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2 months ago  ::  Sep 06, 2014 - 1:24AM #4631
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This date in Yankees history: Jim Abbott's No-Hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium

09/04/2014 2:01 PM ET

By staff /Photos and additional game information by Clipper

Jim Abbott forged a remarkable Major-League career, spending 10 seasons in the big leagues, 2  seasons with the New York Yankees. Abbot finished his MLB pitching career with an 87-108 record and a 4.25 ERA, but his greatest MLB pitching moment undoubtedly came with New York Yankees on September 4, 1993, when Abbott tossed a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at the Stadium.

Baseball Almanac Box Scores

Cleveland Indians 0, New York Yankees 4

Cleveland Indiansab  r  hrbi
Lofton cf 3 0 0 0
Fermin ss 4 0 0 0
Baerga 2b 4 0 0 0
Belle lf 3 0 0 0
Milligan 1b 1 0 0 0
Ramirez dh 3 0 0 0
Maldonado rf 3 0 0 0
Thome 3b 2 0 0 0
Ortiz c 1 0 0 0
  Alomar, Jr. ph,c 1 0 0 0
Milacki p 0 0 0 0
  Wertz p 0 0 0 0
Totals 25 0 0 0
New York Yankeesab  r  hrbi
Boggs 3b 4 1 1 0
James lf 4 1 2 1
  Williams G. lf 0 0 0 0
Mattingly 1b 3 0 1 0
Tartabull dh 4 0 1 0
O'Neill rf 4 0 0 0
Williams B. cf 3 0 1 0
Nokes c 4 0 1 0
Gallego 2b 3 1 0 0
Velarde ss 3 1 1 1
Abbott p 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 4 8 2
Cleveland 0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 2
New York 0 0 3   0 1 0   0 0 x 4 8 0
  Cleveland IndiansIPHRERBBSO
Milacki  L (0-1) 5.1 6 4 2 3 2
  Wertz   2.2 2 0 0 0 2





  New York YankeesIPHRERBBSO
Abbott  W (10-11) 9.0 0 0 0 5 3






  E–Lofton (7), Thome (3).  DP–New York 2.  2B–New York James (17,off Milacki).  HRNew York Velarde (6,5th inning off Milacki 0 on, 0 out).  SB–B Williams (7,2nd base off Milacki/Ortiz).  U-HP–Ted Hendry, 1B–Jim Evans, 2B–Terry Craft, 3B–Ed Hickox.  T–2:33.  A–27,125.

2 months ago  ::  Sep 06, 2014 - 1:47AM #4632
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A Great Baseball article submitted by The Big Guy


Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Toronto 100 years ago today

Babe Ruth of the Providence Grays wore his cap crooked in 1914, so I guess we can excuse Fernando Rodney. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images

There was baseball in the city before the Blue Jays, you know.

One hundred years ago today, pitcher George Herman "Babe" Ruth of the Providence Grays stepped up to the plate against the Toronto Maple Leafs' Ellis Johnson down at Hanlan's Point Stadium on the Island (Center Island) and slammed a home run--the 1st of his professional baseball career. Although "the Babe" went on to hit 714 major league home runs after that, the shot in Toronto was his only minor league round-tripper.

Ruth, a 19-year-old, started the 1914 season with the International League Baltimore Orioles but he was purchased by the Boston Red Sox for $25,000 (over $500,000 in today's money).  After the Philadelphia A's Owner Connie Mack turned down the Orioles Owner Jack Dunn's offer of Babe Ruth for cash because he was "too poor" to take their  offer. He made his MLB debut on July 11th that year, earning his 1st win in his 1st game. After 2 MLB starts, however, the southpaw was sent back to the International League in order to join the Providence Greys (actually, before he was sent down the Cincinnati Reds claimed Ruth on waivers, but later rescinded). The minor league system was very different back then--Ruth was sent to the Greys because it so happened that the Red Sox Owners had just bought the team and wanted to help that team get into the International League seaon playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs were also in the International League, so on September 5, 1914, Ruth arrived north of the border with the Grays to face the blues.

The super prospect not only hit a home run that won the game but on the mound he shutout Toronto en route to a 9-0 victory. He walked 3 batters but he allowed just 1 hit (in the 1st inning), and struck out 7 Maple Leafs batters. See the colourful game recap in the September 7, 1914 (September 6th was a Sunday and no one printed newspapers on Sunday) edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


(If you were wondering, the two teams played a doubleheader that day, thus the "won and lost" headline.)

1 month ago  ::  Sep 19, 2014 - 1:36PM #4633
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A gerat article submitted by the Big Guy.


An appreciation of should-be Hall of Famer Tim Raines's Yankees years on his 55th birthday

The longtime Expos great won two World Series rings with the Yankees in the '90s, and he was pretty darn awesome.

Today, 7-time All-Star Tim Raines turns 55 years old. "Rock" was one of the best players in baseball in the '80s, stole a phenomenal 808 bases (5th-best all-time), and reached base via a hit or walk an incredible 3,935 times (a higher total than Tony Gwynn) during his 23-year career, accumulating 69.1 rWAR. He belongs in the Hall of Fame. It's a sham that he's not yet. If you're unsure about it, please read Jay Jaffe, Keith Law, or Jonah Keri. Dude was awesome.

While Raines rose to prominence with the dearly departed Montreal Expos and will rightfully enter Cooperstown one day with that stylish "M" on his hat, he spent 3 years of his career later on with the New York Yankees, where he was a valued member and team leader of a group that won 2 World Series titles during his tenure. He had played 17 years in the majors before at last winning a championship in '96, and it was a thrill for him to finally reach the top. Manager Joe Torre figured out just the right spots to put Raines in, and he did pretty damn well for a guy entering his late 30s. When one thinks of the critical role players who simply fit on those teams, Raines is justifiably one of the first to come to mind.

Some people might forget that Raines didn't come straight to the Yankees from Montreal. After a brilliant decade in Montreal, the Expos traded him to the Chicagp White Sox prior to the '91 season, where he was still quite productive with a .283/.375/.407 triple slash, 143 steals, and a 113 OPS+ for some very good teams. The '93 squad won the AL West and brought Raines back to the playoffs for the 1st time in 12 years, where he hit .444, though they fell in 6 games to the eventual champion Blue Jays in the ALCS. Chicago was also leading the newly-created AL Central at the time of the 1994 Player's Strike; the Expos weren't the only beloved member of the Montreal family to get screwed.

In December 1995, the Yankees acquired the veteran outfielder from the Pale Hose in exchange for a player to be named later who never actually made even a minor league appearance for Chicago (Blaise Kozeniewski). It was a bit of a salary dump, and the Yankees were happy to add Raines to an outfield that already including the talented Paul O'Neill and rising star Bernie Williams. He didn't get off to the best start though, at least in terms of health. His missed the 1st week and a half due to injury, then after hitting .286/.390/.405 through 41 games, another blow took him out of the lineup for 3 months.

Fortunately, the Yankees were able to fill the void with a left field corps that eventually included fellow '80s star Darryl Strawberry, and when Raines returned in mid-August, he didn't miss a beat. He slugged .513 the rest of the way to bring his '96 numbers up to .284/.383/.468 with a 118 wRC+ in 59 games. Raines had a 7-game hitting streak in the '96 playoffs as the Yankees stunned the baseball world by beating the defending champion Braves in the Fall Classic, including a thrilling a 6-run rally in Game 4, concluded in extra innings when Raines humorously fell while catching the final out. "Rock" finally had his World Series ring.

In '97, Raines missed 2 and a half months due to a hamstring strain, but he still managed to be productive yet again. He hit .321/.403/.454 with 20 doubles and a 130 wRC+, his best mark in 4 years. The Yankees won 4 more games than they did in '96, though an even better Orioles squad forced them to settle for the AL Wild Card. In Game 1 of the ALDS against the Indians, Raines was part of an incredible turn of events. Cleveland pummeled David Cone and took a 5-0 lead, but the Yankees battled back and in the 7th inning, Raines belted a 2-run homer to tie the score, sending the crowd into a frenzy. It was quite the shock, as Raines only hit 24 more homers in 449 career games after his 35th birthday. Improbably, Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill followed consecutively with homers of their own, the 1st time in playoff history that a team went back-to-back-to-back. That would be the only thrill of the '97 playoffs for the Yankees though, as they went on to lose the series in 5 games.

The Yankees returned with a vengeance in '98 with perhaps the greatest season in the history of baseball. They famously won 114 games, then added 11 more in the playoffs for 125 total and their 24th World Series title. Raines had been re-signed prior to the season, and he responded with his healthiest season in pinstripes. He played in 109 games, batting .290/.395/.383 with a 113 wRC+. He also reached a personal milestone in--where else?--Montreal, when in an interleague game he stole the 800th base of his MLB career. The Olympic Stadium crowd erupted and gave Raines a huge ovation:

Raines always cracked up his teammates in the clubhouse and became close friends with a young shortstop named Derek Jeter, whose early success quickly found him fame. Jeter always felt Raines was one of his closest mentors, and Jeter's professionalism throughout his career was an unsurprising result of this kinship. (Raines later returned for Derek Jeter Day in 2014 when the eventual Yankees captain was honored.) When Raines departed the Yankees after the season for the Oakland A's and was diagnosed with lupus in the middle of the 1999 season, his teammates were devastated. Upon his return while inactive to Yankee Stadium with the A's, his teammates came out on the field and hugged him.

Overall, Raines hit .299/.395/.429 with 43 doubles, 18 homers, and a 115 OPS+ in 242 games as a Yankee, exhibiting the same astute plate discipline that made him such a good hitters in years past. Of course, his impact went beyond numbers. Raines wasn't just another nice guy to have off the bench during his Yankees years--he was extremely popular in the clubhouse. Fans recognized that the Yankees were lucky to have such an accomplished yet still quite helpful veteran available to their team.

Here's to you, Rock, and here's hoping the Hall of Fame welcomes you with open arms very soon.

1 month ago  ::  Sep 19, 2014 - 4:12PM #4634
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Remembering Former Yankees Pitcher Robert "Bob" Wiesler

August 10, 2014- Former Yankees P Robert “Bob” Wiesler (1951,1954-1955) passed away. (1930-2014)

Robert "Bob" Weiser was a hard throwing left-hander, who was signed by the New York Yankees out of high school in St. Louis, MO before the start of the 1949 season. He would go on to lead his loop in strikeouts 3 seasons in a row. He was assigned to the Independence Yankees (Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League) his 1st professional season. He helped his team to the league pennant and playoffs with a 12-11 record with a league-leading 240 strikeouts, while pitching 185 innings. Bob came right back the following season with the Joplin Miners (Western Association), helping his team to the 1950 league pennant, while leading the league with a 2.35 ERA with 277 strikeouts.  Also he was chosen for the league's All-Star team. The AAA Kansas City Blues (American Association) had him in 1951, he went 10-9 with a 2.92 ERA. Bob led American Association with 162 strikeouts in 194 innings. He was called to Yankee Stadium on August 3, 1951, he lost his only 2 decisions in 4 games.


Robert Wiesler was then called up for Military Service, missing the 1952 MLB season, while serving with the Army, during the Korean War. Bob had stints with the New York Yankees in 1954 and 1955, going 3-2 in 5 starts (1954) and 0-2 in 16 games in 1955. Overall Bob went 3-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 44 games for the Yankees. On February 8,1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, C Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Washington Senators for veteran P Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send minor league OF Whitey Herzog on April 2, 1956 to the Senators to complete the trade.  Bob had a record of 3-12 for the Senators that season, and then he went 1-1 for the same club in 1957. He finished out his MLB career run with the Nats in 1958, with no decisions in 4 appearances. With the Washington Senators, Bob had a 4-13 with a 6.24 ERA in 26 games.  Robert Wiesler's 6-season MLB pitching career finished  with a 7-19 record with a 5.74 ERA, while appearing in 70 games.

1 month ago  ::  Sep 20, 2014 - 6:05PM #4635
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Another Interesting Yankees article posted by the Big Guy


Babe Ruth reacts to smashing #60 in 1927


One of my all-time favorite baseball quotes, uttered 87 years ago today upon setting a new home run record. There was never anyone quite like the Babe, and there never will be again.

Actually Babe Ruth hit HR # 60 on September 30, 1927 off of Washington Senators hurler Tom Zachary.


1 month ago  ::  Sep 21, 2014 - 4:29PM #4636
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1923 New York Yankees: Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth wins his only AL MVP Award

September 21, 1923- New York Yankees OF Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the American League Committee of Baseball Writers for the 1923 American League  Most Valueable Player Award. Due to current rules Babe Ruth will not be able to win the AL  MVP Award again. The rules will be eventually change by the AL. For the 1923 AL season the Babe Ruth  hit .393 in 152 games with 41 HRs and 131 RBIs in 1st season at new Yankee Stadium.

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