1998: Meet the Yanks, Meet the Yanks
Shea Stadium hosted two games featuring four teams in the same day, and the Yankees were part of it. Playing in Queens, they wore pinstripes and served as the home team against the Angels two days after a 500-pound steel and concrete expansion joint fell from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium, prompting several games to be postponed or relocated. The Yanks beat the Angels, 6-3, in a game that featured former Mets great Darryl Strawberry homering to help the Yankees' cause. After the Yanks won, the Mets followed suit and beat the Cubs, 2-1.
1984: The Kid's Father Finishes Things
In a matchup of pitchers with American League Cy Young Awards on their resumes, Ron Guidry and the reigning winner LaMarr Hoyt engaged in a pitchers' duel as the Yankees hosted the White Sox. The game went to extras tied, 1-1, and Ken Griffey Sr. ended it in the bottom of the 10th. After his RBI double off Hoyt in the first inning put the Yankees on the board, Griffey delivered with the bases loaded and two outs, notching a single off Ron Reed that scored Toby Harrah to give the Yanks a 2-1 win. Also in this game: Stan Javier made his MLB debut, entering off the Yankees' bench to replace Dave Winfield on defense in right field in the top of the eighth inning. Though Javier only appeared in seven games as a Yankee before being sent to Oakland in December 1984 as part of an eight-players-and-cash trade that included Rickey Henderson going to the Yanks, Javier put together a solid MLB career, appearing in close to 1,800 games and winning a World Series with the 1989 Athletics.
1976: A Happy Homecoming
Following four road games to begin the season, the Yankees made their long-awaited return to action in the Bronx. They returned to a remodeled Yankee Stadium after playing their home games at Shea Stadium in 1974 and 1975 while their building was being renovated. They celebrated in style -- a six-run bottom of the eighth turned a close game into a blowout, and the Yanks won their home opener, 11-4, over Minnesota.
1973: Nettles' Minor Milestone
In a 6-2 Yankees win over the Red Sox at the Stadium, Graig Nettles picked up the 500th hit of his career, an RBI double off John Curtis in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nettles recorded 1,396 of his 2,225 lifetime hits as a Yankee.
1931: The Babe Ends a Wild One
After letting a big lead slip away, the Yankees walked off to beat the Red Sox. The Yanks grabbed a 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Sox pulled to within one run by scoring five times between the top of the sixth, seventh and eighth. The Yanks tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Sox tied the game in the top of the ninth by scoring two runs off Roy Sherid, making it a 7-7 game. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Babe Ruth's flyout off Ed Morris brought home Bill Dickey with the winning run, giving the Yanks an 8-7 win.
1927: Ruth Starts His March To 60
In the bottom of the first inning at the Stadium, Babe Ruth hits the first home run of his historic 60-homer season. It comes off Howard Ehmke of the Philadelphia Athletics as part of a 6-3 Yankees win.