If there were a few Yankee fans too shy to yell “R-R-A-A-U-U-U-L-L-!-!-!” before October 10, 2012, his exploits that night probably put them over the top. With Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez barely outpitching Hiroki Kuroda, the 2-1 lead the O’s took to the ninth had them set to take that same lead in games in the five-game ALDS, after the teams had split two in Baltimore. But Joe Girardi made the controversial call and pinch hit Raul Ibanez for Alex Rodriguez with one down, and Raul tied it with a homer to right off Jim Johnson. And three innings later, Ibanez sent 50,000-plus home happy by homering off Brian Matusz for the 3-2 Yankee win.
The Yankees, never a ballclub to hesitate when they suspect decisive action is called for, announced that they had signed Joe McCarthy to manage the team for four years on October 10, 1930. Available after the Cubs failed to sign him following a year in which he had led them to a pennant, McCarthy would lead the Bronx-based club to eight pennants and seven World Championships by the time he resigned in 1946.
It may have been the playoff-tough Orlando “el duque” Hernandez‘s signature start when he four-hit the Indians 4-0 to even the 1998 ALCS at two games apiece on October 10 of that year. The Duke went seven, and Mike Stanton and Mariano Rivera finished up. A Paul O'Neill first-inning home run was all the offense Hernandez would need.
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner was fined $50,000 on October 10 for criticizing the work of the umpires in Seattle’s ALDS win over the Yanks in the 1995 five-gamer that had just finished up.
Before a Baltimore/Cincinnati World Series game on October 10, 1970, The Jackson Five sang the National Anthem.
The Yanks won the clincher in the 1937 Series over the Giants 4-2 behind Lefty Gomez on October 10. Gomez also stroked the game-winning hit, and the Bombers set a record by being the first team to win a Series without ever making an error in the match.
In Joe DiMaggio‘s last game, Hank Bauer‘s bases-loaded triple carried the Yanks to a 4-3 victory over the Giants on this day in 1951, and the Pinstripers won their third straight Championship.
Tom Tresh‘s three-run homer off Jack Sanford on this day in 1962 carried the Yankees and Ralph Terry to a 5-3 win over San Fran. It was probably the biggest hit of Kubek’s career.
Once the Yanks battled the Cards to a 1-1 tie after eight innings on October 10, 1964, behind Jim Bouton and Curt Simmons, Mickey Mantle homered on Barney Schultz‘s first pitch in the ninth for the 2-1 win.
All three Yankee players who have died on October 10 were pitchers, and two of them share another coincidental aspect. Southpaw Russ Van Atta (1986), who debuted in the bigs by throwing 59 games (31 starts) for the 1933-1935 Yankees, posted a 15-9-1 record in New York. Righthander Walter Clarkson (1946) also debuted in New York (from 1904-1907), and he threw exactly 59 games (26 starts) too. Clarkson’s 14-10-1 record for the Highlanders was very Van-Atta-like as well.