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This Week in Yankees History August 6th-12th Part One



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August 6th


1903- Former Yankees Pitcher (1942-1945) and long time MLB Pitching Coach Jim “Milkman” Turner (1949-1959,1966-1973) was born. (1903-1998)
Jim Turner spent 51 consecutive years in pro baseball. He began his playing career in the minor leagues in 1922; he finally reached the MLB in 1937 with the Boston Braves, when he won 20 games as a rookie. On July 16,1942, Jim Turner was traded by the Reds along with INF Joe Abreu and cash to the Yankees for OF Frankie Kelleher. Jim “Milkman” Turner went 11-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 88 games with 19 saves for the 1942-1945 Yankees. He led the AL in 1945 with 10 saves. Overall as a MLB pitcher, Jim posted a 69-60 record with a 3.22 ERA with 20 saves in 231 MLB games.  In addition to his 9-season MLB pitching stint, Turner compiled a 204-132 record in the minor leagues with a 3.85 ERA. He led the 1929 Piedmont League with 25 wins. Turner earned his "Milkman" nickname because of his off-season job of delivering milk.  After his MLB playing career ended, he managed the 1946 Beaumont Exporters (Texas League) for the Yankees, then 1947-1948 Portland Beavers (PCL). He was the Yankees MLB pitching coach under Yankees Manager Casey Stengel from 1949-1959. In the winter of 1959, the Yankees front office fired Jim Turner as their MLB pitching Coach, taking the blame for the team’s 3rd place finish. Former Yankees 1950’s starter Eddie Lopat replaced him as the team’s MLB Pitching Coach for the 1960 AL season. Jim went back to the Reds organization. He managed the 1960 AA Nashville Vols (Southern Association). Then Jim spent the next 5 seasons as the Reds MLB pitching coach, before returning to the Yankees in May of 1966 to be Manager Ralph Houk’s MLB Pitching Coach until the end of the 1973 AL season. He retired from baseball in 1973.


1914- Former Yankees Minor League P Tommy Reis was born. (1914-2009)
Tommy Reis appeared in the MLB briefly with the 1938 Phillies and Braves appearing in just 8 games, while posting a 0-1 record. On October 27,1938, the Boston Bees (aka Braves) sent P Johnny Babich, INF Bobby Reis and P Tommy Reis to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 10, 1938. On August 10th, the Bees sent players to be named later, INF Gil English, C Johnny Riddle and cash to the Yankees for INF Eddie Miller. Tommy Reis toiled in the Yankees organization from 1939-1946, while posting a 68-60 pitching record for their 2 top AA teams: Newark Bears (International League) and the Kansas City Blues (American Association). He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.


1919- Former Yankees Minor League OF Leon “Lee” Culberson was born. (1919-1989)
Lee Culberson came up to the MLB with the 1943 Red Sox, and then he was traded to the Senators. On May 13,1948, Leon Culberson was traded by the Senators along with $20,000 to the Yankees for OF Bud Stewart. He didn’t appear in a MLB game with the Yankees. He played for the 2 Yankees AA clubs the 1948 Newark Bears and the 1949 Kansas City Blues, before going to the Giants organization 


1929- After the visiting Senators out-slug the Yankees by a score of 13-11, New York earns a split by making the 2nd game by the score of 8-0 on 2 HRs by Babe Ruth. The 1st is a Grand Slam HR in the 5th inning, his 26th HR of the 1929 AL season. Yankees starter Fred Heimach scatters 3 Nats hits to earn the nightcap win. Buddy Myers 4 hits, including 3 doubles in the opener, paces a 14-hit Nats attack. Durst, Cronin and West hit HRs for the Senators.


1937- In a 10-inning game, Indian outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. In the 10th inning, Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory. One umpire calls it foul, so the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. But the other umpire overrules the 1st, allowing the winning run to score because of the OF's idleness. The AL league office will uphold the Indians protest of the game.


1938- Former Yankees and Red Sox hurler George Pipgras (1923-1924,1927-1933) joins the American League umpiring staff.


1940- Former Yankees Minor League INF Ossie Chavarria was born.
On December 5,1969, INF Ossie Chavarria was traded by the Oakland A’s along with 1B Danny Cater to the Yankees for veteran hurler Al Downing and reserve Catcher Frank Fernandez. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1971, he was traded by the Yankees to Mexico City Tigers (Mexican League) for 3B Celerino Sanchez.


1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Hardin (1971) was born. (1943-1991)
On May 28,1971, Jim Hardin was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for P Bill Burbach. Jim went 0-2 in 12 games for the 1971 Yankees. He never fully recovered from arm injuries that made him an effective starter with the Orioles. He would finish his MLB pitching career with the Braves. Jim Hardin died on March 9, 1991 when his Beechcraft Beech 35-C33A airplane crashed in Key West, FL. Shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport. The propeller of his aircraft failed due to fatigue, the engine stalled and the plane crashed, while Jim attempted to perform an emergency landing. It came to rest in a parking lot of the TGI Fridays restaurant (which was under construction) located at 2710 North Roosevelt Boulevard. Jim is one of 3 Yankee players, who have died in aviation accidents, including All Star Catcher Thurman Munson (1979) and Pitcher Cory Lidle (2006.)


1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy Messersmith (1978) was born.
On December 7,1977, veteran starter Andy Messersmith was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves. Andy went 0-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 6 games. He had suffered a shoulder injury while running into 1B Cliff Johnson during a spring training game. In fall of 1978, Yankees granted him MLB free agency, he signed with the Dodgers.


1946- Former Yankees Hall Of Fame 2B Tony Lazzeri (1926-1937) passed away. (1903-1946)
Tony Lazzeri was epileptic; his untimely death in 1946 resulted from a fatal fall down the stairs, likely caused by an epileptic seizure. Tony Lazzeri set what were then organized baseball records with 60 HRs and 222 RBIs for the 1925 Salt Lake City Bees (PCL), along with a .355 BA. On August 1,1925, Tony was traded by the Bees to the Yankees for players to be named later and $50,000. The Yankees sent 2B Mack Hillis in March of 1926, Frank Zoellers (minors) in March of 1926 and Curt Fullerton on March 23,1926 to the Bees to complete the trade. Tony had a lifetime BA of .293 with Yankees. He appeared in 7 World series hitting .262 with 4 HRs with 19 RBIs. His best Yankee season was in 1929, when he hit .354 with 18 HRs and 106 RBIs. Tony had seven 100 RBI Seasons: (1926,1927,1929,1930,1932,1933 & 1936) He was on the 1st AL All Star team in 1933.  On October 15,1937, Tony was released by the Yankees, upon his request to retire from MLB. Tony came back to play for the 1938 Cubs, then the Dodgers and finishing up with 1939 Giants. Tony was elected to Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1991. Quote: "(Tony) not only was a great ballplayer, he was a great man. He was a leader. He was like a manager on the field."  Former Yankees player and long time 3B MLB Coach Frankie Crosetti.


1949- The Yankees sell reserve 1B Jack Phillips to the Pirates for cash. He was hitting .302 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs for the 1949 Yankees at the time of the trade to the Pirates. Overall as a Yankees player, Jack hit .295 with 2 HRs and 12 RBIs in 62 games.


1954- Former Yankees 1B/DH Ken Phelps (1988-1989) was born.
On July 21,1988, 1B/DH Ken Phelps was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for a player to be named later, OF Jay Buhner and minor league P Rich Balabon. The Yankees would send minor league P Troy Evers on October 12,1988 to the Mariners to complete the trade. The Yankees had drafted Ken in 1974 MLB amateur player draft, but he did not sign with the team. Ken hit .224 and .249 with 14 HRs for the Yankees during the 1988-1989 AL seasons. On August 30,1989, Ken was traded by the Yankees to the Oakland A’s for minor league P Scott Holcomb.


1955- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Davis (1978-1982) was born.
On June 12,1978, Ron Davis was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on June 10,1978. The Cubs sent a player to be named later to the Yankees for veteran hurler Ken Holtzman. The Cubs sent Ron Davis on June 12,1978 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Ron went 27-10 in 154 games with 27 saves. Rich Gossage and Ron Davis team up to give the Yankees a power bullpen 1-2 duo for several seasons. On April 10,1982, the Yankees traded Ron Davis, along with minor league P Paul Boris and INF Greg Gagne to the Twins for shortstop Roy Smalley. Ron’s son, Ike Davis was a MLB player with the Mets and Yankees. He is currently playing in Dodgers organization. 


1961- Mickey Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins by going 5-for-9 with 3 HRs and a double. His 4 RBIs gives him an even 100 for the 1961 AL season. His HR total for the season is now at 43. In the opener, Mantle's had 2 HRs off of his favorite AL pitcher Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard's HR in the 10th inning that ties the game at 6-6. In the 15th inning, Yogi Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beat the throw at 1st to give the Yankees the win. The Yankees win the nightcap by a run as well, when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Yankees now lead the Tigers by 2 1/2 games in the 1961 AL pennant race.


1963- Yankees veteran starter Stan Williams throws a 1-hitter against the Senators beating them by the score of 1-0 only giving up a double to INF Don Blasingame. He strikes out 11 Senators batters, while only issuing only 1 Nats walk. Bronx Bombers shortstop Tony Kubek’s triple scores the Yankees lone run in the game.


1965- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Johnny Ramos (1991) was born.
On June 2,1986, Johnny Ramos was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1986 MLB amateur player draft. Reserve C/DH John Ramos appeared in 10 games, hitting .310 for the 1991 Yankees. He played in the Yankees organization until 1993, later he played in the Padres and Blue Jays systems before retiring from the game. He is currently an Assistant Baseball Coach at University of Tampa.


1965- After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox, Mickey Mantle loops a HR off of Mickey Lolich, but the Tigers still top the visiting Yankees by a score of 5-4. The Yankees will win tomorrow and Mickey will add another HR.


1971- The Yankees kayo Orioles starter Pat Dobson in the 4th inning, beating the Birds by a score of 12-3. The loss ends Orioles starter Pat Dobson's winning streak of 12 games, his 9 consecutive complete games and his consecutive scoreless innings streak of 23 innings.


1974- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Vizcaino (2007) was born.
On January 9,2007, Reliever Luis Vizcaino was traded by the Diamondbacks along with P Steven Jackson (minors), INF Alberto Gonzalez and P Ross Ohlendorf to the Yankees for MLB All Star starter Randy Johnson and cash. Luis went 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 77 games for the 2007 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB free agency.


1979- After delivering a eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral in Ohio, Bobby Murcer, a teammate and close friend of the deceased Yankees Captain and Catcher, drives in all the runs in the Yankee 5-4 comeback victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees outfielder hits a 3-run HR and wins the game with 2-run single in 9th inning.


1981- As a result of the nearly 2-month interruption in play because of the strike the MLB Team owners elect to split the 1981 MLB season into 2 halves, with the 1st-place teams from each half in each division (or a wild-card team if the same club wins both halves) meeting in a best-of-5 divisional playoff series. The last time the MLB played a split season was 1892. The A's, Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers suddenly find themselves guaranteed playoff spots as 1st-half division champions in their leagues.


1982- The Yankees trade their 1978 AL Playoff hero shortstop Bucky Dent to the Rangers for OF Lee Mazzilli. Dent was hitting only .169; Bucky had lost his starting shortstop job to Roy Smalley, who had been acquired from the Twins. Lee Mazzilli was a former Mets outfielder.


1996- Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off of P Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so, he becomes just the 8th MLB player to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Dave Kingman, Cory Snyder, Darnell Coles, Claudell Washington, and Larry Parrish.


2000- The Mariners defeat the Yankees by the score of 11-1. Former Yankees reserve OF Stan Javier goes 5-for-6 for the Mariners, including a double.


2001- Former Yankee Minor League OF Roy Mantle passed away. (1936-2001)
The brother of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, OF Roy Mantle played 3 seasons of minor league ball in the Yankees organization. With the 1955 Monroe Sports, he hit .272 with 6 HR. He was a Cotton States League All-Star. In addition to Mickey, Roy had a twin brother Ray Mantle, who was his teammate during part of his Yankees minor league playing career.


2003- Three weeks after trading for veteran reliever Armando Benitez with the cross-town Mets, the Yankees trade the much-maligned closer to the Mariners. In return, the Yankees get back 36-year-old relief pitcher Jeff Nelson for his 2nd tour with the Bronx Bombers.


2009-After losing the 1st 8 contests between the 2 teams for this 2009 AL season, the Yankees beat their heated rivals, the Red Sox by the score of 13-6 before a capacity crowd at New Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers feast off of Red Sox veteran starter John Smoltz, still struggling to regain his form after missing all of the 2008 MLB season and reliever Billy Traber, who was recalled earlier in the day from AAA Pawtucket (International League), lighting up the 2 Red Sox pitchers for 13 runs on 18 hits in 7 combined innings. Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Melky Cabrera and Mark Teixeira all go deep for the Yankees, while Boston fails to take full advantage of 12 walks issued by 5 Yankee pitchers.


2010- The Red Sox may be reeling from injuries this season, but their rivalry with the Yankees endures. Today, they beat their nemesis by the score of 6-3 at New Yankee Stadium, taking advantage of a dropped pop-up by Yankees Catcher Francisco Cervelli to score 3 runs in the 2nd. Ryan Kalish hits his 1st MLB HR, a 2-run shot off of Yankees starter Javier Vazquez to put the game away in the 6th inning. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is the winner, while Red Sox DH David Ortiz also hits one out for the Sox, as well as Mark Teixeira for the Yankees. Derek Jeter lines a single ahead of Mark Teixeira HR in the 1st inning for his 2,873rd MLB hit, tying Babe Ruth on the all-time list.


2011- The Red Sox defeat the Yankees by the score of 10-4, in the 2nd game of a 3-game series at Fenway Park, to tie the 2 teams in 1st place in the AL East. Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 3-run HR off of Yankees starter CC Sabathia and drives in 6 runs to power the Red Sox. Sabathia is 0-4 against Boston this season and is 16-2 against all other teams in the AL.


2012- At Detroit, Tigers starter Justin Verlander racks up 13 Yankee strikeouts to beat New York by the score of 7-2, a MLB career-best and the most in the AL this season.


August 7th


1886- Former Yankees INF and HOF MLB Manager James “Bill” McKechnie (1913) was born. (1886-1965)


INF Bill McKechnie hit only .134 for the 1913 Yankees. He would have a long successful career as a MLB Manager in the NL with the Pirates, Cardinals, Braves and the Reds appearing in 4 World Series (1925,1928 and 1939-1940). Bill faced his old team the Yankees in the 1928 and 1939 World Series and lost. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1962.


1915- Another Hall of Famer player takes a turn on the mound, as George Sisler pitches to 2 Yankees in the 6th inning, hitting 1 batter and walking the other. The Browns-Yankees game is called at the end of 10 innings with the score tied at 4-4. 


1929- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (1955-1956) was born.
Don Larsen went 45-24 in 121 games with the 1955-1959 Yankees after coming to the Yankees in the big 17-player trade with the Orioles in the winter of 1954. The St. Louis Browns originally signed him. His greatest moment as a Yankees pitcher was his Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game #5 the 1956 World Series. In World Series play, Don went 3-1 for the Yankees. After the 1959 AL season, Don was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Hank Bauer, reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and OF Norm Siebern for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMasteri and 1B Kent Hadley. Don would appear in 1 more World Series in 1962, as a member of the Giants, working out of their bullpen against his former Yankee teammates. He was 1-0 in 3 games in relief with the Giants. Don finished his MLB pitching career with an 81-71 record in 412 games with a 3.78 ERA. He had started out with 1953 Browns, 1954 Orioles, then 1955-1959 Yankees, 1960-1961 A’s, 1961 White Sox, 1962-1964 Giants, 1964-1965 Astros returned to the 1965-1966 Orioles, finishing his MLB pitching career with the 1967 Cubs.


1929-For the 2nd game in a row, Babe Ruth hits a Grand Slam HR as the Yankees roll to a 13-1 victory over the Philadelphia A's in the opener. Mickey Cochrane’s HR in his one at bat for the A's only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the 1st 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner for the Yankees. The A's take the nightcap by a score of 4-2, as starter George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the victory.


1938- Yankees starter Red Ruffing’s no-hit bid ends in the 9th inning, when Indians OF Roy Weathery doubles with 1-out, but the Yankees still win the game by a score of 7-0 


1945- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Veach (1925) passed away. (1888-1945)
On May 5,1925, OF Bobby Veach was traded by the Red Sox along with hurler Alex Ferguson to the Yankees for Pitcher Ray Francis and $9,000. He appeared in 56 games, hitting .353 for the Yankees. On August 25,1925, Bobby was a pinch hitter for Yankees slugger Babe Ruth.  On August 17,1925, Bobby was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees.


1948- Before a crowd of 66,000 fans, Yankees starter Vic Raschi (14-4) allows only 4 singles while stopping the Indians by a score of 5-0.  Joe DiMaggio has a pair of doubles, drives in 3-runs, and swipes home on the front end of a double steal.


1949- Lineup juggling is a Casey Stengel manager’s forte as his Yankees suffer injury after injury. Against the St. Louis Browns, 13 different Yankees score a run in the 1st game of doubleheader, which Yankees win the game by a score of 20-2; the 2nd game ends in 2-2 tie.


1954- The Yankees waived veteran hurler Bob “Sarge” Kuzava (1951-1954) to the Orioles.
Bob went 23-20 with a 3.39 ERA in 104 games with 13 saves for the 1951-1954 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1951, going 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA with 5 saves in 23 games. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees with 2 saves.


1954- Former Yankees DH/OF Steve Kemp (1983-1984) was born.
In the winter of 1982, OF Steve Kemp was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He hit .264 with 19 HRs and 90 RBIs in 203 games for the Yankees. On December 20,1984, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with INF Tim Foli and cash to the Pirates for INF Dale Berra, P Alfonso Pulido and minor league OF Jay Buhner.


1955- After a 12-17 record in July, the Yankees are in a 4-team AL pennant race. Tiger’s starter Frank Lary beats the Yankees by a score of 4-2 in the game opener, the Yankees then earn a critical 3-2 10th-inning victory on a Mickey Mantle HR off of Tigers hurler Babe Birrer in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Yankees finish the day in a virtual tie with the White Sox, a half-game ahead of the Indians, and 11 and half games ahead of the Red Sox.


1956- The Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans, as the Red Sox edge the Yankees in 11 innings on Williams's bases-loaded walk. It is Williams's 3rd spitting incident in 3 weeks. The spitting started after the crowd of 36,350, a record for night games at Fenway Park, started booing the Splendid Splinter for muffing Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle's windblown fly in the 11th inning. Immediately thereafter, the jeers turn to cheers when Williams redeems himself with a leaping grab of Yankees slugger Yogi Berra's drive against the Fenway Park scoreboard. The Splinter, however, is not so easily appeased. Thus, the fickle Fenway patrons find themselves the target of Teddy's spittle repeatedly as he makes his way towards the Red Sox dugout. Before the game, former Yankee player, now a Red Sox RF Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by teammates from going into the stands after a heckler. The previous season Jackie Jensen had challenged a fan to come out of the stands. 


1957- Yankees RF Hank Bauer hits his 2nd consecutive leadoff HR against the Senators, as the 1st-place Yankees lose to the Nats by a score of 3-2.


1962- Veteran Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek, in his 1st at bat after returning from active duty in the Army Reserves, homers in a 14-1 Yankees rout of the Twins at Yankee Stadium. Kubek plays the outfield, returning to his regular shortstop position the next game with rookie shortstop Tommy Tresh moving to leftfield.


1964- Orioles starter Steve Barber and veteran reliever Harvey Haddix beat the Yankees by a score of 2-0 to boost the Orioles back into 1st place in the AL.


1967- Former Yankees Pitcher Jason Grimsley (1999-2000) was born.
In 1999, the Yankees signed Jason Grimsley as a MLB free agent. He went 10-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 118 games with 2 saves before being released by the Yankees.


1968- The A's Joe Keough makes his MLB player debut with a 1st-at bat, HR in a 2nd-game 4-3 win over the Yankees. The Yankees win the opener by a score of 3-0.


1972- Ron Allen hits 3-HRs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 8-3 in the annual Hall of Fame game at Doubleday field in Cooperstown, NY. The contest is preceded by inductions of 8 new Hall Of Fame members.


1973- The Yankees obtained reliever Wayne Granger from the Cardinals for future considerations and cash. The Yankees will send minor league hurler Ken Crosby to the Cardinals to complete the deal. Wayne would go 0-1 in 7 games for the 1973 Yankees.


1977- Bronx starter Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankees losing streak with his 3rd straight victory. The Yankees will win 20 of their next 23 games over Western Division AL opponents.


1978- Former MLB players 3B Eddie Mathews, Pitcher Addie Joss, MLB Baseball Executive and Co-Team Owner Larry MacPhail Sr. are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Larry MacPhail Sr. was one of the Co-Owners of the New York Yankees (1945-1947) who had bought the team from the Jacob Ruppert Estate. Also Larry had been the General Manager of the Reds and the Dodgers before joining the Yankees. He was the Yankees President and General Manager (1945-1947) replacing long-time Yankees GM Edward Barrow (1920-1945). After the end of the 1947 World Series, he sold his team interest in the Yankees to his co-partners Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr.


1983- The New York Yankees honor longtime All Star OF Bobby Murcer by giving him a day at the Yankee Stadium.


1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Wade LeBlanc (2014) was born.
On June 3, 2014, reliever Wade LeBlanc was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Angels. He appeared in 1 game with the team with no record. On June 15, 2014, he was granted MLB Free Agency. Wade would sign with the Dodgers to finish the 2014 MLB season.


1984- The White Sox and Yankees split a doubleheader with Chicago’s 6-3 win in Game 1 stopping New York's 8-game winning streak. Former Yankees minor league hurler LaMarr Hoyt is the winner for the White Sox.  Veteran Bronx starter Ron Guidry strikes out 13 White Sox batters to win the nightcap by a score of 7-0. The Gator finishes with a flourish, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning.


1989- Current Yankees Reliever Tommy Kahnle (2017) was born.
Tommy Kahnle starred for Lynn University in the 2009 Division II College World Series, winning Most Outstanding Player in the tourney as Lynn won it. He did not allow a run in 12 2/3 postseason innings. He led the team in strikeouts and ERA as a sophomore. The  Yankees made him the highest pick in school history, when they took him in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut with the Staten Island Yankees that summer and was nearly unhittable (3 Sv, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 25 K in 16 IP). With the 2011 Charleston RiverDogs, he was 3-5 with 2 saves and a 4.22 ERA but he whiffed 112 in 81 IP (he also walked 49). He tied D.J. Mitchell for 5th in the Yankee chain in Ks despite being solely a reliever; the next reliever was Pat Venditte with 88. Tommy split the 2012 season between the Tampa Yankees (2-1, 6 Sv, 2.45 ERA, 72 K in 55 IP, .158 opponent average) and Trenton Thunder (0 R in 2 IP). He allowed the 4th-lowest average in the minors, after A.J. Ramos, Mark Montgomery and Dane de la Rosa. In 2013, he remained hard to hit but wild with AA Trenton Thunder (1-3, 15 Sv, 2.85 ERA in 46 G; 45 BB, 74 K, .182 opponent average in 60 IP). He tied Danny Burawa, Hector Neris and Zech Zinicola for 8th in the Eastern League in games pitched and was 6th in saves. He tied Burawa for the most games pitched in the Yankees chain and led the organization in saves. The Rockies took the hard-throwing (98 mph fastball) reliever with the 4th pick of the MLB Rule 5 player draft. On April 3, 2014, Kahnle made his MLB pitching debut with the Rockies giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief in a game against the Marlins. He became the 1st MLB player from Lynn University, when he relieved Franklin Morales with a 5-3 lead with 1 on and 1 out in the 6th. He fanned Reed Johnson and retired Christian Yelich. In the 7th, he got Jeff Baker to pop up, walked Giancarlo Stanton on a full count walk. Casey McGehee tripled in Stanton, but Kahnle got Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozunato prevent further harm. In the 8th, he was relieved by Matt Belisle, while DJ LeMahieu took his spot in the batting order. He picked up his 1st MLB win on April 5th against the Diamondbacks; he pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Jorge de la Rosa and was the beneficiary of his teammates erasing a 4-0 deficit to win, 9-4. He went 2-1, 4.19 ERA in 54 games as a reliever as a rookie, while logging 68 2/3 innings. In 2015, he was not as effective, pitching 36 times with a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 4.86 in 33 2/3 innings, but he did record his 1st 2 saves as a major leaguer. He also pitched 21 times for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL) going 1-3, 4.67 ERA with 6 saves. On November 24th, he was traded to the  White Sox in return for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte. Kahnle pitched only 29 times in his 1st season with the 2016 White Sox, going 0-1, 2.63 ERA with 1 save. He spent the 1st half of the 2016 season shuttling between the Windy City and the AAA Charlotte Knights, where he was 1-1, 3.00 ERA with 7 saves in 33 games. However, he was with Chicago for the entire 1st half of 2017, going 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 37 games. Having demonstrated that he was a useful MLB reliever, he was included in a traded meant to strengthen 2 areas of needs with the Yankees, accompanying fellow reliever David Robertson and 3B Todd Frazier to the Bronx in return for MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard and 3 minor league prospects - P Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Tito Polo and Blake Rutherford.


1998- Yankees Rookie OF Shane Spencer gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 HRs, while driving home 3 runs and scoring 4 in the Yankees 14-2 pasting of Royals in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the 1st contest by a score of 8-2.


2000- The Yankees obtained veteran OF/DH Jose Canseco from the Devil Rays. The move, which mystifies even Yankees Manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high priced slugger away from other AL East rivals.


2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Mickey McDermott (1956) passed away. (1923-2003).
On February 8, 1956, Mickey Dermott was traded by the  Senators along with INF Bobby Kline to the Yankees for a player to be named later, C Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews, OF Dick Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler. The Yankees sent minor league OF Whitey Herzog (April 2, 956) to the  Senators to complete the trade. He went 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 23 games for the 1956 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers, with no record. He was sent to the Kansas City A’s in February of 1957 as part of the Bobby Shantz trade. Overall in 12 MLB seasons, Mickey had a 69-69 pitching record with a 3.91 ERA in 291 games. He later was a MLB Coach for the Angels.


2009- The Yankees and Red Sox are locked in a scoreless tie for 14 innings until Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits a game-winning HR in the 15th off of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa, who was making his MLB pitching debut for a 2-0 Yankees win. Tazawa took the place of veteran John Smoltz, who was DFA earlier in the day after being roughed up in yesterday's 13-6 slugfest by the Yankees. Former Marlin teammates Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett set the tone for the game by pitching 7 and 7⅔ scoreless innings respectively.


2011- The Red Sox win the rubber match of their 3-game series against the Yankees by the score of 3-2 to recapture 1st place by a game in front of New York in the AL East. Josh Reddick ends the game with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, after the Sox rally against Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera to tie the game in the 9th inning. The Yankees take a 2-1 lead on HRs by Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner, but Marco Scutaro leads off the 9th inning with a double - his 4th hit of the game – then he scores on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings. Also of note, veteran Jorge Posada is benched tonight amid talk that his job as the Yankees' starting DH may be in jeopardy.


2016- At a press conference, Alex Rodriguez announces that he will play his final game on August 12th and then retire with a year and half still left on his huge contract. A-Rod has been benched for the past month or so as his skills have badly eroded, and unless he goes on an unlikely power spree in his final week, will fall just short of 700 HRs, although he is still 4th on the all-time list. His announcement comes 2 days after teammate Mark Teixeira stated that he would retire at the end of the 2016 MLB season.


August 8th


1897- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holloway (1930) was born. (1897-1968)
On June 30,1930, veteran hurler Ken Holloway was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. Ken went 0-0 with a 5.24 ERA and 1 save in 16 games with the 1930 Yankees. On November 28,1930, Ken was traded by the  Yankees along with Jack Hopkins (minors) and cash to Baltimore Orioles (International League) for Catcher Thomas Patten (minors) and Pitcher Jim Weaver.


1904- In Cleveland‚ with the Naps ahead of Highlanders by the score of 7-1 in the 4th inning‚ Dave Fultz and Manager Clark Griffith argue a strike call with Umpire Silk O'Loughlin. When they refuse to go back to the Highlander’s bench‚ Silk orders a policeman to escort them off the playing field. Tomorrow‚ Silk will throw out P Jack Powell and have the police escort 2B Jimmy Williams off the field. Griffith and Williams will receive suspensions from the American League. Highlander Co- Owner Frank Farrell vows Umpire O'Loughlin will not be allowed to enter Hilltop Park again.


1913- The Yankees obtained 3B Fritz Maisel (1913-1917) from the Baltimore Orioles (International League) for 3B Ezra Midkiff and OF Bert Daniels. He was the Yankees 1st great base stealer, leading the AL in 1914 with 74. In 5 seasons with the team, he will have a total of 184 stolen bases. As a Yankees player, Fritz appeared in 502 games, while hitting .243 with 6 HRs and 132 RBIs.  Prior to the start of the 1918 AL season, Fritz will be traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns along with Pitchers Urban Shocker, Nick Cullop and Catcher Les Nunamaker for Browns 2B Del Pratt and Veteran Pitcher Eddie Plank. He was the 3B for the Baltimore Orioles from 1911 to 1913 and 1919 to 1928, and he managed the team from 1929 to 1932. He scouted for the MLB Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to 1967. In 1959, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.


1913- St. Louis hurler Earl Hamilton in his last start of the 1913 AL season pitches the Browns to a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Hamilton is 3-0 against the Yankees this season‚ with 2 of them were 1-hitters.


1918- Former Yankees Pitcher Marlin Stuart (1954) was born. (1918-1994)
On July 4,1954, hurler Marlin Stuart was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Orioles. He posted a 3-0 record with a 5.40 ERA and 1 save in 10 games for the 1954 Yankees.


1920- The Yankees lose shortest game in AL history, 1-0 in just 1 hour and 13 minutes to the Tigers behind starter Howard Ehmke. Yankees CF Ping Bodie added to embarrassment by falling for the hidden ball trick, when Yankees had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs in 5th inning. 


1924- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth has a pair of HRs - his 37th and 38th of the 1924 AL season - plus a triple and 2 walks‚ but it is not enough as the Yankees fall to Indians by the score of 10-8. Bronx hurlers Joe Bush and Bob Shawkey do the bleeding. George Myatt's 2-run HR is the difference in the 3-run 9th inning.  Also Myatt has a single and double in the game.


1936- Former Yankees MLB Coach, Minor League Manager and MLB Manager Frank Howard was born.
Frank Howard was a Yankees MLB Coach. Howard briefly managed in the Yankees farm system during the 2002 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (International League). He was a MLB Manager for the Padres and the Mets. As an active MLB player, he played for the Dodgers, Senators/Rangers and the Tigers during his MLB playing career (1959-1973). Also Frank played pro ball in Japan, before knee injury forced him to retire as an active player.


1940- At Fenway Park‚ 27-year-old Tiny Bonham makes his MLB pitching debut for the Yankees and loses the game by the score of 4-1 to Boston’s Fritz Ostermueller.  Bonham‚ brought from the AA Kansas City Blues (10-4, 2.32 ERA, 16 games) to replace the veteran sore-armed Lefty Gomez‚ will still end the 1940 AL season with a 9-3 mark‚ completed 10 games and toss 3 shutouts in 12 games. His ERA will be 1.90, but Indians starter Bob Feller will lead the AL at 2.61, although some will consider Bonham the ERA title-holder.


1948- In Cleveland‚ 73‚484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for 2 games. Trailing in the opener‚ an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases-loaded pinch single in the 7th inning to tie the game‚ veteran Negro League hurler now with the Tribe, Satchel Paige wins it in relief by the score of 8-6. Indians starter Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nightcap to give the Indians a 2-1 win over Yankees rookie starter Bob Porterfield‚ who was making his MLB pitching debut. 


1952- Former Yankees Minor League player and MLB Baseball Executive Doug Melvin was born.
Doug Melvin pitched in the minor leagues for 6 seasons, going 29-19 with a 3.43 ERA. He spent 1972-1973 seasons in the Pirates farm system. He missed the 1974 season due to injury. Then Doug played in the Yankees organization from 1975-1978. Melvin worked with the Yankees as a Baseball Operations Assistant from 1983-1984. Also he was the Yankees Director of Scouting in 1985. In 1987, he moved to the Orioles organization as the Special Assistant to former GM Roland Hemond before being named the Orioles Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel, which he held from 1988-1993.  Melvin was then General Manager of the 1994-2001 Rangers. He worked as a consultant in the Red Sox Minor League Operations Department before being hired by the Brewers in 2002. Melvin stepped down as GM of the Brewers at the end of the 2015 MLB season.


1953- Yankees southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava hurl 1-0 and 3-0 shutouts against the White Sox. Veteran hurler Bob Kuzava gives up only Bob Boyd's double in the 9th inning for 1-hitter.


1954- The Yankees spot the host Tigers a 4-run lead‚ tie it up‚ then watch as Detroit wins it 10-8 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle has 1 HR off of Tiger hurler Billy Hoeft‚ he just misses on a titanic opposite field drive that curves foul before leaving the stadium.


1956- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle's opposite field HR off of Senators hurler Camilo Pascual in the 1st inning of the game, jump starts the Yankees to a 12-2 win over the Senators. Mantle is now 9 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 HR record pace. 


1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Fontenot (1983-1984) was born.
On October 8,1979, Ray Fontenot was sent by the Rangers to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 1,1979. The Rangers sent players to be named later, OF Oscar Gamble and OF Amos Lewis (minors) to the Yankees for players to be named later and MLB OF Mickey Rivers. The Rangers sent hurlers Ray Fontenot and Gene Nelson on October 8, 1979 to the Yankees to complete the trade. The Yankees sent 3 players on October 8,1979, who were minor league players:  Pitchers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch and Mark Softy to complete the trade. Ray went 16-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 50 games for the 1983-1984 Yankees. On December 4,1984, Ray was traded by the Yankees along with OF/INF Brian Dayett to the Cubs for Pitchers Porfi Altamirano and Rich Bordi, OF Henry Cotto and Catcher Ron Hassey. 


1960- Before an afternoon crowd of 48‚323 fans‚ the largest day crowd ever at Comiskey Park‚ veteran lefty starter Billy Pierce pitches a 4-hit victory over the Yankees winning the game by the score of 9-1. Pierce faces just 31 Yankee batters.


1967- The Yankees purchased Catcher Bob Tillman from the Red Sox for cash. He will hit .254 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 22 games for the 1967 Yankees. During the winter of 1967, he was traded by the Yankees to the Braves along with Pitcher Dale Roberts for 3B Bobby Cox.


1970- The Yankees honor former Hall Of Fame Manager Casey Stengel at the 1970 Old-Timers Day in Yankee Stadium. Casey Stengel's Yankees uniform number 37 is retired, then the Orioles beat the Yankees by a score of 4-2. Casey told the Yankees front office that he didn’t want the number retired; he wanted another younger Yankees player have the chance to wear the Number 37.


1972- The Yankees signed a 30-year lease to play in city owned Yankee Stadium to commence in 1976. The plans called for 24 million dollar remodeling for 2 years. The actual cost ends up being close to 55 million dollars. The Yankees will play at Shea Stadium during the 2-year remodeling of Yankee Stadium.


1973- Against the Texas Rangers, Yankees starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single hit by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson. He is replaced by reliever Fred Beene. Beene pitches 9 innings‚ allowing only 4 Ranger hits and winning the game by the score of 3-2 on Gene Michael's 2-out single in the 9th inning off Rangers starter Jim Merritt.


1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Ross Ohlendorf  (2007-2008) was born.
On January 9, 2007, Ross Ohlendorf was traded by the Diamondbacks along with minor league P Steven Jackson, INF Alberto Gonzalez and P Luis Vizcaino to the Yankees for veteran All Star starter Randy Johnson and cash. Ross went 1-1 with a 6.02 ERA in 31 games for the 2007-2008 Yankees. On July 26, 2008, Ross Ohlendorf was traded along with minor league OF prospect Jose Tabata and P Jeff Karstens were dealt to the Pirates in exchange for OF Xavier Nady and P Damaso Marte. Ross had played college baseball at Princeton University under former Yankees reserve Catcher Scott Bradley.


1995- Yankees' DH Ruben Sierra drives home 7 runs to lead the Yankees to an 11-4 win over the Orioles. Sierra's 3 hits include a single‚ double and HR.


1996- Veteran slugger Darryl Strawberry powers a pair of HRs to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the White Sox. The former NL All Star slugger Strawberry now has 5 HRs in his last 9 at bats.


2005- Former Yankees Minor League player, MLB player and Manager Gene Mauch passed away. (1925-2005)
Gene Mauch was an infielder, who was originally signed by the Dodgers during the mid-1940’s. On November 19,1951, Gene was drafted by the Yankees from the Braves organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Gene never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On March 26,1952, Gene was selected off waivers by the Cardinals from the Yankees organization. Later Gene was MLB manager for the Phillies, Expos, Twins and the Angels during his long MLB manager career. He was the brother-in-law of former MLB player Roy Smalley Jr. and the Uncle of former Yankees shortstop Roy Smalley III.


2009- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Manager Cal Ermer passed away. (1923-2009)
Cal Ermer managed in the Yankees minor league system for 1 season. He managed the AAA Richmond Virginians in 1961, finishing with a 71-83 record for 6th place in the International League. In 1962, he moved to the Twins organization. He managed the Twins in 1967-1968, before returning to manage again in their minor league system.


August 9th


1894- Former Yankees Shortstop John Mitchell (1921-1922) was born. (1894-1965)
On January 27,1921, shortstop John Mitchell was traded by Vernon (PCL) to the Yankees for Pitchers Ernie Shore and Bob McGraw, Catcher Truck Hannah and a minor league player.  He appeared in 17 games for the 1921-1992 Yankees as a reserve shortstop, while hitting .262. On July 23,1922, John was traded by the Yankees along with outfielders Chick Fewster and Elmer Miller, P/OF Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 to the Red Sox for veteran 3B Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith.


1919- Former Reserve Yankees Catcher (1947-1954), Yankees Minor League Manager (1956-1957) MLB Coach (1955,1958-1960), Manager (1961-1963,1966-1973) General Manager (1964-1966), Ralph “The Major” Houk was born. (1919-2010)
The Yankees signed Ralph Houk as an MLB amateur free agent in 1939. He was a Yankees reserve catcher (1947-1954) appearing in 91 games, while hitting 272 with no HRs and 12 RBIs. He had appeared in 2 World Series with the team in 1947 and 1952, while appearing in 2 games with 1 hit, batting .500. He became a Yankee MLB bullpen coach in 1955, before going to the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) to manage in the Yankees farm system (1956-1957). He returned to the Yankees as a MLB coach under Manager Casey Stengel in 1958.  He replaced Stengel as Yankees manager in October of 1960, winning 3 AL Flags from 1961-1963 and winning 2 World Championships (1961-1962). His Yankees Manager record was 309-176 with a .637 Pct. In October of 1963, he became the Yankees General Manager with Yogi Berra taking over as Yankees Manager. Yankees Co-Owner Dan Topping had chosen Berra as Manager. Ralph Houk fired Manager Yogi Berra after the 1964 World Series loss to the Cardinals, despite winning 99 games during the season replacing him with ex-Cardinals Manager Johnny Keane. He replaced Manager Johnny Keane in May of 1966, staying with the team in end of the 1973 AL season, resigning because of communications problems concerning player moves with new Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, who had promised him that he would spend money on free agents to build a championship team again. Ralph Houk had been with the Yankees organization for since 1939 as a MLB player, Minor League Manager, MLB Coach and Manager, working as the team’s General Manager from October of 1963 until May of 1966. Houk’s 2nd tour as a Yankees Manager ended with a 635-630 record with a .501 Pct. He would later manage in the MLB again, with the 1974-1978 Tigers and then finishing with his long MLB manager’s career with the 1981-1984 Red Sox. Ralph finished with an overall MLB Manager record of 1,619-1,531 in 3,156 games (1961-1984). Then he worked in the Twins front office in Player Development Department before retiring from baseball. Ralph Houk was called “The Major” from his WWII combat experience as a Army Ranger during the Battle of Bulge in Europe, in which he was awarded The Bronze Star and a field promotion to the rank of Major.


1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Sanford (1949-1951) was born. (1919-2011)
On December 13,1948, Fred Sanford was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Catcher Roy Partee to the Yankees for Catcher Sherman Lollar, P Red Embree, INF Richard Starr and $100,000. Fred went 12-10 in 46 games with the 1949-1951 Yankees. A lot was expected from the Utah native in the Bronx by the NYC sports media, had pitched well for poor Browns teams and especially against the Yankees.  The New York fans were soon all over him when it was apparent he wasn't going to succeed. He did have winning records of 7-3 and 5-4 in his 2 full seasons with the Yankees, but he wasn't used in either the 1949 or the 1950 World Series by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. New York Daily News sports writer Joe Trimble dubbed him the "$100,000 Lemon." Sanford, who called the 2 seasons with the World Champions "the worst 2 years of my life," On June 15,1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with hurlers Tom Ferrick and Bob Porterfield to the Senators for veteran P Bob Kuzava. Fred had been 0-3 in 11 games for the 1951 Yankees. Overall as a Yankees hurler, Fred went 12-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 66 games. He didn’t make any World Series pitching appearances for the team. He went 2-3 in 7 games for the Nats before he was sent to the Browns going 2-4 in 9 games and finishing his MLB pitching career. Overall as a MLB hurler, Fred went 37-55 with a 4.55 ERA in 164 games.


1925- Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Veach pinch-hits for slugger Babe Ruth. This was only time in Babe Ruth’s Yankees playing career that another Yankee battled in his place. He flied out, the Yankees lose the game by the score of 4-3 in 12 innings.


1934- Former Yankees Pitcher Eli Grba (1959-1960) was born.
In 1952, the Red Sox signed hurler Eli Grba as an MLB amateur player. On March 14,1957, he was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Gordie Windhorn to the Yankees for OF Bill Renna. Grba went 8-9 with a 4.74 ERA and 1 save in 43 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, before being selected in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft by the Angels in December of 1960. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel working for the team as a Special Talent Advisor recommended him to the Angels front office. He would lead the 1961 Angels pitchers in wins with 11. Overall Eli went 28-33 with a 4.48 ERA in 134 games with 4 saves. He would later work in the Brewers farm system as a pitching instructor. 


1939- Yankees 3B Red Rolfe begins an 18-game scoring streak. The Penacook, New Hampshire native will score 30 runs during this period of time.


1940- Steve Sundra posts his 1st win of the 1940 AL season for the Yankees. The Yankees at 51-51 mark seem certain to be out of the running for their 5th straight AL Championship. However, they will go 37-15 the rest of the way and actually make the top for a few hours on September 11th. The Yankees will ultimately finish 3rd place, losing 3 straight games to the St. Louis Browns on September 15-16th.


1941- Former Yankees Reliever Paul Linblad (1978) was born.
Veteran reliever Paul Linbald was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers on August 1,1978. Paul appeared in 7 games for the 1978 Yankees with no record with an ERA of 4.42.  He was released to the Mariners after the 1978 MLB season ended.


1944- The St. Louis Browns win their 9th straight game for the 2nd time this season in a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. They lead AL by 6 1/2 games. St Louis's other MLB team, the Cardinals, after winning 26 games in July, now leads the NL by 16 1/2 games. They will both meet in the 1944 World Series.


1946- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Jerry Moses (1973) was born.
Jerry Moses came to the Yankees as part of the Graig Nettles trade with the Indians in the winter of 1972, He hit .254 in 59 games for the 1973 Yankees. On March 19,1974, Jerry Moses was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees to the Tigers. The Tigers sent P Ed Farmer to the Yankees. The Tigers sent veteran P Jim Perry to the Indians. The Tribe sent P Rick Sawyer and OF Walt Williams to the Yankees


1948- Former Yankees Minor League P Gary Timberlake was born.
On June 7,1966, hurler Gary Timberlake was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1966 MLB amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level.  On October 15,1968, Gary was selected by the Seattle Pilots from the Yankees organization as the 48th pick in the 1968 AL expansion team player draft (Royals and Pilots). Gary Timberlake had 2 games in the MLB at the age of 20, with the Seattle Pilots in their only season. He is immortalized as the youngest Pilot. He was soon thereafter called to active duty in the military. He never returned to MLB.


1948- The Yankees waived Pitcher Karl Drews (1946-1948) to the St. Louis Browns. Karl Drews went 8-10 with a 4.76 ERA and 2 saves in 52 games with the 1946-1948 Yankees. He will finish with a 3-2 record in 20 games for the 1948 Browns. His grandson, Matt Drews pitched in the Yankees minor league system during the 1990’s.


1949- Boston’s Dom DiMaggio's 34-game hitting streak is on the line against Yankees starter Vic Raschi. Hitless in his 1st 4 at bats, Dom hits a sinking line drive in the 8th inning that his brother Joe catches at his shoe tops. The Red Sox win the game by a score of 6-3 to move 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees. Dom had started his streak after going hitless against Yankees starter Vic Raschi.


1967- Former Yankees OF Deion “Neon” Sanders (1989-1990) was born.
Deion Sanders was selected by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft. Deion hit .173 with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs in 71 games before being released by the Yankees. On September 24,1990, he would sign with the Braves.


1975- Former Yankees INF Mike Lamb (2004) was born.
On February 5, 2004, INF Mike Lamb was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for P Jose Garcia. After the Yankees acquired shortstop Alex Rodriquez from Rangers, Mike became expendable, when the Yankees announced that A-Rod would become the Yankees regular 3B. On March 25, 2004, Mike was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for minor league player Juan DeLeon. In July of 2011, Mike signed a minor league contract with the Yankees. He played at AAA Scranton, appearing in 53 games, while hitting .276 with 6 HRs and 26 RBIs. He did not appear with the 2011 Yankees at the MLB level.


1978- The Yankees rallied for 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Brewers by a score of 8-7 at Yankee Stadium.


1985- In a 15-4 Tigers mauling of the Yankees, Bronx Catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound. Again, he walks 1 Tiger batter and allows no runs, the 2nd time in 3 weeks he's caught and pitched in the same game.


1986- Former Yankees long-time MLB Scout Tom Greenwade passed away. (1904-1986)
Tom Greenwade was a noted MLB baseball scout for 50 years. He signed Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard for the Yankees. Later he signed Bobby Murcer, who replaced Mantle in the outfield. He also scouted the Negro Leagues; he gave the scouting report to Dodgers Baseball Executive Branch Rickey that convinced Rickey that Jackie Robinson was his man. Greenwade started out as a minor league pitcher for the 1923 Fort Smith Twins. He managed in the minors for the St. Louis Browns, winning the Northeast Arkansas League pennant with the 1940 Paragould Browns before Owner Bill DeWitt made him a MLB scout. He then moved to the Dodgers and then he followed Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail to the Yankees in 1945.


1991- Former Yankees Reserve INF Hank Majeski (1946) passed away. (1916-1991)
On May 25,1941, INF Hank Majeski was purchased by the Yankees from the Boston Braves. Hank only appeared in 8 games with the 1946 Yankees, just hitting .083. On June 14,1946, Hank was purchased by the Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees. 


1992- Yankees rookie starter Sam Militello allows just 1-hit in 7 innings as he defeats the Red Sox by the score of 6-0 in his MLB pitching debut.  The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1990 MLB amateur player draft selected Sam. His MLB pitching career record would be 4-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 games for the 1991-1992 Yankees.


1993- Current Yankees Minor League Pitcher Brady Lail was born.
Pitcher Brady Lail was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB amateur player draft. He started with a 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings his 1st season and followed that with a 5-1 record and a 2.92 ERA in 61 2/3 innings in 2013. He had his 1st double-digit victory season in 2014, going 11-5. In 2015, he was 10-6. He reached Triple A Scranton for the 1st time that year. He was a Mid-Season All-Star in 2014 and 2015. Going into 2016 season, he was ranked the #19 prospect in the Yankees system by Baseball America. He has split the current 2017 baseball season with AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) and AAA Scranton (International League).


1996- The Tigers defeat the Bronx Bombers by a score of 5-3, as DH Ruben Sierra, who was traded 9 days ago from the Yankees, drives home all 5 Tiger runs with a double and 3-run HR.


1997-The Yankees beat Twins starter Brad Radke by the score of 4-1, stopping Radke's 12-game winning streak.  Yankees reserve INF Luis Sojo snaps the 1-1 tie in the 8th inning with a 2-run HR. Since 1950, only 3 pitchers have won 12 straight games.


1999- For the 1st time in MLB history, 5 Grand Slams HRs are hit in a single day. Cardinals Fernando Tatis, Expos Jose Vidro, Marlins Mike Lowell, Yankees Bernie Williams (against the Oakland A’s) and the Mariners Jay Buhner, all connect to set the MLB record.


2001- Yankees hurler Ted Lilly is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim's Scott Spiezio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. Yankees Manager Joe Torre rips into baseball's Dean of Discipline, Frank Robinson for the decision. The umpires did not throw Ted Lilly out of the game, when the incident occurred.


2009- The Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 5-2 victory at New Yankee Stadium. Jon Lester and Andy Pettitte keep the game scoreless for 6 innings until Alex Rodriguez leads off the bottom of the 7th inning with a HR. Victor Martinez gives Boston the lead with a 2-run HR shot off of Yankees reliever Phil Coke in the 8th inning, breaking a 31-inning scoring drought. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yankees batters Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeria hit back-to-back HRs against Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard to put the Yankees ahead and Nick Swisher hits a 2-run single to seal the Yankees victory.


2015- The Blue Jays complete a 3-game sweep of the Yankees with a 2-0 shutout at New Yankee Stadium, to move within 1 1/2 game of first place in the AL East. Toronto starter Marco Estrada pitches 6 1/3 innings while Jays hitters Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo HRs off of Bronx starter Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees score 1 run over the 3 game series, they are shut out in back-to-back games for the 1st time since May 12-13,1999, ending a MLB record streak of 2,665 games between the 2 instances. 


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August 10th


1904- Yankees starter Jack Chesbro is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 complete games in a row. For the 1904 AL season, he will win 41 games, while pitching 48 complete games out of 51 starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455 innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh's 464 innings in 1908.


1923- Former Yankees Pitcher Erwin “Bob” Porterfield (1948-1951) was born. (1923-1980)
Before the start of 1946 MLB season, Bob Porterfield was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. While pitching for the Yankees, he was bothered by back problems; he went 8-9 with a 5.06 ERA and 1 save in 40 games with the Yankees. On June 15,1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with pitchers Tom Ferrick and Fred Sanford to the Senators for veteran hurler Bob Kuzava. Once healthy, Bob would win 22 games with the Senators in 1953. His trade to the Senators was a rare mistake made by Yankees GM George Weiss.


1926- The Yankees dropped a scheduled 7-inning game with the Senators by the score of 5-3 in at Griffith Stadium. The game was shorten to 7 innings to allow the Yankees to meet travel requirements by train (aka getaway game).


1933- Former Yankees OF/P Rocky Colavito (1968) was born.
In June of 1968, the Yankees signed veteran All Star OF Rocky Colavito as a MLB free agent after being released by the Dodgers. Rocky hit .220 with 5 HRs and 13 RBIs in 39 games. He won a game pitching in relief for the Yankees during the 1968 AL season. The Yankees asked him to come back as a pitcher and OF/PH for the 1969 AL season; instead he chose to retire as a MLB player.


1934- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth announces that 1934 AL season is definitely his final season as a regular MLB player. He says he will seek a managerial role and will pinch-hit for the 1935 MLB season. The Yankees will offer him a chance to manage the AA Newark Bears in the International League, but he turns it down and is released by the Yankees. The Boston Braves will sign him.


1935- Yankees OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk drives in 8-runs, 1 short of slugger Jimmie Foxx's AL record, with 2 HRs and a single.


1953- Former Yankees Reserve INF Tom Brookens (1989) was born.
On March 23,1989, INF Tom Brookens was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for P Charles Hudson. Tom hit .226 in 66 games for the 1989 Yankees.


1957- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle blasts a 460-foot HR to become the 1st player to clear the CF hedge at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore as the Yankees beat the Orioles by the score of 6-3.


1964- Former Yankees Reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz (1992-1993) was born.
Andy Stankiewicz was selected in the 12th round of the 1986 MLB amateur player draft by the Yankees. Andy hit .262 with 2 HRs and 25 RBIs in 132 games for the Yankees, as a reserve INF. On November 27,1993, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Domingo Jean to the Astros for reliever Xavier Hernandez. After scouting for the Yankees, Stankiewicz became an Assistant Baseball Coach at Arizona State University in 2007.


1965- At Yankee Stadium, Minnesota starter Jim Kaat benefits from sloppy Yankees fielding as the Twins score 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees by the score of 7-3.


1966- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1947-1948) and MLB Manager Charles “Chuck” Dressen passed away from at heart attack at the age of 68. (1898-1966)
Charlie Dressen had managed the Reds in the 1930’s; He managed in the minor leagues before coming to the Yankees as a MLB Coach under Yankees Manager Bucky Harris for the 1947-1948 seasons. He managed the 1951-1953 Dodgers, winning the 2 NL pennants. He was fired by the Dodgers front office in 1954 for asking a 2-year managing contract. Future HOF Manager Walter Alston replaced Charlie. Chuck managed the Senators during the 1955-1957 AL seasons. Charlie led the Milwaukee Braves in 1960-1961, and then he moved back to the AL to manage the Tigers from 1963-1966. He was manager of the Tigers at the time of his death in 1966.


1966- Former Yankees OF Gerald “Ice” Williams (1992-1996, 2001-2002) was born.
OF Gerald Williams was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 1987 MLB amateur player draft. He won the 1992 James P. Dawson Award as the best Yankees rookie in spring training camp.  Overall Gerald appeared in 379 games with the Yankees, while hitting .241 with 18 HRs and 85 RBIs. On August 23,1996, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Bob Wickman to the Brewers for a player to be named later, Pat Listach and Reliever Graeme Lloyd. The Brewers would later send P Ricky Bones on August 29,1996 to the Yankees to complete the trade.  Pat Listach was returned to the Brewers on October 2,1996, because of injury questions. Gerald would play for the Yankees (twice), Brewers, Braves, Rays, Marlins and finishing his MLB playing career with the 2005 Mets. He had appeared in the MLB post season with the 1995 Yankees and the 1998-1999 Braves.


1968- On Old Timers' Day 1968 at Yankee Stadium, the Twins stop the Yankees by a score of 3-2. The Yankees only runs are 2 solo HR shots by Mickey Mantle off of Twins starter Jim Merritt. It is the Mickey's 46th 2-HR MLB career game.


1969- Yankee hitters Bobby Murcer, Thurman Munson and Gene Michaels hit consecutive HRs in the 6th inning off of Royals starter Lew Krause during a Yankees 5-1 win over the expansion Royals.


1971- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Sal Fasano (2006) was born.
On July 26, 2006, Sal Fasano was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for minor league player Hector Made. After being obtained from the Phillies, Sal hit .143 in 28 games for the Yankees as a back-up catcher. 


1977- Yankees Manager Billy Martin installs slugger Reggie Jackson as the Yankees' regular clean-up hitter in the Yankees starting line-up. The Yankees beat the Oakland A's by a score of 6-3 as Ron Guidry out-pitches A’s starter Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts his 26th HR of the 1977 season. The Yankees will win 40 of final 53 games of the 1977 AL season with Reggie Jackson contributing with 13 HRs and 49 RBIs.


1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Marquez (2011) was born.
Jeffrey Marquez was the Yankees 1st round selection in the 2004 amateur draft, with the 41st pick. Marquez had previously pitched at Sacramento City College. After signing, Marquez was assigned to the GCL Yankees. After 4 games (2 starts) Marquez put together a 2-0 record with a 0.63 ERA, he was promoted to the Staten Island Yankees. At Staten Island, Marquez went 2-4 with a 3.02 ERA. He spent all of the 2005 season with the Charleston River Dogs, where he struggled with a 9-13 record but he has only a 3.42 ERA. In 2006, Marquez was back in the Gulf Coast League for 2 games, taking a loss, before going up to the Tampa Yankees (FSL). With Tampa, Marquez put up a 7-5 mark with a 3.61 ERA and 82 strikeouts. Baseball America ranked him as the 9th best prospect in the Yankees minor league system in 2006. He started the 2007 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern league). Jeff never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 13, 2009, he was traded to the White Sox along with INF Wilson Betemit in return for OF/1B/DH Nick Swisher. On June 8,2011, Jeff was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the White Sox. He appeared in 3 games with the 2011 Yankees with no record. On November 2, 2011, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency.


1986- During “Billy Martin Day” at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers retire uniform #1 to honor their former scrappy 2nd baseman and 4-time Manager.


1995- Yankees' Catcher Mike Stanley hits 3 HRs and drives home 7-runs, but it's not enough to prevent the Yankees from losing to the Indians by a score of 10-9.


2000- Winning for the 1st time in 16 starts, David Cone ends the worst slump of his MLB pitching career as the Yankees beat the Oakland A's by the score of 12-6. Newly acquired DH/OF Jose Canseco hits a 3-run HR into the upper deck to help David Cone stop his skid.


2005-After being released from the hospital, an 18-year old fan appears in court to face criminal charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief stemming from his 40-FT plunge last night from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the netting behind home plate. Team owner George Steinbrenner called the incident ``... the only exciting thing that happened today,” after his struggling club loses to the 1st-place White Sox by the score of 2-1.


2009- The Blue Jays ends the Yankees' 8-game winning streak with a 5-4 win, thanks to 5 2/3 innings of scoreless work from its bullpen.


2011- Yankees CF Curtis Granderson, otherwise having a tremendous season, is embarrassed when he falls for the "play that never works", when the opposing pitcher fakes a throw to 3ird base, then throws to first. Granderson is picked off by Jordan Walden of the Angels to end the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Halos. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is philosophical about the blunder though: "Our aggressiveness has won us a lot of ballgames; tonight it cost us", adding that base runners were 15 for 15 in steal attempts against the Angels closer this year.


2014- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Wiesler (1951,1954-1955) passed away. (1930-2014)
Bob Weiser was a hard throwing left-hander, who was signed by the Yankees out of high school in St. Louis, MO before the 1949 MLB season. He would go on to lead his loop in strikeouts 3 seasons in a row. He was assigned to the Independence Yankees (Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League) his 1st pro season and helped his team to the league pennant and playoffs with a 12-11 record with a league-leading 240 strikeouts, while pitching 185 innings. Bob came right back the following season with the Joplin Miners (Western Association), helping his team to the 1950 league pennant, while leading the league with a 2.35 ERA and 277 strikeouts. He was also chosen for the All-Star team. In 1951, Bob pitched for the AAA Kansas City Blues (American Association); he went 10-9 with a 2.92 ERA and again led the league with 162 strikeouts in 194 innings. He was called to Yankee Stadium on August 3, 1951 and lost his only 2 decisions in 4 games. Bob Wiesler was then called up for Military Service, missing the 1952 MLB season, serving with the Army during the Korean War. Bob had stints with the 1954-1955 Yankees, going 3-2 in 5 starts in 1954 and 0-2 in 16 games in 1955. Overall Bob went 3-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees. On February 8,1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, Catcher Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Senators for P Mickey McDermott and INF  Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send minor league OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to complete the trade.  Bob had a record of 3-12 for the Senators that season, and then he went 1-1 for the team in 1957. He finished out his MLB pitching career run with the Nats in 1958, with no decisions in just 4 appearances. This would finish out Wiesler's 6-season MLB pitching career with a 7-19 record with a 5.74 ERA, while appearing in 70 games.


August 11th


1906- Before a crowd of 15‚000 fans at Hilltop Park‚ the White Sox whip the Highlanders by the score of 8-1. New York’s 3B George Moriarty gets into a fight with a fan in the 8th inning before NYC police break it up.


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Norman “Bobo” Newsome (1947) was born. (1907-1962)
After being obtained from the Senators during the 1947 AL season, veteran hurler Bobo Newsome went 7-5 in 17 games for the Yankees before being released to the Giants in the spring of 1948. In the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers, Bobo went 0-1 for the Yankees in 2 games. He pitched for 1940 Tigers; He was 2-1 in 3 game in the World Series for the Tigers against the Reds. He finished his 20-season MLB pitching career (1929-1953) with a 211-222 record with a 3.98 ERA in 600 games. He had pitched for the Dodgers (twice), Cubs, Browns (3 times), Senators (4 times), Red Sox, Tigers, the A’s (twice), Yankees and the Giants.


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Dusty” Rhoades (1929-1932) was born. (1907-1960)
John Rhoades went 7-10 in 30 games with the Yankees before going to the Red Sox during the 1932 AL season. His best Yankees season was in 1931, going 6-3 in 18 games.


1912-In an 8-3 victory over the Yankees‚ Cleveland's Joe Jackson becomes the 2nd AL player to steal home twice in a game. He steals home in the 1st inning‚ then in the 7th inning‚ he steals 2nd base‚ 3rd base and home.


1919- Indians Tris Speaker ties an AL record‚ scoring 5 runs in a 15-9 win at New York.


1921- The Yankees move 1 percentage point ahead of the Indians with a 7-3 win over the A's.


1923- The Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 10-4‚ in a series that features the top 2 hitters in the AL. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8 against the Tigers‚ while Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10 against the Yankees. The 2 players are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Babe Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is "four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together." On August 21‚1923, Ban Johnson rules that only 1-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken Williams‚ who is using a plugged bat. 


1929- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his 500th MLB career HR, this one off of the Indians' hurler Willis Hudlin. Second place all-time MLB HR list is currently Cy Williams with 237 HRs.


1934- At Fenway Park‚ Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits a HR and then departs in the 9th inning with the Yankees leading by the score of 2-1. The Sox tie it up‚ and in the 13th inning Tony Lazzeri lands a HR to put the Bombers ahead again. Wes Ferrell‚ batting for Fritz Ostermueller‚ wins the game for Boston‚ 3-2.


1936- Former Yankees Pitcher (1967-1968) and Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (1985-1986) Bill Monbouquette) was born. (1936-2015)
On May 31,1967, veteran starter Bill Monbouquette was signed as a MLB free agent with the  Yankees, after being released by the Tigers. Bill went pitched well for them with a 6-5 record with a 2.36 ERA in 33 games. Overall Bill went 11-12 in 50 games with the Yankees. On July 12,1968, Bill was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for veteran reliever Lindy McDaniel.  Overall in 11 MLB seasons, Bill went 114-112. He started out with the Red Sox in 1958. Pitching for them until his trade to the Tigers in the fall of 1965. He was named to the AL All Star team in 1961-1963.  After retiring as an active player, he managed in the minor leagues. He would become a MLB pitching coach, having a stint with the 1982-1983 Mets after managing in their farm system for 5 seasons. Bill was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach for the 1985-1986 AL seasons.


1943- Former Yankees starter, now with the St. Louis Browns, “Smokey” Steve Sundra stops the Bronx Bombers on just 1-hit‚ a HR by Yankees OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller. The Browns win the game by the score of 9-1.


1946- Former Yankees Reserve INF Eddie Leon (1975) was born.
On December 5,1974, INF Eddie Leon was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for reliever Cecil Upshaw. Eddie only appeared in 1 game with the Yankees before being released by the team on May 5,1975.


1950- Hitting just .279‚ Yankees great Joe DiMaggio is benched for the 1st time in his MLB playing career by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. He is currently languishing in a 4 for 38 batting slump. His replacement‚ reserve OF Cliff Mapes‚ wallops a 7th-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia A's.


1951-Philadelphia A’s batter Eddie Joost homers in the 9th inning to tie the game at 4-4‚ but the Yankees win in 11th inning by the score of 7-4. Sloppy fielding and a 2-run single by Yogi Berra account for the Bombers scoring. The win goes to new Yankees reliever Bob Kuzava‚ who was acquired from the Senators‚ while hurler Alex Kellner takes the loss for the A’s.


1952- At Yankee Stadium‚ the 3rd place Red Sox trailing 1st-place Yankees by 4 games‚ manage just 2 hits off of veteran starter Allie Reynolds‚ as the ”Super Chief” wins the game by the score of 7-0. For Allie Reynolds‚ it's his 4th 2-hitter of the 1952 AL season. Mickey Mantle's 1st inning HR‚ off of veteran starter Sid Hudson‚ is all the scoring New York needs‚ but Mantle adds a double in the 4th inning with a 2-run HR‚ against the lefty in the 5th inning‚ off of Red Sox hurler Ralph Brickner.


1955- Red Sox slugger Ted Williams hits a single off of Yankees starter Bob Turley for his 2,000th MLB career hit despite his milestone hit, the Red Sox lose the game anyway to the Yankees by a score of 5-3.


1956- Mickey Mantle hits his 40th HR of the 1956 AL season off of Orioles hurler Hal Brown‚ as the Yankees clip the Birds by the score of 10-5. Mantle is the 1st Yankee player since Joe DiMaggio in 1937 to hit 40 HRs in a season.


1960- Current Yankees Minor League Manager Al Pedrique (2013-2017) was born.
After his active playing career ended, Al Pedrique spent several seasons as a minor league coach and manager. He managed the 1995 Spokane Indians, 1996-1997 GCL Royals, 1999-2000 Michigan Battle Cats, 2001 El Paso Diablos and the 2002-2003 Tucson Sidewinders. He was a coach for the 1998 New Orleans Zephyrs. He served as an Arizona Diamondbacks MLB coach in 2004 before being promoted to interim manager in midseason. The D-Backs were having an awful season when he was named to the job, and did not improve at all under his leadership. After the 2004 season, he joined the Houston Astros organization and worked in the team's front office as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. He was the Director of Latin American Operations in 2007. In 2009, he became the Astros' minor league field coordinator. Pedrique was a MLB coach for the 2010-2012 Astros. Then he returned to the minor leagues as Manager for the Yankees organization with the 2013 Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). He moved over to the 2014 Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2015, he moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). Al is currently the Manager of the Yankees AAA team at Scranton (International League).


1963- Former Yankees Minor League OF Van Snider was born.
On December 12,1989, OF Van Snider was traded by the Reds along with veteran hurler Tim Leary to the Yankees for minor league P Rodney Imes and 1B/OF Hal Morris. Van never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. After leaving baseball in 1996, Van became a policeman in Ohio.


1965- Former Yankees Minor League INF Carlos Martinez was born. (1965-2006)
The Yankees signed INF Carlos Martinez as an MLB amateur free agent in 1983.  He never appeared in a MLB game with the Yankees. On July 30,1986, he was traded by the Yankees with a player to be named later and C Ron Hassey to the White Sox for a player to be named later, OF/DH Ron Kittle, C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. The Yankees would send minor league C Bill Lindsey on December 24,1986 to the White Sox to complete the trade.


1966- It is déjà vu all over again‚ as Orioles OF Frank Robinson makes another game saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning HR‚ preserving a 6-5 Orioles' win. Robby did it 2 months earlier.


1967-In the 2nd inning of the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Indians‚ Yankees starter Al Downing strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. Downing becomes the 12th MLB pitcher in history to accomplish this rare pitching performance. The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 5-3 


1969- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Ken Johnson to the Cubs for cash. Ken went 1-2 in 12 games for the Yankees. He will go 1-2 in 9 games for the 1969 Cubs. He had started the 1969 MLB season with the Braves going 0-1 in 9 games before being sent to the Yankees.


1976- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bubba Crosby (2004-2006) was born.
On July 31,2003, OF Bubba Crosby was traded by the Dodgers along with P Scott Proctor to the  Yankees for veteran 3B Robin Ventura. Bubba would win the 2003 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankee rookie in spring training camp. Bubba would hit .211 with 4 HRs and 19 RBIs in 196 games for the team before being granted MLB free agency after the 2006 MLB season had ended.


1977- Oakland A’s Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid. His lone hit is off of Yankees starter Mike Torrez, who finishes the game with a 3-0 shutout, while throwing a 2-hitter.


1980- Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson hits his 400th MLB career HR off of Chicago starter Brit Burns during the Yankees 3-1 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.


1984- Former Yankees OF Melky Cabera (2005-2009) was born.
The Yankees signed Melky as an MLB amateur free agent in 2001. He has a lifetime BA of .269 with 36 HRs with 228 RBIs in 569 MLB games for the Yankees. On December 22, 2009Melky was traded by the Yankees along with P Arodys Vizcaino (minors), Michael Dunn and cash to the Braves for Pitchers Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez. The Braves would release him in the winter of 2010. He spent the 2011 season with the Royals, who traded him in the winter of 2011 to the Giants. He played for the 2011-2012 Giants. On August 15. 2012, All-Star OF Melky Cabrera of the Giants sees his outstanding season come to a crashing end with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. Cabrera is hitting .346 with a league-leading 159 hits, but he will not be eligible to return to play this year unless the Giants make it to the 2nd round of the postseason; the Giants will indeed make it all the way to the World Series, but they will have cut off all remaining ties with their disgraced star by then. He is currently playing for the 2017 Royals.


1998- Yankees starter David Wells stops the Twins on a 4-hitter to win by the score of 7-0. In his last start, the Yankee lefty had pitched a perfect game against the Twins.


2001- Led by the 2 Giambi brothers‚ the Oakland A’s beat the visiting Yankees by the score of 8-6 for its 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run HRs‚ the 2nd time they've both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last season as well.


2003- The Royals beat the Yankees by the score of 12-9‚ as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. Kansas City strokes 11 of the 2-baggers‚ just 1 shy of the AL mark.


2012- The Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of 5-2, behind the pitching of Ivan Nova and a 3-run HR by Casey McGehee. Derek Jeter collects his league-leading 150th hit of the 2012 AL season, joining Hall of Famer OF Hank Aaron as the only 2 MLB players to have 17 MLB seasons of 150 or more hits.


2013- It's an eventful afternoon at New Yankee Stadium as the Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 5-4. First, Alex Rodriguez hits his 1st HR of the 2013 AL season off of starter Justin Verlander in the 2nd inning and in the process passes Hall of Famer Stan Musial for 5th place on the all-time MLB RBI list with 1,951. Then, leading off the 4th inning, Alfonso Soriano also goes deep off of Verlander for the 2,000th hit of his MLB playing career. The Yankees hand a 4-2 lead to Closer Mariano Rivera in the top of the 9th inning, but for the 3rd straight time, Mariano blows the opportunity by allowing solo HRs to Tiger sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Rodriguez. However, Yankees OF Brett Gardner homers in turn, off of Tigers reliever José Veras with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, ending the game.


August 12th


1906- An Sunday afternoon crowd estimated at 30‚000 fans are on hand in Chicago to watch the red-hot White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 3-0. The gates are closed an hour before game time‚ locking many fans outside.


1918- At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the AL leaders by beating Boston by the score of 2-1. Getting his opportunity because of the war‚ lefty Hank Robinson is making his 1st MLB start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Red Sox starter Babe Ruth‚ who gives up 4 Yankee hits. Jack Fournier scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt‚ while Babe Ruth‚ hitless on the afternoon‚ pops out for the last out of the game.


1932- AL President Will Harridge upholds Detroit's protest of its August 1st game against the  Yankees. He orders the game to be replayed on September 8th. The Tigers had protested because Yankee hitters Tony Lazzeri's and Ben Chapman's batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.


1934- A crowd of 41,766 fans turns out to Fenway Park to see what will probably be Babe Ruth's last MLB game being played in Boston. In game 1 of the double-header, Ruth goes 2-5 with a double, but he misplays a Billy Werber line drive into a triple. Ruth is 0-1 with 2 walks in the 2nd game, before leaving the game in the 6th inning. In 1935, Babe will return to Boston as a member of NL Boston Braves.


1937-In the 1st of 2 games with the Yankees‚ Red Sox slugger Jimmie Foxx hits one way out of Fenway Park‚ the ball leaving the park to the right of the CF flag pole. The shot comes off New York's Kemp Wicker and helps the Red Sox overpower the Yankees by the score of 16-10, stopping the Yankees winning streak at 10 games. The Red Sox overcome a 6 run deficit. Buck Newsom is credited with his 11th win. In game 2‚ Yankees starter Bump Hadley out-pitches Red Sox starter Archie McKain to push Bronx Bombers lead to 11 1/2 games over Boston.


1939- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees bombard the feeble A's by the score of 18-4, as starter “Smokey” Steve Sundra (6-0) coasts to the win. Bombers 1B Babe Dahlgren has 4 hits‚ including a solo HR in the 6th inning and a Grand Slam HR in 7th inning. He drives in 6 runs. Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon adds his 18th HR of the 1939 AL season.


1945- In the lid-lifter at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, former Boston Braves hurler Jim Tobin acquired on waivers‚ pitches 3 scoreless innings against the Yankees. Tobin clubs a 3-run game-ending HR in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the game by a score of 9-6. Another former Braves pitcher‚ now with the Yankees, reliever Jim Turner serves up the HR. The Tigers win the nightcap by the score of 8-2‚ behind starter Hal Newhouser's 18th win of the 1945 AL season.


1950- Yankees starter Allie Reynolds hits a bases-loaded single and hurls the Bronx Bombers to a 7-2 win over the A’s. The loss goes to Philadelphia starter Carl Scheib‚ but reliever Bobby Shantz pitches the last 6 2/3 innings and clouts his only MLB career HR off of the Super Chief.


1951- The Yankees lose a pair to Philadelphia. The A's use 17 hits to win the opener by the score of 9-5, and then they use Pennsylvania's Sunday Blue Law, which calls for a 7:00 PM curfew to win the nightcap by the score of 7-4. New York starts an 8th-inning 5-run rally at 6:37 PM and take a 9-7 lead‚ but the curfew wipes it out before A’s batter Pete Suder can hit. Beginning next season‚ the AL will adopt the 40-year-old suspended game policy of the NL.


1953- Playing without the injured CF Mickey Mantle, who is out for 10 days with a sprained knee - the Yankees explode for 28 hits off of Senators pitching‚ 2 hits shy of the AL record. The Bombers roll to a 22-1 victory over the Nats. Yankees Rookie Steve Kraly‚ relieving starter Whitey Ford‚ gives up a run to avert the largest shutout win in history. Ford has 4 hits‚ while Yogi Berra and Billy Martin each collect 5 RBIs. Hank Bauer scores 5 runs for the Bronx Bombers.


1956- Mickey Mantle hits his 41st HR of the 1956 AL season‚ his 7th HR in 8 days to pace the Bronx Bombers to a 6-2 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles.


1958- The Yankees top the Orioles by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle's 33rd HR of the 1958 AL season off a Ken Lehman knuckler‚ gives him the AL HR lead.


1961- At Griffith Stadium‚ Roger Maris belts his 43rd HR off of expansion Senators veteran hurler Richard Donovan‚ but it's the Bronx Bombers only score as they lose the game by the score 5-1‚ the Yankees 1st loss in 10 games. For the expansion Nats, it is their 1st win in 8 games. Gene Green's pinch-hit Grand Slam HR off of Yankees reliever Luis Arroyo is the big blow for the Nats.


1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Pavlas (1995-1996) was born.
In 1984, the Cubs signed hurler Dave Pavlas as a MLB amateur free agent. On February 8,1995Dave Pavlas was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. Dave Pavlas went 0-0 with 1 save in 20 games with the 1995 Yankees.


1964- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle sets a MLB record when hits a HR from both sides of the plate for the 10th time in his MLB playing career. Mantle hits a left-handed HR off of veteran hurler Ray Herbert over the 461 ft. marker in CF, the ball lands 15 rows into the bleachers, 502 ft. from home plate. The Yankees 7-3 victory over the White Sox marks the 1st start and MLB career victory by Bronx rookie hurler Mel Stottlemyre, who was called up from AAA Richmond. 


1969- Citing "personal problems‚" Yankees AL Golden Glove winner 1B Joe Pepitone goes AWOL from the team. He will come back to the team, but the Yankees will trade him in the fall to the Astros for former Yankees minor leaguer C/1B/OF Curt Blefary.


1973- The Oakland A's are 6 runs behind in the 7th inning‚ but they rally to beat the Yankees by the score of 13-12, and move to within 1 game of the 1st-place Royals in the AL West.


1974- Former New York Yankees OF/1B Mickey Mantle and his long-time Yankees teammate Pitcher Whitey Ford head a group of 6 Hall of Fame inductees at Cooperstown. Their Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel is on hand to see his “boys” entered the Hall of Fame.


1977- Yankee starters Catfish Hunter and Ed Figueroa combine to sweep the Angels by scores of 10-1 and 9-3, as the Yankees bang out 25 hits. Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss hits 2 HRs in the opener, while Reggie Jackson hits 2 HRs in the nightcap. Both of the Yankee starters throw 6-hitters in their victories over the Angels.


1985- At Chicago‚ veteran starter Phil Niekro goes the route to pick up his 295th MLB career win as the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 10-4. The Bombers have a 7-run 7th inning to break the game open with Ron Hassey belting a 2-run HR and RBI single to lead the scoring in the frame.


1988- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jose Tabata was born.
OF Jose Tabata signed with the Yankees on his 16th birthday. He made his pro debut with the 2005 GCL Yankees, hitting .314 while stealing 22 bases in 28 tries. He led the Gulf Coast League in steals and was 9th in batting average. He made the league All-Star outfield alongside Matt Kutler and Francisco Guzman. Baseball America rated him as the league's #7 prospect, 3rd among outfielders after Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce and ahead of teammate Austin Jackson. They also ranked him as the #3 prospect in the Yankees system. In 2006, the teenager hit .298 with 15 swipes in 20 attempts for the Charleston RiverDogs despite 3 stints on the DL. He played center field and hit 9th for the World team in the 2006 Futures Game in an 8-5 loss. BA rated him as the #2 prospect in the South Atlantic League, behind Andrew McCutchen. Had he qualified, Tabata would have tied for 8th in the SAL in average. BA ranked him as the #2 Yankees prospect and as the best batting prospect in the 2006 SAL. That winter, he played for the Caribes de Oriente, producing at a .275. Tabata was the RF for the 2007 Tampa Yankees, hitting .307 with 15 steals in 21 tries. He placed 4th in the Florida State League in average and made the FSL All-Star outfield. BA ranked him as the #9 prospect in the FSL. In August, he had surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right wrist, which had been damaged by a pitch in July of 2006. BA rated Tabata as the #3 Yankees prospect after P Joba Chamberlain and OF Austin Jackson. In 2008, Tabata battled more injuries; he only batted .248 in 79 games for the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). He was then traded along with pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens to the Pirates in exchange for OF/1B Xavier Nady and P Damaso Marte.


1994- MLB players go on strike. The Yankees are in 1st place in the AL East. The Yankees in AL and the Montreal Expos in NL East have the best MLB team records. This strike will cancel the 1994 World Series for MLB.


1997- Dean Palmer homers and drives in 4-runs as the Royals end the Yankees' 3-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory. Palmer‚ who is 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position, he has 16 RBIs in 18 games since coming over in a trade with the Rangers‚ singles home a run in the 4th inning‚ opens the 6th inning with his 17th HR‚ then he hits a go-ahead‚ 2-run double in the 7th inning. Mike Perez (2-0)‚ the 2nd of 5 Royals' pitchers‚ is the winner. Royals Closer Jeff Montgomery pitches the 9th inning for his 8th save‚ the 250th of his MLB pitching career. He retires 32 consecutive batters‚ 1 shy of the club record‚ before Bernie Williams singles with 2 outs in the 9th inning. 


2002- Former Yankees, A’s, Braves and Cardinals OF and Hall Of Famer Enos “Country” Slaughter (1954-1955,1956-1959) passes away. (1916-2002)
Veteran OF Enos Slaughter came up to the MLB with the 1938 Cardinals, playing for them until 1953. He had missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. As a Cardinal, he appeared in 1,820 games, while hitting .306 with 146 HRs and 1,148 RBIs. On April 11,1954, veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter was traded by the Cardinals to the Yankees for 3 minor league players: OF Bill Virdon, P Mel Wright and OF Emil Tellinger. His 1st tour with the 1954-1955 Yankees was unsuccessful, with Enos only hitting .249 in 69 games. On May 11,1955, he was traded by the Yankees along with veteran P Johnny Sain to the A’s for P Sonny Dixon and cash. On August 25,1956, Enos was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the A’s. His return to the Yankees brought the release of long-time Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto.  Enos performed better for the team with his 2nd tour as a pinch hitter and reserve OF before fading during the 1959 AL season, being sold to the Braves. Enos retired as an active player at the end of 1959 MLB season. After his MLB days Slaughter was a player-manager in the minors in 1960-1961, still hitting for a good average. Later, he was Head Baseball Coach at Duke University from 1971-1977.  Enos played on 4 World Champion teams: the 1942 and 1946 Cardinals and the 1956 and 1958 Yankees teams, appearing in 27 games, while hitting .291 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. His best World Series for the Yankees was in 1956, when Enos hit .350 in 6 games with 1 HR and 4 RBIs against the Dodgers. He was elected to the Hall Of Fame in 1985.


2011- Yankees starter CC Sabathia gives up 5 HRs, while facing the Rays. Casey Kotchman, Kelly Shoppach, Johnny Damon, Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria all hit solo HRs off the Yankees ace, accounting for all of the Rays' runs in a 5-1 victory. Rays starter David Price is the winner.


2012- Blue Jays LF Rajai Davis drives in 5 runs and makes a tremendous catch in the 7th inning, scaling the 10-FT fence to deprive Yankees hitter Casey McGehee of a HR as the Blue Jays defeat the Yankees by the score of 10-7. Edwin Encarnacion hits a 2-run HR and adds a double and a single in support of Davis's heroics. 


2015- The Blue Jays overtake the Yankees for 1st place in the AL East after registering their 10th straight win, 10-3 over the Oakland A's combined with the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians, their 5th loss in a row.


2016- As announced a week earlier, Alex Rodriguez plays his final game for the Yankees today, going 1 for 4 with a 1st-inning RBI double off of Rays starter Chris Archer in a 6-3 Yankees win. The Yankees indulge him by letting him play at his old position, 3rd base, in the 9th inning; he then leaves the game under the crowd's applause after 1 out, ending his MLB playing career only 4 HR short of 700 MLB HR mark, but he is done as a MLB active player at 41.


 


 


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1963 New York Yankees: Stan Williams 1-hits the Nats.




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August 6, 1963- New York Yankees veteran starter Stan Williams throws a 1-hitter against the Washington Senators beating them by the score of 1-0 only giving up a double to INF Don Blasingame. He strikes out 11 Senators batters, while only issuing only 1 Nats walk. Bronx Bombers shortstop Tony Kubek’s triple scores the Yankees lone run in the game.



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1962 New York Yankees: Tony Kubek returns from Active Duty with a Big Game.




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August 7, 1962- Veteran New York Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek, in his 1st at bat after returning from active duty in the Army Reserves, homers in a 14-1 Yankees rout of the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Kubek plays the outfield, returning to his regular shortstop position the next game with rookie shortstop Tommy Tresh moving to leftfield.




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1956 New York Yankees: Mickey Mantle paces the Bombers to 12-2 Win over the Nats


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August 8, 1956- New York  Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle's opposite field HR off of Washington Senators hurler Camilo Pascual in the 1st inning of the game, jump starts the Yankees to a 12-2 win over the Senators. Mantle is now 9 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 HR record pace.

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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees Pitcher Eli Grba


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August 9, 1934- Former Yankees Pitcher Eli Grba (1959-1960) was born.
In 1952, the Boston Red Sox signed hurler Eli Grba as an MLB amateur player. On March 14,1957, he was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Gordie Windhorn to the New York Yankees for OF Bill Renna. Grba went 8-9 with a 4.74 ERA and 1 save in 43 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, before being selected in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft by the Angels in December of 1960. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel working for the team as a Special Talent Advisor recommended him to the Angels front office. He would lead the 1961 Angels pitchers in wins with 11. Overall Eli went 28-33 with a 4.48 ERA in 134 MLB games with 4 saves. He would later work in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system as a pitching instructor.


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Happy Birthday to Former Yankees OF/Pitcher Rocky Colvatio


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August 10, 1933- Former Yankees OF/Pitcher Rocky Colavito (1968) was born.
In June of 1968, the Yankees signed veteran All Star OF Rocky Colavito as a MLB free agent after being released by the Dodgers. Rocky hit .220 with 5 HRs and 13 RBIs in 39 games. He won a game pitching in relief for the Yankees during the 1968 AL season. The Yankees asked him to come back as a pitcher and OF/PH for the 1969 AL season; instead he chose to retire as a MLB player. In his 1,841-game career, Rocky Colavito batted .266 with 374 HRs, 1,159 RBIs, 971 runs, 1,730 hits, 283 doubles and 21 triples. As an outfielder, he recorded 3323 putouts, 123 assists, 26 double plays and committed 70 errors in 3,516 total chances for a .980 fielding percentage


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 Colavito grew up in The Bronx as a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, particularly Joe DiMaggio. By age 9, he was playing semipro baseball, and he dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue a baseball career. MLB rules called for a player to wait until his school class graduated before signing and only a special appeal allowed him to go pro after a 1-year wait. The Yankees expressed little interest in him, and the Philadelphia A's had to bow out due to financial problems; the Cleveland Indians finally signed him in 1950, with two-thirds of his signing bonus deferred until he progressed in their farm system. 

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1950 New York Yankees: Manager Casey Stengel benches slumping Joe DiMaggio.


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August 11, 1950- Hitting just .279‚  New YorkYankees great Joe DiMaggio is benched for the 1st time in his MLB playing career by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. He is currently languishing in a 4 for 38 batting slump. His replacement‚ reserve OF Cliff Mapes‚ wallops a 7th-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia A's.




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1953 New York Yankees: Without Mantle in the starting line-up, the Yankees crush the Nats by the score of  22-1.



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August 12, 1953Playing without the injured CF Mickey Mantle, who is out for 10 days with a sprained knee - the New York  Yankees explode for 28 hits off of Washington Senators pitching‚ 2 hits shy of the American League record of 30. The Bombers roll to a 22-1 victory over the Nats. Yankees Rookie Steve Kraly‚ relieving starter Whitey Ford‚ gives up a run to avert the largest shutout win in history. Ford has 4 hits‚ while  Catcher Yogi Berra and INF  Billy Martin each collect 5 RBIs. Bronx Bomber Outfielder Hank Bauer scores 5 runs for the Bronx Bombers.


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