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This Week in Yankees History August 23rd-August 29th
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This Week in Yankees History August 23nd- August 29th Part One



August 23rd


1896- Former Yankees OF/1B Cedric Durst (1927-1930) was born. (1896-1971)
On February 8,1927, Cedric Durst was traded by the Browns along with P Joe Giard to the Yankees for P Sam Jones. He appeared briefly in the 1927 World Series for the Yankees. He hit .375 in 8 at-bats in the 1928 World Series. On May 6,1930, Cedric Durst was traded by the Yankees with $50,000 to the Red Sox for hurler Red Ruffing. After hitting .245 for the 1930 Red Sox, he played for many seasons in the high minor leagues. From 1938-1950, he managed minor league teams in the Cardinals and Yankees organizations. 


1910- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lonnie Frey  (1947-1948) was born. (1910-2009)
On June 25,1947, INF Lonnie Frey was purchased by the Yankees from the Cubs. Lonnie appeared in only 25 games for the Yankees hitting .179, before being released in May of 1948.


1918- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holcombe (1945) was born. (1918-2010)
Ken Holcombe pitched in the Cardinals organization (1938-1940) until before the 1941 season, when they sent him to the Yankees organization in an unknown transaction. Ken had 3 good seasons (1942-1944) with the AA Newark Bears (International League). After winning 17 games in 1944, he made it to Yankee Stadium in 1945, Ken did some effective work out of the Yankees bullpen, going 3-3 with an excellent 1.80 ERA in 23 appearances. Holcombe was back in the minors in 1946 with the Newark Bears and the Kansas City Blues, but he did not pitch well. Ken was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees organization in the 1946 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. The Pirates did not like what they got, so they sent Ken back to the Yankees, where on April 15, 1947, he was purchased by the Sacramento Solons (PCL). The Reds drafted Ken in the 1947 Rule 5 Player Draft. The 1948 season saw Holcombe appearing with the Reds in 2 outings, but on May 10th, they shipped him back to Sacramento. In 1950, Ken was acquired by the White Sox; he had his best season in 1951, winning 11 games with a 3.78 ERA. His pitching career was set back by bursitis and he was gone from the MLB with a record of 18-32 after wearing the uniforms of the 1952 Browns and the 1953 Red Sox. Ken wound up his 17-year pro baseball career with the 1954 San Francisco Seals (PCL), at the age of 35, he went 10-10 with a 3.07 ERA, while pitching 205 innings. He had a handsome minor league career, posting a 133-112 record with a 3.64 ERA, while pitching 2,084 innings. 


1924- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar (1947-1948) was born. (1924-1977)
On December 6,1946, Sherman Lollar was traded by the Indians along with 2B Ray Mack to Yankees for OF Hal Peck, pitchers Al Gettel and Gene Bearden. Sherman appeared in 33 games with the Yankees as a back-up catcher. With the rise of Yogi Berra and Ralph Houk, he became expendable. On December 13,1948, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Red Embree, 1B Richard Starr and $100,000 to the Browns for C Roy Partee and P Fred Sanford. He would go on to be the starting catcher for the White Sox during the 1950’s.


1928- The Yankees pick up veteran lefty starter Tom Zachary on waivers from the Senators. Tom was the MLB pitcher who gave up Babe’s 60th HR in 1927. As a Yankees pitcher for 2 seasons, he would go 16-4, including a 12-0 mark in 1929.


1930- The Yankees buy INF Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals (PCL) but they will allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting to the team. “The Crow” would be a Yankee regular for 13 seasons and part time player for 4 years, before becoming the long time Yankees MLB 3B Coach. The Yankees will make a similar arrangement for OF Joe DiMaggio, buying him from the Seals, but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.


1930- Former Yankees Reserve OF John “Zeke” Bella (1957) was born. (1930-2013)
In 1951, the Yankees signed MLB amateur free agent John “Zeke” Bella.  He appeared in only 5 games for the 1957 Yankees, hitting just .182. He played for the 1955-1958 AAA Denver Bears  hitting over .300 each season for Manager Ralph Houk. On August 22,1958, John was traded by the Yankees along with cash to the A’s for veteran P Murry Dickson. Overall as a MLB player with the 1957 Yankees and the 1959 A’s, Zeke appeared in 52 games, he had 18 hits in 92 at-bats, finishing his MLB playing career with a .196 batting average. He finished out his playing career in 1960 with the Athletics AAA Dallas team.


1942- Former Senators Ace Walter Johnson pitching to ex-Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth is the pre-game attraction that draws 69,000 fans for the Yankees-Senators game at Yankee Stadium that provides $80,000 for Army-Navy relief.  Babe Ruth hits the 5th pitch into the RF stands, and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523,000 during the AL season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener, with a 7-6 victory and the Yankees win the nightcap by a score of 3-0, in 5 1/2 innings.


1948- Former Yankees 1B/DH Ron Bloomberg (1969-1977)
On June 6,1967, 1B Ron Bloomberg was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1967 MLB amateur player draft. Ron was the 1st DH in MLB History. He had great power, but he was hampered with knee injuries, Ron never really had the MLB career that the Yankees had hoped for as a 1st round draft player pick. Ron has published a book on his MLB playing experiences.


1956- Led by Nellie Fox's 7 straight hits, the White Sox sweep the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a bunt-single, triple and HR in the 6-4-nightcap loss, but he now trails Nellie Fox in season hits, 158 to 155. But the Yankees Mickey Mantle still leads in the 1956 AL Triple Crown race.


1964- The Yankees tops the Red Sox at Fenway Park by a score of 4-3, as Mickey Mantle starts the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 3rd inning off of Red Sox starter Earl Wilson. The Yankees will win 26 of their next 33 games.


1964- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jeff Manto (1999) was born.
In 1982, the Yankees selected INF Jeff Manto in the MLB amateur player draft, but he did not sign with the team. He would sign with the Angels in 1985. On July 2,1999 Jeff was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Indians. He only appeared in 6 games for the Yankees, hitting just .125. On August 10,1999, Jeff was released by the Yankees. He would be re-signed by the Indians to finish out the 1999 season with them.


1968- Yankees rookie starter Stan Bahnsen out-duels Tigers veteran P Earl Wilson to give the Yankees, a 2-1 victory over the Tigers. The 2 teams then battle for 19 innings, before the 2nd game is suspended by AL curfew rules with the score tie at 3-3. The game will be finished tomorrow. In the long tie, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel retires 21 straight Tiger batters, 6 on strikeouts. In his last 3 relief appearances, Lindy has retired 30 AL batters in a row.


1972- White Sox slugger Dick Allen becomes the 4th MLB player (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Alex Johnson are the others) to hit one into the CF bleachers at Comiskey Park, when he connects off of Yankees P Lindy McDaniel. Allen’s 2-run HR in the 7th inning ices, the 5-2 victory for the White Sox. In 1972, all the Chicago Wednesday season games are in the afternoon, and Harry Caray announces them while sitting in the CF bleachers. Allen's drive misses Caray by just a few rows.


1977- Behind Yankees CF Mickey Rivers' 5-for-5 performance at the plate, Mike Torrez's 7th straight complete game contributing to an 8-3 whipping of the White Sox, the Yankees take over 1st place in the AL East. With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees go ahead by a half-game, they will stay in 1st place in the AL East to the end of the regular season.


1996- The Yankees obtained P Graeme Lloyd and INF Pat Listach from the Brewers in exchange for OF Gerald Williams and P Bob Wickman. Lloyd is put to work and provides late inning relief as the 1st-place Yankees beat the A's by the score of 5-3. The Yankees will officially complain to the AL office that the Brewers sent damaged goods in the 2 players, but the Yankees complaint is ignored by the AL office. However, the Brewers will take back INF Pat Listach and send P Ricky Bones to the Yankees on the 29th. The Yankees will file a grievance over Lloyd's injury in September.


 1997- Former Yankees 1B John “Buddy” Hassett  (1942) passed away. (1911-1997)
On February 20,1936, Buddy Hassett was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Buzz Boyle, Johnny McCarthy and $40,000. On December 16,1941, Buddy was sent by the Braves to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 9,1941. The Braves sent players to be named later to the Yankees for players to be named later and OF Tommy Holmes. The Braves sent Buddy Hassett on December 16, 1941 and P Gene Moore on February 5, 1942 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Buddy hit .284 in 132 games with 5 HRs and 48 RBIs for the 1942 Yankees. His last MLB appearances were in the 1942 World Series, where he went 3-for-9. His last hit was in the 9th inning of Game 2 off of Cardinals P Johnny Beazley. He served in the Navy during WWII.  On May 1, 1946, Buddy was released by the Yankees. After his playing days, he managed in the minors including for the Yankees organization from 1947-1950 for the Norfolk Tars, Binghamton Triplets, Newark Bears and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. 


1999-The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 victory over the Rangers. 3B Scott Brosius (6) and C Joe Girardi (7) the 8th and 9th batters in the Yankees lineup drive in 13 of the Yankee runs. Jeter scores his 100th run of the 1999 season, the 1st Yankee to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mickey Mantle did it in 9-straight seasons (1953-1961). 


2002- Former HOF MLB Pitcher (1952-1972) and Yankees Minor League Pitching Instructor Hoyt Wilhelm passed away (1922-2002).
One of the greatest knuckleballer of all time, Hoyt Wilhelm was the 1st relief pitcher to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. He qualified for the ERA title only twice and won both times. He was selected an All-Star in 5 different MLB seasons. Overall, he pitched 21 seasons in the majors, pitching until he was nearly 50 years old. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 143-122 record in 1,070 games with a 2.52 ERA and 227 saves. He only appearance in a World Series was with the 1954 Giants. On September 20,1958, as an Orioles starter, he pitched a no-hitter against the Yankees. He pitched for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, Cubs, White Sox Angels, Dodgers and the Braves. After his active playing days were over, Wilhelm managed for 2 seasons in the minors in the Braves organization with their Greenwood Braves team. Also, he was a long-time pitching coach in the Yankees minor league organization: 1977 AAA Syracuse Chiefs, 1978 AAA Tacoma Yankees, 1979 AA West Haven Yankees, 1982-1984 AA Nashville Sounds and the GCL Yankees (FSL) for several seasons before he retired from the game. Only January 7,1985, Hoyt was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


2003-In front of full house at Yankee Stadium, Ron Guidry's Yankee uniform no. 49 is retired on the lefty's special day. "Louisiana Lightning”, who played his entire MLB career with the Yankees, while posting a 170-90 MLB career record, is surprised the club hasn't just honored him with a day, but they have retired his jersey and place a plaque in Monument Park in his honor.


2003- Former Yankees All Star OF Bobby Bonds (1975) passed away. (1946-2003)
Bobby Bonds played for the 1975 Yankees, where he hit .270 with 32 HRs, stole 30 bases, and pulled 89 walks but nevertheless only scored 93 runs on a team that was otherwise weak. Bobby was named to the 1975 AL All Star team as a CF. He came to the Yankees in a trade for All Star OF Bobby Murcer, a trade that was not particularly popular with Giants and Yankee fans. On December 11,1975, Bobby was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for P Ed Figueroa and OF Mickey Rivers.


2004- Former Yankees Pitcher Hank Borowy (1942-1945) passed away. (1916-2004)
A graduate of Fordham University, Hank Borowy was a dependable war time starter for the Yankees from 1942-1944, Hank was 15-4, 14-9 and 17-12 for the Yankees with an ERA under 3.00 all 3 seasons. In the 1943 World Series, he was a 6-2 winner over the Cardinals in Game 3. He had a record of 10-5 on July 27,1945, when he was surprisingly placed on waivers by the Yankees. The Cubs claimed Hank for $97,000. He was then 11-2 over the final 2 months to play in what was then the team's last NL pennant. With his overall record of 21-7, Hank became only the 3rd pitcher in MLB history to win 20 games in a season divided between the 2 leagues. Rick Sutcliffe (1984) and Bartolo Colon (2002) have done it since.


2010- Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow has another strong outing against the Yankees, although reliever Scott Downs is credited with the 3-2 Blue Jays' victory. The game is decided in the 8th inning, when José Bautista hits his 2nd HR of the game, off of Yankees reliever David Robinson to break a 2-2 tie. Bautista is the 1st MLB player to reach 40 HRs this season.


August 24th


1904- The Highlanders OF Willie Keeler collects 2 HR’s against the Browns in a 9-1 win at New York. Both of his HR drives are inside the park shots.


1951- Against the Indian's veteran starter Early Wynn, Yankees OF Gene Woodling cracks his 3rd HR off the Tribe ace this season, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 2-0. Woodling went deep on Wynn on June 24th, July 24th, including today’s game. Rookie OF Mickey Mantle makes his 1st Yankee appearance since his recall from the Kansas City Blues (American Association).


1960- Despite veteran 1B Roy Sievers 2-HRs and a double, the Yankees still beat the White Sox by a score of 3-2, dropping the White Sox to 1 1/2 games off the pace and into a 2nd place tie with the Orioles.  Yankees starter Art Ditmar is the winner over veteran Chicago lefty hurler Herb Score.


1964- The Yankees win their 1st Mayor’s trophy game at Shea Stadium by the score of 6-4 before a crowd of 60,167 fans.


1966- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Dean Wilkins was born.
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1986 MLB amateur player draft selected P Dean Wilkins. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 13,1987, Dean was traded by the Yankees along with pitchers Rich Scheid and Bob Tewksbury to the Cubs for P Steve Trout.


1968- In a battle between 2 teams pitching aces, the Yankees Mel Stottlemyre tops the Tigers ace Denny McLain by the score of 2-1.


1977- Veteran Yankees starter Catfish Hunter notches his final victory of the 1977 season, an 11-1, a 4-hit victory over the Twins. The Yankees batting line-up supports Hunter with HRs outages by Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Chris Chambliss and Bucky Dent.


1981- In his 1st MLB at bat, Twins rookie1B Kent Hrbek hits a 12th-inning HR giving them, a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.


1983- Current Yankees  All Star OF Brett Gardner (2008-2015) was born.
The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2005 MLB amateur player draft selected Brett Gardner. In 2009 Yankees spring training camp, Brett Gardner was competing for the starting job as the Yankees CF with Melky Cabrera. He ended up making the team and sharing playing time with Cabrera. In the spring, he had received the "Kevin Lawn Award" for being the Yankees' top minor league batter the previous season. In 2008, in 42 games, and 227 at bats, Brett Gardner posted 29 hits, including 2 triples, and 5 doubles for a .229 batting average. He also scored 18 runs, and was successful in 13 out of 14 stolen base attempts. He also played errorless defense in the outfield. In 2009, Brett hit .270 for the Yankees. In 2010, he won the LF regular job for the Yankees.


1985- Yankees DH/1B Don Baylor ties a MLB record, when he hit by a pitch for the 189th time in his MLB playing career.


1990- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mickey Witek (1949) passed away. (1915-1990)
Mickey Witek came up to the major leagues in 1940 with the Giants. He had won the 1939 International League Award while playing for the AA Newark Bears in the Yankees organization.  With the 1949 Yankees, he appeared in 2 games with 1 hit. He retired from baseball after 1950 minor league season splitting playing time between the Kansas City Blues (American Association) and the Seattle Rainers (PCL).


2011-The A’s beat the Yankees by the score of 6-4 in 10 innings. Coco Crisp has 4 hits and 5 RBIs for the A's, including a 3-run HR - his 2nd long ball of the game – off of Yankees Closer Rafael Soriano in the 10th inning. Crisp's 1st HR, off of Yankees starter CC Sabathia had given Oakland a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning and his 2nd RBI puts the team ahead 3-2 in the 8th inning; Scott Sizemore drives in the other run as part of a 4-for-4 night. Nick Swisher has a pair of homers for the Yankees, his 2nd HR tying the score in the bottom of the 8th inning.


August 25th


1889- Former Yankees C/1B Les Nunamaker (1914-1917) was born. (1897-1938)
On May 13,1914, Les Nunamaker was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox.  He hit .261 in 369 games for the Yankees. On January 22,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Nick Cullop, INF Joe Gedeon, INF Fritz Maisel, P Urban Shocker and $15,000 to the Browns for P Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt.


1902- AL President Ban Johnson announces the League's intention to have a New York team in 1903, with Clark Griffith as Manager. The Baltimore Orioles franchise will be moved to New York City in 1903, becoming the New York Highlanders.


1906- Yankees rookie hurler Slow Joe Doyle makes his MLB pitching debut with a 2-0 shutout against the Indians. Doyle would go 22-21 in 70 games for 1906-1910 Yankees.


1913- The Yankees obtained OF Frank Gilhooley from the Cardinals for cash. He would play for the Yankees from 1913-1918, while appearing in 250 games, hitting .277. On December 18,1918, Frank was traded by the Yankees along with P Ray Caldwell, P Slim Love, C Roxy Walters and $15,000 to Red Sox for P Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and P Ernie Shore.


1921- With the Indians waltzing to a 15-1 victory over the Bombers, Yankees hurler Harry Harper, pitching in the 8th inning, plunks Tribe OF Charles Jamieson in the ribs, Larry Gardner in the arm, and Steve O'Neill in the back. O'Neill throws the ball back at Harper precipitates a bench clearing brawl. Yankees OF Bob Meusel contributes 4 errors in the game. The Tribe takes over 1st place in the AL from the Yankees. 


1922- in the 1st of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds, the Browns beat the Yankees by the score of 3-1, behind starter Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser for the Yankees, but he stops Browns slugger Ken Williams hitting streak at 28 consecutive games. George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game 2, the Yankees jump to a 2-0 lead on Babe Ruth's 2-run triple, and then extend it to 6-1 behind starter Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6-5, but that is it.


1928- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Darrell Johnson (1957-1958) was born.  (1928-2004)
Catcher Darrell Johnson came to the Yankees in the big 17-man trade with the Orioles in the winter of 1954. He would be one of the back up catchers for Yogi Berra during the 1957-1958 seasons. On November 30,1959, Darrell was selected by the Cardinals from the Yankees organization in the 1959 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Darrell would make his only World Series appearance in 1961, as a member of the Reds playing against his former team, the Yankees. He would later move on to become a MLB Manager with the Red Sox, Mariners and the Rangers.


1929- After 3 straight shutouts by Browns hurlers Gray, Blaeholder and Crowder the Yankees break their 32-inning scoreless streak with a 4th-inning HR by Babe Ruth. The Browns still win the game by a score of 3-2.


1931- At Chicago, the Yankees record their 1st shutout of the 1931 season, when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox by the score of 6-0. Yankees OF Ben Chapman has a good day at the plate with a triple, single, 2-runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the season. In addition, he beats the White Sox player Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.


1935- Yankees CF Earle Combs collides with 3B Red Rolfe on a fly ball. He suffers a severe shoulder injury. It will contribute to his decision to retire at the end of the 1935 season. He will become a MLB Coach for the Yankees in 1936, teaching a young rookie named Joe DiMaggio how to play CF in Yankee Stadium. Earl Coombs was the 1st of the great Yankees centerfielders; Joe DiMaggio would replace him in 1936.


1939- Yankees 3B Red Rolfe scores in his 18th consecutive game, giving him a total of 30 runs.


1939- Former Yankees Pitcher Dooley Womack (1966-1968) was born.
Before the start of the 1958 MLB season, the Yankees signed P Dooley Womack, as an MLB amateur free agent. Dooley went 15-16 in 152 games with 24 saves for the 1966-1968 Yankees. He took part in Yankees triple play against the Twins. On December 4, 1968, he was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for reserve OF Richard Simpson.


1951- Before 66,110 fans at Cleveland, Yankees rookie slugger Mickey Mantle belts an opposite field 2-run HR off of Tribe starter Mike Garcia to help the Yankees win the game by a score of 7-3. The Yankees now are 77-46 move to a game in back of the Tribe in AL pennant race.


1952- In a 1-0 win over the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, Tigers starter Virgil Trucks pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the 1952 season. The no-hitter is in doubt for 3 innings when a play made by shortstop Johnny Pesky in the 3rd inning is under debate. The official scorer, John Drebinger, records it as an error when Pesky has trouble getting a ball hit by Phil Rizzuto out of his glove. Dan Daniel of The New York World Telegram convinces Drebinger that it cannot be ruled an error because the ball was stuck in the fielder's glove, and Rizzuto is awarded a hit. In the 6th inning, with Trucks not having given up another hit, Drebinger calls Pesky in the dugout from the press box, and the Shortstop says that he should be given the error rather than Rizzuto the hit. The call is changed again, and Trucks' no-hitter is preserved. Trucks' pitching record for the 1952 season is now at the 5-15 mark.


1956- Prior to the 1956 Old Timer's Game at Yankee Stadium, veteran Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is asked to consult with Yankees GM George Weiss and Manager Casey Stengel concerning a player move necessitated by reacquiring veteran OF Enos Slaughter from the A's. After making several suggestions about who should be cut from the squad, the veteran INF is told by GM Weiss, that he is the player about to be let go. Rizzutto would be the last Yankee player to play for Yankee Managers Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel. A distraught Rizzuto is taken home to New Jersey by his former Yankees teammate George "Snuffy" Stirnweiss, who tells Phil not to publically criticize the Yankees GM or Manager. Through the instigation of major sponsor for the Yankees, Ballantine Beer, Rizzuto will be in the announcing booth next season, replacing veteran announcer Jim Woods. Phil turns down an offer from the Dodgers to play with them, because they want him to get into playing shape at their AAA farm team Montreal Royals (International League) before joining the team. Also Phil turns down an offer to manage the Washington Senators for the 1957 season.


1956- The Yankees re-acquired veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter from the A’s for cash. Enos 2nd tour with the Yankees proved to be more successful than his 1st tour, before fading during the 1959 season, with Enos being sold to the Braves. After the 1956 World Series, the Yankees will send reserve OF Bob Cerv to the A’s to “unofficially” complete the Slaughter acquisition. Pitcher Don Larsen was supposed to go to the A’s, but his Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series secure him a few more seasons with the Yankees. He would be traded to the A’s in 1959 in the Roger Maris trade. Bob Cerv would return to the Yankees in May of 1960.


1959- At Cleveland’s Muncipal Stadium, Indians slugger Rocky Colavito HRs twice as the Tribe tops the Yankees by a score of 6-3. The Tribe have now won 7 straight games to move 2 games behind the 1st-place White Sox.


1960- Former Yankees INF and MLB 3B Coach Bobby Meacham (1983-1988) was born.
On December 14,1982, Bobby Meacham was traded by the Cardinals along with OF Stan Javier to the Yankees for minor league players Bob Helsom, Marty Mason and Steve Fincher. Bobby would hit .276 in 457 games with the Yankees. Bobby had been a former #1 draft pick by the Cardinals.  He led the AL in sac hits in 1984 with 14 and in 1985 with 23. On December 5,1988, Bobby was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for OF Bob Brower.


1966- Yankees veteran All Star starter Whitey Ford (2-5, 2.47 ERA in 22 games) undergoes surgery for a circulatory problem in his left shoulder. He will miss the rest of the 1966 season.


1968- With the Tigers ahead by the score of 5-0 failed to score with 2 men on base in the 4th inning when the Yankees bring in Rocky Colavito. The 35-year-old slugger retires Al Kaline and Willie Horton as he tosses 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky’s only other MLB pitching appearance was in 1958, he also faced Al Kaline and the victory by a non-pitcher will be the last in 20th century. Yankees hitters Bill Robinson and Bobby Cox crash successive HRs to tie the score, after a walk, Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th inning, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the AL record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the 1st Tiger he faces, giving him 32 straight batters retired over 4 appearances. The Yankees sweep the doubleheader, winning the 1st game by the score of 6-5 and then topping Tigers starter Mickey Lolich by the score of 5-4 in the nightcap. The 4 Tiger losses at Yankee Stadium, leaves the Detroit just 5 games ahead of the Orioles.


1976- The Yankees edge the Twins by the score of 5-4 in a 19-inning marathon. Reliever Grant Jackson is the winner for the Yankees over Twin’s Pete Redfern.


1976- Former Yankees Reliever Pedro Feliciano (2011) was born.
Pedro Feliciano is a relief pitcher who was most noted for his ability to pitch almost every day when he was with the  Mets from 2007-2010. During that three-year span, in which he led the National League in games pitched for 3 consecutive seasons, he set 2 records. He had the most games pitched over 3 consecutive seasons, 266; the previous record was 263 by Mike Marshall from 1972-1974 and Kent Tekulve, from 1978-1980. He also had the most games pitched over 4 consecutive seasons, 344, adding the 2007 season; the previous record was 341 by Paul Quantrill, from 2001-2004. The Yankees signed Feliciano as a MLB free agent to a 2-year contract in 2011, but he was sidelined by shoulder troubles in spring training camp. On April 14th, GM Brian Cashman announced that he would face shoulder surgery, meaning that he would be ready to pitch again the following season's spring training camp at the earliest, and possibly much later. Asked he had signed damaged goods, Cashman lashed at overuse of relief pitchers by certain managers, singling out former Yankees Manager Joe Torre and his overuse of Scott Proctor, among others. Feliciano came back to pitch once in the minor leagues in 2011, and 10 times in 2012, never higher than at AA. Then the Yankees released him, he resigned with the Mets.


1977- The Twins blow a 4-2 lead over the Yankees, when Mickey Rivers hits a 2-run single in the 7th inning and Reggie Jackson drives home a run in the 8th inning.


1978- With 4 amateur baseball umpires officiating the game, Yankees starter Ron Guidry posts his 18th win beating the A's by the score of 7-1. Reggie Jackson's HR drives in his 1,001st MLB career RBI. The win keeps the Yankees 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.


1984- Former Yankees Hall Of Fame Pitcher Waite “School Boy” Hoyt (1921-1930) passed away (1899-1984).
The Yankees obtained P Waite “School Boy” Hoyt from the Red Sox in December of 1920. The Yankees sent 2B Del Pratt, OF Sammy Vick, C Muddy Ruel and P Herb Thormahlen to the Red Sox for P Waite Hoyt, P Harry Harper, INF Mike McNally and C Wally Schang. He would go 157-98, with a WP of .617 in 9 ½ seasons with the Yankees. He was on the only 20-game winner on the 1927 World Championship team, posting a 22-7 record. He posted a 6-4 record in World Series with ERA of 1.83. On May 30,1930, Hoyt was traded along with veteran INF Mark Koenig by the Yankees to the Tigers for P Ownie Carroll, OF Harry Rice and INF Yats Wuestling.  The Tigers would sell him the following season to the Phillies for cash. In the winter of 1931, he was claimed by the Giants on waivers from the Pirates. Hoyt pitched in the MLB for 21 seasons (1918-1931). He pitched for the Giants (twice), Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, A’s, Dodgers (twice) and the Pirates finishing with a MLB pitching career with a 237-142 record. After his MLB playing days, he became a long time broadcaster with the Reds. He was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.


1987- Current Yankees Pitcher Adam Warren (2012-2015) was born.
Adam Warren was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 2009 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut that summer. New York's 3rd pick (after Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy), he would become the 1st member of that Yankee draft class to make the majors. He had a superb pro debut with the Staten Island Yankees at 4-2, 1.43 ERA, and then he won his only playoff decision as Staten Island took the New York-Penn League title. Had he qualified for the league ERA lead (he was about 15 innings shy), he would have led in ERA. Warren remained effective in 2010 with the Tampa Yankees (7-5, 2.22 ERA) and Trenton Thunder (4-2, 3.15 ERA, 59 K in 54 1/3 IP). In 2011, he fell to 6-8 mark, 3.60 ERA for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He was 10th in the International League in ERA. He pitched 2 innings in the 2011 AAA All-Star Game, which the IL won by the score of 3-0. Relieving Zach McAllister, he worked a shutout 3rd and 4th innings, giving up 1 hit, before Chris Schwinden relieved. He began 2012 on a similar note with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5-5, 3.85 ERA after 15 Games). Warren was then called up to the majors when veteran starters CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were injured. He was crushed in his MLB debut outing. He began by striking out Alejandro De Aza and survived the 1st inning with 2 walks. In the 2nd, though, A.J. Pierzynski homered to kick off a 4-run frame. Paul Konerko homered in the 3rd and Pierzynski drove in another to give Warren 6 runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings before David Phelps relieved. After the game, Adam was sent back to Scranton. In 2013, he appeared in 34 games for the Yankees posting a 3-2 record with a 3.39 ERA.


1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jim Brideweser (1951-1953) passed away. (1927-1989)
Before the start of the 1950 MLB season, the Yankees signed INF Jim Brideweser as an MLB amateur free agent after attending USC. Jim hit .363 (16 for 44) in 51 games as Yankee before being claimed on waivers by the Orioles on May 11, 1954. He was a good utility infielder, but there was no room for him on the Yankees 25 man MLB roster. Jim would play for the Yankees, Orioles, White Sox and Tigers before finishing up in 1959 as MLB player. 


1996- The Yankees dedicate their 1st new monument in 47 years, to Hall Of Fame CF Mickey Mantle in Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments, while 15 Yankee players are honored on plaques.


2001- The Yankees defeat the Angels by score of 7-5, as veteran starter Roger Clemens becomes the 1st AL hurler to go 17-1 to begin a season. Yankees RF Paul O'Neill hits his 20th HR of the 2001 season; making him the oldest player in MLB history at age 38 to reach the 20 HRs-20 Stolen Bases mark in a season.


2011- The A's take an early 7-1 lead against the Yankees, but it's all Bronx Bombers after that. Robinson Cano hits a grand slam HR in the 5th inning, Russell Martin follows suit in the 6th inning, they put up another 6 runs in the 7th inning and in the 8th inning, Curtis Granderson also HRs with the bases loaded to make the Yankees the 1st team ever to hit 3 grand slam HRs in 1 game. Andruw Jones follows Granderson’s blast with a solo HR to make the final score 22-9. Martin has a career day, going 5 for 5 with a walk with 6 RBIs and also hitting a solo HR shot to complement his Grand Slam HR as the Yankees bat around in their final 4 innings. It is the most runs given up by an A’s team since 1955; their pitchers help the cause by surrendering 22 hits and issuing 13 walks in the rout. In the 9th inning, DH Jorge Posada takes the field at 2B; it is his 1st MLB appearance at the position that he played in the lower minor leagues 20 years ago before being converted into a full-time catcher.


2012- The Indians end 9-game losing skid by defeating the Yankees by the score of 3-1, behind starter Justin Masterson. In spite of the victory, the Indians, who were in playoff contention in late July, have lost 22 of their last 27 games.


August 26th


1916- The Yankees turn a big triple play during a 10-6 win over the Browns.  With a 3-run Yankee lead, the Browns load the bases in the 7th inning with no-outs only watch a line drive to 3B clear the bases.


1918- AL President Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of veteran hurler Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 season over the claim of the White Sox, for whom Quinn was 5-1 this season. Quinn, who had pitched for the Yankees in 1913, he had jumped to Baltimore Terrapins (Federal League) in 1914. He had a 26-14 record for the Baltimore team.


1922- The Yankees take over 1st place in AL by beating St. Louis by the score of 9-2 behind veteran starter Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser for the Browns.


1926- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Frank Barnes was born. (1926-2014)
In 1947, 18 year–old Frank Barnes started pitching professionally for the Indianapolis Clowns (Negro Leagues.)  On July 19,1950, P Frank Barnes and OF Elston Howard were purchased by the Yankees from Kansas City Monarchs (Negro American League)). Both players were sent to the Yankees minor league team at Muskegon (Central League). Frank went 8-4 with 2.23 ERA in 15 games. In 1951, Frank returned to Muskegon, where he posted a 15-6 record in 15 games with a 2.23 ERA. He was promoted to AA San Francisco Seals (PCL). He appeared in only 2 games for the Seals, while posting a 0-0 record. In August of 1951, Frank was sent from the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns in an unknown transaction. Pitcher Frank Barnes and several other black Yankees minor league players (Vic Power, Ruben Gomez, Artie Wilson and others) would be traded away during the 1951-1954 seasons, once Yankees GM George Weiss had decided that Elston Howard would be the 1st black Yankees MLB player. Before the start of the 1953 MLB season, Frank was returned to the Maple Leafs by the Browns after expiration of their minor league team working agreement. On October 1,1956, Frank was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Cardinals for a player to be named later, Jim Pearce and cash. The Cardinals sent 1B Rocky Nelson on March 21, 1957 to Toronto to complete the trade. Frank would appear in 15 games for the 1957-1959 Cardinals, while posting a1-3 record with a 5.89 ERA. It would be his only time in the MLB. On May 19,1960, he was purchased by the White Sox from the Cardinals. On December 15, 1961, Frank was traded by the White Sox along with 3B Andy Carey to the Phillies for P Taylor Phillips and C Bob Sadowski. On March 24,1962, Andy Carey refused to report to his new team. The Phillies sent minor league player Lou Vassie on March 24,1962 to the White Sox to complete the trade. The White Sox sent P Cal McLish on March 24,1962 to the Phillies to complete the trade. Overall Frank Barnes pitched in the minor leagues for 17 seasons, while posting a 109-83 record with a 3.25 ERA in 398 games. After his MLB playing career, Barnes played in the Mexican Summer League, Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. In 1965, he led the circuit in both winning percentage 13–5, WP .722 with a 1.58 ERA. Additionally, Barnes played winter ball for the Licoreros de Pampero club of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during the 1955–1956 season. After the 1967 Mexican baseball season, Frank Barnes retired from the game at the age of 40.


1935- Lumbering White Sox 1B Zeke Bonura steals home with 2 outs in the 15th inning to beat the Yankees by score of 9-8.


1951- In the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Yankees, veteran INF Bert Haas hits a pinch HR in the 6th inning for the White Sox in his last MLB at bat. The White Sox will release the 37-year old veteran tomorrow. The Yankees win the game by a score of 8-6, to remain a game behind the Indians. The White Sox take the opener by the score of 3-2, behind starter Saul Rogovin.


1956- The Yankees announced the purchase of veteran OF Enos Slaughter from the Kansas City A’s for cash ($50,000). To make room for Enos Slaughter on the MLB 25 man roster, the Yankees released longtime All Star shortstop Phil Rizzuto.


1957- Yankee-killer Tigers starter Frank Lary stops the Bombers as Detroit wins by a score of 5-2. The Yankees lead over the White Sox is now 3 ½ games. The Yankees will go into Chicago, where they will sweep the White Sox in a 3 game series.


1959- The Indians stretch their winning streak to 8 games when Rocky Colavito snaps a 4-4 tie with an 8th inning HR. Rookie hurler Jim Perry, in relief of Tribe starter Gary Bell picks up the win, a 5-4 victory over the Yankees.


1960- The Yankees crash 5-solo HRs and 4-pinch hits, the latter tying an AL record, to top the Indians by a score of 7-6. Yogi Berra’s 2nd HR gives the Yankees the win in the 11th inning. In the 2nd game, the Yankees win by a score of 7-5 with Bob Cerv's 3-run HR is the big hit that wins the game.


1961- Yankees slugger Roger Maris belts HR #51 off of A's hurler Jerry Walker. Roger's HR in the 6th inning follows, a Tony Kubek HR blast. Yankees starter Bill Stafford allows just 1- A's hit, till the 9th inning as the Yankees win by the score of 5-1. Roger Maris has the most HRs in MLB history at this point in the season.


1962- Veteran Orioles starter Robin Roberts, who was discarded by the Yankees at the end of 1962 spring training camp beats Whitey Ford by a score of 2-1 on HRs by 3B Brooks Robinson and 1B Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Baltimore sweep of the sagging Yankees. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind the Yankees.


 1966- Tiger's Earl Wilson, winner of 6 straight games, hits an 8th inning HR to give himself a 5-3 lead over the Yankees. But the Yankees, batting against reliever Hank Aguirre in the 9th inning, tally 1-run on a Clete Boyer single, they win it by a score of 6-5, when Mickey Mantle clouts a pinch HR over a leaping Al Kaline in RF. The win still leaves the Yankees (57-72) in last place in AL.


1972- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny MacFayden (1933-1934) passed away. (1905-1972)
On June 5,1932, Dan MacFayden was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for P Ivy Andrews, Hank Johnson and $50,000. Dan went 7-5 in 47 games for the Yankees. On November 22,1934, Dan was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees.


1975- Former Yankees Reserve INF Morgan Ensberg (2008) was born.
Reserve INF Morgan Ensberg appeared in 28 games for the 2008 Yankees, hitting just .203 before being released by the team.


1977- The Yankees win their 12th game in 13 games, when 3B Graig Nettles triples home 2 runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers, a 6-5 win over the Rangers. With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees move in front of the AL East by 2 games. 


1985- Former Yankees PH Richard Wakefield (1950) passed away (1921-1985)
On December 17,1949, Richard Wakefield was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for 1B Richard Kryhoski. He appeared in only 3 games for the 1950 Yankees. Before start of the 1952 season, the Yankees released him.


1987- The Yankees and Reds exchange starting pitchers with Dennis Rasmussen going to Cincinnati for Bill Gullickson. Bill went 4-2 in 8 games for the Yankees, before leaving as a MLB free agent to play in Japan.


1991-  The Yankees #1 amateur draft pick P Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the team. It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur baseball player, surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by the Oakland A’s in 1990. He will injure his pitching shoulder in an off-season bar fight and never recover from it, costing him his chance for having a MLB pitching career with the Yankees.


1992- Current Yankees Minor League INF Cito Culver was born.
Cito Culver was a 1st-round selection in the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Culver had a commitment to the University of Maryland when the k Yankees chose him at #32. He decided to forego college for a chance to don pinstripes. He made his pro debut on June 25th, going 0 for 3 for the GCL Yankees but had 4 hits 4 days later. Only 17 years old that 1st season, he hit .251 in 56 games, moving up to the Staten Island Yankees (New York-Penn League) that August. He spent a full year at Staten Island in 2011, where he hit .250 in 69 games, while not turning 19 until the last couple of weeks of the season. In 2012, he moved up to the Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), where he played 122 games but hit only .215, with 14 doubles 6 triples and 2 HRs in his 1st experience of full-season ball. He stole 22 bases in 33 attempts, scored 66 runs, and did draw 71 walks. Culver was an invitee to the Yankees 2013 spring training camp. He played a number of games with the team. Although starting shortstop Derek Jeter was not healthy, Culver was never in contention to start the season in the Bronx, given his low batting averages in the lower levels of the minors. He was sent back to Charleston to start the 2013 season, but was still hitting only .213 in mid-May. By then he was repeating a relatively low level, and was no longer significantly younger than the majority of his opponents, making observers wonder if he would ever hit enough to reach the majors and throwing some serious shadow on his supposed status as Jeter's heir apparent.  He hit .232 in 104 games for Charleston, then after getting a late-season promotion to the Tampa Yankees (Florida State League), suddenly began to hit, putting up a batting average of .355 in 16 games. Overall, his batting line was .248 in 120 games. He was assigned to Tampa at the start of the 2014 season, but he fell back to hitting in the low .200's.


1997- The Yankees pound out 22 hits in an 18-2 win over the A’s. Yankee batters Joe Girardi and Rey Sanchez lead the way for the Yankees with 4 hits apiece.


2002- The 1st video streaming coverage of a MLB game takes place on the Internet.  Approximately 30,000 fans visit MLB.com web site to see the Yankees defeat the Rangers by the score of 10-3. With a solo HR shot in 4th inning in 10-3 victory over the Rangers, Yankees 2B Alfonso Soriano sets a team record for HRs by a 2B. The previous club mark of 30 HR’s was established in 1940 by 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon.


2011-Teams are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, scheduled to hit the Northeastern states over the next 2 days. The Mets cancel their games scheduled for both days as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg orders a partial evacuation of the city's coastal areas and a shutdown of its transit system in anticipation of the storm. The Red Sox decide to move up their Sunday game against the A's to a Saturday afternoon doubleheader, while the Orioles are planning to cancel a Saturday doubleheader against the Yankees by playing 1 of the games as part of a Sunday doubleheader, and the 2nd on what should have been an open date on September 8th. The Yankees are unhappy about losing what was their last scheduled rest day of the 2011 season, but their proposal to play a game instead at 10:00 am on Saturday is rejected. 


2013- Having both All Star players, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter on the field does little to help the Yankees, who drop a 5-2 decision to Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. While A-Rod hits his 650th MLB career HR, Jeter goes 0 for 3 with a walk and hits into a double play.


August 27th


1875- Former Yankees OF Ed Hahn (1905-1906) was born. (1875-1941)
On August 20,1905, OF Ed Hahn was purchased by the Yankees from New Orleans (Southern Association). Ed hit .291 in 54 games for the Yankees. On May 10,1906, Ed was purchased by the White Sox from the Yankees.


1883- Former Yankees 3B William “Baldy” Louden (1907) was born. (1883-1935)
On August 4,1907, 3B Bill Louden was purchased by the Yankees from Dallas (Texas League) for $1,500.  Bill appeared in 4 games for the 1907 Yankees, while hitting just .111.


1909- 35-year old veteran hurler Jack Chesbro  (0-4, in 9 games) makes his final appearance in a Yankees uniform, he is ineffective in relief of starter Peter Wilson during the Yankees 17-6 loss to the Tigers. The Yankees would put him on waivers in September of 1909 to be claimed by the Red Sox. His 1904 season record of 41 wins is still a MLB record and the Yankees club record for most victories by pitcher in a season.


1910- In the 1st of 2 games, Yankees hurler Jack Warhop swipes home in 6th inning. His run is the difference as the Yankees beat the White Sox by a score of 4-3.


1922- The Yankees increased their lead by beating the Browns by a score of 2-1 in 11 innings on Bob Meusel's sac fly. Hank Severeid's HR is the only score for the Browns. An apparent 2-run double off the LF Wall by Browns’ hitter Eddie Foster in the 10th inning is ruled foul by Umpire Moriarty. The Yankees take the 4 game series with the Browns, 3 games to 1.


1926- Veteran P Dutch Ruether is picked up on waivers from the Senators by the Yankees.  He had a 12-6 record in 23 games for the Nats. Dutch will finish out the 1926 season with the Yankees, while posting a 2-3 record in 5 games.  Ruether appeared in 1 game of the 1926 World Series, taking the loss for the Yankees. He went 13-6 in 27 games on the 1927 World Championship team.  After the 1927 World Series had ended, Dutch retired from MLB.


1935- The Yankees out-slug the White Sox in a 13-10 victory in the 1st game of doubleheader. In the 2nd game, Lou Gehrig ties an AL record with 5 walks, as the Yankees lose to the White Sox by a score of 4-3.


1938- In the 1st game of a twin bill at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive triples. His offensive outburst helps the Bronx Bombers edge the Indians by the score of 8-7. In the 2nd game, Monte Pearson becomes the 1st pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Yankee Stadium. Facing only 27 Tribe batters, thanks to 2 Yankee double plays, he beats his former team the Indians by the score of 13-0 for his 10th consecutive victory of the 1938 season. The Yankees playing their 6th successive doubleheader increase their AL lead to 12 games.


1946- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Ed Hermann (1975) was born. (1946-2013)
On April 1,1975, C/DH Ed Hermann was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for minor league players Fred Anyzeski, John Narron, Ken Bennett, Terry Quinn and cash. Ed hit .255 in 80 games as a reserve catcher and DH for the 1975 Yankees. On February 20,1976, Ed was purchased by the Angels from the Yankees.


1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim York (1976) was born.
On January 8,1976, reliever Jim York was purchased by the Yankees from the Astros. Jim went 1-0 in 3 appearances with the Yankees, before being released by the team in August of 1976.


1950- Yankees veteran starter Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds hurls a 2-hitter in a 2-1 win over the White Sox.


1977- Ranger batters Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back Inside-the-Park HRs on consecutive pitches off of Yankees hurler Ken Clay, highlighting an 8-2 win over the Bombers, only the 2nd loss for the Yankees in 14 games. It ties the MLB mark and it is the 1st time since 1946 that 2 batters have connected consecutively on In-the-Park HRs.


1978- The “Miracle of Catfish Hunter” continues as the veteran Yankees starter downed his former teammates the Oakland A’s by the score of 6-2, He finishes the month of August 1978 with a 6-0 record with a 1.64 ERA. The victory helps keep the Yankees stay at 7 ½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. 


1984- Oakland's  slugger Dave Kingman hits a double and HR to help the A’s score 6-runs in the 7th inning, but that's all the A's score in losing to the Yankees by the score of 7-6. Yankees Bobby Meacham has 2 HRs, including the game winner in the 8th inning to back Yankees closer Dave Righetti's relief win. Oakland reliever Bill Caudill takes the loss for the A’s.


1985- Former Yankees P/OF Johnny Lindell (1941-1950) passed away (1916-1985).
Before the start of the 1936 MLB season, the Yankees signed Johnny Lindell as an MLB amateur free agent.  John pitched for the Yankees in 1942, going 2-1 in 23 games. He was converted to an outfielder in 1943. He was selected for the 1943 AL All Star team, but he did not play in the game.  His best Yankees season was in 1944, when he hit .300 in 149 games. John appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees hitting .324 in 12 games. On May 15,1950, Johnny was purchased by the Cardinals from the Yankees. He would later play for the Pirates and Phillies in the NL, before retiring from MLB in 1954.


1997- The Oakland A’s defeat the Yankees by the score of 8-7 as the A’s DH Dave Magadan leads the way with 5 hits, including a HR.


2013- Yankees veteran OF/DH Alfonso Soriano hits the 399th and 400th HRs of his MLB playing career in a 7-1 Yankees win over the Blue Jays. He takes Jays’ hurlers J.A. Happ and Esmil Rogers deep to back a strong outing from veteran Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.


2014- Tigers starter David Price has a historically bad outing in a start against the Yankees. In the 3rd inning, he allows a base hit to the 1st 9 Yankees batters he faces before being lifted; he is the 1st pitcher to allow 9 straight hits since Bob Forsch on August 3, 1989, and ends up allowing 8 earned runs on 12 hits in only 2 innings, something accomplished by only 3 other pitchers before him. For their part, the Yankees fall 1 shy of the AL record for consecutive hits as they win, 8-4.


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This Week in Yankees History August 23rd-August 29th Part Two


 


August 28th


 


1875- Former Yankees INF Joseph “Little Joe” Yeager (1905-1906) was born. (1875-1937)


In 1905, Joe Yeager was with the Yankees, hitting .267 as the team's regular 3B. Joe's batting average was 19 points higher than the team batting average of .248. He hit .301 with a .407 on-base percentage in 1906, but he only appeared in 57 games, mostly at 3B but also sometimes at shortstop. In the off-season, the Yankees traded him to the Browns for Catcher Branch Rickey.


1892- Former Yankees Reserve 3B/OF Bobby “Braggo” Roth (1921) was born. (1892-1936)


On December 31,1920, OF Bobby Roth was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Duffy Lewis and P George Mogridge. In 1921, Bobby hit .283 in 43 games for the Yankees. Bobby’s brother Frank Roth was the Yankees MLB pitching coach in 1921.


1896- Former Yankees INF/OF Aaron Ward (1917-1926) was born. (1896-1961)


INF Aaron Ward was the 2B for the 1917-1926 Yankees in the days before the arrival of Tony Lazzeri. Coming up in 1917 at age 20, Ward was one of the youngest players in the AL. He became a Yankees regular in 1920. Aaron played in the 1921-1923 World Series with the Yankees. He hit .417 in the 1923 World Series, which the Yankees won over the Giants.  Ward was one of several players who held out at the start of 1922 for better contracts. He succeeded in getting a big raise. Aaron’s best Yankees season was in 1921, when he hit .306, while playing in 121 games. Aaron hit .286 in 3 World Series with the Yankees. On January 13,1927, Aaron Ward was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for C Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart. Ward would hit .270 in 145 games for the White Sox. He retired during the 1928 season, appearing in just 6 games with the Indians.


1907- Yankees hurler John "Tacks" Neuer begins baseball's most successful short career by besting the Red Sox 1-0 in his 1st MLB start, the nightcap of a doubleheader. In 1 month, he will pitch 6 complete games, win 4 games, including 3 shutouts, and then disappear from the MLB scene. In the 1st game, veteran Red Sox starter Cy Young wins his 20th game of the season, defeating the Yankees by a score of 5-3.


1916- Former Yankees Reserve OF Michael “Shotgun” Chartak (1940) was born. (1916-1967)


Reserve OF Mike Chartak appeared in 12 games for the 1940 Yankees, hitting just .100. On May 10,1942, Mike was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees.


1921- Despite 3 doubles by Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, the Tigers drop the Yankees by score of 7-3. Ruth starts a record streak in which he gets at least 1 extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits, 177 runs, and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging average is 1 point behind that of a year ago.


1924- Despite Babe Ruth's 2-HRs, the Senators beat the Yankees by the score of 11-6 and move into 1st place. The Yankees will tie them for 2 days in September, but otherwise the Senators stay on top till the end of the 1924 season.


1924- The Yankees purchased hurler Walter Beall from Rochester (International League) for $50,000. He went 4-5 in 33 games for the 1924-1927 Yankees, before being sent to Senators.


1938- Former Yankees Reserve OF Billy Cowan (1969) was born.


On December 2,1968, Billy Cowan was drafted by the Yankees from the Phillies organization in the 1968 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Billy hit .166 in 38 games for the Yankees, before being sent to the Angels during the 1969 season.


1943- Former Yankees OF (1974-1984), MLB Coach, Manager (1986-1988) and General Manager Lou Piniella was born.


Originally, the Indians signed Lou Piniella as an MLB amateur free agent in 1962. In 1964, he appeared in 4 games with the Orioles. In 1969, he was drafted in the AL expansion team player draft by the Seattle Pilots, who during their 1st spring training camp traded him to the Kansas City Royals. In 1969, he won the AL Rookie Of Year award with the Royals hitting .282. In 1972, he was a member of the All Star team. On December 7,1973, Lou was traded by the Royals along with P Ken Wright to the Yankees for veteran hurler Lindy McDaniel. Lou hit a career .295 in 1,037 games as a Yankees player from 1974-1984. He was a clutch hitter in the post season with a  .300 BA.  In 4 World Series, Lou hit .319 for the Yankees. After retiring as an active player in 1984, he became a Yankees MLB coach. Later he became the team manager for the 1986-1987 seasons. In between managerial stints, he was the Yankees General Manager from October 1987 to May 1988. He was a broadcaster for the team in 1989.  Lou will go on later to manage the Reds, Mariners, Rays and the Cubs before retiring as an active MLB Manager in 2010.


1946- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike Torrez (1977) was born.


On April 27,1977,  P Mike Torrez was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for P Dock Ellis, reserve INF Marty Perez and rookie OF Larry Murray. In his only season as a Yankee Pitcher, Mike went 14-12 with a 3.88 ERA in 31 games with 15 complete games. He lost Game 3 of the 1977 ALCS against the Royals but  he made a clutch relief appearance in the deciding Game 5, taking over for Ron Guidry with the Yankees trailing in the 3rd inning and pitching 5 ⅓ innings of solid relief before handing the game over to Closer Sparky Lyle, who picked up the win when the Yankees rallied for 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning. He was outstanding in the 1977 World Series, pitching a 5-3 complete game win over the Dodgers in Game 3 when the Yankees had been trailing 2 games to none, then posting another complete game win in the clinching Game 6, this time an 8-4 win marked by Reggie Jackson’s 3 HRs. After the 1977 World Series, he left the Yankees for MLB free agency, signing with their Eastern Division rivals, the Boston Red Sox. Mike is most known for giving up a 3-run HR to Yankees light-hitting shortstop Bucky Dent in the 1-game AL playoff between the Red Sox and the Yankees at the end of the 1978 season. Overall, Mike Torrez went 185-160 with a 3.96 ERA in 494 games (458 of them starts) over 18 MLB seasons.


1948- The Yankees stroll into 2nd-place by edging the Indians by score of 3-2. Ahead 2-1, Tribe hurler Sam Zoldak wilts in the 98-degree weather and Gene Bearden replaces him in the 9th inning. Joe DiMaggio is hit, and 2 wild throws brings in Ed Klieman, who finishes the walk to Yogi Berra. A Bobby Brown sac bunt, and an intentional pass to Phil Rizzuto load the bases. Cliff Mapes walks to force a run and a grounder brings home the winning run.


1950- Former Cy Young winner Yankees Pitcher and MLB Pitching Coach Ron “Gator” Guidry (1975-1988) was born.


On June 8,1971, hurler  Ron Guidry was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1971 MLB amateur player draft. He went 170-91 with a .651 WP in 14 seasons with the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1978, when he went 25-3 in 35 games with 16 complete games, 9 shut outs with 1.78 ERA. In 1978, Ron won the Cy Young Award and the MLB Player of the Year Award. He was an All Star team member in 1978-1979 and 1982-1983 seasons. He led the AL in ERA in 1978-1979. He was an AL Golden Glove winner for pitchers from 1982-1986. His Yankees post season pitching record was 2-1 (3 World Series) 3-1 (League Championship Series) and 6-2 in post season games.


1951- The Braves sell veteran hurler Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000 and a young rookie Pitcher named Lew Burdette. It is another late-season insurance measure for the Yankees.  John will be effective hurler for the Yankees for 3 of 4 seasons, he is with the team. In 1954,  he will lead the AL with 22 saves. Lew Burdette would come back to haunt the Yankees in 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves, beating them 3 times for the 1957 World Championship.


1951-Former Yankees Pitcher  “Wild” Bill Piercy (1917,1921) passed away. (1896-1951)


“Wild” Bill Piercy pitched 6 seasons in the MLB (1917-1926). He came to the Yankees for 1 game in 1917 at the age of 21, but he made more of an impact in 1921, when he had a 5-4 record with a 2.98 ERA. He pitched 1 game in the 1921 World Series against the Giants without giving up a run.  Bill Piercy, Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel were disciplined by the MLB Commissioner Landis for going barnstorming after playing in the 1921 World Series, in violation of a rule that World Series participants could not barnstorm in the post season. They lost their World Series shares and were suspended 1 month the following season. Overall Bill went 5-5 in 15 games as a Yankees pitcher. On December 20,1921, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with P Rip Collins, INF Roger Peckinpaugh, P Jack Quinn and $100,000 to the Red Sox for P Bullet Joe Bush, P Sad Sam Jones and INF Everett Scott.  Piercy was with the  Red Sox from 1922-1924, posting losing records for a team that lost at least 87 games each season. In 1926, he had a record of 6-5 with the Cubs, who finished over .500. He was called "Wild Bill", and indeed he was among the leaders 3 times in wild pitches and 3 times in hit batsmen. Yankees rookie 1B Lou Gehrig hit his 1st MLB HR off of Bill Piercy in 1923.


1952- The Yankees purchased veteran hurler Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell from the Reds for $35,000 and 4 players: pitchers Johnny Schmitz and Ernie Nevel, Minor League Outfielders Bob Marquis and Jim Greengrass. Blackwell will go 3-0 with 2 saves in September of 1952 and during the 1953 AL season. On March 30, 1955, Ewell Blackwell was purchased by the A’s from the Yankees for $50,000.


1960- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees snap a 3-3 tie, when  slugger Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run HR in the 5th inning, then his teammate Catcher Yogi Berra follows up with a solo HR. The Yankees top the Tigers by a score of 8-5.


1962- At Yankee Stadium, CF Mickey Mantle connects for a 2-run HR shot in the 4th inning off of Tribe starter Jim “Mudcat” Grant to give the Yankees a 2-1 win over the Indians.


1972- Former Yankees Reliever Jay Witasick (2001) was born.


On June 23,2001, reliever Jay Witasick was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for minor league INF prospect D'Angelo Jimenez. Jay went 3-0 in 32 games with the Yankees. On December 13, 2001, Jay was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for OF/1B John Vander Wal.


1977- Yankees starter Ron Guidry fires his 3rd shutout of the 1977 season, a 1-0 whitewash of the Rangers. Guidry faces just 28 Ranger batters, allowing only 2 Texas hits. Graig Nettles scores the winning run after belting as triple.


1980- Former Yankees Pitcher T. J. Beam (2006) was born.


Pitcher T.J. Beam attended the University Of Mississippi; he went 14-2 as a senior. The Yankees in the 10th round of the 2003 MLB amateur player draft selected beam. He made his pro baseball debut that summer. In 5 seasons in the Yankees minor league organization, he was 22-18 with a 2.71 ERA in 154 minor league appearances. He also spent part of the 2006 season with the Yankees, going 2-0 with an 8.50 ERA in 20 games. Following the 2007 season, Beam became a MLB free agent. Beam was signed by the Pirates organization. In 2008, he went 2-2 in 22 games for the Pirates.


1996- The Mariner's 10-2 victory over the visiting Yankees is delayed 10 minutes by a bench-clearing brawl in the 8th inning following a close pitch by M's rookie Tim Davis. The M's John Marzano and Yankees OF Paul O'Neill and P Jeff Nelson, all receive 2-game suspensions, with the Yankees players, each getting fined $1,000. Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson opened the 8th inning by plunking Mariners batter Joey Cora.


1998-The Mariners clout 3 HRs in a 10-3 loss to the Yankees, making them the 1st team in history to reach the 200-HR mark for a season in 3 consecutive seasons. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis, and Rob Ducey, each belts a solo-HRs for the Seattle.


2008- The Yankees salvage the last game of a 3 game series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium with a 3-2 victory with 1B Jason Giambi providing the Yankees offense with a game tying HR and the game winning a single in the 9th inning. Yankees starter Mike Mussina scattered 5 Red Sox hits, walked 2, while he struck out 6 Red Sox batters, moving past Frank Tanana for sole possession of 20th place on MLB strikeout list with 2,778 MLB career strikeouts.


August 29th


1888- Former Yankees Pitcher Ensign Cottrell (1915) was born. (1888-1947)


On April 7,1915, hurler Ensign Cottrell was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves. Ensign appeared in 7 games with the 1915 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. He pitched for 5 different MLB teams, Pirates, Cubs, Phillies, Braves and the Yankees from 1911-1915. He was a member of 1914 Boston  “Miracle” Braves team, Ensign did not appear in the 1914 World Series for the Braves. Overall pitching in the MLB, he went 1-2 in 12 games with a 4.92 ERA.


1911- The Yankees overcome 7 errors and down the St. Louis Browns by the score of 7-4. The 7 errors were committed by the following Yankees players; 3B Roy Hartzell 2, CF Charlie Hemphil, Shortstop Otis Johnson, LF Mike Fitzgerald, Catcher Jim Williams and Pitcher Hippo Vaughan.


1925- After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for team batting practice. Yankees Manager Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5,000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the tiny manager, Yankees Owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his Manager. Babe Ruth is forced to apologize, before he's reinstated to the team 9 days later. The day after his return to the Yankee lineup, Ruth hits MLB career HR # 300.


1927- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, the Yankees win their 18th game of the 1927 season against the Browns without a loss by the score of 8-3.


1931- In his 1st start following his loss, A starter  Lefty Grove fans the side (Sammy Byrd, Joe Sewell, Babe Ruth) in the 1st inning, he hands out a walk to Lou Gehrig to start the 2nd inning and then he records 3 more K's (Ben Chapman, Lyn Lary, Bill Dickey). Lefty has 2-K's in the 3rd inning but he develops a blister from gripping the ball. Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning Grand Slam HR, but the A's lefty still wins the game by the score of 7-4. The Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig now has 142 RBIs for the 1931 season.  A’s Slugger Jimmie Foxx knocks in 5 runs to help in the win.


1937- Former Yankees Pitcher Hal Stowe (1960) was born.


Before the start of the 1959 MLB Season, the Yankees signed lefty hurler Hal Stowe as an MLB amateur free agent. He had played college baseball at Clemson University. Hal went 0-0 in his 1 game with the 1960 Yankees. Manager Casey Stengel thought that he was good enough to be a MLB pitcher, but in the Yankees 1961 spring training camp, new Yankees Manager Ralph Houk and his MLB Pitching Coach Johnny Sain thought he might have a chance as well but a injury in spring training camp hurt his chance to make the team. Hal remained pitching in the Yankees minor league system until 1963, before being released by the team. Hal finished his pitching career in 1964 with the Twins organization. Hal never was to pitch at the MLB level again.


1950- Former Yankees Reserve INF George Zeber (1977-1978) was born.


On June 7,1968, INF George Zeber was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1968 MLB amateur player draft. He missed the 1970-1971 baseball seasons due to military service. George spent a 1-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam. George won the 1977 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankees rookie in spring training camp. He appeared in 28 games with the 1977-1978 Yankees, while hitting .296 with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers with no hits. After the 1978 season, George became MLB free agent, when no solid offers came through from other MLB teams; he left baseball at the age of 28. He became a real estate agent, later he started a successful building business in California. He had heart surgery and has recovered.  George is still running his building business.


 1951- The Yankees pick on the lowly Browns for a 15-2 win at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Yankees rookie OF Mickey Mantle has 4 RBIs including a 3-run HR in the 9th inning off of veteran hurler Satchel Paige. Browns starter Ned Garver (15-9) is the loser for the Browns. 


1964- On ”Elston Howard Night” at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees take 2 games from the Red Sox by the scores of 10-2 and 6-1. Joe Pepitone's 3 HRs, including a Grand Slam HR and Roger Maris 6-singles lead the Yankees offense. Mickey Mantle hits MLB career HR #447 in the opener; also he ties Babe Ruth's MLB career strikeout record (1,330) in the nightcap.


1965- Former Yankees Reserve OF and HOF Paul “Big Poison” Waner (1944-1945) passed away. (1903-1965)


Paul Waner was at the end of his fine Hall Of Fame playing career, when the Yankees picked him up from the Dodgers during the 1944 season.  He was bother by bad legs. He appeared in only 10 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .143. He was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1952. His brother Lloyd also played for the Pirates, he was nicked named “Little Poison”.


1966- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Al DeVormer (1921-1922) passed away. (1891-1966).


Al DeVormer hit .275 in 46 games as a reserve catcher with the Yankees, before being traded to the Red Sox on January 23, 1923 along with cash for P George Pipgras and OF Harvey Hendrick. Al appeared in 2 games of the 1921 World Series for the Yankees against the Giants with no hits.


1967- The Red Sox tie an American League record it originally set on July 4,1905 by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader. Boston wins the 1st game against the Yankees by the score of 2-1, and then drops the nightcap in 20 innings by the score of 4-3. The Yankees winning P Fred Talbot has a single in 20th inning, off of Red Sox hurler Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke's game-winning single. The game lasts 5:15 and is the 3rd game this season of 18 innings or more for the Yankees.


1969- Golden Glove 1B Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game by Manager Ralph Houk.  His actions will help the Yankees front office to decide to trade him away in the coming off-season. He will return to the team, but Joe will be traded to the Astros for former Yankees minor league player OF/1B/C Curt Blefary.


1970- Former Yankees All Star OF Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees as a MLB 1B coach.


1972- Yankees CF Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle against the Rangers. He's the 1st Yankee player to hit for the cycle since Mickey Mantle in 1957. The next Yankees player to do this feat will be shortstop Tony Fernandez in 1995.


1973- Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson gets a tainted 1st-inning hit as a pop fly drops between 2 Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by the Angels starter Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees by the score of 5-0.


1977- The Yankees top the Royals by the score of 5-3 on a 3-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th inning by 1B Chris Chambliss.


1978- Against the Angels, the Yankees go into the record books by receiving 5 intentional passes in the 11-inning contest. The Angels pitching allows 8 walks in the game.  The Yankees win the game by the score of 4-3. Bronx closer Goose Gossage (9-10) picks up the victory, while Angles reliever Dave LaRoche (9-6) takes the loss.


1985- During the Yankees 4-0 win over the Angels; Yankees batter Don Baylor is hit by a pitch from Angels hurler Kirk McCaskill for the 190th time, breaking the AL record of 189 set by former AL All Star OF Minnie Minoso.


1996- The last-place Angels defeat the Yankees by the score of 14-3, behind OF Garret Anderson's 7-runs batted in. Anderson has 2 doubles and a HR in the game.


1998- Derek Jeter hits his 17th HR of the 1998 season to establish a new mark for Yankee shortstops. The infielder also scores 4 times in an 11-6 victory over the Mariners. The Yankees become the 1st team to qualify for the 1998 MLB postseason.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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1999 New York Yankees: The Bronx Bombers crush the Texas Rangers 21-3.





August 23, 1999-The New York Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. Yankees 3B Scott Brosius (6) and Catcher Joe Girardi (7) the 8th and 9th batters in the Yankees batting lineup drive in 13 of the  21 Yankee runs.  Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter scores his 100th run of the 1999 American L eague season, the 1st Yankees player to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle did it in 9-straight seasons (1953-1961).








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1951 New York Yankees: Gene Woodling leds the Yankees past the Tribe in 2-0 win.






August 24, 1951- Against the Cleveland Indian's veteran starter Early Wynn, New York Yankees OF Gene Woodling cracks his 3rd HR off the Tribe ace this season, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 2-0. Woodling went deep on Wynn on June 24th, July 24th, including today’s game.  New York rookie OF Mickey Mantle makes his 1st Yankee appearance since his recall from the Kansas City Blues (American Association).





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Remembering Former Yankees Hall of Fame Pitcher Waite Hoyt





August 25,1984Former Yankees Hall Of Fame Pitcher Waite “School Boy” Hoyt (1921-1930) passed away (1899-1984).
The New York Yankees obtained Pitcher Waite “School Boy” Hoyt from the Boston Red Sox in December of 1920. The Yankees sent 2B Del Pratt, OF Sammy Vick, Catcher Muddy Ruel and Pitcher Herb Thormahlen to the Boston Red Sox for Pitchers Waite Hoyt and Harry Harper, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang. He would go 157-98, with a WP of .617 in 9 ½ seasons with the New York Yankees. He was on the only 20-game winner on the 1927 World Championship team, posting a 22-7 record. He posted a 6-4 record in World Series with ERA of 1.83. On May 30, 1930, Hoyt was traded along with veteran INF Mark Koenig by the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers for Pitcher Ownie Carroll, OF Harry Rice and reserve INF Yats Wuestling. 



The Tigers would sell him the following season to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash, who later sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the winter of 1931, he was claimed by the New York Giants on waivers from the Pirates. Hoyt pitched in the MLB for 21 seasons (1918-1931). He pitched for the New York Giants (twice), Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia A’s, Brooklyn Dodgers (twice) and the Pittsburgh Pirates finishing with a MLB pitching career with a 237-142 record. After his MLB playing days, he became a long time broadcaster with the Cincinnati Reds. He was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.




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Remembering Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Frank Barnes



August 26, 1926Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Frank Barnes was born. (1926-2014)
In 1947, 18 year–old Frank Barnes started pitching professionally for the Indianapolis Clowns (Negro Leagues.)  On July 19,1950, Pitcher Frank Barnes and OF Elston Howard were purchased by the New York Yankees from Kansas City Monarchs (Negro American League)). Both players were sent to the Yankees minor league team at Muskegon (Central League). Frank went 8-4 with 2.23 ERA in 15 games. In 1951, Frank returned to Muskegon, where he posted a 15-6 record in 15 games with a 2.23 ERA. He was promoted to AA San Francisco Seals (PCL). He appeared in only 2 games for the Seals, while posting a 0-0 record.




In August of 1951, Frank was sent from the  New York Yankees to the St. Louis Browns in an unknown transaction. Pitcher Frank Barnes and several other black Yankees minor league players (Vic Power, Ruben Gomez, Artie Wilson and others) would be traded away during the 1951-1954 seasons, once Yankees GM George Weiss had decided that Elston Howard would be the 1st black Yankees MLB player. Before the start of the 1953 MLB season, Frank was returned to the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) by the St. Louis Browns after expiration of their minor league team working agreement.


On October 1,1956, Frank was traded by the Maple Leafs to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later, Jim Pearce and cash. The Cardinals sent 1B Rocky Nelson on March 21, 1957 to Toronto to complete the trade. Frank would appear in 15 games for the 1957-1959 Cardinals, while posting a 1-3 record with a 5.89 ERA. It would be his only playing time in the MLB.







On May 19,1960, he was purchased by the Chicago White Sox from the Cardinals. On December 15, 1961, Frank was traded by the White Sox along with veteran 3B Andy Carey to the  Philadelphia Phillies for Pitcher Taylor Phillips and Catcher Bob Sadowski. On March 24, 1962, 3B Andy Carey refused to report to his new team. The Phillies sent minor league player Lou Vassie on March 24, 1962 to the White Sox to complete the trade. The White Sox sent veteran Pitcher Cal McLish on March 24, 1962 to the Phillies to complete the trade.


Overall Frank Barnes pitched in the minor leagues for 17 seasons, while posting a 109-83 record with a 3.25 ERA in 398 games. After his MLB playing career, Barnes played in the Mexican Summer League, Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. In 1965, he led the circuit in both winning percentage 13–5, WP .722 with a 1.58 ERA. Additionally, Barnes played winter ball for the Licoreros de Pampero club of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during the 1955–1956 season. After the 1967 Mexican baseball season, Frank Barnes retired from the game at the age of 40. Frank Barnes passed away in October of 2014.



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Rmembering Former Yankees Pitcher/OF Johnny Lindell


1993 The Sporting News Conlon Collection #715 - Johnny Lindell


August 27, 1985- Former Yankees Pitcher/OF Johnny Lindell (1941-1950) passed away (1916-1985).
Before the start of the 1936 MLB season, the New York Yankees signed Johnny Lindell as an MLB amateur free agent. John pitched for the Yankees in 1942, going 2-1 in 23 games. He was converted to an outfielder in 1943, appearing in 122 games, while hitting .245 with with 4 HRs and 51 RBIs. He was selected for the 1943 AL All Star team, but he did not play in the game.  His best Yankees season was in 1944, when he hit .300 with 18 HRs and  103 RBIs in 149 games. John appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .324 in 12 games. On May 15, 1950, Johnny was purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals from the New York Yankees. He would later play for the 1953 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1953-1954 Philadelphia Phillies in the NL, before retiring from MLB. Over all Johnny hit  .273 in 854 games with 72 HRs and 404 RBIs in 12 MLB seasons. As a MLB pitcher, Johnny posted a 8-18 record with a 4.47 ERA in 35 games.




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1951 New York Yankees:  The Yankees trade for Boston Braves  Veteran Pitcher Johnny Sain.



August 28, 1951- The Boston Braves sell veteran hurler Johnny Sain to the New York Yankees for $50,000 and a young pitcher named Lew Burdette. It is another late-season insurance measure for the Yankees.  John will be effective hurler for the Yankees for 3 of 4 seasons, he is with the team. In 1954, he will lead the American League with 22 saves.  Rookie hurler Lew Burdette would come back to haunt the New York Yankees in 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves, beating them 3 times for the 1957 World Championship. Lew Burdetter had appeared inin 2 games for the 1950 Yankees with no record. At the time of trade, he is pitching for the Yankees AA team, the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League.

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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Reserve INF George Zeber



August 29, 1950- Former Yankees Reserve INF George Zeber (1977-1978) was born.


On June 7,1968, INF George Zeber was selected by the New york Yankees in the 5th round of the 1968 MLB amateur player draft. He missed the 1970-1971 baseball seasons due to military service. George spent a 1-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam. George won the 1977 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankees rookie in spring training camp. He appeared in 28 games with the 1977-1978 Yankees, while hitting .296 with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers with no hits. After the 1978 season, George became MLB free agent, when no solid offers came through from other MLB teams; he left baseball at the age of 28. He became a real estate agent, later he started a successful home building business in California. He had heart surgery and has recovered.  George is still running his home building business.


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