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This Week in Yankees History February 14th-20th Part One

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February 14th

1879- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Tim Jordan (1903) was born. (1879-1949)

Reserve 1B Tim Jordan appeared 2 games with the 1903 Yankees, hitting just .125. Tim had played for 1903 Nashua (New England League) hitting .305. He would spend the 1904-1905 seasons with the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). He was a 1B over parts of 7 seasons with the 1901 Senators, 1903 New York Highlanders and the 1906-1910 NL Brooklyn Superbas (aka Dodgers). He led the NL in HRs twice with 12 in 1906 and 1908, while playing for Brooklyn. He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1911-1920, before retiring as an active player.

1913- Former Hall of Fame Yankees Broadcasting Announcer Mel Allen (Melvin Avrom Israel) was born. (1913-1996)

Mel Allen was known as “The Longtime Voice of the Yankees” from the late 1939 to 1964. In 1939, he did the Yankees and Giants home games. He would greet Yankee fans with “Hello here, everyone” at the beginning of every Yankees broadcast. He was also responsible for the Yankees players nicknames Joltin' Joe DiMaggio and “Old Reliable” Tommy Henrich and Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto. During his Yankees career, Allen worked with fellow Ford Frick Award winners Red Barber and Arch McDonald. Many believe Allen and Barber were the greatest broadcasting team in baseball history. With new CBS, Inc. ownership, Mel was let go by the Yankees in winter of 1964. The CBS firing devastated him; he did not call games for any MLB club from 1965 to 1967. In 1968, Allen was play-by-play man for the Indians. He then turned to doing voice over work. Mel Allen was welcomed back to the Yankees' on-air family in 1976 as a pre/post-game host for the cable telecasts with John Sterling, eventually he started calling play-by-play of the Yankees games again. Mel Allen and Red Barber were the 1st recipients of the Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting in 1978. He announced Yankees cable telecasts on SportsChannel New York (now FSN New York) along with the regular crew of Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Frank Messer and occasionally Fran Healy. Mel Allen remained with the Yankees' play-by-play crew until 1985. Mel made occasional appearances on Yankee telecasts and commercials into the late 1980s. In 1990, Mel Allen called play-by-play for a WPIX-TV Yankees game to officially make him baseball's 1st 7-decade MLB Announcer. Among the memorable moments Allen called in that stretch were Yankees OF Reggie Jackson's 400th MLB HR in 1980, Yankees Starter Dave Righetti's No-Hitter on July 4,1983. Later, he would host “This Week in Baseball,” TV series, working on the show until 1995, when his health problems forced him to retire from the show.

1951- Former Yankees Reserve INF Larry Milbourne (1981-1983) was born.

On November 18,1980, INF Larry Milbourne was traded by the Mariners along with a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden and $150,000 Cash. Larry would hit .313 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 61 games for the 1981 Yankees. On May 12,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Pete Filson, John Pacella and Cash to the Twins for C Butch Wynegar and P Roger Erickson. In 1983, the Yankees purchased Larry from the Phillies. He appeared in 31 games for the 1983 Yankees, while hitting only .200 with No HRs and 2 RBIs. On February 14,1984, Larry was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for Pitchers Scott Nielsen and Eric Parent. He has Coached and Managed in the Cardinals farm system.

1966- Former Yankees INF Bill Stumpf (1912-1913) passed away. (1892-1966)

On September 1,1911, INF Bill Stumpf was drafted by the Highlanders from York Roses (Tri-State) in the 1911 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Stumpf appeared in 54 games for the 1912-1913 Yankees; while hitting .234 with No HRs and 11 RBIs. On May 25, 1913, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jack Lelivelt to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh.

1970- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Kelly Stinnett (2006) was born.

On December 1, 2005, veteran MLB Catcher Kelly Stinnett was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He hit .228 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs in 34 games before being released by the team in July of 2006.

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Damaso Marte (2008-2009) was born. 

The Mariners originally signed P Damaso Marte, but the team released him. On November 16, 2000, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. On June 13, 2001, Marte was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for MLB INF Enrique Wilson. The Pirates would trade him to White Sox.  He would return to the Pirates. On July 26, 2008, Damaso was traded by the Pirates along with OF/1B Xavier Nady to the Yankees for Minor League Players: P Daniel McCutchen and OF Prospect Jose Tabata, Pitchers Jeff Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf. His Yankees pitching career record was 2-6 with a 6.02 ERA in 76 games, while working out of the Yankees bullpen. Marte missed part of the 2011 season due to arm surgery performed in November of 2010. He will leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency.

1981- Former Yankees Pitcher Brad “Admiral” Halsey (2004) was born. (1981-2014)

The Yankees in the 8th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Brad Halsey. He went 1-3 in 8 games for the Yankees in 2004, before being traded to the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson trade. Brad had pitched in MLB with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and the A’s. In 2011, he rejoined the Yankees organization pitching in the Minor leagues. In November of 2014, Brad passed away from injuries that occurred from a mountain climbing accident.

1984- The Yankees traded 2B Larry Milbourne to the Mariners for 2 Minor League Pitchers Scott Nielsen and Eric Parent. Larry had hit .200 in 31 games for the 1983 Yankees as a Reserve INF, filling in for the injured All-Star 2B Willie Randolph. Scott Nielsen will go 6-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 19 games in 2 tours with the Yankees, while Eric Parent will not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1984- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1952-1953) and MLB Coach (1967) Babe “Bee Bee” Loren passed away from Cancer. (1928-1984)

The Yankees signed INF Babe Loren as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1945. Babe appeared in only 17 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He had been buried in the Yankees farm system with so many talented infielders around their system. In 1953, he was sold to the Philadelphia A’s, but the Yankees reacquired him in December of 1953 in the Vic Power trade with the A’s. Babe remained in the Minor Leagues until retiring as active player in 1958.  From 1961-1966, he managed in the Yankees Minor League system. In 1967, he was an MLB Coach for the Yankees. Later, he worked for the White Sox. When it was found in April 1983 that Babe was suffering from Cancer, fellow MLB Coach Charley Lau voluntarily gave up his spot on the MLB Coaching staff, so that Babe could qualify for MLB Players Pension and receive medical benefits for his Cancer treatment. On February 14,1984, Babe died from Cancer at age of 56. A month later, Charlie Lau was diagnosed with Cancer, he would pass away in 5 weeks after Babe. 

1985- Former Yankees Reliever Tyler Clippard (2007, 2016-2017) was born.

Tyler Clippard reached the MLB as a starting pitcher in 2007, but he established himself as one of the MLB’s most effective middle relievers beginning in 2009. Clippard was selected by the Yankees in the 9th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He debuted that year with the GCL Yankees, going 3-3 with a 2.89 ERA. In 43 2/3 IP, he allowed 33 hits and 5 walks while striking out 56 batters. Moving up to the 2004 Class A Battle Creek Yankees, Clippard had a 10-10 record, with a 3.44 ERA. The right-hander was 10-9 with a 3.18 ERA for the 2005 Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). Opponents hit .219 against him and he struck out 169 in 147 1/3 IP while walking 34. He also made 1 appearance each for the Charleston RiverDogs (0-1 record, 7.50 ERA, 10 K in 6 IP) and the Columbus Clippers (1 scoreless inning, 2 K). He led Yankees farmhands in strikeouts and finished 5th in the affiliated Minor Leagues. Also, he led the FSL in strikeouts. Tyler was 7th in FSL ERA.  He failed to make the FSL Post-season All-Star team and Baseball America did not rank him as one of the league's top prospects. Moving up to AA in 2006, Tyler again led Yankee farmhands in strikeouts (175). He allowed just a .200 BA and had 3 times as many strikeouts as walks. Clippard was 12-10 with a 3.35 ERA for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He threw the 1st No-Hitter in Trenton franchise history on August 17th, by shutting down the Harrisburg Senators. Also, he won 9 straight games at 1 point, breaking the club record of 8 shared by Tomo Ohka and Carl Pavano. He teamed with Philip Hughes to form the top 1-2 duo in the Eastern League. Clippard again was 5th in the affiliated Minors in strikeouts. He led the EL in strikeouts and was 7th in ERA. Baseball America ranked him as the #10 prospect in the EL. In 2007, Clippard began the season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL). He was 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in his 1st 8 starts, while striking out 41 batters in 39 2/3 IP, but allowing 40 hits and 17 walks. When Darrell Rasner broke his finger in May, Clippard was called up to the Bronx. He became the 7th rookie to start a game for the 2007 Yankees, following Hughes, Matt DeSalvo, Rasner, Chase Wright, Kei Igawa and Jeff Karstens. In his MLB Pitching debut, Clippard allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 6 innings against the Mets with a 2nd-inning HR by David Wright was the sole tally against him. Tyler also doubled off of Mets P Scott Schoeneweis in the 6th inning. It was his 3rd plate appearance since high school; the other 2 appearance had come earlier in the game.  Clippard was 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA in 6 starts for the 2007 Yankees, walking 17 batters in 27 innings. In AAA, he was 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL); in AA he posted a 2-1 record with a 5.40 ERA for the Trenton Thunder (EL). In the winter of 2007, Clippard was traded to the Nationals in return for Reliever Jonathan Albaladejo. He would later pitch for the A’s and the Mets. On February 8, 2016, he signed a 2-year MLB Free Agent deal with Arizona worth $12.25 millions as the D-Backs were poised to make a run at the NL West title after an off-season of lavish spending. Tyler pitched 40 times for Arizona, going 2-3 with 1 save and a 4.30 ERA. By the end of July, it was clear that the team was not going to be making a postseason run, so on July 31st  MLB trade deadline, they decided to trade him to the Yankees, where he had started his MLB Pitching career in return for Minor League P Vicente Campos. The Yankees had just traded their 2 top Relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller for Minor League prospects. They needed someone to act as set-up man for the newly-minted closer Dellin Betances. So, he finished the 2016 AL season with the Yankees, while posting a 2-3 record with a 2.49 ERA and 2 saves in 29 games. In 2017, he was counted on to form a "big 3" in the bullpen alongside Betances and a re-signed MLB Free Agent Closer Chapman, but he ran into some trouble, putting up an ERA of 4.95 over the 1st 3 and a half months of the season, with a record of 1-5 with a 4.95 ERA and 1 save in 40 games. On July 18, 2017, Tyler was traded by the Yankees along with 3 Minor League Prospects: P Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Blake Rutherford and Toto Polo to the White Sox in return for INF Todd Frazier, Relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson. Chicago would trade him to the Astros on August 13, 2017, where he finished out the 2017 AL season. With the Astros, he went 0-2 with a 5.43 ERA and  2 saves in 16 games. He didn’t appear with the Astros in the 2017 MLB Postseason. Houston granted him MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Blue Jays for the 2018 AL season. In 2020, he pitched for the Twins, but currently, he is now an MLB Free Agent.

1995- Yankees Former Minor League P Ian Clarkin was born.

High School hurler Ian Clarkin was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was signed for a $1.65 Million bonus. Ian made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, while going 0-2 in 3 starts. He began 2014 season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), posting a 3-3 record with a 3.21 ERA in 16 games. Also, he appeared in 1 game with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA. In 2016, he pitched for Tampa Yankees (FSL), while posting a 6-9 record with a 3.31 ERA in 18 games. He was back again with Tampa for the start of the 2017 season, Clarkin posted a 4-5 record with a 2.62 ERA in 15 games for the team. On July 18, 2017, Ian was traded by the Yankees along with other 2 Minor League prospects: Outfielders Blake Rutherford and Toto Polo, veteran MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard to the White Sox in return for MLB INF Todd Frazier, Reliever Tommy Kahnle and Closer David Robertson. He is currently in the Rockies Minor League organization, after pitching for an independent League team in 2020.

February 15th

1916- The Yankees buy veteran 3B Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Philadelphia A’s for $37,500 Cash. He had sat out the 1915 AL season in a salary dispute with the A’s Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack. He will anchor the Yankees 3B position for the 1916-1919 and 1921-1923 AL seasons. Baker will miss the 1920 AL season due to the death of his wife, Ottalee Baker, when he stayed home to care for his 2 children. Baker would overall hit .288 and slug 48 HRs with 379 RBIs in 288 games as a Yankees player until his MLB player retirement in 1922.

1925- Former Yankees MLB Coach and Catcher Duke Farrell passed away (1865-1925)

Duke Farrell was long-time NL Catcher from 1888-1902. He finished his MLB playing career in the AL with the 1905 Red Sox. He was a Yankees MLB Coach during the 1909,1911 AL seasons, then again in 1915-1917. Later, he was an MLB Scout for the Braves.

1938- The Yankees obtained Reserve INF Billy “Knick” Knickerbocker from the St. Louis Browns for Reserve INF Don “Jeep” Heffner and cash. Don Heffner had appeared in 161 games for the Yankees, while hitting .257 with No HRs and 60 RBIs. Veteran MLB INF Billy Knickerbocker was obtained as infield insurance in case Rookie 2B Joe Gordon didn’t pan out or starting Shortstop Frank Crosetti fail to hit again. After the 1937 World Series victory over the Giants, veteran starting Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri was released by the team. Billy had hit .261 with 4 HRs and 61 RBIs for the 1937 Browns. In 1937, Crosetti had hit only .234 for the Yankees, also he led the AL in strikeouts.

1931- The New York Yankees' Spring Training site in St. Petersburg, Florida is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late Manager, who had passed away in September of 1929.

1942- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Henry (1966) was born.

The Yankees signed hurler Bill Henry, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1964. He appeared in 2 games for the 1966 Yankees with no record. On September 18,1967, Bill Henry was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for Reserve INF/OF Len Boehmer.

1945- Former Yankees Reserve OF/Pinch-Runner Ross “Mickey Mantle’s Legs” Moschitto (1965,1967) was born. 

In 1964, the Yankees had signed OF Ross Moschitto, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Ross hit .184 with 1 HR with 3 RBIs in 110 games. He was a sure sign that the Yankees, once great Minor League system was in very bad shape talent wise for position players. He was often used as a late inning replacement for Mickey Mantle in the outfield. Ross Moschitto is one of only 7 non-pitchers in the history of MLB (through 2006) to have played more than 100 games with more games played than plate appearances in his MLB playing career. He played in 110 games for the Yankees with only 39 plate appearances. Ross would spend the 1968-1969 seasons playing in the Yankees Minor League system before retiring from the game. As a Yankees Minor League player, Ross played in 299 games, while hitting .249 with 39 HRs and 158 RBIs.

1951- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tommy Cruz was born.

On December 12,1977, OF Tommy Cruz was traded by the White Sox along with Minor League P Bob Polinsky and 1B/DH Jim Spencer to the Yankees for P Ed Ricks (Minors), P Stan Thomas and Cash. Tommy never played for the Yankees at the MLB level, he was sent to AAA. He was the Brother of MLB players Jose Cruz and Hector Cruz. The 3 brothers played together with the 1993 Cardinals. Later, he played pro baseball in Japan. He is now a Minor League Coach.

1957- Former MLB Scout and Yankees Scouting Supervisor (1989-1990) Marti Wolever was born.

Marti Wolever was picked by the Reds in the 11th round of the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played on the 1976 Billings Mustangs, going 2 for 19 with 5 walks, 10 strikeouts and an RBI. He apparently pinch-ran frequently as he stole 3 bases in 4 tries and scored 10 runs in 20 games. He was error-free in 11 outfield games. He was 4 for 20 with 3 walks for the 1977 GCL Expos. He was a Baseball Coach for Omaha Paul VI High School (1979-1981), Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School (1982) and at Kansas State Univ. in 1983. Wolever began MLB Scouting for the Tigers from 1984 to 1988. Then he moved to the Yankees Organization in 1989. Marti became a Yankees Scouting Supervisor in 1990. He has been the Scouting Director of the Phillies since 2002 (as of 2011). In 2009, he was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Bump Hadley (1936-1940) passed away. (1904-1963)

On January 24,1936, the Yankees obtained P Bump Hadley and OF Roy Johnson from the Senators for OF Jesse Hill and P Jimmy DeShong. As a Yankees hurler, Hadley posted a 47-31 record with a 4.28 ERA and 6 saves in 140 games. He went 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 3 World Series with the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1936, when he went 14-4 with a 4.35 ERA and 1 save in 31 games. In 1939, Hadley had posted a 12-6 mark with a 2.98 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees. In the winter of 1940, he was sold to the Philadelphia A’s, who later traded him to Giants. He finished his MLB Pitching career with an overall record of 161-165 with a 4.25 ERA and 25 saves in 528 games; while pitching for the Senators (twice), White Sox, Browns, Yankees, the A’s and finishing up with the 1941 Giants.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Melido Perez (1992-1995) was born.

On January 10,1992, Starter Melido Perez was traded by the White Sox along with Pitchers Domingo Jean and Bob Wickman to the Yankees for AL All-Star 2B Steve Sax. Melido Perez posted a 33-39 mark with a 4.06 ERA in 93 games for the Yankees.  Also, his Brothers Carlos and Pascual pitched in the MLB. He is now working for the White Sox Minor League organization as a Manager.

1971- Former Yankees Minor League OF Terry Jones was born.

On January 6, 2000, the Dodgers sent OF Terry Jones to the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On March 31, 2000, Terry was selected off waivers by the Expos from the Yankees. 

1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Rafael Medina was born.

On September 6,1992, Rafael Medina was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never pitched for the team at the MLB level. On April 22,1997, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ruben Rivera and $3,000,000 to the Padres for Players to be Named Later, Minor League OF Gordie Amerson and INF Homer Bush. On May 29,1997, the Padres would send former Japanese League Starter Hideki Irabu to the Yankees. On June 9,1997, Minor League OF Vernon Maxwell was sent to the Yankees to complete the trade. Rafael never appears with the Padres at the MLB level. On December 15, 1997, he was traded by the Padres with along with Minor League P Steve Hoff and 1B Derrek Lee to the Marlins for Veteran MLB Starter Kevin Brown. He will pitch for the 1998-1999 Marlins, posting a 3-7 record with a 5.96 ERA in 32 games.

1979- The Yankees traded veteran OF/1B/DH Gary Thomasson to the Dodgers for Catcher Brad Gulden. After being obtained from the Oakland A’s, Gary hit .276 with 3 HRs and 20 RBIs in 56 games for the 1978 Yankees, while filling in the for injured All-Star CF Mickey Rivers. Brad Gulden would play at AAA Columbus (IL), until the Yankees will call him up, when All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson is killed in a jet crash in August of 1979. He would share the catching duties with Jerry Narron for the remainder of the 1979 AL season. He will appear in 40 games for the team, while hitting just .163.

1983- Former Yankees Catcher/DH Russell Martin (2011-2012) was born.

On June 4,2002, Catcher Russell Martin was selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On December 2, 2010, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Dodgers. On December 15, 2010, Russell was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Martin had an MLB career BA of .272 for 5 seasons with the Dodgers. Martin was a NL All-Star team member in 2008-2008 seasons. In 2011, Martin appeared in 125 games for the Yankees, while hitting .237 with 18 HRs with 65 RBIs. He was named to the 2011 AL All-Star team. In December of 2012, Russell left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing a 2-year deal with the Pirates. Overall, as a Yankees player, Martin hit .224 with 39 HRs and 118 RBIs in 258 games in 2 seasons with the team.

1994- The Yankees signed veteran NL All-Star Reliever Jeff Reardon as an MLB Free Agent. Jeff posted a 1-0 record with an 8.83 ERA and 2 saves in 11 games. On May 6,1994, Jeff was released by the Yankees ending his 16 season MLB Pitching career, finishing with a 73-77 record with a 3.16 ERA and 367 saves in 880 MLB games.

1995- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Reliever Bob MacDonald as an MLB Free Agent. He will post a 1-1 record with a 4.86 ERA in 33 games with the 1995 Yankees. On October 16,1995, Bob was released by the Yankees. He would be signed by the Mets as an MLB Free Agent for the 1996 NL season.

2001-The Yankees signed OF Henry Rodriguez, to a 1-year contract. The agreement was reached a month ago; H-Rod is already listed in the team's spring training program. He will only appear in 5 games for the 2001 Yankees with no hits before being released by the team. He will return to the MLB in 2002 finishing out his MLB playing career with the Montreal Expos.

2006- The Padres selected Yankees hurler Jason Anderson on waivers. The Yankees in the 10th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft  had originally selected P Jason Anderson. In 2003, he went 1-0 with a 4.79 ERA in 22 games for the Yankees. On July 16, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Minor League players: Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia for Mets NL All-Star Closer Armando Benitez. On June 1, 2004, Jason Anderson was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Indians. In 2005, he appeared in 3 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 7.94 ERA. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 2-0 record with a 5.47 ERA in 25 games.

2019- The Yankees signed Starter Luis Severino to a 4-year extension for $40 million with an option for a 5th season. He was also penciled in as the Yankees 2019 Opening Day starter for the 2nd straight season.

February 16th 

1897- Former Yankees Pitcher Alex Ferguson (1918-1921,1925) was born. (1897-1976)

Alex Ferguson was purchase by the Yankees from the Bridgeport Americans (Eastern League) in 1918, he had posted a 16-3 record for the team. He only appeared in 1 game with no decisions for the 1918 Yankees. He would spend the next 2 seasons pitching at the AA level in Minor Leagues. In 1921, Alex went 3-1 with a 5.91 ERA in 17 games for the Yankees. On February 24,1922, Alex was picked up on waivers from the Yankees by the Red Sox. On May 5,1925, Alex was traded by theRed Sox along with OF Bobby Veach to the Yankees for Pitcher Ray Francis and $9,000 Cash. He posted a 4-2 mark with a 7.79 ERA and 1 save in 21 games. On August 17,1925, Alex was waived to the Senators, where he had a 5-1 mark with a 3.25 ERA in 7 games. He did appear in the 1925 World Series with the Senators, posting an 1-1 record with 3.21 ERA in 2 games against the Pirates. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, Alex went 7-3 with a 6.73 ERA and 2 saves in 39 games.

1924- Boston Braves 3B Tony Boeckel becomes the 1st MLB player to be killed in an automobile accident, when he dies from injuries received as a passenger yesterday in San Diego, California. Yankees OF Bob Meusel, who also was a passenger of the car driven by Los Angeles Theater man Bob Albright, who had escaped without any serious injuries.

1948- The Yankees released veteran MLB hurler Louis “Bobo” Newsom. After being obtained from the Senators on July 11, 1947, he went 7-5 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 2 games of the 1947 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers, posting a 0-1 record. He will sign with the Giants for the 1948 NL season.

1949- Former MLB Player and Yankees Advanced Scout Bob Didier (1997-1999,2001) was born.

Former Braves Catcher Bob Didier served with the Yankees as an Advance Scout from 1997-1999 and 2001 AL seasons. Also, Bob has worked for several MLB organizations in different positions since ending his active playing career, which included working for the A’s, Astros, Yankees, Cubs, Blue Jays and the Diamondbacks organizations as a Catching Instructor, Coach and Scout.

1952- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Barry Foote (1981-1982) was born.

On April 27,1981, veteran Catcher Barry Foote was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for P Tom Filer and Cash. Barry would hit .177 with No HRs and 2 RBIs in 57 games for the team. After his active playing career ended, Barry was a Minor League Manager in the Yankees organization from 1984-1986. Then, he joined the Blue Jays organization, managing for them from 1987-1989. Later, he was an MLB Coach for the White Sox and the Mets.

1953- The Yankees purchased veteran hurler Johnny “Bear Tracks” Schmitz from the Reds for Cash. Johnny posted a 1-1 record with a 3.26 ERA and 1 save in 8 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees.

1961- Former Yankees Pitcher Clarence “Dazzy” Vance (1915,1918) passed away. (1891-1961)

In April of 1915, the Yankees purchased hurler Dazzy Vance from the Pirates. While with the Yankees, Dazzy suffered from arm problems. He only appeared in 10 games for the team, while posting a 0-3 record with a 4.45 ERA. The Yankees would release him. The Dodgers would sign him. Once his arm problems were over, he posted a 190-131 record with a 3.17 ERA with 8 saves in 378 games for the Dodgers. He won 20 games or more 3 times for the 1922-1932 Dodgers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

1967- Former Yankees All-Star Pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing (1930-1946), author of 273 MLB wins is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. On May 6,1930, OF Cedric Durst was traded by the Yankees along with $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Starter Charles “Red” Ruffing, who had been pitching for Boston since the 1924 AL season. Red Ruffing would lead the Yankees Pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until Whitey Ford passed his Yankees club record in 1965, who finished with 236 career wins as a Yankees Pitcher. Also, he was a pretty good hitting pitching pitcher for the Yankees, hitting a Grand Slam HR. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy wasn’t afraid to use him as a Pinch-Hitter, when needed. Red Ruffing will win 273 games during a 22-year MLB Pitching career that started with the Red Sox in 1924, then with the 1930-1946 Yankees and finishing up with the 1947 White Sox. He missed the 1943-1944 AL seasons due to military service. From 1936-1939, Red Ruffing went 20-3, 20-2, 21-1 and 21-2 as a Bronx Starter. In World Series play for the Yankees, Red went 7-2 with 2.63 ERA in 10 games with 7 complete games. Overall, as a Yankee Pitcher, Red went 231-124 with a 3.47 ERA and 9 saves in 426 games. He had 261 complete games along with 40 shutouts. Red was named to the AL All-Star team 6 times during his Yankees career. Red was on The Sporting News All-Star Team 3 times as a Yankees Starter.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve OF and Minor League Manager Cedric Durst (1927-1930) passed away. (1896-1971)

On February 8,1927, OF Cedric Durst was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with P Joe Giard to the Yankees for veteran Starter Sam Jones. He appeared in 239 games for the Yankees, while hitting .247 with 6 HRs and 71 RBIs. On May 6,1930, Durst was traded by the Yankees along with $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Starter Charles “Red” Ruffing. After leaving the 1930 Red Sox, Cedric played in the Minor Leagues for many years. He played for the 1933-1935 Hollywood Stars (PCL). When they moved the team to San Diego and became the San Diego Padres, he was around the age of 40, but he was still able to hit over .300 in 1936 and 1938 PCL seasons. In 1939, he became a Minor League Player-Manager. In 1946, he managed the Quincy Gems (Three I League) in the Yankees farm system. From 1946-1949, he was a manager in the Cardinals farm system. In 1950, he returned to the Yankees organization to manage the Grand Forks Chiefs (Northern League) before retiring from baseball.

1981- The Yankees traded Minor League Shortstop Rafael Santana to the Cardinals for a Player to be Named Later. Santana had spent 4 seasons in the Yankees farm system, reaching the AA Nashville Sounds (Southern League) in 1981. On June 7,1981, the Cardinals sent P George Frazier to the Yankees to complete the trade. Frazier had MLB pitching experience with St. Louis appearing in 61 games, while posting 3-11 record with 3 saves. He was assigned to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) roster.

1981- Former Yankees Pitcher Sergio Mitre (2009-2011) was born.

On November 3,2008, Sergio Mitre was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. In January of 2009, Sergio Mitre was suspended for 50 games by MLB for a positive test for a banned substance. The California native said it was from an over-the-counter supplement that he had purchased. On March 25, 2011, Sergio was traded by the Yankees to the Brewers for OF Chris Dickerson. On June 29, 2011, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Brewers. His Yankees Pitching career record was a 3-6 record with a 5.35 ERA with 1 save in 43 games. On October 30, 2011, Sergio was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

2001-The Yankees premier MLB Closer, Mariano Rivera (7-4 record with a 2.85 ERA and 36 saves), signs a 4-year, approximately $40 million contract with the Bronx Bombers. The 31-year old Panama native surpassed Dennis Eckersley’s MLB record with 16 saves in Post-Season games.

2004- Former MLB General Manager, Manager and Coach Charley Fox passes away. (1921-2004)

Charley Fox spent most of his MLB Playing and Management career with the New York-San Francisco Giants organization. He was a Catcher, who had appeared in 3 games with the 1942 Giants. He managed the Giants from 1970-1974, the Expos in 1976 and the Cubs in 1983. In 1989, he was an MLB Coach for the Yankees.

2004- The Yankees traded a Player to be Named Later and AL All-Star 2B Alfonso Soriano to the Rangers for AL All-Star Shortstop Alex Rodriguez and Cash. On April 24, 2004, the Yankees would send Minor League INF Joaquin Arias to the Rangers to complete the trade.

2006- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Starter Scott Erickson as an MLB Free Agent. He will appear in 6 games for the Yankees with no record. On June 11, 2006, the Yankees released Scott. 

2010- The Nationals sign former Yankees Starter Chien-Ming Wang to a 1-year contract. Wang saw his 2008 AL season end early with a foot injury during an MLB Inter-League game in Houston.  He had an 8-2 record for the Yankees at the time of his foot injury. Wang struggled to a 1-6 record with the 2009 Yankees, while being bothered with various ailments during the season. The Yankees did not tender him an MLB Player contract in the winter of 2009. Overall, as a Yankees Pitcher, he went 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA with 1 save in 109 games. He finished his MLB Pitching career in 2016 with the Royals as a Reliever. His final MLB Pitching record was a 68-34 record with a 4.36 ERA and 1 save in 174 games.

2020- Former Yankees Shortstop Tony Fernandez (1995-1996) passed away. (1962-2020)

Shortstop Tony Fernandez was originally signed by the Blue Jays by Scout Epy Guerrero in 1979. He made his pro debut with the Kinston Eagles the following summer. He reached the MLB, as a September call-up in 1983, hitting .265 in 15 games for Toronto. After spending the 1984 season as Alfredo Griffin's backup, he took over as the Jays' regular shortstop in 1985 following Griffin being traded away. In the 1985 ALCS, he hit .333 as Toronto fell to the Royals. Fernandez hit .310 with 10 HRs in 1986, appeared in the 1986 All-Star Game, and won his 1st Gold Glove that summer. The following season, he raised his BA to .322. In 1989, the Blue Jays won the AL East again, as he hit .350 in the ALCS loss to the A's. Fernandez led the AL with 17 triples in 1990. Following the 1990 season, Fernandez was part of a blockbuster trade, going to thePadres along with 1B Fred McGriff for Shortstop Roberto Alomar and OF Joe Carter. He spent 2 seasons with the Padres, appearing in the 1992 All-Star Game, before being traded to the Mets for 3 players following the 1992 NL campaign. After half a season with the Mets, he was traded back to Toronto for OF Darrin Jackson, just in time for the 1993 AL pennant run. He hit .306 in 94 games for the Jays that summer, and then hit .333 with 9 RBIs in the 1993 World Series as his club went on to win the crown against the Phillies. In 1994, Fernandez was signed by the Reds, and he moved to 3rd base, hitting .279 in 104 games for the team. He moved on to the Yankees in 1995 and spent 1 summer as their primary shortstop before missing the entire 1996 AL season due to an elbow injury, opening the door for Rookie Derek Jeter to take over at shortstop. As the Yankees 1995 Shortstop, Tony hit .245 with 5 HRs and 45 RBIs in 108 games. In 1997, he signed with the Indians and held down 2nd base for the pennant-winning club. He hit .471 in the 1997 World Series, but he made a key error in the 11th inning of Game 7 that allowed Craig Counsell of the Marlins to get on base and ultimately score the Series-winning run. Fernandez returned for a 3rd go-round in Toronto in 1998, hitting .321 and .328 (his highest BA’s in more than a decade) in 2 seasons with the club. Then he played in Japan for the Seibu Lions in 2000, hitting .327. Returning to the States, Tony signed with the Brewers in 2001, but he was released by the team in late May. He then finished up his MLB playing career back with the Blue Jays, hitting .305 in a 48-game swan song. Fernandez ended up with a lifetime .288 BA, and a .395 BA in 2 World Series. Shortstop Tony Fernandez was a 5-time All-Star and earned 4 Gold Gloves during a 17-year MLB playing career, primarily spent with the Blue Jays. After 4 separate stints with the Blue Jays, he holds club records for hits (1,583) and games played (1,450) through the 2019 season. He was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Tony is also a member of the Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence. In 2016, Tony was a Special MLB Coach with the Rangers. In 2017, he was diagnosed with serious kidney disease. In February of 2020, it was reported that Tony was in critical condition. He passed away a few days later, at the age of 57, following a stroke caused by his chronic kidney issues.

February 17th

1893- Former Yankees 1B Wally Pipp (1915-1925) was born. (1893-1965)

On February 4,1915, 1B Wally Pipp was purchased by the Yankees from the Tigers for $7,500 Cash. The Yankees welcomed Pipp, who led the AL in HRs in 1916 and 1917. He was a fixture at 1st Base for Yankees World Series teams of 1921,1922and 1923 until the Lou Gehrig era began in mid-1925. His best Yankees season was in 1922, when he hit .329 with 9 HRs and 94 RBIs in 152 games. Overall as a Yankees player, Wally Pipp played in 1,448 games, while hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 833 RBIs.  He played in 3 World Series with the team, appearing in 19 games, while hitting .224 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. After the 1925 AL season ended, the Yankees sold Pipp to the Reds for $7,500 Cash, where he played through the 1928 NL season before finishing up with the 1929-1931 AA Newark Bears (International League). With the 1926-1928 Reds, Wally played in 372 games, while hitting .279 with 10 HRs and 166 RBIs. In 1925, he finished his last season as a Yankees player, hitting just .230 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs in 62 games. Famously, Gehrig started at 1B in place of Pipp on June 2, 1925. He never relinquished the job after that, not missing a game until May 2,1939. The legend is that Pipp begged out of the line-up because of a mere headache, but in fact he had been beaned in the head during batting practice the day before, he was suffering the after-effects of a head concussion. Gehrig was a top Yankees prospect, whom Manager Miller Huggins was looking to get into the line-up in any case, while Pipp was on the downside of what had been a brilliant MLB playing career. Pipp's injury opened the door, but Gehrig would have forced it open in short order in any case.

1901- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Eddie Phillips (1932) was born. (1901-1968)

Eddie Phillips appeared in only 9 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1932 Yankees, while hitting .290. He spent part of the 1932 baseball season with 2 teams in the Yankees Minor League system; the AA Newark Bears (IL) and the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). As an MLB player with the 1924 Braves, 1929 Tigers, 1931 Pirates, 1932 Yankees, 1934 Senators and the 1935 Indians, Ed hit .237 with 14 HRs and 126 RBIs in 312 games. As a Minor League Manager, he managed the 1939 Wilkes-Barre Barons, then the Richmond Colts in 1940-1941, next the 1942 Greenville Spinners and the Hagerstown Owls in 1943.

1908- Former Hall of Fame Yankees Broadcaster Red “Old Redhead” Barber (1954-1966) was born. (1908-1992)

Red Barber was a broadcast journalist, who covered MLB teams for 33 seasons. He had previously worked for the Reds (1934-1938) and the Dodgers (1939-1953) before joining the Yankees in 1954. In Brooklyn, the soft talking southerner became a national icon. He coined several famous clichés from "the catbird seat." It was also during this time he became known as the "Ol' redhead." He was the paragon of telling the truth and playing it straight, that is not being a fan of the team on the field. When recreating games he would not use fake cheering in the background. Instead the teletype machine could be heard in the background. During his final years in Brooklyn, Barber mentored a young announcer named Vince Scully. Later, he teamed up with Mel Allen to give the Yankees, one of most famous broadcasting teams in MLB history. In 1978, Mel Allen and Red Barber were named the 1st winners of Baseball’s Ford Frick Award. He was let go by the Yankees after the 1966 AL season, ending a great broadcasting tradition. In retirement, Barber became a noted author, writing several books on baseball. At age 73, he returned to radio as a weekly commentator on “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio.

1909- The Yankees sold veteran 3B Wid Conroy to the Senators. He has been the Yankees starting 3B since the 1903 AL season. He had previously played in the MLB with the 1901 AL Milwaukee Brewers and the 1902 NL Pittsburgh Pirates, before joining the Yankees in 1903. He appeared in 797 games with the team, while hitting .250 with 12 HRs and 266 RBIs with 184 stolen bases. In 1908, Wid had an ankle injury, so Yankees Manager George Stallings decided to replace him with a younger player. 

1937- The Yankees buy another “Babe” from the Red Sox, this time picking up Reserve 1B Babe Dahlgren. The young 1st baseman was blocked by the presence of Red Sox Slugger Jimmy Foxx at 1B, who had replaced him as the 1936 Red Sox starting 1B. Babe had hit .263 with 9 HRs and 63 RBIs as a Red Sox Rookie. The Yankees Office were worried about being unable to resign holdout AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig. The California native will become the player, who replaces Lou Gehrig at 1B in Detroit on May 2, 1939. Babe’s best Yankees season was in 1940, when he hit .262 with 12 HRs and 73 RBIs. He appeared in 4 games of the 1939 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .214 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs. Overall as a Yankees player, Babe would hit .248 with 27 HRs and 163 RBIs in 327 games. In February of 1941, the Yankees sold Babe Dahlgren to the Braves. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy wanted a stronger bat at 1B, despite Dahlgren’s fine defensive play at the position.

1943- AL All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio, who was drawing $43,500 salary from the Yankees, trades in his MLB player salary for the $50 a month as an U.S. Army enlisted man. Joe DiMaggio, in his customary quiet style, gives no notice to the Yankees front office about enlisting in the Army.

1959- The Yankees invite Australian Cricket player Norman O'Neill for a tryout at shortstop. U.S. Davis Cup captain Billy Talbert, while playing tennis in Australia, arranges the deal after hearing of O'Neill's prowess.

1976- Former Yankees Reserve INF Cody Ransom (2008-2009) was born.

Cody Ransom was used as a utility player by the Yankees in 2008 getting the 1st playing time of his MLB career as a 1B that season - he had originally come up as a Shortstop. On September 21, 2008, he recorded the last putout in the history of Yankee Stadium, fielding a ground ball hit by Orioles Brian Roberts at 1B; he had come into the game as a defensive substitute for 1B Jason Giambi in the 8th inning. He hit surprisingly well that year, posting a BA of .302 and a slugging percentage of .651 in 33 games. Largely as a result of that unexpected good performance, Ransom was chosen to take over at 3B for Alex Rodriguez, when the superstar was sidelined by a hip injury at the beginning of the 2009 AL season. In 2009, Cody appeared in 31 games for the Yankees, hitting a very disappointing .190. The Yankees would grant him MLB Free Agency.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Juan Padilla (2004) was born.

On September 2,2003, the Twins sent Minor League P Juan Padilla to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 31, 2003. On August 31,2003, the Twins sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran MLB Closer Jesse Orosco. Juan would go 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 6 games for the 2004 Yankees. On September 3,2004, Juan was selected off waivers by the Reds from the Yankees.

1977- The Yankees traded veteran INF Sandy Alomar Sr. to the Rangers for 2 Infielders: Greg Pryor, Brian Doyle and Cash. Alomar had lost his Yankees starting 2B job to Rookie Willie Randolph in 1976, appearing in only 38 games, while hitting .239. The Yankees would assign Pryor and Doyle to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). The Yankees would make Greg Pryor a MLB Free Agent at the end of the 1977 AL season, he would sign with the White Sox. Meanwhile Brian Doyle would see MLB action with the Yankees in 1978.

1981- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Reliever Bill Castro. He had posted a 25-23 record with a 2.96 ERA in 253 games with the Brewers. He will post a 1-1 record with a 3.79 ERA in 11 games for the 1981 Yankees.  Also, he was at AAA Columbus (IL) in 1981, where he had an 8-1 record for the Clippers. On March 24,1982, Bill was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for veteran MLB INF Butch Hobson.

1982- Former Yankees Reliever Brian Bruney (2006-2009) was born.

On July 1,2006, Brian Bruney was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, after being released by the Diamondbacks. Following stints with the GCL Yankees and the AAA Columbus Clippers, he joined the Yankees bullpen staff in August. He went 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in 19 games for the club. That fall, he got his 1st taste of MLB Postseason ball, making 3 appearances against the Tigers in the ALDS. He spent the majority of 2007 season on the Yankees roster; he went 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 58 games. Despite missing more than 2 months of the 2008 season with a foot injury, Brian went 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA and 1 save in 32 outings. He also made the only start of his MLB Pitching career on April 9th of that year, throwing 2 scoreless innings against the Royals. The next summer, he went 5-0 with 14 holds and a 3.92 ERA in 44 games despite missing a portion of the season with an elbow injury. He made 1 appearance in that fall's World Series, giving up 2 earned runs over a third of an inning in Game 1. His Yankees pitching career record was 12-3 record with a 3.25 ERA in 153 games with 1 save. After the 2009 World Series ended, Brian was traded by the Yankees to the Nationals for a Player to be Named Later (Minor League OF Jamie Hoffman).

1986- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing  (1930-1946) passed away. (1905-1986)

On May 6,1930, Starter Red Ruffing was acquired by the Yankees from the Red Sox for OF Cecil Durst and $50,000 Cash. Red Ruffing would lead the Yankee pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until Whitey Ford passed his club record in 1965. Ford finished with 236 wins as a Yankees hurler. Also, Red was a pretty good hitter for the Yankees, he hit .300 over 6 times, including hitting a Grand Slam HR. He would often be used as a Pinch-hitter by Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy. As a Yankees starter from 1930-1946, he will post a 231-127 record (.651 Pict.) with a 3.47 ERA and 9 saves in 426 games. He had 37 shutouts and 261 complete games. Ruffing went 7-2  with 2.63 ERA in 10 games with 8 complete games in 7 World Series for the Yankees. He won 20 games in 4 seasons as a Yankees Starter. He was named to the AL All-Star team 5 times during his time in Yankees pinstripes. Overall as a MLB Pitcher, Red will go 273- 225 with a 3.80 ERA and 18 saves in 624 games during a 22-year MLB pitching career that began with the Red Sox in 1924, then the 1930-1946 Yankees and finishing up his career with the 1947 White Sox. He would become an MLB Pitching Coach for the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s. He will gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.

1987- Yankees All-Star 1B Don Mattingly wins his $1.975 million arbitration case breaking the record for the largest amount ever awarded to an MLB player set by MLB All-Star Starter Jack Morris, just 4 days ago.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny Farquah (2019) was born

Danny Farquhar hit .436 as a HS Sophomore. As a Senior, he had a 0.89 ERA, a school record. As a college freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he was 6-1 with 4 saves and a 2.17 ERA. He led the Sun Belt Conference hurlers in ERA. In 2007, the sophomore went 6-3 with 6 saves, a 3.08 ERA and 115 strikeouts to 22 walks in 87 2/3 IP. He was 4th in the conference in ERA and 2nd in whiffs. As a Jr., he faded to a 3-8 mark with a 4.95 ERA. The Blue Jays still took a gamble on him with their 10th-round pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Danny split his 1st pro season between the Auburn Doubledays (2-2, 2.39 ERA) and Lansing Lugnuts (6 hitless, scoreless innings), making a good 1st impression. In 2009, he was a very effective reliever for both the Dunedin Blue Jays (1-0, 7 Saves, 0.53, 23 K in 17 IP) and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-4, 15 Saves, 2.36 ERA,  51 K in 45 2/3 IP). With New Hampshire for all of the 2010 season, he was 4-3 with 17 saves, a 3.52 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 76 2/3 IP. He allowed only a .189 average, but he walked 42 batters. On November 17, 2010, Farquhar was dealt with Trystan Magnuson to the A’s for Rajai Davis. However, he never got to pitch for the A’s, as on April 18, 2011, he was sent back to Toronto in return for P David Purcey. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the Blue Jays on September 13th that year, appearing in 3 games with a 13.50 ERA. He had not made it back to the MLB when the Blue Jays placed him on waivers in June of 2012. The A’s claimed him back, but they only held on to him for a couple of weeks, as on June 26th he was placed on waivers again. He was now claimed by the Yankees. On July 23rd, of that year, Farquhar was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners along with Pitcher D.J. Mitchell, in return for veteran OF Ichiro Suzuki. In spite of all the transactions, he did not play for any of the 4 teams that held his rights during that season. He returned to the MLB with the Mariners in 2013, pitching 46 times in relief with a record of 0-3, 4.20 ERA, but logging 16 saves. In 2014, he had a solid season as a middle reliever, going 3-1, 2.66 ERA in 66 games with 1 save. He gave up only 58 hits in 71 innings, while striking out 81 and walking 22. However, he regressed badly in 2015, ending up with a record of 1-8 and a 5.12 ERA in 43 games. On November 5th, he was traded to the Rays along with INF Brad Miller and 1B Logan Morrison in return for Pitchers Nate Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser and OF Boog Powell. On April 20, 2018, playing for the White Sox, he fainted in the dugout during a game against the Astros after having faced 4 batters in the top of the 6th inning. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. It was announced that he had suffered a brain aneurysm, and he was listed in critical, but stable condition. Two days later, it was reported that he was "progressing well" following successful surgery but faced a long rehabilitation. He was discharged from hospital on May 7th and doctors indicated that would likely be able to pitch again, although when that would be was still an open question. It was very unlikely to be before the end of the current season, however. Another step in his recovery came when the White Sox designated him to throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch at their game of June 1st against the  Brewers. He explained that the biggest effect of the injury was loss of memory, as he had almost no recollection of the events of the fateful day. There were no physical sequels, although doctors asked him to be careful about raising his blood pressure. He was cleared to resume baseball activities in June, but he did not return to the MLB that season, although he felt that he would have been ready to do so. At the end of the 2018 AL season, the White Sox granted Danny MLB Free Agency. He has an MLB pitching record of 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA with 18 saves in 253 games.On January 21, 2019, he was signed to a Minor League contract by the Yankees, an organization he had been briefly part of in 2012. He made his return to the mound in spring training, facing the Pirates in a Grapefruit League game on March 2nd. On March 12th, he was reassigned to the Yankees Minor League camp. The Yankees stated that they were satisfied with his recovery thus far, but that he needed to pitch regularly in order to get back to a point where he could help the team, and that this was best done in the Minors. However, he was released on June 19th after a couple of appearances with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) during which he gave up 7 runs in 3 innings; he had been in extended spring training prior to that. Danny retired as an active player this past winter. He is now a Minor League Pitching Coach in the White Sox organization.

1989- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Pitcher Veron “Lefty” Gomez (1930-1942) passed away. (1908-1989)

On August 17,1929, Starter Veron “Lefty” Gomez was purchased by the Yankees from the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) for $39,000 Cash. A 20-game winner 4 times and an AL All-Star Team member every season from 1933 to 1939, Gomez led the AL twice each in wins, winning percentage and ERA and 3 times each in shutouts and strikeouts. In the historic 1st MLB All-Star Game (July 6, 1933), Gomez not only was the winning pitcher for the AL squad, but also he drove in the 1st run of the game. Lefty would go 189-101 with a WP of .637 in 357 games during his Yankees pitching career.  Also, he would finish his MLB Pitching career with 1,468 strikeouts with 173 complete games and 26 shutouts. Lefty appeared on 7 AL All-Star teams, including the very 1st team in 1933. His AL All-Star game pitching record was 3-1 in 5 games. His great success as an All-Star Starter led to the rule that all Pitchers would not pitch more than 3 innings in the Game. His World Series record as a Yankees Starter was 6-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 7 games. On January 25,1943, the Boston Braves purchased Lefty for $10,000 Cash from the Yankees. The Braves would release him. Then he was picked up by the Senators, going 0-1 in 1-game before retiring from MLB in July of 1943. On February 2,1972, Lefty Gomez was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The 1983 MLB All-Star Game was dedicated to Gomez; as he was one of the last surviving players from the 1stteam 1933 MLB All-Star Game, he threw out the ceremonial 1st pitch. He was one of the most colorful players to wear the Yankees uniform, having the nickname of “Goofy”. After retirement, Lefty was a very popular speaker for baseball banquets, known for his quick wit and humor, “The secret of my success was clean living and a fast outfield." - Lefty Gomez.

1990- The Yankees signed young Panama hurler named Mariano Rivera as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.

1991- The Yankees released veteran MLB hurler Dave LaPoint. He had posted a 13-19 record with a 4.74 ERA in 48 games for the Yankees.

1993- Former Yankees Reliever Stephen Tarpley (2018-2019) was born.

On June 7, 2013, Pitcher Stephen Tarpley was drafted by the Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On January 27, 2015he was traded by the Orioles with a Player to be Named Later to the Pirates for Travis Snider. The Orioles sent Steven Brault (February 20, 2015) to the Pirates to complete the trade. On August 30, 2016, the  Pirates sent Minor League OF Tito Polo and Pitcher Stephen Tarpley to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 1, 2016. On August 1, 2016, ThePirates sent Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for MLB Starter  Ivan Nova. In 2018, he appeared in 21 games with the Yankees, posting a 1-0 record with a 6.83 ERA and 1 save in 21 games working out of the Yankees bullpen. In 2019, he appeared in 31 games as a Reliever for the team, posting a 1-0 record with a 5.88 ERA. On January 15,2020Stephen was traded by the Yankees to the Miami Marlins for Minor League 3B James Nelson and Cash.

2012- The Yankees find a taker for veteran MLB Starter A.J. Burnett, whose inconsistency over the past 2 seasons has given Yankees management gray hairs. They send him to the Pirates for 2 players from the low Minor Leagues; Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones, but they have to agree to pay $20 million out of the $33 million due in his MLB player salary to Burnett for the next 2 seasons for the privilege of having him taken off their hands.

2015- U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles sentences Anthony Bosch, the man behind the Biogenesis PED scandal, to 4 years in jail for masterminding the operation that led to a dozen MLB players receiving suspensions of 50 games or more. Ironically, the poster boy for the guilty MLB players, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, issues a handwritten apology to fans today as he is about to head to MLB Spring Training Camp with the 2015 Yankees following the end of his MLB player suspension, but the text does not go into any detail besides expressing general regret for his trespasses.

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This Week in Yankees History February 14th-20th Part Two

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February 18th

1879- Former Yankees Pitcher Louis Leroy (1905-1906) was born. (1879-1944)

Louis Leroy went 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 games for the 1905-1906 Yankees. His best season in the MLB was in 1906, when his ERA was 2.22 in 44 2/3 innings with the Yankees. From 1907-1910, he pitched in the Minor Leagues. He was briefly with the 1910 Red Sox, only appearing in 1 game with no record. From 1911-1920, Louis pitched in the Minor Leagues before retiring from the game.

1887- Former Yankees Reserve INF Curtis Coleman (1912) was born. (1887-1980)

Reserve INF Curtis Coleman appeared in 12 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting .243 with No HRs and 4 RBIs.

1889- Former Yankees Pitcher George Mogridge (1915-1920) was born. (1889-1962)

During the month of August of 1915Pitcher George Mogridge was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Minneapolis Millers (American Association). On August 24,1917, he threw the 1st No-Hitter in Yankees team history in a game against the Red Sox. In 1918, he had his best season, going 16-13 with a 2.18 ERA, while leading the AL with 45 appearances and 7 saves. His 2.73 ERA in his 6 seasons in the Bronx is 1 of the 5 best team ERA’s for a Yankees Pitcher in the 20th century. George had posted a 48-53 record with a 2.73 ERA and 9 saves in 171 games for the Yankees. On January 20,1921, he was traded along with veteran OF Duffy Lewis to the Senators for OF Bob Roth. He appeared in 1924 World Series with the Senators, posting 1-0 record. With the Senators, he would go 68-55 with a 3.38 ERA and 1 save in 145 games. On February 6,1926, he was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for veteran Catcher Wally Schang. On February 15,1926, George was selected off waivers by the Braves from the Yankees.

1912- The Yankees traded INF John Knight to the Senators for veteran MLB Catcher Gabby Street. John Knight had played for the Yankees from 1911-1913.  Returning on July 7, 1913 for his final MLB season, he appeared in 70 games with the team, while hitting .236 with No HRs and 24 RBIs. The 1913 Senators were disappointed with his hitting, they had sent him to the AA Jersey City Skeeters (IL), he rebounded with a strong bat, the 1913 Yankees purchased him to play 1B.  He would be released by the team at the end of the 1913 AL season, ending his MLB playing career at the age of 28. Overall as a Yankees player, Knight appeared in 435 games, while hitting .267 with 6 HRs and 171 RBIs. Gabby Street would appear in only 29 games for the team as a Reserve Catcher, hitting just .182 in 29 games in his last active MLB season as a player. He would later become an MLB Manager for the Cardinals.

1912- The Yankees released Reserve OF Dan Costello to Lowell (New England League). He had gone 1 for 2 for the 1911 Yankees. In January of 1914, the Yankees will sell Dan to the Pirates, he will play 3 seasons with them.

1915- Former Hall of Fame Yankees 2B (1938-1943,1946) and MLB Manager Joe “Flash” Gordon was born. (1915-1978) 

Former MLB Manager: Indians (1958-1960), Tigers (1960), the A’s (1961) and the Royals (1969).

The Yankees signed INF Joe Gordon as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1936. In 1938, he joined the Yankees as a 2B. He made the AL All-Star teams from 1939 to 1943, and then again in 1946. In 1942, he won AL Most Valuable Player Award, while hitting .342 for the Yankees. On October 19,1946, Joe “Flash” Gordon was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for Starter Allie Reynolds. His Yankee career player record was a .271 BA in 1,000 games with 153 HRs and 617 RBIs in 7 seasons in the Bronx (1938-1946). After retiring as an MLB player and playing in the PCL, he later became an MLB manager in the AL during the 1950’s. He was involved in the only trade of MLB managers in 1960, when Tribe GM Frank “Trader” Lane traded him from the Indians to the Tigers for veteran Manager Jimmy *****s.  Joe “Flash” Gordon was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in December of 2008. In 1969, Gordon was the 1st MLB Manager of the new AL expansion team the Kanas City Royals. He is the only MLB Manager for both MLB Kansas City teams: the 1961 A’s and 1969 AL Expansion Team, the Royals.

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

On December 5,1949, Luis Arroyo was drafted by the Cardinals from Greensboro (Carolina League) in the 1949 Minor League Player Draft. In 1955, as a Rookie Pitcher with the Cardinals, Luis made the NL All-Star team. During that 1955 NL season, Luis Arroyo won 11 games for the Cardinals. On May 5,1956, Luis was traded by the Cardinals to the Pirates for MLB veteran hurler Max Surkont. On December 3,1958, Luis was traded by the Pirates to the Reds for 1B/OF Nino Escalera. On July 20,1960, Luis Arroyo was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds organization. He had been pitching with the Reds AAA team, Jersey City Jerseys (IL). He would go 5-1 with 7 saves in 29 games with for the 1960 Yankees, giving their bullpen extra veteran lefty help. He appeared in 1 game of the 1960 World Series in relief and no decision against the Pirates. In 1961, he had his best MLB Pitching career season going 15-5 with 29 saves, leading the AL with 54 games finished. He was selected to the 1961 AL All-Star team. Luis was the 1961 AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner. In the winter of 1961, Luis did not follow his usual routine of pitching in Winter League baseball, instead attending various winter baseball dinners and awards meetings. During the 1962 AL season, he injured his pitching arm, just going 1-3 with a 4.81 ERA and 7 saves in 27 games for the Yankees. Later, he admitted that the arm injury was due to not following his normal Winter League pitching routine. In September of 1963, the team would release him. He had only pitched in 6 games for the 1963 Yankees with a 1-1 record with a 13.50 ERA and no saves. His final Yankees Pitching career record was a 22-10 mark with a 3.12 ERA and 43 saves in 127 games. Luis appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees with a 1-0 record in 3 games. Overall as an MLB Pitcher, he went 40-32 with a 3.93 ERA with 45 saves in 244 games. Later, he would become an MLB Scout for the Yankees.

1929- Former Yankees Minor League C Cal Neeman was born. (1929-2015)

In 1949, the Yankees signed Catcher Cal Neeman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The Yankees assigned Cal to the Class C Joplin Miner (Western Association), where he spent the 1949-1950 seasons. He would hit .292 for the Miners in 95 games in 1950 to help them win the pennant (with help from fellow teammate Mickey Mantle). Neeman was then called up by the military to serve during the Korean War, returning in time for the 1953 baseball season. Neeman would spend the next 4 seasons in the Minors with his best season coming in 1955, when he caught 122 games, while hitting .294 for the AA Birmingham Barons (Southern Association.)  In 1956, he would split time between the Yankees 2 AAA clubs, the Richmond Virginians (IL) and the Denver Bears (AA); he played well. On December 3,1956, Cal Neeman was drafted by the Cubs from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. His MLB numbers showed that he had 7 active years behind the plate, where he had a good .988 fielding percentage, but he wound up with only a .224 BA, with 30 HRs, while appearing in 376 games. Cal played in the MLB for the Cubs, Phillies, Pirates, Indians and the Senators. Cal had also spent time in all or parts of 9 Minor League seasons with a .261 BA with 30 HRs, while appearing in 719 games.  

1949- Former Yankees 1B/DH John Mayberry (1982) was born.

On May 5,1982, veteran AL All-Star 1B/DH John Mayberry was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for 1B Dave Revering, OF Tom Dodd and INF Jeff Reynolds. John would hit .209 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs in 69 games for the 1982 Yankees.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Chad Moeller (2008, 2010) was born.

On June 3,1993, Catcher Chad Moeller was drafted by the Yankees in the 25th round of the 1993 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team. Following the 1996 MLB Amateur Player Draft, he would sign with the Twins. On March 12,2008, the Yankees signed Moeller as an MLB Free Agent. Chad had split the 2008 baseball season between AAA Scranton and the Yankees. As a Yankees Reserve Catcher, he appeared in 41 games, while hitting .231 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. On October 30, 2008Chad was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He played the 2009 AL season with the Orioles, appearing in only 30 games, while hitting .258. On April 3,2010, Chad was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He spent most of 2010 season with AAA Scranton (IL). In September, he was called up by the team appearing in only 9 games, while hitting just .214. On November 1,2010, Chad was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On January 19,2011, Chad was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Rockies.

1977- The Yankees signed INF Jose Uribe as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On July 5,1977, Jose was released by the Yankees. He would sign with the Cardinals and then he later played for the Giants.

1990- Former Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius (2015-2019) was born.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius made his Minor League player debut in 2008. He reached the MLB in 2012. Gregorius was signed by Reds MLB Scout Jim Stoeckel in 2007. In 2008, he debuted with the GCL Reds, he was 1 for 3 on June 24. He only hit .155 for the year and fielded .910. In 2009, he improved significantly, batting .314 for the Billings Mustangs and hitting .254 in 22 games for the Sarasota Reds. He fielded .927. He was named to the Pioneer League All-Star team at shortstop. He then made the Dutch national team preliminary 33-man roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup, an event in which his father and brother played for the Netherlands Antilles. Gregorius went 6 for 20 in his MLB Player debut for the Reds in September of 2012. Considered one of the top prospects in the organization, but redundant because of the presence of the young Zack Cozart at shortstop, he was dealt to the Indians on December 11th along with OF Drew Stubbs in return for OF Shin-Soo Choo and IF Jason Donald. The Indians then immediately dealt him to the Diamondbacks along with P Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson in return for Pitchers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. With incumbent SS Stephen Drew having left via MLB free agency, Didi was considered as the favorite to win the position in 2013. However, the D-Backs received some bad news shortly after the trade, as Gregorius had to be shut down with elbow problems before spring training, and as a result started the season on the DL. He made his player debut with the team on April 18th a memorable one however, homering off of Yankees starter Philip Hughes at New Yankee Stadium in his 1st at-bat of the season. It was his 1st MLB HR. He had been called up when 2B Aaron Hill went on the DL with a broken hand. Arizona went on to win the game, 6-2 in 12 innings. On April 27th however, he was hit on the helmet by a 93-mph fastball thrown by the  Rockies' Josh Outman and suffered a concussion, putting him on the DL. He was hitting .407 with 4 doubles and 2 HRs in his 1st 7 MLB games. He came back on May 7th, and while he cooled down as was to be expected, he continued to hit well, as his average was still at .330 heading into a doubleheader against the Rangers on May 27th.  He had a great game in the night-cap that day, hitting a triple off of starter Yu Darvish in the 1st inning and driving in a run, and then hitting a game-tying 2-run HR off the Japanese master in the 8th inning as the D-Backs completed a sweep of the Rangers. He played 103 games that season, hitting .252 with 7 HRs, 47 runs scored and 28 RBIs. But just when it looked like Gregorius was at the start of a long career as the D-backs' shortstop, another prospect emerged in the organization to challenge his position in Chris Owings. The 2 shared the position in 2014, with Didi playing 80 games with a .226 BA, 6 HRs and 27 RBIs. With the D-Backs having a very poor season, it was clear that they could not keep 2 young shortstops with the potential to be starters with a number of holes to patch, and they decided to place their bets on Owings. However, another team was willing to give Gregorius a shot at starting the Yankees, who picked him to replace retired MLB legend Shortstop Derek Jeter. They gave up hurler Shane Greene in return, but Arizona immediately flipped him to the Tigers for P Robbie Ray and IF Domingo Leyba. Early indications were that the Yankees would seek to play him in a platoon in 2015 with veteran INF Brendan Ryan getting to play against lefthanders. On March 28th, he gave the Yankees a scare, when he landed awkwardly on his  glove hand while diving for a ball; he had to leave the game a short time later, but the x-rays proved to be negative as the injury was only a sprain. While he did not set the world afire with his bat, he played a steady Shortstop over the 1st half of the season, getting the vast majority of the playing time while veteran Ryan sat on the bench. Since the Yankees were playing well as a team, it allowed him to settle into the job without too much pressure from the NYC Sports media. He had a MLB career day on July 27th, when he collected 3 hits, including a HR off of Matt Harrison, and drove in a personal best 4 runs in a 6-2 win over the Rangers. But, typically, he did not dominate the headlines that day, as his thunder was stolen by A-Rod, who was in the midst of a remarkable comeback season,  who hit a HR on his 40th birthday. The following day, Didi had another 4 hits and 3 RBIs, all of the runs coming on a bases-loaded triple in an 11-run 2nd inning as the Yankees crushed the Rangers by the score of 21-5. On August 28th, he improved his personal best set a month earlier with 6 RBIs in a 15-4 win over the Braves; he had 4 hits including a 3-run HR off of  Braves Starter Williams Perez in the 1st inning. He finished the 2015 AL season with the Yankees appearing in 155 games, while hitting .265 with 9 HRs and 56 RBIs. In 2016, he played in 153 games for the team, while hitting .276 with 20 HRs and 70 RBIs. Didi played for the Kingdom of the Netherlands national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, helping to take the team to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, however, he hurt his shoulder in an exhibition game against the Diamondbacks on March 18th, an injury that forced him to miss the Netherlands' semi-final loss to the Puerto Rican national team, as well as the 1st few weeks of the AL season. Reserve INF Ronald Torreyes filled in during his absence and played well, but Didi reclaimed his starting job immediately, when he was activated on April 28th, going 2 for 5 with a double in a 14-11 win over the Orioles. He finished the 2017 AL season hitting .287 with 25 HRs and 87 RBIs in 136 games. He followed his solid regular season with a strong postseason: he homered in the ALWC against the Twins, driving in 3 runs, then he hit 2 more HRs and drew 6 walks in the Yankees' upset of the Indians in the ALDS. He added 7 hits in 28 at-bats in the ALCS against the Astros. 

In 2018, new Yankees Manager Aaron Boone began using him regularly in the clean-up spot, quite a compliment given the presence of Judge, Sanchez and new acquisition LF Giancarlo Stanton in the line-up. He was the hero of the Yankees' win in their home opener on April 3rd when he went 4-for-4 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs in an 11-4 win over the Rays. On April 27th, he hit a HR in the 10th inning off of Angles P Blake Parker, giving New York a 4-3 win on the road. He had homered in 5 of his last 6 games, and it was his 10th HR of the year, tying him with Mike Trout for the MLB lead. He was also the top run producer in the MLBs, with 30 RBIs, and was hitting a scorching .368. This great 1st month earned him AL Player of the Month honors. Understandably, he cooled down after that tremendous month, but he still remained one of the Yankees' main offensive weapons, while providing stability on the left side of the infield between Rookies Miguel Andujar at 3B and Gleyber Torres at 2B. His season hit a snag when he went on the DL on August 21st with a contusion on his left heel following a collision at 1B with Blue Jays Kendrys Morales. He was out until September 7th, but Didi was back in the line-up when the Yankees officially clinched a AL Wild Card spot on September 22nd, but in that game, he was injured again, this time tearing cartilage in his right wrist when he scored the game-winning run. The Yankees had acquired veteran MLB Shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria, while he was out the 1st time and he was ready to step in were Gregorius to be out for an extended period. He did return in time for the 2018 AL Postseason, finishing the year by hitting .268 with 27 HRs and 86 RBIs in 134 games. He then went 1 for 3 with an RBI in the ALWC Game against the A’s, and 14 for 23 with a double and 2 RBIs in the ALDS, where the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox. A couple of days later, it was announced that he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, after feeling pain while making a throw in Game 2 of the recently finished ALDS. He was likely to miss the first half of the 2019 AL season as a result.  He did return to the 2019 Yankees, appearing in 82 games, while hitting .238 with 16 HRs and 61 RBIs. Overall, as a Yankees player in 5 seasons with the team, Didi appeared in 660 games, while hitting .269 with 97 HRs and 360 RBIs. After the 2019 World Series had ended, the Yankees granted Didi MLB Free Agency. He would sign a 1-year 14 million-dollar MLB Free Agent deal with the Phillies. After a successful 2020 season, Didi did resigned with the team for a 2-year deal worth 14 million dollars.

1998-The Yankees sign AL All-Star CF Bernie Williams to an $8.5 million, 1-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Bernie will hit .330 in 128 games with 26 HRs and 97 RBIs for the 1998 Yankees.

1999- The Yankees end the MLB trade rumors by acquiring Cy Young Award Winner Starter Roger Clemens from the Blue Jays in exchange for Starter David Wells, Reliever Graeme Lloyd and Reserve INF Homer Bush. “The Rocket” would post a 14-10 record with a 4.60 ERA in 30 games for the team. Starter David Wells had gone 34-14 with the Yankees, including throwing a Perfect Game in 1998. He had posted a 5-0 record in the MLB Post season for the team. Lloyd had won 4 games with 1 save in 109 games working out of the bullpen for the Yankees. Reserve INF Homer Bush had hit .378 with 1 HRs and 8 RBIs in 55 games, during the past 2 seasons, but he was blocked at 2B with the presence of AL All-Star 2B Chuck Knoblauch.

2001- Former Yankees Pitcher Charles “Butch” Wensloff (1943,1947) passed away. (1915-2001)

Butch Wensloff pitched for 3 seasons in the MLB. All 3-years were on a World Series championship teams. He was a star with the Yankees as a Rookie in 1943, going 13-11 with a 2.54 ERA and 1 save in 29 games. Then after missing several years of his baseball career due to World War II military service. He came back to win again with the Yankees in 1947, going 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 11 games. His ERA was well under 3.00 both seasons. In the 1947 World Series, which the Yankees won, Wensloff pitched a couple scoreless innings in the 6th game against the Dodgers. He pitched 1 game for the 1948 Indians, who went on to win the 1948 World Series. He led the American Association in 1942 with 21 victories, while pitching for the AA Kansas City Blues. On March 27,1948, he was sent to the Phillies by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On April 10,1948, he was returned by the Phillies to the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On April 12,1948, he was purchased by the Indians from the Yankees. 

2005- The Yankees signed veteran hurler Ramiro Mendoza as an MLB Free Agent. He was still recovering from pitching arm problems that occurred during his stay with the Red Sox. He would never regain the effectiveness as a Reliever that he was in his 1st tour with the Yankees, as part of a successful bridge to Yankees Close Mariano Rivera.

2012- The Yankees signed lefty P Clay Rapada to a Minor League contract with an invitation to the 2012 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. With the 2012 Yankees, he would go 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA in 70 games. The team released him in June of 2013; the Indians would pick him up. He would spend parts of 7 seasons in the MLB, going 8-0 with a 4.06 ERA in 152 games, while working only 93 innings altogether.

2014- Former Yankees Minor League OF Robert Jarvis (1957-1958) passed away. (1932-2014)

Outfielder Robert Jarvis played in the Minor Leagues from 1954 to 1959. He was with the Indians (1954-1956), Yankees(1957-1958) and the Reds (1959) farm systems. He won a Minor League batting title. He split 1954 season between the Tucson Cowboys (.310 in 48 Games) and Spartanburg Peaches (8 Games). His best season came in 1955, when he hit .361 with 157 hits, 14 triples, 17 steals and 85 runs and 226 total bases in 117 games for the Peaches. He led the Tri-State League in batting and triples that season. Jarvis hit .284 and slugged .353 for the 1956 AA Reading Indians, making the Eastern League top 10 in batting average. In 1957, now with the Yankees organization, he reached his peak of AA with the New Orleans Pelicans (Southern Association), while batting .275, but hitting only 3 HRs. He split the 1958 season playing with the AA Binghamton Triplets (EL), while hitting .207 in 53 games and the Sioux City Soos hitting .279 in 42 games. In 1959, he wrapped up his pro playing career playing with the Topeka Hawks, hitting .217 in 33 games and the AA New Orleans Pelicans (SA), hitting .246 in 76 games. He had hit around .282 for his Minor League playing career, but with only 20 HRs in 638 games.

February 19th

1900- Former Yankees Reserve INF/P Oscar Roettger (1923-1924) was born. (1900-1986)

Oscar Roettger played for 3 teams over 4 seasons in the MLB, appearing in 15 games as a 1B, 6 as a Pitcher and 1 in the Outfield. As a Pitcher in the Minor Leagues, Roettger set the Western League record in 1922 by issuing 237 BB with a 16-16 pitching record, while appearing in 50 games. This earned him a season with the 1923 Yankees, where he basically sat around not pitching. As a Yankee Pitcher, he appeared in 6 games with a 0-0 record with an 8.46 ERA. As a Yankees batter, Oscar appeared in 6 games with no hits. On June 16,1924, Oscar was traded by the Yankees to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for P Cliff Markle. On May 29,1925, Oscar was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Fred Hofmann and $50,000 Cash to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for INF Mark Koenig. The Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson on October 28,1925 to the Saints to complete the trade. Oscar would later play for the 1927 Dodgers. He would play in the Minor Leagues (1928-1931), returning to the MLB in 1932, finishing his brief MLB playing career with the Philadelphia A’s. As a 1B, Roettger compiled a .314 Minor League BA with 349 doubles and 116 HRs in 1,634 games. Oscar was a Coach for the 1937-1938 AA Rochester Red Wings (IL). His brother, Wally Roettger was an MLB player, later he became a College Baseball Coach at the University of Illinois. Another brother, Harold Roettger was a MLB Scout and Baseball Executive for the Pirates and the Dodgers.

1932- Former Yankees Minor League OF Don Taussig was born. 

Before the start of 1950 AL season, the Yankees signed OF Don Taussig as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in a couple of Class D league games in 1950, hitting just .195 in 56 games. Before the start of the 1951 AL season, the Yankees promptly sent him to the Giants in an unknown Minor League trade transaction. Taussig worked his way up through the Giants Minor League system. After 3 seasons with the 1955-1957 AA Dallas Eagles (Texas League); he first made it to the MLB, when the Giants had moved to San Francisco in 1958. He hit .200 for the Giants with 1 HR, spending the rest of the season with their AAA club at Phoenix (PCL). He would play in the MLB with the Giants, Cardinals and finishing up with the new NL Expansion Team, the 1962 Houston Colt 45s.

1935- All-Star 1st Baseman Lou Gehrig signs an MLB player contract with the Yankees for $30,000, $7,000 less than he asked for, but still making him the highest-paid player on the team. The 32-year old Lou Gehrig will hit .329 with 30 HRs, while driving in 119 runs for the 2nd-place 1935 Yankees.

1952- Former Yankees Minor League P David Cheadle was born. (1952-2012)

David Cheadle was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (12th selection) of the 1970 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never pitched for the Yankees at MLB level. On August 15,1973, Dave was sent by the Yankees to the Braves to complete an earlier deal made on June 7,1973. The Yankees sent 2 Players to be Named Later, Reserve Players: INF/OF Wayne Nordhagen and 1B/OF Frank Tepedino to the Braves for veteran MLB Starter Pat Dobson. He appeared in 2 games for the 1973 Braves, while posting a 0-1 record.

1954- 19-year-old OF Roberto Clemente signs with the Dodgers for 1 season at $5,000 with a $10,000 signing bonus. The Dodgers thus beat out a number of other MLB clubs in the Clemente sweepstakes. They've outspent the prior 2 entrants; their cross-city rivals the Giants and the Yankees. They have simply beaten the Braves to the punch. By far the biggest spenders of the bunch (by all accounts exceeding Brooklyn's offer by at least 150%), the Braves were just a tad tardy with their offer, Clemente having already accepted the Dodgers' terms. The Dodgers may have won the 1st battle, but they will lose Clemente's services within 1 year when they fail to protect him in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, the Pirates will select him. 

1956- Former Yankees OF Ray Demmit (1909) passed away. (1884-1956)

In August of 1908, OF Ray Demmit was purchased by the Yankees from AA Newark (Eastern League). He appeared in 123 games for the 1909 Yankees, while hitting .243 with 4 HRs and 30 RBIs. On December 16,1909, Ray was traded by the Yankees along with P Joe Lake to the St. Louis Browns for veteran MLB Catcher Lou Criger.

1957- The Yankees obtained Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz, P Jack McMahon, INF Clete Boyer, 1B Wayne Belardi and a Player to be Named Later from the Kansas City A’s for Yankees Pitchers Rip Coleman, Tom Morgan and Mickey McDermott, Shortstop Billy Hunter, OF Irv Noren and INF Milt Graff with a Player to be Named Later. MLB Commissioner Ford Frick ruled that INF Clete Boyer, who was an A’s “bonus baby” had to remain with the team until his bonus term expired with the A’s MLB roster. He did not join the Yankees until June 4,1957. The team immediately sent him AA Binghamton (Eastern League,) he eventually join the Yankees at the MLB level in 1959. Art Ditmar pitched well for the Yankees from 1957-1960, except for in the 1960 World Series against the Pirates. He won 15 games in 1960, leading the Yankees Starters in victories. He was traded back to the A’s in June of 1961 along with Rookie OF/INF Deron Johnson for veteran AL Starter Bud Daley. Bobby Shantz became the 1st Yankees player to win an AL Golden Glove Award in 1957. He won the AL Pitcher’s Golden Glove Award from 1957-1960. Also, he led the AL Pitchers in ERA in 1957 with a 2.45 mark. He would be very effective out of the bullpen for the 1957-1960 Yankees, as well as being an occasional starter for Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. The Yankees key trade bait to the A’s in this February 1957 deal was veteran OF Irv Noren, a former .300 hitter with 2 bad knees. He would never hit .300 for the A’s. He had played in 488 games with the Bronx Bombers, while hitting .272 with 31 HRs and 198 RBIs. Tom Morgan was a serviceable bullpen Reliever, who been with the team since 1951. Originally a starter who Manager Casey Stengel converted into a reliever, Tom went 38-22 with a 3.48 ERA with 27 saves in 156 games. He appeared in 3 World Series, pitching in 5 games, while posting a 0-1 record with 5.95 ERA. Pitchers Rip Coleman (5-6) and Mickey McDermott (2-6, 4.24 ERA) would give the A’s MLB arms for their pitching staff. Billy Hunter had been Yankees Shortstop, but he was recovering from an ankle injury, which limited his 1956 AL season just to 39 games, but he did hit .280.  Infielders Jack McMahon and Wayne Belardi never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. The A's front office will eventually admit that when they signed INF Clete Boyer for a $40,000 bonus in 1955, it was on behalf of the Yankees, with the understanding that they'd later ship him to team after his bonus signing MLB roster time was finished for several players in the Yankees Minor League system. Hurler Jack McMahon and 1B Wayne Belardi never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. First baseman Milt Graff, who had hit .317 with Yankees Birmingham club (Southern League), he would play for the 1957-1958 A’s. For the Players to be Named Later in the trade, on June 3,1957, the Yankees sent Minor league Pitcher Jack Urban to the A’s, he would pitch for them in 1957. The A’s sent Minor League 2B Curt Roberts to the Yankees on June 4, 1957, he was sent to the Minor Leagues by the team. He had played 2B for the 1954-1956 Pirates before joining the A’s in 1956.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Tim Burke (1992) was born.

On June 9,1992, veteran MLB Starter Tim Burke was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for P Lee Guetterman. Tim went 2-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 23 games before leaving the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Reds.

1962- Former Yankees INF Alvaro Espinoza (1988-1991) was born.

The Yankees signed INF Alvaro Espinoza as an MLB Free Agent. Espinoza had originally come to the MLB with the 1984 Twins. His best Yankees season was in 1989, when he hit .282 with No HRs and 41 RBIs in 146 games. He appeared in 447 games for the Yankees, while hitting .255 with 7 HRs and 94 RBIs. On March 17,1992, he was released by the Yankees. The Indians would pick up Espinoza. He would later play for the Mets and the Mariners before retiring from the MLB.

1982- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Chris Stewart (2008, 2012-2013) was born.

Chris Stewart was signed an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees in 2008. He appeared in 1 game for Yankees, spending most of the 2008 season with AAA Scranton. He signed with the White Sox as an MLB Free Agent for 2009 AL season. On March 21, 2009, Chris was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for future considerations (Minor League players). On November 9, 2009, Chris was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On December 17,2009, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Padres. On October 8, 2010, Chris Stewart was granted MLB Free Agency by the Padres. On January 11, 2011, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Giants. He made the 2011 Giants as a Reserve Catcher appearing in 67 games, while batting .204. In March of 2012, Chris was reacquired by the Yankees from the Giants for Minor League P George Kontos at the end of their 2012 MLB Spring Training Camp. He was back-up catcher for Yankees Catcher Russell Martin, appearing 55 games, while hitting .241 with 1 HR and 13 RBIs. In 2013, he appeared in 109 games for the Yankees as Starting Catcher, when injuries hit the team.  Martin left as a MLB Free Agent after the season, signing with the  Pirates, the Yankees failed to replace him with an experienced major leaguer. They thought that Francisco Cervelli could take over, but he broke a hand in April then was handed a 50-game suspension for PED use and the job was basically up for grabs. Stewart beat out young Catcher Austin Romine and ended up playing 109 games, including 98 starts behind the plate. He did a good job handling a makeshift pitching staff, as the Yankees ended up with a record over .500 and tied for 3rd place in the AL East in spite of a roster in flux all season and a myriad of injuries. He did not contribute much with the bat, hitting just .211 with 4 HRs and 25 RBIs, but that was not what the Yankees were looking for anyway. After the season, they finally signed a real starting MLB catcher in veteran All-Star Brian McCann and Cervelli and Romine were still around to handle back-up duties, At the end of the 2013 MLB season, the Yankees traded Chris Stewart to the Pirates for a Minor League Player to be Named Later. On December 11,2013, the Pirates sent Minor League P Kyle Haynes to the Yankees to complete the trade.Overall as a Yankees player, Chris hit .219 with 5 HRs and 38 RBIs in 165 games. 

1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Frank Colman (1946-1947) passed away. (1918-1983).

Frank Colman was a backup OF/1B for 6 MLB seasons during the 1940's. He played for the 1942-1945 Pirates. On June 17,1946, Frank was purchased by the Yankees from the PiratesHe appeared in 27 games with the Yankees, hitting just .163 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. When his MLB playing days ended due to an injury, he played for the AA Seattle Rainers (PCL). Frank was a Player-Coach for the AA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) before returning to London as Player-Owner. Also, he played for the AA Newark Bears (IL) at 1 point in his playing career. Six seasons of his 13-year Minor League playing career were with the AA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). He is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the London Sports Hall of Fame.

1998- Former Yankees Minor League INF Leo Righetti passed away. (1925-1998) 

INF Leo Righetti was a Minor League player for 12 seasons, 8 of them in either the AAA or Open classification. His son Dave Righetti was a MLB Pitcher with the Yankees and Giants, while another son, Steven Righetti played in the Minors. Leo debuted in 1944 with the Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League), hitting .232 in 67 games and fielding .887 at Shortstop. Also, he was briefly with the 1944 AA Newark Bears (IL), hitting .143 in 4 contests. He did not play baseball in 1945. In 1946, Leo only managed a .166 BA in 57 games for Binghamton, the lowest average that year by any Eastern League player with 100 at-bats, let alone 200 plate appearances. He fielded only .855 in 30 games at 3B and .915 in 10 games at 2B. Righetti made strides in 1947, hitting .251 with a career-high 10 HRs with 81 RBIs for the Victoria A’s. In 1948, he batted .162 for Binghamton and .237 for the Augusta Tigers. Back with Augusta in 1949, the infielder hit .225 with 4 HRs with 46 RBIs. He did not play pro baseball in 1950. Righetti moved to the Pacific Coast League in 1951 with the AAA Sacramento Solons as a Reserve INF. He hit just .202 in 122 games. In 1952, he was with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (AA) and the AA Charleston Senators, hitting a combined .199 in 113 games. He had the lowest average of any American Association player with 100 AB or 100 games. He fielded .973 at 2B, close to the league lead. In 1953, Leo was on the AAA San Francisco Seals (PCL); he hit .258, while fielding .961 at Shortstop. With the Seals again in 1954, Righetti hit .255. In 1955, he played for both the Seals and the Seattle Rainers (PCL), while batting .264. With the 1956 Rainiers, Righetti hit .280 with 61 runs and fielding .951, almost leading PCL Shortstops. He finished his pro baseball career in 1957, splitting the season between 2 AAA team’s Seattle and Sacramento in the PCL. He hit .264 that season, while fielding .965 at Shortstop.

February 20th

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

After being acquired from the Philadelphia A’s on July 6,1914, Boardwalk Brown went 9-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 39 games for the Yankees before being released by the team. He had been a 17-game winner for the 1913 A’s Pitching staff.

1896- Fo­rmer Yankees Reserve Catcher (1917-1920) MLB Manager and Baseball Executive Muddy Ruel was born. (1896-1963)

On August 21,1917, Catcher Muddy Ruel was obtained from the St. Louis Browns for Cash. He was playing with the Memphis team (Southern Association), Yankees let him finished out the season before joining the team. In the Bronx, Ruel shared catching duties with Truck Hannah from 1918 to 1920. Muddy appeared in 170 games for the Yankees, while hitting .251 with 1 HR and 46 RBIs. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the team along with INF Del Pratt, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and C Wally Schang. He was the Yankees catcher on August 16, 1920 at the Polo Grounds, when a Carl Mays' pitch hit Indians batter Ray Chapman on the head, resulting in Chapman's death the next day.  He later defended Mays and said that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Muddy would play in the MLB for 19 seasons, known as a fine defensive catcher in AL. He played for the Browns (twice), Yankees, Red Sox (twice), Senators, and Tigers’ and finished up with the White Sox. He appeared in 1,468 games while hitting .275 with 4 HRs and 536 RBIs. He appeared in the 1924-1925 World Series with the Senators playing in 14 games, while hitting .200. After retiring as a player, Ruel spent a decade as an MLB Coach with the 1935-1945 White Sox. He then became a legal assistant to the MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler in 1946. He worked with Chandler for only 1 year before accepting his only MLB managerial job with the St. Louis Browns, where he led the 1947team to a dismal 59–95 record, good for the AL cellar. Ruel then was a MLB Coach for the 1948-1950 Indians, winning another world championship as a Coach with the Tribe in the 1948 World Series. He was later named as the Director of the Tigers' farm system before taking on the role as the Tigers' General Manager from 1954 to 1956.

1913- Former Yankees OF/1B and MLB Coach Tommy “Old Reliable” Henrich (1937-1942,1946-1950) was born. (1913-2009) 

Originally signed by the Indians, Tommy Henrich never hit below .300 in the Minors and showed power at the plate. After batting .346 for the New Orleans Pelicans (Southern Association) in 1936, he appeared in line to join the Tribe. However, the Indians instead sold his contract to the AA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association), allegedly because the club regarded Jeff Heath as a better prospect. Rather than go to Milwaukee, Tommy and his father wrote to MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis, stating their belief that the Indians were denying him a chance to reach the majors. Landis ruled in his favor, he declared Henrich a MLB Free Agent. On April 19,1937, Tommy Henrich was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent for $25,000 bonus with the Yankees. He played 11 seasons with Yankees finishing with a lifetime BA of .282 with 182 HRs with 795 RBIs in 1,284 games. He appeared in 4 World Series, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 8 RBIs in 21 games for the Yankees. Yankees announcer Mel Allen nicknamed Tommy “Old Reliable” because of his timely hits and great defensive plays in the outfield when the Yankees needed them in a game. He was named to the AL All-Star teams in 1942, 1947-1950. When the Yankees helped need at 1B due to player injuries, Tommy Henrich stepped in and helped out Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. After retiring as an active player, he became a Yankees MLB Coach. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the 1957 Giants and the 1958-1959 Tigers. Tommy Henrich died in 2009 at age 96, after suffering a series of strokes. At the time of his death, he was the 5th oldest living former MLB Player and the oldest living Yankee Player.

1947- Former Yankees Reliever Tom Buskey (1973-1974) was born. (1947-1998)

In 1969, the Yankees signed hurler Tom Buskey as an MLB Amateur Free agent. Tom went 0-2 in 12 games for the 1973-1974 Yankees before being traded to the Indians in the Chris Chambliss trade in April of 1974. Tom died from injuries received in an auto accident in 1998.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Gullickson (1987) was born.

On August 26,1987, veteran MLB Starter Bill Gullickson was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for hurler Dennis Rasmussen. He went 4-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 8 games for the 1987 Yankees before leaving for MLB Free Agency and signing to pitch for a team in Japan.

1963- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Phil Lombardi (1986-1987) was born.

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1981 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Catcher Phil Lombardi. He hit .250 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in 25 games for the 1986-1987 Yankees. On December 11,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Steve Frey and OF Darren Reed to the Mets for Shortstop Rafael Santana and Minor League Player Victor Garcia.

1972- Former Yankees OF/DH Shane Spencer (1998-2002) was born.

 OF Shane Spencer was selected by the Yankees in the 28th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was a replacement player during spring training camp in 1995, crossing the picket line during the 1994 MLB strike. Like many of the young organization players, who were told to play or be released by their teams, Spence crossed the picket line to stay with the Yankees organization. In 1998 with the AAA Columbus Clippers, he hit .322 with 18 HRs and 67 RBIs in 87 games.Spencer had a call-up in September of 1998 to remember, when he hit .373 with 10 HRs with 27 RBIs. In 2000, Shane was hitting .282 with 9 HRs and 40 RBIs in 73 games, as the Yankees regular LF, when he injured his leg in outfield at Shea Stadium. He never regained his playing form after that 2000 season ending injury.  After the 2002 season, Spencer was granted MLB free agency by the team. He finished his Yankees playing career with a .263 BA with 43 HRs and 167 RBIs in 345 games. Later, Spence would play for the Indians, Rangers and the Mets. He had played pro baseball in Japan for 2 seasons with the 2005-2006 Hanshin Tigers. He hit .237 with 15 HRs and 50 RBIs for the Tigers, before being released. His final MLB player career totals were a .262 BA with 59 HRs and 242 RBIs. After his playing career ended, Spencer's career turned to coaching, he served as the Hitting Coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Class A affiliate of the Padres from 2008until 2012. In 2013, he was named the Hitting Coach of the Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League). In 2016, he became the Manager for the Hexen Heroes in Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).

1975- Former Yankees Reserve OF Donzell McDonald (2001) was born.

OF Donzell McDonald was selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1995 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 2001, he appeared in 5 games for the Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, while hitting .333. At the end of the season, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He rejoined the Yankees organization in 2004, but he did not appear with the Yankees at MLB level, spending the 2004 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1976-The Yankees sell veteran C/DH Ed Herrmann to the Angels. On April 1,1975, Ed Herrmann was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for 4 Minor League players: P Fred Anyzeski, OF/1BJohn Narron, OF Ken Bennett, C Terry Quinn and Cash. None of the 4 Yankees Minor League players appeared at the MLB level for the White Sox. Ed appeared in 80 games for the Yankees, while hitting .255 with 6 HRs and 30 RBI’s.

1984- Former Yankees Catcher Brian McCann (2014-2016) was born. 

Catcher Brian McCann was selected by the Braves in the 2nd round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He was on the 2005 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. He was a 7-time NL All-Star team member (2006-2011 & 2013). In 2010, he was named the MLB All-Star Game MVP.  McCann was a 5-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2006 & 2008-2011).  Brian had 7 20-HR Seasons with the Braves: (2006 & 2008-2013). Overall, for the Braves, Brian appeared in 1,105 games, while hitting .256 with 176 HRs and 661 RBIs. On November 23, 2013, MLB Free Agent McCann agreed to a 5-year, $85 million player contract with the Yankees, with a vesting option for a 6th season. In 3 seasons in Yankees pinstripes, Brian appeared in 405 games, while hitting .277 with 69 HRs and 227 RBIs. On November 17, 2016, McCann was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Astros for 2 Minor League Pitchers: Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.

1985- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner gives Yankees Manager Yogi Berra the dreaded vote of confidence. Steinbrenner says that Yogi Berra will remain Yankee Skipper for the entire 1985 AL season, regardless of how badly the team might struggle. Yogi Berra will last only 16 games in 1985, before being fired by Steinbrenner. This will lead to a boycott of the New York Yankees organization by Yogi Berra that will last for 15 years.

1994- Current Yankees Pitcher Luis Severino (2015-2020) was born.

Before start of the 2012 AL season, Luis Severino was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He began his pro career that season with the DSL Yankees 1, putting up a sparkling 1.68 ERA in 14 starts to earn a promotion to the US. After recording a 1.37 ERA in his 1st 6 games for the DSL Yankees 1 in 2013, he was moved up to the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), skipping short-season Class A ball. He went 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 4 games for Charleston. Luis was back with the team to start the 2014 season. In 14 starts, he was 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA to earn a promotion to the Class A Tampa Yankees on June 20th. In the Florida State League, he was 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA in 4 starts, and moved up again a month later, joining the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). His rapid progression up the Yankees organizational ladder meant that he was almost 5 years younger than the league average at that point but it did not faze him as he went 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 6 starts. Combined between the 3 stops, his record was 6-5 with a 2.47 ERA in 24 starts, with 113 innings pitched, during which he allowed 93 hits and walked 27 while striking out an outstanding 127 batters. He pitched for the World Team in the 2014 Futures Game. Having now vaulted near the top of the Yankees' top prospects list and being considered the #35 prospect in baseball by Baseball America, he returned to Trenton to start the 2015 season. In 8 starts, he was 2-2, 3.32 ERA and promoted on May 31st, to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He was outstanding at that level, with a pitching record of 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 starts. The Yankees called him up to make his MLB Pitching debut on August 5th, facing their historic rivals the Red Sox. He gave up only 2 hits in 5 innings, walking none, while striking out 7 Red Sox batters, but the Sox managed to score twice, with 1 of the runs being unearned and the other coming off a HR by David Ortiz. 

Meanwhile, his opponent, knuckleballer Steven Wright, stymied the Yankees' bats and Luis was saddled with a 2-1 loss in spite of his nice effort. He won his  1st MLB game on August 22nd when he defeated the Indians by the score of 6-2, pitching 6 innings and finally getting some run support by his Yankees teammates. He had a 2.04 ERA after 6 MLB starts, then ran into a buzz-saw called the  Blue Jays on September 11th, as Ben Revere led off the game with a hit, followed by a Josh Donaldson HR and Justin Smoak added a 2-run HR shot later in the 5-run 1st inning. He was charged with the 11-5 loss. Luis finished the 2015 AL season with a 5-3 record and a 2.89 ERA in 11 games for the Yankees. In 2016, he split the season with Scranton, where he went 8-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 games and the Yankees posting a disappointing 3-8 record with a 5.83 ERA in 22 games. Severino showed his star potential in 2017, as he quietly took over the mantle of the Yankees' ace, consistent with a season in which the team was driven by a group of emerging young players. He was 5-4 with a 3.54 ERA in the 1st half but Luis was still named to the All-Star team for the 1st time as an injury replacement, in large part because of his dominant 124 strikeouts in 106 2/3 innings. He then switched to another gear after the break, giving up a total of just 5 runs in 32 2/3 innings over his 1st 5 starts, good for an ERA of 0.83, and winning 4 games. He finished the 2017 season at 14-6, 2.98 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 193 1/3 innings.

When it came time to pick a starting pitcher for the most important game of the season, the ALWC against the Twins at New Yankee Stadium on October 3rd, it was Severino was Manager Joe Girardi's pick. It was a very rough outing however. He came out with no command of his fastball or breaking pitches, quickly fell behind in the count to lead-off hitter Brian Dozier, and then was stunned when the 2nd baseman jumped on a 99-mph fastball up the middle and drove it to the top of the left field wall for a HR. After getting Joe Mauer to pop up, he allowed a walk to Jorge Polanco, prompting a visit from Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild and activity in the bullpen. The next batter, Eddie Rosario, hit another HR, to make it 3-0. He then allowed a single to Eduardo Escobar and a double to Max Kepler, and his night was over after just a third of an inning. But Chad Green made a great outing in relief, striking out the next 2 Twins batters to limit the damage, and then the Yankees' bats took over, with a 3-run HR by Didi Gregorius off of Starter Ervin Santana in the bottom of the 1st ensuring that he would not be involved in the decision. His short outing had taxed the bullpen, but the Yankees were able to win by the score of 8-4, and move on to the next round. He did a lot better in his next start, in Game 4 of the Division Series against the Indians on October 9th, as he pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 9 batters to lead the Yankees to a 7-3 win. He made 2 other starts in the ALCS, losing 1 game, allowing 4 runs in 8 2/3 innings as the Yankees were eliminated by the eventual World Champions, the Astros.

In 2018, he was given the honor of being the Yankees' Opening Day Starter for the 1st time, being preferred over veteran Starter Masahiro Tanaka. On May 2nd, he recorded the 1st complete game and shutout of his MLB pitching career in pitching a 5-hitter. He did not chose the easiest opponent, either, as he was facing the defending World Series champions, the Astros. He was off to a great start, as the win improved his record to 5-1, 2.11 ERA after 7 starts. He ended up going 19-8, with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts and 220 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings. He was named to the All-Star Game again and for the 2nd straight season, started the ALWC at home, this time facing the A’s on October 3rd. Things went better this time, as he gave up just no hits through the 1st 4 innings, although he did walk 4 batters and used a lot of pitches. After allowing his 1st 2 hits, back-to-back, in the top of the 5th, he gave way to Reliever Dellin Betances, who received credit for the Yankees' 7-2 win. He was back on the mound for Game 3 of the Division Series against the Red Sox on October 8th. This turned out to be one of the turning points of the entire 2018 AL postseason, as the Yankees had managed to take one of the 1st 2 games at Fenway Park, and with the Red Sox's bullpen appearing shaky, were confidant with the scene having switched to New Yankee Stadium. Severino got through the 1st inning fine, but in the 2nd, he allowed a run on a pair of singles and a stolen base, then compounded the problems in the 3rd with a couple more runs on 3 hits. The roof then completely caved in in the 4th inning, when he allowed the 1st 3 Red Sox batters to reach base, and then gave way to Lance Lynn. Lance allowed all 3 inherited baserunners to score as Boston went on to score 7 runs and never looked back after that. Luis was charged with the 16-1 loss, one of the worst in the Yankees' long MLB Postseason history. In spite of his struggle in the postseason, the Yankees were very much counting on Severino to be their ace for the foreseeable future. On February 15, 2019, they signed him to a 4-year extension for $40 million, with an option for a 5th season. He was also penciled in as their 2019 Opening Day starter for the 2nd straight season. However, before that could happen, he was slowed down by shoulder inflammation during spring training camp, making it highly unlikely he would be ready in time for opening day. Indeed, the Yankees announced a couple of weeks later that he would miss all of April. A 2nd MRI on April 8th after suffering a setback in rehab, giving a hint that his absence would be a protracted one. He finally made it back to the Bronx on September 17th, when he pitched 4 innings in an 8-0 win over the  Angels. He finished the 2019 AL season with a 1-1 record with a 1.50 ERA in 3 games. In the 2019 AL Postseason, he beat the Twins, but he lost his 2nd start to the Astros. The Yankees were hoping for Severino to return to form in 2020, but got some bad news at the start of Spring Training Camp on February 20th, as he was affected by a right forearm strain, a problem that had apparently 1st surfaced after his ALCS start the previous October. He was shut down as a preventive measure and the Yankees were still hoping that he would be ready for Opening Day. However, on February 25th, the Yankees' worst fears were confirmed as it turned out that he needed to undergo Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2020 season.

1996- Current Yankees Pitcher Clarke Schmidt (2020) was born.

Pitcher Clarke Schmidt was the 1st-round selection of the Yankees in the 2017 MLB Amateur Player Draft with the 16th overall pick. He had pitched 3 seasons at the University of South Carolina, but his junior season in 2017 had been interrupted after 9 starts as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery, which made his selection by the Yankees a bit of a surprise. He began his pro baseball career in 2018, but he was limited to 8 appearances and 23 1/3 innings as he was completing his recovery from the TJ surgery. He pitched for 3 different teams, including both of the Yankees' affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. His real first taste of competition came in 2019, when he went a combined 6-5, with a 3.47 ERA in 19 games, while logging in 90 2/3 innings. Once again, he did not pitch a full season, as he missed sometime early in the year, and then Clarke made 3 starts for the GCL Yankees East in late June and early July before returning to the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL). In mid-August, he received a promotion to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) after having gone 4-5, with a 3.84 ERA for Tampa. He pitched his best ball for Trenton, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his 3 starts in the Eastern League. In 2020, he was invited to the 2020 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. In 2020, he was not able to pitch in the Minor Leagues, as they were shut down by the Coronavirus Pandemic; but his name was part of the Yankees' 60-player pool. Clarke started the year at their alternate training site in Scranton. He was called up by the Yankees to make his MLB Pitching debut on September 4th, pitching in relief against the Orioles. He appeared in 3 games for the 2020 Yankees, finishing with a 0-1 record with a 7.11 ERA.

2006- Former Yankees and long-time MLB Broadcasting Announcer Curt Gowdy (1949-1950) passed away. (1913-2006)

After working the 1949-1950 AL seasons working with Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy would leave the Yankees in 1951 to announce games for the Red Sox until 1966. He had started his broadcasting career with the Yankees in 1949. Later, he worked as a Baseball Announcer for NBC-TV’s “Game of the Week” as well as their World Series and MLB All-Star Game coverage.

2012- The Yankees signed veteran MLB OF Raul Ibanez, who had spent the last 3 seasons with the Phillies to be their left-handed DH for the upcoming 2012 AL season. During the 2012 AL season with Yankees outfield injuries, Raul will appear in 130 games for the Yankees, hitting .240 with 19 HRs with 62 RBIs. In 2012 AL Post season play, he hit .308 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs. After the 2012 MLB postseason ended, the Yankees granted Raul MLB Free Agency. He would be sign by the Mariners for the 2013 AL season.

2017- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Fenton “Muscles” Mole (1949) passed away. (1925-2017)

Fenton Mole had played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1946-1947, then he played for the1948 AA Portland Beavers (PCL). Mole played 10 games at 1st base in September of 1949 for the Yankees, hitting just .185 with No HRs and 2 RBIs. Fenton had played for the Yankees 1949 AA Newark Bears (IL) appearing in 107 games, while hitting .269 with 16 HRs and 53 RBIs. Mole did not appear in the 1949 World Series win against the Dodgers. The 1949 AL season was Casey Stengel's 1st year as skipper of the Yankees, and he used a variety of 1B, with veteran OF Tommy Henrich appearing in 52 games there, more than any other player. However, Henrich was used more often in the outfield, appearing in 61 games there in 1949. Veteran NL 1B Johnny “Big Cat” Mize, who came to the Yankees in late August from the Giants that season, also appeared in 6 games at 1B. Mole was still on the MLB roster as of January 1951, but he never played for the Yankees, after 1949 AL season. He was playing in the Yankees Minor League system with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), AAA Kansas City Blues (American Association) and the AAA San Francisco Seals (PCL). Fenton, who had over 100 Minor League HRs, may have attracted Casey Stengel's attention in 1948, when he was the top HR hitter for the AA Portland Beavers (PCL ), while Stengel was managing the Oakland Oaks in the PCL. He retired from baseball after the 1952 season ended.

2018- The Yankees address their lack of experienced infielders by acquiring 2B/3B Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks, in return for 2 Minor League prospects; INF Nick Solak and P Taylor Widener. The D-Backs immediately flip Solak and another pitching prospect, Anthony Banda to the Rays for OF Steven Souza, their 2nd move in 2 days to address their failure to re-sign OF J.D. Martinez. For Tampa, the shedding of experienced MLB players continues, as Souza is the 3rd player to leave in a span of 4 days, after P Jake Odorizzi and OF/DH Corey Dickerson. Brandon Drury will have injury problems while playing for the Yankees limiting him to appear in only 18 games, while hitting just .176 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs. On July 26,2018, Drury was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League OF Billy McKinney to the Blue Jays for MLB veteran Starter J.A. Happ.




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