Cliff Lee of the Phillies outdueled a game CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series in Yankee Stadium on October 28. The 6-1 final score is deceiving, as Philly reached relievers David Robertson, Brian Bruney, and Phil Coke for four runs the last two frames. Yogi Berra, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game.
On October 28, 2001, Randy Johnson prevailed over Andy Pettitte, 4-0, and the Diamondbacks took a two games to none lead in the World Series. Johnson allowed only three hits and Matt Williams hit a three-run bomb.
Even worse, the 9-2 loss the Yanks suffered on October 28 in Game Six handed the 1981 Series to the Dodgers. Up 2-0, the Bombers followed three straight losses in L.A. by succumbing in the Stadium. Yankee skipper Bob Lemon pinch hit for starter Tommy John in a tie game, and everything went wrong thereafter. Reliever George Frazier was tagged with his third loss of the six-game Series, and the 1-for-21 Dave Winfield earned his owner’s scorn and the title, “Mr. May.”
On October 28, 1976, Billy Martin was named Manager of the Year for his work piloting the Yankee club that year. But three years later, Martin was fired on October 28, 1979, the result of a much publicized barroom fight. Dick Howser was signed to take his place.
Red Barber, the “Old Redhead,” was coaxed into leaving his position broadcasting for the Dodgers on October 28, 1953, and signed to cover Yankees games once his resignation was official.
Lefty reliever Joe Page (1917) takes prominence among Yankee players born on October 28, as he fashioned a 57-49 mark with 178 saves from 1944 through 1950. He did not add to any of those numbers when he pitched a couple of games for Pittsburgh in 1954. And Bob Melvin (1961), a 17-year major league manager, including the last 10 years with Oakland, contributed a home run with three rbi’s to the 1994 Yankees, despite playing just nine games with the club, four at catcher, four at first base, and one as DH. The strange thing about Ed Levy (1916), who played exclusively for the Yanks after going 0-for-1 in one game for the 1940 Phillies, is that he played 13 games at first base for the 1942 club, and 36 games in the outfield in 1944, but never played a part of an inning at the alternate position in either of those campaigns. Ed hit four homers and drove in 32 runs.