The September 2, 2010, headliner in the 5-0 win over Oakland in Yankee Stadium was staff ace CC Sabathia, but Curtis Granderson made a late claim at the laurels as well. The Yanks’ burly southpaw barely broke a sweat, subduing the A’s over eight innings with 96 tosses, only one of which was struck for a hit. But Granderson, subbing early in the game for ailing Nick Swisher, stroked home runs in both the sixth and seventh innings for three rbi’s.
It was Yankees in front of Boston in the standings on September 2, 2001. The venue was Fenway, the opposing pitchers, Mike Mussina and (at the time) Boston’s David Cone. Cone battled gamely through eight scoreless innings against the “perfect” Mussina, who lost his perfecto to Carl Everett‘s single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, one half inning after Cone had allowed the only (unearned) run of the contest, on Enrique Wilson‘s double.
In a strange twist, Boston GM Dan Duquette fired interim pitching coach John Cumberland after the game. Cumberland had been promoted to the spot after the incumbent Joe Kerrigan had replaced the fired Jimy Williams as manager.
In another memorable pitching performance, September 2, 1996, was the day that David Cone returned to the Yankees’ mound after recovering and rehabbing from May shoulder surgery to remove an aneurysm. Joe Torre, following the pitch count from the game plan they had established going in, did the generally unthinkable, taking the ball from Cone after seven innings of a still intact no-hitter. Mariano Rivera allowed one hit in finishing up the 5-0 win over Oakland.
On September 2, 1958, back-to-back sixth-inning dingers off Boston’s Dave Sisler from Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle broke a scoreless tie, and the Yanks won, 6-1. Mantle and Berra would go yard back-to-back 12 times in their careers playing together, and the two homered in the same game 50 times.
At this point, for any fan who remembers the name, recognition of the birthday of one-time Yank “Marvelous” Marv Throneberry (1933) is likely to bring a smile. And most fans today would gladly tip their cap to “Toe,” infielder Ronald Torreyes, born this day in 1992.