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This Week in Yankees History September 20th-September 26th Part One

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September 20th

1894- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1947-1948) and Long-Time MLB Manager Charlie Dressen was born. (1894-1966)

Charlie Dressen was a former MLB 3B (1925-1933). He hit .272 with 11 HRs and 221 RBIs in 646 games. He was the Manager for the Reds from 1934-1937. He joined the Dodgers as an MLB Coach from 1939-1946, then joining the Yankees MLB Coaching staff for 1947-1948 seasons under Manager Bucky Harris. In 1949, Charley left the Yankees to manage the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), replacing Manager Casey Stengel, who had become the Yankees new Manager for 1949 AL season. He won the 1949 PCL Championship with the Oaks. In 1951, Dressen took over as the Dodgers Skipper, finishing in a tie for 1st with the Giants that NL season. He was the one, who chose to use Ralph Branca in relief of Starter Carl Erskine in the 3d game of the 1951 NL playoffs, with the result being Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the World HR’. After leading the Dodgers to the 1952-1953 World Series- but losing both times to the Yankees, he demanded a 3-year contract from Dodgers Team Owner Walter O'Malley. Instead, O'Malley fired him. He replaced him with Walter Alston, a man who would go on to manage the club for more than 2 decades, always on a 1-year contract. Later, Dressen moved on 1st to manage the AAA Oakland Oaks (PCL) for 1 season, then moving to the 1955-1957 Senators in the AL for a little more than 2 seasons. He reconciled with the Dodgers management, serving on Walter Alston's MLB Coaching staff for the 1958-1959 NL seasons. In 1960, Dressen took over as Manager of the Braves. He led the club to a 2nd-place finish in 1960 NL season, but he was replaced during the 1961 NL season by Birdie Tebbetts, despite posting an 83-71 record. In 1963, Charlie became the Tigers Manager. He missed the beginning of the 1965 AL season after having a heart attack, but he was back in the Tigers dugout by May. On May 16,1966, he suffered another heart attack, resigning due to health reasons. Charlie was replaced by the Tigers MLB Coach Bob Swift for the rest of the 1966 AL season. His final MLB Manager record was 1,008-973 (.509 WP) in 1,990 games.

1911- The Yankees committed 7 errors in the 1st game of a double header with the Indians (a 12-9 loss), and then commit 5 more in the nightcap (a 5-4 win). The 12 errors in 1 day is still the Yankees club record for errors.

1921- The Yankees obtain P/1B/PH Oscar Roettger from Joplin (Western League) in return for an extension of the agreement whereby the Yankees loaned Joplin 2 players: 1B Jack Doyle and Larry Christianson. Oscar appeared in 6 games for the 1923-1924 Yankees with no decisions with an 8.69 ERA. As batter, he went 0 for 6 for the team. On May 25,1925, Oscar was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Fred Hofmann and $50,000 Cash to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for Shortstop Mark Koenig. The Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson (October 28, 1925) to St. Paul to complete the trade. His younger brother OF Wally played in the NL from 1929-1934.

1931- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs to break his old AL RBI mark of 175 set in 1927. By the end of 1931 AL season's end, Lou will have a total of 184 RBI’s along with a .341 BA and 46 HRs for the team.

1938- Former Yankees INF/OF Tom Tresh (1961-1969) was born. (1938-2008)

In 1958, the Yankees signed INF Tom Tresh as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was the son of former White Sox Catcher Mike Tresh. He is now a Yankees MLB Scout. Tom was the only rookie player called up to the Yankees in 1961. In 1962, he won the AL Rookie of Year Award. Tom took over the starting Shortstop position, while Tony Kubek was serving active duty in the Army Reserves. Tresh had beaten out teammate Phil Linz for the starting position. He was an AL All-Star team member in 1962-1963. Tommy played in 3 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .277. He hit a key HR in the 1962 Series against the Giants. He won an AL Golden Glove in 1965, while hitting .275 with 26 HRs. After the 1965 AL season ended, the Red Sox offered Yaz for Tresh in a trade, but then the Boston Front office changed their minds. During his Yankees playing career, Tom hit 20 HR’s or more for 4 seasons. During the 1966 AL season, Tom seriously injured his knees when newly acquired Yankees Shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. ran into him during a play in the outfield. The injury ruined Tom’s knees and his MLB playing career. He would return to Shortstop position in 1968, but his batting production had dropped greatly. In June of 1969, Tom was traded to the Tigers for OF Ron Woods. Tom’s son Mickey Tresh played in the Yankees and Tigers Minor League systems.

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike Jurewicz (1965) was born.

Before the start of 1963 AL Season, Pitcher Mike Jurewicz was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Mike appeared in 2 games for the 1965 Yankees with no decisions. An arm injury cut his MLB Pitching career short.

1954- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mickey Klutts (1976-1978) was born.

In 1972, INF Mickey Klutts was a 4th round draft choice in the MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He was the Co-MVP of the International League in 1976 with the Syracuse Chiefs (shared with Rich Dauer and Joe Lis). He played for AAA Syracuse Chiefs in 1976-1977 and in 1983. He ranks 4th in Chiefs history for his .308 BA with them. He was named in 2004 to the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame. In 1976, Mickey had hit .319 with 24 HRs and 80 RBIs for the AAA Chiefs. He appeared in 8 games for the 1976-1976 Yankees, while hitting .300, before being traded to the A’s along with Reserve OF Dell Alston for OF Gary Thomasson on June 15, 1978. A broken finger injury in 1977 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, costed him a chance to win the starting Yankees Shortstop job. Soon after his hand injury, the Yankees acquired Shortstop Bucky Dent from the White Sox. Mickey finished MLB playing career in 1983 with the Blue Jays. He had appeared in 199 MLB games, while hitting .241 with 14 HRs and 59 RBIs

1958- Thanks to a Gus Triandos HR, recently acquired by the Orioles veteran knuckleball hurler Hoyt Wilhelm No-Hits the Yankees by the score of 1-0. It will be the last time in this century, that the Yankees will fail to get a hit in a game. The veteran MLB hurler had been recently acquired on waivers by the Orioles from the Indians.

1961- The 155th Yankees game of the 1961 AL season (including a tie) is Roger Maris' last chance to beat the 60 HR mark set by Babe Ruth. In compliance with MLB Commissioner Ford Frick's statement, for the record to be broken Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris' 59th HR of the season, off of Orioles hurler Jack Fisher, is short of the HR record, but helps the Yankees beat the Birds by a score of 4-2 to clinch their 26th AL pennant. The MLB Commissioner Frick ignores the fact the Babe Ruth played under different rules for recording batting stats than Roger Maris.

1968- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hit his 536th HR, the final HR of his 18-year MLB playing career. His last MLB Career HR is given up by Boston hurler Jim Lonborg in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at the Yankee Stadium.

1978- The Yankees split a doubleheader with the Blue Jays, losing the Opener by the score of 8-1 as Ron Guidry lost his 3rd game of the 1978 AL season. In the nightcap, the Yankees bounced back with a 3-2 win with bullpen help from Closer Goose Gossage and 3-run rally in the 9th inning. The big hits were run-scoring singles by Lou Piniella, Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles. Their lead is at 1 1/2 games, until news comes in from Detroit, that the Red Sox are mauled by the Tigers by the score of 12-2, the Yankees lead in the AL East goes back to 2 games.

1980- In memory of their former Team Captain and AL All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson, a bronze plaque in Memorial Park is dedicated to the deceased Yankee Catcher, who died in a jet crash at Canton, Ohio in August of 1979.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Peek (1941) passed away. (1914-1991)

Before the start of the 1937 AL season, the Yankees signed Steve Peek as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He spent 4 seasons in the Minors (1937-1940), having his best season in 1940 with the AA Newark Bears (IL), posting a 14-4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 144 innings; helping his team to the International League Play-Off Championship. Steve looked strong in the 1941 spring training workouts. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on April 16th. He appeared in 17 games, while pitching 80 innings, posting a 4-2 record before being sent back to Newark Bears for the balance of the 1941 season. Steve went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA for the Bears, missing his chance to play in a World Series. The Yankees would beat the Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the 1941 World Series. Peek did not play in the World Series. He never returned to the MLB. Steve would spend the next 4 years (1942-1945) in the Army during World War II. He returned from the service in time for the 1946 AL season, but at the age of 31, he spent the rest of his pro baseball career pitching in the Minor Leagues, playing with the Newark Bears again before he finished out in 1948, with the AA Seattle Rainiers (PCL). Steve's 8 seasons in the Minor Leagues saw him post a 73-44 record, while appearing in 186 games and pitching 974 innings.

1998- At Camden Yards in Baltimore, the Yankees hang on to beat the Orioles by the score of 5-4. Yankees Closer Mo Rivera gives up a HR to Robby Alomar in 9th inning, but he still gets his 36th save of the 1998 AL season as Yankees Starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez picks-up his 11th victory.

1998- Orioles Cal Ripken, Jr. takes himself out of the Baltimore starting lineup. He does not play in the Orioles' loss to the Yankees, ending his MLB consecutive games played streak at 2,632 games. After nearly 16 MLB seasons, Ripken says he decided the time was right to end the streak, which began on May 30, 1982.

2005- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 42nd HR of the 2005 AL season, while 2B Robinson Cano erases a 4-run deficit with a Grand Slam HR, helping Yankees Starter Aaron Small and the 7-time defending Eastern division winners rally to beat the Devil Rays by the score of 9-5. Yankees Aaron Small pitching record goes to 8-0, becoming the 1st pitcher to win his 1st 8 decisions with the Yankees since Doug Bird in 1980 and 1981; the Yankees 4th straight win continues its strong push in the 2005 AL East and Wild-Card races.

2010- Former Yankees Minor League OF Al Pilarcik passed away. (1930-2010)

Before the start of the 1948 AL season, OF Al Pilarcik began his pro career in the Yankees organization, when he signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The lefty-hitting outfielder had great speed and a strong throwing arm. Al once raced Mickey Mantle. "We had a match race in training camp which he said he beat me by 10 feet, but it was more like 10 inches," recalled Pilarcik. Al would spend 7 active seasons in the Minor Leagues (1948-1956) and sandwiched in between these years he would spend 1953-1954 seasons in Military during the Korean War. Pilarcik had 3 good seasons out of the 7; his 1st was in 1949 with the Class C Joplin Miners (Western Association), when he hit .304 in 107 games. The 1952 season before he served in the military, he hit .305 in 137 games for the AA Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League). In October of 1955, the Yankees sent Al to the Kansas City A’s as part of a conditional agreement, playing with the 1956 AAA Columbus Jets (IL). In the 1st half of the season, he was on fire, hitting .375 with 18 HRs and 75 RBIs. "Luke Easter and I were challenging each other," said Pilarcik. "Luke was about 6' 5" and 240 lbs. I was 5' 10". They called him 'Big Poison' and me 'Little Poison'." Unknown at the time this would be Al's last run in the Minors, he finished up his 7-season stint by hitting .285 along with 43 HRs. His strong showing with the AAA Jets, got Al called up for his 1st crack at the MLB; he debuted with the A’s on July 13, 1956. He finished out the 1956 season with them, hitting .251 in 69 games. The following season, Al was sent to the Orioles in a multi-player deal. In 1957, Al had 15 assists in the outfield, while hitting a MLB career high BA of .282 in 1959. He finished his MLB playing career in 1961, with the White Sox and the A’s finishing with a .256 average with 22 HRs and 143 RBIs in 668 games.

2012- Yankees veteran OF Ichiro Suzuki continues his hot hitting as he homers off of Blue Jays Starter Aaron Laffey in the 3rd inning to open the Yankees' account, then he hits a 2-run double in a 7-run 4th inning, leading the Yankees to a 10-7 win over the Blue Jays. Nick Swisher adds a Grand Slam HR during the big run outburst, as the Bronx Bombers move to 1 full game ahead of the idle Orioles in the AL East.

2013- Breaking a 1-1 tie in the 7th inning, the Yankees' 3B Alex Rodriguez hits a Grand Slam HR off of Giants Reliever George Kontos for a 5-1 win. It is the 24th Grand Slam HR of A-Rod's MLB playing career, breaking a tie with Yankees HOF Lou Gehrig for most ever in the MLB.

2018- With an 11-6 win over the Yankees, the Red Sox clinch their 3rd straight AL Eastern Division title. But the Yankees still set a couple of records on Luke Voit's HR in the 2nd inning. It is his 10th HR since joining the Yankees from the Cardinals in a trade, giving them a MLB record 12 players with 10 or more HRs this season, it is also the team's 246th HR, breaking their team record set in 2012.

September 21st

1875- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Frank McM**** (1903) was born. (1875-1923)

Reserve Catcher Frank McM**** appeared in only 4 games with the 1903 Yankees with no BA.

1892- Former Yankees OF Elmer Smith (1922-1923) was born. (1892-1984) In July of 1922, Veteran OF Elmer Smith was obtained from the Red Sox along with veteran INF Joe Dugan. Elmer hit .185 in 21 games in 1922. The next season, he appeared in 70 games for the Yankees, while hitting .306 with 7 HRs and 35 RBIs. Smith appeared in 2 games of the 1922 World Series with the Yankees with no hits. He had played in the 1920 World Series with the Indians, hitting .308 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs in 5 games. The Yankees traded him in 1924 to AA Louisville (AA) for future HOF CF Earl Combs. Elmer would return to the MLB in 1925, playing for the Reds; while hitting .270 with 8 HRs and 46 RBIs in 96 games. Overall as an MLB player, Elmer Smith appeared in 1,012 MLB games, hitting .276 with 70 HRs and 540 RBIs.

1906- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, the White Sox lose a pair to the Yankees before a crowd of 20,000 fans, their largest Friday afternoon crowd. Yankees 1B Hal Chase has 22 putouts at 1B in the 1st game, tying the MLB record.

1908- The Indians take the AL lead by beating the Yankees, while the Tigers take 2 from the Browns. With 2 weeks to go, 3 1/2 games separate 4 teams in the 1908 AL Pennant race.

1923- Yankees OF Babe Ruth is the unanimous choice of the AL committee of Baseball Writers for the 1923 AL MVP Award. Due to current baseball MVP rules, Babe Ruth will not be able to win the AL MVP Award again. The AL MVP Award rules will later be changed during the 1930’s taking this ban away from players; who had won the MVP previously. This is why both Ruth (1) and Gehrig (2) did not have many AL MVP Awards during their playing MLB playing careers.

1932- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, A’s Slugger Jimmie Foxx hits his HR #54 of the 1932 AL season to lead the A's to an 8-4 win over the visiting Yankees. His A’s teammates, Al Simmons and Eric McNair also hit HRs off of Yankees Starter Red Ruffing as A’s Starter Sugar Cain is able to win.

1933- With lefty Walter Stewart pitching, the Senators eliminates the Yankees from the 1933 AL Pennant race by clinching the AL flag in a 2-1 home win over the Browns.

1935- The Tigers clinched the 1935 AL Pennant with a doubleheader win over the Browns, winning the games by the scores of 6-2 and 2-0. The Tigers will finish the rest of the way of the 1935 AL season, going just 1-6, while the 1935 Yankees will go 6-1, finishing in 2nd place in the AL with an 89-60 record.

1935- Former Yankees OF Herman McFarland (1903) passed away. (1870-1935)

In 1902, veteran MLB OF Herman McFarland came to the Yankees from the White Sox, when they were the Baltimore Orioles. He appeared in 103 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .243 with 5 HRs and 45 RBIs in his last active MLB playing career season (1896-1903).

1942- Former Yankees Pitcher “Sudden” Sam Mc Dowell (1973-1974) was born.

After coming over from the Giants in 1973 in a Cash transaction, veteran starter “Sudden” Sam McDowell was a major disappointment for the Yankees. He went 5-8 and 1-6, before being released by the Yankees during the 1974 AL season. The Pirates would sign Sudden Sam McDowell for the 1975 NL season. His serious drinking problems affected his 15 MLB season Pitching career, which had begun with the Indians.

1954- Yankees Rookie Starter Bob Grim wins his 20th game of the 1954 AL season as the Yankees defeat the Senators by the score of 3-1. Bob had previously spent the last 2 years in the US Army before making the Yankees MLB Pitching staff in the 1954 Yankees MLB spring training camp.

1956- Bronx Bombers 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron has 5 hits, but the Yankees strand a record 20 base runners in losing to the Red Sox at Fenway Park by the score of 13-9. Mickey Mantle sends a 480-foot HR into the CF bleachers that lands a foot from the top. His 3 hits raise his 1956 AL season BA to .352, 4 points behind rival Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris is held hitless in 4 at bats, as the Kansas City A’s win by the score of 5-3 behind A’s hurler Bill Fischer's 3-hitter. All the Yankee runs off him are unearned. Roger Maris is the only Yankees regular to play the entire game.

1963- The A’s beat the Yankees by a score of 5-3, despite HRs by Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. For veteran Catcher Yogi Berra, it is his 358th MLB career and last HR as a Yankees player.

1963- Former Yankee DH/1B Cecil “Big Daddy” Fielder (1996-1997) was born.

On July 31,1996, DH/1B Cecil Fielder was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for OF/DH Ruben Sierra and Minor League P Matt Drews. Cecil hit .260 with 28 HRs and 96 RBIs in his 2 seasons with the 1996-1997 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in the fall of 1997. The Angels would sign him.

1968- At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox Starter Ray Culp fires his 3rd successive shutout, stopping the Yankees on 1-hit shutout, winning the game by the score of 2-0. Roy White's single in the 7th inning is the only Yankees hit. It's Culp's 15th win of the 1968 AL season for the Red Sox.

1971- For the 4th consecutive AL season, Orioles Starter Dave McNally wins his 20th game, as he shuts out the Yankees by the score of 5-0.

1984- Former Yankees Minor League INF Joaquin Arias was born.

Joaquin Arias was signed out of the Dominican Republic by Yankee Scouts Victor Mata, Carlos Rios, and Freddy Tiburcio in July 2001. He made his pro debut with the GCL Yankees, the next summer. The main claim to fame of Arias is that he was the Player to be Named Later in the 2004 deal that sent mega-star Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees in return for INF Alfonso Soriano. He had a MLB career game on August 22, 2012, when he led the Giants to an 8-4 win over the Dodgers, completing a 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium; he drove in 5 runs that day with a 1st-inning HR off of Starter Chris Capuano and a pair of run-scoring doubles later in the game. He played for the Rangers, Mets and the Giants during his MLB playing career which ended in 2015. He appeared in 1,052 games, while hitting .265 with 7 HRs and 95 RBIs.

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Murry Dickinson (1958) passed away. (1916-1989).

On August 22,1958, veteran Murry Dickinson was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for Reserve OF John “Zeke” Bella and Cash. He went 1-2 with 1 save in 6 games for the 1958 Yankees before being returned to the A’s on May 9,1959. He appeared in 2 games as a Reliever with the Yankees of the 1958 World Series against the Braves with no record. He had previous appeared in 2 World Series with the Cardinals in 1942 and 1946. His MLB Pitching career started in 1939 with the Cardinals and ended with the 1959 A’s posting 2-1 record in 38 games; finishing with an overall pitching career record of 172-181 with a 3.66 ERA in 625 games.

2000- The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees by the score of 3-1, as former Yankees Starter David Wells becomes the MLB's 1st 20-game winner for the 2000 AL season.

2001- Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera blows a save giving up a 2-run single to Jerry Hairston as the Orioles prevail over the Yankees by the score of 7-6.

2002- The Yankees beat the Tigers by the score 3-2 to clinch the AL East Division Title for the 5th straight season.

2008- In the last game ever played at Yankee Stadium II, the Yankees defeat the Orioles by the score of 7-3. Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of Babe Ruth, throws out the ceremonial 1st pitch of the game. Veteran Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte earns his 14th win of the 2008 AL season, while Yankee hitters José Molina and Johnny Damon hit HRs. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera closes out the game with a perfect 9th inning, forcing Brian Roberts to ground out to 1B Cody Ransom for the last out. New York thus avoids being eliminated from the 2008 AL Playoffs in their final game at the historic stadium.

2009- For the 2nd straight night, the Yankees fail to become the 1st MLB team to clinch a playoff spot. After the Mariners yesterday, it's the Angels' turn to spoil the Yankees celebration, with a 5-2 win over the Bombers; thanks to a strong performance by Starter Joe Saunders.

2012- The Yankees win their 6th straight game by the score of 2-1 on Russell Martin's walk-off HR off of A’s Reliever Sean Doolittle in the 10th inning.

2012- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tom Umphlett passed away. (1930-2012)

On June 12,1962, OF Tom Umphlett was traded by the Red Sox along with Cash to the Yankees for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. Tom never played with the Yankees at MLB level. He spent the 1962-1963 seasons with their AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). He hit .228 with 15 HRs with 77 RBIs. He played in the Minor Leagues for the Twins organization until 1966. He was a Twins Minor League Manager from 1967-1970.

2014- Yankees LF Brett Gardner hits the 15,000th HR in Yankees franchise history off Toronto's Drew Hutchison in the 5th inning of a 5-2 Bronx win. The total dates back to the team's 1st season in the Big Apple in 1903; it is the most of any MLB franchise. Yankees veteran Starter Masahiro Tanaka is the winner in his return to the mound after a 10-week layoff.

2016- The Yankees AAA club, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders become the 1st International League team to win the Triple-A National Championship in 5 years. Chris Parmelee's 3-run HR off of El Paso Diablos Starter Walker Lockett in the 1st gives them all their runs for the day and wins Parmelee the game’s MVP Award. Scranton Starter Jordan Montgomery and 3 Relievers hold the Diablos to just 1 run with RailRiders Reliever Giovanny Gallegos getting the save.

September 22nd

1870- Former Yankees Reserve C/1B Mike “Doc” Powers (1905) was born. (1870-1909)

On July 13,1905, Catcher Mike Powers was loaned to the Highlanders by the Philadelphia A’s. Mike “Doc” Powers hit .182 with No HRs and 2 RBIs in 11 games for the 1905 Yankees before being sent back to the A’s on August 7, 1905.

1920- Former HOF OF/P, MLB Scout, MLB Manager, Coach and Yankees Manager (1978-1979,1981-1982) Robert “Bob” Lemon was born. (1920-2000) Former MLB Manager Bob Lemon was brought in by Yankees President Al Rosen during the 1978 AL season to replace fired Manager Billy Martin. Under his leadership the Yankees caught the Red Sox, after being 14 1/2 games behind in the Eastern Division race. The team won the AL East, by catching the Red Sox and winning the 1978 AL Playoff game against Boston on Bucky Dent’s HR. He won the 1978 World Series against the Dodgers. During the 1979 AL season, Bob was replaced by Billy Martin. In 1981, he took over the Manager’s job from Gene Michaels. Even though the Yankees had a losing record under his helm, he took them to victory in the AL Eastern Division Series with 2nd-half-winners the Brewers. He lead them to a 3-game sweep of the A’s in the ALCS. The Yankees lost the 1981 World Series to the Dodgers in 6 games. 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 Starter Tommy John with 2 men on base with 2 outs in the 4th inning; Murcer flied out to right field and the Yankees 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 Gene 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 was a player, who was switched from the OF to a Pitcher for the Indians during the late 1940-1950’s. As an MLB Starter, he would go 207-128 with a .618 WP, with a 3.23 ERA in 13 AL seasons (1946-1958). Bob had seven 20-game win seasons for the Tribe. Lemon was a good hitter as a Pitcher, hitting .284 with 37 HRs. Overall as an MLB player, he appeared in 615 games, while hitting .232 with 37 HRs and 147 RBIs. Bob appeared in 2 World Series with the Indians (1948,1954), while posting a 2-2 record with a 3.94 ERA in 4 games. He managed in MLB with the 1970-1972 Royals, 1977-1978 White Sox and the 1978-1979, 1981-1982 Yankees. Bob was elected as a player to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

1925- Yankees OF Ben Paschal hits 2 Inside-the-Park HRs during a Bronx Bombers 11-6 win against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium in the 1st game of a doubleheader. The Yankees lost the 2nd game by a score of 4-2.

1927- Yankees CF Earl Combs connects for 3-triples during the Yankees 8-7 win over the Tigers. Also, in that game, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits HR #56 for the 1927 AL season.

1927- Former Yankees Minor League P and Long-Time Dodgers MLB Manager Tommy Lasorda was born.

On July 11,1956, hurler Tommy Lasorda was traded by the Kansas City A’s to the Yankees for Minor League P Wally Burnette. Tommy never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level; he was sent to the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) to pitch for Manager Ralph Houk. On May 26,1957, he was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees. After retiring as an active player, he become a Minor League manager in the Dodgers organization. Later, he succeeded long-time Dodgers Manager Walt Allston, when he retired as the team’s Manager.

1929- Former Yankees Reserve INF Harry Bright (1963-1964) was born. (1929-2000)

The Yankees acquired INF Harry Bright from the Reds to back up their INF off the bench. His addition to the Yankee 40-Man Roster cost the Yankees, a young Minor League OF named Curt Belfry, who was at Greensboro (AA), who was immediately claimed by the Orioles. Harry Bright was a good field, average hitter, who could play a lot of positions, including Catcher. The Yankees had originally signed Harry Bright in 1946. He was drafted out of the Yankees organization. He finally came up to the MLB with the 1958 Pirates. Then he played for the new AL expansion team, the Senators (1961-1962), he was traded to the Reds, before joining the Yankees in 1963. He appeared in 60 games for the 1963 Yankees, while hitting .236 with 7 HRs and with 23 RBIs. He was hitless in 2 World Series Pinch-Hit attempts. Bright remarked, "After all those years in baseball, I make it into a World Series game and the whole country was pulling for me to strike out." Sandy Koufax fanned him for his 15th batter of the game to establish a World Series single game record. In 1964, he appeared in only 4 games for the Yankees due to injuries. He finished his MLB playing career in 1965 with the Cubs, hitting .280 in 27 games. Harry played in 336 MLB games finishing with a lifetime BA of .255 with 32 HRs and 126 RBIs. After retiring from the MLB as an active player, Harry became a Minor League Manager for the Cubs, Royals, Padres, A’s and the Braves organizations (1967-1976,1985). Before his death in 2000, Harry was the West Coast MLB Scout for the Expos for several years.

1930- At Fenway Park, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth takes the mound and throws a 9-3 complete game victory over his former team, the Red Sox.

1934- For the 2nd season in a row, Fenway Park’s attendance record in a Red Sox-Yankees doubleheader as 47,627 fans jam into Fenway. The Yankees take the 1st game by the score of 6-4, and then slam 7 ground-rule doubles into the Fenway Park roped-off crowd. After WWII, more stringent fire laws and MLB League rules will prevent overcrowding that was allowed in the 1930s.

1952- Former Yankees Reserve OF Dell Alston (1977-1978) was born.

The Yankees signed OF Dell Alston as an MLB Amateur Free Agent on August 21, 1972. Alston's 1st action in pro baseball came in 1973 with the Class A (Short Season) Oneonta Yankees (NY-Penn League). He appeared in 61 games with 246 at bats for a .321 average. Alston spent the next 3 seasons in the high Minor Leagues before getting his 1st chance at MLB level. He appeared in 22 games for the 1977 Yankees, Dell had 40 at bats, while hitting.325. Also, Alston spent time with the 1977 AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), where he got into 63 games, getting 248 at bats with a .298 average. Dell started the 1978 season with the AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL), where he appeared in 40 games. He also got into 3 games with the Yankees, but on June 15th trade deadline, the Yankees traded Dell, along with Reserve INF Mickey Klutts and $50,000 to the Oakland A’s for OF/DH/1B Gary Thomasson. Alston appeared in 58 games for the 1978 A’s, he had 173 at bats with 36 base hits for a .208 average. Also during the 1978 AL season, Alston is also shown appearing in 29 games for the Oakland’s AAA team, the Vancouver Canadians (PCL). On March 23, 1979, Alston was released by A’s. On April 5th, the Indians signed Dell as an MLB Free Agent. He appeared in 54 games for the 1979 Indians, used mainly as a Pinch-Hitter; he garnered 18 hits in 62 at bats for a .290 average. He also appeared in 75 games for the AAA Tacoma Tugs (PCL), hitting at a .268 clip. It was to be Alston's last season in pro baseball. He was with the Tribe for 54 games, hitting just .222. He also spent time with the AAA Tacoma Tigers (PCL), getting into 69 games and hitting for a .220 average. On April 9, 1981, Dell was released by the Tribe. He rejoined the Yankees organization as a Minor League Instructor.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher Jesse Tannehill (1903) passed away. (1874-1956)

Before the start of 1903 MLB season, Starter Jesse Tannehill jumped from the NL Pirates to the Yankees in the AL. He had been a 3-time 20 game winner with the Pirates. Jesse went 15-15 with a 3.27 ERA in 32 games for the 1903 Yankees. On December 20,1903, Jesse was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for Starter Tom Hughes, who had posted a 20-7 record for the 1903 Red Sox. Jesse would become a 20-game winner for the 1904-1905 Red Sox teams. Overall as an MLB Pitcher, Jesse went 197-116 with a 2.77 ERA in 359 games (1894-1911).

1959- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Yankees beat the Senators by the score of 12-6 behind the complete game performance by Starter Art Ditmar, who gains his 13th victory of the 1959 AL season. Nats Starter Pedro Ramos is chased by the Yankees batters for 7 runs in 4 innings.

1961- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH/1B and MLB Manager Bob Geren (1988-1991) was born. The Padres originally signed Catcher Bob Geren, then he was traded to the Cardinals. On November 7,1985, Bob Geren was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees player, he hit .237 with 19 HRs and 75 RBIs in 249 games for the team. His best Yankees season was in 1989, when he hit .288 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs in 65 games. On December 2,1991, Bob was selected off waivers by the Reds from the Yankees. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1993 Padres. Later, he became a Minor League Manager, then an MLB Coach for the Oakland A’s. Bob was MLB manager of the A’s (2007-2011), before being replaced by Bob Melvin in mid-season 2011. In 2012, he was a MLB Bench Coach for the Mets until after the 2015 World Series. In 2016, he joined the Dodgers MLB Coaching staff.

1963- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the A’s by the score of 4-3 on Joe Peptone’s 2-run HR in the 6th inning. Yankees Starter Al Downing picks up his 13th win of the 1963 AL season by going the distance allowing only 9 A’s hits, 3-runs, while striking out 6 A’s batters. Mickey Mantle picks up his 2nd stolen base of the 1963 AL season.

1964- Yankees Rookie Starter Mel Stottlemyre picks up his 8th victory of the 1964 AL season, as he goes 8 innings, allowing only 8 Tribe hits, 3-runs in a 5-3 win over the Indians. Yankees new Closer Pedro Ramos picks up his 3rd save of September 1964.

1966- The smallest crowd in Yankee Stadium history, 413 fans attend the last place Yankees make-up game against the White Sox. The Yankees lose the game by the score 4-1. Yankees long-time Broadcaster Red Barber asks the WPIX-TV camera crew to show the empty Yankee Stadium seats, they are ordered by the Yankees-CBS front office not to do so nor show foul balls hit during the game. As the story goes, that this was the reason Red Barber was let go by the team at the end of the 1966 AL season, but it was not. The Yankees front office felt that Red Barber’s conflicts with TV-Radio team of Phil Rizzuto-Joe Garagiola, who had refused to work with him on the air; he did his TV-Radio duties with former 1950’s Yankees player, now a Sports Announcer Jerry Coleman. Coleman had work for CBS Sports in New York. Red did not care for former ballplayers, who became broadcasters. Yankees President Michael Burke decided not renewal Barber’s contract for the 1967 season.

1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Matt Howard (1996) was born.

On January 19,1996, INF Matt Howard was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 35 games as a Reserve Infielder, while hitting .204 for the 1996 Yankees. On October 15, 1996, the Yankees would grant Matt MLB Free Agency. The Dodgers had originally signed Matt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1989.

1979- The Yankees defeat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-4 behind the pitching of Starter Luis Tiant and Closer Goose Gossage’s 3-inning relief performance. Tiant picks up his 12th win, as Gossage gets his 16th save of the 1979 AL season. He relieved veteran hurler Jim Kaat, who gave up a 2-run HR to Rico Carty in the 6th inning. The Yankees had HR’s hit by Oscar Gamble-2 HRs, Jerry Narron, a 2-run HR and Reggie Jackson had a solo HR shot.

1980- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Indians by the score of 4-3. Yankees veteran Starter Tommy John beats Tribe Starter Len Barker. John goes 8 innings, as he gets his 22 win of the 1980 AL season. Yankees Closer Goose Gossage works the 9th inning for his 31st save of the 1980 AL season.

1997- Former Yankees Pitcher Juan De Paula was born.

Pitcher Juan De Paula was signed by the Mariners on July 2, 2014. He made his pro debut in 2015 with the DSL Mariners 2, going 5-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts. In 2016, he was with the AZL Mariners where he went 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 games. On August 31st that year, he was traded to the Yankees alongside Jio Orozco in return for OF Ben Gamel. In 2017, he was with the Staten Island Yankees. He was 5-5, with a 2.90 ERA in 12 games. On July 27th, he was 1 of 4 Staten Island Pitchers, who combined to pitch a 9-inning No-Hitter over the Tri-City ValleyCats. He started 2018 season back with the same team, he was 2-2, with a 2.09 ERA in 10 games, when on August 31st, he was part of a 2nd major trade, going to the Giants along with Abiatal Avelino in return for veteran MLB OF Andrew McCutchen. He made 1 start for the Augusta GreenJackets (SAL) after the trade, giving up 1 run in 5 innings. On April 2, 2019, before he had made his 1st appearance of the season, he was involved in his 3rd MLB trade in 3 years ,when he was sent to the Blue Jays along with INF Alen Hanson and P Derek Law in return for OF Kevin Pillar. He was clearly the main piece in the trade for the Jays, as both Hanson and Law had worn out their welcome in San Francisco and were unlikely to be more than side pieces in Toronto.

1997- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Manager Eddie Sawyer passed away. (1910-1997) 

Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell discovered Eddie Sawyer. He hit .361 for the 1934 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League). The next season, Sawyer hit .314 for Norfolk Tars and .325 for the Binghamton Triplets. In 1936, he batted .313 for the Triplets and drove in 98 runs, 8th-most in the New York-Penn League. After starting the 1937 season with Binghamton, after hitting .345; he went up to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) and hit .284 there. Injuring his shoulder, Sawyer returned to Binghamton to bat .299 as an outfielder there in 1938. He became a Player-Manager for the 1939 Amsterdam Rugmakers (Can-Am League). He only struck out 7 times in 458 AB, led the Canadian-American League with 103 RBIs and batted .363. His team won the CAL title. The next season, Sawyer hit .329 with 99 RBIs in 120 games. Returning to old stomping grounds, Eddie hit .277 for Norfolk Tars as their Player-Manager in 1941. Eddie hit .267 and .280 the next 2 seasons in the same role with Binghamton Triplets to finish his active playing career. Moving from the Yankees farm system, where he had been since 1939, Sawyer was hired by the Phillies GM Herb Pennock in 1944 to manage the Utica Blue Sox. In 1948, he became the Phillies MLB manager. In 1950, he would lead the Phillies to NL Championship defeating the Dodgers, facing his old team in the World Series, the Yankees losing 4 straight games. He managed the Phillies until 1952, returning to the team in 1958. In 1960, he resigned after the 1st game of the 1960 NL season and never managed in the MLB again. He said "I'm 49 years old and I'd love to live to be 50." He was replaced by Phillies MLB Coach Gene Mauch. The 1960 Phillies went 61-93.

1998- The Yankees sweep a double header from the Indians at Yankee Stadium by scores of 10-4 and 5-1. In the 1st game, a 10-4 victory with Yankees Starter Ramiro Mendoza picks up his 10th win of the 1998 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs from Tino Martinez, a 2-run HR shot, Rookie OF Shane Spencer’s 2-solo HRs and another solo HR by 3B Scott Brosius. In the 2nd game, a 5-1 victory, when Yankees Starter Hideki Irabu goes 8 innings to get his 13th victory of the season. The Yankees only get 7-hits in the game, no HRs are hit, but they score 5 runs. The doubleheader sweep gives the team victories #108 and #109 for the 1998 AL season.

2003- Hitting his 13th leadoff HR of the 2003 AL season, 2B Alfonso Soriano establishes a new MLB record. The Yankees 2B had been tied with former Orioles OF Brady Anderson, who had hit 12 HRs in 1996.

2009- The Yankees are the 1st team to clinch a 2009 MLB Playoff spot, after a 6-5 victory over the Angels. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez drives in Yankees base-runner Brett Gardner on a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning; Alex has a HR and 3 RBIs in the game. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless 9th inning for the save.

2011- Rookie Tampa Bay Starter Matt Moore strikes out 11 Yankee batters in 5 innings in his 1st MLB start as the Rays beat the Yankees by the score of 15-8. The victory prevents a 4-game sweep by New York. It moves the Rays back within 2 games of the Red Sox in the 2009 AL Wild Card race. Having clinched the AL East title the previous day, the Yankees use a line-up full of youngsters, who trail the Rays by the score of 13-0 after 5 innings, as Moore earns his 1st MLB victory.

2012- The Yankees and Orioles both win in extra innings, as they remain separated by 1 game in their epic race for the 2012 AL East crown. The Bombers trail the A’s by the score of 9-5, going into the bottom of the 13th inning, after 3 A's HRs, but the Yankees manage to tie the game and win by the score of 10-9 on a 14th-inning run. For its part, O’s scores 3 times in the 13th inning to beat the Red Sox by the score of 9-6 for the team's 16th consecutive extra-innings victory.

2015- Hall of Fame Catcher and MLB Manager Yogi Berra, winner of 3 AL MVP Awards, who also holds the all-time record by playing in 14 World Series with the Yankees, passes away at age of 90. (1925-2015)

MLB Player (Player: 1946-1963, MLB Coach: 1976-1983, MLB Manager: 1964,1984.) Yogi Berra was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the Yankees pinstripes. He hit .285, hitting 358 HRs with 1,430 RBIs, while playing in 2,116 games in 18 seasons as a Yankees player. Yogi played in 14 World Series for the Yankees with 10 World Championships with 71 World Series hits. Berra hit .274 with 12 HRs and 39 RBIs in 75 World Series games. Yogi was an AL All -Star Catcher for 15 seasons and 3-time American League MVP winner. He led the AL Catchers in fielding twice (1957 and 1959.) Yogi became one of the greatest catchers in the game through the help of former Yankees great HOF Catcher Bill Dickey. In October of 1963, Yogi was named Manager of the 1964 Yankees. Despite posting a 99-63 record, winning the AL Flag, but losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series that went 7 games. Yankees GM Ralph Houk fired him, Berra was picked to manage the 1964 Yankees by Co-Team Owner Dan Topping Sr. He wasn’t Yankees GM Houk’s choice to lead the 1964 team. Yogi Berra is one of few MLB managers to win a pennant in each Major League: Yankees (1964) and Mets (1973) joining HOF Managers Joe McCarthy (Cubs and Yankees) and Sparky Anderson (Reds and Tigers) in that select group. He is just as famous for his aphorisms, and one of them is appropriate for the occasion: "You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours."

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This Week in Yankees History September 20th-26th Part Two

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September 23rd 

1898- Former Yankees Pitcher George “Smiler” Murray (1922) was born. (1898-1955)

Pitcher George Murray was signed out North Carolina State College by the Yankees in 1920. He pitched for the AA Rochester Colts (IL) before joining the team in May of 1922. As a 24-year old Rookie, hurler George went 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 22 games with the 1922 Yankees. He was traded to the Red Sox along with Outfielder’s Norm McMillian and Camp Skinner for veteran AL Starter Herb Pennock in January of 1923. The Yankees needed a veteran lefty for their Starting pitching staff for 1923, with several veteran righty starters already on the staff; young Murray would have been sitting on the bench according to Yankees Manager Miller Huggins. He will go 9-20 with a 5.48 ERA in 67 games with the 1923-1925 Red Sox, then 7-4 with a 5.89 in 15 games with the 1926-1927 Senators. After pitching in Minor Leagues from 1928-1933. He appeared in 2 games with no decisions with the 1933 White Sox.

1908- The Indians win its 10th straight game, defeating the Yankees veteran Starter Jack Chesbro by a score of 9-3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th inning, while Rhoades pitches strong ball until the 9th inning, when he allows only 2 Yankee runs. Tribe hitter Nap Lajoie has no official at bats, getting hit by pitched balls 3 times, tying an AL record and walking his other time up.

1910- Yankees Manager George Stallings, convinced that 1B Hal Chase tried to throw a game, but he is unable to make the charge stick, is replaced by his charismatic 1B as Manager of the 2nd-place Yankees by the Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for the 1910 AL season's final 11 games. On his own, “Prince Hal” will lead the Yankees downhill to 6th place in 1911 with a 76-76 record. Harry Wolverton will become the Yankees Manager in 1912. Even Giants HOF Manager John McGraw suspected Chase of not playing “clean” when he was with the 1919 Giants. In 1920, MLB Commissioner Judge Landis will ban Hal Chase from baseball for his gambling activities, while playing for the 1918 Reds.

1915- In the 1st of 2 games at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees top St. Louis by the score of 7-0. George Sisler pitches 1 perfect inning of relief for the Browns. In the 2nd game the Yankees take the nightcap from the Browns by the score of 5-1. 1921- Trailing by 2 percentage points, the Indians come to Yankee Stadium for a 4-game showdown. Waite Hoyt's arm and Babe Ruth's 3 doubles beat them by a score of 4-2.

1933- The Yankees make 5 errors, including 3 made by INF Frank Crosetti, but they have enough firepower to out-slug the Red Sox to win the game by the score of 16-12. Including in the Bomber’s 23 hits are HRs by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, HR #31 for each; Also, Lou Gehrig added 2 doubles and a single. Sammy Byrd, Ben Chapman and Frankie Crosetti have 3 hits apiece, meanwhile Reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his 1st hit of the 1933 AL season. The Red Sox had chased winning Bronx Starter Herb Pennock in the 6th inning to make the score 12-9, but they fall short at the end.

1934- For the 2nd season in a row, Fenway Park’s attendance record is broken in a Red Sox-Yankees doubleheader as 47,627 fans jam into Fenway. The Yankees take the 1st game by the score of 1-0, and then slam 7 ground-rule doubles into the Fenway Park roped-off crowd. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez wins his 26th game of the 1934 AL season, while Gordon Rhoades take the lost for Boston; he is now 12-12 for the season. In the 2nd Game, the Red Sox bounce back to a 5-0 victory over the Yankees. Red Sox Starter Spike Merenea gets his 1st victory of the 1934 AL season, while Yankees Starter Johnny Murphy drops to a 14-10 record. Both team starters in the doubleheader, pitch complete games. After World War II, more stringent Boston fire laws and MLB League rules will prevent overcrowding that was allowed in the 1930s.

1937- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lose their game to the St. Louis Browns by a score of 9-5, but they clinch the 1937 AL pennant when the Red Sox beat the Tigers. Browns Starter Bill Trotter picks up 2nd victory of the 1937 season, while Bronx Starter Red Ruffing now 18-7, takes the loss for the Yankees.

1942- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Rooker (1968) was born.

On September 30,1968, hurler Jim Rooker was purchased by the Yankees from the Tigers. Jim never appeared in an MLB game with the Yankees. On October 15,1968, Jim was drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the Yankees as the 6th pick in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft.

1942- Former MLB Player and Yankees Baseball Executive Woodie Woodward (1985-1987) was born.

Woodie Woodward was an MLB Infielder, who had played for the Braves and the Reds (1963-1971). Woodward was the Head Baseball Coach at Florida State University from 1975 to 1978. Before joining the Yankees, he had worked in the Reds front office. Woodie Woodward was the Assistant General Manager of the Yankees in 1985-1986. He was General Manager of the Yankees in 1987. He was the Phillies GM in 1988. From 1988-1999, he was the GM for the Mariners.

1950- The Yankees, tied for 1st place with the Tigers and 2 games ahead of the Boston. Open a crucial series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio's 1st inning HR off of Red Sox Starter Mel Parnell is all the scoring they needed, as the Bombers win the game by a score of 8-0. Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat gives up only 5 Boston hits, including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio. A Yankee Stadium crowd of 68,998 fans watched the Saturday game.

1955- The Yankees clinched the 1955 AL pennant by beating the Red Sox by the score of 3-2. They split their Friday doubleheader at Fenway Park losing the opener 8-4 and then winning the nightcap. Yankees Starter Don Larsen picks up his 9th win of the 1955 AL season with relief help from Whitey Ford, who picks up his 2nd save for the season.

1960- The Yankees win their 7th straight game in row by downing the Red Sox by the score of 5-1 at Fenway Park. Yankees veteran Starter Bob Turley goes 7 innings, allowing only 3 Red Sox hits, 1-run, while striking out 7 Boston batters. Veteran Bronx Reliever Bobby Shantz picks up his 11th save of the 1960 AL season. The Yankees would finish the 1960 AL season with 15 straight wins, ending the season with a 97-51-1 record.

1961- At Fenway Park in Boston, an ailing Mickey Mantle's career-high 54th HR, his last of the regular 1961 AL season, helps Yankees beat the Red Sox by a score of 8-3. Yankee Starter Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning, but he wins his 25th game of the 1961 AL season. He is relieved by Jim Coates, who was followed by Luis Arroyo, who picks up his 25th save of the season. Elston Howard and Bob Cerv hit HRs for the Yankees.

1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Cy Barger (1906-1907) passed away. (1885-1964)

Pitcher Cy Barger appeared in 3 games with the 1906-1907 Yankees with no decisions with a 6.35 ERA and 1 save.

1964- The sizzling Yankees win their 9th game in a row defeating the Tribe by the score of 4-3 in 11 innings in the opener and 6-4 in the 2nd game. Elston Howard's HR off of Tribe hurler Luis Tiant, snaps a tie game in the opener. Indians Catcher Johnny Romano hits HRs in both games. While recently acquired Closer Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for the Yankees. Ramos, however, will not be eligible to play for the Yankees in the upcoming 1964 World Series against the Cardinals.

1966- The Yankees play before a crowd of 1,440 fans at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees host the Red Sox, losing the game by the score of 2-1. Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre takes the lost, while Lee Stange is the winner for Boston. Tomorrow will be their last season home game at Yankee Stadium, before finishing the 1966 AL season in Chicago, they will take 2 out of 3 games from the White Sox, finishing in last place in the AL with a 70-89-1 record.

1977- Graig Nettles’ 9th inning 2-run HR puts Yankees fans fears to rest as the Yankees rebound from a 2-game sweep at Fenway Park by downing season-long nemesis the Expansion Blue Jays by a score of 5-3 behind Starter Don Gullett’s 5-hitter.

1978- The Yankees lead over the Red Sox is trimmed to 1-game when the Indians scalp the Bombers by the score of 10-1 behind Tribe Starter David Clyde for a complete game victory. 1980- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Indians by a score of 5-4. The Yankee hitting attack in the game was led by Aurelio Rodriguez’s triple, doubles by Reggie Jackson and Oscar Gamble. Yankees Reliever Ron Davis is the winner picking up his 9th win of the 1980 AL season, while Reliever Mike Stanton took the loss for the Tribe.

1981- The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 6-1 behind veteran Starter Rick Reuschel’s complete game as he picks up his 4th win of the 1981 AL season at Yankee Stadium. Reggie Jackson’s 2-run HR leads the Yankee hitting attack.

1984- The Tigers defeat the Yankees by the score of 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the 1st MLB Manager ever to win 100 games in a season in each league. As skipper of the 'Big Red Machine', his team won 108 games in 1975 and 102 games in 1976.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Joba Chamberlain (2007-2013) was born.

Joba Chamberlain was a top prospect in the Yankees system before making his MLB Pitching debut in 2007, his 1st pro season. He was selected with the 41st pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees, compensation for the loss of MLB Reliever Tom Gordon to MLB Free Agency. Joba signed for a $1,100,000 bonus, but he did not pitch in the Minors that year. It was the highest a Native American player had gone in the history of the MLB Amateur Player Draft. Joba got off to a quick start in his 1st season in the Minors, going 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 7 games for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), allowing 25 hits, walking 11, while striking out 51 batters in 40 IP. Chamberlain was promoted from Tampa to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL); he had a 4-2 record 3.43 ERA for them, while striking out 64 batters in 39 1/3 innings. He then was moved up once more, to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL). In his AAA pitching debut, he pitched 5 scoreless innings, whiffed 10 batters to give him 125 strikeouts in 84 1/3 IP through July 26th. Chamberlain was 1-0 in 3 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, fanning 18 batters in 8 innings while allowing no runs and 5 hits. That made him 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 135 K in 88 1/3 innings in his 1st year as a pro, allowing a .198 average. He was called up to the Yankees to replace Brian Bruney in the bullpen. In his 1st MLB game, Joba relieved Jim Brower against the Blue Jays in the 8th inning and struck out his 1st MLB opponent. He went 2 scoreless frames, walking 2, whiffing 2 batters and allowing 1 hit. Through his 1st 3 MLB games, he had allowed no base runners in 3 more innings, while striking out 6 hitters more. The Yankees' top brass enacted special "Joba rules" to prevent him from being overused in spite of his success. His fairy-tale 1st season ended on a strange note, when in the ALDS, he was bothered by an invasion of midges in Cleveland, losing a game to the Indians. The big story then became whether Joba should start or relieve, the controversy lasting for the next 2 seasons. He began 2008 season in the bullpen, but when the Yankees' starting rotation was beset by injuries, the pressure to have him start became relentless. He was eased into the job, pitching well, but not picking up many wins, and then being shut down at the end of the 2008 AL season. He ended the season with a 4-3 record with a 2.60 ERA, in 42 games, including 12 starts. He spent most of 2009 AL season as a Starter, but he had trouble going deep into games, Joba seemed to lose velocity, when compared to his performances out of the bullpen. He was 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 157 innings. Manager Joe Girardi put him in the bullpen when the Yankees reached the postseason, deciding to go with only 3 starters. He pitched well in relief as the Yankees conquered the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. In 10 appearances, he gave up only 2 earned runs; he won 1 game in the 2009 World Series. In 2010, he was in contention to become the Yankees' 5th Starter, but he lost out to Philip Hughes, returning to the bullpen to be Mariano Rivera's Set-Up Man. Over the period, he had pitched well as a Starter, but had been simply outstanding as a Reliever, keeping alive the controversy over what his optimal usage should be. Things changed in 2010, however, as he experienced problems with his mechanics, Joba was hit hard, in spite of throwing his fastball at a much higher velocity than when he was a Starter. In late July, Yankees Manager Girardi moved him away from the Set-up role in order for him to work out his problems in less stressful circumstances. He finished the 2010 AL season with a record of 3-4 with a 4.40 ERA with 3 saves in 73 games, but he pitched all right in the ALCS, giving up a 1 run in 3 1/3 innings facing the Rangers. Joba was back in the bullpen at the start of 2011 season, he was not seriously considered for a starting spot even after the Yankees were left thin in that area when veteran Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte decided to retire. He was pitching much better than in his previous 2 seasons, with a 2-0 record with a 2.83 ERA in 27 games as 1 of 2 set-up men for Closer Mariano Rivera, when he was placed on the DL on June 8th with what was originally described as "discomfort" in his pitching elbow. The issue turned out to be much more serious - a torn ligament requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery. He suffered a further and potentially much more significant setback on March 23, 2012 when he dislocated his ankle while playing on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son at a kid's center with athletics activities. He underwent surgery for an open dislocation, but lost so much blood that there was concern for his life. The injury seemed to preclude any return this year, may well have turned out to be career ending. However, Chamberlain was released from hospital 3 days later. Joba told media that while the injury was serious, his life was never in danger and no bones were broken. He stated he was still planning to return to the mound before the end of the 2012 AL season. True to his word, he made his 1st appearance on August 1st; giving up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 12-3 win over the Orioles. Overall, as a Yankees Pitcher, Joba posted a 23-14 record with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games with 5 saves. After 2013 AL season ended, the Yankees granted Joba MLB Free Agency, he would sign with the Tigers. He retired from MLB baseball in the spring of 2017, with a 25-21 record with a 3.81 ERA and 7 saves in 385 games.

1997- In a warm-up for the 1997 AL playoffs, the Indians rally from a 9-2 deficit to shock the Yankees by the score of 10-9. Yankees Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run HRs, while David Justice and Robby Alomar hit HR’s for the Tribe.

1998- With an 8-4 victory over the Indians, the 1998 Yankees tie the 1927 World Championship team for the most wins in franchise history. The Bombers' 110 victories pull them within 1 game of the AL record of 111 victories by the 1954 Indians.

1999- By drawing 27,549 fans, the Yankees break the NYC season attendance record with a total of 3,072,009. The Mets had previously held the record when 3,047,724 fans turned the turnstiles in 1988.

2000- Former Yankees Reserve INF Aurelio Rodriguez (1947-2000) died after being struck by a car that had jumped the sidewalk in Detroit. Rodriguez had appeared in 79 games for the 1980-1981 Yankees as a Reserve INF, while hitting .250. The Yankees traded him on November 7, 1981 to the Blue Jays for a Minor League Catcher Mike Lebo.

2001- By saving New York's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Orioles at Camden Yards, Yankees Closer Marino Rivera establishes a franchise single-season record with his 47th save. The previous club record was held by Dave Righetti, who had 46 saves in 1986.

2008- The Red Sox hand Cliff Lee just his 3rd loss in 25 decisions in a 5-4 win to clinch a AL playoff spot. The Boston win eliminates the Yankees from making the AL postseason for the 1st time since 1993, not counting the 1994 AL season, when the postseason was cancelled by the baseball strike, but during which the Yankees posted the best record in the AL. 

September 24th

1904- For the 2nd time this 1904 AL season, Chicago's Patsy Dougherty spoils a no-hit bid with a safety. This time it is off of Yankees hurler Joe Lake. 

1910- Former Yankees Reserve OF Dixie Walker (1931,1933-1936) was born. (1910-1982). 

Dixie Walker started his MLB playing career with the 1931 Yankees, but he couldn’t break into the Yankees starting outfield. Later, he was sold by the Yankees to the White Sox on May 1,1936. As a Yankees player, Dixie appeared in 131 games, while hitting .268 with 16 HRs and 58 RBIs. In 1933, he appeared in 98 games for the Yankees, while hitting .274 with 15 HRs and 51 RBIs. The team sold him to make MLB roster room for Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio, who was joining the team in 2 days. After playing for the White Sox and Tigers in the AL, he would become an MLB star playing for the 1940’s Dodgers. He was the brother of MLB batting star Harry “The Hat” Walker. Overall in 18 seasons as an MLB player, Walker played in 1,925 games, while hitting .306 with 105 HRs and 1,023 RBIs. Later, he became a Minor League Manager.

1910- Yankees 1B Hal “Prince” Chase is named Manager of the Yankees following the resignation of Manager George Stallings in the day before. The Yankees finish in 2nd place at 88-63. Hal would lead the Yankees to a 6th place finish in 1911 by going 76-76. As Player-Manager, he would stay with the Yankees until June 1,1913, when he was traded to the White Sox for 1B Babe Borton and 2B Rollie Zeider.

1919- Red Sox Starter Waite Hoyt pitches 9 perfect innings against the Yankees, but they come in between the 4th and the 13th innings in which he gives up hits. He loses the game by a score of 2-1 in the 13th inning. In the game, Boston Slugger Babe Ruth hits his 28th HR of the 1919 AL season, breaking the single-season record. His HR shot clears the Polo Grounds Right-Field roof.

1920- In the 1st game of a twin bill, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits his 50th HR in the 1st inning off of the Senators hurler Jose Acosta. Then he adds HR# 51 in a 4-for-4 performance in the 2nd game, a 2-1 win, to give the Yankees, a sweep of the Nats. The other 3 hits came off of loser Jim Shaw are by Yankees 2B Del Pratt. 

1923- Tigers Starter Ray Francis with a 3-0 lead over the Yankees, issues a bases loaded walk to Babe Ruth, but he hangs on for the victory.

1924- Former Yankees Pitcher Wally Hood (1949) was born. (1924-2001)

On June 28,1948, Wally Hood was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. The 22-year-old right-hander was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (IL). Wally would chalk up a 6-5 record with a 4.19 ERA, while pitching 86 innings in his 1st season in pro baseball. Hood, who would never pitch below AA ball during his 7-season run in the Minors, was with the AANewark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA) in 1949, his 2nd season in the Minors. He put together an 8-8 record with a 4.92 ERA, while pitching 161 innings. Wally would receive a call from the Yankees in late September of 1949. The Californian made his MLB Pitching debut on September 23, 1949. In his 2 Bronx appearances, he allowed no hits and no runs, he never appeared in another MLB game again. Hood would spend 5 more seasons in baseball, but all in the Minors. The right-hander would go from a 7-16 and a 5.42 ERA record in 1950 with the Kansas City Blues to a 11-9 record in a split season with the AA San Francisco Seals and the Hollywood Stars (PCL) in 1951. The Yankees would send Hood to theDodgers during the 1952 AL season in a presently unknown transaction. Hood reported to the Fort Worth Cats, Wally had the best numbers of his career, going 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in the final months of the 1952 Minor League season. Wally would hold on through 1954 season, when he went 4-5 with a 5.43 ERA for the Dodgers AAA team, the Montreal Royals (IL). He called it quits at the age of 28 with a 7-season pitching career record of 52-62 with a 4.61 ERA in 951 inning. 

1927- The Yankees win their 106th game of the 1927 AL season, a 6-0 victory over the Tigers for a new AL season record high. They will win 110 games, an AL record held until the 1954, when Indians win 111 games.

1929- The Yankees Starter Tom Zachary wins his 12th game without a loss by the score of 5-3 over the Red Sox. His 12-0 season record will not be equaled.

1931- The round-robin playoff among New York City's 3 MLB teams, to raise money for the unemployed, concludes with Dodgers losing to both the Giants and the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Again, a near capacity crowd turns out and adds $48,000 to bring the fund to $108,000. In field events held between games, Babe Ruth, normally a left-handed hitter, bats right-handed and wins the fungo hitting contest. He breaks the old distance record held by Big Ed Walsh. Babe Ruth's drive lands in deep center field, 421 FT away. The old record, set 20 years earlier, was 419 1/2 FT.

1932- In a battle of former Boston collegians, Harvard beats Boston College. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler, makes his MLB Pitching debut for the Yankees; he beats the Red Sox by the score of 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher, former Boston College pitcher, who exits in the 5th inning. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth swats his 41st HR of the 1932 AL season in the 9th inning, while his teammate Lou Gehrig belts his 34th HR in the 5th inning.

1934- The Idle Tigers win the 1934 AL pennant, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 5-0 in the season's finale at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth walks in the 1st inning, limps to 1B and leaves for a Pinch-Runner in his last home game was a Yankees player. A crowd of only 2,500 fans sees the final home game for the 1934 AL season. The Yankees finished in 2ndplace in the AL with a 94-60 record.

1946- Disappointing on the field, the Yankees (87-67, 3rd Place) nevertheless finish their 1946 AL season home season with a 2,309,029 attendance. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs at 1,485,166. Total MLB attendance was 18.5 million, 80 percent more than 1945.

1948- Former Yankees DH/INF Eric Soderholm (1980) was born.

On November 14,1979, INF Eric Soderholm was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and Cash. Eric had originally come up to the MLB with the Twins. The Yankees sent 2 Minor League Players: 3B Amos Lewis and P Ricky Burdette on December 13, 1979 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Eric was playing with bad knees from an off-season job injury as a construction worker. He hit .287 with 11 HRs and 35 RBIs in 95 games as a 3B/DH for the 1980 Yankees. In the 1980 ALCS, Eric appeared in 2 games, hitting just .167.  An illness made him miss the entire 1981 AL seasonOn October 13,1981, Eric was released by the Yankees.

1949- Red Sox Starter Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway Park) pitches a 6-hitter, as Boston Slugger Ted Williams hits his 42nd HR of the 1949 season to beat the Yankees by the score of 2-0, pulling the Red Sox 1 game behind the Yankees.

1950- In the 2nd game of a key series with the Red Sox, 66,924 fans are on hand for “Johnny Mize Day” at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox by the score of 9-5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Tigers. Yankees Shortstop Phil Rizzuto contributes a single, double and a HR, while Yogi Berra, adds 4 hits including a triple. Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak reaches 15 games. The Yankees will win 5 of their next 7 games, while the Tigers will manage to go 4-3.

1954- New York ties an MLB record, when 3 consecutive Yankees Pinch-Hitters strike out in 1-inning. The 9th inning Yankee victims of A’s hurler Arnold Portocarrero were Lou Berbert, Gus Triandos and Frank Leja. The Yankees would strike out 11 times in the game, which they lost by a score of 5-1 to the A’s.

1957- The Yankees clinch their 23rd AL pennant and 8th under Manager Casey Stengel, as the A’s tips the White Sox by the score of 6-5.

1958- The Red Sox close out their 1958 home schedule with a 7-5 loss to the Yankees. Mickey Mantle cracks his 42nd HR of the 1958 AL season to put him 3 HRs, ahead of Indians Slugger Rocky Colavito, who will finish the 1958 AL season at 42 HRs.

1960- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle's 11th inning HR off of hurler Ted Wilks gives Bronx Bombers, a 6-5 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mantle had driven in the games 1st run with a drag bunt in the 1st inning. The Yankees win their 8th straight game. 

1967- The Twins crunch the Yankees by the score of 9-2 as AL All-Star Starter Dean Chance, who scatters 9 Yankee hits for his 20th victory of the 1967 AL season.

1972- In the nightcap of a twin-bill sweep over the Indians, Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle sets an AL record, tying the MLB mark by saving his 35th game. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-3, after gaining a 5-4 win in the opener, when they score 2 unearned runs on 5 Indian errors in the 11th inning. Thurman Munson steals 2B by kicking the ball out of Frank Duffy's glove and going to 3B on the error. Duffy then boots a grounder and throws wildly for 2 more errors. Tribe Catcher Gerry Moses then picks up a squibber and fires over 1B and RF Del Unser’s throw to the plate is over Moses' head for error #5. 

1973- The Yankees acquired veteran C/1B/DH Duke Simms on waivers from the Tigers. He appeared in 4 games for the team, while hitting .333. Duke would make Yankee Stadium history by hitting the last Yankees HR at the old Yankee Stadium. On May 7, 1974, the Yankees traded him to the Rangers for hurler Larry Gura and Cash.

1976- The Yankees win the 1976 AL East Division Title defeating the Tigers by the score of 8-0.

1977- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar (1947-1948) passes away. (1923-1977)

Catcher Sherman Lollar came up to the MLB with the Indians in 1946. Lollar was traded to the Yankees on December 6, 1946, when the Indians sent him and 2B Ray Mack in a trade that the Tribe received OF Hal Peck, Pitcher Al Gettel and Minor League P Gene Bearden. He played in 33 games as a Reserve Catcher to Yogi Berra. He appeared in the 1947 World Series with the Yankees, playing in 2 games, while hitting .750 (3 for 4). After the 1948 AL season, Sherman would be traded to the St. Louis Browns as part of the Fred Sanford trade. He would later become a 7-time AL All-Star Catcher for the White Sox during the 1950’s. Sherman won a Golden Glove for AL Catchers in 1957-1959. He was the starting catcher for the 1959 AL Champions White Sox. He appeared in his 2nd World Series against the Dodgers, playing in 6 games, while hitting .227 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. Sherman finished his MLB playing career with the 1963 White Sox, hitting .264 B with 155 HRs and 808 RBIs in 1,752 games. 

1977- Graig Nettles’ 9th inning 2-run HR puts Yankees fans’ fears to rest as the Bronx Bombers rebound from a 2-game sweep in Boston by defeating the Blue Jays 5-3, behind the 5-hit pitching performance of veteran Starter Don Gullet.

1978- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry (23-3) gains his 3rd 2-hit shutout of September, a 4-0 over the Indians. The 2 Tribe hits are by Duane Kuiper, the 2nd time this season that he has recorded the only hits in a game. The Yankees Ace, also threw a 2-hit against the Red Sox on September 9th (7-0) and 15th (4-0). It is Guidry's 9th shut out of the 1978 AL season, a Yankees record and just 1 short of the AL record for southpaws set by Red Sox Lefty Babe Ruth in 1916. The Red Sox stay 1 game in back of Yankees by topping the Blue Jays by the score of 7-6.

1980- The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 7-3 at Yankee Stadium behind the pitching of Starter Luis Tiant and Reliever Tommy Underwood. Tiant gets his 8th win, while Tommy Underwood picks up his 2nd save of the 1980 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by veteran 1B Bob Watson, who goes 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.

1980- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernie Shore (1919-1920) passed away. (1891-1980)

In August of 1912, Pitcher Ernie Shore was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to Indianapolis for Ted Goulait. On December 18,1918, Shore was traded by the Red Sox along with P Dutch Leonard and OF Duffy Lewis to the Yankees for 2 Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, OF Frank Gilhooley, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash. Ernie went 7-10 with a 4.39 ERA in 34 games for the 1919-1920 Yankees. On January 28,1921, the Yankees sent C/1B Truck Hannah, OF Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to AA Vernon (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on September, 1920. In September of 1920, the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later and OF Howie Camp to AA Vernon Tigers (PCL) for Shortstop Johnny Mitchell.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Karstens (2006-2007) was born.

Pitcher Jeff Karstens was selected by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his pro debut that summer. Jeff appeared in 15 games for the 2006-2007 Yankees, while posting a 3-5 record with a 5.65 ERA. On July 26, 2008, Jeff was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Daniel McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf and Minor League OF Prospect Jose Tabata to the Pirates for Reliever Damaso Marte and OF Xavier Nady. He pitched for the Bucs from 2008 to 2012.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa (2013) was born.

On July 7, 2013, 1B Travis Ishikawa was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Orioles. After appearing in 1 game for the Yankees, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be picked up by the Pirates. 

1996- Former Yankees Pitcher Red Embree (1948) passed away (1917-1996)

On December 11,1947, Pitcher  Red Embree was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for OF Allie Clark. Red went 5-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 20 games for the 1948 Yankees. On December 13,1948, Red was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar, 1B Richard Starr and $100,000 Cash to St. Louis Browns for Catcher Roy Partee and Starter Fred Sanford.

1998- The Yankees win by the score of 5-2 over the Devil Rays and post their 111th win of the 1998 AL season, surpassing the club record of 110, set by the 1927 World Championship team. They tie the AL record of 111 victories held by the 1954 Indians. Yankees Rookie OF Shane Spencer pounds a Grand Slam HR, his 8th HR in 57 at bats.

2002- Thanks to Jason Giambi's 2-HRs in the Yankees 6-0 whitewash of the Devil Rays, the Giambi brothers (Jason 40, Jeremy 20) pass the DiMaggio siblings for the highest single-season total for HRs with 60. The DiMaggio’s (Joe 46, Vince 13) went yard 59 times in 1937.

2005- Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the 3rd franchise in MLB history and the 1st since the 1994 MLB strike to pass the 4-million attendance mark. The 1993 Rockies and the 1991-1993 Blue Jays are the other MLB teams, which have reached the attendance milestone.

2008- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1982), MLB Player and Manager Mickey Veron passed away. (1918-2008)

Mickey Veron played in the MLB mostly with the Senators. Also, he played for the Indians (twice), Red Sox, Braves and briefly with the 1960 Pirates. Veron won 2 AL batting titles (1946 and 1953). He was named to the AL All-Star team 7 times. He appeared in 2,409 games (1939-1960) finishing with a .286 BA with 172 HRs and 1,311 RBIs. He was the 1st Manager of the 1961 AL Expansion team, the new Washington Senators (1961-1963). He then managed several Minor League teams: the 1966-1968 AAA Vancouver Mounties (PCL), 1969-1970 AAA Richmond Braves (IL). He was a Minor League Natting Instructor for the 1973-1974  Royals and the 1975-1976 Dodgers. He returned to the MLB as a Coach for the 1977-1978Expos and the 1982 Yankees. He was an MLB Coach for several teams, including the 1960, 1964 Pirates and the 1965 Cardinals.

2012the Yankees defeat the Twins by the score of  6-3 behind veteran Starter Andy Pettitte to move to 1 1/2 games in front of the Birds. Yankees CF Curtis Granderson hits his 40th HR, becoming the 5th Yankee to hit 40 dingers in back-to-back AL seasons.

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This Week in Yankees History September 20th-26th Part Three

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1902- Former Yankees Pitcher Pat Malone (1935-1937) was born. (1902-1943)

On March 25,1935, the Yankees purchased veteran Starter Pat Malone from the Cubs for $15,000 Cash. He had been a 20-game winner for the 1929-1930 Cubs. Pat Malone went 19-13 with a 4.67 ERA in 92 games as a Yankees hurler. He was unable to crack the Yankees Starting rotation; Pat became a swingman for the team. The 1936 AL season was his best as a Yankees Pitcher, while posting a 12-4 mark with a 3.81 ERA in 35 games. Pat had appeared in 3 World Series with the 1929,1932 Cubs and the 1936 Yankees. His World Series pitching record was 0-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 6 games.  

1912- In Boston, Starter Smoky Joe Wood fires a 2-hitter at New York, winning the game by the score of 6-0. The Boston Ace strikes out 10 Yankee batters in winning his 33rd game of the 1912 AL season.

1917- Former Yankees HOF Shortstop and long-time Broadcaster Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto (1941-1942,1946-1956) was born. (1917-2007)

The Yankees signed INF Phil Rizzuto as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1937. He won the Minor League player of the Year Award in 1940, while playing for the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). In 1941, he played his 1st season as a Yankee appearing in 133 games, while hitting .307.  Phil would miss the 1943-1945 MLB seasons, while serving with the Navy during WWII. He was named to the AL All-Star squad 5 times. He led the AL shortstops in fielding in 1949-1950. In 1950, Phil had his best Yankee career season, as he won the AL MVP Award, while hitting .325 in 155 games with 200 hits, while scoring 100 runs. Also, in 1950, he won the MLB Best Player Award. In 1951, Phil won the Babe Ruth Award for hitting .320 against the Giants in the 1951 World Series.  During the 1955-1956 AL seasons, Phil was slowed down by injuries; he was no longer the Yankees starting shortstop. On August 25,1956, Phil was released by the Yankees to clear an MLB roster spot for the re-acquired veteran OF Enos Slaughter from the Kansas City A’s. His Yankees lifetime BA was .279 with 38 HRs and 563 RBIs in 1,661 games. He played in 9 World Series for the team, while hitting .246 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs. In 1957, Phil started his long-time broadcasting career with the Yankees joining Mel Allen and Red Barber in the broadcasting booth, replacing veteran Jim Woods. In 1994, the Veteran’s Committee voted Phil into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Former long Red Sox rival Ted Williams pushed for his election into the Hall. He was telling baseball people that Phil could beat you with his glove or bat. Also, if he had been with his Red Sox teams, they would have beaten the Yankees for the AL pennant

1917- Former Yankees Pitcher (1951-1955) and MLB Pitching Coach (1961-1963) Johnny Sain was born. (1917-2007)

Veteran NL hurler Johnny Sain was obtained from the Braves in August of 1951 for Yankees Rookie P Lou Burdette and $50,000 Cash. He had won 100 games for the 1942, 1946-1951 Braves, including a 24-14 season in 1948. In the 1948 World Series, John went 1-1 in 2 starts for the Braves against the Indians. John was 20-20, with 67 saves for the Yankees coming out of their bullpen and making occasional starts for the team. His best Yankees season was 1953, while posting a 14-7 record with a 3.00 ERA with 19 saves in 40 games. He led the AL in saves in 22 in 1954, while going 6-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 35 games. Sain appeared as a Reliever in 3 World Series with the 1951-1953 Yankees, he posted a 1-1 record in 4 games. On May 11, 1955, Sain was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Enos Slaughter for P Sonny Dixon. After the 1955 AL season was over, he would retire as an active player. Overall, Johnny posted a 139-116 record with a 3.49 ERA in 910 games. John would later become a very successful MLB Pitching Coach starting with the 1959 A’s, 1961-1963 Yankees, 1965-1966 Twins, 1967-1969 Tigers, 1971-1975 White Sox and the 1977, 1981-1986 Braves. In 1961, He became the new Yankees MLB Pitching Coach for new Manager Ralph Houk replacing Eddie Lopat, who was Casey Stengel’s 1960 MLB Pitching Coach. Veteran Starter Whitey Ford won 25 games during Johnny Sain’s 1st season as Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1961, while pitching on a 4-day rotation schedule. After the 1963 World Series loss to the Dodgers, Johnny left the Yankees organization. He would join the Twins for the 1965-1966 AL seasons. During the 1960s, Sain coached the pitchers of 5 of the AL's 10 pennant-winning teams. His attitude towards MLB pitching, made him a pitcher’s favorite coach, but he did draw criticism from team’s Managers and their front offices.

1921- At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians by the score of 21-7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yankees knock out Tribe Starter Ray Caldwell in the 2nd inning and dust Reliever Duster Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. Yankees Starter Carl Mays goes the distance for the win.

1925- Former Yankee Minor League 1B/PH Tom Hamilton was born. (1925-1973)

On March 9,1950, 1B Tom Hamilton was signed by the Philadelphia A’s as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appears with the 1952 A’s for 12 games, hitting just .200. In 1953, he played in 58 games for the team, hitting just .196. On December 16,1953, Tom was traded by the A’s along with Starter Harry Byrd, 1B Eddie Robinson, INF Babe Loren and OF Carmen Mauro to the Yankees for Minor League All-Star OF/1B Vic Power, INF Don Bollweg, 3B Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, OF Bill Renna and Catcher Jim Robertson to the Philadelphia A’s. Tom never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to Yankees AAA Club, the Kansas City Blues (AA) for the 1954 season. Tom would play in the Yankees Minor League system from 1954 to 1960.

1926- The Yankees take 2 games from St. Louis to nail down the 1926 AL flag, winning the opener by the score of 10-2 behind veteran Starter Herb Pennock. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth's Grand Slam HR is the big blow. In the nightcap, Lou Gehrig HRs in the 3rd inning, off of Brown’s Milt Gaston, while Babe Ruth matches him with a 2-run HR in the 6th inning off of Reliever Win Ballou. Babe Ruth adds a solo HR in the 9th inning, his 46th HR off of Reliever Joe Giard to seal the Waite Hoyt’s 10-4 victory. Despite the score, the game is played in a new AL record of 55 minutes. The NL record is 51 minutes, played on September 28,1919.

1929- At Fenway Park in Boston, the Yankees-Red Sox game is halted during in the 5th inning as the Umpires called time-out and have players from the both teams to gather at home plate. Bill McGowan, a respected AL Umpire, informs the team’s players that Bronx Bomber Manager Miller Huggins has just died from blood poisoning at New York City’s St. Vincent hospital. Then he asks the Fenway Park crowd to stand for 1 minute of silence as the American flag in Center Field is lowered to half-staff. Three days before, Miller had turn over the team to Yankees MLB Coach Art Fletcher. He was only 49 years-old, he had managed the Yankees from 1918 to 1929. On the day of his funeral in Cincinnati, Ohio, the American League will cancel all games. "Hug”, who won 6 pennants and 3 World Series in his 12 years as Skipper of the Bronx Bombers. Manager Miller Huggins will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1931- Nats OF Sam Rice drops a fly ball and the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Senators by the score of 8-3. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth has 2-solo HRs to help in the win. The 3rd place Yankees; now trail the Senators by a 1/2 game.

1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 1,500th consecutive MLB game. His 48th HR of the 1934 AL season is an MLB career high.

1949- Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games, Casey Stengel and his 1949 Yankees have been in 1st place in the AL all season. But today the Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place with a 4-1 victory over Bronx Starter Allie Reynolds. Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR, as Boston Starter Mel Parnell wins his 25th game of the 1949 AL season. The lefty Red Sox hurler is 16-3 at Fenway Park this season. Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio listens to the game on the radio from a hospital, bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York City, a huge crowd of fans greets them at Grand Central Station, including Mrs. Babe Ruth, who predicts, "Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way."

1951- Former Yankees Reserve INF Nolen Richardson (1935) passed away. (1903-1951)

The Yankees had acquired veteran INF Nolen Richardson in 1935, he had previously played for the Tigers in 1929 and 1931-1932 AL seasons. In September of 1935, he appeared in 12 games for the Yankees, while hitting .217 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. He spent the bulk of the 1935 baseball season with the Yankees AA Club, the Newark Bears (IL) playing in 137 games, while hitting .282. In 1936, he would return to AA Newark again, hitting .286 in 153 games. The Yankees sold him to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) in 1937. In July of 1938, Nolan purchased by the Reds from the AA Orioles, he would play in 35 games for the team.

1959- At Yankee Stadium, lefty Ace Whitey Ford defeats the Orioles by the score of 5-2 with a complete game, allowing just 8-Bird hits, 2 runs with 4-strikeouts. Yankees hitters Hector Lopez (2), Yogi Berra (1) and Norm Siebern (1) drive in runs. It would be the last Yankees victory of the 1959 AL season, as they would drop the last 2 games of the season to the Orioles. The Yankees would finish in 3rd place in the AL with a 79-75-1 record behind the Indians (2nd Place) and 1959 AL Champions, the White Sox. 

1960- Yankees Starter Ralph Terry clinches the Yankees' 25th AL pennant with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Reliever Luis Arroyo saves the win. It is Casey Stengel's 10th AL pennant in 12 years at New York. The Yankees are in the middle of a 15-game winning streak, picking up victory #9 to end to the 1960 AL season.

1962- Yankees Ace lefty Starter Whitey Ford beats the Senators by the score of 8-3, as the Yankees clinch their 26th AL pennant. Yankees Manager Ralph Houk becomes the 5th manager in MLB history to capture league pennants in each of his 1st 2 MLB Manager seasons.

1967- In an afternoon game, the Angels top the leading Twins by the score of 9-2 in Minnesota to move the idle Red Sox into a 1st-place tie. Detroit loses their game by the score of 2-0 to Yankees lefty Starter Al Downing.

1968- In Mickey Mantle's last appearance at Yankee Stadium, he slices a 2-out 1st inning single off of Tribe Starter Luis Tiant for the only hit for the Yankees. Tiant tosses his 9th shutout of the 1968 AL season, tops in the AL to win the game by a score of 3-0.  El Tiante's ERA drops to 1.60, the previous low for an Indians Pitcher was HOF hurler Stan Coveleski's 1.87 ERA in 1917.

1969- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Tony Womack (2005) was born.

On December 20, 2004, veteran INF Tony Womack was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 108 games for the 2006 Yankees, while  hitting a disappointing .249. On December 8, 2005, Tony was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Reds for 2 Minor League Players: Kevin Howard and Benjamin Hines.

1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holloway (1930) passed away. (1897-1968)

On June 30,1930, veteran hurler Ken Holloway was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He had previously pitched for the Tigers and the Tribe, posting a 64-52 record. He had been 1-1 with 1 save and an 8.40 ERA in 12 games for the 1930 Indians. Ken appeared 16 games for the 1930 Yankees with no decisions with a 5.24 ERA and 1 save. It would be his last active MLB season. On November 28,1930, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P John Hopkins and Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for 2 Minor League Players: Catcher Tom Padden and P Jim Weaver. 

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Weathers (1996-1997) was born.

On July 31, 1996, Pitcher Dave Weathers was obtained from Marlins for P Mark Hutton. In 1996, he went 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA, but he was more successful in the AL Post season, winning a game in both the Division and League Championship Series. In 1997, he started off with a 0-1 with 10.00 ERA, which cause the team to send him down to  the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Overall, Weathers went 0-3 with a 9.57 ERA in 21 games, as a Yankees hurler. On June 9,1997, he was traded to the Indians for OF Chad Curtis.

1971- With Detroit Rookie Catcher Tim Hosley hitting 2 HRs and driving in 5 runs, the Tigers trip the Yankees by the score of 10-7. Les Cain pitches 6 innings for the win. He finishes with a 10-9 record with 145 innings, but he contends that Tiger’s Manager Billy Martin forces him to pitch; while he has a sore pitching arm.  Later, Cain claims that it did permanent damage to his pitching arm, so he sues the Tigers. In a landmark decision, the Michigan Bureau of Workman's Compensation will order the Tigers to pay Cain $111 a month for the rest of his life. A lump sum payment was later agreed upon between the 2 parties.

1977- Yankees Slugger Yankees Cliff Johnson continues his personal assault on the Blue Jays by slamming 2 HRs in the 2ndgame of doubleheader to lead the Yankees to a 2-0 win. Yankees Starter Ron Guidry won the opener by the score of 15-0, as the Yankees boosted their lead over the Red Sox to 3 games. The double shut out win was the 1st by the Yankees since July 21, 1972. Cliff Johnson hit 6 of his 12 HRs off of the Blue Jays Pitching and batted .381 against them, compared to .296 against the rest of the AL.

1977- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Wil Nieves (2005-2007) was born.

On March 29, 2005, Catcher Wil Nieves was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for P Bret Prinz. Wil appeared in 35 games as a Reserve Catcher for the Yankees, while hitting just .164.

1985Yankees LF Rickey Henderson steals his 75th base of the 1985 AL season in the Yankees 10- 2 win over the Tigers breaking the Yankees club record of 74 set by Fritz Maisel in 1914.

1989- Red Sox 3B Wade Boggs extends his own modern MLB record, when he collects his 200th hit for the 7th MLB consecutive season. The Boston 3B goes 4-for-5 as the Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 7-4.

1990- The Yankees tie an MLB record when their 1st 8-batters all hit safely in a 15-3 rout of the Orioles.  Birds Starter Anthony Telford allows the 1st 6 Yankee batters to get hits to take the loss. The Yankees would hit 6 HRs in the game.

1995- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB left-hander Pitcher Rick Honeycutt from the Oakland A’s. The Yankees to make room on their MLB roster, DFA Pitcher Jeff Patterson (0-0 in 3 games). Honeycutt went 0-0 in 3 games with the 1995 Yankees. On December 21, 1995, Rick was purchased by the Cardinals from the Yankees.

1996- The Yankees clinched the AL East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The Yankees score 10 runs in the 2nd inning, after plating 4 in the opening frame. Yankees 1B Tino Martinez leads with 5 RBIs. Yankees Starter David Cone (7-2) is the easy winner. Also, the Yankees win the nightcap by a score of 6-2, with Bronx Starter Kenny Rogers picking up his 12th win of the season. Daryl Strawberry’s 2-run HR leads the Yankees hitting attack in the game.

1998- With a 6-1 victory over Tampa Bay, the Bronx Bombers set an AL record with their 112th win. Yankees Starter Orlando Hernandez improves his 1998 AL season record to 12-4. The 1906 Cubs, who went 116-36, are the only team with more victories than the 1998 Yankees.

2002- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees defeat the Rays by the score of 4-3. Yankees Starter Roger Clements goes 5 innings leaving the game with a 3-3 tie. Reliever Jeff Weaver picks up the win for his 11th victory of the 2002 AL season with Closer Mo Rivera getting his 28th save. The losing pitcher for the Devil Rays was future Yankee hurler Tanyon Sturtze, who was now at 4-18 mark.

2011- Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 2-out, 3-run HR off of Bronx Reliever Scott Proctor in the 14th inning to give Boston, a 7-4 win over the Yankees in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at New Yankee Stadium, halting a 4-game losing skid. They lost the 1st game by score of 6-2 to the Yankees, while the Rays won their game by the score of 5-2 over the Blue Jays.

2014- In his last-ever home game at Yankee Stadium, Yankees Captain Derek Jeter provides a storybook ending with an opposite-field, game-ending single in the bottom of the 9th that gives the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Orioles. His hit off of Birds Reliever Evan Meek sends Pinch-Runner Antoan Richardson racing home from 2nd base, after Yankees Closer David Robertson had given up 3 Orioles runs in the top of the inning to tie the score, making Captain Clutch's final heroic moment possible.

2017- By hitting 2 HRs in an 11-3 win over the Royals, the Yankees' Rookie OF Aaron Judge reaches the 50 HR mark for the 2017 AL season, breaking the AL Rookie record of 49 set by A’s Mark McGwire in 1987.

September 26th

1907- After Cleveland's Addie Joss fired a 1-hitter against the Yankees yesterday, Tribe teammate Heinie Berger matches him today, also against hapless New York team. This is the 2nd time this century that teammates have thrown back-to-back 1-hitters.

1921- At the Polo Grounds, Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth hits HRs # 57 and # 58 plus a double and a walk to beat the Indians by the score of 8-7, as the Yankees take a 2-game lead. On the losing side, George Burns adds a triple and 3 singles for the Tribe. The Indians load the bases in the 9th inning, but Tribe Catcher Steve Neill strikes out on a Carl Mays fastball in the dirt to end it.

1921- Former Yankees Baseball Executive John Johnson (1947-1969) was born. (1921-1988)

John Johnson joined the Yankees organization in 1947, serving as a Secretary to GM George Weiss. He rose through a series of posts, becoming the team's Farm Director and ultimately Vice President of Minor League Operations, during the 1960s. When Bowie Kuhn was elected MLB Commissioner in 1969, Johnson joined his staff. After serving there for 9 years, he became President of the National Association in 1978. He was credited with stabilizing the Minor Leagues and steering them through a period of growth.

1925- Former Yankees Pitcher Bobby Shantz (1957-1960) was born.

Veteran AL hurler Bobby Shantz was obtained from the Kansas City A’s in February of 1957. He was a Starter who injured his arm and later he became a very successful Relief pitcher. He originally came up with the Philadelphia A’s. His best season with the A’s was in 1952, going 24-7, winning the 1952 AL MVP Award and The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award. Then he injured his pitching arm. As a Yankees hurler, Bobby went 30-18 with a 2.73 ERA with 19 saves. In 1957, he was the 1st Yankees player to win an AL Golden Glove Award. Bobby would win it again for AL Pitchers during the 1958-1960 AL seasons. Also, in 1957, Bobby led the AL pitchers in ERA with a 2.45 mark. Bobby appeared in the 1957 and 1960 World Series for the Yankees, going 0-1. In 1960, his brother Billy Shantz, a veteran MLB catcher appeared with the Yankees for 1-game. The A’s had also signed him. The Yankees lost Bobby in the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft being selected by the new Washington Senators, who then traded him to the Pirates for 3 players (INF Harry Bright, 1B R.C. Stevens and P Bernie Daniels). Billy Shantz will become a Yankees Minor League Manager. Overall as an MLB Pitcher, Bobby went 119-99 with a 3.38 ERA and 48 saves in 537 games.

1926The St. Louis Browns beat the Yankees twice by the scores of 6-1 and 6-2 in a total time of 2 Hours, 7 Minutes, an MLB record for a twin bill. The 2nd game is the fastest in AL history: 55 minutes. The Yankees total 19 hits, while the Browns collect 26 hits in the 2 games. Babe Ruth has one at bat, then sits, he misses Reliever George Sisler, who tosses 2 scoreless innings to finish for the Browns in Game 2 and when the Browns score 4 runs in the 8th inning, picks up the victory. Babe Ruth has 47 HRs twice the runner-up, also he leads the AL with 139 runs, 155 RBI and 144 bases on balls. Babe Ruth is batting .372, 2nd to Detroit's Heinie M****h, who will go 6-for-9 on the last day to end at .378. Browns Coach Jimmie Austin, 46-years old, participates in the Nightcap and contributes to the win by knocking in a run with a double and then stealing home. He is not the oldest to steal a base (Arlie Latham, 50 in 1909), but he is the oldest to steal home. The Yankees used veteran INF Fred Merkle in his MLB final game. The Veteran Merkle replaces Lou Gehrig at 1B in the 6th inning.

1949Before 67,434 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox survive a rhubarb-filled 7-6 victory, when Boston base runner Johnny Pesky scores on a disputed squeeze play. Leading by 1 game, the Red Sox move on to Washington for a 3-game series with the Senators before playing the last 2 games of the 1949 AL season with the Yankees.

1952- The Yankees clinched their 4th AL straight pennant, an 11-inning 5-2 win at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, beating the A’s behind the pitching of Starter Ed Lopat and Reliever Johnny Sain.

1954- Future Yankees Pitcher Art Ditmar of the Philadelphia A’s defeats the Yankees by the score of 8-6 in the last game the A’s franchise will play at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, before moving to Kansas City in 1955. Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3B in his MLB playing career. Mickey Mantle plays Shortstop again in Yankees Manager Casey Stengel's "power line-up."

1955The Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 8-1 as Ted Williams goes 1-for-2. Williams finishes the 1955 AL season at .356, well ahead of Tigers Al Kaline's .340, but he does not have enough at bats to win the 1955 AL Batting title.

1956- Orioles Rookie Starter Charlie Beamon throws a 1-0 shutout against the Yankees in his 1st MLB start.

1960- The Bronx Bombers current winning streak reaches 10-game mark, as they defeat the Senators by the score of 4-2 by scoring 2 runs in the 9th inning. Yankees Rookie Starter Bill Stafford goes 8-innings, while veteran Reliever Duke Maas picks up the win, going to 3-1 for the 1960 AL season. Yankees Reserve 1B Dale Long hits a 2-run HR off of veteran Nats Starter Pedro Ramos, who goes to 11-17 record with the loss. 

1961- In New York's 159th game of the 1961 AL season, Yankees RF Roger Maris rips a Jack Fisher fastball into the RF seats at Yankee Stadium for his 60th HR of the season. Bronx Bombers beat the Orioles by a score of 3-2. Yankees OF Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth's 34-year-old single season AL HR record. There are fewer than 8,000 fans on hand to view this historic MLB HR event.

1964- Behind Rookie Starter Mel Stottlemyre's 2-hitter, the Yankees roll over the Senators by the score of 7-0 for their 11th win in a row. Stottlemyre leads the offense with an MLB-record-tying 5 hits, the last pitcher to collect that many and just the 8th pitcher this century to do so (Jim Callahan of the White Sox did it twice). With a single in his last at bat in his last game, he's had 6 hits in a row.

1967- Detroit Starter Mickey Lolich blanks the Yankees by the score of 1-0 for the Tigers to tighten the 1967 AL pennant race. The Twins (91-68) lead with the White Sox (89-68) and the idle Red Sox (90-69) are a game back, with the Tigers (89-69) 1 1/2 games back.

1973- In front of a Milwaukee home crowd of 4,804 fans, Brewers Starter Jim Colburn wins his 20th game for the team, defeating the Yankees by the score of 5-2. Brewers’ Slugger George Scott chips in with 2 RBIs, giving him 100 RBIs for the season. Colborn is the Brewers' 1st 20-game winner and the 1st in Milwaukee since Tony Cloninger did it for the 1965 Braves.

1978- Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa earns his 19th victory of the 1978 AL season; while Closer Rich Gossage picks up his 28th save as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of 4-1. Mickey Rivers’ 2-out, 2-run double in the 2nd inning opens an early lead for the Yankees. Bronx Bombers have 1 game lead over the Red Sox in the AL Eastern Division race.

1980- At Detroit, Bronx Starter Ron Guidry gives up 5 runs in 6-innings, but he still wins his 16th victory with Reliever Ron Davis getting his 7th save as the Yankees win the game by a score of 7-5. The Yankees hitting attack is led by Eric Soderholm’s 3-run HR and a solo HR by Willie Randolph.

1980Former Yankees Pitcher Andy O’Connor (1908) passed away. (1884-1980)

Pitcher Andy O’Connor appeared in 1 game for the 1908 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On December 27,1909, Andy was purchased by AA Rochester (IL) from the Yankees. After retiring as an active player, Andy became an MLB Scout for the Red Sox.

1982- Former Yankees Minor League P Daniel McCutchen was born.

The Yankees in the13th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Daniel McCutchen. The right-hander split his pro debut between the Staten Island Yankees (1-0, 1.13 ERA, 11 K, 4 H in 8 IP) and the Charleston RiverDogs (1-0, 1 Sv, 2.14 ERA,13 H,18 K in 21 IP). He was suspended for 50 games for using a performance-enhancing substance. McCutchen said that it was a medication for attention deficit disorder (ADT). In 2007, the former Oklahoma hurler impressed with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) (11-2, 2.50 ERA, 21 BB, 86 H in 101 IP) and AA Trenton Thunder (EL) (3-2, 30 H, 36 K in 41 IP). He tied Grant Duff for 2nd in the Yankees Minor Leagues in wins, trailing Jeffrey Marquez by 1; he was 3rd in the system in ERA. Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the Florida State League. He made the FSL All-Star team, 1 of 6 pitchers selected. McCutchen opened 2008 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), where he was 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 53 innings. He was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL), where he went 4-6 with a 3.58 ERA, 11 walks in 70 1/3 IP. McCutchen was then traded along with Minor League OF Prospect José Tabata, Pitchers Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff Karstens to the Pirates in return for OF/INF Xavier Nady and P Damaso Marte. He finished the 2008 season with the AAA Indianapolis Indians, going 3-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 8 starts. 

1992- Former Yankees Minor League INF Dante Bichette Jr. was born.

Dante Bichette, Jr. was a 1st-round pick by the Yankees in 2011 MLB Amateur Player Draft. His father former MLB player Dante Bichette, who won the NL HR title in 1995. Bichette played in the 2005 Little League World Series, where his team was coached by former Yankees C Mike Stanley. He hit 10 HRs in 86 at-bats as a HS Sr. The Yankees took him with the 51st pick of the MLB Amateur Player Draft: it was New York's 1st pick that year. The choice was compensation for the loss of Starter Javier Vázquez to MLB Free Agency. Bichette was a Shortstop in HS, but he was projected as a 3B-OF. He had a University of Georgia commitment. He signed instead with the Yankees, with a bonus of $750,000. Bichette made his pro debut with GCL Yankees. In his 1st 13 games, he showed good walk ability (15 BB) and defense (no errors), but he was making little contact his BA was .159. Dante spent the 2016 Minor League baseball season with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) while appearing in 114 games, playing 1B for the Thunder, hitting .243 with 9 HRs and RBIs. In 2017, he played for AA Trenton again, appearing in 72 games, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 33 RBIs. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He played for the independent league 2018 St. Paul Saints (American Association), appearing in 99 games, while hitting .310 with 9 HRs and 52 RBIs.

1996- Current Yankees Pitcher Albert Abreu (2020) was born.

Pitcher Albert Abreu was originally signed by the Astros in 2014. On November 17, 2016Catcher Brian McCann was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Astros for 2 Minor League Pitchers: Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. In 2019, he pitched for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) posting a 5-8 record with a 4.28 ERA in 23 games. He received an inviation to the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He appeared in 2 games for the 2020 Yankees, posting a 0-1 record with a 20.65 ERA before being sent back to the Yankees alternate training site in Scranton.

1997- Four Yankees Pitchers combine to 1-hit the Tigers, winning the game by a score of 8-2. Andy Pettitte starts the game; he allows a 2-run single to Travis Fryman in the 3rd inning giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. Pettitte leaves after pitching 4 innings, he is succeeded by Brian Boehringer (3 innings), Mariano Rivera (1 inning) and Jeff Nelson (1 inning). Mo Rivera receives credit for the win, when Yankees offense explodes for 6 runs in the 9th inning.

1998- The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays by the score of 3-1 for David Cone's 20th win of the 1998 AL season. Cone sets a record for the most years (10) between 20-win seasons, having won 20 for the 1988 Mets. Jim Kaat held the previous record at 9 seasons. Yankees Rookie OF Shane Spencer homers, his 6th HR in 9 days and his 7th HR in the month of September, a Yankees Rookie record.

2008- The Yankees crush the Red Sox by the score of 17-8 on a rainy night at Fenway Park. Back-up Bronx Shortstop Cody Ransom hits 2 HRs, while 2B Robinson Cano drives in 5 runs and LF Brett Gardner 4 more in the Bombers rout. Boston's loss means that Tampa Bay officially clinches the 2008 AL East Division title. It is the 1st time since the 1997 AL season that neither Boston nor New York won the AL Eastern Division race. Tampa Bay had never won 70 games in an AL season before this season.

2009- Yankees Starter CC Sabathia wins his 19th game of the 2009 AL season, giving up 1 Boston hit in 7th innings in a 3-0 Yankees victory over the Red Sox. Newly-appointed Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a lifelong Yankees fan better known in baseball circles for her ruling that ended the 1994 MLB strike, throws the ceremonial 1st pitch to Yankees Catcher Jose Molina. 

2011- The Rays defeat the Yankees by the score of 5-2 behind Starter James Shields' 16th win of the 2011 AL season and catch the Red Sox in the 2011 AL Wild Card race.

2012- Yankees Starter CC Sabathia strikes out 10 Twins batters over 8 innings to lead the Yankees over the Twins by the score of 8-2. But the Yankees can't put any additional distance between themselves and the 2nd-place Orioles, who remain 1 1/2 games behind them, as the Birds hit 7 HRs in routing the Blue Jays by score of 12-2.

2013The Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Yankees by the score of 4-0 at New Yankee Stadium as retiring Yankees Closer Mariano Riveratosses 1 1/3 inning of work in his last-ever appearance at home.



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