Network Forums The Yankee Dynasty This Week in Yankees History March 21st-27th
Jump Menu:
Post Reply
This Week in Yankees History March 21st-27th
7 months ago  ::  Mar 20, 2021 - 7:24PM #1
Posts: 16,012

This Week in Yankees History March 21st-March 27th Part One

Related image

March 21st

1892- Former Yankees INF Bill Stumpf (1912-1913) was born. (1892-1966)

On September 1,1911, INF Bill Stump was drafted by the Yankees from the York White Roses (Tri-State League) in the 1911 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. At the age of 20, Bill Stumpf played for the Yankees appearing in 54 games, while hitting .234 with No HRs and 11 RBIs. On May 25,1913, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jack Lelivelt to the Cleveland Naps for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, who would become the Yankees new starting Shortstop. The Indians would send Stumpf to Minor Leagues, where he played until 1925.

1897- Former Yankees Reserve OF William “Goodtime Bill” Lamar (1917-1919) was born. (1897-1970)

On August 14,1917,  20-year old OF Bill Lamar was purchased along with INF Chick Fewster and P Hank Thormahlen by theYankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for $20,000 Cash. As a Reserve LF for the 1917-1919 Yankees, he hit .228 with 0 HRs and 5 RBIs in 50 games, before being sold to the Red Sox on June 13,1919. From 1917-1921 and from 1924-1927, he played the outfield in 550 MLB games for the Yankees, Red Sox, Brooklyn Robins (aka Dodgers) and the Philadelphia A’s, while hitting .310 with 19 HRs and 245 RBIs. He pinched-hit in 3 games for the Robins in the 1920 World Series against the Indians.

1936- The Yankees Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training hitting record to 12-for-20 in an 11-2 Yankees victory over the newly named Boston Bees, formerly the Braves. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his 1st MLB spring training and delays his MLB player debut with the Yankees until May. This incident leaves a strain relationship between Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy and Yankees long-time Trainer Doc Bennett.

1939- Former Yankees DH Tommy Davis (1976) was born.

After his MLB Spring Training Camp released by the Orioles, the Yankees signed former NL Batting Champion Tommy Davis. Despite having a good MLB spring training camp with the 1976 Yankees; he was released when Manager Billy Martin decided to carry more pitchers than position players to start the 1976 AL season. In June of 1976, he would be picked-up by the Angels and finish the 1976 AL season with the Royals. In the summer of 1956, Tommy was ready to sign with the Yankees, but a last-minute phone call from Dodgers Star Jackie Robinson changed his mind, so he signed with the Dodgers instead. He was 1962-1963 NL batting Champion. In 1964, a serious ankle injury ended his season; after that injury Davis never regained his excellent playing form.

1957- Former Yankees Minor League Coach and Manager Oscar Acosta was born. (1957-2006)

Oscar Acosta managed in the Yankees farm system with the 1996-1998 AAA Columbus Clippers and the 1999 Lansing Lugnuts. In 2004, he became Manager of the Gulf Coast League Yankees and Latin American Coordinator, positions that he held, when he was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

1974- Recently acquired MLB Reliever Ed Farmer by the Yankees from the Indians on March 19,1974, he is purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees. Ed Farmer had refused to report to the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL); so the Yankees sold him to the Phillies.

1975- Former Yankees and MLB Player OF Joe “Ducky” Medwick (1947) passed away. (1911-1975)

The former Cardinals “Gas House Gang” player was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees on December 11,1946. He wore Yankees Uniform No. 3 in 1947 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. He never appeared in an AL game for the 1947 Yankees, who would release him on April 29,1947. He would finish his MLB long-time playing career (1930-1948) with his old team, the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948. Joe was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1968.

1978- Former Yankees Minor League INF Cristian Guzman was born.

In 1994, the Yankees had signed INF Cristian Guzman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On February 6,1998, he was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Brian Buchanan, Pitchers Eric Milton and Danny Mota and Cash to the Twins for 2B Chuck Knoblauch.

- The Yankees announce that their most celebrated off-season acquisition, 26-year-old MLB Starter Britt Burns will not pitch at all this 1986 AL season because of a chronic deteriorating hip condition. He never again pitches in the MLB. On December 12,1985, Britt Burns was traded by the White Sox along with Minor League Pitchers Glen Braxton and Mike Soper to the Yankees for Catcher Ron Hassey and P Joe Cowley. The Yankees front office officials had advised Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner not to make the deal because of Burns major health concerns, but he ignored their advice.

1994- The Yankees traded Reliever Paul Assenmacher to the White Sox for Minor League Pitcher Brian Boehringer. On July 30,1993, the Yankees had obtained Paul from the Cubs in a 3-team trade that also included the Royals. Paul had appeared in 26 games in relief for the 1993 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 3.12 ERA. Boehringer was assigned to Class A Albany/Colonie (Eastern League) for the 1994 season. He would appear in 56 games for the 1995-1997 Yankees, while posting 5-9 record with 5.54 ERA. He was selected in 1997 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft by the Tampa Devil Rays, who in return traded him to the Padres.

2001- In a trade of highly touted prospects, the Yankees re-obtained 3B Prospect Drew Henson along with Reserve OF Michael Coleman from the Reds for Minor League OF Prospect Wily Mo Peña and Cash considerations.

March 22nd

1903- Advance tickets for the New York Highlanders’ home opener go on sale on the same day the team announces that it will build a new ballpark on 9.6-acre site at 168th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. The site was leased from the landowners, the New York Institute for the Blind. Their new home, would be called “American League Park,” later known as “Hilltop Park” was an all-wood structure with a small cover stand in the infield and open bleachers down the foul lines. It sat approximately 15,000 fans, including on the field, “bring your seat” tickets. Hilltop Park was finished in time for the 1903 AL Season Opener; it remained home for the Highlanders-Yankees until 1912, when the Yankees moved to the Polo Grounds. Their leased on the playing field was not renewed by the current landowners, the New York Institute for the Blind. After a fire at the Polo Grounds in 1911, the Yankees had shared the playing field with the Giants. In 1914, the wooden ballpark was demolished by the current land owners and the land was later sold. The Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, a major NYC hospital, opened up on that location in 1928. A plaque was dedicated to the old Ball Park, where home plate was gives a credit to the 1st field that the Highlanders-Yankees and Giants had played on for their MLB games.

1915- Former Yankees Pitchers Norman “Red” Branch (1941-1942) was born. (1915-1971)

Norman “Red” Branch went 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA with 4 saves in 37 games for the 1941-1942 Yankees. After serving in the military during World War II, Red returned to the Yankees. He pitched in their Minor League system with the 1946 Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) and the AA Newark Bears (IL) before retiring from the game.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Scott Bradley (1984-1985) was born. 

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1981 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Catcher Scott Bradley. He had played college baseball for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.  He appeared in only 28 games for the 1984-1985 Yankees, while hitting just .220 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. On February 13,1986, Scott was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League OF Glen Braxton, MLB P Neil Allen and Cash to the White Sox for C/DH Ron Hassey, OF Matt Winters, 2 Minor League Players: Catcher Chris Alvarez and Pitcher Eric Schmidt.  Scott played in the MLB from 1984 to 1992 with the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners and the Reds. He appeared in 604 games, while hitting .257 with 18 HRs and 184 RBIs. Since 1998, Scott has been the Head Baseball Coach for Princeton University.

1962- At the Yankees 1962 MLB Spring Training Camp, Bronx Slugger Roger Maris declines to pose with HOF Mets BattingCoach Rogers Hornsby in a publicity photo, because he had criticized him in his book “My Wars with Baseball.” Hornsby was jealous of the money that the modern MLB Players were making, using Roger Maris as an example in his book. He called modern MLB players like Roger Maris, a “punk” in his book.

1963- Former Yankees Reliever and MLB Bullpen Coach Rich Monteleone (1990-1993) was born.

On April 29,1990, hurler Rich Monteleone was traded by the Angels along with OF/DH Claudell Washington to the Yankees for OF/DH Luis Polonia. Rich went 17-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 120 games for the Yankees. Later, he became a Pitching Coach (1997-2000) in the Yankees Minor League system. Also, he served as the Yankees 2000-2004 MLB Bullpen Coach as well. Then he spent 4 summers as a Special Pitching Instructor for the Yankees.

1965- Former Yankees OF/DH Glenallen Hill (2000) was born.

Veteran OF/DH Glenallen Hill hit .333 with 16 HRs and 29 RBIs, while appearing in 40 games with the 2000 Yankees. On July 21, 2000, he was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Pitchers: Ben Ford and Oswaldo Mairena. On March 28, 2001, he was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for Minor League OF Darren Blakely.

1972- Former Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle (2006) was born. (1972-2006)

On July 30, 2006, Pitcher Cory Lidle was traded by the Phillies along with NL All-Star OF Bobby Abreu to the Yankees for P Matt Smith, Shortstop C. J. Henry, P  Carlos Monastrios and P/C Jesus Sanchez. He went 4-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 games for the 2006 Yankees. On October 11, 2006, Cory was killed in airplane crash in New York City. His MLB Pitching career record was 82-72 with a 4.57 ERA with 2 saves in 277 games.

1972- In one of the best trades in the Yankees franchise history, the Bronx Bombers acquired Reliever Sparky Lyle from the Red Sox in exchange for 1B/OF Danny Cater and a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would later send Minor League INF Mario Guerrero to the Red Sox to complete the trade. Lyle had gone 22-17 with a 2.85 ERA with 69 saves in 260 games for Boston. The Red Sox were going to use young Bill Lee as Lyle’s replacement in their 1972 bullpen. In 7 seasons with the Yankees, Sparky Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA, winning the 1977 AL Cy Young Award, helping the team to win 2 World Series Championships. Danny Cater had hit .290 for the 1970-1971 Yankees with 10 HRs and 126 RBIs in 276 games. He had always hit well at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.

1987- Former Yankees 1B Ike Davis (2016) was born.

Ike Davis is the son of former Yankees Reliever Ron Davis. He previous played in the MLB with the Mets, Pirates and the A’s.  After the 2015 MLB season, he became an MLB Free Agent. On February 15, 2016, Davis signed a Minor League deal with the Rangers. He was assigned to the AAA Round Rock Express (PCL), where he hit .268 with 12 doubles, 4 HRs and 25 RBIs in 39 games. The Rangers released him on June 12th, so he could sign with the Yankees, who were desperate for a healthy body to place at 1B with Mark Teixeira, Greg Bird, Dustin Ackley and Chris Parmelee, who were all hurt and placed on the DL. He played 8 games for the Bronx Bombers going 3 for 14, when he was DFA; when Mark Teixeira was activated from the DL on June 25th. He accepted to be outrighted to their AAA team, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He hit .217 in 26 games for the RailRiders. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency at the end of the 2016 AL season. On January 26, 2017, Davis signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Dodgers.

2012- New Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine gets an early introduction to the fierce rivalry with the Yankees. After the Sox tie a spring training game at 4-4, on a squeeze bunt by Jason Repko in the bottom of the 9th inning, Valentine has Reliever Clayton Mortensen on the mound ready to pitch the 10th inning, when rival Manager Joe Girardi announces that his team is leaving Fort Myers, immediately, taking a bus back to their MLB Spring Training base in Tampa, FL. Girardi later justifies his last-minute decision by the fact that he has used all of the pitchers, he had planned to bring into the game, but Valentine is still irked by his actions.

2015- Yankees Prospect OF Jose Pirela runs into the center field fence at full speed in trying to chase down a drive off the bat of the Mets' Juan Lagares. He suffers a concussion and has to be taken to hospital; but he escapes more serious injury. Meanwhile, Lagares circles the bases with an inside-the-park HR.

2017- Former MLB Pitcher, Yankees Manager and MLB Baseball Executive Dallas Green (1989) passed away. (1934-2017)

Former MLB Pitcher Dallas Green became the Assistant Farm Director for the Phillies from 1970 to 1972. He had been an MLB Pitcher from 1960 to 1967, pitching for the Phillies, Senators and the Mets, while posting a 20-22 record with a 4.26 ERA and 4 saves in 185 games. He was the Phillies Director of Player Development from 1973 to 1974 and the Scouting Director from 1975 to 1979. Green went on to later manage the Phillies to the World Series Championship in 1980. He became General Manager of the Cubs from October 1981 to 1987. Also Green managed the 1989 Yankees and the 1993-1996 Mets. Green spent the 2000’s as a Senior Advisor to the GM of the Phillies. He still held that title as of 2011.

March 23rd

1941- Yankees AL All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio, a 1941 MLB player contract holdout and a late arrival in the 1941 Yankees MLB spring training camp, plays his 1st spring exhibition game for the team. In 1941, Joe would hit .341 with 30 HRs and 125 RBI’s in 139 games. He would hit in 56 straight games, establishing a new MLB Hitting record. He would win the 1941 AL MVP Award beating out his Red Sox rival OF Ted Williams, who had hit .406 and had won the AL Triple Crown.

1942- The Dodgers re-obtained veteran OF/1B Stanley “Frenchy” Bordagaray (1941) buying the veteran OF from the Yankees. On January 27,1940, Frenchy was sent by the Reds to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 5,1939. The Reds sent Players to be Named Later and $40,000 Cash to the Yankees for veteran 1B Vince DiMaggio. They sent Outfielders Frenchy Bordagaray and Nino Bongiovanni on January 27,1940 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Frenchy would hit .260 with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 36 games for the 1941 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1941 World Series with no hits. Nino Bongiovanni never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1944- Former Yankees DH/1B George “Boomer” Scott (1979) was born. (1944-2013)

On August 26,1979, veteran AL All-Star DH/1B George Scott was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. The Royals had released him. George would hit .318 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs in 16 games for the 1979 Yankees, before retiring from MLB. He would later play pro Baseball and Manage in Mexico Baseball Leagues.

1952- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve “Smokey” Sundra (1936,1938-1940) passed away. (1910-1952)

On December 11,1935, hurler Steve Sundra was traded by the Indians along with P Monte Pearson to the Yankees for Starter Johnny Allen. Steve went 21-11 with a 4.22 ERA and 2 saves in 77 games with Yankees before being traded to the Senators in March of 1941. His best Yankees season was in 1939, when he posted an 11-1 mark with a 2.76 ERA in 24 games. He appeared in Game #4 of 1939 World Series in relief against the Reds with no decision. Overall, Steve finished his MLB Pitching career with a 56-41 record with a 4.17 ERA in 168 games.

1969- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Chris Turner (2000) was born

Chris Turner was a Yankees Reserve Catcher, who played in 37 games for the team in 2000, while hitting .236 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs. He originally came up to the MLB with the Angels. He had played in the MLB for the Angels, Indians and the Yankees.

1974- The Yankees purchased OF Elliot Maddox (1974-1977) from the Rangers for $100,000 Cash. Texas Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along with him, so the team traded him. During the 1974 AL season, Yankees Manager Bill Virdon switched CF Bobby Mercer to RF to play Elliot Maddox in CF, who responded with a .303 BA. Bobby Mercer became a very effective RF for the Yankees. Elliot was injured on the outfield playing turf during the 1975 AL season at Shea Stadium, resulting in a serious knee injury. He was never again to be an effective player as he was during the 1974 AL season. Yankees Manager Billy Martin had him traded to the Orioles in January of 1977 for veteran AL Golden Glove winner OF Paul Blair.  As a Yankees player, Maddox hit .299 with 4 HRs and 71 RBIs in 210 games. Elliot Maddox would later sue the New York City for 1 million dollars over the playing field conditions at Shea Stadium, but he lost the lawsuit.

1988- Former Yankees Reliever Dellin Betances (2011-2019) was born.

The Yankees in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Dellin Betances. He reached the MLB with the 2011 Yankees appearing in 2 games with no decisions. In 2013, he returned to the Yankees for 6 games with no decisions. In 2014, he appeared in 70 games for the Yankees, working out of their bullpen, posting a 5-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 1 save. In 2015, he continued to be successful out of the Yankees bullpen, posting a 6-4 record with a 1.50 ERA with 9 saves in 74 appearances. In 2016, Betances was 1 of 3 potential closers with the Yankees at the start of the AL season, alongside Miller and the newly acquired Closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds. When the 3 were on the team, Betances was given the task of pitching the 7th inning, with Miller handling the 8th and Chapman, closing out the 9th inning. However, in spite of that loaded bullpen, the Yankees were having a middling season and at the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline, the team decided to reload, trading both Miller (Indians) and Chapman (Cubs) for a package of young Minor League prospects. That left Betances as the team’s Closer for the final 2 months of the season; but he did not do that well, as he finished with 3-6 record with a 3.08 ERA with 12 saves and 5 blown saves in 73 games. His 73-innings pitched were the fewest he had pitched in 3 seasons, but in spite of the relatively high ERA by his lofty standards, his other rate stats remained outstanding, allowing only 54 hits, giving-up 28 walks against 126 strikeouts. Before the 2017 AL season, the Yankees re-signed Chapman as a MLB Free Agent, meaning that Betances would be back in the role of Yankees bullpen Set-up man. He went to salary arbitration that winter, requesting $5 million, while the Yankees offered him $3 million. The hearing was acrimonious and Betances lost, while Yankees President Randy Levine took the opportunity to criticize him harshly in the media, claiming he had been manipulated by his agents into asking for a ridiculous salary raise in order to upset the prevailing salary structure set by previous arbitration decisions. Dellin's Agents replied that Levine's tirade was unjustified and was an attempt to bully the arbitration panel.  For the 2017 AL season, he went 3-6 with a 2.87 ERA in 66 games and 10 saves. He was named to the 2017 AL All-Star team. In 2018, he posted a 4-6 record with a 2.70 ERA in 66 games with 4 saves. In 2019, he was injured in Yankees MLB spring training camp, missing most of the season. He only appeared in 1 game with no decision, injuring his ankle, causing him to miss the AL Post Season. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 21-22 record with a 2.36 ERA and 36 saves in 358 games. He was named to the AL All-Star team from 2014 to 2017. During the winter of 2019, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would sign a multi-year deal with the cross-town Mets on December 24, 2019.

1989- The Yankees traded Pitcher Charles Hudson (1987-1988) to the Tigers for Veteran AL INF Tom Brookens. Charles went 17-13 with a 3.97 ERA with 2 saves in 63 games for the 1987-1988 Yankees. He will hit .226 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs as a Reserve INF appearing in 66 games, before being released by the team in December of 1989. Tom would finish his MLB playing career with the 1990 Indians.

1990- Gambler Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner, who paid Spira $40,000 Cash in January. The MLB Commissioner will suspend Steinbrenner because of his relationship with the unsavory character.

2012- Yankees Pitcher Joba Chamberlain dislocates his ankle while playing on a trampoline with his son. Already recovering from Tommy John surgery, he undergoes emergency surgery for an open dislocation. Doctor’s report that he lost so much blood that there was concern for his life and that he will need to stay hospitalized for several days. The injury precludes any return this year and may well turn out to be career-ending; Joba will be back pitching for the Yankees on August 1st.

2013- Former Yankees Pitcher Virgil “Fire” Trucks (1958) passed away at age of 96. (1917-2013)

On June 15,1958, veteran MLB hurler Virgil “Fire” Trucks was traded by the Kansas City A's along with P Duke Maas to the Yankees for veteran Reliever Bob Grim and OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Virgil went 2-1 with 4.54 ERA and 2 saves in 25 games before retiring from MLB in April of 1959. Virgil had pitched 17 seasons in the MLB, starting out with the Tigers, then pitching for the Browns, White Sox and the A’s before coming to the Yankees in June of 1958. He finished his MLB pitching career with 177-135 record with a 3.39 ERA in 517 games with 30 saves. He was named to the AL All-Star team twice. In the 1945 World Series with the Tigers, Virgil appeared in 2 games against the Cubs, winning Game 2 with a complete game 4-hitter. During the 1952 AL season, he pitched 2-No-Hitters against the Senators and the Yankees. On April 14, 1959, the Yankees released Trucks. In 1959, he returned to the Minor Leagues for a handful of games with the AAA Miami Marlins (International League). In 1963, he was MLB Pitching Coach for the Pirates. He was the oldest living Ex-Yankee player at the time of his death.

2016- Former MLB Player, Author, Yankees (1965-1967) and MLB Team Announcer Joe Garagiola passed away at 90. (1926-2016)

Joe Garagiola was former MLB player with the Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs and Giants (1946-1954). Garagiola grew up in St. Louis, MO, he was a boyhood friend of another MLB catcher, Yogi Berra. The 2 were sons of Italian immigrants, who hardly spoke any English. As he explained, "if you saw us, you'd say this one will probably go to reform school and that one will end up in the federal penitentiary. We were just normal kids." He was a broadcaster for the Cardinals (1955-1962), Yankees(1965-1967) and Angels. The association with the NBC-TV network, which had him work on broadcasts of its Saturday afternoon Game of the Week in the 1970s and early 1980s. As a broadcaster, he was known for focusing on the play and not on statistics, and for introducing many of his amusing stories into his broadcasts. He liked to say that he called the game from the perspective not of a star but of a player who was never sure if he would get into the game. In 1973, he hosted a series of short documentaries for NBC called The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola, meeting with lesser-known personalities around baseball, but also letting stars like Hank Aaron interview him using questions he was being asked during his chase of Babe Ruth's HR record (example: "Hank, I've been a huge fan of yours for years. Tell me, are you a right-handed or a left-handed batter?"). These capsules were broadcast before games and were a huge popular and critical hit. Working with NBC, he was a regular on its Today show from 1967 to 1973 and again in the early 1990s. His friendship with Johnny Carson meant that he got to be guest host on the Tonight Show a number of times, including the one time in 1968 when Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles appeared on the show. The studio was filled with celebrities that evening and, as he quipped: "I was the only unknown there - and I was hosting." Garagiola was also the long-time voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He is the Father of former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola, Jr..  He was an active spokesman against the use of chewing tobacco, warning young players about the danger of mouth cancer. He was also a close friend of former President of the United States Gerald Ford, whom he met playing golf. Joe had spent 58 years in the broadcasting booth, in addition to his service time as a player. In 2014, he was named recipient of the 3rd Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Board of the Baseball Hall of Fame "to honor an individual whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball's positive impact on society, broadened the game's appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O'Neil." 

March 24th

1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernie Shore (1919-1920) was born. (1891-1980)

On December 18,1918, Starter Ernie Shore was traded by the Red Sox along with veteran MLB Starter Dutch Leonard and OF Duffy Lewis to the Yankees for OF Frank Gilhooley, Pitchers Slim Love, Ray Caldwell, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash. He had gone 58-33 with a 2.12 ERA in 125 games for the 1914-1917 Red Sox. He had missed the 1918 AL season, while serving in the Navy for World War I service. Ernie had won 2 games in the World Series with Boston. He went 7-10 with a 4.39 ERA and 1 save in 34 games for the 1919-1920 Yankees. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher with the Giants, Red Sox and Yankees, Shore posted a 65-43 record with a 2.47 ERA and 1 save in 160 games. On January 28, 1921, the Yankees sent C Truck Hannah, 1B/OF MLB Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to the AA Vernon Tigers (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made in September,1920. In September,1920, the Yankees had sent Players to be Named Later and OF Howie Camp to AA Vernon Tigers (PCL) for Shortstop Johnny Mitchell. 

1925- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Richard Kryhoski (1949,1955) was born. (1925-2007)

In 1946, the Yankees signed 1B Richard Kryhoski as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell.  He worked his way up the Yankees farm system, playing for the 1948 AA Kansas Blues (American Association), while hitting .294 with 13 HRs and 87 RBIs and with the 1949 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), hitting .328 with 5 HRs and 50 RBIs. He batted .294 with 1 HR and 27 RBIs in 54 games for the 1949 Yankees. He didn’t make any appearance for the team in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers. On December 17,1949, he was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for 1B Richard Wakefield (1950). In December of 1954, Richard returned to the Yankees in the 17-player winter trade with the Orioles. On March 30,1955, he was dealt along with veteran hurlers Ewell Blackwell and Tom Gorman to the Kansas City A’s for $50,000 Cash. He would appear in 28 games for the 1955 A’s, while hitting just .213 with No HRs with 2 RBIs in his last active MLB season. He spent the rest of the 1955 season with the A’s AAA club, the Columbus Jets (International League), appearing in 82 games, while hitting .258 with 16 HRs and 69 RBIs. Overall as an MLB player, Richard appeared in 265 games, while hitting .265 with 45 HRs and 231 RBIs, playing for the Yankees, Tigers, Browns, Orioles and the A’s.

1930- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bob Tillman (1967) was born. (1930-2000)

On August 8,1967, Catcher Bob Tillman was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. As a Reserve Catcher, Tillman appeared in 22 games for the 1967 Yankees, while hitting .254 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs. On December 7,1967, Bob Tillman was traded by the Yankees along with P Dale Roberts to the Braves for INF Bobby Cox, who would later become Yankees MLB Coach and later a successful MLB Manager for the Blue Jays and the Braves. Bob Tillman would play for the 1968-1970 Braves as a Reserve Catcher. In 9 MLB seasons, Bob played in 775 games, he had a .232 BA with 189 runs, 540 hits, 68 doubles, 10 triples, 79 HRs, 282 RBIs, 1 stolen base and 228 walks. He caught 2 No-Hitters during his Red Sox playing days (Earl Wilson in 1962 and Dave Morehead in 1965.)

1933- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth, another victim of America’s Great Depression, takes a salary pay cut of $23,000 from his 1932 MLB player contract salary of $75,000. In 1932, Babe had hit .341 with 41 HRs and 132 RBIs in 133 games for the Yankees. In the 1932 World Series against the Cubs, he had hit .333 with 2 HRs.

1961- Former Yankees MLB Scout and Minor League Coach (1993-1995) Shawn Pender was born.

Shawn Pender played in the Pirates farm system from 1984 to 1986. He returned to Rollins College as an Assistant Baseball Coach in 1987-1988. He was an Area Scout and Minor League Coach in the Astros chain from 1988 to 1991. He worked in the Indians farm system as a Crosschecker and managed the Watertown Indians in 1992. He was a Special Assignment Scout and Minor League Coach for the Yankees from 1993 to 1995. Shawn was the East Coast Scouting Supervisor for the Tampa Bay Rays from 1995-1998. He was a MLB Scout for the Orioles in 1999, moving to Regional Supervisor in 2000. He became a National Crosschecker in 2002. He eventually became National Scouting Supervisor for the Orioles. Pender was the Head Baseball Coach at Saint Joseph's University in 2005-2007. In 2008, Pender became the MLB Advance Scout for the Reds, a position he still held as of 2011.

1972- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Karsay (2002-2005) was born.

The Yankees signed veteran Reliever Steve Karsay as an MLB Free Agent for their 2002 bullpen. In 2003, he missed all of the AL season with arm injuries. Overall, he went 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA with 12 saves in 91 games as a Yankees Reliever. On May 3, 2005, the Yankees released him. The Rangers would sign him for the rest of the 2005 AL season. He would finish his MLB pitching career with the 2006 A’s. His MLB Pitching record was a 32-39 mark with a 4.01 ERA with 41 saves in 357 games. Karsay was Pitching Coach of the AZL Indians in 2012, Lake County Captains in 2013, Carolina Mudcats in 2014, Lake County again in 2015 and the AAA Columbus Clippers in 2016-2018. In 2019, he got his 1st MLB Coaching job as Bullpen Coach for the Brewers.

1982- Former Yankees Minor League P Heath Phillips was born.

In 2008, Heath Phillips was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Heath will spend the 2008 baseball season at AAA Scranton (IL). He posted a 3-4 record with a 5.50 ERA in 35 games for Scranton. On July 19, 2008, the Yankees released Phillips. On July 28th, the Rays would sign him. He would finish the rest of 2008 AL season pitching in the Tampa Bay farm system.

1982- The Yankees traded 1B Dennis Werth to the Royals for Minor League P Scott Behan. Dennis Werth had been a Reserve INF for the Yankees for 3 seasons. He had played in 76 games for the team, while hitting .218 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs. Also, he had spent time playing for the Club’s AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL). The Royals would assign him to their AAA club, the Omaha Royals (American Association). Scott Behan was a Minor League hurler, who was 13-3 with Class A Sarasota (GCL) in 1981. The Yankees assigned him to Class A Greensboro (South Atlantic League) for the 1982 season. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1982- The Yankees traded veteran Reliever Bill Castro to the Angels for 3B Butch Hobson. Butch was a former Red Sox 3B, who was now with the Angels, he had lost his starting 3B job to former Orioles 3B Doug DeCines, who is now with the Angels. He was happy to join the Yankees. He would appear in 30 games for the Yankees as a 1B/ DH, hitting only .172 with No HRs. He would spend time with the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). Castro had gone 8-1 with a 4.56 ERA and 1 save in 17 games at AAA Columbus in 1981. He had appeared in 11 games for the 1981 Yankees, while posting a 1-1 record with a 3.79 ERA.

1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Chad Gaudin (2009-2010) was born.

On August 7, 2009, veteran MLB Starter Chad Gaudin was purchased by the Yankees from the Padres. He had been 4-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 20 games for the Padres. Chad was picked up by the Yankees for the 2009 AL pennant stretch drive, when they were struggling to find a reliable 5th Starter. Chad went 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 games for the team. He was on the team's MLB Post-Season team roster, although he was not used in the 2009 World Series against the Phillies. Expected to earn a spot on the 2010 Yankees' pitching staff in, either as the 5th Starter or as a long Reliever, he was instead released on March 25th during the Yankees spring training camp, but he was picked up by Oakland A’s to serve as a long Reliever. He pitched 12 games with the A's with a 0-2 record with an 8.83 ERA, he was released again on May 21st. Then he was signed again by the Yankees, which were again looking for an experienced arm for their bullpen at this point. He went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 games the rest of the 2010 AL season. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency in December of 2010; he would sign with the Nationals for the 2011 NL season.

1988- Current Yankees Reliever Lucas Luetge (2021) was born.

Lucas Luetge has made 111 relief appearances over parts of 4 MLB seasons with the 2012-2015 Mariners. He has a MLB pitching record of 3-5 with a 4.35 ERA and 2 saves. He had spent the 2020 AL season at the Oakland A’s Alternate Training site. He was a member of the A’s 2020 Postseason Player Pool. He was originally selected by the Brewers in the 21st round of the 2008 1st Year MLB Amateur Player Draft. Lucas had pitched college baseball at Rice University.

1990- Former Yankees 2B Starlin Castro (2016-2017) was born.

Starlin Castro was signed by Cubs MLB Scout Jose Serra in October 2006. He could play for the Cubs from 2010-2015. He made the NL All-Star team 3 times. He appeared in 891 games for the team, while hitting .281 with 62 HRs and 363 RBIs. On December 8, 2015, the Cubs signed MLB Free Agent INF Ben Zobrist to a large MLB Free Agent contract and opened up the starting 2B job for him. The Cubs, then traded Castro to the Yankees in return for MLB P Adam Warren and a Player to be Named Later (MLB INF Brendan Ryan). With the 2016-2017 Yankees, Castro appeared in 263 games, while hitting .283 with 37 HRs and 133 RBIs. On December 11, 2017, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Minor League players: INF Jose Devers and Pitcher Jorge Guzman to the Marlins for NL MVP and All-Star OF Giancarlo Stanton. After the 2019 NL seasons the Marlins granted him MLB Free Agency. He is would sign as an MLB Free Agent by the Nationals for the 2020 NL season.

1991- Former Yankees Minor League P Rafael De Paula was born.

Rafael De Paula was signed by the Yankees in November, 2010. He did not make his pro baseball debut until 2012, but then he put on a show for the DSL Yankees 1, going 8-2 with a 1.46 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 61 2/3 IP. He finished among the Dominican Summer League leaders in wins (tied for 1st with 6 others), ERA (7th) and strikeouts (2nd). He skipped short-season A ball and Rookie ball in the US altogether, beginning 2013 season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). Rafael was continuing to impress (6-2, 2.94, 96 K, 43 H in 64 1/3 IP). He made the World team for the 2013 Futures Game. He was promoted to the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). He struggled at the higher level however, with a 6.06 ERA in 11 games. In 2014, De Paula went back to Tampa to begin the season. He was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA after 20 games, when he was sent to the Padres along with MLB INF Yangervis Solarte in return for veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley on July 22, 2014.

1996- At Tampa's Legends Field, Yankees veteran MLB Shortstop Tony Fernandez (1995) fractures his right elbow in a game against the Astros; he is placed on the 60-day disabled list. His injury opens up a chance for Yankees Rookie Shortstop Derek Jeter to play for the team.

2008- Former Yankees Minor League INF/OF Tom “Muscles” Upton passed away. (1926-2008)

Tom "Muscles" Upton began his pro baseball career in 1944. He split that season between the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) and the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association), hitting a combined .140 with a .162 slugging percentage in 222 at-bats. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1947, he played for the Norfolk Tars and the Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League), hitting .227 in 100 games. For the Ventura Yankees, Quincy Gems and the Triplets in 1948, he hit .271 in 398 at-bats. In 638 at-bats for the 1949 Beaumont Exporters (Texas League), he hit .265 with a career-high 4 HRs. Tom was drafted from the Yankees organization by the St. Louis Browns in the 1949 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On April 19,1950, he made his MLB Player debut with the Browns. He was the Browns' regular Shortstop that season, hitting .237 with 2 HRs and 7 stolen bases in 389 at-bats. He showed a good eye at the plate, walking 52 times, while striking out only 45 times. In 52 games in 1951, he hit only .198, so he spent 34 games with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) that season as well, hitting .233. On November 27,1951, he was traded along with C Sherman Lollar and P Al Widmar to the White Sox for Shortstop Joe DeMaestri, 1B Gordon Goldsberry, P Dick Littlefield, C Gus Niarhos and OF Jim Rivera. Later that winter, Tom was traded by the White Sox to the Senators for OF Sam Dente. He appeared in only 5 games for the 1952 Senators, hitting .000 in 5 at-bats. On May 3,1952, Tom was traded along with OF Irv Noren to the Yankees for OF Jackie Jensen, P Frank “Spec” Shea, INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson. Playing in the Minor Leagues for the rest of the 1952 baseball season, he hit .226 in 72 games split between the Beaumont Roughnecks (TL) and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Overall, he hit .225 in 181 MLB games. In the Minor Leagues, Tom hit .239 in 530 games.

2013- The Yankees acquired veteran OF/DH Vernon Wells from the Angels, adding a much-needed MLB bat to a line-up depleted by injuries and player departures via MLB Free Agency. However, Wells is still owed $42 million for the last 2 seasons on his huge multi-year MLB player contract, he has put up dismal OBPs since the Angels acquired him from the Blue Jays, 2 seasons ago; as part of the deal, the Angels will remain on the hook for the majority of the contract money owed him. The deal will officially be completed in 2 days, with the Yankees giving up 2 low-level Minor League players:  OF Exicardo Cayones and Pitcher Kramer Sneed in return for Wells. Vernon will play in 130 games for the 2013 Yankees, while hitting .282 with 11 HRs and 50 RBIs. On January 15, 2014, the Yankees will release him, ending his MLB playing career.

2013- Former Yankees Minor League P Lou Sleater (1951) passed away. (1926-2013).

On July 31,1951, P Lou Sleater was acquired by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns in the Cliff Mapes trade. He never appears with the 1951 Yankees, who assigned him to their AAA team:  the Kansas City Blues (American Association). He appears in 7 games for the 1951 Blues, while posting a 4-2 record with a 4.50 ERA. Slater is eventually sent back to the Browns on September 16, 1951. On October 16,1954, Pitcher Lou Sleater was purchased by the Yankees from the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL).  He was assigned to the Yankees AAA farm club roster of the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA.) He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On April 28,1955, Lou was purchased by the Kansas City A’s from the Yankees. The A’s would send him to their AAA team, the Columbus Jets (IL). Overall, Lou pitched in MLB from 1950 to 1958 for various MLB teams, while posting an overall 12-18 record with a 4.70 ERA in 131 games.

March 25th

1920- In a spring training game between the Yankees and the Dodgers, a sweeping inside curve ball throw by Dodgers’ hurler Jeff Pfeffer hits Yankees batter striking the Yankees Shortstop Chick Fewster behind the ear and flattening him. Fewster revives 10 minutes later, but he soon loses the ability to speak. He was taken to the hospital with a skull fracture and a blood clot on his brain. Chick Fewster will recover slowly and return to play for the Yankees in mid-season of 1920. He will appear in 21 games for the team, hitting .286 with No HRs and 1 RBI. He finishes his Yankees playing career, hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 45 RBIs in 228 games. After the injury, he will play for the Yankees as a Reserve INF/OF, until he is traded to the Red Sox on July 23,1922 in the Joe Dugan deal. In April of 1923, he will be the 1st MLB batter at the Opening Day of Yankee Stadium. Chick will play in the MLB until 1927, finishing his 11-year playing career with the Dodgers.

1922-The Yankees released veteran OF Ping Bodie (1918-1921). The veteran Bodie had only appeared in 31 games for the 1921 Yankees, while hitting just .172 with No HRs and 12 RBIs as a Reserve OF. On March 8,1918, OF Ping Bodie was traded by the Philadelphia A’s to the Yankees for 1B George “Tigoa” Burns, who had been obtained from the Tigers on March 7,1918. Burns was blocked at 1B with the Yankees by starting 1B Wally Pipp. Ping will hit .272 with 16 HRs and 194 RBIs in 385 games for the 1918-1921 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1920, when he hit .295 with 7 HRs and 79 RBI’s in 129 games. Ping would continue to play in the Minor Leagues until 1928, mostly in the PCL.

1929- The Yankees released veteran hurler Fred Heimach (1928-1929) to the AA Toledo Mud Hens (IL). On August 4,1928, Fred was purchased by the Yankees from the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for cash and a Player to be Named Later. He will go 2-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 games for the team. In 1929, he posted a 11-6 record with a 4.01 ERA in 35 games. Overall, Fred went 13-9 with a 3.77 ERA with 4 saves in 48 games for the Yankees. On March 25,1930, Fred was purchased by the AA Toledo Mud Hens (AA) from the Yankees. He would later be purchased by the Dodgers; he would pitch for them from 1930-1933. 

1932- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Woodson “Woodie” Held (1954,1957) was born. (1932-2009)

Before the start of the 1951 AL Season, Woodie Held was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in the Yankees farm system, reaching AAA in 1954, while playing for the Kansas City Blues (American Association), hitting .262 with 9 HRs and 52 RBIs in 112 games. Woodie Held appeared in 4 games with no hits with the 1954 Yankees. He was unable to break into the regular Yankees infield or outfield. He played for the 1955-1957 AAA Denver Bears (AA) under Manager Ralph Houk. With each AAA season at Denver showing an increase HR power for the Bears. His best season was in 1956, when he hit .276 with 35 HRs and 125 RBIs in 154 games. He appeared in 1 game with the 1957 Yankees before being sent down to Denver again. On June 15,1957, he was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with INF Billy Martin, P Ralph Terry and OF Bob Martyn for P Ryne Duren, Outfielder’s Jim Pisoni and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. During the 1958 AL season, the A’s traded him and 1B/OF Vic Power to the Indians for OF Roger Maris. The Indians had him play the infield for them, mainly at Shortstop. As an MLB player, Held would play with the Yankees, A’s, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels and the Senators during his MLB player career. With the 1966 Orioles, Woodie finally went to the World Series, but he did not appear in any games for the team against the Dodgers. Held finished his MLB playing career in 1969, he had appeared in 1,390 games, while hitting .240 with 179 HRs with 559 RBIs. Former Yankees All-Star 2B Bobby Richardson called Woodie Held the best fielding Shortstop that he ever saw play. Woody passed away from brain cancer in 2009.

1935- The Yankees purchased veteran NL Starter Pat Malone from the Cubs. Malone had led the NL in wins in 1929 with 22, again in 1930 with 21 (115 wins in a 7-season span). After the 1934 NL campaign, he was traded by the Cubs to the Cardinals. However, he immediately clashed with Cardinals GM Branch Rickey over his player’s salary. He was sold to the Yankees before the start of the 1935 AL season. Unable to crack a Yankees starting rotation that included Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing, he was moved to the bullpen, where he found success in 1936. That season, he won 12 games and led the AL with 9 saves. Playing in the 3rd World Series of his MLB pitching career that fall, he earned a save in Game 3, but Pat took the loss in Game 5. Nonetheless, the Yankees defeated the crosstown rivals the Giants in 6 games. During his MLB Pitching career, Malone appeared in 3 World Series, going 0-3 but with a 3.05 ERA. His overall Yankees pitching record was 19-13 with a 4.67 ERA with 18 saves in 92 games. Pat’s final MLB Pitching career totals was a 134-92 record with a 3.74 ERA with 27 saves in 357 games.

1946- The Yankees sold veteran MLB Catcher Rollie Hemsley to the Phillies. He was signed as MLB Free Agent by the Yankees in July of 1942. He hit .262 with 4 HRs and 65 RBIs in 174 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1942-1944 Yankees. He played in 88 games in 1944, while hitting .268 with 2 HRs and 26 RBIs. He was named to 1944 AL All-Star team. He served in the Navy from 1944-1945. He returned to the Yankees in 1946 as a 39-year old Catcher, the Yankees Catcher roster was filled with Bill Dickey and Aaron Robinson, hence he was traded to the Phillies. He would play for the Phillies as a Reserve Catcher for 2 seasons before retiring.

1955- Former Yankees OF/DH/1B (1982) and MLB 1B Coach, MLB Manager Lee Mazzilli was born.

On August 8,1982, OF/DH Lee Mazzilli was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for AL All-Star shortstop Bucky Dent. Lee hit .266 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 37 games for the Yankees. On December 22,1982, Lee was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for P Tim Burke and 4 Minor Leaguer players: OF Don Aubin, Catcher John Holland and Shortstop Jose Rivera. From 1997-1999, He was a Minor league Manager for the Yankees organization with the 1997-1998 Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) and the 1999 AA Norwich Navigators (EL). Later, Lee served as MLB Bench Coach under Yankees Manager Joe Torre from 2000-2003. Later, he managed the Orioles from 2004-2005. He would return to the Yankees as an MLB Coach, after being fired by the Orioles in 2005.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Jeff Knox was born.

Jeff Knox was chosen in the 17th round of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Phillies. He debuted that season with the GCL Phillies going 2-2 with a 3.65 ERA. In 1985, Knox split time between the Spartanburg Suns (11-8, 3.82 ERA) and the Peninsula Pilots (2-1, 2.25 ERA in 3 games). Jeff was with another 2 clubs in 1986 - the Clearwater Phillies (FSL) with a 10-11 record with a 3.32 ERA and the AA Reading Phillies (EL) posting a 2-1 record with a 3.60 ERA. He was then traded along with Pitcher Charles Hudson to the Yankees for Minor League INF Tom Barrett and veteran MLB OF/1B Mike Easler. Jeff had his best season at that point, going 11-5 with a 2.64 ERA for the AA Albany Yankees (EL), finishing 2nd to Rob Lopez in the Eastern League in ERA. Knox, also made his only 2 AAA appearances, both with the Columbus Clippers (IL), allowing 18 hits and 7 runs in 10 1/3 innings of work, picking up a loss. Jeff Knox finished his pro pitching career in 1988 with AA Albany (EL) with a 0-0 record with a 7.94 ERA and the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) posting a 4-2 record with a 2.01 ERA. Jeff Knox pitched for 5 years in the Minor Leagues, going 42-31 overall.

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Adrian Hernandez (2001-2002) was born 

In 2000, the Yankees signed Cuban hurler Adrian Hernandez as an MLB Amateur Free Agent player. The Yankees were hoping that he would become a younger version of El Duque; he wasn’t just going to be that, just posting a 0-4 record with a 5.46 ERA in 8 games with the Yankees before the team released him. He would be signed by the Brewers.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Brett Jodie (2001) was born.

In 1998, the Yankees in the 6th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Brett Jodie. He went 0-1 in 1 game with the Yankees, before being traded to the Padres on July 30, 2001 along with Minor League OF Darren Blakely for veteran MLB hurler Sterling Hitchcock.  On January 4, 2002, he was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Padres. He did not appear with the 2002 Yankees at the MLB level, instead he pitched for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) and the AA Norwich Navigators (EL).  In 2003 and 2005, Brett pitched for the Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League) before retiring as an active player in 2005. He became the team’s Pitching Coach in 2006, holding the position until 2012. Also, he was the Director of Player Personnel from 2007 through 2013. He won 2 additional championships as a Coach in 2008 and 2009. Brett has been the Manager for the 2013-2020 Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League), replacing the retiring long-time Patriots Manager Sparky Lyle.

1987- Former Yankees Reliever Kirby Yates (2016) was born.

On January 8, 2016, Reliever Kirby Yates was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in 41 games as a Reliever for the 2016 Yankees. He posted a 2-1 record with a 5.23 ERA. On October 5, 2016, Yates was selected off waivers by the Angels from the Yankees. He started off the 2017 AL season with the Angels before being picked-up by the Padres on April 26, 2017. He went 4-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 games with 1 save. In 2021, he was a MLB Free Agent, signing with the Blue Jays.

1995- Current Yankees Minor League P Nick Green was born.

Pitcher Nick Green was a 7th round selection in the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Rangers out of a Junior College in Iowa. He began his pro career with the AZL Rangers that year, going 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 14 games as a swingman. In 2015, he moved up to the Spokane Indians (Northwest League), but he was 0-3 with a bloated 7.11 ERA. He returned to Spokane in 2016, he was doing better, improving to a 2-2 record with a 4.98 ERA in 7 games, when on August 1, 2016, he was traded to the Yankees along with fellow Minor League Pitchers Dillon Tate and Erik Swanson in return for MLB veteran OF/DH Carlos Beltran. The Yankees were well aware of him, having drafted him in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he had not signed with them at the time. In 2017, he pitched for Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) posting an 8-9 record with a 4.49 ERA in 26 games. In 2018, he split time with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) (1-2, 3.65 ERA) in 3 games and the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) posting a 7-5 record with a 3.28 ERA in 20 games. In the 2018 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, Nick was selected by the Diamondbacks from the Yankees organization. He was returned to the Yankees by the Diamondbacks. He pitched for the 2019 Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL) going 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 3 games and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) posting a 3-4 record with a 7.08 ERA in 15 games. Nick didn’t pitch in 2020 due to COVIDS-19 shutting down the Minor League season.

2009- Former Yankees Reserve C/1B/OF Johnny “Super Sub” Blanchard (1955,1959-1965) passed away. (1933-2009)

In 1951, Johnny Blanchard was a 3-sport All-City whiz at Central High School in Minneapolis, MN; he not only attracted the attention of MLB Scouts as a 3B, but also the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA who made him an offer.  In 1951, Yankees Scout Joe McDermott signed Johnny Blanchard for $20,000 as an Outfielder. While in the Yankee organization, he made the transition to catcher. "I had to work my fanny off," said Blanchard. "I was not talented like Yogi or Elston. I think I got all the mileage I could out of my ability." 

Johnny Blanchard served in the military during the Korean Conflict in 1953-1954, but when he was released from active duty, he was back in Yankees MLB spring training camp for 1955. After leading the Eastern League with 34 HRs in 1955, while playing for the Binghamton Triplets, he received a late season call-up to the Yankees. He returned for good in 1959, he stayed in the Bronx until he was sent to the Kansas City A’s during the 1965 AL season. His best Yankees career season was in 1961, when he hit .305 with 21 HRs, 54 RBIs in 243 at bats fewer than 100 games. During July of 1961, Johnny hit 4 HRs in 4 consecutive appearances during a 3-game series. The lefty-swinging Yankee loved Fenway Park. Of his 1st 6 hits at Fenway, 5 were HRs. On July 21, 1961, the Yankees trailed the Red Sox 9-8 going into the top of the 9th inning when Blanchard, pinch-hitting for Clete Boyer, hit a grand slam HR off of Boston right-hander Mike Fornieles giving the Bombers a 12-9 victory. The following day, the Yankees were again down by the score of 9-8, when Blanchard, pinch-hitting again for Boyer, homered off veteran hurler Gene Conley to tie the score as the Yankees went on to win. A couple of days later against the White Sox, he homered in consecutive at-bats against Ray Herbert. His 4 HRs on 4 straight at-bats tied an MLB record. Blanchard hit 4 pinch-hit HRs during the regular season in 1961 and 1 more during the World Series against the Reds. He appeared in 5 World Series with the Yankees hitting .345. On May 3,1965, John was traded by the Yankees along with P Rolland Sheldon to the A’s for C Doc Edwards. Following annual Mayor’s Trophy exhibition game against the Mets, he was called into Yankees Manager Johnny Keane’s office; he was given the news that the Yankees along with veteran P Rolland Sheldon had traded him to Kansas City for C Doc Edwards. Johnny took the news hard. He cried uncontrollably in the Yankees clubhouse. His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle sat down next to Blanchard and attempted to cheer him up. "Don't take it so hard, John. Just think, in Kansas City you're going to get a chance to play." "Hell, I can't play Mick, that’s why I'm crying." John would finish his MLB playing career in 1965 with the Milwaukee Braves. Blanchard's heavy drinking made it difficult to cope with the real world after MLB. Aware that he had a problem he checked himself into the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis for 34 days for alcohol treatment. He was then dry for over 25 years. In 2009, Johnny passed away from a fatal heart attack.

2009- Former Yankees Baseball Executive and Baseball Writer Arthur Richman (1989-2006) passed away. (1926-2009)

Arthur Richman was a Baseball Writer for the New York Mirror for 4 decades until the newspaper folder in 1962. Arthur was hired as the Yankees Vice President of Media Relations in May 1989. He became a Senior Adviser for the Yankees in 1995. Richman stopped working for the Yankees following a heart attack in 2006. Richman has been credited with recommending Joe Torre for the job of Manager while with the Yankees in 1995. Upon learning of Richman's death in 2009, Torre said, “He was a dear friend, and I will forever be grateful for having him whisper in George's ear about me managing the Yankees.”

2010- The Yankees released veteran MLB hurler Chad Gaudin, who was competing for the team's 5th starter position and failing that, he was expected to make the staff as a long reliever. Philip Hughes, who shined as a set-up man in 2009, is announced as the winner of the 5th starter competition, while Joba Chamberlain returns to the bullpen. Gaudin will sign a Minor League deal with Oakland A’s on March 28th. He pitched 12 games with the A's with an ERA of 8.83, he was released again on May 21st. The Yankees, who were again looking for an experienced arm for their bullpen at this point, signed him again. He went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 games for the 2010 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency.

2011- The Brewers send OF Chris Dickerson to the Yankees in return for MLB hurler Sergio Mitre, who is expected to take the place of the injured Zack Greinke in the Brewers' rotation, when the 2011 NL season begins. Dickerson serves as insurance for the Yankees, who are concerned over a rib injury to starting CF Curtis Granderson, but unfortunately, he will pull a muscle in his 1st game for his new team. With Mitre's departure means that 3 pitchers are now competing for the last 2 spots in the Yankees starting rotation: Rookie hurler Ivan Nova and MLB veterans Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. Also, the team signed MLB veteran Starter Kevin Millwood to a Minor League contract, as further insurance in case the trio fails to perform up to expectations. He was assigned to AAA Scranton, but he was later released by the team.

7 months ago  ::  Mar 20, 2021 - 7:30PM #2
Posts: 16,012

This Week in Yankees History March 21st-March 27th Part Two

Related image

March 26th

1913- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Zuber (1943-1946) was born. (1913-1982)

On January 29,1943, hurler Bill Zuber was traded by the Senators along with Cash to the Yankees for INF Jerry Priddy and P Milo Candini. Bill went 18-23 with a 3.88 ERA and 2 saves in 66 games with the Yankees as a spot starter. On June 18,1946, he was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees.

1936- AL All-Star Starter Red Ruffing accepts a $12,000 MLB player contract from the Yankees. He had posted a 16-11 record with a 3.16 ERA in 30 games for the 1935 Yankees. In 1936, Red will go 20-12 with a 3.85 ERA in 33 games for the World Champion Yankees

1936- Former Yankees Reserve OF Dan “Dashing Dan” Costello (1913) passed away.

On June 23, 1913, OF Dan Costello was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He only appeared in 2 games for the 1913 Yankees, going 1 for 2 hitting .500. In January 1914, Dan was selected off of waivers by the Pirates from the Yankees. Dan would play for the Bucs from 1914-1916, appearing in 152 games, while hitting .241.

1937- On the advice of Hall of Fame Tigers great Ty Cobb, the Yankees young OF Joe DiMaggio reduces the weight of his bat from 40 ounces to 36 ounces. Joe had hit .323 with 29 HRs and 125 RBIs in 138 games as a 1936 Yankee Rookie OF. In 1937, Joe will hit .346 with 46 HRs and 167 RBIs in 151 games.

1949- Former Yankees Reliever Roger Hambright (1971) was born.

In 1967, the Yankees in the 67th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Roger Hambright. During the 1971 AL season, the Yankees brought up Roger from the AA Manchester Yankees (EL). He went 3-1 with a 4.39 ERA and 2 saves in 18 games, while working out of the Yankees bullpen. It would be his only season in the MLB. In the 1st of Roger Hambright's 2 MLB career saves, he had an RBI, singling in Yankees base-runner Ron Swoboda. It would be 38 years before another Yankees Pitcher had an RBI in a save, when Closer Mariano Rivera saved his 500th game. Roger would return to the Minor Leagues in 1972, pitching for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) posting a 4-2 mark in 48 games. The following season, he pitched for the AA West Haven Yankees (EL) appearing in 43 games with a 6-4 record. In 1974, he returned to AAA Syracuse (IL) with a 1-7 record in 34 games. From 1975-1977, Roger pitched for the Cludad Juarez Indians (Mexican League.)

1951- In a spring training exhibition game held at University of Southern California, Yankees Rookie OF Mickey Mantle propels a HR estimated at 654 to 660 feet. The Mantle HR shot clears Bovard Field and then goes the width of a practice football field before landing. Mantle has 2-HRs, a bases loaded triple and drives in 7 runs as the Yankees funk the USC Trojans Baseball team by a score of 15-1.

1952- The Cardinals purchased INF Gene Mauch from the Yankees. Gene never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 19,1951, he was drafted by the Yankees from the Boston Braves organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Gene, later became a long-time MLB Manager starting with the 1960 Phillies. Also, he managed the Twins, Expos and the Angels during his long MLB Manager career.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Dan Tipple (1915) passed away. (1890-1960)

Pitcher Dan Tipple posted a 1-1 record with a 2.84 ERA in 3 games for the 1915 Yankees.

1968- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jose Vizcaino (2000) was born.

On June 20, 2000, INF Jose Vizcaino was traded by the Dodgers with Cash to the Yankees for veteran C/1B Jim Leyritz. Jose appeared in 73 games as Reserve INF for the Yankees, hitting .276 with No HRs and 10 RBIs. Jose had the game-winning hit in Game 1 of the 2000 Subway World Series between the Yankees and the Mets. On November 1, 2000, Jose was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He signed with the Astros. He currently works in the Dodgers organization.

1982- Former Yankees Reserve INF Brendan Ryan (2013-2015) was born.

On September 10, 2013, INF Bryan Ryan was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for Player to be Named Later. He only appeared in 17 games for the team, while hitting just .220. On October 31, 2013, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. On December 2, 2013, Ryan was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. In 2014, Ryan only played in 49 games for the team, while hitting just .167. In 2015, he appeared in 47 games for the team, hitting just .229. On December 17, 2015, the Yankees sent INF Brendan Ryan to the Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on December 8, 2015. On December 8, 2015, the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later and Pitcher Adam Warren to the Cubs for NL All-Star 2B Starlin Castro. On December 23, 2015, Brendan was released by the Cubs. On February 2, 2016, Ryan was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Nationals.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League P Eric Hacker was born.

On June 4, 2002, Eric Hacker was selected by the Yankees in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 16, 2009, Eric was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for Pitcher Romulo Sanchez. 

1991- Former Yankees Reserve INF Rob Refsnyder (2015-2017) was born.

Playing for the University of Arizona, OF Rob Refsnyder was named College World Series Most Outstanding Player in 2012. In the 5th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft, he was selected by the Yankees. During the 2014 Minor League season, Rob was switched from the OF to 2B by the Yankees. He had started out the 2014 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) and finished the season with AAA Scranton. In 2015, Rob appeared in 12 games for the Yankees, while hitting .302 with 2 HRs and 19 RBIs. In the Yankees lone AL Postseason appearance against the Astros, he was the team’s starting 2B. Rob went 1 for 3 in the game. The Yankees acquired Starlin Castro to play 2B in 2016. He was relegated to a utility player role, hitting .250 with 0 HRs and 22 RBIs in 58 games. He saw playing time at 1B base, RF, 2B and LF. Also, he played 54 games with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he hit .316 while playing mainly 2B and 3B. On July 23rd, the Yankees traded him to the Blue Jays in return for Minor League 1B Ryan McBroom. He was assigned to the AAA Buffalo Bisons (IL) for the time being. He appeared in 32 games with the 2017 Blue Jays, hitting only .196. On November 20, 2017, Rob was selected off waivers by the Indians from the Blue Jays. He was with the 2019 Diamondbacks, who later traded him to the Reds. Rob was signed by the Rangers to a Minor League contract with an invitation to their 2020 MLB Spring Training camp as a non-roster player.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ramon Flores (2015) was born.

Ramon Flores was a high-profile International signee for the Yankees in July 2008 with a $775,000 bonus. He got a brief look with the DSL Yankees 2 to open his pro career in 2009 (.256, 11 BB in 11 G) then got sent to the GCL Yankees when their season opened. His numbers were weak (.196) but he was only 17 yrs. old in a US-based league. He came back strong in 2010, hitting .303 in 65 games split between the GCL Yankees (.329, 33 R in 43 Games), Charleston RiverDogs (.250 in 14 Games) and Tampa Yankees (7 for 28, 2 RBIs). He was named to the GCL All-Star team alongside Geancarlo Mendez and Oduber in the outfield, though he also saw regular action at 1B. Baseball America named him the #13 prospect in the GCL/ He hit .265 with 61 walks for the 2011 RiverDogs. BA rated him as the Yankees' #13 prospect and as having the best strike-zone discipline in both the Yankees chain and in the SAL. He led the Yankees farm system in walks. He hit over .300 for the 2nd time in 2012, with a .303 line in 132 games split between A Tampa Yankees (FSL) playing in 131 games and 1 game with the AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). He scored 85 runs and stole 24 bases in 33 tries. In the Yankees chain, he was 2nd to Tyler Austin in runs, led in hits (158), he tied Gary Sanchez and Joseph for 3rd in doubles, tied Eduardo Sosa for 3rd in triples, he was 5th in walks and ranked 3rd in swipes (after Abraham Almonte and Angelo Gumbs.). BA listed him as Bronx’s 12th-best prospect. His stock fell in 2013, as he hit .260 with 79 runs and 77 walks for AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He also had 13 OF assists. He was 2nd in the Yankees farm system in runs (5 behind Greg Bird). In 2015, he appeared in 12 games for the Yankees, while hitting .219. On July 30, 2015, he was traded by the Yankees along with Jose Ramirez to the Mariners for INF/OF Dustin Ackley.

2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Marius “Lefty” Russo (1939-1943,1946) passed away at the age of 90. (1914-2005)

Marius “Lefty” Russo went 45-34 with 3.13 ERA and 6 saves in 120 games for the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1940, when he posted a 14-8 record with a 3.28 ERA in 30 games. In 1941, he posted a 14-10 mark with a 3.09 ERA in 28 games. He was named to the 1941 AL All-Star team. He appeared in 2 World Series for the Yankees with an 2-0 mark with a 0.50 ERA and 2 complete games. In 1941, he pitched a 1-hitter during the regular AL season. In the 1941 World Series, he won a duel with Dodgers Starter Freddie Fitzsimmons, knocking the veteran starter out of the box with a line-drive to his knee. After the 1943 AL season, Russo spent 2 years in the Army in World War II, entering the service in February 1944, being discharged from the Army in January 1946. He returned to the Yankees briefly in 1946, appearing in only 8 games, while posting a 0-2 record with a 4.34 ERA in 8 games. From 1946-1947, Russo pitched at the AA level for the Yankees Kansas City Blues (AA) and the Newark Bears (IL) farm teams. In 1948, he pitched for the Detroit Tigers AA team, the Seattle Rainers (PCL) before retiring from baseball.

2018- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Jerry Moses (1973) passed away. (1946-2018)

On November 27,1972, Catcher Jerry Moses came to the Yankees in the Graig Nettles trade from the Indians. He hit .254 with No HRs and 3 RBIs in 21 games for the 1973 Yankees as a Reserve Catcher to starting Catcher Thurman Munson. On March 19,1974, Jerry Moses was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees to the Tigers. Detroit would send a veteran Reliever Ed Farmer to the Yankees. The Tigers sent veteran Starter Jim Perry to the Indians. The Tribe would send P Richard Sawyer and OF Walt Williams to the Yankees.

2020- Former Yankees OF/DH Jim Wynn (1977) passed away. (1942-2020)

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.

March 27th   

1879- Future Hall of Fame Yankees Manager and MLB INF Miller J. Huggins (1918-1929) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. (1879-1929) 

Adept at getting on base, Miller Huggins will lead the NL in walks 4 times, score 100 or more runs 3 times and regularly collect 30 or more stolen bases with an on base percentage near .400. He will start as a Player-Manager with the 1913-1917 Cardinals before heading to the AL to manage the Yankees in 1918. Yankees Co-Team Owner Jacob Ruppert had selected him to run the team for the 1918 MLB season over objections of Co-Team Owner Col. Huston, who was away from the team, serving with the Army in France. He replaces the Yankees 1917 Manager “Wild Bill” Donovan, who led an injury riddled team to a 5th place finish in the AL. “The Mighty Mite” will led the Yankees to 6 American League pennants and 3 World Series titles with his "Murderers' Row" club, which won 110 games before sweeping the 1927 World Series in 4-games over the Pirates, has been considered one of the greatest teams in MLB history. He died on September 25,1929 from exhaustion and blood poisoning in a NYC hospital. In 1930, the Yankees would name their St. Petersburg, Fla. Spring Training Camp field after him. In 1964, Miller Huggins was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. His Yankees Manager career record was 1,067-719 .596 (1918-1929), 4th on the Yankees all-time Managers wins list, behind Casey Stengel (3rd), Joe Torre (2nd) and Joe McCarthy (1st).

1910- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve “Smokey” Sundra (1936,1938-1940) was born. (1910-1952)

On December 11,1935, hurler Steve Sundra was traded by the Indians along with Pitcher Monte Pearson to the Yankees for Starter Johnny Allen. He appeared in 1 game of the 1939 World Series for the Yankees with no decision. Steve went 21-11 with a 4.22 ERA and 2 saves in 77 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Senators on March 27, 1941.

1941- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Steve “Smokey” Sundra to the Senators, he had posted an 11-1 record in 1939. He slipped to a 4-6 record during the 1940 AL season. Overall as a Yankees hurler, he posted a 21-11 record with a 4.22 ERA and 2 saves in 77 games.

1946- Former Yankees DH/INF Bill “Suds” Sudakis (1974) was born.

On December 7,1973, INF Bill Sudakis was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers. He had hit .255 with 15 HRs as the 1973 Texas DH.  In 1974, Bill hit .232 with 7 HRs and 39 RBIs in 89 games for the team. He was plagued by bad knees that would end his MLB playing career. On December 3,1974, he was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for P Skip Lockwood, who was released by the team during their 1974 spring training camp. He later would pitch for the A’s and the Mets.

1955- Former MLB Player and Yankees MLB Coach Frank Roth passed away. (1878-1955)

Francis Charles Roth was an MLB Catcher. He played all or part of 6 seasons in the MLB, between 1903 and 1910 for the Phillies, Browns, White Sox and the Reds. After his MLB playing career ended, Roth was an MLB Pitching Coach for the Yankees, Indians and the White Sox from 1921 to 1927. Roth's Brother was former Yankees OF Braggo Roth (1921).

1978- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1936-1937,1951) and MLB Player Dutch Zwilling passed away. (1916-1978)

Despite finding no real success in the MLB beforehand or afterwards, OF Dutch Zwilling was one of the biggest stars of the short-lived Federal League. After a cup of coffee with the 1910 White Sox, he joined the Chicago Whales (FL) in 1914. He hit .313 and led the circuit with 16 HRs as the club finished 2nd place that season. His numbers fell a bit in 1915 to .286 with 13 HRs, but he still led the league with 94 RBIs as the Whales captured the league title. He holds the Federal League record for most career HRs with 29. After the Federal League folded, he joined the Cubs (who had just been purchased by Whales Owner Charles Weeghman), but Zwilling failed to hit his weight in 35 games with them in 1916. After his MLB playing career ended, Dutch Zwilling spent many years as an MLB Scout and Minor League Manager. He was skipper of the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) for 9 seasons (1927-1932 and 1935-1937), including the 1929 AA season, when they won the Junior World Series. Also, Dutch was a member of the 1941 Indians MLB Coaching staff. In 1951, he managed the Yankees farm club, the Quincy Gems (3-I League) to a league championship.

1989- The Yankees traded Minor League P Dana Ridenour to the Mariners for veteran MLB 1B/DH Steve Balboni. Dana Ridenour had split the 1988 season between AA Albany Yankees (Eastern League) going 5-4 and the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he was 1-2. He never reached the MLB with Seattle. With AL All-Star OF Dave Winfield out with ending 1989 AL season disc injury, the Yankees were counting on Balboni to supply right handle HR power in the Yankees starting line-up, batting 4th behind Yankees 1B Don Mattingly. He would hit 34 HRs, but  he only hit only .216 in 2 seasons back with the Bronx Bombers. He would be released by the team before Opening Day of 1991.

2013- The Yankees place Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes on a crowded DL, where he joins fellow Yankees teammates 1B Mark Teixeira, CF Curtis Granderson, 3B Alex Rodriguez and Shortstop Derek Jeter, all of whom will miss Opening Day 2013.



Jump Menu:
Network Forums The Yankee Dynasty This Week in Yankees History March 21st-27th
    Viewing this thread :: 0 registered and 1 guest
    No registered users viewing

Yankees Forum