This Day In Sports History (August 6th) — Carl Yastrzemski
It was on this day in 1989 that the Boston Red Sox retired the #8 formerly worn by Carl Yastrzemski. Yastrzemski spent his entire 23 year career with Boston and joined Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), Johnny Pesky (#6), Ted Williams (#9), Jim Rice (#14) and Carlton Fisk (#27) as the only players to have their numbers retired by the Red Sox.
Yastrzemski enjoyed a Hall Of Fame career in which he was named an all-star 18 times, including a stretch of 15 straight years from 1965-1979. He won seven gold gloves while playing left field and was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1970 All-Star game. His finest year came in 1967 when he was named the American League Most Valuable Player and led the Red Sox to their first pennant in 21 years.
Yastrzemski also led the American League in home runs, runs bated in and batting average that year, making him the last player to win the elusive triple crown before the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera did so last season.
Here is a tribute to Carl Yastrzemski.
David Robinson, NBA – Born August 6, 1965 (age 48) in Key West, Florida
Alvin Williams, NBA – Born August 6, 1974 (age 39) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Victor Zambrano, MLB – Born August 6, 1975 (age 38) in Los Teques, Venezuela