This Day in Yankees Historical past: The “Rocket” blasts off
Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees Historical past. Although the 2020 season is over for New York, the Pinstripe Alley crew has determined to proceed the revived program in its new format. These day by day posts will spotlight two or three key moments in Yankees historical past on a given date, in addition to acknowledge gamers born on the day. Hope you take pleasure in this journey down reminiscence lane with us!
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This Day in Yankees Historical past (October 14)
44 Years In the past
Capping a charmed 1976 season wherein he made his solely All-Star crew and completed fifth in MVP voting, Yankees first-baseman Chris Chambliss walks it off within the backside of the ninth to beat the Royals within the decisive, winner-take-all, Sport 5 of the American League Championship Collection.
Of their 7-6 victory, the Yankees secured their thirtieth American League Pennant and subsequent World Series look in opposition to the Reds. Nonetheless, Cincinnati’s star-studded Large Crimson Machine, which featured 4 Corridor of Famers, made straightforward work of the Bronx Bombers, pulling off the four-game sweep. The Yankees held just one lead through the course of the sequence—of only one run—spanning from the underside of Sport Three’s first inning till the highest of the third. Yankee catcher Thurman Munson recorded a .529 batting common on 9 singles, solely to be outdone by the Reds catcher and World Collection MVP, Johnny Bench. Bench paced all batters, hitting .533 with two homers and 6 runs batted in.
20 Years In the past
The Rocket’s strikeout whole nonetheless stands because the greatest-single sport tally ever recorded within the ALCS. The Yankees wanted two extra video games to knock out a Mariners squad that was a yr away from matching the all-time American League single season wins report with 116 victories to 46 losses. New York went on to beat their crosstown rival Mets in 5 video games, regardless of outscoring them by simply three whole runs.
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Completely satisfied 56th birthday to former Yankee participant and supervisor, Joe Girardi. Girardi got here up with the Cubs, catching for them twice, between ’89 and ’95, and ‘00 and ’02. In betwixt, he had a stint with the Yanks, throughout which he received two World Collection because the Yankees’ on a regular basis catcher, and one other as Jorge Posada’s backup. After his taking part in profession, Girardi first managed the Marlins in 2006 earlier than taking up for Joe Torre in 2008. Girardi remained in New York till 2017, main these groups to a World Collection win in ’09 and a .562 win-loss proportion over 9 years. Girardi missed the playoffs this yr, his first with the Phillies, ending their disappointing shortened season with 28 wins in opposition to 32 losses.
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