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This Week in Yankees History November 5th-11th



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November 5th


1883- Former Yankees INF Otis Johnson (1911) was born. (1883-1915)
INF Otis Johnson appeared in 71 games with the 1911 Yankees, just hitting .234.


1892- Former Yankees C/OF Alfred  ”Roxy” Walters (1915-1918) was born. (1892-1956)
On July 23,1915, Catcher/ OFRoxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (Texas League). He hit .265 in 193 games for the Yankees. On December 18,1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 to the Red Sox for Pitchers Ernie Shore, Dutch Leonard and OF Duffy Lewis.


1907- The Yankees traded 2B Jimmy Williams and OF Danny Hoffman to the St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, 2B Harry Niles and OF Charlie Hemphill. Fred Glade will pitch in just 5 games for the Yankees in 1908, before retiring from MLB.


1924- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Sonny” Dixon (1956) was born. (1926-2011)
After being acquired from the Kansas City A’s for veteran hurler Johnny Sain and OF Enos Slaughter Sonny Dixon went 0-1 in 3 games for the 1956 Yankees, before leaving the MLB for good. He continued to pitch in AAA, before retiring as an active player.


1955- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bobby Ramos (1982) was born.
On April 5,1982, the Expos traded Catcher Bobby Ramos to the Yankees for reserve Catcher Brad Gulden. Bobby will appear in only 4 games for the 1982 Yankees, while hitting just .091. He played 62 games with the Yankees AAA Columbus Clippers (International League), while hitting .232. Bobby was sold back to the Expos in November of 1982.


1973- Former Yankees OF/DH Johnny Damon (2006-2009) was born.
Johnny Damon appeared in 576 games for the Yankees, while hitting .285 with 125 HRs and 296 RBI’s. The Royals originally signed him; he was traded to the A’s during the 2001 AL season. Then he signed as a MLB free agent with the Red Sox in the fall of 2001, making the AL All Star team and appearing in the 2004 World Series. He signed with the Yankees as a MLB free agent in 2006. Damon drove in 115 runs for the Yankee, while slugging 24 HRs from the leadoff spot in their batting order. It marked the 9th consecutive MLB season in which he had scored at least 100 runs. He was a major contributor to the Yankees' 2009 World Championship season as their leadoff hitter, hitting .282, while scoring 107 runs. He made a particularly dramatic impact in Game 4 of the World Series against the Phillies, when he hit a single after a drawn-out battle with Phillies Closer Brad Lidge in the 9th inning, then he stole 2 bases on 1 play against the them in a defensive shift against 1B Mark Teixeira, and then he scored the winning run on Alex Rodriguez's double. In the winter of 2009, Johnny left the Yankees for MLB free agency, who refused to give him a multi-year contract, signing with the Tigers.


1976- The 2 new AL team franchises, the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays select 30 players apiece from other AL teams in the 1976 AL expansion team player draft. The Yankees lose veteran reliever Grant Jackson and rookie OF/INF Juan Bernhardt to the Mariners. They lose veteran shortstop Jim Mason, rookie 3B Garth Iorg and OF/DH Otto Velez to the Blue Jays in the expansion team player draft.


1992- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Scurry (1985-1986) passed away. (1956-1992)
On September 14,1985, reliever Ron Scurry was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He went 2-2 in 36 games with 3 saves for the 1985-1986 Yankees. On November 22,1986, Ron was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. On December 6,1986, Ron was signed as a MLB free agent by the team. On March 27,1987, Ron was released by the club. During his MLB playing career, Rod Scurry was plagued by drug problems, particularly cocaine addiction. He died at age 36 of an apparent drug overdose, a week after collapsing during an altercation with the police.


1996- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL 1996 Rookie of the Year Award. Jeter becomes the 8th Yankee player to win the award and the 5th unanimous choice in AL history.


1999- Yankees All Star Catcher Jorge Posada wins an AL Silver Slugger Award. He is only Yankees regular player to win the 1999 AL Silver Slugger Award.


November 6th


1931- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack “Happy Jack” Chesbro passed away. (1874-1931)
Jack Chesbro holds the MLB and Yankees team pitching record for most wins in a MLB season with 41 wins in 1904. From 1903-1909, Jack won 129 games as a Yankees hurler; he appeared in 269 games with 169 complete games, 1,953 innings, a .577 WP, a 2.58 ERA with 16 shutouts and 913 strikeouts. Before joining the Yankees in 1903, Jack had previously pitched for the Pirates in NL. Jack Chesbro retired from MLB in 1909, having accumulated a 198-132 MLB career pitching record, having been part of 2 pennant-winning teams with the 1901-1902 Pirates. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1946.


1942- The Yankees are notified that INF Frank Crosetti will be suspended for 30 days, commencing Opening Day of the 1943 AL season for pushing Umpire Bill Sommers in Game #3 of the 1942 World Series. Frank Crosetti was fined $250, as was Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon.


1953- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Candy Man” Candelabra (1988-1989) was born.
On January 15,1988, John Candelaria was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. John went 16-10 in 35 games with the Yankees. On August 29,1989, John was traded by the Yankees to the Expos for INF Mike Blowers.


1961- Former Yankees 3B Roy Hartzell (1911-1916) passed away. (1881-1961)
On February 11, 1911, 3B Roy Hartzell was traded by the St. Louis Browns with cash to the Yankees for 3B Jimmy Austin and 2B Frank LaPorte. He appeared in 699 games for the Yankees, while hitting .261 with 8 HRs and 266 RBIs.


1968- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chad Curtis (1997-1998) was born.
On June 9,1997, OF Chad Curtis was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for P Dave Weathers. Chad would hit .291 in 93 games in 1997, but he slumped to .243 BA in 151 games in 1998. On December 13, 1998, he was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for 2 minor league hurlers: Brandon Knight and Sam Marsonek.


1968- The Yankees sell veteran INF Ruben Amaro Sr. to the Angels for a disclosed amount of money believed to be greater than the waiver price. Ruben was a major disappointment for the Yankees, who had traded INF Phil Linz for him to replace the retiring Yankees regular shortstop Tony Kubek.


1971- Former Yankees OF Bubba Trammell (2003) was born.
On March 19, 2003, Bubba Trammell was traded by the Padres along with Mark Phillips (minors) and cash to the Yankees for veteran OF/DH Rondell White. Bubba appeared in only 22 games for the Yankees, while hitting .200, before leaving the team for personal reasons, which were never made public.


1978- The Yankees released veteran starter Andy Messersmith, who will sign with the Dodgers.  Andy Messersmith never really recovered from the separated shoulder injury suffered in a spring training game, when he was run into during a play at 1B by Yankees 1B Cliff Johnson.


1983- Former Yankees Minor League OF Justin Maxwell was born.
On February 2, 2011, OF Justin Maxwell was traded by the Nationals to the Yankees for minor league P Adam Olbrychowski.  Maxwell began the 2011 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, but his 2011 season ended prematurely due to a torn labrum injury. On April 8, 2012, Justin was selected off waivers by the Astros from the Yankees. He started out the 2013  season with the Astros, but Justin was traded to the Royals on July 31st.


2001- Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina is the only Yankees player to win a 2001 AL Golden Glove Award, as the AL winners are announced.


2008- Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina won the AL Golden Glove award for the 7th time in his MLB career, but for the 1st time in 5 years.


2013- Yankees 2B Robinson Cano wins his 4th straight AL Silver Slugger Award.


November 7th


1889- Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy Thompson (1912) was born.
Tommy Thompson went 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees.


1911- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Herbert “Workhorse” Crompton (1945) was born.
On November 1,1944, catcher Herb Crompton was drafted by the Yankees from the Pirates organization in the 1944 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He appeared in only 36 games as a reserve catcher for the 1945 Yankees, hitting just .192 with no HRs and 12 RBIs. Herb had previously played in the MLB for the 1937 Senators appearing in 2 games, while going 1 for 3 in 2 games.


1933- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Bob Hale (1961) was born. (1933-2012)
On July 28,1961, veteran 1B Bob Hale was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in only 11 games for the Yankees, while hitting .154, before retiring from MLB at the end of the 1961 season. He did not appear in the 1961 World Series with the Yankees against the Reds. In 1952, Bob was signed as an MLB amateur free agent by the St. Louis Browns. He played for the 1955-1959 Orioles and then with the 1960-1961 Indians; he was used primary as a reserve 1B and pinch hitter during his 8 MLB season playing career. Overall, Bob appeared in 376 games, while hitting .273 with 2 HRs and 89 RBIs.


1938- Former Yankees 3B/Catcher Jake Gibbs (1962-1971) was born.
The Yankees signed college baseball star Jake Gibbs for $100,000 as an MLB amateur free agent in 1961. Jake was originally signed as a 3B, but he was converted into a catcher in the Yankees farm system. Jake hit .233 in 10 seasons with the Yankees. He helped a young Thurman Munson with his catching skills, when he first came up with the Yankees before retiring in 1971 as an active player. Jake was an All-American quarterback at Old Miss, before deciding on a MLB playing career with the Yankees. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. After his MLB playing career ended, he returned to Mississippi, he was their baseball coach for 19 seasons (1972-1990). In 1994-1995, he managed the Tampa Yankees (Florida State League) in the Yankees minor league system.


1938- Former Yankees Pitcher and Broadcaster Jim Kaat (1979-1980) was born.
On May 11,1979, veteran lefty Jim Kaat was purchased by the Yankees from the Phillies. Jim appeared in 44 games with the Yankees, while posting a 2-4 record with 2 saves, before being sent to the Cardinals in 1980.


1944- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Niekro (1985-1987) was born. (1944-2006)
On September 15,1985, Joe Niekro was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for minor league players to be named later and rookie hurler Jim Deshaies. The Yankees sent 2 minor league players: Neder Horta on September 24,1985 and Dody Rather on January 11,1986 to the Astros to complete the trade. Joe went 14-15 with 4.58 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees. On June 7,1987, the Yankees traded Joe to the Twins for C/1B/DH Mark Salas.  He finished his MLB career with a 221-204  record with a 3.59 ERA in 702 games.


1963- Yankees All Star catcher Elston Howard becomes the 1st black player to win the AL Most Valuable Player Award. Howard beats out Tigers RF Al Kaline by 248 votes to 148 votes in the AL MVP balloting. Ellie hit .287 with 28 HRs, 85 RBIs in 135 games for the 1963 AL Champion Yankees.


1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Russ Springer (1992) was born.
On June 5,1989, hurler Russ Springer was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 1989 MLB amateur player draft. He appeared in 14 games with the 1992 Yankees with no record. On December 6,1992, Russ was traded by the Yankees along with P Jerry Nielsen and 1B J.T. Snow to the Angels for MLB starter Jim Abbott.


1978- In a controversial selection, Red Sox OF Jim Rice is named AL MVP over Yankees P Ron Guidry. Jim Rice led the AL in HRs (46), RBI’s (139), hits (213), and triples with a slugging percentage of .600. He became the 1st AL player to accumulate 400 total bases in a season since Yankees OF Joe DiMaggio in 1937. While Yankees starter Ron Guidry, posted a 25-3 record with 248 strikeouts and a 1.74 ERA for the AL pennant-winning Bronx Bombers. Guidry will win the 1978 AL Cy Young Award.


1989- Current Yankees Starter Sonny Gray (2017) was born.
Sonny Gray was a 1st-round pick in the 2011 MLB amateur player draft. Gray was 5-1 with 5 saves and a 4.30 ERA as a college freshman. He was with Team USA that summer, going 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA and .139 opponent average; the team did not play in any major international tournaments. In 2010, the sophomore improved to 10-5, 3.48 ERA with 113 K in 108 2/3 innings, though he walked 48 batters. He finished 3rd in the Southeastern Conference in whiffs, tied for 22nd in NCAA Division I. He was again with Team USA, striking out 37 and walking 4 in 24 innings and went 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA. Baseball America named him their Summer Player of the year, the 3rd Vanderbilt southpaw to take that honor in a 5-year period, following David Price (2006) and Mike Minor (2008). In the big event, the 2010 World University Championship, he fanned 14 batters in a 1-hit, no-walk, 69-pitch, 5-inning complete game shutout of Sri Lanka (a mercy rule contest). In the semifinals, he limited Japan to 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings before Noe Ramirez wrapped up the win. He beat the heralded Yuki Saito in an event held in Tokyo. The USA wound up with the Silver Medal, losing to Cuba in the finale. Gray led Team USA in both wins and Ks (20) in the event. He tied Yadier Pedroso for the most wins in the Championship while leading in whiffs (2 ahead of Miguel González). González beat him out for the award as the All-Star starting pitcher. His Jr. year, Gray helped Vanderbilt make it to the 2011 College World Series. Entering the Series, he was 12-3 with a 1.97 ERA, 119 strikeouts and a .191 average allowed in 114 1/3 innings. He had walked 41 batters. The  A's took him with the 18th pick of  2011 MLB amateur player draft, Vanderderbilt  starter Grayson Garvin went later in the 1st round


Gray was signed by MLB Scout Matt Ranson for $1.54 million for Oakland,  he made his pro debut with the AZL Athletics. He was then promoted to the AA Midland RockHounds, where he went 1-0 with an 0.45 ERA in 5 starts. He spent most of the 2012 season back at Midland, going 6-9, 4.14 ERA in 26 games. He also made 1 appearance in AAA with the Sacramento RiverCats, giving up 4 runs in as many innings. He started 2013 with Sacramento, posting a 8-5, record with a 2.61 ERA after 16 starts when he got the call to Oakland on July 10th. He had 107 strikeouts against 34 walks in 102 1/3 innings. In his MLB pitching debut, he pitched 2 innings in a loss to the Pirates, giving up a hit and striking out 3. He made another relief appearance, then returned to the minors for a while and was back in Oakland to stay on August 10th, when he made his 1st MLB start. He was a 5-4 loser to the Blue Jays that day, but he stayed in the rotation until the end of the season, making 10 starts and pitching quite well. He finished the year at 5-3, 2.57 ERA, allowing only 51 hits in 64 innings, while striking out 67 batters. The A's tabbed him to start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers on October 5th and he went toe-to-toe with Tigers Ace Justin Verlander, giving up no runs on 4 hits in 8 innings. The game was still scoreless when he was replaced by Grant Balfour to start the 9th inning, and the Australian closer was credited with the 1-0 win when Stephen Vogt drove in Yoennis Cespedes against&nbs**** Porcello for the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Given his great performance, he was given the ball for the decisive Game 5 on October 10th, but things did not go as well. Verlander had another superlative performance, giving up no runs in 8 innings, while Sonny coughed up 3 runs in 5 innings to get tagged with a 3-0 loss. Gray was back in the A's starting rotation at the beginning of 2014. On April 28th, he pitched his 1st MLB career complete game and shutout when he defeated the Rangers ace Yu Darvish, 4-0 to improve to 4-1 for the month. He was named the AL Pitcher of the Month, finishing with a 1.76 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 41 innings. He was again the Pitcher of the Month in July as he went a perfect 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in 5 starts, his performance going a bit under the radar as the A's were busy acquiring starting pitchers during the period, adding MLB veterans Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester to their starting rotation. For all of the pricey acquisitions, it was Gray who saved the A's season by tossing a 6-hit shutout against the Rangers on the final day of the regular season, September 28th, the 4-0 win securing the 2nd wild card slot for the A's. They finished only 1 game ahead of the  Mariners, after posting the best record in the MLB over the 1st half of the season. Gray finished the season at 14-10 mark, with a 3.08 ERA in 33 starts, while pitching 219 innings and recording 183 strikeouts.


Sonny was outstanding as the A's opening day starter on April 6, 2015. He held the Rangers hitless through 7 innings before Ryan Rua led off the 8th with a single, breaking his bid to match Bob Feller's feat of pitching a no-hitter on opening day. Gray settled for credit for an 8-0 win, in which he gave up only that hit and a walk in 8 innings. Incidentally, the win ended a 10-year streak of losing on opening day for the A's. He was one of the few bright lights as the A's could not get on track in the early going. Thanks to an 8-1 win over the  Angels  on June 14th, he improved his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.60, best in the MLB at that point, even though the A's were in last place in the AL West. He ended the 1st half by pitching a 2-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the  Indians. He had been named to the AL All Star few days earlier, but he had to bow under the Sunday Starter rule. He finished the 1st half at 10-3, 2.04 ERA. He threw another shutout on July 28th, this one a 3-hitter in a 2-0 win over the  Dodgers. the A's had a very tough 2nd half, however, eventually ending up in last place, and as a result he only won 4 more games after the MLB All-Star break. Still, his record of 14-7, 2.73 ERA was excellent.  Sonny was slated to be the A's opening day starter on April 4, 2016, but a bout of food poisoning sent him to hospital and Rich Hill had to fill in for him at short notice. He made his season's debut   2 days later. He struggled with his command in the early weeks, capping it with an outing against the Yankees on May 21st in which he made 3 wild pitches and walked 4 batters in 3 1/3 innings. Two days later, he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his back. Overall, it was a season to forget as he finished at 5-11 record with a 5.69 ERA in 22 starts. However, he bounced back in 2017, even though he was still pitching in front of a struggling team. In 16 starts for the A's, he was 6-5, 3.43 ERA, and his name was continually mentioned in trade rumors starting in late June, as he was clearly one of the better starting pitchers available to a contender willing to pay the price at the trading deadline. It took until July 31st  deadline for the expected trade to be finalized, and the winners of the lottery were the Yankees, who gave up 3 minor league prospects OF Dustin Fowler,  P James Kaprielian and INF Jorge Mateo to bring him on board; a sure sign that the A’s was focusing on the distant future at that point was that 2 of the prospects - Fowler and Kaprielian - were out for the rest of the 2017 season with injuries at the time of the trade. Gray finished the 2017 AL season with the Yankees with a 4-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in games. In the 2017 MLB post season, he went 0-1 in 2 games for the team.


1997- The Yankees traded veteran hurler Kenny Rogers to the Oakland A’s for a player to be named and cash considerations. The A’s will send INF/OF Scott Brosius to the Yankees on November 18,1997 to complete the trade.


2006- Former Yankees Pitcher (1951-1955) and MLB Pitching Coach (1961-1963) Johnny Sain passed away. (1917-2006)
Veteran NL starter Johnny Sain was obtained from the Boston Braves in August of 1951 for Yankees rookie hurler Lou Burdette and $50,000. John was 33-20 with a 3.31 ERA in 130 games with 41 saves for the Yankees coming out of the bullpen and being an occasional spot starter. His best Yankees season was in 1953, posting a 14-7 mark with 19 saves. Johnny led the AL in saves in 22 in 1954, while going 6-6. He was traded during the 1955 AL season to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Enos Slaughter for hurler Sonny Dixon.  Overall, John finished with a 139-116 record with a 3.49 ERA in 412 games with 53 saves. He would later become a very successful MLB pitching coach with the Tigers, Yankees, Twins and the Braves. He was the Yankees MLB pitching coach for Yankees Manager Ralph Houk from 1961-1963. Whitey Ford won 25 games during Johnny Sain’s 1st season as Yankees pitching coach. Johnny left the Yankees after the 1963 World Series, when Yogi Berra was named the new Yankees Manager.


November 8th


1896- Former Hall of Fame MLB Manager and Yankees Manager Bucky Harris (1947-1948) was born. (1896-1977)
Bucky Harris won the 1947 AL pennant and World Series, while managing the Yankees. Bucky was a 2nd baseman in the AL during the 1920-1930’s. He won AL pennants with the Washington Senators in 1924-1925 as a player-manager, earning him the nickname of “Boy Wonder.” After the 1948 AL season, finishing in 3rd place in the AL, veteran NL Manager Casey Stengel was named by Yankees GM George Weiss to replaced him.  Later he managed the 1950-1954 Senators and the 1955-1956 Tigers. Harris finished with a 2,159-2,219 record as a MLB Manager for 29 MLB seasons.


1942- Former Yankees OF William “Birdie” Cree (1908-1915) passed away. (1882-1942)
Birdie Cree hit .292 in 8 seasons with the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1911, when he hit .348 in 137 games. In 1912, he injured his leg, only appearing in 50 games, never regaining his playing form of the 1911 AL season. After a mediocre 1913  season with the Yankees, he was sold to the Baltimore Orioles (International League). However, on July 6, 1914 the Yankees sent OF Bill Holden and cash to the Orioles to get him back. He retired from MLB after 1915 AL season, going into the banking industry.


1951- Yankees All Star Catcher Yogi Berra wins the 1st of his 3 AL MVP Awards. He hit .294 with 27 HRs, 88 RBI’s in 141 games for the 1951 World Champion Yankees. During the 1951 AL season, Yogi Berra caught Yankees starter Allie Reynolds 2 no-hitters against the Indians and Red Sox. He was selected for the 1951 AL All Star team. Also, he was named to the 1951 The Sporting News All Star team.


1961- With only 1 Cy Young Award given for the 2 MLB leagues, Whitey Ford, the AL leader in wins (25) and innings pitched (283), won the honor ahead of the Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn, who led the NL in wins (21) and ERA (3.02). In one of the closest votes in Cy Young Award history, future Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn totaled 9 and 6 points respectively.


1977- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Manager, MLB Scout, General Manager and MLB player Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday. Harris had won 2 World Championships (1924 and 1947) and 3 AL pennants over a 29-year MLB manager career, which included managing the Senators, Tigers, Red Sox, Phillies and the Yankees.  He won AL pennants with the Senators in 1924-1925 and with the Yankees in 1947. He was the General Manager of the Red Sox in 1959-1960. He would later become a MLB scout for the White Sox.  Bucky Harris was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1975.


1979-The Yankees sign veteran MLB free agents 1B/DH Bob Watson and hurler Rudy May to long-term MLB player contracts. The 2 MLB veterans will help the Yankees to an AL leading 103 victories in the 1980 AL season.


1979- Current Yankees Minor League Pitching Coach and Former Pitcher Justin Pope was born.
Justin Pope began his pro career with the short-season New Jersey Cardinals in 2001 with a 2-4 record and a 2.60 ERA in 15 games started. Baseball America rated him the #11 prospect in the New York-Penn League and #5 in the Cardinals system. Justin started 12 games for the Peoria Chiefs ( Single-A Midwest League) in 2002. The right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.38 ERA while opponents batted only .173 against him. Baseball America ranked him as the #18 prospect in the MWL; injuries limited his time and presumably lowered his rating considerably. He struggled to begin the 2003 season while pitching for the Palm Beach Cardinals as he went 4--11 with a 4.92. ERA. He was traded by the Cardinals along with P Ben Julianel to the Yankees for  hurler Sterling Hitchcock on August 22nd. Justin was credited with 2 wins in 2 relief appearances with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) to close out the season. Pope, who had been used as a starting pitcher for the majority of his career thus far, began a conversion to the bullpen in 2004. He started 19 of 31 games that season while splitting time with Tampa (4-4, 3.80 ERA) and the AA Trenton Thunder (5-3, 4.06 ERA). By 2005, his transition to closer was complete and he set the Thunder's franchise record with 29 saves. He was selected to the Eastern League's mid-season All-Star team. His 54 "games finished" led the EL. He was 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA that season and walked 20 in 77 innings. He began the 2006 season again with the Thunder and notched 23 saves (going 2-2, 2.47 ERA). Justin also struggled in AAA with the Columbus Clippers with a 7.30 ERA in 12 1/3 innings pitched in middle relief. By season's end, he was back in Trenton. Pope moved into the minor league coaching ranks in 2010 with the Staten Island Yankees. He was then a coach with the AA Trenton Thunder in 2011. Pope went back to Staten Island in 2012-2013, this time as the team manager. He was then pitching coach of the Pulaski Yankees in 2015, the Charleston RiverDogs in 2016-2017. 


1990- Former Yankees Reserve 1B and MLB Coach Clifford “Earl of Snohomish” Torgeson (1961) passed away. (1924-1990)
After being released by the White Sox on June 17,1961, Earl was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in only 22 games for the team, just hitting .111 before being released by the Yankees as a player, finishing the 1961 AL season as an MLB 1B coach for the team.


2005- The Yankees let All Star 1B Tino Martinez leave for MLB free agency, declining their $3 million option on the popular 1B. He will sign with the Cardinals, replacing the retiring 1B Mark McGuire. Tino will return to the Yankees in 2005. He will hit .241 in part-time duty with the team as back up to 1B Jason Giambi, while hitting 17 HRs with 49 RBI’s. He was a staple in the starting Yankees' lineup from 1996-2001, helping the team to win 4 World Series Championships and 5 AL pennants with his clutch hitting and reliable defense at 1B.


2012- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Lee MacPhail Jr. passed away. (1917-2012)
Lee MacPhail Jr. was the son of former Yankees Co-Team Owner Larry MacPhail (1945-1947). After graduating from college, Lee MacPhail was the Business Manager for the Reading Brooks in 1941. Next, he was the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) then he began a long association with the Yankees. He was the Business Manager, then General Manager of the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). He moved up to Midwest Farm Director for the Yankees. He was Co-Farm Director, then Director of Player Personnel for the team. In 1958, Lee joined the Baltimore Orioles organization, becoming their General Manager replacing Paul Richards holding the position until 1965. After leaving the club in the fall of  1965, he moved into the MLB commissioner's office, serving as an assistant to the newly elected MLB Commissioner (and previously unconnected to baseball) retired General William Eckert. He returned to the Bronx as General Manager of the Yankees from 1967 to 1973. He was selected to be the President of American League from 1974-1983. After retiring from that post, he served as President of the MLB Player Relations Committee, serving as a representative for the MLB Team Owners. Lee was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998, as a Baseball Executive. Lee and Larry MacPhail are the only father and son team to be elected to the Hall of Fame, as Baseball Executives.


November 9th


1897- Former Yankees Reserve OF Harvey “Gink” Hendrick (1923-1924) was born. (1897-1941)
On January 3,1923, Harvey Hendrick was traded by the Red Sox along with hurler George Pipgras to the Yankees for Catcher Al DeVormer and cash. Harvey hit .282 in 77 games for the Yankees as a reserve OF. He appeared in 1 game of the 1923 World Series against the Giants for the Yankees. He would play in MLB for 11 seasons (1923-1934), while hitting .308 for 7 MLB teams: Yankees, Indians, Dodgers, Reds, Cardinals, White Sox and the Phillies. On October 29,1941, Harvey committed suicide at the age of 43.


1912- Veteran 1B Frank Chance is sold by the Cubs to the Reds. When all NL clubs waived claims to him in December, the Reds freed Frank Chance to manage the Yankees. Frank Chance will manage the Yankees in 1913-1914, going 118-170, before he is fired by the Team Owners.


1919- Former Yankees INF Jerry Priddy (1941-1942) was born. (1919-1980)
Before the start of 1937 MLB season, the Yankees signed INF Jerry Priddy as an MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in 115 games for the Yankees, while hitting .248 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs in 115 games. Priddy appeared in 3 games of the 1942 World Series for the Yankees against the Cardinals. Jerry was unable to unseat All Star Joe “Flash” Gordon as the Yankees starting 2B. On January 29,1943, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with hurler Milo Candini to the Senators for Pitcher Bill Zuber and cash.


1931- Former Yankees Minor League OF, MLB player/ HOF Manager Whitey Herzog was born.
Before the start of 1949 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Whitey Herzog as an MLB amateur free agent.  He played in their minor league system until 1955. He missed the 1953-1954 baseball seasons due to being in the U.S. Army. Unable to crack the Yankees MLB starting outfield, Whitey never played for the Yankees at the MLB Level. On April 2,1956, Whitey was sent by the Yankees to the Senators to complete, an earlier deal made on February 8,1956. The Yankees sent a player to be named later, C Lou Berberet, P Bob Wiesler, 2B Herb Plews and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Senators for veteran starter Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would send OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to completing the trade. After his 8-year MLB playing career was over, Whitey went into front office work with the Mets, later he would become a very successful MLB manager for 19 seasons. In 2010, he was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame as a MLB Manager.


1953- Reaffirming its earlier position, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 7-2, that MLB baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to federal government antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving New York Yankees minor league player George Toolson, who refused to move from the Newark Bears Triple-A team to a Yankees Double-A team.


1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Wehrmiester (1981) was born.
On June 15,1979, Don Wehrmiester was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for OF Jay Johnstone. On December 8,1980, he was drafted by the Royals from the Yankees in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 player draft.  On April 3,1981, Dave was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Royals to the Yankees. He would appear in only 5 games for the 1981 Yankees, while posting no record. On June 17,1983, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for 2 minor league players: Jim Rasmussen and Kelly Faulk.


1962- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Dion James (1992-1996) was born.
Dion James played for the Bronx Bombers from 1992-1996. He hit .302 with 12 HRs and 79 RBIs in 273 games. Dion’s best season for the Yankees was in 1993, when he hit .332 in 115 games with 7 HRs and 36 RBIs.


1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Kevin Mmahat (1989) was born.
On June 20,1988, hurler Kevin Mmahat was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers. Kevin went 0-2 in 4 games for the Yankees during the 1989 AL season.


1992- Current Yankees 1B Greg Bird (2015, 2017) was born.
After hitting .553 with 12 HRs and 38 RBIs during his Sr. year of HS, 1B Greg Bird was selected by the  Yankees in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB amateur player draft. He began his pro career that year. After hitting .083 in a 14-game tryout with the 2011 GCL Yankees , Bird upped his performance to the tune of a .337 line with 17 walks in 28 games between the 2012 GCL Yankees and Staten Island Yankees.  With the 2013 Charleston RiverDogs, he hit .288 with 20 HRs, 84 RBIs, 84 runs scored, 36 doubles and 107 walks in 130 games. His 107 BBs were the most among all minor leaguers.  He also paced the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage. Between the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder in 2014, he hit .271 with 14 HRs, 43 RBIs, 30 doubles and 63 walks in 102 games. He played for the Scottsdale Scorpions ( Arizona Fall League) following the season, he hit .313 in 26 games. Bird was named the circuit's MVP. He was invited to the 2015 Yankees spring training camp, he hit .357 through his 1st 14 at-bats. In 2013, he was a MiLB.com Organization All-Star, a Post-Season All-Star and a Topps Class-A All-Star. In 2014, he was an AFL Rising Star, the AFL Rising Stars MVP, the AFL MVP, he made the AFL All-Prospect Team. He was assigned back to Trenton to start the 2015 season. He hit .258 in 59 games, but with 16 doubles and 9 HRs. He was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in early July, playing 34 games there, hitting .301 before being called up to the Bronx. He made his MLB player debut on August 13th, starting at 1B in place of Mark Teixeira and hitting 7th in the line-up. Facing the Indians, he went 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts, but the Yankees snapped a 5-game losing streak with an 8-6 win. It was not necessarily an easy situation for Bird, with the Yankees in the middle of a tough race for 1st place in the AL East with the  Blue Jays, but he managed to prove his mettle quickly. He got his 1st MLB hit against the Jays on August 15th, then had an excellent 3-game series against the Twins contributing to a Yankees sweep by going 5 for 9. In the final game of the set on August 19th, he hit his 1st 2 MLB HRs in a 4-3 win. Both long balls came off of Twins starter Ervin Santana, he drove in all 4 Yankees runs, as Carlos Beltran had gotten on base ahead of him both times. Teammates were starting to whisper "Wally Pipp" at Teixeira, out with a bruise caused by fouling a ball off his leg, a reminder of the man who had once given his starting spot to Lou Gehrig and never managed to get it back. Teixeira's bruise turned out to be a fracture, giving Bird a chance to start at 1B the rest of the season. His 10th HR run on September 22nd was an important one, as it was a 3-run HR shot off of Blue Jays reliever Mark Lowe  in the 10th inning that was key to a 6-4 Yankees win that brought them back to 2 1/2 games of 1st place. He finished the 2015 AL season with a .261 BA in 46 games, with 9 doubles, 11 HRs and 31 RBIs. He started the Wild Card Game at 1B against the Astros. He got 1 of his team's 3 hits off of Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, a 2nd-inning single. Bird suffered a major set-back before the start of the 2016 MLB season, however, as he aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury in off-season drills. He had to undergo surgery on February 2nd and as a result missed the entire 2016 MLB season. But if there was any concern that the injury would slow him down in 2017, he dispelled these with a tremendous spring training during which he hit .450 with a bunch of HRs. With veteran 1B Mark Teixeira having retired, he was the opening day 1st baseman for the Yankees but he started the season slowly as he was bothered by a bruised right foot and flu-like symptoms. He broke out of an 0-for-20 slump with his 1st HR of the year, a 2-run HR shot off of Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in the 2nd inning of a 9-3 win on April 16th. He finished that game 3-for-3 with a walk, also slugging a double. However, he continued to struggle at the plate for the rest of the month. On May 2nd, the Yankees placed him on the DL with a bruised right ankle. He was hitting just .100 with the 1 HR in 60 at-bats. He then suffered a setback when working himself back into playing shape at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in early June, necessitating more time off. He was batting only .143 in the minors at the time. On July 17th, the Yankees announced that he would undergo surgery on his ankle to remove excessive bone growth. With a recovery time set at 6 weeks, there was a small chance that he could come back in September, although it was unlikely the Yankees would want to rush him back to the field. But he did make it back on August 26th, with the Yankees in a tough race for a 2017 AL postseason slot. In his 1st game back, he reached base 3 times with a hit and a pair of walks in a 6-3 win over the Mariners. Greg finished the 2017 AL season with a .190 BA with 9 HRs and 28 RBIs in 48 games. The Yankees made him their starting 1st baseman for the 2017 AL post season, he appeared in 14 games for the team, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs.


1998- Former Yankees and A's Hall of Fame hurler Jim "Catfish" Hunter announces that he is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. The fatal disease, known medically as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), attacks the nerves in the spinal cord and the brain and leads to a loss of motor skills. Hunter will succumb to the disease less than a year later.


2010- The winners of the 2010 AL Gold Glove Awards are announced. Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki wins his 10th Gold Glove in as many years, while 1st-time winners are Yankees 2B Robinson Cano and OFs Carl Crawford of Tampa Bay and Franklin Gutierrez of Seattle


2014- The 1st free agent signing of the 2014 MLB off-season is a modest affair, as OF Chris Young re-signs with the Yankees for 1 year after a good final month with the team.


November 10th


1895- Former Yankees INF/OF Wilson “Chick” Fewster (1917-1922) was born. (1895-1945)
Chick Fewster was reserve INF/OF for the Yankees. On July 23, 1922, Chick was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elmer Miller, OF Johnny Mitchell, P Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 to the Red Sox for veteran INF Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith.  As a member of the Red Sox, Chick was the 1st MLB player to have an MLB official at bat in the April 18, 1923 opener at new Yankee Stadium.


1923- Former Yankee Minor League Manager Cal Ermer (1961) was born.
Cal was originally signed and played briefly with the Senators. He was a longtime minor league Manager for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins organization. He managed the Yankees AAA team in the International League in 1961, the Richmond Virginians to a 6th place finished with a 71-83 record. Also, Cal managed in the Pirates and Tigers organizations. In 1967-1968, Cal did manage the Twins. He returned to minor league managing for the Twins organization in 1974 and held that job until 1985.


1926- Former Yankees Minor League OF Carmen Mauro was born.
On December 16,1953, OF Carmen Mauro was traded by the Philadelphia A’s along with INF Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, OF Tom Hamilton and 1B Eddie Robinson to the Yankees for 1B Don Bollweg, INF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, 1B Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and Catcher Jim Robertson. Carmen never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He did play several seasons with the Yankees top AAA team, the Denver Bears (American Association), before retiring, as an active player


1948- The Phillies drafted reserve Catcher Ken Silvestri out of the Yankees organization in the 1948 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.


1951- In Tokyo, Japan, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American All-Star MLB team battles a Central League All-Star team. Yankees Clipper Joe DiMaggio hits a 400 ft. HR in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1-1, then his brother Dom laces an RBI-triple in the 9th inning and later scores to give the Americans, a 3-2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied 1 on their 1951 Japan baseball tour.


1955- Former Yankees DH/OF Jack Clark (1988) was born.
On January 6,1988, Jack was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Jack only hit .242 for the Yankees. On October 24,1988, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with P Pat Clements to the Padres for Pitchers Lance McCullers and Jimmy Jones and OF Stanley Jefferson.


1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Kenny “Gambler” Rodgers (1996-1997) was born.
Signed as a MLB free agent in December of 1995, Kenny Rogers went 18-15 in 61 games in 2 seasons with the Yankees before being traded to the Oakland A’s for INF/OF Scott Brosius in November of 1997. His best Yankees season was in 1996, when he posted a 12-8 record in 30 games. He made 2 postseason appearances for the 1996 Yankees with no record. In 1997, he slipped a 6-7 mark in 31 games.


1974- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ben Paschal (1924-1929) passed away. (1895-1974)
On September 9,1924, OF Ben Paschal was purchased by the Yankees from Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association) for $20,000. Ben played in 346 games for the Yankees hitting .309. He appeared in 8 World Series games (1926 and 1928) hitting .214 for the Yankees. On April 12,1927 the opening game of the 1927 AL season, Ben Paschal became the last player to ever pinch hit for Yankees slugger Babe Ruth. The replacement came in the 6th inning, after Babe Ruth had gone 0 for 3, with 2 strikeouts; Paschal hit a single. Ben’s best season with the Yankees was in 1925, when he hit .360 in 89 games.


1978- In a major MLB trade, the Yankees send former Cy Young Award winner closer Sparky Lyle along with Pitchers Dave Rajsich and Larry McCall, Reserve Catcher Mike Heath and INF Domingo Ramos to the Texas Rangers. In return, the Rangers packed up MLB OF Juan Beniquez, OF Greg Jemison, pitchers Dave Righetti, Paul Mirabella and Mike Griffin to the Yankees. Dave Righetti was considered the top left-handed prospect in the minor leagues, will win AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1981. The trade will come to haunt the Yankees during the 1979 AL season, when closer Rich Gossage is injured in a shower fight with teammate Cliff Johnson and the tragic airplane crash death of All Star catcher Munson. Mike Heath was being groomed to be Munson’s replacement behind the plate. Lyle would have replaced Goose as the Yankees closer during the time missed with his pitching hand injury.


1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Jorge DePaula (2003-2005) was born.
Jorge DePaula went 0-1 in 10 games for Yankees, before having arm injuries that ended his MLB pitching career with the team.


1992- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors” passed away.
Yankees Super Scout Paul Krichell noted that Chuck was left unprotected by the Dodgers in 1941. He signed him to a minor league contract for the Yankees organization. Chuck replaced Joe Collins at 1st base with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), Chuck hit .264 and slugged .408. His Tars teammate Bill Wight recalled that Connors often would recite Casey at the Bat, Shakespeare or other poetry. In 1942, Chuck was drafted into the US Army. Chuck related that he would write to Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey in 1946, asking for the Dodgers to reacquire him. The Yankees waived him on April 23,1946, the Dodgers claimed their old prospect back. Chuck would appear in 67 games for the 1949-1950 Dodgers and 1951 Cubs hitting. 238 before shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career. He would start his acting career, while playing minor league baseball with the AAA Hollywood Stars (PCL). After retiring from the game, he became a successful full-time actor in Hollywood.


November 11th   Veteran’s Day            


1902- Former Yankees Pitcher Owen Carroll (1930) was born.
On May 30,1930, hurler Owen Carroll was traded by the Tigers along with veteran OF Harry Rice and reserve INF Yats Wuestling to the Yankees for veteran starter Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. Owen went 0-1 in 10 games with the Yankees. On September 13,1930, Owen was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees.


1915- Former MLB player and Yankees Minor League Manager George Case (1969-1972) was born. (1915-1989)
Outfielder George Case spent most of his MLB playing career with the Senators. He led the AL in stolen bases 6 times during his MLB career. George played for the Senators (1937-1945,1947), Indians (1946).  He also had batting averages in the top 10 during the wartime MLB seasons. He finished his MLB career with a .288 BA.  In 1946, his speed was matched up against that of Jesse Owens in a race. Both were perhaps a bit past their prime at the time. Owens beat Case by a small margin. After his MLB playing days ended, he coached college baseball at Rutgers University from 1950-1960. He was a Senators MLB coach from 1961 to 1963. From 1965 to 1967, George managed in the Senators organization. He was a member of the Twins MLB coaching staff in 1968, as their 1B coach. From 1969-1972, George Case managed in the Yankees minor league organization with the Oneonta Yankees (New York-Penn League). He finished 1st twice in 1969 and 1971 winning the League Championship. In 1970 and 1972 seasons, he finished in 2ndplace.


1943- The 1943 MLB MVP Award winners for both major leagues are named. Yankees Pitcher Spud Chandler wins it in the AL, while Cardinals OF Stan Musial wins it in the NL. Yankees starter Spud Chandler went 20-4 in 30 games with 20 complete games with an AL leading ERA of 1.64.


1948- Yankees All Star CF Joe DiMaggio undergoes surgery for bone spurs on his right heel. DiMaggio will miss 65 games in the 1949 AL season because of continuing problems with his right heel. He will play in 133 games for the team, while hitting .346 with 14 HRs and 66 RBIs.


1982- Former Yankees 3B MLB Coach Joe Altobelli succeeds the retired Earl Weaver as the Baltimore Orioles manager. Altobelli is the 2nd Yankees MLB coach to take a managing job this month, and will be the Orioles 1st new pilot since 1968, when Earl Weaver replaced former Yankees star Hank Bauer during the 1968 AL season. Earlier in the month, Yankees MLB Coach Mike Ferraro accepted the job of being the new 1983 Indians manager.


2015- The Yankees traded back-up Catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Twins in return for athletic CF Aaron Hicks. Murphy will be a bust with the bat for the Twins and be traded away during the 2017 MLB season. Hicks will reach his potential with the 2017 Yankees, with a break-out season.


 


 


 

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Remembering Former Yankees Reliever Rod Scurry


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November 5, 1992- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Scurry (1985-1986) passed away. (1956-1992)
On September 14, 1985, veteran reliever Ron Scurry was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 2-2 in 36 games with 3 saves for the 1985-1986 Yankees. On November 22,1986, Ron was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. On December 6,1986, Ron was signed as a MLB free agent by the team. On March 27,1987, Ron was released by the club. During his MLB playing career, Rod Scurry was plagued by drug problems, particularly cocaine addiction. He died at age 36 of an apparent drug overdose, a week after collapsing during an altercation with the police.

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1942 New York Yankees: INF  Frank  "The Crow" Crosetti is grounded for 30 games in 1943 AL season.


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November 6, 1942- The New York Yankees are notified that INF Frank Crosetti will be suspended for 30 days, commencing Opening Day of the 1943 American League season for pushing MLB Umpire Bill Sommers in Game #3 of the 1942 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Also Frank Crosetti was fined $250, as was Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon.

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Happy Birthday to Yankees Current Starter Sonny Gray


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November 7, 1989- Current Yankees Starter Sonny Gray (2017) was born.


Sonny Gray was a 1st-round pick in the 2011 MLB amateur player draft. Gray was 5-1 with 5 saves and a 4.30 ERA as a college freshman. He was with Team USA that summer, going 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA and .139 opponent average; the team did not play in any major international tournaments. In 2010, the sophomore improved to 10-5, 3.48 ERA with 113 K in 108 2/3 innings, though he walked 48 batters. He finished 3rd in the Southeastern Conference in whiffs, tied for 22nd in NCAA Division I. He was again with Team USA, striking out 37 and walking 4 in 24 innings and went 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA. Baseball America named him their Summer Player of the year, the 3rd Vanderbilt southpaw to take that honor in a 5-year period, following David Price (2006) and Mike Minor (2008). In the big event, the 2010 World University Championship, he fanned 14 batters in a 1-hit, no-walk, 69-pitch, 5-inning complete game shutout of Sri Lanka (a mercy rule contest). In the semifinals, he limited Japan to 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings before Noe Ramirez wrapped up the win. He beat the heralded Yuki Saito in an event held in Tokyo. The USA wound up with the Silver Medal, losing to Cuba in the finale. Gray led Team USA in both wins and Ks (20) in the event. He tied Yadier Pedroso for the most wins in the Championship while leading in whiffs (2 ahead of Miguel González). González beat him out for the award as the All-Star starting pitcher. His Jr. year, Gray helped Vanderbilt make it to the 2011 College World Series. Entering the Series, he was 12-3 with a 1.97 ERA, 119 strikeouts and a .191 average allowed in 114 1/3 innings. He had walked 41 batters. The Oakland A's took him with the 18th pick of  2011 MLB amateur player draft, Vanderderbilt  starter Grayson Garvin went later in the 1st round


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Gray was signed by MLB Scout Matt Ranson for $1.54 million for Oakland,  he made his pro debut with the AZL Athletics. He was then promoted to the AA Midland RockHounds, where he went 1-0 with an 0.45 ERA in 5 starts. He spent most of the 2012 season back at Midland, going 6-9, 4.14 ERA in 26 games. He also made 1 appearance in AAA with the Sacramento RiverCats, giving up 4 runs in as many innings. He started 2013 with Sacramento, posting a 8-5, record with a 2.61 ERA after 16 starts when he got the call to Oakland on July 10th. He had 107 strikeouts against 34 walks in 102 1/3 innings. In his MLB pitching debut, he pitched 2 innings in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up a hit and striking out 3. He made another relief appearance, then returned to the minors for a while and was back in Oakland to stay on August 10th, when he made his 1st MLB start. He was a 5-4 loser to the Toronto Blue Jays that day, but he stayed in the rotation until the end of the season, making 10 starts and pitching quite well. He finished the year at 5-3, 2.57 ERA, allowing only 51 hits in 64 innings, while striking out 67 batters. The A's tabbed him to start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers on October 5th and he went toe-to-toe with Detriot Tigers Ace Justin Verlander, giving up no runs on 4 hits in 8 innings. The game was still scoreless when he was replaced by Grant Balfour to start the 9th inning, and the Australian closer was credited with the 1-0 win when Stephen Vogt drove in Yoennis Cespedes against &nbs**** Porcello for the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Given his great performance, he was given the ball for the decisive Game 5 on October 10th, but things did not go as well. Verlander had another superlative performance, giving up no runs in 8 innings, while Sonny coughed up 3 runs in 5 innings to get tagged with a 3-0 loss.


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Gray was back in the A's starting rotation at the beginning of 2014. On April 28th, he pitched his 1st MLB career complete game and shutout when he defeated the Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, 4-0 to improve to 4-1 for the month. He was named the AL Pitcher of the Month, finishing with a 1.76 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 41 innings. He was again the Pitcher of the Month in July as he went a perfect 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in 5 starts, his performance going a bit under the radar as the A's were busy acquiring starting pitchers during the period, adding MLB veteran starters Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester to their starting rotation. For all of the pricey acquisitions, it was Gray who saved the A's season by tossing a 6-hit shutout against the Texas Rangers on the final day of the regular season, September 28th, the 4-0 win securing the 2nd wild card slot for the A's. They finished only 1 game ahead of the Seattle Mariners, after posting the best record in the MLB over the 1st half of the season. Gray finished the season at 14-10 mark, with a 3.08 ERA in 33 starts, while pitching 219 innings and recording 183 strikeouts.


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Sonny was outstanding as the A's opening day starter on April 6, 2015. He held the Texas Rangers hitless through 7 innings before Ryan Rua led off the 8th with a single, breaking his bid to match Bob Feller's feat of pitching a no-hitter on opening day. Gray settled for credit for an 8-0 win, in which he gave up only that hit and a walk in 8 innings. Incidentally, the win ended a 10-year streak of losing on opening day for the A's. He was one of the few bright lights as the A's could not get on track in the early going. Thanks to an 8-1 win over the Angels on June 14th, he improved his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.60, best in the MLB at that point, even though the A's were in last place in the AL West. He ended the 1st half by pitching a 2-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Cleveland  Indians. He had been named to the AL All Star few days earlier, but he had to bow under the Sunday Starter rule. He finished the 1st half at 10-3, with a 2.04 ERA. He threw another shutout on July 28th, this one a 3-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers. the A's had a very tough 2nd half, however, eventually ending up in last place, and as a result he only won 4 more games after the 2015 MLB All-Star break. Still, his pitching record of 14-7, with a  2.73 ERA was excellent. 


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Sonny was slated to be the A's Opening Day starter on April 4, 2016, but a bout of food poisoning sent him to hospital and veteran starter  Rich Hill had to fill in for him at short notice. He made his 2016 MLB season's debut  2 days later. He struggled with his command in the early weeks, capping it with an outing against the New York Yankees on May 21st in which he made 3 wild pitches and walked 4 batters in 3 1/3 innings. Two days later, he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his back. Overall, it was a season to forget as he finished at 5-11 record with a 5.69 ERA in 22 starts. However, he bounced back in 2017, even though he was still pitching in front of a struggling team. In 16 starts for the Oakland A's, he was 6-5 with a  3.43 ERA with his name was continually mentioned in MLB trade rumors starting in late June, as he was clearly one of the better starting pitchers available to a contender willing to pay the price at the trading deadline. It took until July 31st trade deadline for the expected trade to be finalized, and the winners of the lottery were the New York Yankees, who gave up 3 minor league prospects OF Dustin Fowler,  Pitcher James Kaprielian and INF Jorge Mateo to bring him on board; a sure sign that the Oakland A’s was focusing on the distant future at that point was that 2 of the prospects - Fowler and Kaprielian - were out for the rest of the 2017 MLB season with injuries at the time of the trade. Sonny Gray finished the 2017 AL season with the New York Yankees with a 4-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in 11 games. In the 2017 MLB post season, he went 0-1 in 2 games for the team.

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1951 New York Yankees:   Bombers All Star Catcher Yogi Berra is named the 1951 AL MVP Award winner.


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November 8, 1951-  New York Yankees All Star Catcher Yogi Berra wins the 1st of his 3 AL MVP Awards. He hit .294 with 27 HRs, 88 RBI’s in 141 games for the 1951 World Champion New York  Yankees. During the 1951 AL season, Yogi Berra caught Yankees starter Allie Reynolds 2 no-hitters against the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox. He was selected for the 1951 AL All Star team. Also, he was named to the 1951 The Sporting News All Star team.

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Happy Birthday to Current  Yankees 1B Greg Bird


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November 9, 1992- Current Yankees 1B Greg Bird (2015, 2017) was born.
After hitting .553 with 12 HRs and 38 RBIs during his Sr. year of HS, 1B Greg Bird was selected by the  Yankees in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB amateur player draft. He began his pro career that year. After hitting .083 in a 14-game tryout with the 2011 GCL Yankees , Bird upped his performance to the tune of a .337 line with 17 walks in 28 games between the 2012 GCL Yankees and Staten Island Yankees.  With the 2013 Charleston RiverDogs, he hit .288 with 20 HRs, 84 RBIs, 84 runs scored, 36 doubles and 107 walks in 130 games. His 107 BBs were the most among all minor leaguers.  He also paced the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage. Between the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder in 2014, he hit .271 with 14 HRs, 43 RBIs, 30 doubles and 63 walks in 102 games. He played for the Scottsdale Scorpions ( Arizona Fall League) following the season, he hit .313 in 26 games. Bird was named the circuit's MVP. He was invited to the 2015 Yankees spring training camp, he hit .357 through his 1st 14 at-bats. In 2013, he was a MiLB.com Organization All-Star, a Post-Season All-Star and a Topps Class-A All-Star. In 2014, he was an AFL Rising Star, the AFL Rising Stars MVP, the AFL MVP, he made the AFL All-Prospect Team. He was assigned back to AA Trenton Thunder to start the 2015 season. He hit .258 in 59 games, but with 16 doubles and 9 HRs. He was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in early July, playing 34 games there, hitting .301 before being called up to the Bronx. He made his MLB player debut on August 13th, starting at 1B in place of Mark Teixeira and hitting 7th in the line-up. Facing the Indians, he went 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts, but the Yankees snapped a 5-game losing streak with an 8-6 win. It was not necessarily an easy situation for Bird, with the Yankees in the middle of a tough race for 1st place in the AL East with the  Blue Jays, but he managed to prove his mettle quickly. He got his 1st MLB hit against the Jays on August 15th, then had an excellent 3-game series against the Twins contributing to a Yankees sweep by going 5 for 9. In the final game of the set on August 19th, he hit his 1st 2 MLB HRs in a 4-3 win. Both long balls came off of Twins starter Ervin Santana, he drove in all 4 Yankees runs, as Carlos Beltran had gotten on base ahead of him both times. Teammates were starting to whisper "Wally Pipp" at Teixeira, out with a bruise caused by fouling a ball off his leg, a reminder of the man who had once given his starting spot to Lou Gehrig and never managed to get it back. Teixeira's bruise turned out to be a fracture, giving Bird a chance to start at 1B the rest of the season. His 10th HR run on September 22nd was an important one, as it was a 3-run HR shot off of Blue Jays reliever Mark Lowe  in the 10th inning that was key to a 6-4 Yankees win that brought them back to 2 1/2 games of 1st place. He finished the 2015 AL season with a .261 BA in 46 games, with 9 doubles, 11 HRs and 31 RBIs. He started the AL Wild Card Game at 1B against the Houston Astros. He got 1 of his team's 3 hits off of Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, a 2nd-inning single.


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Bird suffered a major set-back before the start of the 2016 MLB season, however, as he aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury in off-season drills. He had to undergo surgery on February 2nd and as a result missed the entire 2016 MLB season. But if there was any concern that the injury would slow him down in 2017, he dispelled these with a tremendous spring training during which he hit .450 with a bunch of HRs. With veteran 1B Mark Teixeira having retired, he was the opening day 1st baseman for the Yankees but he started the season slowly as he was bothered by a bruised right foot and flu-like symptoms. He broke out of an 0-for-20 slump with his 1st HR of the year, a 2-run HR shot off of Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in the 2nd inning of a 9-3 win on April 16th. He finished that game 3-for-3 with a walk, also slugging a double. However, he continued to struggle at the plate for the rest of the month. On May 2nd, the Yankees placed him on the DL with a bruised right ankle. He was hitting just .100 with the 1 HR in 60 at-bats. He then suffered a setback when working himself back into playing shape at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in early June, necessitating more time off. He was batting only .143 in the minors at the time. On July 17th, the Yankees announced that he would undergo surgery on his ankle to remove excessive bone growth. With a recovery time set at 6 weeks, there was a small chance that he could come back in September, although it was unlikely the Yankees would want to rush him back to the field. But he did make it back on August 26th, with the Yankees in a tough race for a 2017 AL postseason slot. In his 1st game back, he reached base 3 times with a hit and a pair of walks in a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. Greg finished the 2017 AL season with a .190 BA with 9 HRs and 28 RBIs in 48 games. The Yankees made him their starting 1st baseman for the 2017 AL post season, he appeared in 14 games for the team, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs.




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3 weeks ago  ::  Nov 05, 2017 - 3:46PM #7
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Remembering Former Yankees Player INF/OF Chick Fewster


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November 10, 1895- Former Yankees INF/OF Wilson “Chick” Fewster (1917-1922) was born. (1895-1945)
Chick Fewster was reserve INF/OF for the New York Yankees. On July 23, 1922, Chick was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elmer Miller, OF Johnny Mitchell, Pitcher/OF Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for veteran INF Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith.  As a member of the Boston Red Sox, Chick was the 1st MLB player to have an MLB official at bat in the April 18, 1923 opener at new Yankee Stadium.

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2015 New York Yankees: The Yankees trade back-up Catcher John Ryan Murphy to Twins for OF Aaron Hicks.


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November 11, 2015- The New York Yankees traded back-up Catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Minnesota Twins in return for athletic CF Aaron Hicks. Murphy will be a bust with the bat for the Twins and be traded away to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2017 MLB season. Hicks will reach his potential with the 2017 Yankees, with a break-out season.


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3 weeks ago  ::  Nov 05, 2017 - 3:58PM #9
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 November 11th Veterans Day




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