Friday, February 5, 2016

This Day in New York Yankees History 2/5: A Rod’s 500 Home Run Ball

On this day in 2010 the ball that Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th home run was sold at auction for $103,579 to an anonymous bidder. The home run was hit at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2007 and was recovered by a Rutgers University student.

On this day in 2002 Luis Arroyo was inducted into the Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. The Puerto Rican born relief pitcher had an eight year career and a 40-32 record with 36 saves and a 3.93 ERA in his career. Arroyo was best known for his 1961 season with the New York Yankees when he went 15-5 with 29 saves.

On this day in 1942 the Yankees traded Tommy Holmes to the Braves for Gene Moore and Buddy Hassett. Holmes played ten seasons and hit over .300 for the Boston Braves and would establish the National League record for consecutive games hit in with 37 until Pete Rose broke the record in 1978. You haven't heard of Moore or Hasset have you? Exactly.

Finally On this day in 1930 the New York Yankees lost shortstop Leo Durocher after a fallout in the Yankees clubhouse after a salary dispute with Yankees general manager Ed Barrow. Durocher was 24 years old at the time and coming off a .246 average without a home run and 32 RBI's the previous season.

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