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This Day in Yankees History: Bobby Murcer carries Yankees after Munson’s funeral

On this day in 1979, Bobby Murcer propelled the Yankees to one of the most emotional victories in franchise history.

MLB Photos Archive Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The start of the 2020 season is finally underway! The Pinstripe Alley team is going to continue to keep these daily posts that 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 (August 6)

41 years ago

After delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson’s funeral in Ohio, Bobby Murcer, a teammate and close friend of the deceased Yankee catcher, drives in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5-4 comeback victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The New York outfielder hits a three-run home run and wins the game with a two-run single in 9th inning.

24 years ago

Darryl Strawberry smashed three home runs, all off White Sox starter Kevin Tapini, as the Yankees won 9-2. Strawberry was just the eighth player in history to manage the feat in both leagues. Kenny Rogers pitched eight innings for the win that day, while Derek Jeter, Wade Boggs, and Paul O’Neill combined for eight hits out of the top three spots in the order. Strawberry would hit 11 homers that season, his second as a member of the Yankees.

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Happy birthday to Ron Davis!

Davis pitches four years in pinstripes, throwing nearly 300 innings with a 2.93 ERA. He won the World Series with New York as a 22-year-old rookie in 1978.

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