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1940 Jimmy Powers, sports editor of the Sunday New York Daily News, causes a flap when he suggests the Yankees' poor play this season can be attributed to "a mass polio epidemic" contracted from Lou Gehrig. The former Yankee first baseman and his roommate, Bill Dickey, file suit, resulting in the newspaper to apologize and retract its story at the end of next month.
1989 Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green (5th place, 56-65) as the Yankee manager. It is the 17th time the team has changed skippers during George Steinbrenner's 17-year tenure as the club's owner.
2000 After beating out a potential double play ball to prolong a five-run ninth inning rally which ties the game, Angel flycatcher Darin Erstad makes a 10th inning game-saving catch and follows it with a game-winning homer in the 11th to beat the Yankees, 9-8.
2000 Tim Salmon becomes the franchise leader in home runs with his fourth-inning solo shot off Roger Clemens in the Angels' eventual 9-8 extra-inning victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The Anaheim DH's 223rd career round-tripper surpasses the total of Brian Downing, who had established the Halo mark in 1990.
2006 At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the nightcap to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. The 14-11 slugfest, in which the Al East Division rivals bang out a total of 34 hits, takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to play, making it the longest nine-inning game in big league history. A team scores in nine of the 18 half-innings.
2006 Jered Weaver, blanking the Mariners for seven innings at Angel Stadium, joins Whitey Ford (Yankees, 1950) to become only the second American League rookie to begin a career with nine straight victories as a starter. The 23 year-old Angel hurler will need to win his next four games to match the mark established by Hooks Wiltse, who started his freshman season in 1904 with 13 consecutive wins.

6 Fact(s) Found