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Facts, Trivia, Memories and More about Graig Nettles

Highlights

September 29, 1976: Graig goes 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI in a 9-6 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The first HR came in the top of the first off starter Luis Tiant to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead.  Graig struck again in the top of the second with a grand slam off Tiant to give the Yanks a 7-0 lead.  It was Graig's fourth two-HR game of the season.  In each of those games, he drove in at least five runs.

October 13, 1978:  In the third game of the 1978 World Series, Graig makes a couple of game saving plays behind Ron Guidry to preserve a 5-1 Yankee win and cut the World Series to a 2-1 Dodger lead.  In the top of the 3rd with a 2-1 Yankee lead, Nettles made a diving stop of a shot down the line by Reggie Smith, retiring Smith and ending the Dodger threat.  In the fifth, with two out, runners on first and second and a 2-1 Yankee lead, Reggie Smith again smashed a ball toward third where Nettles made a diving stop.  He didn't record an out, but kept the ball in the infield and prevented the run from scoring.  Steve Garvey followed with a bases loaded grounder to third that Nettles easily handled and fired to second for the force to end the inning.  Nettles' glove struck again in the top of the sixth.  The Dodgers loaded the bases again with two out when Nettles made a diving, backhand stop of a Davey Lopes smash down the third base line, turned and forced the runner on second to end the threat.

Transactions

Acquired: November 27, 1972: Graig was acquired from the Cleveland Indians with Jerry Moses in return for John Ellis, Jerry Kenney, Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres.  The trade was not without some controversy.  This trade took place during the time when George Steinbrenner was preparing to purchase the Yankees from CBS.  He had planned on bringing Gabe Paul, then a member of the Indians board of directors, with him to take over as the Yankees president, in charge of baseball operations.  Paul had been working behind the scenes to help orchestrate the deal between CBS and Steinbrenner. It was during this time the Nettles deal was made.

Some cried foul, citing that Paul traded Nettles, knowing it would improve not the Indians, but his future club, the Yankees.  Paul defended the move, claiming it was a monetary decision.  Nettles was becoming a star in Cleveland and would soon command more money, something the Indians franchise at the time was very conscious about.  The Indians had Buddy Bell in the minors and Paul claimed he was ready to take over at third for the Tribe.  Plus, in OF Charlie Spikes, the Indians were getting the Yankees' top prospect in return.

Truth is, it had only become an issue when Nettles went on to become a 5-time all star and clutch performer in New York while Charlie Spikes flopped in Cleveland.  Paul was right about Buddy Bell.  Bell went on to have an 18-year major league career with 5 all-star appearances of his own, but only one with Cleveland as his career didn't truly take off until after he was traded to Texas following the 1978 season.  In a bit of six degrees of separation, Bell was traded to Texas in return for Toby Harrah.  In February of 1984, Harrah was acquired from the Indians by the Yankees and replaced Nettles (traded a month later) at third base in New York.

Traded: March 30, 1984: Graig was traded to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later and Dennis Rasmussen. The Padres sent Darin Cloninger (career minor leaguer) (April 26, 1984) to the Yankees to complete the trade.

Trivia
YANKEE PLAYERS SINCE 1920 WITH 2 HR AND 2 DOUBLES IN THE SAME GAME
Player Date Opp Result AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BATTING ORDER PosITION
Alex Rodriguez 2005-04-18 TBD W 19-8 6 5 5 2 0 2 6 5 3B
Shane Spencer 1998-08-07 (2) KCR W 14-2 5 4 5 2 0 2 3 7 RF
Graig Nettles 1976-09-29 BOS W 9-6 5 4 4 2 0 2 6 3 3B
Joe Gordon 1938-09-04 WSH W 7-4 4 2 4 2 0 2 3 8 2B
Joe DiMaggio 1936-06-24 CHW W 18-11 6 3 4 2 0 2 5 3 RF
Lou Gehrig 1934-05-10 CHW W 13-3 4 4 4 2 0 2 7 4 1B
Babe Ruth 1927-07-09 (1) DET W 19-7 6 3 5 2 0 2 7 3 LF
Babe Ruth 1922-09-11 PHA W 9-4 5 3 4 2 0 2 5 3 LF

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Yankees with two or more home runs in a post-season game
Player Year Series Gm# Opp Rslt AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP SB CS BOP Pos.
Raul Ibanez 2012 ALDS 3 BAL W 3-2 (12) 2 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 PH-DH
Hideki Matsui 2004 ALCS 3 BOS W 19-8 6 5 5 2 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 LF
Jason Giambi 2003 ALCS 7 BOS W 6-5 5 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 DH
Chad Curtis 1999 WS 3 ATL W 6-5 4 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 LF
Scott Brosius 1998 WS 3 SDP W 5-4 4 2 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3B
Darryl Strawberry 1996 ALCS 4 BAL W 8-4 4 3 3 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 LF
Bernie Williams 1996 ALDS 4 TEX W 6-4 5 3 3 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 CF
Bernie Williams 1995 ALDS 3 SEA L 4-7 3 2 3 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 CF
Reggie Jackson 1977 WS 6 LAD W 8-4 3 4 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 RF
Graig Nettles 1976 ALCS 4 KCR L 4-7 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 3B
Mickey Mantle 1960 WS 2 PIT W 16-3 4 3 2 0 0 2 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 CF
Mickey Mantle 1958 WS 2 MLN L 5-13 3 2 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 CF
Tony Kubek 1957 WS 3 MLN W 12-3 5 3 3 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 LF
Yogi Berra 1956 WS 7 BRO W 9-0 3 3 2 0 0 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 C
Joe Collins 1955 WS 1 BRO W 6-5 3 3 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1B
Charlie Keller 1939 WS 3 CIN W 7-3 3 3 2 0 0 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 RF
Tony Lazzeri 1932 WS 4 CHC W 13-6 5 2 3 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 2B
Babe Ruth 1932 WS 3 CHC W 7-5 4 2 2 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 LF
Lou Gehrig 1932 WS 3 CHC W 7-5 5 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 1B
Babe Ruth 1928 WS 4 STL W 7-3 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 LF
Lou Gehrig 1928 WS 3 STL W 7-3 2 2 2 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 1B
Babe Ruth 1926 WS 4 STL W 10-5 3 4 3 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 LF
Babe Ruth 1923 WS 2 NYG W 4-2 3 2 2 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 RF

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