1902- The American League announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in New York City. The next day, the National League declares its readiness to make peace with the rival American League.
1923- Former Yankees Manager (1915-1917) and MLB Player William “Wild Bill” Donovan died in a train wreck at the age of 47. (1876-1923) William “Wild Bill “ Donvan went 220-239 as the New York Yankees Manager from 1915-1917. His Yankees teams finished 5th, 4th and 6th place in the AL. He had succeeded Player-Manager Roger Peckinpaugh, who finished out the 1914 AL season after Manager Frank Chance was fired by team owners. Peckinpaugh would return to his regular shortstop position in 1915. Donovan was a former veteran MLB pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. Donovan was 0-3 in 10 games as a Yankees pitcher. His overall MLB career record was 185-130 (1899-1918) while pitching for 4 teams. In the winter of 1917, Yankees Co-Owner Jacob Ruppert brought in veteran NL Manager Miller Huggins to replace Bill Donovan. He would manage in the minor leagues from 1912-1914, then again in 1919-1920. In 1921, he managed the Phillies for one season. Donovan then successfully managed the New Haven Indians (Eastern League) for 1922-1923 seasons. He was expected to be hired as Manager of the 1924 Senators. He was on his way to the 1923 MLB Winter Meetings in Chicago, IL, when he was a victim of one of the most famous American train wrecks of the 20th Century, the crash of the 20th Limited at Forsyth, NY, 25 miles east of Erie, PA. He was killed instantly, being 1 of 9 victims of the tragedy.
1923- Traveling to Chicago for the 1923 MLB winter meetings, Wild Bill Donovan, New Haven Manager is killed in a train wreck. Donovan was a pitcher for Tigers and MLB manager for the Yankees (1915-1917) and the Phillies in 1921. New Haven Team President George Weiss had swapped berths with Bill Donovan, he escapes with a minor injury. Philadelphia Phillies Owner William F. Baker is also on the train, but he is unhurt. George Weiss would later become the Yankees General Manager in 1949, holding the position until October of 1960. Under Yankees GM Ed Barrow, George Weiss will run the Yankees farm system.
1928- Former Yankees reserve INF Joe “Oats” DeMaestri (1960-1961) was born. On December 11,1959, Joe DeMaestri was part of the trade that sent OF Roger Maris and 1B Kent Hadley to the Yankees for P Don Larsen, OF Hank Bauer, OF/1B Norm Siebern and 1B/OF Marv Throneberry, who were sent to the A’s. The Red Sox originally signed Joe. He played for the White Sox, Browns before joining the A’s. In 1957, Joe was with the A’s, when he was named the starting shortstop for the AL All Star team. In 1960, Joe got into only 49 games, hitting .229, playing as a reserve for Yankees regular shortstop Tony Kubek. In Game 2 of the 1960 World Series against the Pirates, Joe singled coming off the bench and scored a run in the Yankees' 16-3 rout over the Pirates. In game 7, Joe replaced Tony Kubek at shortstop in the 8th inning after Tony was hit in the throat by a ground ball off the bat of Pirates CF Bill Virdon.
The 1961 AL season would be Joe DeMaestri final year in MLB. In his backup role, he appeared in only 30 games and hit for the lowest batting average of his MLB career, a docile .146 in 41 at-bats. However he was around for one of baseball's most historic moments on October 1,1961, when Roger Maris hit his 61st HR of the season to break Babe Ruth's single-season record of 60. "Oats", along with Tony Kubek and Bill Skowron pushed Roger Maris out of the Yankees dugout to make a curtain call, which at that time was an unusual practice.
1946- Former Yankees reserve OF Rich Bladt (1975) was born. On January 6,1970, Rich Bladt was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on September 11,1969. The Cubs sent a player to be named later, Terry Bongiovanni (minors), and cash to the Yankees for veteran OF Jimmie Hall. The Cubs would send OF Rick Bladt on January 6,1970 to Yankees to complete the trade. Rich hit .222 in 52 games as a reserve OF in 1975. On January 20,1977, Rich was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elliott Maddox to the Orioles for veteran OF Paul Blair.
1948- Former Yankees P George "Doc" Medich (1972-1975) was born. The Yankees in the 30th round of the 1970 MLB amateur player draft picked hurler George Medich. “Doc” will post a 49-40 record in 111 games, with the Yankees. The 1974 AL season will be his best Yankees season, when George posted a 19-15 mark. Doc was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates in the winter of 1975 for Pitchers Ken Brett, Dock Ellis, and rookie 2B Willie Randolph. George Medich was nicknamed “Doc”, because he was studying medicine in the off-season to become a Doctor. He did became a Doctor after retiring from MLB.
1965- While giving a speech in Columbus, MO, Branch Rickey collapses and dies a few days short of his 84th birthday. A MLB player, and manager, an extraordinary judge of baseball talent, and a shrewd trader, he became perhaps the game's most influential baseball executive. He was the creator of the concept for a farm system for MLB teams, while running the Cardinals. Rickey was the Dodgers baseball executive, who was responsible for bring Jackie Robinson to MLB in 1947. As a former MLB catcher, Branch played for the 1907 Yankees, hitting just .182 in 52 games, while playing with a bad shoulder.
1965- Former Yankees P Joe Ausanio (1994-1995) was born.
On December 13,1993, Joe Ausanio was drafted by the Yankees from the Expos organization in the 1993 MLB minor league player draft. Joe went 4-1 in 41 games for the Yankees.
1965- Former Yankees reserve OF Charles “ Dutch” Sterrett (1912-1913) passed away. (1889-1965) Dutch Sterrett appeared in 87 games as reserve OF with the 1912-1913 Yankees, hitting .253 with 2 HRs with 65 RBI’s
1970- Former Yankees reserve OF Tony Tarasco (1999) was born. Tony Tarasco appeared in 14 games, hitting .161 for the 1999 Yankees. Tony is most famous for leaping to catch a Derek Jeter fly ball at the Yankee Stadium wall in the 1996 ALCS, when Jeffrey Maier hauled the ball over the fence for a HR. He was playing for the Orioles at the time.
1977- The Yankees signed MLB free agent reliever Rawley Eastwick for more than 1 million dollars. Rawley Eastwick and Yankees Manager Billy Martin didn't get along, so by June of 1978, he was traded to the Phillies for OF Jay Johnstone and minor league OF Bobby Brown. His MLB free agent signing didn’t make much sense since the Yankees already had Sparky Lyle and Rich Gossage in their bullpen.
1981- One day after announcing that Manager Bob Lemon will return for the 1982 AL season, the Yankees announce that former manager Gene Michael, whom Bob Lemon replaced on September 6th, will return as manager for the 1983 AL season. They won't wait that long, as Bob Lemon will give way to Gene Michael after only 14 games.
1982- In what will turn out to be a pair of unwise deals; the Yankees signed MLB free agent OF Steve Kemp to a 5-year contract. Then they traded OF Dave Collins, P Mike Morgan, and 19-year old minor league 1B Fred McGriff to the Blue Jays for P Dale Murray and minor leaguer OF Tom Dodd.
1988- The Yankees signed a 12-year television contract with the Madison Square Garden Cable Network.
1993- The Yankees traded veteran INF Spike Owen and cash to the Angels for minor league player Jose Musset.
1924- The Yankees obtained INF/OF Howard Shanks from the Red Sox for INF Mike McNally. Howard appeared in 66 games, hitting .258 for the 1925 Yankees. 1930- The Yankees purchased veteran C Ralph “Cy” Perkins from the A’s. Cy appeared in 16 games for the Yankees, hitting .255. In 1932-1933, Cy was a MLB coach for the Yankees. Also he was a MLB coach with the Tigers and the Phillies.
1940- In Chicago, a curious rule that was designed to "Break up the Yankees" is continued by the AL teams, a rule which prohibits the team winning the championship from trading with any other AL club. The rule was voted in at the 1939 December MLB winter meetings by the 7 other AL owners after the Yankees had won 4 straight World Series (1936-1939). The major and minor leagues agree that players taken into the military will not count against their team roster limits.
1946- The Yankees signed veteran 1B George Mc Quinn, who was recently released by the Philadelphia A's. The 36-year-old 1B has 2 good seasons left in him. He will hit .304 with 80 RBIs for the 1947 Yankees. In 1948, he will only hit .248, but he will have high slugging percentage of .421. He will retire from MLB, after the 1948 AL season.
1947- The Indians send P Red Embree to the Yankees for OF Allie Clark. The Yankees almost took Red Embree instead of starter Allie Reynolds in a trade a year ago, that involved former AL 1942 Most Valuable Player 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon.
1958- Former Yankees 3B Alvin “Cozy” Dolan (1911-1912) passed away. (1882-1958)
Al "Cozy" Dolan appeared in 37 games for the Yankees, hitting .256. On May 31,1912, Cozy was purchased by Rochester (International League) from the Yankees.
1960- Former Yankees P Paul Assenmacher (1993) was born. On July 30,1993, Paul Assenmacher was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Cubs to the Yankees. The Yankees sent P John Habyan to the Royals. The Royals sent OF Tuffy Rhodes to the Cubs. Paul appeared in 26 games for the Yankees, posting a 2-2 record. On March 21,1994, Paul was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for P Brian Boehringer.
1966- The Pirates traded veteran starter Bob Friend to the Yankees for P Pete Mikkelsen and cash. Bob Friend was over the hill; he would be sold to the Mets in June of 1967. A very bad trade for the Yankees made by the CBS, INC. controlled front office. Pete Mikkelsen would have 5 successful seasons in the NL, after leaving the Yankees.
1966- The Yankees traded veteran reliever Pedro Ramos to the Phillies for P Joe Verbanic and cash. Ramos helped the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant by going 1-0 in 13 games with 8 saves in September of 1964. He was acquired from the Indians after September 1,1964, so he wasn’t allowed to play in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals. In 1965, he went 5-5 in 65 games with 19 saves. In 1966, Pedro slipped to a 3-9 mark in 52 games with only 13 saves.
1972- The MLB adopts the “save” as an official statistic. A pitcher shall be credited with a save if, when entering a game as a reliever, he finds the tying or winning run on base or at the plate, and he preserves the lead. Or he pitches 3 effective innings and preserves the lead.
1972- The AL votes unanimously to adopt the designated-hitter rule for a 3-year experimental basis. The DH will replace the pitcher in the lineup unless otherwise noted before the start of the game. In the December 1975, meeting the AL will vote to permanently adopt the DH. The NL declines to go along with the AL.
1973- The Yankees released veteran MLB reserve INF Hal Lanier. He had been obtained from the Giants in 1972. He appeared in 95 games as a reserve infielder for the 1972-1973 Yankees, hitting just .208. Hal was the son of former Cardinals Pitcher Max Lanier.
1980- Former Yankees P Rosy Ryan (1928) passed away. (1898-1980) Rosy Ryan appeared in 3 games with no record for the 1928 Yankees
1988- Former Yankees All Star 2B Free-agent Willie Randolph signs with the Dodgers. He will replace former All Star 2B Steve Sax in the Dodgers lineup, who had earlier this month signed with Randolph's former club, the Yankees.
1991- Admitted gambler Howard Spira is sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to extort $110,000 from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
1992- The Yankees signed MLB free agent starter Jimmy Key to a 4-year contract. Jim will go 48-33 in 93 games with the Yankees. In 1993, he posted his best Yankees season going 18-6 in 34 games.
1997- The Yankees signed MLB free agent DH/OF Chili Davis to a 2-year contract. Chilli Davis would hit .280 in 181 games with the Yankees, before retiring from MLB.
1999- New York Yankees Hall Of Fame slugger Babe Ruth is voted Player of the Century by an Associated Press panel. The Giants Hall Of Fame CF Willie Mays comes in second in the voting.
1999- Former Yankees Catcher, now a MLB free agent Joe Girardi is signed by the Cubs to a 3-year contract.
2008- The Yankees reach an agreement with MLB free agent hurler C. C. Sabathia for a 7-year, $161 million deal, a new record for a MLB pitcher. Sabathia had gone 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA for the 2008 Brewers. He had won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award with the Indians. 2009- The 2009 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft is held. The Nationals select OF Jamie Hoffmann from the Dodgers with their 1st pick, but he is immediately sent to the Yankees to complete an earlier trade for P Brian Bruney.
1900- Former Yankees reserve OF Roy Carlyle (1926) was born. (1900-1956) On June 15,1926, Roy Carlyle was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox. Roy appeared in 35 games for the 1926 Yankees, hitting .385.
1923- Considered a team troublemaker by Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, the Yankees sell starter Carl “Sub” Mays to the Reds for $85,000. The submariner hurler will win 20 for the Reds in 1924. Carl went 56-36 with the Yankees, including a 20-9 season in 1923.
1924- Former Yankees P Hal “Skinny” Brown (1962) was born. On September 7,1962, veteran hurler Hal Brown was purchased by the Yankees from the Orioles. He appeared in only 2 games in September of 1962 for the 1962 Yankees, posting a 0-1 record. On April 21,1963, Hal Brown was purchased by the Houston Colt .45's from the Yankees.
1927- Former Yankees Minor League P Johnny Gray was born. Before the start of 1950 MLB season, Johnny Gray was signed as an MLB amateur free agent by the Yankees. The 6'4" right-hander was assigned to the Amsterdam Rugmakers (Canadian-American League), appeared in 19 games, won 10 and lost 4 with a 3.86 ERA. He would spend 3 more years in the Yankees minor league system (1951-1953). The Yankees would trade him in the Vic Power trade to the Philadelphia A’s in the winter of 1953. He would reach the majors with the A’s in 1954, their final season in Philadelphia with a record of 3-12. Also he would play with the Indians and Phillies before retiring from MLB.
1930-The BBWAA votes to continue the custom of selecting a Most Valuable Player Award for each league. Beginning in 1931 the annual vote of the BBWAA will designate a player for this honor in each league. Previous MVP winners will be able to repeat under the new rules, something that was prohibited by the American League in the 1920’s.
1935- The Yankees traded the hot-tempered starter Johnny Allen to the Indians for hurlers Monte Pearson and minor league P Steve Sundra. Johnny Allen went 50-19 in 94 games for the Yankees with a 3.79 ERA. He had a contract holdout and he developed a sore arm, so the team traded him to the Tribe. Pearson would go 63-27 including a 19-7 mark in 1936. He had a 4-0 World Series record, while “Smokey” Steve Sundra went 21-11 over 3 seasons for the Yankees. Monte Pearson threw the 1st no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 1938.
1936- Former Yankees reserve C Howard “Doc” Edwards (1965) was born. On May 3,1965, Doc Edwards was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for C/1B/OF Johnny Blanchard and P Rollie Sheldon. Doc appeared in 45 games for the 1965 Yankees hitting just .190. On January 14,1966, Doc was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for OF Lou Clinton. After retiring as an active player, Doc was a minor league manager for the Yankees at West Haven (AA) in 1973-1974. He was the Indians MLB manager from 1987-1989. Later he managed for the Cubs, Expos, Orioles, Indians and Pirates organizations. From 1998-2012, he has been a manager in the Independent Leagues. He was nicknamed “Doc” because he was a medic in the Marine Corps.
1951- All Star CF Joe DiMaggio officially retires as a member of the Yankees, finishing with 361 MLB career HRs with a career BA of .325, after 13 seasons. His 56-game, consecutive-game hitting streak in 1941 will stand as one of the all-time best MLB achievements. Joe will be elected to Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1955.
1954- Former Yankees P Bob Sykes was born. The Yankees were on the losing end of one of the worst deals in the 1980's. After the 1981 NL season, the Cardinals traded P Bob Sykes to the Yankees for outfielder Willie McGee. McGee went on to be a huge contributor for the Cardinals the next several seasons, winning the 1985 NL MVP award and making the NL All-Star team 4 times; Sykes never played in the majors again. The Cardinals would send replacement players to the Yankees for the injured Bob Sykes; INF Bobby Meacham and OF Stan Javier.
1956- Long-time reserve C Charlie Silvera (1948-1956) was traded by the Yankees along with cash and another player to be named to the Cubs for a player to be named later. The Cubs would send C Harry Chiti on December 14,1956 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Chiti never plays for the Yankees at the MLB level. He will play with the 1957 Denver Bears (AAA). He will be selected by the A’s from the Yankees organization in the 1956 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.
1959- The A's Owner Arnold Johnson gives the Yankees an early Christmas present, when he gift-wraps a young OF Roger Maris in pinstripes. The Yankees acquired the slugger in a 7-player deal that sends Yankee veterans P Don Larsen and OF Hank Bauer, young Yankees 1B/OF Marv Throneberry, and OF/1B Norm Siebern to the A’s. It would be Yankees GM George Weiss, last major trade before leaving the team in October of 1960. Also the Yankees received veteran INF Joe DeMasteri and 1B/OF Kent Hadley in the Roger Maris trade. They would be reserve players for the 1960 Yankees bench. Roger Maris would be replaced in the A’s outfield by former Yankees minor league OF Russ Snyder, who had been traded by the Yankees to the A’s in April of 1959.
1973- The Yankees released veteran OF Ron Swoboda. He had retired from MLB. Ron would become a sportscaster in New York City.
1975- In a busy day of trading, the Yankees acquired hurlers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for Yankees starter George “Doc “ Medich. In a separate deal with the Angels, the team trades All Star OF Bobby Bonds for OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa. Both trades by Yankees GM Gabe Paul will bring the Yankees key players that will help them win the AL flags in 1976-1978, World Series Championships in 1977-1978.
1987- In the 1st trade ever between the Yankees and Mets that involves a MLB player, the Mets send shortstop Rafael Santana and a minor leaguer to the Bronx for C Phil Lombardi and minor leaguers players: OF Darren Reed and P Steve Frey.
1995- The Yankees signed MLB free agent INF Mariano Duncan to a 2-year contract. Mario hit .292 in 159 games for the Yankees, before being traded on July 29, 1997, along with cash to the Blue Jays for minor league player Angel Ramirez.
1996- The Yankees signed MLB free agent reliever Mike Stanton to a 3-year contract. Mike would work out of the Yankees bullpen from 1997-2002, posting a 30-12 record with 15 saves in 428 games. On December 3, 2004, the Mets traded Mike to the Yankees for P Felix Heredia. Mike had a 1-2 record in 28 games, before being released by the Yankees during the 2005 AL season. 2003- Former Yankees starter Andy Pettitte inks a 3-year; $31.5 million deal with his “hometown” Houston Astros. The 31 year old Texan, who compiled a 149-78 career record with a 3.94 ERA during his 9-season stint in pinstripes turned down better offers to stay with the Yankees or go to the AL East rival Red Sox. He will join former Yankees teammate starter Roger Clements on the 2004 Astros starting rotation.
1902- Former Yankees shortstop Pee-Wee Wanninger (1925) was born. (1902-1981) Pee-Wee Wanninger was the regular shortstop for the 1925 Yankees. He replaced Everett Scott at shortstop on May 6,1925 to end Scott's then-record MLB consecutive games streak at 1,307 games. Less than a month later, on June 1st, he would make way for another record-long consecutive streak to start, when a rookie named Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for him. He hit only .236 for the season, with 1 HR with 22 RBIs in 117 games. On December 16,1925, Wanninger was sent by the Yankees to St Paul Saints (American Association) to complete an earlier deal made on August 30,1925. The Yankees sent a player to be named later $25,000 and 3 players to be named to St Paul (American Association) for C Pat Collins.
1907- The Yankees sell C Ira Thomas to the Tigers. On August 20,1905, Ira was purchased by the Yankees from Providence (Eastern League). He hit .195 in 124 games for the Yankees.
1917- Former Yankees MLB scout ,Baseball Executive and MLB player Clyde Kluttz was born. (1917-1979) Clyde Klutz was a Yankees MLB scout (1967-1975). He also spent time with the Yankees as Director of Player Development in 1971-1973 and Scouting Director in 1974. His close friendship with Oakland A’s starter Catfish Hunter helped the Yankees sign the MLB free agent in December of 1974.
1922- Yankees Co-Owner Jake Ruppert agrees to buy out his partner Colonel Huston, He gains full control of the Yankees. He would control the Yankees until his death in 1939. His estate would run the Yankees with long-time General Manager Edward Barrow in charge, until the sale of the team in 1945 to new Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail.
1924- The Yankees obtained veteran C Steve O’Neill from the Red Sox for the waiver price. Steve will hit .286 in 35 games for the 1925 Yankees.
1930- The MLB Rules Committee issues a greatly revised code, reducing the number of rules by combining many. Not only is the “sacrifice rule” abolished but also the rule awarding HRs, when the ball bounces into the stands. "Bounce homers" will not be doubles. This had already been in effect in the American League, but not the in National League.
1936- Former Yankees reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez (1963-1965) was born. Before the 1958 AL Season, the Yankees signed Pedro Gonzalez as an MLB amateur free agent. He was the winner of the 1963 James P. Dawson Award for best Yankees rookie in spring training camp. Pedro hit .266 in 101 games for the Yankees. In 1964, Pedro appeared in 80 games for the Yankees, hitting .277. He appeared in 1 game of the 1964 World Series. On May 10,1965, Pedro was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for 1B Ray ”Buddy” Barker. He would hit .253 in a 116 games for the Tribe.
1949- By a 7-1 vote, the AL owners rejects a proposal to bring back the legal spitball. The rules committee also alters the strike zone to the space between the armpits and the top of the knees. The new rule eliminates the batter's shoulders being within the strike zone.
1950- The MLB team owners vote to drop the bonus and high school rule, which was designed to prevent the wealthier clubs from buying up all of the available talent. The rule required all “bonus” players had to stay on the MLB roster for one season in the minors.
1956- Former Yankees reliever Steve Farr (1991-1993) was born. On November 26,1990, Steve Farr was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Steve posted a 9-9 record in 159 games with 78 saves for the team. Steve pitched 27 consecutive scoreless innings on his way to 14 consecutive save successes in 1991 as a member of the Yankees. On October 29,1993, Steve Farr was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.
1963- Former Yankees P Myles Thomas (1926-1929) passed away. (1897-1963) On December 16,1925, Myles Thomas was traded by Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) to the Yankees for cash and players. He went 14-12 in 71 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 2 games of the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals with no record. On June 15,1929, Myles was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees. After the 1930 AL season, Myles returned to the minors, playing for the Newark Bears (International League), which became the Yankees top AA team. On January 19,1932, Myles was traded by the Yankees along with OF George Quellich and cash to Hollywood Stars (PCL) for OF Jesse Hill.
1970- Former Yankees P Mike Buddie (1998-1999) was born. On June 1,1992, Mike Buddie was drafted by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 1992 MLB amateur Player draft. Mike attended Wake Forest University in 1990-1992. He spent most of his minor league time in the Yankees farm system. In 1993, He went 13-10 for Greensboro (AA). He posted a 12-5 mark for Tampa (A) in 1994. Part of each season from 1997-2000 was spent with the Columbus Clippers (AAA). He posted a 4-1 record in 26 games for the Yankees. On June 9,2000, Mike was released by the Yankees, he would be picked up by the Brewers organization.
1975- Former Yankees reserve INF Julie Wera (1927,1929) passed away.(1902-1975) On November 25,1930, he was purchased by the Yankees from Jersey City (International League). Julie Wera appeared in 43 games as a reserve infielder for the Yankees, hitting .278. Before the 1931 AL Season, he was sent by the Yankees to San Francisco Seals (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on August 23,1930. The Yankees would send a player to be named later and 3 players to the San Francisco Seals (PCL) for INF Frankie Crosetti.
1978- The Yankees obtained veteran 1B/DH Jim Spencer, pitchers Bob Polinsky and Tom Cruz from the White Sox for minor league P Ed Ricks and P Stan Thomas, along with $100,000 cash. Jim Spencer really never got on track with the Yankees, playing infrequently with starting 1B Chris Chambliss in front of him.
1978-The Yankees purchased veteran starter Andy Messersmith from the Braves for $100,000. Andy suffered a dislocated shoulder in spring training game after running into 1B Cliff Johnson that required surgery. He did very little with the Yankees. He would leave the team after the 1979 AL season, signing with the Dodgers.
1983- Former Yankees P Jim Weaver (1931) passed away. (1903-1983) On November 28,1930, Jim Weaver was traded by Baltimore Orioles (International League) along with Thomas Patten (minors) to the Yankees for Jack Hopkins (minors), P Ken Holloway and cash. Jim posted a 2-1 record in 17 games for the 1931 Yankees. On September 10,1933, Jim was purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees. On May 15,1934, Jim was returned to the Yankees by the Browns following previous purchase. On May 15,1934, Jim was selected off waivers by the Cubs from the Yankees for $12,500.
1984- Former Yankees reserve OF Gene Layden (1915) passed away. (1893-1984) Gene Layden appeared in 3 games, hitting .286 for the 1915 Yankees. He served in World War I.
1985- The Yankees traded P Joe Cowley and C/DH/1B Ron Hassey to the White Sox for starter Britt Burns (1-11) and minor leaguers P Mike Soper and Glen Braxton. Hassey will come back to the Yankees before the 1986 AL season started. A degenerative hip condition ends Britt Burns' MLB career, before he has a chance to pitch for the Yankees. Yankees front office officials had advised Owner George Steinnbrenner to not make the deal because of Burns hip condition, but he refused to take their advice.
1986- The Yankees traded DH/OF Mike Easler and minor leaguer INF Tom Barrett to the Phillies for P Charles Hudson and minor leaguer player Jeff Knox. Also they re-signed free-agent OF/DH Claudell Washington to fill Mike Easler's DH position on the MLB roster.
1989- The Yankees traded minor league players OF/1B Hal Morris and P Rodney Imes to the Reds for P Tim Leary and OF Van Snider.
1998-After being given his last rites, former New York Yankees Hall Of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio makes a miraculous recovery defying the doctor’s dire predictions.
2009- A new batch of MLB free agents is created as the final deadline for offering contracts for next season passes: among prominent players non-tendered are DH Jack Cust (A’s), 3B Garrett Atkins (Colorado), P Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees), 1B Ryan Garko (Giants), OF Ryan Church and 2B Kelly Johnson (Atlanta), P Matt Capps (Pirates) and OF Jonny Gomes (Reds).
1916- Former Yankees reserve INF Hank Majeski (1946) was born. (1916-1991) On May 25,1941, Hank Majeski was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves. Hank appeared in 8 games for the 1946 Yankees, hitting just .083. On June 14,1946, Hank was purchased by the Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees.
1935- Former Yankees P Lindy McDaniel (1968-1973) was born. On July 12,1968, Lindy was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for veteran P Bill Monbouquette. Lindy went 38-29 in 265 games with 58 saves and 1 complete game with the Yankees. On December 7,1973, Lindy was traded by the Yankees to the Royals for OF Lou Piniella and P Ken Wright. Lindy McDaniel is the last Yankees pitcher to hit a HR. He hit it on September 28,1972 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. His brother Von McDaniel also pitched in the MLB in the 1950’s with the Cardinals.
1940-Former Yankees reserve INF Nate Oliver (1969) was born. On December 6,1968, Nate was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for INF Charley Smith. Nate only appeared in 1 game for the 1969 Yankees with no hits. On April 19,1969, he was traded by the Yankees to the Cubs for INF Lee Elia. In 1959, the Dodgers originally signed Nate Oliver. Lee Elia never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.
1948-After an year with the Yankees, P Red Embree is traded, along with young C Sherm Lollar, P Richard Starr and $100,000 to the St. Louis Browns. Embree will slump to 3-13 mark with the Browns, after having his only winning MLB season with the Yankees. Sherman Lollar is the prize of the trade. Sherman will catch in the majors through the 1963 AL season, mainly with the White Sox. The Yankees received P Fred Sanford and C Roy Partee. While Partee is ticketed for the minors, while Fred Sanford will help the Yankees as a starter/reliever during the 1949 AL season.
1955- Former Yankees minor league P Paul Boris was born. On April 7,1978, Paul Boris was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. He had attended Rutgers University. On December 7,1981, Paul was drafted by the Twins from the Yankees in the 1981 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On April 2,1982, Paul was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Twins to the Yankees. On April 10,1982, Paul was traded by the Yankees along with reliever Ron Davis and minor league INF Greg Gagne to the Twins for INF Roy Smalley. Paul would go 1-2 in 23 games for the 1982 Twins.
1956- Former Yankees INF Dale Berra (1985-1986) was born. On December 20,1984, Dale Berra was traded by the Pirates along with minor league OF Jay Buhner and P Alfonso Pulido to the Yankees for INF Tim Foli, OF Steve Kemp and cash. He was the son of Yankees HOF C Yogi Berra. Dale appeared in 90 games for the Yankees hitting just .230. On July 27,1986, he was released by the Yankees.
1960- Former Yankees P Jeff Robinson (1990) was born. On December 4,1989, Jeff Robinson was traded by the Pirates along with P Willie Smith to the Yankees for C Don Slaught. Jeff went 3-6 in 54 games for the 1990 Yankees, before leaving the team for free agency.
1962 - All Star CF Mickey Mantle signs a 1962 Yankees MLB player contract for $82,000. Previously only Hall Of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio (1936-1951) has been paid more money as a player by the Yankees.
1974- Oakland’s All Star P Jim “Catfish” Hunter wins his claim against the A's owner Charlie Finley. Catfish labor arbitrator Peter Seitz declared Hunter an MLB free agent. He will sign with the Yankees for estimated 3 million dollars on December 31,1974. The Yankees were able to sign Hunter due to his close friendship to Yankees Minor League Director Clyde Klutz.
1993- Former Yankees reserve C and Yankee Minor League Manager Billy Shantz (1960) passed away. (1927-1993) Billy Shantz was the brother of former Yankees hurler Bobby Shantz (1957-1960). He appeared in 1 game for the Yankees during the 1960 AL season. He spent most of 1960 season with Richmond Virginians (AAA), as a back up to starter Jesse Gonder. He would later become a minor league manager for the Yankees. The Philadelphia A’s originally signed Bobby and Billy Shantz.
1999- The Rangers obtained OF/DH Chad Curtis from the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers Sam Marsonek and Brandon Knight.
2001- The Yankees signed MLB free-agent 1B Jason Giambi to a 7-year deal worth $120 million. The 2000 AL MVP and this year's runner-up drove in 120 runs, hit 38 HRs, and had a .342 batting average for the wild card A's 2001 AL season.
2001- The Yankees acquired OF/1B John Vander Wal from the Giants in exchange for reliever Jay Witasick. John hit .260 in 117 games for the Yankees, before leaving the team for free agency.
2002- The Yankees signed MLB free agent reliever Chris Hammond. He would go 3-2 in 62 games with 1 save for the 2003 Yankees. He pitched in 1 game of the 2003 World Series for the Yankees against the Marlins. On December 18,2003, Chris was traded by the Yankees along with cash to the A’s for minor league players Eduardo Sierra and J.T. Stotts.
2003- The Dodgers traded 38-year-old MLB starter Kevin Brown with a 14-9 record with a 2.39 ERA to the Yankees for troubled starter Jeff Weaver, minor league prospects Yhency Brazoban, Brandon Weeden and cash. Kevin Brown is MLB’s 1st 100-million dollar player, who will make $15 million next season, waives his no-trade clause to be closer to his family, who live in Atlanta, Ga.
2007- The Mitchell Report is released, naming MLB 89 players as having used or been in possession of steroids. Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada and Jason Giambi are among those named. The report calls for tighter regulation of performance-enhancing drugs.
2007- The Yankees signed MLB free agent All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez.
2008- MLB Free agent starter A.J. Burnett signs a $82.5 million, 5-year deal with the Yankees only 3 days after they inked another top MLB free agent starter, CC Sabathia.
1873- Former Yankees OF John Anderson (1904-1905) was born. (1873-1949) On October 6,1903, John Anderson was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for C/1B Jack O'Connor. John hit .271 in 175 games for the Yankees. On May 30,1905, John was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees.
1942- Former Yankees P Jim Roland (1972) was born. (1942-2002) On April 28,1972, Jim Roland was purchased by the Yankees from the A’s. Jim went 0-1 in 16 games for the Yankees. On August 30,1972, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for P Casey Cox.
1948- The Yankees obtained OF Jim Delsing from the White Sox for OF Steve Souchock. Jim Delsing only appeared in 17 games in 2 seasons for the Yankees, hitting .381. Souchock will become a Yankees minor league manager after his active MLB player career ends.
1950- The MLB owners choose Lou Perini (Boston Braves), Phil Wrigley (Chicago Cubs), Del Webb (New York Yankees) and Ellis Ryan (Cleveland Indians) to select a new MLB Commissioner as soon as possible. In a close vote of 9-7, current MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler's contract was not renewed 3 days earlier to serve a 3rd term.
1960-The 2 new AL franchises, L. A. Angels and the " new" Washington Senators are the 1st expansion teams in over a half of a century, select their rosters in the 1st ever MLB player expansion draft. The Angels make Yankees P Eli Grba, the 1st selection of the draft, while the "new" Senators follow by tabbing another Yankees P Bobby Shantz. The Yankees will trade Bobby Shantz to the Pirates for P Bernie Daniels, 1B R. C. Stevens and INF Harry Bright. They will be forward to the new Senators. Also the Yankees lose P John Gabler (Rule 5 Draft), veteran 1B Dale Long and minor league 1B Bud Zippel to the new Nats. The Senators originally drafted veteran Yankees INF Gil McDougal, but he refuses to go. 1B Bud Zippel replaced Gil in the draft. He will retire as an active MLB player. Gill will turn down a $100,000 player-manager offer from the Angels. Also the Yankees lose veteran OF Bob Cerv, rookie OF Ken Hunt, and veteran P Duke Maas to the Angels. Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel helps out the Angels with their player draft selections serving as a special talent advisor. The AL teams had frozen their 40 Man MLB rosters on May 30,1960 for players to be available for the expansion team player draft in December.
1961- Yankees General Manager Roy Hamey denies the AL 1960-1961 Most Valuable Player winner and All Star RF Roger Maris’ request for a $75,000 1962 MLB player contract.
1961-The Yankees obtained veteran reliever Marshall Bridges from the Reds for reserve C Jesse Gonder. Jesse was a victim of the numbers game with catchers Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard on the 25-man MLB player roster.
1964- Former Yankees minor league C Mitch Lyden was born. The Yankees in the 4th round of the 1983 MLB amateur player draft drafted Mitch Lyden. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. After the 1990 MLB season, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. He would finally appear in the MLB with the Marlins in 1993.
1980- Former 1963 AL Batting Champ, 1st black player to wear the New York Yankee pinstripes, C/OF/1B Elston Howard passes away from a heart attack. (1929-1980) Elston Howard joined the Yankees in 1955, being the 1st black MLB player for the Yankees. He played with the team until his mid-season trade in 1967 to the Red Sox (1967-1968). He took over the starting catching duties in 1960 for the Yankees. He would become the 1st black MLB coach for the Yankees in 1969. He had a lifetime BA of .274, playing in 9 World Series with the Yankees and 1 with the Red Sox in 1967.
1982- The Cardinals swap blue-ribbon prospects INF Bobby Meacham and OF Stan Javier to the Yankees for 3 minor leaguers: Bob Helsom, Marty Mason, and Steve Fincher. Some observers think this is a make-up trade to the Yankees for sending OF Willie McGee to the Cardinals last year in exchange for P Bob Sykes, who was injured and never played for the Yankees.
1983- Former Yankees General Manager Roy Hamey (1961-1963) passed away. (1902-1983) Roy Hamey entered minor league baseball in 1925 as business manager of Class B Springfield (Three-I League). In 1934, he joined the Yankees as front office boss of their Class A Binghamton Triplets club (New York-Pennsylvania League) At the time, Weiss, who was then the Yankees' farm system director, was building a minor league organization that would rival, and perhaps surpass, the Cardinals' pioneering system. After Hamey's success at Binghamton, Weiss transferred him to business manager of one of New York's 2 top-level farm clubs, the Kansas City Blues (AA American Association). Stocked with Yankee prospects, the Blues were almost annually competitive in the prewar years and during World War II. In 1945, Larry MacPhail, former GM of the Reds and Dodgers, shocked baseball when a syndicate he led purchased the Yankees from the estate of Jacob Ruppert. MacPhail simultaneously installed himself as GM, blocking the career paths of both Weiss and Hamey.
While Weiss bided his time and remained as New York's Farm Director and Vice President, Hamey departed to become President of the American Association. At the close of the 1946 season, Hamey was rewarded with his 1st MLB GM portfolio as front-office chief of the Pirates. He hired Billy Meyer out of the Yankee farm system as the Bucs' manager and acquired several players, such as pitchers Tiny Bonham and Bob Chesnes and future HOF Hank Greenberg to surround slugging outfielder Ralph Kiner, who led (or tied for the lead) in HRs in the NL every season between 1946-1952. But the Pirates did not build a successful farm system and, apart from a 1st-division finish in 1948, the team was an also-ran. In October 1950, the Pirates replaced Hamey with ousted Dodger President Branch Rickey.
Hamey then returned to the Yankees, where Weiss had finally been promoted to GM in October 1947 after MacPhail's partners, Dan Topping and Del Webb, had bought him out. (Thus, Hamey's career was materially affected by 3 HOF executives: Weiss, MacPhail and Rickey.) Hamey served as Weiss's top assistant from 1951 through mid-April 1954. On April 16th, he joined the Phillies as General Manager, effectively succeeding Owner Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr., who was functioning as the team's GM-without-portfolio. For the next 5 seasons, Hamey guided the destiny of the Phillies with decidedly mixed results. The team could not repeat its 1950 "Whiz Kid" success, as their key players aged. While the Phils hovered around the .500 level, Hamey did bring to the club its 1st African-American player INF John Irvin Kennedy, who played 5 games in 1957. In a league increasingly dominated by black players, the Phillies were the last club to integrate. In 1958, however, the Phillies' fortunes began to decline precipitously. The club finished last in the NL, Hamey paid for it with his job. He was replaced in January 1959 by John Quinn, recruited from the Braves. Hamey then rejoined the Yankees as Weiss’s Assistant General Manager for the full seasons of 1959-1960 AL seasons.
After a heart-breaking, 7th-game loss of the 1960 World Series to the Pirates, the Yankees faced difficult decisions. Manager Casey Stengel was 70 years old; he was blocking the path of the promising, 41-year-old Ralph Houk, one of his MLB coaches and considered to be a top MLB managing prospect. When Stengel would not retire, Topping and Webb fired him — or "discharged" him, as Stengel would say. Concurrently, the team also needed a succession plan for Weiss, then 66. In a decision that was roundly debated, the Yankees forced Weiss into (temporary) retirement, they promoted Hamey to GM on November 3, 1960. (Both Stengel and Weiss would resurface a year later as the 1st manager and President of the expansion Mets.)
Hamey faced numerous challenges in keeping the Yankees at the top of the AL. He presided over the team's participation in the 1st expansion draft in December 1960, losing no front line players. He brought up P Roland Sheldon, a rookie standout from the minors. He swung a number of deals during 1961 that added supporting players to a team that would win 109 games. Yankees easily defeat Cincinnati in the 1961 World Series. He tweaked the Yankee roster again during the offseason, promoted eventual 1962 AL ROY Tom Tresh, P Jim Bouton and INF Phil Linz to the 1962 club, which took the AL pennant by 5 games. Yankees outlasted the Giants in the World Series. In 1963, Hamey added more youth in P Al Downing and 1B Joe Pepitone. He made room for Pepitone through a controversial trade, sending veteran Yankees 1B Bill Skowron to the Dodgers for P Stan Williams. Skowron struggled mightily in the NL during 1963, while the Yankees won 104 games and gained their 4th straight AL title. But in the 1963 World Series, the Dodgers humbled the Yankees in 4 straight games — the 1st time the Yankees had ever been swept in a Fall Classic — with Skowron the batting star.
In the weeks following the 1963 season, Topping and Webb, perhaps paving the way for the Yankees' sale to CBS in 1964, decided to shake up the front office. Hamey, 61, retired from the General Manager job and became a MLB scout. Houk was promoted to succeed Hamey, and Yogi Berra, a player-coach in 1963, became the team's 1964 Manager. The Yankees averaged 103 regular season victories during Hamey's 3-year GM tenure, he brought up a number of serviceable mid-level players. But neither Hamey nor Houk could adequately replace the team's aging corps of superstars — Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Berra and Whitey Ford or other standout players such as Elston Howard, Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek. After one last pennant in 1964, the Yankees would wander in the wilderness for 12 years, until they entered the 1st dynasty of the George Steinbrenner Era. Hamey's last high-profile job in MLB occurred during the winter of 1969-1970, when AL president Joe Cronin appointed him caretaker Chief Executive of the Seattle Pilots as the team struggled to find new team ownership. He relinquished that responsibility when the Pilots were purchased by Bud Selig, who moved the team to Milwaukee for the 1970 AL season.
1985- Former Yankees AL MVP and All Star OF Roger Maris (1960-1966) dies from cancer at the age of 51. (1935-1985) In 1961, Yankees RF Roger Maris set a MLB record by hitting 61 HRs. Considered an excellent all-around outfielder, Roger Maris won a AL Golden Glove in 1960. Maris won 2 AL Most Valuable Player Awards (1960-1961) with the Yankees. Roger Maris started his MLB career, with the Indians in 1957, later he was traded to the A’s in 1958. Then coming to the Yankees in a 7 player trade in December of 1959. The Yankees traded him to the Cardinals for INF Charlie Smith, during the winter of 1966. He finished up with the Cardinals, playing in 2 more World Series (1967-1968).
1994-The Yankees obtained starter Jack McDowell from the White Sox in exchange for minor league P Keith Heberling and a player to be named later, minor league OF Lyle Mouton.
1999-The Yankees traded P Dan Naulty to the Dodgers for minor league player Nicholas Leach. Dan had posted a 1-0 mark with 33 games for the 1999 Yankees. Leach never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.
2000- The Yankees signed MLB free agent P Brian Boehringer. On March 21,1994, Brian Boehringer was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for reliever Paul Assenmacher. Brian went 5-9 in 56 games for the Yankees from 1995-1997. On November 18,1997, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Yankees as the 30th pick in the 1997 MLB player expansion draft. On July 4,2001, Brian was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for Joe Smith (minors) and C Bobby Estalella.
2004- Former Yankees minor league INF Rod " Hot Rod" Kanehl (1951-1961) passed away (1934-2004). The Yankees originally signed Rod Kanehl in 1951. Rod never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He played in their minor league system from 1951-1961. The Yankees sold him to the Mets in the winter of 1961. He would finally play for Manager Casey Stengel at the MLB level with the Mets. The Yankees wanted to give Rod a shot at 3B job in 1967, but the Mets refused to release him from his MLB player contract despite being in AAA.
2007-Former Yankees P Clarence “Cuddles” Marshall (1946,1948-1950) passed away. (1925-2007) On December 9,1944, he was traded by Seattle Rainers (PCL) to the Yankees for Dick Hearn minors) and Johnny Babich. Marshall went 6-4 in 45 games with 3 saves for the Yankees. Twenty-one year old Cuddles Marshall of the Yankees was the starting pitcher for the club in the 1st night game ever played at Yankee Stadium. On May 28,1946, before a crowd of 49,917 fans, the Senators defeated the Yankees by the score of 2-1. The opposing pitcher was Nats knuckleball specialist Dutch Leonard.
"The biggest highlight of my career was pitching the 1st night game ever in the stadium," said Cuddles. "I had just won my 1st game up in Detroit. Then we got to Boston and came back home. Bill Dickey told me I was going to pitch the game that night. He caught the game, I was so nervous, I can't remember. I walked the 1st batter on 4 pitches and then I walked someone else." Dickey came out and said, "Are you scared kid? I said yes, and he said so am I. He slapped me on the butt and I went back and pitched the game. We lost. Jake Wade relieved me in the 7th inning. We just couldn't hit Leonard and his knuckler."
His roommate Joe Page dubbed the big right-hander “Cuddles”. "He kind of tacked it on me," explained Marshall. "A lot of young girls would come into the hotel lobbies where we stayed and Joe said the newspapermen wanted to get a nickname for me, so he made a statement to them that I was cuddly, or something like that. Joe loved to play ball and he loved to party. He was a good roommate, except I had to be careful or he would get me into trouble."
Clarence divided his time in the late 1940’s between the Yankees and their top AAA farm teams the Kansas City Blues and the Newark Bears. The native of Bellingham, WA was baptized in his MLB debut at Fenway Park, entering the game in relief. His 1st assignment was simply to pitch to Ted Williams. "Boston had runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out," recalled Marshall. "Being a young kid and not knowing any better, it didn't bother me." It apparently didn't as "Cuddles" got the "Splendid Splinter" to ground into a double play.
Marshall, who began his organized baseball career with the Seattle Rainiers (PCL) right out of high school, went 3-0 with the Yankees in 1949, while making 19 relief appearances. Perhaps his finest hour came in a game against the Red Sox when he came in out of the bullpen and pitched 4 shutout innings to help defeat the Red Sox by the score of -6-4. The Yankees would go on from here and defeat this same Boston team by a 1 game margin for the 1949 AL pennant and start their string of 5 straight World Series Championships. Clarence spent his final MLB season with the Browns in 1950 going 1-3 and closing out his 4-year MLB run at 7-7 with a 5.98 ERA.
2010- The Yankees add former Dodgers C Russell Martin to their MLB roster as well as veteran MLB P Mark Prior, who gets a minor league contract and an invitation to 2011 Yankees spring training camp.
1909- Veteran shortstop Norman "Kid" Elberfeld (1903-1909), who helped make the Yankees a winner, is sold to the Senators for $5,000. He hit .306 for the 1906 Yankees.
1920-The new Yankees GM Ed Barrow pries future Hall of Fame starter Waite Hoyt, C Wally Schang, P Harry Harper, and INF Mike McNally from his former Red Sox team in exchange for Yankees 2B Del Pratt, C Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen, OF Sammy Vick and cash.
1920- Former Yankees 1B Eddie Robinson (1954-1956) was born. On December 16,1953, Eddie Robinson was traded by the A’s along with INF Lore Babe, P Harry Byrd, OF Tom Hamilton and OF Carmen Mauro to the Yankees for 1B Don Bollweg, 3B Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, 1B Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and C Jim Robertson. Eddie hit .230 in 199 games for the Yankees. In the 1955 World Series, he hit .667 against the Dodgers. On June 14,1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Lou Skizas to the A’s for P Moe Burtschy, OF Bill Renna and cash.
1932- An joint meeting of AL and NL team owners approves the concept of "chain store" baseball, developed as the St. Louis Cardinals farm system by Branch Rickey, despite strenuous objections by MLB Commissioner Judge Landis. The era of independent minor league teams will begin to end. The Yankees will sign deal with the Newark Bears (International League) to be the their top farm team. Later the team will purchase the Kansas City Blues in the American Association. Both teams will dominant their minor leagues.
1944- Former Yankees P Stan Bahnsen (1968-1971) was born. Stan Bahnsen won the AL Rookie Of Year Award in 1968, posting a 17-12 record in 37 games with a 2.06 ERA. Stan went 55-52 in 153 games as a Yankee starter. The Yankees traded Stan to the White Sox for INF Rich McKinney in December of 1971. He would win 21 and 18 games in his 1st two seasons with the White Sox. Later he would become a successful reliever in NL.
1945- Former Yankees P Gil Blanco (1965) was born. Before the 1964 AL Season, the Yankees signed Gil Blanco as an MLB amateur free agent. Gil went 1-1 in 17 games with a 3.98 ERA for the 1965 Yankees. On June 10,1966, Gil was traded by the Yankees along with OF Roger Repoz and P Bill Stafford to the A’s for C Billy Bryan and P Fred Talbot
1953- Long time New York Yankees General Manager and Team President Edward Barrow (1920-1945) passed away. (1899-1953.) Edward Barrow was a MLB manager with the Red Sox, winning the 1918 World Series. He is credited with making the switch of a young Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield. He would join the Yankees front office in 1920. From 1921-1945, Ed Barrow was the Yankees General Manager, engineering some of the most famous Yankees trades in the team’s history during the 1920-1930’s. He left the team in 1945, after the Jacob Ruppert estate sold the Yankees to new team Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail. In 1953, Edward Barrow was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.
1960- The Yankees signed MLB free agent veteran OF Elmer Valo after his released by the Indians. During the 1960 AL season, the Yankees would release Elmer; he would be pick by the Senators.
1967- The Yankees completed the Steve Barber trade with the Orioles made during the 1967 AL season by sending minor league players INF Chet Trail and OF Joe Brady to the Orioles.
1980- NL All Star OF Dave Winfield (.276, 20 HRs, with 87 RBIs) becomes the highest-paid player in the history of sports. The former Padres star signs a 10-year free-agent deal with Yankees worth a record $16 million.
1981- Former 1978 AL Cy Young Award Winner free-agent starter Ron Guidry re-signs with the Yankees to a 4-year $3.6 million pact.
1988- The Yankees signed P Mark Hutton as an MLB amateur free agent. Mark posted a 1-3 record in 19 games for the Yankees. On July 31,1996, Mark was traded by the Yankees to the Marlins for veteran P Dave Weathers.
1992- The Yankees signed MLB free agent 3B Wade Boggs to a 3-year contract. Wade appeared in 601 games for the Yankees, hitting .313. In the 1996 World Series against the Braves, Boggs hit .273.
1994- The Yankees signed MLB free agent veteran shortstop Tony Fernandez. Tony will hit .245 in 108 games for the Yankees in 1995.
1999- The Yankees signed MLB free agent reserve OF Ryan Thompson. Ryan appeared in 33 games for the 2000 Yankees, hitting .260.
2003- The Yankees lose P Colter Bean to the Red Sox in the 2003 MLB Rule 5 player draft. The Red Sox will return him to the Yankees during the 2004 spring training camp.
2003- The Yankees signed veteran catcher John “Flash” Flaherty as a MLB free agent. He replaced Chris Widger as the Yankees reserve catcher in 2003. “Flash” appeared in 134 games for the Yankees, hitting .226.
Former Yankees Manager William "Wild Bill" Donovan is killed in Train Wreck
December 9, 1923-Former Yankees Manager (1915-1917) and MLB Player William “Wild Bill” Donovan died in a train wreck at the age of 47. (1876-1923)
William “Wild Bill “ Donvan went 220-239 as the New York Yankees Manager from 1915-1917. His Yankees teams finished 5th, 4th and 6th place in the American League. He had succeeded Player-Manager Roger Peckinpaugh, who finished out the 1914 AL season after Manager Frank Chance was fired by team owners. Peckinpaugh would return to his regular shortstop position in 1915. Donovan was a former veteran MLB pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. Donovan was 0-3 in 10 games as a Yankees pitcher. His overall MLB career record was 185-130 (1899-1918) while pitching for 4 teams.
In the winter of 1917, New York Yankees Co-Owner Jacob Ruppert brought in veteran NL Manager Miller Huggins to replace Bill Donovan. He would manage in the minor leagues from 1912-1914, then again in 1919-1920. In 1921, he managed the Philadelphia Phillies for one season. Donovan then successfully managed the New Haven Indians (Eastern League) for 1922-1923 seasons. He was expected to be hired as Manager of the 1924 Washington Senators. He was on his way to the 1923 MLB Winter Meetings in Chicago, IL, when he was a victim of one of the most famous American train wrecks of the 20th Century, the crash of the 20th Limited at Forsyth, NY, 25 miles east of Erie, PA. He was killed instantly, being 1 of 9 victims of the tragedy.
1966 New York Yankees Post Season: Yankees trade Closer Pedro Ramos to the Phillies
December 10, 1966- The New York Yankees traded veteran reliever Pedro Ramos to the Philadelphia Phillies for P Joe Verbanic and cash. Ramos helped the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant by going 1-0 in 13 games with 8 saves in September of 1964. He was acquired from the Cleveland Indians after September 1,1964, so he wasn’t allowed to play in the 1964 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1965, he went 5-5 in 65 games with 19 saves. In 1966, Pedro slipped to a 3-9 mark in 52 games with only 13 saves.
1923 New York Yankees Post Season: Yankees dump Pitcher Carl Mays to the Cincinnati Reds for cash.
December 11,1923- Considered a team troublemaker by New York Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, the Yankees sell veteran starter Carl “Sub” Mays to the Cincinnati Reds for $85,000. The submariner hurler will win 20 for the Reds in 1924. Carl went 56-36 with the New York Yankees (1919-1923), including a 20-9 season in 1923.
This news is about a week delayed in reporting on the Pinstriped Bible, but it is unquestionably deserving of mention. For 74 years now, Major League Baseball has been electing executives to its most hallowed ground--Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The executives' plaques are not typically the ones that most fans flock to, aside from perhaps integration hero Branch Rickey, but they are an important category of the Hall of Fame regardless.
32 executives have been elected in the history of the Hall of Fame, yet until last week, only two of these men were elected primarily for their accomplishments with the New York Yankees--general managers Ed Barrow (1920-45) and farm director/general manager George Weiss (1932-60). No Yankees owner had ever been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame despite their enormous place in the history of the game, a fact that is simply mind-boggling. Finally though, the Veterans Committee corrected this wrong last Monday when they elected Colonel Jacob Ruppert to the Hall on 15 of the 16 ballots cast along with umpire Hank O'Day and catcher Deacon White. Since Ruppert made the Yankees into the powerhouse they are today, it is puzzling that it took this long for him to make it.
Ruppert's long journey to Cooperstown began with, of course, alcohol. Jacob Ruppert Sr., his immigrant father from Bavaria, moved to the United States in 1851, and grandfather Franz founded the Jacob Ruppert Brewing Company that would one day be owned by his son. Junior was born on August 5, 1867 in New York City, when not even the National League's predecessor was yet organized. The younger Ruppert served in the New York National Guard from 1886-1890, rising to the rank of colonel, a title that would forever be associated with him. He also rose in the family company until he became the general manager in 1890. Although only 25, he was so well-respected that he was selected as the keynote speaker for the dedication of the famous Christopher Columbus Monument on the 400th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in North America.
The brewing company rose in wealth to a $30 million money-making machine, and Ruppert was elected to the House of Representatives. While in office, he made a bid to purchase the NL's New York Giants, an alluring team to him since he was a season ticket holder at the Polo Grounds. They were not sold to him though, and it would be another decade before he purchased a New York sports team. That team was not the Giants; instead, it was the American League upstart New York Yankees. Original owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery needed to sell their downtrodden franchise, which contended for the AL pennant during their ownership in only three years out of twelve. Through Giants manager John McGraw, Ruppert met and enlisted the financial help of a fellow Polo Grounds season ticket holder, Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston. (Why oh why don't they make names like that anymore?) The two men bought the Yankees from Farrell and Devery for $460,000 on New Year's Eve of 1914.
It took a few years for Ruppert and Huston to propel their new team to title contention, but they showed a propensity for winning players over with money that won some new fans. Prior to 1916, they missed a chance to land future Hall of Fame center fielder Tris Speaker from the Boston Red Sox when AL president Ban Johnson failed to came though on a promise to help the Yankees get new players, but they did sign former Philadelphia Athletics third baseman Frank "Home Run" Baker. He was the first well-known player the Yankees acquired since their early days of poaching Willie Keeler and Jack Chesbro from the NL in 1903. Gradually, they added better players while youngsters Bob Shawkey (also acquired from the A's), Roger Peckinpaugh, and Wally Pipp flourished. Ruppert also went against Huston's wishes in 1918 and hired small but respected Cincinnati Reds manager Miller Huggins, an educated man with a law degree. The two most important moves were yet to come.
The formerly great Boston franchise that captured five of the the first 15 World Series titles was now hemorrhaging money as owner Harry Frazee fell into debt. Ruppert helped him out by trading cash and lesser players for key additions like starter Carl Mays. After the 1919 campaign, Frazee needed more money, and he was also locked in a salary dispute with star outfielder/pitcher Babe Ruth. The Baltimore native was an ace on the mound, but he was a hitter like no one had seen before. In just his second season as primarily an outfielder, he broke the 35-year-old single-season home run record with 29. Nonetheless, Frazee viewed Ruth as a nuisance despite his popularity in Beantown, and he figured that if the fans got over the sale of Speaker, they would similarly get over Ruth. Thus, he sold Ruth to Ruppert and the Yankees for $125,000. It was the best deal ever made in baseball history, and it was made possible by the Colonel.
In his first season, Ruth massacred all offensive records with an amazing 54 homers as the Yankees won a franchise-best 95 games, narrowly losing the pennant to Speaker's Indians. At the end of the season, Ruth's former manager in Boston, Ed Barrow also bolted for the Yankees in the second-smartest decision of Ruppert's career. Barrow viewed the decision to trade Ruth as a horrible mistake, and he sought vengeance on his former team by plucking valuable Boston players like Waite Hoyt and Wally Schang from them in exchange for more cash and lesser players to Frazee. Barrow also brought over superscout Paul Krichell, who would help the Yankees sign tremendous amateurs like Lou Gehrig. The foundations were there for greatness, and the Yanks won their first three consecutive AL pennants from 1921-23. Ruppert's investments paid off when they moved into their luxurious new home, Yankee Stadium, after years of being the Giants' tenants at the Polo Grounds. Ruppert of course played a vital role in the construction of this baseball palace, as he split the $2.5 million bill for the stadium with Huston, who Ruppert bought out of the front office after '22. In their first season at "the Stadium," the Yanks and Ruppert won their very first World Series title. At last, Ruppert was a champion.
This success was a portend of what was to come for Ruppert in his remaining 17 years as sole owner of the Yankees. He continued his potent financial support as the Yankees added more future Hall of Famers to their team and won eight more pennants and seven more World Series titles. He oversaw the eventual transition from Huggins after the tragic death of "Mighty Mite'" in late 1929 to fellow no-nonsense skipper Joe McCarthy in 1931, another brilliant hire, as was the addition of farm director and future GM George Weiss. Ruppert's deep pockets also allowed the Yankees to purchase a San Francisco hitting phenom in the mid-1930s who became yet another deity of the game. When Ruppert passed away at the age of 71 on January 13, 1939, he was a three-time defending World Series champion, just the way he would have wanted to go. A year later, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Ruppert in his honor behind Huggins's monument in centerfield. Now in Monument Park at the new Yankee Stadium, it reads, "Gentleman. American. Sportsman. Through whose vision and courage this imposing edifice, destined to become the home of champions, was erected and dedicated to the American game of baseball."
Ruppert's family sold the team a few years after his death, but while ownership has changed hands a few times, the tradition of strong ownership lives on. Following Ruppert's lead, the Yankees won 29 more pennants and 19 more championships. As previously mentioned, it is quite strange that it took baseball so long to induct Col. Ruppert into the Hall of Fame while welcoming his own hires like Huggins, Barrow, McCarthy, and Weiss, and other owners who never had as much success as he did like Tom Yawkey and Walter O'Malley. It is about time that the Yankees' first great owner gets his rightful praise, and he will be enshrined on a plaque in Cooperstown next July.
Congrats, Colonel. You deserve it.
Biographical source: Appel, Marty. Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.
1922 New York Yankees Post Season: Jacob Ruppert becomes sole owner of the Yankees
December 12, 1922-New york Yankees Co-Owner Jake Ruppert agrees to buy out his partner Colonel Huston, He gains full control of the Yankees. He would control the Yankees until his death in 1939. His estate would run the New York Yankees with long-time General Manager Edward Barrow in charge, until the sale of the team in 1945 to new Co-Owners Group of Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail.
Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Closer Lindy McDaniel
December 13, 1935- Former Yankees P Lindy McDaniel (1968-1973) was born. On July 12,1968, Lindy McDaniel was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees for veteran P Bill Monbouquette. Lindy went 38-29 in 265 games with 58 saves and 1 complete game with the Yankees. On December 7,1973, Lindy was traded by the Yankees to the Kansas City Royals for OF Lou Piniella and P Ken Wright. Lindy McDaniel is the last Yankees pitcher to hit a Home Run. He hit HR on September 28,1972 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. His brother Von McDaniel also pitched in the MLB in the 1950’s with the St. Louis Cardinals, they were teammates for a while.
Von and Lindy McDaniel with Cardinals Hall of Fame P Dizzy Dean
Remembering Former Yankees GM and Baseball Executive Roy Haney
December 14, 1983- Former Yankees General Manager Roy Hamey (1961-1963) passed away. (1902-1983) Roy Hamey entered minor league baseball in 1925 as business manager of Class B Springfield (Three-I League). In 1934, he joined theNew York Yankees as front office boss of their Class A Binghamton Triplets club (New York-Pennsylvania League) At the time, Weiss, who was then the Yankees' farm system director, was building a minor league organization that would rival, and perhaps surpass, the St. Louis Cardinals' pioneering system. After Hamey's success at Binghamton, Weiss transferred him to business manager of one of New York's 2 top-level farm clubs, the Kansas City Blues (AA American Association). Stocked with Yankee prospects, the Blues were almost annually competitive in the prewar years and during World War II. In 1945, Larry MacPhail, former GM of the Cincinati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers, shocked baseball world when a syndicate he led purchased the New York Yankees from the estate of Jacob Ruppert. MacPhail simultaneously installed himself as General Manager of the Yankees, blocking the career paths of both George Weiss and Roy Hamey.
George Weiss, Larry MacPhail, Co-Partners Del Webb and Dan Topping
While Weiss bided his time and remained as New York's Farm Director and Vice President, Roy Hamey departed to become President of the American Association. At the close of the 1946 MLB season, Hamey was rewarded with his 1st MLB GM portfolio as front-office chief of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hired Billy Meyer out of the Yankees farm system as the Bucs' manager and acquired several players, such as pitchers Tiny Bonham and Bob Chesnes and future HOF Hank Greenberg to surround slugging outfielder Ralph Kiner, who led (or tied for the lead) in HRs in the NL every season between 1946-1952. But the Pirates did not build a successful farm system and, apart from a 1st-division finish in 1948, the team was an also-ran. In October 1950, the Pirates replaced Hamey with ousted Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey.
Hamey then returned to the New York Yankees, where Weiss had finally been promoted to GM in October 1947 after MacPhail's partners, Dan Topping and Del Webb, had bought him out. (Thus, Hamey's career was materially affected by 3 HOF executives: Weiss, MacPhail and Rickey.) Hamey served as Weiss's top assistant from 1951 through mid-April 1954. On April 16th, he joined the Philadelphia Phillies as their General Manager, effectively succeeding Owner Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr., who was functioning as the team's GM-without-portfolio. For the next 5 NL seasons, Hamey guided the destiny of the Phillies with decidedly mixed results. The team could not repeat its 1950 "Whiz Kid" success, as their key players aged. While the Phils hovered around the .500 level, Hamey did bring to the club its 1st African-American player INF John Irvin Kennedy, who played 5 games in 1957. In a league increasingly dominated by black players, the Phillies were the last club to integrate. In 1958, however, the Phillies' fortunes began to decline precipitously. The club finished last in the NL, Hamey paid for it with his job. He was replaced in January 1959 by John Quinn,who was recruited from the Milwaukee Braves. Hamey then rejoined the New York Yankees as Weiss’s Assistant General Manager for the full seasons of 1959-1960 AL seasons.
After a heart-breaking, 7th-game loss of the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Yankees faced difficult decisions. Manager Casey Stengel was 70 years old; he was blocking the path of the promising, 41-year-old Ralph Houk, one of his MLB coaches and considered to be a top MLB managing prospect. When Stengel would not retire, Topping and Webb fired him — or "discharged" him, as Stengel would say. Concurrently, the team also needed a succession plan for Weiss, then 66. In a decision that was roundly debated, the Yankees forced Weiss into (temporary) retirement, they promoted Hamey to GM on November 3, 1960. (Both Stengel and Weiss would resurface a year later as the 1st manager and President of the expansion New York Mets.)
Longtime Yankees Manager Casey Stengel (1949-1960), his replacement Former player and MLB Coach Ralph Houk (1961-1963)
Hamey faced numerous challenges in keeping the Yankees at the top of the AL. He presided over the team's participation in the 1st expansion draft in December 1960, losing no front line players. He brought up P Roland Sheldon, a rookie standout from the minors. He swung a number of deals during 1961 season that added supporting players to a team that would win 109 games in AL. The Yankees easily defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the 1961 World Series. He tweaked the Yankees roster again during the offseason, promoted eventual 1962 AL ROY Tom Tresh, P Jim Bouton and INF Phil Linz to the 1962 club, which took the AL pennant by 5 games.The Yankees outlasted the San francisco Giants in the 1962 World Series. In 1963, Hamey added more youth to the roster with P Al Downing and 1B Joe Pepitone. He made room for Pepitone through a controversial trade, sending veteran Yankees 1B Bill Skowron to the Dodgers for P Stan Williams. Skowron struggled mightily in the NL during 1963, while the Yankees won 104 games and gained their 4th straight AL title. But in the 1963 World Series, the Dodgers humbled the Yankees in 4 straight games — the 1st time the Yankees had ever been swept in a Fall Classic — with Skowron the batting star.
In the weeks following the 1963 AL season, Dan Topping and Del Webb, perhaps paving the way for the Yankees' sale to CBS in 1964, decided to shake up the front office. Hamey, now 61, retired from the General Manager's job, he became a MLB scout for the team. Ralph Houk was promoted to succeed Hamey as the new GM, Yogi Berra, a player-MLB coach in 1963, became the team's 1964 Manager. The Yankees averaged 103 regular season victories during Hamey's 3-year GM tenure, he brought up a number of serviceable mid-level players. But neither Hamey nor Houk could adequately replace the team's aging corps of superstars — Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Berra and Whitey Ford or other standout players such as Elston Howard, Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek.
After one last AL pennant in 1964, the Yankees would wander in the wilderness for 12 years, until they entered the 1st dynasty of the George Steinbrenner Era. Hamey's last high-profile job in MLB occurred during the winter of 1969-1970, when AL president Joe Cronin appointed him caretaker Chief Executive of the Seattle Pilots as the team struggled to find new team ownership. He relinquished that responsibility when the Pilots were purchased by Bud Selig, who moved the team to Milwaukee for the 1970 AL season.
Former Yankees General Manager and Team President Edward Barrow passed away
December 15, 1953- Long time New York Yankees General Manager and Team President Edward Barrow (1921-1945) passed away. (1899-1953.) Edward Barrow was a MLB manager with the Boston Red Sox, winning the 1918 World Series. He is credited with making the switch of a young Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield. He would join the Yankees front office in 1921. From 1921-1945, Edward Barrow was the Yankees General Manager, engineering some of the most famous Yankees trades in the team’s history during the 1920-1930’s. He left the team in 1945, after the Jacob Ruppert estate sold the New york Yankees to new team Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail. In 1953, Edward Barrow was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.