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This Day in Yankees History: Mantle and Maris hit 50

On this day in Yankees history, the M&M Boys hit a milestone that had never been seen before.

New York Yankees Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris

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 3)

81 years ago

With the 6:30 Sunday curfew approaching, the Yankees start making deliberate outs, stalling to avoid a loss in Boston. Irate Fenway Park fans litter the field with cushions and debris. Umpire Cal Hubbard forfeits the game to the Yankees, but American League President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him, calling the game a 5-5 tie and fining the Yankees for their tactics.

59 years ago

Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris become the first teammates in MLB history to hit 50 home runs apiece in the same season when Mantle goes deep twice in the Yankees’ 8-5 walk-off victory over Detroit. Maris, who also blasted a pair of homers against the Tigers the day prior, has hit 53 homers.

35 years ago

Reggie Jackson blasts his 525th career home run to become the first major leaguer to collect 100 home runs in three different uniforms. The outfielder, who hit 269 homers during his 10 seasons with Oakland and 144 in five years with the Yankees, hits two homers to go over the century mark playing for the Angels in the team’s 14-8 loss to Detroit.

12 years ago

Instant replay is used for the first time in Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez homers to left field off of Troy Percival in the ninth inning as part of a 8-4 Yankees win over the Rays. Umpire Brian Runge calls it a homer and has his call upheld upon review after Tampa Bay challenges.

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Happy birthday to Eric Plunk!

He played 14 years in the big leagues, three of which came with the Yankees from 1989-1991. He was acquired by New York from the Oakland Athletics with Greg Cadaret and Luis Polonia in exchange for Rickey Henderson. Plunk would go on to throw 260 innings in pinstripes with a 3.88 ERA.

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