This Week in Yankees History April 9th- April 15th
1888- Former Yankees Pitcher James “Hippo” Vaughn (1908,1910-1912) was born. (1888-1966)
Hippo Vaughn went 22-30 with a 3.18 ERA in 72 games for the Yankees before going to the Senators on waivers during the 1912 MLB season. In 1913, Hippo will be picked by the Cubs, becoming a 20 game winner for 5 NL seasons with the team, before finishing his MLB pitching career with them in 1921. He was 1-2 with a 1.00 ERA for the Cubs in the 1918 World Series. Overall, as a MLB pitcher, he went 179-136 with a 2.49 ERA in 390 games.
1953- Pittsburgh's 1-sided pre-season victory over the defending World Champions Yankees notwithstanding, today's main attraction is 21-year-old Mickey Mantle, as the Yankees' young phenom becomes just the 3rd batter in Forbes Field's 44-year history—after Babe Ruth in 1935 and Teddy Beard in 1950—to clear the 89-FT-high RF roof.
1961- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Brian Dorsett (1989-1990) was born.
On November 17, 1988, Brian Dorsett was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for minor league player Eric Schmidt. He appeared in just 22 games for the Yankees as a reserve catcher, while hitting .228 with no HRs and 4 RBIs. He spent of his most of his time in the Yankees organization, playing for their AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (International League.) On November 19,1990, Brian was released by the team. He would be signed by the Padres organization.
1965- President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Astros win an exhibition game against the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 12 innings. Yankees All Star CF Mickey Mantle hits the 1st-ever indoor HR in the new park.
1965- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Hal Morris (1988-1989) was born.
The Yankees in the 8th round of the 1986 MLB amateur player draft selected OF/1B Hal Morris. He played in only 30 games for the Yankees, hitting just .184. On December 12,1989, Hal traded by the Yankees along with minor league P Rodney Imes to the Reds for P Tim Leary and OF Van Snider. Hal’s best position was 1B, but he was blocked there by the presence of Yankees All Star 1B Don Mattingly. Hal was a MLB scout for the 2008 Pirates. In 2011, he was scouting for the Red Sox. In 2012, Hal became the Head of Pro Scouting for the Angels.
1967- Former Yankees Reliever Graeme Lloyd (1996-1998) was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Reliever Graeme Lloyd came to the Yankees in the trade with the Brewers that saw P Bob Wickman and OF Gerald Williams go to the Brewers. He was awful in the regular season for the 1996 Yankees, posting a 17.47 ERA in 13 games (managing barely 5 2/3 innings of work), but he was outstanding in the 1996 MLB post-season, being used 8 times and allowing no runs on 1 hit and no walks while striking out 5 batters in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees won their 1st World Series title since 1978 that year. Lloyd was still on their staff when they won another title in 1998, once again keeping a clean ledger in the post-season (in only 3 appearances though). He went 4-3 in 109 games with 1 save before being traded along with veteran starter David Wells to the Blue Jays for All Star hurler Roger Clemens in the spring of 1999.
1971- The Oakland A’s traded veteran 1B/OF Felipe Alou to the Yankees in exchange for 2 pitchers: Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski. Alou will appear in 131 games for the team, while hitting .289 with 8 HRs with 69 RBIs. During the 1972 MLB season, Felipe Alou's younger brother, Matty will join him in Yankees pinstripes. The team will acquire him in another deal with the A’s.
1985- Former Yankees Closer Dave Robertson (2008-2014) was born.
Pitcher David Robertson was selected by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut the next summer. Robertson made his MLB pitching debut with the 2008 Yankees, then he emerged as one of the team's most reliable relievers in 2009, when he contributed to the team's World Series title with a 3.30 ERA in 45 games coupled with 63 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. He kept a clean sheet in 5 postseason appearances that year, including 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. His ERA rose to 3.82 in 2010, but he still pitched 64 games and again struck out over a batter per inning.
In 2011, though, he emerged as perhaps the best middle reliever in baseball, making the All-Star team on the strength of a 4-0 record and sparkling 1-0 ERA in 70 games. He struck out an even 100 batters that season, in only 66 2/3 innings, and gave up only 1 HR all season. The Yankees had signed former Tampa Bay Rays closer Rafael Soriano to a big MLB free agent contract the previous off-season, with a view to grooming him to eventually succeed the great Mariano Rivera in the closer role with the Bronx Bombers. However, Soriano struggled, and Robertson's tremendous performance pushed him up to the top of the depth chart as Mariano's set-up man.
David started the 2012 season secure in his role as the # 2 man in the Yankees bullpen and pitched lights out in his 1st 12 outings, giving up a mere 7 hits and 3 walks in 12 innings while striking out 21 and not allowing a single run. When Rivera went down with a torn knee ligament in a freak accident on May 3rd, it was him and not Soriano who was anointed by Manager Joe Girardi to take over Mo's huge shoes. In his 1st game in the new role, on May 8th, he preserved a 5-3 win over the Rays, striking out Carlos Pena with the bases loaded in nailing his 1st save opportunity. It was only the 4th save of his MLB pitching career, but it was clear that he had the stuff and poise to rack up many, many more. However, in his 2nd outing in the role on May 9th, things went awry, as he blew a 1-0 9th inning lead against the Rays, loading the bases with none out and then allowing a sacrifice fly by B.J. Upton and a 3-run HR by Matt Joyce to be charged with a blown save and the 4-1 loss. He then got more bad news on May 15th when he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his ribcage. By the time he returned, veteran reliever Rafael Soriano had claimed the closer's job and would end the season with 40 saves. He ended the season with a record of 2-7 with a 2.67 ERA in 65 games. He then won Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles, 3-2 in 12 innings.
In 2013, Rivera was back for his last MLB season and Robertson was in his familiar role of set-up man. Both men were excellent, with Rivera going out pitching as well as he ever had, and Robertson putting up a 2.04 ERA in 70 games with 3 saves and 77 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings. He was anointed the new Yankees' closer in 2014, he quickly picked up a couple of saves without giving up a run, but he had to go on the DL after his 3rd outing. This time, however, his understudy did not steal his job and he was able to close games again when he returned later in April. His 3rd save was recorded against the Angels on April 26th. He ended up with 39 saves, to go along with a 4-5 record and a 3.08 ERA, with 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. However, in a surprising development, he opted to leave the Yankees, when he became a MLB free agent after the season, instead signing a 4-year deal worth $46 million with the White Sox on December 8,2014.
1989- Yankees All Star LF Rickey Henderson gets his 800th MLB career stolen base in a 4-3 Yankees loss to the Indians.
1993- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, Bo Jackson, former Royals All Star slugger now with the White Sox hits a HR in his 1st at-bat after coming back from major hip replacement surgery from a injury while playing pro football in the NFL. The White Sox, however, lose the game to the Yankees by the score of 11-6. Jackson will never regain his All Star form as a MLB player.
2004- The Yankees and their Manager Joe Torre agree to a 3-year contract extension. The contract also includes an additional 6-year deal in which the 62-year old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 MLB season.
2006- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Player/Manager Billy Hitchcock passed away.(1916-2006)
Billy Hitchcock was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Johnny Nee as an amateur free agent in 1938 but a knee injury sustained playing football kept him from playing until the following year when he played for the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association, 1939-1941). A knee operation after the 1939 season improved his range. With Phil Rizzuto's promotion to the Bronx, Hitchcock moved to shortstop from 3B, where he had been playing. He batted a solid .296 with 59 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Joe Williams reported in The Sporting News "at least 6 big league clubs are after him" (TSN, 9/11/1941) and, he was unable to beat out Rizzuto as shortstop of the Yankees, he was sold to the Tigers. Billy was 25 years old when he broke into the MLB on April 14, 1942. After serving in World War II, he rejoined the Tigers and played for them and the Senators in 1946; the Browns (1947); the Red Sox (1948-1949); the A’s (1950-1952) and he return to the Tigers again in 1953, where he played his final MLB game on August 27,1953 at age 37. Billy would manager in the minor leagues for the Tigers and Braves organizations. He was a long time MLB Coach with the Tigers. Then he moved to the Orioles organization, briefly serving as an interim Manager. He later moved to the Braves organization. Billy retired from baseball in 1967. But in 1969, he came back to the MLB with the expansion Montreal Expos in 1969, his former Braves boss John McHale persuaded Hitchcock to serve as Special Assignment Scout and then Director of Minor League Instruction for the Expos. Hitchcock then served as President of the Southern League from 1972-1980.
2013- The Yankees use the long ball, as they bang out 5 HRs of their own in crushing the Indians by the score of 14-1. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gives up 7 Yankee runs before being ejected by home plate umpire Jordan Baker for throwing at Kevin Youkilis in the 4th inning. Ironically, Carrasco had just finished serving a 5-game suspension incurred in 2011, but only served at the start of the season as he has undergone Tommy John surgery and been out of the big leagues in the meantime. He claims that he slipped on the pitch to Youkilis, which comes just after a HR by Yankees 2B Robinson Cano; he will receive an 8-game suspension this time. Veteran starter Andy Pettitte is the winner for the Yankees.
1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “ Bob” McGraw (1917-1918,1920) was born. (1896-1978)
Bob McGraw appeared in 24 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 4.14 ERA. On July 29,1919, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with shortstop Allen Russell and $40,000 to the Red Sox for veteran starter Carl “Sub “Mays. Bob would return to the Yankees in 1920, appearing in 15 games with no record.
1913- In a game, which features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the 1st pitch, the Highlanders become the Yankees. Playing their 1st game under their new nickname, the Yankees lose to the Senators by the score of 2-1, as future HOF starter Walter Johnson picks up the win for Nats.
1921- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors” was born. (1921-1992)
Yankees Super Scout Paul Krichell noted that Chuck was left unprotected by the Dodgers in 1941. He signed him to a minor league contract for the Yankees organization. Chuck replaced Joe Collins at 1B with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), Chuck hit .264 and slugged .408. His Tars teammate Bill Wight recalled that Connors often would recite “Casey at the Bat”, Shakespeare or other poetry. In 1942, Chuck was drafted into the Army. Chuck related that he would write to Dodgers GM Branch Rickey in 1946, asking for the Dodgers to reacquire him. The Yankees waived him on April 23,1946, the Dodgers claimed their old prospect back. Chuck would appear in 67 games for the 1949-1950 Dodgers and with the 1951 Cubs hitting .238. While playing with the Los Angeles Angels (Pacific Coast League), Chuck started acting in Hollywood in minor roles. When shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career. He became a full time actor in Hollywood, starting in several TV network series, “The Rifleman” “Arrest and Trial” and “Branded” and made many action movies during his long acting career.
1946- Former Yankees player (1980-1981) and General Manager Bob Watson was born.
Veteran Bob Watson was signed as a MLB free agent in 1980 by the Yankees. Bob hit .307 with 13 HRs and 68 RBIs. His Yankees playing career totals were .282 BA with 19 HRs with 83 RBIs. On April 23,1982, Bob was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for minor league player Scott Patterson. After his MLB playing career had ended, Watson was an A’s MLB coach for 3 seasons. He was the Assistant GM of the Astros from 1989 to 1993. Bob became the 2nd African-American General Manager in baseball history, when he was named to that post with the Astros in 1994. He later held the same position with the Yankees in 1996-1997. Later Bob worked in the MLB Commissioner’s offices.
1950- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Ken Griffey Sr. (1982-1986) was born.
Ken Griffey Sr. played for the 1973-1981 Reds. He hit over .300 for them in 6 seasons. Along with teammates George Foster and Cesar Geronimo, he filled out the outfield for the great Reds teams that won the World Series in 1975 and 1976, which were known as the "Big Red Machine". In 1976, he was 2nd in the NL in batting average and 8th in the MVP voting. On November 4, 1981, Ken was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for a player to be named later and minor league Pitcher Brian Ryder. The Reds were about to lose him to MLB Free agency. On December 9, 1981, the Yankees sent minor league Pitcher Freddie Toliver to the Reds to complete the trade. Moving to the Yankees at the age of 32, he played 4 1/2 seasons in the Bronx before going to the Braves. As a Yankee, Ken appeared in 551 games, while hitting .285 with 47 HRs with 251 RBIs. On June 30, 1986, Ken was traded by the Yankees along with reserve INF Andre Robertson to the Braves for OF Claudell Washington and minor league INF Paul Zuvella. After playing parts of 3 seasons with Braves, he moved on to play parts of 1989-1990 seasons back with the Reds (beginning at age 38), before finishing up with the Mariners in 1990: where by then his son Ken Griffey, Jr. was a regular. He was the 1st of 2 fathers to play with his son in the same MLB game (Tim Raines is the other). He received a World Series ring for the Reds' 1990 World Championship, even though he was no longer a member of the team by the time the World Series rolled around. His MLB lifetime batting average was .296, while he appeared in nearly 2,100 MLB games with over 2,100 hits in a playing career of 19 seasons. Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. hold the record for the most hits by a MLB father-son duo (4,924).
1967- Former Yankees Reserve OF Mike Humphreys (1991-1993) was born.
On June 1,1988, Mike Humphrey was selected by the Padres in the 15th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Padres at the MLB level. On February 7,1991, the Padres sent minor league OF Mike Humphreys to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 3, 1990. On December 3,1990, the Padres sent a player to be named later to the Yankees for OF Oscar Azocar. Mike would appear in just 54 games with Yankees as a reserve outfielder, hitting just .176.
1971- Former Yankees Reliever Al Reyes (2003) was born.
On March 24,2003, veteran reliever Al Reyes was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. Al appeared in 13 games for the Yankees with no record with a 3.18 ERA. On July 25,2003, Reyes was released by the team.
1976- Milwaukee 3B Don Money hits a 9th-inning Grand Slam HR to give the Brewers, an apparent 10-9 lead over the Yankees. The umpires, however, rule that Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss had called timeout prior to the pitch. After heated discussion by Brewers Manager Alex Grammas, Don Money returns to the plate, hits a sacrifice fly and the Brewers lose the game by a score of 9-7.
1982- The Yankees traded hard-throwing reliever Ron Davis and minor leaguers INF Greg Gagne and P Paul Boris to the Twins for INF Roy Smalley. The trade breaks up the Yankees' devastating bullpen combination of Ron Davis and Goose Gossage.
1982- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chris Dickerson (2011-2012) was born.
On June 5,2000, OF Chris Dickerson was selected by the Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2000 MLB amateur player draft, but he did not sign with the team. On June 3,2003, Chris was selected by the Reds in the 16th round of the 2003 MLB amateur player draft. On August 9,2010, Chris was traded by the Reds to the Brewers for MLB OF Jim Edmonds. Dickerson did not figure in the Brewers' long-term plans, and at the end of spring training in 2011, they traded him to the Yankees in return for MLB P Sergio Mitre. He had a chance to become the Yankees' 4th outfielder, but he suffered an injury in his 1st spring training game, setting him back. He played 57 games for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, while hitting .241 with little power. He did get into 60 games for the Yankees as a reserve outfielder, but only went to bat 50 times, with a .260 average. He scored a run in his only appearance in the post-season, when the Yankees lost in 5 games to the Tigers in the 2011 ALDS. In 2012, he spent most of the season in AAA, being recalled to the Bronx when rosters expanded on September 1st. With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit .316 with 24 doubles and 7 HRs, his 1st really productive season since 2008. He started a game in place of injured CF Curtis Granderson on September 2nd and hit a 2-run HR off the Orioles' Chris Tillman in his 1st at-bat of the 2012 MLB season. On January 11,2013, Chris was released by the Yankees. On January 29, 2013, Chris was signed as a MLB free agent with the Orioles.
1989- At Yankee Stadium, Blue Jays starter Dave Stieb throws a 1-hit, 8-0 shutout against the Yankees, giving him 3 1-hitters in his last 4 starts dating back to the previous September.
1998-The Yankees draw the largest regular-season crowd ever at the new Yankee Stadium as 56,717 attend the home opener against the Oakland A’s. Then the Yankees crush the club scoring mark by winning the 17-13 Opening Day slugfest.
2007- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Richard Kryhoski (1946-1949) passed away. (1925-2007)
In 1946, 1B Richard Kryhoski was signed as a MLB amateur free agent by the Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell. He batted .294 in 54 games for the 1949 Yankees. On December 17,1949, he was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for 1B Richard Wakefield (1950). Richard would return to the Yankees in 17-player trade in winter of 1954 with the Orioles. In March of 1955, the Yankees will sell him to the Kansas City A’s.
2010- The Yankees' CC Sabathia flirts with a no-hit bid, before giving up a 2-out single to the Rays' Kelly Shoppach in the 8th inning. Having reached his pitch count limit, he then exits the game, but he is credited with the Yankees 10-0 win.
2011- On the ESPN Sunday-night game, the Red Sox shut out the Yankees by the score of 4-0, thanks to a dominating performance by starter Josh Beckett, who gives up only 2 Yankee hits in 8 innings while striking out 10 Yankee batters. The Red Sox strand 16 base runners but manage to squeak a run off CC Sabathia on Mike Cameron's infield single in the 3rd inning, before tacking on a few insurance runs late in the game. Beckett and Closer Jonathan Papelbon combine to retire the final 17 Yankee batters in order.
2014- As usual, sparks fly in the 1st meeting of the 2014 AL season between the Yankees and Red Sox. New York defeats Boston by the score of 4-1, behind the pitching of Michael Pineda, but Boston's broadcasters claim they have detected pine tar on Pineda's pitching hand. The Yankees' hurler dismisses the claim, saying it is just sweat mixed with dirt, while Umpire Brian O'Nora states that nothing of concern was brought to his attention.
2015-The Yankees and Red Sox lock horns in a 19-inning marathon, the game ending with the Red Sox coming out on top, by the score of 6-5 at 2:13 AM. The game is further lengthened by a 16-minute delay caused by a power outage in the 12th inning at New Yankee Stadium. Yankees 3B Chase Headley forces extra innings with a HR off of Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, then David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira exchange solo HRs in the 16th inning, and both teams score once in the 18th as well further extending the game. Xander Bogaerts scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts, and this time Steven Wright, in his 5th inning of relief work, keeps the Yankees from replying.
1917–Red Sox starter Babe Ruth pitches a 3-hitter in shutting down the Yankees on Opening Day. Ruth's performance marks the start of good things to come. He will win 24 games this season, while leading the AL pitchers with 35 complete games.
1954-To make room for promising rookie OF Wally Moon, the Cardinals traded longtime OF great Enos Slaughter to the Yankees in exchange for minor league OF Bill Vidron, P Mel Wright, and C Hal Smith and OF Emil Tellinger. Vidron would become the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955, later starting OF for the Pirates during the 1950-1960’s. Hal Smith was another in a string of young Yankee catchers, who were traded away because of the presence of AL All Star starting catcher Yogi Berra. Bill Virdon and Mel Wright would return to the Yankees in 1974 as Manager and MLB pitching coach. Enos Slaughter would play 5 seasons with the Yankees in between a brief stay with the Kansas City A’s, before retiring after the 1959 MLB season finishing his long MLB playing career with the Braves.
1965- Former Yankees Minor League OF Turner Ward was born.
On June 2,1986, OF Turner Ward was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In the Yankees minor-league system, he played for 3 seasons, 2 in Class A leagues and 1 in AAA with the Columbus Clippers, while hitting .251 in 133 games. On March 19,1989, Ward was traded by the Yankees along with C Joel Skinner to the Indians for veteran MLB OF Mel Hall.
1980- Former Yankees All Star 1B Mark Teixeira (2009-2016) was born.
In late December 2008, 1B Mark Teixeira signed a contract as a MLB free agent with the Yankees for an 8-year term, making him one of the highest-paid players in baseball. The Orioles had also sought Teixeira, who is from Maryland, but they could not compete with the Yankees' contract offer. After a slow start, Teixeira took his accustomed place among baseball's best sluggers in his initial season in pinstripes. He hit .292 in 2009, with 43 doubles, 39 HRs, 122 RBI and 103 runs scored. He led the AL in total bases (344), HRs, RBIs and extra-base hits while forming a formidable tandem in the middle of the Yankees' batting order with Alex Rodriguez. He was a leading candidate for the 2009 AL MVP Award, finishing 2nd in the voting behind Twins 1B Joe Mauer. He picked up both an AL Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award at 1B, while being named to the All-Star team. He was not as hot during the post-season, but he still contributed with 2 HRs, 10 runs and 8 RBIs towards the Bronx Bombers' conquest of their 1st World Series title since 2000. On August 2, 2011, Teixeira hit HRs from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career in a win over the White Sox, giving him the all-time record ahead of Eddie Murray and Chili Davis. The 2 long HR balls also gave him his 8th consecutive 30-HR MLBs. As injuries from the past few seasons affected Tex’s playing ability, he retired from the Yankees at the end of the 2016 MLB season. His Final Yankees player career totals were a .248 BA with 206 HRs and 622 RBIs in 958 games. As a MLB player, he finished with lifetime .268 BA with 409 HRs and 1,298 RBIs in 1,862 MLB games.
1988- Current Yankees Reserve INF Pete Kozma (2017) was born.
Peter Kozma was selected by the Cardinals in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He reached the MLB in 2011. Kozma hit .522 with 56 runs and 55 RBI as a HS SR and was a 2nd-team All-USA pick by USA Today. St. Louis took him 18th overall in the 2007 draft. Pete made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Cardinals, appearing in 4 games with the club. He then played for the Johnson City Cardinals, hitting .264 in 30 games, before ending the season with the Batavia Muckdogs, for whom he was just 4 for 27. Overall, he hit .233 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs in 42 games that season. In 2008, he played for the Quad Cities River Bandits (99 games) and Palm Beach Cardinals (24 games), hitting a combined .258 with 5 HRs and 50 RBIs in 123 games. He also stole 12 bases in 18 attempts. In 2009, he split the season between Palm Beach (18 games) and the Springfield Cardinals (113 games), hitting .231 with 6 HRs and 45 RBIs in 131 games. He played for Springfield in 2010, hitting .243 with 13 HRs and 72 RBIs in 132 games. He also stole 13 bases in 15 tries. He began 2011 with the Memphis Redbirds before being called up by the Cards in May. From 2011-2015, he played in 275 games for the Cardinals, while hitting .222 with 3 HRs and 52 RBIs. In November of 2015, the Cardinals granted him MLB free agency. The Yankees would sign him as MLB free agent. In 2016, he played for their AAA team in Scranton. He appeared in 130 games for the team, while hitting .209 with 2 HRs and 32 RBIs. He received a non-roster invitee to the Yankees 2017 MLB spring training camp. He made the MLB roster, when the Yankees need experience MLB infield help due to an injury to their starting shortstop.
1895- Former Yankees OF Sammy Vick (1917-1920) was born. (1895-1986)
Sammy Vick was the regular RF for the 1919 Yankees, while hitting .248 in 106 games. The Yankees then acquired OF/P Babe Ruth from the Red Sox, the Babe played RF in 1920; as a result, Vick's playing time went way down. Sammy’s Yankees player career totals were a .246 BA with 2 HRs and 46 RBIs in 169 games. On December 15,1920, Sammy Vick was traded by the Yankees along with INF Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Hank Thormahlen to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang.
1922- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Wright (1946-1947) was born. (1922-2007)
Yankees MLB Scout Joe Devine signed Bill Wight as a High School Jr. Wight began his pro baseball career in 1941. He missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. He went 3-2 in 15 games for the 1946-1947 Yankees. On February 24,1948, Bill Wright was traded by the Yankees along with P Fred Bradley and C Aaron Robinson to the White Sox for P Eddie Lopat. Eventually, he played for 8 MLB teams from 1946-1958. Bill pitched for the Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Tigers, Indians, Orioles, Reds and the Cardinals. He was renowned for his pickoff move, and once he picked off Yankees base-runner Mickey Mantle twice in a game. For 37 years, he worked in MLB scouting, signing INF Joe Morgan for the Astros, before moving to the Braves organization, where he spent 32 years with the team. He signed future MLB players Dusty Baker, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and David Justice for the Braves.
1927- The Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 8-3 before the largest confirmed paid Opening Day attendance in MLB baseball history, to that time (73,206) as Yankees veteran starter Waite Hoyt out-dueled A’s starter Lefty Grove.
1933- Former Yankees MLB Batting Coach Charlie Lau (1978-1979), a renowned MLB batting instructor and MLB player was born. (1933-1984)
In 11 MLB seasons (1956-1967), Catcher Charlie Lau played in 527 games. He hit .255 with 16 HRs and 140 RBIs. He played for the Tigers, Braves, Orioles, and the A’s. He finished up his MLB playing career with the 1967 Atlanta Braves. Charlie Lau, whose MLB career batting average was .255, earned his MLB fame as the 1971-1977 Kansas City Royals MLB batting coach, where his star pupil was AL All Star 3B George Brett. Lau also served as a MLB batting coach for the Orioles, A’s, Yankees and the White Sox. He was the author of the popular baseball book, titled “The Art of Hitting .300.” Charlie Lau died in March 1984 from colon cancer at age of 50.
1942- Former Yankees Pitcher Dale Roberts (1967) was born. (1942-2010)
In 1963, the Yankees signed Pitcher Dale Roberts. In 1967, Dale earned a September call-up with the club, after going 9-4 with a 2.97 ERA for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League) that season. He made his MLB pitching debut on September 9th against the Red Sox, entering the game in the bottom of the 8th inning with his club down by the score of 6-1. He pitched 1 frame, allowing Mike Andrews to score on a Jerry Adair single. On September 16th, he made his only other Yankees MLB appearance, pitching the 8th inning against the Indians. With his team down by the score of 5-1, when he came into the game, he hit the 1st 2 batters that he faced, Chuck Hinton and Leon Wagner. After retiring Max Alvis, he walked Tony Horton to load the bases. Joe Azcue then singled to drive in Hinton. Roberts ended his MLB pitching career with 2 earned runs in 2 innings spread over 2 games. After the 1967 MLB season was finished, Dale Roberts was dealt to the Braves along with C Bob Tillman for INF Bobby Cox. He played 3 more seasons in the minor leagues, ending his active playing days with brief stints in the Angels and Phillies organizations in 1970.
1948- The Yankees released veteran Pitcher Surgeon “Spud “ Chandler (1937-1947). He had retired as an active player. Spud Chandler went 109–43, WP .717, with a 2.84 ERA, in 211 games for the Yankees. He completed 109 games with 26 shutouts for the team. He won 20 games twice for the Yankees in 1943 (20-4 record) and 1946 (20-8 record). Chandler won the 1943 AL Most Valuable Player Award. Chandler was named to the AL All Star team In 1942-1943 and 1946; he missed the 1944-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. He came back to the Yankees in 1946, posting a 20-8 record with a 2.10 ERA. In 1947, he led the AL pitchers in ERA with a 2.46 mark. Spud appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 1.62 ERA in 6 games. His best World Series for the Yankees was in 1943, when he went 2-0 against the Cardinals. He later became a MLB Pitching Coach for the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s.
1953- Former Yankees Minor League OF Mickey Mantle Jr. was born. (1953-2000)
Mickey Mantle Jr. was the son of Mickey Mantle and nephew of Ray Mantle and Roy Mantle. He played for the 1978 Alexandria Dukes, going a miserable 4 for 57 for a .070 average, with 26 strikeouts. He had 3 walks, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, no extra-base hits and no steals. In the outfield, he fielded .947 with 1 assist in 17 games. He left the Yankees organization briefly played in the Rangers organization, before ending his pro baseball career. Mickey Jr., the oldest of the 4 Mantle sons -- a switch-hitting outfielder like his father -- played amateur baseball in Florida as a teenager. At age 24, he joined the Yankees organization, playing in the low minor leagues. After 1 season, he moved to the Rangers' farm system, but he abruptly quit in the face of overwhelming news media attention. ''It was sick,'' he recalled. ''Not many 24-year-olds walk out of an insurance office and make the major leagues.'' In 2000, at the age of 47, Mickey passed away from cancer.
1960- Former Yankees Minor League C Bill Lindsey was born.
On April 27,1981, Catcher Bill Lindsey was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Bill never played for the Yankees at MLB level. On December 24,1986, the Yankees sent C Bill Lindsey to the White Sox to complete an earlier deal made on July 30,1986. On July 30,1986, the Yankees sent a player to be named later, C/DH Ron Hassey and OF/INF Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for DH/1B/OF Ron Kittle, C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. In 1987, Bill appeared with the White Sox in 9 games, just hitting .188.
1970- Plaques honoring 2 former HOF Yankees centerfielders: Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are dedicated at Yankee Stadium. The plaques are located in center field and will eventually be moved to "Monument Park" beyond the left field fence, when Yankee Stadium is renovated in 1974-1975.
1973- Former Yankees Reliever Antonio Osuna (2003) was born.
Antonio Osuna came to the Yankees from the White Sox in the Orlando Hernandez trade. He went 2-5 in 48 games, while working out of the 2003 Yankees bullpen. In November of 2003, he was granted by MLB free agency by the team.
2013-The Yankees turn only their 2nd triple play since the 1969 AL season in defeating the Orioles, by the score of 5-2. With 2 men on in the 8th inning, Manny Machado hits a hard grounder to 2B Robinson Cano. The play then goes 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 as Alexi Casilla is caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd, and Machado is erased when he attempts to take 2nd during that time. It is the 1st time that a triple killing has taken that particular circuitous route.
1875- Former Yankees INF (1903-1909) and MLB Manager (1908) Norman “Tabasco Kid“ Elberfeld was born. (1875-1944).
After Yankees Manager Clark Griffth quit the team in a dispute with Yankees Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery, Norman “Tabasco Kid” Elberfeld went 27-71 as the Yankees Player/Manager in 1908. On June 10,1903, he was traded by the Tigers to the Highlanders for 2 shortstops: Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. Norman was nicknamed “The Tabasco Kid” because of his bad temper on the playing field. His best Yankees season was in 1906, when he hit .306 with 2 HRs and 31 RBIs as the team’s starting shortstop. As a Yankees player, he appeared in 667 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs and 257 RBI’s. On December 14,1909, “Kid” was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees for $5,000. Later he became a minor league manager.
1879- Former Yankees OF/1B Jake Stahl (1908) was born. (1879-1922)
On October 13,1907, 1B Jake Stahl was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the White Sox to the Yankees. The Yankees sent 2B Frank LaPorte to the Americans (aka Red Sox). The Americans sent Freddy Parent to the White Sox. Jake, who was a 1B, was moved to the outfield by New York, who already had Hal Chase starting at 1B. He appeared in 75 games, while hitting .255 with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs for the team. On July 10,1908, Jake was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees.
1890-Former Yankees Pitcher George Shears (1912) was born. (1890-1978)
George Shears appeared in 4 games for the 1912 Yankees with a 0-0 record with a 5.40 ERA.
1891- Former Yankees Reserve OF Charlie Mears (1914) was born. (1891-1962)
Reserve OF Charlie Mears appeared in 4 games for the 1914 Yankees, while hitting .286 no HRs with 1 RBI.
1915- Former Yankees INF Oscar Grimes (1943-1946) was born. (1915-1993)
Oscar Grimes was the son of MLB player Ray Grimes. On December 17,1942, INF Oscar Grimes was traded by the Indians along with OF Roy Weatherly to the Yankees for OF Roy Cullenbine and Catcher Buddy Rosar. He was a reserve INF in 1943. Oscar became regular Yankees INF during the 1944-1945 seasons, hitting .279 and .265. In 1945, he was selected to the All Star team, but he didn’t play in the game. Overall as a Yankees player, he appeared in 281 games, while hitting .266 with 9 HRs and 96 RBIs. On July 11,1946, INF Oscar Grimes was purchased by the Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees.
1921- In the 1921 AL season opener for the Yankees, slugger Babe Ruth goes 5-for-5 as Yankees starter Carl Mays beat the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 11-1.
1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Mark Leiter (1990) was born.
Reliever Mark Leiter went 1-1 in 8 games with the 1990 Yankees. He is the older brother of former Yankees Pitcher Al Leiter.
1983- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Steve Pearce (2012) was born.
On March 12,2012, Steve Pearce was signed by the Yankees as MLB free agent. He had started his MLB playing career with the Pirates. As a Reserve INF/OF, Steve appeared in 12 games for the 2012 Yankees, he hit just .160 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. While he was with their AAA club Scranton, he played in 52 games, hitting a solid .321 with 15 doubles and 11 HRs. The Orioles brought his player contract. After 28 games for the Orioles, during which he hit .254 with 3 HRs. Pearce was claimed on waivers by the Astros at the end of July. He got into 21 games with the Astros, again hitting .254, but with no HRs. A month later, the Yankees purchased him back, wishing to add an experienced bat for the home stretch with 1B/DH Mark Teixeira hampered by a pulled muscle. He went 4 for 25 in 12 games in the Bronx; he was placed on waivers once more at the end of September. The Orioles picked up Steve again, although it was too late for him to see any game action with the Birds. For the 2017 MLB season, Steve is with the Blue Jays.
1995- Former Yankees Minor League OF Hal Peck (1946) passed away. (1917-1995)
On June 19,1946, OF Hal Peck was purchased by the Yankees from the A’s. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1946, OF Hal Peck was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Gene Bearden and Al Gettel to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and INF Ray Mack.
2001- Former Yankees Reserve OF Stanley “Frenchy” Bordagaray (1941) passed away. (1910-2001)
On January 27,1940, he was sent by the Reds to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 5,1939. The Reds sent players to be named later and $40,000 to the Yankees for 1B Vince DiMaggio. The Reds would send outfielders Frenchy Bordagaray and Nino Bongiovanni on January 27,1940 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Bordagaray took 1B Vince DiMaggio's spot in the Kansas City Blues lineup and he excelled. He beat-out teammate Jack Saltzgaver, he would hit .350 and delivered. He hit .358 with 39 doubles, 8 triples, 31 steals and 214 hits. He led the American Association in hits. He was also 2nd in batting average (.011 behind Ab Wright), 4 steals behind league leader and Blues teammate Phil Rizzuto and tied Harry Walker for 2nd in doubles, 1 behind Ted Gullic. The Kansas City Blues went 95-57 to finish 1st in the league, led by Bordagaray along with future Yankees Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Priddy and Johnny Lindell. He hit .260 in 36 games as reserve outfielder for the 1941 Yankees. On March 23,1942, Frenchy was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees. He would finish up his MLB playing career with the Dodgers in 1945.
2010- The Yankees receive their 2009 World Series championship rings in a ceremony before their 2010 home opener at New Yankee Stadium. Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, gets to join his former teammates for the rings ceremony, as he now plays for today’s' visitors, the Angels. The Yankees bang out 13 hits for a 7-5 home opener victory. Veteran Bronx Bomber starter Andy Pettitte picks up the Yankees win with 6 scoreless innings.
1910- In the 1910 AL season opener before 25,000 fans at New York's Hilltop Park, the Red Sox, sport laced collars, the last MLB team to wear a collar uniform. Boston sends Yankees into extra innings before the game is called at the end of 14 innings with the score, tied at 4-4. Ed Cicotte starts for Boston, with Joe Wood relieving in the 8th inning. New York starter Hippo Vaughn goes all the way for Yankees, retiring Red Sox batters in the 4th and 12th innings on 4 pitches. He needs just 3 pitches in the 10th inning.
1930- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank Kitson (1907) passed away. (1869-1930)
On May 30,1907, veteran hurler Frank Kitson was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. Frank appeared in 12 games for the 1907 Yankees, while posting a 4-0 record with a 3.10 ERA. In August of 1907, Frank was purchased by Kansas City (American Association) from the Yankees.
1931- Former Yankees Reserve INF Kal Segrist (1952) was born. (1931-2015)
Before the start of the 1951 MLB season, the Yankees signed Kal Segrist as an MLB amateur free agent. Kal only played 2 seasons in the MLB. He was with the 1952 Yankees appearing in only 13 games, hitting .043 and for 7 games with the 1955 Orioles, while hitting .333. Kal was part of the 17-player trade between the Yankees and Orioles in the winter of 1954. He had an 11-season minor league career, ending in 1961. Later, he coached college baseball at Texas Tech University from 1965-1987, serving as Head Baseball Coach from 1968-1983.
1955- Elston Howard becomes the 1st black player in Yankees franchise history. The 26-year-old C/OF makes his MLB player debut against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, as he hit a single with 1 RBI in the Yankees' 8-4 loss. Elston Howard will play for the Yankees from 1955 to 1967, finishing his MLB playing career with the Red Sox in 1968. In 1969, he would become the Yankees 1st MLB black coach.
1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Chris Welch was born.
The Yankees selected Chris Welch in the 21st round of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft. Chris never pitched for the Yankees at MLB level. On March 31,1981, Chris was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ruppert Jones, OF Joe Lefebvre and P Tim Lollar to the Padres for OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Pacella. After retiring as active player, Chris became a broadcast announcer for the Reds.
1966- Former Yankees OF/DH David Justice (2000-2001) was born.
OF/DH Dave Justice came over from the Indians in 2000 mid-season trade that saw the Yankees deal pitchers Zack Day, Jake Westbrook and OF Ricky Ledee. He hit .268 in 189 games for the Yankees, with 38 HRs and 111 RBIs. Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Mets for veteran 3B Robin Ventura in December of 2001.
1967- Red Sox rookie hurler Billy Rohr makes a memorable MLB pitching debut by no-hitting the Yankees for 8th -two-thirds innings. Yankees veteran C Elston Howard spoils Rohr's masterpiece with a 2-out single in the 9th inning, but the Red Sox still win the game by the score of 3-0. Despite his impressive MLB pitching debut, Rohr will win only 2 more games in his MLB pitching career. The Yankees will trade veteran catcher Elston Howard to the Red Sox later in the season.
1969- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Catcher and Manager Brad Ausmus was born.
On June 2,1987, Brad Ausmus was selected by the Yankees in the 48th round of the 1987 MLB amateur player draft. Brad played in the Yankees minor league system until 1992, reaching AAA Columbus Clippers, while hitting .242. Ausmus was drafted from the Yankees farm system by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 MLB expansion team player draft. It has never been stated why he was exposed by the Yankees organization in the MLB expansion team player draft. He would later become an All Star catcher playing in the MLB from 1993-2010. He has been the MLB manager for the Tigers for 3 seasons.
1976- Former Yankees Reliever Kyle Farnsworth (2006-2008) was born.On December 5,2005, veteran MLB reliever Kyle Farnsworth was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Kyle went 6-9 in 181 games with 1 save, while working out of the Yankees bullpen. On July 30,2008, Kyle was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for former AL All Star Catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
1978- Former All Star INF Yankees and Indians HOF Joe “Flash “ Gordon (1938-1943,1946) passes away. (1915-1978).Former MLB Manager: Indians (1958-1960), Tigers (1960), A’s (1961) and the Royals (1969).
The Yankees signed INF Joe “Flash” Gordon in 1936. In 1938, he joined the Yankees as a 2B. He made the AL All Star team in from 1939 to 1943 and in 1946. In 1942, he won AL MVP Award, while hitting .342. In October of 1946, Joe was traded to the Indians for Pitcher Allie Reynolds. After retiring as an active player, he later became a MLB manager during the mid 1950’s. He was involved in the only trade of MLB managers in 1960, when he was traded from the Indians to the Tigers for Jimmy *****s. In 1969, Joe Gordon was the 1st MLB manager of the new AL expansion team, the Kansas City Royals. He was the only Manager for both Kansas City MLB teams, the 1961 A’s and the 1969 Royals.
1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Chris Leroux (2014) was born.
On January 27, 2014, Chris Leroux was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He had been with the 2013 Pirates. He appeared in only 2 games with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. He had spent most of 2014 baseball season with the Yankees AAA club, Scranton Railriders (international League) he had a 6-4, 4.94 record in 12 games for the team. On October 3,2014, Chris was granted MLB free agency by the team.
2004- A day after Yankees teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th MLB career victory, veteran MLB starter Kevin Brown reaches the same plateau by beating by Devil Rays by the score of 5-1. It is the 1st time in MLB history; members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th MLB career victory in consecutive starts.
2008- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez moves up to a tie for 15th on the all-time MLB HR leader list, even with Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. Rodriguez hits his 521st MLB career HR as part of a 4-for-5 day; Rays hurler Andy Sonnanstine allows the HR shot. The Yankees top the Rays by the score of 8-7.
2008- Former Yankees Minor League OF, MLB OF and Baseball Executive Tommy Holmes passed away. (1917-2008)
A Brooklyn native, OF Tommy Holmes was the son of a boxer and boxed himself as a youngster. Following high school, he played semipro ball until 1937, when he was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell. Holmes began his pro playing career with the 1937 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), hitting .320 with 25 HRs and 111 RBIs. The next summer, he hit .368 with the Binghamton Triplets to win the Eastern League batting crown. He then spent the next 3 seasons with the AA Newark Bears (International League), hitting over .300 each season, but he found his path to the MLB blocked by a talent-laden Yankees outfield that included Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich, Charlie Keller and veteran George Selkirk. Following the end of the 1941 MLB season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Boston Braves for 1B Buddy Hassett and OF Gene Moore. He soon became a regular in the Braves outfield and spent the next decade playing for the team. In 1951-1952, he was the Manager for the Braves. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1952 Dodgers. After appearing in a few games as a player for the 1954 Elmira Pioneers, Holmes went on to manage in the minor leagues for several seasons. Beginning in 1958, he was a Dodgers MLB scout. Later Tommy became the Director of Amateur Baseball Relations for the Mets for 30 years.
2011- At a news conference in which he announces that Pitcher Pedro Feliciano is lost for the 2011 season because of impending shoulder surgery, Yankees GM Brian Cashman lashes out at former Manager Joe Torre for his handling of pitchers. He blames Torre for chronically overusing relievers such as Scott Proctor, thereby ruining their MLB pitching careers. Feliciano led the NL in games pitched 3 consecutive seasons while with the Mets prior to joining the Yankees, although Torre had nothing to do with that.
1886- Former Yankees Pitcher Leonard “King” Cole (1914-1915) was born. (1886-1916)
Veteran hurler Leonard “King Cole” would go 14-12 in 43 games with the 1914-1915 Yankees. He had started his MLB pitching career in 1902 with the NL Cubs; then in 1912, he was traded to the Pirates. King appeared in 1-game of the 1910 World Series with the Cubs with no record.
1893- Former MLB player, Scout and Yankees Minor League Manager Jack Sheehan was born. (1893-1987)
Jack Sheehan played 2 MLB seasons with the 1920-1921 Dodgers. He was a long time minor league manager. He was in the Yankees organization in 1933-1934, managing the Wheeling Stogies (Middle Atlantic League). Later he became a MLB scout working with the Cubs, Indians, Senators and the Rangers organizations before retiring.
1913- The Yankees purchased veteran INF Bill McKechnie from the Braves for cash.
Bill McKechnie hit .314 in 45 games as a reserve INF for the Yankees. In 1962, he would be elected to Hall Of Fame for his long time MLB Manager career in the National League. He won NL pennants with the 1925 Pirates, 1928 Cardinals, and the 1939-1940 Reds. With the 1925 Pirates; he won the World Championship defeating the Washington Senators.
1934- The Yankees released Pitcher Charles Devens (1932-1934).
In 1932, the Yankees had signed Pitcher Charles Devens, as an MLB amateur free agent. He pitched college baseball at Harvard University. He went 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 16 games with the 1932-1934 Yankees.
1961- Former Yankees Pitcher Nick Cullop (1916-1917) passed away. (1887-1961)
On January 21,1916, hurler Nick Cullop was purchased by the Yankees from the Kansas City Packers (Federal League). Nick went 13-6 in 1916 for the Yankees, then 5-9 in 1917. His overall Yankees pitching record was 18-15 in 58 games with a 2.64 ERA. On January 22, 1918, Nick was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Joe Gedeon, INF Fritz Maisel, Catcher Les Nunamaker, Pitcher Urban Shocker and $15,000 to the St. Louis Browns for veteran starter Eddie Plank and INF Del Pratt.
1968- Former Yankees Reliever Billy Brewer (1996) was born.
On June 22,1996, reliever Billy Brewer was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for P Mike Judd. He appeared in 4 games for the 1996 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On December 20,1996, Billy Brewer was granted MLB free agency by the team.
1976- The Yankees defeated the Twins by the score of 11-4 in the 1st game played at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium. Yankees Hall of Fame players, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and the widows of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth take part in pre-game ceremonies at the Stadium, which had been closed for remodeling during the 1974 and 1975 MLB seasons. The 1976 opening day crowd was 52,613 fans.
1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Floyd Newkirk (1934) passed away. (1908-1976)
Floyd Newkirk appeared in 1 game with no record with the 1934 Yankees. On December 19,1934, the Yankees sent minor league players Jim Densmore and Ted Norbert, MLB INF Doc Farrell and Pitcher Floyd Newkirk to San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) to complete an earlier deal made on November 21, 1934 for Seals OF Joe DiMaggio.
1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Aaron Laffey (2011) was born.
The Indians in the 16th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Player draft selected Aaron Laffey. He was signed for a $363,000 bonus bypassing a baseball scholarship to Virginia Tech. On August 19,2011, reliever Aaron Laffey was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Mariners. He appeared in 11 games with the 2011 Yankees, while posting a 2-1 record with 3.38 ERA. On October 11,2011, he was selected off waivers by the Royals from the Yankees.
1998- The 1st-ever AL-NL doubleheader ends up a good day for New York City. The Yankees are forced to come to Shea Stadium after a beam falls into the stands at Yankee Stadium on April 13th. The Yankees earn their 1st victory in Queens in 22 years as they defeat the Angels by the score of 6-3. Former Mets star Darryl Strawberry, the all-time HR leader at Shea Stadium, adds to his total HR with a shot into the LF bleachers. In the regularly scheduled night game, the Mets beat the Cubs by the score of 2-1. The Yankees, who played at Shea Stadium in 1974-1975 seasons, while Yankee Stadium was renovated, drew a crowd of 40,743, a dramatic contrast to the gathering of 16,012 fans, who showed up for the Mets game at night.
2011- Texas starter Matt Harrison is helped by some clutch defense as the Rangers defeat the Yankees by the score of 5-3 at Yankee Stadium. Harrison's teammates tie an AL record by turning 6 double plays behind him, to move his record to 3-0 on the year; the pitcher starts 2 of the twin killings himself.