86 Greatest Moments vs. Boston #69-60
#69 | Historic Rout | 6/19/2000
In a 22-1 mashing, the most lopsided loss in the Red Sox’ 111-year history, the Yankees scored 16 runs over the final 2 innings to roll Boston in Fenway. New York had a solid 6-1 lead entering the 8th inning, but a 9-run frame saw the Yanks send 13 men to the plate, pound out 7 hits, and score runs on 5 consecutive at bats to put the game away. The 9th offered no reprieve for the Sox as Felix Jose and Scott Brosius went deep in a 7-run inning. Yankee bats scorched the Sox for 10 extra base hits including 5 home runs. Equally as dominant on the pitching side were Ramiro Mendoza, who allowed just 6 hits and 1 run over 7 innings, Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton.
#68 | Chambliss and the Yanks Walk Off | 7/25/1976
In the first curtain call at the newly remodeled Yankee Stadium, Chris Chambliss tipped his cap to 49,723 who continued to cheer long after his 9th inning 3-run home run turned a 5-3 Yankee deficit into a 6-5 victory. Elrod Hendricks led off the inning with a single and Mickey Rivers doubled to put the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. However, it appeared the Sox might escape after Tom Murphy retired Roy White on a fly out and Thurman Munson on a groundout. Don Zimmer then replaced Murphy with Tom House, who surrendered the game-winning bomb to Chambliss. It was reported that Chambliss gave the first curtain call at the Stadium since Roger Maris acknowledged the crowd after his 61st home run of 1961.
#67 | Yanks Pound 30 Hits | 9/28/1923
With a little over a week left in the season, the Yankees had an insurmountable 17.5 game lead over Cleveland in the AL pennant race while Boston was wallowing in last place, 37 games out of contention. Things would only get worse for the Sox as the Yankees put a shellacking on Boston, ripping an American League record 30 hits in a 24-4 win. The Yanks served notice that it might be a long day for the home team with a 4-run 1st, but it was an 11 run 6th that ultimately buried Boston. Babe Ruth and Wally Schang each collected 5 hits while Lou Gehrig hit safely 4 times and knocked in 4 runs. Despite all of the offense, the game lasted just 2 hours and 54 minutes.
#66 | Mantle’s Last Game | 9/28/1968
On the 2nd-to-last day of the season, Mickey Mantle made his 2,401st and last appearance, the most in Yankee history. The Mick came to bat just once in the 1st inning, popping up, before being replaced by Andy Kosco. As Kosco took over 1st base for Mantle he said to his childhood idol, “Thanks, Mick. Thanks for everything.”
#65 | The First DH | 4/6/1973
The designated hitter was adopted by the American League before the 1973 season. On opening day, the Yankees’ Ron Blomberg made history as baseball’s first DH, drawing a bases loaded, 1st inning walk against Luis Tiant. Blomberg finished the game 1 for 3 with an RBI.
#64 | Nettles Wins It | 6/27/1978
The Yankees trailed Boston by 9.5 games, a deficit that would balloon to 14 games by mid-July, but Graig Nettles gave the Sox a little preview of New York’s ability to come back in a thrilling 6-4, 14-inning victory, punctuated by his 2-run, walk off home run. The Yankees would finish the season tied with the Sox and would win a 1-game playoff at Fenway to claim the AL East crown.
#63 | Every Game Matters | 3/29/1948
In a game that epitomized the intensity of the rivalry, the Yankees and Red Sox battled to a 2-2 tie over 4 hours and 2 minutes… in a spring training game. A combined 33 players were used in the exhibition battle.
#62 | Justice Prevails | 4/22/2001
With 1 out and the Yanks down 3-2 in the bottom half of the 10th, O’Neill connected with a 1-2 pitch from Derek Lowe. Thinking he had flown out, O’Neill slammed his bat down in disgust, while the ball continued to carry, and carry, over the head of Darren Lewis and into the right field stands. It was a classic moment for a player who was always his own harshest critic. Two batters later David Justice atoned for his 4 strikeouts by taking Lowe’s first pitch deep for the game-winning homer in a 4-3 win.
#61 | Babe Shuts Down Sox | 9/28/1930
In his first start since 1921, Babe Ruth took the mound and pitched a complete game victory against his former club, yielding 11 hits and 3 runs while striking out 3 in a 9-3 win. He helped out his own cause with 2 hits and an RBI.
#60 | Martin vs. Piersall | 5/24/1952
There have been a healthy number of Yankee/Red Sox scuffles over the years, but no other fight has happened before the game even started. In the tunnel beneath the stands Billy Martin and Jim Piersall passed each other. Piersall jeered at Martin by calling out, “Hey, Pinocchio,” but paid for it when Martin dropped the Sox’ rookie center fielder with 2 swift slugs to the nose. The fight lasted about a minute before Bill Dickey and Sox pitcher Ellis Kinder broke it up. The next morning the Boston Globe reported, “Jim Piersall of the Red Sox had the sharper tongue. But the Yankees’ Billy Martin had harder punches.”