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9 years ago  ::  Apr 23, 2011 - 4:33PM #3171
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Remembering Former Yankees 1B/OF/3B Deron Johnson


 


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Mickey Mantle, Manager Casey Stengel and Deron Johnson Yankees spring training camp


 


 


April 23, 1992- Former Yankees INF/OF Deron Johnson (1960-1961) passes away. (1938-1992)
Before  the 1956 American League season, the New York Yankees, as an MLB amateur free agent,  signed Deron Johnson. Deron was never able to find a regular position  to play with the Yankees. At 3B, Clete Boyer blocked Deron. At 1B, he  was blocked by AL All Star 1B Bill Skowron. Plus the Yankees had a  starting outfield was filled by Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi  Berra-Hector Lopez combo in LF. He only appeared in 19 games for the  New York Yankees during the 1960-1961 AL seasons, just hitting .174. In June of  1961, he was traded along with veteran starter Art Ditmar to the Kansas  City A’s for veteran AL starter Bud Daley. The Yankees had reacquired  veteran OF Bob Cerv from the Angels in May, making Deron expendable even though he could play the infield and Cerv could not.




He stayed with the Kansas City  A's until 1963, when he was sold to the Cincinnati Reds. Deron  Johnson would find success in the National League in with the  Cincinnati Reds (1964-1967) hitting .287, 32 HRs with 130 RBIs in 1965.  Later he played for the Atlanta Braves (1968) and the Philadelphia  Phillies (1969-1973), playing as a DH for the Oakland A’s (1973) and Milwaukee Brewers (1974) and Boston Red Sox (1974-1976), Chicago White (1975-1976)  during his MLB playing career. After his MLB playing career had ended, Johnson spent  most of the rest of his life as MLB coach. He did managed the Salt Lake  City Gulls in 1978, then he began his MLB coaching career with the  California Angels in 1979-1980. He was a New York Mets MLB coach in  1981. Deron was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies MLB staff from  1982-1984. In 1985-1986, he was with the Seattle Mariners. He  spent the 1987 AL season with the Chicago White Sox. He  did returned to the  California Angels as their MLB hitting coach from 1989 to 1991. Deron  Johnson died of lung cancer in 1992 at age 53.


 





1960 Sports Magazine Rookie Star Series: 1960  Topps baseball Cards

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 24, 2011 - 1:14PM #3172
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First Yankees Pitcher Shutout at Yankee Stadium


 


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April 24, 1923- U.S.  President Warren G. Harding witnesses the 1st shutout ever thrown at  Yankee Stadium as slugger Babe Ruth hits a home run in New York’s 4-0 victory  over the Washington Senators. Yankees starter Sam Jones pitches a  complete game, while striking out 4 Senator batters. Jim Brillheart who  relieved Washington starter George Mogridge in the first inning takes  the lost for the Senators.


 


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Yankees P Sam Jones with his Yankee teammates INF Everette Scott, P Joe Bush

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 24, 2011 - 6:35PM #3173
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Happy Jack Chesbro wins his first of 41 victories for the Yankees in 1904


 


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Yankees P Jack Chesbro


 


April 25, 1904- New  York Highlanders starter Jack Chesbro posts the 1st of his 41 wins of  the 1904 American League season, a MLB, American League and New York Yankees club  record that still stands. Jack Chesbro was the National League top  winner in 1903, while he was with playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates posting a 28-6  record.



 

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2011 - 8:54AM #3174
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1974 New York Yankees make a trade with the Cleveland Indians


 


April 26, 1974- The  New York Yankees obtained former AL Rookie of the Year 1B Chris Chambliss along with pitchers Richard  Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw from the Cleveland Indians for Yankee hurlers  Fred Beene, Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline and Tom Buskey. Chris Chambliss  and Richard “Dirt” Tidrow will help the Yankees win the American League pennants in  1976-1978. Fritz Peterson became expendable after his celebrated wife  and family trade with Yankees teammate P Mike Kelich. He leaves the New  York Yankees with 109 MLB career victories. This trade will result the trading of 1B/OF Mike Hegan to the Milwaukee Brewers. At first the trade was very unpopular with the New York players, but Chris Chambliss steady play at 1B and timely bat will win his new Yankees teammates over.


 


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1976 AL Playoffs: Chambliss HR bring the Yankees back into the World Series

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 9:00AM #3175
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The Yankees turn a Triple Play


 


April 27, 1935- The  New York Yankees turn a 1st inning triple play during a 9-8 victory over  the Philadelphia A’s. The A’s had runners on 1B and 2B, when A’s  Slugger Jimmy Foxx lined out to 2B Tony Lazzeri, who fired to 1B Lou  Gehrig, who then threw to shortstop Frank Crosetti, who was covering 2B.  Also the Yankees turned a game ending double play in the 9th inning,  when the A’s had the bases loaded.


 


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9 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2011 - 9:00AM #3176
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Remembering Former Yankees P Bob Porterfield


 


April 28, 1980- Former Yankees P Bob Porterfield (1948-1951) passes away. (1923-1980).



Bob  Porterfield had an 8-11 mark with New York Yankees, while trying to  pitch with back problems.  He was traded by the  Yankees along with  pitchers Tom Ferrick and Fred Sanford to the Washington Senators for veteran  P  Bob “Sarge” Kuzava. He would bounce back with the Senators winning 13,  22, 13 and 10 wins each season after being traded away by the Yankees.  His trade was a rare Yankees mistake by New York General Manager George  Weiss.


 


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Bob Porterfield on the cover of Sport Magazine

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2011 - 10:41PM #3177
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The Roger Maris-Bob Dylan Connection


 




In the book, “Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero” by  Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, chapter one opens up with a story about how  Bob Dylan became a fan of Maris during his 1961 home run chase.


Here’s an excerpt from the book:



“Among those rooting for Roger Maris as he closed in  on Babe Ruth’s record in September of 1961 was a folksinger whose  nascent career took off that month in New York City thanks to a rave in  the Times and his first studio work. Although he wasn’t much of a sports  fan, Bob Dylan felt pride when he learned that the ballplayer making  national headlines also hailed from Hibbing, Minnesota.”


“Dylan was born in Duluth and didn’t arrive in Hibbing until he  was seven and had nothing good to say or sing about it after he left and  didn’t look back. So it’s ironic that he became the town’s favorite  son, while Maris, who was born in Hibbing, was consigned to outsider  status. The reason is that Dylan at least acknowledged he was from  there. “It still burns me up that Roger claimed he was born in Fargo,  North Dakota,” says Bill Starcevic, his childhood playmate in Minnesota.  Roger didn’t care if the record books or trading cards got his  birthplace wrong or if no one knew he’d changed his name to Maris from  Aras in 1954, infuriating the many Marases of Hibbing. IF he thought  something was trivial–or personal–he was surprised when others made a  big deal of it.”



9 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2011 - 3:10PM #3178
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The New York Yankees sign Columbia University baseball star 1B Lou Gehrig


 


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. New York Yankees  MLB scout Paul Krichell had watched the Columbia University star blast a  450-foot HR against NYU, one day earlier.


 


 


HOF Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2011 - 3:15PM #3179
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Apr 28, 2011 -- 10:41PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


The Roger Maris-Bob Dylan Connection


 




In the book, “Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero” by  Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, chapter one opens up with a story about how  Bob Dylan became a fan of Maris during his 1961 home run chase.


Here’s an excerpt from the book:



“Among those rooting for Roger Maris as he closed in  on Babe Ruth’s record in September of 1961 was a folksinger whose  nascent career took off that month in New York City thanks to a rave in  the Times and his first studio work. Although he wasn’t much of a sports  fan, Bob Dylan felt pride when he learned that the ballplayer making  national headlines also hailed from Hibbing, Minnesota.”


“Dylan was born in Duluth and didn’t arrive in Hibbing until he  was seven and had nothing good to say or sing about it after he left and  didn’t look back. So it’s ironic that he became the town’s favorite  son, while Maris, who was born in Hibbing, was consigned to outsider  status. The reason is that Dylan at least acknowledged he was from  there. “It still burns me up that Roger claimed he was born in Fargo,  North Dakota,” says Bill Starcevic, his childhood playmate in Minnesota.  Roger didn’t care if the record books or trading cards got his  birthplace wrong or if no one knew he’d changed his name to Maris from  Aras in 1954, infuriating the many Marases of Hibbing. IF he thought  something was trivial–or personal–he was surprised when others made a  big deal of it.”






Major,


Thank you for the Maris-Dylan article, everyone thought that he was Fargo, ND. That's one thing about Yankees history there is always something new that come up about it.


Clipper



1960 Topps Baseball Card autographed


 



Back of 1960 Topps Baseball Card  lists his current hometown not birthplace

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9 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2011 - 3:38PM #3180
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The Yankees win their 1903 home opener at HillTop Park


 


April 30, 1903- The  New York Highlanders won their home opener at Hilltop Park by the score  of 6-2, over the Washington Senators. A crowd of 16,293 fans watched  the game. Jack Chesbro was the winning pitcher.  Wee “Willie” Keeler  made the 1st  Highlanders home game hit, a single in the 1st inning. He  went to 2nd base on an error, then he scored the 1st Highlanders home  field run on a double by Jimmy Williams.


 


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Hilltop Park 1903 first home field of the New York Yankees.

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