Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. The season may be underway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip into the past. 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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89 Years Ago
Babe Ruth reached another one of his many career milestones, smacking his 600th career home run on this day in 1931. At 36 years old, Ruth became the first player in MLB history to reach that mark when he took George Blaeholder deep in an 11-7 Yankees win over the Browns.
14 Years Ago
In what would be dubbed as the “Boston Massacre II,” the Yankees completed a five-game sweep of the Red Sox in Fenway on this day in 2006. Heading into the series with just a half-game lead over Boston in the division, the Yanks closed out the sweep with a 2-1 win on a Sunday afternoon to leave with a 5.5 game cushion. The Yankees beat an effective David Wells, and Kyle Farnsworth earned the save.
7 Years Ago
It’s fun to remember that Ichiro was a Yankee, because Ichiro is awesome, and he did something awesome on this day in 2013, collecting his 4,000th career hit in professional baseball. He collected nearly 1,300 of those hits in Japan before coming to the Mariners, but he also compiled more hits in a 13-year span in the bigs than any other player. His 4,000th helped him join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the only players to accomplish that feat.
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Happy Birthday to Brandon Drury! Remember when he was a Yankee?
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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.