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Dec. 7, 1939 – Lou Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Lou Gehrig was the first player to have the rule waived that required a player to be retired one year before he could be elected. At age 36, he was the second youngest player to be so honored (behind Sandy Koufax). He never had a formal induction ceremony. On July 28, 2013, he and eleven other deceased players including Rogers Hornsby received a special tribute during the Induction Ceremony, held during “Hall of Fame Induction Weekend”, July 26–29 in Cooperstown, New York.

Did You Know:
Gehrig was the first baseball player to have his uniform number retired?

Oct. 26, 2000 – The Yankees beat the Mets to win third straight World Series

This was the first postseason Subway Series since 1956. The New York Yankees were in the World Series for the third straight year, fourth in the previous five, and 37th time overall—the most of any team in the MLB, while the New York Mets made their fourth World Series appearance—the most of any expansion franchise in the MLB and its first since winning the title in the 1986 World Series.

The Yankees were the first team to three-peat as champions since the 1972–1974 Oakland Athletics. Derek Jeter earned MVP honors, along with his fourth ring at the age of 26. Jeter became the first player to claim World Series and All-Star Game MVPs in the same season.

One of the more memorable moment of the 2000 World Series occurred during the first inning of Game 2 at Yankee Stadium. Mike Piazza fouled off a pitch which shattered his bat, sending a piece of the barrel toward the pitcher’s mound. Pitcher Roger Clemens seized the piece and hurled it in the direction of Piazza as the catcher trotted to first base, benches briefly cleared before the game was resumed with no ejections. In July 2000, Clemens had knocked Piazza unconscious with a fastball to the helmet, Piazza had previously enjoyed great success against Clemens, with 3 crucial home runs in previous encounters.

Sept. 21, 2008 – New York Yankees played their final game at Yankee Stadium

The ceremonies for the final game at Yankee Stadium began with the opening of Monument Park, as well as allowing Yankee fans to walk on the warning track around the field. Many former Yankee greats, including Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, Willie Randolph, Roy White, and Chris Chambliss took their positions in the playing field as their names were announced by the legendary Bob Sheppard. Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of Babe Ruth, threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the final game in “The House That Ruth Built.”

Andy Pettitte got the win, Jose Molina hit the last homer and Mariano Rivera recorded the final three outs of the Yankees’ 7-3 win over the Orioles. Jason Giambi recording the last hit in Yankee Stadium, driving in Brett Gardner, who scored the last run in Yankee Stadium. In the eighth inning, Derek Jeter became the final Yankee to bat in Yankee Stadium.

Among many lasts to be recorded, a long-time standing question was answered. It was first wondered by Babe Ruth after he hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium on its opening day of April 18, 1923: “I was glad to have hit the first home run in this park. God only knows who will hit the last.”

That person turned out to be Jose Molina, as he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.