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June 17th

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1941 In the Yankees' 8-7 loss to Chicago, Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak is extended to 30 straight games when his seventh-inning grounder takes a bad hop off Luke Appling's shoulder. The 'Yankee Clipper's' fortunate hit also breaks the team's record for hits in consecutive games, previously held by Roger Peckinpaugh (1919) and Earle Combs (1931), who both had 29.
1944 Although he will continue to play in the minor leagues until 1955, Ed Levy appears in his 40th and final game of his three-year tenure in the major leagues. The Irish Catholic first baseman, born as Edward Clarence Whitner in 1911, is asked to start using his stepfather's surname by Yankee team president Ed Barrow to help the club attract more Jewish fans to the Bronx ballpark.
1962 Gene Woodling becomes the first major leaguer to play for both the Yankees and the Mets. In his National League debut, the 38 year-old outfielder goes 2-for-4, scoring two runs for the new expansion team in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds.
1962 In the second inning of Game 1 of a twin bill against the Yankees, the bottom of the Indians' lineup, Jerry Kindall, Bubba Phillips, and Jim Mahoney, hit consecutive home runs, helping Dick Donovan improve his record to 10-2. The Tribe also takes the nightcap to complete a four-game sweep of the World Champs, much to the delight of the largest home crowd in eight seasons.
1978 Inspired by Ron Guidry's performance of striking out 15 Angels in six innings and finishing the game with 18 Ks to establish a new American League mark for southpaws, the crowd at Yankee Stadium initiates a new baseball tradition when they begin to rhythmically clap each time there are two strikes on the batter. The left-hander's performance in the 4-0 victory over California will lead the team's television announcer, Phil Rizzuto, to coin a new nickname, referring to the Lafayette native as 'Louisiana Lightning'.
1987 Dick Howser, former manager of the Royals and Yankees, loses his courageous battle against cancer, succumbing to a brain tumor. After three surgeries to remove the disease, the 51 year-old frail-looking skipper had tried to make a comeback with Kansas City, but had to resign after one day of spring-training workouts, becoming physically too weak to perform his duties.

6 Fact(s) Found