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This Day in Yankees History: Big homers from Yankees first basemen

Lou Gehrig blasts grand slams and Mike Ford walks it off, on this day in Yankees history

Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. Even with the start of the 2020 season, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new 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 (September 1)

89 Years Ago

For the third time in four days, Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam, a third-inning blast off Boston Red Sox pitcher Ed Morris. It was his 40th home run of the season, and his sixth-consecutive game with a home run.

65 Years Ago

As the Yankees purchase the contract of Sal “the Barber” Maglie from the Dodgers, he becomes the last player to play for all three New York teams. Due to the time of his acquisition, however, he was ineligible to play in the World Series.

1 Year Ago

With the Yankees down to the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, going into the bottom of the ninth, Brett Gardner and Mike Ford deposit back-to-back home runs into the right field seats off closer Liam Hendriks. Ford, pinch hitting for Clint Frazier, becomes the first rookie in Yankees history to hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run.

It is the team’s second walk-off in as many days, and they were very stoked about it, with Tommy Kahnle jumping around in the bullpen like a lunatic and Brett Gardner famously shuffling out of the dugout with the Gatorade cooler and a large smile on his face.

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Happy birthday to Foster Edwards, who appeared in two games with the Yankees in 1930, allowing four runs in 1.2 innings of work. His 21.60 ERA in pinstripes wasn’t the shining part of his five-year career.

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