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

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January 5th

1885- Former Yankees Long-time MLB Coach (1927-1945) and MLB Manager Art Fletcher was born. (1885-1950) 

Art Fletcher was a Shortstop for the Giants and Phillies. After his MLB playing career was over, he became the Manager of the Phillies in 1923 staying with the team until 1926. He joined the Yankees MLB Coaching staff under Manager Miller Huggins in 1927. He found more success there. He participated in 10 World Series as a MLB Coach, with the Yankees winning 9 of them. He specialized in stealing signs and became the highest-paid MLB Coach in baseball, reportedly earning more than $10,000 a season. Art, also was interim skipper of the team for 11 games in September of 1929 following Manager Miller Huggins' death. He remained a member of the Yankees MLB Coaching staff until suffering a heart attack late during the 1945 AL season.   

1890- Former Yankees Reserve OF Benjamin “Benny” Kauff (1912) was born. (1890-1961).

On September 1, 1910, OF Benny Kauff was drafted by the New York Highlanders from Parkersburg (Virginia Valley League) in the 1910 MLB Player Rule 5 Draft. Reserve OF Benny Kauff only appeared in 5 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting .273 with 2 HRs and 1 RBIs.

1914- The Yankees buy hurler Boardwalk Brown from the Philadelphia A’s for Cash. He would go 5-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 20 games for the 1914 Yankees. He went 3-6 before being released by the team to AA Louisville (American Association) during the 1915 AL season.

1915- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack Kramer (1951) was born. 1915-1995)

On May 28,1951, veteran MLB hurler Jack Kramer was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He went 1-3 in 19 games for the Yankees, before being released by the team on August 30,1951. He had started the 1951 MLB season with the Giants. The Yankees and Giants would meet in the 1951 World Series, but without Jack.

1920- Boston Red Sox Team Owner Harry Frazee defends his selling of Slugger Babe Ruth to the Yankees for Cash by calling his former player "one of the most selfish and inconsiderate men ever to put on a baseball uniform".

1928- Former Yankees Minor League C Bob Oldis was born.

In October of 1956, the Yankees purchased Catcher Bob Oldis from the Senators. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He played for the Yankees AAA teams at Denver (AA) and Richmond (IL). On November 30,1959, Bob was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees organization in the 1959 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He appeared in 2 games against the Yankees with the Pirates in 1960 World Series with no hits. Later, Bob was an MLB Coach and Scout for the Phillies and the Expos organizations.

1934- The Yankees released 2 veteran MLB players: Pitcher Herb Pennock and 3B Joe Sewell. Both players have retired from the MLB. The 2 players would later be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1943- The MLB Teams agree to start the 1943 MLB season later than usual and prepare to train in northern areas of the country because of World War II travel restrictions. Resorts, Armories and University facilities are chosen for MLB spring training sites. The Yankees will try the seashore resort city of Atlantic City, NJ using Bader Field for their 1943 MLB spring training camp. 

1944- Former Yankees Minor League INF Charlie Vinson was born.

The Yankees signed INF Charlie Vinson as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1963. On December 2,1963, he was drafted by the Angels from the Yankees organization in the 1963 MLB 1st Year Player Draft.

1951- Former Yankees Minor League P Edward Ricks (1977) was born.

The Yankees selected hurler Ed Ricks in the 6th round of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He led the 1972 Appalachian League with 97 IP, 100 H, 72 R, and 56 ER. Ricks spent 1975-1976 seasons with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He was on the Yankees 1977 spring roster, but he never appeared in a game at the MLB level. However, he appeared on the Yankees active MLB roster in September of 1977.

1958- Former Yankees OF/DH/1B Ron Kittle (1986-1987) was born.

On July 30,1986, Ron Kittle was traded by White Sox along with C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, C/1B/DH Ron Hassey and OF/INF Carlos Martinez. The Yankees would later send Minor League C Bill Lindsey to the White Sox to complete the trade. Ron hit .264 with 16 HRs and 40 RBIs in 89 games, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in 1987, signing with the Indians.

1961- Former Yankees Reserve OF Henry Cotto (1985-1987) was born.

On December 4,1984, OF Henry Cotto was traded by the Cubs along with Pitchers Porfi Altamirano, Rich Bordi and C Ron Hassey to the Yankees for P Ray Fontenot and OF/INF Brian Dayett. Henry would be a Reserve OF for the Yankees, playing in 137 games, hitting .242 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs. During the 1985 AL season, Henry suffered a bizarre injury that May. While using a Q-Tip on the bench, he was bumped by Ken Griffey and sustained a punctured eardrum. He shuttled between AAA Columbus and the Bronx from 1985 to 1987, before sticking for good with Seattle. On December 22,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with MLB Starter Steve Trout to the Mariners for 3 Pitchers: Lee Guetterman, Clay Parker and Wade Taylor.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League P Alan Horne was born.

The Yankees in the 11th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Alan Horne. He made his pro debut in 2006 with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), going 6-9 with a 4.84 ERA and 122 strikeouts. He played for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) in 2007, going 12-4 with a league-leading 3.11 ERA with 165 strikeouts. Alan was named the 2007 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. He began 2008 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL). He was 1-0 in 2 starts before going on the DL with Tommy John surgery in April of 2008. In 2009, he pitched for 3 Minor League teams posting a 4-4 record. He did not play in 2012, due to arm injuries. Alan has retired from baseball.

1984- The Yankees signed future Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro to a 2-year contract. Niekro, who went 11-10 with a 3.97 ERA for the Atlanta Braves in 1983, will fill a void in the 1984 Yankees starting rotation, allowing the Yankees to move Starter Dave Righetti to the Bullpen to be the team’s new Closer.

1992- Former Yankees Pitcher A. J. Cole (2018) was born.

A. J. Cole was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Player Draft. He went 5-8 with a 5.32 ERA in 26 games with 1 save with the team from 2015-2018. On April 24, 2018, he was  purchased by the Yankees from the Nats. With the 2018 Yankees working as a Reliever, A. J. Cole went 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 games with no saves.  On January 11, 2019, Cole was selected off waivers by the Indians from the Yankees.

1993- Former Yankees, A’s, Angels and the Orioles, OF/DH Reggie Jackson is the lone player elected by the BWAA to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jackson, whose .262 lifetime batting average is the lowest of any outfielder in the Hall of Fame, receives 93.6 percent of the vote. His 563 MLB Career HRs make him a hit with voters in his 1st year of eligibility.

1999- Hall of Fame Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra received an apology from the Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner about his dismissal as Yankees Manager in 1985 after only 16 games into the season. Berra says he will end his self-exile from Yankee Stadium and the Yankees organization. He is expected to participate in future Opening Day and Old Timer's Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium.

2008- The Yankees finalize their deal with MLB Free Agent All-Star 1B Mark Teixeira for $180 million over 8 years. Mark joins All-Stars 3B Alex Rodriguez, Starter CC Sabathia, Shortstop Derek Jeter and Starter A.J. Burnett on the payroll-heavy 2009 Yankees. Tex will provide the 2009 Yankees with a .292 BA with a league leading 39 HRs, along with 122 RBIs in 156 games. He was named to the 2009 AL All-Star team. Tex won the AL 1B Golden Glove award as well as the AL 1B Silver Slugger Award.

2012- For their part, the Yankees announce they have been unable to reach an agreement with Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, whose rights they secured through the posting system last month; Nakajima will return to play for the Seibu Lions for the 2012 season. The Yankees had hope that he would become their top reserve infielder for the 2012 MLB season. He will sign an MLB player contract with the Oakland A’s in December of 2012.

2014- Veteran Yankees Player (1949-1957), MLB Manager (1980), Broadcaster and World War II and Korean War Marine flying hero Jerry Coleman passes away at age 89. (1924-2014)

A Infielder for the 1949-1957 Yankees and the San Diego Padres Broadcaster since 1972 - except for 1-year hiatus in 1980, when he managed the Friars. The Yankees had signed Jerry Coleman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1942. Jerry lost MLB career playing time while serving as a Marine Fighter Pilot in WW II and again during the Korean War. He was an AL All-Star 2B in 1950, the same season that he won the AL Babe Ruth Award. Jerry played in 6 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .275 with No HRs and 9 RBIs in 26 games. As a Yankee player for 9 seasons, Jerry had a .263 BA with 16 HRs and 387 RBIs in 773 games. After retiring as an active MLB player after the 1957 season, Jerry worked in the Yankees front office as an Assistant to Yankees General Manager George Weiss. Then he joined the Yankees Broadcasting Team working with former Yankees infield teammate Phil Rizzuto on the Radio. Also, he worked for WCBS-AM Sports in New York City. In 1968, Jerry left the Yankees, to join the Angels broadcasting team, when the expansion San Diego Padres joined the NL: he worked as a Broadcaster for the Padres. Jerry even managed the Padres for 1 NL season going 73-89, before returning to the Padres broadcasting booth.

January 6th

1881- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Lake (1908-1909) was born. (1881-1950)

In of August, 1907, Pitcher Joe Lake was purchased by the Highlanders from AA Jersey City (Eastern League). He posted a 23-33 record with a 2.60 ERA with 1 save in 69 games. On December 16, 1909, Lake was traded by the  Highlanders along with OF Ray Demmitt to the St. Louis Browns for veteran MLB Catcher Lou Criger.

1915- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom Ferrick (1950-1951) was born. (1915-1996)

On June 15,1950, hurler Tom Ferrick was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with P Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson and Duane Pillette, veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. In 1950, Tom posted an 8-4 record with 9 saves. In 1951, he went 1-1 in 9 games with 1 save before being traded on June 15,1951 along with hurlers Bob Porterfield and Fred Sanford to the Senators for veteran P Bob “Sarge” Kuzava. He would later become an MLB Pitching Coach with the Tigers.

1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Leonard “King” Cole (1914-1915) passed away. (1896-1916)

On September 15, 1913hurler King Cole was drafted by the Yankees from Columbus (American Association) in the 1913 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He went 12-12 with 3.27 ERA with 1 save in 43 games for the Yankees. King Cole was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1915; he died early the next year at age 29. His real name was Leonard Leslie Cole.

1926- Future NL All-Star Pitcher Ralph Branca (1954) was born in Mount Vernon, NY.  (1926-2016) 

Although Ralph Branca will win 21 games in 1947 for the Dodgers, but he will become best known for giving up the Giants Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning HR in 1951 NL playoff-game. In July of 1954, the Yankees picked up Ralph Branca. He will appear in 5 games for the team, while posting a 1-0 record with a 2.84 ERA. On October 19 ,1954, Ralph was released by the Yankees. He would return to the MLB in September of 1956 for 1 game with the Dodgers then retiring from the MLB.

1929- Former Yankees Team President Joseph Gordon (1903-1906) passed away. (1855-1929)

Joe Gordon was the 1st Team President for the New York YankeesAmerican League President Ban Johnson was sought out by Joseph Gordon, a coal merchant with some history in New York baseball. Gordon had just lost his job as Deputy Superintendent of Buildings and was well plugged into New York City real estate. Gordon claimed he knew of an available site. In return he wanted the franchise. Johnson, though he needed the site, recognized that Gordon didn’t have the wealth to build and run a franchise in Gotham and insisted on “seeing the man with the money.” Gordon introduced him to Frank Farrell, still excited about owning a baseball team and also feeling betrayed by McGraw, though Farrell and Johnson had conceivably met previously through influential New York Sun sportswriter Joe Vila. Farrell purportedly showed up with a certified check for $25,000. When he proved amenable to paying both $18,000 to cover salaries advanced to players by the league and some nominal reimbursements to Baltimore’s minority stockholders, and willing to spend the funds necessary to build a ball grounds and assemble a team, Johnson awarded Farrell the franchise. Farrell also assured him he didn’t have to bring in any partners: “I didn’t propose to let anybody carve me if I went into this thing.” The AL president, who prided himself on being squeaky clean, had little choice but to accept a well-connected Tammanyite of his own. To front for the franchise, Farrell and Johnson allowed Gordon, generally unconnected to Tammany Hall, to act as Team President.

On March 14, 1903, the Greater New York Baseball Association was incorporated to operate New York’s American League baseball franchise. Gordon was clearly the face of the new team, and several days later he publicly announced the stockholders, who included Farrell. The AL Baltimore Orioles franchise ceased to exist. Despite Farrell’s earlier protestations, he brought in his longtime friend Big Bill Devery as a partner. Devery was a shady ex-Police Chief with his own Tammany Hall connections, who had escaped conviction despite a couple of indictments. Devery had walked the beat of one of Farrell’s 1st gambling parlors and the 2 had been friends ever since. Devery had accumulated a nice nest-egg by 1903, but had lost his position and clout within the Tammany political machine. Devery’s connection with the team remained obfuscated for many years and for a short time he even denied being an Owner. Farrell later became the face of Ownership, and over time his press became more sympathetic, focusing on baseball, not his gambling connections. He was now a “sportsman,” not a “gambler.”

Even with their Tammany and real-estate connections, the New York club could do no better than Gordon’s marginal site just west of Broadway between 165th and 168th Streets at the far north end of Manhattan in Washington Heights. It was leased for a 10-year term from the New York Institute for the Blind. The lease was executed on March 12, 1903, giving the team only seven weeks to build the ball grounds in time for the April 30 home opener. Fortunately, the erection of the modest wood-frame stands of the era could be accomplished relatively quickly. As a backup Johnson and the new owners had identified a site in the Bronx owned by the Astor estate at 161st Street and Jerome Avenue — a site that two decades later would be purchased by a different set of Yankees owners for a new stadium. Still, getting the ballpark built in time would be a close race due to the physical configuration of the location. The work to level and prepare the rocky, uneven site cost roughly $200,000, while construction of the 16,000-seat ballpark cost approximately $75,000, bringing the total investment for Farrell and Devery in their new grounds to around $275,000, an outlay larger than typical for ballpark erection at the time, though they may have received some assistance from the league. The ball grounds were christened Hilltop Park and the team became informally dubbed the Highlanders because the location was one of the highest points on Manhattan and Gordon’s Highlanders (in an allusion to the team’s president) were one of the most famous regiments in the British Army. New Yorkers did not immediately flock to see their new American League entry. Despite a sold-out Opening Day, the team drew just over 210,000 fans, the 2nd lowest in the league and well behind their crosstown rival Giants, but turned a small profit. The team more than doubled its attendance in 1904 as the Highlanders were in the pennant chase until the last day of the 1904 AL season. Over the next several years the club generally fell in the middle of the league in attendance, and while financial information is sketchy, when the Highlanders finished 2nd in 1910 with mediocre attendance, they reportedly turned an $80,000 profit. In part, this was because Farrell abandoned his pledge of no advertising in Hilltop Park and sold billboard space on the outfield fences. In 1907, Farrell bounced President Gordon and took over the role himself, explaining, “I decided that I should get some of the glory. I had put up the money and done a lot of the work.” Gordon had snagged much of the spotlight late in the 1904 AL season when he chided the NL champion Giants for their reluctance and subsequent refusal to participate in the World Series against the upstart American League. As the publicity available to a baseball owner in New York became more apparent, Farrell no longer wanted to remain in the background. When he let Gordon go, Farrell offered his one-time President the dividends on $10,000 worth of stock, but no right to sell, transfer, or vote the stock. Gordon refused to go quietly. He claimed he had been promised a 50 % share of the team, when originally incorporated and that he was due half the profits after Farrell received the return of his initial capital. He also claimed that the team had been making significant profits based on recent average revenues of $240,000 and expenses of $80,000; accordingly, he demanded an accounting, as the rightful beneficiary of half of these profits. It’s highly unlikely the team was anywhere near as profitable as Gordon alleged, and in the end the Court ruled against his improbable, undocumented claim for half the franchise.

1931- The Yankees signed veteran AL INF Joe Sewell after his release by the Indians. He will be the Yankees regular 3B for the 1932-1933 AL seasons, before retiring from MLB.  As a Yankees player, he appeared in 390 games for the team, while hitting .282 with 17 HRs and 186 RBIs. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

1936- Former Yankees INF Ruben Amaro Sr. (1966-1968) was born. (1936-2017)

On November 29,1965, INF Ruben Amaro was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for INF Phil Linz. The Yankees had high hopes for Ruben; a former 1964 NL Golden Glover to take over starting Shortstop position after Tony Kubek was forced to retire from MLB with back injuries. He was a failure with the bat and getting Tom Tresh seriously hurt on routine fly ball play did not help out matters any.  As a Yankees player, he appeared in 191 games, while hitting just .214 with 1 HRs and 14 RBIs. In 1968, he was sold to the Angels for cash. In 1954, Ruben was originally assigned by the St. Louis Cardinals as an MLB amateur agent. He came up to the MLB in 1958 with the Cardinals, who later traded him to the Phillies. His best season for the Phillies was in 1964, while playing in 129 games, hitting .264 with 4 HRs and 34 RBIs. After playing 1 season with the Angels, he was released by the team. In 1970, he signed by the Phillies and played in their minor league system for 2 seasons. Overall as an MLB player, Ruben appeared in 940 games, while hitting .234 with 8 HRs and 158 RBIs.  In 1972, Ruben became the Phillies 1st full time Caribbean MLB scout. He later became an MLB Coach for the 1980-1981 Phillies. His son, Ruben Jr. was an MLB player and the Phillies General Manager, he was an MLB Coach for the 2018 Red Sox.

1940- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elvio Jimenez (1964) was born.

Yankees Rookie OF Elvio Jimenez played 1 game in October of 1964 for the Yankees, getting 6 at-bats with 2 hits. Elvio would later become an MLB Scout for the Dodgers. His older brother, OF Manny Jimenez had played in the MLB with the A’s, Pirates and the Cubs (1962-1969).

1950- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ray Staiger (1979) was born.

On December 9,1977, INF Roy Staiger was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for Reserve INF Sergio Ferrer. Roy only appeared in 4 games with the 1979 Yankees, while hitting .273.

1951- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Gullet (1977-1980) was born.

On November 18,1976, NL  All-Star Starter Don Gullet was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. The former Reds Starter went 14-4 in 1977, then 4-2 in 1978 before arm injuries ended his MLB Pitching career in 1980.

1967- Former Yankees and MLB Manager Johnny Keane (1965-1966) dies in Chicago from a heart attack at the age of 55. (1911-1967).

Johnny Keane never played in the MLB. He was a Shortstop in the Cardinals' minor league system but he suffered a head injury after being hit by a pitch. He began his managing career in 1938 in the Cardinals' organization, working his way from Class D (then the lowest rung on the ladder) to Class AAA, where he spent a decade as manager of top St. Louis farm clubs. His career win-loss record as a manager in the minor leagues was 1,357-1,166 (.538) over 17 seasons. Keane finally reached the MLB in 1959, when he was appointed to the Cardinals MLB coaching staff. He replaced Solly Hemus as Manager on July 6, 1961. Johnny Keane had managed the Cardinals from 1961-1964, winning the 1964 NL pennant and a World Series. Keane had guided the Cardinals to the 1964 World Series victory, but he left to become the Manager of the Yankees, whom the Cardinals had beaten in the World Series, replacing the popular Yogi Berra. After an unsuccessful stint with the Yankees (81-101), Keane became an MLB scout with the Angels. In all fairness to Keane during the 1965 AL season, he was only able to field the Yankees regulars together for only a total of 20 games due to various injuries to the Yankees regular starting players. Keane is described in Jim Bouton's “Ball Four” as being prone to panic as a manager and one who was "willing to sacrifice a season to win a game" by putting injured stars into the lineup before their injuries had fully healed. To describe this quality Bouton tells of a somewhat humorous anecdote of Keane pressuring Mickey Mantle to play on a bad leg. But in Keane's defense, Bouton also noted that Yankees GM Houk and the team unfairly used Keane as their excuse for the losing records in 1965-1966, which was the result of an aging team with a depleted farm system not because of Keane. In Bouton's book,” I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad,” a collection of essays and stories about past MLB Managers, he wrote that Keane seemed to be in awe of the Yankees, and that he underestimated the problems the team faced. Bouton felt that the immense pressure and stress of managing the Yankees through their inevitable collapse likely led to his death.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Dan Naulty (1999) was born.

On November 16,1998, hurler Dan Naulty was traded by Twins to the Yankees for Minor League INF Allen Butler, who had never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Dan went 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in 33 games before being traded on December 14,1999 to the Dodgers for Minor League 1B/3B Nicholas Leach.

1970- On January 6,1970, Reserve OF Rich Bladt was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on September 11,1969. The Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later, Minor League P Terry Bongiovanni and Cash to the Yankees for veteran OF Jimmie Hall. Rich would appear in 75 games as a Reserve OF for the 1975 Yankees, while hitting just .222. On January 20, 1977, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elliott Maddox to the Orioles for veteran AL Golden Glove winner OF Paul Blair.

1988- MLB Free Agent Slugger Jack Clark signs with the Yankees. Clark will hit .242 with 27 HRs, 93 RBIs in 1988, before being traded by the Yankees to the Padres on October 24,1988, along with hurler Pat Clements for Pitchers Lance McCullers, Jimmy Jones and OF Stanley Jefferson.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Ralph “Buck” Buxton (1949) passed away. (1911-1988).

Ralph Buxton originally came to the MLB in 1938 with the Philadelphia A’s. He went 0-1 with 4.82 ERA in 5 games. After that he pitched in the PCL with the AA Oakland Oaks. Casey Stengel brought him up to the 1949 Yankees, where he went 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA with 2 saves in 14 games. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series with the Yankees against the Dodgers.

1992- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent OF/DH Danny Tartabull to a 5-year contract after losing the chase to sign MLB free agent OF Barry Bonds to the Giants. He will hit .252 with 81 HRs and 282 RBIs in 424 games for the Yankees. On July 28,1995, he was traded by the Yankees to the Oakland A’s for P Jason Beverlin and OF/DH Ruben Sierra. He was the son of former MLB OF Jose Tartabull and the brother of Minor League OF Jose Tartabull Jr.

1997- Former Braves and Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, becoming the 227th member of the Hall. He receives 80.34% of the vote, as former Dodgers P Don Sutton falls 9 votes short of election. Niekro is only the 87th player to be elected by the BBWAA.

2009- The Yankees finalize their deal with MLB Free Agent 1B Mark Teixeira for $180 million over 8 years, joining 3B Alex Rodriguez, Starter CC Sabathia, Shortstop Derek Jeter and Starter A. J. Burnett on the payroll-heavy Yankees.

2009- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Player Nino Bongiovanni passed away. (1911-2009)

Nino Bongiovanni played as a Reserve Outfielder for the 1938-1939 Reds, while appearing in 68 games, hitting .259. On January 27,1940, the Reds sent 2 outfielders: Nino Bongiovanni and “Frenchy” Bordagaray to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 5, 1939. On August 5, 1939, the Reds sent Players to be Named Later and $40,000 Cash to the Yankees for 1B Vince DiMaggio. He never appears with the Yankees at MLB level; Nino spends 2 seasons with the Yankees top 2 AA teams:  Kansas City Blues (AA) and the Newark Bears (IL). He leaves the Yankees Minor League system and signs with the Giants organization in 1942.

2011- Former Yankees Closer Ryne Duren (1957-1961) passed away at age 81. (1929-2011)

Before the start of the 1949 AL season, Ryne Duren was signed by the St. Louis Browns, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On September 21, 1956, Ryne was sent by the Baltimore Orioles to the Kansas City A’s to complete an earlier deal made on September 17,1956. The Orioles sent a Player to be Named Later and OF Jim Pisoni to the A’s for Players to be Named Later. Ryne Duren was frightening to bat against because he only intermittently had control of his prodigious fastball. Thick "Coke bottle" glasses, a reputation for heavy drinking, and he had a tendency to throw warm-up pitches against the backstop only heightened batters' unease. Yankees veteran OF Hank Bauer told the Yankees front office management to “trade for him or ban him from the AL.” 

On June 15, 1957, Ryne Duren was traded by the A’s along with OF Jim Pisoni and 1B/OF Harry “Suitcase” Simpson to the Yankees for OF/INF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin, OF Bob Martyn and Pitcher Ralph Terry. In 1958, he led the AL in saves with 20, while posting a 6-4 record for the Yankees. Ryne appeared in 2 games in the 1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, going 1-1 with 1 save with 14 Ks, while posting a 1.93 ERA. Ryne Duren was wild and fast, also he was an alcoholic. He made the AL All-Star teams in 1958-1959. In 1959, despite a losing record of 3-6 with 14 saves, Ryne posted an ERA of 1.88.  

Ryne Duren was a showman in those days, the Yankees bullpen was a part of the short-porch RF and only a low chain link fence served as the boundary. When called upon by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel to relieve, he wouldn’t use the gate, but would rather hop that fence with one hand and begin a slow walk to the mound with his blue Yankees warm-up jacket covering his pitching arm; even in the hottest days, when he finally took the ball from Yankees Manager Casey Stengel and began his warm-ups, the 1st pitch was always 20 feet over the catcher’s head. The 2nd warm-up pitch was a bit lower (but not slower) until on his 5th warm-up Ryne would finally find the plate. By the start of the 1961 AL season, his best days as a Yankees closer were over. Veteran MLB Reliever Luis Arroyo had replaced him in the bullpen as their new Closer. New Yankees Manager Ralph Houk did not like Ryne Duren from his previous drinking incidents in the late 1950s, when Houk was a Yankees MLB Coach. On May 8,1961, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Johnny James and Rookie OF Lee Thomas to the AL Expansion Team, the Angels for 2 AL veterans: Reliever Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv. The Angels would use him as a Starter. He would make the 1961 AL All-Star team (1st game) for the Angels. Ryne would pitch for the Angels, Phillies, Reds and the Senators before retiring from MLB in 1965. Following his MLB playing career, Ryne Duren spent many years involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and the recovery movement. He would later write a book on his fight with alcoholism during his 10-year MLB playing career, titled “The Comeback.” This was one of the reasons that Ryne Duren had stayed away from Yankees Old Timers Day events until the 1970-1980s. In 1983, Ryne Duren was presented with the Yankees Family Award for his conquering Alcoholism, and for his service as an Alcohol Abuse Educator. In 2003, Ryne Duren and Author Tom Sabellico wrote the book, "I Can See Clearly Now". Duren talks from the heart about life, baseball and alcohol. The foreword was written by former MLB Pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant.

2011- Former Yankees Minor League P Francisco De la Rosa passed away. (1966-2011)

Francisco De la Rosa was signed by legendary Toronto MLB Scout Epy Guerrero. He developed as a ballplayer around the San Pedro de Macoris area, a tremendous hotbed of future MLB talent at the time. He spent 1 season with the GCL Blue Jays at age 19, going 0-1 in 16 games in 1985. Then he was released by the Blue Jays. He made his MLB pitching debut with the 1991 Orioles, after scout Carlos Bernhardt gave him a 2nd chance following his release by the Jays. He only pitched 2 MLB games, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings. However, he pitched in the Orioles' minor league system from 1988 to 1991, with some good results. As a starter in 1990, he went 9-5, 2.05 ERA between AA Hagerstown and AAA Rochester Red Wings. In 1991, he posted a 2.67 ERA in 38 games for the Red Wings, used mainly as a reliever. After the 1991 season, he was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for hurler Alan Mills. He had another good season in AAA in 1992, this time with the Columbus Clippers (6-1, 3.72 ERA in 48 games) but he did not make it back to the MLB, after the 1993 season, when his ERA ballooned to 6.45 mark, he was released by the Yankees organization. He came back for a season with the AAA Louisville Redbirds in the Cardinals organization in 1995, posting a 2-5 record mainly as a starter. In 1996, he played for the Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks (Independent Northern League), but he put up a 7.20 ERA. He pitched for many years for Estrellas Orientales(Dominican League) as both a Closer and a Middle Reliever. 

January 7th

1900- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher John “Nig” Grabowski (1927-1929) was born. (1900-1946)

On January 13,1927, Catcher John Grabowski was traded by the White Sox along with INF Ray Morehart to the Yankees for veteran Shortstop Aaron Ward. John hit .272 with 1 HR and 48 RBIs in 167 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1927 World Series with no hits. On November 21, 1929, John was traded by the Yankees along with Reliever Wilcy Moore and OF Ben Paschal to St. Paul Saints (American Association) for veteran MLB Catcher Bubbles Hargrave. In 1946, John died from injuries in a fire at his house in Albany, NY.

1913- Future HOF Yankees 1B/PH Johnny Mize (1949-1953) is born in Demorest, GA. Known as "The Big Cat." (1913-1993)

Johnny Mize will hit 359 MLB HRs for the Cardinals, Giants and the Yankees. He will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 1981. On August 22,1949, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants for $40,000. With the Yankees, Johnny would be a Pinch-Hitter and Reserve 1B, leading the AL in Pinch-Hitting for 3 seasons, finishing with a lifetime PH BA of .283. As a Yankees player, Johnny will hit 44 HRs with 179 RBIs. John appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees, while hitting .286 with 3 HRs, 18 RBIs in 18 games. His Yankees Manager Casey Stengel called Mize “the greatest pinch hitter I have ever seen, and I have been around long enough to have seen everything and some things which was never seen.”

1915- The Tigers waived Rookie 1B Wally Pipp to the Yankees. He was beaten out for the Tigers 1B job by teammate George “Tigoa” Burns. Pipp had only hit .161 in 12 games for the 1914 Tigers, but he'll anchor 1B for the Yankees for a decade until Lou Gehrig's appearance, because of Pipp headache during the 1925 AL season. He will finish his Yankees player career with a .282 BA in 1,488 games, while hitting 80 HRs with 827 RBIs. On January 15 ,1926, Wally was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees for $7,500 Cash.

1920- Newly acquired Yankees OF/P Babe Ruth reacts to the trade in the Boston Evening Standard saying, "Frazee is not good enough to own any ball club, especially one in Boston."

1924- The Yankees buy the Minor League player contract of AA Louisville Colonels Star OF Earle Combs, who had hit .380 in 1923. The Colonels Team Owner Bill Kneblekamp gets $50,000 in cash, OF Elmer Smith and another player, and he demands that the Yankees play an exhibition game in Louisville with a guarantee that Babe Ruth is in the Yankees starting lineup. This reportedly nets Kneblekamp an additional $5,000. Earle Combs will become the 1st of the great Yankee Center Fielders to play for the team.

1935- Former Yankees Reserve INF Richard “Ducky” Schofield Sr. (1966) was born.

Richard Schofield is the Father of former MLB player Richard Schofield Jr. and the Grandfather of Jayson Werth of the Nationals. On May 11,1966, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants to fill in for injured Shortstop Ruben Amaro. He hit .155 in 25 games before being traded to the Dodgers on September 10,1966 for P Thad Tillotson and Cash. He was originally with the Cardinals, then he played for the 1960 Pirates, as a Reserve INF, filling in for Bucs starting Shortstop Richard Groat, when he was injured.

1976- Former Yankees OF/INF/DH Alfonso Soriano (1999-2003, 2013-2014) was born.

On September 29,1998, INF Alfonso Soriano was purchased by the Yankees from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central League). He was the AL All-Star 2B in 2002-2003. His best Yankees season was in 2002, hitting .300 with 39 HRs and 102 RBIs. On February 16, 2004, he was traded by the Yankees along with a Minor League Player to be Named Later to the Rangers for All-Star INF Alex Rodriguez and Cash. Also, Alfonso has played for the Nationals and Cubs. During the 2013 MLB season, Soriano was reacquired by the Yankees from the Cubs appearing in 58 games, while .256 hitting with 17 HRs and 50 RBIs. The team released him during the 2014 AL season.

1978- Former Yankees Reserve 1B George “Tioga” Burns (1928-1929) passed away. (1914-1978) 

Reserve 1B George Burns played in 13 games for the Yankees in 1928-1929 before being sent to the Philadelphia A’s. With the Yankees, George path was blocked at 1B with the Yankees by the presence of future HOF 1B Lou Gehrig. George had beaten out his Tigers teammate Wally Pipp for the 1B job with the Tigers in 1914, leading to his trade to the Yankees in 1915. Burns later played for the Indians and the Red Sox before joining in the Yankees in 1928 as a Reserve Player. With the 1926 Indians, George hit .358; he was named the AL MVP.

1980- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jackson Melian was born.

Jackson Melian was signed as a Free Agent on July 3,1996 at the age of 16 by the Yankees. He received a $1.6 million signing bonus, which was a record at the time for an international free agent. He was named the Yankees #3 prospect by tools-focused Baseball America before he even played a professional baseball game. Jackson was named after Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, as his father Vincent was a longtime Yankee fan. He was compared to Ruben Rivera, and then considered the top prospect in the Yankee system by Baseball America. Jackson never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to the Reds in the Danny Neagle trade. He was traded several times to the Cubs, he returned to the Yankees organization, and then he was traded to the Braves. He has yet to play at the MLB level.

1992- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Free Agent INF Mike Gallego. He would play in 261 games for the 1993-1994 Yankees, while hitting .262 with 19 HRs and 109 RBIs, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in 1995.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League OF Kite Thomas passed away. (1923-1995) 

Kite Thomas was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by Yankees MLB Scout Lee MacPhail before the start of the 1947 MLB season. He broke into Organized Baseball at age 23 with the Joplin Miners (Western Association). That winter, he played guard (and refereed some) for Kansas City in the Professional Basketball League of America. He played for the Quincy Gems (Three-I League) in 1948, where he led the league with 99 RBIs. The Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) in 1949 and 1950 and the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) in 1949 and 1951. On November 19, 1951, he was selected by the Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Kite Thomas was 28 years old, when he broke into the MLB on April 19, 1952 with the A’s. He played for the team for the 1952-1953 AL seasons. On June 30, 1953, Thomas was selected off waivers by the Senators from the A’s. He also played for the Nats in 1953, including his final MLB game on September 27th at age 30. On March 27,1954, Kite was traded by the Senators to the White Sox for Tom Wright. Thomas returned to the Minor Leagues with the Memphis Chickashaws (Southern Association) that season, ending his baseball-playing career at age 31. His best season in the MLB was in 1952, when he had 29 hits, 24 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs, while hitting .250 in 75 games. In 1950, his best season in the Minors, he had 156 hits, 109 runs, 42 doubles, 8 triples, 16 HRs and 111 RBIs, while hitting .283 in 149 games. Overall in the MLB, he had 52 hits, 35 runs, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs and No stolen bases, while hitting .233 in 137 games. In the Minor leagues, he had hit 89 HRs with 506 RBIs.

2006- The final 2005 MLB team’s payrolls are released, the Yankees finished last year with a record $207.2 million payroll, more than $90 million ahead of any other MLB team, according to final figures compiled by the MLB Commissioner's office.

2011- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jose Vidal passed away. (1940-2011)

On May 19, 1969OF Jose Vidal was traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Yankees for Reserve INF/OF Richard Simpson. Jose did not play with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Jose played for the Chiefs in 1969-1970. He left the Yankees organization signing with the Tigers organization, playing the 1971-1972 seasons with their AAA Toledo Mud Hens team. Jose finished pro ball career playing in the Mexican Baseball Leagues.

2012- The NYC sports media reports that Yankees Catcher/DH Jorge Posada is about to announce his retirement after a brilliant 17-season MLB playing career with the team during which he caught over 1,500 games and won 4 World Seriestitles. His final Bronx season was difficult, however, as he lost his Yankees starting Catching job to Russell Martin. Posada hit only .235 with 14 HRs and 44 RBIs in 115 games as the team's Designated Hitter. His MLB player retirement will become official on January 24th, when he calls a press conference at New Yankee Stadium.

2019- Former Yankees Minor League P Gil Downs passed away. (1940-2019)

Pitcher Gil Downs had a successful Minor League Pitching career, playing in 3 organizations from 1963 to 1967. He made it to Triple A in part or all of 3 seasons, though he never ascended to the major leagues. He began in the White Sox system, going 13-3 with a 1.37 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) between the Lynchburg White Sox (3 G, 1.13 ERA) and Sarasota Sun Sox (24 G, 1.38 ERA) in 1963. With the Sun Sox, he tossed 13 complete games and 6 shutouts; between both teams, he allowed just 140 hits and 48 walks in 191 innings for a 0.984 WHIP. He had 174 strikeouts. On June 20, he tossed a 7-inning no-hitter against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees (FSL). The  Yankees took him in the $8,000 1st Year portion of the 1963 Rule V Draft. For the 1064 Greensboro Yankees, he went 9-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), while completing 4 games and  1 shut out. In 127 innings, he allowed 97 hits and 46 walks, while striking out 118 batters. He also went 4-1, with  0.87 ERA in 9 games (6 starts) with 4 complete games and 3 shutouts for the Yankees(Fla. East Coast Instructional League) that year. Shifting to the bullpen for 1965, Downs went 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 42 games (3 starts) between 2 teams. Most of his work came with the A A Columbus Confederate Yankees (Southern League) (42 G, 1.18 ERA), though he made 2 starts for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL), going 0-1 with a 8.00 ERA in 9 innings. In 1966, his only full season at Triple A, he went 10-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 34 games (11 starts) for Toledo. In 109 innings, he allowed only 82 hits, but he surrendered 61 walks. On December 20, 1966,  he was traded  along with Cash to the Indians for veteran MLB Shortstop Richard Howser. He spent 1 season in the Indians farm system, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings in 1967. Overall, Downs went 39-19 with a 2.30 ERA in 134 games (61 starts) in 5 Minor League seasons. He had 19 complete games and 8 shutouts. In 528 innings, he allowed 390 hits and 217 walks, while striking out 430 batters. Including his winter league statistics, he went 43-20, 2.17 with 23 complete games and 11 shutouts. He was 10-10, 3.94 ERA in 40 games (13 starts) at Triple A. He served in the Army prior to his pro baseball playing career.

January 8th

1913- The Yankees signed former Cubs Manager Frank Chance to be their 1913 AL season Manager. Chance had previously won 2 World Series and 4 NL pennants as the Manager of the Cubs.  He told the Yankees front office that he felt that Yankees 1B Hal Chase was suspected of cheating which led to his trade to the White Sox. His Yankees managing record would be a118-170 record (1913-1914). His 1913 team finished in 7th in AL with a 59-74 record. He improved the Yankees in 1914, to a 70-84 record with a 6th place in the AL. He would be replaced by former Tigers hurler “Wild Bill” Donovan. As an MLB player, Frank Chance was a 1B, who had a lifetime MLB .297 BA for the Cubs (1905-1912) he was part of the famous DP combo of “Evers-Tinker to Chance.” Frank Chance played for the Yankees in 12 games, hitting just .208, these 12 games cost him a lifetime MLB .300 BA mark.  He would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

1941- The BWAA in The Sporting News poll names the 1940 MLB All-Star team: Hank Greenberg (LF), Yankees Joe DiMaggio (CF), Ted Williams (RF), Frank McCormick (1B), Yankees Joe Gordon (2B), Luke Appling (SS), Stan Hack (3B) and Harry Danning (C) are the position players, while Bob Feller, Bucky Walters and Paul Derringer are named the Pitchers.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League OF Shane Turner was born.

The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected OF Shane Turner. He never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. On June 10,1987, Shane was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve OF Keith Hughes to the Phillies for veteran OF/1B Mike Easler. He played professionally for 11 years as an Infielder in the Minor Leagues, while seeing MLB service with the Phillies, Orioles and Mariners, finishing with a lifetime .236 BA over a 56-game span from 1988 to 1992. Shane has work with the Giants organization since 1996 as a Minor League Roving Batting Coach and Minor League Manager.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Brian Boehringer (1995-1997) was born.

On December 14, 2000, hurler Brian Boehringer was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He went 5-10 with 4.97 ERA and 1 save in 78 games before being traded on July 4, 2001 to the Giants for Catcher Bobby Estalella and Minor League Player Joe Smith. The Yankees signed Brian as an MLB Free Agent in July of 2005, but he was released at the end of the month with no MLB appearances with the Yankees. He had been pitching for the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL).

1971- Former Yankees All-Star DH/1B Jason Giambi (2002-2008) was born.

Former AL MVP 1B Jason Giambi was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees in 2001. He originally came up to the MLB with the Oakland A’s. Jason’s best Yankees season was in 2002, when he hit .314 with 34 HRs and 122 RBIs. Jason was named to the 2002-2004 AL All-Star teams. He appeared in 897 games for the Yankees, while hitting .260 with 209 HRs and 604 RBIs.

1976- The Yankees purchased Pitcher Jim York from the Astros. He split the 1976 season between the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) going 6-1 with a 5.34 ERA and with the Yankees going 1-0 in 3 games for the team

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Carl Pavano (2005-2007) was born.

MLB Free Agent Pitcher Carl Pavano was 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in limited action (26 games) for the 2005-2007 Yankees due to various injuries during his stay with the team. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He was signed by the Twins.

1981- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Francis (2014) was born.

On July 11, 2014, Reliever Jeff Francis was traded by the A’s  along with Cash to the Yankees for Player to be Named Later. He appeared in only 2 games for the team with a 1-0 record with a 5.40 ERA. On August 5, 2014, Jeff was released by the Yankees. On October 31, 2014, Jeff was signed MLB Free Agent with the Blue Jays. Jeff announced retirement from the MLB in December of 2015.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Kevin Whelan (2011) was born.

The Tigers originally signed P Kevin Whelan in 2005. On November 10, 2006, Kevin was traded by the Tigers along with Pitchers Anthony Claggett and Humberto Sanchez to Yankees for veteran MLB All-Star OF/DH Gary Sheffield. He appeared in 2 games with no record for the 2011 Yankees. On November 3, 2012, Kevin was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1985- The Yankees reacquired Reserve Catcher Juan Espino from the Indians. He would spend the season with the 1985 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Dutch” Hiller (1946,1948-1949) passed away. (1920-1987)
Before the start of the 1943 MLB season, 22-year old Frank Hiller was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. "Dutch" as he was sometimes called, was out of Lafayette College in Pa, where he starred on the mound with a 22-2 record. Frank started out his pro career with his hometown AA Newark Bears (IL). He won 39 games for the Bears from 1943-1945. After a short trial with the 1946 Yankees, he went 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA. "Dutch" was a 15-game winner with the 1947 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) before heading back to Yankee Stadium going 5-2 for the 1948 Yankees. He was back in the Bronx in 1949, going 0-2 in 4 appearances with a 5.87 ERA. He would finish out the 1949 season with the Blues finishing with an 11-8 record with a 5.79 ERA. On February 10,1950, he was purchased by the Cubs from the Yankees. Frank would proceed to have his best MLB season going 12-5 for the Cubs in 1950, but he fell to a 6-12 record for the 1951 Cubs. On January 3,1952, he was traded to the Reds for Willie Ramsdell. Hiller would spend the 1952 NL season with the Reds, posting a 5-8 record with a 4.63 ERA.  At the end of the 1952 NL season, the Reds would deal him to the Giants for Gail Henley. Frank Hiller would pitch 19 innings for the 1953 Giants, posting a 2-1 record with a 6.15 ERA; this would be the end of his 7-season MLB Pitching career. He would finish out with a 30-32 record with a 4.42 ERA. "Dutch" at age 33 would give it one more chance with the AAA San Francisco Seals (PCL) in 1954; he had an 11-8 record, but he had a 5.79 ERA. He decided it was time to seek other avenues. He finished out his 8 seasons in the Minor Leagues with an 82-54 record and a 3.18 ERA.

1988- Faced with a Midnight deadline to re-sign with the Yankees, Pitcher Bill Gullickson agrees to a 2-year contract with Yomiuri Giants (Japanese Baseball League) instead. Clippers Note: The Yankees front office really dropped the ball on Bill Gullickson; the team should have resigned him.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve INF Breyvic Valera (2019) was born.

On May 12, 2019, Reserve INF Breyvic Valera was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Giants. He was with the 2019 Yankees appearing in 12 games, hitting just .219 with No HRs and 3 RBIs, before being sent down to AAA Scranton (IL). On September 20, 2019, he was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays from the Yankees.

1992- The Yankees traded Pitcher Darrin Chapin to the Phillies for a Player to be Named Later, which would later be 3B Charlie Hayes. Chapin had appeared in 3 games for the 1991 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record.  He had been a Reliever posting a 10-3 record in 55 games for the 1991 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

2008- Former Yankees Closer Rich “Goose” Gossage is voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA on his 9th try. Gossage had a 126 ERA+; he was a 9-time MLB All-Star while saving over 300 MLB games. He is the 5th reliever voted into the Hall, but the 3rd in the past 5 years. He joins Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Sutter as MLB Relief Pitchers enshrined in Cooperstown. As a Yankees Closer Rich Gossage (1978-1983,1989), he went 42-28 with a 2.14 ERA and 151 saves in 319 games.

January 9th

1854- Former Yankees Team Co-Owner Bill Devery (1903-1914) was born. (1854-1919)

Frank Farrell and Bill Devery were the 1st owners of the New York Highlanders - later to become the Yankees. They purchased the Baltimore Orioles franchise on January 3rd, 1903 for $18,000. They were allowed to purchase the team and move it to New York because of their ties with the local politics. All previous attempts to move a team to Manhattan were blocked by the Giants Ownership and Manager John McGraw political connections in City Hall. Devery had been an openly corrupt New York City Police Chief. He had been forced out of the department shortly before purchasing the team. After the 1914 AL season, the duo sold the team to 2 New York City businessmen Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Houston for $460,000.

1876- Former Yankees Pitcher Barney Wolfe (1903-1904) was born. (1876-1953)
Hurler Barney Wolfe appeared in 27 games for the Yankees, while posting a 6-12 record with 3.02 ERA.  In his rookie season with the 1903 Yankees, he went 6-9 with a 2.97 ERA in 20 starts for the team. On July 20,1904, Barney Wolfe (0-3 in 7 games) was traded by the Yankees along with Starter Tom Hughes (7-11 with a 3.70 ERA) to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Al Orth (3-4). Orth will bounce back by winning 11 of 17 games for 1904 Yankees.

1903- The defunct AL Baltimore Orioles franchise is purchased by 2 New York businessmen Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $18,000. The team is moved to Manhattan, where they will become the New York Highlanders, which marked the genesis of the Yankees. They will play their AL season games at Hilltop Park from 1903 to 1912.

1919- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher and MLB Scout Ed Dunn was born. (1919-1990)
Ed Dunn was 7 for 31 as a Catcher for the 1940 Amsterdam Rugmakers (CANAM League) in the Yankees Minor League organization. Later, he scouted for the 1959-1990 Senators/Twins organization, signing future MLB Players Dave Boswell, Randy Bush, Lenny Webster and Willie Banks among others.

1936- Former Yankees Pitcher Ralph Terry (1956-1957,1959-1964) was born.

 In 1953, the Yankees signed Pitcher Ralph Terry as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He pitched in 10 games for the Yankees during the 1956-1957 AL seasons, going 2-3 before being traded on June 15,1957 to the Kansas City A’s in the Billy Martin trade. Ralph would return to the Yankees on May 26,1959, being traded by the A’s along with INF/OF Hector Lopez for veteran Pitchers Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe. Ralph would become a Yankees regular starter in 1960, going 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 35 games. He gave up the 9th inning HR to Maz in Game #7 of the 1960 World Series loss to the Pirates. In 1961, he went 16-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 31 games. The 1962 AL season was Ralph Terry best MLB season going 23-12 with a 3.19 ERA in 43 starts. He was named to the 1962 AL All-Star team. He won the AL Babe Ruth Award and MLB World Series MVP Award, going 2-1 in the 1962 World Series against the Giants. In 1963, he went 17-13 with a 3.22 ERA in 40 games. In 1964, he was slowed down by arm injuries slipping to a 7-11 mark with a 4.54 ERA in 27 games, pulled out of the Yankees starting rotation and working out of the Yankees bullpen. Ralph appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees with a 2-4 mark, a 2.93 ERA with 31 Ks. His Yankees Pitching career record was 78-59 with .569 WP, a 3.44 ERA in 210 games with 615 strikeouts, 56 complete games and 16 shutouts. After the 1964 World Series, he was sent along with P Bud Daley to complete the Pedro Ramos September 1964 trade with the Indians. After playing for the Tribe, Ralph was briefly with the A’s again before he would be finishing his MLB Pitching career with the 1966-1967 Mets. Ralph Terry finished his MLB Pitching career with an overall 107-99 record with a 3.62 ERA in 338 games. He struck out 1,000 MLB batters. After baseball, Terry became a Professional Golfer. Based on his status as a PGA of America Sectional Champion, he qualified for and played in 4 PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he started playing on the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the 1989 Showdown Classic. 

1953- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ivan De Jesus (1986) was born.

On May 1,1986, veteran MLB INF Ivan De Jesus was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He only appeared in 7 games with the Yankees, before being released by the team on June 24, 1986.

1959- Former Yankees Reserve OF Otis Nixon (1983) was born.

Otis Nixon was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). He appeared in only 13 games for the 1983 Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, batting just .143. On February 5,1984, Otis was traded by the Yankees with a Player to be Named Later (Pitcher Guy Elston) and MLB Reliever George Frazier to the Indians for a Player to be Named Later (Rick Browne) and MLB INF Toby Harrah. 

1964- Former Yankees Reserve OF Stan Javier (1984) was born.

After being obtained from the Cardinals along with INF Bobby Meacham, Stan hit .143 in 7 games in 1984, before being sent to the Oakland A’s in the Rickey Henderson trade. He was the son of former NL All-Star INF Juan Javier, who played 2B for the 1960’s Cardinals.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Domingo Jean (1993) was born.

On January 10,1992, Domingo Jean was traded by the White Sox along with Pitchers Melido Perez and Bob Wickman to the Yankees for MLB All-Star INF Steve Sax. He would go 1-1 in 10 games for the Yankees before being traded on November 27,1993, along with Reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz to the Astros for veteran MLB Reliever Xavier Hernandez.

1973- Former Yankees INF Lynn “Broadway” Lary (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1973)

Infielder Lynn Lary was purchased from the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) in 1928. He had 3 good seasons with the Yankees, before slipping in 1932. He appeared in 496 games for the team, while hitting .274 with 21 HRs and 237 RBIs. On May 15, 1934, he would be traded to the Red Sox for INF Fred Muller and $20,000 Cash. He later played for the Browns and Indians before retiring from MLB.

1990- Former Yankees AL MVP and All-Star Pitcher Spurgeon “Spud” Ferdinand Chandler (1937-1947) passed away. (1907-1990)

Spud Chandler pitched for the Yankees from 1937-1947, with a pitching career record of 109-43 (.717). His best season was in 1943, when he went 20-1 (.833 WP) with a 1.64 ERA. He was named to the 1943 AL All-Star team. Spud was the winner of the 1943 AL MVP and MLB MVP awards. Chandler entered the Army in April 1944. He was discharged in September 1945. He appeared in the 1941-1943 and 1947 World Series with the Yankees going 2-2 with 1.62 ERA.  At the age of 38 in 1946, he went 20-8 for the Yankees. He retired as an MLB active player after the 1947 MLB season. After his MLB playing career had ended, Spud Chandler was a Kansas City A’s MLB Pitching coach for the 1957-1958 AL seasons. He was also a longtime MLB Scout for the Indians and Twins organizations.

1992- Current Yankees Minor League Reliever Joe Harvey (2019) was born.

Pitcher Joe Harvey was drafted by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Pittsburgh. On November 20, 2018, the Yankees added Minor League Reliever Joe Harvey to their 40-man MLB roster. The young reliever has a 5-6 lifetime career record with 1.75 ERA in 102 games with 25 saves. He split the 2018 baseball season between AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 3-2 record with a 1.67 ERA in 43 games with 11 saves. In 2019, he split playing between AAA Scranton and the Yankees. With the Yankees, he appeared in 9 games, while posting a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA.

1997- The Yankees signed MLB free agent OF/DH/1B Mark Whiten. He would hit .265 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs, while appearing in 67 games as a Reserve player for the 1997 Yankees.

2007- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Ben Callahan passed away. (1957-2007)

The Yankees in the 31st round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Ben Callahan. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 15,1983, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/DH Marshall Brant and Cash to the Oakland A’s for veteran Starter Matt Keough.

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

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January 10th

1888- Former Yankees 2B Del Pratt (1918-1920) was born. (1888-1977)
On January 22, 1918, 2B Del Pratt was obtained from the St. Louis Browns by the Yankees in the Urban Shocker trade. He was a 2B for the 1918-1920 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1920, when he hit .314. Overall with the team, Del appeared in 420 games, while hitting .295 with 10 HRs and 219 RBIs. In December of 1920, Pratt would be traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox in the Waite Hoyt trade. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1923-1924 Tigers. Overall, he appeared in 1,836 games, while hitting .292 with 43 HRs and 979 RBIs. Later, he would become a Minor League Manager in the Texas League. 

1903- Despite attempts by Giants Management John T. Brush and Andrew Freedman to use their political influence to prevent the American League from finding suitable grounds for a club to play in New York City. AL Commissioner Ban Johnson is aided by baseball writer Joe Vila, who finds financial backers for a team. Also, Johnson finds a ballpark site at 165th Street and Broadway. Frank Farrell and Bill Devery pay $18,000 for the Baltimore Orioles AL team franchise. They will build a wooden grandstand ballpark seating 15,000 people on the highest point of Manhattan. The team logically will be called the New York Highlanders. The new ballpark will be called Hill Top Park; it will be the team’s home field from 1903 to 1912.

1924- The Yankees released future Hall of Fame 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, he had retired from MLB. On February 15, 1916, 3B Frank Baker was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s for $37,500. He appeared in 676 games for the 1916-1922 Yankees, while hitting .288 with 48 HRs and 375 RBIs. In 1920, he sat out the MLB season due to death of his wife to take care of his 2 children. He returned to the team in 1921. Frank “Home Run” Baker will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Dotson (1988-1989) was born.
On November 12,1987, AL All-Star Pitcher Richard Dotson was traded by the White Sox along with P Scott Nielsen to the Yankees for OF Dan Pasqua, C/DH/1B Mark Salas and P Steve Rosenberg. Rich would go 14-14 with a 5.13 ERA in 43 games before being released by the team in 1989.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Brower (1989) was born.
On December 5,1988, OF Bob Brower was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Reserve INF Bobby Meacham. Bob would appear in 26 games for the 1989 Yankees, while hitting .232.

1968- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Carlos Mota was born.

A former Minor League Catcher Carlos Mota had played in the Indians organization from 1987 until 1993. He finished active playing career from 1994-1999 St. Paul Saints. He had been a Player/Coach with the St. Paul Saints in 1999. Then he joined the Diamondbacks organization working with them from 2000-2001. He left the Arizona Minor League system to join the Yankees organization from 2002-2009 working as a Yankees Minor League Coach or Manager with the 2010  Manager DSL Yankees 1, 2012-2013 Manager DSL Yankees 2 and the 2014-2015 Rehab Manager Yankees Latin Béisbol Academy.

1983- A preliminary injunction is issued by New York Supreme Court barring the Yankees from playing their 1983 AL Opening Season games against the Tigers in Denver, Colorado. The Yankees sought to move games fearing the renovations to the Yankee Stadium would not be completed on time.

1989- The Yankees traded veteran MLB Starter Rick Rhoden to the Astros for 3 Minor League players: OF John Fishel, Pitchers Pedro Deleon and Mike Hook. Rhoden had gone 12-12 with a 4.29 ERA in 30 games for the 1988 Yankees. Overall in 2 seasons with the team, Rick went 28-22 with a 4.09 ERA in 60 games.  Fishel was assigned to AAA Columbus (IL), while the 2 Pitchers were assigned to AA Albany (Eastern League). All 3 players obtained in the trade never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1992- The Yankees traded veteran MLB All-Star 2B Steve Sax to the White Sox in exchange for 3 pitchers: Melido Perez, Domingo Jean and Bob Wickman. Sax appeared in 471 games for the Yankees, while hitting .294 with 19 HRs and 161 RBIs. He named to the AL All Star team twice. The Yankees Front Office felt that young Pat Kelly should give a chance to play regularly at 2B. Perez bothered by injuries during his stay with the Yankees, he posted a 33-39 record a 4.06 ERA in 93 games for the 1993-1995 Yankees. Wickman and Jean were both Class A Minor League Pitchers, who were assigned to the Yankees Minor League system. Bob Wickman would go 31-14 with a 4.21 ERA with 11 saves in 223 games before being traded to the Brewers in 1996. Jean would appear with the 1993 Yankees going 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 10 games before being traded to Astros in the winter of 1993.

2002- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Starter David Wells to a 2-year, $7-million contract to re-join the team. After posting a 34-14 record including a Perfect Game from 1997-1998, David Wells and other players were traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for AL All-Star Starter Roger Clemens. With the Blue Jays, Wells had his only 20-win season of his MLB Pitching career.

2014- MLB Reliever Matt Thornton completes his 2-year $7 million deal with the Yankees. To make room for him on their 40-man MLB roster, the Bronx Bombers designate veteran OF/DH Vernon Wells for assignment. With the 2014 Yankees, Matt went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA with no saves in 46 games. On August 5, 2014, he was selected off waivers by the Nationals from the Yankees. 

January 11th

1911- Former Yankees Minor league INF Roy Hughes was born. (1911-1995)
On June 13,1939, INF Roy Hughes was traded by the St. Louis Browns with Cash to the Yankees for OF Joe Gallagher, who was hitting .244 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 14 games. Roy never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (IL). On July 13,1939, Roy was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for hurler Al Hollingsworth.

1915- New York City Businessmen Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston buy the New York Yankees from current Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $460,000. Jacob Ruppert, who owns a local brewery, is thinking of renaming the team the “Knickerbockers” to promote his brewery product, but he is dissuaded by local newspapermen to keep the “Yankees” name instead.

1928- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1952-1953) and MLB Coach (1967) Loren “Bee Bee” Babe was born. (1928-1984)
In 1945, Babe Loren was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB amateur free agent.  He appeared in only 17 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He had been buried in the Yankees minor league system with so many talented infielders around. In the spring of 1953, he was sold to the Philadelphia A’s. In December of 1953, the Yankees reacquired Babe in the Vic Power trade. He remained in the minor leagues until 1958 retiring as an active player. From 1961-1966, he managed in the Yankees minor league system. Loren was an MLB coach for the Yankees in 1967. He later, he worked with the White Sox in the 1980s, before his death from cancer in 1984.

1934- The Yankees released Reserve INF Edward “Doc” Farrell.  Doc had appeared in 70 games as a reserve infielder for the 1932-1933 Yankees, while hitting .231. Farrell had been part of the Joe DiMaggio trade with the San Francisco Seals (PCL), but he refused to go to the team, instead he will play briefly for the 1934 Red Sox before leaving the MLB.

1962- Former Yankees Reliever Don Pall (1994) was born.

On January 16, 1994, Reliever Don Pall was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees.  Don Pall went 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees before being released by the team on July 29,1994. He would finish the 1994 MLB season with the Cubs.

1965- Former Yankees 1B Wally Pipp (1915-1925), the predecessor of Lou Gehrig at 1st base for the Yankees, dies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was 71 years old.  (1893-1965)
Rookie 1B Wally Pip was acquired from the Tigers in 1915. He had been beaten out of the Tigers 1B job by Tigers teammate George “Tigoa” Burns. Pipp, who in 1925, he had asked out of the Yankees starting lineup with a headache, he had been hit by a ball in the head the previous day. After giving way to rookie 1B Lou Gehrig, Pipp will never again played a game at 1st base for the Yankees. In January of 1926, Wally was sold to the Reds for $7,500. He would finish up his fine MLB playing career with the 1926-1928 Reds. Wally had appeared in 3 World Series (1921-1923) with the Yankees, hitting .224 in 19 games. He hit over .300 in 3 seasons with the Yankees, with 1922 being his best Yankees season with a .329 mark. He appeared in 1,488 games for the Yankees, hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 826 RBIs. In 1916 and 1917, Wally Pipp led the AL in HRs with 12 and 9. He led the AL in fielding for 1st basemen in 1915 and 1924.

1973- MLB Team Owners approve one of the game's most controversial rules: Designated Hitter. The team owners decide to allow AL teams to implement the rule on an experimental 3-year basis, but the DH rule will become a permanent addition to the American League. The Yankees Ron Bloomberg will become the 1st DH in MLB History to appear in a game against the Red Sox in April of 1973.

1977- The Yankees drafted OF Willie McGee in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 1977 MLB Amateur player draft (Secondary Phase). Willie McKee will never play for the Yankees at the MLB level. On October 21,1981, Willie was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for P Bob Sykes.

1980- The Yankees drafted OF/1B Tom Dodd in the 1st round (7th pick) of the1980 MLB amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Todd never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 5,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with Jeff Reynolds (minors) and 1B/DH Dave Revering to the Blue Jays for veteran 1B/DH John Mayberry. On December 9,1982, Tom was traded by the Blue Jays along with veteran Reliever Dale Murray to the Yankees for 1B/OF Dave Collins, Minor League Class A 1B Fred McGriff, Pitcher Mike Morgan and Cash.

1983- The Yankees named Billy Martin their Manager for the 3rd time in 8 years. Martin takes over for Clyde King, who is bumped upstairs to the Yankees front office. Billy Martin will lead the Yankees to a record of 91-71 in 1983 AL season.

1983- Ellis Burks is one of the few good players to be drafted and also signed in the January free agent draft. Burks is picked on the 1st round by the Red Sox as the Yankees picked and signed Ozzie Canseco, who was a Pitcher with their 4th pick.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve OF Rico Noel (2015) was born.

Centerfielder Rico Noel played in the  Padres organization beginning in 2010.  He was selected by the club in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB amateur player draft. The owner of blazing speed, Noel stole 17 bases in 44 games his 1st season, and followed that with a 62-steal campaign in 126 games in 2011. Entering 2012, he was ranked the best defensive outfielder in the Padres system by Baseball America. He stole 90 bases in 113 tries for the Lake Elsinore Storm that year. In 2013, he stole 59 bases in 131 games for the San Antonio Missions. He began 2014 season with the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas (PCL) and he stole 32 bases there. Back with El Paso in 2015 after being a non-roster invitee to the Padres' spring training camp, the Padres released him on June 28th. On July 2nd he signed by the Yankees. He spent time first with the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) and then with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He was called up to the MLB when team rosters expanded on September 1st and made his Yankees player debut the next day as a late-game defensive replacement for RF Carlos Beltran although he did not have a chance to bat in the game. He appeared in 15 games with the 2015 Yankees, while hitting .500. On October 16, 2015, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On December 17, 2015, the Dodgers signed him. 

1995- Former Yankees Minor League INF Nick Solak was born.

Second baseman Nick Solak was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees, out of the University of Louisville. He began his pro career that season with the Staten Island Yankees, hitting a solid .321 in 64 games. In 2017, he began the season in the Florida State League with the Tampa Yankees, for whom he played 100 games, then was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) for an additional 30 games. Between the 2 stops, his batting line was .297 with 72 runs, 26 doubles,12 HRs and 53 RBIs. On February 20, 2018, just after the opening of spring trainingcamp, he was traded by the Yankees 1st to the  Diamondbacks along with P Taylor Widener in return for 2B/3B Brandon Drury, then immediately to the Rays along with P Anthony Banda and 2 Players to be Named Later (Sam McWilliams and Colin Poche) in return for OF Steven Souza. The Rays had suddenly decided, as spring training camp opened, to shed some salary and Souza was the 3rd veteran to be dealt by the team in the span of 4 days in return for prospects. Nick played for the 2018 AA Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League).

1999- Former Yankees Minor League OF/INF Jim Dyck passed away. (1922-1999)
In 1941, the Yankees signed OF Jim Dyck as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 5,1949, Jim was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees organization in the 1949 Minor League Player Draft. From 1951-1956, he played in the MLB with the Browns, Orioles, Indians and the Reds, while hitting .246 in 350 games.

2000- Former Hall of Fame MLB Pitcher and Yankees and MLB Manager Bob Lemon died at the age of 79. (1922-2000)
Bob Lemon was a 7-time 20-game winner with the Indians. He teamed with Bob Feller, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia to form one of the game's greatest starting rotations. In 1954, Bob Lemon went 23-7 with a 2.72 ERA in 36 games with 21 complete games, helping the Indians to an AL record 111-win season. After retiring as an active player in 1958, he worked for the Indians organization as an MLB scout and then a minor league manager.  In 1970, Lemon became an MLB Manager for the 1st time, when he assumed leadership of the Kansas City Royals, replacing Manager Joe Gordon. Later he managed the White Sox before enjoying his greatest success with the Yankees. On July 25,1978, Bob Lemon replaced the fired Billy Martin and helped the Yankees orchestrate a miraculous 14 game comeback against the Red Sox. Under Bob Lemon's calming hand, the Yankees won their 2nd straight World Championship in 1978. He was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.Midway through the 1979 season, Martin replaced him as Yankees Manager. In 1981, when the MLB player strike split the season into 2 halfs, Gene Michael managed the Yankees to a 1st-half division lead, but when the team faltered in the 2nd half after the strike, Lemon returned as manager. Even though the Yankees had a losing record under his helm, he took them to victory in the divisional playoff with 2nd-half winner Milwaukee and then to a 3-game sweep of the Oakland A’s in the ALCS. The Yankees lost the World Series to the Dodgers in 6 games, and Lemon was widely criticized for a managerial decision he made in the last game, when he called in Bobby Murcer to pinch hit for ace pitcher Tommy John with 2 on and 2 outs in the 4th inning; Murcer flied out to right field, and the bullpen imploded after John's departure, giving the game and the series away to the Dodgers. When New York started slowly in 1982, Lemon was again replaced as Manager after 14 games only, this time by Michael. He did not even get to manage the AL team in the 1982 MLB  All-Star Game, a traditional perk of the previous year's World Series Manager, he was replaced by Billy Martin, whose A’s had been swept by Lemon's Yankees in the ALCS.  Bob Lemon died at age 79 from a heart attack/stroke after a long period of failing health at Palmcrest Convalescent Home in San Bernardino, CA. He was cremated. He was survived by his wife, Jane and 2 sons. The hard-drinking, easygoing Lemon had been seriously ill and housebound, a virtual recluse in his native Long Beach, CA, but he was nevertheless still on the Yankees payroll as a MLB Scout. It was a "lifetime contract" reward from George Steinbrenner for winning the 1978 Yankee World Championship. 

2001- Former Yankees Starter David Cone agrees to a 1-year contract with the Red Sox. The former Cy Young Award winner could make between $4 million and $5 million with the Red Sox, compared to $500,000 guaranteed-offer made by the Yankees, if he makes the MLB 25-man roster and pitches regularly during the 2001 season. He will win just 9 games in 25 starts during the 2001 AL season.

2005- The Diamondbacks traded 5-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson to the Yankees in a 3-team deal that includes the Dodgers OF Shawn Green, P Javier Vazquez and rookie Catcher Dioner Navarro also move in the transaction. Arizona receives P Javier Vazquez, C Dioner Navarro and P Brad Halsey from the Yankees and the D-Backs send Navarro and 3 Minor League Prospects to Dodgers for OF Shawn Green.

2012- The Yankees sign OF Preston Mattingly, the son of franchise great Don Mattingly to a Minor League contract. Ironically, Preston was under employ of the Dodgers, the team his father is now managing.

2013- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Talbot (1965-1969) passed away. (1941-2013)

On June 10, 1966, Hurler Fred Talbot was traded by the A’s along with C Billy Bryan to the Yankees for P Gil Blanco, OF Roger Repoz and MLB Pitcher Bill Stafford. Fred went 14-24 with a 3.99 ERA in 89 games for the 1965-1969 Yankees. On May 20, 1969, Fred was traded by the Yankees to the Seattle Pilots for Reliever Jack Aker. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the Oakland A’s in 1970. In 1959, the White Sox had signed Fred Talbot as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He pitched for the White Sox, Indians, the A’s, Yankees, Pilots and the A’s again, who were now in Oakland, posting an overall MLB Pitching record of 38-56 record with a 4.12 ERA in 195 games. Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton wrote about Fred in his famous baseball book “Ball Four.”

2014Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz&nbs****ues his ruling on Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension for PED use, originally issued on August 5th, reducing it to 162 games, or the entire 2014 MLB Season and Postseason, costing him $25 million in salary. Rodriguez says he will appeal the decision in federal court. For its part, the Players Association says it disagrees with the decision, but will respect it as it was reached through due process.

2019- The Yankees add another veteran MLB Infielder to their MLB Roster by signing MLB Free Agent INF D.J. LeMahieu for 2 years and $24 million. D.J. will hit .327 with 26 HRs and 102 RBIs in 143 games for the 2019 Yankees. He was on the 2019 AL All-Star team.









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