The New York Yankees will go retro when they head to Fenway Park for a rare Friday mid-afternoon game against the hated Boston Red Sox.
The word retro and Yankees mixes about as well together as oil and vinegar. The Bombers are one of the more traditional teams in all of sports, sporting the same pinstripes and the same road uniforms for generations.
When Derek Jeter and the Bombers head to Fenway, they will go back in time – way back in time – to the uniforms that the then New York Highlanders wore when christening the Red Sox new bark, which opened on April 20, 1912.
The Highlanders scored the first three runs on what was a rainy day at the new park in the Fenway section of Beantown. Boston, which was way better than a Highlander team that hadn’t had much success in the relatively new American League, ultimately won the game and the World Series in the first year in their new park.
Buoyed by a young pitcher-turned-outfielder named Babe Ruth, the Red Sox won four of their seven World Series from 1912-1918, all but the ’12 title with the iconic No. 3.
Boston owner Harry Fraze ran into a bit of a cash flow situation after the 1919 season and sold Ruth to the Yankees in exchange for $150,000 in cash and a $300,000 loan so that the Broadway producer could produce a number of shows on the “Great White Way,” including “No-No Nannette.”
The Yankee Dynasty was born, and so was that oh-so-famous rivalry.
While the Red Sox may be the little brother in the baseball battle between Beantown and the Big Apple, the clash of “the Evil Empire” and “Red Sox Nation” has spurned many memorable games in Boston’s famed park on Yawkey Way.
From the Curse of the Babe to the battle between Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams to the Thurmon Munson-Carlton Fisk battles in the ‘70s to Nomar vs. Jeter, the New York-Boston baseball rivalry has transcended generations and lead to plenty of drama both on and off the field.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, nextooze.com will pay homage to the Sox’s home park – Yankee-style, of course with the seven greatest moments at Fenway (for Yankee fans), of course.
No. 7: April 24, 1917 – the Yanks get their first No-No
Some 95 years ago, a .500 lefty hurler named George Mogridge threw the first no-hitter in Yankees history against the World Champion (and not quite hated yet) Red Sox.
The no-hitter was the second of a record five in the American League that season and the first at Fenway Park.
The Yankees got their two runs on a pair of errors, a walk and a sacrifice fly before a sparse Tuesday afternoon crowd of 3,219 in Beantown.
Mogridge’s no-no would be a first by a southpaw until Dave Righetti no-hit the Red Sox on July 4, 1983. But that one can’t possibly be on our list. It happened at the old Yankee Stadium.
Next: No. 6 –The Bronx Zoo Comes to Fenway
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