Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees Historical past. Because the offseason has begun a lot earlier than anybody has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley group has determined to proceed the revived program in its new format. These each day posts will spotlight two or three key moments in Yankees historical past on a given date, in addition to acknowledge gamers born on the day. Hope you get pleasure from this journey down reminiscence lane with us!
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This Day in Yankees Historical past (October 21)
52 Years In the past
Longtime Yankees catcher Elston Howard introduced his retirement on this present day in 1968.
Howard had massive footwear to fill after taking on for Yogi Berra because the Yankees’ on a regular basis catcher within the late Nineteen Fifties. He performed all however two seasons of his 14-year profession with the Yankees and appeared in 10 World Series earlier than hanging up his cleats. In 1963, Howard received the American League MVP Award, changing into the primary Black participant in American League historical past to win the respect; he additionally received Gold Glove Awards in 1963 and 1964.
As a catcher, Howard’s information of hitters within the American League, his game-calling capability and even-keeled demeanor helped the whole Yankees’ pitching employees succeed. After retiring in 1968, he returned to the Yankees and have become the primary Black coach for an American League group. With the Yankees, Howard coached for 11 seasons, although he by no means reached his objective of changing into the primary Black MLB supervisor (Frank Robinson would, in 1975 with the Indians). Throughout his time as a Yankees coach Howard added two extra World Sequence rings to his 4 received as a participant (1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978).
Enjoyable reality: Howard is credited with inventing the batting “donut,” a round lead weight with a rubber shell utilized by batters within the on-deck circle.
20 Years In the past
The Yankees win Recreation 1 of the 2000 Subway Sequence, defeating the Mets, 4-3. The pregame ceremony to kick off the 2000 World Sequence included Don Larsen, who threw out the primary pitch to Yogi Berra, and Billy Joel, who sang The Star Spangled Banner to a crowd of 55,913 within the Bronx.
Recreation One’s pitching matchup featured two postseason veterans, with the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte going up towards the Mets’ Al Leiter. The sport was scoreless by the sixth earlier than David Justice’s two-run double put the Yankees on the board. The Mets scored three runs within the seventh and the Yankees tacked one on within the ninth to tie the sport. The sport remained tied till José Vizcaíno hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Tino Martinez within the backside of the twelfth.
22 Years In the past
The Yankees, with a 3-0 victory at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, sweep the Padres to win their twenty fourth World Sequence championship. The group’s 125 wins (common season and playoffs mixed) are essentially the most ever received by a championship group, surpassing the report of 116 established by the Mets in 1986. Evidently, the 1998 Yankees have been among the many biggest MLB groups of all time.
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Completely satisfied 53rd birthday to John Flaherty! Flash is a well-recognized face to many Yankees followers by his work as a YES Community studio analyst and shade commentator. The backstop performed for quite a lot of groups throughout his 13-year profession (1992 – 2005), however spent his remaining three seasons in pinstripes.
As we speak Pinstripe Alley honors Corridor-of-Fame pitcher Whitey Ford, one of many all-time Yankee greats, who handed away earlier within the month and would have turned 92 immediately.
We thank Baseball-Reference, SABR.org and Nationalpastime.com for offering background info for these posts.
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