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 (November 18)
23 years ago
Scott Brosius is traded to the Yankees after the 1997 season in exchange for pitcher Kenny Rogers, who had struggled mightily in New York. The southpaw was dealt to the A’s on November 7th in exchange for a player to be named later; that player was revealed to be Brosius on the 18th.
Brosius became an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner at the hot corner, and both a World Series champion and World Series MVP with the Yankees. That’s not even mentioning one of the most dramatic, clutch moments of his career, when Brosius hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Five of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks to tie the game and set up an extra-inning Yankees win.
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Happy birthday to Gary Sheffield!
An intimidating hitter with a buggy-whip swing, Sheffield played 22 years in the majors, including three with the Yankees from 2004-2006. In 2004 he was the runner-up to Vladimir Guerrero for MVP in the American League, and finished eighth in MVP voting in 2005. In his three seasons in pinstripes, he hit .291/.383/.515 with 76 home runs and made two All-Star teams. Sheffield is in his seventh year on the Hall of Fame ballot. He received 30.5 percent of votes in 2020.
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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.