2010: Yankees mourn the passing of the Boss
Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner passes away at the age of 80. Having purchased the team in 1973, “the Boss” presided over 11 American League pennants and seven World Championships (1977-78, 1996, 1998-2000, 2009) in his 37 years of ownership.
2004: Jeter joins elite All-Star Game company
After being voted by the fans to start the All-Star game for the first time, Derek Jeter collects three hits, joining Carl Yazstrzemski and Willie Mays as the only three players in MLB history with a pair of three-hit games in All-Star competition. Notably, just like in his first three-hit game in 2000, Jeter’s hits come off another trio of future (or former) teammates in Roger Clemens (1999-2003, 2007), Randy Johnson (2005-06) and Carl Pavano (2005-08).
1973: Murcer’s power surge
For the second time in his career, Bobby Murcer has a three-home run game. His trio of round-trippers come off Royals starter Gene Garber, accounting for all five runs of the Yankees’ 5-0 win, but Murcer will not homer again for another month. Mel Stottlemyre goes the distance, scattering six hits in the last career shutout he will throw at Yankee Stadium.
1948: Raschi does it all
Vic Raschi makes the most of his first All-Star Game, earning the win with three shutout innings, striking out three. Additionally, the Yankees righty provides the tie-breaking two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, as the A.L. goes on to win, 5-2.
1934: Babe reaches 700, while Gehrig’s streak is threatened
At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth wallops a Tommy Bridges pitch to right field for his 700th career home run, more than double that of the next best man, Lou Gehrig. Speaking of the “Iron Horse," he is forced to leave the game with a case of lumbago, putting his availability for his next game -- what would be his 1,427th consecutive start -- in jeopardy. The Yankees’ 4-2 win briefly puts the team back in first place over the Tigers.