1879- Former Yankees P Noodles Hahn (1906) was born. (1879-1960) Noodles Hahn posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in 6 games for the 1906 Yankees in his last season in MLB. The Yankees had obtained him on waivers from the Cincinnati Reds in April of 1906.
1883- Former Yankees P Rube Manning (1907-1910) was born. (1883-1930) On July 18,1907, Rube Manning was purchased by the New York Highlanders from Williamsport (Tri-State). Walter "Rube" Manning pitched 4 seasons for the New York Highlanders, from 1907-1910. He never had a winning record, but then the team was under .500 in 1907-1909. In particular, when Manning went 13-16 in 1908, the team was 51-103. His final New York Yankees pitching record was 22-23 in 84 games with a 3.14 ERA.
1888- Former Yankees reserve INF Ernie Johnson (1923-1925) was born. (1888-1952) On May 31,1923, INF Ernie Johnson was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in 159 games for the Yankees as a reserve INF. On October 28,1925, the New York Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to St. Paul Saints (American Association) to complete an earlier deal made on May 29,1925. On May 29,1925, the New York Yankees sent a player to be named later, C Fred Hofmann, 1B/P/PH Oscar Roettger and $50,000 to St. Paul Saints (American Association) for INF Mark Koenig.
1914- Former Yankees P Marv Breuer (1939-1943) was born. (1914-1991) Marv Breuer made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on May 4,1939 appearing in one game with no decisions and spent the rest of the 1939 baseball season with the Kansas City Blues (American Association.) He led the league with a 2.28 ERA helping his team to the league championship with a 17-6 record. Marv spent the next 4 seasons (1940-1943) back with the Bronx Bombers, building a 25-26 record with a 4.03 ERA in 86 games. His best year came in 1941, when he went 9-7 in 26 games. His final game with the Yankees and in professional baseball came on August 28, 1943. He appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, 1941-1942, appearing in 2 games with no record.
During his six-season minor league run, Breuer had 4 double-digit winning seasons. The 1st came in 1935 with the Joplin Miners (class C Western Association), when he went 14-14 for a last-place team. In 1936, Marv threw an 18-9 record at the class A New York-Pennsylvania League and helped his team, the Binghamton Triplets, to the League Championship. He went 12-12 for the 2nd-place 1938 Kansas City Blues, helping his club to the American Association playoff Title and then topped this off with the above-mentioned 17-6 record in 1939.
1923- The New York Yankees signed 20-year-old prospect 1B Lou Gehrig to a contract paying him a salary of $2,000 and a bonus of $1,500. Yankees scout Paul Krichell had watched the Columbia star blast a 450-foot HR against NYU, one day earlier.
1924- Mercersburg Academy starter Bump Hadley threw a perfect game against the Hadley-Lynn team of Massachusetts. A future Yankees starter, Hadley struck out 26 of the 27 batters he faced. Bump Hadley went 49-31 in over 5 seasons with the Yankees after being obtained in January of 1936 from the Washington Senators.
1929- Former Yankees P Mickey McDermott (1956) was born. (1929-2003) Veteran American League starter Mickey McDermott came to the New York Yankees in a 1956 mid season trade with the Washington Senators in 1956. Mickey appeared in Game #2 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, pitching 3 innings with no record. He went 2-6 in 23 games for the 1956 Yankees. He was sent to the Kansas City A’s in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade.
1933- In a strange play at home plate, Washington Senators catcher Luke Sewell tags out two New York Yankees base runners on the same play. Lou Gehrig had held up, thinking a fly ball would be caught. Dixie Walker closes up on him; Sewell tags both Yankee runners out while trying to score.
1938-The New York Yankees stage their 1st Ladies Day promotion at Yankee Stadium. To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Yankees C Bill Dickey drives in three runs , while 1B Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his 1st two-hit game of the 1938 AL season. He consecutive-game played streak reaches 1,977 games.
1966- Former Yankees OF/DH/1B Jon Vander Wal (2002) was born. John Vander Wal hit .260 in 84 games for the Yankees during the 2002 AL season, before leaving the team as MLB free agent.
1967- Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees earned his final MLB career victory. His 236th win comes against the Chicago White Sox, an 11-2 decision at Yankee Stadium. Ford will enter the Hall Of Fame in 1974 with his longtime Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle. He would finish with his Yankees pitching career record with 236 wins, becoming the club leader in wins, passing Red Ruffing who had 232 wins with the Yankees.
1971- Former Yankees P Sterling Hitchcock (1992-1995, 2002-2003) was born. Sterling Hitchcock went 16-16 for the New York Yankees before being traded to the Seattle Mariners in the Tino Martinez trade in the winter of 1995. The Yankees felt that he wasn’t going to be a big game pitcher. He signed as a MLB free agent in 2001, he stayed until 2003 AL season, being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor leaguers Justin Pope and Ben Julinard. His last stint with the Yankees, he posted a 6-9 record.
1975- New York Yankees 1B Bob Oliver sets an American League record by participating in six double plays in a 9-inning game.
1977- Lefty Ron Guidry gets his 1st starting assignment of the 1977 AL season as he blanks the Seattle Mariners by a score of 3-0, with late inning relief help from closer Sparky Lyle. Yankees C Thurman Munson hits a 2-run HR. The victory pulled the Yankees into 2nd place in the AL East.
1978- Former Yankees minor league P Tony Armas Jr. was born. In 1994, Tony Armas Jr. was signed a MLB amateur free agent, but he never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. Tony was traded to the Boston Red Sox for veteran 1B/DH/catcher Mike Stanley during the 1997 AL season. All of Tony’s MLB career games would be in the National League.
1985- Former Yankees reserve OF Chad Huffman (2010) was born. Chad Huffman was selected off waivers from the San Diego Padres by the New York Yankees at the end of spring training in 2010. He started the year at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then got his 1st look at the majors in early June when the Yankees were hit by a rash of injuries to position players and had to strengthen their bench. He was hitting .279 in 53 games at the time of his call-up. He went 3 for 18, for a .167 BA, in 9 major league games. He finished his AAA season hitting .274 in 104 games. On September 10,2010, Chad Huffman was selected by the Cleveland Indians on waivers from the New York Yankees.
1903- New York Highlanders won their 1903 home opener at Hilltop Park by the score of 6-2, over the Senators. A crowd of 16,293 fans watched the game. Jack Chesbro was the winning pitcher. Wee “Willie” Keeler made the 1st Highlanders home game hit, a single in the 1st inning. He went to 2nd base on an error, and then he scored the 1st Highlanders home field run on a double by Jimmy Williams.
1907- Former Yankees P Walter “Jumbo” Brown (1932-1937) was born. (1907-1966) Walter “Jumbo” Brown went 19-16 in 80 games with 2 saves with the New York Yankees, before being sold to the Cincinnati Reds. Walter was nicknamed "Jumbo" because his 6'4" frame and 296 pound playing weight. He pitched in the MLB from 1925-1941 with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and finishing up with the New York Giants. He finished with a 33-31 MLB career record with 4.06 ERA in 249 games
1946- At Yankee Stadium, starter Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians struck out 11 and pitched his second of three MLB career no-hitters and his 1st since returning from a 3½-year stint with the U.S. Navy in World War II. Bob Feller defeated the New York Yankees by the score of 1-0, on Frankie Hayes' HR in the 9th inning.
1979- Former Yankees P Brandon Claussen (2003) was born. Brandon Claussen went 1-0 with the New York Yankees before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds for veteran INF Aaron Boone during the 2003 AL season.
1988- All Star OF Dave Winfield drove in his 28th and 29th runs of the season in the New York Yankees 15-3 rout of the Texas Rangers, tying the MLB record for the most RBI’s in April.
1989- The Toronto Blue Jays acquired P Al Leiter from the New York Yankees in exchange for veteran OF Jesse Barfield. Leiter will miss most of the next 4 seasons to arm injuries but he will contribute significantly to the Toronto Blue Jays' World Championship in 1993, winning 9 of 15 decisions as a spot starter and long reliever. Jesse Barfield appeared in 396 games for the Yankees, hitting just .231 with 62 HRs and 189 RBIs. He was released by the Yankees at the end of 1992 AL season.
1992- Former Yankees INF Celerino Sanchez (1972-1973) passes away of heart attack in Mexico City. (1941-1992) Former Mexican League star was obtained from the Mexico City Tigers in 1971. He played in 105 games for the New York Yankees hitting .242.He went back to Mexico to play baseball rather than play for the Yankees at AAA.
1997- New York First baseman Tino Martinez who got off to a painfully slow start with the Yankees in 1996, finished April of 1997, with 34 RBIs to set a MLB record for the month of April.
1999- About 3,000 fans wearing T-shirts that said, "$hare the wealth" protested baseball economics at the Yankees-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. The protesters turned their backs when the Yankees batted, then walked out during the 4th inning. The New York Yankees began the 1999 MLB season with baseball's top payroll at $85.05 million, and the Kansas City Royals were 25th at $23.8 million.
1913- The New York Yankees released P Chester “Red” Hoff (1911-1913). Chester Hoff went 0-2 in 12 games for the New York Yankees. He would return to MLB in 1915 with the St. Louis Browns, going 2-2 in 11 games in his final MLB season.
1920- New York OF Babe Ruth hit his 50th MLB career HR, and the 1st HR for the Yankees in the Boston Red Sox 6-0 loss at the Polo Grounds. The HR cleared the roof in right field of the Polo Grounds, a feat matched only by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox.
1951- On Mother's Day, Mickey Mantle hit the 1st HR of his MLB career off of P Randy Gumpert in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. In the same game, former Negro Leagues star Minnie Miñoso became the 1st black player in the history of the Chicago White Sox franchise. Miñoso belted a HR in his 1st MLB at-bat off of Yankees starter Vic Raschi.
1952- Former Yankees reserve INF Ernie Johnson (1923-1925) passed away. (1888-1952) On May 31,1923, INF Ernie Johnson was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Chicago White Sox. Ernie appeared in 159 games as a reserve infielder for the Yankees, hitting .327. On October 28,1925, he was sent by the Yankees to St. Paul Saints (American Association) to complete an earlier deal made on May 29,1925. The Yankees sent a player to be named later, Fred Hofmann, Oscar Roettger and $50,000 to St. Paul Saints (American Association) for INF Mark Koenig. His son Don Johnson pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 1943-1948.
1979- Former Yankees P Brandon Claussen (2003) was born. On June 2,1998, Brandon Claussen was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the 1998 MLB amateur player draft. Brandon appeared in only 1 game with the Yankees with a 1-0 record. On July 31,2003, he was traded by the New York Yankees with minor league P Charlie Manning and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for veteran INF Aaron Boone.
1988- MLB Free agents P Ron Guidry (New York Yankees), C Rich Gedman (Boston Red Sox), C Bob Boone (Angels) and OF Tim Raines (Montreal Expos), all re-signed with their former clubs on the 1st day, they are allowed to do so. Pitcher Doyle Alexander (Atlanta Braves) will re-sign on May 5th.
1991- Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s surpassed Lou Brock as MLB career stolen base leader with his 939th steal in the 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Henderson broke the record in the 4th inning, when he stole 3B against Yankees catcher Matt Nokes.
1992- Former Yankees INF/DH Celerino Sanchez (1972-1973) passes away of heart attack in Mexico City. (1941-1992) In 1971, the New York Yankees obtained former Mexican League baseball star from the Mexico City Tigers INF Celerino Sanchez for minor league INF Ossie Chavarria. Celerino played 3B for the New York Yankees until the arrival of Graig Nettles from the Cleveland Indians. He played in a total of 105 games for the Yankees hitting .242, before returning to Mexico to finish his professional baseball career.
1996- Former Yankees minor league OF Jimmy “ Gee Gee” Gleeson passed away. (1912-1996) On December 8,1936, Jimmy Gleeson was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Cleveland Indians. Jimmy never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. While in the New York Yankees organization, he played for their Newark Bears (AAA) farm team (1937-1938). With the Newark Bears in 1937, he hit .298 and led the International League with 47 doubles. The next season, he hit .310 with 16 HRs and 81 RBIs. He led the IL again in doubles with 50. On January 24,1939, Jimmy was purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the New York Yankees for $25,000.
2010- The New York Yankees suffer a double loss today. They bow to the Chicago White Sox by the score of 7-6, as Chicago sluggers Andruw Jones and A.J. Pierzynski hit long balls, then place starting centerfielder Curtis Granderson on the disabled list because of a strained left groin suffered while running the bases.
1896- Former Yankees P William “Wild Bill” Piercy (1917,1921) was born. (1896-1951) Bill Piercy went 5-5 in 15 games for the New York Yankees. On December 20,1921, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Rip Collins, INF Roger Peckinpaugh and P Jack Quinn to the Boston Red Sox for P Joe Bush, P Sam Jones and INF Everett Scott.
1923- Walter Johnson recorded his 1st shutout of the 1923 AL season and the 100th of his MLB record 113 career shutouts as the Washington Senators defeated the New York Yankees by the score of 3-0. Yankees shortstop Everett Scott received a medal from the American League for playing in his 1,000th consecutive game. Scott ‘s streak extended for another 307 games, giving him an MLB record of 1,307 games, until future Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig broke it with his 2,130 consecutive games streak.
1939 - 1st baseman Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees did not play against the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium, ending at 2,130 his MLB streak of consecutive games played. An ailing Gehrig removed himself from the Yankees starting lineup, telling his manager Joe McCarthy that he could not play because of continuing weakness. Doctors will later diagnose Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease that affects the muscles. Gehrig will never play again for the Yankees. Lou Gehrig replacement at 1st base, Babe Dahlgren led the Yankees hitting attack with a HR and double as the Yankees beat the Tigers by a score of 22-2.
1948- Former Yankees P Larry Gowell (1972) was born. In 1967, the New York Yankees in the 4th round of the MLB amateur player draft drafted Larry Gowell. He went 0-1 in 2 games for the Yankees during the 1972 AL season. On October 4,1972, Gowell hit a double off of Brewers P Jim Lonborg for his 1st and only MLB hit and the last hit by a pitcher in a regular season AL game before the start of the DH rule. The baseball Gowell hit was accepted as a historical baseball into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, where it now resides.
1962- Former Yankees reserve INF Jim Walewander (1990) was born. Reserve INF Jim Walewander appeared in only 9 games for the 1990 Yankees, hitting just .200. He spent most of the 1990 baseball season playing at Columbus (International League).
1965- Former Yankees reserve OF Felix Jose (2000) was born.
Felix Jose appeared 20 games as a reserve outfielder for the 2000 Yankees, hitting .241.
1975- Former Yankees minor league P Mark Johnson was born. On February 1,1999, Mark Johnson was traded by the Florida Marlins along with pitchers Todd Noel (minors) and Ed Yarnall to the New York Yankees for 3B Mike Lowell. Mark did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 13,1999, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers from the New York Yankees in the 1999 MLB Rule 5 player draft.
1979- Former Yankees minor league P Jason Arnold was born. In 2001, Jason Arnold was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the amateur MLB player draft. He signed for $400,000. Arnold began his professional career at short season A with the Staten Island Yankees. He went 7-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 74 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .157 against him. He was 3rd in the New York-Penn League in ERA, behind only Ross Peeples and Ian Snell. On July 27, 2001, Jason no-hit the Vermont Expos, the league's lone no-hitter that season. He made the league All-Star team alongside Snell as the top right-handed pitchers. Baseball America rated him the #9 prospect in the Yankees chain, the #3 pitcher after Brandon Claussen and Sean Henn. In 2002, he started the season in the Yankees system pitching well for both the Tampa Yankees (7-1, 2.48, 83 K in 80 IP) and Norwich Navigators (1-2, 4.15, 18 K in 17 1/3 IP). In July, Arnold was traded in a deal that sent him, P Ted Lilly and OF John-Ford Griffin from the Yankees to the Oakland A’s. The Yankees got P Jeff Weaver from the Detroit Tigers and Detroit picked up 1B Carlos Pena, P Franklyn German and P Jeremy Bonderman from Oakland. The A’s traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays. He retired as a player in 2006, unable to recover fully from arm injuries. He even try to pitching left handed before he retired.
1984- Former Yankees minor league pitcher now with the Chicago White Sox, LaMarr Hoyt faced 27 Yankee batters in a 3-0, a one-hitter shutout against the New York Yankees. Don Mattingly had the only hit for New York, an opposite-field blooper in the 7th inning, which is followed by a double play. Hoyt was one of the Yankee minor leaguers who were sent to the Chicago White Sox in the Bucky Dent trade made in 1977.
1992- New York Yankees P Scott Sanderson became the 12th pitcher in MLB history to surrender 4 HRS in a single inning. Sanderson was rocked in the 5th inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins with Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, and Randy Bush hitting the HRs. The Twins need all the homers as they won, the game by a score of 7-6.
1995- The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees by the score of 8-0, scoring their runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings by former college teammates John Valentin and Mo Vaughn. According to SABR statistician David Vincent, it is the 1st time ever that 2 grand slam HRs account for all the runs scored in a MLB game.
1998- New York Yankees starter Roger Clemens (7 innings) and reliever Paul Quantrill (2 innings) combine to one-hit the Oakland Athletics by the score of 7-0. Oakland's only hit is a single by rookie OF Ben Grieve.
2004- Former Yankees minor league P Moe Burtschy passed away. (1922-2004) On June 14,1956, Moe Burtschy was traded by the Kansas City A’s along with OF Bill Renna and cash to the New York Yankees for 1B Eddie Robinson and INF Lou Skizas. Moe was sent to Triple AAA Denver Bears (American Association). He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.
1904- Future Yankees HOF P Charles “Red” Ruffing (1930-1942,1945-1946) was born. (1904-1986) Charles “Red” Ruffing would lead the New York Yankee pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until Whitey Ford broke his club record in 1967, who finished with 236 wins as a Yankee. On May 6, 1930, Red Ruffing was obtained from the Boston Red Sox for OF Cedric Durst and $50,000. Also he was a pretty good pitching pitcher for the Yankees hitting a Grand Slam HR. Ruffing will win 273 games during a 22-year MLB career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. He will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 1967.
1912- Leading by the score of 18-5 after eight-innings, Philadelphia A’s pitchers gave up a record 9-inning outburst of 10 runs to the New York Yankees before finally P Eddie Plank stopped them at 18-15.
1916- Former Yankees reserve C Ken “Hawk” Silvestri (1941,1946-1947) was born. (1916-1992) Ken “Hawk” Silvestri played in 33 games as reserve catcher for the New York Yankees, before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He later became a MLB Coach (Phillies and White Sox) and Interim Manager for 1967 Atlanta Braves for 3 games during his long baseball career.
1936- Future Hall Of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio made his MLB debut for the New York Yankees. Joe had 3 hits in a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. Joe hits a triple and 2 singles drove in a run and scored 3 runs.
1945- The New York Yankees released veteran MLB OF Paul “Big Poison” Waner (1944-1945). Paul Waner had retired as a MLB player. He appeared in only 10 games with the New York Yankees (1944-1945) after a fine MLB career in the Nation League mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates retiring with a lifetime MLB BA of .333. He would be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952.
1949- The New York Yankees obtained P Edward “Babe” Klieman on waivers from the Washington Senators. His stay with the Yankees was brief with no MLB appearances. On May 16,1949, Ed was purchased by the Chicago White Sox from the New York Yankees.
1950- New York Yankees starter Vic Raschi commits 4 balks in his 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, thereby tying a MLB record for balks in a game. He would finish the 1950 AL season with a record tying 6 balks. Raschi was troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before delivery with men on base.
1951- New York Yankees rookie INF Gil McDougald ties modern MLB record by driving in 6 runs in 1 inning by tripling home 2 runs and adding a Grand Slam HR later. The Yankees score 11 runs in that 9th inning, a MLB record for runs scored in the final inning of a regulation game. They chased 3 St. Louis Browns pitchers and won the game by a score of 17-3 at St. Louis’ Sportsman Park. Gil would go on to win the American League Rookie Of Year award for the 1951 AL season with .306 BA, 14 HRs and 63 RBIs in 133 games.
1952- The New York Yankees obtained OF Irv Noren and INF Tom Upton from the Washington Senators for OF Jackie Jensen and Archie Wilson, P Spec Shea and INF Jerry Snyder. Jackie Jensen was expendable because the New York Yankees already had Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Bob Cerv and Gene Woodling playing in the outfield.
1959- OF Charley Maxwell of the Detroit Tigers hit 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees by scores of 4-2 and 8-2, at Briggs Stadium. During his MLB career Maxwell will hit 40 of his 148 MLB HRs on Sunday. He loved to hit against the Yankees, he hit over 23 HR’s against them during his MLB career with the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox (1950-1964).
1965- The New York Yankees obtained C Doc Edwards from the Kansas City A’s for P Rolland Sheldon and C/1B/OF Johnny Blanchard. This is a classic Yankees General Manager Ralph Houk trade trading bad for worst and trying to save player contract money ordered by the new CBS ownership. Doc Edwards hit .190 in 45 games for the Yankees. At the age of 32, Johnny Blanchard had only played in 12 games hitting just .145 for the Yankees. He would retire as MLB Player in spring of 1966, after playing for the Kansas City A’s and the Milwaukee Braves in 1965. John was still a better defensive catcher than Doc Edwards, who would go to the minors in 1966, before returning to MLB for his final season with Philadelphia Phillies in 1970. Plus Johnny Blanchard still could play 1B/OF. Roland Sheldon had appeared only in 3 games with the Yankees, with a 0-0 record, before the trade to the A’s. He would finish the 1965 American League season with a 10-8 record in 32 games for Kansas City. The Yankees should have held on to both of them.
1980- New York Yankees 1B Don Mattingly connected for thre sacrifice flies in a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. Don Mattingly became only the sixth MLB player to accomplish this feat.
1991- Former Yankees Bonus Baby 1B Frank Leja (1954-1955) passed away. (1936-1991) Frank Leja was signed out of high school in 1953, with rave reviews by scouts as being the next Lou Gehrig. He was on the Yankees MLB roster for 2 years because of the 2-year rule that required bonus players, who signed for a certain amount of money had to stay with their MLB team for 2 years. He appeared in only 19 games in 1954-1955 AL seasons for the Yankees before going to the minors, with Bill Skowron, Elston Howard and Marv Throneberry ahead of him at 1B on the Yankees and in the farm system. In 1961, he was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals. Frank would reappear briefly in the majors in 1962, with the expansion LA Angels, appearing in only 7 games with no hits. His final MLB career BA was .043 in 26 games.
2004- Former Yankees reserve C Darrell Johnson (1957-1958) passed away. (1928-2004) Darrell Johnson joined the New York Yankees in the winter of 1954, as part of the 17-player trade between the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. He was back up catcher for Yogi Berra during the 1957-58 American League seasons. He appeared in only 26 games hitting just .226 for the Yankees. On November 30,1959, Darrell was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals from the New York Yankees organization in the 1959 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Darrell played in the MLB with the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and finishing with the Baltimore Orioles in 1962. He did not appear with the New York Yankees in a World Series game. In 1961, he played 2 games with the Cincinnati Reds against the Yankees going 2 for 4. With the 1962 Orioles, he became a MLB coach. He would later become a MLB manager with the Boston Red Sox (1974-1976), Seattle Mariners (1977-1980) and Texas Rangers (1982), after his active MLB playing days were over.
1918- The New York Yankees set a MLB record by recording 8 sacrifices in 1 game (6 bunts and 2 sac flies) during their 5-4 win at Fenway Park. The Yankees took advantage of the less-than-nimble and far-from-handed Red Sox pitcher named Babe Ruth.
1929- New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs against the Detroit Tigers during an 11-9 victory at Yankee Stadium. Also during the 6th inning, Lou’s 2nd HR was sandwiched between HR’s by his Yankees teammates Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth.
1931- In an effort to put less strain on his leg, Babe Ruth played 1B as Lou Gehrig moved to right field. Gehrig committed a costly error in the outfield helping the Washington Senators beat the Yankees by a score of 7-3. This change of positions experiment ends the next day.
1933- New York Yankees starter Lefty Gomez’s no-hit bid is spoiled in the 9th inning, when Detroit Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer leads off the 9th inning with a HR. Gerald Walker follows with a double, goes to 3rd on a wild pitch by Gomez, score on a INF out before finally Gomez settles down and retires the side. Final score of the game was Yankees 5, Tigers 2.
1936- The New York Yankees waived OF Dixie Walker to the Chicago White Sox. Dixie Walker was blocked by the current Yankees Outfield (Joe DiMaggio, George Selkirk and Ben Chapman), with Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich right behind him in the Yankees minor league system. Dixie would have a good MLB career in National League, especially with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1971- Former Yankees P Joe Borowski (1997-1998) was born. Joe Borowski went 1-1 in 25 games working out of bullpen for the New York Yankees, after being obtained from the Atlanta Braves on waivers.
1974- Former Yankees reserve INF/OF Miguel Cairo (2004,2006-2007) was born. Miguel Cairo appeared in 257 games as reserve INF/OF for the New York Yankees, hitting .269.
1981- New York Yankees reliever Ron Davis struck out 8 consecutive batters in the 4-2 victory over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, tying a American League record set by Nolan Ryan.
1985- Former Yankees P and AL Umpire Bill Kunkel (1963) passes away from cancer. (1936-1985). On November 26,1962, Bill Kunkel was drafted by the New York Yankees from the Milwaukee Braves organization in the 1962 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Previously Bill had pitched for the Kansas City A’s in 1961-1962, going 3-4 with 4 saves in 67 games. Bill went 3-2 in 23 games with the Yankees during the 1963 AL season. He didn’t appear in the 1963 World Series against the Dodgers. After retiring as an active player, he became a professional umpire reaching the MLB in 1968 working in the American League. He was the father of former MLB shortstop Jeff Kunkel.
1903- The New York Yankees turn their 1st triple play in their club’s history during an 11-3 win against the Philadelphia A’s.
1914- The New York Yankees turn a triple play during a 6-0 loss to the Washington Senators.
1922- Construction begins at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx for Yankee Stadium, the 11-month building project would be finished allowing the Yankees to open the 1923 AL Season, ending the Yankees stay at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees would play at the new stadium unitl October of 1973, when the Stadium was remodeled during the 1974-1975 American L eague seasons, playing at Shea Stadium.
1925- Shortstop Everett Scott of the New York Yankees was benched by Manager Miller Huggins, ending his streak of 1,307 consecutive games played that started in 1918, while he was playing for the Boston Red Sox. Scott, who gave way to Pee Wee Wanninger at shortstop, Scott had the longest MLB playing streak before Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig started his 2,130 game MLB streak.
1925- The New York Yankees obtained OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson from the Boston Red Sox for P Ray Francis and $8,000 in cash. Veach hit .353 in 56 games for the Yankees. Bobby was the only Yankee to ever pinch-hit for Babe Ruth. He would retire after the 1925 AL season.
1926- Former Yankees minor league player Bing Russell was born. (1926-2003) Bing Russell was a minor league player in the New York Yankees farm system, playing for the Carrolton (Georgia-Alabama League, Class D) in 1948-1949. Bing later became a Hollywood actor most known for his work in the NBC-TV show "Bonanza". Russell returned to baseball in the 1970s as owner of the Portland Mavericks of the Northwest League. His son, actor Kurt Russell, played with the Dodgers organization for part of his minor league career, until shoulder injuries ended his career. Russell's grandson, Matt Franco, went on to play in the majors.
1926- Former Yankees OF Bob Cerv (1951-1956,1960-1962) was born. The New York Yankees signed outfielder Bob Cerv in 1950. He played for them from 1951-1956, before being sold to the Kansas City A’s after the end of the 1956 World Series. He hit a pinch hit HR in the 5th game of the 1955 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had his best MLB season in 1958 with the Kansas City A’s, hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs, despite playing with a broken jaw. He was named to the 1958 AL All-Star team. Bob finished 4th in the AL MVP ballot voting, which was won his former Yankees teammate Jackie Jensen, now the Boston Red Sox. He returned to New York in May of 1960, in a trade that saw former Yankees starting 3B Andy Carey go to the A’s. In the 1960 World Series, Bob hit .357 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, until an ankle injury forced him out of Game #7.
The Yankees lost him in the 1960 AL player expansion draft to the Los Angeles Angels. He returned to the Yankees in May of 1961 along with veteran reliever Tex Clevenger for Yankee pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and OF Lee Thomas. The Yankees sold Bob in June of 1962 to the new NL expansion team, the Houston Colt 45s. Bob was always a good outfielder and hitter for the Yankees, but he could never could break into a fulltime position in the Yankees outfield. Bob Cerv was up with the Yankees each year from 1951 to 1956, but he never appeared in more than 56 games. He hit .341 in 1955 and .304 in 1956. At the end of his MLB career Bob went to spring training camp with the New York Mets in 1963, but leg injuries forced him to retire from the game.
1954- Baltimore Orioles starter Bob Turley gave up 2 hits to the New York Yankees but he was defeated by Yankees Eddie Lopat by the score of 4-2. Yankees 1B Joe Collins drove in 3 runs for the Yankees with a triple. It was Turley's second 2-hit loss of the 1954 AL season; the Cleveland Indians had defeated him on April 2nd.
1970- Former Yankees P Juan Acevedo (2003) was born. Veteran reliever Juan Acevedo was signed by the New York Yankees, as a MLB free agent in January 2003. He went 0-3 in 25 games with 6 saves for the Yankees bullpen in 2003, before leaving the team for MLB free agency.
1974- Former Yankees P Vito Tamulis (1934-1935) passed away. (1911-1974) New York Yankees scout Gene McCann signed him shortly before his 19th birthday. He started his way up in the Yankees minor league chain with the Chambersburg Young Yanks (class D Blue Ridge League), going 6-2, right out of high school in 1930. In 1931, his 2nd year in professional ball, Vito moved up to the Cumberland Colts of the class C Middle Atlantic League, making the All-Star team with a 15-4 record with a league-leading 1.92 ERA. In the following year, 1932, in a 3-team split-season with the Albany Senators (Eastern League), the Binghamton Triplets (New York-Pennsylvania League) and the Newark Bears (International League), Vito came up with a combined 20-7 record and a 2.41 ERA. After another 3-team season with Binghamton, Albany and Newark in 1933, going 10-8 with a 5.08 ERA. Vito would spend the 1934 season with the Newark Bears. He would go 13-7 with a 2.74 ERA, earning his first chance at MLB hitters when the Yankees would bring him up for a late season debut on September 25, 1934. Vito pitched a 7-hit shutout at Shibe Park in Philadelphia against the Athletics. Tamulis would spend the 1935 AL season with the Yankees, posting a 10-5 record, that included 3 shutouts with a 4.09 ERA. He also hit .246 as Yankee pitcher. He tied Ted Lyons, Wes Ferrell, Willis Hudlin and Whitey Wilshere for 4th in the 1935 AL in shutouts.
During the following winter, Vito was stricken with pleurisy. He missed half of the 1936 AL season. Not fully recovered, he would spend the balance of the 1936 season with the Newark Bears. Vito still managed a 7-5 record in 96 innings. He would remain with the Newark team in 1937, going 18-6 with a 3.98 ERA in 190 innings. The 1937 Newark Bears are considered one of the greatest minor league teams ever. Overall, Vito Tamulis posted an 11-5 record with 1 save in 31 games for the New York Yankees. On December 4,1937, he was traded by the New York Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for 1B Harry Davis.
2010- Andy Pettitte earns his 4th victory of the 2010 American League season against no losses in beating the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 7-5, but the veteran Yankees starter has to be removed from the game after only 77 pitches. He undergoes an MRI on his left elbow. The test reveals no structural damage, but Pettitte will have to rest until the inflammation goes away.
1967 Yankees: Whitey Ford wins his final MLB game as a Yankee
April 29, 1967- Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees earned his final MLB career victory. His 236th win comes against the Chicago White Sox, an 11-2 decision at Yankee Stadium. Ford will enter the Hall Of Fame in 1974 with his longtime Yankees teammate OF/1B Mickey Mantle. He would finish with his New York Yankees pitching career record with 236 wins, becoming the club leader in wins, passing Hall of Fame starter Red Ruffing who had 232 wins with the Yankees.
1946 Yankees: Tribe's Bob Feller no-hits the Yankees
April 30, 1946-At Yankee Stadium, starter Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians struck out 11 Yankee batters and pitched his second of three MLB career no-hitters. His 1st since returning from a 3½-year stint with the U.S. Navy in World War II. Bob Feller defeated the New York Yankees by the score of 1-0, on Frankie Hayes' HR in the 9th inning. Yankees starter Bill Bevens takes the lost, allowing 7 Tribe hits.
Baseball Almanac Box Scores
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Game played on Tuesday, April 30, 1946 at Yankee Stadium
Remembering Former Yankees minor player and MLB Coach
Jimmy "Gee Gee" Gleason
May 1,1996- Former Yankees minor league OF and Yankees MLB Coach (1964) Jimmy “ Gee Gee” Gleeson passed away. (1912-1996) On December 8,1936, Jimmy Gleeson was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Cleveland Indians. Jimmy never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. While in the New York Yankees organization, he played for their Newark Bears (AAA) farm team (1937-1938). With the Newark Bears in 1937, he hit .298 and led the International League with 47 doubles. The next season, he hit .310 with 16 HRs and 81 RBIs. He led the International League again in doubles with 50. On January 24,1939, Jimmy was purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the New York Yankees for $25,000. Jimmy was a New York Yankees MLB Coach in 1964 for Manager Yogi Berra.
Yankees 1b Lou Gehrig's MLB consecutive games play streak ends at 2,130 games in Detriot
May 2,1939 - 1st baseman Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees did not play against the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium, ending at 2,130 his MLB streak of consecutive games played. An ailing Gehrig removed himself from the Yankees starting lineup, telling his manager Joe McCarthy that he could not play because of continuing weakness. Doctors will later diagnose Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease that affects the muscles. Lou Gehrig will never play again on the field for the Yankees. Lou Gehrig's replacement at 1st base, Babe Dahlgren led the Yankees hitting attack with a Home Run and double as the Yankees beat the Tigers by a score of 22-2.
1939 NY Times Sports Photo; Lou talking to Babe before the start of the game
1951 New York Yankees Red Hot Rookie Gil McDougald ties MLB Record
May 3, 1951- New York Yankees rookie INF Gil McDougald ties modern MLB record by driving in 6 runs in 1 inning by tripling home 2 runs and adding a Grand Slam HR later. The Yankees score 11 runs in that 9th inning, a MLB record for runs scored in the final inning of a regulation game. They chased three St. Louis Browns pitchers and won the game by a score of 17-3 at St. Louis’ Sportsman Park. Gil would go on to win the American League Rookie Of Year award for the 1951 AL season with .306 BA, 14 HRs and 63 RBIs in 133 games.
1929 New York Yankees Lou Gehrig hits 3 Home Runs against the Tigers
May 4,1929- New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs against the Detroit Tigers during an 11-9 victory at Yankee Stadium. Also during the 6th inning, Lou’s 2nd HR was sandwiched between HR’s by his Yankees teammates outfielders Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth.