Remembering Former Yankees GM Edward Barrow, the Man who built the New York Yankees into Champions
May 10,1868- Future MLB player, Manager and Hall Of Fame Baseball Executive Edward Grant Barrow is born. (1868-1953) Edward Barrow was the manager of 1918 World Champion Boston Red Sox. He was the manager who decided to make Babe Ruth, an everyday player because of his hitting. In 1920, Ed will leave the Red Sox to become the New York Yankees General Manager, who will through a series of trades with the Red Sox build the Yankees into a World Championship team. In 1931, he signed former National League manager Joe McCarthy to manage the New York Yankees. In 1932, He hired baseball executive George Weiss to run the Yankees minor league system. He will be with the Yankees front office until 1945, when the Jacob Ruppert Estate sells the team to new Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail. He will be elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1953.
Remembering Former Yankee Reserve Outfielder Sammy Byrd
May 11, 1981-Former Yankees reserve OF Sammy “Babe Ruth’s legs” Byrd (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1981) Outfielder Sammy Byrd was often used as Babe Ruth’s late inning defensive replacement, earning the nickname of “Babe Ruth’s legs”. He appeared in 565 games for the New York Yankees, hitting .281. Sam appeared in one game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs for the Yankees with no hits. On December 19,1934, Sam was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds from the New York Yankees. He later became a professional golfer, who won 23 pro events.
Happy Birthday to Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher and Former Manager Yogi Berra
May 12, 1925- Future Yankee Hall Of Fame player, MLB Coach and Manager Lawrence Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born. MLB Player: 1946-1963, MLB Coach: 1976-1983, Team Manager: 1964,1984. Yogi Berra was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the New York Yankees pinstripes. He hit .285 playing 2,116 games with 358 HRs, 9 Grand Slam HRs and 1,430 RBIs in 18 seasons as a New York Yankees player. Yogi played in 14 World Series for the Yankees with 10 World Championships (1947,1949-1953,1956,1958, 1961-1962) with 71 World Series hits in 75 games, finishing with a .274 BA with 12 HRs and 39 RBIs. Yogi in 1951 AL season caught both of Allie Reynolds no-hitters. In 1956, he was catcher for Don Larsen's Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series against the Brookly Dodgers. Yogi was an American League All Star catcher for 15 seasons and three-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner (1951,1954-1955). He led the American League catchers in fielding twice (1957 and 1959.) Yogi became one of the greatest catchers in the game through the help of former Yankees great Hall Of Fame Catcher Bill Dickey. Yogi Berra is one of few MLB managers to win a pennant in each major league: New York Yankees (1964) and New York Mets (1973).
Hugging Pitcher Don Larsen in 1956 World Series after The Perfect Game was over.
Manager Yogi Berra celebrating winning 1964 AL Pennant