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1919 With a blast that clears the Polo Grounds roof, Red Sox outfielder Babe Ruth ties the game in the top of the ninth in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Yankees that takes 13 innings to complete. The Bambino's round-tripper, his 28th of the season, breaks the 19th century home run record established in 1894 by Ned Williamson of the NL's Chicago White Stockings.
1925 With the Yankees trailing by three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Babe Ruth hits a Sarge Connally pitch for a game-winning home run, which beats the White Sox, 6-5. The 'Sultan of Swat' becomes the first modern player to blast a walk-off grand slam to win the game by one run.
1933 In his last big-league at-bat, Joe Sewell ends his 14-year career, singling in the decisive run as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The infielder ends his 14-year career, spent mainly with the Indians, striking out only 114 times of 8,332 total plate appearances (1.4%).

(Ed. Note: The 34-year-old would need an additional 7,967 plate appearances to equal Mark Reynolds' 2009 single-season record of 223 strikeouts. -LP)

1948 The Red Sox loss to the Yankees, along with Detroit's defeat of the Indians, results in a three-way tie for first place with Boston, Cleveland, and New York finishing the day with identical records of 91-56 with only seven games to play. A one-game playoff between the Tribe and BoSox, will be needed to crown Cleveland as the American League champs.
1950 With 66,924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38 year-old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.
1978 Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry ties the American League record for shutouts tossed in a season by a lefty when he blanks Cleveland, 4-0. With his ninth complete scoreless game, ' Gator equals Babe Ruth's mark, who accomplished the feat in 1916 with the Red Sox.
2002 Jason Giambi homers in his first two trips to the plate in the Yankees' 6-0 win over Tampa Bay at the Stadium. The pair of round-trippers gives the slugging outfielder a total of 40 for the season, and when added with Jeremy's total of 20 home runs, hit with Oakland and Philadelphia, the Giambi brothers set the record for homers by siblings in the same season, topping the 59 hit by Joe (46) and Vince DiMaggio (13) in 1937.
2004 After he gives up five runs in the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez tells the media, "they beat me. They're that good right now. They're that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." The words will come back to haunt the Dominican right-hander when the fans begin chanting "Who's your daddy?" every time he takes the mound in New York during the American League Championship Series.
2005 Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the third franchise in major league history, and the first since the 1994 strike, to pass the four-million attendance mark. The 1993 Colorado Rockies and the 1991-1993 Toronto Blue Jays are the other teams that have reached the milestone.
2011 In a pregame ceremony before a nationally televised game with Boston, the Yankees celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris's record-breaking 61st home run. The festivities include New York captain Derek Jeter carrying to home plate the bat that the Rajah used to hit the Tracy Stallard pitch, and Sal Durante, the 19 year-old fan who caught the historic homer in the right-field stands, bringing the ball hit on October 1st, 1961, onto the field.

2012 Curtis Granderson becomes only the fifth player in franchise history to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons when he goes deep into the upper deck at Target Field in the Yankees' 6-3 victory over Minnesota. The 31 year-old southpaw-swinging slugger joins Jason Giambi and Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle as the only other Bronx Bombers to accomplish the feat.

11 Fact(s) Found