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This Day in Yankees History: Grand slams galore

21 years ago, Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill rallied the Yankees with a pair of grand slams.

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays - July 22, 2006 Photo by Jay Gula/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 14)

78 Years Ago

The Yankees clinch their 13th American League pennant with an 8-3 win over Cleveland. Joe DiMaggio racks up four hits and starter Tiny Bonham records his 20th win. Much like last year’s Bombers, unfortunately, they finish the season with 103 wins but fail to win the World Series.

62 Years Ago

Apparently this was a big day for pennants, as the Yankees clinch their 24th pennant with a 5-3 win over the Athletics in the first game of a doubleheader. It’s Casey Stengel’s ninth pennant with the club, tying Connie Mack for most ever by a manager. These Yankees finished the job with a seven-game World Series victory over the Brewers.

21 Years Ago

The Yankees pull off a remarkable rally. Trailing 6-2 in the top of the eighth, Bernie Williams smacks a game-tying grand slam. An inning later, Paul O’Neill wins the game with a grand slam of his own. It’s just the third time in franchise history that the team had hit multiple grand slams in a single game. Check out John Sterling’s spirited call of O’Neill’s slam:

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The most notable player to have played for New York born today is Stan Williams, who turns 84. He only pitched two seasons with the Yankees, managing a 104 ERA+ in 228 innings. He made the All-Star team as a member of the 1960 Dodgers, and won the World Series over the White Sox as a member of the 1959 Dodgers. He finished his career with over 22 rWAR. It’s also the 36th birthday of the aptly named Josh Outman, who was among the many relievers who took a few turns with the 2014 Yankees. Outman posted a 16-11 record and 97 ERA+ in 274.1 career innings.

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