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 (May 14)
53 years ago
Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run, which was a shot into the right-field corner at Yankee Stadium off of Stu Miller. He became the sixth big leaguer to reach such a milestone.
24 years ago
Dwight Gooden becomes the eighth Yankee to hurl a no-hitter. Doc threw 133 pitches in his historic outing, as the Yankees defeated the Mariners, 2-0.
Six years ago
Masahiro Tanaka pitched his first complete game shutout in the major leagues as the Yankees blanked the Mets, 4-0. Tanaka allowed four hits, no walks, and struck out eight. At that point in time, Masa was 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA after his first eight starts in the majors.
Three years ago
The Yankees officially retired Derek Jeter’s number two and unveil a plaque in his name in Monument Park. He was the 22nd player to have his number retired by the team. With Jeter’s number retired, all single digit numbers (except for zero) have been retired by the Bombers.
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Happy birthday to Earle Combs and Dick Tidrow!
Combs was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1970 after playing his entire 12-year career with the Yankees. He finished his career with a 43.9 bWAR and .325 batting average. He also captured three World Series titles in pinstripes.
Tidrow pitched for six years with the Yankees. He went 41-33 with a 3.61 ERA in 711.1 innings and won the 1977 World Series with the Bombers.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.