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History Highlights for July 6

By scores of 8-4 and 3-1, the Yanks swept two from the Philadelphia Athletics on July 6, 1941, in Yankee Stadium. By hitting safely in both games, Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 48 games. But the day is most memorable because it was that Sunday that a monument was dedicated to the memory of Lou Gehrig: “A Man, A Gentleman, and A Great Ball Player.”

Starter Joba Chamberlain was of course not around long enough for the win in a 5-4 Yankee extra-inning victory over Boston in Yankee Stadium in the ESPN Sunday night game on July 6, 2008, but he did have some fun before leaving by throwing yet another pitch above the head of Kevin Youkilis. Alex Rodriguez homered off Tim Wakefield in this one, and Robinson Cano had a key two-run triple that tied the game in the seventh. But the star of the game award goes to Brett Gardner, who got the start in center in place of Johnny Damon, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder earlier that day. The speedy rookie singled and scored in the sixth, and drove in Cano with the game winner in the bottom of the tenth. Astronaut and Yankee fan Garrett Reisman, who in April had thrown out the first pitch in a Stadium game from the International Space Station, threw out the first pitch in person this day, having returned to Earth in the interim. He also moved the games counter down to 34, following Elston Howard‘s granddaughter, who had moved it down the day before.

Babe Ruth starred in the first ever All Star game, held in Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 6, 1933. The Babe hit a two-run home run in the 4-2 American League win.

Happy Birthday to former Yankee second baseman, former Yankee captain, former Yankee third base coach and Yankee bench coach Willie Randolph, who was born July 6, 1954.

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