Whenever the month of
September comes around, thoughts turn to BUCKY DENT'S HOME
RUN – October 2, 1978 and THE BOSTON MASSACRE, September 7,
1978. But there have been other marker moments that linger
in memory. Herewith, a few . . .
SAM JONES, NO HITTER,
SEPTEMBER 4, 1923
His major league career
began with the Cleveland Indians in 1914, continued with the
Red Sox from 1916-21, with the Yankees (1922-26), the Browns
(1927), the Senators (1928-31), and the White Sox (1932-35).
Twice a 20-game winner, Samuel Pond Jones won 229 games and
lost 217 in 22 seasons pitching in the American League.
A stylish right-hander,
one of the first major leaguers to wear eyeglasses on the
field, Jones had his ups and downs. Like most pitchers of
his time, he relieved and started. His eight saves in 1922
were tops in the league.. In 1923, he won 21 games, but lost
a league-high 21 in 1925 as the Yanks dropped to seventh
Jones won 67 games as a
Yankee in five seasons. No game was more dramatic for him
than his September 4, 1923 no-hitter, a 2-0 gem against the
Athletics. It capped his career year, a time he was the
Yankee ace, hurling New York to its first World
JIM ABBOTT NO HITTER,
September 4, 1993
The Yankees traded for him on December 6, 1992. He was born
without a right hand, but he persevered, more than
persevered. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Jim
Abbott carried the United States flag during the opening
ceremonies at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis
and pitched for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.
In 1989, he went directly from the
University of Michigan to the Angels' starting rotation. A
solidly built southpaw, the intense Abbott won a dozen games
and posted a 3.92 ERA in his rookie season. On the mound, he
wore a right-hander's fielder's glove over the stump at the
end of his right arm. After delivering a pitch and when
completing his follow-through, he adroitly switched the
glove to his left hand to be in a position to handle any
balls batted back to him.
In 1991 he looked like one of the best
young left-handers in the game after winning 18 games for
the Angels while posting a 2.89 ERA. The Yankees traded
their best prospect first baseman J.T. Snow and pitchers
Russ Spring and Jerry Nielsen to California for Abbott.
The media spotlight in New York City seemed to be on him
daily. Abbott said he wanted to be like Nolan Ryan and not
like Pete Gray, the one handed pitcher.
With the Yankees, Abbott had his ups and
downs in two seasons in the Bronx. His record was 20-22. But
he did have one especially shining moment. It came just six
days after he had been touched for ten hits and seven runs
in only three and a third innings against
Cleveland. Facing Cleveland again, in the in the
heat of the pennant race, Abbott tossed a 4-0 no-hitter
against the Indians. “I remember it was a cloudy day. A day
game, the kind of game I like to throw."
CAL RIPKEN: LAST YANKEE
STADIUM GAME, SEPTEMBER 30, 2001
The day was drizzly and
cold. The Yankees played against the Orioles for 15 innings,
and the game was called finally because of rain. There were
55,351 fans around at the start and much less at the
Many in the crowd had come out to see Cal
Ripken, Jr. in his 126th game at Yankee Stadium, the most
by an opposing player. His first game there was June 18,
There was an orange No. 8 painted on third
base, as well as the Orioles' on-deck circle. Ripken was
given the honor of throwing out the first pitch to Derek
Jeter. Gifts presented to Ripken included a sterling silver
press pin from Don Mattingly, a watch, an enlarged and
framed copy of the commemorative ticket each fan was given
reading “Farewell Cal Ripken.'' Black-and-white pictures of
Ripken and Gehrig were on the tickets.
Ripken's pregame speech near home plate
was staged near where Lou Gehrig, dying, said goodbye. “I
know there will be many things that I'll miss about
baseball, but coming to New York and playing in Yankee
Stadium will always be at the top….
"I remember Graig Nettles making diving
catches. I remember Louisiana Lightning I didn't like facing
him that much. . . Willie Randolph and Dave Winfield. One of
my all-time favorites at first base, Don Mattingly. It's
really been a great run," Ripken said. "Let's get to the
The game was in Ripken’s words: “Eerie.
The weather, the gray sky, the wind, the rain. I was
punched out four times and went 0-for-7, but I still had a
lot of fun competing."