Tino Martinez drilled the first pitch he saw from Byung-Hyun Kim for a two-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth, game-tying World Series home run in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series on October 31. The sense of the unreal and the impossible was heightened by the fact that Kim had looked untouchable until then. He struck out the side in order in the eighth, retired Derek Jeter on a grounder to start the ninth, and recovered from allowing a six-pitch single the other way to Paul O’Neill by whiffing Bernie Williams on three pitches. The Yanks prevailed, 4-3 when “Mr. November,” Derek Jeter, homered to right on the ninth pitch of a two-out at bat in the 10th inning.
Andy Pettitte survived a three-run Philly uprising in the second inning in an 8-5 Yankee win in Citizen’s Bank Park in Game 3 of the 2009 World Series on October 31. The Yankees rallied for five runs off Cole Hamels in the fifth and the sixth. The big blow for the Yanks was an Alex Rodriguez two-run home run off a Fox-Sports camera that they had hung over the right field fence, a replay call that went in the Bombers’ favor. Nick Swisher doubled and homered, and even in an NL, non-DH city, Hideki Matsui pinch-hit a homer in the top of the eighth.
Four one-time Yankees have died on October 31: catcher Deacon McGuire (1936), switch-hitting outfielder George Halas (1983 — infinitely more famous for being a founder of the NFL), righthander Johnny Kucks (2013), and lefty Brad Halsey (2014).
Mickey Rivers (1948) leads a list of Yankee birthdays this day, along with catcher Matt Nokes (1963), middle infielder Mike Gallego (1960), outfielder Dave Dellucci (1973), slick field/no hit shortstop Paul Zuvella (1958), and speedy outfielder Bert Daniels (1882).
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