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This Week in Yankees History April 8th- April 14th Part One

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April 8th

1908- While at spring training camp, Highlanders 1B Hal Chase contracts a case of smallpox. The entire New York team is vaccinated and quarantined while traveling north by train.

1946- Former Yankees and A’s Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter (1975-1979) was born. (1946-1999)
James “Catfish” Hunter will make his MLB pitching debut in 1965 with the Kansas City A’s. He will join the Yankees as a MLB free agent in December of 1975. His Yankees pitching career record was 63-53 with a 3.58 ERA in 137 games. He had 65 complete games with 11 shutouts for the Yankees. He won 23 games in 1975 and 17 games in 1976 for the team. He will retire from the MLB at the age of 33 in 1979 after 15 year MLB pitching career with the A’s and the Yankees. Jim ‘s final MLB pitching career totals were a 224-166 record with a 3.26 ERA in 500 games. Hunter appeared in 6 ALCS appearing in 10 games, while posting a 4-3 record with a 3.25 ERA with 3 complete games. In World Series play, Catfish appeared in 6 series with a 5-3 record with a 3.29 ERA. With the A’s, Jim posted a 161-113 record with a 3.13 ERA in 363 games. He will win election to the Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1999, Jim “Catfish” Hunter will pass away from ALS disease at the age of 53.

1957- Former Yankees Reserve INF Roger Holt (1980) was born.
In the 4th round (101st pick overall) of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft, INF Roger Holt was selected by the Yankees. Holt was a star in the minor leagues (he had the game winning hit in the minor league World Series). Roger was named the 1980 Yankees Minor League Player of the Year. In 1980, he was called up by Yankees and given the uniform # 55; he played in 2 games for the team. In those 2 games, Holt had 6 at bats; he struck out twice, walked once and got 1 hit (off of Tigers hurler Aurelio Lopez). However, the following spring, he was traded to the Rangers for INF Tucker Ashford.

1967- Former Yankees Minor League P Rich Batchelor was born.
In 1990, the Yankees signed Pitcher Rich Batchelor as an MLB amateur free agent. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On August 31,1993, Rich was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for veteran MLB closer Lee Smith.

1975- Frank Robinson makes his debut as the 1st MLB Black manager. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, throws out the ceremonial 1st pitch before a crowd of 56,204. As the player-manager of the Indians, Frank Robinson hits a HR in his 1st at-bat, helping the Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Yankees. For Robinson, it is his 8th Opening Day HR, setting a MLB record.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League C Bobby Wilson was born.
On December 13,2012, Catcher Bobby Wilson was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had played for the 2008-2012 Angels as a reserve catcher, while appearing in 109 games, while hitting .208. He did not appear at the MLB level with 2013 Yankees, he was with AAA Scranton. Wilson was granted MLB free agency by the team.

1985- At Fenway Park, 46-year-old Phil Niekro starts for the Yankees, becoming the 2nd oldest pitcher ever to start in a MLB Opening Day. Only Jack Quinn for the 1931 Brooklyn Robins was older at age 47. The Red Sox chase Niekro after 4 innings, behind the pitching of starter Oil Can Boyd, coasting to a 9-2 victory. Niekro walks 4 batters in the 3rd inning, including 2 with the bases loaded, to lose his 7th opener in a row (6 with the Braves), the worst opening day pitching record ever. Red Sox outfielders Tony Armas, Dwight Evans and Jim Rice stroke HRs for Boston.

1993- Indians slugger Carlos Baerga becomes the 1st player in MLB history to switch-hit HRs in the same inning. In the 7th inning, Baerga connects against Yankees relievers Steve Howe and Steve Farr. Baerga's HR outburst helps the Indians to a 15-5 victory over the Yankees.

2003- At Yankee Stadium 2003 home opener, with the Yankees fans chanting his name, Hideki Matsui hit his 1st MLB HR, a Grand Slam HR shot against the Twins to win the game.

2003- Former Yankees Minor League player Bing Russell passed away. (1926-2003)
Bing Russell was a minor league player in the Yankees farm system, playing for the Carrolton (Georgia-Alabama League, Class D) in 1948-1949. Bing later became a Hollywood actor most known for his work on the NBC-TV show "Bonanza". Russell returned to baseball in the 1970s as team owner of the Port Mavericks (Northwest League). His son, actor Kurt Russell, played with the Dodgers organization for part of his minor league career, until shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career. Russell's grandson, Matt Franco went on to play in the MLB.

2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Al “Two Gun” Gettel (1945-1946) passed away. (1917-2005)
In 1936, the Yankees signed hurler Al Gettel as an MLB amateur free agent. He posted a 15-15 record with 3 saves in 53 games for the Yankees. On January 22,1943, Al was traded by the Yankees along with Ed Levy and $10,000 to the Blue Jays (aka Phillies) for 1B Nick Etten. Al Gettel and Ed Levy were returned to Yankees on March 26,1943. The Yankees sent Catcher Tom Padden and P Al Gerheauser on March 26, 1943 to the Blue Jays to complete the trade. On December 6,1946, Al was traded by the Yankees along with P Gene Bearden and OF Hal Peck to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and INF Ray Mack. Al "Two-Gun" Gettel went 197-137 in a minor league career that spanned from 1936 through 1959. His greatest success in the minors came in the Pacific Coast League in the 1st half of the 1950s. Al went 23-7 with a 3.62 ERA for the 1950 Oakland Oaks, placing him 2nd in the PCL in victories. In 1952, he led the PCL with 284 innings pitched. A year later he was named the top pitcher in the league after going 24-14 with a 3.20 ERA for the Oaks. He led the league in wins, innings (309) and complete games (30). Gettel also appeared in the major leagues in all or parts of 7 seasons between 1945-1955, pitching for 6 different teams with his best season coming with the Indians in 1947, when he went 11-10 with a 3.20 ERA. Overall in the MLB, Gettel was 38-45 with a 4.28 ERA, while appearing in 184 games. While playing in the Pacific Coast league in the early 1950’s, Al appeared in several B-Western films, earning him the nickname “Two-Gun.”

2011- The Red Sox finally record their 1st win of the 2011 AL season after starting out 0-6, by defeating their arch-rivals the Yankees by the score of 9-6, in their home opener. Dustin Pedroia hits a HR in his 1st at-bat with his team down 2-0, he finishes the day with 3 hits and as many RBIs to lead the Boston hitting attack. John Lackey is the winner in spite of giving up 6 runs over 5 innings.

2012-For only the 2nd time in the history of the AL, the Yankees and Red Sox are both 0-3. Tampa Bay completes a sweep of the Bronx Bombers at home as Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson throws a 3-hit shutout on his 25th birthday.

2017-Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Cerv (1951-1956,1960-1962) passed away at age of 91. (1925-2017)
The Yankees signed OF Bob Cerv in 1950. He played for them from 1951-1956, before being sold to Kansas City A’s after the end of the 1956 World Series. He hit a pinch-hit HR in the 5th game of the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers. He had his best MLB season in 1958 with the A’s, hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs, despite playing with a broken jaw. He was named to the 1958 AL All-Star team. Bob finished 4th in the AL MVP ballot voting, which was won by his former Yankees teammate OF Jackie Jensen, who was now with the Red Sox. He returned to the Bronx in May of 1960, in a trade that saw former Yankees starting 3B Andy Carey being sent to the A’s. He would hit .250 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs in 87 games for the 1960 Yankees. In the 1960 World Series, Bob hit .357 against the Pirates until an ankle injury forced him out of Game #7. The Yankees lost him in the 1960 AL expansion teams player draft to the Angels. He returned to the Yankees in May of 1961 along with veteran reliever Tex Clevenger for Yankee pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. He hit .271 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 57 games for the 1961 Yankees. Bob did not appear in the 1961 World Series for the team against the Reds. He had appeared in 3 World Series (1955-1956,1960) with the Yankees, while hitting .258 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 10 games. In June of 1962, Yankees sold Bob to the new NL expansion team, the Houston Colt 45s. Due to leg injuries, he only appeared 19 games for the Colt 45s, while hitting .226 before being released by the team. Bob was always a good outfielder and hitter for the Yankees, but he could never could break into a fulltime position in the Yankees outfield. Cerv was up with the Yankees each season from 1951 to 1956, but he never appeared in more than 56 games in a season. He hit .341 in 1955 and .304 in 1956. Overall for the Yankees, Bob hit .266 with 26 HRs and 118 RBIs in 379 games. At the end of his MLB playing career, Bob went to spring training camp with the 1963 Mets, but his recurring leg injuries forced him to retire from the game. Mets Manager Casey Stengel was hoping to use him as a regular outfielder for the team. Bob finished his MLB playing career with a .276 BA with 105 HRs and 374 RBIs.

April 9th

1888- Former Yankees Pitcher James “Hippo” Vaughn (1908,1910-1912) was born. (1888-1966)
Hippo Vaughn went 22-30 with a 3.18 ERA in 72 games for the Yankees before going to the Senators on waivers during the 1912 MLB season. In 1913, Hippo will be picked by the Cubs, becoming a 20 game winner for 5 NL seasons with the team, before finishing his MLB pitching career with them in 1921. He was 1-2 with a 1.00 ERA for the Cubs in the 1918 World Series. Overall, as a MLB pitcher, he went 179-136 with a 2.49 ERA in 390 games.

1953- Pittsburgh's 1-sided pre-season victory over the defending World Champions Yankees notwithstanding, today's main attraction is 21-year-old Mickey Mantle, as the Yankees' young phenom becomes just the 3rd batter in Forbes Field's 44-year history—after Babe Ruth in 1935 and Teddy Beard in 1950—to clear the 89-FT-high RF roof.

1961- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Brian Dorsett (1989-1990) was born.
On November 17, 1988, Brian Dorsett was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for minor league player Eric Schmidt. He appeared in just 22 games for the Yankees as a reserve catcher, while hitting .228 with no HRs and 4 RBIs. He spent of his most of his time in the Yankees organization, playing for their AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (International League.) On November 19,1990, Brian was released by the team. He would be signed by the Padres organization.

1965- President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Astros win an exhibition game against the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 12 innings. Yankees All Star CF Mickey Mantle hits the 1st-ever indoor HR in the new ballpark.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Hal Morris (1988-1989) was born.
The Yankees in the 8th round of the 1986 MLB amateur player draft selected OF/1B Hal Morris. He played in only 30 games for the Yankees, hitting just .184. On December 12,1989, Hal traded by the Yankees along with minor league P Rodney Imes to the Reds for P Tim Leary and OF Van Snider. Hal’s best position was 1B, but he was blocked there by the presence of Yankees All Star 1B Don Mattingly. Hal was a MLB scout for the 2008 Pirates. In 2011, he was scouting for the Red Sox. In 2012, Hal became the Head of Pro Scouting for the Angels.

1967- Former Yankees Reliever Graeme Lloyd (1996-1998) was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Reliever Graeme Lloyd came to the Yankees in the trade with the Brewers that saw hurler Bob Wickman and OF Gerald Williams go to the Brewers. He was awful in the regular season for the 1996 Yankees, posting a 17.47 ERA in 13 games (managing barely 5 2/3 innings of work), but he was outstanding in the 1996 MLB post-season, being used 8 times and allowing no runs on 1 hit and no walks while striking out 5 batters in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees won their 1st World Series title since 1978 that year. Lloyd was still on their staff when they won another title in 1998, once again keeping a clean ledger in the post-season (in only 3 appearances though). He went 4-3 in 109 games with 1 save before being traded along with veteran starter David Wells to the Blue Jays for All Star hurler Roger Clemens in the spring of 1999.

1971- The Oakland A’s traded veteran 1B/OF Felipe Alou to the Yankees in exchange for 2 pitchers: Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski. Alou will appear in 131 games for the team, while hitting .289 with 8 HRs with 69 RBIs. During the 1972 MLB season, Felipe Alou's younger brother, Matty will join him in Yankees pinstripes. The team will acquire him in another deal with the A’s.

1985- Current Yankees Reliever Dave Robertson (2008-2014, 2017-2018) was born.
David Robertson was selected by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut the next summer. Robertson made his MLB pitching debut with the 2008 Yankees, then he emerged as one of the team's most reliable relievers in 2009, when he contributed to the team's World Series title with a 3.30 ERA in 45 games coupled with 63 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. He kept a clean sheet in 5 postseason appearances that year, including 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. His ERA rose to 3.82 in 2010, but he still pitched 64 games and again struck out over a batter per inning. In 2011, though, he emerged as perhaps the best middle reliever in baseball, making the All-Star team on the strength of a 4-0 record and sparkling 1-0 ERA in 70 games. He struck out an even 100 batters that season, in only 66 2/3 innings, and gave up only 1 HR all season. The Yankees had signed former Tampa Bay Rays closer Rafael Soriano to a big MLB free agent contract the previous off-season, with a view to grooming him to eventually succeed the great Mariano Rivera in the closer role with the Bronx Bombers. However, Soriano struggled, and Robertson's tremendous performance pushed him up to the top of the depth chart as Mariano's set-up man.
David started the 2012 season secure in his role as the # 2 man in the Yankees bullpen and pitched lights out in his 1st 12 outings, giving up a mere 7 hits and 3 walks in 12 innings while striking out 21 and not allowing a single run. When Rivera went down with a torn knee ligament in a freak accident on May 3rd, it was him and not Soriano who was anointed by Manager Joe Girardi to take over Mo's huge shoes. In his 1st game in the new role, on May 8th, he preserved a 5-3 win over the Rays, striking out Carlos Pena with the bases loaded in nailing his 1st save opportunity. It was only the 4th save of his MLB pitching career, but it was clear that he had the stuff and poise to rack up many, many more.
However, in his 2nd outing in the new role on May 9th, things went awry, as he blew a 1-0 9th inning lead against the Rays, loading the bases with none out and then allowing a sacrifice fly by B.J. Upton and a 3-run HR by Matt Joyce to be charged with a blown save and the 4-1 loss. He then got more bad news on May 15th when he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his ribcage. By the time he returned, veteran reliever Rafael Soriano had claimed the closer's job and would end the season with 40 saves. He ended the season with a record of 2-7 with a 2.67 ERA in 65 games. He then won Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles, 3-2 in 12 innings.
In 2013, Rivera was back for his last MLB season with Robertson was in his familiar role of set-up man. Both men were excellent, with Rivera going out pitching as well as he ever had, and Robertson putting up a 2.04 ERA in 70 games with 3 saves and 77 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings. He was anointed the new Yankees' closer in 2014, he quickly picked up a couple of saves without giving up a run, but he had to go on the DL after his 3rd outing. This time, however, his understudy did not steal his job and he was able to close games again when he returned later in April. His 3rd save was recorded against the Angels on April 26th. He ended up with 39 saves, to go along with a 4-5 record and a 3.08 ERA, with 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. However, in a surprising development, he opted to leave the Yankees, when he became a MLB free agent after the 2014 season, instead signing a 4-year deal worth $46 million with the White Sox on December 8, 2014. With Chicago, David went 15-10 with a 3.28 ERA with 84 saves in 129 games. On July 19, 2017, the White Sox traded Robinson along with 3B Todd Frazier and reliever Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard and 3 minor league players: Pitcher Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Tito Polo and Blake Rutherford. His 2017 pitching record with the White Sox was a 4-2 mark with a 2.70 ERA with 13 saves in 30 games. With the 2017 Yankees, Dave went 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in 30 games with 1 save. In the 2017 AL post season, he went 2-0 in 8 games.

1989- Yankees All Star LF Rickey Henderson gets his 800th MLB career stolen base in a 4-3 Yankees loss to the Indians.

1989- Current Yankees Minor League 1B Ryan McBroom was born.
Ryan McBroom had attended Courtland HS in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and later he attended West Virginia University. The Royals selected him in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur player draft, but he did not sign with the team instead returned to finish college. He was then drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB amateur player draft by the Blue Jays. He was assigned to their Class A short season team, the Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League). In 70 games, McBroom batted .297 with 11 HRs and 59 RBIs. His 11 HRs tied for the NWL HR lead. He began the 2015 season with the Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League). He was named a Midwest League Midseason All-Star. At that time, McBroom was batting .307 with 16 doubles.  Ryan was named the 2015 Midwest League MVP, becoming the 3rd Blue Jays prospect to win the award after Kevin Pillar and Brian Dopirak. He played in 127 games in 2015, while hitting .315 with 12 HRs and 90 RBIs. For the 2016 minor league season, Ryan was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays (FSL). McBroom played in 119 games for Dunedin in 2016, as well as appearing in 9 games with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League). He would hit a combined .266 with 22 HRs and 85 RBIs.  After the 2016 season was completed, the Blue Jays assigned McBroom to the Mesa Solar Sox (Arizona Fall League.)  He appeared in 7 games for the Sox before being removed from the team’s roster due to an injury. On July 23, 2017, McBroom was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees organization for INF Rob Refsnyder. He had hit .243 with 45 Runs, 12 HRs and 54 RBIs in 96 games for the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League). The Yankees assigned him to their AA team, Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). With the 2017 Thunder, Ryan appeared in 38 games, while hitting .257 with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs. He started the 2018 season with the AAA Scranton.

1993- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, Bo Jackson, the former Royals All Star slugger now with the White Sox hits a HR in his 1st at-bat after coming back from major hip replacement surgery from a injury while playing pro football in the NFL. The White Sox, however, lose the game to the Yankees by the score of 11-6. Jackson will never regain his AL All Star form as a MLB player.

2004- The Yankees and their Manager Joe Torre agree to a 3-year contract extension. The contract also includes an additional 6-year deal in which the 62-year old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 MLB season.

2006- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Player/Manager Billy Hitchcock passed away. (1916-2006)
Billy Hitchcock was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Johnny Nee as an amateur free agent in 1938, but a knee injury sustained playing football kept him from playing until the following year when he played for the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association, 1939-1941). A knee operation after the 1939 season improved his range. With Phil Rizzuto's promotion to the Bronx, Hitchcock moved to shortstop from 3B, where he had been playing. He batted a solid .296 with 59 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Joe Williams reported in The Sporting News "at least 6 big league clubs are after him" (TSN, 9/11/1941), he was unable to beat out Rizzuto as shortstop of the Yankees, he was sold to the Tigers. Billy was 25 years old, when he broke into the MLB on April 14,1942. After serving in World War II, he rejoined the Tigers and played for the Senators in 1946; the St. Louis Browns (1947); the Red Sox (1948-1949); the A’s (1950-1952) and he return to the Tigers again in 1953, where he played his final MLB game on August 27,1953 at the age of 37. Billy would manager in the minor leagues for the Tigers and Braves organizations. He was a long time MLB Coach with the Tigers. Then he moved to the Orioles organization, briefly serving as an interim Manager. He later moved to the Braves organization. Billy retired from baseball in 1967. But in 1969, he came back to the MLB with the expansion Montreal Expos in 1969, his former Braves boss John McHale persuaded Hitchcock to serve as Special Assignment Scout and then Director of Minor League Instruction for the Expos. Hitchcock then served as President of the Southern League from 1972-1980.

2013- The Yankees use the long ball, as they bang out 5 HRs of their own in crushing the Indians by the score of 14-1. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gives up 7 Yankee runs before being ejected by home plate umpire Jordan Baker for throwing at Yankees batter Kevin Youkilis in the 4th inning. Ironically, Carrasco had just finished serving a 5-game suspension incurred in 2011, but only served at the start of the season as he has undergone Tommy John surgery and been out of the MLB in the meantime. He claims that he slipped on the pitch to Youkilis, which comes just after a HR by Yankees 2B Robinson Cano; he will receive an 8-game suspension this time. Veteran Bronx starter Andy Pettitte is the winner for the Yankees.

April 10th

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” McGraw (1917-1918,1920) was born. (1896-1978)
Bob McGraw appeared in 24 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 4.14 ERA. On July 29,1919, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with shortstop Allen Russell and $40,000 to the Red Sox for veteran starter Carl “Sub “Mays. Bob would return to the Yankees in 1920, appearing in 15 games with no record.

1913- In a game, which features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the 1st pitch, the Highlanders become the Yankees. Playing their 1st game under their new nickname, the Yankees lose to the Senators by the score of 2-1, as future HOF starter Walter Johnson picks up the win for Nats.

1921- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors” was born. (1921-1992)
Yankees Super Scout Paul Krichell noted that Chuck was left unprotected by the Dodgers in 1941. He signed him to a minor league contract for the Yankees organization. Chuck replaced Joe Collins at 1B with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), Chuck hit .264 and slugged .408. His Tars teammate Bill Wight recalled that Connors often would recite “Casey at the Bat”, Shakespeare or other poetry. In 1942, Chuck was drafted into the Army. Chuck related that he would write to Dodgers GM Branch Rickey in 1946, asking for the Dodgers to reacquire him. The Yankees waived him on April 23,1946, the Dodgers claimed their old 1B prospect back. Chuck would appear in 67 games for the 1949-1950 Dodgers and with the 1951 Cubs, while hitting .238. While playing with the Los Angeles Angels (Pacific Coast League), Chuck started acting in Hollywood in minor roles. When shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career, he became a full-time actor in Hollywood, later starting in several TV network series, “The Rifleman” “Arrest and Trial” and “Branded” and made many action movies during his long acting career.

1946- Former Yankees player (1980-1981) and General Manager Bob Watson was born.
Veteran Bob Watson was signed as a MLB free agent in 1980 by the Yankees. Bob hit .307 with 13 HRs and 68 RBIs. His Yankees playing career totals were .282 BA with 19 HRs with 83 RBIs. On April 23,1982, Bob was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for minor league player Scott Patterson. After his MLB playing career had ended, Watson was an A’s MLB coach for 3 seasons. He was the Assistant GM of the Astros from 1989 to 1993. Bob became the 2nd African-American GM in baseball history, when he was named to that post with the Astros in 1994.
He later held the same position with the Yankees in 1996-1997. Later Bob worked in the MLB Commissioner’s offices, before retiring from baseball.

1950- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Ken Griffey Sr. (1982-1986) was born.
Ken Griffey Sr. played for the 1973-1981 Reds. He hit over .300 for them in 6 NL seasons. Along with teammates George Foster and Cesar Geronimo, he filled out the outfield for the great Reds teams that won the World Series in 1975 and 1976, which were known as the "Big Red Machine". In 1976, he was 2nd in the NL in batting average and 8th in the MVP voting. On November 4, 1981, Ken was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for a player to be named later and minor league Pitcher Brian Ryder. The Reds were about to lose him to MLB Free agency. On December 9, 1981, the Yankees sent minor league P Freddie Toliver to the Reds to complete the trade. Moving to the Yankees at the age of 32, he played 4 1/2 seasons in the Bronx before going to the Braves. As a Yankee player, Ken appeared in 551 games, while hitting .285 with 47 HRs with 251 RBIs. On June 30,1986, Ken was traded by the Yankees along with reserve INF Andre Robertson to the Braves for OF Claudell Washington and minor league INF Paul Zuvella. After playing parts of 3 seasons with Braves, he moved on to play parts of 1989-1990 seasons back with the Reds (beginning at age 38), before finishing up with the Mariners in 1990: where by then his son Ken Griffey, Jr. was a regular. He was the 1st of 2 fathers to play with his son in the same MLB game (Tim Raines is the other). He received a World Series ring for the Reds' 1990 World Championship, even though he was no longer a member of the team by the time the World Series rolled around. His MLB lifetime batting average was .296, while he appeared in nearly 2,100 MLB games with over 2,100 hits in a playing career of 19 seasons. Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. hold the record for the most hits by a MLB father-son duo (4,924).

1967- Former Yankees Reserve OF Mike Humphreys (1991-1993) was born.
On June 1,1988, OF Mike Humphrey was selected by the Padres in the 15th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Padres at the MLB level. On February 7,1991, the Padres sent minor league OF Mike Humphreys to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 3, 1990. On December 3,1990, the Padres sent a player to be named later to the Yankees for OF Oscar Azocar. Mike would appear in just 54 games with Yankees as a reserve outfielder, hitting just .176.

1971- Former Yankees Reliever Al Reyes (2003) was born.
On March 24,2003, veteran MLB reliever Al Reyes was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. Al appeared in 13 games for the Yankees with no record with a 3.18 ERA. On July 25, 2003, Reyes was released by the team.

1976- Milwaukee 3B Don Money hits a 9th-inning Grand Slam HR to give the Brewers, an apparent 10-9 lead over the Yankees. The umpires, however, rule that Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss had called timeout prior to the pitch. After heated discussion by Brewers Manager Alex Grammas, Don Money returns to the plate, hits a sacrifice fly and the Brewers lose the game by a score of 9-7.

1982- The Yankees traded hard-throwing reliever Ron Davis and minor leaguers INF Greg Gagne and P Paul Boris to the Twins for MLB Shortstop Roy Smalley. The trade breaks up the Yankees' devastating bullpen combination of Ron Davis and Goose Gossage. The trade seals fate of former Yankees starting shortstop Bucky Dent, he will soon be traded to the Rangers.

1982- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chris Dickerson (2011-2012) was born.
On June 5, 2000, OF Chris Dickerson was selected by the Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2000 MLB amateur player draft, but he did not sign with the team. On June 3, 2003, Chris was selected by the Reds in the 16th round of the 2003 MLB amateur player draft. On August 9, 2010, Chris was traded by the Reds to the Brewers for MLB OF Jim Edmonds. Dickerson did not figure in the Brewers' long-term plans and at the end of spring training camp in 2011, they traded him to the Yankees in return for MLB P Sergio Mitre. He had a chance to become the Yankees' 4th outfielder, but he suffered an injury in his 1st spring training game, setting him back. He played 57 games for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, while hitting .241 with little power. He did get into 60 games for the Yankees as a reserve outfielder, but he only went to bat 50 times with a .260 average. He scored a run in his only appearance in the post-season, when the Yankees lost in 5 games to the Tigers in the 2011 ALDS. In 2012, he spent most of the season in AAA, being recalled to the Bronx when rosters expanded on September 1st. With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit .316 with 24 doubles and 7 HRs, his 1st really productive season since 2008. He started a game in place of injured CF Curtis Granderson on September 2nd and hit a 2-run HR off the Orioles' Chris Tillman in his 1st at-bat of the 2012 MLB season. On January 11, 2013, Chris was released by the Yankees. On January 29, 2013, Chris was signed as a MLB free agent with the Orioles.

1985- Yankees Minor league INF Jonathan Diaz was born.
Jonathan Diaz played in the Yankees organization for 2016 AAA Scranton team, while hitting .207 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs. The Yankees granted him free agency. He started the 2017 season with the Blue Jays organization, playing for their AAA team. On July 5, 2017, he was reacquired by the Yankees from the Blue Jays and was assigned to AAA Scranton, playing 2B and shortstop. In 2018, he returned to Scranton.

1989- At Yankee Stadium, Blue Jays starter Dave Stieb throws a 1-hit, 8-0 shutout against the Yankees, giving him 3 1-hitters in his last 4 starts dating back to the previous September.

1998-The Yankees draw the largest regular-season crowd ever at the new Yankee Stadium as 56,717 attend the home opener against the Oakland A’s. Then the Yankees crush the club scoring mark by winning the 17-13 Opening Day slugfest.

2007- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Richard Kryhoski (1946-1949) passed away. (1925-2007)
In 1946, 1B Richard Kryhoski was signed as a MLB amateur free agent by the Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell. He batted .294 in 54 games for the 1949 Yankees. On December 17,1949, he was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for 1B Richard Wakefield (1950). Richard would return to the Yankees in 17-player trade in winter of 1954 with the Orioles. In March of 1955, the Yankees will sell him to the Kansas City A’ for cash.

2010- The Yankees' CC Sabathia flirts with a no-hit bid, before giving up a 2-out single to the Rays' Kelly Shoppach in the 8th inning. Having reached his pitch count limit, he then exits the game, but he is credited with the Yankees 10-0 win.

2011- On the ESPN Sunday-night game, the Red Sox shut out the Yankees by the score of 4-0, thanks to a dominating performance by starter Josh Beckett, who gives up only 2 Yankee hits in 8 innings, while striking out 10 Yankee batters. The Red Sox strand 16 base runners but manage to squeak a run off of Yankees starter CC Sabathia on Mike Cameron's infield single in the 3rd inning, before tacking on a few insurance runs late in the game. Beckett and Closer Jonathan Papelbon combine to retire the final 17 Yankee batters in order.

2014- As usual, sparks fly in the 1st meeting of the 2014 AL season between the Yankees and Red Sox. New York defeats Boston by the score of 4-1, behind the pitching of Michael Pineda, but Boston's broadcasters claim they have detected pine tar on Pineda's pitching hand. The Yankees' hurler dismisses the claim, saying it is just sweat mixed with dirt, while Umpire Brian O'Nora states that nothing of concern was brought to his attention.

2015-The Yankees and Red Sox lock horns in a 19-inning marathon, the game ending with the Red Sox coming out on top by the score of 6-5 at 2:13 AM. The game is further lengthened by a 16-minute delay caused by a power outage in the 12th inning at New Yankee Stadium. Yankees 3B Chase Headley forces extra innings with a HR off of Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, then David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira exchange solo HRs in the 16th inning, and both teams score once in the 18th as well further extending the game. Xander Bogaerts scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts, and this time Steven Wright, in his 5th inning of relief work, keeps the Yankees from scoring.

April 11th

1917- On Opening Day 1917, Red Sox starter Babe Ruth pitches a 3-hitter in shutting down the Yankees. Ruth's performance marks the start of good things to come. He will win 24 games this season, while leading the AL pitchers with 35 complete games.

1954-To make room for promising rookie OF Wally Moon, the Cardinals traded longtime OF great Enos Slaughter to the Yankees in exchange for minor league OF Bill Vidron, P Mel Wright, and C Hal Smith and OF Emil Tellinger. Vidron would become the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955, later starting OF for the Pirates during the 1950-1960’s. Hal Smith was another in a string of young Yankee catchers, who were traded away because of the presence of AL All Star starting catcher Yogi Berra. Bill Virdon and Mel Wright would return to the Yankees in 1974 as Manager and MLB pitching coach. Enos Slaughter would play 5 seasons with the Yankees in between a brief stay with the Kansas City A’s, before retiring after the 1959 MLB season finishing his long MLB playing career with the Braves.

1965- Former Yankees Minor League OF Turner Ward was born.
On June 2,1986, OF Turner Ward was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In the Yankees minor-league system, he played for 3 seasons, 2 in Class A leagues and 1 in AAA with the Columbus Clippers, while hitting .251 in 133 games. On March 19,1989, Ward was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Joel Skinner to the Indians for veteran MLB OF Mel Hall. He later became a minor league Manager. He is currently the MLB hitting coach for the Dodgers.

1980- Former Yankees All Star 1B Mark Teixeira (2009-2016) was born.
In late December 2008, 1B Mark Teixeira signed a contract as a MLB free agent with the Yankees for an 8-year term, making him one of the highest-paid players in baseball. The Orioles had also sought Teixeira, who is from Maryland, but they could not compete with the Yankees' contract offer. After a slow start, Teixeira took his accustomed place among baseball's best sluggers in his initial season in pinstripes. He hit .292 in 2009, with 43 doubles, 39 HRs, 122 RBI and 103 runs scored. He led the AL in total bases (344), HRs, RBIs and extra-base hits while forming a formidable tandem in the middle of the Yankees' batting order with Alex Rodriguez. He was a leading candidate for the 2009 AL MVP Award, finishing 2nd in the voting behind Twins 1B Joe Mauer. He picked up both an AL Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award at 1B, while being named to the All-Star team. He was not as hot during the post-season, but he still contributed with 2 HRs, 10 runs and 8 RBIs towards the Bronx Bombers' conquest of their 1st World Series title since 2000. On August 2, 2011, Teixeira hit HRs from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career in a win over the White Sox, giving him the all-time record ahead of Eddie Murray and Chili Davis. The 2 long HR balls also gave him his 8th consecutive 30-HR MLBs. As injuries from the past few seasons affected Tex’s playing ability, he retired from the Yankees at the end of the 2016 MLB season. His Final Yankees player career totals were a .248 BA with 206 HRs and 622 RBIs in 958 games. As a MLB player, he finished with lifetime .268 BA with 409 HRs and 1,298 RBIs in 1,862 MLB games.

1988- Former Yankees Reserve INF Pete Kozma (2017) was born.
Peter Kozma was selected by the Cardinals in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He reached the MLB in 2011. Kozma hit .522 with 56 runs and 55 RBI as a HS SR and was a 2nd-team All-USA pick by USA Today. St. Louis took him 18th overall in the 2007 draft. Pete made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Cardinals, appearing in 4 games with the club. He then played for the Johnson City Cardinals, hitting .264 in 30 games, before ending the season with the Batavia Muckdogs, for whom he was just 4 for 27. Overall, he hit .233 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs in 42 games that season. In 2008, he played for the Quad Cities River Bandits (99 games) and Palm Beach Cardinals (24 games), hitting a combined .258 with 5 HRs and 50 RBIs in 123 games. He also stole 12 bases in 18 attempts. In 2009, he split the season between Palm Beach (18 games) and the Springfield Cardinals (113 games), hitting .231 with 6 HRs and 45 RBIs in 131 games. He played for Springfield in 2010, hitting .243 with 13 HRs and 72 RBIs in 132 games. He also stole 13 bases in 15 tries. He began 2011 with the Memphis Redbirds before being called up by the Cards in May. From 2011-2015, he played in 275 games for the Cardinals, while hitting .222 with 3 HRs and 52 RBIs. In November of 2015, the Cardinals granted him MLB free agency. The Yankees would sign him as MLB free agent. In 2016, he played for their AAA team in Scranton. He appeared in 130 games for the team, while hitting .209 with 2 HRs and 32 RBIs. He received a non-roster invitee to the Yankees 2017 MLB spring training camp. He made the MLB roster, when the Yankees need experience MLB infield help due to an injury to their starting shortstop. During the 2017 season, the Rangers selected Peter on waivers from the Yankees. He had appeared in only 11 games for the team, while hitting just .111. For the 2018 season, he is playing in the Tigers minor league system.

April 12th

1895- Former Yankees OF Sammy Vick (1917-1920) was born. (1895-1986)
Sammy Vick was the regular RF for the 1919 Yankees, while hitting .248 in 106 games. The Yankees then acquired OF/P Babe Ruth from the Red Sox, the Babe played RF in 1920; as a result, Vick's playing time went way down. Sammy’s Yankees player career totals were a .246 BA with 2 HRs and 46 RBIs in 169 games. On December 15,1920, Sammy Vick was traded by the Yankees along with INF Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Hank Thormahlen to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang.

1922- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Wright (1946-1947) was born. (1922-2007)
Yankees MLB Scout Joe Devine signed Bill Wight as a High School Jr. He began his pro baseball career in 1941. He missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. He went 3-2 in 15 games for the 1946-1947 Yankees. On February 24,1948, Bill Wright was traded by the Yankees along with hurler Fred Bradley and Catcher Aaron Robinson to the White Sox for starter Eddie Lopat. Eventually, he played for 8 MLB teams from 1946-1958. Bill pitched for the Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Tigers, Indians, Orioles, Reds and the Cardinals. He was renowned for his pickoff move, once he picked off Yankees base-runner Mickey Mantle twice in a game. For 37 years, he worked in MLB scouting, signing INF Joe Morgan for the Astros, before moving to the Braves organization, where he spent 32 years with the team. He signed future MLB players Dusty Baker, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and David Justice for the Braves.

1927- The Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 8-3 before the largest confirmed paid Opening Day attendance in MLB baseball history, to that time (73,206) as Yankees veteran starter Waite Hoyt out-dueled A’s starter Lefty Grove.

1933- Former Yankees MLB Batting Coach Charlie Lau (1978-1979), a renowned MLB batting instructor and MLB player was born. (1933-1984) In 11 MLB seasons (1956-1967), Catcher Charlie Lau played in 527 games. He hit .255 with 16 HRs and 140 RBIs. He played for the Tigers, Braves, Orioles and the A’s. He finished up his MLB playing career with the 1967 Atlanta Braves. Charlie Lau, whose MLB career batting average was .255, earned his MLB fame as the 1971-1977 Kansas City Royals MLB batting coach, where his star pupil was AL All Star 3B George Brett. Lau also served as a MLB batting coach for the Orioles, A’s, Yankees and the White Sox. He was the author of the popular baseball book, titled “The Art of Hitting .300.” Charlie Lau died in March 1984 from colon cancer at age of 50.

1942- Former Yankees Pitcher Dale Roberts (1967) was born. (1942-2010)
In 1963, the Yankees signed hurler Dale Roberts as a MLB amateur free agent. In 1967, Dale earned a September call-up with the club, after going 9-4 with a 2.97 ERA for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League) that season. He made his MLB pitching debut on September 9th against the Red Sox, entering the game in the bottom of the 8th inning with his club down by the score of 6-1. He pitched 1 frame, allowing Mike Andrews to score on a Jerry Adair single. On September 16th, he made his only other Yankees MLB appearance, pitching the 8th inning against the Indians. With his team down by the score of 5-1, when he came into the game, he hit the 1st 2 batters that he faced, Chuck Hinton and Leon Wagner. After retiring Max Alvis, he walked Tony Horton to load the bases. Joe Azcue then singled to drive in Hinton. Roberts ended his MLB pitching career with 2 earned runs in 2 innings spread over 2 games. After the 1967 MLB season was finished, Dale Roberts was dealt to the Braves along with Catcher Bob Tillman for INF Bobby Cox. He played 3 more seasons in the minor leagues, ending his active playing days with brief stints in the Angels and Phillies organizations in 1970.

1948- The Yankees released veteran Pitcher Surgeon “Spud“ Chandler (1937-1947). He had retired as an active MLB player.
Spud Chandler went 109–43, WP .717 with a 2.84 ERA, in 211 games for the Yankees. He completed 109 games with 26 shutouts for the team. He won 20 games twice for the Yankees in 1943 (20-4 record) and in 1946 (20-8 record). Chandler won the 1943 AL Most Valuable Player Award. Chandler was named to the AL All Star Team In 1942-1943 and 1946; he missed the 1944-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. He came back to the Yankees in 1946, posting a 20-8 record with a 2.10 ERA. In 1947, he led the AL pitchers in ERA with a 2.46 mark. Spud appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 1.62 ERA in 6 games. His best World Series for the Yankees was in 1943, when he went 2-0 against the Cardinals. He later became a MLB Pitching Coach for the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s.

1953- Former Yankees Minor League OF Mickey Mantle Jr. was born. (1953-2000)
Mickey Mantle Jr. was the son of Mickey Mantle and nephew of Ray Mantle and Roy Mantle. He played for the 1978 Alexandria Dukes, going a miserable 4 for 57 for a .070 average, with 26 strikeouts. He had 3 walks, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, no extra-base hits and no steals. In the outfield, he fielded .947 with 1 assist in 17 games. He left the Yankees organization briefly played in the Rangers organization, before ending his pro baseball career. Mickey Jr., the oldest of the 4 Mantle sons -- a switch-hitting outfielder like his father -- played amateur baseball in Florida as a teenager. At age 24, he joined the Yankees organization, playing in the low minor leagues. After 1 season, he moved to the Rangers' farm system, but he abruptly quit in the face of overwhelming news media attention. ''It was sick,'' he recalled. ''Not many 24-year-olds walk out of an insurance office and make the major leagues.'' In 2000, at the age of 47, Mickey passed away from cancer.

1960- Former Yankees Minor League C Bill Lindsey was born.
On April 27,1981, Catcher Bill Lindsey was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Bill never played for the Yankees at MLB level. On December 24,1986, the Yankees sent Lindsey to the White Sox to complete an earlier deal made on July 30,1986. On July 30,1986, the Yankees sent a player to be named later, C/DH Ron Hassey and OF/INF Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for DH/1B/OF Ron Kittle, C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. In 1987, Bill appeared with the White Sox in 9 games, just hitting .188.

1970- Plaques honoring 2 former HOF Yankees centerfielders: Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are dedicated at Yankee Stadium. The plaques are located in center field and will eventually be moved to "Monument Park" beyond the left field fence, when Yankee Stadium is renovated in 1974-1975.

1973- Former Yankees Reliever Antonio Osuna (2003) was born.
Antonio Osuna came to the Yankees from the White Sox in the Orlando Hernandez trade. He went 2-5 in 48 games, while working out of the 2003 Yankees bullpen. In November of 2003, he was granted by MLB free agency by the team.

2013-The Yankees turn only their 2nd triple play since the 1969 AL season in defeating the Orioles by the score of 5-2. With 2 men on in the 8th inning, Manny Machado hits a hard grounder to 2B Robinson Cano. The play then goes 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 as Alexi Casilla is caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd, and Machado is erased when he attempts to take 2nd during that time. It is the 1st time that a triple killing has taken that particular circuitous route.

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This Week in Yankees History April 8th-14th Part Two

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April 13th

1875- Former Yankees INF (1903-1909) and MLB Manager (1908) Norman “Tabasco Kid“ Elberfeld was born. (1875-1944).
After Yankees Manager Clark Griffth quit the team in a dispute with Yankees Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery, Norman “Tabasco Kid” Elberfeld went 27-71 as the Yankees Player/Manager in 1908. On June 10,1903, he was traded by the Tigers to the Highlanders for 2 shortstops: Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. Norman was nicknamed “The Tabasco Kid” because of his bad temper on the playing field. His best Yankees season was in 1906, when he hit .306 with 2 HRs and 31 RBIs as the team’s starting shortstop. As a Yankees player, he appeared in 667 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs and 257 RBI’s. On December 14,1909, “Kid” was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees for $5,000. Later he became a minor league manager.

1879- Former Yankees OF/1B Jake Stahl (1908) was born. (1879-1922)
On October 13,1907, 1B Jake Stahl was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the White Sox to the Yankees. The Yankees sent 2B Frank LaPorte to the Americans (aka Red Sox). The Americans sent Freddy Parent to the White Sox. Jake, who was a 1B, was moved to the outfield by New York, who already had Hal Chase starting at 1B. He appeared in 75 games, while hitting .255 with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs for the team. On July 10,1908, Jake was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees.

1890-Former Yankees Pitcher George Shears (1912) was born. (1890-1978)
George Shears appeared in 4 games for the 1912 Yankees with a 0-0 record with a 5.40 ERA.

1891- Former Yankees Reserve OF Charlie Mears (1914) was born. (1891-1962)
Reserve OF Charlie Mears appeared in 4 games for the 1914 Yankees, while hitting .286, no HRs with 1 RBI.

1915- Former Yankees INF Oscar Grimes (1943-1946) was born. (1915-1993)
Oscar Grimes was the son of MLB player Ray Grimes. On December 17,1942, INF Oscar Grimes was traded by the Indians along with OF Roy Weatherly to the Yankees for OF Roy Cullenbine and Catcher Buddy Rosar. He was a reserve INF in 1943. Oscar became regular Yankees INF during the 1944-1945 wartime seasons, hitting .279 and .265. In 1945, he was selected to the AL All Star team, but he didn’t play in the game. Overall as a Yankees player, he appeared in 281 games, while hitting .266 with 9 HRs and 96 RBIs. On July 11,1946, INF Oscar Grimes was purchased by the Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees.

1921- In the 1921 AL season opener for the Yankees, slugger Babe Ruth goes 5-for-5 as Yankees starter Carl Mays beat the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 11-1.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Mark Leiter (1990) was born.
On September 29, 1988, Mark Leiter was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the  Yankees, he had been released by the Orioles in August. He went 1-1 with a 6.84 ERA in 8 games. On March 19, 1991, Mark was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for INF Torey Lovullo. He is the older brother of former Yankees Pitcher Al Leiter.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Steve Pearce (2012) was born.
On March 12, 2012, Steve Pearce was signed by the Yankees as MLB free agent. He had started his MLB playing career with the Pirates. As a Reserve INF/OF, Steve appeared in 12 games for the 2012 Yankees, he hit just .160 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. While he was with their AAA club Scranton, he played in 52 games, hitting a solid .321 with 15 doubles and 11 HRs. The Orioles brought his player contract. After 28 games for the Orioles, during which he hit .254 with 3 HRs. Pearce was claimed on waivers by the Astros at the end of July. He got into 21 games with the Astros, again hitting .254, but with no HRs. A month later, the Yankees purchased him back, wishing to add an experienced bat for the home stretch with 1B/DH Mark Teixeira hampered by a pulled muscle. He went 4 for 25 in 12 games in the Bronx; he was placed on waivers once more at the end of September. The Orioles picked up Steve again, although it was too late for him to see any game action with the Birds. For the 2018 MLB season, Steve is playing for the Blue Jays.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League OF Hal Peck (1946) passed away. (1917-1995)
On June 19,1946, OF Hal Peck was purchased by the Yankees from the A’s. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1946, OF Hal Peck was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Gene Bearden and Al Gettel to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and INF Ray Mack.

2001- Former Yankees Reserve OF Stanley “Frenchy” Bordagaray (1941) passed away. (1910-2001)
On January 27,1940, he was sent by the Reds to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 5,1939. The Reds sent players to be named later and $40,000 to the Yankees for 1B Vince DiMaggio. The Reds would send outfielders Frenchy Bordagaray and Nino Bongiovanni on January 27,1940 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Bordagaray took 1B Vince DiMaggio's spot in the Kansas City Blues lineup and he excelled. He beat-out teammate Jack Saltzgaver, he would hit .350 and delivered. He hit .358 with 39 doubles, 8 triples, 31 steals and 214 hits. He led the American Association in hits. He was also 2nd in batting average (.011 behind Ab Wright), 4 steals behind league leader and Blues teammate Phil Rizzuto and tied Harry Walker for 2nd in doubles, 1 behind Ted Gullic. The Kansas City Blues went 95-57 to finish 1st in the league, led by Bordagaray along with future Yankees Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Priddy and Johnny Lindell. He hit .260 in 36 games as reserve outfielder for the 1941 Yankees. On March 23,1942, Frenchy was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees. He would finish up his MLB playing career with the Dodgers in 1945.

2010- The Yankees receive their 2009 World Series championship rings in a ceremony before their 2010 home opener at New Yankee Stadium. Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, gets to join his former teammates for the ceremony, as he now plays for today’s' visitors, the Angels. The Yankees bang out 13 hits for a 7-5 home opener victory. Veteran Bronx Bomber starter Andy Pettitte picks up the Yankees win with 6 scoreless innings.

April 14th

1910- In the 1910 AL season opener before 25,000 fans at New York's Hilltop Park, the Red Sox, sport laced collars, the last MLB team to wear a collar uniform. Boston sends Yankees into extra innings before the game is called at the end of 14 innings with the score, tied at 4-4. Ed Cicotte starts for Boston, with Joe Wood relieving in the 8th inning. New York starter Hippo Vaughn goes all the way for Yankees, retiring Red Sox batters in the 4th and 12th innings on 4 pitches. He needs just 3 pitches in the 10th inning.

1930- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank Kitson (1907) passed away. (1869-1930)
On May 30,1907, veteran hurler Frank Kitson was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. Frank appeared in 12 games for the 1907 Yankees, while posting a 4-0 record with a 3.10 ERA. In August of 1907, Frank was purchased by Kansas City (American Association) from the Yankees.

1931- Former Yankees Reserve INF Kal Segrist (1952) was born. (1931-2015)
Before the start of the 1951 MLB season, the Yankees signed Kal Segrist as an MLB amateur free agent. Kal only played 2 seasons in the MLB. He was with the 1952 Yankees appearing in only 13 games, hitting .043 and for 7 games with the 1955 Orioles, while hitting .333. Kal was part of the 17-player trade between the Yankees and Orioles in the winter of 1954. He had an 11-season minor league career, ending in 1961. Later, he coached college baseball at Texas Tech University from 1965-1987, serving as Head Baseball Coach from 1968-1983.

1955- Elston Howard becomes the 1st MLB black player in Yankees history. The 26-year-old C/OF makes his MLB player debut against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, as he hit a single with 1 RBI in the Yankees' 8-4 loss. Elston Howard will play for the Yankees from 1955 to 1967, finishing his MLB playing career with the Red Sox in 1968. In 1969, he would become the Yankees 1st MLB black coach.

1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Chris Welch was born.
The Yankees selected Chris Welch in the 21st round of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft. Chris never pitched for the Yankees at MLB level. On March 31,1981, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ruppert Jones, OF Joe Lefebvre and P Tim Lollar to the Padres for OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Pacella. After retiring as active player, Chris became a broadcast announcer for the Reds.

1966- Former Yankees OF/DH David Justice (2000-2001) was born.
OF/DH Dave Justice came over from the Indians in 2000 mid-season trade that saw the Yankees deal pitchers Zack Day, Jake Westbrook and OF Ricky Ledee. He hit .268 in 189 games for the Yankees, with 38 HRs and 111 RBIs. Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Mets for veteran 3B Robin Ventura in December of 2001.

1967- Red Sox rookie hurler Billy Rohr makes a memorable MLB pitching debut by no-hitting the Yankees for 8th -two-thirds innings. Yankees veteran Catcher Elston Howard spoils Rohr's masterpiece with a 2-out single in the 9th inning, but the Red Sox still win the game by the score of 3-0. Despite his impressive MLB pitching debut, Rohr will win only 2 more games in his MLB pitching career. The Yankees will trade veteran catcher Elston Howard to the Red Sox later in the season.

1969--Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Catcher, MLB Manager Brad Ausmus was born.
On June 2,1987, catcher Brad Ausmus was selected by the Yankees in the 48th round of the 1987 MLB amateur player draft. Brad played in the Yankees minor league system until 1992, reaching AAA Columbus Clippers (International League), while hitting .242. Ausmus was drafted from the Yankees farm system by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 MLB expansion team player draft. It has never been stated why he was left exposed by the Yankees organization in the MLB expansion team player draft. He would later become an All-Star catcher playing in the MLB from 1993-2010, catching over 1,000 games. He was the MLB manager for the 2014-2017 Tigers. Following his dismissal by the Tigers at the end of the 2017 MLB season, Ausmus took a job as a Special Assistant to Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

1976- Former Yankees Reliever Kyle Farnsworth (2006-2008) was born.
On December 5,2005, veteran MLB reliever Kyle Farnsworth was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Kyle went 6-9 in 181 games with 1 save, while working out of the Yankees bullpen. On July 30, 2008, Kyle was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for former AL All Star Catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

1978- Former All Star INF Yankees and Indians HOF Joe “Flash“ Gordon (1938-1943,1946) passes away. (1915-1978).
Former MLB Manager: Indians (1958-1960), Tigers (1960), A’s (1961) and the Royals (1969).
The Yankees signed INF Joe “Flash” Gordon in 1936. In 1938, he joined the Yankees as a 2B. He made the AL All Star team in from 1939 to 1943 and in 1946. In 1942, he won AL MVP Award, while hitting .342. He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to the WWII military service. In October of 1946, Joe was traded to the Indians for Pitcher Allie Reynolds. As a Yankee player, Joe appeared in 1,000 games, while hitting .271 with 153 HRs and 617 RBIs. Overall as a MLB player, joe finished his playing career with a .268 BA with 253 HRs and 975 RBIs while playing 1,566 games. He had appeared in 6 World Series (5 with Yankees and 1 with the Indians) he played in 29 games, while hitting .243 with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs. After retiring as an active player in 1950, he later became a MLB manager during the mid 1950’s. He was involved in the only trade of MLB managers in 1960, when he was traded from the Indians to the Tigers for Jimmy *****s. In 1969, Joe Gordon was the 1st MLB manager of the new AL expansion team, the Kansas City Royals. He was the only Manager for both Kansas City MLB teams, the 1961 A’s and the 1969 Royals.

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Chris Leroux (2014) was born.
On January 27, 2014, hurler Chris Leroux was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He had been with the 2013 Pirates. He appeared in only 2 games with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. He had spent most of 2014 baseball season with the Yankees AAA club, Scranton Railriders (international League) where he had a 6-4 record with a 4.94 ERA in 12 games for the team. On October 3, 2014, Chris was granted MLB free agency by the team.

2004- A day after Yankees teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th MLB career victory, veteran MLB starter Kevin Brown reaches the same plateau by beating by Devil Rays by the score of 5-1. It is the 1st time in MLB history; members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th MLB career victory in consecutive starts.

2008-Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez moves up to a tie for 15th on the all-time MLB HR leader list, even with Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. Rodriguez hits his 521st MLB career HR as part of a 4-for-5 day; Rays hurler Andy Sonnanstine allows the HR shot. The Yankees top the Rays by the score of 8-7.

2008- Former Yankees Minor League OF, MLB OF and Baseball Executive Tommy Holmes passed away. (1917-2008)
A Brooklyn native, OF Tommy Holmes was the son of a boxer and boxed himself as a youngster. Following high school, he played semipro ball until 1937, when he was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell. Holmes began his pro playing career with the 1937 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), hitting .320 with 25 HRs and 111 RBIs. The next summer, he hit .368 with the Binghamton Triplets to win the Eastern League batting crown. He then spent the next 3 seasons with the AA Newark Bears (International League), hitting over .300 each season, but he found his path to the MLB blocked by a talent-laden Yankees outfield that included Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich, Charlie Keller and veteran George Selkirk. Following the end of the 1941 MLB season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Boston Braves for 1B Buddy Hassett and OF Gene Moore. He soon became a regular in the Braves outfield and spent the next decade playing for the team. In 1951-1952, he was the Manager for the Braves. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1952 Dodgers. After appearing in a few games as a player for the 1954 Elmira Pioneers, Holmes went on to manage in the minor leagues for several seasons. Beginning in 1958, he was a Dodgers MLB scout. Later Tommy became the Director of Amateur Baseball Relations for the Mets for 30 years.

2011- At a news conference in which he announces that Pitcher Pedro Feliciano is lost for the 2011 season because of impending shoulder surgery, Yankees GM Brian Cashman lashes out at former Manager Joe Torre for his handling of pitchers. He blames Torre for chronically overusing relievers such as Scott Proctor, thereby ruining their MLB pitching careers. Feliciano led the NL in games pitched 3 consecutive seasons while with the Mets prior to joining the Yankees, although Torre had nothing to do with that.

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