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This Week in Yankees History January 6th-12th
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This Week in Yankees History January 6th- January 12th




January 6th

1915- Former Yankees P Tom Ferrick (1950-1951) was born. (1915-1996)
On June 15,1950, Tom Ferrick was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with P Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, P Don Johnson, P Duane Pillette, INF Snuffy Stirnweiss, and $50,000. In 1950, Tom posted an 8-4 record with 9 saves. In 1951, he went 1-1 in 9 games with 1 save before being traded on June 15,1951, along with hurlers Bob Porterfield and Fred Sanford to the Senators for veteran P Bob Kuzava. He would later become a MLB pitching coach with the Tigers.

1916- Former Yankees P King Cole (1914-1915) passed away. (1896-1916)
On September 15,1913, King Cole was drafted by the Yankees from Columbus (American Association) in the 1913 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He went 12-12 in 43 games for the Yankees. Sadly King Cole was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1915; he died early the next year at age 29. His real name was Leonard Leslie Cole.

1926- Future All-Star pitcher Ralph Branca (1954) is born in Mount Vernon, NY.  
Although Ralph Branca will win 21 games in 1947 for the Dodgers, he will become best known for giving up the Giants Bobby Thompson's pennant-winning HR in 1951 NL playoff-game. In July of 1954 the Yankees picked up Ralph Branca, he will appear in 5 games for the team, posting a 1-0 record. On October 19,1954, Ralph was released by the Yankees. He would return to the MLB in September of 1956 for 1 game with the Dodgers.

1931- The Yankees signed veteran INF Joe Sewell after his release by the Indians. He will be the Yankees regular 3B for the 1932-1933 AL seasons, before retiring from MLB. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

1936- Former Yankees INF Ruben Amaro Sr. (1966-1968) was born.
On November 29,1965, he was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for INF Phil Linz. The Yankees had high hopes for Ruben Amaro; a former NL Golden Glover (1964) to take over starting shortstop position after Tony Kubek was forced to retire from MLB with back injuries. He was a failure with the bat and getting Tom Tresh seriously hurt on routine fly ball play did not help out matters any. In 1968, he was sold to the Angels for cash.

1940- Former Yankees reserve OF Elvio Jimenez (1964) was born.
Elvio Jimenez played 1 game in October of 1964 for the Yankees, getting 6 at-bats with 2 hits. Elvio would later become a MLB scout for the Dodgers. His older brother OF Manny Jimenez played in the MLB with the Athletics, Pirates and Cubs (1962-1969).

1950- Former Yankees reserve INF Ray Staiger (1979) was born.
On December 9,1977, Roy Stagier was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for reserve INF Sergio Ferrer. Roy only appeared in 4 games with the Yankees in 1979, hitting .273.

1951- Former Yankees P Don Gullet (1977-1980) was born.
On November 18,1976, Don Gullet was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. The former Reds starter went 14-4 in 1977, then 4-2 in 1978 before arm injuries ended his MLB career in 1980.

1967- Former Yankees and MLB Manager Johnny Keane  (1965-1966) dies in Chicago from a heart attack at the age of 55. (1911-1967).
Johnny Keane never played in the MLB. He was a shortstop in the Cardinals' minor league system but he suffered a head injury after being hit by a pitch. He began his managing career in 1938 in the Cardinals' organization, working his way from Class D (then the lowest rung on the ladder) to Class AAA, where he spent a decade as manager of top Cardinals farm clubs. His career win-loss record as a manager in the minor leagues was 1,357-1,166 (.538) over 17 seasons.

Keane finally reached the MLB in 1959, when he was appointed to the Cardinals MLB coaching staff. He replaced Solly Hemus as manager on July 6, 1961. Johnny Keane had managed the Cardinals from 1961-1964, winning the 1964 NL pennant and 1964 World Series.  Johnny Keane guided the Cardinals to the 1964 World Series victory, but he left to become the manager of the Yankees, whom the Cardinals had beaten in the World Series, replacing the popular Yogi Berra. After an unsuccessful stint with the Yankees (81-101), Keane became a MLB scout with the Angels. In all fairness to Keane during the 1965 AL season, he was only able to field the Yankees regulars together for only for 20 games due to injuries.

Keane is described in Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" As being prone to panic as a manager and one who was "willing to sacrifice a season to win a game" by putting injured stars into the lineup before their injuries had fully healed. To describe this quality Bouton tells of a somewhat humorous anecdote of Keane pressuring Mickey Mantle to play on a bad leg. But in Keane's defense, Bouton also noted that General Manager Houk and the team unfairly used Keane as their excuse for the losing records in 1965 and 1966, which were the result of an aging team with a depleted farm system not because of Keane. In Bouton's book, "I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad," a collection of essays and stories about past MLB managers, he wrote that Keane seemed to be in awe of the Yankees, and that he underestimated the problems the team faced. Bouton felt that the immense pressure and stress of managing the Yankees through their inevitable collapse likely led to his death.

1970- Former Yankees P Dan Naulty (1999) was born.
On November 16,1998, Dan Naulty was traded by Twins to the Yankees for Allen Butler (minors). Dan went 1-0 in 33 games before being traded on December 14,1999 to the Dodgers for Nicholas Leach (minors).

1970- On January 6,1970, OF 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, minor league P Terry Bongiovanni and cash to the Yankees for veteran OF Jimmie Hall. Rich would appear in 75 games as a reserve OF for the 1975 Yankees, hitting just .222. On January 20,1977, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elliott Maddox to the Orioles for veteran AL Golden Glove winner OF Paul Blair.

1988- MLB free agent slugger Jack Clark signs with the Yankees. Jack Clark will hit .242 with 27 HRs, 93 RBIs in 1988, before being traded by the Yankees to the Padres on October 24,1988, along with P Pat Clements for Pitchers Lance McCullers, Jimmy Jones, and OF Stanley Jefferson.

1992- The Yankees signed MLB free agent OF/DH Danny Tartabull to a 5-year contract after losing the chase to sign MLB free agent OF Barry Bonds to the Giants. He will hit .252 in 424 games for the Yankees with 81 HRs with 282 RBIs. On July 28,1995, he was traded by the Yankees to the A's for P Jason Beverlin and OF/DH Ruben Sierra. He was the son of former MLB OF Jose Tartabull and the brother of minor league outfielder Jose Tartabull Jr.

1997- Former Braves and Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, becoming the 227th member of the Hall. He receives 80.34% of the vote, as former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton falls 9 votes short of election. Niekro is only the 87th player to be elected by the BBWAA.

January 7th

1900- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher John “Nig” Grabowski (1927-1929) was born. (1900-1946)
On January 13,1927, Catcher John Grabowski was traded by the White Sox along with INF Ray Morehart to the Yankees for veteran MLB shortstop Aaron Ward. John hit .272 in 167 games for the Yankees. In 1946, John died from injuries in a fire at his house in Albany, NY.

1913- Future HOF Yankees 1B/PH Johnny Mize (1949-1953) is born in Demorest, GA. Known as "The Big Cat." (1913-1993)
Johnny Mize will hit 359 MLB career HRs for the Cardinals, Giants and Yankees. He will gain election to the Hall Of Fame in 1981. On August 22,1949, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants for $40,000. With the Yankees, Johnny would be PH and reserve 1B, leading the AL in Pinch Hitting for 3 seasons, finishing with a lifetime PH BA of .283. As a Yankee, Johnny will hit 44 HRs with 179 RBIs. John appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees hitting .286 with 3 HRs, 18 RBIs in 18 games. His Yankees Manager Casey Stengel called Mize “the greatest pinch hitter I've ever seen, and I've been around long enough to have seen everything and some things which was never seen.”
 
1915- The Tigers waived rookie 1B Wally Pipp to the Yankees. He was beaten out for the Tigers 1B job by teammate George “Tioga” Burns. Pipp had only hit .161 in 12 games for the 1914 Tigers, but he'll anchor 1st base for the Yankees for a decade until Lou Gehrig's appearance, because of Pipp headache during the 1925 AL season.  He will finish his Yankees career with a .282 BA in 1,488 games, while hitting 80 HRs with 827 RBIs. On January 15,1926, Wally was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees for $7,500.

1920- Newly acquired Yankees OF/P Babe Ruth reacts to the trade in the Boston Evening Standard saying, "Frazee is not good enough to own any ball club, especially one in Boston."

1924- The Yankees buy the minor league player contract of Louisville Colonels star OF Earle Combs, who hit .380 in 1923. The Colonels Owner Bill Kneblekamp gets $50,000 in cash, OF Elmer Smith and another player, and he demands that the Yankees play an exhibition game in Louisville with a guarantee that Babe Ruth is in the starting lineup. This reportedly nets Kneblekamp an additional $5,000. Earle Combs will become the 1st of the great Yankee Center Fielders to play for the team.

1935- Former Yankees reserve INF  Richard ”Ducky” Schofield Sr. (1966) was born.
Richard Schofield is the Father of former MBL player Richard Schofield Jr. and the Grandfather of Jayson Werth of the Nationals.  On May 11,1966, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants to fill in for injured shortstop Ruben Amaro. He hit .155 in 25 games before being traded to the Dodgers on September 10,1966 for P Thad Tillotson and cash. He was originally with the Cardinals, then he played for the Pirates, as a reserve infielder, filling in for Bucs shortstop Richard Groat.

1976- Former All Star 2B Yankees Alfonso Soriano (1999-2003) was born.
On September 29,1998, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central League). He was the AL All Star 2B in 2002-2003. His best Yankees season was in 2002, hitting .300 with 39 HRs and 102 RBIs. On February 16,2004, he was traded by the Yankees along with a minor league player to be named later to the Rangers for All Star INF Alex Rodriguez and cash. Also Alfonso has played for the Nationals and Cubs.

1978- Former Yankees 1B George “Tioga” Burns (1928-1929) passed away. (1914-1978)
George Burns played in 13 games for the Yankees in 1928-1929 before being sent to the A's. With the Yankees, George path was blocked at 1st base with the Yankees by regular Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig. George had beaten out Wally Pipp for the 1B job with the Tigers in 1914, leading to his trade to the Yankees in 1915. In 1926, while playing for the Indians, George hit .358. He was named the 1926 AL MVP  Award winner. Also Burns had played for the Red Sox.

1980- Former Yankees minor league OF Jackson Melian was born.
Jackson Melián was signed as a free agent on July 3,1996 at the age of 16 by the Yankees. He received a $1.6 million signing bonus, which was a record at the time for an international free agent. He was named the Yankees #3 prospect by tools-focused Baseball America before he even played a professional baseball game. Jackson was named after Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, as his father Vincent was a longtime Yankee fan. He was compared to Ruben Rivera, and then considered the top prospect in the Yankee system by Baseball America. Jackson never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to the Reds in the Danny Neagle trade. He was traded several times to the Cubs, he returned to the Yankees organization, and then he was traded to the Braves. He has yet to play at the MLB level.

2006- The final 2005 MLB teams payrolls are released, the Yankees finished last year with a record $207.2 million payroll, more than $90 million ahead of any other MLB team, according to final figures compiled by the MLB Commissioner's office.

2011- Former Yankees Closer Ryne Duren (1957-1961) passed away at age 81. (1929-2011)
Before the start of the MLB 1949 Season, Ryne Duren was signed by the St. Louis Browns, as an MLB amateur free agent.  On September 21,1956, Ryne was sent by the Orioles to the A's to complete an earlier deal made on September 17,1956. The Orioles sent a player to be named later and OF Jim Pisoni to the A's for players to be named later. Ryne Duren was frightening to bat against because he only intermittently had control of his prodigious fastball. Thick "Coke bottle" glasses, a reputation for heavy drinking, and he had a tendency to throw warm-up pitches against the backstop only heightened batters' unease. Yankees veteran OF Hank Bauer told the Yankees front office management to “trade for him or ban him from the AL.” On June 15,1957, Ryne Duren was traded by the A's along with OF Jim Pisoni and 1B/OF Harry  "Suitcase" Simpson to the Yankees for OF/INF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin, OF Bob Martyn and P Ralph Terry. He finished the 1957 season with the Yankees AAA team the Denver Bears (American Assoication).

 In 1958, he led the AL in saves with 20, while posting a 6-4 record for the Yankees. Ryne appeared in 2 games in the 1958 World Series against the Braves, going 1-1 with 1 save with 14 Ks, while posting a 1.93 ERA. Ryne Duren was wild and fast, also he was an alcoholic. He made the AL All Star teams in 1958-1959. In 1959, despite having a losing record of 3-6 with 14 saves, Ryne had an ERA of 1.88.

Ryne Duren was a showman in those days the Yankees bullpen was a part of the short-porch RF and only a low chain link fence served as the boundary. When called upon by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel to relieve, he wouldn’t use the gate, but would rather hop that fence with one hand and begin a slow walk to the mound with his blue Yankees warm-up jacket covering his pitching arm; even in the hottest days. When he finally took the ball from Yankees Manager Casey Stengel and began his warm-ups, the 1st pitch was always a blazing fastball 20 feet over the catcher’s head. The 2nd warm-up pitch was a bit lower (but not slower) until on his 5th warm-up Ryne would finally find the plate.

 By the start of the 1961 AL season, his best days as a Yankees closer were over. Veteran MLB reliever Luis Arroyo had replaced him in the bullpen as the team's closer. New Yankees Manager Ralph Houk did not like Ryne Duren from his previous drinking incidents in the late 1950s, when Houk was Yankees MLB Coach. On May 8,1961, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Johnny James and rookie OF Lee Thomas to the expansion Angels for 2 veterans: reliever Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv. The Angels would use him as a starter. He would make the 1961 AL All Star team for the Angels. Ryne would play for the Angels, Phillies, Reds and the Senators before retiring from MLB.

Following his MLB playing career, Ryne Duren spent many years involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and the recovery movement. He would later write a book on his fight with alcoholism during his 10 year MLB career, titled “The Comeback.” This was one of the reasons that Ryne Duren had stayed away from Yankees Old Timers Day events until the 1970-1980s. In 1983, Ryne Duren was presented with the Yankees Family Award for his conquering alcoholism, and for his service as an alcohol abuse educator. In 2003, Ryne Duren and author Tom Sabellico wrote the book, "I Can See Clearly Now". Ryne Duren talks from the heart about life, baseball and alcohol. The foreword was written by former MLB pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant

2011- Former Yankees minor league OF Jose Vidal passed away. (1940-2011)
On May 19,1969, Jose Vidal was traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Yankees for OF Richard Simpson. Jose did not play with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League). Jose played for the Chiefs in 1969-1970. He left the Yankees organization signing with the Tigers organization, playing the 1971-1972 seasons with them at AAA Toledo Mud Hens. Jose finished pro ball career playing in the Mexican Baseball leagues.

2012- The news media in New York City report that C Jorge Posada is about to announce his retirement after a brilliant 17-season career during which he caught over 1,500 games and won 4 World Series titles. His final season was difficult, however, as he lost the starting catching job to Russell Martin. Posada hit only .235 as the team's designated hitter. His retirement will become official on January 24th, when he calls a press conference at New Yankee Stadium.

January 8th

1913- The Yankees signed former Cubs Manager Frank Chance to be their next manager. Chance previously won 2 World Series and 4 NL pennants as the Manager of the Cubs. He told the Yankees front office that he felt that Yankees 1B Hal Chase was suspected of cheating which led to his trade to the White Sox. His Yankees managing record would be a 118-170 record (1913-1914). His 1913 team finished in 7th in AL with a 59-74 record. He improved the Yankees in 1914, to a 70-84 record with a 6th place finish in the AL. He would be replaced by former Tigers P “Wild Bill”Donovan. As a MLB player, Frank Chance was a 1B, who had a lifetime MLB .297 BA for the Cubs (1905-1912). He was part of the famous DP combo of “Evers-Tinker to Chance.” Frank Chance played for the Yankees in 12 games, hitting just .208, these 12 games cost him a lifetime MLB .300 BA mark.  He would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

1941- The BWAA in The Sporting News poll names the 1940 MLB All Star team: Hank Greenberg (LF), Yankees Joe DiMaggio (CF), Ted Williams (RF), Frank McCormick (1B), Yankees Joe Gordon (2B), Luke Appling (SS), Stan Hack (3B) and Harry Danning (C) are the position players, while Bob Feller, Bucky Walters, and Paul Derringer are named the pitchers.

1963- Former Yankees minor league OF Shane Turner was born.
The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1985 MLB amateur player draft drafted OF Shane Turner. He never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. On June 10,1987, Shane was traded by the Yankees along with reserve OF Keith Hughes to the Phillies for veteran MLB OF Mike Easler. Shane has work with the Giants organization since 1996 as a minor league roving batting coach and minor league manager.

1969- Former Yankees P Brian Boehringer (1995-1997) was born.
On December 14,2000, Brian Boehringer was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. He went 5-9 in 56 games before being traded on July 4, 2001 to the Giants for C Bobby Estalella and Joe Smith (minors).  The Yankees signed Brian as a MLB free agent in July of 2005, but he was released at the end of the month with no MLB appearances with the Yankees. He had been pitching the Yankees AAA team at Columbus.

1971- Former Yankees All Star DH/1B Jason Giambi  (2002-2008) was born.
Jason Giambi best Yankees season was in 2002, when he hit .314 with 34 HRs and 122 RBIs. Jason was named to the AL All Star team in 2002-2004. He appeared in 897 games for the Yankees, while hitting .260 with 209 HRs and 604 RBIs.

1976- Former Yankees P Carl Pavano (2005-2007) was born.
MLB free agent starter Carl Pavano was 9-8 in limited action (26 games) for the Yankees due to various injuries during his stay with the Yankees.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Kevin Whelan (2011) was born.
The Tigers originally signed Kevin Whelan in 2005. On November 10, 2006, Kevin was traded by the Tigers along with Pitchers Anthony Claggett and Humberto Sanchez to Yankees for veteran OF/DH Gary Sheffield. He appeared in 2 games with no record for the Yankees during the 2011 AL season. On November 3, 2012, Kevin was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1985- The Yankees reacquired reserve C Juan Espino from the Indians.

1987- Former Yankees P Frank “Dutch” Hiller (1946,1948-1949)) passed away. (1920-1987)

Before the start of the  1943 MLB season, 22-year old  Frank Hiller was signed as an MLB amateur free agent by the Yankees.  "Dutch" as he was sometimes called was out of Lafayette College in Pa, where he starred on the mound with a 22-2 record. Frank started out his career with his hometown Newark Bears (International League). He won 39 games for the Bears from 1943-1945. After a short trial with the 1946 Yankees, he went 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA. "Dutch" was a 15 game winner with the 1947 Kansas City Blues (American Association) before heading back to Yankee Stadium going 5-2 for the 1948 Yankees. He was back in the Bronx in 1949, going 0-2 in 4 appearances with a 5.87 ERA. He would finish out the 1949 season with the Blues finishing with an 11-8 record with a 5.79 ERA.

 

On February 10,1950, he was purchased by the Cubs from the Yankees. Frank would proceed to have his best MLB season going 12-5 for the Cubs in 1950, but he fell to 6-12 mark for the Cubs in 1951. Frank was traded to the Reds for P Willie Ramsdell on January 3,1952. Hiller would spend the 1952 NL season with the Reds posting a 5-8 record with a 4.63 ERA.  At the end of the 1952 NL season, the Reds would deal him to the Giants for OF Gail Henley.

Frank Hiller would pitch 19 innings for the 1953 Giants, posting a 2-1 record with a 6.15 ERA; this would be the end of his 7-season MLB career. He would finish out with a 30-32 record with a 4.42 ERA. "Dutch" at age 33 would give it one more chance with the San Francisco Seals (PCL) in 1954; he had an 11-8 record, but he had a 5.79 ERA. He decided it was time to seek other avenues. He finished out his 8 seasons in the minor leagues with an 82-54 record and a 3.18 ERA.


1988- Faced with a midnight deadline to re-sign with the Yankees, veteran MLB starter Bill Gullickson agrees to a 2-year contract with Yomiuri Giants instead. Clippers Note: The Yankees front office really dropped the ball on Bill Gullickson; the team should have resigned him.

2008- Former Yankees Closer Rich  “Goose“ Gossage is voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA on his 9th try. Gossage had a 126 ERA+; he was a 9-time All-Star while saving over 300 MLB games. He is the 5th reliever voted into the Hall, but the 3rd in the past 5 years. He joins Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Sutter as relief pitchers enshrined in Cooperstown. As a Yankees closer (1978-1983,1989) Rich Gossage went 42-28 in 319 games with 151 saves.

January 9th

1854- Former Yankees Co-Owner Bill Devery (1903-1914) was born. (1854-1919)
Frank Farrell and Bill Devery were the 1st owners of the New York Highlanders - later to become the Yankees. They purchased the Baltimore Orioles AL franchise on January 3rd, 1903 for $18,000. They were allowed to purchase the team and move it to New York because of their ties with the local politics. All previous attempts to move a team to Manhattan were blocked by the Giants Ownership and Manager John McGraw political connections in City Hall. Devery had been an openly corrupt New York City Police Chief. He had been forced out of the department shortly before purchasing the team. After the 1914 AL season the duo sold the team to Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Houston for $460,000.

1876- Former Yankees P Barney Wolfe (1903-1904) was born. (1876-1953)

Barney Wolfe appeared in 27 games for the Yankees, while posting a 6-12 record.  On July 20,1904, Barney Wolfe was traded by the Yankees  along with P Tom Hughes to the Senators for veteran starter Al Orth.

1903- The defunct Baltimore Orioles American League franchise is purchased by 2 New Yorkers: Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $18,000. The team is moved to Manhattan, where they will become the New York Highlanders, which marked the genesis of the Yankees. They will play their AL season games at Hilltop Park.

1919- Former Yankees Minor League C and MLB scout Ed Dunn was born. (1919-1990)

Ed Dunn was 7 for 31 as a catcher for the 1940 Amsterdam Rugmakers (CANAM League) in the Yankees minor league organization. Later he scouted for the Senators/Twins from 1959-1990, signing future MLB players Dave Boswell, Randy Bush, Lenny Webster, and Willie Banks among others.


1936- Former Yankees P Ralph Terry (1956-1957,1959-1964) was born.
 In 1953, the Yankees signed Ralph Terry as an MLB amateur free agent. He pitched in 10 games for the Yankees during the 1956-1957 AL seasons, going 2-3 before being traded on June 15,1957 to Kansas City in the Billy Martin trade. Ralph would return to the Yankees on May 26,1959, being traded by the A's along with INF/OF Hector Lopez for Pitchers Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant, and INF Jerry Lumpe. Ralph would become a Yankees starter in 1960, going 10-8 in 35 games. He gave up the 9th inning HR to Maz in 1960 World Series loss to the Pirates. In 1961, he went 16-3 in 31 games. The 1962 season was Ralph Terry best MLB season going 23-12 in 43 starts. He was named to the 1962 AL All Star team. He won the AL Babe Ruth Award and MLB World Series MVP award, going 2-1 in the 1962 World Series against the Giants. In 1963, he went 17-13 in 40 games with a 3.22 ERA. In 1964, he was slowed down by arm injuries slipping to a 7-11 mark, pulled out of the Yankees starting rotation and working out of the Yankees bullpen. Ralph appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees with a 2-4 mark, a 2.93 ERA with 31 Ks.

His Yankees pitching career record was 78-59 with .569 PCT with a 3.44 ERA in 210 games with 615 strikeouts, 56 complete games with 16 shutouts. After the 1964 World Series, he was sent along with P Bud Daley to complete the Pedro Ramos September 1964 trade with the Indians. After playing for the Tribe, Ralph was briefly with A's again before he would be finishing his MLB career with the 1966-1967 Mets. Ralph Terry finished his MLB pitching career with 107-99 record with a 3.62 ERA in 338 games. He had struck out 1,000 MLB batters. After MLB, Terry became a professional golfer. Based on his status as a PGA of America Sectional Champion, he qualified for and played in 4 PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he started playing on the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the 1989 Showdown Classic.

1953- Former Yankees reserve INF Ivan DeJesus (1986) was born.
On May 1,1986, veteran MLB Ivan DeJesus was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He only appeared in 7 games with the Yankees, before being released by the team on June 24, 1986.

1959- Former Yankees reserve OF Otis Nixon (1983) was born.
Outfielder Otis Nixon was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1979 MLB amateur player draft  (Secondary Phase). He appeared in only 13 games for the Yankees as a reserve outfielder, batting just .143 in 1983. On February 5,1984, Otis was traded by the Yankees with a player to be named later ( P Guy Elston) and MLB P George Frazier to the Indians for a player to be named later (Rick Browne) and MLB INF Toby Harrah.

1964- Former Yankees reserve OF Stan Javier (1984) was born.
After being obtained from the Cardinals along with INF Bobby Meacham, Stan hit .143 in 7 games in 1984, before being sent to A's in the Rickey Henderson trade. He was the son of former Cardinals INF Juan Javier, who starred playing 2nd base for the Cardinals in the 1960's.
 
1969- Former Yankees P Domingo Jean (1993) was born.
On January 10,1992, Domingo Jean was traded by the White Sox along with Pitchers Melido Perez and Bob Wickman to the Yankees for MLB INF Steve Sax. He would go 1-1 in 10 games for the Yankees before being traded on November 27,1993, along with reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz to the Astros for MLB reliever Xavier Hernandez.

1973- Former Yankees INF Lynn Lary (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1973)
Lynn Lary was purchased from Oakland Oaks (PCL) in 1928. He had 3 good seasons with the Yankees, before slipping in 1932. On May 15, 1934, he would be sent to the Red Sox for INF Fred Muller and $20,000. He later played for the Browns and Indians before retiring from MLB.

1990- Former Yankees AL MVP and All Star P  Spurgeon “Spud” Ferdinand Chandler (1937-1947) passed away. (1907-1990)
Spud Chandler pitched for the Yankees from 1937-1947, with a MLB pitching career record of 109-43 (.717). His best season was in 1943, when he went 20-1 (.833) with a 1.64 ERA. He was named to the 1943 AL All Star team. Spud was the winner of the 1943 AL MVP and MLB MVP awards. Chandler entered the U.S. Army in April 1944, despite having lost 3 toes on one foot. He was discharged from the Army in September of 1945. He appeared in the 1941-1943 and 1947 World Series with the Yankees going 2-2 with 1.62 ERA.  At the age of 38 in 1946, he went 20-8 for the Yankees. He retired as an MLB active player after the 1947 AL season. After his MLB playing career ended, Spud Chandler was a Kansas City A's MLB Pitching Coach in 1957 and 1958. He was also a longtime MLB scout for the Indians and  Twins organizations.

1997- Free agent veteran OF/DH/1B Mark Whiten was signed by the Yankees. Mark would hit .265, while appearing in 67 games as a reserve player for the 1997 Yankees.

2007- Former Yankees minor league P Ben Callahan passed away. (1957-2007)
The Yankees in the 31st round of the 1980 MLB amateur player draft drafted Ben Callahan. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 15,1983, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/DH Marshall Brant and cash to Oakland for MLB P Matt Keough.

January 10th



1888- Former Yankees INF Del Pratt (1918-1920) was born. (1888-1977)

On January 22, 1918, INF Del Pratt was obtained from the St. Louis Browns in the Urban Shocker trade. He was a 2nd baseman for the 1918-1920 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1920, when he hit .314. In December of 1920, Del Pratt would be traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox in the Waite Hoyt trade



1903- Despite attempts by Giants Owners John T. Brush and Andrew Freedman to use their political influence to prevent the American League from finding suitable grounds in New York City, American League Commissioner Ban Johnson, aided by baseball writer Joe Vila, finds backers for the team. Johnson also finds a ballpark site at 165th Street and Broadway. Frank Farrell and Bill Devery pay $18,000 for the Baltimore Orioles American League franchise. They will build a wooden grandstand ballpark seating 15,000 on the highest point of Manhattan. The team logically will be called the New York Highlanders. The new ballpark will be called Hill Top Park.


1924- The New York Yankees released future Hall Of Fame 3B Frank“Home Run”Baker. He had retired from MLB.
On February 15,1916, 3B Frank Baker was purchased by the Yankees from the A's for $37,500. He appeared in 676 games for the Yankees, hitting .288 with 48 HRs and 375 RBIs (1916-1922). Frank Baker will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

1959- Former Yankees P Richard Dotson (1988-1989) was born.

On November 12,1987, Richard Dotson was traded by the White Sox along with P Scott Nielsen to the Yankees for OF Dan Pasqua, C/DH/1B Mark Salas and P Steve Rosenberg. Rich would go 14-14 in 43 games before being released by the team in 1989.



1960- Former Yankees reserve OF Bob Brower (1989) was born.

On December 5,1988, OF Bob Brower was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for reserve INF Bobby Meacham. Bob would appear in 26 games for the 1989 Yankees, hitting .232.



1983-A preliminary injunction is issued by New York Supreme Court barring the Yankees from playing their opening games against the Tigers in Denver, Colorado. The Yankees sought to move games fearing the renovations to the Yankee Stadium would not be completed on time.



1992- The Yankees traded veteran MLB All Star 2B Steve Sax to the White Sox in exchange for 3 pitchers: Melido Perez, Domingo Jean and Bob Wickman.


2002- The Yankees signed MLB free agent starter David "Boomer" Wells to a 2-year, $7-million contract to re-join the team. After posting a 34-14 record including a perfect game from 1997-1998, David Wells was traded to the Blue Jays for starter Roger Clemens. With Toronto, Wells had his only 20-win season of his MLB career.



January 11th



1911- Former Yankees Minor league INF Roy Hughes was born. (1911-1995)

On June 13,1939, Roy Hughes was traded by the St. Louis Browns with cash to the Yankees for OF Joe Gallagher. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 13,1939, Roy was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for hurler Al Hollingsworth.



1915- Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston buy the New York Yankees from current team owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $460,000. Jacob Ruppert, who owns a local brewery, is thinking of renaming the team the Knickerbockers to promote his product, but he is dissuaded by local newspapermen,who cover the team.


1928- Former Yankees INF (1952-1953) and MLB Coach (1967) Loren “Bee Bee” Babe was born. (1928-1984)

In 1945, INF Babe Loren was signed by the Yankees; as an MLB amateur free agent.  Babe appeared in only 17 games for the Yankees in 1952-1953. He had been buried in the Yankees minor league system with so many talented infielders around. In the spring of 1953, he was sold to the A's.  Babe Loren was reacquired by the Yankees in the Vic Power trade in December of 1953. He remained in the minor leagues until 1958 retiring as an active player. From 1961-1966, he managed in the Yankees minor league system. He was a MLB coach for the Yankees in 1967. He later worked with the White Sox in the early 1980s, before his death from cancer in 1984.

1934- The Yankees released reserve INF Edward “Doc” Farrell (1932-1933).
Doc Farrell appeared in 70 games as a reserve infielder for the Yankees, hitting .231. Farrell had been part of the Joe DiMaggio trade with the San Francisco Seals (PCL), but he refused to go to the team, instead he will play for the Red Sox before leaving the MLB. Later He became a Dentist.



1962- Former Yankees reliever Don Pall (1994) was born.
 In January of 1994, the Yankees sign veteran MLB reliever Don Pall as a MLB free agent.  Reliever Don Pall went 1-2 in 26 games for the 1994 Yankees before being released by the team in July. He would finish the 1994 MLB season with the Cubs.

1965- Former Yankees 1B Wally Pipp (1915-1925), the predecessor of Lou Gehrig at 1st base for the New York Yankees, dies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was 71 years old. (1893-1965)


Rookie 1st baseman Wally Pip was acquired from the Tigers in 1915. He had been beaten out of the Tigers starting 1B job by Tigers teammate George Burns. Pipp, who in 1925, he had asked out of the Yankees starting lineup with a headache, he had been hit by a ball in the head the previous day. After giving way to Lou Gehrig, Pipp will never again played a game at 1st base for the Yankees. In January of 1926, Wally was sold to the Reds for $7,500. He would finish up his fine MLB career with the Reds (1926-1928). Wally had appeared in 3 World Series (1921-1923) with the Yankees, hitting .224 in 19 games. He hit over .300 in 3 seasons with the Yankees, with 1922 being his best Yankees season with a .329 mark. He appeared in 1,488 games for the Yankees, hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 826 RBIs.  In 1916 and 1917, Wally Pipp led the AL in HRs with 12 and 9. He led the AL in fielding for 1st basemen in 1915 and 1924.



1973- MLB owners approve one of the game's most controversial rules: the designated hitter. The owners decide to allow American League teams to implement the rule on an experimental 3-year basis, but the rule will become a permanent addition to the American League. The New York Yankees Ron Bloomberg will become the 1st DH in MLB History to appear in a game against the Red Sox in April of 1973.



1977- The Yankees drafted OF Willie McGee in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft (Secondary Phase). Willie McGee will never play for the Yankees at the MLB level. On October 21,1981, Willie was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for P Bob Sykes.


1980- The  Yankees drafted OF/1B Tom Dodd in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 1980 MLB amateur player draft  (Secondary Phase). Todd never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 5,1982, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with Jeff Reynolds (minors) and 1B/DH Dave Revering to the Blue Jays for veteran 1B/DH John Mayberry. On December 9,1982, Tom was traded by the Blue Jays along with reliever Dale Murray to the Yankees for 1B/OF Dave Collins, minor league 1B Fred McGriff, P Mike Morgan, and cash.


1983- The Yankees named Billy Martin their manager for the 3rd time in 8 years. Martin takes over for Clyde King, who is bumped upstairs to the Yankees front office. Billy Martin will lead the Yankees to a record of 91-71 in 1983 AL season.


1983- Ellis Burks is one of the few good players to be drafted and also signed in the January free agent draft. Burks is picked on the 1st round by the Red Sox as the Yankees picked and signed Ozzie Canseco, who was a pitcher with their 4th pick.



1999- Former Yankees minor league OF/INF Jim Dyck passed away. (1922-1999)

In 1941, the Yankees signed OF Jim Dyck as a MLB amateur free agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 5,1949, Jim was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees organization in the 1949 minor league player draft. From 1951-1956, he played in the MLB with Browns, Orioles, Indians and Reds hitting .246.


2000- Former Hall Of Fame MLB pitcher and Yankees Manager Bob Lemon died at the age of 79. (1922-2000)

Bob Lemon was a 7-time 20-game winner with the Indians. He was an outfielder, who was converted into a pitcher.  He teamed with Bob Feller, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia to form one of the game's greatest starting rotations. In 1954, Bob Lemon went 23-7, helping the Indians to an AL record 111-win season. After retiring in 1958, he worked for the Indians organization as a MLB scout and minor league manager. In 1970, Lemon became a MLB manager for the 1st time when he assumed leadership of the Kansas City Royals. Later he managed the White Sox before enjoying his greatest success with the Yankees. On July 25,1978, Bob Lemon replaced the fired Billy Martin and helped the Yankees orchestrate a miraculous 14 game comeback against the Red Sox. Under Bob Lemon's calming hand, the Yankees won their 2nd straight World Championship in 1978. He was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.



2001- Former Yankees starter David Cone agrees to a 1-year contract with the Red Sox. The former Cy Young Award winner could make between $4 million and $5 million with the Red Sox, compared to $500,000 guaranteed-offer made by the Yankees, if he makes the MLB 25 man roster and pitches regularly during the 2001 AL season. He will win just 9 games in 25 starts during the 2001 AL season.


2005- The Diamondbacks traded 5-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson to the Yankees in a 3-team deal that includes the Dodgers. Shawn Green, Javier Vazquez and Dioner Navarro also move in the transaction. Arizona receives P Javier Vazquez, C Dioner Navarro and P Brad Halsey from the Yankees, and later sends Navarro and 3 minor league prospects to Dodgers for OF Shawn Green.

2012- The Yankees sign OF Preston Mattingly, the son of franchise great Don Mattingly, to a minor league contract. Ironically, Preston was under employ of the Dodgers, the team his father is now managing.


January 12th



1950- The Yankees sell their longtime Newark Bears International League franchise to the Cubs, who will move the team to Springfield, Massachusetts. The once-proud Bears, owned by the Yankees since 1932, finished last in the International League in 1949. The Kansas City Blues (American Association) will become the Yankees top AAA team. The Springfield, MA team will be moved to Havana, Cuba in 1954, when the International League has 2 teams shift locations due to the arrival of the new Baltimore Orioles, formerly the St. Louis Browns to American League.  The former Springfield team will have a MLB working agreement with Reds, the team will be known as the "Sugar Kings.
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1951- Former Yankees reserve  OF Terry Whitfield (1974-1976) was born.
 Terry Whitfield was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1971 MLB amateur player draft. He hit .335 with 18 HRs for Kinston in 1973. Terry spent 1974-1976 seasons with AAA Syracuse Chiefs, hitting with moderate power. He was up in the MLB for a bit in each of 1974-1976 AL seasons, getting 81 at-bats with the Yankees in 1975. Terry will hit .276 in 31 games for the Yankees, before being traded on March 14,1977 to the Giants for veteran MLB INF Marty Perez. Terry got his chance to play more with the Giants, who made him the # 4 outfielder. In 1978-1980, he was the starting left fielder for the team. In all 4 of the NL seasons from 1977-1980, he hit around .290. In early March 1981, the Giants sold him to the Seibu Lions (Japan Pacific Coast League). He played 3 seasons in Japan, helping the team to a couple of championships. Then, saying he wanted to be closer to his family, he came back to the MLB as a Dodger in 1984. He was a reserve OF on the 1984-1986 Dodger teams, appearing in the 1985 NLCS. Released by the team in late May 1986, he played in 1987-1988 in the California League.

1954- The International League (AAA) makes 2 franchises shifts as the Baltimore Orioles team is transferred to Richmond, Virginia, becoming the Richmond Virginians. Baltimore is receiving the old AL St. Louis Browns franchise for the 1954 AL season. The new team will keep the long time minor league team name of the Orioles. The Richmond Virginians will become a Yankees AAA farm club. The Springfield, MA team, the former Newark Bears NJ team moves to Havana, Cuba, becoming the Havana Sugar Kings. They will have a player working agreement with the Cincinnati Reds. The team will move back to Jersey City, New Jersey to play at Roosevelt Stadium, when Cuba is unsettled with the arrival of Fidel Castro to power in 1960. Cuba will ban American professional baseball from the island, replacing them with their own Cuban Baseball leagues.



1971- Former Yankees reserve INF Andy Fox  (1996-1997) was born.

The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1989 MLB amateur player draft drafted INF Andy Fox. Andy hit .211 in 135 games before being traded on March 7,1998 to the Diamondbacks for hurlers Todd Erdos and Marty Janzen. Andy Fox is now a MLB coach.


1972- The Yankees drafted P Rick Anderson in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 1972 MLB amateur player draft (Secondary Phase). Also the Yankees drafted Larry Wolfe in the 4th round of the MLB amateur draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.


1978- Former Yankees P Luis Ayala (2011) was born.

On February 9, 2011, veteran reliever Luis Ayala was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 52 games for the Yankees, posting a 2-2 record with no saves. On October 30, 2011, Luis was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. The Orioles would sign him for the 2012 AL season.


1982- The Yankees drafted OF Oddibe McDowell in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1982 MLB amateur player draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.


1984- MLB Free agent Closer Goose Gossage leaves the Yankees. He signs with the San Diego Padres. The hard-throwing right-hander will save 25 games in 1984, he will help the Padres to their 1st appearance in the World Series. The Yankees will move starter Dave Righetti to the bullpen to become the Yankees new closer.



1987- Current Yankees P Ivan Nova (2010-2012) was born.

In 2004, the Yankees signed Ivan Nova. Nova made his pro baseball debut with the 2005 DSL Yankees 1, going 0-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, allowing 29 hits. With the 2006 GCL Yankees, the right-hander had a 3-0, 2.72 record for the GCL Yankees with 1 save; he fanned 36 batters, while walking only 7 in 43 innings. In 2007, he went 6-8 with a 4.98 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs, allowing a .306 average. That winter, he had 1 win in 1 2/3 shutout innings for the Leones del Escogido. Moving up to the 2008 Tampa Yankees, Nova had an 8-13 mark, 4.36 ERA with a .294 opponent average. He led the Florida State League in losses as well as losing more games than any other Yankees farmhand. That winter, the Padres chose Nova in the 2008 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but they returned him to the Yankees during the 2009 spring training camp, after allowing 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings. Nova split the 2009 season between AA Trenton Thunder (5-4, 2.36) and AAA Scranton (1-4, 5.10). He was sharp in the 2009 postseason for the Yankees with a 1-0 record, with a 1.93 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA winter league play for Escogido.


Nova began 2010 season with the Scranton going 2-0 with a 3.73 ERA. He was then called up to the majors to replace Romulo Sanchez in the Yankees bullpen. After 3 shutout innings in his 1st 2 games in the MLB, Nova was returned to the minors, when veteran P Chan-Ho Park came off the DL. He finished the 2010 AL season with a 1-2 mark in 7 games for the Yankees. Nova made the Yankees' starting rotation out of spring training in 2011. He pitched very well over the 1st half, going 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 starts. In spite of a few hiccups, he was generally solid, and was in fact the 1st Yankee rookie to make 15 starts in the 1st half of a season since Doc Medich in 1973. However, on July 3rd, with Phil Hughes about to come back from the DL, he was sent down to Scranton to make room.

He was called back on July 30th, he benefited from a huge offensive outburst in his 1st start, as the Yankees scored 12 runs in the 1st inning in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles; he cruising to an easy 17-3 victory. He finished the season with a 16-4 record and a 3.70 ERA in 165 1/3 innings, although he struck out only 98 batters. He tied for 4th in the 2011 AL in wins behind Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Jeff Weaver. He was 2nd to Verlander in winning percentage. Otherwise, he only made the top 10 in wild pitches and lowest HR rate. He took over for starter CC Sabathia in the 2nd inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers after the game, begun the previous day, had been suspended by rain. He pitched well over 7 1/3 innings of relief and earned the win. He was then picked to start the decisive Game 5, but he left after 1 inning during which he had given up 2 runs, victim of a pulled groin muscle. He was charged with the Yankees loss that time.


1997- The San Diego Padres acquired the rights to 27-year-old Japanese starter Hideki Irabu from the Chiba Lotte Marines. Irabu says he only wants to play in the MLB for the New York Yankees and he will force a trade to the Bronx Bombers.



2004- The Yankees signed MLB free agent 1B/DH/OF Tony Clark. He will hit .221 in 106 games for the Yankees in 2004, before leaving the team for MLB free agency, signing with the Diamondbacks.



2009- Former Yankees LF Rickey Henderson the all-time MLB leader in stolen bases, runs and leadoff HRs, is elected to the Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot; at the time of his retirement, Henderson also held the all-time walk record. Also elected is former Red Sox slugger Jim Rice, the 3rd player to go in on the 15th and final ballot (after Ralph Kiner and Red Ruffing); Rice's long-time Red Sox teammate Fred Lynn says that stats should be discarded in pushing his case.


















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Remembering Former Yankees Manager Johnny Keane




January 6, 1967- Former Yankees and MLB Manager Johnny Keane  (1965-1966) dies in Chicago from a heart attack at the age of 55. (1911-1967).



Johnny Keane never played in the MLB. He was a shortstop in the Cardinals' minor league system but he suffered a head injury after being hit by a pitch. He began his managing career in 1938 in the Cardinals' organization, working his way from Class D (then the lowest rung on the ladder) to Class AAA, where he spent a decade as manager of top Cardinals farm clubs. His career win-loss record as a manager in the minor leagues was 1,357-1,166 (.538) over 17 seasons.

Keane finally reached the MLB in 1959, when he was appointed to the Cardinals MLB coaching staff. He replaced Solly Hemus as manager on July 6, 1961. Johnny Keane had managed the Cardinals from 1961-1964, winning the 1964 NL pennant and 1964 World Series.  Johnny Keane guided the Cardinals to the 1964 World Series victory, but he left to become the Manager of the Yankees, whom the Cardinals had beaten in the World Series, replacing the popular Yogi Berra. The St. Louis Cardinals Owner Busch was going to fire Keane during the 1964 NL season, but the team got hot and captured the NL Flag in late September. After an unsuccessful stint with the New York Yankees (81-101), Keane became a MLB scout with the Angels. In all fairness to Johnny Keane during the 1965 AL season, he was only able to field the Yankees starting regulars together for only for 20 games due to injuries.


1964 World Series


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Johnny Keane & Ralph HoukOctober 1964, Yankees GM Ralph Houk with "his" Yankees Manager Johnny Keane. In October 1963, Yogi Berra was picked by Yankees Co-Owner Dan Topping to manage the 1964 Yankees, when he promoted Ralph Houk to General Manager. Houk wasn't happy with the move, he wanted his own Manager to run the 1964 team. Yogi's Yankees went 99-63 in 1964.  

Keane is described in Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" As being prone to panic as a manager and one who was "willing to sacrifice a season to win a game" by putting injured stars into the lineup before their injuries had fully healed. To describe this quality Bouton tells of a somewhat humorous anecdote of Keane pressuring Mickey Mantle to play on a bad leg. But in Keane's defense, Bouton also noted that General Manager Ralph Houk and the team unfairly used Keane as their excuse for the losing records in 1965 and 1966, which were the result of an aging team with a depleted farm system not because of Keane. In Bouton's book, "I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad," a collection of essays and stories about past MLB managers, he wrote that Keane seemed to be in awe of the Yankees, and that he underestimated the problems the team faced. Bouton felt that the immense pressure and stress of managing the Yankees through their inevitable collapse likely led to his death.


1965 Yankees Outfield: Tommy Tresh, Mickey Mantle,Roger Maris.  Spring Training Camp Photo with Rookie Bobby Murcer


Tom Tresh, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris & Johnny KeaneBobby Murcer & Johnny Keane


Johnny Keane with Mickey Mantle, who Keane switched to LF, He told Mickey about the Cardinals 1964 World Series Scouting Report on him.


Johnny Keane & Mickey Mantle
















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1915 New York Yankees acquired 1B Wally Pipp from the Tigers



January 7, 1915- The Detroit Tigers waived rookie 1B Wally Pipp to the New York Yankees. He was beaten out for the Tigers 1B job by teammate George “Tioga” Burns. Pipp had only hit .161 in 12 games for the 1914 Tigers, but he'll anchor 1st base for the Yankees for a decade until Lou Gehrig's appearance, because of Pipp headache during the 1925 American League season.  He will finish his Yankees playing career with a .282 BA in 1,488 games, while hitting 80 HRs with 827 RBIs. On January 15,1926, Wally was purchased by the Cincinnati  Reds from the New York Yankees for $7,500.



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1913 New York Yankees Name Frank Chance to be their New Manager






January 8, 1913- The New York Yankees signed former Chicago Cubs Manager Frank Chance to be their next manager. Chance previously won 2 World Series and 4 National League pennants as the Manager of the Cubs. He told the Yankees front office that he felt that Yankees 1B Hal Chase was suspected of cheating which led to his trade to the Chicago White Sox. His New York Yankees managing record would be a 118-170 record (1913-1914). His 1913 team finished in 7th in AL with a 59-74 record. He improved the Yankees in 1914, to a 70-84 record with a 6th place finish in the AL. He would be replaced by former Detroit Tigers Pitcher “Wild Bill” Donovan. As a MLB player, Frank Chance was a 1B, who had a lifetime MLB .297 BA for the  Chicago Cubs (1905-1912). He was part of the famous Double Play combo of “Evers-Tinker to Chance.” Frank Chance played for theNew York Yankees in 12 games, hitting just .208, these 12 games cost him a lifetime MLB .300 BA mark.  He would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Pitcher Ralph Terry



Janaury 9, 1936- Former Yankees P Ralph Terry (1956-1957,1959-1964) was born.
 In 1953, the New York Yankees signed Ralph Terry as an MLB amateur free agent. He pitched in 10 games for the Yankees during the 1956-1957 American League seasons, going 2-3 before being traded on June 15,1957 to the  Kansas City A's in the Billy Martin trade. Ralph would return to the Yankees on May 26,1959, being traded by the A's along with INF/OF Hector Lopez for Pitchers Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant, and INF Jerry Lumpe. Ralph would become a Yankees starter in 1960, going 10-8 in 35 games. He gave up the 9th inning HR to Maz in 1960 World Series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.





Ralph Terry, Casey Stengel & Hector Lopez






In 1961, he went 16-3 in 31 games. The 1962 AL season was Ralph Terry best MLB season going 23-12 in 43 starts. He was named to the 1962 AL All Star team. He won the AL Babe Ruth Award and MLB World Series MVP award, going 2-1 in the 1962 World Series against the San Francisco Giants. In 1963, he went 17-13 in 40 games with a 3.22 ERA. In 1964, he was slowed down by arm injuries slipping to a 7-11 mark, pulled out of the Yankees starting rotation and working out of the Yankees bullpen. Ralph appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees with a 2-4 mark, a 2.93 ERA with 31 Ks.


1962 World Champions - Ralph Terry carried off the field by Clete Boyer, Bill Stafford & Dale LongRalph Terry, Mickey Mantle & Tom Tresh - World Series MVP, AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year

His New York Yankees pitching career record was 78-59 with .569 PCT with a 3.44 ERA in 210 games with 615 strikeouts, 56 complete games with 16 shutouts. After the 1964 World Series, he was sent along with P Bud Daley to complete the Pedro Ramos September 1964 trade with the Cleveland Indians.




After playing for the Tribe, Ralph Terry was briefly with Kansas City A's again before he would be finishing his MLB career with the 1966-1967 New York Mets. Ralph Terry finished his MLB pitching career with 107-99 record with a 3.62 ERA in 338 games. He had struck out 1,000 MLB batters.




After MLB, Terry became a professional golfer. Based on his status as a PGA of America Sectional Champion, he qualified for and played in 4 PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he started playing on the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the 1989 Showdown Classic.

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Yankees Veteran 3B Frank "Home Run" Baker Retires from MLB





January 10, 1924- The New York Yankees released future Hall Of Fame 3B Frank“Home Run” Baker. He had retired from MLB.
On February 15,1916, 3B Frank Baker was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Philadelphia A's for $37,500. He appeared in 676 games for the Yankees, hitting .288 with 48 HRs and 375 RBIs (1916-1922). Frank Baker will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.








Old Timers Day - Whitey Witt, Home Run Baker & Mickey Mantle


FHome Run Baker & Joe DiMaggio



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Former Yankees 1B Wally Pipp passes away at 71






January 11,1965- Former Yankees 1B Wally Pipp (1915-1925), the predecessor of Lou Gehrig at 1st base for the New York Yankees, dies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was 71 years old. (1893-1965)






Rookie 1st baseman Wally Pip was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in 1915. He had been beaten out of the Tigers starting 1B job by Tigers teammate George Burns. Pipp, who in 1925, he had asked out of the Yankees starting lineup with a headache, he had been hit by a ball in the head the previous day. After giving way to Lou Gehrig, Pipp will never again played a game at 1st base for the New York Yankees. In January of 1926, Wally was sold to the Cincinnati Reds for $7,500. He would finish up his fine MLB career with the Reds (1926-1928). Wally had appeared in 3 World Series (1921-1923) with the Yankees, hitting .224 in 19 games. He hit over .300 in 3 seasons with the Yankees, with 1922 being his best Yankees season with a .329 mark. He appeared in 1,488 games for the Yankees, hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 826 RBIs.  In 1916 and 1917, Wally Pipp led the American League in HRs with 12 and 9. He led the AL in fielding for 1st basemen in 1915 and 1924.


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Happy Birthday to Yankees P Ivan Nova



January 12, 1987- Current Yankees P Ivan Nova (2010-2012) was born.

In 2004, the Yankees signed Ivan Nova. Nova made his pro baseball debut with the 2005 DSL Yankees, going 0-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, allowing 29 hits. With the 2006 GCL Yankees, the right-hander had a 3-0, 2.72 record for the GCL Yankees with 1 save; he fanned 36 batters, while walking only 7 in 43 innings. In 2007, he went 6-8 with a 4.98 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs, allowing a .306 average. That winter, he had 1 win in 1 2/3 shutout innings for the Leones del Escogido. Moving up to the 2008 Tampa Yankees, Nova had an 8-13 mark, 4.36 ERA with a .294 opponent average. He led the Florida State League in losses as well as losing more games than any other Yankees farmhand. That winter, the Padres chose Nova in the 2008 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but they returned him to the Yankees during the 2009 spring training camp, after allowing 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings. Nova split the 2009 season between AA Trenton Thunder (5-4, 2.36) and AAA Scranton (1-4, 5.10). He was sharp in the 2009 postseason for the Yankees with a 1-0 record, with a 1.93 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA winter league play for Escogido.


Nova began 2010 season with the Scranton going 2-0 with a 3.73 ERA. He was then called up to the majors to replace Romulo Sanchez in the Yankees bullpen. After 3 shutout innings in his 1st 2 games in the MLB, Nova was returned to the minors, when veteran P Chan-Ho Park came off the DL. He finished the 2010 AL season with a 1-2 mark in 7 games for the Yankees. Nova made the Yankees' starting rotation out of spring training in 2011. He pitched very well over the 1st half, going 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 starts. In spite of a few hiccups, he was generally solid, and was in fact the 1st Yankee rookie to make 15 starts in the 1st half of a season since Doc Medich in 1973. However, on July 3rd, with Phil Hughes about to come back from the DL, he was sent down to Scranton to make room.

He was called back on July 30th, he benefited from a huge offensive outburst in his 1st start, as the Yankees scored 12 runs in the 1st inning in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles; he cruising to an easy 17-3 victory. He finished the season with a 16-4 record and a 3.70 ERA in 165 1/3 innings, although he struck out only 98 batters. He tied for 4th in the 2011 AL in wins behind Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Jeff Weaver. He was 2nd to Verlander in winning percentage. Otherwise, he only made the top 10 in wild pitches and lowest HR rate. He took over for starter CC Sabathia in the 2nd inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers after the game, begun the previous day, had been suspended by rain. He pitched well over 7 1/3 innings of relief and earned the win. He was then picked to start the decisive Game 5, but he left after 1 inning during which he had given up 2 runs, victim of a pulled groin muscle. He was charged with the Yankees loss that time.




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