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This Day in Yankees History: A big day for Yankees home runs

From Lou Gehrig’s 2 homers in an 18-0 rout of the Indians to Aaron Judge’s historic Home Run Derby performance, July 10th has seen a lot of big days for Yankees power hitters.

T-Mobile Home Run Derby Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future for the next few weeks, 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 Yankees History (July 10)

103 Years Ago

Ray Caldwell throws 9.2 scoreless innings in relief as the Yankees outlast the St. Louis Browns, 7-5, in 17 innings. Caldwell earned the win, improving to 8-8 on the year.

84 Years Ago

In one of the most dominating performances in Yankees history, the Yankees overpower the Cleveland Indians by the score of 18-0. Red Ruffing gives up 7 hits in the complete-game shutout, striking out three and walking two, to improve to 11-6. On offense, Bill Dickey goes 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, while Lou Gehrig smashes two to take the American League lead with 23.

19 Years Ago

Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee in 42 years to hit a home run in the All-Star Game, leading off the sixth inning with one against future Yankee Jon Lieber. The previous Yankee to accomplish that feat was Yogi Berra in 1959 off Don Drysdale. Fortunately, Yankees fans have not had to wait another 42 years after Jeter, with Jason Giambi hitting one in 2003 and Aaron Judge in 2018.

3 Years Ago

Speaking of Aaron Judge and home runs, three years ago Judge put on a show in the Home Run Derby. The first rookie to win the Derby solo (Wally Joyner was co-champ in 1986), Judge hit 47 home runs — starting with 23 in the first round to beat Justin Bour (who had just set a Round 1 record with 22 in front of his hometown crowd), 13 in the second against Cody Bellinger, and 11 in the championship against Miguel Sano — that traveled a combined 3.9 miles. Although teammates Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton, then a member of the Marlins, put on a show in their head-to-head matchup in Round 1, the night belonged to Judge, who required barely half the allotted time to beat Sano in the finals.

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