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History Highlights for December 11

“We play today; we win today.” The Yanks signed free agent infielder Mariano Duncan on December 11, 1995. That’s not the day’s biggest news, but he was a key contributor in the glorious 1996 season.

Joe DiMaggio officially retired on this day in 1951. The streak in 1941, the great center field defense, the .325 career batting average. And as a righty batter, he hit 361 home runs playing half his games in a ballpark where the fences in left center were virtually unreachable.

Roger Maris was acquired from the Kansas City A’s on December 11, 1959, in a seven-player trade that saw pitcher Don Larsen, outfielders Hank Bauer and Norm Siebern, and first baseman Marv Throneberry moved to the Athletics.

On December 11, 1975, the Yankees pulled off two trades that would go a long way toward netting them three pennants and two World Series titles in the years that followed. Pitcher Doc Medich was shipped to Pittsburgh for pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett and second baseman Willie Randolph. Then Bobby Bonds, who had been swapped for fellow outfielder Bobby Murcer the year before, was sent to California for speedy center fielder Mickey Rivers and reliable starter Ed Figueroa.

Oh, on December 11, 2017, the trade for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton was officially announced.

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