New York Yankees Flashback: Early Babe, Late Babe

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Babe Ruth only pitched five times once he became a New York Yankees legend, but one of the games took place on June 13, 1921, as he started, went five, and got the win. He also hit the first pitch he saw that day for the first homer ever into the Polo Grounds center field bleachers. He also homered again, and struck out Ty Cobb in a 13-8 Yankee victory.

On June 13, 1948, the Yanks retired Babe Ruth‘s No. 3 on what would be the Babe’s final visit to the “House That Ruth Built.” The Yanks would beat the Indians, 5-3, and the Sultan of Swat would pass away two months later.

On July 13, 1937, Joe DiMaggio homered in three straight at bats during a double dip in St. Louis against the Browns. The Yanks won Game One 16-9, and the second game would end in an 8-8 tie.

The Yankee fans and David Wells had a reunion among themselves on July 13, 2004, in a classic game when Boomer returned to the Stadium with the Padres on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Wells pitched brilliantly for seven, as did young Javy Vazquez through eight, but the Yankee righthander was on the hook down 2-0 to a Khalil Greene tater and a Terrence Long double.

Then Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton (pinch hitting for Tony Clark) homered back-to-back with two down in the ninth to forge the improbable tie. Exciting enough for you? There’s plenty more. The visitors jumped on Brett Prinz for three in the top of the 12th, so it was with a lusty roar that the crowd greeted the emergence of 2001 Yankee culprit Jay Witasik from the San Diego pen in the bottom half.

Ruben Sierra followed rbi’s by Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, and Jorge Posada with a sac fly to close the stirring 6-5 Yankee victory.