New York Yankees Flashback: May the Force Be With You

The big blow in the New York Yankees’ stirring 13-7 victory over visiting Cleveland on August 5, 2016, was Starlin Castro‘s grand slam off Josh Tomlin, highlighting a five-run home third. But the remarkable thing about this one was all the tack-on runs the Bombers added along the way, including two-run rallies in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. First baseman Mark Teixeira, who had earlier in the day announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, had two hits and scored twice. In one of their more popular promos in recent years, this one took place on Star Wars Night in Yankee Stadium. Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner went yard back to back in the seventh.

On a first-ever “Photo Day” in the Bronx, on this day in 2012, legions of Yankee season ticket holders got to assemble along the Yankee Stadium warning track before the Sunday afternoon game and meet and greet all the Yankee players, a time where I got to have a several-minute conversation with Alex Rodriguez, who unfortunately became persona non grata in the game in 2013. His tide thankfully turned in 2015. In the game that followed, the Bombers outscored the Mariners 6-2 on three Raul Ibanez rbi’s and three runs scored by Chris Stewart.

On August 4, 1905, the Yankees swept the visiting Browns, 3-1 and 6-5, as first baseman Hal Chase set a record with 38 putouts.

It may sound impressive that fully six one-time Yankee players were born on August 4, but you should take into account that among them they only played 131 regular-season games for the Bombers  They are: first baseman John Olerud (1968); lefthander Jerry Nielsen (1966); righthanders Ben Heller (1991), Sam Gibson (1899), and Doc Adkins (1872), and infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske (1977) .