October 9th was an excellent day in Yankees history, so expect this to be the first of several posts today about it. On this day 86 years ago, the legendary Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a World Series game for the second time in his career, and on the strength of that, the Yankees swept the Cardinals to win the 1928 World Series, their third championship. In the four-game romp to repeat as champs and avenge their World Series loss in '26, Ruth hit .625/.647/1.375 and Lou Gehrig hit .545/.706/1.727. What on Earth...
Check out the amazing Vin Scully in the middle of Don Larsen's perfect game.
On this day in Yankees history 58 years ago, one unlikely Yankee stunned the world with perhaps the greatest game ever pitched: a World Series perfect game. It was an unbelievable moment for Don Larsen, and one that might never be achieved again.
On this day in Yankees history 62 years ago, the '52 Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series to win their fourth championship in a row. Clinging to a two-run lead with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh with Jackie Robinson up, second baseman Billy Martin made an excellent running catch on an infield pop-up no one could see to preserve the lead!
The Rock showed up at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and started a Derek Jeter chant
Man, that's an awesome way to honor Jeter. Frank Sinatra's on there, too. This helmet belongs to Cedrick Desjardins, a goalie for the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' minor league affiliate. The painting was done by a man named David Leroux, who I can only assume is Chris Leroux's brother.
Also on this day in Yankees history, Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro made the last day of his two-year stint in pinstripes a memorable one, as in 1985, he twirled a four-hit shutout against the AL East champion Blue Jays to secure his 300th career victory. The shutout was the 45th of his career and also the last one he would ever throw. Although he was in his mid-forties during his Yankees tenure, Niekro was remarkably effective for his age with a 109 ERA+ and at least 215 innings pitched per season. Amazing.
On this day in Yankees history 88 years ago, the Bambino added to his legend by promising an ailing kid named Johnny Sylvester that he would hit a home run for him in Game 4 of the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals. On a ball signed by the team, Ruth wrote "I'll knock a homer for Wednesday's game," and he delivered with not one, but a record three dingers in one playoff game! That was the Babe for you--he talked the talk and he walked the walk.