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Top 250 Moments: Part 6, 125-101

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 6, 125-101

125. October 2, 1936 DiMaggio Catch

Tony Lazzeri hit a grand slam to power the Yankees to a still-existing record with 18 runs scored. But this game is known for the best over the shoulder catch in World Series play. With two outs in the 9th, Joe DiMaggio made the catch roughly 490 feet from home plate. That’s 40 feet deeper than catch Willie Mays made 18 years later. If only there was video of it, it’d be a Top 10 catch of all-time.

124. September 19, 2011 Rivera Breaks Record

Hall of Fame reliever Mariano Rivera passes Trevor Hoffman for the most career saves. By the time he retires, he would extend his record to 652

123. October 10, 1956 Yankees Win 17th World Series

The Yankees defeated the Dodgers in 7 games. Don Larsen is named the WS MVP

122. June 25, 1934 Gehrig Hits His First Cycle

The Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox 13-2 behind the offensive prowess of Lou Gehrig, who hit for the cycle

121. October 4, 2009 ARod Hits Two HRs in Same Inning

Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs in the same inning for the second time in his career. He had 7 RBI in that inning

120. September 28, 1951 Reynolds Throws Second No-Hitter

In the first game of a doubleheader against the Red Sox, Ace Allie Reynolds tossed a no hitter in a 8-0 victory

119. July 11, 1939 Stadium Hosts ASG

The American League defeated the National League 3-1 in the 7th All Star Game. This was the first one played at Yankees Stadium

118. October 6, 1936 Yankees Win 5th World Series

The Yankees beat the Giants 4-2 to win their 5th title.

117. October 5, 1947 DiMaggio Kicks Dirt

In a rare show of emotion, Joe DiMaggio kicked dirt in frustration after his drive towards the 415 sign is caught by Al Gionfriddo

116. August 17, 2022 Donaldson Ultimate Grand Slam

In Major League history, there’s been 32 Ultimate Grand Slams. That is when a team is down by 3 and hits a grand slam in the last inning to win by one. Josh Donaldson accomplished this against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th inning

115. July 1, 2004 The Dive

Derek Jeter risked his health to dive headfirst into the stands to catch a foul ball. He came out battered and bruised, but in the end, the Yankees walked off the win

114. April 8, 2003. Matsui Debut

Hideki Matsui was one of Japan’s most popular players. In his first game at home he showed why. Godzilla hit a grand slam in the home opener against the Minnesota Twins

113. October 6, 1947 Yankees Win 11th World Series

The Yankees once again defeated the Dodgers. This time in 7 games, to once again claim another World Series

112. July 9, 1937 DiMaggio Hits His First Cycle

Joe DiMaggio had 7 RBIs and 5 hits, including the cycle in this 16-2 blowout victory over the Senators

111. August 25, 2011 Yankees Belt 3 Grand Slams

In a 22-9 win over the A’s, history was made. Never before nor since has a baseball club hit three grand slams in the same game. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson all did it in this game

110. September 9, 2022 Jeter Night

The Yankees celebrated Derek Jeter’s selection to the Hall of Fame

109. August 2, 1947 Doby’s First Game at the Stadium

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League, but Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians was just as important of a trailblazer in the American League

108. July 15, 2008 Yankees Stadium Hosts ASG

The American League defeated the National League 4-3 in 15 innings in the All Star Game which was being played in the final season of the original Stadium. The new Stadium is now 15 years old and has not hosted one yet

107. October 7, 1952 Yankees Win 15th World Series

Billy Martin made a spectacular 7th inning play to preserve the lead as the Yankees once again defeated the Dodgers in 7 games to win their record tying fourth consecutive championship and 15th overall

106. July 26, 1928 Meusel Cycles Again

In the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, Bob Meusel hit for the cycle. The game was tied at 1-1 until the Yankees opened up and scored 11 runs in the top of the 12th inning

105. June 7, 2008 Damon Collects 6

Lead off batter Johnny Damon got 6 hits and the Yankees scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk it off 12-11

104. May 14, 1996. Doc Carried Off

Dwight Gooden threw a no-hitter against the same team that eliminated the Yankees 6 months earlier. His teammates carried him off the field

103. June 20, 2015 Two Plaques Dedicated

The Yankees announced it as dedicating a plaque to Willie Randolph at Old Timers Day. It turns out that instead of one new member in Monument Park, they decided to make it two. With many of his teammates already there, Mel Stottlemyre was surprised to be included in the ceremony. At the time, Stottlemyre was fighting cancer

102. July 23, 1957 Mantle Hits for the Cycle

During a 10-6 win over the White Sox, Mickey Mantle hit for the cycle

101. August 31, 1997 Mattingly Honored

Don Mattingly received a plaque in Monument Park as well as had his number 23 officially retired from further use

14 Comments


Mike Whiteman
Feb 02, 2023

A couple of great DiMaggio moments. This may sound silly at first, but I'm not sure DiMaggio really gets his due. Off the top of my head, I'd say he was one of the first real five-tool players. We seem to hear more about Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, etc.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Feb 02, 2023
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And the stats of today show that Mantle was actually better.

Up until 15 years ago, or so, no one would claim that Mantle was better than DiMaggio.

Joe D's greatness, unfortunately, has faded a bit.

Great points by both above.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Feb 01, 2023

I figure it's time for me to re-argue the organization here, and the specifics of Nos. 123-121 provide a great illustration. By what standard is Gehrig hitting for the cycle or A-Rod hitting two homers in an inning a "greater" moment than winning a World Series? I'm a pretty well educated fan of Yankee history, and I didn't remember the two-home-run inning from 13 years ago, and I couldn't never have guessed whether or not Gehrig hit for any cycles, let alone when or under what circumstances (and add to that that the cycle is a freakshow stat; hitting four home runs in a game, as Gehrig did, and which I've actually heard of, is "top moment").


I think the…

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Feb 02, 2023
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I'm not really a list maker. Don't have the patience and taste for detail work it requires. My writing strength is drafting and editing essays. Maybe I'll do a ballpark travelogue for Paul's consideration one day.

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