86 Greatest Moments vs. Boston #59-50
#59 | Rags Saves the Day | 10/4/1986
In his 3rd season after moving from the rotation to the bullpen, Dave Righetti saved both ends of a twin bill to give him an American League record 46 saves. In the 9th inning of game 1, “Rags” worked around a leadoff double by Jim Rice to give the Yanks a 5-3 win. In the nightcap the lanky lefty overpowered Dwight Evans, Kevin Romine, and Dave Sax in order to secure a 3-1 victory over the eventual American League champions.
#58 | The Mel Stottlemyre Show | 7/20/1965
In a 6-3 victory at the Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre torched the Sox with his arm as well as his bat. In a complete game victory he allowed 3 runs and struck out 5, but it was his bat that buried the Sox in the 5th inning. The Yanks began the frame with a 2-1 edge, and loaded the bases with a Joe Pepitone walk, a Clete Boyer single, and a Roger Repoz walk. Stottlemyre dug into the batter’s box and helped his own cause by slugging a high drive over the head of center fielder Jim Gosger. The shot cleared the bases and Stottlemyre kept running, sliding in with an inside-the-park grand slam that gave the Bombers all the offense they would need behind his gritty effort.
#57 | Reggie and the Yanks Walk Off | 9/14/1977
The Yanks began the day with a 2.5 game lead over Boston in the AL East race with just over 2 weeks left in the season. In a crucial matchup in the Bronx, the rivals dueled to a 0-0 stalemate entering the 9th behind stellar pitching from Ed Figueroa and Reggie Cleveland. After Figueroa faced the minimum in the top of the frame, Cleveland finally blinked in the last of the 9th. After Thurman Munson singled to centerfield, Reggie Jackson got his first defining hit as a Yankee by slugging a game-winning home run in a 2-0 victory.
#56 | Hoag’s 6-Pack | 6/6/1934
During a 15-3 thrashing at Fenway in which the Yankees collected 25 hits, Myril Hoag went 6-for-6 at the plate with 6 singles. Ben Chapman and Lou Gehrig each collected 4 RBIs, but it was Hoag’s feat that stood out above the rest. In 109 years only 2 other Yankees have recorded 6 hits in a single game: Gerald Williams in 1996 and Johnny Damon in 2008. All 3 were left fielders.
#55 | Ruth Says Goodbye to Boston | 8/12/1934
46,766 people turned out at Fenway Park to bid farewell to a living legend. Babe Ruth had played for the city and tortured it and every Bostonian wanted to catch a final glimpse of the greatest player of their time. A reported crowd of 20,000 stood outside the park as New York earned a 7-1 victory during witch Ruth earned 2 walks. The next day’s Boston Globe reported on the event, with some slight embellishments:
What may have been Babe Ruth’s last game as a regular at Fenway Park drew a record-breaking crowd of 50,000 yesterday that filled every inch of space at the American League’s elaborate plant. Close to 50,000 managed to get inside the park for the eventful day while thousands to others were turned away.
#54 | Maris Slams Sox in Yankee Debut | 4/19/1960
Roger Maris, after being acquired from Kansas City during the offseason, immediately rewarded the Yankees’ faith with 4 hits, 4 RBIs, and 2 home runs in an 8-4 opening day victory at Fenway. He launched his first bomb off of Tom Brewer in the 5th with Jim Coates on 1st. He then tagged Ted Bowsfield for a 2nd long ball in the 8th.
#53 | Skowron Goes Where Few Have Gone | 4/20/1957
In a 10-7 win over the Boys from Beantown, Bill “Moose” Skowron shone brighter than the likes of Mantle, Martin, and Berra, slugging 2 home runs. His first dinger, yielded by Willard Nixon, led off the 2nd inning and was a historic blast that not only cleared the left centerfield wall, but soared to the right of the flagpole and out of Fenway Park. A myriad balls have sailed out of Fenway after clearing the Green Monster in left field, but only 5 other balls in the 100 year history of Fenway have carried out of the park to the right of the flagpole: Jimmie Foxx (1937), Hank Greenberg (1937), Carl Yastrzemski (1970), Bobby Mitchell (1973), Jim Rice (1975). Skowron’s second blast, in the top of the 7th, cut the Yankee deficit to 7-6, before a Gil McDougald single tied it with 2 outs in the 9th. The Yanks won the game in 12 innings on a 2-run home run by Hank Bauer and a run scoring single courtesy of Mickey Mantle.
#52 | Back-to-Back-to-Back Magic | 6/29/1966
In a Wednesday afternoon matchup at Fenway, the Yanks used back-to-back-to-back home runs in the 3rd inning to down Boston 6-5. Bobby Richardson led off with long ball off of Rollie Sheldon that gave New York a 4-0 lead. Mickey Mantle followed with a shot of his own that chased Sheldon from the game. Lee Strange took the mound in relief and yielded a home run to Joe Pepitone to give the Yanks their final run of the game. Mel Stottlemyre and Hal Reniff did just enough to stem the Sox’ furious comeback.
#51 | Tex’ Trifecta | 5/8/2010
Mark Teixeira powered the Yanks to a 14-3 victory on Lansdowne Street with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs. With the game knotted at 3-3 in the 5th, Teixeira shot the Yanks into the lead with a homer to right off of Clay Buchholz. Tex struck again in the 7th off of Ramon Ramirez to push the edge to 7-3. His 2-run blast off of Jonathan Van Every in the 9th provided the final margin.
#50 | Mattingly Re-Writes Record Book | 10/2/1986
Don Mattingly added his name to the Yankee record books with his 232nd hit of the season, besting the mark held by Earl Combs since 1927. Mattingly went 2-for-4, raising his average to .350 in a 6-1 win.