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History Highlights for February 17

Not too long ago we posted about the surprising coincidence that two of the best all-time Yankee pitchers, Herb Pennock, and Allie Reynolds, shared a birthday (not the year, just the day). Well, two Yankee Hall of Famers, southpaw Lefty Gomez (1989), and righthander Red Ruffing, died this day (1986). Gomez posted a 189-101 Yankee record from 1930-1942, and lost one subsequent game with Washington. Ruffing, who pitched to a mark way below .500 in Boston before he arrived, went 231-114 with the Yanks from 1930-1946. The career mark dips to 273-225 when six Boston years and one with the White Sox are included. Continue reading

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