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March's Trivia:
The interlocking "NY" logo made its first appearance on the uniforms of the New York Highlanders in 1909. Who designed the symbol and why?

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The design was created in 1877 by Louis B. Tiffany for a medal to be given by the New York City Police Department to Officer John McDowell, the first NYC policeman ever to be shot in the line of duty.

 


And then it happened...
Letter from the Editor
Michael Aubrecht Pinstripe Press

Opening day! My fantasy team "The Highlanders" is all ready, MLB Extra Innings is up on the digital cable, the Rocket has his stuff, the Yanks are winning and then... Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby, who was trying to cover the base after Eric Hinske had charged toward the mound for a batted ball, came down on Derek Jeter as he slid head-first into the bag. 15 minutes later the heart and soul of the modern Yankees was out 4-6 weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. Despite the devastating setback, New York went on to an 8-4 win over Toronto and repeated the performance the following night with a 10-1 victory thanks to a trio of longballs (two by Jason Giambi) and a stellar performance by starter Andy Pettitte. In other words, it's not the end of the season by no means and the Yankees will find a way to win, with or without their All-Star shortstop. However, his contributions to the effort will be sorely missed and we wish him a quick and complete recovery. Get well Derek, the Yankees might not need you now, but my "Highlanders" certainly do as I had to put you on my DL!


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TakeHimDowntown.com
A website for baseball fans (especially Yankees fans)

The Four Seasons, the Final Four, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse... TakeHimDowntown.com has little in common with any of these quartets, but the drive that permeates it is indeed fourfold. The first, and by far the most elemental, drive is that of a man and his wide-eyed worship of a boyhood hero, an interest that largely continues to shape his life to this day. Like so many boys of my generation, I was awed by the exploits of The Mick, Mickey Mantle. I will not tussle with any of my contemporaries for the "biggest fan" title. Any reader qualifying for that competition will understand how deeply the roots of this tree, planted in the South Bronx, have grown, and continue to grow. Part Two is about opportunity, convenience and choice. Although born in the Bronx, I grew up on the wrong (from an access to the Baseball Cathedral perspective) side of the Hudson River and, except for weekend excursions, saw that as a barrier for too long. A move above the Bronx, four Championships, and yearly playoff ticket needs have worked their magic: I travel to 5-10 games a year in Spring Training, take regular road trips, and attend roughly three in every four home games. TakeHimDowntown.com content is almost exclusively about events within the Stadium walls; most accounts you'll find here are of the eyewitness variety. Part Three is a love of the written word, with more than a passing interest in history thrown in for spice. The poetry of the game provides the inspiration; tales of the marvelous athletes who have gone before form the tableaux. Job one is to observe and to report on players playing The Game, the fans absorbed by them, and the atmosphere that is superimposed over it all. Marshall McLuhan famously said that Medium Is the Message. The fourth corner of TakeHimDowntown is the Web site itself, its professional look, the pages that frame the images and events that we see on the ballfield and that we attempt to share with the baseball fan community. Check it out today!


Player Profile
#23 Don Mattingly

Born: 4/20/61 (Evansville, Indiana)

In 1991, "Donnie Baseball" was named just the 10th captain in the Yankees storied history. His contributions to the game of baseball are second to none for a player from his era and listing his lifetime statistics are perhaps the greatest tribute of all:

Major league awards: Gold Glove - '85-'89, '91-'94, American League MVP - 1985, Batting Champion - 1984, Hits Leader - 1984, 1986, RBI Leader - 1985. All-Star team selections: 6 (1984 to 1989). Ranking on all-time Yankees lists: second in doubles (442), fifth in hits (2,153), seventh in average (.307), seventh in games played (1, 783), seventh in home runs (222), and eighth in RBI's (1,099). Team records held: doubles in a season (53 in 1986); hits in a season (238 in 1986); fielding percentage, first base (.998 in 1993 and 1994). AL records held: number of seasons leading league in fielding, first base (7); most at-bats by a left hander in a season (677 in 1986); most consecutive games with one or more extra-base hits in a season (10 in July, 1987). AL records shared: double plays by a first baseman (154 in 1985). Major-league records held: most home runs in seven consecutive games (9, July 8 to 17, 1987); most home runs in eight consecutive games (10, July 8 to 18, 1987); most grand-slam home runs in a season (6 in 1987); most at-bats without a stolen base in a season (677 in 1986); career fielding percentage by a position player, 1982-94 (.99599). Major-league records shared: most doubles in an inning (2 on April 11, 1987); most consecutive games with one or more home runs (8, July 8 to 18, 1987); most sacrifice flies in a game (3 on May 3, 1986); most putouts and chances accepted by a first baseman in a nine-inning game (22 on July 20, 1987). Source: The Official Don Mattingly Website


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Fast Facts:
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Casey Stengel
"The Old Professor" had a 54-year professional career that led him to become one of the greatest managers that the game has ever seen. Leading the Yankees to 10 pennants and 7 World titles in a 12-year span ranks as the most amazing managerial record of all time.

Murderer's Row
In 1927, New York outscored its opponents by nearly 400 runs and hit .307 as a team. They also set major league records with 975 runs scored, 158 home runs, 908 runs batted in, and a .489 slugging average.


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