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This Week in Yankees History February 7th-13th Part One

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February 7th

1936- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Frank Leja (1954-1955) was born. (1936-1991)

Frank Leja was signed as the Yankee's 1st bonus player in 1953, when he received an offer of a reported $100,000 player contract. He was required to be on the Yankees MLB roster for 2 years, because of his bonus player status. Leja was projected to be  another Lou Gehrig by legendary Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell. He worked out at Yankee Stadium, hitting the 1st 9 of 10 pitches into the stands in HR territory. He appeared in only 19 games for the 1954-1955 Yankees, getting 1 hit in 7 at bats. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel didn’t want to play Leja, preferring to play his veteran players instead of the young rookie. He will 8 seasons playing in the Yankees Minor League System. In 1957, Frank had possibly his best pro player season ever; when he led the Eastern League with 117 RBIs, while hitting 22 HRs to help the Class AA Binghamton Triplets to the 1957 EL pennant. Frank had another good season in 1958, when he hit for a .263 BA with 29 HRs for the AA New Orleans Pelicans (SA). He had  another good season in 1961, when he led the International League, while playing for the Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians with 98 RBIs, while hitting 30 HRs that was 2nd only to Rochester’s Boog Powell, who had hit 32 HRs. He would wind up with a Minor League career BA of .248 with 164 HRs. In 1959, when Yankees 1B Moose Skowron broke his arm during the season; the Yankees didn’t call Leja up to be a replacement 1B, instead they used Rookie 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and veteran C/1B/OF Elston Howard as replacements at 1B. On October 4,1961, Frank was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals organization for Minor League OF Ben Mateosky. Leja did make it back to the MLB for a brief 7-game trial with the 1962 Angels, going hitless in 16 at-bats. Then the Angels would trade him to the Braves for P Bob Botz. He was 1 for 23 in the MLB, giving him a lifetime MLB .043 BA. Frank would finish up his pro baseball career in 1963 at age 27 with the Braves AAA team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) appearing in 97 games, while hitting .240 with 17 HRs and 42 RBIs. 

1949- Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio signs a 1-year MLB player contract worth $100,000, becoming the 1st player to earn a 6-figure deal in MLB history. In 1948, Joe DiMaggio had batted .320, while leading the AL with 39 HRs and 155 RBIs, while playing in 153 games.

1957- Former Yankees Reserve INF Damaso Garcia (1978-1979) was born. (1957-2020)

In 1975, the Yankees signed INF Damaso Garcia as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 29 games for the team during the 1978-1979 AL seasons, while hitting .228 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. He didn’t appear in the 1978 World Series with the team against the Dodgers. On November 1,1979, Damaso was traded by the Yankees along with 1B Chris Chambliss and Pitcher Paul Mirabella for Starter Tom Underwood, Catcher Rick Cerone and Reserve OF Ted Wilborn. With the Blue Jays, he would be part of a double-play combo with Shortstop Tony Fernandez. Garcia was on the 1984-1985 AL All Star teams. He would win an AL Silver Slugger Award. In his MLB 11 season playing career Garcia would appear with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Braves, Dodgers and Expos. In 1990, after failing to make it as a Reserve Infielder with the Yankees in their MLB Spring Training Camp, Damaso retired from baseball. His final MLB career playing records was a .283 BA with 36 HRs and 323 RBIs in 1,032 games.

1993- Former  Yankees Minor League Pitcher J. P. Feyereisen was born.

Pitcher J.P. Feyereisen was a 16th round selection by the Indians in the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft out of the Univ. of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, not necessarily known as a baseball hotbed. Baseball America named him the best prospect in NCAA Division III. He began his pro career that year with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League, where he went 3-0 with an unblemished ERA in 15 games. He saved 4 games and struck out 24 batters while walking only 1 in 17 innings. Having opened some eyes, J.P. went to the Lake County Captains (ML) to open 2015 season and continued to dominate, with an ERA of 1.08 in 16 games. On May 28th, he was promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats (CL). Between the 2 stops, he was 1-1, 2.08 in 46 games,  as he recorded 12 saves and struck out 56 batters in 47 2/3 innings. In 2016, he was assigned to the AA Akron RubberDucks (EL). In 33 games, he was 4-3, with a 2.23 ERA when on July 31st, he was 1 of 4 Tribe Minor League prospects traded to the Yankees in return for MLB Closer Andrew Miller. Accompanying him in the trade were Minor League Players: OF Clint Frazier, Pitchers Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. He finished the 2016 season with the Yankees AA team, Trenton Thunder (EL), posting a 3-0 record with a 0.50 ERA in 9 games. In the 2016 AZFL season, he pitched for the Scottsdale team; while posting a 2-1 record with a 2.57 ERA in 10 games. He started the 2017 season with AA Trenton Thunder (EL) appearing in 13 games with a 0-0 record with a 2.70 ERA. He moved up to AAA Scranton (IL) posting 2-3 record with a 3.53 ERA in 24 games. In 2018, he pitched for AAA Scranton (IL), posting a 6-6 record with a 3.45 ERA and 1 save in 36 games. For the 2019 Minor League season, he returned to AAA Scranton’s bullpen, posting a 10-2 record with a 2.49 ERA with 7 saves in 40 games. On September 1, 2019, Feyereisen was traded by the Yankees to the Brewers for Brenny Escanio and International Bonus Slot Money.

1995- Former MLB and Yankees Reliever Cecil Upshaw (1974) died from a heart attack at the age of 52. (1942-1994).

The side-arming Reliever Cecil Upshaw saved 27 games, while helping the Braves win the 1969 NL West Division. In 9 MLB seasons, Upshaw made a total of 348 MLB appearances, all were in relief. On April 26,1974, he was traded by the Indians to the Yankees in the Chris Chambliss trade. Cecil went 1-5 with a 3.02 ERA and 6 saves in 36 games for the 1974 Yankees. On December 5,1974, Cecil Upshaw was traded to the White Sox by the Yankees for veteran Reserve INF Eddie Leon.

1996- Former Yankees (1981-1990) and MLB OF Dave Winfield (1973-1995) announces his MLB player retirement at the age of 44. Winfield had compiled 3,110 hits, while hitting .283 with 465 HRs and 1,833 RBIs during his 22-year MLB playing career that started with the 1973 Padres, followed by the Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins and the Indians. A 12-time MLB All-Star player, he joins Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial as the only MLB players with 3,000 MLB career hits and 400 HRs. Dave Winfield will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001, being the 1st player from the San Diego Padres franchise entering Baseball’s Hall of Fame. As a Yankees player, Dave hit .290 with 205 HRs with 818 RBIs in 1,172 games. He never played a game in the Minor Leagues.

2000- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Juan Then was born.

Hurler Juan Then was originally signed by the Mariners. On November 18, 2017, Reliever Nick Rumbelow was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for 2 Minor League Pitchers: JP Sears and Juan Then. In 2018, Juan Then went 0-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 11 games for Yankees East team in the Gulf League. He has not pitched in 2019 season. On June 15, 2019, the Yankees acquired veteran MLB 1B/DH Edwin Encarncion from the Mariners for Minor League P Juan Then.

2009- Former Yankees Pitcher John Gabler (1959-1960) passed away. (1930-2007)

In 1949, the Yankees had signed P John Gabler to an MLB Free Agent contract. He was sent to the Class D Belleville Stags. The 18-year-old rookie spent his 1st season with a last-place team under 4 different managers. John ended up with a 5-7 record with a 4.75 ERA. He appeared in 18 games, while pitching 91 innings. It would be the 1959 MLB season before Gabler got his 1st chance with the Yankees. He had spent most of the season with the AAA Denver Bears (AA). John had a 14-8 record with a 3.39 ERA for the Bears. In late 1959 season, he got into 3 games with the Yankees, posting a 1-1 record, while pitching 19 innings with a 2.79 ERA.  John was rewarded for his good effort in 1959, when he started the 1960 AL season with the Yankees. He got into 21 games, going 3-3, pitching in 52 innings, but he went to a 4.15 ERA. He was then sent down to the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), where he finished out the 1960 baseball season with a 4-4 record and a 2.71 ERA, thus missing the 1960 World Series against the Pirates. Gabler was to get one more shot at the MLB, when the new Expansion Washington Senators, who had drafted him from the Yankees organization on November 28,1960 in the 1960 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He was with the Senators for the entire 1961 AL season, while posting a 3-8 record with a 4.86 ERA, appearing in 29 games. John pitched 93 innings, giving up 104 base hits, 37 walks and 61 runs. In 1962, he found himself back in the Minor Leagues, where he began the season with the Senators AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL); he finished the 1962 season with the AAA Jacksonville Suns (IL) in the Indians organization. He had a combined record of 8-13 in 34 games, pitching 145 innings, giving up 169 base hits and 43 walks for a 4.72 ERA. This was to be John Gabler's last  active season in pro baseball. He pitched in the Minor Leagues a total of 13 seasons. He did not play during the 1952-1953 baseball seasons due to military service in the Korean War. His trip through the Minors had him play in 8 different leagues with 10 different teams. Over these 13 seasons in the Minors, he came up with a 112-93 pitching career record in 322 games, where he pitched 1,737 innings allowing 1,771 hits, 754 walks and giving up 861 earned runs for a 4.19 ERA. 

2014- In a major reversal, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez decides to drop his lawsuit against the MLB and the MLB Players Association. He will serve his 1-year suspension for his role in the Biogenesis Scandal. Alex will attempt to come back in 2015. Also, he will  not attend the Yankees 2014 MLB Spring Training  Camp which was to be opening up shortly, where his presence would have been a major distraction for the team.

February 8th

1911- Former Yankees Reserve INF and MLB Manager Don “Jeep” Heffner (1934-1937) was born. (1911-1989)

Don Heffner was a Reserve INF for the 1934-1937 Yankees before being traded to the St. Louis Browns for Reserve INF Billy Knickerbocker in 1938. With the Browns, he would become a regular Infielder for 4 seasons. After his MLB Playing career had ended in 1944, Don Heffner would become a Minor League Manager, a long-time MLB Coach and briefly managed in the MLB. In 1949, Heffner left the Elmira club to return home to be with his daughter, Virginia Heffner, who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Sadly, she passed away on September 11th. From 1958-1960, he was a A’s MLB Coach. In 1961, he was a member of the Tigers MLB Coaching staff. In 1964-1965, he was a Mets MLB Coach. Then he managed 1966 Reds for the 1st half of the 1966 NL season. From 1967-1968, Don was a member of the Angels MLB Coaching staff.

1918- Former Yankees Minor League P Cookie Cuccurullo was born. (1918-1983)

On October 24,1946, P Cookie Cuccurullo was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for veteran AL All-Star Starter Tiny Bonham. Cookie had gone 3-5 with a 4.55 ERA and 5 saves in 62 games for the 1942-1945 Pirates. The Yankees would assign him to their AA Club, the Newark Bears (IL). He never appeared in the MLB with the Yankees. In 1948, he pitched for the Yankees AA club, the Oakland Oaks (PCL) before leaving the Yankees organization at the end of the 1948 PCL season.

1927- Yankees veteran Starter Sad Sam Jones is traded to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for Pitcher Joe Giard and OF Cedric Durst. Jones will be 8-14 in his only season in St. Louis. He will continue to pitch in the MLB for 7 more seasons. Sam Jones went 67-56 with a 4.06 ERA in 202 games with the 1922-1926 Yankees. His best season for the Yankees was in 1923, when Sam posted a 21-8 record. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while pitching in 5 games with a 0-1 record. He will pitch in the MLB until 1935, before retiring at the age of 42. Sam will finish his MLB Pitching career with a 229-217 record with a 3.84 ERA and 31 saves in 647 games. Joe Giard went 0-0 with an ERA in 16 relief appearances in his last MLB Pitching career season. Cedric Durst will be a Reserve OF/1B and Pinch-Hitter for the Yankees, hitting .249 with 6 HRs and 71 RBIs before being traded on May 6,1930 by the Yankees along with $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Starter Red Ruffing.

1942- Former Yankees AL All-Star Pitcher Fritz Peterson (1966-1974) was born.

The Yankees signed hurler Fritz Peterson as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1963. His best Yankees season was in 1970, when he posted a 20-11 mark with a 2.90 ERA in 39 games and making the AL All Star team. Fritz went 109-106 with 3.10 ERA in 288 games during his pitching career with the 1966-1974 Yankees. After the public disclosure during the Yankees 1973 MLB Spring Training Camp, that Fritz and his Yankees teammate Pitcher Mike Kekich had traded their wives and families; Fritz’s days as a Yankees player were numbered. On April 26,1974, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Fred Beene, Tom Buskey and Steve Kline to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss, Pitchers Richard “Dirt” Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw. Fritz Peterson ended up with the best career ERA of any pitcher that ever pitched in historic Yankee Stadium(1923-2008), finishing with a 2.52 ERA. Whitey Ford came in 2nd with a 2.58 ERA. Peterson also had the lowest WHIP of any Yankee starting pitcher in the post-WWII era, 1.14. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Fritz posted a 133-131 record with a 3.30 ERA in 355 games, starting with the 1966 Yankees, Indians and finishing up with the Rangers in 1976. In July of 2009, Fritz published a book called Mickey Mantle is “Going to Heaven.” He runs an excellent baseball web site.

1943- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bob Oliver (1975) was born. (1943-2020)

On December 1,1974, the Yankees purchased Reserve INF Bob Oliver from the Orioles for Cash.  Bob had hit .243 with 8 HRs for the 1974 Angles and the Orioles. He was expected to be the 1975 Yankees Reserve 1B and 3B. He would hit .118 with No HRs and 1 RBI in just 18 games for the 1975 Yankees, before being released by the team on July 15, 1975. He didn’t get along with Yankees Manager Bill Virdon. Bob would play in the Minor Leagues for 2 seasons, before going to play pro baseball in Mexico. On April 29, 1975Yankees Reserve 1B Bob Oliver sets an AL record by participating in 6 double plays in a 9-inning game. He finished his MLB playing career by hitting .256 with 94 HRs and 419 RBIs in 847 games. He was originally signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Pirates. He had played for the Pirates, Royals, Angles, Orioles before finishing his MLB playing career with the 1975 Yankees.

1956- The Senators send veteran P Mickey McDermott and INF Bob Kline to the Yankees in exchange for Reserve C Lou Berberet, OF Richard Tettelbach, P Bob Wiesler and INF Herb Plews. INF Bob Kline never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent down to the AAA Denver Bears (AA); while veteran hurler Mickey McDermott would go 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 23 games for the 1956 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, pitching 3 innings in relief with no decision. In February of 1957, he would be traded to the A’s in the Bobby Shantz-Irv Noren trade. On April 2,1956, the Yankees would send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog to the Senators to complete the trade; he had hit .289 for the AAA Denver Bears (AA). Lou Berberet was blocked at the catcher’s position by All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra and Elston Howard, future Yankees Reserve Catchers Darrelle Johnson and Johnny Blanchard. Both Tettelbach and Herzog were blocked in the Yankees Outfield by veteran players Mantle, Bauer and Noren. Hurler Bob Wiesler had posted an overall record of 3-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 26 games for the 1951,1954-1955 Yankees. He had spent time in the military for Korean War during the 1952-1953 MLB seasons.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher “Long Tom” Hughes (1904) passed away. (1878-1956)

On December 20,1903, Starter Tom “Long Tom” Hughes was traded by the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) to the Yankees for hurler Jesse Tannehill.  He had won 20 games for Boston in 1903, while Tannehill had won 15 games for the Yankees. Tom went 7-11 with 3.70 ERA in 19 games for the 1904 Yankees. On July 20,1904, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with P Barney Wolfe to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Al Orth. Meanwhile in Boston, Tannehill was on his way to a 21- win season for the 1904 Red Sox. 

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Carroll “Boardwalk” Brown (1914-1915) passed away. (1887-1977)

On July 6,1914, Starter Carroll “Boardwalk” Brown was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s. He had been a 17-game winner with the 1913 World Champion A’s. Brown had posted a 1-5 record with a 4.09 ERA in 15 games for the 1914 A’s. In 1914 with the Yankees, he would go 6-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 20 games. In 1915, he slipped to a 3-6 record with a 4.10 ERA in 19 games. Overall, as a Yankees Starter, he went 9-11 with 3.62 ERA in 39 games for the team. The 1915 Yankees would release him to AA Louisville (AA) ending his MLB Pitching career.

1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Chase Wright (2007-2008) was born.

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Chase Wright. He would debut professionally with the 2001 GCL Yankees, going 2-3 with a 7.92 ERA. Opponents hit .317 and he walked 21 in 25 innings, though he did strike out 33 batters. Returning to the team in 2002, Wright improved to 2-3, 3.43 ERA. His opponent batting average fell 100 points but control remained an issue as he walked 39 in 42 innings pitched, leading the GCL in bases on balls allowed. In 2003, Wright split time between the Staten Island Yankees (3-5, 3.56 ERA) and Battle Creek Yankees (1-1, 6.43 ERA). He was with the same 2 clubs in 2004, going 5-8 with a 5.44 ERA and a WHIP of 1.83 for Battle Creek and 0-1, 9.00 ERA for Staten Island. Wright began to develop in 2005, posting a 10-4 record with a 3.75 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). In 2006, he was named the Florida State League's Most Valuable Pitcher, thanks to 12-3, 1.88 ERA season with the Tampa Yankees. Wright started 2007 in dominating form. In his AA debut, he shut out the Bowie Baysox for 7 innings, striking out 9 and allowing 3 hits and no walks on April 5. Six days later, he allowed 1 hit and 1 walk in 7 scoreless innings, whiffing 10 batters against the Harrisburg Senators. With Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang and Carl Pavano injured, the Yankees called up the southpaw. He won his MLB Pitching debut on April 17, 2007 against the Indians, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings of work. It was part of a record-setting string as Kei Igawa and Sean Henn won the next 2 games. Never before in MLB history had a team swept a 3-game series with a pitcher winning his 1st career MLB game in each contest. Wright's 2nd game also was record setting, but in a way, Chase would probably like to forget. He gave up consecutive 4 HRs to Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek, tying the record for HRs allowed in an inning. In MLB history, the only prior pitcher to allow 4 consecutive HRs in an inning was veteran MLB Starter Paul Foytack of the 1963 Angels. When Hideki Matsui came off the DL, Wright was sent back to Trenton.  Philip Hughes took his spot in the rotation, making the 2007 Yankees the 1st team in 52 years to give 3 starting pitchers their MLB Debut in the season's 1st 20 games (Igawa was the 3rd of the batch).  In 2007, Wright went 2-0 with a 7.20 ERA in 3 games for the Yankees. On February 4, 2009, Chase was traded to the Brewers for Outfielder-Catcher Eric Fryer. He would never pitch again in the MLB.

1983- One day after taking a job as Director of Sports Promotions for the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Mickey Mantle is ordered to sever his ties with MLB by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Mickey Mantle joins fellow Hall of Famer Willie Mays as former HOF MLB players who are banned from Baseball by Commissioner Kuhn for involvement with legalized gambling.

1984- After losing Type A Free Agent Pitcher Tommy Underwood to the Orioles, Oakland grabs Pitcher Tim Belcher from the Yankees organization as compensation. The #1 selection in the June 1983 MLB Amateur Player Draft, Belcher did not sign with the Twins; so, he was available for the January Player Draft. The Yankees had signed him on February 2nd, only to lose him because they had already submitted their list of 26 protected players, an administrative blunder which will cost Yankees GM Murray Cook his job.

2002- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Roser (1944-1946) passed away. (1918-2002)

Before the start of 1940 AL season, the Yankees had signed Pitcher Steve Roser, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He spent the 1940-1943 seasons in the Minor Leagues, plugging along with a good season in 1941 with the Class A Binghamton Triplets (EL), when the 2nd-year Pitcher went 13-12 with a 2.51 ERA, while pitching 197 innings. He also fared well in 1943 with the AA Newark Bears (IL), when he went 12-10 with a 3.61 ERA, while pitching 162 innings. Steve's good work paid off, he made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on May 5, 1944, pitched well and he stayed with the team for the entire 1944 AL season. Steve built a 4-3 record with a 3.86 ERA, while appearing in 16 games, while pitching 84 innings. Roser was back with the Yankees in 1945, he appearing in 11 games, while pitching 27 innings, but he had no decisions. After a bad start with the 1946 Yankees (1-1 with a 16.20 ERA in 4 appearances), he was sold to the Boston Braves on May 3,1946. Steve appeared in 14 games for the 1946 Braves, while posting a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA and 1 save. This effort finished off Roser’s MLB Pitching career with a 6-5 record with a 4.04 ERA and 2 saves in 45 appearances. His final Yankees Pitching career totals were a 5-4 record with 4.17 ERA and 1 save in 31 games. He would pitch for the Braves AA clubs in 1946-1947 seasons, before retiring as an active player.

2011- The Yankees lose veteran Reliever Alfredo Aceves to their AL Eastern Division rivals the Red Sox, who sign him to a 1-year MLB contract. The Yankees had offered him a split contract, but he wanted a full MLB player contract deal instead. Aceves, who has spent his entire MLB playing career with the Yankees, is coming off a back injury that cut short his 2010 AL season; he had suffered a broken collarbone in an off-season bicycle accident. Alfredo had posted a 14-1 record and 2 saves in 59 games with the 2008-2010 Yankees. 

February 9th

1902- Former Yankees Reserve INF Julie Wera (1927,1929) was born. (1902-1975)

On December 21,1926, INF Julie Wera was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for $40,000 Cash and 2 Players to be Named Later. As a Reserve INF with the Yankees, Julie Wera batted .278 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs in 43 games. He didn’t make any World Series appearances, while playing for the 1927 Yankees. On November 25,1930, Wera was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Jersey City Skeeters (IL), who had he been playing for 2 seasons as their starting 3B. Before the start of 1931 AL season, the Yankees sent INF Julie Wera to the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on August 23,1930; the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later and 3 players to San Francisco Seals (PCL) for INF Frankie Crosetti. Wera would the 1931 Seals starting 3B, playing with a young Seals Shortstop named Joe DiMaggio.

1908- Former Yankees Minor League Player and Manager Buzz Boyle was born. (1908-1978)

Buzz Boyle was an outfielder, who was a regular for the Dodgers for a couple seasons during the 1930’s. In 1934, when he hit .305 with 10 triples, he was 16th in the NL MVP voting. He also had a 25-game hitting streak that season and led the NL in assists as a Right Fielder. He came up in 1929 and 1930 for cups of coffee with the Braves before joining the Dodgers in 1933. His last season in the MLB was in 1934 with the Dodgers at age 27, when he hit .272 as an outfielder. Boyle hit .316 on the great 1939 AA Kansas City Blues, the  Yankees Minor League team, which won 107 games, which featured future MLB stars Jerry Priddy, Vince DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Sandy Vance, Tommy Holmes and others. He managed 2 Yankees Farm System teams: the 1941 Akron Yankees and the 1942 Norfolk Tars. In 1946, he managed the pro women’s team, the Muskegon Lassies in the AAGPBL. In 1947, Boyle managed the Reds' farm team, the Providence Chiefs. After his Minor League managing career had ended, he was a Reds MLB Scout for 21 seasons (1948-1968). He later worked for the Expos (1969-1972) and the Royals (1973-1974) organizations, before retiring from the game. 

1937- Former Yankees 3B and MLB Coach Clete Boyer (1959-1966) was born. (1937-2007) 

Clete Boyer was originally signed by the Kansas City A’s an MLB Bonus Player in 1955. It was later revealed that the A’s had signed him a favor for the Yankees with a promise to trade him after his 2-season MLB Bonus Player signing status had expired in June of 1957. He was traded to the Yankees in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz-Irv Noren trade. He joined the Yankees in June of 1957, when his Bonus status with the A’s had expired. Clete Boyer took over the regular Yankees 3B job from veteran Hector Lopez during the 1960 AL season. Clete would be one of finest 3B to play for the Yankees, handling the hot corner for the team from 1960-1966. He was over shadowed in the AL by the Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson. Clete appeared in 5 World Series with the 1960-1964 Yankees. In the winter of 1966, Clete Boyer was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for Rookie OF Bill Robinson and a Minor League Pitcher. He would play for the Braves for 5 seasons. Then he finished up his pro baseball-playing career in Japan. The Yankees 3B position would not be solid again until the arrival of Graig Nettles from the Indians in the winter of 1972. He was an MLB Coach for the Oakland A’s and the Yankees under Manager Billy Martin. He was one of 3 Boyer brothers who played in the MLB, along with his older Brothers; Ken with the Cardinals, also his oldest brother Cloyd, who pitched for the Cardinals and the A’s. Cloyd would later become a Yankees MLB Pitching Coach. Boyer’s’ younger brother, Ron Boyer played in the Yankees Minor League organization during the 1960’s. On June 4, 2007, Boyer died from complications following a Brain Hemorrhage.

1956- Former Yankees Minor League P Steve Taylor was born.

Pitcher Steve Taylor was taken 23rd overall in the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees; Steve pitched in the Yankees Farm system until 1981. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Between the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) and AA West Haven Yankees (EL) in 1977, he went 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 13 starts. With the AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL) in 1978, he was 5-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 19 games (18 starts). In 1979, he pitched for the AA West Haven Yankees (EL) and the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), going a combined 7-2 record with a 3.23 ERA in 22 games (15 starts). After a down season with the 1980 AA Nashville Sounds (SL), he rebounded to go 9-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 12 games with the club. He struggled in his AAA stints with the Columbus Clippers (IL) and the Astros AAA club, the Tucson Astros (PCL) to bring his 1981 season totals to 10-6 with a 4.25 ERA. Overall as Minor League hurler, he was 29-15 with a 3.82 ERA in 85 games (67 starts).

1968- Former Yankees Reserve INF Robert Eenhoorn (1994-1996) was born.

Robert Eenhoorn had a brief MLB playing career spread out over 4 seasons, but he was a productive player in the Minors. He has been a big factor in Dutch baseball for many years. Eenhoorn's father played baseball during World War II as an act of Dutch rebellion against the German occupation. Robert played soccer and baseball growing up and credited his soccer play with helping his footwork on the diamond. A 2nd-round draft pick by the Yankees in 1990, Robert began his pro career hitting .268 with the pennant-winning Class A Oneonta Yankees. He was voted to the New York-Penn League All-Star team as a utility infielder and was labeled a "defensive genius" by Baseball America. He led the league's shortstops in fielding percentage (.960). According to BA, he was the top prospect in a league that produced Carlos Delgado, Jeremy Burnitz and Brian Giles. In 1991, he hit .350 for the GCL Yankees and .241 for the Class A Prince William Cannons. The next season, he batted .305 with the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees and .235 for the Albany Yankees after entering the season as the #6 prospect in the Yankees system according to Baseball America. He was downgraded to #7 after the year, behind Derek Jeter and ahead of Dave Silvestri among pinstriped shortstops. In 1993, he was the All-Star Shortstop in the Eastern League. He hit .280 that season, doing a good job at AA at age 25. He was removed from the top Yankee prospect list after that season. In 1994, Robert hit .239 for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He went 2 for 4 in his 1st cup of coffee with the 1994 Yankees. With Derek Jeter moving up to AAA Columbus in 1995 as a shortstop, the Yankees moved Robert over to 2B. He batted .252 for the Clippers. He was 2 for 14 in the MLB. In 1996, he hit .337 for an AAA IL title-winning Columbus Clippers, but he was only 1 for 14 in the MLB. The Yankees placed Robert on waivers; he was picked-up in September of 1996 by the Angels. In 1997, he hit .308 for the AAA Vancouver Canadians (PCL) and tied for the PCL lead with 12 sacrifice hits. He was 7 for 20 with the Angels, playing his last MLB contest that season. He closed out his pro baseball career in 1998 with the Mets AAA team, the Norfolk Tides (IL), hitting just .233. Altogether, his MLB playing career comprised appearances in 4 seasons, of which 20 games were with the Yankees and 17 games with the Angels. He played at 2B, Shortstop and 3B during his brief MLB playing career. 

1977- Former Yankees Minor League P Geraldo Padua was born.

Geraldo Padua debuted in 1995 with the DSL Yankees, going 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA. The next season, he was 7-5 with a 3.55 ERA. He came stateside with the 1997 GCL Yankees, he was unbeatable at 8-0 with a 2.92 with only 8 walks and 46 hits in 61 2/3 innings, tying Francisco Vanderhorst and Wilfredo Rodriguez for the Gulf Coast League lead in wins. He also gave up 5 HRs, tying Chris Stowe for the league lead. Geraldo remained unbeaten in the USA in '98 with another 8-0 year, this time for the Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPNL). He had a 3.14 ERA. In 1999, he started well with the Class A Greensboro Bats (9-4, 2.84 ERA, 155 K in 139 2/3 IP) before the Yankees dealt him to the Padres for veteran MLB Catcher/DH Jim Leyritz. Padua fell to 3-3 with a 4.65 ERA for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes following the deal. The right-hander did not remain in the Padres system for long. They shipped him along with John Vander Wal and Jim Sak to the Pirates for Al Martin for February 2000. Padua was unimpressive that summer with the Lynchburg Hillcats (4-9, 4.21 ERA) and the AA Altoona Curve (1-6, 6.97 ERA, .337 opponent average). He led Pirates farmhands in losses. At one point that year, he dropped 14 in a row after having won 20 straight from 1997-1999. Padua struggled some more for the 2001 Curve (14 runs in 13 innings, 0-1). The Pirates would release him. The Yankees would sign him as an MLB Free Agent. He bounced between the Class A teams, the Greensboro Bats (1-1, 3.86 ERA in 3 Games), Tampa Yankees (1 shutout inning) and AA Norwich Navigators (1-0, 2.89 ERA in 5 Games). Geraldo was out of Organized Baseball by 2002, still only 25 years old. He was 12-3 with a 3.06 ERA for the 2002 Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League). He was 7th in the Northern League's Central Division in ERA and 2nd in wins in the league. Padua’s next signing wasn't until 2005, when he signed with Taiwan's Sinon Bulls. He was atrocious with an 8.76 ERA in 5 games, though he managed both a win and a save without taking a loss.

1980- The late All-Star New York Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson is inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of Kent State University.

1984- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Dioner Navarro (2004) was born.

In 2000, the Yankees had signed Catcher Dioner Navarro as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had hit .429 in 5 games for the 2004 Yankees, before being traded to the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson trade. He was traded by the D-Backs to the Dodgers. Later, he played for the Devil Rays. In 2008, Dioner was a member of the 2008 AL All-Star team. He has not played in the MLB since the 2016 season with the Blue Jays, staying home to take care of his seriously sick wife. In 2018, he return to play for the Independent League team, the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League). In 2019, he finished his pro baseball career playing for the Indians AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL) and retiring after the season had ended at the age of 35.

1994- The Phillies traded veteran MLB Starter Terry Mulholland and a Player to be Named Later (Jeff Patterson) to the Yankees in exchange for MLB P Bobby Munoz, 2 Minor League players: INF Kevin Jordan and Pitcher Ryan Karp. Mulholland will go 6-7 with a 6.49 ERA in 24 games for the 1994 Yankees, before the MLB Player’s strike ended the 1994 MLB season. He will leave the team for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Giants for the 1995 NL season. 

2001- After 13 months of negotiations, All-Star Shortstop Derek Jeter and the Yankees finalize a $189 million, 10-year contract. The deal makes the All-Star Shortstop 2nd only to Alex Rodriguez ($252 million/10 years) as highest paid player in the history of the sport. 

2007- Former Yankees OF (1948-1959) and MLB Manager Hank Bauer passed away from Cancer. (1922-2007)

Before the start of the 1946 AL season, the Yankees signed Hank Bauer as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was an AL All-Star RF in 1952-1954. Hank appeared in 9 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .245 with 7 HRs and 24 RBIs in 53 games. With the 1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves as being his best Series, Hank hit .323 with 4 HRs and 8 RBI’s. In 1959, Hank’s plate production slipped to .238 BA with 9 HRs and 39 RBIs in 114 games. Hank finished his 1948-1959 Yankees playing career with a .277 BA, 158 HRs and 654 RBIs in 1,406 games. On December 11,1959, Hank was traded by the Yankees along with P Don Larsen, OF/1B Norm Siebern and Reserve OF/1B Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City A’s for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley. In 1960, Hank played in 93 games for the A’s, while hitting .275 with 3 HRs and 31 RBIs. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1961 A’s, appearing in only 43 games, hitting .264 with 3 HRs with 11 RBIs. During the 1961 AL season, Hank replaced Joe Gordon as the Team’s Manager, posting a 38-57 record. In 1962 with a full season with the team, he improved the team’s record to a 72-90 mark, but he was replaced by former Yankees teammate Pitcher Eddie Lopat for the 1963 AL season. He would be the only A’s manager to handle the team in Kansas City and Oakland. Hank left the A’s, joining the Orioles 1963 MLB Coaching staff, he became the team’s manager in 1964, replacing Manager Billy Hitchcock. Hank would win the 1966 World Series with his Orioles team sweeping the Dodgers in 4 games. During the 1968 AL season, Bauer was replaced by the Orioles front office with Minor League Manager Earl Weaver. In 1969, Hank returned to the A’s, who were now located in Oakland, bringing the team to an 80-69 record, before being replaced by John McNamara. Overall, as an MLB Manager for 8 seasons, Hank had a posted a 1,129-594 record. Later, he would manage in the Mets farm system with the AAA Tidewater Tides (IL) in the early 1970’s. Then he became an MLB Scout for the Yankees before retiring from the game. He was a Yankees fan favorite at the Old Timer’s Day’s at Yankee Stadium.

2009- 12-time AL All-Star and 3-time MVP Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez publicly admits to using steroids from 2001-2003. Rodriguez apologizes for his past errors; he had not commented on steroids since Sports Illustrated had broken a story about a positive 2003 Test 2 days prior.

February 10th

1888-Former Yankees Reserve INF Stubby Magner (1911) was born. (1888-1956)

Reserve INF Subby Magner hit .212 with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 13 games with the 1911 Yankees.

1894- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB General Manager Herb Pennock (1923-1933) was born in Kennett Square, Pa. (1894-1948)

Herb Pennock extended his MLB Pitching career over 22 seasons, during which he won 241 games with the A’s, Red Sox and the Yankees. He signed by the A’s in 1912, who later traded him to Boston. On January 30,1923, the Yankees obtained P Herb Pennock from the Red Sox for P George Murray, OFer’s Norm McMillian and Camp Skinner.  As a Yankees Starter from 1923-1933, Herb posted a 162-90 record with a .643 WP and a 3.54 ERA in 346 games.  He had 165 complete games with 19 shutouts and 23 saves as a Yankees hurler. He posted a 5-0 record with a 1.95 ERA in 9 games in 5 World Series for the Yankees. In 1934, he would finish his MLB Pitching career with the Red Sox. At the time of his death in 1948, from a fatal heart attack, Herb was the General Manager of the 1944-1948 Phillies, helping the new Phillies Team Owner Mr. Carpenter rebuild the team’s Minor League organization. He brought over many former Yankees players to help rebuilt the team’s farm system to be Coaches and Managers for the team, including future MLB Manager Eddie Sawyer, Cy Perkins, Earl Combs and others. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the BWAA in 1948, receiving 94 votes on 121 ballots casted.

1903- Former Yankees Minor League OF George Quellich was born. (1903-1958)

On August 22, 1931, OF George Quellich was purchased by the AA Newark Bears (IL) from the Tigers. George had played 13 games with the 1931 Tigers as a Reserve Outfielder. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On January 19, 1932, George was traded by the Yankees along with P Myles Thomas and Cash to the AA Hollywood Stars (PCL) for OF Jesse Hill.

1910- The Yankees released veteran OF Willie Keeler (1903-1909). He will be picked up by the NL Giants. Playing for 19 MLB seasons, OF Willie “Wee Willie” Keller had hit .341, while he amassed 2,932 MLB career hits. He won 2 consecutive MLB Batting Titles in 1897-1898 with the NL Baltimore Orioles. He played for the Yankees from 1903-1909. He hit over .300, 3 times for the team, including .343 BA in 1904. He had played for New York, Brooklyn and Baltimore in the NL before coming to the AL with the 1903 New York Highlanders. Willie appeared in 873 games for the 1903-1909 Yankees, while hitting .294 with 10 HRs and 206 RBIs. His last MLB season was in 1910, playing with the NL Giants hitting .300 in 19 games. In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He coined the phrase “Hit ’em where they ain’t.”

1917- Former Yankees Pitcher Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds (1947-1954) was born. (1917-1994))

Tribe Starter Allie Reynolds was obtained from the Indians for Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon in 1947. He had signed with the Indians in 1938. He came up to the Tribe in 1942. In 1943, he became a regular Starter for the Indians. He was 11-12 in 1943 and 11-8 in 1944, leading the AL Pitchers in strikeouts in 1943. In 1945, he had a breakthrough MLB season, winning 18 games for the Tribe. Allie was named to the AL All-Star team for the 1st time in his MLB Pitching career. In 1946, he had an off-season, going 11-15 with a 3.88 ERA in 31 games with only 9 complete games for the Tribe; which led to his trade to the Bronx. In 1947, he went 19-8 with a 3.20 ERA in 34 games with a WP.704 for the Yankees. He became of the mainstays of the Yankees starting rotation that won 5 straight World Championships (1949-1953) along with Eddie Lopat, Vic Raschi, later Whitey Ford. His World Series pitching record for the Yankees was 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 games. Allie had 5 complete game with 2 shutouts as a Yankees World Series Starter. As a Relief pitcher for the team in the World Series, he had a 2-0 record with 4 saves. Also, as a batter, he hit .308 in 26 at-bats in 6 World Series. During the 1951 AL season, he pitched 2-No-Hitters, including one against the Red Sox. The another one was against his former team, the Indians. In 1952, Reynolds led the AL in both ERA (2.06) and strikeouts (160). A back injury during a Yankees team bus accident in Baltimore during the 1954 AL season, forced Allie to retire from the game. He finished the 1954 AL season with a 13-4 record with 3.32 ERA in 36 games. With the 1947-1954 Yankees, Allie went 131-60 with a 3.30 ERA, with 96 complete games and 27 shutouts in 295 games. He retired with an overall MLB career pitching record of 182-107 with a .630 winning percentage with a 3.30 ERA. In retirement, Allie was a successful Oil Business Executive in Oklahoma. In 1969, he became the Baseball Commissioner of the American Association (AAA), the League named its Allie Reynolds Award for the top pitcher in his honor. Oklahoma State University Baseball has called Allie P. Reynolds Stadium home since 1981.

1926- Former Yankees Co-Team Owner Frank J. Farrell (1903-1913) passed away. (1866-1926)

Frank Farrell and Bill Devery were the 1st owners of the New York Highlanders, later to become the Yankees. They had purchased the AL Baltimore Orioles franchise on January 3,1903 for $18,000 Cash. They were allowed by AL to purchase the team and move it to New York City because of their ties with the local politics. All previous attempts to move an AL team to Manhattan were blocked by the NL’s Giants Owner and their Manager John McGraw’s NYC political connections. Frank Farrell was heavily involved in the NYC gambling market. He was known to own a number of pool halls and a casino. After the 1913 AL season, the duo sold the team to new team Co-Owners Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston. AL President Ban Johnson was worried about gambling problems stemming from Farrell and Devery team ownership; he brought in Ruppert and Huston in to buy the Yankees. The team had traded away star 1B Hal Chase during the 1913 AL season to White Sox because of his suspicious playing behavior and rumors of his gambling on games, something would get him a lifetime ban from baseball by Commissioner Judge Landis in 1920.

1937- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Scout Richard Bogard was born. (1937-2003)

Richard Bogard played Minor League baseball for 6 seasons, then he managed in the Minor Leagues for 3 year. He scouted for almost 3 decades. Bogard broke in professionally 1st in the Yankees chain as the starting 3B for the 1957 Modesto Reds. He hit .303, drawing 94 walks, scored 88 runs while hitting 39 doubles and 10 triples. In 1958, Richard hit .295 with 7 HRs and 87 RBI for Modesto. He split the 1959 season between the Birmingham Barons (.224, 1 HR, 7 RBIs) and Greensboro Yankees (.264, 9 HRs, 52 RBIs). In 1960, Dick moved to the Dodgers system, playing for the Green Bay Dodgers (.264, 3 HRs, 28 RBIs) and the Macon Dodgers (.208, 2 HRs, 16 RBIs). In his 5th season, Bogard joined the Salem Dodgers, where he batted .355 with 9 HRs and 60 RBIs. In 1962, Bogard finished his pro playing career by hitting .260 with 5 HRs and 38 RBIs for Salem. Then he took a job as an MLB Scout for the Astros organization from 1963-1972. He also managed the 1968 Williamsport Astros, the 1969 Covington Astros and Williamsport again in 1970. He then scouted for the Brewers until 1977. Richard was a National Cross-Checker for the MLB Scouting Bureau. Next, he took a job as the Scouting Director for Oakland A’s from 1984-1994. In 1995-1996, Bogard was a Special Assistant to the GM for the A's. In January of 2003, he was named Special Assistant for Scouting Operations. 

1950- The Yankees sold Pitcher Frank Hiller to the Cubs. He had posted a 5-6 record with a 4.32 ERA in 29 games for the 1946,1948-1949 Yankees. He had told Yankees GM Weiss, if he was going to be sent down to the Minor Leagues in 1950; he would quit the game. Frank had successful seasons with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) in 1947 going 15-5 and again in 1949 with a 11-8 mark. With the Cubs, he went 18-17 in 2 seasons; followed with a 5-8 season with the 1952 Reds and finishing up his MLB Pitching career with the 1953 Giants, while posting a 2-1 record. Overall, Frank Hiller went 33-32 with a 4.42 ERA with 4 saves in 138 games.

1970- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Alberto Castillo (2002) was born.

Reserve Catcher Alberto Castillo hit .135 in 15 games with the 2002 Yankees, before being released by the team. After leaving the Yankees, he would play for the Giants, Royals, A’s and the Orioles. He is currently a Minor League Manager in the Mets organization.

1971- Former NL All-Star player Bill White becomes the 1st Black Play-by-Play Broadcaster in MLB history. WPIX-TV hires Bill White to team with veteran announcers Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer on Yankees broadcasts.

1975- The Yankees signed Minor League Free Agent INF Damaso Garcia. He played 2B during the 1978 AL season for the injured 2B Willie Randolph. He will appear in 29 games for the team hitting .229 before being traded to the Blue Jays on November 1, 1979. He was traded by the Yankees along with 1B Chris Chambliss and P Paul Mirabella for Blues Jays Starter Tom Underwood, Catcher Rick Cerone and OF Ted Wilborn.

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (2012-2014) was born.

On January 13, 2012, the Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Starter Hiroki Kuroda. The former Dodgers starter had an MLB pitching career record of 41-46 in 114 games. In 2011, he went 13-16 in 32 games with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers. Kuroda signed a big MLB Free Agent contract with the Yankees before the 2012 AL season; he has his best MLB season wearing Yankee pinstripes that year. Hiroki made 33 starts, while pitching 219 2/3 innings, he struck out 167 batters - all of these were personal bests - while putting up a record of 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA. He was the 2nd pillar of the Yankees' starting rotation behind Ace CC Sabathia, leading the team to an AL Division title. In the 2012 AL Postseason, he gave up 2 runs in 8 1/3 innings in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles on October 10th, but he was not involved in the decision as the Yankees won by the score of 3-2 in 12 innings. In the 2012 ALCS, he started Game 2 against the Tigers, again Hiroki pitched well, but the 3 runs he gave up in 7 2/3 innings were enough to saddle him with a loss as the Yankees line-up bats went cold in a 3-0-shutout loss. Kuroda was one of the few healthy stars in the 2013 Yankees camp, as the team was devastated by injuries, but in his 1st start of the year against the Red Sox on April 3rd, he was hit on a finger of his pitching hand by a line drive off the bat of  batter Shane Victorino, he had to leave the game in the 2nd inning with the Yankees already trailing, by the score of 2-0. He was charged with the 7-4 loss. Still, there were no after effects, as over his 1st 9 starts, he managed to keep his ERA under 2.00, while putting up a record of 6-2. He had only given up 42 hits and 14 walks in 58 2/3 innings, while striking out 39 batters. In his next start against the Orioles on May 22nd, he gave the Yankees another scare when he took a batted ball off his right calf in the 2nd inning. He had to leave the game in the 3rd inning with a bad bruise, which had developed as a result. However, once again, the injury was not expected to have any longer-term effect. He finished the 2013 AL season with an 11-13 record with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts; while pitching 201 1/3 innings. He followed that with another solid season in 2014, when he made another 32 starts; with a record of 11-9  with a 3.71 ERA, while  pitching another 199 innings. Once again, he was the most reliable starter on a pitching staff devastated by injuries. After the 2014 AL season was over, he decided to return to Japan, signing a 1-year contract with his original team, the Hiroshima Carp on December 27th. The deal was worth $3.3 million. The decision to finish his pro baseball pitching career back in Japan, that ended his MLB Pitching career with a record of 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA in 7 seasons. Extremely durable, he pitched at least 180 innings in 6 of the 7 MLB seasons. Overall, as a Yankees starter, Kuroda went 38-33 with a 3.44 ERA with 463 strikeouts with 4 complete games and 4 shutouts in 97 games.

1976- Former Yankees DH/1B Lance Berkman (2010) was born.

On July 31,2010, veteran 1B Lance Berkman was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Players: P Mark Melancon and INF/OF Jimmy Paredes. Lance appeared in 37 games for the 2010 Yankees, while hitting .255 with 1 HR with 9 RBI’s. On November 1, 2010, the Yankees granted Lance Berkman his MLB Free Agency. It had been an agreement with him and the team about the free agency, when he was traded by the Astros to the Yankees in July. In December of 2010, he was signed by the Cardinals for 2011 NL season.

1990- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Tony Solaita (1968) passed away. (1947-1990).

In 1965, the Yankees had signed 1B Tony Solaita, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1968, he appeared in 1 game for the Yankees, going 0 for 1. In 1968, Tony had led the Carolina League with 49 HRs and 122 RBIs, while playing for the Yankees High Point-Thomasville team. On February 28,1973, he was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for 1B George Kopacz. The Royals would draft Tony from the Pirates organization in the 1973 MLB Winter Minor League Player Draft. He would play in the MLB with the Royals, Angels, Expos and the Blue Jays from 1974-1979. After playing in the MLB, Tony played pro baseball in Japan for several seasons. Tony was killed during a business dispute in his homeland of American Samoa. He had been active in youth baseball activities in American Samoa.

1992- Former Yankees and MLB Public Relations Director Arthur “Red” Patterson (1946-1954) passed away. (1909-1992)

A longtime baseball public relations official with the Yankees, Dodgers (both Brooklyn and Los Angeles) and the Angels, Red Patterson is best known for having introducing the term 'tape measure home run' into the baseball lexicon, when he paced off Mickey Mantle's legendary April 17,1953, Griffith Stadium  562 FT HR shot off of Senators hurler Chuck Stobbs. Prior to starting his PR career, Patterson spent 17 years writing for the New York Herald Tribune, initially while attending night school at NYU. Other innovations credited to Patterson – whose very hiring as Publicity Director by the 1946 Yankees was a major league 1st in and of itself – included Old-Timers Games, Cap Day and Team Yearbooks. Patterson also hired the late, lamented long-time Yankees Public Address Announcer, Bob Sheppard. In 1954, Red Patterson left the Yankees organization due personality clashes with Yankees GM George Weiss. He had joined the Yankees in 1946 originally as a Traveling Secretary. After his temporary retirement from the Angels in 1985 (stepping down as President, but being promptly re-engaged as a Publicity Consultant), Patterson made a partial return to his earliest profession, penning the occasional column for the Anaheim Bulletin. 

2002- Former Yankees 1B/DH Jim Spencer (1978-1981) passed away from Cancer. (1947-2002) 

On December 12,1977, 1B Jim Spencer was traded by the White Sox along with P Bob Polinsky and OF Tommy Cruz to the Yankees for Pitchers Stan Thomas, Ed Ricks and Cash. While backing up Chris Chambliss at 1B, Spencer saw most of his playing time at DH in the Bronx. He reached the MLB post-season for the 1st time in his MLB playing career with the 1978 Yankees. He did not appear in the 1978 ALCS against the Royals, however, he appeared in 4 of the 6 games of the 1978 World Series against the Dodgers. He had 2 hits in 12 at-bats. His best Yankees season was in 1979, when he hit .288 with 23 HRs and 53 RBIs, as the team’s DH and Reserve 1B. When the Yankees traded 1B Chris Chambliss in the winter of 1979 for Blue Jays Catcher Rick Cerone, they in turn signed MLB Free Agent Bob Watson to play 1B, forcing Jim to stay at reserve status at 1B. During 1981 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, Spencer was dealt by the team to the Pirates for 1B Jason Thompson, however the trade was nixed by MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.  On May 20,1981, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with P Tom Underwood to the Oakland A’s for 1B Dave Revering, Pitchers Mike Patterson and Chuck Dougherty. As a Yankees Player, he had appeared in 299 games, while hitting .246 with 45 HRs and 123 RBIs. After retiring from MLB as an active player, Jim Spencer had coached the U.S. Naval Academy Baseball team for several years.

2005- In his 1st public appearance, Yankees AL All-Star 1B Jason Giambi apologizes to his Yankees teammates, fans and to baseball fans everywhere for letting them down in 2004 AL season. The All-Star 1B, however, never uses the word steroids as he accepted full responsibility for the controversy.

2015- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Johnson (1947,1950) passed away. (1926-2015)

Before the start of 1944 AL Season, the Yankees signed P Don Johnson as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Don posted a 5-3 record with a 5.23 ERA in 23 games for the Yankees. On June 15,1950, Don was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Delsing, P Duane Pillette, veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for 2 Pitchers: Tom Ferrick and Joe Ostrowski and Reserve 3B Leo Thomas.

2015- Disgraced MLB superstar Alex Rodriguez meets with Yankees Team Owner Hank Steinbrenner, GM Brian Cashman and other members of the Yankees top brass to apologize for his past actions. Before his 1-year suspension, which is now over, A-Rod was barely on speaking terms with his employer, and his representatives were routinely threatening to sue. But the meeting seems to have cleared the air: "There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training."

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This Week in Yankees History February 7th-13th Part Two

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February 11th

1921- The Yankees traded 2B Frank LaPorte and 3B Jimmy Austin to the St. Louis Browns for 3B Roy Hartzell and Cash. Hartzell would play 3B for the Yankees, appearing in 699 games, while hitting .261 with 8 HRs and 266 RBIs before being released by the Yankees to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) during the 1916 AL season. Jimmy Austin had been the Yankees 3B since the 1909 AL season, but he was a weak hitter. He hit .224 with 3 HRs and 75 RBIs in 224 games. Frank LaPorte played for 2 seasons with the team, while appearing in 252 games, hitting .276. Overall, in 2 tours with the Yankees, he played in a total of 516 games, while hitting .274 with 6 HRs and 227 RBIs.

1941- Former MLB Pitcher and Yankees MLB Pitching Coach Sammy Ellis (1982,1983-1984,1986) was born. (1941-2016)

Sammy Ellis had an excellent season in 1964, as the Reds top Relief Pitcher, saving 14 games posting a 10-3 record with a 125/28 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 1965, Sam was moved to the Reds starting rotation. Sammy made the 1965 NL All-Star team, while winning 22 games and striking out 183 NL batters. As a 24 year-old hurler at the time, he seemed to have a great future ahead of him; but after a 12-19 season in 1966, he had developed a serious pitching arm problems. Sammy was out of MLB by mid-1969. Ellis became a successful MLB Pitching Coach for a number of teams during the 1980’s-1990’s. He was a Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1982, again in 1983-1984 and returned in 1986. Then, he was with the 1981-1991 White Sox MLB Coaching staff. Then he spent the next season across town as a Cubs MLB Coach. Later, he was a member of the 1993-1994 Mariners MLB Coaching staff, then he was on the 1996 Red Sox MLB Coaching staff and then he was on the Orioles 2000 MLB Coaching staff. 

1967- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Scott Pose (1997) was born.

The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent OF Scott Pose. He had appeared as Reserve OF/DH for the 1997 Yankees, as a Reserve Outfielder hitting just .218 with No HRs and 3 RBIs in 54 games. He played the role of the Yankees Outfielder "Matt Crane" in the 1999 Baseball movie “For the Love of the Game.”

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Cesar Cabral (2013) was born.

The Red Sox originally signed Pitcher Cesar Cabral. He played in their Minor League system through the 2010 season. His pro career began in 2006, when he went 1-4 with a 4.54 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with the DSL Red Sox. In 2007, again with the DSL Red Sox, Cabral went 5-4 with a 1.76 ERA in 14 starts. He pitched for the GCL Red Sox in 2008, going 2-5 with a 5.59 ERA in 11 games (9 starts), striking out 51 batters in 48 1/3 innings. In 2009, he went 1-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 15 games (9 starts) with the Lowell Spinners. He split 2010 season between the Greenville Drive and Salem Red Sox, going a combined 4-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 45 relief appearances. That season, he struck out 80 batters in 79 1/3 innings. In winter ball, he was 1-0 with 2 saves, 13 K and only 1 run and 7 hits in 12 2/3 IP for the Águilas Cibaeñas (DWL). He was selected by Tampa in the 2010 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but he returned to the Red Sox, when he failed to make the Rays' team out of  2011 MLB Spring Training Camp. He posted a 3-4 record with a 2.95 ERA in 36 games between Salem (11) and the Portland Sea Dogs (25) in 2011. All of his appearances were out of the bullpen as he recorded 9 saves, while striking out 70 batters in 55 innings. He was then selected by the Royals in the 2011 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft; Cabral was immediately sold to the Yankees. After pitching well in Spring Training Camp; he did not pitch in 2012. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his elbow towards the end of spring training camp, an injury that necessitated surgery and kept him out the 2012 season. He returned in 2013, starting the season with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). He did well there, posting a 2.57 ERA in 7 innings. His next 2 stops, were in AA and AAA were less effective, though. He was 1-0, with a 5.49 ERA in 15 games for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and then he went  0-1, with a 7.20 ERA in 10 games for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) for a cumulative record of  1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He did strike well over a batter per inning - 43 in 36 2/3 - which may explain why he received a call-up to the Bronx; when MLB Player Rosters expanded on September 1st.  In his MLB Pitching debut for the Yankees on September 2, 2013, he pitched the 8th inning of a 9-1 win over the White Sox. He struck out the 1st batter, he faced Jordan Danks and then he allowed a single to Josh Phegley before striking out Alejandro De Aza for the 2nd out. After uncorking a wild pitch, he forced Gordon Beckham to line out to 3B Mark Reynolds for the 3rd out. Overall, he finished out the 2013 AL season appearing in 8 games for the team with no record with 2.45 ERA. As a Pitcher for the 2013-2014 Yankees, he went 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 games.

2002- Former Yankees INF (1932-1948) and Longtime MLB 3B Coach (1949-1968) Frank “Crow” Crosetti passed away. (1910-2002)

On August 23,1930, Shortstop Frank Crosetti was traded by the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and 3 players. He was allowed to stay with the AA Seals for the 1931 PCL season, he would report to the Yankees in 1932. In 1931, Yankees sent  Reserve INF Julie Wera to the Seals to complete the trade. He played 4 seasons for the 1928-1931 AA San Francisco Seals (PCL), while hitting .320 in 652 games. Frank holds several longevity-related records with the team. He holds the Yankees club record for service to the club. He was an MLB player from 1932-1948 and their MLB 3B Coach from 1949-1968. The "Crow" also he coached for the Seattle Pilots and Twins before retiring from MLB in 1971. Crosetti won so many World Series rings, 7 as a Yankees player and 10 as an MLB Coach, that the Yankees began giving him engraved shotguns instead of Series rings. In all, Frank appeared in 23 World Series. Crosetti was suspended for the 1st month of the 1943 AL season after an altercation with Umpire Bill Summers in the 1942 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Crosetti, who had a long career mostly at Shortstop, was not a strong hitter although he had some power and drew walks well. He also led the AL many times in hit-by-pitch. In his best offensive season was with the 1936 Yankees, when he hit .288 with 90 walks, 15 HRs with 18 stolen bases, while scoring 137 runs. That season, in the 1936 World Series, he was the lead-off hitter for a line-up that usually had Red Rolfe batting 2nd, Joe DiMaggio 3rd, Lou Gehrig 4th, Bill Dickey 5th, and then George Selkirk, Jake Powell and Tony Lazzeri in various combinations in the 6th, 7th and 8th spots. Also, Crosetti struck out a lot, leading the AL twice-in strikeouts. He led the AL in stolen bases with 27 in 1938. He was a member of the 1936 and 1939 AL All-Star teams. Overall, as a Yankees player, he played for 17 seasons, while appearing in 1,683 games, while hitting .245 with 98 HRs and 649 RBIs. In 7 World Series with the club, he appeared in 29 games, while hitting .174 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs. In 2004, he was elected to the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. He had played 4 seasons for the 1928-1931 AA San Francisco Seals, while hitting .320 in 652 games. He left the Yankees organization in the Fall of 1968, to join the new AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots. Also, he coached for the Twins.

2006- Pitcher Shawn Chacon and the Yankees agreed to a $3.6 million, 1-year contract as he avoided a salary arbitration hearing. On July 28, 2005, Shawn was traded by the Rockies to the Yankees

February 12th 

1892- Former Yankees Pitcher Thomas “Shotgun” Rogers (1921) was born. (1892-1936)

Pitcher Tom Rogers went 0-1 with 7.36 ERA and 1 save in 5 games for the 1921 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1921 World Series against the Giants with no record. Before joining the Yankees in 1921, he had previously pitched for the Browns and the A’s. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher Tom went 15-30 with a 3.95 ERA and 3 saves in 89 games.

1902- Former Yankees OF George “Kiddo” Davis (1926) was born. (1902-1983)

Outfielder George “Kiddo” Davis got his 1st taste of the MLB in 1926 appearing in 1 game with the Yankees at age 24. The Yankees won the 1926 AL pennant, but Davis did not appear in the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals. After his 1 game appearance with the 1926 Yankees, he disappeared from the MLB for 6 seasons until 1932; when he emerged as a regular Outfielder for the Phillies hitting .309 at the age of 30.

1912- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Monk” Dubiel (1944-1945) was born. (1912-1969)

Before the start of the 1941 AL season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Walter “Monk” Dubiel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. "Monk" would spend 1941 season with the Class C Akron Yankees and the Erie Sailors. The right-hander would appear in a combined 28 games, while posting a 14-8 record with a 2.44 ERA. Dubiel came by the name of "Monk" in his 1st year of pro baseball in the Minor Leagues, when a teammate noted that his uniform was so small for him that he looked like an organ grinder's monkey. After winning 16 games in the for the AA Newark Bears (IL) including a No-Hitter over the Syracuse Chiefs in 1943, "Monk" became a dependable wartime hurler for the Yankees, winning an MLB pitching career high 13 games in 1944 and 10 games in 1945. Dubiel's MLB Pitching career was hindered by a hip and recurring back ailment that kept him from serving in the military service during World War II. His overall Yankees Pitching career record was 23-22 with a 3.87 ERA with 28 complete games and 4 shutouts in 56 games. On December 14,1946, Monk Dubiel was purchased by the AA Seattle Rainers (PCL) from the Yankees. Later, he would return to the MLB, pitching for the Phillies and the Cubs in the NL. Overall, as MLB Pitcher, he posted a 45-53 record with a 3.87 ERA and 11 saves in 187 games.

1920- The Yankees 3B Frank "Home Run" Baker’s wife, Ottalee Baker dies at the age of 31, leaving 2 small children. Frank Baker will miss the entire 1920 AL season with the Yankees to stay home and take care of the family, returning in 1921 to play 3B for the team, while hitting .294 with 9 HRs and 71 RBIs in 94 games. He hit .250 in the 1921 World Series against the Giants.

1920- In a defeat for AL President Ban Johnson, Pitcher Carl Mays is reinstated and the Yankees' 3rd-place finish is recognized. Furthermore, a 2-man committee is appointed to review all fines over $100 and suspensions of more than 10 days

1921- Former Yankees Reserve INF Don Bollweg (1953) was born. (1921-1996) 

On May 14,1951, INF Don Bollweg was traded by the Cardinals along with $15,000 Cash to the Yankees for veteran 3B Billy “The Bull” Johnson. He was sent down to the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) to play regularly. Don would hit .297 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs in 70 games for the 1953 Yankees. He appeared in 3 games of the 1953 World Series against the Dodgers with no hits. On December 16,1953, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, OF/1B Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and C Jim Robertson to the Philadelphia A’s for Starter Harry Byrd, 1B Eddie Robinson, OF Tom Hamilton, Carmen Mauro and 3B Loren Babe. He would play with the A’s for 2 seasons before leaving the MLB.

1926- Former MLB player, Author, MLB and Yankees Broadcaster Joe Garagiola (1965-1967) was born. (1926-2016)

Former MLB player with the Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates and Giants and MLB Sports Announcer, Joe Garagiola was a Yankees Broadcaster from 1965-1967, replacing the departed Mel Allen. Joe Garagiola was a Broadcaster for the 1955-1962 Cardinals, 1965-1967 Yankees (1965-1967), 1990 Angels and the 1998-2012 Diamondbacks. He later worked for NBC Sports covering MLB Baseball during the 1970-1980’s. He appeared on NBC’s Today show for many years. Joe growing up in St. Louis, he was a childhood friend of future Yankees HOF Catcher Yogi Berra. At the age of 87, Joe announced his retirement from broadcasting during the 2013 MLB Spring Training Camps. He had spent 58 years in the booth, in addition to his service time as a player. In 2014, he was named recipient of the 3rd Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Board of the Baseball Hall of Fame "to honor an individual whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball's positive impact on society, broadened the game's appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O'Neil." He passed away in March of 2016 at age 90.

1932- At the age of 37, former Minor League Executive George Weiss is named head of the Yankees’ new Minor League system created by General Manager Edward Barrow. Weiss was hired by the Yankees to create a farm system, which had been pioneered in the NL by the Cardinals Executive Branch Rickey. It was the reason of the Cardinals' dominance of the NL. Weiss grew the Yankees farm system from 4 teams in 1931 up to 16 teams by 1939 that reached up to 20 teams by 1947. With the AA Newark Bears (IL) and Kansas City Blues (AA) as their 2 top Minor League teams. The Yankees farm system churned out many of the players who would lead the Bronx Bombers to their 4 consecutive (1936-1939) World Series titles in the 1930s, their 5 straight titles (1949-1953) and their 6 other Championship clubs sprinkled throughout the rest of the 1940s and 1950s. George Weiss will eventually become the General Manager of the 1948-1960 Yankees and along with Manager Casey Stengel, will oversee an unprecedented 5 consecutive World Championships from 1949-1953. After the 1960 World Series lost to the Pirates in October, the Yankees let George Weiss and Manager Casey Stengel go. The Yankees replaced George Weiss with his Assistant General Manager Roy Hamey Jr.  Yankees MLB Coach Ralph Houk replaced veteran Casey Stengel as the Yankees Manager. In 1961, he will become the 1st General Manager and Club President for the new NL Expansion Team, the New York Mets. Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel will join him as the team’s 1st MLB Manager. He will hold his positions with the Mets until 1966, when he retired from MLB. George Weiss will eventually gain election to the Hall of Fame in 1971, as a Baseball Executive. When asked about his Yankees trades of young players, which ones he traded that he should have kept on the team, his reply was 2 players: Pitcher Lew Burdette and Outfielder Jackie Jensen.

1942- Former Yankees Pitcher Pat Dobson (1973-1975) was born. (1942-2006)

On June 7, 1973, the Yankees traded 1B /OF Frank Tepedino, Minor League OF Wayne Nordhagen and 2 Players to be Named Later (2 Minor league Pitchers: Alan Closter and Dave Cheadle) for Braves Veteran MLB Starter Pat Dobson. He was struggling with the Braves posting a 3-7 record with a 4.99 ERA; he was dropped out of the Atlanta starting rotation. He had previously pitched for the Orioles. He would finish the 1973 AL season with a 9-8 record with a 4.17 ERA in 22 games for the team. His best Yankees season was in 1974, when Pat posted a 19-15 record with a 3.07 ERA with 12 complete games and 2 shutouts in 39 games. Overall, Pat Dobson went 39-27 with 3.65 ERA in 72 games for the Yankees. On November 22, 1975, he was sent to the Indians for OF/DH Oscar Gamble. 

1953- Former Yankees 1B/DH Dave Revering (1981-1982) was born.

The Reds had originally selected 1B Dave Revering in the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft. They traded him to the Oakland A’s for P Doug Blair. He was the A’s regular 1B from 1978-1980. On May 20,1981, Dave Revering was traded by the by A’s along with Pitchers Mike Patterson and Chuck Dougherty to the Yankees for veteran 1B Jim Spencer and P Tom Underwood. Don hit .219 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 59 games for the Yankees before being traded on May 5,1982; along with Minor League INF Jeff Reynolds and OF/1B Tom Dodd to the Blue Jays for veteran AL All-Star 1B John Mayberry. 

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Tim Redding (2006) was born.

On July 2, 2005, Tim Redding was traded by the Padres along with P Darrell May and Cash to the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Paul Quantrill. Tim went 0-1 in his only Yankees starting appearance, lasting only 1 inning, while giving up 6 runs. After the start, he was sent down to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) for the rest of the 2005 season. Later, Tim would pitch for the Nationals and Mets. He spent part of the 2010 baseball season with the Yankees organization pitching for AAA Scranton (IL), before leaving to sign with a pro baseball team in Korea. From 2014-2017, he was the Pitching Coach for the Auburn Doubledays (NYPENL) in the Nationals farm system

1986- Former Yankees 3B Todd Frazier (2017) was born.

Todd Frazier was selected 34th overall by the Reds in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Frazier had played Shortstop for 3 seasons at Rutgers University, hitting 42 career HRs. After his selection by the Reds in the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft, he made his pro player debut with the Billings Mustangs on July 11, 2007. He had 2 hits, a run, and an RBI in the game. Frazier reached the MLB with the 2011 Reds, making his player debut on May 23rd, going 0 for 1 as a Pinch-Hitter. He returned to Louisville after the game, then he came back for good on July 22nd. He played 41 games, while hitting .232 with 6 HRs and 15 RBIs. He hit his 1st MLB HR on July 31st, off of Giants' hurler Barry Zito in a 9-0 Reds win. He played another 10 games with Louisville before coming back to the Reds in 2012. On May 16th, he had his 1st 2-HR game in front of friends and family at Citi Field; Reds beat the Mets by the score of 6-3. He connected off of Mets hurlers Johan Santana and D.J. Carrasco. He got to play regularly when 1B Joey Votto went on the DL in late June. He was out for 2 months; he was one of the reasons the Reds managed to stay in 1st place in spite of the absence of their offensive leader, as he was named NL Rookie of the Month for August. That month, he collected 36 hits and 25 RBIs, batted .330 and scored 19 runs. He also hit 6 HRs. Ironically, Votto had been the last Reds player to win that honor, in September of 2008. He finished the season with a batting line of .273 with 26 doubles, 19 HRs and 67 RBIs in 128 games. He then went 1 for 6 in the NLDS, as Votto was back in the line-up. Frazier finished 3rd in the NL Rookie of the Year vote, behind Bryce Harper and Wade Miley; but he did receive 3 1st-place votes. He was however named the 3B on the 2012 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. Even though the Reds as a team were not playing so well in the 1st few months of the 2015  NL season, Frazier was having an outstanding year as the team's 3B. On June 17th, he had a tremendous game against the Tigers, hitting a solo HR in regulation time before ending the game with a walk-off grand slam HR off of Tigers Reliever Joakim Soria with 2 outs in the 13th for an 8-4 victory. He was named to the NL All-Star team for the 2nd straight season, this time being voted as a starter for the NL, with the added bonus that it was being played at home that year. Then he won the annual All-Star HR Derby by defeating Rookie Joc Pederson in the final round, becoming only the 2nd player, after Ryne Sandberg in 1990 to win the competition at home. His brother Charlie was his Pitcher in the HR Derby. He finished the season hitting .255 with 35 HRs and 89 RBIs with 43 doubles and 82 runs scored. However, the Reds began trading away veterans during the season, when the off-season came around, it was his turn to hit the MLB Player trading block. On December 16, 2015, he was sent to the White Sox in a trade also involving the Dodgers. The Reds received 3 prospects from L.A., including INF Jose Peraza, while the White Sox sent 3 young players to the Dodgers to complete the deal. Frazier's time in Chicago was a bit of a disappointment. In 2016, he hit only .225, albeit with good power: 21 doubles and 40 HRs, a personal best, good for 89 runs and 98 RBIs, both also personal bests in 158 games. The Sox went nowhere however. In 2017, he was hitting just .207 after 81 games, with 16 HRs and 44 RBIs, when the White Sox included him in a trade meant to strengthen their farm system. On July 18th, he was sent to the Yankees alongside Reliever Tommy Kahnle and Closer David Robertson in return for veteran MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard and 3 Minor League prospects - Pitcher Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Tito Polo and Blake Rutherford. In spite of playing well, the Yankees had received little production from the 1B position thus far this 2017 AL season. His acquisition was meant to address this key deficiency on a temporary basis, since he was slated to become an MLB Free Agent after the 2017 AL season had ended. The Yankees decided to play him at 3B, moving current 3B Chase Headley to 1B in a platoon situation. Todd appeared in 66 games for the 2017 Yankees, while hitting .222 with 11 HRs and 32 RBIs. In the 2017 AL Post season for the team, he played in 13 games, while hitting .205 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs.  After the 2017 MLB Post Season ended, the Yankees granted Todd MLB Free Agency. He would sign a 2-year deal with the Mets.

2003- Former Yankees Minor League P Wally Burnette passed away. (1929-2003)

Before the start of the 1948 AL Season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Wally Burnette as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 11, 1956, Wally was traded by the Yankees to the Kansas City A’s for Minor League P Tom Lasorda. The Yankees sent Lasorda to the AAA Denver Bears (AA). Wally pitched for the 1956-1958 A’s posting a 14-21 record with a 3.56 ERA and 1 save in 68 games. His last MLB pitching appearance with the A’s in June of 1958 against the Yankees in relief. He briefly came back to the Yankees organization for 11 games with the AAA Denver Bears (AA), posting a 0-7 record with a 5.95 ERA in 11 games for the team. After pitching in 3 games with no record for the A’s AAA Portland (PCL) and the AA Shreveport teams, Wally retired from baseball.

2013- As MLB Spring Training Camp opens, the Yankees acquired Reliever Shawn Kelley from the Mariners in return for Minor League OF Abraham Almonte, who never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Abraham Almonte, 23, batted .276 with 4 HRs, 25 RBIs and 30 steals in 78 games for 2012 AA Trenton Thunder (EL). Kelly had gone 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 47 games for the 2012 Mariners.

2014- All-time Yankees great Shortstop Derek Jeter announces that the 2014 AL season, his 20th season, will be his last one. Injuries have taken a toll of late, limiting him to only 17 games in 2013. The Yankees Team Captain will retire as the New York Yankees' All-time Leader in games played and hits.

February 13th

1883- Former Yankees 1B and Player-Manager Hal “Prince Hal” Chase (1905-1913) was born. (1883-1947)

On October 4,1904, 1B Hal Chase was drafted by the Highlanders from the AA Los Angeles (PCL) in the 1904 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. As a Yankees player, Hal had a .284 BA with 20 HRs and 494 RBIs in 1,061 games. He led the Yankees in hitting in 1906-1907. During the 1910-1911 AL seasons, he was a Player-Manager for the Yankees, posting an 86-80 record in 167 games. His character was often questioned because of not playing honestly and gambling. The Yankees 1913 Manager Frank Chance accused him of “laying down.” He was only hitting .212 and his play on the field was questionable. On June 1,1913, Hal Chase was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for OF Rollie Zeider and 1B Babe Borton. Either player did anything for the Yankees and were soon gone by the end of the 1913 AL season. Hal Chase would play in the MLB with several teams until 1919. In 1920, the MLB Commissioner Judge Landis later banned Hal Chase from organized baseball for life for gambling and fixing games during the 1918 NL season; while he was playing for the Reds. His final MLB career stats was a .291 BA with 57 HRs and 941 RBIs in 1,919 games.

1887- Former Yankees OF Guy Zinn (1911-1912) was born. (1887-1949)

Guy Zinn appeared in 115 games for the 1911-1912 Yankees, while hitting .255 with 6 HRs and 56 RBIs. On August 23,1912, OF Guy Zinn was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later to AA Rochester (IL) for OF Jack Lelivelt. The Yankees would send Minor League OF Klondike Smith (August 28,1912) to Rochester (IL) to complete the trade.

1888- Former Yankees Reserve INF Edward “Kid” Foster (1910) was born. (1888-1937)

Before the start of 1910 AL season, the Yankees purchased INF Eddie “Kid” Foster from the Tigers. He appeared in 30 games for the 1910 Yankees, hitting just .133. He would be sent down to the Minor Leagues, he would return to the MLB in 1912 with the Senators, playing until 1923 finishing his MLB playing career with the Browns.

1890- Former Yankees Pitcher Daniel “Big Dan” Tipple (1915) was born. (1890-1960)

After posting a 12-9 record with a 3.79 ERA with the 1915 AA Indianapolis Indians (AA), “Big Dan” Tipple appeared in 3 games with the Yankees in September of 1915, going 1-1 with .095 ERA with 2 complete games. The Yankees would send him to the Minor Leagues for the 1916-1917 baseball seasons, where he pitched for the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). He never returned to the MLB, despite being successful, pitching in the Minor Leagues until 1928, finishing with a 143-114 record in 338 games.

1927- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jim Brideweser (1951-1953) was born. (1927-1989)

Before the start of the 1950 AL season, the Yankees signed INF Jim Brideweser, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.  He had attended college at USC, where he played for their Baseball team. Jim hit .363 (16 for 44) in 51 games as Reserve INF for the 1951-1953 Yankees. Jim was a good utility INF, but there was no room for him on the Yankees current 25-Man MLB Roster. He had refused the Yankees assignment to the Minor Leagues to the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) and the team placed him on suspension before being claimed on waivers by the Orioles on May 11,1954. Jim would play in the MLB for the Yankees, Orioles, White Sox and the Tigers before finishing up his MLB playing career in 1957.

1939- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach, Minor League Manager and MLB P Jerry Walker was born.

Jerry Walker managed in the Yankees Minor League system from 1968-1972. He was a Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1981-1982. As an MLB player, he pitched for the Orioles, A’s and the Indians from 1958-1965. He was one of the “Baby Birds” Orioles Starters along with Milt Pappas, Jack Fisher, Chuck Estrada and Steve Barber on the early 1960’s Orioles teams. Currently, Jerry Walker works in the Cardinals Minor League organization.

1941- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Brenneman (1965) was born. (1941-1994)

In 1961, the Yankees signed P Jim Brenneman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would appear in 3 games with no record for the 1965 Yankees. He finished his pro baseball career in 1966, appearing with the AA Columbus Confederate Yankees (SL), while posting a 10-9 record with a 3.30 ERA with 9 complete games and 2 shutouts in 26 games.

1949- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lenny Randle (1979) was born.

On August 3,1979, veteran MLB INF Lenny Randle was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He appeared in only 20 games for the 1979 Yankees, while hitting just .179. On November 1,1979, Lenny Randle was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. 

1960- Former Yankees Minor League P Brian Ryder was born.

Brian Ryder was drafted in the 1st round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He compiled a 46-24 record in 95 games, while pitching in the Yankees Minor League system, reaching the AAA level in 1981. In December of 1981, he was traded along with P Freddie Toliver to the Reds for veteran NL All-Star OF Ken Griffey Sr. Brian never appeared with the Reds at the MLB level.

1971- Former Yankees Pitcher Todd Williams (2001) was born.

Pitcher Todd Williams won an Olympic Gold Medal for the United States in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In the 1999 Pan American Games, Williams led Team USA with 4 appearances. He saved 1 game and had a 1.69 ERA as the US won Silver Medal and advanced to the 2000 Olympics. The Dodgers originally had signed Todd. In 2001, the Yankees signed Todd Williams as an MLB Free Agent.  He went 1-0 with 4.70 ERA in 15 games for the 2001 Yankees.

1980- Former Yankees INF and Minor League Coach Drew Henson (2002-2003) was born.

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected INF Drew Henson. The former Michigan State University sport star chose playing MLB Baseball over a chance to play pro football in the NFL. While at Michigan, Henson also played Minor-League baseball during summers, having signed an exclusive 6-year,17-million-dollar contract with the Yankees in 1998. This is why Henson, who would likely have been a 1st-round pick in the NFL following his Sr. season at Michigan, was prohibited from entering the draft. In his pro debut on the baseball field, he was 12 for 38 with 3 doubles, 1 HR and 3 walks for the 1998 GCL Yankees. Baseball America named him the 4th-best prospect in the GCL. In 1999, Drew batted .280 with 13 HRs in 254 AB, though he fielded only .864 at 3B for the Tampa Yankees. Despite missing time to play college football, he nearly led the club in HRs, 1 behind Rivera. BA named him the #2 FSL prospect. Henson remained productive with the 2000 AA Norwich Navigators (EL), while hitting .287 in 59 games. On July 12, 2000, he was shipped to the Reds, along with fellow Yankees Prospects OF Jackson Melian and P Ed Yarnall for MLB veteran Starter Denny Neagle. He was only 11 for 64 with 8 doubles, a HR, 4 walks and 25 whiffs for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts after the trade was made. His defense was improving; he fielded .925 for the summer. He remained high in the BA rankings, picked as the top defensive 3B in the Eastern League and the loop's 7th-best prospect. Entering the season as their choice as baseball's #24 prospect, he was upgraded to #14 entering 2001. On March 21, 2001, his rights were traded back to the Yankees along with OF Michael Coleman for Minor League OF Prospect Wily Mo Pena. Spending most of the year at AAA, the 21-year-old Henson struggled to a .616 OPS (.222, 11 HRs, 85 Ks in 270 AB) for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). His troubles exacerbated by a hostile crowd of Ohio State University fans in Columbus, who remembered Henson's days as QB for the archrival Michigan Wolverines. BA listed him as the 14th-best prospect in the 2001 IL. Even so, Henson still ranked #9 on BA’s list going into 2002, with hopes still high that he would turn into a good MLB 3B. Instead, Henson's .240, while definitely improved -again at AAA - underwhelmed. He had 30 doubles and 18 HRs, but led the IL in both strikeouts (151) and 35 errors at 3B. He did lead the Clippers in HRs. In the 2002 Futures Game, he started at 3B and hit 7th for the US, going 0 for 2 in a 5-1 loss before being replaced by Chad Tracy. BA still considered him a good prospect - 5th among Minor League 3B (between Dallas McPherson and David Wright) and 13th in the IL (between Wilson Betemit and Chase Utley). With the arrival of A-Rod from the Rangers to play 3B following Aaron Boone’s knee injury and player release; the Yankees bought out his MLB Player contract, ending his brief MLB playing career. Drew Henson left the MLB to play NFL football. In 2013-2014, Henson became a Minor League Hitting Coach for the Yankees organization, working with the GCL Yankees 2 team. He later coached for the 2016 Class A Staten Island Yankees. For the 2017 season, he was a full-time hitting Coach for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL).

1986- The Yankees re-acquired veteran C/1B/DH Ron Hassey from the White Sox. Hassey, who had been traded to Chicago only 2 months earlier, returns to Yankees in a 7-player trade. On December 12, 1985, Ron was traded by the Yankees along with P Joe Cowley to the White Sox for Minor League players: OF Glen Braxton and P Mike Soper and MLB Starter Britt Burns. Ron was traded by the White Sox along with Minor League Players: P Eric Schmidt and OF Matt Winters to the Yankees for P Neil Allen, Catcher Scott Bradley, Minor League OF Glen Braxton and Cash. Ron Hassey will hit .296 with 13 HRs with 42 RBIs in 92 games for the 1985 Yankees. In 1986, he will hit .298 with 6 HRs and 29 RBIs in 64 games, before being traded on July 30,1986; back to the White Sox along with Minor League INF/OF Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for OF/DH Ron Kittle, Catcher Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tollenson. On December 24,1986, the Yankees will send Minor League C Bill Lindsey to the White Sox to complete the trade.

1987- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent veteran Catcher Rick Cerone. Rick had spent the 1986 MLB season with the Brewers, hitting .259 in 68 games. When Yankees starting Catcher Joel Skinner failed to hit, Rick replaced him, hitting .243 with 4 HRs and 23 RBIs in 113 games.

1990- Former Yankees Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (2015-2016) was born.

Nathan Eovaldi was an 11th-round choice by the Dodgers in the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was 0-1, 0.84 ERA in 7 games in the Minor Leagues that year all in relief. Eovaldi then became a Starter with the Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) in 2009, posting a 3-5 record, 3.27 in 96.1 innings. In 2010, he again pitched fewer than 100 innings, this time with 3 different teams, due to some rehabilitation outings at lower levels, most of his time being spent with the Inland Empire 66ers  (California League). He was 4-6, 4.30 overall. After this unassuming beginning in the pro franks, Eovaldi, vaulted all the way to the MLB in 2011. Assigned to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts to start the year, Eovaldi was 6-5, 2.62 ERA in his 1st 20 games, pitching 103 innings, giving up only 76 hits and striking out 99. On August 6th, he was called up to the MLB to take the place of the injured Rubby De La Rosa in the Dodgers' starting rotation. Facing the Diamondbacks, he struck out 7 batters over 5 innings, while allowing only 2 runs; he was credited with his team's 5-3 win. He also got a hit in his 1st MLB at bat, against Joe Saunders. He made 10 appearances - 6 of them starts - for the Dodgers that 1st season, ending with a record of 1-2, 3.63 ERA. In 2012, he pitched 9 times for Chattanooga, with a record of 2-2, 3.09 ERA, then he returned to Los Angeles on May 29th. In 10 MLB starts, he was only 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA. On July 25th, he was traded along with Scott McGough to the Marlins in return for INF Hanley Ramirez and veteran Reliever Randy Choate. His  pitching debut with the Marlins on July 28th was a successful one, as he allowed just 1 run in 5 1/3 innings in a 4-2 win over the Padres. He went 3-7 in 12 starts for the Marlins to finish the season at 4-13 with a 4.30. ERA. He had won a spot as the Marlins'  No. 2 Starter in spring training in 2013, but he was felled by a shoulder injury on the eve of Opening Day and had to start the year on the DL. He was only able to return on June 18th, but proved to be extremely solid from that point forward, even if wins were hard to come by. On August 10th, he had an excellent 3.19 ERA in 9 starts, but only a 2-2 record to show for it. That day he lowered his ERA even further with 7 shutout innings against the Braves, who were on a 14-game winning streak, but he left with the ballgame still scoreless and did not get credit for the Marlins' 1-0 win on a 9th-inning run. On December 19, 2014, he was traded to the Yankees along with 1B/OF Garrett Jones and P Domingo German for INF Martin Prado and P David Phelps. The Yankees had bet that because of his good stuff, he could have much better results than what he had shown so far if given solid support, and they were proved right in 2015. In spite of an ERA of 4.20, he was 14-3, when he was placed on the DL on September 7th, the latest in a string of health issues by members of the team's starting rotation. His record gave him the highest winning percentage in the AL at .824, an ironic result, given his career winning percentage had been an awful .300 entering the season. He also distinguished himself with the velocity of his pitches during the season: he had the highest average fastball velocity among all MLB starting pitchers, as well as the most pitches over 100 mph, and he also threw the fastest pitch by anyone not named Aroldis Chapman, a fastball clocked at 101.6 mph. Chapman was in another-worldly category, having registered the top 77 fastest pitches thrown that year. He was back in the Yankees' starting rotation in the 1st half of the 2016 season, but his ERA rose over a full run, to 5.54 after 16 starts. He still managed to keep a decent win/loss record during that span at 6-6, but that was entirely due to a stretch in late April and May during which he went 6-0, with a 2.72 ERA in 7 starts. In his next 6 starts, he went 0-4, 9.20 ERA and on July 4th, it was announced that he would be moved to the bullpen for the time being. He earned a win in relief a few days later, then was moved back to the rotation on July 19th and was a winner in his 1st 2 starts. He continued to pitch well even if he suffered a couple of losses after that, but on August 10th, he had to leave a start against the Red Sox after a 1-2-3 1st inning because of pain in his elbow. The news turned out to be quite bad, as he had suffered a torn ligament and a torn tendon, necessitating 2 discrete surgeries and putting him on the shelf for the remainder of the year and all of 2017 as well. He was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games, including 21 starts, when he went down. After the season, the Yankees decided to have him Designated for Assignment rather than wait out until he was ready to pitch again. The Marlins would sign him. During the 2018 NL season, the Marlins traded him to Red Sox, he provided much needed help to their starting rotation for the AL Pennant race and the MLB Post season. He helped the 2018 Red Sox win the World Series. This winter, he became an MLB Free Agent. He would be resigned with the Red Sox for 4 years.

1991- Current Yankees 1B/DH Luke Voit (2018-2021) was born.

Luke Voit was a 22nd round pick by the Cardinals in the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft, out of Missouri State University. He hit his 1st MLB career HR for the Cardinals on July 3, 2017 as part of a 4-RBI day in a 14-6 win over the Marlins. The hometown boy connected off of Marlins P Jarlin Garcia with 1 on in the 8th inning, after having collected his 1st  MLB career RBI on a ground out in the 1st and his 2nd on a double in the 3rd. He had made his debut a week earlier and was hitting .400 with a pair of doubles through his 1st 7 games. He continued his hot hitting on July 6th with a HR, a double and 3 RBIs in a 4-3 win over the Marlins. Overall, he hit .246 in 62 games that season, with 4 HRs and 18 RBIs. In 2018, Voit spent most of the 1st half of the season in the Minors, only coming up to St. Louis for 8 games during which he hit .182. With the AAA Memphis Redbirds, he hit .299 with 9 HRs and 36 RBIs in 76 games. On July 29th, he was traded to the Yankees in return for 2 Pitchers: Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve, essentially to take over in AAA for Tyler Austin as the potential replacement were the oft-injured Greg Bird were to go down again. Austin was himself traded the next day to the Twins. In the immediate, he was brought up to the Bronx, replacing the injured OF Aaron Judge on the roster. And just as suddenly, he became one of the team's hottest hitters with 7 HRs and a .307 BA, good for an OPS+ of 168, over his 1st 20 games. On September 19th, he had his best game yet when he went 4-for-4 with 2 HRs and scored 4 runs in leading the Yankees to a 10-1 win over the Red Sox. The following day, he hit another HR against the Red Sox. That allowed him to help set 2 records: the Yankees became the 1st team in MLB history to have 12 different players hit 10 or more HRs and as it was the 246th of the 2018 AL season for the Bronx Bombers, breaking the team record set in 2012. He finished with .333 BA with 14 HRs and 33 RBIs in 39 games, and as a result Bird was left off the Yankees' roster for the ALWC Game, while Voit started and batted 5th. He added to his growing legend by hitting a 2-run triple off A's Ace Reliever Blake Treinen in the 6th, a ball that missed the seats at New Yankee Stadium by just a couple of inches. That blow increased Yankees lead to 5-0 in effect putting the game away; especially after he came in to score a 6th run on a sacrifice fly immediately afterwards. Voit faced a battle with Greg Bird in  2019 MLB Spring Training Camp, as the Yankees planned to only carry 1 of the 2 1B on their roster given the 2 sluggers' lack of positional flexibility. However, both hit well in camp and an injury to CF Aaron Hicks opened up the DH slot for the start of the season, with DH Giancarlo Stanton shifting over to the outfield, so both players started the season in the Bronx. Voit started off where he had left off the previous season as he hit a 3-run 1st-inning HR on Opening Day, March 28th, propelling the Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Orioles. He also managed to keep an on-base streak of 42 games, including 31 since the start of the 2019 AL season, before being stopped on May 4th. He hit 8 HRs in March/April, another 6 HRs in May, before slowing down in June with just 3 HRs, although he still hit .333 that month. He was at .280 clip with 17 HRs and 50 RBIs at the end of June, he was one of the major reasons the Yankees had managed to overcome a steady stream of injuries to build a sizable lead in 1st place. He was not named to the AL All-Star team, however with Jose Abreu getting the nod over him as a substitute at 1B for the AL. On July 2nd, he was placed on the IL with an abdominal strain. He was activated on July 13th, but on July 31st returned to the IL with a sports hernia.  He finished out the 2019 AL season by hitting .262 with 21 HRs and 62 RBIs in 118 games. In the 2020 AL short season of 60 games, Luke played in 56 games, while hitting .277 with the AL leading 22 HRs and 52 RBIs.



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