Roger Clemens took a 4-1 four-hitter into the eighth inning in a Series-sweeping Yankees win over the Braves on October 27, 1999. Mariano Rivera came on for the save — and the World Series MVP — and Jim Leyritz hit the last major league home run of the 1900s.
Delayed in starting the 2001 “October Classic” by the events that happened on 9/11/01, the Yankees and Diamondbacks played Game One on October 27. With too much rest, creature of habit Mike Mussina had a tough outing as Curt Schilling and the home-standing D’backs walloped the visitors, 9-1, behind home runs from Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez.
It was the fourth (but not the last) time Billy Martin was fired from the job of managing the Yankees on October 27, 1985. He was replaced by the hitting coach Lou Piniella (in the first of two stops for him in the position). Piniella had retired as a player in 1984.
Yankee fans were OK with it when Ralph Houk took the Tigers’ managing job after his stay in New York as field pilot, and later as GM. But some did bristle when he came out of retirement on October 27, 1980, to take the managing job with the Red Sox.
The Yanks traded Danny Walton to the Twins for catcher Rick Dempsey on October 27, 1972. Serving as Thurman Munson’s backup, Dempsey stroked three homers with 25 rbi’s in Pinstripes until a subsequent 1976 move to Baltimore in a multi-player blockbuster deal.
The actress Teresa Wright, beloved of many Yankee fans for her luminous performance as Mrs. Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees, was born on October 27, 1918.
Knuckleballer Joe Niekro, the brother of fellow flutter ball aficionado Phil Niekro, died on October 27, 2006. Joe posted a 14-15 record with the Yankees from 1985-1987 once they got him from Houston for Jim Deshaies. He would be traded to Minnesota, his last stop in a 22-year career, for Mark Salas in June 1987, and had a lifetime mark of 221-204. Former Yankee manager and player Clark Griffith passed away on October 27, 1955. As skipper, Clark led the Highlanders to two second-place finishes from 1903 through 1908, posted a 32-24 mark with three saves pitching in New York, and blasted one home run with 14 rbi’s too. Griffith piloted the 1901 Chicago White Sox to the American League Pennant, and from 1891-1914 posted an overall mark of 237-146-6; he hit eight home runs with 166 rbi’s too.
Newest to a very short Yankee October 27 birthday list is utility player Martin Prado (1983), who provided an offensive spark once acquired in 2014 until a late problem with his appendix. Martin chipped in with seven home runs and 16 rbi’s while playing five positions over 37 games in the Bronx. Prado was traded with David Phelps to Miami in December 2014 for Nathan Eovaldi and Domingo German.