What They Said At The Time: NYT – Friday, Sept. 27, 1940 (Yankees Win Double Header)
Yanks Win Two, Stay in Race
McCARTHYMEN TOP ATHLETICS, 5-4, 2-0
Homers by Gordon and Dickey Help Ruffing Win Opener – Bonham Hurls Shutout
YANKS STREAK 8 IN ROW
Climb to Half a Game Behind Second-Place Indians and 2 1/2 Back of Tigers
by Louis Effrat
PHILADELPHIA , Sept. 26 – It may be different tomorrow, but Shibe Park never looked brighter to the Yankees than it did today. Charlie Ruffing and Ernie Bonham pitched the McCarthymen to a double victory over the Athletics, 5-4 and 2-0 to keep alive the slim pennant chance of the New Yorkers.
Moving along to their seventh and eighth straight triumphs in this last mad dash that may still lead them to their fifth consecutive championship, the Yankees stuck to their recent idea of worrying only about today…
Vaughn Opposed Ruffing
Manager Joe McCarthy nominated Ruffing to oppose young Porter Vaughn in the opener and never regretted it. Ruffing was hit hard in the early innings and his support was rocky, but the burly right-hander finished strong, and with the aid of homers by Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey, achieved his fifteenth triumph of the season.
In the nightcap Bonham waged a pitching duel with Buck Ross.
Charlie Keller, fielding star of this engagement opened the sixth with a walk and Joe DiMaggio followed with an infield hit to deep short. Twink Selkirk then outraced a neat bunt and the bases were filled. A pass to Dickey forced in Keller, and Babe Dahlgren’s fly to deep center allowed DiMaggio to scamper across the plate.
DiMaggio landed on his left ear when he made a brilliant catch of McCoy’s drive in front of the scoreboard in the sixth of the opener. Dahlgren, too, came through with several great plays around first, but Keller, with six putouts, shone in the afterneice. On one of his catches, Charlie turned a double somersault along the foul line, but held the ball.