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This Week in Yankees History May 9th-May 15th Part One

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May 9th

1903- The Boston Pilgrims (aka the Red Sox) top the visiting Highlanders by a score of 12-5 with a little help from AL Umpire Caruthers, who tosses out Highlanders P Jesse Tannehill and 2B Jimmy Williams for a ball call at home.

1930- The Yankees and the Tigers Outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record, which has never been equaled. Tiger's Starter George Uhle strikes out 8 Yankee batters in winning the game by the score of 5-4. This loss to Detroit drops the Yankees to 7th place in the AL. Bronx Starter Hank Johnson (7 innings) and Reliever George Pipgras (2 innings) are the Yankee hurlers in the game.

1940- The Press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Jacob Ruppert Estate to NYC Political Bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front page several times during the next year, but it never happens. The Yankees will be sold in January of 1945 by the Jacob Ruppert Estate to a group of buyers, consisting of Businessmen Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and former MLB Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail Sr.

1944- After missing much of the Yankees 1944 MLB Spring Training Camp and the early part of the 1944 AL season due to illness, Joe “Marsh” McCarthy returns as Yankees Manager. The team with a majority of its regular players serving in the armed forces for World War II service, would finish in 3rd place in the AL with an 83-71 record.

1949- At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, the Tigers set back the 1st-place Yankees by the score of 4-1 behind the 5-hit pitching of Starter Ted Gray. Yankees Starter Vic Raschi also allows just 5 Tigers hits, including a HR by Richard Wakefield in taking the loss.

1953- At Fenway Park, the 1st place Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of Red Sox hurler Bill Werle. Mickey is robbed of another HR, when Red Sox CF Jimmy Piersall makes a sensational catch at the Boston bullpen in right-center field.

1954- Philadelphia A’s Catcher Wilmer (Billy) Shantz, brother of Pitcher Bobby Shantz, hits a Grand Slam HR, the 1st HR of his MLB playing career. It comes off former A's hurler Harry Byrd, who is now with the Yankees. Shantz will hit just 1 more HR in his MLB playing career. Billy's Gram Slam HR is all the offense the A’s get as the Yankees win the game by a score of 7-4. The nightcap ends in a 1-1 tie, after 9 innings were played. Bobby and Billy Shantz will be teammates once again briefly with the Yankees during the 1960 AL season.

1958- After 6 straight home rainouts, the Yankees play their 1st home night game of the 1958 AL season against the Senators. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 3rd inning with an inside-the-park solo HR off of Nats Starter Pedro Ramos. The Bronx Bombers roll to a 9-5 win over the Senators.

1959- The Yankees sell back veteran P Murry Dickson to the Kansas City. He had gone 1-2 with a 5.75 ERA in 6 games for the 1958 Yankees. He had appeared in 2 games of the 1958 World Series against the Braves with no record. He will go 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 38 games for the A’s before retiring from the MLB. 

1964- At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Tribe Starter Pedro Ramos gives up 4 HRs to Yankees batters: Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle, Joe Pepitone and Hector Lopez, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 6-2.  Pedro Ramos would finish the 1964 AL season with the Yankees, coming to the team in a late season trade in September. He would help out Yogi Berra’s bullpen, but he was unable to play in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, because the trade was made after August 31stMLB Trade Deadline.

1966- At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, the Yankees (6-20) edge the Twins by the score of 3-2. Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone with the game-winner in the 9th inning hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers.

1979- The Yankees released veteran AL Golden Glove Winner Reserve OF Paul Blair, who then signs with the Reds. He had appeared in 172 games for the Yankees, often as a defensive replacement for Reggie Jackson, while hitting .223 with 2 HRs and 38 RBIs. Paul played in 2 World Series (1977-1978) for the Yankees, while hitting .300 (4 for 12). 

1981- Seattle’s Tom Paciorek hits his 2nd game winning, bottom-of-the-9th inning HR in as many games, a 3-run blow giving the Mariners, a 6-5 victory over the Yankees. The previous night, Paciorek had led off the 9th inning with a solo HR to give the Mariners, a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

1984- Former Yankees 3B Chase Headley (2014-2017) was born.

Chase Headley was selected in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Padres. Headley was ranked #5 among Padres prospects in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2006, #6 in 2007 and #1 in 2008. He made his MLB Player debut with the Padres in June of 2007; but he only played 8 games in the MLB that 1st year, going 4 for 22. He played 91 games as a rookie in 2008, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 38 RBIs. He played mostly in LF in 2008 and 2009, before moving back to his natural position of 3B in 2010. His 1st 3 full seasons came with quite similar results, as he hit between .262 and .269 while hitting between 9 and 13 HRs. His average improved to .289 in 2011, but his power fell as he hit only 4 HRs. Headley had a breakout season in 2012. He was the NL Player of the Month for August when he hit .306, while leading the MLB with 31 RBIs and tying for 1st with 10 HRs. He also scored 20 runs during the month and slugged .611. He repeated as NL Player of the Month in September, when he hit .324, slugged, .647, hitting 9 HRs and collected 30 RBIs. He finished the season with a NL-leading 115 RBIs, to go along with 31 doubles and 31 HRs in 161 games. He also had an outstanding season with the glove, winning the NL Gold Glove Award at 3B that year. He finished 5th in the voting for the 2012 NL MVP Award voting. After his breakout season, Headley filed for salary arbitration heading into the 2013 NL season, but he was able to reach a deal with the Padres before the hearing. The 2 sides agreed on a salary of $8.575 million for 1 year, a raise of more than $5 million. On March 17th, however, he broke his thumb sliding into 2B in a spring training game and as a result was forced to miss the start of the season. The injury ushered in a fall back to earth for Headley, as his bat production fell to be more in line his previous seasons norms: he hit .250 with 35 doubles,13 HRs and 50 RBIs in 141 games. In 2014, Headley was bothered in the early season by a herniated disk in his back, which sapped his bat power. He improved after receiving an epidural injection in late June, but he was still only hitting .229 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs in 77 games, when he was traded to the Yankees on July 22nd in return for INF Yangervis Solarte and P Rafael De Paula. With 3B Alex Rodriguez suspended for the 2014 AL season, they had struggled to find a replacement at 3B, after Rookie Solarte had cooled down following a strong season start. Kelly Johnson and another Rookie, Zelous Wheeler had shared the position in recent weeks, but without providing much production at the plate. Headley immediately headed to the Bronx after the trade was announced and made it in time to enter that night's game in the 9th inning; he proved to be the hero in the 14th inning, when he drove in Brian Roberts with the winning run in a 4-2 win over the Rangers. He ended up doing quite well with the Yankees, as he hit .262 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 58 games, in addition to playing well on defense. The Yankees were quite pleased with his performance. On December 15th, they re-signed him to a 4-year contract worth $52 million, clearly indicating that he was considered the team's 3B of the future, with the man he replaced, A-Rod having to earn his keep on the team as a DH. Headley will spent 3 full seasons as a starter for the Yankees from 2015 to 2017. he was used almost exclusively a 3B in the 1st 2 seasons, then he moved over to 1st base in mid-season in 2017; after the Yankees had acquired 3B Todd Frazier from the White Sox in a July deadline trade. He did not do as well then in his 1st half-season in the Bronx, with an OPS+ of 90 and 91 in 2015 and 2016, with 11 and 14 HRs, along with 62 and 51 RBIs. In 2017, as the Yankees experienced a resurgence thanks to an influx of young players, he improved his BA to .273 with 12 HRs and 61 RBIs. he got his 1st taste of the MLB Postseason in 2015, when he was 0-for-2 with a walk when the Yankees were shut out by the Astros in the ALWCS. In 2017, he went 0 for 12 in the ALDS against the Indians, and then .389 (7 for 18) as the Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS. He was the team's primary DH in both series, as Rookie Greg Bird had taken over the 1B job. After the season, on December 12th, he was traded back to the Padres along with P Bryan Mitchell in return for OF Jabari Blash. The trade came 1 day after Yankees had acquired NL All-Star Superstar Slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Marlins; it was meant to slash team payroll to compensate for Stanton's huge MLB player contract. Headley was expected to start at 3B for the young Padres in 2018; but he quickly lost his job when Rookie Christian Villanueva had a 3-HR game in his 1st start at the position and went on to win Rookie of the Month honors in the NL. With the Padres having signed 1B Eric Hosmer to a large contract in the offseason, there was little or no playing time left for Headley on the team; he did not do much to prove his value, when he did get to play, as he was hitting just .115 in 27 games with 52 at-bats on May 12th, the day the Padres had him Designated for Assignment.

1990- At Yankee Stadium, Oakland edges the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 11 innings. A’s LF&nbs****ey Henderson scores the 1st run, scoring from 2B on a 6-3 ground out. Richard Honeycutt is the A’s winning pitcher.

1990- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jace Peterson (2018) was born.

On January 2, 2018, Reserve INF Jace Peterson was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. On April 15, 2018, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On April 16, 2018, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He only appeared in 3 games with the team, while hitting .300. On April 24, 2018, Jace was selected off waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees.

 1997- Against the Royals in the 6th inning, the Yankees catch Royals base runner Jay Bell in a rundown, when Bell is suddenly called out by Umpire Dale Ford, who thinks he passed the preceding Royals base runner Jose Offerman. However, Offerman had been forced out at 3B. Royals' Manager Bob Boone argues until the Umpires agree and put runners back at 2B and 3B and call for a resumption of play. Chili Davis then lines a 2-run single off of Yankees Starter Kenny Rogers to tie the score. The Royals win the game by a score of 7-5 in 12 innings with the victory going to Randy Veres. The Yankees protest that the rundown play should not have been reversed. Gene Budig of AL league office will dismiss the Yankees protest, stating that with the rundown there were several scenarios, where Jay Bell could have escaped a tag.

1999 - The Yankees defeat the Mariners by the score of 6-1. Veteran MLB Reliever Mike Stanton makes his 1st MLB Career start for the Yankees, ending his MLB Pitching record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his 1st MLB start. The previous MLB record was 443 games, which was set by Giants Reliever Gary Lavelle.

2002- Yankees Closer Marino Rivera saves his 225th MLB save, setting a new Yankees franchise Pitching record for saves.

2010- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez tied HOF Frank Robinson for 7th place with 586 MLB Career HRs list.  A-Rod’s 3rd HR of the 2010 AL season, a solo HR shot, just cleared the LF wall in the 4th inning of the Yankees game against the Red Sox on Sunday night. It cut Boston's lead over the Yankees to 6-2. The Yankees eventually lost the game by a score of 9-3, but still took the 3-game series by winning the 1st 2 games by scores of 10-3 and 14-3. Frank Robinson was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982; he had played for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and the Indians from 1956 to 1976. In 1976, he was the Player-Manager for the Indians. He retired as an active player to focus on his managing job. Alex Rodriguez's HR was his 21st at Boston's Fenway Park, tying Jim Thome for the most by an active opponent. Yankees Hall of Famer’s Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle top the overall MLB Players list with 38 HRs each.

2012- The Yankees find out what it's like not to have the greatest closer in history pitching for them anymore, as his replacement, Closer David Robertson blows a 1-0, 9th-inning lead against the Rays. He loads the bases quickly, and then he gives up a game-tying sacrifice fly to B.J. Upton and a 3-run HR to Matt Joyce as Tampa Bay wins, the game by the score of 4-1. These are the 1st runs given up by Robertson this season; he had been successful in his 1st opportunity to close in place of the injured Mariano Rivera on May 8th.

2018- The Yankees take sole possession of 1st place in the AL East with a 9-6 win over the Red Sox, their 17th win in their last 18 games. Boston has a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the 8th, but Red Sox Relievers Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel get tagged for 4 Yankee runs, on a 2-run triple by Brett Gardner and a HR by Aaron Judge. Gardner, who was hitting just .198 coming into the game, adds a pair of doubles and scores 3 runs.

May 10th

1868- Future MLB Manager, HOF Baseball and Yankees Executive Edward Barrow (1920-1946) was born. (1868-1953)

Edward Barrow worked as a journalist and soap salesman before entering the business of baseball by selling concessions at games. From there, Barrow purchased Minor League baseball teams, also serving as Team Manager and served as President of the Atlantic League. After managing the Tigers in 1903 and 1904, returning to the Minor Leagues, Barrow became disenchanted with baseball, he left the game to operate a hotel. He returned to baseball in 1910 as President of the Eastern League. After a 7-year tenure, Barrow managed the Red Sox from 1918-1920. He was the Manager of 1918 World Champion Red Sox. He was the MLB Manager, who decided to make Babe Ruth, an everyday player because of his great hitting ability. In 1920, Ed will leave the Red Sox to become the Yankees General Manager, who will through a series of trades with the Red Sox build the Yankees into a World Championship team. In 1931, he signed former Cubs Manager Joe McCarthy to manage the Yankees, replacing 1930 Yankees Manager Bob Shawkey. In 1932, he hired Minor League Executive George Weiss to run the newly created Yankees Minor League system. He will be run the Yankees front office until January of 1945, when the Jacob Ruppert Estate sells the team to Co-Team Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and Larry MacPhail, who will replace Barrow as the Yankees President. Barrow sold his 10% stake in the team to the group. Barrow remained as Chairman of the Board and an Informal Adviser. Though he signed a 5-year contract to remain with the Yankees, he exercised a clause in his contract to free himself as of December 31,1946 in order to officially retire from MLB. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Baseball Executive in 1953. On April 15,1954, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Barrow, which 1st hung on the CF wall at Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and the outfield monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Manager Miller Huggins. The plaques and monuments were later moved to the Stadium's Monument Park, when Yankee Stadium was being remodeled in 1973-1975.

1906- The Yankees sold OF Ed Hahn to the White Sox. He had hit .309 in 43 games with the 1905 Yankees. Overall, Ed appeared in 54 games for the team, while hitting No HRs and 12 RBIs in 54 games.  The Yankees had just acquired veteran MLB OF Danny Hoffman from the Philadelphia A’s, making Hahn expendable.

1910- The Yankees sold OF Clyde Engle to the Red Sox. He was the 1909 Yankees full-time LF, hitting 20 doubles with 3 HRs and 71 RBIs; while hitting .278 in 140 games. He reported to the Yankees 1910 MLB Spring Training Camp out of shape, he started the season slowly going 3 for 13 in 5 games.

1911- The Tigers lose their 1st home game of the 1911 AL season by a score of 6-2, as the Yankees hands Tigers Starter George Mullin his 1st loss. The Tigers have a 21-2 record and will lead the AL until July 4th.

1913– The Yankees commit 8 errors, but they still end up beating the Tigers by a score of 10-9 in 10 innings. Three of the 8 errors are made by Yankees Shortstop Claud Derrick, who will field just .872 for the season. Related? In 10 days, the Yankees will deal for Indians starting Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh to stabilize their shaky infield.

1926- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber Sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit back-to-back HRs off of Tigers Starter Sam Gibson as the Yankees outscore the Bengals by the score of 13-9. Veteran Bronx Starter Herb Pennock is the winning pitcher for the Yankees.

1934- Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (including a Grand Slam HR) and a pair of doubles, tying the record with 4 long hits and drives in 7 runs, but he leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yankees top the White Sox by the score of 13-3. During the game, Yankees OF Ben Chapman (1930-1936) shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. His racist behavior will lead the Yankees to trade him in 1936 to the Senators. During the 1947 NL season, as Manager of the Phillies, he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Dodgers Black Rookie INF Jackie Robinson.

1936- By beating the A’s by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees move into 1st place, they will remain there the rest of the 1936 AL season. Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio makes his belated Yankee Stadium debut for the Yankees hitting his 1st MLB career HR off of A’s hurler George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4 hits with 2 RBIs with Yankees Pitcher Johnny Murphy in his 1st start of the 1936 AL season, picking up the victory.

1937- Yankees Starter Monte Pearson pitches a 1-hitter in stopping the White Sox by the score of 6-0. Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st 2 HRs of the 1937 AL season, while George Selkirk hits his 5th HR for the Bronx Bombers. Chicago's only hit is a 1-out 1st inning single by Larry Rosenthal, who was erased on a double play.

1938- Former Yankees Minor League C Merritt Ranew was born. (1938-2011)

In 1968, Catcher Merritt Ranew moved on to the Yankees organization from the Angels organization, hitting .204 in 43 games for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He returned to AAA Seattle (PCL) in 1969. Then he joined the new AL  Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots; while hitting .247 and playing in 54 games.

1941- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1982) and Outfield Instructor Ken Barry was born.

Outfielder Ken Barry played in the MLB from 1962 to 1975 with the White Sox, Angels, Brewers and the Indians. Ken was 2-time AL Golden Glove Award winner. He was a Yankee Minor League Manager with the 1982 Class A Oneonta Yankees (NY-Penn League). He finished in 1st place, but his team lost in the League play-offs. Also, he was a Minor League Outfield Instructor for the Yankees. Ken has worked for several MLB organizations; Brewers, Mets, Padres and the White Sox as a Minor League Manager and Batting Coach.

1942- The Yankees sold Reserve OF Mike Chartak to the Senators. As a Reserve Outfielder for the 1940 and 1942 Yankees, Mike appeared in only 16 games, while hitting only .100 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. He joined the Yankees farm system in 1938, playing for their 2 AA teams, Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA).

1946- Before a Friday Ladies' Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64,183 fans, the 1st-place Red Sox win their 15th straight game, a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Boston Reliever Earl Johnson gets the win with 4 innings of scoreless relief. A Joe DiMaggio Grand Slam HR accounts for the all of the Bombers' scoring.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Pitching Coach John Cumberland (1968-1970) was born.

Before the start of 1966 NL season, John Cumberland was signed by the Phillies as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On November 29,1966, he was drafted by the Yankees from the Phillies in the 1966 MLB Minor League Player Draft. He would pitch at the AAA level in the Yankees Minor League system, before being called-up by the team in September of 1968. John went 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 18 games with the 1968-1970 Yankees. On July 20,1970, John was traded to the Giants for veteran MLB Starter Mike McCormick. Overall, he had a MLB Pitching career record of 15-16 with a 3.82 ERA; while pitching for the Yankees, Giants, Cardinals and the Angels. Later, he became an MLB Pitching Coach, working for the Red Sox and Royals. Also, John has worked with several MLB organizations as Manager and Pitching Coach.

1952- At Yankee StadiumYankees RF Hank Bauer goes 5 for 6 at the plate in an 18-3 romp over Boston. He hits 2 HRs and a double, finishing the game with 6 RBIs. The Red Sox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning. They chased Yankees Starter Tom Morgan for 4 hits and 3 Runs in the 1st 2 innings of the game. Yankee Relievers Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald and Bob “Sarge” Kuzava shut down Boston’s batting line-up with 7 innings of scoreless relief. McDonald pitches 5 innings of relief, picking up the win, while Kuzava gets credit for the save. Red Sox Starter Mickey McDermott takes the loss, allowing 7 Yankees runs on 7 hits; he is now 1-1 for the 1952 AL season.

1953- Veteran Yankees Starter Vic Raschi makes his 1st relief appearance in 2 seasons, limiting the Red Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 7-4. Red Sox INF Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, which will keep him out of action for 3-weeks, it occurred when OF Jim Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody's argument with AL Umpire Jim Duffy. Del Wilber hits his 2nd consecutive pinch-hit HR in the 8th inning; his 1st HR came on May 6th.

1956- At Yankee Stadium, Indians Starter Bob Lemon gives the Tribe a 7-2 victory over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a solo HR in the 6th inning for the Bronx Bombers. For Mickey Mantle, it is his 20th HR of May, a new record. The Yankees Slugger adds a double and 2 singles, he is currently hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League Coach Dave Howard was born. 

Dave Howard has Coached and Managed in the Minor Leagues. Howard began his Baseball Coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia Southern College, where he worked as an Assistant to Head Coach Jack Stallings from 1981-1986. From 1987-1994, he was the 3B Coach and Hitting Coach for the University of Florida, during which the team made the College World Series twice. Then Howard moved into pro baseball with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), coaching for them from 1994-1997. In 1998, he became the Manager of the Princeton Devil Rays, leading them to the finals of the Class A Appalachian League. He coached baseball for the Tampa Prep School in 1999-2000. Then he returned to manage in the Minor Leagues from 2001-2005 with the Hudson Valley Renegades. From 2006-2008, Howard was Major League Promotions Manager with Easton Sports. He was the Hitting Coach of the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats, entrusted with 2008 Amateur Draft 1st-Rounder Pedro Alvarez. He was the Hitting Coach for the Bradenton Marauders in 2010, then with the West Virginia Power in 2011 and the State College Spikes in 2012.

1959- The Yankees sweep doubleheader from the Senators at Yankee Stadium, winning by scores of 6-3 and 3-2 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle's HR in the 3rd inning of the Opener starts the Yankees scoring, as they beat Nats Starter Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th inning of the nightcap. Yogi Berra has a HR in the 2nd game. Yogi sets a new MLB record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.

1965- At Fenway Park, the 9th-place Yankees lose again to Red Sox by a score of 3-2, when Carl Yastrzemski out-hits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yaz hits a pair of HRs and sacrifice fly, while Mantle is 3-for-4 with a HR. After Mantle doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning off of Rookie Starter Jim Lonborg, who is lifted. Red Sox Closer Richard “The Monster” Radatz gets the final out of the game. It is Jim Lonborg's 1st MLB Pitching career win.

 1965- The Yankees traded Reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez to the Indians for 1B Ray “Buddy” Barker. The trade was made to allow veteran 1B/OF Joe Pepitone move to the OF to replace the injured RF Roger Maris, meanwhile Barker would take over at 1B.  He will appear in 176 games for the 1965-1967 Yankees, while hitting just .222 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs. In 1967, he was Mickey Mantle’s back up at 1B. He would be traded to the Orioles on July 4,1967 for Orioles veteran Starter Steve Barber. INF Pedro Gonzalez was a former James P. Dawson Award winner in 1963. He had appeared in 101 games for the 1963-1965 Yankees, while hitting .266 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. Pedro had appeared in 1 game of the 1964 World Series for the Yankees against the Cardinals with no hits.

1966- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB Shortstop Richard “Ducky” Schofield from the Giants for $25,000 Cash. To make room for him on the Yankees MLB 25-man team roster, the team sent Rookie P Jack Cullen to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL). On September 10,1966, he was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for P Thad Tillotson and Cash. Ducky had played for the Cardinals, Pirates before joining the Giants. He was the Reserve Shortstop for the 1960 Pirates, filling in for NL All-Star Shortstop Richard Groat, when he was injured that season. Also, his son played in the MLB.

1973- At Shea Stadium, the 1973 Mayor’s Trophy game is played. The Mets won the game by the score of 8-4 thanks to 5 runs in 2nd inning, sparked by Mets’ batter Felix Millan. Mets Starter George Stone held the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings, but he eventually gave up a Grand Slam HR to Yankees 3B Craig Nettles. Yankees Minor League Pitcher Mike Pazik takes the loss for the Bombers.

1996- Yankees Veteran MLB Starter David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his right pitching arm.

2010- On the night they pay tribute to long-time Detroit Broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who passed away last week, the Tigersbeat Yankees by the score of 5-4 with key contributions from 3 former Yankee players. Johnny Damon, signed as a MLB Free Agent in the off-season, hits a HR in his 1st game against his former team, while former Yankees Minor League OF Prospect Austin Jackson drives in a run and Reliever Phil Coke gets 2 key outs late in the game. Jackson and Coke were both obtained in an off-season trade for OF Curtis Granderson, who is currently on the Yankees DL.

2015- For his part, Yankees Starter Michael Pineda strikes out a MLB Pitching career-high of 16 Orioles batters in 7 innings in picking up a 6-2 victory. The 16 strikeouts are tied for 2nd-most in Yankees club pitching history, the team record being 18 was made by Ron Guidry, while the Orioles set team records for most strikeouts against 1 pitcher and most in a game, as they whiff 2 more times in the final 2 innings to end up with 18 for the game.

May 11th

1903- 1st Baseman John Ganzel hits the 1st New York Highlanders HR, as they defeat the Tigers by a score of 8-2. Also, his teammate, Shortstop William “Wild” Conroy hit a HR for the Highlanders.

1919- Senators Starter Walter Johnson pitched 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Yankees Starter Jack Quinn at the Polo Grounds. Johnson allowed only 2 Yankee hits as he retired 28 Bronx batters in a row. Future NFL Chicago Bears Owner Rookie OF George Halas, batting leadoff for the Yankees, went 0-for-5, while striking out twice.

1928- Former Yankees Minor League Player and MLB Pitching Coach Mel Wright (1974-1975) was born. (1928-1983)

Before the start of the 1950 AL season, the Yankees signed P Mel Wright as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He pitched in the Yankees Minor League system from 1950 to 1953, while compiling a 50-26 pitching record. On April 11, 1954, Mel was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Players INF Emil Tellinger and OF Bill Virdon to the Cardinals for veteran OF Enos Slaughter. He pitched for the 1954-1955 Cardinals and the 1960-1961 Cubs finishing his MLB pitching career with a 2-4 record with a 7.61 ERA in 58 games. He would return to the Yankees in 1974 as their new Yankees Manager Bill Virdon’s MLB Pitching Coach. Mel was Bill Virdon’s MLB Pitching Coach on several NL teams that he managed.

1937- The Yankees sold Veteran OF Roy Johnson to the Boston Bees (aka the Braves). Johnson had hit .265 in 1936 for the Yankees. For the 1937 AL season, after 51 at bats, he was hitting .294 with No HRs and 6 RBIs for the team. He became expendable with the arrival of Yankees Rookie OF Tommy Henrich, who the team had called up from their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL). He took Johnson spot on the 25-man MLB team roster.

1946- Yankees Starter Tiny Bonham puts the brakes on the Boston’s 15-game winning streak, with a 2-0 complete game shutout at Yankee Stadium. He allows only 2 Boston hits, while striking 4 Red Sox batters. Boston hurler Tex Hughson takes the loss. Yankees OF Tommy Henrich leads the Yankees hitting attack with a double and a HR for the Yankees scoring.

1954- The Yankees sell Reserve INF Jim Brideweser (1951-1953) to the Orioles. He had been placed on suspension by Yankees GM George Weiss for reusing to report to their AAA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA) for the 1954 season. In 1950, the Yankees had signed Jim Brideweser as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Jim had played college baseball at USC. He couldn’t break into the Yankee starting infield. Jim appeared in only 57 games for the 1951-1953 Yankees, while hitting .327 with No HRs and 5 RBIs.

1955- The Yankees made several player moves to get down to the MLB 25-Man Roster limit. First, the Yankees obtained Reliever Sonny Dixon from Kansas City for veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter and P Johnny Sain. Slaughter would return to the Yankees in August of 1956; his 1st stay was a major disappointment by hitting only .248 with 1 HR and 19 RBIs in 69 games. Johnny Sain was at the end of his fine MLB Pitching career that had started with the Braves in the late 1940’s. As a Yankee Pitcher, he went 33-20 with a 3.31 ERA and 41 saves in 130 games. Reliever Sonny Dixon would appear in 3 games for the 1956 Yankees, going 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA before leaving the MLB. He had previously pitched in the MLB for the Senators and the A’s. Then team would option P Don Larsen to the AAA Denver Bears (AA), where he would go 9-1 before being recalled by the team in late July. Next, the Yankees would sell P Art Schallock (1951-1954) to the Orioles for Cash. On July 12,1951, Art was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for Minor League Players Bob Landeck, C Eddie Malone and Cash.Art went 3-2 with 3.90 ERA and 1 save in 28 games for the Yankees.

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Walt Terrell (1989) was born.

On July 22,1989, Starter Walt Terrell was traded by the Padres along with a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for INF Mike Pagliarulo and P Don Schulze. The Padres sent former Yankees Minor League P Freddie Toliver on September 27,1989 to the Bronx to complete the trade, he never makes an appearance with the Yankees. Walt  had posted a 6-5 record with a 5.20 ERA in 13 games for the 1989 Yankees. On November 13,1989, Walt was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Pirates for the 1990 NL season.

1961- At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, a crowd of 15,986 fans watch their team lose to the visiting Yankees by the score of 9-4. Yankees new Veteran AL Reliever Tex Clevenger picks up the win in relief of Starter Ralph Terry. Kansas City Starter Bud Daley takes the loss for the A’s, allowing 8 Yankee hits and 7 runs. He is now 3-4 for the 1961 AL season. He will be traded by KC to the Yankees on June 14, 1961. 

1979- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB lefty hurler Jim Kaat from the Phillies. He would help out in the Yankees bullpen. He would go 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 2 saves in 40 games for the team, before being sold to the Cardinals in 1980.

1981-Former Yankees Reserve OF Sammy “Babe Ruth’s legs” Byrd (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1981)

Outfielder Sammy Byrd was often used as Babe Ruth’s late inning defensive Outfield replacement, earning him the nickname of “Babe Ruth’s legs.” He appeared in 565 games for the Yankees, while hitting .281 with 27 HRs and 155 RBIs. Sam played in 1 game of the 1932 World Series for the Yankees against the Cubs with no hits. On December 19, 1934he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would play for the Reds for 2 seasons, before he retiring from the MLB. Overall, as an MLB Player Sammy ended his playing career with a .274 BA with 38 HRs and 220 RBIs in 745 games. He later became a Pro Golfer, who won 23 PGA Pro events during his PGA Golfing career (1942-1946).

1990- MLB All-Star OF Dave Winfield rejected a trade that would have sent him from the Yankees to the Angels in exchange for Veteran MLB Starter Mike Witt. A no-trade clause in Winfield's MLB player contract gave him the right to turn down the deal. Five days later, Winfield will reach an agreement with the Yankees Front Office and give his permission to let the trade to take place. The trade would be finalized by the 2 teams on May 16,1990.

2006- Yankees LF Hideki Matsui broke his left wrist and his consecutive-games streak ended in the Red Sox 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. Going back to his days in Nippon Pro Baseball, when he had appeared in 1,768 consecutive games. Matsui had played in 518 consecutive games (a record for the start of an MLB career) since joining the Yankees in 2003 after playing in 1,250 straight for the Yomiuri Giants from August 22,1993 through 2002 season.

2020- Former Yankees Pitcher Larry Gowell (1972) passed away. (1948-2020)

The Yankees in the 4th round of the 1967 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P 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 April of 1973. The baseball Gowell hit was accepted as a historical baseball into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, where it now resides. He pitched in the Yankees organization until 1974. In 1975, he pitched in the Mexican League for 1 season before retiring the game.

May 12th

1889- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Schulz (1912-1914) was born. (1889-1931)

Al Schulz went 9-18 with a 3.75 ERA in 47 games with the Yankees. In 1914, he jumped from the Yankees to pitch in the Federal League with the Buffalo Buffeds before returning to the MLB with the Reds in 1916. He finished MLB Pitching career with a 47-63 record with a 3.32 ERA in 160 games.

1897- Former Yankees 3B Joseph “Jumping Joe” Dugan (1922-1928) was born. (1897-1982)

Joe Dugan broke into the MLB with the Philadelphia A’s. He played for the team until his trade by A’s Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack to the Red Sox. However, on July 23, 1922, the baseball establishment and fans everywhere were shocked to learn that Joe Dugan had been traded by Red Sox Team Owner Harry Frazee to the Yankees, who were in a close AL Pennant race with the St. Louis Browns. To obtain Dugan from the Red Sox, the Yankees gave up utility INF Players Johnny Mitchell, Chick Fewster, Elmer Miller, an excellent defensive outfielder, and a player to be named later - which was Pitcher Frank "Lefty" O'Doul. Red Sox Owner Harry Frazee also received a considerable amount of Cash from the Yankees. Replacing an aged Frank "Home Run" Baker at 3B, Dugan solidified the Yankees Infield, joining Shortstop  "Deacon" Scott, 2B Aaron Ward and Wally Pipp at 1B. With the Yankees and Browns embroiled in a very tight AL Pennant race, St. Louis fans were outraged. As it turned out, the Yankees opened a 4-game series with the Browns in St. Louis right after the trade was made with Boston. The Browns’ fans booed Dugan as soon as he got off the train in St. Louis. He played in 60 games for the Yankees that season, while batting .286 with 3 HRs and 25 RBIs. The Yankees finished in 1st place in the AL, 1-game ahead of the Browns in the final season standings. In the 1922 World Series, Dugan batted .250, with 1 double. As the regular 3B for the Yankees the next 4 seasons, Dugan batted .283 (1923), .302 (1924), .292 (1925) and .288 (1926). He also hit well in the 1923 and 1928 World Series for team at .280 and .333 marks, respectively. Joe suffered with a "trick knee" that began to give him trouble soon after joining the Yankees. The knee would lock and interfere with his playing. In 1925, he had a very delicate operation and was in bed for 6 weeks. The knee surgery helped, but Dugan never played again without the knee acting up on occasion. Joe Dugan always made light of his hitting on the great Yankee powerhouses. He told one anecdote to highlight the power of those teams and what he felt was his more modest contribution: in 1 inning the 1st 5 or 6 Yankee batters all hit safely – doubles, triples, and a HR. According to Dugan, when he came to bat and hit a single, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins fined him for breaking up a rally. In his last season of playing over 100 games, he was the 3B for the mighty 1927 Yankees team, considered by many to be the greatest of all time. He hit .269 with 2 HRs and 43 RBIs that season. He went 3 for 15 as the Yankees swept the Pirates in the 1927 World Series. Joe appeared in only 94 games with the Yankees in 1928. He was sold by the team on December 24, 1929 to the Boston Braves, where he batted .304 in 60 games. After the 1929 NL season, Dugan retired, but he came out of retirement to play 8 games with the 1931 Tigers. His July 23,1922 trade by Boston to the Yankees led to the creation by the American League that created a June 15th trade deadline. Other AL teams had protested the Yankees-Red Sox trade to League President Ban Johnson. After retirement, Joe was an MLB Scout for the Red Sox from 1955 to 1966.

1915- The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 4-2, despite hitting into a triple play during the game.

1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Henry “Hank” Borowy (1942-1945) was born. (1916-2004)

A graduate of Fordham University, who was a dependable war-time starter for the Yankees from 1943-1944, Hank was 15-4, 14-9 and 17-12 with an ERA under 3.00 in all 3 seasons. In the 1943 World Series, he was a 6-2 winner over the Cardinals in Game 3. He had a record of 10-5 on July 27, 1945, when he was surprisingly placed on waivers by the Yankees. The Cubs claimed Hank for $90,000 Cash. He was then 11-2 over the final 2 months to play in what was then the team's last NLpennant. With his overall record of 21-7, Hank became only the 3rd pitcher in MLB history to win 20 games in a season divided between the 2 leagues. In 1945, Hank Borowy became the last pitcher with 5 decisions in a World Series. He shut out the Tigers in Game # 1 and lost Game # 5 by the score of 8-4. Then he came on in relief in Game # 6 to hold the Tigersscoreless over the final 4 innings in an 8-7, 12 inning Cubs victory forcing a 7th game in which a bone tired Borowy was given the start, but he was knocked out in the 1st inning in a 9-3 loss to finish at 2-2 in the Series. Hank was with the Cubs for 3 more seasons before moving to the Phillies, Pirates and back to the Tigers, where his 10 year MLB Pitching career ended in 1951 with an overall pitching record of 108-82 with 3.50 ERA in 314 MLB games.

1919- For 2nd straight day, the Yankees and the Senators battle into extra inning without a result. Today’s game ends in a 4-4 tie, the contest is called after 15 innings are played because of darkness.

1925- Future Yankee Hall Of Fame Player, Coach and Manager Lawrence “Yogi” Berra was born. (1925-2015)

(Player: 1946-1963, MLB Coach: 1976-1983, Manager: 1964,1984.)

Yogi Berra was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the New York Yankees pinstripes. He hit .285, while playing 2,116 games, hitting 358 HRs and 1,430 RBIs in 18 seasons as a Yankees player. Yogi played in 14 World Series for the Yankees with 10 World Championships with 71 World Series hits. Yogi was an AL All-Star catcher for 15 seasons and 3-time American League MVP winner (1951,1954-1955). He led the AL Catchers in fielding twice (1957 and 1959.) Yogi became one of the greatest catchers in the game through the help of former Yankees great HOF Catcher Bill Dickey. In October of 1963, Yogi was named Manager of the 1964 Yankees. Despite posting a 99-63 record, winning the 1964 AL Flag, but losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series in 7 games. Yankees GM Ralph Houk fired him. In October of 1963, Berra was picked to manage the 1964 Yankees by Co-Team Owner Dan Topping Sr., so he wasn’t Yankees GM Houk’s choice to lead the 1964 team. Berra moved across town in 1965, joining the New York Mets Coaching staff under his long-time mentor Stengel and even appearing in a handful of games. He remained a Mets Coach until 1972, when he took over as the club's skipper upon the sudden death of Gil Hodges. After finishing in 3rd place that year, he led the team on a remarkable run in 1973. Although the Mets were in last place as late as August 30th, the club went 19-8 in September to capture the NL East title and beat the heavily-favored Reds in the NLCS to reach the World Series (which they ultimately lost to the Oakland A’s in 7 games). Berra remained Manager of the Mets until 1975.  In 1976, Berra returned to the Yankees MLB Coaching staff, and in 1984, he was promoted again to Manager. However, early in the 1985 AL season, he was fired and replaced with Billy Martin by Team Owner George Steinbrenner.  George was going through a revolving door of Managers in those years, and Berra actually posted one of the best winning percentages of all those who managed the Yankees in the 1st phase of Steinbrenner's ownership (i.e. until the appointment of Joe Torre as manager in 1996). Berra went on to serve on the Astros MLB Coaching Staff from 1986 to 1989. Yogi Berra is one of few MLB Managers to win a pennant in each major league: Yankees (1964) and Mets (1973) joining HOF Managers Joe McCarthy (Cubs and Yankees) and Sparky Anderson (Reds and Tigers) in that select group. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

1930- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tom Umphlett was born. 

On June 12,1962, OF Tom Umphlett was traded by the Red Sox along with Cash to the Yankees for Veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. Tom never played for the Yankees at MLB level. He spent the 1962 season with the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL).

1930- The Yankees sell veteran MLB P Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves. He had posted a 12-0 record with a 2.48 ERA for the 1929 Yankees. He was 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 3 games for the 1930 Yankees. Yankees Manager Bob Shawkey had Rookie Starter Lefty Gomez and recently acquired MLB Pitcher Red Ruffing from the Red Sox, joining the Yankees 1930 starting rotation, so veteran hurler became expendable. On September 30,1927, Tom was the Senators Pitcher, who gave up Babe Ruth’s 60th HR at Yankee Stadium.

1933- The Yankees sell Rookie 3B Billy Werber and veteran Pitcher George Pipgras to the Red Sox for $20,000 Cash. As a Yankees hurler, George Pipgras went 93-64 with a 4.40 ERA and 14 saves in 247 games for the Yankees.  INF Billy Werber was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees in 1930. He had played college baseball at Duke University. He had spent the 1931-1932 seasons playing in the Minor Leagues. He had appeared in 7 games for the 1933 Yankees, while hitting .250.   

1935- Former Yankees 1B/DH Felipe Alou (1971-1973) was born.  

After being obtained from the Oakland for Pitchers Ron Klimkowski and Rob Gardner, veteran 1B/DH Felipe Alou hit .289 in 1971 and .278 in 1972, before fading during the 1973 AL season. Overall, as a Yankees player, Felipe hit .271 with 18 HRs and 133 RBIs in 344 games. He was sold to the Montreal Expos in September of 1973. After his active playing days, Alou became an MLB Manager for the Expos and the Giants.

1941- Red Sox Starter Lefty Grove beats Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez by the score of 6-4 for his 20th straight at Fenway Park. A Jimmie Fox 2-run HR is the margin of victory for Boston.

1952- The Yankees waived veteran P Frank "Stubby" Overmire to the St. Louis Browns. After being obtained for Yankees Starter Tommy Byrne and $25,000 Cash. He had posted a 1-1 with a 4.83 ERA in 15 games for the 1951 Yankees.

1958- In an in-season exhibition game held at Yankee Stadium, the Milwaukee Braves beat the Yankees by the score of 4-3 with 13,00 fans (15,000 tickets were sold) watching the contest. Before the game, there was a HR Derby between the 2 team’s sluggers. Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron represented the Yankees. While Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock and Hank Aaron represented the Braves. Bronx veteran Pitcher Sal Maglie making his 1958 season’s debut at age 41, hurled 7 strong innings. Yankees Reliever Johnny Kucks took the loss, giving up 2 runs in the 8th inning. Braves Manager Fred Haney used 9 pitchers for 1 inning each; Bob Rush, who worked the 7th inning got the win. This exhibition game between the Bronx Bombers and the Braves was a replacement for the Mayor’s Thorphy Game which ended in 1957. The Giants and Dodgers had moved to the West Coast ending the series, which wouldn’t resume until the 1962 MLB season, when the new NL expansion team, the Mets were born and the City series was restarted.

1959- At Yankee Stadium, Catcher Yogi Berra committed an error as his errorless streak of 148 games for a MLB Catchercame to an end in a 7-6 loss to Indians.

1967- Former Yankees Minor League P Kenny Greer was born.

On June 1,1988, P Kenny Greer was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On September 17,1993, Kenny was traded by the Yankees to the Mets for veteran MLB Starter Frank Tanana. 

1978- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/DH Josh Phelps (2007) was born.

On December 7, 2006, 1B Josh Phelps was drafted by the Yankees from the Orioles organization in the 2006 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Josh appeared in 36 games for the 2007 Yankees, while hitting .267. On June 22, 2007, Phelps was placed on waivers by the Yankees, the Pirates had claimed him. 

1978- At Royals Stadium, a potential game-ending routine fly ball to the Outfield became an Amos Otis walk-off Inside-the-Park HR as Yankees Outfielders RF Reggie Jackson and CF Mickey Rivers collided in the outfield. This defensive misplay turned a sure Yankees Closer Goose Gossage save into a sour loss for the current World Champions Yankees.

1979- Former Yankees MLB Scout, Baseball Executive (1967-1975) and MLB Catcher Clyde Kluttz passed away. (1917-1979)

As an MLB Scout for the Yankees, he convinced MLB Free Agent Starter Catfish Hunter to sign with the Yankees on December 31,1974. He also spent time with the Yankees front office as Director of Player Development (1971-1973) and then as a Scouting Director in 1974. Clyde Kluttz was Catcher, who played in the MLB from 1942-1952 with the Braves, Giants, Cardinals, Browns, Pirates, finishing up his MLB playing career with the Senators.

1982- The Yankees traded INF Larry Milbourne, P John Pacella and Minor League P Pete Filson to the Twins for MLB Catcher Butch Wynegar and P Roger Erickson. The Yankees acquired MLB Catcher Butch Wynegar from the Twins, after placing Catcher Rick Cerone on the DL. Roger Erickson was replacing an injured Yankees Starter, when the team placed veteran hurler Doyle Alexander on the DL. They already had veteran MLB Starter Rick Reuschel on the DL. Roger was currently 4-3 for the 1982 Twins. Milbourne had hit .265 with 1 HR and 14 RBIs in 106 games since joining the Yankees in 1981. Pacella had gone 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 3 games for the team, he was pitching at AAA Columbus (IL) at the time of the trade. Pete Filson was also pitching at AAA Columbus, he never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Lance Lynn (2018) was born.

Lance Lynn came up to the MLB with the 2011 Cardinals. From 2011-2015, he went 61-39 for the Cardinals. He underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2015 MLB Postseason, putting him out for all of 2016 NL season. He came back in 2017 to make a NL-leading 33 starts, ending up with a 11-8 record with a 3.43 ERA, while while logging 186 1/3 and striking out 153 NL batters. He became an MLB Free Agent after the season, while his numbers should have made him a hot property, he was caught in the glacial market affecting the MLB free agents that winter. He was only signed by a MLB team on March 10, 2018, when he agreed to a 1-year deal with the Twins for $12 million. His results with Minnesota were not that great in 20 starts for the team, he went 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA. Meanwhile, the team as a whole disappointed and it soon became clear that there was little chance of returning to the AL postseason that season. As the July 31st MLB trading deadline approached, the Twins dealt a number of veteran players including Lynn. He was sent to the Yankees on July 30th in return for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and Minor League P Luis Rijo. With the Yankees, he was expected to be used as a long reliever and serve as an insurance policy if a starter went down to injury. His 1st outing came in relief, but he was quickly tagged to replace an ineffective Bronx Starter Sonny Gray in the Yankees rotation. His 1st start on August 6th, Lance was outstanding as he held theWhite Sox scoreless into the 8th inning in a 7-0 Yankees win. He retired 19 White Sox straight batters at one point. Lynn went 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 11 games - 9 starts - for the 2018 Yankees, then was he used out of the bullpen in the 2018 AL Postseason. He had a good outing in Game 1 of the ALDS, when he pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief of J.A. Happ and Chad Green in a 5-4 loss to the  Red Sox, but in the pivotal Game 3 of ALDS, things went sour as he replaced a shaky Bronx Starter Luis Severino in the 4th inning, as he had allowed the 1st 3 Boston batters of the inning for each base, loading the bases with the Yankees already down by the score of 3-0. Lance could not pull off a miracle however; he walked the 1st man he faced, Mookie Betts, to force in a run, than allowed a bases-clearing double to the next batter, Andrew Benintendi. By the time the inning ended, Green had replaced him on the mound and the Yankees were down by the score of 10-0 on their way to losing the game by the score of 16-1. They never recovered from that beating. After the 2018 MLB postseason had ended, Lynn became an MLB Free Agent. On December 12, 2018, he signed a 3-year contract worth $30 million with the Rangers. 

1999- The Angels shut out the Yankees by the score of 1-0, behind the combined 3-hit pitching of Starter Chuck Finley and Closer Troy Percival. Finley struck out 11 Yankee batters in his 8 innings of work, including 4 batters in the 3rd inning, to become the 33rd pitcher in history to strike out 4 batters in a single frame. It is possible when a batter with 2 strikes on him takes a swing at strike 3; however, the catcher does not field the ball cleanly and instead of tagging the runner out, the runner reaches the 1st base. The strikeout is recorded, but not the out.

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This Week in Yankees History May 9th-May 15th Part Two

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May 13th

1914- On May 13,1914, the Yankees acquired C/1B Les Nunamaker for Cash from the Red Sox. He would be the Yankees main Catcher until the 1918 AL season, when he was traded in the Urban Shocker trade to the St. Louis Browns. His best Yankees player season was in 1916, when Les hit .296 in 91 games for the Yankees. As a Yankees player, Les had appeared in 396 games, while hitting .262 with 2 HRs and 107 RBIs. 

1929- At Cleveland's League Park, the Indians defeated the Yankees by a score of 4-3 in the 1st game in MLB history in which players from both teams wear numbers on the back of their jerseys.

1929- Former Yankees and MLB Manager George Stallings (1909-1910) passed away. (1867-1929)

George Stallings reached the MLB as a player in 1890, going hitless in 4 games with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. He was soon back in the Minor Leagues and began his managing career with the Augusta Electricians (SL) in 1893. Also, he was the Head Baseball Coach at Mercer University from 1893-1896. He became the Phillies Manager in 1897, also appeared in 2 games as the club finished in 10th place in the NL. He played in 1 game with the team the next summer, but he was replaced by Bill Shettsline at the helm on June 18th. Stallings led the Tigers to a 3rd place finish in 1901. Then he found success with the Buffalo Bisons, leading the club to 2 Eastern League titles. He took over the job as Yankees Manager for the 1909 AL season. The 1909 Yankees finished in 5th place with a 74-77 record. With the 1910 Highlanders, the team was in 2nd place late in the season, before he resigned on September 21st. Stallings had a disagreement with Yankees Co-Team Owners Farrell and Devery over 1B Hal Chase’s play. He strongly felt that that Chase was trying to throw games and gambling on them as well. Ironically, Stallings was replaced by the team’s Co-Team Owners with 1B Hal Chase. Overall, George Stallings Yankees Manager record was 153-138. After 2 more seasons back with Buffalo, Stallings became Manager of the Boston Braves in 1913. He took the club from last place to a NL pennant the next summer. “The Miracle Braves”, as the 1914 squad was known, were in last place for much of the 1st part of the season and as late as July 18th. On August 4th, they had climbed to 4th place, but they didn't reach 1st until August 25th. They dropped back into 2nd, but by September 5th, they were atop the NL standings for good. They went on to sweep Philadelphia  A’s  in the 1914 World Series. Under Stallings' leadership, the Braves finished in 2nd in 1915, he continued to manage the team through the 1920 NL season. In 1959, Stallings was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Pat Malone (1935-1937) passed away. (1902-1943)

After the 1934 NL campaign, veteran Starter Pat Malone was traded by the Cubs to the Cardinals. However, he immediately clashed with Cardinals GM Branch Rickey over his MLB player salary; he was sold to the Yankees for $15,000 Cash, before the start of the 1935 AL season. With the Cubs, Pat had gone 115-79 with a 3.57 ERA in 265 games. He won 22 games in 1929 and 20 games in 1930. Unable to crack a Yankees starting rotation that included Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing, he was moved to the Yankees bullpen, where he found success in 1936. That season, he won 12 games. Pat led the AL with 9 saves. Playing in the 3rd World Series of his MLB Pitching career that fall, he earned a save in Game #3, but he took the loss in Game #5. Nonetheless, the Yankees defeated their cross-town NL rivals, the Giants in 6 games. He appeared in 92 games with the Yankees, while posting a 19-13 record with a 4.97 ERA and 18 saves before being released by the team in January of 1938.

1946- The Yankees use air transport for travel as an MLB team for 1st time. They leased a plane from United Airlines, nickname it “Yankee Mainliner.” Despite the advantages of flying, 4 Yankee players, including Pitcher Red Ruffing, still chose to take the train.

1947- Three Yankee batters Charlie Keller, Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Lindell hit consecutive HRs in 6th inning off of St. Louis Browns Starter Fred Sanford to lead the Bronx Bombers to a 9-1 victory.

1948- The Yankees obtained OF Leon Culberson and $20,000 in Cash from the Senators for OF Bud Stewart. On May 15, 1948, the Yankees optioned Leon to their AAA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA), where he hit .259 in 83 games.

1950- “Ed Barrow Day” is staged at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees honor their long-time Team President (1939-1945) and General Manager (1920-1945), who ran the Yankees Front office. He created a farm system that allowed the team to dominate the AL. Also, he engineer the famous trades that would make the team dominate in the MLB from 1920’s to 1940’s.

1950- Former Yankees OF Juan Beniquez (1979) was born.

On November 10,1978, OF Juan Beniquez was traded by the Rangers along with Minor League Players: OF Greg Jemison, Pitchers Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella and Dave Righetti to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Mike Heath, Pitchers Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich, Reserve INF Domingo Ramos and Cash. While battling with injures, Juan appeared in only 62 games for the Yankees, hitting .254 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs. On November 1,1979Juan was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Rick Anderson and Jim Beattie, Reserve Catcher Jerry Narron to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and P Jim Lewis. 

1953- The Yankees waived veteran P Johnny Schmitz to the Senators. Johnny had posted 1-1 record with a 3.26 ERA and 1 save in 8 games with the 1952-1953 Yankees, before joining the Nats.

1955- At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle hit HR’s from both sides of the plate for the 1st time in his MLB playing career. TheYankees Slugger finished the game with 3 HR’s - 2 left-handed and 1 right-handed - and drove in all of his team's runs in a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. Whitey Ford was the winning pitcher, while Steve Gromek was the loser for the Tigers.

1965- Former Yankees Pitcher Jose Rijo (1984) was born.

Rookie Pitcher Jose Rijo went 2-8 with a 4.76 ERA and 2 saves in 24 games for the 1984 Yankees. The team had rush him up to the MLB, to match the Mets young Rookie Pitcher Doc Gooden. In December of 1984, the Yankees traded him to Oakland in the Rickey Henderson trade. He would later find success in the NL, while pitching for the Reds.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Chris Nichting was born.

On December 15,1998, Pitcher Chris Nichting was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead spending the 1999 baseball season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL); where he posted at 8-5 record with a 5.29 ERA in 25 games. On October 15,1999, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He would be signed by the Indians.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League OF Lyle Mouton was born.

On June 3,1991, OF Lyle Mouton was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1991 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Lyle never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On April 22,1995, Lyle was sent by the Yankees to the White Sox to complete an earlier deal made on December 14,1994. The Yankees had sent a Player to be Named Later and Keith Heberling (Minors) to the White Sox for veteran MLB Starter Jack McDowell.

 1974- The Yankees sold veteran 1B Mike Hegan to the Brewers. Mike had been acquired by the Yankees from Oakland on August 18, 1973. He would share the Yankees 1B job with veteran Matty Alou. With the arrival of 1B Chris Chambliss from the Indians on April 27th, Mike had been sharing the 1B job with veteran INF Bill Sudakis. He had played in 18 games for the 1974 Yankees, while hitting .226 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs. He asked the Yankees front office for a trade to the Brewers, Tigers or the Red Sox. With the Brewers, he would become their Reserve 1B for AL All-Star Veteran 1B George Scott.

1977- Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa wins his 4th straight complete game, beating his former teammates the Angels by score of 3-0. Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson hit his 7th HR of the 1977 AL season.

1984- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher J. Brent Cox was born.

The Yankees selected colege Reliever P J.  Brent Cox in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft, a pick that was compensation for the loss of P Orlando Hernández to MLB Free Agency. He signed for a $550,000 bonus. At the University of Texas, he was the set-up man for Closer Houston Street. Debuting professionally in High Class A, Cox was 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 games for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), striking out 27 batters in 28 IP and allowing a .206 average. Cox had another fine year in 2006, going 6-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 3 saves in 41 games for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He allowed a .196 average. Baseball America rated him as having the best slider in the Yankee system and being the team's 8th-best prospect. Cox struck out 7 batters in 7 innings for Team USA in the American Qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics (held in 2006), allowing 4 runs and having no decisions or saves. He pitched scoreless ball against Brazil (2 IP, 3 H), Venezuela (1 2/3 IP) and Nicaragua (2 IP). He struggled, though, against Cuba in the finale. Relieving Kevin Slowey with a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th inning, Cox was charged with 2 runs in that inning and 2 more in the 7th inning (though Jeff Ridgeway was on the hill when both runners scored) as Cuba tied it. Cox had elbow surgery in March of 2007; he did not pitch a game that season. In 2009, he appeared in 12 games for AAA Scranton and 5 games for the AA Trenton Thunder. He played his last season in pro baseball in 2010, splitting time between AA Trenton (EL) and Class A Tampa (FSL).

1987- FormeYankees Pitcher D. J. Mitchell (2012) was born.

D.J. Mitchell played baseball and basketball in high school. He was 3-time All-Conference in baseball. Going on to Clemson University, he hit .289 as a backup RF. he stole 8 bases in 11 tries. He started all 3 games of the 2006 College World Series. He helped the Thomasville HiToms win the Coastal Plain League title that summer. He scored 15 runs in 21 games; he had a 2.25 ERA as a reliever. In the championship game, he got the start on the hill and won, allowing 1 run and 2 hits in 5 innings. D.J. struggled as a part-time outfielder in 2007, with a .208 BA, 8 steals in 11 tries again) but he did well on the mound (5-0, 3.27 ERA) signaling a switch of positions. With the Bourne Braves that summer, he had a 1-2 record with a 1.47 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 49 innings. He led the prestigious Cape Cod League in strikeouts and was 4th in ERA. On the league All-Star team, he him as the loop's #22 prospect between Brett Jacobson and Jason Castro. As a Junior, he went 6-5 with a 3.47 ERAand 106 strikeouts in 20 appearances in 2008. It was the highest strikeout total by a Clemson hurler since Kris Benson 12 years prior. Mitchell made 1st-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. The Yankees in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Mitchell. He was signed by the team for a $450,000 bonus, but he did not play professionally that season due to a muscle strain. He made his pro debut the following summer with the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), going 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 6 starts before being transferred to the High Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) in May. With Tampa for the remainder of the season, he went 8-6 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 games for the team. He tied Lance Pendleton for 2nd in the Yankees chain in wins (behind David Phelps), Mitchell was 2nd in strikeouts (125, behind Pendleton) and he was 4th in ERA. He helped Class A Tampa Yankees win the FSL title. Mitchell spent most of 2010 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), while posting a 11-4 record with a 4.06 ERA. In August, he was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL) for whom, he was 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 3 late-season starts. He allowed 3 earned runs in 5 innings in an IL postseason start with Scranton, he got a no-decision. He was back with Scranton for the entire next season, going 13-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 games. He led the 2011 International League with 2 shutouts and tied Zach McAllister for the league lead with 3 complete games. He also was 2nd in the IL in wins and 5th in ERA. He led Yankee farmhands in wins and was 3rd in ERA. He was named the 2011 Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year. After making 4 starts AAA Scranton to begin the 2012 season (2-1 record with a 3.13 ERA), when he was called up to the Yankees in late April to replace Reliever Cody Eppley. He made his MLB Pitching debut on May 1st, facing the Orioles, entering with a 7-1 deficit in the 9th inning. He began by striking out J.J. Hardy. Nick Markakis singled but Mitchell got Adam Jones to hit into a force out. Matt Wieters singled, but he was out trying for a double to end Mitchell's scoreless inning of relief. After 1 more appearance 2 days later, he was sent back down to Scranton to clear an MLB roster spot for Reserve OF Dewayne Wise. On July 23, 2012, Mitchell was traded along with Minor League P Danny Farquhar to the Mariners for veteran AL All-Star OF Ichiro Suzuki.

1991- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher John Ryan Murphy (2013-2015) was born. 

Catcher John Ryan Murphy was the 2nd-team HS All-American Catcher in 2009 according to Baseball America behind Bryce Harper. The Yankees selected him 76th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft; the pick was compensation for failing to sign Scott Bittle the year before. He was the Yankees 2nd selection, following OF Slade Heathcott. He turned down a scholarship to the University of Miami, signed late. Murphy played in just 9 games for the GCL Yankees (11 for 33, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3 BB). He hit .255 for the 2010 Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), fielding .973 with 13 passed balls in 53 games while throwing out 23% of attempted base-stealers. He did come up with a big day August 13th against the Hickory Crawdads, with a Grand Slam HR, a 3-run HR and 2 more RBIs to fall 1 RBI shy of the South Atlantic League single-game record. Backing up fellow Catching prospect Gary Sanchez for Charleston in 2011, he fared better, hitting .297 in 63 Games. He moved up to the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) hitting .259 in 23 Games. He hit 29 doubles in 341 at-bats that season. In 2012, he played for Class A Tampa hitting .257 in 67 Games, he moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), while batting .231 in 43 Games. He had 11 errors, 13 passed balls and threw out 32% of attempted base-stealers. He was 6 for 26 with 2 HRS and 4 RBIs for Trenton in the Eastern League playoffs. J.R. opened the 2013 season with the AA Trenton Thunder, hitting .268 in 49 Games. Then he was moved up to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) hitting .270 with 12 HRs and 29 doubles in 59 Games. He was a September call-up to the Bronx. In his MLB Player debut was on September 2nd, when he pinch-hit for 2B Robinson Cano in the bottom of the 8th of a 9-1 blowout of the White Sox. Murphy singled off of Dave Purcy, then he exited the game in the top of the 9th. He hit .154 in 16 games in his 1st taste of the MLB action. He started the 2014 season back in the Minors (5 for 26, 3 2B for Scranton,) but J.R. was soon called up to the Bronx to back up newly signed C Brian McCann, when Reserve Catcher Francisco Cervelli went on the DL. He hit his 1st MLB career HR on April 26th, connecting off of Angels P Hector Santiago in the 5th inning, after having hit a 2-run single in the 2nd. His offensive heroics were key to a 4-3 win.  He ended playing in 32 games for the 2014 Yankees, while hitting .284 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. In 2015, John Ryan began the season as the Reserve for starting Catcher Brian McCann, following Cervelli's trade to the Pirates in the off-season. On July 25th, his 1st HR of the 2015 AL season was a dramatic one against the Twins. The Yankees had fallen into an early 5-0 hole, but 3 HRs by Alex Rodriguez, including a solo HR in the 9th that had tied the score at 5-5. Facing AL All-Star Closer Glen Perkins later that inning, he hit a 3-run HR shot that gave the Yankees an 8-5 win. He played in 67 games for the 2015 Yankees, while hitting .277 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs, showing that he was ready to step into an MLB Catcher starting job. However, this was not to come with the Yankees, with veteran MLB Catcher Brian McCann having signed to a long-term MLB Player contract and with another young Catcher waiting in the wings in Gary Sanchez. After the 2015 AL season, the Yankees traded Murphy to the Twins for OF Aaron Hicks. In 2016, Ryan only played in 26 MLB games for the Twins, hitting just .146 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs, before being sent down to AAA. During the 2017 AL season, the Twins traded him to the Diamondbacks for a Minor League player. On April 30, 2019, John became Yankees veteran Starter CC Sabathia 3,000 MLB career strike out victim in a game between the D-Backs and the Yankees.

1996- Former Yankees Pitcher Justus Sheffield (2018) was born.

Pitcher Justus Sheffield was selected by the Indians in 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft (the pick was compensation for the loss of Ubaldo Jimenez). He is the Nephew of former Yankees OF/DH Gary Sheffield and Brother of 2013 draftee Jordan Sheffield. In the 2013 World Junior Championship, he was roughed up in starts against Cuba and Taiwan but the US rallied to win both en route to the Gold. He won the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year after going 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA and 131 K in 61 2/3 IP. Gary Sheffield won the 1st such honor in 1986. Sheffield began his pro career at 18 years old, going 3-1 with 29 strikeouts and a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings for the AZL Indians in 2014. On January 20, 2015, he was arrested for aggravated burglary and underage drinking. That did not affect his season, however, as he pitched for the Lake County Captains that season and went 9-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 26 starts; he had 138 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings and earned Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star and Organization All-Star selections. Going into the year, he had been ranked the #4 prospect in the Indians system by Baseball America. Going into 2016, he was ranked the #4 prospect in the Indians system and the #81 prospect in all of baseball by BA. He began the season with the Lynchburg Hillcats. In 19 starts, he went 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings. On July 31st, he was traded to the Yankees along with Tribe Prospects: OF Clint Frazier, Pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Ben Heller in return for veteran MLB Closer Andrew Miller. He finished the 2016 Minor League season with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), pitching in 5 games, while posting a 3-1 record with a 1.73 ERA.  He started the 2017 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL.) He was with the 2018 AAA Scranton (IL). With the 2018 Yankees, he worked out of the bullpen, when he was called up to the Bronx. He appeared in 10 games with a 0-0 record with a 10.13 ERA in 3 games. On November 19, 2018, Sheffield was traded along with 2 Minor League Players: OF Dom Thompson-Williams and P Erik Swanson for Mariners MLB Starter James Paxton.

2012- The Mariners beat the Yankees by the score of 6-2 in Andy Pettitte's return to Yankees pinstripes, after a 1-year retirement from the game. Mariner batters Justin Smoak and Casper Wells hit HRs against Pettitte; veteran MLB Starter Kevin Millwood picks up his 1st win for Seattle. Wells is a dutiful son on Mother's Day, hitting his long ball after his Mom, who drove all the way from Schenectady, NY to the Big Apple to attend the game, asked him to hit a HR to make it memorable.

2016- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (1982-1984,1986) and MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis passed away. (1941-2016) 

After playing college baseball at Mississippi State University (MSU) for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Sammy Ellis was signed by the Reds an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1961. At Mississippi State, he lettered 1 year (1961) with a pitching record of 12–7, leading the team in strikeouts (73) and innings pitched (57 23). He was named to MSU's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. Ellis made his MLB Pitching debut at the start of the 1962 NL season. His 1st appearance was on April 14, 1962, which he lost. His 1st MLB victory came 10 days later on April 24th, when he walked 11 batters but he only allowed 1 hit. After spending part of the 1962 and all of the 1963 season in the Minors, Ellis rejoined the MLB club in 1964 as a reliever. He finished the season with a 10–3 record with a 2.57 ERA; he had pitched in 52 games and threw fewer walks in those 52 games (28) than he did in 1962 in 8 games (29). Ellis had an excellent season as the Reds' top Relief Pitcher in 1964, saving 14 games posting a 10-3 record and a 125/28 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was moved to the Reds starting rotation in 1965. He made the 1965 NL All-Star team, while winning 22 games, while striking out 183 NL batters. Only 24 at the time, he seemed to have a great future ahead of him, but after a 12-19 season in 1966, he developed pitching arm problems, Sammy was out of MLB baseball by mid-1969. He had pitched for the Reds, Angels and the White Sox. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Sammy had posted a 63-58 record with a 4.15 ERA in 229 games. Ellis, later became a successful Pitching Coach for a number of MLB teams in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1982, from 1983 to 1984 and again in 1986. He was then a roving Minor League Pitching Coach for the 1987 White Sox . Sammy was on the White Sox MLB Coaching staff from 1989 to 1991;  then he spent the 1992  NL season across town as a Cubs MLB Pitching Coach. He was later a member of the Mariners MLB Coaching staff in 1993-1994, the 1996 Red Sox MLB Coaching staff and the Orioles MLB Coaching staff in 2000.

May 14th

1899- Future Yankees HOF CF Earle “The Kentucky Colonel” Combs (1924-1935) was born. (1899-1976)

In 1923, OF Earl Combs hit .380 for the AA Louisville Colonels (AA). He had his Minor League player contract purchased by the Yankees prior to the start of the 1924 AL season for $50,000 cash, a huge sum at the time. Earl was a lifetime MLB .325 hitter for the Yankees. He was the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, the 1st player to wear Yankees Uniform #1. Combs' best season came with the 1927 Yankees, when he hit .356, while scored 137 runs and led the AL with 231 hits. Combs suffered a serious injury in 1934 that could have cost him his life, fracturing his skull after running into the outfield wall at Sportsman's Parkin St. Louis. He was carried unconscious from the field and remained in the hospital for 2 months afterwards, but he miraculously returned to the playing field in 1935.  However, his MLB player career was shortly thereafter ended by another injury, this time with a broken collarbone. He batted .340 in 4 World Series with the Yankees, 8th highest in MLB history. He was the 1st of the great Yankee Centerfielders. After he stopped playing, Earl became a Yankees MLB Coach (1936-1944). He taught Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio, how to play centerfield at Yankee Stadium. Earl Combs became a member of the 1947 St. Louis Browns MLB Coaching staff. He later coached for the 1948-1952 Red Sox for Former Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy. He spent the 1954 NL season with the Phillies. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1970.

 1913- Former Yankees Minor League P Johnny Babich was born. (1913-2001).

Pitcher Johnny Babich grew up in the San Francisco area. He began his pro baseball career with the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) in 1931. In 1933, Johnny was traded by the Seals to the cross-town Missions (PCL); he went on to win 20 games. He won 10 games during the 1934 PCL season before being acquired by the Dodgers, where he went 7-11 as an MLB Rookie hurler. After posting a 6.66 ERA for the 1935 Dodgers, he was sent back down to the Minors. Babich spent most of the 1935 season in the PCL; he did play in 3 games for the Boston Bees (aka the Braves). After going 19-17 with a 3.27 ERA for the 1938 Hollywood Stars (PCL), he was acquired by the Yankees, who sent him to their Minor League AA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA). One year later, he was selected by Philadelphia  A’s in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. With the 1940 A’s, he posted a 14-13 record with a 3.73 ERA. Johnny had a 5-0 record against the 1940 Yankees. He played 1 more season in the MLB, going 2-7 for the 1941 A’s. Following his MLB Pitching career, Babich managed in the Minor Leagues; he continued to pitch as well. He led the 1947 Stockton Ports to the California League title, while going 5-2 on the mound. 

1917Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Thurman was born. (1917-1998)

Outfielder Bob Thurman was a star player in the Negro Leagues and in the Winter Baseball Leagues. On July 29,1949, it was announced that the Yankees had purchased his player contract from the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro Leagues). He was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (IL), where he hit 3 HRs in his 1st week. For the rest of the 1950 International League season, he hit .317 for the Bears in 59 games, before a hand injury had sidelined him. The Yankees would send him to theCubs that winter. Bob would reach the MLB with the 1955 Reds. After his MLB playing career had ended, Bob joined the Twins as an MLB Scout. Later, Bob scouted for the Reds and the Royals as well as the MLB Scouting Bureau.

1931- Former Yankees Pitcher Eustance “Doc” Newton (1905-1909) was passed away. (1877-1931)

On October 4,1904, Pitcher Doc Newton was drafted by the Highlanders from the AA Los Angeles (PCL) in the 1904 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He had previously pitched in the NL for the Reds and Dodgers from 1900 to 1902. He jumped from the Dodgers in 1902 to pitch in the PCL with the AA Los Angeles (PCL). Doc will go 20-25 with a 2.96 ERA with 1 save in 78 games for the 1905-1909 Yankees. He will finish his MLB Pitching Career with a 54-72 record and a 3.22 ERA with 3 saves in 178 games.

1934- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Lou Criger (1910) passed away. (1872-1934)

On December 16,1909, veteran Catcher Lou Criger was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for OF Ray Demmittand P Joe Lake. Lou only appeared in 27 games as a Reserve Catcher for the team, hitting just .188 for the Yankees. He will go back to the Browns in 1911 to finish out his MLB playing career. He played a few more seasons in the Minor Leagues after that, including a stint as Player-Manager for Boyne City (MSL) in 1911. He was then the St. Louis Browns MLB Pitching Coach in 1912, catching 1 game as an emergency injury replacement. In 1914, he developed Tuberculosis, then he moved to Arizona, where he died in 1934.

1937- Former Yankees INF (1967-1968), MLB Coach (1968-1978) and Manager (1980) Richard Howser was born. (1937-1987) 

Infielder Richard Howser was signed by the Kansas City A’s, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1961, A’s Shortstop Richard Howser was a Topps All-Star Team Rookie. Also, he was named to the 1961 AL All-Star team as a member of the A’s. Later, he played for the Indians, before joining the Yankees in 1966. On December 20,1966Howser was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for Minor League P Gil Downs and Cash. As a Yankees player, Howser appeared in 148 games, while hitting .211 with No HRs and 13 RBIs. Overall, as an MLB player, he played in 789 games, while hitting .248 with 16 HRs and 165 RBIs.Richard Howser finished his MLB playing career with the Yankees in 1968, becoming an MLB Coach for the team. He was the 1st player from Florida State University to come to the MLB. Howser returned to FSU as Head Baseball Coach in 1979, before the Yankees brought him back to the Bronx as their MLB Manager the next year. He would manage the Yankees in 1980, taking the team to a 103-59 record before losing to the Royals in AL Title Playoffs. He would later manage the Royals, going to the 1985 World Series winning the World Championship, before he passed away from Brain Cancer in 1987.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard “Dirt” Tidrow (1974-1979) was born.

On April 26, 1974, Pitcher Richard “Dirt” Tidrow came over to the Yankees from the Indians in the Chris Chambliss trade. With the Yankees, he became the Set-Up Man for Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle. After pitching effectively in relief for several seasons, he returned to the starting rotation in 1978 following injuries to veteran Bronx Starters Catfish Hunter and Don Gullett as he went 7-11. As a Yankees Pitcher, he posted a 40-33 record with 23 saves in 211 games, before being traded to Cubs for Pitcher Ray Burris during the 1979 AL season. He finished with an MLB Pitching career record of 100-94 with a 3.08 ERA and 55 saves in 620 games. Tidrow pitched in the MLB for the Indians, Yankees, Cubs, White Sox and the Mets. “Dirt” appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, pitching in 4 games with no record. In the AL Post Season, he went 1-0 in 8 games for the Yankees. Since his MLB Pitching career ended in 1984, Tidrow has been an MLB Scout for the Yankees. Since 1994, he has worked in the front office for the Giants. Tidrow was a Special Assistant to the GM in 1996. Tidrow was the Giants Farm Director from 1997 to 2005. In 2012, he is the "Vice President, Player Personnel,” a job he has held since at least 2008.

1948- Former Yankees Reliever Dave LaRoche (1981-1983) was born.

The Yankees signed Veteran Reliever Dave La Roche as an MLB Free Agent. He went 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 72 games with no saves for the 1981-1983 Yankees. Dave was known for his unique pitch called the "LaLob". He is one of the last MLB Pitchers to use an eephus pitch, which he utilized as an "out pitch" late in his career. His eephus pitch was thrown overhand, but it would arc as high as 20 feet on its way to home plate. He later became a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Yankees, Mets and the Royals Minor League systems. His son, Adam played in the MLB.

1951- The Yankees obtained 1B Don Bollweg and $15,000 Cash from the Cardinals for veteran INF Billy “The Bull” Johnson. Billy had been with Yankees since 1943. He missed playing time in 1944-1945 due to wartime duty with the Navy. He had been the team’s regular and part-time 3B. In 1951, he had only appeared in 15 games for the team, while hitting .300 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. Billy finishes his Yankees playing career with .275 BA with 45 HRs and 388 RBIs in 735 games. He had appeared in 4 World Series with the team, while playing in 18 games, hitting .237 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. Don Bollweg was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA). He would play for the Blues for the 1951-1952 Minor League seasons. In 1953, he would appear in 70 games for the Yankees, while hitting .297 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs. In December of 1953, Don was traded by the Yankees to  Philadelphia A’s in the Vic Power trade.

1958- The Yankees sold Pitcher Al Cicotte to the Senators for Cash. He had spent 9 seasons pitching in the Minor Leagues. In 1956, he went 15-12 for AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). In 1957, he appeared in 20 games for the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 3.03 ERA; he didn’t appear in the 1957 World Series for the team against the Braves. For the 1958 AL season, he hadn’t appeared in any games for the club.

1967- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle joined the 500 HR MLB club, when he connected off of Orioles Veteran Reliever Stu Miller. Mantle became the 6th MLB player to reach the 500 HR MLB career mark, joining Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Willie Mays, Mel Ott and Ted Williams. Mantle's HR helped the Bombers to a 6-5 victory over the Birds at Yankee Stadium.

1977- Former Yankees MLB Scout Louis Majuolo (1947-1975) passed away. (1899-1977)

Lou Maguolo was an MLB Scout for the St. Louis Browns (1936-1942). During World War II, Maguolo served in the Army in the Pacific Northwest. His duties were primarily in Special Services Recreation, where he attained the rank of Major. In 1947, he moved to the  Yankees, becoming an MLB Scout  (1947-1970.) He retired in 1970, but he continued to work for the Yankees as a part-time MLB Scout from 1970-1975. He was best known for signing Yankee greats as 1B Bill Skowron, INF Tony Kubek, Pitchers Fritz Peterson, Jim Boutonand OF/C Elston Howard. He is credited with signing at least 40 athletes who eventually played in the MLB; 10 of them for the St. Louis Browns including Al LaMacchia, Don Lenhardt, P Marlin Stuart, Fuzz White, Jackie Juelich, Babe Martin, George Hausmann and 1B Roy Sievers. Other players that he signed for the Yankees included: OF Whitey Herzog, C Cal Neeman, OF Norm Siebern, OF Lee Thomas, C Jim Robertson, OF Jay Ward, P Bob Keegan, INF Herb Plews, INF Lou Skizas, P Bob Wiesler, OF Al Pilarcik, 1B Bud Zipfel, Pitchers Paul Hinrichs, Zach Monroe, Lloyd Merritt, Steve Karly, Tom Metcalf, Mike Jurewicz, John Gabler and Hal Stowe, OF Jim Finigan, OF/P Joe Pactwa, OF Larry Murray, INF Jerry Lumpe, INF Jerry Kenney, INF Dennis Werth and1B Dave Bergman. While working for the Yankees, he was their Chief Midwest MLB Scout for a while.

1977- Yankees Starter Don Gullett hurls a 4-hitter, as he out-duels Angels Ace Nolan Ryan by the score of 4-1 before a crowd of 41,000 fans in California.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Byrd (1954) passed away. (1925-1985)

Starter Harry Byrd had joined the Yankees in winter of 1953, after coming over from the Philadelphia A’s trade that saw Minor League Star 1B/OF Vic Power and other players go to the A’s. In 1952, Harry had won the AL Rookie of the Year Award, while posting a 15-15 record with a 3.31 ERA in 37 games for the A’s. The Yankees had hoped that he could help out in the rebuilding of the aging Yankees starting rotation. Harry went 9-7 with a 2.99 ERA in 25 games for the 1954 Yankees before being traded to Orioles in the big 17-man MLB Trade in December of 1954. Harry would finished his MLB Pitching career with a 46-54 record with a 4.35 ERA in 187 games, while pitching for the A’s, Yankees, Orioles, White Sox and the Tigers.

1986- Former MLB INF and Long-Time Yankees MLB Scout Frank O’Rourke (1952-1983) passed away. (1891-1986)

Frank O'Rourke was a good-field, little-hit infielder, who played 14 seasons in the MLB; stretched out in the period from 1912 to 1931. After his playing days, O'Rourke was a Minor League Coach. Also, he managed the 1931-1933 Milwaukee Brewers, 1935 Charlotte Hornets, 1936-1939 El Dorado Lions and the 1942 Cordele Reds. He was later a MLB Scout with the Reds from 1941 to 1951 and then with the Yankees from 1952 to 1983.

1996-  At Yankee Stadium, 20,786 fans for a Tuesday afternoon game see Veteran MLB Starter Dwight Gooden became the 8th pitcher in New York Yankees team history to throw a No-Hitter in the with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Doc walks 6 Mariners batters, while striking out 5 Seattle hitters. Doc is now 2-3 for the 1996 AL season. Former Yankees Pitcher Sterling Hitchcock takes the loss for Seattle, he is now 3-2 for the 1996 AL season.

2004- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Rip” Coleman (1955-1956) passes away. (1931-2004)

Before the start of the 1952 AL season, hurler Walter “Rip”  Coleman was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1955, he went 2-1 with a 5.28 ERA and 1 save in 10 games for the Yankees. Coleman appeared in Game 4 of the 1955 World Series for the Yankees, giving up 5 Dodgers hits in 1 inning of work. Rip Coleman went 5-6 with a 4.07 ERA and 3 saves in 39 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Kansas City A’s in the Bobby Shantz trade made in February of 1957. He finished his MLB Pitching career in 1960 with the Orioles. He posted a 7-25 lifetime record with a 4.58 ERA in 95 games.

2010- After Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire orders an intentional walk to 1B Mark Teixeira and brings in righty Reliever Matt Guerrier to face Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez in the 7th inning, the Yankee 3B blasts his 19th MLB career Grand Slam HR to pass Frank Robinson for 7th on the all-time MLB career HR list and give the Bronx Bombers an 8-4 win.

2011- It wouldn't be the Yankees-Red Sox series without a bit of soap opera. Today, veteran DH Jorge Posada asks to be taken out of the Yankees starting line-up 40 minutes before the game, after being listed as the 9th-place hitter against the Red Sox. Posada was hitting just .165, the DH claims he has a bad back, something which Yankees GM Brian Cashman denies. After the game Posada explains that he feels "a little bit disrespected". With veteran Andruw Jones taking Posada's place, the Yankees lose the game, 6-0 to the Sox with a 2-run double by Jacoby Ellsbury and a 3-run HR by Adrian Gonzalez against Yankees Starter CC Sabathia providing the key blows in support of Josh Beckett's 6 scoreless innings. Jones hits  9th in the game, the 2nd #9 hitter in MLB history with 400+ HRs to his credit - the prior one was Jimmie Foxx from his days as a pitcher at the tail end of his MLB Playing career.

2014- Bronx Starter Masahiro Tanaka pitches his 1st MLB shutout as the Yankees defeat the Mets by the score of 4-0. The Japanese off-season Free Agent signee is now 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA, after 8 starts in the MLB. The Yankees' win follows 6 straight losses to the Mets, dating back to last season.

2017- The Yankees officially retire Uniform Number 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and unveil a plaque in his name in Monument Park at New Yankee Stadium between games of a doubleheader against the Astros. They win the opener by the score of  11-6, thanks to a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley and HRs by Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner. In the nightcap, Masahiro Tanaka gives up 3 1st-inning HRs, including a Grand Slam HR by Alex Bregman as New York goes down by the score of 10-7. George Springer HRs twice for Houston which leads 9-0 before the Yankees score some late runs to make the game appear closer than it is. Before the games, they place Closer Aroldis Chapman on the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder.

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

On November 8,1979, Veteran 1B Bob Watson was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Bob had played for the Red Sox in 1979, hitting .337 with 13 HRs and 53 RBIs. Watson had played for the Astros from 1966 to June,1979, hitting .297 with 139 HRs and 782 RBIs in nearly 1,400 games. The Astros had traded him to the Red Sox. He was expected to replace the recently traded regular Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss. He hit .307 with 13 HRs and 68 RBIs for the 1980 Yankees. In 1981, Bob suffered a groin injury that limited him to playing to only 59 games, while hitting just .212. On April 23,1982, Bob was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for Minor League P Scott Patterson. His Yankees playing career totals were a .282 BA with 19 HRs with 83 RBIs. He finished his MLB playing career with a .295 BA with 184 HRs and 989 RBIs in 1,832 games. After his MLB playing career had ended, Watson was an Oakland A’s MLB Coach for 3 seasons. Then he was the Astros Assistant GM from 1989 to 1993. Bob Watson became the 2nd African-American General Manager in MLB history, when he was named to that post with the Astros in 1994. Then he held the General Manager position with the Yankees in 1996-1997. Later, Bob worked in the MLB Commissioner’s Offices, before retiring from baseball.

May 15th

1908- The Yankees purchased Pitcher James “Hippo” Vaughn (1908,1910-1912) from Macon (GSL) for undisclosed amount of cash. Hippo went 22-30 with a 3.18 ERA with the Yankees in 73 games. On June 26,1912, the Yankees sold him to the Senators. He went 4-3 for the 1912 Nats before being traded to the Cubs. He would find MLB Pitching success with the NL Cubs, winning 20 games or more for 5 seasons. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 178-173 record with a 2.49 ERA in 390 games.

1912- Ty Cobb charges into the stands at Hilltop Park in New York City, attacking a crippled heckler named Claude Lueker. Other Highlander fans and Tigers players mix it up before order is restored; AL President Ban Johnson suspends Ty Cobb indefinitely for the incident.

1922- In a 4-1 win at New York, Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to Yankees Shortstop Everett Scott. Veteran Baseball Writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score, he files with the Associated Press. But official scorer John Kieran of the New York Tribune gives an error to Scott. At the season's end, the AL official records based on AP box scores, list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully, claiming it should be .399, based on the official scorer's stats. Lieb will reverse himself at the end of the year, but AL President Ban Johnson goes with the hit call.

1933- The Yankees sent OF Dusty Cooke to the Red Sox for OF Johnny Watwood and 2B Marv Olson. Both players received from Boston never appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. OF Dusty Cooke had suffered a serious shoulder injury during the 1931 AL season, that he really never fully recovered from it. He was currently playing for the Yankees AA Farm team, the Newark Bears (IL). As a Yankees player, he had hit .267 in 122 games for the team.

1934- The Yankees obtained INF Fred Mullen and $20,000 Cash from the Red Sox for INF Lyn Lary. Fred Mullen never plays for the Yankees at the MLB level. Lyn Larry joined the Yankees in 1929, during the 1930 AL season, he became the Yankees starting Shortstop. In 1931, he hit .281 with 155 RBIs in 155 games. In 1932, he was beaten out for the starting Yankees Shortstop job by Yankees Rookie Shortstop Frank Crosetti in the Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. With the 1932 Red Sox, he became their starting Shortstop. Fred Mueller was sent to the Yankees AA team, Newark Bears (IL). Also, the Yankees sent down 2 more players to their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL), Pitcher Charles Devens and Catcher Norman Kies, who had been the Yankees 3rd string Catcher for the team. Devens would return to the Yankees later in the season. He hadn’t appeared in a game for the team. Both Kies and Mueller would never return to play in the MLB again.

1935- The Yankees sell veteran Pitcher Dan MacFayden to the Braves for undisclosed amount of cash. He had been obtained by the Yankees in a trade with the Red Sox in 1932. He had posted a 14-10 record with a 4.68 ERA and 1 save in 64 games for the 1932-1934 Yankees.

1935- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig steals home in a 4-0 Yankees win over the Tigers. It is his 15th and last steal of home, all of which were double steals.

1940- On May 15,1940, the Yankees waived veteran Pitcher Leo Grissom to the Dodgers, who sent him down to their AA club, the Montreal Royals (IL). He went 0-0 in 5 games for the 1940 Yankees. On January 4, 1940, he had been obtained from the Reds for Pitcher  Joe Beggs. Leo had posted a 9-7 record for the 1939 NL Champs, the Reds.

1941-  At Yankee StadiumJoe DiMaggio gets a single in 4 at bats against White Sox P Eddie Smith to start his 56-game hitting streak. Joe D's hit goes unnoticed as the Yankees lose the game by the score of 13-1. Taffy Wright hit a HR and drives in 4 White Sox runs, the 8th straight game that he's driven in a run.

1949- The Yankees sell Pitcher Ed Kleiman to the White Sox for undisclosed amount of cash. The Yankees had obtained him from the Senators 12 days earlier. Ed never appeared in a game with the Yankees.

1950- The Yankees waived veteran OF/Pitcher Johnny Lindell to the Cardinals. Johnny had played for the team for 10 seasons as a OF and Pitcher. He had hit .275 in 742 games, while hitting 45 HRs and 63 RBIs. In 1942, he pitched for the Yankees posting a 2-1 record with a 3.76 ERA with 1 save in 23 games. Johnny had appeared in 3 World Series with the team, playing in 12 games, while hitting .324 with No HRs and 7 RBIs. In a separate player transaction, the Yankees sell P Clarence “Cuddles” Marshall to the St. Louis Browns. As a Yankees hurler, Marshall had a 6-4 record with a 5.21 ERA and 3 saves in 45 games for the Yankees. He had been acquired by the Yankees in the winter of 1944 from AA Seattle (PCL) in a trade for MLB P Johnny Babich and Minor League Player Richard Hearn.

1955- Yankees OF Irv Noren hits an Inside-the-Park Grand Slam HR in an 8-4 victory over the A's in the 1st game of a doubleheader. The Yankees win the nightcap to sweep Kansas City. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-9 for the afternoon. He is hitting .311 for the 1955 AL season.

1963- Down 4-0 to the Twins, Bronx Bombers Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run HR off of Starter Pedro Ramos to put the Yankees on the board. Mantle, later scores the winning run as Bronx Bombers win the game by a score of 4-3.

1965- At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle slices an opposite field HR in the 8th inning off of O’s Reliever Richard Hall to give Yankees, a 3-2 win over the Orioles.

1968- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bill Drescher (1944-1946) passed away. (1923-1968)

Catcher Bill Drescher spent 11 seasons in pro baseball from 1942 through 1954. He spent parts of 3 seasons, 1944, 1945 and 1946 in the MLB with the Yankees. He appeared in 57 games for the Wartime Yankees, hitting .266 with No HRs and 16 RBIs. Bill broke into baseball in 1942 with the Class C Amsterdam Rugmakers(Can-Am League), he appeared in 102 games, hitting at a .301 clip, in his only year in a league that wasn't class A or better. During his career, Bill played 8 seasons of AAA ball, 2 of AA and in 1943, he had a split season of AA and A. Bill had only 2 seasons above the .300 mark in his 11-year run, his 1st in 1942 and probably his best hitting year came in 1948 with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), when he hit .319 with a career-high 7 HRs and 52 RBIs. Drescher wound up his Minor League playing career in 1954 with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) in the Phillies Farm System. He had appeared in 875 Minor League games with 2,492 at-bats and 679 base hits, that included 28 HRs, while hitting .272. Also, he fielded the Catcher's spot at a .987 percentage.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu (1997-1999) was born. (1969-2011)

Following the 1996 Japanese baseball season, Starter Hideki Irabu announced he wanted to go to the MLB, so Chiba, which had a working agreement with San Diego, they sold him to the Padres. Irabu, who stated that he would only pitch in the MLB for theYankees, so he didn’t report to the Padres.  Finally, after Padres trade talks with the Yankees, he was traded by the team to the Yankees for OF Ruben Rivera, P Rafael Medina and $3 million in cash. Irabu signed a $12.8 Million deal with the Yankees in May of 1997. Irabu struggled in his 1st MLB season with the Yankees, going 5-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 13 games. In 1998, Irabu blossomed into what would be his best MLB pitching career season by going 13-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 29 games. Finishing out his Yankees Pitching career in 1999, Irabu went 11-7 with a 4.84 ERA in 32 games. Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner wasn't a big fan of Irabu, though, he once called him a "fat toad" for his poor fielding performance during a Yankees spring training game. The Yankees traded him to the Montreal Expos for 3 young Pitchers: Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly and Christian Parker. Overall, Hideki Irabu had went 29-20 with a 4.80 ERA in 74 games for the Yankees.

1970- The Yankees obtained veteran Pitcher Gary Waslewski from the Montreal Expos for Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Dave McDonald. To make room on the Yankees 25-man roster, the team would send down P Joe Verbanic to AAA Syracuse (IL), ending his MLB Pitching career. Gary would go 2-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 26 games for the team in 1970. In 1971, he went 0-1 with a 3.28 ERA and 1 save in 24 relief appearances, he did spend 2 months on the DL. On April 3, 1972, the team would release him.Reserve 1B/OF Dave McDonald had spent the 1969 season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He made his MLB Player debut in September of 1969 with the Yankees, hitting .217 in 9 games. The Expos would send him to their AAA club at Winnipeg (IL) for the 1970 Minor League season.

1975- The 1975 Mayor’s Trophy game is played at Shea Stadium. Before the game, Mets players Dave Kingman and Ed Kranepool received complimentary “Perfect Man Permanent” hair treatments. It didn’t help- the Yankees won the Mayor’s Trophy again by a 9-4 score. The Yankees hurler, former MLB P Bob Johnson called up from AAA Syracuse (IL) to pitch the game, he was the winner. Meanwhile, Mets’ veteran P George Stone trying to come back from arm problems, pitched reasonably well allowing only 4 Yankee hits and 3 Bronx runs in 6 innings of work, but he lost the game. The Yankees broke it open in the 7th inning by sending 10 men to the plate against Mets Reliever Randy Tate.

1987- Former Yankees Reserve INF and Current Yankees Minor League Manager David Adams (2013) was born.

Yankees selected INF David Adams in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft, the 106th total selection. He was the Yankees 1st position player taken, following hurlers Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich and Scott Bittle. David made his pro debut with the 2008 Class A short season Staten Island Yankees (NY-APPL). He produced with a .257 BA with 45 runs in 67 games. He was 3 for 9 in the postseason. He was 6th in the NY-Penn League in runs. He split 2009 season between the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), hitting .290 in 67 games and the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) hitting .281 in 65 games. He led the Yankees farm system in doubles (40, 10 more than runners-up Juan Miranda and Shelley Duncan), tied for 7th in triples (8), tied Brandon Laird for 3rd in RBIs (75, behind Duncan and Miranda) and was 5th in walks (61, between Duncan and Miranda).Baseball America rated Adams as having the best strike-zone judgment in the Yankees farm system in 2010. That season, he hit .309 with 31 runs, 15 doubles and 32 RBIs in 39 games for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) before fracturing his right ankle in late May. He would miss the remainder of the 2010 season and need surgeries. Further ankle problems sidelined him 3 times in 2011, as he saw little action for the GCL Yankees, hitting .429, 13 Runs, 9 doubles in 17 games and Class A Tampa .308 in 12 games. He battled more health issues in 2012, missing a month with back spasms. He again did well when healthy, hitting .306 with 23 doubles in 86 games. In the IL playoffs, he was 8 for 30 with 3 doubles. He followed with a .286 fall for Scottsdale (AFL). He began 2013 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL), he was batting .316 after 27 games. David was then called up to replace INF Chris Nelson on the roster; the injury-plagued 2013 Yankees had lost infielders Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez and Kevin Youkilis to injuries, given the injury-plagued Adams his chance at the MLB level. He started at 3B and hit 6th in the Yankees line-up in his MLB Player debut on May 15th, on his 26th birthday, grounding out against P Hisashi Iwakuma in his 1st MLB at-bat. He singled off of P Iwakuma in the 6th inning for his 1st MLB hit, finishing the day 1 for 4. His 1st MLB HR came 5 days later off of veteran P Freddy Garcia. David finished the 2013 AL season, playing in 43 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .193 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs.The Yankees released him at the end of the 2013 AL season. Since 2013, David has played in the Indians, Orioles and the Marlins organizations. In 2016, he played  his last active season in the Blue Jays organization. In 2017, Adams became a Defensive Coach with the GCL Yankees East, then he moved up to the GCL Yankees West Manager's job in 2018. He became the Skipper the Class A short season Staten Island Yankees (NY-APPL) in 2019. He was scheduled to manage the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL) and to serve as the Tampa Training Complex Coordinator in 2020 before the Minor League baseball season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 2021, David will work as the Class A Tampa Tarpons Manager (FSL).

1996- The Mariners spot the Yankees 4 runs, then hammer Bronx Starter Jimmy Key and 5 other Yankee pitchers for 19 hits to win the game by the score of 10-5. Seven Mariners batters collect 2 or more hits, as DH Edgar Martinez drives in 4 runs. A very wild Key takes his 5th straight loss, while Yankees Reliever Mariano Rivera records 4 outs to stretch his scoreless innings to 21 2/3 innings. The Yankees will place Jimmy Key on the 15-day DL.

1996- The Yankees outbid 4 other MLB teams as they signed Japanese Pitcher Katsuhiro Maeda to a $1.5 million player contract. The Yankees obtain the fastball hurler from the Seibu Lions for more than $350,000. Maeda, who has his hair dyed orange, he was 0-2 with the Lions from 1993-1995, but he refused to sign for the 1996 JPL season, unless he was traded to a MLB team. He will never appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. Maeda dyed his hair hot pink, silver or purple at times during his 1st year in the U.S. He had a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA for the GCL Yankees, a 4.22 ERA in 2 starts for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). He went 3-2 with a 4.05 ERA for the AA Norwich Navigators (EL). He cut his walk total down to 21 batters in 53 1/3 IP, but he only struck out 30 batters. Baseball America still rated him as the #5 prospect in the Yankees Minor League system, right ahead of P Eric Milton and INF Cristian Guzman. He spent the 1997 season with AA Norwich; where he had an 8-10 record with 4.56 ERA. He walked 62 batters and fanned 76 in 124 1/3 innings of work. In 1998, Kazuhiro was 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA with 1 save for Norwich; walking 31 batters, while striking out 27 batters in 37 1/3 relief innings. Also, he made 13 appearances with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), posting a 0-1 record with a 2.51 ERA; he walked 8, while striking out 16 batters in 14 1/3 IP.  Maeda spent all of 1999 Minor League season with AA Norwich (EL), going 3-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 1 save. He walked 40 and struck out 48 batters in 76 2/3 IP. In 2000, he split the season between AA Norwich (2-2 with a 4.80 ERA, 44 BB and 54 K in 50 2/3 IP) and the AAA Columbus Clippers (2 runs in 2 innings). The Yankees will release him at the end of the 1999 AL season, he will return to Japan to play baseball.

2005- Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hits 2 HRs and drove in 3 runs in the Yankees 6-4 victory over the Oakland A’s. The 2 HRs give Tino Martinez 8 HRs in his last 8 games.

2011- The Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 7-5 at New Yankee Stadium to complete a 3-game sweep and bring their team record to .500 for the 1st time after starting the 2011 MLB season at 0-6. Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit HRs for the Red Sox. The Yankees have now lost 9 of their last 12 games as the standings in the AL Eastern Division are completely bunched up, with all 5 Eastern teams within 3 1/2 games of each other.

2014- In his 1st MLB outing, Mets Starter Jacob deGrom does something no other member of the pitching staff has been able to do yet this season: get a hit. His 3rd-inning  single off of Yankees Starter Chase Whitley breaks a record 0-for-64 drought by Mets pitchers at the plate this season. DeGrom, who had been an Infielder his 1st couple of years in college before becoming a Pitcher, also pitches very well, allowing 1 run in 7 innings, but is a hard-luck loser losing to the Yankees by the score of 1-0, as Yankees hurlers Chase Whitley, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and David Robertson combine on a 3-hit shutout. Whitley, who is also making his MLB Pitching debut, gives up no runs in 4 2/3 innings, also he collects his 1st MLB hit off of Mets Starter Jacob deGrom.

2016- At a Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 41,979 fans watch Yankees OF Carlos Beltran hit his 400th HR of his MLB playing career against White Sox Reliever Zach Duke, becoming the 4th Switch-Hitter in MLB history to reach the mark, after Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones. The Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 7-5.

2017- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob “Sarge” Kuzava (1951-1954) passed away. (1923-2017)

In 1941, the Indians signed Pitcher Bob Kuzava as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had served in the Army during World War II, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant (1943-1945). He pitched in the MLB for the Indians, White Sox, Senators, Yankees, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates and the Cardinals from 1946-1957. On June 15, 1951, Bob “Sarge” Kuzava was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for 3 Pitchers: Starters Fred Sanford and Bob Porterfield and veteran Reliever Tom Ferrick. He had posted a 23-20 record with a 3.39 ERA and 13 saves in 104 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 3 World Series for the Yankees (1951-1953), going 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 2 saves in 3 games. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel had used him as a Spot Starter and Reliever. On August 7,1954, Bob was selected off waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees. He had gone 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA and 1 save in 20 games for the 1954 Yankees.



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