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 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 (June 11)
105 years ago
Ray Caldwell pitched a no-hitter with the Red Sox, and he won a World Series with the Cleveland Indians. But hey, give his Yankees tenure some credit. On this day in 1915, he hit a pinch-hit home run against the White Sox. What’s special about that? He did the same thing the day before, making him the first player to swat homers on consecutive pinch-hit appearances. History!
25 years ago
“These kids, they aren’t cut out for ‘da Bronx, Mike.” - some guy on WFAN, probably.
Our caller refers to a pair of Yankees rookies who were optioned to the minor leagues after a 10-7 win over the Mariners. Starting pitcher Mariano Rivera got knocked around, allowing five runs over 2.1 innings. He had company on the ride back to the minors though, as the Yankees also demoted shortstop Derek Jeter.
Something tells me they did okay for themselves after all.
10 years ago
Andy Pettitte makes history, securing his 200th career win. His victory came against the Houston Astros in the Bronx. Pettitte joined Whitey Ford and Red Reffing as the only other Yankees with 200 wins. The southpaw would retire after the 2010 season, then return to pitch in 2012 and 2013.
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Happy birthday to Claud Derrick, born on this day in 1886. The infielder hit .292/.352/.354 with one home run over 23 games in 1913.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.