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This Week in Yankees History September 2nd-8th Part One


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September 2nd


1894- Former Yankees Reserve INF Joe Ward (1909) was born. (1884-1934)
On January 4,1909, INF Joe Ward was purchased by the Yankees from Altoona (Tri-State League). Joe only appeared in 9 games for the 1909 Yankees as reserve infielder, hitting just .179. On June 7,1909, Joe was purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees. After retiring as an active player, he was a minor league manager.


1908- Former All Star Yankees Pitcher Monte Pearson (1936-1940) was born. (1909-1978)
In 1935, hurler Monte Pearson was acquired by the Yankees in trade along with P Steve Sundra that sent starter Johnny Allen to the Indians. Monte had pitched for the Tribe since the 1933 season, posting a 36-31 record in 86 games. In 1938, Monte pitched the 1st no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. He pitched for the 1936-1940 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1936, when he went 19-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 games with 15 complete games. He made the 1936 AL All Star team pitching staff. Monte was named to the 1940 AL All Star team. He appeared in the 1936-1939 World Series with the Yankees going 4-0 in 4 games with a 1.01 ERA. His Yankee pitching career record was 63-27 with a 3.82 ERA in 121 games with 2 saves. On December 30,1940, Monte Pearson was traded to the Reds by the Yankees for Minor League INF Don Lang. In August of 1941, after posting a 1-3 record with a 5.18 ERA in 7 games for the team, the Reds sold Monte to the Hollywood Stars (PCL). He would appear in only 1 game for the Stars, going 0-1. After the 1941 PCL season had ended, he retired from baseball at the age of 32 with a MLB pitching record of 100-61 with a 4.00 ERA in 224 games with 4 saves.


1912- In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nightcap by the score of 1-0 for his 30th win of the 1912 AL season for his 13th straight victory. It is Wood's 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston takes the opening game by the score of 2-1 to finish the season in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last season, and 5 wins in their 1st 5 road games with New York in 1913, Boston ties the MLB record for most consecutive wins on the road against 1 team (18).


1922- Yankees starter Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Philadelphia A’s. Although the A’s knock him out of the box for the 1st time during his win streak. He leaves with 1-out in the 6th inning with the Yankees winning by the score of 7-2. The Yankees prevail to win the game by the score of 11-6 in the 1st game of the doubleheader, but the A's win the nightcap by the score of 4-0 behind starter Bob Hasty.


1928- The Senators top the Yankees by a score of 2-0, as starter Fred Marberry does it all, shutting down the Yankees and driving in both of the Nats runs. Yankees OF Bob Meusel's hitting streak is stopped at 6 straight games. The Yankees AL lead is now 1-1/2 games over the A's, winners of an exhibition game in Lycoming, PA.


1932- The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Senators by the score of 1-0. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig triples off of Nats hurler Firpo Marberry to score teammate Babe Ruth for the winning run.


1933- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Marvin “Marvelous Marv” Throneberry (1955,1958-1959) was born. (1933-1994)
In 1952, the Yankees signed Marvin “Marv” Throneberry as a MLB free agent. He appeared in 1 game for the 1955 Yankees. He would win the 1956 Triple Crown and American Association League MVP Award, while playing with the Yankees Denver Bears AAA farm club under Manager Ralph Houk. He hit 42 HRs in 1956, then the following next season, Marv would hit 40 HRs for the Bears. He would hit a total 118 HRs in 3 seasons with the Bears, while playing at Denver’s Mile High Stadium. He made the American Association All Star team. He joined the Yankees in 1958, as a reserve for All Star 1B Bill Skowron. He appeared in 1 game of the 1958 World Series against the Braves. During the 1959 season, he had a chance to play 1B on a regular basis, when Bill Skowron broke his arm and was out for the rest of the season. Marv hit .240 with 8 HRs and 22 RBI’s in 80 games. Like the other younger players on the Yankees: (Jerry Lumpe, Bobby Richardson, Tommy Carroll, Norm Siebern and others) Manager Casey Stengel, who picked on the young Yankee players that season, verbally abused Marv. In December of 1959, the Yankees sent him to the Kansas City A’s as part of Yankees player package involved in the Roger Maris trade. Away from Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, Marv was able to relax and play on a regular basis. He was the starting 1B for the 1960 A’s, hitting .250 with 11 HRs and 41 RBIs in 104 games. He had replaced the A’s 1959 starting 1B Kent Hadley, who had been traded to the Yankees in the Roger Maris deal. In 1961, he was replaced as the A’s regular 1B by his former Yankees teammate OF/1B Norm Siebern. In May of 1961, he was traded to the Orioles for veteran OF Gene Stephens. With Baltimore, he became a reserve 1B/OF and pinch-hitter for the team. In May of 1962, the Orioles traded Marv to the Mets for veteran Catcher Hobie Landrith and cash. Reunited with his former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, Marv was once again subject to Casey’s verbal remarks. He hit .244 with 16 HRs, but he made offensive and defensive mistakes on the playing field. He only made 17 errors at 1B on an expansion team, that had lost 120 games that season. In the spring of 1963, Marv was involved in a salary dispute with the Mets GM George Weiss, who ended up sending him to AAA Buffalo (International League). His player salary dispute also involved former Yankees OF Gene Woodling, who was the Mets MLB 1B Coach; he had defended Marv in the salary dispute with Weiss. He would leave the team. Marv hit only .176 with 16 HRs for the 1963 AAA Buffalo Bisons. He retired from baseball in 1964 at the age of 30. He finished his MLB playing career (1955,1958-1963) with a BA of .237, while hitting 53 HRs with 170 RBIs in 480 games. After retiring as a player, he became a minor league baseball team announcer. Later Marv appeared in the great Miller Lite Beer baseball television commercials of the 1980’s with his punch-line,” I don’t know why I am doing here.” referring to himself being with former stars of the game. His older brother Faye played the outfield in AL for several teams during the 1950-1960’s, making them one of many brother combos of that baseball era.


1952- Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman and Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell shut out the Red Sox by the scores of 5-0 and 4-0 in a doubleheader sweep.


1955- Yankees teammates Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin's return from active duty in the Army. Whitey Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against the Senators before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th inning with the Nats' only hit. The Yankees win the game by the score of 4-2, as Mantle hits his 36th HR of the 1955 AL season, a 3-run HR shot. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of his AL rivals: Tigers’ Al Kaline and Red Sox slugger Ted Williams. The Yankees stay a half game behind the White Sox, who beat the 3rd-place Indians. Billy Martin will hit .300 in 20 games with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in September. The Yankees will go on a 17-6 tear to win the 1955 AL pennant by 3 games and face the Dodgers in the 1955 World Series.


1958- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees snap a scoreless tie with the Red Sox, when Bronx Bomber Sluggers Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle crash back-to-back 6th inning HRs off of hurler Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit 3 HRs this season off of Boston hurler Dave Sisler. The Yankees win the game by a score of 6-1. Mantle, now with 38 HRs leads the 1958 AL HR Crown race. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra will hit back-to-back HRs, 12 times together and HR in the same game, 50 times before they are through as active Yankees players.


1960- Orioles Starter Milt Pappas stops the Yankees on 3-hits, with 2 hits by shortstop Tony Kubek to give Baltimore, a 5-0 lead in the 1st of a 3-game series. The Orioles now trail the 1st place Yankees by .003.


1960- Former Yankees Reserve INF Rex Hudler (1984-1985) was born.
Rex Hudler was a 1st round draft pick by the Yankees in 1978 MLB amateur player draft. He played in 29 games, while hitting .155, as reserve INF for the 1984-1985 Yankees, before being traded along with P Rich Bordi to the Orioles for OF Gary Ward and a player to be named later. He played in the MLB from 1984-1992,1994-1998 with the Yankees, Orioles, Expos, Cardinals and finishing up with the 1998 Phillies. In 1993, Rex played in Japan with the Yakutt Swallows, hitting .300 with 14 HRs and 64 RBIs in 120 games. As a MLB player, he hit .261 with 56 HRs and 161 RBIs in 774 games. Rex has been a broadcaster for the Angels from 1999 to 2011. In 2012, he joined the broadcast team for the Royals.


1961- Against Detroit's “Yankees Killer” starter Frank Lary, Roger Maris doubles and takes 3B on a Tiger misplay. Mickey Mantle, hurting from a pulled muscle in his forearm, lays down a perfect drag bunt to score Roger. Maris then blasts HRs in his next 2-trips to the plate, while Elston Howard adds a 3-run HR for a 7-2 victory over the Tigers.


1965- Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning HR with 2-runners on as the Yankees score 5 runs on their way to an 8-1 win over the Angels. Yankees veteran All Star Starter Whitey Ford is the winner.


1967- Senators Pitcher Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees, when Mickey Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th inning as the Yankees win the game by the score of 2-1. Yankees starter Mel Stottlemyre is the winner, allowing only 6-Nats hits with no walks. For Mickey Mantle, it is his 14th game-winning hit of the 1967 AL season, 8 of them were HRs.


1969- Yankees Manager Ralph Houk signs a new 3-year contract with the team at $65,000 a season, the highest managerial salary in either league. Yankees veteran All Star 1B Joe Pepitone is reinstated to the team.


1978- Yankees starter Ed Figueroa wins his 14th game of the 1978 AL season. Yankee hitters Reggie Jackson and Chris Chambliss, each hit a HR, as the Yankees dump the Mariners by the score of 6-2. The victory moves the Yankees within 5 1/2 games of the 1st place Red Sox in the AL East Division race. Reggie Jackson’s 20th HR makes him the 19th player in MLB history to hit 20 or more HRs for 11 straight seasons.


1992- Current Yankees Reserve INF Ronald Torreyes (2016-2018) was born.
Ronald Torreyes made the MLB in 2015, but he has bounced around from team to team.
Torreyes was originally signed by Reds scout Jose Fuentes for the Reds in his native Venezuela. He began play with the VSL Reds as a 17-year-old in 2010. He hit a blazing .390 with 20 doubles and 10 triples in 67 games, and the Reds quickly brought the young man stateside. He added 18 games with the AZL Reds and 6 more with the Dayton Dragons that summer, hitting .349 in the Desert before cooling down a bit in Dayton. Overall, his batting line for the season was an amazing .370 in 91 games, with 46 extra base hits. He played all 3-infield positions that 1st year. In 2011, he returned to Dayton as a full-time 2B, playing 67 games with similarly torrid results. His batting line was .356 with 9 doubles, 5 triples and 3 HRs. After the 2011 season, he was sent in a trade to the Cubs on December 23rd, joining P Travis Wood and OF Dave Sappelt in a deal that landed the Reds top-class reliever Sean Marshall. Even though the other 2 players acquired by the Cubs already had MLB experience and were considered solid prospects in their own right, Torreyes' amazing batting averages at a very young age made him the most intriguing player in the trade. He was sent to the Daytona Cubs in 2012, where he hit .264 in 115 games, scoring 62 runs and driving in 42. In 2013, he moved up to the AA Tennessee Smokies; in 65 games there, he hit .263 with 35 runs scores and 25 RBIs.
In early July 2013, Torreyes was traded to the Astros in exchange for 2 of the Astros' international bonus pool slots. The Cubs announced they received slots 2 and 3 from the Astros, which amount to $784,700. He hit .278 in 38 games for the Corpus Christi Hooks the rest of the way to end the season at .269 in 103 games. In 2014, he played in AAA for the 1st time, with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. He had another good season with the bat, hitting .298 in 126 games with 65 runs. He did not get a call-up to the MLB that season, however, but he was added to the Astros' 40-man roster after the season. He did not make the Astros' roster out of spring training in 2015. He hit only .200 in 19 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (PCL). On May 15th, he was DFA to make room on the roster for Preston Tucker. The decision led to his contract being sold to the Blue Jays, who moved him back to AA with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (EL). It was a brief and unhappy stay, as he hit .140 in 16 games before changing organizations again, moving to the Dodgers on June 12th, where he took the spot of former MLB Darwin Barney with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, then was sent back down to AA after a few days, heading to the Tulsa Drillers (Texas League). Ronald hit .293 in 62 games for Tulsa and .306 in 13 games for AAA Oklahoma City, earning his 1st opportunity to play in the Show in late September. He made his debut for the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks on September 13th, going 1 for 2 with a double off of P Randall Delgado for his 1st MLB hit. Another prospect, Jose Peraza, had started the game at 2B, and Ronald had taken over for him as a defensive substitute in the middle of the 5th inning. He went 2 for 6 in 8 games for the Dodgers. On January 12, 2016, Ronald was on the move again, heading to the Yankees alongside P Tyler Olson in as trade for minor league OF Rob Segedin. That stay was brief as well, as on January 25th, he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Angels. Only 2 days later, he was DFA again after the Angels needed his roster spot for INF Jefry Marte, acquired in a trade that same day. On February 2nd, he was back with the Yankees, as they claimed him off waivers, cutting OF Lane Adams to make room on the roster for him. He had played in 49 games for the 2016 Yankees, hitting .287 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. In 2017, he found himself starting at shortstop during the 1st month of the season while Didi Gregorius began the year on the DL. He did very well, hitting .313 with 1 HR and 13 RBIs in 21 games, contributing to an excellent start by the team. Overall for the 2017 AL season, he finished with a .292 BA with 3 HRs and 36 RBIs in 108 games.


1996- Yankees veteran starter David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound after his May operation to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm by pitching 7 no-hit innings. The Yankees beat the A's by the score of 5-0, as reliever Mariano Rivera goes 2-innings of relief, gives up 1-hit to Jose Herrera in the 8th inning. David Cone's remarkable return sends veteran hurler Kenny Rogers to the Yankees bullpen.


2001- The Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 1-0, as veteran starter Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Red Sox PH Carl Everett's 2-out, 2-strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina's gem. It is the 3rd time in his MLB pitching career that the “Moose” has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th inning on Enrique Wilson's double. Opposing Red Sox starter David Cone, former Yankee hurler, who takes the loss, is the most recent pitcher to toss a perfect game. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the 1st history by a team that did not score in the 1st 7-innings of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves MLB Pitching Coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland, who was promoted from bullpen coach to MLB pitching coach last month, when Pitching Coach Joe Kerrigan became the Red Sox Manager, said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team's training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.” I'm not going,” Cumberland said. “That's official, that's for damn sure. That's OK. We've had a lot of good people leave this organization, and now it's going to be me because I'm not going to be reassigned.”


2009- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez picked up the 2,500th hit of his MLB playing career as the Yankees defeat the Orioles by the score of 10-2 to complete a sweep at Camden Yards. Eric Hinske's HR is the Bronx Bombers' 20th at the ballpark this season, the most by a visiting team since the ballpark opened in 1992. Yankees starter CC Sabathia earns his AL-leading 16th win.


2012- The Orioles move to within 2 games of the Yankees with an 8-3 win at New Yankee Stadium. O’s starter Chris Tillman has to leave the game after only 3 innings because of stiffness in his elbow, but the O's rally behind hitter Mark Reynolds, who hits 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs; they then add 3 more runs in the 8th inning, as the Yankees use 5 pitchers in the inning in a vain attempt to keep within striking distance. Veteran starter Randy Wolf is the winner in his 1st game for the Birds.


September 3rd


1906- At Hill Top Park in New York City, an overflowing crowd of 20,000 fans watches the Yankees and the Philadelphia A’s play a highly contested doubleheader. Hill Park Park’s official capacity was listed at 16,000 fans. After a questionable call by Umpire Silk O'Loughlin on a stolen base play at 3B by the A’s base-runner Danny Murphy. The Yankees shortstop Kid Elberfeld, the hotheaded “Tabasco Kid,” attempts to assault the Umpire by kicking him. His misconduct upsets the fans and players on the playing field. Elberfeld is forcibly removed from the playing field by the city police during the 1st game of a doubleheader, a which was a New York's win 4-3 over the A’s. During the 2nd game, Yankees base runner Willie Keeler collides with A’s Shortstop Lave Cross, who is trying to field a ground ball, resulting in 2 Yankees runs score. Umpire Silk O'Loughlin sees no base-running interference by Keeler during the play. The umpire’s call so hotly disputed by Philadelphia A's Team Captain Harry Davis that, after 8-minutes of arguing, the umpire forfeits the game to Yankees. For the Yankees, it is a MLB record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in 5 consecutive days.


1917- The Yankees sweep the Red Sox in a doubleheader, while the White Sox take 2 from the Tigers in a tight AL pennant race between Boston and Chicago.


1921- Powered by slugger Babe Ruth's 50th HR of the 1921 AL season and the pitching of starter Carl Mays, the Yankees down the Senators by the score of 9–3 at Griffith Stadium.


1927- Philadelphia A’s starter Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the 1927 AL season beating the Yankees by the score of 1-0.


1934- Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final AL pennant surge. Tigers are rained out in Chicago, hold a 5-game lead over the Yankees, who split a pair with the Philadelphia A's. Yankees starter Lefty Gomez wins his 24th game of the 1934 AL season and 10th straight game in the opener, while the A’s slugger Jimmy Foxx hits his 40th HR of the season in the nightcap.


1939- In a Sunday doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox win the 1st game by score of 12-11. In the 2nd game with the score tie at 5-5 in the 8th inning, the Yankees quickly score 2 runs in the inning to take a 7-5 lead. Then Yankees batter Babe Dahlgren strikes out while being given an intentional walk and Yankees base-runners George Selkirk and Joe Gordon try to steal home on successive pitches by trotting to home plate to end the inning. Then Red Sox Manager Joe Cronin comes out to argue the Yankees actions as “illegal” with Umpire Carl Hubbell. When Hubbell doesn’t agree with Cronin appeal, the Red Sox fans throw a barrage of garbage onto playing field at Fenway Park to protest the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the Boston’s 6:30 PM Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard rules that the Boston crowd's action and repeated attempts to clear the playing field makes it impossible to continue the game and awards the game as a forfeit to the Yankees with a 9-0 “official” score, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him, ruling the game is a 5-5 tie and fines the Yankees for their tactics.


1947- At Fenway Park, Yankee batters Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio lead the way with 4-hits each as the Yankees bang out a total 18-hits, all singles in defeating the Red Sox by a score of 11-2 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. The single Bronx Bomber sluggers were: outfielders Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio (4 each), OF Johnny Lindell, 1B George McQuinn, 3B Billy Johnson and Catcher Aaron Robinson (2 each), shortstop Phil Rizzuto and 2B Snuffy Stirnweiss (1 each). In the nightcap, the Yankees made 16-hits and out-slugged the Red Sox, winning the game by the final score of 9-6.


1951- Newly acquired veteran NL starter Johnny Sain tosses a 5-hitter in his AL pitching debut for the Yankees to beat the Philadelphia A's by the score of 3-1. The A's top the Yankees in the 2nd game of the doubleheader, winning the game by the score of 3-2.


1952- Philadelphia A’s rookie starter Harry Byrd 1-hits the Yankees, winning the game by the score of 3-0. After the 1952 AL season ends, Harry Byrd will be named the AL Rookie of the Year Award winner. In December of 1953, the Yankees will acquire Harry Byrd in the Vic Power trade with the A’s.


1954- The Yankees snap Tribe starter Bob Lemon's 11-game win streak to beat the Indians by the score of 3-2 and move 3 ½ games from 1st place. Mickey Mantle's gigantic HR blast into the RF upper deck in the 6th inning; started the Yankees scoring.


1954- The Yankees purchased veteran hurler Tommy Byrne from the Seattle Rainers (PCL) for an undisclosed amount of cash (over $50,000) and other considerations. He will go 16-5 for the 1955 Yankees. He will win the 1955 AL Comeback Player Award. Tommy will end his Yankees pitching career with a 72-40 mark with a 3.93 ERA in 221 games (1940,1946-1951,1954-1957).


1958- The Yankees spot the Red Sox, a 5-3 lead before Mickey Mantle HRs in the 8th inning. Then Yogi Berra cracks a 3-run HR in the 9th inning to win it by a score of 8-5. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, each have 85 RBIs for the 1958 AL season.


1960- Former Yankees OF Armando Marsans (1917-1918) passed away. (1887-1960)
On July 15,1917, OF Armando Marsans was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for veteran OF Lee Magee. Armando appeared in 62 games for the 1917-1918 Yankees, while hitting .232 with no HRs and 24 RBIs. He later became a Yankees MLB scout. He is considered to be the Yankees 1st Cuban born MLB player.


1960- The Orioles hand the Bombers a 2nd straight shutout loss, winning the game by the score of 2-0 and replacing the Yankees in 1st place in the AL by a game. Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson has both RBIs to back starter Jack Fisher's 7-hitter. During the game at Memorial Stadium, home plate Umpire Larry Napp is struck 3-times by foul balls. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate, as Larry Napp is carried off the field.


1961- After taking the 1st of 2 games against the Tigers, Yankees are down by the score of 5-4 in the 9th inning in the 2nd game, when Mickey Mantle ties the game with his 2nd HR of the day. Elston Howard wins it with a 3-run HR drive into the LF stands and the Tigers leave town 4 1/2 games in back of the Yankees. Mickey Mantle is now at 50 HR mark, while teammate Roger Maris is at 53 HR mark, they are 1st teammates in MLB history to hit 50 HRs in the same MLB season.


1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Eric Plunk (1989-1991) was born.
The Yankees selected hurler Eric Plunk in the 4th round of the 1981 MLB amateur player draft. He was traded to the Oakland A’s in 1984 along with pitchers Tim Birtas, Jay Howell, Jose Rojo and Reserve OF Stan Javier for A’s All Star OF Rickey Henderson, Bert Bradley and cash. He returned to the Yankees in 1989 from the A’s along with P Greg Cadaret, OF Louis Polonia for Yankees OF Rickey Henderson. Eric went 15-13 with a 3.88 ERA in 117 games for the Yankees.


1978- In the greatest relief performance of the 1978 AL season, flame-thrower Rich Gossage enters the game in the top of 9th inning with Seattle Mariners runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, with the Yankees clinging to a 4-3 lead. Gossage proceeds to throw 11 pitches and strikeouts the side. The win enabled the Yankees to keep pace with the 1st place Boston Red Sox, 5 1/2 games out of 1st place in the AL East Division race.


1985-Former Yankees Reserve INF Chris Nelson (2013) was born.
Chris Nelson came up to the MLB with the 2010 Rockies. Chris started the 2013 NL season as Rockies 3B. He was DFA on April 27th. On May 1, 2013, the Rockies traded him to the Yankees, who had just put starting 3B Kevin Youkilis on the DL. He was one of a slew of players trying to play 3rd for the Yankees that season, in the absence of an injured Alex Rodriguez, but he failed to impress the Yankees front office, as he went 8 for 36 (.222) in 10 games. He was placed on waivers on May 18th; the Angels immediately claimed him. After playing sparingly in his 1st couple of weeks with his new team, he was sent down to the AAA Salt Lake Bees (PCL) for a spell. He hit .328 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs in 34 games to get a call back to Anaheim on July 31st. This time, he was inserted into the starting line-up at 3B, and begun to hit better. On August 15th, he had a MLB career game against the Yankees, hitting his 1st 2 HRs of the 2013 season; the 1st was a solo HR against Yankees starter Phil Hughes in the 4th inning and added a Grand Slam HR against reliever Boone Logan that blew the game open in the 8th inning. Thanks to his performance, the Angels won that game by the score of 8-4. After the 2013 MLB season ended, the Angels granted him MLB free agency. He signed with the Reds for the 2014 NL season, but the team released him in June. In 2014, he was a reserve player for the Padres. In 2017, he played with SugarLand (Atlantic League).


1988- Oakland A’s Closer Dennis Eckersley sets an A's team record with his 37th save of the 1988 AL season in A's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Eckersley will save 45 games this season, 1 shy of Yankees closer Dave Righetti's MLB save record of 46 games.


1990- Former Yankees reliever Marshall “Sheriff” Bridges (1962-1963) passed away. (1931-1990) Marshall Bridges was a 1B/Pitcher with the Memphis Red Sox in the Negro Leagues. In 1953, the Giants signed Marshall as a MLB amateur free agent. After hitting just .233, but after going 14-1 on the mound for the 1955 Amarillo Gold Sox, he concentrated on making the MLB as a pitcher. In 1958, the Cardinals acquired him from the Giants: after winning 16 games, leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts for the 1958 Sacramento Solons. During the 1959 NL season, the Cardinals used Bridges primarily in relief. Then again by the Reds, who had acquired him in 1960. In fall of 1961, he was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for reserve Catcher Jesse Gonder. In 1962, the Yankees were looking for bullpen help. "Sheriff", as he was sometimes called, came to the rescue. The hard-throwing southpaw won 8 games, while saving 18 games in 52 appearances to help lead the Yankees to the pennant. He was not as effective in the 1962 World Series against the allowing the 1st grand slam HR ever hit by a NL player in a World Series by Giants 2B Chuck Hiller. Overall, he did pitch in 2 1962 World Series games for the Yankees against the Giants with no decision and a 4.91 ERA. In the off-season, Marshall Bridges was at the Pride of Fort Lauderdale Elks Lodge on February 13 1963, when he was shot with a small caliber weapon in the leg just below the knee. 21-year-old Carrie Lee Raysor claimed Bridges had repeatedly offered to drive her home and, after repeatedly not taking "no" for an answer, "took out [her] gun and shot him." He recovered from his gunshot wounds to pitch for another season with the Yankees. The Senators purchased him from the Yankees in November of 1963. His final Yankees career pitching totals were a 10-4 record with a 3.35 ERA, 19 saves in 75 games. He spent 2 seasons with the Senators, concluding his 7-year MLB pitching career with a 23-15 record, 25 saves with a 3.75 ERA. Bridges spent 3 more seasons in pro ball playing with the 1965-1967 AAA Hawaii Islanders (PCL); he decided to call it a career after this last run. Marshall had spent 15 years in pro baseball from 1953-1967. His minor league stat sheet shows that he appeared in 243 games, while posting a 74-57 record, pitching 1,138 innings with a 3.94 ERA.


1990- White Sox Closer Bobby Thigpen sets a MLB record with his 47th save as Chicago defeats the Royals by the score of 4-2. The Chicago reliever breaks Yankees Dave Righetti's closer mark of 46 saves established in 1986.


1995- The Yankees drop a 10-9 decision to the Oakland A’s as shortstop Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez scores 3-runs and has 3 RBI’s for the Bronx Bombers. The last Yankee player to hit for the cycle was CF Bobby Murcer in 1972.


2001- At the Sky Dome in Toronto, the Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5 by scoring 2 runs off of reliever Billy Koch in the 9th inning. Mendoza picks up his 6th save while Mark Wohlers gets his 1st victory of the 2001 season. The Yankees hit 5 doubles during the game.


2008- Instant replay is used for the 1st time in a MLB game. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez homers to left off of Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival in the 9th inning as part of an 8-4 Yankees victory. Umpire Brian Runge calls it a HR and has his call upheld upon review.


2009- Yankees Catcher Jorge Posada hits his 20th HR of the 2009 AL season, as he drives in 4 runs as Bombers defeats the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 7-5. The Yankees now have 7 players with 20 or more HRs on the season, matching a record set by 3 other MLB teams. Derek Jeter currently has 17 HRs and may yet lead the Bronx Bombers to a new record. Jeter will finish the 2009 season with 18 HRs; the Yankees miss making a new record.


2012-The AL East race gets even tighter, as the Rays beat the Yankees by the score of 4-3. Tampa starter James Shields gets the win as light-hitting Chris Gimenez drives in a pair of runs. The game marks the return of Yankees Alex Rodriguez, who starts at DH for the Yankees after missing 6 weeks with a hand injury.


September 4th


1906- The Yankees win their 5th doubleheader in a row-a record-as they tally a double shutout of the Red Sox by scores of 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8th and will stretch to 15 victories, propelling Yankees to a 1-1/2 game lead in the AL.


1908- At Hilltop Park, Senators Ace Walter Johnson opens a series against the Yankees by beating veteran Bronx starter Jack Chesbro by the score of 3-0, allowing only 6-Yankee hits in the Senators win.


1916- At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees and the Red Sox split a doubleheader. Red Sox win the opener by the score of 7-1, behind lefty starter Babe Ruth, while the Yankees score in the 9th inning to win the nightcap to win the game by a score of 4-3.


1918- The Yankees split a pair with the Red Sox, losing 4-2 to Babe Ruth in the opener, and then beating starter Carl Mays by the score of 7-3. Boston starter Babe Ruth allows no Yankee hits until the 6th inning, and then just allows 5-Yankee hits overall in the game.


1920- At Fenway Park, 33,000 fans are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth’s return to the Yankees starting lineup. The Babe hits his 45th HR of the 1920 AL season in the opener to give the Yankees, a 5-3 win. In the 2nd game, Yankees starter Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Carl Mays takes a 5-3 lead into the 9th inning, and then he fails to back up home on a play at home plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run and the Red Sox win the game by the score of 6-5.


1922- At the start of the day, both New York teams (Yankees and Giants) are on top, while both Boston teams (Red Sox and Braves) are on the bottom of their league’s standings. But today, the Red Sox will take 2 and knock the AL leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees by scores of 4-3 and 6-5. Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his last regular season HR in the Polo Grounds. He gets it off of veteran hurler Herb Pennock, who also gave up Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee homer, also at the Polo Grounds.


1923- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Yankees starter Sam Jones no-hits the A’s by the score of 2-0 beating A’s starter Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game, as he slips a point behind Tigers Harry Heilmann in the AL batting race. Not till the Chicago Cubs Ken Holtzman's no-hitter in 1969, will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts.


1923-In a twilight charity game, Babe Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia's Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2-1 loss to the Lit Brothers.


1939- After Labor Day MLB games are finished, the Reds lead the Cardinals by 4 games in the NL. In the AL, the Yankees are 14 1⁄2 games ahead of the 2nd place Red Sox.


1941- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-3 to clinch the 1941 AL pennant, the earliest date in MLB history. The Yankees need only 136 games, giving them a 91-45 record.

1945- Long-time Yankees batting practice Pitcher Paul Schreiber, who last pitched in the MLB in 1923 and the minor leagues in 1931, relieves for the Yankees against the Tigers in a rout. Schreiber gives no hits in 3 ½ innings, but Detroit starter Dizzy Trout wins the game by a score of 10-0.


1946- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Wright (1974) was born. (1946-2017)
The Yankees obtained Ken Wright from the Royals along with OF Lou Piniella for Yankees veteran hurler Lindy McDaniel. Ken went 0-0 in 3 games for the 1974 Yankees, before being traded to the Phillies for P Mike Wallace.


1950- Former Yankees Pitcher Doyle Alexander (1976,1983) was born.
The Yankees in a major trade with the Orioles acquired starter Doyle Alexander on June 15,1976. The Yankees sent 4 Pitchers: Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and Catcher Rick Dempsey for Orioles Pitchers: Doyle Alexander, Grant Jackson, Ken Holtzman and reserve Catcher Elrod Hendricks. He went 10-5 for the Yankees in 1976. He appeared in 1 in game of the 1976 World Series, losing to the Reds. He left the Yankees for MLB free agency in the winter of 1976. The Yankees re-obtained him in 1983 from the Giants for P Andy Mc****figan and OF Ted Wilborn. The Yankees released him in May of 1983, after he went 0-2 for the team.


1955- Mickey Mantle's 1st-inning 3-run HR allows Yankees starter Bob Turley to coast to an 8-3 win over the Senators. This is Mantle's last HR of the 1955 AL season; he finishes the 1955 AL season with 37 HRs with 113 RBIs.


1960- After 30 straight scoreless innings, the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 games by topping the Yankees again by the score of 6-2. With 2-outs in the 7th inning, Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada's no-hitter, but veteran knuckleball hurler Hoyt Wilhelm pitching in relief, preserves the 6-2 win for the Birds.


1961- Yankees CF Mickey Mantle misses the Labor Day doubleheader with a painful and swollen forearm, but the Bronx Bombers don't need him as they sweep a pair from the expansion Senators by scores of 5-3 and 3-2. The sweep moves the Yankees 6-games up on the slumping Tigers, who lose by the score of 6-3 to the Orioles and trail 4-1 in a game suspended. Mantle's replacement in the Yankees line-up Johnny Blanchard breaks a 3-3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning HR.


1964- The Yankees overcome 2-HRs by Ken Harrelson to beat the host Kansas City A's by the score of 9-7 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th inning for the Bronx Bombers. With the Orioles losing today, they are now (81-54) and the White Sox (82-55) are virtually tied for 1st place, with the Yankees (77-56) in 2nd place, 3 games back.


1965- At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox sweep 2 games from the Bombers, winning by scores of 1-0 and 7-2. Mickey Mantle's HR in the 2nd game, off of Red Sox starter Dennis Bennett is the only bright spot for the Yankees disappointing day.


1972- The Yankees split a doubleheader with the Orioles, losing 4-3 in the opener before winning 5-2 in the nightcap. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in 4th place, just one-half game out of 1st place. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with the Tigers for the AL East lead. Andy Etchebarren's 3-run HR in the 1st game, off of Yankees starter Fritz Peterson is the big blow, while the Yankees take the 2nd game behind the 3-hits, including a HR by Bobby Murcer.


1977- Yankees southpaw Don Gullet comes of DL, hurls his 1st AL shutout, a 4-0 victory of the Twins. Cliff Johnson’s 1st inning Grand Slam HR accounted for all of the Yankees scoring. The victory allowed the Yankees to have a 4 1/2 game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.


1978- Behind Ron Guidry's 20th win of the 1978 AL season, the Yankees take the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Tigers by the score of 9-1. The Yankees score 8-runs in the 7th inning. The Tigers win the 2nd game by the score of 5-4 to keep the Yankees, 5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.


1991- Lou Gehrig's 1938 Yankees road uniform brings $220,000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco, becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. A Honus Wagner baseball card goes for $125,500, while an autographed Lou Gehrig bat sells for $47,500.


1991- Removing an asterisk which really never existed, the Statistical Accuracy Committee decides to put Roger Maris '61 HR season ahead of Babe Ruth's 60 HR mark instead of listing it separately as it was from 1962 until 1991. Regarding the expunging of the asterisk, historian Bill Deane later points out, "It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed. Roger Maris' record was, from 1962 until 1991, listed separately from Babe Ruth's and was never actually defined by 'some distinctive mark.”


1992- Yankees OF Roberto Kelly ties a MLB record by reaching base on catcher's interference for the 7th time this season. The Pirates Dale Berra had set the MLB mark in 1983. Texas Catcher Ivan “Purge” Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in during a Yankees 6-3 victory over the Rangers.


1993- Yankees starter Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians at Yankee Stadium by a score of 4-0. The Flint, Michigan native who was born without a right hand, becomes the 1st Yankee hurler in a decade to throw a no-hitter. The last no-hitter was by Yankees starter Dave Righetti on July 4, 1983.


1996- Former Yankees 1B Babe Dahlgren, the man who replaced Lou Gehrig at 1B to end the MLB consecutive games played streak in June of 1939, dies in Arcadia, California. (1912-1996)
The Red Sox originally signed 1B Babe Dahlgren as an MLB amateur free agent. With Boston, he was blocked at 1B by the presence of veteran 1B slugger Jimmy Foxx. On February 17, 1937, the Yankees purchased Babe from Boston for cash. Now with Yankees, he was behind 1B Lou Gehrig. In the 1939 game that he replaced the Iron Horse in the starting line-up, Babe goes 2-for-4, including hitting a HR, in a 22-2 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium. In 1939, he only hit .235 for the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1940, when he hit .262 with 12 HRs and 73 RBIs. Overall as a Yankee player, Babe appeared in 327 games, while hitting .248 with 27 HRs and 63 RBIs. He appeared in the 1939 World Series with the Yankees against the Reds, playing in 4 games while hitting .214 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs. His MLB playing career was shaken by an unfounded rumor that he was a marijuana smoker. This explains why the Yankees sold him to the Braves before the 1941 MLB season, without giving an explanation. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy claimed that his fielding was lacking, which went against the observations of anyone who had watched him play. Babe was the 1st MLB player to pay for his own drug test, which proved that he was clean. He would play in the MLB for the Red Sox, Yankees, Braves, Cubs, Browns, Dodgers, Phillies and the Pirates (1938-1946). In 1964, he was MLB Coach for the Kansas City A’s. His sons Ray Dahlgren and Don Dahlgren both played in the minor leagues. His grandson, Matt Dahlgren wrote a biography of Babe Dahlgren, addressing the drug use rumors, entitled “Rumor in Town,” in 2007.


1996- Bronx starter Andy Pettitte wins his 20th game of the 1996 AL season, as the Yankees defeat the A’s by a score of 10-3. Yankee hitters Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo HRs in the 4th inning. The Yankees last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.


1998- The Yankees (100-38) win their 100th game of the 1998 AL season, defeating the White Sox by a score of 11-6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100-win mark. The 1906 Chicago Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. Bernie Williams leads the Yankees with a pair of HRs and 4-RBIs. The Yankees 100th win beating the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians mark by 5 days.


2000- Former Yankees Minor League player and Manager Pinky May passed away. (1911-2000)
Pinky May played for 5 MLB seasons, all of them with the Phillies. He is one of the few players who played at least 5 seasons, having played at least 100 games and 400 at-bats in each season. May signed with the Yankees in 1932 out of Indiana University. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In October of 1938, INF Pinky May was selected by the Phillies from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 player draft. He broke into the MLB in 1939, playing in 135 games and leading the NL in sacrifice hits. He made the NL All-Star team in 1940. He was in the Navy during World War II. After his MLB playing career was over, Pinky May was long time minor league manager for the Indians and the Reds organizations (1947-1972). In 1963, he managed the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL). In 1970, his son, catcher Milt May made it to the MLB with the Pirates.


2001- The Blue Jays roll over the sleep walking Yankees by the score of 14-0. Yankees veteran starter Andy Pettitte lasts just 3 innings in losing to Blue Jays starter Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance allowing only 6-Yankee hits, while striking out 11 Yankee batters.


2009- Blue Jays Ace Roy Halladay pitches a 1-hitter to beat the Yankees by the score of 6-0. Toronto ends the Bomber’s winning streak at 6 games.


September 5th


1872- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Orth (1904-1909) was born. (1872-1948)
On July 20,1904, veteran MLB starter Al Orth was traded to the Yankees by the Senators for 2 Pitchers; Tom Hughes and Barney Wolfe. Al would finish the 1904 AL season with the Yankees posting an 11-6 record in 20 games. His best Yankees season was in 1906, posting a 27-17 mark, leading the AL pitchers in wins. In 1905, he went 18-16 for the Yankees. Orth went 72-73 in 163 games with the Yankees. Overall his MLB pitching record was 202-184 in 440 games with the Phillies, Senators and the Yankees (1895-1909).


1908- Senators starter Walter Johnson tops the Yankees by the score of 6-0, as they manage just only 4 hits off of the Nat’s ace.


1911- Former Yankees 1B John “Buddy” Hassett (1942) was born. (1911-1997)
The Yankees originally signed John “Buddy” Hassett, but he was traded to the Dodgers in 1936 for OF Buzz Boyle. He has re-obtained by the Yankees from the Braves in 1941 in the Tommy Holmes trade. Buddy was the regular Yankees 1B for the 1942 AL season, playing in 132 games with a .284 BA, 5 HRs with 48 RBI’s. His last MLB appearances were in the 1942 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals, where he went 3-for-9. His last hit was in the 9th inning of Game 2 off of Cardinals starter Johnny Beazley. He went into the military service in 1942. He was released by in the Yankees in May of 1946. Overall as a MLB player, Buddy appeared in 929 games, while hitting .292 with 12 HRs and 343 RBIs. After his playing days, he managed in the minors from 1947 to 1950 for the Norfolk Tars, Binghamton Triplets, Newark Bears, and Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the Yankees minor league system.


1920- Former Yankees Minor League P Gene Bearden was born. (1920-2004)
During June of 1942, P Gene Bearden was sent from Savannah (SAL) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1946, Gene was traded by the Yankees along with P Al Gettel and OF Hal Peck to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and reserve INF Ray Mack.


1921- In the Labor Day afternoon game at Fenway Park, won by the Red Sox by the score of 8-2, the Yankees outfield makes an AL-record 5 assists: 4 by Bob Meusel, with one of the strongest arms in the MLB, will lead the AL outfielders in assists in 1921 and 1922.


1926- At Baltimore, the minor league team, the Orioles (International League) embarrassed the Yankees by the score of 18-9 in an exhibition game. Yankees slugger Babe Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with teammate INF Mark Koenig in the Yankees dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig of loafing on several plays.


1927- The Red Sox edge the Yankees by the score of 12-11, in an 18-inning battle during the 1st game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Red Ruffing, a future Yankee, pitched 15 innings for Red Sox, he got a no decision, but he made a permanent impression on Yankees front office. The Yankees won the 2nd game with a 5-0 shutout.


1930- Former Yankees Minor League INF Wayne Belardi was born. (1930-1993)
On February 19,1957, INF Wayne Belardi was traded by the Kansas City A’s with players to be named later, INF Jack McMahan, Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a player to be named later; P Rip Coleman, INF Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and OF Irv Noren. The Yankees would send P 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. Bonus Rookie INF Clete Boyer was sent on June 4, 1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Wayne spent the 1957 baseball season with the Yankees AA New Orleans Pelicans’ farm team, before retiring from baseball.


1936- On a day the Yankees would just as soon forget, the Yankees drop a 3-2 decision to the Red Sox in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Then they throw away the 2nd game by allowing the Red Sox to come-behind and tie the score in time for darkness to end it at 7-7 tie. Adding to their 2nd game woes were 2 errors apiece for rookie CF Joe DiMaggio and Catcher Bill Dickey and a triple plays against the Yankees.


1950- Purdue University Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old baseball star Pitcher/Shortstop Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers' 1950 Big 10 football squad.


1950-The Yankees acquired veteran 1B Johnny Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 BA from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yankees believe that Johnny Hopp will provide late season pennant insurance. Johnny will hit .333 in 19 games for the month of September of 1950.


1952-The Yankees resigned veteran OF/PH Charlie “King Kong” Keller (1939-1949), after his player release by the Tigers. He will retire as an active player after the 1952 World Series.


1952- Yankees Manager Casey Stengel makes his famous “bus ride speech” to his “loafing Yankees.” The team had just dropped 2 out of 3 games to the hapless Philadelphia A’s (normally easy prey), while their AL rivals the Indians were on a hot streak, and the result was the possibility that the 1st place Indians might break the 1952 AL pennant race open. Fortunately, the Old Professor’s speech had the right effect on the Yankee players, who went on to win 15 of their next 18 games.


1955- Former Yankees hurler (1977) and Minor League Pitching Coach Gil Patterson was born.
Gil Patterson was a 1st round 7th pick by the Yankees in the 1975 MLB amateur player draft. He appeared in 10 games for the 1977 Yankees, going 1-2 with a 5.45 ERA. His MLB pitching career was ended by arm injuries, Gil had 8 arm operations. He began his career in fine form in the 1975 New York-Penn League, going 8-4 with a 1.95 ERA for the Oneonta Yankees. He was 3rd in the league in wins, 4th in ERA and his 97 strikeouts (in 106 innings) led the NY-P. In '76, Gil moved up to the West Haven Yankees. In AA, he was 9-2 with a 2.07 ERA and allowed only 67 hits in 100 innings, throwing the Eastern League's only no-hitter of the season on June 28th against the Williamsport Tomahawks. Had he qualified, he would have been 4th in the league in ERA. Gil was promoted to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs; Patterson was 7-2 with a 2.92 ERA and completed 6 of 10 starts. He was 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA for the Chiefs in 1977 mixed in with his season in the MLB. He tried to come back in the low minors in the early 1980's, even trying to learn to pitch left-handed. The comeback started on a strong note, as he was 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA for the 1980 GCL Yankees, finishing 4th in the Gulf Coast League in ERA. He was 1-4 with a 3.20 ERA for the 1981 Fort Lauderdale Yankees and then 1-1, with a 1.33 ERA for the 1982 Fresno Giants to complete his comeback bid. He was 33-16 in his minor league pitching career. He took a job parking cars at a restaurant that George Steinbrenner went to. Steinbrenner offered him a job as a minor league coach in the Yankees minor league system. He began coaching in 1984 with the Oneonta Yankees, but he was fired after the season for refusing to let Al Leiter pitch with a sore arm. He moved in 1991 to the Oakland A’s organization. He was the pitching coach for the 1992-1993 Madison Muskies and the 1994 West Michigan Whitecaps. In 1996, he was the roving minor league instructor. He joined the Diamondbacks organization as minor league pitching coordinator from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, he got a job with the Blue Jays as the bullpen coach (2001) and then as MLB pitching coach (2002-2004). In 2005, he was a pitching coach for the Columbus Clippers (AAA) and in 2006 with the GCL Yankees. In 2010-2011, he was the minor league pitching coordinator for the Oakland A's. In 2012, he rejoined the Yankees organization to become their minor league pitching coordinator holding the position until November of 2015, when he left to rejoin the Oakland A’s organization to become their minor league pitching coordinator.
"He's one of the best pitching coaches anywhere, because he knows how hard pitching is, and he knows what a pitcher goes through to get to the big leagues." - Al Leiter, speaking about Gil Patterson.


1960- Former Yankees Minor League P Tim Birtsas was born.
The Yankees signed hurler Tim Birtas in 1984 as 2nd round MLB amateur player draft pick. He never appeared in a game for the Yankees. He was traded to Oakland in 1984 as part of the Yankees player package for A’s All Star OF Rickey Henderson.


1961- The Yankees top the expansion Senators by the score of 6-1, sending the Nats to their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle hits his 51st HR of the 1961 AL season. The Yankees victory, coupled with a Tigers doubleheader loss, puts the Yankees ahead by 7 1/2 games in AL


1964- The Yankees acquired veteran reliever Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Indians get 2 players to be named later: P Ralph Terry on October 12th, and P Bud Daley on November 27th. Pedro Ramos will help the Yankees win the 1964 AL Flag, but he will be unable to appear in the 1964 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals. Indians GM Gabe Paul had delayed the trade until after the August 31st trade deadline for post-season play. Letting go veteran started Ralph Terry will be a mistake; he will win 18 games for the Indians in 1965. Bud Daley was washed up; he had never fully recovered from his pitching arm injuries.


1964- Kansas City A’s hurler “Blue Moon” Odom makes his MLB pitching debut, as Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field HR in the 1st inning. The Yankees hang on to win, again beating the A’s by a 9-7 score.


1971- The Tigers tie a MLB record by using 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning, but they still lose the game by the score of 6-5 to the Yankees anyway.


1973- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Fournier (1918) passed away. (1889-1973)
John Fournier appeared in 27 games as reserve INF for the 1918 Yankees, he hit .350 with no HRs and 7 RBIs.


1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Randy Choate (2000-2003) was born.
Randy Choate was a 5th round draft pick by the Yankees in 1991 MLB amateur player draft. Randy went 3-2 with 4.43 ERA in 82 games for the Yankees, before being traded in the winter of 2003 to the Expos as part of the Javier Vasquez deal. He pitched in the MLB from 2000-2016, finishing with a 16-14 record with 3.90 ERA with 7 saves in 672 games.


1977- The Indians break an 18-game losing streak by sweeping a doubleheader from the Yankees by the scores of 4-3 and 5-4. The Indians stage their 1st “Hate The Yankees Hanky Night”, which increases the team’s game attendance to 28,184 fans, triple of the normal Indian home game attendance.


1978- The Yankees win 4-2 over the Tigers, bringing the team within 4 games of 1st place Red Sox in the AL East Division title race.


1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chris Young (2014-2015) was born.
On August 28, 2014, OF Chris Young was signed by the Yankees to a minor league contract. He had started the 2014 MLB season with the Mets before being placed on waivers and released by the team. The Yankees assigned him to AAA Scranton. He came up to the Yankees on Sept 1st. He got to play the hero on September 11th, when the Rays' Alex Cobb was cruising along in the 8th inning with a 4-0 lead at New Yankee Stadium, not having allowed a hit yet. Young broke that bid with a 1-out double; he came to score when PH Martin Prado followed with a HR. But he wasn't done; in the 9th inning, he hit a walk-off 3-run HR against Rays reliever Jake McGee to give the Yankees an improbable 5-4 win. He pulled off more heroics on September 13th, when he doubled and stole home in a double steal with Antoan Richardson to score a key run in a 3-2 win over the Orioles. He ended with a .282 average in 23 games for the Yankees. A MLB free agent in the winter, Chris re-signed with the Yankees for 1 year on November 9th. Young played 140 games for the 2015 Yankees, taking advantage of various injuries to OF starters Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to get a lot more playing time than the Yankees had initially planned for him. He did well, hitting .252 with 20 doubles and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats, good for a slugging percentage of .453, with 53 runs and 42 RBIs. He started games at all 3 OF positions, with more starts in LF, but more games in RF, where he often replaced Beltran late in games. He was selected to start the Wild Card Game against the Astros on October 6th in CF, taking the place of Ellsbury against Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel. He went 0 for 2 with a walk as the Yankees were shut out. Overall as a Yankees player, Chris played in 163 games while hitting .257 with 17 HRs and 52 RBIs. He became a MLB free agent again after the 2015 season, he signed with the Red Sox on November 30th.


1989- Deion Sanders, the 5th player selected overall in the 1989 NFL Player Draft, hits a HR as the Yankees rout the Mariners at the Kingdome by the score of 12-2. Five days later in his NFL player debut with the Falcons, the Yankees rookie returns a punt 68 yards for a TD.


1999- Yankees starter Ed Yarnell goes 6 innings against the Angels to pick up his only Yankees pitching career victory, winning the game by the score of 8-3. Derek Jeter and DH Darryl Strawberry lead the Yankees hitting attack with solo HRs.


2000- At Kansas City, Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 10-5 behind Doc Gooden’s
5-inning relief job for Bronx starter David Cone. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HR’s from Clay Bellinger, David Justice and Scott Brosuis. The Royals starter Jeff Suppan takes the loss.


2001- At the Sky Dome in Toronto, Yankees ace starter Roger Clemens picks up his 19th victory of the 2001 AL season defeating the Blue Jays by the score of 4-3. Yankees closer Mo Rivera picks up his 44th save of the 2001 MLB season. Yankees OF David Justice hits a 2-run HR to pace the Yankees hitting attack.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, starter David Wells picks up his 16th victory of the 2002 AL season, pitching a complete game defeating the Tigers by the score of 8-2. Yankees 1B Jason Giambi goes 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 RBI’s to lead the Bronx Bombers hitting attack.


2004- The Yankees defeats the Devil Rays by the score of 7-4 behind starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who gives up 2 hits, 2 runs with 5 strikeouts in 7 innings. Yankees reliever Paul Quantrill finishes up the game, picking up his 1st save of the 2004 AL season.


2008- Mariners rookie starter Brandon Morrow does not allow a hit until 2 outs in the 8th inning in his MLB pitching debut. Yankees hitter Wilson Betemit spoils the no-hit bid as Morrow tops the Bombers by the score of 3-1.


2010- The Blue Jays end the Yankees 8-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory at New Yankee Stadium. Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill hit 2-run HRs to give the Blue Jays an early lead while Jays hurler Brett Cecil out-pitches Yankees starter Phil Hughes for the win.


2013- The Red Sox win a wild 9-8 game over the Yankees at Fenway Park. Trailing 7-2 in the 7th inning, the Yankees take the lead with a 6-run inning, but Boston ties the game in the top of the 9th inning when Mike Napoli starts a rally with 2 out and nobody on against Closer Mariano Rivera. Quintin is inserted as a pinch-runner and promptly steals 2nd and then he moves to 3rd on Catcher Austin Romine's wild throw, before Stephen Drew's single drives him in to tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Yankees base-runner Alfonso Soriano is thrown out in an ill-fated steal attempt. Jacoby Ellsbury then singles and steals 2nd in the 10th inning before Shane Victorino drives him in for the deciding run. Craig Breslow is the winner over Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain.


2017- The New York Times reports that the Red Sox are being investigated for possible sign-stealing during a series against their eternal rivals the Yankees last month. The team's assistant athletic trainer is suspected of having used a smart watch to capture signs and relay them to players on the field. While trying to decode the other team's signs is a long-standing tradition in baseball, using any type of electronic equipment to do so is strictly prohibited.

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September 6th


1894- Former Yankees Reserve OF Joseph “Shags” Horan (1924) was born. (1894-1969)
Joe Horan hit .290 with no HRs and 7 RBIs in 22 games for the 1924 Yankees.


1912- Former Yankees Minor League OF/1B Vince DiMaggio was born. (1912-1986)
Vince DiMaggio was the older brother of MLB stars Joe and Dominic DiMaggio. Vince originally came up with the Boston Braves in 1937. He had played in the minors with the San Francisco Seals (PCL). He was traded to the Yankees, Joe's team in February of 1939, but he never played in a MLB game for the team. Most of his 1939 baseball season was spent in the minors, where he showed substantial power for the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). He cranked out 46 HRs, the 2nd-highest total to that point by a right-handed hitter in the American Association, leading the AA by 13 over Phil Weintraub. As the top power threat on the most successful AA team ever (judging by total wins), Vince also led the league with 136 RBIs, 2 more than Ab Wright. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds by the Yankees in August of 1939, he played 8 games for the Reds, hitting just .071. Later he would play for the Pirates, Phillies and the Giants before finishing his MLB playing career in 1946.


1915- Red Sox starter Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless till the 8th inning‚ before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Veteran hurler Dutch Leonard relieves Ruth and the Red Sox win the game by the score of 5-2‚ sweeping the doubleheader. Babe Ruth is 2 for 3 at the plate.


1920- At the Polo Grounds‚ the 3rd-place Yankees win an AM-PM doubleheader from the Philadelphia A’s. Hank Thormahlen wins the morning game by the score of 4-1 beating Dave Keefe‚ who K's Yankees slugger Babe Ruth 3 times. In the afternoon game‚ Bob Shawkey tosses a 3-hitter to shut out the A's by the score of 5-0.


1921- Former Yankees 1B Jack “Stretch” Phillips (1947-1949) was born.
In 1943, 1B Jack Phillips was signed by the Yankees, spending that summer with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League). He missed nearly all of 1944-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. After World War II, he returned to baseball spending the next several seasons with the AA Newark Bears (International League). He reached the MLB with the 1947 Yankees. He won a World Series ring in his rookie campaign. Jack appeared in the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers, he had 2 at bats with no hits. He played in 63 games at 1B for the Yankees, before being sold to the Pirates in August of 1949. He was hitting .302 at the time of the trade. Following his playing days, Phillips managed for several seasons in the minor leagues. Then in 1965, Jack became the Head Baseball coach for 24 years at his alma mater, Clarkson University, retiring after the 1988 spring season. On May 3, 2008, Clarkson honored Phillips by re-naming its baseball facility "Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field."


1924- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Fridley was born. (1924-2003)
On December 1,1954, Jim Fridley was sent by the Orioles to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 17,1954. The Orioles sent players to be named later, Pitchers Don Larsen and Bob Turley, INF Billy Hunter to the Yankees for players to be named later; Pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, INF Willy Miranda, Catchers Hal Smith, Gus Triandos and OF Gene Woodling. Jim never played for the Yankees at the MLB level; he would play for the Yankees AAA team, the Denver Bears (American Association). On May 30,1957, Jim was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees.


1927- At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair‚ with the Bombers rolling to a 14-2 win in the opener behind slugger Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig takes the HR lead with a 5th-inning HR off of Sox hurler Tony Welzer. But the Babe responds with 2 HRs‚ in the 6th and 7th innings‚ the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called "the longest ever hit at Fenway". Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd HR of the day‚ #47 of the 1927 AL season in the nightcap‚ off of hurler Jack Russell‚ but the Boston terrier nips the Yankees by the score of 5-2. There will be 34 HRs hit at Fenway Park this season‚ but only 5 by the Red Sox players. Babe Ruth will hit 8 HRs‚ while his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig will hit 6 HRs‚ are the only Yankees HRs hit there.


1936- At Fenway Park, the Yankees drop a doubleheader to the Red Sox by the scores of
14-5 and 4-2. In the opener, Red Sox starter Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 Yankee hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Red Sox slugger Jimmie Foxx's 37th HR of the 1936 AL season starts the Boston scoring. In Game 2, Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri's HR, deprives Red Sox starter Lefty Grove of a shutout.


1946- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and Yankees Broadcaster Fran Healy (1976-1978) was born.
Catcher Fran Healy was obtained from the Royals for P Larry Gura. He was one of the back-up catchers for Thurman Munson during the 1976-1978 AL seasons. He appeared in 74 games, while hitting .250 with no HRs and 16 RBIs, before being released by the Yankees in May of 1978. Also Fran became a close friend to Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson. Fran would later, became a broadcaster for the Yankees after retiring as MLB active player.


1954- The Yankees used a record 10 pinch hitters during a doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Yankees came from behind to capture the opener by the score of 6-5, thanks to a pinch hit HR by Joe Collins, but they dropped the 2nd game by the score of 7-6, after blowing a 6-0 lead.


1954- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Gary Tuck (1996) was born.
Gary Tuck played 3 seasons as a catcher in the Expos organization. After his active playing days ended, he was an Assistant Baseball Coach at Arizona State University. He was a minor league manager and coach for the Astros. With the Yankees organization, Gary Tuck managed the 1996 Oneonta Yankees (New York-Penn League). Gary has been a MLB bench coach for the 2006 Marlins. In 2007, he became the Red Sox MLB bullpen coach staying with the team until 2013. In 2014, he joined the Yankees as MLB bullpen coach, replacing Mike Harkey. He stayed on for the 2015 season, then lost his job to Harkey, who returned to the Yankees after 2 seasons as MLB pitching coach with the Diamondbacks.


1961- Yankees slugger Roger Maris hits his HR #54 off of Senators starter Tom Cheney as the Yankees win the game by a score of 8-0. Yankees starter Whitey Ford hurls a 5-hit shutout, while striking out 7 Nats batters, while picking up his 23rd victory of the 1961 AL season. Yankees hitter Johnny Blanchard hits 2 HRs, while Bill Skowron and reserve 1B Bob Hale each hit HRs.


1963-In a lefty pitching duel at Yankee Stadium, Bronx starter Whitey Ford beats the Tigers Hank Aguirre by a score of 2-1. Ford picks up his 21st victory in a complete game, giving up only 6 Tiger hits, 1 run, while striking out 4 Tiger batters. Reserve INF Harry Bright hits a HR in the 5th inning for the Yankees. The Yankees score a run in the 9th inning to win the game.


1964- At Muncipal Stadium in Kansas City, the Yankees edge the A’s by a score of 3-2. Yankees starter Roland Sheldon picks up his 4th win of the 1964 AL season. Newly acquired veteran reliever Pedro Ramos makes his 1st relief appearance for the 1964 Yankees. He picks up his 1st save for his new team. Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers.


1971- The Red Sox use 2 entirely different 9-man lineups in a doubleheader with the Yankees, but neither Red Sox line-up succeeds. The Yankees prevail, winning the doubleheader by the scores of 5-3 and 3-0.


1973- The Yankees sell the 2 older Alou brothers to 2 different NL teams on the same day. Felipe was sold to the Expos, while Matty was sent to the Cardinals. Felipe Alou hit .289 in 131 games in 1971, .278 in 120 games in 1972, but he faded in 1973. Matty was a major disappointment for the Yankees, while hitting .296 in 123 games, but he only had 5 HRs with only 28 RBI’s.


1975- At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium‚ the Orioles top the Yankees by the score of 7-6 in 13 innings though neither Yankees Manager Billy Martin or Yankees catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end. Both are tossed out of the game in the 9th inning dispute with umpires.


1977- The Yankees rebound from a doubleheader loss the night before when they clobber the Indians by the score of 8-3. The Yankees big hit of the game is Reggie Jackson’s 3-run HR. The victory keeps the Yankees 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.


1978- The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 8-2 with starter Ed Figueroa picking up his 15th victory of the 1978 AL season. Mickey Rivers leads the Yankees hitting attack by going 3 for 4, while driving in 3 runs. After the game, the Yankees head up to Boston for an important AL East 4 game division series with their rivals at Fenway Park.


1980- The Yankees defeat the Angels by the score of 7-4 behind the starting pitching of Tommy Underwood with relief help from Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage. Underwood picks up his 12th victory, while Rich Gossage records his 23rd save of the 1980 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs by Oscar Gamble and Bobby Brown.


1981- Despite having won the 1st-half AL pennant, Yankees Manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who had managed the club in 1978-1979. The Yankees are under .500 in the second half of the 1981 AL season.


1990- Current Yankees Minor League INF/OF L. J. Mazzilli was born.
The son of big leaguer Lee Mazzilli, INF/OF L.J. Mazzilli was selected by the Twins in the 9th round of the 2012 amateur draft but he did not sign, opting to return to the University of Connecticut instead. He was then chosen by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2013 amateur draft. He soon signed and made his pro debut for the Brooklyn Cyclones, going 2-for-4 against the Staten Island Yankees on June 17th. he hit .278/.329/.381 in 70 games that 1st season as Brooklyn's starting 2nd baseman. In 2014, Mazzilli played for 2 different teams, starting the year with the Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League), for whom he hit .292 in 66 games. That earned him a mid-season promotion to the St. Lucie Mets ( Florida State League), where he hit .312 in 64 games. the Mets rewarded him for his excellent season by giving him an opportunity to help out the AAA Las Vegas 51s for the playoffs. He got into 1 regular-season game for them, going 1 for 5. Altogether, his batting line was .301/.361/.440 in 131 games, with 29 doubles, 11 homers and 79 RBIs and as many runs scored. However, just when it seemed Mazzilli was on a fast track to the big leagues, his pro career hit a bump that off-season when he was handed a 50-game suspension for a 2nd positive test for an unspecified drug of abuse. On April 10, 2018, he was traded to the  Yankees for OF Kendall Coleman in a rare trade between the 2 teams from the Big Apple. He was assigned to AAA Scranton (International League).


1991- Former Yankees OF/1B Tyler Austin (2016-2018) was born.
Tyler Austin was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB amateur player draft. He went 0 for 2 with 2 times hit-by-pitch that summer for the GCL Yankees before a left hand fracture ended his season. In 2011, he played for the GCL Yankees (.390, 22 RBI in 20 G) and Staten Island Yankees (.323 in 27 games). Overall, he had 29 runs and 36 RBIs in 47 games while stealing 18 bases in 18 tries. He fielded .983 at 1st base and .906 at 3rd base. Baseball America ranked him as the 8th-best prospect in the New York-Penn League. Tyler moved to right field with the 2012 Charleston RiverDogs, but he remained red-hot at the plate. He hit .320 with 69 runs and 14 HRs in his 1st 70 games, with 17 steals in 19 tries. He then was chosen for the US team in the 2012 Futures Game but he did not play in their 17-5 romp over the World squad. He was then promoted to the Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2013, he started the season with Tampa (FSL); he was moved to AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). In his MLB player debut for the Yankees on August 13, 2016, he played 1st base and batted 6th in the Yankees line-up against the Rays, one day after former superstar Alex Rodriguez played his farewell game for the Bronx Bombers. In his 1st MLB career at-bat, coming in the 2nd inning facing Matt Andriese, he homered to RF to open the score. Fellow rookie Aaron Judge, also making his MLB player debut, following him by also going deep in his 1st at-bat, something unprecedented in MLB history. Tyler went 2 for 4 in his MLB player debut and the Yankees were 8-4 winners. On September 8th, he hit a walk-off HR off of Tampa reliever Erasmo Ramirez with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to give New York a 5-4 win. It was the 5h straight victory by the Yankees, who had been playing very well since starting their youth movement and were now in the thick of the chase for a wild card slot. In 31 games for the 2016 Yankees, he hit .241 with 5 HRs and 12 RBIs. Heading into 2017, with Mark Teixeira having retired, he was expected to compete for the Yankees' 1B job with Greg Bird, coming back from a 1-year layoff due to injury. However, things hit a snag when spring training started as he was diagnosed with a small fracture in his left foot, putting him on the shelf for 6 weeks. He was called up for 4 games in June, going 2 for 13 with a HR before returning to the minors. His injuries prevented him from seizing an opportunity to establish himself in the MLB, given that Bird was injured as well and potential replacements such as Chris Carter and Ji-Man Choi failed to take over the spot. The Yankees went out and acquired a very similar player in Garrett Cooper, another minor league veteran with power, and he had some success in early August, but he was injured as well. Austin thus came back on August 17th and did not waste his chance, going 2 for 4 in his 1st game, and then on August 19th, connecting for a 3-run HR against Red Sox starter Chris Sale in his 1st at-bat of the game, before slugging a ball to the deepest part of Fenway Park his next time up, only to see CF Jackie Bradley deprive him of extra bases with a leaping catch against the wall. He added a double in the 9th as the Yankees won the game, by the score of 4-3. He ended up hitting .225 in 20 games with 2 homers and 8 RBIs. Bird was finally healthy down the stretch and took over first base for the final few weeks of the season and for the postseason.
Austin was considered an outsider to make the Opening Day roster in 2018, but another injury to Bird resulted in his starting at 1st base on Opening Day. Facing  Blue Jays lefthander J.A. Happ on March 29th, he did not collect a hit. He had to wait for his next start, on March 31st, to do so, when he homered twice in a 5-3 loss to the Jays. On April 11th, he was at the center of 2 incidents in a 10-7 win over the  Red Sox. In the 3rd inning, he slid hard into SS Brock Holt in an attempt to break up a double play, leading to the 2 benches emptying, then in the 7th inning, he was plunked in the back by a 97 mph fastball from Joe Kelly. He had no doubt that this was in retaliation for the earlier play and charged the mound, resulting in both benches emptying again. Both he and Kelly were ejected, as were his 3rd base coach, Phil Nevin and reliever Tommy Kahnle. He was suspended for 5 games and Kelly for 6, although his suspension was reduced to 4 games on appeal. He hit .223 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs in 34 games but he was sent back to Scranton in mid-June. On July 30th, he was traded to the Twins along with pitching prospect Luis Rijo in return for MLB hurler Lance Lynn. The Yankees had acquired another 1st baseman, Luke Voit, in another trade the day before, making Austin redundant. He was called up to Minnesota on August 11th, when Logan Morrison went on the DL with a season-ending hip injury and in his 1st game for new team homered off of Francisco Liriano in a 4-3 win over the  Tigers.


1991- Former Yankees Reliever Nick Rumbelow (2015-2016) was born.
Reliever Nick Rumbelow made his MLB pitching debut during a particularly tough stretch for the Yankees' bullpen, as he was the 4th pitcher to make his debut out of the bullpen in 3 days. He came into a game against the Phillies in the 9th inning on June 23, 2015, after the usually unhittable Dellin Betances had allowed the Phillies 2 runs to take the lead; with 2 men on, he walked the 1st batter he faced, Domonic Brown, then allowed a bases-clearing triple to Andres Blanco to put the score completely out of reach at 11-6. On June 21st, Danny Burawa and Jose De Paula had made their MLB pitching debuts in a 12-4 loss to the Tigers, and on the 22nd, it was Diego Moreno who had received his baptism of fire in an 11-8 loss to the Phillies. Nick earned his 1st MLB career win on August 18th, when he relieved CC Sabathia to record the final out of the 7th inning with the Yankees trailing the Twins by the score of 4-1. He was the beneficiary of Alex Rodriguez's 25th MLB career grand slam HR off of J.R. Graham in the bottom of the 7th inning, getting credit for the eventual 8-4 win. He finished the 2015 MLB season with a 1-1 record with 4.02 ERA in 17 games. On November 18, 2017, he was traded to the  Mariners in return for 17-year-old pitching prospect Juan Then and P J.P. Sears.


1993- Texas 1B Rafael Palmeiro has his 2nd game of the 1993 MLB season with 4 extra-base hits as he paces the Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees. Palmeiro has 2 HRs and 2 doubles; the 2 such games this season ties an MLB record.


1994- Current Yankees OF Clint Frazier (2017-2018) was born.
Clint Frazier was selected by the Indians in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB amateur player draft with the 5th overall pick. He soon agreed to terms with the Tribe for a $3.5 million bonus and made his pro debut with the AZL Indians on June 25th, going 2-for-5 with a triple and a HR against the AZL Brewers. He hit .297in 44 games that season. In 2014, Frazier was assigned to the Lake County Captains (Midwest League) where he hit .266 in 120 games. He showed good power potential with 18 doubles, 6 triples and 13 HRs and also scored 70 runs. In 2015, he played 133 games for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League), hitting .285 with 36 doubles and 16 HRs, 88 runs scored and 72 RBIs. He was basically doing everything that could be expected of a 1st-rounder by that point, and prospect watchers took note, with Baseball America putting him at #44 on its top 100 prospect list heading into 2016, and mlb.com being even more upbeat by placing him 27th. The Indians were flush with outfield prospects however, with Tyler Naquin breaking into the everyday line-up that season and Bradley Zimmer poised to make his MLB player debut. For his part, Clint was assigned to the AA Akron Rubber Ducks, hitting .276 in 89 games with 13 HRs and 48 RBIs. On July 26th, he was promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), but after 5 games, he was the key player in a major trade with the Yankees on July 31st. The Indians acquired MLB closer Andrew Miller in return for 4 minor league players, Frazier and Pitchers J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. After having started the 2017 season in AAA with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (International League), Clint Frazier made his MLB player debut with the Yankees on July 1, 2017. He was called up after fellow OF Dustin Fowler had suffered a season-ending injury in his 1st MLB game with the Yankees 2 days earlier. It was an excellent game as, starting in right field and batting 9th in the Yankees batting line-up; he went 2 for 4 with a double and a HR off of Francis Martes and Tony Sipp respectively. He scored twice and drove in a run, but the Yankees lost the game by a score of 7-6 to the Astros. On July 8th, he hit the 1st walk-off HR of his MLB player career, a 3-run shot off of Brewers closer Corey Knebel to give the Yankees, a comeback 5-3 win. Frazier hit a solid .298 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs over his 1st 13 games, but GM Brian Cashman was quick to throw cold water on the notion that he had earned a permanent spot with the team: Cashman stated on July 20th that Frazier would return to AAA as soon as Aaron Hicks, who was having a career year until sidelined by an oblique injury in late June, was ready to return to the line-up. In all, Frazier played 39 games for the Yankees, hitting .231 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs. Heading into the 2018 season, Frazier would normally have been expected to compete for a spot on the team, and possibly as a starter, but these were made more complicated by the Yankees' off-season acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton. With Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury all still on hand, he was looking at a very crowded outfield picture to break into. His prospects were further dimmed when he suffered a concussion after running into the outfield fence during a Grapefruit League game on February 24th.


1996- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Blue Jays by the score of 4-3 on Cecil Fielder’s 8th inning HR off of Toronto reliever Risley. Jimmy Key starts the game for the Yankees, going 6 innings, giving up only 1 Toronto run. Yankees reliever Mo Rivera goes 3 innings in relief, picking up the victory.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees veteran starter David Wells picks up his 16th victory of the 2002 MLB season, pitching a complete game defeating the Tigers by the score of 8-2. 1B Jason Giambi goes 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 RBI’s to lead the Yankees hitting attack.


2003- At Yankee Stadium, veteran knuckleball hurler Tim Wakefield allows 4 Yankees hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Bronx starter Roger Clemens to move 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run HR to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo‚ who appeared in the Yankees' Old-Timers Day game earlier in the year‚ pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th inning and fouls out.


2004- The Yankees defeat Tampa Bay by the score of 7-4 behind starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who gives up 2 hits, 2 runs with 5 strikeouts in 7 innings. Veteran reliever Paul Quantrill finishes up the game for the Yankees, picking up his 1st save of the 2004 AL season.


2012- The Orioles use the long ball to defeat the Yankees, belting out 6 HRs in a 10-6 win, including 3 HRs in the 8th inning. Adam Jones leads off the frame with a solo blast off of Yankees reliever David Robertson to break a 6-6 tie. Then Mark Reynolds then hits a 2-run HR, next Chris Davis follows with a solo HR to seal the outcome of the game. The 2 teams are again tied for the lead in the AL East.


2013- The Red Sox score 9 runs starting in the 7th inning, coming back from an 8-3 deficit to defeat the Yankees by the score of 12-8. Mike Napoli's Grand Slam HR is the key blow of the 7th inning, tying the score against Bronx reliever Boone Logan, then Shane Victorino hits a 2-run HR shot in the 8th inning to put the Sox ahead to stay.


September 7th


1879-Former MLB Pitcher and Yankees MLB Coach (1925) Hook Wiltse was born. (1879-1959)
Hooks Wiltse pitched a dozen seasons in the MLB, mostly for the Giants under Manager John McGraw in the dead-ball era. He won 139 games and appeared the World Series in 2 different years. In 1925, he was a Yankees MLB Coach. After his MLB days, Wiltse continued as a minor league player-manager for another decade, with much of that time was spent with the Buffalo Bisons (International League). In 1952, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.


1889- Former Yankees OF William “Bill” Holden (1913-1914) was born. (1889-1971)
Bill Holden hit .211 with no HRs and 20 RBIs in 68 games for the 1913-1914 Yankees. On July 8, 1914, he was traded by the Yankees along with $5,000 cash to the Baltimore Orioles (International League) for veteran OF Birdie Cree. On September 15, 1914, Bill was signed as a free agent with the Reds.


1908- On Labor Day, Senators Manager Joe Cantillon starts “the Big Train” in place of 1 pitcher who is sick, and another hurler who has returned to Washington, D.C. to be with his sick zwife. Only 3 Senators' pitchers made the trip to New York City. Walter Johnson shuts out the Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days by the score of 4-0, topping veteran Bronx starter Jack Chesbro and allowing just 2- Yankees hits and no walks. In the 3 games, Walter allows 12 hits, walks 1 and strikes out 12 Yankee batters. Johnson will pitch 130 shutouts during his HOF MLB pitching career, 23 more than runner-up HOF P Grover Alexander. This is one of a record (that was later topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today, out of 16 MLB games played.


1917- Former Yankees Minor League C Roy Partee was born. (1917-2000)
On December 13,1948, Catcher Roy Partee was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with starter Fred Sanford to the Yankees for Catcher Sherm Lollar, Pitchers Red Embree and Richard Starr along with $100,000. Roy never appeared with the Yankees at MLB Level, he was sent to AA Newark Bears (International League).


1925- After apologizing to his Yankee teammates yesterday, Yankees slugger Babe Ruth makes his 1st appearance in a week, collecting 1 hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.


1926- The Red Sox lose their 17th game in a row losing by the score of 4-2 to the Yankees.


1927- After blasting 3 HRs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox the day before, Babe Ruth hits 2 more HRs in a 12-10 win, giving him a record-tying 5 HRs in 3 games. He leads his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig with 49 HRs to 45 HRs in the 1927 AL HR title race.

1928- The stumbling Yankees drop a pair to the Senators losing by scores of 11-0 and 6-1. Nats starter Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds 3 singles at the bat. Fred Marberry wins the 2nd game over Waite Hoyt, for his 2nd win over the Yankees in 5 days. Yankees, which led the AL by 13 1/2 games on July 1st, are now tied with the Philadelphia A's.

1931- In the morning game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the 1st inning on only 2 hits. Rommel, the 4th A’s hurler in the st inning, then retires Yankee batters Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman on strikes. The Yankees win the game by a score of 15-3. In the 2nd game, Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning HRs off of former Yankees starter Waite Hoyt. Yankees slugger Babe Ruth adds another Hoyt HR blow in the 9th inning, his 40th HR of the 1931 AL season. The Yankees roll to a 9-4 victory over the 1st-place Philadelphia A's.


1932- Yankees veteran slugger Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The Yankees slugger will be out of action for 5 days.


1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig and the A’s OF Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth's AL HR championship role are in battle for the 1934 AL HR title. Lou Gehrig hits his 44th HR in Chicago, while Jimmy Foxx hits his 41st HR in Detroit.


1943- Former Yankees Minor League INF Tommy Matchick was born.
On April 5, 1973, INF Tommy Matchick was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for INF Frank Baker. Tommy was assigned to the Yankees AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (International League). He appeared in 87 games for the Chiefs, while hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 35 RBIs. He was released by the Yankees. He would sign with the Pirates organization. He briefly rejoined the Yankees organization in 1976, playing 6 games with the Syracuse Chiefs.


1946- Current Yankees Announcer Suzyn Waldman (2005-2018) was born.
Suzyn Waldman was the 1st woman to hold a regular job as a commentator on a MLB team's broadcasts when she was hired to partner with John Sterling on the radio broadcasts of the New York Yankees on WCBS beginning in 2005. She began her career working as an actress and in musical theater. A gifted singer, she performed the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium numerous times while holding engagements on Broadway. A sports fan her whole life, she started working for WFAN, New York's first all-sports radio, when it began broadcasting in 1987. She first did episodic work for the Yankees as a play-by-play announcer on local television broadcasts in the mid-1990s. She also worked for the YES Network as a pre-game and post-game reporter on Yankees telecasts. She also did play-by-play broadcasts for the New York Knicks of the NBA during those years. She then was named to the prestigious regular radio gig in 2005.While she was not the 1st woman to hold a broadcasting job in baseball, her few predecessors as play-by-play announcers and color commentators only worked stints of a year or less, or were confined to sideline reporting. She celebrated her 10th anniversary in the booth in 2015 and has given no hint that she plans to move elsewhere. She and Sterling were both retained when the broadcasting contract moved from WCBS to WFAN after 2013 season. She was a close friend of Yankees team owner George Steinbrenner and in 1999 helped to resolve a feud with former Yankee great Yogi Berra, who had vowed never to speak to "the Boss" again after being unceremoniously fired in 1985. She has sometimes been criticized for showing excessive emotion or enthusiasm for the Yankees, especially in her 1st years on the job, but then again, she was no worse than her partner Sterling in this regard. The criticisms became less as having woman broadcasting games became less of a novelty and it became clear that she was a competent announcer.


1952- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Johnny “Big Cat” Mize pinch-hits a Grand Slam HR giving the Yankees, a 5-1 victory over the Senators. Johnny Mize has now HR in all 15 MLB ballparks presently in use (Sportsman Park in St. Louis is used by both the Cardinals and the Browns).


1955- Bronx starter Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his 2nd consecutive 1-hitter by beating the Kansas City A's by the score of 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th inning for the A' s only hit. Whitey Ford is the 5th MLB pitcher to throw consecutive 1-hitters.


1961- Yankees RF Roger Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th HR of the year in the 3rd inning as the Yankees beat the Senators by the score of 7-3. All of Washington's scores come in the 6th inning on an inside-the-park HR by Tito Francona, off of Bronx starter Ralph Terry. When asked by sports writers after the game why he bunted, a testy Maris replies, "Trying to win the game, you stupid *****s*u*c*k*e*r*. Why do you think?”


1963- With a 3 game lead, the Yankees purchased some pennant insurance by acquiring veteran righty hurler Hal “Skinny” Brown from the Baltimore Orioles. Hal would go 0-1 in 2 games for the Yankees. In April of 1963, the Yankees will sell him to the Houston Colt 45s.


1969- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Darren Bragg (2001) was born.
On June 12,2001, veteran OF Darren Bragg was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Mets. He appeared in only 5 games with the 2001 Yankees, while hitting .250.


1972- Boston hitters Tommy Harper and Rico Petrocelli club 3-run HRs to lead the Red Sox to a 10-4 win over the Yankees and move into 1st place in the AL East ahead of the Tigers. Red Sox hurler Sonny Siebert adds a HR, as he wins his 12th game of the 1972 AL season.


1974-In a game with the Tigers, Graig Nettles loses a single, when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees win 1-0 on Nettles' earlier HR in the game. He had used a different bat for the HR.


1976- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 4-2 as starter Dock Ellis picks up his 15th victory of the 1976 AL season with reliever Richard “Dirt” Tidrow gets his 8th save. Oscar Gamble’s 2-run HR is the difference in the game, as Yaz and Fisk each hit solo HR’s for the Red Sox off of Yankees starter Dock Ellis.


1977- The Yankees edge the Indians in Cleveland by the score of 4-3 in 10th inning. Yankees starter Ron Guidry pitches 10 innings, giving up 3 Tribe runs, 10 hits, 4 walks with 5 strikeouts, while picking up his 13 victory of the 1977 AL season.


1978- The Yankees 4 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yankees begin the "Boston Massacre" with a 15-3 rout as 2B Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the 15 runs. The Yankees collect 21 hits off of 4 Red Sox pitchers, including 3 hits apiece by Willie Randolph, Thurman Munson and Roy White. Former Yankees, now Red Sox starter Mike Torrez, with 1 inning of work, takes the loss. Ken Clay, in relief of Yankee starter Catfish Hunter, is the winner.


1980- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Mark Prior (2011) was born.
On June 2,1998, Mike Prior was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1998 MLB amateur player draft, but he did not sign with the team. In 2001, Mark would be drafted and signed by the Cubs. He pitched successfully for the Cubs until arm injury occurred in 2007. He tried for several seasons to make a comeback from the arm injury. In 2011, Mark signed a minor league contract with the Yankees. He pitched 11 games for 3 different teams the Yankees' minor league organization in 2011, but in spite of making 6 starts, he was limited to 12 innings, with no record and a 2.25 ERA. After pitching in the Red Sox and Reds minor league organizations for the next 2 seasons, he retired from the game. In 2014, he joined the Padres organization working in their front office, later as a pitching instructor.


1985- Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 win over the Oakland A's. Following a pitchout in the 7th inning, Winfield gets hung up in a rundown, but he escapes to score the game’s winning run


1996- Former Yankees Reserve INF Willy Miranda (1953-1954) passes away. (1926-1996)
On June 12,1953, shortstop Willy Miranda was purchased by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns. He appeared in 140 games for the Yankees, while hitting .237 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. He was known as a superb glove man; Phil Rizzuto, whom Willy backed up with the Yankees, called Miranda one of the best he had ever seen. After the 1954 MLB season was over, he was traded to the Orioles in the big 17-man trade in November of 1954.


2001- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by a score of 3-2 as starter Orlando Hernandez goes 7 innings for his 2nd win, as closer Mo Rivera picks up save #45 of the 2001 MLB season. Boston starter Pedro Martinez goes only 3 innings in his start for the Red Sox.


2002- The Tigers defeat the Yankees by the score of 2-1. Detroit 1B Eric Munson hits a HR in his 1st MLB at bat.


2004- At Kansas City, the Yankees score 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Royals by the score of 7-3. Bronx starter Danny Neagle picks up his 6th victory, going 8 innings as the Yankees closer Mo Rivera picks up his 33rd save of the 2004 AL season. David Justice leads the Yankee hitting attack in the 9th inning with a 2-run HR.


2004- Former Yankees Reliever Hal “Porky” Reniff (1961-1966) passes away. (1938-2004.)
Hal Reniff broke into organized baseball in 1956 at age 17. He played for Kearney (Nebraska State League, (1956), Modesto (California League, 1957-1959), Salem (Northwest League,1958), Greensboro (Carolina League,1959), Binghamton (Eastern League,1960), Amarillo (Texas League,1960) and Richmond (International League, 1961). In 1959, he led the California League in wins with 21. Overall that year, his best in the minors, he was 21-7 with 12 complete games out of 20 starts, 143 strikeouts, 94 walks and 2 shutouts in 186 innings pitched, with an ERA of 3.19 and a WHIP of 1.366 in 35 games. Hal Reniff was 22 yrs old, when he made his MLB pitching debut in 1961 with the Yankees. He bounced back and forth between the Yankees and AAA Richmond during the 1961-1962, seasons but he then stayed with the Yankees from 1963 until June 28, 1967, when he was sold to the Mets. He pitched for the Yankees in the 1963-1964 World Series against the Dodgers and Cardinals. Hal was on the Yankees' roster for their 1961 World Series win over the Reds, but he was not used in any games. Overall in the World Series play, he was not involved in a decision, but he pitched 3.1 innings in 4 games without yielding an earned run. He returned to the minors with the Syracuse Chiefs (IL) from 1968-1972, ending his baseball career at age 34. An effective reliever for the 1963-1964 Yankees AL pennant winners, Reniff saved 18 games in 1963 and had 9 saves with 6 wins in 1964. In 1963, his best season in MLB, he was 4-3 with 30 games finished and 18 saves, 56 strikeouts and 42 walks in 89.1 innings pitched, with a 2.62 ERA in 48 games. Hal Reniff is the only pitcher to have pitched for both current New York teams (Yankees and Mets) but he not pitch for any other team during his MLB pitching career. Overall in MLB, he was 21-23 with 148 games finished, 45 saves, 314 strikeouts and 242 walks in 471.1 innings pitched with an ERA of 3.27 in 276 games. Overall in the minors, he was 84-70 with 37 complete games out of 90 starts, 28 saves, 932 strikeouts, 687 walks and 5 shutouts in 1205 innings pitched, with an ERA of 3.99 in 419 games.


2008- Former Yankees MLB Scout (1971-1974), MLB player, Coach and Manager Don Gutteridge was born. (1912-2008)
Don Gutteridge was a former MLB player, who later became a Minor League Manager for the White Sox. He was a MLB scout in 1968 for the Kansas City Royals, helping the team prepare for the expansion team player draft. In July of 1968, he rejoined the White Sox working on Manager Al Lopez’s MLB coaching staff. He took over the White Sox Manager’s job in May of 1969, running the team until September of 1970, while posting a 109-172 record. He joined the Yankees organization as a MLB Scout in 1971, holding the position until 1974. He finished up his MLB scouting career with the Dodgers working for them from 1975 to 1992.


2009- Tampa Bay 1B Carlos Pena breaks 2 fingers on his left hand when hit by a pitch from Yankees starter CC Sabathia in the opener of a doubleheader swept by the Yankees by scores of 4-1 and 11-1.


2014-The Yankees put on a special day to honor their team captain, longtime shortstop Derek Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season after a brilliant 20-season MLB playing career. A 45-minute ceremony prior to today's game features surprise appearances by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken and NBA great Michael Jordan. However, the Royals go on to shut out the Yankees by the score of 2-0 to dim their already slim postseason chances even further. This may not the last tribute to Jeter, as the Yankees are expected to retire his number 2 and put up a plaque in his name in Monument Park before the season ends.


2017-- Former Yankees Player, Coach, Manager, General Manager and Special Advisor Gene “Stick” Michael (Player 1968-1973, MLB Coach 1975-1978, Manager (1981-1982), General Manager (1980-1981,1991-1995) MLB Manager: Cubs (1986-1987) passed away. (1938-2017)
In the fall of 1967, the Yankees obtained Gene “Stick” Michael from the Dodgers for cash. In 1959, the Pirates signed him as a MLB amateur free agent. Michael was a graduate of Kent State University. Gene reached the MLB with the 1966 Pirates. On December 1,1966, he was traded by the Pirates along with INF Bob Bailey to the Dodgers for veteran shortstop Maury Wills. Also Gene briefly played minor league basketball. He would hit .272 in 1969. He remained the Yankees regular shortstop through the 1973 AL season. In 1974, he was sharing the shortstop position with Jim Mason. Gene was traded to the Tigers in 1975. His favorite fielding trick as a Yankee shortstop, as the “hidden ball trick,” which caught quite a few AL base runners. After his active playing days were over, he rejoined the Yankees organization as Coach and Manager in their farm system. Then Gene later worked in the Yankees front office. He left the Yankees organization to manage the 1986-1987 Cubs and he returned to the Yankees in 1988. In 1991-1995, he helped rebuild the Yankees farm system that developed the “Core 4” players; Gene was a Special Advisor to the Yankees front office. On September 7, 2017, Gene suffered a fatal heart attack in his home in Florida. He was 79 years old.


September 8th


1896- Former Yankees MLB Coach Johnny Schulte (1934-1948) was born. (1896-1978)
After his MLB playing career ended in 1932, Johnny Schulte was a Cubs MLB coach in 1933. Schulte was a longtime MLB Coach for Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy from 1934-1946. He ended his MLB coaching career working with Manager Joe McCarthy with the 1949-1950 Red Sox. He was catcher in MLB, playing for the Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Browns, the
Phillies and finishing his MLB playing career with the 1932 Cubs.


1916- In front the smallest crowd in AL history, Philadelphia A's C/OF Wally Schang, with 23 fans attending the game, he becomes the 1st switch-hitter in MLB history to HR from both sides of the plate in the same game against the Yankees.


1917- The Yankees traded shutouts with the Senators, winning 2-0 in the opener before losing, 5-0 in the nightcap. Doc Ayers wins the nightcap, his 2nd shut out in a row over the Yankees and the 3rd time, he's beaten them in 8 days. Nick Cullop takes the loss for New York. In the opening game, Yankees pitcher Ray Caldwell fires his only shut out of the 1917 AL season.


1919- Red Sox Slugger Babe Ruth hits HR #26 of the 1919 AL season off of Yankees hurler Jack Quinn at the Polo Grounds, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 MLB HR mark of 25 in a season.


1920- On their way to Cleveland, the Yankees play an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and suffer injuries to starters, Catcher Muddy Ruel (split finger) and OF Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Yankees starter Carl Mays skipping the Indians series to avoid any scenes, the Yankees are short handed. On August 16th, Yankees starter Carl Mays had beaned Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in the head at the Polo Grounds, who would later die from his head injury the next day.


1922- The Yankees go back on top of the AL, this time to stay beating the Senators by a score of 8-1 behind starter Carl Mays. While the Browns lose to the Tigers by the score of 8-3. The Yankee win is triggered by Wally Pipp's 6th inning 3-run HR off of Nats starter Walter Johnson, the 2nd HR Wally has dinged off the Senator's ace in 9-days.


1925- In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Babe Ruth hits his 300th MLB career HR off of Boston southpaw Buster Ross as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 7-4.


1928- Behind Babe Ruth's 3-run HR, the Yankees take the Senators by the score of 6-3, but it is not enough as the Yankees drop to 2nd place in AL.


1932- The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader, but it ends in a 7-7 tie. After the game, Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the Yankees starting lineup indefinitely. Yankees reserve OF Sammy Byrd, subbing for Babe Ruth in the opener, collects 5 hits for the Yankees including 2-HRs in a 5-4 win.


1936- The Yankees sweep the Indians by scores of 11-3 and 12-9 to clinch the AL pennant on the earliest date ever.


1937- Trailing the Red Sox by the score of 6-1 in the 9th inning, the Yankees rally for 8 runs with 2 outs and trailing the Sox by the score of 9-6, in a 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees rally started when Don Heffner tripled home 2 runs. PH Billy Dickey doubled Don Heffner home; Jack Saltzgaver (pinch running for Bill Dickey) came home, when Red Sox shortstop Joe Cronin bobbled Frank Crosetti’s ground ball. Yankees 3B Red Rolfe walked, and then Joe DiMaggio singled home Crosetti to kayo Boston hurler Jack Wilson. Reliever Al Thomas threw 1-pitch to Lou Gehrig and watched it sail over the wall for a game-winning HR. In the 1st game, Myril Hoag’s 9th inning single scored the winning run in a 3-2 Yankees victory.


1939- In another wild adventure with Boston, the Yankees take 4-1 lead into 7th inning, and they are declared the winners, when a terrible thunderstorm causes the umpires to declare the field unsafe. Contemporary sources said the lightning show was the best they’d ever seen


1951- At the 1951 Old Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium, former long time Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy (1931-1946) is honored by the team. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning, rookie Mickey Mantle belts a Bob Porterfield pitch into the last row of the RF bleachers, some 460 feet away to break the scoreless tie. Bob Porterfield had started the 1951 AL season with the Yankees, but he was traded to the Senators. Yankees veteran starter Ed Lopat shuts out the Senators for a 4-0 win.


1952- Former Yankees Pitcher Larry McCall (1977-1978) was born.
On April 10,1976, Larry McCall was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Larry went 1-2 in 7 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Rangers. On November 10,1978, Larry was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Mike Heath, Pitchers Sparky Lyle, Dave Rajsich, INF Domingo Ramos and cash to the Rangers for Greg Jemison (minors), MLB OF Juan Beniquez, 3 Pitchers: Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella and Dave Righetti. Later, he became a minor league pitching coach.


1961- The Yankees rout the Tribe by a score of 9-1 as Mickey Mantle hits HR #52 off of hurler Gary Bell. The Yankees win for their 9th straight game, while the Tigers lose their 8th game in a row to drop 10 games in back in the AL pennant race. The Tigers purchased veteran 1B Vic Wertz from the Red Sox to shore up their offense.


1963- Former Yankees Reserve INF William “Bill” Knickerbocker (1938-1940) passed away. (1911-1963)
On February 15,1938, INF Bill Knickerbocker was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for reserve INF Don “Jeep” Heffner and $10,000. Bill appeared in 97 games, while hitting .222, with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs as a reserve INF for the 1938-1940 Yankees. On December 31,1940, Bill was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for reserve Catcher Ken Silvestri.


1973- Light hitting Yankees reserve INF Fred “Chicken” Stanley hits the final Grand Slam HR in Old Yankee Stadium. A LF foul pole shot off of Brewers hurler Kevin Kobel during a 15-1 Yankees win.


1977- Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss’ 5th inning sacrifice fly provides the margin of victory as the Yankees edge the Indians by the score of 4-3 behind starter Ed Figueroa. The victory opened a 3 1/2 game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East Division race.


1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Oral “Hildy” Hildebrand (1939-1940) passed away. (1907-1977)
On October 26,1938, Oral Hildebrand was traded by the Browns along with OF Buster Mills to the Yankees for Catcher Joe Glenn and OF Myril Hoag. Oral went 11-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 34 games for the 1939-1940 Yankees. He started Game #4 game of the 1939 World Series against the Reds, with no decision. On March 30,1941, Oral was purchased by the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) from the Yankees. After the 1942 minor league season, he retired from baseball.


1978- The Yankees continues their rampage of the Red Sox at Fenway Park by scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning and 6 more runs in the 2nd inning. Boston makes 7 errors to ease the Yankees to a 13-2 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run HR and Lou Piniella adds a double, triple and HR to back Jim Beattie's pitching. Red Sox players OF Dwight Evans and Catcher Carlton Fisk both make a pair of errors. The Yankees are now 2 games in back of the Red Sox in AL East Division title race.


1979- Yankees 3B Greg Nettles hits an 8th inning HR to help the Yankees and starter Ron Guidry beat the Tigers by a score of 5-4. It is Guidry's 10th straight win of the 1979 AL season.


1983- Yankees OF Steve Kemp will miss the rest of the 1983 MLB season with a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by Yankees teammate Omar Moreno line drive during batting practice at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Kemp hit just .242 with 12 HRs and 49 RBIs in the 1st year of his 5-year, $5.45 million contract. The Yankees win the game beating the Brewers by a score of 6-5.


1984- The Yankees break a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the 6th inning to roll over the Red Sox by the score of 12-6. Bronx 3B Toby Harrah paces the Yankees 15-hit attack with 4 hits, as Dave Winfield with 1 of the game's 12 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, which is and will be an MLB career high for him. Lefty hurler Joe Cowley is the winner for the Yankees.


1992- Yankees OF Danny Tartabull goes 5 for 5 with 2-HRs and a double; he drives in 9 runs as the Bronx Bombers defeat the Orioles by the score of 16-4. Scott Sanderson is the winner for the Yankees.


2000- The Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 4-0, behind veteran starter Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Red Sox hurler Bryce Florie is hit in the face with a line drive off the bat off of Yankees reserve OF Ryan Thompson. The Red Sox hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket, the bone that surrounds the eye, and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery.


2007- 3B Alex Rodríguez continues to lead the Yankees in their 2007 AL playoff hopes. He homers twice off of P Brian Bannister. The 1st of the HRs is his 49th of the 2007 AL season and breaks the record for HRs by a 3B baseman. Previously the Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt with 48 HRs in 1980 and Rodriguez in 2005 had shared the record. The Yankees win the game by the score of 11-5. ARod had already held the single-season record for shortstops, giving him the high-water mark at 2 positions.


2012- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Bob Hale (1961) passed away. (1933-2012)
On July 28,1961, veteran 1B/OF Bob Hale was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in only 11 games for the 1961 Yankees, while hitting .154, before retiring from MLB at the end of the 1961 MLB season. He did not appear in the 1961 World Series against the Reds with the Yankees. In 1952, Bob was signed by the Browns as an MLB amateur free agent. He played for the Orioles and the Indians, who used him primary as a 1B/OF and pinch hitter during his MLB playing career (1955-1961). In the MLB off-season, he played in the winter baseball leagues.


2012- The Orioles defeat the Yankees by the score of 5-4 to tie the Bronx Bombers for 1st place in the AL East once again, but the win is costly. RF Nick Markakis breaks his left thumb when hit by a CC Sabathia pitch in the 5th inning, putting him out of action for 6 weeks. Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy hit HRs for the Orioles. O’s Closer Jim Johnson almost blows a 5-3 lead when he loads the bases on 3 singles with none out in the 9th inning; Nick Swisher brings the Yankees within 1 on a force out, before Mark Teixeira is declared out when sliding head-first into 1B while vainly trying to avoid a game-ending double play. Teixeira and Manager Joe Girardi blast umpire Jerry Meals for his call after the game.


2015- DH Alex Rodriguez hits the 30th HR of his excellent comeback season with the Yankees. He ties Hank Aaron's record of 15 MLB seasons of 30 or more HRs. It is his 1st time reaching the mark since 2010, before his MLB playing career almost ended because of a string of injuries and a 1-year suspension for PED use.

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