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This Week in Yankees History January 10th-16th Part One


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January 10th

1888- Former Yankees 2B Del Pratt (1918-1920) was born. (1888-1977)
On January 22,1918, 2B Del Pratt was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with veteran P Eddie Plank to the Yankees for P Nick Cullop, INF Joe Gedeon, 2B Fritz Maisel, C Les Nunamaker, P Urban Shocker and $15,000 Cash. Del became the starting 2B for the 1918-1920 Yankees, replacing the traded 2B Fritz Maisel. His best Yankees season was in 1920, when he hit .314 with 4 HRs and 100 RBIs in 154 games. He led the AL in games played that season. Also, he had led the AL in games played in 1911-1914 and 1916, while playing with the Browns. With the Yankees, Del would appear in 420 games, while hitting .295 with 10 HRs and 219 RBIs. On December 15,1920, Del was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1923-1924 Tigers. Overall, he appeared in 1,836 MLB games, while hitting .292 with 43 HRs and 979 RBIs. Later, he would become a Minor League Manager in the Texas League.

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

1924- The Yankees released future Hall of Fame 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, he had retired from MLB. On February 15,19163B Frank Baker was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s for $37,500 Cash. He appeared in 676 games for the 1916-1922 Yankees, while hitting .288 with 48 HRs and 375 RBIs. In 1920, he sat out the AL season due to death of his wife to take care of his 2 young children. He returned to the team in 1921. Frank “Home Run” Baker will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

1956- Former Yankees MLB Scout Phil Rossi (1997-2000) was born.

Phil Rossi has been a Minor League player (2 years) and a long-time MLB Scout (over 30 years). His twin brother, Bob Rossi has also scouted. The Cubs took Rossi in the 36th round of the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft. The Infielder split the summer between the GCL Cubs (12 for 29, 3B, 3 BB) and Geneva Cubs (.274 in 43 G). He stole 10 bases in 11 tries for the summer and only struck out in 7 of 164 AB. In 1978, he was a utility man for the Pompano Beach Cubs, backing up 2B Dan Rohn and also seeing action at SS, 3B, C and OF. He hit .246 with only 4 strikeouts in 122 AB, but also only one extra-base hit (a double). In 156 minor league games, he had batted .276 with just 11 strikeouts in 286 at-bats. He fielded .945 in 34 games at Shortstop, .932 in 34 in the OF, .974 in 18 at 2B, .917 in 5 at 3B and had 1 putout and no errors at Catcher. Rossi has scouted for several MLB teams; the Red Sox (1981-1997), Yankees (1997-2000),Indians (2000-2005) and the Marlins (2006- ). He had signed John Marzano and Frank Herrmann.

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

1960- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Brower (1989) was born.
On December 5,1988, OF Bob Brower was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Reserve INF Bobby Meacham. Bob would appear in 26 games as a Reserve OF for the 1989 Yankees, while hitting .232 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. It would his last active MLB season.

1968-Yankees Minor League Manager Carlos Mota was born.

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11th

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

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

1928- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1952-1953) and MLB Coach (1967) Loren “Bee Bee” Babe was born. (1928-1984)

In 1945, INF Babe Loren was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in only 17 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He had been buried in the Yankees Minor League system with so many talented infielders around their organization. In the spring of 1953, he was sold to the Philadelphia A’s. In December of 1953, the Yankees would reacquire Babe in the Vic Power trade. He remained in the Minor Leagues until 1958, retiring as an active player. From 1961-1966, he managed in the Yankees Minor League system. Loren was an MLB Coach for the Yankees in 1967. Later, he worked with the White Sox in the 1980s before his death from Cancer in 1984.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1980- The Yankees drafted OF/1B Tom Dodd in the 1st round (7th selection) of the1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Todd never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 5,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with 3B Jeff Reynolds (Minors) and 1B/DH Dave Revering to the Blue Jays for veteran 1B/DH John Mayberry. On December 9,1982, Tom was traded by the Blue Jays along with veteran Reliever Dale Murray to the Yankees for 1B/OF Dave Collins, Minor League Class A 1B Fred McGriff, P Mike Morgan and Cash.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1999- Former Yankees Minor League OF/INF Jim Dyck passed away. (1922-1999)
In 1941, the Yankees signed INF/OF Jim Dyck as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in the Yankees farm System from 1941-1942, (1943-1945 WWII Service time),1946-1949. He reached AA level with 1947 Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 5,1949, Jim was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees organization in the 1949 Minor League Player Draft. In 1952-1953, he was the Browns starting 3B. From 1951-1956, he played in the MLB with the Browns, Orioles, Indians and the Reds; while hitting .246 with 26 HRs and 114 RBIs in 350 games. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1957-1961, retiring at the age of 39.

2000- Former Hall of Fame MLB Pitcher and Yankees and MLB Manager Bob Lemon died at the age of 79. (1922-2000)

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

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

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

2012- The Yankees sign OF Preston Mattingly, the son of franchise great Don Mattingly to a Minor League contract. Ironically, Preston was under employ of the Dodgers, the team his father is now managing.  He never appears with the team at the MLB level.

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

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

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

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

January 12th

1881- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe McCarthy (1905) was born. (1881-1937) 

In September of 1905, Catcher Joe McCarthy was purchased by the Highlanders from Poughkeepsie (Hudson River League). He appeared in 1 game with the 1905 team with no hits. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1906 NL Cardinals.

1950- The Yankees sell their longtime AAA Newark Bears (1936-1954) International League franchise to the Cubs, who will move the team to Springfield, Massachusetts. The once-proud Bears, owned by the Yankees since 1936, had finished last in the International League in 1949. The Kansas City Blues (American Association) will become the Yankees top AAA team. The Springfield, MA team will be moved to Havana, Cuba in 1954, when the International League has 2 teams shift locations due to the arrival of the new Baltimore Orioles, formerly the St. Louis Browns to American League. The former Springfield team will have an MLB working agreement with Reds, the team will be known as the Havana Sugar Kings. They will play in Cuba until Castro takes over the country, banning professional baseball in 1959. The team will move to Jersey City, NJ and play their home games at former Minor League ballpark, Roosevelt Stadium.

1951Former Yankees Reserve OF Terry Whitfield (1974-1976) was born. 

Terry Whitfield was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (19th-pick) of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He hit .335 with 18 HRs for Kinston in 1973. Terry spent 1974-1976 seasons with AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), hitting with moderate power. He was up in the Bronx for a bit in each of 1974-1976 AL seasons, getting in 81 at-bats with the 1975 Yankees. Terry will hit .276 in 31 games for the Yankees, before being traded on March 14,1977 to the Giants for veteran MLB INF Marty Perez. Terry got his chance to play more with the Giants, who made him the # 4 outfielder. In 1978-1980, he was the starting Leftfielder for the team. In all 4 of the NL seasons from 1977-1980, he hit around .290. In early March 1981, the Giants sold him to the Seibu Lions (Japan Pacific Coast League). He played 3 seasons in Japan, helping the Lions to win a couple of championships. Then, saying he wanted to be closer to his family, he came back to the MLB as a Dodger in 1984. He was a Reserve OF on the 1984-1986 Dodger teams, appearing in the 1985 NLCS.  He was released by the team in late May 1986. Terry played in the Minors in 1987-1988 with a team in the California League.

1954- The International League (AAA) makes 2 team franchise shifts as the Baltimore Orioles, the current Minor League team is transferred to Richmond, Va. becoming the Richmond Virginians and Baltimore is receiving the old AL St. Louis Browns franchise for the 1954 AL season. The new MLB team will keep the long-time Minor League team name of the “Orioles.” The Richmond Virginians will become a Yankees AAA Farm Club. The Springfield, MA team, the former Newark Bears NJ team moves to Havana, Cuba, becoming the Havana Sugar Kings. They will have a working agreement with the Cincinnati Reds. The team will move back to Jersey City, NJ to play their games at Roosevelt Stadium; when Cuba becomes unsettled with the arrival of Fidel Castro to power in 1960. Cuba will ban American professional baseball from the island, replacing them with their own Cuban Baseball leagues.

1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Doug Heinold was born.

Doug Heinold was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played 6 seasons in their organization, reaching the AAA level for 4 years before his pro baseball career was ended by an arm injury. Heinold was taken 13th overall in the 1973 draft, between Joe Edelen and Lee Mazzilli; while he did not pan out for the Yankees, they did better later in the draft with INF Mike Heath, P LaMarr Hoyt and INF Garth Iorg. He made his pro debut with the 1973 Johnson City Yankees, going 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA. He struck out 73 batters and only walked 11 in 75 innings. The big right-hander was 9th in the Appalachian League in strikeouts and 10th in ERA. He also hit his only pro baseball career HR. Heinold dazzled for the 1974 Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees at 11-8, 2.26 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP. He tied for 8th in the Florida State League with 3 shutouts, ranked 9th in ERA (between Gary Christenson and Ricahrd Anderson) and was 10th with 108 strikeouts. He was part of a staff that had a 2.58 ERA; joining him in the rotation with sub-3 ERAs were Michael Rusk (12-8, 1.80 ERA), Neal Mersch (14-4, 2.04 ERA), Anderson (13-8, 2.29 ERA) and Hoyt (13-4, 2.40 ERA). In 1975, Doug pitched for the AA West Haven Yankees (10-7, 2.29 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 36 BB in 169 IP) and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (3 R in 6 IP, 0-1). He was among the Eastern League leaders in ERA (5th, between William Davisand Mark Bomback) and hit batsmen (9, tied for 1st with Mike Armstrong. He joined Randy Lerch and Tom Farias in being picked as the EL's All-Star Pitchers. He split 1976 season between the same 2 clubs, going lights-out in AA for West Haven (7-3, 1.34 ERA, 10 BB in 74 IP) but proving to be human for the AAA Chiefs (4-9 with a 4.73 ERA). Due to injury, he missed much of 1978 season, going 1-2 with 1 save with a 2.31 ERA in 9 games for Syracuse. In 1978, he bounced between Class A Fort Lauderdale (4-3, 2.44 ERA),  AA West Haven (2-1, 4.32 ERA) and the AAA Tacoma Yankees (1-2, 6.11 ERA). Overall, the Texan hurler went 45-40 with a 2.83 ERA in 117 Minor League games, while completing 44 of 108 starts. He issued just 162 walks in 756 innings, while allowing 724 hits and striking out 368 batters. Since 2008, Heinold has been an Assistant Coach at the University of Houston-Victoria.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve INF Andy Fox (1996-1997) was born.
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected INF Andy Fox. Andy hit .200 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 135 games as a Reserve Infielder for the team before being traded on March 7,1998 to the Diamondbacks for 2 hurlers: Todd Erdos and Marty Janzen. Andy Fox is now a Minor League Executive with the Red Sox organization.
1972- The Yankees drafted Pitcher Rick Anderson in the 1st round (5th-pick) of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Also, the Yankees drafted Larry Wolfe in the 4th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.

1978- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Ayala (2011) was born.

On February 9, 2011, Reliever Luis Ayala was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 52 games for the 2011 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and no saves. On October 30, 2011, Luis was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Their Eastern Division rivals, the Orioles would sign him for the 2012 AL season.
1982- The Yankees drafted OF Oddibe McDowell in the 1st round (9th-pick) of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.

1984- MLB Free Agent Closer Goose Gossage leaves the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. He signs with the San Diego Padres. The hard-throwing right-hander will save 25 games in 1984, he will help the Padres to their 1st appearance in the World Series. The Yankees will move Starter Dave Righetti to their bullpen to become the new Yankees Closer.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Ivan Nova (2010-2016) was born.

In 2004, the Yankees signed P Ivan Nova. He made his pro baseball debut with the 2005 DSL Yankees 1, going 0-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, allowing 29 hits. With the 2006 GCL Yankees, the right-hander had a 3-0, 2.72 record for the GCL Yankees with 1 save; he fanned 36 batters, while walking only 7 in 43 innings. In 2007, he went 6-8 with a 4.98 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs, allowing a .306 average. That winter, he had 1 win in 1 2/3 shutout innings for the Leones del Escogido. Moving up to the 2008 Tampa Yankees, Nova had an 8-13 mark with a 4.36 ERA and a .294 opponent average. He led the Florida State League in losses as well as losing more games than any other Yankees farmhand. That winter, the Padres chose Nova in the 2008 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but they returned him to the Yankees during the 2009 MLB spring training camp, after allowing 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings. Nova split the 2009 season between AA Trenton Thunder (5-4, 2.36 ERA) and AAA Scranton (1-4, 5.10 ERA). He was sharp in the 2009 AL Postseason for the Yankees with a 1-0 record with a 1.93 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA Winter League play for Escogido. Nova began 2010 season with AAA Scranton going 2-0 with a 3.73 ERA. He was then called up to the MLB to replace Romulo Sanchez in the Yankees bullpen. After 3 shutout innings in his 1st 2 games in the Bronx, Nova was returned to the Minors, when veteran P Chan-Ho Park came off the DL. He finished the 2010 AL season with a 1-2 mark in 7 games for the Yankees. Nova made the Yankees' starting rotation out of spring training camp in 2011. He pitched very well over the 1st half, going 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 starts. In spite of a few hiccups, he was generally solid, and was in fact the 1st Yankee Rookie Pitcher to make 15 starts in the 1st half of a season since Doc Medich in 1973.  However, on July 3rd, with Phil Hughes about to come back from the DL, he was sent down to Scranton to make room. He was called back to the Bronx on July 30th, he benefited from a huge offensive outburst in his 1st start, as the Yankees scored 12 runs in the 1st inning in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles; he cruising to an easy 17-3 victory. He finished the season with a 16-4 record with a 3.70 ERA in 165 1/3 innings, although he struck out only 98 batters. He tied for 4th in the 2011 AL in wins behind Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Jeff Weaver. He was 2nd to Verlander in winning percentage. Otherwise, he only made the top 10 in wild pitches and lowest HR rate. He took over for Starter CC Sabathia in the 2nd inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers after the game, begun the previous day, had been suspended by rain. He pitched well over 7 1/3 innings of relief and earned the win. He was then picked to start the decisive Game 5, but left after 1 inning during which he had given up 2 runs, victim of a pulled groin muscle. He was charged with the Yankees loss that time. In 2012, Nova ran his streak of consecutive wins to 15, 1 shy of the Yankees franchise record, by winning his 1st 3 decisions of the year. The streak ended on May 2nd, when the Yankees were shut out by the Orioles' Starter Jake Arrieta by the score of 5-0. On August 23rd, he was placed on the DL with inflammation in his rotator cuff. He was 11-7 with a 4.92 ERA, he had allowed an AL-leading 179 hits at the time.

The move was seen as a way to allow CC Sabathia to return to the active roster; while giving the young Nova a rest for a couple of weeks, rather than the sign of anything seriously wrong. Indeed, he made 3 more starts in late September with the Yankees in a tight race with the Orioles, winning once and losing once to finish the season at 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts and 170 1/3 innings. He tied Dan Haren for 9th in the 2012 AL with 28 HRs allowed,  Nova was 10th with 95 earned runs allowed and, on a more positive note, was 10th in K per 9 innings (8.08). He did not pitch in the 2012 AL postseason. He started 2013  AL season in the Yankees' starting rotation, going 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 4 April starts, but then Ivan was one of a slew of Yankees to make a trip on the DL, being out until May 25th. That day, he picked up a win in relief against the Rays, then in his next appearance, also in relief, on May 29th, he managed a rare feat, striking out the side on 9 pitches against the Mets in the 8th inning. It was the 50th time this had been accomplished in the MLB. However, with an ERA above 5.00, he was sent down to the AAA, after that, only coming back a month later. He pitched much better after his return, as in July and August; he went 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.88. He pitched his 1st MLB career complete game in beating the Orioles on July 9th, then finished August with his 1st MLB career shutout, a masterful 3-hit whitewash of the same Orioles, 2-0 on August 31st. His excellent performance during the month was rewarded with the AL Pitcher of the Month Award, in recognition of his record of 4-0, record with a 2.08 ERA in August. 

On September 21st, he threw a 6-hit shutout against the Giants with the Yankees trying to hand on at the edge of the ALWC race. He finished the season at 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 23 games, including 20 starts, pitching 139 1/3 innings. Ivan was part of the 2014 Yankees' starting rotation at the beginning of the season. He was 2-1 after 3 starts, but in his 4th on April 19th, he suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Rays, giving up 4 HRs and 8 runs in 4 innings as the Yankees lost by the score of 16-1. That shot his ERA up to 8.27, he complained of pain in his elbow. An exam by Dr. James Andrews revealed a partially torn ligament. He opted to undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2014 AL season. His return to the Bronx took place on June 24, 2015; it was a successful one, as he allowed only 3 hits to the Phillies in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Nova received credit for a 10-2 win. He finished the 2015 season with a 6-11 record with a 5.07 ERA in 17 games. Ivan made 21 appearances for the 2016 Yankees, including 15 starts. Like the team itself, he was just middling, with a record of 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA. He gave up a lot of hits - 107 in 97 1/3 innings - but his K/W ratio was quite good at 75/25. On August 1st, he was traded to the Pirates in return for 2 Players to be Named Later. It was a bit of a surprising development because, while the Yankees were shedding high-priced talent at that point, they were doing so with a clear strategy of getting younger and stocking up their farm system with talented prospects. Not yet 30-years old, Nova was not getting on in years, his salary was quite reasonable, and the fact there was no return identified in the immediate made it unlikely the Yankees would be getting anyone of great value at the end of the day. Ivan finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 53-39 record with 4.41 ERA in 131 games. Nova turned things around with the Pirates, going 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts. He was among the NL leaders for complete games with 3, one of which was a no-decision when the Pirates played the Cubs to a 1-1 tie on September 29th. The Pirates were suitably impressed with his work. On December 22nd, they re-signed him to a 3-year contract worth $26 million. He is currently an MLB Free Agent.

1988- Former Yankees Baseball Executive John H. Johnson (1947-1969) passed away. (1921-1988).

John Johnson joined the New York Yankees organization in 1947, serving as a Secretary to GM George Weiss. He rose through a series of posts, becoming the team's Farm Director and ultimately Vice President of Minor League Operations during the 1960s. When Bowie Kuhn was elected Commissioner in 1969, Johnson joined his staff and after serving there for 9 years, he became President of the National Association in 1978. He was credited with stabilizing the Minor Leagues and steering them through a period of growth. The President's Trophy, which is "presented annually to honor the complete baseball franchise -- based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community, and promotion of the baseball industry, has been presented since 1974, but was renamed The John H. Johnson President's Trophy after Johnson's death in 1988. John died of chest cancer. He was only 66 years old.

1997- The Padres acquired the rights to 27-year-old Japanese Starter Hideki Irabu from the Chiba Lotte Marines. Irabu says he only wants to play in the MLB for the Yankees. He will force a trade by the Padres to the Bronx Bombers.

2004- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent 1B/DH/OF Tony Clark. He will hit .221 with 16 HRs and 49 RBIs in 106 games for the Yankees in 2004, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency He signed with the Diamondbacks, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees could.

2009- Former Yankees LF Rickey Henderson the All-time MLB Leader in Stolen Bases, Runs and Leadoff HRs is elected to the Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot; at the time of his retirement, Henderson also held the MLB All-time Walk Record. Also elected to the Hall of Fame is former Red Sox Slugger Jim Rice, the 3rd player to go in on the 15th and final ballot (after Slugger Ralph Kiner and Pitcher Red Ruffing); Rice's long-time Red Sox teammate, Fred Lynn says that stats should be discarded in pushing his case.

January 13th

1915- Former Yankee INF Michael “Mollie” Milosevich (1944-1945) was born. (1915-1966)

INF Michael Milosevich was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1935. He played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1935 to 1943. He reached the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) in 1942. He played for the 1943 Blues. Mollie was brought up to the Bronx, when the regular players were drafted for military duty. Shortstop Mollie Milosevich hit .241 with 0 HRs and 31 RBIs in 124 games for the 1944-1945 Yankees. In 1946, he sent down to the AA Newark Bears (IL) and also, he spent time with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). Mike left the Yankees organization in 1947. Later, he would manage in the Minor Leagues for the Red Sox organization from 1947 to 1951.

1927- The Yankees obtained Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart from the White Sox for veteran INF Aaron Ward. They both would be reserve bench help for the 1927 World Championship team. Veteran 2B Aaron Ward had been the Yankees starting 2B since the 1921 AL season until the arrival of rookie 2B Tony Lazzeri in 1926. Ward became a Reserve Infielder for the team. Johnny Grabowski would appear in 70 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 0 HRs and 25 RBIs. He played for the team until 1929, when he was traded to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association). Ray Morehart appeared in 73 games for the 1927 Yankees, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He finished his pro baseball career playing in the Minor Leagues from 1928 to 1933. 

1931- The Yankees sold veteran AL OF Harry Rice to the Senators. He had hit .298 with 7 HRs and 74 RBIs in 100 games for the Yankees after being obtained from the Tigers in the Waite Hoyt trade during the 1930 AL season. Incoming new Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy felt that he wasn’t part of his outfield plans for the 1931 AL season.

1939The New York Yankees long-time Team Owner Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939) dies from phlebitis at age of 62. (1867-1939) 

In 1915, Jacob Ruppert and his Business Partner Col. Huston bought the Yankees from Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery.  AL President Ban Johnson wanted a stabilized Team Ownership with Businessmen, rather than the questionable character of current Owners Farrell and Devery. The new team owners started improving the team by acquiring such players as 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, Rookie 1B Wally Pipp and Starter Bob Shawkey. Settling the Manager’s position with the hiring of Miller Huggins in 1918. In 1919, Jacob Ruppert purchased the land in the Bronx on which Yankee Stadium would eventually be built in 1922-1923. In 1920, they made the trade for Red Sox Pitcher/OF Babe Ruth. In the winter of 1920, they bought over Boston GM Edward Barrow to be the team’s new General Manager. In 1922, Jacob Ruppert bought out his business partner Col. Huston to become the sole Team Owner of the Yankees. After his death in January of 1939, his estate was headed by long-time Yankees General Manager Edward Barrow, who will run the Yankees until when the club is sold to new team Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and Larry MacPhail in 1945. He left the Yankees after disputes with Co-Team Owner Larry McPhail, who replaced him as Team President. He will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

1944- Former Yankees INF (1903-1909) and MLB Manager (1908) Norman “Kid” Elberfeld passed away (1875-1944). 

Norman “Kid” Elberfeld went 27-71 as the Yankees Player/Manager in 1908, after Yankees Manager Clark Griffth quit the team in a dispute with Team’s 2 Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery. On June 10,1903, he was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for Shortstops Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. He helped stabilized the Yankees Infield. His best Yankees season was in 1906, when he hit .306 as the starting Shortstop. On December 14,1909, “Kid” was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees for $5,000 Cash. As a Yankees player, he had appeared in 667 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs with 257 RBIs. He was also known as “The Tabasco Kid” for his hot temper on the playing field during his MLB playing career.

1954- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Comer was born.

On January 21,1983, Veteran AL Reliever Steve Comer was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had pitched for the Rangers for 5 AL seasons, while posting a 39-29 record with a 3.80 ERA with 13 saves in 151 games. The Yankees were hoping to use him in their 1983 Bullpen. With a poor spring training camp performance with the Yankees, he was released by the team on March 28,1983.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League INF Orlando Miller was born.

The Yankees signed INF Orlando Miller as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1987. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On March 13,1990, he was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for a Player to be Named Later and INF Dave Silvestri. On June 11,1990, the Astros would send Minor League P Daven Bond to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1978- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Manager and MLB Manager Joseph “Marse Joe” McCarthy (1931-1946) dies at age of 90 in Buffalo, NY. (1887-1978)

As a young man McCarthy played baseball at Niagara College (now Niagara University) and then had a long Minor League playing career from 1907 to 1921. He started managing, while still an active player, he eventually moved up to the MLB in 1926 with the Chicago Cubs. He will lead the 1929 Cubs to a NL Pennant. While managing the Yankees, Joe was a 3-time Major League Manager of the Year Award (1936, 1938 & 1943). Joe McCarthy was the 1st MLB manager to win pennants with both National League (1929 Cubs) and the American League team (1932 Yankees). He won a total of 9 League titles and 7 World Series championships with the Cubs and Yankees. His Yankees managing record was 1,460-867, with a WP .627 with 8 AL flags with 7 World Championships. He is the all-time wins leader as a Yankees Manager, followed by former Yankee Managers Joe Torre, Casey Stengel and Miller Huggins. In 1956, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. Joe McCarthy was elected as an MLB Manager to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

1981Former Yankees Pitcher Darrell Rasner (2007-2008) was born.

Pitcher Darrell Rasner was selected by the Montreal Expos as the 5th pick in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 MLB Player Draft. On February 10, 2006, Darrell was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Nationals. He appeared in 6 games for the 2007 Yankees, while posting a 1-3 record. On May 19, 2007, in a start against the Mets, Rasner was struck on the right hand by a ball hit by Endy Chavez, a former teammate with the Nationals. He fractured his right index finger. Rasner did not pitch in the AL again that season, though he pitched at several levels of the Yankees organization on rehab assignments. On December 12, 2007, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On December 14, 2007, Darrell was signed to a Minor League player contract by the Yankees. In 2008, he posted a 5-10 record with a 5.40 ERA for the Yankees in 24 games. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, he posted a 9-14 record with a 5.06 ERA in 36 games for the team. On November 15, 2008, he was purchased from the Yankees by Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japan Pacific League). Rasner has been a Set-up Man and Closer for the Golden Eagles during the 2011-2013 JPL seasons.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League P Andy Sisco was born.

On November 27, 2010, P Andy Sisco was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees.  He had previously pitched in the MLB for the Royals and White Sox. He was originally selected by the Cubs in 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On February 18, 2011, he was released by the team. On February 19, 2011, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He did not appear with the 2011 Yankees at the MLB level. On May 27, 2011, he was released by the team.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher (1951-1952,1954-1956), MLB Scout (1971) MLB Pitching Coach (1979), Tom “Plowboy” Morgan passed away. (1930-1987)

The Yankees signed hurler Tom Morgan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1949. He joined the Yankees in 1951, going 9-3 with 3.68 ERA in 27 games as a spot Starter role with 4 complete games. In 1952, he saw limited action being called into the military service, going just 5-4 with a 3.07 ERA with 2 saves in 16 games. In 1954, he rejoined the team going 11-5 with a 3.34 ERA and 1 save in 32 games, his best Yankees season. In 1955, he went 7-3 with a 3.25 ERA and 11 saves in 40 games. In 1956, Tom slipped to a 6-7 mark with a 4.16 ERA in 41 games, but he still had 11 saves, the best in AL. Overall as a Yankees hurler, Tom went 38-22 with a 3.48 ERA and 27 saves in 156 games. He appeared in 3 World Series with the team, posting a 0-1 record with a 5.59 ERA in 5 games. On February of 1957, Tom was traded to the Kansas City A’s in the Bobby Shantz deal. He would finish with MLB Pitching career in 1963, pitching with the Angels (1961-1963). He worked in the Angels Minor League system as a Coach and Manager. He would return to the Yankees organization in 1971 as an MLB Scout. His last job with the team was in 1979, when he was one of the MLB Pitching Coaches that season. Afterwards, Morgan returned to the Angels organization.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ray Morehart (1927) passed away. (1898-1989)

The Yankees had obtained Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart from the White Sox for veteran Shortstop/2B Aaron Ward. Ray Morehart was Reserve INF on the 1927 World Champion Yankees. He appeared in 73 games for the team as a Reserve 2B, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He will continue to play in the Minor Leagues from 1928 to 1933, before retiring.

1991- The Yankees released veteran MLB Catcher Richard Cerone. He had appeared in 49 games as a Reserve Catcher for the team, while hitting .302 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. He will be signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Mets for the 1992 NL season.

1994- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent OF Daryl Boston. He will hit only .182 in 52 games for the 1994 Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder.

2005The Yankees signed veteran MLB Free Agent OF/DH Ruben Sierra. He will only hit .229 in 61 games for the 2005 Yankees.

2005- The North Dakota House of Representatives approves a resolution proclaiming native son former MLB star Outfielder Roger Maris should be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. The lawmakers' action, which was sponsored by Rep. Andy Maragos, orders the Secretary of State to send a copy of the resolution to the 85 members of the baseball veterans' committee, which includes the 60 living members enshrined in Cooperstown.

2009Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1963-1964) and MLB Manager Preston Gomez passed away. (1922-2009)

Preston Gomez managed in the Yankees Minor League organization in 1963-1964. He was the Manager of the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). He finished in the 9th and 7th place in the IL with Richmond. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the Cardinals, Angels, Cubs, Astros and the Dodgers. He was the 1st MLB Manager for the NL San Diego Padres (1969-1972). Later, he managed the Astros (1974-1975). His last MLB manager job was in 1980 with the Cubs. His 1959 AAA Havana Sugar Kings team (International League) won the Junior World Series by defeating the AAA Minneapolis MilIers (American Association) by led by Manager Gene Mauch.

2011- The Yankees ink their 1st MLB Free Agent of the 2011 MLB off-season, by signing veteran MLB Reliever Rafael Soriano to a 3-year contract worth $35 million. While Soriano will be the Set-up Man for Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera this season, he excelled as the Rays' Closer last season; he could be in line to take over for the great Rivera, when he eventually retires.

2012- The Yankees acquired AL All-Star Pitcher Michael Pineda and 19-year-old Minor-League P Jose Campos from the Mariners for C/DH Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi. Pineda went 9-10 for the 2011 Seattle Mariners. He was named to the 2011 AL All-Star Pitching staff.  Catching prospect Jesus Montero had appeared in 18 games for the Yankees, while hitting .328 with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. Hurler Hector Noesi had appeared in 5 games with the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record. Also, Jose Campos had arm problems, while pitching in the Seattle Minor League system during the 2012 baseball season.

2012The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Starter Hiroki Kuroda to a 1-year deal worth 10 million dollars. As a Starter for the 2011 Dodgers, he had posted a 13-6 record with a 3.07 ERA in 32 games. With the 2012 Yankees, he will go 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 games.

2014- Alex Rodriguez files a lawsuit in federal court against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association seeking to overturn the 162-game suspension handed out 2 days earlier by Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

2016- Former Yankees Closer and MLB Scout Luis Arroyo (1960-1963) passed away. (1927-2016)

On December 5,1949Luis Arroyo was drafted by the Cardinals from Greensboro (Carolina League) in the 1949 Minor League Player draft. In 1955, as a Rookie Pitcher with the Cardinals, Luis made the NL All-Star team. During that 1955 season, Luis Arroyo won 11 games for the Cards. On May 5,1956, Luis was traded by the Cardinals to the Pirates for MLB veteran P Max Surkont. On December 3,1958, Luis was traded by the Pirates to the Reds for 1B/OF Nino Escalera. On July 20,1960, Luis Arroyo was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds organization. He had been pitching with the Reds AAA team, Jersey City Jerseys (IL). He would go 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA with 7 saves in 29 games for the 1960 Yankees, giving their bullpen extra veteran lefty help. In 1961, he had his best MLB Pitching career season going 15-5 with a 2.19 ERA with 29 saves, leading the AL with 54 games finished. He was selected to the 1961 AL All-Star team. Luis was the 1961 AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner. In the winter of 1961, Luis did not follow his usual routine of pitching in Winter League baseball, instead attending various winter baseball dinners and awards meetings. During the 1962 AL season, he injured his pitching arm, just going 1-3 with 7 saves in 27 games for the Yankees. Later, he admitted that the arm injury was due to not following his normal Winter League pitching routine. In September of 1963, the team would release him. He had only pitched in 6 games for the 1963 Yankees with a 1-1 record and no saves. His final Yankees pitching career record was 22-10 with a 3.12 ERA and 43 saves in 127 games. Luis appeared in the 1960-1961 World Series with the Yankees posting a 1-0 record in 3 games. He managed in the Mexican Baseball Leagues for 3 seasons. Then, he later would become a long-time MLB Scout for the Yankees. He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 Class.

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher (1964-1975) MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr. passed away (1941-2019)

Before the start of the 1961 AL season, the Yankees had signed Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Mel was called up from AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) during the 1964 AL season. He went 9-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 13 games to help the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant. He went 1-1 in 3 games in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, facing St. Louis Ace Bob Gibson in each start. Mel was a 20-game winner 3-times during his Yankees Pitching career. He finished with a lifetime 164-139 mark in 360 games with 40 shutouts and a career ERA of 2.97. Mel was a member of the AL All-Star teams in 1965-1966 and 1968-1970. Mel was hurt during the 1974 AL season, appearing in only 16 games, while posting a 6-7 record with a 3.58 ERA. On March 29,1975, he was unable to recover from his arm injury from 1974 AL season, Mel was released by the Yankees. Former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, now with the Tigers, gave him a tryout, but it proved to be unsuccessful, he retired as active MLB player. Mel had 2 sons, Mel Jr. and Todd, who pitched in the MLB. He was an MLB Pitching Coach for several MLB teams; including the Yankees before retiring from baseball.

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January 14th

1892- Long-time Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Catcher Bill Meyer (1932-1947) was born. (1892-1957)

Billy Meyer was an MLB Catcher with the White Sox and A’s for 3 seasons. Billy managed the AA Louisville Colonels from 1926 to 1928. In 1932, he joined the Yankees Minor League system, where he would stay for the next 16 years. Among his stops were the 1936-1937 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), 1938-1941 and the 1946-1947 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) and the 1942-1945 AA Newark Bears (IL). By 1946, Meyer was considered the likely replacement for Yankees veteran Manager Joe McCarthy. During the 1945 MLB season, Bill had heart health issues. He wasn’t ready to manage the team. Later, Bill would became the Pirates Manager from 1948 to 1952. His MLB Manager record was 319-452, his Pirates team’s lack the of MLB talent to compete against the Braves, Dodgers, Phillies and the Giants. Overall, his Minor League teams were 1,605-1,325 in 19 seasons. In 1949, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. His Pirates team uniform number 1 was retired by the team in 1954.

1908- Former Yankees Closer and MLB Baseball Executive John “Grand Ma” Murphy (1932,1934-1943,1946) was born. (1908-1970)

On June 27,1931, Pitcher Johnny Murphy was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) along with INF Jack Saltzgaver, Cash and 2 Players to be Named to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would later send Reserve OF Jimmie Reese to the Saints to complete the trade. Johnny would go 93-53 with a 3.54 ERA and 104 saves in 383 games as the Yankees Closer. He appeared in 6 World Series for the Yankees posting a 2-0 record, with a 1.10 ERA and 4 saves in 8 games. He was named to the AL All-Star team 3 times during his Yankees Pitching career.  He missed the 1944-1945 AL seasons due to military service. After being released by the Yankees in 1946, John would finish his MLB Pitching career in 1947 with the Red Sox; posting a 0-0 record with a 2.82 ERA and 3 saves in 32 games. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher Johnny Murphy went 93-53 with a 3.50 ERA with 107 saves in 415 games. When his MLB playing days ended, Johnny Murphy stepped immediately into the Boston front office, when Team Owner Tom Yawkey appointed him Director of Minor League Operations. Murphy spent 13 seasons running the Red Sox' Farm and Scouting systems until his dismissal following the 1960 AL season. In 1961, he joined former Yankees Farm Director and General Manager George Weiss in the front office of New York's new NL Expansion Team, the Mets.  He would work first as Director of Player Development, then as a General Manager in 1967-1969 until his death on January 14,1970 from a fatal heart attack.

1909- The Yankees sold 3B/1B George Moriarty to the Tigers. He had played 3 seasons for the Yankees, while hitting .254 with No HRs and 93 RBIs in 292 games for the team. With the 1909 Tigers, he would become their starting 3B replacing veteran 3B Bill Coughlin. 

1916- The Yankees purchased Player/Manager Lee Magee (1916-1917) from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for $25,000 Cash. Lee had hit .323 for the Tip-Tops. He hit .247 with 3 HRs and 53 RBIs in 182 games for the 1916-1917 Yankees. On July 15, 1917, he was traded to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans. Later, he would be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis in 1920 for gambling on games during the 1918 NL season, while playing for the Cincinnati Reds along with former Yankees 1B Hal Chase.

1932- The Yankees Star Slugger Babe Ruth rejects a Yankees player contract offer of $70,000, as the MLB vow to cut player salaries by $1 million. In 1931, Ruth had hit .373 with 46 HRs and 128 RBIs in 145 games for the Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio marries Hollywood Actress Marilyn Monroe.

1959Former Yankees 1B (1903-1904) and MLB Manager John Ganzel (1908) passed away. (1874-1959)

Veteran INF John Ganzel appeared in 259 games for the Yankees, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 119 RBIs. In 1908, he managed the Cincinnati Reds. In 1915, he managed the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for 35 games. Also, he was a Minor League Manager in the International League with the AA Rochester Hustlers (1910-1915) and in the American Association with the AA Kansas City Blues (1917-1919).  His last Manager’s job was with the 1938-1939 Class D Orlando Senators (FSL). His MLB playing career was from 1898-1908, playing for the Chicago Orphans, Reds, Giants, Highlanders and the Pirates. Also, he had several brothers play in the MLB.

1966- The Indians traded OF Lou Clinton to the Yankees for Catcher Doc Edwards, who won't play again in the MLB until 1970, with the Phillies. Doc Edwards was a major disappointment for the Yankees behind the plate and with the bat. After being acquired from the A’s in May 1965, Doc played in 45 games, while hitting just .190 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. Lou Clinton would become a Reserve Outfielder for the 1967 Yankees, hitting .220 in 80 games. In the spring of 1968, the Yankees will sell him to the Phillies.

1970- Johnny Murphy, the Mets General Manager, who had seen his team rise from the NL cellar to the 1969 World Championship, dies of a heart attack at age of 61. Johnny Murphy was a top Relief Pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and the 1940s. Murphy was the Mets Director of Player Development, before becoming the teams’ General Manager.

1974- Former Yankees Minor League OF Mike Frank was born.

Mike Frank never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 12, 2000, he was traded by the Reds along with MLB Starter Denny Neagle to the Yankees for Pitcher Ed Yarnall, 3B Prospect Drew Henson, Brian Reith and Minor League OF Jackson Melian.

1987- Former AL All-Star Starter Jim “Catfish” Hunter and NL All-Star OF Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Hunter made his name as the ace of the Oakland A’s pitching staff during their World Championship years and made his fortune as one of the 1st rated MLB Free Agents with the Yankees. Billy Williams set a NL record by playing in 1,117 consecutive games with the Cubs, accumulating 426 HRs and winning a NL batting title.

2004- The Yankees signed 2 MLB Free Agent Catchers: Sal Fasano and Jim Mann. Neither player will play for the 2004 Yankees. The Yankees will release Jim Mann in June of 2004; he was playing with AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher Eli Grba (1959-1960) passed away. (1934-2019)

In 1952, the Red Sox signed Pitcher Eli Grba as an MLB Amateur Player. He didn’t appear with the Red Sox at the MLB level. On March 14,1957, he was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Gordie Windhorn to the Yankees for OF Bill Renna. He spent the 1957-1958 seasons in the military. Grba went 8-9 with a 4.74 ERA and 1 save in 43 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, before being selected in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft as the #1 Draft Pick by the Angels in December of 1960. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel was working for the team as a Special Talent Advisor recommended him to the Angels Front Office. With the Yankees, he had appeared in 1 game of the 1960 World Series against the Pirates, not as a Pitcher, but as a Pinch-hitter. He would lead the 1961 Angels Starters in team wins with 11. With the Angels, he posted a 20-24 record with a 4.40 ERA and 3 saves in 92 games. His serious drinking problems ended his MLB Pitching career, he would continue to pitch in in the Minor Leagues for several seasons before retiring from the game. Elia would overcome his drinking problems, rejoining organized baseball. He would later work in the Brewers Farm System as a Pitching Instructor. Also, he would become a Minor League Manager. Grba was honored by the Angels during their 50th anniversary team celebration as the “Original Angel.”

January 15th

1890Former Yankees MLB Scout and Minor League Manager Johnny Nee was born. (1890-1957)

Johnny Nee was an MLB Scout and a Minor League Player-Manager. A young Minor League infielder of 22, Nee was chosen to Skipper the Terre Haute team in 1912 as a Player-Manager. He served as a Player-Manager at many of his Minor League stops including his last post as the leader of the 1925-1926 Virginia League Kinston Eagles. During that final managerial season, one of his young charges was future Hall of Famer Richard Ferrell.  Starting in 1927, Johnny Nee began a long career as an MLB Scout for the Yankees. He was credited with discovering many future MLB Players including Bill Dickey, Gene Bearden, Marv Breuer, Ben Chapman, Atley Donald, Tommy Henrich, Richard Outen, Billy Werber, Johnny Allen, Dixie Walker, Spud Chandler, Billy Hitchcock and Willie Jones. He left the Yankees organization to work for the Phillies in 1946. At the end of the 1949 NL season, Nee was named head of the Phillies Minor League system.

1896Former Yankees Pitcher Michael Cantwell (1916) was born. (1896-1953)

Pitcher  Mike Cantwell appeared in 1 game, while pitching 2 innings in relief with no decision with the 1916 Yankees.

1926- The Yankees sell veteran 1B Wally Pipp to the Reds. He had been the Yankees starting 1B from 1915 to mid-1925, before being replaced by Rookie 1B Lou Gehrig. The Yankees had purchased him from the Tigers in 1915. He hit over .300 in 3 seasons with the Yankees, with 1922 being his best Yankees season with a .329 mark. He appeared in 1,488 games for the Yankees, hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 826 RBIs. In 1916 and 1917, Wally Pipp led the AL in HRs with 12 and 9. He led the AL in fielding for 1st basemen in 1915 and 1924. Pipp played in 3 World Series with the team, hitting .224 with No HRs and 6 RBIs in 19 games. Wally would play 3 seasons for the Reds (1926-1928) before leaving the MLB, later, he continued to play in the Minor Leagues until the 1930’s.

1934- Veteran Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth signs a 1-year MLB contract worth $35,000. While the player contract is considered a lucrative one for the times, it represents a pay cut of $17,000 for "The Babe". He will only hit .288 with 22 HRs and 103 RBIs in 125 games for the 1934 Yankees. 

1958- The Yankees announced that 140 games would be televised on WPIX-TV this season. The TV Broadcast deal is worth over 1 million dollars. Six days later, the Phillies agree to televise 78 games into the New York City area, which is without NL Baseball for the 1st time since the National League’s inception in 1876. When the Yankees threaten to televise their games into the Philadelphia TV market, the Phillies quickly change their minds. The Pirates and Cardinals had similar TV plans for the NY Market, but they dropped their plans as well.

1947Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Tony Solaita (1968) was born. (1946-1990)

The Yankees signed Tony Solaita as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1965. In 1968, he appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees, while going 0 for 1. He had won the 1968 MVP Award in the Carolina League, while playing for the Yankees High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms team. He had hit 49 HRs that season. On February 28,1973, Tony was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for Minor League 1B George Kopacz. He would later play pro ball in Japan, hitting 155 career HRs. He was murdered during in a dispute in 1990 in his native country of America Samoa.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Jerry Narron (1979) was born.

The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Catcher Jerry Narron. In 1979, Jerry played in 61 games filling in for the late Thurman Munson, while hitting just .161. On November 1,1979, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Rick Anderson, Jim Beattie and MLB OF Juan Beniquez to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and P Jim Lewis. As an MLB Manager, Jerry has managed the Rangers and Reds. In 2011, he was back in the MLB as Bench Coach of the Brewers under new Manager Ron Roenicke, staying until the end of the 2015 NL season.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Pitching Coach Don Cooper (1985) was born.

The Yankees in the 17th round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Don Cooper. On December 8,1980, he was drafted by the Twins from the Yankees organization in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On March 13,1984, he was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for Minor League OF Derwin McNealy. Don appeared in 7 games with no record with a 5.40 ERA for the 1985 Yankees. He was the MLB Pitching Coach for the 2002- 2020 White Sox, before being released by the team.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Curt Brown (1984) was born.

On December 19,1983, Pitcher Curt Brown was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Minor League P Mike Browning. Curt went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 13 games for the 1984 Yankees.

1980- Former Yankees DH Matt Holiday (2017) was born.

On December 7, 2016, veteran OF Matt Holiday was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the  Yankees. In November of 2016, he was granted MLB Free Agency the Cardinals.  Matt had appeared in 110 games for the 2016 Cardinals, while hitting .246 with 20 HRs and 62 RBIs. In 2017, Matt had injury and health issues limiting his play for the Yankees to just 105 games, while hitting just .231 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs. On November 2, 2017, Matt was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1994- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Reliever Donnie Pall. He would go 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 26 games for the team before being released on July 29,1994. Don would finish the 1994 MLB season with the Cubs.

1998- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent All-Star OF Tim Raines. He will hit .296 with 5 HRs and 47 RBIs in 109 games for the 1998 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He will sign with the Oakland A’s for the 1999 AL season.

2005- The Yankees traded veteran Starter Orlando Hernandez to the White Sox for Reliever Antonio Osuna and Minor League P Eddi Candelario. Orlando Hernandez had pitched for the Yankees from 1998 to 2004, while posting a 61-40 record with a 3.96 ERA and 1 save in 139 games. His post-season record for the Yankees was 9-3 in 19 games. He appeared in 5 World Series with the team, going 2-1; 5 ACLS, he was 4-1 and in 5 ALDS, he was 3-1.

2007- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Catcher Ben Davis. The former Dodgers Catcher was recovering a from an elbow injury. He would play for the Yankees at AAA Scranton (IL) in 2007, before being released by the team during the 2008 MLB spring training camp. He later became a Minor League Manager.

2008- The Yankees signed the following MLB Free Agents, most of them will be playing for 2008 AAA Scranton (IL): INF Bernie Castro, P Dan Giese, INF Nick Green, P Heath Phillips, INF Cody Ransom, Pitchers Darrell Rasner, Scott Strickland and Billy Traber.

2009- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Tommy Jones passed away from Brain Cancer. (1954-2009)

 A Minor League player in the Giants organization from 1976 to 1981. Tommy Jones had managed in the Yankees Minor League system at AA Albany-Colonie (Eastern League,1987-1988). From 1998 to 2004, Jones was the Director of Player Development for the Diamondbacks. Jones also was the MLB 1B Coach for the Diamondbacks in 2004. He was an MLB Scout for the Mariners in 2005.

2013- The Nationals signed former Yankees 2012 Closer Rafael Soriano to a 2-year contract for $28 million. He had optioned out of his Yankees player contract. Soriano became the Yankees 2012 Closer, when Closer Mariano Rivera had a broken ankle in Kansas City that ended his 2012 AL season. Soriano went 2-1 with a 2.26 ERA1 and 42 saves in 69 games for the 2012 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees Reliever, he went 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA and 44 saves in 111 games.

2020- The Yankees traded Reliever Stephen Tarpley to the Marlins for Class AA 3B James Nelson and Cash. Tarpley had been Designated for Assignment by the team, earlier in the week to clear an MLB Roster spot for OF Brett Gardner, who had been resigned by the club for the 2020 AL season. Tarpley is currently an MLB Free Agent.

January 16th

1957- Former Yankees 1B/DH Steve “Bye-Bye” Balboni (1981-1983,1989-1990) was born. 

The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected 1B Steve Balboni. After seeing limited action with the Yankees, Steve Balboni was traded on December 8,1983 along with Pitcher Roger Erickson to the Royals for Reliever Mike Armstrong and Minor League Player Duane Dewey. On March 27,1989, Steve was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for Minor League Pitcher Dana Ridenour. He only hit .232 and .219 before being released by the team in 1990. Overall, as a Yankees player, Steve appeared in 295 games, while hitting .214 with 41 HRs and 116 RBIs. As an MLB player for 11 seasons, he appeared in 965 games, while hitting .229 with 181 HRs and 495 RBIs.

1963Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy Thompson (1912) passed away. (1889-1963)

Pitcher Tommy Thompson appeared in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 6.06 ERA.

1966- Former Yankees Starter “Black” Jack McDowell (1995) was born.

On December 14,1994, Starter Jack McDowell was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later (OF Lyle Mouton) and Minor League Player Keith Heberling. He had posted a 91-58 record as a Starter, including two 20-game win seasons for the White Sox. In 1993, he had won the AL Cy Young Award.  Never afraid of controversy, McDowell's 1-year stay with the Yankees was overshadowed by a vulgar hand gesture made to fans at Yankee Stadium. When the Bronx crowd booed the right-hander for a poor performance against the White Sox, McDowell hoisted his middle finger and displayed it for all to see. He won 15 games during the 1995 AL season with the Yankees, but he was criticized for failing to win in the AL playoffs. For the 2nd time in 3 seasons, McDowell posted an 0-2 AL Postseason record as the Yankees fell to the Mariners in the ALDS. He went 15-10 with a 3.93 ERA in 30 games for the 1995 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Indians for the 1996 AL season.

1968- Former Yankees OF Liz Funk (1929) passed away. (1904-1968)

Liz Funk, born Elias Calvin Funk in Kansas in 1904; he was at the University of Oklahoma during the years of 1923-1928. A centerfielder by trade, he got into 1 game with the 1929 Yankees in April, spending most of the season in the Pacific Coast League. He became a regular with the 1930 Tigers. He was in the Minors in 1931, and in early 1932 AA Louisville (American Association), who traded him to the 1932 White Sox, where he became the regular Centerfielder on a team that lost 102 games. In 1933, the White Sox kept Manager Lew Fonseca, but changed numerous players, including the entire outfield. Funk played his last MLB game in May of 1933.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Villone (2006-2007) was born.

On November 16, 2005, veteran MLB Reliever Ron Villone was traded by the Marlins to the Yankees for Minor League P Ben Julianel. Ron went 3-3 with a 4.77 ERA in 107 games for the Yankees.

1974- The BWAA selects  2 former Yankees teammates: OF/1B Mickey Mantle and Pitcher Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. Mickey Mantle becomes only the 7th player to make it in his 1st try. His 536 MLB career HRs with the Yankees ranked 2nd only to Babe Ruth. Mantle played in more games (2,401) than any other Yankees player, including HOF 1B Lou Gehrig. Whitey Ford was arguably the greatest Yankees pitcher of all-time, retiring with more wins (236), more innings pitched (3,171), more strikeouts (1,956), and more shutouts (45) than any pitcher in the club’s history.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Colter Bean (2005-2007) was born.

In 2000, the Yankees signed Pitcher Colter Bean as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He went 0-1with a 6.00 ERA in 6 games for the Yankees. The Red Sox in the 2003 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft had selected Bean, but he was returned to the Yankees in Spring of 2004. After leaving the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent in the fall of 2007, he has pitched in the Braves and the Rays organizations in 2008.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League player 1B/DH Jack Cust was born.

On March 28, 2012, 1B/DH Jack Cust was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He previously played for the A’s. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. Jack was sent to AAA Scranton (IL) appearing in 98 games, while hitting .249 with 20 HRs and 66 RBIs. On August 1, 2012, Jack was released by the team. He would be signed by the Blue Jays organization, playing for their AAA team, Las Vegas 51s (PCL). 

1986- Former Yankees Reserve INF Reid Brignac (2013) was born.

On May 18,2013, INF Reid Brignac was purchased by the Yankees from the Rockies. He appeared in 17 games for the Yankees, hitting just .114. On June 25, 2013, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He had refused assignment to AAA Scranton (IL). The Yankees wanted him to work on his hitting with their AAA Batting Coach, Butch Wynegar. On June 26, 2013, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Rockies. He was sent to their AAA club in the Pacific Coast League. On November 5, 2013, the Rockies granted him MLB Free Agency. On November 20, 2013, Reid was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Phillies with an MLB spring training camp invitation. Also, he has played in the Marlins organization in 2015. On November 5, 2015, Reid was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Braves organization.

1987-Former Yankees Reserve INF Zelous Wheeler (2014) was born.

On November 12, 2013, the Yankees signed Minor League Free Agent INF Zelous Wheeler. The Brewers had originally signed him. He started the 2014 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he hit .299 with 20 doubles and 7 HRs in 66 games before being called up to the Bronx on July 3rd. He replaced 3B Yangervis Solarte on the 25-man MLB roster and in the starting line-up, after Solarte had fallen into a deep batting slump following a hot start. In his Yankees MLB Player debut, Zelous went 2 for 4 including a solo HR off of former Yankees Starter Philip Hughes in a 7-4 win over theTwins. He finished the 2014 season with a .193 BA with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 29 games. On November 20, 2014, he was released by the Yankees, so he could be sold to Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles (JPL), where he would play for the 2015 baseball season.

2001- Outfielders Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Hall of Fame in their 1st year of eligibility. The formerTwins are the 4th pair of teammates selected by BBWAA in the same year. Dave Winfield was originally signed by the Padres in 1973, then he played for the 1980-1990 Yankees. On December 15,1980, Winfield signed a record 10-year, $23 million contract with the Yankees. It was the longest and richest contract at the time. However, after a solid strike-shortened season in 1981, he had a terrible World Series, going 1 for 22 as the Yankees lost to the Dodgers in 6 games, prompting Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to call him sarcastically “Mr. May,” in a demeaning comparison with superstar Reggie Jackson, who always seemed to save his best performances for the limelight. In spite of frequent highlights and occasional sustained excellence, the Yankees went into a downward cycle after Winfield's arrival. He was considered a disappointment by many Yankees fans. This included a career-high 37 HRs in 1982, a .340 batting average in 1984 and just 3 RBIs short in 1987 of topping 100 RBIs in 7 straight years from 1982 to 1988. Still, the home-grown Don Mattingly emerged as the Yankees fan favorite, foreshadowing Alex Rodriguez' experience 2 decades later. As a Yankees player, Dave appeared in 1,172 games, while hitting .290 with 205 HRs and 818 RBIs.

2003- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Free Agent Catcher John “Flash” Flaherty. He will make the team in Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp as the Reserve Catcher for the 2003 AL season, replacing the Team’s 2002 Reserve Catcher Chris Wedger, who was released by the team at the end of the Yankees 2003 MLB Spring Training Camp.



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