Today in Yankee History: September 5th
A pitcher and football player hit a home run.
1943 - Attempting to tie the 1912 Giants ML record of winning 14 series’ in a row, the Yankees drop two games of a four game series against the Senators. Their streak at end 13 series’.
1957 - In a 2-2 game against Boston, Yankees manager Casey Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Grim comes through with his first hit of the season, a walk off 3-run home run. Yanks win 5-3.
1989 - As the fifth player selected overall in the 1989 NFL draft, Deion Sanders hits a home run for the Yankees as they beat the Mariners 12-2. Five days later Sanders would make his NFL debut with the Falcons and returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.
2007 - In a 10-2 win over the Mariners at the Stadium, A-Rod becomes the 4th Yankee ever to homer twice in the same inning. He convinced his way into the lineup after having his ankle examined that same morning.
Also in 2007, Bob Sheppard works his last game as the teams P.A. announcer, a task he completed more than 4,500 times since 1951. He was replaced by Jim Hall, who was then replaced by Paul Olden when the Yankees moved to the new stadium in 2009.