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 28)
35 years ago
After the Yankees get off to a 6-10 start, skipper Yogi Berra is fired and replaced by Billy Martin, who is returning to manage the club for the fourth time. Berra vows not to return to Yankee Stadium for as long as George Steinbrenner is the owner of the team. It took 14 years for the two to rectify their relationship.
31 years ago
Rickey Henderson sets an all-time record as he leads off a game with a home run for the 36th time in his career, breaking a tie with Bobby Bonds. Henderson still holds the record today as he finished his career with 81 lead off homers. Alfonso Soriano has the second-most with 54.
Three years ago
Trailing 9-1 against the Orioles in the sixth inning, the Yankees mount a tremendous comeback to pull off a 14-11 win. It all started with an Aaron Judge blast into Monument Park, which was his second homer of the game. Jacoby Ellsbury followed that with a grand slam an inning later, cutting the Baltimore lead to 11-8. The Yankees tied the score in the 9th on Starlin Castro’s two-run dinger off Brad Brach. Matt Holliday ended the game with a three-run walk-off homer off in the 10th. This is still one of the most memorable games in recent years.
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Happy birthday to Pedro Ramos and Tom Sturdivant!
Ramos pitched 203.2 innings with a 3.05 ERA for the Yankees from 1964-1966. He played in the league for 15 years and retired with a career 4.08 ERA over 2355.2 frames.
Sturdivant played the first five years of his 10-year career in pinstripes. While with the Yankees, he threw 524.1 innings paired with a 3.19 ERA.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.