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This Day in Yankees History: Roger Maris begins his chase

Always keep your eye on the ball; The quest for 61 starts; A-Rod goes off

Roger Maris Displaying Baseball and Jersey

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 26)

89 Years Ago

Lou Gehrig drives a ball over the center field wall at Griffith Stadium in DC, and like the good old school player he was, he runs the bases with his head down, likely at a full sprint. It’s his nature. What he doesn’t know is the ball bounced back into play and center fielder catches it on the fly. The runner ahead of Gehrig, Lyn Larry, mistakes this for the third out of the inning and returns to the dugout, as the Iron Horse, trotting around the bases, is called out for moving ahead of a preceding baserunner.

59 Years Ago

Arguably the most famous home run season in history kicks off in New York, as Roger Maris takes Paul Foytack deep for his first round-tripper of the season. You know the rest of the story — Maris and Mickey Mantle chase down Babe Ruth’s legendary 60 dinger campaign, with Maris ending up on top, and in the record books, by the end of it.

15 Years Ago

Speaking of record breakers, Alex Rodriguez.

In one of those classic “I’m the best player in baseball” games, A-Rod blasts three balls into the Bronx night off Bartolo Colon, and finishes the game 4-5 with ten runs driven in. Alex, in an MVP season, is just the 11th player in MLB history to drive in at least ten men in a single game, and did it with about as much style as you can.

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