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This Week in Yankees History November 3rd-9th Part One

November 3rd

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

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

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

1942- The BWAA selected Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon as the 1942 AL Most Valuable Player Award winner over Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams, who had won the 1942 AL Triple Crown. Williams finished the 1942 AL season with a .356 BA, while hitting 36 HRs and 137 RBIs. Joe Gordon had hit .322 with 18 HRs and 103 RBIs. Gordon leads the AL in strikeouts (95), most ground balls hit into double plays (22) and the most errors at 2B base with 28.

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holtzman (1976-1978) was born.
On June 15,1976, MLB All-Star Starter Ken Holtzman was traded by the Orioles along with P Doyle Alexander, OF Jimmy Freeman, Reserve Catcher Ellie Hendricks and Reliever Grant Jackson to the Yankees for 4 Pitchers; Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey. Ken went 12-10 with a 4.64 ERA in 44 games with the Yankees; he was a major disappointment for the team. He didn’t appear in the World Series games, while pitching for the 1976-1977 Yankees. He had been with the Oakland A’s for 3 World Series, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.55 ERA in 8 games. Yankees Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along with Ken Holtzman. On June 10,1978, Ken was traded by the Yankees to his original MLB team, the Cubs for a Player to be Named Later. The Cubs would later send Minor League Pitcher Ron Davis on June 12,1978 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Ken finished his MLB Pitching career with a 174-150 record with a 3.49 ERA along 3 saves in 451 games.

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

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

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

1968- Former Yankees Reliever Paul Quantrill (2004-2005) was born.
Paul Quantrill pitched in the MLB from 1992 until 2005 as a Pitcher with Red Sox, Phillies, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees, Padres and finishing his MLB career with the Marlins. Quantrill was 1st drafted in 1986 in the 26th round of MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Dodgers, he went again in the 6th round of the 1989 draft by the Red Sox. His 1st appearance with the Red Sox was on July 20, 1992. He was the Blue Jays Pitcher of the Year in 2001. Paul was named to the AL All-Star team that season. Between 2001 and 2004, no pitcher appeared in more MLB games than Paul. On December 17, 2003, the Yankees signed veteran Reliever Paul Quantrill as an MLB Free Agent. Paul posted an 8-3 record with a 5.23 ERA in 108 games with 1 save for the Yankees. On July 2, 2005, Paul was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for 2 hurlers: Darrell May and Tim Redding along with Cash.

1973- Former Yankees Reliever Armando Benitez (2003) was born.
On July 16,2003, Closer Armando Benitez was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for 3 Pitchers; Ryan Bicondoa (Minors), Jason Anderson and Anderson Garcia. With the 2003 Mets, Beneitez had a 3-3 record with a 3.10 ERA with 21 saves in 45 games. He posted a 1-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in 9 games for the 2003 Yankees. On August 6, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for veteran AL Reliever Jeff Nelson.

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

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

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

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

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

November 4th

1910- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Beggs (1938) was born. (1910-1983)
Joe Beggs won 20 games for the 1936 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League). In 1937, Joe went 21-4 for the Yankees AA farm team, the Newark Bears (International League). In 1938, Joe went 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games for the Yankees. He spent the 1939 season back in the Minor Leagues with the AA Newark Bears, while posting a 12-10 record with a 3.80 ERA in 33 games. On January 4,1940, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for veteran lefty hurler Lee Grissom. He went 12-3 with a 2.23 ERA in 37 games for the 1940 Reds. Joe appeared in 1 game in relief in the 1940 World Series with the Reds. He would pitch in the MLB until 1947, finishing his pitching career with the Giants. Overall, he finished his MLB pitching career in 1948 with an overall 48-35 record with a 2.96 ERA with 29 saves in 238 games.

1931- The Yankees purchased OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk from the AA Jersey City Skeeters (International League). He would join the Yankees in 1934, spending 9 nine seasons (1934-1942) with the team, while hitting .290 with 108 HRs and 576 RBIs for them. After Babe Ruth leaves the team in 1934, he will wear the Yankees player Uniform No. 3. George Selkirk batted over .300 5-times, twice drove home more than 100 RBIs, he played on 5 World Championship teams (1936-1939 and 1941). He appeared in 21 World Series games, while hitting .265 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs. He made the AL All-Star team in 1936 and 1939. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served during World War II. On February 11,1946, he was released by the Yankees. He would play in 31 games with their AA Newark Bears team (International League), hitting .300 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. During the 1946 IL season, he became the Bears Manager. George was a Minor League Manager for the Yankees (1946-1952) and the Braves (1953-1956) organizations. In 1957-1958, he was the General Manager for the Kansas City A’s. He would later work as GM for the 1963-1968 Washington Senators. After leaving the Senators, he rejoined the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Lloyd Colson (1970) was born.
On June 6,1967, the Yankees in the 28th round of the 1967 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Lloyd Colson. He appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees on September 25, 1970 with no record. He would return to the Minor Leagues, playing in the Yankees organization until 1973 before leaving baseball.

1948- Former Senators and Yankees OF Jake Powell (1936-1940) shoots and kills himself in a Washington, D.C. police station, he was only 40 years old. (1908-1948)
Jake Powell was an outfielder for the Senators (1930,1934-1936 and 1943-1945), 1936-1940 Yankees and the 1945 Phillies. On June 14,1936, Jake Powell was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Ben Chapman. He helped the Yankees win the World Series every season from 1936-1939. His final Yankees player career totals were a .271 BA with 13 HRs and 124 RBIs in 272 games. He appeared 8 games in 3 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .435. In 11 MLB seasons, he played in 688 games with 116 doubles, 26 triples, 22 HRs, 327 RBIs, finishing with a .271 BA. On July 29,1938, in a pre-game radio interview, White Sox broadcaster Bob Elson asked Powell what he did in the off-season. He replied (falsely) that he was a police officer in Dayton, Ohio. When Elson asked what Powell did to stay in shape, Powell responded that he "cracked n#####s over the head with [his] nightstick." After a surge of public outrage, including calls that Powell be banned for life, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspended Jake Powell for 10 games. On December 5,1940, Jake was purchased by the San Francisco Seals (PCL) from the Yankees. He would return to MLB with the 1943 Senators as a reserve OF, finishing up his MLB playing career with the 1945 Phillies. On November 4,1948, Powell was arrested in Washington, D.C, for passing bad checks. Distraught and mentally unstable, Jake pulled out a gun while in police custody and committed suicide.

1953-Former Yankees Pitcher Roy Slagle (1979) was born.
Roy Slagle was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1976 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). He appeared 1 game in relief for the 1979 Yankees, while hurling 2 scoreless innings. He hung on as a pro, while battling arm problems, through the 1982 season before retiring from the game.

1961- Former Yankees Minor League P Logan Easley was born.
On June 8,1981, hurler Logan Easley was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 1981 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Logan never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 26,1986, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Doug Drabek and Brian Fisher to the Pirates for 3 Pitchers: Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Mitchell (1921-1922) passed away. (1894-1965)
On January 27,1921, Shortstop John Mitchell was traded by AA Vernon (PCL) to the Yankees for OF Howie Camp, Pitchers Ernie Shore, Bob McGraw and Catcher Truck Hannah. He appeared in 17 games for the Yankees as Reserve Shortstop, while hitting .239 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. On July 23,1922, John was traded by the Yankees along with INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, P Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for 2 MLB veterans: 3B Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith.

1967- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ryan Thompson (2000) was born.
Reserve OF Ryan Thompson hit .260 in 33 games for the 2000 Yankees. After the 2000 MLB season ended, Ryan was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1981- The Reds traded veteran NL All-Star OF Ken Griffey Sr. to the Yankees for P Fred Toliver and Minor-League hurler Brian Ryder. Ken Griffey was about to become an MLB Free Agent, so the Reds traded him for young prospects.

1982- Yankees MLB Coach Mike Ferraro lands his 1st MLB Managing job, signing a 2-year contract to lead the Indians. The Tribe will fire him before the end of the 1983 AL season.

2001- In Game #7 of a classic World Series, the Diamondbacks rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning defeating the Yankees and their usually unbeatable Closer Mariano Rivera by the score of 3-2. The 4-year-old D-Backs, the youngest MLB franchise to win a Fall Classic, ended the Yankees string of 3 consecutive World Championships. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling shared the World Series MVP honors. The D-Backs pitchers are the 1st multiple winners since the Dodgers trio of Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager shared the MVP award in the 1981 World Series.

2003- Former Yankees All-Star 1B Don Mattingly is named as the MLB Hitting Coach of the Yankees replacing recently departed MLB Hitting Coach Rick Down, who will sign with the cross-town NL Mets.

2009- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees defeat the Phillies by the score of 7-3 in Game #6 to win the 2009 World Series. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui drives in a record 6 runs to earn the 2009 World Series Most Valuable Player Award. He ended the 2009 World Series with a .615 average, 3 HRs and 8 RBIs to earn the World Series MVP Award. Yankees Veteran Starter Andy Pettitte picks up the victory, while Phillies Starter Pedro Martinez takes the loss. Phillies Slugger hits a HR in the game.

2013- The recently retired Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera is named the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year in the AL, while Francisco Liriano wins the award in the NL. Liriano had won in the 2010 AL and becomes the 1st MLB player to win it in each league. Mariano finished the 2013 AL season with a record of 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 44 saves in 64 appearances.

November 5th

1883- Former Yankees Shortstop Otis Johnson (1911) was born. (1883-1915)
During the month of August, 1909, Shortstop Otis Johnson was purchased by the Yankees from Portland (PCL) for $4,000 Cash. Johnson appeared in 71 games with the 1911 Yankees, hitting .234 with 3 HRs and 36 RBIs. It would be his only MLB season; he would play in the Minor Leagues until 1915.

1892- Former Yankees C/OF Alfred “Roxy” Walters (1915-1918) was born. (1892-1956)
On July 23,1915, Catcher Roxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (Texas League). He hit .265 with No HRs and 49 RBIs in 193 games for the Yankees. On December 18,1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Pitchers Ernie Shore, Dutch Leonard and OF Duffy Lewis.

1907- The Yankees traded 2B Jimmy Williams and OF Danny Hoffman to the St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, 2B Harry Niles and OF Charlie Hemphill. Niles will hit .289 for the team, while veteran OF Charlie Hemphill will hit .297. Veteran Starter Fred Glade will pitch in just 5 games for the 1908 Yankees, going 0-4 before retiring from MLB.

1924- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Sonny” Dixon (1956) was born. (1926-2011)
After being acquired from the Kansas City A’s for veteran P Johnny Sain and OF Enos Slaughter. He finished the 1955 season with the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) posting a 3-3 record with a 4.18 ERA in 18 games. Sonny Dixon went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA with 1 save in 3 games for the 1956 Yankees, before being sent down to AAA Richmond Virginians (International League), while posting a 6-5 record with a 2.88 ERA in 46 games. He continued to pitch in the Minor Leagues with the Yankees, White Sox and Senators organizations before retiring as an active player in 1961. Overall as an MLB Pitcher, Sonny went 11-18 with a 4.17 ERA and 9 saves in 102 games with the Senators, A’s and the Yankees.

1955- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bobby Ramos (1982) was born.
On April 5,1982, the Expos traded Catcher Bobby Ramos to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden. Bobby will appear in only 4 games for the 1982 Yankees, while hitting just .091. He played 62 games with the Yankees AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while hitting .232. Bobby was sold back to the Expos in November of 1982.

1973- Former Yankees OF/DH Johnny Damon (2006-2009) was born.
Johnny Damon appeared in 576 games for the Yankees, while hitting .285 with 125 HRs and 296 RBI’s. The Royals originally signed him; he was traded to the A’s during the 2001 AL season. Then he signed as an MLB Free Sgent with the Red Sox in the fall of 2001, making the AL All-Star team and appearing in the 2004 World Series. He signed with the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent in 2006. Damon drove in 115 runs for the Yankee, while slugging 24 HRs from the leadoff spot in their batting order. It marked the 9th consecutive MLB season in which he had scored at least 100 runs. He was a major contributor to the Yankees' 2009 World Championship season as their leadoff hitter, hitting .282, while scoring 107 runs. He made a particularly dramatic impact in Game 4 of the World Series against the Phillies, when he hit a single after a drawn-out battle with Closer Brad Lidge in the 9th inning, then he stole 2 bases on 1 play against the Phillies in a defensive shift against 1B Mark Teixeira, and then he scored the winning run on Alex Rodriguez's double. In the winter of 2009, Johnny left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, who refused to give him a multi-year contract, signing with the Tigers.

1976- The 2 new AL team franchises, the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays select 30 players apiece from other AL team rosters in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. The Yankees lose veteran Reliever Grant Jackson and Rookie OF/INF Juan Bernhardt to the Mariners. They lose veteran Shortstop Jim Mason, Rookie 3B Garth Iorg and OF/DH Otto Velez to the Blue Jays in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft.

1992- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Scurry (1985-1986) passed away. (1956-1992)
On September 14,1985, Reliever Ron Scurry was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He went 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 36 games with 3 saves for the 1985-1986 Yankees. On November 22,1986, Ron was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On December 6,1986, Ron was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the team. On March 27,1987, Ron was released by the club. During his MLB playing career, Rod Scurry was plagued by drug problems, particularly cocaine addiction. He died at age 36 of an apparent drug overdose, a week after collapsing during an altercation with the police.

1996- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL 1996 Rookie of the Year Award. Jeter becomes the 8th Yankee player to win the award and the 5th unanimous choice in AL history. He appeared in 157 games for the team, while hitting .314 with 10 HRs and 78 RBIs.

2000- Yankees All-Star Catcher Jorge Posada wins an AL Silver Slugger Award. He is only Yankees regular player to win the 2000 AL Silver Slugger Award. He appeared in 151 games for the Yankees, while hitting .287 with 28 HRs and 86 RBIs.

November 6th

1931- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack “Happy Jack” Chesbro passed away. (1874-1931)
Jack Chesbro holds the MLB and Yankees team pitching record for most wins in an MLB season with 41 wins in 1904. From 1903-1909, Jack won 129 games as a Yankees hurler; he appeared in 269 games with 169 complete games, 1,953 innings, a .577 WP, a 2.58 ERA with 16 shutouts and 913 strikeouts. Before joining the Yankees in 1903, Jack had previously pitched as a starter for the 1899-1902 Pirates in NL. He had posted a 70-38 record with a 2.89 ERA in 269 games for the NL Bucs. On September 11, 1909, Jack was selected off waivers by the Red Sox from the Yankees. He had gone 0-4 with a 6.34 ERA in 9 games for the team. He would only appear in 1 game for the 1909 Red Sox, going 0-1. Chesbro retired from MLB at the end of the 1909 AL season, having accumulated a 198-132 career pitching record with a 2.68 ERA in 392 games with 5 saves; having been part of 2 pennant-winning teams with the 1901-1902 NL Pirates. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1946.

1942- The Yankees are notified that INF Frank Crosetti will be suspended for 30 days, commencing Opening Day of the 1943 AL season for pushing Umpire Bill Sommers in Game #3 of the 1942 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Frank Crosetti was fined $250, as was his Yankees teammate 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon.

1953- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Candy Man” Candelaria (1988-1989) was born.
On January 15,1988, John Candelaria was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. John went 16-10 with a 3.80 ERA and 1 save in 35 games with the Yankees. On August 29,1989, he was traded by the Yankees to the Expos for INF Mike Blowers.

1960- Former Yankees Minor League P Ron Romanick was born.
On December 19, 1986, Ron Romanick was traded by the Angels with a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for Catcher Butch Wynegar. With the Angels, Ron had posted a 31-29 record with a 4.28 ERA in 82 games. The Angels would send hurler Alan Mills (June 22, 1987) to the Yankees to complete the trade. Ron will not appear with the team at the MLB level. He will spend the 1987 season with the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (International League) while posting a 5-8 record with a 5.16 ERA in 18 games. At the end of the 1987 IL season, Ron will be granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He later became a Minor League Pitching Coach for several MLB organizations, including the mariners and the A’s.

1961- Former Yankees 3B Roy Hartzell (1911-1916) passed away. (1881-1961)
On February 11, 1911, 3B Roy Hartzell was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for 3B Jimmy Austin and 2B Frank LaPorte. He appeared in 699 games for the Yankees, while hitting .261 with 8 HRs and 266 RBIs. During the 1916 AL season, he was released to the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League). He was only hitting .188 with no HRs and 7 RBIs in 33 games for the 1916 Yankees. In 1917, he played for 2 Minor League teams before retiring from the game.

1968- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chad Curtis (1997-1999) was born.
On June 9,1997, Chad Curtis was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for P Dave Weathers. Chad would hit .291 with 12 HRs and 50 RBIs in 93 games in 1997, but he slumped to .243 BA with 10 HRs and 56 RBIs in 151 games in 1998. The 1999 season, Chad hit better with a .262 BA, but his run production dropped off to only 5 HRs and 24 RBIs in 96 games for the club. On December 13,1999, he was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for 2 Minor League hurlers: Brandon Knight and Sam Marsonek.

1968- The Yankees sell veteran INF Ruben Amaro Sr. to the Angels for a disclosed amount of money believed to be greater than the waiver price. Ruben was a major disappointment for the Yankees, who had traded INF Phil Linz for him to replace the retiring Yankees regular Shortstop Tony Kubek. He was the Yankees 1966 starting Shortstop before being hurt in an outfield accident with OF Tom Tresh. He finished the 1968 AL season as Reserve INF for the Yankees, being replaced by Tresh as the team’s starting Shortstop. He had appeared in 191 games for the 1966-1968 Yankees, while hitting .214 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He would leave the MLB, after the spending the1969 AL season with the Angels.

1971- Former Yankees OF Bubba Trammell (2003) was born.
On March 19,2003, Bubba Trammell was traded by the Padres along with Minor League Player Mark Phillips and Cash to the Yankees for veteran OF/DH Rondell White. Bubba appeared in only 22 games for the 2003 Yankees, while hitting .200, before leaving the team for personal reasons, which were never made public. His Yankees teammates suggested that he left because he was angry at the Yankees Manager Joe Torre, for not giving him enough playing time. Bubba later reported that he was suffering from depression. Overall as an MLB Player, he hit .261 with 82 HRs and 285 RBIs in 584 games. In the years following his departure from the Yankees, Trammell struggled with personal problems and sustained a meniscus injury. He played in the Minor Leagues hoping to make a comeback, but he never made it back into the MLB. He officially retired from baseball on July 2, 2007, while on a rehab assignment with the Aberdeen IronBirds; where he was batting just .143 after 9 games.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Carlos Almanzar (2001) was born.
On March 24, 2001, Pitcher David Lee was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for Pitcher Carlos Almanzar. Carlos would post a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games for the 2001 Yankees. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team at the end of the 2001 AL season.

1978- The Yankees released veteran MLB Starter Andy Messersmith, who will sign with the Dodgers. Andy Messersmith never really recovered from the separated shoulder injury suffered in a spring training game, when he was run into during a play at 1B by Yankees 1B Cliff Johnson. He went 0-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 6 games for the 1978 Yankees.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League OF Justin Maxwell was born.
On February 2, 2011, OF Justin Maxwell was traded by the Nationals to the Yankees for minor league P Adam Olbrychowski. Maxwell began the 2011 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, but his 2011 season ended prematurely due to a torn labrum injury. On April 8, 2012, Justin was selected off waivers by the Astros from the Yankees. He started out the 2013 NL season with the Astros, but Justin was traded to the Royals on the July 31st trade deadline.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Caleb Cotham (2015) was born.
Caleb Cotham earned his 1st MLB win for the Yankees against the Rays on September 14, 2015. He registered the last out in the bottom of the 8th after the Rays had taken a 1-0 lead, then was the beneficiary of a 2-out rally against Tampa Closer Brad Boxberger in the 9th. Brett Gardner walked and stole 2nd, Alex Rodriguez tied the game with a double, and after an intentional walk to Brian McCann, fellow rookie Slade Heathcott homered to put the Yankees up, by the score of 4-1. Yankees Closer Andrew Miller then pitched the bottom of the 9th to seal the win. Altogether, he went 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA in 12 relief outings for the Yankees that season. Cotham joined the Yankees as a 5th round draft choice out of Vanderbilt University in the 2009 MLB amateur player draft. In 6 seasons in the Yankees' minor league system, he went 19-24 with a 3.94 ERA in 110 games. After starting 3 games in 2009, he missed all of 2010 season, then he was used as a reliever in 2011. In 2012, he was a starter for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees, going a combined 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA. In 2013, he reached AAA for the 1st time with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees after starting the season with the AA Trenton Thunder, but his numbers weren't so good: a 8-7 record with a 5.07 ERA in 28 games. The 2014 campaign was a lost season, as he struggled with injuries, had to go back town to the Gulf Coast League for rehabilitation, and when in the upper levels of the Yankees system, he made only 10 starts finishing with a record of 0-4 and an ERA well above 6.00. The Yankees then decided to make him a reliever in 2015, and it worked beautifully. He was a combined 6-4 with a 2.37 ERA between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, leading to a 1st call-up to the Bronx in late July, and a more extended look in September. On December 28, 2015, he was 1 of 4 Yankee prospects, alongside 3B Eric Jagielo, OF Tony Renda and P Rookie Davis traded to the Reds for Closer Aroldis Chapman. The Reds were in full rebuilding mode, stocking up on young players after beginning a wholesale turnover of their veterans in the middle of the 2015 NL season. He went 0-3 with a 7.40 ERA in 33 games for the 2016 Reds. He was granted MLB free agency by the team. He was signed as an MLB free agent by the Mariners for 2017. Caleb has not pitched since the end of the 2016 NL season.

1988- Current Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (2019) was born.
James Paxton helped Canada take a Bronze at the 2006 World Junior Championship. He was selected 37th overall in in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Blue Jays, with a pick obtained in compensation for the Yankees signing MLB free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett. He was the number 1 starter at the University of Kentucky, going 5-3 with a 5.86 ERA. He had 115 strikeouts and 20 walks over 78 1/2 innings at school. His pitches have reached 97 mph on the radar gun. However, he failed to come to an agreement with the Blue Jays before the August 17th deadline for signing and returned to school. His college eligibility having expired, he lined up with the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the independent American Association in 2010, going 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 4 starts. He was then selected by the Mariners in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not pitch again that year. He went 6-3, 2.37 and 9-4, 3.05 while climbing up the Mariners' organization in 2011 and 2012, the 2nd year with the AA Jackson (TN) Generals (Southern League). He had a tougher time in AAA in 2013, when he was 8-11, 4.45 for the Tacoma Rainiers (PCL) but he was still given his 1st look at the MLB, when rosters expanded that September. Paxton made his MLB Pitching debut with the Mariners on September 7, 2013, defeating the Rays by the score of 6-2, while pitching 6 innings. He went 3-0, 1.50 ERA in 4 starts that year, and then 6-4, 3.04 in 13 starts in 2014 in a year limited by injuries. He was again limited to 13 MLB starts in 2015, going 3-4 with a 3.90 ERA. There was some concern that his MLB pitching career was stalling at that point, as he could not stay healthy. As a result of his failure to pitch a full season in the MLB, 2016 looked like a key year for Paxton in his development. He pitched well with AAA Tacoma, going 4-3, 4.26, but he was inconsistent in the MLB. He won only 2 of 8 MLB starts in the 1st half, with an ERA of 3.91, but then began to pitch better. On September 6th, he struck out four batters in the 1st inning. His 2nd strikeout ended with a wild pitch being swung on and missed by Ian Desmond, who reached 1st base safely. He wound up striking out 8 Ranger batters in that game, but in only 4 1/3 innings after giving up 6 runs in a 10-7 loss. Overall, in 20 starts for the Mariners, he went 6-7, with a 3.79 ERA in 121 innings during which he struck out 118 opponents.
He started the 2017 season red hot as he did not give up a run in his 1st 3 starts, totaling 21 innings. He was 2-0 over the streak. It was the longest scoreless streak to start a season in team history, and he was only the 10th pitcher ever to start a year with 3 scoreless starts of 6 or more innings each. In the 3rd of these starts on April 15th against the Rangers, he walked the 1st batter he faced, Carlos Gomez, then after he was erased on a double play, did not allow another baserunner until he gave up a double to Joey Gallo in the 6th, 1 of only 2 hits against him that night in 8 innings, during which he piled up 9 strikeouts. His scoreless streak eventually reached 23 innings before being snapped by the A's on April 20th. In July, he became the 1st pitcher in Mariners history to notch 6 wins in a single month, when he went 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA. James was also named the AL Pitcher of the Month. But injuries struck again a few days later, as he suffered a pectoral strain and had to return to the DL on August 11th. He finished the season at 12-5, with a 2.98 ERA in 24 starts, while pitching 136 innings. On May 2, 2018, he recorded 16 strikeouts in 7 innings in a start against the A’s. It was the most strikeouts recorded by a pitcher at that point of the MLB season, but he was removed with a 2-0 lead, after throwing only 105 pitches and the bullpen was unable to preserve the lead as the Mariners lost the game, by a score of 3-2. In his very next start, on May 9th, he got some redemption, as he no-hit the Blue Jays in Rogers Centre, throwing only 99 pitches in the process and reaching 100 mph on the radar gun in the 9th inning. He became only the 2nd Canadian to throw a no-hitter in MLB history, after Richard Fowler, and the 1st to do so on Canadian soil. It was the 6th no-hitter in M's history, but the 1st one spun on the road. The game itself lasted a mere 2 hours and 19 minutes as Seattle won by the score of 5-0. He added some more Canadiana on July 1st - Canada Day - when he allowed just 2 hits over 8 scoreless innings, striking out 11 batters in the process, to defeat the Royals, by the score of 1-0. That was also his bobblehead day, his figurine immortalizing an incident on April 5th, when a bald eagle, brought into the ballpark to mark the Twins' home opener, mistook his right shoulder for a perch and majestically landed on him. This was of course highly appropriate for a pitcher nicknamed "Big Maple". He was on the DL for a couple of stretches, one from mid-June to the end of July, and another from mid-August to September 1st, when he came back to strike out 10 batters in 5 innings in an 8-7 win over the A’s with the 2 teams fighting it out for a spot in the AL postseason. The 2 injuries were different, as his 1st absence was caused by inflammation in his lower back, and the 2nd by a contusion on his left forearm, the result of having been hit by a batted ball. In his final start of the season, on September 29th, he recorded his 200th strikeout, when he struck out the 1st batter of the game for Rangers Jurickson Profar. He allowed 1 run while striking out 9 batters in 6 innings but Paxton ended up with a no-decision although the Mariners won the game by a score of 4-1. His final season numbers were a record of 11-6, with a 3.76 ERA, 160 1/3 innings pitched and 208 strikeouts. On November 19, 2018, he was traded to the Yankees in return for 3 players – top MLB Prospect Pitcher Justus Sheffield, P Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams. As a 2019 Yankees a starter, he posted a 15-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 29 games. In the 2019 AL Postseason, he went 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 2 games.

1992- The Yankees sold Pitcher Greg Cadaret to the Reds. He had been acquired from the A’s in June of 1989. As swingman for the Yankees pitching staff, he had a 22-23 record with 4.12 ERA and 7 saves in 188 games.

2001- Yankees Pitcher Mike Mussina is the only Yankees player to win a 2001 AL Golden Glove Award, as the AL winners are announced.

2008- Yankees Pitcher Mike Mussina won the AL Golden Glove award for the 7th time in his MLB career, but for the 1st time in 5 years.

2013- Yankees 2B Robinson Cano wins his 4th straight AL Silver Slugger Award. He had played in 160 games for the 2013 Yankees, while hitting .314 with 27 HRs and 107 RBIs.

2017- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Ron Stelmaszek passed away from Cancer. (1948-2017)
On January 23, 1976, Catcher Ron Stelmaszek was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for Minor League Pitcher Gerry Pirtle. Ron had played for the Senators, Rangers, Angels and the Cubs, appearing in 60 MLB games, while hitting only .170 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to their 1976 AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL), where he appeared in 74 games, while hitting .200 with 2 HRs and 23 RBIs. He would leave the Yankees organization in 1977, finish his active playing career with the Rangers Organization. He began managing in the Minors with the Wisconsin Rapids Twins in 1978, spending 1st year there as a Player/Manager. He was named the Midwest League Manager of the Year in 1980. After 3 years at the helm of Wisconsin Rapids, he joined the a Twins MLB coaching staff in 1981 and stayed through 2012. He was the team's Bullpen Coach under 5 different managers, but he also took on other responsibilities, such as overseeing spring training drills and getting everyone organized. His 32 seasons as an MLB coach with 1 team are the 3rd longest such stint in MLB history, and he had the longest tenure of any uniformed employee in Twins history.

November 7th

1889- Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy Thompson (1912) was born. (1889-1963)
Tommy Thompson went 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees. He would pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1913-1915.

1911- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Herbert “Workhorse” Crompton (1945) was born. (1911-1963)
On November 1,1944, Catcher Herb Crompton was drafted by the Yankees from the Pirates organization in the 1944 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He appeared in only 36 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1945 Yankees, while hitting just .192 with No HRs and 12 RBIs. Herb had previously played in the MLB for the 1937 Senators, appearing in 2 games, while going 1 for 3.

1933- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Bob Hale (1961) was born. (1933-2012)
On July 28,1961, veteran 1B Bob Hale was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in only 11 games for the Yankees, while hitting .154, before retiring from MLB at the end of the 1961 World Series. He did not appear in the 1961 World Series with the Yankees against the Reds. In 1952, Bob was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the St. Louis Browns. He played for the 1955-1959 Orioles and then he was with the 1960-1961 Indians; he was used primary as a Reserve 1B and Pinch-Hitter during his 8 MLB season playing career. Overall, Bob appeared in 376 MLB games, while hitting .273 with 2 HRs and 89 RBIs.

1938- Former Yankees 3B/Catcher and Minor League Manager Jake Gibbs (1962-1971) was born.
The Yankees signed college baseball star Jake Gibbs for $100,000 as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1961. Jake was originally signed as a 3B/Shortstop. He began his pro career with the AAA Richmond Virginians (International League); he recorded 5 hits in a double header in his professional debut and started his baseball career with an 8-game hitting streak. The Yankees optioned him to Richmond in 1962, but his season was limited by injuries. The Yankees asked Gibbs to switch from the Infield to Catcher in 1963. Gibbs spent the 1963 season with the Virginians, before the Yankees promoted him again in September. Jakes spent his 1st 4 pro seasons in Minor League baseball, where his highest season batting average was .284. He managed to hit 28 HRs across the 4 seasons. With Yogi Berra's active player retirement and becoming the team’s Manager before the start of the 1964 AL season, Gibbs competed for a spot on the Yankees' MLB 25-man roster. He was unable to appear in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals due to broken fingers. He also missed the end of the 1966 AL season after suffering a broken left hand. Gibbs backed up Yankees starting Catcher Elston Howard for a number of years. When the Yankees traded Howard to the Red Sox during the 1967 AL season, Gibbs became the team's starting catcher. He eventually lost the 1st-string job to Rookie Catcher Thurman Munson, but he continued as a back-up catcher with the team. In June 1971, he announced his retirement from baseball, effective at the end of the season. He played his final game on September 29, 1971. Jake hit .233 with 25 HRs and 146 RBIs in 538 games in 10 seasons with the Yankees. He helped a young Thurman Munson with his catching skills, when he first came up with the Yankees before retiring as an active player. Jake was an All-American quarterback at Old Miss, who was drafted by NFL (Browns) and AFL (Oilers) teams before deciding on an MLB playing career with the Yankees. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. After his MLB playing career ended, he returned to Mississippi, he was their Baseball Coach for 19 seasons (1972-1990). In 1994-1995, he managed the Class A Tampa Yankees (Florida State League) in the Yankees Minor League system.

1938- Former Yankees Pitcher and Broadcaster Jim Kaat (1979-1980) was born.
On May 11,1979, veteran lefty Jim Kaat was purchased by the Yankees from the Phillies. Jim appeared in 44 games with the Yankees, while posting a 2-4 record with a 4.12 ERA with 2 saves, before being purchased by the Cardinals on April 30, 1980. He retired in 1983, finishing his 25 season MLB Pitching career with a 283-237 record with a 3.45 ERA in 898 games.

1944- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Niekro (1985-1987) was born. (1944-2006)
On September 15,1985, Joe Niekro was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for minor league players to be named later and rookie hurler Jim Deshaies. The Yankees sent 2 minor league players: Neder Horta on September 24,1985 and Dody Rather on January 11,1986 to the Astros to complete the trade. Joe went 14-15 with 4.58 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees. On June 7,1987, the Yankees traded Joe to the Twins for C/1B/DH Mark Salas. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 221-204 record with a 3.59 ERA in 702 games.

1963- Yankees AL All-Star Catcher Elston Howard becomes the 1st black player to win the AL Most Valuable Player Award. Howard beats out Tigers RF Al Kaline by 248 votes to 148 votes in the AL MVP balloting. Ellie hit .287 with 28 HRs, 85 RBIs in 135 games for the 1963 AL Champion Yankees.

1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Russ Springer (1992) was born.
On June 5,1989, Russ Springer was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He appeared in 14 games with the 1992 Yankees with no record. On December 6,1992, Russ was traded by the Yankees along with P Jerry Nielsen and 1B J.T. Snow to the Angels for MLB Starter Jim Abbott. He would pitch in the MLB for 18 seasons with 10 MLB teams, finishing with an 36-45 record with a 4.52 ERA, with 9 saves in 740 games.

1978- In a controversial selection, Red Sox OF Jim Rice is named AL MVP over Yankees Pitcher Ron Guidry. Jim Rice led the AL in HRs (46), RBI’s (139), hits (213), and triples with a slugging percentage of .600. He became the 1st AL player to accumulate 400 total bases in a season since Yankees OF Joe DiMaggio in 1937. While Yankees starter Ron Guidry, posted a 25-3 record with 248 strikeouts and a 1.74 ERA for the AL pennant-winning Bronx Bombers. Guidry will win the 1978 AL Cy Young Award.

1989- Former Yankees Starter Sonny Gray (2017-2018) was born.
Sonny Gray was a 1st-round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Gray was 5-1 with 5 saves and a 4.30 ERA as a college freshman. He was with Team USA that summer, going 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA and .139 opponent average; the team did not play in any major international tournaments. In 2010, the sophomore improved to 10-5, 3.48 ERA with 113 K in 108 2/3 innings, though he walked 48 batters. He finished 3rd in the Southeastern Conference in whiffs, tied for 22nd in NCAA Division I. He was again with Team USA, striking out 37 and walking 4 in 24 innings and went 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA. Baseball America named him their Summer Player of the year, the 3rd Vanderbilt southpaw to take that honor in a 5-year period, following David Price (2006) and Mike Minor (2008). In the big event, the 2010 World University Championship, he fanned 14 batters in a 1-hit, no-walk, 69-pitch, 5-inning complete game shutout of Sri Lanka (a mercy rule contest). In the semifinals, he limited Japan to 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings before Noe Ramirez wrapped up the win. He beat the heralded Yuki Saito in an event held in Tokyo. The USA wound up with the Silver Medal, losing to Cuba in the finale. Gray led Team USA in both wins and Ks (20) in the event. He tied Yadier Pedroso for the most wins in the Championship while leading in whiffs (2 ahead of Miguel González). González beat him out for the award as the All-Star starting pitcher. His Jr. year, Gray helped Vanderbilt make it to the 2011 College World Series. Entering the Series, he was 12-3 with a 1.97 ERA, 119 strikeouts and a .191 average allowed in 114 1/3 innings. He had walked 41 batters. The A's took him with the 18th pick of 2011 MLB amateur player draft, Vanderderbilt starter Grayson Garvin went later in the 1st round. Gray was signed by the A’s for $1.54 million, he made his pro debut with the AZL A’s. He was then promoted to the AA Midland RockHounds, where he went 1-0 with an 0.45 ERA in 5 starts. He spent most of the 2012 season back at Midland, going 6-9 with a 4.14 ERA in 26 games. He also made 1 appearance with the AAA Sacramento RiverCats, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings. He started 2013 with Sacramento, posting a 8-5, record with a 2.61 ERA after 16 starts when he got the call to Oakland on July 10th. He had 107 strikeouts against 34 walks in 102 1/3 innings. In his MLB pitching debut, he pitched 2 innings in a loss to the Pirates, giving up a hit and striking out 3. He made another relief appearance, then returned to the minors for a while and was back in Oakland to stay on August 10th, when he made his 1st MLB start. He was a 5-4 loser to the Blue Jays that day, but he stayed in the rotation until the end of the season, making 10 starts and pitching quite well. He finished the season at 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA, allowing only 51 hits in 64 innings, while striking out 67 batters. The A's tabbed him to start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers on October 5th and he went toe-to-toe with Justin Verlander, giving up no runs on 4 hits in 8 innings. The game was still scoreless when he was replaced by Grant Balfour to start the 9th inning, and the Australian closer was credited with the 1-0 win when Stephen Vogt drove in Yoennis Cespedes against Rick Porcello for the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Given his great performance, he was given the ball for the decisive Game 5 on October 10th, but things did not go as well. Verlander had another superlative performance, giving up no runs in 8 innings, while Sonny coughed up 3 runs in 5 innings to get tagged with a 3-0 loss.
Gray was back in the A's starting rotation at the beginning of 2014 season. On April 28th, he pitched his 1st MLB career complete game, a 4-0 shutout when he defeated the Rangers Ace Yu Darvish, to improve to a 4-1 record for the month. He was named the AL Pitcher of the Month, finishing with a 1.76 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 41 innings. He was again the Pitcher of the Month in July as he went a perfect 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in 5 starts, his performance going a bit under the radar as the A's were busy acquiring starting pitchers during the period, adding MLB veterans Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester to their starting rotation. For all of the pricey acquisitions, it was Gray who saved the A's season by tossing a 6-hit shutout against the Rangers on the final day of the regular season, September 28th, the 4-0 win securing the 2nd wild card slot for the A's. They finished only 1 game ahead of the Mariners, after posting the best record in the MLB over the 1st half of the season. Gray finished the 2014 season at 14-10, 3.08 ERA in 33 starts, while pitching 219 innings and recording 183 strikeouts. Sonny was outstanding as the A's 2015 Opening Day starter. He held the Rangers hitless through 7 innings before Ryan Rua led off the 8th with a single, breaking his bid to match Bob Feller's feat of pitching a no-hitter on opening day. Gray settled for credit for an 8-0 win, in which he gave up only that hit and a walk in 8 innings. Incidentally, the win ended a 10-year streak of losing on opening day for the A's. He was one of the few bright lights as the A's could not get on track in the early going. Thanks to an 8-1 win over the Angels on June 14th, he improved his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.60, best in the MLB at that point, even though the A's were in last place in the AL West. He ended the 1st half by pitching a 2-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Indians. He had been named to the AL All Star few days earlier, but he had to bow under the Sunday Starter rule. He finished the 1st half at 10-3, 2.04 ERA. He threw another shutout on July 28th, this one a 3-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers. the A's had a very tough 2nd half, however, eventually ending up in last place, and as a result he only won 4 more games after the MLB All-Star break. Still, his record of 14-7, 2.73 ERA was excellent. Sonny was slated to be the A's opening day starter on April 4, 2016, but a bout of food poisoning sent him to hospital and Rich Hill had to fill in for him at short notice. He made his season's debut 2 days later. He struggled with his command in the early weeks, capping it with an outing against the Yankees on May 21st in which he made 3 wild pitches and walked 4 batters in 3 1/3 innings.
Two days later, he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his back. Overall, it was a season to forget as he finished at 5-11 record with a 5.69 ERA in 22 starts. However, he bounced back in 2017, even though he was still pitching in front of a struggling team. In 16 starts for the A's, he was 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA and his name was continually mentioned in MLB trade rumors starting in late June, as he was clearly one of the better starting pitchers available to a contender willing to pay the price at the July 31st MLB trading deadline. It took until July 31st deadline for the expected trade to be finalized, and the winners of the lottery were the Yankees, who gave up 3 Minor League Prospects: OF Dustin Fowler, P James Kaprielian and INF/OF Jorge Mateo to bring him on board; a sure sign that the A’s was focusing on the distant future at that point was that 2 of the Yankees prospects - Fowler and Kaprielian - were out for the rest of the 2017 AL season with injuries at the time of the trade. Gray finished the 2017 season with the Yankees with a 4-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in 11 games. In the 2017 MLB post season, he went 0-1 in 2 games for the team. For the 2018 Yankees, he went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 30 games. He was left off the Yankees 2018 AL Postseason roster. On January 21, 2019, Sonny Gray was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Player Reiver Sanmartin to the Reds for INF Shed Long and 2019 Competitive Balance Round A Pick.

1997- The Yankees traded veteran hurler Kenny Rogers to the Oakland A’s for a Player to be Named Later and Cash considerations. He was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the team in December of 1995. He went 12-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 30 games in 1996. He made 2 postseason appearances for the 1996 Yankees with no record. In 1997, he dropped to a 6-7 record with a 5.65 ERA in 31 games. The A’s will send INF/OF Scott Brosius to the Yankees on November 18,1997 to complete the trade.

2006- Former Yankees Pitcher (1951-1955) and MLB Pitching Coach (1961-1963) Johnny Sain passed away. (1917-2006)
Veteran NL starter Johnny Sain was obtained from the Boston Braves in August of 1951 for Yankees rookie hurler Lou Burdette and $50,000. John was 33-20 with a 3.31 ERA in 130 games with 41 saves for the Yankees coming out of the bullpen and being an occasional spot starter. His best Yankees season was in 1953, posting a 14-7 mark with 19 saves. Johnny led the AL in saves in 22 in 1954, while going 6-6. He was traded during the 1955 AL season to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Enos Slaughter for hurler Sonny Dixon. Overall, John finished with a 139-116 record with a 3.49 ERA in 412 games and 53 saves. He would later become a very successful MLB pitching coach with the Tigers, Yankees, Twins and the Braves. He was the Yankees MLB pitching coach for Yankees Manager Ralph Houk from 1961-1963. Whitey Ford won 25 games during Johnny Sain’s 1st season as Yankees Pitching Coach. Johnny left the Yankees after the 1963 World Series, when Yogi Berra was named the new Yankees Manager.

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This Week in Yankees History November 3rd-9th Part Two

November 8th

1896- Former Hall of Fame MLB Manager Player and Yankees Manager Bucky Harris (1947-1948) was born. (1896-1977)
Bucky Harris was a 2B in the AL during the 1920-1930’s. He won 2 AL pennants with the 1924-1925 Senators as a Player-Manager, earning him the nickname of “Boy Wonder.” As an MLB player, he appeared in 1,263 games, while hitting .274 with 9 HRs and 508 RBIs. After managing the 1924-1928 Senators, he moved to the 1929-1933 Tigers. In 1934, he took over the Red Sox lasting only 1 season. In 1935, he moved back to Senators, running the team from 1935 to 1942. In 1943, he took the Manager’s job for the Phillies, lasting until mid-July of 1943. Harris then spent 3 seasons out of the MLB as GM (from 1944–1946) and Manager (1944–1945) of the Buffalo Bisons, his old team in the International League. In August 1946, the Yankees' Co-owner and GM, Larry MacPhail, appointed Harris to a front-office position. The tumultuous 1946 season saw MacPhail employ 3 managers—Joe McCarthy, Bill Dickey and Johnny Neun and finish 3rd, 17 games in arrears of the pennant-winning Red Sox. At the close of the season, MacPhail named Harris the Bombers' 1947 manager, and he led them to his 3rd AL pennant, and the Yankees' 15th league title. His 1948 Yankees won 94 games to finish a close 3rd in a hectic AL pennant race, 2 games behind the Indians and Red Sox, who ended the regular season in a tie for 1st place. But the result dissatisfied the Yankees' post-MacPhail ownership team, Dan Topping and Del Webb, and their new GM George Weiss. They replaced Harris with Casey Stengel. Stengel would lead New York to 10 AL pennants and 7 World Series titles in the next 12 seasons. Later Bucky managed the 1950-1954 Senators and the 1955-1956 Tigers. Harris finished with a 2,159-2,219 record as an MLB Manager for 29 MLB seasons. In 1957, he joined the Red Sox front office working as an Assistant to GM Joe Cronin, later in 1959, he became the team’s new GM, when Cronin left Boston to become the new AL President. After the 1960 AL season, Red Sox Team Owner Tom Yawkey fired Harris disappointed by the lack of success in trades and the team’s performance on the field. Harris ended his long MLB career as a Scout for the 1961-1962 White Sox and Special Assistant for new Senators franchise. He was elected to Hall of Fame in 1975 by the Veteran’s Committee as an MLB Manager.

1942- Former Yankees OF William “Birdie” Cree (1908-1915) passed away. (1882-1942)
Birdie hit .292 with 11 HRs and 332 RBIs in 742 games with the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1911, when he hit .348 with 4 HRs and 88 RBIs in 137 games. In 1912, he injured his leg, only appearing in 50 games, never regaining his playing form of the 1911 AL season. After a mediocre 1913 AL season with the Yankees, he was sold to the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League). However, on July 6,1914, the Yankees sent OF Bill Holden and Cash to the Orioles to get him back. After 1915 AL season, he retired from MLB going into the banking industry.

1951- Yankees All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra wins the 1st of his 3 AL MVP Awards. He hit .294 with 27 HRs, 88 RBI’s in 141 games for the 1951 World Champion Yankees. During the 1951 AL season, Yogi Berra caught Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds 2 no-hitters against the Indians and Red Sox. He was selected for the 1951 AL All-Star team. Also, he was named to the 1951 The Sporting News All-Star team.

1961- With only 1 Cy Young Award given for the 2 MLB leagues, Yankees veteran All-Star Starter Whitey Ford, the AL leader in wins (25) and innings pitched (283), won the honor ahead of the Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn, who led the NL in wins (21) and ERA (3.02). In one of the closest votes in Cy Young Award history, future Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn totaled 9 and 6 points respectively.

1967- Former Yankees LF/1B Henry Rodriquez (2001) was born.
On February 15, 2001, OF/1B Henry Rodriquez was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He only appeared in 5 games with the team with no hits. On June 19, 2001, Henry was released by the Yankees.

1977- Former Hall of Fame MLB Manager Player and Yankees Manager Bucky Harris (1947-1948) passed away. (1896-1977)
Bucky Harris was a 2B in the AL during the 1920-1930’s. He won 2 AL pennants with the 1924-1925 Senators as a Player-Manager, earning him the nickname of “Boy Wonder.” As an MLB player, he appeared in 1,263 games, while hitting .274 with 9 HRs and 508 RBIs. After managing the 1924-1928 Senators, he moved to the 1929-1933 Tigers. In 1934, he took over the Red Sox lasting only 1 season. In 1935, he moved back to Senators, running the team from 1935 to 1942. In 1943, he took the Manager’s job for the Phillies, lasting until mid-July of 1943. Harris then spent 3 seasons out of the MLB as GM (from 1944–1946) and Manager (1944–1945) of the Buffalo Bisons, his old team in the International League. In August 1946, the Yankees' Co-owner and GM, Larry MacPhail, appointed Harris to a front-office position. The tumultuous 1946 season saw MacPhail employ 3 managers—Joe McCarthy, Bill Dickey and Johnny Neun and finish 3rd, 17 games in arrears of the pennant-winning Red Sox. At the close of the season, MacPhail named Harris the Bombers' 1947 manager, and he led them to his 3rd AL pennant, and the Yankees' 15th league title. His 1948 Yankees won 94 games to finish a close 3rd in a hectic AL pennant race, 2 games behind the Indians and the Red Sox, who ended the regular season in a tie for 1st place. But the result dissatisfied the Yankees' post-MacPhail ownership team, Dan Topping and Del Webb, and their new GM George Weiss. They replaced Harris with Casey Stengel. Stengel would lead New York to 10 AL pennants and 7 World Series titles in the next 12 seasons. Later Bucky managed the 1950-1954 Senators and the 1955-1956 Tigers. Harris finished with a 2,159-2,219 record as an MLB Manager for 29 MLB seasons. In 1957, he joined the Red Sox front office working as an Assistant to GM Joe Cronin, later in 1959, he became the team’s new GM, when Cronin left Boston to become the new AL President. After the 1960 AL season, Red Sox Team Owner Tom Yawkey fired Harris disappointed by the lack of success in trades and the team’s performance on the field. Harris ended his long MLB career as a Scout for the 1961-1962 White Sox and Special Assistant for the new expansion Senators franchise that played in D.C. from 1961 to 1971 before moving on to Arlington, Texas. He was elected by the Veteran’s Committee to Hall of Fame in 1975 as an MLB Manager.

1979- The Yankees sign 2 veteran MLB Free Agents: 1B/DH Bob Watson and hurler Rudy May to long-term MLB Player contracts. May had pitched for the 1974-1976 Yankees before being traded to the Orioles on June 15, 1976. Rudy will post a 15-5 record with 3 saves along with AL leading ERA of 2.46 for the 1980 Yankees. Veteran 1B/DH Bob Watson will hit .307 with 13 HRs and 64 RBIs in 130 games for the team.

1979- Current Yankees Minor League Pitching Coach and Former Pitcher Justin Pope was born.
Justin Pope began his pro career with the short-season New Jersey Cardinals in 2001 with a 2-4 record and a 2.60 ERA in 15 games started. Baseball America rated him the #11 prospect in the New York-Penn League and #5 in the Cardinals system. Justin started 12 games for the Peoria Chiefs (Single-A Midwest League) in 2002. The right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.38 ERA while opponents batted only .173 against him. Baseball America ranked him as the #18 prospect in the MWL; injuries limited his time and presumably lowered his rating considerably. He struggled to begin the 2003 season while pitching for the Palm Beach Cardinals as he went 4-11 with a 4.92. ERA. He was traded by the Cardinals along with P Ben Julianel to the Yankees for veteran hurler Sterling Hitchcock on August 22nd. Justin was credited with 2 wins in 2 relief appearances with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) to close out the season. Pope, who had been used as a starting pitcher for the majority of his career thus far, began a conversion to the bullpen in 2004. He started 19 of 31 games that season while splitting time with Tampa (4-4, 3.80 ERA) and the AA Trenton Thunder (5-3, 4.06 ERA). By 2005, his transition to closer was complete and he set the Thunder's franchise record with 29 saves. He was selected to the Eastern League's mid-season All-Star team. His 54 "games finished" led the EL. He was 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA that season and walked 20 in 77 innings. He began the 2006 season again with the Thunder and notched 23 saves (going 2-2, 2.47 ERA). Justin also struggled in AAA with the Columbus Clippers with a 7.30 ERA in 12 1/3 innings pitched in middle relief. By season's end, he was back in Trenton. After retiring as an active player Pope moved into the Minor League Coaching ranks for the Yankees organization in 2010 with the Staten Island Yankees. He was then a Pitching Coach with the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) in 2011. Pope went back to Staten Island in 2012-2013, this time as the team Manager. He was then Pitching Coach of the 2015 Pulaski Yankees and the 2016-2017 Charleston River Dogs.

1989- Current Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (2018-2019) was born.
The 2017 NL MVP win came at a time when trade rumors were swirling around Stanton, as the Marlins' new ownership team, led by Derek Jeter, indicated that they would entertain trade offers as they were looking to reduce payroll. There even serious rumors that they had given him an ultimatum: either wave his no-trade clause, or stay put while everyone else on the team of value gets traded in order to meet payroll targets, in effect forcing him to sit through yet another rebuilding. It wasn't clear how either option would result in anything other than further antagonizing an already skeptical fan base in south Florida, but it was apparently the direction the new ownership group wanted to take. Given the size of his contract, however, the Marlins were unlikely to receive much talent in return for the slugger, unless they were willing to absorb a huge part of his outstanding salary. On December 9th, stories emerged that the winners of the sweepstakes for Stanton's future services would be the Yankees, who were on Giancarlo's list of acceptable trade partners. They would pick up $265 million of the $295 million remaining on his contract, and give up 2B Starlin Castro and 2 prospects, Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. The trade was officially confirmed on December 11th. He started his career in pinstripes with a bang as on Opening Day, March 29, 2018 he hit a pair of HRs, a 1st-inning shot off of Jay Starter J.A. Happ and a 9th-inning one against Reliever Tyler Clippard, and added a double as well, scoring 3 runs and driving in 4 in a 6-1 Yankees victory over the Blue Jays. He played DH that day, with Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge making up the outfield. However, he went into a slump after that great 1st game, going 1 for 14 over his next 4r games and putting on the rare "platinum sombrero" by striking out 5 times in the Yankees' home opener against the Rays on April 3rd. He snapped out of that brief funk with his 1st HR in new home park in the 1st inning of the next day's game; it was a no-doubt 2-run shot off of Starter Blake Snell that traveled an estimated 458 FT, getting the Yankees on their way to an 11-4 win. However, he had another 5-strikeout game on April 8th. In that game, he wasted a chance to redeem himself in extra innings when he came up against the Orioles in the 12th after Judge had just hit into a bases-loaded double play, but he ended the game with another strikeout. On May 2nd, however, he had a great performance in support of Luis Severino's 1st MLB career shutout as he hit 2 HRs and added another RBI on a double in accounting for all the runs in a 4-0 win over the Astros. On June 4th, he got a measure of revenge on hurler Mike Fiers, who had ended his 2014 NL season early with a beaning. Now pitching for the Tigers, Fiers gave up a 456-FT towering HR to Stanton in the 6th inning at Comerica Park. His 1st season as a Yankee was considered a bit of a disappointment as he failed to reproduce his outlandish numbers of the year before, but he still topped 30 HRs before the end of August. On August 30th, he hit his 300th MLB career HR. It happened in his 1,119th MLB career game, the 5th fewest in MLB history. He finished the year at .266 with 38 HRs and 100 RBIs in 158 games. These would have been considered great numbers were it not for the outsized expectations placed on him. In the 1st postseason games of his career, he homered in 3 at-bats in New York's win over the Athletics in the ALWC Game, then went 4 for 18 in their loss to the n Red Sox in the ALDS. In 2019, after going 2 for 8 with 7 walks in the Yankees' 1st 3 games, he was placed on the IL on April 1st with an aching left biceps. He was out until June 18th, but the Yankees managed to not just stay afloat, but play very well in his absence, something that was even more surprising given that Judge was also out of action at the same time. He hit his first homer of the year on June 24th against Jays P Aaron Sanchez , but the very next day had to leave the game after an awkward slide at 3B and a collision with Jays P Clayton Richard, who was covering the bag. Not only was he tagged out in a double play, but he also aggravated his earlier injury and went back on the IL. He finished the 2019 AL season appearing in only 18 games for the team while hitting .288 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.

1990- Former Yankees Reserve 1B and MLB Coach Clifford “Earl of Snohomish” Torgeson (1961) passed away. (1924-1990)
After being released by the White Sox on June 17,1961, veteran 1B Earl Torgeson was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in only 22 games for the team, just hitting .111 before being released by the Yankees as a player, finishing the 1961 AL season as an MLB 1B Coach for the team.

2005- The Yankees let AL All-Star 1B Tino Martinez leave for MLB Free Agency, declining their $3 million option on the popular 1B. He will sign with the Cardinals, replacing the retiring 1B Mark McGuire. Tino will return to the Yankees in 2005. He will hit .241 in part-time duty with the team to back up 1B Jason Giambi, while hitting 17 HRs with 49 RBI’s. He was a staple in the starting Yankees' lineup from 1996-2001, helping the team to win 4 World Series Championships and 5 AL pennants with his clutch hitting and reliable defense at 1B.

2012- Former Yankees and MLB Baseball Executive Lee MacPhail Jr. passed away. (1917-2012)
Lee MacPhail Jr. was the son of former Yankees Co-Team Owner Larry MacPhail (1945-1947).
After graduating from college, Lee MacPhail was the Business Manager for the Reading Brooks in 1941. Next, he was the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) then he began a long association with the Yankees. He was the Business Manager, then General Manager of the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). He moved up to Midwest Farm Director for the Yankees. He was Co-Farm Director, then Director of Player Personnel for the team. In 1958, Lee joined the Orioles organization, becoming their General Manager replacing Paul Richards holding the position until 1965. After leaving the club in the fall of 1965, he moved into the MLB commissioner's office, serving as an assistant to the newly elected MLB Commissioner (and previously unconnected to baseball) retired Air Force General William Eckert. He returned to the Bronx as General Manager of the Yankees from 1967 to 1973. He was selected to be the President of American League from 1974-1983. He faced many issues with Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. After retiring from that post, he served as President of the MLB Player Relations Committee, serving as a representative for the MLB Team Owners. Lee was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998, as a Baseball Executive. Lee and Larry MacPhail are the only father and son team to be elected to the Hall of Fame, as Baseball Executives.

2012- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter wins an AL Silver Slugger Award. Jeter appeared in in 159 games for the 2012 Yankees, while hitting .316 with 15 HRs and 58 RBIs.

November 9th

1897- Former Yankees Reserve OF Harvey “Gink” Hendrick (1923-1924) was born. (1897-1941)
On January 3,1923, Minor League OF Harvey Hendrick was traded by the Red Sox along with hurler George Pipgras to the Yankees for Catcher Al DeVormer and cash. Harvey hit .282 with 4 HRs and 23 RBIs in 77 games for the Yankees as a reserve OF. He appeared in 1 game of the 1923 World Series against the Giants for the Yankees. He would play in MLB for 11 seasons (1923-1934), while hitting .308 for 7 MLB teams: Yankees, Indians, Dodgers, Reds, Cardinals, White Sox and the Phillies. On October 29,1941, Harvey committed suicide at the age of 43.

1912- Veteran 1B Frank Chance is sold by the Cubs to the Reds. When all NL clubs waived claims to him in December, the Reds freed Frank Chance to manage the Yankees. Frank Chance will manage the Yankees in 1913-1914, going 118-170, before he is fired by the Yankees Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery.

1919- Former Yankees INF Jerry Priddy (1941-1942) was born. (1919-1980)
Before the start of 1937 AL season, the Yankees signed INF Jerry Priddy as an MLB amateur free agent. Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Priddy were going to be the new Yankees double-play combination of the future. They had been stars for the Yankees AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) farm team. He appeared in 115 games for the Yankees, while hitting .248 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs in 115 games. He appeared in 3 games of the 1942 World Series for the Yankees against the Cardinals. Jerry was unable to unseat All-Star Joe “Flash” Gordon as the Yankees starting 2B, due to his weak bat, forcing Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy turning him to a reserve INF role on the team for 2 seasons. On January 29,1943, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League hurler Milo Candini to the Senators for veteran hurler Bill Zuber and Cash.

1931- Former Yankees Minor League OF, MLB Player/ HOF Manager Whitey Herzog was born.
Before the start of 1949 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Whitey Herzog as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in their Minor League system until 1955. He missed the 1953-1954 baseball seasons due to serving in the Army. Unable to crack the Yankees MLB starting outfield, Whitey never played for the Yankees at the MLB Level. On April 2,1956, Whitey was sent by the Yankees to the Senators to complete, an earlier deal made on February 8,1956. The Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later, C Lou Berberet, P Bob Wiesler, 2B Herb Plews and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to completing the trade. In 8 MLB seasons, Whitey had hit .257 with 25 HRs and 172 RBIs in 634 games. After his MLB playing career was over in 1963, Herzog moved to the Kansas City A's as a MLB Scout (1964) and Coach (1965). He moved over to the Mets organization (1966-1972) as a MLB Coach, MLB Scout and eventually as the Team’s Farm Director. Whitey was successful as a Manager both with the Royals of the 1970s and the Cardinals of the 1980s. His teams had 6 division championships, 3 pennants and 1 World Series title. In addition to managing the Rangers, Angels, Royals and Cardinals, Whitey Herzog was General Manager of the Cardinals from 1980 to 1982 and of the Angels in 1993 and 1994. In 2010, he was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame as an MLB Manager.

1953- Reaffirming its earlier position, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 7-2, that MLB baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to federal government antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving New York Yankees Minor League Pitcher George Toolson, who refused to move from the AAA Newark Bears team (International League) to a Yankees AA team, the Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League). He was placed on the ineligible list by the team. He moved to California and sued both Major Leagues, Pacific Coast League and 2 PCL clubs, claiming, he had been effectively banned from baseball. He asked for $375,000 in damages, but his case was thrown out in 1951. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB Level.

1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Wehrmiester (1981) was born.
On June 15,1979, Don Wehrmiester was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for OF/1B Jay Johnstone. On December 8,1980, he was drafted by the Royals from the Yankees in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On April 3,1981, Dave was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Royals to the Yankees. He would appear in only 5 games for the 1981 Yankees, while posting no record. On June 17,1983, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for 2 Minor League Players: Jim Rasmussen and Kelly Faulk.

1962- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Dion James (1992-1996) was born.
Dion James played for the Bronx Bombers from 1992-1996. He hit .302 with 12 HRs and 79 RBIs in 273 games. Dion’s best season for the Yankees was in 1993, when he hit .332 with 7 HRs and 36 RBIs in 115 games. On May 1, 1996, he was released by the Yankees, he was only hitting just .167 in 6 games for the team.

1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Kevin Mmahat (1989) was born.
On June 20,1988, hurler Kevin Mmahat was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers. Kevin went 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA in 4 games for the Yankees during the 1989 AL season. It would be his only MLB pitching experience. He would pitch in the Yankees Minor League system from 1989 to 1992.

1992- Current Yankees Pitcher Daniel Camarena (2019) was born.
Pitcher Dan Camarena was taken in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He began his pro career in 2012. He had a 1.02 ERA in 17 2/3 innings his 1st pro baseball season. In 2014, he was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star after going 5-5 with a 2.35 ERA in 16 starts for the Tampa Yankees. He missed the 2015 season to elbow surgery, but returned in 2016 to win 10 games for the 1st time. He also reached Triple A for the 1st time that year (0-1, 6 IP, 6.00 ERA). He split the 2018 season with the Yankees AAA Scranton and the Giants AAA Sacramento (PCL) and the AA Richmond (EL). In 2019, he started the season with the Twins AAA Rochester (IL) and the Yankees AAA Scranton (IL). His pitching record was 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in 12 games. His player contract was acquired by the Yankees on July 6, 2019.

1992- Current Yankees 1B Greg Bird (2015, 2017-2019) was born.
After hitting .553 with 12 HRs and 38 RBIs during his Sr. year of HS, 1B Greg Bird was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB amateur player draft. He began his pro career that year. After hitting .083 in a 14-game tryout with the 2011 GCL Yankees , Bird upped his performance to the tune of a .337 line with 17 walks in 28 games between the 2012 GCL Yankees and Staten Island Yankees. With the 2013 Charleston RiverDogs, he hit .288 with 20 HRs, 84 RBIs, 84 runs scored, 36 doubles and 107 walks in 130 games. His 107 BBs were the most among all minor leaguers. He also paced the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage. Between the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder in 2014, he hit .271 with 14 HRs, 43 RBIs, 30 doubles and 63 walks in 102 games. He played for the Scottsdale Scorpions ( Arizona Fall League) following the season, he hit .313 in 26 games. Bird was named the circuit's MVP. He was invited to the 2015 Yankees spring training camp, he hit .357 through his 1st 14 at-bats. In 2013, he was a Organization All-Star, a Post-Season All-Star and a Topps Class-A All-Star. In 2014, he was an AFL Rising Star, the AFL Rising Stars MVP, the AFL MVP, he made the AFL All-Prospect Team. He was assigned back to Trenton to start the 2015 season. He hit .258 in 59 games, but with 16 doubles and 9 HRs. He was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in early July, playing 34 games there, hitting .301 before being called up to the Bronx. He made his MLB player debut on August 13th, starting at 1B in place of Mark Teixeira and hitting 7th in the line-up. Facing the Indians, he went 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts, but the Yankees snapped a 5-game losing streak with an 8-6 win. It was not necessarily an easy situation for Bird, with the Yankees in the middle of a tough race for 1st place in the AL East with the Blue Jays, but he managed to prove his mettle quickly. He got his 1st MLB hit against the Jays on August 15th, then had an excellent 3-game series against the Twins contributing to a Yankees sweep by going 5 for 9. In the final game of the set on August 19th, he hit his 1st 2 MLB HRs in a 4-3 win. Both long balls came off of Twins starter Ervin Santana, he drove in all 4 Yankees runs, as Carlos Beltran had gotten on base ahead of him both times. Teammates were starting to whisper "Wally Pipp" at Teixeira, out with a bruise caused by fouling a ball off his leg, a reminder of the man who had once given his starting spot to Lou Gehrig and never managed to get it back. Teixeira's bruise turned out to be a fracture, giving Bird a chance to start at 1B the rest of the season. His 10th HR run on September 22nd was an important one, as it was a 3-run HR shot off of Blue Jays reliever Mark Lowe in the 10th inning that was key to a 6-4 Yankees win that brought them back to 2 1/2 games of 1st place. He finished the 2015 AL season with a .261 BA in 46 games, with 9 doubles, 11 HRs and 31 RBIs. He started the Wild Card Game at 1B against the Astros. He got 1 of his team's 3 hits off of Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, a 2nd-inning single. Bird suffered a major set-back before the start of the 2016 MLB season, however, as he aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury in off-season drills. He had to undergo surgery on February 2nd and as a result missed the entire 2016 MLB season. But if there was any concern that the injury would slow him down in 2017, he dispelled these with a tremendous spring training during which he hit .450 with a bunch of HRs. With veteran 1B Mark Teixeira having retired, he was the opening day 1st baseman for the Yankees but he started the season slowly as he was bothered by a bruised right foot and flu-like symptoms. He broke out of an 0-for-20 slump with his 1st HR of the year, a 2-run HR shot off of Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in the 2nd inning of a 9-3 win on April 16th. He finished that game 3-for-3 with a walk, also slugging a double. However, he continued to struggle at the plate for the rest of the month. On May 2nd, the Yankees placed him on the DL with a bruised right ankle. He was hitting just .100 with the 1 HR in 60 at-bats. He then suffered a setback when working himself back into playing shape at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in early June, necessitating more time off. He was batting only .143 in the minors at the time. On July 17th, the Yankees announced that he would undergo surgery on his ankle to remove excessive bone growth. With a recovery time set at 6 weeks, there was a small chance that he could come back in September, although it was unlikely the Yankees would want to rush him back to the field. But he did make it back on August 26th, with the Yankees in a tough race for a 2017 AL postseason slot. In his 1st game back, he reached base 3 times with a hit and a pair of walks in a 6-3 win over the Mariners. Greg finished the 2017 AL season with a .190 BA with 9 HRs and 28 RBIs in 48 games. The Yankees made him their starting 1B for the 2017 AL post season, he appeared in 14 games, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. He struggled with injuries in 2018, he was replaced at 1B by Luke Voit, who was acquired from the Cardinals during the 2018 AL season. Bird was left off the 2018 AL Playoff roster. In 2019, he was on the Opening Day Yankees line-up, he hit HR in the game. Greg only played in 10 games for the team due to foot injuries that led to season ending surgery. He is currently playing 2019 winter league baseball, hoping to get in playing shape for the 2020 Yankees spring training camp.

1998- Former Yankees Hall of Fame hurler Jim "Catfish" Hunter announces that he is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. The fatal disease, known medically as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), attacks the nerves in the spinal cord and the brain and leads to a loss of motor skills. Hunter will succumb to the disease less than a year later.

2010- The winners of the 2010 AL Gold Glove Awards are announced. Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki wins his 10th Gold Glove in as many years, while 1st-time winners are Yankees 2B Robinson Cano and OFs Carl Crawford of Tampa Bay and Franklin Gutierrez of Seattle. Cano appeared in 110 games for the 2010 Yankees, while hitting .319 with 29 HRs and 109 RBIs.

2014- The 1st MLB Free Agent signing of the 2014 MLB off-season is a modest affair, as OF Chris Young re-signs with the Yankees for 1 year, after a good final month with the team. He had appeared in 23 games with the Yankees, while hitting .282 with No HRs and 10 RBIs. In 2015, Chris will appear in 140 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 14 HRs and 42 RBIs. The fall of 2015, he will be granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He will sign a 2-year deal with their AL Eastern Division rivals the Red Sox.

2017- The winners of the MLB Silver Slugger Awards are announced. In the AL, Astros 2B José Altuve is a winner for the 4th straight year, while in the NL, 3B Nolan Arenado is honored for the 3rd straight. First-time winners include dynamic youngsters Catcher Gary Sanchez and OF Aaron Judge of the Yankees and veteran Starter Adam Wainwright.

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