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This Week in Yankees History April 18th-April 24th Part One


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April 18th

1866- Former Yankees INF Herman Long (1903) was born. (1866-1909)

Veteran MLB Shortstop, Herman Long joined the Yankees in 1903. At the age of 37, his best MLB playing seasons were behind him. He had appeared in only 22 games for the team, hitting just .188 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. On June 10,1903, he was traded to the Tigers in the team’s 1st MLB Trade, which included Shortstop Ernie Courtney for Tigers Starting Shortstop Norman “Kid” Elberfeld. Long had played in the MLB from 1889 to 1904. He finished his MLB playing career by hitting .277 with 9 HRs and 1,055 RBIs in 1,875 games.

1888- Former Yankees OF George “Duffy” Lewis (1919-1920) was born. (1888-1979)

On December 18,1918, OF Duffy Lewis was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Dutch Leonard and Ernie Shore to the Yankees for OF Frank Gilhooley, Pitchers Slim Love and Ray Caldwell, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash. He would hit .271 with 11 HRs and 148 RBIs in 248 games for the Yankees in 2 seasons, before being traded on December 31,1920, along with P George Mogridge to the Senators for OF Braggo Roth.

1888- Former Yankees Reserve INF Thomas “Rebel” McMillian (1912) was born. (1888-1966)

On August 12,1912, INF Tom McMillian was traded by the AA Rochester (IL) to the Yankees for veteran Starter Jack Quinn and INF Jack Martin. In 1912, he hit .228 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 41 games. He had previously played for the Dodgers and the Reds in the NL before playing for the Yankees.

1922- Former Yankees Minor League P Moe Burtschy was born. (1922-2004)

On June 14,1956, P Moe Burtschy was traded by the Kansas City A’s along with OF Bill Renna and Cash to theYankees for veteran 1B Eddie Robinson and INF Lou Skizas. Moe was sent to AAA Denver Bears (AA). He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. Moe appeared in 90 games during his 5-season MLB Pitching career. He had compiled a 10-6 record with a 4.71 ERA, with 97 strikeouts and 4 saves in 185 innings pitched. 

1923- The debut of new Yankee Stadium is a huge success with an announced attendance of 74,217 fans. Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey aided by a 3-run HR by Babe Ruth, beating the Red Sox Starter Howard Ehmke by a score of 4-1. Former Yankee Reserve INF Chick Fewster, now with the Red Sox is the 1st MLB batter at Yankee Stadium.

1929- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth hits a HR in his 1st at-bat since his marriage the day before. As he rounds 2nd base tips his hat to his new bride, Claire Merritt Hodgson.

1929- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve “Lefty” Kraly (1953) was born. (1929-2016)

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

1936- A Saturday game at Yankee Stadium with 18,000 fans, see the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 3-2. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez throws a complete game victory, allowing only 2 Boston runs along with 5 hits, 5 walks and 5 strikeouts. The Yankees hitters Catcher Bill Dickey and Lou Gehrig hit HRs in the 7thinning to tie the game at 2-2. In the 8th inning, OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk drives in the winning Yankees run to seal their victory. Boston Starter Fritz Ostermueller takes the loss, despite only allowing 3 Yankee runs, while giving up 8 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.

1947- The Yankees under new Manager Bucky Harris pick up their 2nd victory of the 1947 AL season by shutting out the Senators by the score of 7-0 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. A disappointed crowd of 28,579 fans watched the Bronx Bombers chase Nats Starter Bobo Newsome for 4 runs in the 1st 4 innings of the game, as he takes the loss for the Senators. Newly acquired off-season AL Starter Allie Reynolds shows his stuff for his new Yankees team by allowing only 8 Nat hits, issuing only 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. This will be the 1st of Reynold’s 131 career wins for the 1947-1954 Yankees. The Yankees hitting attack is led by veteran OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller, who hits a 3-run HR for the Bombers. Yankees RF Yogi Berra goes for 4 for 5 at the plate with 1 RBI.

1950- At Fenway Park, MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler gives Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams his 1949 AL MVP Award. Then Mass. Gov. Paul Dever tosses out the 1st ball. To the delight of 31,822 fans, Red Sox rip Yankees  Starter Allie Reynolds with a 5-run 4th inning to drive him from the game and take a 9-0 margin. But the Yankees score 4 runs in the 6th inning off of Starter Mel Parnell and then down by the score of 10-4, the Bronx Bombers unloads for 9 runs in the 8th inning. Yankees Rookie INF Billy Martin becomes the 1stplayer in MLB history to get 2 base hits in 1 inning in his 1st MLB game. He doubles against Mel Parnell on his 1st at bat in the 8th inning and then singles off of Reliever Al Papai.  Red Sox Reliever Walt Mastersongives up Tommy Henrich's 2nd triple of the game before giving way to 4 more Boston pitchers. Veteran hurler Dave Ferris, pitching in his last MLB game, allows the last 2 Yankee runs in the 9th inning as the Yankees chalk up a 15-10 victory, the biggest blown lead the Red Sox have ever had at Fenway Park (on June 4, 1989, they'll blow a 10-run lead at home). Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr, each have 3 hits. Don Johnson is the winning pitcher, his last victory for the Yankees with Closer Joe Page pitching a perfect 8th and 9th innings in relief.

1953- Former Yankees INF Harry Niles (1908) passed away. (1880-1953)

On November 5, 1907, INF Harry Niles was traded by the Browns along with P Fred Glade and OF Charlie Hemphill to the Yankees for INF Hobe Ferris, OF Danny Hoffman and INF Jimmy Williams. He appeared in 95 games for the 1908 Yankees, while hitting .249 with 4 HRs and 24 RBIs. On August 17,1908, Harry was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for INF Frank LaPorte.

1956 - AL Umpire Ed Rommel becomes the 1st MLB Umpire to wear glasses during a game, as he arbitrates a contest between the Yankees and Senators.

1959- Former Yankees Reliever Rich Bordi (1985,1987) was born.

On December 4,1984, P Rich Bordi was traded by the Cubs along with P Porfi Altamirano, OF Henry Cotto and Catcher Ron Hassey to the Yankees for INF/OF Brian Dayett and P Ray Fontenot. He appeared in 51 games during the 1985 AL season, going 6-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 2 saves; while working out of the Yankees bullpen. On December 12,1985, Rich was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve INF Rex Hudler to the Orioles for OF Gary Roenicke. The Orioles would send INF Leo Hernandez on December 16,1985 to the Yankees to complete the trade. In January of 1987, the Yankees signed Rich as an MLB Free Agent. In 1987, he would go 3-1 with a 7.76 ERA in 16 games for the Yankees.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Dennis Rasmussen (1982-1987) was born.

On November 24,1982, Angels sent P Dennis Rasmussen to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on the August 31st MLB Trade Deadline. On August 31,1982, the Angels sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran MLB Starter Tommy John. Dennis posted a 39-24 record with a 4.28 ERA in 103 games for the Yankees between several trades. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1987, when he posted an 18-6 record with a 3.88 ERA in 31 games. On September 12,1983, the Yankees sent Pitchers Dennis Rasmussen and Edwin Rodriguez to the Padres to complete an earlier deal made on August 26,1983theYankees sent Players to be Named Later and $200,000 Cash to the Padres for veteran Starter John Montefusco. On March 30,1984, Dennis was traded by the Padres along with a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran AL All-Star 3B Graig Nettles. On April 26,1984, the Padres sent Minor League P Darin Cloninger to the Yankees to complete the trade. On August 26,1987, Dennis was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for veteran MLB P Bill Gullickson.

1965- At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, a Sunday game between the A’s and Yankees only attracts 9,056 fans, as the Bronx Bombers beat the KC by the score of 10-4. Yankees Starter Jim Bouton throws a complete victory, allowing only 4 A’s runs along with 6 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Bouton is 1 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI. The Yankees touched A’s Starter Moe Drabowsky for 5 runs and 5 hits in 3 innings of work. Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run HR. The A’s 1B Jim Gentile hits a 3-run HR for the team. Also, OF Mike Hershberger hits a solo HR for the A’s.  Bronx Bomber Mickey Mantle is 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs. Yankees 3B Clete Boyer goes 2 for 5 at the plate with 2 RBIs. Veteran Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek goes 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. The victory brings the 1965 Yankees to a 3-2 mark.

1971- Former MLB and Yankees Broadcaster Russ Hodges passed away. (1910-1971)

Russ Hodges was a broadcaster who did play-by-play for several MLB teams, most notably the New York and San Francisco Giants. After beginning his career in 1929, Hodges was nomadic for 2 decades. He worked for the Cubs, Senators and the Reds, before landing in New York City with the Yankees. In 1949, Hodges finally found a real home at the Polo Grounds with the Giants. On October 3,1951, he was at the microphone for Bobby Thomson's famous "Shot Heard 'Round the World". It was Hodges who cried, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" When the club moved to San Francisco in 1958, he followed the club to the west coast. He continued working for the team through 1970, when he retired from the broadcasting booth.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve INF Alberto Gonzalez (2007-2008) was born.

On January 9, 2007INF Alberto Gonzalez was traded by the Diamondbacks along with Pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, Steven Jackson and Luis Vizcaino to the Yankees for MLB All-Star Starter Randy Johnson and Cash. He appeared in 40 games as a Reserve Infielder for the Yankees, while hitting only .152. On July 31, 2008, The Yankees traded Alberto to the Nationals for Minor League P Jhonny Nunez, who was playing for the AA Harrisburg Senators (EL). 

1983- The Yankees traded 3B Tucker Ashford to the Mets for Minor League P Steve Ray and a Player to be Named Later. In November of 1981, Ashford had been obtained from the Blue Jays for veteran MLB INF Aurelio Rodriguez. He played in 3 games for the Yankees with no hits. He had 2 good AAA seasons with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), hitting .300 in 1981 and then he hit .331 in 1982. In October of 1982, he was sold to the Blue Jays on a conditional basis, the Jays returned him to the Yankees on Opening Day 1983. The Mets would assign Ashford to their AAA club, the Tidewater Tides (IL). The Yankees would send Pitcher Steve Ray to their Class A club, Greensboro (SAL). On May 3,1983, the Yankees received the Player to be Named Later, Minor League INF Felix Perdomo. Both players received from the Mets never played with the Yankees at the Level.

1986- Former Yankees OF/DH Billy Butler (2016) was born.

The A’s released veteran OF/DH Billy Butler on September 11, 2016. He had appeared in 85 games for Oakland, while hitting .276 with 4 HRs and 31 RBIs. On September 15, 2016, the Yankees signed him as an MLB Free Agent. He appeared in 12 games for the team, while hitting .345 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. In November of 2016, Billy was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

1998- At Tiger Stadium in Detroitthe Yankees beat the Tigers by the score of 8-3. A crowd of 13,803 fans watched the Bronx Bombers break open the game in the 5th and 6th innings with 5 runs being scored to take the lead in the game. The Yankees add 2 more insurance runs in the 8th inning to make their lead complete. Bronx Starter David Cone picks up the victory with help from the Yankees bullpen. Tigers Starter Greg Keagle takes the loss to bring his pitching record to 0-3 for the 1998 AL season. The 1998 Yankees now have a team record of 9-4.

2005- The Yankees scored 13 runs in the 2nd inning of a 19-8 victory over the Devil Rays. The last time the Bronx Bombers scored 13 runs in an inning was on June 21,1945 in the 5th inning of a 14-4 victory against the Red Sox.

 2009- The Indians crush the Yankees by the score of 22-4 at New Yankee Stadium, scoring 14 runs in the 2nd inning, the most runs given up in an inning in Yankees team history. Asdrubal Cabrera hits a Grand SlamHR, Mark DeRosa and Shin-Soo Choo add 3-run HRs and Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez all connect for solo HR shots for the Indians. Yankees Starter Chien-Ming Wang, who missed the second half of 2008 AL season with a leg injury, is charged with 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings to raise his ERA for the 2009 AL season to 34.50. Making his MLB Pitching debut, Yankees Rookie hurler Anthony Claggett succeeds him, but he gives up 8 more runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.

2013- The Yankees get some bad news when they learn that veteran AL All-Star Shortstop Derek Jeter will not be back until the 2nd half of the 2013 AL season, after x-rays reveal a small fracture in the surgically repaired ankle, that he broke in last season.

April 19th

1887- Former Yankees INF John “Jack” Martin (1912) was born. (1887-1980)

INF John Martin was acquired by the Yankees from Class C Richmond Colts (VA League). Martin had hit .225 with No HRs and 17 RBIs in 71 games with the team. On August 12,1912, INF John Martin was traded by the Yankees along with P Jack Quinn to AA Rochester (IL) for INF Tommy McMillan. Martin would play for the Yankees, Braves and the Phillies in 1912, his only active MLB career season. He would continue to play in the Minor Leagues from 1913 to 1930, retiring as an active player at 43. 

1928- The Yankees are out of AL 1st place for the 1st time since May 1926, when they lose to the Red Sox in the morning Patriots Day game at Fenway Park. They come back to win the 2nd game of the day by the score 7-2.

1935- Former Yankees Reliever John Wyatt (1968) was born. (1935-1998)

Veteran AL Reliever John Wyatt appeared briefly with the 1968 Yankees, after being acquired from the Red Sox before moving on to the Tigers during the 1968 AL season. In the 1967 World Series, he had won a crucial game for the Red Sox against the Cardinals. He had been a star player in the Negro Leagues, before signing as an MLB Amateur Free Agent with the Cardinals in 1954. He was a former AL All-Star Closer for A’s. John had gone 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 8 games for the 1968 Red Sox. On May 17, 1968, Wyatt was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. With the 1968 Yankees, he went 0-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 7 games. On June 15,1968, John was traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for a Player to be Named Later. On September 30,1968, the Tigers sent P Jim Rooker to the Yankees to complete the trade. Wyatt finished the 1968 AL season with the Tigers, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.137 ERA and 2 saves in 22 games. He doesn’t appear in the 1968 World Series with the Tigers against the Cardinals. In 1969, he was released by the Tigers, his old team the A’s, now located in Oakland would sign him as an MLB Free Agent. He would go 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 4 games finishing his MLB Pitching career with a 42-44 record with a 3.47 ERA and 103 saves in 435 games. Wyatt holds the all-time single-season record for most HRs given up by a Relief Pitcher. For the A’s in 1964, he gave up 23 HRs, while making no starts. No other MLB Pitcher has ever given up at least 20 HRs while making 3 starts or fewer.

1946- The Yankees moved to 1st Base dugout as their new Yankee Stadium clubhouse opens for the 1st time.

1949- The New York Yankees unveil a granite monument to Babe Ruth. Monument Park, which is located in the deep CF region of Yankee Stadium, also includes memorial monuments for HOF 1B Lou Gehrig and Manager Miller Huggins.

1960- Newly acquired RF Roger Maris makes his 1960 Yankees player debut with a good day at the plate, by getting 4 hits, including 2 HRs against the Red Sox. He will go on to win the 1960 AL MVP Award beating out his Yankees teammate CF Mickey Mantle, while hitting .283 with 39 HRs and 112 RBIs in 136 games. He will be named to the 1960 AL All-Star team. Also, Roger will win a 1960 AL Golden Glove for Outfielders.

1961- Former Yankees INF Spike Owen (1993) was born.

On December 4,1992, INF Spike Owen was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He will appear in 103 games for the 1993 Yankees, while hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 20 RBIs. On December 9,1993, he was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Angels for Minor League P Jose Musset. He later worked with Rangers organization as a Coach, now he is a Minor League Manager.

1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Scott Kamieniecki (1991-1996) was born.

The Yankees selected P Scott Kamieniecki as a 14th round pick in the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. As a Yankees hurler from 1991 to 1996, Scott went 36-39 with a 4.33 ERA in 113 games. After the 1996 AL season, he left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. He was signed by the Orioles. Also, he did pitch for the Indians and Braves before retiring as an MLB active player. Overall, as an MLB hurler, he went 53-59 with a 4.53 ERA in 250 games.

1969- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Robert “Bob” Collins (1944) passed away. (1909-1969)

Catcher Bob Collins played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1928 to 1936. Bob moved to the Cubs farm system in 1937, playing for their AA team, the Los Angeles Angels (PCL). Collins played in 47 games for the 1941 Cubs, while hitting .208 with 1 HR and 14 RBIs. He appeared in 3 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1944 Yankees, while hitting .333.

1969- The Yankees sold Reserve INF Nate Oliver to the Cubs. He had only appeared in 1 game for the 1968 Yankees as a Pinch-Hitter. He had been obtained on December 6, 1968 from the Giants for veteran MLB INF Charlie Smith. Nate was originally bought up to the MLB by the Dodgers, who later had traded him to the Giants.

1973- New York Team Owner George Steinbrenner fires Yankees President Mike Burke replaces him with veteran MLB Baseball Executive Gabe Paul. In fairness to Burke, he never had access to the money that George brought to the Yankees. CBS, Inc. gave him a short budget and the Yankee farm system had been traded away during the 1950’s in trades by 1964, it was empty of talent, especially of regular position players. It is ironic that it was Michael Burke, who had approached Steinbrenner’s group to purchase the team from CBS, Inc., when they decided to sell the team. He didn’t want another big corporation to buy the team. Gabe Paul was the former GM of the Indians and Reds, who was part of the investment group that purchased the Yankees from CBS. He would stay with the Yankees until the winter of 1977; he was fed up with George’s constant interference with team personnel matters, Paul returned to the Indians front office.

1979- After a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, Yankee teammates Closer Rich Gossage and DH Cliff Johnson have a brawl in the shower of the Yankees Clubhouse. Gossage suffers a sprained ligament in his thumb, which will keep him out of action until July 12th. As "punishment" for injuring the team's Closer, the Yankees will trade Cliff Johnson to the Indians on June 15, 1979 for Pitcher Don Hood. With having traded their team Co-Closer Sparky Lyle during the MLB baseball off-season to the Rangers, the Yankees are left without a real MLB Closer, so Yankees Starter Ron Guidry volunteers to replace Gossage as the Yankees Closer in the bullpen, until he returns from his hand injury.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Bryan Mitchell (2014-2017) was born.

Bryan Mitchell was a 16th-round draft pick of the Yankees in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He began his pro baseball career in 2010; he reached the MLB in 2014. On April 19, 2014, the Yankees are beaten by score of 16-1 by the Rays. They called up 2 pitchers: Preston Claiborne and Mitchell as insurance for the next day's game, and Mitchell was very nearly pressed into service, for the game went 12 innings. Mitchell was the last man left in the bullpen when the Yankees scored 4 runs in the top of the 12th inning, he briefly started to warm up when Claiborne put some runners on.  However, Claiborne finished the game without further ado and Mitchell was returned to AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) shortly thereafter, Yankees Closer David Robertson was reactivated from the DL. It turned out that Mitchell hurt his elbow in that big-league warm-up. However, he was still regarded as a good prospect. The Yankees called him up again briefly with 1 game left before the 2014 MLB All-Star Game break. Manager Joe Girardi said: "I'd rather be protected on the pitching side."

Again, Mitchell did not appear in a game, but when he was sent down, it was to AAA Scranton (IL) effectively, a promotion. He finally did make his MLB Pitching debut on August 10th, when he pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief for the Yankees against the Indians. He went 0-1, with a 3.45 ERA in 3 games for New York, including a start and a combined 6-7 record with a 4.37 ERA in 23 games for AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He missed some playing time towards the end of the 2014 AL season, when he bumped his head in a weight-training incident. Mitchell recorded his 1st MLB Pitching career save on June 20, 2015. It did not come under particularly stressful conditions; as he pitched the last 3 innings of a 14-3 blowout win over the Tigers. He made the shuttle between the Bronx and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a number of times that season, joining the Yankees when they need a rested arm for a spell, and then going back to the Minors. He was called up to make a 1-off start on August 17th in order to give New York's starters an extra day of rest, but he had to leave the game against the Twins in the 2nd inning, when he was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Twins hitter Jose Nunez. The hard-hit ball ricocheted off him all the way into centerfield for a single. He was diagnosed with a nasal fracture and a concussion, putting him on the DL.  He was back on the mound on August 28th however, Mitchell spent the last weeks of the 2015 AL season in the Bronx, finishing up with a 0-2 record with a 6.37 ERA in 20 games. His high ERA was a result of being hit hard in September, when he gave up 11 earned runs in 8 relief outings totaling only 6 1/3 innings.Before the start of the 2016 AL season, Mitchell underwent surgery to repair his Grade 3 turf toe injury sustained in that late-March game and his timetable for return was estimated at 4 months. Bryan was one of the best Yankees Pitchers this spring, pitching 15 2/3 innings with a 2-0 record and an outstanding 0.57 ERA - the lowest on the team among pitchers, who threw at least 11 innings. In 2016, Bryan appeared in 5 games for the team, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.24 ERA. In 2017, Mitchell appeared in 20 games for the Bombers, while posting a 1-1 record with a 5.79 ERA with 1 save. On December 12, 2017, he was traded along with veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley and Cash to the Padres for OF Jabar Bash.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League Manager, MLB Scout and MLB Player/Manager Harry Craft passed away. (1915-1995)

Harry Craft played center field with pretty good range for 6 seasons with the Reds. He was part of their pennant-winning teams of 1939-1940. His best season with the bat was in 1938, however, before the 2 pennant-winning seasons, when he hit 15 HRs with 83 RBIs, both in the top 10 in the NL. On June 15,1938, he caught the final out of Johnny Vander Meer's 2nd consecutive no-hitter. He went on to play for the Yankees AA team, Kansas City Blues (AA) from 1942-1948, missing the 1944-1945 seasons due to military service. After his MLB playing career ended, he became a Manager in the Yankees Minor League system, managing a young Mickey Mantle in his 1st years of pro ball. He taught Mantle how to play the outfield. Craft managed the 1949 Independence Yankees, 1950 Class C Joplin Miners, 1951-1952 Class B Beaumont Roughnecks (TL) and the 1953 AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). In 1955, Harry Craft joined the Kansas City A’s MLB Coaching staff, later he replaced Lou Boudreau as the team's manager during the 1957 AL season, lasting until the end of the 1959 AL season. A young A’s OF named Roger Maris gave credit to Craft, who helped him with his hitting skills, after he was traded to the KC by the Indians on June 15,1958. Next, he became a Cubs MLB Coach in 1960. He managed the Cubs in 1961, as a member of the Club's College of Coaches. After the 1961 NL season, he left the Cubs to manage the new NL Expansion Team, the Houston Colt .45s. Craft was fired as skipper by the Houston front office near the end of the 1964 NL season. Harry remained in the game as an MLB Scout for the Yankees (1967-1972), then he moved to the Astros organization (1975-1977). He returned to the Yankees organization again (1978-1982) and then with the Giants (1983-1991); where he was Minor League system official before retiring from baseball in 1991.

2006- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and Coordinator of Latin American Operations Oscar Acosta died in an auto accident. (1957-2006)

Former Pitcher Oscar Acosta played in the Minor Leagues from 1978 to 1982. He debuted with the Helena Phillies, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 5 appearances. In 1979, he pitched for the Peninsula Pilots and had a career year with a 10-7 record with a 3.04 ERA season. He finished 9th in the Carolina League in ERA. Returning to Peninsula in 1980, he only pitched in 9 games, going 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA, 2 saves and a shutout. He resurfaced in the 1982 Mexican League, posting a 0-3, with a 6.75 ERA record for the Plataneros de Tabasco to complete his pro pitching career. In 1985, Acosta began his Coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Texas Tech University. He moved to the pro ranks as a Coach in the Rangers organization with the 1988 Butte Copper Kings. He coached the 1989 Gastonia Rangers, 1990,1993 GCL Rangers, 1991 Tulsa Drillers and the 1992 Oklahoma City 89ers. Moving to the Cubs organization, he then coached the 1994 Daytona Cubs and the 1995 GCL Cubs. Next, he coached the 1996-1998 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) for the Yankees organization. He managed the Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League in 1999. Acosta was the MLB pitching Coach of the 2000-2001 Cubs and the 2002 Rangers. In 2004, he became Manager of the GCL Yankees and the Latin American Coordinator, positions that he held, when he was killed in an auto accident in 2006. 

2011- At the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera is saddled with a rare blown save; allowing the Blue Jays a comeback 6-5 win. After Yankee HRs by Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson turn an early 2-2 tie into a 5-3 Yankees lead, Yunel Escobar leads off the bottom of the 9th inning with a double off the all-time great closer, who already has 7 saves this season. A wild pitch on a walk to Jose Bautista and a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by John McDonald tie the game at 5-all. In the 10th inning, Travis Snider doubles home the winning run against Ivan Nova, pressed into the game as the Yankees' bullpen is depleted; Snider had gone 0 for 5 on the day, he had snapped a bat into pieces in frustration, after striking out with the bases loaded to end the 6th inning. 

2012- Bronx CF Curtis Granderson has the 1st 3-HR game of his MLB playing career; the 1st of this 2012 AL season, as the Yankees defeat the Twins by the score of 7-6. Granderson homers in his 1st 3 at-bats; then he collects a pair of singles, to help the Bombers overcome a 4-run 1st inning by Twins. Yankees Starter Phil Hughes is credited with his 1st win of the season. Bronx Bomber 1B Mark Teixeira also HRs for the Bronx Bombers.

2014- The Rays blast 5 HRs in a 16-1 romp over the Yankees, including #164 of his MLB playing career for Rays 3B Evan Longoria, moving him past Carlos Pena for the all-time Tampa Bay franchise HR record. Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan, both HR twice for the Rays. Chris Archer is the winner over Yankees Starter Ivan Nova as Reserve INF Dean Anna has to help out on the mound in the 8th inning, giving up the last 2 runs.

2020- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bob Oliver (1975) passed away. (1943-2020)

On December 1,1974, the Yankees purchased Reserve INF Bob Oliver from the Orioles for Cash. Bob had hit .243 with 8 HRs for the 1974 Angles and the Orioles. He was expected to be the 1975 Yankees Reserve 1B and 3B. He would hit .118 with No HRs and 1 RBI in just 18 games for the 1975 Yankees, before being released by the team on July 15,1975. He didn’t get along with Yankees Manager Bill Virdon. Bob would play in the Minor Leagues for 2 seasons, before going to play pro baseball in Mexico. On April 29, 1975Yankees Reserve 1B Bob Oliver sets an AL record by participating in 6 double plays in a 9-inning game. He finished his MLB playing career by hitting .256 with 94 HRs and 419 RBIs in 847 games. He was originally signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Pirates. He had played for the Pirates, Royals, Angles, Orioles before finishing his MLB playing career with the 1975 Yankees.

April 20th

1876- Former Yankees OF Charles “Eagle Eye” Hemphill (1908-1911) was born. (1876-1953)

On November 5,1907, OF Charles Hemphill was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with P Fred Glade and 2B Harry Niles to the Yankees for INF Hobe Ferris, OF Danny Hoffman and 2B Jimmy Williams. Charles Hemphill hit .265 with 1 HR and 90 RBIs in 386 games for the Yankees. His .297 BA with 9 triples in 1908 by far led a team, which hit only .236. In his last MLB season, 1911, he was still able to hit over the team average with a .284 BA with 1HR and 15 RBIs in 69 games.

1912- After 3 previous attempts to play the 1912 AL Season Opener have been rained out, the Red Sox play the 1st game in the history of Fenway Park. The Red Sox open up with an 11-inning, 7-6 victory over theHighlanders, the predecessors to Boston's archrivals; the Yankees. Red Sox OF Tris Speaker delivers the game-winning RBI before a crowd of happy 27,000 Boston fans.

1917- Former Yankees OF Hal Peck was born. (1917-1995)

On June 19,1946, OF Hal Peck was purchased by the Yankees from the A’s. Hal never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level due to having a nervous breakdown. On December 6,1946, Hal was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Gene Bearden and MLB P Al Gettel to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and Reserve INF Ray Mack. Hal would have 3 good seasons with the Tribe.

1922- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1963-1964), MLB Player, Coach and Manager Preston Gomez was born. (1922-2009)

Infielder Preston Gómez had a cup of coffee with the 1944 Senators. He was a long-time MLB Coach, Manager and Baseball Executive. In the late 1950’s, Preston managed in the Mexican Baseball League. He had managed the AAA Havana Sugar Kings (IL), when they won the Junior World Series in 1959 over Gene Mauch's Minneapolis Millers (AA). He was the Manager for the Yankees AAA club, the Richmond Virginians (IL) for the 1963-1964 IL seasons. His Richmond teams finished in 7th and 9th place. Gomez was a DodgersMLB Coach from 1965 to 1968, before becoming Manager of the NL new Expansion Team, the San Diego Padres in 1969. The team finished in last place in every NL season, that he managed the team. He was replaced as the Padres Skipper early in 1972. He joined the Astros MLB Coaching staff in 1973. Preston became their Manager, the next season, leading the club for a season and a half. He was a Cardinals MLB Coach in 1976. From 1977 to 1979, Gomez a member of the Dodgers MLB Coaching staff again. Gómez began the 1980 NL season as Manager of the Cubs before being replaced in midseason. From 1981 to 1984, he was an Angels MLB Coach. After that, he was involved with the Angels for the remainder of his life, ending his long baseball career as Special Assistant to the General Manager. On March 26, 2008, Gomez suffered serious head wounds, when struck by a pick-up truck at a gas station in Blythe, CA. He never recovered from his head injuries and died 10 months later. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wore a patch in his honor on their uniform during the 2009 AL season.

1932- The Yankees draw the largest paid attendance, 55,452 fans for any Yankee Stadium AL Season Opener. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth homers in a 2 for 3 performance at plate finishing the game with 3 RBIs. Yankee Hitters Catcher Bill Dickey and Shortstop Larry Lary, also hit HRs in the game. Bronx Starter Lefty Gomez beats A’s Starter Lefty Grove in the 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia A’s. Gomez throws a complete victory, his 2nd of the 1932 AL season; allowing only 3 A’s runs, while striking out 9 A’s batters. The Yankees are now 4-2 for the 1932 AL season.

1937- The Yankee Stadium 15th season opens with the RF stands enlarged to 3 decks. The distance from home plate to centerfield is reduced from 490 to 461 feet. The left-field bleachers made of wood were torn down. It took a half of the season for them to be reconstructed. They seem to have been completed by July or August. Reconstruction then was started on the right-field bleachers, which were completed in time for the 1937 World Series.-Yankees Historian Paul Doherty

1939- The Red Sox show off their prize Rookie OF Ted Williams before 30,278 fans in the 1939 AL Season Opener at Yankee Stadium, delayed 2 days because of rain. After striking out twice, Williams collects a double off of Yankees veteran Starter Red Ruffing, who wins the game by a score of 2-0. Lou Gehrig makes an error, as he goes hitless and lines into 2 double plays in the only game featuring the 2 great future HOF Sluggers. Other notables in what will become a historic box score include OF Joe DiMaggio, C Bill Dickey,1B Jimmie Foxx, Infielder’s Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Red Rolfe and Red Sox losing Pitcher Lefty Grove. Yankees score their 1st run on a HR by Bill Dickey and their 2nd tally on an error by Red Sox 1B Jimmy Foxx. Boston has base runners in each inning, but Ruffing tosses just the 2nd Opening Day shut out in the Yankees franchise history. The 4 umpires that work the game including 3B Umpire George Pipgras, the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the 1929 AL Opener against Boston. Curiously, his opponent for that day was then a young Red Sox hurler named Red Ruffing.

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

In September of 1972, Reliever Steve Blateric was obtained from the Reds in a conditional deal. He appeared in only 1 game for the 1972 Yankees with no record. During their MLB spring training camp of 1973, the Yankees returned him to the Reds.

1946- Former MLB Player and Yankees Broadcaster (1987-1989) Tom Hutton was born.

Tom Hutton was a former MLB player with the Dodgers, Phillies and the Expos. He became an MLB baseball team announcer upon finishing MLB playing career. Before he joined the Yankees broadcasting team in 1987, he had been with the Expos broadcasting team from 1982 to 1986. He left the Yankees to join the Blue Jays broadcasting team from 1990 to 1996. In 1997, he moved to the Marlins, covering the team from 1997 to 2015. 

1954- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Mike O’Berry (1984) was born.

On December 7,1983, Catcher Mike O’Berry was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had played for the 1983 Angels as a Reserve Catcher. Mike appeared in only 13 games for the 1984 Yankees, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. On May 25,1985, he was released by the team. He would be signed by the Expos, appearing in 20 games, hitting just .190 in his last active MLB player season.

1957- Yankees Slugger 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron hits a fastball, drives it completely out of Boston’s Fenway Park. His hit went to the right of the flagpole in centerfield. He was only the 3rd player in MLB history to do it at Fenway Park. In the game, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 10-7. Moose hits a 2nd HR in the game joining his Yankees teammates Elston Howard, Billy Martin and Hank Bauer, who also had hit HRs in the victory. Both starters in the game were chased early, Yankees Don Larsen and Boston’s Willard Nixon. Yankees Reliever Bobby Shantz picks up the win with 5 scoreless inning of relief work. Red Sox Reliever Ike Delock takes the loss, giving up 5 Yankee runs in the game.

1961- Former Yankees All-Star Player, MLB Dugout Coach, Dodgers and Marlins Manager and Yankees Team Captain Don Mattingly (1982-1995) was born. 

Don Mattingly played for 14 MLB seasons with the Yankees before back injuries ended his MLB playing career in 1995. He finished with an MLB lifetime BA of .307. He was an AL All-Star 1B (1984-1989). In 1984, Don won AL Batting Crown, while hitting .343 beating out his Yankees teammate Dave Winfield on the last day of the 1984 AL season. In 1985, he was the AL Most Valuable Player.  He won the AL Silver Slugger Award for 1B from 1985-1987. In 1987, Mattingly tied Dale Long's record, set in 1956, hitting a HR in 8 consecutive games. Mattingly also set a record of 6  Grand Slam HRs  in 1987 (the only 6 slams of his MLB entire career), a record which was tied by Travis Hafner of the 2006 Indians. He won the AL Golden Gloves for 1B in 1985-1988,1991-1994. His only MLB Postseason experience came in the 1995 ALDS against the Mariners. He made the most of it, hitting .417 (10-for-24), with 4 doubles, a HR and 6 RBIs. After 3 seasons as the Yankees MLB Batting Coach, he became the team's MLB Bench Coach in 2007. After being passed over for the open manager's position following Joe Torre's departure, he decided not to return to the team in 2008. Don joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, Torre's new MLB team. When Joe Torre retired as their MLB Manager, Mattingly replaced him as the Dodgers skipper. He is now currently the Manager of the Marlins.

1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Jimmy Jones (1989-1990) was born.

On October 24,1988, P Jimmy Jones was traded by the Padres along with Reserve OF Stan Jefferson and P Lance McCullers to the Yankees for OF/1B Jack Clark and P Pat Clements. Jimmy will post a 3-3 record with a 5.79 ERA in 28 games for the Yankees. On October 4,1990, Jimmy was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. 

1988- Yankees OF Claudell Washington hits the 10,000th Home Run in New York Yankees franchise history during a 7-6 victory over the Twins at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

1990- Current Yankees Reserve Catcher Kyle Higashioka (2017-2021) was born.

Catcher Kyle Higashioka was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played in the Yankees Minor League system from 2008-2017. He had appeared in 514 games, while hitting .242 with 51 HRs and 238 HRs. Kyle made his MLB Player debut by catching the final inning of the  Yankees' Home Opener on April 10, 2017. He had just been called up a day before when starting Catcher Gary Sanchez had been placed on the DL. He would be the Yankees Reserve Catcher behind Starting Catcher Austin Romine. He appeared in 9 games for the team with no hits. He went 0 for 18 in 9 games that year, then was also retired in his 1st 4 at-bats of 2018 before he went deep off of Red Sox Starter David Price on July 1st for his 1st MLB hit. That HR was 1 of 6 by Bronx hitters, including 3 by Aaron Hicks, as New York won the game by the score of 11-1. He had been called up a few days earlier when starting Catcher Gary Sanchez had been placed on the DL, and it was just his 2nd start that year. His next 2 hits were HRs as well, and he joined Alfonso Soriano as the only other player in Yankees history to have his 1st 3 MLB hits be HRs. He was also only the 9th player in MLB history to do so, and the 1st since Trevor Story, who started his career with 4 HRs in 2016. His 2017-2018 Yankees career totals were a .133 BA with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in 38 games. In 2019, he was the starting catcher for the AAA Scranton (IL), hitting .278 with 20 HRs and 56 RBIs in 70 games. He did appear in 18 games with the 2019 Yankees, hitting .214 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. With Yankees MLB Reserve Catcher Austin Romine leaving the team for MLB Free Agency and signing with the Tigers, Kyle became the team’s 2020 MLB Reserve Catcher.

2012- The Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park Opening Day by inviting 200 former Players and Coaches from Don Aase to Bob Zupcic to come on the field for pre-game celebrations. However, the Yankees spoil the 100th Fenway Park Anniversary Party by hitting 5 HRs, including 2 HRs by 3B Eric Chavez on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Red Sox. For Yankees Starter Ivan Nova, it is his 15th consecutive victory, dating back to the 2011 AL season.

April 21st

1887- Future Hall of Fame Yankees Manager (1931-1946), MLB Manager Joe “Marsh” McCarthy was born. (1887-1978)

Joe “Marsh” McCarthy will become the 1st MLB manager to win pennants with both NL (Cubs) and AL teams (Yankees), winning 9 League titles overall with 7 World Series Championships. He will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1977. His New York Yankees Manager record was 1,460-867 with a .627 WP with 8 AL Flags, 7 World Championships (1931-1946). He holds the Yankees Manager record for most wins in team’s history with HOF Managers Joe Torre in 2nd place and Casey Stengel is in 3rd place with Manager Miller Huggins in 4th place. Joe McCarthy was credited for creating the modern Yankee image, he instituting a dress code, banning card playing and clowning around in the team clubhouse before a game and requiring that each player had 3 uniforms, so no Yankee would ever wear a dirty one. He left the Yankees during the 1946 AL season, no exact reason has been given some have claimed health reasons, mental exhaustion among other things. It is known that he didn’t get along with current Yankees Co-Team Owner, General Manager and Team President Larry MacPhail (1945-1947). MacPhail was very unpopular with the Yankee players. He sold his interest in the team after the 1947 World Series. In 1948, Joe McCarthy would return to MLB, managing the AL rival Boston Red Sox from 1948 to mid-season of 1950. In 1957, he was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame as an MLB Manager.

1901- Former Yankees Pitcher Phillip “Lefty” Weinert (1931) was born. (1901-1973)

On September 30,1930, P Lefty Weinert was selected 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, Weinert coached College Baseball at Villanova University (1946-1949). Then, he was an MLB Scout for theDodgers (1950-1957) and the 1958 Indians.

1912- The Yankees drop an 11-2 decision to the Giants in a special benefit game at the Polo Grounds for the survivors of the RMS Titanic Naval Disaster.

1951- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Senators LF Gil Coan collects 2 triples in the 6th inning. The Senators score 7 runs in the frame, but that's it, as they lose to the Yankees by a score of 8-7. Reliever Tom Ferrick is the winning pitcher for the Yankees.

1957- Former Yankees Reliever Jesse Orosco (2003) was born.

On July 22, 2003, the Yankees obtained veteran NL Reliever Jesse Orosco from the Padres on a conditional basis. Former NL All-Star Closer for the Mets, will appeared in 15 games for the 2003 Yankees with no record. On August 31, 2003, Jesse was traded by the Yankees to the Twins for a Player to be Named Later. On August 31, 2003, the Twins would send Pitcher Juan Padilla to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1963- The Yankees traded veteran P Jim Coates (1956,1959-1963) to the Senators for lefty Pitcher Steve Hamilton (1963-1970). The Yankees traded for Steve Hamilton, who was a lefty reliever that they needed for their 1963 bullpen, since veteran lefty Reliever Louis Arroyo was out with pitching arm injuries. Hamilton had been 0-1 in 3 games for the 1963 Senators. He came up to the MLB with the 1961 Indians. In 1962, he traded by the Tribe to the Senators, where he went 3-8 as a Reliever. Jim Coates hadn’t made any pitching appearances for the 1963 Yankees. Coates leaves the Yankees with a pitching career record of 37-15 with a 3.84 ERA and 15 saves in 167 games. He had pitched in 3 World Series for the Yankees, finishing with a 0-1 record and a 4.15 ERA with 1 save in 6 games. He would split the 1963 MLB season between the Senators and Reds, before spending his final 3 MLB seasons with the 1965-1967 Angels. He finishes his MLB Pitching career with a 43-22 record and a 4.00 ERA with 17 saves in 297 games.

1963- The Yankees obtained veteran INF Harry Bright from the Reds for Cash. To make room for Harry Bright to join the Yankees, they remove a young outfielder at Greensboro, named Curt Belfry from their MLB 40-man roster, who is immediately claimed by the Orioles. Harry was originally signed by the Yankees in 1946, but they released him in 1947. Bright would be the 1963 Yankees Reserve 1B and Pinch-Hitter, appearing in 60 games, while hitting .236 with 7 HRs and 23 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1963 World Series against the Dodgers with no hits. After injuries had him only playing in 4 games with the 1964 Yankees, Harry was released by the team in September. He would become an MLB Free Agent signing with the Cubs for his final MLB player season in 1965.

1963- The Yankees sold veteran MLB hurler Hal Brown to the Houston Colt 45s. Hal “Skinny” Brown was obtained from the Orioles in September of 1962, appearing in 2 games with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA. Brown did not make any appearances in the 1962 World Series against the Giants. He hadn’t pitched in any games for the 1963 Yankees. He will go 5-11 with a 3.31 ERA in 26 games for Houston in 1963.

1977- With the Yankees in a 2-8 slump, Manager Billy Martin draws the starting Yankees lineup out of a hat. The Yankees beat the expansion Blue Jays by a score of 8-6. The revised lineup had clean-up hitter 1B Chris Chambliss batting 8th, as he drives in 5 runs, 3B Graig Nettles hits a HR, while Yankees Starter Ken Holtzman is the winner with relief help from Closer Sparky Lyle. 

1980- Former Yankees Closer Joe Page (1944-1950) passes away. (1917-1980)

Joe Page was the famous Yankees Bullpen Closer of the late 1940’s. He had replaced veteran Yankees Closer Johnny Murphy in 1944. Page led the AL Relievers in saves in 1947, with 17 saves in 57 games along with 14 wins. In 1949, Joe did again with 27 saves in 60 games with 13 wins. From 1947-1949, Joe won a total 34 games along with 60 saves for the Yankees. An arm injury in early 1950, shorten his Yankees pitching career. In 1950, the Yankees released Joe Page during their MLB Spring Training Camp. As a Yankees Pitcher, Page finished with a 57-49 record and a 3.44 ERA with 76 saves in 278 games. He appeared in 2 World Series with the team, posting a 2-1 record with a 3.27 ERA in 7 games. Joe named to the AL All-Star team in 1944 and 1947-1948. He spent the 1951-1952 seasons in the Minor Leagues, pitching at AAA level. Joe would finish out his MLB Pitching career with the 1954 Pirates, appearing in just 7 games with no record.

1981- George Steinbrenner, annoyed at the 1981 Yankees yearbook images of him, orders 50,000 copies removed from Yankee Stadium concession stands.

1983- The 1983 Mayor’s Trophy Game is held at Shea Stadium. The MLB Umpires assigned, refused to work this game. There were a couple of stories. One concerned a feud between the MLB Umpires over labor practices. Another story was that NL Umpires John Kibler and Terry Tata were unhappy that MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn had not suspended Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner for his remarks about the integrity of NL Umpire crews in spring training games (The Boss was fined $50,00 by the MLB.) Four College umpires work the game at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 20,471 fans. The Yankees won the game by a score of 4-1, behind a 3rd inning HR by Yankees 2B Willie Randolph off of Mets Minor League Pitcher and loser Rick Ownbey. Yankees Minor League Starter Ben Callahan got the win.

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

Outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams was a 5th-round draft pick by the Yankees in the 2016 MLB Amateur Player  Draft, out of the University of South Carolina. Two years earlier, in 2014, he had been taken in the 19th round by the Cardinals, coming out of community college, but he had not signed with the team. He began his pro baseball career in 2016 with the Class A Staten Island Yankees (NY-PAL), where he hit .246 in 56 games, scoring 30 runs and stealing 15 bases. In 2017, he split his season between 2 teams; Staten Island and the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), hitting a combined .244 in 64 games. He then took a big step forward in 2018, as his batting line was a solid .299 in 100 games, hitting 22 HRs 17 doubles, 63 runs and 74 RBIs. He again split his season between 2 teams, starting off with Charleston before earning a promotion to the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL), after hitting a scorching .378 in his 1st 10 games. He led all of the Yankees' Minor League hitters in HRs that year. Also, he played for the AA Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League playoffs. On November 19th, he was 1 of 3 Yankees prospects traded to the Mariners for MLB Starter James Paxton, alongside Minor League Pitchers Justus Sheffield and Erik Swanson.

2009- Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte picks up the win, while Closer Mariano Rivera gets the save, when Yankees defeat Oakland by the score of 5-3 in the 1st night game played at New Yankee Stadium. It is the 57th time that Mo Rivera has saved an Andy Pettitte victory, tying the Oakland A’s pitching duo of Starter Bob Welch and Closer Dennis Eckersley of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s for the highest total in MLB history.

2010- Bronx hurler Philip Hughes justifies the decision to return him to the Yankees starting rotation by pitching a No-hitter for 7 innings before Oakland 3B Eric Chavez bounces a ground ball towards the mound to open the 8th inning. The ball hits Hughes's left forearm and lands for a single in front of the pitcher. The Yankees win the game beating the A’s by the score of 3-1.

2012- With no sense of history, the Red Sox continue to have a highly embarrassing week, while celebrating Fenway Park's centenary. Today, they take a 9-0 lead over the Yankees, only to collapse totally, coughing up 15 unanswered runs to lose the game. Fourteen of the runs come courtesy of a Red Sox bullpen that has been horrendous since the 2012 AL season had started. With his team trailing by the score of 9-1 in the 7thinning, Nick Swisher gets the Bronx Bombers rolling with a Grand Slam HR off of Sox hurler Vicente Padilla;then Yankees 1B Mark Texeira adds a 3-run HR shot before the 7th inning ends. But that only serves to set up a nightmarish 8th inning, during which 3 other Red Sox Relievers give up 7 more Yankees runs as Boston Manager Bobby Valentine is booed heartily by Fenway Park fans; every time he comes out of the dugout to make a pitching change. With two-thirds of their starting outfield on the DL, the reeling Red Sox make a trade after the game, acquiring veteran CF Marlon Byrd from the Cubs in return for P Michael Bowden and a Player to be Named Later.

2012- Former Yankee Minor League Catcher Harry “Bud” Heslet passed away. (1920-2012)

Harry “Bud” Heslet was a Minor League Catcher and Outfielder; who had spent 14 seasons in the Minor Leagues, including 4 seasons at Triple-A. He hit a total of 314 Minor League career HRs, including 51 HRs in his final season. He won 5 HRs titles just shy of half the seasons that he played in. In 1938, the Yankees signed Bud was still a junior in High School. He began his pro playing career in 1940, playing for the Norfolk Yankees and the Joplin Miners, while hitting a combined .287 with 9 HRs in 104 games. He was named the Western League's All-Star Catcher. In 1941, he was with the Miners again, hitting .281 with 12 HRs in 119 games. He again played with Joplin in 1942, hitting .343 with 13 HRs in 87 games. He led the Western Association in batting average. He did not play from 1943 to 1945 seasons due to military service. He returned with a bang in 1946, while playing for the Twin Falls Cowboys - that season, he hit .308 with 29 HRs in 124 games. He led the Pioneer League in both HRs (29) and RBIs (124). With the Binghamton Triplets in 1947, he hit .288 with 24 HRs. He led the Eastern League in HRs. At age 27, he finally made it to AA, as he played for the Newark Bears (International League) in 1948 and 1949, hitting .266 with 9 HRs and 43 RBIs in 91 games in 1948 and .228 with 22 HRs and 75 RBIs in 140 games in 1949.  He began playing the Outfield in addition to Catching in 1948. He would be practically a full-time Outfielder by 1950. Heslet tied for 9th in the 1949 International League in HRs. Every other player in the league with 20+ HRs would appear in the MLB during their playing career. Bud Heslet left the Yankees Minor League organization after the1949 baseball season. He would play in the Phillies and Browns organizations, later in the independent leagues. In 1956, "Harry "Bud" Heslet posted the greatest offensive season in California League history with Visalia Cubs, setting league records with 51 HRs and 172 RBIs. He also batted .334 that season. His records have not been not been challenged since." The fact that Heslet retired from baseball after that incredible season was the subject of a feature article published by in May of 2008. When asked by the writer why he "simply retired and walked away from the game never to look back," Heslet replied, "The main reason was I had a boy and I wanted to get him settled. The only way to do that was to give up baseball, stay home and be a Dad." The article went on to say, "Several teams wanted him to manage, but he turned them all down." Overall, Bud Heslet hit .279 with 314 HRs with 1,164 RBIs, 266 doubles and 48 triples in 1,711 games in his 14-year playing career. He never reached the MLB despite playing for 3 different MLB organizations. 

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This Week in Yankees History April 18th-April 24th Part Two

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April 22nd

1881- Former Yankees INF Neal Ball (1907-1908) was born. (1881-1957)

In August, 1907, INF Neal Ball was purchased by the Yankees from the Class A Montgomery Senators (SA).Ball hit .241 with No HRS and 45 RBIs in 155 games for the Yankees, before he was sold to the Indians, on May 18, 1909.

1903- At American League Park, the New York Highlanders lost their 1st game to the Washington Senatorsby the score of 3-1 before a crowd of 11,950 fans. Washington elects to bat 1st, but the New Yorkers score in the bottom of the opening inning to take a 1-0 lead. Each teams’ starter gives up 6 hits with Jack Chesbro, the NL top winner last year with the Pirates (28-6) taking the loss for the Yankees. Veteran starter Al Orth, in his 2nd season with the Senators is the winner.

1904- After surrendering a leadoff single to Senators batter Kip Selbach, Yankees veteran Starter Jack Chesbro pitches no-hit ball the rest of the game beating the Senators by the score of 2-0.

1915- The Pinstripes 1st appeared on the New York Yankees player uniforms.

1918- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1971) and MLB Coach (1982), MLB Manager (1961-1963), MLB Player (1939-1960) Mickey Veron was born. (1918-2008)

Mickey Veron was a 1B from 1939-1960, mostly with the Senators during his long MLB playing career.  Mickey was an AL All-Star team member for 7 seasons. He won 2 AL Batting crowns. Mickey was a Yankees Minor League Manager with the 1971 Class AA Manchester Yankees (Eastern League). In 1982, he was a Yankees MLB Coach. Also, he was the 1st MLB Manager for the new AL Expansion Team, the 1961 Washington Senators. He managed the club until 1963. He was an MLB Coach for the Pirates, Expos and the Cardinals. Later, he managed and coached in the Minor Leagues for several MLB organizations, before retiring from the game.

1920- Outfielder Babe Ruth plays his 1st game as a New York Yankee. Babe goes hitless at the plate and his outfield error proved to be the game losing miscue in a 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia A’s.

1923- The 1st Sunday game at Yankee Stadium draws an estimated crowd of 60,000 fans, but the Yankees suffer their 1st loss of the 1923 AL season, a 4-3 decision to the Senators.

1923- Former Yankees Minor League OF Keith “Kite” Thomas was born. (1923-1995)

Kite Thomas was an Outfielder for 8 seasons (1947-1954). In 1941, he graduated from high school, where he starred in Baseball and Basketball. Thomas served in the Navy during World War II. Then he attended Kansas State University (1947). He was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Lee MacPhail before the 1947 AL Season for the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Thomas broke into Organized Baseball in 1947 at age 23 with Joplin Miners (Western Association). That winter, he played guard (and refereed some) for Kansas City in the PBLA. He played for 1948 Quincy Gems in the Three-I League; 1949 AA Kansas City Blues (AA); 1949-1950 Beaumont Roughnecks (TL) and then again with the 1951 AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). On November 19, 1951, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics from the Yankees organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.  Kite Thomas was 28 years old, when he broke into the MLB on April 19,1952 with the A’s. He played for the 1952-1953 A’s. On June 30,1953, Thomas was selected off waivers by the Senators from the A’s. He played for the 1953 Nats, where he played his final MLB game on September 27, 1953 at age 30. On March 27,1954, Kite was traded by the Senators to the White Sox for Tom Wright. He returned to the Minor Leagues with the 1954 Memphis (SA) ending his pro baseball-playing career at age 31.

1931- Yankees Outfielder Babe Ruth collides with the Red Sox Catcher Charlie Berry, a former pro football player, while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Ruth is carried off the playing field at Fenway Park and is taken to a local Boston hospital.

1933- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bob Schmidt (1965) was born. (1933-2015)

On May 8,1963, Catcher Bob Schmidt was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. He played for the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL) in 1963-1965. Bob hit .250 in 20 games for the Yankees as a Reserve Catcher during the 1965 AL season. Schmidt finished up his pro baseball career at the age of 33 in 1966 with the Yankees AAA club, the Toledo Mud Hens (IL).  In 1951, Bob Schmidt was originally signed by the Giants organization. In 1958, while playing for the Giants, he was named to the 1958 NL All-Star team, but he did not make an appear in the gameLater, Bob had played for the 1961 Reds and the1962-1963 Senators before joining the Yankees organization in 1963.

1938- Former Yankees Minor League C John Orsino was born.

On January 8,1969, Catcher John Orsino was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. John never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 12,1969, John was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for P Rob Gardner. The Giants had originally signed him in 1957. He had played for the Giants, Orioles and the Senators before joining the Yankees organization in 1969. John Orsino was the Head Baseball Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1970 to 1976. He then managed in the Indians' Minor League system for a year and a half at the AA level with the 1977 Jersey City Indians (EL) and then the 1978 Chattanooga Lookouts for part of the 1978 Minor League season. In 1980, Orsino returned to FDU to coach Baseball for 1 more college season.

1956- Yankees Starter Don Larsen hits a Grand Slam HR off of Red Sox hurler Frank Sullivan, as the Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 13-6 at Yankee Stadium. Don Larsen lasted only 4 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs and 5 hits. Yankees Reliever Bob Grim comes in for 4 2/3 innings of work, picking-up the win. Yankee hitters Joe Collins and Yogi Berra also hit HRs in the game. Red Sox Reliever Frank Baumann gets the lost, giving up 4 Yankee runs in 3 innings of work.

1957- Former Yankees MLB Scout Johnny Nee (1927-1945) passed away. (1890-1957)

Johnny Nee was an MLB Scout and a Minor League Player-Manager. In 1912, Nee, a young Minor League INF a 22 years-old, when he was chosen to skipper the Terre Haute team as a Player-Manager. He served as a Player-Manager at many of his Minor League stops including his last post as the leader of the 1925-1926 Virginia League’s Kinston Eagles. During that final managerial season, one of his young charges was future Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell. Starting in 1927, Nee began a long career as an MLB Scout for the Yankees organization (1927-1945). He was credited with discovering many future MLB Players including C Bill Dickey, P Gene Bearden, P Marv Breuer, OF Ben Chapman, P Atley Donald, OF Tommy Henrich, C **** Outen, INF Billy Werber, P Johnny Allen, OF Dixie Walker, P Spud Chandler, Infielders: Billy Hitchcock and Willie Jones. He left the Yankees organization to join the Phillies organization in 1946 to work with former Yankees Pitcher Herb Pennock, who was the team’s GM rebuilding the team’s farm system. At the end of the 1949 NL season, Johnny Nee was named head of the Phillies farm system working with former Yankees Pitcher Herb Pennock, who was the Phillies General Manager. 

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Stefan Wever (1982) was born.

On June 5,1979, Pitcher Stefan Wever was selected by the Yankees in the 6th round of the 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He appeared in 1 game for the 1982 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. A torn rotator cuff injury from his only Yankees start ended his pro baseball pitching career.

1959- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D. C., Yankees Ace Whitey Ford pitched a 14-inning, 1-0 shutoutagainst the Senators; allowing only 8 hits, while striking out 15 Nats batters. The Yankees won in the 1st half of the 14th inning on a Moose Skowron solo HR, ending the longest contest in MLB history ending 1-0 on a HR.

1960- At Yankee Stadiumthe Yankees behind veteran AL All-Star Starter Whitey Ford and Reliever Ralph Terry shutout the Orioles by the score of 5-0. Ford picks up his 1st win of the 1960 AL season. The Orioles veteran Starter Hoyt Wilhelm takes the lost for the Birds by allowing 7 Yankees hits and 4 runs in the game.  Yankees batters Mickey Mantle and Hector Lopez hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers.

1961- Former Yankees Pitcher Jimmy Key (1993-1996) was born.

On December 10,1992, Pitcher Jimmy Key was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had been an AL All-Star Starter with the Blue Jays, posting a 9 MLB season pitching record of 116-81 with a 3.42 ERA in 317 games. He went 2-0 in 2 games for the Blue Jays in the 1992 World Series against the Braves. He was named to the AL All-Star team in 1993-1994. Key would have 2 solid seasons for the 1993-1994 Yankees, posting 18-6 and 17-4 season records.  In 1995, Jimmy missed most of the AL season being on the DL with arm problems; appearing only in 5 games, while posting a 1-2 record with a 5.64 ERA. In 1996, he bounced back with a 12-11 record with a 4.68 ERA in 30 games. Jimmy went 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 2 games for the Yankees in the 1996 World Series against the Braves. Overall, he had a 43-23 record with a 3.68 ERA in 94 games as a Starter for the 1993-1996 Yankees. After the 1996 World Series victory over the Braves, Jimmy left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with their AL Eastern Division rivals; the Orioles.

1964- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, 29,703 fans watch the Yankees beat the White Sox with Whitey Ford’s complete game victory, a 3-0 shutout. Chicago Starter Gary Peters takes the loss, going 7 innings, while giving up 4 Yankees hits and 2 runs to the Bombers. Yankees 3B Clete Boyer hits a HR off of Peters. The veteran Starter Ford allows only 6 White Sox hits, while walking 1 Sox hitter while striking out 2 Chicago batters.

1967- Former Yankees INF Fritz Maisel (1913-1917) passed away. (1889-1967)

On August 8,1913INF Fritz Maisel was traded by the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) to the Yankees for OF Bert Daniels, INF Ezra Midkiff and $12,000 Cash. Fritz Maisel appeared in 502 games for the Yankees, while hitting .243 with 6 HRs and 132 RBIs along with 183 stolen bases. On January 22,1918, Fritz was traded by the Yankees along with P Nick Cullop, INF Joe Gedeon, Catcher Les Nunamaker, P Urban Shocker and $15,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for veteran MLB Starter Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1918 Browns. His overall MLB totals were a .243 BA with 6 HRs and 148 RBIs, finishing with 194 stolen bases. He played for the Minor League AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) from 1919 to 1928.  Fritz managed the team from 1929 to 1932. Later, he scouted for the MLB Orioles from 1954 to 1967. In 1959, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

1970- The Yankees drop an 18 inning, 2-1 game to the Senators. When Mike Epstein’s sac fly scores Nats base runner Ed Stroud. Yankees CF Bobby Mercer’s 9th inning HR had tied the game at 1-1. Senators Reliever Joe Grzenda gets the win, while Yankees Reliever Ron Klimkowski takes the loss.

1972- Yankees 3B Rich McKinney’s fielding errors contribute to the Red Sox scoring of 9 runs and a 11-7 loss for the Bombers.

1981- The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. A 5-run 7th inning rally by the Bronx Bombers wins the game. Yankees Ace Starter Ron Guidry starts the game; then David LaRoche relieves him in the 6th inning, picks up the victory. Then Reliever Ron Davis finishes off the game for the Yankees, holding the Tigers off the scoreboard for the game’s final 2 innings. The Bombers hitting attack is led a HR by Slugger Reggie Jackson.

1993- Former Yankees Shortstop Mark Koenig (1925-1930) passed away. (1904-1993)

On May 29,1925, INF Mark Koenig was traded by the AA St Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Fred Hofmann, Pitcher Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash. On October 28,1925, the Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to the Saints to complete the trade. Mark Koenig was the starting Shortstop for the Yankees during the mid-1920’s. He finished his Yankees playing career with a .285 BA with 15 HRs and 144 RBIs while playing in 567 games. Koenig played on Yankees World Series teams in 1926-1928, while hitting .500 in the 1927 World Series. On May 30,1930, Mark was traded along with veteran Pitcher Waite Hoyt to the Tigers for OF Harry Rice, Pitcher Ownie Carroll and Reserve INF Yats Wuestling. Also, he appeared in the World Series with the 1932 Cubs and the 1936 Giants, both against his former team, the Yankees. In 20 World Series games, Mark hit .237 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. Also, during his long MLB playing career, he played for the Yankees, Tigers, Cubs, Phillies and the Reds before finishing up with the 1936 Giants. His last MLB game was an appearance in Game 6 of the 1936 World Series with the Giants against the Yankees as a Pinch-Hitter and 2B. Overall, Mark appeared in 1,162 MLB games, while hitting .279 with 28 HRs and 446 RBIs. Mark was the last living member of the 1927 World Series Champion New York Yankees. 

1997- After 4 months of on-and-off negotiations, the Yankees acquired the rights to Japanese Pitcher Hideki Irabu from the Padres for $3 million. Irabu’s Japanese team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, gave the San Diego Padres exclusive rights to the 27-year-old righty, but Irabu refused to sign with the Padres, saying he would only go with the Yankees.

2007- The Red Sox complete their 1st sweep of the Yankees in Fenway Park in 17 seasons. Red Sox Sluggers Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek hit consecutive HRs, making it the 4th instance in MLB history that 4 straight hitters have gone deep. The victim for all 4 gopher balls is young Yankees Pitcher Chase Wright, who ties the MLB record for HRs allowed in an inning. Veteran Tigers hurler Paul Foytack in 1963 had been the only prior pitcher to allow 4 straight HRs in an inning.

 2010- The Yankees lose the rubber game of series against the Oakland A's, taking 2 out of 1st 3 games, including a Phil Hughes 1-hitter. The A's defeat the Yankees by the score of 4-2, snapping the Yankees 6-game winning streak. Bronx Starter CC Sabathia throws a complete game. Mark Teixeira hits his 1st HR of the 2010 AL season. OF Marcus Thames hits a solo HR for the Bombers. With runners on 1st and 2nd in the 6th inning, A's batter Kurt Suzuki hit a sharp grounder to Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who stepped on the bag and threw to 2B Robinson Cano. Cano's relay to 1B Nick Johnson barely beat Suzuki. It was the 1st triple play against Oakland since the Royals did it in 1994. The Yankees had gone 6,632 consecutive regular-season games without a triple play. Their last one came on June 3,1968, with Yankees 1B Mickey Mantle catching the final out on a ball hit by Minnesota's Catcher John Roseboro. The Twins Catcher Johnny Roseboro's liner was caught by Yankees Pitcher Dooley Womack, who then threw to 3B Bobby Cox. The Cox's relay throw then went to Yankees 1B Mickey Mantle for the 3rd out of the triple play.

2015- At Comerica Park in Detroit, the Yankees chase Tiger’s All-Star Starter David Price, who lasts only 2 innings before giving up to the Yankees 10 hits, while allowing 8 runs. The Yankees win the game by the score of 13-4. Bronx Starter Adam Warren picks up his 1st victory of the 2015 AL season with help from bullpen trio of Justin Wilson, David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve. The Bronx Bombers hitting attack is led by 1B Mark Teixeira’s a 3-run HR and triples from Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley. A crowd of 27,389 fans attended the mid-week game.

April 23rd

1903- Behind the pitching of Starter Harry Howell, the Highlanders win their 1st MLB game played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., a 7-2 victory over the Washington Senators. Yankees Starter Harry Howell was the winning pitcher. At the plate, Howell hit the 1st triple in team history. Lefty Davis scored what proved to be the winning run, when Senators OF Jimmy Ryan dropped a fly ball hit by veteran MLB hitter Willie Keeler.

1937- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Duke Carmel (1965) was born.

Duke Carmel was drafted by the Yankees from the Mets organization in the 1964 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Duke had play well for the 1964 Mets AAA club, the Buffalo Bisons (IL) hitting .271, while making the International League All-Star team. He appeared in only 6 games in 1965 for the Yankees with no hits in just 8 plate appearances. He had originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1955 NL season. Duke came up with the Cardinals in 1959. During the 1963 NL season, Carmel was traded by the Cardinals to the Mets for OF Jacke Davis and Cash. After he left the Yankees organization, he would play in Triple AAA with several different MLB organizations before retiring from the game in 1967.

1947- The Yankees released their former bullpen Closer Johnny "Grand Ma” Murphy (1932,1934-1943,1946). He had appeared in 383 games for the team with 93 wins and 107 saves as the Yankees Bullpen Closer. Young Joe Page had taken over the Yankees Bullpen Closer role. Murphy would pitch his last MLB active season with the Red Sox before retiring from the game in 1947. He would later become the Director of Player Development for the Mets, signing many of the young Mets players, who would later play on the 1969 World Championship team. He was the General Manager of the Mets, when he passed away of a fatal heart attack in January of 1970.

1953- At Yankee Stadium, 10,045 fans watched a Thursday day game with the Yankees playing the Red Sox. The Yankees beat the Boston by the score of 6-3. Yankees Veteran Starter Johnny Sain throws a complete victory, he is now 3-0 for the 1953 AL season. Veteran AL Starter Sid Hudson began the game for Boston, he was replaced by Reliever Bill Werle, who takes the loss. The Yankees score 5 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win the game. Yankees All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra hits a solo HR. Yankees Rookie RF Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run HR in the game, plus a double, giving him 3 RBIs in the game. The 1953 Yankees are now 7-2.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Harper (1921) passed away. (1895-1963)

Pitcher Harry Harper came to the Yankees in the Waite Hoyt trade with the Red Sox in December of 1920. He posted a 4-3 record with 3.76 ERA in 8 games for the 1921 Yankees. Harper had pitched in the 1921 World Series, starting Game 6 against the Giants, but he was not involved in the final decision.

1975- Yankees OF Roy White again hits a HR from both sides of the plate, this time in an 11-7 loss to the Red Sox. Roy White’s last switch-hit HRs were on August 13,1973.

1977- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Andruw Jones (2011-2012) was born.

The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent NL Golden Glove winner OF Andruw Jones. He replaced OF/DH Marcus Thames, who left the team for MLB Free Agency. In 2010, Andruw Jones played for the White Sox. He was back playing the outfield in 2010 AL season, logging 62 games in RF and a few games in both CF and LF. Power remained the best part of his game, with 19 HRs in 278 at-bats, but he was also able to draw 45 walks, turning a .230 batting average into a decent .341 on-base percentage. In 2012, he played 94 games for the Yankees, splitting his time between LF, RF and DH, while hitting only .197. However, he still displayed good power, hitting 14 HRs with 34 RBIs, but his OBP was below .300, for an OPS+ of 88. He did not play at all in the 2012 AL Postseason. After the 2012 season had ended, the Yankees did not attempt to re-sign him, when he became an MLB Free Agent. Jones, instead inked a deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japan's Pacific League) on December 16th. Andrew originally came up  to the MLB with the Braves.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League P Carlos Silva was born.

On April 9, 2011, the Yankees signed former MLB P Carlos Silva, who had been recently released by the Cubs. He pitched for the AAA Scranton (IL), later he was released by the Yankees. He will start the 2012 AL season with the Red Sox, but the team will release him.

1981- Former Yankees Pitcher Sean Henn (2005-2007) was born.

Sean Henn was selected by the Yankees; as a draft-and-follow pick in the 26th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In May of 2001, Henn was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Mark Batchko for a $1.701 million bonus. He made his pro debut that summer. Henn's 1st MLB win in 2007 closed a remarkable 3-game series between the Yankees and the Indians. For the 1st time in MLB history, a team swept a series of 3 or more games, with each game giving a pitcher his 1st MLB career win. The other winners were Pitchers Chase Wright and Kei Igawa. Sean was 2-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 36 games with the Yankees. On May 9,2008, Sean Henn was selected off waivers by the Padres from the Yankees. After being out of the MLB for 3 full years, including the 2012 season spent with the Hanwha Eagles (Korea Baseball Organization). Sean came back to the MLB for 4 games with the Mets at the end of the 2013 NL season. His 3.38 ERA during that brief stint was the best of his 6 MLB pitching seasons.

1982- The Yankees traded veteran 1B/DH Bob Watson to the Braves for Minor League P Scott Patterson. Watson joined the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent replacing the recently traded 1B Chris Chambliss to the Blue Jays in the Rick Cerone trade. In 1980, he had hit .307 with 13 HRs for the Yankees. The 1981 AL season was marred by a groin injury that limited his playing time to just 59 games, while hitting just .212. Scott Patterson was a Starter for the Braves AAA Richmond team (IL), the Yankees had assigned him to their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). He never appears at the MLB level for the Yankees.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Deron Roger Johnson (1960-1961) passes away from Lung Cancer at the age of 53. (1938-1992)

Before the start of 1956 AL season, the Yankees signed INF/OF Deron Johnson as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Deron was never able to find a regular position to play with the Yankees. At 3B, Andy Carey and later Clete Boyer blocked Deron. At 1B, he was blocked by the presence AL All-Star 1B Bill Skowron. Plus, the Yankees had a starting OF was filled by CF Mickey Mantle, RF Roger Maris and Yogi Berra- Hector Lopez  combo in LF. He had only appeared in 19 games for the 1960-1961 Yankees, just hitting .174. In June of 1961, he was traded along with veteran Starter Art Ditmar to Kansas City for veteran Starter Bud Daley. The KC would trade him to the Reds in 1963. Deron Johnson would find success in the NL starting with the 1964-1967 Reds. In 1965, Deron had his best MLB season hitting .287, with 32 HRs and 130 RBIs. Later, he played for the 1968 Braves and the 1969-1973 Phillies, 1973 A’s and the 1974 Brewers during his MLB playing career. He finished with .244 BA with 245 MLB career HRs and 923 RBIs in 1,765 games. He appeared in 1 World Series with the 1973 Oakland A’s, playing in 6 games, while hitting .300. After his MLB playing career ended, Johnson spent most of the rest of his life as MLB Coach. He did manage the Minor League team, the Salt Lake City Gulls in 1978. Then he began his MLB Coaching career with the 1979-1980 Angels. In 1981, He was a Mets MLB Coach. From 1982-1984, Deron was a member of the Phillies MLB Coaching staff. In 1985-1986, he was with the Mariners. He spent the 1987 AL season with the White Sox. He returned to the Angels as their MLB Hitting Coach from 1989 to 1991.

2000- In a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays, Yankee hitters CF Bernie Williams and Catcher Jorge Posadabecome the 1st teammates to hit a HR from both sides of the plate in the same MLB game.

2011- The homer-happy Yankees are at it again, connecting 5 times in a 15-3 victory over the Orioles. Bronx DH Russell Martin goes deep twice; he is joined by his Yankees teammates Jorge Posada, Brett Gardnerand Alex Rodriguez, who hits a Grand Slam HR. It is the 22nd slam of A-Rod's MLB playing career, moving him past the recently retired Manny Ramirez and into 2nd place on the all-time MLB list, 1 behind the MLB leader former Yankees HOF 1B Lou Gehrig. Bronx Starter CC Sabathia picks up his 1st win of the 2011 AL season, while Brad Bergesen is the loser for the Orioles.

2014- Already suspected by Red Sox Broadcasters of illegally using pine tar during his last start against the team, the Yankees' Starter Michael Pineda gets caught red-handed this time, as Umpire Gerry Davis find the substance on his neck and ejects him in the 2nd inning of his start as the Red Sox win the game by the score of  5-1. Facing a suspension, Pineda confesses to the violation of the rules after the game, explaining to the Media "my hands get sweaty".

April 24th

1895- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Harper (1921) was born. (1895-1963)

In December of 1920, Pitcher Harry Harper came to the Yankees in the Waite Hoyt trade with the Red Sox. He posted a 4-3 record with a 3.76 ERA in 8 games for the 1921 Yankees. He pitched in 6th game of the 1921 World Series against the Giants, but he was not involved in the decision. Harry had pitched for the Senators, Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers during his 10 MLB season pitching career. He finished with a 56-76 record with a 2.87 ERA and 5 saves in 219 games.

1905- The Yankees hit onto a triple play during a 4-3 loss to the Senators.

1917- Yankees Lefty Starter George Mogridge pitches a No-Hitter against the Red Sox, winning the game by the score of 2-1 before of crowd of 3,219 fans at Fenway Park. Mogridge strikes out 3 Red Sox hitters and walks 3 Boston batters, as he becomes the 1st Yankees Pitcher to actually win a no-hit game. The Red Sox in the 7th inning managed to score their only run of the game without getting a hit off of Mogridge; by putting together a couple of walks, an error and a sacrifice fly. Red Sox veteran knuckleballer Dutch Leonard took the loss for Boston.

1923- U.S. President Warren G. Harding and 7,999 other fans witnesses the 1st shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium as Babe Ruth hits a HR in New York’s 4-0 victory over the Senators. Yankees Veteran Starter Sad Sam Jones throws the complete game shutout, allowing only 5 Senator hits, while striking out 4 Nats hitters. The 1923 Yankees are now 5-2 for the AL season.

1927- On a Sunday afternoon game at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. 20,000 fans see the Yankees beat the Senators by the score of 6-2. Yankees Starter Urban Shocker throws a complete game victory, allowing only Nats 2 runs, 8 hits and 4 strikeouts. Nats Starter Sloppy Thurston takes the loss, allowing 6 Yankees runs on 8 hits. Yankees Sluggers Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel hit solo HRs in the game. Yankees Pinch-hitter Cedric Durst has a big hit the game with a triple that results on 3 Yankee runs.

1932- At Yankee Stadium, 31,00 fans watched a Sunday game against the Red Sox as the Yankees prevail by the score of 9-2. Yankees Starter George Pipgras throws a complete victory, he is now 1-1 for the 1932 AL season. Red Sox Reliever Wilcy Moore takes the loss, allowing 7 Yankee hits and 7 runs in the game. Catcher Bill Dickey and CF Earle Combs led the Yankees hitting attack against the Red Sox.

1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Verbanic (1967-1968,1970) was born.

On December 10,1966, Pitcher Joe Verbanic was traded by the Phillies along with Cash to the Yankees for veteran MLB Closer Pedro Ramos. Joe went 11-10 with a 3.12 ERA in 92 games as a Reliever for the Yankees.

1946- Former Major League Players Jesse Burkett, Frank Chance, Jack Chesbro, Johnny Evers, Clark Griffith, Tommy McCarthy, Joe McGinnity, Eddie Plank, Joe Tinker, Rube Waddell and Ed Walsh are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jack Chesbro had won 41 games for the 1904 Yankees setting an AL Pitching record and a Yankees franchise record, which still stands. INF Frank Chance and Pitcher Clark Griffith were also early Yankee Managers.

1951- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx veteran Starter Eddie Lopat shutouts Philadelphia by the score of 3-0. He pitches a complete game victory by allowing the A’s only 4 hits, while striking 4 A’s batters. Philadelphia A’s Starter Bobby Shantz, also throws a complete game, while taking the loss, allowing only 3 Yankees runs with 6 hits. Yankee hitters Joe Di Maggio, Johnny Mize and Jackie Jensen led the Yankees hitting attack. A crowd of 8,742 fans attended the Tuesday day game at the Stadium.

1965- Former Yankees 3B Mike Blowers (1989-1991) was born.

On August 29,1989, INF Mike Blowers was traded by the Expos to the Yankees for veteran MLB Starter John Candelaria. Mike hit .203 with 6 HRs and 25 RBIs in 76 games for the Yankees. On May 17,1991, Mike was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for a Player to be Named Later and Cash. The Mariners would later send Minor Leaguer P Jim Blueberg on June 22,1991 to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1967- Former Yankees MLB Scout Lester Patterson (1952-1967) passed away. (1897-1967)

Pat Patterson was a Minor League Catcher and Manager. He scouted for the 1942-1951 Reds and the 1952-1967 Yankees; signing MLB Players such as Ewell Blackwell, Dixie Howell, Ray Lamanno, Lloyd Merriman, Kent Peterson, Bob Usher, Joe Nuxhall and Grady Hatton for the Reds. For the Yankees, Pat had signed INF/OF Tom Tresh and Pitcher Bob Meyer.

1977- Former Yankees OF/DH Carlos Beltran (2014-2016) was born.

On December 19, 2013, OF/DH Carlos Beltran signed as MLB Free Agent by the Yankees to a 3-year deal worth $45 million, stepping into the breach opened when CF Curtis Granderson decided to move to the Metsthat same day. Beltran started the 2014 AL season relatively slowly for the Yankees, as he was hitting only .234 in mid-May. One of the reasons was that he was having problems with bone spurs in his right elbow. He took a cortisone shot to relieve the pain, but there was a possibility that season-ending surgery would be required. He played on in spite of not being 100% but he lost about a third of the season to various injuries. He was only hitting .236 with 15 HRs and 49 RBIs in 108 games when personal tragedy struck as well.  He took a leave of absence from the team on September 17th after his wife, who was expecting the couple's 1st boy, had a late miscarriage. When he returned to the team after a few days, it was a bone spur in his right elbow that made him unable to provide much offensive production. He finished the 2014 AL season with a .233 average in 109 games, hitting 15 HRs and 49 RBIs. In 2015, he played 133 games, bouncing back to .276 with 34 doubles and 19 HRs, while driving in 67 runs. He was the team's main RF as the Yankees played the AL Wild Card Game. Carlos went 1 for 4 in the game, as the Astros shut out the Yankees. On May 15, 2016, he hit the 400th HR of his MLB playing career against White Sox P Zach Duke, becoming the 4th switch-hitter in MLB history to reach the mark, after Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones. He was also the 3rd Puerto Rican to reach the number (after Carlos Delgado and Juan Gonzalez). He was probably the team's best hitter in the 1st half. He was rewarded with a return to the MLB All-Star Game, his 1st appearance since 2013. On August 1st, he was hitting .304 with 22 HRs and 64 RBIs, when he was traded to the Rangers in return for 3 Minor League Pitching prospects: Dillon Tate, Nick Green and Erik Swanson. Overall, as a Yankees player, Carlos hit .270 with 56 HRs and 180 RBIs in 341 games. He played in 52 games for Texas, while hitting .280 with 7 HRs and 29 RBIs, while playing primarily at DH. In total, that gave him a .295 BA with 29 HRs and 93 RBIs. He then went 2 for 11 as the Rangers, who were swept by theBlue Jays in the ALDS. After the 2016 season had ended, he became an MLB Free Agent again. On December 3rd, he signed a 1-year, $16 million contract to return to the Astros for the 2017 AL season. 

2009- At Fenway Park in Boston, Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera is charged with a rare blown save in the 1st match-up between the Yankees and Red Sox for 2009 AL season. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Rivera gives up a 2-run HR to Jason Bay to tie the score at 4- 4. Kevin Youkilis homers over the Fenway Park’s Green Monster in the 11th inning for a 5-4 Red Sox victory.

2012- The game between the Yankees and Rangers features a duel between 2 Japanese Free Agent signees, Starters Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish. Texas Starter Darvish gets the upper hand by pitching 8 1/3 scoreless innings, while striking out 10 Yankee batters in leading Texas to a 2-0 win.

2012- Former Yankees Minor League P Fred Bradley passed away. (1920-2012)

Fred Bradley spent 7 seasons in pro baseball from 1940-1949. He also spent 3 years of service in the Navy during World War II. Bradley had spent 3 seasons in the Minor Leagues before enlisting in the Navy. He went 8-6 in 24 games for the Class C Idaho Falls Russets (PL) in his 1st season in the pros. Fred then had 2 double-digit win seasons, back-to-back, racking up 16 wins for the same Idaho squad in 1941, then winning 14 games for the Class B Tacoma Tigers (WIL) in 1942, before entering the Navy. Back from the Navy in time for the 1946 AL season, Fred spent the next 2 seasons with the 1946-1947 Yankees AA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA). He spun a 7-9 record in 1946, but he came right back the following season, putting together a 13-4 record to go with a 2.98 ERA. On February 24, 1948, he was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Aaron Robinson and P Bill Wight to the White Sox for Starter Eddie Lopat. Bradley made his MLB Pitching debut with the White Sox on May 1,1948. He appeared in just 8 games, while pitching 15 2/3 innings with a 4.60 ERA with no decisions. He was back with the White Sox for the 1949 AL season, Fred made his only appearance on May 1st, pitching 2 innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 runs for a 13.50 ERA and this was his finale in the MLB pitching career. Fred finished out the 1949 season and his pro baseball career with the Memphis Chickasaws (SA). He went 3-9 in 19 appearances. Fred decided to call it a career. In 1949, Fred left the game with a 61-52 Minor League record in 172 games. 

2014- Yankees Starter Michael Pineda is handed a 10-game suspension after being caught using pine tar on the mound in the previous day's game. The sentence is longer than previous ones, as there had already been controversy over his alleged use of the substance earlier this season. Pineda acknowledges his sin and states that he will not appeal the suspension. David Ortiz breaks Harold Baines' record for games played at DH (1,644); Ortiz already held records for hits, HRs and RBI as a DH. Ortiz goes 0 for 1 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch before leaving early in a 12-5 Red Sox loss to the Yankees.

2015- The Yankees snap the Mets' franchise record-tying 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 win. Mets Starter Jacob deGrom allows 3 HRs, 2 by 1B Mark Teixeira and the other by CF Jacoby Ellsbury to be tagged with the loss. Yankees Starter Michael Pineda picks-up the victory.













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