This Week in Yankees History July 29th-August 4thPart One
1899- Former Yankees P Walter Beall (1924-1927) was born. (1899-1959) On June 24,1924, Walt Beall was purchased by the New York Yankees from Rochester (International League) for $30,000. He posted a 4-5 record in 33 games for the Yankees.
1903- Starter Cy Young goes all the way as Boston loses to the Highlanders by a score of 15-14. The New Yorkers had been shut out in their 2 previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle, but Cy gets little defense as Boston makes 8 errors behind him. New York starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th inning for Harry Howell, while Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead the Highlander offense. The game lasts 2 hours 10 minutes.
1914- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Cedric Tallis was born. (1914-1991) Cedric Tallis joined the expansion Los Angeles Angels as business manager in 1961. He became vice president of operations in 1965. Tallis was then the original General Manager of the expansion Kansas City Royals from their inception until June 1974. He moved to the New York Yankees as Assistant General Manager in 1976-1977, General Manager in 1978-1979 replacing departed Gabe Paul, and Team President from 1980 to 1983, replacing Al Rosen, who went to the Houston Astros.
1928- The Cleveland Indians score 8 runs in the 1st inning and 9 runs in the 2nd inning in a 24-6 win over the Yankees at home. Johnny Hodapp of the Indians becomes the 1st AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game. He strokes 2 singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings of the game. The Yankees' lead in the AL shrinks from 11 1/2 games to just 6 games in 1 week.
1938- New York Yankees starter Spud Chandler pitches 15 innings as the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox in Chicago by a score of 7-3.
1938- In a post game radio interview with Bob Elson in Chicago, New York Yankees OF Jake Powell’s will make nationwide headlines with remarks about "beating up n******s and then throwing them in jail" as part of his off-season duties as a policeman. For the statements, MLB Commissioner Judge Landis suspends Jake Powell for 10 days. The Yankees will trade him to the Washington Senators in 1940.
1951- Former Yankees OF/DH Gary Thomasson (1978) was born. On June 15,1978, Gary Thomasson was traded by the Oakland A’s to the New York Yankees for OF Dell Alston, INF Mickey Klutts, and $50,000. Gary had 3 game winning hits, while filling in for the injured Mickey Rivers in CF, playing in 55 games with a .276 BA. On February 15,1979, Gary was traded to the Dodgers for C Brad Gulden.
1951- Before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 70,972 fans, the Yankees sweep the Chicago White Sox by scores of 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio powers 2 HRs off of P Lou Kretlow in the opener, and ex-White Sox hurler Bob Kuzava out-duels Saul Rogovin to win the nightcap. With yesterday's game rained out, the White Sox are now 6 1/2 out of 1st place in the AL race.
1959- Former Yankees P Dave LaPoint (1989-1990) was born. The New York Yankees signed P Dave LaPoint as a MLB free agent in 1988. He went 13-19 in 48 games for the Yankees.
1963- Former Yankees minor league P Steve Frey was born. The New York Yankees in the 15th round of the 1983 MLB amateur player draft drafted Steve. Steve never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 11,1987, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with C Phil Lombardi and OF Darren Reed to the New York Mets for shortstop Rafael Santana and minor league player Victor Garcia
1966- The New York Yankees edge the Chicago White Sox by the score of 2-1, on Mickey Mantle's 14th HR in 24 games. Mickey Mantle moves ahead of Hall Of Fame 1B Lou Gehrig into 6th place on the MLB career HR list with the blast.
1969- New York Yankees reliever Jack Aker's string of 33 scoreless innings comes to an end as the A's rally for 3 runs to top the Yankees by a score of 6-5. Vida Blue, the Oakland A's starter, receives credit for his 1st MLB career victory.
1977- New York starter Ron Guidry and Closer Sparky Lyle combine for a 4-0 win as the Yankees streak to their 5th win in 6 games. Cliff Johnson and Graig Nettles, each hit HRs for the Yankees.
1978- The Yankee Stadium crowd is pleasantly surprised as recently resigned skipper Billy Martin returns to join in on the 1978 Old Timers' Day festivities. Much to their delight, the fans are informed "Billy the Kid' will return as New York Yankees skipper for the 1980 AL season.
1991- During a game at Yankee Stadium, Oakland A’s OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll, a transistor radio, and a head of cabbage. The A’s escape with a 10-8 victory, as Canseco strokes a double in 4 at bats.
1997- The Toronto Blue Jays pick up veteran INF Mariano Duncan from the New York Yankees for cash and minor league player Angel Ramirez.
2007- Former Yankees OF Bill Robinson (1967-1969) passed away. (1943-2007) Bill Robinson came to the New York Yankees from the Atlanta Braves in the Clete Boyer trade during the winter of 1966. Bill won the 1967 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankee rookie in spring training camp. He was supposed to be the “black” Mickey Mantle, but he never adjusted to playing in New York City with all of the media pressure. He would hit .202 in 310 games for the Yankees. He was sent down to the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA). Later he would return to the MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who drafted him from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 Player draft. He appeared in the 1979 World Series with the Pirates. He would later play for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves. After retiring as a player, he became a MLB batting Coach for several MLB teams. In 1990 and 1991, he was an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight.” Also he was a minor league manager for the Giants and Phillies organizations. At the time of his death in 2007, he was the batting coach for the Dodgers AAA team in Las Vegas.
1890- Former MLB player and HOF Yankees Manager Casey Stengel (1949-1960) was born. (1890-1975). Casey Stengel was an outfielder in NL for 14 seasons with a lifetime BA of .284. He played for the Giants, Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers, and finishing with the Braves in 1925. As a player with the New York Giants in 1923, Casey hit the 1st World Series HR at Yankee Stadium. Casey Stengel managed the great New York Yankees Dynasty teams of 1949-1960. Before joining the Yankees, Casey had managed in the National League with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves with no success. He had a long career as minor league manager with teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens, Milwaukee Millers and the 1948 Oakland Oaks (PCL). He won 5 straight World Championships with the Yankees (1949-1953). Also he won World Championships in 1956 and 1958. He finished his Yankees managing career with a record of 1,149-696, WP .619 with 10 AL Flags and 7 World Championships. He was let go by the Yankees after his manager’s contract expired in October of 1960. That winter, he was hired as a special talent consultant by Angels Owner Gene Autry, helping them with the expansion player draft choices. He would return to New York in 1962 to manage the new NL expansion team, the Mets, a position that he held until 1965 when he suffered a serious hip injury that forced him to retire at the age of 76 from MLB. Casey Stengel was elected in a special election after being injured in an auto accident by baseball writers to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 25,1966. He used his baseball earnings to buy a bank in California, and served late in life as the bank president, deciding on loans and other banking matters.
1914- Former Yankees P Steve Peek (1941) was born. (1914-1911) Steve Peek was signed as an MLB amateur free agent by the New York Yankees, before the 1937 AL season. He spent 4 seasons in the minors (1937-1940), having his best season in 1940 with the Newark Bears (International League), posting a 14-4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 144 innings, helping his team to the International League play-off championship. Steve looked strong in the 1941 spring training workouts. He made his MLB debut with the Yankees on April 16th. He appeared in 17 games, pitching 80 innings, while posting a 4-2 record before being sent back to Newark for the balance of the 1941 season. Steve went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA for the Bears, missing his chance to play in a World Series; when the Yankees won the AL title by 17 games over the 2nd-place Boston Red Sox. The Yankees beat the 1941 National League Champion Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the 1941 World Series. Peek did not play in the series. He never returned to the MLB. Steve spent the next 4 years (1942-1945) with the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned from the service in time for the 1946 MLB season, at the age of 31, and spent the rest of his pro baseball career playing in the minor leagues, playing with the Newark Bears again before he finished out in 1948 with the Seattle Rainiers (Pacific Coast League). Steve's 8 seasons in the minors saw him post a 73-44 record, while appearing in 186 games and pitching 974 innings.
1919- The New York Yankees obtained P Carl “Sub” Mays from the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Hubert McGraw and Alan Russell, a minor leaguer to be named later, and $25,000. Carl Mays would go 80-39 in 4 ½ seasons with the Yankees, including 26-11 in 1920 and 27-9 in 1921. Unfortunately Carl and Yankees Manager Miller Higgins never got along, which resulted in his trade to the Cincinnati Reds in 1923.
1930- Former Yankees C/1B Gus Triandos (1953-1954) was born. Gus Triandos appeared in 20 games with the Yankees in 1953-1954, just hitting .171. He was unable to beat out Yankees starting C Yogi Berra. Gus was traded on November 17,1954, with players to be named later, Pitchers Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald, INF Willy Miranda, C Hal Smith, and OF Gene Woodling to the Baltimore Orioles for players to be named later, pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen, and INF Billy Hunter. Gus would become AL All Star catcher for the Orioles during the 1957-1958-1959 AL seasons. Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling would give the Orioles some power hitters in their 1955 starting lineup.
1936- The New York Yankees, with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Myril Hoag, drop a 5-4 decision to the Detroit Tigers. On August 1st, Powell will go to LF, with DiMaggio playing CF for the 1st time. George Selkirk will return to RF. The Yankees lose today, when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Yankees C Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th inning and Burns scores the winning run. The Tigers starter Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Yankees starter Johnny Broaca.
1940- Former Yankees reserve INF Cesar “Pepi” Tovar (1976) was born. (1940-1994) Cesar Tovar played in 13 games hitting .154 in September 1976 for the New York Yankees. He retired as an active MLB player after the 1976 AL season.
1941- Former Yankees reserve OF Howie “Hawk” Shanks (1925) passed away. (1890-1941) On December 10,1924, veteran OF Howie Shanks was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for INF Mike McNally. Howie appeared in 66 games for the 1925 New York Yankees, hitting .258. On December 16,1925, Howie Shanks was released by the New York Yankees. Howie Shanks played for the Washington Senators from 1912-1922, then the Red Sox before being traded to the Yankees.
1947- Former Yankees DH/1B Jim Spencer (1978-1981) was born. (1947-2002) Jim Spencer was traded on December 12,1977 by the Chicago White Sox along with P Bob Polinsky (minors) and OF Tommy Cruz to the Yankees for Pitchers Stan Thomas, Ed Ricks (minors), and cash. Jim never hit as expected for the Yankees during his stay with the Bombers. His best Yankees season was in 1979, when he hit .279. On May 20,1981, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with P Tom Underwood to the Oakland A’s for 1B Dave Revering, hurlers Mike Patterson, and Chuck Dougherty (minors). After retiring from MLB, he coached the U.S. Naval Academy baseball team for several years. Jim passed away from cancer in 2002.
1951- New York Yankees All Star CF Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error against the Detroit Tigers, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep CF and, thinking it's the 3rd out, begins trotting in. It's only the 2nd out, and George Kell scores from 2B to make the score 4-2 in the 8th inning. Despite the Yankee Clipper’s mental lapse, the Yankees win the game by a score of 5-4, with Joe DiMaggio knocking in the winning run in the 9th inning.
1952- Journeyman hurler Lou Kretlow fashions his second consecutive two-hitter, as the Chicago White Sox down the New York Yankees by the score of 7-0.
1954- Against New York Yankees veteran starter Allie Reynolds, Baltimore Orioles 3B Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam HR for the new Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles surpass the top season attendance the St. Louis Browns had in their 52 years, as they draw 27,385 for the game, giving them 7,000 more than the 712,918 fans that St. Louis drew in 1922.
1955- The Baltimore Orioles obtained veteran starter Ed Lopat from the New York Yankees for P Jim McDonald and cash. Eddie Lopat was at the end of his fine long MLB career. He would rejoin the New York Yankees organization in 1956, managing their AAA farm club in Richmond (International League). In 1960, he would replace the fired MLB pitching coach Jim Turner, being Casey Stengel’s final Yankees MLB pitching coach.
1957- Former Yankees P Steve Trout (1987) was born. On July 13,1987, Steve Trout was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees for pitchers Bob Tewksbury, Rich Scheid, and Dean Wilkins. Steve went 0-4 in 14 games with a 6.60 ERA for the Yankees, being a major disappointment. He was traded on December 22,1987, by the Yankees along with reserve OF Henry Cotto to the Seattle Mariners for Pitchers Lee Guetterman, Clay Parker, and Wade Taylor.
1966- Chicago White Sox starter Gary Peters shuts down the New York Yankees by a score of 6-0, facing just 29 batters. The efficient Peters used just 75 pitches for the win.
1977- New York Yankees starter Don Gullett picks up his 10th win of the year, a 9-3 victory over the Oakland A's. But it will prove to be his final win of the 1977 AL season, when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.
1986- Veteran MLB Catcher Ron Hassey is traded for the third time in 8 months. He is traded by the New York Yankees along with a player to be named later and OF Carlos Martinez to the Chicago White Sox for OF/DH Ron Kittle, INF Wayne Tolleson, and C Joel Skinner. The Yankees sent minor league C Bill Lindsey on December 24,1986 to the White Sox to complete the trade.
1990- In a surprisingly harsh ruling, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent orders New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club's general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner's $40,000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee All Star OF Dave Winfield.
1993- The New York Yankees obtained P Paul Assenmacher from the Chicago Cubs in a 3-way deal, which sees Yankees P John Habyan go to the Kansas City Royals and the Royals send OF Karl Rhodes to the Chicago Cubs. Paul would go 2-2 in 24 games for the Yankees.
1997- New York starter David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-0. Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hits his 36th HR of the 1997 AL season and INF Luis Sojo has 4 hits
1999- The New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 13-3, as 2B Chuck Knoblauch raps out 5 hits, including a double and HR, and drives home 4 runs.
2001- The New York Yankees reacquired veteran P Sterling Hitchcock from the San Diego Padres, sending 2 minor league players: P Brett Jodie and OF Darren Blakely to the Padres. The Yankees had traded Hitchcock to Seattle Mariners in winter of 1995 as part of the deal for 1B Tino Marinez.
2008- The busy New York Yankees traded veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Houston Astros for minor league INF Matt Cusick. Also that day All Star Catcher Jorge Posada underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, the Yankees acquired veteran AL All Star Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers for veteran MLB reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
2010- The 2 best teams in the MLB this year, the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, begin a 3-game series before a rare sold-out crowd at Tropicana Field. Two batters into the game, New York leads 2-0 on a HR by Nick Swisher, but that's all the runs the Yankees will score in the game. Tampa Bay comes back with a 3-run HR shot by Matt Joyce in the 6th inning to win, by the score of 3-2. Wade Davis beats Phil Hughes, with Rafael Soriano picking up the save. Yankees All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez, who has been sitting on 599 MLB career homers for a week, goes 0 for 4 in the loss.
2010- The New York Yankees snap up OF/DH Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians, although the bigger news is that they have tentatively reached a deal with Houston for veteran 1B Lance Berkman.
2011- The New York Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a huge 1st inning in the nightcap, after winning the opener, by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers score 12 runs as they chase Zach Britton, just back from the minors, after only one out, but not before he gives up 9 runs. They roll to a 17-3 win, accumulating 24 hits, as Yankees starter Ivan Nova benefits from the outburst; Robinson Cano goes 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, while Nick Swisher hits a 2-run HR in each game.
1881- Former Yankees reserve INF and MLB Manager Robert “Bob” Unglaub (1904) was born. (1881-1916) Bob Unglaub appeared in 6 games for the 1904 Yankees. Hitting .211. On June 17,1904, Bob was traded by the New York Highlanders to the Boston Americans for OF Patsy Dougherty. In 1907 he was the Manager of the Boston Red Sox. He was killed in a railroad accident in 1916.
1893- Former Yankees P Allan “Al” Russell (1915-1919) was born. (1893-1972) Allan Russell appeared in 114 games for the New York Yankees, posting a 26-36 record with a 3.05 ERA. On July 29,1919, Al Russell was traded by the New York Yankees along with P Bob McGraw and $40,000 to the Boston Red Sox for veteran starter Carl Mays.
1916- Former Yankees minor league INF and MLB player, Manager Billy Hitchcock was born. (1916-2006) Before the start of the 1939 AL season, Billy Hitchcock was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Billy never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. Billy was blocked by Phil Rizzutto at shortstop position in the New York Yankees minor league organization. He played for the Kansas City Blues (AAA) from 1939-1941. On September 8,1941, Billy was traded by the New York Yankees to the Detroit Tigers for players to be named later. The Detroit Tigers would send OF Tuck Stainback and Boyd Perry on December 4, 1941 to the New York Yankees to complete the trade. Billy managed one game for the 1960 Detroit Tigers. Then he was the manager of the Baltimore Orioles 1961-1962. In mid-season of 1966, he took over the Atlanta Braves. He managed the team again in 1967, before being replace by Ken Silvestri at the end of season.
1919- Former Yankees announcer and long time Red Sox announcer Curt Gowdy was born. (1919-2006) Curt Gowdy started his long time MLB -broadcasting career with the New York Yankees in 1949, working with Mel Allen. In 1951, he left the New York Yankees to join the Boston Red Sox broadcasting staff, later he was a NBC-TV’s MLB announcer covering 13 World Series for the network
1922- Former Yankees All Star OF and MLB Manager Hank Bauer (1948-1959) was born. (1922-2007) Before the 1946 AL Season, the New York Yankees signed Hank Bauer as an amateur MLB free agent. He was AL All Star RF in 1952-1954. Hank appeared in 9 World Series with the Yankees with the 1958 Series against the Milwaukee Braves being his best, hitting .323 with 4 HRs and 8 RBI’s. Hank finished his Yankees career with a .277 BA, 158 HRs, and 654 RBIs in 1,406 games. On December 11, 1959, Hank was traded by the Yankees along with P Don Larsen, OF Norm Siebern, and OF/1B Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City A’s for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMaestri, and 1B Kent Hadley. Hank would finish his MLB playing career with the A’s in 1961. He would manage the A’s in Kansas City and Oakland. Hank would win the 1966 World Series with the Baltimore Orioles beating the Dodgers. Later he would manage in the New York Mets farm system at Tidewater (AAA) in the early 1970’s. Then he became a MLB scout for the Yankees afterwards. Hank passed away on February 9, 2007 from cancer.
1925- The New York Yankees released MLB veteran C Steve O’Neill. He hit .286 in 35 games for the 1925 Yankees.
1927- Former Yankee reserve C and Minor League Manager Billy Shantz (1960) was born. (1927-1993) Billy Shantz was the brother of New York Yankees hurler Bobby Shantz. They were both originally signed by the Philadelphia A’s. On April 4,1959, Billy was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Kansas City A’s. He spent the 1959 baseball season at Richmond (AAA). During the 1960 AL season, he appeared in 1 game for the Yankees. He spent most of the 1960 season at Richmond (AAA) as back-up catcher to starter Jesse Gonder. He would later become a minor league manager for the New York Yankees.
1928- New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 FT HR in an unofficial test, beating all trial competition records.
1931- Former Yankees P Walter Lee “ Rip” Coleman (1955-1956) was born. (1931-2004) Before the 1952 AL Season, the New York Yankees signed Rip Coleman as an amateur MLB free agent. Rip went 5-6 in 39 games for the Yankees in 1955-1956. He appeared in 1 game during the 1955 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. On February 19,1957, Rip was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, INF Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, P Mickey McDermott, P Tom Morgan, and OF Irv Noren to the Kansas City A’s for players to be named later, Pitchers, Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, INF’s Jack McMahan, and Wayne Belardi. The Yankees sent P Jack Urban on April 5, 1957 to the A’s to complete the trade. The A’s sent INF Curt Roberts on April 4, 1957 and INF Clete Boyer on June 4, 1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade.
1936- Led by All Star 1B Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd HR, as the Yankees down the Cleveland Indians by a score of 11-7 at Cleveland’s League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe's 5-game winning streak, leaving the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe. Lou Gehrig and Red Rolfe clout HRs in the 5th inning to chase P Mel Harder, but the Indians answer back with 3 doubles by Earl Averill and a HR by Hal Trosky. Yankees starter Bump Hadley, with relief help from closer Johnny Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win of the 1936 AL season.
1951- The St. Louis Browns acquired OF Cliff Mapes from the Yankees, sending P Bob Hogue, 3B Kermit Wahl, shortstop Tom Upton and P Lou Sleater to the Yankees. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mickey Mantle's return from the minors (Kansas City Blues AAA) as well as Mapes No. 7 Yankees players uniform.
1955- New York starter Don Larsen wins a 5-2 decision, as the Yankees and the Kansas City A’s collaborate for 9-Double Plays, with the Yankees turning in 6 of them. The A’s starter Cloyd Boyer, who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for HRs by Yankee sluggers Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra takes the loss. Cloyd was the older brother of MLB players Ken and Clete Boyer. He would later become a Yankees MLB pitching coach during the 1970’s.
1960- At Yankee Stadium, the Kansas City A's push over 3 unearned runs in the 11th inning on 2 throwing errors by New York Yankees 3B Hector Lopez to top the Bombers by a score of 5-2.
1962- At Washington D.C. Stadium, Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a wrenched knee, but veteran 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron supplies the Yankees power with a grand slam HR. New York wins the game by a score of 9-5. 1963- New York Yankees starter Ralph Terry uses just 75 pitches in a 5-hitter, winning by a score of 3-2 over the Kansas City A's. Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts against the A’s starting lineup.
1970- Former Yankees reserve C Mike Figga (1997-1999) was born. On June 5,1989, Mike Figga was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 44th round of the 1989 MLB amateur player draft. Mike appeared in 5 games for the Yankees. On June 3,1999, Mike was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Yankees.
1972- Former Yankees reserve C Rollie Hemsley (1942-1944) passed away. (1907-1972 On July 19,1942, veteran MLB C Rollie Hemsley was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees. He appeared in 174 games as a reserve catcher for the Yankees, hitting .262. On March 25,1946, Rollie was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the New York Yankees.
1977- New York 3B Graig Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 win over the Oakland A's, the 8th win in 9 games for New York. The Yankees are a half game out of 1st place in the AL East.
1978- The New York Yankees stop the Texas Rangers by a score of 6-1, to move to 7 1/2 games behind Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
1985- The Cleveland Indians end Ron Guidry's win streak at 12 games, beating the Yankees, by a score of 6-5. Guidry and Curt Waddell, the Tribe winner, each go 6+ innings.
1994- Former NL All Star hurler Steve Carlton, MLB Manager and player Leo Durocher and New York Yankees AL MVP (1950) and All Star shortstop Phil Rizzuto are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
1996- At the trading deadline, the Detroit Tigers traded 1B-DH Cecil Fielder, 32, to the Yankees for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Matt Drews. It is the 1st swap in MLB history in which 2 players with more than 220 MLB HRs are traded for one another.
1996- The New York Yankees obtained P David Weathers from the Florida Marlins for P Mark Hutton, but they will send him to the minors in 3 weeks.
1999- The New York Yankees bring back veteran C Jim Leyritz from the San Diego Padres for minor league P Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A League baseball, including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously, Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000; he will earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May of 2001, after serving up 3 straight HRs.
2003- Veteran INF Aaron Bone was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Yankees for Pitchers Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash.
2004- A minute before the trading deadline, the New York Yankees deal the talented but underachieving former Cuban Pitching star Jose Contreras (8-5 with a 5.64 ERA) and $3 million to the Chicago White Sox for All-Star starter Esteban Loaiza (9-5, 4.86 ERA). Both hurlers are 32 years old.
2005- At Yankee Stadium, the Molina brothers, Bengie and Jose, both hit HR off of Yankees starter Randy Johnson. The Angel teammates join Hank and Tommie Aaron, Matty and Jesus Alou, Aaron and Bret Boone, Billy and Tony Conigliaro, Al and Tony Cuccinello, Rick and Wes Farrell, Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero, Graig and Jim Nettles, Cal and Billy Ripken and Paul and Lloyd Waner as siblings who have gone deep in the same MLB game.
2005- Among thousands of high-spirited Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans and the 48 Hall of Famers sitting on the dais, Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also honored are Former Yankees player, now San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammons, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award
2007- The 2007 New York Yankees tie the 1939 Yankees by hitting 8 HRs in a game, while crushing the Chicago White Sox. Hideki Matsui hits 2 HRs, with Johnny Damon, Shelly Duncan, Bobby Arbeu, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera each hitting HRs for the Yankees.
2008- The New York Yankees finished their 2008 MLB trading deadline spree by shipping minor league INF Alberto Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals for right-hander pitcher Jhonny Nunez.
2010- The New York Yankees complete yesterday's rumored deal with Houston Astros for veteran MLB player OF/1B Lance Berkman, also they add veteran MLB reliever Kerry Wood from Cleveland Indians not giving up any major leaguer players in the process.
1890- Former Yankees P Edward “Slim” Love (1916-1918) was born. (1890-1942) Edward “Slim” Love had an ERA of 2.35 in 1916, and then in 1917, he won 13 games, second highest on the Yankee team. He was nicknamed “Slim” because of his height, he stood 6’7”. His Yankees pitching career record was 21-17 with a 3.05 ERA in 91 games. On December 18,1918, Slim Love was traded by the New York Yankees along with C Ray Caldwell, OF Frank Gilhooley, C Roxy Walters and $15,000 to the Boston Red Sox for OF Duffy Lewis. Pitchers Dutch Leonard and Ernie Shore.
1903- Philadelphia A’s starter Rube Waddell no-hits the New York Highlanders, except for Kid Elberfeld, who has 4 singles. These, plus a lavish 6 walks, down the A's 3-2. Waddell observes afterward, "If I would have walked him 4 times, I would have pitched a no-hitter."
1922- The New York Yankees purchased C Benny Bengough (1922-1930) from Buffalo (International League). Benny would share catch duties with other Yankee catchers, until the arrival of catcher Bill Dickey in 1928. He would remain the team’s reserve catcher until 1930.
1923- Stepping in against the Cleveland Indians hurler Sherrod Smith in the 9th inning, Babe Ruth starts off batting right-handed. After taking a strike, he switches to LH and hits his 25th HR of the season. The Indians still win the game by a score of 5-3. The Babe will bat righty again 4 days later.
1925- The New York Yankees buy INF Tony Lazzeri from the Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) team for spring delivery in 1926. Tony Lazzeri will hit 60 HRs with 222 RBIs at Salt Lake City in 1925. Tony will earn the nickname of "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers at Yankee Stadium.
1928- New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits HR #42 and is four weeks ahead of his 1927 AL season pace of hitting 60 HRs.
1932- The Detroit Tigers successfully protest a New York Yankees 6-3 win, but gain nothing when the rematch ends in a 8-8 tie and the game is called because of darkness.
1937- New York Yankees All Star 1B Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the St. Louis Browns, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 14-5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his MLB career.
1941- New York Yankees veteran starter Lefty Gomez pitches a 9-0 shutout over the St. Louis Browns despite walking 11 batters, the most ever issued in a shutout. Fifteen base runners are left stranded by the Browns.
1952- The New York Yankees purchased P Johnny Schmitz from the Brooklyn Dodgers for cash. He would go 1-1 with Yankees before being sent to the Cincinnati Reds on a conditional basis in September of 1952.
1961- Former Yankees minor league OF Todd Demeter was born. (1961-1996) The son of former MLB outfielder Don Demeter, 1B/OF Todd Demeter was selected in the 2nd round of the 1979 MLB amateur player draft by the Yankees, but he never made it to the majors.
1968- Against the Boston Red Sox, Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters, the most ever by a Yankee rookie pitcher, in posting his 1st MLB shutout, winning by a score of 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until "El Duque" Hernandez K's 13 batters. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh, a steal, and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off of Red Sox P Dave Morehead.
1973- Catchers Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway Park. With a 2-2 score in the top of the 9th inning, Munson, attempting to score from 3rd base on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Red Sox win the game by the score of 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning.
1978- The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox play a 14 inning 5-5 tie game that is suspended by AL curfew rules. The Yankees manage to blow a 5 run lead while the Red Sox relievers Bob Stanley and Tom Burgmeier stopped the Yankee hitting attack.
1979- Following the New York Yankees 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox; members of the Yankees create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park.
1979- In an 8-player deal, the Texas Rangers send OF/DH Oscar Gamble, minor leaguer Amos Lewis, a former 1st pick in the 1978 MLB amateur player draft, and 2 players to be named to the New York Yankees and finally acquired OF Mickey Rivers and 3 players to be named. The Yankees sent minor league pitchers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch, and Mark Softy on October 8, 1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Mickey Rivers had been traded to the Rangers in June but the deal fell through. Both of the players to be named with Oscar Gamble will make the majors: Gene Nelson and Ray Fontenot, something that can't be said for the 3 players that the Yankees sent to the Rangers.
1989- Former Yankees reserve INF and MLB Manager Don “Jeep” Heffner (1934-1937) passed away. (1911-1989) Don Heffner was a reserve INF for the New York Yankees (1934-1937). On February 15,1938, Don was traded by the Yankees with $10,000 cash to the St. Louis Browns for INF Bill Knickerbocker. Don was a MLB Coach for the New York Mets. In 1966, Don managed the Cincinnati Reds, going 37-46 in 83 games, before being replaced by Dave Bristol.
1993- Former New York Yankees OF/DH Reggie Jackson (1977-1981) is inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Reggie receives 396 votes out of 423 HOF ballots issued. With the Yankees, Reggie appeared in 658 games hitting 144 HRs with 461 RBIs. He finished MLB career with 563 HRs with a .262 lifetime BA.
2010- In St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay's James Shields keeps the New York Yankees off the scoreboard for 7 innings in a 3-0 win that brings the Rays within a game of the AL East leaders.
2011- AL All Star starter C C Sabathia wins his MLB leading 16th game in the New York Yankees' 3-2 defeat of the Chicago White Sox. The big lefthander is 9-1 over his last 10 starts for the Yankees.
1893- Former Yankees reserve OF Angel Aragon (1914,1916-1917) was born. (1893-1952) Angel Aragon appeared in 32 games for the Yankees, hitting just .118. He is the father of MLB player Jack Aragon (1941).
1929- The Philadelphia A's 11-10 victory over the Detroit Tigers increases their AL lead to 11 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who are losers today to the Cleveland Indians by the score of 9-8.
1931- The Boston Red Sox and the 3rd-place New York Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40,000 fans, played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway Park. Former Red Sox hurler Red Ruffing wins the 1st game by score of 4-1, and ex-Yankees reliever Wilcy Moore blanks his former teammates by the score of 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just 3 singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yankees will go 308 games before being shut out again.
1951- Former Yankees P Guy “Rebel” Cooper (1914) passed away. (1893-1951) On August 11,1913, Guy Cooper was purchased by the New York Yankees from Petersburg (Virginia) for $1,500. He appeared in 1 game for the Yankees with no record. On May 27,1914, he was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the New York Yankees.
1961-The New York Yankees beat the Kansas City A’s by a score of 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a 1st inning HR off of their former Yankees teammate, now A’s starter Art Ditmar. Yankees All Star sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris are now both at 40 HRs mark.
1975- Former 1950’s Yankees player Billy Martin becomes the new Yankee manager replacing Bill Virdon. Vidron was saddled with an injury-plagued team (Elliot Maddox, Mel Stottlemyre and Bobby Bonds) in 1975. Bill had been named The Sporting News Manager of the year for his work with the Yankees in 1974, bringing the Yankees to 2nd place finish in the AL East. The 1975 Yankees were 53-51 under Bill Vidron. Under Billy Martin, the Yankees went 30-26 for the remainder of the 1975 AL season, finishing in 3rd place with an 83-77 record in the AL East. Bill Vidron will soon become the Houston Astros Manager.
1978- The New York Yankees take a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston ties it in the 8th inning on 3-wild pitches, 2 bases-loaded walks, and a collection of bloop hits. The game ends in a 14-inning tie at 5-5.
1979- New York Yankees Captain and AL All Star C Thurman Munson, 32, (1947-1979) perishes at Canton, Ohio, in a crash of the jet plane, that he was piloting. A crowd of 51,151 fans will attend the memorial tribute for Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.
1985- Ozzie Guillen scores from 2B on an infield hit in the 11th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees. Salazar's slow roller down the 1B line is fielded by P Mike Bordi, and with no play at 1B, Guillen keeps running. In the 7th inning, when White Sox C Carlton Fisk tags out 2 Yankee runners at home plate during the same play. The unusual 8-6-2-2 double play results as both Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra try to score on Rickey Henderson's double in the gap.
1990- New York Yankees rookie 1B Kevin Maas hits his 10th HR in just 77 at bats, the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. But the Yankees lose to the Detroit Tigers by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings.
2005- Former Yankees minor league INF Milt Graf passed away. (1930-2005) Milt Graf was drafted by the New York Yankees in the Rule 5 player draft from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Milt was traded to the Kansas City A’s in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade. He would work for the Pittsburgh Pirates as MLB infield coach and in the front office after retiring as an active player. Also he was a MLB scout for the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds.
2009- New York Yankees OF Melky Cabrera hits for the cycle and drives in 4 runs in the Yankees' 8-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. He is the first Yankees batter to have hit for a cycle since INF Tony Fernandez in 1995.
2010- At New York, the Toronto Blue Jays lash out a record-tying 6 doubles in the 5th inning, including two by Travis Snider, to beat the New York Yankees by the score of 8-6. Brandon Morrow beats former Blue Jay's starter A.J. Burnett, while Kevin Gregg retires Alex Rodriguez after giving up a solo HR to Nick Swisher to end the game and earn his 24th save of the 2010 AL season.
2011- The New York Yankees' 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox is shortened to 7 innings by rain at U.S. Cellular Field, but not before Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira sets a record by hitting a HR from both sides of the plate for the 12th time of his MLB career. He hits a long ball right-handed off starter John Danks in the 3rd inning, then one left-handed in the pouring rain off reliever Jason Frasor in the 7th inning. Teixeira had been tied with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis with 11 such games. Yankees starter Phil Hughes is the winner in his best outing of the 2011 AL season.
This Week in Yankees History July 29th-August 4th Part Two
1914- New York Yankees C Les Nunamaker throws out 3 consecutive Tiger base runners in 1st inning of Yankee 4-1 lost to Detroit. Each Tiger base runner had singled and were thrown out at 2nd base caught trying to steal.
1920- Former Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach Jim Hegan (1961-1973) was born. (1920-1984) Jim Hegan was a MLB catcher from 1941-1960, mainly with the Cleveland Indians. His son, 1B/OF/DH Mike Hegan played for the New York Yankees (1964,1966-1967,1973-1974). They were the 1st Father-Son combination to appear in a World Series together in 1964 with the Yankees against the St. Louis Cardinals. When former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk went to the Detroit Tigers in 1974, Jim Hegan joined his MLB coaching staff. He would return to the Yankees for two more seasons, before becoming a MLB scout before retiring.
1933- The New York Yankees 308-game scoring streak comes to an end when the Philadelphia A’s Hall Of Fame starter Lefty Grove hangs a five-hit, 7-0 shutout win over the Yankees. They had tallied in 308 games in a row, during which they scored 1,986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1,434 for the opposition, which New York hurlers blanked 22 times. The Yankees responded by scoring at least 1 run in every game they played for the rest of the 1933 AL season.
1937- A Tuesday crowd of 66,767 fans watches at Yankee Stadium as All Star 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 1,900th consecutive MLB game.
1940- Former Yankees OF Roger Repoz (1964-1966) was born. Before the 1960 AL Season, Roger Repoz was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Roger hit .232 and .220 for the Yankees during the 1964-1965 AL seasons. At the time of his trade by the Yankees, he was hitting .349, but the team knew that he wasn’t in their future plans. On June 10,1966, Roger was traded by the Yankees along with pitchers Gil Blanco and Bill Stafford to the A’s for P Fred Talbot and C Billy Bryan. Clippers Note: The Yankees should have held on to P Bill Stafford, because P Fred Talbot was a major disappointment for the Yankees going 14-22 before being sent to the Seattle Pilots.
1964- Former Yankees reserve INF Kevin Elster (1994-1995) was born. Veteran MLB INF Kevin Elster appeared in only 17 games with the Yankees hitting just .054.
1967- The New York Yankees obtained hurlers Ron Klimkowski and Pete Margini from the Boston Red Sox for veteran 1963 AL MVP and All Star C Elston Howard. He could no longer hit the fastball. Ellie was at the end of the line of his fine MLB career, he helped the Red Sox win the AL flag in 1967. Howard stayed on with the Red Sox until 1968 AL season ended. He would return to the New York Yankees, becoming their 1st black MLB coach in 1969. Hurlers Ron Klimkowski and Pete Margini never did anything for the Yankees.
1978- In the continuation of the previous evening’s suspended game the Boston Red Sox score twice in the 17th inning to defeat the Yankees by a score of 7-5. Former Yankees starter Mike Torrez defeats the Yankees by the score of 8-1 in a rain shorten regularly scheduled game. The double loss dropped the Yankees to 8 ½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
1979- The New York Yankees purchased veteran MLB INF Lenny Randle from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They bring up C Brad Gulden and OF Bobby Brown from Columbus Clippers (AAA). Brad Gulden would share catching duties with Jerry Narron, due to the recent death of regular starting C Thurman Munson.
1982- The Chicago White Sox sweep a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium 1-0 and 14-2, prompting New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to fire current Yankees manager Gene Michael and replace him with Yankees MLB pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees' 3rd manager of the 1982 AL season.
1984- Former Yankees reserve OF Elmer Smith (1922-1923) passed away. (1892-1984) On July 23,1922, Elmer Smith was traded by the Boston Red Sox along with veteran MLB INF Joe Dugan to the New York Yankees for INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, INF Johnny Mitchell, P/OF and $50,000. He appeared in 91 games for the Yankees, hitting .290. On January 7,1924, Elmer was traded by the New York Yankees with $50,000 and a player to be named to Louisville (American Association) for OF Earle Combs.
1986- At Cleveland, the New York Yankees set a MLB record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5 walks, a HBP, and 6 hits including 2 HRs to score. The Yankees win the game by the score of 10-6.
1987- Tribe starter Tom Candiotti tosses a one-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees by the score of 2-0. Mike Easler's leadoff single in the 8th inning is the only Yankees hit of the game.
1990- The Cleveland Indians starter Tom Candiotti has his no hitter spoiled in the 8th inning when Yankees OF Oscar Azocar singles. Candy leaves the game then and takes the loss as the Tribe drops a 6-4 decision to the Yankees.
1995- Former Yankees minor league manager and MLB player/Manager Harry Craft passed away. (1915-1995) After his MLB playing career ended with the Cincinnati Reds in 1942, he would become a manager in the New York Yankees minor league system, managing outfielder Mickey Mantle in his 1st years of professional baseball. Craft managed the Independence Yankees (1949), Joplin Miners (1950), Beaumont Roughnecks (1951-1952), and the Kansas City Blues (1953-1954). He is credited in helping Mickey Mantle becoming a better outfielder after being moved from his shortstop position. Harry Craft joined the Kansas City A’s MLB coaching staff in 1955. Harry replaced Lou Boudreau as the team's manager in 1957. Former Yankees AL All Star RF Roger Maris gives Harry Craft credit for helping him with his outfield defensive while he was with the A’s. He remained with the team through the 1959 AL season before becaming a Chicago Cubs MLB coach in 1960. He managed the Cubs in 1961 as a member of the club's College of Coaches. He left the Cubs in 1962 to manage the new NL expansion Houston Colt .45s. Craft was fired as skipper near the end of the 1964 NL season. He remained in the game as a MLB scout and farm system official for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees organizations, before retiring in 1991.
1998- Leading off for the New York Yankees, 2B Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist's ribs, and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland A’s pitcher for 15 more hits, including 4 HRs, in 5 innings. The Yankees win the game by a score of 14-1, scoring all 14 earned runs off of Oquist, the most runs allowed since Bill Travers in August of 1977. Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez picks up the win.
2010- Toronto Blue Jays keep banging out HRs by the bushel, hitting 4 more in today's 8-2 win over the Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells, Travis Snider and José Bautista connect for the Jays. Starter Ricky Romero gives up a 2-run shot to Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira in the 1st inning, then limits the Bronx Bombers to an infield single the rest of the way to take the win with a complete game two-hitter. The Jays have now hit MLB-leading 167 home runs.
2011- The New York Yankees jump to a 13-1 lead over the Chicago White Sox in the 1st three innings, chasing starter Gavin Floyd early, but Yankees starter A.J. Burnett can't make it through 5 innings, departing after one out in the 5th inning, having allowed his team's lead to narrow to 13 - 7. Cory Wade steps in to shut down the White Sox and pick up the win, with the Yankees running the final score to 18-7 with some late scoring. Robinson Cano hits a 3-run HR in the 1st to set the tone, and Eric Chavez has a two-run HR shot in the 3rd, his 1st as a Yankees player.
1905- The New York Highlanders field a unique battery: Doc Newton pitching and Mike "Doc" Powers catching, but only Mike “Doc” Powers is a real physician. The Highlanders beat the St. Louis Browns by a score of 7-3.
1910- Former Yankees OF George “Tuck” Stainback (1942-1945) was born. (1910-1992) Veteran OF George “Tuck” Stainback was purchased on December 4,1941 by the New York Yankees from the Detroit Tigers. His best Yankees season was in 1943, hitting .260 in 71 games. He was sold to the Philadelphia A’s in 1946, where he finished out his 13-year MLB career.
1925- Every player in each team's lineup has at least 1 putout in the Cleveland Indians-New York Yankees game.
1928- The New York Yankees purchased P Fred Heimach from St. Paul Saints (American Association) for cash and other considerations. Fred went 13-9 with the Yankees in 2 seasons before going to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1929- The New York Yankees take the opening game of two from the visiting Cleveland Indians, winning by a score of 12-0. Yankees starter Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight game. In the 2nd game, after trailing 6-5 with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, Cleveland scores an AL record-tying 9 runs, to win the game by a score of 14-6.
1932- Former Yankees P Jim “Mummy” Coates (1956,1959-1962) was born. Before the 1951 AL Season, the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent signed Jim Coates. Jim was an AL All Star team member on the 1960-1961 teams. His best season as a Yankees pitcher was in 1960, going 13-4 with a .813 WP to lead the AL. Jim appeared in 3 World Series for the Yankees in 1960-1962. On April 21,1963, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the Washington Senators for P Steve Hamilton, when the team needed a lefty reliever to replace the injured Louis Arroyo in the Yankees bullpen. Also Jim would play for the Cincinnati Reds and California Angels before retiring from the MLB in 1967. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 43-22 record in 247 games with 18 saves. Jim was nicknamed by his Yankee teammates “The Mummy” because he slept with his eyes open.
1932- New York Yankees C Bill Dickey returns to the New York Yankees starting lineup after his month's suspension for fighting at home plate in a game. Bill had punched Carl Reynolds in the face, breaking the player’s jaw. Bill hits a grand slam HR and 3 singles, as Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox by a score of 15-3.
1934- Former Yankees Manager and MLB player Dallas Green (1989) was born. The 1989 New York Yankees were 56-65 in 5th place in the AL East, when Owner George Steinbrenner fired him. As a MLB pitcher, Dallas Green played with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.
1939- Former Yankees P Robert “Bob” Meyer (1964) was born. Before the 1960 AL Season, Bob Meyer was signed by the New York Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Bob went 0-3 in 7 games for the Yankees in 1964. On June 12,1964, Bob was purchased by the Angels from the Yankees.
1944- Former Yankees reserve OF Elisha “Camp” Skinner (1922) passed away. (1897-1944) Reserve OF Camp Skinner appeared in 27 games, hitting just .182. On January 30,1923, Camp Skinner was traded by the New York Yankees along with OF Norm McMillan, P George Murray and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for starter Herb Pennock.
1947- The New York Yankees sell P Al Lyons to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Al Lyons went 1-1 in 19 games for the Yankees (1944-1946) before being sent to the Pirates.
1952- The New York Yankees sell veteran MLB hurler Bob Hogue to St. Louis Browns for cash. On July 31,1951, Bob was purchased by the Yankees from the Browns. He went 4-5 in 34 games with the Yankees before being sent back to the Browns during the 1952 AL season.
1953- New York Yankees starter Vic Raschi sets a MLB record by driving in 7 runs in a Yankees 15-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, still the record for most runs battled in by a pitcher in 1 game. Raschi singled in 2 runs in 2nd inning, doubled home 3 more runs in the 3rd inning and then capped it off with 2-run single in the 8th inning. His Yankee teammates responded to his hitting feat by filling up his locker to the roof with bats after the game.
1962- Former Yankees P Roger “The Rocket” Clemens (1998-2003,2007) was born. On February 18,1999, Roger Clemens was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Yankees for INF Homer Bush, Pitchers Graeme Lloyd, and David Wells. Roger posted an 83-39 mark in 175 games with the Yankees. He was 5-5 in World Series play. His best Yankees season was in 2000, when Roger went 20-3 for the Yankees. After the 2003 MLB season, Roger left the Yankees signing with his hometown Houston Astros along with Yankees MLB free agent starter Andy Pettite. In 2007, he returned to the Yankees during the mid season, posting a 6-6 record in 18 games with a 4.18 ERA.
1963- After missing 61 games, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees lineup as a pinch hitter for reliever Steve Hamilton. The Baltimore Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning, when the stiff-legged Mantle golf’s a line drive to tie the game at 10. The emotional Yankees win it, by a score of 11-10, after the Orioles had taken the opener by a score of 7-2.
1964- Kansas City A's starter John O'Donoghue gives up his third HR to Mickey Mantle this 1964 AL season, but that's all he allows, as the A’s tops the visiting New York Yankees at Muncipal Stadium by a score of 5-1.
1966- Former Yankees P Jeff Johnson (1991-1993) was born. Jeff Johnson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 6th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft. Jeff went 8-15 in 38 games for the Yankees during the 1991-1993 AL seasons. The Yankees release Jeff in September of 1993. He signed with the Cleveland Indians as a MLB free agent, but he never returned to the MLB. He is currently a minor league pitching coach with the Altoona Curve (Eastern League) in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
1972- New York Yankees CF Bobby Murcer's grand slam HR in the 7th inning clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Bobby Murcer also scores twice on walks.
1973- New York Yankees relief ace P Lindy McDaniel hurls 13 innings of near perfect relief, and comes out a winner, when 2B Horace Clarke’s 13th inning HR gives the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Yankees hurler Fritz Peterson had started the game but departed in the 1st inning with a muscle pull.
1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Eric Milton was born. While a minor leaguer in the Yankee's system, Eric Milton got a tattoo of the New York Yankees logo on his pitching shoulder. He never got into a MLB game with the Yankees, before being traded along with three other players (including INF Cristian Guzman, 1B/OF Brain Buchanan, P Danny Mota) to the Minnesota Twins for 2B Chuck Knoblauch.
1978- Baltimore Orioles starter Mike Flanagan hands New York Yankees starter Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the 1978 AL season by stopping the Bronx Bombers by a score of 2-1.
1983- While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game, Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals. He is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
1985- Future HOF P Tom Seaver becomes the 17th MLB pitcher to win 300 games. Seaver pitches the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1, six-hit victory over the New York Yankees on “Phil Rizzuto Day” at Yankee Stadium as a crowd of 54,032 New Yorkers cheer him on.
1989- Hard-luck pitcher Toronto Blue Jays P Dave Stieb loses a perfect game, when Yankees OF Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Stieb finishes the game with a 2-1 victory, a 2-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Dave Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
1998- New York Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry's pinch-hitter grand slam HR is the big blow in Yankees 9-run rally in the 9th inning, as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Oakland A's by a score of 10-5 in the 2nd game of a double header. It is his 2nd pinch-hitter slam HR of the 1998 AL season, setting a new AL record, and tying the NL mark held by his former Mets manager, Davey Johnson, and Mike Ivie, both set the mark in 1978. New York also wins the 1st game of the twin bill by a score of 10-4.
2007- New York Yankees All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 500 MLB Career HR. He becomes the youngest player in MLB history to reach the 500 HR mark. His 3-run HR shot in the 1st inning off of Royals starter Kyle Davies leads the Yankees to a 16-8 pounding of the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.
2010- On the 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career HR, New York Yankees AL All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez hits the 600th homer of his MLB career off Toronto's Shaun Marcum, becoming the youngest player - and only the 7th all time - to reach the MLB HR milestone. The Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1, with Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss to Minnesota Twins, regain a share of 1st place in the AL East.
1966 New York Yankees: Mickey Mantle continues his HR Streak in Yankees win
July 29, 1966- The New York Yankees edge the Chicago White Sox by the score of 2-1, on Mickey Mantle's 14th Home Run in 24 games. Mickey Mantle moves ahead of Hall Of Fame New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig into 6th place on the all-time MLB career HR list with the HR blast #494.
MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent bans New York Yankees Owner George Steinnbrenner for Life over the Howie Spira affair.
July 30, 1990- In a surprisingly harsh ruling, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent orders New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club's general partner by August 20th, Vincent bans him from day-to-day operation of the New York Yankees for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner's $40,000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded New York Yankees All Star OF Dave Winfield.
1955 New York Yankees: Yanks-A's game 9 Double Plays
July 31,1955- New York starter Don Larsen wins a 5-2 decision, as the Yankees and the Kansas City A’s collaborate for 9-Double Plays, with the Bronx Bombers turning in 6 of them. The A’s starter Cloyd Boyer, who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for HRs by Yankee sluggers Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra takes the loss. Cloyd was the older brother of MLB players Ken and Clete Boyer. He would later become a Yankees MLB pitching coach during the 1970’s.
Yankees P Don Larsen, A's Rookie INF Clete Boyer and P Cloyd Boyer
1979 New York Yankees; Yanks traded CF Mickey Rivers to Texas for OF/DH Oscar Gamble
August 1, 1979- In an eight-player deal, the Texas Rangers send veteran OF/DH Oscar Gamble, minor leaguer Amos Lewis, a former 1st pick in the 1978 MLB amateur player draft, and 2 players to be named to the New York Yankees, they finally acquired OF Mickey Rivers and 3 players to be named. The Yankees will send three minor league pitchers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch, and Mark Softy on October 8, 1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Mickey Rivers had been traded to the Texas Rangers in June, but the deal fell through. Both of the players to be named with Oscar Gamble will make the majors: Pitchers Gene Nelson and Ray Fontenot, something that can't be said for the three minor league players that the New York Yankees sent to the Texas Rangers.
Thurman Munson will never be forgotten by the Yankees organization or their fans.
"Our captain and leader has not left us today, tomorrow, this year, next... our endeavors will reflect our love and admiration for him."
Unlike many of the days noted on this feature, most dedicated Yankee fans know exactly why August 2nd is remembered. August 2, 1979 was one of the worst days in the history of the New York Yankees franchise, and the bad news was something that went far beyond a bad box score, a controversial quote, or even an injury causing an extended stint on the Disabled List. 33 years ago today, the Yankees lost their beloved captain, catcher Thurman Munson, in an airplane crash. He was only 32 years ol
MLB.com did a really great retrospective on Munson a few years ago that really explains it well. I've also written on Munson's life in earlier posts:
(NYY: 1969-79) In 1976, Thurman Munson was named the Yankees' first captain in 37 years, following in the footsteps of the legendary Lou Gehrig. Although Gehrig's manager, Joe McCarthy, intended for the position to be retired with Gehrig, owner George Steinbrenner decided that if McCarthy and Gehrig saw the way Munson played, they would agree that Munson deserved the honor, though he did not desire it. A terrific catching prospect out of Kent State University, Munson was the #4 overall pick of the 1968 MLB draft, proving that something of worth came out of the crappy late-1960s baseball played by the Yankees. He went straight to AA Binghamton as a 21-year old, and after dominating AAA with the Syracuse Chiefs (.363/435/.529), he was called up to the big leagues for good in late 1969. Munson made an immediate impact with the team, as he helped the Yankees make a thirteen-game improvement in 1970 by putting up a wRC+ of 125 with a .386 OBP and superb defense, winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Though both he and the team regressed somewhat the next year, the Yankees finally had a worthy player to succeed Dickey, Berra, and Howard in their catching tradition. The Yankees couldn't quite reach the top of division, but Munson had arguably his career year in '73, putting up career-highs in homers (20), double (29), slugging (.487), wRC+ (139), and WAR (6.8) while winning the first of three Gold Gloves.
After a couple seasons in Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was renovated, the team returned in '76 with its newly-named captain and broke their twelve-year playoff drought with a 97-win season and the AL East division title as Munson won the league MVP (though there were probably better candidates on his team). Munson was definitely not intimidated by playoff pressure, as he first hit .435 in the five-game ALCS win against the Kansas City Royals, and then hit .529 against the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. Unfortunately, he was the only hitter to do well against the Reds and the Yankees lost the series in a four-game sweep. Munson and the Yankees returned to the World Series the next year and won their first World Series in fifteen years with six-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a feat they would repeat in '78. Munson was the clear leader of a team that was nicknamed "the Bronx Zoo" due to the tense atmosphere of the clubhouse, despite his personal decline in performance after years of catching.
His career came to a stunning end on August 2, 1979, as his fascination with flying planes cost him his life when the plane he was practicing in burst into flames on a crash landing. At only 32 years old, Thurman Munson was gone. His family, teammates, and fans wept, and his close friend and eulogist Bobby Murcer paid the ultimate tribute to him by driving in all five runs and walking off the eventual AL-champion Baltimore Orioles in the team's first game since the funeral. Though they've won 27 World Series and experience many dramatic moments, the Yankees have probably never played a more emotional game. The Yankees retired his number 15 that day as well, and his locker stood unused for the rest of the old Yankee Stadium's existence. (B-Ref) (FG) (SABR Bio)
He was an amazing player, and it's just horrible what happened to such a great person.
"Selig ran a speakeasy, now he wants to take all the alcohol out of the town." Mike Francesa