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This Week in Yankees History Sept 9th-15th
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This Week in Yankees History September 9th-15th Part One


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September 9th


1877- Former Yankees 1B and HOF MLB Player and Manager (1913-1914) Frank Chance (1913-1914) was born. (1877-1924)
On December 11,1912, 1B Frank Chance was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Reds. He appeared in 13 games for the Yankees as player-manager, while hitting just .208. As a Yankees Manager, he went 57-94 in 1913 for a 7th place finish. In 1914, Frank went 70-84 for a 6th place tie with the White Sox; the Yankee team owners dismissed him. Frank Chance played in the MLB from 1898 to 1914 with the Cubs and finishing out with the 1913-1914 Yankees. He hit .297 with 20 HRs and 596 RBIs in 1,286 games. His playing time with the Yankees cost him a chance to finish out his MLB playing career with a lifetime BA of over .300. He appeared in 4 World Series with the Cubs, while hitting .310 in 20 games with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. He was part of the Cubs famous double-play combo of “Tinkers to Evans to Chance.” Frank Chance was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.


1880- Former Yankees Pitcher Ambrose “Putty” Puttmann (1903-1905) was born. (1880-1936)
In September of 1903, hurler Ambrose “Putty” Puttmann was drafted by the Yankees from Helena (PCL) in the 1903 MLB Rule 5 Player draft. He appeared in 29 games for the Yankees, while posting a 6-7 record with 3.38 ERA with 1 save. During the month of April of 1906, the Cardinals purchased him from the Yankees.


1892- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike McNally (1921-1924) was born. (1892-1965)
On December 15,1920, INF Mike McNally was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt and catcher Wally Schang to the Yankees for 2B Del Pratt, OF Sammy Vick, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Herb Thormmahlen. Mike appeared in 202 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 43 RBIs. On December 10,1924, Mike was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for OF/INF Howie Shanks.


1895- Former Yankees PH Daniel “Dashing Dan” Costello (1913) was born. (1895-1936)
Dan Costello was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees in 1913. He only appeared in 2 games for the team, while hitting .500. In January of 1914, Dan was selected off waivers by the Pirates from the Yankees.


1899- Former Hall of Fame Yankees Pitcher and Baseball Broadcaster Waite “School Boy” Hoyt (1921-1930) was born. (1899-1984.)
Waite Hoyt originally had played for the 1918 Giants, appearing in 1 game. He joined the Red Sox in 1919. Waite Hoyt was obtained by the Yankees from the Red Sox on December 15,1920. The Yankees traded 2B Del Pratt, OF Sammy Vick, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Herb Thormmahlen for pitchers Waite Hoyt, Harry Harper and Catcher Wally Schang. He was with the Yankees from 1921-1929, winning 157 games. His best Yankees season was in 1927, when he went 22-7, being the only 20 game-winner on the 1927 World Championship team. He would appear in 5 World Series, going 6-1 with the Yankees. With the 1931 Philadelphia A’s, he went 0-1 in 1 game against the Cardinals. On May 30,1929, the Yankees obtained OF Harry Rice, P Ownie Carroll and INF Yats Wuestling from the Tigers for P Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. He later pitched for the A’s, Dodgers (twice), Giants and the Pirates. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 237-182 record. After retiring as active MLB player in 1938, Hoyt would become a long time radio and television broadcaster for the Reds. Waite Hoyt was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969.


1916- The Yankees released veteran shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916).
Rube Oldring had played for the Yankees in 1905 appearing in just 8 games, hitting .300. He joined the A’s the next season playing for them, until July of 1916. On July 13, 1916, Rube signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 43 games for the Yankees, while hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs.


1928-A total of 85,265 fans jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep 2 games from the Philadelphia A's by the scores of 3-0 and 7-3, to move back into 1st place in the AL to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the 1st game while the Yankee star of the nightcap is Bob Meusel, who takes an Ed Rommel knuckleball pitch out of the stadium for a Grand Slam HR in the 8th inning. Veteran Yankee starter Waite Hoyt picks-up the victory.


1928- At the of age of 38, veteran Yankees hurler Urban Shocker dies of pneumonia in Denver, Co, where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart, he was unable to sleep lying down for 2 years. Shocker, who never had a losing season on his MLB pitching career, he was 18-6 for the 1927 Yankees, but he appeared in only 1 game for the 1928 Yankees, before leaving the team for his health problems.


1931-To raise funds to help the unemployed in the Depression, the Yankees, Giants, and the Robins (aka the Dodgers) agree to play a series of benefit games. 60,000 fans, paying regular prices, raise $59,000 in the 1st match-up, as Babe Ruth HRs and the Yankees beat their cross-river rivals the Giants by the score of 7-2.


1932-The Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a Grand Slam HR and drives in 8-runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game, including twice in 1 inning. The Tigers also tops the Yankees by the score of 4-1 in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st, and the tie of yesterday. The Yankees score their lone run in the 3rd inning off of Tigers hurler Buck Marrow with their only 2 hits of the game.


1936-With a double-header sweep over the Indians, the Yankees clinch their 8th AL pennant. The Bronx Bombers will finish the 1936 AL season 19.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Tigers with a 102-51 AL season record.


1938- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 2,100th consecutive MLB game; he has 4 hits to bring his 1938 AL season batting average over .300.


1938-Former Yankees Minor League INF/OF and MLB Coach (1987) Jay Ward was born. (1938-2012)
In 1956, the Yankees signed INF/OF Jay Ward as an amateur MLB free agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 2,1958, Jay was drafted by the A’s from the Yankees organization in the 1958 minor league player draft. The A’s traded him to the Dodgers, who later sent him to the Twins. He made his MLB player debut with the Twins in 1963. He traveled to Japan to play baseball in 1966. His last MLB appearance was in 1970 with the Reds. In 1972, he managed a team in the Twins organization. Then he left pro baseball for 10 years to help raise a family. He was a manager for the Phillies, Reds, Pirates and the Mariners organizations during the 1980’s. He was a MLB Hitting Coach for the 1987 Yankees for Manager Lou Piniella. In 1991-1992 NL seasons, Jay was MLB hitting coach for the Expos. Later he worked for the Braves. He had been a manager from 1996-2001 in Independent Leagues.


1951- The Yankees hit 5 HRS, 4 off the Nats' hurler Richard Starr to win the game by a score of
7-5. Rookie OF Mickey Mantle's leadoff HR on the 1st pitch, which starts the scoring, slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the RF stands. Yankees starter Vic Raschi then wins the nightcap by the score of 2-0, in a game called after the 6th inning because of "darkness." Though Yankee Stadium has lights, unlike the NL, these cannot be used on Sunday. The Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).


1952 Former Yankees OF Jerry Mumphrey (1981-1983) was born.
On March 31,1981, OF Jerry Mumphrey was traded by the Padres along with P John Pacella to the Yankees for OFer’s Ruppert Jones, Joe Lefebvre, hurlers Tim Lollar and Chris Welsh. Jerry appeared in 286 games for the Yankees, while hitting .293 with 22 HRs and 136 RBIs. On August 10,1983, Jerry was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for OF Omar Moreno.


1953- Mickey Mantle's 2-run HR off of White Sox veteran starter Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 9-3 at Yankee Stadium. Returning to CF after the 5th inning, Mantle is photographed by the press, blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick, who will apologize for the indiscretion. However, Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum Company


1961- Former Yankees Minor League P Jim Corsi was born.
The Yankees in the 25th round of the 1982 MLB amateur player draft selected hurler Jim Corsi. He never appeared in a MLB game for the Yankees. On April 3,1984, he was released by the Yankees.


1961-Former Yankees shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916) passed away. (1884-1961)
Rube Oldring had played for the Yankees in 1905 appearing in 8 games, hitting .300. Rube's son, in an article states, however, that his Father was actually owned by the A’s, while he played for the Highlanders and that the A's would not let him stay with the Highlanders for the 1906 AL season. He rejoined the A’s in 1906, playing for them, until his release by the team in July of 1916. On July 13, 1916, Rube signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 43 games for the Yankees, hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. Overall as a MLB player, Rube played in 1,239 games, while hitting .270 with 27 HRs and 471 RBIs. With the A’s, he appeared in 3 World Series, playing in 15 games, while hitting .194 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. He later became a minor league manager for 3 seasons before retiring from baseball.


1961- On “Whitey Ford Day” at Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 56th HR of the 1961 AL season, off of Indians' Jim “Mudcat” Grant, as the Yankees come from behind to win the game by a score of 8-7. Yankees score 4 runs in the 9th inning to enable closer Luis Arroyo to pick up his 12th relief win in a row.


1962- Red Sox OF Lou Clinton makes 4 stellar catches in the outfield and adds a HR, triple and single as the Red Sox trip the Yankees by the score of 9-3 in 16 innings at Yankee Stadium. Boston reliever Richard “The Monster” Radatz takes over for Red Sox starter Hal Kolstad, he pitches 9 innings of relief before leaving in the 16th inning for a pinch hitter.


1965- Former Yankees DH/INF Todd Zeile (2003) was born.
Veteran INF/DH Todd Zelie hit .210 with 6 HRs and 23 RBIs in 66 games for the 2003 Yankees before being released by the team. He would be picked by the Expos, finishing the rest of 2003 MLB season with them.


1970- Former Yankees Reliever Dan Miceli (2003) was born.
On June 25,2003, reliever Dan Miceli was sent to the Yankees by the Indians, as part of a conditional deal. Dan went 0-0 in 7 games with 1 save for the 2003 Yankees, before being sent to the Astros.


1970- The Yankees placed veteran reliever Steve Hamilton on waivers. He is claimed by the White Sox. Steve joined the Yankees on April 21,1963, coming from the Senators in a trade for Yankees veteran hurler Jim Coates. He went 34-20 with a 2.78 ERA with 36 saves in 311 games as a Yankees reliever (1963-1970). Steve appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees with no decisions in 2 appearances.


1974- At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-3, for their 1st win in Boston since July 31,1973. The Yankees have won 2 of 24 games at Fenway Park since 1972.


1977- Yankees starter Mike Torrez notches a 3-hitter, a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. Cliff Johnson hits a HR for the Yankees, who maintain a 3 game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.


1978- Yankees Ace starter Ron Guidry (21-2) gives up 2 singles in the 1st inning and that's it. The Yankees send 12 runners to the plate and score 7 runs in the 4th inning to win the game by a score of 7-0 against Boston starter Dennis Eckersley cutting the Red Sox lead to a single game. For Ron Guidry, it is his 7th shutout of the 1978 AL season, and the 1st lefty shutout in Fenway Park since 1974 (Ken Holtzman of the Oakland A’s, August 5th). With the Brewers’ victory over the Twins, the Brewers trail by just 4 1/2 games.


1990-The Oakland A’s beat the Yankees by the score of 7-3 to complete a 12-game sweep of the Yankees this season. The season sweep is a 1st for the Yankees.


1997-The Red Sox lose to the Yankees by the score of 8-6, despite 2 RBIs for shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. The RBI’s give Garciaparra a total of 87 on the season for a new MLB record for leadoff men. Former AL batting champion Harvey Kuenn held the old AL mark with 85 in 1956 while playing with the Tigers.


1998- With the Yankees defeating the Red Sox by a score of 7-5, the Yankees move 20.5 games ahead of 2nd-place Red Sox and clinch the 1998 AL East title. It is the earliest date in AL history in which a division title has been captured.


1999- Former Yankees Hall OF Fame Pitcher James “Catfish” Hunter (1975-1975) passes away from ALS. (1946-1999.)
On December 31,1974, James “Catfish” Hunter was signed by the Yankees as a MLB free agent. His best Yankees season was in 1975, going 23-14 with 30 complete games and 7 shutouts. From 1975-1979, Jim went 63-33 as a Yankees pitcher. He was originally signed by the Kansas City A’s, making MLB pitching debut in 1965, while posting an 8-8 record with a 4.26 ERA in 32 games. As a MLB pitcher, Catfish Hunter posted a 224-166 record with a 3.26 ERA in 500 games. In the ALCS with the A’s and Yankees, Jim posted a 4-3 record with a 3.25 ERA in 10 games. In World Series play with the A’s and Yankees, Jim went 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 12 games. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.


2009- Shortstop Derek Jeter ties the Yankees franchise record for hits held by Lou Gehrig, with his 2,721st hit in the 7th inning against Tampa Bay. He will pass Lou Gehrig in 2 days. In the game, Jorge Posada belts a 3-run pinch hit HR in the 8th inning to give the Yankees a 4-2 win. The Rays, the 2008 AL East champions last year, have now lost 8 straight and are almost out of the 2009 AL playoff race.


2012- With the Yankees beating the Orioles by the score of 13-3, the standings in the AL East have New York 1 game in front of Orioles and 2 ahead of Rays.


September 10th


1880- Former Yankees INF/OF Harry Niles (1908) was born. (1880-1953)
On November 5,1907, INF/OF Harry Niles was traded by the Browns along with P Fred Glade and OF Charlie Hemphill to the Yankees for 2B Hobe Ferris, OF Danny Hoffman and 2B Jimmy Williams. Harry appeared in 96 games, while hitting .249 with 4 HRs and 24 RBIs for the 1908 Yankees. On August 17,1908, Harry was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for 2B Frank LaPorte.


1910- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Manager Eddie Sawyer was born. (1910-1997)
Yankees MLB scout Paul Krichell discovered OF Eddie Sawyer. He hit .361 for the Norfolk Tars in 1934, 3rd in the Piedmont League. The next season, Sawyer hit .314 for the Tars; he hit .325 for the Binghamton Triplets. In 1936, he batted .313 for the Triplets, while he drove in 98 runs, 8th-most in the New York-Penn League. After starting the 1937 season at .345 for Binghamton, he went up to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), hitting .284 there. Injuring his shoulder, Sawyer returned to Binghamton to bat .299 as an outfielder there in 1938. In 1939, he became a player-manager for the Amsterdam Rugmakers (CanAm League). He only struck out 7 times in 458 AB, led the Canadian-American League with 103 RBIs and batted .363. His team won the league title. The next season, Sawyer hit .329 with 99 RBI in 120 games. Returning to old stomping grounds, Eddie hit .277 for Norfolk Tars as player-manager in 1941; he hit .267 and .280 the next 2 seasons in the same role with Binghamton to finish his active playing career. Moving from the Yankees farm system, where he had been since 1939, he was hired by the Phillies GM Herb Pennock in 1944 to manage the Utica Blue Sox. In 1948, he became the Phillies MLB manager. In 1950, he would lead the Phillies to NL championship defeating the Dodgers, facing his old team in the World Series, the Yankees losing in 4 straight games. He managed the Phillies during the 1950’s, returning to the team briefly in 1960, before quitting and being replaced by Gene Mauch after 1 game.

1919- Indians hurler Ray "Slim" Caldwell, struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier, no-hits his former Yankees teammates by the score of 3-0 at the Polo Grounds.


1921- Yankees Catcher Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees' 21 hits as the Bronx Bombers wallop the Philadelphia A's by the score of 19-3. A MLB record-tying 5 Yankees collect 2 hits in the 9th inning: Wally Schang, Carl Mays, Elmer Miller, Roger Peckinpaugh and Babe Ruth. The Babe’s 2nd hit, a single, hits Peck for the 3rd out. Yankees starter Carl Mays gives up 13 hits to the A’s in winning his 16th straight game over them.


1922-The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated crowd of 40,000 fans overflow the stadium, with another 25,000 fans are turned away. Yankees starter Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A's by the score of 10-3 in the opener, while Waite Hoyt edges the A's in the 2nd game by the score of 2-1. Plans are in the works to expand the ballpark to a 56,000-seat capacity, but this is the last AL regular season game for the team at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees will play their next 18 games on the road, and then open in new Yankee Stadium in April of 1923.


1925- Yankee sluggers Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit successive HRs in the 4th inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Philadelphia A's, all off of hurler Sammy Gray, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 7-3. Then Babe Ruth and Ben Paschal hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th inning in Game 2, but the Yankees still lose the game to the A’s by the score of 5-4.


1934- Former All Star and AL MVP OF Roger Maris (1960-1966) was born. (1934-1985)
Before the start of the 1953 MLB season, the Indians signed Roger Maris as a MLB amateur free agent. On June 15,1958, Roger was traded by the Indians along with P Dick Tomanek and INF Preston Ward to the Kansas City A’s for former Yankee minor league players, who were traded to the A ‘s INF/OF Woodie Held and 1B Vic Power. On December 17,1959, Roger Maris was obtained by the Yankees in a trade with the A’s. The Yankees sent OF Norm Siebern, Pitcher Don Larsen, reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and veteran OF Hank Bauer for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley. In 1960-1961, he won the AL MVP Award, as well establishing a new HR record for MLB in 1961 with 61 HRs. He was selected for the AL All Star teams in 1960-1962. A fine defensive outfielder, Roger Maris won an AL Golden Glove for RF in 1960. Roger would appear with the Yankees in 5 World Series from 1960-1964. He was traded to the Cardinals in winter of 1966 for 3B Charley Smith. Overall with the Yankees, he appeared in 850 games, while hitting .265 with 203 HRs with 547 RBIs. Roger would appear in the 1967-1968 World Series with the Cardinals, before retiring as an active player. In World Series play with the 1960-1964 Yankees and the 1967-1968 Cardinals, Roger hit with .217 with 6 HRs and 18 RBIs in 41 games. The Yankees retired his No. 9 uniform number. On December 14,1985, Roger Maris passed away at the age of 51 from cancer.


1950- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio becomes the 1st player to hit 3 HRs in 1 game at spacious Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., as the Bombers beat the Senators by the score of 8-1. Also Joe adds an RBI double to pass the 100-RBI mark for the 9th time in his MLB playing career. The Senators lead the 2nd game by the score of 6-2, when rain-washes it out in the 4th inning. Yankees are now a half-game in back of the Tigers with the Red Sox a half game behind the Yankees.


1955- Yankees veteran OF Hank Bauer, pressed into emergency service as a catcher by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, permits a passed ball setting up the winning run in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox. It would be the only time that Hank Bauer appeared behind the plate for the Yankees.


1957- The Yankees obtained reserve OF Bobby Del Greco (1957-1958) from the Cubs for the waiver price. Bobby would hit .429 for the remainder of the 1957 AL season. He hit .200 in only 12 games in 1958 for the Yankees. On April 13,1959, Bobby was purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees.


1958- At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 50,021 Tribe fans turn out for "Back the Indians" night. It is Cleveland's largest crowd since the 1955 AL season, but the Yankees dampen the Indian fans enthusiasm with an 8-3 victory over the Tribe. Yankees rookie starter Zack Monroe picks up his 4th victory of the season with relief help from Ryne Duren and Art Ditmar, who gets his 3rd save. Yankee hitters Hank Bauer, Elston Howard and Tony Kubek have 2 RBIs apiece in the game.


1959- Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-6; including a HR in a 12-1 romp over the Kansas City A’s at Yankee Stadium. Ralph Terry picks up a complete game victory, his 5th for the season, allowing only 1 run and 4 hits, while striking out 4 A’s batters. Ray Hebert takes the loss for the A’s, lasting only 2 innings in his start against the Bombers. He is now 10-11 for the 1959 AL season.


1960- At Detroit, Mickey Mantle unloads a HR cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning, the ball clearing the RF roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. Yankees pin a 5-1 loss on Tigers starter Paul Foytack that moves them a half game in 1st place ahead of the Orioles, who are losers today. In June of 1985, Mantle's HR was retroactively measured at 643 feet; it will be listed in The ****ss Book of World Records at that distance.


1961- The Yankees sweep the Tribe in a doubleheader by scores of 7-6 and 9-3, their 12th win in a row at home and for the Indians; it’s their 20th loss in a row at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle gets HR # 53 in the nightcap, while Roger Maris is homer-less, stays at the 56 HR mark. The official scorecard credits Mantle with 2 runs scored: it will be discovered in 1995, that 1 of the 2 runs should go to Bill Skowron. In the 2nd game, Clete Boyer sends Jim Perry pitch into the LF corner that hits the lower deck of the Grand Stand and bounces back into play. While home plate Umpire Joe Linsalata calls it a HR, the other 2 umps agreed with Tribe CF Jimmy Piersall, who contends the ball is in play. Boyer's HR is interrupted at 3B with a tag out. Piersall's contribution in Game 1 is fighting with a fan, who had climbed onto the Yankee Stadium playing field.


1962- Against Tigers veteran hurler Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle clouts a 4th inning HR, the 400th of his MLB playing career to tie the game at 1-1. The Yankees score 2 runs in the 9th inning off of Aguirre to beat the Tigers by the score of 3-1. The victory, combined with a Twins loss, gives the Yankees a 3 1/2 game lead over Minnesota. The surprising Angels are in 3rd place in the AL, just 4 games back.


1963- Former Hall of Fame Yankees and MLB Pitcher Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson (2005-2006) was born.
The Diamondbacks traded veteran starter Randy Johnson in the winter of 2004 to the Yankees for hurlers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, minor league Catcher Dioner Navarro and cash. He pitched well in two seasons in pinstripes, going 17-8 and 17-11 in 2005 and 2006 respectively, but he was still considered a disappointment as the Bronx Bombers failed to return to the World Series. He personally failed to record a win in the postseason (running his lifetime postseason record to 7-9, 5 of the wins having come in 2001). The fact that his ERA reached an even 5.00 in that 2nd season also wore out his welcome in the Bronx. On January 9, 2007, Randy was traded by the Yankees  along with cash to the  Diamondbacks for INF Alberto Gonzalez, Pitchers Steven Jackson, Ross Ohlendorf and INF Luis Vizcaino. In 2007,  he was 4-3 in 10 starts for the D-Backs as he was bothered by back problems. As a Yankees starter, Randy went 34-19 with a 4.37 ERA in 67 games with 6 complete games. Randy ended his MLB pitching career in 2009 with the Giants. His final MLB pitching totals were 303-166 record with a 3.29 ERA in 618 games. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.


1966- The Yankees obtained hurler Thad Tillotson and cash from the Dodgers for veteran MLB shortstop Richard “Ducky” Schofield. Thad went 4-9 in 2 seasons with the Yankees.


1973- Former Yankees Reserve OF Roy Johnson (1936-1937) passed away. (1903-1973)
On January 17,1936, OF Roy Johnson was traded by the Senators along with P Bump Hadley to the Yankees for P Jimmie DeShong and OF Jesse Hill. He appeared in 75 games for the 1936-1937 Yankees, while hitting .273 with 1 HR and 25 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game of the 1936 World Series with the Yankees with no hits. On May 11,1937, Roy was selected off waivers by the Boston Bees (aka Braves) from the Yankees. He had appeared in 12 games for the 1937 Yankees, while hitting .294 with no HRs and 6 RBIs.


1974- Former AL batting champion Alex Johnson is purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers yesterday, arrives in Boston during the Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th inning, Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for the Yankees by the score of 2-1.


1977- Blue Jays 3B Roy Howell leads the way with 13 total bases (2 HRs, 2 doubles and a single) and 9 RBIs as the Blue Jays rout the Yankees by the score of 19-3. Yankees starter Jim “Catfish” Hunter takes the loss to finish the 1977 AL season at 9-9. He will not pitch again for the Yankees until the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers.


1978- The Red Sox throw 22-year-old rookie hurler Bobby Sprague at the Yankees and the lefty last just two-thirds of an inning walking 3 batters and allowing 1 Yankee hit. The Yankees take the lead and top the Red Sox by the score of 7-4 behind the pitching of starter Ed Figueroa and closer Rich Gossage. The Red Sox collect just 5 hits, including Fred Lynn's 21st HR. The Yankees out-hit the Red Sox 67-21, and outscore them 42-9, in a sweep that will become known in lore as the "Boston Massacre" that leaves the teams in a tie for 1st place in the AL East, and caps a remarkable march to the top from 4th place, 14 games out.


1978- Former Yankees Reserve INF Nick Green (2006) was born.
Nick Green was seleced by the Braves in the 32nd round of the 1998 MLB amateur player draft. On May 24, 2006, Nick was purchased by the Yankees from the Rays. On July 2, 2006, Green made his 1st start for the Yankees, at 2nd base. He contributed at the plate and in the field, hitting his 1st Yankee HR and throwing out a runner at the plate on a strong relay throw. Green hit .240 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in 46 games as a reserve INF for the 2006 Yankees. In October of 2006, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. In 2007, he resigned with the Yankees organization, but he didn’t play with the team at the MLB level.


1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Lance Pendleton (2011) was born.
The Yankees in the 4th round of the 2005 MLB amateur player draft selected Lance Pendleton. He was the 2nd pitcher taken by the Yankees that year, following J. Brent Cox. Lance had a 3.93 ERA as a college freshman, walking 19 in 18 1/3 IP. In his sophomore year, he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 3 2/3 IP, he was 1-0. He pitched in the 2004 College World Series with Rice University. He was 5-3 with 2 saves and a 3.69 ERA his junior year. He made his pro debut with the 2005 Staten Island Yankees, going 1-0, 2.33 ERA in 9 games. He then underwent surgery on his right elbow and missed the entire 2006 season. Starting back at square one, he made 8 appearances with the 2007 GCL Yankees, the lowest rung in the Yankees' minor league ladder, before being assigned to the Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League) in 2008. With Charleston, he was 7-9, 3.52 ERA in 28 games, while striking out 119 batters in 128 innings. He had a very good 2009 season split between the Tampa Yankees (A) and Trenton Thunder (AA); in 28 games (26 starts), he was 12-8 with a 3.14 ERA in 149 innings, striking out 130 batters, the highest total in the Yankees organization that year. He made the end-of-season Florida State League All-Star team. Pendleton continued to stake his place as one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects in 2010, reaching AAA on the strength of a combined 12-5 record and a 3.61 ERA between Trenton (AA) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA). He struck out 111 batters while allowing only 95 hits at Trenton before his promotion to AAA. He tied Hector Noesi for the most starts (27) by a Yankee farmhand; Lance was 2 wins shy of Noesi, the leader. Pendleton finished 5th in the Eastern League in ERA. He started the 2011 season at AAA, where his 1st 2 appearances were in long relief. The Houston native had given up only 1 run in 5 2/3 innings when the Yankees gave him the call to "The Show". In his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on April 15, 2011, Pendleton pitched 3 perfect innings in relief of starter Ivan Nova against the Rangers; he had been called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) earlier in the day when Phil Hughes was placed on the DL. In all he pitched 11 games for the Yankees, with a good 3.21 ERA; but he had more walks than strikeouts. The Yankees placed him on waivers in September in order to add some other prospects to their MLB roster and the Astros claimed him once again. He made 4 appearances for his hometown team, but he gave up 9 runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He became a MLB free agent after the 2011 MLB season. On April 18, 2012, Lance was signed as a MLB free agent by the Rays.


1985- Former Yankees Reliever Anthony Swarzak (2016) was born.
Anthony Swarzak was selected by the Twins in the 2nd round of the 2004 MLB amateur player draft. Swarzak made his MLB pitching debut with the Twins in 2009, when he went 3-7, 6.25 ERA in 12 starts. He then spent all of 2010 season in the minor leagues before coming back as a swingman in 2011. That season, he was 4-7, 4.32 ERA in 27 games; including 11 starts, pitching 102 innings. His ability to pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen and give the team the occasional start came in handy again the next season, 2012, when he made 5 starts in 44 appearances and ended up at 3-6, 5.03 ERA, while logging 96 2/3 innings. He was strictly used as a long reliever in 2013 and had his best year thus far, finishing at 3-2, 2.91 ERA, and logging 96 innings in relief, one of the highest totals in the MLB. He was back in the same role in 2014, he made his 1st 30 appearances out of the bullpen before being called upon for an emergency start against the Indians on July 23rd when Kyle Gibson was scratched because of stiffness in his lower back. In spite of working with a low pitch count limit, he pitched 5 excellent innings, allowing a single run on 2 hits, to earn a 3-1 win in his 1st MLB start in a year-and-a-half. In 2015, he pitched in the Indians organization, who will release him at the end of the season. In January of 2016, the Yankees signed Anthony as a MLB free agent. He went 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games for AAA Scranton. The Yankees used him in their 2016 bullpen. He finished the 2016 AL season with the team with a 1-2 record in 26 games with a 5.52 ERA. In October of 2016, the Angels claimed him on waivers from the Yankees. Then the Angels released him. The White Sox claimed him. Anthony made their 2017 MLB roster as a reliever. In 2017, he went 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA in 41 games for Chicago before being traded to the Brewers for a minor league player. He continued to do very well with the Brew Crew, with an ERA of 2.48 in 29 games, to end the season a combined 6-4, 2.33 in 70 appearances with 2 saves, 27 holds and 91 Ks in 77 1/3 innings. Having demonstrated that he could be a very valuable MLB reliever, he cashed in by signing a 2-year deal with the  Mets on December 13th worth $14 million.


1985- Current Yankees INF/OF Neil Walker (2018) was born.
In 2004, he was selected by the Pirates in the 1st round, with the 11th overall pick, with taking the local kid perhaps a key element as well in their decision-making process. In the minors, the Bucs converted him from a catcher into an infielder. He played the infield with the Pirates from 2010 to 2015. On December 9, 2015, he was traded by the team to the Mets in return for P Jonathon Niese.
On  August 12, 2017, he was traded by the Mets to the  Brewers in return for a player to be named later. He played 38 games for Milwaukee, hitting .267 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. After the 2017 season was finished the Brewers granted Neil MLB free agency. On March 12, 2018, he signed a 1-year deal with the Yankees for $5 million, after having waited all winter for a long-term MLB contract that never materialized. The Yankees had gone into spring training with 2 raw rookies penciled in to start at 2B and 3B, but with a team otherwise expected to contend for a World Series title, they decided to hedge their bets by bringing on board a couple of veterans who could start if required, 1st Brandon Drury and now Walker. Walker stayed with the team, while Dury was traded to the Blue Jays. Neil has played in the outfield and infield for the Yankees this season.


1989- Five days after hitting a HR for the Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in his NFL player debut with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders hit .234 in 14 games for New York this year in his 1st attempt at playing 2 sports professionally.


1999-The Red Sox trip the Yankees by the score of 3-1, as starter Pedro Martinez hurls an impressive 1-hitter for his 21st victory of the 1999 AL season. Martinez strikes out 17 Yankee batters, the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game. DH Chili Davis' 2nd inning HR is Bronx Bombers only score. Chuck Knoblauch leading off the game gave the Yankees their only other base runner; he was caught stealing, so Martinez faces just 1 batter over the minimum of 27 batters.


2010- The Yankees and the Rangers set a MLB record by using a combined 19 pitchers in 13-inning game, won 6-5 by the Rangers in Arlington. Scott Feldman, normally a starter, records the win by pitching a scoreless 13th inning as the 11th hurler used by Texas, which itself ties a MLB record. The Rangers win the game when Nelson Cruz leads off the bottom of the 13th inning with a HR off of Yankees reliever Chad Gaudin.


2011- Angels starter Dan Haren pitches a 4-hit shutout denying Yankees Ace CC Sabathia his bid for his 20th win of the 2011 MLB season, as the Angels blank the Yankees by the score of 6-0. The win moves the Halos to within 1 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Rangers. The Angels score their last 5 runs off of Yankee rookie pitchers Hector Noesi and George Kontos, after Sabathia departs after 6 innings of work, trailing 1-0. Veteran All Star catcher Jorge Posada is pressed into service behind the plate for the 1st time this season for the Yankees after Catcher Russell Martin leaves the game with a bruised thumb in the 2nd inning.


September 11th


1905- The Highlanders sell workhorse hurler Jack Powell (8-13) to the St. Louis Browns. Powell had posted a 23-19 record with a 2.44 ERA in 47 games in 1904, while pitching 390 1/3 innings. He was 8-13 in 36 games for the 1905 team before the trade was made. With the 1905 Browns, Powell will go 2-1 in 3 games.


1911- The Red Sox claim on waivers on veteran Yankees hurler Happy Jack Chesbro (0-4). He will pitch 1 game for Boston going 0-1. He will retire from baseball at the end of the 1911 MLB season.


1912- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, veteran Browns starter Jack Powell leaves after 7 innings, losing 3-0 to his former team the Yankees. Reliever George Baumgartner gives up 2 more runs in the 8th inning, but the Browns score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to cut the losing margin to 5-4. The New York Times reports the loss to Baumgartner, who pitched poorly.


1923- After Yankees leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches 1B on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single. Red Sox starter Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 Yankee batters that he faces for a 3-0 win, his 20th of the 1923 AL season. The Yankees crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howard Shanks booted, but the 1 hit stood. Ehmke has now given up just 1 hit in his last 2 games.


1926- Bronx OF Bob Meusel ties a MLB record for sacrifice flies in 1 game; when he hits 3 during a 6-4 Yankees win at Cleveland. In the same game, Yankees Shortstop Mark Koenig handles 16 chances without an error, 1 short of the record set by the Browns shortstop Bob Wallace in 1902.


1927-After losing 21 games in a row to the Yankees, the St. Louis Browns win their last meeting of the 1927 AL season winning the game by the score of 6-2 behind starter Milt Gaston's 5-hitter. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series. One NL team, the 1909 Chicago Cubs, went 21-1 against the Boston Braves.


1928- In the Yankees 5-3 win at the Stadium, veteran Ty Cobb makes his last appearance as a MLB batter, popping out against Yankees hurler Hank Johnson to shortstop Mark Koenig as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning. Babe Ruth's 2 run HR clout off of A’s starter Lefty Grove in the 8th inning, seals the win for the Yankees. The Yankees seal the fate of the Philadelphia A's with their 4th straight win over the Quakers, leaving them in 2nd place in the AL, 2 1/2 games back.


1932-With their 100th victory of the 1932 AL season, the Yankees clinched the 1932 AL pennant with veteran starter George Pipgras beating the Indians at Cleveland Stadium by the score of 8-3. The Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy, who had captured a NL flag with the 1929 Chicago Cubs, he becomes the 1st MLB manager to win pennants in both major leagues.


1936- Former Yankees OF Braggo Roth (1921) passed away. (1892-1936)
On December 31,1920, OF Braggo Roth was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Duffy Lewis and hurler George Mogridge. In his final MLB playing season, he appeared in 43 games for the 1921 Yankees, while hitting .283 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs. His brother Frank was the Yankees MLB pitching Coach that season.


1940-In a doubleheader with the Tribe, the Yankees' 1st-game win at Cleveland puts them in 1st place, the only time they reach that spot during the 1940 AL season. A 2nd game loss drops them out of 1st place. The 1940 Yankees will finish the AL season in 3rd place with an 88-66 record 2 games behind the 1st place Tigers and 1 game behind the 2nd place Indians.


1950- The Yankees move back in 1st place with a twin bill win over the Senators by scores of 5-1 and 6-2. Yankee rookie’s starter Whitey Ford and OF Jackie Jensen lead the way in the opener as Whitey wins his 6th straight game. Rookie OF Jackie Jensen has 3 hits including his 1st MLB career HR. Yankees starter Eddie Lopat wins his 16th game of the 1950 AL season in the 2nd game.


1955- Red Sox OF Ted Williams collects his 2000th MLB career hit in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees


1955-In a move to shore up their bullpen pitching down the 1955 AL pennant stretch, the Yankees buy relief pitcher Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price. He went 0-0 in 3 games (1955-1956) before being sent to the White Sox on waivers during the 1956 MLB season.


1956- Yankees Yogi Berra ties the MLB career record for HRs by a catcher in the Yankees' 9-5 victory over the A’s. His 236th HR and the Yankees' 177th HR of the 1956 AL season to tie him with Cubs HOF Great Gabby Hartnett.


1958- Former Yankees Catcher Don “Sluggo” Slaught (1988-1989) was born.
On November 2,1987, catcher Don Slaught was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for a player to be named later. The Yankees would send P Brad Arnsberg on November 10,1987 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Don hit .266 with 14 HRs and 81 RBIs in 214 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Pirates for 2 hurlers: Jeff Robinson and Willie Smith.


1960- The Yankees sweep the Indians in a double-header by scores of 5-0 and 3-2. In the 1st game, Yankee starter Ralph Terry throws a complete game, a 5-0 shutout. Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 38th HR of the 1960 AL season. Hector Lopez hits a triple and HR. In the 2nd game, Mickey Mantle’s HR in the 11th inning giving the Yankees a 3-2 victory. Eli Grba is the winner, while Yankees closer Ryne Duren picks up his 8th save of the 1960 AL season.


1963- At Muncipal Stadium in Kansas City, Yankees starter Whitey Ford tops the host A's by the score of 8-2, as Mickey Mantle's HR in the 1st inning provides all the scoring Whitey needs. Mantle is 3-for-4 at the plate for the Yankees with 4 RBIs.


1966- Rookie 1B John Miller becomes the 1st Yankee player to ever hit a HR in his 1st MLB at bat. He contributes 2-runs in a 4-2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It will be Miller's only HR in pinstripes, but as a Dodger in 1969, he will hit a HR in his last MLB career at-bat.


1978- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike Gazella (1923-1928) passed away. (1895-1978).
Mike Gazella appeared in 160 games as a reserve infielder for the 1923-1928 Yankees, while hitting .241 with no HRs and 33 RBIs.


1980- Former Yankees Pitcher Matt DeSalvo (2007) was born.
Matt DeSalvo was one of the greatest pitchers in NCAA Division III history. He debuted in the majors in 2007. Matt graduated college with a degree in environmental science but went undrafted. He had a dazzling 5-year career in NCAA Division III (he was red-shirted 1 year) and set NCAA Division III records for career wins (53) and strikeouts (603). As a senior in 2003, he went 13-2 with one save and a 1.31 ERA and led the Division with 157 strikeouts in 96 IP, allowing only 46 hits. He was an ABCA All-American for the 3rd time, won the ABCA Player of the Year Award for Division III and was picked as the Baseball America Small College Player of the Year and as a Small College All-American. Matt DeSalvo was signed by Yankees scout Mike Gibbons as an undrafted free agent in May 2003. At the time, DeSalvo was still working on a circle change, which would later be cited as his best pitch. The 1st time he had thrown it was in a Division III College World Series game - he hit the batter. He would be the 2nd ABCA Player of the Year from Division III to make the majors, following Eric Owens. DeSalvo began his pro career with the Staten Island Yankees (3-3, 1.84, 52 K in 49 IP) before he was promoted to the Battle Creek Yankees (2-0, 0.82). Had he qualified (he was 12 innings shy), he would have led the New York-Penn League in ERA, beating out Yoann Torrealba's 2.04. Matt started 2004 season on an exceptional note, with a 6-3 record, 1.43 ERA for the Tampa Yankees. In 75 1/3 IP, he allowed only 48 hits (a .176 average) and fanned 80, walking 30. He move up to the Trenton Thunder and struggled, with a 2-2, record with 6.59 ERA. In 2005, DeSalvo was named the Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year, beating out top prospect Philip Hughes among others. He was 9-5 with a 3.02 ERA for AA Trenton, allowing a .202 average and striking out 151 batters in 149 IP. He finished 3rd in the Eastern League in ERA, trailing Jon Lester and Yusmeiro Petit. He failed to make the EL All-Star team as Joel Zumaya was selected as the top right-handed starter. DeSalvo had a rough 2006 season. He was dropped from the Yankees 40-man roster due to a personal issue that plagued him all year - it is unknown what it was, but it was known not to involve a woman, substance problems or health. He led Yankee farmhands with 93 walks and was 6-10 with a 6.40 ERA. With the Trenton Thunder, he was 5-4 with a 5.77 ERA and 59 BB in 78 IP. Then he pitched for the AAA Columbus Clippers, DeSalvo went 1-6 with a 7.68 ERA, walking 34 and allowing a .303 average in 38 2/3 IP. He was 3rd in the affiliated minors in walks. He rediscovered the joy of baseball while playing whiffle ball with old friends in the off-season after 2006. The Yankees waived Matt that season but no one had claimed him. DeSalvo went 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA to begin 2007 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, allowing 15 hits in 25 2/3 IP. With the 2007 Yankees struggling for help, he was called up to replace a struggling Kei Igawa. He made his MLB pitching debut by starting a May 7th game against the Mariners, giving up just 3 hits in 7 innings. He went 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA in 6 games for the 2007 Yankees before being sent back down. He helped the Yankees become the 1st team in MLB history to use 10 starters in the 1st 30 games of the season, joining Kei Igawa, Chase Wright, Hughes, Andy Pettitte, Darrell Rasner, Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and Jeff Karstens. On December 12, 2007, the Yankees granted Matt MLB free agency. He signed with the Braves for the 2008 NL season.


1983- Current Yankees OF Jacob Ellsbury (2014-2018) was born.
Jacob Ellsbury was selected in the 1st round of the 2005 MLB amateur player draft by the Red Sox. He made his pro debut that year with the Lowell Spinners, hitting .317 with 23 stolen bases while only being caught 3 times. Baseball America rated him the NYPL's #6 prospect. He began 2006 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, where he hit .299 and swiped 25 bases in 34 tries over 61 games before being promoted to the Portland Sea Dogs. He made only 1 error, fielding .994, for Wilmington. With Portland, he hit .308 and stole 16 bases in 24 tries in 50 games. Following the season, he was rated by Baseball America as the Red Sox system's top prospect. He had led their minor leaguers in 2006 in hits (149), triples (10) and steals. BA had picked him that year as the #2 prospect in the Carolina League and #7 in the Eastern League. They additionally rated him as the best base runner, best defensive outfielder and fastest base runner in the Carolina League.
Ellsbury began 2007 season with Portland, where he hit .452 with 10 doubles and 8 steals (in 9 tries) in 17 games before being promoted to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. With Pawtucket, he batted .277 with 21 steals in 26 tries. In 50 games, he scored 36 runs. Ellsbury was named to the USA roster for the Futures Game but he was called up by Boston in June and made his MLB player debut on June 30th. He was called up in part due to a thumb injury to CF Coco Crisp. In his 1st MLB at-bat, Ellsbury grounded out against Robinson Tejeda in the 2nd inning. His 1st MLB hit was a single an inning later. Matt Tolbert took Ellsbury's spot on the Futures Game roster, but when US outfielder Cameron Maybin was hurt, Ellsbury did get to play in the 2007 Futures Game after all despite having been up in the MLB so recently. Ellsbury went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts as the leadoff man and LF for the USA. Overall, Ellsbury hit .298 for Pawtucket with 66 runs in 87 games with 33 stolen bases in 39 attempts. Despite his limited time in the International League, he tied Darnell McDonald for 2nd in stolen bases, just 1 behind league leader Bernie Castro. Ellsbury batted .353, he was successful in all 9 steal attempts in his 33 games for the 2007 Red Sox, while scoring 20 runs. He continued to shine in the 2007 postseason. In the 2007 World Series, his 4 hits in Game 3 tied the World Series record for rookies set by Freddie Lindstrom in 1924 and Joe Garagiola in 1946. He had taken over for Coco Crisp in CF midway through the postseason and never looked back. In his first full MLB season in 2008, he led the AL with 50 stolen bases, while hitting .280 and scoring 98 runs. He hit .333 in the ALDS against the Angels, but he went 0 for 14 as the Red Sox were upset in 7 games by the Rays in the 2008 ALCS. He was benched as the series progressed. In 2009, he did even better than in his 1st full season, with 70 steals - tops in the MLB - and a batting line of .301. He also led the AL with 10 triples and scored 94 runs as the team's leadoff hitter. He went 3 for 12 as the Red Sox lost to the Angels in the 2009 ALDS. But just when he was establishing himself as one of the bright young stars of the league, he lost almost the entire 2010 season to an injury, being limited to 18 games during which he hit only .192. Ellsbury was arguably the best position player in the AL in 2011, as he finished 2nd behind only P Justin Verlander in voting for the MVP Award. He had his best season that year, hitting .321 with 46 doubles and 32 HRs, while scoring 119 runs and driving in 105. His 363 total bases led the AL that season. He did not run as much as before, however, with only 39 steals. Unsurprisingly, he was named the 2011 AL's Comeback Player of the Year, but the season ended on a sour note as the Red Sox were overtaken by the Rays for the AL wild card spot on the last day of the 2011 AL season. The 2012 MLB season was a disappointment however, as he injured a rib early in the year, he was re-injured when he tried to return too soon. He ended up playing only 74 games, with .271 BA with 4 HRs and 26 RBIs, a far cry from the previous season. Without his presence in the line-up, the Red Sox struggled all year, finishing last in the AL East in a year of turmoil and dissent. On May 30, 2013, Ellsbury set a Boston franchise record by stealing 5 bases in a 9-2 win over the Phillies. He already owned the team record, which he shared with Jerry Remy, and was the 1st MLB to record 5 steals in a game since Carl Crawford in 2009. He was having a great season, leading the MLBs with 52 steals and the Red Sox with 89 runs scored when he injured his right foot on August 28th; it took a while for the injury to be diagnosed as a compression fracture, forcing him to miss most of September. He was back before the end of the season, though, making his return on September 25th after having missed 20 days of action. He ended the season at .298 in 134 games, leading the MLB with 52 stolen bases; however, the time missed meant his 92 runs were only 7th in the AL, while his 8 triples placed him 3rd. He started every single game the Sox played in the postseason, batting lead-off every time; he was excellent in the role, with 22 hits, 7 walks, 14 runs and 6 stolen bases as the Red Sox won the World Series over the Cardinals. However, he shocked Red Sox Nation on December 3rd when, in a move reminiscent of a very similar player, Johnny Damon, he joined the enemy by signing a 7-year deal with the rival Yankees, worth $153 million. The deal prompted a lot of skepticism, given Ellbury's injury history, the fact that he was already 30 yrs old and was likely to lose his biggest asset, his speed, and finally because the Yankees already had a very similar player in current CF Brett Gardner. On July 28, 2015, Jacoby became only the 6th player in MLB history to reach base twice in 1 game on catcher's interference; he was actually the 1st player to have 2 different catchers sin against him, as Robinson Chirinos and Tomas Telis of the Rangers both got charged with the rare violation. Ellsbury has missed the 2018 season with various injuries.


1985- The Brewers beat the Yankees by a score of 4-3 to end the Yankees' winning streak at 11 games. The Yankees, now trail the 1st-place Blue Jays by 2 1/2 games in the AL East Division race.


1987- Former Yankees Reserve INF Brandon Laird (2011) was born.
The brother of Gerald Laird, 3B Brandon Laird was selected by the Yankees in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, hitting .339 with 8 HRs and 29 RBIs in 45 games, making the Gulf Coast League All-Star team. He was 5th in the GCL in BA, he was only 40 points behind slugging leader Michael Burgess. In the 2003 World Youth Championship, Brandon batted .323 with 7 runs as a 3B-OF for the USA Team as they won Gold. Laird hit .208 for the USA in the 2004 World Junior Championship as the starting 2B,forming a middle infield combo with Justin Upton. Brandon made his MLB player debut at 3B for the Yankees on July 22, 2011, taking over for Shortstop Derek Jeter, while 3B Eduardo Nunez moved to short. He walked in his 1st plate MLB appearance, then he got a hit, drove in a run and scored 1 in a 17-7 Yankee win over the A’s. On September 1, 2012, Brandon was selected off waivers by the Astros from the Yankees. He is currently playing pro baseball with the 2018 Nippon Hamfighters (JPPL).


1988- The Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 5-4 in 18 innings. Steve Shields gets the win in relief. Yankees OF Rickey Henderson ties a 1948 AL record for extra innings with 12 putouts in LF.


1989- Former Yankees Minor League P Nik Turley was born.
Starting pitcher Nik Turley had played in the Yankees system from 2008 through the 2014 season. He is a distant relative to former Yankees 1950’s hurler Bob Turley. He was taken by the club as the 3rd-to-last pick of the 2008 MLB amateur player draft. He turned down a scholarship to Brigham Young University and signed by MLB Scout Stewart Smothers. Turley pitched for the 2008 GCL Yankees, going 2-1 with a 1.12 ERA in 4 games (1 start). He also had 13 strikeouts in 8 innings. In 2009, he was 2-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for the 2009 GCL Yankees. On August 28, 2009, he pitched the 1st part of a rain-shortened 8-inning no-hitter against the GCL Blue Jays. He was relieved by hurler Manny Barreda in the 7th, having allowed only 1 walk and 1 hit batsman. In 2010, he was 4-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) split between the GCL squad (0-2, 7 R, 1 ER in 10 2/3 IP) and the Staten Island Yankees (4-4, 4.38 ERA). In 2011, he was 4-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 17 starts split between the Charleston RiverDogs (4-6, 2.51 ERA) and Tampa Yankees (8 R in 7 1/3 IP). Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the Yankees chain as he walked 22 batters in 89 2/3 IP. He was a FSL All-Star in 2012, after going 9-5 with 116 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA in 23 games (21 starts; 112 IP) for Tampa. He also started a game for the AA Trenton Thunder that season, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. He had led the FSL in ERA; also he tied for 8th in wins and was 4th in whiffs. Baseball America put him down as the #18 prospect in the loop, between Slade Heathcott and Wilmer Flores and as the Yankees' 14th-best prospect. Among Yankee farmhands, he had finished 2nd to Vidal Nuno in ERA, tied Nuno for 4th in wins. Nik was 5th in strikeouts (between Brett Marshall and Adam Warren). In 2013, he was 11-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for AA Trenton. Thunder (EL). He also got his 1st taste of AAA action, making a start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and allowing only 1 run in 6 innings. He tied Scottie Allen for 2nd in wins and the franchise's minor leaguers, 1 behind Shane Greene. Nik was also 2nd with 141 whiffs (5 behind Rafael De Paula). Nik led the EL with 16 hit batsmen, was 2nd with 73 walks, he was 5th in strikeouts and led with 6 balks. After spending the 2014 season with AAA Scranton, posting a 5-3 record, Nik was released by the Yankees organization. He pitched for the Giants organization for the 2015 season. For the 2016 season, he started out with the Red Sox organization pitching for AA Portland Seadogs, but he was released. Then he pitched for the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.02 ERA in 10 games. He was with the 2017 Twins going 0-2 in 6 games before being released on September 6. 2017. He is now with the Pirates organization for the 2018 season and is on their 60 DL with an elbow injury.


1990- The Yankees beat the Rangers by a score of 5-4 to snap Texas starter Bobby Witt's personal 12-game winning streak. The Yankees score 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Yankees closer Dave Righetti saves his 31st game of the 1990 AL season.


1995- At Jacobs Field in Cleveland, the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians with no assists. Bronx starter Jack McDowell allows 4 hits, walks 4 and strikes out 8 Tribe batters in the 9 innings as the Yankees register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. “Black Jack” retires the side in the 9th inning on 3 pitches. The outfield makes 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the MLB in a Mets-Phillies game on June 25,1989, the only time in the NL.


2001-In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City's World Trade Center, Flight 93 and the Pentagon Building in Washington, D.C., MLB cancels all games for security reasons and for the deep mourning for all the lives that have been lost. Yankee Stadium is evacuated as a precautionary measure. MLB Games will not resume until Monday September 17th.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, in a 50-minute pre-game ceremony, Yankees legends Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor of the heroes and victims of horrific events of a year ago. The Orioles wear 5-sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings, before Yankees Nick Johnson ends with an RBI single. The Yankees win the game by the score of 5-4, despite striking out 14 times. Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8th inning, when he goes to his mouth on a 3-2 count while standing on the mound. It was the 1st walk in 6 full games (65 innings) by a Yankees pitcher, the longest steak since WWII, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Yankees reliever Steve Karsay, later hands out another walk.


2014- Rays starter Alex Cobb makes a bid for a no-hitter against the Yankees, keeping them hitless until Chris Young doubles with 1 out and New York trailing 4-0 in the 8th. Pinch-hitter Martin Prado follows with a pinch HR off of Rays reliever Brad Boxberger that cuts the lead in half. Not content with having spoiled Cobb's big night, Young then hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of Ray reliever Jake McGee in the 9th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 win.


2017-  In a game moved from Tropicana Field to Citi Field in Queens, NY because of Hurricane Irma, Jacoby Ellsbury of the Yankees breaks Pete Rose's career mark for reaching base on catcher's interference. It is the 30th time that Ellsbury has managed the otherwise rare manner of making it to 1st base. The Yankees win the game, 5-1, over the Rays thanks to a 3-run HR by Todd Frazier.

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This Week in Yankees History Sept 9th-15th Part Two


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September 12th


1903- Red Sox starter Tom Hughes defeats the Yankees by the score of 10-1 for his 20th win of the 1903 AL season.


1907-In a 2-0 win against the Yankees at Hilltop Park, Senators starter Walter Johnson strikes out 5 Yankees batters, though it'll be recorded as 4 K's. Researcher John Schwartz, in the 1990s, will find the extra K, resulting in Johnson's lifetime total of 3,509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day 2001, when Roger Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Sprugeon “Spud” Chandler (1937-1947) was born. (1907-1990)
Spud Chandler pitched for the Yankees from 1937-1947, with a MLB pitching career record of 109-43 (.717). His best Yankees season was in 1943, when he went 20-1 (.833) with a 1.64 ERA. He was named to the AL All Star team. Spud was the winner of the 1943 AL MVP and MLB MVP awards. He appeared in the 1941-1943 and 1947 World Series with the Yankees going 2-2 with 1.62 ERA. After making just 1 start in 1944, Chandler entered the Army. He was discharged in September 1945; he went 2-1 in 4 late-season starts for the team. He put together another fine season in 1946, going 20-8 with a 2.10 ERA. The following season, 1947, his final year in the MLB, he was 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA. He made 1 relief appearance in that year's World Series, giving up 2 earned runs in 2 innings of work against the Dodgers. After his MLB playing career ended, Chandler managed in the minor leagues. He was a Kansas City A’s MLB coach in 1957 and 1958. He was also a long-time MLB scout for the Indians and the Twins organizations.


1914- Yankees Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, replaces fired Manager Frank Chance. He becomes the all-time MLB youngest manager, and the 7th in the club's 12-year existence. He will win 9 of 17 games. Roger will return to his shortstop job in 1915, when the Yankees will bring in veteran MLB hurler “Wild Bill” Donovan to manage the team. Roger’s next change to manage in the AL will be with the 1923 Indians.


1916- Former Yankees OF and MLB Coach Charlie “King Kong” Keller (1939-1949,1952) was born. (1916-1990)
The Yankees signed Charlie Keller as a MLB amateur free agent in 1937. He began his pro career by winning the Minor League Player of the Year award from The Sporting News after hitting .353 with 13 HRs and 88 RBIs for the Newark Bears, helping the 1937 Bears become one of the greatest minor league teams ever. He led the International League in average, runs (120), triples (14) and hits (189). A year later, with no openings in the Yankee outfield of DiMaggio, Henrich and George Selkirk, King Kong returned to Newark and did even better. He hit .365 with 22 HRs and 129 RBIs; he paced the IL in hits (211), runs (149), walks (108) and OBP. Charlie came up to the Yankees in 1939, at the age of 22. He hit .334 in 111 games with 11 HRs and 83 RBI’s. In 1940, he hit .286 with 106 walks, giving him a .411 on-base percentage. He had 21 HRs and 15 triples. He was named to the All-Star team, led the AL in walks, and was 2nd in triples. In 1941, DiMaggio's big year with the hitting streak, Keller had 33 HRs (his MLB career high), with 10 triples and 122 RBI. He had a .298 BA with 102 walks, for a .416 on-base percentage and a .580 slugging percentage. On the All-Star team again, he was 5th in the AL MVP voting. He continued to hit in the war years, although the league averages went down. In 1942, he had 26 HRs and 108 RBIs, with 114 walks and a .417 on-base percentage. He was 2nd in the AL in on-base percentage and also in slugging percentage. He was 3d in the league in HRs and RBIs. In 1943, he hit 31 HRs and had 106 walks. Named again to the All-Star team, he was again in the top 3 in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and was in the top t3 in runs scored, total bases, HRs, triples, and walks. He missed the 1944 MLB season and much of 1945. He served in the Merchant Marine in World War II, entering in January 1944 and being released in August 1945. Coming back for 44 games in 1945, he hit 10 HRs with a .301 average, a .412 on-base percentage, and a .577 slugging average. Both the on-base percentage and the slugging percentage would have led the AL if he had had enough plate appearances to qualify. In 1947, he was named as part of the inaugural class of the International League Hall of Fame. Charlie Keller finished his Yankees playing career with a .285 BA, 184 HRs, 723 RBI’s and 69 Triples in 1,060 games. Charlie appeared in 4 World Series for the Yankees (1939,1941-1943) while hitting .306 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs in 19 games. After the 1949 World Series, the Yankees released Charlie, who would be picked by Tigers as a PH and reserve OF for the 1950-1951 AL seasons. He played 104 games for them, while hitting .286 with 5 HRs and 37 RBIs. He came back to the Yankees in September of 1951 for 2 games with no hits and then he retired from MLB. He had a good MLB playing career despite being troubled by back problems. His younger brother Hal, who was a catcher played for the 1949-1950,1952 Senators. He later became a MLB baseball executive. Charlie’s grandson, Charlie Keller II played in the Yankees farm system in the early 1960’s. Charlie was MLB coach for the Yankees (1957,1959), Giants and the Tigers. Afterward he became a successful horse breeder in Maryland.


1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Cy Pieh (1913-1915) passed away. (1886-1945)
On August 11,1913, Cy Pieh was purchased by the Yankees from Dayton (Central League) for $1,500. He appeared in 43 games for the Yankees, while posting an 8-9 record with 3.78 ERA.


1950- The Yankees blow a 6-run lead, as the Indians score 4 runs in the 9th inning off of starter Allie Reynolds to win the game by a score of 8-7. Luke Easter's 3-run HR his 2nd of the game is the big blow, as the Yankees skid to 2nd place, a half game behind the Tigers and a half game ahead of the Red Sox.


1954- A standing-room-only crowd of 84,587 fans at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, which establishes the record for the largest crowd to have ever watch a MLB game, witness the 1954 AL pennant-bound Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees by scores of 4-1 and 3-2. On this bright sunny day, over 12,000 fans are without seats and stand 10-11 rows deep behind the outfield fences as well as 3-5 rows deep in walkways. The Yankees would finish in 2nd place in the AL with a 103-51 record, 8 games behind the Indians, who finished in 1st place with a 111-53 record.


1961-In a rain shorten game in Chicago, the Yankees edge the White Sox at Comiskey Park. Yankees starter Ralph Terry picks up his 14th victory of the season, as the Yankees picked up their 100 victory of the 1961 AL season


1962- At Cleveland, Yankee starter Whitey Ford and CF Mickey Mantle lead the way to a Yankees 5-2 win. Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run HR in the 5th inning off of Tribe hurler Pedro Ramos, his 2nd favorite all-time cousin (12 HRs allowed).


1963- Former Yankees Reserve OF Keith Hughes (1987) was born.
On June 30,1984, OF Keith Hughes was traded by the Phillies along with P Marty Bystrom to the Yankees for hurler Shane Rawley. Keith would appear in 4 games for the Yankees with no hits in 1987, before being traded on June 10,1987 along with OF Shane Turner to the Phillies for veteran OF Mike Easler.


1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Rollie Zeider (1913) passed away. (1883-1967)
On June 1,1913, INF Rollie Zeider was traded by the White Sox along with 1B Babe Borton to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Rollie appeared in 49 games for the 1913 Yankees, while hitting .233 with no HRs and 12 RBIs. Before the start of the 1914 AL Season, Rollie jumped from the Yankees to the Chicago Chi-Feds (Federal League).


1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Pat Listach (1996) was born.
On August 23,1996, INF Pat Listach was traded by the Brewers with a player to be named later and P Graeme Lloyd to the Yankees for P Bob Wickman and OF Gerald Williams. The Brewers sent P Ricky Bones on August 29, 1996 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Pat never played a game for the 1996 Yankees. Pat was returned to the Brewers on October 2, 1996.


1979- Red Sox OF Carl Yastrzemski reaches the 3,000 MLB career hits milestone, when he singles off of Yankees hurler Jim Beattie during a 9-2 Red Sox victory.


1981- Red Sox rookie hurler Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8-innings at Yankee Stadium before Bronx hitters Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th inning with back-to-back doubles. Boston reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2-1 win for the Red Sox.


1982-For the 2nd time this 1982 MLB season, the Brewers get 3 consecutive HRs from Cecil Cooper, Ted Simmons and Ben Oglivie in a losing cause as the Yankees win the game by the score of 9-8. Six HRs are hit in the game. Yankees Rookie starter Curt Kaufman wins his 1st MLB decision and his only win as a Yankees pitcher.


1988- The Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 5-4 in 18 innings. Bronx reliever Steve Shields gets the win in relief. Yankees LF Rickey Henderson ties a 1948 AL record for extra innings with 12 putouts in LF.


1990- Yankees rookie starter Steve Adkins doesn't allow a hit in his MLB pitching debut, but he walks 8 batters in just 1 1/3 innings, as the Rangers win the game by the score of 5-4. Adkins walks the 1st 3 batters and then he retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd inning, he walks the next 5 batters before being lifted, 2 shy of Dolly Gray's consecutive walk record.


1996- Yankees CF Bernie Williams drives home 8 runs in the Yankees 12-3 win over the Tigers. Bernie Williams hits 2 HR’s and a single in the Yankees romp over the Tigers.


1999-Before a crowd of 50,027 fans, the Red Sox finish their 3-game series at Yankee Stadium with a 4-1 win for a sweep. It is the 1st 3-game sweep at Yankee Stadium for the Red Sox since the 1986 AL season.


2000- The Yankees pound the Blue Jays by the score of 10-2 at Yankee Stadium as starter Danny Neagle picks up his 7th victory of 2000 MLB season. Yankees DH Jose Canseco hits a HR for the Yankees to lead the Bombers hitting attack.


2000- Suspended Yankees DH/OF Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 2 years' house arrest after admitting he violated probation by driving under the influence of medication and leaving the scene of an accident.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Orioles by the score of 7-3 behind starter David Wells’s 17th victory of the 2002 MLB season. Yankees 1B Nick Johnson leads the Bombers hitting attack with a 3-run HR.


2009-In a rare win for the Orioles over the Yankees by the score of 7-3, Baltimore 2B Brian Roberts hits a Grand Slam HR and his club-record 51st double of the 2009 AL season.


2012- The Yankees remain tied with the Orioles in the AL East with a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Shortstop Derek Jeter has to leave the game in the 8th inning with a strained hamstring, although the injury does not appear to be serious. An inning earlier, Boston's Dustin Pedroia also exited the game, but for a different reason: his wife Kelli, who is attending the game at Fenway Park, goes into labor to deliver the couple's 2nd child.


2013-The Yankees defeat the Orioles by the score of 6-5, as their newest player, Shortstop Brendan Ryan, acquired in trade 3 days earlier scores the winning run in the 9th inning. He opens the inning with a single and reaches 3rd base when O's closer Jim Johnson throws Chris Stewart's bunt into center field. Johnson then bounces a pitch to the screen to allowing Ryan to score. The loss is a letdown for Baltimore, as Danny Valencia had tied the game with a 3-run HR off of Yankees reliever David Robinson in the 8th inning.


2014-The Orioles move closer to clinching the AL East title with a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees by the scores of 2-1 and 5-0. But they also get bad news as slugger Chris Davis is handed a 25-game suspension by the MLB for testing positive for amphetamines.


2015- The Blue Jays sweep a doubleheader against the Yankees at New Yankee Stadium to increase their lead in the AL East to 4 1/2 games. In the 1st game, 7 HRs are hit, including a pair by Jose Bautista, but the game is decided in the 11th inning when Toronto scores 4 runs on only 1 hit as Bryan Mitchell and Chasen Shreve combine for 5 walks and a hit batsman to win, 9-5. In the 2nd Game, Bronx starter Ivan Nova can't get out of the 2nd inning and the Blue Jays prevail, by the score of 10-7, after a lengthy rain delay. Marcus Stroman is the winner in his 1st game since suffering a knee injury in spring training. For the Yankees, Brett Gardner hits 3 HRs in the twin bill, including a pair of 3-run shots in the 2nd game, but it's all for naught.


September 13th


1893- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Dutch” Ruether (1926-1927) was born. (1893-1970).
After being obtained from the Senators on waivers, veteran starter Dutch Ruether went 15-9 for the 1926-1927 Yankees, including winning 13 games in 1927. He appeared in 1 game of the 1926 World Series for the Yankees, losing his only start, a 4-0 loss to Cardinals starter Jessie Hanes. His 1st World Series appearance was in the 1919 World Series for the Reds. He pitched in 2 games with a 1-0 record. After the 1927 World Series sweep of the Pirates, Dutch retired from MLB. Overall in 11 MLB seasons, Dutch went 137-95 in 309 games with a 3.50 ERA.


1893- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Mike McNally (1921-1924) was born. (1893-1965)
On December 15,1920, Mike McNally was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, Catcher Wally Schang to the Yankees for 2B Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick. He appeared in 202 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 for the Yankees. On December 10,1924, Mike was traded back by the Yankees to the Red Sox for INF Howie Shanks.


1893- Former Yankees Catcher Pat Collins (1926-1928) was born. (1893-1966)
On August 30,1925, Pat Collins was traded by the St. Paul Saints (American Association) to the Yankees for INF Pee Wee Wanninger and cash. Pat previously played for the 1919-1924 St. Louis Browns as a reserve catcher, before being traded to the Saints in 1924. He shared catching duties with Benny Bengough. Pat appeared in 264 games for the team, while hitting .264 with 20 HRs and 85 RBIS. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .500 in 6 games. In winter of 1928, he was sold to the Braves. The Yankees were going to now have Bill Dickey be their 1929 starting catcher with Bengough, as his reserve. Pat only appeared in 7 games for the 1929 Braves. He would finish his playing career in the minor leagues from 1930-1934.


1920-The Yankees hurler Carl Mays, who had started yesterday’s game, he starts again today for the Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective, stopping the Tigers on 2 runs. Babe Ruth hits his 49th HR of the 1920 AL season, while Mays drives in the final run of a 4-2 win.


1927- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 2-HRs, as the Yankees win a pair from the Indians to clinch the 1927 AL pennant with a 98-41 record with a 17-game lead. It is Miller Huggins' 5th AL pennant, tying him with Philadelphia A’s Manager Connie Mack.


1931- Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri steals 2B, reaches 3B, then steals home in the 12th inning to give Lefty Gomez, a 2-1 win over the Tigers in the opener. The Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of
4-3, in nightcap although Detroit starter Earl Whitehill holds them to just 6 hits. One of the 6 Yankees hits is a 2-run HR by Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig in the 6th inning.


1934- Yankees starter Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter against the Indians for his 25th win of the 1934 AL season.


1949- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Tim Jordan (1903) passed away. (1879-1949)
Tim Jordan only appeared in 2 games hitting just .125 for the 1903 Yankees.


1949- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey (1973-1976) was born.
Rick Dempsey was the back up catcher for Thurman Munson before he was traded to the Orioles on June 15,1976. The Yankees had obtained him from the Twins for OF/1B Danny Walton in 1972. Rick appeared in 141 games with the Yankees, while hitting .231 with 1 HR and 24 RBIs.


1951- Rookie Yankees leadoff hitter Mickey Mantle drives a Virgil Truck's pitch deep into the RF upper deck to start the Yankees scoring. Witnesses say that if Mantle had hit it more to CF, the ball would've traveled 600 feet. Mantle then K's in his next 3-times at bat in the game, as Trucks drives over the Yankees for a 9-2 Tigers victory. At the plate, Trucks adds a pair of RBIs.


1955- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike Fischlin (1986) was born.
The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1975 MLB amateur player draft selected INF Mike Fischlin. Mike was part of a trade with the Astros that bought OF/1B Cliff Johnson to the Yankees. On December 11,1985, Mike was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for a player to be named later. The Yankees sent minor league player Kevin Trudeau on April 11,1986 to the Indians to complete the trade. He appeared in 71 games for the 1986 Yankees, just hitting .206. After the 1986 season, he left the Yankees for MLB free agency, signing with the Braves.


1959- The Yankees sweep a pair from the Indians at Yankee Stadium. In 1st game, Yankees starter Bob Turley goes 10 innings, but he doesn’t get the decision as the Yankees win the game in the 11th inning on a Mickey Mantle HR. Reliever Eli Grba picks up the victory for the Yankees. In the 2nd game, the Yankees win by the score of 1-0, as Hank Bauer drives in Yogi Berra for the only run of the game. Yankees starter Duke Maas pitches a 6-hit shutout for his 13th win of the 1959 AL season. Tribe rookie hurler Jim Perry is the loser; he is now at the 11-8 mark.


1963-Yankees starter Jim Bouton's 20th victory of the season is a 2-0 shutout victory at Minnesota, as the Yankees clinched their 28th AL pennant and the 3rd one for Manager Ralph Houk (1961-1963).


1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny Neagle (2000) was born.
Danny Neagle was obtained from the Reds along with OF Mike Frank for 3 Yankees minor leaguer players: P Ed Yarnall, 3B Drew Henson, Brian Reeth and OF Jackson Melian. Danny went 7-7 for the 2000 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB free agency in the fall of 2000, signing with the Rockies.


1968- Former Yankees All Star OF/DH Bernie Williams (1991-2006) was born.
The Yankees signed OF Bernie Williams as a MLB free agent in 1985. His 1st year with the Yankees was in 1991. As a Yankees centerfielder, Bernie was a 5-time AL All Star team member, who won 4 Golden Gloves, a 2002 AL Silver Slugger Award winner. In 1998, he won the AL batting crown with a .339 BA. His best Yankee season was in 1999, when he hit .342 with 25 HRs, 100 walks, scored 116 runs, while driving in 115 RBIs. In postseason play for the Yankees, Bernie hit 22 HRs along with 122 hits. Bernie finished his Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .297 with 287 HRs, 1,257 RBIs in 2,026 games. He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class. On May 24, 2015, the Yankees retired Williams' number 51 and dedicated a plaque for him in Monument Park. He made the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 alongside Juan Gonzalez, Roberto Clemente, Hector Villanueva, Connie Marrero and Nap Reyes.


1969- Former Yankees Reserve INF Russ Davis (1994-1995) was born.
The Yankees in the 29th round of the 1988 MLB player amateur draft selected INF Russ Davis. Russ played in the Yankees farm system from 1988-1995. He appeared in 44 games for the Yankees, while hitting .259 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs. After the 1995 MLB season, Russ was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners along with P Sterling Hitchcock for 1B Tino Martinez, Pitchers Jeff Nelson and Jim Mecir. Russ finished his MLB playing career with the 2001 Giants.


1977-Before a crowd of 55,269 fans at Yankee Stadium, Bronx CF Mickey Rivers hits a 2-run HR in the 5th inning that is the game winner, as Bronx starter Ron Guidry throws a 5-hitter as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox.


1978- The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 7-3 and move into 1st place, 1/2 game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.


1980- The Yankees score 4 runs in the 4th inning to beat the Red Sox by the score of 4-3. Yankees veteran starter Tommy John picks up his 21st victory of the 1980 MLB season, his 288th MLB career win.


1996- Blue Jays Catcher Charlie O'Brien unveils a hockey-style catcher's mask in the game against the Yankees. The mask is a success, but the Blue Jays lose to the Yankees by a score of 4-1. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte wins his 21st game of the 1996 AL season.


2000-The Yankees edged the Blue Jays by the score of 3-2 at Yankee Stadium as Yankees starter Roger Clemens picks up his 13th victory as Yankees Closer Mo Rivera gets his 34th save of the 2000 AL season. Esteban Loaiza takes the loss for the Blue Jays.


2009- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lonnie Frey (1947-1948) passed away. (1910-2003)
On June 25,1947, former NL All Star 2B Lonnie Frey was purchased by the Yankees from the Cubs. Lonnie appeared in just 25 games for the 1947-1948 Yankees, while hitting just .179 with no HRs and 12 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game of the 1947 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers with no hits. On May 17,1948, Lonnie was released by the team. The Giants would sign him on May 21, 1948, finishing the MLB season with them.


2010- Reid Brignac hits a walk-off HR in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a 1-0 win over the Yankees and puts Tampa Bay into 1st place in the AL East. Brignac enters the game in the 9th inning, after OF Carl Crawford is ejected for arguing a called 3rd strike, but his blast off of Yankees reliever Sergio Mitre ends a great pitching duel that started with Yankees Ace CC Sabathia and Rays Ace David Price facing each-other.


2011- Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera becomes the 2nd MLB relief pitcher to record 600 saves, 1 season after Trevor Hoffman, in preserving New York's 3-2 win over the Mariners with a scoreless 9th inning. "Mo" is only 1 save behind Hoffman's all-time MLB record, as Trevor Hoffman retired from the MLB after last season.


September 14th


1884-Former Yankees Pitcher Andy O’Connor (1908) was born. (1884-1980)
Andy O’Connor went 0-1 in 1-game with the 1908 Yankees, before being sold to Rochester (IL).


1904-The Pilgrims (aka the Red Sox) with a half-game lead over the Yankees send Bill Dineen to the mound. Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off of Bill Dineen then Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that Catcher Lou Criger fires into the crowd to allow Patsy to score. Keeler scores a play later. The Red Sox only tally comes in the 9th inning on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. Yankees win the game by a score of 3-1. The nightcap is called after 5 innings with a 1-1 tie score.


1907- Senators rookie hurler Sam Lanford, who is only 21, in one of the worst MLB debuts any pitcher ever endures. Lanford walks 2 Yankee batters, hits 2 others, including Frank LaPorte in the head, throw’s a wild pitch and then balks-all in the 1st inning, allowing 6 Yankees runs score, but it is not all Lanford's fault. Two errors by his fielders and a passed ball by the catcher add to his pitching woes.


1920- The Yankees increase their AL lead to 11/2 games by topping the Tigers by a score of 13-3. The Indians and the White Sox are both shut out, the A's beating the Tribe by the score of 8-0 and the Nats whitewashing the White Sox by a score of 7-0. The White Sox are now 2 1/2 games back in the 1920 AL pennant race.


1924- Former Yankees INF (1949-1957) and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jerry Coleman was born. (1924-2014)
Jerry Coleman signed with the Yankees as a 17-year-old in 1942. He began his pro career that summer, hitting .304 in 83 games with the Wellsville Yankees (PONY League). He then missed the next 3 seasons while serving in the Marines during World War II. During the conflict, he was a fighter pilot, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant and piloting SBD Dauntless dive-bombers on 57 missions in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. After the war, Coleman returned to baseball, and despite modest batting averages in the minor leagues, he took over from Snuffy Stirnweiss as the Yankees' regular 2B in 1949. That summer, he hit .275 as a rookie and finished 3d in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting as his club were World Series champs. In 1950, he made the AL All-Star team for the only time in his MLB playing career. He was the World Series' Most Valuable Player, although the formal award did not yet exist. He also played in the Fall Classic in 1951. Coleman missed most of the following 2 years while returning to the Marines during the Korean War. During that conflict, he attained the rank of Captain as he flew 63 missions in F4U Corsairs. Overall, during his Marine military career, he earned 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 20 Air Medals. When he returned to the Yankees, it was as a utility infielder, but he appeared in the World Series 3 more times, from 1955 to 1957. Jerry played in 6 World Series with the Yankees finishing with a .275 BA with no HRS and 9 RBIs in 26 games. As a Yankee player for 9 seasons, Jerry had a lifetime MLB BA of .263, while hitting 16 HRs with 217 RBIs in 723 games. After retiring in 1957 as an active MLB player, Jerry worked in the Yankees front office as an assistant to Yankees GM George Weiss. Later, Coleman began work as broadcaster on NBC-TV’s “Game of the Week” in 1960, and then he was the Yankees play-by-play broadcaster working with his old Bronx teammate Phil Rizzuto from 1963 to 1969. It was not a career choice he had necessarily contemplated, but he was encouraged by old friend Howard Cosell to get into the profession. He moved to the West Coast in 1970, worked briefly for the Angels broadcast team, then joined his hometown San Diego Padres as a broadcaster in 1972, and aside from 1980, when he managed the team to a 73-89 record, Jerry was a member of their broadcasting team until the end of the 2013 MLB season, when he was 89. He was known for a series of unintentional malapropisms that put him in a class with his former teammate Yogi Berra. Nonetheless, he was the recipient of the 2005 Ford Frick Award. He was elected to the Padres' Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2012; the Padres honored him with a statue outside of PETCO Park.


1935- The Yankees split a doubleheader with the AL-leading Tigers, winning the 1st game by the score of 2-1, and then losing the nightcap by the score of 5-1. Yankees starter Johnny Broaca is the winner in the opener over Tiger’s Al Crowder, while Detroit starter Roxie Lawson tops Yankees hurler Jumbo Brown in game 2. The Tigers Slugger Hank Greenberg, leading the AL in hitting with a .346 mark, is 0-for-the afternoon with 5-strikeouts. "The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn't much of a tribute to the sportsmanship of his home town," writes a sportswriter from the New York American.


1935- Yankees INF Frankie Crosetti returns to New York City after an operation at Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital to remove floating cartilage in his right knee. He'll soon return to his home in California to rest and recover for the 1936 AL season.


1935- Former Yankees hurler and MLB Pitching Coach Stan Williams (1963-1964) was born.
Stan Williams was obtained by the Yankees from the Dodgers in winter of 1962 for veteran Yankees 1B Bill” Moose” Skowron. In 1963, the Yankees won the AL pennant, while Stan Williams went 9-8 with a 3.21 ERA. In the World Series, he pitched 3 innings in relief against his old team, the Dodgers, who swept the Series from the Yankees in 4 games. In 1964, he appeared in 21 games with the Yankees, starting 10 games, he had a record of 1-5. Williams incurred an injury 1 day when he threw a pitch and landed wrong off the mound. It hurt his ability to throw fast after that. Overall, Stan went 10-14 in 50 games for the Yankees. After the 1964 World Series, he then went to the Indians, where he appeared in only 3 games in 1965, none in 1966 and just 16 in 1967 (with an ERA of 2.62). He spent much of 1965-1967 in the minor leagues with AAA teams in the PCL: Seattle, Spokane and Portland. In 1966 with the Spokane Indians, he had a 1.65 ERA, mostly as a reliever (the team ERA was 3.53). Finally, in 1968, he became a regular pitcher in the MLB again. He went 13-11, a fact which masks that he started 24 games but also Stan was a reliever and finished 16 games, while saving 9. The next season, 1969, was more of the same, as he went 6-14, starting 15 games, finishing 26, while saving 12 games. In 1970 with the Twins, he became a full-time reliever, going 10-1 with 15 saves as Twins won their AL division. In 1971, he was a reliever most of the season with the Twins getting 4 saves, before moving to the Cardinals for the end of the season. In 1972, he finished out his MLB pitching career in Boston with 3 appearances. He spent much of 1972 season in the minor leagues with AAA Louisville and Salt Lake City. His 2.73 ERA with Louisville was much lower than the team ERA of 3.48. Overall Stan William appeared in 482 MLB games, while posting a 109-04 with a 3.48 ERA with 42 saves. After retiring Williams managed the Bristol Red Sox in 1974, then coached the MLB Red Sox (1975-1976), White Sox (1977-1978), Yankees (1980-1982), Reds (1984), Yankees again (1987-1988), Reds again (1990-1991) and the Mariners (1998-1999).


1938- Former Yankees Minor League P Frank Carpin was born.
The Yankees signed P Frank Carpin, as an MLB amateur free agent in 1959. He never appeared in a MLB game with the Yankees. On November 30,1964, Frank was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees organization in the 1964 MLB minor league player draft. He would go 4-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 49 games with the 1965 Pirates and the 1965 Astros.


1942- The Yankees clinched their 13th AL pennant behind the hitting of Joe DiMaggio and the pitching of starter Tiny Bonham. The Yankee Clipper hits a HR and 3 singles to lead the Yankees to an 8-3 win. Bronx starter Tiny Bonham picks up his 20th victory of the 1942 AL season.


1950- At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Vic Raschi posts his 20th win of the 1850 AL season to give the Yankees a hard-fought 7-5 victory. Raschi walks in 2 runs in the opening inning as the Tigers tallies for 4-runs, but Yankees come back as Joe DiMaggio cracks his 29th HR of the 1950 AL season, while Johnny Mize follows a walk to Hank Bauer with his 10th HR. Yankees will take over 1st place in the AL by a half game.


1951- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees move into 1st place with a 5-1 win over the Indians. Joe DiMaggio triples in the 5th inning with 2 men on to send the Yankees on their way.


1952-The Yankees win a crucial showdown with the Indians, as Yankees starter Eddie Lopat out-pitches Yankees nemesis Mike Garcia, who had a 4-0 record against the team during the 1952 AL season. The Indians had closed the gap to 1/2 game behind the front-running Yankees. The 1952 AL season ends with the Yankees finishing in 1st place with a 95-59 record, 2 games ahead of the Indians.


1953-At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees clinched their 5th straight AL pennant (1949-1953) with an 8-5 win over the Indians. Yankees 2B Billy Martin has 4 RBI’s with 2 doubles and a single. Yogi Berra hits his 27th HR of the season, a 2-run shot to win the game. Veteran reliever Johnny Sain picks up his 14th win of the season. Both team’s starters Early Wynn and Whitey Ford are knocked out early in the game.


1958- The Yankees win their 24th AL pennant and 9th AL pennant under Manager Casey Stengel, winning Game #1 of a doubleheader against the Kansas City A's by the score of 5-3. This victory ties Casey for 1st with HOF Philadelphia A’s Manager Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. Yankees complete the sweep of the A’s with a 12-7 victory, 14-inning win in Game # 2. Yankees veteran starter Virgil Trucks allows only 2 A’s hits over the last 6 innings for the win.


1965- In Washington, D.C., the Yankees behind rookie starter Rick Beck wins his 1st MLB victory defeating the Senators by the score of 3-1. Yankees closer Pedro Ramos picks up his 17th save of the 1965 AL season. Yankees rookie Bobby Murcer hits a HR for the Yankees. Rick Beck would appear in 3 games for the 1965 Yankees, going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA. After the 1965 AL season ended, Rick was drafted into the military, he never returned to pitch in the MLB.


1965- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Draper was born.
On June 1,1988, Mike Draper was selected by the Yankees in the 26th round of the 1988 MLB amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 7,1992, Mike was drafted by the Mets from the Yankees in the 1992 MLB Rule 5 player draft.


1971- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bill Holden (1913-1914) passed away. (1889-1971)
Reserve OF Bill Holden appeared in 68 games for the Yankees, just hitting .211 with no HRs and 20 RBIs. On July 8, 1914, Bill was traded by the Yankees with $5,000 to Baltimore Orioles (International League) for veteran OF Birdie Cree.


1974- The Yankees 3B Graig Nettles HRs in the 1st inning, while his brother OF Jim Nettles HRs for the Tigers in the 2nd inning. This is the 2nd time that the 2 brothers have hit a HR in the same game for different teams, having done it on June 11,1972, when Graig was with the Indians while Jim was with the Twins. The Yankees win the game by a score of 10-7.


1977- Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning off of Red Sox starter Reggie Cleveland gives the Yankees, a 2-0 win, putting the Bronx Bombers 3 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East Division race. Yankees starter Ed Figueroa went the distance, scattering just 7 Red Sox hits, as he picked up his 15th win of the 1977 AL season.


1978- The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 4-2 to take a 1 1/2 game lead into their weekend series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.


1980- The Yankees beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park by a score of 5-3. Ron Davis relieves veteran starter Gaylord Perry in the 4th inning and picks up the victory, allowing no hits in 4 innings of work. Yankees hitting attack is led by Bucky Dent and Eric Soderholm, who both hit HRs. Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley takes the loss.


1999- The Yankees rally with a pair of Grand Slam HRs, just the 3rd time in club history to beat the Blue Jays by the score of 10-6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a Grand Slam HR in the 8th inning. Paul O'Neill wins it in the 9th inning with another Grand Slam HR.


2002- The Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 8-4 in a rain-shortened affair. Rookie White Sox Catcher Miguel Olivo hits a 3-run HR in his 1st MLB at bat.


2013- Boston starter Jon Lester brings the Red Sox closer to a AL East Division title with a 5-1 win over the Yankees, pitching 8 solid innings and allowing only 3 Yankee hits in defeating Bronx starter CC Sabathia.


September 15th


1881- Former Yankees Pitcher Judd “Slow Joe” Doyle (1906-1911) was born. (1881-1947)
Judd “Slow Joe” Doyle went 22-21 in 77 games during his Yankees pitching career. He was nicked–named “Slow Joe” because of long time that he took between his pitches. During the 1910 MLB season, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Reds. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 22-22 record with 2.86 ERA in 75 games.


1904- The Red Sox edge the Yankees by the score of 3-2 to move back into 1st place in the AL. Red Sox hurler Jesse Tannehill only allows 9 Bronx hits in besting the Yankees hurler Al Orth. The nightcap is called after 9 innings with the score tied at 1-1.


1908- The Yankees rookie starter Pete Wilson makes his MLB pitching debut by shutting out the Red Sox by the score of 1-0.


1917- At the Polo Grounds, Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth takes an 8-0 lead into the 9th inning before allowing 3 Yankee runs. He finishes with a complete game with 8-3 win and slugs his 2nd and last HR of the 1917 AL season.


1921- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits his HR # 55 of the 1921 AL season during the Yankees 10-6 win over the St. Louis Browns. The Yankees take the 2nd game of the doubleheader by a score of 13-5.


1924- Former Yankees Player/Manager and HOF Frank Chance (1913-1914) passed away. (1898-1924)
Frank Chance came to the Yankees at the end of his fine Hall of Fame MLB playing career. He was a player/manager during the 1913-1914 seasons. In 1913, Chance finished in 7th place with a 57-94 record. In 1914, he finished in 6th place with a 60-74 record before being replaced by Yankees shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. He appeared in 13 games for the Yankees as player-manager, hitting just .208. Playing for the Yankees, Frank Chance lost the chance of finishing with a MLB lifetime BA of .300; he finishes his MLB playing career with a .297 mark. Frank spent most of his MLB playing career with the Cubs in the NL, Chance was part of the Cubs famous “Evers to Tinker to Chance” DP trio. Frank Chance was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.


1925- The Yankees acquired hurler Herb Mc Quad from the St. Paul Saints (American Association) for cash. Herb went 1-0 in 17 games for the 1925 Yankees. In 1923, Herb had appeared in 12 games for the Reds, while posting a 1-0 record.


1926- The Yankees beat the Tribe by the score of 6-4. As Bob Meusel drives home 3 runs with 3 sacrifice flies. This ties the MLB record set by Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Veteran starter Bob Shawkey is the winning pitcher for the Yankees.


1937- AL President Will Harridge upholds Indian's protest of the August 6th Yankees win and the entire game is replayed as the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all game stats retained except those following the disputed call.


1937- Former Yankees 3B Charlie Smith (1967-1968) was born. (1937-1994)
On December 6,1966, INF Charlie Smith came to the Yankees from the Cardinals in a trade for All Star OF Roger Maris. He was going to be the Yankees new 3B for 1967 MLB season, since the team had recently traded veteran 3B Clete Boyer to the Braves. This trade is considered to be one of the worst modern trades made in Yankees team history. Charlie appeared in 181 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .224 with 10 HRs and 45 RBIs. He was traded to the Giants for reserve INF Nate Oliver in December of 1968. Smith played in the MLB from 1960-1969 starting with the Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees and the Cubs. He never appears with the Giants, who traded him to the Cubs before the 1969 NL season started. Overall as a MLB player, Charlie hit .239 with 69 HRs and 281 RBIs in 771 games.


1938- Former Yankees Pitcher Gaylord Perry (1980) was born.
Veteran starter Gaylord Perry was obtained from the Rangers for P Ken Clay and minor league player Marvin Thompson in April of 1980. He went 4-4 in 10 games, before leaving the Yankees as a MLB free agent in the fall of 1980. Gaylord’s older brother Jim Perry pitched in the MLB (1959-1974).


1947- The Yankees clinch their 15th AL pennant when the White Sox beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-3, while the Yankees are idled by rain.


1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Pagan (1973-1976) was born.
The Yankees signed Dave Pagan as a MLB free agent in 1970. He appeared in 40 games for the team, while posting a 2-4 record with 4.01 ERA and 1 save before being traded to the Orioles on June 15,1976, as part of the Doyle Alexander trade.


1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernest “Tiny” Bonham (1940-1946) passes away at the age of 36. (1913-1949)
Tiny Bonham joined the Yankees in 1940, as a 26-year-old rookie going 9-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 12 games. His best season for the Yankees was in 1942, when he went 21-5 with 2.27 ERA with 6 shutouts and 22 complete games. He was 1942 AL All Star team member. Tiny finished his Yankees pitching career record with a 79-50 mark (WP.612). He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, going 1-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 4 games. After the 1946 MLB season, the Yankees traded Tiny to the Pirates for P Cookie Cuccurullo. He went 11-8 and 6-10 for the 1947-1948 Pirates. After a 1-4 start in 1949, Tiny Bonham won 6 straight games for a floundering Pirates club, including an 8–2 victory over the Phillies on August 28th, his final MLB game. Eighteen days later, Bonham died in a Pittsburgh hospital at the age of 36, following an appendectomy and stomach surgery. Mrs. Bonham will receive the 1st benefits under the MLB players pension plan, $90 a month for 10 years.


1950- For an MLB-record 6th time, veteran MLB slugger Johnny Mize hits 3-HRs in 1 game but the Yankees still lose the game by the score of a 9-7 at Detroit. Johnny Mize matches Babe Ruth's mark of doing it in both leagues, but the Babe only had 2 3-HR games. With the victory, the Tigers recapture 1st place in the AL from the Yankees.


1956- Former Yankees Pitcher John Pacella (1982) was born.
On March 31,1981, John Pacella was traded by the Padres along with OF Jerry Mumphrey to the Yankees for OF Ruppert Jones, OF Joe Lefebvre, hurlers Tim Lollar and Chris Welch. John appeared in 3 games for the 1982 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On May 12,1982, John was traded by the Yankees along with P Pete Filson, INF Larry Milbourne and cash to the Twins for P Roger Erickson and Catcher Butch Wynegar.


1958- Former 1945 AL Batting Champion and Yankees INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss (1943-1950) is killed in a train wreck in New Jersey. (1918-1958)
Former Yankees INF George Stirnweiss was killed at age 39 when the passenger train that he was on plunged off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne, New Jersey. He was a college football and baseball star at the University of North Carolina. The Chicago Cardinals of the NFL drafted him, but George chose to pursue baseball instead, signing with the Yankees in 1940. In the Yankees farm system, he played with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) in 1940 and then the Newark Bears (International League) from 1940 to 1942. Gastric ulcers and hay fever prevented him from serving in the military during World War II. He had played in the infield for the Yankees from 1943-1950. He did appear in the 1947 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .259 with 8 walks while playing in all 7 games. In 1949, he was also in the World Series, but he only appeared in 1 game with no at-bats.
George had led the AL 2B in fielding in 1944 and 1948. He led the AL in hitting in 1945 with a .309 BA. Overall as a Yankees player, George hit .274 in 884 games with 27 HRs and 253 RBIs. On June 15,1950, he was traded to St. Louis Browns, along with OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette and $50,000 cash for Browns’ Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski, Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas. He finished his MLB active playing career with the 1951-1952 Indians. Overall as a MLB player, George hit .268 with 29 HRs and 281 RBIs in 1,028 MLB games. After his playing days, he was a manager for the 1954 Schenectady Blue Jays in the Phillies organization and in 1955, he was managed the Binghamton Triplets in the Yankees organization. At the 1956 Old Timer’s Day game, he took his close friend and Yankees teammate Phil Rizzutto home after his unconditional players release by the Yankees. He had told Phil, who was deeply trouble by his player release actions by Yankees GM George Weiss and Yankees Manager Casey Stengel to keep quiet about it to the NYC sports media. He then went into banking but George had to temporarily retire when he had a heart attack in 1957. In 1958, he had begun to be involved in youth baseball. At the time of his death in 1958, George left a wife and 6 children. Two explanations are given for the nickname "Snuffy". First, it is said he had a football injury that affected his breathing. Second, he had sinus problems that he treated with snuff.


1959- At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford makes a rare relief appearance against the White Sox, going 1/3 inning giving up 2 runs in the 8th inning as the White Sox score 2 runs in the 8th inning and 1 run in the 9th inning to beat the Yankees by the score of 4-3. Mickey Mantle hits 2 HRs in the Bombers loss, a 2-run shot in 1st inning off of veteran starter Billy Pierce and a solo HR shot in the 9th inning off of reliever Bob Shaw, who gets his 3rd save of the season, while lefty starter Billy Pierce picks up his 14th victory of the 1959 AL season. Ralph Terry started for the Yankees, going 7 innings, while giving up 8-Chicago hits and allowing only 1-run.


1960-The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4 games series with the O's just .002 in back of New York. Yankees hitters Hector Lopez and Roger Maris crack HRs to back veteran starter Whitey Ford's 4-2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off of starter Whitey Ford were the 1st the Birds have scored off him at Yankee Stadium in 33.2 innings. Veteran reliever Bobby Shantz rescues Whitey Ford in the 9th inning for his 10th save of the 1960 AL season.


1961-The Yankees set a new AL record for most HRs in a season (222), as they split a doubleheader in Detroit, winning the opener by the score of 11-1, and then losing the nightcap by the score of 4-2. Yankees HR blows by Bill Skowron and Yogi Berra in the opener, help starter Whitey Ford win his 24th victory of the season and increase the 1961 Yankees HR total to 222. This breaks the old mark set by the 1947 Giants and later tied by the 1956 Reds. Norm Cash and Steve Boros HRs in the nightcap to back Tigers starter Ron Kline's 7-hitter.


1963- Yankees Ace Whitey Ford throws a 2-hitter defeating the Twins 2-1 at Metropolitan Stadium. Twins Starter Lee Stange takes the loss, giving up 8-Yankee hits and 2 runs. Clete Boyer gets the key hit of the game, scoring both Yankees runs. The victory is the 23rd win of the 1963 AL season for Whitey Ford, who is now at 23-7 mark.


1969- Tigers starter Denny McLain records his 9th shutout of the 1969 AL season, a Tiger club pitching record beating the Yankees by a score of 2-0 at Yankee Stadium.


1976- Former Yankees Reliever Matt Thornton (2014) was born.
On January 10, 2014, reliever Matt Thornton was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. He went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 46 games for the 2014 Yankees. On August 5,2014, Matt was selected off waivers by the Nationals from the Yankees.


1978- The Yankees are now 1 1/2 games in front of the Red Sox; open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Yankee starter Ron Guidry again gives up only 2-Red Sox hits and wins a 4-0 shutout. Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles hit successive HRs off of Boston starter Luis Tiant in the Yankees 4-run 4th inning.


1985- The Yankees traded minor league P Jim Deshaies along with 2 other minor leaguer players to be named later to the Astros for 40-year-old veteran MLB hurler Joe Niekro, who was 9-12 in 32 games for the 1985 Astros. Jim Deshaies had appeared in 2 games with the 1985 Yankees, with a 0-1 record in 2 games. This move reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the 1st time since the 1974 MLB season, when they were both with the Braves. Niekro will go 2-1 in 3 games for the 1985 Yankees.


1999- At the Sky Dome in Toronto, the Yankees defeat the Blue Jays as Andy Pettitte picks up his 13th victory by going 8 innings, while Yankees closer Mo Rivera gets his 41st save of the 1999 MLB season. Jays starter Pat Hentgen takes the loss. The Yankees offensive is led by HRs by Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 4 runs to break a 4-4 tie with the White Sox in the 6th inning. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-4 with Andy Pettitte picking up his 11th victory of the 2002 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs by Jason Giambi with 1 on and solo HR shots by Bernie Williams and Alfonso Soriano


2008- Yankees Closer Mo Rivera passes Lee Smith for 2nd on the all-time MLB save list behind Trevor Hoffman as the Yankees top the White Sox by the score of 4-2 to try to keep their 2008 AL playoff hopes alive; The White Sox lead in the AL Central falls to a game and a half.


2010- The Rays take back 1st place in their seesaw battle with the Yankees for top spot in the AL East with a 4-3 win at Tropicana Field. Dan Johnson hits a pair of 2-run HRs off of Yankees starter Phil Hughes to account for all of Tampa Bay's runs.


2012- Yankees starter Ivan Nova is a winner in his return start from the DL, with a 5-3 win over the Rays. Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back HRs in the 2nd inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead and they never look back. Out 3 weeks with a shoulder inflammation, Nova picks up his 12th win of the 2012 AL season and puts the Bronx Bombers 1 game ahead of their main AL East rivals, the Orioles, who lose to the A's by the score of 5-2.

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