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This Day in Yankees History: President Bush throws a strike

The Yankees win Game Three of the World Series, and Joe Girardi signs on as manager.

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Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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This Day in Yankees History

19 Years Ago

George W. Bush becomes the eighth President of the United States to attend a World Series game, and the first since Dwight Eisenhower to throw out the first pitch. In a memorable moment for the city of New York and the nation, Bush throws a perfect strike from the pitcher’s mound. The Yankees win Game Three to avoid going down three games to none against the Diamondbacks.

13 Years Ago

The Yankees officially sign former catcher and YES Network broadcaster Joe Girardi to a three-year deal to serve as the team’s manager, not long after it was announced that Joe Torre’s tenure with the team was coming to an end. He would serve in the role for 10 seasons, winning the World Series in 2009.

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