This Week in Yankees History December 16th-December 22nd
1948- Former Yankees minor league P Terry Bongiovanni was born. The Cubs in the 3rd round of the 1967 MLB amateur player draft drafted Terry Bongiovanni. He pitched 6 years in the minors, reaching AA with a career mark of 26-34. On September 11,1969 Terry Bongiovanni was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees with a player to be named later and cash for veteran OF Jimmie Hall. The Cubs would send OF Rick Bladt on January 6, 1970 to the Yankees to complete the trade.
1953- In a 10-player trade, the Yankees send minor league star 1B Vic Power, infielders Jimmy Finigan and Don Bollweg, OF Bill Renna, C Jim Robertson, and P John Gray to the Philadelphia A's. While the A’s send veteran 1B Eddie Robinson, 3B Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, and outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro to the Yankees. Harry Byrd, who won 26 games in 2 years for the A's, including the 1952 AL ROY Award, will never match his wins in pinstripes. The stylish Vic Power, who was the American Association batting leader in 1953, will win 7 Gold Gloves and make the AL All-Star team 4 times. Yankees General Manager George Weiss considered Vic Power too flashy and loud to be the Yankees 1st Black MLB player, deciding that the quite and reserved OF/C Elston Howard would be a better choice with Yankees ticketholders.
1958- Former Yankees reserve OF Ted Wilborn (1980) was born. On June 8,1976, Ted Wilborn was drafted by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 1976 MLB amateur player draft. On December 4,1978, Ted was drafted by the Blue Jays from the Yankees in the 1978 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On November 1,1979, he was traded by the Blue Jays along with C Rick Cerone and P Tom Underwood to the Yankees for 1B Chris Chambliss, INF Damaso Garcia and P Paul Mirabella. During the 1980 AL season, Ted appeared in 8 games for the Yankees hitting .250. On March 30,1982, Ted was traded by the Yankees along with minor league P Andy McGaffigan to the Giants for veteran MLB starter Doyle Alexander.
1960- The Yankees purchased veteran P Danny McDevitt from the Dodgers. He had originally signed with the Yankees in 1951, but the Yankees released Danny in the spring of 1952. The Dodgers signed him. In 1957, he pitched the last Dodger shutout victory at Ebbets Field. In 1959, Danny went 10-8 in 39 games with 4 saves for 1959 World Champion Dodgers. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series against the White Sox. On June 14,1961, Danny was traded by the Yankees to the Twins for veteran reserve INF Billy Gardner.
1960- The Yankees traded veteran MLB P Bobby Shantz to the Pirates for P Bernie Daniels, 1B R. C. Stevens and INF Harry Bright. The players received by the Yankees are forwarded to the new expansion Washington Senators.
1972- Former Yankees reserve OF Charles Gipson (2003) was born. On April 7, 2003, OF Charles Gipson was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 18 games for the 2003 Yankees, hitting just .200. On September 29, 2003, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.
1982- Former Yankees P Chris Britton (2007-2008) was born. On November 12,2006, Chris Britton was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for P Jaret Wright and cash. He appeared in 26 games for the Yankees, posting a 0-1 record. On December 12, 2008, the Yankees granted Chris Britton MLB free agency.
1983- Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin as Manager of the Yankees for the 3rd time, replacing him with Yogi Berra and giving Billy Martin a front-office job.
1996- The Yankees lose their closer John Wetteland to MLB free agency. Marino Rivera will replace John as the 1997 Yankees closer. The Rangers signed MLB free agent P John Wetteland to a 4-year contract worth $23 million. Wetteland had 43 saves for the Yankees during the 1996 AL season.
2003- After declining the $4.6 million 2-year December 7th contract offer by the Yankees front office, which he only had 15 minutes to consider, Mike Stanton (7-1, 3.00 ERA, 6 saves) still decides to stay in town by agreeing to a $9 million, 3-year, no trade contract with the cross-town rival Mets. The AL All-Star reliever wasn't offered salary arbitration by the Yankees front office, after he failed to respond to their ultimatum.
1924- The Yankees get 4-time 20-game winner Urban Shocker back from the St. Louis Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston, Joe Giard, and Joe Bush. Urban Shocker led the Browns in wins in each of the past 5 seasons. He will be a mainstay on 2 pennant-winning staffs for the Yankees. Joe Bush had beaten the Browns 17 straight times after losing to them on June 12, 1922. Urban Shocker will go 46-24 in 3 seasons for the Yankees during his 2nd time with the team. Urban had pitched for the Yankees in 1916-1917. In September of 1928, Urban Shocker will die from heart problems. His trade in 1918 to the Browns was considered to be one of the worst trades in the team’s history. The Yankees starting pitching staff had to be rebuilt during his absence.
1934- Former Yankees reserve 1B Kent Hadley (1960) was born. (1934-2005) Kent Hadley came to the Yankees in the Roger Maris trade with the A's in December of 1959. He hit .204 in 55 games with the Yankees as a back-up 1B to regular 1B Bill Skowron. After the 1960 AL season with the Yankees, he would go play in the minor leagues with San Diego Padres (PCL), and then he went on to play baseball in Japan. Kent originally came up with the Tigers, and then he was traded to the A’s. He was the A’s regular 1st baseman in 1959. The Yankees had picked him up just in case Bill Skowron had not fully recover from his broken arm injury that occurred during the 1959 AL season.
1936- Former Yankees P Rolland “Rollie” Sheldon (1961-1962,1964-1965) was born. Before the 1960 AL season, the Yankees signed Rolland Sheldon as an amateur MLB free agent. In the Yankees 1961 spring training camp, Roland was named the winner of James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankees rookie in the camp. In his rookie season, Rollie went 11-5 in 1961. In 1963, he missed the season due to arm injuries. Rollie would finish his Yankees pitching career with a 23-15 record before being traded to the A's in 1965. On May 3,1965, Rollie was traded by the Yankees along with C/1B/OF Johnny Blanchard to the A’s for C Doc Edwards. This was a terrible trade for the Yankees. Rollie would go 10-8 for the 1965 A' s, while Doc Edwards was a failure behind the plate and with the bat.
1942- The Yankees traded OF Roy Cullenbine and C Buddy Rosar to the Indians for OF Roy Weatherly and IF Oscar Grimes. With the military draft in mind, all 4 players are married with 1 child each. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz, Rosar had been in the doghouse with Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy for leaving the team without permission during the weekend of July 18th-19th to take a police examination in Buffalo, NY. The leave-taking prompted the Yankees to sign veteran C Rollie Hemsley, who would play in 31 games for the Yankees hitting .294. Rollie would stay with the Yankees as a reserve catcher until 1944.
1947- Former Yankees reserve C Charlie Sands (1967) was born. On November 28,1966, Charlie Sands was drafted by the Yankees from the Orioles organization in the 1966 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Charlie appeared in 1 game for the Yankees in 1967. On October 15, 1970, Charlie was traded by the Yankees along with minor league players Dave Kent and Gary Washington to the Pirates for minor league players Ed Pachec, Jerry Branch and Tom Frondorf.
1949- The Yankees and Tigers swap 1st basemen, with the Tigers getting Richard Kryhoski while the Yankees take Richard Wakefield, who was signed by the Tigers in 1941 with a $52,000 bonus. Kryhoski would return to the Yankees in the winter of 1954 in the 17-player trade with the Orioles. Wakefield will appear in only 3 games for the Yankees in 1950, before being released by the team in 1952.
1953- In an tax-avoidance scheme, the Yankees sell Yankee Stadium and Kansas City properties (Ruppert Stadium) for $6.5 million in a deal with Johnson Corporation and the Knights of Columbus, who immediately lease the property back to the Yankees. The Johnson Corporation is owned by Arnold Johnson, who will buy the Philadelphia A’s from the Connie Mack Family and move them to Kansas City in 1955. He would own the team until his death in 1960.
1961- Former Yankees OF Ping Bodie (1918-1921) passed away. (1887-1961) Ping Bodie was one of the 1st colorful players to wear the Yankees uniform. On March 8,1918, Ping was traded by the Philadelphia A’s to the Yankees for 1B George Burns. He appeared in 385 games for the Yankees, hitting .272 with 16 HRs with 196 RBI’s.
1964- The Yankees fire long time television and radio voice Mel Allen. This well known broadcaster popularized the 'going, going, gone' home run call and often said 'how about that' to describe happenings on the ball field. He will broadcast games for the Atlanta Braves. With CBS, Inc. now owning the team,Allen’s day’s with the club were numbered, they would bring in their own people.
1968- Former Yankees reserve OF Curtis Pride (2003) was born. On May 23,2003, Curtis Pride was purchased by the Yankees from Nashua (Atlantic League). Curtis despite being deaf, he was able to play professional baseball. During the 2003 AL season, he did appeared in 4 games with the Yankees, hitting .083. He spent most of the 2003 baseball season at Columbus (AAA). With the Clippers, Curtis hit .289 with 7 stolen bases (2nd on the team). On October 14,2003, Curtis was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. He would sign with the Angles organization.
1996- MLB free agent pitcher David “Boomer” Wells signs a 3-year $13.5 million contract with the Yankees. He would go 32-14 in 62 games for the Yankees. On February 18,1999, Dave was traded by the Yankees along with INF Homer Bush and reliever Graeme Lloyd to the Blue Jays for All Star starter Roger Clemens.
2001- The Yankees signed MLB free agent OF Rondell White, who played for the Cubs this past year, to a 2-year contract. Rondell never could stay healthy, while he was with the Yankees. He would be traded to the Padres for OF Bubba Trummel.
2003-After agreeing to basics weeks ago, the Yankees owner George Steinnbrenner and 35-year old Gary Sheffield (.330, 39 HRs, 132 RBIs) finalizes a $39 million, 3-year deal, which includes $13.5 million in deferred money and a $13 million team option for 2007. The 7-time All-Star outfielder played with Braves last season. Gary has spent time with the Padres, Marlins and the Dodgers after breaking in with the Brewers in 1988.
2004- A 3-team trade which including Diamondbacks southpaw Randy Johnson and P Kazuhisa Ishii traded to the Yankees with the Dodgers OF Shawn Green and P Brad Penny being sent to the Diamondbacks with Jose Vazquez and prospects going to the Dodgers. The blockbuster transaction falls apart as the Dodgers back out at the 11th hour.
2010- The Yankees bring veteran MLB reliever Pedro Feliciano across town, signing the rubber-armed reliever from the Mets.
1918- Outfielder Duffy Lewis returns from the military, he is traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees. He goes along with front-line pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard for P Ray Caldwell, P Elmer “Slim” Love, C Roxy Walters, OF Frank Gilhooley, and $15,000. Veteran starter Leonard refused to report to the Yankees, he is sent to the Senators instead. The Tigers had turned down a deal for Dutch Leonard on the 16th. The Boston Post newspaper reports, "It will take a lot to convince Boston fans that they got the best of this one."
1930- Former Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (1954-1962) was born. (1930-2012) Bill Skowron hit .296 in 12 seasons with the Yankees with 156 HRs and 672 RBI's. He was named to the AL All Star team 1957-1961. In 1958, he led the AL 1st baseman in fielding. He appeared in 7 World Series with the Yankees and 1 with the Dodgers (1963), hitting .292 with 8 HRs and 29 RBI's. Bill was traded to the Dodgers for starter Stan Williams during the winter of 1962. Also he played for the Senators, White Sox, and the Angels before retiring from the MLB in 1967. Before his death in 2012, Bill had worked with the Chicago White Sox community relations department.
1930- Former Yankees minor league INF Mike Baxes was born. Before the start of 1951 AL season, the Yankees obtained Mike Baxes from San Francisco Seals (PCL) as part of a minor league working agreement. Before the start of the 1952 AL season, the Yankees returned Mike to the Seals (PCL), after expiration of minor league working agreement. On September 21,1955, he was purchased by the A’s from the Seals (PCL). Mike played 2B and shortstop for the A’s. On April 12,1959, Mike was traded by the A’s along with OF Bob Martyn to the Yankees for INF Tom Carroll and minor league OF Russ Snyder. Mike never played for the Yankees at the MLB level, he was sent to the Richmond Virginians (AAA). Also his brother Jim played in the majors during the 1950’s with the Dodgers.
1950- New York Yankees OF/1B great Tommy "Old Reliable" Henrich calls it a career as a MLB player. He accepts a MLB coaching position with the Yankees for the 1951 AL season.
1956- Former Yankees AL All Star and 1950 MVP shortstop Phil Rizzuto signs as a Yankee radio-TV announcer. The Yankees will have him replaced veteran baseball announcer Jim Woods. Phil will join Red Barber and Mel Allen in the broadcasting booth.
1957- Former Yankees P Bob Ojeda (1994) was born. On January 28,1994, veteran P Bob Ojeda was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Bob appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees in 1994. On May 5,1994, Bob was released by the Yankees.
1958- Former Yankees P Scott Nielsen (1986,1988-1989) was born. On February 14,1984, Scott was traded by the Mariners along with P Eric Parent (minors) to the Yankees for INF Larry Milbourne. In 1986, Scott went 4-4 for the Yankees. On January 5,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Mike Soper (minors) to the White Sox for P Pete Filson and INF Randy Velarde. On November 12,1987, Scott was traded by the White Sox along with P Richard Dotson to the Yankees for OF/1B Dan Pasqua, P Steve Rosenberg and C/DH/1B Mark Salas. In 1988, he went 1-2 and in 1989 he posted a 1-0 mark for the Yankees. On July 10,1989, Scott was traded by the Yankees to the Mets for OF Marcus Lawton.
1967- The White Sox send veteran 3B/1B slugger Pete Ward to the Yankees for P Mickey Scott and cash. Pete Ward was at the end of his MLB career playing with back problems.
1968- Former Yankees reserve C Hank Severeid (1926) passed away. (1891-1968) On July 22,1926, Hank Severeid was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Senators. He appeared in 41 games for the 1926 Yankees, hitting .268. In the 1926 World Series, he played in all 7 games for the Yankees, hitting .273.
1973- The Yankees announced the signing of Richard Williams as their 1974 Manager, precipitating a legal showdown with A's Owner Charlie Finley. Two days later, AL President Joe Cronin rules that the Yankees cannot sign Williams, that he is still legally contracted with the A’s.
1993- Top Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor injures his shoulder in a fight near his home in North Carolina. The Injury will require surgery and cause Taylor to miss the entire 1994 season. Taylor, who signed for a $1.55 million bonus in 1991, has yet to make it to the majors. Taylor will never regain his pitching form, he will not appear in the MLB with the Yankees.
2002- The Yankees signed MLB free agent 3B/1B/C Todd Zeile to a contract. Todd will appear in 66 games for the 2002 Yankees, hitting just .210. On August 18,2003, Todd was released by the Yankees.
2009- The Yankees sign MLB free agent and former Yankee 1B/DH Nick Johnson to a 1-year contract with an option for 2011 AL season. He is expected to play DH and bat second in place of Johnny Damon, whom the Yankees announced they would not seek to re-sign. Damon will sign with the Tigers. Nick Johnson will miss most of the 2010 AL season due to wrist injury from being hit by a pitch that required surgery.
1915- Former Yankees PH/INF Nicholas “Mickey” Witek (1949) was born. (1915-1990)
Mickey Witek was the 1939 International League Most Valuable Player, while playing for the Newark Bears. He was brought up to the majors with the Giants. He spent the 1943-1946 MLB seasons in the U.S. Coast Guard. He appeared in 1 game for the 1949 Yankees, as a pinch hitter.
1930- Former Yankees reserve OF Gordon Windhorn (1959) was born. On March 14,1957, Gordon Windhorn was traded by the Red Sox along with P Eli Grba to the Yankees for OF Bill Renna. In 1958 with the Denver Bears (American Association, AAA), Gordon won the league’s batting crown. Gordon was selected as the 1959 James P. Dawson Award for being the best Yankees rookie in the 1959 spring training camp. Gordon appeared in only 7 games for the 1959 Yankees, he was sent down to AAA Richmond. On April 5,1960, Gordon was traded by the Yankees along with minor league player Richard Sanders to the Dodgers for veteran hurler Fred Kipp.
1934- The Yankees send 5 players to San Francisco Seals (PCL) as part of the payment for OF Joe DiMaggio. He will play another season in the Pacific Coast League with the Seals. Joe will report to the Yankees at the end of 1935 PCL season.
1943- Former Yankees OF/DH Walt "No Neck" Williams (1974-1975) was born.
On April 19, 1974, the Yankees obtained OF Walt Williams, Pitchers Rick Sawyer and Ed Farmer from the Indians for C Gerry Moses. Walt Williams hit .113 and .281 for the Yankees. After the 1975 AL season, the Yankees released Walt. He went to Japan to play baseball. Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner helped Walt get a contact with a Japanese team.
1944- Former Yankees P Rob Gardner (1970-1972) was born. The Twins originally signed Rob Gardner in 1963. In 1964, the Mets in the MLB 1ST year player draft drafted Rob. In 1967, he was traded by the Mets to the Cubs. In 1968, the Cubs traded him to the Indians. On June 12,1969, Rob Gardner was traded by the Tribe to the Yankees for C John Orsino (minors). Rob Gardner went 9-5 in 2 tours with the Yankees between 2 trades to the A's. He was traded for both of the older Alou brothers. Rob was 1970 Pitcher of the Year International League, while pitching for the Yankees AAA Syracuse Chiefs. He posted a 16-5 record with a 2.53 ERA. His best Yankees season was in 1972, when he went 8-5 in 14 starts.
On April 9,1971, Rob Gardner was traded by the Yankees along with reliever Ron Klimkowski to the A’s for veteran MLB OF/1B Felipe Alou. On May 26,1971, Rob Gardner was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for veteran C/1B Curt Blefary. On November 24,1972, Rob was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later to the A’s for veteran MLB OF Matty Alou. The Yankees would send INF Rich McKinney on December 1, 1972 to Oakland to complete the trade.
1962- Former Yankees P Clay Parker (1989-1990) was born. On December 22,1987, Clay Parker was traded by the Mariners along with hurlers Lee Guetterman and Wade Taylor to the Yankees for MLB starter Steve Trout and OF Henry Cotto. Clay went 5-6 in 32 games for the Yankees. On June 4,1990, Clay was traded by the Yankees along with P Lance McCullers to the Tigers for OF/DH/C Matt Nokes.
1965- Former Yankees INF John “Schoolboy” Knight (1909-1911,1913) passed away. (1885-1965). As a 19-year-old rookie, John “Schoolboy” Knight was the regular shortstop for the 1905 A’s. John Knight played in the MLB for 8 seasons. On August 20,1908, INF John Knight was purchased by the Yankees from Baltimore Orioles (International League). A weak hitter most seasons, he had a MLB career year with the Yankees in 1910, when he hit .312. Playing with the Yankees for 4 seasons, John appeared in 435 games, hitting .267. On February 17,1912, John was traded by the Yankees with a player to be named later to the Senators for C/1B Gabby Street. The Yankees sent C/1B Rip Williams on February 22,1912 to the Senators to complete the trade. On July 7,1913, John Knight was traded by Jersey City (IL) to the Yankees for 1B Babe Borton and cash. John hit .237 in 70 games for 1913 Yankees. On December 8,1913, John was purchased by Toledo Mud Hens (American Association) from the Yankees.
1970- Former Yankees minor league C Tom Wilson was born. On June 4,1990, Tom Wilson was drafted by the Yankees in the 23rd round of the 1990 MLB amateur player draft. Tom never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On April 6,1996, he was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for 2 minor league players: Marc Marini and Ryan Martindale. In 1997 and 1999, he rejoined the Yankees organization; he played with the Columbus Clippers (AAA). In 2007, he was coach for the Yankees AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League).
1974- The race to sign MLB free agent All Star hurler Catfish Hunter begins in the law offices of Cherry, Cherry & Flythe in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Yankees and Red Sox representatives are the 1st arrivals. On December 31st, Catfish Hunter will sign a MLB contract with the Yankees for a estimated 3 million dollars.
1978- Former Yankee reserve INF Andy Cannizaro (2006) was born. The Yankees drafted Andy Cannizrro in the 7th round of the 2001 MLB amateur player draft. They assigned him to the Staten Island Yankees, where he batted .283, but only stole 5 bases in 8 tries and grounded into 15 double plays, the most in the New York-Penn League. Moving up to the Tampa Yankees (A), he hit .249 then followed with a .276 year for the Trenton Thunder (AA). In 2004, Cannizaro returned to Trenton, he improved to .314. He split 2005 minor league season between the Thunder (.248) and the Columbus Clippers (.253). The next year, he had a .276 BA with 32 doubles for the Clippers. Andy made his MLB debut with the Yankees, going 2 for 8 (.250) with 1 HR with 5 runs as a pinch-hitter and pinch runner. In the fall of 2007, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. He signed with the Tampa Bay organization. He appeared in 1 game with the 2008 Rays. Also he has played in the Indians and White Sox organizations.
1979- Former Yankees P Rafael Soriano (2011-2012) was born.
On January 18, 2011, Rafael Soriano was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had been a closer for 2010 Tampa Bay Rays. He had made the 2010 AL All Star team. Soriano signed a long-term deal with the Yankees before the 2011 season. He knew of course that he would not be the closer there, since Mariano Rivera had a stranglehold on the job. But Mariano was already into his 40s, and his heir apparent Joba Chamberlain was struggling with injuries, so there was a possibility to install himself as the set-up man and insurance policy in case something happened to Mo. It was not the case in 2011, as Mariano was his usual outstanding self, while Soriano in turn struggled in his 1st season in the Bronx. His ERA shot up to 4.12, the worst since his MLB rookie season, not counting the 3 1/3 innings he pitched while injured in 2004. He struggled with his health again, being limited to 42 games; he only struck out 36 batters in 39 1/3 innings. While he was injured or struggling, young David Robinson passed him on the depth chart. In the ALDS, he pitched 3 times, and only gave up a single hit in 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers; however, that hit was a solo HR by Delmon Young in the 7th inning of Game 3 on October 3rd, which broke a 4-4 tie and handed him the loss.
He began 2012 AL season as the 7th-inning specialist in the Yankees bullpen, pitching much better than in his 1st season. When the unthinkable happened, Rivera went down with a season-ending injury in early May, it was Robertson who stepped into the breach. He quickly earned the save in his 1st outing as the closer, it seemed that he was about to grab onto the position for seasons to come, but everything unraveled quickly: he blew his next save opportunity, then felt pain in his ribs in his next game, being forced onto the DL. Rafael then took over the Yankees Closer role, he quickly asserted himself by converting his 1st 2 save opportunities. He never slowed down, registering his 40th save of the 2012 AL season against his former team, the Rays on September 16th, in the heat of the 2012 AL pennant race, to reach the mark for the 2nd time of his MLB career.
He finished the 2012 AL season with 42 saves, 3rd in the AL behind Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney, with an outstanding 2.26 ERA. He did not allow a run in 4 1/3 innings in the 2012 AL postseason, but the Yankees were unable to give him any leads to protect either. After the 2012 season ended, he decided to opt out of the final year of his Yankees MLB contract, wanting to cash in on his excellent season by obtaining a long-term deal from a team that would guarantee him a spot as the closer.
1991- Yankees veteran reliever Steve Howe is arrested in Montana on a charge of possession of cocaine. Howe has been suspended from MLB 5 times for drug and alcohol problems.
2003- Former Yankees minor league OF Carmen Mauro passed away. (1926-2003) In a 10-player trade, the Yankees send 1B Vic Power, infielders Jimmy Finigan and Don Bollweg, OF Bill Renna, C Jim Robertson, and P John Gray to the Philadelphia A's. While the A’s send veteran 1B Eddie Robinson, 3B Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, and OF Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro to the Yankees. Carmen Mauro never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He would spend the next 5 seasons in the minor leagues. He would retire from professional baseball in 1958.
2008- Former Yankees P Dock Ellis (1976-1977) passed away. (1945-2008) On December 11,1975, Dock Ellis was traded by the Pirates along with P Ken Brett and minor league 2B Willie Randolph to the Yankees for P George “Doc” Medich. Dock went 17-8 with the 1976 Yankees. In 1977, he was 1-1. On April 27,1977, Dock was traded by the Yankees along with rookie OF Larry Murray and veteran reserve INF Marty Perez to the Oakland A’s for starter Mike Torrez.
1876- Former Yankees 2B James “Buttons” Williams (1903-1907) was born. (1876-1965) Before the 1901 AL Season, James Williams jumped from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Baltimore Orioles (pre-Highlanders). Jimmy played with the Highlanders from 1903 to 1907. While not as good as he had been in previous seasons, he led the Highlanders in slugging percentage in 1903. He was in the top 10 in the AL in HRs in 1905-1906, and in RBIs in 1903-1904 and 1906-1907. Overall he appeared in 940 games with the Yankees hitting .277. On November 5,1907, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Hobe Ferris and OF Danny Hoffman to the St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, OF Charlie Hemphill and INF Harry Niles.
1881- Former Yankees C (1907) and Hall Of Fame Baseball Executive Wesley “Branch” Rickey was born. (1881-1965) On February 28,1907, C Branch Rickey was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Highlanders for INF Joe Yeager. Branch was playing with a bad shoulder appeared in 52 games hitting just .182 for the 1907 Yankees. He left the MLB and return to colege becoming a lawyer. He return baseball in 1920 as a Baseball Executive. He was the creator of the minor league farm system in the 1930’s with the St. Louis Cardinals, the signing Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 to break the MLB color player barrier. He worked for the Pirates in the early 1950’s. In the late m1950's, he tried to start a third MLB league called the Continental League, forcing the AL and NL to expansion in 1960 and 1962. He finished his MLB career as a Special Advisor to the Cardinals. Branch Rickey was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1967.
1885- Former Yankees INF/OF Charles “Paddy” John Baumann (1915-1917) was born. (1885-1969) After being obtained from the Tigers, Paddy Bauman hit .276 in 204 games for the Yankees.
1888- Former Yankees 1B and MLB Coach Fred “Bonehead” Merkle (1925-1926) was born. (1888-1956) On June 17,1925, veteran MLB player Fred Merkle was purchased by the Yankees from Rochester (International League) for $6,000. Fred Merkle played in the MLB for 16 seasons with the Giants (1907-1916), Cubs (1917-1920), Dodgers (1916-1917) and the Yankees (1925-1926). He appeared in 1,638 games with .273 BA with 61 HRs with 733 RBIs. Fred was at the end of his MLB career when he joined the Yankees; he had played in the minor leagues from 1921-1925. He appeared in only 8 games for the Yankees, hitting .333. He would become a Yankees MLB Coach. Fred was nicknamed for a play he made in his rookie season with the 1907 Giants. It was known as the Merkle Bonehead Play, something that happened when he was a rookie in the heat of the 1908 NL pennant race (the "mistake" he committed was one that had typically been overlooked by umpires till Johnny Evers warned the umps that he would insist on compliance in the future). Although he was called "bonehead" in the press for the remainder of his MLB career, his teammates consistently described Merkle as one of the smartest players they knew, and the only player who Giants Manager John McGraw would consult on matters of strategy.
1899- Former Yankees P and AL Umpire George Pipgras (1923-1924,1927-1933) was born. (1899-1986) On January 3,1923, George Pipgras was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Harvey Hendrick to the Yankees for C Al DeVormer and cash. George went 93-64 in 247 games for the Yankees. He appeared in three World Series (1927-1928,1932) for the Yankees, posting a 3-0 record. On May 12,1933, George was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees for $100,000. He was a minor league umpire in the New York-Penn League in 1936-1937; George worked in the Eastern League in 1938. George Pipgras was then an AL umpire from 1939 to 1946. Afterwards he was a MLB scout and instructed umpires.
1903- In an unpopular trade in Boston, the Pilgrims send Long Tom Hughes to the Highlanders for lefty P Jesse Tannehill. Hughes, 20-7 winner for the ALeague champs, had jumped to the AL from the NL Chicago team in 1902. Hughes will come up short in the Bronx. He will be shipped to the Senators in July, while Jesse Tannehill will win 20 for the Pilgrims (aka the Red Sox).
1921- The Yankees GM Edward Barrow raided the Red Sox roster again, he comes away with Pitchers Bullet Joe Bush, Sad Sam Jones and Shortstop Everett Scott in exchange for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh (who goes on to Washington Senators), pitchers Jack Quinn, Rip Collins, and Bill Piercy, and $50,000. 1928- The Yankees released veteran reserve INF Mike Gazella (1923,1926-1928). Mike had appeared in 162 games for the Yankees, hitting .241. He appeared in 1 game of the 1926 World Series with no hits.
1940- Former Yankees P Thad Tillotson (1967-1968) was born. (1940-2012) Thad Tillotson was signed by the Dodgers in 1960. Thad never appeared with the Dodgers at the MLB level. He went 4-9 with 4.56 ERA in 50 games for the Yankees after being obtained from the Dodgers for veteran MLB INF Richard “Ducky” Schofield on September 10,1966. He spent 1967 and part of 1968 AL seasons with the Yankees. He was also with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League) from 1968 to 1970, posting a winning record each season with the team. In 1971, he pitched for Nankai in Japan. Thad passed away on May 16, 2012.
1946- With the trade for veteran C Al Lopez, the Indians send young C Sherm Lollar and 2B Ray Mack to the Yankees for minor league pitchers Gene Bearden, Al Gettel, and OF Hal Peck. Peck never played for the Yankees, after they acquired him in June. Sherman Lollar will play just 33 games in 2-seasons with Yankees having catchers Yogi Berra and Ralph Houk ahead of him. Meanwhile 2B Ray Mack is swapped after appearing in 1 game during the 1947 AL season. Gene Bearden, as a rookie knuckle-ball pitcher in 1948, will win 20 games and the lead the AL in ERA. It will be his best season as a MLB pitcher.
1949- Former Yankees OF/DH Oscar Gamble (1976,1979-1984) was born. On November 22,1975, Oscar Gamble was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for veteran starter Pat Dobson. Oscar hit will hit only .232 in 1976. On April 5,1977, Oscar was traded by the Yankees along with minor league hurlers Bob Polinsky, La Marr Hoyt, and $200,000 to the White Sox for INF Bucky Dent. On August 1,1979, Oscar was traded by the Rangers along with players to be named later and Amos Lewis (minors) to the Yankees for players to be named later and MLB OF Mickey Rivers. The Rangers would send P Ray Fontenot and P Gene Nelson on October 8, 1979 to the Yankees to complete the trade. The Yankees will send minor league pitchers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch, and Mark Softy on October 8,1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Oscar would hit well for the Yankees, until injuries finally slowed him down. In 7 seasons with the Yankees, Oscar Gamble appeared in 540 games for the Yankees with 87 HRs, 276 RBI’s with a .259 BA. In 2 World Series with the Yankees, Oscar would hit .285. He will finish his MLB career with the White Sox in 1985.
1966- The Yankees acquired veteran shortstop Richard Howser from the Indians for minor leaguer P Gil Downs and cash. Howser was at the end of his fine MLB career because of back problems. Later he would become the Yankees 3B MLB Coach after retiring as an active player in 1968. He would later manage the Yankees in 1980 and then the Kansas City Royals before dying of cancer in 1985.
1966- Former Yankees reserve INF Edward “Doc” Stephen Farrell (1932-1933) passed away. (1901-1966) Doc Farrell started his MLB career with the Giants in 1925. He would be a part of the Giants infield until he was traded along with Kent Greenfield and Hugh McQuillan to the Braves for Larry Benton, Zack Taylor and Herb Thomas on June 12, 1927. In "Doc’s MLB career it would be this split season in 1927 that he would have his best year at the bat, hitting a combined .316 for the Giants and the Braves. Farrell would be in the NL through 1930, along with his earlier stints with the Giants and the Braves. He would be with both the Cardinals and the Cubs in 1930. "Doc" would spend 1931 with the Los Angeles Angels (Pacific Coast League) where he had by far his best season anywhere as he appeared in 185 games; he had 727 at-bats and hitting for a .327 BA with 11 HRs. Then Doc Farrell played for the Yankees in 1932 and 1933, where he was used at a reserve infielder, appearing in only 70 games, hitting just .231. In 1934, Doc Farrell was with the Yankees AA club, the Newark Bears (International League), hitting .233 in 88 games. In 1935, he hit at a .405 clip in 17 games for the Bears, this ended his 3 season minor league career with a .301 hitting average. On December 19, 1934. "Doc" was sent by the Yankees to the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) to complete an earlier deal made on November 21, 1934. The Yankees sent players to be named later and cash to San Francisco Seals for OF Joe DiMaggio. "Doc" refused to report to his new team in 1935. He instead hooked up with the 1935 Red Sox, he appeared in only 4 games. He apparently went into the dental profession. This ended Doc Farrell’s entire professional baseball career. He finished his 9 MLB season playing career with a .260 BA in 591 games. Farrell has the distinction of being the only player in MLB history to play for the Yankees and Giants, Boston Braves and the Red Sox.
1973- In siding with the Oakland, AL President Joe Cronin rules that the Yankees cannot sign the former A's Manager Richard Williams. The Yankees had announced a deal with the former A’s skipper 2 days earlier, he was replacing former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, who had resigned as Yankees manager at the end of the 1973 AL season. The Yankees will end up signing former MLB manager Bill Vidron as their manager for the 1974 AL season. Bill had originally signed with the Yankees, but he was traded away in 1954 to the Cardinals in the Enos Slaughter trade. He was a NL All Star CF for the Cardinals and the Pirates during his MLB playing career. Ralph Houk will sign with the Tigers as their manager for the 1974 AL season.
1974- The Yankees released veteran All Star starter Sam Mc Dowell. After being purchased from the Giants in 1973, Sam went 6-10 in 34 games for the Yankees. Sam was still battling drinking problems that eventually ended his MLB career. He would retire from MLB in 1975, after finishing out his pitching career with the Pirates, going 2-1 in 14 games. He originally came up to the majors with the Indians.
1986- The Yankees released veteran MLB hurler Bob Shirley. The team will resign him in January of 1987. Bob will post a 14-20 record in 165 games with 5 saves as a Yankee.
1988- The Yankees signed MLB free agent veteran C Jamie Quirk. He will appear in only 13 games, hitting only .083 before being released by the Yankees.
1989- The Yankees signed MLB free agent veteran C Rick Cerone. He will appear in 49 games as reserve catcher, hitting .302.
1993-The Yankees signed MLB free agent OF/DH Luis Polonia (1989-1990,1994-1995,2000). Luis Polonia would be a reserve OF and occasional DH for the Yankees during his 3 tours with the team. He will appear in 276 games with 6 HRs, 88 RBI’s with a .296 BA.
1996- The Yankees granted MLB free agency to the following players: Pitchers Billy Brewer, Scott Kamieniecki and reserve INF Luis Sojo.
2002- The Japan's most heralded player, 28-year-old OF slugger Hideki Matsui (.334, 50 HRs, 107 RBIs), reaches a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on a $21 million, 3-year contract. "Godzilla" the 3-time MVP of Japan's Central League, had rejected the Yomiuri Giant's $33 million, 4-year offer opting to play for the Yankees. He will play for the Yankees 2003-2009. Matsui appeared in 916 games, hitting 140 HR’s and 597 RBI’s with a Yankee career BA of .290. In 2003-2004, he was named to the AL All Star team. In 2005, he hit .305 for the Yankees. He was named the 2009 MLB World series MVP for hitting .615 (8 for 13) with 3 HRs and 8 RBI’s against the Phillies. Overall in 2 World Series, Matsui finished with a .389 BA, with 4 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. In 6 ALDS, he hit .261 with 3 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. In 3 ALCS, Matsui hit .333 (10 for 81) with 2 HR’s and 17 RBI’s. After the 2009 World Series, Matsui left the Yankees to sign a MLB free agent contract of 6.5 million dollars with the Angels.
2003- The Yankees signed MLB free agent reserve INF Homer Bush. He will appear in 4 games with no hits for the 2004 Yankees, unable to make a comeback from his various leg and hip injuries. Homer had been with the Yankees, he was traded to the Blue Jays in the 1999 Roger Clements-David Wells trade.
2004- The Yankees signed MLB free agent starter Carl Pavano to a 4-year contract. Carl Pavano posted a 9-8 record in 26 games during his injury riddled 4-season stay with the Yankees (2005-2008).
2004- The Yankees signed MLB free agent veteran INF Tony Womack. Tony will hit only .249 in 108 games for the 2005 Yankees. On December 8, 2005, Tony was traded by the Yankees along with cash to the Reds for 2 minor league players Benjamin Himes and Kevin Howard.
2007- Former Yankees P Tommy Byrne (1943,1946-1951,1954-1957) passed away. (1919-2007) Before the 1940 AL season, the Yankees signed Tommy Byrne as an MLB amateur free agent. Tommy went 73-50 in 249 games in 10 seasons with the Yankees. He won 15 games each during the 1949 and 1950 AL seasons. Tom was named to the 1950 AL All Star team. On June 15,1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with $25,000 to the St. Louis Browns for veteran P Stubby Overmire. Tommy was re-obtained by the Yankees in September of 1954 from Seattle Rainers (Pacific Coast League). In 1955, he won the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award by going 16-5 for the Yankees. He would pitch 2 more seasons for the team, before retiring in 1957. He would become the Mayor and Owner of the Wake Forrest, NC Country Club.
1927- The Yankees signed veteran MLB starter Stan “The Silent Pole” Coveleski after his release by the Senators. Stan will go 5-1 in 12 games for the 1928 Yankees. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1969. He finished his MLB career with a 215-142 pitching record. 1934- The Yankees sell veteran reserve OF Sammy Byrd to the Reds. Sammy was known as ” Babe Ruth’s legs” as a late inning defensive replacement for the Yankees slugger. He played in 565 games for the Yankees, hitting .281 with 27 HRs and 155 RBI’s.
1947- Former Yankees OF Elliot Maddox (1974-1976) was born. On March 23,1974, Elliot Maddox was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers. Elliot played well for the Yankees in OF, replacing Bobby Mercer as the Yankees CF during the 1974 AL season with Mercer moving to RF. He hit .303 and .307 for the Yankees in 1974-1975 AL seasons. During the 1975 AL season, he injured his leg on the outfield turf at Shea Stadium. With the arrival of Billy Martin as Yankees manager in 1975, Elliot's days as a Yankees player were numbered. On January 20,1977, he was traded by the Yankees along with reserve OF Rick Bladt to the Orioles for veteran golden glove OF Paul Blair.
1948- Former Yankees DH/OF Dave Kingman (1977) was born. Dave Kingman appeared in 8 games during September of 1997 for the Yankees hitting .250 before leaving the team for MLB free agency, signing with the Cubs. He had been purchased for cash from the Angels on September 15, 1977.
1972- Former Yankees reliever La Troy Hawkins (2008) was born. The Yankees signed reliever La Troy Hawkins as a MLB free agent. He went 1-1 in 11 games before being sent on July 30, 2008 by the Yankees along with cash to the Astros for minor league player Matthew Cusick.
1973- AL President Joe Cronin rules that former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk is free from all contractual obligations with the Yankees. Houk had resigned from his Manager’s job with the Yankees at the end of the 1973 AL season. He is free to sign with any MLB team. Houk left the Yankees because of Owner George Steinbrenner. A longtime Yankees organization man as a Player, MLB Coach, then Manager and GM, Ralph Houk didn’t trust the inexperience owner. He will sign with the Tigers for the 1974 AL season.
1977- Former Yankees reserve INF D'Angelo Jimenez (1999) was born. The Yankees signed D’Angelo Jimenez, as an MLB amateur free agent in 1994. He was in their organization from 1995 through part of 2001. He was with Columbus (AAA) in parts of 5 seasons, blossoming in 1999 when he posted hitting stats of .327, a highly touted prospect often mentioned in the same breath with then up-and-coming INF Alfonso Soriano. Jimenez was brought up for a cup of coffee in 1999 for the Yankees; he hit .400 in 7 games. Then a serious car crash almost curtailed his baseball career and his life that winter. He survived the auto accident with a broken neck, spending all of 2000 and into 2001 recovering from his injuries. As questions abounded if he would ever return to form, the Yankees, in urgent need of relief pitching, traded him to the Padres for veteran MLB reliever Jay Witasick on June 23, 2001. Also he has played for the White Sox, Reds and the Nationals. Recently he had been playing in the Twins organization at the AAA level.
1977- Former Yankees P Buddy Carlyle (2011) was born. On December 23, 2003, Buddy Carlyle was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Buddy spent the 2004 baseball season with the Columbus Clippers (International League). On October 15, 2004, the Yankees granted Buddy free agency. On December 2, 2010, Buddy was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He posted a 0-1 record in 8 games for the 2011 Yankees.
1980- Former Yankees P Royce Ring (2010) was born. On January 5, 2010, Royce Ring signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Royce appeared in 5 games with the 2010 Yankees with no record. On November 5, 2010, the Yankees granted Royce MLB free agency.
1987- In several MLB roster moves, the Yankees released veteran players OF/1B/DH Mike Easler and OF/DH/1B Ron Kittle. Also they signed veteran starter Tommy John as a MLB free agent.
1995- After considering an attractive offer from the AL East rivals, the Orioles, free agent starter David Cone re-signs with the Yankees for a 3-year deal worth $18 million.
1995- The Yankees sold veteran MLB hurler Rick Honeycutt to the Cardinals. Rick went 0-0 in 3 games with the Yankees after being purchased from the A’s on September 25, 1995.
1997- The Yankees signed MLB free agent P Darren Holmes, who would post a 0-3 record in 34 games with 2 saves for the 1998 Yankees. On March 30,1999, he was traded by the Yankees with cash to the Diamondbacks for P Ben Ford and Izzy Molina.
1998- The Yankees grant OF/DH Daryl Strawberry MLB free agency. Daryl had hit .247 with 24 HRs with 57 RBIs for the 1998 Yankees. He will re-sign with the Yankees in April of 1999.
2002- The Yankees grant OF Spence Spencer and P Christian Parker MLB free agency. Christian Parker will resign with the team on December 30th.
2003- The Yankees grant players: OF/DH Karim Garcia and OF/DH Dave Dellucci, MLB free agency. Dave Dellucci leaves the Yankees looking for more playing time.
2005- Former Yankees reserve C (1976-1977) and long time Orioles MLB Coach and C Elrod Hendricks passes away. (1940-2005)
.On June 15, 1976, Elrod Hendricks was traded by the Orioles along with P Doyle Alexander, OF Jimmy Freeman, P Ken Holtzman and P Grant Jackson to the Yankees for C Rick Dempsey, Pitchers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan. Elrod appeared in 34 games with the Yankees as a reserve catcher, hitting just .234. On October 20,1977, Elrod was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees, he signed with the Orioles. After retiring as an active player, he became an Orioles MLB Coach.
2005- The Yankees grant reliever Wayne Franklin MLB free agency. On April 4, 2005, Wayne Franklin was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He posted a 0-1 record in 13 games for the 2005 Yankees. He spent most the 2005 season with Columbus (AAA).
1938- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Matty Alou (1973) was born. (1938-2011) On November 24,1972, Matty Alou was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for a player to be named later and P Rob Gardner. He joined his older brother Felipe Alou on the team. The Yankees would send INF Rich McKinney on December 1,1972 to the A’s to complete the trade. Matty was a major disappointment for the Yankees, hitting .296, but with only 2 HRs and 28 RBIs in 123 games. On September 6,1973, Matty was purchased by the Cardinals from the Yankees. His older brother Felipe was sold to the Expos.
1953- Former Yankees P Tommy Underwood (1980-1981) was born. (1953-2010) On November 1,1979, Tom Underwood was traded by the Blue Jays along with C Rick Cerone and OF Ted Wilborn to the Yankees for 1B Chris Chambliss, INF Damaso Garcia and P Paul Mirabella. Tom would go 13-9 in 1980 for the Yankees, before slipping to a 1-4 record in 1981, being traded on May 20,1981 by the Yankees along with veteran 1B/DH Jim Spencer to the A’s for 1B Dave Revering, Mike Patterson, and Chuck Dougherty (minors). His brother Pat also played in MLB with the Tigers (1979-1983). Tom Underwood passed away on November 22, 2010.
1955- Former Yankees OF/INF James “Queenie” O’Rourke (1908) passed away. (1883-1955) James “Queenie” O’Rourke was son of Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke. He attended Yale University in 1901, then the College of the Holy Cross in 1904-1905. He came to the majors in 1908, after his father had retired from MLB. He got 108 at-bats with the 1908 Yankees towards the end of the 1908 AL season, playing mostly outfield and shortstop.
1968- Former Yankees reserve C Benny Bengough (1923-1930) passed away. (1898-1968) Benny Bengough hit .253 in 317 games for the Yankees as a reserve catcher. He finished up his MLB career with the St. Louis Browns in 1931-1932. After his playing days in the majors were over, Benny Bengough played in the minors and also managed in the Yankees farm system. He managed the Washington Generals in 1934-1935. Then he moved up to the Joplin Miners in 1936-1937. He was a coach for the Newark Bears (International League) in 1938-1939. Bengough was a MLB coach for the Senators from 1940-1943, then the Boston Braves in 1944-1945 and for the Phillies from 1946-1958.
1982- Versatile OF/DH/1B Lee Mazzilli is traded for the 3rd time this year. The Yankees send him to the Pirates for P Tim Burke and 3 minor league players: Don Aubin, John Holland and Jose Rivera.
1976- Former Yankee minor league OF Jason Lane was born. On January 15, 2008, OF Jason Lane was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He spent most of the 2008 baseball season with the Scranton AAA team until his release by the Yankees on August 18, 2008.
1986- The Yankees released veteran MLB reliever Mike Armstrong. He will resign with team in January of 1987.
1987- The Yankees send troubled MLB starter Steve Trout and reserve OF Henry Cotto to the Mariners for pitchers Lee Guetterman, Clay Parker and minor leaguer P Wade Taylor.
1988- The Yankees signed veteran MLB P Richard Noles as an MLB free agent. During the 1989 season, Noles will not pitch for the 1988 Yankees at the MLB level, instead spending the 1989 baseball season with the Columbus Clippers (AAA) of the International League.
1989- The Yankees signed veteran MLB INF Damaso Garcia as a MLB free agent. He will spend the 1990 season with the Columbus Clippers (AAA). On March 10,1975, he was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in 29 games with the 1978-1978 Yankees as a reserve infielder, hitting just .228. On November 1,1979, Damaso Garcia was traded by the Yankees along with 1B Chris Chambliss and P Paul Mirabella to the Blue Jays for C Rick Cerone, P Tommy Underwood and OF Ted Wilborn.
1993- The Yankees signed DH/1B Sam Horn as a MLB free agent. He will spend most of his time playing with the Columbus Clippers (AAA) in 1994. He was a former Red Sox prospect.
1999- The Expos obtained P Hideki Irabu from the Yankees in exchange for P Jake Westbrook and 2 players to be named. Pitcher Christian Parker will be one of those players named. The Expos will later send P Ted Lilly to the Yankees on March 17, 2000 to complete the trade. Irabu will be a complete bust for the Expos, winning only 2 games in 2 seasons, before being released by the team.
2005- The Yankees agreed to terms with veteran AL All Star CF Bernie Williams on a 1-year contract.
2006- The Yankees signed former Cuban national team baseball player 1B Juan Miranda as an MLB amateur free agent. In 3 seasons with the Yankees, Juan appeared in 46 games hitting .253 with 4 HRs with 14 RBI’s. On November 18, 2010, Juan was traded by the Yankees to the Diamondbacks for minor league player Scott Allen.
2009- The Yankees acquired MLB starter Javier Vazquez from the Braves in a 5-player deal that sees MLB OF Melky Cabrera and 2 minor league players: Pitchers Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcainos head for Atlanta, while P Boone Logan joins Vazquez in the Bronx. Boone Logan will become a sucessful Yankees reliever. Javier will go 10-10 in 31 games as a starter with the 2010 Yankees with a 5.32 ERA. The team will grant him MLB free agency. He will finish MLB pitching career with the Florida Marlins in 2011. Vazquez had pitched for the Yankees in 2004, posting a 14-10 record with a 4.91 ERA in 32 games. The Montreal Expos had received 1B Nick Johnson, P Randy Chaoe and OF Juan Rivera for P Javier Vazquez in the winter of 2003.
1960 New York Yankees Post Season: The Yankees acquired Veteran Lefty Danny McDevitt from the Dodgers
December 16, 1960- The New York Yankees purchased veteran P Danny McDevitt from the Dodgers. He had originally signed with the Yankees in 1951, but the Yankees released Danny in the spring of 1952. The Dodgers signed him. In 1957, he pitched the last Dodger shutout victory at Ebbets Field. In 1959, Danny went 10-8 in 39 games with 4 saves for 1959 World Champion Dodgers. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series against the Chicago White Sox. Danny will replace veteran Bobby Shantz (1957-1960), who was drafted in 1960 American League expansion player draft by the "new" Washington Senators. On June 14, 1961, Danny was traded by the Yankees to the Twins for veteran reserve INF Billy Gardner.
1924 New York Yankees Post season: The Yankees reacquired Veteran Starter Urban Shocker from the St. Louis Browns
December 17, 1924- The New York Yankees get four-time 20-game winner Urban Shocker back from the St. Louis Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston, Joe Giard, and Joe Bush. Urban Shocker led the Browns in wins in each of the past 5 seasons. He will be a mainstay on 2 pennant-winning staffs for the Yankees. Joe Bush had beaten the Browns 17 straight times after losing to them on June 12, 1922. Urban Shocker will go 46-24 in 3 seasons for the Yankees during his 2nd time with the team. Urban had pitched for the Yankees in 1916-1917. In September of 1928, Urban Shocker will die from heart problems. His trade in 1918 to the St. Louis Browns was considered to be one of the worst trades in the Yankee’s club history. The Yankees starting pitching staff had to be rebuilt during his absence.
Remembering Former Yankees All Star 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron
December 18, 1930- Former Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (1954-1962) was born. (1930-2012) Bill Skowron hit .296 in 12 seasons with the New York Yankees with 156 HRs and 672 RBI's. He was named to the AL All Star team 1957-1961. In 1958, he led the AL 1st baseman in fielding. He appeared in 7 World Series with the Yankees and 1 with the Dodgers (1963), hitting .292 with 8 HRs and 29 RBI's. Bill was traded to the Dodgers for starter Stan Williams during the winter of 1962. Also he played for the Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, and the California Angels before retiring from the MLB in 1967. Before his death in 2012, Bill had worked with the Chicago White Sox community relations department. He was a popular figure at the Yankees Old Timer's Day Games.
1974 New York Yankees Post Season: The Race to sign MLB free agent Catfish Hunter is on.
December 19, 1974- The race to sign MLB free agent AL All Star hurler Catfish Hunter begins in the law offices of Cherry, Cherry & Flythe in Ahoskie, North Carolina. New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox representatives are the first arrivals. On December 31,1974, Catfish Hunter will sign a MLB player contract with the Yankees for a estimated 3 million dollars.
1973 New York Yankees Post Season; Yankees lose new Manager Richard Williams on AL Ruling
December 20, 1973- In siding with the Oakland A's, American League President Joe Cronin rules that the New York Yankees cannot sign the former A's Manager Richard Williams. The Yankees had announced a deal with the former A’s skipper 2 days earlier, he was replacing former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, who had resigned as Yankees manager at the end of the 1973 AL season. The Yankees will end up signing former MLB Manager Bill Vidron as their manager for the 1974 AL season. Bill had originally signed with the Yankees, but he was traded away in 1954 to the Cardinals in the Enos Slaughter trade. He was a NL All Star CF for the Cardinals and the Pirates during his MLB playing career. Ralph Houk will sign with the Tigers as their manager for the 1974 AL season.
Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Reserve INF D'Angelo Jiminez
December 21, 1977- Former Yankees reserve INF D'Angelo Jimenez (1999) was born. The New York Yankees signed INF D’Angelo Jimenez, as an MLB amateur free agent in 1994. He was in their organization from 1995 through part of 2001. He was with Columbus Clippers (AAA) in parts of 5 seasons, blossoming in 1999 when he posted hitting stats of .327, a highly touted prospect often mentioned in the same breath with then up-and-coming INF Alfonso Soriano. Jimenez was brought up for a cup of coffee in 1999 for the Yankees; he hit .400 in 7 games. Then a serious car crash almost curtailed his baseball career and his life that winter. He survived the auto accident with a broken neck, spending all of 2000 and into 2001 recovering from his injuries. As questions abounded if he would ever return to form, the Yankees, in urgent need of relief pitching, traded him to the San Diego Padres for veteran MLB reliever Jay Witasick on June 23, 2001. Also he has played for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals. Recently he had been playing in the Minnesota Twins organization at Rochester (AAA). He is currently a MLB free agent.
Remembering Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Benny Bengough
December 22, 1968- Former Yankees reserve C Benny Bengough (1923-1930) passed away. (1898-1968) Benny Bengough hit .253 in 317 games for the New York Yankees as a reserve catcher. He finished up his MLB career with the St. Louis Browns in 1931-1932. After his playing days in the major leagues were over, Benny Bengough played in the minors and also he managed in the Yankees minor league system. He managed the Washington Generals in 1934-1935. Then he moved up to the Joplin Miners in 1936-1937. He was a coach for the Newark Bears, AA (International League) in 1938-1939. Bengough was a MLB coach for the Washington Senators from 1940-1943, then the Boston Braves in 1944-1945 and for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-1958.