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History Highlights for July 16

If you could get past exactly why July 16, 2010, was such a special game, and even if you couldn’t, it may have been the most scintillating regular-season game in the new baseball palace in the Bronx; it was certainly one of the most emotional. Following Taps at 6:45, the Yanks hosted a short service to honor both Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner, both of whom had passed away within the previous five days. Tampa’s James Shields and CC Sabathia battled to a 3-3 tie through six including back-to-back home runs from Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada, but CC surrendered run No. 4 in the seventh. Still, Nick Swisher to the rescue, via a game-tying home run off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth, and then a walkoff rbi single in the ninth to drive in Curtis Granderson, who had reached on a single off one-time Yankee southpaw Randy Choate. Continue reading

History Highlights for July 15

Although it was a 10-7 loss, the Yankees/Royals tilt on July 15, 1990, is memorable to anyone who witnessed it, and particularly to fans of two-sport, baseball/football stars. Bo Jackson hit three home runs in succession, including his career 100th, but then separated his shoulder diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankee Deion Sanders. “Neon Deion” turned that shot into an inside-the-park home run, which remains probably the most exciting play in baseball. Continue reading

History Highlights for July 14

It was Moose Skowron’s big day on July 14, 1957. The Yanks had already lost the first game to the White Sox, 3-1, and things were bleak as they entered the ninth inning of Game Two trailing 4-0. But Moose supplied the highlight of the Yankee rally as his pinch-hit grand slam home run keyed the winning rally and the 6-4 victory. It was his second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a record at the time. Yankee fans were suitably distraught when Moose passed away in April 2011. Continue reading

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