One of my favorite things to do is to look at old boxscores on Baseball Reference to see what happened on specific dates. A lot of times I’ll go way back and look at games from the 40′s and 50′s but today I thought I’d look back at June 27 to see what happened 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
It just so happens that 20 years ago today, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-1 up in Fenway and as the late, great Mel Allen would say, “How about that?” I thought it was a cool coincidence and that it would definitely help with the discussion in this afternoon’s open thread. So I went back even further and took a look at 1984, 1974 and 1964. I looked in that order and was typing out some information about the games until I got to 1964 which is when I discovered something very peculiar and actually pretty wonderful.
Now that doesn’t seem to be out of the ordinary, right? Well, I didn’t think anything of it until I looked at the other stuff I had written and realized that on June 27, 1984, Yogi Berra was manager when the Yankees beat the Tigers 5-4 at the Stadium.
The 1964 win was in extra innings and 1984′s was a regular nine inning game but that still has to be very rare. How many people can say they managed a team at different points in their career and the team recorded the same score against the same opponent exactly 20 years apart? I’m assuming it’s not many.
I really love finding stuff like that and I’ll admit, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up a little bit.
So, anyway, I hope you’re all as freaked out as I am right now. Please feel free to talk about that or whatever your hearts desire and enjoy your afternoon!
And by the way, the Yankees didn’t even play on June 27, 1974.