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June 28th

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1907 Yankees' catcher Branch Rickey is behind the plate as the Senators steal 13 bases in one game. Although not a terrific player, 'the Mahatma' will become one of the premier baseball administrators in the history of the game.
1911 After playing home games at the Highlanders' Hilltop Park for the past six weeks, the Giants return to the Polo Grounds with a 3-0 victory over Boston. Their home, devastated by an April fire, re-opens with temporary wooden stands to be used for the remainder of the year until a renovated structure made of steel and concrete is completed for the 1912 season.
1919 Red Sox right-hander Carl Mays hurls two complete games, beating the Yankees, 2-0, in the first game and losing the nightcap, 4-1. The submariner will be traded to the Yankees at the end of July.
1939 In a twin bill sweep at Shibe Park, the Yankees set the major league record for home runs in a game and in two consecutive games when the team hit eight homers in the opener and another five in the nightcap on their way in sweeping the A's, 23-2 and 10-0. In the first game of the twin bill, the Bronx Bombers collect 53 total bases to establish an American League record.
1939 At Shibe Park, Lou Gehrig receives a tremendous standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd when he brings out the lineup card to the umpires prior to the second game of a twin bill. A’s manager Connie Mack, who rarely leaves the dugout, goes to home plate to shake the hand of the terminally ill Yankee captain.
1949 Joe DiMaggio returns to the lineup after missing the first 69 games of the season due to an ailing heel. The Yankee Clipper will hit four home runs in a three-game sweep against the Red Sox.
1976 Mark 'the Bird' Fidrych amuses a “Monday Night Baseball” national television audience, talking to the baseball as he one-hits the Yankees, 5-1, in under two hours. The unsung Tigers rookie, who made the team on the final cut of spring training, will finish the season with a 19-9 record.

2009 Mariano Rivera joins Trevor Hoffman in becoming only the second pitcher to record 500 major league saves. The right-handed reliever, who also registers his first RBI of his 15-year career, reaches the milestone by getting the last four outs in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

8 Fact(s) Found