The Yankees prevailed in the 2009 ALCS over the Anaheim Angels on October 25, even if Gary Matthews, Jr.‘s swing and miss at Mariano Rivera‘s cutter that ended the game actually occurred at one minute past midnight (and therefore technically October 26). Andy Pettitte pitched into the seventh for the win, Johnny Damon had a two-run double that gave the Yanks a lead they would not relinquish, and Mark Teixeira crowned a two-run eighth with a sac fly in the 5-2 victory. Chuck Mangione played the National Anthem before the game, and Bernie Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Once Derek Jeter led off Game Four of the 2000 World Series by belting a home run on Bobby Jones’s first pitch on October 25, Jones settled in, and Mike Piazza clubbed a two-run tater. But the Yanks got 4.33 scoreless innings out of their pen and beat the Flushing nine, 3-2, to take a three games to one lead.
Ron Guidry actually threw a great game except for a brief letdown, but the Dodgers capitalized with back-to-back homers from Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager, and the West Coast team prevailed, 2-1, to go up in World Series games, three to two, on October 25, 1981.
Alex Gonzalez stroked the first of three consecutive singles and scored the only run Florida would need in the top of the fifth inning in Game Six of the 2003 World Series on October 25. Andy Pettitte suffered the 2-0 loss, and the Marlins prevailed in the Series, four games to two, behind Josh Beckett.
Alleged spitballer Gaylord Perry fashioned a 21-6 record for the 1978 San Diego Padres. The gaudy numbers won him the NL Cy Young Award on October 25, making him the first hurler to win that prize in both leagues. Just two years later, Perry would win four and lose four pitching for the Yankees in 10 appearances.
Chicago’s La Marr Hoyt won the AL Cy Young Award on October 25, 1983. On the one hand, this was a bummer for Yankee fans, as he was originally a New York amateur free agent signing. But the Yanks did receive Bucky Dent in return in the 1977 trade that sent Hoyt to the White Sox.
Former Yankee GM, AL President, and member of the Hall of Fame Lee MacPhail was born on October 25, 1917, a birth date he shares with several Yankee players. Larry MacPhail and Lee comprise the only father/son tandem in the Hall of Fame.
Speaking of AL Presidents, lefty-hitting third baseman Bobby Brown (1924) spent his entire 1946-1954 career with the Yanks, with 22 homers and 237 rbi’s, and later he served as AL President once he retired as a player. Other Yankees born this day who made significant contributions were switch-hitting shortstop Roy Smalley (1952), who smacked 45 homers with 155 rbi’s with the 1982 through 1984 Bombers; and pitcher Pete Mikkelsen (1939), who posted an 11-13 mark with 13 saves in the Bronx in 1964 and 1965.