Monday Afternoon Open Thread: 6/30/14

Happy Monday, everyone!

This is your open thread for the afternoon.

The following tidbits were suggested to me by my podcast partner Domenic Lanza and they all happened on this date in baseball history:

  • 1908: At New York’s Hilltop Park, Red Sox legend Cy Young no-hits the Highlanders (Yankees), 8-0. The contest marks the third time the 41-year old has accomplished the feat.
  • 1961: Whitey Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month. ‘Slick’s’ complete-game 5-1 victory over the Senators is the Yankees’ 22nd win in June.
  • 2002: The Yankees become the first team in the American League since the 1956 White Sox to have four infielders and a catcher on the All-star roster. The fans vote for first baseman Jason Giambi, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and backstop Jorge Posada to be starters in the Midsummer Classic with shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura being selected by AL skipper Joe Torre.
  • 2007: Jacoby Ellsbury, making his debut starting in centerfield at Fenway Park, becomes the first person from the Navajo tribe to play in the major leagues.

Feel free to talk about these events or any other baseball related subject as long as you are respectful to your fellow readers.

Enjoy your day.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.