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This Week in Yankees History May 2nd-May 8th Part One


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May 2nd


1896- Former Yankees Pitcher William “Wild Bill” Piercy (1917,1921) was born. (1896-1951)


Bill Piercy pitched 6 seasons in the MLB during the period of 1917-1926. He came up to the Yankees for 1 game in 1917. At the age of 21, but he made more of an impact in 1921, when he had a 5-4 record with a 2.98 ERA in 14 games. He pitched 1 game for the Yankees in the 1921 World Series against the Giants without giving up a run. Yankee players Bill Piercy, Babe Ruthand Bob Meusel were disciplined by MLB Commissioner Judge Landis for going barnstorming after playing in the 1921 World Series, in violation of a rule that World Series participants could not barnstorm in the off-season. The 3 players involved in the barnstorming lost their 1921 World Series shares. Also, they were suspended 1 month for the start of 1922 AL season. On December 20,1921, Piercy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Jack Quinn and Rip Collins, Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh to the Red Sox for Pitchers Joe Bush and Sam Jones and INF Everett “Deacon” Scott. He  was with the 1922-1924 Red Sox posting losing records for a team that lost at least 87 games each season. In 1926, he had a record of 6-5 with the Cubs, who finished over .500. He was called "Wild Bill" because he was among the AL leaders 3 times in Wild Pitches and 3 times in Hit Batsmen. Yankees Rookie Lou Gehrig hit his 1st HR in his MLB playing career off of Piercy in 1923. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 27-43 record with a 4.26 ERA in 116 games.


1922- The White Construction Company starts to build “The House that Ruth built.”


1923- Veteran MLB Starter Walter Johnson recorded his 1st shutout of the 1923 AL season and the 100th of his MLB pitching record 113 MLB career shutouts as the Senators defeated the Yankees by the score of 3-0. Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott received a medal from the American League for playing in his 1,000th consecutive game. Scott ‘s streak extended for another 307 games, giving him an MLB record of 1,307 games, until future Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig broke it with his own 2,130 consecutive games streak.


1939Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig did not play against the Tigers in day game played at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, ending at 2,130 his MLB streak of consecutive games played. An ailing Gehrig removed himself from the Yankees starting lineup, telling his Manager Joe McCarthy that he could not play because of his continuing weakness. Doctors will later diagnose Lou Gehrig with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease that affects the body’s muscles. Gehrig will never play again for the Yankees; he will remain in uniform and as the Yankees Captain until the end of the 1939 World Series against Cincinnati Reds. Lou Gehrig’s replacement at 1B, Babe Dahlgren led the Yankees hitting attack with a HR and double as the Yankees beat the Tigers by a score of 22-2.


1946- Yankees Co-Owner and General Manager Larry McPhail gave away 500 pairs of nylon stockings to ladies in attendance at a game with the Indians. The promotional gimmick was a big success. The game attracts 21,511 fans as the Yankees beat the Tribe by the score of 8-2.


1948- Former Yankees Pitcher Larry Gowell (1972) was born. (1948-2020)


The Yankees in the 4th round of the 1967 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Larry Gowell. He went 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 2 games for the 1972 Yankees. On October 4,1972, Gowell hit a double off of Brewers hurler Jim Lonborg for his 1st and only MLB hit and the last hit by a pitcher in a regular season AL game before the start of the DH rule in 1973. The baseball Gowell hit was accepted as a historical baseball into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, where it now resides. He stayed in the Yankees organization until 1974. In 1975, he pitched in the Mexican League for 1 season, before leaving the game.


1951- At Comiskey Park, 8,802 fans watched a Wednesday day game between the White Sox and Yankees. The Bronx Bombers fight back from a Chicago 4 run, 1st inning to beat the Chicago by the score of 6-4. The Sox chased Yankees Starter Frank “Spec” Shea for 4 runs in the 1st, he is followed by Fred Sanford, who holds down the Pale Hose with 2 scoreless frames. The 3rd Pitcher for the Yankees, veteran Reliever Joe “Professor” Ostrowski throws 5 shutout frames, gaining the victory. White Sox Reliever Harry Dorish takes the loss, Chicago Starter Richard Littlefield gets a no decision. The Yankees hitting attack features, Joe Collins’ triple with 1 on, scoring a run. Yankees Reserve Catcher Ralph Houk catches the complete game, but at the plate, he goes 0 for 4 in a rare start for Manager Casey Stengel. Yankee Regulars C Yogi Berra and CF Joe DiMaggio were not in the Yankees line-up. The Yankees take the 2-game series with the White Sox, they are now 10-4 for the 1951 AL season. They head for St. Louis with a 4-game series with the Browns.


1962- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jim Walewander (1990) was born.


In 1983, the Tigers originally had signed Jim Walewander as MLB Amateur Free Agent. Reserve INF Jim Walewander appeared in only 9 games for the 1990 Yankees, while hitting just .200.  He spent most of the 1990 season playing with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). After leaving the Yankees, Jim would play pro baseball in Italy. He would return to the MLB with the 1993 Angels, before retiring as active player.


1965- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Felix Jose (2000) was born.


OF/DH Felix Jose appeared 20 games as a Reserve Outfielder for the 2000 Yankees, while hitting .241 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. At the end of the 2000 AL season, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency.


1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Mark Johnson was born.


On February 1,1999, hurler Mark Johnson was traded by the Marlins along with Pitchers Todd Noel (Minors) and Ed Yarnall to the Yankees for Rookie 3B Mike Lowell. Mark did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 13,1999, he was drafted by the Tigers from the Yankees in the 1999 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. 


1979- Former Yankees Minor League P Jason Arnold was born.


Jason Arnold was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He signed for $400,000. Arnold began his pro career at short season A with the Staten Island Yankees. He went 7-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 74 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .157 against him. He was 3rd in the New York-Penn League in ERA. On July 27, 2001, Jason no-hit the Vermont Expos, the league's lone No-Hitter that season. He made the League’s All-Star team. Baseball America rated him the #9 prospect in the Yankees system, the #3 Pitcher after Brandon Claussen and Sean Henn. In 2002, he started the season pitching well for both the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) a 7-1 record with a 2.48 ERA, 83 K in 80 IP and with the AA Norwich Navigators (EL) he had a 1-2 record with 4.15 ERA, 18 K in 17 1/3 IP. In July, Arnold was traded in a deal that sent him, MLB Starter Ted Lilly and Minor league OF John-Ford Griffin from the Yankees to the Oakland A’s. The Yankees received MLB Starter Jeff Weaver from the Tigers, while Detroit picked up 1B Carlos Pena, Pitchers Franklyn German and Jeremy Bonderman from the A’s. Later, the A’s traded Jason Arnold to the Blue Jays. After the 2006 season, Jason Arnold retired from baseball due to reoccurring arm injuries. 


1984- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher now with the White Sox, Starter LaMarr Hoyt faced 27 Bronx batters in a 3-0, a 1-hitter shutout against the Yankees. Don Mattingly had the only hit for New York, an opposite-field blooper in the 7th inning, which is followed by a double play. Hoyt was one of the Yankee Minor Leaguer players sent to the White Sox in the Bucky Dent trade made on April 5, 1977.


1986- The Yankees signed veteran Pitcher Tommy John as an MLB Free Agent. He had gone to Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp as a Non-Roster Pitcher. He was called up from Florida, when the team placed veteran MLB Starters Ed Whitson and John Montefusco on the DL.  Also, the Yankees called up Reliever Mike Armstrong from the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).


1992- Yankees Pitcher Scott Sanderson became the 12th pitcher in MLB history to surrender 4 HRS in a single inning. Sanderson was rocked in the 5th inning of the game against the Twins with Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek and Randy Bush hitting the HRs for Minnesota. The Twins need all the HRs as they won the game by a score of 7-6.


1995- The Red Sox defeat the Yankees by the score of 8-0 by scoring their runs on Grand Slam HRs in back-to-back innings by former college teammates John Valentin and Mo Vaughn. According to SABR statistician David Vincent, it is the 1st time ever that 2 Grand Slam HRs account for all the runs scored in an MLB game.


1997- Former Yankees Minor League OF Blake Rutherford was born.


Outfielder Blake Rutherford was the 1st-round choice of the Yankees in the 2016 MLB Amateur Player Draft, as the 18th overall pick, out of Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, CA. After signing, he began his pro career with the GCL Yankees West, also he played for the Pulaski Yankees (Appalachian League). In 33 games, he hit .351 with 15 extra-base hits, 16 runs and 12 RBIs. He moved up to the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League) in 2017, where he hit .281 in 71 games. On July 18th, he was 1 of 3 prospects traded by the Yankees along with MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard - the other prospects were P Ian Clarkin and OF Tito Polo - to the White Sox in return 3 MLB players: INF Todd Frazier, Relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson. He was assigned to the Kannapolis Intimidators, still in the Sally League, where he hit .213 in 30 games to finish the season at .260 in 101 games, with 2 HRs, 52 runs and 35 RBIs. 


1998- Yankees Starter Roger Clemens (7 innings) and veteran Reliever Paul Quantrill (2 innings) combine to 1-hit Oakland by the score of 7-0. The A's only hit is a single by Rookie OF Ben Grieve.


2004- Former Yankees Minor League P Edward “Moe” Burtschy passed away. (1922-2004)


Before the start of the 1941 NL season, the Dodgers had signed P Edward “Moe” Burtschy as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never appears with the team at the MLB level. Before 1942 NL season, Moe was sent from the Dodgers to the Reds in an unknown transaction. During the month of June 1946, Moe was sent from the Reds to the Pirates in an unknown transaction. Before the start of 1947 MLB season, Moe was sent from the Pirates to the Philadelphia A’s in an unknown transaction. He would make his MLB Pitching debut with the 1950 A’s. Moe appeared in 90 games with the A’s during his 5-season MLB Pitching career. He compiled a 10-6 record with a 4.71 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 4 saves in 185 innings pitched. On June 14,1956, Moe Burtschy was traded by the Kansas City A’s along with OF Bill Renna and Cash to the Yankees for veteran 1B Eddie Robinson and Reserve INF Lou Skizas. Moe was sent to the Yankees Triple AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA) also, he played for the Yankees other AAA team, Richmond Virginians (IL) finishing the 1956 season with a 3-5 record in 21 games. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. Moe left the Yankees organization at the end of the 1956 season. In 1957, he pitched for the Pirates AAA team, Columbus Jets (IL) going 5-9 in 44 games before retiring from pro baseball at the end of season.


2015- Former Yankees Catcher Bob Schmidt (1965) passed away. (1933-2015)


On May 8,1963, Veteran MLB Catcher Bob Schmidt was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. Bob was known as a fine defensive catcher during his MLB playing career. In 1951, Bob was originally signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Giants. In 1958, while playing for the Giants, he was named to the 1958 NL All-Star team, but he did not appear in the gameHe had played in 127 games for the Giants in his 1958 NL Rookie season, while hitting .244 with 14 HRs and 54 RBIsLater, Bob played for the 1961 Reds, 1962-1963 Senators before joining the 1963 Yankees Organization. With the 1961 Reds, he didn’t appear in the World Series against the Yankees. From 1963-1964, he played for the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). The Yankees still had Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard on their MLB 25-man team roster. During the months of May-June 1965, Bob hit .250 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs in 20 games for the Yankees as a Reserve Catcher, then he was sent back to their AAA team, the Toledo Mud Hens (IL). They had decided to use recently acquired Catcher Doc Edwards from the A’s; the Yankees had traded veteran Catcher Johnny Blanchard for him. Also, they brought up young Catcher Jake Gibbs, while Schmidt stayed at AAA Richmond. In 1966, Bob Schmidt finished up his pro baseball career at the age of 33 with the AAA Mud Hens, while hitting .243 with 5 HRs and 37 RBIs, appearing in 89 games. As an MLB player, Bob finished his pro baseball career with a .243 BA with 39 HRs and 150 RBIs in 454 games.


May 3rd


1894- Former Yankees Pitcher Cliff Markle (1915-1916,1924) was born. (1894-1974) 


Pitcher Cliff Markle joined the Yankees in September of 1915, after pitching for the Class B Waco Navigators (TL); where he had gone 19-11 with a 2.63 ERA in 45 games. Cliff Markle pitched for the 1915-1916,1924 Yankees and then for the 1921-1922 Reds in the NL. On March 21,1919Pitcher Cliff Markle was purchased by Salt Lake City (PCL) from the Yankees He joined the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) in 1923. He went 25-12 with a 3.36 ERA, while leading the American Association with 184 strikeouts for the 1924 team. On June 16, 1924, Cliff was traded by St Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for Cash and 3 Players to be Named Later. Cliff would post a 0-3 record with an 8.87 ERA in 7 games for the Yankees. On July 22, 1924, he was re-purchased by the Saints from the Yankees. Overall, Cliff went 6-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 21 games for the Yankees. As an MLB hurler, Cliff went 12-17 with a 4.10 ERA in 56 games with the Yankees and Reds. His Minor League Pitching record was a 211-144 mark with a 3.69 ERA in 466 games. He led 4 different Minor Leagues in strikeouts during his pitching career. 


1904- Future HOF Yankees Pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing (1930-1942,1945-1946) was born. (1904-1986)  


On May 6,1930, the Yankees obtained hurler Charles Ruffing from the Red Sox for Yankees Reserve OF Cedric Durst and $50,000 Cash. Red had 6 losing seasons with the lowly Red Sox (1924-1930), his fortune would change for him in the Bronx. Ruffing would lead the Yankee Pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until Whitey Ford broke his club record in 1967, who will finish with 236 career wins as a Yankees hurler. Also, he was a pretty good pitching pitcher for the team, whiles hitting a Grand Slam HR.  Red batted over .300 6 times, while hitting 38 HRs. As a Yankees Starter, Red went 231-127 with a .651 WP with a 3.47 ERA and 9 saves in 426 games. He had 261 complete games along with 40 shutouts. Ruffing was named to the AL All-Star team 6 times during his MLB pitching career. He was 7-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 10 games with 7 complete games in World Series play for the Yankees. The 37-year-old Ruffing was inducted into the Air Force in December 1942 and was discharged in June 1945. Ruffing will win 273 games during a 22-year MLB Pitching career with the starting with the 1924-1930 Red Sox, then the 1930-1946 Yankees and finishing with up with the 1947 White Sox. After retiring, Ruffing was an MLB Coach with the White Sox and the 1962 NL Expansion Mets. He will gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.


1912- Leading by the score of 18-5 after 8-innings, Philadelphia A’s Pitchers gave up a record 9-inning outburst of 10 runs to the Yankees before finally veteran hurler Eddie Plank stopped them at  score of 18-15 to win the game for the A’s.


1916- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Ken “Hawk” Silvestri (1941,1946-1947) was born. (1916-1992)


Before the start of the 1936 AL season, Ken “Hawk” Silvestri was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the White Sox.On December 21,1940, Ken was traded by Chicago to the Yankees for Reserve INF Bill Knickerbocker. Silvestri played in 33 games as a Reserve Catcher for the Yankees, while hitting .254 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. On November 10,1948, Ken was drafted by the Phillies from the Yankees organization in the 1948 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He appeared in 1 game of the 1950 World Series with the Phillies against his former team the Yankees with no hits. After his MLB playing career had ended in 1951, Ken Silvestri would manage in the Minor Leagues for the Yankees organization from 1955-1958. He won league championships for the organization in 1957-1958. He was a MLB Coach with the Phillies in 1959-1960, and then he was with the 1961-1962 AAA Louisville Colonels. Then He was an MLB Coach with the 1963-1975 Braves. He served as the Interim Manager for the 1967 Braves. Also, Silvestri was an MLB Coach for the White Sox (1976,1982). 


1936- Future Hall of Fame Outfielder Joe DiMaggio made his MLB Rookie Player debut for the Yankees. Joe had 3 hits in a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. Joe hits a triple and 2 singles, as he drove in a run and scored 3 runs in his 1st MLB game.


1945- The Yankees released veteran MLB OF Paul “Big Poison” Waner (1944-1945). 


After a fine MLB playing career in the NL with the Pirates, Dodgers, Braves and the Yankees, veteran OF Paul Waner had retired as an MLB player. His legs had given out on him, he couldn’t play the outfield and barely could pinch-hit for the team. Paul would appear in only 10 games with the 1944-1945 Yankees, hitting just .143 with No HRs and 1 RBI. He is retiring with a lifetime MLB BA of .333 with 113 HRs and 1,303 RBIs with 3,152 MLB hits in 2,545 MLB games (1925-1945). He would be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952.


1946- The Yankees sold Pitcher Steve Roser to the Braves. Steve was a Yankee Rookie hurler in 1944, he had posted a 4-3 record with a 3.86 ERA and 1 save in 16 games for the team. He had no decisions with a 3.67 ERA in 11 games for the team in 1945.  For the 1946 Yankees, Steve had appeared in 4 games, while posting a 1-1 record with a 16.20 ERA. Overall, as a Bronx hurler, Steve went 5-4 with a 4.17 ERA and 1 save in 31 games. With the 1946 Braves, he will post a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA and 1 save in 14 games for the team, before being sent down to their AAA team, the Indianapolis Indians (AA). He finish his pro baseball career in 1947 with the Braves, new AA Club, the Milwaukee Brewers (AA).


1946- The Yankees released veteran OF Bud Metheny. Bud had been called up by the team from the AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1943. He was the team’s RF for the 1943-1945 AL seasons, hitting .247 with 31 HRs and 156 RBIs in 376 games. He had gone hitless in 3 at bats for the team in 1946. After his player release, Bud would be signed by the Yankees AA Minor League team, the Kansas City Blues (AA). Bud would finish pro baseball career as 1B/OF with the 1947 AA Newark Bears (IL), the other Yankees AA Minor League team.


1949- The Yankees obtained P Edward “Babe” Klieman on waivers from the Senators. His stay with the Yankees was brief with the team, having no MLB appearances. On May 16,1949, Ed was purchased by the White Sox from the Yankees.


1950- Yankees Starter Vic Raschi commits 4 balks in his 4-3 win over the White Sox, thereby tying an MLB record for Balks in a game. He would finish the 1950 AL season with a record tying 6 balks. Raschi was troubled by the new AL balk rule that requires a 1-second stop before delivery with men on base.


1951- Yankees Rookie INF Gil McDougald ties modern MLB record by driving in 6 runs in 1 inning by tripling home 2 runs and later adding a Grand Slam HR. The Yankees score 11 runs in that 9th inning, an MLB record for runs scored in the final inning of a regulation game. They chased 3 St. Louis Browns’ Pitchers, winning the game by a score of 17-3 at St. Louis’ Sportsman Park. Gil would go on to win the 1951 AL Rookie of Year award, beating out White Sox Rookie OF Minnie Miñoso.


1952- The Yankees obtained Outfielders Irv Noren and INF Tom Upton from the Senators for Outfielders Jackie Jensen and Archie Wilson, P Frank “Spec” Shea and Reserve INF Jerry Snyder. Jackie Jensen was given the Yankees Centerfield job in the spring of 1952, but he failed to hit, having a .105 BA (2 for 19). Yankees Manager Casey Stengel benched him, using veteran OF Gene Woodling and Rookie OF Bob Cerv in CF instead. Jensen had hit .298 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs in 56 games in 1951.  After the trade was made, Stengel would move RF Mickey Mantle to CF, where he would play for the next 15 MLB seasons. Reserve INF Jerry Snyder never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Pitcher Frank Shea was dealing with pitching arm problems. In 1947, he had as a Yankee Rookie hurler, Spec had posted a 14-5 record during the 1947 AL season. In the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers, he won 2 games for the team. He leaves the Yankees with an 29-31 record with a 3.68 ERA with 3 saves. OF Irv Noren would play well for the Yankees in 3 out of 4 seasons, including hitting .319 in 1954, despite having 2 bad knees. He had hit .295 in 1950 and .278 in 1951 for the Senators. INF Tom Upton was a former Yankees Minor League player; he was sent to play for the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) replacing Jerry Snyder on the team roster. INF Jerry Snyder would spend 7 seasons with the Senators. OF Archie Wilson will be traded by the Senators to the Red Sox during the 1952 AL season, which would be his last MLB season.


1959- Tigers OF Charley Maxwell hit 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees by scores of 4-2 and 8-2 atBriggs Stadium in Detroit. During his MLB playing career Maxwell will hit 40 of his 148 MLB Career HRs on Sunday. He loved to hit against the Yankees Pitchers, Maxwell hit over 23 HRs against them during his MLB playing career with the Tigers and the White Sox.


1965- The 1965 Mayor’s Trophy Game is held at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 22,8881 fans watched the Mets beat the Yankees on a run in the 10th inning, a wide throw on a 2-out squeeze bunt by Mets’ hitter Cleon Jones decides the game as Mets base runner Chris Cannizaro score the winning run. Veteran Mets Starter Warren Spahn picks-up the win, while the 1964’s game winner Yankees Reliever Pete Mikkelsen took the loss.


1965- The Yankees obtained Catcher Doc Edwards from Kansas City A’s for Pitcher Rolland Sheldon and C/1B/OF Johnny Blanchard. This is a classic Yankees GM Ralph Houk trade trading bad for worst and trying to save player contract money ordered by the new CBS, Inc. Ownership. Doc Edwards hit .190 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs in 45 games for the 1965 Yankees. At the age of 32, veteran Johnny Blanchard had only played in 12 games, hitting just .145 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs for the Yankees. Manager Ralph Houk gave up on Blanchard to start hitting better for the team.  After playing for the A’s and the Braves in 1965, he would retire as MLB Player in spring of 1966. John was still a better defensive catcher than Doc Edwards, who would go to the Minor Leagues in 1966, before returning to MLB for his final MLB season with the 1970 Phillies. Plus, Johnny Blanchard still could play INF/OF. The veteran hurler Roland Sheldon had appeared only in 3 games with the 1965 Yankees with a 0-0 record with a 1.42 ERA before his trade to the A’s. In 1964, he had posted a 5-2 record with a 3.61 ERA and 1 save in 19 games. He appeared in 2 games for the Yankees in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals with no decisions. Sheldon leaves the Yankees with an overall record of 23-15 with a 4.14 ERA and 2 saves in 91 games. Roland would finish the 1965 AL season with a 10-8 record in 32 games for the A’s. The Yankees should have held on to both of them.


1966- The Yankees purchased P Alan Closter from the Senators. The Indians had paid $8,000 Cash to draft Closter from the Yankees organization in November, 1965. Before the start of the 1966 AL season, the Tribe sold him on waivers to the Senators. The Yankees sent Closter to their Class A Greensboro team (CL). He would pitch for the 1971-1972 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 5.58 ERA in 16 games, before being traded to the Braves in September of 1973.


1968- Former Reserve 1B Ivan Cruz (1997) was born.


On November 27,1995,1B Ivan Cruz was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He would play for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) for the 1996-1998 seasons. After hitting .300 with 24 HRs and 95 RBIs in 116 games. He made his MLB Player debut with the Yankees on July 18, 1997. He had appeared in 11 games for the 1997 Yankees, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. On October 3, 1998, Ivan was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Pirates.


1974- The Yankees traded P Ken Wright to the Phillies for P Mike Wallace. The Yankees had received Ken Wright from the Royals in the Lindy McDaniel-Lou Piniella trade. He had made 3 appearances for the team with no decisions. Mike Wallace was 1-0 for the 1974 Phillies. The Yankees would send Wallace to AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), while the Royals sent Wright to their AAA club the Toledo Mud Hens (IL). 


1986 –Bronx Bombers All-Star 1B Don Mattingly connected for 3 sacrifice flies in a 9-4 victory over the Rangers. Mattingly became only the 6th MLB player to accomplish this feat.


1991- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Frank Leja (1954-1955) passed away. (1936-1991) 


Frank Leja was signed out of high school in 1953, with rave reviews by MLB scouts as being the next Lou Gehrig. He was on the Yankees MLB Roster as a “Bonus Baby” for 2 seasons because of the 2-year MLB rule that required bonus players, who signed for a certain amount of money had to stay with their MLB team for 2 years. The Yankees signed Leja for $45,000. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel seldom used him, preferring to play a veteran player instead. He appeared in only 19 games for the 1954-1955 Yankees before going to the Minor Leagues, with Bill Skowron, Elston Howard and other players ahead of him at 1B on the Yankees and others in their farm system, Frank faced a long challenge to get back to the Bronx. He had possibly his best pro season in 1957, when he led the Eastern League with 117 RBIs and hit 22 HRs to help the Binghamton Triplets to the EL pennant. Also 1958 was a good season, when he hit for a .263 BA with 29 HRs for the  New Orleans Pelicans (SA). You could also say that 1961 season with the AAA Richmond Virginians was another good year, when he led the International League with 98 RBIs, while hitting .260 with 30 HRs that was 2nd only to Rochester’s Boog Powell’s 32 HRs. Frank hung in there sticking out for 8 seasons playing in the Yankees farm system. He wound up with a Minor League career BA of .248 with 164 HRs. He stayed in the Minors, even when All Star 1B Bill Skowron broke his arm during the 1959 AL season. The team used Marv Throneberry and others rather than bring him up to play at the MLB level. Finally, in the winter of 1961, Frank was sold to the Cardinals, who assigned him to their AAA team in Louisville (AA). He would reappear briefly in the MLB in 1962, with the Angels, appearing in only 7 games before being send back to Minors. His final MLB career BA was .043 in 26 games. He retired from pro baseball after playing for the 1963 AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL), hitting .260 with 17 HRs and 42 RBIs in 97 games.


1995-Former Yankees Pitcher Ronald Herrera (2017) was born.


After being signed by the A’s, Pitcher Ronald Herrera began his pro career in 2012. He had a 2.47 ERA in 14 starts as a 17-year-old for the DSL A’s that season. In 2014, he was sent to  the Padres in a trade as the Player to be Name Later for OF Kyle Blanks. On November 11, 2015, he was traded to the Yankees for INF Jose Pirela. He reached AAA for the 1st time in 2016 and won double-digit games for the 1st time that year as well, finishing with 10 victories (all at Double A). On April 26th of that year, he pitched the 1st part of an No-Hitter against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, being relieved by Jonathan Holder. He was called up by the Yankees to make his MLB Pitching debut on June 14, 2017, replacing the injured Starter CC Sabathia on the MLB 25-man roster. In his debut against the Angels that day, he pitched 2 innings in relief, but he gave up a game-winning 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the 7th inning, to be saddled with a 7-5 loss. he only pitched 1 other game for New York, ending up with a 6.00 ERA in 3 innings. ­­In the Minor Leagues, he made a total of 14 starts, including 3 on a rehabilitation assignment with the GCL Yankees East. He was 8-1 with a 1.91 ERA in those games, including a record of 8-0, 1.13 ERA in 8 starts for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). On November 20, 2018, he was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers in return for lower-level Minor League P Reiver Sanmartin.


2004- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Darrell Johnson (1957-1958) passed away. (1928-2004)


Catcher Darrell Johnson joined the Yankees in the winter of 1954, as part of the 17-Player Trade between the Yankees and the Orioles. He will spent the 1955-1956 seasons with AAA Denver Bears (AA) playing for future Yankees Manager Ralph Houk. He was one of the Reserve Catchers for All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra during the 1957-1958 AL seasons. He appeared in only 26 games for the team, while hitting just .226 with No HRs and 5 RBIs for the Yankees. Johnson did not appear in any of 1957-1958 World Series games against the Braves for the team. On November 30,1959, Darrell was selected by the Cardinals from the Yankees organization in the 1959 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He would be an MLB Coach for the team from 1960-1961. Darrell would be traded to the Phillies during the 1961 NL season, before being sold to the Reds finishing out the 1961 NL season with them. He appeared in 2 games of the 1961 World Series with the Reds against his old team the Yankees, hitting .500 (2 for 4). When the Reds released him in early 1962, he joined the Orioles. Johnson finished his MLB playing career with the Orioles as a Player/ MLB Coach. Overall, he appeared in 134 MLB games, while hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 28 RBIs. He managed in the Minor Leagues for the Orioles (1963-1966) and the Red Sox organization (1971-1973). In 1967, Johnson returned to the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout. He would later become an MLB Manager (1974-1980,1982). He would manage the Red Sox, Mariners and the Rangers. His 1975 Red Sox team went to the World Series losing to the Reds. He was the 1st manager of the AL new expansion team, the Seattle Mariners. His last MLB Manager job was with the 1982 Rangers. As an MLB Manager for 8 seasons, Darrell Johnson had a record of 472-590 in 1,063 MLB games. 


2012- The Yankees great Mariano Rivera, MLB's All-Time Save Leader, suffers a torn ligament in his right knee, while shagging fly balls during batting practice before the Yankees' game with the Royals in Kansas City. He is carted off the field and at the age of 42, the knee injury may well be MLB career ending. Mariano will recover to pitch for the 2013 Yankees. In the Yankees 2013 MLB Spring Training Camp, he announced that he would retire from MLB, when the 2013 AL season ended.


2020- Former Yankees and MLB Scout Rudy Santin passed away. (1960-2020)


Rudy Santin pitched in the Minor Leagues from 1978 to 1980. He was an 8th round pick in the 1978 MLB Amatuer Player Draft by the  Mariners. He started his pro career that year with the Bellingham Mariners (NL), but after a few games he found himself with the unaffiliated Salem Senators in the same league. Between the 2 stops, he went 2-1, 4.78 in 8 games. In 1979, he was in the Cardinals organization with the Johnson City Cardinals (AL) with no decisions and an ERA of 6.75 in 6 games. In 1980, he found work with another unaffiliated team, the Macon Peaches (SAL). Rudy went 0-1, with a 4.15 ERA in 6 games. Rudy was born in Cuba, his family had fled to Miami, FL when he was a young boy. In high school, he had the rare ability to pitch ambidextrously. After his playing career, he scouted for the Yankees, Giants and the Devil Rays, being director of Latin American Operations for both the Giants and Devil Rays. He later was a Player Agent. As a MLB Scout, he signed Bartolomé Fortunato, Juan Salas and Ramon Soler. As an agent, he worked with Alexander Guerrero. He later ran a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic which trained future professional players Rafael Devers and Wander Franco. He is a member of the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame. He was sometimes tainted by controversy, as he was suspected of making illegal bonus payments while working in the Yankees system, as detailed in the book The Duke of Havana about the signing of Cuban defector Pitcher Orlando Hernandez, which came out in 2001. Also, he was also investigated for his role in the signing of another defector, Hector Olivera, as Olivera alleged that Santin signed him to an exclusive representation contract, when he arrived in the D.R., charging him an exorbitant 37.5% of future earnings, something which Olivera later charged to have been done under duress. In turn, Rudy alleged that he had been scammed by Greg Genske, who had become Olivera's agent before he signed a lucrative contract with the Dodgers. In March 2020, with his health failing after a stroke, he decided to become a whistleblower, denouncing a widespread system of illegal agreements with underage players to ensure their future signing, but that leave them open to future exploitation. Part of that system includes providing loans to families that indebt them to shady lenders. He died on May 3rd, the victim of a heart attack, while still cooperating with the FBI on their investigation into these illegal practices, including allegations of human trafficking. Others have denounced the system, including Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.


May 4th



1918- 
The Yankees set an MLB record by recording 8 sacrifices in 1 game (6 bunts and 2 sac flies) during their 5-4 win at Fenway Park. The Yankees took advantage of the less-than-nimble and far-from left-handed Red Sox Pitcher named Babe Ruth. Those recording sacrifices were: Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh 2, OF Elmer Miller 2,1B Wally Pipp, OF Ping Bodie, 2B Del Pratt and Catcher Truck Hannah.


1924- In an effort to put less strain on his leg, Babe Ruth played 1B, as Lou Gehrig moved to Right Field. Gehrig committed a costly error in the outfield helping the Senators beat the Yankees by the score of 7-3. Together they have 5 hits at the plate in the losing effort. This change of positions experiment for the 2 Yankees stars ends the next day.


1929- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs against the Tigers during an 11-9 victory at Yankee Stadium. Also, during the 6th inning, Lou’s 2nd HR was sandwiched between HRs by his Yankees teammates, Sluggers Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth.


1933- Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez’s no-hit bid is spoiled in the 9th inning, when Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer leads off the 9thinning with a HR. Next, Gerald Walker follows with a double, he goes to 3rd on a wild pitch by Gomez, then he scored on an INF out before finally Gomez settles down and retires the side. Final score of the game was Yankees 5, the Tigers 2.


1936- The Yankees waived Reserve OF Dixie Walker (1931,1933-1936) to the White Sox. The current Yankees outfield of Rookie Joe DiMaggio, George Selkirk and Ben Chapman blocked Dixie Walker with Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich coming right up behind him in the Yankees Minor League system. He had been with the team for 5 seasons. Overall, Walker had appeared in 131 games for the Yankees, while hitting .268 with 16 HRs and 58 RBIs. Walker’s best season with the Yankees was in 1933, when he appeared in 98 games, while hitting .274 with 15 HRs and 51 RBIs. He would play for the White Sox and Tigers in the AL, before going over to the NL in 1939.  Dixie would have a good MLB playing career in NL, especially with the Dodgers, where he was nicknamed “The Peoples Cherce” by the Brooklyn Dodgers Fans. His younger brother, Harry “The Hat” Walker was a 1940’s star in NL with the Cardinals and later became an MLB hitting Coach and MLB Manager.


 1971- Former Yankees Reliever Joe Borowski (1997-1998) was born.


After being obtained from the Braves on waivers, Reliever Joe Borowski went 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA in 25 games for the 1997-1998 Yankees. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would sign with the Reds for the 1999 NL season.


1974- The Yankees traded Minor League P Mike Pazik to the Twins for MLB P Dick Woodson, who had a 33-30 MLB pitching record with pitching for the Twins.  He was 1-1 for the 1974 Twins at the time of the trade was made. Mike Pazik was with the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). The Twins would send him to their AAA club at Tacoma (PCL). To clear MLB roster space for Woodson, the Yankees send down P Rick Sawyer back to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Woodson would go 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 8 games for the 1974 Yankees. On April 10,1975, he was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for P Dave Cheadle, a former Yankees Minor League Pitcher.


1974- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Miguel Cairo (2004, 2006-2007) was born.


On September 20,1990, INF/OF Miguel Cairo was signed by the Dodgers as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never appeared with the Dodgers at the MLB level. Miguel Cairo appeared in 257 games as Reserve INF for the Yankees, while hitting .269 with 6 HRs and 82 RBIs. On August 15, 2007, the Yankees released Cairo; he would be picked by the Cardinals for the rest of 2007 NL season. After the 2012 MLB season, Cairo retired as an active player. He was named a Special Assistant to the Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty. He was also invited to the Reds'  MLB spring training camp in 2013 as an Instructor for both MLB and Minor League players. During his MLB 17 season playing career (1996-2012), Miguel Cairo had played for the Blue Jays, Cubs (twice), Devil Rays, Cardinals, Yankees (twice), Mets, Mariners, Phillies before finishing up with the 2012 Reds. He had played in 1,490 MLB games finishing with a lifetime .264 BA with 41 HRs and 394 RBIs.


1981- Yankees Reliever Ron Davis struck out 8 consecutive Angel batters in the 4-2 victory over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, tying a AL pitching record set by Nolan Ryan.


1985- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher and AL Umpire (1968-1984) Bill Kunkel (1963) passes away from Cancer. (1936-1985). 


The Red Sox originally had signed Bill Kunkel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1955. He never appeared with the team at the MLB level. Before the start of the 1956 AL season, Bill was sent from the Red Sox to the Dodgers in an unknown deal. He spent the 1957-1958 seasons serving in the military. On November 28,1960, Bill Kunkel was drafted by the A’s from theDodgers organization in the 1960 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Bill had pitched for 1961-1962 A’s, going 3-4 with a 5.04 ERA in 67 games. On August 3,1962, Kunkel was traded by A’s along with OF Leo Posada to the Braves for P Orlando Pena. On November 26,1962, Bill Kunkel was drafted by the Yankees from the Braves organization in the 1962 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Bill went 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 23 games working out of the bullpen with the 1963 Yankees. He would pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1964 until 1965 with various MLB organizations, until retiring as an active player in 1965; then he became a Professional Baseball Umpire reaching the MLB level in 1968. Twice during his Professional Umpire career, he took leaves from his job to undergo Cancer surgery and twice he returned. He umpired in 2 World Series (1974 and 1980). Bill was in the 1972 and 1977MLB All-Star Games, serving as Home Plate Umpire in the latter. His son Jeff Kunkel was an MLB Infielder for 8 seasons from 1984 to 1992 with the Rangers and the White Sox. During a 1984 spring training game, Kunkel's son Jeff, a member of the Rangers, brought the lineup card to the plate the only time Father and Son have appeared in the same MLB game as Umpire and Player. Shortly after his son Jeff was called up by the Rangers in July of that season, Bill decided to retire as an MLB Umpire. He worked his last game on August 28,1984. He was the last of a breed, as no former MLB player has umpired a game since that day, even though the transition from player to umpire was very common until the 1950s. He died from Cancer shortly after his retirement on May 4, 1985 at age of 47 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ.


1989- Former Yankees Minor League INF Nick Noonan was born.


In the winter of 2014, the Yankees signed INF Nick Noonan to a Minor League contract. He had been with the Giants. He didn’t play with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead he played infield at AAA Scranton (IL). On July 20, 2015, he was released by the team. In August of 2015, the Giants would resign him.


2006- Former Yankees Reserve OF Jim Delsing (1949-1950) passed away. (1925-2006)


On December 14,1948, OF Jim Delsing was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for OF Steve “Bud” Souchock. Jim only appeared in 21 games as a Reserve Outfielder for the 1949-1950 Yankees, while hitting .367 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. On June 15,1950, Jim Delsing was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, veteran MLB INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash to the Browns for Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and Reserve INF Leo Thomas. Jim would play in the MLB for 10 seasons, finishing with a lifetime BA of .255 with 40 HRs and 286 RBIs in 822 games. He played for the White Sox (twice), Yankees, Browns, Tigers before finishing up with the 1960 Kansas City A’s.


May 5th


1903- The Yankees turn their 1st triple play in their club’s history during an 11-3 win against the A’s.


1914- The Yankees turn a triple play during a 6-0 loss to the Senators.


1922- Construction begins at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx for Yankee Stadium; the 11-month building project would be finished allowing the Yankees to open the 1923 AL Season, ending the Yankees stay at the Polo Grounds.


1925- Veteran Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott was benched by Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, ending his playing streak of 1,307 consecutive MLB games played that had started in 1918, while he was playing for the Red Sox. Scott, who gave way to Pee Wee Wanninger as the Yankees starting Shortstop. Scott had the longest MLB playing streak before Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig started his 2,130 game MLB streak. Scott’s consecutive streak is still in 3rd place in MLB history behind Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig’s streaks. On June 17,1925, Everett Scott would be claimed on waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. He was hitting only .217 with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 22 games for the 1925 Bombers. His final Yankees player career totals was a .254 BA with 13 HRs and 174 RBIs in 481 games. He had appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .230 with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 39 games. 


1925- The Yankees obtained OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson from the Red Sox for P Ray Francis and $8,000 Cash. Ray Francis had appeared in 4 games for the 1925 Yankees with no record. Reserve OF Bobby Veach hit .353 with No HRs and 16 RBIs in 56 games for the Yankees. Bobby was the only Yankee player to ever pinch-hit for Slugger Babe Ruth. Ferguson would go 4-2 with a 7.79 ERA in 21 games with 1 save for the 1925 Yankees. On August 17,1925, Veach and Ferguson would be selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. Ferguson would help the Senators win the AL Pennant and  appeared in the 1925 World Series against the Pirates.


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


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


1926- Former Yankees Minor League player Bing Russell was born. (1926-2003)


Bing Russell was a Minor League player in the Yankees farm system, playing for the Class D Carrolton (GA-AL)) in 1948-1949. Bing later became a Hollywood actor most known for his work in the NBC-TV show "Bonanza". Russell returned to baseball in the 1970s as Team Owner of the Portland Mavericks of the Northwest League. His son, Actor Kurt Russell, played with the Dodgers organization for part of his Minor League playing career, until shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. Russell's Grandson, Matt Franco, went on to play in the majors.


1930- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Lefty Gomez beats White Sox hurler Red Faber by the score of 4-1. Gomez pitches a complete game victory, allowing only 5 White Sox hits with 1-run allowed and 6 Chicago strikeouts. Yankees 2B Tony Lazerri hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers. White Sox Starter Red Faber takes the loss, dropping to a 1-3 record, while Gomez picks his 1st victory of the 1930 AL season.


1949- At Comiskey Park, the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 7-5. The Bronx Bombers chased White Sox Starter Billy Pierce for 6 runs in the 1st 4 innings of the game. Allie Reynolds starts for the Yankees, going 6 innings for the win; while Yankees Closer Joe Page comes in for the final 3 innings. Bronx OF Tommy Henrich leads the Yankees hitting attack with a HR. Reynolds is now 2-1 for the 1949 AL season. White Sox lefty Starter Billy Pierce is now 2-1.


1954- Orioles Starter Bob Turley gave up 2 hits to the Yankees line-up, but Bronx veteran hurler Eddie Lopat defeated him by the score of 4-2. Yankees 1B Joe Collins drove in 3 runs for the Yankees with a triple. It was Turley's 2nd 2-hit loss of the 1954 AL season; the Indians had defeated him on April 2nd.


 1956- A Yankee Stadium crowd of 12, 773 fans watched a Saturday afternoon game between the Yankees and the A’s. They see Slugger Mickey Mantle hit a HR blast off of A’s Starter Lou Kretlow, striking the facade at Yankee Stadium to beat KC by the score of 5-2. Yankees Starter Mickey McDermott picks up the win with relief help from Don Larsen. Mantle’s Yankees teammates, Catcher Yogi Berra and RF Hank Bauer hit solo HRs in the game. The 1956 Yankees are now 11-5 for the AL season.


1964- A Tuesday day game at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 12,867 fans watch the Bronx Bombers edge the Tigers by the score of 4-3. Yankee Starter Whitey Ford goes 8 innings, while giving up 4 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 6 Tiger batters. Bronx Relievers Bill Stafford and Steve Hamilton shut down the Tigers for the win. The Yankees score the winning run of the game off of veteran MLB Reliever Larry Sherry in the 9th inning. Veteran Tigers Starter Hank Aguirre, who goes 8 innings, gets a no decision. Bronx lefty Reliever Steve Hamilton picks up his 1st victory of the 1964 AL season.


1970- Former Yankees Reliever Juan Acevedo (2003) was born.


In January of 2003, the Yankees signed veteran MLB Reliever Juan Acevedo, as an MLB Free Agent. He went 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA with 6 saves in 25 games for the 2003 Yankees bullpen before being released by the team on June 10, 2003. On June 17, 2003, Juan was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Blue Jays. He appeared in 14 games with a 1-2 pitching record with a 4.26 ERA before being released by Toronto in August of 2003.


1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Vito Tamulis (1934-1935) passed away. (1911-1974)


Yankees MLB Scout Gene McCann signed P Vito Tamulis shortly before his 19th birthday. He started his way up in the Yankees Minor League chain with the Class D Chambersburg Young Yanks (BRL) going 6-2, right out of high school in 1930. In 1931, his 2nd year in pro ball, Vito moved up to the Class C Cumberland Colts (MAL), making the All-Star team with a 15-4 record with a league-leading 1.92 ERA. In 1932, in a 3-team split-season with the Albany Senators (EL), the Binghamton Triplets (NY-PAL)and the AA Newark Bears (IL), Vito came up with a combined 20-7 record with a 2.41 ERA. After another 3-team season with Binghamton, Albany and Newark in 1933, going 10-8 with a 5.08 ERA. Vito would spend the 1934 season with the AA Newark Bears (IL). He would go 13-7 with a 2.74 ERA, earning his 1st chance at MLB hitters, when the Yankees would bring him up for a late season MLB Pitching debut on September 25, 1934. Vito pitched a 7-hit shutout at Shibe Park in Philadelphia against the A’s. Tamulis would spend the 1935 AL season with the Yankees, while posting a 10-5 record with a 4.09 ERA that included 3 shutouts. He also hit .246 as Yankee pitcher. He tied Ted Lyons, Wes Ferrell, Willis Hudlin and Whitey Wilshere for 4th in the AL in shutouts. During the following winter, Vito was stricken with pleurisy. He missed half of the 1936 AL season. Not fully recovered, he would spend the balance of the 1936 season with the AA Newark Bears (IL). Vito still managed a 7-5 record in 96 innings. He would remain with the Bears in 1937, posting 18-6 record with a 3.98 ERA in 190 innings. The 1937 Newark Bears are considered one of the greatest Minor League teams ever. Overall, Vito Tamulis posted an 11-5 record with a 3.87 ERA and 1 save in 31 games for the Yankees. On December 4,1937, he was traded by the Yankees to the Browns for 1B Harry Davis.


1974- The Yankees purchased Reserve INF Fernando Gonzalez from the Royals. He was a former Pirates Infielder, who had played for current Yankees Manager Bill Virdon, while he was managing the Pirates. He would hit .215 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs in 51 games for the 1974 Yankees. On March 25,1975, the team released him to Poza Rica, a team in the Mexican League. In July of 1975, he would return to the MLB with the Pirates.


1982- The Yankees traded MLB 1B Dave Revering, 2 Minor League Players: OF Tom Dodd and 3B Jeff Reynolds to the Blue Jays for veteran MLB 1B John Mayberry. John would appear in 69 games for the team, while hitting .209 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs. After winning the Yankees starting 1st base job in 1982 Yankees MLB spring training camp, Dave Revering has a major disappointment with the bat for the Yankees, hitting just .150 with No HRs and 2 RBIs in 14 games.


1988- At Royals Stadium in Kansas City, a crowd of  36,255 fans watch as the Yankees down by the Royals by the score of 5-3. The Bronx Bombers chased Royals Starter Mark Gubicza for 5 runs, while Yankees Starter Richard Dotson picks-up his 4thvictory of the 1988 AL season. Yankee batters Don Mattlingly and Rickey Henderson lead the Bombers hitting attack. Yankees Closer Cecilio Guante gains his 3rd save of the season with 2 innings of scoreless work. The Yankees team record for the 1988 AL season is now at the 20-8 mark.


1991- Former Yankees Reliever James Pazos (2015-2016) was born.


On June 5, 2012, P James Pazos was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. During the 2015 AL season, he was called up to the Bronx, appearing in 11 games as a Reliever with no record. He started the 2016 season at AAA Scranton (IL.) Overall, with the Yankees, James went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 18 games. On November 18, 2016, he was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for Minor League P Zack Littell.


2010- Veteran Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte earns his 4th victory of the 2010 AL season against no losses by beating the Orioles by the score of 7-5, but the veteran Yankees starter has to be removed from the game after throwing only 77 pitches and undergoes an MRI on his left elbow. The test reveals no structural damage, but Pettitte will have to rest until the inflammation goes away. He will retire after this season, then he will come back to pitch for the Yankees in 2012.


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May 6th


1890- Former Yankees INF Luke “Danny” Boone (1913-1916) was born. (1890-1982)


Danny Boone hit .236 in 88 games with the Yankees before finishing his MLB playing career with the Pirates in 1918. After his MLB playing days, he continued to play in the Minor Leagues for 14 straight seasons in the American Association. He kept playing even as late as 1935, he was instrumental in reviving the Northern League by serving as League President in 1933-1934 and Owner, Manager and Player for the Crookston Pirates in 1933-1935. After he sold the team, he managed Wausau. He and Marty Berghammer were the double play combination with the 1919-1925 AA St. Paul Saints (AA). 


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Ivy “Poison” Andrews (1931-1932,1937-1938) was born. (1907-1970)


On July 24,1929, hurler Ivy Andrews was purchased by the Yankees from Mobile (SA) for $20,000 Cash. On June 5,1932, Andrews was traded by the Yankees along with P Hank Johnson and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for hurler Danny MacFayden. On August 14,1937, Ivy was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians for $7,500 Cash.  Ivy Andrews went 8-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 41 games with 2 saves for the Yankees during his 2 tours with the team. In 1947, he managed in the A’s Minor League system for 1 season.


1911- The Yankees turn a triple play during a 6-3 win over the Red Sox at Hilltop Park.


1914- The Yankees win a scheduled 7th inning game with the Senators by a score of 4-0. During the pre-flight era, MLB games were occasionally shortening to 7 innings by mutual agreement by both teams, so as to allow the visiting team to catch a train on, known as  “getaway day.”


1915- As a Pitcher for the Red Sox, a young Babe Ruth had 3 hits, including his 1st MLB HR, when he connected off of Yankees hurler Jack Warhop at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees edge the Red Sox by the score of 4-3 in 13 innings.


1921- Former Yankees PH Richard Wakefield (1950) was born. (1921-1985)


On December 17,1949, Richard Wakefield was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for 1B Richard Kryhoski. Richard appeared in only 3 games with the 1950 Yankees. Before the start of 1952 AL Season, he was released by the Yankees; later, he would be picked by the Giants.


1930- The Yankees obtained Pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing (1930-1942,1945-1946) from the Red Sox Reserve OF Cedric Durst and $50,000 Cash. Durst would hit .245 for the 1930 Red Sox, then he would retire from the MLB. Red would lead the Yankee pitchers in career wins with 231 wins, until the club record was passed by Whitey Ford in 1967, who finished with 236 wins as a Yankee. Also, he was a pretty good hitting pitcher for the Yankees, hitting .270 with 31 HRs and 213 RBIs. Red was named to the AL All-Star team 5 times during his Yankees Pitching career. Ruffing will win 273 games during a 22-season MLB Pitching career starting with the Red Sox, then the Yankees and finishing up with the White Sox. He will gain election to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1967.


1941- Tigers Slugger Hank Greenberg made the most of his last MLB game before entering the U.S. military for service, a memorable one as he hits 2 HRs with 3 RBIs helping the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.


1951- The Yankees rout the Tigers by the score of 14-4 at Brigg Stadium. Reliever Tom Morgan picks up the win in relief of Yankees Starter Frank “Spec” Shea. At the plate, Tom Morgan hits a double. Veteran Bronx Bomber hitter Johnny Hopp hits a pinch-hit HR. The Yankees hitting attack is led by Rookie RF Mickey Mantle, who goes 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs.


1963- Former Minor League Player and Yankees MLB Scout (1995-2004) Scott Plies was born.


Scott Pleis played 5 seasons in the Minors, then he became an MLB Scout. His father, Bill Pleis had (Scott is technically William Pleis IV) had pitched in the MLB. Scott Pleis was selected by the Blue Jays in the 4th round of the 1981 MLB Amateur Player Draft, as the 82nd overall selection. Pleis was drafted as a Catcher, but he was immediately was moved to 2B. He hit .310 for the 1981 Medicine Hat Blue Jays, while fielding .901 at his new position. He was close to the Pioneer League Top 10 in average. In 1982, his defense improved significantly (.967 at 2B) but his hitting imploded  at .198 for the Florence Blue Jays. He also pitched 1 shutout inning. His main role was to back up Bernie Tatis at 2B. Pleis joined the Cardinals chain for his final 3 seasons as a player. In 1983, he was with the Erie Cardinals, hitting .321 in 60 games, then the Macon Redbirds hitting .232 in 55 games. He allowed 1 run in 5 1/3 innings between the 2 stops, while fanning 8 batters. He was .003 shy of 10th in the NY-PA League in batting average. With no set position, he split  the 1984 season between Erie hitting .241 in 44 contests and the Springfield Cardinals, hitting .239 BA in 27 games. On the mound, his pitching record was 1-1, with a 5.40 ERA. With Springfield in 1985, he ended his playing career by doubling in his only at-bat and pitching 5 games (5 R, 11 BB, 9 K in 8 1/3 IP). For his pro career, he had posted a .267 BA in 275 games with 97 runs and 89 RBI. He was 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 13 pitching appearances. Then he went into MLB Scouting. He was an Area Scout for the Yankees from 1995-2004, signing Pitcher Tyler Clippard and OF John-Ford Griffin for the team. From 2005-2007, he was East Coast Crosschecker for the Cubs. Then he joined the Tigers organization as a National Crosschecker. In August 2010, he was promoted to the role of Detroit Scouting Director.


1964- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 4-3. Reliever Steve Hamilton picks the win in relief of Bronx veteran Starter White Ford, who had pitched 8 innings, allowing 8 Tiger hits, 3 runs with 6 strikeouts. Hamilton had relieved Bill Stafford as he got 1 out in the 8th inning with Hamilton finishing the inning and then pitching the scoreless 9thinning. Veteran Tigers Reliever Larry Sherry takes the loss, allowing 4 Yankee hits and 2 runs. Hank Aguirre had started the game for the Tigers, gets the no decision.


1978- At Yankee Stadium, veteran Bronx Starter Catfish Hunter picks up his 1st victory of the 1978 AL season by beating the Royals by score of 4-2. Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle picks up his 4th save of the 1978 AL season with 2 scoreless innings of work. Catfish is now 1-3 for the 1978 season. The Yankees beat Royals Starter Larry Gura. The Bronx Bombers hitting attack is led by Lou Piniella, who hits a 2-run HR off of Gura.


1982- Mariners Starter Gaylord Perry became the 15th MLB pitcher with 300 MLB career victories, when he defeated the Yankees by the score of 7-3 at the Kingdome in Seattle. Perry became the 1st pitcher to notch his 300th MLB career victory, since Tribe hurler Early Wynn did it during the 1963 AL season.


1985- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn (1932-1933,1935-1938) passed away. (1908-1985)


Joe Glenn was the Reserve catcher for All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey. He appeared in 138 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 56 RBIs. Joe didn’t make any World Series appearances with the team. On October 26,1938, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with OF Myril Hoag to the St. Louis Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills. After his MLB playing career was over, Joe was a Minor League Manager from 1946-1950.


1994- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Jimmy Key picks up his 5th win of the 1994 AL season with a 3-1 complete game victory against the Red Sox. He allows only 4 Red Sox hits and 1 run in the game. The Friday night game at Yankee Stadium draws a crowd of 30,979 fans. The Yankees are now at a 17-10 record for the 1994 AL season.


 2005- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee Stine (1938) passed away. (1913-2005)


On December 19,1936, Lee Stine was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. Stine pitched 4 seasons in the MLB, while he was young, finishing up with the 1938 Yankees, for whom he pitched in 4 games at age 24. His ERA that season with the Yankees was 1.04. He did not pitch in the 1938 World Series for the Yankees. He would pitch in the high Minor Leagues until 1942.


2007- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber LF Hideki Matsui doubles to left in an at-bat against Mariners Starter Jarrod Washburn. It his 2,000th hit between MLB and NPB and makes him the 46th member of the meikyukai. The Yankees shut out the Mariners by the score of 5-0. The Sunday afternoon played game at Yankee Stadium drew a crowd of 52,553 fans.


2007- MLB Veteran All-Star Starter Roger Clements signs as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees.


2010- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher Robin Roberts (1962) Robin Roberts dies at age 83 at his home in Temple Terrace, FL. (1926-2010)


In the fall of 1961, Yankees had purchased veteran NL All-Star Pitcher Robin Roberts from the Phillies for $100,000 Cash. He was released at the end of 1962 Yankees MLB spring training camp, when Manager Ralph Houk and MLB Pitching Coach Johnny Sain thought that veteran Yankee Starter Bob Turley was still effective, which prove to be wrong. The Orioles would pick up Robin Roberts as an MLB Free Agent. He would have 3 good seasons with the Birds. He was especially effective against the Yankees. He began his MLB Pitching career in 1948 with the Phillies, with whom he had his best MLB seasons. He was named to 7 NL All-Star teams, he went 286-245 in an MLB pitching career that stretched from 1948 to 1966. Roberts appeared in the 1950 World Series against the Yankees, losing a 10 inning 2-1 pitcher’s duel with Allie Reynolds. He led the NL in wins 4 times, won 20 or more games during 6 consecutive MLB seasons, but he also gave up an MLB record 505 HRs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Clippers Note: I still believe that Robin Roberts would have won 300 games in his MLB Pitching career, if the Yankees had kept him.


2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Duane Pillette (1949-1950) passed away. (1922-2011)


Before the start of the 1946 AL season, the Yankees signed P Duane Pillette as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Duane was the son of former MLB Player Herman Pillette. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 games for the Yankees. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers. On June 15,1950, Duane was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Delsing, P Don Johnson, INF George ”Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowskiand 3B Leo Thomas.


2018- The Yankees are on fire as they record their 15th win in their last 16 games, a 7-4 victory over the Indians; thanks to a 3-run walk-off HR by Rookie Gleyber Torres off of Tribe hurler Dan Otero. Yankees Rookie hurler Domingo German making his 1st MLB start in place of an injured Starter Jordan Montgomery, begins things with 6 hitless innings for New York, before being removed for having reached his pitch count limit.


May 7th


1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Jonathan “Tom” Zachary (1928-1930) was born. (1896-1969)


Tom Zachary was the Senators pitcher, who gave up Babe Ruth’s 60th HR on September 30,1927. Also, during the 1927 AL season, Tom gave up 2 other HRs to the Babe Ruth. On August 23,1928, veteran hurler Tom Zachary was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Senators. He went 3-3 with a 3.94 ERA and 1 save in 7 games for the 1928 team. Next Season, he would post a 12-0 record with a 2.48 ERA and 2 saves in 26 games. In 1930, he went 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 3 games. Overall, Tom went 16-4 with a 3.21 ERA and 3 saves in 36 games for the Yankees, before being sold to the Braves. On May 12,1930, he was selected on waivers from the Yankees by the Braves. He appeared in 2 World Series during his long MLB pitching career (1918-1936) one with the 1924 Senators and the other one was with the 1928 Yankees. The team sold Tom to the Braves, because they had acquired a young righthanded starter named Red Ruffing from the Red Sox.


1903- The Highlanders lose to the Red Sox by the score of 6-2 in the 1st game played between the 2 teams. Bill Dineen was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox. Snake Wilse took the lost for the Highlanders. Red Sox 2B Hobe Ferris hit a HR.


1906- Yankees Manager Clark Griffith is struck in the mouth by AL Umpire Tim Hurst, who is suspended by the American League for 5 days.


1913- Yankees Starter Ray Keating yields a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal, then he pitches no-hit ball the rest of the way in a 6-0 win over the Tigers. Keating managed to strike out Tiger Star Ty Cobb in his 1st two at bats, after which Cobb quit for the day.


1943- Former Yankees OF Steve Whitaker (1966-1968) was born.


Before the start of the 1962 AL season, the Yankees signed Steve Whitaker as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in their Minor League system until August of 1966, when he was called-up to the Bronx. Steve was talented player, who couldn’t control his temper. He batted .246, .243 and .221 for the Yankees in 181 games,  while hitting 18 HRs with 68 RBI’s. In 1967, he was the Yankees regular RF, who led the AL Outfielders with 6 double plays. Steve was selected by the Royals from the Yankees in 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. During the Royals 1st MLB spring training camp, Steve was traded to the other AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots for OF Lou Piniella. He would finish his short MLB 6 season playing career (1966-1970) with the Giants. He finished his MLB playing career-hitting .230 with 24 HRs and 85 RBIs in 266 games.


1944- Former Yankees Minor League OF Billy Murphy was born.


In 1962, the Yankees signed OF Billy Murphy, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 29,1965, he was drafted by the Mets from the Yankees organization in the 1965 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. In his only MLB season in 1966, Billy appeared in 84 games with the Mets, while hitting .230 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.


1957- At a night game at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Indians Starter Herb Score was hit on the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Yankees Gil McDougald in the 1st inning. The ball broke Score's nose and damaged his eye; he will miss the rest of the 1957 AL season.  The Yankees win the game by a score of 2-1. The eye injury effectively ended Score’s MLB pitching career; he would continue to pitch until 1962. He finished MLB pitching career with the White Sox. Overall Score posted a 55-46 record with a 3.36 ERA in 150 games. He was never the same power strikeout pitcher (508 strikeouts in his 1st 2 MLB seasons). Also, the injury to Score affected Gil McDougal, who never as aggressive at the plate like he had been. He would retire from MLB after the 1960 World Series, refusing to go to the new Senators in the expansion team player draft and turning down a $100,000 offer to be the Player-Manager of the other new AL Expansion Team, Los Angeles Angels. He would become the Baseball Coach at Fordham University during the 1960’s.


1959- The largest crowd in baseball history, as 93,103 fans jam the Los Angeles Coliseum to watch the World Champion Yankees play the Dodgers in an exhibition game held for the benefit of crippled former Dodgers Catcher Roy Campanella. The Yankees defeated the Dodgers Starter Sandy Koufax by a score of 6-2.


1966- After only 4 victories in their 1st 20 games of the 1966 AL season, the Yankees Manager Johnny Keane was fired. He was replaced by the team's GM and former Skipper, Ralph Houk. The 1966 Yankees would post a 70-89 record; finishing last in AL. Johnny Keane was the wrong manager for the veteran Yankees team, replacing the popular Yogi Berra, who had 99 games and an AL pennant in 1964. Ralph Houk deserved to finish last place in 1966, since he was responsible for some of the poorest player personnel moves ever made in the team’s history, including the hiring of Johnny Keane to replace Manager Yogi Berra, who had won 99 games in 1964, while he was the Yankees General Manager (1964-1966).


1969- Former Yankees Reserve 2B Ray Mack (1947) passed away. (1916-1969)


On December 6,1946, INF Ray Mack was traded by the Indians along with Catcher Sherman Lollar to the Yankees for OF Hal Peck, P Al Gettel and Minor League hurler Gene Bearden. Ray appeared with only 1 game with the 1947 Yankees, before being sent to the White Sox. Lollar would share catching duties with Aaron Robinson and Yogi Berra, during the 1947 AL season before being traded by the Yankees to the Browns in December of 1948.


1974- The Yankees traded Catcher/1B Duke Simms to the Rangers for Pitcher Larry Gura and Cash. 


Duke Simms had been obtained by the Yankees from the Tigers during the last week of the 1973 AL season. He went 3 for 9 in 4 games for the team. In 1974, he was 2 for 15.  At the time of the trade, Larry Gura had gone 3-7 with the Cubs before being traded to the Rangers. Texas had him pitching at AAA Spokane (PCL), where he had a 1-1 record. The Yankees transferred him to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Marty McHale (1913-1915) passed away. (1886-1979)


On August 11,1913, P Marty McHale was purchased by the Yankees from AA Jersey City (IL) for $6,000 Cash. He appeared in 51 games for the Yankees, while posting an 11-27 record with a 3.28 ERA and 1 save.


1999- Yankees Starter Hideki Irabu opposes Mariners Starter Mac Suzuki in the 1st match up of Japanese starting pitchers in MLB history. The Yankees win the game by a score of 10-1 with Ibrau going 7 innings, while giving up only 4 Mariner hits and 1 run. Suzuki lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 Yankee hits, 7 runs, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.


2000- The Yankees honor long-time Public Address Announcer Bob Sheppard with a “Yankee Stadium Day” as he received a plaque in Monument Park in the Center Field. He had started working for the Yankees in 1951.


2017 - In a nationally televised Sunday night game, the Yankees defeat the Cubs, 5-4 in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The longest MLB Interleague game in history features a record 48 strikeouts - 26 by Yankees pitchers and 22 by the Cubs. New York seems on its way to a victory with a 4-1 lead in the 9th inning, but Bronx Closer Aroldis Chapman allows 3 runs, the last on a bases-loaded hit by pitch of Cubs batter Anthony Rizzo. There is no more scoring until the top of the 18th, when Yankees CF Aaron Hicks, who has struck out 4 times in the game, leads off with a bunt single off of Cubs Reliever Pedro Strop and moves to 2nd on Catcher Willson Contreras'  wild throw, which ends up in Right Field. After moving to 3rd, he scores on Starlin Castro's infield grounder, when Shortstop Addison Russell's throw home is wide of the mark. Yankees Reliever Chasen Shreve pitches 3 scoreless innings for the win, which he ends the game by striking out P Kyle Hendricks, who was used a pinch-hitter with Cubs baserunners on 1st and  2nd.


May 8th


1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Chester “Red” Hoff (1911-1913) was born. (1891-1998)


Chet Hoff is the longest-lived Ex-MLB Player ever and was the last person alive to have played in the 1910s. At the time of his death, he was 107 years, 4 months, 9 days old, outdistancing his nearest competitors, Karl Swanson, Bob Wright and John Daley by more than 5 years. He died a week after a fall in which he had broken a hip and not of the complications associated with advanced age. Hoff gained some fame in 1991, when he turned 100. After his 100th birthday, Hoff delighted in signing postcard photos featuring him pitching in his Yankees uniform at age 100. It was reported that he used the $5 autograph fee for weekly trips to the shopping mall from his assisted living facility. Hoff, a pitcher, made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on September 6, 1911 against the Senators. He once struck out future HOF Ty Cobb. He had several cups of coffee with the Yankees through the 1913 AL season, then he spent 1914 season in the Minor Leagues. He returned to the MLB in 1915with the St. Louis Browns. Red had his finest MLB season, posting a 2-2 record with a 1.24 ERA in 11 games. He never returned to the MLB after that 1914 season, but he remained a Yankees fan for the rest of his long life. Chester “Red” Hoff went 0-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 games for the Yankees. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 2-4 record with a 2.49 ERA in 23 games.


1903- After losing their 1st ever game against the Red Sox, the Yankees behind Veteran MLB Starter Jack Chesbro win by a score of 6-1 for their 1st franchise victory. The veteran former NL Pirates Starter Chesbro throws a 6-hitter.


1911- At New York, Red Sox Starter Smokey Joe Wood beats the Yankees by the score of 4-0 in 6 innings. He gives up just 1 Yankees hit, a single to Pitcher Ray Caldwell.


1915- The Yankees pound the Red Sox by the score of 10-3, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yankee batters will come to the plate in the 4th inning.


1919- Yankees Ace Bob Shawkey retires the 1st 14 Philadelphia batters that he faces, and then he allows a single for the A’s only hit of the game as the Yankees beat the Mackmen by score of 2-0.


1926- The Yankees score 7 runs in the 2nd inning but they still lose the game to the Tigers by the score of 14-10, knocking themselves out of the AL lead; as the Senators move into 1st place in the AL.


1927- The Yankees draw a record crowd of 52,000 fans to Comiskey Park in Chicago, but Bronx Starter Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning 1 of his AL-leading 22 games of the 1927 AL season by a score of 9-0; the 2nd straight shutout of the White Sox by Yankee Starters. Bronx Catcher Pat Collins homers in the 7th inning, while 1B Lou Gehrig adds a pair of triples.


1937- Former Yankees Reserve OF Art Lopez (1965) was born.


In 1961, the Yankees signed OF Art Lopez as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. When injuries struck the regular Yankee outfielders during the 1965 AL season, Art was not the answer for the Yankees, appearing in just 38 games, while hitting .143 with No HRs or RBIs. He had been a .280 hitter in the Minor Leagues, but he could never hit that well with the Yankees at the MLB level. He played the 1966-1967 seasons at AAA level in the Yankees and Tigers organizations. Later, he would play pro baseball in Japan with his former Yankees teammate Joe Pepitone. Art spend the 1968-1972 seasons playing in Japan with Tokyo, Lotte and the Yakult teams, while appearing in 750 games with .290 BA, while hitting 116 HRs with 401 RBIs.


1953- After 13 straight losses to the Yankees, the Red Sox win a dramatic 11-inning, 2-1 thriller at Fenway Park. Billy Goodman's HR off of Yankees Starter Johnny Sain gives Red Sox Starter Hal “Skinny” Brown the victory. Dick Gernert’s 2nd inning HR is the other Boston score. In Red Sox previous win over the Yankees on August 9,1952, all of the Red Sox scoring came on solo HRs.


1957- The Indians clout 3 HRs to back Starter Early Wynn's 10-4 win over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a HR and 3 RBIs for the Bronx Bombers.


1959- The Yankees re-obtained P Mark Freedman from the KC for veteran MLB P Murray Dickson. Mark Freeman will only appear in 1 game for the 1959 Yankees, before being traded to the Cubs in 1960. Murray Dickson will go 2-1 for the KC in 1959, before retiring from MLB.


1961- The new AL Expansion Team, the Los Angeles Angels traded veteran AL Reliever Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for Pitchers Ryne Duren, Johnny James and Rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas. For Bob Cerv, it is his 3rd and final tour of duty in Yankees Pinstripes. Veteran AL Reliever Tex Clevenger helped out in the Yankees bullpen. Bob Cerv was once again was a Reserve Outfielder and power bat off the Yankees bench. Ryne Duren had lost his Yankees Closer job to lefty Veteran Reliever Luis Arroyo. Young Starter Johnny James had appeared with the 1959-1960 Yankees, going 5-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 2 saves in 30 games before going back to AAA Richmond (IL). James injured his pitching arm in Angels MLB spring training camp of 1962. He never pitched again in the MLB. James had posted a 0-2 record with a 5.30 ERA in 36 games for the 1961 Angels. Lee Thomas had spent 7 seasons playing in the Yankees farm system. In 1961, he was 1 for 2 with the team. Thomas would have some success, while playing in MLB. After retiring as an active player, he became a Baseball Executive, later he would become a General Manager for the Phillies. Lee has worked in several other MLB team’s front offices.


1962- Former Yankees1B/OF Orestes Destrade (1987) was born.


In 1981, the Yankees signed 1B/OF Orestes Destrade as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in only 9 games for the 1987 Yankees, hitting .263 with only 19 at bats. On March 30,1988, he was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for Reliever Hipolito Pena. He would later play pro baseball in Japan. He would become a Sports Announcer for ESPN.


1964- In Cleveland, there are tornado warnings, but the Yankees supplies damage, when CF Mickey Mantle cracks a 3-run HR off of Tribe Starter Tommy John in the 4th inning to lead the Bombers to a 10-3 victory.


1971- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Todd Greene (2001) was born.


The Yankees signed C/OF Todd Greene as an MLB Free Agent on April 5, 2000. He had originally been signed by the Angels in 1993, who had released him in 2000. He played for the 2000 Blue Jays as a Reserve Catcher. At the end of their 2001 MLB spring training camp, the team had released him.  He hit .208 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs in 35 games for the 2001 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 2000 World Series against the Diamondbacks playing in 1 game, while going 1 for 2 at the plate. The club released him in March, during their 2002 MLB spring training camp. Todd would become a Reserve Catcher with the Rangers, Rockies and finishing up with the 2006 Giants. In 2008, Greene was an MLB Scout for the Padres. In 2009, he was a Quality Assurance Coach for Tampa Bay. In 2010, he was an MLB Scout for the Mariners. In 2011, Todd was an MLB Scout for the Diamondbacks.


1991- Gambler Howard Spira is found guilty of trying to extort money from Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. Spira had already received $40,000 from George Steinbrenner.


1991- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Cedric Tallis (1978-1983) passed away. (1914-1991)


Cedric Tallis was the original General Manager of the new AL Expansion Team, the Kansas City Royals from their inception in 1968 until June 1974. Then he moved to the Yankees as Assistant General Manager to GM Gabe Paul in 1976-1977. He took over the General Manager position (1978-1979), when Gabe Paul returned to the Cleveland Indians in the fall of 1977. Cedric replaced Al Rosen, when he left to work for the Astros Front Office. Tallis was the Yankees Team President from 1980 to 1983.


1994- At a Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium, 28,680 fans see 3 Yankees batters OF Danny Tartabull, C Mike Stanley and OF Gerald Williams hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Yankees in the 6th inning off of Boston Pitchers during the Bronx Bomber's 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Gerald Williams will hit another HR in the 7th inning. Yankees Starter Terry Mulholland picks his 4th win of the season with relief help from Donny Pall and Sterling Hitchcock, who gets his 2nd save of the year. Red Sox Reliever Paul Quantrill takes the loss.


1999- The Mariners defeat the Yankees by the score of 14-5, as Seattle’s 3B John Mabry gets 5 hits to led the Mariners’ hitting attack.


2009- In his 1st game of the 2009 MLB season after missing 6 weeks because of hip surgery, Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez hits the 1st pitch he sees from Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie for a 3-run HR in a 4-0 Yankees win that ends a 5-game Yankees losing streak. Yankees Starter CC Sabathia pitches a 4-hit shutout in his best pitching performance, since signing a huge MLB Free Agent contract over the winter.


2010- Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira became only the 2nd player in Yankees history to smack 3 HRs in a single game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The last Yankees player to do it was Lou Gehrig, who accomplished the feat on June 23,1927. That was also the only other time a Yankee has hit 3 HRs in a game against the Red Sox in either New York's Yankee Stadium or Boston's Fenway Park. "Man, that's humbling right there," the unassuming Teixeira said after the Yankees crushed the rival Red Sox by the score of 14-3. "Any time you talk about the Yankees -- Gehrig, [Joe] DiMaggio, the list goes on and on -- it makes you realize you have a long way to go to be in their category. So, there's a lot of work for me left to do." Reserve Catcher Francisco Cervelli, starting the game because of an injury to starting Catcher Jorge Posada, also drives in 5 runs. Teixeira's last dinger is hit against OF Jonathan Van Every, making the 2nd pitching appearance of his MLB Pitching career. The game is interrupted for 1:15 by a rain delay in the 5th inning, forcing Yankees Starter CC Sabathia out of the game early and giving Bronx Reliever Alfredo Aceves the win.


2013- The injury-riddled Yankees struggle to put together a line-up, today batting Pitcher David Phelps 8th and playing OF Vernon Wells at 3B for an inning in his 1st MLB playing career appearance at the position, but they manage to keep on winning. Wells hits a 2-run HR in the 1st, then in the 9th inning, Manager Joe Girardi uses a pinch-hitter for 3B Chris Nelson in scoring the deciding run in a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Out of back-up infielders, he puts Wells at the hot corner for the bottom of the 9th. Wells successfully fields a ground ball as Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera records his 12th save of the season - and the 1st of his MLB pitching career at Coors Field.


 


 

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