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This Day in Yankees History: Mariano Rivera moves into second on the all-time saves list

On this day in 2008, Mariano Rivera saves his 479th career game, moving him past Lee Smith.

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by: Nick Laham/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 15)

12 years ago

Mariano Rivera passes Lee Smith for second on the all-time save list behind Trevor Hoffman as the Yankees top the White Sox, 4-2. It was the 479th save of Rivera’s illustrious career.

10 years ago

Rays manager Joe Maddon is ejected from the game when Derek Jeter is awarded first base by the umpires who rule the pitch thrown by Chad Qualls hit the New York shortstop. Video replay of the at-bat, that clearly shows the fastball hit the knob of the bat, prompts a national debate about the ethics demonstrated by the usually squeaky-clean Yankees captain, who admitted after the 4-3 loss to Tampa that he pretended to get hit by the pitch to get on base.



Happy birthday to Gaylord Perry!

The Hall of Fame pitcher played for the Yankees in 1980, one of his 22 years in the league. He threw 50.2 innings in pinstripes with a 4.44 ERA after being traded to the Yankees on August 13, 1980 from the Texas Rangers. Perry was a five-time All-Star and the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. He was elected into baseball immortality in 1991, his third-year on the ballot.

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