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This Week in Yankees History October 28th-November 3rd Part One


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October 28th


1900- Former Yankees MLB and Minor League Manager Johnny Neun (1946) was born. (1900-1990)
After playing the in MLB, Johnny Neun played for the Newark Bears (International League) from 1932-1934, serving as a player/coach in his final pro ball season. After spending time as Manager of the Akron Yankees and the Norfolk Tars, he returned to Newark in 1938 as the club's skipper, a post he held through the 1941 International League season. Johnny managed the great Bears championship teams of 1938-1940. After managing the Kansas City Blues (American Association) for 2 seasons, he became a member of the Yankees MLB coaching staff from 1944-1946, when he replaced Bill Dickey as the club's manager late in the 1946 season. He then went on to manage the Reds for a season and a half before spending more than 40 years as a MLB scout for the Yankees, Royals, Angels and the Brewers organizations.


1904- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elias “Liz” Funk (1929) was born. (1904-1968)
Outfielder Liz Funk appeared in 1 game for the 1929 Yankees with no hits. He would spend the rest of the 1929 season with the Hollywood Stars (PCL). He would later play for the Tigers and White Sox in the early 1930’s. He finished his MLB career with a .267 BA with 6 HRs and 105 RBIs in 273 games.


1916- Former Yankees OF/1B Ed Levy (1942,1944) was born. (1916-2008)
Ed Levy hit .216 with 4 HRs and 32 RBIs in 53 games with the Bronx Bombers, between trades with the Yankees and the Phillies. On February 24,1940, Ed was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for INF Jim Shilling and $15,000. Ed Levy was returned to original team on April 27,1940. On January 22,1943, Ed was traded by the Yankees along with hurler Al Gettel and $10,000 to the Phillies for 1B Nick Etten. Al Gettel and Ed Levy returned to their original team on March 26,1943. The Yankees would send minor league C Tom Padden and P Al Gerheauser on March 26, 1943 to the Phillies to complete the trade. On June 20,1944, Ed Levy was traded by the Bronx Bombers along with cash to the AAA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association) for veteran OF Hersh Martin. He went into the Coast Guard in 1943, but he injured his back in 1944, Ed was discharged from military service. He was a player/manager in the minors for 4 MLB organizations from 1946 and in 1951-1955.


1917- Former Yankees Closer Joe “Fireman” Page (1944-1950) was born. (1917-1980)
The Yankees signed Joe Page as an MLB amateur free agent in 1940. Joe was the Yankees bullpen closer from 1944-1950. He finished his Yankees pitching career with a 57-49 record with a 3.44 ERA in 278 games with 76 saves. He led the AL in saves in 1947 with 17 along with 14 wins, again in 1949 with 27 saves and 13 wins. Joe appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, going 2-1 with 2 saves. Joe was named to the AL All Star team in 1944, 1947-1948. In 1949, Joe won the Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the World Series against the Dodgers. On May 16,1951, the Yankees released Joe. Page would pitch in the Yankees minor league system with 3 teams from 1951 to 1952. Joe did not pitch in 1953. He would finish his MLB pitching career with the 1954 Pirates appearing in 7 games before being released.


1953- Veteran MLB announcer Red Barber resigns from the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcasting team and takes a job with the rival New York Yankees, joining Mel Allen in the broadcasting booth. Red had worked for the Cincinnati Reds WLW radio broadcasting team during the 1930’s before joining the Dodgers. Red would work for the Yankees from 1954 to 1966.


1974- Former Yankees Reserve OF/PH and Minor League Player George “Teddy” Wilson (1956) passed away.
In 1942, George “Teddy” Wilson was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox. He played in their organization until 1951 season, when he was selected by the White Sox in 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He played for the 1952 White Sox briefly before being traded to the Giants. After playing for the 1952 Giants, he would play for their AAA Team in Minnesota for 3 seasons. On August 22,1956, veteran OF George “Teddy” Wilson was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Giants. He appeared in only 11 games for the Yankees, hitting just .167. He appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, as a pinch-hitter, striking out against Sal Maglie. George would spend the 1957-1958 seasons with the Yankees AAA team, the Denver Bears. In 1959, he played in the Cardinals organization with the AAA Rochester Red Wings. He chose to spend 1960-1961 seasons, managing the Shelby Colonels and the Statesville Owls of the Class D Western Carolina League. He returned to AAA Denver in 1962 as a pinch-hitter and Coach. In 1963-1964, he journeyed to Japan for a 2-season run with the Nishitetsu Lions. He hit .255 with 20 HRs in 1963 and .263 with 7 HRs in 1964. He later was a MLB scout for the Yankees organization.


1979- The Yankees replaced fired Manager Billy Martin with former Yankees player and MLB Coach Richard Howser, who was the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. In 1980, Howser will lead the Yankees to 103 victories, but he will lose the 1980 ALCS to the Royals. He will leave the team after a personnel dispute with Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner.


1981- Behind solid pitching of Burt Hooton, the Dodgers completed a World Series comeback defeating the Yankees by the score of 9-2. The Dodgers had trailed the 1981 World Series 2 games to none before bouncing back to win 4 straight games. Slugger Pedro Guerrero drove in 5 runs for the Dodgers, who avenged the 2 straight 6-game World Series defeats to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.


1988- Former Yankees Reserve INF Corban Joseph (2013) was born.
Corban Joseph was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB amateur player draft, He turned down a college baseball commitment to the University of Kentucky to sign with the Yankees. He batted .277 for the GCL Yankees that summer. With the 2009 Charleston RiverDogs, his batting line was .300, as he legged out 8 triples. He was 5th in the SAL in batting average; he tied Xavier Avery for 6th in triples. He was named the league's All-Star 3B. In 2010, Corban hit .302 in 98 games for the Tampa Yankees and .216 in 31 for the Trenton Thunder. He was 4th in the Florida State League in average. His 7 triples tied Jimmy Paredes for 5th in the Yankees chain and his 33 doubles tied for 7th among their farmhands. He lost FSL All-Star 2B honors to LeMahieu, but Baseball America named him as the best defensive 2B in single-A. With AA Trenton Thunder in 2011, he produced at a .277 with 38 doubles, 8 triples and 75 runs. He tied Starling Marte for the Eastern League lead in doubles. Among Yankee minor leaguers, he led in doubles and tied Kruml for 3rd in triples. With the Phoenix Desert Dogs (Arizona Fall League), Joseph hit only .227 in a hitter-friendly loop. Joseph showed more HR power in 2012, split between the Thunder (.314 in 23 Games) and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (.266 in 84 Games). He clubbed 15 HRs and drew 68 walks. He was 3rd among Yankee minor leaguers in walks, behind veteran Jack Cust and Cito Culver, and tied Brandon Laird and Ronnier Mustelier for 10th in HRs. This was despite missing almost a month with right shoulder trouble. He began the 2013 season back with Scranton; his BA was .270 after 31 games, with 22 runs. He was called up to the Yankees, when INF Kevin Youkilis went on the DL, but he did not play in his 2 days before the Yankees traded for INF Chris Nelson. He was called up again as the extra man for a doubleheader on May 13th. He started at 1B and hit 7th in the starting line-up in a 1-0 loss to the Indians in the opener, drawing a Justin Masterson walk his 1st time up but then being retired twice. In the nightcap, he went 1 for 4, doubling off of Trevor Bauer in the 7th for his 1st MLB hit, and then he scored. He played 2B in that game. At the end of 2013 season, he had shoulder surgery and the Yankees took him off their 40-man MLB roster. He started the 2014 season with Scranton, while appearing in 70 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs and 28 RBIs. On August 27, 2014, during a series of Yankees MLB roster moves, Joseph was released by the team. During the winter of 2014, he was signed by the Braves organization; he played at AA level until his release by the team in June of 2015. Then the Orioles would sign him, he finished 2015 minor league season with their AA team. He returned to the MLB in 2018 with the Orioles, as reserve infielder.


1993- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob “Suitcase Bob” Seeds (1936) passed away. (1907-1993)
On August 22,1936, veteran OF Bob Seeds was traded by Montreal Royals (International League) to Yankees for players to be named later. He appeared in 13 games with the 1936 Yankees, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs. He would appear in 1 game of the 1936 World Series with the Yankees against the Giants. The Yankees would send minor league players Marv Duke and Norm Kies on November 30,1936 to the Royals to complete the trade. He would finish his MLB playing career as a reserve OF with the 1938-1940 Giants.


2001- In the 2001 World Series, Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson pitched a 3-hit shutout to defeat the Yankees by the score of 4-0, taking a 2-0 advantage in the Series. D-Backs 3B Matt Williams became the 1st player in World Series history to hit a HR with 3 MLB different teams. He has hit HRs in the Fall Classic for the 1997 Indians and the 1989 Giants.


2009- The Phillies win the Opening Game of the 2009 World Series by the score of 6-1 over the Yankees, as All Star starter Cliff Lee out-pitches Yankees starter CC Sabathia in a duel of former Cy Young Award winners as Phillies 2B Chase Utley hits a pair of HRs. It is the latest starting date in the history of the Fall Classic.


2015- MLB honors its top relief pitchers as Mark Melancon of the Pirates wins the Trevor Hoffman Award as the outstanding reliever in the NL, while Andrew Miller of the Yankees wins the Mariano Rivera Award, its equivalent in the AL.


October 29th


1882- Former Yankees OF Arthur “Circus Solly” Hofman (1916) was born. (1882-1956)
Before the start of 1916 MLB season, Solly Hofman jumped from the Buffalo Blues (Federal League) to the Yankees. He had played in the NL from 1903-1913 with Pirates and Cubs before jumping to the Brooklyn Tips-Tops (Federal League) in 1914. He hit .296 in 6 games for the 1916 Yankees. Also, he appeared in 5 games with the 1916 Cubs.


1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Joseph “Happy Joe” Finneran (1918) was born. (1891-1942)
In May of 1918, the Yankees purchased hurler Joe Finneran from the Tigers. Joe went 3-6 with a 3.78 ERA in 23 games for the 1918 Yankees. Overall as a MLB hurler, he went 25-33 with a 3.30 ERA and 5 saves in 109 games.


1920- The Yankees raid the Red Sox again, this time not getting a player, but a front office baseball executive by signing away General Manager Edward Barrow, who will become the Yankees new General Manager. Barrow was the Red Sox manager, who won the1918 World Championship. Also, he was instrumental in switching Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield. He would be instrumental in building the Yankees farm system and making great trades that allowed the Yankees to dominated baseball in 1920-1930’s. From 1939-1945, he was the Yankees Team President, running the team for the Jacob Ruppert Estate before leaving the team in 1945 following the sale of the team by the Ruppert estate. Barrow didn’t get along with the new Yankees Co-Team Owner Larry MacPhail, who would become the new Yankees President and GM, until he sold his interest in the team to Co- Team Owners Del Webb and Dan Topping after the 1947 World Series victory over the Dodgers. Edward Barrow would be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1953 as a Baseball Executive.


1941- Former Yankees Reserve OF/INF Harvey “Gink” Hendrick (1923-1924) passed away. (1897-1941)
On January 3,1923, OF/INF Harvey Hendrick was traded by the Red Sox along with hurler George Pipgras to the Yankees for Catcher Al DeVormer and cash. Harvey appeared in 77 games for the Yankees, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs and 23 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game of the 1923 World Series for the Yankees. In 11 MLB seasons, he hit .308 with 48 HRs and 413 RBIs in 922 games. On October 29, 1941, Harvey committed suicide at the age of 43.


1946- Former Yankees Reserve INF Frank “No Home Run” Baker (1970-1971) was born.
Frank Baker was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1967 MLB amateur player draft (June, Secondary Phase). He appeared in 78 games as a back-up shortstop to Gene Michaels, hitting just .191 with no HRs. On April 5,1973, Frank was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles for INF Tommy Matchick. With the Orioles, he would improve on his fielding skills, later be a reserve infielder for the team during the 1973-1974 AL seasons.


1959- Former Yankees OF Jesse Barfield (1989-1992) was born.
On April 30,1989, Jesse Barfield was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for Pitcher
Al Leiter. Jesse never regained his batting stroke that he had earlier in his MLB playing career with Blue Jays. He appeared in 396 games for the Yankees, while hitting .231 with 62 HRs and 189 RBIs. On November 4,1992, the Yankees released Jesse.


1959- Former Yankees INF/OF Dave Fultz (1903-1905) passed away. (1875-1959)
In March of 1903, Dave Fultz was purchased by the Highlanders from the Philadelphia A’s. He appeared in 305 games for the Yankees, while hitting .243 with 2 HRs and 99 RBIs. On April 29,1906, Dave was traded by the Highlanders back to the A’s for P Danny Hoffman. Overall as a MLB player for 7 seasons, he appeared in 644 games, while hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 223 RBIs. He served in the military during WW I. Also, he was a successful college football coach with Navy and Columbia University. Later, Dave was the President of International League (1919-1920.)


1962- The Yankees sold veteran Pitcher Bob Turley to the Angels. “Bullet Bob” had been battling elbow problems, even having surgery in the fall of 1961. In 1962, he was 3-3 for the Yankees with all his 3 wins coming in relief. Bob would split the 1963 AL season going 2-7 for the Angels and the Red Sox, where he was 1-4. Overall as a Yankees hurler, he went 82-52 with a 3.62 ERA in 234 games and 13 saves. In World Series play with the Yankees, Bob went 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA with 1 save in 15 games.


1965- Former Yankees INF (1913) and HOF MLB Manager Bill “Deacon” McKechnie passed away. (1886-1965)
Bill McKechnie was a weak fielding player, who would have more success as a MLB Manager in the NL. As a Yankees infielder in 1913, Bill hit .314 in 44 games. As a MLB manager, Bill won NL pennants with the 1925 Pirates, 1928 Cardinals and the 1939-1940 Reds. In 1925, his Pirates team defeated the Senators in the World Series. In 1940, his Reds team beat the Tigers in the World Series. Overall as a MLB Manager, he went 1,898-1.724 with a 524 WP. He was elected as a MLB Manager to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1967


1968- The Yankees released veteran INF Richard Howser as a player, then signed him as an MLB coach. Richard was plagued by back problems, when he came to the Yankees to finish out his MLB playing career. As a MLB player, he appeared in 789 games, while hitting .248 with 16 HRs and 165 RBIs. He played for the 1961-1963 A’s, 1963-1966 Indians and the 1967-1968 Yankees. The Yankees had obtained him in a trade with the Indians in December of 1966 for minor league Pitcher Gil Downs and cash.


1975- Former Yankees OF/DH/1B Karim Garcia (2002-2003) was born.
On April 2, 2002, Karim Garcia was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 5 games for the team and hit just .200. The Yankees released him in July of 2002. The Indians picked him up. On June 25, 2003, the Yankees re-purchased Karim from the Tribe. He hit .305 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs in 52 games before leaving the team for MLB free agency. He would sign with the Mets. In the 2003 ALCS with the Yankees he hit .250 in 5 games. In 2003 World Series, he hit .286 for the team. He would later play pro ball in Japan, Korea and Mexico.


1991- Yankees MLB Coach Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as the Manager of the Yankees. At age of 35, Buck Showalter becomes the youngest active manager in the MLB. He will manage the Yankees through the end of the 1995 AL post season. Buck won the 1994 AL Manager of the Year award. In 1977, 1B/OF Buck Showalter was an All-American outfielder. The Yankees in the 5th round of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft had selected him. He spent 7 years as a player in the Yankees farm system, hitting .324 for the 1980 Nashville Sounds, leading the Southern League with 178 hits. During his playing days, he picked up the nickname "Buck" from a minor league manager's comment on his tendency to walk around the clubhouse "buck naked". Showalter retired as an active player after the 1983 minor league season. Buck was block at 1B in the Yankees organization by future MLB Yankees Dave Mattingly and Steve Balboni. So, he became a minor league coach in the Yankees farm system. From 1985-1989, he was a manager in their organization. When he took over the Oneonta Yankees in 1985, when he was only 28 years old. In his 2 seasons with the O-Yankees, Buck set new Eastern League records for wins each season. It is also where he began his long working relationship with pitching coach Russ “Monk” Meyer. In 1990, he became a Yankees MLB coach, and 2 years later, he took over as the club's manager.


1996- Former Yankees Pitcher Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell (1952-1953) passed away. (1922-1996)
On August 28,1952, the Yankees purchased veteran starter Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell from the Reds for $35,000 and 4 players: pitchers Johnny Schmitz and Ernie Nevel along with Outfielders Bob Marquis and Jim Greengrass. Blackwell will go 3-0 with 2 saves in September of 1952 and the 1953 season. He started Game 5 of the 1952 World Series against the Dodgers; but he was not involved in the final decision. He did not pitch during the 1954 AL season due to an arm injury. On March 20,1955, the Yankees sold him and 2 other MLB players to the Kansas City A’s. He would finish his MLB pitching career with the 1955 A’s. Overall, Blackwell went 82-78 with a 3.30 ERA in 236 games for the 1942,1946-1952 Reds and the 1952-1953 Yankees. In 1947, he had won 22 games for the Reds.


2009- The Yankees even the 2009 World Series by taking Game 2 at Yankee Stadium, a 3-1 victory over the Phillies. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and Closer Mariano Rivera combine for the win, while Yankee hitters Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui go deep against the veteran Phillies starter Pedro Martinez.


October 30th


1888- Former Yankees Pitcher Marty McHale (1913-1915) was born. (1888-1979)
On August 11, 1913, Pitcher Marty McHale was purchased by the Yankees from Jersey City (International League) for $6,000. McHale went 11-27 with 3.28 ERA and 1 save in 51 games for the Yankees. He would finish his MLB pitching career playing for the 1916 Red Sox and Indians.


1941- Former Yankees DH/3B James “Jim Ray” Hart (1973-1974) was born. (1941-2016)
On April 16,1973, veteran 3B Jim Hart was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants for cash. Jim hit .254 with 13 HRs and 52 RBIs in 114 games for the 1973 Yankees. On June 7,1974, Jim was released by the team, he was hitting just .053 in 10 games.


1962- Former Yankees OF/DH Danny Tartabull (1992-1995) was born.
Danny Tartabull was the son of former MLB player OF Jose Tartabull. On January 6,1992, the Yankees signed OF/DH Danny Tartabull as a MLB free agent. Danny had originally come up to the MLB with the Royals. His best Yankees season was in 1992, when he hit .262 with 25 HRs and 85 RBIs for the team. Overall as a Yankees player, he appeared in 424 games, while hitting .252 with 81 HRs with 282 RBIs. On July 28,1995, Danny was traded by the team to the Oakland A’s for OF/DH Ruben Sierra and P Jason Beverlin.


1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo (2008-2010) was born.
In the fall of 2007, hurler Jonathan Albaladejo was traded by the Nationals to the Yankees for hurler Tyler Clippard. Albaladejo was injured for most of 2008 AL season, but did make 7 appearances for the Yankees. He wasn't as good as the previous year, allowing 15 hits and 6 walks in 13 ⅔ innings, being charged with a loss in his only decision. Still, he did strike out 13 batters, demonstrating that his fastball still has some bite. He also pitched in 6 games in the minors, 2 rehabilitation starts for the Staten Island Yankees (New York-Penn League) and 4 games with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, totaling only 11 innings of work between the 2 stops. Back with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2010, Albaladejo was dominant as a closer, beating the old International League mark of 38 saves in a season that had been held by Matt Whiteside since 2004. Overall as a Yankees hurler, he went 5-2 with a 4.70 ERA in 49 games. In the fall of 2010, he was sold by the Yankees to a team in Japan.


1984- Former Yankees OF Shane Robinson (2018) was born.
Outfielder Shane Robinson was selected by the Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He would play in the MLB for the Cardinals, Twins and the Angels. On February 9, 2018, Shane Robinson was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 25 games for the team when the team was hit with injuries to their starting outfielders, hitting just .143 with 2 HR and 2 RBIs. With AAA Scranton, Robinson played in 50 games, hitting .250 with no HRs and 14 RBIs. On October 10, 2018, he was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.


2001- George W. Bush becomes the 8th President of the United States to attend a World Series game, the 1st since President Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch. Wearing a New York Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11th attacks, the President walks to the mound by himself gives a thumb up and throws a perfect strike much to the delight of the Yankee Stadium faithful. In Game 3, the Yankees will win by the score of 2-1 over the Diamondbacks, behind the strong pitching by veteran starter Roger Clemens and closer Mariano Rivera.


2011- Former Yankees Minor League P Mickey Scott passed away. (1947-2011)
The Yankees in the 17th round of the 1965 MLB amateur player draft selected Mickey Scott; he made his pro baseball debut that year. The following season, he went 15-5 with a 2.75 ERA for the Binghamton Triplets; he led the New York-Penn League in wins and strikeouts. After missing the 1967 season for military service, he was back with the Triplets in 1968. He spent the following season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League.) Mickey never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Following the 1969 MLB season, Scott was traded to the White Sox for veteran INF Pete Ward and then White Sox would trade him to the Orioles. Following his MLB playing days, he worked for the Yankees organization in various capacities.


2012- Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira picks up his 5th AL Golden Glove Award, although they have not been consecutive.


2015- Former Yankees OF Norm Siebern (1956-1959) passed away. (1933-2015)
Norm Siebern had a 12-year career in the MLB starting with the Yankees. He was a 3-time AL All-Star, also he won an AL Gold Glove. In 1951, he signed as a MLB amateur free agent by the Yankees. Norm made his pro debut that year with the McAlester Rockets, hitting .331 in 50 games. During the off-seasons, he attended Southwest Missouri State University, where he played basketball. Along with future MLB teammate Jerry Lumpe, he led the school to NAIA basketball championships in 1952 and 1953. He spent the 1952 campaign with the Joplin Miners (Western Association). He hit .324 with 13 HRs and led the circuit with 33 doubles and 115 runs scored. After hitting .281 with 21 HRs for the Birmingham Barons in 1953, he missed the next 2 seasons while serving in the U.S. Army. Back on the diamond in 1956, Siebern won the 1st James P. Dawson Memorial Award, an award given to the top rookie in the Yankees' training camp, but he suffered a knee injury just before the beginning of the 1956 AL season. Despite missing a good portion of the season, he did make it to the MLB in June, about a month shy of his 23rd birthday, Norm went on to play in 54 games for New York that year. He also appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, which the Yankees won. Back in the minors with the AAA Denver Bears the following year, he led the American Association with a .349 average, 124 runs, 191 hits, 45 doubles and 15 triples. He was chosen by The Sporting News as their Minor League Player of the Year. Siebern returned to the Yankees in 1958 as their regular LF, and his 1st full season, he hit .300 with 14 HRs and a .388 on-base percentage, while winning a AL Gold Glove, the 1st Yankee regular position to do so. In 1958 World Series, he got 1 hit (off of Braves Lew Burdette) in 8 at-bats but made 2 key misplays in left in Game 4 that cost New York the game (but not the Series, as the Yankees won in 7 games). In December of 1959, Siebern was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with OF Hank Bauer, P Don Larsen and reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry in the trade that brought OF Roger Maris, veteran INF Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley to the Yankees. Norm had appeared in 308 games with the Yankees, while hitting .273 with 29 HRs and 129 RBIs. He spent 4 seasons with the A's, hitting a peak in 1962 with numbers of .308 and 117 RBI. He led the AL in Runs Created. It was quite a performance considering that the A’s lost 90 games, and had no players other than Siebern that drove in or scored 100+ runs. For his performance, he was an AL All-Star in 1962 and 1963. Following the 1963 MLB season, Siebern was traded by the A’s to the Orioles for 1B Jim Gentile. In 1964, his BA dipped to .245, but he had an AL-high 106 walks and thus still was able to score 92 runs, which was 2nd on the team behind Luis Aparicio's 93 runs scored. He was also an All-Star for the 3rd and final time in his MLB career that year. After the 1965 MLB season, he was dealt to the Angels for OF/1B Dick Simpson. In 1966, he hit .247 but he drew enough walks that he was close to leading the team in OBP. After 1 season with the Angels, Siebern was sent to the Giants for 1B/OF Len Gabrielson. He appeared in just 46 games for the 1967 Giants, primarily backing up Willie McCovey at 1B, before being purchased by the Red Sox in July. He hit just .205 in 33 games for Boston that season, but Norm went 1-for-3 (with a hit coming off of Cardinals starter Bob Gibson) in pinch-hitting appearances in the 1967 World Series. After going just 2-for-30 for Boston in 1968, he was released by the team and his MLB playing career was over. Norm Siebern had a 12-season playing career in the MLB with 6 teams, while hitting .272 with 132 HRs and 636 RBIs in 1,406 games.


October 31st


1882- Former Yankees OF Bert Daniels (1910-1913) was born. (1882-1958)
Bert Daniels hit .257 with 5 HRs and 111 RBIs in 455 games with the 1910-1913 Yankees, before being sold to the Reds in October of 1913.


1948- Former Yankees OF John “Mickey” Rivers (1976-1980) was born.
On December 11,1975, OF Mickey Rivers was traded by the Angels along with P Ed Figueroa to the Yankees for All Star OF Bobby Bonds. In 1976, he hit .312 with 8 HRs, 67 RBIs with 43 stolen bases; Mickey was named to the AL All Star Team. He would hit .326 with 12 HRs, 67 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 1977, but he dropped to .266 with 11 HRs, 48 RBIs with 25 stolen bases in 1978, while dealing with various injuries. As a Yankees player, Mickey appeared in 490 games, while hitting .299 with 34 HRs, 209 RBI’s with 93 stolen bases. He appeared in 3 ALCS, hitting .386, while in 3 World Series (15 Games), he only hit .238 with no HRs and only 2 RBIs. On August 1,1979, the Yankees traded Mickey along with players to be named later to the Rangers for players to be named later, OF/DH Oscar Gamble and Amos Lewis (minors). At the time of the trade, Rivers was hitting .278 in 74 games for the Yankees. On October 8,1979, the Rangers would send pitchers Ray Fontenot and Gene Nelson to the Yankees to complete the trade. The Yankees would send minor league hurlers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch and Mark Softy on October 8, 1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. He would play for the Rangers from 1979 to 1984. Overall as a MLB player, Mickey appeared in 1,467 games, while hitting .267 with 61 HRs, 499 RBIs and 267 stolen bases.


1957- Yankees All Star Catcher Yogi Berra says the team returned fine money to the Yankee players involved in the Copacabana Nightclub fight in May. Former Yankees 2B Billy Martin, now with the Kansas City A’s doesn’t get a refund of the player fine money by Yankees GM George Weiss.


1958- Former Yankees Reserve INF Paul Zuvella (1985-1986) was born.
On June 30,1986, Paul Zuvella was traded by the Braves along with OF Claudell Washington to the Yankees for 1B/OF Ken Griffey Sr. and reserve INF Andre Robertson. Paul appeared in only 35 games for the Yankees, hitting just .172, spending most of his 1986 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers. On October 15,1987, Paul was released by the Yankees.


1960- Former Yankees INF Mike Gallego (1992-1994) was born.
On January 9,1992, INF Mike Gallego was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. His best season as a Yankees player was in 1993, when he hit .283 with 10 HRs and 54 RBIs in 119 games. He appeared in 261 games as a Yankee, while hitting .262 with 19 HRs and 109 RBIs for the team. On October 24,1994, Mike was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees, he would sign with the Oakland A’s in the spring of 1995.


1963- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Fred McGriff was born.
The Yankees signed 1B Fred McGriff as a 9th round selection in the 1981 MLB amateur player draft. On December 9,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Dave Collins, P Mike Morgan and cash to the Blue Jays for OF Todd Dodd and reliever Dale Murray. He had played in 62 games, while hitting .272 with 9 HRs and 41 RBIs for 1982 Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (GULF).


1963- Former Yankees C/1B/DH Matt Nokes (1990-1994) was born.
On June 4,1990, Matt Nokes was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for Pitchers Lance McCullers and Clay Parker. Matt appeared in 452 games for the Yankees, while hitting .249 with 71 HRs and 222 RBIs, before leaving the team after the 1994 season for MLB free agency. He would sign with the Orioles. After retiring as an active player, Matt has worked as a minor league coach and manager for several MLB organizations.


1964- Former Yankees Minor League P Steve Rosenberg was born.
Steve Rosenberg was 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA for the University of Florida in 1985 and followed with a 5-4, with a 4.81 ERA season. The Yankees selected him in the 4th round of the 1986 MLB amateur player draft. After signing with the team, he was assigned to the Oneonta Yankees, where he saved 3 of 3 games; while striking out 10 batters and allowing 4-hits and 1 run in 9 innings. Steve was promoted to Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FLS). He was 6-1 with 3 saves and a 2.12 ERA in 25 games. Rosenberg continued his rapid rise through the Yankees farm system in 1987, going 4-4 with 15 saves and a 2.25 ERA for the Albany-Colonie Yankees. He was getting promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers. The 22-year-old did okay in AAA posting a 4-1 record with 2 saves and a 4.08 ERA. In the fall of 1987, Steve was dealt by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Dan Pasqua, C/DH/1B Mark Salas for White Sox hurlers Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen.


1973- Former Yankees OF/DH David Dellucci (2003) was born.
On July 29,2003, David Dellucci was traded by the Diamondbacks along minor league player John Prowl and P Bret Prinz to Yankees for OF Raul Mondesi and cash. At the end of 2003 MLB season, David left the Yankees for MLB free agency signing with the Rangers, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees.


1979- Mike Flanagan, who posted a 23-9 record for the Orioles is named the winner of the 1979 AL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin over veteran Yankees starter Tommy John, who had posted a 21-9 record with a 2.97 ERA in 37 games.


1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF (1919) and longtime NFL Chicago Bears Owner/Coach George Halas passed away. (1895-1983)
George Halas was better known as a legendary NFL football coach and Team Owner of the Chicago Bears, he played 1 season in the MLB. He had been a 3-sport athlete at the University of Illinois. After playing minor league ball, came to the 1919 Yankees as an outfielder. It was the season before Babe Ruth came to the Yankees, and their starting outfield consisted of Sammy Vick, Ping Bodie and Duffy Lewis. In 22 MLB at-bats with the Yankees, George Halas' MLB career batting average was .091, while appearing in just 12 games for the team.


1998- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Thurman passed away. (1917-1998)
On July 29,1949, it was announced that the Yankees had purchased his player contract from the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro League). He was one of the 1st black players in the Yankees minor league system along with INF Artie Wilson, P Ruben Gomez, 1B/OF Vic Power, P Frank Barnes and OF Elston Howard. He was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (International League), where he hit 3 HRs in his 1st week with the team. For rest of the 1949 minor league season, he hit .317 for the Bears in 59 games, before a hand injury sidelined him. In 1950, the Yankees sold him to the Cubs. Bob would reach the MLB in 1955, playing for the Reds. He played for the 1955-1959 Reds, while appearing in 334 games, while hitting .246 with 35 HRs and 106 RBIs.


2001- For the 1st time since the Philadelphia A’s Mule Haas hit a game-tying 2-run HR in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series, a team comes from behind to tie a Fall Classic game in the 9th inning and goes on to win in extra innings. A 2-out, 2-run HR by Yankees 1B Tino Martinez in the bottom of the 9th inning ties the game. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hits a HR in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Yankees, a 3-2 victory over the D-Backs and knots the World Series at 2 games apiece. Both HRs come off of D-Backs closer Byung-Hyun Kim, who relieved starter Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.


2005- MLB Silver Slugger Award winners are announced for each league. In the AL, Jason Varitek (C), Mark Teixeira (1B), Yankees Alfonso Soriano (2B), Joe Crede (3B), Miguel Tejada (SS), Manny Ramirez (OF), Yankees Gary Sheffield (OF), Vladimir Guerrero (OF) and David Ortiz (DH) are the winners.


2009- The Yankees take the lead in the 2009 World Series by winning Game 3, a 8-5 win over the Phillies in a game in which 6 HRs are hit - 3 by each team. Yankees veteran starter Andy Pettitte is the winner over Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Yankees sluggers A-Rod, Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers.


2010- Former Yankees Minor League INF Artie Wilson passed away. (1920-2010)
Artie Wilson first played pro ball in 1944, the 1st of his 5 seasons with the Birmingham Black Barons. He was selected to play in the All-Star game 4 times, the only season he missed; the shortstop chosen was a Kansas City Monarchs rookie, Jackie Robinson. He also played in the Negro World Series 3 times, including the last one in 1948, each time losing to the powerful Homestead Grays. In 1948 was the season that Wilson helped mentor another Alabama native, 17-year-old Barons rookie OF Willie Mays. During the 1948 regular season, Wilson hit .402 for the Barons. He is credited with being the last player in a top league to hit .400 as he did it 7 years after Ted Williams hit .406 for the 1941 Red Sox. A speedster on the bases, Wilson was a singles hitter, who often hit to the opposite field. After the 1948 Series, Wilson went to Puerto Rico to play winter ball, where he led the Mayaguez Indians to the Puerto Rican Winter League title, while hitting .379. Cleveland's flamboyant Owner, Bill Veeck, flew to Puerto Rico; he signed Wilson, 28, to play for the Indians, who had won the 1948 World Series that season with former Negro League stars OF Larry Doby and P Satchel Paige on their roster. Unfortunately for Wilson, the Yankees protested the signing, as the Yankees believed they had secured the right to sign Wilson from the Barons' Owner. At the same time a contract dispute arose between the Tribe and Yankees over the Yankees signing another former Negro Leagues star, OF Luis Marquez. MLB commissioner Happy Chandler resolved the conflict by voiding both player contracts. The Indians would receive Marquez. The Yankees promptly traded Wilson to the Oakland Oaks (PCL), where he played his 1st season of integrated baseball. Artie led the PCL in BA in 1949 with a .348 mark and 47 stolen bases. A slick-fielding middle INF, he had 6 seasons of hitting over .300 in the PCL. In 1950, he led the league in runs (168) and in hits (264). He made PCL All-Star teams in at least the following seasons: 1950, 1952 and 1953. In 1952, he led the PCL in hits again. In 1953, he led the league with 14 triples and his .332 BA was 2nd to Bob Dillinger. He played for several PCL teams during his prime - the Oakland Oaks, San Diego Padres, Seattle Rainiers and the Portland Beavers. On October 11, 1950, Artie was traded by Oakland along with P Al Gettel and C Ray Noble to the Giants for P Wes Bailey (minors), P Bill Ayers, INF/OF Bert Haas,1B/OF Joe Lafata and $125,000 cash. In 1951, Artie Wilson finally got the opportunity to play in the MLB, when the Giants signed him. He shined in their spring training camp held in Florida. Giants Manager Leo Durocher was quoted in the New York Times as saying he didn't see how he could keep Artie out of the Giants starting lineup, once the 1951 NL season began. Wilson only played sparingly for the Giants, getting just 22 at-bats, while hitting just .182 in 19 games. He was sent down to the minors in May, when the Giants brought up a stellar OF from their AAA Minneapolis Millers club, named Willie Mays. On December 10,1951, he was sent to Seattle Rainers (PCL) by the Giants as part of a conditional deal. In 1956-1957, he managed Mexicali team (Mexican Winter League) to an overall 114-149 record. He finished his active playing career in the PCL in 1957. In 1962, he returned as an active player at the age of 41, to play for 2 teams in the Kansas City A’s minor-league organization. In 2003, he was elected to the PCL Hall of Fame.


2013- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Kucks (1955-1959) passed away (1933-2013)
Before the start of the 1952 MLB season, the Yankees signed Johnny Kucks as an MLB amateur free agent. He was in the 1952 Piedmont League (Class B), going 19-6 with a 2.55 ERA for the Norfolk Tars. He was 2nd in the circuit in victories and 7th in ERA. He then missed 1953-1954 baseball seasons due to military service. When he returned to baseball in 1955, he went straight to the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1956, when he went 18-9 with a 3.85 ERA in 34 games. He made the AL All Star team. He appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in 8 games. Plagued by back troubles, Johnny would never be as effective as his great 1956 AL season. Overall, he went 42-35 for the Yankees in 143 games with a 3.82 ERA. On May 26,1959, he was traded by the Yankees along with reserve INF Jerry Lumpe and Pitcher Tom Sturdivant to Kansas City for Pitcher Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez. He finished his MLB pitching career with the 1959-1960 A’s (12-21 in 64 games), finishing with an overall MLB pitching career record of 54-56 with a 4.10 ERA in 207 MLB games. The A’s would sell him to the Orioles, where he pitched at AAA level. Then Orioles sold him to the Cardinals in 1962; again, he pitched at AAA level. Johnny was the top pitcher on the 1962-1963 Atlanta Crackers, winning 14 games, both seasons before retiring from the game.


2014- Former Yankees Pitcher Brad “Admiral” Halsey (2004) passed away. (1981-2014)
The Yankees in the 8th round of the 2002 MLB amateur player draft selected Pitcher Brad Halsey. He went 1-3 in 8 games for the 2004 Yankees, before being traded to the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson trade. Brad has pitched in MLB with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and the A’s. In 2011, he rejoined the Yankees organization pitching in the minor leagues. Overall as a MLB Pitcher, Brad had a 14-19 record with a 4.84 ERA in 88 MLB games. He passed away in October of 2014 at the age of only 33. He died after falling from a 100-ft cliff near his home in Texas, although it was not clear if he fell or jumped to his death. His body was found on October 31st on a private property at the base of the cliff, but his death was not reported until a few days later. A judge was appointed to investigate the circumstances of his death, although close family friends stated that it was most likely a recreational climbing accident.

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This Week in Yankees History October 28th-Nov 3rd Part Two


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November 1st


1884- Former Yankees OF/1B Robert “Ham” Hyatt (1918) was born. (1884-1963)
On June 19,1918, the Yankees purchased INF Bob Hyatt from the Braves. Bob hit .229 in 53 games with the 1918 Yankees.


1893- Former Yankees OF Alex Burr (1914) was born. (1893-1918)
Outfielder Alex Burr appeared in 1 game with the 1914 Yankees with no plate appearances.
Alex Burr was killed in an airplane accident on October 12,1918, while serving in the United States Air Service in Cazaux, France. Burr's plane crashed into a lake in flames; his body was not recovered. He had been serving in France since November of 1917. Alex was 24 years old at the time of his death. Burr was one of 5 MLB players, who were killed in World War I. The 4 others were: Bun Troy‚ Larry Chappell‚ Eddie Grant and Ralph Sharman.


1927- Former Yankees Minor League 1B/OF Vic Power was born. (1927-2005)
Before the start of the 1951 MLB season, 1B/OF Vic Power was purchased by the Yankees from Drummondville (Canadian Provincial League). Vic went to Syracuse (International League) to play in the Yankees organization for the 1951 season. In 1952, he was with the Yankees AAA minor league Kansas City Blues team. In 1953, he led the American Association league in batting. Since Vic was flashy and very outspoken, Yankees GM George Weiss felt that Power was not going to be the 1st MLB Black Yankee. He had decided on Elston Howard, so Vic Power and other black players in the Yankees minor league organization were so traded away by the organization. On December 16,1953, Vic was traded by Yankees along with 1B Don Bollweg, P Johnny Gray, C Jim Robertson, 3B Jim Finigan to the Philadelphia A’s for INF Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, Outfielders Tom Hamilton, Carmen Mauro and 1B Eddie Robinson. Vic would play 12 seasons in the MLB, hitting .284 with 126 HRs, while winning 7 AL Golden Gloves at 1B. He hit .300 3-times during his MLB playing career. Former Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron was asked, who was the best MLB 1B, he played against in his career, he quickly replied “Vic Power.” When Power was traded away, Skowron moved up the Yankees farm system, eventually he replaced the Yankees regular 1B Joe Collins during the 1956 AL season.


1943- Yankees All Star Starter Spud Chandler is named AL pitching ERA leader with a 1.64 ERA. Spud went 20-4 for the 1943 World Champion Yankees.


1961- Former Yankees Pitcher “Salida Tom” Hughes (1900-1910) passed away. (1884-1961)
In August of 1905, hurler Tom Hughes was drafted by the Yankees from Topeka (Western Association) in the 1905 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He would post a 17-17 record in 54 games with 2 saves. Also, his brother, catcher Ed Hughes played in the MLB.


1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Carlos Rodriguez (1991) was born.
On March 20,1987, INF Carlos Rodriguez was purchased by the Yankees from Mexico City Tigers (Mexican League). He appeared in 15 games as a reserve infielder, hitting just .189 for the 1991 Yankees. On October 15,1993, Carlos was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. Carlos would sign with the Red Sox organization.


1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush (1922-1924) passed away. (1892-1974)
The Philadelphia A’s originally signed hurler Joe Bush. The A’s traded him to the Red Sox. On December 20,1921, Boston traded him along with P Sam Jones and INF Everett Scott to the Yankees for INF Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Rip Collins, Bill Piercy and Jack Quinn. Joe went 62-38 with a 3.44 ERA and 4 saves in 115 games for the Yankees. The 1922 season was his best Yankees pitching career season, when Joe posted a 26-7 mark with WP of .788 in 39 games. He appeared 2 World Series (1922-1923) with the Yankees, posting a 1-3 record. On December 17,1924, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with fellow hurlers Milt Gason and Joe Gardi to the St. Louis Browns for veteran starter Urban Shocker. Bush ended his MLB pitching career in 1928, with the A’s, finishing with a 196-184 record with a 3.51 ERA in 488 games.


1978- Yankees starter Ron Guidry is the unanimous choice for the 1978 AL Cy Young Award. Ron Guidry led the league in wins (25), winning percentage (.893), shutouts (9) and ERA (1.74).


1979- The Yankees make 2 major trades today with the Blue Jays and the Mariners. In the 1st trade, they send veteran 1B Chris Chambliss, reserve 2B Damaso Garcia and Pitcher Paul Mirabella to the Blue Jays for Catcher Rick Cerone, Pitcher Tom Underwood and OF Ted Wilborn. Cerone will become the team’s starting catcher for the 1980 AL season, replacing 2 rookie catchers Jerry Narron and Brad Gulden, who stepped in after Thurman Munson’s death in August of 1979. Tom Underwood would join the 1980 Yankees starting rotation, he had gone 9-16 with the 1979 Blue Jays. In the 2nd trade of the day, the Yankees acquired OF Ruppert Jones and Pitcher Jim Lewis from the Mariners for Pitchers Jim Beattie, Rich Anderson, Catcher Jerry Narron and OF Juan Beniquez, who hit .254 in 62 games for the Yankees, missing playing time due to being hurt. Ruppert Jones would become the Yankees starting CF for the 1980 AL season. He had hit .267 with 21 HRs and 78 RBIs for the1979 Mariners. Jim Beattie had a good 1978 AL season, winning several key games for the team, but he was hurt in 1979, winning only 3 games. Reliever Rick Anderson couldn’t break into the Yankees MLB bullpen, despite being successful with the 1979 AAA Columbus Clippers with a 13-3 record and 21 saves. Ted Wilborn and Jim Lewis would make brief appearances with the Yankees. Chris Chambliss would be traded by the Blue Jays to the Braves, who be played 8 seasons with them before retiring as an active player. He later became the Yankees MLB batting coach in 1988.


1987- Yankees Minor League INF Walter Ibarra was born.
Walter Ibarra signed with the Yankees at age 17. He made his pro debut with the 2006 GCL Yankees, hitting .264. His 19 games at shortstop led the team; he fielded .957 there. In 2007, he struggled offensively as a backup middle infielder for the Tampa Yankees (5 for 28, 2 BB, 2B) and GCL Yankees (8 for 39, 4 BB, 2 2B). The next season Walter struggled with the Charleston RiverDogs, hitting .198 in a utility role. Demoted to the Staten Island Yankees, he was 11 for 49 with 3 doubles, 2 HRs and 2 walks. He then moved up to the Trenton Thunder, batting .268 in 18 games. He sprained his left ankle in late August and missed the rest of the season. That winter, he hit .188 in 37 games for the Hermosillo. In 2009, Ibarra produced at a .265 with 11 steals in 16 tries as Tampa's starting shortstop (fielding .955 there). He was also 7 for 29 with 2 walks for Charleston. Back with Hermosillo for winter ball, he hit .250 as the backup to Jose Luis Sandoval. In the summer of 2010, Ibarra battled injuries to his hamstring, left hand and left shoulder but he had his best season yet, hitting .301 for Tampa, while going 15-for-22 in steal attempts. Among players with 70+ games, he was 5th in the FSL in average. He split the Hermosillo shortstop role with Sandoval in the winter ball, batting .303 with 30 runs in 56 games. Walter batted .297 for Tampa in 2011. He led the FSL with 14 sacrifice hits and tied for the league lead with 8 sacrifice flies as well. He fielded .970 at shortstop at The last addition to the Mexican national team roster for the 2011 Pan American Games, he was one of their top performers. He was 4 for 14 with a walk, hit-by-pitch, RBI and run on a team that hit just .217. He handled 32 chances error-free as their starting shortstop and turned 5 double plays. He was their top player in their 3-2 upset win over the Dominican Republic, producing 2 of their 3 runs. In the Bronze Medal game, he was again one of Mexico's stars, reaching base all 3 times up in a 6-0 loss to Cuba. He spent 2012 season with Trenton .276 (44 games) and Tampa .182 (7 games). The 2013 minor league season, Walter played for AA Trenton (.312, 20 games) and AAA Scranton (.254, 38 games). In the fall of 2013, he became a minor league free agent in 2014, he signed with the Dodgers organization splitting playing time between AA and AAA levels. After 2013 season, he left the Yankees organization, joining the Dodgers organization, playing at AA and AA levels.


1988- Current Yankees Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (2014-2018) was born.
Masahiro Tanaka was named the top pitcher in Nippon Pro Baseball in 2011 and 2013. He was a unanimous MVP pick in 2013. He has pitched for Japan in both the Olympics and World Baseball Classic. He played for Komadai Tomakomai from 2004-2006. In 2005, he broke Daisuke Matsuzaka's Japanese HS for strikeouts. A year later, he was claimed by 4 teams in the NPB player draft, with the Rakuten Golden Eagles winning bargaining rights in the lottery that followed. He was considered the top HS prospect in Japan. He signed for an $800,000 (100 million yen) signing bonus with a salary of 15 million yen. Tanaka debuted for Rakuten on March 29th, allowing 6 hits and 6 runs in a horrid 1 2/3 IP of action. He did strike out 3 batters. He said afterward "I felt my own weakness. It was a good lesson for me."
Despite a relatively slow start to his career, Tanaka was leading All-Star balloting early in 2007, thanks to his fame from his success in the Koshien Tournament in HS. He wound up making the Pacific League All-Star squad. Tanaka reached 100 strikeouts after 96 2/3 IP, the fastest rookie out of high school to do since Yutaka Enatsu. For the season, he was 11-7 with a 3.82 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings. He led the league in walks (68) and earned runs allowed (79). He was also among the leaders in innings (4th, between Toshiya Sugiuchi and Tsuyoshi Wada), wins (tied for 7th with Takayuki Kishi), hits allowed (183, 3rd behind Hideaki Wakui and Naoyuki Shimizu), home runs allowed (17, 4th), complete games (4, 7th), strikeouts (2nd, 14 behind leader Yu Darvish), wild pitches (10, 2nd behind Nagisa Arakaki's 25) and runs allowed (83, 2nd, four behind leader Shimizu). Tanaka tossed 7 shutout innings in the 2008 Olympics, striking out 9 batters in 3 relief stints. His best outing consisted of 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits against Team USA. Despite his fine work, Japan did not earn a Medal. In the summer of 2008, the youngster was 9-7 with a save and a 3.49 ERA, allowing only 9 HRs in 172 2/3 IP and making the All-Star team again. He was among the leaders in innings (tied for 6th with Shunsuke Watanabe), hits allowed (171, 4th), complete games (5, tied for 5th with Hisashi Iwakuma and Wakui), shutouts (2, tied for second, one behind Kazuyuki Hoashi), walks (54, 4th), wild pitches (6, tied for 4th), runs allowed (71, 9th), earned runs allowed (67, 7th) and strikeouts (159, tied with Iwakmua for 3rd behind Sugiuchi and Darvish). In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Tanaka made 4 relief appearances for Japan. He allowed a solo HR to Bum-ho Lee and 2 other hits in 2 1/3 IP as Japan won the title. His 3.86 ERA, while hardly lofty, was the highest on a stellar Japanese staff led by fellow PL or former PL hurlers Iwakuma, Darvish, Matsuzaka and Sugiuchi. He followed with his best summer to that point at 15-6, 2.33 ERA with 1 save. He made his 3rd straight All-Star team. He also became the 1st pitcher to start the season with 4 straight complete games since Satoru Komiyama and Shigetoshi Hasegawa back in 1993. For 2009, he ranked among the league leaders in ERA (3rd behind Darvish and Wakui), innings (189 2/3, 3rd behind Wakui and Sugiuchi), wins (tied for 2nd with Darvish and Sugiuchi, 1 behind Wakui), shutouts (3, 2nd, 1 behind Wakui), complete games (6, tied for 3rd with Sugiuchi), hits allowed (170, 5th), strikeouts (171, 3rd behind Sugiuchi and Wakui) and hit batsmen (7, tied for 6th). The 21-year-old was 11-6 with a 2.50 ERA in 2010, missing over 2 months of action due to a pectoral tear and a pulled quad muscle. He still finished among the PL pitching leaders in ERA (3rd behind Darvish and Masaru Takeda), 10th in wins, 2nd in complete games (8, behind Darvish) and WHIP (1.23, 7th between Wada and Wakui).


Tanaka had a great season in 2011, becoming the 2nd Rakuten hurler to win the Sawamura Award (following Iwakuma). He was 19-5 with a 1.27 ERA (the league had changed baseballs prior to 2011 and offensive levels fell), 241 strikeouts, 171 hits and only 27 walks in 226 1/3 IP. He tossed 6 shutouts and had an 18-strikeout gem. He made his 4th All-Star team. He led the league in wins (tied with D.J. Houlton), ERA (.17 ahead of Darvish), complete games (14) and shutouts (tied with Darvish). He was also among the leaders in innings (2nd to Darvish), hits allowed (171, 4th), wild pitches (7, tied for 3rd), strikeouts (2nd to Darvish), WHIP (.087, .004 behind Darvish) and opponent average (.212, 3rd behind Darvish and Sugiuchi). Darvish was the runner-up for the Sawamura. He got 43 1st-place votes and 414 total vote points for the 2011 Pacific League MVP Award, finishing 2nd behind Seiichi Uchikawa (120, 757).
He fell off a bit (10-4, 1.87, 169 K in 173 IP, only 19 BB) in 2012 and was among the PL leaders in ERA (2nd, .16 behind Mitsuo Yoshikawa), strikeouts (1st by 11 over Yoshikawa), shutouts (3, tied for 1st with Kenji Otonari and Yoshikawa), wins (tied for 9th with Kazuhisa Ishii and Brian Wolfe) and complete games (8, 2 more than Otonari). Yoshikawa was named to the Best Nine while Tadashi Settsu got the Sawamura Award. In the 2013 World Baseball Classic, he made 4 appearances for Japan and was okay overall though not dominant (10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 12 K, 0 BB in 7 IP, no decisions); Kenta Maeda and Otonari were the starters most relied on. In his lone start, he lasted just 2 innings against the underdog Brazilian national team. He allowed 1st-inning singles to Paulo Orlando and Leonardo Reginatto with an error by Takashi Toritani in between for an unearned run. In the 2nd, he allowed 1-out singles to Tiago Magalhães and Juan Muñiz before Diego França hit into a face-saving double play. Sugiuchi relieved him in the 3rd and Japan rallied to win. Against Cuba, he relieved Otonari in the 4th inning of a loss and promptly allowed a single to José Miguel Fernández and RBI double to Frederich Cepeda; he fanned 6 of the next 7 Cuban batters to avoid further harm. Hirokazu Sawamura relieved him in the 6th. Versus Taiwan in Round 2, he relieved Settsu in the 6th with a 1-0 lead and pitched 2 perfect innings, while fanning 4 batters. In the 8th, with a 3-0 lead now, he allowed a single to Cheng-Min Peng, a double to Chih-Sheng Lin and a RBI single to Ssu-Chi Chou before Tetsuya Yamaguchi relieved to put out the threat. His last outing came in a 10-6 win over the Dutch national team. Relieving Sawamura in the 5th, he fanned Xander Bogaerts then retired Dashenko Ricardo and K'd Randolph Oduber; Takeru Imamura replaced him in the 6th. One positive was that he tied Hiram Burgos and Jose de la Torre for 3rd in the event in strikeouts, behind only Maeda and Samuel Deduno. Tanaka then had a record-setting 2013, with his 2nd 1.27 ERA in 3 years. He finished 24-0 with 183 strikeouts to 32 walks in 212 IP. He led the PL in wins by 9 over Settsu, Chihiro Kaneko and Takahiro Norimoto), in ERA By .74 over Kaneko, was 2nd to Kaneko with 8 complete games and was 2nd in strikeouts (17 behind Kaneko). He became the 4th NPB hurler to go undefeated while qualifying for the ERA title, following Masaru Kageura (6-0 in 1936), Takao Misonoo (11-0 in 1937) and Shigekuni Mashiba (15-0 in 1981). He had the most wins since Keishi Suzuki in 1978. He set the NPB record for consecutive wins without a loss in a season, breaking Kazuhisa Inao's 56-year-old record of 20, broke Kazumi Saitoh's NPB record of wins in 16 straight games and broke Carl Hubbell's "world record" for consecutive wins over multiple seasons (24) by winning 29 since August 2012. No NPB hurler had ever led in wins without a loss. For his superb effort, he again won the Sawamura Award. He became the 1st unanimous Best Nine pick in the PL since Tadahito Iguchi and Kenji Johjima 10 year’s prior. He also was the unanimous winner of the 2013 Pacific League MVP Award.


The 6th pitcher to win in the past 7 years in the PL. He took Rakuten to their 1st Japan Series. In Game 2, he went the distance with a 12-strikeout, 3-hit win over the Yomiuri Giants to tie the Series, a HR by Takayuki Terauchi the only real damage. With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 6th inning of a scoreless game, he fanned former AL All-Star José López to end it. However, Lopez got his revenge in Game 6, hitting a key 2-run HR as Tanaka's winning streak ended with a 4-2 loss to Yomiuri. He pitched a complete game that day, needing 160 pitches, but that did not deter his Manager from using him to close the win the next day, when Rakuten won its 1st title with a 3-0 shutout of the Giants in Game 7 on November 3rd. Tanaka pitched a scoreless 9th inning and was credited with the save. At his request, he was called on to relieve Norimoto with the 3-0 lead. He allowed singles to Shuichi Murata and López but fanned PH Kenji Yano to end the Series. Tanaka drew a lot of interest from MLB teams for 2014, expecting to be posted in the off-season, though this was complicated by negotiations over revisions to the posting system. Those negotiations led to MLB and NPB agreeing to a limit of $20 million for winning bids under the system - considerably less than the $50 million plus that had been bid in the past for pitchers comparable to Tanaka, such as Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Unhappy with the amount offered, Rakuten decided on December 19th not to go along with posting its star hurler, then less than a week later, on December 24th, turned around and announced that they would grant Tanaka's request. He wound up signing with the Yankees for 7 years and $155 million on January 22, 2014. Tanaka made his MLB pitching debut as the Yankees' starter against the Blue Jays on April 4th, with dozens of journalists having made the trip from Japan for the occasion. He started with a misstep as he gave up a lead-off HR to Melky Cabrera, but then he settled down to earn a 7-3 win, pitching 7 solid innings. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked none and struck out 8. On April 16th, he gave up only 2 bunt singles over 8 innings while striking out 10 in the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Cubs that the Yankees won, 3-0. When Michael Pineda followed him with another strong performance in the 2nd game, leading to a 2-0 shutout, it was the 1st time since 1988 that that the Yankees had recorded 2 whitewashings in 1 day. On May 14th, he pitched his 1st complete game shutout, defeating the Mets by the score of 4-0 for the Yankees' 1st win over their cross-town rivals after 6 straight losses. He lost in the MLB for the 1st time on May 20th, when Tanka was beaten by the Cubs by the score of 6-1, on a drizzly night at Wrigley Field. By then, his streak of unbeaten regular season starts had reached 42 games between NPB and MLB. He was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for May, thanks to a 5-1 record and a 1.88 ERA. On June 11th, he threw a complete game while striking out 11 batters in beating the Mariners by the score of 4-2, becoming the 2nd MLB pitcher to 10 wins that season, after Mark Buehrle. When he won his 11th game of the season, a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays on June 17th, he took over the MLB lead for wins with 11. His 2nd loss of the season came on June 28th, courtesy of 2-out solo HR by Red Sox hitter Mike Napoli in the 9th inning for a 2-1 defeat. He was named to the All-Star team in early July, but a couple of days later, on July 9th, went on the DL with inflammation in his elbow, forcing him to miss the contest. He had complained of soreness following his worst outing of the season the day before, a 5-3 loss to the Indians. The diagnosis was of a partially torn ligament; the Yankees decided to have him rest for 6 weeks, although the possibility of Tommy John surgery was very much present as well and questions were asked about why the Yankees had not decided to go straight to surgery, given the poor success record of rehabilitation in similar cases. Masahiro gave signs that he would be ready to return in early September after some throwing sessions in August went very well, but on August 29th, he experienced a setback when he felt "general soreness" after a simulated game, making a return before the end of the season unlikely. However, he beat the odds by coming back on September 21st, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. While his return was encouraging, many observers wondered what was the point of getting him back on a MLB mound with the Yankees eliminated from the 2014 postseason contention and just a week left to play on the season schedule. Tanaka finished the 2014 season with a 13-5 record, 141 strikeouts with a 2.77 ERA in 20 games. He had thrown 3 complete games. With a high three-quarters delivery Tanaka throws a 4-seam fastball that sits in the low 90s (tops out at 96 mph), a hard-breaking low to mid-80s slider, a splitter and a 2-seam fastball.


2001- The 1st MLB game ever started in the month of November is a memorable one as the Yankees, for the 2nd consecutive night, they make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and go on to victory in extra innings. In an amazing case of history repeating itself, D-Backs closer Byung-Hyun Kim is again victimized, this time by Yankees 3B Scott Brosius, who hits a game-tying 2-out, 2-run HR to knot the game at 2-2 in the 9th inning, as Alfonso Soriano’s hit a RBI single with Chuck Knoblauch scoring the winning run in the 12th inning to give the Yankees, a 3-2 victory and 3-2 lead over the Diamondbacks in the World Series. Steve Finley and Rod Barajas hit HRs in the 5th inning for Arizona's runs.


2005- The Yankees hired Larry Bowa as their MLB 3B coach for the 2006 AL season. A 5-time NL All-Star shortstop Bowa, who had managed in the NL with the Padres and the Phillies. Also, he was a MLB coach for the Angels, Mariners and the Phillies. Bowa is the 1st addition to Yankees Manager Joe Torre’s MLB coaching staff, which recently lost Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre (who retired) and MLB bench coach Joe Girardi (who left to become manager of the Marlins). Luis Sojo, who coached 3B the last season is expected to be offered another position in the organization by the Yankees.


2005- AL Gold Glove Award winners are announced. Players Kenny Rogers (P), Jason Varitek (C), Mark Teixeira (1B), Orlando Hudson (2B), Eric Chavez (3B), Yankees Derek Jeter (Shortstop), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), Torii Hunter (OF) and Vernon Wells (OF) earn honors.


2009- The Yankees take a 3 game to 1 lead in the 2009 World Series with a 7-4 win over Philadelphia. The Yankees score 3 runs off of Phillies Closer Brad Lidge with 2 outs in the 9th inning, after the Phillies had rallied to tie the game with HRs by Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz.


2012- Former Yankees Pitcher Pascual Perez (1990-1991) was murdered during a home robbery. (1957-2012)
In November of 1989, the Yankees signed veteran hurler Pascual Perez as a MLB free agent. However, he was never really healthy for the Yankees, going only 3-6 in 17 games over the next 2 seasons (although his ERA during that period was an excellent 2.87). He was suspended for drug use by the MLB. He had 2 brothers Carlos and Melido, who did pitch in the MLB.


2013- The Yankees resigned their long-time Team Captain and starting shortstop Derek Jeter for a 12 million 1-year deal. He was injured most of the 2013 AL season, appearing in only 17 games, just hitting .190 with 1 HR.


2016- Former Yankee Minor League C John Orsino passed away. (1938-2016)
John Orsino was the head baseball coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970-1976. He then managed in the Indians' chain for a year and a half at the AA level with the Jersey City Indians in 1977 and the Chattanooga Lookouts for part of 1978. In 1980, Orsino returned to FDU for 1 more season. On August 23, 1961, he was 1 of a record 5 Giants players who homered in the 9th inning against the Reds in a 14-0 win. The other Giants HR hitters were Orlando Cepeda, Felipe Alou, Willie Mays and Jim Davenport. His 3-run HR blast was the last of the 5 HRs hit in the game. He appeared in 1 game of the 1962 World Series against the Yankees with no hits for the Giants. On January 8,1969, John was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. He never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. On June 12,1969, he was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for Pitcher Rob Gardner. John spent the 1969 in AAA, before retiring as a player. He had appeared in 332 MLB games, while hitting .249 with 40 HRs with 123 RBIs with the Giants, Orioles and the Senators.


November 2nd


1888- Former MLB and Yankees Minor League Manager (1935-1937, 1951) Dutch Zwilling was born. (1888-1978)
Despite finding no real success in the MLB beforehand or afterwards, OF Dutch Zwilling was one of the biggest stars of the short-lived Federal League. After a cup of coffee with the  White Sox in 1910, he joined the Chicago Whales of the Federal League in 1914. He hit .313 and led the circuit with 16 HRs as the club finished 2nd that year. His numbers fell a bit in 1915 to .286 and 13 HRs, but he still led the league with 94 RBIs as the Whales captured the league title. He holds the Federal League record for most career HRs with 29. After the league folded, he joined the Cubs (who had just been purchased by Whales owner Charles Weeghman), but Zwilling failed to hit his weight in 35 games with them in 1916. He spent many years as a MLB scout and minor league manager after his playing career ended. He was skipper of the Kansas City Blues (American Association) for 9 seasons (1927-1932 and 1935-1937), including 1929, when they won the Junior World Series. The 1935-1937 Blues teams were part of the Yankees farm system. He also was a member of the 1941 Indians MLB coaching staff. In 1951, he managed the Yankees minor league team, the Quincy Gems (3- I League).
1937- AL batting champ Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer is named the 1937 AL MVP receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio, who hit .346 is a close 2nd with 4 points behind in the player voting, while Charlie’s Tigers teammate 1B Hank Greenberg, who had 183 RBI’s is a distant 3rd in the voting. Gehringer also becomes the 3rd Tiger player in 4 years to be named AL MVP.


1938- Red Sox 1B Jimmie Foxx is voted the AL MVP for the 3rd time with Yankees catcher Bill Dickey, who had hit .313 with 27 HRs and 115 RBIs, finishing 2nd place in the AL MVP voting.


1958- Former Yankees Minor League OF Willie McGee was born.
OF Willie McGee was selected by the Yankees in 1st round (15th pick) of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft (Secondary Phase). Willie never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. With the 1981 AA Nashville Sounds, he hit .322 with 7 HRs and 63 RBIs in 100 games. On October 21,1981, Willie was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for Pitcher Bob Sykes.


1960- The Yankees make it official by announcing that GM George Weiss will retire after 29 years of service with the Yankees organization. George Weiss ran the Yankee farm system under General Manager Ed Borrow, before becoming the Yankees General Manager in 1946. His assistant Roy Hamey Jr. is named his successor. Weiss tells the NYC sports media that the Yankees have a good run of 5 years left, before the Yankees farm system talent is finished. He will join his former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel in running the new 1962 NL expansion team in NYC, the Mets as their 1st General Manager and President.


1960- The Yankees All Star RF Roger Maris defeated his fellow Yankees teammate CF Mickey Mantle for the 1960 AL MVP Award by 225-222, (3 votes), the 2nd-closest AL MVP vote ever, behind the Yankees Joe DiMaggio and Red Sox Ted Williams in the 1947 AL MVP election. Roger Maris 1st Yankees season is a success with .283 BA, while hitting 39 HRs with 112 RBI’s in 136 games. Also, he wins the AL Golden Glove Award for Right Fielders, beating out Tigers Al Kaline.


1960- Former Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott (1922-1925) passed away. (1892-1960)
Shortstop Everett Scott played in 1,307 consecutive games, the MLB record until Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig came along. He began his streak on June 20,1916 while playing for the Red Sox. On December 20,1921, the Red Sox traded Scott along with hurlers Sam Jones and Bullet Joe Bush to the Yankees for INF Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Rip Collins, Bill Piercy and Jack Quinn. On May 6,1925, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins in favor of Pee Wee Wanninger benched Scott. Ironically, less than a month later, his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig began his own streak, when he entered a game as a pinch hitter for Wanninger. Scott's streak is still the 3rd longest MLB streak behind Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig. His Yankees player career totals were a .254 BA with 13 HRs and 173 RBI’s in 481 games. He appeared 11 World Series games with the Yankees, while hitting .230 with 4 RBIs. On June 17,1925, the Senators selected Scott off waivers from the Yankees. He appeared in 33 games for the Nats, while hitting .273. The Nats would trade him to the White Sox in 1926. After playing in only 44 games with the White Sox and the Reds, he retired from the game after the 1926 MLB season. Overall, Everett “Deacon” Scott appeared in 1,654 games with a .249 lifetime BA with 20 HRs and 549 RBIs. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the 1915-1916,1918 Red Sox before being traded to the Yankees during the 1922 off-season.


1964- CBS Inc. purchases 80% of the New York Yankees ownership for an estimated $11,2000,000 from Yankees Co-Owners Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr. The network later purchased the remaining 20% of team’s stock from Dan Topping Sr. in the fall of 1966.


1964- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach and Special Advisor Billy Connors (1989-1990,1995-1996, 2003) was born.
Billy Connors started 1 game in his MLB pitching career. It was on September 2, 1967 as a member of the Mets against the Cubs. He went 4 innings, gave up 4 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 3 batters. He did not get a decision. Connors later had a long MLB pitching coaching career, starting as a member of the 1980-1981 Royals MLB staff. He was a Cubs MLB coach from 1982-1986. He was part of the Mariners MLB coaching staff for the next 2 seasons. In 1989-1990, he was with the Yankees before returning to the Cubs for the 1991-1993 NL seasons. He spent the next 2 seasons back with the Yankees. Billy returned to the Yankees for a 3rd stint in 2003. Recently Billy was removed from his current position in the Yankees organization.


1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Sidney Ponson (2006, 2008) was born.
In 2 tours with the Yankees, veteran MLB starter Sidney Ponson went 4-5 with a 6.63 ERA in 21 games.


1981- Former Yankees Reserve INF Wilson Betemit (2007-2008) was born.
On July 31,2007, INF Wilson Betemit was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for P Scott Proctor. He appeared in 124 games for the Yankees, hitting .253 with 10HRs with 49 RBI’s. On November 13, 2008, Wilson was traded by the Yankees along with minor league pitchers Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez to the White Sox for 1B/OF Nick Swisher and minor league player Kanekoa Texeria.


1984- Former Yankees Reliever Tommy Layne (2016-2018) was born.
Tommy Layne was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player draft. He never pitched for the D-Backs at the MLB level. On May 2,2012, Layne was purchased by the Padres from the Diamondbacks. He went 2-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 40 games with 2 saves. The Red Sox signed Tommy as a MLB free agent in 2014. With Boston, Tommy posted a 4-3 record with a 3.30 ERA in 138 games with 1 save before being released by the team during the 2016 MLB season. The Yankees signed Tommy as a MLB free agent. He went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 29 games with 1 save for the team. After going 0-0 with a 7.62 ERA in 19 games, he was released by the team on July 5, 2017. The Dodgers would sign him, later he would be released by the team in August of 2017.


1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Zuber (1943-1946) passed away. (1913-1982)
On January 29,1943, the Senators traded hurler Bill Zuber along with cash to the Yankees for P Milo Candini and INF Jerry Priddy. Bill posted an 18-23 record with 3.88 ERA and 2 saves in 66 games for Yankees. On June 18,1946, he was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees.


1987- The Yankees acquired Catcher Don Slaught from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. The Yankees would send former Pitching prospect Brad Arnsberg (1-3 in 8 games) to the Rangers as the player to be named later. Slaught will take over the catcher’s job from weak hitting Joel Skinner with a .283 BA with 9 HRs and 43 RBIs in 97 games for the 1988 Yankees.


1994- Current Yankees Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (2018) was born.
Jonathan Loaisiga was signed by the Giants in September of 2012. He had a great season with the DSL Giants in 2013, going 8-1, 2.75 ERA in 13 starts, but then missed the next 2 years and was released in September 2015. The Yankees signed him early in 2016, and after 1 game with the Charleston RiverDogs on May 13th, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery and did not pitch again until the end of June, 2017. However, he had done well for the Nicaraguan national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers before suffering the injury. After those various career interruptions, Jonathan got to pitch in earnest with 3 teams in 2017, the GCL Yankees East, the GCL Yankees West, and the Staten Island Yankees. He went a combined 1-1, 1.38 ERA in 11 starts, logging 32 2/3 innings. Given how little he had pitched thus far, no one expected to see him rise quickly in 2018, but he was dominant with the Tampa Tarpons at the start of the FSL season, going 3-0, 1.35 ERA in 4 starts, so he was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder. In his 1st 6 starts there, he was 3-1, 4.32 ERA and between the 2 teams, he had a combined 58 strikeouts and just 4 walks in 45 innings. That prompted the Yankees to call him up to the Show on June 12th, slotting him to make his MLB pitching debut in a start on June 15th, taking the place of the injured starter Masahiro Tanaka. The fact he was already on the 40-man roster, as opposed to other top pitching prospects in the organization, explained why he was the one picked for the assignment. In his 1st game against the Rays, he did very well, with no runs allowed on 3 hits in 5 innings, and he received credit for a 5-0 win. On June 25th, he mystified the  Phillies for 5 1/3 innings, allowing just a hit and 2 walks to gain credit for a 4-2 win. He was perfect through the 1st 4 innings, walked Carlos Santana to start the 5th inning but left him stranded, and only allowed his 1st hit when Jorge Alfaro led off the 6th with a single; after a walk and a ground out, he was replaced by reliever David Robertson, who did not allow either runner to score.


1995- The Yankees named Joe Torre as their new Manager, replacing the recently departed Manager Buck Showalter. Joe Torre, a former Braves, Cardinals' star and NL batting champion, will guide the Yankees to 4 World Championships in his 1st 5 seasons with the team. This will erase the NYC sports media of the nickname “Clueless Joe.” He will manage the Yankees until 2007.


2005- Former Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli rejoined the Yankees as Joe Torre's MLB bench coach. He had been a Yankees MLB coach before accepting the Orioles Manager job.


2007- Former Yankees player and MLB Coach Joe Girardi signs a 3 year, $7.8 million deal with a $3000,00 signing bonus and $2.5 million per season through 2010 MLB season. He becomes the 32nd manager in Yankees History, replacing the recently departed Joe Torre. The Marlins Owner Jeff Lurie had fired Joe, despite winning the 2007 NL Manager of the Year Award.


2009- The Phillies send the 2009 World Series back to the Bronx with an 8-6 win over the Yankees in Game #5. Chase Utley hits 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs as the Phillies jump to a 6-1 lead against Yankees starter A.J. Burnett. Phillies hurler Cliff Lee wins his 2nd start of the 2009 World Series.


2010- Former Yankees Manager, Baseball Executive, MLB Coach and MLB player Clyde King passed away. (1924-2010)
Clyde King was a member of the Yankees MLB coaching staff in 1978 and 1981. He managed the Yankees for part of the turbulent 1982 MLB season. He served as Yankees General Manager in 1985-1986. He was a member of the team's MLB coaching staff again in 1988. From 1998 to 2005, he was a special assistant to the General Manager of the Yankees. Clyde King pitched in the MLB for the Dodgers and the Reds (1944-1953). He managed the Giants and Braves during his MLB Manager career. Also, he had worked for the Reds, Pirates and the Cardinals organizations.


November 3rd


1878- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Clarkson (1904-1907) was born. (1878-1946)
During the month of August 1905, hurler Walt Clarkson was purchased by the Yankees from the Jersey City (Eastern League). Walt went 14-10 with a 3.46 ERA and 2 saves in 59 games with the Yankees. On May 16,1907, Walt was traded by the Yankees along with OF Frank Delahanty to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) for P Earl Moore. He would finish his MLB pitching career with an 18-16 record with a 3.17 ERA in 78 games.


1911- Former Yankees and MLB Manager John Keane (1965-1966) was born. (1911-1967)
After he left the Cardinals in October of 1964, Johnny Keane replaced Yankees Manager Yogi Berra. Keane had managed in the Cardinals organization for 1938 to 1958, before joining the team as a MLB Coach. In 1961, he took over the Manager’s job in St. Louis. In 1965, the Yankees plagued by injuries to their starting line-up finished with a 77-85 record finishing in 6th place in the AL. Johnny Keane was 81-101 with the Yankees before being replaced in the beginning of the 1966 season with a 4-16 start by former Manager Ralph Houk. He was disliked by many of the veteran Yankees players. Keane was the wrong man to manage a veteran Yankee team. In the spring of 1967, Johnny suffered a fatal heart attack, while he was working as a MLB scout for the Angels.


1934- The Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig wins the 1934 AL Triple Crown after hitting .363 BA with 49 HRs and 165 RBIs, but Lou will not win the 1934 AL MVP award. Philadelphia A’s catcher Mickey Cochrane, who had hit .320 with 2 HRs and 76 RBIs is named 1934 AL Most Valuable Player.


1942- The BWAA selected Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon as the 1942 AL Most Valuable Player Award winner over Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, who had won the 1942 AL Triple Crown. Joe had hit .322 with 18 HRs and 103 RBIs. Gordon leads the AL in strikeouts (95), most ground balls hit into double plays (22) and the most errors at 2B base with 28.


1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holtzman (1976-1978) was born.
On June 15,1976, hurler Ken Holtzman was traded by the Orioles along with P Doyle Alexander, OF Jimmy Freeman, C Ellie Hendricks and P Grant Jackson to the Yankees for Pitchers Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and C Rick Dempsey. Ken went 12-10 in 44 games with the Yankees; he was a major disappointment for the team. On June 10,1978, Ken was traded by the Yankees to the Cubs for a player to be named later. The Cubs would later send P Ron Davis on June 12,1978 to the Yankees to complete the trade.


1955- The Yankees tour Japan and draw a record crowd of 64,000 fans, when they play the 1st game against the All-Japan Stars in Osaka. Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto stays home for the birth of his child, giving young Yankees infielder like rookie Jerry Lumpe a chance to play. Yankees 3B Andy Carey slugs 13 HR’s, C/OF Elston Howard bats .468 on the 25-game tour. According to "Elston and Me" by Arlene Howard (University of Missouri Press, 2001), the goodwill tour of Japan took place in 1955, immediately following the Yankees loss to the Dodgers in the 1955 World Series. The amount of the HRs hit in Japan by Andy Carey affects his MLB batting swing, he tries to be a HR hitter in AL, but he fails and causes him back problems.


1963- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Christopher was born.
The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1985 MLB amateur player draft selected hurler Mike Christopher. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 5,1989, Mike was drafted by the Dodgers from the Yankees in the 1989 MLB Minor League player draft.


1963- Former Yankees Reserve OF Marcus Lawton (2005) was born.
On August 27,2005, OF Marcus Lawton was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for minor league Pitcher Justin Berg. He appeared in 21 games, hitting just .125 before being released by the team. He is the older brother of former Yankees reserve OF Matt Lawton.


1968- Former Yankees Reliever Paul Quantrill (2004-2005) was born.
On December 17, 2003, the Yankees signed veteran reliever Paul Quantrill as a MLB free agent. Paul posted an 8-3 record in 108 games with 1 save for the Yankees. On July 2, 2005, Paul was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for 2 hurlers: Darrell May and Tim Redding along with cash.


1973- Former Yankees Reliever Armando Benitez (2003) was born.
On July 16,2003, Closer Armando Benitez was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for Ryan Bicondoa (minors), Jason Anderson and Anderson Garcia. He posted a 1-1 record in 9 games for the 2003 Yankees. On August 6,2003, he was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for veteran reliever Jeff Nelson


1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Fisher (1911-1917) passed away. (1887-1982)
In August of 1909, Ray Fisher was purchased by the Yankees from Hartford (Connecticut State League). Ray went 76-78 in 219 games for the Yankees. On March 15,1919, Fisher was selected off waivers by the Reds from the Yankees. He appears in the 1919 World Series with the Reds. In 1921, the Reds cut Ray Fisher's player salary by $1,000. Rather than take the pay cut, Fisher asked for his release, then quit the MLB to coach baseball at the University of Michigan, when the Reds wouldn't release him. For this offense, Commissioner Landis banned Ray Fisher from organized baseball. In 1980, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reinstated him back into baseball. In 1951, Fisher was one of a number of baseball figures, who had testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Study of Monopoly Power in its investigation of baseball's business practices. His testimony focused primarily on the circumstances surrounding his leaving the Reds to take the college coaching position at Michigan and his subsequent blacklisting by the Commissioner Landis. Ray Fisher coached college baseball at Michigan for 38 seasons (1921-1958), while winning 9 Big 10 Conference titles outright, while sharing 4 more. His 1953 team won the College World Series. He lived to age 95. Shortly before his death, he was honored at Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. Prior to his death in 1982, he was the oldest-living former MLB player of the Yankees and Reds.


1992- The Yankees make one of their best modern era trades ever by acquiring OF Paul O'Neill from the Reds for All Star OF Roberto Kelly. Paul O'Neill will help the Yankees win World Championships in 1996,1998,1999 and the 2000 MLB seasons. The Yankees front office had asked Roberto Kelly to move to RF for rookie CF Bernie Williams, he refused to do so and the team traded Kelly.


2001- In Game #6 of 2001 World Series, the Diamondbacks get 21 hits in the 1st 6-innings against the Yankees to set a record for hits in a World Series game. The 1921 Giants in Game 3 against the Yankees, and the 1946 Cardinals in Game 4, against the Red Sox, established the previous WS record of 20 hits. The D-Backs win by a score of 15-2, forcing a decisive Game 7. Randy Johnson is the winning pitcher, while Andy Pettitte is the losing pitcher for the Yankees.


2005- The Yankees hired Former Royals Manager Tony Peña as their 1B MLB Coach. Tony tells the NYC sports media that he would withdraw as a candidate to manage the Dominican Republic team in next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic to focus on his new job with the Yankees.


2011- Former Yankees DH/OF/1B Matty Alou (1973) passes away from complications from diabetes at the age of 72. (1938-2011).
Matty was the brother of Felipe and Jesus Alou; they came up together with the Giants. After his trade by the Giants to the Pirates, Manager Harry Walker and OF Roberto Clemente worked on his batting swing by having him choke up on the bat. He won the 1966 NL Batting Championship with a .342 BA. Although he had little power, the middle Alou brother was a .307 hitter in 15 MLB seasons (1960-1974). On November 24,1972, Matty was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for a player to be named later and P Rob Gardner. The Yankees sent INF Rich McKinney on December 1,1972 to the A’s to complete the trade. As a Yankee player, Matty hit .296, but he showed very little power with only 1 HR and 28 RBIs. On September 6,1973, Matty was purchased by the Cardinals from the Yankees. Also, the Yankees sold his brother Felipe to the Expos that same day. Matty would finish his MLB playing career with the 1974 Padres.

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