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This Week in Yankees History February 28th-March 6th
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This Week in Yankees History February 28th- March 6th Part One


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February 28th

1947- Former Yankees Reserve INF Marty Perez (1977) was born. 

On March 14,1977, MLB Veteran INF Marty Perez was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for Reserve OF Terry Whitfield, who was out of Minor League options. Perez had played for the Angels, Braves and the Giants with a .249 BA in 930 games. As a Reserve INF, he appeared in only 1 game with the team, going 2 for 4 before being traded on April 27,1977 by the Yankees along with veteran Starter Dock Ellis and Reserve OF Larry Murray to Oakland for veteran Starter Mike Torrez.

1959- After 1 day, Yankees All-Star CF Mickey Mantle ends his 1959 MLB player contract holdout with the team. Mantle agrees to an MLB player salary of $72,000 with a bonus of $2,000. He had been asking the Yankees front office for $85,000, after batting .304, hitting 42 HRs with 97 RBIs, making the AL All- Star team, while playing in 150 games in 1958. In the 1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, Mickey had hit .250 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs.

1970- On February 28,1970, the Yankees acquired veteran INF Ron Hansen from the White Sox. Ron was at the end of his MLB playing career battling with back problems being reduced to being a Reserve INF player. In 1969, Ron had hit .259 with 2 HRs in 85 games for the White Sox. He will hit .297 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs in 59 games for the 1970 Yankees, before fading in 1971 to a .207 BA with No HRs and 20 RBIs in 61 games. The Yankees would release him during their 1972 MLB Spring Training Camp. He would play briefly with 1972 Royals before retiring from the MLB. Ron Hansen had originally come up to the MLB with the 1960 Orioles as a Shortstop. He had played in 17 games in 1958-1959 AL seasons as a September roster call-up. He was named 1960 AL Rookie of the Year, playing in 153 games, while hitting .255 with 22 HRs and 86 RBIs. He would appear on 2 AL All-Star teams (1960 and 1961) as a Shortstop, while playing for the Orioles.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Roy Sherid (1929-1931) passed away. (1907-1982)

Pitcher Roy Sherid made a lot of appearances during his 3 seasons with the Yankees. He pitched in a total of 87 games (44 as a Starter) along with 6 saves in relief, logging in 413 innings of work. His Yankees final pitching career record was a 23-24 mark with a 4.17 ERA on Bronx teams that were well over .500 (although none of the 3 won an AL pennant). On September 12, 1931, the Yankees sent 2 Pitchers: Lou McEvoy and Roy Sherid to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) to complete an earlier deal made on June 27,1931. On June 27,1931, the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later and Cash and Players to be Named Later to the Saints for P Johnny Murphy and INF Jack Saltzgaver.

1983- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent OF Rowland Office. He appeared in 2 games for the 1983 Yankees with 2 at bats and no hits. He spent majority of the 1983 baseball season playing with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On November 9,1983, Rowland was released by the Yankees.

1983- On February 24,1983, the Yankees had signed veteran MLB Free Agent INF Bert Campaneris, who had played for the Angels. Bert appeared in 60 games as a Yankee Reserve INF, while hitting .322 with No HRs and 11 RBIs in his final MLB player season. He had played in the MLB for 19 seasons starting with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, then he moved to the Texas Rangers as an MLB Free Agent in 1976, then he was traded by the Rangers to the Angels in 1979 and finishing his MLB playing career with the 1983 Yankees. On November 7,1983, Bert was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Bert had retired from the MLB. In the Fall of 1976, Bert became an MLB Free Agent leaving the A’s. Yankees Manager Billy Martin had asked the Yankees Front Office to sign him, to fix the team’s starting Shortstop problems; they went out and signed the following players: P Don Gullet, OF Reggie Jackson and OF Jim Wynn instead. Bert would be signed in the winter of 1976 by the Texas Rangers. The Yankees went into their 1977 MLB Spring Training Camp without a solid starting MLB Shortstop. 

1988- Current Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman (2016-2021) was born.

 In Cuba, Aroldis Chapman debuted with Holguín in the 2005-2006 Serie Nacional, going 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA. He played for Cuba in the 2006 World Junior Championship. He then put on an excellent show in the 2006-2007 Serie Nacional. He had a 4-3 record, with a 2.77 ERA and 7 saves. More impressively, he struck out 100 batters and allowed just 59 hits in 81 1/3 innings. He led the league in strikeouts, though he also ranked 6th in walks (50). In the 2007 Pan American Games, he pitched 1 scoreless inning, struck out 2 for the Gold Medalists. He was a star in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, in which Cuba won Silver. He struck out 9 batters in 7 innings in a win over South Korea and whiffed 11 batters while allowing only 3 hits and a run in 8 innings in the semifinal win over the Japanese national team. He was named to the tournament All-Star team as the top left-handed pitcher.

Chapman's success in international events did not carry over for the 2007-2008 Serie Nacional. Aroldis was 6-7 with a 3.89 ERA despite a .200 opponent average and 79 strikeouts in 74 innings. On December 20,2008, Chapman broke Maels Rodríguez's record for fastest pitch in Cuban history; when he reached 102 mph on the radar gun. Chapman pitched for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA despite 8 k's in 6 1/3 IP. He dueled Travis Blackley evenly in Cuba's 5-4 win over Australia; after 3 solid innings, he gave up a Luke Hughes double in the 4th, balked him to 3rd ,and then allowed a single to Ben Risinger to tie the game at 1.

 He got the start in a key match against Japan and hit 100 mph on the radar gun but struggled in a loss to Daisuke Matsuzaka. He helped his own cause by picking off Michihiro Ogasawara and Seiichi Uchikawa, after walking them in the 2nd. In the 3rd, he gave up singles to Kenji Johjima and Akinori Iwamura. Ichiro Suzuki bunted back to Chapman, who threw to 3rd for a force. Yasuyuki Kataoka singled and Chapman was yanked in favor of Norberto González, who let all 3 inherited runner score. Chapman went 11-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2008-2009, while striking out 130 batters in 118 1/3 IP. He led the Serie Nacional in K, 11 ahead of Yunieski Maya. He tied for 4th in wins, was 5th with 62 walks and tied for the most-wild pitches thrown with 14. While Chapman won the headlines with his flame throwing, Maikel Folch was named Cuba's best left-handed pitcher that season.

Chapman defected from Cuba just before the 2009 World Port Tournament  had started. He then established legal residency in the small European principality of Andorra, making him a Are agent eligible to be signed by any MLB team. After auditioning for several teams, he signed a contract with the  Reds on January 11, 2010, worth $30.25 million over 6 years. The deal was comparable to the package offered by the Nationals to Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft. It is interesting to note that until he defected, his birth date was listed as September 11,1987; he declared a different birth date at that time, which made him 6 months younger. The Reds assigned Chapman to the AAALouisville Bats. In his Organized Baseball debut, he hit 101 mph 3 times on the radar gun and fanned 9 batters in 4 2/3 IP versus the Toledo Mud Hens, allowing only 1 run. He gave up 5 singles and 1 walk, but Toledo Manager Larry Parrish  said "Today, he walked 1. In the big leagues, he would've walked 8." He was 9-6 with a 3.57 ERA and 8 saves for Louisville. He struck out 125 hitters in just 95 2/3 innings and allowed a .218 BA, but he walked 52 batters and threw 14 wild pitches, showing the same high-whiff, high-walk totals he had display back in Cuba. On August 31, 2010Chapman joined the Reds on August 31, 2010, the last day on which he could be eligible for 2010 MLB Postseason play. In his MLB Pitching debut, he pitched 1 perfect inning in relief against the Brewers, hitting 102 mph on the radar gun. The next day, he got his 1st MLB win with another perfect inning of relief; the Reds then scored 6 runs in the bottom of the frame to beat the Brewers 6-1, while topping out his fastball at 104 mph. On September 24th, he became the 1st hurler timed at 105 mph during an MLB game. He ended the 2010 NL season with a 2-2 record with a 2.03 ERA and 19 Ks (against only 9 hits) in 13 1/3 innings. He pitched twice in the NLDS against the Phillies, giving up 3 unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings, being charged with a loss. Chapman began the 2011 NL season in the Reds' bullpen being the main Set-Up Man for Closer Francisco Cordero. He only gave up 6 hits in his 1st 13 innings over 16 games, but he struggled with his control, walking 20 batters during that span, against 15 strikeouts for a 6.92 ERA. On May 16th, he was placed on the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder. He came back on June 25th, he  pitched better the rest of the way, lowering his ERA all the way down to 3.60 by the time the season ended. He finished the year with a 4-1 record and 1 save in 54 games, having given up a mere 24 hits in 50 innings, while allowing 41 walks. There was no doubt about his raw stuff though, as he struck out 71 batters, which represents 12.8 strikeouts per 9 innings, the same as in his 1st season. He was still a set-up man for the Reds at the start of the 2012 NL season, in spite of Cordero having left through MLB Free Agency and his apparent replacement Ryan Madison being lost for the season to an pitching arm injury in spring training camp. It was off-season acquisition Sean Marshall, who was tasked with closing out games. For his part, Aroldis pitched lights out as the season started, keeping a clean sheet over his 1st 17 games, during which he pitched 21 1/3 innings, allowing only 7 hits, while walking as many, while striking out 38 opponents. He had picked up 3 wins, but had not yet had an opportunity to save a game, when Manager Dusty Baker gave him the ball to record the last 3 outs of a 5-2 win over the Yankees on May 20th for his 1st MLB save. That just left more questions open over what his most effective role on the team should be: Set-up man, Closer, or even a Starter, as he had been in Cuba.  

Just after midnight the following day, however, he made the news for a different reason, when he was arrested in Grove City, OH for driving at 93 mph on I-71 and driving with a suspended license. Reds GM Walt Jocketty downplayed the arrest as a simple speeding ticket, stating that "He likes to drive his car fast".  Chapman's streak of scoreless appearances eventually reached 24 games and 29 innings before he gave up a 10th-inning run-scoring double to the Pirates' Michael McKenry on June 7th in a 5-4 loss. That game heralded the beginning of a rough patch for Aroldis, who went through a 7-game stretch in June during which his ERA was 11.37 and which ended with 2 blown saves. When he snapped out of it on June 26th, striking out the side against the Brewers to pick up his 9th save of the year in a 4-3 win, he celebrated by making 2 forward somersaults in front of the mound, a bit of excessive celebration which was frowned upon in traditionalist circles, but understandable in the circumstances. Still, he was told in no uncertain terms by Manager Dusty Baker not to attempt a repeat performance of the stunt: "It's been addressed," Baker said. "It's over with. It won't happen again, ever." Chapman was named to the NL All-Star team for the 1st time in 2012, and regained his dominance quickly. On August 12th, he registered his 28th save, having saved all 3 games of a weekend sweep of the Cubs. At that point, he had recorded a save in his last 16 appearances on the mound, breaking the Reds' team record of 15 set by Jeff Shaw in 1997. He had been unscored upon in 22 straight appearances. Not counting interleague games, his ERA was 0.17 (overall, it was 1.26) he had recorded at least 1 strikeout in 52 of 53 outings, and had 106 strikeouts against a mere 25 hits in 57 innings. He was well ahead of the record pace of 15.99 strikeouts per 9 innings set by Carlos Marmol in 2010. He began to show signs of fatigue in early September, with his velocity well down, and the Reds decided to rest him, as they held a sizable lead in the NL Central. He pitched on September 11th, then rested until completing the 6-0 win over the Dodgers that clinched the NL Central Division title on September 22nd. He finished the season with 38 saves and a 1.51 ERA, striking out 122 batters in 71 2/3 innings against only 35 hits and 23 walks. He tied Jonathan Papelbon for 3rd in the 2012 NL in saves, 4 behind co-leaders Craig Kimbrel and Jason Motte. However, he was not much of a factor in the postseason, giving up 1 run over 3 innings without a decision as the Reds were beaten by the Giants in 5 games in the NLDS. Going into the 2013 NL season, the Reds decided to convert Chapman to a starting role in order to maximize his value. That was how he was used in spring training camp; however, he came out and said that he would have preferred to remain as a Closer, but that the matter was out of his hands. In the end, the Reds relented, announcing on March 22nd that Chapman would again be their Closer, that Mike Leake would take the vacant 5th starter spot. In the 2013 MLB  All-Star Game, Chapman relieved Jose Fernandez in the top of the 7th with a 2-0 deficit. He walked Nelson Cruz, but he got Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to hit into a double play; then struck out Adam Jones. Kimbrel relieved him in the 8th. Chapman finished 4-5 with a 2.54 ERA with 38 saves, allowing 37 hits, issuing 29 walks and 112 strikeouts in 63 2/3 IP. He tied Sergio Romo for 3rd in the 2013 NL in saves, behind Craig Kimbrel and Rafael Soriano. On March 19th, he suffered a scary injury while pitching in the 6th inning of a routine Cactus League game against theRoyals. He had been laboring with his control all inning when he threw a 99-mph fastball to Royals batter Santiago Perez, who hit a screaming line drive up the middle. Chapman had no time to react as the ball struck him flush in the face, sending him tumbling to the ground. He had to be evacuated from the playing field on a stretcher and sent to hospital; where he was diagnosed with fractures above the left eye and in his nose with multiple lacerations. The 2 teams decided to stop the game at that point, with the blessing of Home Plate Umpire Chris Guccione. Given the force of the blow, Chapman was lucky to escape with only a couple of fractures, as it could have easily resulted in a serious eye or brain injury that could have ended his MLB Pitching career. 

Still, he was expected to be out of action for 2 months and, slightly ahead of schedule, made his 2014 NL season debut with the Reds on May 11th, when he struck out the side and flashed his trademark 100 mph fastball in picking up the save in a 4-1 win over the Rockies. He then continued as if nothing had happened, as he earned a 3rd straight NL All-Star berth. On July 11th set a record when he recorded at least 1 strikeout in his 40th straight relief appearance in striking out the side and picking up his 20th save of the year over the Pirates. Bruce Sutter had set the previous record with at least 1 strikeout in 39 straight relief outings in 1977. He recorded his 100th career save on July 29th in a 3-0 victory over the Diamondbacks and at the same time extended his streak of appearances with at least 1 strikeout to 45; in a typical effort, 15 of his 20 pitches were timed at over 100 mph. The record streak finally ended at 49 games after he failed to strike out anyone while picking up his 26th save against the Rockies on August 15th. He ended up establishing a new record for most K/9 IP for a pitcher with 50 or more innings, with 17.67; he also set marks for most strikeouts per hit allowed (5.05) as he ended up with 106 Ks in 54 innings, while allowing only 21 hits and 24 walks. His record was 0-3, but with an ERA of 2.00 and 36 saves in 38 opportunities. The Reds especially their bullpen, struggled in the 1st half of the 2015 season - but not Aroldis. He picked up 18 saves, to go along with a 3-3 record and a 1.61 ERA to be named to the NL All-Star team for the 4th straight year. During the game, he struck out the side in his only inning of work, hitting 100 mph on every one of his pitches. At that point of the season, he had thrown more pitches of 3-digit velocity than all other MLB pitchers combined! On July 19th, he set another record in recording 5 strikeouts over 2 innings in his 1st outing of more than 1 inning of the season, becoming the quickest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts. Number 500 came in his 292nd inning of work, beating the record of 305 innings set earlier that season by Craig Kimbrel. He finished the year at 4-4, 1.63 ERA with 33 saves and 116 Ks in 66 1/3 innings. One astonishing statistic was that he threw the 77 fastest pitches in the MLB that year! Chapman threw 336 pitches measured at 100 mph or more during the season, while the rest of the MLB combined for 226. With 1 year remaining on his contract at the end of the season, the Reds in a rebuilding mode, he became the subject of numerous speculations regarding a possible trade to a contending team. On December 7th, a number of sources announced that he had been traded to the Dodgers, but that deal fell through. One of the reasons the trade did not happen is that that same day, reports emerged that Chapman had been involved in a domestic violence incident on October 30th during which a number of  gun shots had been fired, and while no charges had yet been laid, the matter was still being investigated by authorities and could also potentially lead to a suspension by MLB under its recently adopted domestic violence policy. On December 28th, the Reds did find a taker for Chapman, in spite of the pending MLB investigation, as he was traded to the Yankees for 4 Minor Leaguer Players: Infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda, Right-handed Pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis. He was joining a Bronx bullpen that already featured 2 power arms in Closer Andrew Miller and Set-up Man Dellin Betances, leading to speculation that the trio could put up ungodly strikeout numbers together. On January 11, 2016, Manager Joe Girardi made a surprise announcement, telling reporters that Chapman was his 2016 Closer heading into their MLB Spring Training Camp. A week after that, the Broward County, Florida, State Attorney's office issued a statement saying that after completing their investigation, they would not be filing charges against Chapman after the domestic violence incident. Still, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred judged the incident to be sufficiently serious to justify a 1st suspension under MLB's Domestic Violence Policy. The suspension, announced on March 1st was for 30 games from the start of the 2016 season and was worked out in consultation with the Players Association.

For his part, Chapman admitted that his actions had been regrettable; announced he would not appeal it. However, his claim that he had not harmed his girlfriend in any way drew criticism from advocates for victims, who pointed out that the intimidation and psychological harm caused in such an incident was significant and should not be underplayed. In the end, he was given permission to return after 29 games, because 1 of the Yankees' scheduled games had been cancelled. Thus, his return came on the day it had originally been scheduled to take place, May 9th. On July 18th, he recorded a speed of 105.1 mph on the radar gun, while facing Orioles J.J. Hardy, matching his own record for the fastest pitch in MLB history. It was a ball, low and inside, forcing Hardy to bail out, Hardy then flied out. Chapman recorded his 19th save of the season that day. As the end of July 31st MLB trade deadline approached, rumors of an upcoming trade multiplied, as it was clear that the presence of 3 top-tier relievers on the Yankees was not an optimal use of resources with other areas of the teams in need of improvement. The Cubs were the team most mentioned as a likely destination for Aroldis. The rumored deal was completed on July 25th, with the Yankees receiving a nice haul in return: Minor League players: OFs Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney, INF Gleyber Torres and MLB P Adam Warren. Chapman was 3-0, 2.01 ERA with 20 saves in 21 opportunities in his 31 games for the Yankees. He made his 1st appearance for the Cubs on July 27th and delivered a perfect 9th inning in front of a pumped-up sellout Wrigley Field crowd, although there was little pressure given the Cubs were leading the crosstown White Sox by the score of 9-1 at the time. It was a typical performance, as he threw 12 pitches of 14 pitches over 100 mph, the other 2 being nasty sliders, and struck out 2 batters while former teammate Todd Frazier could only manage a weak grounder to shortstop. He picked up his 1st save as a Cub, the next day when he recorded the last 4 outs of a 3-1 win over the White Sox. He went 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA and 16 saves in 28 outings for the Cubs, giving him a combined mark of 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves for the 2016 MLB season. He struck out 90 batters in 58 innings. In the postseason, he played a key role in the Cubs clinching their 1st World Series title in over a century as he recorded 3 saves in 4 appearances against the Giants in the NLDS, won a game against the Dodgers in the NLCS, and recorded another win and save in the Fall Classic facing the Indians. He was used for much longer stretches than he was accustomed during the postseason, and was clearly showing signs of fatigue by the time Game 7 of the World Series rolled around. In that game on November 2nd, he came out with 2 outs in the 8th, a runner on base and the Cubs leading 6-3, but he gave up a double to Brandon Guyer and a HR to Rajai Davis to tie the score. Still, he returned to pitch a perfect bottom of the 9th inning, setting the table for the Cubs' winning rally in the top of the 10th; he was credited with the historic series-clinching 8-7 win. After the 2016 MLB postseason had ended, Chapman became an MLB Free Agent. On December 8, 2016, he cashed in on the high demand for proven MLB Closers, returning to the Yankees on a 5-year deal worth $86 million. After his July 25th departure, Dellin Betances had had some struggles as the team's new Closer, prompting the Yankees to splurge. After the signing was complete, Chapman told the media: "Personally, I don’t agree with the way he [Joe Maddon] used me [in the postseason]." He was referring in particular to what he felt was an unneeded outing when the Cubs had a huge lead in the final innings of Game 6, resulting in his coming in tired in a crucial situation in Game 7. Back with the Yankees, He was named to the 2018-2019 AL All-Star teams. In 2020, he posted a 1-1 record with a 3.09 ERA and 3 saves in 13 games. Overall, as a Yankees Closer AroldisChapman has a 14-6 record with 2.54 ERA with 114 saves in 211 games.

2003- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Fridley passed away. (1924-2003)

On December 1,1954, OF Jim Fridley was sent by the Orioles to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 17,1954. The Orioles had sent Players to be Named Later, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers Don Larsen and Bob Turley to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, INF Willy Miranda, Catchers Hal Smith and Gus Triandos and MLB OF Gene Woodling. Jim never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He would be sent by the team to their AAA team, the Denver Bears (American Association). On May 30,1957, Jim was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees organization.

2009- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom “Snake” Sturdivant (1955-1959) passed away. (1930-2009)

After attending Capitol Hill HS in Oklahoma City, Tom Sturdivant signed by the Yankees in 1948, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He began his pro baseball career that summer. Originally an Infielder, he hit in the .240-.250 range through 1950 Minor League season. Tom missed the 1951 baseball season due to military service. He returned to baseball in 1952. On advice of Yankees veteran Starter Allie Reynolds, he was converted to a Pitcher in the Texas League. Tom reached the MLB with the 1955 Yankees, appearing in 2 World Series games that year, as Yankees lost to the Dodgers. In 1956, he posted 16-8 record with a 3.30 ERA in 32 games for the Yankees. He pitched a complete game in Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers. In 1957, he 16-6 record with a 2.54 ERA for the Yankees in 28 games. Tom led the AL Pitchers with a .727 winning percentage. Sturdivant developed a sore arm during the 1958 AL season, losing his effectiveness of his sinkerball pitch, posting only a 3-6 record with a 4.20 ERA in 15 games. On May 26,1959, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with P Johnny Kucks and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe to Kansas City for INF Hector Lopez and P Ralph Terry. At the time of his trade to the A’s, Tom had appeared in only 7 games with the 1959 Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 4.97 ERA. His final Yankees pitching career totals were a 36-25 record with a 3.19 ERA with 13 complete games, 4 shutouts and 5 saves in 115 games. Tom appeared in 3 World Series (1955-1957) for the Yankees posting a 1-0 record with a 4.34 ERA in 6 games. He never again won 10 games in an MLB season. Later, he later went on to pitch for the Red Sox, 1961 Expansion Senators, Pirates, Tigers and finishing up his MLB Pitching career with Casey Stengel’s 1964 Mets, appearing in 16 games with no record and 1 save. Following his MLB playing career, Tom Sturdivant was a Business Executive for a trucking company in Oklahoma.

2015- Former Yankees OF/DH Alex “The Bull” Johnson (1974-1975) passed away. (1942-2015)

On September 10,1974, the Yankees purchased veteran OF/DH Alex “The Bull” Johnson from the Rangers for Cash. Alex was the former 1970 Co-AL Batting Champion, who had hit .329 with the Angels. Outside of hitting a game winning Grand Slam HR at his 1st Yankee at bat in September of 1974, Alex’s hitting performance with the team was a major disappointment, hitting only .216 in 10 games in September of 1974. In 1975, he did hit .261, but with only 1 HR and 15 RBIs. On September 4,1975, Alex was released by the team. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1976 Tigers. Overall, he had hit .288 with 78 HRs and 525 RBIs in 1,322 games. The Phillies originally signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1962. He had played in the MLB with the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Angels, Indians, Rangers, Yankees and the Tigers.

February 29th It only happens every 4 years

1920- Former Yankees INF/OF Ernie Courtney (1903) passed away. (1875-1920)

 In 1902, INF/OF Ernie Courtney had been signed as an MLB Free Agent by the AL Baltimore Orioles. He had appeared in 25 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .266 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs. On June 10,1903, the Yankees traded veteran MLB Shortstop Herman Long and INF Ernie Courtney to the Tigers for Shortstop Norman “Kid” Elberfeld in the Yankees 1st MLB trade. 

1924- Former Yankees President/General Manager, MLB Baseball Executive and AL All-Star Player Al Rosen (1978-1979) was born. (1924-2015) 

Al Rosen was an AL All-Star 3B with the 1947-1956 Indians. He played in 1,044 AL games with a lifetime .285 BA, while hitting 192 HRs and 717 RBIs. He appeared in 2 World Series with the 1948 and the 1954 Indians. In 1953, he led the AL in HRs with 43, also in RBIs with 145, a slugging percentage of .613; he finished 2nd in AL Batting Title with a .336 mark. He was named the 1953 AL Most Valuable Player. After the 1956 AL season had ended and retiring as an active player, Al joined the Indians Front Office staff. In 1978,  Al Rosen took over as the Yankees President and General Manager duties after GM Gabe Paul had left the team after 1977 World Series had ended. During the 1978 AL Eastern Division race ,Rosen was making key personnel moves including bringing in Bob Lemon as Manager to replace the fired Manager Billy Martin, which allowed the Yankees to catch the Red Sox and win the AL Pennant. He made several key player personnel moves bringing in players like MLB veterans Gary Thomasson and Jay Johnstone to help the team, when injuries occurred to the Yankees regular players. From 1978-1979, Al Rosen served as President of the Yankees. At the end of the 1979 MLB season, he left the Yankees organization to take the position of the GM for the Astros; which he held from 1980-1985. Rosen left the Astros organization to take the same position with the 1985-1992 Giants Front Office. 

1976- Former Yankees Reserve OF Terrance Long (2006) was born.

Terrance Long was a former No. 1 1994 MLB Amateur Player Draft pick of the Mets. On May 18, 2006, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in only 12 games for the Yankees, hitting just .167. On October 31, 2006, Terrance was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. 

1992- The Yankees traded P Alan Mills to the Orioles for Players to be Named Later. Mills had posted a 1-5 record with a 4.10 ERA in 36 games for the 1990 Yankees. In 1991, he went 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in 6 games for the team; while spending most of the 1991 season with AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) as a Starter/Reliever, while posting a 7-5 record.  Overall, as a Yankee Pitcher, Mills had a 2-6 record with a 4.19 ERA and no saves in 42 games. The Yankees had acquired him on June 22,1987, when the Angels sent P Alan Mills to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 19,1986. On December 19,1986, The Angels sent a Player to be Named Later and P Ron Romanick to the Yankees for MLB Catcher Butch Wynegar. The Orioles would send 2 Minor League hurlers: Francisco de la Rosa and Mark Carper to the Yankees to complete the trade; both were assigned to the Yankees Minor League system. Neither player would ever appear with the Yankees at the MLB level.

2000- After being suspended yesterday by MLB for 1 year for testing positive for the use Cocaine, Yankees OF/DH Darryl Strawberry is invited to join the Newark Bears during his player suspension. The New Jersey franchise, which is a member of the Atlantic League, which is independent from organized baseball, that  is located near Strawberry's Fort Lee, N.J. home.

 March 1st

1944- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Klimkowski (1969-1970,1972) was born. (1944-2009)

Reliever Ron Klimkowski came to the Yankees during the 1967 AL season in the Elston Howard trade with the Red Sox.  At the time of the trade, Ron had pitching at AA Pittsfield (EL), while posting a 7-4 record. The Yankees would assign him to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He appeared in 48 games for the 1969-1970 Yankees, while posting a 6-8 record with 1 save before being traded to Oakland for veteran OF/DH Felipe Alou. After being released by the  A’s in 1972, he would return to the Yankees. Ron went 0-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 1 save in 16 games in his final active MLB season. He spent the 1973 season pitching in the Yankees Minor League system before retiring as an active player.

1947- The Yankees purchased veteran INF Johnny Lucadello from the St. Louis Browns. He had missed the 1942-1946 MLB seasons because of serving in the Navy. Johnny only appeared in 12 games for the 1947 Yankees, he would spend most of the 1947 baseball season with the Yankees AA team, the Kansas City Blues (American Association) appearing in 34 games, while hitting just .170 with No HRs and 11 RBIs. For the 1948 season, he played for the AA Newark Bears (IL) playing in 140 games, while hitting .275 with 12 HRs and 56 RBIs. The 1949 season saw him playing for the AA Blues, while appearing in 111 games, hitting .286 with 2 HRs and 24 RBIs. He left the Yankees organization, signing with the White Sox organization. He would never return to the MLB again, he continued playing Minor League baseball until his retirement in 1955.

1947- New MLB Managers in 1947 MLB Spring Training Camps are Billy Herman with the Pirates, Muddy Ruel with the St. Louis Browns, Bucky Harris with the Yankees and Johnny Neun with the Reds. Johnny Neun had ended the 1946 AL season as Manager of the Yankees, after previous Managers Joe McCarthy and Bill Dickey had quit during the 1946 AL season.

1953- Former Yankees Reserve OF Larry Murray (1974-1976) was born.

In the 5th round of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft, the Yankees selected OF Larry Murray. He appeared in 20 games for the 1974-1976 Yankees as a Reserve OF, going 2 for 12, before being traded to Oakland on April 27,1977 as part of the Mike Torrez trade. At the time of his trade Murray was hitting .310 for the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). His path to the Yankees was blocked with too many veteran outfielders on the MLB team roster.

1969- New York Yankees long time AL All-Star OF/1B Mickey Mantle announces his retirement as an MLB player (1951-1968) at the opening of the Yankees 1969 MLB Spring Training Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is the last active player of the Yankee stars from the dynasty teams of 1949-1964 to retire from MLB. Mantle, who had slumped to a .237 BA with 18 HRs and 106 RBIs in 144 games in 1968, finishes his 18-season MLB playing career with 536 HRs and a .298 career BA, numbers that would have certainly been higher if not for persistent leg and knee injuries. The Yankees will offer Mantle an MLB Coaching position on Manager Ralph Houk’s 1969 MLB Coaching staff, but Mantle declines the offer and goes home. 

1980- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Art Jorgens (1929-1930) passed away (1905-1980)

On August 24,1928, Catcher Art Jorgens was purchased by the Yankees from Oklahoma City (Western League). Art holds the all-time record for World Series games in which he was on the team’s roster without ever appearing in a game. He was on the MLB post-season roster for the Yankees in 1932 and from 1936-1939 (23 games total), but he never appeared in a post-season game for them. He played his entire playing career of 11 MLB seasons with the Yankees. He appeared in 307 games for the team, finishing with a .238 BA with 4 HRs and 89 RBIs. He was one of few players, who were born in Norway to play in the MLB.

1993- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated as General Partner of the team. MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent had banned Steinbrenner from day-to-day activities with the Yankees because of his relationship with convicted Gambler Howard Spira.

1996- The Yankees christen Legends Field at their new $30 million 31-acre complex in Tampa, Fla. The playing field has the exact dimensions of Yankee Stadium. On hand to see Phil Rizzuto toss out the 1st ball are former Yankees Stars Whitey Ford, Catfish Hunter, Ron Guidry and Chris Chambliss, who then watch the Yankees beat the 1997 AL Champions Cleveland Indians by the score of 5-2.

1999- Current Yankees Minor League INF Oswaldo Cabrera was born.

Oswald Cabrera was signed by the Yankees in 2016. He has played in the Yankees Minor League system from 2016-2019. He has appeared in 410 games, while hitting .259 with 22 HRs and 182 games. In 2019, he played for the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL), appearing in 120 games; while hitting .260 with 8 HRs and 56 RBIs. He did receive an invite to the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He did not play in 2020 due to the COVIDs outbreak  that canceled the 2020 Minor League season. He is currently on the Yankees 40-man MLB Roster. He is expected to play for the Yankees High A East Level team, the Hudson Valley Renegades this season, who have replace the team’s former AA club, the Trenton Thunder (Eastern League.) in the MLB’s reorganization of the Minor Leagues for 2021 season.

2003- The Yankees signed Catcher Francisco Cervelli as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.

2004- The Yankees released veteran MLB 3B Aaron Boone. He had injured his leg during the off-season, while playing basketball. The Yankees had obtained AL All-Star Shortstop Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers in a trade, so Aaron Boone became expendable.  A-Rod would become the Yankees new starting 3B for the 2004 AL season. Also, the Yankees would also release 3B Minor League Prospect Drew Henson from his MLB Player contract, he would go on to playing pro football with the NFL. Also, the Yankees will trade veteran 3B Mike Lamb, who had been signed by the team as well from their MLB Roster.

2016- MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of Domestic Violence as he issues a 30-game suspension to Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman in response to an incident on October 30th. The suspension comes even though Police declined to file charges in the case because of inconsistent evidence, however MLB goes ahead based on the severity of the allegations. Chapman announces that he will not appeal his 30-game suspension.

March 2nd

1880- Former Yankees OF Danny Hoffman (1906-1907) was born. (1880-1924)

On April 29,1906, OF Danny Hoffman was traded by the Philadelphia A’s to the Yankees for the player rights to OF/INF Dave Fultz (1903-190r). Fultz had retired from the MLB after the 1905 AL season. He had hit .243 in 305 games for the Yankees. The  A’s Owner/Manager Connie Mack is unable to get Fultz to come of retirement, he had become a Lawyer. Danny Hoffman will appear in 236 games for the Yankees; while hitting .254 with 5 HRs and 69 RBIs. During the 1905 AL season, he had been hit in the eye with a pitch from hurler Jesse Tannehill, he never fully recover from the eye incident. He had hit .256 and .254 for the Yankees, he led the team with 32 stolen bases in 1906. In 1907, he led the club with 5 HRs and 81 RBIs. On November 5,1907Danny was traded by the Yankees along with INF Hobe Ferris and 2B Jimmy Williams to St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, OF Charlie Hemphill and 2B Harry Niles.

1917- Former Yankees Reliever James “Jim “Konstanty (1954-1956) was born. (1917-1976)

On August 22,1954, veteran NL P Jim Konstanty was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Phillies. Jim helped out the Yankees bullpen in 1955, with 7 wins and 11 saves. He was a member of the 1950 “Whiz Kids” Phillies, who won the 1950 NL Pennant. Jim started the 1st game of 1950 World Series against the Yankees Starter Vic Raschi, losing the game by the score of 1-0; while only giving up only 5 Yankee hits in 8 innings. He was voted the 1950 NL Most Valuable Player for posting a 16-7 mark with a 2.66 ERA with 22 saves for the Phillies. His final Yankees Pitching career totals was an 8-3 record with 2.36 ERA and 15 saves in 62 games. On May 18,1956, Jim was released by the Yankees. The Cardinals would sign Jim, finishing the 1956 NL season with them, while posting a 1-1 record with 4.58 ERA and 5 saves in 27 games.

1918- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frank Colman (1946-1947) was born. (1918-1983).

Frank Colman was a Reserve OF/1B for 6 MLB seasons during the 1940's. He had 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, while 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 Yankees AA club, the Newark Bears (IL) at 1 point in his playing career. Six seasons of his 13-year Minor League playing career were with AA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). He is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the London Sports Hall of Fame. 

1921- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Starr (1947-1948) was born. (1921-2017)

In 1941, the Yankees signed P Richard Starr as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He went 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 5 games before being traded on December 13,1948 by the Yankees along with P Red Embree, Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar and $100,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for Reserve Catcher Roy Partee and Starter Fred Sanford.

1927- Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth becomes the highest-paid player in MLB history, when the Yankees announce that he will earn $70,000 per season for the next 3 seasons. Babe Ruth will sign the historic MLB player contract on March 4th.

1934- Former Yankees Minor League Coach and MLB Scout Howard “Hopalong” Cassady was born.  (1934-2019)

Howard “Hopalong” Cassady was the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner. He set Ohio State Football records (since broken) for career rushing yards (2,466), points (222) and all-purpose yards (4,403). He led Ohio State's Baseball team in HRs in 1955 and steals in 1956. He turned a $10,000 player contract to play baseball for the Yankees, choosing to play in the NFL. The 3rd pick overall in the 1956 NFL Player Draft, he was not as impressive in the pro ranks, but he did have over 4,000 all-purpose yards in 8 seasons, mostly with the Detroit Lions. Later, Cassady scouted for the Yankees. He coached for their 1991-2003 AAA Columbus Clippers team (IL).

1947- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Nettles was born.

On January 24,1980, OF Jim Nettles was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He was the younger brother of Yankees 3B Graig Nettles. Jim will spend the 1980 baseball season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Later, he will become a Minor League Manager.

1949- The Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio leaves the Yankees 1949 MLB Spring Training camp in St. Petersburg, Fla. to have his ailing right heel examined at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is told by the Hopkins’ Doctors, that no surgery is needed for his right heel, so he returns to Florida; but the right heel will continue to bother him. The Yankees All-Star is hitting just 7-for-31 in the Grapefruit League play. In 1949, Joe will play in only 133 games, while hitting .346 with 14 HRs and 55 RBIs.

1956- Former Yankees MLB Coach and Player Fred Merkle (1925-1926) passed away. (1888-1956)

On June 17,1925, veteran MLB INF Fred Merkle was purchased by the Yankees from AA Rochester (IL) for $6,000 Cash. Fred joined the Yankees as an MLB Coach, briefly appeared as a Reserve Player in 8 games, while hitting .333. He was star infielder for the 1907-1915 Giants, later playing with the Dodgers and the Cubs. He appeared in 5 World Series as a NL player, while hitting .239 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs playing in 27 games.

1964- Former Yankees Minor League P Tim Layana was born. (1964-1999)

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Tim Layana. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 4,1989, Tim was drafted by the Reds from the Yankees organization in the 1989 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. While pitching in the MLB, he took the mound for the Reds and Giants. In 1999, Tim died from injuries in an auto accident.

 1969- Former Yankees Minor League P Ed Martel was born. (1969-2018)

Pitcher Ed Martel was drafted by the  Yankees in the 11th round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from De La Salle HS (New Baltimore, MI).  Ed Martel pitched in the in the Yankees Minor League system from 1987 to 1992. He reached Triple A twice. After pitching sparingly his 1st couple campaigns, he won 10 games in 1989. After a down year in 1990, he went 13-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the 1991 Double A Albany-Colonie Yankees (Eastern League). In 1992, he was promoted to the Triple A Columbus Clippers (IL), going 10-9 with a 5.56 ERA in 26 games (25 starts). After 2 years out of pro baseball, he returned to go 2-8 record with a 7.16 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) between 2 Independent League teams and the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens (IL) in 1995. Overall, he went 46-47 with a 4.27 ERA in 132 games (120 starts) in 7 seasons. He died 18 years after he was 1st diagnosed with Cancer in 2000.

1994- Former Yankees Minor League P James Kaprielian was born. 

Pitcher James Kaprielian was the top selection of the Yankees in the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft, with the 16th pick of the 1st round, out of UCLA. He had also been drafted out of high school in the 40th round in 2012 by the Mariners, but he had preferred to go to college instead. Kaprielian made his pro pitching debut with the GCL Yankees 2 in 2015, giving up 4 runs in 2 1/3 innings just to get his feet wet, then he was sent to the Staten Island Yankees (NY-Penn League.) In 3 starts there, he was 0-1, but he gave up only 2 runs in 9 innings as the Yankees did not want him to pitch too much following a full college baseball season. In spite of his limited playing time, Baseball America named him the Yankees' #4 prospect after the season. In 2016, he pitched for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), while posting a 2-1 record with a 1.50 ERA in 3 games; before being put on the shelf by a strained flexor tendon. He was recovered in time to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in the fall, where he made 7 starts and pitched 27 innings, but his career was derailed again in 2017, as he had to undergo Tommy John Surgery in April. While recovering from the surgery, he was traded to the Oakland A’s by the Yankees on July 31st alongside 2 other Minor League prospects in return for MLB Starter Sonny Gray. Ironically, another of the Yankee prospects sent to Oakland in the Gray trade was OF Dustin Fowler, was also recovering from a season-ending leg injury at the time. 

1995- Current Yankees INF/OF Miguel Andujar (2018-2021) was born.

Before the start of the 2012 AL season, 3B Miguel Andujar was signed by the Yankees. He began his pro career with the GCL Yankees as a 17-year-old in 2012, and returned to the circuit with the GCL Yankees 2 in 2013; when he hit .323 with 4 HRs and 25 RBIs in 34 games. In 2014, he played a full season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), hitting .267 with  25 doubles and 10 HRs, scored 75 runs and 70 RBIs in 127 games. After spending 2015 season with the Class A Tampa Yankees ( FSL), he split the 2016 season between Tampa and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He had another good season, as he combined for a batting line of .273 in 130 games, while still being well below the average age for players in AA. He hit 26 doubles with 12 HRs and 83 RBIs. Andujar started the 2017 season back with Trenton, where he hit .312 with 23 doubles and 7 HRs in 67 games, He was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in late June, when top prospect Gleyber Torres, who was playing 3B for the team, was lost for the rest of the 2017 AL season due to an injury. He hit .308 in 7 games, when he got another promotion, this one to the Bronx, a promotion that would certainly have gone to Torres had he not been injured. Taking advantage of the unexpected opportunity in his MLB Player debut on June 28th, he had 3 hits and 4 RBIs in a 12-3 win over the White Sox. He appeared in 5 games for the 2017 Yankees, while hitting .571 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. At AAA Scranton in 2017, he hit .317 with 9 HRs and 30 RBIs in 58 games. Andujar went to the Yankees 2018 MLB Spring Training Camp with considerable anticipation, as there were a couple of spots open in the team's Infield. He quickly emerged as a favorite by hitting 4 HRs and 2 doubles in his 1st 19 Grapefruit League at-bats. However, the Yankees were not quite prepared to hand him a starting job just now, hedging their bets by acquiring a couple of veteran MLB Infielders in Brandon Drury and Neil Walker, while a more experienced Minor Leaguer, Tyler Wade was on track to land a Reserve INF spot. So Andujar was sent down to AAA on March 18th, although he was now very much on the Yankees' radar for the future. However, when OF Billy McKinney was placed on the DL on April 1st, he was immediately called up. He made his  2018 AL season's debut as the Yankees' DH against the Blue Jays that day. He started off by going 0 for 12 in his 1st 3 games and was still hitting just .107 after 7 games, before he found his hitting stroke. Starting on April 13th, he had a streak of 6 games in which he hit at least 1 extra-base hit, with at least 2 hits in 5 of the 6 games. He went a combined 13 for 24 with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 2 HRs to improve to .308. In the 6th game, a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on April 22nd, he went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles. The burst of production came at a good time, as the Yankees had had to place starting 3B Brandon Drury on the DL with blurred vision and migraine headaches issues with no return date set. On April 23rd, he doubled and homered in a 14-1 beating of the Twins to extend his extra-base streak to 7 games. He hit his 1st  MLB career Grand Slam HR on June 5th, off of Blue Jays P Seung-hwan Oh to lead Bombers to a 7-2 win. It was his 7th HR of the season. He was named the ALRookie of the Month for June, after hitting .264 with 24 hits, including 6 doubles and 7 HRs, while picking up 20 RBIs. In August, he won that honor for a 2nd time, when he hit .320 with 10 HRs and 29 RBIs. He hit his 47th double of the season in his final game, on September 30th, tying the AL Rookie mark set by Red Sox CF Fred Lynn in 1975. He would finish the 2018 AL season by hitting .297 with 27 HRs and 92 RBIs in 149 games for the Yankees. In the 2018 AL Post season, he appeared in only 4 games, while hitting just .200 with No HRs or RBIs. In 2019, he was injured, playing in only 12 games, hitting just .128 with No HRs and 1 RBI before having season ending right shoulder surgery. In 2020 Spring Training Camp, he was learning to play the outfield and 1B, plus still working out at 3B as a back-up. In 2020, he played in only 21 games for the team, hitting .242 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. Also, he was sent down to the Yankees Alternate Training site at Scranton during the season.

1998- Larry Doby, the 1st black to play in the American League is elected to the Hall of Fame along with former AL President Lee MacPhail. Also chosen by the Veterans Committee are Negro League Pitcher Bullet Joe Rogan and turn-of-the-century Shortstop Gorgeous George Davis. Lee MacPhail had been the Yankees General Manager from 1969-1973, before becoming the AL President replacing the retiring AL President Joe Cronin. He previously worked as a Baseball Executive with the Yankees (Farm Director) and Orioles (GM) organizations. He joins his father, Larry MacPhail, who was a Baseball Executive with the Reds and Dodgers and former Co-Owner of the 1945-1947 Yankees as the only Father-Son combo to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

2004- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent OF/1B/DH Travis LeeAfter injuring his shoulder during the 2004 MLB Spring Training Camp, he appeared in only 7 games for the 2004 Yankees, hitting just .105. After the 2004 AL season had ended, the Yankees granted Travis Lee MLB Free Agency.

2018- One of the biggest stories in MLB Spring Training camps this year has been the presence of NFL Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson at the Yankees' Camp. Today, he gets to play in a game for the 1st time since he was a Colorado Rockies Minor League INF in 2011 as he pinch-hits for RF Aaron Judge in a Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves. He strikes out against Braves P Max Fried, but he does not look out of place as he takes a good cut to foul off a hard fastball and works the count to 2-2 before a swing and miss ends his lone at-bat. He will now return to his normal occupations.

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This Week in Yankees History February 28th- March 6th Part Two


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March 3rd

1872- Future Yankees HOF INF/OF William “Wee Willie” Keeler (1903-1909) was born. (1872-1923)

Willie “Wee Willie” Keeler had a .295 lifetime BA as a 1903-1909 Yankees player, he had played in 873 games for the team. A remarkable hitter, Willie Keeler will hit over .300 16 times in 19 MLB seasons, he hit over .400 once. Willie hit .432 in 1897 with the Baltimore Orioles (NL). Keeler will finish with a .341 BA over his MLB playing career, currently 14th in all-time list. Overall, as an MLB player for 19 seasons, Willie hit .341 with 33 HRs with 810 RBIs in 2,133 games. Willie played in the MLB from 1892-1910, starting out and finishing with the Giants. He played for the Giants (twice), Brooklyn, Baltimore in the NL and with the Yankees in the AL. While playing for the 1903-1909 Yankees, Willie hit .308 (1903), .343 (1904), .302 (1905), .304 (1906), before tailing off to .234 in 1907. Keeler umpired 1 NL game in 1910. Later, he was a MLB Coach for the NL Brooklyn Tip-Tops in 1914. Then Willie scouted for the Boston Braves in 1915. Willie Keeler will be selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 with 75.55% of the vote. He was the ballplayer, who coin the phrase “Hit’em, where they ain’t.”

1886- Former Yankees OF Les Channell (1910,1914) was born. (1886-1954)

On September 1,1909, OF Les Channell was drafted by the Yankees from Fort Wayne (Central League) in the 1909 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Les appeared in 7 games for the Yankees. His lifetime MLB batting average was .350 (7-for-20). Les played left field for the team. His suffering a broken leg, when he slid into 3B unfortunately shortened his 1910 MLB Player debut. Also, he played for the Denver team (Western League) during the 1912-1913 seasons, then he was with the AA Buffalo Bisons (IL) in 1914-1917. While playing with Denver, Les led the Western League in HRs in 1913. 

1895- Former Yankees Long-time MLB Scout Joe Devine (1932-1951) was born. (1895-1951)

Joe Devine was an MLB Scout for the Pirates and the Yankees organizations. Also, he was a Minor League Manager. As a Pirates MLB Scout, Joe signed future HOF OF Paul Waner. In November of 1932, he joined the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout, working with the team until his death from auto injuries in September of 1951. Joe was involved with the signing of Joe DiMaggio in 1935. He misjudged a young OF named Ted Williams playing in the PCL, who was later signed by their rivals, the Red Sox. Devine is credited with signing the following MLB players: Ed Bahr, C Lou Berberet, P Milo Candini, Bernie DeViveiros, Bud Hafey, Tom Hafey, Bob Joyce, Frank Lucchesi (MLB Manager), Woody Main, INF Gil McDougald, INF Fenton Mole, OF Bill Renna, Hal Rhyne, Pitchers: Art Schallock, Bill Wight, Rugger Ardizoia, Tiny Bonham, OF Wally Judnich, OF Frankie Kelleher, C Gus Triandos, OF Jackie Jensen and INF/OF Woodie Held.

1904- The Yankees traded veteran Starter Harry Howell and $8,000 Cash payment to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Jack Powell. Howell had pitched for the 1901-1902 Baltimore Orioles (NL), while going 23-36. In 1903, he went 9-6 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 games with 13 complete games for the Yankees. In 1904, Jack Powell will post a 23-19 record with a 2.44 ERA in 47 games with 38 complete games for the team. Overall, with the 1904-1905 Yankees, he will go 31-32 with 2.81 ERA in 84 games. On September 11, 1905, he will be re-purchased by the Browns from the Yankees.

1918- The Yankees purchased 1B George “Tigoa” Burns from the Tigers for Cash, then traded him to the Philadelphia A’s for veteran MLB OF Ping Bodie. Burns had hit .226 for the 1917 Tigers. Yankees Manager Miller Huggins had been trying to acquire A’s OF Tilly Walker, but Connie Mack wanted Burns to replace recently traded away 1B Stuffy McInnis. The Yankees had to acquire 1B Burns from the Tigers to get an outfielder from the A’s. Veteran OF Ping Bodie had hit .291 for the 1917 A’s. The Yankees already had Wally Pipp as their regular 1B, who was acquired by the Yankees from the Tigers in 1915, as a Rookie with the Tigers when they started using George Burns as their 1915 starting 1B. Bodie will hit .256 with 3 HRs and 46 RBIs in 91 games for the 1919 Yankees, finishing out his MLB playing career with the team in 1921. Overall, Bodie will appear in 385 games for the team, while hitting .272 with 16 HRs and 194 RBIs.

1919- Former Yankees 1B/OF and Minor League Manager Steve “Bud” Souchock (1946,1948) was born. (1919-2002)

Steve Souchock played semi-pro ball before being signed by the Yankees in 1939. He played in the Yankees farm system for Greenburg, Easton, Akron, Norfolk Tars and the Binghamton Triplets, where he was Eastern League Most Valuable Player in 1942. Souchock played a bit of service ball before becoming an Army Tank Commander. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his combat efforts during the Battle of the Bulge. He missed 3 seasons of pro baseball due to the war, but within 6 months of his discharge, he made his MLB Player debut with the 1946 Yankees at age 27, hitting .302 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs as a Rookie. In 1947, he returned to the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) hitting .294 with 17 HRs. He appeared in 71 games for the 1948 Yankees, hitting .203 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs in 44 games. On December 14,1948, Steve was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for OF Jim Delsing. Most of his MLB playing career was spent with the Tigers, where he slugged .492 from 1951 to 1953. In each of those AL seasons, he had the 2nd-highest slugging percentage on the team. After his finishing his MLB playing career, Steve started managing in the Minor Leagues for the Tigers organization from 1955-1956. Then in 1957, he continued to managed in the Minor Leagues for the Yankees organization until 1963; then he was an MLB Scout for the team from 1964-1974.

1956- Former Yankees INF Dennis Sherrill (1978,1980) was born.

INF Dennis Sherrill was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (12th Pick) of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Dennis only appeared in 5 games with the Yankees, while hitting just .200. He was blocked at the Yankees starting Shortstop position by the presence of AL All-Star Shortstop Bucky Dent.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Chuck Cary (1989-1991) was born.

On January 26,1989, hurler Chuck Cary was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Cary pitched for the Yankees from 1989 through 1991, but he was released by the team on October 28,1991, following elbow surgery that he had performed in September. His Yankees Pitching career record was 11-22 with a 4.19 ERA in 60 games.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Neal Heaton (1993) was born.

On February 2,1993, veteran MLB hurler Neal Heaton was signed as a Minor League Free Agent by the Yankees. Neal made the team in MLB Spring Training Camp. He posted a 1-0 record with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games before being released by the team on July 27,1993, ending his MLB Pitching career. Neal finishes his 12-season MLB Pitching  career with an 80-96 record with a 4.37 ERA and 10 saves in 382 games.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Francisco de la Rosa was born. (1966-2011)

Originally signed by the Orioles as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, P Francisco de la Rosa was traded to the Yankees for P Alan Mills on February 29,1992. He spent the 1992 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while posting a 6-1 record with a 3.72 ERA in 48 games; but he did not make it back to the MLB. After the 1993 baseball season had ended, the Yankees released him, when his ERA had ballooned to 6.45 mark.

1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Bobby Munoz (1993) was born. 

The Yankees in the 15th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Bobby Munoz. He went 3-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 38 games for the 1993 Yankees. On February 9,1994, Bobby was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Minor League Players INF Kevin Jordan and P Ryan Karp to the Phillies for a Player to be Named Later and veteran MLB Starter Terry Mulholland. On November 8,1994, the Phillies would send Minor League P Jeff Patterson to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Stubby” Overmire (1951) passed away. (1919-1977)

After being obtained by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Tommy Byrne and $25,000 Cash. Stubby posted a 1-1 record with a 4.63 ERA in 15 games for the 1951 Yankees. At the time of the trade, he was 1-6 with the 1951 Browns. He did not appear in the 1951 World Series with the team against the Giants. In May of 1952, the Yankees traded him back to the Browns, where he finished out his 10-season MLB Pitching career (1943-1952). He finished with an overall MLB Pitching record of 58-67 with a 3.96 ERA and 10 saves in 266 games. The Tigers had originally signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, he reached the MLB with them in 1943. He appeared in the 1945 World Series with the team, while posting a 0-1 record in 1 game against the Cubs. After retiring as an active player, Stubby became a long-time Minor League Manager in the Tigers organization

1980- Former Yankees INF Jerry Priddy (1941-1942) passed away. (1919-1980)

In 1937, Yankees  MLB Scout Bill Essick offered Jerry Priddy, a player contract, he signed because his family needed money. He left school at 17 to go to play Class-D ball in Rogers, Arkansas. While playing in the Yankees farm system, Jerry Priddy and Phil Rizzuto were touted as the new Yankees double play combo for the future.  Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy was disappointed with Priddy’s weak bat. He was moved from starting 2B to Reserve INF by the McCarthy.  Veteran Joe “Flash” Gordon was moved back to 2B from 1B, while Johnny Strum played 1B for the team. Jerry did appear in 3 games of the 1942 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals, hitting just .100 with no HRs and 1 RBI for the team. Jerry would appear in 115 games for the 1941-1942 Yankees, hitting .248 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs. On January 29,1943, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with P Milo Candini to the Senators for veteran P Bill Zuber and Cash. Priddy entered the Army in December 1943; he was discharged  from the service in January of 1946.  After spending with the Nats, he would later play for the Browns and the Tigers before retiring from MLB in the Fall of 1953. He finished his MLB playing career with a .265 BA, hitting 61 HRs and 544 RBIs in 1,296 games. Jerry Priddy's  MLB Playing career is discussed at length in the Bill James book “What never happen to the Hall of Fame,” originally published as “The Politics of Glory.” James' angle is that Jerry Priddy and Phil Rizzuto were both highly-touted Yankee Minor League infielders in the late 1930s, playing on the same teams in the Yankees farm system, but that their MLB playing careers went in completely separate directions. It was Priddy, who was the more naturally talented of the 2 players, but it was Phil Rizzuto who ended up in the Hall of Fame. Long after his MLB playing career had ended, Jerry Priddy was convicted of extortion and spent several months in prison. 

1997- The Yankees offer the Padres a choice of 1 from a list of players for the negotiating rights to Japanese Pitcher Hideki Irabu. The list includes Pitchers Brian Boehringer, David Weathers, Chris Cumberland, Reserve INF Andy Fox and OF Matt Luke. The Yankees also offer 1 player from a list of 5 Minor Leaguers, plus $3 million. The Padres are talking to several other MLB teams beside the Yankees.

1997- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Harry Davis passed away. (1908-1997)

On December 4,1937, 1B Harry Davis was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for P Vito Tamulis. Harry never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He had played in the MLB for the Tigers and the Browns before joining the Yankees organization. In 1938, the Yankees sent him to their AA team, the Kansas City Blues (American Association), where he hit .299. For the 1939 baseball season, Harry joined the Cardinals organization. After retiring as an active player, Harry became a Minor League Manager (1940-1945) for several MLB teams before retiring from the game.

2013- Former Yankees Minor League OF Ray Mantle passed away. (1936-2013)

The brother of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, OF Ray Mantle played 2 seasons of Minor League baseball in the Yankees organization. In addition to Mickey, Ray had a twin brother Roy Mantle, who was his teammate during his playing career. Roy’s pro baseball career ended, when he was drafted into the Army. He never return to play pro baseball.

March 4th

1891- Former Yankees and HOF Pitcher Arthur “Dazzy” Vance (1915,1918) was born. (1891-1961)

During the 1915 AL season, Pitcher Arthur “Dazzy” Vance was acquired by the Yankees from the Pirates. He didn’t pitch for the Yankees during the 1916 or the 1917 AL seasons due to pitching arm injuries. He went 0-3 in 10 games with the Yankees. After being picked up by the Dodgers in 1922, he would recover from his pitching arm injuries. He was named the NL MVP in 1924. He pitched a No-Hitter in 1925. Vance led the NL in wins twice, in NL Pitcher’s ERA 3 times in his pitching career. He is the only pitcher to top the NL in strikeouts for 7 consecutive MLB seasons. in 1955, Dazzy Vance will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the BWAA with 205 votes on 251 ballots. He posted a lifetime a 197-140 record with a 3.24 ERA in 442 games during his 16-season MLB pitching career. Dazzy had pitched for the Pirates, Yankees, Dodgers (twice), Cardinals and the Reds before retiring, after the 1935 NL season. He appeared in 1 game of the 1934 World Series with the Cardinals with no record.

1897- Former Yankees P/OF Lefty O’Doul (1919-1920,1922) was born. (1897-1969)

On September 21,1918, Lefty O’Doul was drafted by the Yankees from AA Salt Lake City (PCL) in the 1918 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He started his MLB playing career as a Pitcher, playing 4 years in the AL with the Yankees and the Red Sox in his early 20's before hurting his arm.  Lefty O’Doul went 0-0 a 3.65 ERA in 11 games as a Pitcher for the Yankees before being sent the Red Sox in a trade. As a Yankees hitter, he appeared in 40 games, hitting .243 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. On September 29,1922, the Yankees sent P Lefty O'Doul to the Red Sox to complete an earlier deal made on July 23,1922, theYankees sent a Player to be Named Later, INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, INF Johnny Mitchell and $50,000 Cash to theRed Sox for veteran 3B Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith. Lefty O'Doul was a .349 career hitter in the MLB, who won 2 MLB batting titles in the NL. His MLB career batting average puts him at # 4 on the all-time list, although his MLB career was short with only a bit more than 3,000 at-bats. For many years after he retired, he had stout proponents, who said he belonged in the Hall of Fame. In 2007 voting by the Veterans Committee, he received 18% of the vote. He became an Outfielder and returned to the MLB after some outstanding seasons in the PCL with AA teams in Salt Lake City and San Francisco. He was selected by the Giants in the 1927 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He would appear in a total of 970 MLB games, while hitting .341 with 113 HRs and 542 RBIs. Lefty appeared in 1 World Series with the 1933 Giants against the Senators, hitting 1.000 (1 for 1). He was a long-time Manager in the Pacific Coast League, starting with the 1935-1951 San Francisco Seals, 1952-1954 San Diego Padres, 1955 Oakland Oaks, 1956 Vancouver Mounties and the 1957 Seattle Rainiers. He had compiled a record of 2,094-1,970 over 23 seasons of Managing in the Minor Leagues. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. He also helped bring baseball to Japan, travelling there with MLB Player teams often before and after World War II.

1897- Former Yankees Pitcher Neal Brady (1915,1918) was born. (1897-1947)

Neal Brady went 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 4 games for the Yankees. He would play in the Minor Leagues for several seasons, before reappearing in the MLB with the 1925 Reds for 20 games, while posting a 1-3 record.

1913- The Yankees become the 1st MLB team to conduct Spring Training outside of the United States, when they begin their 1913 Spring Training Camp in Bermuda, where is projected a series of exhibition games.

1917- Former Yankees Minor League Player Clyde McCullough was born. (1917-1982)

Catcher Clyde McCullough made his pro debut as an 18-year-old with the 1935 Lafayette White Sox (Evangeline League), who sold him to the Yankees organization. He spent the next 4 seasons in the Yankees Minor League system reaching AA level in 1938, splitting the season between the Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). Then in 1939, he only played for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), hitting .277 with 11 HRs. On September 8,1939, Clyde was purchased by Cubs from the Yankees. Clyde’s path to the Yankees was blocked by several other young catchers in their farm system. He spent most of 1940 season with AA Buffalo Bisons (IL), hitting .324 with 27 HRs, also he saw action at the MLB level that year. He made his MLB player debut on April 28th, pinch hitting against Cardinals P Clyde Shoun in the 9th inning and striking out; but he did not play for the Cubs again until September. Overall, he hit .154 in 9 games for the Cubs that year.  In 1941, McCullough became Chicago's regular catcher as he posted career-highs with 9 HRs and 53 RBIs. He remained the team's starting backstop until entering the Navy in December 1943. He was discharged in September 1945, just prior to the Cubs World Series against the Tigers. Commissioner Happy Chandler allowed the club to add him to their postseason roster, and he made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Game 7, striking out while facing Tigers P Hal Newhouser. He is the only player ever to appear in a World Series without playing a regular season game in the same year. Despite hitting just .209, splitting time behind the plate with Bob Scheffing and Rube Walker in 1948. McCullough was selected to that year's All-Star Game. Following that season, he was dealt to the Pirates. After 4 years with the Pirates, he was traded back to the Cubs. He was again selected to the All-Star Game in 1953. He remained with Chicago through 1956. After his release from the Cubs, he suited up for the semipro Alpine Cowboys as he was added to their team just before the National Semipro Tournament in Wichita, KS. Despite Alpine finishing in 3rd place, McCullough was named MVP of the 1957 Tournament. In 1957, he played for the AAA Miami Marlins (IL) in his final season as an active player. Later, he became an MLB Coach and a Minor League Manager before passing away from a heart attack in 1982. At the time of his death, he was the MLB Bullpen Coach for the 1982 Padres.

1918- Former Yankees Pitcher Mel Queen Sr. (1942,1944,1946-1947) was born. (1918-1982)

In 1938, the Yankees signed Pitcher Mel Queen, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Pitcher Mel Queen spent nearly a decade in the Yankees organization, having several cups of coffee with the MLB club in the years during World War II. Mel posted an 8-4 record with a 4.27 ERA in 33 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates in 1947. In 1949, he led the American Association in wins (22), strikeouts (123) with an 2.57 ERA, while pitching for the AA Indianapolis Indians. Two years later, in 1951, Queen had his best MLB pitching season, going 7-9 with a 4.44 ERA in 39 games along with 123 strikeouts for the Pirates. His son, Mel Queen Jr. played for the Reds during the 1960’s.

1925- Former Yankees Minor League INF Leo Righetti was born. (1925-1998)

Leo Righetti was a Minor League INF for 12 seasons, 8 of them in either the AAA or Open classification. His son, Dave Righetti became an MLB Pitcher for the Yankees and Giants, while his other son, Steven Righetti played in the Minors. Leo debuted in 1944 with the Yankees farm club, the Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League) hitting .232 in 67 games and fielding .887 at shortstop. He also was briefly with the AA Newark Bears, (IL) hitting .143 in 4 contests. He did not play in 1945. In 1946, Leo only managed a .166 batting line in 57 games for Binghamton Triplets, 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 at 2B. Righetti made strides in 1947, hitting .251 with a career-high 10 HRs and 81 RBIs for the Victoria A’s. In 1948, he batted .162 for Binghamton Triplets and .237 for the Augusta Tigers. Back with Augusta in 1949, the Leo hit .225 with 4 HRs and 46 RBIs. He did not play in 1950. He would leave the Yankees organization and play baseball out in the Pacific Coast League before retiring from pro baseball.

1952- Former Yankees MLB Scout Jax Robertson  (1977-1980) was born.

Robertson was picked by the  Indians in the 30th round of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign. He would be signed by the Cubs as an Undrafted Free Agent in 1974, he hit .120 in 30 games for the Key West Conchs with 32 strikeouts in 85 AB; he was also 0 for 10 for the GCL Cubs to finish his pro baseball career with a .106 average.  He was a MLB Scout with the Yankees from 1977-1980, most notably signing unheralded 1B Don Mattingly. Then he was an Assistant Coach at Old Dominion University in 1981. From 1982-1987, he was an MLB Scout with Tigers, signing Travis Fryman. Jax was the Tigers Director of Scouting from 1988-1991. From 1992-1999, Robertson was the National Crosschecker of the Marlins. He was a pro scout for the 2000-2001 Marlins. Jax then joined the Pirates as a Special Assistant to the General Manager, a job he still holds in 2011.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher George Mogridge (1915-1920) passed away. (1889-1962)

 In 1911-1912, George Mogridge pitched for the White Sox, posting a 3-6 record with a 4.19 ERA in 21 games. The White Sox sent him to AA Minneapolis Millers (American Association) in February of 1915. During the month of August 1915, Mogridge was acquired by the Yankees from the AA Minneapolis Millers. On April 24,1917, he pitched a No-hitter against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He had his Yankees pitching career season in 1918, when he posted a 16-13 record with a 2.18 ERA and 7 saves in 45 games. His final Yankees pitching record was a 48-57 record with a 2.73 ERA and 8 saves in 171 games. George’s 2.73 ERA in his 6 seasons with the Yankees is one of the 5 best pitching ERA's for a Yankees Pitcher in the 20th centuryOn December 31,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Duffy Lewis to the Senators for OF Braggo Roth. On February 6,1926, George was traded by the Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for Catcher Wally Schang. On February 15,1926, George was selected off waivers by the Braves from the Yankees. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a record of 132-133 with a 3.23 ERA and 21 saves in 398 games.

1974- Former Yankees Minor League P and Coach Tommy Phelps was born.

Tommy Phelps pitched in the MLB from 2003-2005 with the Marlins and the Brewers; posting a 4-5 record in 75 games. On April 20, 2006, Tommy was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He did not appear with the 2006 Yankees at the MLB level, pitching instead with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he posted a 7-4 record with a 4.45 ERA in 17 games. On October 15, 2006, the Yankees granted Tommy MLB Free Agency. He was the Pitching Coach for the 2010-2014 Yankees AA Trenton Thunder (EL) In 2015, he coached for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2016-2019, he was the Pitching Coach for AAA Scranton (IL). He would have started his 5th season as the 2020 Pitching Coach for Scranton, but the 2020 Minor League season was canceled by the COVIDS outbreak. He did work at the 2020 Yankees Alternate Training site held in Scranton. In the Fall of 2020, Tommy left the Yankees organization to work for the Marlins organization.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF George “Kiddo” Davis (1926) passed away. (1902-1983)

George "Kiddo" Davis made 8 stops during his 8-year MLB playing career as an Outfielder. He hit .381 in the 2 World Seriesthat he appeared in as a player. At the age of 24, George got his 1st taste of the MLB in 1926 appearing in 1 game with theYankees. The Yankees won the 1926 AL pennant, but Davis did not appear in the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals. After his 1 game with the Yankees in 1926, he disappeared from the MLB for 6 seasons until 1932, when he emerged as a regular outfielder for the Phillies, hitting .309 at the age of 30. He was in the top 10 in the NL in runs scored, in doubles, and in stolen bases. The .309 wasn't as impressive as it sounded, though, as the team hit .292 with 6 of the 8 regulars over .300. Fellow Phillies OF Chuck Klein hit .348. After 1 season with the Phillies, he was on to the Giants for 1 season, where he played in the outfield with Mel Ott. Davis hit only .258 on a team that hit .263, and he was on the move again. He started 1934 NL season with the Cardinals, but the Phillies decided they wanted him back; he played the bulk of 1934  NL season for them, he hit .293. In 1935, he was back with the Giants. Although he didn't play much, apparently being used often as a pinch-hitter, he was with the Giants for 1935, 1936 and part of 1937 NL seasons. Managed by his former teammate, Player/Manager Bill Terry, the Giants were very competitive in 1935, won the NL pennant in 1936. In the 1936 World Series, Davis appeared in 4 games against the Yankees, getting only 2 at-bats. His 1 hit was a pinch-hit single off of Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez in the 4th inning of the 2nd game of the World Series. In 1937, the Reds bought Davis in August from the Giants, who went on to win the NL pennant again. He finished out the 1937 NL season with Reds. Then, he appeared in just 5 games with the 1938 Reds before being released by the team on August 1,1938.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Jose De Paula (2015) was born.

In 2015, the Yankees signed Pitcher Jose De Paula as an MLB Free Agent. He appeared in 6 games with AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 2-3 record with 5.20 ERA in 6 games. With the 2015 Yankees, he appeared in 1 game with no record with a 2.70 ERA. In the fall of 2015, Jose was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve OF Larry Rosenthal (1944) passed away. (1912-1992)  

On April 3,1942, OF Larry Rosenthal was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for OF Buster Mills. Larry had appeared in 36 games for the 1944 Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, while hitting just .198. On July 6,1944, Larry was purchased by the Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees. He had been playing for the Yankees AA team, the Newark Bears (IL).

1996- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tyler Hill was born.

Tyler Hill was selected by the Red Sox with their 20th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington, DE, where he was a 3-sport standout before graduating in 2014. During the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings, the Tigers selected Hill from the Red Sox in the Minor League phase of the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.  He was, in turn, they traded to the Yankees for Cash Considerations. In 2019, he played for the Yankees Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), while appearing in 51 games, hitting .242 with 5 HRs and 20 RBIs in 51 games. During the 2019 AL season, Tyler was traded by the Yankees to the Kansas City Royals organization.

2004- The Yankees signed 2 MLB Free Agents: Hansel Izuierdo and OF John Rodriguez. Neither player appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level in 2004.

2004- Veteran MLB INF Mike Lamb is traded by the Yankees to the Astros for Minor League player Juan De Leon. With A-Rod joining the Yankees in a trade with the Rangers as their new 3B, Mike had become expendable.

2013- With the Yankees struck by a number of key players either injured, or trying to return from serious injuries, GM Brian Cashman joins the fray. He breaks his fibula and dislocates his right ankle while making a charity parachute jump with the U.S. Army's Skydiving team, the Golden Knights at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. 

March 5th

1891-Former Yankees Catcher Walter “Walt” Alexander (1915-1917) was born. (1891-1978)

On July 30,1915, Catcher Walt Alexander was purchased by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns. Alexander hit .221 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 81 games for the Yankees. From 1922 to 1929, Walt was a Manager in the Texas Minor Leagues.

1903- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and Minor League Manager (1948-1949) Martin “Chick” Autry (1924) was born. (1903-1951)

Reserve Catcher Martin Autry appeared in only 2 games for the 1924 Yankees with no hits. He spent 1925 season in the Minor Leagues. Later, he played with the 1926-1928 Indians and the 1929-1930 White Sox. He was a Minor League Manager for the Pirates organization. He was a Yankees Minor League Manager with the 1948-1949 Class AA Beaumont Exporters (Texas League.)

1912- Former Yankees MLB Coach and Minor League Manager Jimmy “Gee Gee” Gleeson (1964) was born. (1912-1996)

Former MLB player with the Indians, Cubs and Reds, Jimmy Gleeson was a Manager in the Yankee Minor League system in the 1950-1960’s. He managed the 1951 Muskegon Reds (Central League),1952,1961-1962 Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League),1959 Kearney Yankees (Nebraska State League) and the 1960 Amarillo Gold Sox (Texas League). He was a member of the 1938 Newark Bears (IL) the Yankees top AA team. In 1957, he was an MLB Coach for the Kansas City A’s. In 1964, he an MLB Coach for Yankees Manager Yogi Berra.

 1919- Former Yankees 3B/OF Don Savage (1944-1945) was born. (1919-1961)

Don Savage came out of Rutgers University and the Minor Leagues to play 3B for the 1944-1945 Yankees. Although he is listed as being at Rutgers in 1938-1943, he was also in the Yankees Minor League system during those years (except for 1942). In 1943, Don was with the AA Newark Bears (IL), before he came to the Yankees and went back to in 1946. In 1944, he appeared in 60 games at 3B for the Yankees, while Oscar Grimes was in 97 games at 3rd. The following season, Grimes appeared much more often at 3B and Savage less often at the position. In 1945, Don Savage was in 14 games at 3B with 2 games in the outfield, but he had 34 total appearances, so he presumably did a lot of pinch-hitting for the team. Overall, Don hit .256 in 105 games for the 1944-1945 Yankees. He was out organized baseball for 2 years. In 1949, he played for St. Jean Braves, an Independent Minor League team in Canada. In 1956-1957, Don Savage was the Head Baseball Coach at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

1921- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elmer Valo (1960) was born. (1921-1998)

Veteran OF Elmer Valo was signed by the Yankees as MLB Free Agent in December of 1959. Elmer only appeared in 8 games with the team before being released in May of 1960. Elmer was at the end of a very fine MLB playing career. The return of veteran OF Bob Cerv from the A’s made him expendable. He retired as an active player in 1961 after finishing the MLB season with the Phillies. He spent 2 seasons with the Indians as an MLB Coach. Elmer became a long-time MLB Scout for the Phillies (1969-1982).

1922- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid player in MLB history, when he signs a 3-year player contract that will pay him over $50,000 per season. In 1921, Babe Ruth had led the AL with 59 HRs and 171 RBIs, while hitting .378 in 152 games. The next-highest-paid Yankees player on the MLB Roster is veteran 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker at $16,000.

1950- Former Yankees Pitcher Doug Bird (1980-1981) was born.

On April 29,1980, Pitcher Doug Bird was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He went 8-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 1 save in 39 games. On June 12,1981, Doug was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later and $400,000 Cash to the Cubs for veteran Starter Rick Reuschel. On August 5,1981, the Yankees would send P Mike Griffin to the Cubs to complete the trade.

1973- Yankees Pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson make a stunning public declaration. The 2 Yankees left-handers have announced that they have traded wives, children and the family dogs. Their announcement sends shock waves through-out the MLB world. Both players will be traded away by the team by the next season. Both Peterson (1974) and Kekich (1973) will go the Indians.

1975- The Yankees released Reserve INF Fernando Gonzalez to the Poza Rica Petroleros team in the Mexican LeagueHe had appeared in 51 games for the 1974 Yankees hitting just .215. He will return to the MLB in 1975 with the Pirates. Leaving the MLB again, he will play in the Mexican League from 1981-1984. He returned to the Yankees organization in 1984, playing for the AA Nashville Sounds (SL). He appeared in 29 games for the team, while hitting .257 with 3 HRs and 30 RBIs.

1995- Former Yankees Reserve INF Roy Hughes (1939) passed away. (1911-1995)

On June 13,1939, veteran MLB INF Roy Hughes was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for OF Joe Gallagher. Roy never appears with the Yankees in an MLB game. He was sent to AA Newark Bears (IL), appearing in 28 games, while hitting .374. On July 13,1939, Roy Hughes was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for Minor League P Al Hollingsworth.

2001- Former Yankees Minor INF Leo Thomas passed away. (1923-2001).  

On June 15, 1950, INF Leo Thomas was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Pitchers Tom Ferrick and Joe Ostrowski to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson and Duane Pillette, INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. Leo doesn’t appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent down to the Yankees AAA club, the Kansas City Blues (American Association), where he hit .250 with No HRs and 19 RBIs in 36 games. On July 22,1950, he was purchased by AAA Portland Beavers (PCL) from the Yankees. 

2003- The Yankees signed P Ramon Ramirez as an MLB Free Agent. Ramon never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 28, 2005, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Player Eduardo Sierra to the Rockies for MLB P Shawn Chacon.

March 6th

1919- The Yankees sell veteran Pitcher Ray Keating (1912-1916,1918) to the Boston Braves for Cash. Ray Keating had a Yankees pitching career record of 24-40 with a 3.36 ERA in 108 games. In 1919, he would post a 7-11 record with  2.89 ERA in 22 games for the Braves in his last season playing in the MLB. His MLB Pitching career record was a 31-51 mark with a 3.29 ERA in 130 games. He would continue to pitch in the high-level Minor Leagues until 1934, retiring at the age of 40.

1965- Former Yankees Catcher Wally Schang (1921-1925) passed away. (1889-1965)

On December 15, 1920, Catcher Wally Schang was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt and INF Mike McNally to the for 2B Del Pratt, C Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick. Wally Schang would hit .297 with 16 HRs and 209 RBIs in 529 games in 5 seasons with the Yankees, before being traded to the St. Louis Browns for P George Mogridge on February 6,1926. He would hit .330 for the 1926 St. Louis Browns. Wally would be the starting catcher for the Browns for the next 4 seasons. His trade was considered to be a rare mistake by Yankees GM Edward Barrow. The Yankees would not have a regular starting catcher until the arrival of Rookie Bill Dickey in 1928. Wally would continue to play in the MLB until 1931. He originally came up to the Majors with the 1912 A’s, then he was traded to the Red Sox, joining the Yankees in 1921, then with the Browns and finishing up with the 1931 Tigers. Wally had played in 5 World Series: 1913-1914 A’s, 1918 Red Sox and the 1921-1923 Yankees. For the Bronx Bombers, he played in 13 Series games, while hitting .271 with No HRs and 1 RBI. He also continued to play in the Minors as a Player-Manager for many years after his MLB playing career had ended. Schang was a Indians MLB Coach from 1936 to 1938. He managed in the Minor leagues during the 1930’s-1940’s with the Red Sox, Cardinals, Phillies and the Yankees organizations. In 1942, he managed the Yankees farm club, the Augusta Tigers in the South Atlantic League.

1965- Former Yankees INF and MLB Manager Jimmy Austin (1909-1910) passed away. (1879-1965)

On September 1,1908, INF Jimmy Austin was selected by the Yankees from Omaha (Western League) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He appeared in 269 games for the 1909-1911 Yankees, while hitting only .224 with 3 HRs and 75 RBIs. On February 11,1911, Jimmy was traded by the Yankees along with INF/OF Frank LaPorte to the St. Louis Browns for INF Roy Hartzell and CashAustin would play for the Browns until 1929, retiring as an active player at the age of 45. Also, he managed the team in 1913,1918 and 1923. Later, Jimmy was an MLB Coach for the 1933-1935,1937 and the 1939-1940 White Sox .

1977- Former Yankees Reserve OF (2000, 2010) and Current MLB Hitting Coach Marcus Thames (2018-2021) was born. 

In the 30th round of the 1996 MLB Amateur Player Draft the Yankees selected OF Marcus Thames. He appeared in 13 games with the 2000 Yankees, while hitting .231.  Marcus broke into the MLB by hitting a HR for the Yankees off of Diamondbacks Starter Randy Johnson. On June 6, 2003, he was traded to the Rangers for veteran OF/DH Ruben Rivera. In June of 2008, Marcus Thames was playing for the Tigers, he had 8 HRs in a span of 8 hits. From 2006-2009, he had played for the Tigers. In 2010, Marcus hit .288 with 12 HRs and 33 RBIs for the Yankees as a DH/Reserve Outfielder. In the winter of 2010, Marcus became an MLB Free agent. In January of 2011, he signed a 1-year deal with the Dodgers for the 2011 NL season. During the 2011 MLB season, the Dodgers released Marcus. He rejoined the Yankees organization, finishing the season with AAA Scranton (IL). He was a Coach for the 2013 Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2014, he moved up to the Class AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) and then he continued to move up in 2015 to the AAA  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), before re-joining the club as a MLB Co-Hitting Coach for the 2016 AL season. In 2018, he was named the team’s MLB Hitting Coach.

1985- Former Yankees, A’s and Cardinals OF Enos “Country” Slaughter (1954-1955,1956-1959) and John “Arky” Vaughan are elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Enos Slaughter, known for his hustling style of play with the Cardinals and later with the Yankees, gained fame for his celebrated "Mad Dash" home during the 1946 World Series against the Red Sox. With Yankees, Enos Slaughter played in 350 games, while hitting .285, hitting 6 HRs with 198 RBIs. He appeared in 5 World Series with the 2-Cardinals and 3-Yankees. As a Yankee player, Slaughter hit .285 in 3 World Series overall with an .291 BA in 5 World Series. Arky Vaughan had batted .318 over a 14-year MLB playing career in the NL with the Pirates and the Dodgers.

1986- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Francisco Cervelli (2008-2014) was born.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli was seriously injured in a collision at home plate during a 2008 spring training game against the Rays. He was a top Yankees prospect at that point after hitting .279 with an OBP 100 points higher for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) in 2007. However, the injury shortened his 2008 season to 27 games for 3 different Minor League teams. Still, he showed that he remained on track for the MLB during his time with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), where he put up a line of .315 in 21 games. That earned him a late-season call-up to the Bronx in September. He went 0 for 5 in 3 games in his cup of coffee in Yankee pinstripes. The team called him up early in the 2009 season, when regular MLB Catchers Jorge Posada and Jose Molina were sidelined in turn by injuries. He appeared in 42 games for the Yankees, while hitting .298 with 1 HR with 11 RBI’s. He appeared in the 2009 AL playoffs in 1 game, but he did not play in the 2009 World Series against the Phillies. In 2010, Cervelli took over from Molina as Posada's main back-up. With Posada catching fewer games because of his age, he got a chance to play often. He batted very well albeit with little power - in the early going, although his average fell back to his career norms as the season advanced. However, he showed good defense and an excellent ability to handle pitchers, giving Manager Joe Girardi the chance to rest Posada more often and play him as the DH, after veteran DH/1B Nick Johnson was lost for the season because of a serious wrist injury. In 2011, with Posada moving to become the full-time DH, he was in competition for the starting catching job with veteran MLB Catcher Russell Martin in spring training camp, but Martin won out and Cervelli played the season as a back-up. In 2012, he fell down one more step, losing the back-up job to veteran Catcher Chris Stewart. He playing most of the year with AAA Scranton (IL), getting into only 3 contests in the MLB. In 2013, however, Martin left the Yankees, as an MLB Free Agent,  the team did not attempt to sign a veteran starter to take his place, relying on Cervelli and Stewart instead. In the early going, Cervelli got most of the playing time, but it came crashing down on April 26th, when Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis hit a foul tip that went straight on his right hand, breaking a bone and putting him on the DL for an extended period. He was hitting .269 with 3 HRs at the time. While on the DL, Cervelli accepted a 50-game suspension resulting from MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis Laboratories on August 5th. As a result of his earlier head injury, Cervelli wears an oversized batting helmet designed to afford him more protection and reduce the risk of a future head concussions. During the winter of 2014, the Yankees traded him to the Pirates for Reliever Justin Wilson. Cervelli final Yankee player career totals was a .278 BA with 10 HRs and 92 RBIs in 250 games. After the 2020 MLB season had ended, Cervelli announced his retirement from the MLB.

1990- Former Yankees and Indians Hall Of Fame INF Joe Sewell (1931-1933) passed away. (1898-1990) 

Infielder Joe Sewell spent most of his 14-season MLB playing career with the Indians. He finished out his MLB playing career with the 1931-1933 Yankees. In September of 1920, the Indians bought his Minor League player contract from New Orleans (Southern Association). In 1921, he became the Tribe’s regular 2B, the Indians had lost regular 2B Roy Chapman from a beaning death in 1920 by Bronx veteran P Carl Mays, which resulted in his death. In 1931, as the Yankees 3B, he hit .300 with 6 HRS and 64 RBIs in 130 games. With the 1932 Yankees,  Joe hit .272 with 11 HRs and 68 RBIs in 125 games. His last Yankee season was in 1933, Sewell hit .273 with 2 HRs and 54 RBIs in 135 games. Overall, as a Yankees player, Joe had hit .282 with 19 HRs and 186 RBIs in 390 games. Joe appeared in 2 World Series as a player; with the 1920 Indians and the 1932 Yankees; while hitting .237 with No HRs and 3 RBIs in 11 games. His lifetime MLB BA mark was .312 with 49 HRs and 1,054 RBIs in 1,903 games. He was the toughest player to fan in MLB history, only 114 times in his 14-year MLB playing career. In 1977, Joe Sewell was elected to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame. 

1994- Former Yankees Minor League P Domingo Acevedo was born.

Domingo Acevedo was signed by the Yankees in 2013. In 2018, he pitched for the Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL) and the AA Trenton Yankees (EL). He went 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 14 games for the AA Trenton Thunder. On July 21st, he was called up to the MLB for the 1st time. It was only for a day and he was there strictly as insurance if the Yankees had needed a long reliever, but it was a 1st taste of the MLB atmosphere for him. It turned out that his services weren't required in the game, he was sent back down at the end of the day. In the Fall of 2020, he became a Minor League Free Agent. For the 2021 MLB season, he is a currently a non-roster MLB spring training camp invite with the Oakland A’s.

2005- Suzyn Waldman becomes the 1st woman to be a full-time color commentator in MLB history, making her debut with John Sterling on WCBS-AM 880, the radio flagship of the New York Yankees. The former Radio-Talk host on WFAN, the 1st all-sports radio station in US, was also the 1st female to broadcast on a nationally baseball telecast as well as the 1st to provide local TV (Yankees) MLB play-by-play.

2010- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Roland (1972) passed away. (1942-2010)

On April 28,1972, Pitcher Jim Roland was purchased by the Yankees from the A’s. He appeared in 16 games for the 1972 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 5.04 ERA. On August 30,1972, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for veteran Reliever Casey Cox. Jim pitched in the MLB for 12 seasons, including 6 seasons with the Twins, the team that he originally signed with. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 19-17 record with a 3.22 ERA and 9 saves in 216 games.

2013- The seemingly cursed Yankees get more bad news when they learn that AL All-Star 1B Mark Teixeira 's wrist injury is more serious than thought and that he will be out until mid-May of 2013; with no obvious back-up plan in place. At least, Shortstop Derek Jeter and Closer Mariano Rivera seem to be doing well in their bid to come back from 2012 season-ending injuries, but the Yankees Spring Training Complex in Tampa, Fla. is starting to look like a MASH Unit with GM Brian Cashmanaddressing reporters on crutches resulting from a charity sky-diving accident with the US Army Golden Knights.



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