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No matter what hat you wear, tip it to The Captain.

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"When we lost, I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win, I can’t sleep at night. But, when you win, you wake up feeling better." - Joe Torre

Winning makes everything feel better.

July 2, 1941 - Joe DiMaggio hits in 45th consecutive game

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"Baseball didn’t really get into my blood until I knocked off that hitting streak. Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping," said Joe DiMaggio while continuing this hitting streak until he reached 56 straight games (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.

On the first day of July 1941, Joe DiMaggio tied the 43-year-old record of "Wee" Willie Keeler by hitting safely in both games of a doubleheader against the Red Sox. Joltin’ Joe had at least one one hit in 44 straight games.

On July 2, the Yankees again faced the Red Sox. Joe DiMaggio was intent on getting a hit in his 45th straight game and setting a new major league record at Yankee Stadium. In his third at bat, with two teammates on bases, hungering for a hit, Joe belted the ball into the seats for what would be one of the 30 home runs he would hit that historic 1941 season. He had the record, and it had come against arch-rival Boston.

June 26, 1991 - The Hornets selected Larry Johnson with the first overall pick of the NBA Draft

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The 1991 NBA Draft took place in in New York City, New York. Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as the best overall pick in this draft, becoming one of the greatest defensive centers in the history of the league. He was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner and an eight-time All-Star, and played in the league for 18 seasons.

Larry Johnson won the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year award and was a two-time All-Star, the first player to represent the Charlotte Hornets franchise at an All Star game. However, a trade to the New York Knicks caused his numbers to decline dramatically and ongoing back problems further decreased his effectiveness. Due to his chronic back problems, he retired in 2001.

June 13, 1948 - Babe Ruth visits Yankee Stadium one last time

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Babe Ruth visited Yankee Stadium (The House that Ruth Built) for the last time to commemorate the retirement of his uniform and the 25th anniversary of the stadium.

By this time he had lost much weight and had difficulty walking. Introduced along with his surviving teammates from 1923, Ruth used a bat as a cane. The photo ("The Babe Bows Out"), by Nat Fein, of Ruth taken from behind, standing near home plate and facing “Ruthville” (right field) became one of baseball’s most famous and widely circulated photographs, and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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June 10, 1975 - Pelé signed a three-year contract with the New York Cosmos

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Though well past his prime at this point, Pelé is credited with significantly increasing public awareness and interest in soccer in the United States. He led the New York Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championship, in his third and final season with the club.

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June 8, 2005 - Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 400 career home runs

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At 29 years, 316 days old, Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 400 career home runs.

That year Rodriguez won his second AL MVP Award in three seasons. He became the fifth player to win an MVP award with two different teams, joining Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, Frank Robinson and Barry Bonds.

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June 2, 1935 - Babe Ruth announced his retirement from baseball at age 40

After an argument with Boston Braves owner Emil Fuchs, Babe Ruth retired. He finished 1935 with a .181 average and the final six of his 714 home runs. The Braves, 10–27 when Ruth left, finished 38–115, at .248 the worst winning percentage in baseball in the modern era. Fuchs did not last the season before leaving, insolvent like his team; the National League took control of the franchise at the end of the year.

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May 23, 1948 - Joe DiMaggio hit three consecutive home runs in a single game

The New York Yankees' slugger Joe DiMaggio hit the first two of his consecutive three home runs off future Hall of Famer Bob Feller. The trio of round-trippers helped the Bronx Bombers defeat the Indians, 6-5.

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May 18, 1956 - Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career

"It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game (specifically about his switch-hit home run record) you’ve been playing all your life." - Hall of Fame Outfielder Mickey Mantle (Ten Time “Member” of the Home Run From Both Sides of the Plate in a Game “Club”)

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"Sometimes people say, ‘Are hockey fights real?’ and I say ‘If they weren’t I’d get in more of them.’" - Wayne Gretzky

No WWE over here.

May 15, 1941 - Joe DiMaggio began his major league hitting streak of 56 games

Joe DiMaggio holds the MLB record with a streak of 56 consecutive games in 1941 which began on May 15 and ended July 17. DiMaggio hit .408 during his streak (91 for 223), with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs.

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May 13, 1983 - Reggie Jackson became the first MLB player to strikeout 2,000 times

When Reggie Jackson began playing, the game’s all-time strikeout champion was Mickey Mantle, with over 1,500. That was huge back in those days, as only eight men had ever struck out 1,000 times prior to 1967. But things were changing. No one had struck out 1,000 times until Babe Ruth, and the 1920s and ’30s were very low strikeout times in general. Jackson was the first player to reach the 2,000 strikeout plateau. In 2003 he finally had company when Andrés Galarraga joined the “club” and Sammy Sosa made it a trio in 2004.

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May 12, 1985 - New York won the first NBA Draft Lottery

Since 1966, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft was decided by a coin flip between the last-place finishers in each division, with the remaining teams picking in inverse order of their win-lost records. But for the 1985 draft, a new strategy was implemented; the NBA Draft lottery. The lottery system involved a random drawing of an envelope from a hopper. Inside each of the envelopes were the non-playoff team names. The team whose envelope was drawn first would get the first pick. The process was then repeated until the rest of the lottery picks were determined. In this system, each non-playoff team had an equal chance to obtain the first pick. The rest of the first-round picks were determined in reverse order of the win-loss record.

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"I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee." - Joe DiMaggio

Thank the good Lord.

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