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Top 250 Moments: Part 4, 175-151

by James Vletstra

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The Greatest Yankees Moments of All-Time!

The New York Yankees are rich in history. They celebrate their great history every year with Old Timers Day and other celebrations. Of course, the Yankees are also constantly adding to their history. In looking back over their long and successful history, there are countless moments that would be considered great.

I have ranked my top 250 Yankees moments.


Not all of these were accomplished by the Yankees, but they were at least involved. I will be releasing (in groups of 25) what I feel are the Top 250 Moments in Yankees history.


I hope you enjoy reliving each of these memories as much as I did putting them together. Feel free to share yours in the comments.


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THE TOP 250 MOMENTS IN YANKEES HISTORY: Part 4, 175-151

175. June 3, 1998 El Duque’s Debut

Orlando Hernandez was a Cuban defector that escaped the communist regime on a boat and claimed asylum in Costa Rica. His debut was international news

174. September 15, 1921 Ruth Breaks HR Record

Babe Ruth hit home run number 55, surpassing the record he had just broken the year before, against the Saint Louis Browns. He would end the year with 59

173. August 1, 1987 Ford and Gomez Presented Plaques

Whitey Ford and Lefty Gomez receive plaques commemorating their parts in winning a combined 12 World Series

172. April 22, 1903 Franchise First Game

The New York Highlanders entered into the American League. They lost their first game to the Senators, but they would one day become the greatest sports franchise ever

171. October 11, 1943 Yankees Win World Series

The Yankees avenged their 1942 loss to the Cardinals with a 4 games to 1 win. It was the 10th in team history. Several stars including Rizzuto, Ruffing, and DiMaggio were away in the military

170. April 24, 1917 Mogridge Throws No-Hitter

George Mogridge tossed a no hitter against the Boston Red Sox

169. April 19, 1940 Ruppert Plaque Dedicated

Hall of Fame owner, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, had a plaque dedicated to him the year after he died. He was the driving force behind acquiring Babe Ruth and building Yankees Stadium

168. August 14, 1993 Jackson’s Number Retired

Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, was enshrined into Cooperstown in 1993. His number 44 was retired from further use by the Yankees

167. October 17, 1978 Yankees Win World Series

The Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 2 to win their 22nd championship. Bucky Dent was named WS MVP

166. May 20, 1948 DiMaggio Hits for the Cycle

Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle at Comiskey Park in Chicago against the White Sox

165. August 10, 1986 Martin Has Double Honors

Billy Martin is recognized in Monument Park with both a plaque and with his uniform number 1 being retired. He does wear the number again when he is hired once again to manage the team

164. May 19, 2021 Kluber Throws No-Hitter

Corey Kluber threw a 2-0 no hitter against the Texas Rangers in Arlington

163. October 4, 1938 Yankees win World Series

The Yankees swept the Chicago Cubs in 4 games. It was their 7th title, including third in a row, which was a record

162. October 4, 1939 Dickey Walkoff in World Series

In Game 1 of the World Series, Bill Dickey hit a walk off single to give the Yankees a 2-1 win over the Reds.

161. September 26, 1961 Maris Ties Ruth

In game number 158, against the Baltimore Orioles, Roger Maris connects with Home Run number 60 to tie Babe Ruth’s record from 1927

160. August 14, 2016 Rivera Receives Plaque

The all time best relief pitcher is given a plaque in Monument Park a couple of years in advance of becoming the first unanimous Hall Of Fame selection

159. October 15, 1964 Yankees Lose World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Yankees 4-3. All time, they lead the head-to-head matchup 3 World Series to 2. This was the last WS appearance for the Mickey Mantle era and was followed by a 12 year drought of pennants

158. September 7-10, 1978 The Boston Massacre

The Red Sox held a 14 game divisional lead in mid July. By September 6, the Yankees had whittled it down to 4. The Yankees went to Fenway and swept a four game series by a combined score of 42-9

157. October 6, 1941 Yankees Win 9th World Series

The first matchup between the Dodgers and Yankees was won by the Yankees 4-1

156. October 24, 1996. O’Neill Makes Limping Catch

In Game 5 of the World Series against the Braves, Andy Pettitte threw 8 1/3 shutout innings. John Wetteland came in and with two outs, the tying and winning runs were on base. Luis Polonia hit a deep drive to the right field gap that a hobbled Paul O’Neill tracked down to win the game as he slapped the wall in celebration

155. August 22, 2003 Guidry Receives Honors

Louisiana Lighting, Ron Guidry, was a lifelong Yankees and former team captain. He received a plaque in Monument Park and his number 49 was retired from further use

154. October 10, 1937. Yankees Win 6th World Series

The Yankees defeated the Giants 4-1. Their 6 titles tied them with the Athletics and Red Sox for the most all time. As of now, the Yankees hold a slight lead over both rivals

153. September 3, 1995 Fernandez Hits for the Cycle

Tony Fernandez hit for the cycle against the Oakland A’s. It was the first time in 23 years a Yankees did it

152. June 6, 1934 Hoag Collects 6 Hits

Myril Hoag got 6 hits against the Red Sox at Fenway Park

151. August 27, 1938 Pearson Throws No-Hitter

Monte Pearson threw a no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at the Stadium

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