The Yankees managed only five hits off Miguel Batista in World Series Game Five on November 1, 2001. Mike Mussina allowed only five as well, but two were singleton homers by Steve Finley and Rod Barajas in the fifth, and the Yanks entered the ninth inning down 2-0. Undaunted, Yankee fans spent the better part of an inning cheering Paul O’Neill, playing his last Yankee Stadium game, win or lose. Then Scott Brosius duplicated Tino Martinez‘s feat from the day before with a two-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth, game-tying homer off Byung-Hyun Kim. Alfonso Soriano would single in Chuck Knoblauch in the 12th for the 3-2 win. Soriano had made a diving catch of a one-out, bases-loaded, infield-in liner off the bat of Reggie Sanders in the 11th to keep the game going.
On November 1, 2009, in Game 4 of the World Series in the City of Brotherly Love, CC Sabathia outpitched Joe Blanton through two outs into the seventh when Chase Utley closed the score to 4-3 with a home run. Joba Chamberlain struck out two in the eighth, only to have Pedro Feliz tie it with a two-strike homer of his own. Then Johnny Damon took over. Battling to a two-out single in the ninth, he stole second and continued onto third when the shifted Philly infield failed to cover. Following a hit by pitch, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada doubles plated three off Brad Lidge, and Mariano Rivera saved the 7-4 Yankee win.
The good news from November 1, 1979, was that the Yanks acquired Rick Cerone to replace the deceased Thurman Munson, getting pitcher Tom Underwood from the Blue Jays too, but parting with popular first baseman Chris Chambliss and Damaso Garcia. They also shipped Juan Beniquez and Jim Beattie to Seattle for center fielder Ruppert Jones.
In one of the most obvious Cy Young selections ever, Ron Guidry was honored with the 1978 AL Award on November 1. Boston’s Jim Rice would edge Louisiana Lightning out in the MVP voting. Four decades later, it’s pretty clear that Gator’s 25-3 mark for a World Champion team should have surpassed even Rice’s fine offensive numbers.
The American League statistics published on November 1, 1943, found Yankee starter Spud Chandler with the best winning percentage (.833 at 20-4) that season, and the lowest era (1.64) since 1919.
All four one-time Yankees to have died on November 1 were righthanded pitchers. “Bullet” Joe Bush (1974) posted a 62-38-4 mark while pitching in 115 games (91 starts) for the 1922-1924 Yanks; “Long” Tom Hughes (1961) debuted with the 1906-1910 Highlanders by both winning and losing 17 games, with two saves, in 54 games (35 starts). Charlie Caldwell (1957) threw all three of his big-league games with the 1925 Yankees, to no record; while Pascual Perez (2012), who would suffer a violent death in his home country, finished his big-league career in New York winning three games and losing six in 1990 and 1991 around a suspension for drugs.
The Yankee future of righthander Masahiro Tanaka, the most noteworthy Yankee born on November 1 (1988), is currently in doubt, but that his 78-46 record in seven years, going 5-4 in the postseason, has been a huge positive is not. Many agree his 13-5 record with a 2.77 era in 2014 should have netted him a Rookie of the Year Award as well.