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10 years ago  ::  Mar 25, 2011 - 12:20AM #3131
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Remembering Former Yankee Reserve INF Woodie Held


 


 


 


March 25, 1932- Former Yankees INF/OF Woodson “Woodie” Held  (1954) was born. (1932-2009)

Woodie   Held was originally signed by the New York Yankees for a $6,000 bonus   prior to the 1951 AL season. Woodie Held appeared in four games with  the  Yankees in 1954. He was unable to break into the regular Yankees   infield or outfield. Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson described him as a  natural shortstop. On June 15,1957, he was traded to the Kansas City   A’s along with INF Billy Martin, P Ralph Terry, and OF Bob Martyn for P   Ryne Duren, Outfielder’s Jim Pisoni and Harry ”Suitcase” Simpson.  Woodie Held had been playing for Ralph Houk's Denver Bears AAA team in  the American Association.  He  would play with the Kansas City A’s,  Cleveland Indians, Baltimore  Orioles, Chicago White Sox, LA Angels and  the Washington Senators during his MLB career. In a 14-season MLB   career, he posted a .240 BA with  179 HR’s with 559 RBI’s in 1,390 games  played. Woodie Held passed away  in 2009, after fighting a seven month  battle with brain cancer.


 


 


 


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New York Yankee Rookies 1B Marv Throneberry and INF Woodie Held in Spring Training camp

10 years ago  ::  Mar 26, 2011 - 11:58AM #3132
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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees P Roger Hambright


 


March 26,1949- Former Yankees P Roger Hambright  (1971) was born.



 In  1967, the New York Yankees in the 67th round of the MLB amateur player  draft drafted Pitcher Roger Hambright. During the 1971 American League  season, the Yankees brought up Roger from the Manchester Yankees (AA).   He went 3-1 in 18 games out of the Yankees bullpen. It would be his only  season in the MLB. In the first of Roger Hambright's two career saves,  he had an RBI, singling in Ron Swoboda. It would be 38 years before  another Yankee pitcher had an RBI in a save, when Mariano Rivera saved  his 500th game. With Hambright's promotion from AA Manchester, veteran Yankees reliever Hal Reniff who was at AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League) decided to retire at the end of the 1971 baseball season. He felt that Yankees Manager Ralph Houk had snubbed him.


 


 


 



1972 Topps Baseball Card Team Rookie Star series:Yankees

10 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2011 - 2:13PM #3133
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Remembering New York Yankees Hall of Fame Manager Miller Huggins


 


 


 


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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 will  start as a  player-manager with the St. Louis Cardinals before heading  to the New York Yankees in 1918.  Huggins will led the Yankees to 6 AL  pennants and 3 World Series  titles. His "Murderers' Row" club, which  won 110 games before  sweeping the 1927 World Series, has been  considered one of the greatest  MLB teams in history.  He died during  the 1929 American League 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), fourth on the  Yankees all time Managers wins list.


 


 


 


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New  York Yankees Spring Training camp in St. Petersburgh, Fla. with Yankees  Manager Huggins and the heart of his Muderous Row hitters Babe Ruth and  Lou Gehrig talking baseball.

10 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2011 - 3:18PM #3134
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1961 Yankees Spring Training Camp:  Yankees lose to the Pirates drop their 6-13 tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the worst MLB team record in Grapefruit play.


 


March 28, 1961- In  their 1st meeting since Pittsburgh's dramatic 1960 World Series win over the New  York Yankees, the Bucs behind would-be World Series goat Bob Friend beat up the  banged-up Bronx Bombers by the score of 9-2.


The game's 1st run comes  in the bottom of the 2nd inning on Pirates OF Roberto Clemente's bases-empty bomb  over the left-field fence. Pittsburgh goes up 3-0 in the 3rd inning on  Dick Stuart's 2-run HR shot, likewise to left field. By the 7th inning,  the Pirates will have built their lead to 8-0 before New York can push  across its initial tally. Today's win boosts the Bucs' Grapefruit  League-leading record to 13-5, while miring the New York Yankees ever more deeply  in the preseason cellar. Nonetheless, other than demonstrating that  Pittsburgh's two World Series wins over today's New York Yankees starter  Art Ditmar were no flukes and giving some foreshadowing of the MLB  career years upon which both Roberto Clemente and  Dick Stuart are about to embark,  today's lopsided win serves mainly as a textbook example of the relative  worthlessness of preseason performance as an indicator of regular  season outcomes. Just to hammer home that point, it is in fact the two  teams tied for the MLB's worst record, i.e. New York and Cincinnati  (both are 6-13 at the end of today's action), who'll be meeting in the  1961 World Series in just over sixmonths. The defending World Champion Pittsburgh  Pirates by contrast, having fallen from 1st to 6th place in National League with a 75-79  record, will be sitting home watching the 1961  World Series on TV.


The New York Yankees will  trade former 15-game winner in 1960, starter Art Ditmar to the Kansas City A’s in May of 1961 along with rookie OF/INF Deron  Johnson for veteran American League starter Bud Daley. Art Ditmar too will be watching at  home as the New York Yankees play the Cinncinati Reds in the 1961 World Series.


 


 




1961 Topps Baseball Card; Team Series; New York Yankees

10 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2011 - 10:09PM #3135
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Classic Yankees: Ed Figueroa New York Yankees Ed Figueroa


If I asked you what Yankees pitcher won  55 games from 1976-1978, when the Yankees won three consecutive A.L.  pennants and two World Series, what would your answer be?


Ron Guidry? Nope. The “Gator’s” first MLB victory came in his 16-7, 1977 season.


Catfish Hunter? Nope. The Cat won 38 games over that three-year span.


Dock Ellis was traded for Mike Torrez in early 1977. It wasn’t him. As we are fully aware of, Mike Torrez was with Boston in 1978, so it wasn’t him either. Kenny Holtzman, upon his arrival in mid-1976, was buried by Billy Martin. Don Gullett wasn’t there in 1976, and his career came to a halt in mid-1978.  He was just 18-6 as a Yankee. It wasn’t Doyle Alexander, Andy Messersmith or Jim Beattie. Not Dick Tidrow either.


So who was the winningest Yankee starter from 1976-1978? It was someone for whom (along with Mickey Rivers) the Yankees traded Bobby Bonds for after the 1975 season.


Ed Figueroa came up to the majors with the Angels in 1974, when he was 25. He had  lost some time to USMC service during the Vietnam War. His record wasn’t  too impressive that year, just 2-8, but the ERA was 3.67; ERA+ 93 for  the 25 year old rookie. In 1975, Figgy got a full year as a starter for  the Angels, going 16-13, 2.91, ERA+ 121. Still, when the Yanks got him  and Rivers for Bonds, the general feeling was “what?” After all, Bonds  was a 30-30 guy for the Yankees in 1975. He was the guy the Yankees got  for Bobby Murcer. Now the Yanks are trading him after just one year for Rivers and a guy with only one year as a full-time starter? What is Gabe Paul doing?


Gabe Paul knew what he was doing. For in 1976, Ed Figueroa led the Yankees with 19 wins. Figueroa finished 4th in the CYA voting, and 21st in the MVP voting. He was 19-10, 3.02, ERA+ 115. He led the Yanks in  wins (two more than Hunter and Ellis) as the Yanks won their first  pennant in twelve years. In the ALCS, “Figgy” was 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA.  Although he lost Game 2, giving up 4 runs in 5 1/3, he did leave Game 5  with the lead and the resounding cheers of fans chanting “Eddie, Eddie,  Eddie”.  He eventually was charged with 4 R in 7 IP. Unfortunately for  Figueroa, he didn’t get the “W” as Grant Jackson gave up George Brett’s game-tying HR. We know (see Chambliss profile)  how the game ended. Figgy lost his WS start (unfortunately, despite his  regular season brilliance, Figueroa didn’t translate it to the  postseason), and was 0-1, 5.63 in the 1976 WS.


Figueroa was 16-11, 3.57 in 1977. ERA+  111. He was then buried in the postseason. He did start Game 4 of the  ALCS with the Yanks down two games to one. He gave up two in the third  when the Yanks were up 4-0, then two more in the fourth after the Yanks  went up 5-2. With no margin for error, manager Billy Martin had to pull  Figgy. Figueroa gave up 4 runs in 3 1/3. He didn’t get a WS start.


In 1978, Ron Guidry won 25 games, was the unanimous CYA winner, and finished 2nd in the MVP vote to Jim Rice (I would have had Guidry 1st for MVP, Rice 2nd, but I’m prejudiced). How many people remember that Figueroa won 20 games that year? After losing on July 15th, Figueroa was 7-7, 3.91. He then won 13 of his last 15 decisions to finish 20-9, 2.99, ERA+ 122. He finished 7th in CYA voting. What’s more, Ed Figueroa achieved something that still  reveres him in his homeland of Puerto Rico. Game 161 of that 1978 season  assured the Yanks of at least a tie for the A.L. East, and a  tiebreaking 163rd game with Boston. That game, Figgy’s 20th victory, meant that he became the very first (and, to date, only) Puerto Rican pitcher to win 20 games in a season.


Figgy’s postseason woes continued. KC  knocked him out after just one inning of Game 2 of the 1978 ALCS. 5 R, 3  ER in just one inning. The loss. In the WS, Figgy lost Game 1 and got a  ND in Game 4. 0-1, 8.10.


For all his brilliance in the regular  seasons of 1976-1978 (55-30, 3.18, ERA+ 115), Ed Figueroa was just 0-4,  7.47 in seven postseason starts. It is a sad blight on his Yankees  record.


Figgy had arm trouble in 1979. In half a  season, he went 4-6, 4.13, ERA+ 99. He tried to comeback in 1980 but it  was a failure as he went 3-3, 6.98 for the Yanks before they sold him  to Texas, for whom he went 0-7, 5.90. For the season, he was 3-10, 6.54,  ERA+ 60.  Terrible.


He landed with Oakland for 2 games in  1981, but he was done. 0-0, 5.40 in those two games. Ed Figueroa never  pitched in the majors again.


His MLB record was 80-67 with a good ERA of 3.51, ERA+ 105.


Figueroa, 62, will be known for four  seasons. For in those four seasons, 1975-1978, he was very good for the  Angels and Yankees. Unfortunately for him, his time at the top was too  brief, and his time in the postseason was quite miserable.


After retirement, Figueroa opened a couple of restaurants in Puerto Rico.


During his stay with the Yankees, “Figgy” wore #31, later made famous by Dave Winfield.

10 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2011 - 10:11PM #3136
MajorYankFan
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Question: As the season rapidly approaches, many of  us find ourselves very  optimistic about the Yankees prospects.  Name  the last five Yankees to  earn the Rookie of the Year award.  Bonus  point if you can recall the  year and the player’s respective position.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Answer:

1962 Tom Tresh SS/OF
1968 Stan Bahnsen P
1970 Thurman Munson C
1981 Dave Righetti P
1996 Derek Jeter SS
10 years ago  ::  Mar 28, 2011 - 9:32AM #3137
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Mar 27, 2011 -- 10:11PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


Question: As the season rapidly approaches, many of  us find ourselves very  optimistic about the Yankees prospects.  Name  the last five Yankees to  earn the Rookie of the Year award.  Bonus  point if you can recall the  year and the player’s respective position.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Answer:

1962 Tom Tresh SS/OF
1968 Stan Bahnsen P
1970 Thurman Munson C
1981 Dave Righetti P
1996 Derek Jeter SS



 


Major,


Who was the first Yankee player to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award?



Clipper


 


10 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2011 - 11:19PM #3138
MajorYankFan
Posts: 32,868

 

Rookie of the Year winners html_removed html_removed

 


American League
Year Player Team
2010 Neftali Feliz Texas
2009 Andrew Bailey Oakland
2008 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay
2007 Dustin Pedroia Boston
2006 Justin Verlander Detroit
2005 Huston Street Oakland
2004 Bobby Crosby Oakland
2003 Angel Berroa Kansas City
2002 Eric Hinske Toronto
2001 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle
2000 Kazuhiro Sasaki Seattle
1999 Carlos Beltran Kansas City
1998 Ben Grieve Oakland
1997 Nomar Garciaparra Boston
1996 Derek Jeter New York
1995 Marty Cordova Minnesota
1994 Bob Hamelin Kansas City
1993 Tim Salmon California
1992 Pat Listach Milwaukee
1991 Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota
1990 Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland
1989 Gregg Olson Baltimore
1988 Walt Weiss Oakland
1987 Mark McGwire Oakland
1986 Jose Canseco Oakland
1985 Ozzie Guillen Chicago
1984 Alvin Davis Seattle
1983 Ron Kittle Chicago
1982 Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore
1981 Dave Righetti New York
1980 Joe Charboneau Cleveland
1979 John Castino
Alfredo Griffin
Minnesota
Toronto
1978 Lou Whitaker Detroit
1977 Eddie Murray Baltimore
1976 Mark Fidrych Detroit
1975 Fred Lynn Boston
1974 Mike Hargrove Texas
1973 Al Bumbry Baltimore
1972 Carlton Fisk Boston
1971 Chris Chambliss Cleveland
1970 Thurman Munson New York
1969 Lou Piniella Kansas City
1968 Stan Bahnsen New York
1967 Rod Carew Minnesota
1966 Tommie Agee Chicago
1965 Curt Blefary Baltimore
1964 Tony Oliva Minnesota
1963 Gary Peters Chicago
1962 Tom Tresh New York
1961 Don Schwall Boston
1960 Ron Hansen Baltimore
1959 Bob Allison Washington
1958 Albie Pearson Washington
1957 Tony Kubek New York
1956 Luis Aparicio Chicago
1955 Herb Score Cleveland
1954 Bob Grim New York
1953 Harvey Kuenn Detroit
1952 Harry Byrd Philadelphia A's
1951 Gil McDougald New York
1950 Walt Dropo Boston
1949 Roy Sievers St. Louis Browns
10 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 10:14AM #3139
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Minor League  Pitcher Pat Venditte makes his 1st appearence for the New York Yankees


 


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March 30, 2010- Pat  Venditte, the first ambidextrous pitcher in organized baseball since  Greg Harris retired in 1995, gets to show his stuff in an exhibition  game for the New York  Yankees against the Atlanta Braves. The  24-year-old ends the 5th inning by retiring Yunel Escobar on two pitches  from the right side; he then moves from one arm to the other as he  works his way through the Braves' batting order in the 6th inning. When  switch-hitter Brooks Conrad steps to the plate, home plate umpire Mike  Reilly reminds Venditte of rule 8.01 that states that he must commit to  one arm, in order to avoid the fiasco of his professional debut with the  Staten Island Yankees in 2008, when he and switch-hitter Ralph  Henriquez Jr. changed sides repeatedly in a cat-and-mouse game. Venditte  chooses to face Conrad right-handed, and retires him on a ground ball  to end his turn on the mound; Venditte is expected to start the year  with the Class-A Tampa Yankees, where he was 2-0, 2.21 in 21 games last  year.

10 years ago  ::  Mar 30, 2011 - 7:44PM #3140
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Posts: 15,765

Mar 29, 2011 -- 11:19PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


 

Rookie of the Year winners html_removed html_removed

 


American League
Year Player Team
2010 Neftali Feliz Texas
2009 Andrew Bailey Oakland
2008 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay
2007 Dustin Pedroia Boston
2006 Justin Verlander Detroit
2005 Huston Street Oakland
2004 Bobby Crosby Oakland
2003 Angel Berroa Kansas City
2002 Eric Hinske Toronto
2001 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle
2000 Kazuhiro Sasaki Seattle
1999 Carlos Beltran Kansas City
1998 Ben Grieve Oakland
1997 Nomar Garciaparra Boston
1996 Derek Jeter New York
1995 Marty Cordova Minnesota
1994 Bob Hamelin Kansas City
1993 Tim Salmon California
1992 Pat Listach Milwaukee
1991 Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota
1990 Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland
1989 Gregg Olson Baltimore
1988 Walt Weiss Oakland
1987 Mark McGwire Oakland
1986 Jose Canseco Oakland
1985 Ozzie Guillen Chicago
1984 Alvin Davis Seattle
1983 Ron Kittle Chicago
1982 Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore
1981 Dave Righetti New York
1980 Joe Charboneau Cleveland
1979 John Castino
Alfredo Griffin
Minnesota
Toronto
1978 Lou Whitaker Detroit
1977 Eddie Murray Baltimore
1976 Mark Fidrych Detroit
1975 Fred Lynn Boston
1974 Mike Hargrove Texas
1973 Al Bumbry Baltimore
1972 Carlton Fisk Boston
1971 Chris Chambliss Cleveland
1970 Thurman Munson New York
1969 Lou Piniella Kansas City
1968 Stan Bahnsen New York
1967 Rod Carew Minnesota
1966 Tommie Agee Chicago
1965 Curt Blefary Baltimore
1964 Tony Oliva Minnesota
1963 Gary Peters Chicago
1962 Tom Tresh New York
1961 Don Schwall Boston
1960 Ron Hansen Baltimore
1959 Bob Allison Washington
1958 Albie Pearson Washington
1957 Tony Kubek New York
1956 Luis Aparicio Chicago
1955 Herb Score Cleveland
1954 Bob Grim New York
1953 Harvey Kuenn Detroit
1952 Harry Byrd Philadelphia A's
1951 Gil McDougald New York
1950 Walt Dropo Boston
1949 Roy Sievers St. Louis Browns




A lot of former AL Rookie of the Year winners, later played for the New York Yankees in their MLB Careers. (Bold Red)


Clipper


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