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History Highlights for July 11

Fans throughout Yankee land were devastated on July 11, 2010 with the disheartening news none of us wanted to hear. The one and only Bob Sheppard, the “Voice of God,” who had served as Yankee Stadium emcee since Mickey Mantle‘s rookie season in 1951, had passed away. Mr. Sheppard, and all of us who loved him and craved hearing his voice so dearly, were bitterly disappointed that he was not healthy enough to appear in the old Stadium’s final season, although video messages from him during the Baseball Cathedral’s last game were a true treasure. We all hoped he would some day christen the new stadium with his voice as well, but that was not to be. It was the beginning of a very bad week in the Bronx. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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