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 (July 1)
78 years ago
Joe DiMaggio ties Willie Keeler’s 1897 major league record hit streak of 44 with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but the “Yankee Clipper” is awarded a hit by Dan Daniel of the New York World-Telegram.
70 years ago
Edward Charles Ford made his debut on the mound for the Yankees. He went 4.2 innings in relief, surrendering five runs on seven hits and six walks against the Red Sox. Things would get better for him, however. He would eventually acquire the nickname “Whitey” and become the winningest pitcher in Yankees history. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974.
30 years ago
Yankees pitcher Andy Hawkins throws a no-hitter against the White Sox, but loses the game, 4-0. The right-hander is not credited with an official no-hitter because he only recorded 24 outs, being that Chicago didn’t need to bat in the bottom of the ninth. All four runs scored were unearned in the bottom of the eighth inning.
16 years ago
In the 12th inning of an intense game between the Yankees and Red Sox, one of the most memorable plays in Derek Jeter’s career took place. Boston had runners on second and third with two outs when Trot Nixon lifted a fly ball to shallow left field. Jeter raced out and caught the ball. Unable to stop his momentum, he dove headfirst into the stands and bloodied his face, forcing him to leave the game. New York would go on to win the game in the 13th inning by a score of 5-4 on a walk-off single.
Seven years ago
Andy Pettitte passes Whitey Ford for the most strikeouts in Yankees history when he gets Justin Morneau swinging for his 1,957th “K” in pinstripes.
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Happy birthday to Jack Quinn!
He pitched seven years with New York in two stints with the team from 1909-1912 (New York Highlanders) and 1919-1921 (New York Yankees). He hurled 1,270 innings for the Bombers, recording a 3.15 ERA in that time. The righty pitched for 23 years in the major leagues, finishing with a career 58.6 bWAR.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.