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This Day in Yankees History: Bombers play their final home game at the Polo Grounds

On this day 98 years ago, the Yankees said farewell to the Polo Grounds.

1922 World Series Game One Babe Ruth at Bat

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 a few 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 10)

98 years ago

The Yankees play their final home game at the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40,000 fans pack the stadium with 25,000 turned away at the gates. The Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s, 10-3, in the opener, and Waite Hoyt edges out the A’s in the second game, 2-1. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road, and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.

70 years ago

In New York’s 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C., Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of Griffith Stadium. It is the third time that Joltin’ Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game, but he has never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.

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Happy birthday to Roger Maris and Randy Johnson!

Maris played seven years with the Yankees, won back-to-back MVPs in 1960 and 1961, and smashed 203 homers in pinstripes, including an American League record 61 blasts in 1961. Today, his No. 9 hangs in Monument Park as the Yankees retired his number in 1984. He won the World Series in 1961 and 1962 with the Bombers.

“The Big Unit” turns 57 today! He pitched for the Yanks from 2005-2006, which was towards the end of his career. Because of that he didn’t have his best years in pinstripes, recording a 4.37 ERA in 67 starts. In 2007, the Yankees traded Johnson back to the Diamondbacks, almost two years to the day that Arizona had traded him to New York. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in in 2015, his first year on the ballot.

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