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This Week in Yankees History May 6th-12th
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This Week in Yankees History May 6th-May 12th


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May 6th


1890- Former Yankees INF Luke “Danny” Boone (1913-1916) was born. (1890-1982)
Danny Boone hit .236 in 88 games with the Yankees before finishing his MLB playing career with the Pirates in 1918. After his MLB playing days, he continued to play in the minor leagues with 14 straight seasons in the American Association. He kept playing even as late as 1935, he was instrumental in reviving the Northern League by serving as league president in 1933-1934 and owner, manager, and player for the Crookston Pirates in 1933-1935. After he sold the team, he managed Wausau. He and Marty Berghammer were the double play combination with the St. Paul Saints from 1919-1925.

1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Ivy “Poison” Andrews (1931-1932,1937-1938) was born. (1907-1970)
On July 24,1929, hurler Ivy Andrews was purchased by the Yankees from Mobile (Southern Association) for $20,000. On June 5,1932, Andrews was traded by the Yankees along with P Hank Johnson and $50,000 to the Red Sox for hurler Danny MacFayden. On August 14,1937, Ivy was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians for $7,500. Ivy Andrews went 8-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 41 games with 2 saves for the Yankees during his 2 tours with the team. In 1947, he managed in the A’s minor league system for 1 season.


1911- The Yankees turn a triple play during a 6-3 win over the Red Sox.


1914- The Yankees win a scheduled 7th inning game with the Senators by a score of 4-0. During the pre-flight era, MLB games were occasionally shorten to 7 innings by mutual agreement by both teams, so as to allow the visiting team to catch a train on” getaway day.”


1915- Babe Ruth, as a pitcher for the Red Sox had 3 hits, including his 1st MLB HR when he connected off of Yankees hurler Jack Warhop at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees edge the Red Sox by the score of 4-3 in 13 innings.


1921- Former Yankees PH Richard Wakefield (1950) was born. (1921-1985)
On December 17,1949, Richard Wakefield was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for 1B Richard Kryhoski. Richard appeared in only 3 games with the 1950 Yankees. Before the start of 1952 AL Season, he was released by the Yankees, he would be picked by the Giants.


1930- The Yankees obtained Pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing (1930-1942,1945-1946) from the Red Sox for OF Cedric Durst and $50,000 in cash. Durst would hit .245 for the 1930 Red Sox, then retired from the MLB. Red would lead the Yankee pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until the club record was passed by Whitey Ford in 1967, who finished with 236 wins as a Yankee. Also, he was a pretty good hitting pitcher for the Yankees hitting .270 with 31 HRs and 213 RBIs. Red was named to the AL All Star team 5 times during his Yankees pitching career. Ruffing will win 273 games during a 22-season MLB career starting with the Red Sox, then the Yankees and finishing up with the White Sox. He will gain election to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1967.


1941- Tigers’ slugger Hank Greenberg made the most of his last MLB game before entering the U.S. military for service, a memorable one as he hits 2 HRs with 3 RBIs helping the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.


1951- The Yankees rout the Tigers by the score of 14-4 at Brigg Stadium. Tom Morgan picks up the win in relief of Yankees starter Frank “Spec Shea.” At the plate, Tom Morgan hits a double. Veteran Bomber hitter Johnny Hopp hits a pinch- hit HR. The Yankees hitting attack is led by rookie RF Mickey Mantle, who goes 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs.


1964- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 4-3. Steve Hamilton picks the win in relief of Bronx starter White Ford, who had pitched 8 innings, allowing 8 Tiger hits, 3 runs and 6 strikeouts. Hamilton had relieved Bill Stafford as he got 1 out in the 8th inning with Hamilton finishing the inning and then pitching the scoreless 9th inning. Veteran Detroit reliever Larry Sherry takes the loss, allowing 4 Yankee hits and 2 runs. Hank Aguirre had started the game for the Tigers.


1978- At Yankee Stadium, veteran Bronx starter Catfish Hunter picks up his 1st victory of the 1978 AL season by beating the Royals by score of 4-2. Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle picks up his 4th save of the 1978 season with 2 scoreless innings of work. Catfish is now 1-3 for the 1979 season. The Yankees beat Royals starter Larry Gura. The Bronx Bombers hitting attack is led by Lou Piniella, who hits a 2-run HR off Gura.


1982- Mariners starter Gaylord Perry became the 15th MLB pitcher with 300 MLB career victories, when he defeated the Yankees by the score of 7-3 at the Kingdome. Perry became the 1st pitcher to notch his 300th MLB career victory, since Indians hurler Early Wynn did it during the 1963 AL season.


1985- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn (1932-1933,1935-1938) passed away. (1908-1985)
Joe Glenn was the back-up catcher for All Star Bill Dickey. He appeared in 138 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 56 RBIs. Joe didn’t make any World Series appearances with the team. On October 26,1938, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with OF Myril Hoag to the St. Louis Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills. After his MLB playing career was over, Joe was a minor league manager from 1946-1950.


1994- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx starter Jimmy Key picks up his 5th win of the 1994 AL season with a complete game victory of 3-1 against the Red Sox. He allows only 4 Red Sox hits and 1 run in the game. The Friday night game at Yankee Stadium draws a crowd of 30, 979 fans. The Yankees are now at a 17-10 record for the 1994 AL season.


2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee Stine (1938) passed away. (1913-2005)
On December 19,1936, Lee Stine was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. Stine pitched 4 seasons in the MLB, while he was young, finishing up with the 1938 Yankees, for whom he pitched in 4 games at age 24. His ERA that season with the Yankees was 1.04. He did not pitch in the 1938 World Series for the Yankees. He would pitch in the high minor leagues until 1942.


2007- At Yankee Stadium, New York LF Hideki Matsui doubles to left in an at-bat against Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn. It his 2,000th hit between MLB and NPB and makes him the 46th member of the meikyukai. The Yankees shut out the Mariners by the score of 5-0. The Sunday game at Yankee Stadium drew a crowd of 52,553 fans.


2010- Former Yankees Pitcher Robin Roberts (1962) Robin Roberts dies at age 83 at his home in Temple Terrace, FL. (1926-2010)
In the fall of 1961, Yankees had purchased veteran NL All Star pitcher Robin Roberts from the Phillies for $100,000. He was released at the end of 1962 Yankees MLB spring training camp, when Manager Ralph Houk and MLB pitching coach Johnny Sain thought that veteran Yankee starter Bob Turley was still effective, which prove to be wrong. The Orioles picked up Robin Roberts as a MLB free agent. He would have 3 good seasons with the Birds. He was especially effective against the Yankees. He began his MLB pitching career in 1948 with the Phillies, with whom he had his best MLB seasons. He was named to 7 NL All-Star teams, he went 286-245 in a MLB pitching career that stretched from 1948 to 1966. Roberts appeared in the 1950 World Series against the Yankees, losing a 10 inning 2-1 pitcher’s duel with Allie Reynolds. He led the NL in wins 4 times, won 20 or more games during 6 consecutive MLB seasons, but he also gave up a MLB record 505 HRs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Clippers Note: I still believe that Robin Roberts would have won 300 games in his MLB pitching career if the Yankees had kept him.


2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Duane Pillette (1949-1950) passed away. (1922-2011)
Before the start of the 1946 MLB season, the Yankees signed hurler Duane Pillette as an MLB amateur free agent. Duane was the son of former MLB player Herman Pillette. He went 2-4 in 16 games with a 3.86 ERA for the Yankees. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers. On June 15,1950, Duane was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Delsing, P Don Johnson, INF George ”Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 to the St. Louis Browns for Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas.


May 7th


1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Jonathan “Tom” Zachary (1928-1930) was born. (1896-1969)
Tom Zachary was the Senators pitcher, who gave up Babe Ruth’s 60th HR on September 30,1927. Also, during the 1927 AL season, Tom gave up 2 other HRs to the Babe Ruth. On August 23,1928, veteran hurler Tom Zachary was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Senators. Tom went 16-4 with the Yankees, including a 12-0 mark in 1929, before being sold to the Braves. On May 12,1930, he was selected on waivers from the Yankees by the Braves. He appeared in 2 World Series during his long MLB pitching career (1918-1936) with the 1924 Senators and the 1928 Yankees.


1903- The Highlanders lose to the Red Sox by the score of 6-2 in the 1st game played between the 2 teams. Bill Dineen was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox. Snake Wilse took the lost for the Highlanders. Red Sox 2B Hobe Ferris hit a HR.


1913- Yankees starter Ray Keating yields a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal, then he pitches no-hit ball the rest of the way in a 6-0 win over the Tigers. Keating managed to strike out Tigers star Ty Cobb in his 1st two at bats, after which Cobb quit for the day.


1943- Former Yankees OF Steve Whitaker (1966-1968) was born.
Before the start of the 1962 MLB season, the Yankees was signed Steve Whitaker as an MLB amateur free agent. He played in their minor league system until August of 1966, when he was called-up to the Bronx. Steve was talented player, who couldn’t control his temper. He batted .246, .243 and .221 for the Yankees in 181 games with 18 HRs and 68 RBI’s. In 1967, he was the Yankees regular right fielder, who led the AL outfielders with 6 double plays. Steve was selected by the Royals from the Yankees in 1968 AL expansion team player draft. During the Royals 1st spring training camp, Steve was traded to the expansion Seattle Pilots for OF Lou Piniella. He would finish his short MLB 6 season playing career (1966-1970) with the Giants. He finished his MLB playing career-hitting .230 with 24 HRs and 85 RBIs in 266 games.


1944- Former Yankees Minor League OF Billy Murphy was born.
In 1962, the Yankees signed OF Billy Murphy, as an MLB amateur free agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 29,1965, he was drafted by the Mets from the Yankees organization in the 1965 MLB Rule 5 player draft. In his only MLB season in 1966, Billy appeared in 84 games with the Mets, while hitting .230 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.


1957-At a night game at Cleveland’s Muncipal Stadium, Indians starter Herb Score was hit on the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Yankees Gil McDougald in the 1st inning. The ball broke Score's nose and damaged his eye; he will miss the rest of the 1957 AL season. The Yankees win the game by a score of 2-1. The eye injury effectively ended Score’s MLB pitching career, he would continue to pitch until 1962. He finished MLB pitching career with the White Sox. Overall Score posted a 55-46 record with a 3.36 ERA in 150 games. He was never the same power strikeout pitcher (508 strikeouts in his 1st 2 MLB seasons). Also the injury to Score affected Gil McDougal, who never as aggressive at the plate like he had been. He would retire from MLB after the 1960 World Series, refusing to go to the new Senators in the expansion team player draft and turning down a $100,000 offer to be the player-manager of the other new AL expansion team, Los Angeles Angels. He would become the Baseball Coach at Fordham University during the 1960’s.


1959- The largest crowd in baseball history, 93,103 fans jam the Los Angeles Coliseum to watch the World Champion Yankees play the Dodgers in an exhibition game held for the benefit of crippled former Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella. The Yankees defeated the Dodgers starter Sandy Koufax by a score of 6-2.


1966- After only 4 victories in their 1st 20 games of the 1966 AL season, the Yankees Manager Johnny Keane was fired. He was replaced by the team's GM and former skipper, Ralph Houk. The 1966 Yankees would post a 70-89 record; finishing last in AL. Johnny Keane was the wrong manager for the veteran Yankees team, replacing the popular Yogi Berra, who had 99 games and an AL pennant in 1964. Ralph Houk deserved to finish last place in 1966, since he was responsible for some of the poorest player personnel moves ever made in the team’s history, including the hiring of Johnny Keane to replace Yogi Berra, while he was the Yankees General Manager (1964-1966).


1969- Former Yankees Reserve 2B Ray Mack (1947) passed away. (1916-1969)
On December 6,1946, INF Ray Mack was traded by the Indians along with Catcher Sherman Lollar to the Yankees for OF Hal Peck, P Al Gettel and minor league hurler Gene Bearden. Ray appeared with only 1 game with the 1947 Yankees, before being sent to the White Sox. Lollar would share catching duties with Aaron Robinson and Yogi Berra, before being traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns in December of 1948.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Marty McHale (1913-1915) passed away. (1886-1979)
On August 11,1913, hurler Marty McHale was purchased by the Yankees from Jersey City (International League) for $6,000. He appeared in 51 games for the Yankees, while posting an 11-27 record with a 3.28 ERA.


1999- Yankees starter Hideki Irabu opposes Mariners starter Mac Suzuki in the 1st match up of Japanese starting pitchers in MLB history. The Yankees win the game by a score of 10-1 with Ibrau going 7 innings, while giving up only 4 Mariner hits and 1 run. Suzuki lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 Yankee hits, 7 runs, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.


2017-In a nationally televised Sunday night game, the Yankees defeat the Cubs, by the score of
5-4 in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The longest interleague game in MLB history features a record 48 strikeouts - 26 by Yankees pitchers, and 22 by the Cubs. New York seems on its way to a victory with a 4-1 lead in the 9th, but Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman allows 3 runs, the last on a bases-loaded hit by pitch of Anthony Rizzo. There is no more scoring until the top of the 18th inning, when Aaron Hicks, who has struck out 4 times in the game, leads off with a bunt single off of Cubs reliever Pedro Strop and moves to 2nd on Catcher Willson Contreras' throw, which ends up in right field. After moving to 3rd, he scores on Starlin Castro's infield grounder, when SS Addison Russell's throw home is wide of the mark. Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve pitches 3 scoreless innings for the win, which he ends the game by striking out P Kyle Hendricks, used a pinch-hitter with runners on 1st and 2nd.


May 8th


1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Chester “Red” Hoff (1911-1913) was born. (1891-1998)
Chet Hoff is the longest-lived ex-MLB player ever and was the last person alive to have played in the 1910s. At the time of his death, he was 107 years, 4 months, 9 days old, outdistancing his nearest competitors, Karl Swanson, Bob Wright and John Daley by more than 5 years. He died a week after a fall in which he had broken a hip and not of the complications associated with advanced age. Hoff gained some fame in 1991, when he turned 100. After his 100th birthday, Hoff delighted in signing postcard photos featuring him pitching in his Yankees uniform at age 100. It was reported that he used the $5 autograph fee for weekly trips to the shopping mall from his assisted living facility. Hoff, a pitcher, made his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on September 6, 1911 against the Senators. He once struck out future HOF Ty Cobb. He had several cups of coffee with the Yankees through the 1913 AL season, then he spent 1914 season in the minor leagues. He returned to the MLB in 1915 with the St. Louis Browns. Red had his finest MLB season, posting a 2-2 record with a 1.24 ERA in 11 games. He never returned to the MLB after that 1914 season, but he remained a Yankees fan for the rest of his long life. Chester “Red” Hoff went 0-2 in 12 games for the Yankees.


1903- After losing their 1st ever game against the Red Sox, the Yankees behind starter Jack Chesbro win by a score of 6-1 for their 1st franchise victory. The veteran former Pirates starter Chesbro throws a 6-hitter.


1911- At New York, Red Sox starter Smokey Joe Wood beats the Yankees by the score of 4-0 in 6 innings. He gives up just 1 Yankees hit, a single to Pitcher Ray Caldwell.


1915- The Yankees pound the Red Sox by the score of 10-3, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yankee batters will come to the plate in the 4th inning.


1919- Yankees Ace Bob Shawkey retires the 1st 14 Philadelphia batters that he faces, and then he allows a single for the A’s only hit of the game as the Yankees beat the A’s by score of 2-0.


1926- The Yankees score 7 runs in the 2nd inning, but they still lose to the Tigers by the score of 14-10, knocking themselves out of the AL lead; as the Senators move into 1st place.


1927-The Yankees draw a record crowd of 52,000 fans to Comiskey Park in Chicago, but Bronx starter Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning 1 of his AL-leading 22 games of the 1927 AL season by a score of 9-0, the 2nd straight shutout of the White Sox. Yankees Catcher Pat Collins homers in the 7th inning, while 1B Lou Gehrig adds a pair of triples.


1937- Former Yankees Reserve OF Arturo Lopez (1965) was born.
In 1961, the Yankees signed Arturo Lopez as an MLB amateur free agent. When injuries struck the regular Yankee outfielders during the 1965 AL season, Arturo was not the answer for the Yankees, appearing in just 38 games, while hitting.143. He had been a .280 hitter in the minor leagues, but he could never hit that well with the Yankees at the MLB level. He played the 1966-1967 seasons at AAA level in the Yankees and Tigers organizations. Later he would play pro baseball in Japan with his former Yankees teammate Joe Pepitone. Art spend the 1968-1972 seasons playing in Japan with Tokyo, Lotte and the Yakult teams, while appearing in 750 games with .290 BA, hitting 116 HRs with 401 RBIs.


1953- After 13 straight losses to the Yankees, the Red Sox win a dramatic 11-inning, 2-1 thriller at Fenway Park. Billy Goodman's HR off of Yankees starter Johnny Sain gives Red Sox starter Hal Brown the victory. Dick Gernert’s 2nd inning HR is the other Boston score. In Red Sox previous win over the Yankees on August 9,1952, all of the Red Sox scoring came on solo HRs.


1957- The Indians clout 3 HRs to back starter Early Wynn's 10-4 win over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a HR and 3 RBIs for the Bronx Bombers.


1959- The Yankees re-obtained Pitcher Mark Freedman from the Kansas City A’s for veteran MLB hurler Murray Dickson. Mark Freeman will only appear in 1 game for the 1959 Yankees, before being traded to the Cubs in 1960. Murray Dickson will go 2-1 for the A’s in 1959, before retiring from MLB.


1961-The expansion Los Angeles Angels traded veteran reliever Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for Pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. For Bob Cerv, it is his 3rd and final tour of duty in Yankees pinstripes. Veteran AL Tex Clevenger helped out the Yankee bullpen. Bob Cerv was once again, he was a backup outfielder and power bat off the Yankees bench. Ryne Duren had lost his Yankees closer job to Luis Arroyo. Johnny James injured his arm in spring of 1962 and never pitched again in the MLB. Lee Thomas would have some success in MLB. After retiring as an active player, he later would become a General Manager for the Phillies and worked in several other MLB team’s front offices.


1962- Former Yankees1B/OF Orestes Destrade (1987) was born.
In 1981, the Yankees signed 1B/OF Orestes Destrade, as an amateur MLB free agent. He appeared in only 9 games for the 1987 Yankees, hitting .263 with only 19 at bats. On March 30,1988, he was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for reliever Hipolito Pena.


1964- In Cleveland, there are tornado warnings, but the Yankees supplies damage when CF Mickey Mantle cracks a 3-run HR off of Tribe starter Tommy John in the 4th inning to lead the Bombers to a 10-3 victory.


1971- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Todd Greene (2001) was born.
The Yankees signed C/OF Todd Greene as a MLB free agent on April 5, 2000. He had originally signed by the Angels in 1993, who released him in 2000. He played for the 2000 Blue Jays as a reserve catcher. At the end of 2001 spring training camp, they released him. He hit .208 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs in 35 games for the 2001 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 2000 World Series against the Diamondbacks playing in 1 game, while going 1 for 2 at the plate. The club released him in March, during their 2002 spring training camp. Todd would become a reserve catcher with the Rangers, Rockies and finishing up with the 2006 Giants. In 2008, Greene was a MLB scout for the Padres. In 2009, he was a Quality Assurance Coach for Tampa Bay. In 2010, he was a MLB scout for the Mariners.  In 2011, Todd was a MLB scout for the Diamondbacks.


1991- Howard Spira is found guilty of trying to extort money from Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. Spira had already received $40,000 from George Steinbrenner.


1991- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Cedric Tallis (1978-1983) passed away. (1914-1991)
Cedric Tallis was the original General Manager of the expansion Kansas City Royals from their inception in 1968 until June 1974. He moved to the Yankees as Assistant General Manager to Gabe Paul in 1976-1977, He took over the General Manager position (1978-1979), when Gabe Paul returned to Cleveland in the fall of 1977. Cedric replaced Al Rosen, when he left for the Astros as Yankees Team President from 1980 to 1983.


1994-Yankees batters Danny Tartabull, Mike Stanley and Gerald Williams hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Yankees in the 6th inning of Bronx Bomber's 8-4 win over the Red Sox.


1999- The Mariners defeat the Yankees by the score of 14-5, as Seattle’s 3B John Mabry gets 5 hits.


2009- In his 1st game of the 2009 MLB season after missing 6 weeks because of hip surgery, Alex Rodriguez hits the 1st pitch he sees from Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie for a 3-run HR in a 4-0 Yankees win that ends a 5-game Yankees losing streak. Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitches a 4-hit shutout in his best performance since signing a huge MLB free agent contract over the winter.


2010- Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira became only the 2nd player in Yankees history to smack 3 HRs in a single game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The last Yankees player to do it was Lou Gehrig, who accomplished the feat on June 23,1927. That was also the only other time a Yankee has hit 3 HRs in a game against the Red Sox in either New York's Yankee Stadium or Boston's Fenway Park. "Man, that's humbling right there," the unassuming Teixeira said after the Yankees crushed the rival Red Sox by the score of 14-3. "Any time you talk about the Yankees -- Gehrig, [Joe] DiMaggio, the list goes on and on -- it makes you realize you have a long way to go to be in their category. So there's a lot of work for me left to do." Francisco Cervelli, starting because of an injury to starting C Jorge Posada, also drives in 5 runs. Teixeira's last dinger is hit against OF Jonathan Van Every, making the 2nd pitching appearance of his MLB career. The game is interrupted for 1:15 by a rain delay in the 5th inning, forcing Yankees starter CC Sabathia out of the game early and giving reliever Alfredo Aceves the win.


2013- The injury-riddled Yankees struggle to put together a line-up, today batting Pitcher David Phelps 8th and playing OF Vernon Wells at 3B for an inning in his 1st MLB career appearance at the position, but they manage to keep on winning. Wells hits a 2-run HR in the 1st, then in the 9th inning, Manager Joe Girardi uses a pinch-hitter for 3B Chris Nelson in scoring the deciding run in a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Out of back-up infielders, he puts Wells at the hot corner for the bottom of the 9th. Wells successfully fields a ground ball as Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera records his 12th save of the season - and the 1st of his MLB pitching career at Coors Field.


May 9th


1903- The Boston Pilgrims (aka the Red Sox) top the visiting Highlanders by a score of 12-5 with a little help from Umpire Caruthers, who tosses out Highlanders P Jesse Tannehill and 2B Jimmy Williams for a ball call at home.


1930- The Yankees and the Tigers outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record, which has never been equaled. Tiger's hurler George Uhle strikes out 8 batters in winning by the score of
5-4, dropping the Yankees to 7th place in the AL. Hank Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the Yankee hurlers.


1934- The Yankees obtained INF Fred Mullen and $20,000 from the Red Sox for INF Lyn Lary. Fred Mullen never plays for the Yankees at the MLB level.


1940- The press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Jacob Ruppert estate to political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front page several times during the next year, but it never happens. The Yankees will be sold in January of 1945 by the Jacob Ruppert Estate to a group of buyers, consisting of businessmen Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and baseball executive Larry MacPhail.


1944- Joe McCarthy returns as Yankees Manager after missing much of the Yankees 1944 spring training camp and the early 1944 AL season due to illness. The team with a majority of its regular players serving in the armed forces for World War II would finish in 3rd place in the AL with an 83-71 record.


1949- At Briggs Stadium, the Tigers set back the 1st-place Yankees by the score of 4-1 behind the 5-hit pitching of Ted Gray. Yankees starter Vic Raschi also allows just 5 tigers hits, including a HR by Richard Wakefield in taking the loss.


1953- At Fenway Park, the 1st place Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of Red Sox hurler Bill Werle. Mickey is robbed of another when OF Jimmy Piersall makes a sensational catch at the Red Sox bullpen in right-center field.


1954- Philadelphia A’s Catcher Wilmer (Billy) Shantz, brother of Pitcher Bobby Shantz, hits a Grand Slam HR, the 1st HR of his MLB playing career. It comes off former A's hurler Harry Byrd, who is now with the Yankees. Shantz will hit just 1 more HR in his MLB playing career. Billy's Gram slam is all the offense the A’s get as the Yankees win the game by a score of 7-4. The nightcap ends in a 1-1 tie, after 9 innings. Bobby and Billy Shantz will be teammates once again with the Yankees during the 1960 AL season.


1958- After 6 straight home rainouts, the Yankees play their 1st home night game of the 1958 AL season against Washington. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 3rd inning with an inside-the-park solo HR off of Nats starter Pedro Ramos. The Bronx Bombers roll to a 9-5 win over the Senators.


1959- The Yankees sell back veteran MLB hurler Murray Dickson to Kansas City. He had gone 1-2 in 6 games for the 1958 Yankees. He had appeared in 2 games of the 1958 World Series against the Braves with no record. He will go 2-1 for the A’s before retiring from the MLB.


1964- At Cleveland’s Muncipal Stadium, Tribe starter Pedro Ramos gives up 4 HRs to Yankees Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle, Joe Pepitone and Hector Lopez, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 6-2. Pedro Ramos would finish the 1964 AL season with the Yankees, coming to the team in a late season trade in September. He would help out Yogi Berra’s bullpen, but he was unable to play in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, because the trade was made after August 31st trade deadline.


1966- At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, the Yankees (6-20) edge the Twins by the score of 3-2. Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone with the game-winner in the 9th inning hit HRs for New York.


1979- The Yankees released veteran AL Golden Glove winner OF Paul Blair, who then signs with the Reds. He had appeared in 172 games for the Yankees, often as a defensive replacement for Reggie Jackson, while hitting .223 with 2 HRs and 38 RBIs. Paul played in 2 World Series (1977-1978) for the Yankees, hitting .300 (4 for 12).


1981- Seattle’s Tom Paciorek hits his 2nd game winning, bottom-of-the-9th inning HR in as many games, a 3-run blow giving the Mariners, a 6-5 victory over the Yankees. The previous night, Paciorek led off the 9th inning with a solo HR to give the Mariners, a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.


1984- Former Yankees 3B Chase Headley (2014-2017) was born.
Chase Headley was selected in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB amateur player draft by the Padres. Headley was ranked #5 among Padres prospects in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2006, #6 in 2007 and #1 in 2008. He made his MLB player debut with the Padres in June of 2007, but he only played 8 games in the MLB that 1st year, going 4 for 22. He played 91 games as a rookie in 2008, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 38 RBIs. He played mostly in LF in 2008 and 2009, before moving back to his natural position of 3B in 2010. His 1st 3 full seasons came with quite similar results, as he hit between .262 and .269, and hitting between 9 and 13 HRs. His average improved to .289 in 2011, but his power fell as he hit only 4 HRs. Headley had a breakout season in 2012. He was the NL Player of the Month for August when he hit .306, while leading the MLB with 31 RBIs and tying for 1st with 10 HRs. He also scored 20 runs during the month and slugged .611. He repeated as NL Player of the Month in September, when he hit .324, slugged, .647, hit 9 HRs and collected 30 RBIs. He finished the season with a NL-leading 115 RBIs, to go along with 31 doubles and 31 homers in 161 games. He also had an outstanding season with the glove, winning the NL Gold Glove Award at 3B that year. He finished 5th in the voting for the 2012 NL MVP Award voting. After his breakout season, Headley filed for salary arbitration heading into the 2013 season, but was able to reach a deal with the Padres before the hearing. The 2 sides agreed on a salary of $8.575 million for 1 year, a raise of more than $5 million. On March 17th, however, he broke his thumb sliding into 2B in a spring training game and as a result was forced to miss the start of the season. The injury ushered in a fall back to earth for Headley, as his bat production fell to be more in line his previous seasons norms: in 141 games, he hit .250 with 35 doubles, 13 HRs and 50 RBIs. In 2014, Headley was bothered in the early season by a herniated disk in his back, which sapped his power. He improved after receiving an epidural injection in late June, but he was still only hitting .229 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs in 77 games, when he was traded to the Yankees on July 22nd in return for IF Yangervis Solarte and P Rafael De Paula.


With 3B Alex Rodriguez suspended for the season, they had struggled to find a replacement at 3B, after rookie Solarte had cooled down following a strong start. Kelly Johnson and another rookie, Zelous Wheeler had shared the position in recent weeks, but without providing much production at the plate. Headley immediately headed to the Bronx after the trade was announced and made it in time to enter that night's game in the 9th inning; he proved to be the hero in the 14th when he drove in Brian Roberts with the winning run in a 4-2 win over the Rangers. He ended up doing quite well with the Yankees, as he hit .262 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 58 games, in addition to playing well on defense. The Yankees were quite pleased and on December 15th, they re-signed him to a 4-year contract worth $52 million, clearly indicating that he was considered the team's 3B of the future, with the man he replaced, A-Rod having to earn his keep as a DH.


Headley the spent 3 full seasons as a starter for the Yankees from 2015 to 2017. he was almost exclusively a 3rd baseman the 1st 2 seasons, then moved over to 1st base in mid-season in 2017 after the Yankees had acquired 3B Todd Frazier in a trade. He did not do as well then in his 1st half-season in the Bronx, with an OPS+ of 90 and 91 in 2015 and 2016, with 11 and 14 HRs and 62 and 51 RBIs. In 2017, as the Yankees experienced a resurgence thanks to an influx of young players, he improved to .273 with 12 HRs and 61 RBIs. he got his 1st taste of the MLB postseason in 2015 when he was 0-for-2 with a walk when the Yankees were shut out by the  Astros in the Wild Card Game. In 2017, he went 0 for 12 in the Division Series against the  Indians, and then .389 (7 for 18) as the Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS. He was the team's primary DH in both series, as Greg Bird had taken over the 1st base job. After the 2017 MLB season, on December 12th, he was traded back to the Padres along with P Bryan Mitchell in return for OF Jabari Blash. The trade came 1 day after New York had acquired superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Marlins and was meant to slash some payroll to compensate for Stanton's huge contract.


1990- At Yankee Stadium, the Oakland A’s edge the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 11 innings. A’s LF Rickey Henderson scores the 1st run, scoring from 2B on a 6-3 ground out. Rick Honeycutt is the A’s winning pitcher.


1990-Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Jace Peterson (2018) was born.
Jace Peterson was signed by the Yankees as a MLB free agent. He only appeared in 3 games for the team, hitting .300. He was claimed on waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees on April 24, 2018.


1997- Against the Royals in the 6th inning, the Yankees catch Royals base runner Jay Bell in a rundown when Bell is suddenly called out by Umpire Dale Ford, who thinks he passed the preceding base runner, Jose Offerman. However, Offerman had been forced out at 3B. Royals' Manager Bob Boone argues until the umpires agree and put runners back at 2B and 3B and call for a resumption of play. Chili Davis then lines a 2-run single off of Yankees starter Kenny Rogers to tie the score. The Royals win the game by a score of 7-5 in 12 innings, with the victory going to Randy Veres. The Yankees protest that the rundown play should not have been reversed. Gene Budig of AL league office will dismiss the protest, stating that with the rundown there were several scenarios, where Jay Bell could have escaped a tag.


1999 - The Yankees defeat the Mariners by the score of 6-1. Veteran MLB reliever Mike Stanton makes his 1st MLB start for the Yankees, ending his MLB pitching record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his 1st MLB start. The previous MLB record was 443 games, which was set by Gary Lavelle of the Giants.


2010- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez tied HOF Frank Robinson for 7th place with 586 MLB career HRs list.  Alex Rodriguez's 3rd HR of the 2010 season, a solo HR shot, just cleared the left-field wall in the 4th inning of the Yankees game against the Red Sox on Sunday night. It cut Boston's lead over the Yankees to 6-2. The Yankees eventually lost the game by a score of 9-3, but still took the 3 game series by winning the 1st 2 games by scores of 10-3 and 14-3. Frank Robinson was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982; he had played for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and the Indians from 1956 to 1976. In 1976, he was the player-manager for the Indians. He retired as an active player to focus on his managing job. Alex Rodriguez's HR was his 21st at Boston's Fenway Park, tying Jim Thome for the most by an active opponent. Yankees Hall of Famer’s Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle top the overall list with 38 HRs each.
2012- The Yankees find out what it's like not to have the greatest closer in history pitching for them anymore, as replacement Closer David Robertson blows a 1-0, 9th-inning lead against the Rays. He loads the bases quickly, and then he gives up a game-tying sacrifice fly to B.J. Upton and a 3-run HR to Matt Joyce as Tampa Bay wins, the game by the score of 4-1. These are the 1st runs given up by Robertson this season; he had been successful in his 1st opportunity to close in place of the injured Mariano Rivera on May 8th.


May 10th


1868- Future MLB Manager and HOF Baseball Executive Edward Barrow (1920-1945) was born. (1868-1953)
Edward Barrow worked as a journalist and soap salesman before entering the business of baseball by selling concessions at games. From there, Barrow purchased minor league baseball teams, also serving as team manager and served as President of the Atlantic League. After managing the Tigers in 1903 and 1904, returning to the minor leagues, Barrow became disenchanted with baseball, he left the game to operate a hotel. He returned to baseball in 1910 as President of the Eastern League. After a 7-year tenure, Barrow managed the Red Sox from 1918-1920. He was the Manager of 1918 World Champion Red Sox. He was the MLB Manager, who decided to make Babe Ruth, an everyday player because of his great hitting ability. In 1920, Ed will leave the Red Sox to become the Yankees General Manager, who will through a series of trades with the Red Sox build the Yankees into a World Championship team. In 1931, he signed former Cubs Manager Joe McCarthy to manage the Yankees.


In 1932, he hired minor league executive George Weiss to run the new Yankees minor league system. He will be run the Yankees front office until 1945, when the Jacob Ruppert Estate sells the team to Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and Larry MacPhail, who will replace Barrow as the Yankees President. Barrow sold his 10% stake in the team to the group. Barrow remained as Chairman of the Board and an informal adviser. Though he signed a 5-year contract to remain with the Yankees, he exercised a clause in his contract to free himself as of December 31,1946 in order to officially retire from baseball. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1953. On April 15, 1954, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Barrow, which 1st hung on the CF wall at Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Manager Miller Huggins. The plaques later moved to the stadium's Monument Park.


1911-The Tigers lose their 1st home game of the 1911 AL season by a score of 6-2, as Yankees hands Tigers starter George Mullin his 1st loss. The Tigers have a 21-2 record and will lead the AL until July 4th.

1913 – The Yankees commit 8 errors, but they still end up beating the Tigers by a score of 10-9, in 10 innings. Three of the 8 errors are made by shortstop Claud Derrick, who will field just .872 for the season. Related? In 10 days, the Yankees will deal for Indians shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh to stabilize their shaky infield.


1926- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit back-to-back HRs off of Tigers starter Sam Gibson as the Yankees outscore the Bengals by the score of 13-9. Veteran starter Herb Pennock is the winning pitcher for the Yankees.


1934- Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (including a Grand Slam HR) and a pair of doubles, tying the record with 4 long hits and drives in 7 runs, but he leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yankees top the White Sox by the score of 13-3. During the game, Yankees OF Ben Chapman (1930-1936) shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. His behavior will lead the Yankees to trade him in 1936 to the Senators. During the 1947 MLB season, as Manager of the Phillies, he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Dodgers black INF Jackie Robinson.


1936-By beating the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees move into 1st place and will remain there the rest of the 1936 AL season. Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut for the Yankees hitting his 1st MLB career HR off of hurler George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4 hits with 2 RBIs with Yankees hurler Johnny Murphy in his 1st start of the 1936 AL season, picking up the victory.


1937- Yankees starter Monte Pearson pitches a 1-hitter in stopping the White Sox by the score of 6-0. Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st 2 HRs of the 1937 AL season, while George Selkirk hits his 5th HR for the Bronx Bombers. Chicago's only hit is a 1-out 1st inning single by Larry Rosenthal, who was erased on a double play.


1938- Former Yankees Minor League C Merritt Ranew was born. (1938-2011)
Catcher Merritt Ranew moved on to the Yankees organization from the Angels organization in 1968, hitting .204 in 43 games for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League). He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He returned to Seattle in 1969, joining the expansion Seattle Pilots, while hitting .247 and playing in 54 games.


1941- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1982) and Outfield Instructor Ken Barry was born.
Ken Barry played in the MLB with the White Sox, Angels, Brewers and the Indians (1962-1975). Ken was 2-time AL Golden Glove winner. He was a Yankee Minor League Manager with the 1982 Oneonta Yankees (NY-Penn League). He finished in 1st place, but his team lost in the league play-offs. Also, he was a minor league outfield instructor for the Yankees. Ken has worked for several MLB organizations, Brewers, Mets, Padres and the White Sox as a minor league Manager and Batting Coach.


1946- Before a Friday Ladies' Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64,183 fans, the 1st-place Red Sox win their 15th straight game, a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Earl Johnson gets the win with 4 innings of scoreless relief. A Joe DiMaggio Grand Slam HR accounts for the entire Bombers' scoring.


1947- Former Yankees Pitcher John Cumberland (1968-1970) was born.
Before the start of 1966 MLB season, John Cumberland was signed by the Phillies as an MLB amateur free agent. On November 29,1966, he was drafted by the Yankees from the Phillies in the 1966 MLB minor league player draft. He would pitch at the AAA level in the Yankees minor league system, before being called-up by the team in September of 1968. John went 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 18 games with the 1968-1970 Yankees. On July 20,1970, John was traded to the Giants for veteran starter Mike McCormick. Overall, he had a MLB pitching career record of 15-16 and a 3.82 ERA, while pitching for the Yankees, Giants, Cardinals and the Angels. He later became a MLB pitching coach, working for the Red Sox and Royals. Also, John has worked with several MLB organizations as Manager and Pitching Coach.


1952- Hank Bauer of the Yankees goes 5 for 6 in an 18 - 3 romp over Boston. The Red Sox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning.


1953- Veteran Yankees starter Vic Raschi makes his 1st relief appearance in 2 years, limiting the Red Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 7-4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, which will keep him out of action for 3-weeks, when Jim Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody's argument with Umpire Jim Duffy. Del Wilber hits his 2nd consecutive pinch HR in the 8th inning; his 1st HR came on May 6th.


1956- At Yankee Stadium, Tribe starter Bob Lemon gives the Indians, a 7-2 victory over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a solo HR in the 6th inning for the Bronx Bombers. For Mickey Mantle, it is his 20th HR of May, a new record. The slugger adds a double and 2 singles and is hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.


1959- The Yankees sweep doubleheader from the Senators at Yankee Stadium, winning by scores of 6-3 and 3-2 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle's HR in the 3rd inning of the opener starts the Yankees scoring as they beat Nats starter Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th inning of the nightcap. Yogi Berra has a HR in the 2nd game. Yogi sets a new MLB record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.


1965- At Fenway Park, the 9th-place Yankees lose again to Red Sox by a score of 3-2, when Carl Yastrzemski out-hits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yaz hits a pair of HRs and sacrifice fly, while Mantle is 3-for-4 with a HR. After Mantle doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning off of rookie starter Jim Lonborg, who is lifted. Red Sox Closer Richard “The Monster” Radatz gets the final out of the game. It is Jim Lonborg's 1st MLB career win.


1965- The Yankees traded reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez to the Indians for 1B Ray “Buddy” Barker. Buddy will appear in 176 games for the 1965-1967 Yankees, while hitting just .222 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs. In 1967, he was Mickey Mantle’s back up at 1B. He would be traded to the Orioles at the end of the 1967 MLB season. Pedro Gonzalez had appeared in 101 games for the 1963-1965 Yankees hitting .266 with no HRs and 6 RBIs. He had appeared in 1 game of the 1964 World Series for the Yankees against the Cardinals with no hits.


1973- At Shea Stadium, the 1973 Mayor’s Trophy game is held. The Mets won 8-4 thanks to 5 runs in 2nd inning, sparked by Mets batter Felix Millan. Mets starter George Stone held the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings, but he eventually gave up a Grand Slam HR to Yankees 3B Craig Nettles. Yankees Pitcher Mike Pazik takes the loss for the Bombers.


1996- Yankees veteran starter David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.


2010- On the night they pay tribute to long-time Detroit broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who passed away last week, the Tigers beat Yankees by the score of 5-4, with key contributions from 3 former Yankee players. Johnny Damon, signed as a MLB free agent in the off-season, hits a HR in his 1st game against his former team, while former Yankees minor league prospect Austin Jackson drives in a run and reliever Phil Coke gets 2 key outs late in the game. Jackson and Coke were both obtained in an off-season trade for OF Curtis Granderson, who is currently on the Yankees DL.


2015-For his part, Yankees starter Michael Pineda strikes out a MLB career-high of 16 Orioles batters in 7 innings in picking up a 6-2 victory. The 16 K's are tied for 2nd-most in Yankees club pitching history, the team record being 18 by Ron Guidry, while the Orioles set team records for most strikeouts against 1 pitcher and most in a game, as they whiff 2 more times in the final 2 innings to end up with 18.


May 11th


1903- John Ganzel hits the 1st New York Highlanders HR. As they defeat the Tigers by a score of 8-2. Also his teammate, William “Wild” Conroy hit a HR for the Highlanders.


1919- Senators starter Walter Johnson pitched 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Yankees starter Jack Quinn at the Polo Grounds. Johnson allowed only 2 Yankee hits as he retired 28 Bronx batters in a row. Future NFL Chicago Bears Owner OF George Halas, batting leadoff for the Yankees, went 0-for-5, while striking out twice.


1928- Former Yankees Minor League player and MLB Pitching Coach Mel Wright (1974-1975) was born. (1928-1983)
Before the start of the 1950 MLB season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Mel Wright as an MLB amateur free agent. He pitched in the Yankees minor league system from 1950 to 1953, while compiling a 50-26 pitching record. On April 11, 1954, Mel was traded by the Yankees along with minor league players INF Emil Tellinger and OF Bill Virdon to the Cardinals for veteran OF Enos Slaughter. He pitched for the 1954-1955 Cardinals and the 1960-1961 Cubs finishing his MLB pitching career with a 2-4 record with a 7.61 ERA in 58 games. He would return to the Yankees in 1974 as new Yankees Manager Bill Virdon’s MLB Pitching Coach. Mel was Bill Vidron’s MLB Pitching Coach on several NL teams.


1946- Yankees starter Tiny Bonham puts the brakes on the Boston’s 15-game winning streak, with a 2-0 complete game shutout at Yankee Stadium. He allows only 2 Boston hits, while striking 4 Red Sox batters. Red Sox hurler Tex Hughson takes the loss for Boston. Yankees Tommy Henrich leads the Yankees hitting attack with a double and a HR for the Yankees scoring.


1954- The Yankees sell reserve INF Jim Brideweser (1951-1953) to the Orioles. In 1950, the Yankees signed Jim Brideweser as an MLB amateur free agent. Jim had played college baseball at USC. He couldn’t break into the Yankee starting infield. He appeared in only 57 games for the Yankees, while hitting .327 with no HRs and 5 RBIs.


1955- The Yankees obtained hurler Sonny Dixon from the Kansas City A’s for veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter and hurler Johnny Sain. Slaughter would return to the Yankees in 1956, his 1st stay was disappointing only hitting .249. Johnny Sain was at the end of his MLB pitching career. Dixon would appear in 3 games for the 1955 Yankees, going 0-1 before leaving the MLB. He would play for the Yankees AAA team at Richmond (International League) for several seasons before retiring from baseball.


1955- The Yankees sell Pitcher Art Schallock (1951-1954) to the Orioles for cash. On July 12, 1951, Art was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Bob Landeck (minors), Eddie Malone and cash. Art went 3-2 with 3.90 ERA in 28 games with 1 save for the Yankees.


1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Walt Terrell (1989) was born.
On July 22,1989, hurler Walt Terrell was traded by the Padres with a player to be named later to the Yankees for INF Mike Pagliarulo and P Don Schulze. The Padres sent P Freddie Toliver on September 27,1989 to the Yankees to complete the trade. He posted a 6-5 record in 13 games for the 1989 Yankees. On November 13,1989, Walt was granted MLB free agency by the team.


1966- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB INF Richard “Ducky” Schofield from the Giants. He didn’t solve the 1966 Yankee infield problems. Schofield was obtained to replace the injured Yankees regular shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. He appeared in only 25 games for the 1966 Yankees, hitting just .155. On September 10,1966, he was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Pitcher Thad Tillotson and cash. Ducky had played for the Cardinals, Pirates before joining the Giants. He was the reserve shortstop for the 1960 Pirates, filling in for shortstop Richard Groat, when he was injured. His son played in the MLB.


1981-Former Yankees Reserve OF Sammy “Babe Ruth’s legs” Byrd (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1981)
Outfielder Sammy Byrd was often used as Babe Ruth’s late inning defensive replacement, earning him the nickname of “Babe Ruth’s legs”. He appeared in 565 games for the Yankees, while hitting .281 with 27 HRs and 155 RBIs. Sam appeared in 1 game of the 1932 World Series for the Yankees with no hits. On December 19,1934, he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would play for the Reds for 2 seasons before he retiring from the MLB. Overall as a MLB player, Sammy ended his pro career with a .274 BA with 38 HRs and 220 RBIs in 745 games. He later became a pro golfer, who won 23 PGA pro events during his PGA golfing career (1942-1946).


1990- MLB All Star OF Dave Winfield rejected a trade that would have sent him from the Yankees to the Angels in exchange for veteran starter Mike Witt. A no-trade clause in Winfield's player contract gave him the right to turn down the deal. Five days later, Winfield will reach an agreement with the Yankees and give his permission for the trade to take place.


1996-Yankees veteran Pitcher David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.


2006- Yankees LF Hideki Matsui broke his left wrist and his consecutive-games streak ended in the Red Sox 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. Going back to his days in Nippon Pro Baseball, he appeared in 1,768 consecutive games. Matsui had played in 518 consecutive games (a record for the start of a MLB career) since joining the Yankees in 2003 after playing in 1,250 straight for the Yomiuri Giants from August 22, 1993, through 2002.


May 12th


1889- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Schulz (1912-1914) was born. (1889-1931)
Al Schulz went 9-18 with a 3.75 ERA in 47 games with the Yankees. He jumped from the Yankees to pitch in the Federal League for the Buffalo Buffeds before returning to the MLB with the Reds in 1916.


1897- Former Yankees 3B Joseph “Jumping Joe” Dugan (1922-1928) was born. (1897-1982)
On July 23,1922, INF Joe Dugan was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Elmer Smith to the Yankees for OF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, INF Johnny Mitchell, player to be named later (P Lefty O'Doul) and $50,000 cash. Joe replaced the aging Frank “Home Run” Baker at 3B in 1922. He had 6 good seasons with the Yankees, hitting more than .280 in 5 of them before being sold to the Braves in 1928. His July 1922 trade to the Yankees led to the creation by the American League creating a June 15th trade deadline. Other AL teams had protested the Yankees-Red Sox trade to League President Ban Johnson.


1915- The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 4-2, despite hitting into a triple play.


1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Henry “Hank” Borowy (1942-1945) was born. (1916-2004)
A graduate of Fordham University who was a dependable war time starter for the Yankees from 1943-1944, Hank was 15-4, 14-9 and 17-12 with an ERA under 3.00 in all 3 seasons. In the 1943 World Series he was a 6-2 winner over the Cardinals in game 3. He had a record of 10-5 on July 27, 1945, when he was surprisingly placed on waivers by the Yankees. The Cubs claimed Hank for $90,000. He was then 11-2 over the final 2 months to play in what was then the team's last NL pennant. With his overall record of 21-7, Hank became only the 3rd pitcher in MLB history to win 20 games in a season divided between the 2 leagues. In 1945, Hank Borowy became the last pitcher with 5 decisions in a World Series. He shut out the Tigers in Game # 1 and lost Game # 5 by the score of 8-4. Then he came on in relief in Game # 6 to hold the Tigers scoreless over the final 4 innings in an 8-7, 12 inning Cubs victory forcing a 7th game in which a bone tired Borowy was given the start but he was knocked out in the 1st inning in a 9-3 loss to finish at 2-2 in the series. Hank was with the Cubs for 3 more seasons before moving to the Phillies, Pirates and back to the Tigers, where his 10 year MLB pitching career ended in 1951 with a overall pitching record of 108-82 with 3.50 ERA in 314 MLB games.


1919- For 2nd straight day, the Yankees and the Senators battle into extra inning without a result. Today’s game ends in a 4-4 tie, the game is called because of darkness, after 15 innings are played.


1925- Future Yankee Hall of Fame player, Coach and Manager Lawrence “Yogi” Berra was born
(Player: 1946-1963, MLB Coach: 1976-1983, Manager: 1964,1984.) (1925-2015)
Yogi Berra was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the New York Yankees pinstripes. He hit .285, while playing 2,116 games with 358 HRs and 1,430 RBIs in 18 seasons as a Yankee player. Yogi played in 14 World Series for the Yankees with 10 World Championships with 71 World Series hits. Yogi was an AL All Star catcher for 15 seasons and 3-time American League MVP winner. He led the AL catchers in fielding twice (1957 and 1959.) Yogi became one of the greatest catchers in the game through the help of former Yankees great HOF catcher Bill Dickey. In October of 1963, Yogi was named Manager of the 1964 Yankees. Despite posting a 99-63 record, winning the AL Flag, but losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series in 7 games. Yankees GM Ralph Houk fired him, Berra was picked to manage the 1964 Yankees by Co- Team Owner Dan Topping Sr., and he wasn’t Yankees GM Houk’s choice to lead the 1964 team. Yogi Berra is one of few MLB managers to win a pennant in each major league: Yankees (1964) and Mets (1973) joining HOF Managers Joe McCarthy (Cubs and Yankees) and Sparky Anderson (Reds and Tigers) in that select group.


1930- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tom Umphlett was born.
On June 12,1962, Tom Umphlett was traded by the Red Sox along with cash to the Yankees for veteran reserve INF Billy Gardner. Tom never played with the Yankees at MLB level. He spent the 1962 season with the Yankees AAA team Richmond Virginians (International League).


1930- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Tom Zachary to the Braves. He had posted a 12-0 record for the 1929 Yankees. On September 30,1927, Tom was the Senators pitcher, who gave up Babe Ruth’s 60th HR at Yankee Stadium.


1932- Yankees rookie INF Otto Saltzgaver draws a record 4 walks in his 1st MLB game.


1933- The Yankees sell INF Billy Werber and veteran Pitcher George Pipgras to the Red Sox for $100,000.


1935- Former Yankees OF/DH Felipe Alou (1971-1973) was born.
After being obtained from the Oakland A’s, veteran OF Felipe Alou hit .289 in 1971 and .278 in 1972, before fading during the 1973 season. He was sold to the Montreal Expos in September of 1973. After his active playing days, Alou became a MLB Manager for the Expos and the Giants.


1958-In an in-season exhibition game held at Yankee Stadium, the Milwaukee Braves beat the Yankees by the score of 4-3 with 13,00 fans (15,000 tickets were sold) watching the contest. Before the game, there was a HR Derby. Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron represented the Yankees. While Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock and Hank Aaron represented the Braves. Yankees veteran Pitcher Sal Maglie making his season’s debut at age 41, hurled 7 strong innings. Bronx reliever Johnny Kucks took the loss, giving up 2 runs in the 8th inning. Braves Manager Fred Haney used 9 pitchers for 1 inning each; Bob Rush, who worked the 7th inning got the win.


1959- At Yankee Stadium, Catcher Yogi Berra committed an error as his errorless streak of 148 games for a MLB catcher came to an end in a 7-6 loss to Indians.


1967- Former Yankees Minor League P Kenny Greer was born.
On June 1,1988, Kenny Greer was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On September 17,1993, Kenny was traded by the Yankees to the Mets for veteran starter Frank Tanana.


1978- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/DH Josh Phelps (2007) was born.
On December 7,2006, Josh was drafted by the Yankees from the Orioles organization in the 2006 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Josh appeared in 36 games for the 2007 Yankees, while hitting .267. On June 22, 2007, Towers was place on waivers by the Yankees, the Pirates claimed him.

1978- At Royals Stadium, a potential game-ending routine fly ball became an Amos Otis walk-off inside-the-park HR as Yankees outfielders Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers collided in the outfield. The defensive misplay turned a sure Goose Gossage save into a sour loss for the current World Champions Yankees.


1979- Former Yankees MLB Scout (1967-1975) and MLB Catcher Clyde Kluttz passed away.
(1917-1979)
As a MLB scout for the Yankees, he convinced MLB free agent starter Catfish Hunter to sign with the Yankees on December 31,1974. He also spent time with the Yankees front office as Director of Player Development (1971-1973) and Scouting Director in 1974. Clyde Kluttz was catcher, who played in the MLB from 1942-1952 with the Braves, Giants, Cardinals, Browns, Pirates, finishing up his MLB playing career with the Senators.


1999- The Angels shut out the Yankees by the score of 1-0, behind the combined 3-hit pitching of starter Chuck Finley and Closer Troy Percival. Finley struck out 11 Yankee batters in his 8 innings of work, including 4 batters in the 3rd inning, to become the 33rd pitcher in history to strike out 4 batters in a single frame. It is possible when a batter with 2 strikes on him takes a swing at strike 3; however, the catcher does not field the ball cleanly, and instead of tagging the runner out, the runner reaches the 1st base. The strikeout is recorded, but not the out.



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