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History Highlights for August 25

Oddly, in a 22-9 Yankee win on August 25, 2011, the A’s led 7-1 after three, which was before not one, not two, but three different Bombers chipped in with grand slam home runs. Of the three, Russell “the Muscle” Martin gets first billing because he knocked in six runs and scored four times, while Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson had five rbi’s apiece; they scored once and three times, respectively. Derek Jeter moved into 20th place on the all-time runs scored list, but in maybe the coolest highlight of the day, Joe Girardi inserted Jorge Posada into the game playing second base – his original position — in the ninth; he got the game-ending assist, though almost threw the ball past Nick Swisher at first. Continue reading

History Highlights for August 24

It was all good for Denny McLain in 1968. Cy Young Award, League MVP, and his record as the last guy to win 30+ games in a season seems safer than ever from being equaled several decades later. To amass that kind of win total, you have to eliminate just about all the little setbacks that happen along the way no matter how well you are throwing. Denny suffered through very few of those kinds of days that year, at least until the World Series, when Mickey Lolich picked up the Tigers’ slack. But Denny did have a misstep on August 24, 1968 when, despite the fact that he threw another beaut, someone threw a little better. And that someone was young Yankee righty Mel Stottlemyre, who whipped McLain and the Tigers, 2-1. Continue reading

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