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This Week in Yankees History April 11th-April 17th Part One

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April 11th

1917- On Opening Day 1917 at the Polo Grounds, Boston Starter Babe Ruth pitches a 3-hitter in shutting down the Yankees. The Red Sox win the game by the score of 10-3. Yankees Starter Ray Caldwell takes the complete game loss. Ruth's performance marks the start of good things to come. He will win 24 games this AL 1917 season, while leading the AL pitchers with 35 complete games.

1928- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, 1928 Opening Day for Connie Mack’s A’s as they host the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers chased A’s Starter Lefty Grove as they win the game by a score of 8-3. Yankees veteran Starter Herb Pennock picks-up the win with a complete game, allowing only 7 A’s hits, while allowing 3 runs. Either team hits a HR in the game.

1954- To make room for promising Rookie OF Wally Moon, the Cardinals traded long-time OF great Enos Slaughter to the Yankees in exchange for 4 Minor League Players: OF Bill Virdon, P Mel Wright, Catcher Hal Smith and OF Emil Tellinger. Bill Virdon would become the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955 with the Cardinals, later he was a starting OF for the Pirates during the 1950-1960’s. Hal Smith was another in a string of young Yankee Catchers, who were traded away because due to the presence of AL All-Star starting Catcher Yogi Berra. Pitcher Mel Wright had gone 11-2 with the 1953 AAA Kansas City Blues (American Association).  Bill Virdon and Mel Wright would return to the Yankees in 1974 as Manager and MLB Pitching Coach. Enos Slaughter would play 5 seasons with the Yankees in between a brief stay with the Kansas City A’s, before retiring after the 1959 MLB season finishing his long MLB playing career with the Braves

1965- Former Yankees Minor League OF Turner Ward was born.

On June 2,1986, OF Turner Ward was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In the Yankees Minor League system, he played for 3 seasons, 2 in Class A Leagues and 1 in AAA with the Columbus Clippers (IL), while hitting .251 in 133 games. On March 19,1989, Ward was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Joel Skinner to the Indians for veteran MLB OF Mel Hall. He later became a Minor League Manager. He is currently the MLB Hitting Coach for the Dodgers.

1969- At Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, the Yankees score 7 runs in the last 2 innings of the game to beat the Tigers by the score of 9-4.  A crowd of 14.015 fans watched this Friday evening game. Yankee hitters Roy White and Joe Pepitone, each hit 2-run HRs in the Bronx Bombers victory. Yankees Rookie Starter Bill Burbach goes 6 innings, allowing only 2 Tiger runs, with 5 hits and 3 strikeouts, but he gets a no-decision. Veteran Bronx Reliever Lindy McDaniel relieves him, throwing 3 innings of work is the winner. Veteran Tigers Starter Earl Wilson takes the lost. 

1973- The Yankees beat the Indians at Yankee Stadium behind a 4-0 complete game shutout by Veteran Starter Mel Stottlemyre as he beats Tribe Starter Jim Perry, who also throws a complete game. A crowd of 5,059 fans attend the Wednesday day game at the Stadium. Yankees DH Johnny Callison goes 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs in the game, while Ron Bloomberg plays 1B for the Bombers, going 1 for 3 with 1 RBI. Neither team hits a HR in the game.

1980- Former Yankees All-Star 1B Mark Teixeira (2009-2016) was born.

In late December 2008, 1B Mark Teixeira signed a contract as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees for an 8-year term, making him one of the highest-paid players in the MLB. The Orioles had also sought Teixeira, who is a native from Maryland, but they could not compete with the Yankees' contract offer. After a slow start, Teixeira took his accustomed place among be baseball's best sluggers in his initial season in Yankees’ pinstripes. He will hit .292 in 2009, with 43 doubles, 39 HRs, 122 RBIs and 103 runs scored. He led the AL in total bases (344), HRs, RBIs and extra-base hits while forming a formidable tandem in the middle of the Yankees' batting order with Alex Rodriguez. He was a leading candidate for the 2009 AL MVP Award, finishing 2nd in the voting behind Twins 1B Joe Mauer. He picked up both an AL Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award at 1B, while being named to the AL All-Star team. He was not as hot during the post-season, but he still contributed with 2 HRs, 10 runs and 8 RBIs towards the Bronx Bombers' conquest of their 1st World Series title since 2000. On August 2, 2011, Teixeira hit HRs from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career in a win over the White Sox, giving him the all-time record ahead of Eddie Murray and Chili Davis. The 2 long HR balls also gave him his 8th consecutive 30-HR MLBs.  As injuries from the past few seasons has affected Mark’s playing ability, he retired from the Yankees at the end of the 2016 AL season. His Final Yankees player career totals were a .248 BA with 206 HRs and 622 RBIs in 958 games. As an MLB player, he finished with a lifetime .268 BA with 409 HRs and 1,298 RBIs in 1,862 MLB games.

 1988- Former Yankees Reserve INF Pete Kozma (2017) was born.

Peter Kozma was selected by the Cardinals in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He reached the MLB in 2011. He began 2011 season with the AAA Memphis Redbirds before being called up by the Cardinals in May. From 2011-2015, he played in 275 games for St. Louis, while hitting .222 with 3 HRs and 52 RBIs. In November of 2015, the Cardinals granted him MLB Free Agency. The Yankees would sign him as MLB Free Agent. In 2016, he played for their AAA club at Scranton (IL). He appeared in 130 games for the team, while hitting .209 with 2 HRs and 32 RBIs. He received a Non-Roster invitee to the Yankees 2017 MLB Spring Training Camp. He made the MLB 25-man roster, when the Yankees need experience MLB infield help due to an injury to their starting Shortstop Didi Gregorius. During the 2017 AL season, the Rangers selected Peter on waivers from the Yankees. He had appeared in only 11 games for the team, while hitting just .111. 

1992-The Yankees beat the Tigers in Detroit by the score of 8-1 before a crowd of 15,952 fans in a Saturday game. Yankees Starter Tim Leary goes 8 innings, allowing only 4 Detroit hits and 1 Tiger run to pick-up the victory with relief help for Lee Guetterman. Tigers Starter Bill Gullickson is tagged with the loss. Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs by Randy Velarde (solo), Don Mattingly (2-Runs) and Mel Hall (solo).

2009- At Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, 31,271 watched the Yankees down the Royals by the score of 6-1 in a Saturday game. Yankees Starter C. C. Sabathia picks-up his 1st victory of the 2009 AL season by  going 7.2 innings with relief help from Reliever Jose Veras. The Royals Starter Horacio takes the loss. Yankees Nick Swisher has a big day at the plate with a 2-run HR and a triple.

2018In the Yankees' 10-7 win over the Red Sox, Yankees batter Tyler Austin charges the mound after Boston Reliever Joe Kelly drills him with a 97 mph fastball in the 7th inning; he suspects that the pitch is in retaliation for a hard slide that he made into Red Sox Shortstop Brock Holt in the 3rd inning, which also cleared the 2 team’s benches. Both Austin and Kelly are ejected, as are Yankees MLB 3rd Base Coach Phil Nevin and Reliever Tommy Kahnle. 

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher Scott Sanderson (1991-1992) passed away. (1956-2019) 

After being purchased on December 31,1990 from the Oakland A’s, Scott Sanderson posted a 28-22 record with a 4.35 ERA in 67 games for the Yankees. In 1991, Scott went 16-10 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 games for the Yankees. In 1992, Sanderson had a 12-11 mark  with a 4.93 ERA in 33 games for the team, before leaving the club in December of 1992 for MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Angels. He will finish his MLB Pitching career in 1996, with an overall pitching record of 163-143 with a 3.84 ERA in 472 MLB games.

April 12th

1895- Former Yankees OF Sammy Vick (1917-1920) was born. (1895-1986)

Sammy Vick was the regular RF for the 1919 Yankees, while hitting .248 with 2 HRs and 27 RBIs in 106 games. The Yankees then acquired OF/P Babe Ruth from the Red Sox, the Babe played RF in 1920; as a result, Vick's playing time went way down. Sammy’s Yankees player career totals were a .246 BA with 2 HRs and 46 RBIs in 169 games. On December 15,1920, OF Sammy Vick was traded by the Yankees along with INF Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Hank Thormahlen to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper and Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang. Later, he became a Minor League Manager.

1922- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Wight (1946-1947) was born. (1922-2007)

Yankees MLB Scout Joe Devine signed Bill Wight as a High School Jr. He began his pro baseball career in 1941. He missed the 1943-1945 baseball seasons due to military service. He went 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 games for the 1946-1947 Yankees. On February 24,1948, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with hurler Fred Bradley and Catcher Aaron Robinson to the White Sox for Starter Eddie Lopat.  Eventually, he played for 8 MLB teams from 1946-1958. Bill pitched for the Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Tigers, Indians, Orioles, Reds and the Cardinals. He was renowned for his pickoff move, once he picked off Yankees’ base-runner Mickey Mantle twice in a game. For 37 years, he worked in MLB Scouting, signing INF Joe Morgan for the Astros, before moving to the Braves organization, where he spent 32 years with the team. He signed future MLB players Dusty Baker, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and David Justice for the Braves. 

1927- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Athletics by the score of 8-3 before the largest confirmed paid Opening Day attendance in MLB baseball history, to that time (73,206) as Yankees veteran Starter Waite Hoyt pitches a complete game victory. A’s Starter Lefty Grove takes the loss, giving up all 8 Yankee runs in 6 innings of work. The Yankees hitting attack is led by a triple by INF Mark Koenig and doubles hit by CF Earl Combs, 1B Lou Gehrig and 2B Tony Lazzeri. Yankees Slugger OF Babe Ruth goes 0 for 3 at the plate in the game.

1933- Former Yankees MLB Batting Coach Charlie Lau (1978-1979), a renowned MLB Batting Instructor and MLB player was born. (1933-1984)

In 11 MLB seasons (1956-1967), Catcher Charlie Lau played in 527 games. He hit .255 with 16 HRs and 140 RBIs. He played for the Tigers, Braves (twice), Orioles and the A’s (twice). He finished up his MLB playing career with the 1967 Atlanta Braves. Charlie Lau, whose MLB career batting average was .255, earned his MLB fame as the 1971-1977 Kansas City Royals MLB Batting Coach, where his star pupil was AL All-Star 3B George Brett. Lau also served as an MLB batting coach for the 1969 Orioles, 1970 Oakland A’s, 1978-1979 Yankees and the 1980-1982 White Sox. He was the author of the popular baseball book, titled “The Art of Hitting .300.” Charlie Lau died in March of 1984 from colon cancer at age of 50.             

1942- Former Yankees Pitcher Dale Roberts (1967) was born. (1942-2010)

In 1963, the Yankees signed hurler Dale Roberts as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1967, Dale earned a September call-up with the club, after going 9-4 with a 2.97 ERA for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) that season. He made his MLB pitching debut on September 9th against the Red Sox, entering the game in the bottom of the 8th inning with his club down by the score of 6-1. He pitched 1 frame, allowing Mike Andrews to score on a Jerry Adair single. On September 16th, he made his only other Yankees MLB appearance, pitching the 8th inning against the Indians. With his team down by the score of 5-1, when he came into the game, he hit the 1st 2 batters that he faced, Chuck Hinton and Leon Wagner. After retiring Max Alvis, he walked Tony Horton to load the bases. Joe Azcue, then singled to drive in Hinton. Roberts ended his MLB Pitching career with 2 earned runs in 2 innings spread over 2 games. After the 1967 AL season was finished, Dale Roberts was dealt to the Braves along with Reserve Catcher Bob Tillman for INF Bobby Cox. He pitched 3 more seasons in the Minor Leagues, ending his active playing days after brief stints pitching in the Angels and Phillies organizations in 1970. 

1948- The Yankees released veteran Pitcher Surgeon “Spud “Chandler (1937-1947). He had retired as an active MLB player. 

Spud Chandler went 109-43 (WP .717) with a 2.84 ERA in 211 games for the Yankees. He completed 109 games with 26 shutouts for the team. He won 20 games twice for the Yankees in 1943 (20-4 record) and 1946 (20-8 record). Chandler won the 1943 AL Most Valuable Player Award. Chandler was named to the AL All-Star Team in 1942-1943 and 1946; he missed the 1944-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. He came back to the Yankees in 1946, posting a 20-8 record with a 2.10 ERA.  In 1947, he led the AL pitchers in ERA with a 2.46 mark. Spud appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 1.62 ERA in 6 games. His best World Series for the Yankees was in 1943, when he went 2-0 against the Cardinals. Later, he became an MLB Pitching Coach for the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s.

1948- The Yankees sold Pitcher Butch Wensloff to the Indians. Earlier that spring, the Yankees had sold him to the Phillies, but Butch had a salary dispute with the Phillies front office; so, they returned him to the Yankees. In 1943, he had replaced Red Ruffing in the Yankees starting rotation, when Ruffing was drafted by the Army. He went 13-11 with a 2.54 ERA and 1 save in 29 games. He missed the next 2 seasons due to service in the Army. He missed the 1946 AL season due to an arm injury. In 1947, he return to the team, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.61 ERA in 11 games. 

1953- Former Yankees Minor League OF Mickey Mantle Jr. was born. (1953-2000)

Mickey Mantle Jr. was the son of Mickey Mantle and nephew of Ray Mantle and Roy Mantle. He played for the 1978 Alexandria Dukes, going a miserable 4 for 57 for a .070 average with 26 strikeouts. He had 3 walks, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, no extra-base hits and no steals. In the outfield, he fielded .947 with 1 assist in 17 games. He left the Yankees organization briefly played in the Rangers organization, before ending his pro baseball career. Mickey Jr., the oldest of the 4 Mantle sons -- a switch-hitting outfielder like his father -- played amateur baseball in Florida as a teenager. At age 24, he joined the Yankees organization, playing in the low Minor Leagues. After 1 season, he moved to the Rangers' farm system, but he abruptly quit in the face of overwhelming news media attention. ''It was sick,'' he recalled. ''Not many 24-year-olds walk out of an insurance office and make the major leagues.'' In 2000, Mickey passed away from cancer.

1959- The Yankees traded Reserve Shortstop Tommy Carroll and Minor League OF Russ Snyder to Kansas City for INF Mix Baxes and OF Bob Martyn. Tommy Carroll was a Yankees “Bonus Baby” signing in 1954, who had to stay on the MLB roster for 2 seasons. He played in only 50 games for the 1955-1956 Yankees; then he would miss more playing time serving on active duty in the Army. So, his playing skills were not being fully developed. He would only play in 14 games for the A’s before being sent back to the Minor Leagues. At the end of 1959 AL season, Tom would retire from baseball. He enjoyed a long diplomatic service career with the U.S. State Department. OF Russ Snyder had been optioned to AAA Richmond (IL) earlier in the week. Despite a strong 1958 Minor League season, there was no room on the Yankees 25-man MLB roster for him. He would go on to have successful MLB playing career playing for 5 teams in 12 MLB seasons, while hitting .271. Bob Martyn was a former Yankees farmhand, who was sent to AAA Richmond (IL) along with MLB INF Mike Baxes, who either returned to play in the MLB again.

1960- Former Yankees Minor League C Bill Lindsey was born.  

On April 27,1981, Catcher Bill Lindsey was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Bill never played for the Yankees at MLB level. On December 24,1986, the Yankees sent Lindsey to the White Sox to complete an earlier deal made in July of 1986. On July 30,1986, the Yankees had sent a Player to be Named Later, C/DH Ron Hassey and OF/INF Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for DH/1B/OF Ron Kittle, C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. In 1987, Bill appeared with the White Sox in 9 games, just hitting .188.

1970- Plaques honoring 2 former HOF Yankees Centerfielders: Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are dedicated at Yankee Stadium. The plaques are located in Center Field, he will eventually be moved to "Monument Park" beyond the Left Field fence; when Yankee Stadium is renovated in 1974-1975.

1973- Former Yankees Reliever Antonio Osuna (2003) was born.

On January 15, 2003, Reliever Antonio Osuna was traded by the White Sox along with Minor League P Eddi Candelario to the Yankees for MLB Starter Orlando Hernandez. He went 2-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 48 games, while working out of the 2003 Yankees bullpen. In November of 2003, he was granted by MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Padres.

2013- The Yankees turn only their 2nd triple play since the 1969 AL season in defeating the Orioles by the score of 5-2. With 2 men on in the 8th inning, Orioles’ batter Manny Machado hits a hard grounder to Yankees 2B Robinson Cano. The play then goes 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 as Alexi Casilla is caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd base, and Machado is erased, when he attempts to take 2nd base during that time. It is the 1st time that a triple killing has taken that particular circuitous route.

April 13th

1875- Former Yankees INF (1903-1909) and MLB Manager (1908) Norman “Tabasco Kid “Elberfeld was born. (1875-1944). 

After Yankees Manager Clark Griffth had quit the team in a dispute with Yankees Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery; Norman “Tabasco Kid” Elberfeld went 27-71 as the 1908 Yankees Player/Manager. On June 10,1903, he was traded by the Tigers to the Highlanders for 2 Shortstops: Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. Norman was nicknamed “The Tabasco Kid” because of his bad temper on the playing field. His best Yankees player season was in 1906, when he hit .306 with 2 HRs and 31 RBIs as the team’s starting Shortstop. As a Yankees player, he appeared in 667 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs and 257 RBIs. On December 14,1909, “Kid” was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees for $5,000 Cash. Later, he became a Minor League Manager.

1879- Former Yankees OF/1B Jake Stahl (1908) was born. (1879-1922)

On October 13,1907, 1B Jake Stahl was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the White Sox to the Yankees. The Yankees sent 2B Frank LaPorte to the Americans (aka Red Sox). The Americans sent Freddy Parent to the White Sox. Jake, who was a 1B, was moved to the Outfield by the Yankees, who already had Hal Chase starting at 1B. He appeared in 75 games for the 1908 Yankees team, while hitting .225 with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs. On July 10,1908, Jake was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees.

1890- Former Yankees Pitcher George Shears (1912) was born. (1890-1978)

Pitcher George Shears appeared in 4 games for the 1912 Yankees with a 0-0 record with a 5.40 ERA.

1891- Former Yankees Reserve OF Charlie Mears (1914) was born. (1891-1962)

Reserve OF Charlie Mears appeared in 4 games for the 1914 Yankees, while hitting .286, No HRs with 1 RBI.

1915- Former Yankees INF Oscar Grimes (1943-1946) was born. (1915-1993)

Oscar Grimes was the son of MLB Player Ray Grimes. On December 17,1942, INF Oscar Grimes was traded by the Indians along with OF Roy Weatherly to the Yankees for OF Roy Cullenbine and Catcher Buddy Rosar. He was a Reserve INF for the team 1943. Oscar became regular Yankees INF during the 1944-1945 AL wartime seasons, hitting .279 and .265. In 1945, he was selected to the AL All-Star team, but he didn’t play in the game. Overall, as a Yankees player, he appeared in 281 games; while hitting .266 with 9 HRs and 96 RBIs. On July 11,1946, INF Oscar Grimes was purchased by the Athletics from the Yankees

1919- The Yankees released 3 players; Outfielders Ham Hyatt (1918) and Hugh High (1915-1918) and Pitcher Ed Monroe (1917-1918). All 3 players released by the team would continue playing baseball in the Minor Leagues for the 1919 season.

1921- In the 1921 AL Season Opener for the Yankees at the Polo Grounds, Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth goes 5-for-5 as Yankees Starter Carl Mays beat Philadelphia by the score of 11-1. Mays pitches a complete game victory allowing only 3 A’s hits and 1 run, while striking out 2 batters. Bronx 3B Aaron Ward hits a HR for the Bombers.

1933- At Yankee Stadium, the 1932 World Champion Yankees open their 1933 AL season against the Red Sox. The 1933 Opening Day game attracts a crowd of 40,000 fans, who see the Yankees edge Boston by the score of 4-3. After the Red Sox score 1 run in the 1st inning, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits a 3-run HR off Boston Starter Ivy Andrews in their 1st inning of the game. Yankees Shortstop Frank Crosetti knocks in the winning run of the game in the 4th inning. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez holds Boston to just 3 runs, despite allowing 12 Red Sox hits, 3 walks and 1 strikeout.

1954- The Yankees lose to the Senators by the score of 5-3 in 10 innings on a 2-run HR by Nats Slugger Mickey Veron off of Yankees Reliever Allie Reynolds at Griffith Park in Washington, D.C. The 1954 Opening Day Game for the Senators draws a crowd of 27,160 fans. Both team’s starters Yankees Whitey Ford and Nats Chuck Stobbs pick up a no decision. Yankees OF Hank Bauer goes 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs to lead the Yankees hitting offensive in the game. Nats Reliever Sonny Dixon picks-up the 1st win of the 1953 Nats AL season.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Mark Leiter (1990) was born.

On September 29, 1988, hurler Mark Leiter was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, he had been released by the Orioles in August. He went 1-1 with a 6.84 ERA in 8 games. On March 19, 1991, Mark was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for INF Torey Lovullo. He is the older brother of former Yankees Pitcher Al Leiter.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Steve Pearce (2012) was born.

On March 12, 2012, INF/OF Steve Pearce was signed by the Yankees as MLB Free Agent. He had started his MLB playing career with the Pirates. As a Reserve INF/OF, Steve appeared in 12 games for the 2012 Yankees, he hit just .160 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. While he was with their AAA club Scranton (IL), where he played in 52 games, hitting a solid .321 with 15 doubles and 11 HRs. The Orioles brought his player contract from the Yankees. After 28 games for the Orioles, during which he hit .254 with 3 HRs. Pearce was claimed on waivers by the Astros at the end of July. He got into 21 games with the Astros, again hitting .254, but with no HRs. A month later, the Yankees purchased him back, wishing to add an experienced bat for the home stretch with starting 1B/DH Mark Teixeira hampered by a pulled muscle. He went 4 for 25 in 12 games in the Bronx; he was placed on waivers once more at the end of September. The Orioles picked up Steve again, although it was too late for him to see any game action with the Birds. Steve played for the 2018 Red Sox, winning the 2018 World Series MVP Award. He signed an MLB Free Agent contract in the winter of 2018 to return to the team.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League OF Hal Peck (1946) passed away. (1917-1995)

On June 19,1946, OF Hal Peck was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 6,1946, OF Hal Peck was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Gene Bearden (Minors) and Al Gettel to the Indians for Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar and veteran INF Ray Mack.                   

2001- Former Yankees Reserve OF Stanley “Frenchy” Bordagaray (1941) passed away. (1910-2001)

On January 27,1940, OF Stanley “Frenchy” Bordagaray 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. The Reds would send 2 Outfielders: Frenchy Bordagaray and Nino Bongiovanni on January 27,1940 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Bordagaray took 1B Vince DiMaggio's spot in the Kansas City Blues lineup and he excelled. He beat-out teammate INF Jack Saltzgaver, he would hit .350 and delivered. He hit .358 with 39 doubles, 8 triples, 31 steals and 214 hits. He led the American Association in hits. He was also 2nd in batting average (.011 behind Ab Wright), 4 steals behind league leader and Blues teammate Phil Rizzuto and tied Harry Walker for 2nd in doubles, 1 behind Ted Gullic. The Kansas City Blues went 95-57 to finish 1st in the league led by Bordagaray along with future Yankees Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Priddy and Johnny Lindell. He hit .260 in 36 games as Reserve Outfielder for the 1941 Yankees. On March 23,1942, Frenchy was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees. He would finish up his MLB playing career with the Dodgers in 1945.

 2010- The Yankees receive their 2009 World Series Championship Rings in a ceremony before their 2010 Home Opener at New Yankee Stadium. Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, gets to join his former teammates for the ceremony, as he now plays for today’s' visitors, the Angels. The Yankees bang out 13 hits for a 7-5 home opener victory. Veteran Bronx Bomber Starter Andy Pettitte picks up the Yankees win with 6 scoreless innings.

April 14th

1910- In the 1910 AL Season Opener before 25,000 fans at New York's Hilltop Park, the Red Sox sport laced collars, the last MLB team to wear a collar uniform. Boston sends Yankees into extra innings before the game is called at the end of 14 innings with the score, tied at 4-4. Ed Cicotte starts for Boston, with. “Smokey” Joe Wood relieving him in the 8th inning. New York Starter Hippo Vaughn goes all the way for Yankees, retiring Red Sox batters in the 4th and 12th innings on 4 pitches. He needs just 3 pitches in the 10th inning.

1930- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank Kitson (1907) passed away. (1869-1930)

On May 30,1907, veteran MLB hurler Frank Kitson was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. He had a 0-3 record with a 3.94 ERA in 5 games for the 1907 Nats. Frank will appear in 12 games for the 1907 Yankees, while posting a 4-0 record with a 3.10 ERA. In August of 1907, Frank was purchased by AA Kansas City (AA) from the Yankees. He never return to the MLB to pitch again. Kitson had pitched in the MLB from 1898 to 1907. Frank finishes his MLB Pitching career with a 129-118 record with a 3.17 ERA and 7 saves in 304 games.

1931- Former Yankees Reserve INF Kal Segrist (1952) was born. (1931-2015)

Before the start of the 1951 AL seasonthe Yankees signed INF Kal Segrist as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.Kal only played 2 seasons in the MLB. He was with the 1952 Yankees appearing in only 13 games, while hitting .043 and in 7 games with the 1955 Orioles, while hitting .333. Kal was part of the 17-player trade between the Yankees and Orioles in the winter of 1954. He had an 11-season Minor League career ending in 1961. Later, he coached College Baseball at Texas Tech University from 1965-1987, serving as the Head Baseball Coach from 1968-1983.

1933- The Yankees sold veteran Pitcher Ed Wells to the Browns. On August 28,1928, Ed Wells was purchased by the Yankees from Birmingham (SA). Wells was a Yankee Starter in 1929, posting a 13-9 record with a 4.33 ERA in 31 games. In 1930, he went 12-3 with a 5.20 ERA in 27 games. In the Yankees spring training camp of 1931, new Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy moved Wells from the starting rotation to the bullpen. He appeared in 22 games as a Reliever for the 1932 team, while posting a 3-3 record with a 4.26 ERA and 2 saves. Ed Wells pitched in 107 games for the Yankees, while posting a 37-20 Record with a 4.59 ERA and 4 saves. He didn’t appear in the 1932 World Series against the Cubs for the team.

1947- The Yankees sell veteran MLB 1B Nick Etten to the Phillies. He had played 1B for the Wartime Yankees from 1943 to 1945, while hitting .271,.293 and .285. He led the AL in HRs with 22 and in walks with 97 in 1944. He had been obtained from the Phillies on January 22, 1943 for 2 Minor League Players: 1B Ed Levy, Pitcher Al Gettel and Cash. In 1946, he appeared in 108 games for the team; but with only 84 games at 1B, his BA fallen from .285 to .232 hitting only 9 HRs. In 1947, the Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent 1B George McQuinn, he won the Yankees 1947 starting 1B job in MLB spring training camp. So, Nick Etten became expendable, so he was traded back to the Phillies. 1955- Elston Howard becomes the 1st MLB Black player in Yankees franchise history. The 25-yearold Catcher/Outfielder had hit .330 with 22 HRs and 109 RBIs for the 1954 AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). The 26-year-old C/OF makes his MLB Player debut against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, as he hit a single with 1 RBIin the Yankees' 8-4 loss. Elston Howard will play for the Yankees from 1955 to 1967, finishing his MLB playing career with the Red Sox in 1968. In 1969, he would become the Yankees 1st MLB Black Coach.

 1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Chris Welch was born.

The Yankees selected P Chris Welch in the 21st round of the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Chris never pitched for the Yankees at MLB levelOn March 31,1981, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ruppert Jones, OF Joe Lefebvre and P Tim Lollar to the Padres for OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Pacella. After retiring as active player, Chris became an MLB Broadcast Announcer for the Reds.

1966- Former Yankees OF/DH David Justice (2000-2001) was born.

Veteran MLB OF/DH Dave Justice came over from the Indians in 2000 mid-season trade that saw the Yankees deal 3 young players: Pitchers Zack Day, Jake Westbrook and OF Ricky Ledee. He would hit .305 with 20 HRs and 60 RBIs in 78 games for the 2000 Yankees. In 2001, he hit .241 with 18 HRs and 51 RBIs in 111 games for the team. Overall, he had hit .268 with 38 HRs and 111 RBIs in 189 games for the Yankees. On December 7, 2001, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Mets for veteran MLB 3B Robin Ventura.

1967- Red Sox Rookie hurler Billy Rohr makes a memorable MLB Pitching debut by no-hitting the Yankees for 8-two-thirds innings. Yankees veteran Catcher Elston Howard spoils Rohr's masterpiece with a 2-out single in the 9th inning, but the Red Sox still win the game by the score of 3-0. Despite his impressive MLB Pitching debut, Rohr will win only 2 more games in his MLB Pitching career. The Yankees will trade veteran Catcher Elston Howard to the Red Sox later in the 1967 AL season.

1969- The Yankees purchased veteran OF Jimmie Hall from the Indians. The Yankees felt that he would provide left-handed bat off the Yankees bench. He would appear in 80 games for the team, while hitting only .236 BA with only 3 HRs and 26 RBIs. Hall would be traded on September 11, 1969 to the Cubs for Minor League P Terry Bongiovanni and Cash.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Catcher and Manager Brad Ausmus was born.

On June 2,1987, Catcher Brad Ausmus was selected by the Yankees in the 48th round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Brad played in the Yankees Minor League system until 1992, reaching AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while hitting .242. Ausmus was drafted from the Yankees farm system by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft. He was left exposed to the MLB Expansion Team Player Draft, while the Yankees choose to protect other younger players in their Minor League system. After the 1992 NL season, the Rockies would trade him to Padres, he had spent the season with the Rockies AAA team. He would later become an All-Star Catcher playing in the MLB from 1993-2010. He was the MLB Manager for the 2014-2017 Tigers. Following his dismissal by the Tigers front office at the end of the 2017 AL season, Ausmus took a job as a Special Assistant to Angels General Manager Billy Eppler, who had previously worked with Yankees GM Brian Cashman. Following the 2018 season, he was named the team's manager for 2019, succeeding long-time skipper Mike Scioscia, who had retired. He was fired the day after his 1st season so that the Halos could snare veteran MLB Manager Joe Maddon, who had been relieved of his post skippering of the Cubs.

1976- Former Yankees Reliever Kyle Farnsworth (2006-2008) was born.

On December 5, 2005, veteran MLB Reliever Kyle Farnsworth was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Kyle went 6-9 with a 4.33 ERA with 7 saves in 181 games, while working out of the Yankees bullpen. On July 30, 2008, Kyle was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for former AL All-Star Catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

1978- Former AL All-Star INF Yankees and Indians HOF Joe “Flash” Gordon (1938-1943,1946) passes away. (1915-1978). 

Former MLB Manager: Indians (1958-1960), Tigers (1960), A’s (1961) and the Royals (1969). 

The Yankees signed INF Joe “Flash” Gordon in 1936. In 1938, he joined the Yankees as a 2B. He made the AL All-Star team in from 1939 to 1943 and in 1946. In 1942, he won AL MVP Award, while hitting .342. He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to military service. In October of 1946, Joe was traded to the Indians for Pitcher Allie Reynolds. As a Yankees player, Joe had appeared in 1,000 games, while hitting .271 with 153 HRs and 617 RBIs. Overall, as an MLB player, Joe finished his playing career with a .268 BA with 253 HRs and 975 RBIs, while playing 1,566 games. He had appeared in 6 World Series (5 with Yankees and 1 with the Indians). He played in 29 Series games, while hitting .243 with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs. After retiring as an active player in 1950; he later became an MLB Manager during the mid 1950’s with the Indians. He was involved in the only trade of MLB managers in 1960, when he was traded from the Indians to the Tigers for veteran AL Manager Jimmy *****s. In 1961, he was the Manager for the Kansas City A’s. In 1969, Joe Gordon was the 1st MLB Manager of the new AL Expansion Team, the Kansas City Royals. He was the only Manager for both Kansas City MLB teams, the 1961 A’s and the 1969 AL Expansion Team, the Royals.

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Chris Leroux (2014) was born.

On January 27, 2014, P Chris Leroux was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had been with the 2013 Pirates. He appeared in only 2 games with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. He had spent most of 2014 baseball season with the Yankees AAA club, Scranton Railriders (IL), where he had a 6-4 record with a 4.94 ERA in 12 games for the team. On October 3, 2014, Chris was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

2004- A day after Yankees teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th MLB career victory, veteran MLB Starter Kevin Brown reaches the same plateau by beating by Devil Rays by the score of 5-1. It is the 1st time in MLB history; members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th MLB career victory in consecutive starts. 

2008- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez moves up to a tie for 15th on the all-time MLB HR Leader list, even with Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. Rodriguez hits his 521st MLB career HR as part of a 4-for-5 day; Rays Pitcher Andy Sonnanstine allows the A-Rod HR shot. The Yankees top the Rays by the score of 8-7.

2008- Former Yankees Minor League OF, MLB OF and Baseball Executive Tommy Holmes passed away. (1917-2008)

A Brooklyn native, OF Tommy Holmes was the son of a boxer and boxed himself as a youngster. Following high school, he played semipro ball until 1937, when he was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell. Holmes began his pro playing career with the 1937 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League), hitting .320 with 25 HRs and 111 RBIs. In 1938, he hit .368 with the Class A Binghamton Triplets to win the Eastern League batting crown. He then spent the next 3 seasons with the AA Newark Bears (IL), hitting over .300 each season, but he found his path to the MLB blocked by a talent-laden Yankees outfield that included Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich, Charlie Keller and veteran George Selkirk. Following the end of the 1941 AL season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Boston Braves for 1B Buddy Hassett and OF Gene Moore. He soon became a regular in the Braves Outfield and spent the next decade playing for the team. In 1951-1952, he was the Manager for the Braves. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1952 Dodgers. After appearing in a few games as a player for the 1954 Elmira Pioneers, Holmes went on to manage in the Minor Leagues for several seasons. Beginning in 1958, he was a  Dodgers MLB Scout. Later, Tommy became the Director of Amateur Baseball Relations for the Mets for 30 years.

2011- At a news conference in which he announces that Reliever Pedro Feliciano is lost for the 2011 AL season because of impending shoulder surgery, Yankees GM Brian Cashman lashes out at former Manager Joe Torre for his handling of pitchers. He blames Torre for chronically overusing relievers such as Scott Proctor, thereby ruining their MLB pitching careers. Feliciano led the NL in games pitched 3 consecutive seasons while with the Mets prior to joining the Yankees, although Torre had nothing to do with that.

2020- Yankees Co-Owner and Managing General Partner Hank Steinbrenner passed away. (1957-2020)

Hank Steinbrenner was Co-Owner and Managing General Partner of the New York Yankees alongside his younger brother, Hal Steinbrenner. He inherited the team on his father, George Steinbrenner's death in 2010, although the 2 brothers had been running the team since 2007, when their father's illness forced him to curtail his daily activities. While the 2 brothers have let GM Brian Cashman make most baseball-related decisions since taking over. Hank quickly developed a reputation for being outspoken and for making ill-informed comments, in the mold of his father. Among some his more infamous statements in 2008, he said that the idea that there was a mass of Boston Red Sox fans across the country as a creation of ESPN and criticized members of the Tampa Bay Rays for picking fights with Yankee players when they were being subsidized by the richer team through luxury tax payments. In spring training of 2011, he made another sortie that reminded everyone of his father's less-inspired moments, blaming the team's "poor" performance in 2010 on the fact that players had celebrated too much following the 2009 World Series and, in a dig clearly aimed at Team Captain Derek Jeter who had built a luxury home in Tampa, FL over the previous off-season, were "too busy building mansions" and had become complacent. He was conveniently forgetting that the Yankees had been fighting neck-and-neck with the Rays all season for the best record in the MLB, and made it all the way to the ALCS, where they lost a tightly-fought series against the  Rangers; no independent observers had accused the team of slacking off at all during the season. Steinbrenner had to apologize immediately for his remarks and clarify that he was not singling out Jeter, but dug himself a deeper hole by stating that his remarks were a "euphemism", thereby indicating that he did not know the meaning of that word either. His outburst brought him a rebuke from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as well, as Steinbrenner stated that the Commissioner supported changes to the revenue sharing and luxury tax system in the current round of collective bargaining with the Players Association; the Yankees were of course the largest payers into the system, given their enormous payroll. Selig had to publicly remind Steinbrenner that team owners were not authorized to speak on labor-related issues during the ongoing negotiations. After these initial outbursts, he decided to step back from being the face of Yankee ownership, letting his much more temperate brother take over, although he remained involved in key decisions. He retired to his 1st love, his thoroughbred farm in Ocala, FL. His health then deteriorated starting in the mid-2010s, further lowering his profile. He passed away in April 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, although the Yankees issued a statement that his passing was die to his long-standing health issues and not because of COVID-19.

April 15th

1886- Former Yankees Pitcher Leonard “King” Cole (1914-1915) was born. (1886-1916)

Veteran MLB P Leonard “King Cole” would go 12-12 with a 3.27 ERA and 1 save in 43 games with the 1914-1915 Yankees. He had started his MLB Pitching career in 1902 with the NL Cubs; then in 1912, he was traded to the Pirates. King appeared in 1-game of the 1910 World Series with the Cubs with no record. Cole would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1915 Yankees. He had an overall MLB Pitching record of 54-27 with a 3.12 ERA and 2 saves in 129 games.

1893- Former MLB Player, Scout and Yankees Minor League Manager Jack Sheehan was born. (1893-1987)

Jack Sheehan had played 2 MLB seasons with the 1920-1921 Dodgers. He was a long-time Minor-League Manager. He was in the Yankees Minor League organization in 1933-1934, managing the Wheeling Stogies (MAL). Later, he became an MLB Scout working with the Cubs, Indians, Senators and the Rangers organizations before retiring.

1913- The Yankees purchased veteran INF Bill McKechnie from the Braves for Cash. He had only appeared in 1 game for the 1913 Braves. Bill hit .134 in 45 games as a Reserve INF for the Yankees. He had 15 hits, which all were singles for the Yankees. He left the Yankees in 1914 to play with the Indianapolis team in the Federal League. In 1962, he would be elected to Hall of Fame for his long-time MLB Manager career in the National League. Bill had won NL pennants with the 1925 Pirates, 1928 Cardinals and the 1939-1940 Reds. With the 1925 Pirates, he won the World Championship defeating the Washington Senators.

1922- The Yankees beat the Senators by the score of 5-3 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. behind Bronx Starter Waite Hoyt’s complete game victory. He gave up only 3 Nat runs allowing only 7 hits, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. The Yankees score the 2-game winning runs in the 9th inning off of Nats Reliever Tom Phillips. Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott goes 2 for 4, while driving in 2 Yankee runs in the game.

1934- The Yankees send down Pitcher Charles Devens to their AA club, the Newark Bears (IL). Charles will go 9-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 27 games for the AA Bears. He will return to the Yankees, later in September of 1934 for 1 more MLB game. In 1932, the Yankees had signed Devens, who was an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had pitched College Baseball at Harvard University. Overall, Devens went 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 16 games with the 1932-1934 Yankees.

1942- At Griffith Stadium, the Yankees make it 2 in a row over the Senators with a 9-3 victory. Yankees Starter Spud Chandler throws a complete game. Nats Starter Bobo Newsome takes the loss, going 5 innings, while giving up 8 Yankee hits and allowing 7 runs. The Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio goes 2 for 5 at the plate with a 3-run HR and double, while driving in 5 runs. Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon, also goes 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBIs in the game.

1958- At Fenway Park, the 1958 Red Sox Opening Day, a crowd of 35,233 disappointed Boston fans watch the Yankees Starter Don Larsen shut-out the Red Sox by the score of 3-0. Don Larsen only allows only 4 Boston hits in the game. Red Sox Starter Willard Nixon takes the loss. Yankees AL All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra goes 2 for 4 at the plate with a 2-run HR. Yankees 3B Andy Carey goes 1 for 4 at the plate with a double and 1 RBI.

1961- Former Yankees Pitcher Nick Cullop (1916-1917) passed away. (1887-1961)

On January 21,1916, P Nick Cullop was purchased by the Yankees from the Kansas City Packers (Federal League). Nick went 13-6 with a 2.05 ERA and 1 save in 28 games for the Yankees; then he slipped to a 5-9 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1 save in 30 games 1917. His overall Yankees pitching record was 18-15 with a 2.64 ERA and 2 saves in 58 games. On January 22, 1918, Nick was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Joe Gedeon, INF Fritz Maisel, Catcher Les Nunamaker, Pitcher Urban Shocker and $15,000 Cash to the Browns for veteran MLB Starter Eddie Plank and INF Del Pratt. Veteran Starter Eddie Plank refused to report to the Yankees and retired from baseball. Nick finished his MLB Pitching career with the 1922 Browns, ending with an overall MLB Pitching career record of 57-54 with a 2.73 ERA and 3 saves in 174 games.

1968- Former Yankees Reliever Billy Brewer (1996) was born.

On June 22,1996Reliever Billy Brewer was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Minor League P Mike Judd. He replaced veteran lefty Reliever Steve Howe in the Yankees bullpen, who had just been release by the team. He appeared in 4 games for the 1996 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 9.53 ERA. On December 20,1996, Billy was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Reds.

1976- The Yankees defeated the Twins by the score of 11-4 in the 1st game played at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium. Yankees Hall of Fame players, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and the widows of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth take part in pre-game ceremonies at the Stadium, which had been closed for remodeling during the 1974 and 1975 AL seasons. Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Shawkey throws out the 1stpitch, he was the Yankees Starter for the 1923 Yankee Stadium Opening Day game. The Twins had chased Yankees Starter Rudy May for 4 runs, Bronx Reliever Richard “Dirt” Tidrow shuts the door on Twins batters as Yankees recover from 4-0 Twins lead to win the game by the score of 11-4. The 1976 Opening Day crowd was 52,613 fans.

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Floyd Newkirk (1934) passed away. (1908-1976)

Floyd Newkirk appeared in 1 game with no record with the 1934 Yankees. On December 19,1934, the Yankees sent Minor League Players: Pitcher Jim Densmore and OF Ted Norbert, MLB INF Doc Farrell and Pitcher Floyd Newkirk to the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on November 21, 1934 for Seals OF Joe DiMaggio.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Aaron Laffey (2011) was born.

The Indians in the 16th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Aaron Laffey. He was signed for a $363,000 bonus bypassing a baseball scholarship to Virginia Tech. On August 19, 2011, Reliever Aaron Laffey was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Mariners. He appeared in 11 games with the 2011 Yankees, while posting a 2-1 record with 3.38 ERA. On October 11, 2011, Aaron was selected off waivers by the Royals from the Yankees.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF Adeiny Hechavarria (2018) was born.

INF Adeiny Hechavarria played in 61 games for the 2018 Rays, while hitting .258 with 3 HRs and 56 RBIs. With Rays top shortstop prospect Adames improving by the day, Adeiny was the one who paid the price when the Rays unexpectedly acquired veteran OF Tommy Pham at the July  31st MLB Trading Deadline: he was DFA to make room for Pham on the Rays 25-man MLB roster. On August 6th, he was traded to thePirates in return for Minor Leaguer Matt Seelinger, then on August 31st, he was on the move again, joining the Yankees in return for future considerations. Yankees Starting Shortstop Didi Gregorius was on the DL, the team needed some veteran MLB insurance in case he wasn't able to return in time for the 2018 AL Postseason. With the 2018 Yankees, he appeared in 18 games as a Reserve INF hitting only .194 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs. In the 2018 AL postseason, he appeared in 4 games with no hits, he made an outstanding defensive play at 3B saving several runs for the team. He became an MLB Free Agent at the end of the 2018 World Series. He was signed by the Mets.

1992- Former Yankees Minor League OF/INF Matt Lipka was born.

The Braves had selected Mike Lipka in the 1st round (35th overall) of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 2011, the Braves had Lipka shift from the Infield to CF. Matt played for their Advanced Class A team, the Lynchburg Hillcats (CL) in 2013. He was with the 2014 AA Mississippi Braves (SL). He returned to Mississippi to start the 2015 season. He was reassigned to Mississippi to begin the 2016 season. By mid-June, he had been promoted to AAA Gwinnett Braves (IL). He finished 2016 season with a .238 BA with 2HRs and 14 RBIs in 56 games. After the 2016 IL season, Lipka became a Minor League Free Agent. Matt signed with the Rangers organization for the 2017 season, where he played at the AAA and AA levels in their organization. At the end of the season, he was granted Free Agency, he signed for the 2018 season with the Giants organization, where he played for their Class AA Richmond team (EL). At the end of the 2018, once again he became a Free Agent signing a Minor League deal with the Yankees on January 11, 2019. He was given an invitation to the Yankees MLB spring training camp. He appeared in 20 spring training games for the Yankees, hitting .270 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. He was assigned to the Yankees AAA club at Scranton (IL). In 2019, Matt played for AA Trenton Thunder and AAA Scranton. After the 2019 baseball season had ended, Matt was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Dodgers organization.

1996- Former Yankees Minor League P Reiver Sanmartin was born.

On November 20, 2017, the Yankees traded P Ronald Herrera to the Rangers for Minor League P Reiver Sanmartin. He had posted a 7-2 record with a 2.45 ERA in 14 games for the Rangers at Class A level. In 2018, he pitched for 4 teams between Class A and AA in the Yankees organization, he went 5-7 with 2.81 ERA in 13 games. On January 21, 2018, he was traded by the Yankees to the Reds alongside MLB Starter Sonny Gray in return for Minor League INF Shed Long and a Compensation Round A pick in the 2019 MLB Amateur Player Draft.

1998- The 1st-ever AL-NL doubleheader ends up a good day for New York City. The Yankees are forced to come to Shea Stadium after a beam falls into the stands at Yankee Stadium on April 13th. The Yankees earn their 1st victory in Queens in 22 years as they defeat the Angels by the score of 6-3. Former Mets star Darryl Strawberry, the all-time HR leader at Shea Stadium, adds to his total HR with a shot into the LF bleachers. In the regularly scheduled night game, the Mets beat the Cubs by the score of 2-1. The Yankees, who played at Shea Stadium during the 1974-1975 AL seasons, while original Yankee Stadium was renovated, drew a crowd of 40,743 fans, a dramatic contrast to the gathering of 16,012 fans, who showed up for the Mets game that night.

2011- At Yankee Stadium, Texas Starter Matt Harrison is helped by some clutch defense as the Rangers defeat the Yankees by the score of 5-3. Harrison's teammates tie an AL record by turning 6 double playsbehind him, to move his record to 3-0 on the 2011 AL season; the pitcher starts 2 of the twin killings himself.

2020- Former Yankees Reserve INF Damaso Garcia (1978-1979) passed away. (1955-2020)

In 1975, the Yankees had signed INF Damaso Garcia as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 29 games for the team during the 1978-1979 AL seasons, while hitting .228 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. He didn’t appear in the 1978 World Series with the team against the Dodgers. On November 1,1979, Damaso was traded by the Yankees along with 1B Chris Chambliss and Pitcher Paul Mirabella for Starter Tom Underwood, Catcher Rick Cerone and Reserve OF Ted Wilborn. With the Blue Jays, he would be part of a double-play combo along with Shortstop Tony Fernandez. Garcia was on the 1984-1985 AL All Star teams. He would win an AL Silver Slugger Award. In his MLB 11 season playing career Garcia would appear with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Braves, Dodgers and the Expos. In 1990, after failing to make it as a Reserve Infielder with the Yankees in their MLB Spring Training Camp; Damaso retired from baseball. His final MLB career playing records were a .283 BA with 36 HRs and 323 RBIs in 1,032 games.

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April 16th

1903- Former Yankees Reserve OF and HOF OF Paul “Big Poison” Waner (1944-1945) was born. (1903-1965)

Veteran MLB OF Paul Waner played for the Yankees at the end of his long MLB playing career. He played for 15 seasons with the Pirates, then Dodgers (twice), Braves and finishing up with the 1944-1945 Yankees. On September 1, 1944, he was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. His legs were shot, he made limited appearances for the Bronx Bombers. Overall, as a Yankees player, Paul played only in 10 games, while hitting just .143. On May 3,1945, Paul was released by the team. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952. He finished his MLB playing career with a .333 BA with 113 HRs and 1,309 RBIs, while appearing in 2,549 games.

1916Former Yankees Minor League Player and MLB INF Pete Suder was born. (1916-2006)

Before the start of 1935 AL season, the Yankees had signed INF Pete Suder as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The 19-yearold got his 1st taste of pro baseball with the Class D Washington Generals (PSA).  Where he played the 3B in 98 games, while hitting for a .294 BA. In 1936, Pete would hit .309 with 18 HRs for the Class C Akron Yankees (MAL), while playing the shortstop position. In 1937, Pete would play 3B for the Norfolk Tars; hitting an even .300 with 22 HRs making the Piedmont League All-Star team. The Binghamton Triplets would have Pete Suder on their 1938 team roster. He helped them win the 1938 Eastern League pennant by hitting .278 with 10 HRs. Pete made the EL All-Star team at 3B by fielding at a .945 clip in 135 games. He would be with Triplets again for the 1940 EL season at the 3B position, fielded .945 in 138 games, while hitting .301 with 16 HRs. Pete helped the 2nd place Triplets win the EL playoffs, while making the All-Star team. Also, Pete was named the 1940 Eastern League MVP. On October 1,1940, the Yankees would lose him to the Philadelphia Athletics in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Pete would remain with the Philadelphia/Kansas City A’s until he played his last MLB game in 1955. Overall, as an MLB player, Pete appeared in 1,421 games, while hitting .249 with 49 HRs and 541 RBIs.

1929- The New York Yankees are the 1st team in MLB history to permanently feature numbers on the backs of their team uniforms. The numbers correspond to each player's position in the batting order. The numbers also allow fans and broadcasters to more easily identify the players.

1937- Yankee Stadium opened for its 15th season with a new enlarged Right Field stand. Prior to the 1937 AL season, the triple decked seating area ended at the foul poles, and the bleachers extended across the outfield from pole to pole. The extended decks included new box and reserved seats and thereby reduced the Stadium’s seating capacity below the 72,000, it once allegedly held.

1939- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bernie Allen (1972-1973) was born.

Veteran MLB INF Bernie Allen was obtained from the Rangers on December 2,1971 for 2 Yankee Minor League Pitchers: Terry Ley and Gary Jones, who both briefly appeared with the team with no decisions. Bernie Allen had played for the Twins and Senators. He was on the 1962 Topps All-Star Team. He would be defensive infield back-up for the team. He appeared in 101 games, while hitting .227 with 1 HR and 28 RBIs for the Yankees. On August 13,1973, he was sold to the Expos. He would appear in 16 games for Montreal, hitting just .180 finishing up his MLB playing career.

1943- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Frank Fernandez (1967-1969) was born.

Frank Fernandez was weak hitting catcher, who struck out a lot despite having some power. He appeared in 149 games with the Yankees, while hitting .204 with 20 HRs and 63 RBIs. In the fall of 1969, Frank was traded along with veteran Starter Al Downing to the Oakland A’s for 1B Danny Cater and INF Ossie Chavarria. With the Yankees having Thurman Munson and Johnny Ellis coming up from AAA as Catchers, Frank became expendable since they were better hitters and had showed better defensive skills behind the plate.

1945- Former Yankees INF/OF Wilson “Chick” Fewster (1917-1922) passed away. (1895-1945)

in 1917, INF Chick Fewster was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). Chick Fewster was Reserve INF/OF for the Yankees. He had been a starter in the infield before being seriously hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Dodgers hurler Jeff Pfeffer during a spring training game in 1920. Due to his head injury, he only appeared in 21 games for the team in 1920, while hitting .286. In 1921, he came back hitting .280 with 1 HR and 19 RBIs in 66 games for the team. Overall, as a Yankees player, Chick had appeared in 228 games, while hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 45 RBIs. On July 23,1922, Chick was traded by the Yankees along with OF Elmer Miller, OF Johnny Mitchell, P Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran INF Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith. He had appeared in 44 games for the 1922 Yankees, while hitting .242. Chick was the 1st MLB player to have an MLB official at bat on April 18,1923, Home Opener at new Yankee Stadium, as a member of the Red Sox. He later played for the Indians and the Robins (aka Dodgers) before retiring as an active player with the Dodgers in 1927.

1954- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bruce Robinson (1979-1980) was born.

Bruce Robinson was purchased from Oakland for $400,000 Cash in February of 1979. He only appeared in 10 games for the Yankees, going 2 for 17. Bruce Robinson, a 1st-round pick out of Stanford University in the June 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft, he got most of his MLB at-bats with the 1978 Oakland A’s. The # 1 and # 2 catchers on the team were Jim Essian, who hit .223, and Jeff Newman, who hit .239. Robinson, for his part, hit .250 after a mid-August call-up when Newman became injured. Robinson's lasting legacy on the game will be his invention of the "Robby Pad" in 1979. The "Robby Pad", a hinged flap on the right/throwing shoulder of a catcher's chest protector, began seeing widespread use in the early 1980s. It can be viewed on most every catcher's chest protector from the major leagues to youth leagues. One of the original two "Robby Pads" is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Robinson, along with YankeesPitching star, Dave Righetti, were involved in a car accident in 1980 in which Robinson's right shoulder sustained a career-impacting injury, necessitating shoulder reconstruction in May of 1981. A drunken driver rear-ended Robinson and Righetti in Robinson's car that was stopped in a left-hand turn lane.  As a result of the injury, Robinson could not take advantage of being handed the left-handed platoon side of a starting role with the Yankees. Robinson missed the 1981-1982 MLB seasons on the DL. He never made it back to the MLB. He did lead the A's in batting average during the 1984 MLB spring training camp, but he was sent to AAA Tacoma (PCL) before agreeing to accept a Player/Hitting Coach position with Class A Modesto(California League). Robinson's primary role was to work with 2 young A’s hitters, Mark McGwire (fresh from the 1984 Olympic team) and Jose Canseco, who were both underperforming. McGwire and Canseco went on to prolific and controversial careers in the "steroid age" of baseball in the 1980s and 1990s. 

1959- The Yankees unveil the 1st message scoreboard in Yankee Stadium History. It listed the lineups, out of town scores and a wide expanse for paragraph-type messages, posted via electronic devices.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Curt Young (1992) was born.

On June 16,1992, Pitcher Curt Young was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had appeared in 13 games for the 1992 Yankees, while posting a 3-0 record with a 3.32 ERA. On November 6,1992, Curt Young was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1993 A’s.

1961- Beginning his historic HR chase of Babe Ruth's 60 HR season-record, Yankees RF Roger Marisconnects for 1st HR in the 12th game of the 1961 AL season. The 5th-inning solo HR shot is off Tigers veteran Starter Paul Foytack.

1965- Former Yankee Reserve OF Paul “Big Poison” Waner (1944-1945) passed away. (1903-1965)

Veteran MLB OF Paul Waner came to the Yankees at the end of his fine MLB playing career after playing for the 1925-1940 Pirates and the 1941,1943-1944 Dodgers and the 1941-1942 Boston Braves. He only appeared in 10 games with the 1944-1945 Yankees, hitting just .143. He finished MLB playing career with lifetime .333  BA while playing in 2,549 games with 3,152 hits. He would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952.

1967- The Yankees edge the Red Sox 7-6 in 18 innings at Yankee Stadium. The 5-hour, 50-minute marathon ended when Bronx Bomber batter Jake Gibbs walked, then stole 2B and then scored on a single by Joe Pepitone. Veteran Yankees hurler Al Downing picks up the win, while Boston Pitcher Lee Strange takes the loss.

1967- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Bleier (2016) was born.

On December 18, 2015, Pitcher Richard Bleier was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 23 games for the team with a 0-0 record along with a 1.96 ERA. On February 21, 2017, he was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles for Player to be Named Later or Cash. 

1979- The 1979 Mayor’s Trophy game with the Mets was held at Shea Stadium. The game was called on the account of rain in the 5th inning with the score tied at 1-1. Yankees Reggie Jackson single in Mickey Rivers in the 3rd inning and that was where it ended. Game attendance for the 2 PM game drew a crowd of only 13,719 fans for the game.

1980- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, 9,680 fans watch the Yankees defeat the White Sox by the score of 6-0 behind veteran Bronx Starter Tommy John’s complete game shutout. John allows just 2 White Sox hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks in the game. The Yankees hitting attack is led by Oscar Gamble’s triple, doubles by Reggie Jackson and Rick Cerone. The Yankees are now at .500 mark for the 1980 AL season with a 3-3 record.

2009- The Indians spoil the opening of New Yankee Stadium with a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Jhonny Peralta hits a 2-run double off of Yankees Reliever Jose Veras to break a 1-1 tie; Grady Sizemore delivers the KO with a Grand Slam HR off of Reliever Damaso Marte. Catcher Jorge Posada is the 1st batter to hit a HR in the Yankees' new ballpark with a solo HR shot off of Tribe winning Pitcher Cliff Lee in the 5th inning. The Yankees had won 16 of their final 17 home openers at the old Yankee Stadium.

2014- At Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Cubs; behind strong performances from 2 newcomers to their 2014 MLB Starting Pitching Staff. In the Opener, Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 10 Cubs batters, as he allows only 2 singles on bunts in 8 innings in a 3-0 win. In the Nightcap, Yankees Starter Michael Pineda gives up 4 hits over 6 innings for a 2-0 win that completes the double blanking. It is the 1st time a team has 2 shutouts in 1 day since June 26, 1988.

April 17th

1929- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth marries Actress and Model Claire Merritt Hodgson. Their wedding ceremony is held at 5 o'clock in the morning on Opening Day to avoid crowds. Playing the next day at Yankee Stadium, Ruth hits a HR against Red Sox hurler Red Ruffing and tips his cap in the direction of Claire, who is seated in the stands. The Yankees win the game by a score of 7-3.

1939- On the morning of Opening Day 1939 in Washington, D.C., U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Yankees visited Abner Doubleday's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Also, President Roosevelt is scheduled to throw out the 1st pitch at Griffith Stadium, but the Yankees-Senators Opening Day game is rained out. Vice President John Nance Garner will do the honors 4 days later.

1946- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Jack” Quinn (1909-1912,1919-1921) passed away. (1883-1946)

On September 1,1908, Jack Quinn was drafted by the Highlanders from Richmond (VA League) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On August 12,1912, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Jack Martin to AA Rochester (IL) for INF Tommy McMillan. In 1913, he jumped from the Boston Braves to the Baltimore Terrapins (Federal League). He won 15 games in 1919; then he went 18-10 for the 1920 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of 1921 World Series, losing to the Giants. His final Yankees Pitching career record was 81-65 with a 3.15 ERA in 228 games. He completed 83 games for the Yankees along with 6 shutouts and 6 saves. He was one of few Yankees, who played with the team in its earliest days and be with the team when they played in their 1st World Series in 1921. On December 20,1921, Jack Quinn was traded by the Yankeesalong with Pitchers Rip Collins and Bill Piercy, Veteran Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh and $100,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Pitchers: Bullet Joe Bush, Sad Sam Jones and MLB Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott. Jack would pitch in the MLB until 1933 finishing up his long MLB Pitching career with Reds. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 247-217 record with a 3.27 ERA in 755 games. He had appeared in 3 World Series, 1 with the 1921 Yankees and 2 with the 1929-1930 Philadelphia A’s finishing with a 0-1 record in 3 Series games.

1951- It’s Bob Sheppard’s 1st Opening Day as Yankee Stadium Public Address Announcer. He will remain on the scene at Yankee Stadium for the next 57 AL seasons. 

1951- Yankees Rookie OF Mickey Mantle makes his MLB Player debut. Mantle picks up 1 hit in 2 official at-bats, as the Yankees defeat the rival Red Sox by a score of 5-0 behind the pitching of veteran Starter Vic Raschi. Yankees OF Jackie Jensen hits 2-run HR in the 3rd inning off of Boston Starter Bill Wight.

1953- In Washington, D.C., Yankees All-Star CF Mickey Mantle cleared the bleachers at Griffith Stadium with a 565-FT HR off of Nats hurler Chuck Stobbs. The Mantle HR shot came in the 5th inning of a 7-3 Yankees victory over the Senators. It is believed to be the longest HR hit in Griffith Stadium’s history. This Mantle HR will start the era of tape measured MLB Home Runs.

 1956- Yankees CF Mickey Mantle hits a pair of tape measure HRs against Senators Starter Camilo Pascual at Griffith Stadium. Both long balls are estimated at over 500 FT. The 2 teams combined for 6 HRs in a 10-4 Opening Day victory for the Yankees. Bronx Starter Don Larsen picks-up the complete game victory; allowing only 4 Nat runs, giving up 6 hits, while striking out 6 batters and issuing only 3 walks.

1967- Former Yankees Minor League OF Glenn Braxton was born.

Glen Braxton was a Minor League OF for 5 seasons. He was selected by the White Sox in the 3rd round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Glen hit .255 for the GCL White Sox that year; he did lead his team with 35 runs. On December 12,1985, the Pale Hose traded him along with MLB Starter Britt Burns and Minor League P Mike Soper to the Yankees for Pitcher Joe Cowley and Catcher/DH Ron Hassey. He never appears with the team. On February 13,1986, he was dealt back to the White Sox, along with Reliever Neil Allen, Reserve Catcher Scott Bradley and Cash for Catcher Ron Hassey, 3 Minor League Players: OF Matt Winters, C Chris Alvarez and P Eric Schmidt. Glenn was sent back to the White Sox because of an injured knee that was unknown about at the time of December 12,1985 trade.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Phillip “Lefty” Weinert (1931) passed away. (1902-1973).

On September 30,1930, Pitcher Lefty Weinert was drafted by the Yankees from AA Louisville (AA) in the 1930 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He posted a 2-2 record with a 6.20 ERA in 17 games for the 1931 Yankees. Later, he coached College Baseball at Villanova University (1946-1949). He was an MLB Scout for the 1950-1957 Dodgers and the 1958 Indians.

1973- The Yankees released veteran MLB Reliever Casey Cox (1972-1973). On August 30,1972, veteran MLB Reliever Casey Cox was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Pitcher Jim Roland. He went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 6 games for the Yankees before being released by the team.

1973- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB OF/3B Jim Ray Hart from the Giants. Due to previous knee injuries, Hart’s on-field performance was sub-par, he became the team’s primary DH for the 1973 AL season, appearing in 114 games; while hitting .254 with 13 HRs and 52 RBIs. He started the 1974 AL season, slowly hitting .053 in 10 games, when the Yankees released him on June 7,1974.

1981- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Pitcher Dave LaRoche. The team planned to use him in the Yankees bullpen. He would go 4-1 in 1981. In 1982, he posted a 4-2 record for the team. He appeared in 1 game of the 1981 World Series in relief, pitching a scoreless inning against the Dodgers. He only appeared in 1 game for the team in 1983. Overall, as a Yankees Reliever, Dave posted an 8-3 record with a 3.12 ERA in 52 games.

2019- At Yankee Stadium, veteran Yankees OF Brett Gardner hits his 100th MLB career HR, it’s a big one, a Grand Slam HR in the 7th inning against the Red Sox, who were leading the Yankees by the score of 3-1. The Yankees go on to win the game by the score of 5-3 as the Yankees bullpen shut down the Red Sox hitters.



6 months ago  ::  Apr 11, 2021 - 8:24AM #3
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COOL ! Thanks Clip !

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