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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25 Years Ago
One notable moment in Yankee history on this day actually happened in a game not involving the Yankees.
As the Yankees were losing 6-5 to the Mariners in the Bronx, 200 miles away Cal Ripken Jr. officially tied Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played at 2130. While the next game where he broke the record was the one where the famous clip of him doing the lap around the stadium happened, he received plenty of adulation in this game too. When the game became official in the fifth inning, the fans gave Ripken a five minute standing ovation.
13 Years Ago
Although no one knew it at the time, on this day in 2007, Bob Sheppard worked his final ever game as the PA announcer at Yankee Stadium.
At the conclusion of this series against the Mariners, the Yankees left for a nine-game road trip. While they were away, Sheppard came down with a bronchial infection, causing him to miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. Although he would provide his voice for the starting lineups for the final ever game at the old Yankee Stadium, he was not in attendance that day or at all in the 2008 season. Sheppard officially announced his retirement in 2009 and passed away in 2010 at age 99.
13 Years Ago
As it turned out, Sheppard’s final game also included some notable action on the field. In the game’s seventh inning, Alex Rodrgiuez becomes the fourth player in Yankees history to homer twice in the same inning.
With the team trailing the Mariners 2-1 in the seventh inning, A-Rod led off the frame with a homer off Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn, who had only allowed two hits up to that point. (Both to Jose Molina somehow.) After that, the Mariners fell apart, allowing five further runs thanks to a combo of errors, walks, and a couple hits. Rodriguez then put the cherry on top of the inning when he hit a two-run shot off reliever Brandon Morrow. The Yankees added one further run in the eighth and won 10-2.
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On this day in 1872, Al Orth was born.
Orth was one of the stars of the early Yankees teams, when they were the known as the Highlanders. The team acquired him in 1904, and he would play six years for the franchise. His best year with them came in 1906, when he led the league in innings pitched and wins with 338.2 and 27. Going off modern statistics, he was worth 8.1 WAR that year according to Baseball Reference.
Other Yankee birthdays today include Randy Choate, Buddy Hassett, Gil Patterson, and Chris Young.
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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.