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This Day in Yankees History: A 23-year-old manager!

Yankees hire shortstop as interim player-manager; DiMaggio hits 300th homer; Catfish Hunter honored before retirement; Derek Jeter has the most hits at the old Yankee Stadium

Ed Barrow Photo By: Walter Kelleher/NY Daily News via 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 16)

106 Years Ago

At the age of 23, shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh becomes the Yankees manager for the final 20 games of the season. As player-manager, he would go 10-10.

74 Years Ago

Joe DiMaggio scores the Yankees’ only run with his 300th home run, joining a club that, at the time, only contained Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg.

41 Years Ago

The Yankees honor future Hall-of-Famer Catfish Hunter, who had announced that he was retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. On that same day, 20-year-old lefty Dave Righetti makes his major-league debut.

12 Years Ago

In the last homestand at the old Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter records his 1270th hit at the ballpark with a first-inning single, passing Lou Gehrig for the most hits at the historic venue.

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