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This Week in Yankees History June 3th-June 9th Part One


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June 3rd


1929- The Yankees released veteran 1B George “Tioga” Burns (1928-1929). George played briefly with the 1928-1929 Yankees appearing in only 13 games as a reserve 1B, hitting just .154 before finishing his long MLB playing career with the 1929 Philadelphia A’s. The Yankees had acquired him from the Indians. George had won the 1926 AL MVP Award with the Tribe. In 1915 with the Tigers, he beat out fellow rookie Wally Pipp for the Tigers 1B job. The Tigers would trade rookie 1B Wally Pipp to the Yankees. The Yankees had acquired George Burns in a trade with the Tigers in March of 1918, but then they turn around and traded him to the Philadelphia A’s for veteran OF Bing Bodie.


1932- Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig hit 4 consecutive HRs in a game and narrowly missed a 5thHR, his Bronx teammate Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle as the Yankees beat the PhiladelphiaA’s by a score of 20-13. The Yankees set a MLB record for total bases with 50; both teams set a still-standing record for extra baseswith 41.


1933- After giving up 11 runs to the Philadelphia A’s in the 2nd inning, the Yankees rebound in the 5th inning with 10 runs, as they out slug the A’s by the score of 17-11. In the 8thinning, Babe Ruth will cap off the Yankees comeback with a 3-run HR.


1956- Former Yankees Catcher Roxy Walters (1915-1918) passed away. (1892-1956)


On July 23,1915, Catcher Roxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (Texas League). He appeared in 193 games for the 1915-1918 Yankees, while hitting .243 with no HRs and 49 RBIsOn December 18, 1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim  Love, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 to theRed Sox for veteran MLB starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis  and hurler Ernie Shore. 


1968- The Yankees turn their 21st triple play in their team’s history, but lose to the Twins by the score of 4-3. With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run already across the plate, Yankees P Dooley Womack catches a lined shot by Twins Catcher Johnny Roseboro, who threw to 3B Bobby Cox and then he watched in awe as when Cox’s throw to Mickey Mantle at 1B was in time to complete the triple play.


1971- Former Yankees Minor League OF Carl Everett was born.


Carl Everett was selected by the Marlins from the Yankees in 1992 MLB expansion team player draft. He was a former No. 1 round free agent draft pick by the Yankees in 1990. Carl was label as a troublemaker in the Yankees minor league system. Carl was left unprotected by the Yankees front office in the MLB expansion team player draft.


1972- The Yankees score 8 runs in the 13thinning, 6 of which scored on 3-run HR by Thurman Munson and Bobby Mercer to down the White Sox by a score of 18-10. Bobby Mercer had 4 hits, scored 5 runs and 3 runs battered in. There was one other unusual happening; Yankees reliever Sparky Lyle actually hit a double.


1975- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jose Molina (2009-2009) was born.


A reserve catcher for most of his MLB playing career, José Molina had a chance to play almost regularly with theYankees in 2008, when Jorge Posadamissed a large part of the season with a shoulder injury. He played good defense, but hit very little, prompting the Yankees to obtain veteran Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers late in the season. Still, he started the last game ever played at Yankee Stadium on September 21st, he hit the last HR in the House that Ruth Built, a 2-run shot off of Orioles pitcher Chris Waters in the 4th inning which proved to be the difference in a 7-3 Yankees win over the Orioles. He returned to the 2009 Yankees as Posada's back up. He spent 2 months on the DL early in the season with a strained quad muscle but he got some playing time late in the season as the preferred catcher of Bronx starter A.J. Burnett. This arrangement extended into the 2009 MLB postseason, where he was behind the plate for all 5 of Burnett's starts as the Yankees won the 2009 World Seriesdefeating the Phillies. Molina was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.


1977Former Yankees DH Travis “Pronk” Hafner (2013) was born.


The Yankees decimated by injuries and departures through MLB free agency since the end of the 2012 MLB season, expressed interest in his services and signed him to a 1-year contract for $2 million on February 1, 2013. Travis has previously played for the Rangers and Indians before joining the Yankees. He appeared in 82 games for the Bronx Bombers, while hitting .202 with 12 HRs with 37 RBIs. In October of 2013, the Yankees granted Travis MLB free agency.


1978- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Juan Rivera (2002-2004) was born.


On April 12, 1996, Juan Rivera was signed by theYankees as an MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in 88 games as reserve OF with the Yankees, while hitting .262 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs. On December 16, 2003, Juan was traded by theYankees along with P Randy Choate and 1B Nick Johnson to the MontrealExpos for MLB P Javier Vazquez. Juan has played for the Yankees, Expos, Angels, Blue Jays and the Dodgers during his MLB playing career. He came into 2013 Yankees spring training camp, but he cut by the team on March 28, 2013. 


1981- At Yankee Stadium, 30,162 fans watch the Yankees and Orioles play 11 innings. The Yankees win the game with a 2-run HR shot by Yankees 3B Graig Nettles off of Orioles Reliever Tippy Martinez in the 11th inning. Dave Righetti started the game for New York, going 8 innings, while Orioles veteran starter Dave Martinez goes 10 innings. Yankees reliever Ron Davis picks up the victory; his 1981 record is now 2-2, pitching 2 scoreless innings of relief. Former Yankee Tippy Martinez takes the loss for the Orioles, is now 2-2 for the 1981 AL season.


1998- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Devil Rays by the score of 7-1. Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez goes 7 innings, allowing only 1 Tampa Bay run, allowing only 5 hits with 7 strikeouts. Mike Stanton finishes the game for the Yankees.  Tampa starter Tony Saunders takes the loss for the Rays. Yankees hitting attack is led by 3B Scott Brosius, who goes 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs.


2003- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is named the 11th team captain in club’s history.


2011- Angels starter Jered Weaver, who had won 6 games in April, earns his 1st victory since then in beating the Yankees by the score of 3-2. The Angels starter is now 7-4 for 2011 MLB season.


June 4th


1885- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bobby Vaughn (1909) was born. (1885-1965)
Bobby Vaughn was at Princeton University between 1904-1909, and then he made his MLB player debut on June 12, 1909 with the Yankees. Reserve INF Bobby Vaughan played in 5 games for the team, just hitting .143. Years later, in 1915, he came back to the MLB, playing in the last season of the Federal League for the pennant-winning 1915 St. Louis Terriers as their regular 2B. In 1917, he played for Los Angeles and Vernon in the PCL. In 1920, he managed the Tacoma Tigers (PCL.) The Tigers finished 4th in the PCL with a 66-53 WL record.


1889- Former Yankees INF/OF Leo “Lee” Magee (1916-1917) was born. (1899-1966)
On February 10, 1916, the Yankees purchased veteran OF Lee Magee for cash from Brooklyn (Federal League). Lee had been the Player/Manager for the Brooklyn team in 1915. He would hit .238 while appearing in 182 games with the 1916-1917 Yankees. On July 15, 1917, the Yankees traded Lee to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans. In 1920, Lee would be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis for his involvement on betting games in 1918 among with his Reds teammate former Yankees 1B Hal Chase.


1915- Tigers baserunner Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3-0 Detroit win‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his MLB playing career. Yankees pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by Umpire Silk O'Loughlin. It is Cobb's 2nd steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the 1st was on May 12‚ 1911).


1922- At the Polo Grounds‚ Yankees starter Carl Mays collects 3 hits as he beats the Philadelphia A's for the 21st straight time. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-3. Babe Ruth clouts a 3-run HR over the Polo Grounds RF fence for the Bronx Bombers.


1928- Former Yankees INF, MLB Coach and Manager Billy Hunter (1955-1956) was born.
Billy Hunter was originally signed by the Dodgers in 1948. In October of 1952, he was traded by the Dodgers to the St. Louis Browns for 3 players and cash. Billy was the starting shortstop for the 1953 Browns and made the 1953 AL All Star team. Billy was acquired by the Yankees from the Orioles in the big 17-man trade of December 1954. Billy became the regular shortstop on the 1955 Yankees, appearing a bit more often than the 38-year-old veteran Phil Rizzuto at the position. He hit .227 in 98 games with 3 HRs and 20 RBIs. He was a reserve INF for the 1956 Yankees, appearing in 39 games and hitting .280. In February of 1957, he was traded to Kansas City A’s in the Bobby Shantz trade. In 1958, the A’s traded him to the Indians. After his active playing career ended in 1959, Billy Hunter was a MLB scout for the 1961 Indians. Moving to the Orioles organization, he managed the 1962-1963 Bluefield Orioles. Billy was an Orioles MLB coach from 1964-1976, before becoming skipper of the Rangers. In 1977-1978, Billy was the MLB manager of the Rangers finishing 2nd place in AL West twice. From 1979-1987, Hunter coached the college baseball team at Towson University. Also he was also a longtime Athletic Director at Towson University.


1931- After hitting safely in his last 8 times at bat‚ Oscar Melillo‚ the slick-fielding but light-hitting 2B of the Browns is stopped by Yankees starter Red Ruffing. St. Louis wins the game by the score of 8-6.


1933- Yankees starter Johnny Allen’s no-hit bid is spoiled in the 1st inning on Philadelphia A’s Ed Coleman’s single. Allen will not allow another A’s hit, as he wins the game by a score of 6-0.


1939- Former Yankees INF Phil “Super Sub” Linz (1962-1965) was born.
In 1958, the Yankees signed INF Phil Linz as a MLB amateur free agent. He made the team in 1962, along other Yankee rookies who were known as the “Amarillo Gang” (Joe Pepitone, Jim Bouton and Linz). Phil was beaten out for the starting Yankees shortstop job in 1962 by rookie teammate Tom Tresh. When Yankees regular shortstop Tony Kubek was away from the Yankees for Army Reserve active duty. Phil became the Yankees utility man, he could play the OF and INF. Phil is most known for the 1964 harmonica incident on the team bus in Chicago, with Manager Yogi Berra following a tough Yankee loss.  On August 20, 1964. Following a 4-game sweep at the hands of the  White Sox capped by a 5-0 shutout, Linz pulled out his harmonica as the team bus was delayed leaving for O'Hare Airport. That infuriated manager Yogi Berra, who at 1st told him to stop. Linz, however, couldn't hear him and asked teammate Mickey Mantle what he said. Mantle, ever playful, said "He said play it louder." So Linz did. Then Yankees 3B Frank Crosetti apparently said, "That's the worst thing I've ever heard!" By then Berra completely lost his cool, charging Linz to have him stop the noise (Linz could barely play the instrument). The incident degenerated into a loud shouting match, and then Berra swiped at the instrument. It landed on Joe Pepitone, who apparently then shouted, "Corpsman! Oh, my knee, get me a corpsman!" and with a number of reporters on the bus, it was all over the next day's newspapers. Fans then began to throw harmonicas on the field at every game. Linz received a $10,000 endorsement from Hohner Harmonica Co. He was featured on the back page of the Yankees' 1965 yearbook with the line "Play it again, Phil". The bus incident sparked the Yankees to regain the AL championship by winning 99 games. Not a big HR hitter normally, he hit 2 HRs in the 1964 World Series. The 2nd one was off of Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson in the 9th inning of the 7th game. Linz batted leadoff in all 7 games of the 1964 World Series. With the retirement of Tony Kubek at the end of the 1965 AL season due to back and neck injuries. Yankees GM Ralph Houk traded Phil on November 29, 1965 to the Phillies for shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr.. The Yankees should have kept Linz because Amaro was a complete disaster for the Yankees including a collision with Tom Tresh in the outfield that ruined Tresh knees and his MLB playing career. His final Yankee player career totals were a .246 BA with 10 HRs and 67 RBIs in 354 games. As a MLB player, Phil appeared in 519 games with 11 HRs and 96 RBIs with a .235 BA. Phil ended his MLB playing career with the 1968 Mets. He briefly managed in the Orioles minor league system.


1944- In Hawaii‚ Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio now in the US Army, hits a 435-foot HR‚ but the 7th Army baseball team loses by the score of 6-2 to a Navy team‚ as former MLB hurler Bob Harris throws a 4-hitter for the Navy.


1953- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park‚ Mickey Mantle's HR in the 4th inning off of White Sox starter Billy Pierce‚ gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead‚ but Chicago comes back to tie the game. Mick's leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a Bronx Bomber rally‚ and they win the game by the score of 9-5.


1956- The St. Louis Cardinals pick up veteran MLB reliever Jim Konstanty‚ who was released by the Yankees. Jim was 0-0 in 8 games with a 4.91 ERA and 3 saves for the 1956 Yankees. In 3 seasons with the club, Jim went 8-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 62 games with 17 saves.


1957- Yankees Former MLB Coach Tony Pena (2006-2017) was born.
Tony Pena was known for his unique style of catching. He would sit on the ground with one knee tucked to the side while his other leg was straight out to the other side. He could even throw out would-be base stealers from this position with an incredibly strong arm. He ended his MLB playing career with 1,950 games behind the plate, 4th most of all MLB catchers. He was named to the 1981 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. He was a 5-time NL All-Star Catcher (1982,1984-1986 and 1989). Tony Pena was a 4-time Gold Glove Winner (1983-1985 in NL and in 1991 in the AL). As a Manager with the Royals, he won the 2003 AL Manager of the Year Award. In the off-season, Tony manages in one of the Winter Leagues. In the 2015 MLB season, Tony was moved from Dugout Coach to 1B coach. After the end of the 2017 MLB post season, Pena was let go by the Yankees front office.


1957–Former MLB player and long time Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell passed away. (1882-1957)
Paul Krichell was a MLB catcher for the 1911-1912 St. Louis Browns. He appeared in 87 games, while just hitting only .222. Krichell was a key MLB Scout for the Yankees during their rise to baseball prominence beginning in the early 1920s. He is credited with signing such Yankee standouts as Lou Gehrig, Johnny Allen, Bill Dickey and Phil Rizzuto. A sarcastic award called the Paul Krichell Talent Scout Award is featured in Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract and is awarded in each of the decade overviews to a team or scout who passed on a player that would go on to have a great MLB career. Rizzuto was turned down by both the Dodgers and Giants in their player tryout camps as for being too small, but Krichell saw something special in the youngster.


1958- After 32 scoreless innings, the White Sox score in the 3rd inning, and go on to win 7-4 over the 1st place Yankees. Veteran White Sox starter Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot HR to Yankees CF Mickey Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The HR drive is measured at 478 feet.


1961- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher George “Iron” Davis (1912) passed away. (1890-1961)
Between 1912 and 1915, George Davis pitched in 36 games for the Highlanders and the Braves. As a 1912 Yankees hurler, he appeared in 10 games for the team, while posting a 1-4 record with a 6.50 ERA. In December of 1912, he was acquired by the Boston Braves along with OF Guy Zinn from the Yankees. MLB pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer MLB career victories than Davis (7). After MLB baseball, he returned to Harvard Law School, where he was enrolled while pitching his no-hitter for the "Miracle Braves" of 1914. He became a real estate attorney in Buffalo. His final MLB pitching record was a 7-10 record with a 4.48 ERA in 36 games.


1963- Orioles’ ace Steve Barber tops the Yankees by the score of 3-1. Mickey Mantle accounts for the only Bronx score with an opposite field HR into the RF bleachers.


1966- At Fenway Park, Jim Gosger hits a game-ending 3-run HR in the 16th inning off of Bronx reliever Dooley Womack to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees.


1972- In game 2 of a doubleheader in Chicago‚ White Sox PH Dick Allen connects with 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning, he drives a Sparky Lyle pitch into the LF upper deck for a dramatic 5-4 White Sox win over the Yankees.


1977- Reggie Jackson hits a pair of run-scoring doubles to highlight a 7-run 2nd inning in Yankees 8-6 victory over the White Sox. Yankees starter Don Gullet was the winner, while Yankees closer Sparky Lyle notched his 10th save of the 1977 AL season.


1980- The Yankees‚with no picks in rounds 1 and 2‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick in the 1980 MLB amateur player draft. After protests from at least 2 other teams‚ MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play college football. A special draft (excluding the Yankees) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But Cannon elects to play college football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad‚ Cannon will be the number #1 pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his NFL playing career.


1986- Yankees veteran starter Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 7 2/3 innings before Angels batter Gary Pettis doubles‚ and Niekro combines with Yankees reliever Al Holland for an easy 11-0 shutout 1-hitter. All Star slugger Dave Winfield homers twice for the Yankees.


1988- Yankees LF Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York's 7-6 14-inning loss to the Orioles‚ giving him a club-record 249 stolen bases as a Yankees player, breaking Hal Chase’s club record of 248.


1997- For the 2nd straight night‚ Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling Yankees‚ as the Orioles trip the Yankees by the score of 9-7. The Yankees had tied the game at 7 apiece on Charlie Hayes' pinch-hit grand slam HR. The O's Chris Hoiles has 2 RBIs and Cal Ripken‚ showing no effects from signing (a major-league record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night's game‚ hits a HR. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3:01 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to 7 games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the 2nd-place Yankees in the AL East.


2006- At Camden Yards, the Orioles play small ball, cuffing Yankees starter Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, then reliever Scott Erickson for another 4 runs. The O's win the game by the score of 11-3. The Birds hit 3 HRs off of Aaron Small, one by Javy Lopez, who also homers off of Erickson. The Yankees will release the veteran hurler Scott Erickson on June 19th.


2007- Former Yankees 3B and MLB Coach Clete Boyer (1959-1966) passed away. (1937-2007) Clete Boyer was originally signed as a bonus player by the 1955 Kansas City A’s. He was traded to the Yankees in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade. He had to stay with the 1957 A’s until his bonus player period expired in June of 1957, then he was sent to the Yankees. He would play in the Yankees farm system during the 1957-1958 seasons, before joining the team in 1959. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel used him in his infield platoon system, playing him at shortstop and 3rd base. During the 1960 AL season Clete Boyer took over the regular Yankees 3B job from veterans Andy Carey and Hector Lopez during the 1960 AL season. He would become, one of finest 3B to play for the Yankees (1960-1966). He was over shadowed in the MLB by the presence of Orioles All Star 3B Brooks Robinson. In 1967 with the Braves, he won a NL Golden Glove for 3B. Clete appeared in 5 World Series with the Yankees (1960-1964). In the winter of 1966, he was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for rookie OF Bill Robinson and a minor league pitcher. The Yankees 3B position would not be solid again until the arrival of Graig Nettles in winter of 1972 from the Indians. As a Yankee player, Boyer hit .241 in 1,068 games with 95 HRs and 393 RBIs. He appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees, playing in 27 games, while hitting .233 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. Overall as a MLB player, he played in 1,725 games, while hitting .245 with 162 HRs and 654 RBIs. Boyer played pro ball in Japan for 5 seasons. After his active playing days, Boyer was an Oakland A’s MLB coach from 1980 to 1985. He moved to the Yankees organization in 1987 as a minor league coach for the AAA Columbus Clippers and was a member of the Yankees MLB coaching staff in 1988 and again from 1992 to 1994. He was the younger brother of former MLB player’s 3B Ken (Cardinals) and Pitcher Cloyd Boyer (Cardinals and the A’s), who later was Yankees MLB pitching coach.


2014- Former Yankees Bench Coach, MLB player and longtime MLB Manager Don Zimmer passed away at the age of 83. (1931-2014)
In 1949, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed shortstop Don Zimmer. In 1953, while playing in the minor leagues, he suffered a serious head-injury that almost ended his pro baseball career. After several seasons with the Dodgers as a reserve infielder, he was traded to the Cubs in 1960. Don had appeared in 1955 and 1959 World Series with the team. Also he played 3B for the 1962 Mets and the Reds, Dodgers and finishing up his MLB playing career with the 1962-1965 Senators. He spent 1966 season playing in Japan. As a MLB player, Don appeared in 1,095 games, while hitting .235 with 91 HRs and 352 RBIs. He began his minor league manager career in 1967 with the Reds AAA team Buffalo Bisons (International League) working in the Reds organization until 1970. In 1971, he became a MLB coach with the 1971 Expos, 1972 Padres, 1974-1976 Red Sox, 1983 Yankees, 1984-1986 Cubs, 1987 Giants, 1992 Red Sox, 1993-1995 Rockies and the 1996-2003 Yankees. Don Zimmer was a MLB Manager with the following teams: 1972-1973 Padres; 1976-1980 Red Sox; 1981-1982, Rangers; 1988-1991 Cubs. In 1989, Don won NL Division championship with the Cubs. He was named 1989 NL Manager of the Year. With the Yankees, he was Manager Joe Torre MLB bench coach; he served as Yankees interim manager when Torre was being treated for cancer. After the 2003 MLB post season, Don left the Yankees organization after a dispute with Yankees front office. From 2004 to 2014, he had worked as a Special Advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.


June 5th


1874- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack “Happy Jack” Chesbro (1903-1909) was born. (1874-1931)
Jack Chesbro began his minor league career in 1895. He broke into the MLB in 1899 with the Pirates, going 6-9 for the club. After going 15-13 in 1900, he won 21 games the next summer while leading the NL with 6 shutouts. He began throwing a spitball the next season (spitballs were legal until 1920) and went an astonishing 28-6 with a 2.17 ERA, leading the circuit in wins and shutouts. After finishing the 1902 NL season with 28 wins for the Pirates, Jack jumped to the AL, joining the New York Highlanders. Chesbro holds the MLB and Yankees team record for most wins in a season with 41 wins (1904). Also he had 48 complete games that season. From 1903-1909, Jack won 129 games as a Yankees pitcher, appearing in 269 games with 169 complete games, 1,953 innings, a .577 WP with a 2.58 ERA with 16 shutouts and 913 strikeouts. Overall he finished his 11-season MLB pitching career with a 198-132 record with a 2.68 ERA in 392 games. Jack Chesbro was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946


1878- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred Mitchell (1910) was born. (1878-1970)
Veteran catcher Fred Mitchell appeared in 68 games for the 1910 Yankees, while hitting .230.
Fred Mitchell, known primarily as the Manager for the pennant-winning 1918 Cubs. He played 7 seasons in the MLB. He was mostly a pitcher, but came back in 1910 to be a catcher in 62 games. His MLB playing career ran from 1901 to 1913; he appeared as a pitcher in 97 games and recorded a 31-49 record with a 4.10 ERA. At the plate, he was a .210 hitter in 572 at-bats spread across 201 games. After his active playing career ended, Mitchell was a 1914-1916 Braves MLB coach. He went on to manage the 1917-1920 Cubs, winning a NL pennant in 1918. Fred piloted the Braves from 1921 to 1923. He then moved to Harvard University where he coached their college baseball team until his retirement in 1939.


1898- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher James ‘Truck” Hannah (1918-1920) was born. (1898-1982)
James “Truck” Hannah was a pro baseball player for an amazing 30 seasons, playing in 2,267 games. In the MLB, he caught for the 1918-1920 Yankees, getting over 200 at-bats each season “Truck” Hannah hit .235 with 5 HRs and 66 RBIs in 244 games with the Yankees. He later became a Manager in the PCL in 1925. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. On January 28, 1921, the  Yankees sent C Truck Hannah, OF/1B Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to Vernon (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on September, 1920. In September of 1920, the Yankees sent players to be named later and OF Howie Camp to Vernon (PCL) for Shortstop Johnny Mitchell.


1926- The Indians add insult to injury by turning a triple play against the Yankees in 15-3 win.


1932- Yankees obtained veteran hurler Dan MacFayden from the Red Sox for 2 pitchers: Ivy Andrews, Henry Johnson and $50,000 cash. Dan went 14-11 in 62 games for the 1932-1935 Yankees.


1936- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,700th consecutive MLB game, as the Bronx Bombers beat the Tribe by the score of 4-3.


1941- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Duane “Duke” Sims (1973-1974) was born.
On September 24, 1973, the Yankees obtained veteran C/1B/DH Duke Simms on waivers from the Tigers. Duke Simms hit the last Yankees HR at the original Yankee Stadium in September of 1973. He only appeared in 9 games for the 1973-1974 Yankees, while hitting .208. On May 8, 1974, the Yankees traded Duke Simms to the Rangers for hurler Larry Gura and cash.


1951- Former Yankees OF/DH Darryl Jones (1979) was born.
Darryl Jones was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1972 MLB amateur player draft. He played 18 games with the 1979 Yankees in June, the 1st part of July. He was mostly used a DH. He was 28 years old at the time. The regular DH that year for the Yankees was Jim Spencer, having his best season by far with a .593 slugging percentage in 295 at-bats. Jones had gotten the Yankees attention by hitting .330 for Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) in 1977 and .322 for the 1978 Tacoma Yankees (AAA). He also spent 3 seasons with the AA 1974-1976 West Haven Yankees (Eastern League). He was the brother of Lynn Jones, who also made his MLB player debut in 1979.


1955- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of White Sox hurler Billy Pierce that traveled an estimated 550 Feet. The ball cleared the Left Field upper deck at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.


1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Pete Wilson (1908-1909) passed away. (1894-1957)
On September 1,1908, hurler Pete Wilson was selected by the Yankees from Hartford (Connecticut State) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He went 9-8 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 games for the 1908-1909 Yankees. On December 27,1909, Pete was purchased by Montreal (International League) from the Yankees. He would pitch in the minor leagues for 1910-1914, before retiring from the game.


1958- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees rout veteran White Sox starter Early Wynn for a
12-5 victory. In the 3rd inning, Mickey Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park HR in a month.


1963 - At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Yankees CF Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. Mantle will be out of the Yankees lineup for 61 games. Yankees Ace Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas and the Orioles by the score of 4-3, as the Yankees return to 1st place. Roger Maris would take over the CF position while Mantle is on the DL.


1977- Six Yankee batters Carlos May, Bucky Dent, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Craig Nettles and rookie INF George Zeber, each hit a HR during the Yankees 8-6 win over the White Sox. The 6 HRs were the most the Yankees hit in 1 game in 3 seasons. Rookie INF George Zeber’s HR shot was the game winner.


2006- Yankees batters Jason Giambi and Andy Phillips, each hit a 3-run HR in a 7-run 2nd inning, as the host Yankees roughed up old nemesis Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett in a 13-5 rout of Boston. Bronx Bombers had 11 hits for its 12th consecutive game with at least 10, breaking the franchise record of 11 straight games set in May 1937.


2010-The surprising Blue Jays keep giving their main Eastern Division rivals trouble. In tonight's game against the Yankees, the Jays' bullpen pitches 6 scoreless innings while Aaron Hill drives in Edwin Encarnacion with a single against Yankees reliever Chad Gaudin in the 14th inning for a 3-2 win. Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo HRs, bringing Toronto's MLB-leading HR total to 96. For the Yankees, the struggling 1B Mark Teixeira goes 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts to see his BA fall to .215.


June 6th


1907- Former Yankees HOF Catcher, Coach and Manager Bill Dickey (1928-1946) was born. (1907-1993)
Before the start of the 1928 AL season, Catcher Bill Dickey was purchased by the New York Yankees from Jackson (Cotton States) for $12,500. Bill Dickey was the 1st great Yankees catcher. He was a tough as nails player. Bill had a lifetime BA of .313 with 202 HRs and 1,209 RBIs in 1,789 games for the Yankees. In World Series play for the team, Bill appeared in 38 games, while hitting .255 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs. He hit .300 or better 10 times during his 13 MLB seasons as player. His best Yankees player season was in 1936, when he hit .362 with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs in 112 games. Bill topped the 100 RBI’s mark for 4 straight years (1936-1939.) He was AL All Star catcher (1933-1943,1946.) Bill led the AL in fielding as a catcher (1931,1935, 1937,1939,1941.) During the 1946 MLB season, he managed the Yankees to a 57-48 record, after longtime Manager Joe McCarthy had resigned as the team’s manager. He served as a MLB coach for Yankee Manager’s Bucky Harris (1947-1948) and Casey Stengel (1949-1957, 1960). Bill Dickey was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1954. HOF Yogi Berra credits Bill with teaching him the fundamentals of catching. He also taught Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard in the 1950’s as well. Later he would come to the Yankees spring training camp as a Special Advisor and work with the team’s organization catchers, including Jake Gibbs, Thurman Munson and Johnny Ellis.


1913- The Yankees were defeated for the 13th consecutive time in the 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians).


1930- Former Yankees Minor League 2B Tom Venditelli was born. (1930-2008)
Tom Venditelli played pro baseball for 10 years in the Yankees (1949-1955) and Kansas City A’s (1956-1957) minor league organizations. He later was head baseball coach at Denison University. Tom was a longtime assistant at Columbus State Community College. He was a MLB scout for the Pirates. Tom was the 1st manager of the Zanesville Greys of the Frontier League in 1993 and 1994.


1931- The Yankees turn a triple play, but lose the game to the Indians by a score of 7-5.


1934- Yankees OF Myril Hoag hit a MLB record of 6 singles in the Yankees' 15-3 rout of the Red Sox.


1937- Bronx hurler Red Ruffing’s pinch-hit HR leads the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tigers. Ruffing, who was the ace pitcher on Yankee pitching staff, also was a dangerous hitter and frequently got the call by Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy, when the Yankees need an extra bat off the bench. He hit .269 lifetime, including .254 as a pinch hitter (58 pinch hits in 228 pinch hit bats.) Ruffing, also hit 36 MLB career HRs.

1944- All MLB games were canceled as the country's focus is turned toward Europe, while allied forces invade occupied France, (Normandy Beach Invasion, D-Day).

1949- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jim Deidel (1974) was born.
Catcher Jim Deidel was selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 1967 MLB amateur player draft. He was a 3-sport athlete at Mullen High School. He had planned to play football at Colorado State University until the Yankees drafted him. In the Yankees farm system, he was at Johnson City, Oneonta, Kinston, West Haven and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League), where he played several seasons. He usually started ahead of teammate&nbs**** Dempsey in the minors during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Deidel had the misfortune to play in an era prior to the implementation of free agency in MLB and during a time when the Yankees had a near-Hall of Fame catcher (Thurman Munson) on their roster. When he was sent back to the minors by the team in 1976, he asked to be released. He had found a good job in Denver, and compared it to the lack of security as a ballplayer.

1954- Former Yankees OF/1B Dave Bergman (1975,1977) was born. (1954-2015)
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1974 MLB amateur player draft selected OF/1B Dave Bergman. Dave appeared in only 12 games with the Yankees, hitting only .048 for the team in 1975 and 1977. The Yankees traded Dave to the Houston as part of 3 minor league players involved in the Cliff Johnson trade with the Astros on June 15,1977.


1958- Former Yankees OF Bert Daniels (1910-1913) passed away. (1882-1958)
During the month of August 1909, OF Bert Daniels was purchased by the Yankees from Altoona (Tri-State League). Bert played the outfield for the 1910-1913 Yankees. He appeared in 455 games, while hitting .261 with 5 HRs and 111 RBIs. On August 8,1913, Bert was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ezra Midkiff and $12,000 to the Baltimore Orioles (International League) for INF Fritz Maisel. Daniels managed the 1918 St. Joseph Saints (Western League). At the time the league suspended its operations in early July, the team had a 30-38 record and was in 7th place. He coached Manhattan College’s baseball team from 1931-1938.


1963- Former Yankees INF Charlie Mullen (1914-1916) passed away. (1889-1963)
INF Charlie Mullen appeared in 192 games for the 1914-1916 Yankees, while hitting .263 with 0 HRs and 69 RBIs. On July 14th that year, he had the Yankees' lone hit in a 6-inning win over the Naps in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees would not win another game in which they were limited to 1 hit for over a century, the next instance coming on May 29, 2016 against the  Rays. Charlie later became a minor league manager.


1965- In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Yankees switch-hitter Tom Tresh connected for 3 consecutive HRs in the 12-0 rout of the White Sox. Tresh hit his 1st HR right-handed off of starter Juan Pizarro in the 1st inning, then went to the other side of the plate and hit 2 HRs against Chicago reliever Bruce Howard in the 3rd and 5th innings. The Yankees won the 1st game of the doubleheader by a score of 6-1.


1965- The Yankees claimed shortstop Bill Bethea on waivers from the Twins. He never plays for the Yankees at the MLB Level. He was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Toledo Mud Hens (International League). He had played in 10 MLB games for the 1964 Twins, while hitting .167.


1972- The Yankees obtained veteran hurler Wade Blasingame from the Astros for a player to be named later. Wade’s claim to fame as Yankee was during a start against the Tigers, when he walked the 1st batter and then surrendered 3 consecutive HR’s, with the last HR being a shot over the roof in left center field at Tiger Stadium.


1977- Veteran Yankees starter Catfish Hunter comes off the DL, pitches a 6-hit, complete game 9-2 win over the Rangers. Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson hits his 10th and 11th HR’s of the 1977 AL season.


1990- Longtime Yankees Minor League system Manager Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as the Yankees Manager. The Yankees are in 7th place in the AL East with a dismal 18-31 team record. Bucky Dent’s Yankees Managing career overall record was 36-53 (1989-1990).


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June 7th


1900- Former Yankees Pitcher Ed Wells (1929-1932) was born. (1900-1986)
On August 28,1928, hurler Ed Wells was purchased by the Yankees from the Birmingham (Southern Association). Ed went 37-20 in 107 games for the Yankees. On April 14,1933, he was purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees.


1907- The Red Sox purchase 43-year-old Catcher Deacon McGuire from the New York Highlanders and make him the team’s manager. He will have a 98-123 record this season and in 1908.


1911- Former Yankees Reliever Ralph “Buck” Buxton (1949) was born. (1911-1988)
In 1949, Ralph “Buck” Buxton went 0-1 in 14 games with 2 saves for the Yankees. He originally came up to the MLB in 1938 with the Philadelphia A’s. He pitched in the minor leagues from 1939-1948.


1913- At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally win a game over the White Sox by the score of
3-2. The Yankees end their 13–game winless streak (12 loses, 1 tie.) It was the club’s longest winless streak ever. The 1913 Yankees are now 10-34 for the season. They will finish the 1913 AL season in 7th place with a 57-94 record.


1927- At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back HR’s in the 4th inning, off of hurler Tommy Thomas to beat the White Sox by the score of 4-1, increasing the Yankees' lead over Chicago to 2 games. Yankees Catcher Pat Collins also hit a HR for the team, while Bud Clancy matches HRs for the White Sox.


1936- A HR by George Selkirk in the 16th inning, gives Red Ruffing and the Yankees, a 5-4 win over Indians hurler Oral Hildebrand. Ruffing has 3 hits, including a HR. In creditably, there are no strikeouts in the 16-inning game.


1939- In his 1st at bat since April 29th, Joe DiMaggio hit a triple to pace the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.


1945- Former Yankees MLB Coach George Mitterwald (1988) was born.
Catcher George Mitterwald spent all of his MLB playing career with the Twins and Cubs, playing for 11 seasons. On April 17, 1974, in only his 5th game as a member of the Cubs, he had the best day of his MLB playing career in leading the Cubbies to an 18-9 win over the Pirates; he went 4 for 4 with a walk, a double and 3 HRs, while driving in 8 runs. He would be the last Cubs catcher to have a 3-HR game until Dioner Navarro on May 29, 2013. George was a 1988 Yankees MLB Coach.


1947- Former AL All Star Yankees Catcher and Team Captain Thurman Munson (1969-1979) was born. (1947-1979)
Catcher Thurman Munson was selected in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1968 MLB amateur player draft by the Yankees. He was signed by former Yankees OF Gene Woodling, who was now a MLB scout for the team. He was a graduate of Kent State University. Munson, who died in aircraft crash in August of 1979, finished his Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .292 with 113 HRs and 701 RBIs in 1,423 games. He was named the 1970 AL Rookie of Year. In 1976, he won the AL MVP award. He was named Yankee captain. Munson was an AL All Star catcher in 1971,1973-1978. He won AL Golden Glove as a catcher from 1973-1975. Truman was a modern day version of Bill Dickey. His World Series lifetime BA was .373 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 16 games, while in the AL Playoffs series his BA was .339 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 14 games.


1967- The last-place Yankees have the 1st pick in the1967 MLB free-agent player draft and use it to select 1B Ron Blomberg from Atlanta, Ga. Ron “Boomer” Blomberg will become the 1st designated hitter in MLB history.


1968- The Yankees selected Kent State University Catcher Thurman Munson in the
1st round (4th pick) of the 1968 MLB amateur player draft. Yankees MLB Scout Gene Woodling will sign him.


1971-Yankees obtained OF Danny Walton from the Brewers for 2 reserve players: INF/OF Frank Tepedino and OF Bobby Mitchell. Walton never turned out to be the power hitter the Yankees were hoping for. In the fall of 1972, he would be traded to the Twins for reserve C Rick Dempsey.


1973- In 2 separate MLB player transactions; Yankees purchased veteran hurler “Sudden Sam” McDowell from the Giants for $100,000. Then they obtained veteran starter Pat Dobson from Braves for reserve players: 1B/OF Wayne Nordhagen, OF/1B Frank Tepedino, Pitchers David Cheadle and Alan Coster. Former AL All Star hurler Sam McDowell was still batting serious drinking problems; he was a major disappointment with the Yankees. Meanwhile Pat Dobson went 9-8 in 1973, and then he went 19-15 in 1974, before fading in 1975, resulting in being traded in November to White Sox for OF/DH Oscar Gamble. The 4 Yankee players sent to the Braves did nothing as MLB players.


1982- In the 1982 MLB free agent player draft, the Yankees select 2-sport star Bo Jackson in the 2nd round, but Bo instead opts for Auburn College to play college football; later he will sign a MLB contract with the Royals in 1986.


1990- At Fenway Park, 2 Boston pitchers, starter Greg Harris and closer Jeff Reardon combine to hurl a 1-hitter beating the Yankees by a score of 3-0.


1998- Yankees starter David Cone strikes out 14 Florida batters, as he hurls a 2-hitter to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 decision over the Marlins.


1998- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom Buskey (1973-1974) passed away in Harrisburg, PA from injuries involving an auto accident. (1947-1998)
In 1969, the Yankees signed hurler Tom Buskey as an MLB amateur free agent. His Yankees pitching record was 0-2 in 12 games with 2 saves. Tom was a short relief man, who was traded by the Yankees to the Indians in the Chris Chambliss trade during the 1974 AL season.


2011- On the day he is handed a 3-game suspension for losing his cool with an umpire on June 4th, Jonathan Papelbon notches the 200th save of his career in Boston's 6-4 win over the Yankees. He has needed only 259 appearances to reach the milestone, beating Mariano Rivera, who had been fastest, doing it in 382 games.


June 8th


1887- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Delmar “Del” Paddock (1912) was born. (1887-1952)
In 1911, he played for the Dubuque Hustlers (3-I League). The White Sox purchased him, tried him for 1 game, and then returned him to Dubuque, which sold him the same season to the Highlanders. Paddock showed that he could use the bat, hitting .288 in 46 games and also adding 23 walks for a .393 on-base percentage. That would have been good enough for 7th in the league in on-base percentage, if he had had enough plate appearances. His.378 slugging percentage was also 44 points above the team average. However, in the field at 3rd base, he made 14 errors in 41 games.  Roy Hartzell was the regular 3rd baseman, a decent hitter who made 20 errors in 56 games at the position while also playing quite a bit at other positions (Hartzell played more outfield in his career than 3rd base). The Yankees sold Paddock to the Rochester Hustlers (International League) in December of 1912.


1927- Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HR’s during the Yankees come from behind win against the White Sox 12-11 in 11 innings. Tony hit 2 HR’s off of White Sox starter Red Faber; he hit a game tying 2-run HR in the 9th inning off of White Sox reliever George Connally.


1933- Philadelphia slugger Jimmie Foxx hit 3 HRs in his 1st 3 at-bats as the A’s outscore the Yankees by a score of 14-10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him 4 consecutive HRs.


1935- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig collides with Red Sox base-runner Carl Reynolds on a play at 1B. Lou leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. His MLB consecutive game-playing streak is preserved in part by a rainout of the next day's game and an open date in the 1935 New York Yankees season schedule.


1941- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey makes unassisted double play in the 1st game of a doubleheader again the St. Louis Browns and thereby ties the MLB record for unassisted double plays in 1 game by a catcher.


1954- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lenn Sakata (1987) was born.
The Yankees signed veteran INF Lenn Sakata as a MLB free agent. Lenn had previously played for the Brewers and Orioles. He appeared in 48 games for the team, while hitting .267 as a reserve infielder during the 1987 AL season. He later became a minor league manager for the Giants organization.


1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Britt Burns (1986) was born.
On December 12,1985, starter Britt Burns was traded by the White Sox along with minor league players Glen Braxton and Mike Soper to the Yankees for P Joe Cowley and C/DH/1B Ron Hassey. Britt never pitched for the Yankees due to a hip injury that ended his MLB pitching career. He later became a minor league pitching coach for several MLB organizations.


1969- New York Yankees' uniform No. 7 is officially retired on “Mickey Mantle Day.” A crowd of 60,096 fans come to Yankee Stadium to honor Mickey Mantle and watched the Yankees sweep the White Sox in a doubleheader by scores of 3-1 and 11-2. Yankees Hall Of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio is present to the wall plaque to his former Yankees teammate. In turn Mantle surprises the Yankee Clipper with a wall plaque to celebrate Joe’s being named “Greatest Living Player in Baseball History” as part of MLB’s 100th anniversary season (1869-1969). The surprised Joe DiMaggio remarks ‘I’m out here in great company.”


1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Ownie Carroll (1930) passed away. (1902-1975)
On May 30,1930, veteran hurler Ownie Carroll was traded by the Tigers along with OF Harry Rice and INF Yats Wuestling to the Yankees for veteran starter Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. Ownie appeared in 10 games for the 1930 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On September 13,1930, he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would finish MLB pitching career with the 1934 Dodgers. Carroll had been a star HS baseball player in New Jersey, then attending Holy Cross College, while posting a 50-2 record before signing with the Tigers. Overall, he went 65-89 with a 4.43 ERA in 248 games in 9 seasons (1925,1927-1934.) as a MLB pitcher. From 1948-1972, he was the Head Baseball Coach at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.


1977- Yankees starter Mike Torrez’s 5-hit, 9-2 victory against the Brewers, puts the Yankees into 1st place in the AL East, the 1st time since May 20th.


1981- The Yankees use their 1st round player draft pick to select college football QB John Elway, who will only play 1 season of minor league baseball (Oneonta Yankees, Class A, New York-Penn League)) for the Yankees before going on to a long successful NFL playing career.


1986- In the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history, the Orioles beat the Yankees by a score of 18-9. The game features 9 pitchers, 36 hits and 16 walks, it takes 4-hours, 16-minutes to complete.


1997- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ken Hunt (1959-1960) passes away (1934-1997)
In 1952, the Yankees signed OF Ken Hunt as a MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in 32 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, while batting .303. He was unable to crack the regular Yankees starting outfield of Mantle, Bauer, Siebern, later Lopez and Berra. In December of 1960, Ken Hunt was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 1960 AL expansion team player draft. Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who helped the Angels with MLB scouting reports on players placed in the draft, recommend him to the Angels front office. In 1961, Ken Hunt hit .255 with 25 HRs with the Angels. He would finish out MLB playing career with the 1964 Senators. In 1966, Ken finished his active playing career playing with the Cubs AAA team, the Tacoma Cubs (Pacific Coast League). Ken Hunt was the stepfather of Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the classic 1960s CBS-TV sitcom "The Munsters". He was a close friend to his Yankees teammate OF Roger Maris; the 2 players are buried next to each other at Holy Cross Trinity Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota.


2005- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 400-HR MLB career club, when he hit a solo HR in the 8th inning of Bomber’s 12-3 victory over the Brewers.


2011- The Red Sox take over 1st place in the AL East by dropping the Yankees by the score of 11-6 at New Yankee Stadium. Veteran Red Sox hurler Tim Wakefield continues to do well in filling for injured members of the starting rotation, picking up his 3rd win after being staked an early 7-0 lead. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew all hit HRs as Yankees starter A.J. Burnett takes the loss. But not all is rosy for Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia heads home after the game to have his ailing right knee examined, but the problem turns out to be only a bone bruise. The Yankees are not so lucky as they place P Joba Chamberlain on the DL before the game with what turns out to be a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery; Boston reliever Bobby Jenks also goes on the DL, but his outlook is not as dire as Joba's.


2013- On the day when his son Josh is selected by the Yankees in the 37th round of the MLB amateur player draft, Yankees veteran starter Andy Pettitte wins the 250th game of his MLB pitching career beating the Mariners by the score of 3-1.


June 9th


1902- Former Yankees and MLB Baseball Executive Roy Haney was born. (1902-1983)
Roy Hamey was a long time MLB front office executive. He spent time as a General Manager for the Kansas City Blues (Yankees top AA club), Pittsburgh Pirates (1945-1950), Philadelphia Phillies (1954-1958) and the New York Yankees (1959-1963). He was the 1st true General Manager of the Pirates, as the Pirates team president had previously handled the GM duties. With the Yankees, he had served under George Weiss as Assistant GM and Farm Director. In October of 1960, he replaced retiring George Weiss as the Yankees General Manager. In 1963, Roy stepped down as Yankees GM due to health reasons, with Yankees Manager Ralph Houk becoming the new Yankees GM. While Yankees named player-coach Yogi Berra is named the team’s manager for the 1964 MLB season.


1915- At the Polo Grounds‚ the White Sox pound the Yankees by the score of 13-0‚ as Chicago starter Eddie Cicotte allows just 2 Yankee hits. Braggo Roth leads the White Sox hitting attack with a HR‚ triple and single.


1920- The Yankees come from behind to club the host Tigers by the score of 13-6. Pacing the Yankees are Bob Meusel with a double and 2 singles, hurler George Mogridge with a bases-loaded double before the Tigers knock him out. Babe Ruth has a single‚ 2 walks, he is hit with a pitch. The Tigers are playing without Ty Cobb‚ who is out 10 days with an injured knee.


1922- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park ‚ the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox. On a 2-out single to shortstop‚ Yankees Catcher Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning when he slides into 1st base‚ he is replaced by reserve C Al DeVormer. After the 3rd out‚ Wally Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th inning‚ DeVormer again runs for him‚ this time staying in to catch the rest of the game.


1927- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees win for the 3rd straight time over the White Sox winning the game by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers knock out Chicago starter Ted Blankenship out of the box in the 7th inning. Yankees batter Ray Morehart hits White Sox reliever Bert Cole's 1st pitch for a 3-run HR. Babe Ruth follows with a triple and then he steals home. The Yankees score 6 runs in the inning.


1928- Indians OF Charlie Jamieson starts his 2nd triple play in 3 weeks‚ this time against the Yankees in the 2nd inning. Ben Paschal is on 3rd base‚ and Tony Lazzeri on 1st‚ when Jamieson snags a line drive hit by Joe Dugan. Charlie's quick throw to 1B Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri‚ Ben Paschal is out at home when he tries to score. Again‚ the Tribe are on the losing end‚ as the Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 7-3.


1931- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Manager Bill Virdon (1974-1975) was born.
In 1950, the Yankees originally signed OF Bill Vidron; but he was later traded along with P Mel Wright and another minor league player to the Cardinals for veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter in 1954. In 1955, he won the NL Rookie Of Year award with the Cardinals. Bill would go on to be an All Star OF with the Pirates. He hit .241 with the Pirates in the 1960 World Series against the Yankees. He managed the Pirates before coming to the Yankees to replace longtime Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, who resigned at the end of 1973 MLB season. He is the only modern era New York Yankees manager to not win a game at Yankee Stadium. Bill’s tenure as the Yankees Manager was when the team played their home games at Shea Stadium (1974-1975) during the remodeling of Yankee Stadium. In 1974, Bill was named The Sporting News American League Manager of the Year, for his 2nd place finish in the AL East with the Yankees. He helped Bobby Murcer become a better MLB outfielder in 1974. Bill had moved Elliot Maddox to CF, Bobby Murcer went to RF. The 1975 AL season was marred with injuries to key Yankee players such as Bobby Bonds, Lou Piniella and veteran starter Mel Stottlemyre. After being replaced by the Yankees in 1975 mid season by Billy Martin. He would later manage the Astros and Expos in the NL.


1933- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, A’s slugger Jimmie Foxx ties a MLB record with another HR‚ his 5th HR in 3 games and his 12th of the 1933 AL season‚ but the A's bow to the Yankees by the score of 7-6. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits his 12th HR of the season; teammate Tony Lazzeri hits a 3-run HR in the 8th inning to ice it. The sweltering heat in the east (New York City sets a heat record for the date with 97 degrees) causes both teams starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter: after 5 innings Pitcher Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout, he has to be carried away.


1936- St. Louis Browns Manager Rogers Hornsby makes his 2nd and last appearance of the 1936 AL season as he replaces the injured Jim Bottomley at 1B. The Browns beat the league-leading Yankees by the score of 5-3‚ when “The Rajah” draws a walk to force in the winning run and Beau Bell follows with another walk.


1946- The New York Times reported that the Giants and the Yankees had agreed to a best of 3 exhibition series, with the winner to receive the William O’Dwyer trophy. O’Dwyer was the Mayor of New York City from 1946 to 1950. Over the years the teams had play in exhibition series games but not on a regular basis. As early as 1912, the Yankees and Giants played a game at the Polo Grounds to raise funds for the American victims of the HMS Titanic disaster. There were a few games played during the 1930’s to help out NYC depression relief funds. On June 26, 1944, there was a benefit’s game with all 3 New York MLB teams to raise funds for the war relief effort.


1946- The Yankees draw 66,545 fans for their doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, breaking 1-million attendance mark in the earliest date in MLB history. The Tribe takes the opener by a score of 9-5, while the Yankees come back to win the nightcap by a score of 7-4.


1947- The 2nd place Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Yankees starter Allie Reynolds issues 8 walks and reliever Bill Bevens allows 3 more free passes. Yankees closer Joe Page walks none in the 9th inning, but Yankees Catcher Aaron Robinson allows a pop-up drop in front of the plate for a single and 2 hits later‚ the Sox score the winning run. Yankees Johnny Lindell and White Sox hitter Luke Appling match HRs.


1959- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s by the score of 9-8 in 13 innings. Mickey Mantle HR in the 4th inning‚ off of veteran MLB hurler Murry Dickson‚ but it is Hector Lopez's single that wins it for the Yankees in the 13th inning.


1961- In a rain-interrupted game in at Yankee Stadium‚ Yankees CF Mickey Mantle's 3-run HR in the 3rd inning is the difference in a 8-6 win over the A’s. His Yankees teammate, Roger Maris also HRs‚ the 3rd time during the 1961 AL season, that the M&M Boys have gone deep in the same game.


1969- The Yankees purchased veteran knuckleball hurler Ken Johnson from the Braves for undisclosed amount of cash. Johnson appeared in 12 games for the 1969 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.46 ERA. In August of 1969, the Yankees sent Ken to the Cubs.


1973- At Kansas City‚ the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to stop the Royals by the score of 6-4. Newcomer Yankees hurler Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings in relief, he allows only 1 Royals hit to win the game. The Bombers move into 1st place in the AL East with the win.


1974- Former Yankees DH/OF Randy Winn (2010) was born.
On February 8, 2010, veteran OF Randy Winn was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. The Yankees released Randy Winn in May of 2010, after appearing in only 29 games, hitting just .213 with 1 HR and 8 RBI’s. He will finish the 2010 MLB season with the Cardinals.


1977- Bronx shortstop Bucky Dent’s 3-hits highlight a Yankees 10-1 victory at Milwaukee County Stadium over the Brewers with Yankees starter Don Gullet picking up his 5th victory of the 1977 AL season.


1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Jason Anderson (2003, 2005) was born.
On June 5,2000, Jason Anderson was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the MLB amateur player draft. In 2003, Jason appeared in 22 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On July 16,2003, Anderson was traded by the Yankees along with minor league players Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia to the Mets for NL All Star reliever Armando Benitez. On June 1,2004, Jason was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in 3 games for the 2004 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On February 15, 2006, Jason was selected off waivers by the Padres from the Yankees.


1981- At Royals Stadium, the Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 8-5 by using 4 relief pitchers. Jeff Nelson started the game, followed by Dave LaRoche, then Mike Griffin and the game was closed out by Rich Gossage, who picks up his 17th save of the 1981 season. LaRoche goes 4 plus innings, picking up his 3rd victory of the season. Yankees knock out Royals starter Juan Berenguer, who was replaced by reliever Renie Martin, who took the loss, dropping to 1-3 record. Yankees hitters Dave Winfield and Graig Nettles hit HRs for the Yankees.


1992- The Yankees traded hurler Lee Guetterman to the Mets in exchange for veteran MLB Pitcher Tim Burke. Lee Guetterman had pitched for the 1988-1992 Yankees, while compiling a 21-19 record with a 3.73 ERA with 2 saves in 233 games. Veteran hurler Tim Burke will appear in 23 games for the 1992 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 3.25 ERA. After the 1992 MLB season ends, the Yankees will grant him MLB free agency.


1993- Current Yankees Pitcher Jonathan Holder (2016-2017) was born.
Jonathan Holder was drafted by the Yankees in the 6th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Miss. State University. After pitching for AAA Scranton in 2016, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.65 ERA with 16 saves in 33 games, he made his MLB pitching debut with the team in September of 2016, appearing in 8 games in relief with no decisions. In 2017, he went 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA in 37 games for the team. He is currently has a 1-1 record with a 2.84 ERA in 17 games working out of the 2018 Yankees bullpen.


2002- At Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 55,335 fans, Yankees veteran starter Roger Clemens holds the Giants to just to 2 runs, 7 hits with 9 strikeouts in 8 innings. Yankees reliever Steve Karsay closes the game for the Yankees picking up his 2nd save of the 2002 season with a scoreless 9th inning. Yankees DH Nick Johnson has 1 hit with 2 RBIs, also Robin Ventura and Rondell White drive in runs for the Yankees. Giants’ starter Felix Rodriguez takes the lost.


2010- At Camden Yards in Baltimore, Yankees ace CC Sabathia goes 7 innings allowing only 2 Orioles runs as the Yankees defeat the Orioles by the score of 4-2. Bronx reliever Joba Chamberlain and Closer Mo Rivera close out the game with 2 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 Oriole hit. Rivera picks-up his 14 save of the 2010 AL season. Sabathia improves his 2010 AL season record to 6-3. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano leads the Yankees hitting attack with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate, while driving in 1 run. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman takes the lost for the Birds; he is still winless for the 2010 AL season with a 0-2 mark.


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