Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Reliever Brian Fisher
March 18, 1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Brian Fisher (1985-1986) was born. On December 5,1984, Brian Fisher was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the New York Yankees for veteran catcher Rick Cerone. He went 13-9 with the Yankees with 20 saves in 117 games. On November 26, 1986, he was traded by the New York Yankees along with pitchers Doug Drabek and Logan Easley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clements.
1989 New York Yankees: The Yankees trade for OF Mel Hall
March 19, 1989- With All Star OF Dave Winfield sidelined with a disc injury, the New York Yankees traded Catcher Joel Skinner and minor leaguer OF Turner Ward to the Cleveland Indians for OF Mel Hall (1989-1992). Dave Winfield will miss all of the 1989 American League season after undergoing back surgery next week for central disc problems.
Rememebering Former Yankees and Hall of Fame Pitcher Stan" The Silent Pole" Coveleski
March 20, 1984- Former Yankees and Hall Of Fame P Stan "The Silent Pole" Coveleski dies in South Bend, Indiana, at the age of 94. (1889-1984) Stan Coveleski pitched for the Philadelphia A’s, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and the New York Yankees (1928) over a 14-season MLB career (1912-1928), winning 215 games, which include five 20-win seasons and finishing with a MLB career 2.88 ERA. In 1920. he was one the 17 veteran MLB pitchers who were allowed to continued to throw the spitball. He spent most of this MLB pitching career with the Cleveland Indians. On December 21,1927, Stan was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees. In 1928, he went 5-1 in 12 games for the team. Stan didn't appear in the 1928 World Series with the Yankees against the St. Louis Cardinals. He appeared in the 1920 World Series with the Indians, posting a 3-0 record. In 1925 World Series, Stan went 0-2 for the Senators. Stan retired from baseball in the winter of 1928.
Happy Birthday to Former Yankees and MLB All Star Star Tommy Davis
March 21, 1939- Former Yankees DH Tommy Davis (1976) was born. After his 1976 spring training camp released by the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees signed former NL batting champion Tommy Davis as a DH, since the Yankees were not sure of Lou Piniella's playing status would be, he had missed the 1975 season due inner ear infections. Despite having a good spring training camp with the Yankees, he was released by the team, when Manager Billy Martin decided to carry more pitchers than position players to start the 1976 American League season. In June of 1976, he would be picked-up by the California Angels. Tommy would finish the season with the Kansas City Royals and retired from baseball.
In the summer of 1956, Tommy graduated from a NYC high school, he was ready to sign with the New York Yankees, but a last minute phone call from Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson changed his mind, so he signed with the Dodgers instead. He was 1962-1963 NL batting Champion with the Dodgers. In 1964, a serious ankle injury ended his season; Davis never regained his playing form. During his MLB playing career (1959-1976), Tommy played for the Dodgers, Mets, White Sox, Seattle Pilots, Astros, the A's, Cubs, Orioles, Angels and finishing up with the Royals. From 1973-1976, Davis was strictly used a DH. Tommy Davis appeared in 2 World Series with the Dodgers (1963,1966) while hitting .348 in 7 games.
1903 New York Highlanders Home Opener Tickets go on Sale
March 22,1903- Advance tickets for the New York Highlanders’ home opener go on sale on the same day the team announces that it will build a new ballpark at 168th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Their new home, Hilltop Park, was an all-wood structure with a small cover stand in the infield and open bleachers down the foul lines. It sat approximately 15,000 fans, including on the field, “bring your seat” tickets. Hilltop Park was finished in time for the 1903 season opener; it remained home for the Highlanders-Yankees until 1912, when the Yankees moved to the Polo Grounds. After a fire at the Polo Grounds in 1911, the Yankees had shared the field with the Giants. In 1914, the wooden ballpark was demolished. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, a major New York City hospital, opened up on that location in 1928.
Happy Birthday to Yankees Minor League Pitcher Dellin Betances
March 23, 1988- Current Yankees Minor League Pitcher Dellin Betances (2011) was born. Dellin Betances was selected by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB amateur player draft. He reached the major leagues with the 2011 Yankees appearing in 2 games with no record. In 2013, he returned to the Yankees for 6 games with no record.
1996 New York Yankees Spring Training Camp: Veteran INF Tony Ferandez fractures his right elbow
March 24, 1996- At Tampa's Legends Field, New York Yankees veteran INF Tony Fernandez (1995) fractures his right elbow in a game against the Houston Astros, he is placed on the team's 60-day disabled list. He had been the 1995 Yankees starting shortstop, appearing in 108 games, while hitting .245 with 5 HRs and 45 RBIs. Rookie Derek Jeter will become the 1996 Yankees starting shortstop.
1920 New York Yankees Spring Training Camp: Yankees Shortstop Chick Fewster hit in the Head with a pitch
March 25, 1920- In a spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, a sweeping inside curve ball throw by Dodgers hurler Jeff Pfeffer hits Chick Fewster striking the Yankees shortstop behind the ear and flattening him. Fewster revives 10 minutes later, but soon he loses the ability to speak. He was taken to the hospital with a skull fracture and a blood clot on his brain. Chick Fewster will recover slowly and return to play in mid-season of 1920.
March 26, 2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Marius Russo (1939-1943,1946) passed away at the age of 90. (1914-2005) Marius Russo went 45-34 in 120 games for the New York Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1941, when he posted a 14-10 mark and being named to the 1941 All Star team. He appeared in 2 World Series for the Yankees posting a 2-0 mark. In 1940, he posted a 14-8 mark for the Yankees. While playing for the Newark Bears of the International League in 1939, pitcher Marius Russo met his future wife, Stasia, when she approached him for an autograph. He joined the Yankees later that year. In 1941, he pitched a 1-hitter. In the 1941 World Series, he won a duel with Freddie Fitzsimmons of the Dodgers, knocking the veteran out of the box with a line drive to the knee. After the 1943 season, Russo spent 2 years in the Army in WW II, entering in February 1944, being discharged in January 1946. He returned to the Yankees briefly in 1946.
Remembering New York Yankees Hall of Fame Manager Miller Huggins(1918-1929)
March 27, 1879- Future Hall Of Fame New York Yankees Manager and MLB INF Miller Huggins was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. (1879-1929) Adept at getting on base, Miller Huggins will led the National league in walks 4 times, score 100 or more runs 3 times and regularly collect 30 or more stolen bases and an on base percentage near .400. He came up to MLB with the Cincinnati Reds (1904-1909). He move to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1910. From 1913-1917, he started as a player-manager with the Cardinals before heading to manage the New York Yankees in 1918. Huggins will led the New York Yankees to 6 American League pennants and 3 World Series titles, and his "Murderers' Row" club, which won 110 games before sweeping the 1927 World Series, has been considered one of the greatest MLB teams in baseball history. He died during the 1929 MLB season on September 25, 1929 from exhaustion and blood poisoning. In 1964, Miller Huggins was elected to the Baseball’s Hall Of Fame by the Veterans Committee. His New York Yankees Manager career record was 1,067-719 .596 (1918-1929), 4th on the Yankees all time Managers wins list.