The 1995 season was only a little more than a month old when the two teams met. The last major labor dispute in Major League Baseball had just ended on April 23, delaying the start of the season. Baseball fans were still angry that the stoppage had killed the 1994 season after 113 games, leading to the cancellation all of post season baseball. After a long drought without playing in the post season, Buck Showalter’s Yankees had the best record in baseball when the game shut down in 1994.
Under Lou Piniella, the Mariners were in second place in the AL West. The Mariners would battle the Angels all season before finally winning the division by a single game. Their superstar, Ken Griffey, Jr., missed much of the season due to injury and he was not in that Memorial Day lineup. After so much promise in 1994, the Yankees were off to a slow start in 1995. On May 29 of that season, the Yankees were only 13-14 and were four and a half games behind the division leader.… Click here to read the rest