June 2, 1993- Former Yankees Hall Of Fame 1B/PH Johnny “Big Cat” Mize (1949-1953) passed away. (1916-1993).
Johnny finished his MLB career with a lifetime BA of .312 playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Yankees. He hit 356 MLB career HR’s. In 1949, Johnny Mize was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants for $40,000. He had the 8th best slugging percentage in MLB history .562. Johnny had 9 consecutive .300 plus seasons. Johnny was one of the greatest pinch hitters in MLB history, including 3 AL league leading seasons with the New York Yankees, finishing with a lifetime mark of .283.
2007 Sweet Spot Baseball Card
June 2, 2001- Former Yankees OF Gene Woodling (1949-1954) passed away (1922-2001).
Gene Woodling was purchased from the San Francisco Seals (PCL) in 1948. He would hit the following during his New York Yankees career starting in 1949, .270, .283, .281, .309, .306, before dropping off to .250 with missing most of the 1954 AL season with a broken arm. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel would often platoon Gene Woodling and Hank Bauer in OF. The New York Yankees sent him to the Baltimore Orioles in the big 17-man trade in the winter of 1954, thinking he was washed up at the age of 31. But he wasn’t, Gene would go on to hit .300, three more times in the AL. Gene would finish up his MLB playing career with Casey Stengel and the New York Mets in 1962.
Gene played for the Yankees, Orioles (twice), Indians (twice), Pirates, Senators (1961 expansion team) and the Mets After being released as a MLB player in March of 1963, he became a MLB 1st base coach for the Mets.
1994 Topps Archive Card of 1954 Topps Series Cards Gene's last card as a Yankee player
June 3, 1932- New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hit 4 consecutive HRs in a game and narrowly missed a 5th HR, his Yankees teammate Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle as the Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s by a score of 20-13. The Yankees set a MLB record for total bases with 50; both teams set a still-standing record for extra bases with 41.
June 4, 1957- New York Yankees Current MLB Bench Coach Tony Pena (2006-2010) was born. Tony Pena was known for his unique style of catching. He would sit on the ground with one knee tucked to the side while his other leg was straight out to the other side. He could even throw out would-be base stealers from this position with an incredibly strong arm. He ended his career with 1,950 games behind the plate, 4th most of all MLB catchers.
The Yankees lose Mickey Mantle due to injury at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium
June 5, 1963 - At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, New York Yankees CF Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. Mantle will be out of the Yankees lineup for 61 games. Yankees Ace Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas and the Orioles, by the score of 4-3, as the Yankees return to 1st place in the AL. Roger Maris would take over the CF position while Mickey Mantle is on the DL.