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
Provided by View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/10/2012.

192 thoughts on “Alex, I’ll take the Yankees in the World Series for 500

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3
    GrandyMan says:

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

  4. 5
    GrandyMan says:

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

  5. 6
    RJ says:

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

  6. 9
    GrandyMan says:

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

  7. 12
    Ryan says:

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

  8. 19
    RJ says:

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

  9. 20
    Richard Chester says:

    When was the only time Yogi Berra was pinch-hit for in a World Series?

  10. 21
    GrandyMan says:

    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?

    • 23
      Doug says:

      #1 is too obvious. #2 is correct. I didn’t know that. I’ll add to the list.

      But, I was looking for two other things. Hint: the same player did both things.

  11. 25
    John Autin says:

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

  12. 29
    RJ says:

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

  13. 30
    John Autin says:

    #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. 🙂

  14. 33
    Richard Chester says:


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

    • 36
      Doug says:

      May be true, but don’t know how to check for that. All of the questions are verifiable using P-I.

      • 76
        Richard Chester says:

        You could check for it on a manner similar to the procedure I mentioned in my post #60 but using Team Pitcher Game Finder.

        • 80
          Doug says:

          You are right, Richard. Did you recall that game?

          Actually, you don’t need to use Team Game Finder. Just use these two queries in Pitching Game Finder, and check results.
          – Last game of WS, Team Won, CG, GIDP >= 1
          – Last game of WS, Team Won, GF, GIDP >= 1

          • 140
            Richard Chester says:

            Yes I do remember that game (just the DP). I was in the park with my portable radio when it happened.

          • 150
            e pluribus munu says:

            Richard, Am I reading this correctly: you were at the Stadium for the 7th game in ’47? My eyes are wide. . . .

          • 153
            Richard Chester says:

            Reply to 150.
            I don’t mean that I was at Yankee Stadium but at a playground in a local park near where I lived.

          • 157
            e pluribus munu says:

            Well, good enough – I’ll just admire your early possession of a transitor radio.

          • 160
            Richard Chester says:

            Reply to 157
            epm: there were no transistor radios then. My aunt bought me a box-shaped radio which required three batteries and I never left my house without it whenever the Yankees were playing.

          • 163
            tag says:

            Ah, yes, the glory of tubes. I was born in the transistor era, but loved my dad’s tube stereo set-up so much that I still run tube amps and preamps and one old tube radio – an ancient Admiral that it’s getting difficult to find replacement valves for. The worst thing about old radios, though, are the capacitors. Man can those things leak and gunk up.

  15. 35
    Richard Chester says:

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

    • 41
      Doug says:

      I think that’s correct. It’s certainly correct for a 1-0 win. But, again not something I can verify easily with P-I. There was something else in this game.

      • 60
        Richard Chester says:

        Reply to #41.
        It can be verified using PI and box scores.
        Go to PI and select:
        All Matching Games
        Post Season
        Team Won
        Home game
        Sort by Date

        The results spreadsheet shows 16 games. Check the box scores of the 8 games won by 4 runs or less and the 1949 game is the only one with a walk-off HR. Off course it helps to know ahead of time about the Henrich HR. But it could be done regardless, there would be more box score to sort through.

        That walk-off HR was not just the first one by the Yankees but by anybody.

  16. 38
    Brent says:

    #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)

  17. 40
    Richard Chester says:

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

  18. 44
    Ed says:

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

  19. 47
    Richard Chester says:

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

  20. 48
    Ed says:

    #6 – last multi homer game (Chad Curtis)

  21. 52
    topper009 says:

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

  22. 58
    Brent says:

    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

  23. 69
    James Smyth says:

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

  24. 71

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

    • 73
      Doug says:

      Yes, that is the last of 15 times the Yankees have done this. Since this was the last WS game the Yankees have played (and therefore almost anything would fit), I made it a unique occurrence (should have mentioned that at the outset).

      See comments 46 and 56 (under thread for comment 1) for clues.

  25. 75
    mosc says:

    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.

    • 78
      Doug says:

      Good thought, mosc. Roger Clemens is the last pitcher to pick off a runner, on 10/30/2001. Pettitte himself did this more recently than 1996, on 10/26/2000.

      Both of these were scored P-1B, so meet your specification.

      • 82
        mosc says:

        Maybe something to do with that intentional walk that was also a wild pitch? I can’t imagine it was the most recent example of somebody walking the catcher to face a yankee pitcher.

      • 84
        mosc says:

        Reply in the form of a question, right.

        What is the last time a Yankee baserunner advanced on an intentional walk with first base open?

  26. 92
    Ed says:

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

  27. 93
  28. 94
    Richard Chester says:

    Who is the only Yankee to hit a triple and get caught stealing twice in a game?

    • 100
      Doug says:

      Yes. Actually, only Yankee to be caught stealing twice, period.

      The second CS was of home, with two outs. Later, Jackie Robinson successfully stole home, in the 8th inning with two outs and down by 3 runs.

  29. 97
    Ed says:

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

  30. 101


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

  31. 109
    Ed says:

    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. 🙂

  32. 110
    Richard Chester says:


    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)

    • 111
      Doug says:

      Yes, those are both firsts. Surprisingly, a Yankee PH has had an IBB only one other time – Juan Rivera on 10/22/2003. So, I’ll add that factoid to the list

  33. 112
    James Smyth says:

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

  34. 114
    Nick Pain says:

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

    • 117
      Doug says:

      Good one Nick, I hadn’t notice that, but have confirmed it is correct. For the record, these are the Yankee slams in the WS.

      Tino Martinez, New York (AL), Oct. 17, 1998, 7th inning
      Joe Pepitone, New York (AL), Oct. 14, 1964, 8th
      Bobby Richardson, New York (AL), Oct. 8, 1960, 1st
      Bill Skowron, New York (AL), Oct. 10, 1956, 7th
      Yogi Berra, New York (AL), Oct. 5, 1956, 2nd
      Mickey Mantle, New York (AL), Oct. 4, 1953, 3rd
      Gil McDougald, New York (AL), Oct. 9, 1951, 3rd
      Tony Lazzeri, New York (AL), Oct. 2, 1936, 3rd

      So, the Yankees have 8 of the 18 slams in WS history. Only other team with more than one is the Twins with two, both in 1987.

      • 118
        Nick Pain says:

        I can’t imagine the following is what you’re looking for; I’m kind of grasping at straws:
        October 4, 1953. What is the last time the Yankees had runs equal to hits, both double digits.

  35. 115
    Andy says:

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

  36. 119
    Luis Gomez says:

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

  37. 120
    John Nacca says:

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

  38. 121
    John Nacca says:

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

  39. 123
    John Nacca says:

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

  40. 124
    John Nacca says:

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

  41. 125
    John Nacca says:

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

  42. 128
    John Nacca says:

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

  43. 130
    John Nacca says:

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

  44. 144
    John Nacca says:

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

    • 147
      Doug says:

      That’s true. But, all of the questions are independent of what a player or the team did in any previous games.

      Looking for something else.

  45. 145
    John Nacca says:

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

  46. 146
    John Nacca says:

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

  47. 151
    no statistician but says:

    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.

    • 152
      Doug says:

      To be sure. Some people have a knack for spotting unusual things in box scores. That’s what this game is about.

      The mention of Ruth and Gehrig is relevant to #28. Some other players in that game shared something in common with them (other than being Yankees).

  48. 156
    John Nacca says:

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

  49. 162
    RJ says:

    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?

  50. 165
    Richard Chester says:

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

  51. 170
    Doug says:

    It’s been 24 hours so I’m going to call Game Over on time (hey, this is Jeopardy, not baseball).

    Thanks for playing everyone. You did pretty well. I’ll post the remaining questions shortly.

  52. 172
    Richard Chester says:

    For #23 don’t you mean last pitcher to hit an XBH?

  53. 173
    Richard Chester says:

    Doug: I have one for you: 9-28-32

    • 174
      Doug says:

      Starting pitcher (Red Ruffing) had 10 or more of both strikeouts and hits allowed. Only time. And, he allowed triple by former Yankee shortstop (Mark Koenig).

      • 177
        Richard Chester says:

        That’s not the answer I am looking for but it does involve those two players.

        • 180
          Doug says:


          It is the first time a pitcher allowed an intentional walk and a triple to the same batter. Second time was #13 on our list, Catfish Hunter and Joe Morgan.

          So, I guess it’s the only time a former Yankee tripled and was intentionally walked playing against the Yankees.

          • 181
            Richard Chester says:

            Your statement is true but you’re not there yet. It does involve bending your rules a bit. It can be determined with PI and Excel speadsheets.

          • 183
            Doug says:

            Bending the rules, you say.

            Okay, Ruffing is only Yankee to give and receive and intentional walk in the same series. The receive was in #28 on our list.

          • 184
            Richard Chester says:

            When I say bending the rules I mean you have to use an Excel spreadsheet in addition to the PI search. The answer involves Koenig and Ruffing. It seems that your original requirement was to use PI only. I hope that helps.

          • 185
            Doug says:

            Well, Richard, I’ll just guess that Ruffing is the first Yankee pitcher who, in his first WS game, faced a former Yankee. But, I expect that has happened since.

          • 186
            Richard Chester says:

            You’re getting close.

          • 187
            Doug says:

            Okay. Ruffing is the first Yankee pitcher who, in his first WS game, faced a former Yankee teammate.

            Ruffing and Koenig were teammates briefly, from May 6th to 30th, 1930.

          • 188
            Richard Chester says:

            Another correct statement but not quite what I am looking for. You’re still close. You have given some good answers though. Maybe I should give you the answer, this could go on forever.

          • 189
            Doug says:

            That would be fine with me.

          • 190
            Richard Chester says:

            Mark Koenig is the first former Yankee to have played in a WS with them and then played against them in the WS. Ruffing was the pitcher in Koenig’s first AB. The answer had to involve a player currently on the Yankees, that’s why Ruffing is mentioned. I got the idea for this while researching your game #27. Koenig’s name appeared in that box score and realizing that he was a former WS Yankee I thought that the answer was that he was the first former player to do so. Checking his stat page revealed that he also played against them in the 1932 WS. I did a PI search to verify, with confirmation occurring when I listed all the WS players, both for and against the Yankees from 1921 to 1932. Koenig’s name was the only one to appear on both lists.

          • 191
            Doug says:

            Thanks Richard, It is a pretty short list of players to play for and against the Yankees in the WS.

            Bill Skowron
            David Dellucci
            Denny Neagle
            Don Larsen
            Enos Slaughter
            Frenchy Bordagaray
            Jay Johnstone
            Jim Leyritz
            Johnny Allen
            Mark Koenig
            Murry Dickson
            Pat Malone
            Sterling Hitchcock
            Tommy John
            Tony Lazzeri

            Of these, only Koenig played against the Yankees for two different teams. Only Hitchcock and John never won a WS playing for or against New York.

  54. 192

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