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This Week in Yankees History July 29th-August 4th
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This Week in Yankees History July 29th-August 4th Part One

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July 29th

1877- Former Yankees Pitcher Earl Moore (1907) was born. (1877-1961)
On May 16,1907, hurler Earl Moore was traded by the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) to the Yankees for OF Frank Delahanty and hurler Walter Clarkson. Earl appeared in 12 games for the 1907 Yankees, posting a 2-6 record with a 3.34 ERA. During the month of August 1907, Earl Moore was purchased by Jersey City (Eastern League) from the Yankees.

1899- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Beall (1924-1927) was born. (1899-1959)
On August 28,1924, hurler Walter Beall was purchased by the Yankees from the Rochester Tribe (International League) for $50,000. Walter went 4-5 with 4.46 ERA and 1 save in 33 games for the Yankees. He finished his MLB pitching career with the 1929 Senators.

1903- Boston starter Cy Young goes all the way as the Red Sox loses to the Highlanders by a score of 15-14. The Highlanders had been shut out in their 2 previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle, but Cy gets little defense as Boston makes 8 errors behind him. Highlanders’ starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th inning for Harry Howell, while OF Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead their offense. The game lasts 2 hours 10 minutes.

1914- Former Yankees and MLB Baseball Executive Cedric Tallis was born. (1914-1991)
Cedric Tallis joined the expansion Los Angeles Angels as Business Manager in 1961. He became Vice President of Operations in 1965. Tallis was then 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 in 1976-1977, General Manager in 1978-1979 replacing departed Gabe Paul and Yankees Team President from 1980-1983, replacing Al Rosen, who went to the Astros.

1928- The Indians score 8 runs in the 1st inning and 9 runs in the 2nd inning in a 24-6 win over the Yankees at home. Indians hitter Johnny Hodapp becomes the 1st AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game. He strokes 2 singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings of the game. The Yankees' lead in the AL shrinks from 11 1/2 games to just 6 games in 1 week.

1938- In a post-game radio interview with Bob Elson in Chicago, Yankees OF Jake Powell’s will make nationwide headlines with remarks about "beating up n******s and then throwing them in jail" as part of his off-season duties as a policeman. For the public statements, MLB Commissioner Judge Landis suspends Jake Powell for 10 days. The Yankees will trade him to the Senators in 1940.

1943- The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 11-1 on Tuesday afternoon game played at Yankee Stadium. Marius Russo picks the victory, he is now 3-4 for the season, while Vern Kennedy takes the loss for the Tribe, he is now 4-4. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs hit Bud Metheny, Charlie Keller and Joe “Flash” Gordon. The 1943 Yankees team record is now at 54-34-1 mark.

1951- Former Yankees OF/DH Gary Thomasson (1978) was born.
On June 15,1978, Gary Thomasson was traded by the Oakland A’s to the Yankees for OF Dell Alston, Reserve INF Mickey Klutts and $50,000. Gary had 3 game winning hits, while filling in for the injured Mickey Rivers in CF, while playing in 55 games with a .276 BA with 3 HRs and 20 RBIs. On February 15,1979, Gary was traded to the Dodgers for Catcher Brad Gulden.

1951- Before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 70,972 fans, the Yankees sweep the White Sox in a twin bill by scores of 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio powers 2 HRs off of hurler Lou Kretlow in the opener and ex-White Sox hurler Bob Kuzava out-duels Saul Rogovin to win the nightcap. With yesterday's game rained out, the White Sox are now 6 ½ games out of 1st place in the 1951 AL pennant race.

1954- Former Yankees INF Babe Borton (1913) passed away (1888-1954)
On June 1,1913, Babe Borton was traded by the White Sox along with INF Rollie Zeider to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Babe only appeared in 33 games for the 1913 Yankees, while hitting just .130 with 11 RBIs and no HRs. On July 7,1913, he was traded by the Yankees along with cash to Jersey City (International League) for INF John Knight. He later played for the 1915 St. Louis Terriers (Federal League). He finished his MLB playing career with the 1916 St. Louis Browns.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave LaPoint (1989-1990) was born.
The Yankees signed veteran hurler Dave LaPoint as a MLB free agent in 1988. He went 13-19 in 48 games for the Yankees. Later, he became a Minor League Manager in the Independent Leagues.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League P Steve Frey was born.
The Yankees in the 15th round of the 1983 MLB amateur player draft selected hurler Steve Frey. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 11,1987, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Phil Lombardi and OF Darren Reed to the Mets for shortstop Rafael Santana and minor league player Victor Garcia.

1966- The Yankees edge the White Sox by the score of 2-1 on Mickey Mantle's 14th HR in 24 games. Mickey Mantle moves ahead of Hall of Fame Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig into 6th place on the MLB career HR list with the blast.

1969- Yankees reliever Jack Aker's string of 33 scoreless innings comes to an end as the A's rally for 3 runs to top the Yankees by a score of 6-5. Vida Blue, the Oakland starter, receives credit for his 1st MLB career victory.

1977- Bronx starter Ron Guidry and Closer Sparky Lyle combine for a 4-0 win as the Yankees streak to their 5th win in 6 games. Cliff Johnson and Graig Nettles, each hit HRs for the Yankees.

1978- The Yankee Stadium crowd is pleasantly surprised as recently resigned skipper Billy Martin returns to join in on the 1978 Old Timers' Day festivities. Much to their delight, the fans are informed "Billy the Kid' will return as Yankees skipper for the 1980 AL season.

1991- During a game at Yankee Stadium, Oakland A’s OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll, a transistor radio and a head of cabbage. The A’s escape with a 10-8 victory, as Canseco strokes a double in 4 at bats.

1997- The Blue Jays pick up veteran INF Mariano Duncan from the Yankees for cash and minor league player OF Angel Ramirez. Duncan had played in 159 games for the 1996-1997 Yankees, while hitting .311 with 9 HRs and 69 RBIs. Angel Ramirez never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

2007- Former Yankees OF Bill Robinson (1967-1969) passed away. (1943-2007)
During the winter of 1966, OF Bill Robinson came to the Yankees from the Braves in the Clete Boyer trade. Bill won the 1967 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankee rookie in spring training camp. He was supposed to be the “black” Mickey Mantle, but he never adjusted to playing in New York City with all of the media pressure. His Yankees team mate Mickey Mantle try to help him out, but Bill couldn’t get settled in. He would hit .206 with 16 HRs with 96 RBIs in 310 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees. He was sent down to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League). Later he would return to the MLB with the Pirates, who had drafted him from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 Player draft. He appeared in the 1979 World Series with the Pirates. He would later play for the Phillies and the Braves. After retiring as a player, he became a MLB batting Coach for several MLB teams. In 1990-1991, he was an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight.” Also he was a minor league manager for the Giants and the Phillies organizations. At the time of his death in 2007, he was the batting coach for the Dodgers AAA team at Los Vegas (PCL).

July 30th

1890- Former MLB player and HOF Yankees Manager Casey Stengel (1949-1960) was born. (1890-1975).
Casey Stengel was an outfielder in NL for 14 seasons with a lifetime BA of .284 with 60 HRs and 535 RBIs in 1,277 games. He played for the Giants, Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and finishing with the Braves in 1925. As a player with the 1923 Giants, Casey hit the 1st World Series HR at Yankee Stadium. In 3 World Series as player, he hit .393 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Casey Stengel managed the great Yankees Dynasty teams of 1949-1960. Before joining the Yankees, Casey had managed in the NL with the Dodgers and Braves with no success. He had a long career as minor league manager with teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens, Milwaukee Millers and the 1948 Oakland Oaks (PCL). He won 5 straight World Championships with the Yankees (1949-1953). Also he won World Championships in 1956 and 1958. He finished his Yankees managing career with a record of 1,149-696, WP .619 with 10 AL Flags and 7 World Championships. He was let go by the Yankees after his manager’s contract expired in October of 1960. That winter, he was hired as a Special Talent Consultant by Angels Team Owner Gene Autry, helping them with their expansion player draft choices. Casey would return to NYC in 1962 to manage the new NL expansion team, the Mets, a position that he held until mid-1965 season, when he suffered a serious hip injury that forced him to retire at the age of 76 from MLB. Casey Stengel was elected in a special election after being injured in an auto accident by baseball writers to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 25,1966. He used his baseball earnings to buy a bank in California, and served late in life as the Bank President, deciding on loans and other banking matters.

1914- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Peek (1941) was born. (1914-1991)
Before the start of the 1937 MLB season, the Yankees signed hurler Steve Peek, as an amateur free agent. He spent 4 seasons in the minors (1937-1940), having his best season in 1940 with the AA Newark Bears (International League), posting a 14-4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 144 innings, helping his team to the International League play-off championship. Steve looked strong in the Yankees spring training workouts. He made his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on April 16th. He appeared in 17 games, pitching 80 innings, while posting a 4-2 record before being sent back to Newark for the balance of the 1941 baseball season. Steve went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA for the Bears, missing his chance to play in a World Series, when the Yankees won the AL title by 17 games over the 2nd-place Red Sox. The Yankees beat the NL Champion Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the 1941 World Series. Peek did not play in the series. He never returned to the MLB. Steve spent the next 4 years (1942-1945) with the US Army during World War II. He returned from the service in time for the 1946 MLB season, but at the age of 31, he would spend the rest of his pro baseball career playing in the high minor leagues. He played with the Newark Bears again before he finished out his pro pitching career in 1948 with the Seattle Rainiers (PCL). Steve's 8 seasons in the minor leagues saw him post a 73-44 record, while appearing in 186 games and pitching 974 innings.

1919- The Yankees obtained Pitcher Carl “Sub” Mays from the Red Sox for hurlers Hubert McGraw and Alan Russell, a minor leaguer to be named later and $25,000. Veteran starter Carl Mays would go 80-39 in 4 ½ seasons with the Yankees, including a 26-11 record in 1920 and 27-9 mark in 1921. Unfortunately, Carl and Yankees Manager Miller Higgins never got along, which included a fist fight, that their strained relationship, which resulted in his trade to the Reds in 1923.

1922- The 1922 AL pennant race heats up with the Browns move to a 1 1/2 game lead beating the Red Sox by the score of 4-1, as the White Sox beat the Yankees.

1930- Former Yankees C/1B Augustus “Gus” Triandos (1953-1954) was born. (1930-2013)
In 1948, the Yankees signed Gus Triandos as a MLB amateur free agent. He missed the 1951-1952 MLB seasons due to military service. He appeared in 20 games with the 1953-1954 Yankees, just hitting .171. He was unable to beat out Yankees starting Catcher Yogi Berra. Gus was traded on November 17,1954, along with players to be named later, Pitchers Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald, INF Willy Miranda, Catcher Hal Smith and OF Gene Woodling to the Orioles for players to be named later, pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen, INF Billy Hunter. Gus would become AL All Star catcher for the Orioles during the 1957-1959 AL seasons. He caught Hoyt Wilhelm’s no-hitter against the Yankees in 1958. Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling would give the Orioles some power hitters in their 1955 starting line-up. In 1955, he hit .277 with 12 HRs and 65 RBIs. Gus would play for the Yankees, Orioles, Tigers, Phillies and the Astros from 1953-1965.

1936- The Yankees with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Myril Hoag, drop a 5-4 decision to the Tigers. On August 1st, Powell will go to LF with rookie OF Joe DiMaggio playing CF for the 1st time. George Selkirk will return to RF. The Yankees lose today, when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th inning and Burns scores the winning run. The Tigers Starter Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Yankees starter Johnny Broaca.

1940- Former Yankees Reserve INF Cesar “Pepi” Tovar (1976) was born. (1940-1994)
Reserve INF Cesar Tovar played in 13 games hitting .154 in September 1976 for the Yankees. He had played for Manager Billy Martin, when he was managing the Twins. After the 1976 MLB season, he retired as an active player.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve OF Howie “Hawk” Shanks (1925) passed away. (1890-1941)
On December 10,1924, veteran OF Howie Shanks was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for INF Mike McNally. He appeared in 66 games for the 1925 Yankees, while hitting .258 with 1 HR and 18 RBIs. On December 16,1925, Howie Shanks was released by the Yankees. He played for the Senators from 1912-1922, then for the Red Sox before being traded to the Yankees in 1924.

1947- Former Yankees DH/1B Jim Spencer (1978-1981) was born. (1947-2002)
On December 12,1977, 1B Jim Spencer was traded by the White Sox along with P Bob Polinsky (minors) and OF Tommy Cruz to the Yankees for Pitchers Stan Thomas, Ed Ricks (minors) and cash. Jim never hit as expected for the Yankees during his stay with the Bombers. His best Yankees season was in 1979, when he hit .279. On May 20,1981, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with P Tom Underwood to the Oakland A’s for 1B Dave Revering, hurlers Mike Patterson and Chuck Dougherty (minors). After retiring from MLB, he coached the U.S. Naval Academy baseball team for several years. In 2002, Jim passed away from cancer.

1951- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio makes a rare defensive mental error against the Tigers, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep CF and, thinking it's the 3rd out of the inning, begins trotting in towards the Yankees dugout. But it's only the 2nd out and Tigers base runner George Kell scores from 2B to make the score 4-2 in the 8th inning. Despite the Yankee Clipper’s mental lapse, the Yankees win the game by a score of 5-4 with The Yankee Clipper knocking in the winning run in the 9th inning.

1952- Chicago Journeyman hurler Lou Kretlow fashions his 2nd consecutive 2-hitter, as the White Sox down the Yankees by the score of 7-0.

1954- Against Yankees veteran starter Allie Reynolds, Orioles 3B Bob Kennedy hits the 1st Grand Slam HR for the new Baltimore Orioles franchise. The Orioles surpass the top season attendance the St. Louis Browns had in their 52 seasons, as they draw 27,385 for the game, giving them 7,000 more than the 712,918 fans that St. Louis Browns drew in 1922.

1955- The Orioles obtained veteran hurler Ed Lopat from the Yankees for P Jim McDonald and cash. The Yankees sent Jim McDonald down to their AAA team, the Denver Bears (American Association), where he posted a 1-3 record in 5 games. He previous pitched for the 1952-1954 Yankees. Lopat was at the end of his fine long MLB pitching career. Ed “The Junkman” Lopat went 113-59 with a 3.19 ERA in 217 games for the 1948-1955 Yankees. In 1948, Lopat was obtained in a trade by the Yankees with the White Sox that saw the Yankees sent All Star Catcher Aaron Robinson along with Pitchers Fred Bradley and Bill Wight to Chicago. Eddie threw 21 shutouts, while completing 91 games for the 1948-1955 Yankees. He pitched in 5 World Series, while posting a 4-1 record with a 2.60 ERA in 7 games. For the 1955 Orioles, Lopat would appear in 10 games, while finishing with a 3-4 record, before released by the team after the 1955 AL season was completed. In winter of 1955, he would rejoin the Yankees organization, managing their AAA farm club at Richmond (International League). In the winter of 1959, he would replace the fired MLB pitching coach Jim Turner being Casey Stengel’s final Yankees MLB pitching coach for the 1960 AL season. He would later work for the Kansas City A’s as a Pitching Coach, then as Manager and baseball executive, then he moved to the Expos organization as a Director of Player Development, before retiring from the game.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Trout (1987) was born.
On July 13,1987, starter Steve Trout was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for 3 young hurlers: Bob Tewksbury, Rich Scheid and Dean Wilkins. Steve went 0-4 in 14 games with a 6.60 ERA for the Yankees, being a major disappointment. On December 22,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with reserve OF Henry Cotto to the Mariners for 3 Pitchers: Lee Guetterman, Clay Parker and Wade Taylor. Steve was the son of former 1940’s Tigers AL All Star Pitcher Dizzy Trout.

1966- White Sox lefty Gary Peters shuts down the Yankees by a score of 6-0, facing just 29 Yankee batters. The efficient Peters used just 75 pitches for the complete game win.

1977- Yankees starter Don Gullett picks up his 10th win of the 1977 AL season, a 9-3 victory over the Oakland A's. But it will prove to be his final win of the 1977 season, when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.

1986- Veteran Catcher Ron Hassey is traded for the 3rd time in 8 months. He is traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, minor league OF Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for OF/DH Ron Kittle, INF Wayne Tolleson and Catcher Joel Skinner. The Yankees will send minor league Catcher Bill Lindsey on December 24,1986 to the White Sox to complete the trade.

1990- In a surprisingly harsh ruling, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club's general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner's $40,000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee All Star OF Dave Winfield.

1993- The Yankees obtained reliever Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal, which sees Yankees hurler John Habyan go to the Royals and the Royals send OF Karl Rhodes to the Cubs. Paul would go 2-2 in 24 games for the 1993 Yankees.

1993- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Ty Hensley was born
The  Yankees selected Hensley in the 1st round, with the 30th overall selection, of the 2012 MLB amateur player draft. Though the Yankees and Hensley agreed on a $1.6 million signing bonus, a team physical examination discovered an abnormality in the shoulder of his pitching arm. As a result, the Yankees reduced the offered bonus to $1.2 million; Hensley agreed to the reduced bonus and signed with the Yankees rather than attend Ole Miss. After signing, Hensley made his pro pitching debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He pitched 12 innings for the Gulf Coast Yankees. He suffered an abdominal muscle strain, while pitching winter league baseball in the Dominican Republic during the offseason. Though he rehabilitated the injury, he felt pain in his hip during spring training camp in 2013, which was diagnosed as a hip impingement. He required surgery to repair both hip labrums, and caused him to miss the entire 2013 baseball season. During the 2014 season, he pitched for the Gulf Coast Yankees and the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League. Between the 2 levels, he had a 2.93 ERA in   30 2⁄3 innings pitched across 11 appearances. Hensley began experiencing discomfort in his arm during spring training camp in 2015. An MRI and arthrogram found a bone calcification inside a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery missing the 2015 season. While rehabilitating, the Yankees announced that Hensley would need a 2nd Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. At the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings, the Tampa Bay selected Hensley from the Yankees in the minor league phase of the MLB Rule 5 draft.

1997- Bronx starter David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals by a score of 7-0. Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hits his 36th HR of the 1997 AL season and INF Luis Sojo has 4 hits

1999- The Yankees defeat the Red Sox by a score of 13-3, as 2B Chuck Knoblauch raps out 5 hits, including a double and HR and drives home 4 runs.

2001- The Yankees reacquired veteran hurler Sterling Hitchcock from the Padres, sending 2 minor league players: P Brett Jodie and OF Darren Blakely to the Padres. He will go 4-4 with a 6.49 ERA in 10 games for the Yankees. In the 2001 World Series, he will go 1-0 in 2 appearances against the Diamondbacks.

2008- The busy Yankees traded reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Astros for minor league INF Matt Cusick. Also that day All Star Catcher Jorge Posada underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, the Yankees acquired veteran All Star Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez from the Tigers for veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth.

2010- The 2 best teams in the MLB this year, the Yankees and the Rays begin a 3-game series before a rare sold-out crowd at Tropicana Field. Two batters into the game, the Bombers lead 2-0 on a HR by Nick Swisher, but that’s all the runs the Yankees will score in the game. Tampa Bay comes back with a 3-run HR shot by Matt Joyce in the 6th inning to win by the score of 3-2. Wade Davis beats Bronx starter Phil Hughes, with Rays Closer Rafael Soriano picking up the save. Yankees All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez, who has been sitting on 599 MLB career HRs for a week, goes 0 for 4 in the loss.

2010- The Yankees snap up veteran OF/DH Austin Kearns from the Indians, although the bigger news is that they have tentatively reached a deal with the Astros for veteran 1B Lance Berkman.

2011- The Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles with a huge 1st inning in the nightcap, after winning the opener by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers score 12 runs as they chase Zach Britton, just back from the minors, after only 1 out, but not before he gives up 9 Yankee runs. They roll to a 17-3 win, accumulating 24 hits, as Yankees starter Ivan Nova benefits from the outburst; Robinson Cano goes 5 for 5 with 5 RBIs, while Nick Swisher hits a 2-run HR in each game.

2015- The Yankees send minor league OF Ramon Flores and hurler José Ramírez to the Mariners to obtain MLB INF/OF Dustin Ackley.

2017- The Yankees traded 2 minor league pitchers Deterich Enns and Zack Littlell to the Twins for MLB veteran hurler Jaime Garcia, who had started the 2017 MLB season with the Braves with a 4-7 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 games. He would go 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 8 games for the team. In the 2017 AL postseason, Garcia made 1 appearance against the Indians, pitching 2 scoreless innings with no decision. On November 2, 2017, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.

July 31st MLB Trade Deadline Day

1881- Former Yankees Reserve INF and MLB Manager Robert “Bob” Unglaub (1904) was born. (1881-1916)
Bob Unglaub appeared in 6 games for the 1904 Yankees, while hitting .211. On June 17,1904, Bob was traded by the Highlanders to the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) for OF Patsy Dougherty. In 1907, he was the Manager of the Red Sox. He was killed in a railroad accident in 1916.

1893- Former Yankees Pitcher Allan “Al” Russell (1915-1919) was born. (1893-1972)
Al Russell appeared in 114 games for the 1915-1919 Yankees, while posting a 26-36 record with a 3.05 ERA. On July 29,1919, Russell was traded by the Yankees along with hurler Bob McGraw and $40,000 to the Red Sox for veteran starter Carl Mays.

1916- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB player, Manager William “Billy” Hitchcock was born. (1916-2006)
Before the start of the 1939 MLB season, William “Billy” Hitchcock was signed by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Billy never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. Phil Rizzuto blocked him at the shortstop position in the Yankees organization. The Yankees would move him to 3B. He played 3B for the 1939-1941 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). On September 8,1941, Billy was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for players to be named later. The Tigers would send OF Tuck Stainback and INF Boyd Perry on December 4,1941 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Billy managed 1 game for the 1960 Tigers. Then he was the Manager of the 1961-1962 Orioles, replacing veteran Manager Paul Richards, who left the team to join the new NL expansion team in Houston, the Colt 45s. In mid-season of 1966, he took over the Atlanta Braves. He managed the team again in 1967, before being replace by Ken Silvestri at the end of season.

1919- Former Yankees announcer (1949-1951) and long time NBC Sports announcer Curt Gowdy was born. (1919-2006)
Curt Gowdy started his long time MLB-broadcasting career with the New York Yankees in 1949, working along with Mel Allen. In 1951, he left the Yankees to join the Boston Red Sox broadcasting staff, later he was a NBC-TV’s MLB announcer covering 13 World Series for the network.

1920- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Bradley was born. (1920-2012)
Fred Bradley pitched in the minor leagues before WWII. Back from the Navy in time for the 1946 season, Fred spent the next 2 seasons with the 1946-1947 Kansas City Blues (American Association), a top AA affiliate of the Yankees. Fred never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He spun a 7-9 record in 1946, but he came right back the following season, putting together a 13-4 record to go with a 2.98 ERA. On February 24,1948, Fred Bradley was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Aaron Robinson and Pitcher Bill Wight to the White Sox for starter Eddie Lopat.

1922- Former Yankees All Star OF (1948-1959) and MLB Manager Hank Bauer was born.
Before the start of the 1946 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Hank Bauer as an amateur MLB free agent. He was an AL All Star RF in 1952-1954. Hank appeared in 9 World Series with the Yankees with the 1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves being his best, hitting .323 with 4 HRs and 8 RBI’s. Hank finished his Yankees playing career with a .277 BA, 158 HRs and 654 RBIs in 1,406 games. On December 11, 1959, Hank was traded by the Yankees along with P Don Larsen, OF Norm Siebern and reserve OF/1B Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City A’s for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley. Hank would finish his MLB playing career with the A’s in 1961. He would manage the A’s in Kansas City (1961-1962) and Oakland (1969). After leaving the A’s in 1963, Hank became a MLB Coach with the Orioles; later he became their Manager in 1964. He would manage the Orioles until mid 1968 AL season, being replaced by Earl Weaver. Hank would win the 1966 World Series with the Orioles beating the Dodgers in 4 games. During September of 1969, Hank was let go by the A’s despite having an 80-69 winning record in the AL West division, ending his MLB Managing career. John McNamara replaced him with 13 games to go to finish out the season. Hank finished with an overall managing record of 594-534 record with a .527 PCT in 1,129 MLB games. In the early 1970’s, Hank would manage in the Mets farm system with the AAA Tidewater Tides (International League). Then he became a MLB scout for the Yankees. Bauer was very popular with the Yankee fans on Old Timer’s Day. Yankees teammate Bill “Moose” Skowron and he would show up with their famous 1950’s style crew cuts. On February 9, 2007, Hank passed away from cancer.

1925- The Yankees released veteran Catcher Steve O’Neill. He had hit .286 with 1 HR and 13 RBIs in 35 games for the Yankees. He had been obtained on waivers from the Red Sox. He would return to the MLB with the 1927-1928 St. Louis Browns.

1927- Former Yankee Reserve Catcher (1960) and Minor League Manager Billy Shantz was born. (1927-1993)
Billy Shantz was the brother of Yankees hurler Bobby Shantz. They were both originally signed by the Philadelphia A’s. On April 4,1959, Billy was purchased by the Yankees from the Kansas City A’s. He spent the 1959 baseball season at AAA Richmond (International League). During the 1960 MLB season, he appeared in 1 game for the Yankees. He spent most of the 1960 season at Richmond as back-up catcher to team starter Jesse Gonder. He would later become a minor league manager for the Yankees organization.

1928- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 FT HR in an unofficial test, beating all trial competition records.

1931- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Lee “Rip” Coleman (1955-1956) was born. (1931-2004)
Before the start of 1952 AL season, the Yankees signed hurler Rip Coleman as an amateur MLB free agent. Rip went 5-6 with a 4.07 ERA in 39 games for the 1955-1956 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game in the 1955 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. On February 19,1957, Rip was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, INF Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and OF Irv Noren to the Kansas City A’s for players to be named later, Pitchers Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, Infielders Jack McMahan and Wayne Belardi. The Yankees sent hurler Jack Urban on April 5, 1957 to the A’s to complete the trade. The A’s sent INF Curt Roberts on April 4, 1957 and INF Clete Boyer on June 4, 1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Rip Coleman would go 2-19 in his last 3 MLB seasons pitching with the A’s. Rip finished his MLB pitching career with the 1960 Orioles. Overall as a MLB Pitcher, Rip finished with 7-25 record with a 4.58 ERA in 95 games.

1936-The Yankees led by 1B Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd HR of the 1936 AL season as they down the Indians by a score of 11-7 at Cleveland’s League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe's 5-game winning streak, leaving the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe in the 1936 AL pennant race. Lou Gehrig and Red Rolfe clout HRs in the 5th inning to chase Tribe starter Mel Harder, but the Indians answer back with 3 doubles by Earl Averill and a HR by Hal Trosky. Yankees starter Bump Hadley with relief help from closer Johnny Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win of the 1936 AL season.

1951- The St. Louis Browns acquired reserve OF Cliff Mapes from the Yankees, sending Pitchers Bob Hogue and Lou Sleater, 3B Kermit Wahl and INF Tom Upton to the Yankees. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mickey Mantle's return from the minor leagues (Kansas City Blues) as well as Mapes No. 7 Yankees players uniform. Rookie Mickey Mantle had started the 1951 AL season wearing Yankees Uniform #6.

1955- Bronx starter Don Larsen wins a 5-2 decision, as the Yankees and the A’s collaborate for 9-Double Plays with the Yankees turning in 6 of them. The Kansas City A’s starter Cloyd Boyer, who had 3 of his 1st 8 pitches of the game were hit for HRs by Yankee sluggers Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra takes the loss. Cloyd was the older brother of MLB players Ken and Clete Boyer. He would later become a Yankees MLB pitching coach during the 1970’s.

1960- At Yankee Stadium, the Kansas City A's push over 3 unearned runs in the 11th inning on 2 throwing errors by Yankees 3B Hector Lopez to top the Bombers by a score of 5-2.

1961-The 2nd 1961 MLB All Star Game is held at Fenway Park. 31,851 fans watch the mid-season classic game. The game ends in a 1-1 tie after 9 innings, rain forces the game to end. Mickey Mantle is the 1 of 2 Yankee players in the AL starting line-up, as he goes 0 for 3, as his Yankees teammate Catcher Elston Howard is 0 for 2. Bronx Bomber RF Roger Maris makes an appearance as PH, he goes 0 for 1. Yankees 1B Bill Skowron, OF/C Yogi Berra, Pitchers Luis Arroyo and Whitey Ford are on the AL squad but they don’t play in the game. Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek was named to the AL team, but he was replaced due to an injury.

1962- At Washington D.C. Stadium, Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a wrenched knee, but veteran 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron supplies the Yankees power with a Grand Slam HR. New York wins the game by a score of 9-5.

1963- Yankees starter Ralph Terry uses just 75 pitches in a 5-hitter, winning by a score of 3-2 over the Kansas City A's. Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts against the A’s starting lineup.

1970- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Mike Figga (1997-1999) was born.
On June 5,1989, Catcher Mike Figga was selected by the Yankees in the 44th round of the 1989 MLB amateur player draft. Mike appeared in 5 games for the Yankees. On June 3,1999, Mike was selected off waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees.

1972- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Rollie Hemsley (1942-1944) passed away. (1907-1972
On July 19,1942, Catcher Rollie Hemsley was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 174 games as a reserve catcher for the 1942-1944 Yankees, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 65 RBIs. On March 25,1946, Rollie was purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees.

1977- Bronx Bombers 3B Graig Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9- 2 win over the Oakland A's, the 8th win in 9 games for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees are a half game out of 1st place in the AL East.

1978- The Yankees stop the Rangers by a score of 6-1 to move to 7 1/2 games behind Red Sox in the AL East.

1985- The Indians ends Yankees starter Ron Guidry's win streak at 12 games, beating the Yankees by a score of 6-5. Guidry and Curt Waddell, the Tribe winner, each go 6+ innings.

1994- Former NL All Star hurler Steve Carlton, MLB Manager and Player Leo Durocher and Yankees AL MVP (1950) and All Star shortstop Phil Rizzuto are inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.

1996- At the MLB trading deadline, the Tigers traded 1B-DH Cecil Fielder, 32 to the Yankees for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league hurler Matt Drews. It is the 1st swap in MLB history in which 2 players with more than 220 MLB HRs are traded for one another.

1996- The Yankees obtained Pitcher David Weathers from the Marlins for hurler Mark Hutton, but they will send Weathers to the minor leagues in 3 weeks.

1999- The Yankees bring back veteran C/DH Jim Leyritz from the Padres for minor league P Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A League baseball, including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously, Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000; he will earn a release from AA Altoona (Eastern League) in May of 2001, after serving up 3 straight HRs. Jim Leyritz will appear in 31 games for the 1999 Yankees, while hitting .227 with 0 HRs and 5 RBIs. In the 1999 World Series, he will hit a HR and have 2 RBIs in 2 games for the Yankees, batting .1000.

2002- Veteran Yankees starter Mike Mussina became the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to give up 6 doubles in 1 inning during the Yankees 17-6 loss to the Rangers. HOF starter Lefty Grove allowed that many with the Red Sox in 1934 against the Senators.

2003- Veteran INF Aaron Bone was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for Pitchers Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash. Boone will hit the game winning HR in the 2003 ALCS for the Yankees.

2004- A minute before the July 31st MLB trading deadline, the Yankees deal the talented but underachieving former Cuban pitching star Jose Contreras (8-5, 5.64 ERA) and $3 million to the White Sox for All-Star starter Esteban Loaiza (9-5, 4.86 ERA). Both hurlers are 32 years old. Loaiza will go 1-2 with an 8.50 ERA in 10 games for the 2004 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB free agency.

2005- At Yankee Stadium, the Molina brothers Bengie and Jose, both hit HR off of Yankees starter Randy Johnson. The Angel teammates join Hank and Tommie Aaron, Matty and Jesus Alou, Aaron and Bret Boone, Billy and Tony Conigliaro, Al and Tony Cuccinello, Rick and Wes Farrell, Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero, Graig and Jim Nettles, Cal and Billy Ripken, Paul and Lloyd Waner as siblings who have gone deep in the same MLB game.

2005- Among thousands of high-spirited Red Sox and Cubs fans and the 48 Hall of Famers sitting on the dais, 3B Wade Boggs and 2B Ryne Sandberg are enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also honored are former Yankees player, now long-time San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammons, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

2007- The 2007 Yankees tie the 1939 Yankees by hitting 8 HRs in a game, while crushing the White Sox. Hideki Matsui hits 2 HRs, along with Johnny Damon, Shelly Duncan, Bobby Arbeu, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera each hitting HRs for the Yankees.

2008- The Yankees finished their 2008 MLB trading deadline spree by shipping minor league INF Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for Pitcher Jhonny Nunez.

2010- The Yankees complete yesterday's rumored deal with Astros for veteran MLB player OF/1B Lance Berkman. Also they add veteran MLB reliever Kerry Wood from Indians not giving up any MLB players in the process.

2012- The Pirates traded 3B Casey McGehee to the Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls. He will hit .151 in 22 games for the Yankees. The Yankees will grant him MLB free agency in the fall. He will sign to play baseball in Japan for the 2013 season. Casey will return to the MLB, signing with the Marlins for the 2014 MLB season.
2014- The Yankees acquired hurler Esmil Rodgers on waivers from the Blue Jays. Rogers had posted a 6.97 ERA in 16 relief appearances over 2 stints with the 2014 Blue Jays before being DFA on Sunday. He also saw time at Triple-A Buffalo (IL), going 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 games (7 starts) He has appeared in 174 games (42 starts) over parts of 6 MLB seasons with the 2009-2012 Rockies, 2009-2012, 2012 Indians and the 2013-2014 Blue Jays, compiling a 16-21 MLB career record with a 5.59 ERA. The Yankees also announced that they have unconditionally released veteran MLB INF Scott Sizemore, who was with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sizemore, 29, batted .313 (5-for-16) in 6 games with the Yankees this season.

2014- The Yankees received Shortstop Stephen Drew and $500,000 cash from the Red Sox for INF/OF Kelly Johnson. Stephen Drew hit .176 (23-for-131) with 11R, 6 doubles, 4 HRs and 11 RBIs in 39 games with the Red Sox this season. He signed a 1-year contract with Boston on May 29th extending through the 2014 season. In 975 career games over parts of 9 MLB seasons with Arizona (2006-2012), A’s (2012) and Red Sox (2013-2014), he has hit .261 with 482 R, 216 doubles, 94 HRs and 427 RBIs. The Diamondbacks in the 1st round of the 2004 MLB 1st-Year Player Draft originally selected the left-handed hitter. Kelly Johnson had batted .219 (44-for-201) with 21 R, 9 doubles, 6 HRs and 22 RBIs in 77 games with the Yankees. On December 6, 2013, the Yankees signed him as a MLB free agent to a 1-year contract. With the late deadline trade for Drew, the Yankees DFA veteran 2B Brian Roberts, who was a major disappointment for the team, hitting only .237 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs in 91 games.

2014- The Yankees traded minor league player Catcher/1B Pete O’Brien and a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Diamondbacks for MLB INF/OF Martin Prado. O'Brien was ranked No. 9 among Yankees prospects by before the deal. He had hit a combined 33 HRs this season between Class A Advanced Tampa (FSL) and AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League), but he has not found a regular position to play. He is currently on the D-Backs MLB 25-man roster, playing the OF and 1B. INF Martin Prado will play in 37 games for the Yankees, while hitting .316 with 7 HRs with 16 RBIs. On December 19, 2014, he was traded by the Yankees along with P David Phelps and cash to the Marlins for minor league P Domingo German, MLB starter Nathan Eovaldi and INF/OF Garrett Jones.

2016-For the 2nd time in a week, the Yankees trade a top-rank relief pitcher in return for 4 minor league players. After trading Closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on July 25th, today they send reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians for 4 minor league players: OF Clint Frazier and Pitchers J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. In a matter of a week the Yankees have acquired 8 minor league players to rebuild their farm system.

2017-The Yankees acquired starter Sonny Gray and international signing bonus pool money from the Oakland A’s in exchange for 3 minor league players: OF Dustin Fowler, Pitcher James Kaprielian and INF/OF Jorge Mateo. Fowler is recovering from season ending leg injury. Kaprielian is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Sonny Gray will join the Yankees starting rotation.

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This Week in Yankees History July 29th-August 4th Part Two

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August 1st

1890- Former Yankees Pitcher Edward “Slim” Love (1916-1918) was born. (1890-1942)
Yankees hurler Edward “Slim” Love had an ERA of 2.35 in 1916 and then in 1917, he won 13 games, 2nd highest on the Yankee team. He was nicknamed “Slim” because of his height; he was 6’ 7”. His Yankees pitching career record was 21-17 with a 3.05 ERA in 91 games. On December 18,1918, Slim Love was traded by the Yankees along with P Ray Caldwell, OF Frank Gilhooley, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 to the Red Sox for OF Duffy Lewis, hurlers Dutch Leonard and Ernie Shore.

1903- Philadelphia A’s starter Rube Waddell no-hits the Highlanders except for Kid Elberfeld, who has 4 singles. These, plus a lavish 6 walks, down the A's by the score of 3-2. Waddell observes afterward, "If I would have walked him 4 times, I would have pitched a no-hitter."

1922- The Yankees purchased Catcher Benny Bengough (1922-1930) from Buffalo (International League). Benny would share catch duties with other Yankee catchers, until the arrival of catcher Bill Dickey in 1928. He did spend the 1925 AL season as the Yankees regular catcher hitting .258 with no HRs and 23 RBIs in 95 games, but Yankees Manager Miller Higgins wasn’t happy with his lack of power. He would remain the team’s reserve catcher until 1930. Also his Yankees playing career was hampered by throwing arm injuries. Later Benny would become a Yankees Minor League Manager.

1923- Stepping in against the Indians hurler Sherrod Smith in the 9th inning, Babe Ruth starts off batting right-handed. After taking a strike, he switches to LH and hits his 25th HR of the season. The Indians still win the game by a score of 5-3. The Babe will bat righty again 4 days later.

1925- The Yankees buy INF Tony Lazzeri from the Salt Lake City Bees (Pacific Coast League) team for spring delivery in 1926. Tony Lazzeri will hit 60 HRs with 222 RBIs at Salt Lake City in 1925. Tony will earn the nickname of "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers at Yankee Stadium.

1928- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits HR No. 42 for the 1928 AL season; he is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 season pace of hitting 60 HRs.

1932- The Tigers successfully protest a Yankees 6-3 victory, but they gain nothing when the rematch ends in an 8-8 tie and the game is called because of darkness.

1937- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the St. Louis Browns, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 14-5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his MLB playing career.

1941- Yankees veteran starter Lefty Gomez pitches a 9-0 shutout over the Browns despite walking 11 St. Louis batters, the most ever issued in a shutout. Fifteen base runners are left stranded by the Browns.

1952- The Yankees purchased veteran hurler Johnny Schmitz from the Dodgers for cash. He would go 1-1 with Yankees before being sent to the Reds on a conditional basis in September of 1952.

1961- Former Yankees Minor League OF Todd Demeter was born. (1961-1996)
The son of former MLB outfielder Don Demeter, 1B/OF Todd Demeter was selected in the 2nd round of the 1979 MLB amateur player draft by the Yankees. He played in the Yankees organization from 1979 to 1983. He spent the last 2 seasons (1984-1985) of his minor league playing career with the Cardinals organization. He finished his pro baseball playing career with a .243 BA with 73 HRs and 322 RBIs in 682 games.

1968- Against the Red Sox, Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 Boston batters, the most ever by a Yankee rookie pitcher in posting his 1st MLB shutout, winning the game by a score of 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez K's 13 batters. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh, a steal and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off of Red Sox starter Dave Morehead.

1973- Catchers Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway Park. With a 2-2 score in the top of the 9th inning, Munson, attempting to score from 3rd base on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Red Sox win the game by the score of 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning.

1978- The Yankees and the Red Sox play a 14 inning, 5-5 tie game, which is suspended by AL curfew rules. The Yankees manage to blow a 5 run lead while the Red Sox relievers Bob Stanley and Tom Burgmeier stopped the Yankee hitting attack.

1979- Following the Yankees 9-1 win over the White Sox; members of the Yankees create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park in Chicago.

1979-In an 8-player deal, the Rangers send veteran OF/DH Oscar Gamble, minor leaguer Amos Lewis, a former 1st pick in the 1978 MLB amateur player draft and 2 players to be named to the Yankees and finally acquired OF Mickey Rivers and 3 players to be named. The Yankees sent minor league hurlers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch and Mark Softy on October 8, 1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Mickey Rivers had been traded to the Rangers in June but the deal had fell through. Both of the players to be named with Oscar Gamble will make the majors: Gene Nelson and Ray Fontenot, something that can't be said for the 3 players that the Yankees sent to the Rangers.

1980- Former Yankees Minor League Player Catcher Jon-Mark Sprowl was born.
Jon-Mark Sprowl was originally signed by the Cubs, later he played in the Diamondbacks organization. Following a 2003 mid-season trade along with OF David Dellucci and P Bret Prinz to the Yankees for MLB OF Raúl Mondesí, he was assigned to the Battle Creek Yankees. Between the 2 clubs, he produced at a .321 with 30 doubles, 71 walks, 77 runs and only 39 strikeouts. He had 18 passed balls and 13 errors; he only threw out 22% of attempted base-thieves, defensive being the lone poor spot. He led the Midwest League in OBP, was 2nd in average, was 3rd in OBP and tied for the most passed balls. That offensive performance won him honors as the MWL's All-Star catcher. Jon-Mark's hit .256 for the 2004 Tampa Yankees (FSL). He was a backup catcher for 2005 Tampa Yankees; he fell to a .228 mark. In 2006, Jon spent his final pro baseball season in the Cubs system, as a utility man for the Daytona Cubs hitting .118 in 17 Games, West Tenn. Diamond Jaxx (.205 in 26 Games) and the AAA Iowa Cubs (1 for 8, 2B). Overall, Sprowl hit .270 in 505 minor league games, with 212 runs, 200 RBIs, 82 doubles, 9 triples, 18 HRs, 247 walks and 209 strikeouts. He had a 6.35 ERA in his 4 pitching appearances, with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks in 5 2/3 IP. He fielded .988 at catcher (with 56 passed balls in 281 games), .981 in 39 games at 1B, played 26 error-free games in the outfield and fielded .625 in 8 games at 3B.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF and MLB Manager Don “Jeep” Heffner (1934-1937) passed away. (1911-1989)
Don “Jeep” Heffner was a reserve INF for the 1934-1937 Yankees. He played in 161 games for the team, while hitting .251 with no HRs and 60 RBIs. Don didn’t appear in the 1936-1937 World Series for the Yankees. On February 15,1938, he was traded by the Yankees along with $10,000 cash to the St. Louis Browns for INF Bill Knickerbocker. Don was a MLB Coach for the 1962 Mets. In 1966, Don managed the Reds for 83 games, posting a 37-46 record before being replaced by Dave Bristol.

1993- Former Yankees, A’s, Angels and Orioles OF/DH Reggie Jackson (1977-1981) is inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Reggie receives 396 votes out of 423 HOF ballots issued. With the Yankees, Reggie appeared in 658 games, while hitting 144 HRs with 461 RBIs. He finished MLB playing career with 563 HRs with a .262 lifetime BA. He originally came up with the Kansas City A’s. He would play for the A’s, Orioles, Yankees, Angels and finish up his MLB playing career with the Oakland A’s.

2010- In St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay's starter James Shields keeps the Yankees off the scoreboard for 7 innings in a 3-0 win that brings the Rays within a game of the AL East leaders.

2011- Yankees veteran starter CC Sabathia wins his MLB-leading 16th game in the Yankees 3-2 defeat of the White Sox. The big lefthander is 9-1 over his last 10 starts of the 2011 MLB season.

2014- As the July 31st MLB trade deadline has ended, the Yankees make adjustments to their MLB 25-man roster for the new players joining the team with 2 reserve players: OF Zolio Almonte and INF Zelous Wheeler being sent back to AAA Scranton (International League).

2016- On August 1, 2016, OF/DH Carlos Beltran was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for 3 minor league pitchers: Nick Green, Erik Swanson and Dillon Tate. At the time of the trade, Carlos Beltran was hitting .304 with 22 HRs and 64 RBIs in 99 games for the Yankees.

August 2nd

1893- Former Yankees Reserve OF Angel Aragon (1914,1916-1917) was born. (1893-1952)
Cuban born Angel Aragon appeared in 32 games for the Yankees, hitting just .118. He is the father of MLB player Jack Aragon (1941). Later Angel became a MLB scout for the Yankees.

1929- The A's 11-10 victory over the Tigers increases their AL lead to 11 1/2 games over the Yankees, who are losers today to the Indians by the score of 9-8.

1931- The Red Sox and the 3rd-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40,000 fans, played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway Park. Former Red Sox hurler Red Ruffing wins the 1st game by score of 4-1 for the Yankees and ex-Yankees reliever Wilcy Moore blanks his former teammates by the score of 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just 3 singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yankees will go 308 games before being shut out again.

1933- Philadelphia A's Catcher Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his MLB playing career against the Yankees in a 16-3 drubbing.

1951- Former Yankees Pitcher Guy “Rebel” Cooper (1914) passed away. (1893-1951)
On August 11,1913, Guy Cooper was purchased by the Yankees from Petersburg (Virginia League) for $1,500. He appeared in 1 game for the 1914 Yankees with no record. On May 27,1914, he was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees.

1961-The Yankees beat Kansas City by a score of 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a 1st inning HR off of their former Yankees teammate, now an A’s starter Art Ditmar. Yankees AL All Star sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris are now both at 40 HRs mark for the 1961 AL season.

1975- Former 1950’s Yankees player Billy Martin becomes the new Yankees Manager replacing Bill Virdon. Billy Martin had recently been let go by the Rangers. Virdon was saddled with an injury-plagued team (Elliot Maddox, Mel Stottlemyre and Bobby Bonds) in 1975. The former Yankee minor league player had been named The Sporting News Manager of the Year for his work with the Yankees in 1974, bringing the team to 2nd place finish in the AL East. The 1975 Yankees were 53-51 under Bill Virdon. Under Billy Martin, the Yankees went 30-26 for the remainder of the 1975 AL season, finishing in 3rd place with an 83-77 record in the AL East. Bill Virdon will soon become the Astros Manager.

1978- The Yankees take a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston ties it in the 8th inning on 3-wild pitches, 2 bases-loaded walks and a collection of bloop hits. The game ends in a 14-inning tie at 5-5.

1979- Yankees Captain and AL All Star Catcher Thurman Munson, 32, (1947-1979) perishes at Canton, Ohio airport in a crash of the jet plane, that he was piloting. A crowd of 51,151 fans will attend the memorial tribute for Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

1985- Ozzie Guillen scores from 2B on an infield hit in the 11th inning to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Yankees. Salazar's slow roller down the 1B line is fielded by Yankees reliever Mike Bordi and with no play at 1B, Guillen keeps running. In the 7th inning, when White Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk tags out 2 Yankee runners at home plate during the same play. The unusual 8-6-2-2 double play results as both Yankee base runners Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra try to score on Rickey Henderson's double in the gap.

1990- Yankees rookie 1B Kevin Maas hits his 10th HR in just 77 at bats, the fastest any MLB player has ever reached that mark, but the Yankees lose to the Tigers by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings.

1999- MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announces that Yankees DH/OF Darryl Strawberry's reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th. He will appear in 24 games for the 1999 Yankees, hitting .327 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. In the 2009 AL playoffs and World Series, he will hit .333 for the Yankees.

2005- Former Yankees Minor League INF Milt Graf passed away. (1930-2005)
INF Milt Graf was drafted by the Yankees in the 1955 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft from the Pirates organization. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Milt was traded to the A’s in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade. After retiring as an active player, he would work for the Pirates as MLB infield coach and in their front office. Also he was a MLB scout for the Giants and the Reds organizations.

2007- The White Sox top the Yankees by the score of 13-9. Both teams score 8 times in the 2nd inning to set a MLB record for runs in that frame. It is the 2nd time in MLB history that this feat occurred. Chicago slugger Jermaine Dye hits 2 HRs and double twice, including a go-ahead drive that gave the White Sox the lead to win the game. 

2009- Yankees OF Melky Cabrera hits for the cycle and drives in 4 runs in the Yankees' 8-5 win over the White Sox. He is the 1st Yankee batter to have hit a cycle since shortstop Tony Fernandez in 1995. Cabrera hit a 3-run HR in the 2nd inning, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. He doubled in the 4th inning. Melky had a RBI-single in the 5th inning. He completed the cycle with a triple in the 9th inning

2010- In the Bronx, the Blue Jays lash out a MLB record-tying 6 doubles in the 5th inning, including 2 by Travis Snider to beat the Yankees by the score of 8-6. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow beats former Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett, while Jays Closer Kevin Gregg retires Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez after giving up a solo HR to Nick Swisher to end the game and earn his 24th save of the 2010 AL season.

2011- The Yankees' 6-0 win over the White Sox is shortened to 7 innings by rain at U.S. Cellular Field, but not before Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira sets a record by hitting a HR from both sides of the plate for the 12th time of his MLB playing career. He hits a long ball right-handed off starter John Danks in the 3rd inning, then one left-handed in the pouring rain off reliever Jason Frasor in the 7th inning. Teixeira had been tied with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis with 11 such games. Yankees starter Phil Hughes is the winner in his best outing of the 2011 MLB season.

August 3rd

1914- Yankees Catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 consecutive Tiger base runners in 1st inning of Yankee 4-1 lost to Detroit. Each Tigers base runner had singled; they were thrown out at 2nd while caught trying to steal.

1920- Former Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach Jim Hegan (1961-1973) was born. (1920-1984)
Jim Hegan was a MLB catcher from 1941-1960, mainly with the Indians, finishing with a .228 BA, 92 HRs and 525 RBIs in 1,666 MLB games. He appeared in 2 World Series with the Indians (1948 and 1954) playing in 10 games, while hitting .188 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. Jim played for the Indians, Tigers, Phillies, Giants and the Cubs before retiring after the 1960 MLB season. His son, Mike Hegan played for the Yankees (1964,1966-1967,1973-1974). They were the 1st Father-Son combination to appear in a World Series together in 1964 with the Yankees against the St. Louis Cardinals. When former MLB Yankees Manager Ralph Houk went to the Tigers in 1974, Jim Hegan joined his MLB coaching staff. He would return to the Yankees for 2 more seasons, before becoming a MLB scout before retiring from the game.

1933- The Yankees 308-game scoring streak comes to an end when the Philadelphia A’s HOF starter Lefty Grove hangs a 5-hit, a 7-0 shutout win over the Yankees. They had tallied in 308 games in a row, during which they scored 1,986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1,434 for the opposition, which New York hurlers blanked 22 times. The Yankees responded by scoring at least 1 run in every game they played for the rest of the 1933 AL season.

1937- A Tuesday afternoon crowd of 66,767 fans watches at Yankee Stadium as 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 1,900th consecutive MLB game. The Yankees sweep a twin bill from the White Sox by the scores of 7-2 and 5-3. Pitchers Red Ruffing and Johnny Murphy pick up wins for the Bronx Bombers. Yankees hitters Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey and Tony Lazzeri (2) hit HRs for the Bombers in the Tuesday doubleheader.

1940- Former Yankees Reserve OF Roger Repoz (1964-1966) was born.
Before the start of 1960 MLB season, Roger Repoz was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB amateur free agent. Roger debuted in 1960 with the St. Petersburg Saints (.230, 3 HRs, 21 RBIs) and the Modesto Reds (.240, 1 HR, 4 RBIs). In 1961, Repoz was with Modesto full-time, batting .287 with 5 HRs and 59 RBIs. Roger would play for the 1962 Augusta Yankees, hitting just .225 with 5 HRs and 53 RBIs. In 1963, he batted only .221, but he began to show power with 20 HRs for Augusta, placing him 3rd in the South Atlantic League. By 1964, Repoz had made his way to AA with the Columbus Confederate Yankees. He batted .234 with 23 HRs and 76 RBIs for Columbus. He made his MLB player debut with a September call-up to the 1964 Yankees, where he was used almost exclusively as a defensive substitute in RF. Repoz hit .287 with 14 HRs and 38 RBIs for the 1965 AAA Toledo Mud Hens (International League) before joining the Yankees in late June. He batted .220 for the 1965 Yankees, showing good pop (12 HRs in 218 AB) but striking out 57 times. At the time of his trade by the Yankees to Kansas City, he was hitting .349 off the Yankees bench, but the team knew that he wasn’t in their future plans as a regular player. Overall as a Yankee player, Roger appeared in 127 games, mostly as a reserve player, while hitting .240 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs. On June 10,1966, Roger was traded by the Yankees along with pitchers Gil Blanco and Bill Stafford to the Kansas City A’s for Pitcher Fred Talbot and Catcher Billy Bryan. From 1964 to 1971, Roger would play in the MLB with the Yankees, A’s and the Angels, while appearing 831 games, hitting .224 with 82 HRs and 268 RBIs. In 1972, he went to Japan to play pro baseball. In 5 seasons in Japan, Roger had hit .262 in 526 games with 122 HRs. Clippers Note: The Yankees should have held on to veteran hurler Bill Stafford, because Fred Talbot was a major disappointment for the Yankees going 14-22 before finally being sent to the Seattle Pilots.

1940- Former Yankees Minor League C Willard Hershberger passed away. (1910-1940)
Catcher Willard Hershberger had previously played for the Newark Bears in the Yankees organization. He was on their team in 1937 that won over 100 games, while hitting .325. He was 28 when he broke into the majors. He had played in the minor leagues during most of the 1930s, hitting over .300 at most of his stops. On December 3,1937, Willard was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for Eddie Miller and $40,000. With the Reds, he was the reserve catcher, backing up All Star Catcher Ernie Lombardi. Willard was suffering from depression, when he took his life in his Boston Copley Hotel room. He had played 3 seasons for the Reds, while hitting .316 in 160 games. He appeared in the 1939 World Series against his former team as a pinch–hitter.

1964- Former Yankees Reserve INF Kevin Elster (1994-1995) was born.
Veteran MLB INF Kevin Elster appeared in only 17 games with the Yankees hitting just .054. He originally came up to the MLB with the 1986 Mets.

1967- The Yankees obtained hurlers Ron Klimkowski and Pete Margini from the Red Sox for veteran AL MVP and All Star Catcher Elston Howard. He could no longer hit the fastball. Ellie was at the end of the line of his fine MLB playing career, he helped the Red Sox win the AL flag in 1967. He handled their MLB pitching staff during the 1967 AL pennant chase. He appeared in the 1967 World Series against the Cardinals. Howard stayed on with the Red Sox until the 1968 AL season ended. He would return to the Yankees organization, becoming their 1st black MLB coach in 1969. Ron Klimkowski and Pete Margini never did anything for the Yankees.

1978- In the continuation of the previous evening’s suspended game the Red Sox score twice in the 17th inning to defeat the Yankees by a score of 7-5. Former Yankees starter Mike Torrez defeats the Yankees by the score of 8-1 in a rain shorten regularly scheduled game. The double loss dropped the Yankees to 8 ½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

1979- The Yankees purchased veteran INF Lenny Randle from the Pirates. They bring up Catcher Brad Gulden and OF Bobby Brown from the Columbus Clippers (AAA). Brad Gulden would share catching duties with rookie Jerry Narron, due to the recent death of All Star Catcher Thurman Munson in a plane crash.

1982- The White Sox sweep a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, beating the Yankees by scores of 1-0 and 14-2, prompting Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to fire Yankees Manager Gene Michael replacing him with MLB pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees' 3rd manager of the 1982 AL season. The Yankees had started the 1982 season with veteran MLB Manager Bob Lemon, who was fired after 14 games (6-8). Then Gene “Stick” Michael took over the team, he went 44-42. King would finish the 1982 AL season with a 29-33 record. Former Yankees Manager Billy Martin will take over the team for the 1983 AL season.

1983- Former Yankees INF Mark Reynolds (2013) was born.
On August 15, 2013, INF Mark Reynolds was signed as MLB free agent with the Yankees, who had struggled all season to find production from their corner infielders. He bounced back to some degree with the Yankees, hitting .236 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs in 36 games. In October of 2013, the Yankees granted Mark MLB free agency. He signed with the Brewers for 2014 MLB season.

1984- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elmer Smith (1922-1923) passed away. (1892-1984)
On July 23,1922, veteran OF Elmer Smith was traded by the Red Sox along with veteran INF Joe Dugan to the Yankees for INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, INF Johnny Mitchell, P/OF Lefty O’Doul and $50,000. He appeared in 91 games for the Yankees, while hitting .290. He appeared in 2 games of the 1922 World Series for the Yankees, with no hits. On January 7,1924, Elmer was traded by the Yankees with $50,000 and a player to be named to Louisville (American Association) for future HOF OF Earle Combs.

1986- At Cleveland, the Yankees set a MLB record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5 walks, a HBP and 6 hits including 2 HRs to score. The Yankees win the game by the score of 10-6.

1987-Tribe starter Tom Candiotti tosses a 1-hitter as the Indians beat the Yankees by the score of 2-0. Mike Easler's leadoff single in the 8th inning is the only Yankees hit of the game.

1990- The Indians starter Tom Candiotti has his no hitter spoiled in the 8th inning when Yankees OF Oscar Azocar singles. Candy leaves the game then and takes the loss as the Tribe drops a 6-4 decision to the Yankees.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Player/Manager Harry Craft passed away. (1915-1995)
After his MLB playing career ended, he became a manager in the Yankees minor league system, managing outfielder Mickey Mantle in his 1st years of pro baseball. Craft managed the 1949 Independence Yankees, then the 1950 Joplin Miners, 1951-1952 Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) and the 1953-1954 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). He is credited in helping Mickey Mantle becoming a better outfielder after being moved from his shortstop position. Harry Craft joined the Kansas City A’s MLB coaching staff in 1955. In 1957, Harry replaced Lou Boudreau as the team's manager. He remained with the team through the 1959 AL season, before he joined the 1960 Cubs MLB coaching staff. He helped managed the 1961 Cubs as a member of the club's College of Coaches. He left the Cubs in 1962, to manage the new NL expansion team, the Houston Colt .45s. Craft was fired as skipper near the end of the 1964 NL season. He remained in the game as a MLB scout and farm system official for the Orioles and the Yankees organizations, before retiring from baseball in 1991. Former Yankee sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle give Harry Craft credit in helping in their player development in their early years of their careers. Craft had helped out Roger Maris, while he was with the 1958-1959 Kansas City A’s.

1998- Leading off for the Yankees, 2B Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist's ribs and the Yankees continue to connect off the A’s pitcher for 15 more hits, including 4 HRs, in 5 innings. The Yankees win the game by a score of 14-1, scoring all 14 earned runs off of Oquist, the most runs allowed since Bill Travers in August of 1977. Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez picks up the win.

2010- The Blue Jays keeps banging out HRs by the bushel, hitting more 4 HRs in today's 8-2 win over the Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells, Travis Snider and José Bautista connect for the Jays. Toronto starter Ricky Romero gives up a 2-run HR shot to Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira in the 1st inning, then limits the Bronx Bombers to an infield single the rest of the way to take the win with a complete game 2-hitter. The Jays have now had hit MLB-leading 167 HRs.

2011- The Yankees jump to a 13-1 lead over the White Sox in the 1st 3 innings, chasing starter Gavin Floyd early, but Yankees starter A.J. Burnett can't make it through 5 innings, departing after 1 out in the 5th inning, having allowed his team's lead to narrow to 13-7. Yankees reliever Codey Wade steps in to shut down the White Sox and pick up the victory, with the Yankees running the final score to 18-7 with some late scoring. Robinson Cano hits a 3-run HR in the 1st inning to set the tone and veteran 3B Eric Chavez has a 2-run HR shot in the 3rd inning, his 1st as a Yankees player.

August 4th

1905- The Yankees field a unique battery: Doc Newton pitching and Mike "Doc" Powers catching, but only Mike Powers is a real life doctor. The Yankees beat the Browns by a score of 7-3.

1910- Former Yankees OF George “Tuck” Stainback (1942-1945) was born. (1910-1992)
Veteran OF George “Tuck” Stainback was purchased on December 4,1941 by the Yankees from the Tigers. His best Yankees season was in 1943, hitting .260 in 71 games. Tuck appeared in 2 World Series with the 1942-1943 Yankees, playing in 7 games, while only hitting .176. He was sold to the A’s in 1946, where he finished out his 13-year MLB playing career.

1925- Every player in each team's lineup has at least 1 putout in the Indians-Yankees game.

1928- The Yankees purchased hurler Fred Heimach from St. Paul Saints (American Association) for cash and other considerations. Fred went 13-9 with the Yankees in 2 seasons before going to the Dodgers.

1929- The Yankees take the opening game of a doubleheader from the visiting Indians, winning by a score of 12-0. Yankees starter Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight game. In the 2nd game, after trailing 6-5 with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, the Tribe scores an AL record-tying 9 runs, to win the game by a score of 14-6.

1932- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Mummy” Coates (1956,1959-1962) was born.
After dropping out of school at age 16, the Yankees signed right-hander Jim Coates as an MLB amateur free agent before the 1952 season. The 6' 4" pitcher was assigned to the Olean Yankees (PONY League) in his 1st pro season. Jim responded with a 13-15 record and a 3.19 ERA. The slender pitcher was in the minor leagues for the next 5 seasons, sharpening his game for his 1956 MLB pitching debut. His best season came in 1955, when he went 14-8 with a 2.95 ERA in a split season with the Binghamton Triplets and the Birmingham Barons. This performance earned Jim his 1st stop at Yankee Stadium in 1956 where he appeared in 2 games, pitched 2 innings after spending the year with the Richmond Virginians (International League). He was also in Richmond for the next 2 seasons, where he won 22 and lost 23 over the 3-season run. He broke his arm in 1958 and pitched only 8 games that year before making the MLB for good the following season. From 1959 to 1962, Jim worked as a spot starter and reliever for the Bronx Bombers, going 37-15 with a 3.84 ERA in 167 games. He had 15 saves as a Yankees reliever. He had a 13-3 mark in 1960, a year in which he was selected to the 1st of 2 All-Star games. Coates was especially tough at Yankee Stadium. Of pitchers with at least 20 wins, Jim had the highest winning percentage (.794) at the "House That Ruth Built" going 27-7 during his Yankees pitching career. He is also the last Yankee pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader. The lanky Virginian enjoyed his finest moment in Game 4 of the 1961 World Series when the Yankees beat the Reds 7-0. Coates relieved starter Whitey Ford in the 6th inning because of a foot injury. He responded with 4 shutout innings allowing only 1 hit, getting credit for a save. During the 3 World Series (1960, 1961 and 1962) that Coates was with the Yankees, he came up with a 0-1 record, appearing in 6 games with a 4.15 ERA. He finished his Yankees pitching career with a 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA in 167 games. He had 15 saves as a Yankees reliever. The right-hander also made stops with the 1963 Senators, 1963 Reds and the 1965-1967 Angels during his MLB pitching career. He had the reputation of knocking down batters. He threw with a side-arm delivery and turned his head away from the batter at the last second. It was downright nasty. Jim said: "If you have to knock a batter down, you knock him down." Coates finished up his 9-season MLB run with a 43-22 record and an even 4.00 ERA. After being cut loose from the Angels, Jim dropped down to the Pacific Coast League; he finished up his 15-year minor league run with the Hawaii Islanders the age of 37 in 1970. His record in the minor leagues shows 142-113 losses with a 2.81 ERA. Overall, he spent 19 active seasons in professional baseball (1952-1970). Coates was an unforgettable character. Jim Bouton in his book Ball Four wrote of his skeletal former teammate. "Coates could pose as the illustration for an undertaker's sign. He has the personality to match..." Jim was also known as the only pitcher who could sleep with his eyes open and pitch with them closed. Jim's nickname, to his Yankee teammates was "The Mummy"
1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey returns to the Bronx Bombers starting lineup after his month's suspension for fighting at home plate in a game. Bill had punched Carl Reynolds in the face, breaking the player’s jaw. Bill hits a Grand Slam HR and 3 singles, as Yankees beat the White Sox by a score of 15-3.

1934- Former Yankees Manager and MLB player Dallas Green (1989) was born. (1934-2017)
The 1989 Yankees were 56-65 in 5th place in the AL East, when Team Owner George Steinbrenner fired him. Green didn’t like Yankees Owner Steinnbrenner’s continuing interference with player transactions with the team. As a MLB pitcher, Dallas Green pitched for the Phillies, Senators and the Mets finishing with an overall 20-20 record with a 4.26 ERA in 185 games. After his MLB playing career, he worked for the Phillies front office, then with the Cubs as General Manager. Also he had managed the Phillies before joining the Yankees. He will manage the Mets in the 1990’s.

1939- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Meyer (1964) was born.
Before the start of the 1960 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Bob Meyer as an MLB amateur free agent. Bob went 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 7 games for the 1964 Yankees. On June 12,1964, Bob was purchased by the Angels from the Yankees. He later pitched for the A’s, Pilots and Brewers.

1944- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elisha “Camp” Skinner (1922) passed away. (1897-1944)
Reserve OF Camp Skinner appeared in 27 games for the 1922 Yankees, hitting just .182. On January 30,1923, Camp Skinner was traded by the Yankees along with OF Norm McMillan, P George Murray and $50,000 to the Red Sox for veteran starter Herb Pennock.

1947- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Al Lyons to the Pirates. Al went 1-1 in 19 games for the 1944-1946 Yankees before being sent to the Bucs.

1952- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Bob Hogue to St. Louis Browns for cash. On July 31,1951, Bob was purchased by the Yankees from the Browns. He went 4-5 in 34 games with the Yankees before being sent back to the Browns during the 1952 AL season.

1953- Yankees starter Vic Raschi sets a MLB record by driving in 7 runs in a Yankees 15-0 victory over the Tigers, still the record for most runs battled in by a pitcher in 1 game. Raschi singled in 2 runs in 2nd inning, doubled home 3 more runs in the 3rd inning and then capped it off with 2-run single in the 8th inning. His Yankee teammates responded to his hitting feat by filling up his locker to the roof with bats after the game.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Roger “The Rocket” Clemens (1998-2003, 2007) was born.
On February 18,1999, Roger Clemens was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for INF Homer Bush, reliever Graeme Lloyd and starter David Wells. Roger posted an 83-39 mark in 175 games with the Yankees. He was 5-5 in World Series play. His best Yankees season was in 2000, when Roger went 20-3 for the Yankees. After the 2003 MLB season, Roger left the Yankees signing with his hometown Astros along with Yankees MLB free agent starter Andy Pettite. In 2007, he returned to the Yankees during the mid-season, posting a 6-6 record in 18 games with a 4.18 ERA.

1963- After missing 61 games, Yankees All Star slugger Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees lineup as a pinch hitter for Bronx reliever Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning, when the stiff-legged Mantle golf’s a line drive to tie the game at 10-10. The emotional Yankees win it by a score of 11-10, after the Orioles had taken the opener of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2.

1964- Kansas City A’s starter John O'Donoghue gives up his 3rd HR to Mickey Mantle this 1964 AL season, but that's all of the Yankee runs that he allows in the game, as the A’s tops the visiting Yankees by a score of 5-1.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Johnson (1991-1993) was born.
The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft selected hurler Jeff Johnson. Jeff went 8-15 in 38 games for the 1991-1993 Yankees. The Yankees released Jeff in September of 1993. He signed with the Indians as a MLB free agent, but he never returned to the MLB. He was a minor league pitching coach for the Pirates organization.

1972- Yankees CF Bobby Murcer's Grand Slam HR in the 7th inning clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.

1973- Yankees veteran reliever Lindy McDaniel hurls 13 innings of near perfect relief and comes out a winner, when 2B Horace Clarke’s 13th inning HR gives the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Yankees hurler Fritz Peterson had started the game but he departed in the 1st inning with a muscle pull.

1975- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB P Eric Milton was born.
While a minor leaguer in the Yankee's system, Eric Milton got a tattoo of the Yankees logo on his pitching shoulder. He never got into a MLB game with the Yankees. He was traded along with 3 other players (including INF Cristian Guzman, 1B/OFBrain Buchanan, P Danny Mota) for Twins 2B Chuck Knoblauch.

1978- Orioles starter Mike Flanagan hands Yankees starter Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the 1978 AL season by stopping the Yankees by a score of 2-1.

1983- While warming up in the outfield before the 5th inning of a Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, Yankees OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game, Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals. He is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.

1985- Tom Seaver becomes the 17th MLB pitcher to win 300 games. Seaver pitches the White Sox to a 4-1, 6-hit victory over the Yankees on “Phil Rizzuto Day” at Yankee Stadium as a crowd of 54,032 New Yorkers cheer him on.

1989- Hard-luck starter Blue Jays Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when Yankees OF Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Stieb finishes the game with a 2-1 victory, a 2-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Dave Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

1991- Former Yankees Minor League P Corey Black was born.
Corey Black was a 4th-round choice of the Yankees in the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Barely a year later, on July 26, 2013, he was traded straight up to the Cubs in return for veteran OF Alfonso Soriano. In the deal the Yankees also agreed to take on $6.8 million of the $24.5 million left on Soriano's contract. Black began his pro career with the GCL Yankees in 2012, and then he was promoted to the Staten Island Yankees after only 1 game and ended the season with Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). Between the 3 stops, he went 2-2, 3.08 ERA in 12 games as a starter, while pitching 52 2/3 innings and striking out 50 batters against 15 walks. He was assigned to the Tampa Yankees of the (FSL) to start 2013 season, he had gone 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 starts when he was traded to the Cubs.

1992- Current Yankees Minor League Pitcher Domingo German (2017-2018) was born.
On December 19, 2014, Domingo German was traded by the Marlins with Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and 1B/OF Garrett Jones to the Yankees for Pitcher David Phelps, INF Martin Prado and cash. On December 2, 2015, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. On December 11, 2015, he was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. During the 2017 MLB season, appeared in 5 games for the team with no record, before being sent back to AAA Scranton. He had made another 5 relief outings for the Yanks early in 2018 when he was tabbed to make his first career start on May 6th, filling in for an injured Jordan Montgomery against the Cleveland Indians. It was a beauty, as he pitched 6 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 9 batters, before leaving after having reached his pitch count limit. The game was still scoreless at that point, but Yankees relievers Dellin Betances and Jonathan Holder gave up 4 runs over the next 2 innings, but the Yankees managed to score 3 in the bottom of the 8th and then 4 runs in the 9th off Cody Allen and Dan Otero, a comeback capped by a walk-off 3-run HR by fellow Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres off of Otero. With Montgomery undergoing season-ending surgery, he began to take a regular turn as a starting pitcher, but results were poor at first, as he gave up at least 4 runs in each of his next 4 starts, losing 3 of them. He finally recorded his 1st win on June 14th, when he allowed 3 runs in 6 innings in defeating the Rays, by the score of 4-3, thanks once again to Torres, who hit a 3-run HR to propel the Yankees to a come-from-behind win.

1998- Yankees Darryl Strawberry's pinch-hit Grand Slam HR is the big blow in Yankees 9-run rally in the 9th inning, as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Oakland A's by a score of 10-5 in the 2nd game of a double header. It is his 2nd pinch-hitter slam HR of the 1998 MLB season, setting a new AL record and tying the NL mark held by his former Mets manager, Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, who both set the mark in 1978. The Bombers also win the 1st game of the twin bill by a score of 10-4.

2007- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 500 MLB Career HR. He becomes the youngest player in MLB history to reach the 500 MLB career HR mark. His 3-run HR shot in the 1st inning off of Royals starter Kyle Davies leads the Yankees to a 16-8 pounding of the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

2010- On the 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career HR, Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits the 600th MLB career HR of his MLB playing career off of Toronto's Shaun Marcum, becoming the youngest player - and only the 7th all time - to reach the MLB HR milestone. The Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1 and with the Rays 2-1 loss to the Twins, regain a share of 1st place in the AL East.

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