On this day in Yankees history 54 years ago, a pair of Yankees finished 1-2 in American League MVP voting, as newly-acquired right fielder Roger Maris just beat star center fielder Mickey Mantle for the 1960 AL MVP. Maris received just three more votes than Mantle: 225-222. Maris hit .283/.371/.581 with 7.5 WAR, 39 homers. and a 156 wRC+ in 136 games while Mantle hit .275/.399/.558 with 6.3 WAR, 40 homers, and a 158 wRC+ in 153 games so... yeesh, tough choice. Great for the AL champion Yankees though!
Remember when Greg Bird wasn't selected to the AzFL All-Star Game? Well, he was a late add to the roster and went on to be named the star of the game.
On this day 13 years ago, lightning struck twice, as for the second day in a row, the Yankees tied a World Series game in the ninth inning with two outs and trailing by two runs. This time, it was Scott Brosius to the rescue, and a few innings later, Alfonso Soriano's 12th inning single ended the amazing night. It was, indeed, "Deja vu all over again."
What a moment.
Just after midnight on the 1st of November 13 years ago, Derek Jeter slapped an opposite-field home run down the right field line against beleaguered Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim, and the Yankees won an stunning Game 4 to tie the World Series. Mr. November, indeed.
Halloween night 2001 was pretty special for Yankees fans. Tino Martinez homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game. Who knows what comes next?
On this day five years ago, Andy Pettitte started Game 3 of the 2009 World Series against the previous year's World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. He delivered six solid innings, but also surprised Phillies fans with a game-tying single against Hamels, the first Fall Classic RBI by a Yankees pitched in 45 years. Not bad, Andy.
AHHHHHHHH, WHY BAMBINO, WHY?
On this day 15 years ago, President Bush took the mound at Yankee Stadium seven weeks after 9/11, right before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. In a stirring display, he offered a thumbs-up, delivered a strike, and the Yankees later won the game by a score of 2-1 to climb back into the series. Check out the mini-documentary from ESPN about it.