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This Day in Yankees History
October 7th

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1904 Jack Chesbro gets his 41st win of the season when the Highlanders beat Boston in New York, 3-2. Happy Jack's win total is considered the modern-era major league mark for the most victories in a season.
1939 In Game 3 at Crosley Field, Charlie Keller becomes the first rookie to hit two home runs in the same World Series game. The 22-year-old outfielder's round-trippers in the first and fifth innings, both off starter Junior Thompson, help the Yankees beat the Reds, 7-3.
1950 Rookie hurler Whitey Ford, with ninth-inning help from Allie Reynolds, beats the Phillies, 5-2, as the Yankees complete the World Series sweep of Philadelphia's 'Whiz Kids.' Jerry Coleman wins the Babe Ruth Award as the series MVP.
1952 In the decisive Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 4-2, to win their fourth consecutive World Championship. Gil Hodges finishes the Fall Classic hitless in twenty-one at-bats, which prompted some Brooklyn fans to gather at local churches asking for divine help for their beloved first baseman.

(Ed. Note: Joe Black takes the loss in his third start of the Series. The 28-year-old right-hander appeared only twice as the starting pitcher in the regular season, making 54 appearances in relief for the Dodgers. - LP)

1961 The Yankees win Game 3 of the World Series, beating the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 3-2. The decisive blow is Roger Maris' home run leading off the top of the ninth inning off Cincinnati starter Bob Purkey.

1988 The Yankees replace manager Lou Piniella, who had taken over for the fired Billy Martin in June, with Dallas Green. The former Phillies' skipper compiles a 56-65 record (.463) before being fired in August after calling George Steinbrenner' Manager George' due to the team's meddling with the team.
1995 In Game 4 of the ALDS, Edgar Martinez's eighth-inning grand slam breaks a 6-6 tie with the Yankees at the Kingdome. The Mariner DH's round-tripper, considered by many the biggest in franchise history, is the difference in Seattle's eventual 11-10 victory, forcing a decisive Game 5.

2006 Three years after enduring a 119-loss season, the wild-card Tigers upset the much-favored Yankees to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1987. After beating New York 8-3 to take the ALDS 3 games to 1, the Detroit players start spraying champagne on fans at Comerica Park, who have suffered through 12 consecutive losing seasons and a tough month of September before the team wins their first postseason series in 19 years.
2007 George Steinbrenner makes it clear if the Yankees do not get past the first round of playoffs against the Indians, Joe Torre's job, the longest-tenured manager under the Boss's ownership, will be in jeopardy. Trailing the ALDS 2-0, the team responds for their popular skipper with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Tribe at the Stadium.
2010 With only 17 instances of a manager getting tossed in postseason history, two occurrences happen on the same day when umpires eject Rays' Joe Maddon and Twins' Ron Gardenhire from different ALCS games. Against Texas, the Tampa Bay skipper gets the heave-ho in for arguing a check swing with home plate ump Jim Wolf, and the Minnesota pilot suffers the same fate with Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh in the contest against the Yankees.
2018 At 20 years and 293 days, Ronald Acu├▒a Jr. becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit a postseason grand slam, going deep off Walker Buehler in the second inning of the Braves' 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. Yankee legend Mickey Mantle previously held the record being 21 years, 349 days old, when he went deep with the bases loaded in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series.

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