6. Apr. 9, 1996
When you think of Opening Day, you might think of a warm spring day with the sun shining bright. Don’t we all?
For the Yankees in ’96, however, their home opener was greeted by snowfall.
Jeter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the contest while Pettite pitched 6.1 innings of three-run ball while striking out six. The Yankees went on to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3.
This would be the start of a Hall-of-Fame career for Jeter, and the start of a season that finished with the Yankees breaking their 18-year World Series drought. Jeter also went on to win the Rookie of the Year award.