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1954 In the ninth, Yankee skipper Casey Stengel shifts center fielder Mickey Mantle to shortstop to replace weak-hitting Willy Miranda, moving Irv Noren to center to take Mick's place with pinch-hitter Hank Bauer staying in the game in right. The move proves unnecessary when the 'Commerce Comet' hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth, giving the Bronx Bombers a 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
1966 Lew Burdette, tossing the final two frames of scoreless ball in relief, earns his 200th career victory when the Angels score two runs in the top of the ninth in the team's eventual 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium. The veteran right-hander, a one-time Bronx Bomber traded to Boston for Johnny Sain, is best remembered for winning three games for the Braves against his former team in the 1957 World Series.
1968 After grounding out to first base unassisted in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Red Sox, Mickey Mantle's lifetime batting average falls and stays below .300 (.29946). The future Hall of Fame slugger, who finishes his 18-year tenure in the major leagues with a .298 batting average, often laments in later years that his greatest regret in baseball was not ending his career with a .300 BA.
1984 The Yankees retire Roger Maris's (#9) and Elston Howard's (#32) uniform numbers. The team also erects plaques to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers. (Ed. Note: The Yankees planned to retire #9 and #32 on Old-Timer's Day (July 21, 1984 ), but rain postponed the ceremonies until the next day. - LP)
1995 A frail Mickey Mantle bids the fans a farewell in a recorded message on the Bronx ballpark's Jumbotron on the day the Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth's hundredth birthday as part of the team's Old Timers' Day. The diminished former superstar, who will succumb to liver cancer in 22 days, tells the crowd, "I feel like Phil Rizzuto in Babe Ruth's uniform."
2007 Devil Rays' right-hander Shawn Camp yields nine hits in his 1.1 innings of relief during the Yankees' 21-4 rout. The 34-year-old Tampa Bay reliever allows three home runs to the 13 batters he faces at the Bronx ballpark.
2007 Tulsa Drillers' first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh instantly dies when struck in the head by a line drive in the top of the ninth inning at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, home of the minor league Arkansas Travelers. The 35-year-old dad, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two small sons, becomes the second on-the-field fatality in professional baseball history.

(Ed. Note: In 1920, Indians shortstop Ray Chapman died after being struck in the head with a fastball thrown by Yankee right-hander Carl Mays.)

2012 After tying the game with a ninth-inning run, the A's sweep the Yankees with a 12th-inning walk-off victory. The 5-4 loss marks the first time the Bronx Bombers have been swept in a four-game series while losing all four by one run.
2014 Chase Headley, obtained by the Yankees less than 12 hours ago, hits a single in the 14th inning, giving the Bombers a 2-1 walk-off victory over Texas in the Bronx. New York acquired their new third baseman earlier in the day, trading minor league pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Padres and receiving $1 million to pay part of the $4 million still owed to the infielder this season.


9 Fact(s) Found