New York Yankees Flashback: June First Firsts

New York Yankees, Derek Jeter

The first (historically and tradition-wise) of two huge June 1 Yankee days took place as Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for shortstop Paul Wanninger in 1925 in a 5-3 loss to the Senators. The next day Lou played first for Wally Pipp, making what was to become his record consecutive-games streak two games old.

The Yanks had a rare great day in the amateur draft on June 1, 1992, when the Houston Astros and four other teams did not select Derek Jeter in the first round, so they could. The Astros selected Phil Nevin, currently serving as Yankee third base coach, with the very first pick.

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Derek Jeter equaled a Yankee record from 1961 when he reached base safely in the first 50 games of the year when he had two hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch and scored three runs to support Roger Clemens‘s 11-5 victory over Cleveland in Yankee Stadium on this day in 1999.

Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn did Jim Bouton and his publisher a huge favor on June 1, 1970, when he reprimanded the ex-Yankee in private for writing the controversial book Ball Four. Sales picked up dramatically.

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