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

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June 2nd

1915- At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth and the well-traveled Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 7-1. It was the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Red Sox. Ruth allowed 5 hits and hits his 2nd MLB career HR, a 3-run shot off of Yankees Starter Jack Warhop in the 2nd inning. After hitting his HR, Ruth received 2 intentional walks. He ended up kicking the bench and breaking his toe, sidelining him for 2 weeks.

1925- A 21-year-old 1B rookie named Lou Gehrig started a game for the Yankees, when regular 1B Wally Pipp was hit in the head during batting practice and complained of a headache- in fact a concussion. Rookie Lou Gehrig collected 3 hits in 5 at-bats, helping the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Senators. Gehrig will go on to play in an MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games. Pipp would never start another game at 1B for the Yankees, he would become Reserve 1B and Pinch-Hitter. After the 1925 AL season was over, Wally would be sold to the Reds. He gave the Yankees 10 strong seasons (1915-1925) at 1B, after being obtained from the Tigers in 1915.

1926- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1953) and Long-Time Yankees Minor League Manager Frank Verdi was born. (1926-2010)
Prior to the start of 1946 MLB season, INF Frank Verdi was signed as an MLB amateur free agent by the Yankees. Verdi played parts of 4 seasons with the 1949-1952 Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League). He hit .303 for the club in 1950. Frank batted .313 in 1952, 3rd best in the Eastern League that season. Frank Verdi made his only MLB appearance in a game for the Yankees against the Red Sox on May 10,1953. He entered the game playing shortstop in the bottom of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning, the Yankees were up 5 to 3. Red Sox reliever Ken Holcombe entered the game to relieve Ellis Kinder; Yankees Manager Casey Stengel replaced Verdi with Bill Renna. Verdi never appeared in an MLB game again. After his active playing career was over, he became a Minor League Manager. He was with the Yankees organization from 1963 to 1972. He returned to the Yankees farm system to manage the Columbus Clippers in 1981-1982. He won the 1981 International League Championship with the Clippers. In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame as a Manager.

1931- Former Yankees Reliever Marshall “Sheriff” Bridges (1962-1963) was born. (1931-1990)
Marshall Bridges was a 1B/Pitcher with the Memphis Red Sox (Negro Leagues). In 1953, the Giants signed Marshall. After hitting just .233, but going 14-1 on the mound for the Amarillo Gold Sox in 1955, he concentrated on making the MLB as a pitcher. After winning 16 games, leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts for the 1958 Sacramento Solons, Marshall was acquired by Cardinals from the Giants: During the 1959 NL season, the Cardinals used Bridges primarily in relief. Then again by the Reds, who had acquired him in 1960. In fall of 1961, He was traded to the Yankees for reserve C Jesse Gonder. In 1962, the Yankees were looking for bullpen help. "Sheriff", as he was sometimes called, came to the rescue. The hard-throwing southpaw won 8 games while saving 18 games in 52 appearances to help lead the Yankees to the pennant. He was not as effective in the 1962 World Series against the Giants, allowing the 1st grand slam HR ever hit by a National Leaguer in a World Series by Giants 2B Chuck Hiller. Bridges was at the Pride of Fort Lauderdale Elks Lodge on February 13 1963, when he was shot with a small caliber weapon in the leg just below the knee. 21-year-old Carrie Lee Raysor claimed Bridges had repeatedly offered to drive her home and, after repeatedly not taking "no" for an answer, "took out [her] gun and shot him." He recovered from his gunshot wounds to pitch for another season with the Yankees. The Senators purchased him from the Yankees in November of 1963. His final Yankees career pitching totals were a 10-4 record with 19 saves in 75 games. He spent 2 seasons with the Senators, concluding his 7-year MLB pitching career with a 23-15 record, with 25 saves and a 3.75 ERA. Bridges spent 3 more seasons in pro ball playing with the AAA Hawaii Islanders (PCL) from 1965-1967; he decided to call it a career after this last run. Marshall had spent 15 years in pro baseball from 1953-1967. His minor league stat sheet shows that he appeared in 243 games, posting a 74-57 record, while pitching 1,138 innings with a 3.94 ERA. After baseball, Marshall did carpentry and maintenance worker at the State Capitol Building in Jackson, MS, where he died on September 3, 1990 at age 59.

1932- Former Yankees OF/3B Louis “The Nervous Greek” Skizas (1956) was born.
Before the start of 1949 MLB season, Lou Skizas was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Lou appeared in just 6 games with the 1956 Yankees, while hitting .167. On June 14, 1956, Lou was traded by the Yankees along with veteran 1B Eddie Robinson to the Kansas City A’s for P Moe Burtschy, OF Bill Renna and cash. He would hit .316 with 11 HRs in 89 games for the 1956 A’s before fading. In 1958, he was traded by the A’s to the Tigers. He started the 1959 season with the White Sox, but Lou was traded to the Reds. He played in the MLB from 1956-1959 with the Yankees, A’s, Tigers, White Sox and the Reds, while appearing in 239 games, while hitting .270 with 30 HRs and 86 RBIs.

1933- Former Yankees INF Jerry Lumpe (1956-1959) was born. (1939-2014)
Jerry Lumpe was one of many young Yankee infielders, who couldn’t break into the regular Yankee starting lineup of Manager Casey Stengel. He played for the Yankees at Shortstop during their 1956 baseball tour of Japan. He did appear in the 1957-1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, hitting .231 in 12 games. Billy Martin and Bobby Richardson blocked Jerry at 2B. He was lost in Stengel’s infield platoon system at Shortstop and 3B. He was one of the young Yankee players along with OF Norm Siebern, 1B Marv Throneberry, who were openly criticized by Casey Stengel in the NYC sports media, as he stopped being a supporter of the Yankee youth movement, relying on veteran players instead. Casey on Lumpe to the media “Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup.” Also, Jerry also had some contract money problems dealing with General Manager George Weiss, which Jerry commented, “They really know how to make you feel not wanted.” His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle helped him out 1 season by loaning him free use of his house in New Jersey for the season, when Jerry has facing serious family medical problems. On May 26,1959, Jerry has able to leave the Yankees, when he was traded along with Pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to Kansas City A’s for hurler Ralph Terry and veteran INF Hector Lopez. With the A’s, he became their regular 2B playing for them until 1963. In 1964, he was traded to the Tigers, playing for them until 1967. His best MLB playing season would be with the 1962 A’s, hitting .301 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs. He would later become an MLB coach for the Oakland A’s, when Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and other players teased about his MLB playing career, Jerry just showed them his 1956 Yankees World Championship ring and the joking by the A’s players immediately stopped, because he had a World Series Championship Ring they didn’t.

1938- Former Yankees Player, Coach, Manager, General Manager and Special Advisor Gene “Stick” Michael (Player 1968-1973, MLB Coach 1975-1978, Manager (1981-1982), General Manager (1980-1981,1991-1995) MLB Manager: Cubs (1986-1987) was born. (1938-2017)
In the fall of 1967, the Yankees obtained Gene “Stick” Michael from the Dodgers for cash. In 1959, the Pirates signed him as an MLB amateur free agent. Michael was a graduate of Kent State University. Gene reached the MLB with the 1966 Pirates. On December 1,1966, he was traded by the Pirates along with INF Bob Bailey to the Dodgers for veteran Shortstop Maury Wills. Also, Gene briefly played Minor League basketball. On November 30, 1967, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers, becoming the team’s regular shortstop in 1968. His best Yankee season was in 1969, when he hit .272 with 2 HRs and 31 RBIs. He remained the Yankees regular shortstop through the 1973 AL season. In 1974, he was sharing the shortstop position with Jim Mason. As a Yankees player, he appeared in 789 games, while hitting .233 with 12 HRs and 204 RBIs. He was released by the team at the end of the 1974 AL season. He would be signed as MLB Free Agent by the Tigers in January of 1975. He would play for the Tigers for 1 season before being released by the team. In 1976, he signed with the Red Sox, but Gene didn’t make any appearances with the team and was released in May of 1976 ending his MLB playing career. His favorite fielding trick as a Yankee Shortstop, as the “hidden ball trick,” which caught quite a few AL base runners. After his active playing days were over, he rejoined the Yankees organization as Coach and Manager in their farm system. Then later worked in the Yankees front office. Gene left the Yankees organization to manage the 1986-1987 Cubs and then he returned to the Yankees organization in 1988. In 1991-1995, he helped rebuild the Yankees farm system that developed the “Core 4 “players; Gene was a Special Advisor to the Yankees front office before he passed away in 2017.

1940- Former Yankees INF Horace Clarke (1965-1973) was born.
In 1958, the Yankees signed Horace Clarke as an MLB free agent. Mislabel by the sports media as a symbol of failure during the Yankee decline years (1965-1975). Fellow Yankee teammate Bobby Mercer describes him as “A 100% player. He wanted to play every day.” Horace led the AL 2B in assists for 6 straight seasons (1967-1972). In 1967, he led the AL 2B in fielding. Horace led the AL in bats in 1969 and 1970 AL seasons. His best Yankees season was in 1969, when he hit .285 with 4 HRs and 48 RBIs. Although, he only hit 27 HR’s in his MLB playing career, his 1st 2-HR’s were Grand Slam HRs. During the 1970 AL season, he ruined 3 no-hit game bids in 1 month by Pitchers Joe Niekro, Sonny Siebert and Jim Rooker. As Yankees player, Horace appeared in 1,820 games from 1965 to 1974, while hitting .257 with 2 HRs and 300 RBIs. He stole 151 bases for the team. He finished his MLB playing career in 1974 with the Padres with a lifetime MLB BA of .256 with 27 HRs and 304 RBIs.

1941- Former Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 37 in New York City. From that time on, the illness was known primarily as “Lou Gehrig's Disease.” Gehrig had seen his MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games end in 1939 because of the disease. It was on this day exactly 16 years ago, he broke into the Yankees starting line-up.

1948- Former Yankees Minor League OF/P Joe Pactwa was born. (1948-2009)
On June 7,1966, OF Joe Pactwa was drafted by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Joe never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1970, Joe Pactwa hit 25 HRs in the Eastern League, tying him for 4th in the circuit. Remaining at AA for the 1971 season, he hit 20 more HRs for the Charlotte Hornets, 5th in the Southern League. In 1973, Pactwa began pitching in addition to playing the outfield. He hit .378 for the AA West Haven Yankees. Joe went 12-6 on the mound with a 3.18 ERA. He was part of a 5-way tie for the Eastern League lead in victories. He led the Eastern League in ERA. Joe Pactwa was a full-time pitcher in 1974 for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League), but he went just 4-9 with a 4.41 ERA. On December 3,1974, Joe was purchased by Tampico (Mexican League) from the Yankees organization. At the end of the 1975 Mexican League season, Joe received a brief tryout as a pitcher with the California Angels. He pitched in 4 games, 3 of them starts, winning 1 game with a 3.86 ERA; however, his K/W ratio was a very poor 3/10 in 16⅓ innings. Joe would return to play in Mexico League from 1976-1982.

1958- Yankees All Star Starter Whitey Ford struck out 6 batters in a row to tie an AL record as he shut out the White Sox by a score of 3-0. Meanwhile Chicago Starter Jim Wilson allowed just 6 Yankee hits, but 3 of them were HRs by Hank Bauer (2) and Mickey Mantle (1). On a botched hit-and-run attempt, White Sox baserunner Luis Aparicio was thrown out at 2B, ending his streak of 26 consecutive stolen bases.

1967- Former Yankees Reliever Mike Stanton (1997-2002, 2005) was born.
Mike Stanton was selected as a 13th round pick in the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Braves. Stanton pitched in every MLB postseason from 1991 through 2002, except for the 1994 MLB strike season. He made 552 relief appearances before making his 1st MLB career start in 1999 with the Yankees. As a Yankees reliever, Mike Stanton went 30-12 with a 3.77 ERA with 12 saves in 428 games. He was one key of the bullpen bridges to Yankees Closer Mo Rivera from 1997-2002.

1972- Former Yankees OF/DH Raul Ibanez (2012) was born.
While by no means a good defensive outfielder, Ibáñez has always managed to keep out of being typecast as a DH; in Philadelphia, he replaced the equally defensively challenged Pat Burrell in LF. He was helped by the presence at his side of 2 excellent defensive players in Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth. In 2009, he did indeed cool down, finishing at .272 with 34 HRs and 93 RBIs. In both the 2009 NLCS and 2009 World Series, he hit an HRs and had 4 RBIs. In 2010, Ibanez played 155 games for the Phillies, hitting .275 with 16 HRs and 83 RBIs. He completed his 3-year pact with a season of .245 with 20 HRs and 84 RBIs in 2011. With the Phillies having a number of promising young outfielders in their farm system, such as John Mayberry and Dominic Brown, they showed little interest in re-signing him for 2012 MLB season. Indeed, there was little demand for his services, given his age and declining offensive numbers. Raul had to wait until MLB spring training camps were already under way to land a job with the Yankees on February 20th. The Bronx Bombers were looking for him to be their left-handed DH in 2012, replacing the recently retired Jorge Posada. Despite having a very poor spring training performance with the bat, he made the Yankees MLB player roster. He would a clutch hitter for the 2012 Yankees. Raul appeared in 130 games for the team, while hitting .240 with 19 HRs and 62 RBIs. After the 2012 AL season had ended, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. He resigned with his old team the Mariners for 2013 MLB season. After the 2014 MLB season, he retired from the game.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob McGraw (1917-1919,1920) passed away. (1895-1978)
Bob McGraw appeared in 24 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 4.14 ERA. On July 29,1919, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with INF Allen Russell and $40,000 to the Red Sox veteran Starter Carl “Sub “Mays. He would return to the Yankees in 1920, appearing in 15 games with no record. In January of 1921, he was traded by the team to Vernon (PCL).

1993- Former Yankees, Giants and Cardinals HOF 1B/PH Johnny “Big Cat” Mize (1949-1953) passed away. (1916-1993).
Johnny Mize finished his long MLB playing career with a lifetime BA of .312. He hit 356 MLB career HR’s. He had the 8th best slugging percentage in MLB history .562. Johnny had 9 consecutive .300 plus seasons. He was a 4-time NL HR champion, including a 51 HR season in 1947. Johnny was one of the greatest pinch hitters in MLB history, including 3 AL leading seasons with the Yankees, finishing with a lifetime mark of .283. Johnny Mize came up with the Cardinals (1936-1941), later he played for the Giants (1942,1946-1949) before joining the Yankees during the 1949 MLB season. He spent 1943-1945 MLB seasons in the Navy during World War II, before being discharged in October 1945. Mize holds the MLB record for the most times hitting 3 HRs in 1 game, a feat that he performed 6 times. He also was the only player to do it in both leagues — 5 times in the NL and once in the AL with the Yankees. On August 22,1949, John was acquired on waivers from the Giants for $40,000. As a Yankees player, Johnny hit .264 in 375 games with 44 HRs with 179 RBIs. In World Series play with the 1949-1953 Yankees, Mize hit .286 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs. After 1953 World Series with the Yankees, Mize retired from the MLB. Later Johnny was an MLB coach for the 1961 Kansas City A’s. In 1981, the Veteran’s Committee elected Johnny into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. "His bat doesn't travel as far as anybody else's. He just **** it and slaps, and when you're as big as he is, you can slap a ball into the seats. That short swing is wonderful. ..." - Yankees Casey Stengel.

2001- Former Yankees OF and MLB Scout Gene Woodling (1949-1954) passed away (1922-2001).
In 1940, Gene Woodling was signed by the Indians, appearing with them in 1943. He spent the 1944-1945 seasons in the US Navy. In 1947, the Indians traded him to the Pirates organization. On September 30,1948, the Yankees purchased Gene Woodling from the San Francisco Seals (PCL). He had been named the Pacific League’s MVP for 1948 season. With the 1948 Seals, Gene had hit .385 in 146 games with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs. He would hit the following during his Yankees playing career starting in 1949, .270, .283, .281, .309, .306, before dropping off to .250 due to a broken arm injury that ended his 1954 AL season early. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel would often platoon Gene Woodling and Hank Bauer in OF. As a Yankees player, Gene appeared in 698 games, while hitting .285 with 51 HRs and 336 RBIs. In 5 World Series with the Yankees, Gene hit .318. The Yankees sent him to the Orioles in the big 17-man trade in the winter of 1954, thinking he was washed up at the age of 31. But he wasn’t, Gene would go on to hit .300, 3 more times in the AL. He played for the Indians (twice), Pirates, Yankees, Orioles, the 1961 AL Expansion Senators and the 1962 Mets. Gene would finish up his MLB 17 seasons playing career with his old Manager Casey Stengel, who was with the 1962 expansion Mets. After being released as an active player by the Mets in March of 1963, he became an MLB Coach for the Mets. He would leave the team after a dispute with the Mets front office over contract talks with former Yankees Reserve 1B Marv Throneberry. Later, Gene was an MLB Coach for the Orioles. Also, he was an MLB Scout for the Indians and the Yankees. Gene had signed Catcher Thurman Munson for the Yankees.

2005-The Yankees were swept by the team with the worst record in MLB (16-37), falling 5-2 to the Royals for their 1st 5-game losing streak in more than 2 seasons. Royals’ pitchers allowed just 6 runs in the series. It was the 3rd time in their storied history the Yankees had been swept in 3 games by the team with the worst record in MLB. The other times were in 2000, by the Tigers in and 1937 by the A’s. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the MLB since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-1997.

June 3rd

1929- The Yankees released veteran 1B George “Tioga” Burns (1928-1929). George played briefly with the 1928-1929 Yankees appearing in only 13 games as a Reserve 1B, hitting just .154 before finishing his long MLB playing career with the 1929 Philadelphia A’s. The Yankees had acquired him from the Indians. George had won the 1926 AL MVP Award with the Tribe. In 1915 with the Tigers, he beat out fellow rookie Wally Pipp for the Tigers 1B job. The Tigers would trade rookie 1B Wally Pipp to the Yankees. The Yankees had acquired George Burns in a trade with the Tigers in March of 1918, but then they turn around and traded him to the Philadelphia A’s for veteran OF Bing Bodie.

1932-Yankees Slugger Lou Gehrig hit 4 consecutive HRs in a game and narrowly missed a 5th HR, his Bronx teammate Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle as the Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s by a score of 20-13. The Yankees set a MLB record for total bases with 50; both teams set a still-standing record for extra bases with 41.

1933- After giving up 11 runs to the Philadelphia A’s in the 2nd inning, the Yankees rebound in the 5th inning with 10 runs, as they out slug the A’s by the score of 17-11. In the 8th inning, Babe Ruth will cap off the Yankees comeback with a 3-run HR.

1947- The Yankees purchased INF/OF Ted Sepkowski from the Indians. He appeared in 2 games for the Yankees as a pinch-runner before he was sent to AA Newark Bears (IL). He never returned to the MLB.

1956- Former Yankees Catcher Roxy Walters (1915-1918) passed away. (1892-1956)
On July 23,1915, Catcher Roxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (Texas League). He appeared in 193 games for the 1915-1918 Yankees, while hitting .243 with no HRs and 49 RBIs. On December 18, 1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 to the Red Sox for veteran MLB Starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and hurler Ernie Shore.

1968- The Yankees turn their 21st triple play in their team’s history, but lose to the Twins by the score of 4-3. With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run already across the plate, Yankees Pitcher Dooley Womack catches a lined shot by Twins Catcher Johnny Roseboro, who threw to 3B Bobby Cox and then he watched in awe as when Cox’s throw to Mickey Mantle at 1B was in time to complete the triple play.

1971- Former Yankees Minor League OF Carl Everett was born.
Carl Everett was selected by the Marlins from the Yankees in 1992 MLB expansion team player draft. He was a former No. 1 round MLB Amateur Free Agent draft pick by the Yankees in 1990. Carl was label as a troublemaker in the Yankees Minor League system. So, Carl was left unprotected by the Yankees front office in the MLB expansion team player draft for the Marlins and Rockies. He would be selected by the Marlins.

1971- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Izzy Molina was born.
On March 30, 1999, the Yankees traded Pitcher Darren Holmes to the Diamondbacks for Pitcher Ben Ford and Catcher Izzy Molina. Izzy was sent to the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL), where he appeared in 97 games, while hitting .246 with 4 HRs and 51 RBIs. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. After the 1999 AL season ended, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Royals.

1972- The Yankees score 8 runs in the 13th inning, 6 of which scored on 3-run HR by Thurman Munson and Bobby Mercer to down the White Sox by a score of 18-10. Bobby Mercer had 4 hits, scored 5 runs and 3 runs batted in. There was one other unusual happening; Yankees Reliever Sparky Lyle actually hit a double.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jose Molina (2009-2009) was born.
A reserve catcher for most of his MLB playing career, José Molina had a chance to play almost regularly with the Yankees in 2008, when starting Catcher Jorge Posada missed a large part of the season with a shoulder injury. He played good defense, but hit very little, prompting the Yankees to obtain veteran Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers late in the season. Still, he started the last game ever played at Yankee Stadium on September 21st, he hit the last HR in the House that Ruth Built, a 2-run HR shot off of Orioles Pitcher Chris Waters in the 4th inning which proved to be the difference in a 7-3 Yankees win over the Orioles. He returned to the 2009 Yankees as Posada's back up. He spent 2 months on the DL early in the season with a strained quad muscle but he got some playing time late in the season as the preferred catcher of Bronx starter A.J. Burnett. This arrangement extended into the 2009 MLB postseason, where he was behind the plate for all 5 of Burnett's starts as the Yankees won the 2009 World Series defeating the Phillies. After the 2009 World Series was completed, Molina was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.

1977- Former Yankees DH Travis “Pronk” Hafner (2013) was born.
The Yankees decimated by injuries and departures through MLB free agency since the end of the 2012 MLB season, expressed interest in his services and signed him to a 1-year contract for $2 million on February 1, 2013. Travis has previously played for the Rangers and Indians before joining the Yankees. He appeared in 82 games for the Bronx Bombers, while hitting .202 with 12 HRs with 37 RBIs. In October of 2013, the Yankees granted Travis MLB free agency.

1978- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Juan Rivera (2002-2004) was born.
On April 12,1996, Juan Rivera was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 88 games as Reserve OF with the Yankees, while hitting .262 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs. On December 16, 2003, Juan was traded by the Yankees along with P Randy Choate and 1B Nick Johnson to the Montreal Expos for MLB Starter Javier Vazquez. Juan has played for the Yankees, Expos, Angels, Blue Jays and the Dodgers during his MLB playing career. He came into 2013 Yankees MLB spring training camp, but he cut by the team on March 28, 2013. He would be signed by the Diamondbacks.

1981- At Yankee Stadium, 30,162 fans watch the Yankees and Orioles play 11 innings. The Yankees win the game with a 2-run HR shot by Yankees 3B Graig Nettles off of Orioles Reliever Tippy Martinez in the 11th inning. Dave Righetti started the game for New York, going 8 innings, while Orioles veteran Starter Dave Martinez goes 10 innings. Yankees Reliever Ron Davis picks up the victory; his 1981 record is now 2-2, pitching 2 scoreless innings of relief. Former Yankee Tippy Martinez takes the loss for the Orioles, is now 2-2 for the 1981 AL season.

1998- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Devil Rays by the score of 7-1. Yankees Starter Orlando Hernandez goes 7 innings, allowing only 1 Tampa Bay run, allowing only 5 hits with 7 strikeouts. Mike Stanton finishes the game for the Yankees. Tampa Starter Tony Saunders takes the loss for the Rays. Yankees hitting attack is led by 3B Scott Brosius, who goes 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs.

2003- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter is named the 11th Team Captain in club’s history.

2010- At Yankees Stadium, a crowd of 44,927 fans watched a Bronx Starter C. C. Sabathia goes 7 innings, allowing only 3 Orioles runs, while striking out 7 Baltimore batters. He picks up his 5th victory of the season. The 3 Orioles runs came on 2 HRs off Yankees Starter Sabathia. Orioles Starter Kevin Millwood drops his 6th game, he is now 0-6 for the 2010 AL season. Yankees Relievers Joba Chamberlain and Marino Rivera keep the Birds off the scoreboard to finish the game at 6-3. Bronx Closer Rivera picks-up his 12 save of the 2010 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by A-Rod and Brett Gardner, hitting HRs for the team.

2011- Angels Starter Jered Weaver, who had won 6 games in April, earns his 1st victory since then in beating the Yankees by the score of 3-2. The Angels starter is now 7-4 for 2011 AL season.

2015- At Safeco Field in Seattle, Yankees Starter Masahiro Tanaka goes 7 innings holding the Mariners to 1 run on 3 hits and 9 strikeouts as the Yankees win the game by the score of 3-1. He gets his 3rd victory of the 2010 season. Yankees Closer Andrew Miller picks-up his 17th save of the season. Seattle Starter Tajuam Walker takes the lost, he is now 2-6 for the season. The Yankees hitting attack was led by HRs by Mark Teixeira and Garrett Jones.

June 4th

1885- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bobby Vaughn (1909) was born. (1885-1965)
Infielder Bobby Vaughn was at Princeton University between 1904-1909, and then he made his MLB player debut on June 12, 1909 with the Yankees. Reserve INF Bobby Vaughan played in 5 games for the team, just hitting .143. Years later, in 1915, he came back to the MLB, playing in the last season of the Federal League for the pennant-winning 1915 St. Louis Terriers as their regular 2B. In 1917, he played for Los Angeles and Vernon in the PCL. In 1920, he managed the Tacoma Tigers (PCL.) The Tigers finished 4th in the PCL with a 66-53 WL record.

1889- Former Yankees INF/OF Leo “Lee” Magee (1916-1917) was born. (1899-1966)
On February 10, 1916, the Yankees purchased veteran OF Lee Magee for cash from Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League). Lee had been the Player/Manager for the Brooklyn team in 1915. He would hit .238 with 3 HRs and 53 RBIs, while appearing in 182 games with the 1916-1917 Yankees. On July 15, 1917, the Yankees traded Lee to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans. In 1920, Lee would be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis for his involvement on betting games during the 1918 NL season with his Reds teammate 1B Hal Chase, who also would be banned by Judge Landis, ending their MLB playing careers.

1915- Tigers Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of a 3-0 Detroit win‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his MLB playing career. Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call, he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by Umpire Silk O'Loughlin. It is Cobb's 2nd steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the 1st was on May 12th‚ 1911).

1922- At the Polo Grounds‚ Yankees Starter Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the Philadelphia A's for the 21st straight time. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-3. Babe Ruth clouts a 3-run HR over the Polo Grounds RF fence for the Bronx Bombers.

1928- Former Yankees INF, MLB Coach and Manager Billy Hunter (1955-1956) was born.
Billy Hunter was acquired from the Orioles in the big 17-man trade of December 1954. Billy became the regular shortstop on the 1955 Yankees, appearing a bit more often than the 38-year-old veteran Phil Rizzuto at the position. He was a reserve INF for the 1956 Yankees. In February of 1957, he was traded to Kansas City A’s in the Bobby Shantz trade. After his active playing career ended, Billy Hunter was a MLB scout for the 1961 Indians. Moving to the Orioles organization, he managed the 1962-1963 Bluefield Orioles. Billy was an Orioles MLB Coach from 1964-1976, before becoming skipper of the Rangers. In 1977-1978, Billy was the MLB manager of the Rangers finishing 2nd place in AL West twice. From 1979-1987, Hunter coached the College Baseball team at Towson University. Also, he was also a longtime Athletic Director at Towson University.

1931- After hitting safely in his last 8 times at bat‚ Oscar Melillo‚ the slick-fielding but light-hitting 2B of the Browns is stopped by Yankees Starter Red Ruffing. St. Louis wins the game by the score of 8-6.

1933- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 65,000 fans watched Bronx Starter Johnny Allen’s no-hit bid is spoiled in the 1st inning on Philadelphia A’s Ed Coleman’s single. Allen did not allow another A’s hit in the game, as he wins it by a score of 6-0. The game was 1-0 for the Yankees, until the 8th inning, when the Bronx Bombers scored 5 more runs to put the game away. Allen picks up his 4th victory of the 1933 AL season.

1939- Former Yankees INF Phil “Super Sub” Linz (1962-1965) was born.
In 1958, the Yankees signed Phil Linz as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He made the team in 1962, along other Yankee rookies who were known as the “Amarillo Gang” (Joe Pepitone, Jim Bouton and Linz). Phil was beaten out for the starting Yankees shortstop job in 1962 by Rookie teammate Tom Tresh. When Yankees regular shortstop Tony Kubek was away from the Yankees for Army Reserve active duty. Phil became the Yankees utility man, he could play the OF and INF. Phil is most known for the 1964 harmonica incident on the team bus in Chicago, with Manager Yogi Berra following a tough Yankee loss. On August 20, 1964. Following a 4-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox capped by a 5-0 shutout, Linz pulled out his harmonica as the team bus was delayed leaving for Chicago’s O'Hare Airport. That infuriated Manager Yogi Berra, who at 1st told him to stop. Linz, however, couldn't hear him and asked teammate Mickey Mantle what he said. Mantle, ever playful, said "He said play it louder." So, Linz did. Then Yankees 3B Frank Crosetti apparently said, "That's the worst thing I've ever heard!" By then Berra completely lost his cool, charging Linz to have him stop the noise (Linz could barely play the instrument). The incident degenerated into a loud shouting match, and then Berra swiped at the instrument.
It landed on Joe Pepitone, who apparently then shouted, "Corpsman! Oh, my knee, get me a corpsman!" and with a number of reporters on the bus, it was all over the next day's newspapers. Fans then began to throw harmonicas on the field at every game. Linz received a $10,000 endorsement from Hohner Harmonica Co, and then he was featured on the back page of the Yankees' 1965 yearbook with the line "Play it again, Phil". The bus incident sparked the Yankees to regain the AL championship by winning 99 games. Not a big HR hitter normally, he hit 2 HRs in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals. The 2nd HR was off of Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson in the 9th inning of the 7th game. Linz batted leadoff in all 7 games of the 1964 World Series. With the retirement of Tony Kubek at the end of the 1965 AL season due to back and neck injuries, the Yankees were left without a starting shortstop. Would the team bring in Tom Tresh from the outfield to play shortstop again or try to use Linz or make a trade? On November 29, 1965 Yankees GM Ralph Houk traded Phil to the Phillies for former NL Golden Glove Shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr.. The Yankees should have kept Linz because Amaro was a complete disaster for the Yankees, including a collision with Tom Tresh in the outfield that ruined Tresh knees and his MLB playing career. His final Yankees player career totals were a .246 BA with 10 HRs and 67 RBIs in 354 games. As an MLB player, Phil appeared in 519 games with 11 HRs and 96 RBIs with a lifetime .235 BA. Phil ended his MLB playing career with the 1968 Mets. Later, he managed in the Orioles Minor League system for 1 season.

1944- In Hawaii‚ Yankees All Star CF Joe DiMaggio now in the US Army, hits a 435-foot HR‚ but the 7th Army baseball team loses by the score of 6-2 to a Navy team‚ as former MLB hurler Bob Harris throws a 4-hitter for the Navy.

1953- At Chicago‚ Mickey Mantle's HR in the 4th off of White Sox Starter Billy Pierce‚ gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead‚ but Chicago comes back to tie the game. Mick's leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a Bronx rally and they win the game by the score of 9-5.

1957- Former Yankees MLB Coach Tony Pena (2006-2017) was born.
Tony Pena was known for his unique style of catching. He would sit on the ground with one knee tucked to the side while his other leg was straight out to the other side. He could even throw out would-be base stealers from this position with an incredibly strong arm. He ended his MLB playing career with 1,950 games behind the plate, 4th most of all catchers. He was named to the 1981 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. He was a 5-time NL All-Star (1982,1984-1986 and 1989) Tony Pena was a 4-time Gold Glove Winner (1983-1985 in NL and in 1991 in the AL). As a Manager with the Royals, he won the 2003 AL Manager of the Year Award. In the off-season, Tony manages in one of the Winter Leagues. For the 2015 MLB season, Tony was moved from Dugout Coach to 1B coach. He was released by the team after the 2017 MLB postseason was over.

1957 –Former MLB player and long-time Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell passed away. (1882-1957)
Paul Krichell was an MLB catcher for the 1911-1912 St. Louis Browns. He appeared in 87 games, while just hitting only .222. Krichell was a key MLB Scout for the Yankees during their rise to baseball prominence beginning in the early 1920s. He is credited with signing such Yankee standouts as 1B Lou Gehrig, Pitcher Johnny Allen, Catcher Bill Dickey and Shortstop Phil Rizzuto. A sarcastic award called the Paul Krichell Talent Scout Award is featured in Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract and is awarded in each of the decade overviews to a team or scout, who passed on a player that would go on to have a great MLB career. Rizzuto was turned down by both the Dodgers and Giants in their player tryout camps as for being too small, but Krichell saw something special in the youngster.

1958- After 32 scoreless innings, the White Sox score in the 3rd inning, and go on to win 7-4 over the 1st place Yankees. Veteran White Sox Starter Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot HR to Yankees CF Mickey Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The HR drive is measured at 478 feet.

1961- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher George “Iron” Davis (1912) passed away. (1890-1961)
Between 1912 and 1915, George Davis pitched in 36 games for the Highlanders and the Braves. As a 1912 Yankees hurler, he appeared in 10 games for the team, while posting a 1-4 record with a 6.50 ERA. In December of 1912, he was acquired by the Boston Braves along with OF Guy Zinn from the Yankees. MLB pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer MLB career victories than Davis (7). After MLB baseball, he returned to Harvard Law School, where he was enrolled while pitching his no-hitter for the "Miracle Braves" of 1914. He became a real estate attorney in Buffalo. His final MLB pitching record was a 7-10 record with a 4.48 ERA in 36 games.

1963- Orioles’ Ace Steve Barber tops the Yankees by the score of 3-1. Mickey Mantle accounts for the only Bronx score with an opposite field HR into the RF bleachers.

1966- At Fenway Park, Jim Gosger hits a game-ending 3-run HR in the 16th inning off of Bronx Reliever Dooley Womack to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees.

1972- In Game 2 of a doubleheader in Chicago‚ White Sox PH Dick Allen connects with 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning, he drives a Sparky Lyle pitch into the LF upper deck for a dramatic 5-4 White Sox win over the Yankees. The White Sox had won the opener by the score of 6-1.

1977- Reggie Jackson hits a pair of run-scoring doubles to highlight a 7-run 2nd inning in Yankees 8-6 victory over the White Sox. Yankees Starter Don Gullet was the winner, while Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle notched his 10th save of the 1977 AL season.

1980- The Yankees‚ with no draft picks in Rounds 1 and 2‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick in the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft. After protests from at least 2 other MLB teams‚ MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams, but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play college football. A Special Draft (excluding the Yankees) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But the younger Cannon elects to play college football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman Winning Dad‚ Cannon will be the Number #1 pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his NFL playing career.

1986- Yankees veteran Starter Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 7 2/3 innings before Angels batter Gary Pettis doubles and Niekro combines with Yankees Reliever Al Holland for an easy 11-0 shutout 1-hitter. All Star Slugger Dave Winfield homers twice for the Yankees.

1988- Yankees LF Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York's 7-6 14-inning loss to the Orioles‚ giving him a club-record 249 stolen bases as a Yankees player, breaking Hal Chase’s club record of 248.

1990- The Yankees traded Pitchers Lance McCullers and Clay Parker to the Tigers for Catcher Matt Nokes. Matt would hit .238 with 8 HRs and 22 RBIs in 92 games for the 1990 Yankees. He would become the Yankees starting Catcher in 1991-1992, in 1993 he lost the starting job to Mike Stanley. Lance McCullers went 5-3 with a 4.42 ERA in 63 games with 3 saves for the Yankees. Clay Parker had posted a 5-6 record with a 3.80 ERA in 27 games for the team.

1997- For the 2nd straight night‚ Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling Yankees‚ as the Orioles trip the Yankees by the score of 9-7. The Yankees had tied the game at 7 apiece on Charlie Hayes' pinch-hit grand slam HR. The O's Chris Hoiles has 2 RBIs and Cal Ripken‚ showing no effects from signing (a major-league record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night's game‚ hits a HR. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3:01 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to 7 games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the 2nd-place Yankees in the AL East.

1998- The Yankees traded Pitcher Willie Banks to the Diamondbacks for 2 Pitchers: Scot Brow and Minor League Pitcher Joe Lisio. Willie Banks went 4-1 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 games for the 1997-1998 Yankees. The Yankees assigned Scot Brow to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) and Scot Brow to Class A Tampa (FSL). Neither Pitcher appears with the Yankees at the MLB Level.

2006- At Camden Yards, the Orioles play small ball, cuffing Yankees Starter Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, then Reliever Scott Erickson is hit for another 4 runs. The O's win the game by the score of 11-3. The Birds hit 3 HRs off of Aaron Small, 1 by Javy Lopez, who also HRs off of Erickson. The Yankees will release the veteran hurler Scott Erickson on June 19th.

2007- Former Yankees INF and MLB Coach Clete Boyer (1959-1966) passed away. (1937-2007) Clete Boyer was originally signed as a bonus player by the 1955 Kansas City A’s. He was traded to the Yankees in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade. He had to stay with the 1957 A’s until his bonus player period expired in June of 1957, before he was sent to the Yankees. He would play in the Yankees farm system during the 1957-1958 seasons, before joining the team in 1959. Stengel used him in his infield platoon system. Clete Boyer took over the regular Yankees 3B job from veterans Andy Carey and Hector Lopez during the 1960 AL season. He would become, one of finest 3B to play for the Yankees (1960-1966). He was over shadowed in the MLB by the presence of Orioles All Star 3B Brooks Robinson. In 1967 with the Braves, he won a NL Golden Glove for 3B. Clete appeared in 5 World Series with the Yankees (1960-1964). In the winter of 1966, he was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for Rookie OF Bill Robinson and a minor league pitcher. The Yankees 3B position would not be solid again until the arrival of Graig Nettles in winter of 1972 from the Indians. As a Yankees player, Boyer hit .241 in 1,068 games with 95 HRs and 393 RBIs. He appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees, playing in 27 games, while hitting .233 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. Overall as an MLB player, he played in 1,725 games, while hitting .245 with 162 HRs and 654 RBIs. Boyer played pro ball in Japan for 5 seasons. After his active playing days, Boyer was an Oakland A’s MLB coach from 1980 to 1985 and a member of the Yankees MLB coaching staff in 1988 and again from 1992 to 1994. He was the younger brother of former MLB player’s 3B Ken Boyer (Cardinals) and Pitcher Cloyd Boyer (Cardinals and the A’s), who later was Yankees MLB pitching coach.

2014- Former Yankees Bench Coach, MLB player and Longtime MLB Manager Don Zimmer passed away at the age of 83. (1931-2014)
In 1949, the Dodgers signed Shortstop Don Zimmer. In 1953, while playing in the Minor Leagues for the Dodgers organization, he suffered a serious head-injury that almost ended his pro baseball career. After several seasons with the Dodgers as a reserve infielder, he was traded to the Cubs in 1960. Don had appeared in 1955 and 1959 World Series with the Dodgers. Also, he played 3B for the 1962 Mets and the Reds, Dodgers and finishing up with the 1962-1965 Senators. He spent 1966 season playing in Japan. As an MLB player, Don appeared in 1,095 games, while hitting .235 with 91 HRs and 352 RBIs. He began his Minor League Manager career in 1967 with the Reds AAA team Buffalo Bisons (IL) working in the Reds organization until 1970. In 1971, he became a MLB coach with the 1971 Expos, then the 1972 Padres, 1974-1976 Red Sox, 1983 Yankees, 1984-1986 Cubs, 1987 Giants, 1992 Red Sox, 1993-1995 Rockies and the 1996-2003 Yankees. Don Zimmer was a MLB Manager with the following teams: 1972-1973 Padres; 1976-1980 Red Sox; 1981-1982 Rangers; 1988-1991 Cubs. In 1989, he won NL Division Championship with the Cubs. He was named 1989 NL Manager of the Year. With the Yankees, he was Manager Joe Torre MLB Bench Coach; he served as Yankees Interim Manager when Torre was being treated for cancer. After the 2003 MLB post season, Don left the Yankees organization after a dispute with Yankees front office. From 2004 to 2014, Don had worked as a Special Advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

2018- In a doubleheader split with the Tigers, the Yankees' Aaron Judge sets a record by striking out 8 times, including 5 times in the nightcap. The twin bill is played on what was supposed to be an off day for both teams, to make up games wiped out by foul weather in April.

2018- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Kline (1970-1974) passed away. (1947-2018)
The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected hurler Steve Kline. He went 40-37 with a 2.96 ERA in 97 games for the Yankees, with 1972 being his best Yankees season, while posting a 16-9 mark with a 2.40 ERA in 32 games. On April 26,1974, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with hurlers Fred Beene, Tom Buskey and Fritz Peterson to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss, Pitchers Richard Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Steve went 43-45 with a 3.26 ERA in 129 games with 1 save pitching for the Yankees, Indians and the Braves.

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This Week in Yankees History June 2nd-8th Part Two

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June 5th

1874- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack “Happy Jack” Chesbro (1903-1909) was born. (1874-1931)
Jack Chesbro began his Minor League playing career in 1895. He broke into the MLB in 1899 with the Pirates, going 6-9 for the club. After going 15-13 in 1900, he won 21 games the next summer while leading the NL with 6 shutouts. He began throwing a spitball the next season (spitballs were legal until 1920) and went an astonishing 28-6 with a 2.17 ERA, leading the circuit in wins and shutouts. After finishing the 1902 NL season with 28 wins for the Pirates, Jack jumped to the AL, joining the New York Highlanders. Chesbro holds the MLB and Yankees team record for most wins in a season with 41 wins (1904). Also, he had 48 complete games that season. From 1903-1909, Jack won 129 games as a Yankees pitcher, appearing in 269 games with 169 complete games, 1,953 innings, a .577 WP with a 2.58 ERA with 16 shutouts and 913 strikeouts. Overall, he finished his 11-season MLB pitching career with a 198-132 record with a 2.68 ERA in 392 games. Jack Chesbro was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946

1878- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred Mitchell (1910) was born. (1878-1970)
On August 23, 1909, Catcher Fred Mitchell was purchased by the Highlanders from Toronto Maple Leafs (Eastern League). The Veteran catcher appeared in 68 games for the 1910 Yankees, while hitting .230 with No HRs and 18 RBIs. Fred Mitchell, known primarily as the Manager for the pennant-winning NL 1918 Cubs. He played 7 seasons in the MLB. He was mostly a Pitcher, but came back in 1910 to be a catcher in 62 games. His MLB playing career ran from 1901 to 1913; he appeared as an MLB Pitcher in 97 games, Fred recorded a 31-49 record with a 4.10 ERA. At the plate, he was a .210 hitter in 572 at-bats spread across 201 games. After his active playing career ended, Mitchell was a 1914-1916 Braves MLB coach. He went on to manage the 1917-1920 Cubs, winning a NL pennant in 1918. Fred piloted the Braves from 1921 to 1923. He then moved to Harvard University, where he coached their College Baseball team until his retirement in 1939.

1898- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher James ‘Truck” Hannah (1918-1920) was born. (1898-1982)
James “Truck” Hannah was a pro baseball player for an amazing 30 seasons, playing in 2,267 games. In the MLB, he caught for the 1918-1920 Yankees, getting over 200 at-bats each season “Truck” Hannah hit .235 with 5 HRs and 66 RBIs in 244 games with the Yankees. He later became a Manager in the PCL in 1925. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. On January 28, 1921, the Yankees sent C Truck Hannah, OF/1B Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to Vernon (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on September, 1920. In September of 1920, the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later and OF Howie Camp to Vernon (PCL) for Shortstop Johnny Mitchell.

1926- The Indians add insult to injury by turning a triple play against the Yankees in 15-3 win.

1932- Yankees obtained veteran hurler Dan MacFayden from the Red Sox for 2 pitchers: Ivy Andrews, Henry Johnson and $50,000 cash. Dan went 14-10 with a 4.68 ERA and 1 save in 64 games for the 1932-1935 Yankees. Henry Johnson went 47-33 with a 4.84 ERA in 157 games with 7 saves for the Yankees from 1925-1932. Ivy Andrews went 4-1 in 11 games with the 1931-1932 Yankees.

1936- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bomber 1B Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,700th consecutive MLB game, as they beat the Tribe by the score of 4-3. Lou hits his 6th HR of the 1936 AL season. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez throws a complete game, bringing his 1936 season record to 6-1. Tribe Starter Lloyd Brown, also throws a complete a game, his record is now 4-4 for the season.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Duane “Duke” Sims (1973-1974) was born.
On September 24, 1973, the Yankees obtained veteran C/1B/DH Duke Simms on waivers from the Tigers. Duke Simms hit the last Yankees HR at the original Yankee Stadium in September of 1973. He only appeared in 9 games for the 1973-1974 Yankees, while hitting .208. On May 8, 1974, the Yankees traded Duke Simms to the Rangers for hurler Larry Gura and cash.

1946- The Yankees sold Pitcher Charley Stanceu to the Phillies. Charley was a 1941 Yankee Rookie Pitcher, who went 3-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 22 games. He spent the next 3 seasons in the Army. In 1946, he appeared in only 3 games for the team with no decisions.

1951- Former Yankees OF/DH Darryl Jones (1979) was born.
Darryl Jones was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1972 MLB amateur player draft. He played 18 games with the 1979 Yankees in June, the 1st part of July. He was mostly used a DH. He was 28 years old at the time. The regular DH that year for the Yankees was Jim Spencer, having his best season by far with a .593 slugging percentage in 295 at-bats. Jones had gotten the Yankees attention by hitting .330 for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) in 1977 and .322 for the 1978 AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL). He also spent 3 seasons with the AA West Haven Yankees (Eastern League) from 1974-1976. He was the brother of Lynn Jones, who also made his MLB player debut in 1979.

1955- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of White Sox hurler Billy Pierce that traveled an estimated 550 Feet. The ball cleared the Left Field Upper Deck at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Pete Wilson (1908-1909) passed away. (1894-1957)
On September 1,1908, hurler Pete Wilson was selected by the Yankees from Hartford (Connecticut State) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He went 9-8 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 games for the 1908-1909 Yankees. On December 27,1909, Pete was purchased by Montreal (International League) from the Yankees.

1958- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees rout veteran White Sox Starter Early Wynn for a
12-5 victory in the opener of a doubleheader. In the 3rd inning, Mickey Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park HR in a month. Yankees Starter Don Larsen picks-up his 4th victory of the 1958 AL season. Ryne Duren closes the game for the Yankees, picking-up his 8th save of the year. In the 2nd game, the White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 3-2. The Yankees rallied for 2 runs in the 9th inning, but fell short for the win. White Sox Starter Ray Moore picks-up the complete game victory, he is now 2-1. Yankees Starter Bobby Shantz takes the loss for the Bombers, he is now 4-2 for the season. Veteran hurler Sal Maglie appears in relief for Shantz in the 8th inning and finishes the game. A crowd of 14, 102 fans attended this Thursday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

1963- At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Yankees CF Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. Reserve OF Jack Reed takes over for Mantle in Centerfield. Mantle will be out of the Yankees starting lineup for 61 games. Yankees Ace Whitey Ford beats Orioles Starter Milt Pappas by the score of 4-3, as the Yankees return to 1st place. Ford throws a complete game victory; he is now 7-3 for the 1963 AL season. Tom Tresh will take over the CF position, while Mantle is on the DL.

1977- Six Yankee batters Carlos May, Bucky Dent, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Craig Nettles and Rookie INF George Zeber, each hit a HR during the Yankees 8-6 win over the White Sox. The 6 HRs were the most the Yankees hit in 1 game in 3 seasons. Rookie INF George Zeber’s HR shot was the game winner.

2006- Yankees batters Jason Giambi and Andy Phillips, each hit a 3-run HR in a 7-run 2nd inning, as the host Yankees roughed up old nemesis Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett in a 13-5 rout of Boston. Bronx Bombers had 11 hits for its 12th consecutive game with at least 10, breaking the franchise record of 11 straight games set in May 1937.

2010- The surprising Blue Jays keep giving their main rivals trouble. In tonight's game against the Yankees, the Jays' bullpen pitches 6 scoreless innings while Aaron Hill drives in Edwin Encarnacion with a single against Yankees Reliever Chad Gaudin in the 14th inning for a 3-2 win. Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo HRs, bringing Toronto's MLB-leading HR total to 96. For the Yankees, the struggling 1B Mark Teixeira goes 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts to see his BA fall to .215.

June 6th

1907- Former Yankees HOF Catcher, MLB Coach and Manager Bill Dickey (1928-1946) was born. (1907-1993)
Bill Dickey was the 1st great Yankees catcher. He was a tough as nails player. Bill had a lifetime BA of .313 with 202 HRs and 1,209 RBIs in 1,789 games for the Yankees. In World Series play for the team, Bill appeared in 38 games, while hitting .255 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs. He hit .300 or better 10 times during his 13 MLB seasons as player. His best Yankees player season was in 1936, when he hit .362 with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs in 112 games. Bill topped the 100 RBI’s mark for 4 years (1936-1939.) He was AL All Star catcher (1933-1943, 1946.) Bill led the AL in fielding as a catcher (1931,1935, 1937,1939,1941.) During the 1946 AL season, he managed the Yankees to a 57-48 record, after longtime Manager Joe McCarthy had resigned. He served as an MLB coach for Yankee Manager’s Bucky Harris (1947-1948) and Casey Stengel (1949-1957, 1960). Bill Dickey was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1954. HOF Catcher Yogi Berra credits Bill with teaching him the fundamentals of catching. He also taught catchers Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard in the 1950’s as well. Later, he would come to the Yankees Spring Training Camps as a Special Advisor and work with the team’s organization catchers, including Jake Gibbs, Thurman Munson and Johnny Ellis.

1913- The Yankees were defeated for the 13th consecutive time in the 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians).

1931- The Yankees turn a triple play, but they lose the game to the Indians by a score of 7-5.

1934- Yankees OF Myril Hoag hit a MLB record of 6 singles in the Yankees' 15-3 rout of the Red Sox, in the 1st game of a Wednesday double header played at Fenway Park. Yankees Starter Johnny Murphy picks up the complete game victory, he is now 4-2. While Boston Ace Lefty Grove is chased for 13 Yankee hits and 8 runs in 4 innings of work. He is now 2-3 for the 1934 AL season. In the 2nd game, the Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 7-4. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing takes the loss for the Yankees, he is now 5-3 for this season. While Johnny Welch is the winner for Boston, improving his 1934 AL season record to 6-2.

1937- Bronx hurler Red Ruffing’s pinch-hit HR leads the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tigers. Ruffing, who was the Ace pitcher on Yankee pitching staff, also was a dangerous hitter and frequently got the call by Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy, when the Yankees need an extra bat off the bench. He hit .269 lifetime, including .254 as a pinch hitter (58 pinch hits in 228 pinch hit bats.) Ruffing, also hit 36 MLB career HRs

1944- All MLB games were canceled as the country's focus is turned toward Europe, while allied forces invade occupied France, (Normandy Beach Invasion, D-Day).

1949- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jim Deidel (1974) was born.
Catcher Jim Deidel was selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 1967 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was a 3-sport athlete at Mullen High School. He had planned to play football at Colorado State University until the Yankees drafted him. In the Yankees farm system, he was at Johnson City, Oneonta, Kinston, West Haven and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), where he played several seasons. He usually started ahead of teammate Rick Dempsey in the Minors during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Deidel had the misfortune to play in an era prior to the implementation of free agency in MLB and during a time when the Yankees had a near-Hall of Fame catcher (Thurman Munson) on their roster. When he was sent back to the Minors by the team in 1976, he asked to be released. He had found a good job in Denver and compared it to the lack of security as a pro ballplayer.

1954- Former Yankees OF/1B Dave Bergman (1975,1977) was born. (1954-2015)
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected OF/1B Dave Bergman. Dave appeared in only 12 games with the Yankees, while hitting only .048 for the team in 1975 and 1977. The Yankees would send Dave to the Houston as part of 3 Minor League players involved in the Cliff Johnson trade with the Astros on June 15,1977.

1958- Former Yankees OF Bert Daniels (1910-1913) passed away. (1882-1958)
During the month of August 1909, OF Bert Daniels was purchased by the Yankees from Altoona (Tri-State League). Bert played the outfield for the 1910-1913 Yankees. He appeared in 455 games, while hitting .261 with 5 HRs and 111 RBIs. On August 8,1913, Bert was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ezra Midkiff and $12,000 to the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League) for INF Fritz Maisel. Daniels managed the 1918 St. Joseph Saints (Western League). At the time the league suspended its operations in early July, the team had a 30-38 record and was in 7th place. Later, he coached the Manhattan College’s baseball team from 1931-1938.

1963- Former Yankees INF Charlie Mullen (1914-1916) passed away. (1889-1963)
INF Charlie Mullen appeared in 192 games for the 1914-1916 Yankees, while hitting .263 with 0 HRs and 69 RBIs. On July 14th that year, he had the Yankees' lone hit in a 6-inning win over the Naps in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees would not win another game in which they were limited to 1 hit for over a century, the next instance coming on May 29, 2016 against the Rays. Charlie later became a Minor League Manager.

1965- In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Yankees switch-hitter Tom Tresh connected for 3 consecutive HRs in the 12-0 rout of the White Sox. Tresh hit his 1st HR right-handed off of Starter Juan Pizarro in the 1st inning, then went to the other side of the plate and hit 2 HRs against Chicago Reliever Bruce Howard in the 3rd and 5th innings. The Yankees won the 1st game of the doubleheader by a score of 6-1.

1965- The Yankees claimed Shortstop Bill Bethea on waivers from the Twins. He never plays for the Yankees at the MLB Level. He was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Toledo Muds Hens (IL). He had played in 10 MLB games for the 1964 Twins, while hitting .167.

1972- The Yankees obtained veteran MLB hurler Wade Blasingame from the Astros for a Player to be Named Later. Wade’s claim to fame as Yankee Pitcher was during a start against the Tigers, when he walked the 1st batter and then surrendered 3 consecutive HR’s, with the last HR being a shot over the roof in left center field at Tiger Stadium. Overall, Wade went 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 games for the Yankees. On March 30, 1973, he was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. He never appears with the Cardinals at the MLB level.

1977- Veteran Yankees Starter Catfish Hunter comes off the DL, pitches a 6-hit, complete game 9-2 win over the Rangers. Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson hits his 10th and 11th HR’s of the 1977 AL season.

1990- Longtime Yankees Minor League system Manager Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as the Yankees Manager. The Yankees are in 7th place in the AL East with a dismal 18-31 record. Bucky Dent’s Yankees Managing career overall record was 36-53 (1989-1990).

1994- At the Ball Park in Arlington, Texas, 36,733 disappointed Texas fans see the Yankees crush the Rangers by the score of 17-6. The Yankees hitting attack is led by CF Bernie Williams, who hits 2 HRs, also 3B Wade Boggs and Shortstop Mike Gallego hit HRs in the game. Yankees Starter Jimmy Key picks-up his 8th victory of the 1994 AL season. While Texas Starter Greg Pavlik takes the loss, lasting only 1 inning, while giving up 7 Yankees runs in the 1st inning of the game. He is now 1-3 for the 1994 AL season.

June 7th

1900- Former Yankees Pitcher Ed Wells (1929-1932) was born. (1900-1986)
On August 28,1928, hurler Ed Wells was purchased by the Yankees from the Birmingham (Southern Association). Ed went 37-20 with a 4.59 ERA with 4 saves in 107 games for the Yankees. On April 14,1933, he was purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees

1907- The Yankees sold Veteran MLB Catcher Deacon McGuire to the Red Sox. Veteran Catcher McGuire had played for the Yankees from 1904 to 1908, appearing in 225 games, while hitting .230 with No HRs and 67 RBIs. The Red Sox had acquired him from the Yankees to become their Manager.

1909- The Yankees sold INF Joe Ward to the Phillies. The team had purchased him from the Altoona Mountaineers (Tri-State League) in 1908. He appeared in 9 games for the 1909 Yankees, while only hitting .179.

1911- Former Yankees Reliever Ralph “Buck” Buxton (1949) was born. (1911-1988)
On July 22, 1949, Ralph “Buck” Buxton was traded by Oakland Oaks (PCL) to the Yankess for a Player to be Named Later, Minor League P George Toolson and cash. On August 23, 1949, the Yankees sent Minor League Pitcher Ernest Groth, who was with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) to complete the trade. In 1949, 38-year old Ralph “Buck” Buxton went 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 14 games with 2 saves for the Yankees. He originally came up to the MLB in 1938 with the Philadelphia A’s. He pitched in the Minor Leagues from 1939-1948.

1913- At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally win a game over the White Sox by the score of 3-2. The Yankees end their 13–game winless streak (12 loses, 1 tie.) It was the club’s longest winless streak ever. The 1913 Yankees are now 10-34 for the season. They will finish the 1913 AL season in 7th place with a 57-94 record.

1927- At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back HR’s in the 4th inning, off of hurler Tommy Thomas to beat the White Sox by the score of 4-1, increasing the Yankees' lead over Chicago to 2 games. Yankees Catcher Pat Collins also hit a HR for the team, while Bud Clancy matches HRs for the White Sox.

1936- A HR by Outfielder George Selkirk in the 16th inning, gives Bronx Starter Red Ruffing and the Yankees, a 5-4 win over Indians hurler Oral Hildebrand. Ruffing has 3 hits, including a HR. In creditably, there are no strikeouts in the 16-inning game.

1939- In his 1st at bat since April 29th, Joe DiMaggio hit a triple to pace the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

1945- Former Yankees MLB Coach George Mitterwald (1988) was born.
Catcher George Mitterwald spent all of his MLB playing career with the Twins and Cubs, playing for 11 seasons. On April 17, 1974, in only his 5th game as a member of the Cubs, he had the best day of his MLB playing career in leading the Cubbies to an 18-9 win over the Pirates; he went 4 for 4 with a walk, a double and 3 HRs, while driving in 8 runs. He would be the last Cubs catcher to have a 3-HR game until Dioner Navarro on May 29, 2013. George was a 1988 Yankees MLB Coach.

1947- Former AL All Star Yankees Catcher and Team Captain Thurman Munson (1969-1979) was born. (1947-1979)
Catcher Thurman Munson was selected in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1968 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He was signed by former Yankees OF Gene Woodling, who was now a MLB scout for the team. He was a graduate of Kent State University. Munson, who died in aircraft crash in August of 1979, finished his Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .292 with 113 HRs and 701 RBIs in 1,423 games. He was named the 1970 AL Rookie of Year. In 1976, he won the AL MVP award. He was named Yankee Team Captain. Munson was an AL All Star catcher in 1971,1973-1978. He won AL Golden Glove as a catcher from 1973-1975. Truman was a modern-day version of Bill Dickey. His World Series lifetime BA was .373 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 16 games, while in the AL Playoffs series his BA was .339 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 14 games. In August of 1979, he was killed in a jet aircraft crash in Ohio.

1967- The last-place Yankees have the 1st pick in the1967 MLB Free-Agent Player Draft and use it to select 1B Ron Blomberg from Atlanta, Ga. Ron “Boomer” Blomberg will become the 1st Designated Hitter in MLB history in April of 1973.

1968- The Yankees selected Kent State University Catcher Thurman Munson in the
1st round (4th selection) of the 1968 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Yankees MLB Scout Gene Woodling will sign him.

1971- The Yankees obtained OF Danny Walton from the Brewers for 2 Reserve Players: INF/OF Frank Tepedino and OF Bobby Mitchell. Walton never turned out to be the power hitter, the Yankees were hoping for, he struck out too much. In the fall of 1972, he would be traded to the Twins for Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey.

1972- The Yankees purchased Pitcher Wade Blasingame from the Astros. He went 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 games for the team. On March 30, 1973, Wade was sent to the Cardinals by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. He never appeared in an MLB game again.

1973- In 2 separate MLB player transactions; Yankees purchased veteran hurler “Sudden Sam” McDowell from the Giants for $100,000. Then they obtained veteran Starter Pat Dobson from Braves for 2 Reserve players: 1B/OF Wayne Nordhagen, OF/1B Frank Tepedino, 2 Minor League Pitchers David Cheadle and Alan Coster. Former AL All Star hurler Sam McDowell was still batting serious drinking problems; he was a major disappointment with the Yankees, going 6-14 in 2 seasons with the team. Meanwhile Pat Dobson went 9-8 in 1973, and then he went 19-15 in 1974, before fading in 1975, resulting in being traded in November to White Sox for OF/DH Oscar Gamble. The 4 Yankee players sent to the Braves did nothing as MLB players.

1982- In the 1982 MLB Free Agent Player Draft, the Yankees select 2-Sport Star Bo Jackson in the 2nd round, but Bo instead opts for Auburn College to play college football; later he will sign a MLB contract with the Kansas City Royals in 1986.

1990- At Fenway Park, 2 Boston Red Sox Pitchers Starter Greg Harris and Closer Jeff Reardon combine to hurl a 1-hitter beating the Yankees by a score of 3-0.

1998- Yankees Starter David Cone strikes out 14 Florida batters, as he hurls a 2-hitter to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 decision over the Marlins.

1998- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom Buskey (1973-1974) passed away in Harrisburg, PA from injuries involving an auto accident. (1947-1998)
In 1969, the Yankees signed hurler Tom Buskey as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. His Yankees pitching record was 0-2 in 12 games with 2 saves. Tom was a short relief man, who was traded by the Yankees to the Indians in the Chris Chambliss trade during the 1974 AL season.

2011- On the day he is handed a 3-game suspension for losing his cool with an Umpire on June 4th, Jonathan Papelbon notches the 200th save of his MLB pitching career in Boston's 6-4 win over the Yankees. He has needed only 259 appearances to reach the milestone, beating Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera, who had been fastest, doing it in 382 games.

June 8th

1887- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Delmar “Del” Paddock (1912) was born. (1887-1952)
In 1911, he played for the Dubuque Hustlers (3-I League). The White Sox purchased him, tried him for 1 game, and then returned him to Dubuque, which sold him the same season to the Highlanders. Paddock showed that he could use the bat, hitting .288 in 46 games and also adding 23 walks for a .393 on-base percentage. That would have been good enough for 7th in the league in on-base percentage, if he had had enough plate appearances. His.378 slugging percentage was also 44 points above the team average. However, in the field at 3rd base, he made 14 errors in 41 games. Roy Hartzell was the Yankees regular 3rd baseman, a decent hitter who made 20 errors in 56 games at the position, while also playing quite a bit at other positions (Hartzell played more outfield in his career than 3rd base). The Yankees sold Paddock to the AA Rochester Hustlers (International League) in December of 1912.

1927- Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HR’s during the Yankees come from behind win against the White Sox 12-11 in 11 innings. Tony hit 2 HR’s off of White Sox Starter Red Faber; he hit a game tying 2-run HR in the 9th inning off of White Sox Reliever George Connally.

1933- Philadelphia Slugger Jimmie Foxx hit 3 HRs in his 1st 3 at-bats as the A’s outscore the Yankees by a score of 14-10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him 4 consecutive HRs.

1935- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig collides with Red Sox base-runner Carl Reynolds on a play at 1B. Lou leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. His MLB consecutive game-playing streak is preserved in part by a rainout of the next day's game and an open date in the 1935 New York Yankees season schedule.

1941- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey makes unassisted double play in the 1st game of a doubleheader again the St. Louis Browns and thereby ties the MLB record for unassisted double plays in 1 game by a catcher.

1954- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lenn Sakata (1987) was born.
The Yankees signed veteran MLB INF Lenn Sakata as an MLB Free Agent. Lenn had previously played in the MLB for the Brewers and Orioles. He appeared in 19 games for the team, while hitting .267 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs as a reserve infielder during the 1987 AL season. On November 2, 1987, he was released by the Yankees. Later, he became a Minor League Manager for the Giants organization.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Britt Burns (1986) was born.
On December 12,1985, Starter Britt Burns was traded by the White Sox along with 2 Minor League Players: OF Glen Braxton and Shortstop Mike Soper to the Yankees for P Joe Cowley and C/DH/1B Ron Hassey. Britt never pitched for the Yankees due to a hip injury that ended his MLB pitching career. He later became a Minor League Pitching Coach for several MLB organizations.

1969- New York Yankees' Uniform No. 7 is officially retired on “Mickey Mantle Day.” A crowd of 60,096 fans come to Yankee Stadium to honor Mickey Mantle and watched the Yankees sweep the White Sox in a doubleheader by scores of 3-1 and 11-2. Yankees Hall Of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio is present to the wall plaque to his former Yankees teammate. In turn Mantle surprises the Yankee Clipper with a wall plaque to celebrate Joe’s being named “Greatest Living Player in Baseball History” as part of MLB’s 100th Anniversary season (1869-1969). The surprised Joe DiMaggio remarks ‘I’m out here in great company.”

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Ownie Carroll (1930) passed away. (1902-1975)
On May 30,1930, veteran hurler Ownie Carroll was traded by the Tigers along with OF Harry Rice and Reserve INF Yats Wuestling to the Yankees for veteran Starter Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. Ownie appeared in 10 games for the 1930 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On September 13,1930, he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would finish MLB pitching career with the 1934 Dodgers. Carroll had been a star HS baseball player in New Jersey, then attending Holy Cross College, while posting a 50-2 record before signing with the Tigers. Overall, he went 65-89 with a 4.43 ERA in 248 games in 9 seasons (1925,1927-1934.) as an MLB pitcher. From 1948-1972, he was the Head Baseball Coach at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez’s 5-hit, 9-2 victory against the Brewers, puts the Yankees into 1st place in the AL East, the 1st time since May 20th.

1981- The Yankees use their 1st round player draft pick to select college football QB John Elway, who will only play 1 season of Minor League Baseball with the Class A Oneonta Yankees (New York-Penn League) for the Yankees before going on to a long successful NFL playing career.

1986-In the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history, the Orioles beat the Yankees by a score of 18-9. The game features 9 pitchers, 36 hits and 16 walks, it takes 4-hours, 16-minutes to complete.

1997- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ken Hunt (1959-1960) passes away (1934-1997)
In 1952, the Yankees signed OF Ken Hunt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 32 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, while batting .294 with No HRs and 2 RBIs. He was unable to crack the regular Yankees starting outfield of Mantle, Bauer, Siebern, later Maris, Lopez and Berra. He played for the Yankees 1960 AAA Richmond team (IL), appearing in 113 games, while hitting .272 with 23 HRs and 60 RBIs. In December of 1960, Ken Hunt was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who helped the Angels Front Office with MLB Scouting Reports on the AL players placed in the draft, recommend him to the Angels. In 1961, Ken Hunt hit .255 with 25 HRs and 84 RBIs in 149 games with the Angels. In 1962, he missed playing time with an injury, playing in only 13 games for the team. In 1963, the Angels traded him to the Senators. Ken had never fully recovered from his injuries. He would finish out MLB playing career with the 1964 Senators. Ken had appeared in 310 games, while hitting .226 with 33 HRs and 111 RBIs. He didn’t play in 1965. In 1966, Ken finished his active playing career playing for the Cubs AAA team, the Tacoma Cubs (PCL). Ken Hunt was the stepfather of Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the classic 1960s CBS-TV sitcom "The Munsters". He was a close friend to his former Yankees teammate OF Roger Maris; the 2 players are buried next to each other at Holy Cross Trinity Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota.

2005- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 400-HR MLB career club, when he hit a solo HR in the 8th inning of Bomber’s 12-3 victory over the Brewers.

2011- The Red Sox take over 1st place in the AL East by dropping the Yankees by the score of 11-6 at New Yankee Stadium. Veteran Red Sox hurler Tim Wakefield continues to do well in filling for injured members of the Boston starting rotation, picking up his 3rd win after being staked an early 7-0 lead. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew all hit HRs as Yankees starter A.J. Burnett takes the loss. But not all is rosy for Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia heads home after the game to have his ailing right knee examined, but the problem turns out to be only a bone bruise. The Yankees are not so lucky as they place Pitcher Joba Chamberlain on the DL before the game with what turns out to be a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery; Boston reliever Bobby Jenks also goes on the DL, but his outlook is not as dire as Joba's.

2013- On the day when his son Josh is selected by the Yankees in the 37th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft, Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte wins the 250th game of his MLB pitching career beating the Mariners by the score of 3-1.

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