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History Highlights for December 11

“We play today; we win today.” The acquisition of free agent infielder Mariano Duncan on December 11, 1995, is not the biggest Yankee news ever on this day, but his trademark quote from the 1996 return-to-glory season is just too good to bury. The defense-challenged Duncan’s eight homers, 56 rbi’s, and in particular .340 ba were crucial to the ’96 team’s success. Continue reading

History Highlights for November 12

Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, whose number is retired and hangs proudly in Monument Park, died on November 12, 1993. Bill not only hit 202 home runs and drove in 1,209 runs in his 17-year career, he did yeoman defensive work and handled a pitching staff that led his teams to eight World Championships. And he mentored the next great Yankee backstop, Yogi Berra. Continue reading

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