11/01 & 11/02 in Yankee History

 

On the 1st of November down through the years…

2009: With the Yanks up 2 to 1 in games in the World Series, CC Sabathia outpitches Joe Blanton through 7 2/3 innings when Chase Utley closes the score to 4-3 with a home run. Joba Chamberlain strikes out two in the 8th, only to have Pedro Feliz tie it with a two-strike homer of his own. Johnny Damon takes over at that poin – battling to a two-out single in the 9th, he steals second and continues onto third when the shifted Phillies infield fails to cover. Following a hit by pitch, doubles from  Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada plate three off Brad Lidge, and Mariano Rivera closes out the 7-4 Yankee win.

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2001: Deja vu all over again…

In an amazing case of history repeating itself‚ the Yankees again come from 2 runs down with 2 outs in the 9th inning to defeat the Diamondbacks‚ 3-2 in 12 innings.Byung-Hyun Kim is  again victimized‚ this time by Scott Brosius 2-run home run in the 9th. Alfonso Soriano’s single wins it in the 12th. Steve Finley and Rod Barajas homer in the 5th for Arizona’s runs.

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1979: After a disappointing fourth place finish, the Yankees begin their offseason wheeling and dealing. In separate transactions, they Yanks acquire outfielder Ruppert Jones from the Mariners, and catcher Rick Cerone and pitcher Tom Underwood from the Blue Jays, giving up 7 players‚ including popular first baseman Chris Chambliss, shortstop Damaso Garcia, outfielder Juan Beniquez and pitchers Jim Beattie and Paul Mirabella. Chambliss will be with the Blue Jays for a month before they swap him to Atlanta.

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1978: Ron Guidry is the unanimous choice for the AL Cy Young Award. The southpaw led the league in wins 25)‚ percentage (.874)‚ shutouts (9)‚ and ERA (1.74).

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1974: ‘Bullet’ Joe Bush, who won 19 games for the Yankees first World Championship team in 1923, dies at the age of 81.

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…and on the 2nd:

2009: The Yankees threaten a big come-from-behind win before falling 8-6 to the Phillies at Citizens’ Bank Park in game 5 of the World Series. After the home team jump on A.J. Burnett  for six runs through six outs, the bullpen hold the home team in check until Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez hit solo homers in the 7th. They will make all the difference, as the Yanks score three in the 8th on Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez doubles and one more in the 9th to forge the final score

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1995: A new era begins: the Yankees name Joe Torre as their new manager‚ replacing Buck Showalter.

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1964: The CBS purchase of the Yankees goes into effect, precipitating a sharp decline in the club’s fortunes afield. The neglect-driven decline will not be reversed until George Steinbrenner’s consortium buy the team in 1973.

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1960: Roger Maris edges out Mickey Mantle for the AL’s Most Valuable Player award‚ 225 votes to 222‚ the second-closest vote ever‚ after the Joe DiMaggio-Ted Williams race in 1947

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66-year-old George Weiss resigns his position as general manager of the Yankees. Weiss.jpg

 

Former Yankee shortstop Everett Scott ,who had the only Major Leagues’ only  1,000 + consecutive games played streak until Lou Gehrig, dies at the age of 67.

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10/31 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter day ~

2001: Derek Jeter becomes ‘Mr. November.’

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In a thrilling contest‚ the Yankees defeat the Diamondbacks‚ 4-3 in 10 innings‚ to tie the World Series at 2 games apiece. Tino Martinez’s 2-out‚ 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th ties the game‚ and Derek Jeter’s blast in the bottom of the 10th after midnight wins it for New York. Both homers come off Byung-Hyun Kim, who relieved Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.

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On other 31sts of October…

2009: Andy Pettitte survives a three-run Philly uprising in the 2nd inning in an 8-5 Yankee win in Citizen’s Bank Park in Game 3 of the World Series. The Yanks rally for five runs off Cole Hamels in the 5th and 6th. The big blow for the Yanks is a two-run homer by A-Rod off a Fox Sports camera hanging over the right field fence. The call, which comes after the first use of instant replay in Series history, goes in the Bombers’ favour. Nick Swisher doubles and homers, and even in an NL, non-DH park Hideki Matsui pinch-hits a homer in the top of the 8th.

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1960: Mike Gallego (shown here with Jim Leyritz giving pointers to recently signed draft pick Derek Jeter), Yankee utility infielder of the early ’90s, is born, Happy 53rd, MG!

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1957: Yogi Berra tells the Daily News that the Yankee front office returned the money collected in fines to the players involved in the ‘Battle of the Copacabana’ (see May 16th).

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1948: Mickey Rivers is born. Happy 65th to Mick the Quick!

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10/30 in Yankee History

 

2001: Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera  hurl the Yankees to a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the World Series. Jorge Posada homers for New York while Scott Brosius’  6th-inning single drives home the winning run. President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and Brian Anderson takes the loss for Arizona.

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1982: Former Yankee hurler Jonathan Albaladejo is born. Happy 31st to JT!

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1962: Danny Tartabull, early ’90s Yankee DH, is born. Happy half century plus one, DT!

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1941: Jim Ray Hart, who shared Yankee DH duties with Ron Blomberg during the inaugural season of the designated hitter in 1973, is born. Happy 72nd, JRH!

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10/29 in Yankee History

 

2009: A.J. Burnett makes his name and earns his Yankee credibility with a dominant performance in Game 2 of the World Series, registering a 3-1 win over veteran righty Pedro Martinez. Following a Philadelphia score in the second inning, Mark Teixeira evens things up with a fourth-inning home run. Hideki Matsui then clears the right-field fence with the game winner in the sixth. Jorge Posada delivers an insurance run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.

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1975: Karim Garcia is born, ¡Feliz  cumpleaños, KG!

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1962: The Yankees sell Bob Turley (82-52 over 8 years in New York ) to the LA Angels.

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1920: The Yankees sign Red Sox manager Ed Barrow as GM, completing the front office team that will build the game’s most successful franchise, which will win 14 American League pennants and 10 World Titles in the 25 years that Barrow serves in the job. Hugh Duffy replaces Barrow in the Boston.dugout.

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10/28 in Yankee History

2009: The World Series opens at the Stadium. Yogi Berra, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. In the contest that follows, Cliff Lee makes his name as a postseason ace, besting CC Sabathia. The 6-1 final score is deceptive, as Philly reach relievers David Robertson, Brian Bruney, and Phil Coke for four runs in the last two frames. Bruney, wearing the number 99 that may have represented the place he now held on the Yankee bullpen depth chart, and outfielderEric Hinskewere activated and added to the World Series roster earlier that day.

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2001: Arizona jump out to a 2-0 Series lead as Randy Johnson hurls a 3-hit complete game shutout. Matt Williams hits a 3-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Andy Pettitte takes the loss for the Yanks.

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1981: Pedro Guerrero drives in 5 runs and Burt Hooton and the Dodgers beat the Yankees  9-2 to win the World Series in 6 games. In a remarkable post season‚ the Dodgers came from behind to win 3 series (down 2-0 to Houston and 2-1 to Montreal in the best-of-5 series). Guerrero‚ Ron Cey and Steve Yeager (2 home runs) are named co-MVPs‚ while outfielder Dave Winfield and reliever George Frazier are the goats for New York. Winfield was just 1-for-21‚ while Frazier tied a Series record by losing 3 games. The record was set by the Lefty Williams of the White Sox in 1919; since Williams was one of the 8 Black Sox‚ one might assume that he was not trying very hard.

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1979; George Steinbrenner announces that Billy Martin has been fired again as a result of his recent barroom fight. Third base coach Dick Howser is named to replace him.

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1953: The ‘Old Redhead‚’ Red Barber‚ resigns from the Dodger broadcast booth and takes a job with the Yankees.

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1917:  ’40s Yankee closer Joe Page is born.

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10/27 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter day ~

1999: The Yankees defeat the Braves 4-1‚ to win their 25th world championship. Roger Clemens gets the win‚ hurling 4-hit ball before leaving the game in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the save‚ his 2nd of the Series. Jim Leyritz hits a solo HR in the 8th inning to finish the NY scoring. Rivera wins the Series MVP award.

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On other 27ths of October…

2001: The Diamondbacks hammer the Yankees in the World Series opener by a score of 9-1 behind Curt Schilling. Schilling hurls 7 innings to win his 4th game of the postseason. Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez homer for Arizona as Mike Mussina takes the loss.

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1985: Billy Martin is fired by the Yankees for an unprecedented 4th time and is replaced by former Yankee outfielder Lou Piniella‚ who had been the team’s hitting instructor since retiring as a player in 1984.

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1972: The Yankees ship Danny Walton to the Twins for catcher Rick Dempsey (below). Walton spent the 1972 season in the minors‚ while young Dempsey had cups of coffee with the Twins the past 4 seasons.

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1955: Clark Griffith, the first manager of the New York Highlanders/Yankees, dies at the age of 85.

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10/26 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter days ~

2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 4-2‚ to win their 26th World Series title‚ 4-games-to-1. Luis Sojo’s single in the top of the 9th drives home the winning run for NY. Bernie Williams (who makes the final putout) and Derek Jeter homer for the Yankees‚ and Jeter is named Series MVP.

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1996: The Yankees take their 4th game in a row from the Braves‚ 3-2‚ giving them their 23rd World Championship, and their first in 18 years. Joe Girardi’s 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. The Yankee closer, who has save all four of his team’s victories, is awarded the MVP trophy.

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On other 26ths of October…

1999: Down 5-1 in Game 3 of the World Series‚ the Yankees bounce back to defeat the Braves 6-5 in 10 innings. Chad Curtis’ leadoff HR in the bottom half of the frame – his 2nd of the game – is the walkoff blow. Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch also homer for NY‚ with Knoblauch’s 2-run blast in the 8th tying the score at 5-5. Mariano Rivera picks up the win for the Yankees‚ hurling 2 scoreless inning of
relief.

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1977: Yankee fireman Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to win the AL Cy Young Award. Lyle led the league with 72 appearances‚ posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.

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1950: The Baseball Writers of America select Phil Rizzuto as the AL MVP.

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1919: New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Wagner (below) rules in favor of the Yankees and makes permanent the team’s temporary restraining order against the AL. Wagner was persuaded that Ban Johnson acted incorrectly in banning Carl Mays two days after the pitcher was traded to New York. Johnson sent telegrams to all the owners except Boston’s Frazee telling them not to negotiate for Mays.

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1918: Late ’40s Yankee second baseman and 1945 AL batting champion George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss is born.

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1917: Miller Huggins, who managed the Cardinals to a 3rd-place finish this year‚ is signed to run the Yankees by owner Jake Ruppert. Co-owner T.L. Huston‚ who favoured Wilbert Robinson for the job‚ has a falling out with partner Ruppert. The rift will widen over the coming years to the point where Huston sells his half interest in the club to Ruppert in 1923.

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10/25 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter day ~

2009: After a rainout the night before kept the Anaheim Angels still alive in the ALCS, their string runs out, even if Gary Matthews, Jr.‘s swing and miss at Mariano Rivera’s cutter that ended the game actually occurs at one minute past midnight (and therefore technically October 26). Andy Pettitte pitches into the seventh for the win, Johnny Damon’s 4th-inning two-run double gives the Yanks a lead they will not relinquish, and Mark Teixeira crowns a two-run eighth with a sac fly in the 5-2 Yankee win that sends the club to the World Series for the 40th time. Chuck Mangione played the National Anthem before the game, and Bernie Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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On other 25ths of October…

2006: Derek Jeter is named the AL winner of the Hank Aaron Award as best overall hitter. Ryan Howard of the Phillies is the winner for the Senior Circuit.

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2003: The Marlins win their second world championship as World Series MVP Josh Beckett hurls a 5-hit shutout in defeating the Yankees 2-0 in Game 6 of the Series. Luis Castillo’s 5th-inning single brings home Florida’s 1st run‚ and the only one Beckett needs as he outduels Andy Pettitte. Thus the Marlins conclude their second winning season in the past 11 years in the same manner in which they
concluded their first winning season.

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2000: The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 3-2‚ to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the World Series. Derek Jeter homers off Bobby Jones on the 1st pitch of the game for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankee bullpen saves the game with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Piazza’s 2-run homer accounts for all the Mets scoring.

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Off the field, Darryl Strawberry is arrested and jailed after leaving a treatment center following a weekend drug binge.

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1981: In World Series action in L.A., back-to-back homers by Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager off Yankee ace Ron Guidry are enough to give the Dodgers their 3rd consecutive win, 2-1.

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Off the field, George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 (he says) fans in a hotel elevator after the game and emerges with a swollen lip and a broken hand.

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1924: Bobby Brown, Yankee 3rd baseman of the late ’40s and early ’50s, is born. Brown, who graduated from medical school with a specialty in cardiology, also served as AL President after his playing days. Happy 89th to Doctor Bob!

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10/24 in Yankee History

 

2000: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 4-2‚ behind the pitching of Rick Reed and their bullpen. Benny Agbayani’s 8th inning double is the key hit for the Queensiders as they cut the Yankees  lead in the Series to 2-games-to-1. Orlando Hernandez fans 12 but loses his first postseason game after 8 wins. The loss ends the Yankees record streak of 14 consecutive wins in World Series action.

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1999: The Yankees defeat the Braves 7-2 to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the Series. David Cone  holds Atlanta to one hit and no runs in 7 innings. Bernie Williams gets 3 hits for NY‚ while 5 of his teammates get 2 apiece. Braves’ starter Kevin Millwood gets battered for 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 innings of work.

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1996: The Yankees take their 3rd straight game in Atlanta‚ defeating the Braves 1-0. Andy Pettitte records the win‚ while John Wetteland gets his 3rd save. John Smoltz is the hard-luck loser in the tense pitchers’ duel.

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1988: Less than a year after signing him as a free agent‚ the Yankees trade 1B-DH Jack Clark to the Padres with pitcher Pat Clements for pitchers Lance McCullers and Jimmy Jones, and outfielder Stan Jefferson
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1981: Another come-from-behind victory for LA, 8-7‚ helped by poor Yankee defense in the outfield‚ ties the Series at 2 games apiece. George Frazier takes his second loss for the Bombers.

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1963: Yogi Berra is named manager of the Yankees.

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1951: UPI names Casey Stengel as Manager of the Year.

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1939: Despite having missed 32 games‚ the AL MVP is Joe DiMaggio‚ with Jimmie Foxx the runner-up‚ in the BBWAA poll. DiMag has 280 points‚ while Foxx draws 170.

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10/23 in Yankee History

 

The red-letter day ~

1996: In one of the most memorable games in their postseason history, the Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz ties the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blow a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.

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On other 23rds of October…

2003: The Marlins move to within one game of a world championship as they defeat the Yankees 6-4 to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the Series. Winning pitcher Brad Penny’s 2-run single gives Florida a lead they never surrender. Jason Giambi hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th to bring the Yankees within 2 runs‚ but Bernie Williams’ attempt for a game-tying homer falls short at the warning track in center field.

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1999: The Yankees 2-hit the Braves 4-1 to take the opening game of the World Series. Orlando Hernandez holds Atlanta to 1 hit in 7 innings for the victory. The Braves’ only run comes on a 4th inning homer by Chipper Jones. Scott Brosius has 3 hits for NY‚ while Paul O’Neill drives home 2 runs.

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995: The Yankees name Bob Watson as GM, replacing Gene Michael. Michael will stay on the payroll as a special assignment scout.

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1981: Despite an uncharacteristic poor performance (9 hits‚ 7 walks) Fernando Valenzuela  goes the distance in the Dodgers’ 5-4 come-from-behind win in the third game of the WS. The deciding run scores on a double play. Yankee starter Dave Righetti lasts just two innings‚ walking 2 and allowing 5 hits‚ but reliever George Frazier takes the loss. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer for LA. Starters Valenzuela and Righetti are the first two Rookies of the Year to oppose each other in the Series since Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951.

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1979: Yankee manager Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper‚ a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.

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1973: Former Yankee General Manager and President Lee MacPhail is named AL President.

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1926: In South Bend‚ Indiana‚ the Babe Ruth All Stars‚ including the Bambino’s Yankee teammate Urban Shocker, beat the local South Bend Indians 7-3 in a game called after 6 innings because of a late start. The all stars were delayed 2 hours when their vehicle broke down. The Babe is 3-for-4 and hits a home run estimated at 600 feet. In preparation for the Babe’s visit‚ the local team stocked up on baseballs at a cost of $1.23 each: in Montreal on October 17‚ the Babe hit 36 into a nearby river‚ according to the South Bend Tribune‚ and the ensuing game had to be stopped for lack of the spheres. Babe’s squad will tie tomorrow when the Indians pitch the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons‚ who lives nearby. Joining Freddie is Fred Lindstrom.

1923: Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform‚ as John Mcgraw’s men defeat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0. Ruth hits a homer over the right field roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.

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