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This Day in Yankees History: The Yankees beat the Angels in Shea Stadium

After a beam fell in Yankee Stadium, the Bombers had to play in Shea Stadium on this day in 1998.

With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different format. These daily posts will highlight a few key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

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This Day in Yankees History (April 15)

44 years ago

After the Stadium was closed for renovations from 1974-1975, the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins in the first game at the new and improved Yankee Stadium. Yankee legends such as Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford took part in pre-game ceremonies at the Stadium, as well as the widows of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

22 years ago

The Yankees are forced to play at Shea Stadium for the first-ever American-National League doubleheader, after a beam fell into the stands at Yankee Stadium the day before. Coincidentally enough, Darryl Strawberry, who has the most home runs in Shea Stadium history, blasted one out of the park for the Yankees to help them to a 6-3 victory over the Angels. That game drew a crowd of 40,743, which was a dramatic difference to the 16,012 fans who showed up for the regularly-scheduled Mets game that night.

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Happy Birthday to Adeiny Hechavarria! He may have only played 18 games with the Yankees, but he did make a spectacular catch after coming into the 2018 Wild Card Game as a defensive replacement. That decision paid off for Aaron Boone.

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We thank Baseball-Reference,, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.