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This Day in Yankees History: Lou Gehrig goes off and a Mother’s Day tribute

“The Iron Horse” tied a major league record with four extra-base hits, and astonishingly did it in just five innings of play

Lou Gehrig Following Through 1938

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 several 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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86 years ago

Lou Gehrig leads the Yankees to a 13-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium, tying a major league record with four extra-base hits (two doubles and two home runs). He also drove in seven runs. What makes the feat truly astonishing is that “The Iron Horse” pulled himself from the game after five innings because he was battling a severe cold. He was in the lineup the next day, of course, as his consecutive games streak would go on for nearly five more years, until he was forced into retirement in 1939.

9 years ago

Not a Yankees moment, per se, but New York sports fans of a certain age will recall the legacy of legendary NY Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo, whose illustrations mixed wit, poignancy and a love of sports. Gallo, a former Marine who saw combat duty during World War II at Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, died on May 10, 2011 at the age of 88.

Among his most memorable cartoons were his tribute to Thurman Munson after the Yankee captain’s fatal plane crash in 1979, and his routine lampooning of George Steinbrenner’s more authoritarian impulses, depicting the Yankees owner as General Von Steingrabber, complete with a spiked Prussian military helmet.

1 year ago

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s rewind just a year and share a fun tribute posted by the Yankees and Clint Frazier, unveiling the custom Mother’s Day cleats he planned to wear.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

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Not much in the way of notable Yankees birthdays. Former pitcher John Cumberland, who spent parts of three seasons with New York (1968-70), turns 73.

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