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November 10th


1895- Former Yankees INF/OF Wilson “Chick” Fewster (1917-1922) was born. (1895-1945)
On August 14, 1917, INF/OF Chick Fewster was purchased along with OF Bill Lamar and P Hank Thormahlen by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League) for $20,000 Cash. Chick was Reserve INF/OF for the Yankees, appearing in 228 games, while hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 45 RBIs. In a 1920 spring training game with the Yankees on March 25, 1920, Fewster was hit in the head by a pitch from the Brooklyn Robins' Big Jeff Pfeffer. He went down in a heap and was unconscious for 10 minutes. The next day, he was unable to speak, and had in fact suffered a fractured skull and a concussion, not just a heavy bruise as first thought. He hung between life and death for 3 days. On March 31st, he underwent an operation to remove a piece of his skull in order to relieve a blood clot in his brain; the bone was replaced by a silver plate, and it seemed like his MLB playing career was over. However, he made a full recovery, by July 5th, he was back playing for the Yankees. He played only 21 games that season. In 1921, he bounced back by hitting .280 with 1 HR and 19 RBIs appearing in 66 games for the team. On July 23,1922, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elmer Miller, OF Johnny Mitchell, P Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran INF Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith. As a member of the 1923 Red Sox, Chick was the 1st MLB player to have an MLB official at bat in the April 18,1923 home opener at new Yankee Stadium. He would play in 644 MLB games, while hitting .258 with 6 HRs and 67 RBIs in 11 MLB seasons.


1923- Former Yankee Minor League Manager Cal Ermer (1961) was born.
Cal was originally signed and played briefly with the Senators. He was a longtime minor league Manager for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins organization. He managed the Yankees AAA team in the International League in 1961, the Richmond Virginians to a 6th place finished with a 71-83 record. Also, Cal managed in the Pirates and Tigers Minor League systems. In 1967-1968, Cal did manage the Twins. He returned to Minor League Managing for the Twins organization in 1974 and held the job until 1985.


1926- Former Yankees Minor League OF Carmen Mauro was born.
On December 16,1953, OF Carmen Mauro was traded by the Philadelphia A’s along with INF Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, OF Tom Hamilton and 1B Eddie Robinson to the Yankees for 1B Don Bollweg, INF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, Minor League 1B/OF Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and Catcher Jim Robertson. Carmen never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He did play several seasons with the Yankees top AAA team, the Denver Bears (American Association), before retiring, as an active player


1948- The Phillies drafted Catcher Ken Silvestri out of the Yankees Minor League organization in the 1948 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Ken had played for the Yankees AA club, the Newark Bears (International League) hitting just .218, but with 17 HRs and 44 RBIs in 129 games. He had appeared in 33 games, hitting .254 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs for the Yankees as a Reserve Catcher during the 1941, 1946-1947 AL seasons.


1951- In Tokyo, Japan, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American All-Star MLB team battles a Central League All-Star team. Yankees Clipper Joe DiMaggio hits a 400 ft. HR in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1-1, then his brother Dom laces an RBI-triple in the 9th inning and later scores to give the Americans, a 3-2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied 1 on their 1951 Japan baseball tour.


1955- Former Yankees DH/OF Jack Clark (1988) was born.
On January 6,1988, NL Slugger Jack Clark was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Jack only hit .242 with 27 HRs and 93 RBIs in 150 games for the Yankees. On October 24,1988, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with P Pat Clements to the Padres for Pitchers Lance McCullers, Jimmy Jones and Reserve OF Stanley Jefferson.


1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Kenny “Gambler” Rodgers (1996-1997) was born.
Signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees in December of 1995, Starter Kenny Rogers went 18-15 in 61 games in 2 seasons with the Yankees before being traded to the Oakland A’s for a Player to be Named Later (INF/OF Scott Brosius) in November of 1997. His best Yankees season was in 1996, when he posted a 12-8 record with a 4.68 ERA in 30 games. He made 2 postseason appearances for the 1996 Yankees with no record. In 1997, he had slipped to a 6-7 mark with a 5.65 ERA in 31 games.


1974- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ben Paschal (1924-1929) passed away. (1895-1974)
On September 9,1924, OF Ben Paschal was purchased by the Yankees from Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association) for $20,000 Cash. He had previously played in the MLB with the 1915 Indians and the 1920 Red Sox. Ben played in 346 games for the Yankees, while hitting .309 with 24 HRs and 131 RBIs. He appeared in 8 World Series games (1926 and 1928) hitting .214 for the Yankees. On April 12,1927 the Opening Day game of the 1927 AL season, Ben Paschal became the last player to ever pinch-hit for Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth. The replacement came in the 6th inning, after Babe Ruth had gone 0 for 3, with 2 strikeouts; Ben Paschal hit a single. Ben’s best season with the Yankees was in 1925, when he hit .360 with 12 HRs and 55 RBIs in 89 games. On November 21, 1929, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and Reliever Wilcy Moore to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for veteran MLB Catcher Bubbles Hargrave.


1978- In a major MLB trade, the Yankees send former Cy Young Award Winner Closer Sparky Lyle along with Pitchers Dave Rajsich and Larry McCall, Reserve Catcher Mike Heath and Reserve INF Domingo Ramos to the Rangers. In return, the Rangers packed up MLB OF Juan Beniquez, OF Greg Jemison, Pitchers Dave Righetti, Paul Mirabella and Mike Griffin to the Yankees. Dave Righetti was considered the top left-handed pitching prospect in the Minor Leagues; he will win AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1981. The trade will come to haunt the Yankees during the 1979 AL season, when Closer Rich Gossage is injured in a shower fight with teammate Cliff Johnson and the tragic jet crash death of All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson. Mike Heath was being groomed to be Munson’s replacement behind the plate. Lyle would have replaced Goose as the Yankees Closer during the time missed with his pitching hand injury.


1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Jorge DePaula (2003-2005) was born.
Jorge DePaula went 0-1 in 10 games for Yankees, before having arm injuries that ended his MLB Pitching career with the team.


1988- Former Yankees Minor League OF Rob Segedin was born
Rob Segedin got into 53 games in his 2-year MLB playing career, which was ended due to an injury. During both seasons in the MLB, he hit at least .200, showing that he had potential. He also played 9 seasons in the Minors. His 2016 season, when he posted a line of .319/.392/.598 in AAA ball, got him his shot at the MLB. Segedin began his pro baseball career in 2010. He was taken by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He reached double-digit HRs for the 1st time in 2012, hitting 10 HRs, while batting .257 with 27 doubles and 54 RBIs in 121 games between the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) and the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). He made the Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star team that season. He reached Triple-A for the 1st time in 2014, hitting .143 in a brief, 21-game trial with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) after hitting .283 in 92 games with AA Trenton Thunder (EL). His 2015 season was marred by injuries, as he played only 71 games between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, for a combined batting line of .287with 7 HRs and 34 RBIs. He split his time between 1st and 3rd base that season and later stated that he was ready to call it quits after being demoted to AA Trenton partway through the season, but his family talked him out of it. On January 12, 2016, he was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers in return for 2 players with MLB experience: P Tyler Olson and INF Ronald Torreyes. He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers (PCL), where he hit .319 in 103 games, with 21 HRs, 23 doubles, and 9 triples. He had an excellent MLB Player debut with the Dodgers on August 7th, when he collected 4 RBIs while starting in left field in an 8-5 win over the Red Sox. His 1st MLB hit was a 2-run double off of Red Sox Starter David Price in the 4th inning, then he added a 2-run single in the 5th. After baseball, he studied for a new career, and accepted a job with the Phillies as an Analyst.


1992- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors” passed away.
Yankees Super Scout Paul Krichell noted that Chuck was left unprotected by the Dodgers in 1941. He signed him to a Minor League contract for the Yankees organization. Chuck replaced Joe Collins at 1B with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), Chuck hit .264 and slugged .408. His Tars Teammate Pitcher Bill Wight recalled that Connors often would recite Casey at the Bat, Shakespeare or other poetry. In 1942, Chuck was drafted into the Army. Chuck related that he would write to Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey in 1946, asking for the Dodgers to reacquire him. The Yankees waived him on April 23,1946, the Dodgers claimed their old prospect back. Chuck would appear in 67 games for the 1949-1950 Dodgers and the 1951 Cubs hitting. 238 before shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career. He would start his acting career, while playing Minor League baseball with the AAA Hollywood Stars (PCL). After retiring from the game, he became a successful full-time actor in Hollywood.


November 11th Veteran’s Day


1902- Former Yankees Pitcher Owen Carroll (1930) was born.
On May 30,1930, hurler Owen Carroll was traded by the Tigers along with veteran OF Harry Rice and Reserve INF Yats Wuestling to the Yankees for veteran Starter Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. Owen went 0-1 with a 6.54 ERA in 10 games, 9 of them in relief with the Yankees. On September 13,1930, Owen was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees.


1915- Former MLB player and Yankees Minor League Manager George Case (1969-1972) was born. (1915-1989)
Outfielder George Case spent most of his MLB playing career with the Senators. He led the AL in stolen bases 6 times during his MLB career. George played for the Senators (1937-1945,1947), Indians (1946). He also had batting averages in the top 10 during the wartime MLB seasons. He finished his MLB career with a .288 BA with 785 runs, 21 HRs and 377 RBIs in 1226 MLB games played. In 1946, his speed was matched up against that of Jesse Owens in a race. Both were perhaps a bit past their prime at the time. Owens beat Case by a small margin. After his MLB playing days ended, he coached College Baseball at Rutgers University from 1950-1960. He was a Senators MLB Coach from 1961 to 1963. From 1965 to 1967, George managed in the Senators organization. He was a member of the Twins MLB coaching staff in 1968, as their 1B coach. From 1969-1972, George Case managed in the Yankees Minor League organization with the Class A Oneonta Yankees (New York-Penn League). He finished 1st twice in 1969 and 1971 winning the League Championship. In 1970 and 1972 seasons, he finished in 2nd place.


1943- The 1943 MLB MVP Award winners for both Major Leagues are named. Yankees Pitcher Spud Chandler wins it in the AL, while Cardinals OF Stan Musial wins it in the NL. Yankees Starter Spud Chandler went 20-4 in 30 games with 20 complete games with an AL leading ERA of 1.64.


1948- Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio undergoes surgery for bone spurs on his right heel. DiMaggio will miss 65 games in the 1949 AL season because of continuing problems with his right heel. He will play in 133 games for the team, while hitting .346 with 14 HRs and 66 RBIs.


1982- Former Yankees 3B MLB Coach Joe Altobelli succeeds the retired Earl Weaver as the Orioles Manager. Altobelli is the 2nd Yankees MLB Coach to take a managing job this month, and will be the Orioles 1st new pilot since 1968, when Earl Weaver replaced former Yankees star Hank Bauer during the 1968 AL season. Earlier in the month, Yankees MLB Coach Mike Ferraro accepted the job of being the new 1983 Indians Manager.


1987- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Pitcher Steve Shields. He would go 5-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 39 games in his only season as a Yankee. On March 20, 1989, Steve was traded by the Yankees to the Twins for Minor League Pitcher Balvino Galvez, who never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.


1997- The Yankees traded 3B Charlie Hayes to the Giants for 2 Minor League players: Pitcher Alberto Castillo and OF Chris Singleton. Hayes had hit .258 with 11 HRs and 53 RBIs in 100 games for the 1997 Yankees. He was unhappy with the 3B platoon situation with veteran All-Star 3B Wade Boggs. Neither player obtained from the Giants appeared at the MLB level with the Yankees. With the Hayes trade and Wade Boggs seeking MLB Free Agency, the Yankees would be looking at recently obtained INF Scott Brosius from the A’s and Yankees top Minor League Prospect 3B Mike Lowell to be the Yankees regular 3B for the 1998 AL season.


2015- The Yankees traded back-up Catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Twins in return for athletic CF Aaron Hicks. Murphy had appeared in 67 games for the 2015 Yankees, while hitting .277 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs. Murphy will be a bust with the bat for the 2016 Twins and be traded away by the team during the 2017 MLB season. He is currently on the 2019 Braves MLB roster as a Reserve Catcher. Aaron Hicks will reach his potential with the 2017 Yankees, with a break-out season, hitting .266 with 15 HRs and 52 RBIs in 88 games.


November 12th


1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Carl “Submarine” Mays (1919-1923) was born. (1891-1971)
During the 1919 AL season Carl Mays and the Red Sox had a dispute, which resulted in him wanting to be traded from the team. On July 29,1919, he was traded by the Boston to the Yankees for P Bob McGraw, Shortstop Allen Russell and $40,000 Cash. Mays’ would finish the 1919 AL season with a 9-3 record with a 1.65 ERA in 13 games for the Yankees. Carl Mays was the Yankee Pitcher, who hit Cleveland Indians batter Ray Chapman with a pitch, which later resulted in his death during the 1920 AL season game at the Polo Grounds with a 3.06 ERA. Carl’s best Yankee seasons were, when he went 26-11 with a 3.06 ERA and 3 saves in 45 games in 1920 and 27-9 record with 3.05 ERA and 7 saves in 49 games in 1921. Overall as a Yankees Starter for the team from 1919-1923, he had an 80-39 career record with a 3.25 ERA with 11 saves in 164 games. He never got along with Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, there several serious incidents between the 2 men; which included a fistfight on the sidewalks of New York City. He appeared in 2 World Series for the Yankees, while posting a 1-3 mark against the 1921-1922 Giants. After the 1922 World Series, he fell out of favor with Manager Huggins, who reduced his role as a Yankees starter. He dropped to a 13-14 mark with a 3.60 ERA in 1923 and 5-2 record with a 6.20 ERA in 1924, His 1924 trade to the Reds was considered to be one of the worst in early Yankees team history. After being sold to the Reds for $85,000 Cash on December 11,1923, Mays went 20-9 with a 3.15 ERA in 27 games for the 1924 Reds. Pitching for 4 seasons for the Reds, Carl posted a 49-34 mark with a 3.26 ERA and 4 saves in 116 games. Carl would finish his MLB Pitching career with a 207-126 record, while posting a 2.92 ERA, while pitching for the Red Sox, Yankees and the Reds and finishing up with the 1929 Giants. Carl would become an MLB Scout for the Indians. He later wrote a book about his MLB Pitching career.


1926- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Johnson (1947,1950) was born. (1926-2015)
Before the start of 1944 AL Season, the Yankees signed Don Johnson as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Don posted a 5-3 record with a 5.23 ERA in 23 games for the Yankees. On June 15,1950, Don was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Delsing, P Duane Pillette, veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas.


1958- Yankees Starter Bob Turley, who had 21 wins with 19 complete games during the 1958 AL season is named the 1958 Cy Young Award winner. With only 1 award given for the 2 major leagues, Bob Turley gathers 5 votes to 4 for last year's winner, the Braves veteran All-Star Starter Warren Spahn.


1961- Former Yankees Minor League INF Greg Gagne was born.
On June 5,1979, Greg Gagne was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1979 to April, 1982. Gagne never played for the Yankees at the MLB Level. On April 10,1982, Greg was traded by the Yankees along with P Paul Boris and MLB Reliever Ron Davis to the Twins for Shortstop Roy Smalley. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner wanted Smalley because the Orioles had Cal Ripken, who was a HR hitting Shortstop. The trading away of Reliever Ron Davis breaks up the Yankees Bullpen duo of Rich Gossage and Ron Davis, who were the best 1-2 closer-holder combo in AL. Clippers note: The Yankees would have been better off not making this trade and letting Gagne developed in the Minor Leagues.


1965- The Yankees obtained INF Ruben Amaro Sr. from the Phillies for INF Phil Linz. Amaro never hit more than .233 in a Yankees uniform. Although his infamous collision with Yankees star OF Tom Tresh, while chasing a pop fly may have accounted for his failure to live up to the Yankees expectations. The incident left Tom Tresh with 2 bad knees, robbing him of a promising MLB playing career. Ruben struggled with the bat, making the trade look even worst. Clippers Note: The Yankees should have held on to Phil Linz, making him a OF, moving Tom Tresh back to Shortstop. Ruben would be sold to the California Angels for Cash in November of 1968.


1972- Former Yankees Reserve INF Homer Bush (1997-1998,2004) was born.
On April 22,1997, INF Homer Bush was traded by the Padres along with Players to be Named Later and Minor League Player Gordon Amerson to the Yankees for Rafael Medina, OF Ruben Rivera and $3 Cash. The Padres sent P Hideki Irabu on May 29,1997 and Minor League Player Vernon Maxwell on June 9,1997 to the Yankees to complete the trade. He appeared in 55 games for the Yankees, while hitting .372 during the 1997-1998 AL seasons. On February 18,1999, Homer was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Graeme Lloyd and David Wells to the Blue Jays for AL All-Star Starter Roger Clemens. In 2004, he played in 9 games for the Yankees before retiring from MLB. He really never fully recovered from his previous leg and hip injuries.


1978- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Ralph “Buzz” Boyle (1941-1942) passed away. (19-1978)
Buzz Boyle hit .316 on the great 1939 AA team, the Kansas City Blues (American Association), which won 107 games, and which featured Vince DiMaggio, Jerry Priddy, Phil Rizzuto, Sandy Vance, Tommy Holmes and others. He managed 2 Yankees farm teams: the 1941 Akron Yankees and the 1942 Norfolk Tars. He had played in the MLB with the Braves and Dodgers from 1929-1934.


1978- Former Yankees Pitcher George Shears (1912) passed away. (1890-1978)
George Shears appeared in 4 games with no record for the 1912 Yankees.


1992- Arbitrator George Nicolau overturns the suspension of Yankees veteran Reliever Steve Howe for being too severe. The Yankees will resign veteran Reliever Steve Howe.


1993- Yankees Hall of Fame AL All-Star Catcher, MLB Coach and Manager Bill Dickey (1928-1946) passed away. (1907-1993)
Before the start of 1928 MLB Season, Bill Dickey was purchased by the Yankees from Jackson (Cotton States) for $12,500 Cash. Dickey was the 1st the great Yankee catchers. Bill was a tough as nails player. He had a lifetime BA of .313 for the Yankees. He hit .300 or better 10 times during his 13 seasons as an MLB player. His best Yankees season was in 1936, when he hit .362 with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs. Bill topped the 100 RBI’s mark for 4 seasons (1936-1939). He was AL All-Star Catcher in 1933-1943 and 1946. During WWII (1944-1946), he served in the Navy. He led the AL in fielding as a Catcher in 1931,1935,1937,1939 and 1941. He appeared in 8 World Series with the team, playing in 38 games, he hit .255 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs. During the 1946 AL season, Bill managed the Yankees to a 57-48 record, after long time Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy had resigned. In 1947, he managed a team in the Braves organization. He served as an MLB Coach for Yankees Managers Bucky Harris (1947-1948) and Casey Stengel (1949-1957 and 1960). Bill was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954. HOF Catcher Yogi Berra credits Bill with teaching him the fundamentals of catching. He also taught Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard in the 1950’s as well. Later, he would come to the Yankees spring training camp as a Special Advisor and work with the team’s organizational catchers.


1996- Blue Jays Starter Pat Hentgen edges Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte for the 1996 Cy Young Award in the closest AL voting since the 1972 voting, when Gaylord Perry topped Wilbur Wood by 6 points. Hentgen with a 20-10 mark, the MLB leader in complete games, outpoints Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte (21-8) by the narrow margin of 110-104. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera finishes 3rd in the ballot and receives one 1st-place vote.


2007- The Yankees re-signed AL All-Star Catcher Jorge Posada to a $52.4 million contract for f4 years. This contract makes Jorge Posada the highest-paid catcher in MLB history, edging out Mike Piazza’s $13 million average from 1999-2005 with the Mets.


2014- The Yankees send Catcher Francisco Cervelli to the Pirates for Reliever Justin Wilson. Cervelli played for the Yankees from 2008-2014, appearing in 250 games, while hitting .278 with 10 HRs and 92 RBIs. Justin Wilson will go 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 74 games for the 2015 Yankees. On December 9, 2015, Justin was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for 2 Minor League Pitchers: Luis Cessa and Chad Green.


2018- Angels Shohei Ohtani, the 1st 2-way player in the MLB since Babe Ruth, wins the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Yankee teammates 3B Miguel Andujar and 2B Gleyber Torres.


November 13th


1882- Former Yankees INF Ezra “Salt Rock” Midkiff (1912-1913) was born. (1882-1957)
Ezra Midkiff appeared in 2 games for the 1909 Reds. He hit .207 with No HRs and 23 RBIs in 104 games for the 1912-1913 Yankees. In 1912, he was the Yankees regular 3B. On August 8,1913, he was traded by the team along with OF Bert Daniels and $12,000 to Baltimore Orioles (International League) for INF Fritz Maisel. Midkiff was nicknamed "Salt Rock" because he was born in a town of that name. He and Dick Midkiff are the 2 Major Leaguers with the last name Midkiff. Ezra would manage in the Minor Leagues for 5 seasons.


1884- Former Yankees OF Tom Daley (1914-1915) was born. (1884-1934)
On June 13,1914, OF Tom Daley was traded by the Philadelphia A’s to the Yankees for OF/INF Jimmy Walsh. Pete hit .250 with No HRs and 10 RBIs in 79 games for the Yankees.


1912- Former Yankees Minor League INF Alex Kampouris was born. (1912-1993)
On December 27, 1939, the Giants sent INF Alex Kampouris and Catcher Tom Padden to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on September 1, 1939. On September 1, 1939, the Giants sent Players to be Named Later and Cash to the Yankees for Minor League INF Mickey Witek. Alex never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. The team sent him to their AA Club, the Newark Bears (International League), where he played in 147 games, while hitting .273 with 36 HRs. On September 10, 1940, Alex was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees.


1925- Former Yankees OF Jim Delsing (1949-1951) was born. (1925-2006)
On December 14,1948, OF Jim Delsing was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for OF Steve Souchock. He appeared in 21 games with the Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, while hitting .367 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. On June 15,1950, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas.


1931- Yankees Team Owner Jacob Ruppert buys the AA Newark Bears (International League) franchise, as the team starts to build a Minor League farm system. The Newark Bears will be very successful they will send many players to the Yankees. The 1938-1939 Newark Bears were considered to the best Yankee farm teams in the team’s Minor League system history and in Minor League Baseball history as well. In 1950, the Yankees sold the team to the Cubs, who moved to the franchise to Springfield, MA.


1934- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Dan MacFayden (1932-1934) to the Reds on a conditional basis, the purchase price to be finalized if the Reds decide to keep him (They did not). In May of 1935, the Braves purchased him from the Yankees. Overall, Dan went 14-10 with a 4.68 ERA in 64 games for the 1932-1934 Yankees. The Yankees had purchased Dan for Cash from the Red Sox during the 1932 AL season.


1941- Former Yankees All-Star Pitcher (1964-1974) and long-time MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr. was born. (1941-2019)
Before the start of the 1961 MLB season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, as an MLB amateur free agent. Mel was called up from AAA Richmond Virginians (International League) during the 1964 AL season. He went 9-3 to help the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant. He went 1-1 in 3 games in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, facing St. Louis Ace Bob Gibson in each start. Mel was a 20-game winner 3-times during his Yankees pitching career. He finished with a 164-139 mark in 360 games with 40 shutouts and a career ERA of 2.97. Mel was a member of the AL All Star teams in 1965-1966 and 1968-1970. Mel was hurt during the 1974 MLB season, appearing in only 16 games. while posting a 6-7 record with a 3.58 ERA. On March 29,1975, he was unable to recover from his arm injury from 1974 AL season, Mel was released by the Yankees. Former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, now with the Tigers, gave him a tryout, but it proved to be unsuccessful, he retired as active MLB player. Mel had 2 sons, Mel Jr. and Todd, who both pitched in the MLB. He was an MLB Pitching Coach for several teams; including the Yankees, before retiring from baseball.


1951- Lefty O'Doul's All-Stars, including Joe DiMaggio, Ferris Fain and Billy Martin lose 3-1 to a Pacific League All-Star team. This is only the 2nd time since 1922 that an American professional team has lost to Japan, and the 1st time to professional players.


1963- Former Yankees Catcher and MLB Manager Herold “Muddy” Ruel (1917-1920) passed away. (1896-1963)
On August 21,1917, Catcher Muddy Ruel was purchased by the Yankees from the Browns. He appeared in 170 games for the Yankees, while hitting .251 with 1 HR and 46 RBIs. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Del Pratt, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang. He was active MLB player from 1915 to 1934 playing for the Browns, Yankees, Red Sox, Senators, Tigers and the White Sox. He was in 2 World Series with the 1924-1925 Senators. Muddy was the MLB manager of the 1947 St. Louis Browns. He was the Farm Director of the 1951 Indians. He held the same position with the 1952-1954 Tigers. Ruel was the General Manager of the 1954-1956 Tigers.


1968- The Yankees sell veteran MLB INF John Kennedy to the new AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots for Cash. John had hit .196 in 78 games for the Yankees after being obtained from the Dodgers in April 1967 for Reserve OF/1B John Miller, Minor League P Jack Cullen and temporary transfer of INF/OF Roy White to Dodgers AAA team in PCL. Roy White would be return by the Dodgers to the Yankees organization. The Yankees had hope that he could learn to become a 2B from the Dodgers organization, but it didn’t work out. Roy was switched to the OF. Kennedy would later play for the Brewers and Red Sox before finishing up his MLB playing career in 1974. Later, he became an MLB Scout for the Yankees.


1978- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Starter Luis Tiant to a 2-year $875,000 contract. Tiant, formerly of the Red Sox, becomes the 1st MLB Free Agent to sign with a new club following the 1978 MLB Re-Entry Draft. Luis Tiant would go 21-17 with a 4.31 ERA in 55 games for the 1979-1980 Yankees. In 19 MLB seasons, he finished with a 229-172 record with a 3.30 ERA in 484 games.


1987- The Yankees traded OF Don Pasqua, C Mark Salas and Minor League P Steve Rosenberg to the White Sox for Pitchers Richard Dobson and Scott Nielsen. In 1988, Dobson went 12-9 with a 5.00 ERA for the team. The next season, he went 2-5 with a 5.87 ERA being released by the team in June, he would be resigned by the White Sox. In 3 seasons with the Yankees, Dan Pasqua had hit .251 with 42 HRs and 112 RBIs. He had asked the Yankees for trade at the end of the 1987 AL season. Salas had hit .200 in 50 games for 1987 Yankees. Rosenberg went 8-5 in the Yankees Minor League system, while pitching for AA Albany Yankees (Eastern League) and AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Nielsen, who had previously pitched for the Yankees, went 3-4 for AAA Hawaii Islanders (PCL) and with the White Sox, he was 3-5.


1990- Former Yankees Minor League P Arodys Vizcaino was born.
In 2007, the Yankees signed P Arodys Vizcaino as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never plays for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 22, 2009, he was traded by the Yankees along with MLB OF Melky Cabrera, P Michael Dunn and Cash to the Braves for 2 pitchers: Reliever Boone Logan and veteran MLB Starter Javier Vazquez.


1997- Former Yankees Minor League C Moe Thacker passed away. (1934-1997)
Catcher Moe Thacker was another of the many players who began their playing careers in the Yankees Minor League organization, who reached the MLB with a different team. In 1952, the Yankees signed Moe Thacker as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The young catcher would make it as high as the with the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) in 1956. The 1957 AA New Orleans Pelicans (Southern Association) was his next team, where he hit .240, while catching 136 games. All that got him was being traded to the Cubs before the start of the 1958 MLB season. Moe played for the Cubs and Cardinals (1958,1960-1963), while appearing in 158 games, hitting just .177.


1998- The ball thrown by Red Sox Pitcher Howard Ehmke and hit by Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth for 1st HR in Yankee Stadium history is sold at an auction for $126,500 (110,000 bid + 15% commission). Mark Scala found the 1923 historic Home Run ball ago in the attic of his Grandmother's home several years ago.


2008- The Yankees look to upgrade their offense by trading for OF1B/DH Nick Swisher. They also pick-up Minor League hurler Kaneoka Texeira in the deal with the White Sox, while giving up Minor League Pitching prospect Jeff Marquez, MLB INF Wilson Betemit and hurler Jhonny Nunez.


2009- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Klimkowski (1969-1970,1972) passed away. (1945-2009)
Ron Klimkowski came to the Yankees on August 3, 1967 in the Elston Howard trade with the Red Sox. He appeared in 48 games for the Yankees, going 6-8 with 1 save before being traded for Oakland A’s veteran OF/DH Felipe Alou. On May 22,1972, Ron was released by the A’s. On May 22,1972, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He posted a 0-3 record in 16 games with 1 save in his final MLB season.


2015- Yankees Catcher Brian McCann won his 6th MLB Silver bat award. He had won 5 with the Atlanta Braves in the NL, before joining the Yankees in 2015.


2017- Yankees Rookie OF Aaron Judge, who led the AL in HRs with 52, is the unanimous winner of the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Award, while Dodgers 1B Cody Bellinger is also a unanimous winner in the National League.


November 14th

1876- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Howell (1903) was born. (1876-1956)
Veteran MLB Hurler Harry Howell went 9-6 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 games for the 1903 Yankees. On March 6,1904, Harry was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the St. Louis Browns for veteran hurler Jack Powell.


1885- Former Yankees OF/1B Jack Lelivelt (1912-1913) was born. (1885-1941)
On August 23, 1912, Jack Lelivelt was traded by Rochester (International League) to the Highlanders for a Player to be Named Later and OF Guy Zinn. The Highlanders would send Minor League OF Klondike Smith on August 28, 1912 to Rochester (IL) to complete the trade. Jack would hit .339 with 2 HRs and 27 RBIs with in 54 games for the Yankees. On May 25,1913, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with INF Bill Stumpf to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. Later, he would manage in the Minor Leagues from 1920 to 1940.


1938- Former Yankees Catcher Les Nunamaker (1914-1917) passed away. (1898-1938)
On May 13,1914, Catcher Les Nunamaker was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. On August 3, 1914, as a member of the Yankees, Nunamaker threw out 3 Tiger baserunners trying to steal 2nd base in the same inning. He is the only catcher since the turn of the 20th century to accomplish the feat. Les appeared in 369 games with the Yankees, while hitting .262 with 2 HRs and 107 RBIs. On January 22,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Urban Shocker, Nick Cullop, INF Joe Gedeon, 2B Fritz Maisel and $15,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt.


1940- Former Yankees Pitcher George Clark (1913) passed away. (1891-1940)
George Clark appeared in 11 games for the Yankees, finishing the 1913 AL season with a 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA.


1969- Former Yankees Minor League INF Curt Roberts passed away. (1929-1969)
On April 4,1957, the Kansas City A’s sent Players to be Named Later and INF Curt Roberts to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on February 19, 1957. On February 19, 1957: The A’s sent players to be named later, INF Wayne Belardi, INF Jack McMahan Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a player to be named later, P Rip Coleman, INF Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers: Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and MLB OF Irv Noren. Curt never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He would play for the Yankees AAA team: the AAA Denver Bears (American Association). Curt would play in the high Minor Leagues until 1963. In 1969, Curt was killed in a highway accident in California, while fixing a flat tire on the side of the road.


1973- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ruben Rivera (1995-1996) was born.
In 1990, Ruben Rivera was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent He was the cousin of Yankees Closer Mario Rivera. Ruben appeared in 54 games for the Yankees hitting .281 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. On April 22,1997, Ruben was traded by the Yankees along with Rafael Medina and $3 to the Padres for players to be named later, INF Homer Bush and minor league player Gordon Amerson. The Padres would send P Hideki Irabu on May 29,1997 and Minor League Player Vernon Maxwell on June 9,1997 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Ruben was trying to make a comeback with the Yankees during the 2002 MLB Spring Training camp, when he was involved in an incident taking Derek Jeter’s glove from the Yankees clubhouse in Tampa. The Yankees gave him his unconditional release. In 2002, he would play for the Rangers, then in 2003 his MLB final team, the Giants. From 2004 to 2015, he has played pro baseball in Mexico.


1978- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Xavier Nady (2008-2009) was born.
On July 26, 2008, Xavier Nady was traded by the Pirates along with Reliever Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Minor League players: P Daniel McCutchen, OF Jose Tabata, MLB hurlers Jeff Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf. After just playing 7 games of the 2009 season, Nady went down with a season ending injury. He was hitting .286. His overall Yankees batting record was .270 BA in 66 games with 12 HRs with 42 RBIs. After the 2009 AL season was finished, he left the team for MLB Free Agency.


1979- The Yankees obtained 3B/DH Eric Soderholm from the Rangers for a Player to be Named Later and Cash. On December 13, 1979, the Yankees sent 2 Minor League Players: OF Amos Lewis and Pitcher Ricky Burdette to the Rangers to complete the trade. As a Reserve 3B/DH for the Yankees, Eric hit .287 with 11 HRs and 35 RBIs in 95 games for the 1980 Yankees. Eric was the back-up for Yankees All-Star 3B Craig Nettles. He was playing with bad knees as a result of accident in off-season job a construction worker. He misses the 1981 AL season due to an illness. Eric was released by the team in October of 1981, ending his MLB playing career. He had played for the Twins, White Sox and the Rangers before being traded to the Yankees. He had appeared in 894 MLB games, while hitting .264 with 102 HRs and 383 RBIs.


2004- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jesse Gonder (1960-1961) passed away. (1936-2004).
In 1955, the Reds originally signed Jesse Gonder as an Outfielder; he was later converted into a catcher. Before the start of the 1960 MLB season, Jesse was sent from the Reds to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. Jesse briefly played for the Yankees during the 1960-1961 AL seasons, appearing in 22 games, while hitting .309 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. On September 30,1960, Jesse he made his MLB player debut and hit a pinch-hit HR at Yankee Stadium off of Red Sox Starter Bill Monbouquette for his 1st MLB hit. He was a member of the Yankees for the 1st weeks of the 1961 AL season as a Pinch-Hitter, before being sent back to AAA Richmond (IL) for the rest of the season. He did not make any World Series appearances with the 1960-1961 Yankees. He was the starting catcher for their 1960-1961 AAA Richmond Virginians team (International League). On the 1960-1961 Yankees MLB 25-man roster, he blocked by the presence of veteran Catchers Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard. On December 14,1961, Jesse was traded back to the Reds by the Yankees for veteran Reliever Marshall Bridges. He was a Reserve Catcher for the 1962-1963 Reds. Also, Jesse would play for the 1963-1965 Mets, 1965 Braves and the 1966-1967 Pirates before finishing his MLB playing career with a lifetime BA of .251 with 26 HRs and 94 RBIs in 395 games. In 1963, as a member of the Mets, he was named to the Topps Rookie All-Star Team. After retiring as an MLB player, Jesse wrote a book about the racism that he faced while being a pro black baseball player in the 1950-1960’s.


2005- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, whose 48 HRs set an AL record for that position, breaking a 68-year-old Yankees team mark for right-handed hitters, earned his 2nd AL MVP Award in the closest vote since 2001. Rodriguez edged Red Sox DH/1B David Ortiz, 331-307 in voting by the BBWAA. He received 16 of 28 1st place votes while Ortiz earned 11 votes, with 2004 AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels collecting the other to finish 3rd with 196 points. The margin of victory is the smallest since Mariner's Ichiro Suzuki edged the A's Jason Giambi by a vote of 289-281, 4 years ago.


2006- Former Yankees Minor League Player and MLB INF Pete Suder passed away. (1916-2006)
Before the start of the 1935 MLB season, the Yankees signed INF Pete Suder as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The 19-year old got his 1st taste of pro baseball with the Class D Washington Generals (Pennsylvania State Association). Where he played the 3B and fielded at a .947 clip in 98 games, while hitting for a .294 BA. In 1936, Pete would hit .309 with 18 HRs for the Yankees Class C Akron Yankees, (Middle Atlantic League), while playing the shortstop position at a .951 percentage. In 1937, Pete would play 3B for the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) field at a .962 pace; hit an even .300 with 22 HRs making the League’s All-Star team. The Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League) would have Pete Suder on their 1938 team roster. He helped them win the 1938 Eastern League pennant by hitting .278 with 10 HRs. Pete made the EL All-Star team at 3B by fielding at a .945 clip in 135 games. He would be with Triplets again for the 1940 season at the 3B position, fielded .945 in 138 games, while hitting .301 with 16 HRs. Pete helped the 2nd place Triplets win the EL playoffs, while making the All-Star team. Also, Pete was named the 1940 Eastern League MVP. On October 1,1940, the Yankees would lose him to the Philadelphia A’s in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. In 1941, he would play 3B for the A’s appearing in 139 games, while hitting .245 with 4 HRs and 52 RBIs. Pete would remain with the A’s until he played his last MLB game in 1955. Overall, he appeared in 1,421 MLB games, while hitting .249 with 49 HRs and 541 RBIs.


November 15th


1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe “Professor” Ostrowski (1950-1952) was born. (1916-2003)
On June 15,1950, Joe Ostrowski was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. He finished the 1950 AL season with a 1-1 record appearing in 21 games for the Yankees. Joe, who contributed a 6-4 record plus 5 saves in 1951, appeared in 1 game in the 1951 World Series that season, pitching 2 innings with no decision against the Giants. He did not appear in the 1950 or 1952 World Series games for the Yankees. Ostrowski was 2-2 with 2 saves and a 5.62 ERA in 20 games for the 1952 Yankees. Overall, Joe went 9-7 in 75 games with 10 saves for the 1950-1952 Yankees. Joe ended his 5-year MLB Pitching career run with a 23-25 record in 150 games and 15 saves. He was called “Professor” because he wore glasses and taught high school in the off-season in Pennsylvania.


1951-The BWAA named Yankees INF Gil McDougald as 1951 AL Rookie of the Year. Gil hit .306 for the Yankees in 1951, the leading the club with his .306 BA with 14 HRs and 63 RBIs in 131 games. He had 23 team leading doubles. The White Sox object to Gil McDougald's ROY award, offering the statistical accomplishments of their great Rookie OF Minnie Miñoso, who hit .281 with 10 HRs and 76 RBIs in 146 games, leading the AL in triples with 14 and 31 stolen bases.


1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Randy Niemann was born.
On June 3,1975, Randy Niemann was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft (June Secondary). He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 15,1977, Randy was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later and INF Mike Fischlin to the Astros for veteran C/1B Cliff Johnson. The Yankees would later send 1B/OF Dave Bergman on November 23, 1977 to the Astros to complete the deal. After his MLB playing career was over, Randy became a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Mets. He was the Bullpen Coach for the 2009-2010 Mets, then in 2011, Randy was named the organization's Pitching Rehab Coordinator, working closely with Mets Ace Johan Santana. Randy finished the 2012 season as MLB Pitching Coach for the Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine. In 2013, he joined the Cardinals Minor League system. Niemann was the Pitching Coach for the Springfield (MO) Cardinals in 2013-2014 and the 2015 Palm Beach Cardinals (FSL).

1959- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frederick “Klondike” Smith (1912) passed away. (1887-1959).
In July of 1912, OF Frederick “Klondike” Smith was purchased by the Yankees from Brockton (New England League.) He only appeared in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting only.185, before being traded to Rochester (International League). Despite his western nickname of “Klondike”, he was actually born in London, England, he continued to play in the high Minor Leagues until 1916.


1961- For the 2nd consecutive AL season, Yankees RF Roger Maris is named the AL MVP Player. The new single-season MLB HR record holder with 61 HRs, edges out his fellow Yankees teammate CF Mickey Mantle by 4 votes, 202-198. The Orioles 1B Jim Gentile finished in 3rd place with 157 votes.


1995- Former Yankees Manager Buck Showalter is signed by the new NL expansion team Arizona Diamondbacks, who will not begin play until the 1998 NL season. They sign him to a 7-year contract as their 1st MLB team manager. Showalter had guided the Yankees to an AL Wild Card berth in 1995, but he left the team because of disagreements with Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner, after the team lost its 1st 2005 AL playoff series to the Seattle Mariners. He was replaced by former NL Manager Joe Torre.


2001- Yankees Starter Roger Clemens, who posted a 20-3 record with 213 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA, wins the 2001 AL Cy Young Award for an unprecedented 6th time. Previously, Roger Clemens captured the award with the Red Sox in 1986,1987,1991 and with the Blue Jays in 1997-1998. He becomes the 1st Yankees pitcher to win the award since 1978, when Ron Guidry won the honor. In the 2004 NL season, Clemens will win his 7th Cy Young award in the NL with the Astros.


2005- LF Hideki Matsui and the Yankees agreed on a new 4-year contract worth $52 million to the Japanese outfielder. The sides faced a November 15th deadline after which Matsui would go on waivers and be prevented from rejoining the Yankees until May 15, 2006.


2016- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Addis passed away. (1925-2016)
Outfielder Bob Addis was signed by the Yankees from Barberton HS, when he graduated in 1943. He played for the Class D Wellsville Yankees (PONY League) that year. After being drafted in March 1944, he joined the Marines and had boot camp in San Diego, California, before being sent to Guam for artillery training. He served in China with the occupation forces. He was discharged from the Marines in 1946. Bob returned to pro baseball, spending that season with Wellsville and the Class A Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League.) In 1947, Addis was with the Class A Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic League) and the Class B Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League). On November 17,1947, Bob was drafted by the Dodgers from the Yankees organization in the 1947 Minor League Player Draft. For the 1948 season, he played for the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association). In 1949, Bob was with the Saints and the AA Montreal Royals (IL). In the winter of 1948, the Dodgers traded him to the Braves. In 1950, he played with the AAA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association) before being called up and making his MLB Player debut with the Boston Braves on September 1,1950. He remained in the MLB into the 1953 NL season, when he was sent to the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). He played in 208 MLB games for the Braves, Cubs and the Pirates.


November 16th


1883- Former Yankees INF/P Rollie “Bunions” Zeider (1903) was born. (1883-1967)
On June 1,1913, INF Rollie Zeider was traded by the White Sox along with 1B Babe Borton to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Rollie hit .233 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 50 games for the Yankees. Before the start of 1914 AL season, Rollie jumped from the Yankees to the Chicago Chi-Feds (Federal League.)


1932- Former Yankees Minor League C Harry Chiti was born. (1932-2002)
On December 14,1956, the Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later and C Harry Chiti to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 11th. On December 11,1956, the Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran Reserve Catcher Charlie Silvera, Cash and another Player to be Named. Harry never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) for the 1957 baseball season. On December 2,1957, Harry was drafted by the Kansas City A’s from the Yankees organization in the 1957 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Also, he would later play for the Tigers and the 1962 Mets before leaving baseball.


1950- The Yankees selected hurler Bob Muncrief from the Cubs organization in the 1950 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Bob went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 2 games with the 1951 Yankees. He previously pitched in the MLB with the Browns and Indians, appearing in the 1944 and 1946 World Series with them. Overall, Bob went 80-82 with a 3.80 ERA in 273 MLB games.


1962- Former Yankees OF Hugh “Bunny” High (1915-1918) passed away. (1876-1962)
Hugh “Bunny” High played 6 seasons in the outfield during the deadball era for the Tigers and Yankees. In 1913-1914, he was the 4th outfielder to the Tigers' regular outfield of Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach. On February 4,1915, Hugh High was purchased along with 1B Wally Pipp by the Yankees from the Tigers. He appeared in 345 games for the Yankees, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs with 90 RBIs.


1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden (1996-1997,2000) was born.
Veteran MLB All-Star Starter “Doc” Gooden went 24-12 with a 4.67 ERA in 67 games with the Yankees, including throwing a No-Hitter against the Seattle Mariners in 1996. In the fall of 1997, he left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency signing with the Indians. He was voted the NL Rookie of Year in 1984. He won the 1985 NL Cy Young Award with the Mets. Overall, he went 194-112 in 430 MLB games with a 3.51 ERA.


1998- Former Yankees Special Pitching Coach and MLB Player Russ “Mad Monk” Meyer passed away. (1923-1998)
Russ Meyer appeared with the 1950 Phillies and Dodgers (1953,1955) against the Yankees in the World Series with a 0-1 record. He finished his MLB pitching career with the 1959 Kansas City A’s. Meyer served as a Minor League Pitching Coach with the Yankees in the 1980s, working with Manager Buck Showalter with the Class A teams: the Oneonta Yankees (NY-Penn League), Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) and the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL). In 1992, Russ Meyer and Buck Showalter were promoted to the Bronx, where he spent the 1992 AL season as a Yankees Bench Coach.


1998- The Yankees traded Minor League 3B Allen Butler to the Twins for MLB Reliever Dan Naulty, who had 4-5 record with a 4.61 ERA with 5 saves in 97 games in 3 seasons for the Twins. In 1998, Dan would go 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in 33 games before ending on the DL with a season ending injury. Allen Butler had hit .268 with 19 HRs and 81 RBIs for the AA Greensboro Bats (South Atlantic League). December 14, 1999, Dan was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Minor League 1B Nick Leach.


2002- The New York Yankees and the Yomiuri Giants sign an agreement to form a working relationship. Being the most successful teams in their respective leagues, the organizations hope to establish scouting and marketing ties, which will benefit both teams.


2018- Former Yankees Batting Practice Pitcher and MLB Player (1958) Nick Testa passed away. (1929-2018)
Catcher Nick Testa appeared in 1 MLB game with the 1958 Giants, later that season he became the Giants Bullpen Coach. He played in 1 game as a Catcher, but he didn’t get a chance to bat in the game. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1947-1964 playing for the Giants, Cardinals and Braves Minor League organizations. In 1962, Nick went to Japan to play baseball. That season, he played in 57 games for the Daimai Orions, only batting .136 with 5 RBIs. Testa later served as a Coach for the St. Lucie Legends in the Senior Professional Baseball Association during their lone year of existence in 1989. He also coached Baseball at Lehman College. After retiring from Lehman, Testa joined the Yankees as their Batting Practice Coach, serving on 5 World Championship Teams. Also, Nick worked behind the plate at the Yankees fanasty baseball camps. Testa died on November 16, 2018 at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, at the age of 90.


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