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History Highlights for May 25

The Yankee bats broke out big time on Memorial day, May 25, 2015, with a 14-1 demolition of the visiting reigning American League champs, the Kansas City Royals. The Bombers were led by three rbi’s from Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Brian McCann, and Stephen Drew, each of whom chipped in with a home run. Nate Eovaldi went seven for the win, and lefthander Jacob Lindgren, making his major league debut, finished up. With both managers emptying their benches in the later innings, it was a scorekeeper’s nightmare, as seven pitchers were joined by 24 offensive players, many of them switching positions a few times, before the game came to a close. The Tuskegee Airmen were honored in a pregame ceremony.

With all those home runs in his career, it is a bit of a surprise that Babe Ruth only hit three in a regular-season game twice. The first was in a Yankee loss, and the second was in his final professional season, in 1935 with the Boston Braves, on May 25. But his team fell in that one too, as the Pirates overcame the Babe’s onslaught for an 11-7 win.

Lefty Grove of the Red Sox allowed a May 25 single to Joe DiMaggio in 1941, becoming one of few Yankee opponents to contribute both to Joe’s 56-game hitting streak and Babe Ruth‘s 60-homer season in 1927, as the Babe hit one off him that September.

Hall of Fame Negro League player Martin Dihigo was born on May 25, 1905.

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