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This Week in Yankees History Nov 25th-Dec 1st
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This Week in Yankees History November 25th-December 1st Part One

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November 25th

1903- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Big Jim” Weaver (1931) was born. (1903-1983)
On November 28,1930, hurler Jim Weaver was traded by the Baltimore Orioles (International League) along with Catcher Tom Patten (minors) to the Yankees for Pitcher Ken Holloway, Jack Hopkins (minors) and cash. Jim went 2-1 with a 5.31 ERA in 17 games for the 1931 Yankees. On September 10,1933, Jim was purchased by the Browns from the Yankees. He would be returned to the Yankees by St. Louis in 1934, the Yankees would sell him to the Cubs for the waiver price of $12,400.

1914- Future Hall of Fame Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio (1936-1951) was born in Martinez, California. (1914-1999)
On November 21, 1934, Joe DiMaggio was traded by San Francisco Seals (PCL) to the Yankees for players to be named later and cash. Doc Farrell refused to report to his new team in 1935. The New York Yankees sent Doc Farrell (December 19, 1934),Pitcher Floyd Newkirk (December 19, 1934), Jimmy Densmore (minors) (December 19, 1934), Ted Norbert (minors) (December 19, 1934) and $5,000 (1935) to San Francisco Seals (PCL) to complete the trade. The son of Italian immigrants, Joe DiMaggio will make his MLB player debut with the Yankees in 1936, hitting .323 with 29 HRs and 125 RBIs in 138 games. Joe would win the AL Most Valuable Player Award 3 times (1939, 1941 and 1947). Joe missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service in the U.S. Army for WWII. Joe played in 13 AL All Star Games. He led the AL in hitting in 1939-1940. He will finish his Yankees playing career in 1951 with a lifetime BA of .325 with 361 MLB career HRs with 1,537 RBIs in 1,736 games. His 56 consecutive games hitting streak in 1941 set a new MLB hitting record. Joe had reached the .300 BA mark in 11 seasons of the 13 MLB seasons in his Yankees playing career, with his .381 in 1939 as being his best season. In 1955, Joe will be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Joe’s 2 brothers Vince (Braves and Pirates) and Dom (Red Sox) also played in the MLB.

1923- Former Yankees Reserve OF Archie Wilson (1951-1952) was born. (1923-2007)
In 1947, the Yankees signed OF Archie Wilson, as an MLB amateur free agent. Archie appeared in only 7 games hitting .167 with No HRs and 1 RBI for the Yankees before being traded on May 3,1952, along with OF Jackie Jensen, Pitcher Spec Shea and INF Jerry Snyder to the Senators for Outfielders Irv Noren and Tom Upton.

1949- Red Sox OF Ted Williams, who lost the 1949 AL Triple Crown when his batting average was .0002 below that of Tigers 3B George Kell, he wins the 1949 AL MVP Award vote in a landslide. The Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto and closer Joe Page finished 2nd and 3rd in the AL MVP voting.

1951- Former Yankees shortstop (1977-1982) and MLB Manager (1988-1989) Russell Earl “Bucky” Dent was born.
The Yankees obtained the 1978 AL 1 play-off game hero Shortstop Bucky Dent on April 5,1977 from the White Sox for OF/DH Oscar Gamble, 2 minor league pitchers: La Marr Hoyt and Bob Polinsky and $200,000. His HR in the 1978 AL Playoff game against the Red Sox is considered to be one of the most dramatic HRs in Yankees franchise history. In 1978, he won the AL Babe Ruth Award and the World Series MVP for his .417 BA. Dent will be named to the AL All Star team as shortstop in 1976 and 1980-1981. He appeared in 2 World Series with Yankees, while hitting .349 with 0 HRs and 9 RBIs. In 1982, with the arrival of Roy Smalley from the Twins and struggling with his .169 batting average, Bucky had lost his starting job as the Yankees shortstop. On August 8,1982, he was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for veteran MLB OF/DH Lee Mazzilli. As a Yankees player, Dent appeared in 695 games, while hitting .239 with 27 HRs and 209 RBIs. Overall as an MLB player, Bucky finished his playing career playing in 1,392 games, while hitting .247 with 40 HRs and 423 RBIs. After retiring as an MLB player, he will return to the Yankees organization as coach, then as manager at AAA Columbus (International League), before managing the Yankees in 1988-1989, going 36-53 in 89 games. Dent was then a Cardinals MLB coach from 1991 to 1994. Then he a member of the 1995-2001 Rangers MLB coaching staff. In 2006, he joined the Reds MLB staff as bench coach for his former teammate with the Yankees, Jerry Narron. He left the Reds on July 3,2007, 2 days after Narron was fired with the team in last place in the NL Central.

1953- The Yankees lose minor league OF Jerry Lynch to the Pirates in the 1953 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Lynch would later become a successful MLB pinch hitter for the Pirates and Reds during the 1950-1960’s.

1965- Former Yankees Minor League P Royal Clayton was born.
Royal Clayton joined the Yankees organization in 1987. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He played in the Yankees farm system from 1987-1994, making as far as the AAA Columbus Clippers (International League), while posting a 41-27 record. He is older brother of MLB player Royce Clayton.

1966- Former Yankees OF/DH Mark Whitten (1997) was born.
On January 9,1997, OF Mark Whitten was signed as an MLB free agent with the Yankees. Mark hit .265 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs in 69 games for the Yankees before being released by the team in August of 1997.

1970- Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson receives 23 of the 24 1st-place ballots; he is named the 1970 AL Rookie of the Year. Munson batted .302 with 6 HRs and 53 RBIs in 132 games during the 1970 AL season. Indians OF Roy Foster is also named on a 1st place ballot.

1973- Former Yankees Reliever Octavio Dotel (2006) was born.
On January 4, 2006, reliever Octavio Dotel was signed as an MLB free agent with the Yankees. He was recovering from arm injury in 2006, which limited his play to only 14 games with no record and a 10.80 ERA during the 2006 AL season. He will leave the Yankees, signing as an MLB free agent with the Royals in 2007.

1980- Former Yankees shortstop and MLB coach Gene Michael becomes the 25th manager in Yankees club history, replacing a resigning Manager Richard Howser. Under Gene Michael, the Yankees will win the AL pennant in 1981, but lose the 1981 World Series to the Dodgers. Howser will go on to manage the Royals, before passing away from cancer in 1985.

1980- Former Yankees RF/DH/1B Nick Swisher (2009-2012) was born.
On November 13,2008, OF/1B Nick Swisher was traded by the White Sox along with Kanekoa Texeira (minors) to the Yankees for P Jeff Marquez (minors), MLB INF Wilson Betemit and P Jhonny Nunez. As a Yankees player, Nick has appeared in 450 games, while hitting .267 with 81 HRs and 256 RBIs. He is the son of former MLB Catcher Steve Swisher. After the 2012 MLB season, Nick became an MLB free agent signing with the Indians. During the 2016 MLB season, Swisher rejoined the Yankees organization as a minor league player, playing 1B at AAA Scranton. Recently, he was a special instructor for the Yankees working with minor league players in Tampa player training complex for a week.

1997- Current Yankees Minor League OF Esteven Florial was born.
Outfielder Estevan Florial is a top prospect for the Yankees. Florial was signed by the Yankees before the 2015 MLB season as a 17-year-old and played that 1st season with the DSL Yankees 1, hitting .313 in 57 games. After that excellent debut, he was moved to the United States in 2016 and played for 3 different teams. He began the year with the Pulaski Yankees ( Appalachian League), but before the season was out he had also seen some action with the Charleston RiverDogs ( South Atlantic League) and the Tampa Yankees (Florida State League). In 67 games, he hit .227 with 8 HRs and 30 RBIs. He then had a breakthrough season with Charleston and Tampa in 2017, where he hit .298 in 110 games, with 23 doubles, 7 triples and 13 HRs. He scored 77 runs and drove in 57 while stealing 23 bases and being caught 8 times. The main negative was 148 strikeouts, but he did draw 50 walks, a good total for such a young hitter with power. His performance earned him a spot on the World Team for the 2017 Futures Game, played in Miami, FL and an invitation to MLB 2018 spring training camp by the Yankees. The 2018 minor league season saw him split playing time between 3 teams, appearing in 84 games, while hitting .283 with 6 HRs and 35 RBIs.

2008- Former Yankees hurler, MLB Coach (1957), Minor League Manager, MLB Scout Randy Gumpert (1946-1948) passed away. (1918-2008)
In 1936, hurler Randy Gumpert was signed by the Philadelphia A’s, as an MLB amateur free agent. The A’s released Randy outright in July of 1939. He was picked up by the Yankees organization. After his WWII military service was over, he had his finest season with the Yankees in 1946, going 11-3 with 33 games. Randy would go 4-1 with a 5.43 ERA in 1947. In 1948, after going 1-0 in 15 games, he was placed on waivers by the team. He was signed by the White Sox on July 25,1948, after going 16-4 during his 2 plus MLB seasons for the Yankees. Randy was the MLB pitcher that gave up Mickey Mantle’s 1st MLB HR on May 1,1951 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was a 450 FT shot into the Yankees bullpen. After his active playing career was finished, Randy Gumpert managed the 1956 Bradford Yankees,1956-1958 Kearney Yankees and the 1960 St. Petersburg Saints. He also served as a Yankees MLB scout for 20 years. He was a Scouting Supervisor for the MLB Scouting Bureau for several years.

November 26th

1878- Former Yankees Pitcher Thomas “Long Tom” Hughes (1904) was born. (1878-1956)
On December 20,1903, starter Tom Hughes was traded by the Boston Americans to the Yankees for hurler Jesse Tannehill. He had a 20-7 record in 1903 with Boston. Tom went 7-11 with a 3.70 ERA in 19 games before being traded on July 20,1904 by the Yankees along with P Barney Wolfe to the Senators for veteran starter Al Orth.

1908- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Pitcher Veron “Lefty Gomez (1930-1942) was born. (1908-1989)
On August 17,1929, hurler Veron “Lefty” Gomez was purchased by the Yankees from the San Francisco Seals (PCL). Lefty would go 189-101 with a WP of .637 in 357 games with a 3.34 ERA in his Yankees pitching career. Also, Lefty would finish with 1,468 strikeouts with 173 complete games and 28 shutouts. Lefty appeared on 7 AL All Star teams, including the very 1st team in 1933. His AL All Star record was 3-1 in 5 games. His World Series record as a Yankees starter was 6-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 7 games with 4 complete games. On January 25,1943, Lefty was purchased by the Boston Braves from the Yankees. The Braves would release Gomez before appearing in a game with them, and then he was picked up by the Senators, going 0-1 in 1 game; before retiring as an active player in July of 1943. He would be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1972. He was one of the most colorful players to ever wear the Yankees pinstripes.

1910- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher and Manager Ray White was born. (1910-1995)
Ray White was a Yankees minor league baseball pitcher and Manager. He played from 1933 to 1940, going 55-37 with a 4.79 ERA in 170 games. Over the course of his 6-year pitching career, he threw 877 innings. In 1934, he went 17-9 while splitting the season between the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) and the Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League). With the Bassett Furnituremakers in 1937, he was 13-8 with a 2.21 ERA. As a Yankees Minor League Manager, he led the 1937 Bassett Furnituremakers (Bi-State League), the 1938-1940 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) and the 1940 Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic League).

1941- Former Yankees MLB Coach and MLB Manager Jeff Torborg (1975-1976) was born.
Jeff Torborg was a Yankees MLB Coach from 1975-1976, before leaving the team to take an MLB coaching job at Cleveland. He was named the Tribe’s skipper in 1977. After that, he spent 10 seasons as a Yankees MLB coach. He later went on to manage the White Sox, Mets, Expos and the Marlins. In 1990 and 1991, his White Sox teams finished 2nd, he was manager when the rookie Frank Thomas came up. In 1990, he was named AL Manager of the Year. In 2003, he was the manager - for part of the season - for the Marlins, who won the 2003 World Series, after he was fired. He was also a TV broadcaster for the FOX Network from 1997 to 2001 and again in 2004 and 2005. He joined the Atlanta Braves television broadcast team in 2006. As an MLB player for 10 MLB seasons, he played for the Dodgers and Angels. He caught no-hitters by MLB All Star starters Sandy Koufax, Bill Singer and Nolan Ryan. He was with the 1965 Dodgers, but he didn’t appear in the 1965 World Series against the Orioles. Jeff Torborg was a 1963 College All American Catcher at Rutgers University. He was good hitter in college, but a weak hitter at the MLB level with a .214 lifetime BA with 8 HRs and 101 RBIs in 574 games.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Larry Gura (1974-1976) was born.
On May 7,1974, hurler Larry Gura was traded by the Rangers along with cash to the Yankees for veteran C/DH/1B Duke Sims. He posted a 12-9 record with a 3.21 ERA in 34 games with the Yankees. After being in Billy Martin’s doghouse, Larry was traded by the Yankees to the Royals for reserve Catcher Fran Healy on May 16, 1976. As a Royals starter, he would give the Yankees trouble. He was an Arizona State college baseball player, who was selected in 2nd round of the 1969 MLB amateur player draft by the Cubs. Overall, Larry went 127-97 with 3.76 ERA in 403 MLB games.

1955- Former Yankees Reliever Jay Howell (1982-1984) was born.
On August 2,1982, Jay Howell was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 19,1981. The Cubs sent players to be named later to the Yankees for minor league INF Pat Tabler. The Cubs sent P Bill Caudill on April 1, 1982. Then Jay Howell was sent on August 2,1982 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Jay went 12-12 with 4.38 ERA in 86 games with 7 saves. His best Yankees season was in 1984, when he went 9-4 in 41 games with 7 saves. On December 5,1984, Jay was traded by the Yankees with along P Tim Birtsas, OF Stanley Javier, Pitchers Eric Plunk and Jose Rijo to the Oakland A’s for All Star LF Rickey Henderson, P Bert Bradley and cash. Overall in 15 MLB seasons, Jay went 58-53 with a 3.34 ERA with 155 saves in 568 games.

1958- The 1958 AL MVP winner is announced with Red Sox slugger Jackie Jensen, who had hit .286 with 35 HRs and 122 RBIs in 154 games, winning over Yankees Pitcher Bob Turley (21-7 record with a 2.97 ERA in 33 games) and Indians OF Rocky Colavito, who hit .303 with 41 RBIs and 113 RBIs in 143 games. Bob Turley will walk away with the 1958 MLB Cy Young Award for MLB pitchers.

1962- The Dodgers traded veteran starter Stan Williams (14-12,4.46 ERA) for Yankees veteran 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron (.270 BA, 23 HRs, 80 RBIs). Bill Skowron will hit a HR against his former Yankee teammates in Game 2 of the 1963 World Series. Yankees rookie 1B/OF Joe Pepitone will take over the regular duties at 1B. Bill Skowron leaves the team with a lifetime BA of .296 in 12 seasons with the club (1954-1962). Stan Williams would go 9-8 with 2 saves for the 1963 Yankees. The next season, Stan dropped to a 1-5 mark for the Yankees. In the spring of 1965, the Yankees sold him to the Indians. He appeared in 1 game for the Yankees in 1963 World Series, pitching 3 scoreless innings of relief against his former Dodger teammates.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam Militello (1992-1993) was born.
The Yankees in the 6th Round of the 1990 MLB amateur player draft selected P Sam Militello. He made his pro baseball debut in 1990, with the Oneonta Yankees. He led the Short-Season New York-Penn League with 119 strikeouts; his 1.22 ERA was 2nd in the league. The following year, he was the Pitcher of the Year in the Carolina League after compiling a 12-2 record with a 1.22 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 103 innings for the Prince William Cannons. He finished the season with the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees, with whom he put up a 2-2 record with a 2.35 ERA in 7 starts. In 1992, he was named the Most Valuable Pitcher in the International League, when he compiled another 12-2 record with a league-leading 2.29 ERA in 22 games with the AAA Columbus Clippers. In 1992, he went 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 9 games for the team. In 1993, Sam posted a 1-1 record with a 6.75 ERA in 3 games. Overall, Sam went 4-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 12 games with the Yankees. Pitching arm injuries cut Mititello’s MLB pitching career short. In 1996, he retired as active player. He was a pitching coach in the Indians farm system in 1999-2000 for the Burlington (NC) Indians and the Columbus RedStixx. In 2009, Militello was an Associate Head Baseball Coach for Joe Urso at the University of Tampa. He has been an assistant coach at UT since 2001.

1985- Former Yankees Minor League P Jhonny Nunez was born.
On July 31, 2008, hurler Jhonny Nunez was traded by the Nationals to the Yankees for minor league INF Alberto Gonzalez. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 13, 2008, he was traded by the Yankees along with MLB INF/OF Wilson Betemit and minor league hurler Jeff Marquez to the White Sox for 1B/OF/DH Nick Swisher and minor league P Kanekoa Texeira.

2009- New York Yankees Public Address announcer Bob Sheppard officially retires at the age of 99. Known as the "Voice of God," Sheppard had been the Yankees PA announcer from 1951 to 2007 before his deteriorating health forced him to step down. He briefly returned in 2008 to announce the Yankees lineup for the final game at the old Yankee Stadium.

November 27th

1892- Former Yankees Pitcher Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush (1922-1924) was born. (1892-1974)
On December 20,1921, starter “Bullet Joe” Bush was traded by the Red Sox along with
hurler Sam Jones and Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott to the Yankees for shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Jack Quinn, Harry Collins and Bill Piercy. “Bullet Joe” would go 62-38 with a 3.44 ERA in 115 games with 61 complete games, 6 shutouts, 4 saves for the Yankees, before he was traded on December 17,1924, along with pitchers Milt Gaston and Joe Giard to the St. Louis Browns for veteran starter Urban Shocker.

1920- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Bear Tracks” Schmitz (1952-1953) was born. (1920-2011)
On August 1,1952, hurler John Schmitz was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Dodgers. John went 1-1 in 8 games with 2 saves for the 1952-1953 Yankees. On August 28,1952, Johnny was traded by the Yankees along with minor league outfielders Jim Greengrass, Bob Marquis, MLB Pitcher Ernie Nevel along with $35,000 to the Reds for veteran NL starter Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell. On February 16,1953, John was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. After appearing in 3 games with 1 save and a 0-0 record with the team, John Schmitz was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees on May 12,1953.

1937- Former Yankees Pitcher William “Bill” Short (1960) was born.
Before the start of the 1955 MLB season, the Yankees signed hurler Bill Short as an MLB amateur free agent. In 1959, Bill was named the Pitcher of the Year for International League with a 17-6 record in 27 games with a 2.48 ERA, while pitching for the AAA Richmond Virginians. In 1960, Bill went 3-5 with a 4.79 ERA in 10 starts for the Yankees. On November 27,1961, Billy was drafted by the Orioles from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 player draft. Bill would pitch for the Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Pirates, Mets and the Reds finishing with 5-11 record with a 4.73 ERA in 73 MLB games (1960,1962,1966-1969).

1941- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio is named 1941 AL Most Valuable Player. His 56-game hitting streak edges out Red Sox OF Ted Williams and his .406 BA for the AL MVP award (votes: 291 for Joe DiMaggio and 254 for Ted Williams). Joe hit .357 with 30 HRs and 125 RBIs in 139 games for the 1941 Yankees.

1947- The 1947 AL Triple Crown winner Red Sox Ted Williams (.343 BA, 32 HRs, 162 RBIs) is edged out by Yankees Joe DiMaggio (.315 BA, 20 HRs, 97 RBIs) for the 1947 AL Most Valuable Player Award voting by 1 point. One BBWAA member, Mel Webb fails to include Ted Williams, anywhere on his 1947 AL MVP players voting ballot.

1961- Lefty pitcher Bill Short was selected by the Orioles from the Yankees organization in the 1961 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Bill had appeared in 10 games for the 1960 Yankees, while posting a 3-5 record with a 4.79 ERA. He had spent the 1961 season with the Yankees AAA club, the Richmond Virginians (International League).

1971- Former Yankees C/DH/1B Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez (2008) was born.
On July 30,2008, veteran All Star Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees by the Tigers in return for hard-throwing reliever Kyle Farnsworth; the trade came on the same day on which the Yankees announced that regular Catcher Jorge Posada would miss the remainder of the 2008 MLB season after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder. He ended up sharing catching duties with veteran reserve C Jose Molina during the remainder of the 2008 season. He appeared in 39 games for the Yankees, just hitting .219 with only 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. After the 2008 season, he became an MLB free agent.

1972- The Yankees make one of their best trades in the team’s history by acquiring 3B Graig Nettles from the Indians for C/1B/3B John Ellis, INF Jerry Kenney, young outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres. Also, the Yankees received Catcher Jerry Moses from the Tigers. Graig Nettles will help the Yankees win the World Series in 1977-1978. The Yankees 3B problem will finally be solved 6 seasons after the 1966 trade of Clete Boyer to the Braves. Johnny Ellis couldn’t beat out Thurman Munson behind the plate for the starting catcher’s job. Jerry Kennedy, Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres were supposed to be the next generation of young Yankees stars, but they really were not. OF Charley Spikes was a promising power switch-hitter, who briefly appeared with the Yankees in September of 1972. INF Jerry Kennedy had played in 460 games with the Yankees, while hitting .237 with just 12 HRs. Johnny Ellis was a former 1970 James P. Dawson Award winner. With Munson being the team’s better catcher, Ellis played 1B, 3B and reserve catcher for the team, while hitting .260 with 16 HRs in 235 games. Jerry Moses would take over the reserve catcher’s spot for the 1973 Yankees. Rusty Torres was another switch-hitting outfielder, who hit just .211 in 80 games with the team. Both Spikes and Torres were expected to be in the 1973 starting line-up.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League P Jason Beverlin was born.
On July 28, 1995, Jason Beverlin was traded by the Oakland A’s along with OF/DH Ruben Sierra to the Yankees for OF/DH Danny Tartabull. Jason never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He would later become a college baseball coach.

1974- MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner for 2 years as a result of Steinbrenner's federal conviction for illegal campaign contributions to President Richard Nixon and others. His MLB suspension will later be reduced to 1 year. He will later be pardon by President Regan.

1984- Yankees starter Ron Guidry and OF Dave Winfield are named to the AL Golden Glove team. They are the only Yankee players to be named to the 1984 AL Golden Glove squad.

2013- Former Yankees 2013 Reserve INF Luis Cruz signs a deal with Japan’s Chiba Lotte Mariners. The Yankees had granted him MLB free agency, after refusing to accept a minor league reassigned to AAA Scranton. The Yankees had signed him as an MLB free agent after his release by the Dodgers in August, appearing in 45 games for the team, while hitting just .127. He appeared in only 16 games for the Yankees, hitting just .182 before being released by the team. Then he was resigned by the Yankees to a minor league deal and sent to AAA Scranton to finish out the 2013 season.

November 28th

1882- Former Yankees INF/OF Wilbur “Roxy” Roach (1910-1911) was born. (1882-1947)
In August of 1909, the Yankees purchased INF/OF Wilbur “Roxy” Roach from Lancaster (Tri-State League) for $2,500. He appeared in 83 games, while hitting .219 for the Yankees. On June 15,1911, he was purchased by Jersey City (Eastern League) from the Yankees.

1893- Former Yankees Longtime MLB Scout (1952-1983) and MLB player (1912-1931) Frank O’Rourke was born. (1893-1983)
Frank O'Rourke was a good-field, little-hit infielder, who played 14 seasons in the MLB, stretched out in the period from 1912 to 1931. He was 17 when he first broke in, but then didn't come back to the MLB for several seasons. His best season with the bat was in 1925, when he hit .293 with 40 doubles (the league hit .292 and his team hit .302). In 1927, when he hit .268 with the St. Louis Browns, who lost 94 games, he was 13th in the MVP voting. As a rookie in 1912, O'Rourke was the player most used at shortstop by the Boston Braves, but Rabbit Maranville came up as a 20-year-old rookie that season, he won the job the next season with the team. O'Rourke had been the Tigers 2B in 1925, but he lost his job to the young Charlie Gehringer in 1926. After his playing days, O'Rourke was a minor league coach. He also managed the 1931-1933 Milwaukee Brewers, 1935 Charlotte Hornets, 1936-1939 El Dorado Lions and the 1942 Cordele Reds. He was later a MLB scout with the Reds organization from 1941 to 1951. He was a longtime MLB Scout for the Yankees from 1952 to 1983.

1927- The Yankees released veteran pitchers Bob Shawkey and Dutch Ruether, who both have retired as active players from MLB. Bob Shawkey finished his Yankees pitching career with a record of 168-131. After being obtained from the Philadelphia A’s for $85,000 in 1915, he was a 4-time, 20- game winner (1915-1927). Shawkey will become the Yankees MLB pitching coach. Bob will manage the Yankees in 1930 to an 3rd place finish with an 86-68 record, before being replaced by veteran NL Manager Joe McCarthy for the 1931 AL season. After being obtained from the Senators on waivers in August of 1926, Dutch Ruether finished out his long MLB pitching career by going 13-6 in 1927. Dutch started 1 game in the 1926 World Series and lost his only decision to the Cardinals. He did not make any appearances for the Yankees in the 1927 World Series. As a Yankees hurler, he went 15-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 32 games. His final MLB pitching record was a 137-95 mark with a 3.50 ERA in 309 games.

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Pitching Coach Dave “Rags” Righetti (1979-1990) was born.
On January 11,1977, Dave Righetti was selected by the Rangers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1977 MLB amateur player draft (January). He was the son of long-time minor league INF Leo Righetti. On November 10, 1978, Dave was traded by the Rangers along with Greg Jemison (minors), MLB OF Juan Beniquez, Pitchers Mike Griffin and Paul Mirabella to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Mike Heath, Pitchers Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich, rookie INF Domingo Ramos and cash. Dave won the AL Rookie of Year award in 1981. The highlight of his efforts as a starting pitcher occurred on the 4th of July 1983, when he threw a 4-0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. It was the 1st Yankee no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, and the 1st by a Yankee left-hander since 1917. In 1984, Dave was converted from a starter to a closer by the Yankees, replacing veteran closer Rich Gossage, who left the Yankees for MLB free agency. On October 4,1986, he saved both games of a doubleheader against the Red Sox, finishing the 1986 MLB season with 46 saves, breaking the MLB record shared by Dan Quisenberry and Bruce Sutter. The record would stand until Bobby Thigpen saved 57 games for the White Sox in 1990, which would also be Righetti's last season with the Yankees. Righetti retained the single-season record for left-handers until 1993, when Randy Myers saved 53 games for the Cubs; Righetti still owns the AL record for left-handers. He posted a 74-61career pitching record for the Yankees, while appearing in 522 games with 224 saves and a 3.11 ERA. He was 3-0 in AL playoffs. He went 0-1 in the 1981 World Series for the Yankees. In 1986-1987, Dave won the AL Rolaids Relief award. He was on the 1986-1987 AL All Star teams. He left the Yankees after the 1990 MLB season, signing with the Giants. He is currently a Special Advisor for the Giants front office. He had been the team’s long-time MLB Pitching Coach.

1959- Former Yankees Reserve INF Blondy Ryan (1935) passed away. (1905-1959)
On August 6, 1935, veteran MLB shortstop Blondy Ryan was purchased by the Yankees from the Phillies. Had been hitting .260 for the Phillies before being sent down to the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League). He balked at being demoted to the minors threaten to quit baseball, the Phillies the sold him to the Yankees. He appeared in 30 games for the 1935 Yankees, while hitting .238 with No HRs and 11 RBIs as a temporary replacement for injured Yankees starting shortstop Frank Crosetti. On December 18, 1935, Ryan was sold by the Yankees to the AA Minneapolis Millers (American Association), who are the Indians top AA team. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1937-1938 Giants.

1960-The new AL expansion team, the Washington Senators selected Yankees hurler John Gabler in the 1960 MLB Rule 5 player draft from the AAA Richmond Virginians (International League). John had posted a 4-4 record with a 3.79 ERA in 24 games with 1 save for the 1959-1960 Yankees.

1967- On November 28,1967, C/1B Bill Bryant was selected by the Senators from the Yankees organization in the 1967 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On June 10,1966, Bill was traded by the A’s along with P Fred Talbot to the Yankees for OF Roger Repoz, Pitchers Gil Blanco and Bill Stafford. Bill had hit .217 and .166 for the 1966-1967 Yankees.
1977- Former Yankees OF Robert “Long Bob” Meusel (1920-1929) passes away at the age of 81. (1896-1977)
Outfielder Bob Meusel played in 1,294 games for the Yankees, finishing with a .311 BA. He was known for his strong throwing arm in the outfield. In 1925, with teammate Babe Ruth out for the season, he was the AL HR king hitting 33 HRs and RBIs leader with 138. He played in 6 World Series for the Yankees, appearing in 34 games with a .225 BA. During his Yankees playing career, he hit for the cycle 3 times. His older brother OF Irish Meusel played for the NL cross-town rivals the Giants. They faced each other in 3 World Series (1921-1923). On October 17,1929, Bob was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He will appear in 113 games for the 1930 Reds, while hitting .289 with 10 HRs with 62 RBIs. After the 1930 NL season, Bob retired as active player finishing with an MLB lifetime .309 BA in 11 MLB seasons (1920-1930).

1989- Former Yankees Catcher Jesus Montero (2011) was born.
Jesus Montero was originally signed by Scout Ricardo Finol and Yankees Latin American Scouting Director Carlos Rios in October 2006 for a $2 million bonus. The bonus was renegotiated down to $1.65 million for undisclosed reasons. He hit .280 for the 2007 GCL Yankees in his pro debut in 2007. He hit the game-tying HR in game 3 of the GCL finals. Baseball America rated him the Yankees' #6 prospect and their best power prospect. He was also named the #2 prospect in the GCL by that publication. In 2008, Jesus came to the Yankees MLB spring training camp as a non-roster invitee. He homered in his only at-bat. He then showed major strides with the Charleston River Dogs, hitting .326 with 34 doubles, 17 HRs and 87 RBIs. He led Yankee farmhands in average, runs (86), hits (171), total bases (258) and RBIs. He was named Yankees Minor League Player of the Year. He also led the SAL in hits and catcher fielding percentage (.993); he was 2nd in BA average, trailing Eric Fryer. He was named the All-Star catcher. Baseball America ranked him as the #7 SAL prospect, right ahead of another Charleston backstop, Andrew Romine and as the #2 Yankee prospect. In the 2008 Futures Game, he replaced Welington Castillo at catcher for the World team. Montero continued to shine in 2009, hitting .356 for the Tampa Yankees, then .317 for the Trenton Thunder with 70 RBIs in 92 games before a fractured middle finger ended his 2009 season in early August. He played in the 2009 Futures Game. BA rated him as the #2 prospect in the FSL and #5 in the Eastern League. BA rated the 20-year-old the #5 prospect in all of baseball entering 2010.
Starting that year with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, he was batting only .240 in his 1st 73 games at AAA, but then he got hot, finishing the season at .289 in 123 games. His power output included 21 HRs and 34 doubles. He led Yankee farmhands in slugging, though he was over 100 points behind IL leader Dan Johnson. He led IL backstops in putouts (703), assists (76) and passed balls (15). He made both the International League's mid-season and post-season All-Star teams. BA ranked him as the 4th-best IL prospect. Entering the 2011 season, his prospect ranking had moved up to #3. There was some speculation in spring training camp that he could win a job with the Yankees, as it was clear that Jorge Posada's days as the regular catcher were over, but veteran catcher Russell Martin's excellent play put a stop to that. Montero returned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the 2011 season. In his 2nd season in AAA, he hit .288 in 109 games, with 18 HRs and 19 doubles. He was again a mid-season IL All-Star. He was called up to the Bronx, when MLB rosters expanded on September 1st; he made his MLB player debut that day in the midst of a crucial series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He was immediately inserted into the starting line-up as the DH in order to take advantage of his excellent numbers against left-handed pitching as the Yankees' opponent was veteran starter Jon Lester. He struck out with the bases loaded to end the 1st inning, and went 0 for 4 overall but he reached base on a hit-by-pitch in the 7th and scored the go-ahead run in his team's 4-2 win. He hit his 1st 2 MLB HRs in the same game on September 5th. He 1st HR was connected off of Jim Johnson in the 5th inning to break an 8-8 tie, then again off of Johnson with a 2-run shot in the 7th inning as the Yankees defeated the Orioles by the score of 11-10. He finished the 2011 season with a .328 average in 18 games with 4 doubles and 4 HRs. The Yankees put him on their 2011 postseason roster, in his only game against the Tigers in the 2011 ALDS, he went 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Just when it seemed Montero would settle in as a long-time Yankee player, following Jorge Posada's retirement during the 2011 off-season, but he was traded to the Mariners along with P Hector Noesi in return for 2 young pitchers: Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. The trade confirmed that the Yankees did not think Montero could play catcher on a regular basis in the MLB. That they would need to use the DH spot for some of the expensive and aging veterans on their MLB roster over the next few seasons. The trade was finalized on January 23, 2012. Montero was a major disappointment for the 2012-2015 Marines, appearing in 208 games while hitting .247 with 24 HRs and 92 RBIs, before being put on waivers during the 2016 MLB season. Since then he has played for the Blue Jays and Orioles minor league organizations.

2007- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Marquis passed away. (1924-2007)
Bob Marquis began his pro baseball career in 1947 with the Lufkin Foresters, hitting .346 with 22 doubles and 16 triples in 140 games. He was sent to the Beaumont Exporters in the Yankees minor league system, he played in 4 games, going 0-for-1 at the plate. His 145 runs tied Lew Morton for the Lone Star League lead; no player scored more runs in the league's history. In 1948, he played for Beaumont (2 games) and the Quincy Gems (126 games), hitting a combined .333 with 15 HRs, 18 triples and 21 doubles. He led the Three-I League with 108 runs and 164 hits. Marquis split the 1949 season between Beaumont (20 games) and the Binghamton Triplets (106 games), hitting a combined .236 in 453 at-bats. He hit .293 in 151 games for Beaumont (Texas League) in 1950. He played for the 1951 AAA Kansas City Blues (American Association), while hitting .278 in 123 games. He played for the Blues again in 1952, while hitting .246 in 97 games. On August 28,1952, he was traded to the Reds along with OF Jim Greengrass, P Ernie Nevel, P Johnny Schmitz and $35,000 for veteran starter Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell. He spent 61 games in the minors in 1953 - with the Portland Beavers (PCL), he hit .271. He hit .282 with 16 triples in 143 games for Beaumont (Texas League). Bob appeared in 40 games for the 1953 Reds, while hitting .273 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs, it would be the only time that he played in the MLB.

2010- Former Yankees All Star INF Gil McDougald (1951-1960) passed away from prostate cancer at age of 82. (1928-2010)
In 1948, the Yankees signed INF Gil McDougald, as an amateur MLB free agent. Gil was a versatile infielder for the Yankees. He joined the Bronx Bombers in 1951, splitting time between 2nd and 3B. On May 3rd of that season, he tied an AL record by recording 6 RBIs in 1 inning, hitting a Grand Slam HR and a triple against the St. Louis Browns. He ended the season with a .306 average (tops on the club), 14 HRs, 63 RBIs with 14 steals, Gil went on to win the 1951 AL Rookie of the Year Award. He finished 9th in the MVP voting. In the World Series that October, he became only the 3rd player to hit a Grand Slam HR in the Fall Classic, connecting off the Giants starter Larry Jansen in Game 5. Seeing most of his playing time at 3B in 1952, McDougald's average slipped to .263, but he made the AL All-Star team for the 1st time in his MLB playing career. After 3 more solid seasons, splitting time between 2nd and 3rd base, he was moved to shortstop in 1956 as Phil Rizzuto's Yankees playing career winded down. He responded by hitting a career-best .311 that season, finishing 7th in AL MVP voting. Gil led the AL with 9 triples the following season, when he finished 5th in the MVP race. However, he earned a different form of notoriety on May 7,1957, when he hit a line drive that struck Tribe P Herb Score in the right eye, ultimately ruining young star pitcher's MLB career. After the incident, Gil had lost his aggressiveness at the plate and almost retired from MLB that season. In 1958, he bounced back, McDougald had the finest World Series of his Yankees playing career in World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, hitting a game-winning 10th inning HR in Game 6 and ending the1958 World Series with a .321 average with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs and 5 runs scored. Gil retired at the relatively young age of 32, following the 1960 AL season. He was a 5 time All-Star, joining Pete Rose as the only players to be selected for the game at 3 different positions. He also played in 8 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .237 with 7 HRs with 24 RBIs and scoring 23 runs, as the Yankees won 5 World Championships. In December of 1960, the “new” Washington Senators in the 1960 AL expansion team player draft had selected Gil. He refused to go to the new club. Also, Gil turned down a $100,000 player-manager job offer from the new Angels expansion team. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who a Special Advisor for the Angels Team Owner Gene Autry had recommended him for the manager’s job. Instead he retired from the Yankees. Gil finished his fine Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .276, 112 HRs with 576 RBI’s in 1,336 games. After his MLB playing days, Gil McDougald was a college baseball coach at Fordham University for 7 years. Away from the diamond, he ran a New Jersey maintenance company. He suffered progressive hearing loss, as he got older, the result of being struck by a line drive hit by Yankees teammate Bob Cerv during batting practice years earlier. He eventually went deaf, which was repaired by cochlear implant surgery in 1995.

"Gil was one tough ballplayer. He could also be hardheaded. I'll always remember that crazy stance of his and he didn't want to change. He was a great guy to have playing behind you. He played all of those positions and played them well." – Yankees HOF teammate Whitey Ford

2010- The Marlins agree to terms with former Yankees starter, now a MLB free agent pitcher Javier Vazquez on a 1-year contract, pending a physical. It will be the 7th team for the veteran starter, and the 4th in the last 4 MLB seasons. He was 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA for the 2010 Yankees; he has won 10 or more games every MLB season since 2000.

November 29th

1878- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom “Long Tom” Hughes (1904) was born. (1878-1956)
On December 20,1903, starter Tom Hughes was traded by the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) to the Yankees for hurler Jesse Tannehill. He had a 20-7 record in 1903 with Boston. Tom went 7-11 with a 3.70 ERA in 19 games before being traded on July 20,1904 by the Yankees along with P Barney Wolfe to the Senators for veteran starter Al Orth.

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

1924- Former Yankees All Star OF Irv Noren (1952-1956) was born.
Outfielder Irv Noren had 3 good out of 4 seasons with the Yankees, including hitting .314 in 1954,
despite being troubled with 2 bad knees. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Bombers with the 1952 World Series being his best, hitting .300 against the Dodgers. Irv was on the 1954 All Star team. On May 3,1952, Irv was traded by the Senators along with OF Tom Upton to the Yankees for OF Jackie Jensen, hurler Frank “Spec” Shea, INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson. On February 12,1957, after hitting just .216 in 1956, Irv was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, 1B Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Rip Coleman and Tom Morgan to the A’s for players to be named later, Pitchers Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, Jack McMahan and INF Wayne Belardi. Yankees would send P Jack Urban on April 5,1957 to the A’s to complete the trade. The A’s would send INF Curt Roberts on April 4, 1957. The A’s send rookie INF Clete Boyer on June 4,1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Overall for the Yankees, Irv appeared in 488 games, while hitting .272 with 31 HRs and 198 RBIs. Irv finished MLB playing career in 1960 with a lifetime .275 BA with 65 HRs with 453 RBIs. He had played for the Senators, Yankees, A’s, Cardinals, Cubs and the Dodgers. Later he was a minor league manager. He served as an MLB Coach for 1972-1974 Oakland A’s.

1950- Former Yankees DH/1B/OF Mike Easler (1986-1987) was born.
On March 28,1986, Mike Easler was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for DH/1B Don Baylor. As a Yankees player, Mike hit .297 with 18 HRs, 99 RBIs in 211 games. On December 11,1986, Mike was traded by the Yankees along with INF Tom Barrett to the Phillies for minor league INF Jeff Knox and P Charles Hudson. On June 10,1987, Mike was traded by the Phillies back to the Yankees for OF Keith Hughes and INF/OF Shane Turner. On December 21,1987, Mike was released by the Yankees.

1950- Former Yankees DH/OF/1B Otto Velez (1973-1976) was born.
In 1969, the Yankees signed Otto as an MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in a total of 105 games, while hitting .226 with 6 HRs and 28 RBIs with the Yankees. He hit .266 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 49 games in 1976, while playing 1B, OF and DH. Otto appeared in the 1976 AL Playoffs and World Series with 4 at bats and no hits. On November 5,1976, Otto was selected by the Blue Jays from the Yankees as the 53rd pick in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player draft (the Blue Jays and Mariners).

1965- The Yankees traded utility player Phil “Super Sub” Linz to the Phillies for former 1964 NL Golden Glove winner shortstop Ruben Amaro. The Yankees hoped that Ruben Amaro would replace the retiring Tony Kubek in the starting shortstop job in the 1966 Yankees infield. He proved to be a major disappointment with the bat and getting injured on the field in a routine outfield play with OF Tom Tresh in 1966. The team would sell Ruben Amaro to the Angels for cash in the winter of 1968. Overall as a Yankees player, he had appeared in 191 games, while hitting .214 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. Phil “Super Sub” Linz had played in 354 games for the 1962-1965 Yankees, while hitting .246 with 10 HRs and 67 RBIs. He had appeared in 2 World Series with the team, playing in 10 games, while hitting .235 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs. Phil Linz played as a reserve INF for the 1966-1967 Phillies, while hitting .205 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs in 63 games, before being traded to the Mets mid-season of 1967. He will retire from MLB after the 1968 NL season, hitting .209 with no HRs and 18 RBIs in 102 games as a 2B for the Mets. He managed in the Orioles minor league system for 1 season.

1966- The Yankees traded veteran 3B Clete Boyer to the Braves for rookie OF Bill Robinson and 39-year-old veteran MLB hurler Chi Chi Olivo (5-4 in 47 games). Both players had been with the Braves 1966 AAA Richmond Braves (International League) with Robinson hitting .312 with 20 HRs and 79 RBIs. The trade of Clete Boyer will leaves a defensive gap at 3B for the Yankees, which will not be solved until the arrival of Graig Nettles from the Indians in winter of 1972. Boyer had been moved over to shortstop, while Tom Tresh came in from the outfield took over 3B in 1966, now will be the Yankees new shortstop for 1967. Rookie INF Bobby Murcer was expected to be the Yankees new 3B. Rookie OF Bill Robinson, who had hit .273 in 11 games for the 1966 Braves, was a failure at the plate for the Yankees, who would be eventually sent down to AAA in 1970 after hitting under .240 at the MLB level for 3 seasons. Yankees teammate slugger Mickey Mantle tries to help him out, but Bill couldn’t relax because of NYC sports media pressure touting him as the “Black Mickey Mantle.” He would later re-appear in the MLB in 1972, having successful seasons with the 1972-1983 Pirates and the Phillies. Meanwhile Clete Boyer would have 5 more good MLB seasons with the Braves, before going to Japan to play baseball to finish out his pro baseball career. The 39-year old Olivo never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level, who had sent him to their AAA Syracuse Chiefs team (International League).

1969- Former Yankees All Star Closer Mariano “Mo” Rivera (1995-2013) was born.
In 1990, Mariano Rivera was signed as by the Yankees as an MLB amateur free agent. Mo is the greatest Yankee closer in the team’s history (1903-2013). Mariano Rivera Yankees career pitching stats finished at 82-60 record with a .577 WP, 2.21 ERA in 1,115 games with MLB record 652 saves. Mariano’s All-Star game record was 0-0 in 9 games with 4 saves. His ALDS record is 2-0 in 39 games with a 0.32 ERA with 18 saves. His ALCS record is 4-0 with 0.92 ERA in 33 games and 12 saves. His World Series pitching record was 2-1 with a 0.99 ERA in 24 games with 11 saves. He has won the AL Rolaids Award in 1999,2004-2005. The 1999 AL Babe Ruth Award and MLB World Series Award. He has been named to the AL All Star team 13 times. In 2013, Rivera won the MLB All Star Game MVP Award. In November of 2013, Mo won the 2013 AL Comeback Player of the Year award, after posting a 6-2 record with a 2.11 ERA, with 44 saves in 64 games. He had missed most of the 2012 AL season with a leg injury in Kansas City, while appearing in only 9 games for the Yankees with a 1-1 record with 5 saves.

1976- The Yankees signed MLB free-agent slugger Reggie Jackson to 5-year, $3.5 million-dollar contract. During Mr. October's tenure with the team, the Bronx Bombers will win 4 AL East divisions, 3-AL pennants and 2 World Series Championships, before leaving in 1981 as an MLB free agent signing with the Angels.

1979- MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn lets Billy Martin off with a warning, following the October 23rd incident in which he is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Al “Bozo” Cicotte (1957) passed away. (1929-1982)
Before the start of the 1948 MLB season, the Yankees signed Al Cicotte as an MLB amateur free agent. Al went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA, while appearing in 20 games with 2 saves for the 1957 Yankees. On May 14,1958, Al was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees. Al would pitch in MLB for 5 seasons finishing with a 10-13 mark with a 4.36 ERA and 5 saves in 102 games with the Yankees, Senators, Tigers, Indians, Cardinals and the Colt 45’s. He was a grandnephew of Hall of Fame Pitcher Eddie Cicotte.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve OF George “Tuck” Stainback (1942-1945) passed away. (1910-1992)
He played in MLB for 13 seasons with the 1934-1937 Cubs, 1938 Cardinals, 1938 Phillies, 1938 -1939 Dodgers,1940-1941 Tigers, 1942–1945 Yankees and the 1946 A’s. On December 4,1941, the Tigers sent INF Boyd Perry and OF Tuck Stainback to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on September 8, 1941. The Tigers sent players to be named later to the Yankees for minor league INF Billy Hitchcock (AA Kansas City Blues). Tuck appeared in 211 games with the wartime Yankees, while hitting .252 with 5 HRs and 47 RBIs. George appeared in 7 World Series games with the 1942-1943 Yankees, hitting just .176. On April 26,1946, George was released by the Yankees. He would play for the 1946 Philadelphia A’s, while hitting .244 in 91 games before leaving the MLB. He spent 1947 season with the Los Angeles Angles (PCL), playing in 87 games, while hitting .279 with 2 HRs and 84 RBIs. His finished his pro baseball career in 1949, with the Class B Spokane Indians (Western International League appearing in 101 games, while hitting .368. After the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, Stainback, who had settled in the area after retiring from baseball, approached the Dodgers' Red Patterson with his idea to develop ticket sales to fraternal and civic organizations. He developed group ticket sales over a 20-year career as a Dodger Executive. He supervised the club's Knothole program, which treated children to free games.

1998- Former Yankees Reliever and long time Yankees MLB Pitching Coach Jim “The Milkman” Turner passed away. (1903-1998)
Jim “The Milkman” Turner went 11-9 in 88 games with 19 saves for the 1942-1945 Yankees. He led the AL in 1945 with 10 saves. After his MLB playing career ended, he managed the Yankees minor league team 1946 Beaumont Exporters (Texas League) and the 1947-1948 Portland Beavers (PCL). He would be Casey Stengel’s MLB pitching coach during the 1949-1959 dynasty team seasons. After the 1959 AL 3rd place finish, Jim was replaced by former Yankees P Eddie Lopat as the 1960 Yankees MLB pitching coach. Next, he managed the Reds minor league team, the 1960 AA Nashville Vols (Southern Association). Then Jim spent the next 5 seasons as the Reds MLB Pitching Coach before returning to the Yankees as their MLB Pitching Coach for Manager Ralph Houk in May of 1966. His 1961 Reds pitching staff helped the Reds win their 1st NL pennant since 1940, but they lost the World Series to the Yankees in 5 games. After spending 51 years in pro baseball, Jim retired from the game after the 1973 MLB season. In addition to his 9-season MLB pitching career, Jim Turner compiled a 204-132 record in the minor leagues with a 3.85 ERA. He led the 1929 Piedmont League with 25 wins. Jim Turner earned his "Milkman" nickname because of his off-season job.

1995- Former 3B Charlie Smith, the player traded to Yankees (1967-1968) from the Cardinals for former AL MVP OF Roger Maris in 1966, dies from cancer at age 57. (1937-1995)
Charley Smith hit .224 (1967) and .229 (1968) for the Yankees before being traded to the Giants, who in turn traded him to the Cubs during the 1969 spring training camp. Meanwhile Roger Maris hit .261 and .255 for the Cardinals, playing in the 1967-1968 World Series, while the Yankees finished 9th and 5th place in the AL. The Yankees were attracted to Charlie Smith, who had hit .266 for the 1966 Cardinals, as a replacement for the recently traded 3B Clete Boyer. The Dodgers originally signed Charlie Smith in the late 1950’s. He came up to the team during the 1960 NL season. During his 10 season MLB playing career, Charlie played for the Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, finishing up with the 1969 Cubs with .239 MLB career BA in 771 games (1960-1969).

2005-Former Yankees Minor League and MLB 1B/OF Vic Power passed away. (1927-2005)
Before the start of 1951 MLB Season, 1B/OF Vic Power was purchased by the Yankees from the Drummondville (Provincial League, Canada). He played for the 1951 AA Syracuse Chiefs (International League) and the 1952-1953 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association), He led the American Association in batting with a .349 clip with 16 HRs and 93 RBIs in 149 games. He played in the outfield, while Bill Skowron was the Blues regular 1B. Vic Power was considered to be too flashy and loud by Yankees GM George Weiss to be the 1st black Yankees MLB player. On December 16,1953, Vic was traded by the Yankees along with INF Don Bollweg, 3B Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, OF Bill Renna and Catcher Jim Robertson to the Philadelphia A’s for starter Harry Byrd, 1B Eddie Robinson, INF Babe Loren, Outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro. Then GM Weiss traded away the rest of the black players in the Yankees farm system, keeping only OF/Catcher Elston Howard. Vic Power was a better 1B than Bill “Moose” Skowron, who admitted that Vic was the best 1B that he had ever played against during his long MLB playing career. Power won the AL Golden Glove 1B Award from 1958-1964. He would play in the MLB for 12 seasons, finishing up with a .294 BA,  while hitting 126 HRs with 658 RBIs in 1,627 games. He played for the A’s, Indians, Twins, Angels (twice) and the Phillies. Vic Power managed the Puerto Rican national team to a Silver Medal in the 1973 FIBA Amateur World Series.

2006- Former Yankees Reliever Pete Mikkelsen (1964-1965) passed away. (1939-2006)
Before the start of 1958 MLB season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Pete Mikkelsen as an amateur MLB free agent. Primarily used as a reliever by Manager Yogi Berra, he reached the World Series in 1964, his rookie season with the Yankees. His rookie season bullpen work for the Bronx Bombers was instrumental in helping the team squeeze out an AL pennant, the last one for the old Yankees dynasty (1949-1964). In 1964, Pete went 7-4 with 3.56 ERA in 50 games with 12 saves. In 1965, he slipped to a 4-9 mark with a 3.28 ERA in 41 games with only 1 save. He had appeared in 4 games of the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, with a 0-1 record with a 5.79 ERA. On December 10,1965, Pete was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates along with cash for veteran NL starter Bob Friend. His trade was another bad deal done by the Yankees front office along with the deals of Clete Boyer and Roger Maris, which in all truth were salary dumps made by CBS Inc. management. Pete would finish his 9-season MLB pitching career with a 45-40 record with a 3.38 ERA with 48 saves in 364 games. He pitched for the Yankees, Pirates, Cubs, Cardinals and finishing with the 1968-1972 Dodgers.

2007- The Yankees officially announced that All Star catcher Jorge Posada's 4-year, $52.4-million deal that will most likely keep him in pinstripes for the remainder of his MLB baseball career or at least through 2011 AL season.

2012- The Pirates outbid the Yankees to sign MLB free agent Catcher Russell Martin to a 2-year contract for $17 million, leaving the Yankees with a huge hole behind the plate.

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This Week in Yankees History November 25th-December 1st Part Two

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November 30th

1909- Former Yankees Pitcher James “Jimmy” DeShong (1934-1935) was born. (1909-1993)
On September 15, 1933, Jimmy DeShong was purchased by the Yankees from Sacramento Senators (PCL). DeShong went 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA and 6 saves in 60 games with the Yankees. On January 17,1936, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jesse Hill to the Senators for P Bump Hadley and OF Roy Johnson. On June 20,1939, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Washington Senators. The Yankees assigned him to their AA team, the Newark Bears (International League), he would not pitch at the MLB level again. He spent the 1940-1941 seasons in the minor leagues with the White Sox and Phillies organizations before retiring as an active player. He would become a Minor League Manager for the A’s organization.

1936- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Hamilton (1963-1970) was born. (1936-1997)
In April of 1963, Steve Hamilton was obtained from the Senators for hurler Jim Coates. Steve worked mostly out of the Yankees bullpen, until September of 1970, going 34-20 with a 2.78 ER1 in 312 games with 36 saves. His 1 complete game shutout was on August 5,1966, against the Indians, while pitching for the Yankees. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 Tribe batters. It was one of only 3 starts that he had in the 1966 AL season. Later in his MLB pitching career, Hamilton threw the famed "folly-floater," a high, slow lob pitch. On September 9,1970, Steve was selected off waivers by the White Sox from the Yankees. He later would pitch for the Cubs and Giants before retiring in 1972 with an overall MLB pitching record of 40-31 with 3.05 ERA and 42 saves in 421 games. The Indians had originally signed him as an MLB amateur free agent in 1958. During the late 1950’s, Steve had played for the NBA with old Lakers team in Minnesota, as a reserve player. After retiring as an MLB player, he was the head baseball coach at his old college, Morehead State University.

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

1952- On a local NYC TV program, Brooklyn Dodgers All Star INF Jackie Robinson charges that the Yankees Management is racist for its failure to bring up a black player. Yankees General Manager George Weiss denies Robinson’s allegations of racism. In reality, Weiss will release or trade away all minority players in the Yankees farm system except for OF/C Elston Howard, who will become the 1st black Yankee MLB player in 1955. Among those minority players, who were traded away or released by the Yankees were future AL All Star 1B Vic Power, P Ruben Gomez, OF Bob Thurman, INF Artie Wilson and P Frank Barker.

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Shields (1988) was born.
On November 11,1987, hurler Steve Shields was signed as an MLB free agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 39 games for the team, while posting a 5-5 record with a 4.37 ERA. On March 20,1989, he was traded by the Yankees to the Twins for minor league P Balvino Galvez. Overall Steve went 8-8 with a 5.26 ERA in 102 games with 3 saves. He pitched for the Braves, Royals, Mariners, Yankees and the Twins.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Tewksbury (1986-1987) was born.
The Yankees in the 19th round of the 1981 MLB amateur player draft selected hurler Bob Tewksbury. In 1986, Bob went 9-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 23 games with 2 complete games. Bob was 1-4 with 6.75 ERA in 8 games with the team, when on July 13,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 minor league hurlers Rich Scheid and Dean Wilkins to the Cubs for MLB starter Steve Trout.

1964- The Yankees drafted Catcher Ellie Rodriguez from the Kansas City A’s organization in the 1964 MLB 1st-year player draft. Ellie had appeared in 9 games for the 1968 Yankees, hitting just .208. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 1968 AL expansion team player draft (the Royals and Pilots).

1964- 1B/OF Duke Carmel was drafted by the Yankees from the Mets organization in the 1964 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Duke appeared in only 6 games for the 1965 Yankees with no hits, before being sent down to AAA.

1967- The Yankees purchased shortstop Gene “Stick” Michael from the Dodgers for cash. He will be the Yankees starting shortstop until the 1975 AL season. After retiring as an MLB player, he will return to the Yankees organization to be a Coach, Manager (MLB and minor leagues), General Manager. Gene was serving as a Special Consultant in the Yankees front office.

1976-The Yankees purchased OF/DH Jimmy “Toy Cannon” Wynn from the Braves for $100,000. He hit a disappointing .143 with 1 HR in 43 games for the Yankees before being released by the team on July 14,1977. He hit the game winning hit in the 1977 home opener, which was the highlight of his Yankees playing career. He would finish the 1977 season with Brewers.

1976- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Craig Wilson (2006) was born.
After being traded by the Pirates for Yankees hurler Shawn Chacon, Craig Wilson only hit .212 in
40 games in pinstripes. He left the Yankees for MLB free agency in the fall of 2006, signing with the Braves.

1981- Yankees rookie left-handed starter Dave Righetti, who had of 8-4 record with a 2.06 ERA in 1981, wins the 1981 AL Rookie of the Year Award. The Yankees had obtained him from the Rangers in the winter of 1978 in the Sparky Lyle trade.

2000- MLB Free agent starter Mike Mussina inks an $88.5 million, 6-year contract with the Yankees. The 10-year veteran compiled a 147-81 record with a 3.53 ERA as an Orioles hurler. Mike Mussina tells the NYC sports media that a deciding factor to sign with the Yankees was a telephone call from Yankees Manager Joe Torre.

2013- Former Yankees starter Phil Hughes, now a free MLB agent signs a 3-year 24-million-dollar deal with the Twins. Hughes was a former #1 MLB 2004 amateur draft pick for the Yankees. He went 56-50 in 182 games with a 4.53 ERA with 3 saves. He will post a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA in 32 games for the 2014 Twins.

December 1st

1940- Former Yankees Pitcher Cecil Perkins (1967) was born.
Before the start of the 1962 MLB season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Cecil Perkins as an MLB amateur free agent. He went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 2 games with the 1967 Yankees. He finished his pro baseball career in 1968 with the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (International League). He finished his minor league career with a 33-42 record with a 3.90 ERA in 116 games.

1949- Attendance in the MLB is 20.2 million, down from 20.9 million in 1948. The Yankees and the Indians each finish with over 2.2 million, but the lowly St. Louis Browns attendance falls to 270,000 mark.

1951- Yankees released former player Tommy “Old Reliable” Henrich as an MLB coach.

1954- The Yankees and Orioles completed the largest trade in MLB history as 17 players, including MLB players Pitchers Don Larsen, Bob Turley and OF Gene Woodling change teams. The 1st phase of the transaction began on November 18th, it will conclude today after the 1954 MLB player draft. The Yankees had obtained 1B Richard Kryhoski, P Mike Blayzka, Catcher Darrell Johnson and Outfielders Jim Fridley and Tel Del Guercio from the Orioles, with the Yankees sending P Bill Miller, 3B Kal Segrist, 2B Don Leppert and 2 minor leaguer players to be named later to the Orioles. Only Catcher Darrell Johnson remained with the Yankees as a back-up catcher for Yogi Berra in 1958-1959, before he was traded to the Cardinals organization after the 1959 MLB season. The rest of the players involved in the trade were traded away or never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. OF Ted del Guercio was the only player involved in the 17-player trade, who didn’t play in an MLB game during his 12-year pro career. The 17-player trade will help out both teams for the 1955 season.

1956- Former Yankees Minor League P Tom Filer was born.
The Yankees signed Pitcher Tom Filer, as an MLB amateur free agent in 1978. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 8,1980, Tom was drafted by the A’s from the Yankees organization in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On April 9,1981, he was returned by the A’s to the Yankees. On April 27,1981, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with cash to the Cubs for veteran MLB Catcher Barry Foote. After retiring as an active player, Tom Filer was a Pitching coach in the Yankees' minor league system from 1994-2002: 1994 Oneonta Yankees (A), 1999-2001 AA Norwich Navigators (Eastern League) and in 2002 for the AAA Columbus Clippers (International League). Then Tom moved to the Blue Jays' minor league system in 2003. Tom has been with the Phillies' farm system since 2005.

1969-In the 1969 MLB Rule 5 player draft, reserve OF/1B Tom Shopay was selected by the Orioles from the Yankees organization. Tom had appeared in 36 games as a reserve player for the 1967 and 1969 Yankees, while hitting just .189.

1971- The Yankees obtained veteran MLB INF Bernie Allen from the Rangers for 2 pitchers: Terry Ley and Gary Jones. Bernie Allen would be a successful pinch hitter for the Yankees during the 1972 AL season, before fading in 1973, being sold to the Expos. Overall as a Yankees player, Allen appeared in 101 games, while hitting .227 with 9 HRs with 26 RBIs.

1974- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB INF/OF Bob Oliver from the Orioles. Oliver would only appear in 18 games for the 1975 Yankees.

1978- The Yankees assigned the contract of veteran left-handed reliever Paul Linblad to the Seattle Mariners for future considerations. Paul went 0-0 in 7 games with the Yankees after joining the team in a trade with the Rangers in August of 1978.

1982- The Yankees signed onetime AL MVP Don Baylor to a free agent player contract. Don Baylor, who won the 1979 AL MVP Award, when he hit 24 HRs with 93 RBI’s for the Angels. He signs a reported 5-year, $5 million contract with the team. After hitting .303, 21 HRS with 85 RBIs in 1982, Don dropped off in his next 2 seasons with the Yankees just hitting only .262 and .231. On March 28,1986, Don was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for veteran OF/DH/1B Mike Easler.

1985- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Eddy Rodriguez was born.
Eddy Rodriguez was a minor league catcher for the Yankees organization from 2015 to 2017. He played for the AA Trenton Thunder and AAA Scranton. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 6, 2017, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency.

1991- Former Yankees Reserve OF (1940) and MLB Manager Buster Mills passed away. (1908-1991).
On October 26,1938, OF Buster Mills was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with P Oral Hildebrand to the Yankees for reserve catcher Joe Glenn and OF Myril Hoag. Buster hit .397 1 HR and 15 RBIs in 14 games for the 1940 Yankees. During the 1953 NL season, Buster managed the Reds for 8 games, while posting a 4-4 mark.

2009- Former Yankees OF/1B and MLB Coach Tommy “Old Reliable” Henrich (1937-1942,1946-1950) passed away. (1913-2009)
Originally signed by the Indians, Tommy Henrich never hit below .300 in the minors and showed power at the plate. After batting .346 for the New Orleans Pelicans (Southern Association) in 1936, he appeared in line to join the Tribe. However, the Indians instead sold his contract to the AA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association), allegedly because the club regarded Jeff Heath as a better prospect. Rather than go to Milwaukee, Tommy and his father wrote to MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis, stating their belief that the Indians were denying him a chance to reach the majors. Landis ruled in his favor, he declared Henrich a MLB free agent. On April 19,1937, Tommy Henrich was signed as an MLB amateur free agent for $25,000 bonus with the Yankees. He played 11 seasons with Yankees finishing with a lifetime BA of .282 with 182 HRs and 795 RBIs. He appeared in 4 World Series, hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 8 RBIs in 21 games for the Yankees. Yankees announcer Mel Allen nicknamed Tommy “Old Reliable” because of his timely hits and great defensive plays in the outfield when the Yankees needed them in a game. Tom missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service for WWII. He was named to the AL All Star teams in 1942, 1947-1950. When the Yankees helped need at 1B due to player injuries, Tommy Henrich stepped in and helped out Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. After retiring as an active player, he became a Yankees MLB Coach. Also, he was an MLB coach for the 1957 Giants and the 1958-1959 Tigers. Tommy Henrich died in 2009 at age 96, after suffering a series of strokes. At the time of his death, he was the 5th oldest living former MLB player and the oldest living Yankee.

2017- News leaks out of New York that Aaron Boone is the successful candidate in the Yankees' protracted search for a new manager after the firing of Joe Girardi following the 2017 ALCS. Six candidates reached the interview chase, but it's the former 3rd-generation player with no coaching or managing experience who has reportedly come out on top, due to his outstanding communications skills and ability to relate to today's players.

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