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This Day in Yankees History: Bobby Richardson Day at the Stadium

Before retiring, the second baseman is honored with his own special day in 1966.

Bobby Richardson Photo By: Charles Hoff/NY Daily News via Getty Images

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 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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54 Years Ago

The Yankees celebrate Bobby Richardson Day at Yankee Stadium in honor of their All-Star second baseman, who has announced his plans to retire at the end of the 1966 season. Though he was just 31 years old and in the prime of his playing career, Richardson longed to spend more time with his wife and kids and decided spending time with his family was more important to him than playing baseball.

Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images

Richardson, known for his dexterity in turning double plays, won five consecutive Gold Glove Awards and three World Series rings while playing for the Yankees. He would go on to have a successful career coaching college baseball at the University of South Carolina; as head coach for the Gamecocks he earned respect for his scouting talent and won over 70 percent of the games he coached.

To this day, Richardson is the only MLB player from a losing team to be named World Series MVP. He accomplished this in 1960, when the Pirates beat the Yankees in seven games.

64 Years Ago

In Chicago, Mickey Mantle hits a game-winning home run in the 11th inning to become the first Yankee to hit 50 home runs in a single season since Babe Ruth hit 50 in 1928. With their 3-2 win over the White Sox, the Yankees clinch the American League pennant for the 22nd time in franchise history. The Yanks go on to win the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, their crosstown rivals. The series goes to seven games and Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 is undoubtedly the highlight.

69 Years Ago

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Joe DiMaggio scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt by Phil Rizzuto off Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon (who would eventually go on to manage the Yankees). The Yankees’ 2-1 walk-off win breaks the tie with Cleveland for first place in the American League; the Yankees stay in first place for the remainder of the 1951 season.

6 Years Ago

In the seventh inning of a game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, Brandon McCarthy throws an “immaculate inning,” striking out Wil Myers, Nick Franklin, and Matt Joyce on just nine pitches. It is the fifth immaculate inning in Yankees franchise history; McCarthy joins Al Downing (1967), Ron Guidry (1984), A.J. Burnett (2009), and Ivan Nova (2013) in accomplishing the rare feat, with Dellin Betances to join them three years later.

New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

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