Bucky Dent in Fenway Park says it all. The Yanks prevailed in the one-game playoff for the 1978 AL Pennant, 5-4 on October 2.
Ron Guidry went to 25-3 with the win, besting Mike Torrez. Reggie Jackson homered as well, and Goose Gossage got the save.
The Yankees and the Red Sox broke a tie on October 2, 1949, that season’s final day, as the Yanks prevailed behind Vic Raschi, 5-3.
Some think this was the Red Sox team that stood the best chance of beating the Yanks until they finally did so in 2004.
The 232nd hit of the 1986 season that Don Mattingly stroked on October 2 gave him the new Yankee season record, as Earle Combs had recorded 231 back in 1927. Donnie would stretch the mark to 238, and hit .352.
Although the Yanks lost a Series game to the Dodgers 9-8 on October 2, 1947, Yogi Berra hit the first pinch homer in World Series history.
Lefty Gomez coasted as the Yanks battered the Giants 18-4, and Tony Lazzeri hit the first Yankee grand slam in World Series play, on October 2, 1936.
When Bernie Williams walked in David Cone‘s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on October 2, 1999, he became the first player since Stan Musial in 1953 to reach 200 hits, 100 runs, 100 rbi’s, and 100 walks in a season.
Most noteworthy October 2 Yankee birthdays belong to shortstop Andre Robertson (1957), who played his only big-league ball with the Yanks from 1981 through 1985, with great glove work, along with five homers and 54 rbi’s.
Righthander Spec Shea (1920) debuted with the Yanks, and fashioned a 29-21 mark with three saves from 1947 through 1951.