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2 years ago  ::  Mar 18, 2012 - 2:07AM #1
FW57Clipper51
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This week in New York Yankees History March 18th-March 24th







March 18th

1901- Former Yankees OF John Cooney (1944) was born. (1901-1986)
On June 17,1944, John Cooney was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees. John only appeared in 10 games with the 1944 Yankees, hitting .125 before being released by the team. He later became a MLB coach for the Boston Braves and the Chicago White Sox. During the 1949 NL season, he briefly managed the Boston Braves.

1928- Former Yankees minor league P Chi-Chi Olivo was born. (1928-1977)
On November 29,1966, Chi-Chi Olivo was traded by the Atlanta Braves along with OF Bill Robinson to the New York Yankees for veteran 3B Clete Boyer. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level.

1943- Due to wartime travel restrictions, MLB spring training camps begin opening in northern locations. Some of the locales include Bear Mountain, New York (Brooklyn Dodgers), French Lick Springs, Indiana (Chicago Cubs and White Sox), Asbury Park, New Jersey ( New York Yankees), Medford, Massachusetts (Boston Red Sox) and Wallingford, Connecticut (Boston  Braves).

1960- Former Yankees minor league OF Matt Winters was born.
On June 6,1978, Matt Winters was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 1978 MLB amateur player draft. On November 12,1985, he was released by the team. On December 22,1985, Matt was signed as a MLB free agent by the Chicago White Sox.  On February 13,1986, he was traded by the  White Sox along with Chris Alvarez, Eric Schmidt, and C Ron Hassey to the New York  Yankees for P Neil Allen, Catcher Scott Bradley, Glen Braxton and cash. He played at Columbus  (AAA) that season. On October 15,1986, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. Matt would later play professional baseball in Japan.

1962- Former Yankees P Brian Fisher (1985-1986) was born.
On December 5,1984, Brian Fisher was traded by the Atlanta  Braves to the New York Yankees for veteran C Rick Cerone. He went 13-9 with the Yankees with 20 saves. On November 26,1986, he was traded by the  Yankees along with pitchers Doug Drabek and Logan Easley to the Pittsburgh  Pirates for pitchers Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clements.

1984- Former Yankees MLB  Batting Coach Charlie Lau, a renowned MLB batting instructor, dies in Key Colony Beach, FL, at age 50, after a long bout with cancer. (1933-1984)
Charlie Lau, whose MLB career batting average was .255, earned his fame as the Kansas City Royals MLB batting coach from 1971-1978, where his star pupil was AL All Star 3B George Brett. Lau also served as a MLB batting coach for the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s, New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox.

1985- MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall Of Fame members Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who had been banned from association with organized baseball by former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn due to their employment by Atlantic City Gambling Casinos. Ueberroth's ruling will allow both men to pursue employment with MLB teams.

2004- Former Yankees minor league P Gene Bearden passed away. (1920-2004)
Before the 1939 MLB season, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Gene Bearden. In June of 1942, Gene was sent from the Savannah (South Atlantic) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1946, Gene was traded by the Yankees along with P Al Gettel and OF Hal Peck to the Cleveland Indians for C Sherm Lollar and INF Ray Mack. He would have one good MLB season with the Indians in 1948, posting a 20-7 mark.

2011- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1947-1949) and MLB Manager Charley Metro passed away. (1918-2011)
Outfielder Charley Metro was player-manager for the New York Yankees minor league teams, Bisbee Yanks (1947) and the Twin Falls Cowboys (1948-1949).  Later he was MLB coach for several teams. He was involved with the expansion Kansas City Royals, helping them prepared for the player draft. He became the Manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1970, before being released with a 19-33 team record. He worked with the MLB Scouting Bureau as a national cross-checker. He spent several years with the Dodgers organization as a player talent evaluator.

March 19th

1884- Former Yankees OF Clyde “Hack” Engle (1909-1910) was born. (1884-1939)
Clyde Engle appeared in 140 games for the Yankees, hitting .275. On May 10,1910, Hack was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Yankees. After his playing days he coached the baseball team at the University of Vermont. Then he coached the freshman team at Yale University, where the coach of the varsity was his former Red Sox teammate Joe Wood.

1935- Former Yankees reserve INF Fritz “Fritzie” Brickell (1958-1959) was born. (1935-1965)
Fritz Brickell batted .256 in 20 games with the New York Yankees in 1958-1959, as a reserve infielder. He was the son of former MLB OF Fritz Brickell, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies (1926-1933). Before the 1953 AL season, the New York Yankees signed shortstop Fritz Brickell, as an MLB amateur free agent. Fritz, who stood just 5'5½", was optioned out to the Joplin Miners (Class C, Western Association). The 18 year old Kansas native got into only 37 games his 1st year, hitting .221. Fritz was in the same league in 1954 but with the St. Joseph Saints, where he played 121 games at shortstop, hitting .306.
 
He would spend the next few seasons in the high minors until he had a look-see in a couple games, with no record, for the Yankees in 1958. They gave him another look during the 1959 AL season, he appeared in 18 games at shortstop. He hit .256 for the 1959 Yankees before being sent back to the Richmond Virginians (International League) where he finished out the 1959 baseball season, hitting .247 in 88 games. Brickell stayed in the New York Yankees organization until April 4,1961, when they traded him to the expansion Los Angeles Angels for veteran P Duke Maas. Fritz became the 1st starting shortstop for the expansion LA Angels, but he was hampered by injuries, appearing in only 21 games. He was dispatched to the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League), where after he healed a bit, had probably his best season yet, hitting .307 in 108 games, fielding .985, while holding down the 2B position. In 1962, Fritz was with both the Toronto Maple Leafs squad and the Louisville Colonels team, hitting a combined .234 in 68 games. It was apparent he wasn't his old self, he called it a career after the 1962 baseball season. He had spent 10 years in professional baseball from 1953-1962.

 Fritz's minor league records show, he appeared in 982 games with 3,549 at bats, 979 base hits, including 82 HRs and had a .275 career BA. When he was diagnosed with cancer, Fritz Brickell Night was held in August of 1965 at the National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas with his former New York Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle on hand to stage a hitting exhibition as part of the activities. Fritz died just a few months later on October 15, 1965, at age 30 in his hometown of Wichita.

1940- In an exhibition game that might be a spring training record of sorts, the Triple-A Kansas City Blues (New York Yankees organization) pound the Washington Senators by the score of 22-5. The Blues collect 23 hits for 46 total bases. Frenchy Bordagaray starts the scoring with a home run in the 1st inning; Jack Saltzgaver hits 3 triples in 3 at-bats with 5 RBIs. Another familiar name, future Yankees hurler Johnny Lindell yields 3 hits in 3 innings for the Blues.

1974- In a five-player, three-team deal involving the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and the New York Yankees, P Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord in Cleveland. The Detroit Tigers send Jim Perry to Indians and P Ed Farmer to the New York Yankees, who sent C Jerry Moses to Tigers, and the Tribe send P Rick Sawyer and OF Walt Williams to the Yankees. The 1974 MLB season will mark the Perry’s 1st season as teammates during their long MLB careers.

1989- With All Star OF Dave Winfield sidelined, the New York Yankees traded C Joel Skinner and minor leaguer OF Turner Ward to the Cleveland Indians for OF Mel Hall (1989-1992). Dave Winfield will miss all of the 1989 American League season after undergoing back surgery next week for central disc problems.

2003- Former Yankees shortstop (1945) and long time Minor League Team Owner Joe Buzas died. (1919-2003)
Joe Buzas owned 82 minor league teams at some point in a 47-year period. At the time of his death, he owned the Salt Lake Stingers. He was the opening day shortstop for the New York Yankees in 1945, he badly injured his shoulder during the 1945 American League season, ending his MLB playing career. The 1st minor league team that he owned was the Syracuse Chiefs (International League).  Joe Buzas was known for turning a profit when times were poor financially in the minor leagues.

March 20th

1875- Former Yankees INF Patrick “Willie” Greene (1903) was born. (1875-1934)
Paddy Greene appeared in 4 games, hitting .308 in 1903. On July 16,1903, he was traded by the Highlanders to the Detroit Tigers for P John Deering.

1944- Former Yankees P Steve Blateric (1972) was born.
Steve Blateric was acquired in a conditional deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He appeared in only 1 game with the Yankees with no record. He was returned to the Reds in the spring of 1973.

1954- Former Yankees P Paul Mirabella (1979) was born.
On November 10,1978, Paul Mirabella was traded by the Texas Rangers along with Greg Jemison (minors), OF Juan Beniquez, Pitchers Mike Griffin, and Dave Righetti to the Yankees for INF Domingo Ramos, C Mike Heath, Pitchers Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich and cash. Paul won the 1979 James P. Dawson Award for being the best Yankee rookie in the 1979 Yankees spring training camp.  He went 0-4 in 10 games with the Yankees during the 1979 AL season. On November 1,1979, he was traded by the Yankees along with 1B Chris Chambliss and INF Damaso Garcia to the Toronto Blue Jays for P Tom Underwood, C Rick Cerone, and OF Ted Wilborn.

1957- Former Yankees INF Ezra “Salt Rock “ Midkiff  (1912-1913) passed away. (1882-1957)
Ezra "Salt Rock" Midkiff was the 3rd baseman for the 1913 Yankees. He appeared in 104 games, hitting .208. The Yankees would sell him to the Baltimore Orioles (International League). Later he managed in the minor leagues for 5 seasons.

1958- The Philadelphia Phillies acquired veteran 1B/OF Joe Collins (1948-1957) from the New York  Yankees. Opting not to report to the Phillies Clearwater, Fla. spring training camp, Joe Collins decides to retire from MLB, thereby canceling the deal. Joe Collins was quoted by the NYC media saying that, “I want to be remembered as a Yankee.” He turns down a player contract offered by the Phillies of $100,000. Joe batted .258 in 908 games with the Yankees (1948-1957), never becoming the player that the Yankees had projected him to be.  Manager Casey Stengel used him against right hand pitching. Joe appeared in 7 World Series with the Yankees. During the 1955 World Series opener against the Brooklyn Dodgers, Joe hit 2 HRs in a Yankees 6-5 win. Casey Stengel often referred to Joe Collins as “My meal ticket.” Bill “Moose” Skowron replaced him as the Yankees regular 1B during the 1956 American League season. Joe was a life along resident of New Jersey.

1961- New York Yankees announced that the team will opposed any plans that would enabled the new National League expansion franchise to use Yankee Stadium. This decision leaves the only the old Polo Grounds as the only viable option for the new National League team, the New York  Mets.

1984- Former Yankees and Hall Of Fame P Stan Coveleski dies in South Bend, Indiana, at the age of 94. (1889-1984)
Stan Coveleski pitched for the Philadelphia A’s, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and the New York Yankees (1928) over a 14-season MLB career, winning 215 games, which include five 20-win seasons. On December 21,1927, Stan was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees. In 1928, he went 5-1 in 12 games for the team.

2006- Two-time All-Star P Al Leiter (1987-1989, 2005) announces his retirement after a 19-season MLB career at the New York Yankees spring training camp in Tampa, Fla. Al Leiter was originally signed by the Yankees, later he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for OF Jesse Barfield. He also pitched for the cross-town rivals New York Mets and the Florida Marlins during his MLB career.

March 21st

1892- Former Yankees INF Bill Stumpf (1912-1913) was born. (1892-1966)
At the age of 20, Bill Stumpf played for the Yankees appearing in 54 games, hitting .234. On May 25,1913, Bill was traded by the New York Yankees along with INF Jack Lelivelt to the Cleveland Naps for shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh.

1897- Former Yankees OF William “Goodtime Bill” Lamar (1917-1919) was born. (1897-1970)
Bill Lamar hit .219 in 50 games for the New York Yankees, before being sold to the Boston Red Sox during the 1919 American League season.

1936- New York Yankees rookie OF Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training hitting record to 12-for-20, in an 11-2 Yankees victory over the newly named Boston Bees, formerly the Braves. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his spring training and delays his MLB debut with the Yankees until May.

1957- Former Yankees Minor League coach and Manager Oscar Acosta was born. (1957-2006)
Oscar Acosta managed in the Yankees farm system for the Columbus Clippers (1996-1998) and the Lansing Lugnuts (1999). In 2004, he became manager of the Gulf Coast League Yankees and Latin American Coordinator, positions that he held when he was killed in a car accident in 2006.


1974- Recently acquired P Ed Farmer from the Cleveland Indians is purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the New York Yankees.


1978- Former Yankees minor league INF Cristian Guzman was born.
In 1994, the New York Yankees signed INF Cristian Guzman as an MLB amateur free agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On February 6,1998, he was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Brian Buchanan, P Eric Milton, P Danny Mota, and cash to the Minnesota Twins for 2B Chuck Knoblauch.

1986- The New York Yankees announce that their most celebrated off-season acquisition, 26-year-old P Britt Burns, will not pitch at all this 1986 American League season because of a chronic deteriorating hip condition. He never again pitches in the MLB. On December 12, 1985, Britt Burns was traded by the Chicago White Sox along with minor league pitchers Glen Braxton and Mike Soper to the Yankees for C Ron Hassey and P Joe Cowley. The Yankees front office had advised Yankees Owner George Steinnbrenner not to make the deal because of Burns major health concerns, but he ignored their advice.

2001- In a trade of highly touted prospects, the New York  Yankees re-obtained 3B Drew Henson along with OF Michael Coleman from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league OF Wily Mo Peña and cash consideration.

March 22nd

1903- Advance tickets for the New York Highlanders’ home opener go on sale on the same day the team announces that it will build a new ballpark at 168th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Their new home, Hilltop Park, was an all-wood structure with a small cover stand in the infield and open bleachers down the foul lines. It sat approximately 15,000 fans, including on the field, “bring your seat” tickets. Hilltop Park was finished in time for the 1903 AL season opener; it remained home for the Highlanders-Yankees until 1912, when the Yankees moved to the Polo Grounds. After a fire at the Polo Grounds in 1911, the Yankees had shared the field with the Giants. In 1914, the wooden ballpark was demolished. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, a major hospital, opened up on that location in 1928.

1915- Former Yankees P Norman “Red” Branch (1941-1942) was born. (1915-1971)
Norman “Red” Branch went 5-2 in 37 games with 4 saves for theNew York Yankees during 1941-1942 AL seasons.

1960- Former Yankees C Scott Bradley (1984-1985) was born.
In 1981, the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the MLB amateur player draft drafted Scott Bradley. He appeared in only 28 games for the Yankees, hitting just .224. On February 13,1986, Scott was traded by the Yankees along with minor league player Glen Braxton, P Neil Allen, and cash to the White Sox for C Ron Hassey, OF Matt Winters, minor league players Chris Alvarez and Eric Schmidt. Scott is currently the head baseball coach for Princeton University.

1962- At spring training camp, New York Yankees All Star slugger Roger Maris declines to pose with Hall Of Fame New York Mets batting coach Rogers Hornsby, because he had criticized him in his book “My Wars with Baseball.” Hornsby was jealous of the money that the modern MLB players were making, using Roger Maris as an example in his book. He called modern MLB players like Roger Maris, a “punk” in his book.

1963- Former Yankees P and MLB Bullpen Coach Rich Monteleone (1990-1993) was born.
On April 29,1990, Rich Monteleone was traded by the California Angels along with OF/DH Claudell Washington to the New York Yankees for OF/DH Luis Polonia. Rich went 17-9 in 120 games for the Yankees. Later, he became a pitching coach in the Yankees minor league system. Also he served as the Yankees MLB bullpen coach as well.

1965- Former Yankees OF/DH Glenallen Hill  (2000) was born.
Glenallen Hill hit .333 in 40 games with the New York Yankees during the 2000 AL season. On July 21,2000, he was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Yankees for pitchers Ben Ford and Oswaldo Mairena. On March 28, 2001, he was traded by the Yankees to the California Angels for minor league OF Darren Blakely.

1972- Former Yankees P Cory Lidle (2006) was born. (1972-2006)
Cory Lidle went 4-3 in 10 games with the 2006 Yankees before his death in an airplane crash in October of 2006. On July 30, 2006, Cory Lidle was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies along with OF Bobby Abreu to the Yankees for P Matt Smith, Shortstop C.J. Henry, Carlos Monastrios and Jesus Sanchez.

1972- In one of the best trades in the New York Yankees franchise history, the Bronx Bombers acquired reliever Sparky Lyle from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for 1B/OF Danny Cater and  minor league INF Mario Guerrero. In 7 seasons with the Yankees, Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA, winning a 1977 American League Cy Young Award, helping the team to win 2 World Series Championships.

March 23rd

1941- New York Yankees All Star CF Joe DiMaggio, a 1941 MLB contract hold out and late arrival in spring training camp, plays his 1st exhibition game for the team. In 1941, Joe would hit .341 in 139 games with 30 HRs and 125 RBI’s. He would hit in 56 straight games, establishing a new MLB hitting record. Joe would win the 1941 American League Most Valuable Player Award beating out his Boston Red Sox rival Ted Williams.

1942- The Brooklyn Dodgers re-obtained OF/1B Stanley “ Frenchy” Bordagaray (1941), buying the veteran 1B from the New York Yankees. On January 27,1940, Frenchy was sent by the Cincinnati Reds to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 5,1939. The Cincinnati Reds sent players to be named later and $40,000 to the New York Yankees for 1B Vince DiMaggio. They sent Frenchy Bordagaray and Nino Bongiovanni on January 27,1940, to the Yankees to complete the trade. Frenchy would hit .260 in 36 games for the 1941 Yankees.

1944- Former Yankees DH/1B George “Boomer” Scott  (1979) was born.
On August 26,1979, veteran DH/1B George Scott was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. George hit .318 in 16 games for the Yankees in 1979, before retiring from MLB. He would play baseball and manage in Mexico Leagues.

1952- Former Yankees P Steve “Smokey” Sundra  (1936,1938-1940) passed away. (1910-1952)
On December 11,1935, Steve Sundra was traded by the Cleveland Indians along with P Monte Pearson to the Yankees for P Johnny Allen. Steve went 21-11 in 77 games with Yankees before being traded to the Washington Senators in 1941. His best Yankees season was in 1939, when he posted an 11-1 mark.  He appeared in Game #4 of 1939 World Series in relief against the Cincinnati Reds with no decision.

1969- Former Yankees reserve C Chris Turner (2000) was born.
Chris Turner was a back up catcher who played in 37 games, hitting .236 for the Yankees during the 2000 AL season. He had originally came up to the majors with the California Angels.

1974- The New York Yankees purchased OF Elliot Maddox (1974-1977) from the Texas Rangers for $100,000. Texas Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along with him, so the team traded him. During the 1974 AL season, Yankees Manager Bill Virdon switched CF Bobby Mercer to RF to play Elliot Maddox in centerfield, who responded with a .303 BA.  Bobby Mercer became a very effective right fielder for the Yankees.  Elliot was injured on the outfield playing turf during the 1975 American League season at Shea Stadium, resulting in a serious knee injury.  He was never again be an effective player as he was during the 1974 AL season. Yankees manager Billy Martin had him traded to the Baltimore Orioles in January of 1977 for veteran OF Paul Blair.  Elliot Maddox would later sue the New York City over the playing conditions at Shea Stadium, but he lost the lawsuit.

1988- Current Yankees minor league P Dellin Betances  (2011) was born.
Pitcher Dellin Betances was selected by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB amateur player draft. He reached the major leagues with the Yankees in 2011, appearing in 2 games with no record. He is suppose to be in the 2012 Scranton starting rotation.

1989- New York Yankees P Charlie Hudson (1987-1988) is traded to the Detroit Tigers for INF Tom Brookens. Charlie went 17-13 in 63 games with 2 saves for the Yankees. Tom Brookens will hit .226 in 66 games, before leaving the 1989 Yankees for MLB free agency.

1990- Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from New York  Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who paid Spira $40,000 in January.

March 24th

1891- Former Yankees P Ernie Shore  (1919-1920) was born. (1891-1980)
On December 18,1918, veteran starter Ernie Shore was traded by the Boston Red Sox along with P Dutch Leonard and OF Duffy Lewis to the New York Yankees for OF Frank Gilhooley, P Slim Love, P Ray Caldwell, C Roxy Walters, and $15,000. He went 7-10 in 34 games for the Yankees.

1925- Former Yankees 1B Richard Kryhoski (1949) was born. (1925-2007)
In 1946, the New York Yankees signed Richard Kryhoski as a MLB amateur free agent. He batted .294 in 54 games during the 1949 AL season for the Yankees. On December 17,1949, he was traded by the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers for 1B Richard Wakefield (1950).

1930- Former Yankees reserve C Bob Tillman (1967) was born. (1930-2000)
On August 8, 1967, Bob Tillman was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Boston Red Sox. As a reserve catcher, Bob Tillman appeared in 37 games, hitting .254 for the 1967 Yankees. On December 7,1967, Bob Tillman was traded by the Yankees along with P Dale Roberts to the Atlanta Braves for INF Bobby Cox, who would later become Yankees MLB Coach and later a successful MLB manager for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves.

1933- New York Yankees OF Babe Ruth, another victim of America’s Great Depression, takes a pay cut of $23,000 from his 1932 MLB player contract salary of $75,000.

1972- Former Yankees P Steve Karsay  (2002-2005) was born.
The New York Yankees signed Steve Karsay as a MLB free agent for their bullpen. He went 6-4 in 91 games with 12 saves as a Yankees reliever. On May 3,2005, Steve was released by the Yankees. The Texas Rangers would sign him for the rest of the 2005 AL season.

1982- Former Yankees minor league P Heath Phillips was born.
 Signed as a MLB free agent, hurler Heath Phillips will spend the 2008 baseball season at Scranton (AAA).

1983- Former Yankees P Chad Gaudin (2009-2010) was born.
Chad Gaudin was picked up by the New York Yankees for the stretch drive in 2009, when they were struggling to find a reliable 5th starter, he was on the team's post-season roster, although he was not used in the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Expected to earn a spot on the Yankees' pitching staff in 2010, either as the fifth starter or as a long reliever, he was instead released on March 25th, but he was picked up by the Oakland A’s to serve as a long reliever. He pitched 12 games with the A's with an ERA of 8.83, he was released again on May 21st, then he was signed again by the Yankees, which were again looking for an experienced arm for their bullpen at this point. The Yankees granted him MLB Free agency in December of 2010. In 2011, he pitched for the Washington Nationals. In 2012, he signed a free agent deal with the Marlins.

1996- At Tampa's Legends Field, New York Yankees INF Tony Fernandez (1995) fractures his right elbow in a spring training game against the Houston Astros, he is placed on the 60-day disabled list.

2008- Former Yankees minor league INF/OF Tom Upton passed away. (1926-2008)
Tom "Muscles" Upton began his professional baseball career with the New York Yankees organization in 1944. He split that season between the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) and Kansas City Blues (American Association), hitting a combined .140 with a .162 slugging percentage in 222 at-bats. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1947, he played for the Norfolk Tars and Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League), hitting .227 in 100 games. For the Ventura Yankees, Quincy Gems and the Triplets in 1948, he hit .271 in 398 at-bats. In 638 at-bats for the Beaumont Exporters in 1949, he hit .265 with a career-high 4 HRs.

Tom Upton was drafted from the New York Yankees organization by the St. Louis Browns in the 1949 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On April 19,1950, he made his MLB debut with the Browns. He was the Browns' regular shortstop that season, hitting .237 with 2 HRs and 7 stolen bases in 389 at-bats. He showed a good eye at the plate, walking 52 times, while striking out only 45 times. In 52 games in 1951, he hit only .198, so he spent 34 games with the Kansas City Blues that year as well, hitting .233. On November 27,1951, he was traded along with C Sherm Lollar and P Al Widmar to the Chicago White Sox for INF Joe DeMaestri, INF Gordon Goldsberry, P Richard Littlefield, C Gus Niarhos and OF Jim Rivera. Then Tom was traded by the White Sox to the Washington Senators for OF Sam Dente. He appeared in 5 games for the Senators in 1952, hitting .000 in 5 at-bats. On May 3rd, he was traded along with veteran OF Irv Noren to the New York Yankees for OF Jackie Jensen, P Frank “Spec” Shea, INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson. In the minors the rest of the 1952 season, he hit .226 in 72 games split between the Beaumont Roughnecks and the Syracuse Chiefs (International League). Overall, he hit .225 in 181 major league games. In the minor leagues, Tom hit .239 in 530 games.


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2 years ago  ::  Mar 18, 2012 - 2:21AM #2
FW57Clipper51
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Remembering Former Yankees MLB batting Coach Charlie Lau



March 18,1984-Former Yankees MLB  Batting Coach Charlie Lau (1979-1981), a renowned MLB batting instructor, dies in Key Colony Beach, FL, at age 50, after a long bout with cancer. (1933-1984)
Charlie Lau, whose MLB career batting average was .255, earned his fame as the Kansas City Royals MLB batting coach from 1971-1978, where his star pupil was American League All Star 3B George Brett. Lau also served as a MLB batting coach for the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s, New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. As a MLB player Charlie was a catcher in  the MLB from 1956-1967, starting with the Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City A's and finishing with the Atlanta Braves in 1967.  In 1980, Charlie published a book "The Art of Hitting .300."



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2 years ago  ::  Mar 19, 2012 - 7:23PM #3
FW57Clipper51
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1974 Yankees make a trade with the Indians and Tigers



March 19, 1974- In a five-player, three-teams deal involving the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and the New York Yankees, P Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord in Cleveland. The Detroit Tigers send P Jim Perry to Indians and P Ed Farmer to the New York Yankees, who sent C Jerry Moses to Tigers.  The Tribe will send P Rick Sawyer and OF Walt Williams to the Yankees. The 1974 MLB season will mark the Perry’s 1st season as teammates during their long MLB careers. On March 21,1974, reliever Ed Farmer was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the New York Yankees.


OF/DH Walt "No Neck " Williams



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2 years ago  ::  Mar 19, 2012 - 8:19PM #4
FW57Clipper51
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New York Yankees say "No" to sharing Yankee Stadium in 1962




March 20,1961- The  New York Yankees announced that the team will opposed any plans that would enabled the new National League expansion franchise to use Yankee Stadium. This decision leaves the only the old Polo Grounds as the only viable option for the new National League team, the New York Mets.


Yankee Stadium


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The Polo Grounds


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2 years ago  ::  Mar 22, 2012 - 4:59AM #5
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Mar 19, 2012 -- 8:19PM, FW57Clipper51 wrote:


New York Yankees say "No" to sharing Yankee Stadium in 1962




March 20,1961- The  New York Yankees announced that the team will opposed any plans that would enabled the new National League expansion franchise to use Yankee Stadium. This decision leaves the only the old Polo Grounds as the only viable option for the new National League team, the New York Mets.


Yankee Stadium


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The Polo Grounds


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WOW there is something i didn't know about the polo grounds, great stuff Clipper.

2 years ago  ::  Mar 22, 2012 - 9:22AM #6
FW57Clipper51
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1936 New York Yankees Spring Training Camp: Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio playing with Hot bat



March 21, 1936- New York Yankees rookie OF Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training hitting record to 12-for-20, in an 11-2 Yankees victory over the newly named Boston Bees, formerly the Braves. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his spring training and delays his MLB debut with the New York Yankees until May.



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2 years ago  ::  Mar 22, 2012 - 9:36AM #7
FW57Clipper51
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The 1972  New York Yankees trade for P Sparky Lyle from the Boston Red Sox



March 22, 1972- In one of the best trades in the New York Yankees franchise history, the Bronx Bombers acquired reliever Sparky Lyle from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for 1B/OF Danny Cater and  minor league INF Mario Guerrero. In seven seasons with the New York Yankees, Sparky Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA, winning a 1977 American League Cy Young Award, helping the team to win two World Series Championships in 1977-1978.



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2 years ago  ::  Mar 22, 2012 - 9:19PM #8
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On this day twelve years ago, the Expos traded players to be named later and Jake Westbrook to the Yankees for pitcher Hideki Irabu.  One of those Bronx-bound PTBNLs wound up right-hander Ted Lilly.   The Bombers would deal Lilly to the A's a little more than two years later in a massive three-team trade. 

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 23, 2012 - 9:33AM #9
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Mar 22, 2012 -- 9:19PM, BigGuy wrote:


On this day twelve years ago, the Expos traded players to be named later and Jake Westbrook to the Yankees for pitcher Hideki Irabu.  One of those Bronx-bound PTBNLs wound up right-hander Ted Lilly.   The Bombers would deal Lilly to the A's a little more than two years later in a massive three-team trade. 





Big Guy,


Thanks but check your calendar again. According to Baseball Reference here is Ted lilly's trade history coming and going with the New York Yankees. Ted Lilly's problem with the New York Yankees is that he didn't throw enought strikes, which drove Yankees MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre nuts. His Yankee teammates loved him because when he was pitching and the other team threw at you, Lilly was ready to strike back at the other team.



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March 17, 2000: the Montreal Expos sent Ted Lilly to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 22, 1999. December 22, 1999: The Montreal Expos sent players to be named later and P Jake Westbrook to the New York Yankees for P Hideki Irabu.


July 5, 2002: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the New York Yankees with P Jason Arnold (minors) and OF John-Ford Griffin to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, P Franklyn German and 1B Carlos Pena to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent P Jeff Weaver to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent P Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.





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2 years ago  ::  Mar 23, 2012 - 9:41AM #10
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The 1974 New York Yankees acquired OF Elliot Maddox from the Texas Rangers



March 23,1974- The New York Yankees purchased OF Elliot Maddox (1974-1977) from the Texas Rangers for $100,000. Texas Rangers Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along with him, so the team traded him. During the 1974 American League season, Yankees Manager Bill Virdon switched CF Bobby Mercer to Right Field to play Elliot Maddox in centerfield, who responded with a .303 BA.  Bobby Mercer became a very effective right fielder for the Yankees.  Elliot was injured on the outfield playing turf during the 1975 American League season at Shea Stadium, resulting in a serious knee injury that ended his season.  He was never again be an effective player as he was during the 1974 AL season. In the winter of 1975, the Yankees had acquired CF Mickey Rivers  from the California Angels in the Bobby Bonds trade. Yankees manager Billy Martin had him traded to the Baltimore Orioles in January of 1977 for veteran golden glove OF Paul Blair.  Elliot Maddox would later sue the New York City over the playing conditions at Shea Stadium, but he lost the lawsuit against the city.


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