The Yankees obtained Indians starter Allie Reynolds for former AL MVP winner 2B Joe Gordon
October 19, 1946- The Yankees acquired starter Allie "Super Chief" Reynolds from the Indians for former AL MVP 2B Joe Gordon and 3B Eddie Bockman. Reynolds had struggled with the Indians, losing 15 of 16 decisions during the 1946 AL season. Reynolds will reverse his fortunes in 1947, winning 19 games for the World Series Champion Yankees. He would finish his Yankees pitching career with 131 wins. He will be apart of the Yankees starting rotation with Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat that won 5 straight World Series Championships from 1949 to 1953. During the 1951 AL season, Allie pitched 2 no-hitters for the Yankees against the Indians and Red Sox. A back injury from a Yankees team bus accident in Baltimore during the 1954 AL season forced Allie to retired from MLB. He would later become the Commissioner of the American Association (AAA). He was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 2009.
October 19, 1986- Former Yankees P and AL Umpire George Pipgras (1923-1933) passed away. (1889-1986)
On January 3,1923, he was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Harvey Hendrick to the Yankees for C Al DeVormer and cash. His best Yankees season was in 1928, when he went 28-13 in 46 games. He appeared in 3 World Serieswith the Yankees going 3-3. George finished his Yankees pitching career with 93 wins. On May 12, 1933, George was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees for cash. After retiring from MLB as an active player, George became an MLB umpire. In 1938, George joined AL umpire staff working until the late 1940’s. Also he was a scout for the Red Sox, before retiring from baseball.
I happened to be channel surfing this morning and saw a great show, or at least the 2nd half, on ESPN Classics. It was all about Howard Cossell and the last part which I happened to catch was all about Mickey Mantle. They showed Mickey hitting his 500th homer and Howard interviewing him. If I heard correctly it was Stu Miller who threw that pitch on a 3-2 count. Mantle said the first pitch was a fastball and the rest were changeups. He was expecting another changeup and it was probably outside on him and he got out in front and whipped it into the right field stands. The show had Cossell interviewing Mickey after he hit it. They also showed his retirement day at the stadium. That really brought back memories and Cossell who I was never a big fan, was really very good. Howard interviewed him and Mickey said he had a clothing line and some restaurants he hoped would keep him busy. They were Mickey Mantle's -------- Cooking. For the life of me now I can't remember the full name. I also got the impression that I missed Howard with Maris and Vince Lombardi earlier in the show. If you happen to see it on again, I'd highly recommend it.
"Selig ran a speakeasy, now he wants to take all the alcohol out of the town." Mike Francesa
It's the biggest improvement in the new Yes Boards for me. Now if they could pin the thread so I wouldn't have scroll thru a couple of pages of posts, it would be great. I can read only the Yes Board at work with my fed govt PC, but I can't do any postings on it. The Big Guy is going to bump it up for me during the day while I'm at work.
They aren't going to be pinning threads ... so all you need to do is subscribe to the thread when you make it ... then when you come on in the morning, you just go to preferences at the top of the forum, manage subscriptions and click on it ... when you're not around, I'll do my best to bump it up every now and then also.
"Without the Lord, I cannot do it." Mariano Rivera - 9/22/13
October 20, 1931- Yankees HOF, MVP, MLB Coach, All Star OF/1B Mickey Charles Mantle (1951-1968) was born.
Before the 1949 AL season, Mickey “ The Commerce Comet” Mantle was signed by the Yankees super scout Tom Greenwade, as an MLB amateur free agent. Mickey Mantle was the greatest switch-hitter of all time. He hit 536 MLB career HRs, including 18 HRs in 230 at bats in 65 games in the World Series play. He won the AL Triple Crown in 1956 (BA .353, 52 HRs, 130 RBIs). Mantle was selected for 20 All Star games. He was the AL MVP 3 times (1956-1957 and 1962). Mantle played in 2,401 games as a Yankee despite being plagued by injuries. With all of Mantle's power, he suffered though an assortment of injuries and his bones were beset by osteomylitis, which weakened his bone structure. The 1st of his injuries occurred in the 1951 World series against the Giants, when he got his spikes caught in a drainage valve in the Yankee Stadium outfield while chasing a fly ball hit by future long time CF rival Willie Mays. He was never really the same after that injury. In 1974, Mickey Mantle along with his long-time Yankees teammate Whitey Ford, were elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.