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This Day in Yankees History: Fantasy becomes reality

Derek Jeter said goodbye to Yankee Stadium in the most Jeter way possible on this day in 2014.

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Alex Trautwig/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 25)

52 years ago

Derek Jeter isn’t the only legendary Yankee to say goodbye to the Bronx on this day. In 1968, Mickey Mantle stepped into the box at Yankee Stadium for the last time, drawing a walk in his final at-bat against Luis Tiant, who pitched a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win for Cleveland.

24 years ago

After going 15 years without a division title, the Yankees clinched the American League East on this day in 1996. It would be far from the last celebration for the Yanks that year.

22 years ago

The 1998 Yankees were arguably, and probably, the greatest team of all time, and they made a big stake for that claim on this day that year, when they won their 112th game, good for the American League record. The victory was a 6-1 win over the Devil Rays.

11 years ago

Remember all the dingers in 2009, when many thought a jet stream was responsible for all those balls leaving the brand new ballpark? Well, the Yanks set a franchise record for home runs at home in a single year on this day with a third-inning dinger off the bat of Alex Rodriguez, who took Jon Lester deep for the 127th home run at Yankee Stadium III.

6 years ago

Six years already?! We’re all old. It was on this day in 2014 when Derek Jeter stepped up to bat in the bottom of the ninth after the greatest blown save ever (thanks again, David Robertson), and, well, you know the rest.

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Birthdays

The great Phil Rizzuto was born on this day in 1917, and what a career he had. The Hall of Famer compiled 42.0 WAR, won seven World Series and went on to have a great career in the booth after his playing career.

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