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This Week in Yankees History April 25th-May 1st Part One



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April 25th


1883- Former Yankees Pitcher Russ Ford (1909-1913) was born. (1883-1960)


In September of 1908, hurler Russ Ford was selected by the Yankees from AA Atlanta Crackers (SA) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Ford would dominate the AL and the Federal League for a few seasons thanks to his devastating emery ball. The emery ball was a nominally illegal pitch that involved doctoring the baseball by scuffing it with emery paper. Ford disguised his illegal modification by claiming to throw a spitball, though he came clean about his technique after retiring from the game. Russ Ford had 2 outstanding seasons with the Yankees, going 26-6 with 200 strikeouts and 8 shutouts in 1910. He had a 21-11 record in 1911. He went 73-56 with a 2.54 ERA in 143 games as a Yankees Pitcher from 1909-1915.  In 1913, Russ went 12-18 with a high 2.66 ERA. The Yankees wanted to give a pay cut for the 1914 AL season. So, on January 20,1914, Russ Ford jumped from the Yankees to pitch for the Buffalo Buffeds of the rival Federal League. With Buffalo for 2 seasons, he went 21-6 with 1.82 and 6 saves  in 35 games in 1914. Next season, he was bothered with pitching arm issues, posting a 5-9 record with a 4.52 ERA in 21 games. On August 28,1914, Buffalo had released him, ending his MLB Pitching career. He would  continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues for 2 seasons, before retiring from baseball. Russ Ford finished his MLB pitching career with a 100-71 record with 2.59 ERA and 8 saves in 199 MLB games. He is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.


1904- Highlanders Starter Jack Chesbro posts the 1st of his 41 wins of the 1904 AL season; a MLB, AL and Yankees franchise pitching record that still stands. Jack Chesbro was the NL top winner in 1903, while he was with the Pirates, posting a 28-6 record before jumping to the Yankees in the AL.


1916- At the Polo Grounds, Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth pitches a 10-inning complete game to defeat the Yankees by the score of 4-3. Ruth gives up 2 earned runs on 8-Yankee hits, but he is held hitless at the plate by Yankee Pitchers.


1924- Former Yankees Pitcher Art Schallock (1951-1955) was born.


Before the start of 1947 NL season, P Art Schallock was signed by the Dodgers as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He did not appear with the Dodgers at the MLB level. On July 12,1951, Art was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Minor League P Bob Landeck, C Eddie Malone and Cash. He appeared in 28 games for the 1951-1955 Yankees, posting a 3-2 mark with a 3.90 ERA and 1 save in 28 games. Art had appeared in 1 game of the 1953 World Series against the Dodgers with no decision. On May 11,1955, Art was selected off waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees. He would go 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 30 games for the 1955 Birds in his last active MLB Pitching season. After pitching in PCL with the 1956 AAA Seattle Rainers, Art retired from baseball.


1933- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Yankees Rookie Starter Russ Van Atta makes a successfully MLB Pitching debut, when he pitches a 5-hit shutout, while striking out 5 batters and issuing 3 walks against the Senators. With the bat, Russ collects 4 singles in 4 at-bats and 1 RBI. A crowd of 6,000 Washington fans watch the Bronx Bombers maul the 4 Nats Pitchers for 21 hits that result in 16 runs. Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri hit HRs, while Shortstop Frank Crosetti hits a triple. Yankees CF Earle Combs adds 5 hits including a triple and 1 RBI. Bronx veteran Slugger Babe Ruth goes 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs. The only Yankee batters, who don’t get hits in the game are 3B Joe Swell and LF Sammy Byrd, but Sewell does get an RBI. The 1933 Yankees are now 8-2 for the AL season.


1937- A Boston Sunday crowd of 35,000 fans at Fenway Park watched the Yankees rout the Red Sox 9-3. Yankees Reliever Pat Malone picks up the win after relieving Bronx Starter Bump Hadley in the 4th inning. Starter Wes Farrell takes the loss for Boston. LF Roy Johnson (3 for 6, 2 RBIs) and 2B Tony Lazzeri (2 for 4, 2 RBIs) led the Bombers hitting attack. The Yankees take the 2-game series with the Red Sox.


1941- The Yankees shutout the Senators by the score of 6-0. Bronx Starter Tiny Bonham throws a complete game victory, bring his 1941 AL season pitching record to 2-0. A crowd of 6,521 fans watched the Yankees victory. Nats Starter Dutch Leonard gives up 7 Yankee hits and 6 runs in his 3rd loss of the 1941 AL season.


1951- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees shutout the A’s 4-0 behind the complete game pitching of Starter Frank “Spec” Shea, who picks-up his 1st victory of the 1951 AL season. A crowd of 7,842 fans watched the day game played at Yankee Stadium. Philadelphia Starter Alex Kellner takes the loss for the A’s, he is now 1-1 for the season. Bronx Starter Spec Shea allow only 4 A’s hits, while striking out 5 A’s batters. Yankees Rookie RF Mickey Mantle goes 0 for 4 at the plate, but he did drive in 1 Yankee run in the game.


1965- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees complete their day-night doubleheader sweep of the Angels with a 1-0 win. Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre allows only 4 Angels hits, while striking out 7 batters in a complete game win. The Angels Starter Rudy May gives up only 3 Yankee hits in 6 innings, but one of them is Mickey Mantle's HR in the 4th inning to give the Yankees lead and win. The Yankees had won the afternoon game by the score of 3-2 as Yankees veteran Starter Whitey Ford picks-up the win with Closer Pedro Ramos getting the save.


1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Darren Holmes (1998) was born.


On December 22,1997, P Darren Holmes was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had pitched for the Rockies in 1997, posting a 9-7 record with a 5.34 ERA and 3 saves in 42 games. He will post a 0-3 record with a 3.33 ERA and 2 saves in 34 games for the 1998 Yankees. He didn’t appear in the 1998 World Series against the Padres. On March 30,1999, Darren Holmes was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Diamondbacks for P Ben Ford and C Izzy Molina.


1967- Veteran Yankees Starter Whitey Ford earned his final MLB career victory. His 236th MLB win comes against the White Sox in an 11-2 decision at Yankee Stadium. Ford throws a complete game victory allowing only the White Sox, 2 runs on 8 hits. Chicago Starter Tommy John takes the loss. Ford will enter the Hall Of Fame in 1974 with his longtime Yankees teammate OF/1B Mickey Mantle. He would finish with his Yankee Pitching career record with 236 wins, becoming the club leader in wins, passing 1930-1947 Bronx Starter Red Ruffing, who had 232 career wins with the Yankees.


1978- At Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, the Yankees edge out the Orioles by the score of 4-3. A crowd of 14,159 fans attend the game between the 2 AL Eastern Division rivals. Yankees Rookie Starter Jim Beattie picks up the win with relief help from Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle, who picks up his 1st save of the 1978 AL season. Orioles Starter Jim Palmer takes the lost, while pitching a complete game; he is now 2-1 on the season. Yankees Jim Spencer hits a HR for the Bombers. The win brings the Yankees to the .500 mark for the 1978 season, they are now 8-8.


1982- Just 14 games into the 1982 AL season, Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner fires Yankees Manager Bob Lemon, replaces him with former Manager Gene Michael, the man who Bob Lemon had replaced last September. Michael won't finish the season either. Clyde King will later replace him. The 1982 Yankees will finish 5th place in the AL East with a 79-83 record. Besides the Manager changes, the MLB Coaching staff will be changed, especially the Pitching Coaches (Sammy Ellis, Jerry Walker and Stan Williams.) during the 1982 AL season.


1983- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/DH Juan Miranda (2009-2010) was born in Cuba.


Juan Miranda had appeared in 46 games for the 2009-2010 Yankees, while hitting .263 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs. After the 2010 AL season, the Yankees dealt Juan Miranda to the Diamondbacks in return for Minor League P Scottie Allen. After leaving the MLB in 2012, Miranda has played pro baseball in the Japanese and the Mexican Baseball Leagues.


1992- Current Yankees Pitcher Luis Cessa (2016-2021) was born.


Before the 2009 NL season, the Mets had signed Luis Cessa as a 17-year-old MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was an Infielder at the time. He played his 1st 2 pro seasons with the DSL Mets and DSL Mets 1 in 2009 and 2010, as an infield position player. However, he failed to hit for .200 either season. In 2011, he was moved the mound. The decision to make Luis a Pitcher proved to be a good one, as in his 1st season in the role, he did well enough to move to the GCL Mets after 5 starts with the DSL Mets 2. He was a combined 4-3 record with a 3.19 ERA in 15 games that 1st year, being used out of the bullpen, after moving to the US. In 2012, he went 5-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 13 games as a Starter for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones (NYPL). He followed that with an 8-4 record with a 3.12 ERA in 21 starts for the Class A 2013 Savannah Sand Gnats.  He spent most of 2014 season with the Class A St. Lucie Mets (FSL), where he was 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA in 20 starts, also pitching once for the AA Binghamton Mets (EL) in his 1st taste of AA ball. He started 2015 season with AA Binghamton (EL), where his record was a solid 7-4, with a 2.56 ERA in 13 starts to earn him a promotion to the AAA Las Vegas 51s (PCL) in early July. He was roughed up in 5 starts, going 0-3 with a 8.51 ERA, but he had shown enough until then that the Tigers acquired him, along with fellow pitching prospect Michael Fulmer in a trade for starting LF Yoenis Cespedes that was made at the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline. He made 7 starts for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL), posting a 1-3 record with a 5.97 ERA to finish with a combined pitching line of 8-10 with a 4.52 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 139 1/3 innings. On December 9, 2015, he was traded again, this time he was headed to the Yankees alongside fellow Pitching Prospect Chad Green in return for Veteran MLB Reliever Justin Wilson. He made the team out of the 2016 MLB spring training camp. Luis made his MLB Pitching debut facing his former team, the Tigers in relief on April 8th; in his 1st inning of work, he gave up an opposite-field HR to Miguel Cabrera, then he followed that with a scoreless frame. He finished the 2016 AL season with the Yankees with a 4-4 record and a 4.35 ERA in 17 games. In 2017, he went 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 games. In 2018, Luis went 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in 16 games. Luis posted a 2-1 record with a 4.11 ERA and 1 save in 43 games for the 2019 Yankees. In the 2019 AL Postseason, Luis threw 4 scoreless innings of relief against the Astros. In 2020, Luis appeared in 16 games for the team, while posting a 0-0 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1 save. In 2020 AL post season, he appeared in 4 games for the Yankees with no decisions.


1999- A monument to honor Joe DiMaggio is unveiled in Yankee Stadium Monument Park in front of a sold-out Stadium and many of DiMaggio’s former teammates. Phil Rizzuto addressed the fans, Paul Simon sang “Mrs. Robinson”, while standing in center field. When he reached the last line “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” many in the crowd sang along and cheered.


2003- At the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas,  a crowd  of 40,052 fans watch the Yankees edge the Rangers by the score of 3-2. Yankees veteran Starter Mike “Moose” Mussina picks-up his 5th victory of the 2003 AL season along with relief help from Reliever Juan Acevedo, who gets his 4th save of the year. Nick Johnson hits a 2-run HR for the Yankees. Texas Starter Colby Lewis takes the loss, he is now 3-1. The Yankees are now 19-4 for the 2003 AL season.


2019- The Yankees acquired veteran MLB OF Cameron Maybin from the Indians for Cash considerations. After being released by the Giants during their 2019 MLB Spring Training camp, Cameron had signed a Minor League deal with the Indians. He was playing for the Tribe’s AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL), hitting .216 in 14 games. Cameron will hit .285 with 11 HRs and 32 RBIs in 82 games for the 2019 Yankees. In the 2019 AL Postseason, Maybin hit .333 with 1 HR and 1RBI in 5 games against the Twins and Astros. After the 2019 World Series had ended, the Yankees granted Maybin, MLB Free Agency. On February 12, 2020, the Tigers signed Maybin to a 1-year $1.5 million contract for his 3rd stint with the team.


April 26th


1873- Former Yankees Reserve 3B Jim Cockman (1905) was born in Canada. (1893-1947)


In September of 1905, INF Jim Cockman was sent from AA Newark Sailors (Eastern League) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. Jim had appeared in 132 games for Newark, while hitting .232. He only appeared in 13 games for the 1905 Yankees, while hitting just .105 with No HRs and 2 RBIs in his only active season in the MLB. He would return to Newark after the 1905 AL season had ended, he played pro baseball from 1896 to 1912.


1888- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray “Slim” Caldwell (1910-1918) was born. (1988-1967)


In August of 1910, Pitcher Ray Caldwell was purchased by the Class C Highlanders Tubers from McKeesport (Ohio-Pennsylvania) for $2,000 Cash. His best Yankees season was in 1914, when he went 18-9 with a 1.94 ERA in 31 games. In 1915, Ray posted a 19-16 mark with 2.89 ERA in 36 games. Overall, Ray posted a 96-99 pitching career record with a 3.00 ERA in 258 games for the 1910-1918 Yankees. On December 18,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Frank Gilhooley, P Slim Love, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for Starter Ernie Shore, OF Duffy Lewis and veteran MLB Starter Dutch Leonard. The Red Sox would trade him to the Tribe during 1919 AL season. He won 20 games for the 1920 Indians and appeared in his only World Series. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Ray finished with an MLB Pitching career record of 134-120 with a 3.22 ERA and 8 saves in 343 games. Ray Caldwell was a successful MLB Pitcher, who also served as a Pinch-Hitter and Outfielder, while hitting .248 as a hitter, something which is better than it may seem because he achieved it mostly during the dead-ball era, when hits were scarce. After his MLB Pitching career ended, he continued to pitch for many years in the Minor Leagues. Ray had 154 MLB at-bats as a Pinch-Hitter, getting 36 hits. He was also used sometimes in the MLB as a position player, getting into 11 games as an OF in 1911, 6 games as a 1B in 1914, 8 games as an OF in 1917, 19 games as an OF in 1918, and smaller numbers in the field in other MLB seasons. Interestingly, he appeared in CF more often than in LF or RF - and his career 23 stolen bases in the MLB show that he had some speed on the base-paths. 


1913- The Yankees purchased Catcher John Gossett from the White Sox. He appeared in only 49 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1913-1914 Yankees, while just hitting .159 with No HRs and 10 RBIs.


1917- Former Yankees Pitcher Sal “The Barber” Maglie (1957-1958) was born. (1917-1992)


On September 1,1957, veteran hurler Sal “The Barber” Maglie was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Dodgers. Due to being acquired pass the August 31st MLB trade-line, Sal was unable to appear in the 1957 World Series for the Yankees against the Braves. Sal went 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA and 3 saves in 6 games for the 1957 Yankees. In 1958, he had a 1-1 record with a 4.63 ERA in 7 games for the Yankees before being sent to the Cardinals to finish out his long MLB Pitching career. Sal went 2-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 10 games for the Cardinals, before retiring in April of 1959. He was one of the few players to play for all 3 MLB teams in New York City during the Golden Years of 1947-1957. Later, Sal became an MLB Pitching Coach for several MLB teams, including the 1969 AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots, which former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton wrote about him in his famous baseball book, “Ball Four.”


1917- Former Yankees Pitcher Virgil “Fire” Trucks (1958) was born. (1917-2013)


On June 15,1958, veteran MLB hurler Virgil “Fire” Trucks was traded by the Kansas City A's along with P Duke Maas to the Yankees for veteran Reliever Bob Grim and Reserve OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Virgil went 2-1 with an ERA and 1 save in 25 games with the 1958 Yankees, being used out of their bullpen. He did not appear in the 1958 World Series for the Yankees against the Braves. Virgil had pitched 17 seasons in the MLB, starting out with the 1941 Tigers, then playing for the St. Louis Browns, White Sox and the A’s before coming to the 1958 Yankees. He was named to the AL All-Star team twice. In the 1945 World Series with the Tigers, Virgil appeared in 2 games against the Cubs, winning Game 2 with a complete game 4-hitter. During the 1952 AL season, he pitched 2 No-Hitters against the Senators and the Yankees. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 177-135 record with a 3.39 ERA in 517 games In 1959, he returned to the Minor Leagues for a handful of games with the AAA Miami Marlins (IL) before retiring as an active player. In 1963, he was MLB Pitching Coach for the Pirates. He was the oldest living Ex-Yankee player at the time of his death on March 23, 2013.


1929- Despite losing the game to Philadelphia A’s by the score of 5-2 at Shibe Park on a Friday afternoon, the Yankees turn a triple play. It went P Johnson-C Grabowski-1B Gehrig- 3B Koenig. A’s Veteran Starter Jack Quinn picks up a complete game win, while Yankees Starter Herb Pennock takes the lost.


1931- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., a walk to Yankees batter Lyn Lary is followed by a Lou Gehrig HR, a smash which clears the fence, but bounces back into the hands of Senators CF Harry Rice. The base runner Lary thinks the ball has been caught on the fly for the 3rd out returning to the dugout without crossing home plate, Lou Gehrig, running with his head down, is ruled out for passing a runner in front of him costing the Yankees a possible victory (they lost by 2 runs), the 1931 AL HR crown (he tied Babe Ruth with 46) and 2-RBI’s to add to his record setting 184 for the season.


1936- After surrendering 6 runs to the Red Sox in the 1st inning. The Yankees rebound with 7 runs in the top of the 2nd inning in route of 12-9 victory at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had chased Yankees Starter Johnny Broaca for the 6 runs. Yankees Relievers Bump Hadley and Johnny Murphy shut down Boston for the victory.  Hadley picks up the win, while Closer Murphy gets a save. Yankees Slugger Lou Gehrig and Boston’s 1B Jimmy Foxx hit 3-run HRs for their teams in the game.


1940- Yankees 3B Red Rolfe has 9 assists in a game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park as the Yankees lose to Boston by the score of 8-1.


1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Brennan (1933) passed away. (1903-1953)


Don Brennan pitched for the 1933 Yankees, appearing 18 games, while posting a 5-1 record with a 4.98 ERA. On March 5,1934, he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. Later, he pitched for the Giants. He appeared in 2 games of the 1937 World Series with the Giants against his old team the Yankees with no record. Overall, in the MLB, Don went 21-12 with a 4.19 ERA in 141 games.


1953- The Yankees sell Reserve INF Loren Babe to the Philadelphia  A’s for $30,000 Cash. He had appeared in 17 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees, hitting .205 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. With the 1953 A’s, he will play in 103 games, while hitting .223 with No HRs and 26 RBIs. Babe’s freedom from the Yankees organization will be very short, as they will reacquire him in December of 1953 in the Vic Power trade. He was one of the many young talented players buried in their farm system during the 1950’s. 


1955- The Yankees new Starter Bob Turley acquired from the Orioles during the winter of 1954, pitches a 1-hit shutout against the White Sox. “Bullet Bob” struck out 10 Chicago batters to lead the Yankees to lead them to a 5-0 victory. He will finish the 1955 AL season posting a 17-13 record with a 3.06 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 36 games finishing 2nd to Indians Starter Herb Score, who led AL Pitchers with 245 strikeouts.


1961- At Tiger Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 1st HR of the 1961 AL season off of veteran Tigers Starter Paul Foytack. His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle adds HRs from both sides of the plate for the 8th time in his MLB playing career as the Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 13-10.


1969- The Baseball Records Committee decides to give Babe Ruth credit for 1 more HR during his MLB playing career for a total of 715. The committee rules that one of Ruth's HRs had been incorrectly ruled a triple. The committee will later reverse its decision, returning Babe Ruth to an MLB Career total of 714 HRs.


1970- Former Yankees Reserve INF Yats Wuestling (1930) passed away. (1903-1970)


On May 30, 1930, Reserve INF Yats Wuestling was traded by the Tigers along with Pitcher Owens Carroll and INF/OF Harry Rice to the Yankees for veteran Starter Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. He appeared in 25 games for the 1930 Yankees, hitting just .190 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1931 to 1934 before retiring from the game.


1974- The Yankees obtained 1B Chris Chambliss along with Pitchers Richard Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw from the Indians for Yankee hurlers Fred Beene, Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline and Tom Buskey. Chris Chambliss and Richard “Dirt” Tidrow will help the Yankees win the AL pennants in 1976-1978. Chambliss would become the Yankees starting 1B replacing Mike Hegan, who will be sold to the Brewers on May 13,1974. Cecil Upshaw would be a less than successful Reliever for the Yankees, going 1-5 with a 3.06 ERA with only 6 saves in 36 games, who would be traded away to the White Sox for Reserve INF Eddie Leon on December 5,1974. Pitcher Richard Tidrow was a starter with the Tribe, posting records of 14-15 and 14-16, the Yankees would use him as a Starter, he went 11-9 with a 3.87 ERA with 1 save in 33 games. Veteran Yankees Starter Fritz Peterson became expendable, after his celebrated wife and family trade with his Yankees teammate Pitcher Mike Kekich. He leaves the Yankees after 9 seasons with a 109-106 record with a 3.10 ERA and 1 save in 288 games. Bronx Starter Steve Kline had a 40-37 record with a 2.96 ERA in 97 games with the Yankees. Fred Beene had been obtained by the Yankees from the Orioles in a Minor League trade; he went 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA with 5 saves in 54 games for the team. Reliever Tom Buskey had appeared in 12 games for the Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 5.64 ERA and 2 saves.


1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Alex Ferguson (1918,1921,1925) passed away. (1897-1976)


Pitcher Alex Ferguson had gone 3-1 with a 5.91 ERA in 18 games for the 1918 and 1921 Yankees. On February 24,1922, Alex was selected off waivers by the Red Sox from the Yankees. On May 5,1925, Alex was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Bobby Veach to the Yankees for P Ray Francis and $9,000 Cash. Alex went 4-2 with a 7.79 ERA in 21 games for the 1925 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees Pitcher, he went 7-3 with a 6.73 ERA and 2 saves in 39 games. On August 17,1925, Alex was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees. He would appear in 2 games of the 1925 World Series for the Senators, while posting a 1-1 record. Later, he would pitch in the NL with the Phillies and Dodgers. Alex finished his MLB Pitching career with a 61-85 record with a 4.93 ERA and 11 saves in 259 games.


1976- Former Yankee Minor League P Scott Strickland was born.


On December 20, 2007, Scott Strickland was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead spending the 2007 season at AAA Scranton (IL).  As a Relief Pitcher, Scott posted a 4-0 record with a 3.53 ERA with 12 saves in 52 games for AAA Scranton. On November 3, 2008, Scott was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.


1978- The 1978 Mayor’s Trophy game was held at Yankee Stadium. Yankees Fran Healy’s squeeze bunt drove home Yankees base runner Jim Spencer with the game winning run in the 13th inning. The final score of the game was 4-3, played before 9,792 fans- at least at the beginning. This year’s edition featured Yankees 3B Graig Nettles’ infamous attempt to throw the game (as alleged in Sparky Lyle’s book “The Bronx Zoo,” although Nettles would later denied it.) Mets batter Ron Hodges opened the 11th inning with a bouncer to 3rd, which Nettles heaved 10 FT over the head of Chris Chambliss at 1st. However, the Mets could not bring Hodges in from 2B. It might not have gone that long if Brian Doyle (in 1st game at Yankee Stadium) hadn’t made 2 diving stops with the bases loaded that turned into inning-ending double plays- the last thing his teams’ mates wanted! The winning pitcher for the Yankees was Rookie Ken Clay; while Mardie Cornejo took the lost for the Mets.


1981- The Yankees traded Minor League Pitcher Tom Filer and Cash to the Cubs for MLB Catcher Barry Foote. The Yankees needed an experienced MLB Catcher since starting Catcher Rick Cerone was on the DL with a broken hand. Reserve Catchers Johnny Oates and Dennis Werth were not up to the task of playing on a regular basis. Foote had hit .233 in 630 MLB games with the Expos, Cubs and the Phillies. He would hit .191 with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs in 57 games for the 1981-1982 Yankees. Tom Filer was a Yankee Minor League Pitcher who had been drafted by Oakland in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but he was returned to the Yankees during their 1981 MLB spring training camp. At the time of the trade, he was pitching for the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). The Cubs would assign him to their AAA team, the Iowa Cubs (AA).


1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Shawn Kelly (2013-2014) was born.


Shawn Kelley was selected by the Mariners in the 13th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Kelley made his MLB Pitching debut with the Mariners in 2009. With the Mariners, he went 10-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 120 games. On February 13, 2013, he was traded to the Yankees for Minor League OF Abraham Almonte. He appeared in 57 games for the 2013 Yankees, going 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA. He struck out 71 batters in 53 1/3 innings, a very positive sign for a Short Reliever. When the great Closer Mariano Rivera retired after the 2013 MLB season, it set off a chain of events that found Kelley as the Yankees' 8th-inning set-up man at the start of 2014 AL season, with David Robertson, who had been Rivera's understudy for a number of seasons, taking over as the team’s Closer. However, Robertson suffered a pulled groin muscle barely a week into the season, Kelley suddenly found himself as a Closer for the 1st time of his MLB Pitching career. He recorded his 1st MLB career save on April 7th, preserving a 4-2 win over the Orioles. Things did not go as smoothly in his next opportunity, though, as he gave up 4 straight singles to the Orioles in the 9th inning, turning a 4-3 Yankees lead into a 5-4 loss. He finished the 2014 AL season with a 3-6 mark with a 4.53 ERA and 4 saves, while appearing in 59 games. On December 29, 2014, Kelly was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for Minor League P Johnny Barbato.


1992- Current Yankees OF/DH Aaron Judge (2017-2021) was born.


Outfielder/DH Aaron Judge was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He did not sign with the A’s, opting to attend Fresno State University instead. The Yankees selected Aaron in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He signed shortly before the deadline for a $1.8 million bonus. In 2014, Judge played for Tampa (FSL) and Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), appearing in a total of 131 games, while hitting .308 with 17 HRs and 78 RBIs. He started out the 2015 season with AA Trenton Thunder (EL), and once again at the halfway point of the season he earned a promotion, this time to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). His numbers were not as glowing as in his1st season, but were still good: a BA of .255 in 124 games, with 26 doubles and 20 HRs, 63 runs and 72 RBIs. His numbers were brought down by a .224 BA at Scranton, where pitchers began to pitch him off-speed pitches at the corner of the strike zone, after challenging him unsuccessfully with mostly fastballs until then. In 2016, he began the season back at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit much better, putting up a .270 BA in 93 games and displaying excellent power with 18 doubles and 19 HRs. It was his luck that the Yankees were now undertaking a youth movement by getting rid of some of their older players, and the day after former superstar Alex Rodriguez played his last game in Yankees pinstripes, he was called up to the Show, making his MLB player debut in RF and batting 8th against the Tampa Bay at New Yankee Stadium. Batting ahead of him was his Scranton teammate, Tyler Austin, who was playing 1B, and he got his MLB ledger started by hitting a HR off of Rays P Matt Andriese to open the score in the 2nd; not to be outdone, Aaron followed with a HR of his own, a monster shot that went an estimated 476 FT to dead center, one of the longest ever hit at the Stadium. It was the 1st time 2 teammates had HR in their maiden MLB at-bat in the same game, never mind back-to-back. He then added another hit and run to finish 2 for 4 as the Yankees cruised to an 8-4 win. He hit another HR in his 2nd game the next day to become only the 2nd player in Yankees history to HR in his 1st 2 games, after OF Joe Lefebvre (1980). In 27 games, he hit only .179 with 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats. He hit 2 more HR’s, after his opening burst to finish with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs with a .179 BA. On September 13th, he was removed from a game against the  Dodgers with a right oblique strain, ending his 2016 AL season. In 2017, he was the Opening Day RF for the Yankees. He drove in the team's 1st run of the season with a double off of Rays Starter Chris Archer in the 2nd inning on April 2nd. He was voted the 2017 AL Rookie of Year, he played in 155 games, while hitting .284 with 52 HRs and 114 RBIs. He was named to the 2017-2018 AL All-Star teams. His 2018 AL season was marred by mid-season injuries, Judge only appeared in 112 games, while hitting .278 with 27 HRs and 67 RBIs. In 2019, Aaron was slowed down by injuries again, appearing in only 102 games for the team. He hit .272 with 27 HR and 55 RBIs. In the 2019 AL Postseason, Judge hit .264 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs. here were more injury worries in spring training in 2020, after he complained of nagging discomfort early on, before medical tests finally discovered he had a stress fracture in 1 rib, an injury likely dating back to the previous season. He was prescribed rest, although if that did not work, the next option was to have the rib surgically removed. For him, the forced suspension of baseball's activities due to the Coronavirus Pandemic came at an opportune time, as it allowed him to take extended rest to take care of the problem. He was thus in the starting lineup when the 2020 60-game season finally started on July 23rd. He went on a tear shortly after that, homering in 5 straight games starting on July 29th, including a pair of long balls against the Red Sox on August 2nd; the 2nd of these was a 2-run shot off of Matt Barnes in the bottom of the 8th that broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Yanks a 9-7 win. Not coincidentally, the Yankees won all 5 of these games to get off to an excellent 7-1 start. After 17 games, he was hitting .290 with 9 HRs and 20 RBIs, when he was placed on the IL with a "very mild" calf strain on August 14th. He finished the 2020 AL season , appeared in 28 games, hitting .257 with 9 HRs and 22 RBIs. In the 2020 AL post season, he hit only .127 with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs in 7 games.


1994- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB Catcher Bob Melvin. He had been released by the Red Sox. Melvin had a .234 career BA in 10 MLB seasons. He would play in 9 games for the team, going 4 for 14. On July 22,1994, when Bob came off the DL, he was put on waivers by the team. He was claimed by the Angels, who then traded him to the White Sox.


1996- Former Yankees Pitcher Milt Gaston (1924) passed away. (1896-1996)


Milt Gaston went 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1 save in 29 games for the 1924 Yankees. He had never pitched an inning in the Minor Leagues. On December 17,1924, Milt was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Bullet Joe Bush and Joe Giard to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Urban Shocker. Milt will pitch in MLB with the Yankees, Browns, Senators, Red Sox and the White Sox before retiring after the 1934 MLB season had ended. While an average MLB Pitcher, Milt Gaston had the tough luck of pitching for bad teams. He has the lowest career winning percentage (.372) of anybody with 220 or more MLB career decisions. Further, he lost 67 games more than he won: this number is also an all-time record. His MLB Pitching record was 97-164 with a 4.55 ERA in 355 games. Gaston died in 1996, shortly after turning 100. At the time, he was 1 of just 10 ex-major leaguers to live to age 100 and the only centenarian with a decade or more of MLB playing experience. His older Brother Alex was an MLB Catcher with the Giants and Red Sox; they were Boston teammates in 1929.


1997- The Yankees traded Top Minor League Prospect OF Ruben Rivera, Minor League P Rafael Medina and Cash to the Padres for Japanese Pitcher Hideki Irabu, Minor League Players: 2B Homer Bush, OF Gordon Anderson and a Player to be Named Later. On June 9th, the Padres sent OF Vernon Maxwell their #2 MLB Amateur Player Draft pick in 1996 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Rivera was the Yankees top OF Prospect, who had hit .286 in 46 games for the 1996 Yankees. He was playing for AAA Columbus (IL) getting more playing rather than sitting on the Yankees bench in the Bronx. Rafael Medina was a Class AA Pitcher, who had gone 5-8 with a 3.06 ERA with Norwich (EL) in 1996. The Yankees would send 2B Homer Bush to their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). Amerson would be assigned to one of the Yankees Class A teams for the 1997 season. Maxwell would be assigned to Class A, Oneonta Yankees (NYPL). Amerson and Maxwell never appear with the Yankees at the MLB Level. After pitching in 4 Minor League games for the Yankees, Irabu was called up to the Bronx. Hideki Irabu would go 5-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 13 games for the 1997 Yankees.


1998- Former Yankees Team President and General Manager, MLB Executive Gabe Paul (1973-1977) passed away. (1910-1998)


Former Indians General Manager Gabe Paul came to the Yankees in 1973 as part of a group of investors, who bought the team from CBS Inc. Paul had been the MLB General Manager with the Reds and Indians before joining the Yankees in 1973. He was given the position of Team President and General Manager, when Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner fired current Yankees President Michael Burke. Gabe Paul helped rebuild the team through a series of great trades that gave the Yankees championship teams with players like Lou Piniella, Chris Chambliss, Mickey Rivers, Ed Figueroa, Bucky Dent and others. He was against the hiring of Billy Martin as Yankees Manager, but the Yankees owner over ruled him. George’s constant interference with team personnel decisions caused Gabe Paul leave the Yankees front office after their 1977 World Series victory over the Dodgers to go back to the Indians working their front office. Then the Yankees hired former Indians Baseball Executive Al Rosen to replace Gabe Paul as Team President and General Manager in 1978. Gabe Paul will continue to work in the Indians front office as President and Team Minority Owner. Gabe Paul had started in baseball while in his teens. The AA Rochester Red Wings(IL) were run by Warren Giles, Paul impressed Giles enough to be hired as a general handy man. He started writing publicity releases for the team, then he learned front office detail and concessions. When Giles left to become the GM of the Reds, Paul followed him to be the Reds' Publicity Chief, replacing Gene Karst (who was the 1st "publicity man" in the MLB, with the 1931 Cardinals. Paul became Giles' 1st assistant and remained with the Reds when Giles left to become NL President in 1951. Gabe was  the Vice President and General Manager of the Indians until 1960, when he left to become GM of the new NL Expansion team, the Houston Colt 45's. Paul didn't stay long enough to see Houston field a team, as he moved to the Indians in 1961, serving as GM until 1973. In 1963, he was part of a group that bought the Indians, and added the job titles of President and Treasurer. In 1966, he sold his team stock to Vernon Stouffer. He was replaced as GM in Cleveland by his longtime "second banana" Phil Seghi.


2005- At Yankee Stadium, 3B Alex Rodriguez slugs his way to the best performance of his MLB playing career, hitting 3 HRs in his 1st 3 at-bats off of Angels Starter Bartolo Colón. The Yankees win the game by a score of 12-4, as Rodriguez becomes only the 11th player in MLB history to collect 10 or more RBIs in a game. He is 1 RBI shy of the AL record of 11 set in 1936 by former Yankees Hall Of Fame INF Tony Lazzeriand 2 short of the MLB mark of 12 shared by Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993), both of them were playing for the Cardinals, when they made their MLB record.


2006- At Yankee Stadium, the Devil Rays beat the Yankees by the score of 4-2 despite setting a team record of walking 14 Yankee batters.


2009- The Red Sox completes a 3-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Yankees for Boston's 10th consecutive victory. Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury pulls off a straight steal of home against Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte in the 5th inning in the game's key play. Red Sox Starter Justin Masterson has now won both of his starts in place of the injured Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.


2012- Yankees Catcher Francisco Cervelli has a fracture in his right hand that will require surgery, he will miss a minimum of 6 weeks of the 2012 AL season. Cervelli was hurt in the 1st inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, when a foul ball off the bat of Blue Jays DH Rajai Davis hit him in his bare throwing hand. After a consultation with the trainers, he was removed from the game and taken for X-Rays that confirmed the fracture. Entering play Friday, Cervelli was hitting .269 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs in 16 games. He had earned the bulk of the playing time in a timeshare with Reserve Catcher Chris Stewart. When Cervelli is officially placed on the DL, the Yankees will likely summon top catching prospect Austin Romine from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL) to replace him; Romine, who was hitting .341 entering Friday, was removed from the RailRiders’ AAA game against the Columbus Clippers on Friday night in the midst of the top of the 3rd inning after the team had learned of Cervelli’s injury.


2012- The injury-plagued Yankees lose 2 more players, but they continue to win. First, Catcher Francisco Cervelli breaks his right hand when hit by a foul tip off of Blue Jay’s Rajai Davis's bat on the 5h pitch of the game, then Bronx Starter Ivan Nova has to leave after 2 innings with pain in his right elbow. David Phelpssteps in ably, giving 1 run in 4 innings of work, while striking out 9 Toronto batters, as the Yankees defeat the Blue Jays by the score of 6-4. Cervelli's replacement, Chris Stewart, pitches in by throwing out a pair of Blue Jays’ base runners in steal attempts.


April 27th


1894- Former Yankees Reserve C/1B Bob Williams (1911-1914) was born. (1894-1962)


Reserve C/1B Bob Williams hit .164 with No HRs and 11 RBIs in 46 games for the 1911-1914 Yankees.


1903- The Highlanders suffer the 1st shutout loss in their team history in a 6-0 loss to the Philadelphia A’s.


1916- Future Hall Of Fame Yankees and Cardinals OF Enos “Country” Slaughter (1954-1955,1956-1959) was born. (1916-2002)


On April 11,1954, veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter was traded by the Cardinals to the Yankees for 3 Minor League players: OF Bill Virdon, Pitcher Mel Wright and INF Emil Tellinger. His 1st tour with the Yankees was unsuccessful, just hitting .248 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. in 69 games. On May 11,1955, he was traded by the Yankees along with veteran P Johnny Sain to Kansas City for P Sonny Dixon and Cash. On August 25,1956, Enos was selected off waivers by the Yankees from KC A’s for $50,000 Cash. With his trade with the A’s, the Yankees released veteran All-Star Shortstop Phil Rizzuto on Old Timer’s Day 1956. Enos would finish the 1956 AL season with a .289 BA with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 24 games for the team. He hit .350 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs in 6 games of the 1956 World Series for the Yankees. Enos performed better for the team with his 2nd tour before fading during the 1959 AL season and being sold to the Braves to finish his long MLB playing career; which had started with the Cardinals in 1938. As a Yankees player, Enos appeared in 350 games, while hitting .253 with 16 HRs and 98 RBIs. During his long MLB playing career, Slaughter appeared in the World Series with the 1942, 1946 Cardinals and the 1956-1958 Yankees, while hitting .291 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs in 27 games. In 1985, Enos was elected to the Hall of Fame.


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


Before the start of the 1947 AL season, Kite Thomas was signed as an Amateur Free Agent by Yankees MLB Scout Lee MacPhail. He broke into Organized Baseball at age 23 with the Joplin Miners (WA). That winter, he played guard (and refereed some) for Kansas City in the Professional Basketball League of America. He played for the 1948 Quincy Gems (3-I League), where he led the league with 99 RBIs. Then Kite was with the 1949-1950 Beaumont Roughnecks (TL). He saw action with the 1949,1951 AA Kansas City Blues (AA). On November 19,1951, he was selected by the Philadelphia A’s 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 team during the 1952-1953 AL seasons. On June 30,1953, Kite was selected off waivers by the Senators from the A’s. He also played for the Nats in 1953, including his final MLB game on September 27th at age 30. On March 27,1954, Kite was traded by the Senators to the White Sox for OF Tom Wright. He returned to the Minor Leagues, playing for the Memphis Chickashaws (SA) that season, ending his active-playing career at age 31. His best season in the MLB was in 1952 with the Senators, when he had 29 hits, 24 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HRs and 18 RBIs, while hitting .250 in 75 games. In 1950, his best season in the Minor Leagues was with Beaumont (TL), when he had 156 hits, 109 runs, 42 doubles, 8 triples, 16 HRs and 111 RBIs, while hitting .283 in 149 games. Overall, in the MLB, he had 52 hits, 35 runs, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs and No stolen bases, while hitting .233 in 137 games. 


1935- The Yankees turn a 1st inning triple play during a 9-8 victory over the A’s. Philadelphia had runners on 1B and 2B, when A’s Slugger Jimmy Foxx lined out to 2B Tony Lazzeri, who fired to 1B Lou Gehrig, who then threw to Shortstop Frank Crosetti, who was covering 2B. Also, the Yankees turned a game ending double play in the 9th inning, when  the A’s had the bases loaded.


1947- “Babe Ruth Day” is celebrated in every baseball park in the United States and Japan.


1947- “Babe Ruth Day” is held at Yankee Stadium drew a crowd of more than 58,000 fans to honor the ailing Yankees Hall of Fame baseball star suffering from Throat Cancer. In the game, Senators Starter Sid Hudson out-duels Yankees Starter Spud Chandler winning the game by a score of 1-0.


1957- Former Yankees Minor League player OF/1B Willie Upshaw was born.


In 1975, 1B/OF Willie Upshaw was signed as an 5th Round Draft Pick in MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was lost in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft in winter of 1977, when the new AL Eastern Division Expansion Team, the Toronto Blue Jays selected him. In 1977, Willie had played with the Yankees Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL), then he was promoted to the AA West Haven Yankees (EL).


1965- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Macdonald (1995) was born.


On February 15,1995, P Bob Macdonald was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He went 1-1 with a 4.86 ERA in 33 games, while working out of the bullpen for the 1995 Yankees. On October 16,1995, Bob was released by the team. He would join the Mets for the 1996 NL season


1977- The Yankees obtained veteran MLB Starter Mike Torrez from Oakland for veteran Starter Dock Ellis, Reserve INF Marty Perez and Reserve OF Larry Murray. Doc Ellis had a salary dispute with the Yankees Front Office. Ellis had gone 17-8 with a 3.19 ERA in 32 games for the 1976 Yankees. He had a 1-1 record with a 1.83 ERA for the team at the time of the trade was made. Reserve INF Marty Perez had been obtained by the Yankees in a trade with the Giants, who received young reserve OF Terry Whitfield. He had appeared in 1 game for the team. Reserve OF Larry Murray had appeared in 20 games for the 1974-1976 Yankees. He was hitting .310 for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), when the trade was made. Mike Torrez started the season with the A’s, posting a 3-1 record with a 4.44 ERA in 4 games, Mike would go 14-12 with a 3.95 ERA with 15 complete games and 2 shutouts in 31 games for the 1977 Yankees. He would win 2 games in the 1977 World Series for the Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency and signing with the rival Red Sox. He would give up Bucky Dent’s winning HR in the 1978 AL Play-Off Game at Fenway Park.


1982- Former Yankees Catcher Truck Hannah (1918-1920) passed away. (1889-1982)


Catcher Truck Hannah was a pro baseball player for an amazing 30 seasons, playing in 2,267 games. In the MLB, he caught for the 1918-1920 Yankees, getting over 200 at-bats each season. Hannah appeared in a total of 244 games for the 1918-1922 Yankees, while hitting .235 with 5 HRs and 66 RBIs. On January 28,1921, the Yankees sent Catcher Truck Hannah, OF Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to AA Vernon (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made in September,1920; the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later and OF Howie Camp to AA Vernon (PCL) for INF Johnny Mitchell. Later, Truck became a Minor League Manager, spending time in the Pacific Coast League. He is a member of the PCL Hall of Fame. 


2010- With a 3-16 team record coming into the game, the Orioles win at home for the 1st time this 2010 AL season beating the Yankees by the score of 5-4. It's hard slogging, though as the Yankees score 2 unearned runs in the 9th inning as Orioles Reliever Alfredo Simon records the 1st save of his MLB Pitching career in his 1st appearance since reconstructive elbow surgery last May. Alberto Castillo is the winner in relief. The Orioles now have a 2-game winning streak, but their team record is still 4 games worse than any other team in the MLB.


2012- Former Yankees All Star 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron (1954-1962) passes away. (1930-2012)


In 1951, the Yankees signed William “Moose” Skowron as an MLB Amateur Free agent. He had been a College Baseball and Football star at Purdue University. He spent the majority of his 1st pro season with the Norfolk Tars(PL); Bill led the League with a .334 average. He had an even better season in 1952, hitting .341 for the AAA Kansas City Blues(AA) leading the league with 31 HRs and 134 RBIs. ‘Moose” was named the 1952 Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Nonetheless, Bill was back in the Minor Leagues, playing with the Blues again in 1953. In 1953 off-season, the Yankees were faced with a decision of which young Minor League 1B prospect to keep, Vic Power or Bill Skowron. Power was a young flashy Black player, who had won the 1953 American Association Batting Title. Yankees GM George Weiss didn’t want him to be the 1st MLB Black Yankees player; OF/C Elston Howard was going to be selected by Weiss for that honor. So, he traded Vic Power to the Philadelphia A’s. Bill would make the 1954 Yankees MLB squad. Bill hit .296 during his 12 seasons playing with the Bronx Bombers, while hitting 156 HRs with 672 RBI's. In 1958, he led the AL 1B in fielding. He was named to the AL All-Star teams in 1957-1961. He appeared in 7 World Series with the Yankees (1955-1958,1960-1962) and 1 with the 1963 Dodgers. He batted .293 with 8 HRs and 29 RBIs in 39 World Series games. During the winter of 1962, Bill was traded to the Dodgers for veteran Starter Stan Williams. He hit just .203 in 89 games for the 1963 Dodgers, but he made up for it to some extent by hitting .385 with a HR in the 1963 World Series as the Dodgers sweep over the Yankees in 4 games. Later, he would return to the AL playing for the Senators, White Sox and the Angels before retiring as an active player after the 1967 AL season had ended. Overall, Bill Skowron had MLB playing career BA of .282 with 211 HRs and 888 RBIs. After his MLB playing career ended in 1967, Bill worked with the Chicago White Sox Community Relations Department. He was a very popular player with the Yankees fans on Old Timer’s Day games, showing off with his 1950’s style crewcut along with his former Yankees teammate OF Hank Bauer.


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April 28th


1916- Former Yankees Reserve OF Michael “Shotgun” Chartak (1940,1942)) was born. (1916-1967)


Outfielder Michael “Shotgun” Chartak played for the Yankees, Senators and the Browns in 1940 and from 1942 to 1944. As a Reserve OF for the 1940 and 1942 Yankees, Mike appeared in only 16 games, while hitting only .100. On May 10,1942, Mike was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees. He had 10 HRs in both 1942 and 1943, each season in which he had around 390 at-bats. In the 1944 World Series, he was a Pinch-Hitter for the St. Louis Browns in Games 5 and 6. Chartak was an outfielder on the Yankees AA team, the 1938 Newark Bears (IL), one of the great Minor League teams with a season record of 104-48. During the 7 seasons in the Minor Leagues, he posted a BA of .306 with a slugging percentage of .509. The book “As Good As it Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns has a photo of him, and says he was working at a war plant job until May of 1944, when he joined the Browns to play fulltime. In April 1945, it was discovered that he had Tuberculosis in his left lung, he stopped playing baseball. Doctors discovered spots on Chartak's lungs during a pre-induction military examination. Mike had Tuberculosis; he was sent to a sanatorium. Over the next 23 years, Chartak spent the majority of his time in sanatoriums. On July 25,1967, Michael died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis at a sanatorium in Oakdale, Iowa.


1918- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1947-1949) and MLB Manager Charlie Metro (1970) was born. (1918-2011)


Charlie Metro played briefly in the MLB with the Tigers and the A’s. Charlie was a Yankees Minor League Manager with the 1947 Bisbee Yanks (Az-Tx L) and the 1948-1949 Twin Falls Cowboys (PL). Then Charlie moved to the Cardinals organization. He would manage in the Minor Leagues until 1961. In 1962, he returned to MLB working for the Cubs. Later in 1968, he would join the new AL Expansion team, the Kansas City Royals. He would manage the Royals in 1970, replacing original Royals Manager Joe Gordon. Charlie would work for several other MLB organizations as an MLB Scout and Talent Evaluator, until his retirement from MLB in 1984.


1925- Former Yankees Pitcher Clarence “Cuddles” Marshall (1946,1948-1949) was born. (1925-2007)


Clarence Marshall had started pitching for the AA Seattle Rainers (PCL) right out of high school. On December 9,1944, he was traded by the Rainers to the Yankees for MLB P Johnny Babich and Minor League P Richard Hearn. In 1946 as a Yankees Rookie hurler, he went 3-4 with a 5.33 ERA in 23 games. He spent the next 2 seasons in the Minors, briefly appearing in 1 game with the team in 1948 with no decision. Returning to the Bronx in 1949, Marshall went 3-0 with a 5.11 ERA and 3 saves in 21 games. He made a total of 19 relief appearances for the team. Perhaps his finest hour came in a game against the Red Sox, when he came in out of the Yankees bullpen, pitching 4 shutout innings to help defeat the Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Overall, he went 6-4 with a 5.21 ERA and 3 saves in 45 games for the Yankees. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers. On May 15,1950, he was purchased by the Browns from the Yankees. Clarence spent his final MLB Pitching season with the Browns posting a 1-3 record with 7.88 ERA in 28 games. Marshall closed out his MLB 4 season pitching career run with a 7-7 record with a 5.98 ERA in 73 games. He was only 25 years old. In 1951-1952, he was called up for military service for the Korean War. He pitched in the Minor Leagues going 2-4 for 3 teams, before retiring from baseball in 1953. His overall Minor League pitching record was a 42-29 with a 5.15 ERA in 128 games. 


1930- Former Yankees Pitcher Thomas “Snake” Sturdivant (1955-1959) was born. (1930-2009)


In 1948, the Yankees signed Tom Sturdivant as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was originally signed an INF with strong arm, but he had a very weak bat. He switched to pitching on the advice by Yankees veteran Starter Allie Reynolds. His best Yankees pitching career seasons were in 1956-1957. Tom posted a 16-8 record with a 3.30 ERA in 32 games with a win against the Dodgers in 1956 World Series. In 1957, Tom went 16-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 28 games for the Yankees. In 1958, he battled with arm injuries, only going 3-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 games. On May 26,1959, Tommy was traded by the Yankees along with P Johnny Kucks and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe to the KC for P Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez. He had a 0-2 record with a 4.97 ERA in 7 games for the 1959 Yankees. Tom would finish the 1959 AL season with the A’s, while posting a 2-6 record with 4.65 ERA in 36 games. Later, he went on to pitch for the Red Sox, the AL Expansion Team, the 1961 Senators, Pirates, Tigers, A’s and finishing up with Casey Stengel’s 1964 Mets appearing in 19 games with no record. Tom’s Yankees Pitching career totals were a 36-25 record with a 3.19 ERA in 105 games. He appeared in 3 World Series with the 1955-1957 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 4.34 ERA in 6 games. Overall, Tom finished his MLB Pitching career with a 59-51 record with a 3.74 ERA and 17 saves in 335 games.


1935- Former Yankees Closer Pedro “Pete” Ramos (1964-1966) was born in Cuba.


In 1953, the Senators signed P Pedro “Pete” Ramos as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1955, he would make his MLB Pitching debut with the Senators. Ramos led the AL in losses 4 consecutive seasons from 1958-1961, while pitching with the original Senators and the 1st edition of the Minnesota Twins, after the team had moved there in1961 following the 1960 AL season. A side-armer with a live, sinking fastball, Ramos won 10 or more games for 7 consecutive MLB seasons. Gifted with excellent foot speed, he was used regularly as a Pinch-Runner during his MLB playing career. He was one of Mickey Mantle’s favorite HR victims during his MLB pitching career. Ramos was named to the 1959 AL All-Star team. On April 2,1962, Ramos was traded by the Twins to the Indians for 1B Vic Power and P Dick Stigman. On September 5,1964, Pedro Ramos was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and $75,000 in cash. He went 1-0 with a 1.25 ERA with 8 saves in 13 games in September of 1964 to help the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant. Since he was obtained on September 5th, Pedro wasn’t able to pitch for the Yankees in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals. Tribe GM Gabe Paul had held up the trade so that Pedro couldn’t pitch in the 1964 World Series for the Yankees with Yankees GM Ralph Houk until the August 31st MLB trade deadline had passed. The Yankees would send veteran P Ralph Terry to the Tribe on October 21,1964. On November 27,1964, veteran P Bud Daley was sent to the to the Indians to complete the trade. He had compiled 19 saves for the Yankees in 1965, while posting a 5-5 record in 65 games In 1966, he went 3-9 with a 3.61 ERA and 13 saves in 52 games but the team was headed downwards at that point. Ramos never got another chance to pitch in the MLB Post-Season. Overall, Pedro would go 9-14 with a 3.05 ERA in 130 games with 39 saves for the 1964-1966 Yankees. In another CBS, Inc. Management ordered veteran players salary dumps, Pedro was traded on December 10,1966 by the Yankees to the Phillies for P Joe Verbanic and Cash. After being cut by the Dodgers during 1970 MLB spring training camp, he played his final 4 MLB games with the 1970 Senators. He pitched in MLB from 1955-1970, with the original Senators, Twins, Indians, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Reds, Dodgers and the 1970 Senators. Overall, Pedro Ramos, who started out a Starter, then he became a successful Reliever. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 117-160 record with a 4.08 ERA in 582 games. As an MLB Reliever, he went 35-31 with 55 saves.


1943- At Fenway Park, a crowd of 3,212 fans watched the Red Sox lose to the Yankees by the score of 5-0. Yankees Starter Tiny Bonham throws a complete game shutout, picking up his 1st victory of the 1943 season. Red Sox Starter Joe Dobson takes the loss, he is now 0-2 for the season. The Yankees hitting attack was led by Catcher Bill Dickey, INF George Stirnweiss, 1B Nick Etten and OF Johnny Lindell. The Yankees are now 4-1 for the 1943 AL season.


1950- The Yankees sell OF Richard Wakefield to the White Sox as part of a deal which brought P Joe Ostrowski to the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), the Yankees top AA farm club. This touched off the great Wakefield controversy, because he refused to report to the White Sox, unless they gave him a $5,000 bonus in lieu of the 1950 World Series share that he expected to earn with the Yankees. Wakefield claimed that the Yankees had convinced him to sign for the 1950 season for $17,500, $5,000 less than he had been receiving with his 1949 club, the Tigers, by “guarantying him a World Series share.” The White Sox relying on a guarantee of their own that the Yankees cancelled the deal, they refused to return P Joe Ostrowski; nor would they pay Wakefield’s salary. The 2 teams appeal to MLB Commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler, who ruled in favor of the White Sox and cancelled the deal. On June 15,1950, the Yankees would finally obtain P Joe Ostrowski in trade with the Browns.


1953- A terrific brawl breaks out at Sportmans’ Park in St. Louis during the 10th inning of a Yankees-Browns  game. Six players are fined a total of $850, an AL record up to that date. The Yankees and a former Yankees player, now the Browns Catcher Clint “Scraps” Courtney had been carrying a personal war of his own over the past 2-seasons. Clint had been traded away by the Yankees in 1951. In the top of the 10th inning, the Yankees took the lead 7-6, when  Yank’s base-runner Gil McDougald bowled over Courtney at home plate, as he scored the go-ahead run. In retaliation, Courtney slid into Yankees Shortstop Phil Rizzuto with “spikes up” in what the Yankees viewed a deliberate attempt to injured a player, especially because Courtney was trying to stretch a single into a double, he was a dead out at 2B. Both of the team benches cleared, Umpire John Stevens suffered a dislocated collarbone, while attempting to separate the players, who were involved in the fighting. When peace was finally restored, the St. Louis fans had littered the playing field with garbage, causing a 17-minute game delay and near forfeit of the game. Browns Catcher Clint Courtney was fined $250, along with his teammate, INF Billy Hunter, who was fined $150. The following Yankee players were fined for being involved in the fighting: INF Billy Martin $150, INF Gil McDougald $100, 1B Joe Collins $100 and Pitcher Allie Reynolds $100, who actually punched out Courtney, not his Yankees teammate INF Billy Martin.


1962- At Washington’s D.C. Stadium, a crowd of 9,296 fans watched a Saturday afternoon game with the Senators playing the Yankees. Bronx Starter Ralph Terry throws a complete game victory by allowing only 6 Nats hits, 3 runs and 3 strikeouts. Terry improves his 1962 pitching record to 4-1. Senators Starter Claude Osteen takes the loss, he is now 0-3 for the 1962 AL season. Yankees batters Hector Lopez and Roger Maris hit solo HR shots, while 3B Clete Boyer hits a 3-run HR for the Bombers. The Yankees are now 8-5 for the 1962 AL season.


1972- The Yankees purchased Pitcher Jim Roland from Oakland on waivers. He had a 10-season MLB pitching record of 19-16. Jim would go 0-1 with a 5.04 ERA in 16 games for the Yankees, before being traded to the Rangers for veteran Reliever Casey Cox on August 30,1972. To make room for Roland, the Yankees sent down young Reliever Alan Closter to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1980- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Porterfield (1948-1951) passes away. (1923-1980).


In 1946, the Yankees originally signed P Bob Porterfield. He had posted a 17-9 record with the 1947 Norfolk Tars (PL). In 1948 with the AA Newark Bears (IL), Bob posted 15-6 record. He led the International League with 2.17 ERA. At the age of 24, he made his MLB Pitching debut in the Bronx on August 8,1948. He showed some promise in his rookie season, by going 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 78 innings of work. Although he walked 34 and struck out only 30 batters, he threw only 1 wild pitch in that time, so his control must not have been too much of a concern. He spent the next couple seasons with the Yankees, never playing a full season with them. He spent parts of the 1951-1952 seasons with the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). Bob Porterfield had an overall 8-11 record with Yankees, while trying to pitch with back problems. On June 15,1951, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with Reliever Tom Ferrick and Starter Fred Sanford to the Senators for veteran hurler Bob “Sarge” Kuzava. He would bounce back from back troubles with the Senators winning 13, 22, 13 and 10 games each AL season, after being traded away by the Yankees. His trade was a rare Yankees mistake by GM George Weiss. In 1952, he posted a mediocre 13-14 record for the Nats, but he did post a solid 2.72 ERA, which was good for 7th in the AL. In 1953, he led the AL with 22 wins. Bob was 10th in the AL with a 3.35 ERA. He was 7th in the AL in MVP Award voting. Bob was named the "The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.” He led the AL with 24 complete games and 9 shutouts, also he was also involved in a triple play on May 22nd. He threw two 1-hitters in 1953. Oddly, he did not get selected to the 1953 AL All-Star game. In fact, 1954 was the season he went to the MLB All-Star game. He posted a mediocre 13-15 record, leading the AL Pitchers in hits allowed with 249. He did lead the AL in complete games with 21, but obviously 1953 was far more All-Star worthy than 1954. In his appearance in the 1954 MLB All-Star Game, he allowed a HR to Reds slugger Ted Kluszewski. After his 3 successful seasons in which he averaged a record of 15-13 and he had posted a cumulative 3.14 ERA, his MLB pitching career quickly spiraled downward. His 10-17 pitching record with a 4.45 ERA in 1955, prompted the Senators to trade him to the Red Sox on November 8,1955. His pitching performance did not improve while with Boston. In fact, in just over 2 seasons with the team, he posted a 7-16 record with a 4.65 ERA. After pitching only 2 games with the 1958 Red Sox, the Pirates purchased him. He actually did fairly well with the Pirates in 1958, in 37 appearances (only 6 starts), he posted a less-than-stellar 4-6 record, but his ERA was a solid 3.29. He also surrenders only 78 hits in 87+ innings with the Bucs. He started off the 1959 NL season with the Pirates, pitching 6 games with them, posting a small ERA of 1.69. Nevertheless, the Pirates released him, and then Cubs picked him up, he pitched 4 games, posting an 11.37 ERA in that time. The Pirates then selected him off waivers from the Cubs. This 2nd tour with the Bucs wasn't so successful. In 30 relief appearances, he posted a 1-2 record with a 4.75 ERA. He played his MLB final game on September 9,1959. He was released 2 days after the 1959 NL season had ended. Overall, Porterfield had posted an 87-97 MLB Pitching career record with a 3.79 ERA in 318 games in 1,567+ innings of work. He would pitch in the Senators-Twins Minor League system at AAA level in 1960-1961, before retiring from baseball.


1985- The Yankees hired former Manager Billy Martin as their skipper for a 4th time. The fiery Martin, one of George Steinbrenner's favorite managers, replaces Yankees fans favorite Yogi Berra, who is fired after only 16 games into the 1985 AL season. George had promised that Yogi would be the Yankees Manager for the entire 1985 AL season. The reaction by the fans and media was very negative; the Yankee players felt that it was their fault for the team’s poor playing performance, not Yogi’s managing efforts. Yogi Berra will stay away from Yankees organization for many years because of George’s action. He will become an MLB Coach for the Astros. One of the lowest points of the 1980’s lost decade marred by George’s poor baseball management decisions. Yogi Berra would stay away from the Yankees for over a decade, before the 2 men reached an agreement, which included a huge donation by George to Berra’s Baseball Museum in Montclair, NJ


1989- At a Friday night game at Yankee Stadiuma crowd of 26, 984 fans watched Yankees LF Rickey Henderson set a MLB record, when he led off a game with a HR for the 36th time in his MLB player career, breaking a tie with former MLB All-Star OF Bobby Bonds. The White Sox Starter Shawn Hillegas gives up the HR, plus 2 more Yankee runs in the game, as the Bronx Bombers beat the White Sox by the score of 3-1. Yankees Starter Andy Hawkins gets the win, he is now 3-2 for the season, while Closer Dave Righetti picks up his 4th save of the season. Chicago Slugger Harold Baines hits a solo HR for the White Sox’s only run of the game.


1990- The Yankees traded OF Luis Polonia to the Angels for OF Claudell Washington and Pitcher Rich Monteleone. Luis had hit .313 in 66 games for the Yankees in 1989. Washington was happy to return to the Bronx. He only hit .162 in 33 games for the team, he was dealing with a hand injury. Rich Monteleone went 2-2 in 24 games for the 1989 Angels. The Yankees would send him to their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). He would be a Reliever for the AAA Clippers.


1996- Former Yankees Minor League P Al Hollingsworth passed away. (1908-1996)


On July 13,1939, P Al Hollingsworth was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for INF Roy Hughes, who was playing for the AA Newark Bears (IL).  Roy had been obtained by the Yankees from the Browns on June 13,1939 for OF Joe Gallagher. Al never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent down to the AA Newark Bears (IL), where he appeared in 8 games, while posting a 1-2 record with a 6.88 ERA. On August 12,1939, Al was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees. With the 1939 Dodgers, he went 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA in 8 games. Al would finish his MLB Pitching career with a 70-104 record with a 3.99 ERA and 15 saves in 315 games. Later, he would become a Minor league Manager for the Cardinals and Indians organizations.


2001- Current Yankees Minor League Shortstop Anthony Volpe was born.


Shortstop Anthony Volpe was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (30th) of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ). He was assigned to the 2019 Pulaski Yankees (AL). Volpe appeared in 34 games for the team, while hitting .215 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. In 2020, he did not play Minor League baseball due to the season being cancel for the Coronavirus Pandemic. He has received an invitation to the Yankees 2020-2021 MLB Spring Training Camps.


2006- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Howe (1991-1996) passes away from injuries suffered in an auto accident. (1958-2006) 


In 1991, the Yankees had signed the former Dodgers Reliever Steve Howe as an MLB Free Agent. Steve went 18-10 with a 3.57 ERA and 31 saves in 229 games as a Yankees Relief Pitcher from 1991-1996. Howe had pitched in the MLB for 12 seasons finishing with a 47-41 record with a 3.30 ERA in 497 games with 91 games. He appeared in the 1981 World Series with the Dodgers against the Yankees. He went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 3 games. He appeared in 2 games with no decisions in the 1995 ALCS with the Yankees. Steve had pitched for the Dodgers, Twins, Rangers and the Yankees during his MLB Pitching career. 


2007- Former Yankees Reserve OF Archie Wilson (1951-1952) passed away. (1923-2007)


In 1947, the Yankees had signed OF Archie Wilson, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had served in the military during World War II. Then he attended Univ. of Ca. for 3 years. Archie won the 1951 International League MVP Award, after hitting .316 with 28 HRs with 112 RBIs for the AA Buffalo Bisons. Archie only played in 7 games, while hitting just .162 for the 1951-1952 Yankees. On May 3,1952, Wilson was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jackie Jensen, P Spec Shea and INF Jerry Snyder to the Senators for Outfielders Irv Noren and Tom Upton. On June 9,1952, he was traded by the Senators to the Red Sox for OF Ken Wood. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1952 Red Sox. Overall, Archie Wilson appeared in 57 MLB games, while hitting .221. He would play at the AAA level in the Minor Leagues for the next 10 seasons. He finished his active playing career in the Minor Leagues in 1960 at the age of 36 with a Minor League record of hitting at a .303 BA along with 194 HRs, while appearing in 1,734 games. Later, he managed in the Minor Leagues from 1961-1963.


2013- The Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the Blue Jays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium. All 4 Bronx Bomber wins are come-from-behind, with today's being highlighted by a 2-run HR by Lyle Overbay in the 7th inning. Blue Jays Ace R.A. Dickey; still complaining of a stiff neck and back falls to a 2-4 record for the 2013 AL season. He will undergo an MRI to find the source of the persisting discomfort. Phil Hughes starts the game, gets a no-decision while Reliever Boone Logan gets the win, Bronx Closer Mo Rivera gets his save #9 for the season. Yankees OF Breennan Boesch hits a solo HR in the game.


2017- Trailing 9-1 against the Orioles in the 6th inning, the Yankees mount a tremendous comeback to pull off a 14-11 win. Yankees DH Matt Holiday ends the game with a 3-run walk-off HR off of Orioles Reliever Jayson Aquino in the 10thinning, the 8th HR of the game. The Yankees had tied the score in the 9th inning on Starlin Castro's 2-run HR blast off of Orioles Reliever Brad Brach. Each team hits a Grand Slam HR with Mark Trumbo doing so for the O's, while CF Jacoby Ellsbury hits one for the Yankees. For his part, Yankees Rookie OF Aaron Judge goes deep twice for the Bronx Bombers, while Manny Machado and Welington Castillo reply for Baltimore. The 2 teams are now tied for the lead in the AL East at 14-7 records, but the Orioles will quickly sink in the standings to finish in last place in the AL Eastern Division.


April 29th


1879- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Noodles” Hahn (1906) was born. (1879-1960)


In November of 1905, P Frank “Noodles’ Hahn was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Highlanders. He had pitched for the Reds from 1899-1905, while posting a 127-92 record with a 2.52 ERA in 237 games. Hahn posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in 6 games for the 1906 Yankees in his last active season in MLB. 


1883- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Rube” Manning (1907-1910) was born. (1883-1930)


On July 18,1907, Rube Manning was purchased by the Yankees from Williamsport (Tri-State League).  Rube had posted 21-17 and 16-9 records for the 1906-1907 seasons for Williamsport. Walter "Rube" Manning pitched 4 seasons for the 1907-1910 Highlanders. He never had a winning record, but then the team was under .500 in 1907-1909. In particular, when Manning went 13-16 in 1908, the team was 51-103. His final Yankees Pitching record was a 22-23 record with a 3.14 ERA in 84 games. On August 24, 1910, Rube was purchased by AA Rochester (EL) from the Yankees. Manning will pitch in the Minor Leagues until 1917, finishing with a 127-95 record in 246 games.


1888- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ernie Johnson (1923-1925) was born. (1888-1952)


On May 31,1923, INF Ernie Johnson was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the White Sox. He appeared in 159 games for the Yankees as a Reserve INF.  He appeared in the 1923 World Series against the Giants. On October 28,1925, the Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to complete an earlier deal made on May 29,1925. On May 29,1925, the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later, C Fred Hofmann, 1B/P/PH Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash to St. Paul Saints (AA) for INF Mark Koenig. As a Minor League Manager, Ernie Johnson managed in the PCL with the 1920 Salt Lake City Bees, 1926-1928 Portland Beavers and the 1929-1932 Seattle Indians. Then he was an MLB Scout for the Red Sox from 1933 until his passing in 1952. Ernie’s son Don played in the MLB with the 1943-1948 Cubs, as a 2B.


1906- The Yankees acquired OF Danny Hoffman from Philadelphia for the MLB player contract rights to OF Dave Fultz. He had retired after the 1905 AL season to practice Law.  The A’s Manager Connie Mack was unable to lure Fultz back to playing again. Danny Hoffman had hit .261 for the 1905 A’s and lead the AL in stolen bases with 46. With the 1906 Yankees, Danny would hit .256 with No HRs with 23 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 100 games.


1914- Former Yankees Pitcher Marv Breuer (1939-1943) was born. (1914-1991)


Pitcher Marv Breuer made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on May 4,1939, appearing in 1 game with no decisions. He spent the rest of the 1939 season with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) He led the league with a 2.28 ERA helping his team to the league championship with a 17-6 record. Marv spent the next 4 seasons (1940-1943) back with the Bronx Bombers, building a 25-26 record with a 4.03 ERA in 86 games. His best year came in 1941, when he went 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 games. His final game with the Yankees and in pro baseball came on August 28,1943. He did appear in 2 World Series with the Yankees (1941-1942) pitching in 2 games with no record. During his 6-season Minor League run, Breuer had 4 double-digit winning seasons. The 1st came in 1935 with the Class C Joplin Miners (WA), when he went 14-14 for a last-place team. In 1936, Marv threw an 18-9 record in the Class A New York-Penn League that helped his team, the Binghamton Triplets to the League Championship. He went 12-12 for the 2nd-place 1938 AA Kansas City Blues, helping his club to the American Association playoff Title and then he topped this off with the above-mentioned 17-6 record in 1939. After the 1943 AL season, Marv Breuer left pro baseball with a 75-69 Minor League record in 196 games. His Yankees career pitching stats show a 25-26 record with a 4.03 ERA and 3 saves in 86 games. In 1935, Breuer had received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After his pro baseball career was over, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 31 years, before retiring in 1976.


1923- The Yankees signed 20-year-old College Baseball prospect 1B Lou Gehrig to a contract paying him a salary of $2,000 and a signing bonus of $1,500. Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell had watched the Columbia University baseball star blast a 450-foot HR against rival  NYU, 1 day earlier.


1929- Former Yankees Pitcher Mickey McDermott (1956) was born. (1929-2003)


In 1946, Mickey McDermott went 16-6 with a 3.29 ERA for the Scranton Red Sox; he threw 2 no-hitters during the course of the season (including 1 in the playoffs). He reached the MLB with the Red Sox in 1948, appearing in 7 games out of the bullpen. On May 24,1949, while pitching for the AA Louisville Colonels (AA), he struck out 20 batters in a game against the St. Paul Saints. On February 8,1956, Mickey Dermott was traded by the Senators along with INF Bobby Kline to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, C Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews, OF Richard Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler. The Yankees sent Minor League OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to complete the trade. Mickey appeared in Game #2 of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, pitching 3 innings with no record. He went 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 23 games for the 1956 Yankees. On February 19,1957, he was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Pitchers Rip Coleman and Tom Morgan, Infielders Milt Graff and Billy Hunter, OF Irv Noren to the Kansas City A’s for Players to be Named later, Infielders Wayne Belardi and Jack McMahan, Pitchers Bobby Shantz and Art Ditmar. On April 5, 1957, the Yankees sent P Jack Urban to theA’s to complete the trade. On April 4th, 1957, the A’s sent INF Curt Roberts and Rookie INF Clete Boyer on June 4, 1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Overall, Mickey McDermott  had pitched 12 seasons in the MLB. His best MLB season came with the 1953 Red Sox, when he was 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA. Although a Pitcher, McDermott had an MLB BA of .252. He was used frequently as a Pinch-Hitter, getting 127 at-bats in that role. 


1933- In a strange play at home plate, Senators Catcher Luke Sewell tags out 2 Yankees runners on the same play. Lou Gehrig had held up, thinking a fly ball would be caught. Yankees base-runner Dixie Walker closes up on him; Sewell tags both Yankee runners out while trying to score.


1938- The Yankees stage their 1st Ladies Day promotion at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees nip the Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Yankees AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig singled twice and moved his consecutive-games played streak to 1,977 games.


1939- The Senators beat the Yankees by the score of 3-1. Ken Chase pitches a complete game victory for the Nats. The Senators jump on Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez for 3 runs in the 1st inning. Gomez takes the loss; he is now 1-1 for the 1939 AL season. Yankees RF Joe Gallagher knocks in the only run for the Yankees. A crowd of 11,473 fans attended the game.


1946- The Yankees sold OF Russ Derry to the Philadelphia A’s. He had a successful Minor League career in the Yankees organization. He joined the team in 1944, when the Yankees outfield stars had joined the military. In 1944-1945, he hit .234 with 17 HRs and 59 RBIs in 116 games. With the stars returning from the military in 1946, the Yankees sent him to their AA Newark Bears (IL), but he refused to report.  A’s Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack contacted the Yankees Farm Director George Weiss about a trade for Derry and they agreed to it.


1946- The Yankees released OF Tuck Stainback, another one of the Yankees Wartime Outfielders. Tuck joined the Yankees in August of 1942. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy had used him as a Reserve OF, he had hit .252 with 5 HRs and 47 RBIs in 211 games for the team. Also, he would be picked-up by the Philadelphia A’s. He would play in 91 games for the A’s, while hitting .244 with No HRs and 20 RBIs in his last active season as an MLB player.


1950- At a Saturday game played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., draws a crowd of 12,688 fans to watch the Yankees defeat the Senators by the score of 6-2. Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds throws a complete game victory. He allows just 6 Nats hits, 2 runs, while striking out 5 Nats batters. Senators Starter Ray Scarborough takes a complete game loss, allowing 10 Yankee hits and 6 runs. Joe DiMaggio leads the Bronx Bombers hitting attack with a triple that drives in 2 runs. The 1950 Yankees are now at 6-4 mark for the season.


1966- Former Yankees OF/DH Jon Vander Wal (2002) was born.


On December 13, 2001, OF Jon Vander Wal was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for Reliever Jay Witasick. John Vander Wal hit .260 with 6 HRs and 23 RBIs in 84 games for the Yankees during the 2002 AL season, before leaving the team as MLB Free Agent. He would sign with the 2003 Brewers. After retiring as an active player, John Vander Wal was an MLB Scout for the Padres. Later, he moved to the Tigers organization as a Minor League Coach with the 2018-2019 West Michigan Whitecaps.


1971- Former Yankees Pitcher Sterling Hitchcock (1992-1995, 2002-2003) was born.


Sterling Hitchcock was selected in the 9th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He went 16-16 for the 1992-1995 Yankees in 59 games. In 1995, he went 11-10 with a 4.70 ERA with 4 complete games for the Yankees. The Yankees front office felt that he wasn’t going to be a big game pitcher, they decided to keep Andy Pettitte instead, who went 12-9 in 1995. On December 7,1995, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Russ Davis to the Mariners for 1B Tino Martinez, Pitchers Jim Mecir and Jeff Nelson. On July 30, 2001, Hitchcock was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for MLB hurler Brett Jodie and Minor League P Darren Blakely. He signed as an MLB Free Agent in 2001, he stayed with the team until August 22, 2003, when he was traded to the Cardinals for 2 Minor Leaguer Pitchers: Justin Pope and Ben Julinard. In his last stint with the Yankees, he had posted a 6-9 record. Overall, as a Yankees hurler Sterling went 22-24 with a 5.15 ERA and 2 saves in 116 games. As an MLB Pitcher, he finished his Pitching career by posting a 77-76 record with a 4.80 ERA and 3 saves in 281 games. He had appeared in the 1998 World Series with the Padres against the Yankees. In 2001, with the Yankees against the Diamondbacks, he appeared in 2 games with a 1-0 record.


1975- Yankees 1B Bob Oliver sets an AL record by participating in 6 double plays in a 9-inning game.


1977- Pitcher Ron Guidry gets his 1st starting assignment of the 1977 AL season as he blanks the Mariners by a score of 3-0, with late inning relief help from Closer Sparky Lyle. Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson hits a 2-run HR. The victory pulled the Yankees into 2nd place in the AL East.


1978- Former Yankees Minor League P Tony Armas Jr. was born.


In 1994, P Tony Armas Jr. was signed an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees, but he never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On August 13,1997, Tony was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later to the Red Sox for Minor League INF Randy Brown and MLB C/DH/1B  Mike Stanley. On September 29, 1997, the Yankees sent Pitcher Jim Mecir to the Red Sox to complete the trade. Tony Armas Jr. was the son of former MLB OF Tony Armas. As an MLB Pitcher, he would go 53-65 with a 4.65 ERA in 185 games. He had pitched for the Expos, Nationals, Pirates and the Mets during his MLB playing career.


1980- The Yankees signed Reliever Doug Bird as an MLB Free Agent. On April 4,1980, Doug had been released by the Phillies. The Yankees would send him to their AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL), where he went 6-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 2 saves in 15 games. They would recall him later that season to work out of their bullpen. Doug would appear in 22 games for the 1980 Yankees, while posting a 3-0 record with 2.66 ERA and 1 save in 22 games. 


1985- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chad Huffman (2010) was born.


Chad Huffman was selected off waivers from the Padres by the Yankees at the end of 2010 MLB spring training camp. He started the year at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL) , then Chad got his 1st look at the MLB in early June, when the Yankees were hit by a rash of injuries to position players and they had to strengthen their bench. He was hitting .279 in 53 games at the time of his call-up. With the Yankees, he went 3 for 18 for a .167 BA with No HRs and 2 RBIs in 9 games. He finished out his season at  AAA Scranton hitting .274 in 104 games. On September 10, 2010, Chad was selected by the Indians on waivers from the Yankees.


1995- A Saturday afternoon game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, a crowd of 14,321 fans watched the Yankees defeat the Royals by the score of 10-3. Yankees Starter Melido Perez picks up the win with help from the Yankees bullpen. The Yankees score 5 runs in the last 2 innings of the game to widen their lead to the final 10-3 score. Royals Starter Tom Gordon takes the loss, going only 4 innings, while giving up 5 Yankee runs allowing 4 Hits, issuing 5 walks with 3 strikeouts. Yankees Catcher Jim Leyritz hits a solo HR, while his teammates 3B Wade Boggs and RF Paul O’Neill drive in 5 runs.


2014- Former Yankees All-Star 2B Robinson Cano returns to New Yankee Stadium for the 1st time since leaving the Yankees as a MLB Free Agent during the off-season and signing a 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. He contributes an RBI to the Mariners' 6-3 win over the Yankees. Mike Zunino collects 4 hits for the 1st time of his MLB playing career and Mariners  Pitcher Chris Young records his 1st win in 20 months.



 

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This Week in Yankees History April 25th-May 1st Part Three



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April 30th


1903- The Highlanders won their 1903 AL home opener at Hilltop Park by the score of 6-2 over the Senators. A crowd of 16,293 fans watched the game. Jack Chesbro was the winning pitcher. Veteran MLB OF Wee “Willie” Keeler made the 1stHighlanders home game hit, a single in the 1st inning. He went to 2nd base on an error, and then he scored the 1stHighlanders home field run on a double by Jimmy Williams.


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Jumbo” Brown (1932-1937) was born. (1907-1966)


Walter “Jumbo” Brown went 19-16 with a 4.74 ERA and 2 saves in 80 games with the Yankees before being sold to the Reds in June of 1937. He was nicknamed “Jumbo”, because he stood at 6’4” and weighted 295 lbs. Brown’s MLB Pitching career started in 1925 with the Cubs. He pitched for the Cubs, Indians, Yankees, Reds before finishing up with the 1941 Giants. He was NL Saves leader during the 1940-1941 seasons. His MLB Pitching career totals were a 33-31 record with a 4.07 ERA and 28 saves in 249 games.


1923- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., 5,000 fans see a Monday day game between the Senators and the Yankees. The Yankees chase Nats Starter Cy Warmoth and Reliever Allen Russell for 8 runs. Then Nats Reliever Slim McGrew allows 9 more runs to the Bronx Bombers, making the game’s final score of 17-4. Yankees Starter Sad Sam Jones picks-up his 3rdvictory of the 1923 AL season by throwing a complete game; allowing the Nats only 4 runs and 10 hits. OF Bob Meusel hits a solo HR and a double for the Bombers. Yankee hitters OF Babe Ruth, 1B Wally Pip, 2B Aaron Ward and Pitcher Sam Jones hit doubles in the game. The 1923 Yankees are now 8-4 for the season.


1936- A Thursday day game at Yankee Stadium between the Indians and the Yankees, fans see the Bombers beat the Tribe by the score of 8-1. Bronx Starter Monte Pearson throws a complete game win against his old team, the Indians. He only gives up 1 Tribe run with 4 Hits and 4 strikeouts. Former Yankees Starter Johnny Allen, how with the Indians takes the loss by allowing 4 Yankee runs on 9 hits. He is now 2-1 for the 1936 AL season. On December 11,1935, Pitchers Monte Pearson and Steve Sundra were traded by the Tribe for Yankees Starter Johnny Allen. The Yankees are now 10-5 for the 1936 AL season.


1939- At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig plays his last game in Yankee pinstripes, batting 5th in the Yankees starting lineup going 0 for 4 at the plate, with 3 flyouts and 1 ground ball. A Stadium crowd of 23,712 fans see on a Sunday game afternoon, the Senators beat the Yankees by the score of 3-2, ending their current homestand and heading out to Detroit’s Briggs Stadium to start a 2-games series on May 2,1939. During this time off, Lou Gehrig will make his decision to stop playing; he will tell Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy on May 2,1939 to take him out of the Yankees starting line-up ending his MLB consecutive game streak at 2,139 games.


1940- Former Yankees OF Patsy Dougherty (1904-1906) passed away. (1876-1940)


On June 17,1904, OF Patsy Dougherty was traded by the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) to the Highlanders for INF Bob Unglaub. Patsy hit .269 with 9 HRs and 55 RBIs in 234 games for the 1904-1906 Yankees. On June 6,1906, Patsy was purchased by the White Sox from the Yankees.


1946- At Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 38,112 fans for a Tuesday day game, Indians Starter Bob Feller struck out 11 Yankee batters and pitched his 2nd of 3 MLB career No-Hitters and his 1st since returning from a 3½-year stint in the Navy during World War II. Feller defeated the Yankees by the score of 1-0 on Frankie Hayes' HR in the 9th inning. Bronx Starter Floyd Bevens took the complete game loss, dropping to a 1-1 record for the 1946 AL season.


1953- at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Yankees Starter Whitey Ford picks-up his 1st win of the 1953 AL season. As the Yankees down the White Sox by the score of 6-1. Ford throws a complete game, while allowing only 1 Chicago run with 8 hits and 4 strikeouts. Former Yankee farmhand Gene Bearden takes the loss for the Pale Hose, who is now at 1-1. Bronx Outfielders Mickey Mantle and Bill Renna lead the Yankees hitting attack with HRs. A crowd of 7,656 fans watched the Thursday game in Chicago.


1960- At Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, a crowd of 13,267 fans attend a Saturday game between the Orioles and the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers flex their bats with a 16-0 rout of the hometown Birds. The Yankees hitters Roger Maris hits a 2-run HR, while Bill Skowron and Bobby Richardson hit solo HRs in the game. Mickey Mantle goes 2 for 4, including a triple and 3 RBIs. Yankees Starter Jim Coates picks-up his 3rd victory of the 1960 AL season. He throws a complete game shutout, allowing only 8 Orioles hits, 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. Birds Starter Milt Pappas is chased for 6 Yankees runs by allowing 5 Yankee hits and 3 walks; he takes the loss. The Orioles bullpen doesn’t stop the bleeding, their 5 relievers allow more 10 Yankees runs in the game. The Yankees are now 6-4 for the 1960 AL season.


1978- A Sunday afternoon game at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins host the Yankees. A crowd of 13,929 fans watched the Yankees edge the Twins by the score of 3-2. Yankees Starter Ron Guidry gives up only 3 Twins hits, allowing only 2 Runs, while striking out 7 batters, gets the no decision. Yankees Closer Rich Gossage throws 2 scoreless innings of Relief, he gets the win; he is now 1-3 for the season. Twins Starter Roger Erickson picks up a no decision. Twins Reliever Mac Scarce gets the loss, allowing the winning run. Yankee hitters OF Reggie Jackson (1 RBI) and 1B Chris Chambliss (2 RBIs) led the Yankees hitting attack.


1980- The Yankees sold veteran MLB Pitcher Jim Kaat to the Cardinals. He had gone 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA with 4 saves in 4 relief appearances this season. After being purchased from the Phillies in May of 1979, as a Yankees hurler in 1979, he went 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 2 saves in 40 games.


1988- Bronx All-Star OF Dave Winfield drove in his 28th and 29th runs of the 1988 AL season in the Yankees 15-3 rout of the Rangers, tying the MLB record for the most RBI’s in April.


1989- The Blue Jays acquired young Pitcher Al Leiter from the Yankees in exchange for veteran OF Jesse Barfield. Al Leiter had pitched for the Yankees from 1987-1989, posting a 7-8  record in 22 games. He will miss most of the next 4 AL seasons due to arm injuries, but he will contribute significantly to the Blue Jays' World Championship in 1993, winning 9 of 15 decisions as a spot starter and long reliever. Veteran AL OF Jesse Barfield will appear in 396 games for the 1989-1992 Yankees, while hitting .231 with 62 HRs with 189 RBIs. He will never regain his previous hitting form that he had with the Blue Jays for the Yankees. Also, his defensive skills in the Outfield, had declined greatly. The Yankees will release him at the end of 1992 AL season.


1997- Yankees 1B Tino Martinez who got off to a painfully slow start with the Yankees in 1996, finished April of 1997 with 34 RBIs to set a MLB record for the month of April.


1999- About 3,000 fans wearing T-shirts that said, "$hare the wealth" protested MLB Baseball economics at the Yankees-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. The protesters turned their backs when the Yankees batted, then walked out during the 4th inning. The Yankees began the season with baseball's top payroll at $85.05 million, and the Royals were 25th at $23.8 million.


2019- Veteran All-Star Bronx Starter CC Sabathia strikes out his former Yankees teammate, Catcher John Ryan Murphy in a game against the Diamondbacks for his 3,000 MLB Strike out, but he loses the game. The Veteran MLB Starter CC Sabathia is now the 17th member of the 3,000 MLB Strikeout Club, he becomes just the 3rd lefty to do it in MLB history to perform this feat. 


May 1st


1913- The Yankees released hurler Chester “Red” Hoff. Chester went 0-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 games for the 1911-1913 Yankees. He will return to the MLB in 1915, pitching for the St. Louis Browns, while posting a 2-2 record with a 1.24 ERA in 11 games.


1920- Yankees OF Babe Ruth hit his 50th MLB career HR, the 1st HR for the Yankees in the 6-0 win over the Red Sox at the Polo Grounds. Ruth’s HR cleared the roof in RF of the Polo Grounds, a hitting feat matched only by White Sox Slugger “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey picks-up his 1st win of the 1920 AL season. As he throws a complete game win, allowing only 4 Red Sox hits along with 4 strikeouts. Red Sox Starter Herb Pennock takes the loss for Boston, he is now 2-1 for the season. Yankees OF Duffy Lewis, also hits a HR in the game.


 1936- At Yankee Stadium,  a crowd of 11,000 fans watched a Friday game between the White Sox and the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers beat the White Sox by the score of 3-2. Veteran Chicago Starter Ted Lyons takes the loss, despite  throwing a complete game, allowing 7 Yankee hits and 3 runs. Bronx Starter Johnny Broaca picks-up the victory with his complete game, allowing only Chicago 7 hits with 2 runs and 4 strikeouts. Yankee hitters Bill Dickey and Frank Crosetti led the Yankees offense. The Yankees are now 11-5 for the 1936 AL season.


 1936- The Yankees sold Reserve OF Dixie Walker to the White Sox. He had been with the team for 5 seasons. Walker was sold by the Yankees to make room on the Yankees MLB 25-man roster for Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio, who would be joining the team in 2 days. As a Yankee Reserve OF, Dixie had appeared in 131 games, while hitting with 16 HRs and 58 RBIs. Dixie would play for the White Sox and then the Tigers, before he was traded to the Dodgers in 1939; where he became a very successful player. Dixie finished his 18-season MLB playing career with a .306 BA with 105 HRs and 1,023 RBIs in 1,905 games


1941- The Yankees take 2 out of 3 in St. Louis, as they beat the Browns by the score of 14-5 at Sportmans’ Park. The game only attracts a crowd of 1, 711 fans to the game. Yankees Starter Tiny Bonham picks up his 3rd victory of the 1941 season with a complete game. Tiny only allows 8 Browns hits, 5 runs with 3 strikeouts. Browns Starter George Caster takes the loss dropping his record to 0-2 for the season. The Yankees hitting attack was led by OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller, who went 2 for 5 at the plate with 7 RBIs. He had hit a 3-run HR in the game. 


1951- On Mother's Day 1951, Mickey Mantle hit the 1st HR of his MLB playing career off of Chicago hurler Randy Gumpert in an 8-3 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. In the same game, former Negro Leagues Star Minnie Miñoso became the 1st Black player in the history of the White Sox franchise. Miñoso belted a HR in his 1st MLB at-bat off of Yankees veteran Starter Vic Raschi, who gets the victory throwing 7 innings with relief help from Tom Ferrick.


1952- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ernie Johnson (1923-1925) passed away. (1888-1952)


On May 31,1923, INF Ernie Johnson was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the White Sox. He appeared in 159 games for the Yankees as a Reserve INF. He appeared in the 1923 World Series for the Yankees against the Giants. On October 28,1925, the Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to complete an earlier deal made on May 29,1925; the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later, C Fred Hofmann, 1B/P/PH Oscar Roettger and $50,000 to AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for INF Mark Koenig. As a Minor League Manager, Ernie Johnson managed the 1920 Salt Lake City Bees, 1926-1928 Portland Beavers and the 1929-1932 Seattle Indians. He was then an MLB Scout for the Red Sox from 1933 until his passing in 1952. Ernie’s son Don played in the MLB with the 1943-1948 Cubs, as a 2B.


1962- At Comiskey Park, a crowd of 16,943 fans watched the Yankees defeat the White Sox by the score of 6-1. The Yankees hitting attack was led by Catcher Elston Howard, who hit a 2-run HR in the game. Yankees Starter Bill Stafford gets his 2nd victory of the 1962 AL season with relief help from Roland Sheldon and Closer Marshall Bridges, who gets his 2ndsave of the season. White Sox Starter Juan Pizarro takes the loss, giving up 8 Yankee hits and 4 runs in 5 innings of work. The Yankees are now 11-5 for the 1962 AL season.


1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Brandon Claussen (2003) was born.


On June 2,1998, P Brandon Claussen was selected by the Yankees in the 34th round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Brandon appeared in only 1 game with the 2003 Yankees with a 1-0 record with a 1.42 ERA. On July 31,2003, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Charlie Manning and Cash to the Reds for veteran MLB INF Aaron Boone. He would pitch for the Reds for 3 seasons, while posting a 15-27 record with 5.04 ERA in 58 games. He became an MLB Free Agent in 2007, signing with the Nationals, pitching in their Minor League system for 1 season before leaving baseball.


1981- Former Yankees Minor League P Manny Acosta was born.


Manny Acosta made his MLB Pitching debut in 2007, 4 seasons after his pitching career was left for dead by his original team. Acosta signed with the Yankees as a teenager in 1998. He had a rough debut in 1998 with the DSL Yankees, going 0-1 with a 1 save with a 16.43 ERA. In 7 2/3 innings, he walked 10 batters and allowed 20 hits. They brought him back for 1999 season; he improved to a 4-2 record with a 3.16 ERA with 38 K in 31 1/3 IP. In 2000, Manny was 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA for the GCL Yankees. He started off 2001 with a blast for the Greensboro Bats (5-2,1.51 ERA, 37 H and 67 K in 65 2/3 IP) but he was less impressive in a brief stint with the Class A Tampa Yankees (0-1, 7.71 ERA). In 2002, he returned to Greensboro, Manny was just 2-5 with a 6.40 ERA. He was 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA with the Staten Island Yankees as well. After starting the 2003 season with a 0-8 record with a 6.64 ERA for the Battle Creek Yankees. On July 24, 2003, Manny was released by the Yankees organization. The  Braves picked up the right-hander, who was 2-0 with a 6.34 ERA and 1 save in 8 games in 2003 for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Overall, he would pitch in the MLB from 2007-2012 with the Braves and Mets, posting a 13-13 record with a 4.46 ERA in 45 games.


1986- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Shortstop Ivan DeJesus. He had been signed by their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL), where he had hit .265 in 25 games. He would go hitless in 4 at bats, the team would release him on June 24,1986.


1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Ed Wells passed away. (1900-1986)


On August 28,1928, P Ed Wells was purchased by the Yankees from the Class A Birmingham Barons (SA). As a Yankees hurler, Ed went 37-20 with a 4.59 ERA and 4 saves in 107 games. He didn’t appear in the 1932 World Series  against the Cubs. On April 14,1933, Ed was purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees. Before joining the Yankees in 1928, he had pitched for the Tigers from 1924 to 1927.  He spent the 1928 in the Minor Leagues. In 1934, Ed finishes MLB Pitching career with a 68-69 record with a 4.65 ERA and 13 saves in 292 games. Wells would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1935-1937 before retiring from the game.


1988- MLB Free Agents Starter Ron Guidry (Yankees), Catchers Rich Gedman (Red Sox) and Bob Boone (Angels) and NL All-Star OF Tim Raines (Expos), all re-signed with their former MLB clubs on the 1st day, they are allowed to do so. Pitcher Doyle Alexander will re-sign with the Braves on May 5th.


1991- Oakland A’s OF Rickey Henderson surpassed HOF OF Lou Brock as MLB Career Stolen Base leader with his 939th steal in the 7-4 victory over the Yankees. Henderson broke the record in the 4th inning, when he stole 3B against Yankees Catcher Matt Nokes.


1992- Former Yankees INF/DH Celerino Perez Sanchez (1972-1973) passes away from a fatal heart attack at his home in Mexico City. (1944-1992) 


In 1971, the Yankees had obtained veteran Mexican League INF Celerino Sanchez from the Mexico City Tigers in a trade for Minor League INF Ossie Chavarria. Celerino played 3B for the 1972 Yankees until the arrival of 3B Graig Nettles from the Indians in 1973. He split the 1972 season between the Yankees and their AAA Syracuse Chiefs team (IL) for whom he hit .327. With the 1972 Yankees, he appeared as a 3B in 71 games, while hitting .248 with No HRs and 22 RBIs. He spent the entire 1973 season with the Yankees as Reserve INF, appearing in just 34 games, while hitting .219 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs.Celerino had appeared in a total of 105 games for the Yankees, while hitting .242 with 1 HR and 31 RBIs. In 1974, Sanchez returned to play pro baseball in the Mexico Leagues. In 1994, Celerino Sanchez was elected to Mexico’s Baseball Hall of Fame.


1994- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Shortstop Kevin Elster as an MLB Free Agent. The former Mets Shortstop was dealing with injury problems, he was signed to a Minor League contract by the team, spent most of the 1994 season playing or being on the DL in the Minor Leagues. As Yankees batter in 1994, he went 0 for 20. In 1995, he played in 10 games for the team, going 2 for 17, when the Yankees released him on June 8,1995.


1994- Former Yankees Minor League P Dillion Tate was born.


Pitcher Dillon Tate was selected by the Rangers with the 4th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft out of the Univ. of Ca., Santa Barbara. He was the 1st pitcher selected after shortstops were taken with the 1st 3 picks. He was a graduate of Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA, after being undrafted while coming out of high school. His experience at the Academy helped him to obtain a college scholarship. In college, Tate was used both as a starter and a reliever in different years, but as a senior, he went 8-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 14 starts. Within days of being drafted, Tate signed with the Rangers for $4.2 million. He soon made his pro debut with the Spokane Indians. He was moved up to the  Class A  Hickory Crawdads (SAL) before the end of the 2015 Minor League season, ending up with a an ERA of 1.00 in 6 games - all starts but representing only 9 innings of work as the Rangers did not want to overuse him after a busy 2015 college baseball season. In 2016, he was 3-3, with a 5.12 ERA in his 1st 17 appearances for Hickory, when on August 1st, he was 1 of 3 young players traded to the Yankees in return for veteran MLB All Star OF Carlos Beltran, the other 2 Ranger prospects were Pitchers Nick Green and Erik Swanson. He finished the 2016 season with the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), going 1-0, 3.12 in 7 games. In 2017, he made 13 starts split between the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) and AA Trenton Thunder (EL) with a combined record of 7-2, with a 2.81 ERA. He started the 2018 season at Trenton, where he was 5-2 with a  3.38 ERA after 15 starts on July 24th, when he was the most promising of 3 prospects sent to the Orioles to acquire Veteran MLB Reliever Zach Britton. He was assigned to the Orioles AA team, the Bowie BaySox (EL) going 2-3 with a 5.75 ERA.


1996- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jimmy “Gee Gee” Gleeson passed away. (1912-1996)


On December 8,1936, OF Jimmy Gleeson was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. Jimmy never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. While in the Yankees Organization, he played for their 1937-1938 AA Newark Bears (IL) farm team. With the 1937 Newark Bears, he hit .298, while leading the International League with 47 doubles. The next season, he hit .310 with 16 HRs and 81 RBIs. He led the IL again in doubles with 50. On January 24,1939, Jimmy was purchased by the Cubs from the Yankees for $25,000 Cash. He would spend 4 seasons in NL, playing for the Cubs and the Reds. During the 1950-1960’s, Jimmy was a Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization: 1951 Muskegon Reds (CL), 1952,1961,1968 AA Binghamton Triplets (EL), 1959 Kearney Yankees (Nebraska State League), 1960 Amarillo Gold Sox (TL). He was an MLB Coach with the 1957 Kansas City A’s and the 1964 Yankees working for Manager Yogi Berra.


2010- The Yankees suffer a double loss today. They bow to the White Sox by the score of 7-6, as Chicago Sluggers Andruw Jones and A.J. Pierzynski hit long balls, then they place starting CF Curtis Granderson on the DL because of a strained left groin suffered while running the bases.


2012- Orioles Manager Buck Showalter wins his 1,000th game as a MLB Skipper, when Baltimore defeats the Yankees by the score of 7-1. Brian Matusz wins his 1st game in 11 months, while Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy HR off of Yankees Starter Phil Hughes, who takes the loss. Matusz had gone 0-12 record with a 10.47 ERA in 14 starts since beating the Oakland A’son June 6, 2011.


2015- Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez ties Willie Mays for 4th place on the all-time HR list when he hits HR #660 against the Red Sox. The HR comes as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning against Reliever Junichi Tazawa; it gives the Yankees a 3-2 lead that will hold for the rest of the game.


2017-  Ryan Goins drives in 2 runners on a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning of Toronto's 7-1 win over the Yankees. Bronx CF Jacoby Ellsbury catches his fly to deep centerfield at New Yankee Stadium, but he crashes into the fence and falls to the ground, allowing Devon Travis to score from 2B, behind Jays front base runner Justin Smoak. It is the 1st 2-RBI sac fly in team history. Goins adds a 2-run HR, as does Blue Jays Slugger Jose Bautista to help the Jays win their 3rd straight, after having a very tough month in April.


2020- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher, MLB Executive Matt Keough (1983) passed away at the age of 64. (1955-2020)


On June 15,1983, P Matt Keough was traded by Oakland to the Yankees for 2 Minor Leaguer Players: P Ben Callahan and 1B/DH Marshall Brant. Matt was a former A’s Starter, who was now being used as a Reliever by the A’s Manager Steve Boros. Matt had 2-3 record with a 5.52 ERA in 14 games this season. When Billy Martin led the A’s, Matt had become a successful starter for the team. He was the son of former MLB Player Marty Keough. Matt went 3-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 games for the 1983 Yankees. He continued to struggle, putting up a 5.33 ERA in 99 2/3 innings. In 1984, he voluntarily went down to the Yankees AA team, the Nashville Sounds (SL) in the spring, in an unsuccessful attempt to learn a knuckleball. He finally succumbed to the right arm shoulder pain. Matt was placed on the DL by the team with a strained rotator cuff; the Yankees would release Matt at the end of the 1984 AL season. Matt had posted a 2-4 record with the AA Nashville Sounds (SL). He would later pitch in the MLB for the Cardinals, Cubs and the Astros. Leaving the MLB in 1986, Matt would pitch in the Japan Central League for 3 seasons; while posting a 45-44 record with a 3.73 ERA in 107 games. After leaving Japan, he returned to the US to try to make 2 comeback attempts with the Angles, which both were unsuccessful. During his 2ndcomeback attempt, Matt suffered a serious head injury from being hit by a foul ball in an MLB spring Training game with the Angels, resulting into a career ending injury for Matt.  He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 58-84 record with a 4.17 ERA in 215 games. He never earned a save, while pitching in the MLB for 9 seasons. After his recovery from the head injuries, Matt became a Scout for the Angles. Matt would work with several MLB organizations. Later, he worked with the Oakland A’s, as a Special Assistant to the team’s General Manager Billy Beane.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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