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

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March 7th

1908- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Harry Davis was born. (1908-1997)

On December 4,19371B 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 would send him to their AA team, the Kansas City Blues (American Association), where he hit .299. For the 1939 baseball season, Harry joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization. After retiring as an active player, Harry became a Minor League Manager (1940-1945) for several MLB teams before retiring.

1914- Former Yankees Reserve OF Joseph “Muscles” Gallagher (1939) was born. (1914-1998) 

Reserve OF Joe Gallagher appeared in 14 games for the 1939 Yankees, while hitting .244, before being traded on June 13,1939 by the team to the St. Louis Browns for INF Roy Hughes and Cash. Prior to making his MLB player debut with the 1939 Yankees, he was a star with  their AA club, the Kansas City Blues in 1938, hitting .343 with 24 HRs, both his hitting stats led the team. On April 9,1947, Gallagher hired as Head Baseball Coach at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas. Gallagher was also the baseball coach at Rice University in 1962. In 1998, Joe died at age of 83 after a long illness.

1930- Former Yankees Minor League P Tom Acker was born. (1930-2021)

In 1948, Pitcher Tom Acker had been signed as MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Giants organization. He eventually came up to the MLB, pitching for the 1956-1959 Reds. Acker appeared in 153 games for the team, going 19-13 with a 4.12 ERA in 380 innings. During the winter of 1959, Tom was traded by the Reds to the Kansas City A’s  for Catcher Frank House. He didn’t play for the 1960 A’s. Instead, Tom Acker spent his last season in pro baseball with the 1960 Richmond Virginians (IL), who were the Yankees AAA team. He appeared in 15 games for Richmond, closing out his pro pitching career in the Minor Leagues with a 0-2 won-loss record with a 5.06 ERA.

1954- Former Yankees Reliever Mike Armstrong (1983-1986) was born. 

After the 1983 AL season ended, the Royals traded Reliever Mike Armstrong and Duane Dewey to the Yankees for 1B Steve Balboni and P Roger Erickson. The Yankees, who were anticipating losing Rich Gossage to MLB Free Agency, were desperate to shore up their bullpen, when they made the trade. However, the deal soon turned into a PR nightmare for the team. Balboni, a heavily-hyped prospect, who had been unable to succeed in limited trials in the Bronx, settled in as Royals starting 1B Steve would hit 117 HRs for the next 4 seasons. Armstrong, on the other hand, showed up at 1984 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp with a sore pitching arm. It turned out Armstrong's bum elbow was one of the worst-kept secrets in baseball, but the Yankees hadn't gotten the memo. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner, convinced that he had been peddled "damaged goods," asked Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to intervene and amend the deal with the Royals; but no resolution was ever reached. Armstrong did not make his 1984 MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees until June 16th. Prior to 1985 MLB season, the Tigers reportedly offered aging Slugger Darrell Evans to the Yankees for Armstrong. The Yankees declined the trade, Evans went on to lead the AL with 40 HRs. Meanwhile, things didn't get any better for Armstrong, as he had a poor spring training camp. At the beginning of the season, he was sent down to the A AA Columbus Clippers (IL). He was recalled on June 4th, but Yankees Manager Billy Martin had no use for the finesse-tossing Armstrong. He buried him in the back of the Bronx bullpen. On June 20th, Yankees Closer Dave Righetti blew a 3-run lead in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Tigers, then he put runners on the corners with 2 outs in the 10th. Armstrong was summoned from the bullpen, even though he hadn't pitched since June 9th. On his 2nd pitch, Mike threw a walk-off wild pitch. That effectively ended any possibility of Armstrong having a meaningful pitching career with the Yankees. He was soon sent back down to AAA Columbus. However, the Yankees recalled him immediately before the brief players' strike later that season so they could avoid having to pay his salary during the work stoppage. The Yankees kept shuttling Armstrong between Bronx and AAA Columbus and late in the season, the Players' Association filed a grievance on his behalf, claiming the Yankees had sent Armstrong down improperly. He apparently ended up dropping the grievance to avoid having his guaranteed MLB player contract being terminated. Armstrong spent most of 1986 season at Columbus, with a handful of appearances with the Yankees. He signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees in 1987, but he was released in April, after refusing to accept a demotion to Double A. Mike went 3-3 with 1 save in 42 games with the Yankees before finishing up his MLB pitching career with the 1987 Indians. After his release from the Yankees, Mike was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Tribe. Mike made 14 appearances for the team during that season. 

1962- Former Yankees Minor Leaguer P Jose Cano was born. 

Jose Cano is the Father of former Yankees 2B Robinson Cano. Jose appeared in the MLB with 1989 Astros, going 1-1 in 6 games. He originally signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees in 1980. The Yankees would release Jose. In 1981, the Braves signed Jose as an MLB Free Agent. Twice the Braves had released him. Then, Jose Cano was signed by the Astros organization. Also, he pitched for years in Mexican Leagues as well as in Taiwan, before retiring as an active playerHe was Robbie Cano’s pitcher for the MLB All-Star HR Derby Contest.

1981- Former Yankees Shortstop Paul “Pee Wee” Wanninger (1925) passed away. (1902-1981)

“Pee-Wee” Wanninger was the regular Shortstop for the 1925 Yankees. Paul hit .236 with 1 HR and 23 RBIs in 117 games for the Yankees. He had replaced veteran starter Everett “Deacon” Scott at Shortstop in May of 1925 to end his then-record MLB Consecutive Games streak at 1,307 games. Less than a month later, on June 1st, he would make way for another record-long consecutive games played streak to start, when a Yankee Rookie 1B named Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for him in a game. After the 1925 AL season had ended, the Yankees traded Wanninger to AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) to complete the earlier trade made for Catcher Pat Collins. He went on to play many seasons for the AA St. Paul Saints (1926-1932) and other teams, through 1940. Also, he was a Manager for 4 seasons in the Minor Leagues.

1998- The Yankees signed former Cuban Baseball Star hurler Orlando Hernandez, brother of the 1997 World Series hero Livan Hernandez, to a 4-year, $6.6 million contract. “El Duque” would go on to post a 61-40 record for the 1998-2004 Yankees. He was 2-0 in World Series play and 7-2 in AL Post-season games for the Yankees.

2006- World Baseball Classic: Pool C Game: Yankees AL All-Star CF Bernie Williams drove in a 6th-inning run to hand Puerto Rico, a 2-1 victory over Panama.

2006- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher, now with the Red Sox, John “Flash” Flaherty announces his MLB player retirement, ending his 14-year MLB playing career with the team that he started out with. After playing 3 seasons with the Yankees, he was signed in December of 2005 as an MLB Free Agent, as a Reserve Catcher to Jorge Posada. Also, John had played for the Tigers and the Padres. He was one of  the original Tampa Bay Devil Rays. John posted a lifetime .252 BA with 80 HRs and 395 RBIs in 1,047 MLB games played. He will go to work as a Sports Announcer for the Yes Network.

2016- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Kraly passed away. (1929-2016)

In 1949, the Yankees signed P Steve Kraly, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1953, Steve went 0-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 5 games with the Yankees. He also pitched in the Minor Leagues from 1949-1960, going 18-6 for Joplin in 1950. He was Mickey Mantle’s roommate, while playing at Joplin. Steve pitched in the Yankees Minor League organization until 1958, then he pitched in the Tigers, Reds and the Phillies organizations before retiring with an 89-65 record in 324 games. He said that Former Yankee Manager Casey Stengel had picked up his player contract for the original 1962 Mets in the fall of 1961, but that Steve’s would wife prevailed on him to retire from pro baseball. Steve would work for  the IBM Corporation for 30 years. For many seasons, Steve was the Game Official Scorer for the Birmingham Minor League Baseball team.

March 8th

1893- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Francis (1925) was born. (1893-1934)

Hurler Ray Francis went 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 4 games for the 1925 Yankees. On August 14,1924, he had been purchased by the Yankees along with OF Ben Paschal from the AA Atlanta Crackers (Southern Association). He had previously pitched in the AL with the Senators and Tigers. He was sent to Minor Leagues by the Yankees, while Paschal stayed in the Bronx. On May 5,1925, Ray was traded by the Yankees along with $9,000 Cash to the Red Sox for OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson. He would go 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 6 games with Boston, before being sent down to the AA Minneapolis Millers (American Association). He would pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1925-1932 before retiring from baseball. His final MLB Pitching record was a 12-28 mark with a 4.65 ERA and 3 saves in 82 games.

1930- Veteran Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth signs a 2-year MLB player contract for $160,000 with the Yankees. At $80,000 per year, he is the highest paid MLB player of all time as of 1930. In 1929, Babe had hit .345 with 54 HRs and 145 RBIs in 135 games for the Yankees.

1930- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Grim (1954-1958) was born. (1930-1996). 

After spending 2-years active duty in the Army for Korean War service, Bob made the Yankees MLB Pitching staff in the 1954 Bronx MLB Spring Training camp. In 1954, Bob Grim went 20-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 37 games for the Yankees, including 8 wins and 1 save in relief. He was named the 1954 American League Rookie of Year for his 1954 pitching performance. He lost 1 game in the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers. He had finished the 1955 AL season with a 7-5 record with a 4.19 ERA and 4 saves in 26 games. After injuring his pitching arm, while working in an off-season job, Bob became a Reliever for the Yankees in 1956, posting 4 saves, while going 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA. He didn’t pitch in the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers. In 1957, he led the AL Relievers with 18 saves, while going 12-8 with a 2.63 ERA in 46 games. Bob was named to 1957 AL All-Star team. He appeared in the 1957 World Series against the Braves in relief and taking the loss in Game #4. On June 15,1958, Bob was traded by the Yankees to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson for 2 Pitchers: Duke Maas and Virgil Trucks. At the time of the June 15th trade, he was 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA with no saves in 11 games. His Yankees final Pitching record was a 45-21 mark with a 3.35 ERA and 28 saves in 46 games. He pitched for the 1958-1959 A’s, 1960 Indians, Reds and the Cardinals. He spent the 1961 season with the Cardinals AAA team. Grim was back in the MLB with the 1962 Kansas City A’s for 12 games,  while posting a 0-1 record, making his last MLB pitching appearance against his old team, the Yankees. Bob finished his MLB Pitching career in 1962 with an overall 61-41 record with a 3.61 ERA and 38 saves in 268 games. He had pitched in the MLB for the Yankees, A’s (twice), Indians, Reds and the Cardinals.

1938- The Yankees AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig rejects the latest MLB Player contract offer from the Yankees front office to a 1-year deal worth $39,000. Yankees GM Ed Barrow was ready to use 1B Babe Dahlgren, who they had obtained from the Red Sox in February of 1937 as his replacement. Four days later, veteran 1B Lou Gehrig will agree to the same Yankees player contract offer to end his 1938 Yankees Spring Training Camp player contract holdout. Even with his long-time Yankee teammate Babe Ruth gone, the Yankees Front Office continue to low-ball Lou Gehrig on his MLB Player salary, despite his excellent production on the playing field. In 1937, Lou had hit .351 with 37 HRs and 157 RBIs in 157 games

1939- Former Yankees Pitcher (1962-1968) and Sports Author Jim “Bull Dog” Bouton was born. (1939-2019)

In 1958 Jim Bouton had pitched at West Michigan University before signing with the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He reached the Bronx in 1962. Bouton was the winning pitcher of the 22-inning game against the Tigers in 1962.  He finished his MLB Rookie season with an 7-7 record with a 3.99 ERA and 2 saves in 36 games. He didn’t appear in the 1962 World Series against the Giants. In 1963, Jim went 21–7 with a 2.53 ERA in 40 games for the Yankees. He was named to the 1962 AL All-Star team to pitching staff. In 1964, he posted an 18-13 record with a 3.02 ERA in 38 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 2 World Series for the 1963-1964 Yankees, going 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA in 3 games; winning 2 games against the St. Louis Cardinals (1964); losing a 1-0 shutout, a 4-hitter to the Dodgers Starter Don Drysdale in 1963 World Series. He injured his pitching arm in 1965, he was never effective hurler again for the team. His Yankees Pitching career record was a 55-51 mark with a 3.36 ERA and 4 saves in 197 games. In October of 1968, he was sold by the Yankees to the AAA Seattle Angels (PCL), who would become the new AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots. Also, Jim pitched for the Astros and Braves in the NL. Jim Bouton finished MLB Pitching career with a 62-63 record with a 3.57 ERA and 6 saves in 304 games. After his MLB playing career was over, he wrote his bestselling baseball book, titled “Ball Four.” Also, he worked as a Sportscaster for WABC-TV and WCBS-TV in New York City.

1947- At the new Stadium del Cerro in Havana, Cuba, the Dodgers beat the Yankees by a score of 1-0.

1961- Former Yankees C/DH/OF Mark Salas (1987) was born.

On June 7,1987, Catcher/DH Mark Salas was traded by the Twins to the Yankees for veteran MLB Starter Joe Niekro. Mark appeared in 50 games for the 1987 Yankees, hitting only .200 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs. On November 12,1987, Mark was traded by the Yankees along with OF/1B Dan Pasqua and P Steve Rosenberg to the White Sox for 2 Pitchers: Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Terry Mulholland (1994) was born.

On February 9,1994, MLB Starter Terry Mulholland was traded by the Phillies along with a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for P Bobby Munoz, Minor League players: P Ryan Karp and INF Kevin Jordan. The Phillies would send P Jeff Patterson on November 8,1994 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Terry posted a 6-7 record with a 6.49 ERA in 24 games with the Yankees before the 1994 MLB Player Strike took place. In the fall of 1994, he left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with Giants.

1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Lance McCullers (1989-1990) was born.

On October 24,1988, Reliever Lance McCullers was traded by the Padres along with OF Stan Jefferson and P Jimmy Jones to the Yankees for OF/1B Jack Clark and P Pat Clements. Lance posted a 5-3 record with a 4.42 ERA and 3 saves in 63 games for the Yankees. On June 4,1990, Lance was traded by the Yankees along with P Clay Parker to the Tigers for C/DH/1B Matt Nokes. He is the father of current MLB Player Lance McCullers Jr, who pitches for the Astros.

1966-The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee waives one of its election rules and selects former Yankees and Mets Manager Casey Stengel as the newest member of the HOF. Stengel had managed the Mets for most of the 1965 NL season before falling and breaking his hip ending his season. Veteran Mets MLB Coach Wes Westrum, replaced him as Mets Manager His hip injury ended the elderly Stengel's long MLB Managing career. Given his age, the Veterans Committee decides to make him immediately eligible for the Hall of Fame. Casey Stengel had managed the Yankees from 1949-1960, winning 5 straight World Championships from (1949-1953.) He also won World Championships with the Yankees in 1956 and 1958. Also, Casey had managed in the NL with the Boston Braves (1938-1943) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934-1936) without much success. He had been a long-time Minor League Manager with AA teams like the Toledo Mud Hens (1926-1931), Milwaukee Brewers (1944), Kansas City Blues (1945) and the Oakland Oaks (1946-1948) before joining the Yankees in 1949, as their new MLB Manager replacing 1948 Manager Bucky Harris, who was let go by Yankees GM George Weiss, who wanted his own man to run the Yankees.

1999- Former Hall Of Fame Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio (1936-1941,1945-1951) dies of a Lung Cancer at age 84. (1914-1999)

On November 21,1934, Joe DiMaggio was traded by AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and Cash. On December 19,1934, the Yankees would send INF Doc Farrell, P Floyd Newkirk, Minor League Players P Jimmy Densmore and OF Ted Norbert and $5,000 Cash in 1935 to the AA Seals to complete the trade. Reserve INF Doc Farrell refused to report to the AA Seals in 1935, he would briefly play for the 1935 Red Sox. Joe DiMaggio arrived in the Bronx at the age of 21 in 1936. He batted .323 with 29 HRs and 125 RBIs in 138  games in his 1st MLB season. He helped the Yankees win the 1936 World Championship. He was the 1st Rookie to be selected for an MLB All-Star game. His 1936 Rookie season performance served as an indicator of future MLB success, both for him and the Yankees. During his 13-year MLB playing career, Joe DiMaggio participated in 10 World Series with his team, winning the World Championship 9 times. In 51 World Series games, Joe hit .271 with 8 HRs and 30 RBIs. Joe was the AL Batting Leader in 1939 (.381) and 1940 (.352). In 1941, DiMaggio achieved his most famous MLB milestone, when he compiled an MLB record 56-game hitting streak. He was the AL MVP  Award winner 3 times in his Yankees playing career (1939,1941 and 1947.) His Yankees lifetime BA was .326 with 361 HRs and 1,537 RBIs in 1,736 games. In 1949,Joe was the 1st Yankee player to have a $100,000 player contract. He would receive the same amount in 1950. He had missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons, while serving on active duty with the Army. His older Brother, Vince played in the National League with the Reds, Braves and the Pirates, while his younger brother Dom played the outfield for the rival Red Sox in the AL. After retiring as an active player in the Fall of 1951, Joe was a Yankees TV Broadcaster working with Mel Allen. Later in the 1970’s, Joe was an MLB Coach for the Oakland A’s. Joe was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

2012- The Yankees get an injury scare when Reliever David Robertson, sprained his foot falling down some stairs, while moving boxes at home.

March 9th

1875- Former Yankees Pitcher/OF Elmer Bliss (1903-1904) was born. (1875-1962)

Pitcher Elmer Bliss went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 1 game for the 1903 Yankees, when you get a chance to pitch in the MLB and go 7 innings without giving up an earned run. That, however, was Elmer's total MLB Pitching career, 1 game for which he earned the victory. Oddly enough, while that performance did not earn him another chance to pitch, he did come back the next season with the 1904 Yankees for 1 game as an Outfielder. He would play for 11 seasons in the Minor Leagues. He also managed a couple times in the Minor Leagues, once for the Grand Rapids Wolverines and once for the Wellsville Rainmakers.

1890- Former Yankees Pitcher George “Iron” Davis (1912) was born. (1890-1961) 

George Davis appeared in 10 games for the 1912 Yankees, while posting a 1-4 record with a 6.50 ERA. In April of 1913, Pitcher George Davis was purchased by Jersey City Skeeters (IL) from the Yankees. The Boston Braves would acquire Davis from AA Jersey City (IL) in September of 1913. He would pitch for the 1914-1915 Boston Braves posting a 6-6 record with a 3.68 ERA in 26 games. During the 1914 NL season, he pitched a No-Hitter for the Braves. He did not appear in the 1914 World Series for the team. 

1908- Former Yankees OF Myril Hoag (1931-1938) was born. (1908-1971)

At age 18, Myril Hoag was playing in the Minor Leagues with the AA Sacramento team in the PCL. He spent several years in the Minor Leagues, mostly with AA Sacramento (PCL) before making his MLB Player debut at age 23 with the 1931 Yankees. In 1930, he had hit .337 with 17 HRs for Sacramento, but the 1932 Yankees let him have only 29 at-bats in 44 games. The Yankee outfield that year was Babe Ruth, Earle Combs and Ben Chapman, all of whom hit at least .315.  Myril played Reserve OF for years with the Yankees (although he spent 1933 in the Minors with the AA Newark Bears (IL)). In 1936, he had a serious collision in the outfield with Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio that required  Brain Surgery. With the 1937 Yankees, he finally became a regular of sorts, appearing more often in RF than any other player, although his 70 games there barely beat out the 69 games that George Selkirk played at the position, also a young Tommy Henrich played 29 games there. Both Selkirk and Henrich would become regulars in the 1938 Outfield. OF Myril Hoag played in 471 games for the Yankees, while hitting .284 with 11 HRs and 185 RBIs. He appeared in 3 World Series with the team (1932,1937-1938) playing in 8 games, while hitting .320. On October 26,1938, Myril was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn to the St. Louis Browns for veteran P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills. In 1939, he was named to the AL All-Star team as a member of the Browns. He later played the White Sox and the Indians before retiring in 1945. From 1946-1951, Myril was a Minor League Player-Manager.

1927- Former Yankees OF Jackie Jensen (1950-1952) was born. (1927-1982)

Jackie Jensen was a former All-American College Football player. In the fall of 1949, the Yankees purchased him and INF Billy Martin from the AA Oakland Oaks (Pacific Coast League). Jackie appeared in 108 games with the 1950-1952 Yankees, while hitting .265 with 9 HRs and 32 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game of the 1950 World Series against the Phillies with no hits, he didn’t appear in any of the games in the 1951 World Series against the Giants. On May 3,1952, Jackie was traded by the Yankees along with OF Archie Wilson, Pitcher Frank “Spec” Shea, 2B Jerry Snyder to the Senators for OF Irv Noren and Shortstop Tom Upton. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel felt that Jackie didn’t hit enough with power for a Yankees Centerfielder. At the time of trade, Jackie was hitting only .105 (2 for 19). He had been benched by Stengel, who used Veteran Gene Woodling and Rookie Bob Cerv as Centerfielders  After his trade to the Senators, Casey would move RF Mickey Mantle to CF, who held the starting Yankees CF position for the next 15 AL seasons. The Senators would later trade Jackie to the Red Sox in December of 1953. Jensen was named to the AL All-Star team 3 times in his MLB playing career. In 1958, Jensen was named AL Most Valuable Player, hitting .286 with 35 HRs and 122 RBIs in 154 games. It was a questionable AL MVP selection, since his former Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle had out-performed him by hitting .304 along with an AL Leading 42 HRs and 97 RBIs in 150 games. In 1959, he won an AL Golden Glove for the Outfield. In 1960, He stopped playing in the MLB, because of his fear of flying. He did return to the Red Sox in 1961 for his final MLB active season. Jackie had played in 1,438 MLB games and finished his MLB playing career with a lifetime .279 BA, while hitting 199 HRs and 929 RBIs. In 1982, Jackie died from a heart attack at the age of 55. He remains the only athlete to play in the Rose Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, the MLB’s World Series (1950) and the MLB All-Star game. Former  Yankees GM George Weiss (1948-1960) named OF Jackie Jensen and P Lew Burdette as  2 young Yankees players that he should have kept on the team, instead of trading them away during the 1950’s.

1942- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bert Campaneris (1983) was born.

On February 24,1983, former AL All-Star INF Burt Campaneris was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Bert had previously played for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s, then as an MLB Free Agent, he played for the Rangers and the Angels (1964-1981). In 1977, Yankees Manager Billy Martin wanted to sign Bert as MLB Free Agent to become the Yankees 1977 starting Shortstop, but Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner wanted Slugger Reggie Jackson instead. After finishing his contract with the Angels in 1981. He sat out the 1982 MLB season. He had appeared in 60 games with the 1983 Yankees as a Reserve INF, while hitting .322. On November 7,1983, Bert was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He had retired from MLB.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League Player, Coach and Manager Brian Butterfield was born. 

The son of late  Yankees Executive Jack Butterfield, Brian Butterfield played at 3 schools during his College Baseball career. A 2B, he signed with the Yankees organization in 1979. Originally a right-handed hitter only, he made himself into a switch-hitter. He hit .218 for the Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPL) in his 1st pro season. In 1980, Brian went 2 for 16 with 4 walks for the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (GCL) and .227 with the Class A Greensboro Hornets (SAL). He returned to Class A Fort Lauderdale in 1981 for a .286 season, then he hit .259 for them in 1982 and .133 in a brief appearance with the AA Nashville Sounds (EL). He also briefly reached the AAA level in 1982, hitting .417 in 13 games with the Columbus Clippers (IL). The following year, his final season as a player, he played in the San Diego Padres farm system. He was used by the 1983 Miami Marlins as a utility INF, hitting .238. In 1984, Butterfield began his Minor League Coaching career as a Roving Infield Instructor for the Yankees. Then he coached various clubs in the Yankees organization over the next 3 seasons. He managed in the Yankees chain from 1988 to 1990 and then again in 1992, winning a Gulf Coast League championship with the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1988. He was Infield Instructor again in 1991. After a stint as a Coach with the Class A Albany-Colonie Yankees (NYPL) in 1993, Butterfield was a member of the 1994-1995 Yankees MLB Coaching staff. In 1996, Butterfield moved to the new NL expansion team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was their Minor League Infield Instructor for 2 seasons, before serving as the MLB 3B Coach for the MLB team; when it began to play in the NL from 1998 to 2000. In 2001,He rejoined the Yankees organization as a Minor League Manager, leading the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) to a FSL Co-Championship. He began the 2002 season as Skipper of the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL)  before being dismissed in May. Less than a month later, he joined the Blue Jays as a MLB 3rd Base Coach, replacing Carlos Tosca, who was named the team’s new MLB Manager.Tosca and Butterfield had previously worked together with the Diamondbacks organization. Butterfield would continue on as the Blue Jays 3B Coach through Tosca's and John Gibbons' MLB Coaching staffs through the 2007 AL season. In 2008, he was promoted to MLB Bench Coach and served there under both Gibbons and Cito Gaston though the 2010 AL season. When John Farrell was named team Manager in 2011, Butterfield returned to his previous post of 3B Coach. In 2013, he followed Farrell to the Red Sox. He stayed as long as Farrell was the Manager, until the end of the 2017 AL season, then he moved to the Cubs in 2018, also served as their MLB 3B Coach under new Cubs Manager Joe Maddon. When Maddon moved over to the Angels in 2020, Butterfield followed him as the team's MLB 3rd base Coach.

1966- Former Yankees 3B (2003) and Current Yankees Manager Aaron “Home Run” Boone (2018-2021) was born. 

Aaron Boone was the Grandson of former MLB Player Ray Boone and the son of former MLB Catcher/Manager Bob Boone. His Brother was MLB All-Star 2B Bret Boone. Aaron hit one of the most famous Yankee Playoff HRs in MLB history to beat the Red Sox in 2003. In the 2003 off-season, Boone injured his leg playing basketball. The Yankees would release him from his MLB Player contract. His leg injury led to the A-Rod trade with the Rangers by the Yankees. He had spent the 2009 MLB season on the DL dealing with heart problems, while as a member of the Astros. In February of 2010, Aaron Boone announced his player retirement from MLB. He was working for ESPN covering the MLB before he was named to replace Joe Girardi as the Yankees 2018 Manager. During the 2021 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, Aaron took medical leave from the team to have a heart pacemaker installed. He is expected to be back with the team before the 2021 AL season starts on April 1st.

1966- Former Yankees AL All-Star Catcher Aaron Robinson (1946-1947) passed away. (1915-1966).  

Called up from the 1943 AA Newark Bears (IL), Catcher Aaron Robinson appeared in 1 game for the 1943 Yankees. He was 28-years old. In 1943, He would join the Coast Guard, serving on active duty until July of 1945. Aaron appeared in 50 games for the 1945 Yankees, while hitting .281. In 1946, he appeared in 100 games for the Yankees, while hitting .297 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs. He made the 1947 AL All-Star team, while hitting .270 for the Yankees. He appeared in 3 games of the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers. With the arrival of a 22-year-old Yogi Berra as a Catcher in 1947, Aaron became expendable. On February 24,1948, Aaron Robinson was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for veteran Starter Eddie Lopat. He would spend only 1 season playing with the White Sox, before being traded to the Tigers for Rookie Pitcher Billy Pierce. He would finish out his MLB Playing career in 1951, playing for the Red Sox.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher C. J. Nitkowski (2004) was born.

C.J. Nitkowski was a graduate of St. Johns’ University, who was drafted as an MLB Amateur Player in 1994 by the Reds. On July 19, 2004, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 19 games for the 2004 Yankees, while posting a 1-1 record. On October 29, 2004, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. After leaving the MLB in 2005, he would pitch in Japan and Korea pro baseball leagues, before retiring from the game. In 2017, he became a television analyst for the games of the Rangers for the Fox Sports Southwest Cable Network.

1974- Former Yankees Reliever Wayne Franklin (2005) was born.

After appearing in 8 games with the 2005 Giants in their MLB Spring Training Camp, Reliever Wayne Franklin signed a Minor League player contract with the Yankees on April 4th. Franklin went 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA and 1 save in 46 games with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He appeared in 13 games with the 2005 Yankees, posting a 0-1 record with a 6.39 ERA. At the end of 2005 AL season, Wayne was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1981- Former Yankees Reliever Clay Rapada (2012) was born.

On February 18, 2012, Reliever Clay Rapada was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 70 games for the 2012 Yankees, while posting a 3-0 record with a 2.82 ERA. On April 5, 2013, Clay was released by the team. On April 9, 2013, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. On June 4, 2013, he was released by the team. He would be picked up by the Indians for the rest of 2013 AL season. 

1996- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Hardin (1971) passed away from injuries suffered in an aircraft crash. (1943-1996)

Veteran AL Starter Jim Hardin was recovering from pitching arm injuries, when he joined the Yankees on May 28, 1971. The Yankees had sent former #1 MLB Amateur Player Draft Pick Pitcher Bill Burbach to the Orioles in the trade. He never was an effective pitcher for the Yankees, like he was with the Orioles during the late-1960’s. Jim would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1972 Braves. He ended his MLB pitching career with a record of 43-32 with a 3.19 ERA in 168 games. Hardin, a pilot, died on March 9,1991, when his Beech 35-C33A crashed in Key West, Fla. Shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport, the propeller of his aircraft failed from fatigue. The aircraft stalled and crashed, while Hardin attempted to return to the airport to make an emergency landing. It was widely reported that, during the plane's descent, Hardin steered the plane away from a baseball field filled with young children. The plane came to rest in a parking lot of the TGI FridaysRestaurant, which was under construction at the time. Jim Hardin is 1 of 3 Yankees players to lose their lives in aviation accidents; the other 2 Yankee players were Catcher Thurman Munson (1979) and Pitcher Cory Lidle (2006). His Wife and 3 children survived him.

1998- The Yankees traded Reserve INF Andy Fox to the Diamondbacks for 2 Pitchers: Marty Jansen and Todd Erdos. INF Andy Fox was blocked at 2B by the presence of new recently acquired AL All-Star 2B Chuck Knoblauch. He was out of Minor League player options, so the Yankees had to either trade him or released him. The Yankees found takers in the Diamondbacks, who would give him a chance for more playing time. Overall, as a Yankees player, Andy Fox had appeared in 135 games, while hitting .200 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs. He appeared in 4 games of the 1996 World Series against the Braves with no hits. Marty Janzen was originally signed by the Yankees, but he traded as one of the 3 Yankee AAA Minor League Pitchers to the Blue Jays in the July of 1995 for veteran MLB Starter David Cone. Erdos had been signed by the Padres, appeared with them at the MLB level in 1997, while posting 2-0 record in 11 games. Both Pitchers had been selected by the Diamondbacks in the 1997 MLB Expansion Team’s Player Draft. Both pitchers were assigned by the Yankees to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) for the 1998 season.

March 10th

1950- Yankees Minor League Pitching Coach Greg Pavlick was born.

Greg Pavlick was a Mets MLB Pitching Coach on and off for about a decade, from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s. After 26 seasons in the Mets' organization, Pavlick became the Pitching Coach for the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL) in 2001. He was then a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) from 2002 to 2010.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve OF Arthur “Circus Solly” Hoffman (1916) passed away. (1882-1956)

Arthur “Circus Solly” Hoffman began his MLB Playing career with a cup of coffee with the Pirates, then his MLB player contract was purchased by the Cubs the following August. He spent his 1st several years in Chicago as a utility player, appearing mostly as a 2B in 1905 and splitting time between the Infield and Outfield from 1906 to 1908, as the Cubs won 3 straight NL Pennants and the 1908 World Series. In 1909, Hoffman took over as the Cubs regular CF job after Jimmy Slaglefinished out his MLB Playing career the previous season. He had his best season at the plate the next season, when he was among the leaders in most offensive categories and his Adjusted OPS+ was tied for 2nd in the NL as the Cubs won another NL pennant. Hoffman was traded to the Pirates midway through the 1912 NL season. He jumped to the Brooklyn Tip-Tops(Federal League) in 1914 (for whom he was mostly a 2B) and also played for the circuit's Buffalo Blues the next season (primarily as an Outfielder). He finished his MLB Playing career in 1916, hitting .302 in 11 games with the Yankees and the Cubs. Before the 1916 AL season had started, he had signed with the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. With the 1916 Yankees, Solly appeared in only 6 games, while hitting .296. 

1958- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Howe (1991-1996) was born. (1958-2006)

Steve Howe went 18-10 with a 3.57 ERA and 31 saves as a Yankees Relief Pitcher from 1991-1996. He originally came up to the MLB with the Dodgers in 1980, he won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. In 1982, he was a member of the NL All-Star team. His MLB Pitching career was plagued by his various drug problems that led to several MLB Player suspensions. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 47-41 record  along with a 3.03 ERA and 91 saves in 497 games. Steve passed away on April 28, 2006 from fatal injuries suffered, when his pick-up truck flipped over in a road accident.

1977- Former Yankees Minor League C Ben Davis was born.

The Yankees signed veteran Catcher Ben Davis as MLB Free Agent. He played at AAA Scranton (IL) during the 2006-2007 baseball seasons before becoming a Free Agent. He had played in the MLB with the Padres, Mariners and the White Sox. He was recovering from elbow problems, when he was with the Yankees organization. Later, he played in the Atlantic League with the 2010 Camden Riversharks before retiring as an active player. Later, he became a Minor League Manager.

1985- Former MLB Player and Yankees MLB Scout Bob Neiman passed away. (1927-1985)

Outfielder Bob Neiman was MLB player for 12 seasons. He was an MLB Scout for the Yankees from 1977-1984. Also, he had been an MLB Scout for the Indians, A’s and the Dodgers before joining the Yankees organization in 1977.

1994- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Brenneman (1965) passed away. (1941-1994)

Before the start of the 1961 AL Season, the Yankees signed P Jim Brenneman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 3 games with the 1965 Yankees with no record. In 1966, he returned to the Yankees Minor League system pitching at AA level before retiring from the game.

2001- Minor League P David Lee was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for Pitcher Carlos Almanzar. Carlos would post a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games for the 2001 Yankees. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team at the end of the 2001 AL season. David Lee was acquired by the Yankees from the Rockies in 2001, but he never appeared with the team at the MLB level.

2005- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Kent Hadley (1960) passed away. (1934-2005)

Kent Hadley was part of the December 1959 player trade that the Yankees received OF Roger Maris from the Kansas City A’s. In 1956, the Tigers had signed Kent, but he never appears with them at the MLB level. He had played College Baseball at USC. He was traded to the Kansas City A’s. In 1959, he was the A’s regular 1B hitting .253, with 10 HRs and 39 RBIs in 113 games. With the 1960 Yankees, Kent was a Reserve 1B for Bill Skowron, appearing only in 55 games; just hitting .203 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs in 24 games. Also, he spent some playing time with Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). The Yankees had acquired him in the Roger Maris trade, because regular 1B Bill Skowron had broken his arm during the 1959 AL season. They were not sure how the arm injury would affect him for the 1960 AL season. Leaving the Yankees organization in the fall of 1960, Hadley played for the 1961 AAA San Diego Padres (PCL). Then he went to Japan to play pro baseball for the 1962 season with the Hankai Hawks (Japanese Pacific League) staying with the team from 1962-1967. Hadley became the 1st foreigner player to hit a HR in his 1st at-bat in Japan. Kent Hadley enjoyed success-playing pro baseball in Japan, becoming one of the 1st American players to hit a 100 career HRs.

2009- Former Yankees Minor League OF/P Joe Pactwa passed away. (1948-2009)

On June 7,1966, OF Joe Pactwa was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Pactwa hit 25 HRs in the 1970 Eastern League, tying for 4th in the circuit. Remaining at AA for the 1971 season, he hit 20 more HRs for the Charlotte Hornets, 5th in the Southern League. In 1973, Pactwa began pitching in addition to playing the Outfield. He hit .378 for the AA West Haven Yankees (EL). Joe went 12-6 on the mound with a 3.18 ERA. He was part of a 5-way tie for the Eastern League lead in victories. He led the Eastern League in ERA. In 1974, Joe Pactwa was a full-time Pitcher for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), but he went just 4-9 with a 4.41 ERA. On December 3,1974, Joe was purchased by Tampico (Mexican League) from the Yankees Organization. At the end of the 1975 Mexican League season, Joe received a brief tryout as a Pitcher with the Angels. He pitched in 4 games, 3 of them starts, winning 1 game with a 3.86 ERA; however, his K/W ratio was a very poor 3/10 in 16⅓ innings. Joe would return to play in Mexico Leagues from 1976-1982. 

March 11th

1870- Former Yankees OF Herman McFarland (1903) was born. (1870-1935)

On July 18,1902, veteran OF Herman McFarland was purchased along with Pitcher Jack Katoll by the Baltimore Orioles from theWhite Sox. The veteran MLB Outfielder appeared in 103 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .243 with 5 HRs and 45 RBIs. He was an MLB Player from 1896-1903.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Pi Schwert passed away. (1892-1941)

Pi was a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, who had played college Baseball. He was a member of 1914-1915 Yankees as a Reserve Catcher. He appeared in just 12 games, while hitting .208 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1916-1921. Pius Schwert was elected to Congress as a Democrat from New York in 1938 and served until his death in 1941.

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Dock Ellis (1976-1977) was born. (1945-2008)

On December 11,1975, Starter Doc Ellis was traded by the Pirates along with P Ken Brett and Rookie 2B Willie Randolph to the Yankees for Starter George “Doc” Medich. Dock went 18-9 with 3.92 ERA in 35 games with 8 complete games for the 1976 Yankees, before being traded to Oakland in the Mike Torrez trade on April 27, 1977. At the time of the trade, Dock was 1-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 3 games with 1 complete game for the 1977 Yankees.

1956 - At Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, there are no maybe’s about it, as Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a Grapefruit League pitch from Cardinals hurler Larry Jackson over the LF Wall into the bay. The Yankees top the Cardinals by the score of 4-3. Stan Musial contends, "no HR has ever cleared my head by as much as long as I can remember." Mantle will hit another HR at Al Lang Field on March 20th off of P Bob Mave that also lands in the bay. He will clock a 500-FT HR shot in Miami, 4 days later against the Dodgers.

1958- With the Dodgers and Giants leaving for the West Coast, the Mayor’s Trophy Game status is undecided. A Public Relations representative for NYC Mayor Robert Wagner named William Peer said “The (Mayor’s Trophy) game is a casualty right now. It will remain a casualty unless we get another team here to play the Yanks and split the take.” Meanwhile until the city series was revived with the 1963 NL Mets, the Yankees would play a few in-season exhibitions against MLB teams (Braves, Dodgers and the Giants). The 1957 World Champion Milwaukee Braves appeared at the Yankee Stadium in May of 1958. The Yankees played 2 games against the West Coast Dodgers, an away and home series, that helped raised funds for NYC Baseball Sandlot Program (Yankees share) and injured former Dodgers All-Star Catcher Roy Campanella (Dodgers share). The 1961 Giants would appear at Yankee Stadium in a July night game. The Yankees annual exhibition series against the U.S. Army West Point Cadets Baseball team still continued.

1960- AL All-Star CF Mickey Mantle of the Yankees signs a 1-year MLB player contract worth $65,000. The new deal is a $7,000 cut in pay for Mantle, who had batted .285, while  hitting 31 HRs with 75 RBIs in 144 games for the  AL 3rd place 1959 Yankees. Mantle had led the AL Outfielders in fielding. Also, Mickey was a 1959 AL All-Star team player.

1974- Former Yankees OF/DH Bobby Abreu (2006-2008) was born.

On July 30, 2006, OF Bobby Abreu was traded by the Phillies along with Pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees for 3 Minor League Players: C.J. Henry, Jesus Sanchez, Carlos Monasterios and MLB P Matt Smith. He had been a NL All-Star and Golden Glove Winner with the Phillies. Bobby played in 372 games as a Yankees OF/DH, while hitting .295 with 43 HRs and 243 RBIs. After the 2008 AL season, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Angels. He later played for the Dodgers and Mets before retiring from the MLB. Overall, he played in 2,425 MLB games, while hitting .291 with 288 HRs and 1,363 RBIs. In 1990, the Astros had signed Bobby as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, but he never played for them at the MLB Level.

1978- Former Yankees Reserve OF/Baseball Executive Kevin Reese (2005-2006) was born.

In the 27th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft, the Padres selected OF Kevin Reese. On December 18, 2001, he was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for INF Bernie Castro. He appeared in 12 games for the Yankees, while hitting .385, before being released by the team in 2007. When Kevin’s active playing career ended, when he did not fully recover from his shoulder injuries, he rejoined the Yankees organization as a Minor League Coach. He is now working in the Yankees Player Development Department. On November 3, 2017, Kevin was promoted to Director of Player Development, replacing Gary Denbo, who had left the team moving to the Miami Marlins Front Office. Currently, Kevin is now the Senior Director of Player Development for the Yankees.

1980- Former Yankees Pitcher Rich Hill (2014) was born.

On July 16, 2014, veteran MLB hurler Rich Hill was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 14 games with the team, while posting a 0-0 record with a 1.69 ERA. On October 30, 2014, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. On February 27, 2015, Hill was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Nationals.

1981- Former Yankees, Giants and Cardinals Slugger Johnny Mize and Negro League‘s Pioneer Rube Foster are voted to the Hall Of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Johnny Mize hit an MLB BA lifetime of .312  with 359 HRs during a 15-year MLB playing career with Cardinals, Giants and the Yankees. Johnny Mize had finished his long MLB playing career with the 1949-1953 Yankees, while hitting .264 with 44 HRs and 179 RBIs in 375 games. Rube Foster served as a Pitcher, Manager and Negro League organizer in the 1st quarter of the 20th century.

1990- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ray Shalk (1932) passed away. (1908-1990)

Reserve INF Ray Shalk appeared in 3 games for the 1932 Yankees, while hitting .250. From 1933-1936, Ray played for the Yankees AA team, the Newark Bears (IL). Then he played for several other MLB organizations and Independent teams as well. He did not return to MLB until 1944-1945 seasons with the White Sox. Later, he became a Minor League Manager during the 1946-1949 seasons for the Indians and the Dodgers organizations.

1996- Current Yankees Minor League Reliever Glen Otto was born.

Reliever Otto Glenn was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Rice University (Houston, TX). In 3 seasons with the Yankees Minor League system, he has posted an 7-4 record with a 2.85 ERA in 28 games. He received an invitation to attend the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He did not pitch in 2020 because of COVIDS shutdown of the Minor Leagues. In 2021, he received an invitation to attend the Yankees 2021 MLB Spring Training Camp.

2001-The Yankees formally announced the signing of Cuban defector 3B Andy Morales to a 4-year MLB player contract. Morales will wash out and be waived from his Minor League team by July. The Yankees will try and sidestep his MLB Player contract with proof that his listed age of 26 years is really 29.

2002- The Yankees released former OF Prospect Ruben Rivera for stealing Derek Jeter's mitt out of his Yankees Clubhouse Locker and selling it on the black market for $2,500. There are rumors that Rivera also took other memorabilia items, such as items belonging to Pitcher Roger Clemens, but Clemens denies it. Ruben Rivera had been signed to a 1-year contract for $1 million dollars. He was trying to make the team as extra outfielder.

2011- One of the strongest recorded earthquakes in history rocks Japan, with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean near the city of Sendai, which is also hit by a destructive tsunami caused by the quake. Major Leaguer Players Takashi Saito and Kei Igawa (Yankees) are both from the area most affected and spend the day trying to contact relatives, while MLB Commissioner Bud Selig&nbs****ues condolences on behalf of Major League Baseball. Yomiuri Giants Reserve Catcher Takanori Hoshi will lose 2 grandparents to the Tsunami. The Yankees let Kei Igawa go to Japan to check on his family. He was currently pitching for their AAA team at Scranton (IL).

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

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March 12th

1903- The New York team’s home field is an all-wood park at 168th Street and Broadway. The location prompted Manhattan’s highest spots, giving birth of the team’s nicknamed of the “Highlanders,” with their new ball park being called “Hilltop Park.” The team will play there from 1903 to 1912, before moving to the Polo Grounds, when the teams lease on the land had expired and wasn’t renewed by the land owners. The land lot in 1928 will become the site of new Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. A plaque is place where Homeplate once was to remember, the former ballpark.

1937- Former Yankees 1B/OF Ray “Buddy” Barker (1965-1967) was born. (1937-2018)

On May 10,1965, 1B/OF Ray “Buddy” Barker was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for Reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez. Buddy will hit .222 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs in 176 games for the 1965-1967 Yankees. On July 4,1967, Buddy was traded by the Yankees along with Players to be Named Later and Cash to the Orioles for former veteran AL All-Star Starter Steve Barber. On December 15,1967, the Yankees will send 2 Minor League Players:  INF Chester Trail and Daniel Bailey to theOrioles to complete the trade. Buddy never appears at the MLB level with the 1967 Orioles, he was sent to their AAA team, the Rochester Red Wings (IL).

1939- Former Yankees DH/OF Johnny Callison (1972-1973) was born(1939-2006) 

The Yankees acquired veteran NL All-Star OF Johnny Callison from the Cubs for Cash. He will hit .258 in 72 games in 1972. In 1973, he hit only .176 in 45 games before being released by the team. In 1964, Johnny had hit the game hitting HR at the 1964 MLB All-Star game played at Shea Stadium for the NL squad. He was a member of the 1964 Phillies. Johnny originally came up to the MLB with the White Sox.

1943- Former Yankees DH/OF Jim “Toy Canon” Wynn (1977) was born. (1943-2020)

In the winter of 1976, the Yankees purchased veteran NL Slugger Jim Canon from the Braves for $100,000 Cash. Jim Wynn would hit .143 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs in 30 games for the 1977 Yankees, before being released by the team. In his 1st game with the Yankees, he hit the game winning HR. He would finish the 1977 AL season as a DH with the Brewers.

1954- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (2011-2019) and Former MLB Manager (1998-2001) Larry Rothschild was born.

Larry Rothschild pitched in the Minor Leagues for 11 seasons. He made 7 MLB appearances with 1981 and 1982 Tigers. All of his MLB pitching appearances occurred during September MLB Roster call-ups. In 1981, 4 of the 5 games that he appeared in were against the Indians. After his active pitching career ended, he was a Roving Pitching Instructor for the 1986-1989 Redsbefore becoming the Reds MLB Bullpen Coach for the 1990-1991 NL seasons and then MLB Pitching Coach for another 2 seasons (1992-1993). After spending the 1994 season as a Minor League roving pitching instructor for the Braves organization. Larry was back in the MLB, as a Pitching Coach for the  Marlins from 1995-1997. He became the 1st manager of the new AL expansion team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998; he remained with the club until 2001. In 2002, he became the Cubs MLBPitching Coach and stayed there through the 2010 NL season. In 2011, Larry Rothschild took over as MLB Pitching Coach for the Yankees. After the 2019 AL season had ended, the Yankees let Rothschild go, he was later signed by the Padres to be their 2020 MLB Pitching Coach.

1955- Former Yankees OF Ruppert Jones (1981) was born. 

On November 1, 1979, OF Ruppert Jones was traded by the Mariners along with P Jim Lewis to the Yankees for Pitchers&nbs**** Anderson, Jim Beattie, MLB OF Juan Beniquez and Reserve Catcher Jerry Narron. With the Yankees, Ruppert appeared in 83 games, while hitting .223 with 9 HRs and 42 RBIs. On March 31,1981, Ruppert was traded by the Yankeesalong with OF Joe Lefebvre, Pitchers Tim Lollar and Chris Welsh to the Padres for OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Pacella.

1957- Former Yankees Minor League Coach (2014) and MLB Manager Mike Quade was born. 

Mike Quade was drafted in the 22nd round of 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Pirates. He played 5 seasons of Minor League baseball, finishing with 269 walks against only 241 strikeouts. After playing under long-time Minor League Manager Johnny Lipon at Salem (Carolina League) in 1980, Quade returned at age 25 and 26 for additional Carolina League seasons as a Player/Coach under Johnny Lipon at Alexandria in 1982 and 1983, in order to continue his managerial apprenticeship. In addition to managing for 1 season in the Minor Leagues, Quade was a Coach for the 1987 Jacksonville Expos and the 1988 West Palm Beach Expos in the Montreal Minor League organization. He was the MLB 1B Coach for the Oakland A's from 2000 to 2002. He joined the Cubs MLB Coaching staff for a short part of 2006 NL season as the team's interim 3B Coach (temporarily taking the place of Chris Speier). Beginning in 2007, he became the club's MLB 3B Coach on a full-time basis. The Cubs' Manager, Lou Piniella, had announced that he would retire after the 2010 NL season. However, after taking a leave of absence to be with his ailing mother in August, he decided to retire earlier, leaving the team in the hands of Quade for the remainder of the 2010 NL season. The Cubs played very well under Quade, going 24-13, giving him a shot at the full-time managerial job in 2011. He was preferred to Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, among others. Quade was let go as Manager of the Cubs, after a poor 2011 NL season that saw the team finish 20 games, below .500. The Cubs brought in a new front office management team of President Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer, who chose to bring in their own Manager instead of keeping the incumbent Quade.  Mike was a Roving Outfield/Base-running Coordinator for the Yankees organization in 2014. In 2015, he returned to managing with the AAA Rochester Red Wings (IL), the Twins' top farm team.

1962- Former Yankees OF/DH Darryl Strawberry (1995-1999) was born.

 Former NL All-Star OF Darryl Strawberry hit .255 with 41 HRs and 114 RBIs in 231 games for the 1995-1999 Yankees as DH and Reserve Outfielder. In June of 1995, He had been signed by the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent.  Darryl had been released by the Giants in February of 1995. His best Yankees season was in 1998, when he appeared in 101 games, while hitting .247 with 24 HRs and 57 RBIs. He appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees in 1996 and 1998. Strawberry had injury problems as well as a plethora of personal difficulties, including cancer, drugs, legal problems and marital issues during his MLB playing career.

1971- Former Yankees OF/DH Raul Mondesi (2002-2003) was born. 

On July 1, 2002, veteran OF Raul Mondesi was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for Minor League Pitcher Scott Wiggins. Raul hit .250 with 27 HRs and 92 RBIs  in 169 games for the team. On July 29, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Diamondbacks for OF David Dellucci, P Bret Prinz and Minor League C/1B/OF Jon Mark Prowl.

1971- Former Yankees Minor League P Greg Hansell was born.

On March 24, 2003, P Greg Hansell was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He spent the 2003 baseball season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On October 15, 2003, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. 

1973- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher David Lee was born.

On January 3, 2001, P David Lee was traded by the Rockies to the Yankees for Minor League INF Seth Taylor and MLB Reliever Jay Tessmer. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On March 24, 2001, David was traded by theYankees to the Padres for Minor League P Carlos Almanzar, who would go 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games for the Yankees, before being granted MLB Free Agency.

1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Craig Dingman (2000) was born.

On June 3,1993, P Craig Dingman was selected by the Yankees in the 36th round of the 1993 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He appeared in 10 games with no record for the 2000 Yankees. On March 30, 2001, Craig was traded by the Yankees to the Rockies for a Player to be Named Later. The Rockies would send P Jorge De Paula on April 20, 2001 to the Bronx to complete the trade. On June 6, 2002, Craig was sent to the Yankees by the Reds, as part of a conditional deal. He does not appear with the 2002 Yankees at the MLB level; he becomes an MLB Free Agent.

1974- Former Yankees Reserve INF Felix Escalona (2004-2005) was born. 

Felix Escalona appeared in 15 games as a Reserve INF for the Yankees, while hitting just .182. He spent most of his time in the Yankees organization, playing with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Later, he would play in the Independent CANAM League. In 2009, he played in the Italy Pro Baseball league with the De Angelis Godo.

1978- Former Yankees OF Gene Moore (1942) passed away. (1909-1978)

On February 5,1942, the Boston Braves sent OF Gene Moore to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made in December of 1941. On December 9,1941the Braves sent Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for Minor League OF Tommy Holmes. On February 24,1942, Gene Moore was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees.

1993- Former Yankees Pitcher Jacob Lindgren (2015) was born.

Jacob Lindgren was the 55th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round out of Mississippi State University. He had earlier been drafted when he graduated from High School by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2011 Daft, but he chose to attend college instead. In 2014, he signed for a bonus of $1.1 million. Lindgren made a quick rise through the pro ranks. He played for 4 teams in 2014, starting with the GCL Yankees 1 and ending up with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), while also touching base with the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) and Tampa Yankees (FSL). Used strictly as a Reliever, he pitched 19 times in all, with a 2-1 record with a 2.19 ERA and 1 save. In 24 2/3 innings, he struck out 48 batters and walked 13 hitters. Those abundant Ks earned him the nickname "The Strikeout Factory". In 2015, after attending spring training camp with the Yankees, he started the season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), where he made 15 appearances, going 1-1 with a  1.53 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 22 innings before getting the call to the Bronx. He was the 3rd player from the 2014 Draft to make it to the MLB, following Brandon Finnegan and Carlos Rodon, who had both been 1st-rounders. The Yankees were in the middle of their worst losing streak in 20 years - 10 losses in 11 games - when Lindgren got the call to New Yankee Stadium in May of 2015. It was his 1st time in New York, NY and the team had forgotten to give him instructions on how to reach the clubhouse, so he was left to knock on a closed door before a security camera spotted him and a guard established his identity and eventually let him in. He made his MLB Pitching debut on May 25th in relaxed circumstances, as the Yankees had a 14-1 lead over the  Royals when he came in in relief of Starter Nathan Eovaldi in the top of the 8th. He pitched a couple of scoreless innings, walking a pair of batters but he not giving up a hit, while striking out 3 opponents, to finish the win. For the 2015 AL season, Jacob appeared in 7 games for the team finishing with a 0-0 record with a 5.14 ERA. In 2016, he went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 6 games with Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). Lindgren has been designated for the 60-day DL as he had Tommy John surgery last August and he missed the entire 2017 AL campaign. The Yankees released him in December of 2016, he was signed by the Braves. Jacob has not pitch professionally since the 2016 MLB season.

March 13th

1886- Future Yankees INF and Hall of Fame 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker (1916-1919,1921-1922) was born. (1886-1963)

 An excellent 3B and left-handed hitter, Frank Baker will guide the Philadelphia A’s to 3 World Series Championships. Nicknamed "Home Run" during the 1911 World Series, in which he hit a go-ahead HR off of Giants Starter Rube Marquard in Game 2. Then he hit a 9th-inning game-tying HR off of Giants Starter Christy Mathewson in Game 3. Baker will lead the AL in HRs for 4 consecutive seasons, twice he led the AL in RBI’s. Frank Baker hit .363 in 6 World Series with the A’s and the Yankees. Baker was purchased by the Yankees on February 15,1916 from the Philadelphia A’s, after a player salary dispute with A’s Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack in 1915, in which he sat out the season. The Yankees paid $37,500 Cash for the 30-year-old A’s Slugger. He would play 3B for the Yankees from 1916-1919,1921-1922. After his wife Ottalee had passed away, he took the 1920 AL season off to take care of his 2 children. In 1921, Baker returned to the team. Overall, as a Yankees player, Baker hit .288 with 48 HRs and 379 RBIs in 676 games. Overall, in 13 MLB seasons, Baker hit .307 with 96 HRs and 991 RBIs in 1,575 games. Frank “Home Run” Baker will earn Hall of Fame honors in 1955

1922- Former Yankees Reserve OF Cliff Mapes (1948-1951) was born. (1922-1996)

On November 1,1946, OF Cliff Mapes was drafted by the Yankees from the Indians organization in the 1946 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.  Cliff spent the 1947 season with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). The 1947 baseball season was his best career season in the Minor Leagues. Cliff hammered out 167 hits, 107 runs, 27 doubles,11 triples, hitting 21 HRs with 117 RBIs with a .308 BA in 155 games. He led the American Association in RBI’s that season. He won an MLB job with the 1948 Yankees in spring training camp. That season, Mapes had 11 doubles and only 9 singles, making him 1 of only 11 MLB players to ever have more doubles than singles (in 90 or more plate appearances). On July 5,1950, in a sloppy game that featured 18 walks, Mapes drove in 5 runs with a HR and single to pace the Yankees to a 12–8 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Mapes walked twice in the 3rd inning to tie an MLB record. He was also involved in a collision with at 2B with Eddie Joost in the 7th inning, in which Joost tore ligaments in his left knee. On August 11,1950, Mapes replaced Joe DiMaggio in CF, who was benched for the 1st time in his MLB Player career. Cliff met the challenge of replacing the “Yankee Clipper” by hitting a 7th-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7–6 win over the A's. In 1950, Cliff had his best season in the MLB; he had 88 hits, 60 runs, 14 doubles, 6 triples, 12 HRs, 61 RBIs and 1 stolen base for a batting line of .247 in 108 games. In the 1949 and 1950 World Series, he had 1 hit (but one that mattered), 3 runs, 1 double and 2 RBIs, while batting .071 in 5 games. He was the last active Yankees player to wear Babe Ruth’s No. 3 uniform. Also, he wore Yankees Uniform No. 7 during the 1951 AL season, the number that Rookie OF Mickey Mantle would get after returning from AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). Mantle had started out his 1951 MLB Rookie season wearing Uniform No. 6. On July 31,1951, Cliff was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for Pitchers Bob Hogue and Lou Slater, 3B Kermit Wahl and Shortstop Tom Upton. Cliff would hit .274 in 56 games for the Browns. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1952 Tigers. Overall, he appeared in 459 games, while hitting .242 with 38 HRs and 172 RBIs.

1937- AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig signs with the Yankees for $38,000 with a $750 signing bonus. In 1936, Lou had hit .354 with 49 HRs and 152 RBIs in 155 games for the Yankees. Gehrig will play his 1st spring training game on March 20th, collecting 2 runs batted in as the Yankees beat the Boston Bees (aka the Braves) by the score of 5-3.

1959- Former Yankees Reserve INF Luis Aguayo (1988) was born.

On July 15,1988, veteran MLB INF Luis Aguayo was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for Minor League P Amalio Carreno. He had played for the Phillies for 9 seasons as a Reserve Infielder. He will appear in 50 games for the 1988 Yankees, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. At the end of the 1988 AL season, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He will sign with the Indians for 1989 AL season. Amalio Carreno had been signed by the Yankees in 1984. He never appeared with the team at the MLB level. He had reached AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) briefly in 1988. The Phillies would assign him to AA Reading Phillies (EL). He will appear in 3 games with no record with the 1991 Phillies.

1963- Former Yankees INF Mariano Duncan (1996-1997) was born.

The Yankees signed veteran INF Mariano Duncan as an MLB Free Agent on December 11, 1995. He hit .340 with 8 HRs and 56 RBIs in 109 games in 1996. He hit .313 in the ALDS, but he went just 1-for-19 in the World Series, as the Yankees defeated the Braves in 6 games. Mariano appeared in 50 games hitting .244 with 1 HR and 13 RBIs, before being traded by the Yankees on July 29,1997 to the Blue Jays for Minor League OF Angel Ramirez. Overall, as a Yankees Player, Mario appeared in 159 games for the team, while hitting .311 with 9 HRs and 69 RBIs.

1991- Former Yankees Minor League P Manny Banuelos was born.

Manny Banuelos signed with the Yankees in 2008. He debuted with them the same year, going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA for the GCL Yankees. After a strong start with the 2009 Class A Charleston Riverdogs (SAL), the Mexican southpaw was chosen for the 2009 MLB Futures Game. In 2011, Banuelos attended the Yankees MLB Spring Training camp for the 1st time, He impressed with his poise and polish after pitching a perfect inning against the Tigers and 2 scoreless frames against the Red Sox in his 1st taste of Grapefruit League action. In 2011, he won the James P. Dawson Award for being the best Yankee Rookie in the 2011 MLB spring training camp. However, his pro career would then hit a snag, as he made only 7 starts for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2011, going 2-2, with a 4.19 ERA. Then he was limited to 6 starts for the same team the next season. He then missed the entire 2013 season. Manny had to re-establish himself from scratch in 2014. He began that season with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), making 5 starts, but pitching only 12 1/3 innings, then he moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). In 17 games, including 16 starts, he was kept on a short leash, pitching 49 innings, but he began to show results, with only 40 hits allowed and 44 strikeouts. He was then back at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to end the 2014 season, making another 4 starts and pitching 15 innings. Altogether, he was 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 76 2/3 innings of work in 26 games of which 25 were starts. Having now shown that he was back healthy, the Yankees traded him traded to the Braveson January 1, 2015, in return for 2 Relievers with MLB experience: David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve. With the 2015 Braves, he made 6 starts in 7 games, while posting a 1-4 record with a 5.13 ERA. On August 14, 2016, he was released by the Braves. On August 18, 2016, the Angels signed Manny as an MLB Free Agent. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the Angels in the winter of 2017. He would be signed by the Dodgers. On November 1, 2018Manny was traded by the Dodgers to the White Sox for Minor League INF Justin Yurchak. With the 2019 White Sox, he went  3-4 with a 6.93 ERA in 16 games, they would grant Manny MLB Free Agency. In 2020, he was picked by the Mariners, he did not pitch for the team in 2020. He has a 4-8 MLB pitching record with a 6.31 ERA in 23 MLB games.

1994- Former Yankees Catcher Buddy Rosar (1939-1942) passed away. (1914-1994)

In 1934, the Yankees signed Catcher Buddy Rosar, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1938, he had hit .387 with the AA Newark Bears to win the International League Batting Title despite missing several weeks of play, after being hit on the head by a pitched ball. In 1939, he reached the Majors with the Yankees. Buddy hit for the cycle in a July 19,1940 game against the Indians. Rosar was the Reserve Catcher for Starter  Bill Dickey on the Yankees. In 1942, Buddy was selected to the AL All-Star team. On December 17,1942, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Roy Cullenbine to the Indians for OF Roy Weatherly and INF Oscar Grimes. As a Yankees player, Buddy had appeared in 252 games, while hitting .273 with 7 HRs and 119 RBIs. He had appeared in the 1941-1942 World Series for the team playing in 2 games with 1 hit. He spent 1943-1944 AL seasons with the Tribe, before he was traded to the Philadelphia A’s. Buddy played for the 1945-1949 A’s and the 1950-1951 Red Sox during his 13-season MLB playing career. Overall, he appeared in 988 games, while hitting .261 with 18 HRs and 367 RBIs.

2000- Former Yankees Reserve INF Harry Bright (1963-1964) passed away. (1929-2000)

In 1946, the Yankees signed INF Harry Bright as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1947, the Yankees in a Minor League transaction sold him to Chicago Cubs.  He play for several MLB Organizations before reaching the MLB with the 1958 Pirates. Harry played for the new AL Expansion Team, the Washington Senators from 1961-1962. The Senators traded him to the Reds in November of 1962. The Yankees acquired Harry from the Reds in April of 1963 to back up their MLB Infield off the bench. His addition to the Yankees 40-Man MLB Roster cost the Yankees a young Minor League OF named Curt Belfry, who was playing at Greensboro. The Orioles immediately claimed Curt Belfry from the Yankees organization. Harry was a good field, no-hit player, who could play a lot of positions, including Catcher. He hit .236 in 1963, but he missed most of the 1964 AL season due to various injuries. Overall, as Yankees player, Harry hit .235 with 7 HRs and 23 RBIs in 64 games. On September 11,1964, Harry was released by the Yankees. He would finish his MLB Playing career with the 1965 Cubs. In 1966, he became a Minor League Manager for the Cubs organization.

2008- Longtime New York Yankees fan, Hollywood Actor and Comedian 59-year-old Billy Crystal makes an appearance in a MLB spring training game, playing for the Yankees. He strikes out on a full count from hurler Paul Maholm, after hitting 1 ball just foul.

2015- Former Yankees President/General Manager and AL All-Star MLB Player Al Rosen (1978-1979) passed away.  (1924-2015)

Al Rosen was an AL All-Star 3B with the 1947-1956 Cleveland Indians. He played in 1,044 MLB 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, RBIs with 145, slugging percentage of .613, he finished 2nd in AL batting with a .336 mark. He was named the 1953 AL Most Valuable Player. After the 1956 AL season and retiring as an active player, Al joined the Indians front office staff.  After Yankees President and GM Gabe Paul left the team in the fall of 1977, Al Rosen took over as the Yankees President and General Manager duties after personnel moves including bringing in Bob Lemon as Manager to replace Billy Martin during the 1978 AL East race, allowed the Yankees to catch the Red Sox who had a 14-game lead over them and win the AL pennant. He made  several key personnel moves bringing in players like Gary Thomasson and Jay Johnstone to help the team, when injuries occurred to the Yankees regular players. Al Rosen  would serve as the President of the Yankees from 1978-1979. Then he left the Yankees organization in 1979 to take the position of the General Manager 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. 


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