With the start of the 2020 season delayed, 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 24)
83 years ago
Joe DiMaggio, a 21-year-old rookie, becomes the first Yankee, and fifth player in major league history, to hit two home runs in the same inning. The blast came in the fifth frame in an 18-11 trouncing of the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
57 years ago
The Yankees play their longest game in franchise history as New York defeats the Tigers, 9-7 in a 22-inning marathon. The Yankees recorded 20 hits and committed four errors, while Detroit had 19 hits and three errors. The Bombers put up seven runs in the first two innings and didn’t cross home plate again until 20 frames later, thanks to a go-ahead, two-run homer by Jack Reed. Amazingly enough, that was the only home run Reed would hit in his career.
Nine years ago
A.J. Burnett becomes the first Yankee pitcher to strike out four hitters in one inning. The right-hander starts the sixth by getting Rockies batters Chris Iannetta and Carlos Gonzalez looking, and when Chris Nelson reaches first base after swinging at a wild pitch for a third strike, Burnett then faces Todd Helton and strikes him out swinging to end the inning.
One year ago
The Yankees tie a record belonging to the 2002 Rangers by homering in their 27th straight game on their way to defeating the Blue Jays, 10-8. Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton both go deep in the game.
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Happy birthday to Phil Hughes!
Hughes pitched seven years with the Yankees from 2007-2013. He won the 2009 World Series with the team over the Philadelphia Phillies, and was an All-Star the following year in 2010.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.