April 29, 1923-The New York Yankees signed 20-year-old prospect 1B Lou Gehrig to a contract paying him a salary of $2,000 and a bonus of $1,500. Yankees scout Paul Krichell had watched the Columbia star blast a 450-foot HR against New York University, one day earlier.
April 30, 1992- Former Yankees INF Celerino Sanchez (1972-73) passes away of heart attack at his home in Mexico City. (1941-1992) SÃ ¡nchez starred as a baseball player in the Mexican League from 1964-1971, primarily with the Mexico City Tigers, before joining the Yankees organization in 1972. In 1966, he won the Mexican League Triple Crown. After spending a few months in the former Yankees AAA minor league affiliate the Syracuse Chiefs, SÃ ¡nchez joined the Yankees in June of 1972. He was the Yankees regular 3B for the rest of the season. In the winter of 1973, the Yankees' acquisition of 3B Graig Nettles from the Indians relegated him to a backup role. He played a total of 105 games for the Yankees hitting .242. He return to Mexico League in 1974 and played until he retired in 1979.
May 1, 1951- On Mother's Day, Yankees rookie OF Mickey Mantle hits the 1st HR of his MLB career off of Pitcher Randy Gumpert in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. In the same game, former Negro Leagues star Minnie MiÃ ±oso became the 1st black player in the history of the Chicago White Sox franchise. MiÃ ±oso belted a HR in his 1st MLB at-bat off of Yankees starter Vic Raschi.