A.J. Burnett earned some genuine Yankee cred with a dominant performance in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series on October 29, with a 3-1 win over veteran righty Pedro Martinez. Following a Philadelphia score, Mark Teixeira hit a tying fourth-inning home run. Then, making an early case for the Series MVP title he would eventually win, Hideki Matsui cleared the right-field fence with the game winner in the sixth. Jorge Posada delivered an insurance run with a pinch-hit rbi single in the seventh.
In what may have been as dramatic a move as any in the long successful history of the New York Yankees, the team wooed Red Sox Manager Ed Barrow and hired him to be their business manager on October 29, 1920. The work Hall of Fame Executive Barrow put into the farm system, and the canny trades and player moves he engineered, were largely responsible for the 14 American League pennants and 10 World Titles in the 25 years that followed. Barrow is also credited with the decision to convert Babe Ruth from pitcher to everyday player and outfielder. And earlier in his career he discovered Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner.
The new Los Angeles Angels bought the contract of Bob Turley from the Bronx Bombers on October 29, 1962. But after having gone 82-52 with 12 saves in eight years in New York, Turley posted a 2-7 mark in L.A., and a 1-4 record when he was subsequently moved to Boston.
The Yankees activated two pitchers who throw from opposite sides of the plate from the 60-day disabled list on October 29, 2012, but the arms they throw with were not the only things that separated them. No Yankee hurler has thrown in more games than Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, while southpaw reliever Pedro Feliciano never would throw a pitch that counted in the Bronx.
Although his New York stint was brief, righthander Ewell Blackwell, who passed away on October 29, 1996, went 3-0 with two saves in 13 games (six starts) with the 1952-1953 club. Blackwell posted an 82-78-10 record from 1942-1955, mostly with the Reds. Lefty-hitting first baseman/utility player Harvey Hendrick also died on this day, in 1934. He debuted by hitting four home runs with 23 rbi’s on 38-for-142 hitting for the 1923-1924 Yankees,
Lefty outfielder Karim Garcia (1975) joined the Yankee October 29 birthday club when he played two games with the 2002 club. Subsequently reacquired from the Indians in June 2003. Karim hit six home runs and notched 21 rbi’s with the Yanks. A Pedro Martinez pitch at his head in the 2003 ALCS precipitated a ruckus during which Martinez threw 72-year-old Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer to the Fenway Park mound. With 32 Yankee assists, the right field arm of Jesse Barfield was his best weapon. But Barfield, born this day in 1959, also hit 62 homers with 189 rbi’s in the Bronx in the three-plus years he spent with the team after he was acquired for lefty Al Leiter in a 1989 trade with Toronto.