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This Day in Yankees History: Babe Ruth plays his final game

He may have been wearing another uniform at the time, but the Babe made some Yankees history on this day in 1935.

Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to take a look back through history. 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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88 Years Ago

In a pregame ceremony, the Yankees dedicate a plaque to legendary manager Miller Huggins. After leading the Yankees to three World Series championships, Huggins passed away suddenly towards the end of the 1929 season. The plaque was the first of many in what is now Monument Park. Today, there is a dedicated area to honor Huggins and the many others who have been bestowed with plaques. However, the first three (Huggins and later Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth), were originally located in the field of play in deep center field. They were later moved behind the outfield wall, which is where they are also located in the newest iteration of Yankee Stadium.

85 Years Ago

They may not have been involved in this game, but it still merits recognition as a piece of Yankees’ history. On this day in 1935, Babe Ruth played his final major league game.

Ruth had left the Yankees after the previous season due to a bit of drop in his numbers and because of his open campaigning for the team’s manager job, which they had no intentions of giving him. The Yankees agreed to let him leave to find a team where he could fulfill those ambitions. That team ended up being the Boston Braves, who named him assistant manager with the possibility of moving to the top in due time.

The Braves, who had issues with attendance, also needed some kind of draw to bring in fans. In mid-May, a struggling Ruth began to realize that the Braves had no intention of letting him manage and announced his retirement on June 2nd. However before that, he hung on to play in a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Phillies on May 30th. He made just one at bat on the day, going 0-1. Ruth would never end up becoming a major league manager.

13 Years Ago

A 2007 game against the Blue Jays on this day was the scene of the infamous Alex Rodriguez “Mine” incident. After two Toronto infielders let a pop fly drop due to confusion, they blame Rodriguez, who they claimed tricked them by calling for the ball while running the bases. The Yankees already had a lead, but the hit caused a run to score on the play, and Toronto’s failure to record the third out let to them adding two more in the ninth inning of a 10-5 win. People were mad at the time, but in retrospect, it’s very funny.

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Four former Yankees have birthdays today, although none of them had storied career in pinstripes. Old school Yankees Lou McEvoy, Al Mamaux, and Rube Oldring are three of them, while the fourth is Eury Perez, who was part of the funniest Yankee lineup of all time in 2014.

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