While the Yankees lost, 3-1, to the D-backs in Arizona, CC Sabathia reached a milestone. With loved ones in attendance, CC recorded his 3,000th career strikeout by whiffing former teammate and ex-Yankee John Ryan Murphy to end the second inning, setting off a celebration. He became the 17th pitcher in MLB history to reach 3,000 Ks and the third left-hander, joining Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton. Later in the season, Sabathia reached the 250-win mark as well and became one of just 14 big leaguers all-time with at least 250 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.
2017: Mitchell Reports to First
In a 7-4 extra-inning loss to the Orioles in the Bronx, pitcher Bryan Mitchell became the first Yankee to pitch in a game, play a position, and pitch again in the same game since 1908. First, Mitchell entered the game out of the bullpen to start the top of the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning. When the action went to extras, Mitchell was at first base to begin the top of the tenth and Aroldis Chapman was pitching, with the logic being that manager Joe Girardi wanted to bring Mitchell back on the mound if the game went longer, for he was more of a multi-inning pitcher than the flame-throwing Chapman. Though he was unable to catch one pop up, Mitchell DID catch another while playing first. The game went to the 11th and when it started, Mitchell was back on the mound…but Baltimore scored three times off him and he was ultimately charged with the loss.
2005: Wang Arrives
As part of a flurry of roster moves geared to spark the 9-14 Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang made his MLB debut in a game against the Blue Jays at the Stadium. He limited Toronto to a couple of runs over seven innings and left with a 3-2 lead, but since Tom Gordon allowed a game-tying home run in the top of the eighth inning, Wang wound up with a no-decision. The Yanks won anyway - with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Tony Womack recorded a game-ending RBI single off Vinnie Chulk, scoring Bubba Crosby to give the Yankees a 4-3 victory. Wang went on to have back-to-back 19-win seasons for the Yanks in 2006 and 2007, but his career was derailed when he suffered a serious foot injury while running the bases during a 2008 interleague game against the Astros, who were in the National League at the time. Wang left the Yankees organization after the following season, a year in which he made 12 appearances for their 2009 World Championship team.
1998: Tim & Tino Torment Seattle
On this day in 1998, the Yankees walked off against the Mariners. Through six innings, the Yanks led 7-3, but then Seattle scored once in the top of the seventh and four times in the top of the eighth, taking an 8-7 lead. While the M’s did carry that lead into the bottom of the ninth, Hall of Famer Tim Raines led off by taking Bobby Ayala deep for a home run, evening the score. The teams would go to extras tied at eight, and with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth, former Mariner Tino Martinez delivered a game-ending RBI single off Ayala, scoring Chuck Knoblauch to give the Yanks a 9-8 win.
1996: Paulie Has a Blast
During a 13-10 Yankees win over the Orioles at Camden Yards, Paul O’Neill started the scoring in the top of the first inning with a two-run homer off Arthur Rhodes. The 431-foot drive made O’Neill the first Yankee to hit a home run onto Eutaw Street behind the right field wall at Camden Yards, which had just opened four seasons earlier. O’Neill is one of seven players to have done so at least once as a Yankee (Giambi, Damon, Cano, Swisher, Granderson, and Gregorius).
1946: Wrong End of History
Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw a no-hitter against the Bombers, striking out 11 batters along the way in a 1-0 Indians victory. Feller’s no-no stands as one of seven thrown against the Yankees all-time.
1939: A Streak’s Final Day
As part of a 3-2 loss to the Washington Senators at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig played what turned out to be the final game of his career – the last one in his legendary streak of 2,130 consecutive games, which famously stood as baseball’s all-time record until Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed him. After going hitless, Gehrig’s batting average through eight games that season stood at just .143 due to the complications of what was later diagnosed as the ALS that would take his life.
1934: Milestone for the Iron Horse
In a 7-4 Yankees' victory over the Senators in Washington, Lou Gehrig hit a solo home run off Earl Whitehill in the top of the fourth inning for his 300th career drive. Gehrig would ultimately end his tragically-short career with 493 homers.
1923: Lou Brought into the Fold
Lou Gehrig signed his first professional contract with the Yankees. The 19-year old had been playing at Columbia University, and he was given a $1500 bonus upon signing.