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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74 Years Ago
Nearly 43,000 fans show up to the Bronx to watch the Yankees take on the Tigers. The crowd brings the Yankees’ season total attendance over 2 million as they become the first team ever to eclipse the historic mark. The team ultimately drops a 7-2 game on the day to Hal Newhouse.
52 Years Ago
Power-hitting outfielder Rocky Colavito is asked to pitch in relief of starter Steve Barber. Colavito manages 2.1 scoreless innings and notches the victory, thanks in part to a home run he contributed at the plate. A position player wouldn’t earn credit for a victory for another 32 years. Our own Matt Ferenchick wrote about Colavito’s win here.
24 Years Ago
The Yankees erect a monument to Mickey Mantle, who had died of liver cancer the year prior. It’s the first structure added to monument park in 47 years, and it goes alongside the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Miller Huggins.
Nine Years Ago
In one of the more fun Yankee games in recent memory, the Yankees become the first team in history to slug three grand slams in one game. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Russell Martin all cleared the loaded bases in a 22-9 demolotion of the Athletics:
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Happy 33rd birthday to Adam Warren! Warren owns a 129 ERA+ across seven seasons split between two stints with the team. The Yankees signed the right-hander again last winter as he worked back from Tommy John surgery, but released him this summer when sculpting their 60-man pandemic pool. The two parties will likely try to work something out again this winter.
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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.