Granderson Becomes 39th Yankee to Record 100 Homers

Curtis Granderson posted a .483 batting average and 100 hits during his final season at UIC.
Curtis Granderson posted a .483 batting average and 100 hits during his final season at UIC.

CHICAGO, Ill. –UIC Hall of Fame baseball player Curtis Granderson became the 39th New York Yankee to belt 100 homers with a solo blast during Sunday’s 13-3 victory over Baltimore.  Granderson joins a grouping of legendary players that include Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and current teammates Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, along with many others.

In Sunday’s game, Granderson entered the contest in the sixth frame to pinch hit for Andruw Jones and went yard to start the frame.  He followed that up with a double and a single in the eighth and ninth, respectively, just missing the cycle.  Granderson ended the night with three hits and five RBI, becoming the first MLB player to do so who didn’t start the game since Toronto’s Kelly Guber on April 11, 1988.

With his bomb on Sunday, Granderson owns 202 career home runs after hitting 102 during his six years with the Detroit Tigers.  His 35 homers this season ranks fourth among all American League players and stands as his sixth-straight year with 22 or more long balls.

Last year Granderson captured the AL’s Silver Slugger Award and finished fourth in the MVP voting.  In 2011 he became just the third NYY centerfield of all time to hit 41 homers to go along with his 153 hits, 136 runs, 119 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.

Granderson played three seasons for Flames, earning Second-Team All-American honors his junior year.  The Lynwood, Ill., native, was then drafted in the third round of the 2002 MLB draft by the Tigers.