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This Week in Yankees History October 11th-17th Part One


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October 11th

1923- At the Polo Grounds, a crowd of 40,4027 watch the Yankees take the 2nd Game of the 1923 World Series by beating the Giants by the score of 4-2. Yankees Veteran Starter Herb Pennock throws a complete game win, allowing the Giants only 9-hits and 2 runs. Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs for the Bombers, while his teammate INF Aaron Ward, also hits a HR in the game.

1931- Former Yankees Pitcher and Minor League Manager Gary Blaylock (1959) was born.

Before the start of the 1950 NL Season Pitcher Gary Blaylock was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He went 4-5 with a 5.13 ERA in 26 games for the 1959 Cardinals. On July 26,1959, Gary Blaylock was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Cardinals. He posted a 0-1 record with a 3.51 ERA in 15 games for the 1959 Yankees. Gary would pitch in the Yankees Minor League system from to 1960 to 1963. He managed in the Yankees farm system from 1963-1969. Then he joined the Royals organization as a Minor League Manager from 1971 to 1975.

1943- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis,  a crowd of 33,872 fans see Yankees Starter Spud Chandler shut out the Cardinals by the score of 2-0 as the Yankees win the 1943 World Series in 5 games. Chandler gave up 10 hits, but he stranded 11 Cardinal runners. Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey's 2-run HR in the 6th inning was the difference in the game.

1946- The Yankees traded veteran All-Star 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon to the Indians for Starter Allie Reynolds. Gordon had hit .210 in 112 games for the 1946 Yankees. He had missed the 1944-1945 AL seasons due to military service.  Overall as a Yankees player, Joe Gordon had appeared in 1,000 games for the team, while hitting .271 with 153 HRs and 617 RBIs. He had won the 1942 AL MVP Award, while hitting .322 with 18 HRs and 103 RBIs . Allie Reynolds had a 51-47 record with a 3.31 ERA and 8 saves in 139 games as a Tribe Starter. In 1946, he went 11-15 with a 3.88 ERA in 31 games for the team. Both players would bounce back in 1947. Allie Reynolds would go 19-8 with a 3.20 ERA in 34 and 1 win in the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers. Joe Gordon would hit .272 with 29 HRs and 93 RBIs for the Tribe, plus he was named to the 1947 AL All-Star team.

1958- Former Yankees C/1B Ira Thomas (1906-1907) passed away. (1881-1958)

On August 20,1905, Ira Thomas was purchased by the Yankees from Providence (Eastern League). He appeared in 124 games for the 1906-1907 Yankees, while hitting .195 with 1 HR and 39 RBIs. On December 12,1907, Thomas was purchased by the Tigers from the Yankees. He played in 40 games for the 1908 Tigers, while hitting .307. The Tigers sent him to the A’s in 1908. Ira played for Philadelphia from 1909-1915. He appeared on 3 World Series teams for the A’s (1910-1911 and 1913). Ira Thomas was the 1st successful Pinch-Hitter in the history of the World Series. While playing for the Tigers, he stroked a single while batting for Charley O'Leary against the Cubs' Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown in the 9th inning of Game 1 of the 1908 World Series. After he retired, Thomas coached College Baseball at Williams College from 1914-1919. Then he became a Philadelphia A’s MLB Coach. Later, he was A’s Owner/ Manager Connie Mack's Chief MLB Scout. He had recommended several players to Connie Mack, most notably MLB Pitchers Lefty Grove and George Earnshaw. 

1964- In Game 4 of the 1964 World Series played at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 66,312 fans see Cardinals 3B Ken Boyer hit a Grand Slam HR capping off a 4-3 comeback win over the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers had chased Cards Starter Ray Sadecki for 3 runs in the 1st inning. Then Cardinal Relievers Roger Craig and Ron Taylor hold the Yankees to just 1 hit for the rest of the game. The Cardinals had trailed by the score of 3-0, before Ken Boyer's Grand Slam HR blast against Yankees Starter Al Downing in the 6th inning. Yankees Relievers Pete Mikkelsen and Ralph Terry would hold the Cardinals scoreless, but the Yankees batting line-up fails to catch the Redbirds.

1965- Former Yankees Pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez (1998-2003) was born in Cuba.

After fleeing Cuba, on March 23,1998, Orlando Hernandez was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. “El Duque” went 61-40 with a 3.96 ERA and 1 save in 136 games as a Yankees Pitcher. His best Yankees season was in 1999, when he posted a 17-9 record. In 1999, he was the ALCS MVP. Orlando went 2-1 in 4 World Series games for the Yankees. In AL Postseason playoffs, Orlando was 13-10 for the Yankees. On January 15, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for P Antonio Osuna and Minor League Player Delvis Lantigua. 

1977- The Yankees defeat the Dodgers by the score of 4-3 in the Opener of the 1977 World Series played at Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 56,668 fans. The Dodgers held a 2-1 lead in the 6th inning, when the Yankees tie the game at 2-2 in the 8thinning on a Willie Randolph HR, followed a Thurman Munson double later in the inning that scored the go head run. The Dodgers tied the game at 3-3 in the 9th inning, sending the game into extra innings. In the 12th inning, the Yankees score the winning runs, with Willie Randolph on 2B after hitting a lead-off double, Thurman Munson was intentionally passed and Reserve OF Paul Blair singles home the winning run. Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle wins the game in relief of Starter Don Gullet. While Dodgers Reliever Rick Rhoden takes the loss.

 1978- The Dodgers edged the Yankees by the score of 4-3 in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series played at Dodger Stadium. Veteran Starter Catfish Hunter takes the loss for the Yankees. With runners in scoring position Dodgers hurler Bob Welch strikes out Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson to end the game. A crowd of 55,887 fans attended the game. Dodgers Starter Burt Hooton pick-up the victory, while Closer Bob Welch gets a save. The 1977 World Series now goes back to New York City, while Ron Guidry and Don Sutton as the starting Pitchers for Game 3 played at Yankee Stadium. The Dodgers lead the Series 2-0.

1981- HRs hit by Bronx Bombers hitters Reggie Jackson, Oscar Gamble and Rick Cerone help the Yankees defeat the Brewers by the score of 7-3, as the Bombers win their 5th AL Eastern Division title in 6 years.

1991- Yankees Current 3B Gio Urshela (2019-2020) was born.

On August 4, 2018, INF Gio Urshela was purchased by the Yankees from the Blue Jays for $25,000 Cash. The former MLB INF for the Indians and Blue Jays, he had appeared in 163 games, while hitting .225 with 8 HRs and 39 RBIs. The Yankees assigned him to AAA Scranton, where he finished 2018 season. He was still in the Yankees organization at the start of 2019 AL season; he went 4 for 9 in his 1st 2 games for the AAA RailRiders before he was one of a number of players called up to help the senior squad due to a rash of injuries. He made his 1st appearance for the team on April 6th. Playing at 3rd base in place of the injured Miguel Andujar, he got off to a good start, going 6 for 20 with 3 doubles in his 1st 9 games. He also showed some good defensive skills. His presence was a godsend for the injury-racked Yankees, as Andujar was soon considered lost for the 2019 AL season and other injuries depleted the Yankees starting line-up. By the time some regulars like Shortstop Didi Gregorius were ready to returned, he had secured his place as a key member of a dominant team. On August 7-8, he had back-to-back 2-HR games, the 1st 2 of his MLB playing career, as the Yankees were on a power surge, hitting 16 HRs in 4 games (he was personally responsible for 5 of these). He was hitting .323 with an OPS+ of 145 in 94 games at that point. He finish the 2019 AL regular season playing in 132 games, while hitting .314 with 21 HRs and 74 RBIs. In the 2020 shorten AL 60-game season, he appeared in 43 games, while hitting .298 with 6 HRs and 30 RBIs.

2006- Yankees hurler Cory Lidle is killed, when a plane he is in crashes into a residential building in New York City. On July 30, 2006, Corey was traded by the Phillies along with OF Bobby Abreu to the Yankees for hurler Matt Smith and 3 Minor League Players: C.J. Henry, Carlos Monastrios and Jesus Sanchez. Corey went 4-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 games with the 2006 Yankees.

2009- The Yankees complete a sweep of the Twins by the score of 4-1, to take their ALDS in the last MLB game ever played at the Metrodome. Solo HRs by 3B Alex Rodriguez and Catcher Jorge Posada off of former Yankee, now a Twins Starter Carl Pavano in the 7th inning are the deciding blows. Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte wins the 15th postseason game of his MLB pitching career, tying John Smoltz for the most ever.

2012- The Orioles even the 2012 ALDS against the Yankees with a 2-1 win, meaning that all 4 Division Series will go the distance this season. Orioles Shortstop J.J. Hardy drives in the winning run with a double, scoring Orioles base runner Manny Machado in the 13th inning in the longest postseason game in Orioles franchise history.

 2017- The Yankees complete a stunning comeback from being 2 games to none down after a devastating extra-innings loss in Game 2 to stun the heavily-favored Indians by the score of 5-2 in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS, eliminating them from the 2017 AL postseason. Bronx Shortstop Didi Gregorius hits a pair of HRs off a shaky Tribe Starter Corey Kluber in the 1st 3 innings to give the Yankees an early 3-0 lead, but after the Tribe chases Yankees Starter CC Sabathia with 2 runs in the 4th, the Yankees' bullpen goes to work, shutting them down the rest of the way.

October 12th

1874- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1931-1933), MLB Player and Manager Jimmy Burke was born. (1874-1942)

Jimmy Burke saw stop and start MLB action between 1898 and 1902 before becoming the regular 3B for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1903 to 1905, serving as Player-Manager of the club for part of 1905. He enjoyed his finest season in his first with a steady gig, batting .285 in 115 games for the 1903 Cardinals. He moved to the Minors as manager of the 1906-1907 Kansas City Blues, the 1908 Louisville Colonels,1910Fort Wayne Billikens, the 1911 AA Indianapolis Indians and the Fort Wayne Railroaders in 1913. After being released as Manager of Indianapolis in 1912, he signed a contract to be an MLB Scout for the Tigers. He made it back to the MLB, as Tigers MLB Coach working with them from 1914 to 1917. Then Jimmy became the Manager of the St. Louis Browns in 1918, holding that post for 2 1/2 years. He managed the Tulsa Oilers for part of 1921. He was a member of the Red Sox MLB Coaching staff from 1921 to 1923 before going back to the Minors as Skipper of the 1924-1925 AA Toledo Mud Hens. Then Jimmy was a MLB Coach from 1926 to 1930 with the Cubs working for Manager Joe McCarthy. Jimmy ended his MLB Coaching career with the 1931-1933 Yankees, once again working for Manager Joe McCarthy.

1918- Former New York Yankees OF Alex Burr (1914) is killed in France, becoming the 3rd MLB player to die in World War I. (1893-1918)

OF Alex Burr appeared in 1 game with the 1914 Yankees with no plate appearances. Alex Burr was killed in an airplane accident on October 12,1918 while serving in the United States Air Service in Cazaux, France. Burr's plane crashed into a lake in flames; his body was not recovered. He had been serving in France since November of 1917. Alex was 24-years old at the time of his death. Burr was one of 5 MLB players, who were killed in World War I. The 4 other players were: Bun Troy‚ Larry Chappell‚ Eddie Grant and Ralph Sharman.

1922- The Yankees transfer P/OF Lefty O’Doul to the Red Sox to complete the Joe Dugan trade of July 24,1922. Later in his MLB playing career, O’Doul would switch from the mound to the Outfield become a successful player in NL with the Phillies, Dodgers and Giants, finishing with his MLB playing career with an MLB lifetime .346 BA. He would be a successful Minor League Manager with the AA San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League.) He would recommend many of the league’s players to the Yankees as unofficial Scout. The Minor League teams were independent of an MLB team’s control, signing and developing their own players, even having a lower level Minor League team as their own farm club, then selling them or trading for players to the MLB teams.

1923- At Yankee Stadium, Game 3 of the 1923 World Series is played before a crowd of 62,430 fans see a classic pitching duel between Giants Starter Art Nehf and Yankees Starter Sad Sam Jones. The game’s lone run comes from Giants Veteran NL Outfielder Casey Stengel, who hit a HR into Yankee Stadium’s Right Field.

1936- Former Yankees All-Star INF/OF and MLB Announcer Tony Kubek (1957-1965) was born.

In 1954, the Yankees signed INF Tony Kubek, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was the son of a former Minor League player Tony Kubek, who had played for Casey Stengel, when managed the AA Milwaukee Brewers. In 1957, Tony was the AL Rookie of Year Award winner for the Yankees, hitting .297 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs in 127 games. He was a member of the AL All-Star teams in 1958-1959 and 1961 seasons. He appeared in 7 World Series as a Yankee, hitting .240 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 37 games. Kubek played many different positions for Yankees Manager Casey Stengel’s except for Catching and Pitching. Tony finished his Yankees playing career hitting .266 with 57 HRs with 373 RBIs  in 1,092 games. He retired at the end of 1965 AL season due to neck and back injuries. Tony became a Baseball Announcer, covering the “Game of the Week” on NBC-TV for 24 years. In 1977, he joined the new AL expansion team, the Toronto Blue Jays Broadcasting team.  From 1990 to 1994, Tony worked for MSG Network covering the Yankees. In 1995, Tony retired from baseball broadcasting. Over the years, he was been away from the game disappointed with baseball’s overall greed. Tony wrote a book about his experiences being on the great 1961 Yankees team entitled “61.” 

1946- Yankees traded Minor League 3B Eddie Brockman to the Indians for Cash and 2 Players to be Named. Brockman had hit .303 with 29 stolen bases for the AA Yankees Kansas City Blues (American Association). Brief trial with the Yankees in September 1946, Eddie went 1 for 12. The Yankees would receive 2B Dutch Meyer on December 5, 1946 from the Indians. The Other Player to be Named Later would be sent to the Yankees in a trade made on December 6, 1946, the team received 2B Ray Mack and Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar. Meyer was sent to AA Newark Bears (IL), he never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1948- The Yankees named former NL and long-time Minor League Manager Casey Stengel their new manager for the 1949 AL season, replacing veteran MLB Manager Bucky Harris (1946-1948). Yankees new GM George Weiss wanted his own man to run the team. Yankees former Co-Team Owner and GM Larry MacPhail, who had left the team after the 1947 World Series victory over the Dodgers, had picked Bucky Harris to manage the team in 1947.  Weiss had known Casey Stengel from his Minor League days with the AA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association) and the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL.) He had managed the 1947 Oakland Oaks with future Yankee players INF Billy Martin and OF Jackie Jensen. Casey receives a 2-year contract from the team. He will lead the Yankees to 5 consecutive World Championships beginning in 1949 to 1953. The Boston Baseball writers declared that the 1949 AL season is over for the Yankees, that the Red Sox will prevail in the AL. Casey Stengel has never had a winning season as MLB Manager with the 1934-1936 Dodgers and the 1938-1943 Braves in the NL. Most of the veteran Yankees players from the Joe McCarthy era consider Casey to be a “Clown.” New Yankees GM Weiss will start trading the McCarthy era Yankee veterans away, so Casey will have his “own” men. The Yankees will acquire INF Billy Martin and  OF Jackie Jensen from the AA Oaks in 1949.

1954- Former Yankees Minor League INF Garth Iorg was born.

On June 5,1973, INF Garth Iorg was drafted by Yankees in the 8th round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 5, 1976, Garth Iorg was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Yankees organization as the 41st pick in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player Draft

1955- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Lewis (1982) was born.

On November 1,1979, Jim Lewis was traded by the Mariners along with OF Ruppert Jones to the Yankees for Pitchers&nbs**** Anderson and Jim Beattie,  OF Juan Beniquez and Reserve Catcher Jerry Narron. Jim appeared in only 1 game for the 1982 Yankees with no record. On December 7,1982, Jim was drafted by the Twins from the Yankees organization in the 1982 Minor League Player Draft. 

1960- At Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, a crowd of 38,580 fans watched Yankees veteran Starter Whitey Ford throws his 2ndshutout of the 1960 World Series defeating the Pirates by the score of 12-0. Ford is continuing his pitching quest to beat Babe Ruth’s MLB World Series Pitching record of 29 2/3 scoreless innings. Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson leads the Yankees hitting attack with 2 triples. Veteran Pirates Starter Bob Friend takes the loss for the Bucs, lasting only 3 innings, while giving up 6 runs in 3 innings. He is now 0-2 in 2 starts for the Pirates.

1963- Former Yankees OF/DH Louis Polonia (1989-1990,1994-1995,2000) was born.

On June 21,1989, Louis Polonia was traded by the A’s along with hurlers Greg Cadaret and Eric Plunk to the Yankees for All-Star OF&nbs****ey Henderson. On April 29,1990, Louis was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for P Rich Monteleone and OF/DH Claudell WashingtonOn October 27,1993, Louis was granted MLB Free Agency by the AngelsOn December 20,1993, Louis was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. On August 11,1995, Louis was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for Minor League Player Troy Hughes. In August of 2000, the Yankees signed Louis as an MLB Free Agent. He appeared in 2 games of 2000 World Series for the Yankees. In 5 seasons with the Yankees, Louis played in 276 games, while hitting .296 with 6 HRs and 88 RBI’s and stealing 44 bases.

1964- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 65,633 fans watch the Cardinals beat the Yankees behind Bob Gibson’s 5-2 complete extra innings victory.  He strikes out 13 Yankee batters. Yankees Reliever Pete Mikkelsen takes the loss for the Yankees. He gives up a 3-run HR to Cardinals Catcher Tim McCarver’s in the 10th inning. Yankees Tom Tresh had tied the game for the Yankees in 9th inning with a 2-run HR. Yankees Rookie Starter Mel Stottlemyre went 7 innings with no decision in his 2nd start of the Series against Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson.

1970- Former Yankees Pitcher Tanyon Sturtze ((2004-2006) was born.

On May 15, 2004, hurler Tanyon Sturtze was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Minor League Player Brian Myrow. Tanyon went 11-5 in 110 games with 2 saves for the Yankees. Previously he had pitched in the AL for Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In 2008, he tries to make an injury comeback with the Dodgers, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt and retired as an active player.

1977- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 55,691 fans watched the Dodgers beat the Yankees by the score of 6-1 to even the 1977 World Series after 2 games. Veteran Starter Catfish Hunter, who had not pitched in over a month, started the game for the Yankees. Dodger HRs by Ron Cey, Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith knocked out the Yankees Starter in the 3rd inning of the game. Catfish Hunter’s start allowed the Yankees to have a rested Mike Torrez and Ron Guidry to start the next 2 games for the Yankees at Dodger Stadium.

1982- Former Yankees Reserve INF Casey McGehee (2012) was born.

On July 31, 2012, INF Casey McGehee was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for Veteran Reliever Chad Qualls. Casey only appeared in 22 games for the 2012 Yankees, while hitting .151 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. On October 31, 2012, Casey was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He signed to play the 2013 baseball season with a pro team in Japan, hitting .287 with 27 HRs. In 2014, he returned to the MLB signing with the Marlins.

2006- Former Yankees Reserve OF Johnny Callison (1972-1973) passed away. (1939-2006)

On January 20,1972, veteran OF Johnny Callison was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The  Yankees sent veteran Reliever Jack Aker on May 17,1972 to the Cubs to complete the tradeJohnny appeared in 137 games for the Yankees, while hitting .231 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs. In 1972, he hit .258 for the Yankees, but he faded during the 1973 AL season. On August 18,1973Johnny was released by the team.  As a member of the 1964 Phillies, Johnny was the 1964 All-Star game’s MVP for hitting the game winning HR at Shea Stadium. He appeared on 3 NL All-Star teams. In 1957, the White Sox signed John as an MLB Amateur Free Agent; he was later traded to the Phillies in 1959 for 3B Gene Freese.

2012- Behind their Ace Starter CC Sabathia, the Yankees fight off the pesky Orioles by the score of 3-1 in Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS. Sabathia allows only 4 Birds hits in a dominant complete game effort. With Alex Rodriguez on the bench, the Bronx Bombers score twice in 6 innings against Orioles hurler Jason Hammel. Yankees CF Curtis Granderson adds a solo HR in the 7th inning. The Orioles score once in the 8th, but they never mount a significant threat against the Yankees' ace.

 2019- In Game 1 of the ALCS played in Houston, Yankees veteran Starter Masahiro Tanaka gives up just 1 hit in 6 innings of work, while 2B Gleyber Torres goes 3 for 5 with 5 RBIs to lead the Yankees to a 7-0 win over the Astros. Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela, all hit HRs for the Yankees.

October 13th

1876- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Manager William “Wild Bill’ Donvan (1915-1917) was born. (1876-1923)

Yankees Manager ‘Wild Bill” Donvan posted a 220-239 record with the 1915-1917 Yankees, before being replaced by Miller Higgins in 1918. Donvan had replaced Player-Manager Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. His Yankee teams had suffered injuries to key players during the 1917 AL season, resulting in a 6th place finish. When former Cardinals Manager Miller Higgins became available, Yankees Co-Team Owner Jacob Rupert released the popular Donvan and signed Higgins. As a Pitcher for the Yankees, he appeared in only 13 games, while posting a 0-1 record. He had been a starter for the Dodgers before jumping to the AL to pitch for the Tigers. His MLB Pitching career record was 185-139 with a 2.69 ERA in 378 games. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the 1907-1909 Tigers, while posting a 1-4 record with a 2.70 ERA in 6 games. He was on his way to the 1923 Winter Baseball Meetings in Chicago, when he was a victim of one of the most famous American train wrecks of the 20th Century, the crash of the 20th Century Limited at Forsyth, NY, 25 miles east of Erie, PA. He was killed instantly, 1 of 9 victims that died in the train tragedy. Bill had been expected to be named the new Manager of the 1924 Washington Senators at the 1923 MLB Winter Meetings.

1883- Former Yankees Reserve C/1B/OF Walter “Heavy” Blair (1907-1911) was born. (1883-1948)

On August 18,1907, Walter Blair was purchased by the Yankees from the Williamsport (Tri-State). He appeared in 216 games with the team, while hitting just .196 with 1 HR and 153 RBIs. After the 1911 AL season, he played in the Minor Leagues with the AA Rochester Hustlers (IL). In 1914-1915, Walt played for the Buffalo Buffeds (Federal League).

1895- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ben Paschal (1924-1929) was born. (1895-1974)

On September 9,1924, OF Ben Paschal purchased by the Yankees from the Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association) for $20,000 Cash. He previous played in the MLB with 1915 Indians and then with the 1920 Red Sox. On April 12, 1927, the Opening Game of the 1927 AL season, Ben Paschal became the last player to ever pinch-hit for Babe Ruth. The replacement came in the 6th inning, after Babe Ruth had gone 0 for 3 in the game with 2 strikeouts; Paschal hit a single.  Ben hit .309 with 24 HRs and 131 RBIs in 346 games for the Yankees as a Reserve OF.  He did play in 2 World Series with the 1926 and 1928 Yankees, while hitting .214 with No HRs with 1 RBI in 8 games. On November 21,1929, Ben was traded by the Yankeesalong with Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and Reliever Wilcy Moore to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for veteran MLB Catcher Bubbles Hargrave.

1896- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike Gazella (1923,1926-1928) was born. (1896-1978)

As a Reserve INF Mike Gazella hit .241 with No HRs and 32 RBIs in 160 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1926 World Series with no hits. On December 20,1928, the Yankees sold Mike to the AA Hollywood Stars (PCL). He would play in the Minor Leagues until 1935. From 1935 to 1940, he was a Minor League Manager. During the 1940’s, Mike was an MLB Scout for the Yankees organization. From 1947-1949, he returned to managing in the Minor Leagues. In 1947, he was the Manager for the Yankees Class C team; the Ventura Yankees (California League). He finished up with the 1948-1949 Class A Denver Bears (Western League).

1921- In the 1st New York City "Subway Series" ever played as the Giants defeat the Yankees by a score of 1-0 to take the 1921 World Series, 5 games to 3 (a 9-game World Series format). The only run of the game scores on a 1st inning error by the Yankees Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. The Yankees lose chance to win the game on poor base running by INF Aaron Ward. Giant’s Starter Art Nehf and Yankees Starter Waite Hoyt, both pitch complete games. A crowd of 25,410 fans attended the game played at the Polo Grounds.

1921- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Lou Saban was born. (1921-2009)

Lou Saban was a former College and Professional Football Coach. He was briefly President of the Yankees in 1981-1982. Also, he served as an MLB Scout for the team from 1984-1987.

1923- In Game #4 of the 1923 World Series played at the Polo Grounds, a crowd of 46,302 fans watched the Yankees beat the Giants by the score of 8-4.  Bronx Bombers hitters Everett “Deacon” Scott and Bob Meusel hit triples that drive in 6 runs that chase Giants Starter Young in the 2nd inning of the game. Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey along with relief help from veteran Starter Herb Pennock hold off the Giants for the win the game.

1924- Former Yankees Reserve C/3B and Minor League Manager Charlie Silvera (1948-1956) was born. (1924-2019)

In 1942, the Yankees signed Catcher Charlie Silvera as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Charlie appeared in 221 games for the Yankees, while hitting .292 with 1 HR and 30 RBIs. His best Yankees player season was in 1949, when he played in 58 games, hitting .315 with 13 RBIs. He made 1 appearance with no hits in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers for the Yankees. On December 11,1956, Charlie was traded by the Yankees along with Cash and another Player to be Named to the Cubs for a Player to be Named Later. The Cubs sent C Harry Chiti on December 14,1956 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Chiti never appears with the team, he would be drafted by the A’s in the 1957 MLB Rule 5 Minor League Player Draft.  After retiring as an active player, Charlie Silvera managed and coached in the Minor Leagues (1958-1960,1970); he was a MLB Scout for the AL expansion Senators (1961-1968). Then he was a MLB Coach for the 1969 Twins, 1971-1972 Tigers and the 1973-1975 Rangers before retiring from baseball. 

1937- Former Yankees OF Lou Clinton (1966-1967) was born. (1937-1997)

On January 14,1966, OF Lou Clinton was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Doc Edwards. He hit .220 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs in 86 games with the 1966-1967 Yankees. Lou Clinton had originally come up with the 1960 Red Sox. During his MLB playing career, he played for the Red Sox, Angels, A’s, Indians before finishing up with the 1967 Yankees. On May 11,1967, Lou was purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees. The Phillies assigned him to their AAA team, the San Diego Padres (PCL), where he hit .250 with 13 HRs and 35 RBIs in 110 games. Lou retired from baseball in the fall of 1967. Overall as an MLB Player, he hit .247 with 65 HRs and 269 RBIs in 691 games. On October 1,1961, Lou was the Red Sox RF in the Roger Maris HR #61 game played at Yankee Stadium.

1954- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Tommy Jones was born. (1954-2009)

Before joining the Yankees organization, Tommy Jones had managed in the Royals organization. He managed the 1987-1988 AA Albany Colonie Yankees (Eastern League). From 1998 to 2004, Tommy Jones was the Director of Player Development for the Diamondbacks. Also, Jones was an MLB 1B Coach for the 2004 Diamondbacks. He was an MLB Scout for the 2005 Mariners. In 2009, Jones passed away, losing a more than year-long battle with Brain Cancer.

1954- Former Yankees Reliever George Frazier (1981-1983) was born.

On June 7,1981, hurler George Frazier was sent by the Cardinals to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on February 16,1981. The Cardinals sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for Shortstop Rafael Santana. George appeared in 140 games for the Yankees as a reliever, while posting an 8-9 record with a 3.25 ERA and 12 saves. He lost 3 games to the Dodgers in the 1981 World Series. On February 5,1984, George was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later and Reserve OF Otis Nixon to the Indians for a Player to be Named Later and MLB INF Toby Harrah. The Indians sent Minor League P Rick Browne on February 8, 1984 to the Yankees to complete the trade. The Yankees sent Minor League P Guy Elston on February 8, 1984 to the Indians to complete the trade

1960- The Pirates 2B Bill Mazeroski hits one of the most dramatic HR’s in World Series history. Maz's leadoff HR in the bottom of the 9th inning off of Yankees Reliever Ralph Terry gives Pirates a stunning 10-9 win in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. It is the last game of Manager Casey Stengel’s Yankees Manager career and his last World Series appearance as an MLB Manager. He will be let go by the Yankees front office and replaced by Yankees MLB Coach Ralph Houk. Long-time Yankees General Manager George Weiss will be retired by Yankees Co-Owners Del Webb and Dan Topping.

1971- The Yankees obtained P Rich Hinton from the Indians for Reserve OF Jim Lyttle. Rich Hinton would go 1-0 with a 4.86 ERA in 7 games for the Yankees before being sent to the Rangers during the 1972 AL season. Jim Lyttle had hit .310 for the Yankees in 1970, but he missed most of the 1971 AL season being stricken with mono, hitting only .189. Hinton had posted a 3-4 record in 18 games for the 1971 White Sox.

1978- Yankees All-Star 3B Graig Nettles put on a fielding clinic and prevented 7 runs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-1 in Game 3 of the 1978 World Series. Nettles made 4 spectacular stops and gave the Yankees the 1st victory of the World Series. Yankees Starter Ron Guidry gets the win, beating Dodgers veteran Starter Don Sutton, while veteran Yankees OF Roy White hits a HR for the Bombers.

1996- Powered by 3 HRs in the 3rd inning and 8 strong innings of pitching from lefty Starter Andy Pettitte, as the Yankees won their 34th AL pennant with a 6-4 victory over the Orioles. The Yankees took the 1996 ALCS by 4-games to 1. The team went to the 1996 World Series for the 1st time since 1981 AL season. They will face the NL Champs, the Atlanta Braves.

1998- After beating the Indians 9-5 to win the 1998 ALCS in 6 games. The Yankees advanced to the 1998 World Series for a record 35th time 

1999- The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the Opener of the 1999 ALCS by the score of 4-3 in 10 innings. The Red Sox blow a 3-0 lead, as Yankees CF Bernie Williams hit a HR off of Red Sox Reliever Rod Beck.

2000- The Yankees batter the Mariners by the score of 8-2 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back HRs in the 2nd inning for the Yankees, while David Justice has 3 RBIs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford's record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched in postseason play with 33 1/3 scoreless frames. Clippers Note: I disagree with this record, because all of Whitey Ford’s work was done in the World Series, not in the AL Playoffs. There should be a distinctive division between the World Series and MLB League Play-Offs and Championship Series records; I hope that the next MLB Commissioner will make this happen, because it will not happen on Clueless Bud Selig’s watch. 

2001- Jorge Posada's 5th-inning solo HR accounts for all the scoring as the Yankees defeat Oakland A’s by the score of 1-0, to stay alive in their ALDS. Yankees Starter Mike Mussina gives up just 4 A’s hits in 7 innings of work to get the win. Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter makes his famous "Flip Play" on a relay throw to the plate to Catcher Jorge Posada to nab A’s base-runner Jeremy Giambi, who neglects to slide on the play and Jeter’s flip play saves the game for Mussina.

2004- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Blyzka passed away(1928-2004)

After the 1954 AL season had ended, hurler Mike Blyzka was part of the 18-player trade between the Orioles and the Yankees, that saw Baltimore hurlers Bob Turley and Don Larsen go to the Bronx, while the Orioles received OF Gene Woodling, C/1B Gus Triandos and other players. Mike was to send to the AAA Denver Bears (American Association). Blyzka never quite made it to Yankee Stadium, pitching for the Bears again in 1956. After the 1957 Minor League season had ended, he retired from baseball. The White Sox had originally signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1946, who later traded him to the St. Louis Browns. While in MLB, Mike did pitch for the Browns and the Orioles, posting a 3-11 record with a 5.58 ERA and 1 save in 70 games.

2012- In Game 1 of the ALCS, Yankees hitter Raul Ibanez hits a HR to cap a game-tying 4-run outburst against Tigers Closer Jose Valverde in the 9th inning, but Detroit manages to overcome the psychological blow to win the game by the score of 6-4 in 12 innings. The Yankees' Derek Jeter collects the 200th postseason hit of his MLB playing career in the game - 2nd place on the all-time list is held by his long-time teammate Bernie Williams with 128 - but he then suffers a broken ankle while fielding a ground ball in the 12th inning, putting him out for the rest of the 2012 MLB Postseason. Delmon Young drives in 3 runs for the Tigers, including a HR in the 8th inning and the game-winner with a double off of Yankees Reliever David Phelps, the 8th Yankees pitcher used in the game.

2017- Houston Starter Dallas Keuchel leads the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 1 of the 2017 ALCS by pitching 7 shutout innings in which he strikes out 10 Yankee batters. The Astros score a pair of runs against Yankees Starter Masahiro Tanaka in the 4th inning on singles by Astro batters Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel, while the Yankees lone run comes on a solo HR by 1B Greg Bird with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

2019- In Houston’s Minute Maid Park, Astros hitter Carlos Correa hits a walk-off HR off of Yankees Reliever J.A. Happ's 1st pitch in the 11th inning to send Houston to a 3-2 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the 2019 ALCS. Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge puts the Yankees ahead with a 2-run HR shot off of Astros Starter Justin Verlander in the 4th, then George Springer ties it with a solo HR of off Yankees Reliever Adam Ottavino in the 5th inning before both team’s Relievers take over the game.

2019- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Del Greco (1957-1958) passed away. (1933-2019)

After being purchased from the Cubs in September of 1957, Reserve OF Bobby Del Greco hit .459 for his month with the Yankees. Bobby did not appear in the 1957 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves. He only appeared in 6 games with the 1958 Yankees, while hitting just .200 before being sent down to AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), where he hit .267 with 9 HRs and 45 RBIs in 100 games. On April 13,1959, Bobby was sold by the Yankees to the Phillies.


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October 14th

1913- Former Yankees Reliever Hugh Casey (1949) was born. (1913-1951)

On September 4,1949, veteran Reliever Hugh Casey was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Casey had previously pitched for the Dodgers during the early 1940’s. He went 1-0 with an 8.22 ERA in 4 games in his last MLB season as a player. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 75-42 record with a 3.45 ERA with 54 Saves in 343 games. In August of 1951, Hugh Casey committed suicide in his hotel room, he had been pitching for the AA Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association).

1923- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 62,817 fans watched Veteran Yankees Starter Joe Bush spin a 3-hitter as the Bronx Bombers beat the Giants by the score of 8-1 in Game 5 of the 1923 World Series. It’s is the team’s 1st World Series victory at their new stadium. Yankees veteran 3B Joe Dugan hits a 3-run HR as part of a 14-hit attack by the Bronx Bombers line-up. The Yankees, now lead the Giants in the 1923 World Series by 3 to 2 games.

1924- Former Yankees Reserve OF William “Bill” Renna (1953) was born. (1924-2014)

Before the start of the 1949 AL season, the Yankees signed OF Bill Renna as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Bill hit .314 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs in 61 games for the 1953 Yankees, before being sent to the Philadelphia A’s on December 16,1953, along with INF Don Bollweg, OF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, 1B Vic Power and C Jim Robertson for P Harry Byrd, INF Eddie Robinson, OF Tom Hamilton, OF Carmen Mauro and INF Loren Babe. He played for the A’s until 1956, when he was traded back to the Yankees along with P Moe Burtschy for veteran 1B Eddie Robinson and INF Lou Skizas. Bill never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead he was sent back to the Minor Leagues to play for the AAA Denver Bears (American Association). The Yankees would trade him to the Red Sox in 1959, where he finished his MLB playing career.

1948- Former Yankees Pitcher Ed Figueroa (1976-1980) was born.

On December 11,1975, hurler Ed Figueroa was traded by the Angels along with OF Mickey Rivers to the Yankees for AL All-Star OF Bobby Bonds. Ed went 62-29  with a 3.53 ERA and 42 compete games in 132 games with the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1978, when he posted a 20-9 mark with a 2.99 ERA and 12 complete games in 35 games. In 2 World Series with the team, Ed was 1-1. In AL Postseason games, he was 3-1 for the Yankees. After 1978 AL season, he suffered with elbow problems just going 7-9 in his last 2 seasons with the team. On July 28,1980, Ed was purchased by the Rangers from the Yankees.

1964- In Game 6 of the 1964 World Series at St. Louis, Yankees Sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit HRs on back-to-back pitches off of Cardinals veteran Starter Curt Simmons. Bronx 1B Joe Pepitone belts a Grand Slam HR. The Bombers win Game 6 by the score of 8-3. The Yankees victory evens the 1964 World Series at 3 games apiece. It would be the last Yankees victory in a World Series game until the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers.

 1964- Former Yankees Catcher (1996-1999), MLB Coach, MLB Manager (Marlins and Yankees) and Former Yankees Manager Joe Girardi (2008-2017) was born. 

On November 20,1995, Catcher Joe Girardi was traded by the Rockies to the Yankees for Minor League P Mike DeJean. Yankees Manager Joe Torre wanted a defensive minded catcher behind the plate. He would replace the 1995 starting Catcher Mike Stanley, who was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. Joe had originally come up to the MLB with 1989 Cubs. He was drafted from the Cubs in the MLB Expansion Team Player Draft by the Rockies. Joe’s best Yankees season as a player was in 1996, when he hit .296. Overall as a Yankees player, he appeared in 379 games, while hitting .272 with 8 HRs and 153 RBIs. He appeared in 3 World Series with the team. He left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Cubs. After retiring as an MLB player in 2003, he returned to the Yankees as an MLB Coach. He helped former Yankees Catcher Jorge Posada in his development as an MLB Catcher. In the Fall of 2005, he named as the new Manager for the 2006 Marlins. Joe lasted 1 season with the Marlins being fired by the Team Owner, before returning to the Yankees as an MLB Coach. In October of 2007, he was named Manager of the Yankees, replacing long-time Manager Joe Torre. In 2009, Joe won a World Championship for the Yankees as they defeated the Phillies in the World Series. After the 2017 MLB season had ended, the Yankees fired Joe despite the fact that he led the team to the AL playoffs losing to the Astros. In 2018, he joined the MLB Network as a Studio Analyst, working on “Baseball Tonight” telecasts. In the fall of 2019, Joe was named as the new Manager of the 2020 Phillies, replacing the recently fired Phillies Manager Gabe Kaplan.

1967- Former Yankees INF Pat Kelly (1991-1997) was born.

In 1988, the Yankees in the 9th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected INF Pat Kelly. From 1992-1995, Pat hit over .300 for the Yankees, before injuries slowed down his MLB playing career. In 1994, he led the AL in sac flies with 14. The Yankees granted Pat Kelly MLB Free Agency in 1997; the Cardinals would sign him. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1999 Blue Jays. As Yankees player, Pat appeared in 591 games, while hitting .251 with 26 HRs and 153 RBIs. Overall, Pat appeared in 681 MLB games, while hitting .249 with 36 HRs and 217 RBIs. 

1976- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss hits a 9th-inning HR off of Royals Closer Mark Littell to give the Bronx Bombers, a 7-6 victory over Kansas City in the 1976 ALCS and their 1st AL pennant since the 1964 AL season.

1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez scatters 7-Dodger hits, in a complete game as the Yankees beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-3 in Game 3 of the 1977 World Series. Dodgers’ veteran Starter Tommy John takes the lost. Yankees CF Mickey Rivers leads the Yankees 10 hits batting attack against the Dodgers.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Vic “The Springfield Rifle” Raschi (1946-1953) passed away. (1919-1988)

Before the start of 1941 AL season, hurler Vic Raschi was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He debuted in the Minor Leagues in 1941. He missed the 1943-1945 AL seasons due to military service for WWII. In 1946, Vic pitched for Class A Binghamton Triplets (EL) and the AA Newark Bears (IL), going 11-12 with a 3.118 ERA in 28 games. He started in the MLB in 1946 with the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 2 games. In 1947, he split the season between the AA Portland Beavers (PCL) and the Yankees, he appeared in 15 games for the team. Vic posted a 7-2 record with a 3.87 ERA in 15 games, making 2 relief appearances in the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers with no decisions. Vic Raschi was one of main Yankee Starters along with Allie Reynolds and Eddie Lopat, later Whitey Ford during the Yankees 5 straight World Championship run of 1949-1953. Vic was named to the AL All-Star team 4 times during his Yankee pitching career. He posted a 120-50 record with a 3.47 ERA in 218 games as a Yankees Starter with 24 shutouts, 99 complete games with 3 saves. He won 21 games each season for the 1949-1951 Yankees. In 6 World Series for the team, he went 5-3 with a 2.24 ERA in 11 games with 3 complete games. In 1953, Vic slipped to a 13-6 record with a 3.33 ERA in 28 games. Yankees GM Weiss 1954 player contract offer to Vic was a pay-cut of less than his $40,00 salary of 1953. In February of 1954, Yankees GM George Weiss sold Vic Raschi to the Cardinals for $85,000 as a signal to stop other Yankee stars from staging salary contract holdouts. Vic lasted 2 years with the Cardinals and then finishing up with the 1955 A’s, pitching under .500 (12-16 record in 41 games) before retiring from the game. 

2000- At Yankee Stadium giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the 2000 ALCS, Yankees Starter Roger Clemens strikes out a series record-setting 15 Mariner batters, while allowing only 1- Seattle hit, winning the game by the score of 5-0.

2008- Former Yankees INF/OF Tom Tresh (1961-1969) passed away. (1937-2008)

The Yankees signed Tommy Tresh as an MLB Free Agent in 1958. He was the son of former White Sox Catcher and Yankees MLB Scout Mike Tresh. Tom was the only rookie player called up in September of 1961 to the Yankees. He was the starting shortstop for the AAA Richmond Virginians (International League). In 1962, he won the AL Rookie of Year Award. Tom took over the Yankees starting shortstop position, while Tony Kubek was serving on active duty for the US Army Reserves. Tom had beaten out teammate Phil Linz for the starting position in the 1962 Yankees spring training camp. He was an AL All-Star team member in 1962-1963. In Game 5 of the 1962 World Series, he broke a 2-2 tie with a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 8th inning off of Giants Starter Jack Sanford (who won 24 games that NL season) leading to a 5-3 Yankees win and a 3-2 lead in Series games. He won an AL OF Golden Glove Award in 1965. After the 1965 AL season, the Red Sox offered Yaz for Tresh in a trade, but then they changed their minds about the trade. During the 1967 AL season, Tom injured both of his knees, when newly acquired Yankees Shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. ran into him on play in the outfield. The knee’s injury ruined Tom’s MLB playing career. In June of 1969, Tresh was traded away to the Tigers for OF Ron Woods.  As a Yankees player, he had appeared in 1,098 games, while hitting .247 with 140 HRs and 493 RBIs. Tommy played in 3 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .277 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs in 18 games. Overall as an MLB player, Tom hit .245 with 153 HRs and 530 RBIs. Tom’s son Mickey Tresh played in the Yankees and Tigers Minor League systems. His son was named after Tom’s Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle.

2012- The Tigers take a 2 games to none lead in the ALCS with a 3-0 shutout of the Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. Detroit Starter Anibal Sanchez pitches 7 innings in another strong outing by a Tigers starter. Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda retires the 1st 15 Tigers batters, but he allows a run in the 6th inning on a botched potential double play grounder. A blown call by 2B Umpire Jeff Nelson in the 8th inning, leads to 2 Tiger more runs and results in Yankees Manager Joe Girardi's ejection. 

2017- The Astros take a 2 games to none lead in the ALCS with a 2-1 defeat of the Yankees in Game 2. Veteran AL Starter Justin Verlander pitches a masterful complete game. His Yankees opponent, Luis Severino, was also very good, but after he allowed a solo HR to Carlos Correa in the 4th,  Bronx Manager Joe Girardi asked for a medical visit and after he took a ball off his knee to record the last out of that inning, he did not return. His 2 successors on the mound, Relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson, were just as outstanding, hardly giving up anything over the next 4 innings, before the Astros put together the winning rally in the 9th. The Astros score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th as Astros baserunner Jose Altuve runs all the way from 1st base on a double to right by Carlos Correa off of Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman. Yankees RF Aaron Judge had to run to get it, threw to 2nd base too late to get Correa, but meanwhile Altuve was running home. Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius turned around and fired the ball to Catcher Gary Sanchez, the ball arriving well ahead of Altuve. However, Sanchez was unable to handle the short hop, and Altuve slid in safely for the winning run. Bronx Closer Chapman takes the loss for the Yankees.

October 15th

1875- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1920-1930) and MLB Player Charley O’Leary was born. (1875-1941)

Charley O'Leary  began his  MLB playing career with the 1901 Chicago White Sox of the American League, which was then a Minor League. He then spent several years playing for Western League teams in Des Moines, Iowa before being purchased by the Tigers in 1904. He was the Tigers' regular shortstop for 4 years before spending 5 more seasons as a Reserve INF with the club. He spent part of the 1912 season in the Minors as Manager of the AA Indianapolis Indians (American Association) and then spent the next season as the regular shortstop for the Cardinals, while also serving as a MLB Coach for the club. O'Leary managed the 1917 San Antonio Bronchos. O'Leary later was a  Yankees MLB Coach from 1920 to 1930, under Managers Miller Huggins and Bob Shawkey. When Joe McCarthy took over at the helm of the club in 1931, he replaced O'Leary with Jimmy Burke, a former Cubs MLB Coach. O'Leary was then hired by Cubs Manager Rogers Hornsby to replace Burke on the team's MLB Coaching staff. After 3 seasons with the Cubs, O'Leary joined the St. Louis Browns as a Coach in 1934. Late in that season, he played in a single game, becoming 1 of 6 players in MLB history to play a game after age 50 (the others are Satchel Paige, Minnie Minoso, Nick Altrock, Jim O'Rourke and Jack Quinn). Appearing 21 years after his last game, he singled and became the oldest player in baseball history collect a hit or to score a run. What is even more remarkable is that he was 7 years older than his listed baseball age at the time: he was actually 58. The only MLB player older than O'Leary to participate in a game was the 59-year-old Pitcher Satchel Paige. Following his brief return as a player, O'Leary spent 3 more seasons on the Browns MLB Coaching staff. After his baseball career, O'Leary was a sanitation worker in Chicago. He died following a brief illness in 1941.

1906- Former Yankees Reserve OF Sammy “Babe Ruth’s Legs” Byrd (1929-1934) was born. (1906-1981) 

Reserve OF Sam Byrd’s best season for the Yankees was in 1932, when he hit .297 with 8 HRs and 11 RBIs. He was Babe Ruth’s late inning outfield defensive replacement. He appeared in 1 game of the 1932 Word Series against the Cubs with no hits. As a Yankees Reserve OF, Sammy appeared in 565 games, while hitting .281 with 27 HRs and 155 RBIs.  On December 19,1934, he was sold to the Reds for Cash. Sammy played for 2 seasons with the Reds before retiring as an active MLB player. He finished his MLB playing career hitting .274 with 38 HRs and 220 RBIs, while appearing in 745 games. After retiring as an active MLB player, Sammy became a successful PGA Golf player. He played on the PGA Tour between 1942-1946, with 6 PGA Tour wins.

1923- At the Polo Groundsthe Yankees scored 5 runs in the 8th inning to post a comeback victory in the 6th and final game of the 1923 World Series. The win gives the Yankees their 1st World Championship in their franchise history. A crowd of 34,172 fans watched the Giants lose a 4-1 lead in the 8th inning of game. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hit a 1st-inning HR in the Yankees 6-4 victory over their NL city rivals the Giants. Yankees Starter Herb Pennock picks-up the victory with relief help from veteran hurler Sam Jones, while Giants veteran Starter Art Nehf is the loser.

1964- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, a crowd of 30.340 fans watched Cardinals Ace starter Bob Gibson allows 3 Yankees HRs, but he still manages to win Game 7 of the 1964 World Series against the Yankees. Mickey Mantle, Phil Linz and Clete Boyer hit HRs for the Yankees, who drop a 10-5 decision. The Redbirds take an early lead in the game, after a 5th-inning HR by Lou Brock that triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6-0 lead for Gibson, who will be named the 1964 World Series MVP. Yankees Rookie Starter Mel Stottlemyre takes the loss, he went 1-2 against the Cardinals Ace in the 1964 World Series. It will be the only World Series appearance of his Yankees MLB Pitching career. Yankee Slugger Mickey Mantle’s HR will be his last HR hit in a World Series game; he will finish up with a total of 18 MLB career HRs in World Series play for the Yankees.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve INF Fritz Brickell (1958-1959) passed away from Cancer. (1935-1965) 

Infielder Fritz Brickell was the son of former Pirates OF Fritz Brickell. Before the 1953 AL season, the Yankees had signed Fritz as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Fritz, who stood just 5'5½", was optioned out to the Class C Joplin Miners (Western Association). The 18-year old got into only 37 games his 1st year, hitting just .221. Fritz was in the same league in 1954 but with the St. Joseph Saints, where he played 121 games at Shortstop, hitting .306. He would spend the next few years in the high Minor Leagues, until he had a look-see in a couple games, with no record for the Yankees during the 1958 AL season. They gave him another look during the 1959 AL season. He appeared in 18 games at Shortstop, hitting .256 before being sent back to AAA Richmond (IL), where he finished out the season hitting .247 in 88 games. Fritz Brickell stayed in the Yankees organization until April 4,1961, when they traded him to the AL new Angels expansion team for former Yankees P Duke Maas. Fritz became the 1st starting Shortstop for the Angels, but he was troubled by injuries appearing in only 21 games for the team in 1961. He was sent down to Angels AAA team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL), where after he healed a bit, had probably his best season yet, hitting .307 in 108 games with a fielding percentage of .985, while holding down the 2B position. Fritz was with 2 AAA teams in 1962, hitting a combined .234 in 68 games. It was apparent he wasn't his old self, so he called it a career after the 1962 season had ended. He had spent 10 years in pro baseball from 1952-1962. Fritz's Minor League records show, he appeared in 982 games with 3,549 at bats, 979 base hits, including 82 HRs and had a .275 career BA. When he was diagnosed with cancer, “Fritz Brickell Night” was held in August of 1965 at the National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas with his former Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle on hand to stage a hitting exhibition as part of the activities. Fritz died just a few months later on October 15,1965 at age 30 in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.

1968- The 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft is held for the 2 new AL teams; the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots. The Yankees lose the following players to the Royals: P Jim Rooker, C Ellie Rodriguez and OF Steve Whitaker. The Pilots had selected the following players: veteran Starter Steve Barber, Infielders Gary Timberlake (Minors) and Mike Ferraro from the Yankees. The Yankees will sell the contract of veteran hurler Jim Bouton to Seattle on October 21,1968. Veteran INF John Kennedy’s contract will be sold to the Pilots on November 13,1968.

1968- Former Yankees Minor League P Matt Dunbar was born. 

Pitcher Matt Dunbar was selected by the Yankees in the 25th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the team at the MLB level. On December 5,1994, Matt was drafted by the Marlins from the Yankees organization in the 1994 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On May 25,1995, Matt was returned by the Marlins to the Yankees.

1977- Former Yankees Minor League OF/1B Mitch Jones (2006) was born.

On June 5, 2000OF/1B Mitch Jones was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On May 19, 2006, he was called up to the Bronx. He spent 1 game on the Yankees bench before being returned to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) without seeing any MLB action. Mitch Jones smashed 213 doubles and 184 HRs in a 7-year period in the Minor Leagues, averaging over 30 doubles and 26 HRs per season, but did not make the MLB at the time due to concerns about his batting average and defense. A Minor League Free Agent that off-season, he signed with the Dodgers. The team later released him. Then he played 2 seasons in Japan. In 2009, he returned to the Dodgers, appearing in 8 games, while hitting .308.

1977- At Dodger Stadium, a crowd of 55,995 fans watched the Yankees win Game 4 of the 1977 World Series by a score of 4-2 to take a 3-1 World Series advantage over the Dodgers. Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson doubles and HRs, while Bronx Starter Ron Guidry notches a 4-hitter. Dodger Pitcher Rick Rhoden takes the loss.

1978- In Game 5 of the 1978 World Series played at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 56,448 fans watched the Yankees pummel the Dodgers with 18 hits to win the game by a score of 12-2. Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers and Brian Doyle have 3 hits each for the Yankees. Bronx Starter Jim Beattie gives up 9 Dodger hits, but he only allows 2 Dodger runs. The Dodgers commit 3 errors in the game. Dodger Starter Burt Hooton, lasting only 3 innings in his start, takes the loss.

1981- Three Yankee hurlers Dave Righetti, Ron Davis and Goose Gossage combined on a 4-0 shutout of the Oakland A’s to give the Yankees their 33rd AL pennant.

1992- Former Yankees Minor League P Cody Carroll was born.

Pitcher Cody Carroll was a 22nd round selection by the Yankees in the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Belying his relatively low draft rank, he moved quickly up the Yankees organizational ladder after putting up an ERA of 1.75 for the Pulaski Yankees (Appalachian League) in his 1st pro season. By the end of 2017, he was pitching for the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) after starting the year with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), where he had been a mid-season All-Star in the Florida State League. He had a combined mark of 3-5, 2.54 with 7 saves in 39 games as a reliever. He also struck out 89 batters in 67 1/3 innings. Now on the prospect radar, he was 3-0, 2.81 ERA in 32 games for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the start of 2018 season before being traded to the Orioles on July 24th, along with Minor League Pitchers Dillon Tate and Josh Rogers in return for Orioles Closer Zach Britton.

1996- Former Yankees Reliever Tom Ferrick (1950-1951) passed away. (1915-1996)

On June 15,1950, P Tom Ferrick was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with P Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson and Duane Pillette, veteran MLB INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. Tom went 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 9 saves in 30 games for the 1950 Yankees, to lead the Yankees bullpen staff. He appeared in Game 3 of the 1950 World Series against the Phillies, picking up a win in relief of Starter Eddie Lopat. On June 15,1951, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with hurlers Bob Porterfield and Fred Sanford to the Senators for veteran P Bob “Sarge” Kuzava. Overall as an Yankees Reliever Tom went 9-5 with a 4.33 ERA and 10 saves in 39 games. He would pitch for the Nats for 2 seasons, before retiring. Tom would later, became an MLB Pitching Coach for the Reds, Phillies and the Tigers. Also, he was an MLB Scout for 20 years with the Royals organization.

2001- The Yankees beat the Oakland A’s by the score of 5-3 to win the 2001 ALDS. The Bronx Bombers become the 1st team ever to win a best-of-5 series after losing the 1st 2 games at home.

2012- The Tigers take a 3 games to none lead in the 2012 ALCS behind another strong pitching performance by their Ace Justin Verlander. He gives up no runs through the 1st 8 innings before allowing a lead-off HR to INF Eduardo Nunez in the 9thinning, but he needs relief help from Phil Coke, who gets the last 2 outs in a 2-1 win. Delmon Young homers off of Yankees Starter Philip Hughes for the Bengals' 1st run in the 4th inning, then Quintin Berry scores the 2nd run on a double by Miguel Cabrera in the 5th inning.

2019- The Astros win Game 3 of the 2019 ALCS played at Yankee Stadium by the score of 4-1, as Houston hitters Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick homer against Bronx Starter Luis Severino in the 1st 2 innings of the game, while the Yankees fail to take advantage of a less-than-dominant Astros Starter Gerrit Cole, stranding a ton of baserunners over the 1st 5 innings of the game. The Astros add a couple of insurance runs against Yankees veteran Relievers Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton in the 7th inning and cruise to victory.

October 16th           

1895- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bill Skiff (1926) was born. (1895-1976)

Bill Skiff appeared in 6 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1926 Yankees with .091 BA. Bill would later work for the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout and long-time Minor League Manager (1933-1937,1948-1949 and 1951). Also, Bill worked for the Brewers organization before retiring from baseball in the early 1970’s.

1900- Former Yankees Pitcher/PH Henry “Tomato Face” Cullop (1926) was born. (1900-1978)

Henry Cullop only appeared in 2 games for the 1926 Yankees as a pinch-hitter, before being sent on October 19,1926 to the Senators to complete an earlier deal made on August 27,1926. The Yankees sent Players to be Named Later to the Senators for veteran Starter Dutch Ruether. The Yankees would send hurlers Garland Braxton and Nick Cullop on October 19,1926 to Washington to complete the trade. Nick would become a long-time Minor League Manager for several MLB teams.

 1921- In defiance of MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ban on World Series participants playing post-season exhibitions, Yankee Outfielders Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and Pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo, NY. Five days later, they cut it short in Scranton, Pa. In the meantime, Babe Ruth openly challenges MLB Commissioner Judge Landis to act. The Judge does, fining the players their World Series shares ($3,362.26) and suspending them until May 20th of the 1922 AL season. The 2 Yankee players will miss 33 games of the 1922 AL season. On December 20,1921, Bill Piercy was traded by the Yankees along with hurler Rip Collins, INF Roger Peckinpaugh, P Jack Quinn and $100,000 Cash to the Red Sox for hurlers Bullet Joe Bush, Sad Sam Jones and Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott. In the 110 games that Babe Ruth played for the 1922 Yankees, he hit .315 with 35 HRs and 99 RBIs. He was suspended 2 more times during the 1922 AL season. Meanwhile OF Bob Meusel appeared in 121 games for the 1922 Yankees, while hitting .319 with 16 HRs and 88 RBIs. Bill Piercy, now with the 1922 Red Sox would post a 3-9 record with a 4.67 ERA in 29 games.

 1923- Soon after Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth receives his 1923 World Series winner's share of $6,160.46, MLB player (Tigers) and Insurance Agent Harry Heilmann, who beat Babe Ruth for the AL batting title by 10 points, sells him a $50,000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted their daughter, Dorothy.

1936- Yankees AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig, who hit .354 with 49 HRs, 167 runs, and 152 RBIs is voted the 1936 AL Most Valuable Player. He had previously won the  AL MVP Award in 1927.

1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Hood (1979) was born.

On June 15,1979, Pitcher Don Hood was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for DH/C/1B Cliff Johnson. Don went 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 1 save in 27 games for the Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in the 1979 off-season.

 1956- The Yankees sell Veteran Reserve OF Bob Cerv to the A’s for Cash. Bob would get a chance to play full-time with Kansas City, including a great 1958 AL season hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBI’s, making the 1958 AL All-Star team as the starting LF. He would return to Yankees in May of 1960 in trade for veteran 3B Andy Carey. There are several reports that the Bob Cerv deal was the 2nd part of the Enos Slaughter wavier claim by the Yankees made during the 1956 AL season. Originally the Yankees were going to send P Don Larsen as the player, but his 1956 World Series Perfect Game against the Dodgers changed Yankees GM George Weiss trade plans.

1961- The Yankees purchased veteran Pitcher Robin Roberts from the Phillies for $100,000 Cash. The Yankees made a major mistake when they wrote him off as a washed up in their 1962 MLB Spring Training Camp. Clippers Note: They should have kept him and dumped veteran hurler Bob Turley instead. Robin Roberts would be signed by the rival AL Orioles, going 10-9 in 1962, then he won 14 games in 1963. If the Yankees had kept him, he would have won 300 games during his great MLB pitching career.

 1962- At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, a crowd of 43,9848 fans watched as the tying and winning runs are in scoring position, Giants Slugger Willie McCovey hit a hard-liner drive at 2B Bobby Richardson for the final Series out as the Yankees won Game 7 of the 1962 World Series by a score of 1-0 for their 20th World Series Championship. The winning pitcher for the Yankees is Starter Ralph Terry, who after being the goat in 1960 and losing a game in 1961 World Series is finally becomes a Yankees World Series hero. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry goes 2-1 for the Yankees in the Series. While Giants veteran Starter Jack Sanford is the loser, he finished the 1962 World Series with a 1-2 record. The 1962 World Series had been delayed by 3-days of rain, which gave the Yankees Pitching staff a much- needed rest. Also, the World Series had 2 of the lowest batting averages in Series History; Yankees hitting .199, while the Giants hitting .226.

1962- Former MLB Player and Yankees Minor League Manager Ray Powell passed away. (1888-1962)

Former MLB Player Ray Powell managed in the Yankees organization from 1939 to 1942. He was the Manager of the 1939-1940 Easton Yankees (Eastern Shore League), 1941 Norfolk Yankees (Nebraska State League) and the 1942 Fond Duc Panthers (Wisconsin State League). In the MLB, he had played the Outfield for the Tigers and the Braves (1913-1924).

 1964- Despite guiding the Yankees to a 99-63 record; winning the 1964 AL pennant, the Yankees fired Manager Yogi Berra after losing the 1964 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games. Yankees GM Ralph Houk feels that Yogi Berra didn’t have enough control over the veteran Yankee players; many of them were his former teammates. The truth is that Yogi Berra was selected by the Yankees Co-Owners Dan Topping and Del Webb to manage the team. Yankees GM Ralph Houk wanted his own choice to manage the team. Meanwhile in St. Louis, Manager Johnny Keane of the World Championship Cardinals resigns unexpectedly. He will take Yankees Manager job, which opens as the result of the firing of Yogi Berra. Johnny Keane will be very unpopular Manager with several of the Yankees veteran players, as the team falls from a 1964 1st place finish with Manager Yogi Berra to a 6th place finish under Keane with a 77-85 record in 1965. He will be let go by the team in early May of 1966 with Ralph Houk returning to the Yankees dugout as the team’s manager. The 1966 Yankees will fall to last place in the AL with a 70-89 record. Yogi will be signed by the Mets as an MLB Coach.

1965- Former Yankees Minor League OF Darren Reed was born.

On June 4,1984, OF Darren Reed was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Darren never appeared at the MLB level with the Yankees. In 1987, he split time playing with the AA Albany-Colonie (Eastern league) and the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On December 11,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Steve Frey and C Phil Lombardi to the Mets for MLB Shortstop Rafael Santana and Minor League Player Victor Garcia. He would play in 82 MLB games with the Mets, Expos and the Twins.

1976- At Riverfront Stadium, a crowd of 54,826 fans watched Reds Starter Don Gullett and Reliever Pedro Borbon combine for a 5-hitter as the Reds win the Opening Game of the 1976 World Series over the Yankees by the score of 5-1. Three hits by Reds Slugger Tony Perez, who is the 1st DH in World Series history and 2B Joe Morgan with a HR supply the Reds offense. Yankees Starter Doyle Alexander took the loss.

1977- At Dodger Stadium, a crowd of 55,955 fans watched the Dodgers stay alive with a 10-4 victory in Game 5 of the 1977 World Series against the Yankees. Dodgers hitters Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith hit HRs, while veteran Dodgers Starter Don Sutton pitches a complete game. Yankee Starter Don Gullet only goes 4 innings, while allowing 4-Dodger runs. Late inning HRs by Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson provide the Yankees offense.

1993- Former Yankees Pitcher Jimmie DeShong (1934-1935) passed away. (1909-1993).

On September 15, 1933, Jimmie DeShong was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Sacramento Senators (PCL). He had previously pitched in 6 games for the 1932 A’s. Philadelphia Manager Connie Mack had sent him to the AA Sacramental Senators (PCL) in 1933. He went 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA and 6 saves in 60 games for the Yankees. On January 17,1936, Jimmie was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jesse Hill to the Senators for P Bump Hadley and OF Roy Johnson. With the Nats, he would win 18 and 14 games in a season, before fading in 1939. The Yankees would re-obtained Jimmie from the Senators in June of 1939, but he did not appear with them at the MLB level, instead pitching with their AA club, the Newark Bears (IL).

1995- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Pitcher Dwight Gooden was an MLB Free Agent. He would go 11-7 with a 5.01 ERA in 29 games for the 1996 World Champion Yankees and throw his 1st MLB Pitching career No-Hitter. But after a 9-5 season with a 4.91 ERA in 20 games in 1997, he left the team for MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Indians. He will return to the Yankees in 2000 finishing his MLB Pitching career.

 1999- The Red Sox roll over the Yankees by the score of 13-1 behind a strong pitching of Starter Pedro Martinez. Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for the Red Sox, while John Valentin gets 5 RBIs. Garciaparra, Valentin and Brian Daubach, all hit HRs for the Red Sox. The Yankees now lead the 1999 ALCS 2-games-to-1.

 2003- The Yankees capture their 39th AL pennant beating the Red Sox by the score of 6-5, thanks to Aaron Boone's 11th inning HR off of veteran hurler Tim Wakefield at Yankee Stadium. Aaron Boone becomes the 5th player to end an MLB Post-Season series with a HR joining Pirates Bill Mazeroski (1960 WS), Yankees Chris Chambliss (1976 ALCS), Blue Jays Joe Carter (1993 WS) and the Mets Todd Pratt (1999 NLDS2).

2009- The Yankees take Game 1 of the ALCS with a 4-1 win over the Angels at New Yankee Stadium. The Yankees take advantage of 3 Angel fielding errors to score their runs, but the critical play is a 2-out pop-up that falls untouched between Angels 3B Chone Figgins and Shortstop Erick Aybar in the 1st inning, allowing Yankees base-runner Johnny Damon to score the Yankees' 2nd run. Bronx Starter CC Sabathia pitches 8 innings for the victory, while Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera gets the save.

2012- Detroit takes a 3 games to none lead in the ALCS behind another strong performance by Ace Starter Justin Verlander. He gives up no runs through the 1st 8 innings before allowing a lead-off HR to Eduardo Nunez in the 9th inning, but he needs relief help from Reliever Phil Coke, who gets the last 2 outs in a 2-1 win. Delmon Young homers off of Yankees Starter Philip Hughes for the Bengals' 1st run in the 4th inning, then Quintin Berry scores the 2nd run on a double by Miguel Cabrera in the 5th inning.

2017-  The Yankees notch their 1st win in the 2017 ALCS by defeating the Astros by the score of 8-1 in Game 3 played at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 49,373 fans watched 3-run HRs by Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge help New York build an 8-0 lead by the end of the 4th inning, and they cruise from there as veteran Yankees Starter CC Sabathia is the winner over Astros Starter Charlie Morton.

2019- At Yankee Stadium, Game #4 of the 2019 ALCS is rained out. This rain out will cost the Yankees and Astros a travel day back to Houston for Game 5, if needed to be played.

October 17th

1908- Former Yankees 3B, MLB Coach and MLB Manager (1949-1952) Robert “Red” Rolfe (1931,1934-1942) was born.(1908-1969). 

Red Rolfe, who had been College baseball player at Dartmouth College from 1928 to 1931, he came up to the Yankees for 1 game at shortstop in 1931, then he played two-thirds of his games at shortstop in 1934, but from 1935 on he was chiefly a 3rdbaseman and held down the position through the 1942 season. Frankie Crosetti had the shortstop job during most of those years. 3B Red Rolfe finished his 10-year Yankees playing career hitting 289 with 69 HRs and 497 RBIs in 1,175 games. He led the AL 3B in fielding (1935-1936). Red was named to AL All-Star team 4 times as a Yankees player. He led the AL in hits (139) and runs (213) in 1939, posting his highest MLB season BA of .329. Rolfe appeared in 6 World Series with the Yankees, playing in 28 games, while hitting .284 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. After his MLB playing career ended, Rolfe coached Baseball and Basketball at Yale University from 1943 to 1946. He was a Yankees MLB Coach in 1946. Then he was Farm Director of the Detroit Tigers in 1948 then the Tigers Manager from 1949 to 1952.  Red finishing with an overall AL Manager record of 278-256 with a WP of .521 in 539 MLB games. His best season as an MLB Manager was in 1950, when he finished in 2nd place with the Tigers to the 1st place Yankees (with a 95-59 mark.) He also coached Basketball in the NBL, a predecessor of the NBA. Rolfe, then was the Athletic Director at Dartmouth College from 1954 to 1967. Rolfe went to Dartmouth College. One of the divisions of the Ivy League Baseball League is named the Rolfe Division in his honor. The other is the Gehrig Division, named after Lou Gehrig, who went to Columbia and he was Red's teammate with the Yankees.

1926- "Ruth, by Losing 36 Baseballs, Breaks Up Game in Montreal." The barnstorming Babe Ruth and his buddy Pitcher Urban Shocker are the Yankee ringers infiltrating this exhibition bout north of the border. The Associated Press reports: "Babe Ruth stopped a perfectly good ball game here today when, knocking 36 balls out of the grounds, he forced the game to be called shortly after the start of the 9th inning because the management had no more spheres. Ruth enjoyed a Roman holiday to the delight of 3,000 fans, who braved a chilling wind to see the home-run hero's mighty bat give Guybourg a 4-3 victory over Beaurivage. Ruth's performance included 2 HRs. He also played shortstop, 1st base, pitched and umpired."

1929- The Yankees sell veteran OF “Long Bob” Meusel to Reds for Cash. He had hit .261 with 10 HRs with 57 RBIs in 100 games for the  2nd place 1929 Yankees. Bob had a .311 lifetime BA with 146 HRs with 1,005 RBIs for the Yankees from 1920-1929. He had 7 seasons with the team hitting .300 or better. He had appeared in the Yankees 1st 6 World Series. In 1925, he led the AL in HRs with 33 and in RBI’s with 133. He led the Yankees in stolen bases 5 times, finishing his Yankees playing career with 131 stolen bases. Besides being a good hitter, he had a strong throwing arm in the outfield. In 1929, Bob had appeared in 100 games for the team, hitting only .261 with 10 HRs and 57 RBIs. He would finish out his MLB playing career with the 1930 Reds, while hitting .289 with 10 HRs and 62 RBIs in 113 games. When the 1930 NL season had ended, Bob retired from baseball. His older brother, Irish Meusel played the Outfield for the 1921-1926 Giants.

1929- The Yankees signed former Starter and MLB Pitching Coach Bob Shawkey as Manager for the 1930 AL season. Yankees Interim Manager Art Fletcher, who finished the 1929 AL season with 6-5 record after Manager Miller Huggins illness and his death in September of 1929 returns to Yankees MLB Coaching Staff; he will remain a Yankees MLB Coach until 1945, when he leaves the team due to serious heart problems. The Yankees GM Ed Barrow has already begun to reshape the 1930 Yankees by announcing the sale of veteran OF Bob Meusel to the Reds.

1961- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Dan Pasqua (1985-1987) was born.

On June 7,1982, Dan Pasqua was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Dan’s best season with the Yankees was in 1986, hitting .283 with 16 HRs and 45 RBIs. He never reached that mark again in the MLB. On November 12, 1987, Dan was traded by the Yankees along with P Steve Rosenberg and C Mark Salas to the White Sox for 2 hurlers: Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen. As a Yankees player, Dan appeared in 275 games, while hitting .251 with 42 HRs and 112 RBIs. He will play for the White Sox from 1988-1994. Overall as an MLB player, he played in 905 games, while hitting .244 with 117 HRs and 390 RBIs.

1976- On a cold Sunday night at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio with a crowd of 54,816 fans watching the Reds gang up on Yankees veteran Starter Catfish Hunter for 3 runs, but the Yankees battle back to tie it up at 3-3. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Yankees Shortstop Fred Stanley throws Ken Griffey's easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Reds to win Game 2 of the 1976 World Series by the score of 4-3.

1978- At Dodger Stadium, a crowd of 55,985 fans watched the Yankees win their 4th straight game by the score of 7-2 to clinch their 2nd consecutive World Championship over the Dodgers. Yankees Infielders Brian Doyle and 1978 World Series MVP Bucky Dent have 3 hits apiece. Bronx veteran Starter Catfish Hunter gets his final World Series career win with relief help from Closer Rich Gossage. Dodgers Starter Don Sutton takes the loss, finishing the 1978 World Series with a 0-2 record.

1985- Former Yankees Player and MLB Coach Lou Piniella is named the 1986 Manager of the Yankees replacing veteran Manager Billy Martin, who had piloted the 1985 Yankees to 2nd place finishing with a 91-54 record in the AL East. Lou will guide the 1986 Yankees to a 90-72 record for 2nd place finish in the AL East.

2000- In a come-from-behind victory by the score of 9-7 over the Mariners, Bronx Slugger David Justice propels the Yankees with a 3-run HR to their record 37th AL Pennant setting up the for the 1st time in 44 years a Subway Series (Yankees vs. Mets) in New York City. The last NYC Subway Series  that was played 1956 World Series with the Yankees facing the Dodgers.

2003- Early editions of the New York Post include an editorial claiming the Yankees lose to the Red Sox, that the team couldn't get the job done in Game 7 of the ALCS. Although the Yankees did trail the Red Sox, the team rallies to beat their archrivals in 11 innings by the score of 6-5.

2009- The Yankees take a 2-0 lead over the Angels in the 2009 ALCS by winning a 13-inning marathon by the score of 4-3 at New Yankee Stadium. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez HRs off of Angels Reliever Brian Fuentes in the bottom of the 11th inning to tie the game and the winning run scores when INF Maicer Izturis throws the ball away, while trying to start an inning-ending double play, allowing Yankees base runner Jerry Hairston to score the winning-run from 2nd base.

2017-  At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 48,804 fans watched the Yankees even the 2017 ALCS with a 6-4 win over the Astros in Game 4. The Astros head into the bottom of the 7th inning leading the Yankees by the score of 4-0, thanks in part to a bases-clearing double by Yuli Gurriel, but Bronx Slugger Aaron Judge gets the Yankees on the scoreboard with a huge HR, then adds a run-scoring double that ties the game in a 4-run 8th inning during which the Bronx Bombers bats around against 3 Houston relievers. Bronx Bomber Catcher Gary Sanchez drives in 3 runs for the Yankees. Yankees Starter Sonny Gray starts the game, but Reliever Chad Green picks-up the win, while Bronx Closer Chapman picks-up the save closing out the Astros in the 9th.

2019- The Astros take a 3 games to 1 lead in the 2019 ALCS by defeating the Yankees by the score of 8-3 at Yankee Stadium in Game 4, following a 1-day rain postponement. Astros hitters George Springer and Carlos Correa deliver the key blows, each hitting a 3-run HR, while Yankees Catcher Gary Sanchez replies with a 2-run HR shot for the Bronx Bombers.



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