It is the 20th anniversary of both Beanie Baby Day in the Bronx, and, coincidentally, David Wellsâ€˜s Perfect Game, a 4-0 win over the Twins on May 17, 1998. Bernie Williams had a homer among his three hits, Latroy Hawkins manned the mound for the visiting Twins, and “Boomer” threw only 11 of 27 first-pitch strikes.
On this day in 2002, a struggling Jason Giambi won his way into the hearts of the Stadium faithful when his grand slam brought the New York Yankees back from three runs down in the bottom of the 13th on a rainy Friday night in the Bronx. Babe Ruth, in 1925, was the only other Yankee to hit a game-winning walk-off grand slam with the team down by three. The Yanks won this more recent one by a 13-12 score.
On May 17, 1977, Sparky Lyle pitched six innings in relief of Ron Guidry until the Yanks scored three and beat Oakland, 5-2, in 15 innings.
In a game that had glorious first and last innings, the Yanks prevailed over the visiting Red Sox on May 17, 2010, when they scored nine of their runs in the first and ninth frames. They pounced on Daisuske Matsuzaka for a 5-0 lead in the first inning, only to later fall behind. But Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Thames reached Jonathan Papelbon for two-run homers in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-9 walkoff win.
The Phillies beat the Cubs 23-22 in 10 innings on May 17, 1979. The Phils blew a 15-6 lead after three innings before recovering to win.
Hall of Fame player in the Negro Leagues Cool Papa Bell was born on May 17, 1903.