1910- Former Yankees P Joe Beggs (1938) was born. (1910-1983) Joe Beggs went 3-2 in 14 games for the Yankees in 1938. On January 4,1940, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for P Lee Grissom.
1931- The Yankees purchased OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk from Jersey City (International League). He would join the Yankees in 1934, spending 9 nine seasons (1934-1942) with the Yankees, hitting .290 for them. After Babe Ruth leaves the team, he will wear Yankees uniform No. 3. George Selkirk batted over .300 five times, twice drove home more than 100 RBIs, played on 5 World Championship teams (1936-1939 and 1941). He made the AL All-Star team in 1936 and 1939. In 1942, he joined the U. S. Navy and served during World War II. After retiring as active player, George was a minor league manager for the Yankees and the Boston Braves. In 1957-1958, he was the General Manager for the Kansas City A’s. He would later work as GM for the new expansion Washington Senators from 1963-1968. After leaving the Senators in 1968, he rejoined the New York Yankees organization as a MLB scout.
1947- Former Yankees P Lloyd Colson (1970) was born. On June 6,1967, the New York Yankees in the 28th round of the 1967 MLB amateur player draft drafted Lloyd Colson. He appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees during the 1970 AL season with no record.
1948- Former Senators and Yankees OF Jake Powell (1936-1940) shoots and kills himself in a Washington, D.C. police station, he was only 40 years old. (1908-1948) Jake Powell was an outfielder for the Senators (1930,1934-1936 and 1943-1945), Yankees (1936-1940) and the Phillies (1945). On June 14,1936, Jake Powell was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Ben Chapman. He helped the Yankees win the World Series every season from 1936-1939. His final Yankees player career totals were a .271 BA with 13 HRs with 124 RBIs in 272 games. He appeared 8 games in 3 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .435. In 11 MLB seasons, he played in 688 games with 116 doubles, 26 triples, 22 HRs, 327 RBIs, finishing with a .271 BA. On July 29, 1938, in a pre-game radio interview, White Sox broadcaster Bob Elson asked Powell what he did in the off-season. He replied (falsely) that he was a police officer in Dayton, Ohio. When Elson asked what Powell did to stay in shape, Powell responded that he "cracked n#####s over the head with [his] nightstick." After a surge of public outrage, including calls that Powell be banned for life, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspended Jake Powell for 10 games. On December 5,1940, Jake was purchased by the San Francisco Seals (PCL) from the Yankees. He would return to MLB with the 1943 Senators as a reserve OF, finishing up his MLB career with the Phillies in 1945. On November 4,1948, Jake Powell was arrested in Washington, D.C, for passing bad checks. Distraught and mentally unstable, Jake pulled out a gun while in police custody and committed suicide.
1953- Former Yankees P Roy Slagle (1979) was born. Roy Slagle was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1976 MLB amateur player draft (Secondary Phase). Roy appeared 1 game for the 1979 Yankees, pitching 2 scoreless innings.
1961- Former Yankees minor league P Logan Easley was born. On June 8,1981, Logan Easley was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 20th round of the 1981 MLB amateur player draft. Logan never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 26,1986, he was traded by the Yankees along with pitchers Doug Drabek and Brian Fisher to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clements.
1967- Former Yankees reserve OF Ryan Thompson (2000) was born. Reserve OF Ryan Thompson hit .260 in 33 games for the 2000 Yankees.
1976- The two new American League franchises, the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays select 30 players apiece from other AL teams in the 1976 AL expansion team player draft. The Yankees lose veteran reliever Grant Jackson and rookie OF/INF Juan Bernhardt to the Seattle Mariners. They lose veteran shortstop Jim Mason, rookie 3B Garth Iorg and OF/DH Otto Velez to the Toronto Blue Jays in the expansion team player draft.
1981- The Cincinnati Reds traded veteran NL All Star OF Ken Griffey Sr. to the Yankees for P Fred Toliver and minor-league P Brian Ryder. Ken Griffey was about to become a MLB free agent, so the Reds traded him.
1982- Yankees MLB Coach Mike Ferraro lands his 1st MLB managing job, signing a 2-year contract to lead the Cleveland Indians. He will be fired before the end of the 1983 AL season.
2001- In Game 7 of a classic World Series, the Diamondbacks rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning defeating the Yankees and their usually unbeatable closer, Mariano Rivera by the score of 3-2. The 4-year-old D-Backs, the youngest franchise to win a Fall Classic, ended the Yankees string of 3 consecutive World Championships. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling shared the Series MVP honors. The D-Backs pitchers are the 1st multiple winners since the Dodgers trio of Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager shared the MVP award in the 1981 World Series.
2003- Former Yankees All Star 1B Don Mattingly is named as the MLB hitting coach of the Yankees replacing recently departed Rick Down.
2009- The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 7-3 in Game 6, to win the 2009 World Series. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui drives in a record 6 runs to earn the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.
1883- Former Yankees INF Otis Johnson (1911) was born.(1883-1915) Otis Johnson appeared in 71 games with the Yankees in 1911, just hitting .234.
1892- Former Yankees C/OF Alfred ‘”Roxy” Walters (1915-1918) was born. (1892-1956) On July 23,1915, Roxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (Texas League). He hit .265 in 193 games for the Yankees. On December 18,1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with P Ray Caldwell, OF Frank Gilhooley, P Slim Love, and $15,000 to the Red Sox for P Ernie Shore, OF Duffy Lewis, and P Dutch Leonard.
1907-The New York Yankees traded 2B Jimmy Williams and OF Danny Hoffman to the St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, 2B Harry Niles and OF Charlie Hemphill. Glade will pitch in just 5 games in 1908, before retiring from MLB.
1924- Former Yankees P John “Sonny” Dixon (1956) was born. (1926-2011) At the age of 16 and before the 1941 AL season started, Sonny Dixon was signed as an MLB amateur free agent by the Washington Senators. He would spend 6 seasons in minors, before appearing in the MLB. Sonny went 5-8 in 43 games for the 1954 Senators with a 3.75 ERA, but he was traded to the White Sox for Gus Keriazakos on June 11th. On the very same date, the White Sox traded Sonny Dixon along with Al Sima, Bill Wilson and $20,000 to the Philadelphia A’s for Ed McGhee and Morrie Martin. Sonny finished out the 1954 AL season with the A’s; winning 5 and losing 7 with a 4.86 ERA, after his 1-2 season start with the Senators. The 1954 MLB season saw Dixon lead the AL in appearances with 54 games. He would start the 1955 AL season with the A’s, who where now in Kansas City, getting into 2 games with no decisions. On May 11th, he was traded to the New York Yankees along with cash for veteran MLB players P Johnny Sain and OF Enos Slaughter. He would finish out the 1955 season with the Denver Bears (AAA) going 3-3 with a 4.19 ERA. He was with the 1956 Yankees for a short time going 0-1 in 3 appearances with a 2.08 ERA this would be his last trip to the mound in the major leagues. He would be sent down to Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians (International League). In the 4 seasons that he was in the MLB, Sonny was 11-18, while appearing in 102 games with a 4.17 career ERA. Dixon was in the high minors through the rest of his pro baseball career that ended in 1961 with the Nashville Volunteers.
1955- Former Yankees reserve C Bobby Ramos (1982) was born. On April 5, 1982, the Montreal Expos traded C Bobby Ramos to the Yankees for reserve C Brad Gulden. Bobby will appear in only 4 games for the 1982 Yankees, hitting just .091. He played 62 games at the Yankees AAA club at Columbus (International League) hitting .232. Bobby was sold back to the Expos in November of 1982.
1973- Former Yankees OF/DH Johnny Damon (2006-2009) was born. Johnny Damon appeared in 576 games for the Yankees hitting .285 with 125 HRs and 296 RBI’s. The Royals originally signed him; he was traded to the A’s during the 2001 AL season. Then he signed as a MLB free agent with the Red Sox in the fall of 2001, making the AL All Star team and appearing in the 2004 World Series. He signed with the Yankees as a MLB free agent in 2006. Damon drove in 115 runs for the Yankee, while slugging 24 HR from the leadoff slot in their batting order. It marked the 9th consecutive MLB season in which he had scored at least 100 runs. He was a major contributor to the Yankees' 2009 World Championship season as their leadoff hitter, hitting .282, while scoring 107 runs. He made a particularly dramatic impact in Game 4 of the World Series against the Phillies, when he hit a single after a drawn-out battle with closer Brad Lidge in the 9th inning, then he stole 2 bases on one play with the Phillies in a defensive shift against Mark Teixeira, and then he scored the winning run on Alex Rodriguez's double. In the winter of 2009, Johnny left the Yankees for MLB free agency, who had refused to give him a multi year contract, signing with the Tigers.
1992- Former Yankees P Ron Scurry (1985-1986) passed away. (1956-1992) On September 14,1985, Ron Scurry was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. Ron went 2-2 in 36 games with 3 saves for the 1985-1986 Yankees. On November 22,1986, Ron was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. On December 6,1986, Ron was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees On March 27,1987, Ron was released by the Yankees. During his MLB playing career, pitcher Rod Scurry was plagued by drug problems, particularly cocaine addiction. He died at age 36 of an apparent drug overdose, a week after collapsing during an altercation with the police.
1996- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as American League 1996 Rookie of the Year Award. Jeter becomes the 8th Yankee player to win the award and the 5th unanimous choice in AL history.
1999- Yankees All Star Catcher Jorge Posada wins an AL Silver Slugger Award. He is only Yankee regular to win a 1999 AL Silver Slugger Award.
1931- Former Yankees P Jack “Happy Jack” Chesbro passed away. (1874-1931) Jack Chesbro holds the MLB and New York Yankees team record for most wins in a MLB season with 41 wins in 1904. From 1903-1909, Jack won 129 games as a Yankees hurler; he appeared in 269 games with 169 complete games, 1,953 innings, a .577 WP, a 2.58 ERA, with 16 shutouts and 913 strikeouts. Before joining the New York Yankees in 1903, Jack had previously pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in National League. Jack Chesbro retired from MLB in 1909, having accumulated a 198-132 MLB career pitching record, having been part of two pennant-winning teams with the Pirates (in 1901 and 1902). He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1946.
1942- The New York Yankees are notified that INF Frank Crosetti will be suspended for 30 days, commencing opening day of the 1943 AL season for pushing Umpire Bill Sommers in Game #3 of the 1942 World Series. Frank Crosetti was fined $250, as was Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon.
1953- Former Yankees P John Candelaria (1988-1989) was born. On January 15,1988, John Candelaria was signed as a MLB free agent with the New York Yankees. John went 16-10 in 35 games with the Yankees. On August 29,1989, John was traded by the Yankees to the Montreal Expos for INF Mike Blowers.
1961- Former Yankees 3B Roy Hartzell (1911-1916) passed away. (1881-1961) On February 11, 1911, Roy Hartzell was traded by the St. Louis Browns with cash to the Yankees for 3B Jimmy Austin and 2B Frank LaPorte. He appeared in 699 games for the Yankees, hitting .261 with 8 HRs with 266 RBIs.
1968- Former Yankees reserve OF Chad Curtis (1997-1998) was born. On June 9,1997, Chad Curtis was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for P Dave Weathers. Chad would hit .291 in 93 games in 1997, but he slumped to .243 in 151 games in 1998. On December 13,1998, Chad was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for minor league hurlers Brandon Knight and Sam Marsonek.
1968- The New York Yankees sell MLB veteran INF Ruben Amaro Sr. to the California Angels for a disclosed amount of money believed to be greater than the waiver price. Ruben was a major disappointment hitting .233 for the Yankees, who had traded for him by sending INF Phil Linz to the Philadelphia Phillies.The Yankees wanted him to replace the retiring Yankees regular shortstop Tony Kubek for the 1966 AL season.
1971- Former Yankees OF Bubba Trammell (2003) was born. On March 19,2003, Bubba Trammell was traded by the San Diego Padres along with minor league player Mark Phillips and cash to the Yankees for OF/DH Rondell White. Bubba appeared in only 22 games for the Yankees, hitting .200, before leaving the team for personal reasons, which were never made public.
1978- The New York Yankees released veteran P Andy Messersmith, who will sign with the Dodgers. Andy Messersmith never really recovered from the separated shoulder injury suffered in a spring training game, when he was run into during a play at 1B by Yankees 1B Cliff Johnson. He went 0-3 in 6 games for the Yankees.
1983- Former Yankees Minor League OF Justin Maxwell was born. On February 2, 2011, Justin Maxwell was traded by the Washington Nationals to the New York Yankees for minor league hurler Adam Olbrychowski. Maxwell began the 2011 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA), but his season ended prematurely due to a torn labrum. On April 8, 2012, Justin was selected off waivers by the Houston Astros from the Yankees.
2001- New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina is the only Yankees player to win a 2001 AL Golden Glove Award, as the 2001 AL winners are announced.
2008- New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina won the American League Golden Glove award for the 7th time in his MLB career, but for the 1st time in 5 years.
1911- Former Yankees reserve C Herbert “Workhorse” Crompton (1945) was born. On November 1,1944, Herb Crompton was drafted by the Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the 1944 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He appeared in only 36 games, hitting just .192 for the 1945 Yankees.
1933- Former Yankees reserve OF/1B Bob Hale (1961) was born. (1933-2012) On July 28,1961, veteran Bob Hale was purchased by the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians. He appeared in only 11 games for the Yankees, hitting .154, before retiring from MLB at the end of the 1961 AL season. He did not appear in the 1961 World Series with the Yankees. In 1952, Bob Hale was signed by the St. Louis Browns, as a MLB amateur free agent. He played for the Orioles and the Indians; he was used primary as a 1B and pinch hitter in his MLB career.
1938- Former Yankees 3B/C Jake Gibbs (1962-1971) was born. The New York Yankees signed Jake Gibbs for $100,000 as an MLB amateur free agent in 1961. Jake was originally signed as a 3B, but he was converted into a catcher in the minor leagues. Jake hit .233 in 10 seasons with the Yankees. He helped a young Thurman Munson with his catching skills, when he first came up with the Yankees before retiring in 1971 as an MLB active player. Jake was an All-American quarterback at Old Miss, before deciding on a MLB career with the Yankees. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. After his MLB career ended, he returned to Mississippi and was their baseball coach for 19 seasons (1972-1990). In 1994-1995, he managed the Tampa Yankees (FSL) in the Yankees minor league system.
1938- Former Yankees P and Broadcaster Jim Kaat (1979-1980) was born. On May 11,1979, Jim Kaat was purchased by the Yankees from the Phillies. Jim appeared in 44 games with the Yankees, posting a 2-4 record with 2 saves, before being sent to the Cardinals in 1980. Jim pitched in the MLB for 25 seasons, posting a 283-237 record with a 3.45 ERA in 893 games. He pitched for the Senators-Twins, White Sox, Phillies, Yankees and the Cardinals. He appeared in 2 World Series (Twins,1965 and Cardinals,1982) posting a 1-2 record in 7 games.
1944- Former Yankees P Joe Niekro (1985-1987) was born. (1944-2006) On September 15,1985, Joe Niekro was traded by the Houston Astros to the Yankees for minor league players to be named later and P Jim Deshaies. The Yankees sent minor league players Neder Horta on September 24,1985 and Dody Rather on January 11,1986 to the Astros to complete the trade. Joe went 14-15 in 36 games for the Yankees. On June 7,1987, the Yankees traded Joe to the Twins for C/1B/DH Mark Salas. Joe Niekro passed away in 2006.
1963- New York Yankees All Star catcher Elston Howard becomes the 1st black player to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Howard beats out Detroit Tigers RF Al Kaline by 248 votes to 148 votes in the AL MVP balloting. Ellie hit .287 with 28 HRs, 85 RBIs in 135 games for the 1963 AL Champion New York Yankees.
1968- Former Yankees P Russ Springer (1992) was born. On June 5,1989, Russ Springer was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 7th round of the 1989 MLB amateur player draft. Russ appeared in 14 games with the 1992 Yankees with no record. On December 6,1992, Russ was traded by the Yankees along with P Jerry Nielsen and 1B J.T. Snow to the Angels for MLB starter Jim Abbott.
1978- In a controversial selection, Boston Red Sox OF Jim Rice is named American League MVP over New York Yankees P Ron Guidry. Jim Rice led the AL in HRs (46), RBI’s (139), hits (213), triples and slugging percentage (.600). He became the 1st AL player to accumulate 400 total bases in a season since Joe DiMaggio in 1937. While Ron Guidry, posted a 25-3 record with 248 strikeouts and a 1.74 ERA for the AL pennant-winning Yankees. Ron Guidry will win the 1978 American League Cy Young Award.
1997- The New York Yankees traded veteran P Kenny Rogers to the Oakland A’s for a player to be named and cash considerations. The A’s will send INF/OF Scott Brosius to the Yankees on November 18,1997 to complete the trade.
2006- Former Yankees pitcher (1951-1955) and MLB Pitching Coach (1961-1963) Johnny Sain passed away. (1917-2006) Johnny Sain was obtained from the Boston Braves in August of 1951 for Yankees rookie P Lou Burdette and $50,000. John was 20-20, with 67 saves for the Yankees coming out of the bullpen and being an occasional spot starter. His best Yankees season was in 1953, posting a 14-7 mark with 19 saves. Johnny led the AL in saves in 22 in 1954, while going 6-6. He was traded during the 1955 AL season to Kansas City along with veteran OF Enos Slaughter for A’s P Sonny Dixon. John would later become a very successful MLB pitching coach with the Tigers, Yankees, Twins and the Braves. He was the Yankees pitching coach from 1961-1963. Whitey Ford won 25 games during Johnny Sain’s 1st year as Yankees pitching coach. Johnny left the Yankees after the 1963 AL season, when Yogi Berra was named the new Yankees manager.
1896- Former Hall Of Fame MLB Manager and Yankees Manager Bucky Harris (1947-1948) was born. (1896-1977) Bucky Harris won the 1947 American League pennant and World Series, while managing the New York Yankees. Bucky was a 2nd baseman in the AL during the 1920-1930’s. He won AL pennants with the Washington Senators in 1924-1925 as a player-manager, earning him the nickname of “Boy Wonder.” He managed the Senators 1924-1928, then the Tigers 1929-1933. In 1934 he took over the Red Sox for one season. In 1935, he returned to the Senators, running the team until the 1942 season. In 1943, he went to National League to manage the Phillies. He joined the New York Yankees in 1947. After the 1948 AL season, finishing in 3rd place in the AL, veteran NL Manager Casey Stengel was named by New York Yankees management to replaced him. He would manage the Senators from 1950-1954. Finishing his MLB managing career with the Tigers managing the team for the 1955-1956 AL seasons. He was the General Manager of the Red Sox in 1959-1960. He would later become a MLB scout for the White Sox. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1975.
1942- Former Yankees OF William “Birdie” Cree (1908-1915) passed away. (1882-1942) Birdie Cree hit .292 in 8 seasons with the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1911, when he hit .348 in 137 games. In 1912, he injured his leg, only appearing in 50 games, never regaining his playing form of the 1911 AL season. He was sold to the Baltimore Orioles (International League) after a mediocre 1913 AL season with the Yankees. However, on July 6,1914, the Yankees sent OF Bill Holden and cash to the Orioles to get him back. He retired from MLB after 1915 AL season, going into the banking industry.
1951- The New York Yankees AL All Star C Yogi Berra wins the 1st of his three American League Most Valuable Player Awards. He hit .294 with 27 HRs, 88 RBI’s in 141 games for the 1951 World Champion Yankees. During the 1951 AL season, Yogi Berra caught Yankees starter Allie Reynolds two no-hitters against the Indians and Red Sox.
1954- American League owners approve the move of the Philadelphia A’s to Kansas City. The owner’s vote is 6-2 in favor. The transplanted A’s will play home games at Municipal Stadium, which will be expanded from 17,000 to 36,000 seats. The Yankees long time AAA club the Kansas City Blues (1932-1954) will be moved to Denver, they will be called the Bears.
1961- With only one Cy Young Award given for the two MLB leagues, Whitey Ford, the American League leader in wins (25) and innings pitched (283), won the honor ahead of the Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn, who led the National League in wins (21) and ERA (3.02). In one of the closest votes in Cy Young Award history, future Hall Of Famers Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn totaled 9 and 6 points respectively.
1967- Former Yankees reserve OF Henry Rodriguez (2001) was born. On February 15,2001, Henry Rodriguez was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the New York Yankees. Henry only appeared in 5 games for the 2001 Yankees with no hits, but he had 6 walks. On June 19,2001, Henry was released by the Yankees.
1977- Former Yankees Hall Of Fame Manager, MLB Scout, General Manager and MLB player Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday. (1886-1977) Bucky Harris had won 2 World Championships (1924 Washington Senators and 1947 New York Yankees) and 3 American League pennants over his 29-year MLB manager career, which included managing the Senators, Tigers, Red Sox, Phillies and the Yankees. He won AL pennants with the Senators in 1924-1925 and with the Yankees in 1947. He was the General Manager of the Red Sox in 1959-1960. He would later become a MLB scout for the White Sox. Bucky Harris was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1975.
1979- The New York Yankees sign veteran MLB free agents 1B/DH Bob Watson and P Rudy May to long-term contracts. The two MLB veterans will help the Yankees to an AL leading 103 victories in the 1980 MLB season.
1979- Former Yankees minor league P and Manager Justin Pope was born. Justin Pope was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st Round (28th overall) of the 2001 MLB player amateur draft. He began his professional career with the short-season New Jersey Cardinals in 2001 with a 2-4 record and a 2.60 ERA in 15 games started. Baseball America rated him the #11 prospect in the New York-Penn League and #5 in the Cardinals system. Justin started 12 games for the Peoria Chiefs of the Single-A Midwest League in 2002. The right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.38 ERA while opponents batted only .173 against him. Baseball America ranked him as the #18 prospect in the MWL; injuries limited his time and presumably lowered his rating considerably. He struggled to begin the 2003 season while pitching for the Palm Beach Cardinals as he won 4, lost 11 and had an ERA of 4.92.
He was traded by the Cardinals with LHP Ben Julianel to the Yankees for veteran P Sterling Hitchcock on August 22nd. He was credited with 2 wins in 2 relief appearances with the Tampa Yankees to close out the 2003 season. Pope, who had been used as a starting pitcher for the majority of his career thus far, began a conversion to the bullpen in 2004. He started 19 of 31 games that season while splitting time with Tampa (4-4, 3.80) and the AA Trenton Thunder (5-3, 4.06). By 2005, his transition to closer was complete; he set the Thunder's franchise record with 29 saves. Pope was selected to the Eastern League's mid-season All-Star team. His 54 "games finished" led the EL. He was 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA that season, walking only 20 batters in 77 innings. He began the 2006 season again with the Thunder, notching 23 saves with a 2-2 record with a 2.47 ERA. Justin also struggled in AAA with the Columbus Clippers with an ERA of 7.30 in 12 1/3 innings pitching in middle relief. By season's end, he was back in Trenton. Pope moved into the coaching ranks in 2010 with the Staten Island Yankees. He was then a coach with the Trenton Thunder in 2011. Pope went back to Staten Island in 2012, this time as the team’s new manager.
1990- Former Yankees reserve 1B and MLB Coach Clifford “Earl of Snohomish” Torgeson (1961) passed away. (1924-1990) On June 17,1961, Veteran 1B Earl Torgeson was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees, after being released by the White Sox. He appeared in only 22 games, just hitting .111, before being released by the Yankees as a player, finishing the 1961 AL season as an MLB 1B coach for the Yankees.
2005- The New York Yankees let All Star 1B Tino Martinez leave the team, declining their $3 million option on the popular 1st baseman. Tino Martinez will return to Yankees in 2005. He will hit .241 in part-time duty with the Yankees, hitting 17 HRs with 49 RBI’s. He was a staple in the starting Yankees' lineup from 1996-2001, helping the team to win 4 World Series Championships and 5 AL pennants with his clutch hitting and reliable defense at 1B.
1889- Former Yankees P Tommy Thompson (1912) was born. Tommy Thompson went 0-2 in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees.
1897- Former Yankees reserve OF Harvey “Gink” Hendrick (1923-1924) was born. (1897-1941) On January 3,1923, Harvey Hendrick was traded by the Red Sox along with P George Pipgras to the Yankees for C Al DeVormer and cash. Harvey hit .282 in 77 games for the Yankees as a reserve OF. He appeared in one game of the 1923 World Series for the Yankees. He would play in MLB for 11 seasons (1923-1934) hitting .308 for 7 teams: Yankees, Indians, Dodgers, Reds, Cardinals, White sox and the Phillies. On October 29,1941, Harvey committed suicide at the age of 43.
1908- Former Yankees reserve INF Ray Schalk (1932) was born. (1908-1990) Ray Schalk appeared in 3 games with the 1932 Yankees, hitting .250. He would spend the 1933-1936 seasons with the Newark Bears (International League) before leaving the Yankees minor league organization. He would return to the majors with the White Sox for the 1944-1945 AL seasons, playing in 279 games and hitting .233. From 1946-1950, he was a minor league manager for the Dodgers and the Indians organizations.
1912- Veteran 1B Frank Chance is sold by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds. When all NL clubs waived claims to him in December, the Reds freed Frank Chance to manage the New York Yankees. Frank Chance will manage the Yankees in 1913-1914, going 118-170, before he is fired by team owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery.
1919- Former Yankees INF Jerry Priddy (1941-1942) was born. (1919-1980) Before the 1937 AL season, the New York Yankees signed Jerry Priddy as an MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in 115 games for the Yankees, hitting .248. He appeared in 3 games of the 1942 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jerry was unable to unseat All Star Joe “Flash” Gordon as the Yankees starting 2B. On January 29,1943, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with P Milo Candini to the Washington Senators for P Bill Zuber and cash.
1923- Former Yankees reserve OF Ted Sepkowski (1947) was born. (1923-2002) Ted Sepkowski had several cups of coffee in the majors with the Indians and Yankees. In 1942, Ted Sepkowski was the youngest player in the American League. He played for over a decade in the minors. He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to serving in the Coast Guard during. On June 3,1947, Ted was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. Ted appeared in 2 games with 1947 Yankees with no hits. He led the 1948 Newark Bears (International League) in HRs with 24, while hitting .270. In 1949, he split playing time between Kansas City Blues and the Newark Bears. In 1950, he moved to the Cubs organization. From 1953 to 1955, he was a player-manager in the minor leagues for the Braves and Senators organizations.
1931- Former Yankees minor league OF, MLB player/ HOF Manager Whitey Herzog was born. Before the 1949 AL Season, the New York Yankees signed Whitey Herzog as an MLB amateur free agent. Whitey made it to the AAA level playing for the Kansas City Blues (American Association), hitting .292. He spent the 1953-1954 seasons in the U. S. Army. Unable to crack the Yankees MLB starting outfield, Whitey never played for the Yankees at the MLB Level. He spent the 1955 season playing at AAA with Denver Bears (American Association), hitting .289. On April 2,1956, Whitey was sent by the Yankees to the Senators to complete, an earlier trade made on February 8,1956. The Yankees sent a player to be named later, C Lou Berberet, P Bob Wiesler, 2B Herb Plews, and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Senators for P Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would send OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to completing the trade. After his 8-year MLB playing career was over in 1963, he was a MLB coach, then Whitey went into front office work with the New York Mets, working his way up to Farm director. Later he would become a very successful MLB manager for 19 seasons with the Royals, Angels, Rangers, and the Cardinals. Whitey Herzog was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2009.
1953- Reaffirming its earlier position, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 7-2, that MLB baseball is a sport and not a business, therefore not subject to federal government antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving New York Yankees minor league P George Toolson, who refused to move from the Newark Bears (International League) Triple-A team to Binghamton (Eastern League) Yankees Double-A team.
1953- Former Yankees P Dave Wehrmiester (1981) was born. On June 15,1979, Don Wehrmiester was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Yankees for OF Jay Johnstone. On December 8,1980, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the Yankees in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On April 3,1981, Dave was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Royals to the Yankees. He would appear in only 5 games for the 1981 Yankees, posting no record. On June 17,1983, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for 2 minor league players: Jim Rasmussen and Kelly Faulk.
1962- Former Yankees reserve OF/DH Dion James (1992-1996) was born. Dion James’s best season for the Yankees was in 1993, when he hit .332 in 115 games. Overall Dion appeared in 273 games for the Yankees hitting .302 with 12 HRs with 79 RBIs.
1964- Former Yankees P Kevin Mmahat (1989) was born. On June 20,1988, Kevin Mmahat was purchased by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers. Kevin went 0-2 in 4 games for the Yankees during the 1989 AL season.
1998- Former Yankees Hall of Fame P Jim "Catfish" Hunter announces that he is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. The fatal disease, known medically as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), attacks the nerves in the spinal cord and the brain and leads to a loss of motor skills. Hunter will succumb to the disease less than a year later.
2010- The winners of the 2010 American League Gold Glove Awards are announced. Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki wins his 10th Gold Glove in as many years, while first-time winners are 2B Robinson Cano of the Yankees, and OF Carl Crawford of Tampa Bay and Franklin Gutierrez of Seattle. Suzuki ties Al Kaline and Ken Griffey Jr. for the most Gold Gloves by an AL outfielder.
1895- Former Yankees INF/OF Wilson “Chick” Fewster (1917-1922) was born. (1895-1945) Chick Fewster was reserve INF/OF for the Yankees for 6 seasons. On August 14, 1917, He was purchased along with OF Bill Lamar and P Hank Thormahlenby the New YorkYankees from Baltimore Orioles (International League) for $20,000. Chick appeared in 228 games for the Yankees, while hitting .271. On July 23,1922, Chick was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elmer Miller, OF Johnny Mitchell, P Lefty O'Doul, and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for veteran INF Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith. Chick was the 1st MLB player to have an MLB official at bat on April 18, 1923, first game played at new Yankee Stadium.
1923- Former Yankee Minor League Manager Cal Ermer (1961) was born. Cal Ermer was originally signed and played briefly with the Washington Senators. He was a longtime minor league Manager for the Washington Senator-Minnesota Twins organization. He managed the Yankees AAA team in the International League in 1961, the Richmond Virginians to a 6th place finished with a 71-83 record. Also Cal managed in the Pirates and Tigers organizations. In 1967-1968, Cal did manage the Twins. He returned to minor league managing for the Twins organization in 1974 and held the job until 1985.
1926- Former Yankees minor league OF Carmen Mauro was born. On December 16,1953, Carmen Mauro was traded by the Philadelphia A’s along with INF Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, OF Tom Hamilton and 1B Eddie Robinson to the Yankees for 1B Don Bollweg, INF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, 1B Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and C Jim Robertson. Carmen never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He did play several seasons with the Yankees top AAA team, the Denver Bears in the American Association.
1948- The Philadelphia Phillies drafted reserve C Ken Silvestri out of the New York Yankees organization in the 1948 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.
1951- In Tokyo, Japan, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American All-Star team headed by Lefty O’Doul battles a Central League All-Star team. Yankees Clipper Joe DiMaggio hits a 400 ft. HR in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1-1, then his brother Dom laces an RBI-triple in the 9th inning and later scores to give the Americans, a 3-2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied one on their 1951 Japan baseball tour.
1955- Former Yankees DH/OF Jack Clark (1988) was born. On January 6,1988, slugger Jack Clark was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. Jack only hit .242 for the Yankees. On October 24,1988, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with P Pat Clements to the Padres for P Lance McCullers, P Jimmy Jones, and OF Stanley Jefferson.
1964- Former Yankees P Kenny ”Gambler” Rodgers (1996-1997) was born. Signed as a MLB free agent in December of 1995, Kenny went 18-15 in 61 games, 2 seasons for the Yankees before being traded to the Oakland A’s for INF/OF Scott Brosius in November of 1997. His best Yankees season was in 1996, when he posted a 12-8 record in 30 games. He made 2 postseason appearances for the 1996 Yankees with no record. In 1997, he slipped a 6-7 mark in 31 games.
1974- Former Yankees reserve OF Ben Paschal (1924-1929) died. (1895-1974) On September 9,1924, Ben Paschal was purchased by the Yankees from Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association) for $20,000. Ben played in 346 games for the Yankees hitting .309. He appeared in 8 World Series games (1926 and 1928) hitting .214 for the Yankees. On April 12,1927 the opening game of the 1927 AL season, Ben Paschal became the last player to ever pinch hit for Yankees slugger Babe Ruth. The replacement came in the 6th inning, after Babe Ruth had gone 0 for 3, with 2 strikeouts; Ben Paschal hit a single. Ben’s best season with the Yankees was in 1925, when he hit .360 in 89 games.
1978- In a major trade, the New York Yankees send former Cy Young Award winner closer Sparky Lyle along with P Dave Rajsich, P Larry McCall, C Mike Heath and INF Domingo Ramos to the Texas Rangers. In return, the Rangers packed up MLB OF Juan Beniquez, OF Greg Jemison, pitchers Dave Righetti, Paul Mirabella and Mike Griffin to the Yankees. Dave Righetti was considered the top left handed prospect in the minor leagues, will win AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1981. The trade will come to haunt the Yankees during the 1979 AL season, when closer Rich Gossage is injured in a shower fight with Yankees teammate Cliff Johnson and the tragic airplane crash death of All Star catcher Munson. Mike Heath was being groomed to be Munson’s replacement behind the plate. Lyle would have replaced Goose as the Yankees closer during the time missed with his pitching hand injury.
1978- Former Yankees P Jorge DePaula (2003-2005) was born. Jorge DePaula went 0-1 in 10 games for Yankees, before having arm injuries that ended his MLB career.
1992- Former Yankees minor league 1B Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors” passed away. (1921-1992) New York Yankees Super Scout Paul Krichell noted that Chuck Connors was left unprotected by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941. He signed him to a minor league contract for the New York Yankees organization. Chuck replaced Joe Collins at 1st base with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), Chuck hit .264 and slugged .408. His Tars teammate Bill Wight recalled that Connors often would recite Casey at the Bat, Shakespeare or other poetry. In 1942, Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Army. Chuck related that he would write to Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey in 1946, asking for the Dodgers to reacquire him. The Yankees waived him on April 23,1946, the Dodgers claimed their old prospect back. Chuck would appear in 67 games for the Dodgers and Cubs hitting. 238, before shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. He became a full time actor in Hollywood, appearing on TV and movies.
2009- The 2009 American League Golden Glove Award winners are announced, two New York Yankees win Golden Gloves: 1B Mark Teixeria and shortstop Derek Jeter are winners.
1931 New York Yankees Post Season: Yankees acquired Minor League OF George Selkirk
November 4, 1931- The New York Yankees purchased OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk from Jersey City (International League). He would join the Yankees in 1934, spending 9 nine seasons (1934-1942) with the Yankees, hitting .290 for them. After Babe Ruth leaves the team, he will wear Yankees uniform No. 3. George Selkirk batted over .300 five times, twice drove home more than 100 RBIs, played on 5 World Championship teams (1936-1939 and 1941). He made the AL All-Star team in 1936 and 1939. In 1942, he joined the U. S. Navy and served during World War II. After retiring as active player, George was a minor league manager for the Yankees and the Boston Braves. In 1957-1958, he was the acting General Manager for the Kansas City A’s. He would later work as GM for the new expansion Washington Senators from 1963-1968. After leaving the Senators in 1968, George didn't want to move to Texas. He rejoined the New York Yankees organization as a MLB scout.
November 5, 1973- Former Yankees OF/DH Johnny Damon (2006-2009) was born. Johnny Damon appeared in 576 games for the Yankees hitting .285 with 125 HRs and 296 RBI’s. The Kansas City Royals originally signed him; he was traded to the Oakland A’s during the 2001 AL season. Then he signed as a MLB free agent with the Boston Red Sox in the fall of 2001, making the AL All Star team and appearing in the 2004 World Series. He signed with the New York Yankees as a MLB free agent in 2006. Damon drove in 115 runs for the Yankee, while slugging 24 HR from the leadoff slot in their batting order. It marked the 9th consecutive MLB season in which he had scored at least 100 runs. He was a major contributor to the Yankees' 2009 World Championship season as their leadoff hitter, hitting .282, while scoring 107 runs. He made a particularly dramatic impact in Game 4 of the World Series against the Phillies, when he hit a single after a drawn-out battle with closer Brad Lidge in the 9th inning, then he stole 2 bases on one play with the Phillies in a defensive shift against Mark Teixeira, and then he scored the winning run on Alex Rodriguez's double. In the winter of 2009, Johnny left the Yankees for MLB free agency, who had refused to give him a multi year contract, signing with the Detroit Tigers.
1968 New York Yankees Post Season: Yankees sell shortstop Ruben Amaro to the California Angels
November 6, 1968- The New York Yankees sell MLB veteran INF Ruben Amaro Sr. to the California Angels for a disclosed amount of money believed to be greater than the waiver price. Ruben Amaro was a major disappointment for the Yankees, hitting only .214 in 191 games. They had traded for him on November 12, 1965 by sending INF Phil Linz to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees wanted him to replace the retiring Yankees regular shortstop Tony Kubek for the 1966 American League season. After Ruben's outfield collision with Tommy Tresh on pop fly ball in 1966, neither player was the same. With arrival of Gene Michaels from the Dodgers to play shortstop in 1968, Ruben became expendable.
Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Catcher Jake Gibbs
November 7, 1938- Former Yankees 3B/C Jake Gibbs (1962-1971) was born. The New York Yankees signed Jake Gibbs for $100,000 as an MLB amateur free agent in 1961. Jake was originally signed as a 3B, but he was converted into a catcher in the minor leagues. Jake hit .233 in 10 seasons with the Yankees. He helped a young Thurman Munson with his catching skills, when he first came up with the Yankees before retiring in 1971 as an MLB active player. Jake was an All-American quarterback at Old Miss, before deciding on a MLB career with the Yankees. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. After his MLB career ended, he returned to Mississippi. He was their baseball coach for 19 seasons (1972-1990). In 1994-1995, he managed the Tampa Yankees (FSL) in the Yankees minor league system.
Remembering Former Yankees HOF Manager Bucky Harris
November 8, 1896- Former Hall Of Fame MLB Manager and Yankees Manager Bucky Harris (1947-1948) was born. (1896-1977) Bucky Harris won the 1947 American League pennant and World Series, while managing the New York Yankees. Bucky was a 2nd baseman in the AL during the 1920-1930’s. He won AL pennants with the Washington Senators in 1924-1925 as a player-manager, earning him the nickname of “Boy Wonder.” He managed the Washington Senators 1924-1928, then the Detroit Tigers 1929-1933. In 1934 he took over the Boston Red Sox for one season. In 1935, he returned to the Senators, running the team until the 1942 AL season. In 1943, he went over to the National League to manage the Philadelphia Phillies. He joined the New York Yankees in 1947. After the 1948 MLB season, finishing in 3rd place in the AL, veteran NL Manager Casey Stengel was named by New York Yankees management to replaced him. He would manage the Washington Senators from 1950-1954. Finishing his MLB managing career with the Detroit Tigers managing the team for the 1955-1956 American League seasons. He was the General Manager of the Red Sox in 1959-1960. He would later become a MLB scout for the Chicago White Sox. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1975.
Former Yankees Hall of Fame General Manager MacPhail dies at 95
The Associated Press November 9,2012 3PM EST Photos added and Edited by Clipper
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Lee MacPhail, the longtime baseball executive who ruled in the celebrated Pine Tar case and later became part of the only father-son Hall of Fame pairing, has died. He was 95.
He was the oldest Hall of Famer, and he died Thursday night at his home in Delray Beach, Fla., the shrine said Friday.
''There's not much I haven't done off the field other than commissioner,'' he said during a 1985 interview with The Associated Press when he retired after 4 1-2 decades in the sport.
In the second generation of one of baseball's most foremost families - his son, Andy, also was in the front office for several teams - MacPhail's most well-known moment in baseball came in 1983. He upheld Kansas City's protest in the Pine Tar Game against the New York Yankees, restoring a ninth-inning home run to Royals slugger George Brett - also a future Hall of Famer.
''Lee MacPhail was one of the great executives in baseball history and a Hall of Famer in every sense, both personally and professionally,'' Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. ''His hallmarks were dignity, common sense and humility. He was not only a remarkable league executive, but was a true baseball man.''
With MacPhail's death, Bobby Doerr at 94 becomes the oldest living Hall of Famer.
''Baseball history has lost a great figure in Lee MacPhail, whose significant impact on the game spanned five decades,'' Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark said. ''He will always be remembered in Cooperstown as a man of exemplary kindness and a man who always looked after the best interests of the game.''
Lee MacPhail was the son of Larry MacPhail, a top executive with the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.
Born Leland Stanford MacPhail Jr. in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 25, 1917, he was general manager at minor league Reading, went on to work for the New York Yankees in 1949 and spent a decade as farm director and player personnel director, with players he developed winning 7 World Series titles.
He moved to the Baltimore Orioles as general manager in 1959, six years later returned to New York as chief administrative assistant for new baseball Commissioner Spike Eckert. He returned to the New York Yankees as general manager from 1967-1973, and left after George Steinbrenner bought the team to become American League president in 1974.
A member of management's labor negotiating team along with National League President Chub Feeney during the 1981 midseason strike, he also headed the American League when it added the designated hitter for the 1973 season and expanded to Seattle and Toronto for 1977.
After he stepped down as league president following the 1983 MLB season, he served 2 years as president of the owners' Player Relations Committee, overseeing bargaining during a 2-day strike in 1985. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Hall as an executive in 1998, 20 years after his father.
In the famed Pine Tar case, MacPhail overruled plate umpire Tim McClelland and crew chief Joe Brinkman and restored a home run to Brett. After Yankees manager Billy Martin argued that Brett's bat had excessive pine tar when he hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer at Yankees Stadium on July 24, McClelland called Brett out, the final out in a 4-3 New York victory.
Brett stormed out of the dugout, eyes bulging, in one of baseball's most replayed arguments. Four days later, MacPhail upheld a protest for the first time as league president, said the home run counted and ordered the game to continue from that point. When the game was completed Aug. 18, the Royals held on to win 5-4.
While the pine tar extended more than 18 inches past the handle, the limit set by baseball's rules, MacPhail said taking away the home run was improper.
''The umpires' interpretation, while technically defensible, is not in accord with the intent or spirit of the rules and that the rules do not provide that a hitter be called out for excessive use of pine tar. The rules provide instead that the bat be removed from the game,'' he wrote. ''Although manager Martin and his staff should be commended for their alertness, it is the strong conviction of the league that games should be won and lost on the playing field - not through technicalities of the rules.''
He retired at the end of that season.
Son Andy became General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, president of the Chicago Cubs and president of baseball operations of the Baltimore Orioles. From the next generation, Andy MacPhail IV worked for the Cleveland Indians and is a scout for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Hall said no services are planned and a memorial will be held later.
1978 New York Yankees Post Season: Yankees send Former Closer Sparky Lyle to Texas Rangers in multi-player trade
November 10,1978- In a major trade, the New York Yankees send former Cy Young Award winner closer Sparky Lyle along with P Dave Rajsich, P Larry McCall, C Mike Heath and INF Domingo Ramos to the Texas Rangers. In return, the Rangers packed up MLB OF Juan Beniquez, OF Greg Jemison, pitchers Dave Righetti, Paul Mirabella and Mike Griffin to the Yankees. Dave Righetti was considered the top left handed prospect in the minor leagues, will win American League Rookie of the Year honors in 1981. The trade will come to haunt the Yankees during the 1979 AL season, when closer Rich Gossage is injured in a shower fight with Yankees teammate Cliff Johnson and the tragic airplane crash death of All Star catcher Thurman Munson. Rookie Catcher Mike Heath was being groomed to be Munson’s replacement behind the plate. Sparky Lyle would have replaced Rich Gossage as the Yankees closer during the time missed with his pitching hand injury.