched. On January 16,1974, Whitey Ford was elected along with long-time Yankees teammate OF/1B Mickey Mantle to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. 



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