Archive for October 1st, 2010

vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 24 0.368 0.500 0.684 2 3
Curtis Granderson CF 15 0.429 0.467 0.714 1 2
Mark Teixeira 1B 13 0.500 0.615 0.800 0 1
Alex Rodriguez 3B 28 0.136 0.321 0.273 1 4
Robinson Cano 2B 26 0.240 0.269 0.400 1 2
Nick Swisher RF 15 0.231 0.333 0.308 0 1
Jorge Posada C 15 0.400 0.400 0.600 0 2
Lance Berkman DH 5 0.200 0.200 0.200 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 8 0.167 0.375 0.167 0 0
Total 149 0.295 0.356 0.481 5 15
vs. Andy Pettitte PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Darnell McDonald CF 2 0.500 0.500 1.000 0 2
J.D. Drew RF 43 0.357 0.372 0.643 3 4
David Ortiz DH 63 0.389 0.444 0.574 1 11
Mike Lowell 1B 37 0.355 0.432 0.387 0 6
Jed Lowrie SS 8 0.429 0.500 0.857 1 3
Jason Veritek C 67 0.310 0.388 0.466 2 7
Bill Hall LF 16 0.125 0.125 0.188 0 0
Felipe Lopez 2B 25 0.167 0.200 0.250 0 3
Yamaico Navarro 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 261 0.321 0.375 0.487 7 36


Yankees vs. Red Sox    
Season: 2010 Season: 2009 Season: 2008 All-Time
NYY: 8-7 TIED: 9-9 TIED: 9-9 NYY: 1125-940


  Last 10 Last 20 Last 30
Yankees 4-6 8-12 16-14
Red Sox 4-6 10-10 13-17


  Away vs. RHP
Yankees 42-36 63-38
  Home vs. LHP
Red Sox 44-34 28-28

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The last remnants of the old Yankee Stadium may have been cleared away, but thanks to books like the just released Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories, the old place will never be forgotten.

For those familiar with the esteemed blog Bronx Banter (and those who aren’t should be), Stadium Memories will ring a bell because it is a collection of essays mostly compiled from a series that was published on the website back in 2008. Over the course of that year, Alex Belth, the talented writer and storyteller behind Bronx Banter, culled together a random sampling of memoirs from a variety of men and women who had the privilege to walk through the gates of the old Yankee Stadium.

The force that transformed a series of blog posts into a poignant scrapbook of memories was the untimely passing of one of the contributors. The first essay in Stadium Memories was written by Todd Drew, a talented writer, social activist, local historian and, above all else, rabid Yankee fan. Drew started out as a frequent commentator at Bronx Banter, and eventually joined the blog’s team of writers, imparting a unique style that was hard to ignore. Sadly, however, Drew’s time at Bronx Banter was short. Only months after penning his Stadium memoir, he passed away at the much too young age of 41. After his death, the essay would be honored by appearing in The Best American Sports Writing 2009, but its existence as the foundation of Stadium Memories is probably the reward that Drew would have cherished most.

Stadium Memories is about more than just a recollection of great games and events from the past. Instead, the anthology is really a series personal memoirs woven around Yankee Stadium. In each account, the Stadium is always in the background, but the real stars of the show are the family members, friends and personal experiences that can make even the most mundane occurrences seem so special. Whether it is Jane Leavy explaining how she could best relate to her grandmother through the pain experienced by Mickey Mantle, or Leigh Montville “sharing” his newspaper’s press credentials with buddies from the old neighborhood, the book is filled with stories of personal relationships, which for many is what being a baseball fan is all about.

To be sure, Stadium Memories has its share of sportswriters talking shop and recollections of the many big games played within the ballpark, but ultimately what makes it a must read for any Yankee fan is that it invites the reader to reminisce and chip in with a few memories of their own.

While reading through the different essays, more than a few of my own recollections emerged. Like rushing my way through an economics exam in college so I could scurry to the Bronx and attend the first game of 1995 ALDS, the first playoff game I had ever experienced after years of dreaming about the possibility. While taking the exam, I couldn’t suppress the building excitement. By the time I made it the Stadium, however, I was experiencing a tinge of regret. You see, left behind in the class was a certain young lady whom I just started getting to know. Although I didn’t want to forfeit the time we might spend together after class, this was the playoffs. Sadly, it wouldn’t be the last time the Yankees won out over love.

I also couldn’t help remember the time I brought my young niece to Yankee Stadium, and had to spend an entire inning explaining to her how I was not like the crazy man behind us yelling each time the Yankees made an out or gave up a hit. The first game I attended with my father also came to the fore. Did we really have to park 10 blocks away in a supermarket lot?

The most striking memory, however, was one that actually never happened. Growing up, my grandfather made me a Yankee fan by sharing his passion for the team (cheering “Willie…hit one for Willie”, each time Randolph would come to the plate). In those days, my grandfather, a “professional boxer” during the depression who was mostly paid in things like watches and free meals, wasn’t very nimble on his feet. He was also a very stubborn man who could get emotional at times. As a result, my mother cringed at the idea of him taking the subway from Brooklyn to the Bronx, not to mention interacting amid a big crowd. Although she couldn’t stop him from seeing his beloved Yankees, there was no way she was going to let him take his grandson.

So, instead, he would buy two tickets and then bring me home a whole host of goodies (my grandfather would always go to the giveaways). Whether it was caps, bats, umbrellas, t-shirts or calendars (especially the calendars), I always reaped the benefits of his visits to the Stadium. Unfortunately, by the time I was old enough to take care of myself, by grandfather no longer could do the same. Sadly, I never would get the chance to go with him to see the Yankees…not at Yankee Stadium at least. In 1985, just after the mini-strike, we saw the Yankees play at Fenway Park along with family we had been visiting in Connecticut. During the game in which the Yankees routed the Sox, my grandfather raised from his seat and started to cheery lustily. Several Red Sox fans around us leered angrily in our direction, prompting my aunt to pull him back down. I guess my mother was right!

If it seems like a review of Stadium Memories has lapsed into my own trip down memory lane, well, that’s exactly the point. If you are a Yankee fan, the book might not teach you much about the team or the Stadium, but you’ll definitely come away learning something about yourself.

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Yesterday was the anniversary of the day the Babe hit 60, but October 1 belongs to Roger Maris and 61.

Next year will mark the golden anniversary of Maris’ historic blast off the Red Sox Tracy Stallard in 1961, and the Yankees are sure to have something special planned to mark the occasion. In the meantime, however, the Hall of Fame has decided to honor 61 by adding an asterisk.

This evening, the Hall of Fame will open its fifth annual Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown by honoring Billy Crystal’s 61*. The festivities will include a screening of the 2001 film at the Hall, followed by a reception and discussion that will be hosted by Bob Costas and produced in conjunction with HBO Sports. Past festival headliners have included Pride of the Yankees and Bull Durham.

In addition to 61*, the festival will also feature 11 other films, including Josh Gibson: The Legend Behind the Plate, a documentary that is reported to be the most in depth look at the Negro League legend. Also, for those disappointed by Ken Burns’ Tenth Inning, the festival will also feature a comprehensive look at the history on Latin baseball as well as another account of the Red Sox miracle comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. Several other short films, many of them nostalgic, and historical documentaries also highlight the agenda, which is listed below.

Session 1: Saturday, October 2, 10AM

  • Josh Gibson: The Legend Behind the Plate (50 min.): A comprehensive account of Josh Gibson’s career and the culture of the Negro Leagues.
  • 3 Balls, 2 Strikes (5 min.): A short film about baseball’s role in everyday life.
  • Dear Baseball: I Love You (14 mins.): A 1950s era retrospective about a man’s memories of baseball during his youth.

Session 2: Saturday, October 2, 1PM

  • James Warwick (13 min.): An everyman nostalgia piece that revolves around baseball.
  • BEISBOL: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (118 min.): An account of the history, legends and characters of Latin baseball as well as underlying cultural, economic and political issues.

Session 3: Saturday, October 2, 7PM

  • Four Days in October (51 min.): An account of the Red Sox historic comeback in the 2004 ALCS.
  • Ballhawks (74 min.): A look at the 2004 Cubs from the perspective of a group of men who collect baseballs hit out of the Friendly Confines.

Session 4: Sunday, October 3, 10AM

  • Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (91 min.): A film about the Jewish experience in America with baseball as the underlying theme.
  • Conrads: A Team Rich in History (10 min.): A look at a sandlot team with a long tradition in Pennslyvania.

Session 5: Sunday, October 3, 1:30PM

  • Buck O’Neil and Black Baseball in Chicago (30 min): A film by the Chicago Baseball Museum that examines the area’s minority baseball leagues through stories told by Buck O’Neil.
  • The Last Season: The Eugene Emeralds and Civic Park (30 min): An account of the final season of Civic Stadium, which was home to Padres single-A affiliate Eugene Emeralds, from 1969 before moving to University of Oregon’s PK Park in  2010.

Source: Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce

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He jogged around slowly, touched each bag firmly and carefully, and when he imbedded his spikes in the rubber disk to record officially Homer 60, hats were tossed into the air, papers were torn up and tossed liberally and the spirit of celebration permeated the place.” – New York Times, October 1, 1927

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth established a new record for homeruns in a single season by belting his 60th round tripper against the Senators’ Tom Zachary. Ruth’s milestone achievement not only bested his own mark of 59, set in 1921, but also surpassed the total of every other American League team as well as all but three in the National League.

In an era when the homerun has lost some of its luster, it’s easy to overlook the enormity of Ruth’s accomplishment, not to mention the entirety of his career, but for those who need a little reminder, and perspective, following is a unique leader board from the 1927 season.

1927 Homerun Leaders

New York Giants 109
St. Louis Cardinals 84
Chicago Cubs 74
Babe Ruth 60
Philadelphia Phillies 57
Philadelphia Athletics 56
St. Louis  Browns 55
Pittsburgh Pirates 54
Detroit Tigers 51
Lou Gehrig 47
Brooklyn Dodgers 39
Boston Braves 37
Chicago White Sox 36
Hack Wilson 30
Cy Williams 30
Washington Senators 29
Cincinnati Reds 29
Boston Red Sox 28
Cleveland Indians 26
Rogers Hornsby 26

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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