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This week in Yankees History May 27th-June 2nd





May 27th

1914- The New York Yankees sell P Guy Cooper to the Boston Red Sox for cash. Guy Cooper appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees with no record.

1933- The New York Yankees enter the 8th inning trailing Chicago White Sox starter Ted Lyons by a score of 11-3, when they score 12 runs in that inning to win the game by a score of 15-11. The Yankees 12-run 8th inning rally was capped by a Grand Slam HR by Yankees C Bill Dickey to win the game.

1949- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees starter Ed Lopat picks up his 5th victory of the 1949 AL season with a 3-0 complete game shutout of the Philadelphia A’s. Lopat allows 6 A’s hits, 6 strikeouts and 4 walks in the game. He hits a double in the game. Yankees hitters Tommy Henrich and Yogi Berra hit HRs off of A’s starter Joe Coleman, who takes the loss

1949- Former Yankees MLB and Minor League Pitching Coach Mark Connors was born.
 Mark Connors hooked on with the New York Yankees organization in 1979, serving as a MLB scout for the 1st year. Next, he was the pitching coach for the Greensboro Hornets AA (1980-1982), Columbus Clippers AAA (1983-mid-1984), and Fort Lauderdale Yankees A (mid-1985). He also served the first two of three stints as a MLB coach for the Yankees (mid-1984 to mid-1985 and May, 1986-1987). He was the Yankees MLB Bullpen coach in 1990 and 1993. Mark was the team’s MLB pitching coach in 1991-1992.

1960- Baltimore Orioles catcher Clint  “Scraps “ Courtney used an oversized catchers’ mitt in an effort to handle the knuckleball pitches of P Hoyt Wilhelm. This catcher’s mitt was designed by Baltimore Orioles Manager Paul Richards, a former MLB catcher was 50 percent larger than the standard catcher’s mitt. Courtney handled Wilhelm's pitches flawlessly in a 3-2 win over the Yankees. The American League will later ban the oversized catchers mitt. Clint Courtney was a former Yankees minor league catcher, who had been blocked by Yogi Berra.  Also he was one of the 1st modern MLB catchers to wear glasses behind the catcher’s mask during the 1950’s.

1995- Oakland  A’s starter Steve Ontiveros holds the New York Yankees to just one hit by Luis Polonia in his 3-0 shut out of the Yankees.

2001- At Jacobs Field in Cleveland, New York Yankees starter Ted Lilly goes 7 innings allowing 7 Tribe hits, 2 runs and 6 strikeouts for the 6-2 victory over the Indians. Mike Stanton and Mo Rivera close out the game for the Yankees, Rivera picks up his 14th save of the 2001 AL season. Yankees CF Bernie Williams hits a solo HR off of Tribe starter Bartolo Colon, who drops to 4-5 for the season.

May 28th

1923- Former Yankees P Bob “Sarge” Kuzava (1951-1954) was born.
On June 15,1951, Bob Kuzava was traded by the Washington Senators to the New York Yankees for pitchers Fred Sanford, Tom Ferrick and Bob Porterfield.  Bob went 23-20 in 104 games with 13 saves for the Yankees. He appeared in 3 World Series for the Yankees (1951-1953), going 0-0 in 3 games, with 2 saves, with an ERA of 2.08.  On August 7,1954, Bob was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Yankees.

1927- In his 1st starting assignment for the New York Yankees, reliever P Wilcy Moore loses a heartbreaker to the Washington Senators by the score of 3-2, in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Yankees Lou Gehrig is spiked at 1st base by Senators base runner Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scored the winning run. The Yankees won the opener by the score of 8-2, as Babe Ruth hit his 12th HR of the season, a 3-run shot. OF Tris Speaker played most of Game 1 for the Senators despite fracturing his left thumb in batting practice.

1939- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 1st inning off of Philadelphia A’s starter Roy Paramelee to coast to 8-2 victory. New York Yankees starter Lefty Gomez goes the distance, allowing the A’s only 2 runs, 6 hits, 5 walks and 5 strikeouts to even his 1939 AL season pitching record to 2-2. The Bronx Bombers scoring attack was led by slugger Charlie Keller’s 2-run HR shot in the 1st inning.

1941- The New York Yankees defeated the Washington Senators by a score of 6-5, in the 1st night game played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
    
1946 - The 1st night game is played at Yankee Stadium as the Washington Senators beat the Yankees by a score of 2-1. The crowd of 49,917 fans came to the first night game by Yankees, showing the value of night games over daytime games, especially on weeknights.

1956- The New York Yankees waived veteran reliever Gerry Staley to the Chicago White Sox. On September 14,1955, Gerry was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds. He would only appear in 3 games for the Yankees with no record. He would become one of the main bullpen pitchers of the 1959 Chicago White Sox AL championship team’s pitching staff.

1960- Veteran New York Yankees Manager Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus, forcing MLB coach Ralph Houk to take over the team for 13 games. Houk made several changes that were retained, when Casey Stengel came back to the team, including putting Clete Boyer at 3B, which clearly helped the Yankees rally from 3rd place to win the 1960 AL pennant. The other changes included moving Hector Lopez from 3B to LF and letting reserve Johnny Blanchard do some of the catching duties. The Yankees went 7-6 under Ralph Houk’s control. Houk had passed his audition for the Yankees Managers job, because Casey Stengel’s Yankees manager contract would expire in October 1960. Also this was a sign that the platoon system in the Yankees infield was expiring.

1968- The American League owners agreed to divide itself into 2 divisions and reduced its schedule to 156 games. The following divisional alignment is set for the 1969 AL season: Eastern: Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, Yankees, and Senators. Western: Angels, White Sox, Royals, Twins, Athletics, and Mariners.

1968- Former Yankees minor league P Rickey Rhodes was born.
Brother of MLB reliever Arthur Rhodes, Ricky Rhodes was drafted in the 35th round by the New York Yankees in the 1987 MLB amateur player draft. In his 4 minor league seasons, he posted an ERA of 4.48. In his final minor league season, his ERA was 5.50 for the Fort Lauderdale Yankees (A).

1971- Former New York Yankees 3B Clete Boyer, involved in a dispute with the Atlanta Braves Owner Paul Richards and Manager Lum Harris over alleged silly rules and mismanagement is released and retires from MLB. Boyer had hit safely in the last 9 games of his 16-season MLB career, including 5 HRs with 14 RBIs. A Gold Glove 3B Boyer was a .242 hitter with 162 HRs with 654 RBIs in 1,725 games for the Kansas City  A’s, New York  Yankees and the Atlanta Braves. Clipper Notes: Why the Yankees never made a serious attempt to re-obtained Clete Boyer is still puzzling, because they were still having very serious defensive problems at 3B, which would not be solved until the arrival of Graig Nettles in a trade from the Cleveland Indians in November of 1972.  Clete Boyer would go on to play professional baseball in Japan, before finally retiring as an active player. He would become a MLB coach for Billy Martin with the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees.

1971-The New York Yankees obtained P Jim Hardin from the Baltimore Orioles for P Bill Burbach, who was a failed 1st pick MLB amateur player draft choice.  Jim Hardin was still recovering from arm problems. Hardin went 0-2 in 12 games with the 1971 Yankees before being released by the team. Jim Hardin passed away in 1991.

1977- New York Yankees starter Ron Guidry has a rare bad outing dropping a 9-4 decision, a 16-hit loss to the Chicago White Sox before a “Yankee Jacket Day” crowd of 54,881 fans at Yankee Stadium.

1983- Current Yankees P Cory Wade (2011-2012) was born.
On June 13, 2011, Cory Wade was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the New York Yankees. The Tampa Bay Rays had released him. He posted a 6-1 record in 40 games for the 2011 Yankees. Cory Wade was originally signed by the Dodgers in 2004 MLB amateur player draft.

1991- Former Yankees reserve OF/INF Roy Cullenbine (1942) passed away. (1914-1991)
On August 31,1942, Roy Cullenbine was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Washington Senators. Roy appeared in 21 games with the Yankees hitting .364. Roy appeared 5 games of the 1942 World Series, hitting .263 for the Yankees. On December 17,1942, Roy was traded by the New York Yankees along with C Buddy Rosar to the Cleveland Indians for INF Oscar Grimes and OF Roy Weatherly.

1995- New York rookie starter Mario Rivera makes his 2nd MLB start for the Yankees, picking up a 4-1 victory over the Oakland A’s. It is the only Yankee victory in a 10 game west coast road trip. Rivera had lost his MLB debut start on May 23rd to the California Angels, losing by a score of 10-0, lasting only 3 1/3 innings.

2004- New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera posted his 300th MLB career save in a Yankees 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He also became the 1st Yankee and 17th reliever in MLB history to reach the 300 MLB save milestone.

May 29th

1875- Former Yankees OF/3B David Fultz (1903-1905) was born. (1875-1959)
In March of 1903, the New York Highlanders purchased INF/OF Dave Fultz from the Philadelphia A’s. Dave hit .240 in 305 games for the Yankees, before being traded back to the A’s for OF Danny Hoffman.

1910- Former Yankees 1B George Mc Quinn (1947-1948) was born. (1910-1978)
On November 22,1935, George Mc Quinn was sent from the New York Yankees to the Cincinnati Reds in an unknown transaction. After appearing 38 games in 1936 for the Reds, he was returned to the Yankees. On October 5,1937, he was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees organization in the 1937 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On January 25,1947, George was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He hit .308 in 144 games in 1947. The next season, he slumped to .248 BA in 94 games. George had a good career with the St. Louis Browns, after leaving with the Yankees in the 1930’s, where he was blocked by the presence of future Hall Of Fame 1B Lou Gehrig.

1922- Against Philadelphia‚ the New York Yankees score 7 runs in the 7th inning to beat the A’s by the score of 7-4. Yankees starter Carl Mays is the winner‚ notching his 20th straight victory over the A's.

1927- In a loosely played game at Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees swamp the Boston Red Sox‚ by the score of 15-7‚ scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning. Babe Ruth propels his 13th HR‚ off of Red Sox hurler Danny MacFayden‚ while catcher Johnny Grabowski is 4 for 4 with a walk. Veteran starter Dutch Ruether is ineffective‚ serving up gopher ball to the Red Sox's Grover Hartley in the 2nd inning and Fred Haney in the 3rd. The Red Sox give it back in the 4th inning with 3 walks‚ 2 errors‚ a single by Bob Meusel and a double by Mark Koenig‚ to make 4 runs. Ted Wingfield‚ pitching 2/3 of the 4th inning‚ takes the loss for Boston.

1928- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington Senators by the scores of 3-2 and 12-3. Yankees INF Leo Durocher’s bases-loaded triple in the opener gives Yankees starter George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth both slug a pair of HRs in the nightcap: Lou hits his 9th HR in the 3rd inning‚ off of Washington starter Milt Gaston‚ then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th inning off of Nats reliever Lloyd Brown. Babe Ruth adds his 18th HR off of Brown in the 7th inning. Also Yankees Centerfielder Earle Combs hits a homerun.

1934- The New York Yankees purchased, “some would say rent” veteran MLB spitballer Burleigh Grimes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 10 appearances with the Yankees, posting a 1-2 record, the team will release Grimes and the Pirates will re-obtain him.

1941- Former Yankees reserve INF John Kennedy (1967) was born.
After being obtained from the Dodgers for OF/1B John Miller and P Jack Cullen, John hit .196 in 78 games for the Yankees before being purchased by the Seattle Pilots in 1968. He was not the answer to the 1967 Yankees infield problems.

1942- New York's Lefty Gomez‚ self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in baseball‚ bangs out 4 hits in pitching a four-hit‚ a 16-1 Yankees victory over the Washington Senators. They are his last MLB career hits.  Also Yankees 1B Buddy Hassett adds 4 hits as well.

1956- At Yankee Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle's walk in the 7th inning is the 1st base runner against Willard Nixon. Mantle's 2-out 9th inning HR deprives the Boston righty of a shutout. Boston beats the Yankees by the score of 7-3.

1957- At Washington’s Griffith Stadium‚ Senators starter Camilo Pascual gives up two solo homers to Yankee sluggers Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer‚ but the Senators still win the game by the score of 6-2. Camilo Pascual will groove 43 gopher balls during the 1957 AL season.

1961- At Fenway Park‚ veteran Boston Red Sox starter Ike Delock out-duels Whitey Ford to beat the Yankees‚ 2-1. New York's scoring is Mickey Mantle's first homer in two weeks.

1965- Former Yankees 3B Charlie Hayes (1992,1996-1997) was born.
On February 19,1992, INF Charlie Hayes was sent by the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on January 8, 1992. The Philadelphia Phillies sent a player to be named later to the New York Yankees for minor league P Darrin Chapin. Charlie hit .257 in 142 games for the Yankees. On November 17,1992, Charlie was drafted by the Colorado Rockies from the New York Yankees as the 3rd pick in the 1992 MLB player expansion draft.  On August 30,1996, Charlie was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later. The New York Yankees sent minor league player Chris Corn on August 31, 1996 to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade. He shared the Yankees 3B duties with Wade Boggs. He appeared in 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, hitting only .188. On November 11,1997, Charlie was traded by the New York Yankees with cash to the San Francisco Giants for C Alberto Castillo and OF Chris Singleton.

1966- Former Yankees P Hippo Vaughn  (1908-1912) passed away (1888-1966)
Pitcher Hippo Vaughn began his MLB career with the New York Highlanders in 1908. He was traded to the Washington Senators in the middle of the 1912 AL season. However, he achieved his greatest success after joining the Chicago Cubs the following year. In 9 seasons with the Cubs, he won 20 games in a season 5 times. His best season for the New York Yankees was in 1910, when he posted a 13-11 record. His Yankees pitching career totals were 23-29 in 73 games.

1976- Former Yankees reserve INF/OF Jerry Hariston Jr. (2009) was born.
Jerry Hairston is the son of Jerry Hairston Sr., brother of Scott Hairston, grandson of Sammy Hairston, and nephew of Johnny Hairston and Sam Hairston Jr. He is part of only 3 three-generation MLB families, the Boones and Bells being the other two. On July 31,2009, Jerry was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Yankees for minor league P Chase Weems. Jerry appeared in 45 games for the Yankees, hitting .237. Jerry appeared in 3 games of the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, hitting .167. On November 10, 2009, the New York Yankees granted Jerry MLB free agency. He would sign with the San Diego Padres for the 2010 MLB season.

1977- New York Yankees starter Ed Figueroa wins his 7th straight complete game defeating the Chicago White Sox by a score of 5-2. The Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss supplied most of the Yankees run support with a 2-run HR and a rare steal of home plate.

1980- New York Yankees starter Luis Tiant is fined $500 for dropping the ball to the ground and throwing his glove into the stands in what appeared to be an act of defiance after Manager Richard Howser removed him from the game. Tiant had pitched shutout ball for 6 2/3 innings before giving up a triple to Barry Bonnell and then walking Al Woods. Yankees Manager Howser brought in closer Rich Gossage from the bullpen, and the " Goose " recorded his 5th save of the 1980 AL season. According to Tiant, he went to hand the ball to Howser while looking upward and did not see that the manager’s hands had returned to his hip pockets.

1982- At Minnesota‚ the Yankees put runners on 1st base (Graig Nettles) and 2nd base (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Yankees batter Roy Smalley strikes out on a wide 3-2 pitch from Terry Felton‚ Murcer attempts to steal 3rd base. But Twins catcher Sal Butera’s throw beats him so badly he retreats to 2nd, only to find Nettles already there. Gary Gaetti tags Murcer who is standing safely alone on the base‚ and then throws to 1B Kent Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to 1st. Murcer then tries for 3rd base, Ken Hrbek's throw to Felton, covering the bag, completes the triple play. Alas‚ Felton‚ 0-8 coming into the game gets a no-decision‚ and will lose another 5 games to finish his MLB career with a 0-16 record.

1997- The New York Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu‚ signing the fire-baller to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

2000- The Oakland A’s 2B Randy Velarde turned an unassisted triple play, just the 11th in MLB history, on a line drive hit by Yankees batter Shane Spencer. With runners on 1st and 2nd bases running with the pitch, Velarde tagged Jorge Posada as he neared 2nd base, then touched the base to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995 spring training game, while with the Yankees, Velarde turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers.

2002- New York Yankees starter Roger Clemens becomes the 3rd MLB pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters in at least 100 games. Nolan Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (175) are the other two MLB hurlers to have accomplished this feat.

2009- On the road, the New York Yankees top the Cleveland Indians by the score of 3-1. Mariano Rivera saves an Andy Pettitte win for the 58th time, setting a new record for a pitcher duo; the old mark had been held by Oakland A’s hurlers Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch.

May 30th    Traditional Memorial Day

1884- Former Yankees shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916) was born. (1884-1961)
Rube Oldring hit .267 in 51 games for the Yankees with two tours with the team.

1894- Former Yankees P Al Mamaux (1924) was born. (1894-1963)
On July 12,1924, Al Mamaux was purchased by the Yankees from the Reading (International League). He went 1-1 in 14 games in 1924. He later managed the Newark Bears in the Yankees minor league system.

1902- Former Yankees P Louis McEvoy (1930-1931) was born (1902-1953)
Lou McEvoy went 1-3 in 34 games with 4 saves in two seasons for the Yankees.

1912- After a minor fire at Hilltop Park, the Yankees play a separate admission, day-night doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s at the Polo Grounds The Yankee lost the morning game by a score of 7-1, the second game of the doubleheader was rained out.

1913- The New York Yankees purchased 2B Bill McKechnie from the Boston Braves for cash. Bill hit .134 in 45 games for the Yankees before jumping to the Federal League in 1914. He would have a successful career as MLB Manager that lead to entry into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1966.

1930- The New York Yankees obtained P Owen Carroll, shortstop George Weustling and OF Harry Rice for the Detroit Tigers for veteran starter Waite Hoyt and shortstop Mark Koenig.

1938- Before a crowd of 81,841 fans at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox by scores of 10-0 and 5-4. The game also featured a fistfight under the stadium stands between Yankees OF Jake Powell and Red Sox Player-Manager Joe Cronin, after they had been thrown out of the game.  Jake Powell had charged the Red Sox P Archie Mc Kain, after he had hit him in the stomach. Joe Cronin came in from his shortstop position to protect his pitcher. That fight lasted for several minutes. The players were separated by the umpires and thrown out of the game. The visitors in those days had to approach their clubhouse through the Yankees dugout. The players and umpires broke up this second fight. Joe Cronin and Jake Powell were later fined and suspended for 10 days for their actions by the American League’s President’s office.

1956- New York Yankees All Star CF Mickey Mantle hit a HR that came within a foot-and-a-half of leaving Yankee Stadium. It hit the face of the upper deck in right field, 370 feet from home plate and 117 feet in the air. Mantle also became the 1st player in MLB history to hit 20 HRs by the end of May, as the Yankees beat the Washington Senators by a score of 4-3.

1961- New York Yankees hitters Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Bill  “Moose” Skowron, each hit 2 HRs to lead the  Yankees to a 12-3 rout over the Boston  Red Sox at Fenway Park. Yankees C Yogi Berra also hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers. Yankees starter Ralph Terry was the winning pitcher, while veteran starter Gene Conley was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.

1967- Veteran Yankees P Whitey Ford announced his retirement from MLB baseball because of an elbow injury. His final Yankees appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21, but he lasted just 1 inning for the Yankees. He finished his Yankee MLB pitching career with a 236-106 record to be the all-time Yankee pitchers wins leader. He had passed former team leader Red Ruffing, who had 232 Yankee career wins during the 1966 AL season.

1977- Bronx Bomber sluggers Graig Nettles and Reggie Jackson hit back-to back HR’s in 2nd inning to lead the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-4.

1991- Former Yankees P Jim Magnuson (1973) passed away. (1946-1991)
The New York  Yankees claimed Jim Magnuson from the Chicago White Sox in the 1971 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He spent all of 1972 baseball season with the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), having a 9-7 record, with a 3.48 ERA, with 3 saves for them. He was 10th in the International League in ERA and led his club. Jim finished his baseball career in 1973, going 7-4 with a 4.04 ERA for Syracuse. Jim went 0-1 with a 4.28 ERA for the 1973 Yankees.

1992- New York Yankees starter Scott Sanderson became the 9th MLB pitcher to beat all 26 MLB teams, as the Bronx Bombers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 8-1. Scott Sanderson joined MLB hurlers Doyle Alexander, Rich Gossage, Tommy John, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez and Rick Wise, as MLB pitchers, who had defeated every MLB  club.

2011- Veteran starter Bartolo Colon pitches his 1st MLB shutout since 2006 in blanking the Oakland Athletics by the score of 5-0. The 38-year-old New York Yankees pitcher has made a remarkable comeback after being out of the majors all of last year.

May 31st

1913- The New York Yankees obtained INF Rollie Zeider and 1B Bill Borton from the Chicago White Sox for 1B Hal “Prince” Chase. Yankees Manager Frank Chance had Hal Chase traded because he thought that he was betting on Highlander games. In 1920, Chance would later be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis for gambling on games during 1918 NL season with the Cincinnati Reds, costing him his MLB career and a chance to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1932- The New York Yankees obtained P Dan Mac Fayen from the Boston Red Sox for undisclosed amount of cash and other considerations.

1933- The New York Yankees signed MLB free agent P Johnny Broca (1934-1937).
Johnny Broca went 40-27 in 4 seasons with the Yankees. He was put on waivers in November of 1938 by New York, Johnny was claimed by the Cleveland Indians.

1938- New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig played in his 2000th consecutive MLB game. Lou collected a RBI single helping the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox by a score of 12-5.

1938- New York Yankees P Joe Beggs gives up the 1st of 3-grand Slam HR’s to Boston Red Sox slugger Jimmy Foxx would hit off of him during the 1938 AL season.

1944- Al Unser hits his only HR of the 1944 American League season, a pinch-hit grand slam HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees, by the score of 6-2.

1950- Former Yankees P Tippy Martinez (1974-1976) was born.
Originally signed by the New York Yankees, he spent most of his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles. His Yankees pitching career record was 8-3 in 83 games with 10 saves. Tippy and Yankees Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along.  On June 15,1976, Tippy was traded by the  Yankees along with C Rick Dempsey, pitchers Rudy May, Scott McGregor, and Dave Pagan to the  Orioles for  pitchers Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Grant Jackson, C Ellie Hendricks, and  OF Jimmy Freeman. This was a classic Yankees trade of “trade for now and forget about the future.”  Tippy Martinez and Scott McGregor would have good MLB careers with the Orioles; they were players that the Yankees could have used on their MLB pitching staff.

1967- Former Yankees OF/DH Kenny Lofton (2004) was born.
On January 6,2004, Kenny Lofton was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees.  He appeared in 83 games, hitting .275 for the 2004 Yankees. On December 3,2004, Kenny was traded by the New York Yankees to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league P Felix Rodriguez.

1973- Former Yankees minor league P Marty Janzen was born.
On August 8,1991, P Marty Janzen was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Marty never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 28,1995, Marty was traded by the New York Yankees along with minor league players Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon to the Toronto Blue Jays for veteran MLB starter David Cone. On November 18,1997, Marty was Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Toronto Blue Jays as the 69th pick in the 1997 MLB expansion team player draft.  On March 7,1998, Marty was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks along with P Todd Erdos to the New York Yankees for reserve INF Andy Fox.

1983- American League President Lee MacPhail suspended New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for 1 week, citing "repeated problems" with the outspoken owner's public criticism of AL umpires. Steinbrenner, who had been fined $50,000 by MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn during spring training for berating some National League umpires, cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the suspension.

1986- Former Yankees minor league player C. J. Henry was born.
Shortstop C.J. Henry was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1st round of the 2005 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, where he hit .249 in 48 games. He began the 2006 season with the Charleston RiverDogs, hitting .240 in 77 games. In July, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the trade that brought OF Bobby Abreu and P Corey Liddle to New York. After the trade, he played for the Lakewood BlueClaws, hitting .253 in 25 games. After being released outright by the Phillies in 2007, he returned to the New York Yankees organization, who signed him to a minor league contract. He left professional baseball after the 2008 minor league season, returning to college to play basketball.

2010- New York Yankees AL All Star slugger Alex Rodriguez may not be his usual superhuman self this 2010 AL season, but it's still a bad idea to issue an intentional walk to face him with the bases loaded. The Cleveland Indians find this out the hard way, as A-Rod connects for grand slam in the 7th inning, turning a 2-1 Yankees lead into an 11-2 rout. The grand slam home run is the 20th of his MLB career, placing him 3d on the all-time MLB list, behind Yankees Hall Of Fame 1B Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21).

June 1st

1891- Former Yankees reserve C Hank Severeid (1926) was born. (1891-1968)
On July 22,1926, veteran C Hank Severeid was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Washington Senators. He hit .268 in 41 games for the 1926 Yankees.

1914- The New York Yankees purchased OF Charles Meara (1914) from Reading for cash. Charles Meara  went 2 for 7 for the 1914 Yankees before being released by the team.

1915- Former Yankees reserve OF Art “Bud” Metheny (1943-1946) was born. (1915-2003)
Art Metheny hit .247 in 376 games for the Yankees. Bud Metheny was the baseball coach at Old Dominion University from 1948 to 1980. He also coached basketball (1948-1965) and served as athletic director (1963-1970) at ODU.

1918- Losing 5-4 against the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox loaded the bases in the 9th inning with no outs. White Sox batter Chick Gandil lined a shot to Yankees 3B Frank Baker, who turned it into a game ending triple play.

1925- New York Yankees rookie 1B Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger, beginning his streak of playing in 2,130 consecutive MLB games. The next day, the Yankees regular 1B Wally Pipp showed up with a headache, Lou Gehrig took over at 1B for the Yankees.

1932- Former Yankees reserve OF/3B Louis “The Nervous Greek” Skizas  (1956) was born.
In 1949, the New York Yankees, as a MLB amateur free agent, signed Lou Skizas. Lou appeared in only 6 games with the 1956 New York Yankees hitting .167, before being sent to the Kansas City A’s on June 14,1956. The Yankees traded Lou Skizas and veteran 1B Eddie Robinson for A’s P Ed Burtschy and OF Bill Renna. He would hit .316 with 11 HRs in 89 games for the A’s before fading. He would be traded by the A’s to the Detroit Tigers in 1958. He started the 1959 AL season with the Chicago White Sox, but Lou was traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

1933- Former Yankees reserve INF Jerry Lumpe  (1956-1959) was born.
Jerry Lumpe was one of many young Yankee infielders of the 1950’s, who couldn’t break into the regular Yankees starting infield lineup of Manager Casey Stengel. He did appear in the 1957-1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves. With the Yankees, Bobby Richardson blocked Jerry Lumpe at 2B. He was one of the young Yankee players along with Norm Siebern, Marv Throneberry, who were openly criticized by Casey Stengel in the media, as he stopped being a supporter of the Yankee youth movement, relying on aging veteran players instead. Casey on Lumpe to the media “ Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup.” Also Jerry also had some contract money problems dealing with General Manager George Weiss, which Jerry commented, “They really know how to make you feel not wanted.” Mickey Mantle helped him out one season by loaning him free use of his house in New Jersey for the season. On May 26,1959, Jerry has able to leave the Yankees, when he was traded along with veteran pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to the Kansas City  A’s for P Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez. With the A’s, he became their regular 2B. His best MLB season would be with the Detroit Tigers in 1962, hitting. 302. He would later become a MLB coach for the Oakland A’s, when Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and others teased him about his MLB career, Jerry just showed them his 1956 Yankees World Championship ring and the joking immediately stopped.

1934- The New York Yankees released veteran P George Uhle (1933-1934).
Veteran hurler George Uhle came to the New York Yankees at the end of his long MLB career. He appeared in 22 games, going 8-5 before finishing out with the Cleveland Indians in 1936.

1935- In a rare display of solo HR’s, the New York Yankees hit 6-solo HR’s against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in a 7-2 victory. Yankee HR sluggers were Bill Dickey (2), while Frank Crosetti, Ben Chapman, George Selkirk and Red Rolfe. Mel Almeda scored the two Red Sox runs on a 2-run homerun in the 8th inning.

1936- The New York Yankees score 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but wind up on the short end of 11-9 score, against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

1938- Former Yankees player, coach, Manager, General Manager and Special Advisor Gene “Stick” Michael  (Player 1968-1973, MLB Coach 1975-1978, Manager (1981-1982).
Gene Michaels was obtained in the fall of 1967 from the Dodgers for cash. He would hit .272 in 1969. He remained the Yankees regular shortstop through the 1973 AL season. In 1974, he was sharing the shortstop position with Jim Mason. Gene was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1975. His favorite trick as a Yankees shortstop, as the hidden ball trick; which caught quite a few AL base runners.  After his active playing days were over, he rejoined the New York Yankees organization as coach and managed in their minor league system. Currently Gene is a special advisor to the Yankees front office.

1940- Former Yankees INF Horace "Hoss” Clarke (1965-1973) was born.
Horace Clarke was signed as a MLB free agent in 1958. He was mislabeled by the sports media as a symbol of failure during the New York Yankees decline years (1965-1975). Fellow Yankees teammate Bobby Mercer describes him as “ A 100% player. He wanted to play every day.” Horace led the American League 2B in assists for 6 straight seasons (1967-1972).  In 1967, he led the American League 2B in fielding. Horace led the AL in bats in 1969-1970 seasons. His best Yankees season was in 1969, when he hit .285. Although, he only hit 27 HR’s in his MLB career, his 1st 2-HR’s were Grand Slams. During the 1970 AL season, he ruined 3 no-hit game bids in one month by pitchers Joe Niekro, Sonny Siebert and Jim Rooker. As Yankee, Horace appeared in 1,820 games from 1965 to 1974. He finished his MLB career in 1974 with the San Diego Padres with a lifetime MLB BA of .256

1973- Former Yankees P Fred Heimach (1928-1929) passed away. (1901-1973)
 On August 6,1928, hurler Fred Heimach was traded by the St. Paul Saints (American Association) to the New York Yankees for $20,000 and a player to be named. He posted a13-9 record with 4 saves in 48 games as a Yankees pitcher.

2001- At Yankee Stadium, the Cleveland Indians defeated Yankees, just in 5 ½ innings, when the game was called because of rain with Tribe ahead by the score of 7-2. In a rarity, Indians starter C.C. Sabathia earned a win despite pitching only 4 innings. Reliever Ricardo Rincón got the save retiring the side in the 5th inning. The baseball rules state that in a five-inning game, a starter need not go the full five to earn a victory. Baseball historian David W. Smith noted that there are just 5 other cases since 1978 to match the Sabathia feat.

2003- Former Yankees OF/INF Johnny Hopp (1950-1952) passed away (1916-2003).
John Hopp was purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates in September of 1950.  Johnny hit .333 down the stretch to help the Yankees. In 1952, he started off poorly, he was sold to the Detroit Tigers, and Johnny Hopp retired from MLB at the end of the 1952 AL season.

2009- The New York Yankees play their 18th straight game without an error, breaking the record held by the 2006 Boston Red Sox.

June 2nd

1915- At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth and the well-traveled Boston  Red Sox beat the New York  Yankees by a score of 7-1. It was the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Red Sox. Ruth allowed 5 hits and hits his 2nd MLB career HR, a 3-run shot off of Yankees starter Jack Warhop in the 2nd inning. After his homer, Ruth received 2 intentional walks. He ended up kicking the bench and breaking his toe, sidelining him for 2 weeks.

1925- A 21-year-old rookie named Lou Gehrig started a game at 1B for the New York  Yankees, when regular 1B Wally Pipp was hit in the head during batting practice and complained of a headache- in fact a concussion. Rookie 1B Lou Gehrig collected 3 hits in 5 at-bats, helping the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the  Washington Senators.  Lou Gehrig will go on to play in a MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games. Pipp would never start another game at 1B for the Yankees. Wally Pipp would be sold to the Cincinnati Reds after the 1925 AL season. He gave the Yankees 10 strong seasons (1915-1925) after being obtained from the Detroit Tigers.

1926- Former Yankees INF (1953) and long time Yankees Minor League Manager Frank Verdi was born. (1926-2010)
On May 10, 1953, Frank Verdi made his only MLB appearance with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. He entered the game playing shortstop in the bottom of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning, the Yankees were up 5 to 3.  Red Sox P Ken Holcombe entered the game to relieve Ellis Kinder; Yankees Manager Casey Stengel replaced Frank Verdi with pinch hitter Bill Renna. Verdi never appeared in another MLB game again. After his active playing career was over, he became a Minor League Manager. He was with the New York Yankees organization from 1963-1972. He returned to the Yankees minor league system to manage the Columbus Clippers in 1981-1982. He won the International League Championship with the Columbus Clippers in 1981.

1931- Former Yankees P Marshall “Sheriff” Bridges was born. (1931-1990)
Marshall Bridges was a 1B/ pitcher with the Memphis Red Sox in the Negro Leagues and was signed by the New York Giants in 1953. After hitting just .233, but going 14-1 on the mound for the Amarillo Gold Sox in 1955, he concentrated on making the majors as a pitcher. In 1958, he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals: after winning 16 games, leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts for the Sacramento Solons. In 1959, Bridges was used primarily in relief by the Cardinals and by the Cincinnati Reds, who acquired him in 1960. In fall of 1961, He was traded to the New York Yankees for reserve C Jesse Gonder. In 1962, the New York Yankees were looking for bullpen help. "Sheriff", as he was sometimes called, came to the rescue, The hard-throwing southpaw won 8 games while saving 18 games in 52 appearances to help lead the Yankees to the pennant. He was not as effective in the 1962 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, allowing the 1st grand slam HR ever hit by a National Leaguer in a World Series by Giants 2b Chuck Hiller. Bridges was at the Pride of Fort Lauderdale Elks Lodge on February 13 1963, when he was shot with a small caliber weapon in the leg just below the knee. 21-year-old Carrie Lee Raysor claimed Bridges had repeatedly offered to drive her home and, after repeatedly not taking "no" for an answer, "took out [her] gun and shot him." He recovered to pitch for another season with the Yankees.

The Washington Senators purchased him from the Yankees in November of 1963. His final Yankees career pitching totals were a 10-4 record with 19 saves in 75 games. He spent 2 seasons with the Senators, concluding his 7-year MLB career with a 23-15 record, 25 saves, with a 3.75 ERA. Bridges spent 3 more seasons in pro ball playing with the Hawaii Islanders (PCL) from 1965-1967; he decided to call it a career after this last run. Marshall had spent 15 years in professional baseball from 1953-1967. His minor league stat sheet shows that he appeared in 243 games, posting a 74-57 record, pitching 1,138 innings with a 3.94 ERA. After baseball, Marshall did carpentry and maintenance worker at the State Capitol Building in Jackson, MS, where he died on September 3, 1990 at age 59.

1939- At League Park in Cleveland, the New York Yankees score 7 runs in 1st inning to start a 17-5 romp over the Cleveland Indians. Their Tribe pitching victim was former Yankees P Johnny Allen. New York Yankees starter Atley “Swampy” Donald picks up his 5th straight victory of the 1939 AL season.  He would finish the 1939 season with a 13-3 record. The Bronx Bombers  hitting attack is paced by Tommy Henrich and George Selkirk HRs.

1941- Former New York Yankees Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig (1923-1939) died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  (ALS) at the age of 37 in New York City. (1903-1941) From that time on, the illness was known primarily as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Lou Gehrig had seen his MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games end in May of 1939 because of the disease. It was on this day exactly 16 years ago, he broke into the New York Yankees starting line-up, replacing Yankees regular 1B Wally Pipp.

1948- Former Yankees minor league OF/P Joe Pactwa was born. (1948-2009)
On June 7,1966, Joe Pactwa was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1966 MLB amateur player draft. Joe never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Joe Pactwa hit 25 HRs in the 1970 Eastern League, tying for 4th in the circuit. Remaining at AA for the 1971 season, he hit 20 more HRs for the Charlotte Hornets, 5th in the Southern League. In 1973, Pactwa began pitching in addition to playing the outfield. He hit .378 for the West Haven Yankees. Joe went 12-6 on the mound with a 3.18 ERA. He was part of a 5-way tie for the Eastern League lead in victories, along with Kent Tekulve, Pat Zachary, Scott McGregor and Erskine Thomason. He led the Eastern League in ERA. Joe Pactwa was a full-time pitcher in 1974 for the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), but he went just 4-9 with a 4.41 ERA. On December 3,1974, Joe was purchased by Tampico (Mexican League) from the Yankees. At the end of the 1975 Mexican League season, Joe received a brief tryout as a pitcher with the California Angels. He pitched in 4 games, three of them starts; winning 1 game with a 3.86 ERA; however, his K/W ratio was a very poor 3/10 in 16⅓ innings. Joe would return to play in Mexico League from 1976-1982.

1958- AL All Star starter Whitey Ford of the New York  Yankees struck out 6 batters in a row to tie an AL record as he shut out the Chicago White Sox by a score of  3-0.  Meanwhile White Sox starter Jim Wilson allowed just 6 hits, but 3 of them were HRs by Yankee batters Hank Bauer (2) and Mickey Mantle (1). On a botched hit-and-run attempt, Luis Aparicio was thrown out at 2nd base, ending his streak of 26 consecutive stolen bases.

1967- Former Yankees reliever Mike Stanton (1997-2002,2005) was born.
Veteran MLB reliever Mike Stanton went 30-12 in 428 games with 12 saves for the New York Yankees. He was one of the main bullpen bridges to Yankees Closer Mo Rivera from 1997-2002.

1972- Current Yankees OF/DH Raul Ibanez was born.
Raul Ibanez began his minor league career at age 20 after playing in the Miami Dade College system. Starting in 1992, he had a lengthy minor league career in the Seattle Mariners organization, playing more games each year in the minors than in the majors until 1999. He was primarily a catcher in the 1993-1995 seasons, then he moved to the outfield. Raúl hit over .300 several times in the minors, including a peak in 1995 with Riverside when he hit .332 with 20 HRs. From 1996 to 2000, he spent at least part of each season at Tacoma (Pacific Coast League).

Ibáñez had his 1st cup of coffee with the Seattle Mariners in 1996, when he appeared in 4 games. Thereafter, he played in more MLB games each season, going from 4 to 11 to 37 to 87 to 92 to 104 to 137 to 157 (in 2003). For the most part his batting average also went up in those years, and after hitting .294 in both 2002 and 2003, he reached a peak of .304 in 2004. With regard to power, he slugged over .500 in 2002, when he drove home 103 RBIs, and again in 2006, when he had 123 RBIs. He became a MLB free agent after the 2000 season, signing with the Kansas City Royals, and then was a free agent again after the 2003 AL season, returning to the Seattle Mariners. After the 2008 season, yet again a free agent. He finally moved to the NL for a contract estimated at $30 million over 3 seasons, joining the Philadelphia Phillies. While by no means a good defensive outfielder, Ibáñez has always managed to keep out of being typecast as a designated hitter; in Philadelphia, he replaced the equally defensively challenged Pat Burrell in left field. He was helped by the presence at his side of 2 excellent defensive players in Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth. In 2009, he did indeed cool down, finishing at .272 with 34 HRs and 93 RBIs. In both the 2009 NLCS and 2009 World Series, he hit an HRs and had 4 RBIs.

In 2010, Ibanez played 155 games for the Phillies, hitting .275 with 16 HRs and 83 RBIs. He completed his 3-year pact with a season of .245 with 20 HRs and 84 RBIs in 2011. With the Phillies having a number of promising young outfielders in their farm system, such as John Mayberry and Dominic Brown, they showed little interest in re-signing him for 2012 NL season. Indeed, there was little demand for his services, given his age and declining offensive numbers. Raul had to wait until spring training was already under way to land a job with the New York Yankees on February 20th. The Bronx Bombers were looking for him to be their left-handed DH in 2012 AL season, replacing the recently retired Jorge Posada. Despite having a poor spring training with the bat, he made the Yankees MLB roster. He has been a clutch hitter for the 2012 Yankees.

1993- Former Yankees Hall Of Fame 1B/PH Johnny “Big Cat” Mize (1949-1953) passed away. (1916-1993).
Johnny Mize finished his long MLB career with a lifetime BA of .312. He hit 356 MLB career HR’s. He had the 8th best slugging percentage in MLB history .562. Johnny had 9 consecutive .300 plus seasons. He was a four-time NL HR champion, including a 51 HR season in 1947 with the New York Giants. Johnny was one of the greatest pinch hitters in MLB history, including 3 American League leading seasons with the New York Yankees, finishing with a lifetime mark of .283. Johnny Mize came up with the St. Louis Cardinals (1936-1941), later he played for the New York Giants (1942,1946-1949) before joining the Yankees during the 1949 AL season. Mize entered the U. S, Navy in March 1943 and spent 1943, 1944 and 1945 in military service during World War II, before being discharged in October 1945. Mize holds the Major League Baseball record for the most times hitting 3 homers in one game, a feat he performed 6 times.  He also was the only player to do it in both leagues — 5 times in the National League and once in the American League with the Yankees.  Johnny was a MLB coach for the 1961 Kansas City A’s. In 1981, Johnny was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. "His bat doesn't travel as far as anybody else's. He just **** it and slaps, and when you're as big as he is, you can slap a ball into the seats. That short swing is wonderful. ..." - Yankees Manager Casey Stengel

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 Yankees career starting in 1949, .270, .283, 281, .309, .306, before dropping off to .250 in 1954.  Yankees Manager Casey Stengel would often platoon Gene Woodling and Hank Bauer in OF. The 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.  He had broken his arm during the 1954 AL season. But he wasn’t, Gene would go on to hit .300, three more times in the AL. Gene would finish up his long MLB playing career with former Manager Casey Stengel and the New York Mets in 1962. After being released as an active player in March of 1963, he became a MLB 1B coach for the Mets.

2005- The New York Yankees were swept by the team with the worst record in MLB (16-37), falling 5-2 to the Kansas City  Royals for their first five-game losing streak in more than two years.  Royals’ pitchers allowed just six runs in the series. It was the 3rd time in their storied history the Yankees had been swept in 3 games by the team with the worst record in MLB. The other times were in 2000 by the Detroit Tigers, and in 1937 by the Philadelphia  A’s. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the MLB since the Philadelphia Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-1997.

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2001 New York Yankees Ted Lilly stops the Tribe



May 27, 2001- At Jacobs Field in Cleveland, New York Yankees starter Ted Lilly goes 7 innings allowing only 7 Tribe hits, 2 runs and 6 strikeouts for the 6-2 victory over the Indians. Mike Stanton and Mo Rivera close out the game for the Yankees, Rivera picks up his 14th save of the 2001 AL season. Yankees CF Bernie Williams hits a solo HR off of Tribe starter Bartolo Colon, who drops to 4-5 for the season.



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Mo posts MLB Career save  No. 300



May 28, 2004- New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera posted his 300th MLB career save in a Yankees 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He also became the 1st Yankee pitcher and 17th reliever in MLB history to reach the 300 MLB save milestone.



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1928 New York Yankees sweep the Washington Senators in a Twin Bill.



May 29, 1928- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington Senators by the scores of 3-2 and 12-3. Yankees INF Leo Durocher’s bases-loaded triple in the opener gives Yankees starter George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth both slug a pair of HRs in the nightcap: Lou hits his 9th HR in the 3rd inning‚ off of Washington starter Milt Gaston‚ then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th inning off of Nats reliever Lloyd Brown. Babe Ruth adds his 18th HR off of Brown in the 7th inning. Also Yankees Centerfielder Earle Combs hits a homerun.


First and Second Game Yankees Stars: Durocher and Pipgras,Gehrig and Ruth








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1956 New York Yankees Mickey Mantle hits a Long One at Yankee Stadium






May 30, 1956- New York Yankees  AL All Star Centerfielder Mickey Mantle hit a HR that came within a foot-and-a-half of leaving Yankee Stadium. It hit the face of the upper deck in right field, 370 feet from home plate and 117 feet in the air. Mantle also became the 1st player in MLB history to hit 20 HRs by the end of May, as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators by a score of 4-3.



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1938 New York Yankees: Lou Gehrig plays his 2,000 Consecutive MLB Game




May 31,1938- New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig played in his 2000th consecutive MLB game. Lou collected a RBI single helping the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox by a score of 12-5. Lou will play in 157 games for the 1938 New York Yankees, hitting .295 with 29 HRs  with 114 RBIs. Lou 's BA is his lowest since his 1925 rookie season, which he hit .295 in 126 games after taking the regular 1B job from Wally Pipp.



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The Captain took the call and rest is history



Last Updated: 6:22 AM, June 1, 2012


On June 1, 1992, the phone rang in Dorothy and Charles Jeter’s house in Kalamazoo, Mich.



“My mom answered it,’’ Derek Jeter told The Post. “She said the Yankees were on the phone and they wanted to talk to me.’’



While Jeter said he was surprised the team that his favorite player, Dave Winfield, played for had taken him with the sixth overall pick in the draft, he doesn’t recall what happened after he hung up.


“I don’t know what I did,’’ Jeter said. “I really don’t know. Wow, that was 20 years ago?’’



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Derek Jeter at Kalamazoo Central HS


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THE HOMES: When Derek Jeter was drafted, he was living in his parents’ Kalamazoo home (pictured). He paid $2,100 a month for his first NY apartment in the Continental Towers on East 79th Street. He has moved up in the world, now spending his offseasons at his 31,000-square foot, $7.7M waterfront home in Tampa.


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THE WOMEN: Jeter spent four years with high school sweetheart Marisa Novara, but ever since he has been nearly as prolific in dating starlets as he has been in collecting hits. It started with a relationship with Mariah Carey (pictured) and most recently he dated Minka Kelly. In between, he was tied to the likes of Jessica Alba (below right), Jessica Biel, former Miss Universe Lara Duta, Vanessa Minnillo and former Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel..



Everyone knows what has transpired in those 20 years.


Jeter remembers signing for $700,000 with another $125,000 for college on June 27.


“The day after my birthday,’’ Jeter said.


From there Jeter went from a skinny high school shortstop with a questionable swing to the 1996 Rookie of the Year winner, a five-time World Series winner and a spot at the table with Yankees icons Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.


“Twenty years, that seems like a long time ago,’’ Jeter said.


According to some in the Yankees’ organization, they believed Jeter would go to the Astros with the first pick. Instead, Houston took Phil Nevin.


Groch, who signed Jeter and now works for the Brewers, made a speech at a pre-draft meeting in Tampa that is part of Yankees lore.


Concerned Jeter would accept a scholarship to Michigan and play for his beloved Wolverines, Groch was asked how serious Jeter was about going to Ann Arbor.


Then the scout delivered an impassioned message to his bosses.


“He’s not going to Michigan. He’s going to Cooperstown,’’ Groch said to his superiors in an emotional voice.


Recalling that this week, Groch said it wasn’t a stretch.


“If you get the opportunity to get one of those type players you get excited about it,’’ Groch said.


How long is 20 years in the baseball business?


“We went to dinner the day after he was drafted and we talked everything but baseball,’’ Groch said of dinner with the Jeter family.


“He had representation and that bogged things down because in those days it was faxes back and forth, but it got done.’’


The Money:


1992: $800K signing bonus


1996: 1 year, $130K


1997: 1 year, $550K


1998: 1 year, $750K


1999: 1 year, $5M


2000: 1 year, $10M


2001-10: 10 years, $189M


2011-13: 3 years, $51M


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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees INF Horace Clarke



June 1, 1940- Former Yankees INF Horace "Hoss” Clarke (1965-1973) was born.
Horace Clarke was signed as a MLB free agent in 1958. He was mislabeled by the sports media as a symbol of failure during the New York Yankees decline years (1965-1975). Fellow New York Yankees teammate  AL All Star outfielder Bobby Mercer describes him as “ A 100% player. He wanted to play every day.” Horace led the American League 2B in assists for 6 straight seasons (1967-1972). Only Hall of Famer Detroit Tiger 2B Charlie Gehringer with 7 years  (but not consecutie), had more. In 1967, he led the American League 2B in fielding. Horace led the American League in bats in 1969-1970 seasons. His best New York Yankees season was in 1969, when he hit .285. Although, he only hit 27 HR’s in his MLB career, his 1st 2-HR’s were Grand Slams. During the 1970 AL season, he ruined 3 no-hit game bids in one month by pitchers Joe Niekro, Sonny Siebert and Jim Rooker. As Yankee player, Horace appeared in 1,820 games from 1965 to 1974. He finished his MLB career in 1974 with the San Diego Padres with a lifetime MLB BA of .256


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1925 New York Yankees: Rookie Lou Gehrig takes over at 1B, the MLB 2,130 consecutive games played starts



June 2, 1925- A 21-year-old rookie named Lou Gehrig started a game at 1B for the New York  Yankees, when regular 1B Wally Pipp was hit in the head during batting practice and complained of a headache- in fact a concussion. Rookie 1B Lou Gehrig collected 3 hits in 5 at-bats, helping the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Washington Senators.  Lou Gehrig will go on to play in a MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games.  Wally Pipp would never start another game at 1B for the New York Yankees.  Pipp would be sold to the Cincinnati Reds after the 1925 AL season. He gave the Yankees 10 strong seasons (1915-1925) after being obtained from the Detroit Tigers.





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New York Yankees HOF 1B Lou Gehrig passed away from ALS



June 2, 1941- Former New York Yankees Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig (1923-1939) died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  (ALS) at the age of 37 in New York City. (1903-1941) From that time on, the illness was known primarily as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Lou Gehrig had seen his MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games end in May of 1939 because of the disease. It was on this day exactly 16 years ago, he broke into the New York Yankees starting line-up, replacing Yankees regular 1B Wally Pipp.





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