On this day in NY sports history…
February 17, 1893 – Birthday of Yankee 1st baseman Wally Pipp. Despite hitting .329 in 1922, Pipp is best known for being replaced in the lineup by Lou Gehrig.
February 17, 1908 – Birthday of Dodger and Yankees announcer Walter “Red” Barber.
February 17, 1931 – Birthday of former Dodger and Mets pitcher Roger Craig who is credited with popularizing the “split-finger” fastball as a coach in the 1980s.
February 17, 1937 – Yankees acquire the eventual replacement for Lou Gehrig, Babe Dahlgren.
February 17, 1943 – Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists in the military. His salary drops from $43,000 for the season to $50/month.
February 17, 1963 - Birthday of Brooklyn native Michael Jordan.
February 17, 1966 – Birthday of Ranger left wing Luc Robitaille.
February 17, 1968 – NBA Hall-of-Fame opens.
February 17, 1987 – Yankee Don Mattingly wins an arbitration ruling for $1.975 million. It is the largest amount ever awarded to a player.
February 17, 1989 – Yankee star pitcher and MLB Hall-of-Famer Vernon “Lefty” Gomez dies at age 78.
February 17, 1990 – Islander Brent Sutter becomes the 5th player in franchise history to score 250 career goals.
February 17, 2010 – Former Giants safety Dave Duerson dies at age 50.
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