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This Day in Yankees History: Jeter and Judge collect historic hits

Twelve years apart, Derek Jeter and Aaron Judge have historic hits in Yankee losses.

Derek Jeter Ceremony Photo by Al Bello/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 Yankee History (May 26)

73 Years Ago

The Yankees and Red Sox set the record for largest crowd at a single game in baseball history, with an attendance of 74,747 fans inside Yankee Stadium — plus 1140 who had purchased standing room only tickets, but for whom there was no space for. The Yankees won that game by a score of 9-3.

14 Years Ago

Derek Jeter becomes just the eighth Yankee in franchise history to record 2000 hits with the team, lining an infield single down the third base line off Kansas City pitcher Scott Elarton. The Yankees would, unfortunately, lose the game 7-6, as the Royals broke both a thirteen-game losing streak and a fourteen-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.

2 Years Ago

Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back home runs off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barria to lead off the bottom of the first inning. In the process, Judge became the fastest hitter to 70 home runs, taking only 231 games (2 shorter than the previous record holder, Ryan Howard). Unfortunately, the Yankees lost the game 11-4, in large part due to five hits from Mike Trout, including three doubles and a home run.

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