This year marks the 70th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris historic 61-homer campaign, and the 15th anniversary of the 1996 championship.
But it seems like we’re always talking about the glory days for the Bombers. Let’s take some time to reflect on other anniversaries that aren’t so — let’s say — worth remembering.
5 years ago
Left-hander Randy Johnson finishes his antagonistic two-year Yankees stint — one that began with him cursing out a cameraman in Manhattan.
10 years ago
In the famous World Series against the Diamondbacks that lasted into November, the Yankees drop Game 7 by squandering a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. The winning pitcher? Arizona’s Randy Johnson.
20 years ago
Three words: Manager Stump Merrill. While we don’t blame him for the Yankees finishing 71-91 in 1991 with a roster of has-beens and future “stars” who really belonged at home playing Nintendo, Merrill’s name makes Pinstripe fans keel over in agony. The portly Merrill’s two-season stint ended after the 1991 season, when he was replaced by Buck Showalter.
25 years ago
For the first time since 1904, the Yankees (managed by Lou Piniella) finished in second place in 1986 with Boston winning the division.
30 years ago
Blame Dave Winfield. Facing the L.A. Dodgers in the World Series for the third time in seven years, the Yankees fell in six games. Oh yeah, Winfield hit 0.045 in the series. That’s just 0.045 points better than I did.