Think this year is stressful? Try 1949.
On this date, September 26th, in 1949, coming into the action for that day, the Yankees and Red Sox were tied for first place in the American League. Boston had just beat the Yankees in two straight, at Fenway (on 9/24 and 9/25) to bring about the tie.
On this date in 1949, the Red Sox came to New York and beat the Yankees, 7-6, with 4 of their runs coming in the top of the 8th. This gave Boston a one-game lead in the standings.
On September 27th, the Yankees beat the A’s and the Sox beat the Senators – and Boston remained in first by a game.
On September 28th, The Yankees beat the A’s again – but the Senators scored two in the bottom of the 9th to beat Boston, 2-1. The tie for first in the A.L. was on again. Since September 29th was an of day for New York and Boston, the tie remained for two days.
On September 30th, the A’s beat the Yankees and the Sox beat the Senators – putting the Red Sox up again, by one game (with two games left to play in the season).
The next day, on October 1st, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in New York, despite Boston jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the game, by the score of 5-4 (with the winning run scoring in the 8th inning, the only run scored in that frame, on Johnny Lindell’s home run). The teams were tied again in the standings – with a winner take all game to come the next day.
On October 2nd, it was a 1-0 game heading into the bottom of the 8th – when the Yankees scored 4 runs to take a 5-0 lead. Three of the runs in the 8th came on Jerry Coleman’s bases-loaded bloop hit – struck with two outs.
Boston came back with 3 in the top of the 9th – but, fell short. Two of those runs came when Joe DiMaggio couldn’t catch a ball off the bat of the Sox’ Bobby Doerr. (The playing-hobbled DiMaggio then removed himself from the game to get a better fielder out there. Joe had a viral infection at the time.) In the end, the Sox had the tying run at the plate in the 9th, but, he popped up.
The Yankees won the game, 5-3, and took the A.L. pennant.
All I can say is, if the Yankees do the same thing this year, and it’s October 2nd, in the 9th, New York better not wait for their CF to remove himself from the game after a miscue.
Just what is it about these two teams and October 2nd, anyway?