After batting all over the lineup as a rookie, Jeter bats leadoff on Opening Day, the beginning of his stretch at or near the top of the Yankees lineup. In his season, Jeter hits with 10 homers, 70 RBI and 116 runs. He also steals 23 bases.
On this day in 1951, Mickey Mantle returned to the Yankee lineup after being demoted in mid-July. He went 1-for-4 with a first inning single off of Early Wynn in the team's 2-0 victory in Cleveland. The game marked the first time the youngster wore #7 on the back of his uniform jersey.