Jordan Montgomery outdueled Tampa lefty Blake Snell in a 6-1 win in Yankee Stadium on September 26, 2017.
Yankee righthander Mel Stottlemyre was a one-man wrecking crew in the Bombers’ 7-0 shutout of Washington on September 26, 1964. Mel held the Senators to two hits, but also tied a major-league record by stroking five hits.
New Supreme Court Justice, child of the Bronx, and Yankee fan Sonia Sotomayor threw out the first pitch in Yankee Stadium on September 26, 2009, and in the game that followed, the superb CC Sabathia reduced the Bombers’ magic number to clinch the AL East title to one with a 3-0 win over Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox.
In the Yanks’ 3-1 victory over the Devil Rays on September 26, 1998, David Cone earned his 20th win of the season, setting a new record for the amount of years in between 20-win seasons, with 10. This surpassed the nine-year gap former lefty hurler and retired Yankee broadcaster Jim Kaat had recorded. Cone had last won 20 with the 1998 Mets.
There were only 8,000 fans dotting the Yankee Stadium seats on September 26, 1961, when Roger Maris finally hit his 60th home run of that season. A drive off a Jack Fisher fastball, it came in the Yank’s 159th game of the year, and was key in the Bombers’ 3-2 victory over the Orioles.
The 8-6 victory over the Yankees by Art Ditmar of the Athletics on September 26, 1954, represented the last game that franchise would play in Philadelphia before moving to Kansas City for the 1955 season. And it was the only game Yankee Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra would play at third base, side by side on this day with Mickey Mantle at short.
Southpaw thrower Bobby Shantz (1925) was the only member of the baseball-playing Yankee family to celebrate September 26 as his birthday until the bizarro 2020 season. Bobby won 30 and saved 19 while only losing 18 games with the Yankees from 1957-1960. The next Yankee birthdayer? Hard-throwing righty Albert Abreu (1995),