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On October 8th, 1956, Don Larsen pitched the first (and only) perfect game in the World Series. As a result, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5, and went on to win the series in Game 7.

Claire Heyison

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Today in New York History

On July 20th, 1858, a crowd of over fifteen hundred people made history by paying fifty cents to watch a game of baseball at the Fashion Race Course on Long Island. This was the first time admission was charged at an event — ironically not for profit, as players were not paid at the time, but to pay the cost of converting the racetrack for horses into a baseball diamond. The best players from Manhattan played the best of Brooklyn in two teams composed of players from separate club teams, like the Atlantics, Mutuals, and Knickerbockers. A close game, New York won 22-18. Although the 1858 game receives little attention today, it is monumental in the history of baseball. It was the first time dollar signs were associated with America’s favorite pastime, which began the transition from pastime to profession and is also known as America’s first World Series.

- Erin Marino

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Today in NY History!

On July 2, 1941, Yankee Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in 44 uninterrupted games. therefore beating Willie Keeler’s base hit record, which was set in 1922. DiMaggio started “The Streak” on May 15, 1941 and continued to hit safely for fifty-six games until July 16.

DiMaggio’s streak was deemed unbeatable and many avid baseball fans believe it to be an unparelleled milestone in the sport’s history. It was a remarkable achievement that has yet to be duplicated and a major reason that the eleven-time All-Star winning Yankee was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.

- Justine Ashley

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Today in New York History

Henry Louis Gehrig, better known as the Yankees’ legendary first baseman Lou Gehrig, was born today in 1903 in Yorkville, Manhattan. Gehrig would go on to hold the record for most career grand slams, win the American League’s Most Valuable Player award two times, and accumulate 1,995 runs batted in (RBI) in 17 seasons, earning him the nickname “The Iron Horse.” But, before he became famous for his phenomenal heavy hitting, Lou could be found at his home on 2266 Amsterdam Avenue, in school at PS 132, and, briefly, studying and playing football and baseball at Columbia University. Happy 108th birthday, Lou!

Claire Heyison

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Making My Way to Third Base—Opening Day for the Yanks

Get your mind out of the gutter… We’re talking good, clean fun here people! With spring finally on the horizon (well, its somewhere out there) and our focus drifting like a foul ball on a windy day, there is no better time to sit back, relax, and enjoy America’s favorite pastime—Baseball!

This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the Yankees play the Detroit Tigers during the second game of the season. My sister was able to snag us some amazing suite tickets right behind home plate, just yards away from some of my favorite men: Teixeira, A. Rod, Jeter, and the infamous Johnny Knoxville (not on the diamond but in the audience of course). The game was an exciting but generally slow one, with the Yankees leading almost every inning and finishing with a 10-6 win over the Tigers. Both Teixeira and Russell Martin hit three-run home runs. My man A. Rod was clearly M.V.P with a double, a walk, and a home run. The boys were running a pretty smooth game, hitting fairly consistently in each inning.

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