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YANKEES TIMELINE
1903-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present
Timeline 1926-1950
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Inset: Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" is held at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
1927  -

Sept. 30: Babe Ruth breaks his own Major-League record with his 60th home run on the season's final day.

1928  - Apr. 20: The Yankees' sixth season at Yankee Stadium opens with the left-field stands enlarged to three decks.
1929  -

Apr. 16: The Yankees become the first team to make numbers a permanent part of the uniform (numbers would become standard for all teams by 1932).

Sept. 25: Manager Miller Huggins, who guided the Yankees to their first six A.L. pennants and three World Championships, dies of blood poisoning.

1932  - June 3: Lou Gehrig becomes the first player to hit four home runs in a single game in the Yankees' 20-13 win at Philadelphia. He remains the only Yankee to hit four home runs in one game.
1934  -

July 14: Babe Ruth hits the 700th home run of his career off Tommy Bridges in the second inning of a 4-2 Yankees' win at Detroit's Navin Field.

Nov. 21: The Yankees purchase Joe DiMaggio from the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League for $50,000.

1937  - Apr. 20: The Yankees' 15th season at Yankee Stadium opens with the right-field stands enlarged to three decks. The wooden bleachers are replaced by a concrete structure with the distance to center field dropping from 490 to 461 feet.
1938  - May 30: A franchise-record crowd of 81,841 attends a doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox.
1939  - May 2: Lou Gehrig's playing streak of 2,130 consecutive games ends when he does not make an appearance in a 22-2 Yankees' win at Detroit. Babe Dahlgren plays first base for the Yankees and contributes a double and a home run.

July 4: "Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" is held at Yankee Stadium. His uniform number (4) is the first to be retired in Major League Baseball and Gehrig makes his famous "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech.

1941  - May 15: Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak begins with a single off Edgar Smith in a 13-1 loss vs. Chicago at Yankee Stadium.

June 2: Lou Gehrig dies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the age of 37.

July 17: Joe DiMaggio's consecutive-game hitting streak ends at 56 when he goes 0-for-3 in a 4-3 Yankees' win at Cleveland. Indians' third baseman Ken Keltner twice robs DiMaggio of hits with great fielding plays. DiMaggio then hits in the next 16 straight games to give him hits in 72 of 73 games.

1945  - Jan 25: Dan Topping, Del Webb and Larry MacPhail purchase the Yankees for $2,800,000 from the estate of the late Col. Jacob Ruppert. MacPhail replaces Ed Barrow as President and General Manager.
1946  - May 28: The first night game is played at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees suffer a 2-1 loss vs. Washington before 49,917 fans.
1947  -

Apr. 27: "Babe Ruth Day" is celebrated throughout Major League Baseball.

1948  -

June 13: Babe Ruth's uniform number (3) is retired at Yankee Stadium's 25th Anniversary celebration. The Babe makes his final Stadium appearance.

Aug 16: Babe Ruth dies in New York of throat cancer at age 53.

Oct 12: The Yankees announce that Casey Stengel will replace Bucky Harris as manager.

1903-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present