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This Day in Yankees History: Mike Mussina breaks down the 20-win barrier

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Mike Mussina achieves a career milestone on the final day of his career, and Babe Ruth takes the mound.

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The 2020 season is over! But as the playoffs begin, 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 28)

97 years ago

The Yankees defeat the Red Sox at Fenway Park by the score of 24-4. Their 30 hits set a new American League record. Five players record at least three hits, and Babe Ruth and Wally Schang each pound out five hits.

90 years ago

Babe Ruth takes to the mound for the first time in nine years. Ruth pitches a complete game at Fenway Park, allowing three runs, two earned, on 11 hits, securing a 9-3 win in the process. He also picks up two hits in support of himself.

15 years ago

Alex Rodriguez sets a new team record for home runs by a right-handed hitter, clubbing his 47th homer of the season against the Orioles to move past Joe DiMaggio. A-Rod would take this record even higher two years later when he smashed 56 homers during his 2007 MVP campaign.

12 years ago

In the final start of his career on the final day of the 2008 regular season, Mike Mussina wins his 20th game of the year, marking his first time across the 20-win threshold. The right-hander tosses six shutout innings to move to 20-9, and to close his career on a high note. At 39-years-old, he is the oldest pitcher to win 20 games for the first time. He finishes his Hall-of-Fame career with 270 wins.

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Birthdays

Today is the 30th birthday of former Yankee Slade Heathcott. Heathcott hit a memorable home run in the ninth inning of a game against the Rays at the end of the 2015 season:

Heatchott didn’t play in the majors again after that year, and finished his career with a .400/.429/.720 line in 17 games.

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