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This Week in Yankees History May 5th-May 11th
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This Week in Yankees History May 5th-May 11th Part One

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May 5th

1903- The Yankees turn their 1st triple plays in their club’s history during an 11-3 win against the Philadelphia A’s.

1914- The Yankees turn a triple play during a 6-0 loss to the Washington Senators.

1922- Construction begins at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx for Yankee Stadium; the 11-month building project would be finished allowing the Yankees to open the 1923 AL Season, ending the Yankees stay at the Polo Grounds.

1925- Yankees Shortstop Everett Scott was benched by Manager Miller Huggins, ending his streak of 1,307 consecutive MLB games played that started in 1918, while playing for the Red Sox. Scott, who gave way to Pee Wee Wanninger as the Yankees starting shortstop. Scott had the longest MLB playing streak before Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig started his 2,130 game MLB streak. Scott’s consecutive streak is still in 3rd place in MLB history behind Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig’s streaks. On June 17, 1925, Everett Scott would be claimed on waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. His final Yankees player career totals was a .254 BA with 13 HRs and 174 RBIs in 481 games.

1925- The Yankees obtained OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson from the Red Sox for hurler Ray Francis and $8,000 in cash. Ray Francis had appeared in 4 games for the 1925 Yankees with no record. Bobby Veach hit .353 with no HRs and 16 RBIs in 56 games for the Yankees. Bobby was the only Yankee player to ever pinch-hit for slugger Babe Ruth. Ferguson would go 4-2 with a 7.79 ERA in 21 games with 1 save for the 1925 Yankees. On August 17,1925, Veach and Ferguson would be selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees.

1925- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Cerv (1951-1956,1960-1962) was born. (1925-2017)
The Yankees signed OF Bob Cerv in 1950. He played for the team from 1951-1956, before being sold to Kansas City A’s after the end of the 1956 World Series. He hit a pinch hit HR in the 5th game of the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers. He had his best MLB season in 1958 with the A’s, hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs, despite playing with a broken jaw. He was named to the 1958 AL All-Star team. Bob finished 4th in the AL MVP ballot voting, which was won by his former Yankees teammate OF Jackie Jensen, now with the Red Sox. He returned to the Bronx in May of 1960, in a trade that saw former Yankees starting 3B Andy Carey being sent to the A’s. He would hit .250 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs in 87 games for the 1960 Yankees. In the 1960 World Series, Bob hit .357 against the Pirates until an ankle injury forced him out of Game #7. The Yankees lost him in the 1960 AL expansion teams player draft to the Angels. He never appears in a game with his new team. He returned to the Yankees in May of 1961 along with veteran MLB reliever Tex Clevenger for Yankee Pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and Rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. He hit .271 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 57 games for the 1961 Yankees. Bob did not appear in the 1961 World Series for the team against the Reds. He had appeared in 3 World Series (1955-1956,1960) with the Yankees, while hitting .258 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 10 games. In June of 1962, Yankees sold Bob to the new NL expansion team, the Houston Colt 45s. Due to leg injuries, he only appeared 19 games for the Colt 45s, while hitting .226. Bob was always a good outfielder and hitter for the Yankees, but he could never could break into a fulltime position in the Yankees outfield. Cerv was up with the Yankees each season from 1951 to 1956, but he never appeared in more than 56 games in a season. He hit .341 in 1955 and .304 in 1956. Overall for the Yankees, Bob hit .266 with 26 HRs and 118 RBIs in 379 games. At the end of his MLB playing career, Bob went to spring training camp with the 1963 Mets, but his recurring leg injuries forced him to retire from the game. Mets Manager Casey Stengel was hoping to use him as a regular outfielder for the team.

1926- Former Yankees Minor League player Bing Russell was born. (1926-2003)
Bing Russell was a minor league player in the Yankees farm system, playing for the Carrolton (Georgia-Alabama League, Class D) in 1948-1949. Bing later became a Hollywood actor most known for his work in the NBC-TV show "Bonanza". Russell returned to baseball in the 1970s as owner of the Portland Mavericks of the Northwest League. His son, actor Kurt Russell, played with the Dodgers organization for part of his minor league career, until shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. Russell's grandson, Matt Franco, went on to play in the majors.

1930- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx starter Lefty Gomez beats White Sox hurler Red Faber by the score of 4-1. Gomez pitches a complete game victory, allowing only 5 White Sox hits, 1-run allowed with 6 Chicago strikeouts. Yankees Tony Lazerri hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers, Red Faber takes the loss, dropping to a 1-3 record, while Gomez picks his 1st victory of the 1930 AL season.

1949- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 7-5. The Bronx Bombers chased White Sox Starter Billy Pierce for 6 runs in the 1st 4 innings of the game. Allie Reynolds starts for the Yankees, going 6 innings for the win, while Yankees Closer Joe Page comes in for the final 3 innings. Yankees Tommy Henrich leads the Yankees hitting attack with a HR. Reynolds is now 2-1 for the 1949 AL season. White Sox Starter Billy Pierce is now 2-1.

1954- Orioles starter Bob Turley gave up 2 hits to the Yankees line-up, but Bronx hurler Eddie Lopat defeated him by the score of 4-2. Yankees 1B Joe Collins drove in 3 runs for the Yankees with a triple. It was Turley's 2nd 2-hit loss of the 1954 AL season; the Indians had defeated him on April 2nd.

1964- A Tuesday day game at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 12,867 fans watch the Bronx Bombers edge the Tigers by the score of 4-3. Yankee starter Whitey Ford goes 8 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs while striking out 6 Tiger batters. Bronx relievers Bill Stafford and Steve Hamilton shut down the Tigers for the win. The Yankees score the winning run of the game off of veteran MLB reliever Larry Sherry in the 9th inning. Veteran Tigers Starter Hank Aguirre, who goes 8 innings, gets a no decision. Yankees lefty reliever Steve Hamilton picks up his 1st victory of the 1964 AL season.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Juan Acevedo (2003) was born.
In January of 2003, the Yankees signed reliever Juan Acevedo, as an MLB free agent. He went 0-3 in 25 games with 6 saves for the Yankees bullpen in 2003, before being released by the team on June 10, 2003. On June 17, 2003, Juan was signed as a MLB free agent with the Blue Jays. He appeared in 14 games with a 1-2 pitching record before being released by Toronto in August of 2003.

1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Vito Tamulis (1934-1935) passed away. (1911-1974)
Yankees MLB Scout Gene McCann signed Vito Tamulis shortly before his 19th birthday. He started his way up in the Yankees minor league chain with the Chambersburg Young Yanks (Class D Blue Ridge League) going 6-2, right out of high school in 1930. In 1931, his 2nd year in pro ball, Vito moved up to the Class C Cumberland Colts (Middle Atlantic League), making the All-Star team with a 15-4 record with a league-leading 1.92 ERA. In 1932, in a 3-team split-season with the Albany Senators (Eastern League), the Binghamton Triplets (New York-Pennsylvania League) and the Newark Bears (International League), Vito came up with a combined 20-7 record with a 2.41 ERA. After another 3-team season with Binghamton, Albany and Newark in 1933, going 10-8 with a 5.08 ERA. Vito would spend the 1934 season with the Newark Bears. He would go 13-7 with a 2.74 ERA, earning his 1st chance at MLB hitters when the Yankees would bring him up for a late season debut on September 25, 1934. Vito pitched a 7-hit shutout at Shibe Park in Philadelphia against the A’s. Tamulis would spend the 1935 AL season with the Yankees, while posting a 10-5 record that included 3 shutouts with a 4.09 ERA. He also hit .246 as Yankee pitcher. He tied Ted Lyons, Wes Ferrell, Willis Hudlin and Whitey Wilshere for 4th in the AL in shutouts. During the following winter, Vito was stricken with pleurisy. He missed half of the 1936 MLB season. Not fully recovered, he would spend the balance of the 1936 season with the AA Newark Bears. Vito still managed a 7-5 record in 96 innings. He would remain with the Bears in 1937, posting 18-6 record with a 3.98 ERA in 190 innings. The 1937 Newark Bears are considered one of the greatest minor league teams ever. Overall, Vito Tamulis posted an 11-5 record with 1 save in 31 games for the Yankees. On December 4,1937, he was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for 1B Harry Davis.

1974- The Yankees purchased INF Fernando Gonzalez from the Royals. He was a former Pirate infielder who had played for current Yankees Manager Bill Virdon, while he was managing the Pirates. He would hit .215 in 51 games for the 1974 Yankees. In the spring of 1975, the team released him to the Mexican League.

1982- The Yankees traded MLB 1B Dave Revering, 2 Minor League Players: OF Tom Dodd and 3B Jeff Reynolds to the Blue Jays for veteran MLB 1B John Mayberry. John would appear in 69 games for the team, while hitting .209 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs. Dave Revering has a major disappointment with the bat for the Yankees, after winning the Yankees starting 1st base job in 1982 Yankees spring training camp.

1988- At Royals Stadium in Kansas City, 36,255 fans watch as the Yankees down by the Royals by the score of 5-3. The Bronx Bombers chased Royals starter Mark Gubicza for 5 runs, while Yankees starter Richard Dotson picks-up his 4th victory of the 1988 AL season. Yankee batters Don Mattlingly and Rickey Henderson lead the Yankees hitting attack. Yankees Closer Cecilio Guante gains his 3rd save of the season with 2 innings of scoreless work. The Yankees team record for the 1988 AL season is now at the 20-8 mark.

1991- Former Yankees Reliever James Pazos (2015-2016) was born.
On June 5, 2012, hurler James Pazos was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB amateur player draft. During the 2015 MLB season, he was called up to the Bronx, appearing in 11 games as a reliever with no record. He started the 2016 season at AAA Scranton (International League.) Overall with the Yankees James went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 18 games. On November 18, 2016, he was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for Minor League P Zack Littell.

2010- Veteran Yankees starter Andy Pettitte earns his 4th victory of the 2010 AL season against no losses in beating the Orioles by the score of 7-5, but the veteran Yankees starter has to be removed from the game after throwing only 77 pitches and undergoes an MRI on his left elbow. The test reveals no structural damage, but Pettitte will have to rest until the inflammation goes away. He will retire after this season, and then he will come back to pitch for the Yankees in 2012.

May 6th

1890- Former Yankees INF Luke “Danny” Boone (1913-1916) was born. (1890-1982)
Danny Boone hit .236 in 88 games with the Yankees before finishing his MLB playing career with the Pirates in 1918. After his MLB playing days, he continued to play in the Minor Leagues with 14 straight seasons in the American Association. He kept playing even as late as 1935, he was instrumental in reviving the Northern League by serving as League President in 1933-1934 and Owner, Manager and Player for the Crookston Pirates in 1933-1935. After he sold the team, he managed Wausau. He and Marty Berghammer were the double play combination with the St. Paul Saints from 1919-1925.

1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Ivy “Poison” Andrews (1931-1932,1937-1938) was born. (1907-1970)
On July 24,1929, hurler Ivy Andrews was purchased by the Yankees from Mobile (Southern Association) for $20,000. On June 5,1932, Andrews was traded by the Yankees along with P Hank Johnson and $50,000 to the Red Sox for hurler Danny MacFayden. On August 14,1937, Ivy was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians for $7,500. Ivy Andrews went 8-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 41 games with 2 saves for the Yankees during his 2 tours with the team. In 1947, he managed in the A’s Minor League system for 1 season.

1911- The Yankees turn a triple play during a 6-3 win over the Red Sox.

1914- The Yankees win a scheduled 7th inning game with the Senators by a score of 4-0. During the pre-flight era, MLB games were occasionally shortening to 7 innings by mutual agreement by both teams, so as to allow the visiting team to catch a train on” getaway day.”

1915- Babe Ruth, as a pitcher for the Red Sox had 3 hits, including his 1st MLB HR, when he connected off of Yankees hurler Jack Warhop at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees edge the Red Sox by the score of 4-3 in 13 innings.

1921- Former Yankees PH Richard Wakefield (1950) was born. (1921-1985)
On December 17,1949, Richard Wakefield was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for 1B Richard Kryhoski. Richard appeared in only 3 games with the 1950 Yankees. Before the start of 1952 AL Season, he was released by the Yankees, he would be picked by the Giants.

1930- The Yankees obtained Pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing (1930-1942,1945-1946) from the Red Sox for OF Cedric Durst and $50,000 in cash. Durst would hit .245 for the 1930 Red Sox, then he retired from the MLB. Red would lead the Yankee pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until the club record was passed by Whitey Ford in 1967, who finished with 236 wins as a Yankee. Also, he was a pretty good hitting pitcher for the Yankees hitting .270 with 31 HRs and 213 RBIs. Red was named to the AL All Star team 5 times during his Yankees pitching career. Ruffing will win 273 games during a 22-season MLB career starting with the Red Sox, then the Yankees and finishing up with the White Sox. He will gain election to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1967.

1941- Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg made the most of his last MLB game before entering the U.S. military for service, a memorable one as he hits 2 HRs with 3 RBIs helping the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.

1951- The Yankees rout the Tigers by the score of 14-4 at Brigg Stadium. Tom Morgan picks up the win in relief of Yankees starter Frank “Spec Shea.” At the plate, Tom Morgan hits a double. Veteran Bomber hitter Johnny Hopp hits a pinch-hit HR. The Yankees hitting attack is led by rookie RF Mickey Mantle, who goes 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs.

1964- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 4-3. Reliever Steve Hamilton picks the win in relief of Bronx starter White Ford, who had pitched 8 innings, allowing 8 Tiger hits, 3 runs, 6 strikeouts. Hamilton had relieved Bill Stafford as he got 1 out in the 8th inning with Hamilton finishing the inning and then pitching the scoreless 9th inning. Veteran Detroit reliever Larry Sherry takes the loss, allowing 4 Yankee hits and 2 runs. Hank Aguirre had started the game for the Tigers.

1978- At Yankee Stadium, veteran Bronx Starter Catfish Hunter picks up his 1st victory of the 1978 AL season by beating the Royals by score of 4-2. Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle picks up his 4th save of the 1978 season with 2 scoreless innings of work. Catfish is now 1-3 for the 1979 season. The Yankees beat Royals Starter Larry Gura. The Bronx Bombers hitting attack is led by Lou Piniella, who hits a 2-run HR off Gura.

1982- Mariners Starter Gaylord Perry became the 15th MLB pitcher with 300 MLB career victories, when he defeated the Yankees by the score of 7-3 at the Kingdome. Perry became the 1st pitcher to notch his 300th MLB career victory, since Indians hurler Early Wynn did it during the 1963 AL season.

1985- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn (1932-1933,1935-1938) passed away. (1908-1985)
Joe Glenn was the back-up catcher for All Star Bill Dickey. He appeared in 138 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 56 RBIs. Joe didn’t make any World Series appearances with the team. On October 26,1938, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with OF Myril Hoag to the St. Louis Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills. After his MLB playing career was over, Joe was a Minor League Manager from 1946-1950.

1994- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx starter Jimmy Key picks up his 5th win of the 1994 AL season with a complete game victory of 3-1 against the Red Sox. He allows only 4 Red Sox hits and 1 run in the game. The Friday night game at Yankee Stadium draws a crowd of 30, 979 fans. The Yankees are now at a 17-10 record for the 1994 AL season.

2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee Stine (1938) passed away. (1913-2005)
On December 19,1936, Lee Stine was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. Stine pitched 4 seasons in the MLB, while he was young, finishing up with the 1938 Yankees, for whom he pitched in 4 games at age 24. His ERA that season with the Yankees was 1.04. He did not pitch in the 1938 World Series for the Yankees. He would pitch in the high Minor Leagues until 1942.

2007- At Yankee Stadium, New York LF Hideki Matsui doubles to left in an at-bat against Mariners Starter Jarrod Washburn. It his 2,000th hit between MLB and NPB and makes him the 46th member of the meikyukai. The Yankees shut out the Mariners by the score of 5-0. The Sunday game at Yankee Stadium drew a crowd of 52,553 fans.

2010- Former Yankees Pitcher Robin Roberts (1962) Robin Roberts dies at age 83 at his home in Temple Terrace, FL. (1926-2010)
In the fall of 1961, Yankees had purchased veteran NL All Star pitcher Robin Roberts from the Phillies for $100,000. He was released at the end of 1962 Yankees MLB spring training camp, when Manager Ralph Houk and MLB pitching coach Johnny Sain thought that veteran Yankee starter Bob Turley was still effective, which prove to be wrong. The Orioles picked up Robin Roberts as an MLB free agent. He would have 3 good seasons with the Birds. He was especially effective against the Yankees. He began his MLB pitching career in 1948 with the Phillies, with whom he had his best MLB seasons. He was named to 7 NL All-Star teams, he went 286-245 in a MLB pitching career that stretched from 1948 to 1966. Roberts appeared in the 1950 World Series against the Yankees, losing a 10 inning 2-1 pitcher’s duel with Allie Reynolds. He led the NL in wins 4 times, won 20 or more games during 6 consecutive MLB seasons, but he also gave up a MLB record 505 HRs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Clippers Note: I still believe that Robin Roberts would have won 300 games in his MLB pitching career if the Yankees had kept him.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Duane Pillette (1949-1950) passed away. (1922-2011)
Before the start of the 1946 MLB season, the Yankees signed hurler Duane Pillette as an MLB amateur free agent. Duane was the son of former MLB player Herman Pillette. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 games for the Yankees. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers. On June 15,1950, Duane was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Delsing, P Don Johnson, INF George ”Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 to the St. Louis Browns for Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas.

2018- The Yankees are on fire as they record their 15th win in their last 16 games, 7-4 over the Indians, thanks to a 3-run walk-off HR by rookie Gleyber Torres off of Tribe hurler Dan Otero. Yankees rookie hurler Domingo German making his 1st MLB start in place of an injured Jordan Montgomery, begins things with 6 hitless innings for New York, before being removed for having reached his pitch count limit.

May 7th

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Jonathan “Tom” Zachary (1928-1930) was born. (1896-1969)
Tom Zachary was the Senators pitcher, who gave up Babe Ruth’s 60th HR on September 30,1927. Also, during the 1927 AL season, Tom gave up 2 other HRs to the Babe Ruth. On August 23,1928, veteran hurler Tom Zachary was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Senators. Tom went 16-4 with the Yankees, including a 12-0 mark in 1929, before being sold to the Braves. On May 12,1930, he was selected on waivers from the Yankees by the Braves. He appeared in 2 World Series during his long MLB pitching career (1918-1936) one with the 1924 Senators and the other with the 1928 Yankees.

1903- The Highlanders lose to the Red Sox by the score of 6-2 in the 1st game played between the 2 teams. Bill Dineen was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox. Snake Wilse took the lost for the Highlanders. Red Sox 2B Hobe Ferris hit a HR.

1913- Yankees Starter Ray Keating yields a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal, then he pitches no-hit ball the rest of the way in a 6-0 win over the Tigers. Keating managed to strike out Tigers star Ty Cobb in his 1st two at bats, after which Cobb quit for the day.

1943- Former Yankees OF Steve Whitaker (1966-1968) was born.
Before the start of the 1962 MLB season, the Yankees was signed Steve Whitaker as an MLB amateur free agent. He played in their Minor League system until August of 1966, when he was called-up to the Bronx. Steve was talented player, who couldn’t control his temper. He batted .246, .243 and .221 for the Yankees in 181 games with 18 HRs and 68 RBI’s. In 1967, he was the Yankees regular RF, who led the AL outfielders with 6 double plays. Steve was selected by the Royals from the Yankees in 1968 AL expansion team player draft. During the Royals 1st spring training camp, Steve was traded to the expansion Seattle Pilots for OF Lou Piniella. He would finish his short MLB 6 season playing career (1966-1970) with the Giants. He finished his MLB playing career-hitting .230 with 24 HRs and 85 RBIs in 266 games.

1944- Former Yankees Minor League OF Billy Murphy was born.
In 1962, the Yankees signed OF Billy Murphy, as an MLB amateur free agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 29,1965, he was drafted by the Mets from the Yankees organization in the 1965 MLB Rule 5 player draft. In his only MLB season in 1966, Billy appeared in 84 games with the Mets, while hitting .230 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.

1957- At a night game at Cleveland’s Muncipal Stadium, Indians starter Herb Score was hit on the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Yankees Gil McDougald in the 1st inning. The ball broke Score's nose and damaged his eye; he will miss the rest of the 1957 AL season. The Yankees win the game by a score of 2-1. The eye injury effectively ended Score’s MLB pitching career; he would continue to pitch until 1962. He finished MLB pitching career with the White Sox. Overall Score posted a 55-46 record with a 3.36 ERA in 150 games. He was never the same power strikeout pitcher (508 strikeouts in his 1st 2 MLB seasons). Also, the injury to Score affected Gil McDougal, who never as aggressive at the plate like he had been. He would retire from MLB after the 1960 World Series, refusing to go to the new Senators in the expansion team player draft and turning down a $100,000 offer to be the player-manager of the other new AL expansion team, Los Angeles Angels. He would become the Baseball Coach at Fordham University during the 1960’s.

1959- The largest crowd in baseball history, 93,103 fans jam the Los Angeles Coliseum to watch the World Champion Yankees play the Dodgers in an exhibition game held for the benefit of crippled former Dodgers Catcher Roy Campanella. The Yankees defeated the Dodgers Starter Sandy Koufax by a score of 6-2.

1966- After only 4 victories in their 1st 20 games of the 1966 AL season, the Yankees Manager Johnny Keane was fired. He was replaced by the team's GM and former Skipper, Ralph Houk. The 1966 Yankees would post a 70-89 record; finishing last in AL. Johnny Keane was the wrong manager for the veteran Yankees team, replacing the popular Yogi Berra, who had 99 games and an AL pennant in 1964. Ralph Houk deserved to finish last place in 1966, since he was responsible for some of the poorest player personnel moves ever made in the team’s history, including the hiring of Johnny Keane to replace Yogi Berra, while he was the Yankees General Manager (1964-1966).

1969- Former Yankees Reserve 2B Ray Mack (1947) passed away. (1916-1969)
On December 6,1946, INF Ray Mack was traded by the Indians along with Catcher Sherman Lollar to the Yankees for OF Hal Peck, P Al Gettel and Minor League hurler Gene Bearden. Ray appeared with only 1 game with the 1947 Yankees, before being sent to the White Sox. Lollar would share catching duties with Aaron Robinson and Yogi Berra, before being traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns in December of 1948.

1974- The Yankees traded Catcher/1B Duke Simms to the Rangers for Pitcher Larry Gura and Cash.
Duke Simms had been obtained by the Yankees from the Tigers during the last week of the 1973 AL season. He went 3 for 9 in 4 games for the team. In 1974, he was 2 for 15. At the time of the trade. Larry Gura had gone 3-7 with the Cubs, before being traded to the Rangers. Texas had him at AAA Spokane (PCL), where he had a 1-1 record. The Yankees transferred him to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL).

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Marty McHale (1913-1915) passed away. (1886-1979)
On August 11,1913, hurler Marty McHale was purchased by the Yankees from Jersey City (International League) for $6,000. He appeared in 51 games for the Yankees, while posting an 11-27 record with a 3.28 ERA.

1999- Yankees Starter Hideki Irabu opposes Mariners Starter Mac Suzuki in the 1st match up of Japanese starting pitchers in MLB history. The Yankees win the game by a score of 10-1 with Ibrau going 7 innings, while giving up only 4 Mariner hits and 1 run. Suzuki lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 Yankee hits, 7 runs, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.

2017 - In a nationally televised Sunday night game, the Yankees defeat the Cubs, 5-4 in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The longest MLB interleague game in history features a record 48 strikeouts - 26 by Yankees pitchers and 22 by the Cubs. New York seems on its way to a victory with a 4-1 lead in the 9th inning, but Bronx Closer Aroldis Chapman allows 3 runs, the last on a bases-loaded hit by pitch of Cubs batter Anthony Rizzo. There is no more scoring until the top of the 18th, when Yankees CF Aaron Hicks, who has struck out 4 times in the game, leads off with a bunt single off of Cubs Reliever Pedro Strop and moves to 2nd on Catcher Willson Contreras' throw, which ends up in right field. After moving to 3rd, he scores on Starlin Castro's infield grounder, when SS Addison Russell's throw home is wide of the mark. Yankees Reliever Chasen Shreve pitches 3 scoreless innings for the win, which he ends by striking out P Kyle Hendricks, who was used a pinch-hitter with runners on 1st and 2nd.

May 8th

1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Chester “Red” Hoff (1911-1913) was born. (1891-1998)
Chet Hoff is the longest-lived ex-MLB player ever and was the last person alive to have played in the 1910s. At the time of his death, he was 107 years, 4 months, 9 days old, outdistancing his nearest competitors, Karl Swanson, Bob Wright and John Daley by more than 5 years. He died a week after a fall in which he had broken a hip and not of the complications associated with advanced age. Hoff gained some fame in 1991, when he turned 100. After his 100th birthday, Hoff delighted in signing postcard photos featuring him pitching in his Yankees uniform at age 100. It was reported that he used the $5 autograph fee for weekly trips to the shopping mall from his assisted living facility. Hoff, a pitcher, made his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on September 6, 1911 against the Senators. He once struck out future HOF Ty Cobb. He had several cups of coffee with the Yankees through the 1913 AL season, then he spent 1914 season in the minor leagues. He returned to the MLB in 1915 with the St. Louis Browns. Red had his finest MLB season, posting a 2-2 record with a 1.24 ERA in 11 games. He never returned to the MLB after that 1914 season, but he remained a Yankees fan for the rest of his long life. Chester “Red” Hoff went 0-2 in 12 games for the Yankees.

1903- After losing their 1st ever game against the Red Sox, the Yankees behind starter Jack Chesbro win by a score of 6-1 for their 1st franchise victory. The veteran former Pirates Starter Chesbro throws a 6-hitter.

1911- At New York, Red Sox Starter Smokey Joe Wood beats the Yankees by the score of 4-0 in 6 innings. He gives up just 1 Yankees hit, a single to Pitcher Ray Caldwell.

1915- The Yankees pound the Red Sox by the score of 10-3, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yankee batters will come to the plate in the 4th inning.

1919- Yankees Ace Bob Shawkey retires the 1st 14 Philadelphia batters that he faces, and then he allows a single for the A’s only hit of the game as the Yankees beat the A’s by score of 2-0.

1926- The Yankees score 7 runs in the 2nd inning, but they still lose to Tigers by the score of 14-10, knocking themselves out of the AL lead; as the Senators move into 1st place.

1927- The Yankees draw a record crowd of 52,000 fans to Comiskey Park in Chicago, but Bronx Starter Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning 1 of his AL-leading 22 games of the 1927 season by a score of 9-0, the 2nd straight shutout of the White Sox. Yankees Catcher Pat Collins homers in the 7th inning, while 1B Lou Gehrig adds a pair of triples.

1937- Former Yankees Reserve OF Arturo Lopez (1965) was born.
In 1961, the Yankees signed Arturo Lopez as an MLB amateur free agent. When injuries struck the regular Yankee outfielders during the 1965 AL season, Arturo was not the answer for the Yankees, appearing in just 38 games, while hitting.143. He had been a .280 hitter in the Minor Leagues, but he could never hit that well with the Yankees at the MLB level. He played the 1966-1967 seasons at AAA level in the Yankees and Tigers organizations. Later he would play pro baseball in Japan with his former Yankees teammate Joe Pepitone. Art spend the 1968-1972 seasons playing in Japan with Tokyo, Lotte and the Yakult teams, while appearing in 750 games with .290 BA, hitting 116 HRs with 401 RBIs.

1953- After 13 straight losses to the Yankees, the Red Sox win a dramatic 11-inning, 2-1 thriller at Fenway Park. Billy Goodman's HR off of Yankees Starter Johnny Sain gives Red Sox Starter Hal Brown the victory. Dick Gernert’s 2nd inning HR is the other Boston score. In Red Sox previous win over the Yankees on August 9,1952, all of the Red Sox scoring came on solo HRs.

1957- The Indians clout 3 HRs to back starter Early Wynn's 10-4 win over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a HR and 3 RBIs for the Bronx Bombers.

1959- The Yankees re-obtained Pitcher Mark Freedman from the Kansas City A’s for veteran MLB hurler Murray Dickson. Mark Freeman will only appear in 1 game for the 1959 Yankees, before being traded to the Cubs in 1960. Murray Dickson will go 2-1 for the A’s in 1959, before retiring from MLB.

1961-The expansion Los Angeles Angels traded veteran AL Reliever Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for Pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and Rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. For Bob Cerv, it is his 3rd and final tour of duty in Yankees pinstripes. Veteran AL Tex Clevenger helped out the Yankees bullpen. Bob Cerv was once again was a backup outfielder and power bat off the Yankees bench. Ryne Duren had lost his Yankees Closer job to Luis Arroyo. Young Starter Johnny James had appeared with the 1959-1960 Yankees going 5-1 before going back to AAA Richmond (IL). James injured his pitching arm in spring training camp of 1962. He never pitched again in the MLB. Lee Thomas had spent 7 seasons playing in the Yankees farm system. In 1961, he was 1 for 2 with the team. Thomas would have some success, while playing in MLB. After retiring as an active player, he later would become a General Manager for the Phillies and worked in several other MLB team’s front offices.

1962- Former Yankees1B/OF Orestes Destrade (1987) was born.
In 1981, the Yankees signed 1B/OF Orestes Destrade, as an amateur MLB free agent. He appeared in only 9 games for the 1987 Yankees, hitting .263 with only 19 at bats. On March 30,1988, he was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for reliever Hipolito Pena.

1964- In Cleveland, there are tornado warnings, but the Yankees supplies damage when CF Mickey Mantle cracks a 3-run HR off of Tribe starter Tommy John in the 4th inning to lead the Bombers to a 10-3 victory.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Todd Greene (2001) was born.
The Yankees signed C/OF Todd Greene as an MLB free agent on April 5, 2000. He had originally signed by the Angels in 1993, who released him in 2000. He played for the 2000 Blue Jays as a reserve catcher. At the end of 2001 spring training camp released him. He hit .208 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs in 35 games for the 2001 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 2000 World Series against the Diamondbacks playing in 1 game, while going 1 for 2 at the plate. The club released him in March, during their 2002 spring training camp. Todd would become a reserve catcher with the Rangers, Rockies and finishing up with the 2006 Giants. In 2008, Greene was an MLB scout for the Padres. In 2009, he was a Quality Assurance Coach for Tampa Bay. In 2010, he was an MLB scout for the Mariners. In 2011, Todd was an MLB scout for the Diamondbacks.

1991- Howard Spira is found guilty of trying to extort money from Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. Spira had already received $40,000 from George Steinbrenner.

1991- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Cedric Tallis (1978-1983) passed away. (1914-1991)
Cedric Tallis was the original General Manager of the expansion Kansas City Royals from their inception in 1968 until June 1974. He moved to the Yankees as Assistant General Manager to Gabe Paul in 1976-1977, He took over the General Manager position (1978-1979), when Gabe Paul returned to Cleveland in the fall of 1977. Cedric replaced Al Rosen, when he left for the Astros as Yankees Team President from 1980 to 1983.

1994- Yankees batters Danny Tartabull, Mike Stanley and Gerald Williams hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Yankees in the 6th inning of Bronx Bomber's 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

1999- The Mariners defeat the Yankees by the score of 14-5, as Seattle’s 3B John Mabry gets 5 hits.

2009- In his 1st game of the 2009 MLB season after missing 6 weeks because of hip surgery, Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez hits the 1st pitch he sees from Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie for a 3-run HR in a 4-0 Yankees win that ends a 5-game Yankees losing streak. Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitches a 4-hit shutout in his best performance since signing a huge MLB free agent contract over the winter.

2010- Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira became only the 2nd player in Yankees history to smack 3 HRs in a single game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The last Yankees player to do it was Lou Gehrig, who accomplished the feat on June 23,1927. That was also the only other time a Yankee has hit 3 HRs in a game against the Red Sox in either New York's Yankee Stadium or Boston's Fenway Park. "Man, that's humbling right there," the unassuming Teixeira said after the Yankees crushed the rival Red Sox by the score of 14-3. "Any time you talk about the Yankees -- Gehrig, [Joe] DiMaggio, the list goes on and on -- it makes you realize you have a long way to go to be in their category. So, there's a lot of work for me left to do." Francisco Cervelli, starting because of an injury to starting Catcher Jorge Posada, also drives in 5 runs. Teixeira's last dinger is hit against OF Jonathan Van Every, making the 2nd pitching appearance of his MLB playing career. The game is interrupted for 1:15 by a rain delay in the 5th inning, forcing Yankees starter CC Sabathia out of the game early and giving reliever Alfredo Aceves the win.

2013- The injury-riddled Yankees struggle to put together a line-up, today batting Pitcher David Phelps 8th and playing OF Vernon Wells at 3B for an inning in his 1st MLB career appearance at the position, but they manage to keep on winning. Wells hits a 2-run HR in the 1st, then in the 9th inning, Manager Joe Girardi uses a pinch-hitter for 3B Chris Nelson in scoring the deciding run in a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Out of back-up infielders, he puts Wells at the hot corner for the bottom of the 9th. Wells successfully fields a ground ball as Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera records his 12th save of the season - and the 1st of his MLB pitching career at Coors Field.

May 9th

1903- The Boston Pilgrims (aka the Red Sox) top the visiting Highlanders by a score of 12-5 with a little help from AL Umpire Caruthers, who tosses out Highlanders P Jesse Tannehill and 2B Jimmy Williams for a ball call at home.

1930- The Yankees and the Tigers outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record, which has never been equaled. Tiger's hurler George Uhle strikes out 8 batters in winning by the score of 5-4, dropping the Yankees to 7th place in the AL. Hank Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the Yankee hurlers.

1940- The Press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Jacob Ruppert estate to NYC political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front page several times during the next year, but it never happens. The Yankees will be sold in January of 1945 by the Jacob Ruppert Estate to a group of buyers, consisting of businessmen Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and baseball executive Larry MacPhail.

1944- Joe McCarthy returns as Yankees Manager after missing much of the Yankees 1944 spring training camp and the early 1944 AL season due to illness. The team with a majority of its regular players serving in the armed forces for World War II would finish in 3rd place in the AL with an 83-71 record.

1949- At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, the Tigers set back the 1st-place Yankees by the score of 4-1 behind the 5-hit pitching of Ted Gray. Yankees starter Vic Raschi also allows just 5 Tigers hits, including a HR by Richard Wakefield in taking the loss.

1953- At Fenway Park, the 1st place Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of Red Sox hurler Bill Werle. Mickey is robbed of another HR, when OF Jimmy Piersall makes a sensational catch at the Red Sox bullpen in right-center field.

1954- Philadelphia A’s Catcher Wilmer (Billy) Shantz, brother of Pitcher Bobby Shantz, hits a Grand Slam HR, the 1st HR of his MLB playing career. It comes off former A's hurler Harry Byrd, who is now with the Yankees. Shantz will hit just 1 more HR in his MLB playing career. Billy's Gram slam is all the offense the A’s get as the Yankees win the game by a score of 7-4. The nightcap ends in a 1-1 tie, after 9 innings. Bobby and Billy Shantz will be teammates once again with the Yankees during the 1960 season.

1958- After 6 straight home rainouts, the Yankees play their 1st home night game of the 1958 AL season against Washington. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 3rd inning with an inside-the-park solo HR off of Nats starter Pedro Ramos. The Bronx Bombers roll to a 9-5 win over the Senators.

1959- The Yankees sell back veteran MLB hurler Murray Dickson to the Kansas City A’s. He had gone 1-2 in 6 games for the 1958 Yankees. He had appeared in 2 games of the 1958 World Series against the Braves with no record. He will go 2-1 for the A’s before retiring from the MLB.

1964- At Cleveland’s Muncipal Stadium, Tribe starter Pedro Ramos gives up 4 HRs to Yankees Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle, Joe Pepitone and Hector Lopez, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 6-2. Pedro Ramos would finish the 1964 AL season with the Yankees, coming to the team in a late season trade in September. He would help out Yogi Berra’s bullpen, but he was unable to play in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, because the trade was made after August 31st trade deadline.

1966- At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, the Yankees (6-20) edge the Twins by the score of 3-2. Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone with the game-winner in the 9th inning hit HRs for New York.

1979- The Yankees released veteran AL Golden Glove winner OF Paul Blair, who then signs with the Reds. He had appeared in 172 games for the Yankees, often as a defensive replacement for Reggie Jackson, while hitting .223 with 2 HRs and 38 RBIs. Paul played in 2 World Series (1977-1978) for the Yankees, hitting .300 (4 for 12).

1981- Seattle’s Tom Paciorek hits his 2nd game winning, bottom-of-the-9th inning HR in as many games, a 3-run blow giving the Mariners, a 6-5 victory over the Yankees. The previous night, Paciorek led off the 9th inning with a solo HR to give the Mariners, a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

1984- Former Yankees 3B/1B Chase Headley (2014-2017) was born.
Chase Headley was selected in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB amateur player draft by the Padres. Headley was ranked #5 among Padres prospects in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2006, #6 in 2007 and #1 in 2008. He made his MLB player debut with the Padres in June of 2007, but he only played 8 games in the MLB that 1st year, going 4 for 22. He played 91 games as a rookie in 2008, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 38 RBIs. He played mostly in LF in 2008 and 2009, before moving back to his natural position of 3B in 2010. His 1st 3 full seasons came with quite similar results, as he hit between .262 and .269, and hitting between 9 and 13 HRs. His average improved to .289 in 2011, but his power fell as he hit only 4 HRs. Headley had a breakout season in 2012. He was the NL Player of the Month for August when he hit .306, while leading the MLB with 31 RBIs and tying for 1st with 10 HRs. He also scored 20 runs during the month and slugged .611. He repeated as NL Player of the Month in September, when he hit .324, slugged, .647, hit 9 HRs and collected 30 RBIs. He finished the season with a NL-leading 115 RBIs, to go along with 31 doubles and 31 homers in 161 games. He also had an outstanding season with the glove, winning the NL Gold Glove Award at 3B that year. He finished 5th in the voting for the 2012 NL MVP Award voting. After his breakout season, Headley filed for salary arbitration heading into the 2013 NL season, but he was able to reach a deal with the Padres before the hearing. The 2 sides agreed on a salary of $8.575 million for 1 year, a raise of more than $5 million. On March 17th, however, he broke his thumb sliding into 2B in a spring training game and as a result was forced to miss the start of the season. The injury ushered in a fall back to earth for Headley, as his bat production fell to be more in line his previous seasons norms: in 141 games, he hit .250 with 35 doubles, 13 HRs and 50 RBIs. In 2014, Headley was bothered in the early season by a herniated disk in his back, which sapped his power. He improved after receiving an epidural injection in late June, but he was still only hitting .229 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs in 77 games, when he was traded to the Yankees on July 22nd in return for INF Yangervis Solarte and P Rafael De Paula. With 3B Alex Rodriguez suspended for the season, they had struggled to find a replacement at 3B, after rookie Solarte had cooled down following a strong start. Kelly Johnson and another rookie, Zelous Wheeler had shared the position in recent weeks, but without providing much production at the plate. Headley immediately headed to the Bronx after the trade was announced and made it in time to enter that night's game in the 9th inning; he proved to be the hero in the 14th inning, when he drove in Brian Roberts with the winning run in a 4-2 win over the Rangers. He ended up doing quite well with the Yankees, as he hit .262 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 58 games, in addition to playing well on defense. The Yankees were quite pleased and on December 15th, they re-signed him to a 4-year contract worth $52 million, clearly indicating that he was considered the team's 3B of the future, with the man he replaced, A-Rod having to earn his keep as a DH.
Headley the spent 3 full seasons as a starter for the Yankees from 2015 to 2017. he was almost exclusively a 3rd baseman the 1st 2 years, then moved over to 1st base in mid-season in 2017 after the Yankees had acquired 3B Todd Frazier from the White Sox in a trade. He did not do as well then in his 1st half-season in the Bronx, with an OPS+ of 90 and 91 in 2015 and 2016, with 11 and 14 HRs, and 62 and 51 RBIs. In 2017, as the Yankees experienced a resurgence thanks to an influx of young players, he improved to .273 with 12 HRs and 61 RBIs. he got his 1st taste of the postseason in 2015 when he was 0-for-2 with a walk when the Yankees were shut out by the Astros in the AL Wild Card Game. In 2017, he went 0 for 12 in the Division Series against the Indians, and then .389 (7 for 18) as the Yanks lost to the Astros in the ALCS. He was the team's primary DH in both series, as Greg Bird had taken over the 1st base job. After the season, on December 12th, he was traded back to the Padres along with hurler Bryan Mitchell in return for OF Jabari Blash. The trade came one day after New York had acquired NL All Star Superstar Slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Marlins, and was meant to slash some payroll to compensate for Stanton's huge MLB player contract. Headley was expected to start at 3rd base for the young Padres in 2018, but he quickly lost his job when rookie Christian Villanueva had a 3-HR game in his 1st start at the position and went on to win Rookie of the Month honors in the NL. With the Padres having singed 1B Eric Hosmer to a large contract in the offseason, there was little or no playing time left for Headley, and he did not do much to prove his value when he did get to play, as he was hitting just .115 in 27 games and 52 at-bats on May 12th, the day the Padres had him designated for assignment.

1990- At Yankee Stadium, the Oakland A’s edge the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 11 innings. A’s LF Rickey Henderson scores the 1st run, scoring from 2B on a 6-3 ground out. Rick Honeycutt is the A’s winning pitcher.

1997- Against the Royals in the 6th inning, the Yankees catch Royals base runner Jay Bell in a rundown when Bell is suddenly called out by Umpire Dale Ford, who thinks he passed the preceding Royals base runner, Jose Offerman. However, Offerman had been forced out at 3B. Royals' Manager Bob Boone argues until the Umpires agree and put runners back at 2B and 3B and call for a resumption of play. Chili Davis then lines a 2-run single off of Yankees Starter Kenny Rogers to tie the score. The Royals win the game by a score of 7-5 in 12 innings, with the victory going to Randy Veres. The Yankees protest that the rundown play should not have been reversed. Gene Budig of AL league office will dismiss the Yankees protest, stating that with the rundown there were several scenarios, where Jay Bell could have escaped a tag.

1999 - The Yankees defeat the Mariners by the score of 6-1. Veteran MLB reliever Mike Stanton makes his 1st MLB start for the Yankees, ending his MLB pitching record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his 1st MLB start. The previous MLB record was 443 games, which was set by Gary Lavelle of the Giants.

2010- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez tied HOF Frank Robinson for 7th place with 586 MLB career HRs list. Alex Rodriguez's 3rd HR of the 2010 season, a solo HR shot, just cleared the left-field wall in the 4th inning of the Yankees game against the Red Sox on Sunday night. It cut Boston's lead over the Yankees to 6-2. The Yankees eventually lost the game by a score of 9-3, but still took the 3-game series by winning the 1st 2 games by scores of 10-3 and 14-3. Frank Robinson was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982; he had played for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and the Indians from 1956 to 1976. In 1976, he was the player-manager for the Indians. He retired as an active player to focus on his managing job. Alex Rodriguez's HR was his 21st at Boston's Fenway Park, tying Jim Thome for the most by an active opponent. Yankees Hall of Famer’s Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle top the overall list with 38 HRs each.

2012- The Yankees find out what it's like not to have the greatest closer in history pitching for them anymore, as replacement Closer David Robertson blows a 1-0, 9th-inning lead against the Rays. He loads the bases quickly, and then he gives up a game-tying sacrifice fly to B.J. Upton and a 3-run HR to Matt Joyce as Tampa Bay wins, the game by the score of 4-1. These are the 1st runs given up by Robertson this season; he had been successful in his 1st opportunity to close in place of the injured Mariano Rivera on May 8th.

2018-The Yankees take sole possession of 1st place in the AL East with a 9-6 win over the Red Sox, their 17th win in their last 18 games. Boston has a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the 8th, but Red Sox Relievers Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel get tagged for 4 runs, on a 2-run triple by Brett Gardner and a HR by Aaron Judge. Gardner, who was hitting just .198 coming into the game, adds a pair of doubles and scores 3 runs.

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This Week in Yankees History May 5th-May 11th Part Two

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May 10th

1868- Future MLB Manager and HOF Baseball Executive Edward Barrow (1920-1945) was born. (1868-1953)
Edward Barrow worked as a journalist and soap salesman before entering the business of baseball by selling concessions at games. From there, Barrow purchased Minor League baseball teams, also serving as team manager and served as President of the Atlantic League. After managing the Tigers in 1903 and 1904, returning to the Minor Leagues, Barrow became disenchanted with baseball, he left the game to operate a hotel. He returned to baseball in 1910 as President of the Eastern League. After a 7-year tenure, Barrow managed the Red Sox from 1918-1920. He was the Manager of 1918 World Champion Red Sox. He was the MLB Manager, who decided to make Babe Ruth, an everyday player because of his great hitting ability. In 1920, Ed will leave the Red Sox to become the Yankees General Manager, who will through a series of trades with the Red Sox build the Yankees into a World Championship team. In 1931, he signed former Cubs Manager Joe McCarthy to manage the Yankees, replacing 1930 Yankees Manager Bob Shawkey. In 1932, he hired Minor League Executive George Weiss to run the new Yankees Minor League system. He will be run the Yankees front office until January of 1945, when the Jacob Ruppert Estate sells the team to Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and Larry MacPhail, who will replace Barrow as the Yankees President. Barrow sold his 10% stake in the team to the group. Barrow remained as Chairman of the Board and an informal adviser. Though he signed a 5-year contract to remain with the Yankees, he exercised a clause in his contract to free himself as of December 31,1946 in order to officially retire from baseball. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1953. On April 15, 1954, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Barrow, which 1st hung on the CF wall at Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Manager Miller Huggins. The plaques later moved to the stadium's Monument Park.

1906- The Yankees sold OF Ed Hahn to the White Sox. He had hit .309 in 43 games with the 1905 Yankees. The Yankees had just acquired veteran MLB OF Danny Hoffman from the Philadelphia A’s, making Hahn expendable.

1910- The Yankees sold OF Clyde Engle to the Red Sox. He was the 1909 Yankees full-time LF
hitting 20 doubles with 78 RBIs, while hitting .278. He reported to the Yankees 1910 MLB Spring Training Camp out of shape, started the season slowly for 3 for 13 in 4 games.

1911-The Tigers lose their 1st home game of the 1911 AL season by a score of 6-2, as Yankees hands Tigers starter George Mullin his 1st loss. The Tigers have a 21-2 record and will lead the AL until July 4th.

1913 – The Yankees commit 8 errors, but they still end up beating the Tigers by a score of 10-9, in 10 innings. Three of the 8 errors are made by Yankees Shortstop Claud Derrick, who will field just .872 for the season. Related? In 10 days, the Yankees will deal for Indians Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh to stabilize their shaky infield.

1926- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit back-to-back HRs off of Tigers starter Sam Gibson as the Yankees outscore the Bengals by the score of 13-9. Veteran starter Herb Pennock is the winning pitcher for the Yankees.

1934- Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (including a Grand Slam HR) and a pair of doubles, tying the record with 4 long hits and drives in 7 runs, but he leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yankees top the White Sox by the score of 13-3. During the game, Yankees OF Ben Chapman (1930-1936) shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. His behavior will lead the Yankees to trade him in 1936 to the Senators. During the 1947 MLB season, as Manager of the Phillies, he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Dodgers black INF Jackie Robinson.

1936- By beating the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees move into 1st place and will remain there the rest of the 1936 AL season. Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut for the Yankees hitting his 1st MLB career HR off of A’s hurler George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4 hits with 2 RBIs with Yankees hurler Johnny Murphy in his 1st start of the 1936 AL season, picking up the victory.

1937- Yankees Starter Monte Pearson pitches a 1-hitter in stopping the White Sox by the score of 6-0. Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st 2 HRs of the 1937 AL season, while George Selkirk hits his 5th HR for the Bronx Bombers. Chicago's only hit is a 1-out 1st inning single by Larry Rosenthal, who was erased on a double play.

1938- Former Yankees Minor League C Merritt Ranew was born. (1938-2011)
Catcher Merritt Ranew moved on to the Yankees organization from the Angels organization in 1968, hitting .204 in 43 games for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League). He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He returned to Seattle in 1969, joining the new AL expansion team, the Seattle Pilots, while hitting .247 and playing in 54 games.

1941- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1982) and Outfield Instructor Ken Barry was born.
Ken Barry played in the MLB with the White Sox, Angels, Brewers and the Indians (1962-1975). Ken was 2-time AL Golden Glove winner. He was a Yankee Minor League Manager with the 1982 Oneonta Yankees (NY-Penn League). He finished in 1st place, but his team lost in the League play-offs. Also, he was a Minor League Outfield Instructor for the Yankees. Ken has worked for several MLB organizations, Brewers, Mets, Padres and the White Sox as a Minor League Manager and Batting Coach.

1942- The Yankees sold Reserve OF Mike Chartak to the Senators. As a reserve outfielder for the 1940 and 1942 Yankees, Mike appeared in only 16 games, while hitting only .100.

1946- Before a Friday Ladies' Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64,183 fans, the 1st-place Red Sox win their 15th straight game, a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Red Sox Reliever Earl Johnson gets the win with 4 innings of scoreless relief. A Joe DiMaggio Grand Slam HR accounts for the entire Bombers' scoring.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Pitching Coach John Cumberland (1968-1970) was born.
Before the start of 1966 MLB season, John Cumberland was signed by the Phillies as an MLB amateur free agent. On November 29,1966, he was drafted by the Yankees from the Phillies in the 1966 MLB Minor League player draft. He would pitch at the AAA level in the Yankees Minor League system, before being called-up by the team in September of 1968. John went 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 18 games with the 1968-1970 Yankees. On July 20,1970, John was traded to the Giants for veteran MLB Starter Mike McCormick. Overall, he had a MLB pitching career record of 15-16 and a 3.82 ERA, while pitching for the Yankees, Giants, Cardinals and the Angels. He later became an MLB pitching coach, working for the Red Sox and Royals. Also, John has worked with several MLB organizations as Manager and Pitching Coach.

1952- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees RF Hank Bauer goes 5 for 6 at the plate in an 18-3 romp over Boston. He hits 2 HRs and a double, finishing the game with 6 RBIs. The Red Sox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning. The Red Sox chased Yankees Starter Tom Morgan for 4 hits and 3 Runs in the 1st 2 innings of the game. Yankee Relievers Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald and Bob “Sarge” Kuzava shut down Boston with 7 innings of scoreless relief. McDonald pitches 5 innings, picking up the win, while Kuzava gets the save. Red Sox Starter Mickey McDermott takes the loss giving up 7 Yankees on 7 hits, he is now 1-1 for the 1952 AL season.

1953- Veteran Yankees Starter Vic Raschi makes his 1st relief appearance in 2 years, limiting the Red Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 7-4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, which will keep him out of action for 3-weeks, when Jim Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody's argument with Umpire Jim Duffy. Del Wilber hits his 2nd consecutive pinch HR in the 8th inning; his 1st HR came on May 6th.

1954- The Yankees sold Reserve INF Jim Brideweser to the Orioles. The Yankees has signed Jim Brideweser out of University of California. In 3 seasons with the Yankees, Jim had appeared in 51 games, while hitting .351. At the end of the Yankees 1954 MLB Spring Training Camp, the Yankees were sending him to their AAA club, the Kansas City Blues (American Association). He refused to report to the team and was placed on suspension by the team. The Yankees then sold him to the Orioles.

1955- The Yankees traded OF Enos Slaughter and veteran Pitcher Johnny Sain to the Kansas City A’s for Pitcher Sonny Dixon and Cash. Sain went 33-20 with 40 saves for the team since joining them in 1951. Veteran MLB OF Enos Slaughter been obtained in a trade with the Cardinals before the start of the 1954 MLB season. As a reserve OF for the team, he had hit .248 in 69 games. Sonny Dixon was a reliever for the A’s. He would appear in 3 games for the Yankees, losing his only decision, before being sent to the Minor Leagues. He would never appear in the MLB again.

1955- The Yankees sold Pitcher Art Schallock to the Orioles. On July 12,1951, the Yankees had acquired him from the Dodgers for 2 Minor League Players: P Bob Landeck and Catcher Eddie Malone. Art went 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 28 games and 3 saves for the 1951-1954 Yankees. At the time of the trade, he had appeared in 2 games for the 1955 Yankees with no decisions.

1956- At Yankee Stadium, Tribe Starter Bob Lemon gives the Indians, a 7-2 victory over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a solo HR in the 6th inning for the Bronx Bombers. For Mickey Mantle, it is his 20th HR of May, a new record. The slugger adds a double and 2 singles and is hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League Coach Dave Howard was born.
Dave Howard has coached and managed in the minors. Howard began his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia Southern College, where he worked as an assistant to Jack Stallings from 1981-1986. From 1987-1994, he was the 3rd base coach and hitting coach for the University of Florida, during which the team made the College World Series twice. Then Howard moved into professional baseball with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), coaching for them from 1994-1997. In 1998, he became the Manager of the Princeton Devil Rays, leading them to the finals of the Appalachian League. He coached for the Tampa Prep School in 1999-2000, then returned to manage in the minors from 2001-2005 with the Hudson Valley Renegades. From 2006-2008, Howard was Major League Promotions Manager with Easton Sports. He was the hitting coach of the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats, entrusted with 2008 amateur draft first-rounder Pedro Alvarez. He was the Hitting Coach for the Bradenton Marauders in 2010, West Virginia Power in 2011, and State College Spikes in 2012.

1959- The Yankees sweep doubleheader from the Senators at Yankee Stadium, winning by scores of 6-3 and 3-2 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle's HR in the 3rd inning of the opener starts the Yankees scoring as they beat Nats Starter Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th inning of the nightcap. Yogi Berra has a HR in the 2nd game. Yogi sets a new MLB record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.

1965- At Fenway Park, the 9th-place Yankees lose again to Red Sox by a score of 3-2, when Carl Yastrzemski out-hits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yaz hits a pair of HRs and sacrifice fly, while Mantle is 3-for-4 with a HR. After Mantle doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning off of rookie starter Jim Lonborg, who is lifted. Red Sox Closer Richard “The Monster” Radatz gets the final out of the game. It is Jim Lonborg's 1st MLB career win.

1965- The Yankees traded Reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez to the Indians for 1B Ray “Buddy” Barker. Buddy will appear in 176 games for the 1965-1967 Yankees, while hitting just .222 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs. In 1967, he was Mickey Mantle’s back up at 1B. He would be traded to the Orioles on July 4, 1967 for Orioles veteran Starter Steve Barber. INF Pedro Gonzalez was a former James P. Dawson Award winner in 1963. He had appeared in 101 games for the 1963-1965 Yankees, while hitting .266 with no HRs and 6 RBIs. Pedro had appeared in 1 game of the 1964 World Series for the Yankees against the Cardinals with no hits.

1966- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB shortstop Richard “Ducky” Schofield from the Giants for $25,000. To make room for him on the Yankees roster, the team sent Rookie Pitcher Jack Cullen to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL). On September 10,1966, he was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Pitcher Thad Tillotson and cash. Ducky had played for the Cardinals, Pirates before joining the Giants. He was the reserve shortstop for the 1960 Pirates, filling in for NL All Star shortstop Richard Groat, when he was injured. Also, his son played in the MLB.

1973- At Shea Stadium, the 1973 Mayor’s Trophy game is held. The Mets won 8-4 thanks to 5 runs in 2nd inning, sparked by Mets batter Felix Millan. Mets Starter George Stone held the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings, but he eventually gave up a Grand Slam HR to Yankees 3B Craig Nettles. Yankees Minor League Pitcher Mike Pazik takes the loss for the Bombers.

1996- Yankees veteran MLB starter David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.

2010- On the night they pay tribute to long-time Detroit broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who passed away last week, the Tigers beat Yankees by the score of 5-4, with key contributions from 3 former Yankee players. Johnny Damon, signed as a MLB free agent in the off-season, hits a HR in his 1st game against his former team, while former Yankees minor league prospect Austin Jackson drives in a run and reliever Phil Coke gets 2 key outs late in the game. Jackson and Coke were both obtained in an off-season trade for OF Curtis Granderson, who is currently on the Yankees DL.

2015- For his part, Yankees Starter Michael Pineda strikes out a MLB career-high of 16 Orioles batters in 7 innings in picking up a 6-2 victory. The 16 K's are tied for 2nd-most in Yankees club pitching history, the team record being 18 by Ron Guidry, while the Orioles set team records for most strikeouts against 1 pitcher and most in a game, as they whiff 2 more times in the final 2 innings to end up with 18.

May 11th

1903- John Ganzel hits the 1st New York Highlanders HomeRu, as they defeat the Tigers by a score of 8-2. Also, his teammate, William “Wild” Conroy hit a HR for the Highlanders.

1919- Senators starter Walter Johnson pitched 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Yankees starter Jack Quinn at the Polo Grounds. Johnson allowed only 2 Yankee hits as he retired 28 Bronx batters in a row. Future NFL Chicago Bears Owner OF George Halas, batting leadoff for the Yankees, went 0-for-5, while striking out twice.

1928- Former Yankees Minor League player and MLB Pitching Coach Mel Wright (1974-1975) was born. (1928-1983)
Before the start of the 1950 MLB season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Mel Wright as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He pitched in the Yankees minor league system from 1950 to 1953, while compiling a 50-26 pitching record. On April 11, 1954, Mel was traded by the Yankees along with minor league players INF Emil Tellinger and OF Bill Virdon to the Cardinals for veteran OF Enos Slaughter. He pitched for the 1954-1955 Cardinals and the 1960-1961 Cubs finishing his MLB pitching career with a 2-4 record with a 7.61 ERA in 58 games. He would return to the Yankees in 1974 as new Yankees Manager Bill Virdon’s MLB Pitching Coach. Mel was Bill Vidron’s MLB Pitching Coach on several NL teams.

1937- The Yankees sold OF Roy Johnson to the Boston Bees (aka the Braves). Johnson had hit .265 in 1936 for the Yankees. For the 1937 AL season, he was hitting .294 with No HRs and 6 RBIs for the team, after 51 at bats. He became expendable with the arrival of Yankees Rookie OF Tommy Heinrich, who the team had called up from their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL).

1946- Yankees Starter Tiny Bonham puts the brakes on the Boston’s 15-game winning streak, with a 2-0 complete game shutout at Yankee Stadium. He allows only 2 Boston hits, while striking 4 Red Sox batters. Red Sox hurler Tex Hughson takes the loss for Boston. Yankees Tommy Henrich leads the Yankees hitting attack with a double and a HR for the Yankees scoring.

1954- The Yankees sell Reserve INF Jim Brideweser (1951-1953) to the Orioles. In 1950, the Yankees signed Jim Brideweser as an MLB amateur free agent. Jim had played college baseball at USC. He couldn’t break into the Yankee starting infield. He appeared in only 57 games for the 1951-1953 Yankees, while hitting .327 with no HRs and 5 RBIs.

1955- The Yankees obtained hurler Sonny Dixon from the Kansas City A’s for veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter and hurler Johnny Sain. Slaughter would return to the Yankees in 1956, his 1st stay was disappointing only hitting .249. Johnny Sain was at the end of his MLB pitching career. Dixon would appear in 3 games for the 1955 Yankees, going 0-1 before leaving the MLB. He would play for the Yankees AAA team at Richmond (International League) for several seasons before retiring from baseball in 1961 with 1 HR and 19 RBIs.

1955- The Yankees sell Pitcher Art Schallock (1951-1954) to the Orioles for cash. On July 12, 1951, Art was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Bob Landeck (Minors), Eddie Malone and cash. Art went 3-2 with 3.90 ERA in 28 games with 1 save for the Yankees.

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Walt Terrell (1989) was born.
On July 22,1989, hurler Walt Terrell was traded by the Padres with a player to be named later to the Yankees for INF Mike Pagliarulo and P Don Schulze. The Padres sent P Freddie Toliver on September 27,1989 to the Yankees to complete the trade. He posted a 6-5 record in 13 games for the 1989 Yankees. On November 13,1989, Walt was granted MLB free agency by the team.

1961- At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, a crowd of 15,986 fans watch the A’s lose to the visiting Yankees by the score of 9-4. Yankees new veteran Reliever Tex Clevenger picks up the win in relief of Starter Ralph Terry. A’s Starter Bud Daley takes the loss for the A’s allowing 8 Yankee hits and 7 runs. He is now 3-4 for the 1961 AL season.

1979- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB hurler Jim Kaat from the Phillies. He would help out in the Yankees bullpen. He would go 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 2 saves in 40 games for the team.

1981-Former Yankees Reserve OF Sammy “Babe Ruth’s legs” Byrd (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1981)
Outfielder Sammy Byrd was often used as Babe Ruth’s late inning defensive replacement, earning him the nickname of “Babe Ruth’s legs”. He appeared in 565 games for the Yankees, while hitting .281 with 27 HRs and 155 RBIs. Sam appeared in 1 game of the 1932 World Series for the Yankees with no hits. On December 19,1934, he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would play for the Reds for 2 seasons before he retiring from the MLB. Overall as an MLB player, Sammy ended his pro career with a .274 BA with 38 HRs and 220 RBIs in 745 games. He later became a pro golfer, who won 23 PGA pro events during his PGA golfing career (1942-1946).

1990- MLB All Star OF Dave Winfield rejected a trade that would have sent him from the Yankees to the Angels in exchange for veteran MLB Starter Mike Witt. A no-trade clause in Winfield's player contract gave him the right to turn down the deal. Five days later, Winfield will reach an agreement with the Yankees and give his permission for the trade to take place. The trade would be finalized on May 16, 1990.

2006- Yankees LF Hideki Matsui broke his left wrist and his consecutive-games streak ended in the Red Sox 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. Going back to his days in Nippon Pro Baseball, he appeared in 1,768 consecutive games. Matsui had played in 518 consecutive games (a record for the start of a MLB career) since joining the Yankees in 2003 after playing in 1,250 straight for the Yomiuri Giants from August 22, 1993, through 2002.

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