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This Week in Yankees History November 15th-21st Part One

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November 15th

1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe “Professor” Ostrowski (1950-1952) was born. (1916-2003)

On June 15,1950, Pitcher Joe Ostrowski was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with fellow hurlers Tom Ferrick, Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. He finished the 1950 AL season with a 1-1 record with a 5.15 ERA and 3 saves; while appearing in 21 games for the Yankees. In 1951, Joe, who contributed a 6-4 record with a 3.49 ERA, plus 5 saves in 1951; he appeared in 1 game in the 1951 World Series that season. He pitching 2 innings with no decision against the Giants. He did not appear in the 1950 or 1952 World Series games for the Yankees. Ostrowski was 2-2 with a 5.62 ERA and 2 saves in 20 games for the 1952 Yankees. Overall, Joe went 9-7 with  a 4.37 ERA and 11 saves in 75 games for the 1950-1952 Yankees. Joe ended his 5-year MLB Pitching career run with a 23-25 record with a 4.54 ERA and 16 saves in 150 games. He was called “Professor” because he wore glasses and taught high school in the off-season in Pennsylvania. He was originally signed by the Red Sox in 1941. He never appeared with them at the MLB Level.

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

1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Randy Niemann was born. 

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

1959- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frederick “Klondike” Smith (1912) passed away. (1887-1959).

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

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

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

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

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

2016- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Addis passed away. (1925-2016)

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

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Mummy” Coates (1956,1959-1962) passed away. (1932-2019)

After dropping out of school at age 16, the Yankees signed right-hander Jim Coates as an MLB Amateur Free Agent before the start of the1952 AL season. The 6' 4" pitcher was assigned to the Olean Yankees (PONY League) in his 1st pro season. Jim responded with a 13-15 record with a 3.19 ERA. The slender pitcher was in the Minor Leagues for the next 5 seasons, sharpening his game for his 1956 MLB Pitching debut. His best season came in 1955, when he went 14-8 with a 2.95 ERA in a split season with the Binghamton Triplets (EL) and the Birmingham Barons (SAL). This performance earned Jim his 1st stop at Yankee Stadium was in 1956; where he appeared in 2 games, pitched 2 innings, after spending the season with the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). He was also in Richmond for the next 2 seasons, where he was 22- 23 over the 3-season run. He broke his arm in 1958, he pitched in only 8 games that season before making the MLB for good in 1959. From 1959 to 1962, Jim worked as a Spot Starter and Reliever for the Bronx Bombers, going 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA and 15 saves in 167 games, as a Yankees Reliever. He had a 13-3 mark with a 4.28 ERA with 1 save in 35 games. In 1960, a year in which he was selected to the AL Team in the 1st of 2 MLB All-Star games. Jim Coates was especially tough at Yankee Stadium, of pitchers with at least 20 wins, Jim had the highest winning percentage (.794) at the "House That Ruth Built" going 27-7 during his Yankees pitching career. He is also the last Yankee Pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader. In the 7th game of 1960 World Series against the Pirates, in the 8th inning Jim failed to cover at 1B, which allow the Pirates to extend the inning scoring more runs. Several of the Yankees players blamed him for losing of the World Series Game 7, not young Reliever Ralph Terry. He was confronted by Clete Boyer and other Yankee players during the 1961 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. The lanky Virginian enjoyed his finest moment in Game 4 of the 1961 World Series, when the Yankees beat the Reds by the score of 7-0. Coates relieved Starter Whitey Ford in the 6th inning because of a foot injury. He responded with 4 shutout innings allowing only 1-Reds hit, getting credit for a save. During the 3 World Series (1960, 1961 and 1962) that Coates was with the Yankees, he came up with a 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA, while appearing in 6 games. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA and 15 saves in 167 games, as a Yankees Reliever. The right-hander also made MLB stops with the 1963 Senators, 1963 Reds and the 1965-1967 Angels during his MLB pitching career. He had the reputation of knocking down batters. He threw with a side-arm delivery and turned his head away from the batter at the last second. It was downright nasty. Jim said: "If you have to knock a batter down, you knock him down." Coates finished up his 9-season MLB run with a 43-22 record with an even 4.00 ERA in 247 games. After being cut loose from the Angels, Jim dropped down to the Pacific Coast League; he finished up his 15-year Minor League run with the AAA Hawaii Islanders at the age of 37 in 1970. His record in the Minor Leagues shows a 142-113 record with a 2.81 ERA. Overall, he spent 19 active seasons in pro baseball (1952-1970). Coates was an unforgettable character. Jim Bouton in his book Ball Four wrote of his skeletal former teammate. "Coates could pose as the illustration for an undertaker's sign. He has the personality to match..." Jim was also known as the only pitcher who could sleep with his eyes open and pitch with them closed. Jim's nickname, to his Yankee teammates was "The Mummy.”

2019- Former Yankees All-Star OF Irv Noren (1952-1956) passed away. (1924-2019)

Outfielder Irv Noren was originally signed by the Dodgers, who later traded him to the Senators. On May 3,1952, Irv was traded by the Nats along with OF Tom Upton to the Yankees for OF Jackie Jensen, P Frank “Spec” Shea, INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson. Irv could play all 3 Outfield positions, which made him perfect match for Yankees Manager Casey Stengel’s platoon system. Outfielder Irv Noren had 3 good out of 4 seasons, while playing for the 1952-1956 Yankees; including hitting .319 in 1954, despite being troubled with 2-bad knees. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Bombers with the 1952 World Series being his best, hitting .300 against the Dodgers. Irv was on the 1954 AL All-Star team. While playing for the Yankees, Irv appeared in 488 games, while hitting .272 with 31 HRs and 198 RBIs. After hitting just .216 for 1956 team due to injuries on February 12,1957,  Irv was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Minor League 1B Milt Graff, MLB INF Billy Hunter, MLB Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Rip Coleman and Tom Morgan to the Kansas City A’s for Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, Infielders Jack McMahan and  Wayne Belardi. Yankees would send Minor League P Jack Urban on April 5,1957 to the A’s to complete the trade. The A’s would send Reserve INF Curt Roberts on April 4, 1957. Also, the A’s would send Rookie INF Clete Boyer on June 4,1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Irv had played for the Senators, Yankees, A’s, Cardinals, Cubs and finished up with the 1960 Dodgers. He finished his MLB playing career with a lifetime .275 BA with 65 HRs and 453 RBIs. Later, he was a Minor League Manager for the Dodgers. He managed the AAA team, the Hawaii Islanders (PCL) in 1962 and 1963. It being the Hawaiian Islands, Noren had a $50 fine for any player who showed up too sunburned to play. He said 1 player came to Hawaii and got off the plane carrying a snorkel and flippers. In 1964, Noren was an MLB Scout for the Senators. Then he was out of baseball from 1965 to 1969. He managed the Niagara Falls Pirates in 1970, then turned to MLB Coaching. Also, he served as an MLB 3B Coach for the 1972-1974 Oakland A’s. He was a member of the Cubs MLB Coaching staff in 1975. He was also a horse owner, who participated in races at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and elsewhere in southern California.

November 16th

1883- Former Yankees INF/P Rollie “Bunions” Zeider (1903) was born. (1883-1967)

On June 1,1913, INF Rollie Zeider was traded by the White Sox along with 1B Babe Borton to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Rollie hit .233 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 50 games for the Yankees. Before the start of 1914 AL season, Rollie jumped from the Yankees to play for the Chicago Chi-Feds (Federal League).  He was the one of the 2 MLB players to play for all of 3 Chicago MLB teams, the White Sox, Cubs,  the Chi-Feds and Whales (Federal League). Later, he became a Minor League Manager.

1932- Former Yankees Minor League C Harry Chiti was born. (1932-2002)

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

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

1962- Former Yankees OF Hugh “Bunny” High (1915-1918) passed away. (1876-1962)

Hugh “Bunny” High played 6 seasons in the outfield during the deadball era for the Tigers and Yankees. In 1913-1914, he was the 4th outfielder to the Tigers' regular outfield of Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach. High had hit .247 in 171 games for the 1913-1914 Tigers.  On February 4,1915, Hugh High was purchased along with 1B Wally Pipp by the Yankees from the Tigers for $10,000 Cash. He appeared in 345 games for the Yankees, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs with 90 RBIs.

1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden (1996-1997,2000) was born.

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

1998- Former Yankees Special Pitching Coach and MLB Player Russ “Mad Monk” Meyer passed away. (1923-1998) 

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

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

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

2018- Former Yankees Batting Practice Pitcher and MLB Player (1958) Nick Testa passed away. (1929-2018)

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

November 17th

1867- Former Yankees Manager George Stallings (1909-1910) was born. (1867-1929)

George Stallings reached the MLB as a player in 1890, going hitless in 4 games with the NL Brooklyn Bridegrooms. He was soon back in the Minor Leagues, he began his pro baseball managing career with the Augusta Electricians (Southern League) in 1893. He was also the Head Baseball Coach at Mercer University from 1893-1896. He became the PhilliesManager in 1897, also appeared in 2 games as the club finished in 10th place in the NL. He played in 1 game with the team the next summer, but he was replaced by Bill Shettsline at the helm on June 18th. Stallings led the Tigers to a 3rd place finish in 1901. Then he found success with the AA Buffalo Bisons (IL), leading the club to 2 Eastern League titles. He took over the job as Yankees Manager for the 1909 AL season. The 1909 Yankees finished in 5th place with a 74-77 record. With the 1910 Highlanders, the team was in 2nd place late in the season, before he resigned on September 21st.  Stallings had a disagreement with Yankee Co-Team Owners Farrell and Devery over 1B Hal Chase’s play. He strongly felt that that Chase was trying to throw games and gambling on them as well. Ironically, Stallings was replaced by the team’s Co-Owners with 1B Hal Chase. Overall, George Stallings Yankees Manager record was 153-138. After 2 more seasons back with Buffalo, Stallings became Manager of the Boston Braves in 1913. He took the club from last place to a NL pennant the next summer. The Miracle Braves, as the 1914 squad was known, were in last place for much of the 1st part of the 1914 NL season and as late as July 18th. On August 4th, they had climbed to 4th place, but they didn't reach 1st until August 25th. They dropped back into 2nd, but by September 5th they were atop the NL standings for good. They went on to sweep the Philadelphia A’s in the 1914 World Series. Under Stallings' leadership, the Braves finished in 2nd in 1915, he continued to manage the team through the 1920 NL season. In 1959, Stallings was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

1913- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee Stine (1938) was born. (1913-2005)

On December 19,1936, hurler Lee Stine was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. He had previously pitched for the White Sox before being the Reds. Lee had pitched 4 seasons in the MLB, while he was young, finishing up with the 1938 Yankees, for whom he pitched in 4 games with no record with a 1.04 ERA at age 24. He did not pitch in the 1938 World Series for the Yankees against the Cubs. In 1937, he pitched for the AA Kansas City Blues, posting a 7-14 record. In 1938, Lee had appeared with the Yankees AA team, the Newark Bears (IL), posting a 11-8 record for IL Pennant winning Bears. As an MLB Pitcher, Stine had a 3-8 record with a 5.09 ERA and 2 saves in 49 games. In 1940, he was pitching for the AA LA Angels in the PCL.

1961- Former Yankees Reserve OF Benny Kauff (1912) passed away. (1890-1961)

Benny Kauff was an outfielder for 12 MLB seasons, including 8 with the Yankees, Giants and in the Federal League; Semipro and Minor League Baseball. He was a World War I Veteran. Heralded as the "Ty Cobb of the Federal League", Kauff never lived up to his braggadocio about what he could do if he played for the Giants. After playing briefly for the Yankees in 1912, he led the Federal League in hits, doubles, runs and batting average (.370) in 1914. Transferred to Brooklyn while his Newark team moved west, he hit a 3-run HR on opening day in 1915. Feeling overworked and underpaid, he tried to jump back to the Giants, but he was thwarted in that attempt by opposition teams, who cited contractual responsibilities. He finished the season in the Federal League, but he was sold to the Giants for $30,000 Cash upon the League's disbandment in 1915. He became a good, but not great performer, topping .300 in 2 of 5 seasons. He turned down a $500 bribe from teammates Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman to throw a game, reported the incident to Giants Manager John McGraw. He remained in the team's good graces, until he ran afoul of the law in February 1920 for accepting stolen cars in a used car business that he and his brother ran. MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis banned him from organized baseball before the 1921 MLB season got underway, calling his subsequent acquittal a "miscarriage of justice".

1964- The Mets named former Yankees great Yogi Berra to their MLB Coaching staff. Berra signs a 2-year contract with the team. He will work under another former Yankees legend and his former long-time boss, Casey Stengel, who is now the Mets' Manager.

1966- Former Yankees Reliever Jeff Nelson (1996-2000, 2003) was born.

Pitcher Jeff Nelson was signed by MLB Scout Bob Carter for the  Dodgers as a 22nd round pick in the MLB Amateur Player Draft. On December 9,1986, Jeff was drafted by the  Mariners from the Dodgers in the 1986 Minor League Player Draft. On December 7,1995, hurler Jeff Nelson was traded by the Mariners along with 1B Tino Martinez and P Jim Mecir to the Yankees for INF Russ Davis and Starter Sterling Hitchcock. On August 6, 2003, Jeff was traded by the Mariners back to the Yankees for veteran MLB Closer Armando Benitez. Nelson went 1-0 in 24 games with 1 save in his last MLB season with the 2003 Yankees. As a set-up man with the Yankees, Nelson posted a 23-19 record with a 3.47 ERA and 9 saves in 331 games. He pitched for 4 World Champion Yankee teams, appearing in 16 World Series games, while posting a 1-0 record with 1.69 ERA. As an MLB Pitcher, Jeff went 48-45 with a 3.41 ERA and 33 saves in 798 games, pitching for the Mariners (3 times), Yankees (twice), White Sox and the Rangers.

1977- Former Yankees Shortstop and MLB Manager Roger Peckinpaugh (1913-1921) passed away. (1891-1977) 

On May 25,1913, Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh was traded by the Cleveland Naps (Indians) to the Yankees for INF Bill Stumpf and OF Jack Lelivelt. He stabilized the Yankees infield with his steady play at Shortstop. Roger’s best Yankees season was in 1919, when he hit .309 with 89 RBIs. During the 1914 AL season, he managed the team for 17 games, going 9-8. Overall as a Yankees player, Roger hit .257 with 36 HRs and 428 RBIs in 1,219 games. He appeared in 1 World Series for the team; in 1921, Roger hit .179 in 8 games against the Giants. On December 20,1921, Roger was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Harry Collins, veteran MLB Starter Jack Quinn and Minor League Pitcher Bill Piercy to the Red Sox for Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott, Pitchers Joe Bush and Sam Jones. During the 1921 AL off-season, he would be traded by the Red Sox to the Senators. He became an MLB Manager again with the 1929-1933 and 1941 Indians, while posting an overall of 992-499 record.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Alex Graman (2004-2005) was born.

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Alex Graman.  He appeared in 5 games with the Yankees with no record. On July 29, 2005, the Yankees released Alex; the Reds would pick him up in August of 2005. He was released by the team in September of 2005. From 2006-2011, he pitched in Japan with the Seibu Lions (Japan Pacific League). Alex pitched in 140 games, while posting a 11-17 record with 52 saves as Reliever.

1980- Former Yankees OF Hersh Martin (1944-1945) passed away. (1909-1980)

Hersh Martin played 6 seasons in the MLB from 1937-1940 as a CF with the Phillies and from 1944-1945 as a LF with the Yankees. He was an NL All-Star player in 1938. He stole a few bases; he had moderate power and drew a fair number of walks. In 1938, when he hit .298, the team hit .254. On June 20,1944, Hersh Martin was traded by the AA Milwaukee Millers (American Association) to the Yankees for 1B Ed Levy and Cash. With the 1944 Yankees at the age of 34, he hit .302 on a team that hit .264 for the season. He had the 2nd-highest batting average among the Yankee regulars, behind “Snuffy” Stirnweiss. With the Bronx Bombers, Hersh appeared in 202 games, hitting .283 with 16 HRs and 100 RBIs. In 1955 and 1956, Martin scouted for the Phillies. In 1958, he scouted for the Cubs. From 1961 to 1979, Martin was an MLB Scout for the Mets.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Shawn Green (2014) was born.

Shawn Greene was undrafted out of high school. He went to the University of West Florida on scholarship, but he blew out his elbow late in his freshman season. After Tommy John surgery, he lost his baseball scholarship; he transferred to Daytona Beach Community College. in the 15th round in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft, Green was selected by the Yankees. Pitching for the 2009 GCL Yankees, he was 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 13 relief appearances in his rookie season. After converting to starting pitching in 2010, he went 2-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 14 starts for the Staten Island Yankees (2-6, with a 4.59 ERA) and the Charleston RiverDogs (0-2 with 4.58 ERA). In 2011, the hurler was 5-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 27 starts for Charleston. He led the South Atlantic League in losses, tied for 5th in runs allowed (88), was 5th in walks (68), was 4th in strikeouts with 128, and tied for 10th with 14 wild pitches. Among Yankee farmhands, he had the most defeats (2 more than Jose Ramirez), tied for 2nd in runs allowed with Craig Heyer, was 4th in walks (between Dellin Betances and D.J. Mitchell), was 2nd in strikeouts (14 behind Betances), tied Heyer and Betances for 3rd in hit batsmen (10) and tied for 7th in wild pitches. In 2012, he was 4-7 with a 5.22 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) for the Tampa Yankees, walking 63 batters in 112 IP.  Among Yankee farmhands, he was 4th in that department, between Bryan Mitchell and Brett Marshall. He went 12-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) split time between Tampa (4-6, 3.60 ERA, 13 starts) and the Trenton Thunder (8-4, 3.18 ERA) in 2013. His control was much sharper, with 30 walks in 154 1/3 IP and only 10 HRs allowed. He led Yankee minor leaguers in wins, 1 ahead of Nik Turley and Scottie Allen, tied Marshall and Mikey O'Brien for 3rd in losses, allowed the most hits (175, 17 ahead of Bryan Mitchell) and was 3rd in Ks (behind De Paula and Turley). His performance with Tampa earned him a spot in the Florida State League All-Star Game, while named him an Organization All-Star following the season. Greene was added to the Yankees 40-man MLB roster following the season. He was in a notable spring training game in 2014, because it was against Florida State University and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Greene retired Winston on a grounder. He started the season in the minors, but he saw little action with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (4 H, 1 BB, 2 R, 5 K in 2 2/3 IP). With Michael Pineda suspended, the Yankees called up Bruce Billings and Greene for arm reinforcement, sending down INF Dean Anna and P Preston Claiborne to open roster space. He made his MLB Pitching debut on April 24th, when he gave up 3 unearned runs on 3 walks in a third of an inning against the Red Sox. He came into the game in the 7th with the Yankees leading, 12-2, but he walked Jackie Bradley and allowed Dustin Pedroia to reach on an error. A passed ball scored Bradley from 3B and he then struck out veteran Shane Victorino. He walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera and Mike Napoli to load the bases, at which point he was replaced by Adam Warren; 2 more runs scored on a sacrifice fly and a double by Xander Bogaerts before the inning ended. After the 1 outing in the MLB, he was sent down in favor of Chris Leroux. He only came back to the MLB on July 7th, when he started against the Indians in place of Vidal Nuno, who had been traded the day before. Things went much better this time, as he kept the Indians hitless until the 5th inning, when Nick Swisher touched him for a solo HR; he left after allowing 2 runs in 6 innings and he was credited with his 1st MLB victory, a 5-3 win. He finished the 2014 season with a 5-4 record with a 3.78 ERA in 15 games for the Yankees. On December 5, 2014, Shawn Greene was involved in a 3-team trade that allowed the Yankees to acquire the heir apparent to Shortstop Derek Jeter as they landed Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks. For his part, Greene was immediately flipped by the D-Backs to the Tigers in exchange for 2 Minor League Prospects; P Robbie Ray and INF Domingo Leyba. Shawn has pitched for the 2015-2018 Tigers; while posting a 17-21 record with a 5.20 ERA and 43 saves in 205 games. In 2019, he pitched for the Braves, posting a 0-3 record with a 2.30 ERA and 23 saves in 65 games. He returned to the Braves in 2020, going 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 28 games. Currently, he is now an MLB Free Agent.

 1992-  The MLB holds the Player Expansion Team Draft to stock the rosters of the NL’s 2-new teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. The Yankees lose the following players: Minor League OF Carl Everett (Marlins): veteran MLB 3B Charlie Hays (Rockies), Minor League Catcher Brad Ausmus (Rockies). Former Number #1 Draft Pick OF Carl Everett was let go because the Yankees felt that his mental playing attitude wasn’t right. Despite his playing talent, he would have a troubled MLB playing career because of his mental attitude, bouncing around from team to team in the MLB. Hayes who was left unprotected in the player draft due to the Yankees signing MLB Free Agent 3B Wade Boggs. Charlie would later return to the Yankees in August of 1996. Catcher Brad Ausmus  would have a decent MLB playing career, later he become an MLB Manager. 

1994- Former Yankees Pitcher Adonis Rosa (2019-2020) was born.

On December 9, 2013, Pitcher Adonis Rosa was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Rosa had been pitching at the 2020 Yankees’ alternate training site at Scranton. Rosa has a 3.35 ERA, with a 3.79 K/BB rate and 7.8 K/9 over 515 1/3 career Minor League innings, starting 74 of his 114 career games in New York’s farm system. Rosa’s MLB resume consists of a 1 game with a 2-inning relief appearance for the Yankees on August 13, 2019 against the Orioles. On September 5, 2020, he was released by the team. He is now an MLB Free Agent.

2013- Former Yankees Reserve OF John “Zeke” Bella (1957) passed away. (1930-2013)

In 1951, the Yankees signed OF John “Zeke” Bella as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in only 5 games for the 1957 Yankees, while hitting just .182. He had played for the 1955-1958 AAA Denver Bears (American Association), hitting over .300 each season for Bears Manager Ralph Houk. On August 22,1958, John was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the A’s for veteran hurler Murry Dickson. Overall, as an MLB player, with the 1957 Yankees and the 1959 A’s, Zeke appeared in 52 games; he had 18 hits in 92 at-bats finishing his MLB playing career with a .196 batting average. He finished out his pro baseball playing career in 1960, appearing with the A’s AAA club in Dallas.

November 18th

1863- Former Yankees C/1B and MLB Manager Deacon McGuire (1904-1907) was born. (1863-1936)

Deacon McGuire played pro baseball for 26 years (1884-1912). On February 21,1904, 41-year-old Catcher was purchased by the Highlanders from the Tigers. He played for the Yankees from 1904 to 1907. He appeared in 225 games for the team, while hitting .230 with No HRs and 67 RBIs. He shared the Yankees catching duties with Red Kleinow. On June 7,1907, Deacon was selected off waivers by the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) from the Highlanders. He became the 1907 Red Sox Manager. Overall, as an MLB player, he appeared in 1,781 games; while hitting .278 with 45 HRs and 840 RBIs. As an MLB Manager, he led the 1898 Senators, 1907-1908 Red Sox and the 1909-1911 Cleveland Naps (aka Indians).

1922- Former Yankees Minor League INF Kermit Wahl was born. (1922-1987)

Kermit Wahl graduated from Columbia HS, where he starred in baseball and basketball in 1940 at age 17. Then he attended Indiana University, where he played Big-10 college baseball. In the summers, he played in the independent Western Canadian League. He served in the U.S. Army Enlisted Reserve Corps for 7 months during World War II before receiving a medical discharge for a knee injury suffered in his Sr. year of basketball (OB). He went back to school and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He was signed by the Reds as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1944, he broke into Organized Baseball at age 21 with the Class A Birmingham Barons (Southern Association). In his pro debut with the Barons, he hit .231 with 3 RBIs. Wahl was 21-years old, when he broke into the MLB on June 22, 1944 with the Reds. He played for the 1944 Reds that season. Also in 1945, when he was a utility infielder, appearing in 71 games. With the 7th-place team, he hit .201 in 194 at bats with 8 doubles and 2 triples. The 1st postwar year of 1946 found Kermit with the AA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). The Chiefs finished 2nd as he hit .271 with 7 HRs and 58 RBIs. The next season, Kermit was again spent  time with the Reds as their utility infielder. He played in 39 games. His BA dropped to .173 in 81 at bats. For the 5th-place Reds, he hit his 1st MLB HR run on June 27th off of Howie Pollet, but that was his only extra-base hit of the season. In 1948, he was back at AA Syracuse, where he had a good power year hitting .255 with 20 HRs and 95 RBIs. The team finished 3rd, Kermit was sent from the Reds to the Dodgers. In 1949, he played for the Dodgers' top farm team, the AA Montreal Royals (IL). They finished 3rd in the IL as Kermit hit 286 with 11 HRs and 83 RBIs.  On September 28,1949, he was traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia A’s for Bill McCahan and $25,000 Cash. He played for the A’s in 1950 and 1951, as 2 good years in the International League had earned him a promotion to the MLB, albeit with the last-place A’s, who won only 52 games for Manager/Owner Connie Mack in 1950. Again, he was a utility INF making the lineup cards 89 times. He hit better then in his previous MLB seasons (.257) with 280 at bats and with more power (12 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HRs and 27 RBIs. Kermit played just 3B for the 1951 A's, he batted 59 times, hit only .186 in 20 games, later in the season, the A’s traded him along with Paul Lehner and Cash to the Browns for Don Lenhardt. His stay was short in St. Louis, appearing in only 8 games, he batted 27 times and got 9 hits, while playing 3B in 6 games and playing his final MLB game on July 29th at age 28. On July 31st, he was purchased from the Browns by the Yankees. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to wear the Yankee pinstripes as he was sent to their AAA American Association affiliate in Kansas City. For the 1951 Blues, he would hit .275 with 9 RBIs. The next 2 seasons, he was still stuck  playing for the Blues. In 1952, he hit for his highest career average at .302 with 5 HRs and 43 RBIs. If he had been in another MLB organization, he would have had a much better chance at playing for the big club. In 1953, he spent another year on the "farm" hitting only .240 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs. His pro baseball career was obviously fading. In 1954, he finally escaped the Yankees farm system, when he played for the Milwaukee Braves' AAA team, the Toledo Mud Hens (AA). Kermit hit well for average (.305), he had 5 HRs with 20 RBIs; ending his pro baseball career at age 31.

1932- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny McDevitt (1961) was born. (1932-2010)

The Yankees had originally signed hurler Danny McDevitt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1951. However, after giving up 76 walks in 43 innings that year in the low minors, he was released by the Yankees, before the start of 1952 AL season. Then the Dodgers signed him as an MLB Free Agent. On December 16,1960, Danny was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers. He was projected to replace Bobby Shantz as the lefty swingman for the 1961 Yankees pitching staff. Dan went 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA and 1 save in 8 games with the Yankees, before being traded on June 14,1961 to the Twins for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. Dan’s claim to MLB fame was being the last Brooklyn Dodger Pitcher to start, throw a shutout and win at Ebbets Field in September of 1957 against the Pirates. His best MLB season was in 1959, when he went 10-8 for the World Champion Dodgers. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series for the Dodgers against the White Sox. Danny finished MLB  Pitching career with a 21-27 record with a 4.40 ERA with 7 saves in 155 games with the Dodgers, Yankees, Twins and the 1962 A’s.

1938- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Marion “Bud” Zipfel was born.

Before the start of the 1956 AL season, the Yankees signed Bud Zipfel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 14,1960, Bud was selected by the new Washington Senators from the Yankees in the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. Bud replaced veteran INF Gil McDougald on the Yankees Expansion Draft Player list, when Gil refused to go to the new Senators. Bud was being groomed to be a possible replacement for veteran Bill Skowron at 1B. With his departure, Deron Johnson and Joe Pepitone moved up in the Yankees farm system as possible Moose’s future 1B replacements.

1943- Former Yankees Minor League P Jim Shellenback was born.

Before the start of 1962 AL season, lefty hurler Jim Shellenback was signed by Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He spent the 1962 Minor League pitching for the Yankees Class C Idaho Yankees (Pioneer League) and the Class D Harlan Smokies (Appalachian League). With the Idaho Yankees, Jim posted a 0-2 record with a 6.00 ERA. His Smokies pitching record was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 28 games. On November 26, 1962, Jim was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees Organization in the 1962 1st-year Minor League Player Draft. He would have an MLB record of 16-30 with a 3.81 ERA and 2 saves in 165 games. Jim pitched for the Pirates, Senators, Rangers and the Twins. When he retired as a player, would work in the Twins Minor League organization and be MLB Bullpen Coach for the Twins.

1954- In an enormous 2-part MLB trade that will begin today, the Yankees and Orioles will exchange a total of 17 players. The 2nd part of the trade will be announced after the 1954 MLB Rule 5 Draft in December. Included in the trade are 1B Richard Kryhoski, Pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen, Catcher Darrell Johnson and INF Billy Hunter being obtained from the Orioles. The Yankees would send veteran OF Gene Woodling, Reserve INF Willie Miranda, Pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald along with Reserve Catchers Gus Triandos and Hal Smith. This trade will give the Orioles a chance to rebuild their team, which was formerly the St. Louis Browns, one of the poorest MLB team franchises. By the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the Orioles farm system will start producing their own stars such as Brooks Robinson, John “Boog” Powell, Milt Pappas and other young players. The Yankees will plug Don Larsen and Bob Turley into their 1955 starting rotation, joining Whitey Ford, Eddie Lopat and Tommy Byrne. Veteran Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds had retired from the team due to serious back problems that occurred in a team bus accident in Baltimore during the 1954 AL season.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ron Coomer (2002) was born.

The Yankees signed veteran INF Ron Coomer as an MLB Free Agent in 2001. As a Reserve INF Ron appeared in 55 games for the team, while hitting .264 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs during the 2002 AL season. He appeared with the Yankees in the 2002 ALDS, getting 1 hit in 2 at-bats in his only taste of postseason MLB play. Ron finished his MLB playing career with the 2003 Dodgers. He is now a  TV baseball announcer for the Cubs.

1964- Baltimore Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson is voted the 1964 AL MVP, outpolling the Yankees CF Mickey Mantle by a vote of 269 to 171. In 1964, Mantle had hit .303 with 35 HRs and 111 RBIs in 143 games for the AL Pennant winning Yankees.

1967- Former Yankees Reliever Tom “Flash” Gordon (2004-2005) was born.

 The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Closer Tom “Flash” Gordon in the winter of 2003. He had been a Closer with the Red Sox. He was set-up man for Yankees Closer Mo Rivera during the 2004-2005 AL seasons, going 14-8 with a 2.38 ERA and 6 saves in 159 games, before leaving for MLB Free Agency. He would signed with the Phillies to be their 2006 Team Closer.

 1968- Former Yankees Assistant GM and MLB Executive Kim Ng (1998-2002) was born.

Kim Ng was the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Dodgers from 2001 to 2011. On March 8, 2011, she was named Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations for MLB reporting to newly-named Executive Vice-President Joe Torre, previously the Dodgers' Manager. On November 13, 2020, she was named General Manager of the Miami Marlins, becoming not only the 1st woman to be a General Manager in MLB, but the 1st in North American men's sports. Of Vietnamese origin, Ng was born in Indianapolis, IN, but she grew up in Queens, NY. The oldest of 5 girls, she attended the University of Chicago, where she played softball and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. She applied for a variety of sports-related jobs after graduation, she was accepted for an internship with the White Sox in 1991. She was talented in the nascent field of computers and data analysis and impressed the organization with her skills, landing her a full-time entry-level job. To her surprise, she ended up in the baseball operations side of the business, and not in marketing, where she had expected to work. White Sox GM Dan Evans was impressed by her analytical ability and attention to detail; he quickly pegged her as someone who could aspire to senior positions, and he took her under his wing. She was also lucky in starting out at a time when front offices were starting to hire persons with different profiles, which would result in a class of highly-educated young GMs, who had never played the game.

In 1997, she took a job with MLB as Director of Waivers and Records for the American League office. The position required her to know all the arcane details of the Major League rules and help interpret them for General Managers. This allowed her to meet all of the league's GMs, including Yankees Brian Cashman, who was so impressed with her that he hired her as Assistant General Manager in 1998. At the time, Kim was the youngest Assistant General Manager in the game. She was put in charge of the Yankees' salary arbitration cases and proved very talented in this sensitive file, both in assessing the value of players, and in conducting negotiations to avoid the cases having to actually be argued before an Arbitrator. She was also involved in contract negotiations with star players. She was the 2nd woman to have the title of Assistant General Manager, following Elaine Weddington Steward, who was hired by the Red Sox in 1990.

In 2002, her former mentor Evans, now GM of the Dodgers, lured her away from the Yankees. She worked under a succession of bosses, including Paul DePodesta and Ned Colletti, until leaving for her senior position with MLB. In 2005, Ng was interviewed by the Dodgers for their vacant GM job, but  she was passed over for Colletti. She also interviewed for the Mariners' GM job in 2008 and with the  Padres in 2009. In her position with MLB, Ng was put in charge of implementing some of the changes to the signing of players not subjected to the Amateur Draft that were included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached at the end of 2011. These included a reform of how Latin American Amateur Players could be signed, and meant a greater involvement by MLB in setting up showcases and an "International Talent Committee" that aimed to curb the rampant abuse of young players by Scouts and other intermediaries. In 2014, her name surfaced again as one of the top candidates to replace fired Padres GM Josh Byrnes, being 1 of 4 contenders to be asked for a 2nd interview, out of an initial pool of 14 candidates. She lost out to A.J. Preller, however. She finally was appointed to the top job in 2020, when the Marlins selected her to replace General Manager Michael Hill, who had been let go after the Marlins had surprised everyone by making it to the postseason during the shortened 2020 NL season. She was taking the reins of an up-and-coming team loaded with young talent. Her reaction was as follows: "This challenge is one I don’t take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead an MLB team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals." Her appointment was extremely well received around the industry, as many pointed out that Ng's credentials were impeccable, that she would likely have acceded to the GM ranks years earlier had she not been a woman and a member of a racial minority to boot.

1968- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Clay Bellinger (1999-2001) was born.

INF/OF Clay Bellinger was signed as an MLB Free Agent to helped out the Yankees bench; he appeared in 182 games, hitting only .189 for 3 seasons. He could play many positions, but he had a very weak bat. His son, Cody is a currently an MLB player with the Dodgers.

1968- Former Yankees OF/DH Gary Sheffield (2004-2006) was born.

The Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner signed veteran MLB Slugger Gary Sheffield as an MLB Free Agent in the winter of 2003. Gary was a good power hitter, but he was injured in 2006. He appeared in 347 games for the 2004-2006 Yankees, while hitting .291 with 76 HRs and 269 RBIs. After the Yankees picked up his MLB player contract option on November 10, 2006, Gary was traded by the team to the Tigers for 3 Minor League Pitchers: Anthony Claggett, Humberto Sanchez and Kevin Whelan.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Allen Watson (1999-2000) was born.

Veteran Reliever Allen Watson was signed as an MLB Free Agent in 1999. He posted a 4-0 record with a 2.10 ERA in 21 games. In 2000, he had no record, while appearing in 17 games for the Yankees. He finishes his Yankees Pitching career with a 4-0 record with a 5.27 ERA in 38 games.

1976- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Starter Don Gullett for $2 million. He had gone 91-40 with a 3.03 ERA and 11 saves in 236 games with the 1970-1976 Reds. Gullett will have a 14-4 record with a 3.59 ERA in 22 games in 1977, but he will spend most of the next 3 Yankee seasons on the DL, before being forced to retire from MLB. Overall as a Yankees Starter, Don went 18-6 in 30 games for the team. He appeared in 1 game in the 1977 World Series, posting a 0-1 record against the Dodgers. His final MLB Pitching record was 109-50 with a 3.11 ERA in 266 games. His World Series record was 2-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 10 games (8 with the Reds and 2 with the Yankees.)

1979- Former MLB Pitcher, MLB Manager and Yankees Minor League Manager Freddie Fitzsimmons (1956) passed away. (1901-1979)

Freddie Fitzsimmons managed the Yankees AA farm team, the Bingham Triplets (Eastern League) in 1956, leading them to an 81-53 record. He was a Special MLB Spring Training Instructor for the Yankees. As an MLB player, he had pitched for the Giants and Dodgers. Fred finish MLB Pitching career with a 217-146 record with a 3.51 ERA in 513 MLB games. He appeared in 3 World Series, while posting a 0-3 record. He managed the Phillies in 1943-1945. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the Dodgers, Braves, Giants, Cubs and the A’s.

1980- The Yankees traded Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden and Cash to the Mariners for INF Larry Milbourne and a Player to be Named Later. With the trades of Reserve Infielder’s Fred Stanley and Brian Doyle to the Oakland A’s, the Yankees need a new Reserve Infielder for their bench. Milbourne had hit .278 and .264, the past 2 seasons for Seattle. Gulden had hit .163 in 40 games for the 1979 Yankees, while sharing the catching duties with Jerry Narron following Munson’s tragic death in August of 1979. He started the 1980 season with AAA Columbus (IL), he only hit .157 in 14 games, he was sent to AA Nashville Sounds (Southern League), where he hit .237 in 85 games. The Player to be Named Later for the Yankees, would turn out to be Brad Gulden, who rejoined the team on May 18,1981. He would be sent to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Bruce Billings (2014) was born.

On December 20, 2013, P Bruce Billings was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Bruce had posted a 5-5 record with AAA Scranton (IL) before being called up to the Bronx. He appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees with no record. On August 2, 2014, the team released him. Bruce would be picked-up by the Dodgers organization. Later, he would finish out with the Nationals organization in 2015. He was a Minor League Coach in the Phillies organization.

1997- The Yankees obtained INF/OF Scott Brosius from the Oakland A’s to complete the Kenny Rogers deal made earlier in the month. He will have a chance to become the Yankees 1998 Starting 3B in Yankees 1998 MLB Spring training camp, completing against Minor League 3B prospect Mike Lowell.

1997- MLB holds the 1997 Expansion Team Player Draft to stock the rosters of the 2 new MLB teams; the NL Arizona Diamondbacks and the AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Yankees will lose Pitcher Ben Ford to the Diamondbacks, while Devil Rays selected Pitcher Brian Boehringer and Reserve OF Luke Wilcox from the Yankees.

2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Brett (1976) passed away from Cancer. (1948-2003)

Ken Brett was George Brett’s older brother. He appeared in 2 games the 1967 World Series with the Red Sox. In 1974, he was named to the NL All-Star team, while pitching for the Pirates. He had appeared in 2 NL post-season series with the Bucs, pitching in 3 games with no decisions. On December 11,1975, Ken Brett was traded by the Pirates along with P Dock Ellis and Rookie 2B Willie Randolph to the Yankees for Starter George “Doc” Medich. Ken only appeared in 2 games with the 1976 Yankees with no record, before being traded on May 18th by the Yankees along with OF Rich Coggins to the White Sox for OF/DH Carlos May. His brother George complained to the MLB baseball media that the Yankees Manager Billy Martin never gave his brother a chance to prove himself with the team. Overall as an MLB Pitcher, Ken went 83-85 with a 3.93 ERA  with 11 saves in 349 games. He was a good hitter for Pitcher; he finished with MLB playing career with a .262 BA with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs in 385 games. Later, Ken became a Minor League Team Owner with his 2 brothers.

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This Week in Yankees History November 15th-21st Part Two

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November 19th

1881- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bill Bailey (1911) was born. (1881-1967)

Reserve Outfielder Bill Bailey appeared in only 5 games for the 1911 Yankees, hitting just .111.

1892 – Former Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott (1922-1925) was born. (1892-1960)

On December 20,1921, Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Joe Bush and Sam Jones to the Yankees for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Jack Quinn, Harry Collins and Minor League P Bill Piercy. Deacon would give the Yankees a solid 3 seasons as their starting Shortstop, including leading the AL in fielding in 1922-1923. Shortstop Everett Scott played in 1,307 consecutive MLB games, the MLB consecutive games record until Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig came along and broke it. He began his streak on June 20,1916, while playing for the Red Sox. Following the 1921AL season, he was traded to the Yankees. On May 6,1925, he was benched by Yankees Manager Miller Huggins in favor of Shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger. Ironically, less than a month later, his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig began his own consecutive MLB game streak, when he entered a game as a Pinch-Hitter for Wanninger. In 3 seasons with the team, Scott appeared in Scott's streak is still the 3rd longest streak in MLB history behind Orioles Cal Ripken and Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig. He appeared in 481 games for the Yankees, while hitting .254 with 13 HRs and 174 RBIs. In 2 World Series with the Yankees, he played in 11 games, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. On June 17,1925, Scott was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. The Nats would use him as a Reserve INF, since they already had Roger Peckinpaugh as their starting shortstop.

1908- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn (1932-1933,1935-1938) was born. (1908-1985)

Joe Glenn was a long-time back-up catcher for Yankees All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey. He appeared in 138 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 52 RBIs. He never appeared in a World Series game with the Yankees. On October 26,1938, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with OF Myril Hoag to the St. Louis Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills.

1938- The Yankees sold veteran Starter Johnny Broaca to the Indians. Johnny had been a successful college pitcher at Yale University. In 1933, he pitched for the AA Newark Bears (IL), posting a 7-2 record with a 2.04 ERA in 10 games. He joined the Yankees in 1934, posting a 12-9 record with 4.16 ERA in 34 games. In the next 2 seasons, he went 15-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 35 games in 1935, the 12-7 with a 4.24 ERA in 36 games in 1936. He left the team in September of 1936 to take up a career in pro boxing. He missed a chance to pitch in the 1936 World Series for the team. He returned to the team in 1937, going 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 7 games, before leaving the team again. Fed up with his leaving the team again, Yankees GM Edward Barrow suspended him for the rest of 1937 AL season and the whole 1938 AL season as well. His actions cost him a chance to pitch in the 1937-1938 World Series. In November of 1938, he was reinstated by the team in order to trade him. Overall, as a Yankees Starter, Johnny went 40-27 with a 4.04 ERA and 3 saves in 99 games. With the 1939 Indians, he will go 4-2 with a 4.70 ERA in 22 games. In 1940, he left MLB.

1953- The Yankees signed Pitcher Ralph Terry as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.

1964- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred “Bootnose” Hofmann (1919-1925) passed away. (1894-1964)

Reserve Catcher Fred Hofmann appeared in 213 games with the 1919-1925 Yankees, while hitting .245 with 7 HRs and 53 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1923 World Series for the team against the Giants with no hits. On May 29,1925, Fred was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, P Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for INF Mark Koenig. On October 28,1925, the Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to the AA Saints to complete the trade. Fred would return with the MLB, playing with the 1927-1928 Red Sox. After his MLB active playing career had ended, Fred would become a Minor League Manager for the Cardinals organization. He then moved over to the St. Louis Browns' organization as a MLB Coach beginning in 1938. After a 12-year stint as an MLB Coach for the Browns, Hofmann became an MLB Scout for the franchise from 1950 to 1964, staying with the team when they relocated and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. He filled in several times as a Manager for teams in the Orioles' farm system during the 1950s.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Rodney Imes was born.

The Yankees in the 16th round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected hurler Rodney Imes. He pitched in the Yankees farm system from 1987 to 1989. On December 12,1989, Rodney was traded by the Yankees along with OF/1B Hal Morris to the Reds for veteran MLB Starter Tim Leary and Reserve OF Van Snider. He never appears in the MLB with the Reds.

1968- Yankees Rookie Starter Stan Bahnsen, who posted a 17-12 record along with a 2.05 ERA and 162 strikeouts is named 1968 AL Rookie of the Year. Bahnsen easily outdistances Senators OF Del Unser in the voting.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League OF John Ford Griffin was born.

Outfielder John-Ford Griffin was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st Round (23rd overall) of the 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Griffin had played college baseball at Florida State University. He was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Scott Pleis, making his pro baseball debut that summer. John never appears with the team at the MLB level. On July 5, 2002, he was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees along with MLB starter Ted Lilly, Minor League P Jason Arnold to the A’s. Oakland would send a Player to be Named Later, P Franklyn German and 1B Carlos Pena to the Tigers. Detroit sent MLB Starter Jeff Weaver to the Yankees. Tigers sent Cash to the A’s in return on August 22, 2022, they sent P Jeremy Bonderman to the Detroit to complete the trade. John will make his MLB Player debut with the 2005 Blue Jays.

2007- Yankees All-Star 3B Alex Rodriguez wins the 2007 AL Most Valuable Player Award with a .314 BA, hitting an MLB leading 54 HRs, along with 156 RBIs and 143 runs scored.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Sonny Dixon (1956) passed away. (1924-2011)

At the age of 16 before the start of 1941 AL season, Sonny Dixon was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Senators. He would spend 6 seasons in Minors, before appearing in the MLB. Sonny went 5-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 43 games for the 1954 Senators, but he was traded to the White Sox for Gus Keriazakos on June 11th. On the very same date, the White Sox traded Sonny  along with Al Sima, Bill Wilson and $20,000 to the A’s for Ed McGhee and Morrie Martin. Sonny finished out the 1954 AL season with the A’s; posting a 5-7 record with a 4.86 ERA; after his 1-2 season start with the Senators. The 1954 AL season saw Dixon lead the league in appearances with 54 games. He would start the 1955 season with the A’s who, where now in Kansas City, getting into 2 games with no decisions. On May 11th, he was traded to the Yankees along with Cash for 2 veteran MLB players: Pitcher Johnny Sain and OF Enos Slaughter. He would finish out the 1955 season with the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) going 3-3 with a 4.19 ERA. He was with the 1956 Yankees for a short time, going 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 3 appearances, this would be his last trip to the mound in the MLB. He would be sent down to Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). In the 4 seasons that he was in the MLB, Sonny was 11-18 with a 4.17 career ERA. while appearing in 102 games. Dixon pitched in the high Minor Leagues through the rest of his pro baseball career that ended with the 1961 AA Nashville Volunteers (Southern Association). 

2018- Mariners Starter James Paxton was traded by the team to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Players: Pitcher Erik Swanson and Outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and MLB Pitcher Justus Sheffield. Paxton, who was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 games for Seattle in 2018, including a No-Hitter will join the 2019 Yankees starting rotation. He has an MLB pitching career record of 41-26 with a 3.42 ERA in 102 games. Justus Sheffield was the Yankees Top Pitching Prospect, who made his MLB Pitching debut in 2018; appearing with the team in 3 games as a Reliever with a 0-0 record with a 10.30 ERA. He went 7-6 with a 2.48 ERA in 20 games in the Yankees Minor League system in 2018. He had been 1 of the 3 Minor League players obtained in the July 31, 2016 trade with the Indians for veteran MLB Reliever Andrew Miller. Outfielder Dom Thompson Williams had played in the Yankees Minor League system for 3 seasons, appearing in 220 games, while hitting .270 with 28 HRs and 118 RBIs playing at Class A level. Erik Swanson was obtained from the Texas Rangers in the Carlos Beltran trade at the July 31st MLB Deadline of 2016, along with fellow Minor League Pitchers Dillon Tate and Nick Green. He went 15-6 in 73 games, while pitching in the Yankees Minor League organization from 2016-2018. 

November 20th

1869- Former HOF Yankees Pitcher (1903-1907) MLB Manager and Team Owner Clark “The Old Gray Fox” Griffith was born. (1869-1955)
Veteran Starter Clark Griffth would take the Yankees to a 419-370 record as their 1st team Manager from 1903-1907. In 1903, he went 14-11 with a 2.70 ERA in 25 games for the Yankees. As a pitcher, Clark posted a 32-24 record in 77 games for the team. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946 as a Pioneer and Baseball Executive. He was the team owner of the Washington Senators from 1912 until his death in 1955. Overall Clark Griffith posted a 240-141 record with a 3.31 ERA in 453 games during his 21 MLB season Pitching career (1891-1914).

1882- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy Coakley (1911) was born. (1892-1963)

 Veteran MLB Starter Andy Coakley posted a 0-1 record with 5.40 ERA in 2 games for the 1911 Yankees. He had previously had pitched for the 1902-1906 A’s, 1907-1908 Reds and the 1908-1909 Cubs. He appeared in 1 game in the 1905 World Series for A’s, losing 1 game.

1888- Former MLB player (1913-1924) and Yankees Minor League Manager Ray Powell (1939-1942) was born. (1888-1962)

Former MLB player Ray Powell managed in the Yankees Minor League 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.

1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Rugger Ardizoia (1947) was born. (1919-2015)

At the time of his death in 2015, 96-year-old Rinaldo "Rugger" Ardizoia was the oldest living ex-Yankees player. He pitched 1 game in the MLB, he spent 12 seasons in the Minors, mostly with various teams in the Pacific Coast League. He was born in Italy, but he grew up in San Francisco. After graduating from high school. In 1937, Rugger began playing for the AA San Francisco Missions in the (PCL). The Missions moved to Hollywood for the 1931 PCL season to become the Hollywood Stars. He pitched 2 seasons for the Stars until being signed for the Yankees by West Coast MLB Scout Joe Devine. The Yankees sent him to their AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1941. When World War II started, he was considered an enemy alien since he was Italian-born. Rugger was not allowed to travel to the league’s 2 Canadian cities (Montreal and Toronto) with the team. So, in 1942, he was assigned to the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association), which had no Canadian based teams. In 1943, he was drafted into the Army Air Force. Rugger was sent to McClelland Field in Sacramento, Ca., as an aircraft maintenance person. Later, he was sent to Hawaii with the 7th Air Force as a Tow Target Operator; then he went to Tinian and Iwo Jima with the 20th Air Force. Ardizoia was discharged from the Air Force in December 1945. He went to the 1946 MLB Spring Training Camp with the Yankees, but Rugger spent that season with the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL); where he won 15 games. Ardizoia’s MLB Pitching career consisted of just 2 innings of relief pitching on April 30,1947. Yankees Manager Bucky Harristabbed him to relieve Karl Drews in the 7th inning of the Yankees' game against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Browns already held a 13-4 lead over the Yankees, so his MLB Pitching career amounted to nothing more than mop-up duty. Ardizoia started out well, pitching an uneventful 7th inning. In the top of the 8th inning, Yankees 1B George McQuinn's RBI double chipped away at the Browns' lead, but in the bottom of the 8th, Ardizoia gave up 2 runs on Browns 1B Wally Judnich's 2nd HR of the game. In the top of the 9th inning, Johnny Lindell pinch-hit for him and his MLB pitching career with the Yankees came to an end. Ardizoia spent 1948 season back with the AA Hollywood Stars (PCL), later with the 1949 Seattle Rainiers (PCL) and the 1951 season with the Dallas Eagles (Texas League) before retiring from baseball.

1929- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Lou Berberet (1954-1955) was born. (1929-2004)

In 1950, the Yankees signed Catcher Lou Berberet as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in just 7 games for the 1954-1955 Yankees, while hitting .400. He was blocked by the presence of All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra and Rookie Elston Howard, like many other young Yankees Minor League Catchers in the 1950’s; the team would trade Lou. On February 8,1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, INF Herb Plews, Outfielders Richard Tettelbach and Bob Wiesler to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog to the Senators to complete the trade. Lou would hit .261 for the 1956-1957 AL seasons for the Senators before being traded to the Red Sox in 1958. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1959-1960 Tigers. Overall, Lou appeared in 468 MLB games, while hitting .230 with 31 HRs and 153 RBIs.

1930- Former Yankees Minor League INF Don Leppert was born. 

The Yankees signed INF Don Leppert as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1949. He never appeared with the team at the MLB level. Don would be traded to the Orioles in the big 17-player trade in November of 1954. In 1955, he would play in 30 games, hitting just .141 with No HRs and 2 RBIs for the Orioles. During the 1956 baseball season, he would return to the Yankees organization, playing 2B for Birmingham Barons, while hitting .278 in 68 games before retiring from baseball at the end of the season.

1934- A 17-year-old Japanese Pitcher named Eiji Sawamura gives up 1-hit, a HR to Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig, as the touring MLB All-Stars, win in Japan by the score of 1-0. At one point, Sawamura strikes out 4 future MLB Hall of Famer players in a row: Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer, Yankees OF Babe Ruth, A’s 1B Jimmie Foxx and Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig. 

 1940- Former Yankees Minor League P Gil Downs was born. (1940-2019)

Pitcher Gil Downs had a successful Minor League Pitching career, playing in 3 MLB organizations from 1963 to 1967. He made it to AAA in part or all of 3 seasons, though he never ascended to the MLB. He began in the White Sox system, going 13-3 with a 1.37 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) between the Lynchburg White Sox (3 Games, with a 1.13 ERA) and the Sarasota Sun Sox (24 Games, 1.38 ERA) in 1963. With the Sun Sox, he tossed 13 complete games and 6 shutouts; between both teams, he allowed just 140 hits and 48 walks in 191 innings for a 0.984 WHIP. He had 174 strikeouts. On June 20, he tossed a 7-inning No-Hitter against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees (FSL). The Yankees took him in the $8,000 1st Year portion of the 1963 Rule V Player Draft. For the 1964 Greensboro Yankees (SAL), he went 9-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), while completing 4 games and 1 shut out. In 127 innings, he allowed 97 hits and 46 walks, while striking out 118 batters. He also went 4-1 with  0.87 ERA in 9 games (6 starts) with 4 complete games and 3 shutouts for the Yankees (Fla. East Coast Instructional League) that season. Shifting to the bullpen for 1965, Downs went 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 42 games (3 starts) between 2 teams. Most of his work came with the AA Columbus Confederate Yankees (Southern League) (42 Games, 1.18 ERA), though he made 2 starts for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL), going 0-1 with a 8.00 ERA in 9 innings. In 1966, his only full season at AAA, he went 10-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 34 games (11 starts) for the Mud Hens. In 109 innings, he allowed only 82 hits, but he surrendered 61 walks. On December 20,1966, he was traded along with Cash by the Yankees to the Indians for veteran MLB Shortstop Richard Howser. He spent 1 season in the Indians farm system, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings in 1967. Overall, Downs went 39-19 with a 2.30 ERA in 134 games (61 starts) in 5 Minor League seasons. He had 19 complete games and 8 shutouts. In 528 innings, he allowed 390 hits and 217 walks, while striking out 430 batters. Including his winter league statistics, he went 43-20, 2.17 with 23 complete games and 11 shutouts. He was 10-10, 3.94 ERA in 40 games (13 starts) at AAA. He had served in the Army prior to starting his pro baseball playing career.

1945- Former Yankees DH/OF Jay Johnstone (1978) was born. (1945-2020)
On June 14,1978, OF Jay Johnstone was traded by the Phillies along with Minor League OF Bobby Brown to the Yankees for MLB Reliever Rawly Eastwick. Jay would hit .262 in 32 games for the 1978 Yankees. On June 15,1979, Jay was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for P Dave Wehrmeister. He had only played in 23 games for the team in 1979, while just hitting .208 for the team. Overall, Jay had appeared in 59 games for the Yankees, while hitting .239 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs.

1962- Yankees CF Mickey Mantle collects his 3rd AL MVP Award of his MLB playing career. Mantle, who hit .321 with 30 HRs, also led the AL in walks (122) with a slugging percentage (.605), while helping the Yankees to win the 1962 World Championship against the Giants

1967- The Yankees obtained INF and future MLB Coach Bobby Cox from the Braves for P Dale Roberts and Reserve Catcher Bob Tillman. He will be the Yankees starting 3B for the 1968 AL season, appearing in 132 games, while hitting .229 with 7 HRs and 41 RBIs. Bobby Cox will appear in 220 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees, while hitting .225 with 9 HRs and 58 RBIs. He will become an MLB Coach for the Yankees in 1977, before joining the 1978 Braves as their MLB Manager. He would also be an MLB Manager for the Blue Jays.

 1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Alex Arias (2002) was born.

On June 6, 2002, veteran MLB INF Alex Arias was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the YankeesHe only appeared in 6 games for the 2002 team with no hits. On October 28, 2002, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

1969- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Charles “Paddy” Baumann (1915-1917) passed away. (1885-1969)

On March 3,1915, INF/OF Paddy Baumann was sent from AA Providence (International League) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. Charles “Paddy” Bauman hit .276 with 3 HRs and 61 RBIs in 204 games for the 1915-1917 Yankees. Paddy had started his MLB playing career with the 1911-1914 Tigers, as a Reserve player, while appearing in 95 games, hitting .272 with 1 HR and 40 RBIs. After leaving the Yankees in 1917, Paddy would play in the Minor Leagues until 1928, retiring at the age of 42.

1971- Former Yankees Reliever Gabe White (2003-2004) was born.

On July 31, 2003, the Reds sent P Gabe White to the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On December 7,2003, Gabe was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Gabe went 2-2 with a 6.82 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees during the 2003-2004 AL seasons. On June 18,2004, the Yankees sent Gabe to the Reds for Minor League P Charlie Manning and Cash.

1985- Yankees 1B Don Mattingly, who hit .324, with 35 HRs and 145 RBIs, easily wins the 1985 AL Most Valuable Player Award over the Royals 3B George Brett (.335, 30 HRs, 103 RBIs). He becomes the 1st player on a non-championship team to win the AL MVP Award since Red Sox OF Jim Rice in 1978.

1995-The Yankees traded Minor League P Mike DeJean and a Player to be Named to the Rockies for Catcher Joe Girardi.  He will solidify the catching position for the Yankees, while DeJean will set an MLB mark for most appearances without a loss. DeJean will post a 7-0 record through 1998, while making 88 appearances, breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine from 1951-1958. Joe Girardi will replace Mike Stanley as the Yankees starting catcher for the 1996 AL season. Stanley will be signed an MLB Free Agent by the Red Sox. The Player to be Named Later was Yankees Minor League Pitcher Steve Shoemaker, who went 4-5 in Class A ball with the Tampa (FSL) and Greensboro (SAL).

2001- The Yankees lose veteran Reserve INF Jose Vizcanio to MLB Free Agency, as he signs with the Astros. On June 20, 2000, Jose was traded by the Dodgers along with Cash to the Yankees for Catcher Jim Leyritz. He would hit .276 with 0 HRs and 10 RBIs in 73 games. Jose Vizcaino had the game-winning hit in Game 1 of the 2000 World Series between theYankees and Mets. He hit .235 in 4 Series games for the 2000 Yankees

2010- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny McDevitt (1961) passed away. (1932-2010).

The Yankees had originally signed hurler Danny McDevitt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1951. However, after giving up 76 walks in 43 innings that year in the low Minors, he was released by the Yankees, before the start of 1952 AL season. Then the Dodgers signed him as an MLB Free Agent. On December 16,1960, Danny was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers. He was projected to replace Bobby Shantz as the lefty swingman for the 1961 Yankees pitching staff. Dan went 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA and 1 save in 8 games with the Yankees, before being traded on June 14,1961 to the Twins for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. Dan’s claim to MLB fame was being the last Brooklyn Dodger Pitcher to start, throw a shutout and win at Ebbets Field in September of 1957 against the Pirates. His best MLB season was in 1959, when he went 10-8 for the World Champion Dodgers. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series for the Dodgers against the White Sox. Danny finished MLB  Pitching career with a 21-27 record with a 4.40 ERA with 7 saves in 155 games with the Dodgers, Yankees, Twins and the 1962 A’s.

2012- The Yankees re-sign veteran MLB Starter Hiroki Kuroda for 1 year for $15 million, giving him a big raise, after he had posted a 16-11 record with a 3.32 ERA in 33 games for the club in 2012.

2018- The Yankees added Minor League Reliever Joe Harvey to their 40-Man MLB roster. On June 7,2014, Joe Harvey was drafted by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Player draft. The young reliever has a 5-6 lifetime career record with 1.75 ERA with 25 saves in 102 games. He split the 2018 season between AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 3-2 record with a 1.67 ERA and 11 saves in 43 games. On July 31, 2019, Harvey was traded by the Yankees to the Rockies for Minor League P Alfredo Garcia. In 2020, he appeared in only 4 games for the Rockies with no decisions. On November 2, 2020, Joe was granted MLB Free Agency by the Rockies.

November 21st

1885- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Billiard (1908) was born. (1885-1923)
Pitcher Harry Billiard appeared in 6 games with no record for the 1908 Yankees.

1911- After a 6th place team finish with a 76-76 record for the 1911 AL season, 1B Hal Chase resigns as the Yankees Manager. Harry Wolverton replaces him. Hal Chase will remain a player with the Yankees, until he is traded to the White Sox during the 1913 AL season. Harry Wolverton will go 50-102 for a last place finish for the 1912 AL season. Former Cubs Manager Frank Chance will replace him in 1913. 

1934- The Yankees purchased Minor League OF Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco Seals (PCL) for Players to be Named Later and Cash. Joe will report to the Yankees for the 1936 AL season. The son of Italian immigrants will be 1 of 3 DiMaggio brothers to play in the MLB, Dom (Red Sox) and Vince (Braves and the Pirates). On December 19,1934, the Yankees sent Doc Farrell (Minors), P Floyd Newkirk, Minor League Players; Jim Densmore, Ted Norbert and $5,000 Cash (1935) to the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) to complete the trade. Doc Farrell refused to report to his new team in 1935, he ended up playing briefly with Red Sox, before retiring as an active player.

1934- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred “Lucky” Glade (1908) passed away. (1876-1934)

On November 5,1907, hurler Fred Glade was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with OF Charlie Hemphill and 2B Harry Niles to the Yankees for INF Hobe Ferris, OF Danny Hoffman and 2B Jimmy Williams. Fred appeared in 5 games for the 1908 Yankees, while posting a 0-4 record with a 4.22 ERA.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher “Slow” Joe Doyle (1906-1910) passed away. (1881-1947)

Hurler “Slow” Joe Doyle went 22-21 with 2.75 ERA in 70 games for the Yankees. On May 31,1910, Joe was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees for $2,000 Cash. Doyle was nicknamed “Slow” because the amount of time he took to throw his pitches in a game. Overall, Joe went 22-21 with a 2.85 ERA in 75 MLB games.

1971- Former Yankees Reliever Norm “Red” Branch (1941-1942) passed away. (1915-1971)

Norm “Red” Branch played college baseball at the University of Texas. He signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1937. The 6’3”, 200-Lb right-hander pitched for the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) his rookie year posting an impressive 14-4 record and earning promotion to AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). By 1939, Branch was with the AA Newark Bears (International League) where he worked primarily as a relief pitcher, appearing in 41 games that season. The 25-year-old made 30 appearances for Newark in 1940. Red joined the Yankees MLB pitching staff in 1941. He made his MLB Pitching debut on May 5, 1941. He appeared in 27 games for the team, while posting a 5-1 record with a 2.87 ERA, although he didn’t pitch in the 1941 World Series against the Dodgers. In 1942, he made just 10 appearances for the Yankees, Red entered military service with the Coast Guard at the end of the year. Branch was initially stationed at Groton Naval base in Connecticut before moving to the Coast Guard Academy at New London, where he spent the rest of the war. He pitched for the Coast Guard Dolphins. Returning from service at the end of 1945 with a sore arm, Branch pitched briefly for the AA Newark Bears (IL) and Class A Beaumont (Texas League) in 1946 before retiring from the game. Overall as a Reliever, Norm Branch appeared in 37 games for the 1941-1942 Yankees, while posting a 5-2 record with a 3.73 ERA and 7 saves.

1973- Former Yankees OF Rickey Ledee (1998-2000) was born.

In the 16th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft, the Yankees selected OF Rickey Ledee. He was trying to break into the Yankees starting outfield, when on June 29, 2000, he was traded by the team along with Pitchers Zach Day and Jake Westbrook to the Indians for MLB veteran OF/DH David Justice. The arrival of Dave Justice helped the Yankees win the 2000 AL Flag. As a Yankees player, Ledee appeared in 192 games, while hitting .258 with 17 HRs and 83 RBIs. Rickey has never reached his great promise as an MLB player due to various injuries during his MLB playing career.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Todd Erdos (1998-2000) was born.

On March 7, 1998, hurler Todd Erdos was traded by the Diamondbacks along with Pitcher Marty Janzen to the Yankees for Reserve INF Andy Fox. Todd went 0-0 with 5.03 ERA with 1 save in 20 games with the 1998-2000 Yankees. On July 12, 2000, Todd was selected off waivers by Padres from the Yankees.

1978- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Starter Tommy John, a re-entry MLB Free Agent formerly with the Dodgers. John will be a valuable addition to the Yankees starting rotation, winning 43 games in the next 2 AL seasons. He became an MLB Free Agent, when the 1978 Dodgers refused to give him a 3-year contract. He had gone 17-10 for the 1978 Dodgers.

1980- Despite having led the 1980 Yankees to 103 wins and winning AL East Division, Manager Richard Howser resigns. He was tired of the constant interference by Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner over personnel and player decisions. Former Yankees MLB Player and Coach Gene “The Stick” Michael would replace him. Howser will join the Kansas City Royals as their Manager in 1981.

1987- Former Yankees Reserve OF Dusty Cooke (1930-1933) passed away. (1907-1987)

Reserve OF Dusty Cooke played 8 seasons in the MLB, showing an ability to draw walks. He hit .306 in 1935 and his .400 on-base percentage was among the AL leaders. He played Outfield in the MLB, appearing in all 3-outfield positions in roughly equal amounts. Although he was with the Yankees for 3 seasons, he did not appear in post-season play (they finished 2nd in the 2 seasons that he had most of his at-bats with them). His Yankees player career totals were a .267 BA with 7 HRs and 35 RBIs in 122 games. On May 15,1933, Dusty was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for 2B Marv Olson, OF/1B Johnny Watwood and Cash. Cooke would play for the Yankees, Red Sox and the Reds during his MLB playing career. He joined the Navy in October of 1942; he served in Okinawa Bay during the war. Cooke received training in the Navy in Conditioning, so he became the MLB Trainer for the Phillies in 1946. Also, Cooke was a Phillies MLB Coach from 1948 to 1952; he was also the club's Manager for a short time (12 games) during the 1948 NL season. 

1989- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Pitcher Pascual Perez. The troubled Perez would go 3-6 with a 2.87 ERA in 17 games for the 1990-1991 Yankees. He had gone 28-21 in 3 seasons with the Montreal Expos. He was on the Yankees DL for shoulder injuries, that would end his MLB Pitching career. He finished with a 67-68 record with a 3.44 ERA in 207 MLB games with Pirates, Braves, Expos and the Yankees.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Jose Pirela (2014-2015) was born.

The Yankees originally signed the Venezuela native INF/OF Jose Pirela, as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2006. Jose Pirela had a very good MLB Player debut starting at DH for the Yankees against the Orioles on September 22, 2014. Batting 9th in the Yankees starting line-up, he went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 1 RBI in a 5-0 win, with his 1st MLB hit being a triple off of Orioles Starter Wei-Yin Chen in his 1st MLB career at-bat in the 3rd inning. He was the last of 234 players to make their MLB Player debut in 2014. Pirela, 25, hit .230 (17-for-74) with 1 HR and 5 RBIs in 37 games with the 2015 Yankees. He missed the 1st month of the season on the concussion DL following an injury suffered during an MLB spring training game on March 22 in Port St. Lucie. In 64-combined Minor League games-including his rehab assignment-with A Tampa (FSL), AA Trenton (EL) and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL), he hit .310 (76-for-245) with 3 HRs and 23 RBIs. On November 11,2015, Jose was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for Minor League P Ronald Herrera.

2000- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Free Agent Catcher Joe Oliver to a contract. He would hit .250 in 12 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 2001 Yankees, before being released by the team on June 20, 2001. He would finish the 2001 AL season with the Red Sox.

2015- Former Yankees Reserve OF Kerry Dineen (1951-1975) passed away. (1952-2015)

Outfielder Kerry Dineen was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Dineen appeared in only 11 games as a Reserve Outfielder for the 1975-1976 Yankees, while hitting .345 before being traded to the Phillies for Reserve INF Sergio Ferrer. Kerry appeared in just 5 games with the 1979 Phillies, while hitting .250. He had his pro baseball career end due to back injuries.

2015- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Johnson (1969) passed away. (1933-2015)

Veteran Ken Johnson pitched two-thirds of an inning in Game 5 of the 1961 World Series for the Reds against the Yankees. He came on in the top of the 2nd with 1 out, already being the Reds' 3rd pitcher of the game, relieving Jim Maloney, who had relieved Starter Joey Jay. Johnny Blanchard was on 1B. Johnson got Elston Howard to line to 3B and Moose Skowron to fly out to center. The Reds lost the game by the score of 13-5 and lost the World Series to the Yankees, 4 games to 1. He is the only MLB Pitcher to lose a 9-inning complete game No-Hitter. On April 23,1964, while with the Houston Colt .45's, he was beaten 1-0 by the Reds; despite having thrown a No-Hitter. After 8 innings of no-hit ball, in the top of the 9th, Johnson faced his counterpart, Joe Nuxhall, who grounded out to 3B. Then Pete Rose reached 2nd, after Johnson made an errant throw to 1st on a bunt. After a sacrifice to the pitcher, Rose was 90 feet from home with 2 outs. Vada Pinson then sent a grounder to 2B Nellie Fox who booted it, allowing the run to score. Johnson got the next batter to fly out, but the Colt .45's couldn't score in the last of the 9th, pegging him with the loss. In 1952, he was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Philadelphia A’s. He pitched for the A’s, Reds, Colt 45s, Expos (twice), Braves, Yankees and the Cubs. Overall, Ken went 91-106 with a 3.46 ERA in 334 MLB games. After being purchased from the Braves, Ken pitched briefly for the 1969 Yankees, appearing in only 12 games, he posted a 1-2 record with a 3.46 ERA. The team sold him to the Cubs in August of 1969. After his MLB player retirement, he was a Baseball Coach for Louisiana College in Pineville, LA.

2018- The Yankees acquired INF/OF Tim Locastro from the Dodgers for Minor League Pitcher Drew Finley and Cash considerations. He’s a .283 hitter through 626 AA plate appearances. Playing with the 2017-2018 Dodgers, he appeared in 21 games, while hitting only .167.  Finley, a 22-year-old righty, has yet to move past the low A level despite 3 attempts. In 120 innings as a Pitcher over 4 seasons, he carries an unsightly 5.48 ERA with a 2-11 record in 42 games in the Yankees organization. Drew Finley was a 3rd-round pick of MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees back in 2015. On January 16, 2019, Tim Locastro was traded by the Yankees to the Diamondbacks for Minor League Pitcher Ronald Roman and Cash.






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