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This Day In Yankees History: Derek Jeter stands alone

The Yankees captain picked up hit number 2,722, moving past Lou Gehrig into sole possession of the franchise record

New York Yankee Derek Jeter tips his helmet to adoring crowd Photo by Robert Sabo/NY Daily News Archive 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 (September 11)

54 Years Ago

Yankees outfielder John Miller hits a home run in his first big league at-bat as New York beats Boston 4-2 in Fenway Park on this date in 1966. Miller had a largely forgettable career that only lasted 32 games; he played six games for the Yankees that year and didn’t return to the majors until 1969, for the Dodgers. What makes his career notable is that he also homered in his final at-bat for Los Angeles, making him the only player in major league history to go deep in his first and last turn at the plate.

18 Years Ago

Yankees icons Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford unveil a monument in Yankee Stadium honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks a year earlier. The team also planted a tree in Monument Park dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack and the first responders who rushed into danger to help.

11 Years Ago

Derek Jeter lashed an opposite-field single in the third inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles, giving him 2,722 career hits and placing him alone atop the Yankees franchise leaderboard in that category. The 35-year-old captain surged past Lou Gehrig and would collect 700-plus more hits before retiring at the end of the 2014 season with 3,465. The celebration on this night provided one of the signature moments from the inaugural season at Yankee Stadium III, which of course ended with the Yanks winning their 27th World Series title.

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I’m not sure Yankees fans will be serenading him, but Jacoby Ellsbury turns 37 today. Ellsbury signed a massive seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees ahead of the 2014 season, but was never the force the club envisioned at the top of the lineup. Injuries kept him off the field for a huge chunk of that deal and the last game he appeared in came in 2017. The Yankees released him following the 2019 season, with one year left on the contract (plus a $5 million buyout they’d owe him for 2021). The team has attempted to convert his contract from guaranteed to non-guaranteed, negating the remainder of the money owed. The MLBPA has filed a grievance on Ellsbury’s behalf contesting that decision and the case is expected to go to arbitration.

Also marking birthdays are Brandon Laird (who had a brief stint with the club in 2011); Matt DeSalvo (2007); Don Slaught (1988-89); Bill Hogg (1905-1908); and Frank Kitson (1907).

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