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This Week in Yankees History July 9th-15th
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This Week in Yankees History July 9th-July 15th Part One

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July 9th

1874- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Jack” Powell (1905-1906) was born. (1874-1944)
On March 6,1904, hurler Jack Powell was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Highlanders for INF/P Harry Howell and cash. John went 31-32 in 84 games for the Yankees before returning to the Browns in 1906.

1899- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Beall (1924-1927) was born. (1899-1959)
On August 28,1924, hurler Walter Beall was purchased by the Yankees from the Rochester (International League) for $50,000. Walter went 4-5 in 33 games for the Yankees.

1932- Former Yankees Reliever Tex Clevenger (1961-1962) was born.
Veteran MLB reliever Tex Clevenger appeared out of the 1961-1962 Yankees bullpen in 42 games, while going 3-1, posting a 3.75 ERA with no saves. On May 8,1961, Tex was traded by the new expansion Angels along with veteran OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for rookie OF Lee Thomas, Pitchers Ryne Duren and Johnny James. In 1953, the Red Sox originally had signed Tex as a MLB amateur free agent, later he pitched for the 1956-1960 Senators. In the 1960 AL Expansion Team player draft, the Angels selected him from the original Washington Senators. With the Angels, he had appeared as a reliever in 12 games, while posting a 2-1 record. With their bullpen already having veteran relievers Art Fowler and Tom Morgan, Tex was made available for an trade. He went 1-1 with no saves in 21 games for the 1961 Yankees. Tex didn’t make any World Series appearances with the 1961-1962 Yankees. He spent 1963 season with the AAA Richmond (International League), while posting a 4-9 record in 47 games. He retired from pro baseball at the end of the 1963 season. In 8 MLB seasons, Tex posted a 36-37 record with 4.18 ERA in 307 games. As a MLB reliever, Tex was 19-15 with 30 saves.

1932- Yankees OF Ben Chapman has 3 HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Tigers at Yankee Stadium.  Two HRs are inside-the-park HRs, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 14-9. He finished the game with 3-HRs with 6 RBIs. In the opener, the Yankees beat the Tigers by a score of 7-6 with HRs by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Swell.

1936 - The temperature is 106 degrees in Central Park, the hottest July 9th on record in New York City as the Indians take on the Yankees at the Stadium. The temperature at the ballpark is 102. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1st inning, but the Tribe come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits, including 5 HRs, to win the game by a score of 11-4. Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik, all homer in the 2nd inning to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits another HR to tie for the AL lead with 23 HRs.  Also the Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig and Indians Earl Averill each hit HRs in the game.

1937- Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle, as he delivers 2-HRs, a triple, double and single helping the Yankees maul the Senators by a score of 16-2. The “ Yankee Clipper“ will accomplish this feat only once again in his MLB playing career during the 1948 AL season.

1939- The Red Sox win a doubleheader by scores of 4-3 and 5-3 to sweep a 5-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees AL lead is now 6 1/2 games. Boston shortstop Joe Cronin drives in runs in both games, giving him 12 games in a row with a RBI.

1940- At the 1940 All-Star Game in Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, 5 National League hurlers combine to throw the 1st shutout in All-Star game history. Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French and Carl Hubbell 3-hit the AL squad by the score of 4 -0, with the help of Max West's 3-run HR. Yankees starter Red Ruffing starts the game, giving 5 hits and 3 NL runs for the loss. On Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy’s AL squad are starting Outfielders Charlie Keller and Joe DiMaggio, Catcher Bill Dickey and 2B Joe “Flash: Gordon. On the AL reserve bench is Yankees 3B Red Rolfe. Monte Pearson is the 2nd Yankee hurler named to the AL All Star pitching staff, but he doesn’t appear in the game.

1947- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Mel Queen Sr. (1942,1944,1946-1947) to the Pirates for cash. Mel went 8-4 in 43 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates. He is the father of former MLB player Mel Queen Jr.

1947- Yankees relief ace Joe Page hits his 2nd MLB game winning HR in the 9th inning to beat the Browns by the score of 4-3 at Sportmans Park in St. Louis

1955- Bronx Bombers slugger Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 as Yankees starter Bob Turley tosses a 2-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Senators.

1958- On Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C., Yankees Manager Casey Stengel and All Star CF Mickey Mantle appear in front of the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee which is investigating the baseball monopoly power in regards to sport's antitrust exemption. After “The Old Professor'” gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Senator Estes Kefauver laughs when Mickey Mantle's answers his inquiry about the topic with, "My views are just about the same as Casey's."

1959-The Red Sox club the Yankees by a score of 14-6 before 30,253 fans; the largest crowd at Fenway Park, so far this 1959 AL season. Red Sox starter Frank Sullivan is the winner. The Boston batting line-up rocks Yankees starter Bob Turley and reliever Jim Coates for 14 runs and 10 hits. Red Sox sluggers Vic Wertz, Ted Williams and Bobby Avila club HRs. Williams and Avila, both drive in 6 runs in the game. Yankee reliever Jim Bronstad pitches 1 scoreless inning of relief.

1960- Yankees starter Jim Coates suffers his 1st loss after 9 straight wins and 14 straight wins over 1959-1960 MLB seasons, as the Red Sox beat the Bombers by a score of 6-5. The Red Sox are led by veteran 1B Vic Wertz, who slugs a HR, double and single to drive in 4 runs. Jim Coates' MLB pitching career record is now 17-2.

1972- The Twins lose to the Yankees by a score of 9-6, despite Rich Reese's pinch-hit Grand Slam HR. For Reese, it is his 3rd pinch Grand Slam HR, tying Ron Northey's MLB record. Yankees starter Steve Kline picks up his 8th victory with relief help from Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle, who gets his 19th save of the 1972 AL season.

1985- Yankees veteran starter Ron Guidry works 8 2/3 innings to win his 10th straight start of the 1985 AL season, beating the Royals by a score of 6-4. Guidry allows only 9 hits and strikes out 1 Royals batter.

1986- The Padres traded veteran reliever Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for veteran MLB starter Ed Whitson, who had become the target of such fan abuse in New York City, that Yankees Manager Lou Piniella could no longer pitch him at Yankee Stadium. Whitson had been with the Padres, before signing a MLB free agent deal with the Yankees.  Ed Whitson’s Yankees pitching career ends with a 15-10 mark with 5.38 ERA in 44 games. Stoddard will go 10-6 with a 4.38 ERA and   11 saves in 109 games for the 1986-1988 Yankees.

1999- The Yankees uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous "luckiest man on earth" speech on July 4,1939 is sold for $451,541 at auction. Leland's spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame 1B was purchased by a South Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the telephone.

2000- The Yankees lose to the Mets starter Mike Hampton by the score of 2-0. Benitez closes for the Mets, while Yankee starter Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yankees also lose regular LF Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee on a play in the outfield that ends his 2000 MLB season. The game at Shea Stadium draws 54,283 fans, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since the 1970 MLB season. Newly acquired veteran OF Dave Justice from the Indians will take over the regular LF position for the Yankees.

2010- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1953) and long time Yankees Minor League Manager Frank Verdi passed away. (1926-2010)
On May 10,1953, INF Frank Verdi made his only MLB appearance with the Yankees in a game against the Red Sox. He entered the game playing shortstop in the bottom of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning, the Yankees were up by the score of 5-3.  Red Sox hurler Ken Holcombe entered the game to relieve Ellis Kinder; Yankees Manager Casey Stengel replaced Frank Verdi with PH Bill Renna. Verdi never appeared in another MLB game again. After his active playing career was over, he became a Minor League Manager in 1961, managing for the 1961 Twins and 1962 Mets organizations. He was with the Yankees minor league organization from 1963-1972. He won 2 International League crowns with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs in 1969 and 1970. In 1974, Frank managed the AAA Denver Bears for Houston organization.  From 1977-1980, he managed the AAA Tidewater Tides for the Mets organization. He returned to the Yankees minor league system to manage the AAA Columbus Clippers in 1981-1982. He won the 1981 International League Championship with the Clippers. He returned to Rochester to manage the 1984-1985 Orioles AAA Red Wings teams. From 1993-1995, he managed several teams in the Independent Leagues.  In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

2011- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter becomes the 28th member of the 3,000 MLB Career Hit club with a 5-for-5 day against Tampa Bay Rays at New Yankee Stadium. The 2nd of the 5 hits, a HR off of Ray’s starter David Price in the 3rd inning, gets him to the MLB hitting milestone. He then adds 2 singles and a double as the Yankees defeat the Rays by the score of 5-4.

July 10th

1908- The Red Sox purchased veteran 1B/OF Jake Stahl from the Yankees.
On October 13,1907, 1B/OF Jake Stahl was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the White Sox to the Yankees. The Yankees sent INF/OF Frank LaPorte to the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox). The Americans sent INF Freddy Parent to the White Sox. Jake will appeared in 75 games for the 1908 Yankees, while hitting .255 with 2 HRs and 45 RBIs.

1916- The Yankees signed MLB free agent shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916) again.
Rube had appeared in 43 games with the 1916 Yankees, while hitting just .234. In 1905, he had appeared in only 8 games for the Yankees, while hitting .300. He had spent most of his MLB playing career with the Philadelphia A’s.

1917- Thanks to Bronx hurler Ray Caldwell's 9-2/3 innings of no-hit relief, the Yankees beat the Browns in St. Louis by a score of 7-5 in a 17-inning game.

1934-The 2nd annual MLB All-Star Game produces Giants starter Carl Hubbell's amazing feat of striking out 5 future HOF players in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 men on base in the 1st inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan AL sluggers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmy Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the 2nd inning. After 3 scoreless innings, he leaves with the NL, ahead by a score of 4-0. The AL batting lineup rallies, scoring 9 runs off of NL pitchers Warneke, Mungo, and Dean, while Tribe hurler Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of Yankees starter Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe Medwick hit HRs for the NL squad. The Indian’s Earl Averill's 3-RBI’s are decisive for the AL squad’s 9-7 victory.

1936- The Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Indians, as Bronx starter Red Ruffing takes the shutout, winning the game by a score of 18-0. Lloyd Brown, the 1st of 3 Tribe pitchers used in the game is the loser.  Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig has a pair of HRs to take over the 1936 AL HR lead with 23.

1951- Using 4 HRs from NL sluggers Stan Musial, Bob Elliott, Ralph Kiner and Gil Hodges, the NL All-Stars defeat the AL team at Detroit's Briggs Stadium in the 1951 All-Star Game. Pirates Ralph Kiner hits a HR for the 3rd year in a row. The only starting Yankee player on the All Star starting team is Yankees catcher Yogi Berra. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel had veteran All Star OF Joe DiMaggio and shortstop Phil Rizzuto on his reserve player list. Yankees hurler Eddie Lopat relieves St. Louis Browns starter Ned Garver in the 4th inning, he gives up 3 NL runs and hits, takes the AL loss. The day game draws a crow of 52,075 fans. Giant’s veteran starter Sal “The Barber” Maglie is the winner for the NL squad.

1956- In the 1956 MLB All-Star Game played Griffth Stadium in Washington, D.C., Cardinals 3B Ken Boyer makes 3 sparkling defensive plays and gets 3 hits as the NL defeats the AL squad by a score of 7-3.  Yankees CF Mickey Mantle and Catcher Yogi Berra are in the AL starting line-up. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel has 2B Billy Martin and Shortstop Gil McDougald as reserves. He selected Whitey Ford and Johnny Kucks to the AL All Star pitching staff. A crowd of 26, 843 fans attended the day game. MLB All Stars Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Stan Musial hit HRs in the game. Willie Mays's pinch-hit 2-run HR off of Yankees hurler Whitey Ford is his 7th straight hit against the Bronx ace.  Mickey Mantle hits his HR off of veteran Braves hurler Warren Spahn.  Ford pitches 1 inning for the AL squad, while giving up 3 NL hits and 2 runs. White Sox starter Billy Pierce starts for the AL team and takes the AL loss. Pirates Bob Friend is the winning pitcher for NL.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Giard (1927) passed away. (1898-1956)
On December 17,1924, hurler Joe Giard was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers “ Bullet” Joe Bush and Milt Gaston to the St. Louis Browns for veteran starter Urban Shocker. He would go 13-15 with a 5.74 ERA in 52 games for St. Louis. On February 8,1927, Joe Giard traded by the Browns along with OF Cedric Durst to the Yankees for veteran hurler Sad Sam Jones. He appeared in 16 games for the 1927 Yankees with no record. He would pitch in the minor leagues from 1928-1929 before retiring from the game.

1962- At newly-opened D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy becomes the 1st U.S. President ever to throw the ceremonial 1st pitch at an MLB All-Star Game. Thanks to the game's MVP Maury Wills scoring 2 of the NL team's 3 runs and Willie Mays' amazing game-ending catch, the NL beats the Junior circuit by the score of  3-1 in the 1st of 2 Mid-Summer Classics to be held this summer, the extra games were played to increase the player’s pension funds. Yankee Manager Ralph Houk has his M& M boys (Mantle & Maris) in the AL starting line-up. Maris gets a RBI for the AL team. He has 2B Bobby Richardson, Catcher Elston Howard and rookie shortstop Tom Tresh on the AL bench. Yankees starter Ralph Terry is selected for the AL Star pitching staff, he doesn’t appear in the game. Giants starter Juan Marichal is the NL winner with relief help from Braves Bob Shaw, who gets the save.

1965- Former Yankee Reliever Buddy Groom (2005) was born.
On February 9, 2005, reliever Buddy Groom was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 24 games working out of the 2005 Yankees bullpen, while posting a 1-0 mark with a 4.91 ERA. On July 31,2005, Buddy was sent to the Diamondbacks by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal.

1977- A 5-0 loss to the Orioles drops the Yankees into 2nd place in AL East, ½ game behind the Red Sox. The Yankees would not re-enter 1st place until August 23,1977, they would soon fall 5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam Marsonek (2004) was born.
On December 13,1999, hurler Sam Marsonek was traded by the Rangers along with P Brandon Knight to the Yankees for OF/DH Chad Curtis. Sam appeared in 1 game with the 2004 Yankees with no record, before becoming a MLB free agent in the winter of 2004.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernie Nevel (1950-1951) passed away (1919-1988)
Before the start of the 1946 AL season, the Yankees signed Ernie Nevel, as an MLB amateur free agent. Nevel was farmed out to the Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic League) where the 27-year-old would go 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 36 appearances. This would be the 1st year of 9 seasons that he would spend in the minor leagues. After 4 more years of minor league baseball and tying for the league lead with a 21-win performance with the pennant-winning Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) in 1950, Ernie would make it to the Yankees. He got a very short look by the Yankees in late September of 1950, making 3 appearances, losing 1 game and having a 9.95 ERA. The Kansas City Blues (American Association) would be Ernie's home for the biggest part of the 1951 season; he would go 14-11 with a 3.86 ERA. He would show up again in Yankee Stadium, appearing in 1 game, pitching 4 innings with no decisions and that was it for his 2nd shot at the MLB hitters. It was back to the Blues in 1952, where he went 7-6 in 22 appearances before being traded to the Reds. Ernie appeared in a total of 4 games with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On August 28,1952, Ernie was traded by the Yankees along with minor league players: outfielders Jim Greengrass and Bob Marquis, MLB hurler Johnny Schmitz and $35,000 to the Reds for veteran starter Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell.

1997- Yankees rookie starter Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 Tiger batters and gets the win in his MLB pitching debut as the Yankees defeat the Tigers by a score of 10-3.

1999- The Yankees' winning streak of 124 consecutive games when they led entering the 9th ends as Mets PH Matt Franco singles off of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera giving the Mets a dramatic come-from-behind Subway Series inter-league 9-8 victory.

2001-In his final MLB All-Star Game appearance, Orioles 3B Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. His HR along with consecutive HRs from fellow AL teammates Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez power the AL team to its 5th victory in a row beating the NL squad at Seattle's Safeco Field by a score of 4-1.

2011- Bronx starter CC Sabathia wins his 13th game of the 2011 AL season for the Yankees, as they eke out a 1-0 win over the Rays. The only run scores on a couple of miscues, after Robinson Cano starts the 7th inning with a single off of starter James Shields. B.J. Upton makes a nice catch on Jorge Posada's fly ball to centerfield, but his throw to 1st to double-up Cano sails into the 1st base dugout. Cano moves to 3rd base on the play, then scores when Shields' pick-off attempt is above 3B Sean Rodriguez's head. The game takes only 2:11 tied for quickest for 2011 MLB season.

July 11th

1884- Former Yankees OF Harold “Harry” Wolter (1910-1913) was born. (1884-1970)
On January 18,1910, Harry Wolter was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox for $1,500. Harry will hit .277 with 10 HRs and 122 RBIs in 396 games for the Yankees.

1904- The Highlanders salvage the last game of the series with the Pilgrims (aka Red Sox), winning by the score of 10-1, but Boston leaves New York City with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL.  Outfielder Patsy Dougherty has 4 of New York's 17 hits.

1911- Former Yankees Pitcher Vitautis ‘Vito” Tamulis (1934-1935) was born. (1911-1974)
A HS baseball star, Vito Tamulis had turned down several college scholarship offers and  Yankees MLB scout Gene McCann signed him shortly before his 19th birthday. He started his way up in the Yankees farm chain with the Chambersburg Young Yanks (Class D Blue Ridge League), going 6-2 right out of high school in 1930. In 1931, his 2nd season in pro ball, Vito moved up to the Cumberland Colts (Class C, Middle Atlantic League), making the All-Star team with a 15-4 record and a league-leading 1.92 ERA. In the following season, 1932, in a 3-team split-season with the Albany Senators (Eastern League), the Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League) and the Newark Bears (International League), Vito came up with a combined 20-7 record and a 2.41 ERA (not counting his Newark ERA, presently unavailable).  After another 3-team season with Binghamton, Albany and Newark in 1933, he posted a 10-8 with a 5.08 ERA; Vito would spend the 1934 baseball season with the Newark Bears. He would go 13-7 with a 2.74 ERA for the Bears. He got his 1st chance at MLB hitters when the Yankees would bring him up for a late season debut on September 25, 1934. Vito pitched a 7-hit shutout against the A’s. Tamulis would spend the 1935 season with the Yankees, posting a 10-5 record that included 3 shutouts with a 4.09 ERA. He also hit .246. During the following winter, Vito was stricken with pleurisy and missed half the 1936 MLB season. Not fully recovered, he would spend the balance of the 1936 baseball season with the AA Newark Bears; he still managed a 7-5 record in 96 innings. He would remain with the Bears in 1937, going 18-6 with a 3.98 ERA in 190 innings. Overall Tamulis went 11-6 in 31 games for the Yankees. For whatever the reason, Tamulis was then traded by the Yankees to the Browns for 1B Harry Davis on December 4, 1937. He went 0-3 for the Browns, who then waived him to the Dodgers in May of 1938, where he had 3 good seasons with Brooklyn, going 29-19 in 97 games with a 3.37 ERA. He appeared briefly with the 1941 Phillies going 0-1 in 6 games then back to 1941 Dodgers with a 0-0 record in 12 games to finish out his MLB pitching career. Overall Vito went 40-28 with a 3.97 ERA in 170 MLB games.

1939-With another Yankees-dominated starting lineup, the AL team defeats the NL squad by a score of 3-1 in the 7th All-Star Game held at Yankee Stadium. Reds OF Ival Goodman fractures his shoulder diving for a ball. Yankees veteran hurler Red Ruffing starts the game for the AL squad.  Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio hits a HR for the AL team. The following Yankee players were on the AL squad: Shortstop Frank Crosetti, Catcher Bill Dickey, Pitchers Lefty Gomez, Red Ruffing, and Johnny Murphy, 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon, 3B Red Rolfe and OF George Selkirk. The 1939 MLB All Star game attendance at Yankee Stadium was 62,892 fans.

1945- Aaron Robinson, a Yankees catcher returns from the military. Yankees starter Red Ruffing is back too, so are MLB players Hugh Mulcahy and Buddy Lewis. Yankees OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller will follow; a couple of dozen former MLB players will be in MLB uniforms before the 1945 AL season is over.

1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Stan Thomas (1977) was born.
On August 2,1977, Stan Thomas was sent to the Yankees by the Mariners as part of a conditional deal. Stan went 1-0 in 3 games for the 1977 Yankees. On December 12,1977, Stan was traded by the Yankees along with minor league P Ed Ricks and cash to the White Sox for 1B/DH Jim Spencer, OF Tommy Cruz and minor league hurler Bob Polinsky.

1956- Veteran Minor League hurler Tom Lasorda was traded by the Kansas City A’s to the Yankees for minor league P Wally Burnette. Before joining the A’s, Tommy had been a pitcher in the Brooklyn Dodgers system. He was traded to the A’s by the Dodgers to clear a MLB roster spot for young bonus rookie lefty named Sandy Koufax. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. Lasorda will pitch for the Yankees AAA club at Denver (American Association). He will return to the Dodgers organization in 1958. After retiring as an active player in 1960, he will become a manager in the Dodgers farm system. Later he will become a MLB Manager for the Dodgers, replacing the retiring long-time Dodgers Manager Walter Alston.

 1959- At Fenway Park, Red Sox shortstop Don Buddin cracks a 10th inning Grand Slam HR, off of reliever Bob Turley to give the Red Sox an 8-4 win over the Yankees. Bob Turley had replaced reliever Jim Bronstad, who took over when Yankees Closer Ryne Duren and Catcher Yogi Berra are tossed out of the game by Umpire Al Summers for arguing pitches.

1959- Former Yankees OF Frank Gilhooley (1913-1918) passed away. (1892-1959)
On August 25,1913, OF Frank Gilhooley was purchased by the Yankees from the Cardinals. He appeared in 250 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 2 HRs and 55 RBIs. On December 18,1918, Frank was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, C Roxy Walters and $15,000 to the Red Sox for veteran starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and P Ernie Shore.

1962- The Senators send veteran 1B Dale Long to the Yankees for minor league OF Don Lock who was playing at AAA Richmond (International League). This will be veteran Dale Long’s 2nd tour with the Yankees. Dale will hit .298 in pinstripes this season. Don Lock was unable to break into the Yankees starting outfield, despite hitting well in the Yankees minor league system, while showing good HR power.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam Marsonek (2004) was born.
On December 13,1999, Sam Marsonek was traded by the Rangers along with P Brandon Knight to the Yankees for OF/DH Chad Curtis. Sam appeared in 1 game with the 2004 Yankees with no record, before becoming a MLB free agent.

1995- New York Yankees Hall Of Fame CF/1B Mickey Mantle's final public appearance increases awareness of organ donation programs.

2000- At Turner Field in Atlanta, the AL squad beats the NL team by a score of 6-3 in the 71st All-Star contest, dubbed the “All Scar” game due to the many stars absent from the both leagues lineups because of injuries. Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter and the Braves' 3B Chipper Jones provide the offensive punch with both going 3-for-3.

2009- The Yankees hit a season-high 5 HRs in Los Angeles, including 2 HRs by 3B Alex Rodriguez, but they still lose the game by the score of 14-8 to the Angels, who have scored 24 runs in 2 games since their 2 most potent offensive weapons, Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter, hit the DL simultaneously on July 9th. The Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez moves past another steroid-tainted player, Rafael Palmeiro for 10th on the all-time MLB HR career list.

2010- Former Yankee Stadium Public Announcer Robert “Bob” Sheppard (1951-2007) passed away. (1910-2010)
The long time public address announcer of the Yankees, Bob Sheppard is the most famous PA voice in sports history. His slow, deep cadence has rung out from "Now batting for the Yankees, number five, Joe DiMaggio" to "Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter."  He is New York through and through having graduated from St. John's University in the class of 1932. At St. John's, he spent 4 years on the football team.  Also he was the 1B for their baseball squad. He joined the Yankees in DiMaggio's last year, 1951. He has been at the microphone high above Yankee Stadium ever since. He has announced thousands of players over more than 4000 games. Of course, being the announcer for the Yankees meant that Bob Sheppard was the PA announcer for dozens of World Series games. He has worked 20 World Series in all. He has also been the public address announcer for the New York Football Giants, a position he has held from 1956-2005. Since announcing is a part time, seasonal job, 81 games a year plus the postseason, Bob Sheppard also taught speech at St. John's University for 25 years. During his winter stay in Florida, Sheppard reads at daily Mass. He is often approached after Mass by fans that say, "You sound like the guy at Yankee Stadium..." He then stops them and confirms he is the voice of Yankee Stadium. Bob Sheppard has kept his age a guarded secret through the years but the combination of his college graduation (1932); his 1910 birth date given on imdb.com seems plausible. His last season of regular work was 2007; he officially retired from the Yankees in 2009.

2011- Yankees 2B Robinson Cano wins the annual MLB All-Star Game HR Derby with a record-breaking performance in the final round at Chase Field. After Adrian Gonzalez ties the best-ever HR total for a final round with 11, Cano, hitting off his father Jose, a former MLB Pitcher with the Astros, Robbie launches 12 balls into the stands with 4 outs to spare to claim the 2011 MLB All Star HR crown.

2012- Former Yankees Minor League P Art Ceccarelli passed away. (1930-2012)
On May 19,1960, hurler Art Ceccarelli was traded by the Cubs to Yankees for P Mark Freeman. Art never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (International League). Art had originally been signed by the Dodgers organization in the early 1950’s. This was Art’s 3rd tour with the Yankees organization; he had pitched for the 1954 Birmingham Triplets (Eastern League) while posting a 15-12 record in 35 games with a .3.70 ERA. In 1955, he spent the season with the A’s posting a 4-7 mark with a 5.31 ERA.  He started the 1956 season with the A’s appearing in only 3 games, going 0-1. Then he pitched again in 1956 for the Yankees organization at Binghamton, dropping to a 0-3 record in 12 games with a 9.43 ERA. He was sent back to the A’s organization, AAA Columbus Jets (International League.) In 1957, the Orioles acquired Art, where he posted a 0-5 mark in 20 games. The Orioles sent him to their AAA team in Vancouver (PCL) for the 1957-1958 seasons. Then Cubs picked him up. In 1959-1960, Art was with the Cubs, posting a 5-5 record in 20 games before being traded to the Yankees. With the Yankees 1960 AAA Richmond club (IL), he went 9-4 in 21 games with a 3.96 ERA. The following season, Art posted a 9-6 record in 28 games with a 3.32 ERA. He left the Yankees organization at the end of the 1961 MLB season signing with the Indians organization, where he pitched for their AAA team until his player retirement in 1963.

2013- Derek Jeter plays for the Yankees for the 1st time since breaking his ankle in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS. Inserted as the Yankees DH, he singles on the 1st pitch; he sees and comes in to score as the Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 8-4. Jeter comes back after only 4 rehabilitation outings in the minor leagues, after 2 Yankees starters, CF Brett Gardner and DH Travis Hafner are injured the previous day. However, Jeter leaves the game after the 5th inning with a tight quad muscle and will undergo an MRI test.

July 12th

1905- The Tigers beat the Yankees by a score of 6-3 with the help of 2 errors by Yankees 1B Jack Doyle. The veteran Doyle was signed yesterday and this will be his only appearance for New York. 

1911- Yankees 3B Roy Hartzell acquired from the St. Louis Browns in January for 3B Jimmy Austin and INF Frank LaPorte, has a career day as the Yankees cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in 1 inning, and then he piles on with a sacrifice fly and Grand Slam HR to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx's 9 RBI in a game in 1933. Yankees defeated the Browns by a score of 12-2.

1912 - In the Yankees 4-1 win over the Browns, Bronx starter Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd inning. It is Jack Warhop's 2nd steal of home plate in 3 years

1921- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his 137th MLB career HR, passing 19th-century MLB star Roger Connor's MLB record of 136 HRs.

1943- An Armed Forces All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth and featuring MLB players Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams play a fund-raising game against the Braves in Boston. Ruth pinch-hits in the 8th inning and flies out to right field. The All-Stars win on a Splendid Splinter HR by the score of 9-8.

1951- At Cleveland’s Muncipal Stadium in the 1st game of a doubleheader, Yankees starter Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds no-hits the Indians by a score of 1-0, for the 1st of his 2 no-hitters of the 1951 MLB season. Yankees OF Gene Woodling's 7th inning HR off of Tribe starter Bob Feller is the difference in the 1-0 game. The Chief's no-hitter is the 1st by a Yankees pitcher since Monte Pearson in 1938. The night before this game, Yankees Manager Casey Stengel was asked why by the Cleveland sports media, why he refused the Yankee bullpen pitchers to ride in golf carts on their way in from the visiting team’s bullpen. Casey Stengel replied, “that Yankees only ride in Cadillac’s,“ whereupon the Indians GM Hank Greenberg had a Cadillac placed in the Yankees bullpen for the next game. Obviously, it went unused with Allie Reynolds throwing a no-hitter. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, the Yankees win behind starter Vic Raschi as Joe DiMaggio cinches it with a 3-run HR off of Tribe hurler Chuck Stobbs.

1955- In the 1958 MLB All-Star Game held at County Stadium in Milwaukee, the AL squad takes a 5-run lead on a 3-run HR by Mickey Mantle off of Phillies hurler Robin Roberts, only to see the NL tie it. Braves hurler Gene Conley strikes out the side in the 12th inning. Cardinals All Star Stan Musial comes to bat in the bottom of 12th inning of a 5-5 All Star deadlock. AL Catcher Yankees Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting and Musial tells him "Don't worry, I'll have you home in a minute" then “Stan the Man” hits a game-winning HR on the next pitch.

1959- NBC-TV uses outfield TV cameras with 80-inch lenses to show the catchers' signals during a Yankee-Red Sox game. MLB Commissioner Ford Frick requests that they halt its use. It doesn't help Yankees, who drop their last 4 games to the Red Sox, who wins today’s game by a score of 7-3.

1967- The 1967 Mayor’s Trophy game is held at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 31, 5852 fans watched the Mets shutout the Yankees by the score of 4-0.  Four Mets hurlers Don Cardwell, Dennis Bennett, Bob Shaw and   Jack Lamabe combined for a 5-hitter against the Bronx Bombers. Yankees hurler Cecil Perkins started the game and took the lost lost.

1968- The Giants traded veteran hurler Lindy McDaniel to the Yankees for starter Bill Monbouquette. Lindy McDaniel would pitch effectively 3 of 5 seasons as a Yankees relief pitcher, including a 9-5 record, with 25-saves season in 1970. In December 1973, he was traded to the Royals for OF Lou Piniella and P Ken Wright. Bill Monbouquette was at the end of his fine MLB pitching career, which started with the Red Sox in the 1950’s, then for the Tigers during the mid 1960’s, before joining the Yankees. He had an 11-12 record with a 3.19 ERA in 50 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees. 

1977- Bronx 2B Willie Randolph hits the game-winning HR as Yankees starter Don Gullett pitches the Bronx Bombers to a 5-2 win over the Brewers. The win stops the Yankees losing streak at 3 games.

1987- The Yankees traded Pitcher Bob Tewksbury along with 2 minor league players: Pitchers Rich Schied and Dean Wilkins to the Cubs for MLB starter Steve Trout, who has just pitched back-to-back shutouts for the Cubs. A major disappointment for the Yankees, Steve went 0-4 in 14 games with a 6.60 ERA. On December 22,1987, Trout was traded by the Yankees along with reserve OF Henry Cotto to the Mariners for 3 pitchers: Lee Guetterman, Clay Parker and Wade Taylor.

1989- Former Yankees 1978 Cy Young Winner Ron “Gator” Guidry retires from MLB baseball. During his 14-year MLB pitching career with the 1975-1988 Yankees, 'Louisiana Lightning' compiles a 170-91 pitching record in 368 games with a 3.29 ERA. The Gator is most remembered for his 1978 AL season performance, when he went 25-3 with a WP .893 with a 1.74 ERA, winning the AL Cy Young Award and the 1978 AL The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award.  In the World Series play with the Yankees, Ron went 3-1 in 4 games with a 1.69 ERA. In AL post-season series play, Ron was 2-1 in 4 games. Guidry won the AL Golden Glove for Pitchers from 1982-1987. He was selected to the AL All Star team 4 times in his MLB pitching career. In 1984, Ron Guidry was the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. He later became a Yankees MLB Pitching Coach. He wrote a baseball book about his spring training driving experiences with Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra,

1990- The White Sox starter Melido Perez pitches a rain-shortened 6-inning no-hitter over the Yankees, as the White Sox win the game by a score of 8-0. His brother Pascual is watching the game on the Yankees bench. This is the 7th no-hitter of the 1990 MLB season, the most since 1917 season. Lance Johnson makes a diving over the shoulder catch in the 5th inning to save a hit and also he belts out a 3-run HR for the White Sox.

1990- Current Yankees Reliever Chasen Shreve (2015-2017) was born.
On June 8,2010, Chasen Shreve was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB amateur player draft. He appeared in 15 games for the 2014 Braves with no record. On January 1, 2015, he was traded by the Braves along with hurler David Carpenter to the Yankees for minor league Pitcher Manny Banuelos.

2000- In an 6-player deal, the Reds traded veteran MLB starter Denny Neagle (8-2, with a 3.52 ERA) and reserve OF Mike Frank to the Yankees for 4 minor leaguer players: 3B Drew Henson, OF Jackson Melian, Pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall. None of the players received by the Reds did anything of value at the MLB level. Within a year, 3B Drew Henson would be traded back to the Yankees. 

2008- Former Yankees INF/DH/OF, MLB Coach and Yankees Broadcast Announcer Robert “Bobby“ Murcer (1965-1966,1969-1974,1979-1983) passes away from cancer. (1946-2008)
Bobby Murcer was groomed to be the next Mickey Mantle, but it didn’t work out that way, but he still had a very good MLB playing career with the Yankees. He made the AL All Star team in 1971-1974. He won AL Golden Glove in 1972. His best Yankees season with the bat was in 1971, when he hit .331 with 25 HRs and 94 RBIs. Overall Bobby appeared in 1,256 games with the Yankees, while hitting .278 with 175 HRs and 687 RBIs. In the winter of 1974, he was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for All Star OF Bobby Bonds. Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner had promised him that he would be always a Yankee player, as along as he owned the team. Bobby was unhappy during his time with the Giants, he hated playing at Candlestick Park with the bad weather and strong winds blowing in the outfield. In February of 1977, Giants would trade him to the Cubs for 3B Bill Madlock. At Wrigley Field, the Cubs fans liked Bobby as a player; he enjoyed playing daytime baseball in Chicago. During the 1979 MLB season, Bobby would return to the Yankees, coming from the Cubs in a trade for minor league hurler Pete Semall. He appeared in 1 World Series with the 1981 Yankees with no hits. After finishing out his Yankee playing career in 1983, Bobby became a Yankees radio-television announcer. His overall MLB playing career record was a career .277 BA, finishing with 252 HRs and 1,043 RBIs.

2008- In a 9-4 victory over the Blue Jays, the Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits his 537th MLB career HR passing Yankees HOF OF Mickey Mantle on the all-time MLB career HR list. Already this season, A-Rod has passed Hall of Fame sluggers Ted Williams, Willie Mc Covey, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle. Next up on the list is former Phillies HOF slugger Mike Schmidt who is 12th on list with 548 MLB career HRs. As a Yankee player, A-Rod has hit 192 HRs. Also in the game Yankees Captain Derek Jeter hit his 200 MLB career HR for the Yankees.

2008- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Schaeffer (1952) passed away. (1924-2008)
Pitcher Harry Schaeffer served in the Navy during World War II. The 22-year-old left-hander returned in time to put together a 12-6 record with the Stroudsburg Poconos (Class D North Atlantic League) in 1946. Harry was obtained by the Yankees organization from Stroudsburg as part of a minor league working agreement before the start of the 1947 baseball season. He would spend time his playing time until 1952 in the minors, working his way up the ladder the Yankees farm system. One of his good seasons came in 1948 with the Manchester Yankees (Class B, New England League), when he forged a league-leading 2.33 ERA and put together a 12-9 record, while pitching 209 innings, plus making the All-Star team. Harry went all-out for the 1951 Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) when he went 19-9 with a 2.59 ERA, while pitching 261 innings, opening the door for his trip to Yankee Stadium. Schaeffer's MLB pitching career began and ended in 1952, when he lost his only decision in 5 games for the Yankees. Harry would spend the rest of 1952 season splitting time with the Kansas City Blues (American Association) and the Oakland Oaks (Pacific Coast League) putting together a combined 7-5 record with a 3.07 ERA. The left-hander would spend 2 more seasons in the high minor leagues, spending 1953 season with the AAA Kansas City Blues, while winning 11 games. Harry finished up his minor league pitching career in 1954, pitching for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (American Association) and the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (international League). Harry ended his 9-season run with an 84-67 record with a 3.32 ERA, while pitching 1,241 innings in 248 games.


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This Week in Yankees History July 9th-July 15th Part Two

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July 13th

1889- Former Yankees and HOF Pitcher Stanley “The Silent Pole” Coveleski (1928) was born. (1899-1984)
Stan Coveleski finished his long MLB pitching career with the 1928 Yankees going 5-1 in 12 games. The Veteran’s Committee elected him to Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1969. Stan finished his 14-season MLB pitching career with a 215-142 record. He pitched for the A’s, Indians, Senators and the Yankees. He won 20 games or more in 5 seasons in the AL.

1905- The Philadelphia A's "sell" catcher Mike "Doc" Powers to the Highlanders. Powers will be sold back to the A's on August 7th. As noted by Lyle Spatz, Powers was needed to replace back up Catcher Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with the Tigers. Powers will play mainly at 1B, replacing starting 1B Hal Chase, whose nose was broken in the Tigers game.

1919- Red Sox “Submarine” starter Carl Mays quits the mound after 2 innings at Chicago, blaming his Boston teammates for lack of support a-field. In defiance of Ban Johnson's order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing, Red Sox Owner Harry Frazee trades Mays to the Yankees for P Bob McGraw, INF Allen Russell and $40,000. AL President Ban Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders AL umpires not to let him pitch for New York. The Yankees get a court order restraining Ban Johnson from interfering, further eroding Johnson's authority and standing.  The AL Directors will reinstate Carl Mays. In retaliation, on October 29th the National Commission will refuse to recognize the Yankees' 3rd-place finish, they will withhold the players' share of the pool. New York's Co-Owners Jacob Ruppert and Col. Huston will pay the players shares out of their own pockets.

1920 - The fans are flocking to see the mighty Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hit HRs (12 HRs in June). A twin bill with the St. Louis Browns draws a Polo Grounds record of 38,823 fans, the 3rd record-breaker of the 1920 MLB season. The Browns take the 1st game by the score of 6-4. Browns starter Urban Shocker throws a complete game, while picking up his victory #12 of the season. Bronx starter Rip Collins take the lost, he is now 5-3 for the 1920 AL season. In the 2nd game the Bombers bounce back to a 7-2 win, as Yankees starter George Mogridge throws a complete game victory to even his pitching record to 4-4.  Also Browns starter Weilman throw a complete game, the loss drops his pitching record to 6-6. Oddly there are no HRs hit by either team during the twin-bill.

1920- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Dutch” Hiller (1946,1948-1949) was born. (1920-1987)
Before the start of the 1943 MLB season, the Yankees signed 22-year old Frank “Dutch” Hiller as an MLB amateur free agent. "Dutch" as he was sometimes called was out of Lafayette College in PA, where he starred on the mound with a 22-2 record, he also played college football and basketball. He started out his pro baseball career with his hometown AA Newark Bears (International League). He won a total of 39 games for the 1943-1945 Bears. After a short trial with the 1946 Yankees, he had posted a 0-2 record in 3 games with a 4.76 ERA. "Dutch" was a 15 game winner with the 1947 Kansas City Blues before heading back to Yankee Stadium, going 5-2 in 22 games with a 4.04 ERA for the 1948 Yankees. He was back in the Bronx in 1949, going 0-2 in 4 appearances with a 5.87 ERA, he would finish out the 1949 season with the Blues again with an 11-8 record with a 5.79 ERA. Overall, Frank posted a 5-6 pitching career record for the Yankees, while appearing in 29 games. On February 10,1950, Dutch was purchased by the Cubs from the Yankees. Dutch would proceed to have his best MLB career season going 12-5 for the 1950 Cubs, but he fell to a 6-12 mark for the 1951 season. On January 3,1952, Frank was traded by the Cubs to the Reds for P Willie Ramsdell. Hiller would spend the season with the 1952 Reds, while posting a 5-8 record with a 4.63 ERA. At the end of the 1952 NL season the Reds would deal him to the Giants for OF Gail Henly. Hiller would pitch 19 innings for the 1953 Giants, posting a 2-1 record in 19 games with a 6.15 ERA, this would be the end of his 7-season MLB pitching career. He would finish out with a 30-32 record in 138 games with a 4.42 ERA. "Dutch" at age 33 would give it 1 more shot with the 1954 AAA San Francisco Seals (PCL). He finished out his 8 seasons in the minor leagues with an 82-54 record with a 3.18 ERA.

1923- Yankees veteran starter Bob Shawkey hits a triple and double in the 3rd inning, tying an AL record for most extra-base hits by a pitcher in 1 inning. The Yankees downed Connie Mack’s A’s by a score of 10-6.

1927- Former Yankees Minor League P Ruben Gomez was born. (1927-2004)
On December 3,1951, Ruben Gomez was drafted by the Yankees from St. Jean (Provincial League, Canada) in the 1951 MLB minor league player draft. Ruben never pitched for the Yankees at the MBL level. When Yankees GM George Weiss decided that Elston Howard was going to be the 1st black Yankee MLB player, he released or traded away the other minority players in the Yankees minor league system. In June of 1952, Ruben Gomez was released by the Yankees organization. In spring of 1953, the New York Giants would sign him. In 1954, he won 17 games for the NL Champion Giants. He won 1 game in the 1954 World Series against the Indians. In 1957, Ruben won 15 games for the Giants in their last season at the Polo Grounds. In 1958, Ruben won the 1st MLB game played at Seals Stadium in San Francisco, beating their long-time rivals the Dodgers by the score of 8-0. In 1959, the Giants traded Gomez to the Phillies. He later pitched for the Indians and Twins in 1962-1963. He spent the next couple of seasons in the minor leagues before coming back to the MLB in 1967 with the Phillies for 7 games with no record. In 10 MLB seasons, Ruben posted a 76-86 record.

1934- In front of 20,000 fans during the 3rd inning at Navin Field in Detroit, Yankees veteran slugger Babe Ruth wallops a Tommy Bridges' 3-2 pitch far over the RF wall for his 700th MLB career HR. The 4-2 Yankee victory over the Tigers put the Bronx Bombers back into 1st place, but 1B Lou Gehrig is helped off the field in the 1st inning with a severe bout of lumbago.

1934- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ken Hunt (1959-1960) was born. (1934-1997)
In 1952, the Yankees signed OF Ken Hunt as a MLB free agent. He appeared in only 32 games with the 1959-1960 Yankees, batting .303 with no HRs and 4 RBIs. He was unable to crack the regular starting Yankee outfield (Maris, Mantle and Lopez-Berra). In December of 1960, Ken was selected by the Angels in the 1960 AL expansion team player draft (Angels and  “new” Senators). Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who helped the Angels Front office with scouting reports on players available, recommended him to the Angels front office. Ken would hit 25 HRs with 70 RBIs in 149 games, while hitting .255 for the 1961 Angels. In 1962, he broke his collarbone only appearing in 13 games for the team, while hitting just .182. In 1963, Ken appeared in 52 games and hitting just .183 for the Angles. On September 12,1963, he was sold to the Senators; he appeared in only 7 games with them, while hitting .200. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1964 Senators appearing in 51 games, hitting only .135 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. Then he played in the Senators minor league system until April 2, 1966, when they traded him to the White Sox for hurler Bob Humphreys. He did not appear at the MLB level with the White Sox. Overall Ken appeared in 310 MLB games, while hitting .226 with 33 HRs and 111 RBIs. Ken was a close friend of former Yankees teammate OF Roger Maris. They are both buried next to each other in the same cemetery in Fargo, ND.

1940- Former Yankees Reliever Jack Aker (1969-1972) was born.
The Yankees obtained veteran reliever Jack Aker from the Pilots for starter Fred Talbot during the 1969 AL season. Working out of the Yankees bullpen, Jack went 16-10 with 59 saves in 126 games with the Yankees. On May 17,1972, he was sent by the Yankees to the Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on January 20,1972. The Yankees sent a player to be named later to the Cubs for veteran OF Johnny Callison. The Yankees would send P Jack Aker on May 17,1972 to the Cubs to complete the trade. Overall, Jack went 47-45 with a 3.28 ERA in 495 games with 123 saves. Jack was originally signed by the Kansas City A’s. He pitched for the A’s, Pilots, Yankees, Cubs, Braves and Mets during his MLB pitching career (1964-1974). After his playing career ended, Aker was a minor league manager and an Indians MLB Coach in 1986-1987. He currently runs a baseball camp in the New York/New Jersey area. Nicknamed "Chief" because of his American Indian heritage, he also offers free baseball clinics to Native American youth in the southwest U.S.

1940- Joe DiMaggio drives in 7 runs during the Yankees 10-4 win against the St. Louis Browns in the 1st game of doubleheader. DiMaggio had 4 hits in that game, 2 HRs and 2 singles. In the 2nd game, the Yankee Clipper adds a 2-run HR, to finish the day with 9 runs batted in and help the Yankees complete a sweep of the Browns by a score of 12-6.

1947-Making his 14th MLB team uniform switch, veteran hurler Bobo Newsom joins the Yankees. His 7-5 pitching record in 17 games for the rest of the 1947 AL season will help the Yankees to win the AL flag. He appeared in 2 games of the 1947 World Series losing 1 game as a starter, giving up 6 runs in 2 innings of work.  For the 1948 MLB season, Bobo Newsom will join the Giants.

1943- The American League edges the National League, by the score of 5-3 at Shibe Park in the 1st All-Star Game played under the lights. A crowd of 31.938 baseball fans watched the game in Philadelphia. Red Sox INF Bobby Doerr is the AL hitting hero with a 3-run HR off of Cardinals hurler Mort Cooper in the 2nd inning.  Pirates 1B Vince DiMaggio has a single, triple and HR in 3 trips. Doerr also handles 6 fielding chances. At the All-Star break, he had handled 307 errorless chances, dating back to May 20th. His streak will end at 349 chances, a record he will break in 1948. The game is broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio. There are no Yankees in the AL All Star starting line-up, but Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy has the following Bombers in reserve, 2B Joe Gordon, Catchers Bill Dickey and Buddy Rosar, Outfielders Charlie Keller and Johnny Lindell. Yankee starters Spud Chandler and Tiny Bonham are on the AL Pitching staff, but are not used in the game.

1948- Yankees starter Vic Raschi drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning. He is the winning pitcher as the AL squad again tops the NL team by the score of 5-2 in the 1948 All-Star Game held at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. A crowd of 34,009 fans watches the daytime game. AL All Stars Red Sox OF Ted Williams, Yankees OF Joe DiMaggio, Detroit 3B George Kell and starter Hal Newhouser miss starting in the AL lineup due to injuries. Yankees have 3 players in the starting line-up, OF Tommy Henrich, 1B George McQuinn and Catcher Buddy Rosar. Yankees Manager Bucky Harris has young catcher Yogi Berra in reserve. Yankees Closer Joe Page is also on the AL team pitching staff, but he doesn’t appear in the game.

1952- Bronx starter Vic Raschi gives up only 1 Detroit hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers by the score of 11-1 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. The Yankees win the 2nd game by a score of 12-2.

1956- Former Yankees Reliever Bill Caudill (1982) was born.
On April 1,1982, reliever Bill Caudill was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 19,1981. The Cubs sent players to be named later to the Yankees for minor league INF Pat Tabler. Bill had a very short career with the Yankees, less than 1 day. On April 1,1982, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later and rookie starter Gene Nelson to the Mariners for MLB starter Shane Rawley. The Yankees sent reserve OF Bobby Brown on April 6, 1982 to the Mariners to complete the trade.

1959- The Red Sox sweep their 5-game series with Yankees with a 13-3 rout featuring a big 6th inning. Gene Stephens pinch runs for Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, when the Red Sox bat around; Stephens then hits a Grand Slam HR.

1960-The Yankees host the 29th All-Star game with AL squad losing to the NL team by a score of 6-0. Yankees starter Whitey Ford is the losing pitcher, while Pirates starter Veron Law is the winner for the NL. The mid-season classic only draws a disappointing crowd of only 38,362 fans to Yankee Stadium. The following Yankees were on the 1960 AL All Star team, Catcher Yogi Berra, Pitchers Jim Coates and Whitey Ford, Catcher Elston Howard, CF Mickey Mantle, RF Roger Maris and 1B Bill Skowron. White Sox Manager Al Lopez managed the 1960 AL squad facing the NL team led by Dodger’s Walt Alston.

1961- White Sox veteran starter Early Wynn gets an early departure as he retires just 2 Yankees batters in the 1st inning. Then Mickey Mantle (30th) and Roger Maris (34th) belt back-to-back HRs to send the veteran pitcher to an early shower. For slugger Mickey Mantle, it is the 13th HR in his MLB player career off of Early Wynn, his favorite target. As the Yankees win the game by a score of 6-2.

1964- The Bronx Bombers hit 4 HRs in Cleveland to top the Tribe by a score of 10-4. Yankees starter Roland Sheldon pitches a complete game, giving up only 6 Indian hits and 4 runs. The Yankees 4-HRs were hit by: Clete Boyer 1 HR (2-run), Tom Tresh 2-HRs, (2-run HRs) and a solo HR shot by Mickey Mantle.

1973- Yankees CF Bobby Murcer hits 3 HRs, all off of Royals starter Gene Garber, as he knocks in all the runs in the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Royals. Yankees veteran starter Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 Royals hits in racking up his 39th shut out of his Yankees pitching career. Murcer will not hit another HR for the Yankees until August 19th.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Kei Igawa (2007-2008) was born.
On November 28, 2006, the Yankees won the bidding for Pitcher Kei Igawa, when the Hanshin Tigers accepted their offer of about $26 million. The Mets bid about $15 million for Igawa. Kei signed for a 5-year, $20 million deal. Igawa got married early in 2007, a fact that was revealed to the media by Yankees' Minor League Pitching Coach Bill Connors, before Kei could notify anyone. He made his MLB pitching debut as the starting pitcher against the Orioles on April 7, 2007, giving up 7 runs in 5 innings. Igawa was involved in 2 unusual records early in 2007. When he joined Sean Henn and Chase Wright in picking up wins in 1 sweep, it became the 1st time in MLB history that 3 pitchers got their 1st MLB win as part of a 3-game sweep. Later, when Philip Hughes joined Igawa and Wright in making his MLB pitching debut, they became the 1st trio of starting pitchers in 52 years to all make their debuts in the season's 1st 20 games. The prior trio had been Larry Jackson, Luis Arroyo and Floyd Wooldridge (1955 Cardinals). Igawa was 2-1 with a 7.63 ERA in his 1st 6 MLB games for the Yankees before he was demoted to the minors. He went 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 2 games for the Tampa Yankees, and then he moved up to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (2-2, 2.80 ERA) before returning to the Bronx. Igawa's record for the 2007 Yankees was a 2-3 mark with a 6.79 ERA in 12 games, when he returned to Scranton, where he was 5-4, with a 3.69 ERA overall. He pitched 2 games for the 2008 Yankees, including 1 start, going 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. He spent the rest of the 2008 season with Scranton, where he pitched very well, going 14-6, while posting a 3.45 ERA in 26 games with 117 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. In 2009, he fell back to 10-8 record with a 4.15 ERA, as he spent the entire season as a starter with Scranton. He was back for a 3rd full season in AAA in 2010, but he fell back again, this time posting a record of 3-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 22 games, 10 of them starts; he pitched only 77 innings that season. He was in the 2011 Yankees' training camp, starting the last season on his 5-year contract with the Yankees, when a major earthquake hit Japan on March 11th. Igawa's native region was among the most affected. He obtained permission from the Yankees front office to return home the next day in order to look after close relatives. Igawa spent most of the 2011 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) going 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 16 games (6 starts). He also made 4 starts at AAA Scranton finishing 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA. Igawa finished his 5-year contract with the Yankees with only 2 wins at the MLB level and 36 wins in the minor leagues. The team granted him MLB free agency. In 2012, Igawa returned to Japan to pitch by signing with the Orix Buffaloes.

1984- The Yankees retired former players Roger Maris (#9) and Elston Howard (#32) Yankee uniform numbers. The team also erects plaques in their honor to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers. Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s HR Record of 60 HRs with 61 HRs in 1961. He won back-to-back AL MVP Awards in 1960-1961. Elston Howard was the Yankees 1st black MLB player in 1955, he played with the team from 1955 to June 1967, when he was traded to the Red Sox. In 1963, he was the AL MVP Award winner. In the fall of 1969, Howard became the 1st Yankees Black MLB Coach, a position that he held until his death in 1980.

1994- Former Reserve INF Yankees Jimmy Reese (1930-1931) passed away. (1901-1994)

In 1927, the Yankees obtained INF Jimmy Reese from the Oakland Oaks (PCL). Debuting with the Yankees in 1930, Jimmy hit .346 in 77 games, while backing up shortstop Tony Lazzeri. He was assigned as Babe Ruth's roommate and famously joked that in reality, he roomed with Ruth's suitcase. He said Ruth treated him "like a son." In 1931, Reese returned to earth, hitting just .241 and playing in 65 games for the team. He played with the 1930-1931 Yankees. His Yankees playing career totals were a .286 BA in 142 games. That winter, he became the player to be named later in part of a deal to the St. Paul Saints (American Association) for P Johnny Murphy and INF Jack Saltzgaver. Then in 1932, the Cardinals picked him up on waivers. After retiring as active player, he became a coach and manager in the minor leagues, mainly working in the Pacific Coast League. In 1973, he became the MLB conditioning coach for the Angels, a position that he held until his death in 1994. The Angels honored Jimmy for his long time team service by retiring his uniform number.

2005- Former MLB Player, Yankees Minor League Manager and Special Spring Training Instructor Mickey Owen passed away. (1916-2005)
Mickey Owen was a catcher who played 13 years in the MLB, achieving prominence in the war years when he was an NL All-Star 4 times. He was 4th in the MVP voting in 1942. He appeared in the 1941 World Series batting usually 8th but sometimes 7th in the Dodgers lineup. He is most famous for dropping a 3rd strike pitch from Dodgers hurler Hugh Casey to Yankees batter Tommy Henrich with 2 outs in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the World Series. Henrich reached 1st base and the Yankees scored 4 runs to turn a 4-3 loss into a 7-4 victory. After World War II, Owen defected to the Mexican League; he was banned by MLB for 3 seasons. Owen was unimpressive in the Liga, batting just .256 in 1946 for the Veracruz Blues; most of the other catchers in the League hit as well or better.  He played in the MLB from 1937-1945, he returned to MLB in 1949 with the 1949-1951 Cubs. He finished out his MLB playing career with the 1954 Red Sox.  Overall he hit .255 with 14 HRs and 378 RBIs in 1,209 MLB games. He only hit .167 in 5 games in his only World Series appearance with the 1941 Dodgers. Once his active playing career ended, Owen was a Red Sox MLB coach in 1955-1956. He was also a minor league manager (1953 and 1957) for the Yankees and the Braves organizations. Mickey was a MLB scout for the 1958-1959 Orioles organization. Owen also founded the Mickey Owen Baseball School for Boys in Miller, MO and a baseball academy, which he sold in 1964.

2010- George Steinbrenner, Team Owner of the New York Yankees since 1973, passes away from a heart attack at his home in Tampa, FL.  (1930-2010)
George Steinbrenner restored the New York Yankees to greatness during his team ownership (1973-2010), he spent lavishly on MLB free agents, fired 25 managers and front office personnel at a sometimes’ dizzying pace, but he saw the team win 7 World Series titles. In January of 1973, Cleveland, Ohio shipbuilder George Steinbrenner and a group of investors had acquired the New York Yankees from CBS, Inc. for 12 million dollars. He rebuilds the Yankees farm system that had fallen into disrepair under the CBS ownership to provide new young talent for the team. He had many run-ins with the MLB Commissioner’s office, over player trades, the umpires’ performances, including a ban from the running the team in the early 1990’s, which yield the rebuilding of the team with a core of 4 young players, that help the Yankees regained their World Champion status. Also George feuded with Baseball’s Hall of Fame over ignoring past Yankees players like shortstop Phil Rizzuto, keeping the Yankees out of the annual Hall of Fame game at Cooperstown, NY. He built his own version of a baseball Hall of Fame at Yankee Stadium, Monument Park. He had relinquished the team's operations to his son Hal Steinbrenner as his health deteriorated badly in 2008.

2012- Yankees Catcher Russell Martin guns down Angels base runner Howie Kendrick on a steal attempt at 2nd base to preserve the Yankees' 6-5 win over the Angels to begin the 2012 season's second half. It is the 3rd Angels base runner that Martin catches in a steal attempt tonight. Also he also drives in the winning run in the 8th inning. Yankees 1B Mark Teixeria drives in the other 5 runs for the Yankees with a pair of HRs.

July 14th

1874- Former Yankees Pitcher Jesse Tannehill (1903) was born. (1874-1956)
Before the start of 1903 MLB Season, Jesse Tannehill jumped from the NL Pirates to the AL Highlanders. He went 15-15 in 32 games for the 1903 Highlanders. On December 20,1903, Jesse was traded by the Highlanders to the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) for P Tom Hughes. The trade didn’t work out for New York; Jesse would win 20 games or more in the next 2 seasons for Boston, while Tom Hughes would be sent to the Senators after posting a 7-11 record in 19 games for the team.

1908- Former Yankees Reliever and MLB Executive Johnny “Grand Ma” Murphy (1932,1934-1943,1946-1947) was born. (1908-1970.)
On June 27,1931Johnny Murphy was traded by St. Paul Saints (American Association) along with INF Jack Saltzgaver, cash and 2 players to be named to the Yankees for a player to be named later.  On November 12,1931, the Yankees sent reserve INF Jimmy Reese to St. Paul complete the trade. Johnny Murphy went 91-53 in 415 games with 104 saves for the Yankees. He was a 3-time AL All Star team player (1937-1939). He led the AL in saves 4 times (1938-1939,1941,1942). He appeared in 6 World Series with the Yankees (1936-1939,1941,1943), while posting a 2-0 record in 8 games. On April 12,1947, John was released by the by the Yankees, he had been replaced by young reliever Joe Page. On April 15,1947, he was signed as a MLB free agent with the Red Sox. He retired as an active MLB player at the end of the 1947 AL season. From 1948-1960, Johnny Murphy was the Farm Director for the Red Sox. Johnny would later work in the front office for the Mets, as their 1st Director of Player Development, then as a General Manager before having a fatal heart attack in January of 1970. His work with the Mets saw the rise of the expansion team to the 1969 World Championship team

1934- At Navin Field in Detroit, in an effort to keep the consecutive game streak intact, the Yankees have lumbago-stricken Lou Gehrig's bat lead off and list him as the shortstop in the line up. After singling in the 1st inning, the 'Iron Horse' leaves the game without fielding as the Tigers pound out 11 doubles to edge the Yankees by a score of 12-11.

1939- The Yankees tie the AL record with only 1 assist, as Bronx starter Red Ruffing wins the game by a score of 8-3 over the Tigers.

1947- Former Yankees OF Danny Walton (1971) was born.
On June 9,1971, the Yankees obtained OF Danny Walton from the Brewers for INF/OF Frank Tepedino and OF Bobby Mitchell. Walton never turned out to be the power hitter the Yankees were looking for. He spent most of his playing time in the Yankees organization at the AAA level. He appeared in only 5 games for the team, hitting just .143 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs. He would be traded to the Twins for reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey in the fall of 1972.

1952- Tigers slugger 1B Walt Dropo goes 5-for-5 against the Yankees in an 8-2 win. All 5 hits of his hits are singles.

1957- Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron hits an MLB-record 2nd pinch-hit Grand Slam HR of the 1957 AL season off of White Sox hurler Jim Wilson in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Bill Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th inning as the Yankees score 6 runs to win the game by a score of 6-4. The White Sox take the 1st game of the doubleheader from the Yankees by a score of 3-1.

1964- Orioles’ Bob Johnson's 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter sets an AL mark, but the Yankees win the game by a score of 4-3. Yankees starter Al Downing pitches a complete game picking up his 6th victory of the 1964 AL season.  Orioles’ veteran reliever Stu Miller took the loss.

1967- Former Yankees 3B/1B/DH (2002-2003) and MLB Manager Robin Ventura was born.
On December 7,2001, Robin Ventura was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for veteran OF David Justice. He hit  .247 with 27 HRs and 93 RBI’s for the 2002 Yankees. The team resigned Robin as a MLB free agent in the winter of 2002. His final Yankee player totals were a .239 BA in 230 games with 36 HRs and 135 RBI’s. On July 31,2003, Robin was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for 2 minor league players: OF Bubba Crosby and P Scott Proctor.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League INF Bernie Castro was born.
On September 25,1997, Bernie Castro was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 18, 2001, Bernie was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for OF prospect Kevin Reese.

1982- Former Yankees OF and AL MVP Jackie Jensen (1950-1952) passed away (1927-1982).
Jackie Jensen was an All American football star at USC in college. On October 13,1949, Jackie Jensen was traded by the Oakland Oaks (Pacific Coast League) along with INF Billy Martin to the  Yankees for a player to be named later and cash. The Yankees sent Catcher Eddie Malone (July 5, 1950) to Oakland to complete the trade. Jackie was unable to crack the regular starting Yankees outfield lineup despite hitting .298 as a part time player in 1950 and despite having a solid 1951 season .298 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs in 56 games. Jackie’s Yankees player career totals were a .249 BA in 108 games with 9 HRs and 32 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game in the 1950 World Series against the Phillies with no hits. He followed up with a solid 1951 season for the Yankees by hitting .298 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs in 56 games playing in the outfield along with Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Bob Cerv and Gene Woodling. On May 3,1952, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Spec Shea, INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson to the Senators for 2 outfielders:  Irv Noren and Tom Upton. The Senators would later trade him to the Red Sox. In 1958, he was voted AL MVP while playing for the Red Sox. He had hit .286 with 35 HRs and 122 RBIs. Jackie Jensen was named to the AL All Star teams in 1952, 1955 and in 1958. He retired from the MLB in 1961, because of his fear of flying. Jensen coached college baseball at the University of Nevada (1970-1971) and the University of California (1974-1977). He then moved to Virginia in 1977 to operate a Christmas tree farm and run a baseball camp. He remains the only man to play in the Rose Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, the World Series and Baseball's All-Star game. 

1988- Former Yankees OF Whitey Witt (1922-1925) passed away. (1895-1988).
On April 17,1922, OF Whitey Witt was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s. Whitey appeared in 2 World Series with Yankees, while hitting .233 in 11 games. He was the leadoff man for the Yankees in both the 1922 and 1923 World Series. He led the AL in walks in 1922, getting 5 more than his Yankees teammate Babe Ruth, who was suspended for part of the 1922 AL season. In a crucial game played on September 16th in St. Louis, he was hit on the forehead by an empty pop bottle thrown by a fan while trying to catch a ball in centerfield. He was knocked unconscious and the incident almost caused a riot, but he came back to hit the game-winning single in the 9th inning that virtually clinched the 1922 AL pennant for the Yankees 2 days later. In May of 1925, the Yankees released Whitey Witt.  He had appeared in 464 games for the Yankees, while hitting .300 with 11 HRs and 130 RBIs. Later on that season, the Dodgers would sign Whitey. He would finish his MLB playing career in 1926 with them.

1994- Former Yankees Reserve INF Cesar “Pepito” Tovar  (1976) passed away. (1940-1994)
Reserve INF Cesar Tovar batted .250, while appearing in 13 games in September of 1976 for the Yankees. He had played for Manager Billy Martin, when he managed the Twins.

2011- The Blue Jays open the 2nd half of the 2011 MLB season with a bang, scoring 8 runs in the 1st inning of their game against the Yankees, chasing veteran MLB starter Bartolo Colon after two-thirds of an inning. Rookie 3B Eduardo Nunez, filling in for Alex Rodriguez who underwent a knee operation during the MLB All-Star break, commits a costly error that leads to 5 of the 8 runs scored. The Yankees then close to within 9-7, but the Jays victimize the back end of their bullpen in the late innings to end up with an emphatic 16-7 victory. The 16 runs and 20 hits are season bests for the Jays. Yankees Andruw Jones hits 2 HRs in a losing Bronx cause, while Shortstop Derek Jeter and DH Jorge Posada appear together in a game for the 1,660th time, the all-time record for the Bronx Bombers, beating out HOF players Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri. The Blue Jays get a scare when All-Star Jose Bautista has to leave the game in the 4th inning with a twisted ankle.

July 15th

1892- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Eugene “Bubbles” Hargrave (1930) was born. (1892-1969)
In 1930, the Yankees used veteran Catcher Bubbles Hargrave as a backup catcher for Bill Dickey. He hit .278 in 45 games. He retired from the MLB after the 1930 AL season.  Playing with the 1926 Reds, Hargrave had won NL batting crown with a .353 mark. His brother Pinky was also a catcher in the MLB (1923-1933). Bubbles became a minor league manager for several seasons.

1907- The White Sox pound the Yankees by the score of 15-0, the 2nd time this 1907 AL season they've beaten New York by that score. They'll beat them in 1950 by the same score, the Yankees team record for most runs by an opponent in a shutout in 2004.

1908- Former Yankees OF Jake Powell (1936-1940) was born. (1908-1948)
On June 14,1936, Jake Powell was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Ben Chapman. Jake hit .271 for the Yankees in 272 games. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, appearing in 8 games, while hitting .435. In 1938, Bob Elson interviewed Powell for a pre-game show on WGN radio in Chicago. Elson asked Powell what he did as a policeman in Dayton, Ohio during the off-season. Powell said, “I crack n*****s on the head.” For this public statement, he received a 10 game suspension from MLB Commissioner Judge Landis. On December 5,1940, Jake was purchased by AA San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) from the Yankees. Jake Powell committed suicide after being arrested by the police in Washington, DC for passing bad checks.

1917- The Yankees send veteran OF Lee Magee to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans, who will appear in 25 games, while hitting .225 for the team. He will bounce back in 1918, hitting .236 in 37 games.

1920-Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties his 1919 MLB record of 29 HRs with a game-winner in the 13th inning to beat the St. Louis Browns by a score of 13-10. Two days later, he will break it by hitting 2 HRs off of White Sox hurler Richard Kerr.

1934- Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig returns to 1B and goes 4-for-4, including 3 doubles off of Tigers starter Schoolboy Rowe, but the Yankees lose to the Tigers by a score of 8-3.

1936- After an absence of several weeks, Detroit Manager Mickey Cochrane rejoins the Tigers in NYC, as they split a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Tigers take the opener by the score of 5-1, and then they lose the 2nd game by a score of 7-4, as the Yankees maintain its 9-game lead in the AL. Cochrane will suffer a relapse and MLB Coach Del Baker will take over the team on the 21st.

1952- The Indians power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the 1st inning as Al Rosen scores, Larry Doby goes to 3B and Luke Easter, in his only MLB theft goes to 2B. The Yankees lose the game by the score of 7-3 to the Tribe.

1960- At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle cracks a 3-run HR off of veteran hurler Don Mossi, but the Tigers rally to win the game by the score of 8-4.

1964- Yankees starter Whitey Ford's 2-0 win over the Orioles raises the Yankees to 1st place in the AL. Orioles hurler Dave McNally takes the loss. Joe Pepitone has 2 hits and 2 RBI’s for the Yankees.

1965- At Yankee StadiumYankees slugger Mickey Mantle's 5th inning HR off of Nats hurler Phil Ortega that ties the game at 1-1 and the Bombers will top the Senators by the score of 2-1.

1966- Former Yankee INF Tommy “Rebel” McMillian (1912) passed away. (1888-1966)
On August 12,1912, INF Tommy McMillian was traded by Rochester (International League) to the Yankees for INF Jack Martin and hurler Jack Quinn. He appeared in 41 games for the 1912 Yankees, just hitting .228.

1968- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher (1942) and Minor League Manager Eddie Kearse passed away. (1916-1968)
After an 11-game cup of coffee with the 1942 Yankees, in which he hit only .192. Kearse fought and was wounded in France during WWII. He returned, after receiving the Purple Heart Award, and completed his 12-season minor league career. During his last 2 years playing in the minor leagues, he was a player-manager: 1948 Ventura Yankees, 1949 Grand Forks Chiefs  (1st part of the season) and the 1949 Paducah Chiefs (2nd part of the season). Despite an overall losing record and 4th place finish, Paducah prevailed as the league champion in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League playoffs.

1969- Red Sox slugger Reggie Smith collects 5 straight hits in the opener, stretching his AL hitting streak to 21 games, leading Boston to a 7-6 win over the Yankees. He'll get another hit in the nightcap, a 4-1 win by Yankees starter Stan Bahnsen (5-10), but his hitting streak will stop tomorrow.

1972- Former Yankees Reserve INF Wilson Delgado (2000) was born.
On March 23, 2000, INF Wilson Delgado was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for minor league player Juan Melo. Wilson hit .244 in 31 games for the 2000 Yankees. On August 11,2000, Wilson was traded by the Yankees to the Royals for minor league player Nick Ortiz.

1974- Former Yankees Reserve INF Claude Derrick (1913) passed away. (1886-1974)
Claude Derrick was a reserve INF for the 1910-1912 Philadelphia A’s. The A’s sent him to the Baltimore Orioles (International League).  The Tigers selected him from the Orioles in the 1912 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On September 18,1912, Claude was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for Catcher Red McKee. He appeared 23 games for the team, while hitting .292 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs. On June 26,1913, Claude was purchased by Baltimore Orioles (International League) from the Yankees.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Anthony Claggett (2009) was born.
On November 10, 2006, hurler Anthony Claggett was traded by Tigers the along with pitchers Kevin Whelan and Humberto Sanchez to the Yankees for veteran OF/DH Gary Sheffield. Anthony Claggett's MLB pitching debut with the Yankees was on April 18,2009 was one to remember, but for all of the wrong reasons. He came on in relief in the 2nd inning, when Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang was chased after pitching 1⅓ innings. He closed out the inning, but not before the Tribe had scored 14 runs in the inning (8 runs charged to Wang and 6 runs to Claggett), the most ever given up by the Yankees pitchers in a single inning. He then gave up 2 more runs in the 3rd inning before leaving the came with his ERA standing at 43.20. The Yankees lost the game by the score of 22-4. The Yankees sent him back to AAA Scranton (International League). In September of 2009, the Pirates claimed him on waivers from the Yankees. He joined the Pirates active roster for the final road trip of the 2009 MLB season.

1985- Former Yankees Reliever David Carpenter  (2015) was born.
On January 1, 2015, Dave Carpenter was traded by the Braves along with Pitcher Chasen Shreve to the  Yankees for Minor League Pitcher Manny Banuelos. He went 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in 22 games for the 2015 Yankees. On June 11, 2015, he was traded by the Yankees to the  Nationals for INF Tony Renda.

1990- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher/OF/DH Peter O’Brien was born.
Peter O'Brien was a 2nd round choice of the  Yankees in the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft, out of the University of Miami. A year earlier, the Colorado Rockies had taken him in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft out of Bethune-Cookman College, but they had failed to come to terms with him. Peter spent most of 2012 season with the Staten Island Yankees (New York-Penn League), where he hit .202 in 48 games. He split 2013 season between the Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League) and the Tampa Yankees (Florida State League) hitting for a combined line of .291with 39 doubles and 22 HRs. He drove in 96 runs in 119 games, justifying his status as a top draft pick. He played 38 games at 3B with Tampa, in addition to his catching duties, as the Yankees wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible without overtiring him by having him catch too many games. The down side was that he struck out 134 times while drawing 41 walks. In 2014, he was back at Tampa to start the season, but showed clearly that he had nothing left to prove at that level, with a .321 BA, 9 doubles and 10 HRs in only 30 games. He was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) on May 9th. His bat cooled down a bit, as he hit .245 with a .296 OBP in 72 games, but the outstanding power was still there, as he slugged 14 doubles and 23 HRs in that short span. He continued to move around, playing more games at 1B than behind the plate in AA, and also seeing time in the OF and at DH. On July 31st, he was traded to the Diamondbacks in return for MLB INF Martin Prado, with the Yankees trying to make a push for a postseason appearance in Derek Jeter's final season. He only played 4 games with the Mobile BayBears, going 5 for 13, before his season ended due to an injury. He was back in time to play in the Arizona Fall League however. In 2015, Arizona assigned him to the AAA Reno Aces (PCL) to begin the season. He played in 131 games there, while hitting .284 with 35 doubles, 9 triples, 26 HRs, 77 runs scored and 107 RBIs in an outstanding season at the plate. He hardly played his original position of catcher however, as he split most of his playing time between LR and RF. When Reno's season ended in early September, he was called up by the D-Backs to make his MLB player debut on September 11th. In the 6th inning of a game against the Dodgers, he was asked to pinch-hit for P Enrique Burgos; he singled to center off of reliever Ian Thomas to drive in Nick Ahmed from 2B. That made the score 12-0 in favor of Arizona. Pete remained in the game in LF for the last 3 innings but he did not get another at-bat as the D-Backs prevailed by the score of 12-4. In all, he went 4-for-10 in 8 games with a double and a HR. O'Brien was DFA by the D-Backs on December 23, 2016. The D-Backs traded O'Brien to the Royals for minor leaguer player Sam Lewis. He played for the Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL), before he was DFA by the Royals on May 10th. The  Reds claimed O'Brien off of waivers. They assigned him to the AAA Louisville Bats (IL). He played in only 5 games for the Bats, before he was DFA by the Reds on May 25th. The Rangers claimed O'Brien off waivers on May 27th. Then O’Brien was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on June 18, 2017.

1990- At Yankee Stadium, Royals slugger Bo Jackson slugs 3 straight HRs, the 3rd his MLB career 100th HR then he separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankees batter Deion Sanders. The speedy Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park HR, but the Royals take home a 10-7 win. The Royals victory is costly, as Bo Jackson will be out of the Royals starting line-up for the next 6 weeks.

1991-Seattle Mariner's DH Edgar Martinez just misses hitting for the cycle for the 2nd game in a row. He stokes a single; double and triple in a 5-1 win over the Yankees. On the 14th, he had 2 singles, a triple and a HR against the Indians.

1997-Despite a sluggish pitching performance, Bronx rookie hurler Hideki Irabu wins his 2nd MLB start, leading the Yankees over the Indians by a score of 12-6. Irabu gives up 5 runs and 9 hits in 5 innings, allowing HRs to Tribe hitters Tony Fernandez, Marquis Grissom and Matt Williams. Cecil Fielder, the Yankees 270-pound DH, tries to score from 1st on a double; his head 1st slide results in a broken right thumb.  Cecil Fielder will miss 8 weeks of action for the Yankees.

2001-The battle of 2 MLB 1st place teams draws 59,470 at Philadelphia as the Yankees lose a sloppy game to the Phillies by the score of 9-3. In the 5th inning, Jimmy Rollins takes 2B on a passed ball, then swipes 3B for his 26th straight successful steal. Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has 3 passed balls and should have been charged with a 4th, while shortstop Derek Jeter makes a critical error. Jorge Posada will lead the MLB Catchers in passed balls this season with 18.

2008-The AL squad defeats the NL team by the score of 4-3 in 15 innings at the 2008 MLB All-Star Game held at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 55, 632 fans watched the MLB mid-season game. Yankees players Shortstop Derek Jeter and 3B Alex Rodriguez are in the AL squad starting line-up. Closer Mario Rivera is in the AL bullpen. He gives up only 2 NL hits, no runs and strikes out 2 NL batters. It is the 1st extra-inning wins ever for the AL All Star team after 7 losses and 1 tie. The 2 teams combine for a record 7 steals, 6 of them by the AL squad. The game goes 4 hours and 50 minutes, also a MLB All Star Game record.

2014- The American League wins the 2014 MLB All-Star Game by the score of 5-3 over the National League held at Target Field in Minnesota. A crowd of 41, 048 fans watched the game. In his last appearance in the mid-summer MLB classic, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter leads off the game with a double, later scores on a triple by Angels OF Mike Trout. Jeter goes 2 for 2 at the plate, while Trout adds an RBI double in the 5th inning to win the game's MVP Award.




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2011 New York Yankees: Derek Jeter joins the MLB 3,000 Hits Club with a HR.

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July 9, 2011- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter becomes the 28th member of the 3,000 MLB Career Hit club with a 5-for-5 day against Tampa Bay Rays at New Yankee Stadium. The 2nd of the 5 hits, a HR off of Ray’s starter David Price in the 3rd inning, gets him to the MLB hitting milestone. He then adds 2 singles and a double as the Yankees defeat the Rays by the score of 5-4.


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1936 New York Yankees: The Yankes beat the Tribe as starter Red Ruffing  throws a 18-0 shutout, Lou Gehrig hits a pair of HRs.

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July 10, 1936- The New York Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Cleveland Indians, as Bronx starter Red Ruffing takes the shutout, winning the game by a score of 18-0. Lloyd Brown, the 1st of 3 Tribe pitchers used in the game is the loser.  Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig has a pair of HRs to take over the 1936 American League HR lead with 23.


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1962 New York Yankess: The Yankees reacquire Veteran 1B Dale Long from the Senators.

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July 11, 1962- The Washington Senators send veteran 1B Dale Long to the New York Yankees for minor league OF Don Lock who was playing at AAA Richmond Virginans (International League). This will be veteran Dale Long’s 2nd tour with the Yankees. Dale will hit .298 in pinstripes this season. Don Lock was unable to break into the Yankees starting outfield, despite hitting well in the Yankees minor league system, while showing good HR power. 


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1921 New York Yankees: Babe Ruth becomes the MLB All Time HR Leader

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July 12, 1921- New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his 137th MLB career HR, passing 19th-century MLB star Roger Connor's MLB record of 136 HRs.


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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Reliever Jack Aker

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July 13,  1940- Former Yankees Reliever Jack Aker (1969-1972) was born.
The New York Yankees obtained veteran AL reliever Jack Aker from the Seattle Pilots for starter Fred Talbot during the 1969 AL season. Working out of the Yankees bullpen, Jack went 16-10 with 59 saves in 126 games with the Yankees.  Along with Steve Hamilton and Lindy McDaniel gave the team a score bullpen for several seasons. On May 17,1972, he was sent by the Yankees to the Chicago Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on January 20,1972. The Yankees sent a player to be named later to the Cubs for veteran  NL All Star OF Johnny Callison. The Yankees would send P Jack Aker on May 17,1972 to the Cubs to complete the trade. Overall, Jack went 47-45 with a 3.28 ERA in 495 games with 123 saves. Jack was originally signed by the Kansas City A’s as a outfielder, then he was converted to a Pitcher. His best MLB pitching season came in 1966 with the Kansas City A's, when he led the AL in saves (32, a MLB record until 1970) and games finished (57), had a 1.99 ERA, finished 13th in the AL MVP voting. Jack was named AL Fireman of the Year by The Sporting NewsHe pitched for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s , Seattle Pilots, New York  Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets during his MLB pitching career (1964-1974).

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After a series of run-ins with A's owner Charles O. Finley, Aker, the team's union player representative, was made available in the expansio team playern draft for the 1969 ALseason, Jack was picked up by the Seattle Pilots. As one of their original players, on April 8, 1969, he earned a save in the 1st game in franchise history, a 4–3 win over the California Angels. His MLB pitching career got a 2nd wind when he was traded to the Yankees that May, as he ran up a string of 33+ consecutive scoreless innings, still a regular season Yankee record. He led the Yankees in saves that season and finished both 1969 and 1970 with ERAs of 2.06, despite career-threatening back surgery in the intervening winter. He remained a mainstay of the Yankees bullpen until his trade to the Cubs in 1972, when New York's acquisition of Sparky Lyle From the  Boston Red Sox made Aker expendable.

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After his active  playing career ended, Aker was a minor league manager and an Indians MLB Coach in 1986-1987. He currently runs a baseball camp in the New York/New Jersey area. Nicknamed "Chief" because of his Potawatomi Indian ancestry. He also offers free baseball clinics to Native American youth in the southwest U.S.


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1957 New York Yankees: The Moose hits MLB  2nd Pinch hit Grand Slam HR in Yankees 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

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July 14, 1957- New York Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron hits an MLB-record 2nd pinch-hit Grand Slam Home Run of the 1957 American League  season off of Chicago White Sox hurler Jim Wilson in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Bill Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th inning as the Yankees score 6 runs to win the game by a score of 6-4. The White Sox had  taken the 1st game of the doubleheader from the Yankees by a score of 3-1.


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2008 New York Yankees: 2008 MLB All Star Game at Yankee Stadium

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July 15, 2008-The American League squad defeats the National League team by the score of 4-3 in 15 innings at the 2008 MLB All-Star Game held at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 55,632 fans watched the MLB mid-season game.  New York Yankees players Shortstop Derek Jeter and 3B Alex Rodriguez are in the AL squad starting line-up. Closer Mario Rivera is in the AL bullpen. He gives up only 2 NL hits, no runs and strikes out 2 NL batters. It is the 1st extra-inning wins ever for the AL All Star team after 7 losses and 1 tie. The 2 teams combine for a record 7 steals, 6 of them by the AL squad. The game goes 4 hours and 50 minutes, also a MLB All Star Game record.

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