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History Highlights for October 7

The 2009 Yankee postseason got off to a great start on October 7, with the Captain and the ace leading the way. Once the Twins reached CC Sabathia for two third-inning runs on three singles, a double play, and a passed ball, Derek Jeter equaled matters almost immediately with a two-run home run following an earlier single, then walked twice and scored two more runs in the 7-2 Yankee win in Yankee Stadium. CC struck out eight pitching into the seventh, and Hideki Matsui got his superb postseason going with a two-run jack of his own. The Wednesday evening game got off on a surprisingly early 6:07 pm first pitch. Continue reading

History Highlights for September 29

Don Mattingly broke the major league record when he smashed his sixth grand slam home run of the 1987 season on September 29 in a 6-0 win over Bruce Hurst and the Red Sox.

The Bombers opened their ALDS with the Texas Rangers with a 2-0, five-hit David Wells shutout on September 29, 1998. It comes as no surprise, I’m sure, that Mariano Rivera earned the save. Continue reading

History Highlights for September 24

The Yankees dedicated the Saturday, September 24, 2011, midafternoon game in Yankee Stadium to the memory of Roger Maris, hosting Roger’s grown children; his widow, Pat; three surviving sons of Mickey Mantle; along with Sal Durante, who caught Maris’s 61st home run in 1961; retired players Bob Cerv, Bobby Richardson, and Moose Skowron; Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra; and 1961 batboy Frank Prudenti in a pregame ceremony marking the 50-year anniversary of his feat, which would fall in a week. Paul Simon and Michael Jordan were in the stands as the Yanks drove Boston’s John Lester from the mound with eight runs in the second and third innings, keyed by a Derek Jeter three-run homer. Rookie Jesus Montero had three hits with a home run and four rbi’s in the 9-1 win. Continue reading

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