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

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March 14th

1894- Former Yankees Reserve OF Gene Layden (1915) was born. (1894-1984)

On July 20,1915, OF Gene Layden was purchased by the Yankees from Columbia (South Atlantic League). He appeared in only 3 games for the 1915 Yankees, while hitting .286. He would play in the Minor Leagues until 1928.

1922- Former Yankees OF Danny Hoffman (1906-1907) passed away. (1880-1922)

On April 29,1906, OF Danny Hoffman was traded by the Philadelphia A’s to the Yankees for the rights of veteran Outfield Dave Fultz. He hit .254 in 236 games for the Yankees. On November 5,1907, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Hobe Ferris and INF Jimmy Williams to the St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, OF Charlie Hemphill and INF Harry Niles.

1944- Former Yankees Reserve OF /1B John Miller (1966) was born.

In 1962, the Yankees signed OF/1B John Miller as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in only 6 games for the 1966 Yankees, while hitting just .087. He hit a HR at his 1st MLB at bat with the Yankees. He would be traded to the Dodgers, where he hit a HR in his last MLB at bat. Overall, he appeared in only 32 MLB games, while hitting .164 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. John would go on to play pro baseball in Japan with the 1970-1972 Chunichi Dragons (JPCL). He appeared in 382 games for the team, while hitting .245 with 79 HRs and 222 RBIs

1956- Former Yankees C/DH/1B Player and Minor League Coach Butch Wynegar (1982-1986) was born.

On May 12,1982, Catcher Butch Wynegar was traded by the Twins along with P Roger Erickson to the Yankees for Pitchers John Pacella, Pete Filson, Reserve INF Larry Milbourne and Cash. His best Yankee player season was in 1983, when he hit .296 with 6 HRs and 42 RBIs in 94 games. Overall, Butch hit .259 with 27 HRs and 168 RBIs in 449 games for the 1982-1986 Yankees. On December 19, 1986, he was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for a Player to be Named Later and P Ron Romanick. The Angels would send P Alan Mills on June 22,1987 to the Yankees to complete the trade. After his MLB playing career ended, Wynegar became a Minor League Manager. He was the Texas Rangers Roving Minor League Batting Instructor from 1998 to 2002. He joined the Milwaukee Brewers as MLB Batting Coach in 2003. After the 2006 AL season, Wynegar moved to the Yankees Minor League organization. He was Hitting Coach of the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL) from 2007 to 2011, the Empire State Yankees in 2012 and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) in 2013-2014. Wynegar moved to the Pirates organization with the AA Indianapolis Indians as Hitting Coach in 2015-2017, then he moved to the Class A Bradenton Marauders (FSL) in 2018.

1965- Former Yankees Starter Kevin Brown (2004-2005) was born.

On December 13, 2003, veteran MLB Starter Kevin Brown was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Starter Jeff Weaver, Minor League Players: Pitchers Yhency Brazoban, Brandon Weeden and Cash. He posted a 14-13 record with a 4.95 ERA in 35 games for the 2004-2005 Yankees. After the 2005 AL season had ended, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 211-144 record with 3.28 ERA in 486 games.

1966- Former Yankees OF Lee Magee (1916-1917) passed away. (1899-1966)

Outfielder Lee Magee was purchased by the Yankees from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for $22,500 Cash. He played for the team in 1916 and 1917. He hit .257 for the Yankees. On June 28, 1916, Magee collected a record-tying 4 assists in the Outfield. The next day, he was caught stealing 3 times by the A’s; not until Rickey Henderson in 1982 would another AL runner be cut down 3 times in a game. On July 15, 1917, he was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans, he finished the 1917 AL season with the Browns. In 1920, Lee Magee was banned from organized baseball by MLB Commissioner Judge Landis, after being involved in gambling charges over betting on games with former Reds teammate 1B Hal Chase, while they were both playing for the 1918 Reds.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jalal Leach was born.

On June 4,1990, OF Jalal Leach was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 4,1995, he was drafted by the Montreal Expos from the Yankees organization in the 1995 Minor League Player Draft. In 2002, he returned to the Yankees organization as Minor League Free Agent, playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL); while appearing in 92 games; hitting .251 with 7 HRs and 28 RBIs. In the Fall of 2002, Leach was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He would later play in the Independent Leagues and finishing his active playing career in Mexican Leagues. His MLB playing career consisted of just 8 games with the 2001 Giants, hitting just .100 with No HRs and 1 RBI.

1977- The Yankees traded Reserve OF Terry Whitfield to the Giants for veteran MLB INF Marty Perez. Terry Whitfield was out of Minor League options, the team had to traded him or lose him. He had appeared in just 31 games with the 1974-1976 Yankees, hitting .267 with No HRs and 7 RBIs. While playing in the Yankees Minor League system, Terry had won 2 Minor League Player of the Year Awards. In 1971, he won the Appalachian League Award, while playing for the Johnston City Yankees and in 1973, he was named winner of the Carolina League Award, while playing for the Kingston Eagles. Terry will play in the MLB for 10 seasons. Also, he played in Japan (1981-1983) as well. He finished with a MLB .281 BA with 33 HRs and 179 RBIs in 730 games with the Yankees, Giants and the Dodgers. Reserve INF Marty Perez only appeared in 1 game for the 1977 Yankees, going 2 for 4, before he was traded by the team. On April 27,1977, he was traded by the Yankees along with veteran MLB Starter Dock Ellis and Reserve OF Larry Murray to the Oakland A’s for veteran MLB Starter Mike Torrez.

1977- Former Yankees Minor League OF Darren Blakely was born.

Before the start of the 2001 AL season, OF Darren Blakely was shipped to the Yankees by the Angels for veteran OF/DH Glenallen Hill. Blakely hit .256 in 86 games for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), then he went 6 for 20 for the AA Norwich Navigators (EL). On the July 31st MLB Trading Deadline, the Yankees traded him along with P Brett Jodie to the Padres for veteran MLB hurler Sterling Hitchcock. He was assigned to the Mobile BayBears, he fell to .217 BA in 28 games. Overall, he had 18 HRs, 7 triples, 31 steals in 48 tries and 139 strikeouts for the well-traveled season.

1980-Former Yankees Reserve OF Al Wickland (1919) passed away. (1888-1980)

 On June 10,1919, OF Al Wickland was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later. Al had come up to the MLB with the 1913 Reds. In 1914, he jumped from the NL to the Federal League, playing for the 1914 Chicago Chi-Fields, 1915 Chicago Whales and the 1915 Pittsburgh Rebels. He spent the 1916-1917 seasons playing in the Minor leagues. He would return to the MLB with the 1917 Boston Braves. Al would appeared in 26 games as a Reserve Outfielder for the 1919 Yankees, while hitting .152 with No HRs and 1 RBI. He would spend the 1920-1922 baseball seasons playing for the AA Toledo Mud Hens (American Association) before retiring as an active player.

1997- Current Yankees Minor League OF Brandon Lockridge was born.

Outfielder  Brandon Lockridge was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Troy University (Troy, AL). In 2018, he played for the Staten Island Yankees (NYPL) and the Yankees West in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. In 2019, he played his 1st full pro baseball season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), appearing in 121 games, while hitting .251 with 12 HRs and 56 HRs. He was invited to the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training camp. He did not play in 2020 due to COVIDS-19.

2003- Able to maintain the organization's "long standing philosophy", which lets Cablevision customers choose whether or not to receive paid programming, the cable giant agrees 1-year interim deal to offer YES Network to New York Yankees fans for a fee ending a bitter and costly year-long feud. The arrangement makes YES Network a premium channel instead of basic cable channel, which the new network had previously mandated and would have made every subscriber pay for the channel regardless of the viewer's choice.

March 15th

1889- Former Yankees INF/OF Charley Mullen (1914-1916) was born. (1889-1963)

On June 25,1914, INF/OF Charley Mullen was traded by Lincoln Tigers (Western League) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and Cash. He had been a Player/Manager with the 1913-1914 Lincoln teams. On July 1,1914, the Yankees sent 1B Harry Williams to Lincoln Tigers to complete the trade. Charley Mullen hit .264 with No HRs and 69 RBIs in 192 games for the 1914-1916 Yankees. After leaving the Yankees, he became a Minor League Manager in the Pacific Coast League, managing the 1919 Seattle Rainers and the 1921 Tacoma Tigers.

1898- Former Yankees Pitcher Wilfred “Rosy” Ryan (1928) was born. (1898-1980)

Veteran NL Starter Rosy Ryan appeared in only 3 games for the 1928 Yankees with no record. He had previously pitched for the 1919-1924 Giants, then for the 1925-1926 Braves. From 1941 to 1965, he was a long-time Minor League Manager in the Giants organization.

1904- Former Yankees MLB Scout Henry Dotterer was born. (1904-1990)

Father of Dutch Dotterer, MLB Catcher (1957-1961) and Tom Dotterer, Minor Leaguer (1954-1963). Grandfather of Mike Dotterer drafted by the Yankees in 1979, 1983 and the A’s in 1982. Dotterer was a Minor League Player from 1929 to 1933. Henry became an MLB Scout after an injury during spring training camp in 1933. He worked for the 1947 AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), 1949-1961 Reds, 1962-1974 Indians and the 1977-1985 Yankees.

1915- Former Yankees Minor League INF Don Lang was born. (1915-2010)

On December 30,1940, INF Don Lang was traded by the Reds along with $20,000 Cash to Yankees for veteran Starter Monte Pearson. Don did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1941, he will play for the Yankees AA Newark Bears (IL). In 1942, Don moved over to the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association.) On November 2,1942, Lang was drafted by the Red Sox from the Yankees organization in the 1942 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. In 1946, the Red Sox will trade Don to the Cardinals. In 1948, he will to return to the MLB with the Cardinals appearing in 117 games as a 3B, while hitting .269 in his final MLB playing season.

1919- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Ray Fisher to the Reds for undisclosed amount of cash. 

Before the start of the 1910 AL season, Ray Fisher was purchased by the Yankees from Hartford (Connecticut League). Ray went 76-78 with a 2.91 ERA in 214 games with 5 saves for the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1915, when he posted an 18-11 mark. He would battle tuberculosis for the next 2 years. Ray missed the Yankees 1918 season due to military service for WWI at the age of 31. On March 15,1919, Ray was selected off waivers by the Reds from the Yankees. Fisher went 24-16 with a 2.47 ERA and 2 saves in 59 games for the 1919-1920 Reds. He appeared in 1919 World Series with the Reds, losing 1 game to the White Sox. In an MLB Player contract dispute with Reds front office, Ray left the team to become a longtime College Baseball Coach. MLB Commissioner MLB Judge Landis unfairly banish Ray from organized baseball for his actions. He would later he reinstated by MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in the 1980’s. Ray’s final MLB Pitching career record was 100-94 record with a 2.82 ERA and 7 saves in 278 games.

1944- Former Yankees Reliever Wayne Granger (1973) was born.

On August 9,1973, Veteran MLB Reliever Wayne Granger was obtained from the Cardinals for 2 Minor League Players to be Named Later.  On September 12,1993, the Yankees sent AAA hurler Ken Crosby to Cardinals. The 2nd player was never sent to St. Louis, the 2 teams had settled on a cash agreement instead. Granger went 0-1 with 1.76 ERA in 7 games for the 1973 Yankees, before being released during the Yankees 1974 MLB Spring Training Camp. The White Sox would pick him up for the 1974 AL season.

1945- With World War II travel restrictions still in effect, the Brooklyn Dodgers open spring training camp at Bear Mountain, New York, with 15 players in camp. Seven teams - the St. Louis Browns, Tigers, Reds, Indians, Cubs, Pirates and the White Sox – are holding their spring training camps in Indiana, the most of any state. The Yankees move their MLB spring training camp south from Asbury Park, NJ (Monmouth County) to Atlantic City, NJ, using Bader Field to play their spring games. The Giants are still training in Lakewood, NJ (Ocean County). The Red Sox are located at Tufts College, while the Braves are prepping at the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut.

1946- Former Yankees All Star OF Bobby Bonds (1975) was born. (1946-2003)

On October 22, 1974, the Giants traded NL All-Star OF Bobby Bonds to Yankees for AL All-Star OF Bobby Murcer. Both players were only 28 years-old. This trade was very unpopular with both team’s fans. Bobby Bonds will hit .270, while slugging 32 HRS with 85 RBIs along with 30 stolen bases in 145 games for the 1975 Yankees. On December 11,1975, he was traded by the team to the Angels for OF Mickey Rivers and Pitcher Ed Figueroa.

1960- Former Yankees 3B Mike Pagliarulo (1984-1989) was born.

In 1981, the Yankees in the 6th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected 3B Mike Pagliarulo. He was the Yankees regular 3B from 1985-1989, while hitting .229 with 95 HRs and 337 RBIs in 703 games. He had dropped off in his BA and HR Production, during the last 2 seasons with the team. On July 22,1989, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Don Schulze to the Padres for P Walt Terrell and a Player to be Named Later, which would be former Yankees Pitching Prospect Freddie Toliver. Mike is currently a baseball sports writer.

1976- Former Yankees 3B/1B Kevin Youkilis (2013) was born.

On December 11, 2012, AL All-Star 3B Kevin Youkilis signed a 1-year contract with the Yankees for $12 million, where he was expected to fill in for the injured AL All-Star 3B Alex Rodriguez, who is recovering from off-season hip surgery. Youkilis had played for the Red Sox, until he was traded to the White Sox during the 2012 AL season. Kevin suffered back injuries which limited his 2013 Yankee season to just 28 games, he hit just .219 with 2 HRs and 28 RBIs. In October of 2013, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would sign a player contract to play in Japan for the 2014 baseball season, Kevin retired from pro baseball because of injuries, returning back to the US.

1982- Former Yankees Minor League INF/DH Jorge Vazquez was born.

In 2009, Jorge Vazquez was player from the Mexican League, who was signed by the Yankees. He played for the 2009 AA Trenton Thunder (EL) appearing in 57 games, while hitting .329 with 13 HRs and 56 RBIs. In 2010, he played for AAA Scranton team (IL), while appearing in 118 games, hitting .262 with 32 HRs and 93 RBIs. He never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. In 2011, he returned to Mexico Leagues to continuing his pro baseball career there.

1982- Former Yankees Minor League P Steve Jackson was born.

Steve Jackson was traded by the Diamondbacks along with INF Alberto Gonzalez, Pitchers Ross Ohlendorf and Luis Vizcaino to the Yankees for MLB All-Star Starter Randy Johnson. In 2007, Steven struggled with the AAA Scranton Yankees (4-8 record with a 5.87 ERA) and the AA Trenton Thunder (0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA and 1 save). For the Peoria Javelinas (AFL) that fall, he had a 0-1 record with a 5.63 ERA, but he fanned 19 batters in 16 innings. Steven split 2008 baseball season between AA Trenton (1-3, 2 Saves, 5.74 ERA in 15 Games) and AAA Scranton (3-0, 4 Saves, 3.17 ERA in 34 Games, 54 K in 48 1/3 IP).  He started 2009 season with Scranton; he allowed 3 runs in 14 1/3 IP and saved 1 game. He was called up to the Yankees, but he did not pitch in a game for them. Then they placed him on waivers, the Pirates would claim him.

1990- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher (1940) and long-time MLB Scout Ed Dunn passed away. (1919-1990)

Ed Dunn was 7 for 31 as a Catcher for the 1940 Amsterdam Rugmakers (Canadian-American League) in the Yankees Minor League system. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He later scouted for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins from 1959 to 1990, signing future MLB Players: Dave Boswell, Randy Bush, Lenny Webster and Willie Banks among others.

1993- Current Yankees Minor League OF Greg Allen was born.

Outfielder Greg Allen was a 6th-round draft choice by the Indians in the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft, out of San Diego State University. On September 1, 2017, He made his MLB player debut with the Indians with the Indians in the middle of a record-setting 22-game winning streak. He hit .229 in 25 games the rest of the way. He was on the team's postseason roster, being used twice in the Indians' loss to the Yankees in ALDS, once as a defensive replacement in center field and once as a pinch-runner. On May 27, 2018, he put an end to an epic contest between the Indians and Astros by leading off the bottom of the 14th inning with a walk-off HR off of Reliever Brad Peacock for a 10-9 Tribe win. The Astros had scored 6 times in the 8th and the Indians 5 times in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings, and the 2 teams had traded solo HRs in the 13th before Allen ended the game. He hit .257 in 91 games with 36 runs scored and 21 steals in 25 attempts as the Indians' most used centerfielder. However, he was relegated to the bench in the postseason, grounding into a double play in his only at-bat against the Astros in the Division Series. In 2019, he played another 89 games but his BA fell to .229 with 4 HRs and 27 RBIs. His OPS+ fell as well, from a poor 77 to a close-to-awful 65 as the Indians missed the postseason after three straight appearances. He was displaced by Rookie Oscar Mercado as the most-used centerfielder, as his lack of offensive production was too much to carry in the starting line-up on a regular basis. Still, his speed and defensive skills meant that he had some value as a back-up. He started 2020 as an extra outfielder, although he hardly ever came to the plate: just 28 times over his 1st 15 games, during which he hit .160. On August 31st, he was traded to the  Padres, heading home in the blockbuster deal in which he accompanied P Mike Clevinger and a Player to be Named Later in return for 6 players - Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Austin Hedges, Gabriel Arias, Owen Miller and Joey Cantillo. He only appeared in 1 game for the Padres after the trade, going 0 for 1, but reaching base 3 times with a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch. He still made the team's postseason roster and played 1 game of the Division Series against the  Dodgers as a defensive substitute in left field. On January 6, 2021, he was traded to the Yankees for Minor League P James Reeves. During 2021 MLB Spring Training camp, the team place him on Designated for Assignment. He cleared waivers returning to team under a Minor League contract.

2010- Former Yankees Reliever Ken Holcombe (1945) passed away. (1918-2010)

Before the start of 1941 NL season, the Cardinals sent P Ken Holcombe to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. Ken had 3 good seasons with the 1942-1944 AA Newark Bears (IL). After winning 17 games for the Bears in 1944, he made it to Yankee Stadium in 1945. He did some effective work out of the Yankees bullpen, posting a 3-3 record with an excellent 1.80 ERA in 23 appearances. Holcombe was back in the Minor Leagues in 1946, pitching with the AA Newark Bears and the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association), but he did not pitch well. On November 1,1946, he was drafted by the Pirates in the 1946 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. The Pirates did not like what they got, so they sent Ken back to the Yankees during spring training camp. On April 15,1947, he was purchased by the AA Sacramento Solons (PCL). Ken would later pitch for the Reds, White Sox and the Red Sox before retiring from baseball in 1954.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Sanford (1949-1951) passed away (1919-2010).

Before the start of the 1939 AL season, the St. Louis Browns signed hurler Fred Sanford as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was assigned to the Youngstown Browns (Middle Atlantic League). He promptly went 9-17 with a 5.08 ERA his 1st season. Fred would spend the next 4 years in the Minors with reasonable success with a 46-44 record, with a 3.37 ERA.  A right-hander who was with the Browns for 3 games before spending 2 years in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, Fred shut out the Yankees on September 15, 1946 in his 1st MLB start. As part of the 1947 Browns' starting rotation, he posted a 7-16 record. In 1948, he was 12-21 for the Browns, leading the AL in losses. Sanford had handed the Yankees a pair of critical defeats late in the 1948 AL Pennant race. On December 13,1948, Fred was traded by the Browns along with Reserve Catcher Roy Partee to the Yankees for Catcher Sherman Lollar, Pitchers Red Embree, Richard Starr and $100,000 Cash. Fred went 12-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 66 games with the 1949-1950 Yankees. A lot was expected from the Utah native in the Bronx by the NYC sports media. Yankee fans were soon all over him when it was apparent, he wasn't going to succeed. He did have winning records of 7-3 and 5-4 in his 2 full seasons with the Yankees, but he wasn't used in either the 1949 or the 1950 World Series by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. Overall, Fred went 12-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 66 games with the 1949-1950 Yankees. New York Daily News sports writer Joe Trimble dubbed him the "$100,000 Lemon." Sanford, who called the 2 seasons with the World Champions "the worst 2 years of my life," On June 15,1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 hurlers: Tom Ferrick and Bob Porterfield to the Senators for veteran AL Pitcher Bob “Sarge” Kuzava. The Senators would send him back to the Browns later that season, the last of his 7 MLB seasons, which concluded with a 37-55 MLB record with a 4.45 ERA in 164 games. Jack pitched 2 more seasons in the Minor Leagues, both with the AAA Portland Beavers (PCL). Fred went 24-20 with a 3.70 ERA. Closing out his 9-season run in pro baseball with a 94-91 Minor League pitching record with a 4.17 ERA in 268 games.

2012- Oft-injured Former Yankees Starter Chien-Ming Wang, slated to be the 2012 Nationals 5th starter, has to leave a Grapefruit League game after landing awkwardly, when he fields a slow grounder off the bat of the Yankees' Russell Martin in the 3rd inning. Wang crumples to the ground after touching 1st base. He has to be assisted to leave the playing field.

2014- The Yankees visit Panama City in tribute to recently retired Closer Mariano Rivera, who is honored before the game. However, the Miami Marlins steal the show as Starter Brad Hand and 3 Relievers combine on a 5-0 no-hitter.

March 16th

1927- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Clint “Scraps” Courtney (1951) was born. (1927-1975)

In 1947, the Yankees signed Catcher Clint Courtney as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Clint appeared in 1 game with the 1951 Yankees before being traded on November 23, 1951 to the St. Louis Browns for P Jim McDonald. Clint’s MLB player career with the Yankees was blocked by presence of AL All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra. He was nick named “Scraps” for the game fights and fines that he collected during his MLB playing career. He was one of the 1st modern MLB Catchers to wear glasses behind the catcher’s mask. He played for the Yankees, Browns, Orioles, White Sox, Senators and the A’s during his 11 MLB season playing career. He appeared in 946 games, while hitting .268 with 38 HRs with 313 RBIs. In 1965, he was an MLB Coach for the Astros. In 1970, he began managing in the Braves Minor League system. On June 16,1975, he died of a massive heart attack, while working as the Manager of the AAA Richmond Braves (IL) in the Braves organization

1932- In St. Petersburg, Fla. at Yankees MLB spring training camp, Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth signs a 1-year player contract for $75,000 and a percentage of the spring exhibition games gate. Legend has it the Bambino signed a blank MLB players contract with the amount filled in later by Yankees Team Owner Jacob Ruppert.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Juan Espino (1982-1983,1984-1986) was born.

On December 26,1974, Catcher Juan Espino was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He batted .219 with 1 HRs and 8 RBIs, while appearing in only 49 games a Reserve Catcher for the Yankees. On March 31,1984, Juan was purchased by the Indians, who assigned him to their AAA team in Portland Guides (ME) for the 1985 International League season. On January 8,1985, he was reacquired by the Yankees from the Tribe. He appeared in 27 games for the 1986 Yankees, hitting only .162 with No HRs with 5 RBIs in his last active MLB season. He would later play in the Mexican League. In 1999, he was the Manager of the AAA Tabasco Ganaderas (Mexican League).

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Charles Hudson (1987-1988) was born.

On December 11,1986, Pitcher Charles Hudson was traded by the Phillies along with P Jeff Knox to the Yankees for INF Tom Barrett and OF/1B Mike Easler. He went 17-13 with a 3.93 ERA with 2 saves in 63 games for the Yankees. On March 23,1989, he was traded to the Tigers for veteran INF Tom Brookens, who would hit only .226 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs in 66 games for the 1989 Yankees before being released by the team.

1978- High-price MLB Free Agent hurler Andy Messersmith separates his shoulder in a spring exhibition game for the Yankees. A 20-game winner both for the Angels and Dodgers, Andy will never win a game for the Yankees. He had run into Yankees 1B Cliff Johnson during an infield play at 1B during the spring training game.

1981- Former Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (2010-2013) was born.

On December 9, 2009, OF Curtis Granderson was traded to the Yankees in a 3-team trade. In the deal, the Yankees received Granderson, while sending hurler Phil Coke and Minor League OF Prospect Austin Jackson to the Tigers. The Diamondbacks received Yankees P Ian Kennedy and Tigers P Edwin Jackson in return for young P Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth, who joined the Tigers. Curtis was named to the 2009 AL All-Star team. In the game, he hit a triple in the top of the 8th inning and eventually scored the winning run. As a Yankee player, Curtis appeared in 513 games, while hitting .245 with 115 HRs and 307 RBIs. He missed most of the 2013 AL season due to injuries, appearing in only 61 games. He hit .229 with 7 HRs and 15 RBIs. At the end of the 2013 AL season, the Yankees granted Curtis MLB Free Agency. He would sign a multi-year deal with the Mets. After the 2019 NL season had ended, Curtis retired from MLB as an active player.

1983- Former Yankees INF Stephen Drew (2014-2015) was born.

After a long contact battle with the Red Sox on May 20th, INF Steven Drew was signed to a contract to finish the 2014 AL season, representing $10 million. Boston was concerned that the young Bogaerts did not have enough range to play the Shortstop position at the MLB level. Drew played his 1st game of the 2014 AL season on June 2nd, starting at his familiar Shortstop position. However, he hit only .176 in 39 games, with the Red Sox, well out of the running for the AL East Crown and Playoffs spot decided to make over their  25=player MLB Roster at the trading deadline on July 31st. Drew was one of the players affected, being sent to the Yankees in return for veteran INF Kelly Johnson in the 1st trade between the 2 rivals since 1997 AL season. He hit even worse for the Yankees, batting just .150 in 46 games while playing mainly 2B, a position he was trying to learn, to finish with a batting line of .162 in 85 games. It seemed like there was no chance to see Drew return to the 2015 Yankees given his poor performance the 2014 season, but with Derek Jeter having retired after the 2014 AL season, the Yankees wanted to have multiple options at the position. They were hoping that young Didi Gregorius, acquired in a trade during the off-season, would claim the job, but they were hedging their bets. Thus, veteran INF Brendan Ryan was kept around and Drew was re-signed by the team to a 1-year deal in January. It was also likely that he would see action at 2B, a position for which the Yankees did not have any veteran players. Stephen appeared in 113 games for the Yankees hitting only .201 with 17 HRs and 44 RBIs. However, he suffered a concussion in the final days of the 2015 AL season and was not available to start the ALWCS, which the Yankees lost to the Astros as Rookie Rob Refsnyder manned 2nd base. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. The Nationals would sign Drew for the 2016 NL season. After playing with Nats again in 2017, he will retire from the MLB.

2012- The Yankees announced they have re-signed veteran Andy Pettitte to a 1-year Minor-League contract with an invitation to the 2012 MLB Spring Training Camp. Pettitte, 39, owns an MLB Pitching career record of 240-138 (.635) with a 3.88 ERA (3,055.1 IP, 1,317 ER) in 479 starts over 16 seasons with the Yankees (1995-2003 and 2007-2010) and the Astros (2004-2006). He is 1 of just 26 pitchers all-time to be 100-or-more games over .500. Of the 19 Hall of Fame-eligible pitchers who have reached that plateau, only “Parisian” Bob Caruthers, who went 218-99 from 1884-1892, is not enshrined in the Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Originally selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 1st-Year Player Draft. Andy has pitched 13 seasons with the club, going 203-112 with a 3.98 ERA (2,535.2 IP, 1,122 ER) and 1,823 strikeouts in 405 games (396 starts). In Yankees team history, he ranks 2nd in strikeouts and starts, 3rd in wins, 4th in innings pitched and 8th in appearances (405). He has appeared in 8 career World Series (7 as a Yankee), winning World Championships with the Yankees in 1996, 1998-2000 and in 2009. Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, going 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 42 career starts. He also ranks 1st all time in postseason starts and innings pitched (263.0) and is tied for 2nd with 173 strikeouts. The left-hander last appeared in the MLB with the 2010 Yankees, going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA (129.0 IP, 47 ER) in 21 starts and earning an AL All-Star team selection. His .786 winning percentage was the highest of his MLB pitching career, the best in the AL and the 3rd-highest in the MLB. In the 2010 AL postseason, he went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA (14.0 IP, 4 ER) in 2 combined starts at Minnesota in ALDS Game 2 on October 7, 2010 (W, 7.0 IP, 2 ER) and vs. the Rangers in ALCS Game 3 on October 18, 2010 (L, 7.0 IP, 2 ER).

2020- Former Yankees PH/1B Hank Workman (1950) was born. (1926-2020)

Before the start of the 1948 AL season, the Yankees signed 1B Hank Workman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had been a College Star Baseball player at USC. Hank appeared in only 2 games for the 1950 Yankees, while hitting just .200. Workman would play 6 seasons in the Yankees Minor League system. Then Hank retired from baseball, he would become a successful Lawyer in California.

March 17th- Happy Saint Patty’s Day

1888- Former Yankees Pitcher Edward “Big Ed” Klepfer (1911,1913) was born. (1888-1950)

Ed Klepfer went 0-1 with a 7.53 ERA in 10 games for the Yankees. In July of 1911, Ed was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve OF Mike Fitzgerald and Cash to Sioux City Packers (Western League) for Minor League P Jeff Clarke. Ed would return to the MLB in 1915 to pitch with the White Sox, later with the Indians.

1921- With their MLB spring training camp in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Yankees journey to Lake Charles to play a game against the Cardinals, who are based in Orange, Texas. The game was proclaimed "Ruth-Hornsby Day," but Hornsby hits only a single while Babe Ruth lofts a HR over the short RF fence. The Yankees win the spring exhibition game by a score of 14-5.

1936- Much-heralded Yankees Rookie Outfielder Joe DiMaggio makes his player debut with the team, collecting 4 hits including a triple. The day is marred when the Cardinals win the game by a score of 8-7.

1938- Former Yankees Reserve OF Jimmy Hall (1969) was born.

On April 14,1969, veteran AL OF Jimmy Hall was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians for Cash. He hit .236 with 3 HRs and 26 RBIs in 80 games for the 1969 Yankees. On September 11,1969, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the Cubs for a Player to be Named Later, Minor League P Terry Bongiovanni and Cash. On January 6,1970, the Cubs sent Reserve OF Rick Bladt to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher Tim Lollar (1980) was born.

Tim Lollar was drafted in the 4th round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. Lollar appeared in 14 games with the 1980 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 mark with a 3.34 ERA and 2 saves. With the 1980 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), he had posted a 9-12 record with a 2.73 ERA. On March 31,1981, Tim was traded by the Yankees along with MLB OF Ruppert Jones, Reserve OF Joe Lefebvre and P Chris Welsh to the Padres for MLB OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Pacella.

1956- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Scurry (1985-1986) was born. (1956-1992)

On September 13, 1985, the Yankees purchased veteran NL lefty Reliever Ron Scurry from the Pirates to help out the Yankees bullpen, which needed another lefty reliever to help out Yankees Closer Dave Righetti. Ron had been with the Pirates since 1980, appearing in 257 games, while recording 34 saves. He did have some cocaine drug problems, while playing for the Pirates. Yankees GM Clyde King had him agree to have regular drug testing, while he was pitching for the team. For the 1985 NL season with the Bucs, he had 2 saves in 30 games. He went 1-0 with 1 save for the 1985 Yankees. On December 6, 1986, Reliever Ron Scurry was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. In 1986, he went 1-2 with 2 saves in 31 games for the team. On March 27,1987, Ron was released by the Yankees. In 1992, Ron Scurry died from drug related problems.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League OF/INF and MLB Executive Frank Wren was born.

The Yankees in the 17th round of the 1976 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected OF/INF Frank Wren. He never played for the Yankees at MLB level. He later played in the Montreal Expos organization until 1982. After his active playing career was over, he became a Baseball Executive in the Expos organization. Then Wren served as General Manager of the 1999 Orioles. He worked in the Marlins front office for 8 years. Later, he worked in the 2007-2014 Braves front office. On September 25, 2015, he was hired by new Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski as Vice-President of Baseball Operations, a day after Mike Hazen had been hired to be the team's General Manager. Wren had a strong connection with Dombrowski, who had been his boss in the Expos organization and whom he had followed to the Marlins, when that NL franchise got 1st got off the ground as an MLB Expansion Team.

1961- Former Yankees MLB Scout Hector Rincones was born.

Hector Rincones was a light-hitting Minor League INF, who played from 1978-1986, spending the last 3 years at AAA. He played in the Reds, Dodgers and Royals Minor League systems. Hector later managed in Minor Leagues briefly for the White Sox organization. Later, he was a White Sox MLB Scout, signing Humberto Quintero. Then he was a MLB Scout for the Yankees signing Catcher Francisco Cervelli. In 2012, Rincones was promoted to the position of Mets Venezuelan Scouting Supervisor. He had signed Ezequiel Zabaleta.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jason Maas was born.

The brother of Yankees 1B Kevin Maas, OF Jason Maas reached AAA, but he did not make an appearance with the Yankees at the MLB level. Jason was picked earlier in the draft than his brother, going to the Yankees in the 10th round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He hit .286 with 16 steals in 19 tries in his pro debut for the Oneonta Yankees. He was 10th in the NY-Penn League in average. He helped Oneonta to win their league title. In 1986, he moved up to the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL), putting up a .259 BA, with a team-high 32 steals in 40 tries. Maas split the 1987 season between Fort Lauderdale (.283,17 SB, 4 CS) and the Prince William Yankees (.197 in 45 Games). With Fort Lauderdale, he was a teammate of his brother's, with the 2 posting similar averages (Kevin at .278) and steal totals (Kevin stole 14), but Kevin had significantly more pop (11 HR’s to Jason's 1 HR). While Kevin Maas was selected, as a Florida State League All-Star team member. Jason Maas got the big hit in the FSL championship game for Fort Lauderdale, hitting a 2-run pinch-hit double. In 1988, Jason hit .271 for the Albany-Colonie Yankees (Eastern League) with 8 triples and 15 steals in 20 tries. Returning to Albany in 1989, he improved his BA to .296 with 24 steals in 31 tries and 61 walks. He won yet another Eastern league pennant. Maas was 4th in the EL in average. He was 3rd in OBP. Maas spent his last 2 Minor League seasons with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He hit .248 with 13 steals (never caught) in 1990, splitting time in the Columbus outfield with Van Snider, Oscar Azocar, Hensley Meulens and John Fishel. He began the 1991 IL season with a hot bat for Columbus Clippers, hitting .352 in 30 games. When the Yankees did not promote him (their MLB outfield consisted of Mel Hall, Jesse Barfield, Bernie Williams, Roberto Kelly and Meulens). He asked to be released, to try his chances with another MLB organization. The Yankees refused to release him, so Jason retired from pro baseball. His brother said that the Yankees "never treated [Jason] well" In 630 Minor League games, Jason Maas had hit .273 with over 100 steals. Not a slugger like his brother Kevin, he only had 14 career HRs.

1980- Former MLB Pitcher Bob Hooper (1950-1955) passed away. (1922-1980)

Clippers Note: He was my High School Gym teacher at New Brunswick Senior High School in New Jersey. He was the 1st MLB player that I ever met. He spoke very highly of the New York Yankee players that he had played against during the early 1950’s. In 1969, when he spoke at the Senior Sports Dinner, saying how proud he was to be MLB player, when there were only 16 teams. He felt that expansion and big money was corrupting the game. We talked many times about baseball, it was an honor to meet and know such a man.

Bob Hooper served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He pitched 6 years in the MLB for the Philadelphia A's, Indians, the Reds and another 10 seasons in the Minor Leagues. Before the start of the 1940 MLB season, the Giants signed Bob Hooper. As a 28-yearold Rookie in 1950, he was the Philadelphia A’s closer, posting a 15-10 record with 5 saves. In 1951, he became a starter for the A’s, posting a 12-10 record. With the Cleveland Indians, he was Early Wynn’s roommate. He was on the 1954 Indians, but he didn’t appear in the 1954 World Series against the Giants. His final MLB Pitching career record was 40-41. Bob Hooper managed in the Orioles Minor League system from 1957-1960. Then he was an MLB Scout for the 1963 Mets. One of his Orioles Minor League teams included future MLB Players 3B Brooks Robinson, Pitcher Dean Chance and OF John “Boog” Powell. He was a Physical Education Teacher at New Brunswick Senior High School in Central New Jersey until his retirement in 1979. He died at age 57 from a heart attack in his home.

1978- For a St. Patrick's Day spring exhibition game, the Reds wear special green uniforms, rather than their traditional red, starting an annual ritual. The good luck works and the Reds beat the Yankees by the score of 9-2. The Cardinals, between other teams, will be the next team to follow suit. Although the Reds will never use the uniforms in regular NL season play, the green colors will become a spring training tradition for the team that will last a few seasons.

1985- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Taylor Mattingly was born.

The son of former Yankees Captain Don Mattingly and brother of Preston Mattingly were drafted by the Yankees in the 42nd round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He hit .224 in 24 games, half of them at 1B. His Brother, Preston was in the Dodgers organization.

1988- Recently signed former Cardinals Slugger Jack Clark tears a calf tendon, while hitting a HR for the Yankees in a spring exhibition game. The oft-injured Clark had signed an MLB Free Agent contract with the team on January 6,1988. Clark was expected to be the 1988 Yankees DH, since the team already had AL All-Star Don Mattingly starting at 1B. He will miss the start of the 1988 AL season, but he will return to hit only .242 while hitting 27 HRs with 93 RBIs.

1993- Former Yankees Minor League INF and Manager Joe Abreu passed away. (1913-1993)

Pitcher Joe Abreu was signed by the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) in 1936. He played for the Oaks and the Class B Spokane Hawks (Western International League) in 1937. The next 2 seasons, he played for the AA Oaks (PCL). The next season, Joe played for the Class B Fort Worth Cats (Texas League). He split 1941 baseball season between the Ft. Worth Cats and the AA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association). He made his MLB Player debut on April 23,1942, with the Reds and appeared in 9 games for the team, while hitting .214 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs before he was released to the Yankees AA club, the Newark Bears (IL). He appeared in 30 games for the Bears, while hitting .236. From there, he went into the Navy, where he played baseball in the Army and Navy League in California. When he was released from the Navy in 1946, he was Player/Manager for the Class D Wellsville Yankees (PONY League). In 1947, he managed the Newnan Brownies (Georgia-Alabama League). Then in 1948, he led the Tampa Smokers (Florida International League) and in 1949, he was with the Santa Rosa Cats (Far West League).

1998- Former Yankees Minor League P Milo Candini passed away (1917-1998)

Before the start of the 1938 AL season, hurler Milo Candini was sent from El Paso (Arizona-Texas League) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. He played several years in their Minor League System, pitching on their top AA teams, the Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). His last season in the Yankees farm system, he suffered arm problems and the team gave up of him, despite that he was only 25-years old. On January 29,1943, Milo was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve INF Jerry Priddy to the Senators for P Bill Zuber and Cash. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the Senators during the 1943 AL season, going 11-7. Milo remained with the team through 1949 AL season with the exception of 1945, when he served in the Army during WWII from March 1945 to February 1946. On May 24,1949, Milo was traded by the Senators to AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) for P Lloyd Hittle. On November 17,1949, Milo was drafted by the Phillies from the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) in the 1949 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He pitched for the team for 2 seasons, while posting a 2-0 record. He did not appear with the Phillies in 1950 World Series against the Yankees. He returned to the Minor Leagues in 1952, pitching in the PCL until his retirement from baseball in 1957. His final MLB Pitching career record was a 26-21 record with a 3.92 ERA and 8 saves in 174 games.

2017- The Yankees No-Hit the Tigers in a Grapefruit League game by the score of  3-0. Yankees Starter Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 6 Tiger batters in 4 1/3 innings of work, then Reliever Chasen Shreve completes the 5th inning, then followed by Rookie Starter Jordan Montgomery completes the no-hit feat with 4 perfect innings.

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


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March 18th

Former Yankees Reserve OF John Cooney (1944) was born. (1901-1986)

On June 17,1944, OF John Cooney was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. John only appeared in 10 games with the 1944 Yankees, while hitting only .125 before being released by the team. He later became an MLB Coach for the Braves and the White Sox. During the 1949 NL season, he had briefly managed the Boston Braves.

1928- Former Yankees Minor League Reliever Chi-Chi Olivo was born. (1928-1977)

On November 29,1966, Reliever Chi-Chi Olivo was traded by the Braves along with Rookie OF Bill Robinson to the Yankees for veteran 3B Clete Boyer. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. In the spring of 1967, the Yankees sent Olivo to their AAA team, the Toledo Mud Hens (IL). He previously pitched in the MLB with the 1961,1964-1966 Braves, while posting a 7-6 record with a 3.96 ERA and 12 saves in 96 games. His older brother, Diomedes Olivo had pitched in the MLB with the Pirates (1960,1962-1963.)

 1943- Due to wartime travel restrictions, the 1943 MLB Spring Training Camps begin opening in northern locations of the country. Some of the locales include Bear Mountain, New York (Dodgers), French Lick Springs, Indiana (Cubs and White Sox), Asbury Park, New Jersey (Yankees), Lakewood, NJ (Giants), Medford, Massachusetts (Red Sox) and Wallingford, Connecticut (Braves).

1960- Former Yankees Minor League OF Matt Winters was born.

On June 6,1978, OF Matt Winters was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (24th selection) of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On November 12,1985, he was released by the team. On December 22,1985, Matt was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the White Sox.  On February 13,1986, he was traded by Chicago along with Catcher Chris Alvarez, Pitcher Eric Schmidt and MLB Catcher Ron Hassey to the Yankees for P Neil Allen, Catcher Scott Bradley, Minor League OF Glen Braxton and Cash. He played for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) that season. On October 15,1986, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Matt would finally make his MLB Player debut with the 1989 Royals, appearing in 42 games, while hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs. Matt would later play pro baseball in Japan from 1990-1994 with the Nippon Hamfighters (JPL). He appeared in 637 games for the Nippon team, while hitting .267 with 160 HRs and 428 RBIs.

1962- Former Yankees Reliever Brian Fisher (1985-1986) was born.

On December 5,1984, Minor League Pitcher Brian Fisher was traded by the Braves to the Yankees for veteran Catcher Rick Cerone. He had posted a 9-11 record with a 4.28 ERA for the Braves AAA club, the Richmond Braves (IL).  In 1985, Fisher will post a 4-4 record with 14 saves in 55 games. In 1986, followed up with a 9-5 record with 6 saves in 62 games for the Yankees. Overall, he went 13-9 with the Yankees with 20 saves in 117 games. On November 26,1986, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Doug Drabek and Logan Easley to the Pirates for Pitchers Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher/OF Elmer Bliss (1904) passed away (1875-1962)

Pitcher Elmer Bliss appeared in 1 game for the 1903 Yankees, pitching 7 scoreless innings for his only MLB victory. He came back in 1904 to play 1 inning as a Reserve Outfielder for the team. He returned to the Minor Leagues in 1905, playing until 1910. He later became a Minor League Manager.

1984- Former Yankees Batting Coach Charlie Lau, a renowned MLB Batting Instructor, dies in Key Colony Beach, FL at age 50, after a long bout with colon cancer. (1933-1984)

Before the start of the 1952 AL Season, Catcher Charlie Lau was signed by the Tigers, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in the MLB from 1956 to 1967 with the Tigers, Braves (twice), Orioles (twice) and the A’s. He finished MLB playing career with a .255 BA with 16 HRs and 140 RBIs in 527 games. He became a Minor League Coach and Manager, before joining the 1969 Orioles and the 1970 A’s as an MLB Batting Coach. Charlie Lau earned his MLB Coaching fame as the Kansas City Royals MLB Batting Coach from 1971-1978, where his star pupils were AL All-Star 3B George Brett and Hal McRae. In 7 seasons, 10 of Lau's hitters had .300 batting averages. Charlie wrote a best-selling baseball book, entitled “The Art of hitting .300.”  Then Lau moved to the Yankees for the 1979 and 1980 AL seasons, then he joined the White Sox, officially for the 1981 and 1982 AL seasons. He was also on their  MLB Coaching staff for 1983, but he gave up his official position, so fellow MLB Coach Loren Babe could qualify for his MLB League pension, Babe was suffering from Cancer. While he was working with the White Sox, Lau is credited with the development of AL All-Star Slugger Harold Baines.

1985- MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Fame members Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who had been banned from association with organized baseball by former MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn due to their employment by Atlantic City Gambling Casinos. Ueberroth's ruling will allow both men to pursue employment with MLB teams.

2004- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Pitcher Gene Bearden passed away. (1920-2004)

Before the start of 1939 AL season, the Phillies signed Pitcher Gene Bearden as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In June of 1942, Gene was sent from the Savannah (South Atlantic League) to the Yankees organization in an unknown transaction. Gene had successful seasons with 1945 Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League) going 15-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 23 games. In 1946, he went 15-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 32 games for the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL). He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1946, Gene was traded by the Yankees along with P Al Gettel and OF Hal Peck to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and Reserve INF Ray Mack. He would have 1 good MLB pitching season with the 1948 Indians, posting a 20-7 mark with a 2.43 ERA in 37 games. He would pitch in the MLB with the Indians, Senators, Tigers, Browns and the White Sox. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 45-38 record, while posting a 3.96 ERA and 1 save in 193 games. Gene went 1-0 in 2 games for the Tribe in the 1948 World Series.

2011- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1947-1949) and MLB Manager (1970) Charley Metro passed away. (1918-2011)

Outfielder Charley Metro was Player-Manager for 2 Yankees Minor League teams: 1947 Bisbee Yanks and the 1948-1949 Twin Falls Cowboys. Later, he was MLB Coach for several teams. He was involved with the AL Expansion Team, the Kansas City Royals, helping them prepared for the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. He became the Manager of the Royals in 1970, before being released with a 19-33 team record. He worked with the MLB Scouting Bureau as a National Cross-checker. He spent several years with the Dodgers organization as a Player Talent Evaluator.

2018- The Yankees traded Minor League OF Jake Cave to the Twins for Minor League Pitcher Luis Gil. OF Jake Cave was drafted by the  Yankees in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Kecoughtan HS (Hampton, VA). Cave had been selected in the 2105 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft by the Reds, but he was returned to the Yankees during 2016 MLB Spring Training Camp. He played for the 2016-2017 AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and AAA Scranton (IL) in the Minor League system. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. Minor League Pitcher Luis Gil would be assigned to the Class A Rookie Pulaski Yankees in the Appalachian League.

March 19th

1884- Former Yankees OF Clyde “Hack” Engle (1909-1910) was born(1884-1939)

In August of 1908, OF/3B, Clyde Hack was purchased by the Highlanders from the AA Newark Indians (Eastern League). In his Yankees Rookie season in 1909, he was the Yankees full-time LF, appearing in 135 games, while hitting .278 with 3 HRs and 78 RBIs. He stole 18 bases for the team. Clyde Engle appeared in 140 games for the 1909-1910 Yankees, while hitting .275 with 3 HRs and 71 RBIs. On May 10,1910, Hack was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees. He would play for the Red Sox, then he jumped to the 1914 Buffalo Blues (Federal League). He finished his MLB playing career with the 1916 Indians. After his playing days, he coached the Baseball Team at the University of Vermont. Later, he would coach the Freshman team at Yale University, where the Head Coach of the Varsity Baseball team was his former Red Sox teammate, Pitcher “Smokey” Joe Wood.

1935- Former Yankees Reserve INF Fritz “Fritzie” Brickell (1958-1959) was born. (1935-1965)

Fritz Brickell batted .256 in 20 games with the 1958-1959 Yankees, as a Reserve Infielder. He was the son of former MLB OF Fritz Brickell, who had played for the Pirates and the Phillies (1926-1933). Before the start of the 1953 AL season, the Yankees signed Shortstop Fritz Brickell, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Fritz, who stood just 5'5½", was optioned out to the Class C Joplin Miners (Western Association). The 18-year-old Kansas native got into only 37 games his 1st year, hitting .221. Fritz was in the same league in 1954, but with the St. Joseph Saints, where he played 121 games at shortstop and hitting .306. He would spend the next few seasons in the high minors until he had a look-see in a couple games, with no record for the 1958 Yankees. They gave him another look during the 1959 AL season, when he appeared in 18 games at Shortstop. He hit .256 before being sent back to the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) where he finished out the 1959 baseball season, hitting .247 in 88 games. Brickell stayed in the Yankees organization until April 4,1961, when they traded him to the Angels for veteran MLB hurler Duke Maas. Fritz became the 1st starting Shortstop for the expansion Angels, but he was waylaid by injuries, appearing in only 21 games. He was dispatched by the Angels to the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL), where after he healed a bit, had probably his best season yet, hitting .307 in 108 games and fielding .985, while holding down the 2B position. Fritz was with both the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) and the Louisville Colonels (American Association) in 1962, hitting a combined .234 in 68 games. It was apparent he wasn't his old self and he called it a career after the 1962 baseball season had ended. He had spent 10 years in pro baseball from 1953-1962. Fritz's Minor League records show, that he appeared in 982 games with 3,549 at bats, 979 base hits, including 82 HRs and had a .275 career BA. When he was diagnosed with cancer, “Fritz Brickell Night” was held in August of 1965 at the National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas with his former Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle on hand to stage a hitting exhibition as part of the activities. Fritz died just a few months later on October 15, 1965, at age 30 in his hometown of Wichita.

1940- In an spring exhibition game that might be a spring training record of sorts, the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) pound the Washington Senators by the score of 22-5. The Blues, who are one the 2 AA clubs in the Yankees Minor League system; they collect 23 hits for 46 total bases. Veteran MLB OF Frenchy Bordagaray starts the scoring with a HR in the 1st inning;  veteran MLB INF Jack Saltzgaver hits 3 triples in 3 at-bats with 5 RBIs. Another familiar name, future Yankees hurler/OF Johnny Lindell yields 3 hits in 3 innings, while pitching for the Blues.

1974- in a 5-player, 3-team deal involving the Indians, Tigers and the Yankees, hurler Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord in Cleveland. The Tigers send Jim Perry to Indians and P Ed Farmer to the Yankees, who sent Catcher Jerry Moses to Tigers and the Tribe send P Rick Sawyer and OF Walt Williams to the Yankees. The 1974 AL season will mark the Perry’s 1st season as teammates during their long MLB pitching careers. The Indians had signed Jim, while his brother Gaylord had signed with the Giants to start their MLB Pitching careers. Walt Williams will hit .244 in 125 games for the 1974-1975 Yankees as a OF/DH. The Yankees will release him in January of 1976 to play pro baseball in Japan. The Yankees will assign Pitchers Rick Sawyer and Ed Farmer to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL), Farmer will refuse to report to the AAA team. He will be sold to the Phillies several days later.

1981- Former Yankees Reserve 3B Zinn Beck (1918) passed away. (1885-1981)

On September 20,1917, 3B Zinn Beck was selected by the Yankees from the AA Milwaukee Brewers (American Association) in the 1917 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He had previously played in the MLB with the 1913-1916 Cardinals.  Zinn Beck appeared in only 11 games with the 1918 Yankees with no hits. In February of 1919, the Yankees sent Minor League P Sammy Ross, 3B Zinn Beck and Pitcher Happy Finneran to the AA Vernon Tigers (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on July 19,1918. On July 19,1918, the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later to Vernon Tigers (PCL) for Pitcher Jack Quinn. After ending his active playing career, Zinn Beck became a Minor League Manager.

1989- With AL All-Star OF Dave Winfield sidelined with a disc injury, the Yankees traded Catcher Joel Skinner and Minor League OF Turner Ward to the Indians for veteran MLB OF Mel Hall (1989-1992). Winfield will miss all of the 1989 AL season after undergoing back surgery next week for central disc problems. Mel Hall will hit .260 with 17 HRs and RBIs in 113 games for the 1989 Yankees. Catcher Joel Skinner had been a major disappointment with the bat hitting only .137 in 1987 and .227 in 88 games in 1988. He had been replaced by Don Slaught as the Yankees starting Catcher. OF Turner Ward had played 3 seasons in the Yankees Minor League system. In 1988, he had played for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while hitting .251 with 7 HRs and 28 stolen bases.

2003- Former Yankees Shortstop (1945) and longtime Minor League Team Owner Joe Buzas passed away. (1919-2003)

Joe Buzas owned 82 Minor League teams at some point in a 47-year period. At the time of his death, he owned the Salt Lake Stingers. He was the Opening Day Shortstop for the 1945 Yankees, he badly injured his shoulder during the 1945 AL season, ending his MLB playing career. The 1st Minor League team that he owned was the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (International League).  Joe Buzas was known for turning a profit when times were poor financially in the Minor Leagues.

March 20th

1875- Former Yankees Reserve INF Patrick “Willie” Greene (1903) was born. (1875-1934)

After being obtained by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL), INF Paddy Greene appeared in only 4 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .308. On July 16,1903, he was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for hurler John Deering.

1944- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Blateric (1972) was born.

Steve Blateric was acquired in a conditional deal with the Reds. He appeared in only 1 game with the 1972 Yankees with no record. He was returned to the Reds in the spring of 1973.

1954- Former Yankees Pitcher Paul Mirabella (1979) was born.

On November 10,1978, Paul Mirabella was traded by the Rangers along with Greg Jemison (Minors), MLB OF Juan Beniquez, Pitchers Mike Griffin and Dave Righetti to the Yankees for Reserve INF Domingo Ramos, Catcher Mike Heath, Pitchers Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich and Cash. Paul had won the 1979 James P. Dawson Award for being the best Yankee Rookie in the 1979 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. He went 0-4 with an 8.79 ERA in 10 games with the 1979 Yankees. On November 1,1979, he was traded by the team along with 1B Chris Chambliss and Reserve INF Damaso Garcia to the Blue Jays for Starter Tom Underwood, Catcher Rick Cerone and Reserve OF Ted Wilborn.

1956- On a tear for what will be his finest MLB spring training camp since 1951, Mickey Mantle - facing the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Petersburg yet again - unleashes another tremendous tape-measure HR, this one high over the CF barrier at Al Lang Stadium at least 500 feet long. Cardinals' CF Bill Virdon (future Yankees Manager 1974-1975) says it's the longest HR, he ever saw.

1957- Former Yankees INF Ezra “Salt Rock” Midkiff (1912-1913) passed away. (1882-1957)

Ezra "Salt Rock" Midkiff was the 3B for the 1913 Yankees. He appeared in 104 games, while hitting .208 with No HRs and 23 RBIs. On August 8, 1913, Midkiff was traded by the Yankees along with OF Bert Daniels and $12,000 Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for INF Fritz Maisel. Later, he would manage in the Minor Leagues for 5 seasons.

1958- The Phillies acquired veteran 1B/OF Joe Collins (1948-1957) from the Yankees. Opting not to report to the Phillies Clearwater, Fla. spring training camp, Joe Collins decides to retire from MLB, thereby canceling the deal. Yankee veteran Collins was quoted by the NYC sports media saying that, “I want to be remembered as a Yankee.” He turns down a player contract offered by the Phillies of $100,000. Joe batted .258 with 86 HRs and 329 RBIs in 908 games with the Yankees (1948-1957), never becoming the player that the Yankees had projected him to be.  Manager Casey Stengel used him against right hand pitching. Joe appeared in 7 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .163 with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs in 36 games. During the 1955 World Series opener against the Dodgers, Joe hit 2 HRs in a Yankees 6-5 win. Casey Stengel often referred to Joe Collins as “My meal ticket.” Bill “Moose” Skowron had replaced him as the Yankees regular 1B during the 1956 AL season.

1961- The Yankees announced that the team will opposed any plans that would enabled the new National League Expansion Franchise to use Yankee Stadium. This decision leaves the only the old Polo Grounds, the former home of the NL Giants and 1912-1923 Yankees as the only viable option for the new NL NYC Expansion Team, the Mets. NYC will pass a bond issue to build a new ballpark in Flushing Meadow, NY at the former site of the 1939 New York World‘s Fair. The new stadium will be called “Shea Stadium”, named after William Shea, who was responsible to bringing back a NL team to New York City. The Yankees will play at Shea Stadium during the 1974-1975 AL seasons, while Yankee Stadium is being remodeled and reopen for play in 1976.

1961- In his 1st  MLB Spring Training Camp under new Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, Mickey Mantle crushes a high HR off of Dodgers Pitcher Roger Craig at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Mickey's left-handed drive goes completely out of the ballpark over the RF fence and disappears into the distance.

1984- Former Yankees (1928) and Hall of Fame MLB Pitcher Stan Coveleski dies in South Bend, Indiana at the age of 94. (1889-1984)

Stan Coveleski pitched in the MLB for 14 seasons for the A’s, Indians, Senators and the 1928 Yankees, while winning 215 games, which included 5 twenty-win seasons. On December 21,1927, Stan was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. In 1928, he went 5-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 12 games for the team. He did not appear in the 1928 World Series for the Yankees. After the 1928 World Series had ended, he retired from baseball. Stan had appeared in 2 World Series (1920 Indians and 1925 Senators), while posting a 3-2 record. Stan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.

2006- Two-time MLB All-Star hurler Al Leiter (1987-1989, 2005) announces his player retirement after a 19-season MLB Pitching career at the Yankees MLB spring training camp in Tampa, Fla. Al Leiter was originally signed by the Yankees, later he was traded to the Blue Jays for OF Jesse Barfield. He also pitched for the cross-town rivals the Mets and the Marlins during his 19-season MLB Pitching career.



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