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This Day in Yankees History: Joe DiMaggio honored with monument

The Yankees unveil monument for Joe DiMaggio one month after his death in 1999.

Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. 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 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 (April 25)

87 Years Ago

Making his major-league debut, Yankees starter Russ Van Atta shuts out the Senators 16-0, going 4-for-4 in the process. He struck out five batters, and scored three times while driving in one run.

38 Years Ago

Fourteen games into the season, George Steinbrenner fires manager Bob Lemon and replaces him with Gene Michael—the man that Lemon had replaced as manager at the end of the previous season! Not surprisingly, Michael did not finish the season.

21 Years Ago

The Yankees unveil their fifth monument in Monument Park, honoring Joe DiMaggio, who had passed away at the age of 84 the month prior. At the ceremony, lifelong Yankee fan Paul Simon played his classic 1968 song “Mrs. Robinson,” with the lyrics “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

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Birthdays

Happy birthday to Yankees reliever Luis Cessa, born on this day in 1992. Originally signed by the New York Mets as an international amateur in 2009, he made his way into the Yankees organization first by being traded to the Detroit Tigers in the 2015 deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to Queens. Later that year, the Tigers packaged him and Chad Green to acquire left-handed reliever Justin Wilson from the Yankees. He made his debut with the Yankees in 2016, and has bounced between Scranton and the Bronx since then.

Former Yankees prospect Juan Miranda was also born on this day, in 1983. A Cuban defector, he made 94 plate appearances for the Yankees between 2008 and 2010. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks following the 2010 season in exchange for Scottie Allen, who was released in 2015 after never reaching Scranton.

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