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9 years ago  ::  Apr 13, 2011 - 9:08AM #3161
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Remembering Former Yankees INF Kid "The Tabasco Kid" Eberfeld




 




April 13, 1875- Former Yankees INF and Manager (1908) Kid  “The Tabasco Kid” Elberfeld (1903-1909) was born. (1875-1944)



On   June 10,1903, INF Kid Elberfeld was traded by the Detroit Tigers to  the  New York Highlanders for infielders Ernie Courtney and Herman Long.  Kid  appeared in 667 games for the New York Yankees, hitting .268. He  managed the  1908 New York Highlanders for 98 games. He was proficient  at the art of  getting hit by the pitch, ranking # 15 on the all-time  list (through  2010). He also he played and managed many years in the  minor leagues.  Although he stood only 5 ' 7 " tall, he was famous for  his temper, which  earned him the nickname of  “The Tabasco Kid”.  Books  about Casey  Stengel say that when Elberfeld was a veteran and Stengel  was a young  player, the two became close friends. Elberfeld gave  Stengel useful  information on how to be a successful ballplayer. On  December 14,1909,  he was purchased by the Washington Senators from the  New York  Highlanders for $5,000.




 

Cobb avoiding a collision with New York shortstop Kid Elberfeld  
Cobb avoiding a collision with New York shortstop Kid Elberfeld



 


9 years ago  ::  Apr 14, 2011 - 7:45AM #3162
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Remembering Former Yankees Hall of Fame 2B Joe "Flash" Gordon




 




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April  14, 1978-  Former Yankees Hall Of Fame  and AL MVP INF Joe  “Flash “  Gordon   (1938-1943,1946) passes away. (1915-1978). Former MLB Manager:  Cleveland  Indians (1958-1960), Detroit Tigers (1960), Kansas City A’s  (1961) and  the Kansas City Royals (1969).
In 1936,  the New York Yankees as an  amateur free agent signed infielder Joe  Gordon. In 1938, he joined the  Yankees as a 2B. He made the AL All Star  team in from 1939 to 1943 and  1946. In 1942, he won American League  Most Valuable Player Award hitting  .342.  In October of 1946, Joe was  traded to the Cleveland Indians for  starter Allie Reynolds. After  retiring as an active player, he later  became a MLB manager in the  American League during the 1950’s. He was involved in the  only trade of  MLB managers in 1960.  The Cleveland Indians  traded Joe Gordon for  Detroit Tigers Manager Jimmy Dykes by Tribe’s General  Manager Frank  “Trader” Lane. The Veteran’s committee elected Joe Gordon  to baseball’s  Hall Of Fame in 2008.


9 years ago  ::  Apr 15, 2011 - 4:25PM #3163
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The 1976 New York Yankees win the return to Yankee Stadium opener




 


April 15, 1976- The  New York Yankees defeat the Minnesota Twins by the score of 11-4  in the 1st game at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium. New York Yankee Hall of  Fame  players Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and the widows  of Lou  Gehrig and Babe Ruth take part in pre-game ceremonies at the  Stadium,  which had been closed for remodeling the 1974 and 1975  American League  seasons. The opening day attendance for the New York  Yankees was 52,613  fans.




 




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Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Shawkey who won the 1923 Yankee Stadium opener throws out the 1st pitch.


9 years ago  ::  Apr 16, 2011 - 11:39AM #3164
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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees reserve catcher Bruce Robinson


 


April 16, 1954- Former Yankees reserve C Bruce Robinson (1979-1980) was born.

Bruce  Robinson was purchased by the New York Yankees from Oakland A’s for $400,000 in  February of 1979. He only appeared in 10 games for the Yankees, going 2  for 17 with a .118 BA. Robinson's lasting legacy on the game will be  his invention of the "Robby Pad" in 1979. The "Robby Pad", a hinged flap  on the right/throwing shoulder of a catcher's chest protector, began  seeing widespread use in the early 1980s and can be viewed on most every  catcher's chest protector from the major leagues to youth leagues. One  of the original two "Robby Pads" are in the National Baseball Hall of  Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Bruce Robinson, along with former New  York Yankees pitching star, Dave Righetti were involved in a car  accident in 1980, in which Robinson's right shoulder sustained a  career-impacting injury, necessitating shoulder reconstruction in May of  1981. A drunken driver rear-ended Robinson and Righetti in Robinson's  car that was stopped in a left hand turn lane.

As a result of  the injury, Bruce Robinson could not take advantage of being handed the  left-handed platoon side of a starting role with the New York Yankees. Robinson  missed the 1981 and 1982  MLB seasons on the disabled list. He never made it  back to the major leagues. He did lead the Oakland A's in batting  average during spring training of 1984 but Bruce was sent to AAA Tacoma before  agreeing to accept a player/hitting coach position with class A Modesto  in the California League. Robinson's primary role was to work with two  young A's  hitters, Mark McGwire (fresh from the 1984 Olympic team) and Jose  Canseco who was underperforming.


 


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9 years ago  ::  Apr 17, 2011 - 2:57PM #3165
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Mickey Mantle  hits 2 long distance HRs at Griffth Stadium


 


April 17, 1956- New  York Yankees CF Mickey Mantle hits a pair of tape measure Home Runs against  Washington Senators starter Camilo Pascual at Griffith Stadium. Both HR  long balls are estimated at over 500 FT. The two teams combine for six  HRs in a 10-4 Opening Day victory for the  Yankees. New York Yankees starter Don Larsen pitches a complete game,  giving up 6 hits (3-HRs), 4 runs, with 3 walks and 6 strike outs. Also Yankees C  Yogi Berra hit a solo home run in the game.


 



1956 Topps Baseball Card

9 years ago  ::  Apr 18, 2011 - 8:36AM #3166
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New York Yankees rookie OF Mickey Mantle makes his MLB debut




 




April 18, 1951-  New  York Yankees Rookie outfielder Mickey Mantle makes his MLB debut.  Mantle picks  up 1 hit in 2 official at-bats, as the New York Yankees  defeated rivals Boston  Red Sox by a score of 6-1, behind the pitching  of  veteran starter Eddie Lopat.




 




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1951 Yankees rookie Mickey Mantle facing Indians P Bob Feller


9 years ago  ::  Apr 19, 2011 - 8:40AM #3167
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RF Roger Maris make his 1960  New York Yankees debut


 


April 19, 1960- Newly  acquired RF Roger Maris makes his New York Yankees debut with 4 hits,  including 2 Home Runs, against the Boston Red Sox. In 1961, Roger Maris will  set a MLB mark for the most HRs in 1 season, with 61 HRs, breaking Babe  Ruth's longstanding MLB and American League record of 60 HRs.


 



1960 Topps Baseball Card autographed

9 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2011 - 9:09AM #3168
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1939 Yankee Stadium Opening Day Red Sox OF rookie Ted Williams make his MLB debut against the Yankees


 


April 20, 1939- The  Boston Red Sox show off their prize rookie outfielder Ted Williams before 30,278  fans in the opener at Yankee Stadium, delayed 2 days because of rain.  After striking out twice, Williams collects a double off of New York Yankees  starter Red Ruffing, who wins the game by a score of 2-0. Lou Gehrig  makes an error, goes hitless, and lines into 2 double plays in the only  game featuring the 2 great sluggers. Other notables in what will become a  historic box score include Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Jimmie Foxx, Joe  Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Red Rolfe, and losing pitcher Lefty Grove. Yankees  score their 1st run on a HR by Bill Dickey and their 2nd tally on an  error by Jimmy Foxx. Boston has base runners in each inning, but Red  Ruffing tosses just the 2nd opening day shut out in New York Yankees  history. Four umpires work the game including 3rd base umpire George  Pipgras,who was the starting pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 1929 opener against  Boston. Curiously, his opponent for that day was then Boston Red Sox  pitcher Red Ruffing.


 


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Boston Red Sox Outfielders Dom DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio

9 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2011 - 9:31AM #3169
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1963 New York Yankees make  two trades for bullpen and bench help


 


April 21, 1963- The  New York Yankees traded veteran P Jim Coates (1956,1959-1963) to the  Washington Senators for lefty P Steve Hamilton (1963-1970). The Yankees  traded for Steve Hamilton, who was a lefty reliever that they needed for  their bullpen, since veteran lefty Louis Arroyo was out with arm  injuries.



1964 Topps Baseball Card




April 21, 1963-  The New York Yankees obtained veteran INF Harry Bright from the  Cincinnati Reds for cash. To make room for Harry Bright on the Yankees  40 MLB man roster, they remove a young minor league outfielder at Greensboro, named Curt  Belfry, who is immediately claimed by the Baltimore Orioles. Harry Bright could play all of the infield and outfield positions, plus catch making him a important bench player for the team. Harry was originally signed by the New York Yankees in 1950's but never played for them until this trade.


 



1964 Topps Baseball Card

9 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2011 - 9:59AM #3170
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Remembering Former Yankees MLB Scout Johnny Nee


 


April 22, 1957- Former Yankees MLB scout Johnny Nee (1927-1945) passed away.



Johnny  Nee was a MLB scout and a minor league player-manager. In 1912, Nee, a  young minor league infielder of 22, was chosen to skipper the Terre  Haute team as a player-manager. He served as a player-manager at many of  his minor league stops including his last post as the leader of the  Virginia League’s Kinston Eagles  (1925-1926). During that final  managerial season, one of his young charges was future Hall of Famer  Rick Ferrell. Starting in 1927, Johnny Nee began a long career as a major  league scout for the New York Yankees. He was credited with discovering  many future major leaguers including Bill Dickey, Gene Bearden, Marv  Breuer, Ben Chapman, Atley Donald, Tommy Henrich, Richard Outen, Billy  Werber, Johnny Allen, Dixie Walker, Spud Chandler, Billy Hitchcock and  Willie Jones. He left the New York Yankees organization for the  Philadelphia Phillies in 1946. At the end of the 1949 National League  season, Johnny Nee was named head of the Philadelphia Phillies farm  system. Johnny was one of many ex-Yankees that former Yankee now General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies Herb Penncock brought in to rebuild the Phillies organization during the late 1940's.


 


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