October 18, 1931- Former Yankees 3B Andy Carey (1952-1960) was born. Before the 1950 American League season, the New York Yankees signed Andy Carey as an MLB amateur free agent. Andy appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, his best one was in 1957, when he hit .286. His best Yankees regular season was in 1954, when he hit .302. Andy would be the Yankees regular 3B from 1954-1958. In 1955, Andy married Hollywood actress Lucy Marlow. Later part of his Yankees playing career, Andy was bothered by back troubles. During the 1959 American League season, the Yankees started using Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer at 3B over Andy Carey. On May 19,1960, Andy Carey was traded by the New York Yankees to the Kansas City A’s for veteran OF Bob Cerv. Andy would finish his MLB playing career with the Dodgers in 1962. His favorite hobby was photography. After retiring from MLB, he went into the brokerage business in California.
Remembering Former Yankees P Atley "Swampy" Donald
October 19, 1992- Former Yankees P Atley “Swampy” Donald (1938-1945) passed away. (1910-1992)
Atley “Swampy” Donald went 66-33 in 153 games with the New York Yankees. He had 54 complete games with 6 shut outs as a Yankees starter. He led the AL in WP with .813 in 1939, while posting a 13-3 record. Atley was 1-1 in 2 games in the 1941-1942 World Series for the Yankees. Atley Donald was a key part of the New York Yankees from 1938-1945. He was never the # 1 starter, but his lifetime winning percentage of .663 shows that he was an important winner for them practically every season. Also he was a big winner on the great 1938-1939 Newark Bears teams, two of the minor leagues' greatest teams. He led Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League) in strikeouts in 1936. He was the leading pitcher for the 1937 Newark Bears (International League) with a record of 19-2. After getting into 2 games with the 1938 Yankees, he came back to Newark posting a 16-7 record. In 1939, he won 12 straight games, setting the American League record for most wins by a rookie hurler. He ended the 1939 AL season with 13-3 record. Also he helped with his bat, hitting .250. The 1939 New York Yankees won 106 games. He did not appear in the either the 1938 or 1939 World Series. In 1939, the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers speed gun clocked him throwing a pitch at a then-record 94.7 mph. This record was later broken by Cleveland Indians P Bob Feller.
Except for 1944, he never got into more than 24 games in a season. In 1940, he appeared in 24 games, posting a record of 8-3 with an ERA of 3.03. Unlike most of his seasons, in 1940, he appeared in slightly more games as a reliever than as a starter. In 1941, he went 9-5 as the team won the1941 AL pennant. In 1942, he went 13-3 as the team won the AL race again. He pitched in both 1941-1942 World Series but he was not particularly effective. He was 6-5 in 1943, and then he improved to a 13-10 mark in 1944 as he appeared in the most games of his MLB career in 1 season, 30 games. He did not appear in the 1943 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1945, he went 5-4 with a 3.52 ERA, but his Yankees career was over due to injuries. After retiring from MLB as an active player, he was a long-time Yankees MLB scout.
October 20, 1931- New York Yankees Hall Of Fame, AL MVP, MLB Coach, All Star OF/1B Mickey Charles Mantle (1951-1968) was born. (1931-1995)
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 won the American League Most Valuable Player Award 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 first of his injuries occurred in the 1951 World Series against the New York 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 MLB CF rival Willie Mays. He was never really the same after that injury. In 1974, Mickey Mantle along with his long-time New York Yankees teammate hurler Whitey Ford were elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. In August of 1995, Mickey Mantle passed away at the age of 63 from cancer.
Happy Birthday to Yankees "Chairman of the Board" Hall Of Fame Pitcher Whitey Ford
October 21, 1928- Former Yankees Hall Of Fame P Edward “Whitey” Ford (1950-1967) was born. In 1947, the New York Yankees signed Whitey Ford as a MLB amateur free agent. Whitey Ford pitched for the Yankees for 16 seasons. Ford missed the 1951-1952 American League seasons, because of military service. He finished his New York Yankees career with a 236-106 record, WP .690 with a 2.74 ERA in 498 games with 45 shutouts, 1,956 strikeouts in 3,171 innings pitched. In 1961, Whitey Ford was the AL Cy Young award winner after going 25-4. Also that season, he won the Babe Ruth Award. Whitey was selected for AL All Star team 8 times. He won 20 games only twice in his MLB career, in 1961 going 25-4 and 24-7 in 1963. In 1961, he broke Babe Ruth’s 29 2/3 scoreless innings pitched World Series record with a total of 33 innings. In the World Series with the Yankees, Whitey posted a 10-8 record in 22 World Series games. He was elected in 1974 along with long-time Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
October 22, 1982- Current Yankees All Star 2B Robinson “Robbie” Cano was born. In 2001, the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent signed Robinson “Robbie” Cano. He is the son of former MLB Pitcher Jose Cano, who originally was signed by the New York Yankees, later played in MLB with the Houston Astros. Robbie has appeared in 1,053 games with the Yankees (2005-2011) hitting .308 with 144 HRs with 621 RBI’s. His best Yankees season was in 2006, when he hit .342 in 122 games with 15 HRs with 78 RBI’s. That season, he won the AL Silver Slugger award for 2B. He was named to the 2006,2010-2011 AL All Star teams. In 2010, Robbie won American League Golden Glove for 2B.