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7 years ago  ::  May 25, 2014 - 7:12PM #1
Chas
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The Yankees have been baseball's most dominant team.  Celebrate that history here. Post about past heroes, teams, moments that have made the Yankees what they are.



7 years ago  ::  May 25, 2014 - 9:32PM #2
MajorYankFan
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Yankees History


Tom Burr, forgotten Yankee


If you've ever seen the movie Field of Dreams you're probably familiar with the story of Moonlight Graham. Back in June of 1905, legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw sent in recent call-up Archibald "Moonlight" Graham to play right field in the bottom of the eight inning against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ball was never hit to him that inning and in the top of ninth Graham was on deck when the third out was made. He returned to right field for the bottom of the inning where he again had no balls hit his way. That was the entirety of his major league career. He was sent back to the minor leagues shortly thereafter where he toiled for another three years, but never returned to the big show. One game played, no turns at bat, no fielding chances. So close, yet so far.


After his playing days, Graham had a long and successful career as a doctor in Minnesota. To this day there is still a scholarship fund in his name to assist students from one of the many schools he worked at over his 50 year career in medicine. He never got to live the dream of making an impact on a major league baseball game but he certainly had a positive impact on many hundreds or even thousands of people in his lifetime. As Burt Lancaster's delightfully cheesy version of Graham says in Field of Dreams, even though he regretted never getting a plate appearance, he would have regretted not becoming a doctor even more.


Nine years later the New York Yankees had a Moonlight Graham of their own. Manager Frank Chance decided to keep two rookie pitchers on his roster to start the 1914 season, moreso to be around and get accustomed to the big leagues than to actually contribute on the field. One of those pitchers was Alexander Thomson Burr, known to many as Tom, a promising young prospect with his heart set on attending Williams College. On April 21 the Yankees headed into the top of the tenth inning against the Washington Senators with no position players left on the bench to take the field. Chance was forced to send Burr, a superb all-around athlete, out to play center field where no batted ball came near him. The Yankees then scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning before his spot in the order came up. That would be his only major league appearance and gave him an entry identical to Graham's in the record books. Never quite living out the dream.


In May, Burr was sent to the minor leagues where he bounced around for a few months and quit pro baseball for good to attend Williams after the season. Three years later, with the United States entering the first World War, Burr decided to enlist in the military rather than graduate from college. He was stationed in France as a pilot and served there for about a year before colliding with a fellow pilot in October of 1918. Sadly, his life ended in the ensuing crash at just 24 years old and one month shy of the treaty that would end the war. Unlike Moonlight Graham, there would be no happy ending for Burr. No lifetime's body of work to look back on and absolve himself of any regrets.


Still, Burr may have saved many hundreds or even thousands of lives by selflessly volunteering to serve his country. He deserves to be celebrated and admired just as Moonlight Graham has been in the many years after his ill-fated major league appearance. So, Yankees fans, while you enjoy cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and some good old fashioned American fun this Memorial Day weekend, take a minute and tip your cap to Tom Burr, a forgotten Yankee who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

7 years ago  ::  May 25, 2014 - 10:05PM #3
cookback
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Great (but very sad) story. Thanks Major for sharing the historical fabric of the Yankees.

Life is better when the Yankees win !
7 years ago  ::  May 25, 2014 - 10:25PM #4
MajorYankFan
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A Tribute To New York Yankees’ Military Veterans


The list of New York Yankees players who have served our country through military service is plentiful. While we owe our gratitude to all of them, let’s create an all-military team of veterans who have played in the Yankees organization. As long as they played at some level, they are eligible for the team. Don’t see a player you feel deserves a place in the line-up? You are absolutely right! We appreciate him just as much. But only one player is selected per position.


Pitcher: Whitey Ford. Ford served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On the mound, he was a ten-time All-Star. He is arguably the Yankees greatest starting pitcher ever.


Catcher: Yogi Berra. Berra served in the United States Navy in World War II. Yogi was a three- time American League Most Valuable Player.


First Base: Steve Souchock. Souchock fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He batted .302 in his first Major League season.


Second Base: Jerry Coleman. Coleman fought in the Korean War. He flew 120 combat missions. He was a four-time World Series champion.


Short Stop: Phil Rizzuto. Rizzuto served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was the 1950 American League Most Valuable Player.


Third Base: Billy Johnson. Johnson served in the United States Army in World War II. He played 964 games for the Yankees.


Outfield: Tommy Henrich. Henrich served in the United States Coast Guard in World War II. He was a five –time All-Star.


Outfield: Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio served in The United States Army Air Forces. His 56 game hitting streak will never be broken.


Outfield: Bobby Murcer. Murcer served in The United States Army. He was a five-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove Award in 1972.


Manager: Ralph Houk. Houk was a United States Army Ranger in World War II. He earned the rank of Major, so he was known as “The Major” with the Yankees.


Alright, there they are. They all brought the same tenacity to the stadium that they brought to the battle. So tell me, who is not there that also deserves our gratitude? If only there were more positions on the baseball diamond.

7 years ago  ::  May 26, 2014 - 10:57AM #5
MajorYankFan
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7 years ago  ::  May 26, 2014 - 11:00AM #6
MajorYankFan
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7 years ago  ::  May 26, 2014 - 2:31PM #7
MajorYankFan
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1927 Yankees paycheck for Babe Ruth paying him for 2 1/2 weeks

7 years ago  ::  Jun 07, 2014 - 12:57AM #8
FW57Clipper51
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May 26, 2014 -- 10:57AM, MajorYankFan wrote:





Major,


Interesting Yankees Line-up card. I would make 3 changes the Manager, Joe McCarthy over Casey Stengel, HOF Catcher Bill Dickey over Reggie Jackson for DH or use Yogi berra as the DH with Dickey as the starting catcher. I would use HOF starter Red Ruffing over The Gator for Pitching. His 232 Yankee career wins ranks second to Whitey Ford on the Yankees. Also he was pretty good hitting pitcher, who was often used by Joe McCarthy as a Pinch Hitter.



Clipper




7 years ago  ::  Jun 07, 2014 - 10:35AM #9
GottaGoToMo
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May 26, 2014 -- 2:31PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


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1927 Yankees paycheck for Babe Ruth paying him for 2 1/2 weeks





Very cool.

7 years ago  ::  Jun 07, 2014 - 2:44PM #10
FW57Clipper51
Posts: 16,012

May 25, 2014 -- 10:25PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


A Tribute To New York Yankees’ Military Veterans


The list of New York Yankees players who have served our country through military service is plentiful. While we owe our gratitude to all of them, let’s create an all-military team of veterans who have played in the Yankees organization. As long as they played at some level, they are eligible for the team. Don’t see a player you feel deserves a place in the line-up? You are absolutely right! We appreciate him just as much. But only one player is selected per position.


Pitcher: Whitey Ford. Ford served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On the mound, he was a ten-time All-Star. He is arguably the Yankees greatest starting pitcher ever.


Catcher: Yogi Berra. Berra served in the United States Navy in World War II. Yogi was a three- time American League Most Valuable Player.


First Base: Steve Souchock. Souchock fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He batted .302 in his first Major League season.


Second Base: Jerry Coleman. Coleman fought in the Korean War. He flew 120 combat missions. He was a four-time World Series champion.


Short Stop: Phil Rizzuto. Rizzuto served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was the 1950 American League Most Valuable Player.


Third Base: Billy Johnson. Johnson served in the United States Army in World War II. He played 964 games for the Yankees.


Outfield: Tommy Henrich. Henrich served in the United States Coast Guard in World War II. He was a five –time All-Star.


Outfield: Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio served in The United States Army Air Forces. His 56 game hitting streak will never be broken.


Outfield: Bobby Murcer. Murcer served in The United States Army. He was a five-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove Award in 1972.


Manager: Ralph Houk. Houk was a United States Army Ranger in World War II. He earned the rank of Major, so he was known as “The Major” with the Yankees.


Alright, there they are. They all brought the same tenacity to the stadium that they brought to the battle. So tell me, who is not there that also deserves our gratitude? If only there were more positions on the baseball diamond.





Major,



INF Jerry Coleman flew Navy Corsairs for the Marines in WWII and Fighter jets for the Marines in the Korean War, he was stationed with Red Sox rival Ted Williams dueing rhe Koran War.


INF Bobby Brown who left the Yankees to become Doctor in 1954, served as Medical Officer during the Korean War.



Clipper




November 11th Veterans Day


Yankees who served their country


 


Word War I


 


Alexander Burr killed in action France, 1918


 


 


World War II- On Yankees 40-man MLB roster


Bill Dickey


Joe DiMaggio


Joe Gordon


Buddy Hassett


Rollie Hensley


Tommy Henrich


Billy Johnson


Charlie Keller


Johnny Lindell


Hank Majeski


Phil Rizzuto


George Selkirk


Roy Weatherly


Spud Chandler


John Murphy


Mel Queen


Red Ruffing


Marius Russo


Aaron Robinson


Charles Wensloff


 


From the Yankees Farm System


Yogi Berra


Ralph Houk


Jerry Coleman


Ken Silvestri


 


Not with the Yankees


Gene Woodling


Hank Bauer


 


Korean War


 


Jerry Coleman


Bobby Brown


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


1950’s- Not a complete List


 


Whitey Ford


Billy Martin


Bob Grim


Roland Sheldon


Tom Morgan


Tommy Carroll


Billy Martin


 


1960’s-Not a complete list


 


Tony Kubek


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Charlie Sands


 






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