The Yanks were going back to the Series after a 15-year absence! George Brett‘s three-run homer in the eighth had tied it, but Yankee first baseman Chris Chambliss hit a moon shot that appeared to scrape the back of the wall in right off Mark Littell in the bottom of the ninth on October 14, 1976. The field was mobbed by celebrating fans as Chambliss fought his way to the Yankee dugout; he would touch third base and home plate afterward with a police escort.
Linda Ronstadt looked quite fetching as she appeared in a girl scout uni to sing the National Anthem before Game Three of the 1977 World Series in L.A. on October 14, but the Yanks prevailed, 5-3, behind Mike Torrez‘s route-going seven-hitter. Mickey Rivers smacked three safeties in the New York win.
And one year later, the Yanks pulled even with the Dodgers by winning Game Four of the 1978 Classic, as Lou Piniella plated Roy White with the winning run in the 10th inning of the Yanks’ 4-3 win.
Although Roger Clemens had already won the clincher in the four-game World Series sweep over the Braves the season before, he had struggled during much of the regular season in his first two campaigns in the Bronx. But he pitched a 15-strike-out, one-hit, 5-0 shutout over the Mariners on October 14, 2000. The win gave the Yanks a 3-1 lead in games in the ALCS.
Graig Nettles became the first player ever to record two hits in one inning in LCS play when he singled twice in a seven-run fourth. The Yanks bested the Oakland A’s 13-3 on October 14, 1981.
When the Pirates beat the Orioles 6-5 in the fifth game of the 1971 World Series on October 14, it was the last weekday afternoon game played in the October Classic.
The Yanks evened the 1964 World Series with the Cardinals on October 14, as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle went yard on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons, and Joe Pepitone chipped in with a grand slam, in an 8-3 Yankee win.
Another legendary career ended on October 14, as Walter Johnson retired from playing on this day in 1927. “The Big Train” went 417-279 in 21 years of major-league action.
Righthander Vic Raschi (1988), the “Springfield Rifle,” is the only Yankee player to have died on October 14. Vic got his start in New York and pitched all but the last two years of his 1946-1955 career with the Yanks. In 238 games (207 starts) he won 120, lost 50, and saved three.
October 14 presents a viable case for celebration of Yankee birthdays, with one-time catcher, World Series hero, and long-time manager Joe Girardi (1964); righthander Ed Figueroa (1948), who posted a hefty 62-39 record and one save in his 1976 through 1980 stay, pitching for a three-time Series team and two-time winner; and second baseman Pat Kelly (1969), who hit 26 homers and knocked in 183 runs from 1991 through 1997; Pat was a Yankee ninth-round choice in the 1988 amateur free agent draft.