Can they do it again?
I never thought I’d write the names Celerino Sanchez, George McGovern and Floyd Youmans in the same story, but here it is — a write-up of the Yankees’ three-game walk-off win streak, which ties a club record and is still two shy of the Major League record, achieved by the 1986 Houston Astros.
My favorite part is just imagining the baseball cards that accompany these names:
In 1972, the Yankees won both games of a doubleheader against the
Royals on Aug. 27, with Johnny Callison stroking a single in the ninth
inning of Game 1 off Kansas City’s Ted Abernathy to post a 7-6 win.
Horace Clarke’s sacrifice fly off Bruce Dal Canton brought home
Celerino Sanchez, ending a 9-8 contest in the nightcap.
After a day off, the Yankees welcomed the Rangers to town and posted a
win in familiar fashion. The 11th-inning hero that night was again
Callison, who singled to right, sending home Ron Blomberg with New
York’s seventh and winning run.
Trivia aside, the Yankees have shown some fight in coming back these three games to open the homestand against the Twins, who probably can’t wait to get out of town here having woken up a sleeping club. Andy Pettitte and Glen Perkins make up the pitching matchup tonight at what should be a relatively chilly Yankee Stadium, so be sure to bundle up if you’re heading out to the game. More later from the clubhouse…