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 8)
20 years ago
The Yankees sweep the Mets in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical 4-2 scores. The twin bill provides quite an interesting day in New York when Mike Piazza, beaned by Roger Clemens, goes to the hospital, Dwight Gooden gets his first win at Shea Stadium since 1994, and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets’ first baseman Todd Zeile causes the team to play first game under protest.
Three years ago
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Clint Frazier blasts a three-run walk-off home run to win the ballgame for the Yankees. Not only was he the hero for the Bombers in the game, but he was virtually their entire offense as he drove in four of the team’s five runs. Impressively enough, it was also just the sixth game of Red Thunder’s career.
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Happy birthday to Hector Lopez!
The utility man played eight seasons with the Yankees, winning two World Series Championships with the team. He hit .262/.324/.399 in 864 games while in pinstripes.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.