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This Day in Yankees History: Yanks sweep Twins in ALDS

On this day last year, the Yankees swept the Minnesota Twins to advance to the ALCS.

Divisional Series - New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins - Game Three”n Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

The 2020 postseason is underway! The Pinstripe Alley team is going to continue to keep these daily posts that highlight a few key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

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This Day in Yankees History (October 7)

70 years ago

Rookie pitcher Whitey Ford beats the Phillies, 5-2, as the Yankees complete the World Series sweep of Philadelphia’s ‘Whiz Kids.’ Jerry Coleman wins the Babe Ruth Award as the series MVP.

68 years ago

In Game Seven of the World Series, second baseman Billy Martin makes a dramatic running catch on a high infield pop with the bases loaded as the New York Yankees win their fourth consecutive World Championship by downing the Brooklyn Dodgers by a score of 4-2.

13 years ago

George Steinbrenner makes it clear if the Yankees do not get past the first round of the postseason against the Cleveland Indians, Joe Torre’s job will be in jeopardy. Trailing the in ALDS 0-2, New York responds for their skipper with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Tribe at the Stadium.

One year ago

The Yankees are the one team able to successfully close out its series as they defeat the Twins, 5-1, to complete a sweep of the Division Series. It is their record 13th straight postseason win over Minnesota. Gleyber Torres homers and doubles twice to lead the offense as the Twins waste a number of opportunities to cash in runners in scoring position, getting their only run on a solo homer by Eddie Rosario in the eighth.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Bud Daley!

The southpaw pitched from 1955-1964, the final four years coming in pinstripes. He threw 271 innings with the Yankees with a 3.89 ERA and 154 strikeouts. He won two World Series Championships with New York in 1961 and 1962.

A fun fact about him is that his right arm is one inch shorter than his left, and he is unable to fully straighten it. It obviously didn’t have much of an impact on his career.

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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.