Alex, I’ll take the Yankees in the World Series for 500

The Yankees are known for their unmatched post-season success, including the most World Series titles and appearances. In fact, the Yankees have lost more World Series than any other franchise has won.

This game is Jeopardy but, in this incarnation, could also be called box score sleuthing. There are many pieces to the game, each of which can be solved independently. So I expect this will work best as a group exercise with different individuals working on different pieces.

Following are a list of dates. These dates are the answers to Jeopardy questions. Your job is to determine the questions. Each question is in the form of “When was the last time a Yankee/the Yankees had a World Series game with …. ?”.

Note that the question format includes “a Yankee” rather than a specific name. Thus, none of the answers (er, questions) reference a specific player – so, nothing like “When was the last time in the World Series that Babe Ruth struck out with the bases loaded?”, or that sort of thing.

Thanks to everyone for playing. You found lots of interesting factoids that I never noticed. A box score is truly a treasure trove if you look closely. The questions and answers are posted after the jump. The ones you found are in black, and the remaining ones in blue.

I’ve included one question to give you an idea, but I expect the others may not be so easy. If there are two entries for the same game, it means there are (at least) two correct questions for that answer.

If you identify that you’re working on a question, I will update the post accordingly, and also with the questions as you solve them.

Have fun!

 No. Date Last time Yankees did this
sample 2001-11-04 lost series on a walk-off hit
BONUS 2009-11-04  won game when striking out 10+ times
1 2009-11-04  starter allowed exactly one of each type of hit (Andy Pettitte)
2 2003-10-23  starter (David Wells) pitched one inning or less
BONUS 2003-10-22  pinch-hitter received intentional walk (Juan Rivera)
BONUS 2000-10-25  two players tripled (Derek Jeter, Paul O’Neill) AND led off game with HR (Jeter)
3 2000-10-25  pitcher batted in a game he saved (Mariano Rivera)
4 2000-10-24  struck out 10+ and took the loss (Orlando Hernandez)
5 2000-10-21  player had 4 hits, all singles (Jose Vizcaino)
BONUS 1999-10-26  player homered twice (Chad Curtis)
6 1999-10-26  base hit by future Yankee manager (Joe Girardi)
7 1996-10-26  save recorded by a different pitcher (John Wetteland) than the one pitcher who has recorded all subsequent saves
8 1996-10-24  won game without scoring an earned run
9 1981-10-28  player (Willie Randolph) had two extra-base hits in deciding game, but team lost
10 1981-10-24  knocked out opposing starter (Bob Welch) before recording an out
11 1978-10-13  complete game with more walks than strikeouts (Ron Guidry)
12 1977-10-11  reliever won game with 3+ IP (Sparky Lyle)
13 1976-10-17  starting pitcher had walk-off loss (Catfish Hunter)
14 1962-10-04  starting pitcher allowed 10+ hits and won (Whitey Ford)
BONUS 1961-10-05  pitching staff issued two intentional walks to same opposing hitter (Gene Freese)
15 1961-10-05  home run by future Yankees manager (Yogi Berra)
BONUS 1960-10-13  No strikeouts by pitching staff
16 1960-10-13  base hit by relief pitcher (Bobby Shantz)
17 1960-10-13  allowed (Bobby Shantz) base hit to future Yankees managers (Bill Virdon)
18 1960-10-05  game 1 starting pitcher did not finish the 1st inning (Art Ditmar)
19 1958-10-09  stole a base in a game 7 (Elston Howard)
20 1958-10-02  allowed (Duke Maas) HR to opposing pitcher (Lew Burdette)
21 1955-09-30  lost game on opposing starter’s birthday (Johnny Podres)
22 1955-09-28  caught stealing twice (Billy Martin)
BONUS 1953-10-04  hit grand slam HR with all runs unearned (Mickey Mantle)
23 1953-10-04  pitcher had extra-base hit (Jim McDonald)
24 1949-10-05  had walk-off HR for a 1-0 win (Tommy Henrich)
25 1949-10-05  pitcher had two hits (Allie Reynolds)
BONUS 1947-10-06  induced GIDP to end series clinching game (Joe Page)
26 1947-10-06  threw out two runners trying to steal in a game 7 (Aaron Robinson)
27 1936-10-04  two base hits on his birthday (Frank Crosetti)
28 1932-10-02  8 future HOFers appeared in the same game
29 1923-10-12  Allowed (Sad Sam Jones) HR to future Yankee manager (Casey Stengel)
30 1922-10-07  Played home game at venue not called Yankee Stadium
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Generated 9/10/2012.

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Dan McCloskey
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#1: When was the last time the Yankees won a World Series clinching game?

Dan McCloskey
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#2: When was the last time the Yankees lost back-to-back World Series games?

GrandyMan
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10/2/32: Last time four Yankees players had at least three hits in a World Series game?

GrandyMan
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*When was the last time four Yankees players had at least three hits in a World Series game?

GrandyMan
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10/25/00: When was the last time the Yankees won a World Series game after failing to score after the third inning?

RJ
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#3 The last time the Yankees won a WS game by one-run?

RJ
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Scratch that, 2001 series featured one-run wins.

GrandyMan
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10/13/78: When was the last time a Yankee pitched a complete game in the World Series?

Ryan
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First one – last time a Yankee hit a home run in a WS game?

RJ
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#3 The last time a Yankee tripled in the World Series? I almost can’t believe that’s true.

Richard Chester
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#26:
When was the only time Yogi Berra was pinch-hit for in a World Series?

GrandyMan
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10/13/60: 1) When was the last time the Yankees lost a World Series on a game-ending home run? 2) When was the last time no Yankees pitcher recorded a strikeout in a World Series game?

John Autin
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#30, 1922-10-07: When was the last time the Yankees played a home WS game in a stadium not called Yankee Stadium?

RJ
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#4 Last time a Yankee pitcher struck out more than 10 in the WS?

John Autin
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#29, 1923-10-12: Last WS game the Yanks lost 1-0 on a home run. — OR — Last time a future Yankee manager hit an inside-the-park HR against them. 🙂

Richard Chester
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#26

When was the last time the Yankees won the last game of a WS with a double-play?

Richard Chester
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#24
When was the first time the Yankees won a WS game with a walk-off HR?

Brent
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#28: Last time a Yankee starting pitcher failed to get out of the first inning of a WS game (or recorded less than 3 outs)

Richard Chester
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#25
When did a Yankee pitcher pitch a CG and have as many hits as he gave up to the opposing team?

Ed
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#5 – Won in extra innings or won on a walk off hit?

Richard Chester
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#23
Who was the only Yankee to hit one triple and one HR in a WS game?

Ed
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#6 – last multi homer game (Chad Curtis)

topper009
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#1
What was the last Yankee team with no players who have ever been in my kitchen?

Brent
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Hmm, as a certified Yankee hater, I wish this one was on there: 10/10/57

Last time the Yankees lost at home in Game 7

James Smyth
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#3: Who is the last Yankee to hit a leadoff homer in a World Series Game?

Dan McCloskey
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#1: Last time Yankees batters struck out more than 10 times, but still won?

mosc
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1996-10-24: The last time a yankee pitcher successfully picked off a runner in a WS game (not a caught stealing by the pitcher/catcher). Pettite, of course, getting Jones.

Ed
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#11 – Last complete game with more walks than Ks?

RJ
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Richard Chester
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#22
Who is the only Yankee to hit a triple and get caught stealing twice in a game?

Ed
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#12 – last reliever to go 3+ innings and pick up the victory?

Voomo Zanzibar
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#28

When is the last time there were 4 Yankee errors in a World Series game that they won?

Richard Chester
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On 10-7-52, WS game 7, the Yankees made 4 errors while beating the Dodgers 4-2. I don’t know if that is the most recent time it happened.

Richard Chester
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Doug: I posted unaware of your post 104.

Ed
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Actually I lied. I have to do one more because it’s so easy.

#13 – The last time the Yankees started players named after poultry and seafood in the same game. 🙂

Richard Chester
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#28

I have two questions.
1) Who was the first Yankee WS starter to not make it through the first inning? (Johny Allen)

2) Who was the first Yankee PH to receive an IBB? (Red Ruffing)

James Smyth
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#8 Game Five of 1996 WS: What is the only game in which the Yankees did not score an earned run and WON?

Nick Pain
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October 4, 1953. What is the last time the Yankees hit a grand slam with all four runs unearned.

Andy
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Damn, Doug. You are logging some serious overtime paying so much attention to this post.

Luis Gomez
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# 7 The last time the Yankees stole 2 bases in a World Series game?

Richard Chester
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How about this for #7.
Who had his last save as a Yankee in this game? (John Wetteland)

Richard Chester
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Or even who is the Yankee to get a save prior to Mariano Rivera?

Richard Chester
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Make that “the last Yankee”

John Nacca
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Is #28……..”The last time a Yankee starter failed to make it out of the first inning?”

John Nacca
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Is #26…”The longest relief stint by a Yankee pitcher?”

John Nacca
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Actually, I meant #19, not #26

John Nacca
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Is #23…….”The first Yankee WS grand-slam?”

John Nacca
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Is #13……”The last time a Yankee starter gave up a walk-off at bat to lose a WS game?”

John Nacca
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Is #1…….”The last Yankee WS game win?”

John Nacca
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Is #16….”Most players used by NY in a WS game?”

John Nacca
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Is #21……”Only Yankee player with a HR and GIDP in same game?”

John Nacca
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Is #9…”Only Yankee to lose 3 games of a WS?”

John Nacca
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Is #10…..”Shortest opposing pitcher start (4 batters)?’

John Nacca
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Is #15……..”Last time a Yankee staff issued 2 intentional walks to the same hitter in one game (Gene Freese)”

no statistician but
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To me a lot of the confirmed answers so far are in the realm of esoterica, or maybe I’m just not into it.

#28, the 1932 game, intrigues me, though. Other things have been mentioned above, but also, the team had 19 hits and 2 HBP (Ruth and Gehrig, in fact). Don’t know if these things matter, but the game was obviously very weird.

John Nacca
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Is #18…….”Shortest Opening Game start by a Yankee (5 batters)”

RJ
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A couple of guesses:

#9 Last appearance by future non-Yankee WS winning manager (Lou Piniella)?
#14 Last complete game giving up as much as 10 hits?

Richard Chester
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#26
Which Yankee was the first to hit three triples in one WS? (Billy Johnson)

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