Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Day In New York Yankees History 10/6

On this day in 1926 Babe Ruth becomes the first player in major league history to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. The Yankees would beat the Cardinals 10-5. Ruth would do this again against the Cardinals in the 1928 World Series as well.

On this day in 1978 the Yankees Catfish Hunter gave up three home runs, all of the solo variety, to the Royals George Brett and still won the game. The Yankees would win this game three of the ALCS 6-5 over Kansas City.

On this day in 1985 the Yankees Phil Niekro, on the last day of the season, would become the oldest player and the 18th player overall in Major League history to win his 300th game. Niekro was 46 years and 188 days old when he reached the historic milestone. Niekro would throw an 8-0 shutout passing Satchel Paige who was 46 years and 75 days old to become the oldest pitcher to ever throw a shut out. Niekro would finish his career with 318 victories.

On this day in 1995 in game three of the 1995 ALDS against the Seattle Mariners Bernie Williams became the first player to ever hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a post season game. The best part of it was the second home run was thrown back onto the field, apparently the fan did not know it's historic value at the time.

On this day in 2005 the fans, for the first time ever, voted on Major League Baseball's Comeback Player of the Year award. The winners were Ken Griffey Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds and Jason Giambi for the New York Yankees.

On this day in 2007 in game two of the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians we saw the attack of the midges! Joba Chamberlain would blow his first save of the season due to the bugs and the Indians would win the game and the series.

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