The Yanks won their first World Championship on October 15, 1923, 5-4, behind a Babe Ruth home run and a two-run, game-winning single in the eighth by Bob Meusel. The crosstown Giants took the loss.
The Yanks made it all the way back from oblivion on October 15, 2001, when they won their third straight from the A’s, 5-3, to take the ALDS after being down 0-2 in games, with the losses coming at home no less. Mike Stanton got the win in relief.
The Yankees’ withering 18-hit attack that put them up three games to two in the 1978 World Series on October 15 in a 12-2 win was led by three hits apiece from Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, and unlikely postseason hero Brian Doyle.
Ron Guidry held the Dodgers to four hits one year earlier on October 15, 1977, as the Yanks took the fourth game, 4-2. Reggie Jackson had a double and a homer.
The grim news on October 15, 2019, was that the visiting Astros won the third game of the ALCS. But on the other hand, Andy Pettitte, having pitched for both participating teams in his career, made it clear where his sympathies lie when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
When the Yankees shut out the A’s 4-0 on October 15, 1981, they swept Oakland out of the playoffs in three and won their 33rd American League Pennant.
The 1964 Yankees fought back gamely after falling behind the Cardinals 6-0 in the seventh game of the Fall Classic. They closed the gap to 7-5 on homers by Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer, and Phil Linz, but the Cardinals prevailed by that score to take the crown.
Tom Tresh, who passed away on October 15, 2008, played more than eight years of his nine-year career in Pinstripes. An AL Rookie of the Year, Tom filled in for Tony Kubek at shortstop as a rookie on a Yankee World Series winner, then transitioned to the outfield when Kubek returned. A switch hitter, Tom homered from both sides of the plate in the same game several times. He hit 166 home runs and knocked in 493 runs with the Yankees from 1961 until he was traded to Detroit for outfielder Ron Woods in 1969, his final year.
Outfielder Sammy Byrd (1907), the only Yankee born on October 15, bore the nickname “Babe Ruth’s legs” because he often pinch ran for the aging Ruth in the slugger’s latter years. Byrd got his start with the Yanks and amassed 27 homers and 155 rbi’s from 1929 through 1934.