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History Highlights for April 30

Taking advantage of a lull in my midweek work schedule in 1996, I traveled to Baltimore to see what may have been the most satisfying two-game set I’ve ever experienced, this one between the Yankees and the Orioles. The first became the longest nine-inning game in baseball history (to that point anyway), on April 30 of that year. The Orioles jumped all over poor Andy Pettitte for a 9-4 lead after two innings, but the Bombers fought back and tied it in the fifth, and won it 13-10, largely on the strength of a late Tino Martinez three-run home run. Jim Leyritz and Paul O’Neill homered too, and Paul’s was a mighty drive to right center that landed on a tile next to Boog’s Barbecue on Eutaw Street. The tile was marked to commemorate Paul’s homer’s landing point the next day (though no evidence remains except my eyewitness account, I believe). Continue reading

History Highlights for April 28

On April 28, 1996, Mariano Rivera picked up the win while hurling the last three innings in a 6-3 defeat of the Twins, as Paul O’Neill both robbed Paul Molitor of a homer and then hit one of his own. Considering this game as a group with his two previous outings, Mo had just completed nine innings of no-hit ball. The Yankees – and the League – were beginning to understand what they had in the Bronx pen. Continue reading

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