Still reeling from a second loss to Cleveland in the best of five 2017 ALDS in which they lost the second game after having led 8-3, the Yankees handed the ball to Masahiro Tanaka for game three in the Bronx on October 8. He and Carlos Carrasco held their opposite lineups to three hits and no runs this evening, but once Carrasco left with two outs in the sixth, lefty swinging first baseman Greg Bird homered off one-time Yankee southpaw Andrew Miller for the game’s only run, 1-0 Yankees. Tanaka struck out seven, and closer Aroldis Chapman collected the five-out save with four strike outs of his own.
It’s more than 50 years now, and nobody has equaled Don Larsen‘s stellar achievement, as he tossed a Perfect Game in the World Series on October 8, 1956. He blanked the Dodgers, 2-0, besting Sal “The Barber” Maglie, who matched him until Mickey Mantle broke up the tie with a fourth-inning home run.
The Yankees shut out the Brewers 3-0 on October 8, 1981, with some pretty fair arms blanking the Milwaukee team. Dave Righetti started, and was relieved by Ron Davis and then Goose Gossage. Reggie Jackson and Lou Piniella homers accounted for all the scoring.
The heavy lifting portion of the Yankees ALCS victory over Kansas City on October 8, 1977, was turned in by Sparky Lyle, who tossed 5.67 scoreless innings in the 6-4 win. Mickey Rivers chipped in with four hits.
The Yanks won Game Five over Oakland to clinch the 2000 ALDS on October 8 by scoring six runs in the first and holding on. The relentless charge of the A’s that brought them within two at 7-5 was squashed by the masterful relief work of Yankee lefty Mike Stanton.
The Yankees managed to win their second World Series as they swept the Pirates in four, besting the NL team 4-3 on October 8, 1927. The Yanks took a 3-1 lead on Babe Ruth‘s home run, but the Pirates came back to tie, only to lose the game on a wild pitch in the ninth.
Monte Pearson grabbed the 5-2 win over the Cubs on October 8, 1938, in Yankee Stadium, behind Bill Dickey and Joe Gordon homers.
Joe DiMaggio was hitless in the 1951 Series no longer as he homered and singled in the 6-2, October 8 Yankee victory over the Giants. Allie Reynolds went the distance as the Yanks evened the Classic with the win.
Moose Skowron broke up a close battle with a three-run eighth-inning home run in a Game Seven victory over Lew Burdette and the Braves to take the 1958 Series on October 8. Once the Yanks prevailed 6-2, Casey Stengel had tied Joe McCarthy, with each having managed the team to seven Series wins.
It sounds out of whack for anyone familiar with the St. Louis fireballer’s work in the sixties to hear that Yankee rookie Mel Stottlemyre beat Bob Gibson, 8-3, in a World Series game on October 8, 1964, until you learn that the Yanks added four in the ninth once Gibson had been relieved. All of baseball mourns Gibson, who passed away six days ago, about a month short of his 85th birthday.