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1922 Behind Art Nehf's complete game five-hitter, the Giants repeat as World Champions, sweeping the Yankees in five games, including one tie. George Kelly's RBI single fuels the comeback 5-3 victory during the three-run eighth inning at the Polo Grounds.
1927 In the bottom of the ninth of Game 4, Pirates right-hander Johnny Miljus loads the bases with no out, but gets Lou Gehrig to strike out swinging and strikes out Bob Meusel looking. The 32 year-old Pittsburgh hurler, facing Tony Lazzeri with two outs and a 0-1 count, throws a wild pitch, and Earle Combs races home with the winning run to give the Yankees the Fall Classic sweep of the Bucs and the team's second world championship.

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1929 In front of 50,000 fans at Wrigley Field, surprise starter Howard Ehmke establishes a new World Series record, striking out 13 Cubs en route to a 3-1 A's victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The mark will last for 34 years until Dodger hurler Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953.
1939 In the top of the tenth, Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio scores all the way from first base when Reds' catcher Ernie Lombardi lies in a daze at home plate after being run over by 'King Kong' Charlie Keller. The Bronx Bombers score three runs thanks to 'Lombardi's Swoon' and will go on to win the game, 7-4, to complete the World Series sweep and become the first club to win four consecutive Fall Classics.
1956 Don Larsen pitches the first perfect game in World Series history, defeating the Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium. The 27 year-old right-hander, who had a poor start in Game 2 because of a lack of control, throws only 97 pitches, striking out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell looking for the final out.

1961 In Game 4 at Crosley Field, Whitey Ford blanks the Reds for five innings to extend his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak to 32, breaking Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth's previous record of 29 2/3 innings. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer provide the offense, driving in two runs each in the Yankee 6-0 victory.
1962 In Game 4 of the World Series, Chuck Hiller's seventh-inning grand slam off Marshall Bridges proves to be the difference in the Giants' 7-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The infielder's bases-loaded homer, the first by a National Leaguer in the history of the Fall Classic, helps to even the series at two games apiece.
1995 Thanks to a two-run double off Jack McDowell by Edgar Martinez, the Mariners become only the fourth team in major league history to overcome a two-game deficit to win a five-game series when they dramatically come-from-behind to beat the Yankees in 11 innings, 6-5.
1995 In the Mariners' dramatic come-from-behind Game 5 extra-inning victory to beat the Yankees and win the ALDS, Ken Griffey Jr. ties a major league record when he hits his fifth home run in the postseason series, an eighth-inning round-tripper off David Cone. Reggie Jackson established the mark in 1977, going deep five times in the World Series against the Dodgers.
2007 With a 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, the Indians advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1995. The Tribe's win ends the Bronx Bombers' season and begins speculation of the impending firing of New York skipper Joe Torre, who was chastised in the press yesterday by owner George Steinbrenner for the team's first-round woes.
2007 A 6-4 defeat to the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS at the Stadium proves to be Joe Torre's final game with the Yankees. The veteran skipper, who during his 12-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers saw the team win 1,173 games and make the postseason every year, will later reject a $5 million, one-year contract to return as manager, a deal many believe to be structured to oust the popular pilot without upsetting the fans.
2010 Although the Astros finish ten games under .500, the team exercises the 2012 option on the contract of their manager Brad Mills and adds a club option for the following season. After a dismal 17-34 start and the loss of veterans Roy Oswalt to the Phillies and Lance Berkman to the Yankees, the first-year skipper pilots Houston to a 59-52 record after June 1.

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