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On This Day in History | 1934

Ruth (in the above clipping from July 17, 1934) paid a boy $20 in exchange for his 700th home run ball (Flickr)

On this day 79 years ago Babe Ruth achieved one of his most memorable milestones, hitting his 700th career home run. The 480 foot blast off of Detroit’s Tommy Bridges helped propel the Bombers to a win 4-2 at Navin Field and move a 1/2 game ahead of Detroit in the pennant race. It was only the 14th home […]

On This Day in History | 1951

Reynolds in 1953 (Photo: Wiki Commons)

On this day 62 years ago, Allie Reynolds tossed his first of two no-hitters during the 1951 season, blanking the Indians 1-0 at Cleveland Stadium. “Superchief” was masterful against his former squad that would go on to finish the season with a 93-61 mark, good enough for second in the American League–five games behind the […]

Yankees Game 45: McLouth’s Walk-Off Sinks Yanks

Pronk stayed hot tonight, going 2-4 with 2 RBIs

Baltimore Orioles 3–New York Yankees 2 (10 innings) Phil Hughes put together another solid start and Travis Hafner stayed hot, but it wasn’t enough as the O’s clipped the Bombers in extra innings. Hughes was effective over 6 innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs–both solo shots by Chris Dickerson–while striking out 5, before […]

Yankees Game 44: Hafner & Wells Clip the Birds

The Assassin (Photo: Wiki Commons)

New York Yankees 6–Baltimore Orioles 4 Where would we be without Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells? Once again, it was the two off-season acquisitions who came up with the big hits, powering the Yanks to their 12th come-from-behind victory of the season. Down 4-3 in the 9th, Hafner blasted a game-tying, opposite-field shot to left […]

On This Day in History | 1920

Headlines on Jan. 6, 1920 say it all

On this day 93 years ago Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a Yankee in a 6-0 victory over Boston. After going without a long ball in eleven April games, the Sultan of Swat saved his first of 659 Yankee dingers for a matchup with his former club. Herb Pennock, another future Yankee […]

On This Day in History | 1996

Tino in 1996 (Photo: Flickr)

On this day 17 years ago the Yankees edged Baltimore in what was then the longest 9-inning game in Major League history, eclipsing the 4:18 mark set by the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in 1962. In a 4 hour, 21 minute affair, the Bombers outlasted the Orioles in the first game of […]

On This Day in History | 1961

Maris and the Babe in 1961 (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

On this day 52 years ago, Roger Maris began his assault on Babe Ruth‘s hallowed home run record. It took him until the eleventh game of the season, but Maris finally connected on a long ball in the 5th inning off of Detroit’s Paul Foytack. Incredibly, it would be his only home run in the […]

Minors Wrap-Up: RailRiders & RiverDogs Held in Check

Wang deals (Photo: CitizensVoice.com)

Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Columbus 4, SWB 1 Chien-Ming Wang allowed three runs on four hits over 6.2 innings, but did not benefit from much run support as the RailRiders fell to the Clippers, dropping to 9-10 on the season. Just one of Wang’s runs was earned, keeping his ERA at a stingy 0.75 as his […]

On This Day in History | 1994

Paulie (Photo: TheFanManifesto.com)

On this day 19 years ago,

On This Day in History | 1917

Mogridge (Photo: YES Network)

On this day 96 years ago George Mogridge tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history in a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox. It would be a full 66 years until another regular season no-hitter was thrown by a Bomber, when Dave Righetti achieved the milestone in 1983. In front of just 3,219 at Fenway […]

The All-Name Team

Ping Bodie (Photo: LoneCadaver.com)

I recently came across the name of a New York Giants player from the 1880s named Cannonball Titcomb. I successfully fought the urge to immediately order a customized San Francisco Giants jersey, but not by much. It got me thinking, what are some of the oddest player names in Yankee history? In the 110-year reign of […]

On This Day in History | 1903

The 1903 Highlanders (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

On this day 110 years ago the New York Yankees, then known as the Highlanders, won the first game in franchise history. After dropping their inaugural game to the Senators the day before, the Highlanders topped Washington at American League Park in a 7-2 victory. Right-hander Harry Howell, with the help of a nasty spitball, […]

On This Day in History | 2001

O'Neill, ever the perfectionist, reacts after a frustrating at bat (Photo courtesy of the Eagle Tribune)

On this day 12 years ago the Yanks topped the Red Sox in thrilling fashion before a near-capacity crowd at the Stadium. After enduring 5.2 stingy innings from Tomo Ohka, whose only earned run was a 5th inning solo shot by Jorge Posada, the Yanks tied it up in the 7th on a solo blast […]

On This Day in History | 1957

Bill "Moose" Skowron (Photo courtesy of the Yes Network)

On this day 56 years ago, Bill Skowron outshone the likes of Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Yogi Berra, slugging two home runs in a 10-7 win over Boston. His first dinger, yielded by Willard Nixon, led off the 2nd inning. It was an historic blast that not only cleared the left centerfield wall, but soared to the […]

On This Day in History | 1923

Gov. Al Smith throws out the first pitch (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

On this day 90 years ago the Yankees played the inaugural game at Yankee Stadium on a chilly 49-degree afternoon. In front of 74,200 fans, many of whom having driven down a dirt road leading to the Stadium, the Bronx Bombers dealt the Boston Red Sox a 4-1 loss. Pitcher Bob Shawkey went the distance […]

On This Day in History | 1951

Mickey in April, 1951 (Photo courtesy of Life)

On this day 62 years ago two Yankee legends made their debuts, one in right field and one in the announcer’s booth. Against the Boston Red Sox a fresh-faced 19-year-old named Mickey Mantle, who was added to the Major League club late after a very productive spring training, started beside his predecessor in center field, […]

On This Day in History | 1929

1929 Yankees (Photo courtesy of Baseball-Fever.com)

On this day 84 years ago the Yankees became the first team to make numbers a permanent part of their uniform. Previously numbers had been used intermittently, even appearing on the uniform sleeve at times, but in ’29 they would remain. Other teams quickly followed suit and by 1932 uniform numbers were standard across the […]

On This Day in History | 1998

4/24/1998 | Steinbrenner joins hard hat-wearing fans in loge section 22 in the first game back at the Stadium since the beam fell (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

On this day 15 years ago the Yankees were forced to play a home game across the river at Shea Stadium, two days after a 500-pound concrete and steel beam fell from beneath the upper deck. The beam obliterated a seat and left a 6-inch deep hole in the concrete floor. Thankfully, the Stadium was […]

Interviews | Luis Sojo

Sojo (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

Luis Sojo began his Major League career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990. After a stop in California, a return trip to Toronto, and a stint in Seattle, Sojo was traded to the Yanks in August of 1996. The timing was nothing short of fortuitous as two months later he would be fitted for […]

On This Day in History | 1955

Ford beneath the Stadium lights in 1955 (Photo courtesy of the New York Times)

On this day 58 years ago Whitey Ford single-handedly dismantled the Washington Senators in a 19-1 Opening Day rout at Yankee Stadium. The slick lefty baffled the boys from D.C., allowing just 2 hits and 1 run in a complete game victory, but the Chairman of the Board put on a show at the plate as […]