New York Yankees Flashback: Murcer’s Big Day

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The late New York Yankees outfielder and broadcaster and true fan favorite Bobby Murcer had his most famous day on June 24, 1970, as he stroked four home runs in four at bats (though five plate appearances) in a doubleheader split with the Indians. Bobby hit a ninth-inning shot off “Sudden” Sam McDowell in the first game, a 7-2 loss. Murcer then homered, walked, and homered twice, the last one tying Game Two at 4 in the eighth, and the Yanks pulled it out in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4. Steve Hamilton unleashed his “Folly Floater” to devastating effect twice on first baseman Tony Horton and struck him out in this game too.

Joe DiMaggio posted his unequaled 56-game hitting streak in 1941, and it was in full swing when he homered in a 9-1 Yankee victory over the Browns on June 25 of that year. With that drive, he broke the record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897 by running the streak to 45 consecutive games.

It was a little disconcerting, as the Yanks held Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Night on Friday, June 24, 2016, a gorgeous night in the Bronx, because ex-Yank Eduardo Nunez promptly put the visiting Twins up 2-0 with a double in the top of the third. But Masahiro Tanaka righted the ship, and the home team prevailed 5-3, with five different pinstripers scoring, and five knocking in a run apiece as well. The only players to notch one of each were Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks, the latter by stroking the game’s lone home run.

The Yankees posted a 5-0 win over the White Sox in Yankee Stadium on June 24, 1934. Babe Ruth broke a 21-at-bat hitless streak with a grand slam for the game-winning blow.