Yankees History: Five memorable Fourth of July moments
The Yankees, in accordance with Major League Baseball, will continue the tradition of baseball on the Fourth of July when they join the other 29 teams in celebrating our Nation’s Independence from Great Britain two hundred and forty-one years ago.
The Yankees, of course, have a rich tradition to draw from and every year they celebrate the past during their Old Timers Day when they welcome back Yankee greats to the big ballpark in the Bronx.
But on the Fourth of July, all of baseball joins in the celebration of America’s birthday as a reminder that baseball and this national holiday are intertwined with our culture, as well as our history. An estimated 700,000 fans will make their way to a major league ballpark, plus thousands more to minor league parks scattered across our country, to celebrate our National Pastime.
An estimated 700,000 fans will make their way to a major league ballpark, plus thousands more to minor league parks scattered across our country, to celebrate our National Pastime.
There’ll be hot dogs, peanuts, melting ice cream, perhaps a beer, cotton candy for the kids, an autograph for the lucky few, that foul ball I almost caught as a souvenir, and an exhausted crew climbing in later for the long ride home swapping tales and stories about seeing Aaron Judge, Corey Seager, Mike Trout, and that “real little guy”, Ronald Torreyes, play baseball – in person!
But over the course of the Yankees history, a few of the games played on the Fourth of July stand out above the others. One or two might be coming to your mind already, while others will take a bit of a “memory jog” to recall.
Here then are five memorable moments that have occurred in Yankees history on the Fourth of July.