It was Ron Guidry‘s year, and he got the Yanks’ first 1978 World Series victory, 5-1 over the Dodgers, on October 13. But what will (rightly) most be remembered from this game is the incredible defense Graig Nettles provided at third base, saving multiple Dodgers’ runs with one outstanding play after another.
Mike Mussina earned some postseason Yankee credentials in a win-or-go-home game vs Oakland on October 13, 2001, a day when Jorge Posada plated the only run of the game on a fifth-inning homer off Barry Zito. Derek Jeter protected the slim lead on his fabulous relay play to nip Jeremy Giambi at home plate. It has come now to be known simply as “The Flip.”
What could have been an inspiring night turned into a horrible and tragic one on October 13, 2012. Detroit was up 4-0 vs a moribund Yankee offense in the opener of the ALCS until Tigers closer Jose Valverde got just two outs in the ninth while surrendering two-run home runs to Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez. But the offense went right back into the deep freeze after tying the game 4-4, and Detroit took the ALCS opener 6-4 in 12 on a Delmon Young rbi double. Making matters worse, tragedy struck on the next play, as Derek Jeter crumpled to the ground on a Johnny Peralta infield single.
The Yanks beat the Orioles, 6-4, on October 13, 1996, to capture the American League pennant. All six Yankee runs were scored in the third inning, when Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder, and Darryl Strawberry homered.
In the opening game of the 1999 ALCS with Boston on October 13, the Yanks came from 3-0 down to tie, and then Bernie Williams sent everyone in the Bronx home happy with his 10th-inning walk-off homer off Rod Beck.
Bernie Williams was at it again in Game Three of the 2000 ALCS vs. Seattle on October 13, going yard back-to-back with Tino Martinez in the second inning, with David Justice knocking in three. Mariano Rivera surpassed Whitey Ford‘s postseason consecutive scoreless inning streak (but not his World Series one) by achieving 33.33 innings of his own in the 8-2 Yankee win.
Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski broke a 9-9 tie and whipped the Yanks in the ninth inning of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series with his homer on October 13. Losing player and Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson won the Series MVP.
The Yankees belatedly entered the modern era on October 13, 1953, when they purchased the contracts of Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Catcher Howard would be the first Black to play in the Pinstripes.