This Day In Sports History (November 4th) — New York Yankees

2009 world series

It was on this day in 2009 that the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies played game six of the World Series.  The Yankees defeated Philadelphia 7-3 to capture the franchise’s 27th World Series title.

Game six saw a pitching battle of two future Hall-Of-Famers, as Andy Pettitte took to the mound for the Yankees against Pedro Martinez of Philadelphia.  Pettitte ended up getting the victory, as he did in game three, to extend his Major League record to 18 career post-season wins.  Although he won two games, it was the Yankees’ designated hitter, Hideki Matsui, who was the star of the series, taking home World Series MVP honors.  Since the designated hitter is not used when playing in National League parks, Matsui accomplished this feat by starting in just three games.

Matsui enjoyed one of the best World Series performances of all-time.  He hit .615 (8-13) with three home runs and eight RBI’s, and tied Bobby Richardson’s record of six RBI’s in a single game.  He also became the first Japanese-born player and the first full-time designated hitter to win the prestigious award.

Here is the final out from the 2009 World Series.

Notable Birthdays

Orlando Pace, NFL – Born November 4th 1975 (age 38) in Sandusky, Ohio

Vince Wilfork, NFL – Born November 4th 1981 (age 32) in Boynton Beach, Florida

Devin Hester, NFL – Born November 4th 1982 (age 31) in Riviera Beach, Florida

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