1881- Former Yankees INF/OF Roy Hartzell (1911-1916) was born. On February 11, 1911, Roy was traded by the Browns with cash to the Highlanders for 3B Jimmy Austin and INF/OF Frank La Porte.
1891- Former Yankees C and MLB Manager Steve O⁈⁚Neill (1925) was born. On December 15, 1924, Steve was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox. Steve appeared in 36 games, hitting .296 for the Yankees, before being released on July 31, 1925. After retiring as an active player he will become an MLB Manager.
1914- The A's sell P Boardwalk Brown, who had an 17-13 record last season, to the Yankees. New York also brings back OF Birdie Cree by sending Bill Holden and cash to Baltimore Orioles (IL). Birdie hit .348 in 1911 and .332 (1912) before injuring his leg. He slumped to .272 in 1913, he was sold to Baltimore, but he will hit .309 in 77 games for the Yankees this season.
1917- Former Yankees C Kenneth ⁈Å"Ziggy⁈ Sears (1943) was born. Ken hit .278 in 60 games for the Yankees in 1943.
1920- The Yankees score 14 runs in the 5th inning beating the Senators by a final score of 17-0. It's the biggest inning ever until the Red Sox score 17 runs in a 1953 AL season game.
1928- Veteran Yankees hurler Urban Shocker in very poor health, resulting from a swollen heart condition is released by the team after one appearance on the mound. He retires as a MLB player. He will pass away on September 9, 1928, at the age of 38.
1932- Yankees C Bill Dickey is suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 for assaulting Senators OF Carl Reynolds and breaking his jaw. Reynolds has bowled over on a successful squeeze play to score the tying run in 2nd game of a doubleheader. Dickey got up and attacked Reynolds, breaking his jaw with 1 punch. Technically, the suspension was until Reynolds recovered. The Yankees lose the doubleheader to the Senators by scores of 5-3 and 12-6.
1933- The 1st major-league All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Yankees OF Babe Ruth is the star for the AL team. His 2-run HR is the margin of victory in the AL squad⁈⁚s 4-2 win over the NL team.
1938- At Crosley Field, Yankees' hurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the 1st time in 4 All-Star game starts as the NL wins the All-Star game by a score of 4-1. NL shortstop and former Yankee Leo Durocher becomes the 1st Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a 'bunt' home run.
1941 - A Center Field nmonument dedicated to Lou Gehrig is unveiled by the Yankees. The memorial is a tribute by his teammates of their beloved team captain who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease.
1944-The Yankees sell OF Larry Rosenthal to the A⁈⁚s for cash. Larry hit .198 in 36 games for the Yankees.
1954- Former Yankees All Star 2B and MLB Manager Willie Randolph (1976-88) was born. Willie was obtained on December 11, 1975, from the Pirates along with hurlers Ken Brett and Dock Ellis to the Yankees for P George ⁈Å" Doc⁈ Medich. Willie was the Yankees regular starting 2B until 1988. He left the Yankees for free agency, signing with the Dodgers. He was the recent Manager of the New York Mets until his firing in June of 2008.
1962 -The Yankees edge the Twins by a score of 7 -5 in Bloomington, Minnesota, as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris each hit a pair of HRs. The M&M boys hit back to back HRs in the 1st inning, off of Twins veteran starter Camilo Pascual (12-4), the 3rd time in 4 games that they've hit back-to-back HR shots. Yankees are now, a half-game in back of Indians.
1966- The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, with veteran reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 innings in the opener and another two innings in game 2. The only other pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the Browns Dave Davenport in 1916, who threw 2 complete game victories.
1990- In his 1st start since losing a no-hitter in Chicago, Yankees starter Andy Hawkins pitches 11 2/3 innings of shutout ball only to lose in the 12th inning by a score of 2-0 to the Twins. Hawkins is now 1-6 as a Yankee starter.
1996- During the Yankees 2-0 win over the Brewers, the team announces the purchasing of veteran OF Darryl Strawberry's contract from Columbus Clippers (AAA). Yankees closer John Wetteland preserves starter Jimmy Key's win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance, breaking Lee Smith's MLB record.
1997- Blue Jays starter Roger Clemens becomes the AL 1st 13-game winner, pitching a 4-hitter as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, by a score of 2-0. Clemens has 10 strikeouts and 1 walk in his 1st shutout of the year. Ramiro Mendoza takes the loss for the Yankees.
2002- The Yankees clip the Orioles, by a score of 13-9, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to come back from a 7-run deficit. Orioles starter Sidney Ponson helps with 4 straight walks in the inning. The Yankees 3B Scott Brosius ties the MLB record for 3B by starting 4 DP⁈⁚s in the game.
1884- Former Yankees INF/OF George Moriarty (1906-08) was born. On August 8, 1905, George was purchased by the Highlanders from the Toledo Mud Hens (American Association). He hit .249 in 290 games for the Yankees. On January 14, 1909, George was purchased by the Tigers from the Highlanders.
1903- In a game with the Highlanders, White Sox OF Danny Green is called out at 1B by Umpire John Sheridan, and after returning to the bench, he continues to yell at the umpire. Sheridan finally rushes to the White sox bench and hits Green with his mask, who then belts the umpire. The umpire is taken from the grounds and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later, he is released after bail is posted by Highlander⁈⁚s President Joseph Gordon.
1904 ⁈“ Highlander⁈⁚s starter Jack Chesbro's winning streak of 14 games comes to an end as the Red Sox beat the Highlanders by a score of 4 -1. Jack Chesbro will win 41 games this year, to set a MLB record and Yankee team record. Newly acquired Kip Selbach drives in 3 runs for the Red Sox.
1913- The Yankees obtained 1B Jack Knight from the Senators on waivers.
1915- Owner Connie Mack of the Philadelphia A's continues to dismantle his team, by shipping front line starter Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $85,000.
1936- The NL after having losing the 1st three All-Star Games, wins 4-3 at Boston's Braves Field with 4 different Cub players (Galan, Herman, Hartnett, and Demaree) scoring runs. After pitchers Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell, each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints, Curt Davis is hammered by the AL, including Lou Gehrig's HR, but then Lon Warneke shuts the door on the AL squad. Meanwhile, the NL team is helped by the Yankees rookie OF Joe DiMaggio's loose fielding and error and Augie Galan's HR. Joe DiMaggio is the 1st MLB rookie to play in an All-Star game.
1936- Former Yankees hurler and AL umpire Bill Kunkel (1963) was born. (1936-1985) Bill went 3-2 in 22 games for the Yankees working out of the bullpen. After retiring as an active MLB player, Bill became a MLB umpire in the AL in 1965. He was the father of former Rangers shortstop Jeff Kunkel. Sadly Bill died from cancer in 1985.
1937 - With President Franklin D. Roosevelt in attendance at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Yankees' 1B Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs with a HR and a double to lead the AL team to an 8-3 victory over the NL in All-Star action.
1951- At Fenway Park, the Yankees lose to Boston, by a score of 10-4 with the Red Sox attack being led by Clyde Vollmer's grand slam HR in the 1st inning. Vollmer had a 2-run triple in yesterday's 6 -2 win over the New York. Yankees Rookie OF Mickey Mantle, a late inning defensive replacement, hits a 9th inning HR off of Red Sox starter Ellis Kinder, who pitches a complete game for the win.
1966- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees scores 2 runs to tie the Red Sox at 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Then with 2 on and 2 outs, Mickey Mantle breaks an 1-for-17 slump with a 3- run HR shot into the Stadium RF stands.
1968- Former Yankees 2B/OF Chuck Knoblauch (1998-2001) was born. On February 6, 1998, he was traded by the Twins to the Yankees for OF Brian Buchanan, INF Christian Guzman, pitchers Eric Milton, Danny Mota, and cash. Throwing problems at 2B force Chuck to move to the outfield, playing LF for the Yankees. 1970- AL All Star 3B Brooks Robinson cracks a 10th inning grand slam HR off of Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel to give the Orioles, a 6 -2 win. 1977- The Yankees completes a 3-game sweep of Indians behind the 4-hit pitching of starter Catfish Hunter. New York wins the game by a score of 8-2.
1978- The Brewers Ace Mike Caldwell beats the Yankees Ace Ron Guidry by a score of 6-0. For Guidry (13-1), it is his 1st loss of the 1978 AL season. Caldwell shut out the Yankees 9 days earlier, and will shut them out again on September 19th.
1982- Former Yankees 3B/ 2B ⁈Å"Jumping ⁈Å"Joe Dugan (1922-28) passed away. (1897-1982) On July 23, 1922, Joe was traded by the Red Sox along with Elmer Smith to the Yankees for Chick Fewster, Elmer Miller, Johnny Mitchell, Lefty O'Doul, and $50,000. Joe had a Yankee career BA of .286. In 1923, he led AL 3B in fielding.
1983- Former Yankees OF and MLB Manager Ben Chapman (1930-36) passed away (1908-1983). On June 14,1936, he was traded by the Yankees to the Senators for OF Jake Powell. Ben finished his Yankee career with a .306 BA and stole 184 bases. Many people forget about his fine MLB playing career, only to remember him as the bigot manager of the Phillies in 1947, who taunted the Dodger⁈⁚s Jackie Robinson.
1931- Former Yankees P Zach Monroe (1958-1959) was born Zach was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1952. He went 4-2 in 24 games with the Yankees. He appeared in 1 game in the 1958 World Series against the Braves. He was on the Richmond (AAA) roster in 1960, when he was sold to Jersey City (AAA-Reds). The transaction appears to be unofficial payment to the Reds for the Yankees buying veteran hurler Louis Arroyo.
1935- The AL All Star team winning streak reaches 3 games as the Junior Circuit beats the NL in All Star action at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, by the score of 4-1. The rule that no pitcher can throw more than 3 innings unless the game goes extra innings will be instituted after Yankees starter Lefty Gomez pitches 6 outstanding innings in the Mid-Summer Classic.
1939 - Prior to the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, a wall of Japanese beetles form in front of the home dugout. Although over 5,000 insects will be captured, the beetle problem will return later in the month.
1946- In a special meeting of MLB clubs deals with Mexican League defections and attempts by players to gain new rights. Some results: $5,000 minimum salary, $25-per- week training-camp expenses, a fixed period for spring training, 25 days for post-season barnstorming, maximum pay cut of 25 percent. A pension fund aimed at providing $100 a month for retired 10-year players will be funded by World Series broadcast rights and net proceeds from All-Star Games. Each league will have a player representative to baseball councils. The first player reps named are Yankees P Johnny Murphy and the Dodgers OF Dixie Walker.
1951-The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Yankees Manager Casey Stengel reaches a head in 2nd inning against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the 1st inning, Manager Casey Stengel sends reserve OF Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper, after he had already taken his position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees, by a score of 6-3, as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a 2-run HR.
1958- The AL team edges the NL squad by the score of 4-3 in the All-Star Game played at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Yankees Gil McDougald singles to score Boston's Frank Malzone with the deciding run. Billy O'Dell of the Orioles pitches perfect ball for 3 innings and gets the save. This is the 1st All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.
1961- At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford tops the Red Sox by a score of 8-5. Mickey Mantle hits a HR in the 4th inning, off of starter Tracy Stallard, for his 10th HR this year in support of Whitey Ford. 1962 - The Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Twins in Minnesota, winning by a score of 9-8 to regain 1st place in the AL. They will remain there the rest of the 1962 AL season finishing with a 96-66 record.
1966- At Yankee Stadium, the Senators win the opener of a doubleheader, by the score of 7-6, then they blow a 4-run lead in the nightcap to lose the game by a score of 7- 5. Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle is 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, including a HR in each game. The 2nd homer, off of P Jim Hannan, is a 461 FT sky shot over the monuments into the CF Stadium bleachers. Mickey follows with a sure double in the 5th inning, but tears a hamstring muscle rounding 1st base and will be sidelined for 2 weeks.
1969- Former Yankees All Star 3rd baseman and MLB Manager Red Rolfe (1931, 1934-42) passed away. (1908-1969). Red finished his 10-year Yankee career with a lifetime BA of .289. He led the AL 3B in fielding (1935-36). Red was named to AL All Star team, 4 times as a Yankee. He led the AL in hits (139) and runs (213) in 1939, posting his highest season BA of .329. After his MLB playing career was over, Red was an MLB Manager with the Tigers (1949-1952) in 539 games, with a record of 278 -256 with a WP of .521. His best season as a Manager was in 1950, finishing 2nd place to the Yankees with a 95-59 mark. 1974- Yankees shortstop Jim Mason ties the MLB record with 4 doubles in a 12-5 victory over the Rangers. Off the field, the Yankees purchased veteran INF Sandy Alomar Sr. from the Angels for cash to strength their bench defensive.
1977- The Yankees, led by HRs off the bats of Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles, beat the Orioles,by a score of 7-5. Yankees starter Don Gullett wins his 7th victory of the year.
2000- The Yankees whip the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the 1st game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap at Yankee Stadium, it is the 1st time since 1903, that 2 teams played 2 games in different stadiums on the same day. Dwight Gooden wins the 1st game with a 6-inning effort in his 1st start since returning to the Yankees. Roger Clemens wins the nightcap and precipitate a near brawl when he drills Mets C Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.
2002- Yankees 1B Jason Giambi out-homers NL All Star OF Sammy Sosa, 7 -1, in the final round to take the 2002 All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
1874- Former Yankees P John ⁈Å"Jack⁈ Powell (1905-06) was born. On March 6, 1904, John was traded by the Browns to the Highlanders for Harry Howell and cash. John went 31-32 in 84 games before returning to the Browns in 1906.
1899- Former Yankees P Walter Beall (1924-27) was born. On August 28, 1924, Walter was purchased by the Yankees from the Rochester (IL) for $50,000. Walter went 4-5 in 33 games for the Yankees.
1929- Former Yankees INF/OF Hector Lopez (1959-1966) was born. In 1952, Hector was purchased by the A⁈⁚s from the Drummondville (Provincial) for $1,500. With the A⁈⁚s, he played 2nd and 3rd base, and the OF. On May 26, 1959, Hector was traded by the A⁈⁚s with along P Ralph Terry to the Yankees for P Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant, with INF Jerry Lumpe. Hector played 3B for the Yankees, before being moved to the OF in 1959. His best Yankees season was in 1960, when he appeared in 131 games, hitting .284. He appeared in 5 World Series with Yankees (1960-64), hitting .286 in 15 games. After only hitting .214 in 54 games during the 1966 AL season, Hector was released on October 19, 1966 by the Yankees. He would become a player-manager at Buffalo (AAA) in the minor leagues before hanging up his spikes for good.
1932- Former Yankees reliever Tex Clevenger (1961-62) was born. Tex appeared out of the Yankee bullpen in 42 games going 3-1 before retiring as a MLB player. On May 8, 1961, he was traded by the new expansion Los Angeles Angels along with veteran OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for OF Lee Thomas, Pitchers Ryne Duren, and Johnny James. Tex was originally signed by the Red Sox, then he played for the Senators, Twins and Angels, before being acquired by the Yankees.
1932- Yankees OF Ben Chapman has 3 HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit at Yankee Stadium. Two HRs are inside the park homers, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 14-9. He finished the game with 3-HRs and 6 RBIs. In the opener, the Yankees beat the Tigers by a score of 7-6, with HRs by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Swell.
1936 - The temperature is 106 degrees in Central Park, the hottest July 9th on record in New York City as the Indians take on the Yankees at the Stadium. The temperature at the ballpark is 102. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1st inning, but Cleveland comes back to score 11 runs on 15 hits, including 5 HRs, to win the game by a score of 11-4. Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik, all homer in the 2nd inning to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits another HR to tie for the AL lead with 23 HRs. Also Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig and Indians Earl Averill each hit HRs in the game.
1937- Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle, as he delivers 2-HRs, a triple, double and single helping the Yankees maul the Senators, by a score of 16-2. The ⁈Å" Yankee Clipper ⁈Å" will accomplish this feat only once again in his MLB career during the 1948 AL season.
1939- The Red Sox win a doubleheader by scores of 4-3 and 5-3 to sweep a five-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees AL lead is now 6 1/2 games. Red Sox shortstop Joe Cronin drives in runs in both games, giving him 12 games in a row with RBI.
1947- The Yankees sell hurler Mel Queen Sr. (1942,1944,1946-47) to the Pirates for cash. Mel went 8-4 in 43 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates. He is the father of former MLB player Mel Queen Jr.
1947- Yankees relief ace Joe Page hits his 2nd MLB game winning HR in the 9th inning to beat the Browns 4-3 at St. Louis Sportman⁈⁚s Park.
1955- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5, as Yankees starter Bob Turley tosses a 2-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Senators.
1958- On Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Yankees Manager Casey Stengel and All Star CF Mickey Mantle appear in front of the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee which is investigating the baseball monopoly power in regards to sport's antitrust exemption. After ⁈Å"The Old Professor'⁈ gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Senator Estes Kefauver laughs when Mickey Mantle's answers his inquiry about the topic with, "My views are just about the same as Casey's." 1959 - The Red Sox club the Yankees, by a score of 14-6 before 30,253 fans, the largest crowd at Fenway Park, so far this season. Red Sox starter Frank Sullivan is the winner. Red Sox sluggers Vic Wertz, Ted Williams, and Bobby Avila club HRs. Williams and Avila, both drive in 6 runs in the game.
1960- Yankees starter Jim Coates suffers his 1st loss after 9 straight wins, and 14 straight wins over 2 seasons, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 6-5. The Red Sox are led by veteran 1B Vic Wertz, who slugs a HR, double and single to drive in 4 runs. Jim Coates' major-league career record is now 17-2.
1972- The Twins lose to the Yankees, by a score of 9-6, despite Rich Reese's pinch-hit grand slam HR. For Reese, it is his 3rd pinch grand slam, tying Ron Northey's MLB record. Yankees starter Steve Kline picks up his 8th victory with relief help from Yankees closer Sparky Lyle, who gets his 19th save of the 1972 AL season.
1985- Yankees starter Ron Guidry works 8 2/3 innings to win his 10th straight start, beating the Royals, by a score of 6-4. Guidry allows only 9 hits and strikes out 1 batter.
1986- The Padres traded P Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for P Ed Whitson, who had become the target of such fan abuse in New York City, that Yankees Manager Lou Piniella could no longer pitch him at Yankee Stadium.
1999- The uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous "luckiest man on earth" speech on July 4, 1939 is sold for $451,541 at auction. Leland's spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame 1st baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the telephone.
2000- The Yankees lose to the Mets starter Mike Hampton, 2-0. Benitez closes for the Mets, while Yankee starter Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yanks also lose their regular LF Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee and ends his 2000 AL season. The game at Shea Stadium draws 54,283 fans, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since the 1970 NL season. Newly acquired Dave Justice will take over the regular LF position for the Yankees.
1916- Yankees sign free agent shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916) again. Rube appeared in 43 games with the Yankees in 1916, hitting just .234.
1917- Thanks to Ray Calwell's 9-2/3 innings of no-hit relief, the Yankees beat the Browns in St. Louis, by a score of 7-5 in a 17- inning game.
1934- The 2nd annual All-Star Game produces Carl Hubbell's amazing feat of striking out 5 future HOFer⁈⁚s in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 men on base in the 1st inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan AL sluggers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmy Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the second inning. After 3 scoreless innings, he leaves with the NL, ahead by a score of 4-0. The AL lineup rallies, scoring 9 runs off of pitchers Warneke, Mungo, and Dean, while Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of starter Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe Medwick hit HRs for the NL squad. The Indian⁈⁚s Earl Averill's 3-RBI⁈⁚s are decisive for the AL squad⁈⁚s 9-7 victory.
1936- The Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Indians, as Red Ruffing takes the shutout, winning by a score of 18-0. Lloyd Brown, the 1st of 3 Indians pitchers, is the loser. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig has a pair of HRs to take over the AL lead with 23.
1956- In the All-Star Game, Ken Boyer of the Cardinals makes 3 sparkling plays at 3B and gets 3 hits as the NL defeats the AL by a score of 7-3. All Stars Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial hit HRs in the game. Mays's pinch-hit 2-run HR off of Whitey Ford is his 7th straight hit against the Yankees lefty.
1977- A 5-0 loss to the Orioles drops the Yankees into 2nd place in AL East, ½ game behind the Red Sox. The Yankees would not re-enter 1st place until August 23, 1977 and would soon fall 5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
1997- Yankees rookie hurler Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his MLB debut as the Yankees defeat the Tigers, by a score of 10-3.
1999- The Yankees' winning streak of 124 consecutive games when they led entering the 9th ends as Mets pinch-hitter Matt Franco singles off of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera giving the Mets a dramatic come-from-behind Subway Series inter-league 9-8 victory.
2001-In his final All-Star appearance, Orioles 3B Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. His HR along with consecutive dingers from fellow AL teammates Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez power the AL team to its 5th victory in a row beating the NL squad at Seattle's Safeco Field, by a score of 4-1.
1884- Former Yankees OF Harold ⁈Å"Harry⁈ Wolter (1910-13) was born. On January 18, 1910, Harry was selected off waivers by the Highlanders from the Red Sox for $1,500. Harry hit .317 in 496 games for the Yankees.
1904- The Highlanders salvage the last game of the series with the Pilgrims, by a score of 10-1, but Boston leaves New York City with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL. Patsy Dougherty has 4 of New York's 17 hits.
July 6, 1954- Former Yankees All Star 2B and MLB Manager Willie Randolph (1976-88) was born. Willie was obtained on December 11, 1975, from the Pirates along with hurlers Ken Brett and Dock Ellis to the Yankees for Pitcher George ⁈Å" Doc⁈ Medich. Willie was the Yankees regular starting 2B until 1988. He left the Yankees for free agency, signing with the Dodgers. He was the recent Manager of the New York Mets until his firing in June of 2008.
July 6, 1941 - A Center Field nmonument dedicated to Lou Gehrig is unveiled by the Yankees. The memorial is a tribute by his teammates of their beloved team captain who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease.
JAN. 7, 1920: As the News announces, the so-called Curse of the Bambino begins when Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sells Babe Ruth to the Yankees, making the Bronx Bombers the team to beat for the better part of a century - and keeping the Sox from a World Series title until 2004.