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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64 Years Ago
The Yankees strand 20 runners on base in a 13-7 loss at Fenway Park, setting a record for most stranded runners in a nine-inning game. The near-impossible feat essentially requires at least two stranded runners in every inning, plus a couple of bases-loaded stranded situations. Bob Turley takes the loss, yielding six earned runs in 2.2 innings.
18 Years Ago
With the AL East title in their sights, the Yankees down the Tigers 3-2 to clinch the division. It’s their fifth straight AL East title, a streak that would last for five more division wins before the team missed the playoffs in 2008. Mariano Rivera oddly pitches the eighth inning to secure a hold, while Steve Karsay pitches the clinching ninth for a save.
12 Years Ago
The Yankees play the final game ever at Yankee Stadium, defeating the Orioles 7-3 during the final week of the regular season. If it’s ever fortuitous for the Yankees to be eliminated from playoff contention, it’s here, as the Yankees’ non-existent playoff hopes allows them to fully commit to a closing ceremony of the old place. Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe’s daughter, throws out the first pitch, and Derek Jeter gives a stirring speech after the game. Johnny Damon and Jose Molina hit home runs and Andy Pettitte earns the win:
Six years ago
Brett Gardner hits the 15,000th home run in Yankees history. The Yankees are, unsurprisingly, the first franchise to reach the mark. Masahiro Tanaka earns the win and David Robertson records the save as the Yankees defeat the Blue Jays 5-2, but New York still sits at only 80-75, four games back of the playoffs with seven to play.
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