Last updated on November 20, 2019 at 09:51 am
The New York Yankees have a long and storied past. Check back here each week for interesting facts, trivia and moments from this week in Yankees history. Plymouth Rock Assurance is a proud sponsor of the New York Yankees.
Oct. 26, 2000, Derek Jeter becomes the first player in history to win the All-Star Game MVP and the World Series MVP honors in the same season.
Oct. 20, 1931, Mickey Mantle is born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. He is named after Hall of Fame catcher, Mickey Cochrane.
Oct. 9, 1928, the Yankees beat St. Louis, completing their second sweep of the World Series.
Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Oct. 1, 1932, according to baseball lore, Babe Ruth lifts his finger during the fifth inning of Game 3 against Chicago, calling his home run. He wallops the next pitch into center field.
Sept. 25, 1968, Mickey Mantle digs in for his last at-bat in Yankee Stadium in a game against Cleveland.
Sept. 16, 1979, The Yankees hold Catfish Hunter day to honor their ace pitcher who will retire at the end of the season. He will later be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Sept. 9, 2008, Derek Jeter passes Babe Ruth on the Yankee’s all-time hits list with a single to first against Anaheim.
Sept. 4, 1941, the Yankees capture their third-consecutive pennant when they beat Boston. It’s the earliest date in history a team has done so.
Aug. 26 – Sept. 1
Aug. 31, 1997, the Yankees hoist Don Mattingly’s #23 onto the wall at Monument Park.
Aug. 21, 1931, Babe Ruth hits his 600th career home run at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Babe’s two-run shot flew beyond the right-field wall and bounced off a parked car.
Aug. 14, 1993, the Yankees officially retire the #44 worn by Reggie Jackson, who helped the club win two titles during his stint with the team from 1977-1981.
Aug. 10, 1986, the Yankees retire the #1 worn by Billy Martin. He was a member of four championship teams as a player and led the club to a 1977 title as a manager.
July 29-Aug 4
July 29, 1969, Joe DiMaggio is proclaimed to be the greatest living player following a sportswriter’s poll.
July 25, 1998, the Yankees dedicate a plaque in Monument Park to Mel Allen, the longtime play-by-play announcer.
July 17, 1941, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak comes to end against a tight defensive Cleveland squad.
July 8, 2000, For the first time since 1903, two teams played two games in two different ballparks on the same day. The Yankees visited their cross-town rivals for game 1 (Yanks won), and then hosted their rivals for a night game at Yankee Stadium (they won that, too).
July 4, 1939, Yankees retire the uniform number 4 at Lou Gehrig appreciation day. The Iron Horse was moved by the gesture.
June 24, 1962, the Yankees and Detroit go 22-innings in the longest game in the franchise’s history. Yankees won.
June 19, 1903, A 14-pound boy is born to two German immigrants in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. His name was Henry Louis Gehrig.
June 13, 1921, Babe Ruth is the starting pitcher in a home game against Detroit. He pitches five innings in the 13-8 win. It’s the only time h
June 8, 1969, the Yankees retire Mickey Mantle’s number 7. It’s only the fourth number the organization retired.
May 27-June 2
May 28, 1946, Yankee Stadium hosts its first-ever night game.
May 26, 1947, a record-breaking single-game crowd of 74,747 fans turned out to see the Yankees play Boston. The Yankees won the game 11-5.
May 13, 1929, while other teams first tried the practice on an experimental basis, the Yankees introduce numbered uniforms on a permanent basis in a game against Cleveland.
May 6, 1915, Babe Ruth, playing for Boston, hits his first career home run … against the Yankees.
April 29-May 5
On April 30, 1939, Yankees legend Lou Gehrig plays his final game. He played in 2,130 consecutive games, had a career .340 batting average and belted 490 home runs in his 17 seasons as a Yankee.
On April 22, 1903, the Yankees played their first game in franchise history. Playing as the New York Highlanders, they lose 3-1 to Washington.
On April 18, 1972, the Yankees play a night game at Yankee Stadium on opening day – a franchise first. They beat Milwaukee 3-0.
On April 10, 2015, the Yankees play their longest game in franchise history. They lost to Boston after 17 innings that took six hours and 49 minutes.
On April 3, 2009, the Yankees open their new stadium with an exhibition game against the National League team from Chicago. The Yanks won 7-4.
On March 29, 1948, the Yankees took on Boston in a spring training game that went 17 innings over four hours and two minutes. The game remained locked at 2-2 when the umpire called it so Boston could catch their bus home.