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History Highlights for July 28

On July 28, 2006, New York’s Chien-Ming Wang had perhaps his most dominant start yet, at least until he would flirt with a Perfect Game in 2007. He retired the Devil Rays on just 103 pitches through nine in a 6-0 win in Yankee Stadium in a game where he coaxed 18 ground ball outs and allowed just two singles and two walks. Derek Jeter had two hits and two rbi’s, and scored once, and Bernie Williams capped the scoring with a sixth-inning home run to dead center. Continue reading

History Highlights for July 25

Great games, featuring great players — what fan can resist them? Al Downing fell behind the Twins in the first 1-0 on the strength of a Harmon “Killer” Killebrew home run on July 25, 1967. Twins starter Jim Kaat held the Yankees scoreless until, with two outs in the ninth, Mickey Mantle went yard on a 457-foot shot, and the game was rained out with the score, 1-1. The replay was won by the Yankees on August 18, 1-0. 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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