I've looked through past July 29ths in Yankees history, and there really weren't many exciting games or acquisitions to report. I think my favorite game of the ones I perused was July 29, 1955, when the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Athletics 3-2. Former New York rotation stalwart Vic Raschi took the hill for Kansas City in his final career season against Yankee ace Whitey Ford, and the two gave up just a run apiece through six innings. In the seventh, Whitey stunned the crowd and his ex-teammate by slugging a solo homer to break the tie, the first of only three home runs he would hit in his career. The Athletics responded by sending up veteran outfielder Enos Slaughter to pinch-hit for Raschi against Ford, and he exacted revenge on the Yankees for trading him in May by driving a ball into the stands to tie the game again. The Yankees took the lead right back in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Tom Gorman on an RBI single by first baseman Joe Collins to bring Mickey Mantle home, and Ford finished his five-hitter in the ninth to secure a 3-2 win.
It's not really a very significant game since K.C. was an also-ran going nowhere that year and the Yankees were on their way to yet another World Series appearance. It wasn't a launching pad for a winning streak or anything; I just was really amused by the idea of Whitey Ford actually hitting a homer, against a former teammate no less. I really wish there were more videos available of classic moments like these, but alas, they are difficult to find. MLB.com does have a nice collection of various Yankee highlights though; it's just a matter of getting them properly organized. Therefore, as a Sunday treat, I've assembled many of these clips into a post in place of a more detailed "This Day in Yankees History" today since the selection for today was not great. It's just a pain to sort through MLB.com's Video Archives, so hopefully this feature makes it easier to enjoy the past. If there are any requests, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and I'll see if I can scrounge them up.
Take a moment and go back in time. Please don't bring Pitbull.
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