2017: A rookie shall lead them
With the Yankees limping towards the break, owning a 6-17 record in their last 23 games, rookie Clint Frazier single-handedly powers the team to victory. In the fifth, he breaks up Milwaukee starter Brent Suter’s no-hitter with a single, and later knocks him from the game with an RBI triple. In the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees trailing, 3-2, Frazier is up with two on and one out, and blasts a walk-off three-run home run off closer Corey Knebel to give New York a much-needed 5-3 win. It’s the first walk-off hit and second career home run for Frazier, who’s only six games into his Major League career.
2002: The Giambino wins the Home Run Derby
First-year Yankee Jason Giambi outslugs Cubs star Sammy Sosa in the Home Run Derby at Miller Park. Giambi totals seven in the final round, while Sosa musters just one -- after out-hitting the field with 12 in the first round, more than half of which travel at least 500 feet. Giambi is the first Yankees Home Run Derby champion since Tino Martinez won in 1997.
2000: First at your place, then back at ours
The Yankees sweep the Mets with identical 4-2 scores in MLB’s first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903. Doc Gooden, appearing at Shea Stadium for the first time as an opposing pitcher, helps lead the Yankees to victory in the first game, while Mets first baseman Todd Zeile and Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch are involved in two separate obstruction calls. Both teams travel to Yankee Stadium for the nightcap, where things get off to a dicey start when Roger Clemens hits Mike Piazza in the helmet with a pitch and the Mets designated hitter leaves the game. (This incident provides even more intrigue to their future matchup in Game 2 of the World Series, where Clemens bizarrely hurls Piazza’s shattered bat back towards him). Knoblauch cracks a three-run home run in the fifth to put the Yankees ahead for good, and Mariano Rivera earns the save in both games, the second time he’s earned two saves in one day.
1997: Bernie and Mo debut in the Midsummer Classic
Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera appear in their first All-Star Game, joining teammates Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill and David Cone at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Williams replaces O’Neill in the top of the sixth, and later walks and scores a run. Rivera pitches a 1-2-3 ninth for the save in the A.L.’s 3-1 victory.
1935: Lefty’s brilliance can’t be tamed
The American League’s winning streak reaches three as the Junior Circuit beats the N.L., 4-1, at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez starts and pitches six innings of three-hit ball, subsequently prompting a rule change that will limit All-Star game pitchers to throw no more than three innings (unless there are extra innings).