Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. Even with the 2020 season well underway, 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 23)
87 Years Ago
The Yankees record seven errors but somehow manage to outslug the Boston Red Sox by a score of 16-12. The team collects 23 hits, including home runs by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the 31st of the year for each. Even reliever Wilcy Moore gets in on the fun, driving in a run with his first hit of the season. Frank Crosetti has three hits on the day, but also commits three errors.
22 Years Ago
The 1998 Yankees tie the 1927 team for the most wins in franchise history, with their 8-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians being the squad’s 110th of the season. This placed them one short of the AL record of 111, set by the 1954 Cleveland Indians.
21 Years Ago
A crowd of 27,549 fans puts the Yankees over the top, breaking the New York City season attendance record with 3,072,009 fans. The 1988 Mets had previously held the record, with 3,047,724 fans.
19 Years Ago
Mariano Rivera caps off a 10-inning victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, recording his 47th save of the season, establishing a new single-season franchise record. Mo would ultimately have 50 on the year, and would break it three years later, locking down 53 saves in 2004.
13 Years Ago
Hall of Fame starter Mike Mussina wins his 250th career win, as the Yankees down the Blue Jays, 7-5. Despite the accomplishment, which at the time he shared with only 44 others, Mussina insists that the game ball go to rookie Joba Chamberlain, who earned his first Major League save.
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Speaking of Joba Chamberlain, happy 35th birthday to the former rookie phenom! Originally selected by the Yankees with the 41st pick of the 2006 amateur draft, Joba quickly flew through the Yankees system, making his Major League debut on August 7, 2007. He dominated in his rookie year, giving up only 1 earned run in 24 innings, during which time he became famous for the now-infamous “Joba Rules.” He transitioned back to the rotation during 2008, during which time he suffered a rotator cuff injury that Brian Cashman acknowledged in 2011 completely derailed his career and eliminated any chance of him being a successful starter long-term.
Following seven years in pinstripes, Joba bounced around the league a bit, pitching two years for the Detroit Tigers, half a season with the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians apiece, and spent time in the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers farm systems. Following the 2017 season, in which he did not pitch at a professional level, Joba retired. Oh, what could have been.
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