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This Week in Yankees History April 4th- April 10th Part One




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April 4th


1883- Former Yankees Reserve OF/INF John “Silent John” Hummel (1918) was born. (1883-1959)


Veteran Reserve INF/OF John Hummel appeared in 22 games for the 1918 Yankees, while hitting .295 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. He was at the end of his MLB playing career, John had spent 11 MLB seasons with the NL Dodgers.


1933- Former Yankees Minor League P Ted Wieand was born.


During the month of October 1960, P Ted Wieand was sent from the Reds to the Yankees in an unknown player transaction. Ted did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. Ted spent the 1961 baseball season with the Yankees AAA club, Richmond Virginians (IL).  He was recovering from arm problems that occurred during the 1961 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. He went 3-6 in 30 games. In 1962, he started out with AAA Richmond again, going 0-0 in 12 games. Then the Yankees sent him to their AA club, the Amarillo Gold Sox (Texas League); where he finished out his pro baseball career by going 4-1.


1952- Former Yankees Head MLB Trainer Herm Schneider (1977-1978) was born.


Herm Schneider has been an MLB Trainer for over 30 years. He was born in the Netherlands, Schneider moved to the USA as a child. He worked in the Yankees organization from 1970-1978, the last 2 years as Assistant Trainer for the World Series Champions. He also spent 9 years as Trainer of the Ponce Lions. In 1979, the White Sox hired Schneider as Head Trainer, a job he still holds as of 2010 (ranking 2nd to Gene Monahan among AL trainers in MLB service time). From 2002-2009, his White Sox had the fewest days missed due to injury of any AL team 5 years. In the 8-year period, they never finished lower than 3rd. From 1991-2000, his teams had used the DL 2nd least in baseball, behind the Twins. He was the AL Trainer at the 2003 All-Star Game, his 4th MLB All-Star Game. He has won numerous awards. Herm Schneider, the longest tenured athletic trainer in Major League Baseball, will move into a new role with the White Sox in 2019 as Head Athletic Trainer emeritus.


1961- The Yankees traded Reserve Shortstop Fritz Brickell to the Angels for veteran hurler Duke Maas. Brickell had played in 20 games for the 1958-1959 Yankees, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. He spent the 1960 season with AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), while hitting .256 with 9 HRs in 96 games, he missed playing time because of bad knee. The 1961 Angels gave him the starting job at Shortstop, but he only hit .122 in 21 games, before being sent down to their AAA team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). The Yankees had lost veteran hurler Duke Maas in the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. The Angels had selected him from the Yankees for $75,000 Cash. He hadn’t made appearance for the 1961 Angels. He had been obtained by the Yankees from the A’s during the 1958 AL season. He would win 14 games as a Starter and Reliever for the 1959 Yankees, In 1960, he was a Reliever going 5-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 35 games for the team. In 1961, Duke would only appear in 1 game for the Yankees, before ending the 1961 AL season with arm injuries, which he never recovered from ending his pro baseball career in 1964.


1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Herb McQuaid (1926) passed away. (1889-1966)



On September 14,1925, Pitcher Herb McQuaid was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) to the Yankees for undisclosed players. Herb went 1-0 with a 6.10 ERA in 17 games for the 1926 Yankees. Before the start of 1927 AL Season, Herb was re-purchased by the AA St Paul Saints (AA) from the Yankees.


1971- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher Carl “Sub” Mays (1919-1923) passed away at the age of 79. (1891-1971) 


On July 30, 1919, the Yankees acquired veteran Starter Carl “Sub” Mays from the Red Sox for Shortstop Al Russell, P Bob McGraw and $40,000 Cash.  Mays had a dispute with the Boston front office and demanded a trade to New York. He had accused his Red Sox teammates for not supporting him, while he was pitching. Originally the AL disallowed the trade, but the Yankees brought a lawsuit and got an injunction allowing Mays to join the team. As a Yankees Starter, Carl Mays went 26-11 in 1920 and 27-9 in 1921. In 1921, Mays went 27-9 in 49 games for the Yankees, as the team won the 1st AL pennant in its team history. He pitched 3 complete games in the World Series against the crosstown Giants, but he was charged with 2 losses. Still, in pitching a shutout in Game 1 of the Series, he became the 1st Yankee pitcher to start a World Series game. There were doubts expressed about Mays' performance in the 2 losses that followed, however, with speculation that he might have deliberately lost these. In all 3 starts, his opponent for the Giants was “Shuffin” Phil Douglas, who would be forced out of baseball under similar allegations after the 1922 MLB season. Similar questions surfaced after Game 4 of the 1922 World Series, in which Mays was on the losing end of a 4-3 decision to Giants Hugh McQuillan, when the Yankees won a 2nd consecutive pennant in 1922. Mays had fallen to a 13-14 record with a 3.60 ERA in 24 games 1922 and following his questionable World Series performance, Manager Miller Huggins tried unsuccessfully to dump him. When that failed, he stopped using him in 1923 as Mays went only 5-2 with an awful 6.20 ERA in 23 games. The Yankees and the Giants faced each other for the 3rd consecutive season in the World Series, but this time, Mays was left on the bench as the Yankees won their 1st-ever World Championship. After the 1923 AL season, he was sold to the Reds for $85,000. Overall, as a Yankees Starter, he was 80-39 with a 3.25 ERA and 11 saves in 164 games and for the team from 1919-1923. He never got along with Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, which included a fistfight on the sidewalks of New York City. His trade was considered to be one of the worst in early Yankees team history. After he joined the 1924 Reds, he went 20-9. From 1924 to 1928, Carl posted a 56-36 record for the team. His 1925 NL season was shortened by injuries, but he still posted a solid 3.31 ERA in 51 innings, and then he had his last excellent season in 1926, posting a NL-leading 24 complete games in addition to a 19-12 record with a 3.14 ERA. This made Mays the 1st pitcher to lead both the AL and the NL in complete games, and he was also the 1st to win 20 games in both leagues post-1901 (pitchers such as Cy Young had won 20 games in the NL before the creation of the American League, and then repeated the feat in the AL). Mays pitched in only 19 games in both 1927 and 1928, and then he completed his MLB pitching career with 1 season with the 1929 Giants, where he went 7-2 with 4 saves in 38 games, working primarily out of the bullpen. Carl Mays was the Yankees Pitcher, who hit Indian’s batter Ray Chapman with a pitch at the Polo Grounds, which later resulted in his death during the 1920 AL season game. Mays finished his MLB Pitching career with an overall pitching record of 207-126 with a 2.92 ERA over 15 seasons. After his playing days, he was an MLB Scout for the Indians for many years, as well as with the 1962 Kansas City A's and the 1963 Braves.


1972- The Yankees released veteran MLB INF Ron Hansen (1970-1971). On February 28,1970, veteran INF Ron Hansen was purchased by the Yankees from the White Sox, he was playing with a bad back and with limited range reduced him to Reserve INF status. He was the former 1960 AL Rookie of the Year with the Orioles. He also was an AL All-Star team member. He had hit .259 with 2 HRs in 85 games for the 1969 White Sox. In 1970, he hit .297 in 59 games for the Yankees before fading in 1971 with a .207 BA in 61 games. He would be released by the team in February of 1972. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1972 Royals.


1980- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Catcher Johnny Oates as an MLB Free Agent; after he had been released by the Dodgers. He was .254 lifetime hitter as an MLB Catcher for 9 seasons. He would play in 49 games for the 1980-1981 Yankees, hitting .189 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs in 49 games. The Yankees would release him in October of 1981.


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


Mel Queen Sr. was the Father of former MLB Player and Manager Mel Queen Jr. The Yankees had signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1938. He went 8-4 with a 4.27 ERA with a 4.61 ERA in 33 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates during the 1947 MLB season.


1984- On Opening Day 1984, Yankees veteran Starter Tommy John ties an MLB record by pitching in his 26th MLB career season. John beats the Twins by a score of 4-2 for his 287th MLB victory putting him 19th overall in MLB Pitching career wins.


1987- Former Yankees OF Cameron Maybin (2019) was born


After being purchased by the Yankees from the Indians on April 25, 2019, veteran MLB OF Cameron Maybin hit .285 with 11 HRs and 32 RBIs in 82 games for the 2019 Yankees. When the 2019 MLB season had ended, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. On February 20, 2020, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Tigers for the 2020 AL season. 


1994- In New York City, a total of 56,706 fans attend Opening Day 1994, making it the largest crowd ever at new Yankee Stadium. Yankees Starter Jimmy Key is winner with bullpen help from Bob Wickman along with Closer Xavier Hernandez picking up the save. The Yankees hitting attack by led by 3B Wade Boggs, who went 4 for 5 with a run driven in.


1995- Former Yankees Minor League OF Dom Thompson Williams was born.


The Yankees in the 5th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Player Draft selected OF Dom Thompson-Williams from University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC). He played in the Yankees Minor League system for 3 seasons, while appearing in 220 games, hitting .270 with 28 HRs and 118 RBIs, while playing at Class A level. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 19, 2018, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Pitcher Erik Swanson and MLB Pitcher Justus Sheffield to the Mariners for MLB Starter James Paxton.


2010- The Yankees and the Red Sox stage a classic battle to open the 2010 AL season at Fenway Park, with the Red Sox winning the game by the score of 9-7 after trailing the Bronx Bombers by the scores of 5-1 and 7- 5. Yankee hitters Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson hit back-to-back HRs in the 2nd inning.  Brett Gardner steals home as the Yanks build an early lead against Red Sox Starter Josh Beckett, but a HR by Dustin Pedroia and 3 extra-base hits by Kevin Youkilis highlight the Sox's comeback. Veteran MLB Reliever Chan Ho Park takes the loss in his Yankees Pitching debut, while Red Sox Reliever Hideki Okajima is the winner.


2012- The Yankees wind down their 2012 MLB Spring Training camp with several team roster moves and a player trade being made. OF Justin Maxwell, who is out of Minor League options is Designated for Assignment by the team. After suffering a shoulder injury earlier in the 2011 International League season, Justin had hit .260 with 16 HRs at AAA Scranton. Veteran MLB INF Bill Hall selects MLB Free Agency, after learning that he hasn't made the 2012 Yankees Opening Day 25-man MLB roster. He doesn’t want to play for the Yankees AAA team at Scranton, who will be a “road team,” while their Scranton Stadium is being remodeled. Bill had signed a Minor League deal with the team in February of 2012. In 2011, Bill had played for the Astros and Giants, while hitting just .211 as a reserve player. The Yankees make a surprise trade, sending P George Kontos to the Giants for Reserve Catcher Chris Stewart, who had previously played for the 2008 Yankees and with AAA Scranton (IL). The Yankees name him the MLB team Reserve Catcher, while sending Catcher Francisco Cervelli to AAA to be the starting catcher for Scranton, because their starting Catcher Austin Romine is starting the 2012 IL season on the DL list with back problems. Yankees Manager Joe Giardi tells the Press in case there is an injury to Yankees starting Catcher Russell Martin, Cervelli will return to the club to be the # 1 catcher.


2013- The Yankees record their 1st win of the 2013 AL season by turning to their storied past, Veteran Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte picks up the win, while Closer Mariano Rivera gets the save in his 1st appearance following a serious knee injury that almost ended his MLB Pitching career as they defeat the Red Sox by the score of 4-2. It is Rivera's record 19th MLB season as a Yankee player, although Derek Jeter will join him when he is activated form the DL later this season.


2014- Japanese Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka makes his much-anticipated MLB Pitching debut for the Yankees defeating the Blue Jays by the score of 7-3 in front of dozens of Japanese journalists on hand for the occasion. Tanaka gives up a HR to the 1st batter he faces, former Yankees OF/DH Melky Cabrera, but then he settles down to pitch 7 solid innings. The Yankees veteran 1B Mark Teixeira has to leave the game in the 2nd inning with a hamstring injury, a flashback to last year's plague of pinstriped injuries.


2019- The Yankees acquired Pitcher Jake Barrett from the Pirates. He was assigned by the Yankees to their AAA team at Scranton (IL). He only appeared in 2 games with no decisions for the 2019 Yankees before an arm injury surgery ended his MLB season. On November 4, 2019, Jake was outrighted by the Yankees to AAA Scranton (IL). Jake refused the outright assignment to Scranton, making him an MLB Free Agent.


 April 5th


1877- Former Yankees INF/OF William “Wid” Conroy (1903-1908) was born. (1877-1959)


In October of 1902, INF/OF Bill Conroy jumped from the NL Pirates to the AL Highlanders. He appeared in 796 games for the Yankees, while hitting .250 with 12 HRs and 266 RBI’s. On February 17,1909, he was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees. 


1913- In a pre-season MLB exhibition game at Brooklyn, the Dodgers play their 1st game at their new ball park; Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats the Yankees by the score of 3-2 with the Dodgers OF Casey Stengel hitting the park's 1st HR, an in-the-park HR shot.


1921- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bobby” Hogue (1951-1952) was born. (1921-1987)


On July 31,1951, Pitcher Bobby Hogue was acquired by the Yankees along with INF Kermit Wahl and $10,000 Cash from the Browns for Yankees OF Cliff Mapes. He went 1-0 with No ERA in 7 games for the 1951 team. Hogue appeared in 2 games of the 1951 World Series against the Giants with no decisions. When the Yankees put him on waivers on August 4,1952; he had gone 3-5 with a 5.32 ERA and 4 saves in 27 games for the 1952 Yankees. Overall, Bobby Hogue went 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA and 4 saves in 34 games with the 1951-1952 Yankees before being claimed on waivers by the Browns on August 4,1952.


1925- In a MLB spring training game, the Yankees whip the Dodgers by a score of 16-9, but the sports news headlines are about Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth. The Bambino collapses at the railroad station in Asheville, NC. The Babe winds up in a New York City hospital. He will undergo an operation for an ulcer on April 17th; he will be bedridden until May 26th. The sporting news press calls the incident “Babe Ruth’s Bellyache.” Ruth will only appear in 98 games for the 1925 Yankees, while hitting only .290 with 28 HRs and 68 RBIs. The 1925 Yankees would fall to 7th place with a 69-85 record in the AL, while the Washington Senators will become the new AL Champions.


1934- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth sponsored by Quaker Oats Company agrees to do three,15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC Radio network. The total of $39,000 Cash for 13 weeks of work is $4,000 more than his current Yankees player contract. Of equal way, WSAL hires Red Barber to broadcast the Reds games.


1938- Former Yankees INF and MLB Coach Ron Hansen (1970-1971) was born.


On February 28,1970, veteran MLB INF Ron Hansen was purchased by the Yankees from the White Sox; he was playing with a bad back and with limited range. In 1970, he hit .297 in 59 games for the Yankees before fading in 1971 with a .207 BA in 61 games. He originally came up to the MLB with the 1960 Orioles. He was voted the 1960 AL Rookie of the Year. That season Ron made the AL All-Star team. He hit 20 HRs for the Orioles. Later, he would become an MLB Coach with the Expos and Brewers, working both times for Manager Buck Rodgers.


1960- The Yankees traded Reserve OF Gordon Windhorn and Minor League 3B/OF Richard Sanders to the Dodgers for Pitcher Fred Kipp. Gordon Windhorn had won the 1959 James P. Dawson Award in the Yankees 1959 Spring Training Camp. He went 0 for 11 in 1959 for the team before being sent down to AAA Richmond (IL). He started the 1960 baseball season with AAA Richmond again. Richard Sanders never played at the MLB level with the Yankees; he was also at Richmond for the 1960 Minor League season. The Dodgers would send both players to their AAA club, the Montreal Royals (IL). Fred Kipp had pitched briefly with the 1957 Dodgers. In 1958, he was 6-6 with 6.06 ERA in 41 games. Fred only appeared in 2 games for the 1959 Dodgers with no decisions. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series against the White Sox for the team. In 1959, he was with AAA St. Paul (American Association), where he posted a 14-11 record. Kipp would appear in 4 games for the 1960 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record in last MLB active season, before being sent down to AAA Richmond (IL), where he posted a 5-3 record with a 1.56 ERA in 47 games. Fred would pitch for the Yankees AAA team at Richmond (IL) for the 1961-1962 seasons, posting a 12-21 record in 103 games before retiring as an active player. Also, he wrote a book about his MLB playing days.


1970- Former Yankees Minor League P Ryan Karp was born.


On June 1,1992, P Ryan Karp was selected by the Yankees in the 9th round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He went 16-4 for the Class A Greensboro Hornets (SAL). He was named the 1993 Pitcher of the Year in South Atlantic League. On February 9, 1994, Ryan was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League INF Kevin Jordan and MLB P Bobby Munoz to thePhillies for a Player to be Named Later and MLB veteran Starter Terry Mulholland. On November 8,1994, the Phillies would send Minor League Pitcher Jeff Patterson to the Yankees to complete the trade.


1973- The Yankees obtained INF Tom Matchick from the Orioles for Shortstop Frank “No Home Run” Baker. Frank Baker was a terrible infielder with the Yankees, while playing in the Orioles farm system; he became a better fielder. With the 1970-1971 Yankees, Frank Baker hit .194 in 78 games for the team as a Reserve Shortstop for the team. He would become a good reserve INF for the Birds. Tom Matchick never played for the Yankees at MLB level; he was assigned to AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1977- The Yankees acquired Shortstop Bucky Dent from the White Sox for OF Oscar Gamble, 2 Minor League Pitchers: La Marr Hoyt and Bob Polinsky and an estimated $200,000 Cash. Bucky Dent will solidify the Yankees middle Infield and help the club reach the 1977-1978 World Series. Oscar Gamble will have a fine season in Chicago. He had hit .232 with 17 HRs and 51 RBIs for the 1976 Yankees. While La Marr Hoyt will blossom into the ace of the White Sox staff in the early 1980's, winning a 1983 AL Cy Young Award and leading the AL Pitchers wins in 1982-1983. Bob Polinsky would return to the Yankees in another trade, but he still will not appear in an MLB game. Hoyt had spent the 1976 season with AA West Haven Yankees (Eastern League) posting a 15-8 record with a 2.50 ERA; while Polinsky went 4-8 with a 3.30 ERA with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1979- At Yankee Stadium, 52,719 fans see the Brewers jump on Yankees Ace Ron Guidry for 4 runs in the 6th inning, beating the Yankees by a score of 5-1. It's the most runs the 1978 AL Cy Young Award Winner has allowed since the 1977 AL season. The Yankees get singles from their 1st 3 hitters, but manage to score just 1 run in the 1st inning off of Brewers Starter Mike Caldwell.


1995- The Yankees acquired veteran MLB Closer John Wetteland (1995-1996) from the Montreal Expos for Minor League 1B Fernando Seguignol and Cash. Twenty-year-old Seguignol had hit .289 for Class A Oneonta Yankees, while leading the NY-Penn League with 9 triples. In 1995, Wetteland will go 1-5 with a 2.93 ERA with 31 saves in 60 games for the Yankees. In 1996, he went 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 43 saves in 62 games. He will help the Yankees to win the 1996 World  Championship with  0-0 record with a 2.08 ERA and 4 saves in 5 games against the Braves. John will win the 1996 World Series MVP Award and the 1996 Rolaids Relief Award. Overall, he will go 3-8 in 122 games with 74 saves as a Yankees Closer before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency, signing a multi-year contract with the Rangers. 


2002- Former Yankees Minor League Manager William “Sheriff” Robinson passed away. (1921-2002).


Sheriff Robinson had managed the AA Amarillo Gold Sox (Texas League) in 1961, which featured future Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton, INF Phil Linz and 1B Joe Pepitone, aka “The Amarillo Gang.”  In 1962, he managed the Yankees AAA club, the Richmond Virginians (IL), before leaving the Yankees organization to join the Mets organization in 1963.


2012- The Yankees acquired Pitcher Cody Eppley from the Rangers. He was assigned to AAA Scranton RailRiders (IL). He will appear in 59 games as a Reliever for the 2012 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.33 ERA.


April 6th


1954- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Clay (1977-1979) was born.


Ken Clay was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft upon graduation from E. C. Glass HS in Lynchburg, Virginia. He put up respectable numbers in his 1st 5 seasons in the Yankees' farm system, going 46-40 with a 3.64 ERA, but he was wild. In 726 innings pitched, Clay walked 348 batters. He got it together in 1977; in 10 starts with theInternational League's AAA Syracuse Chiefs, Clay went 5-1 with a 1.68 ERA. He was called up to the Bronx to relieve some of the burden on Manager Billy Martin's overextended pitching staff. He joined a team that was tied for 1st place in the AL East, and eventually won the division by 2.5 games over the Orioles and the Red Sox. Clay went 0-2 with a 7.73 ERA as a starter, but he was far more effective working out of the Yankees bullpen. He was 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA and 1 save as a Relief pitcher. Oddly, the 1 loss may have been his best pitching performance of the season. On June 17th, Catfish Huntergave up 4 1st inning HRs against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He handed the ball to Clay with the Yankees down 4-0 with 2 outs in the 1st. Clay held them scoreless through the 4th, allowing the Yankees to tie the score. The Red Sox scored a runin the 5h to hang the lost-on Clay. After not making an appearance in the 1977 ALCS, he made appearances in both games the Yankees lost to the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series, pitching very effectively in Game 2.


Heading into 1978 MLB spring training camp, Clay was one of the top young pitching prospects in the Yankees' organization, along with Jim Beattie and Gil Patterson, hoping to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. Each vocalized frustration with the organization, when they acquired veteran MLB Pitchers Rich Gossage, Andy Messersmith and Rawly Eastwick after the 1977 AL season had ended, believing that it hindered their chances of making the club. In return, Clay received his fair share of criticism from some of the veteran Yankees Pitchers. Bronx AL All-Star Pitcher Catfish Hunter surmised that Clay had a "great arm, great slider, bad brains," and felt that the advice he offered to the young pitcher often went unheeded. Likewise, Closer Sparky Lyle, who won a Cy Young Award in relief, also offered advice to Clay about his tendency to wear his arm out in practice, thus not being 100% for the day's game. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner simply described Clay as a "morning glory," a horse racing term for a horse that performs best in the morning workouts prior to the actual race. Regardless, with the exception of a 21-day trip to the DL. Clay remained on the MLB Team roster the entire season. Clay went 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 28 games during the regular season, but his most memorable performance came in the 1978 AL Post-season. The Yankees were leading 4-0, when Clay was called into the 1st game of the 1978 ALCS against the Royals in the 6th inning with 1 out and the bases loaded. The Royals scored 1 run on a sacrifice fly by Hal McRae. Clay then retired Al Cowens on a groundout to get out of the inning with just 1 run scored. He held the Royals hitless the rest of the way to earn the save. Unfortunately, his success did not carry into the 1979 AL season, Ken went 1-7 with a 5.70 ERA with 2 saves in 32 games; he was relegated to "mop-up duty" by the end of the season (26 of his 32 appearances were in losses). He began the 1980 season assigned to the Yankees' AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers(IL). On August 14,1980, he was traded to the Rangers for veteran MLB Starter Gaylord Perry. The Yankees sent Minor League OF Marvin Thompson on October 1,1980 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Overall, Ken Clay went 6-14 with a 4.72 ERA and 3 saves in 81 games for the Yankees. He appeared 2 World Series games for the Yankees with no record. After pitching for the Rangers and the Mariners, Ken retired from baseball in 1981.


1971- At Fenway Park‚ the Red Sox take their 2nd straight Home Opener in winning over Yankees Starter Stan Bahnsen‚ who gives up 2 runs in 7 innings. Red Sox OF Reggie Smith has 3 hits and his throw to the plate in the 8th inning gets the last out. Veteran Boston MLB Starter Ray Culp picks up the 1971 Opening Day victory


1973- At Fenway Park in Boston, Yankees Ron Blomberg becomes the 1st Designated Hitter in MLB history. In his 1st plate appearance, Blomberg walks with the bases loaded off of Red Sox Starter Luis Tiant. He will end up with 1 hit in 3 at-bats as the Yankees lose to the Red Sox by the score of 15-5. Joking with the MLB news media, Ron calls himself, “the Designated Hebrew.”


1974- The Yankees play their 1st home game outside of Yankee Stadium since 1922 (Polo Grounds), when they hosted the Indians at Shea Stadium.  A 12-year-old Teddy Kennedy‚ Jr.‚ flanked by his Father and NYC Mayor Abe Beame‚ who tosses out the 1st ball. Missing from the ceremony is Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner‚ indicted 2 days earlier for illegal federal campaign contributions. Graig Nettles' 2-run HR in the 4th inning off of Indians' Starter Gaylord Perry, the started the Bronx Bombers scoring, as the Yankees score 4 more times to win. Former Yankee OF Charlie Spikes scores the only Tribe run in the 9th inning following a triple off of veteran Bronx Starter and winner Mel Stottlemyre. Perry‚ who is warned once for an illegal pitch‚ is the loser today‚ but he will win his next 15 pitching decisions. The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 6-1. The Yankees will play at Shea Stadium for the 1974-1975 AL seasons, while Yankee Stadium is being rebuild. This would be veteran hurler Mel Stottlemyre’s last Opening Day start for the Yankees.


1977- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Andy Phillips (2005-2007) was born.


The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Shortstop Andy Phillips. He had played Shortstop for the University of Alabama. Early in his Minor League playing career, Andy suffered a leg injury that moved him from being a Shortstop. Phillips hit a game winning HR in the 10th inning of the 2004 AAA All-Star Game. In 2005, Andy won the James P. Dawson Award for being the best Yankees Rookie in 2005 spring training camp. He would appear in 203 games for the Yankees, while hitting .253 with 11 HRs and 60 RBI’s. After the 2007 AL season, Phillips was released by the Yankees organization. He later played for the Reds and the Mets. Next, he played 2 seasons in Japan. In 2009, he was with the Hiroshima Carp, appearing in 74 games, while hitting .265 with 15 HRs and 50 RBIs. In 2010, he was with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, hitting just .198 with 2 HRs and 12 RBIs in 26 games. After his active playing career ended in 2011, Phillips returned to the University of Alabama as an Assistant Baseball Coach.


1981- The Yankees traded Minor League P Byron Ballard to the Padres for a Player to be Named Later. Ballard had gone 17-6 with 15 complete games for 1980 Class A Greensboro (SAL). The Padres would assign him to Class AA Amarillo (TL) for the 1981 season. On April 30,1981, the Yankees would receive OF Dave Stegman from the Padres as the Player to be Named later. He had previously played in the MLB with the Tigers, where had appeared in 85 games. The Yankees would send him to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he would play for the next 2 seasons. He would only appear in 2 games with the 1982 Yankees as a Pinch-Runner. He would be granted MLB Free Agency by the team in the Fall of 1982. He would be signed by the White Sox.


1982- A freak heavy spring snowstorm brings subfreezing temperatures across the Northeast and Mid-West of the country that causes the postponement of home openers for the Yankees and other MLB teams.


1982- The Yankees traded Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden to the Montreal Expos for Reserve Catcher Bobby Ramos. He had hit .168 in 41 games in 3 seasons for the Expos. The Yankees would send him to their AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL). He would appear in only 4 games with the 1982 Yankees, getting 1 hit in 11 at bats. He would be sent back to the Expos at the end of the 1982 AL season. Gulden had spent the 1981 season with 3 different teams; Seattle (AAA Spokane, PCL), Yankees (AAA Columbus Clippers, IL) and the Expos (AAA, Wichita Fall, American Association). On October 26, 1982, Gulden was reacquired by the Yankees from the Expos, but he will be sent to AAA Columbus (IL), where he hit .316 for the 1983 IL season. In the fall of 1983, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He will sign as MLB Free Agent with the 1984 Reds.


1983- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bronson Sardinha (2007) was born.


Bronson Sardinha was selected by the Yankees with their 1st round selection in 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. A Shortstop in high school, Sardinha has played shortstop, 3B and the Outfield in the Minors. He is the brother of Dane Sardinha and Duke Sardinha. He has moved through the Yankees Minor League system at a normal pace spending roughly 1 season at every level, except AA where he played for 2 seasons. Sardinha had hit .391 as a HS senior. The Yankees took him with the 34th pick of the 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. They signed him for a $1,100,000. At the time, it was the highest any Hawaii HS player was drafted. Bronson was assigned to the GCL Yankees, he hit .303 with 11 steals in 13 tries. He led the Gulf Coast League with 42 runs (in 55 games), was 8th in BA average. He was honored as the GCL All-Star shortstop. Baseball America rated him as the GCL's #3 prospect after Chad Petty and Anderson Hernandez. At age 19, Sardinha hit .263 with 15 steals in 21 tries for the Greensboro Bats, but he fielded just .889 at Shortstop, far less than the other player they tried there, Robinson Cano. Shortly after the short-season leagues began, he was demoted to the Staten Island Yankees in part to learn the outfield. He hit .323 in 36 games, helping Staten Island to a title. Had he qualified, he would have edged Jorge Cortes for the NYPL OBP lead and ranked 4th in average. As Cano had been demoted with Sardinha, other Managers accused Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner of adding talent for the pennant run. Baseball America rated him the #4 prospect in the NYPL, ahead of teammates Chien-Ming Wang (#6) and Cano (#11). Sardinha started 2003 with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL0 he hit only .193 in 59 games before being demoted to the Battle Creek Yankees, where he batted .275 in 71 games. He split 2004 baseball season between the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) and AA Trenton Thunder (EL), he hit .289 with 8 HR and 62 RBIs.  After that season he was named the 9th best prospect in the Yankees Minor League system by BA. He hit .315 in 63 games for Tampa and .267 in 72 for AA Trenton. He reached base in 46 consecutive games early in the season. Had he qualified; he would have led the FSL in batting average. In 2005, the 22-year-old produced at a .258 clip with 115 strikeouts and 30 doubles as the RF for Trenton. He hit .344 for the Grand Canyon Rafters (Arizona Fall League); as it was a high-offense year, he failed to make the top 10 in average in the AFL. In 2006, he was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team. He batted .254 in 86 games with Trenton Thunder. He was promoted to AAA, hitting .286 in 52 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Overall, he smacked 16 HRs. He started the 2007 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL). He hit only .222 with 11 HRs in 109 games. He spent some time back with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), where he hit .429 with 4 HRs in 15 games. In spite of his poor offensive production at Scranton, the Yankees recalled him in September, making his MLB Player debut on September 15th during a quadruple switch. He got his 1st at-bat MLB against hurler Bryan Corey with Hideki Matsui on 1st and 1 out in the top of the 9th inning and grounded into a game-ending double play. On December 12, 2007, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. Since leaving the Yankees organization in 2007, he has played for the Mariners, Rockies and the Indians organizations.


1998- Former Yankees Reliever John Wyatt (1968) passed away from a fatal heart attack (1935-1998).


After starring in the Negro Leagues, John Wyatt embarked on a 9-season pitching career in the AL, where he saved 103 games. He was an AL All- Star Closer for the Kansas City A’s. In perhaps his most memorable MLB Pitching appearance was when he won Game 6 of the 1967 World Series for the Red Sox. John was briefly with the 1968 Yankees appearing in only 7 games, while posting a 0-2 record after being acquired from the Red Sox before moving on to the Tigers during the 1968 AL season. With the Tigers, John went 1-0 in 22 games. He didn’t appear in the 1968 World Series with the team. In 1969, John ended his MLB Pitching career with the Oakland A’s, appearing in only 4 games, while going 0-1. Overall, he appeared in 465 MLB games, while posting a 42-44 record with a 3.47 ERA and 103 saves.


2003- Yankee hitters Alfonso Soriano and Nick Johnson hit back-to-back HRs to start the game as the Bronx Bombers beat the Devil Rays by the score of 10-5. Yankees Starter Roger Clemens wins his MLB career victory #295.


2004- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Lou Berbert (1954-1955) passed away. (1929-2004).


In 1950, the Yankees signed Catcher Lou Berbert as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.  Lou was another one of a long list of young catchers in the Yankees Minor League system; who were blocked by the presence of AL All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra and Elston Howard during the 1950’s. Lou appeared in just 7 games for the 1954-1955 Yankees. On February 8,1956, Lou was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, INF Herb Plews, OF Richard Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler to the Senators for INF Bobby Kline and veteran MLB Starter Mickey McDermott. On April 2,1956, the Yankees would send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog, who was playing with the Yankees AAA club, the Denver Bears (American Association) to the Senators to complete the trade.


2004- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Johnson (1969) passed away. (1923-2004).


Veteran MLB knuckleball hurler Ken Johnson pitched briefly with the 1969 Yankees, after coming from the Braves on June 10,1969 before being sold to the Cubs on August 11,1969 for the waiver price of $20,000 Cash.  Johnson had been 0-1 with 1 save in 9 games for the 1969 Braves. Ken would appear just in 12 games for the 1969 Yankees as a Starter and Reliever, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.46 ERA. The veteran MLB Pitcher was originally signed by the Philadelphia A’s. He had pitched for the A’s, Reds, Astros, Braves, Yankees and Cubs in MLB Pitching career.


2009- Marquee MLB Free Agent Starter CC Sabathia and 1B Mark Teixeira have a rough time in their 2009 Yankees pinstripes player debuts for the team. Starter Sabathia gives up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4⅓ innings, while Teixeira goes 0 for 4 at the plate as the Orioles defeat the Yankees by the score of 10-5 at Camden Yards. Cesar Izturis hits a 2-run HR and Aubrey Huff a 2-run double for the Birds, as Starter Jeremy Guthrie picks up the win.


2012- Carlos Pena is the hero as the Rays defeat the Yankees by the score of 7-6 on Opening Day 2012. Pena hits a Grand Slam HR off of Yankees Starter CC Sabathia in the 1st inning, then he gets the game-winning hit, again with the bases loaded off of Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera. Trailing 6-5 heading into the bottom of the 9th at Tropicana Field, the Rays stage a rally against the great "Mo", when Desmond Jennings leads off with a single and Ben Zobrist triples him in; Rivera issues intentional passes to the next 2 batters to load the bases, but after striking out Sean Rodriguez, he gives up Pena's game-ending hit to the base of the RF wall.


2017- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Cerv (1951-1956,1960-1962) passed away. (1925-2017)


The Yankees signed OF Bob Cerv as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1950. He played for the team from 1951-1956, before being sold to Kansas City A’s, after the 1956 World Series. He hit a Pinch-Hit HR in the 5th game of the 1955 World Seriesagainst the Dodgers. He had his best MLB player season was in 1958 with the A’s, hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs, despite playing with a broken jaw. He was named to the 1958 AL All-Star team. Bob finished 4th in the AL MVP ballot voting, which was won by his former Yankees teammate OF Jackie Jensen, who was now with the Red Sox. He returned to the Bronx in May of 1960, in a trade that saw former Bronx veteran 3B Andy Carey being sent to the A’s. He would hit .250 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs in 87 games for the 1960 Yankees. In the 1960 World Series, Bob hit .357 against the Pirates until an ankle injury forced him out of Game #7. The Yankees lost him in the 1960 AL Expansion Teams Player Draft to the Angels.  Bob appeared in 18 games with the 1961 Angels, hitting .158 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. He returned to the Yankees on May 8, 1961 along with veteran AL Reliever Tex Clevenger for Yankee Pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and Rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. Cerv hit .271 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 57 games for the 1961 Yankees. Bob did not appear in the 1961 World Series for the team against the Reds. He had appeared in 3 World Series (1955-1956,1960) with the Yankees, while hitting .258 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 10 games. In June of 1962, Yankees sold Bob to the new NL Expansion Team, the Houston Colt 45s. Due to leg injuries, he only appeared 19 games for the Colt 45s, while hitting just .226. The Colts would release him. Bob was always a good outfielder and hitter for the Yankees, but he could never could break into a fulltime position in the Yankees Outfield. Cerv was up with the Yankees each season from 1951 to 1956, but he never appeared in more than 56 games in a season. The Yankees had him playing for their AAA club, the Kansas City Blues (American Association) each season. He hit .341 in 1955 and .304 in 1956 at MLB team level. As a Yankees player, Bob hit .266 with 26 HRs and 118 RBIs in 379 games. At the end of his MLB playing career, Bob went to MLB Spring Training Camp with the 1963 Mets, but his recurring leg injuries forced him to retire from the game. Mets Manager Casey Stengel was hoping to use him as a regular Outfielder for the 1963 NL team.


April 7th


1874- Former Yankees INF and MLB Manager John Ganzel (1903-1904) was born. (1874-1959).


John Ganzel had a cup of coffee with the 1898 Pirates. He then came up to the 1900 Orphans for 78 games (and was with Detroit in the Minors for 22 games). He was with the 1901 Giants in the NL, then he spent the 1902 season in the Minors with Louisville. John appeared in 259 games for the 1903-1904 Yankees, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 119 RBIs. Then in 1905-1906, he was with Grand Rapids. He came back to the MLB 1 last time in 1907-1908 with the Reds. After his time with the Reds, he played a few seasons with AA Rochester (IL). John had begun managing in 1905-1906 with Grand Rapids and then he managed the 1908 Reds to a 5th place finish, while serving as the regular 1B. Thereafter, he managed at Rochester from 1909-1915, sometimes also playing, before coming back to the MLB to manage part of the 1915 season with the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League). He later managed the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) for 3 seasons, he would later manage at Laurel and Orlando.


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Oral “Hildy” Hildebrand (1939-1940) was born. (1907-1977)


On October 26,1938, hurler Oral Hildebrand was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with OF Buster Mills to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn and OF Myril Hoag. He will post an 11-5 record with a 2.90 ERA and 2 saves in 34 games with the 1939-1940 Yankees. He had appeared 1 game of 1939 World Series against the Reds for the Yankees with no record. On March 30,1941, he was purchased by the AA St Paul Saints (American Association) from the Yankees.


1915- The Yankees purchased Pitcher Ensign Cottrell from the Boston Braves. He had briefly appeared with the Braves, spending most of 1914 season with the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). He appeared in 7 games for the 1915 Yankees, while  posting a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA.


1933- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Del Greco (1957-1958) was born. (1933-2019)


After being purchased from the Cubs in September of 1957, Reserve OF Bobby Del Greco hit .459 for his month with the Yankees. Bobby did not appear in the 1957 World Series against the Braves. He only appeared in 6 games with the 1958 Yankees, while hitting just .200 before being sent down to AAA Richmond (IL), where he hit .267 with 9 HRs and 45 RBIs in 100 games. In April of 1959, Bobby was sold to the Phillies.


1948- Former Yankees Pitcher Rick Sawyer (1974-1975) was born.


On March 19,1974, hurler Rick Sawyer was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Indians along with OF Walt Williams to the Yankees. The Yankees sent Reserve Catcher Jerry Moses to the Tigers. The Tribe sent Reliever Ed Farmer to theYankees. The Tigers sent Veteran AL Starter Jim Perry to the Indians. Rick Sawyer had no decisions in 5 games with the 1974-1975 Yankees. While pitching in the Yankees Minor League system, he went 22-14 in 49 games. On July 31,1976, Rick was sent by the Yankees to the Padres to complete an earlier deal made for OF Gene Locklear on July 10, 1976. He would go 12-9 with 4.49 ERA in 74 games for the Padres.


1952- The Yankees waived hurler Dave “The Squeakin’ Deacon” Madison (1950) to the St. Louis Browns. In 1947, Dave had been signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in just 1 game for the 1950 Yankees with no decision. He would pitch for the Browns and Tigers before leaving the MLB. Later, he would become a Yankees MLB Scout.


1969- Hall of Fame player Ted Williams makes his MLB Managerial debut for the Washington Senators. Williams loses his 1st  MLB game to the Yankees by the score of 8-4 on Opening Day at RFK Stadium. Williams will manage the team for 3 seasons, before moving with the team to Texas in 1972.


1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Brett Tomko (2009) was born.


On February 13, 2009, veteran hurler Brett Tomko was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He went 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 games for the Yankees before being released by the team. He would finish the 2009 AL season with the Oakland A’s.


1977- The Yankees open defense of their 1976 AL Championship by defeating the Brewers by the score of 3-0 at Yankee Stadium. Sparky Lyle recorded the 1st of 26 saves in relief of veteran Starter Catfish Hunter, who went 7-innings of 2-hit ball before getting hit by a line drive by Brewers batter Von Joshua. Yankees new 1977 DH Jim Wynn hit a HR in his 1st at bat as a Yankees player. It would be the highlight of his brief playing career with the Bronx Bombers. It will be his #291 MLB career HR and his last one as an MLB player.


1996- Current Yankees Minor League INF Hoy Jun Park was born.


The Yankees signed Shortstop Hoy Jun Park at the age of 18 as an International Free Agent in 2014, giving him a signing bonus of $1.1 million dollars. He was a part of a group of International Signees that also included highly regarded prospect, Wilkerman Garcia. The Yankees assigned him to the short-season Pulaski Yankees (APPL). In 2019, he played for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). Park appeared in 113 games at AA level, while hitting .272 with 3 HRs and 41 RBIs. The Yankees had invited him to their 2020-2021 MLB Spring Training Camps. He is scheduled to play for AAA Scranton (IL) this coming  2021 Minor League season.


2010- New Yankees CF Curtis Granderson quickly makes his presence felt with the "Bronx Bombers". After hitting a HR in his 1st at-bat for the team on Opening Day 2010, April 4th, he hits a game-winning long ball off of Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon in the 10th inning of today's game, which started as a pitching duel between veteran MLB Starters Andy Pettitte and John Lackey, giving the Yankees a 3-1 victory. Bronx Reliever Chan Ho Park redeems his poor Opening Day performance with 3-innings of 1-hit ball in relief to earn his 1st win in Yankees pinstripes, while Closer Mariano Rivera picks up his 2nd save in as many days.


2011- Barely a week into his MLB playing career, Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffers a broken fibula in a collision with a sliding Yankees baserunner Nick Swisher, who is trying to break up the double play. The Yankees win the game by the score of 4-3. Bronx Starter A.J. Burnett is the winner, benefiting from a 3-run rally in the 4th inning.


 2019- Yankees Catcher Gary Sanchez hits 3 HRs and drives in 6 runs to lead the Yankees to a 15-3 beatdown of the Orioles. He has a chance at a 4th HR in the 9th inning, but he flies out to left field against INF Hanser Alberto, pitching mop-up relief. At 5-4, the Yankees are now above .500 for the 1st time this AL season.


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April 8th


1909- While at the Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, Highlanders 1B Hal Chase contracts a case of Smallpox. The entire New York team is vaccinated and quarantined, while traveling north by train. Chase will not be able to report to the team until May.


1946- Former Yankees and A’s Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter (1975-1979) was born. (1946-1999)


Jim “Catfish” Hunter will make his MLB Pitching debut in 1965 with the Kansas City A’s. He will join the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent on December 31,1975. His Yankees Pitching career record was 63-53 with a 3.58 ERA in 137 games. He had 65 complete games with 11 shutouts for the Yankees. He won 23 games in 1975 and 17 games in 1976 for the team. He will retire from the MLB at the age of 33 in 1979 after 15-year MLB pitching career with the A’s and the Yankees. Jim ‘s final MLB Pitching career totals were a 224-166 record with a 3.26 ERA in 500 games. Hunter appeared in 6 ALCS appearing in 10 games, while posting a 4-3 record with a 3.25 ERA with 3 complete games. In World Series play, Catfish appeared in 6 series with a 5-3 record with a 3.29 ERA. With the A’s, Jim posted a 161-113 record with a 3.13 ERA in 363 games. He will win election to the Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1999, Jim “Catfish” Hunter will pass away from ALS disease at the age of 53.


 1957- Former Yankees Reserve INF Roger Holt (1980) was born.


In the 4th round (101st pick overall) of the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft, INF Roger Holt was selected by the Yankees. Holt was a star in the Minor Leagues (he had the game winning hit in the Minor League World Series). Roger was named the 1980 Yankees Minor League Player of the Year. In 1980, he was called up by Yankees and given the uniform # 55; he played in 2 games for the team. In those 2 games, Holt had 6 at bats; he struck out twice, walked once and got 1 hit (off of Tigers hurler Aurelio Lopez). However, the following spring, he was traded to the Rangers for INF Tucker Ashford.


1964- Former Yankees Reserve INF and MLB Umpire, Manager George Moriarty (1906-1907) passed away. (1884-1964)


INF George Moriarty had brief trials with the 1903-1904 Cubs. In 1905, George had a great season with AA Toledo (American Association.)  In August of 1905, the Yankees purchase him from Toledo. George was a Reserve 3B/1B for the 1906-1907 Yankees, he hit .254 with No HRs and 93 RBIs and 58 stolen bases in 292 games. He stole 50 bases for the 1906-1907 teams. On January 14, 1909, the Yankees sold 3B George Moriarty to the Tigers. He would become the new regular 3B for the Tigers. In 1917, Moriarty became an American League Umpire, which appeared to be his true calling. Later, he would become the Tigers Manager for the 1927-1928 AL seasons, replacing Manager Ty Cobb. He returned to MLB Umpiring from 1929 to 1940. Among famous incidents during his MLB Umpiring career was the time in 1932, when he fought 4 members of the White Sox simultaneously, Milt Gaston, Charlie Berry, Frank Grube and Lew Fonseca, the Player-Manager, after some disagreements about the calling of balls and strikes. He fought them to a draw. Columnist Joe Williams joked afterward that "Moriarty must be slipping; I can remember when he used to take on whole teams as a warm-up". He was given a public reprimand by American League President Will Harridge for this incident, while the Chicago players were fined or suspended. In the 1935 World Series, he ejected 3 Cubs players, Charlie Grimm, Tuck Stainback and Woody English, for heckling the Tigers' Hank Greenberg. He was fined $200 by  Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for not consulting with him prior to the ejections; to this day, Moriarty has ejected more players than any other umpire from World Series play. Still, he was by all accounts an excellent umpire. He was named the American League's best Umpire in a poll of players conducted by The Sporting News in 1935.  Moriarty was then a Tiger MLB Scout from 1945 to 1958. Among the players that he discovered was future AL Batting Champion Harvey Kuenn.


1967- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Rich Batchelor was born.


In 1990, the Yankees signed P Rich Batchelor as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On August 31,1993, Rich was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for veteran MLB All-Star Closer Lee Smith.


1975- Veteran MLB All-Star OF Frank Robinson makes his debut as the 1st MLB Black Manager. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, throws out the ceremonial 1st pitch before a crowd of 56,204 at Cleveland. As the Player-Manager for the Indians, Frank Robinson hits a HR in his 1st at-bat, helping the Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Yankees. For Robinson, it is his 8th Opening Day HR, setting an MLB record.


1983- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Bobby Wilson was born.


On December 13, 2012Catcher Bobby Wilson was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had played for the 2008-2012 Angels as a Reserve Catcher, appearing in 109 games, while hitting .208. He did not appear at the MLB level with 2013 Yankees, he was with AAA Scranton (IL). After the 2013 AL season had ended, Wilson was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.


1983- Former Yankees Non-Roster Catcher Chris Iannetta (2020) was born.


On February 3, 2020, the Yankees signed veteran MLB Catcher Chris Iannetta to a Minor League Contract with an invitation to the 2020 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. He is a 14-season Veteran MLB Catcher, who has appeared in 1,197 games, while hitting .230 with 141 HRs and 502 RBIs. Chris has played for the Rockies (twice), Angels, Mariners and the Diamondbacks. In 2019, he played for the Rockies, hitting just .222 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs in 52 games. After the 2019 NL season had ended, the Rockies granted him MLB Free Agency. He was at the 2020 Yankees Alternate Spring Training site, just in case of an injury to the team’s MLB Catchers Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka. During the 2020 AL season, Chris retired from the MLB.


1985- At Fenway Park, 46-year-old Phil Niekro starts for the Yankees, becoming the 2nd oldest pitcher ever to start in an MLB Opening Day. Only Jack Quinn for the 1931 Brooklyn Robins was older at age 47. The Red Sox hitters chase Niekro after 4 innings, behind the pitching of Starter Oil Can Boyd, who coasts to a 9-2 victory. Niekro walks 4 Boston batters in the 3rd inning, including 2 with the bases loaded, to lose his 7th opener in a row (6 with the Braves), the worst Opening Day pitching record ever. Red Sox Sluggers Tony Armas, Dwight Evans and Jim Rice stroke HRs for Boston.


1993- Indians Slugger Carlos Baerga becomes the 1st player in MLB history to switch-hit HRs in the same inning. In the 7th inning, Baerga connects against Yankees Relievers Steve Howe and Steve Farr. Baerga's HR outburst helps the Indians to a 15-5 victory over the Yankees.


2003- At Yankee Stadium 2003 Home Opener, with 33,109 Yankees fans chanting his name, Hideki Matsui hit his 1st MLB HR, a Grand Slam HR shot off of the Twins Starter Joe Mays in the 5th inning to provide the lead, Yankees will win the game by the score of 7-3. Yankees Veteran All-Star Starter Andy Pettitte picks-up the win, he is now 2-0, as Twins Starter Joe Mays takes the lost, falling to a 1-1 record. The Yankees are now 6-1 for the 2003 AL season, while the Twins fall to a 3-7 mark in the AL Central Division.


2003- Former Yankees Minor League Player Bing Russell passed away. (1926-2003)


Bing Russell was a Minor League player in the Yankees farm system, playing for the Class D Carrolton (Georgia-Alabama League) in 1948-1949. Later Bing became a Hollywood actor most known for his work in the NBC-TV show "Bonanza.” Russell returned to baseball in the 1970s as team owner of the Port Mavericks (Northwest League). His son, actor Kurt Russell, played with the Dodgers organization for part of his Minor League career, until shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career. Russell's Grandson, Matt Franco went on to play in the MLB.


2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Al “Two Gun” Gettel (1945-1946) passed away. (1917-2005)


 In 1936, the Yankees signed P Al Gettel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He posted a 15-15 record with 3 saves in 53 games for the Yankees. On January 22,1943, Al was traded by the Yankees along with Ed Levy and $10,000 Cash to the Blue Jays (aka Phillies) for 1B Nick Etten. Al Gettel and Ed Levy were returned to Yankees on March 26, 1943. The Yankees sent Catcher Tom Padden and P Al Gerheauser on March 26, 1943 to the Blue Jays to complete the trade. On December 6,1946Al was traded by the Yankees along with P Gene Bearden and OF Hal Peck to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and Reserve INF Ray Mack. Al "Two-Gun" Gettel went 197-137 in a Minor League pitching career that spanned from 1936through 1959. His greatest success in the Minors came in the Pacific Coast League in the 1st half of the 1950s. Al went 23-7 with a 3.62 ERA for the 1950 AAA Oakland Oaks, placing him 2nd in the PCL in victories. In 1952, he led the PCL with 284 innings pitched. A year later he was named the top pitcher in the PCL, after going 24-14 with a 3.20 ERA for the Oaks. He led the league in wins, innings (309) and complete games (30). Gettel also appeared in the MLB in all or parts of 7 seasons between 1945-1955, pitching for 6 different teams with his best season coming with the Indians in 1947, when he went 11-10 with a 3.20 ERA. As a MLB Pitcher, Gettel was 38-45 with a 4.28 ERA, while appearing in 184 games. While playing in the Pacific Coast league in the early 1950’s, Al appeared in several B-Western films, earning him his player nickname “Two-Gun.”


2011- The Red Sox finally record their 1st win of the 2011 AL season after starting out 0-6 by defeating their arch-rivals the Yankees by the score of 9-6, in their 2011 AL season home opener. Dustin Pedroia hits a HR in his 1st at-bat with his team down 2-0, he finishes the day with 3 hits and as many RBIs to lead the Boston hitting attack. Red Sox Starter John Lackey is the winner in spite of giving up 6 Yankee runs over 5 innings of work.


2012- For only the 2nd time in the history of the AL, the Yankees and Red Sox, both have a 0-3 record. Tampa Bay completes a sweep of the Bronx Bombers at home as Rays Starter Jeremy Hellickson throws a 3-hit shutout on his 25th birthday.


2017- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Cerv (1951-1956,1960-1962) passed away at age of 91. (1925-2017)


Prior to his pro baseball career, he was a collegiate baseball and basketball player at the University of Nebraska. Bob had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Yankees signed OF Bob Cerv as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1950. Bob was always a good outfielder and hitter for the Yankees, but he could never could break into a fulltime position in the Yankees outfield. Cerv was up with the Yankees each season from 1951 to 1956, but he never appeared in more than 56 games in a season. He played for their AAA club, the Kansas City Blues (American Association). He hit .341 in 1955 and .304 in 1956 for the Yankees. He hit a Pinch-Hit HR in the 5th game of the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers. After the 1956 World Series, Bob was sold to Kansas City A’s. With the A’s, he became a regular starting LF for the team.  He had his best MLB season in 1958 with the A’s, hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs, despite playing with a broken jaw. He was named to the 1958 AL All-Star team. Bob finished 4th in the AL MVP ballot voting, which was won by his former Yankees teammate OF Jackie Jensen, who was now with the Red Sox. He returned to the Bronx in May of 1960, in a trade that saw former Yankees starting 3B Andy Carey being sent to the A’s. He would hit .250 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs in 87 games for the 1960 Yankees. In the 1960 World Series, Bob hit .357 against the Pirates until an ankle injury forced him out of Game #7. The Yankees lost him in the 1960 AL Expansion Teams Player Draft to the Angels. With the Angels, Bob appeared in 18 games for the team, while hitting .158 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. He returned to the Yankees on May 8, 1961 when Bob was traded along with veteran Reliever Tex Clevenger for Yankees Pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and Rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. He hit .271 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 57 games for the 1961 Yankees. Bob did not appear in the 1961 World Series for the team against the Reds. He had appeared in 3 World Series (1955-1956,1960) with the Yankees, hitting .258 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 10 games. As a player for the Yankees, Bob had hit .266 with 26 HRs and 118 RBIs in 379 games. In June of 1962, Yankees sold Bob to the new NL Expansion Team, the Houston Colt 45s. Due to leg injuries, he only appeared 19 games for the Colt 45s, while hitting .226 before being released by the team. At the end of his MLB playing career, Bob went to MLB spring training camp with the 1963 Mets, but his recurring leg injuries forced him to retire from the game. Mets Manager Casey Stengel was hoping to use him as a regular Outfielder for the 1963 NL team. Bob finished his MLB playing career with a .276 BA with 105 HRs and 374 RBIs, while playing for the Yankees, A’s and the Colt 45s.


April 9th


1888- Former Yankees Pitcher James “Hippo” Vaughn (1908,1910-1912) was born. (1888-1966)


Hippo Vaughn went 22-30 with a 3.18 ERA in 72 games for the Yankees before going to the Senators on waivers during the 1912 AL season. In 1913, Hippo will be picked by the Cubs, becoming a 20-game winner for 5 NL seasons with the team, before finishing his MLB Pitching career with them in 1921. He was 1-2 with a 1.00 ERA for the Cubs in the 1918 World Series. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, he went 179-136 with a 2.49 ERA in 390 games.


1912- The Yankees purchased Catcher Gus Fisher from the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians). Fisher as Cleveland Rookie Catcher in 1911, had hit .261 in 70 games. He would only appear in 10 games for the Yankees before being sent to the Minor Leagues, never returning to the MLB.


1953- Pittsburgh's 1-sided pre-season victory over the defending World Champions Yankees notwithstanding, today's main attraction is 21-year-old Mickey Mantle, as the Yankees' young phenom becomes just the 3rd batter in Forbes Field's 44-year history—after Babe Ruth in 1935 and Teddy Beard in 1950—to clear the 89-FT-high RF roof.


1959- The Yankees traded Minor League Pitcher Mark Freeman to Kansas City for MLB Pitcher Jack Urban. Freeman had spent 8 seasons in the Yankees farm system, pitching at the AAA level for the past 3 seasons. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Mark would appear in 3 games with the 1959 Kansas City A’s, before they sold him back to the Yankees on May 8,1959, who in return sent him to AAA Seattle (PCL).  Jack Urban was a former Yankees Minor League hurler, who had posted a 15-15 record with the 1957-1958 A’s. The Yankees sent him to AAA Richmond (IL). He would be picked up by the St. Louis Cardinals later on during the 1959 AL season, appearing in 8 games for them, finishing up his MLB Pitching career that season.


 1961- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Brian Dorsett (1989-1990) was born.


On November 17,1988, Catcher Brian Dorsett was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Minor League P Eric Schmidt. He appeared in just 22 games for the Yankees as a Reserve Catcher, while hitting .228 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. He spent of his most of his time in the Yankees organization, playing for their AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL.) On November 19,1990, Brian was released by the team. He would be signed by the Padres organization.


1963- Bronx Bomber 1B Joe Pepitone becomes the last Yankee to hit 2 HRs on Opening Day at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium as the Yankees beat the Athletics by the score of 8-2. A crowd of 20,976 fans watch Yankees Starter Ralph Terry throw a complete game victory; while A’s Starter Diego Segui takes the loss. Also, Yankees Catcher Elston Howard hits a 2-run HR in the game. There were 5 other times that a Yankee hitter did as much in the history of the Yankees: Roger Maris in 1960, Mickey Mantle in 1956, Russ Derry in 1945, Babe Ruth and Sammy Byrd on April 12, 1932.


1965- U.SPresident Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Astros win an MLB Exhibition Game against the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 12 innings. Yankees All-Star CF Mickey Mantle hits the 1st-ever indoor HR in the new ballpark.


1965- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Hal Morris (1988-1989) was born.


The Yankees in the 8th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected OF/1B Hal Morris. He played in only 38 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .184. Hal had won the 1989 International League’s Batting Title with a .326 BA, while playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers. On December 12,1989, Hal traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Rodney Imes to the Reds for P Tim Leary and OF Van Snider. Hal’s best position was 1B, but he was blocked there by the presence of Yankees AL All-Star 1B Don Mattingly. After retiring as active player, Hal was an MLB Scout for the 2008 Pirates. In 2011, he was an MLB Scout for the Red Sox. In 2012, Hal became the Head of Pro Scouting for the Angels, he held that post until 2016.


1967- Former Yankees Reliever Graeme Lloyd (1996-1998) was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.


Reliever Graeme Lloyd came to the Yankees in the trade with the Brewers that saw P Bob Wickman and OF Gerald Williams go to the Brewers. He was awful in the regular AL season for the 1996 Yankees, posting a 17.47 ERA in 13 games (managing barely 5 2/3 innings of work), but he was outstanding in the 1996 AL Post-Season, being used 8 times and allowing no runs on 1 hit and no walks, while striking out 5 batters in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees won their 1st World Series title since 1978 that year. Lloyd was still on their pitching staff, when they won another title in 1998, once again keeping a clean ledger in the post-season (in only 3 appearances though). He went 4-3 with 3.51 ERA and 1 save in 109 games before being traded by the team along with veteran Starter David Wells to the Blue Jays for AL All-Star hurler Roger Clemens on February 18, 1999.


1971- The Oakland A’s traded veteran 1B/OF Felipe Alou to the Yankees in exchange for 2 Pitchers: Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski. Felipe Alou will appear in 131 games for the team; while hitting .289 with 8 HRs with 69 RBIs. During the 1972 AL season, Felipe Alou's younger Brother, Matty will join him in Yankee pinstripes. The team will acquire him in another deal made with the A’s. Ron Klimkowski had been obtained by the Yankees from the Red Sox in the 1967 Elston Howard trade in. He had pitched in the Yankees in 1969, appearing in 3 games. In 1970, he appeared in 45 games for the team, while posting a 6-7 record. After he had pitched for AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), winning 16 games with a 2.53 ERA. Rob Gardner had a 1-0 record with the team in 1970. He had only appeared in 2 games with 1971 Yankees, while Klimkowski hadn’t made a season appearance yet. 


1985- Former Yankees Reliever Dave Robertson (2008-2014, 2017-2018) was born.


David Robertson was selected by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He made his pro debut the next summer. Robertson made his MLB Pitching debut with the 2008 Yankees, then he emerged as one of the team's most reliable relievers in 2009, when he contributed to the team's 2009 World Series title with a 3.30 ERA in 45 games coupled with 63 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. He kept a clean sheet in 5 postseason appearances that year, including 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. His ERA rose to 3.82 in 2010, but he still pitched 64 games and again he struck out over a batter per inning. In 2011, though, he emerged as perhaps the best Middle Relieverin baseball, making the AL All-Star team on the strength of a 4-0 record and a sparkling 1-0 ERA in 70 games. He struck out an even 100 batters that season, in only 66 2/3 innings, and gave up only 1 HR all season. The Yankees had signed former  Rays Closer Rafael Soriano to a big MLB Free Agent contract the previous off-season, with a view to grooming him to eventually succeed the great Mariano Rivera in the Closer role with the Bronx Bombers. However, Soriano struggled and Robertson's tremendous performance pushed him up to the top of the depth chart as Mariano's Set-Up man in the Yankees bullpen.


David started the 2012 AL season secure in his role as the # 2 man in the Yankees bullpen and pitched lights out in his 1st 12 outings, giving up a mere 7 hits and 3 walks in 12 innings while striking out 21 batters and not allowing a single run. When Rivera went down with a torn knee ligament in a freak accident on May 3rd, it was him and not Soriano who was anointed by Manager Joe Girardi to take over Mo's huge shoes. In his 1st game in the new role, on May 8th, he preserved a 5-3 win over the Rays, striking out Slugger Carlos Pena with the bases loaded in nailing his 1st save opportunity. It was only the 4th save of his MLB pitching career, but it was clear that he had the stuff and poise to rack up many, many more. However, in his 2nd outing in the new role on May 9th, things went awry, as he blew a 1-0 9th inning lead against the Rays, loading the bases with none out and then allowing a sacrifice fly by B.J. Upton and a 3-run HR by Matt Joyce to be charged with a blown save and the 4-1 loss. He then got more bad news on May 15th when he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his ribcage. 


By the time he returned, veteran Reliever Rafael Soriano had claimed the Closer's job and would end the 2012 AL season with 40 saves. He ended the season with a record of 2-7 with a 2.67 ERA in 65 games. He then won Game 3 of the ALDSagainst the Orioles, by the score of 3-2 in 12 innings. In 2013, Rivera was back for his last MLB season with Robertson was in his familiar role of set-up man. Both men were excellent, with Rivera going out pitching as well as he ever had, and Robertson putting up a 2.04 ERA in 70 games with 3 saves and 77 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings. He was anointed the new Yankees' Closer in 2014, he quickly picked up a couple of saves without giving up a run, but he had to go on the DL after his 3rd outing. This time, however, his understudy did not steal his job and he was able to close games again when he returned later in April. His 3rd save was recorded against the Angels on April 26th. He ended up with 39 saves, to go along with a 4-5 record and a 3.08 ERA, with 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. However, in a surprising development, he opted to leave the Yankees, when he became a MLB Free Agent after the 2014 season, instead signing a 4-year deal worth $46 million with the White Sox on December 8, 2014. With Chicago, David went 15-10 with a 3.28 ERA with 84 saves in 129 games. On July 19, 2017, the White Sox traded Robinson along with 3B Todd Frazier and Reliever Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for  MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard and 3 Minor League players: Pitcher Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Tito Polo and Blake Rutherford. His 2017 pitching record with the White Sox was a 4-2 mark with a 2.70 ERA with 13 saves in 30 games. With the 2017 Yankees, Dave went 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA with 1 save in 30 games. In the 2017 AL post season, he went 2-0 in 8 games. Robertson had another good season in 2018, going 8-3, with a 3.23 ERA and 5 saves in 69 games for the Yankees. He allowed just 46 hits in 69 2/3 innings while striking out 91 opponents. He pitched a scoreless inning in the ALWC against the A’s, and 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the ALDS, where the Yankees were eliminated by theRed Sox. Following the season, he was an MLB Free Agent again. Overall, as a Yankee Pitcher, Robinson went 38-22 with a 2.75 ERA and 53 saves in 501 games. On January 3, 2019, he signed a 2-year deal with the Phillies for a minimum of $23 million. He was expected to slot back into the Closer's role in the City of brotherly love, displacing Seranthony Dominguez. 


1989- Yankees AL All-Star LF Rickey Henderson gets his 800th MLB career stolen base in a 4-3 Yankees loss to theIndians.


1989- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Ryan McBroom was born.


Ryan McBroom had attended Courtland HS in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Later, he attended West Virginia University. The Royals selected him in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team instead returned to finish college. He was then drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Blue Jays. He was assigned to their Class A Short Season team, the Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League). In 70 games, McBroom batted .297 with 11 HRs and 59 RBIs. His 11 HRs tied for the NWL HR lead. He began the 2015 season with the Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League). He was named a Midwest League Midseason All-Star. At that time, McBroom was batting .307 with 16 doubles. Ryan was named the 2015 Midwest League MVP, becoming the 3rd Blue Jays prospect to win the award after Kevin Pillar and Brian Dopirak. He played in 127 games in 2015, while hitting .315 with 12 HRs and 90 RBIs. For the 2016 Minor League season, Ryan was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays(FSL). McBroom played in 119 games for Dunedin in 2016, as well as appearing in 9 games with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (EL). He would hit a combined .266 with 22 HRs and 85 RBIs. After the 2016 AL season was completed, the Blue Jays assigned McBroom to the Mesa Solar Sox (AFL.)  He appeared In 7 games for the Sox before being removed from the team’s roster due to an injury. On July 23, 2017, McBroom was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees organization for Reserve INF Rob Refsnyder. He had hit .243 with 45 Runs, 12 HRs and 54 RBIs in 96 games for the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (EL). The Yankees assigned him to their AA team, Trenton Thunder (EL). He played in the Yankees organization until August 31, 2019, when he was traded to the Royals for future considerations. The Royals brought him up to the MLB, when team rosters expanded in September;  Ryan made his MLB Player debut on September 3rd, starting at 1st Base and going 1 for 3 with a walk in a 6-5 win over the Tigers.


1992- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Pitcher Shawn Hillegas, who had been released by the Indians. He would pitch in the Yankees farm system at the Class A and AAA levels, until he was called up to the Bronx. He would appear in 26 games for the team, while posting a 1-8 record with a 5.31 ERA, the Yankees would release him on August 22,1992.


1993- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, Bo Jackson, the former Royals All-Star Slugger, now with the White Sox hits a HR in his 1st at-bat after coming back from major hip replacement surgery from an sports injury, while playing pro football in the NFL. The White Sox, however, lose the game to the Yankees by the score of 11-6. Jackson will never regain his AL All-Star form as an MLB player.


2004- The Yankees and their Manager Joe Torre agree to a 3-year contract extension. The new contract also includes an additional 6-year deal in which the 62-yearold manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 MLB season.


2006- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Player/Manager Billy Hitchcock passed away. (1916-2006)


Billy Hitchcock was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Johnny Nee as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1938, but a knee injury sustained playing football kept him from playing until the following year, when he played for the 1939-1941 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association.) A knee operation after the 1939 season improved his range in the infield. With Phil Rizzuto’s promotion to the Bronx, Hitchcock moved to Shortstop from 3B, where he had been playing. He batted a solid .296 with 59 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Sports Writer Joe Williams reported in “ The Sporting News “at least 6 big league clubs are after him” (TSN, 9/11/1941), he was unable to beat out Rizzuto as Shortstop of the Yankees, he was sold to the Tigers. Billy was 25 years old, when he broke into the MLB on April 14,1942. After serving in World War II, he rejoined the Tigers and played for the Senators in 1946; the St. Louis Browns (1947); the Red Sox (1948-1949); the A’s (1950-1952) and he return to the Tigers again in 1953, where he played his final MLB game on August 27,1953 at  the age of 37. Billy would manager in the Minor Leagues for the Tigers and Braves organizations. He was a long-time MLB Coach with the Tigers. Then he moved to the Orioles organization, briefly serving as an interim Manager. He later moved to the Braves organization. Billy retired from baseball in 1967. But in 1969, he came back to the MLB with the new NL Expansion Team, the Montreal Expos in 1969; when his former Braves Boss John McHale persuaded Hitchcock to serve as Special Assignment Scout and then Director of Minor League Instruction for the Expos. Hitchcock then served as President of the Southern League from 1972-1980.


2013- The Yankees use the long ball, as they bang out 5 HRs of their own in crushing the Indians by the score of 14-1. Indians Starter Carlos Carrasco gives up 7 Yankee runs before being ejected by Home Plate Umpire Jordan Baker for throwing at Yankees batter Kevin Youkilis in the 4th inning. Ironically, Carrasco had just finished serving a 5-game suspension incurred in 2011, but only served at the start of the season as he has undergone Tommy John surgery and been out of the MLB in the meantime. He claims that he slipped on the pitch to Youkilis, which comes just after a HR by Yankees 2B Robinson Cano; he will receive an 8-game suspension this time. Veteran Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte is the winner for the Yankees.


April 10th


1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” McGraw (1917-1918,1920) was born. (1896-1978)


Pitcher Bob McGraw appeared in 24 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 4.14 ERA. On July 29, 1919, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with Shortstop Allen Russell and $40,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran Starter Carl “Sub “Mays. Bob would return to the Yankees in 1920, appearing in 15 games with no record.


1913- In a game, which features U.S. President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the 1st pitch, as the Highlanders become the “Yankees.” Playing their 1st game under their new nickname, the Yankees lose to the Washington Senators by the score of 2-1, as future HOF Starter Walter Johnson picks up the win for Nats. 


1921- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors” was born. (1921-1992)


Yankees Super Scout Paul Krichell noted that Minor League 1B Chuck Connors was left unprotected by the Dodgers in 1941. He signed him to a Minor League contract for the Yankees organization. Chuck replaced Joe Collins at 1B with the Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), Chuck hit .264 and slugged .408. His Tars teammate Pitcher Bill Wight recalled that Connors often would recite “Casey at the Bat”, Shakespeare or other poetry. In 1942, Chuck was drafted into the Army. Chuck related that he would write to Dodgers GM Branch Rickey in 1946, asking for the Dodgers to reacquire him. The Yankees waived him on April 23,1946, the Dodgers claimed their old 1B prospect back. Chuck would appear in 67 games for the 1949-1950 Dodgers and the 1951 Cubs, while hitting .238. While playing with the AAA Los Angeles Angels (Pacific Coast League), Chuck started acting in Hollywood in minor roles. When shoulder injuries ended his pro baseball career, he became a full-time actor in Hollywood, starting in several TV network series, “The Rifleman” “Arrest and Trial” on ABC-TV and “Branded” on NBC-TV and made many action movies during his long Hollywood acting career.


1946- Former Yankees 1B/DH (1980-1982) and General Manager Bob Watson (1996-1997) was born. (1946-2020)


On November 8, 1979, Veteran 1B Bob Watson was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Bob had played for the Red Sox in 1979, hitting 337 with 13 HRs and 53 RBIs. Watson had played for the Astros from 1966 to June,1979, hitting .297 with 139 HRs and 782 RBIs in nearly 1,1400 games. He was expected to replace the recently traded regular Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss. He hit .307 with 13 HRs and 68 RBIs for the 1980 Yankees. In 1981, Bob suffered a groin injury that limited him to playing in only 59 games, while hitting just .212. On April 23,1982, Bob was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for Minor League Pitcher Scott Patterson. His Yankees playing career totals were a .282 BA with 19 HRs with 83 RBIs. He finished his MLB playing career with a .295 BA with 184 HRs and 989 RBIs in 1,832 games. After his MLB playing career had ended, Watson was an Oakland A’s MLB Coach for 3 seasons. Then he was the Assistant GM of the Astros from 1989 to 1993. Bob Watson became the 2nd African-American General Manager in MLB history, when he was named to that post with the Astros in 1994. He later held the General Manager position with the Yankees in 1996-1997. Later, Bob worked in the MLB Commissioner’s Offices, before retiring from baseball.


1950- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Ken Griffey Sr. (1982-1986) was born.


OF Ken Griffey Sr. played for the 1973-1981 Reds. He hit over .300 for them in 6 NL seasons. Along with his Reds teammates George Foster and Cesar Geronimo, he filled out the outfield for the great Reds teams that won the World Series in 1975 and 1976, which were known as the "Big Red Machine.” In 1976, he was 2nd in the NL in batting average and 8th in the NL MVP voting. On November 4, 1981, Ken was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and Minor League Pitcher Brian Ryder. The Reds were about to lose him to MLB Free Agency. On December 9, 1981, the Yankees sent Minor League P Freddie Toliver to the Reds to complete the trade. Moving to the Yankees at the age of 32, he played 4 1/2 seasons in the Bronx before being traded to the Braves. As a Yankee player, Ken appeared in 551 games, while hitting .285 with 47 HRs with 251 RBIs. On June 30, 1986, Ken was traded by the Yankees to the Braves along with Reserve INF Andre Robertson for OF Claudell Washington and Minor League INF Paul Zuvella.  After playing parts of 3 seasons with Braves, he moved on to play parts of 1989-1990 NL seasons back with the Reds (beginning at age 38), before finishing up with the Mariners in 1990: where by then his son Ken Griffey, Jr. was a regular. He was the 1st of 2 fathers to play with his son in the same MLB game (Tim Raines is the other). He received a World Series ring for the Reds' 1990 World Championship, even though he was no longer a member of the team by the time the 1990 World Series rolled around. His MLB lifetime batting average was .296, while he appeared in nearly 2,100 MLB games with over 2,100 hits in a playing career of 19 MLB seasons. Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. hold the record for the most hits by an MLB Father-Son duo (4,924).


1962- Bronx Bomber Slugger Mickey Mantle hits his last Opening Day HR. The HR ball lands some 425 feet from home plate into the RF/CF bleachers at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees nip the Orioles by the score of 7-6. The 1962 Opening Day game at Yankee Stadium draws a crowd of 22,978 fans. Veteran AL All-Star hurler Whitey Ford starts the game, but he gets no decision, he is relieved by Ralph Terry, who goes 2 innings for the win with Closer Luis Arroyo picking up the save. Orioles Pitcher Hal “Skinny” Brown takes the loss in relief of Starter Billy Hoeft. Orioles veteran 2B Johnny Temple hits a solo HR for the team.


1967- Former Yankees Reserve OF Mike Humphreys (1991-1993) was born.


On June 1,1988, Mike Humphrey was selected by the Padres in the 15th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Padres at the MLB level. On February 7,1991, the Padres sent Minor League OF Mike Humphreys to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 3,1990. On December 3,1990, the Padres sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for OF Oscar Azocar. Mike Humphreys would appear in just 54 games with Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, while hitting just .176.


1971- Former Yankees Reliever Al Reyes (2003) was born.


On March 24, 2003, veteran MLB Reliever Al Reyes was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Al appeared in 13 games for the Yankees with no record along with a 3.18 ERA. On July 25, 2003, Reyes was released by the team.


1976- Milwaukee 3B Don Money hits a 9th-inning Grand Slam HR to give the Brewers, an apparent 10-9 lead over the Yankees. The Umpires, however, rule that Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss had called timeout prior to the pitch. After heated discussion by Brewers Manager Alex Grammas, Brewers’ batter Don Money returns to the plate, hits a sacrifice fly as the Brewers lose the game by a score of 9-7.


1982- The Yankees traded hard-throwing Set-up man Ron Davis and Minor Leaguer INF Greg Gagne and P Paul Boris to the Twins for Shortstop Roy Smalley. The trade breaks up the Yankees' devastating bullpen combination of Ron Davis and Goose Gossage. Ron Davis had been obtained by the Yankees in the Ken Holtzman trade with the Cubs made in June of 1978. He went 27-10 with a 2.93 ERA and 22 saves in 144 games. This trade seals fate of former Yankees starting Shortstop Bucky Dent, he will later be traded to the Rangers in August. Greg Gagne would have a successful MLB playing career, starting with the Twins in 1985.


1982- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chris Dickerson (2011-2012) was born.


On June 5, 2000, OF Chris Dickerson was selected by the Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team. On June 3, 2003, Chris was selected by the Reds in the 16th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On August 9, 2010, Chris was traded by the Reds to the Brewers for MLB OF Jim Edmonds. Dickerson did not figure in the Brewers' long-term plans, at the end of their 2011 MLB Spring Training Camp, so they traded him to the Yankees for MLB P Sergio Mitre. He had a chance to become the Yankees' 4th Outfielder, but he suffered an injury in his 1st spring training game with the team, setting him back. He played 57 games for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, while hitting .241, showing little power. He did get into 60 games for the Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, but he only went to bat 50 times with a .260 average. He scored a run in his only appearance in the ALDS, when the Yankees lost in 5 games to the Tigers. In 2012, he spent most of the season in AAA, before being recalled to the Bronx, when team MLB rosters were expanded on September 1st.  With the 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit .316 with 24 doubles and 7 HRs, his 1st really productive season since 2008. He started a game in place of injured CF Curtis Granderson on September 2nd and hit a 2-run HR off the Orioles hurler Chris Tillman in his 1st at-bat of the 2012 AL season. On January 11, 2013, Chris was released by the YankeesOn January 29, 2013, Chris was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Orioles. 


1985- Former Yankees Minor league INF Jonathan Diaz was born.Jonathan Diaz played in the Yankees organization for 2016 AAA Scranton (IL), while hitting .207 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs. He started the 2017 season with the Blue Jays organization, playing for their AAA team at Buffalo (IL.). On July 5, 2017, he was reacquired by the Yankees from the Blue Jays. He was assigned to AAA Scranton, playing 2B and Shortstop.


1986- Current Yankees Starter Cory Kluber (2021) was born.


Cory Kluber was drafted by the Padres in the 4th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Stetson University (DeLand, FL). He never appears with the Padres at the MLB level. On July 31, 2010, he was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Padres to the Indians. The Padres sent P Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals. TheIndians would send veteran MLB hurler Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals. While the Cardinals would send P Ryan Ludwick to the Padres. With the Tribe, Corey won 2 AL Cy Young Awards 2014 and 2017. He was named to the 2016-2018 AL All-Star teams pitching staffs. On December 15, 2019, Corey was traded by the Indians along with Cash to the Rangers for P Emmanuel Clase and OF Delino DeShields. In 2020, he appeared in just 1 game with the Rangers before being injured and missing the rest of the 60-game 2021 season. On October 30, 2020, Cory was granted MLB Free Agency by the Rangers. On January 27, 2021, the 2-time Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees to a 1-year deal worth 11-million dollars. He joins the Yankees 2021 starting rotation with an MLB lifetime Pitching record of 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA in 209 games.


1989- At Yankee Stadium, Blue Jays Starter Dave Stieb throws a 1-hit, 8-0 shutout against the Yankees, giving him three 1-hitters in his last 4 starts dating back to the previous September.


1998- The Yankees draw the largest regular-season crowd ever at the new Yankee Stadium as 56,717 fans attend the 1998 AL Home Opener against the Oakland A’s. Then the Yankees crush the club scoring mark by winning the 1998 Opening Day slugfest by the score of 17-13.


2007- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Richard Kryhoski (1946-1949) passed away. (1925-2007)


In 1946, 1B Richard Kryhoski was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees.  In 1949, he appeared 54 games for the team, while hitting .294 with 1 HR and 27 RBIs. In 1950, he was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for 1B Richard Wakefield. Richard would return to the Yankees in 17-player trade in winter of 1954 with the Orioles. In March of 1955, the Yankees will sell him to the Kansas City A’s. He will play in 21 games for the A’s, before being sent to their AAA team in Columbus, Ohio. At the end of the 1955 Minor League season, he retired from baseball. His final MLB player career totals were a .265 BA with 45 HRs and 231 RBIs in 569 games.


2010- The Yankees' Starter CC Sabathia flirts with a no-hit bid, before giving up a 2-out single to the Rays' Kelly Shoppach in the 8th inning. Having reached his pitch count limit, he then exits the game, but he is credited with the Yankees 10-0 win.


2011- On the ESPN Sunday-Night Telecast game, the Red Sox shut out the Yankees by the score of 4-0, thanks to a dominating performance by Starter Josh Beckett, who gives up only 2 Yankee hits in 8 innings; while striking out 10 Yankee batters. The Red Sox strand 16 base runners but they manage to squeak a run off of Yankees Starter CC Sabathiaon Mike Cameron's infield single in the 3rd inning, before tacking on a few insurance runs late in the game.  Boston Starter Josh Beckett and Closer Jonathan Papelbon combine to retire the final 17 Yankee batters in order.


2014- As usual, sparks fly in the 1st meeting of the 2014 AL season between the Yankees and Red Sox. Bronx Bombers defeat the Red Sox by the score of 4-1, behind the starting pitching of Michael Pineda, but Boston's broadcasters claim they have detected pine tar on Pineda's pitching hand. The Yankees' hurler dismisses the claim, saying it is just sweat mixed with dirt, while Home Umpire Brian O'Nora states that nothing of concern was brought to his attention.


2015- The Yankees and Red Sox lock horns in a 19-inning marathon, the game ending with the Red Sox coming out on top by the score of 6-5 at 2:13 AM. The game is further lengthened by a 16-minute delay caused by a power outage in the 12th inning at New Yankee Stadium. Yankees 3B Chase Headley forces extra innings with a HR off of Red Sox Reliever Edward Mujica with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, then David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira exchange solo HRs in the 16th inning, and both teams score once in the 18th as well further extending the game. Xander Bogaerts scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts and this time Steven Wright, in his 5th inning of relief work, keeps the Yankees from scoring.


2018- The Red Sox win their 1st confrontation of the 2018 AL season with their arch rivals the Yankees by knockout. The 14-1 victory is Boston's 9th straight win after a loss on Opening Day. It is highlighted by a 9-run 6th inning, the most runs allowed by the Yankees pitching staff in an inning in 2 decades. Red Sox Slugger Mookie Betts goes 4 for 4, as he scores 5 runs, also he hits a Grand Slam HR in the big inning to lead the Sox.


 


 

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