2010: A-Rod’s grand style
Alex Rodriguez hits the 21st grand slam of his career, tying Manny Ramirez for second-most all-time behind Lou Gehrig’s 23. The home run comes on a 3-1 pitch from Oakland All-Star Trevor Cahill, who had just loaded the bases after hitting Mark Teixeira with his 0-2 offering. A-Rod adds a solo shot in the seventh for his first multi-homer game of the season, bringing his career home run total to 597. CC Sabathia strikes out a season-high 10 batters and wins his seventh straight start as the Yankees defeat the A’s, 6-1.
2008: More riveting rivalry drama
Another wild Sunday walk-off against the Red Sox occurred on this July night. In his seventh career start, Joba Chamberlain -- who was suspended and fined the previous season for throwing consecutive 98-99 mph pitches over the head of Kevin Youkilis -- continues this feud by throwing a pitch behind the Red Sox first baseman. Alex Rodriguez homers off Tim Wakefield, his 536th career round-tripper, tying Mickey Mantle for 13th place all-time. Manager Joe Girardi is tossed in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes, while Mariano Rivera catches pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez looking to end the ninth. Brett Gardner is the hero an inning later, grounding a slow roller up the middle off Jonathan Papelbon for a two-out, walk-off single to score Robinson Cano. The Yankees prevail, 5-4, in 10 innings to split the four-game series.
2002: Reggie Jackson’s monumental day
During Old Timers’ Day festivities, the Yankees dedicate a plaque in Monument Park to Reggie Jackson. All other living honorees of the Park -- Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Don Mattingly -- are on hand. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks, players Jackson admired growing up, are invited and attend as well.
1954: Willie Randolph is born
Willie Larry Randolph is born in Holly Hill, South Carolina, a few months before his parents move the family to the Brownsville section of Brooklyn where Randolph grows up. He is drafted in the seventh round of the 1972 MLB Draft by the Pirates and debuts two years later before being traded to the Yankees in 1975 with Ken Brett and Dock Ellis for Doc Medich. In 13 seasons in the Bronx, Randolph batted .275 with 251 stolen bases (fourth-most in franchise history), won two championships (1977 and 1978), a Silver Slugger award in 1980 and was named to four All-Star teams. Following his playing days, he was a Yankees coach for 11 seasons before becoming the manager of the Mets in 2005.
1941: Lou Gehrig honored and Joe DiMaggio keeps his streak alive
Joe DiMaggio hits safely in both games of a doubleheader against the A’s, extending his hitting streak to 48 games -- the last hits of his streak that will occur at Yankee Stadium. Additionally, the team unveils a monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig, who passed away the previous month from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The monument stands next to former manager Miller Huggins’ in center field and lauds Gehrig as “a man, a gentleman, and a great ball player."
1933: Babe headlines first All-Star Game
The first All-Star Game is held at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Babe Ruth’s hits the first home run in All-Star Game history, and his third inning two-run shot is the difference in the American League’s 4-2 win. Teammate Lefty Gomez is the winning pitcher (and drives in the game’s first run), and Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman start at first base and left field, respectively. Bill Dickey and Tony Lazzeri are on the bench, while Art Fowler serves as one of the coaches.