The lack of excitement for the 1959 Yankees was apparent from John Drebinger’s lead in the New York Times:
The Yankees returned to the Stadium for their long-awaited September home stand last night with nothing more exciting to offer a crowd of 15,010 than a battle for third place.
The Yankees, having dominated the American League for more than a decade, were in an unfamiliar spot to be sure. Though it was beyond disappointing in New York, it was a position that the Washington fans would have gladly traded to be in, having failed to get north of fifth place in the AL since the middle 1940’s.
Pedro Ramos 12-15 4.04 ERA 200.2 IP 46 BB 81 K
Duke Maas 12-6 4.50 ERA 118 IP 48 BB 58 K
More from Drebinger’s story:
With Pedro Ramos on the mound, the Nats waged a stubborn fight, taking the lead against Duke Maas in the fifth and not letting Casey Stengel’s bombers draw even until the seventh.
Yogi Berra finally put the Yankees ahead with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, the veteran’s 18th of the season. Washington wasn’t finished yet, however:
And even after Yogi’s number 18 with Tony Kubek on base had put the Yanks ahead in the eighth, the Nats still weren’t quitting. They ripped into Jim Coates for three hits in the ninth, the lead off shot being a two-bagger by Harmon Killebrew.
That, incidentally, was the Killer’s only hit of the evening. But it did pace on tally home and for a moment Stengel was in quite a dither, what with only one out and runners on first and second.
But Coates was allowed to shoot his way out of difficulty and this he did by retiring the next two, and he received credit for the victory.
The final score was 4-3 in favor of the Yankees, who evened their record at 66-66 with the win.