Thursday, June 09, 2011

June 9th In Red Sox Vs. Yanks History

As with June 7th (until two days ago), the home team has always won in the Red Sox' match-ups with the Yankees on June 9th:

1945 at NY: 13-7 L
1964 vs NY: 5-2 W
1982 vs NY: 3-2 W
2009 vs NY: 7-0 W

So the road team is due again! Some highlights from the other four June 9th affairs:

1945: Sox score 4 in the top of the first but lose a sloppy one 13-7 in front of 15 thousand on a Saturday in The Bronx.

1964: Yaz hit a two-run triple to give the Red Sox a lead they'd never relinquish, winning 5-2 at Fenway in front of a Tuesday-night packed house. The first four batters in the Red Sox lineup, despite each playing the whole game, ended up with 1, 2, 3, and 4 official at bats respectively. I wonder if that's the only time that's happened in history. I'd give ya skeets to treats no one's ever done it with the first five.

1982: Bob Stanley preserves a 3-1 lead in the 6th by relieving Bruce Hurst and getting a key double play ball. The Yanks leave the tying run on second in the ninth, and the Sox win 3-2. Tommy John takes the loss. Pictured, Jim Rice throws out old friend Butch Hobson at the plate as Muggsy applies the tag.

2009: Nick Green and Papi go deep, Beckett dominates, and the Red Sox stay undefeated on the season against New York with a 7-0 win.

After talking about this stuff on Joy of Sox, Allan wondered if there was a date when the Red Sox and Yanks never matched up against each other. So I did a Ctrl+F on each date on the list* and found that the range of dates the two teams have played each other (regular season) goes from April 3rd to October 10th. And except for October 9th, the only two dates the teams have never met on are August 24th and August 25th. And they've only played once on August 26th (2008).

Why have they never met on these dates, when, for example, they've played 32 games against each other on September 7th? I think it's because back in the day, Red Sox-Yanks was a traditional Labor Day weekend match-up. And since you wouldn't normally play two series in a row with a team, that leaves those late August days as ones where it would be unlikely the two would meet. There's a spike in frequency in early September, surrounded by two valleys. But the Labor Day thing hasn't been a tradition for years, so it's still a pretty big coincidence that those dates haven't been hit in 111 years. (The August 24-25 streak will continue in 2011.)

*If you click on the list and are immediately confused by a lot of games against the Orioles, remember that the Yanks were the Baltimore Orioles in 1901 and 1902. When I'm talking about the Yankees, I'm talking about the franchise, including their time as the O-Birds and Highlanders.


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