On this date in Yankees history

On this date in 1999, the New York Yankees unveiled the fifth monument in Monument Park, this one to honor Joe Dimaggio. Dimaggio passed away a month prior at age 84 due to lung cancer and spent 99 days in the hospital because of it. Dimaggio holds the major league record for most consecutive games with at least one hit with 56. Dimaggio played for the team for his entire 13-year career (1936-1942,1946-1951). He joined Miller Hughes, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle to be immortalized at Yankee Stadium.

Another historical point on this date happened in 1904 when Jack Chesbro won his first game of the season. This was the first of 41 victories that season for Chesbro, which remains to this day as the most wins for a single pitcher in team history. Chesbro went 41-12 with a 1.82 ERA with 48 complete games and 454.2 innings and faced 1,720 batters that season (led the league in wins, games, games started, complete games, innings pitched, batters faced, and hits per 9 that season).

In 1933, there was a bench-clearing brawl at Griffith Stadium during a game between the Yankees and Washington Senators. Yankees outfielder Ben Chapman spiked Buddy Myer of the Senators and responded by punching the second baseman and spewing anti-Semantic remarks at the injured player. The brawl lasted 20 minutes and spread to the stands as well as 300 fans also got into the fighting. William Harridge, the President of the American League, indefinitely suspended Chapman, Myer, and Senators’ pitcher Earl Whitehill.


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