Fans looking forward from the 2018 season might be surprised to see who the offensive star of the Yanks’ Game 1 2019 ALDS 10-4 victory on October 4 over visiting Minnesota was, but not anyone looking back from 2020. Playing first base, DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-4, scored two times, and drove in four runs. Starter James Paxton was lifted once the Twins tied the game 3-3 in the fifth, but rallies of two, two, then three runs in the next three frames put this one away.
When Reggie Jackson launched his 41st home run of the 1980 season in the first of two on October 4, it moved him into a tie with Milwaukee’s Ben Ogilvie for the AL home run crown and lifted the Yanks to their fourth AL East title in five years. The Yanks won the game, 5-2.
Dave Righetti broke the season record for saves (45) shared by Bruce Sutter and Dan Quisenberry with his 46th when he saved both games in a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox, 5-3 and 3-1, on October 4, 1986, the next-to-the-last day of the season.
On October 4, 1995, the Bombers took a two to nothing lead in games over the Mariners in the ALDS when Jimmy Leyritz blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 15th inning, giving the Yanks a 7-5 win in the Stadium.
The Yankees have won World Series games on October 4 in 1928, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1961, and 1962.
One loss (of a few) on October 4 took place in 1951, 5-1 to Dave Koslo and the Giants. Not only did Monte Irvin lead the way with four safeties and a first-inning steal of home, with Bobby Thomson playing first base, the Giants fielded the first ever all-Black outfield with Irvin, Hank Thomson, and Willie Mays.
The most noteworthy Yankee player to have died on October 4 is righthander Jack Warhop (1960), who was a rotation stalwart on some not very good teams in New York from 1908-1915. Pitching nowhere else, Warhop posted a 69-93-7 record in 221 games (150 starts).
Frank Crosetti, who played for the Yanks only (1932 to 1948), mostly at short, and who also served as a third base coach for years, was born on October 4, 1910. “Crow,” as he was known, hit 98 home runs with 649 rbi’s with New York.