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This Week in Yankees History June 30th-July 6th Part One

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June 30th

1905- At Hill Top Park, Philadelphia A’s Starter Eddie Plank is removed with no outs in the 9th inning with the A’s leading the Yankees by the score of 7-4. Rube Waddell comes in and retires the Yankees to preserve the A's victory.

1908- Veteran Red Sox Starter Cy Young’s 3rd MLB career no-hitter is an 8-0 win over New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just 1 batter -Yankees leadoff hitter Harry Niles, who is then caught stealing and the next 26 Yankee batters make out. Cy also tallies 3 hits and drives in half the Red Sox runs off of Yankees hurler Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, Young is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43.

1924- At Yankee Stadium, 2B Max Bishop and 3B Sammy Hale, the 1st 2 men in the A's batting order, draw 8 of the 9 walks issued by Yankee Pitchers in Philadelphia’s 10-3 win. A .271 hitter for 12 years, "Camera Eye" Bishop will draw 1,153 bases on balls, giving him a walk percentage of .204, which is higher than Babe Ruth's and just behind Ted Williams's .207.

1927- A crowd of 3,000 fans at Yankee Stadium sees the Yankees hand the Red Sox their 12th straight loss beating the visitors by the score of 13-6 on 19 hits. Lou Gehrig takes over the AL HR lead when he clouts his 25th HR in the 1st inning, a bounce HR off of Slim Harriss, but Babe Ruth, back in the starting lineup, golf’s his 25th HR of the 1927 AL season in the 4th inning, also off of Slim. Lou Gehrig has 3 hits and also swipes home. The Yankees now at 49-20, win their 5th straight game, while Boston loses its 12th straight game.

1928- The Yankees take 2 from the Red Sox and close out the month of June 1928 having an 11 1/2 game lead in front of the Philadelphia A's. Yankees game attendance lags, as the 1928 AL race appears to be over. The Bombers will finish the 1928 AL season with a 101-53 record with 2 ½ game over of the 2nd place A’s, who finish the season with a 98-55 record.

1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays and hits 3 triples at Washington. However, the game is rained out after 4 1/2 innings, depriving Lou Gehrig of a record.

1937- Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez has another no-hit bid foiled this time in the 5th inning with a HR by A’s Ron Johnson, as Gomez settles for a 1-hitter in a 5-1 win.

1944- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Ron “Rocky” Swoboda (1971-1973) was born.
On June 25,1971, veteran OF Ron Swoboda was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Yankees for OF Ron Woods. Ron hit .235 with 4 HRs and 34 RBIs in 152 games for the 1971-1973 Yankees. He retired from MLB after the 1973 AL season.

1945- Former Yankees INF Jerry Kenney (1967,1969-1972) was born.
Before the start of the 1964 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Jerry Kenney, as an MLB amateur Free Agent. He played in 460 games for the Yankees, finishing with a .237 BA with 7 HRs and 101 RBIs. Jerry missed the 1968 AL season due to military service. On November 27,1972, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with C/1B/3B John Ellis, Outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres to the Indians for Catcher Jerry Moses and 3B Graig Nettles. On May 4,1973, Jerry was released by the Indians. He had only appeared in 5 games with the Tribe, playing 2B and hitting .250. On July 30,1973, he was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. He was assigned to the Yankees AAA club Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He never appears with the Yankees again at the MLB level.

1950- Joe and Dom DiMaggio, both hit HR’s in a 10-2 Red Sox victory over Yankees in the nightcap of a doubleheader. It has been 15 seasons since the 2 brothers homered in the same game.

1950- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Lake (1908-1909) passed away. (1908-1950)
Joe Lake pitched for 6 seasons in the MLB. In 1907, he had won 25 games for Jersey City. In his 1st MLB season, he led the 1908 AL in losses (9-22) by a pitcher. The following year, although his team was still a bit under .500, Joe finished 14-11 with a 1.88 ERA in 31 games, leading the Yankees' starters in both victories and in ERA. Overall as Yankee Starter, Joe Lake went 23-33 with a 2.60 ERA in 69 games with 1 save. After the 1909 AL season, the team traded him to the St. Louis Browns. He pitched 2 1/2 seasons for them. The Browns lost over 100 games in each of 1910-1912 seasons. Lake had a losing record each year as well. When he was traded in mid-year to the 1912 Tigers, his ERA improved in the last half of the season to 3.10 (the team ERA was 3.75). In his last season in the MLB, he went 8-7 with a 3.28 ERA for the 1913 Tigers. Lake, also pitched part of 1913 baseball season for Minneapolis (American Association), going 5-3. In 1914, he went 16-13 for the team. Overall as an MLB pitcher, Joe Lake went 62-90 with a 2.85 ERA in 199 games with 5 saves.

1954- Yankees Starter Tom Morgan hits 3 Red Sox batters in the 3rd inning of a 6-1 loss. Mickey Mantle's HR against Red Sox hurler Willard Nixon is the only Yankees run. Also, the game was the last MLB game that INF Bobby Brown played as a Yankees player, going 2 for 4, then retiring from baseball to practice medicine. He would become a successful heart specialist.

1955- With Pitcher Bob Grim being placed on the DL 30-day list, the Yankees needed another Pitcher to replace Grim on their MLB 25-man roster. The Yankees signed MLB free agent P Ted Gray; he had been just released by the Indians. He made 1 start for the team, pitching 3 innings with no decision before being released by the Yankees on July 26, 1955. He would be picked up the Orioles, finishing the 1955 AL season with a 1-2 record, ending his MLB pitching career.

1960- The Yankees beat up on their cousins from Kansas City by banging out 5 HRs to win the game by a score of 10-5. Yankees 1B Bill Skowron leads the Bronx Bombers attack with 2 HRs, with 1 each from his Bronx teammates Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Tony Kubek.

1961- Bronx long-time Ace Whitey Ford (14-2) tops the Expansion Senators by the score of 5-1 to give the 2nd place Yankees their 22nd win of the month. Roger Maris drives in 3 runs, while teammate Mickey Mantle lines shot over Nats CF Willie Tasby's that rebounds for an inside-the-park HR. Whitey Ford becomes the 1st pitcher in AL history to win 8 games in 1 month.

1962- Former Yankees INF Tony Fernandez (1995) was born.
The Yankees signed former AL All Star shortstop Tony Fernandez as an MLB Free Agent on December 15, 1994. He had played for 1994 Reds as a 3B, hitting .279 in 104 games. He played in 108 games for the 1995 Yankees, while batting .245. He missed the entire 1996 AL season because of an elbow injury; he had been the starting shortstop for the 1995 Yankees, but his injury opened the door for Rookie Shortstop Derek Jeter to take over for him. After the 1996 MLB season ended, Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Indians for the 1997 AL season.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Chan Ho Park (2010) was born.
In February of 2010, the Yankees signed veteran MLB hurler Chan Ho Park as an MLB Free Agent. Park went 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 27 games working out of the 2010 Yankees bullpen. On August 4, 2010, Park was selected off of waivers by the Pirates from the Yankees.

1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Judd was born.
The Yankees in the 9th round of the 1995 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected hurler Mike Judd.
He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB Level. On June 22,1996, he was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Reliever Billy Brewer. Judd had been pitching for the Yankees Greensboro (South Atlantic League), where was 2-2 with 10 saves. The Dodgers assigned him to their club in the South Atlantic League.

1975- The Brewers trip the Yankees by the score of 5-4 by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. Bobby Darwin's 8th HR of the 1975 AL season is the big blow. Bill Travers (4-0) takes the win. The Brewers, winners of 15 out of their last 21 games, are in 3rd place in the AL East.

1977- Yankees batter Cliff Johnson becomes the 2nd player in 3 days to hit a pair of HRs in an inning. He hits 3 consecutive HRs, including 2 HRs in the 8th inning, as the Yankees rout the Blue Jays by the score of 11-5. New York (42-33) is a half-game behind the Red Sox in the AL East Division race. During the 1977 AL season, Cliff Johnson would hit .381 with 6 HRs against the Blue Jays pitching staff.

1984- The Yankees traded hurler Shane Rawley to the Phillies for Pitcher Marty Bystrom and Class AA Minor League OF Keith Hughes. Rawley was a former Mariners reliever, who was turned into a starter by the Yankees, he went 25-24 in 2 seasons with the 1982-1983 Yankees. He was 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA at the time of his trade to the Phillies. Bystrom was 4-4 with a 5.08 ERA with the 1984 Phillies. He would go 5-4 in 15 games in 2 seasons with the Yankees, before arm problems ended his MLB Pitching career. Keith Hughes, who was hitting .261 for the Phillies AA Reading Phillies (Eastern League), he was assigned to the Yankees AA team, the Nashville Sounds (Southern League).

1985- Former Yankees Minor League P Pat Venditte was born.
As of 2014, Pat Venditte is pro baseball's only ambidextrous pitcher. A natural right-hander, Venditte threw with both arms since he was a child, and his father encouraged it. After attending Creighton University, he was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft. Pat made his pro debut that summer with the Staten Island Yankees. With Staten Island, he allowed just 3 earned runs in 30 appearances, posting a 0.83 ERA. Pat led the New York-Penn League with 23 saves. Following the season, he was named Short-Season Relief Pitcher of the Year. He began 2009 with the Charleston Riverdogs; he saved 13 games and gave up only 2 earned runs in his 1st 18 outings. Venditte uses a 6-fingered glove with 2 thumbs. In 2008, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation created a new rule pertaining the ambidextrous pitchers stating that a "pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter" because of Venditte. Pat started the 2014 season with AAA Scranton, working out of their bullpen. During the winter of 2014, the Yankees granted Pat MLB free agency. He signed with the A’s for the 2015 AL season. After only 4 MLB appearances with the 2015 A’s, in which he allowed no runs on 1 hit, he was placed on the DL on June 12th with a strained right shoulder. He finished the 2015 MLB season for Oakland with a 2-2 record with 4.40 ERA in 26 games. When the A’s released him, he signed with the Blue Jays for the 2016 season. During the 2016 season, he was traded to the Mariners. In the 2017 off-season, Seattle traded him to the Phillies. In November of 20187, he was signed as an MLB free agent by the Giants. He has pitched for the 2019 Giants and their AAA club in the PCL.

1986- The Yankees traded veteran OF/1B Ken Griffey Sr. to the Braves for OF Claudell Washington and Minor League Shortstop Paul Zuvella. Ken Griffey had spent the 1982-1986 AL seasons with the Yankees appearing in 551 games, while hitting .285 with 49 HRs and 251 RBIs. Washington would play for the Yankees from 1986-1988, before leaving the team for MLB free agency. Paul Zuvella only appeared in 35 games for the 1986-1987 Yankees as a reserve INF, hitting just .122, spending most of his time with AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1987- Former Yankees Minor League INF Cole Figueroa was born.
On December 14,2014, INF Cole Figueroa was signed by the Yankees as an MLB free agent. He was originally signed by the Blue Jays, later he played for 2014 Tampa Bay Rays at the MLB level before being released by the team. In the winter of 2015, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. He could sign with the Pirates for 2016 MLB season.

2000-The Yankees tie an MLB record when 3 players (Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino) each hit sacrifice flies in the 4th inning against the Tigers. The MLB record was set by the White Sox on July 1,1962, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Indians.

2009- The Pirates send veteran 3B/1B Eric Hinske and Cash to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Players: Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer. Hinske played for part of 2009 MLB season with the Pirates, hitting .255 in 54 games with 106 at bats. He would then join the Yankees in June for the other part of the 2009 season, hitting .226 in 39 games with 84 AB. Hinske was dropped from the Yankees' October roster for the 1st 2 rounds of the 2009 MLB postseason, as they opted to go with a faster runner (Freddy Guzman) instead, but he was reinstated in time for the 2009 World Series, where he once again faced the Phillies, making his 3rd Fall classic appearance in 4 seasons, with his 3rd different MLB team ( previously with the Red Sox and Rays). This time, he ended up on the right side of the ledger as the Yankees win the 2009 World Series in 6 games. Eric drew a walk and scored a run in his only 2009 World Series plate appearance. He would leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Braves, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees would.

2010- For the 2nd straight night in a row, the Yankees' bats are stymied again by a Mariners Starter. One day after Cliff Lee's complete game victory, Felix Hernandez pitches a 2-hitter and strikes out 11 Yankee batters in a 7-0 win. Michael Saunders hits 2 HRs for the Mariners.

2014- The Rays set a MLB record when Brad Boxberger strikes out Yankees batter Ichiro Suzuki in the 12th inning of a 4-3 win. Ichiro's is the 287th strikeout by a Rays’ pitcher in June, beating by 1 for the record for most K's in a month, which was set by the Cubs in August of 2002.

2017- The MLB conclude the month of June with a record of 1,101 HRs hit during the month. This beats the previous record of 1,069 set in May 2000. The sluggers doing the most damage are Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who led all batters with 13, Astros George Springer who hit 11, and Blue Jays Justin Smoak and Yankees Rookie OF Aaron Judge, smashing 10 each. 77 batters had multi-homer games, including a 4 HR game by the unlikely Reds Scooter Gennett on June 6th.

2019- The Yankees complete their MLB in London Series with a 2-game sweep of the Red Sox by beating Boston by the score 12-8. On Saturday Night, they had beaten Boston by the score of 17-13. The Yankees now lead now the Red Sox in the AL East by 11 games. The Yankees hit another HR in today’s game, bringing their MLB Consecutive HR record streak to 31 games.

July 1st

1883- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack Quinn (1909-1912,1919-1921) was born. (1883-1946)
On September 1,1908, Jack Quinn was drafted by the Highlanders from Richmond (Virginia League) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 player draft. On August 12,1912, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Jack Martin to Rochester (International League) for INF Tommy McMillan. In 1913, he jumped from the NL Braves to the Baltimore Terrapins (Federal League). He won 15 games in 1919; then he went 18-10 for the 1920 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of 1921 World Series, losing to the Giants. His final Yankees pitching career record was 81-65 with a 3.15 ERA in 228 games. He completed 83 games for the Yankees along with 6 shutouts and 6 saves. He was one of few Yankees, who played with the team in its earliest days and be with the team when they played in their 1st World Series in 1921. On December 20, 1921, Jack Quinn was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Rip Collins and Bill Piercy, Veteran Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh and $100,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Pitchers: Bullet Joe Bush, Sad Sam Jones and MLB Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott. Jack would pitch in the MLB until 1933 finishing up his MLB pitching career with Reds. He finished his long pitching career with a 247-217 record with a 3.27 ERA in 755 games. He had appeared in 3 World Series, 1 with the 1921 Yankees and 2 with the 1929-1930 Philadelphia A’s finishing with a 0-1 record in 3 games.

1893- Former Yankees OF Howie Camp (1917) was born. (1893-1960)
On June 23,1917, Howie Camp was purchased along with INF Aaron Ward by the Yankees from Charleston (South Atlantic). He appeared in 5 games for the 1917 Yankees, while hitting .286. In September 1920, Camp was traded by the Yankees along with Players to be Named Later to Vernon (PCL) for INF Johnny Mitchell. On January 28,1921, the Yankees sent P Ernie Shore, Catcher Truck Hannah, P Bob McGraw and OF Ham Hyatt to Vernon (PCL) to complete the trade. He was a long-time Minor League star, hitting .313 in the minors with 2,370 hits. In 1921, he played for the Memphis Chicks, who won 104 games and hit .345 for them. He was 33 at the time. He played with the 1919 Toledo Mud Hens. Camp managed in the Minors for 2 seasons. In 1928, he managed the Meridian Mets to a 2nd place finish (71-52), playing in the Cotton States League. He stayed in the Cotton States League in 1929, but he switched over to the Talladega Indians, who finished in 4th place with a .500 record.

1915- The Yankees purchased hurler Dan Tipple from Indianapolis for undisclosed amount of cash. Dan went 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 2 complete games in 3 games for the 1915 Yankees.

1934- Giants 1B Bill Terry is the top vote getter in the MLB All-Star player balloting. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth leads all AL outfielders.

1935- The Yankees OF George Selkirk suggests a cinder path aka “warning track”, 6 feet wide, be installed in the outfield so a player knows when he is nearing the wall. The MLB team owners ignored his suggestion.

1938- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey drives in 7 runs during an 8-0 victory over the Senators. Bill hits 3-HR in the 4th inning off of Nats starter Harry Kelly. In the 5th inning, he strikes again with a Grand Slam HR off of Kelly. The Yankees final run was score by a HR hit by Frank Crosetti.

1941- Before 52,832 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio leads a sweep of the Red Sox with scores of 7-2 and 9-2. The 2nd game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2 hits in the 1st game and 1 in the 2nd game to tie Willie Keeler's MLB batting streak of 44 games. The Yankees have 25 hits in the 2 games, but they fail to hit a HR in the 1st game, ending their AL streak of 25 consecutive games with at least 1 HR. The previous record set by the 1940 Tigers was 17 games.

1950- At Fenway Park, Yankees starter Tommy Byrne takes the loss, but Rookie Reliever Whitey Ford does little to help. In his MLB pitching debut, Whitey Ford throws 4 2/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 6 walks and 5 earned runs. The Red Sox roll to a 13-4 win. Red Sox rookie 1B Walt Dropo hits a Grand Slam HR for Boston to dump the Yankees into 3rd place in the AL standings.

1951- Before 58,815 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees top the Red Sox by the score of 5-2, behind Eddie Lopat’s 6-hitter. The victory moves the Yankees ahead of the White Sox by 4 percentage points. Jerry Coleman HRs off of Boston hurler Mel Parnell, while Johnny Pesky connects for the Red Sox. Bobby Doerr singles for his 2,000th MLB career hit.

1952- Former Yankees Reserve OF Kerry Dineen (1975-1976) was born. (1952-2015)
Kerry Dineen was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 1973 MLB amateur player draft. He had been a college baseball star at San Diego State. Kerry made his pro debut that summer with the Oneonta Yankees, hitting .352 in 66 games. He made his MLB player debut in 1975, hitting .364 in 7 games for New York. He played in 4 games for the 1976 Yankees, the 1st of which was a May 21st contest against the Red Sox. In that game, just hours after being recalled from the Syracuse Chiefs, he drove in the game winning run of Boston reliever Jim Willoughby the bottom of the 10th inning. Prior to the start of 1977 season, Dineen was dealt to the Phillies for INF Sergio Ferrer. He spent all of that year and most of the next with the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers; in 1978, he hit .345 and was an American Association All-Star. He earned a September call-up to Philadelphia in 1978, going 2-for-8 in 5 games. He played 1 more pro season in the Phillies organization before retiring.

1956- Yankees All Star CF Mickey Mantle switch-hits HRs in the same game for the 4th time in his MLB playing career. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-6 over the Senators.

1956- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Brian Sabean (1987-1992) was born.
Brian Sabean was the General Manager of the Giants from September 1996 to 2015. He also served the Giants as a Senior Vice-President of Player Personnel in 1995 and assistant to the GM in scouting/player personnel in 1993-1995. Prior to joining the Giants, he worked in the Yankees organization as Scouting Director in 1987-1990, then as Director of Player Development in 1991-1992. Brian was an assistant coach at Saint Leo University in 1979 and the University of Tampa in 1980-1982. He was the head coach at Tampa in 1983-1984.

1957- Orioles' Starter George Zuverink and Catcher Frank Zupo form the 1st 'Z' battery in MLB history as the Yankees still beat the Birds by a score of 3-2.

1961- The Expansion Senators stake Rookie Starter Carl Mathias to a 3-0 lead over the Yankees, but a Mickey Mantle solo HR shot, a few feet left of the 456-ft sign in LF at Yankee Stadium, puts the Bombers on the scoreboard. The Nats up the score to 5-1, but Mantle then bangs a 3-run HR to make it 5-4 and knock out Mathias, who in his 11 MLB games will give up 3 HRs to Mantle. In the 9th inning, Roger Maris hits a 2-run HR, his 28th of the 1961 AL season to give the Yankees, a 7-6 victory.

1962- Angels OF Albie Pearson becomes the 1st player to go hitless in 11 at bats in a double-header (both 9-inning games). The Angels split a doubleheader with the Yankees, losing the opener by a score of 6-3 before winning the nightcap by the score of 12-5. The Angels veteran reliever Art Fowler helps himself to a win in the nightcap by driving in 4 runs on a pair of singles. The Yankees take over 1st place.

1964- It's "Taxi Day" at Yankee Stadium with nearly 5,000 cabbies and their families are on hand as the Kansas City A’s runs up the meter to win a 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

1966- At Washington, Mickey Mantle HRs in the 1st inning off of Nats starter Phil Ortega, as Yankees edge the Senators by a score of 8-6. Mickey scores another run, when Joe Pepitone cracks a 2-run HR.

1970-The return of Tigers Starter Denny McLain following his MLB suspension is witnessed by a gathering of 53,863 fans and 71 MLB writers. He is knocked out of the box in the 6th inning, but the Tigers rally to beat the Yankees in the 11th inning by the score of 6-5.

1979- The Yankees hit 5 HRs off of Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley to win the game by the score of 6-5. The Red Sox loses speedster Jerry Remy, who is batting .304 for the 1979 MLB season, when he injures a knee sliding home. He will appear in only 7 more games for the 1979 AL season. Remy will never swipe more than 16 bases, after averaging 35 steals his 1st 4 MLB seasons.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Scarborough (1952-1953) passed away. (1917-1982).
On August 22,1952, veteran hurler Ray Scarborough was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. Ray went 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 2 saves in 33 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game in the 1952 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers. On August 4,1953, Ray was released by the team. He would finish the 1953 AL season with the Tigers, retiring from baseball at the end of the season.

1990- Yankees Starter Andy Hawkins throws the 1990 MLB season's 6th no-hitter, but he still loses the game by the score of 4-0 to the White Sox. With 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning, Yankees 3B Mike Blowers misplays Sammy Sosa's routine grounder for an error, then Hawkins walks 2 to load the bases. Yankee Outfielders Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield drop back-to-back fly balls to allow all 4 runs to score. Jesse Barfield loses Ivan Calderon's fly ball in the sun and the ball bounces off his glove.The A’s knuckleball Starter Ken Johnson in 1964, was the last pitcher to lose a no-hitter.

1996- At Yankee Stadium, the Key outguns the Rocket, as Yankees Starter Jimmy Key out pitches Red Sox hurler Roger Clemens by a score of 2-0. Mike Aldrete's solo HR in the 7th inning is the 1st score for the Yankees.

2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill “Hooks” Miller (1952-1954) passed away (1926-2003)
Bill Miller was originally signed by the Philadelphia A’s, then he went to the Giants organization. On August 1,1951, Bill was purchased by the Yankees from the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Bill appeared in 35 games with the 1952-1954 Yankees, going 6-7 with a 6.35 ERA with 2 saves, before being traded to the Orioles in the big 17-player trade of December 1954. He went 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in 5 games for the 1954 Orioles before leaving the MLB as an active player.

2005-In the game of the 2005 MLB season, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4 in 13 innings. The score was tied 3-3 after 9 innings and both teams had to wiggle their way out of many jams to keep it that way. In the 12th inning, the Red Sox had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, when Trot Nixon lifted a fly ball to shallow left field. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter raced out and caught the ball before diving headfirst into the stands and bloodying his face, forcing him to leave the game. In the top of the 13th inning, Manny Ramirez homered to give the Red Sox the lead, but the Yankees staged a 2-out rally in the bottom half of the 13th inning. Ruben Sierra singled, and then came around to score on Miguel Cairo's game-tying RBI double. Pinch hitter John Flaherty, the last man off the Yankees' bench, followed that up with a game-winning ground-rule single to score Cairo.

2013- Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte has broken Whitey Ford's record for career strikeouts by a Yankees pitcher. Pettitte struck out Justin Morneau in the 5th inning against Minnesota on Monday night to give him 1,958 for his MLB pitching career. Ford has held the mark since he retired in 1967 with 1,956. Pettitte entered the game needing 2 strikeouts to break the club record. He fanned Clete Thomas in the 2nd inning to tie it; Andy got Morneau swinging in the 5th inning. The 3-time All-Star broke into the MLB with the 1995 Yankees; he has spent all but 3 of his 18 MLB seasons in pinstripes. Whitey Ford had passed Red Ruffing as the club leader with 1,526 and Lefty Gomez with 1,468 career strikeouts as a Yankees Pitcher (1950,1953-1967).

2018- The Yankees beat down the Red Sox by the score of 11-1, with a 6-HR barrage, including 3 by Aaron Hicks, and 1 by back-up Catcher Kyle Higashioka that is also his 1st MLB hit. Yankees Starter Luis Severino becomes the 1st 13-game winner in the MLB, while Boston Starter David Price, who gives up 5 of the long balls, is the loser. The Yanks have now hit 137 HRs, setting a new club record for most before the MLB All-Star break.

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This Week in Yankees History June 30th- July 6th Part Two

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July 2nd

1904- Highly touted Rookie Walter Clarkson, the top college (Harvard) pitcher and brother of 2 MLB players, makes his MLB pitching debut. He limits the Senators to 8 hits, but the Highlanders manage just 4 hits and lose the game by the score of 3-2 in the 1st of 2 games.

1912- At Hill Top Park in New York City, Red Sox batter Larry Gardner legs out 2 inside-the-park HRs, but the Red Sox still lose the game by the score of 9-7 to the Yankees.

1922- The A’s OF Tilly Walker hits 2 HRs giving him 4 HRs in 2 days, as Philadelphia lose to the Yankees by the score of 9-3. He will finish with 37 HRs for the 1922 AL season, 2 HRs ahead of Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth. The A’s, with the AL's wins’ leader pitcher in Eddie Rommel (27-13) and loses leader in Slim Harriss (9-20) will lead the league with 114 HRs and climb out of the AL cellar.

1930- White Sox Slugger Carl Reynolds hits 3 consecutive HR in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Two of them are hit were Inside-the-Park HRs. The feat is second-billed, as headlines tell of Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth tearing a nail off his finger on the outfield screen.

1931- Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth homers to drive in a run for the 11th consecutive game as the Yankees drub the Tigers by a score of 12-1. Ruth has 18 RBIs in the 11-game streak.

1938- Former Yankees Reliever Hal “Porky” Reniff (1961-1967) was born. (1938-2004)
In 1956, the Yankees signed hurler Hal Reniff as MLB Free Agent. In the Minor Leagues, He was a Starter, but the Yankees used him as a reliever at the MLB level. An effective reliever for the Yankee pennant winners of 1963-1964, Reniff saved 18 games in 1963 and 9 saves with 6 wins, in 1964. In 1963, his best season in MLB, he was 4-3 with a 2.62 ERA with 30 games finished with 18 saves, 56 strikeouts and 42 walks in 89.1 innings pitched and a WHIP of 1.175 in 48 games. Reniff is the only pitcher to have pitched for both current New York teams (Yankees and Mets) but he not pitch for any other team during his MLB playing career. He appeared in 247 games with Yankees, while posting an 18-20 record with a 3.26 ERA along with 41 saves out of the Yankees bullpen, before being sold to the Mets in June of 1967. He pitched in the 1963 and the 1964 World Series for the team. Hal was on the Yankees' Roster for their 1961 World Series win over the Reds, but he was not used in the Series. Hal would pitch for the Yankees AAA team the Syracuse Chiefs (IL) from 1968-1972, before retiring as an active player at the age of 34.

1941- On sweltering Wednesday day game in front of 52,832 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio breaks Wee Willie Keeler's 1897's MLB record consecutive game hitting streak of 45 games with a 3-run HR off of Red Sox hurler Richard Newsome as the Yankees defeat Boston by the score of 8-4. Also, in the game, his Yankees teammate, OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller hits a HR. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez pitches for 5 innings for the win, he is now 6-3 for the 1941 AL season. Yankees Closer Johnny Murphy comes in for the final 3 innings to earn his 5th save of the 1941 season.

1946- The Bronx Bombers nip the Red Sox by the score of 2-1, before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 69,107 fans. Yankees Starter Spud Chandler walks 9 Boston batters in the 1st 4 innings of the game, but he takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, before Red Sox INF Bobby Doerr hits a 1-out single.

1948- The Senators beat the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 12 innings as Nats hurler Walt Masterson allows only 3 Bronx hits and goes all the way for the win. Tom McBride makes 12 putouts to set the AL record for PO in LF in extra innings. The Yankees drop 2 games behind 1st-place Indians and 1 1/2 games behind the A's in the 1948 AL pennant race.

1950- The Yankees gain a split of their 4-game series at Fenway Park by trouncing the Red Sox by a score of 15-9. Veteran Johnny Mize plays 1B for the Yankees, he contributes with a HR and a single to the team’s hitting attack against Boston pitching. Yankees batters Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra hits HRs for the Bombers. Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds picks up his 7th victory by going 8 innings, Closer Joe Page who finishes the game, picks up his 11th save of the 1950 AL season.

1954- Former Yankees Bullpen Catcher Dom Scala (1976-1986) was born.
Dom Scala has been a college coach, MLB scout, minor league player for the Oakland A’s and MLB bullpen catcher. From 1976-1986, Scala was bullpen catcher for the Yankees, when they won the 1978 World Series. He was MLB Advance Scout of the Pirates from 1987-1990, including a trip to the 1990 NLCS. He was Assistant Coach at St. Mary High School then he was appointed Head Coach at Adelphi University in 2004, succeeding longtime Coach Ron Davies (1966-2003).

1961- The Yankees hit 5 HRs including HR #28 by Mickey Mantle and HRs #'s 29 and #30 by Roger Maris to easily beat the expansion team Senators by a score of 13-4.

1962- At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle deposits a 6th inning HR halfway up the 3rd tier in RF to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the A's. Mickey walks his other 3 times up.

1964- Former Yankees DH/OF Jose Canseco (2000) was born.
Veteran DH/OF Jose Canseco was claimed on waivers by the Yankees from the Devil Rays during the 2000 AL season. He appeared in 37 games for the Yankees, while hitting .243 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs. He made 1 at bat appearance for the team in the 2000 World Series.

1964- Former Yankees Minor League P/OF Ozzie Canseco was born.
Ozzie Canseco was signed as a Pitcher by the Yankees as a 2nd round draft choice in 1983 MLB Player Draft. He was primarily used a Pitcher in 1983-1985 minor league seasons. His best performance was in 1985 in 9 games with the Gulf Coast Yankees where his ERA was 1.57. The Yankees converted him to an outfielder. Ozzie was the brother of former A’s slugger Ozzie Canseco. He was released by the Yankees organization on July 4,1986.

1966- Nats hitters Frank Howard, Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 6th inning, as Senators veteran MLB Starter Mike McCormick pitches a complete game. The Senators defeat a winless Whitey Ford and the Yankees by a score of 10-4. Mike McCormick is the winner for the Nats, giving up only 5 Yankee hits including a Mickey Mantle HR, his 14th of the 1966 AL season in the 9th inning.

1970- Tigers Starter Joe Niekro no-hits the Yankees until 2B Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning. The Tigers win the game by the score of 5-0. This is the 3rd time in the month that Horace Clarke has broken up a no-hitter, having spoiled bids by Kansas City's Jim Rooker (June 4th) and Boston's Sonny Siebert (June 19th).

1978- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry wins his 13th consecutive game, the best start in Yankees team pitching history by beating the Tigers by a score of 3-2. With the Yankees down 2-0, Mickey Rivers long drive to right is caught by a fan reaching down to take it away from Detroit's Mickey Stanley. The fan drops the ball and Stanley, waiting for an interference call from the umpires, fails to retrieve the ball. “Mick the Quick” motors for an Inside-the-Park HR and the Yankees tie the game at 2-2, eventually winning it.

1986- The Yankees purchased INF Bryan Little from the Whites Sox. He was playing for the White Sox AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons (IL). The Yankees would assign him to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Later in 1986, he would appear with the Yankees, playing in 14 games, while hitting just .194. The Yankees would release him in October of 1986, ending his MLB playing career,

1989- Brewers OF Robin Yount, now 33 years old, collects his 2,500th MLB hit in a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron and Mel Ott are the only players to reach that milestone at a younger age.

1994- Seattle OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-6 win over the Yankees by getting 5 singles.

1996- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 7-5. Bernie Williams leads the Yankee hitting attack with a HR, while Mariano Duncan and Gerald Williams hit doubles. Bronx Starter Kenny Rogers goes 5 innings. Reliever Jeff Nelson picks up the win, when the Yankees score 3 runs in the 7th inning. Yankees Set-up Man Marino Rivera and Closer John Wetteland shut down the Red Sox hitters. Wetteland picks up his 27th save of the 1996 AL season. Reliever Joe Hudson takes the lost for the Red Sox.

2002- The Yankees obtained veteran OF Raul Mondesi from the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League P Scott Wiggins. He would appear in 169 games for the Yankees, while hitting .250 with 27 HRs and 92 RBIs. On July 29, 2003, the Yankees traded Raul along with Cash to the Diamondbacks for INF/OF David Dellucci, P Bret Prinz and Minor League Player Jon-Mark Sprowl.

2007- Yankees veteran Starter Roger Clemens allows only 2 Twins hits in 8 innings against Minnesota in route to his 350th win in the MLB. The last pitcher to reach 350 victories in MLB was veteran NL hurler Warren Spahn in 1963.

2011-The Mets' Jose Reyes, leading the MLB with a .354 BA, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today's MLB Inter-League game with the Yankees. He is headed for the DL at a time when MLB trade rumors are swirling around the soon-to-be free agent. The Mets also lose the game by the score of 5-2, as veteran Yankees Starter Bartolo Colon wins in his 1st start since returning from a hamstring injury of his own. CF Curtis Granderson homers for the Yankees.

July 3rd

1896- Former Yankee PH William “Curt” Walker (1919) was born. (1896-1955)
Curt Walker appeared in 1 game with the 1919 Yankees as a PH with no hits.

1911- At Shibe Park, Philadelphia A's 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker hits for the cycle in a
5-1 victory over the Yankees in 2nd game of a doubleheader.

1912- Washington Starter Walter Johnson picks up a win and is given a rare rest in the 6th inning as Senators coasts to a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Johnson will rack up an AL record 16 straight wins, before he is defeated.

1914- Philadelphia A’s Starters Chief Bender and Bob Shawkey whitewash the Yankees by the scores of 2-0 and 1-0 for an A's doubleheader sweep.

1914- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Buddy Rosar (1939-1942) was born. (1914-1994).
Buddy Rosar was a reserve catcher for the 1939-1942 Yankees. He hit .387 with the 1938 Newark Bears to win the International League batting crown despite missing several weeks after being hit on the head by a pitched ball. In 1939, he joined the Yankees. During the 1940 AL season, Buddy hit for the cycle against the Indians. In 1942-1943, Buddy was selected to AL All Star team. He played 4 seasons with the Yankees, while hitting .273 with 7 HRs and 119 RBIs in 252 games. On December 17,1942, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Roy Cullenbine to the Indians for OF Roy Weatherly and INF Oscar Grimes. He would later play for the A’s and Red Sox during his 13 season MLB playing career.

1922- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (1975-1978) and MLB Pitcher Art Fowler was born. (1922-2007)
Art Fowler was longtime MLB Pitching Coach for MLB Manager Billy Martin. He had stints with the 1971-1973 Tigers and the 1973-1975 Rangers. He became the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1977 and remained with the team through 1979. He followed Martin to the 1980-1982 A’s. He returned to the Yankees as Pitching Coach in 1983 and again in 1988, both times with Martin as the team's manager. Art had been an MLB reliever for the Reds, Cubs, Dodgers and the expansion Angels during his MLB pitching career (1954-1964). He finished with a 54-51 record in 362 games with a 4.03 ERA and 32 saves.

1922- Yankees OF Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his MLB playing career to pace the Bronx Bombers to a 12-1 whipping of the Philadelphia A’s. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th inning as Bronx Starter Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the A’s. As noted by baseball historian Ted Farmer, all of Carl Mays wins against Philadelphia have been complete games.

1923- For the 2nd time of the 1923 AL season, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits a 15th inning game-winning-HR, as Yankees Starter Joe Bush going all 15 innings gets a 2-1 victory over the Senators. Besides the complete game victory for Bush, he helps his own cause at the plate with an 8th inning HR to tie the game. Nats Starter George Mogridge takes the complete game loss. Bush is now 11-7 for the 1923 AL season, while Mogridge drops to a 3-5 record.

1925- The Yankees released veteran Reserve OF/INF Whitey Witt (1922-1925).
On April 17,1922, veteran OF/INF Whitey Witt was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s. He appeared in 464 games for the Yankees, while hitting .300 with 11 HRs and 132 RBIs. Whitey appeared in the 1922-1923 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .233 in 11 games. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1926 Brooklyn Robins (aka Dodgers). He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1927-1929 before retiring from the game.

1930- Former Yankees Minor League OF Al Pilarcik was born. (1930-2010)
Al Pilarcik began his pro playing career in the Yankees organization, when he signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent before the start of the 1948 MLB season. The lefty-hitting outfielder had great speed and a strong throwing arm. Al once raced Mickey Mantle. "We had a match race in training camp which he said he beat me by 10 feet, but it was more like 10 inches," recalled Pilarcik. Al would spend 7 active seasons in the minors (1948-1956). He would spend 1953-1954 seasons in the military service. Pilarcik had 3 good seasons out of the 7; his 1st was in 1949 with the Class C Joplin Miners (Western Association) when he hit .304 in 107 games. The year before he served in the military, 1952, he hit .305 for the AA Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) in 137 games. In October of 1955, he was sent to the Kansas City A’s by the Yankees as part of a conditional agreement, playing with their 1956 AAA Columbus Jets team (IL) He would later play in the MLB with the A’s, Orioles and the White Sox, while appearing in 668 games, hitting .256 with 22 HRs and 143 RBIs.

1932- With a Boston law restricting games within 1,000 feet of a church on Sundays is no longer in effect, the 1st Sunday game is played at Fenway Park with 9,000 fans watching the Red Sox losing to the Yankees by a score of 13-2. Yankees hitters Earle Combs and Lyn Lary each hit a pair of doubles in 1 inning (6th), thereby tying the AL record for most players hitting more than 1 double in the same inning. Babe Ruth hits a double in the game. Also, Yankees Starter George Pipgras hit 2 singles in the 6th inning as the Yankees scored 9 runs in the inning. He pitches a complete game victory, allowing only 5 Boston hits. He is now 9-5 for the 1932 AL season, Red Sox losing hurler Ivy Andrews drops to a 3-5 record.

1940- Former Yankee Reserve INF Cesar Tovar (1976) was born. (1940-1994)
On September 1,1976, veteran INF Cesar Tovar was signed as an MLB free agent with the Yankees. He was only in 13 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .154. He had played for Billy Martin, when he managed the Twins. On December 17,1976, he was released by the team.

1941- Former Yankees Reliever Casey Cox (1972-1973) was born.
On August 30,1972, veteran MLB reliever Casey Cox was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for hurler Jim Roland. Casey appeared in 6 games for the 1972-1973 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 4.91 ERA. On April 17,1973, the Yankees released him. In 8 MLB seasons with Senators, Rangers and the Yankees, Casey Cox went 39-42 with a 3.70 ERA with 20 saves in 308 games.

1950- With Yankees Rookie 1B Joe Collins is not hitting well, with veteran OF/1B Tommy Henrich still injured. Yankees Co-Team Owner Dan Topping asks veteran CF Joe DiMaggio to play 1B in an experiment. In a 7-2 Yankees loss, he handles 13 plays cleanly, but he is clearly not happy with the move. He goes back into outfield when RF Hank Bauer sprains his ankle. After this 1-game experiment, Joe returns to the outfield. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel was hoping the new position for Joe DiMaggio would extend his MLB playing career with the Yankees. Joe never forgave Casey for not asking him to his face to play 1B for the team. Fortunately, veteran Tommy Henrich returns from his injury, he plays an excellent 1B for the 1950 Yankees.

1951- Former Yankees and Dodgers Reliever Hugh Casey (1949) shoots himself in a hotel room in Atlanta, GA. (1913-1951)
Veteran MLB reliever Hugh Casey was 37 years old at the time of his death, he was pitching for the AAA Atlanta Crackers, a Minor League team. Hugh Casey spent most of his MLB pitching career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. On September 4,1949, Hugh was signed as an MLB free agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 4 games with 1-0 record for team. On October 13,1949, Hugh Casey was released by the Yankees. He never appeared in the MLB again.

1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank Tanana (1993) was born.
On September 17,1993, Veteran MLB starter Frank Tanana was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for Minor League P Kenny Greer. Frank went 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 3 games for the Yankees. He retires at the end of the 1993 AL season with a 246-236 record with a 3.66 ERA in 638 games. He never had won 20 games in an MLB season.

1955- Former Yankees Pitcher Matt Keough (1983) was born.
In 1983, Matt Keough was traded by the Oakland A’s to the Yankees for 2 Minor Leaguers: P Ben Callahan and 1B/DH Marshall Brant. He is the son of former MLB player Marty Keough. Matt went 3-4 in 12 games for the 1983 Yankees. He continued to struggle, putting up a 5.33 ERA in 99 2/3 innings. In 1984, he voluntarily went down to the AA Nashville Sounds (Southern League) in the spring in an unsuccessful attempt to learn a knuckleball and finally succumbed to the shoulder pain. Matt was placed on the DL with a strained rotator cuff; the Yankees released Matt at the end of the 1984 MLB season.

1960- Before 50,556 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep 2 games from the Tigers, winning by scores of 7-6 and 6-2. In the opener, Yankees Closer Ryne Duren fans Tigers OF Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th inning. Detroit is ahead by the score of 2-1 in the nightcap, when Norm Cash argues at length about a call at 1B, he finally gets tossed from the game. When play resumes, Tigers Reliever Pete Burnside serves up a 3-run HR to Mickey Mantle, who is batting righty. The Yankees are 23-5 since June 5th; now lead the AL by 3 games.

1962- The Yankees need all 5 HRs, 2 each by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, plus 1 by 2B Bobby Richardson to edge the Kansas City A's by a score of 8-7. Mantle's 2nd HR, in the 8th inning, is the tiebreaker.

1965- Former Yankees Pitcher Hank Robinson (1918) passed away. (1887-1965)
On June 20,1918, hurler Hank Robinson was purchased by the Yankees from Little Rock Travelers (Southern Association). He posted a 2-4 record with a 3.00 ERA in 11 games for the 1918 Yankees. He would return to Little Rock in 1919, pitching for them until 1928. He finished his last pro season with the 1929 Atlanta Crackers.

1966- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning HR, and for the 2nd time this week, he has hit 3 HRs in consecutive times at bat. Yankees blow a 5-0 lead in the 8th inning as the Senators storm back. Bobby Richardson HRs in the 11th inning to give the Bombers, a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Paul Casanova goes is on 1B, when a sac bunt moves him to 2B. He overruns the bag and decides to head to 3B, where he knocks the ball away from INF Tom Tresh. He then continues to home plate, where he is thrown out by a mile.

1967- Current Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (1998-2019) was born.
Brian Cashman has been the Yankees General Manager since 1998. Under his leadership, the Yankees have won 3 World Series championships and 5 AL pennants. He previously served as Yankees Assistant General Manager from 1995-1997. In 1998, Brian had replaced former Yankees General Manager Bob Watson.

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Christian Parker (2001) was born.
Christian Parker went 0-1 with the 2001 Yankees. On March 22, 2000, he was sent by the Montreal Expos to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 22, 1999. The Expos sent Players to be Named Later and P Jake Westbrook to the Yankees for MLB Starter Hideki Irabu. The Expos will send Pitchers Ted Lilly on March 17, 2000 and Christian Parker on March 22, 2000 to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1977- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry pitches his 2nd consecutive shutout of the 1977 AL season, a 6-hit, 2-0 win over the Tigers. Yankees Roy White broke up the scoreless duel with a run-scoring double in the 8th inning.

1978- At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski strokes a run-scoring double in the 3rd inning, his 2,800th MLB career hit, as the Red Sox pummel the Yankees by the score of 9-5. Yaz adds 2 singles in Boston's 12-hit attack, as Dennis Eckersley (9-2) tops Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa. The win moves Red Sox ahead of 2nd place Brewers by 7 1/2 games with the Yankees now trailing by 8 games.

1980- The MLB's largest crowd in 7 years (73,096 fans) watches Tribe Starter Wayne Garland 2-hit the Yankees 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium.

1987- Former Yankees INF Yangervis Solarte (2014) was born.
INF Yangervis Solarte was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Solarte made the Yankees' MLB 25-man roster out of the Yankees MLB spring training camp in 2014, beating Eduardo Nunez out of a back-up infielder job. He made his debut in the team's 2nd game of the season, pinch-hitting for 3B Kelly Johnson in the 7th inning with the Astros ahead, by the score of 2-0 and runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Facing Kevin Chapman, he grounded into a double play, scoring 1 run but also killing the budding Yankees rally. He stayed in the game at 3rd base and had another at-bat in the 9th, popping out to 1st base against Josh Fields to end the game as the Astros won, 3-1. He then made his 1st start the next day at 3B. Hed had 3 hits and a walk, scored 2 runs and drove in 1 to lead the Yankees to its 1st win of the year, 4-2 over Houston. His 1st MLB hit came off of Astros hurler Brett Oberholtzer. When 1B Mark Teixeira went on the DL the next day, it gave Yangervis more opportunity to play, as 3B Kelly Johnson moved to 1st and he took over at the hot corner. He put up back-to-back 2-hit games on April 4-5th for a red hot 7 for 13 start to his MLB playing career. He continued to hit very well through the next couple of months while getting a lot of playing time. On June 8th, his average was still at .299, but he went through a dry stretch after that, hitting .073, even though he was still getting regular playing time as the starting 3rd baseman. On July 3rd, he was hitting .260 with 6 HRs and 30 RBIs in 71 games, when he was sent down to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) as the Yankees called up Zelous Wheeler to take his place. He hit an amazing .600 (12 for 20) in 5 games to earn a quick call-back. On July 22nd, he was traded to the Padres along with P Rafael De Paula in return for veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley. It was a move that showed that the Yankees were willing to make a postseason push, and that they considered that Solarte was a flash in the pan. He was at .254 in 75 games, having gone only 1 for 10 since his return from AAA. He is currently with the Marlins organization.

1994- The Yankees signed veteran MLB hurler Greg Harris as an MLB Free Agent. He had been released by the Red Sox last week. He had a 3-4 record with an 8.28 ERA in 35 games with Boston. The Yankees make several MLB roster moves, they send down Pitcher Sterling Hitchcock to AAA Columbus (IL) and released Pitcher Sam Militello, who had arm problems. He had posted a 4-4 record in 12 games for the 1992-1993 Yankees. Veteran Greg Harris would appear in 3 games in relief with 1 loss for the Yankees, the team would release him on July 13th.

1996- The Yankees signed Venezuelan OF Jackson Melian, who had just turned 16, to a contract for $1.6 million. His bonus is a record for Latino ball players. He never reaches the MLB as a player, despite playing for several MLB organizations after leaving the Yankees.

1999- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Reliever Allen Watson. He had a 2-3 record in 17 games for the 1999 Mariners and Mets. The Yankees sent him to their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). To add him to their MLB roster, the Yankees moved P Mike Jerzembeck to the 60-day DL.

2010- The Yankees score all 11 of their runs in the 3rd inning as they defeat the Blue Jays by the score of 11-3. Yankees OF Brett Gardner hits his 1st MLB career Grand Slam HR in the outburst.

2013- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent INF Luis Cruz. He had appeared in 45 games with the 2013 Dodgers before being DFA on June 28th, while batting .127 (15-for-118) with 2 doubles, 1 HR and 6 RBIs. He made 30 starts (20 at 3B and 10 at shortstop), committing just 3 errors in 136 total chances in all games played. A right-handed batter, Cruz is a career .240 (133-for-555) hitter with 26 doubles, 1 triple, 7 HRs and 52 RBIs in 179 games over parts of 5 MLB seasons with the 2006-2009 Pirates, 2010 Brewers and the 2012-2013 Dodgers. In 2012, he set career highs in BA (.297), runs (26), at-bats (283), hits (84), doubles (20), HRs (6), RBI (40), on-base percentage (.322) and slugging percentage (.431). A native of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, he was named the MVP of the 2011 Mexican Winter League, batting .340 with 17 HRs and 47 RBIs in 62 games with Tomateros de Culiacan. He also appeared in the 2013 and 2006 World Baseball Classics with Team Mexico. Originally signed by Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2000, Cruz was acquired by Padres on December 16, 2002 in exchange for INF Cesar Crespo. Cruz had played 5 seasons in the Padres' Minor League system from 2003-2007. In a corresponding move to make room on the 25-man active roster, INF Jayson Nix was placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to July 2nd) with a right hamstring strain. Luis will appear in 16 games for the 2013 Yankees, while hitting only .182 with no HRs and 5 RBIs before being released by the team on August 17, 2013. Since the 2014 MLB season, he has played pro baseball in Japan.

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This Week in Yankees History June 30th-July 6th Part Three

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July 4th Happy Birthday America!

1884- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Jack” Warhop (1908-1915) was born. (1884-1960)
Jack Warhop joined the Yankees in 1908, quickly became a mainstay in the New York rotation but was often plagued by a lack of offensive support when he was on the mound. In 1912, he posted a 2.86 ERA, but he went 10-19. In 1914, he was 8-15 with an even-better 2.36 ERA mark. Also, during the 1914 AL season, he shut the White Sox out for 12 innings only to lose the game 1-0 in the 13th inning. During the 1915 AL season, his last season in the MLB, Warhop was taken deep by Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth for his 1st 2 MLB career HRs, on May 6th and June 2nd. Warhop also is one of only 4 pitchers to steal home twice during their MLB playing careers. Overall Jack Warhop posted a 69-93 record with 3.12 ERA and 7 saves in 221 games for the 1908-1915 Yankees.

1904- Jack Chesbro, the Highlanders spitball starter, wins his 14th game in a row, an AL pitching record until the Senators Walter Johnson wins 16 straight games in 1912. The A's lose both games today, as the Highlanders sweep the 3-game series.

1925- Philadelphia A’s Lefty Grove battles the Yankees' Herb Pennock for 15 innings before taking a 1-0 loss. Yankees Starter Pennock is a model of control, issuing no walks while giving up only 4 A’s hits. A’s Starter Lefty Grove falls to a 7-8 record, while Herb Pennock is now 8-9 for the 1925 AL season. Yankees Reserve Catcher Steve O’Neill knocks in the winning run.

1927- At Yankee Stadium, 74,000 fans watched the Yankees sweep the Senators in a 4th of July doubleheader, winning by scores of 12-1 and 21-1. In the 1st game, George Pipgras throws a complete game; he is now at 2-0 mark for the 1927 AL season. While Nats Sloppy Thurston takes the loss, dropping to his record to a 10-7 mark. The Bronx Bombers hitters 1B Lou Gehrig and Catcher Pat Collins hit HRs in the game. In the 2nd game, Wilcy Moore throws a complete game victory. He allows just 10 Nats hits and 1 run. He is now 9-4 for the 1927 season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs by 1B Lou Gehrig, INF Tony Lazzeri and INF Julius Wera

1930- Former Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner (1973-2010) was born. (1930-2010).
George Steinbrenner became Owner of the New York Yankees, when he and a group of investors bought the team from CBS, Inc. for $10 million. Steinbrenner is well known for his love of firing managers. He hired and fired Billy Martin 5 times. In more recent times, he has changed that reputation sticking with Joe Torre as Manager from 1996-2007. Since he has owned the club, the Yankees have won the World Series 6 times. Steinbrenner was routinely parodied on the hit TV show “Seinfeld.” The show’s co-creator Larry David portrayed his voice. Also, in 1990, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent banned him from MLB baseball for associating with gamblers to damage the reputation of former Yankees player Dave Winfield. He was re-instated by MLB in 1993. After the 2008 MLB season, he stepped down and handed control of the team to his son Hal Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner was also an Assistant Football Coach at both Northwestern University and Purdue University.

1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey punches and breaks Senators OF Carl Reynolds's jaw after the player collides with him on a close play at home plate. The AL suspends the Yankees Catcher for 30 days and fines him $1,000 for his 1-punch fight.

1933-The Senators widen their lead over the 2nd-place Yankees to 2 1/2 games with a double-bill victory before 77,365 holiday fans at Yankee Stadium. In the 1st game, a 6-5 victory in 10 innings and the in the nightcap, is a 3-2 win. The Yankees would finish in 2nd place in 1933 AL pennant race with a 90-59 record.

1934- The 1934 AL pennant race has seesawed between the Yankees and Tigers with the Bronx Bombers only 1 game ahead. The improved Red Sox are 6 1/2 games behind and the Senators, last year's AL Champions are 7 games back and dropping fast. The Yankees would finish in 2nd place in the 1934 AL pennant race with a 94-60 record.

1937-After the July 4th AL games are finished; the Yankees have opened a 3 1/2 game lead over the White Sox in the 1937 AL pennant race. The Yankees will finish the 1937 AL season with a 102-52 record, winning the AL pennant for the 2nd season in a row.

1939- It's “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day” at Yankee Stadium with "The Iron Horse's” Yankees uniform number 4 will be the 1st MLB uniform ever to be retired. After emcee Sid Mercer informs the sell-out crowd the man of the hour is too moved to speak, Lou Gehrig changes his mind, when Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy encourages him, and delivers the keynote address history describing himself as "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." The Yankees play a doubleheader with the Senators, losing the opener 3-2, then bounced back to take the nightcap by the score of 11-1 with Bronx starter “Smokey” Steve Sundra picking up a complete game victory.

1942- Former Yankees INF and MLB Manager Hal Lanier (1972-1973) was born.
On February 2,1972, veteran INF Hal Lanier was obtained by the Yankees from the Giants for Cash. Hal was a good fielding INF with a weak bat. He was son of former 1940’s NL pitching star Max Lanier. He appeared in 95 games for the Yankees, hitting just .213 with 0 HRs and 11 RBIs. On December 10, 1973, the team released Hal, ending his MLB active playing career (1964-1973). From 1986-1988, Hal was the Manager of the Astros. In 1986, he won the NL Manager of the Year Award. Also, he was an MLB coach with the Cardinals and Phillies.

1948- Former Yankees Minor League player OF/DH/C Wayne Nordhagen was born.
On June 7,1968, Wayne Nordhagen was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 1968 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 7,1973, he was traded by the Yankees along with Players to be Named Later and OF/1B Frank Tepedino to the Braves for Starter Pat Dobson. The Yankees would send Pitchers Dave Cheadle on August 15,1973 and Al Closter on September 5,1973 to the Braves to complete the trade.

1954- The Yankees purchased veteran hurler Marlin Stuart from the Orioles on waivers. Marlin went 3-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 games with 1 save for the 1954 Yankees. He was released by the team, when they purchased NL Veteran hurler Jim Konstanty from the Phillies on August 22, 1954, Marlin never pitched in the MLB again. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 23-17 record with 4.65 ERA in 196 games and 12 saves, while pitching for the Tigers, Browns, Orioles and the Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees Pitcher (1978-1979) and MLB Baseball Executive Jim Beattie was born.
The Yankees in the 4th round of the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected hurler Jim Beattie. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College. In 1978 ALCS, he won a game against the Royals. In the 1978 World Series, Jim picked up a complete game victory in Game 5 over the Dodgers. In 1979, he started out the season with the AAA Columbus Clippers, going 5-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 8 games, before rejoining the Yankees MLB pitching staff, going 3-6 in 15 games with 5.21 ERA. He went 9-15 in 40 games with the 1978-1979 Yankees. On November 1,1979, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with P Rick Anderson, OF Juan Beniquez and C Jerry Narron to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and Minor League P Jim Lewis. His MLB pitching career would end with shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff problems. Overall, he was 52-87 with a 4.17 ERA playing with the 1978-1979 Yankees and the 1980-1986 Mariners. After his MLB pitching career ended, Jim Beattie went on to serve as Farm Director and Director of Player Development for the Mariners from 1990-1995. He moved on as General Manager of the Expos from October 1995-2001. Next, he was Executive Vice President/Co-GM of the Orioles beginning in 2003. After the 2005 MLB season, the O’s Owner removed him from his position. In 2007, he was a Marlins MLB Bullpen Coach. Since the 2010 MLB season, Jim has been working as an MLB Scout for the Blue Jays organization.

1956- In the July 4th Edition of The Sporting News, Baseball writer Dan Daniel wrote, “The annual game for the Mayor’s Trophy has not yet been scheduled for this season. August 13th seems to be the only open date. Perhaps the clubs plan to skip a year and wet the appetites of the customers.” In the August 15th edition of The Sporting News, Daniel’s colleague Joe King confirmed that no suitable date could be found.

1959- The Yankees and the Senators play 4th of July Saturday, doubleheader at Yankee Stadium as 31,126 fans watch the 2 teams split the games. In the Opener, The Nats beat the Yankees by the score of 10-6 with Senators Starter Pedro Ramos picking up the win, while Yankees Starter Art Ditmar takes the lost, going only 2 innings of work while giving up 5 runs and 7 hits to the Nats line-up. Harmon Killebrew and Roy Sievers hit HRs for the Senators. Enos Slaughter hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers. In the 2nd game, Yankees Starter Bob Turley turns in another 1-hit masterpiece along with 9 Nats strikeouts. A lazy fly ball in the 9th inning hit by Nats Pinch-Hitter Julio Becquer drops in front of Yankees 1958 AL Golden Glove winner LF Norm Siebern for the only Senators hit. Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek goes 8-for-10 in the doubleheader. The Yankees hitting attack features doubles by Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle, Hector Lopez and Yogi Berra.

1960- Mickey Mantle's 3-run 1st-inning HR off of Nats hurler Hal Woodeshick is the 300th HR of his MLB playing career. Mantle becomes the 18th MLB player to join the 300 HR MLB club, but the Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to Senators.
1961- Before 74,246 fans, the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since 1947, see the Yankees split a 4th of July Tuesday double-header with the Tigers, winning the opener 6-2 before losing the nightcap 4-3 in 10 innings. In 1st game, the Yankees beat Detroit by score of 6-2. Whitey Ford picks up his 15th victory of the 1961 AL season, allowing the Tigers, 2 runs with 5 hits, while striking 11 Detroit batters. Veteran hurler Don Mossi takes the lost for Tigers, dropping to a 9-2 mark. In the 2nd game, the Tigers edge the Yankees by the score of 4-3. Roger Maris hits his 31st HR of the season off of Yankees killer Frank Larry in the 8th inning to tie the game. With relief help from reliever Terry Fox, he gets his 12th victory, while Fox pickups his 6th save. The Yankees used 6 pitchers in the extra inning game; Reliever Bill Stafford takes lost dropping to a 6-4 record,

1964- At Yankee Stadium, the Twins are leading the Yankees by a score of 5-4, when Mickey Mantle parks a 3-run HR shot off of Minnesota Reliever Al Worthington in the 8th inning to win the game by a score of 7-5.

1967- At Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota, Twins Starter Jim “Mudcat” Grant stops the Yankees to give the Twins, an 8-3 victory. Mickey Mantle drives in all 3 Yankees runs with 2 HRs.

1967- The Yankees obtained veteran AL Starter Steve Barber from the Orioles for 1B Ray “Buddy” Barker, Minor League Players to be Named Later (INF Chet Trail and OF Joe Brody) plus C with a 3.58 ERA. Barber was washed up, never fully recovering from his arm problems. He went 12-14 in 37 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees before being selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. Neither of the Yankees Minor League Players traded appeared in the MLB with the Orioles.

1974- Former Yankees Co-Team Owner Del Webb (1945-1964) passed away. (1899-1974).
Del Webb became part team owner of the New York Yankees in 1945, when he was part of a group that purchased the team from the Jacob Ruppert Estate for 2.8 million dollars. The group included Dan Topping Sr. and MLB Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail. After the 1947 World Series, Dan Topping and Del Webb bought out Larry McPhail’s share of the team. Del Webb was a successful businessman in the real estate and construction business. He is known for founding and developing the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona and for many works of his firm, Del E. Webb Construction Company. After Larry MacPhail left the team in October of 1947, he let Dan Topping Sr. oversee the baseball operations of the team with George Weiss as the Yankees General Manager. Dan Topping and Del Webb sold the club to CBS, Inc. in November of 1964. Topping would be a minority owner of the team and Team President until 1966, when he sold his remaining 10% interest in the team to CBS, Inc.

1977- Yankees stay 1 game ahead of the Red Sox by edging the Indians by a score of 7-5. The Yankees get key HRs from Bronx hitters Chris Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe “Sandy” Vance (1937-1938) passed away. (1905-1978)
Joe “Sandy” Vance posted a 1-0 record with a 4.78 ERA in 5 games for the 1937-1938 Yankees. He didn’t make any World Series appearances for the team. In 1939, he spent the season with the Yankees AA club the Kansas City Blues (American Association), posting a 10-4 record with a 4.32 ERA in 32. The next season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Reds organization.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Amaury Sanit (2011) was born.
Amaury Sanit pitched for 7 seasons in Cuba. He went 25-25 with 58 saves and a 4.11 ERA in 226 games. He was 3rd all-time in the Cuban Serie Nacional in saves behind Euclides Rojas and Orestes González through 2003-2004. Sanit led the league in games pitched (39) in 1998-1999. Amaury left Cuba in 2003. In 2008, he signed with the Yankees. He tossed 2 shutout innings for the DSL Yankees that year, saving a game. He had a 5.19 ERA in 7 relief stints for the Licey Tigers (Dominican League) that winter. In 2009, Sanit pitched for 3 Yankees farm teams - the Tampa Yankees (0 R, 6 IP), the Trenton Thunder (1-2, 10 Saves, 2.95 ERA, 13 H in 21 IP) and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (0-3, 4.12 ERA in 19 G). In 2010, he was suspended for 50 games for failing a PED test. When he did pitch, he was hit hard, putting up a 7.75 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, during which he gave up 47 hits. He was back with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the next season, putting up a 4.96 ERA over his 1st 16 1/3 innings. He then replaced Ramiro Pena on the Yankees roster to give them more pitching depth. He made his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on May 12, 2011, coming in relief of Starter Ivan Nova with the Yankees down 8-0 to the Royals in the 4th inning. He managed to stop the bleeding and pitched into the 8th inning, although he tired at the end and gave up 3 runs altogether in his 4 2/3 innings of work. Still, his effort gave the Yankees' bullpen a much-needed respite. After the 2011 MLB season, Sanit left the Yankees organization to pitch in the Mexican Leagues (2012-2015).

1980- Former Yankees INF Jack Martin (1912) passed away.
Jack Martin appeared in 71 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting .225 with no HRs and 17 RBIs. On August 12,1912, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with P Jack Quinn to Rochester (International League) for shortstop Tommy McMillan. He would return to the MLB in 1914, playing for the Braves and Phillies.

1983- Lefty starter Dave Righetti pitches the Yankees' 1st no-hitter since Don Larsen's Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, handcuffing the Red Sox by a score of 4-0 before a Fourth of July holiday crowd of 41,077 fans at Yankee Stadium. It's the 1st no-hitter by a Yankee lefty Starter since George Mogridge in 1917.

1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Sergio Santos (2015) was born.
After being released by the Dodgers during the 2015 NL season, Reliever Sergio Santos was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had pitched in 12 games for the 2015 Dodgers, with no record with a 4.73 ERA, and then the club released him on June 6th. The Yankees signed him 3 days later on June 9th, but after only 2 MLB appearances with the team, his 2015 MLB season ended, as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. On November 2, 2015, the Yankees activated Sergio Santos from the 60-day DL; Santos elects to take MLB free agency.

1984- Yankees veteran Starter Phil Niekro strikes out 5 Ranger batters in the Yankees 5-0 win over Texas to become the 9th pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 MLB career strikeouts.

1986- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, with the score 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, White Sox OF John Cangelosi leads off with a drive to the RF corner. A fan leans out of the stands and appears to touch the ball as he tumbles onto the field. Anticipating an interference call, Yankees OF Claudell Washington slows down, while the speedy Cangelosi easily makes 3B. The Umpires don't see any interference and John remains on 3B, then he scores on a sac fly. White Sox win the game by a score of 2-1.

1986- Former Yankee P/INF Oscar Roettger (1923-1924) passed away. (1900-1986)
Although a Pitcher, he appeared in 6 games as a hitter for the Yankees. On June 16,1924, Oscar was traded by the Yankees to St Paul Saints (American Association) for P Cliff Markle. On May 29,1925, Oscar was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, C Fred Hofmann and $50,000 Cash to the St Paul Saints for INF Mark Koenig. The Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson on October 28, 1925 to the Saints to complete the trade.

1988- Rangers veteran MLB knuckleball Starter Charlie Hough strikes out 4 Yankee batters in the 1st inning of a 13-2 loss to the Yankees.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve OF Jabari Blash (2018) was born.
On December 12,2017, OF Jabari Blash was traded to the Yankees by the Padres in return for 3B Chase Headley and P Bryan Mitchell. With 2017 Padres, he had hit .213 with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs in 61 games. It was a deal conceived to allow the Yankees to shed payroll (Headley’s contract) in the wake of having acquired the mega-contract of former Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton the day before, and it appeared that Blash would not get a chance to be more that someone who provides organizational depth at the AAA level. On February 21, 2018, before he had had a chance to show anything in the Yankees MLB spring training camp, he was sent to the Angels in return for future considerations, in order to free up a spot on the Yankees 40-man roster. He has played 7 games as reserve OF/PH for the Angels this season, spending bulk of 2018 season playing time with their AAA club Salt Lake City (PCL).

1992- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Tim Locastro was born.
On June 7, 2013, OF Tim Locastro was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On July 2, 2015, he was traded by the Blue Jays along with P Chase De Jong to the Dodgers for 2 International Bonus Slots. On November 21, 2018, the Yankees acquired INF/OF Tim Locastro from the Dodgers for Minor League hurler Drew Finley and Cash. He’s a .283 hitter through 626 AA plate appearances. With the 2017-2018 Dodgers, he has appeared in 21 games, while hitting only .167. On January 16, 2019, the Yankees traded Tom to the Diamondbacks for Minor League Pitcher Ronald Roman and Cash.

1992- Current Yankees Minor League 1st Baseman Mike Ford (2019) was born.
Mike Ford played college baseball at Princeton University for the Tigers from 2011 to 2013. He was both a 1st baseman and a Pitcher. In 2013, he became the 1st player in Ivy League history to be named both the Player and Pitcher of the Year, after batting .320 and ranking in the top 10 in the Ivy League in walks (#1, with 31), HRs (#2, with 6), RBIs (#3, with 38), and on-base percentage (#4, at .443), while going 6-0 on the mound with a league-leading 0.98 ERA. After going undrafted in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Ford signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent. He made his pro debut in 2013 with the Staten Island Yankees and spent the whole season there, batting .235 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs in 33 games. Ford started 2014 season with the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). In May, he hit 4 HRs in 1 game against the Hickory Crawdads. He was promoted to the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) in August and he finished the season there. In 105 total games between both teams he batted .292 with 13 HRs and 56 RBIs. He was named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All Star. In 2015, he played for Tampa Yankees, where he batted .260 with 62 runs (10th in the league), 6 HRs, 55 RBIs, and 60 walks (4th) in 123 games. He was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. In 2016, he played with Staten Island Yankees, Tampa, and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), where he slashed .289 with 8 HRs, 43 RBIs, and 41 walks (while striking out only 29 times) in 56 games between the 3 teams. The Mariners selected Ford from the Yankees in the 2017 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. They returned him to the Yankees on March 24th. He spent 2017 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), where he led the Eastern League with 76 walks (while striking out only 56 times) and was 2nd in the league in OBP as he batted a combined .270 with 20 HRs and 86 RBIs in 126 games. He was named an MiLB Yankees Organization All Star, and an Eastern League Mid-Season All Star. He spent almost all of 2018 season with AAA Scranton, while batting .253 with 15 HRs and 52 RBIs in 102 games. In total, Ford has a .269 average with 71 HR and 328 RBI's in 561 Minor League games. The Yankees invited Ford to MLB spring training as a non-roster player in 2019. They assigned him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the 2019 season. The Yankees promoted Ford to the MLB, when 1B Greg Bird went on the injured list on April 16th. He made his MLB player debut on April 18th. After going 0 for 6 at bat in his 1st 2 games, on April 21st, Ford got his 1st MLB hit; a double to left-center field off of Royals Jorge Lopez in a 7-6 win against the Royals. On April 23rd, he hit his 1st MLB HR off of Angels P Chris Stratton. He appeared in 10 games for the team, while hitting .179 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs before returning to AAA Scranton.

1996- The Yankees provide the fireworks by signing MLB free agent OF Darryl Strawberry. On June 24th, Yankee GM Bob Watson said 5 times to the NYC sports media that Strawberry "doesn't fit" with the Yankees. Strawberry will be assigned to the AAA Columbus Clippers (International League).

2002- The Yankees defeat the Indians by a score of 7-1. Tribe Slugger Jim Thome has his streak of consecutive games hitting a HR stopped at 7 games, 1 short of the MLB record.

2003- In a 10-3 victory over the Yankees, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball hitting a record 7 HR’s off of the Yankees pitchers. Prior to today's Independence Day fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up 6 HRs in a game 4 times including 2 to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970).

2006- Indians’ batter Victor Martinez went 5 for 6 with teammates Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner each hit 2 of the Indian’s 6 HRs, giving Cleveland a 19-1 rout over the Yankees. The win was Cleveland’s largest at home in more than 56 years, since their 21-2 victory over the Philadelphia A’s on June 18, 1950.

2011- Yankees All Star shortstop Derek Jeter resumes his quest for 3,000 MLB career hits after missing 3 weeks on the DL with a strained calf muscle. However, the Indians' hurler Josh Tomlin keeps him hitless while defeating the Yankees by the score of 6-3. Jeter is still 6 hits away from the magic MLB career hit number.

2014- Yankees 2B Brian Roberts hit 3 doubles and a triple leading the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Twins.

July 5th

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Hank “Lefty” Thormahlen (1917-1920) was born. (1896-1955)
Hank Thormahlen went 28-20 with a 3.06 ERA in 76 games for the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1919, when he went 12-8 with a 2.62 ERA in 30 games. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang.

1904- Former Yankees Pitcher Irving “Bump” Hadley (1936-1940) was born. (1904-1963)
Bump Hadley went 47-31 in 140 games for the Yankees. He went 2-1 in 3 World Series with the team. His best Yankees season was in 1936, going 14-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 31 games. During the 1937 season, Bump Hadley threw a pitch that struck Tigers Catcher Mickey Cochrane, leaving him unconscious for 10 days and ending his fine MLB playing career. In 1939, he posted 12-6 mark with a 2.98 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees. Bump appeared in 3 World Series with the team, while posting a 2-1 record in 3 games. In 1940, he will be sold to the Philadelphia A’s. He later became a Baseball TV announcer.

1906- The Yankees exploit 9 Boston errors to beat the Red Sox by a score of 8-3 at Fenway Park.

1917- In the 1st of 2 games at the Polo Grounds, Yankees 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker hits a 13th inning inside-the-park HR off of Senators Starter Walter Johnson to give the Yankees, a 5-4 win. It is Baker's 5th HR off of Senators Ace Walter Johnson.

1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits an inside-the-park Grand Slam HR, as the Yankees beat the Senators by a score of 8-3. It is his 4th Grand Slam HR of the 1934 AL season, his 17th MLB career GS overall, passing Babe Ruth's MLB career total. Lou Gehrig will eventually set an MLB career record of 23 grand slams. Lou Gehrig now has 321 MLB career HRs to Babe Ruth's 698 MLB Career HRs.

1937- Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st MLB career Grand Slam HR, in the 6th inning off of Red Sox hurler Rube Walberg to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees won the 1st game by a score of 15-0.

1939- Yankees Rookie Starter Atley Donald wins his 10th game of the 1939 AL season without a loss. He will finish the 1939 AL season with a 13-3 record with .813 WP.

1943- Former Yankees OF/INF/C Curt Blefrey (1970-1971) was born. (1943-2001)
Before the start of the 1962 AL season, the Yankees signed Curt Blefrey as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Curt was removed from the 40-man Yankees roster, when they acquired veteran INF Harry Bright from the Reds during April of 1963. The Orioles immediately claimed him He had been playing for Greensboro. In 1965, he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Also, in 1965, he was a Topps All-Star Rookie Team member. He played in the 1966 World Series for the Orioles against the Dodgers. On December 4, 1969, Curt was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for 1B/OF Joe Pepitone. He played in 120 games for the 1970-1971 Yankees, while hitting .210 with 10 HRs and 39 RBIs. On May 26,1971, Curt was traded by the Yankees to the A’s for 2 Pitchers: Rob Gardner and Darrell Osteen. Overall, as an MLB Player, Curt appeared in 974 games, while hitting .237 with 112 HRs and 382 RBIs. He would play for the Orioles, Astros, A’s, Padres and the Yankees during his 8-season MLB playing career.

1948- Despite a hitless day at the plate by Slugger Ted Williams, the Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees, winning by scores of 6-5 and 8-7. Denny Galehouse wins the Opener for the Red Sox; he saves the win in Game 2. But his 9th inning sac bunt results in his tripping over 1B, he will be out of action for 3 weeks.

1950- In a sloppy game that features 18 walks, OF Cliff Mapes drives in 5 runs with a HR and single to pace the Yankees to an 11-8 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Tommy Byrne (9-3) is the winner despite giving up 6 hits and 6 walks in 5 innings (he walks 2 in the 6th inning). He also hits 4 batters to tie the MLB record. A’s starter Alex Kellner pitches 4 innings, giving up 6 runs in the loss. The A's lose veteran INF Eddie Joost, who tears ligaments in his left knee in a collision with Yankee base runner Cliff Mapes at 2B in the 7th inning.

1951- Former Yankees HOF Closer Rich “Goose” Gossage (1978-1983,1989) was born.
Goose Gossage went 53-37 with 151 saves for the Yankees. Gossage was signed as an MLB free agent in the winter of 1977. Goose won the 1978 AL Rolaids Award. His arrival and success made the Yankees current closer Sparky Lyle expendable; leading to the 1978 winter trade of Lyle to the Rangers. Goose was named to the AL All Star teams in 1978,1980-1982. After the 1983 MLB season, Rich left the Yankees for MLB free agency, signing with the Padres. He pitched for several MLB teams and in Japan before returning to the Yankees during the 1989 AL season. Rich was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. He finished his MLB pitching career with 310 saves.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris cracks a 7th inning solo HR against the Indians, also he is credited erroneously, as it turns out with a 3rd inning RBI on a single. The 2 RBIs are officially recorded, though just 1 appears in the game's box score, and the error will not be noted until 1995. With the correction, Roger Maris and the Orioles 1B Jim Gentile become co-leaders in RBIs for the 1961 AL season.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher (1988,1991,1995) and MLB Pitching Coach (2008-2010) Dave Eiland was born.
The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1987 MLB player amateur player draft selected P Dave Eiland. He was successful pitcher in the minor leagues, but Dave couldn’t repeat that success in the MLB with the Yankees. In 1990, he won the International League Pitcher of Year Award with the AAA Columbus Clippers posting a 16-5 record in 27 games with a 2.87 ERA. He posted a 6-10 record with a 5.23 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees. The team released him in 1992. Then he later pitched for the Padres and the Rays. Overall as an MLB pitcher, Dave went 12-27 with 5.74 ERA in 92 games. Eiland appeared in the baseball movie “For the Love of the Game,” playing the fitting role of “Yankees Relief Pitcher." After retiring as an active player in 2000, Dave worked in the Yankees organization; as a Pitching coach for the 2003 GCL Yankees, then he was the Pitching coach for 2004 Staten Island Yankees. In 2005-2006, Dave was the AA Pitching coach for the 2005-2006 Trenton Thunder (EL), then he moved up to become the Pitching coach with the 2007 AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL). Eiland replaced Ron Guidry as the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 2008. It was speculated that his relationships with many of the young pitchers contributed to him being chosen as the new pitching coach for the Yankees. He took a personal leave of absence from the Yankees beginning on June 4, 2010, and returned to the team on June 29th. "Besides being in my home, this is the most comfortable place in the world for me," he said upon returning. "This is what I do; this is what I have a passion for. On October 25, 2010, Eiland was fired by the Yankees front office. In 2011, Dave was a Special Assistant to the GM Tampa Bay Rays. From 2012-2017, he was the MLB Pitching Coach for the Royals. Dave was the 2019 MLB Pitching Coach for the Mets, until he was recently fired by the team.

1971- The Yankees and Red Sox, each collect 16 hits, but for the 2nd day in a row the Red Sox hit 4 HRs to win the game by a score of 12-7. The Red Sox score 6 runs in the 6th inning, when Rico Petrocelli hits a bases loaded triple, the next 2 Red Sox batters George Scott and Joe Lahoud follow up with HRs.

1980- At Cleveland Stadium, the Yankees edge the Indians by the score of 3-2. Yankee runs are scored on 2 Bronx HRs, a solo HR shot by rookie OF Joe Lefebvre and a 2-run HR shot by veteran Bobby Murcer. Veteran Bronx Starter Tommy John goes 8 innings, while giving up only 4 Tribe hits and allowing only 2 runs. Yankees Closer Goose Gossage picks up his 13th save of the 1980 AL season. Indians starter Dan Spillner takes the loss.

1998- After defeating the Orioles by the score of 1-0, the 1998 Yankees improved their team to record 61-20 equaling the best 81-game start in MLB history. The mark matches the MLB record of the 1902 Pirates and the 1907 Cubs.

2002- The Yankees obtained MLB starter Jeff Weaver from the Tigers in a 3-team deal. Yankees send P Ted Lilly to Oakland, while the A’s send INF Carlos Pena to Detroit. The Tigers also acquired P Franklin German and a Player to be Named Later from A’s, while the A's get 2 Yankees Minor League players: OF John Ford Griffin and P Jason Arnold. The A’s sent Minor League P Jeremy Bonderman on August 22, 2002 to the Tigers to complete the trade. Weaver will be a major disappointment for the Yankees. The 2 Yankee Minor League players traded to the A’s, do not find success at the MLB level.

July 6th

1881- Former Yankees INF/OF Roy Hartzell (1911-1916) was born. (1881-1961)
On February 11,1911, Roy Hartzell was traded by the St. Louis Browns with cash to the Yankees for 3B Jimmy Austin and INF/OF Frank La Porte. Roy played every position for the Yankees except for Catcher and Pitcher. He appeared in 699 games for the 1911-1916 Yankees, while hitting .261 with 8 HRs and 266 RBIs.

1891- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Steve O’Neill (1925) was born. (1891-1962)
On December 15,1924, veteran Catcher Steve O’Neill was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox. Steve appeared in 36 games for the team, while hitting .286, before being released on July 31,1925. After retiring as an active MLB player, he will become an MLB Manager for the Indians, Tigers, Red Sox and the Phillies. His Detroit Tigers team won the 1945 World Series beating the Cubs.

1914- The Philadelphia A's sell hurler Carroll “Boardwalk” Brown, who had a 17-13 record last season to the Yankees. Brown will go 9-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 39 games for the Yankees. The Bombers also bring back veteran OF Birdie Cree by sending OF Bill Holden and Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League). Birdie had hit .348 in 1911 and .332 (1912) before injuring his leg. He slumped to .272 in 1913, he was sold to Orioles (IL), but he will hit .309 with No HRs and 40 RBIs in 77 games for the Yankees this season.

1914- The Yankees make several roster moves beside the “Boardwalk” Brown purchase from the A’s. They send 2 Reserve 1B and Cash to the Class A Lincoln Tigers (Western League). The 2 Players were Harry Williams, a .192 hitter in 84 games for the 1913-1914 Yankees and Harry Kingman, who was hitless in 3 games for the 1914 Yankees. Both players would never return to MLB again. Also coming to the Yankees was INF/OF Charlie Mullens, who would play in 192 games for the team in 1914-1916, while hitting .263 with No HRs and 69 RBIs. Also, the team signed 21-year old Catcher Pi Schwert, who will play in 11 games for the 1914-1915 Yankees.

1917- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Kenneth “Ziggy” Sears (1943) was born. (1917-1968)
Ken “Ziggy” Sears hit .278 with 2 HRs and 28 RBIs in 60 games as a reserve catcher for the 1943 Yankees. Afterwards, he returned to the minor leagues, he briefly returned to the MLB in 1946 with the St. Louis Browns for 7 games, while hitting .333. He returned to the Minor Leagues in 1947 before retiring from the game in 1949.

1920- The Yankees score 14 runs in the 5th inning beating the Senators by a final score of 17-0. It's the biggest inning ever until the Red Sox score 17 runs in a 1953 AL season game.

1928- Veteran Yankees hurler Urban Shocker (1916-1917,1925-1928), who is in very poor health, resulting from a swollen heart condition; he is released by the team after 1 appearance on the mound. He retires as an active MLB player. Shocker will pass away from his heart condition on September 9,1928 at the age of 38. His Yankees pitching career record is 61-37 with a 3.14 ERA in 152 games. His overall MLB pitching career record was 187-117 with a 3.17 ERA with 25 saves in 412 games (13 seasons): with the Yankees and Browns. His trade in 1918 by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns was considered to be one of the worst mistakes made by the Yankees front office in the club’s history.

1929- After watching the Tigers belt 8 HRs on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, the Browns use the off day to erect a screen in front of the RF pavilion at Sportsman Park in St. Louis. The screen stretches 156 feet from the foul pole toward CF, 310 feet down the line from home. In the next day' game, Heinie M****h will hit 3 balls off the screen against the Yankees' Waite Hoyt, while Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth will hit 2 off it in the series. This screen will remain in place into the 1940s, the only stadium with extended OF seating where it is impossible to catch a HR ball.

1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey is suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 for assaulting Senators OF Carl Reynolds and breaking his jaw. Reynolds has bowled over on a successful squeeze play to score the tying run in 2nd game of a doubleheader. Dickey got up and attacked Reynolds, breaking his jaw with 1 punch. Technically, the suspension was until Reynolds recovered. The Yankees lose the doubleheader to the Senators by scores of 5-3 and 12-6.

1933- The 1st MLB All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Yankees OF Babe Ruth is the star for the AL team. His 2-run HR is the margin of victory in the AL squad’s 4-2 win over the NL team. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez is the winning pitcher for the AL squad.

1934- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Francis (1925) passed away. (1893-1934)
On August 13, 1924, hurler Ray Francis was traded by Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association) to the Yankees for 4 players and $50,000 Cash. Ray appeared in only 4 games for the 1925 Yankees, while posting a 0-0 record with a 7.71 ERA. On May 5, 1925, he was traded by the Yankees along with $9,000 Cash to the Red Sox for P Alex Ferguson and OF Bobby Veach.

1938- At Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Yankees' hurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the 1st time in 4 All-Star game starts as the NL team wins the MLB All-Star game by a score of 4-1. NL shortstop and former Yankees INF Leo Durocher becomes the 1st Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a 'bunt' home run.

1941- A Center Field monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig is unveiled by the team at Yankee Stadium. The memorial is a tribute by his Yankees teammates of their beloved team captain, who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease.

1944- The Yankees sell Reserve OF Larry Rosenthal (1944) to the Philadelphia A’s for cash. Larry was hitting .198 in 36 games for the 1944 Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees All Star 2B, MLB Coach and MLB Manager Willie Randolph (1976-1988) was born.
Rookie 2B Willie Randolph was obtained on December 11,1975 from the Pirates along with hurlers Ken Brett and Dock Ellis to the Yankees for starter George “Doc” Medich. Willie was the Yankees regular starting 2B until 1988 MLB season. Willie appeared in 1,694 games with a Yankee lifetime BA of .275. He appeared on 5 AL All Star teams as 2B for the Yankees. He left the Yankees for MLB free agency in 1988, signing with the Dodgers. Willie would spend 18 seasons in MLB staring with Pirates followed by the Yankees, Dodgers, A’s, Brewers and finishing up his MLB playing career with the Mets. He was Manager of the Mets until his firing in June of 2008. Since then Willie has been MLB coach for several teams.

1962 -The Yankees edge the Twins by a score of 7-5 in Bloomington, Minnesota, as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, each hit a pair of HRs. The M&M boys hit back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning, off of Twins veteran starter Camilo Pascual (12-4), the 3rd time in 4 games that they've hit back-to-back HR shots. For Mantle, who hit HRs in his 1st 2 at bats in the game, when combined with 2 consecutive HRs in his last 2 bats in the last game the he played, he tied the MLB record 4 consecutive HRs. Yankees are now, a half-game in back of the Indians in the 1962 AL pennant race.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League OF and Manager Bill Masse was born.
Bill Masse was signed by the Yankees Scout Jeff Taylor as the 7th round pick in the June MLB 1989 Amateur Player Draft. Billy was assigned to the 1989 Prince William Cannons, he batted .239 with a league-high 89 walks. He split the 1990 season between the Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) hitting .274 and the AA Albany Yankees (EL) hitting only .188. Getting a full season with Albany in 1991, Masse solved AA with a .295 year, and leading the Eastern League in OBP. In 1992, Bill got promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). In 1992 he hit .266 for the Clippers, but he found himself stuck behind International League All-Stars Gerald Williams and Bernie Williams and fellow prospect Mike Humphreys in the outfield. He was used at DH often to get his bat into the lineup. Masse did a fine job at AAA in 1993. With Columbus, he hit .316. He scored 81 runs, drove in 91, while hitting 19 HRs and 35 doubles, stole 17 bases in 24 tries and led the IL with 82 walks. He was 4th in the league in average and presumably 2nd to Jim Thome in OBP. He made the IL All-Star team as an Outfielder but the 27-year-old was stuck at AAA as the Yankees MLB OF included Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill, Danny Tartabull and a red-hot Dion James. In 1994, Masse slipped to .258 his 3rd season with Columbus and in his 4th year as a Clipper, his decline continued to .224. Nearing age 30, he was no longer considered a prospect and was past his prime. Thanks to the franchise's depth, he had missed out on a shot at the MLB. After his player release by the Yankees, he returned to Wake Forest University for 2 years as an Assistant Baseball Coach. He then spent 4 years as a Minor League Coach and Manager in the Montreal Expos system. He was a Coach for the 1997 Vermont Expos and the 1998 Ottawa Lynx. He rejoined the Yankees organization as Coach of the Tampa Yankees (FSL) in 2001. He managed the 2002 Greensboro Bats (SAL) and the 2003-2004 Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2005 and 2006, he was manager of the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). Joining the Expos organization, Masse managed the 2007 New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the San Antonio Missions in 2008. In 2009, Masse was Hitting Coach of the Bingham Mets before being moved up to the AAA Buffalo Bisons (IL). In 2010, Masse was a MLB Scout for the Mariners. In 2011-2013, he moved up to the position of Eastern Supervisor of Pro Scouting for the Mariners.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam “Sad Sam” Jones (1922-1926) passed away. (1892-1966)
On December 20,1921, Sam Jones was traded by the Red Sox along with P Joe Bush and Shortstop Everett Scott to the Yankees for Pitchers Rip Collins, Bill Percy, Jack Quinn and Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. Sam went 67-56 in 130 games for the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1923, when he posted a 21-8 mark with 3.83 ERA in 39 games. Sam appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record in 5 games. He appeared in the 1918 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. On February 8,1927, Sam was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for OF Cedric Durst and P Joe Giard. In 22 MLB seasons, Sam went 229-217 with a 3.84 ERA in 647 games.

1966- The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees with veteran MLB Reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 innings in the Opener and another 2 innings in Game 2. The only other AL Pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the St. Louis Brown’s Dave Davenport in 1916, which had thrown 2 complete game victories.

1970- Former Yankees OF/P Harold “Harry” Wolter (1910-1913) passed away. (1884-1970)
On January 18,1910, Harry Wolter was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox for $1,500. Harry will hit .277 with 10 HRs and 122 RBIs in 396 games for the Yankees. Even though he was a Pitcher, the Yankees never used him as one in his 4 seasons with the team. After playing for the Yankees, Harry returned to the Minor Leagues, playing in the Pacific Coast League, before returning to the MLB, finishing out his playing career with the 1917 Cubs. Overall, as an MLB Player with the Reds, Pirates, Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees and the Cubs, Harry played in 588 games, while hitting .270 with 12 HRs and 67 RBIs.

1971- At Detroit, the Tigers 1B Norm Cash belts a pair of 3-run HRs to power the Tigers to a
12-7 victory over the Yankees. Bengals’ Starter Mickey Lolich goes all the way for the win for his 13th victory of the 1971 AL season. Yankees Starter Stan Bahnsen gave 7 runs in 1st inning. Roy White and Ron Hansen hit HRs for the Yankees.

1990- In his 1st start since losing a no-hitter in Chicago, Yankees Starter Andy Hawkins pitches 11 2/3 innings of shutout ball only to lose in the 12th inning by a score of 2-0 to the Twins. Hawkins is now 1-6 as a Yankees starter.

1991-Former Yankees Reliever Nick Goody (2015-2016) was born.
The Yankees selected Pitcher Nick Goody in 6th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had pitched college baseball at LSU. He made his MLB pitching debut with the 2015 Yankees as a reliever, while appearing 7 games with no record with a 4.70 ERA. For the 2016 AL season, Nick went 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 27 games. On December 20, 2016, Nick was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for a Player to be Named Later. The Indians sent Minor League Pitcher/Catcher Yoiben Marquina on May 5, 2017 to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1996- During the Yankees 2-0 win over the Brewers, the team announces the purchasing of veteran OF Darryl Strawberry's contract from the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Yankees Closer John Wetteland preserves starter Jimmy Key's win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance, breaking Lee Smith's MLB record.

1997- Toronto Starter Roger Clemens becomes the AL 1st 13-game winner, pitching a 4-hitter as the Blue Jays beat the Bombers by a score of 2-0. Clemens has 10 Yankee strikeouts and 1 walk in his 1st shutout of the 1997 MLB season. Ramiro Mendoza takes the loss for the Yankees.

2002- The Yankees clip the Orioles by a score of 13-9, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to come back from a 7-run deficit. Orioles Starter Sidney Ponson helps with 4 straight walks in the inning. The Yankees 3B Scott Brosius ties the MLB fielding record for 3B by starting 4 DP’s in the game.

2010- Bronx 3B Alex Rodriguez hits the 21st Grand Slam HR of his MLB playing career and adds a solo HR to bring his MLB HR career total to 597. The Yankees defeat the Oakland A’s by the score of 6-1. Yankees Starter CC Sabathia wins his 7th consecutive start to improve to 11-3 for the 2010 AL season. A-Rod's Grand Slam ties him with Manny Ramirez for 2nd place on the MLB all-time list, 2 behind Yankees Hall Of Fame legend Lou Gehrig.

2014-The Yankees announced they have acquired veteran Starter Brandon McCarthy and Cash considerations from the Diamondbacks in exchange for hurler Vidal Nuno. McCarthy has a 45-60 record with a 4.21 ERA in 193 games (139 starts) over 9 seasons with the White Sox (2005-2006), Rangers (2007-2009), the A’s (2011-2012) and the Diamondbacks (2013-2014). In 2002, the White Sox selected McCarthy in the 17th round of the MLB 1st-Year player draft. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts with 2014 Diamondbacks. He will go 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 games with the 2014 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB free agency. Brandon signed an MLB free agent contract with the Dodgers for 48 million dollars for 4 years. Vidal Nuno was 3-7 with a 4.78 ERA in 22 games (17 starts) over 2 seasons with the 2013-2014 Yankees. In 2011, the Yankees had signed Nuno as a Minor League Free Agent.

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