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This Week in Yankees History May 16th-May 22nd Part One

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May 16th

1907- The Yankees traded P Walter Clarkson and OF Frank Delahanty, both siblings of future Hall of Famer’s to Indians for Pitcher Earl Moore. New York is hoping that Earl Moore will return to the form, that he showed before a Yankees line drive injured his foot last season, limiting him to just 6 games for the Tribe. Moore will go 2-6 with a 3.94 ERA and 1 save in 12 Games for the 1907 Yankees. In August of 1907, he was purchased by AA Jersey City (EL) from the Yankees.

1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Stubby” Overmire (1951) was born. (1919-1977)

On June 15,1951, veteran hurler Frank  “Stubby” Overmire was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for Starter Tommy Byrne and $25,000 Cash. Frank had appeared in 15 games for the 1951 Yankees, while posting a 1-1 record with a 4.63 ERA. He didn’t appear in the 1951 World Series for the team against the Giants. On May 12,1952, Stubby was selected off waivers by the Browns from the Yankees. He hadn’t made any pitching appearances for the 1952 Yankees. He would go 0-3 for the 1952 Browns; after the 1952 AL season had ended, he retired.

 1919- Former Yankees Player/MLB Coach Germany “Liberty” Schaefer passed away. (1876-1919)

On January 21,1916, Germany “ Liberty” Schafer was purchased by the Yankees from the Newark Peppers (Federal League). He appeared in 1 game with the 1916 Yankees, spending the rest of season as an MLB Coach for the team.

1926- Former Yankees INF (1950-1957) and Manager Billy Martin (1975-1978,1983,1985,1988) was born. (1926-1989)

On October 13,1949, INF Billy Martin was traded by Oakland Oaks (PCL) along with OF Jackie Jensen to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and Cash. The Yankees would send Minor League Catcher Eddie Malone on July 5, 1950 to Oakland to complete the trade. Billy was a World Series hero for the 1952 Yankees with Game 7 saving catch of Jackie Robinson’s infield fly ball.  In 1953 World Series against the Dodgers, he had 12 hits including a double, 2 triples and 2HRs, white hitting .500 in 6 games. He was named to the 1956 AL All-Star team as the starting 2B. He played in 5 World Series with the Yankees, appearing in 28 games, while hitting .333 with 5 HRs and 19 RBIs.  Billy had played for the 1950-1957 Yankees, while missing the 1954-1955 AL seasons due to military service in the Army. As a Yankee player, he hit .262 with 30 HRs and 188 RBIs in 262 games. He was Casey Stengel’s favorite Yankees players, who was hated by Yankees GM George Weiss, who would deal him away on June 15,1957 to the Kansas City A’s, after Billy’s birthday party fight at the Copacabana Night Club. After his trade from the Yankees, Billy played for the A’s, Tigers, Indians, Braves, Reds and finishing up with the Twins in 1961.  During the 1958 AL season while playing with the Indians, Billy suffered a serious beaning in the head. During the 1960 NL season with the Reds, he was involved in a fight with Cubs Pitcher Jim Brewer, who Martin broke his jaw in the fight over attempted beaning. The incident later went to civil court. Overall, Billy Martin  played in 1,021 MLB games, while hitting .257 with 64 HRs and 333 RBIs. During the 1962 Twins MLB Spring Training Camp, Billy was released by the team as an active player; he became MLB Scout from 1962-1964 for the team, before becoming a Twins MLB Coach for 1964-1968. During the 1968 season, he managed the Twins AAA Denver  Bears (AA). In 1962,  Mets Manager Casey Stengel wanted to sign Billy for his Mets to play in their infield, but Mets GM George Weiss wanted no part of  him. Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle had asked Manager Ralph Houk for a spot for Billy as a Reserve Infielder on the team, but Houk said no, instead choosing to go with Rookie INF Phil Linz instead. His Yankees Manager record was 941-556 with a WP of .591. He won AL flags with the 1976-1977 Yankees. His only Yankees World Series Championship was in 1977. He was fired during the 1978 AL season, being replaced by former MLB Manager Bob Lemon. With the Yankees, Billy Martin managed the team in 1975-1978; then he returned during the 1979 AL season. Billy returned to the team in 1982-1983 AL seasons. Also, Martin came back to the team in 1985 and 1988. During during his long MLB Manager career, Billy Martin managed the 1969 Twins, 1971-1973 Tigers, 1973-1975 Rangers and the 1980-1982 Oakland A’s. Billy Martin died in a truck accident in December of 1989.

1927- Yankees OF Bob Meusel swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 3rd inning as the Bronx Bombers top the Tigers by the score of 6-2. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig contributes a HR and 2 doubles to back veteran MLB Starter Dutch Ruether's pitching.

1931- In Detroit, Tigers Starter Tommy Bridges gives up 3 Yankees hits in stopping the Bombers by the score of 3-1, dropping them to 2nd place, as they will not retake 1st place in AL. The Yankees will finish the 1931 AL season in 2nd place with a 94-59 record.

1932 -The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by the 1903 Indians and the 1906 Red Sox. Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez were the Yankee hurlers. Lefty stops the Indians on 5 hits to win the game by the score of 8-0. It is the Yankees 5th shutout in 7 games.

1941- The Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy benches top Yankees Rookie Infield Prospects Shortstop Phil Rizzuto and 2B Jerry Priddy, putting back in veterans 2B Joe Gordon and Shortstop Frankie Crosetti back into the Yankees starting lineup. Then Bronx Bombers rally in the 9th inning to beat the White Sox by the score of 5-4. Priddy and Rizzuto have been Minor League All Stars with the 1940 AA Kansas City Blues (AA). Phil Rizzuto will become the Yankees new starting Shortstop hitting .307 with 3 HRs and 46 RBIs in 133 games for the 1941 Yankees, while Priddy will become a Reserve Infielder for the team before being traded to the Senators in January of 1943. Joe “Flash” Gordon will stay at 2B.

1944- The White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 10-4 to stop Bronx Starter Hank Borowy's 2-season winning streak at 11 games.

1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Rick Reuschel (1981) was born.

On June 12,1981, Starter Rick Reuschel was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, hurler Doug Bird and $400,000 Cash. The Yankees sent P Mike Griffin on August 5, 1981 to the Cubs to complete the trade.&nbs**** posted a 4-4 record with a 2.67 ERA in 12 games for the Yankees before arm injury ended his 1981 season, he didn’t pitch in 1982 due to arm injuries. The Yankees would release him during the 1983 AL season. He would be resigned by the Cubs.

1951- At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle drives in 4 runs and scores 3 as Yankees rout the Indians by a score of 11-3. Mantle connects for the 1st of his 206 MLB HRs at the Stadium, the blast coming off of Tribe P Richard Rozek.

1953 - At Yankee Stadium, White Sox lefty P Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for Chicago Slugger Vern Stephens. He hits a Grand Slam HR off of Yankees Reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give White Sox, a 5-3 victory. Stephens has 10 MLB Career Grand Slam HRs: Byrne now has 2.

1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Rick Rhoden (1987-1988) was born.

On November 26,1986, veteran Starter Rick Rhoden was traded by the Pirates along with Pitchers Pat Clements and Cecilio Guante to the Yankees for Pitchers Doug Drabek, Brian Fisher and Logan Easley. Rick went 28-22 with a 4.09 ERA in 60 games for the Yankees before being sold in the fall of 1988 to the Astros for 3 Minor League Players: Pitchers Pedro DeLeon and Mike Hook and OF/1B John Fishel.

1954- The Orioles draw a record crowd of 46,796 fans at Memorial Stadium for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Veteran Bronx Starter Allie Reynolds wins the opener for Yankees by the score of 2-0 on a 3-hitter, before Orioles Starter Don Larsen stops the Yankees with a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.

1956- On a blustery day in Cleveland, the Yankees top the Indians by the score of 4-1. Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of Tribe Starter Bud Daley, while his pal 2B Billy Martin is benched for the 1st time in his Yankees career by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. Rookie INF Bobby Richardson takes his place in the starting line-up at 2B.

1957- The Yankees top the A’s by the score of 3-0 behind Bob Turley's 4-hit shutout. Mickey Mantle has a HR off of A’s P Alex Kellner, the 11th time in his last 12 at bats he's reached base safely. That night a group of Yankee players celebrate Billy Martin's 29th birthday in a raucous fashion. An ensuing fight incident at Manhattan's Copacabana Night Club leads to $5,500 in player fines and the eventual trade of Billy Martin to Kansas City on June 15th. Hank Bauer allegedly starts the fight by hitting a patron, although Bauer denies it. The Yankees fine veterans P Whitey Ford, OF Hank Bauer, C Yogi Berra, OF Mickey Mantle and INF Billy Martin $1,000 each and Rookie P Johnny Kucks $500. The Yankees front office will return the fine money collected from the players after the 1957 World Series is over except for Billy Martin, who is now with the A’s.

1965- Orioles Rookie Starter Jim Palmer picks up his 1st MLB victory by topping the Yankees by the score of 7-5. Also, Palmer also bangs out his 1st MLB HR, a 2-run drive off of Yankees Starter Jim Bouton to give himself the victory margin.

1967- Former Yankees Minor League P Frank Seminara was born.

On June 1,1988, P Frank Seminara was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Frank never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1990, while pitching for the Class A Prince William Cannons, he led the Carolina League with 16 wins along with a 1.90 ERA. He was named the League's Pitcher of the Year. On December 3,1990, Frank was drafted by the Padres from the Yankees in the 1990 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.

1970- Former Yankees Pitcher Dutch Ruether (1926-1927) passed away. (1893-1970)

Dutch Ruether pitched 11 seasons in the MLB, winning 59% of his games. He went 19-6 for the 1919 Reds, who opposed the Black Sox in the 1919 World Series. Dutch went 21-12 for the 1922 Brooklyn Robins (aka Dodgers). He went 18-7 for the 1925 Senators. He appeared in 1925 World Series for the Senators as a pinch-hitter. On August 27,1926, Dutch was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later. The Yankees would send hurlers Nick Cullop and Garland Braxton on October 19,1926 to the Senators to complete the trade. Dutch closed out his MLB Pitching career with a 13-6 record with a 3.38 ERA in 27 games for the famous 1927 Yankees team. His final Yankee pitching career totals was a 15-9 record with a 3.40 ERA in 32 games. He appeared in 1 game of the 1926 World Series, losing a game to the Cardinals.

1970- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Mecir (1996-1997) was born.

Jim Mecir was selected in the 3rd Round of the 1991 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Mariners. He had spent most of the 1995 AL season with Seattle’s AAA club, at Tacoma (PCL), where he was a Reliever; who posted a 1-4 record with a 3.10 ERA and 8 saves in 40 games. He had appeared in 2 games with the 1995 Mariners. He came to the Yankees from the Mariners in the Tino Martinez trade on December 7, 1995. He went 1-5 with 5.47 ERA and no saves in 51 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Red Sox as the Player to Named Later in the Mike Stanley trade on September 29, 1997. The Red Sox left him unprotected in the 1997 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft in November of 1997. Jim was selected as the 36th pick by the AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

1976- The Yankees send P Larry Gura to Royals for Reserve Catcher Fran Healy. Healy's best moment will come in the Yankees broadcast booth, while Gura will help the Royals to the 1978 AL playoffs with a 16-4 record. Larry Gura did not get along with Yankees Manager Billy Martin. Gura finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 12-9 record with a 3.21 ERA in 24 games. Fran Healey will appear in 74 games for the 1976-1978 Yankees, hitting .250 with No HRs and 16 RBIs. 

1981- Former Yankees Minor League INF Jim Finigan passed away. (1928-1981).

Before the start of the 1948 AL season, the Yankees signed INF Jim Finigan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Working his way up through the Yankees farm system, he missed the 1951-1952 seasons due to military service. On December 16, 1953, Jim was traded by the Yankees to Philadelphia  A’s in the Vic Power trade, where he spent his Rookie year, hitting .302 while playing 3B base for the A’s. When the team was moved to Kansas City, he went with them and played there in 1955-1956. He was an AL All-Star again in 1955, with 30 doubles (4th in the AL) and his 7 triples (8th in the AL). In both 1955 and 1956, he played more 2B than 3B, as Hector Lopez became the starting 3B for the team. Hitting only .216 in 1956, he was traded to theTigers after the 1956 AL season had ended. Jim shared the 3B spot on the team in 1957 with Reno Bertoia. Finigan hit .270. Bertoia kept the 3B job in 1958, while Finigan was traded to the Giants; where he appeared in only 23 games in 1958, only 12 of which were in the field. He was then sent to the Orioles in 1959, where he finished out his MLB playing career, hitting .252 in 119 at-bats as a 3B, filling in for 3B Brooks Robinson, who was only 22, but already in his 5th MLB season. Then Jim played for the AAA Rochester Red Wings (IL) in 1961.  He hit a key HR that got Rochester into the International League’s post-season, called "Finigan's Rainbow.” In 1964,  he managed Quincy's entry in the Midwest League. In the 2 years before his death, he was a College Baseball Coach at Quincy College. He died at age 52, apparently of a heart attack. 

1983- Former Yankees Minor League P and MLB Pitching Coach Mel Wright (1974-1975) passed away from Cancer. (1928-1983)

Before the start of the 1950 AL season, the Yankees signed hurler Mel Wright, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Mel pitched in the Yankees farm system from 1950 to April of 1954. He had posted a 11-2 record for the 1953 AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). On April 11,1954, Mel was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Players; OF Emil Tellinger and OF Bill Virdonto the Cardinals for Veteran All-Star OF Enos Slaughter. He would pitch for the 1954-1955 Cardinals and the 1960-1961 Cubs during his MLB Pitching career, while posting a 2-4 record in 58 games. Mel would serve as Yankees Manager Bill Virdon’s MLB Pitching Coach during the 1974-1975 AL seasons. Also, he worked for Bill Virdon as an MLB Pitching Coach with the Pirates, Astros and the Expos. 

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Broaca (1933-1937) passed away. (1909-1985) 

Johnny Broaca went 39-23 in 99 games for the Yankees. In 1932, Johnny had attended Yale University. He spent 1933 season with the AA Newark Bears (International League), going 7-2. In his 1934 Rookie year with the Yankees, Broaca went 12-9 as a Starter. In 1935, he posted a 15-7. With the AL pennant-winning 1936 Yankees, he was 12-7, before leaving the team in September to take up a career in boxing, giving up his 1936 World Series share check. In 1937, he started the season out with a 1-4 mark in 7 games, he left the team. The Yankees Front Office suspended him for the remainder of the 1937 AL season and all of the 1938 AL season.  In November of 1938 the Yankees reinstated him to their MLB 40-man roster, to be able to trade him. On November 19,1938, he was purchased by the Indians from the Yankees. He went 4-2 as a Reliever for the Tribe before leaving MLB for good in 1940. There have been several stories that Johnny Broaca stopped playing baseball because he didn’t have to pay alimony to his wife. Also, that he didn’t get along with Yankees teammate Starter Lefty Gomez. The New York Times had an article saying that the team voted a World Series share to Broaca's estranged wife (the 1st time a share was ever voted to a woman) after Broaca left the Yankees in 1937. The book “Joe McCarthy: Architect of the Yankee Dynasty” says that Broaca had abandoned his wife. The December 1957 Baseball Digest relates a story where Lefty Gomez, unhappy that Broaca was saving his arm and refused to throw balls before a game, played a practical joke on Broaca by calling the bullpen, pretending to be the Manager, ordering Broaca to warm up for 9 innings straight. The story goes that Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy didn't know about this incident for many years, why Broaca claimed to be unable to start the next day's game. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract tells a story about Lefty Gomez getting upset at Johnny Broaca for calling him "Goofy". When asked why Gomez was upset when other players such as Pat Malone also called him "Goofy", Gomez said, "Malone didn't go to Yale". 

1991- Former Yankees Minor League P Dietrich Enns was born.

Dietrich Enns was selected by the Yankees in the 19th Round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He began his pro career that year. He dominated at every level of pro ball before making his MLB Pitching debut in 2017. He began as a Relief Pitcher and posted a 2.11 ERA in 22 appearances his 1st season. In 2013, his ERA mark was 2.94 and he had 112 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings and in 2014, he had a 1.42 ERA in 25 1/3 innings, while averaging more than a strikeout per frame. 2015 saw him transition to the starting rotation and he went 2-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 13 games (12 starts), allowing just 4 earned runs in 58 1/3 innings (granted, he was a 24-year-old pitching in rookie-level and High A ball. In 2016, he was 14-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 26 games (22 starts), allowing just 102 hits in 135 innings. In his first taste of Triple A that year, he was 7-2 with a 1.52 ERA in 14 games (10 starts). He was a Mid-Season All-Star in 2013 and 2016 and a Organization All-Star in 2016. On July 30, 2017, he was 1 of 2 prospects sent by the Yankees to the Twins in return for MLB Starter Jaime Garcia. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the Twins less than 2 weeks later, on August 10th. He went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 2 games with the 2017 Twins. At the end of the 2018 AL season, the Twins granted Enns his MLB Free Agency. He was signed by the Padres, he pitched for their AAA team. After the season ended, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would sign a Minor League contract with the Mariners for 2020 AL season. The Mariners would release him in August of 2020. He would be signed by the Tampa Rays, he is currently pitching in their Minor League system for the 2021 season.

2006- The Yankees were down 9-0 to the Rangers in the 2nd inning matched the biggest comeback in Yankees team history, when Catcher Jorge Posada hits a game-winning 2-run HR with 2 outs in the 9th inning against the Rangers, giving the Yankees a 14-13 comeback victory.

2010- The Twins stun the Yankees with an 8th-inning Grand Slam HR by Jason Kubel against Closer Marino Rivera for a 6-3 win at New Yankee Stadium. Rivera had converted a record-tying 51 consecutive save opportunities at Yankee Stadium, he had not given up a Grand Slam HR since 2002 AL season; the runs are also the 1st he gives up for 2010 AL season.

2012- Former Yankees Pitcher Kevin Hickey passed away. (1956-2012)

On August 13,1984, the White Sox sent Pitchers Doug Drabek and Kevin Hickey to the  Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on July 18, 1984. On July 18, 1984, the White Sox sent Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for MLB Shortstop Roy Smalley. Kevin was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL) posting a 1-1 record with an 8.68 ERA in 5 games. In 1985, he was sent to AA Albany-Colonie (EL). He had appeared in 11 games for the team with no record. On May 25,1985Kevin was released by the Yankees. He would be signed by the Phillies.

2012- Former Yankees Pitcher Thad Tillotson (1967-1968) passed away. (1940-2012)

On September 10,1966, Minor League P Thad Tillotson was acquired from the Dodgers for veteran MLB INF Richard Schofield Sr. Thad had signed with the Dodgers organization in 1960. He had never appeared with Dodgers at the MLB level. He appeared with the Yankees during the 1967-1968 AL seasons as a Reliever, posting a 4-9 record with a 4.06 ERA and 2 saves in 50 games. He stayed in the Yankees organization until 1970, pitching for the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He would spend his last season of pro baseball in Japan, pitching for the 1971 Nankai Hawks.

2012- The Blue Jays pound 4 HRs to beat the Yankees by the score of 8-1 at home. The long balls by Jays hitters Edwin Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia, Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson account for 7 of the runs as Jays Starter Kyle Drabek is the winner against Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda.

May 17th

1899- Former Yankees Co-Team Owner Del Webb (1945-1964) was born. (1899-1974)

Construction/Real Estate Investor Del Webb became part Co-Team Owner of the New York Yankees in January of 1945, when he was part of an investment group that purchased the team from the estate of the late Team Owner Jacob Ruppert. He had made his money through Construction and Real Estate investments. The new team owners group also included Businessman Dan Topping Sr. and MLB Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail. After the 1947 World Series victory over the Dodgers, Del Webb and Dan Topping bought out Larry MacPhail’s shares of the team. They later sold the club to CBS Inc. in November 1964. Dan Topping was a Yankees Minority Team Owner until the fall of 1966, when he sold the rest of his Yankees team shares (10%) to CBS, Inc.

1920- Former Yankees Pitcher James “Hot Rod” McDonald (1952-1954,1955) was born. (1920-2004)

On November 23,1951, P Jim McDonald was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Clint Courtney. Jim went 16-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 69 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 1953 World Series for the Yankees, picking up a victory in 7 2/3 innings of work against the Dodgers. He would go 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 16 games for the 1954 Yankees. In December of 1954, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles as part of the big 17-player trade. On July 30,1955, he was traded by the Orioles back to the Yankees for veteran All-Star Starter Ed Lopat. He didn’t appear with the 1955 Yankees, instead spending the season with AAA Denver Bears (AA). Before the start of 1956 AL season, Jim was sent from the Yankees to the Orioles in an unknown transaction. He finished his MLB Pitching career with the 1958 White Sox. Overall, Jim went 24-27 with a 4.27 ERA and 1 save in 136 games with the Red Sox, Browns, Yankees, Orioles and the White Sox.

1948- Former Yankees OF/DH Carlos May (1976-1977) was born.

On May 18,1976, the Yankees obtained OF/DH Carlos May from the White Sox for P Ken Brett and OF Rich Coggins. May had lost his right thumb to a mortar accident, while on Marine Reserve Active Duty in August of 1969, but it didn't stop his pro baseball career. In 1969, Carlos was named to the 1969 Topps All-Star Rookie team, he appeared in the 1969 MLB All-Star game. He played in 152 games for the Yankees, while hitting .258 with 5 HRs and 56 RBIs. On September 16,1977, May was purchased by the Angels from the Yankees. After leaving the Angels, he would play pro baseball for 4 seasons in Japan.

1952- Former Yankees Minor League P Porfi Altamirano was born.

On December 4,1984, P Porfi Altamirano was traded by the Cubs along with P Rich Bordi, OF Henry Cotto and C/DH Ron Hassey to the Yankees for OF/INF Brian Dayett and P Ray Fontenot. He does not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Pascual Perez (1990-1991) was born. (1957-2012)

On November 21,1989, Pascual Perez was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He was the Brother of MLB Players Carlos and Melido Perez. He had previously pitched in the MLB with the Pirates, Braves and the Expos. He appeared in only 17 games due injuries for the 1990-1991 Yankees, while posting a 3-6 record. Overall, as an MLB hurler, he posted a 67-68 record with a 3.44 ERA in 207 gamesIn 1992, he was suspended by MLB for the 2nd time because of a positive test for Cocaine (he had agreed to undergo such testing as part of his 1st MLB Drug Suspension). Combined with his health woes, the 2nd suspension effectively ended his MLB Pitching career. He did return professionally to play baseball briefly in 1996, going 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA for the China Times Eagles in Taiwan. He was killed in 2012 in a botched robbery attempt at his home in the Dominican Republic; the thieves were apparently looking to get their hands on his MLB Pension check. He was struck on the head and suffered a fatal stab wound in his neck. He had been in poor health, because of a kidney ailment before the robbery incident that ended his life. Three days after his death, police announced that they had arrested 3 suspects and identified 2 others, confirming that robbery was the motive.

1961- 1960 AL MVP Yankees RF Roger Maris hit his 1st HR of the 1961 AL season at Yankee Stadium (4th overall for the season) on his way to an MLB season-record HR of 61. The 1961 Yankees as a team would hit 240 HRs during the 1961 AL season.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve INF Scott Seabol (2001) was born.

In 1996, the Yankees in the 88th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected INF Scott Seabol. He won the 1999 South Atlantic League’s MVP Award, while playing for the Class A Greensboro Hornets. He appeared in 1 game with the 2001 Yankees, having 1 at bat with no hits. On October 15, 2002, Scott was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. The Cardinals would sign him; he would return to MLB in 2004. Also, he had played pro baseball in Japan and South Korea before retiring from the game.


1977- After dropping the 1st 2 games of a 3-game series to the Oakland A’s, Yankees Starter Ron Guidry throws 8.1 innings. After giving up 2 HRs to Oakland in the 9th inning, the game is now tied at 2-2, he is relieved by Bronx Closer Sparky Lyle, who hurls 6 scoreless innings as the Yankees win the game in 15th inning by scoring 3 runs off of 2 A’s Relievers winning the game by a score of 5-2. A’s Starter Vida Blue goes 13 innings with no decision. 

1982- Former Yankees Reserve OF Dixie Walker (1931-1936) passes away. (1910-1982)

Reserve OF Dixie Walker was unable to break into the Yankees starting outfield of the 1930’s. He was waived to the White Sox on May 1, 1936 to make room for Yankees Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio on the 25 Man MLB roster. He had appeared in 131 games with the 1931-1936 Yankees, while hitting .268 with 16 HRs with 58 RBIs. He played for the White Sox and the Tigers in the AL, before being traded to the Dodgers in 1939. In the NL, he would have a successful MLB career with the Dodgers. His brother, Harry “The Hat” Walker, also played in the NL, they are only brothers to win MLB batting titles. From 1950-1959, Dixie was a Minor League Manager for several MLB organizations. He was an MLB Scout for the 1960-1962 Braves and again in 1966-1968. He was on their MLB Coaching staff from 1963-1965. Later, he worked for the Dodgers organization.

1991- The Yankees traded 3B Mike Blowers to the Mariners for Cash and a Player to be Named Later. Blowers had been hitting .200 with 1 HR in 15 games. He had been with the team for 3 seasons, hitting .203 with 6 HRs in 76 games. The Mariners would assign him to their AAA Club at Calgary (PCL). To replace Blowers on the MLB 25-man roster, the Yankees called up INF Tory Lovullo from AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Also, the team recalled Reliever Alan Mills from the Clippers. Also, the Bombers sent down Reserve INF Jim Leyritz to the AAA Clippers. On June 22, 1991, the Mariners sent Minor League Class AA P Jack Blueberg to the Yankees, who assigned him to AA Albany Yankees (EL).

1992- Former Yankees Minor League OF Ben Gamel (2016) was born.

OF Ben Gamel was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He began his pro playing career that summer with the GCL Yankees, hitting .280 in 7 games. He started in RF for the 2011 Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPAL), while batting .289. Ben produced at a .306 BA for the 2012 Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) with 19 steals in 29 tries. He was 8th in the South Atlantic League in average, he tied Taylor Dugas for 4th in the Yankees chain. The brother of MLB Player Mat Gamel, Ben made his MLB Player debut in May of 2016. He appeared in only 5 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .125 before being returned to AAA Scranton. He had a great season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, however, being named Player of the Year in the International League by hitting .308 with 80 runs, 6 HRs and 51 RBIs in 116 games. The RailRiders went on to win the Triple-A Baseball National Championship, but by that time, he had been traded to the Mariners on August 31st MLB Trade Deadline, in return for 2 Minor League Players: Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco. 

1992- Former Yankees Minor League INF Eric Jagielo was born.

INF Eric Jagielo was selected by the Cubs in the 50th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team, opting to attend the University of Notre Dame instead. Then Eric was chosen by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He soon signed with the team for a bonus of $1.8 million. He played for 3 Yankees Gulf Coast teams in 2013. In 2014, he spent most of the season with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), playing in 85 games, but also he played 7 games with the GCL Yankees 1 on a Rehabilitation Assignment. With Tampa, he hit .259 with 14 doubles, 16 HRs and 54 RBIs. In 2015, he moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL).  Eric put up his best numbers percentage-wise, a batting line of .284/.347/.495, although injuries limited him to just 58 games. He did hit 16 doubles and 9 HRs in spite of the limited playing time. On December 28, 2015, Jagielo was traded to the Reds along with INF Tony Renda, Pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis in return for MLB Closer Aroldis Chapman. He was joining a team that had just traded its starting 3B  Todd Frazier, opening a big window of opportunity for him. The Reds assigned him to AA Pensacola (SL)) to start the 2016 season. 

1996- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees Reliever Mariano Rivera records his 1st MLB Save against the Angels.

1998-  Veteran Bronx Starter David Wells pitched the 13th perfect game in modern MLB history, as the Yankees beat the Twins by a score of 4-0. Wells, whose perfecto was the 1st by a Yankees Pitcher since Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, also set an AL record by retiring 37 batters in a row, dating back to his last start on May 12th against the Royals. The Perfect Game ends with Twins Shortstop Pat Meares flied out to Yankees RF Paul O'Neill to complete the perfect afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

2007- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill “Lefty” Wight (1946-1947) passed away. (1922-2007)

Bill Wight began his pro baseball career in 1941. He missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. He went 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 games for the 1946-1947 Yankees. Bill didn’t appear in the 1947 World Series for the team against the Dodgers. On February 24,1948, Bill Wright was traded by the Yankees along with P Fred Bradley and All-Star Catcher Aaron Robinson to the White Sox for Starter Eddie Lopat. Eventually, he pitched for 8 MLB teams from 1946-1958. Bill pitched for the Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Tigers, Indians and the Orioles in the AL. In the NL, Bill pitched for the Reds and finished out his MLB Pitching career with the 1958 Cardinals. He was renowned for his pickoff move. Once picked off Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle twice in a game. Overall, he posted a 77-99 record with 3.95 ERA in 347 games. For 37 years, he worked in MLB Scouting, signing INF Joe Morgan for the Astros before moving to the Braves organization, where he spent 32 years. He had signed Dusty Baker, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and David Justice for the Braves. 

2008- Yankees 1B Jason Giambi hits his 185th MLB Career HR as a Yankee player in a 7-4 loss, during an MLB Interleague game against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. He had been tied with former Yankees OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller at 184. Now, he is tied at 185 with former Yankees OF Paul O’Neill.

2010- It's another epic battle between the Yankees and Red Sox at new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees take a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning against Red Sox Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, but the Red Sox storm back to take the lead with 5 HRs; 2 by Victor Martinez and 1 each by David Ortiz, J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis. Then, in the bottom of the 9th inning, Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon gives up a pair of 2-run HRs to Yankee hitters Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Thames, putting the Yankees on top, winning the game by the score of 11-9.

2012- Reserve INF Yan Gomes becomes the 1st Brazilian player in MLB history, when he is inserted in the Blue Jays' starting line-up at 3B in today's game against the Yankees, taking over for INF Brett Lawrie, who is beginning a 4-game player suspension. Gomes goes 2 for 3, but it is HRs by Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia, which lead the Jays to a 4-1 win over the Yankees.

May 18th

1885- Former Yankees Pitcher Eros “Cy” Barger (1906-1907) was born. (1885-1964)

Cy Barger went 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA and 1 save in 3 games for the 1906-1907 Yankees. Also, he appeared in 3 games for the Yankees as an Outfielder. He hit .200 in the 3 games, with no runs scored or extra base hits.

1905- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Art Jorgens (1929-1939) was born. (1905-1980)

On August 24,1928, Catcher Art Jorgens was purchased by the Yankees from the Oklahoma City (WL). He was a Reserve Catcher for the Yankees for 11 seasons for starting All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey. In 1934, he posted MLB career-highs in hits(38), runs batted in (20) and games played (58). He batted a career-high .238 in 1935. Jorgens Yankees player career totals was a .238 BA with 4 HRs and 89 RBIs in 307 games. Art Jorgens holds the all-time record for World Series games in which he was on the team roster without ever appearing in a series game. He was on the post-season roster for the Yankees in 1932and from 1936-1939 (23 games total), but Art never appeared in a MLB Post-Season game for the team.

1930- Bronx Starter George Pipgras tossed his 3rd shutout of the 1930 AL season as the Yankees again, supported his pitching by bombing the host Red Sox by a score of 11-0. Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth hit an Ed Morris pitch over the RF Bleachers for one of the longest HRs ever hit at Fenway Park.

1935- Indians batter Earl Averill ruins Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez’s bid for a No-Hitter by hitting 2 singles, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 3-0.

1946- Future Yankees Hall Of Fame OF/DH Reggie Jackson (1977-1981) was born. 

Reggie Jackson will make his MLB Player debut in 1967 with the Kansas City A’s. He had been star college baseball player at Arizona State University. His stay in Yankees pinstripes was a wild one with filled the fights with Manager Billy Martin and disagreements with Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. His greatest Yankees moment was in the 1977 World Series, when he hit 3-HR’s in 1 game against the Dodgers, earning him the nickname of “Mr. October.” He will finish his MLB playing career with 563 HRs, 6th on the All-time MLB Career HR list. His final Yankees player career totals were a .281 BA with 144 HRs and 461 RBIs in 653 games. He played for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s (twice), Orioles, Yankees, Angels, and finished up with the A’s. Reggie appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .391 with 8 HRs and 17 RBIs in 13 games. Reggie Jackson was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1993. 

1947- Former Yankees 1B and Manager Hal “Prince Hal” Chase (1905-1913) passes away at the age of 64. (1883-1947). 

On October 4,1904, 1B Hal Chase was drafted by the Highlanders from AA Los Angeles (PCL) in the 1904 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He hit .284 in 1,061 games as Yankee player from 1905-1913. Hal was a Yankees Team Captain for the 1910-1912 AL Seasons. Chase managed the Yankees in 1910-1911, while posting an 85-78 record. On June 1,1913, Hal was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for INF Rollie Zeider and 1B Babe Borton. Yankees Manager Frank Chance had suspected that Hal Chase of betting on Yankee games, He had him traded away. Many of the MLB Players and Baseball Writers from his playing days, didn’t rate Hal Chase as being an “honest” player, Hal was a great defensive 1B and hitter. His serious gambling problems would later cost him his MLB Playing career and a chance to be voted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. In 1920, MLB Commissioner Judge Landis banned Hal Chase from organized baseball for his gambling activities during the 1918 NL season, while Hal was playing with the Reds.

1956- Yankees All-Star CF Mickey Mantle hit HRs from both sides of the plate for the 3rd time in his MLB playing career, setting a MLB record. Mantle included a perfect 4-for-4 day, helping the Yankees to an 8-7 victory over the White Sox.

1958- The Yankees sweep the Senators in a doubleheader played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C, winning by scores of 5-2 and 3-0 before a crowd of  27,704 fans. This doubleheader sweep brings the Yankees record to a 19-5 for 1958 AL season. In the Opener, former NL Veteran Starter Sal “The Barber” Maglie goes 8 innings for the Yankees, allowing only 8 hits and 2 Nat runs. In the 9th inning, Yankees Bullpen Ace Ryne Duren closes out the game for his 6th save of the 1958 AL season. Sal Maglie hits a 2-run HR shot off of Nats Starter Pedro Ramous in the 4th inning. Mickey Mantle had hit a solo HR in the 3rd inning. In the nightcap, Bronx Starter “Bullet Bob” Turley throws a 3-0 shutout, allowing only 5 Nat hits, while striking out 6 Senators batters. Bomber hitters Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle provided the Yankees offense by driving in 3 runs. Yankees Rookie 1B Marv Throneberry gets a rare start at 1st base, going 1 for 2 in the game.

1959- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Hummel (1918) passed away. (1883-1959)

MLB Veteran John Hummel appeared in 22 games for the 1918 Yankees as a Reserve INF, while hitting .295 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. He would retire from the game. after the 1918 AL season had ended.

1961- Former Yankees Baseball Computer System Executive Jim Bowden (1988-1989) was born.

Jim Bowden was the Assistant Farm Director of the Pirates from 1987 to 1989. He had worked in sports radio at Rollins College, 1st he joined the Pirates' Media Relations Department after graduation from college in 1985. He had obtained the job thanks to a college friendship with the Grandson of Team Owner John Galbraith. There he became a protégé of GM Syd Thrift, who gave him a job in the Baseball Operations Department, Thrift took him along, when he moved to the Yankees Organization in 1988. He was a Computer System Analyst for Yankees Senior Vice President Syd Thrift. On August 31,1989, Jim was let go by the Yankees Front Office, after Thrift was fired by Team Owner George Steinbrenner, on the previous day. Then he moved to the Reds Organization in 1990, where he was the Reds' Director of Player Development in 1992. Next, he was the Team’s General Manager from October 1992 to 2003. When he was named, he was the youngest GM in MLB history. Bowden became General Manager of the Washington Nationals in November of 2004, just prior to the team's relocation to the Nation's capital. On March 1, 2009 Bowden resigned as GM of the Nationals citing himself as a distraction following the controversy around Esmailyn Gonzalez and allegations of skimming bonuses to Latin American players. He later became a Baseball analyst for ESPN, SiriusXM Radio and various other Media outlets. He also hosted a blog named "The GM's Office" on

1968- The Yankees obtained veteran AL All-Star Closer John Wyatt from the Red Sox for Cash. He will appear in only 7 games for the team, while posting a 0-2 mark with a 2.16 ERA, before the Yankees sold him to the Tigers. John had been a star in the Negro Leagues, before being signed by the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s.

1974- Former Co-Team Owner of New York Yankees Dan Topping Sr. (1945-1964) passes away from Lung Disease at the age of 61. (1912-1974).

Along with Business Partner Del Webb and MLB Executive Larry McPhail, they brought the New York Yankees from the Jacob Ruppert family estate in January of 1945. After the 1947 World Series victory over the Dodgers, they bought out their Business Partner Larry MacPhail. Del Webb and Dan Topping would sell the Yankees to CBS, Inc. in 1964. Dan Topping Sr. would hold minority business interest in the Yankees until the fall of 1966, before selling it to CBS. Dan’s son Dan Topping Jr. would be the Yankees General Manager briefly during the 1966 AL season replacing Ralph Houk, who had stepped down from the position to become Yankees Manager after his firing of Manager Johnny Keane in May of 1966. Dan was replaced in the fall of 1966, when his father sold his remaining 10% interest in the team to CBS. His replacement would be former Yankees Team Owner Partner Larry MacPhail’s son, Lee.

1976- The Yankees obtained OF/DH Carlos May from the White Sox for P Ken Brett and OF Rich Coggins. Carlos will hit .278 with 3 HRs and 40 RBIs in 87 games in 1976 for the Yankees before fading in 1977, hitting only .227 BA with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs; being sold to the Angels in September. Overall, May hit .258 with 5 HRs and 56 RBIs in 152 games for the Yankees.

1995- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack Kramer (1951) passed away. (1918-1995)

On May 28,1951, veteran MLB P Jack Kramer was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Jack had started the 1951 MLB season with the Giants, going 0-0 in 4 games. With the Yankees, he would appear in 19 games, while posting a 1-3 record with a 4.65 ERA. On August 30,1951, Jack was released by the Yankees. Both the Yankees and the Giants will appear in the 1951 World Series, while Jack sat at home. Jack Kramer had pitched in the MLB from 1939 to 1951 for the Browns, Red Sox, Giants and the Yankees finishing with an MLB Pitching record of 95-103 with a 4.24 ERA in 322 games.

1999- The Red Sox defeated the Yankees by the score of 6-3, spoiling the return of Yankees Manager Joe Torre to the team. Yankees Bench Coach Don Zimmer had been handling the Yankees Manager duties, while Joe Torre was being treated for Prostate Cancer.

2003- The Rangers swept 3 games at Yankee Stadium from the Yankees for the 1st time in the AL franchise's 43-year history.

2010- Another game, another epic Yankees-Red Sox battle, today the Yankees play the game under protest, claiming the Red Sox did not properly signal an injury before removing Starting Pitcher Josh Beckett trailing 5-0 in the 5th inning, thus giving Reliever Manny Delcarmen, more time to warm up than warranted. For the 2nd night in a row, the Red Sox come back from a 5-run hole, taking a 7-5 lead in the 9th inning thanks to an error by Yankees RF Marcus Thames on Marco Scutaro's fly ball. Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save the previous night, allows a run in the bottom of the 9th inning, but he strikes out Yankees batter Randy Winn with runners on 2nd and 3rd to end the game. The contest starts almost an hour late because of rain, is played in a constant drizzle and lasts a marathon 4 Hours and 9 minutes, making it the longest 9-inning game played so far, this 2010 MLB season.

2011- On a wild night for baseball, 4 other games go into extra innings, with 1 game ending in a wild 15th inning. The Orioles and the Yankees are tied at 1-1, when the Yankees score 2 runs off of Reliever Mike Gonzalez, who is then ejected for hitting Yankees batter Chris Dickerson, shattering his batting helmet and sending him to the hospital. Out of pitchers, the O's have to bring in the next day's scheduled Starter, Jeremy Guthrie to complete the inning. Yankees Rookie Pitcher Hector Noesi throws 4 scoreless innings to earn the win in his MLB Pitching debut; he had been called up by the Yankees 16 days earlier, he had yet to pitch before the marathon game forced Bombers Manager Joe Girardi's hand. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 15thinning, The Orioles then put 2 runners on base, but Matt Wieters' ground ball headed for right field just nips the foot of base runner Brandon Snyder: he is called out for interference, snuffing the O's best chance to tie the game.

2013- In effort to strength their infield racked by injuries, the Yankees acquired veteran MLB INF Reid Brignac from the Rockies. Despite his excellent glove play, Reid falls to hit for the team going just .133 in 17 games for the Yankees. Then the Yankees Designated him For Assignment. After clearing MLB waivers: Reid refused to go down to AAA Scranton (IL) to play, instead electing to become an MLB Free Agent. On June 2, 2013, the Rockies resigned him and send him down to their AAA team in the PCL. On November 5, 2013, he is granted MLB Free Agency by the Rockies. 

2014- The Pirates win for the 1st time at Yankee Stadium in 54 years - since the 1960 World Series (Game # 5) - when they beat the Yankees by the score of 5-3 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. They lose the opener to the Yankees by the score of 4-3.  Bucs batters Starling Marte and Josh Harrison homer in the Nightcap, after Bombers 1B Mark Teixeira gets a couple of early RBIs in the Opener as the Yankees hand Starter Charlie Morton his 6th loss against no wins despite having a 1.01 ERA.

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This Week in Yankees History May 16th-May 22nd Part Two

 May 19th

1891- Former Yankees Pitcher George Clark (1913) was born. (1891-1940)

George Clark went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 games for the 1913 Yankees.

1903- Due to Sunday Baseball Restrictions in Cleveland, a MLB game is played in Columbus, Ohio with the “hometown” Naps (aka the Indians) defeating the Highlanders by the score of 9-2.

1928- Former Yankees INF Gil McDougald (1951-1960) was born. (1928-2010)

In 1948, the Yankees signed INF Gil McDougald, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Gil was a very versatile infielder for the Yankees. In 1951, he had won the AL Rookie of the Year Award. He would hit a Grand Slam HR in the 1951 World Series against the Giants. He would make AL All-Star team 5 times during his MLB playing career. In 1955, he led the AL 2B in fielding. In 1957, a tragic line drive hit by Gil off of Indians Starter Herb Score in the face affected the rest of his MLB playing career. Gil had lost his aggressive approach at the plate. In December of 1960, Gil had been drafted by the “new” Washington Senators in the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. He refused to go to the new club. Also, Gil turned down a $100,000 Player-Manager job offer from the other new AL Expansion Team, the Angels team. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel had recommended him to the Angels Team Owner Gene Autry for the job. He retired from the Yankees. Gil finished his fine Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .276, while hitting 112 HRs with 576 RBIs in 1,336 games. He had appeared in 8 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .237 with 7 HRs and 24 RBIs. After his playing days, Gil was a College Baseball Coach at Fordham University for 7 years. Away from the diamond, he ran a New Jersey Maintenance Company. He suffered a progressive hearing loss, as he got older, the result of being struck by a line drive hit by Bomber teammate Bob Cerv during batting practice many years earlier. He eventually went deaf, which was repaired by cochlear implant surgery in 1995.

1929- During the 5th inning of a Sunday afternoon game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Yankee Stadium, a sudden heavy rain-storm causes the crowd of 9,000 bleacher fans in right-field known as “Ruthville” stampede to the bleacher exits to get out of the rainstorm. The fan stampede to the exits results in 2 deaths with 62 people are injured.  A truck driver named Joseph T. Carter, age 59 and 17- year-old Hunter College student named Eleanor Price were the fatal victims of the fan stampede to the RF Bleacher exits.  The game ended at 5 innings with the Yankees winning by the score of 3-1. With back-to-back HRs in the 3rd inning by Bronx Bombers Sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth provide the Yankees winning lead. Yankees Starter Fred Heimach picks up his 3rd victory of the 1929 AL season, while Red Sox Starter Jack Russell drops to a 2-4 record. A crowd of 50,00 fans had attended the storm shorten game.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve 2B Joe Gedeon (1916-1917) passed away. (1893-1941)

The Yankees purchased 2B Joe Gedeon from his Newark (Federal League)  player contract for $7,500 Cash, a considerable sum for an unproven player in those days. He had sign with Newark, but the Federal League had folded up. His old AL team, the Senators protested vehemently over his purchase, but AL President Ban Johnson ruled against them. He directed Joe Gedeon to report to Yankees, where he played as a Reserve Infielder in 1916 and 1917. Joe appeared in 155 game for the Yankees, while hitting just .215. The New York Evening Journal noted the week of September 1, 1916 that the Yankees had pulled off a double squeeze play against the  Red Sox at the Polo Grounds. In that game, the batter Gedeon was retired bunting while 2 runners scored. They repeated the feat 2 weeks later, with Gedeon at the center of the action once again. The normally staid and dry New York Times, of September 15, 1916, stated "The Yankees put the game right into the bag in the 7th inning, and called the double squeeze, one of the most spectacular of all scoring plays, into use. With one out Elmer Millersingled, and dashed to 3rd when Gedeon doubled to left field. Roxy Walters tipped the sign for the squeeze play when he came up, and Willie Mitchell, pitching for the  Tigers, was of invaluable assistance when he took a half wind up, and as he started his motion the runners hit the trail. Miller was almost home by the time the ball got to the plate, and Gedeon was a few feet from 3rd. Walters rolled a slow teaser to Pep Young, and Miller slid over the plate. His dust had only risen, it seemed, when a fresh cloud gestured into the air, hurled up as Gedeon hit the dirt and slid over the plate safely. The play was brought to the perfect ending, for Walters beat the hit out."  On January 22 1918, Gedeon was traded to the St. Louis Browns in a blockbuster deal. The Yankees received Star 2B Del Pratt and veteran southpaw (and future HOF) Eddie Plank in exchange for Gedeon, INF Fritz Maisel, P Nick Cullop, Catcher Les Nunamaker and a young right-hander named Urban Shocker. The trade worked out well for the Browns, despite the fact that Maisel, Cullop and Nunamaker were soon gone. Gedeon settled into the Browns' regular 2B job. Urban Shocker eventually became the ace of the Browns pitching staff. Pratt had 3 solid seasons with the Yankees, but the 42-year-old Eddie Plank refused to report to the Yankees. He took his 326 MLB lifetime victories into retirement. Joe Gedeon was also the "Ninth Man Out" in the Black Sox Scandal. He was an old friend of White Sox player Swede Risberg from their California days, he bet on the Reds in the 1919 World Series, placing him at a meeting with gamblers, as they were discussing the plot to throw the World Series. He testified to a Grand Jury after the 1920 MLB season. He was dropped from the St. Louis Browns MLB team roster. On November 3, 1921, Judge Landis banned him permanently for "having guilty knowledge" of the 1919 World Series fix and for not reporting it. 

1954- Former Yankees Catcher Rick Cerone (1980-1985,1987,1990) was born.

Catcher Rick Cerone won Gold with the USA at the 1974 Amateur World Series. He was a 1st-round pick in 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Indians. He came to the MLB that same year for 7 games. His only time in the Minors was at the AAA level. He was traded by the Indians to the Blue Jays before the start of the 1977 AL season, he gradually got more playing time with the Jays until 1979, when he was the team's primary Catcher, but he never hit as high as .240. During the winter of 1979, the Yankees in the Chris Chambliss trade with the Blue Jays had obtained the young Catcher. He never lived up to his potential as hitting catcher, after replacing Thurman Munson as the Yankees regular catcher in 1980, following Munson’s tragic death in August of 1979. He had his best MLB Player career season in that 1980 AL season, hitting .277 with 14 HRs and 30 doubles on a Yankees team that won 103 games. He finished #7 in the AL MVP voting. For the next 4 seasons with the Yankees, he never hit over .244 (he suffered from various injuries), began to share playing time with veteran Catchers like Butch Wynegar and others. Then he was traded to the Braves for 1 season, where he hit .216. He was their starter during the 1981 MLB Postseason, hitting .333 with a HR in the ALDS, but falling to .100 in the ALCS and .190 in the World Series, although he did hit another HR. In 1987, the Yankees used him twice as a Pitcher, he gave up no hits or runs in 2 innings of work. Overall, Rick Cerone had appeared in 587 games for the Yankees, while hitting .241 with 31 HRs and 203 RBIs. 

1955- Former Yankees Pitcher Ed Whitson (1985-1986) was born.

Starter Ed Whitson went 15-10 with a 5.38 ERA in 44 games for the 1985-1986 Yankees. Ed had signed a 5-year MLB Free Agent contract with the Yankees worth $4.4 million with a 6th-year option. Whitson got off to a terrible start in the Bronx, going 1-6 with a 6.23 ERA in his 1st 11 starts of the 1985 AL season. Soon he became a focal point for heckling Yankee fans. He began receiving verbal abuse and hate mail; he refused to let his wife, Kathleen attend home games at Yankee Stadium. On June 11,1985, after giving up 5 hits and 1 run against the Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium, Whitson retired the next 19 batters that he faced. Fans began to cheer Whitson during the game, and although the game was lost by the Yankees bullpen in extra innings, Whitson left the game to a standing ovation in the 10th inning.  From there, Whitson turned his 1985 AL season around, posting a 9-1 record with a 2.27 ERA over his next 16 starts. The Yankees were just 2.5 games back of the 1st place Blue Jays in the AL East. When Toronto came to the Bronx for a crucial 4 game series on September 12th. With the Blue Jays taking 2 of the 1st 3 games, Yankees Manager Billy Martin handed Whitson the ball for the 4th game. Whitson gave up 4 earned runs in just 2 innings as the Jays won the game by the score of 8-5 to take a 4.5 game lead in the Eastern AL Division race. Billy Martin lifted Whitson from his next scheduled start on September 20th. On September 22nd, while at a hotel bar in Baltimore, Whitson and Martin got into a heated argument that spread to other parts of the hotel that resulted in a broken ulna in Martin's right arm and a bruised right side. While Whitson suffered a cracked rib and a split lip, he did not pitch again for the remainder of the 1985 AL season, finishing up with a 10-8 record with a 4.88 ERA. After the 1985 AL season, Billy Martin was fired by the Yankees front office, which many Yankee fans suspected was because of his altercation with Whitson. During the 1986 AL season, Ed was used both as a Starter and Reliever by new Yankees Manager Lou Piniella. He was 4-0 despite having a high 7.36 ERA out of the bullpen and a 1-2 record with an 8.71 ERA as a Starter. Knowing that Whitson wanted out of the Bronx, the Yankees traded Ed back to the Padres for veteran MLB Reliever Tim Stoddard on July 9, 1986.

1957- Former Yankees Minor League P Ben Callahan was born. (1957-2007)

On June 3,1980, Ben Callahan was selected by the Yankees in the 31st round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Ben never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. On June 15,1983, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with DH/1B Marshall Brant and Cash to the A’s for veteran MLB Starter Matt Keough. Ben went 1-2 with Oakland in his only MLB career season. The A’s sent him back to the Minor Leagues. He had passed away in 2007.

1960- The Yankees traded P Mark Freeman to the Cubs for P Art Ceccarelli. The Yankees had sold Freeman to Kansas City in April of 1959, but after 3 games with the team; they sold him back to the Yankees on May 8, 1959. He was sent to AAA Seattle (PCL). He did pitch 1 game for the Yankees with no decision. Ceccarelli was 9-18 with 5 MLB seasons with the A’s, Orioles and the Cubs. The Yankees sent him to their AAA club at Richmond (IL). He never pitched in the MLB again.

1960- The Yankees re-obtained veteran OF Bob Cerv from Kansas City for veteran 3B Andy Carey. Andy had lost his Yankees 3B starting job to Clete Boyer. Veteran OF Bob Cerv will provide power off the bench and outfield defense for the Yankees for the rest of 1960 AL season, before being lost to the new LA Angels in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft in December of 1960.  He would hit .250 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs for the 1960 Yankees. Bob hit .357 in the 1960 World Series against the Pirates before getting hurt and missing the critical Game 7. He would be re-obtained by the Yankees from the Angels on May 8, 1961 in the Ryne Duren trade.

1969- The Yankees obtained OF Jose Vidal from the Seattle Pilots for Reserve OF/1B Richard Simpson. Jose never plays for the Yankees at MLB level. The team sends Jose to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Simpson had gone 3 for 11 in 6 games for the 1969 Yankees, before being send down to AAA Syracuse (IL).

 1975- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Josh Paul was born.

Former MLB Catcher Josh Paul managed the 2009-2010 Class A Staten Island Yankees (NY-Penn League). In 2018, Josh Paul was named the MLB Bench Coach of the Los Angeles Angels. He had previously been a Minor League Manager in theYankees' organization, as well as the team's Minor League Catching Instructor. When Angels Manager Mike Scioscia retired after the 2018 NL season, Paul retained his job under his successor Brad Ausmus in 2019.

1977- Former Yankees Reliever Dan Giese (2008) was born.

On November 24, 2007, Reliever Dan Giese was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He will appear in 20 games for the 2008 Yankees, while posting a 1-3 record with a 3.53 ERA. On April 8, 2009, Dan was selected off waivers by the Oakland A’s from the Yankees.

 1991- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi (2017) was born.

Before the start of the 2017 AL season, Choi signed with the Yankees as a MLB Free Agent, although he was far down the depth chart for 1B/DH, as the Yankees had veterans Chris Carter and Matt Holliday and youngsters Greg Bird and Tyler Austin already on hand. He started the year with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), where he did quite well, hitting .289 with 8 HRs and 43 RBIs in 56 games. With Bird and Austin both injured and Carter not producing with the bat, Ji-Man was called up to the Bronx on July 5th and homered and drove in 2 runs in each of his 1st 2 games with the team. Those were his only 2 hits before the MLB All-Star break, but on July 10th, the Yankees decided to release Carter, who was hitting .201 with a ton of strikeouts. It seemed like Choi was going to start at 1B until 1 of the 2 youngsters were ready to come back, or they acquired someone else in a trade, but the team did acquire someone, Minor League Slugger Garrett Cooper, who filled in the gap until a trading deadline deal brought in Todd Frazier to play 3B, freeing veteran INF Chase Headley to play 1st. The fallout for Ji-man was that he spent the rest of the season in AAA, finishing at .287 with 25 doubles, 15 HRs and 69 RBIs in 87 games. After the 2017 AL season ended, Choi became an MLB Free Agent after the 2017 AL season ended. He signed with the Brewers, who traded him to the Rays during the 2018 MLB season. He has obtained MLB player success, while currently playing for the Rays.

1993- Former Yankees Reserve INF Oscar Grimes Jr. (1943-1946) passed away. (1915-1993)

On December 17,1942, veteran INF Oscar Grimes was traded by the Indians along with OF Roy Weatherly to the Yankees for OF Roy Cullenbine and AL All-Star Catcher Buddy Rosar. Oscar appeared in 281 games for the Yankees, while hitting .266 with 9 HRs and 96 RBIs. On July 11,1946, Oscar was purchased by Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees.

1999- Current Yankees Minor League P Deivi Garcia (2020-2021)  was born.

Before the 2016 AL season, Pitcher Deivi Garcia was signed by the Yankees as an Amateur Free Agent from the Dominican Republic. He began his pro career with the DSL Yankees 2, posting a 1-5 record with a 2.61 ERA in 12 starts. Then in 2017, he pitched for the 3 different teams. He was with the DSL Yankees for 3 games, then earned successive promotions to the GCL Yankees and Class A Pulaski Yankees. Combined, he went 6-2, with a 3.30 ERA in 30 games, with 85 strikeouts in 60 innings. In 2018, he made 8 starts for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), where he was 2-4 with a 3.76 ERA, before earning a promotion to the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL). On August 6th, he pitched an absolute gem in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Clearwater Threshers, with 7 perfect innings during which he struck out 12 opponents. Unfortunately for him, his teammates were unable to score as Tampa lost the game, when Reliever Christian Morris allowed a run without giving up a hit in the 8th. In 2020, he appeared at the MLB level for the 1st time, Devi appeared in 6 games for the Yankees, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.98 ERA. In 2021, he was at AAA Scranton (IL), he was called up by the Yankees for 1 start, he went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

2006- In a MLB Inter-League play game, Mets 3B David Wright wins the 1st Subway Series game of the 2006 MLB season between the 2 New York City teams, when he hits a 2-out RBI single off of Yankees Closer Mario Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Mets a 7-6 victory over the Yankees.

2010- The Yankees learn that Catcher Jorge Posada has a broken bone in his right foot, he will be out of action for 3 to 4 weeks. Francisco Cervelli has already assumed the bulk of the playing time behind the plate this 2010 AL season. Posada joins teammate DH/1B Nick Johnson who is also out with a wrist injury, CF Curtis Granderson who is on the DL, while OF Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher are both day-to-day because of a sprained ankle and a sore biceps, respectively. The Rays take advantage of their banged-up Eastern Division rivals beating them by the score of 10-6 increasing their lead in the AL East to 4 games.

2015- Nationals hitter Ryan Zimmerman connects for a walk-off HR off Yankees Closer Andrew Miller in the 10th inning to give Washington an 8-6 win and put them into a tie for 1st place in the NL East with the Mets, after starting the 2015 NL season with  7-13 record. For Ryan Zimmerman, it is the 10th such HR of his MLB playing career; for Miller, it's a 1st blown save after converting his 1st 13 save chances of the 2015 AL season.

2016- Former Yankees DH Jim Ray Hart (1973-1974) passed away. (1941-2016)

On April 17, 1973, veteran INF/OF Jim Ray Hart was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants. He was slowed down by injuries during his MLB playing career with the Giants in the NL. Jim appeared in 124 games for the Yankees, hitting just .243 with 13 HRs and 52 RBIs. On June 7, 1974, Jim was released by the Yankees, ending his MLB playing career that lasted 12 seasons, finishing with a .278 BA with 170 HRs and 578 RBIs in 1,125 MLB games with the Giants and the Yankees.

2017- Former Yankees 1B/PH Dave McDonald (1969) passed away. (1943-2017)

Before the start of the 1962 AL season, 1B Dave McDonald was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Dave played in the Yankees organization from 1962 to 1970. In 1969, he appeared at the MLB level with the team for 9 games in September, hitting just .217 with No HRs and 2 RBIs as a 1B/PH. On May 15,1970, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Montreal Expos for veteran MLB Reliever Gary Waslewski. With the 1971 Expos, he would appear in 24 games, while hitting just .103. From 1971-1974, he played in AAA level with the Expos and Mets organizations before ending his pro playing career.

May 20th

1890- Former Yankees Pitcher Jesse ‘Jim” Buckles (1916) was born. (1890-1975)

Jim Buckles appeared in 2 games with no record with a 2.25 ERA for the 1916 Yankees.

1893- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Bernhardt (1918) was born. (1893-1958)

Walt Bernhardt appeared in 1 game with no record for the 1918 Yankees.

1897- Former Yankees Closer William Wilcy “Cy” Moore (1927-1929,1932-1933) was born. (1897-1963)

Wilcy “Cy” Moore was the Relief Ace of the 1927 Yankees, posting a 13-7 record with 13 saves. Overall, in 1927, Cy finished the season with a 19-7 record and a 2.28 ERA in 50 games. Wilcy Moore is now considered to have won the 1927 American League ERA title, with a 2.28 figure as a Rookie in 1927. However, under the rules of the time, he was not considered eligible for the title in spite of his 213 innings pitched, as he had only compiled 6 complete games - in 12 starts - fewer than the minimum 10 required at the time. His Yankees teammate, veteran Starter Waite Hoyt, who posted a 2.64 ERA for the Yankees, is therefore credited with the title in many reference sources. Wilcy was also the Yankees' pitching hero in the 1927 World Series, saving a 5-4 win in Game 1, and pitching a complete game victory in Game 4 to put the finishing touch on a 4-game sweep of the  Pirates. His Yankees Pitching career totals was a 36-21 record with a 3.31 ERA and 37 saves in 171 games. His World Series pitching record for the Yankees was a 2-0 mark with a 0.56 ERA and 1 save in 3 games. Wilcy Moore is considered to be the 1st of the great Yankees Closers in the team’s history. In 1930, the Yankees sent him to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA). He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 1931 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He pitched for the 1931-1932 Red Sox, while posting a 15-23 record with a 4.31 ERA and 12 saves in 90 games. On August 1, 1932, the Yankees traded P Gordon Rhodes to Boston for P Wilcy Moore. Moore had led the AL in saves in 1927 and the 1931 Red Sox (10). At the end of the 1933 AL season, the 37-year-old Moore was released by the Yankees. As an MLB Pitcher, he finished pitching career with a 51-44 record with a 3.70 ERA and 49 saves in 261 games.

1904- Former Yankees Pitcher Peter Appleton (also known as Peter Jablonski) (1933) was born. (1904-1974)

Pitcher Peter Appleton appeared in 1 game with 1933 Yankees, while posting no record. The Yankees sent him back to the AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1934. Pete originally came up with 1927 Reds. Also, he pitched for the Indians, White Sox, Senators (twice), Browns and the Red Sox in his 14-season MLB Pitching career finishing with an overall  57-67 record with a 4.30 ERA in 341 games.

1913- The Yankees obtained Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh from the Indians for 2 Players: INF Bill Stumpf and OF Jack Lelivelt. Roger would help stabilized the 1913 Yankees infield, while hitting .268 in 95 games. He would be the starting Shortstop for the Yankees for 8 seasons, while appearing in 1,219 games, hitting .257 for the team. He would be the Yankees Team Captain from 1914 to 1921. On December 20,1921, he was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott, Pitchers Sam Jones and Joe Bush. Boston would trade him to the Senators that winter.

1922- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth is named Yankees Team Captain. He will lose his Team Captain position on May 25,1922. Ruth will be replaced by Shortstop Everette “Deacon” Scott, who will hold the position from 1922-1925. The next Yankees Team Captain will be 1B Lou Gehrig, who will hold the Team Captain Title from 1935-1939.

1923- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth’s 15th inning 2-run HR gives Yankees Starter Herb Pennock, a 3-1 victory over the White Sox. Pennock goes the distance for the Yankees, while allowing only 4 White Sox hits and 1 run in 15 innings.

1925- The Indians scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Yankees by a score of 10-9. Indians OF Tris Speaker scored the winning run from 1st base on a single.

 1929-Former Yankees Minor League Player, MLB Scout and Manager Lamar North was born. (1929-2011)

Catcher Lamar North spent 13 seasons playing in the Minor Leagues. In 1948, North debuted with the Eastman Dodgers, hitting .271. In 1949, he batted .322 and slugged .420 for Eastman. He was among the Georgia State League's top 10 in batting average. North moved up to the Portsmouth Cubs in 1950, hitting .262. He missed 1951-1952 seasons, presumably due to military service. North returned to Portsmouth in 1953, he batted only .216, showing rust. He did lead all catchers in the Piedmont League with 73 assists. In 1954, Lamar hit .249 for Portsmouth, followed by .258 in 1955.In 1956, he moved from the Cubs to the Yankees organization. The veteran backstop batted .256 for the Binghamton Triplets (EL). With Binghamton again in 1957, he hit .260. He hit .256 with a career-high 18 HRs, while slugging .424 for the 1958 New Orleans Pelicans and played 1 game with AAA Richmond. Lamar hit .247 in 60 games for 1959 Binghamton, also North spent time with the Houston Buffs (7 for 47) and the AAA Richmond Virginians (4 for 20), getting his longest looks at AAA. He batted .235 for 2 Texas League clubs in 1960. He was 6 for 33 for the 1962 Fort Lauderdale Yankees and 0 for 1 for the 1963 Richmond AAA club to end his active playing career. Now a Minor League Manager for the Yankees, he managed the 1962 Harlan Smokies, 1964 Johnson City Yankees, 1965 Greensboro Yankees and the Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1966 and 1970. He later scouted for the Yankees (1968-1971),  Dodgers (1973-1975) and the Orioles (1977-?), signing future MLB players Ken Gerhart, Gregg Olson and Nick Markakis among others.

1930- Former Yankees Reliever and MLB Pitching Coach Tom “Plowboy” Morgan (1951-1952,1954-1956) was born. (1930-1987). 

Before the start of the 1949 AL season, the Yankees signed P Tom Morgan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He missed time from the Yankees during the 1952-1953 AL seasons due to military service. Tom was a Relief Pitcher for the Yankees during the early 1950’s. His Yankee pitching career totals were a 38-22 record with 26 saves in 156 games. Tom was traded to Kansas City in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 mark in 5 games. He pitched for the 1957 A’s, 1958-1960 Tigers, 1960 Senators before being drafted by the Angles in the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. He ended his MLB Pitching career in 1963 with the Angels with an overall 67-47 record with a 3.61 ERA and 64 saves in 443 games. After retiring, Morgan was a Minor League Pitching Instructor for the Angels organization in 1964 and 1965. He managed the Idaho Falls Angels for part of 1966 season, then returned to his Coaching duties in 1967 and 1968. Later, Morgan managed the San Jose Bees for part of 1969 season. Then he was an MLB Scout for the Yankees in 1971. He returned to the Angels as a MLB Coach on the MLB Coaching staff from 1972 to 1974. He was a MLB Pitching Coach for the Padres in 1975, the 1979 Yankees and the Angels yet again from 1981 to 1983.

1943- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/PH David McDonald (1969) was born. (1943-2017) 

Before the start of the 1962 AL season, 1B Dave McDonald was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Dave played in the Yankees organization from 1962 to 1970. In 1969, he appeared at the MLB level with the team for 9 games in September, hitting just .217 with No HRs and 2 RBIs as a 1B/PH. On May 15,1970, Dave was traded by the Yankees to the Montreal Expos for MLB Reliever Gary Waslewski. With the 1971 Expos, he appeared in 24 games, hitting just .103. From 1971-1974, he played in AAA level with the Expos and Mets organizations before ending his pro playing career.

1945- St. Louis Browns One-armed OF Pete Gray enjoyed an incredible day against the Yankees. Pete Gray made 3 outstanding catches, collected 4 hits with 2 RBIs and scored the winning run during the Browns doubleheader sweep of the Yankees.

1946- Former Yankees INF/DH/OF, MLB Coach and Yankees Broadcast Announcer Robert “Bobby “Murcer (1965-1966,1969-1974,1979-1983) was born. (1946-2008)

Bobby Murcer was groomed to be the next Mickey Mantle, but it didn’t work out that way, he still had a very good playing career with the Yankees. He played briefly with the team as an infielder in 1965-1966, before being drafted into the Army, missing the 1967-1967 AL seasons. In 1969, the Yankees switched Bobby from the INF to the OF. He made the AL All-Star team in 1971-1974. He won AL Golden Glove in 1972. His best season with the bat as a Yankees player was in 1971, when he hit .331 with 25 HRs and 94 RBIs. In the winter of 1974, he was traded to the Giants for NL All-Star OF Bobby Bonds. The trade was unpopular with both team’s fans. Bobby was upset that Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner broke his promise to him, that long as he owned the team, Bobby would remain a Yankees player. He played 2 seasons for the Giants before being traded him to the Cubs in the winter of 1976. Bobby would return to the Yankees from the Cubs during the 1979 AL season, hitting .273 in 74 games. In 1980, Bobby would play in 100 games as a Regular OF, while hitting .269 with 13 HRs and 57 RBIs. Injuries would slow him down during the 1981-1983 AL seasons.  Bobby played in his only World Series for the 1981 Yankees, while appearing in 4 games with no hits. Finishing out his Yankees playing career in 1983, Bobby became a Yankees Broadcasting Announcer. After batting brain cancer, Bobby passed away in 2008.

 1946- Former Yankees OF Jim Lyttle (1969-1971) was born.

In 1966, OF Jim Lyttle was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (10th selection) of the MLB Amateur Player Draft. Jim’s best Yankees’ season was in 1970, when he hit .310 in 87 games. In 1971, he missed most of the season being sick with mono, only appearing in 49 games, while hitting just .198. On October 13,1971, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for P Rich Hinton. Overall, as a Yankees player, Jim appeared in 164 games for the team, while hitting .241 with 4 HRs and 25 RBIs. He played in the MLB for the Yankees, White Sox, Expos and the Dodgers in an MLB playing career spanning from 1969 through 1976. Then he played pro baseball in Japan for 2 teams: the Hiroshima Carp and Nankai Hawks from 1977 through 1983. He had a 472 consecutive games played streak in Japan at one point. He played on 2 Nippon Series championship teams with Hiroshima in 1979 and 1980. He was a teammate of Adrian Garrett on the 1979 Nippon Series Championship team. The Hiroshima Toyo Carp (led by Garrett, Lyttle, Koji Yamamoto and Sachio Kinugasa), became the 1st Japanese team to hit 200 HRs in a season that year. He was then named MVP of the 1980 Nippon Series, after he hit 3 HRs and drove in 6 runs while batting .400 to defeat Charlie Manuel and the Kintetsu Buffaloes. He was voted to 1 All-Star Team while in Japan, in 1981. He put up spectacular stats that year: he led the Central League with 157 hits, hit 33 HRs, collected 100 RBIs, hitting .318 and had an OPS of .940 in only 128 games. He hit 166 HRs, had 945 hits and had a career OPS mark of .816 during his pro playing career in Japan; he also won 4 Diamond Gloves. Later, Jim Lyttle was the Head Baseball for the College of Boca Raton in 1987-1988.

1948- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and collected 6 RBIs in the 13-2 Yankees victory over the White Sox. DiMaggio hit 2 HRs, a triple, a double and a single and narrowly missed another extra-base hit, when White Sox LF Ralph Hodgin made a spectacular catch at the outfield wall.

1959- The Tigers beat the Yankees by a score of 13-6 to place the Bronx Bombers in last place in the AL for the 1st time in 19 years, since May of 1940. The team was plagued by injuries to virtually every starting player in the Yankees regular starting line-up, plus the pitching staff had several key arm injuries, including 1958 Cy Young Award Winner Bob Turley. The 1959 Yankees would finish in 3rd place in the AL with a 79-75 record, behind the 2nd place Indians and the 1959 AL Champion’s White Sox.

1960- Former Yankees Catcher Pat Collins (1926-1928) passed away. (1896-1960)

On August 30,1925, Catcher Pat Collins was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, $25,000 Cash and 3 Players to be Named Later. The Yankees sent veteran MLB Shortstop Pee-Wee Wanninger on December 16,1925 to the AA St. Paul Saints to complete the trade. Pat had been a Catcher with the 1919-1924 St. Louis Browns. He had appeared in 264 games for the Yankees, while hitting .269 with 20 HRs and 85 RBIs. Pat appeared in 11 World Series games for the Yankees (1926-1928), while hitting .500. On December 13,1928, Pat was purchased by the Boston Braves from the Yankees.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher David “Boomer” Wells (1997-1998,2002-2003) was born.

On December 24,1996, Veteran Starter David Wells was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. On May 17, 1998, David Wells pitched the 13th perfect game in modern MLB history, as the Yankees beat the Twins by a score of 4-0. His Perfect Game against the Twins was the 1st by a Yankees Pitcher since Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, also set an AL record by retiring 37 batters in a row, dating back to his last start on May 12th against the Royals. Dave’s best Yankees Pitching season was in 2002, when he went 19-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 31 games. In 1998, he went 18-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 games; He won the ALCS MVP Award. Dave was named to the 1998 AL All-Star team. His Yankees World Series pitching record was 1-1. In ALCS play, he went 6-1 for the Yankees. On February 18,1999, Dave was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve INF Homer Bush and Reliever Graeme Lloyd to the Blue Jays for AL All-Star Starter Roger Clemens. In 2002, he would return to the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. David would post a 19-7 record in 2002 for the Yankees. In 2003, he went 15-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 31 games for the Yankees. At the end of the 2003 MLB post season, David left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. His final Yankees Pitching career record was 68-28 with a 3.90 ERA in 124 games. He would sign with his hometown MLB team, the San Diego Padres. Wells finished his MLB Pitching career with a 239-157 record with a 4.13 ERA and 13 saves in 660 games.

1969- The Yankees acquired veteran Reliever Jack Aker (1969-1972) from the Seattle Pilots for Yankees hurler Fred Talbot. Jack Aker, Steve Hamilton and Lindy McDaniel helped stabilized the Yankees bullpen for 4 seasons. Aker went 16-10 with a 2.23 ERA and 31 saves in 124 games for the Yankees. On May 17,1972, the Yankees sent P Jack Aker to the Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on January 20,1972. The Yankees had traded for Cubs veteran NL All-Star OF Johnny Callison for a Player to be Named Later. Fred Talbot went 14-24 with a 3.99 ERA in 89 games as a 1966-1969 Yankees Pitcher.

1976- Another Yankees-Red Sox brawl took place at Yankee Stadium. Which pile-on fights resulting in Red Sox Starter Bill “Spaceman” Lee seriously injuring his left pitching arm. It all started when Yankees OF Lou Piniella, crashed into Red Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk, while trying to score from 2B on a single by Graig Nettles. Red Sox RF Dwight Evans throw had Lou out at the plate, but he barreled into Fisk resulting in a fight between them, which emptied both team benches.

1980- Former Yankees Reserve OF Austin Kearns (2010) was born.

On July 30, 2010, OF Austin Kearns was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankeessent Minor League P Zach McAllister on August 20, 2010 to the Indians to complete the trade. Austin appeared in 36 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .234 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. On November 1, 2010, Austin was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He resigned with the Indians for 2011 AL season.

1981- The Yankees traded Starter Tom Underwood and 1B Jim Spencer to the Oakland A’s for 1B Dave Revering, OF Mike Patterson and Minor League P Chuck Dougherty. Underwood had gone 13-9 with a 3.66 ERA and 1 save in 25 games in 1980, but in 1981, he was 1-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 5 games for the team. The Yankees would replace him in the starting rotation with lefty Starter Dave Righetti, who was 5-0 with 1.00 ERA with AAA Columbus (IL). Spencer had dropped in in his hitting from .288 with 23 HRs in 1979 to .236 with 13 HRs in 1980 to .143 in 25 games in 1981. Dave Revering would platoon at 1B with veteran 1B Bob Watson. Patterson and Dougherty were sent to the Minor Leagues. They never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level

2006- A New York Yankees uniform worn by Joe DiMaggio in his final World Series (1951) was sold for $195,500 during the 2nd day of an auction of his memorabilia. Yesterday, DiMaggio's 1947 AL MVP Award plaque was sold for $281,750, which included a 15 % buyer's premium. It was his 3rd AL MVP award, but it was the only plaque. The 2-day auction featured more than 1,000 items of Joe DiMaggio memorabilia also included a leather-bound album featuring autographs from DiMaggio's  Yankees teammates and members of the Red Sox, a typed note signed by entertainer Frank Sinatra, an a signed photograph of DiMaggio's one-time wife, Actress Marilyn Monroe. Joe DiMaggio memorabilia auction was held by Hunt's Auctions Inc., located in  New York City. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.

2014- Bronx Starter Masahiro Tanaka suffers his 1st loss in the MLB, when the Cubs beat the Yankees by the score of 6-1, behind Starter Jason Hammel. Tanaka was unbeaten in 42 straight regular season starts, since August 19, 2012; including a perfect 24-0 season in Nippon Pro Baseball in 2013, although he had lost a postseason start during the streak

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This Week in Yankees History May 16th-May 22nd Part Three

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May 21st

1906- Former Yankees Pitcher Henry ‘Hank” Johnson (1925-1926,1928-1932) was born. (1906-1982)

Pitcher Hank Johnson went 37-36 with a 4.84 ERA and 7 saves in 157 games for the Yankees. His best Yankees Pitching season was in 1928, when he went 14-9 with a 4.30 ERA with 10 complete games in 31 starts. On June 5,1932, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Ivy Andrews and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for P Danny MacFayden. As an MLB Pitcher, Hank went 63-56 with a 4.75 ERA in 249 games.

1912- Former Yankees Reserve OF Larry Rosenthal (1944) was born. (1912-1992)

On April 3,1942, OF Larry Rosenthal was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for OF Buster Mills.  He appeared in only 36 games for the 1944 Yankees, while just hitting .198 with No HRs and 9 RBIs. On July 6, 1944, Larry was purchased by Philadelphia A’s from the Yankees. 

1923- The formal transfer of T.L. Huston's interest in the New York Yankees Team Ownership to his Business Partner, Jacob Ruppert is completed for $1.5 million Ten days later, Ruppert buys 2 more sets of uniforms so his players can wear a clean outfit every day, an unprecedented move.

1926- It is “George Burns Day” in Cleveland as he is presented with a diploma as the 1926 American League MVP winner, a silver bat containing $1,150 in cash and a new automobile. Tribe 1B Burns has a pair of doubles in the game, but the visiting Yankees win the game by the score of 6-4 in 12 innings.

1930- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive HRs in the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's, then batting against veteran hurler Jack Quinn in the 9th inning. Ruth decides to hit right-handed. After 2 strikes, he switches to lefty, but he strikes out. This is the 1st of 2 career 3-HR games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws 5 walks for the 2nd time in his MLB Playing career (he is the only player to do this twice) and Jimmie Foxx homers to help the Mackmen to a 15-7 victory. Ruth is homer-less in the 2nd game, a 4-1 Yankee loss, but Max Bishop has 3 more walks. Bishop will also walk 8 times in a doubleheader in 1934, the only MLB player to collect more than 6 walks in an afternoon.

1932- Before a crowd of 60,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees roll over the Senators by scores of 14-2 and 8-0 in a doubleheader sweep. Washington batters collect just 11 hits off of Yankees Starters Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the Opener, Babe Ruth homers in the 5th inning off of  Nats hurler Lloyd Brown. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig connect with HR in the 6th inning off of Reliever Frank Ragland. Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon, including a HR, 2 doubles and a triple.

1934- Former Yankees Minor League C Moe Thacker was born. (1934-1997)

Moe Thacker was another of the many young players who began their pro careers in the Yankees organization, who reached the MLB with a different team. In 1952, the Yankees signed Moe as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The young catcher would make it as high as the American Association with the 1956 AAA Denver Bears and the 1957 AA New Orleans Pelicans (SA), where he hit .240, while catching 136 games. All that got him was being traded to the Cubs before the start of the 1958 AL season in an unknown transaction. He would finish MLB playing career with the 1963 Cardinals as a Reserve Catcher.

1938- The power-laden Yankees give little hitting or run support to their Starter Spud Chandler, but he makes up the difference, when he hits a HR in the 8th inning to gain a 1-0 victory over White Sox Starter Thornton Lee.

1941Former Yankees INF (1968-1969), Minor League Manager and MLB Coach (1977) and Long-time MLB Manager Bobby Cox was born.

On December 7,1967, INF Bobby Cox was traded by the Braves to the Yankees for C Bob Tillman and P Dale Roberts. Bobby Cox played 2 seasons as a 3B with the Yankees. He was named to the 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. After bad knees ended his MLB playing career at age 30, he became an extremely successful manager. Some consider him to be among the greatest managers of all time. In 1959, the Dodgers had signed Bobby Cox for a $40,000 bonus. He spent 7 seasons in the Dodgers Minor League system. He spent the 1967 season with the Braves top farm club, the AAA Richmond Braves (IL). With the 1968 Yankees, he replaced veteran Charley Smith, the 1967 3B, who was traded to the Giants. People have disparaged Cox's .229 BA that year, but it was the heart of the 2nd dead-ball era and his BA was actually 15 points higher than the team average of .214. In 1969, the team average went up to .235, while Cox went down to .215. Jerry Kenney became the regular 3B for the Yankees.  After his MLB playing career, Cox played 1 season for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He was a Player-Manager for the Class A Ft. Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) in 1971 (even appearing in 3 games as a Pitcher). He then managed 1 season with the AA West Haven Yankees (EL) and 4 seasons with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) before coming to the MLB as a MLB Coach. Bobby Cox was a member of the 1977 Yankee MLB Coaching staff. He was more successful as an MLB Manager with the Braves and Blue Jays than as an MLB player, which earned him Hall of Fame honors as a MLB Manager.

1947- AL All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio and 5 other Bronx players are slapped with $100 fines for not fulfilling their MLB player contract requirements to do promotional duties for the Yankees.

1948- Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle as he delivers 2 HRs, a triple, double and single helping the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 13-2.

1954- Red Sox Rookie Starter Frank Sullivan makes his 1st MLB start beating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium by a score of 6-3. Sullivan strikes out Bronx Slugger Mickey Mantle 3 times, before Mickey clocks a HR over the auxiliary scoreboard into the RF-CF bleachers.

 1956- At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle clouts a drive over the 2nd and more distance fence in right field to help the Yankees win the game by the score of 8-5. The HR drive off of A’s hurler Moe Burtschy, matches HRs to that spot hit by AL hitters Larry Doby and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson.

1957- For his part in the Copacabana Nightclub fight incident, Yankees OF Hank Bauer is arraigned in New York City court. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim, Edward Jones, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today's game, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin and Whitey Ford are benched by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, while Hank Bauer bats 8th in the Yankees starting batting order. Mickey Mantle has a single, 2 walks and a HR to back Starter Bob Turley's 4-hit, 3-0 shutout over the A's. Bob Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yankees now trail the White Sox in the AL by a half game.

 1962- The Orioles signed veteran MLB Starter Robin Roberts, who was released by the Yankees on April 30th. Roberts will go on to win 42 games for Orioles before going to Astros and then finishing his long MLB Pitching career with the Cubs. The Yankees front office had decided that veteran Bob Turley was better choice than Robin Roberts; it proved to be a big mistake. Many feel that Robin Roberts would have made the 300 wins MLB career mark, if he had stayed as a Yankees Pitcher. Turley was 3-3 in 24 games for the 1962 Yankees, before finishing up his MLB Pitching career in 1963 splitting time with Angels and the Red Sox.

1967- Tigers Starter Earl Wilson gives the Bengals their 3rd straight win over the Yankees with a 9-4 victory. Mickey Mantle hits his 5th HR in 6 games, but it's not enough for Yankees Starter Whitey Ford, who appears in his last MLB game for the Yankees.

1970- A generous Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre hands out 11 walks to Washington batters in 8 1/3 innings, but the Senators are unable to score. Reliever Steve Hamilton gets the last 2 outs of the game to preserve the Yankees 2-0 win. The 11 walks in the shutout tied former Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez, who did complete his 1941 AL shutout. Danny Cater‘s 2-run HR in the 5th inning accounts for the scoring off of Nats hurler Richard Such, who was making his 1st MLB Pitching start.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Chris Widger (2002) was born.

In 2002, Chris Widger hit .297 in 24 games as a Reserve Catcher with the Yankees. He hit .244 for the 2002 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On April 7, 2003, Widger was released by the team at the end of their 2003 MLB Spring Training Camp.Manager Joe Torre, who had chosen veteran MLB Catcher John Flaherty over Widger as the 2003 Yankees Reserve Catcher. Chris would play for several other MLB teams. In 2005, he played as a Reserve Catcher for the White Sox, he had a World Series appearance with the team.

1985- Former Yankees Closer Andrew Miller (2015-2016) was born.

After his dominating 2014 AL season with the Orioles and Red Sox, Andrew Miller became one of the most sought-after MLB Free Agents of the off-season. On December 5th, he signed a 4-year deal for $36 million with the Yankees, a record for a Middle Reliever. However, only 3 days later, incumbent Yankees Closer David Robertson moved to the  White Sox as a MLB Free Agent, leading to immediate speculation that Miller would not be a Set-Up Man deluxe, but potentially the team's new Closer, although the young Dellin Betances, coming off a tremendous rookie season, was also in the running for the job. Heading into 2015 MLB Spring Training Camp, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi hinted that he was leaning towards sharing the role between the 2 pitchers. In fact, though, Miller pitched very well in the early going, and when he recorded his 13th save on May 8th, Girardi announced that he was in fact his full-time Closer, with Betances also doing very well as his Set-up Man. In fact, neither pitcher had allowed an earned run by that point, and the Yankees were in 1st place in the AL East as a result. He was placed on the DL on June 10th with a strained forearm muscle and came back a month later, on July 8th, without skipping a beat. He ended the 2015 AL season with a 3-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and 36 saves. He was named the winner of the Mariano Rivera Award as the Top Relief Pitcher in the American League. Before the 2016 AL season, the Yankees bolstered their bullpen even further by acquiring NL Closer Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the Reds. GM Brian Cashman indicated that Chapman would be the Closer, although he first had to serve a 30-game suspension from the start of the season as punishment for an off-season domestic violence incident, meaning Miller was slated to be the Closer for the that period at least. However, just as the MLB spring training camp was winding down, he suffered a chip fracture in the wrist in his non-pitching arm when struck by a ball in a Grapefruit League game on March 30th. His plan was not to take any time off and to work around the injury. Miller began the year as the Yankees' Closer, then he ceded the job to Chapman, when he returned to action as slated, but the change of role did not affect him. In 44 games through the end of July, he was 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA with 9 saves and 77 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. By then it had become clear that having 3 of the best late-game relievers on the planet in the same bullpen was not a brilliant strategy by the Yankees that would have them tame into submission any opponent that could not take an early lead, but instead was simply a case of overkill when the line-up featured a number of holes and aging players. Yankees GM Brian Cashman saw the writing on the wall in late July and in the span of a few days traded 1st Chapman to the Cubs, then Miller to the Indians, both deals netting the Yankees 4 young players. In Miller's case, he was sent to the Indians on July 31st in return for Minor League Players: OF Clint Frazier, Pitchers J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. Miller finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 9-3 record with a 1.77 ERA and 45 saves in 104 games.

1986- Yankees Former Minor League OF Luke Morton was born.

The Yankees selected OF Luke Morton in the 40th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team. As a returning junior, he batted .332. His 25 doubles tied for the 3rd-best total in Georgia Tech history. The Diamondbacks picked him in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He returned to school for his Sr. year. Luke produced with a .354 BA with 20 HRs, 64 runs and 63 RBIs in 58 games. He made the All-ACC outfield. The  Yankeespicked him in the 19th round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Luke Murton hit .295 in his pro debut with the Class A Staten Island Yankees. He led the New York-Penn League's 1B in putouts (613) and assists (61) while tying Lance Durham for the lead with 9 errors. In 2010, Luke batted .282 with 32 doubles for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). The next season, he was with Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) appearing in 116 games, while hitting .274 with 8 HRs with 62 RBIs. For the 2012 season, he played for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) appearing in 126 games, while hitting .249 with 25 HRs and 68 RBIs. After the 2013 AL season had ended, he left the Yankees organization.

1997- Blue Jays veteran Starter Roger Clemens fires past the Yankees by the score of 4-1 for his 8th win of the 1997 AL season against no losses. The Rocket wins his 200 MLB career game, the 94th MLB Pitcher to reach 200 wins’ mark.

2004-On his 1st return visit to Texas, former AL All-Star Ranger Shortstop, now a Yankees 3B, Alex Rodriguez is roundly booed by Ranger fans at The Ballpark in Arlington. The fans continue to show their displeasure as the Yankees' 3B drives a 2-1 pitch over the fence for a HR during his 1st inning at-bat.

2005- As Dae-Sung Koo stands in against Yankees Starter Randy Johnson, Mike Piazza confides to David Wright in the dugout, "If he gets a hit, I'll donate a million dollars to charity." The Korean Reliever, batting lefty off the Yankee fire-balling southpaw, was afraid to stand in the batter box in a previous game, but promptly hits a 91-mph fastball to the wall in center for a double causing the Mets Catcher to say he will be making a significant donation to a charity over the next 20 years.

2009- Yankees Starter Joba Chamberlain is knocked out of the game in the 1st inning with a bruised right knee, after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Orioles batter Adam Jones. The Yankees still defeat the Orioles by the score of 7-4, as 2B Robinson Cano drives in 3 runs. Alfredo Aceves pitches  three and 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Yankees Starter Joba Chamberlain to earn the Bronx Bombers' 9th straight win.

2013- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach Cot Deal (1965) passed away. (1923-2013)

Cot Deal pitched 4 seasons in the MLB with the Red Sox and Cardinals. He also pitched for 8 seasons with the AAA Rochester Red Wings (IL), winning 61 games during that time. He went on to manage the club for a time before becoming an MLB Pitching Coach. Deal was a member of the 1959-1960 Reds MLB Coaching staff before spending 1961 season as the skipper of the AAA Indianapolis Indians (AA.) He was a MLB Coach with the expansion Houston Colt .45s from 1962-1964. In 1965 , he was with the 1965 Yankees working for Manager Johnny Keane. The following the 1965 AL season, he began a 2-season stint with the Kansas City A’s. Deal was a member of the 1970-1971 Indians MLB Coaching staff.  He spent 1973-1974 seasons with the Tigers. His last MLB Coaching position was with the Astros from 1983-1985. Also, he also coached in the Minor Leagues for several teams, including for the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers (AA).

2014- What does the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija have to do to get a win? Today, the MLB’s ERA leader pitches 7 scoreless innings, but Cubs Reliever Hector Rondon blows a 2-0, 9th-inning lead against the Yankees to send the game into extra innings. In the 13th inning, Yankees Pitcher Preston Claiborne lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt in his 1st MLB plate appearance as part of a 2-run rally, Cubs Reliever Jose Veras throws a wild pitch to let in a 1st run then Reserve Catcher John Ryan Murphy drives in another with a single as the Bronx Bombers end up on top by the score of 4-2. Cubs Starter Samardzija is now 0-4 for the 2014 NL season, in spite having a 1.46 ERA.

2014- Former Yankees Minor League P Johnny Gray passed away. (1926-2014)

Before the start of the 1950 AL season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Johnny Gray as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The 6'4" right-hander was assigned to the Amsterdam Rugmakers (CAN-AM League). He appeared in 19 games, while posting a 10-4 record with a 3.86 ERA. He spent 3 more seasons in the Yankees farm system (1951-1953) before the team traded him in the Vic Power trade to the Philadelphia A’s in the  winter of 1953. He reached the MLB with the A's in 1954, during their final season in Philadelphia, when he put up a 3-12 record. Johnny was also with the team in their 1st season in Kansas City in 1955, but he was then sold to the Indians on October 13th. In 1956, he was with the AAA Indianapolis Indians (AA), where he was the roommate of  young OF named Roger Maris. He posted the best ERA in the American Association at 2.72 mark, while having a 10-7 pitching record. His ERA was 1.84 with the 1957 AAA San Diego Padres (PCL), when he was called up to the Indians after Starter Herb Score was hit by Gil McDougald's line drive, putting him on the DL. His only victory for the Tribe was a shutout, which turned out to be his final MLB win. On December 2,1957, he was drafted by the Phillies from the Indians in the 1957 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Johnny finished up his MLB playing time with the 1958 Phillies with a 4-18 MLB Pitching career record with a 6.18 ERA. Gray spent 2 more years in the Minor Leagues, with very little luck, going 3-11 with 5 different clubs. After 11 seasons in pro baseball (1950-1960), the 33-year-old pitcher decided to retire. He finished up his Minor League career with 274 appearances, while posting a 71-75 record with a 3.59 ERA.

May 22nd

1913- St. Louis Browns Rookie Starter Dwight Stone gives up 6 Yankees hits, 7 walks and plunks 3 Bronx batters, but he still beats the Yankees by the score of 7-0. The visiting Yankees strand a modern-MLB record of 15 runners in the shutout by Stone, who will win just 1 more game in 1913. Ed Klepfer is the losing pitcher in his only decision of the 1913 AL season. The record will be matched 3 times and finally topped in 1994. The NL record of 14 runners stranded in a shutout was set less than 2 weeks ago by Pirates against the Phillies.

1923- Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie between the Yankees and the White Sox by clouting a 2-run HR in the 15th inning. The blow breaks up a tense pitching duel between Chicago’s little Mike Cvengros and Yankees Starter Herb Pennock, who goes all the way giving up just 4 Chicago hits. The Yankees have now won 12 of 13 contests in their western road trip.

1930- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees and the A’s continue the HR barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader by the scores of 10-1 and 20-13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of HRs in the opener, as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yankees score 9 runs in the 1st 2 innings of the 2nd game, but the A's come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yankees win the assault by the score of 20-13 as Tony Lazzeri is 4-for-4, scores 5 runs and knocks in 4 runs. Babe Ruth hits another HR in the 2nd game, while Lou Gehrig powers 3 HRs to drive in 8 runs. On the A's side, Jimmie Foxx has 2-HRs to drive in 6 runs. For the afternoon, the teams combine to hit 14 HRs, a then record 10 HRs in Game 2.

1933- Yankees INF Joe Sewell fans for the 1st time for the 1933 AL season during a 3-0 Yankees victory, behind starter Lefty Gomez over the Indians. Sewell will strike out only 3 more times in 524 at bats during the 1933 AL season. He will finish his MLB playing career with a total 114 strikeouts, the fewest for any MLB Player to be voted into the Hall of Fame.

1934- The Indians stop the Yankees by the score of 5-1 with 1B Lou Gehrig driving in the lone run for Bronx Bombers. For the 2nd time in his MLB playing career, Lou has driven in at least 1-run a game for 10 straight games.

1944- Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy John (1979-1982,1986-1989) was born.

On November 21,1978, veteran MLB Starter Tommy John was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Tommy won 21 games in 1979 and then 20 games in 1980 for the Yankees. On August 31,1982, Tommy was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for a Player to be Named Later. The Angels would send P Dennis Rasmussen on November 24,1982 to the Yankees to complete the trade. John would return to the Yankees in 1986, he pitched for the team until 1989. He appeared in the 1981 World Series with the Yankees, posting a 1-0 record with a 0.69 ERA in 3 games. His final Yankees Pitching career record was a 91-60 mark with a 3.59 ERA in 214 games. Overall, as a Pitcher for 26 MLB seasons, he went 288-231 with a 3.34 ERA in 760 games. Tommy later became a Minor League Manager for the Class A 2004 Staten Island Yankees (NYAPPL) and the 2007-2009 Independent Bridgeport Blue Fish (AL).

1946- The Yankees turn a triple play during a 5-3 win at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers had runners on 1st and 3rd, when Richard Wakefield hit a ground ball to Yankees 1B Nick Etten, who threw home to get the lead runner. Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey chased that lead runner back towards 3B and then he threw to 3B George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss, who made the tag. Meanwhile, the Tigers runner on 1B had foolishly strayed beyond 2B, apparently undecided whether or not to attempt to advance to 3B during the rundown. A throw to the Shortstop trapped this runner between 2B and 3B, Phil Rizzuto, eventually tagged him out. During this rundown, Wakefield attempted to reach 2B, Phil Rizzuto’s quick flip to 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon, completed the triple play.

1947- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 9-0 as Starter Allie Reynolds fires his 2nd 2-hit shutout over Boston in a month. Red Sox Starter Harry Dorish is the loser.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Rich Hinton (1972) was born.

On October 13,1971, Pitcher Rich Hinton was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for Reserve OF Jim Lyttle. He appeared in 7 games for the 1972 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On September 7, 1972, Rich was purchased by the Rangers from the Yankees.

1953- Yankees' OF Irv Noren ends the game by lining back to Nats hurler Bob Porterfield, who starts a triple play, as the Senators beat the Yankees by a score of 12-4. The Senators scored 5-runs in the 1st inning off of Yankees veteran Starter Allie Reynolds. Washington tallies for 18 hits, including a 3-run HR and 2-run double by Clyde Vollmer. Yankees veteran Johnny Mize hits pinch-hit single in the 9th inning, his 5th pinch-hit single in a row, breaking a mark set by Cleveland's Les Fleming in 1947. Johnny Mize has had a walk and been hit by a pitch in his last 7 pinch-hitting appearances.

1954 - At Yankee Stadium, Veteran Starter Allie Reynolds tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Red Sox for a 7-0 victory.  Mickey Mantle is the Yankees main offense, going 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs. Mickey will knock in 10 runs in the 3-game series against the Red Sox.

1954- Former Yankees Minor League P Mark Softy was born.

Mark Softy is a former Minor League baseball pitcher, who played in the Yankees and Rangers farm systems. The Yankees selected him in the 18th round of the 1976 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Mark never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He is perhaps most known for being part of a trade involving MLB Outfielders Mickey Rivers, Oscar Gamble and others. The Yankees traded Players to be Named Later and MLB OF Mickey Rivers to the Rangers for Players to be Named Later, MLB OF Oscar Gamble and Minor League Player Amos Lewis. On October 8, 1979, the Rangers would send Pitchers Ray Fontenot and Gene Nelson to the Yankees to complete the deal. On October 8,1979, the Yankees would send Minor League Players: Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch and Mark Softy to the Rangers to complete the trade.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Howell (1903) passed away. (1876-1956)

Pitcher Harry Howell went 9-6 with a 3.53 ERA in 26 games for the 1903 Yankees. On March 6,1904, he was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the St. Louis Browns for hurler Jack Powell. He pitched in the MLB from 1898 to 1910, posting a 131-146 record with a 2.74 ERA in 340 games.

1956- Detroit's Red Wilson belts a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Tigers a 3-2 win against the Yankees. The loss goes to Yankees Starter Whitey Ford, his 1st loss following 6 straight wins. Ford had given up just 5 earned runs through 54 innings before today’s game.

1959- Orioles' Starter Hoyt Wilhelm 1-hits the Yankees winning the game by the score of 1-0 with Yankees INF Jerry Lumpe's single in the 8th inning as the spoiler. Yankees All-Star switch-hitter Mickey Mantle hits righty against Wilhelm and does no better than he has been lefty. On May 28th, Hoyt Wilhelm, who is a veteran knuckleball pitcher, will beat the Yankees again this time by a score of 5-0.

1962- The Yankees RF Roger Maris, who went all of the 1961 AL season without receiving an intentional walk, collects 4 walks in a 12-inning 2-1 win against the Angels to set an AL record. Maris receives 5 walks in all. Four Yankee pitchers (Whitey Ford, Jim Coates, Bud Daley and Bob Turley) combine to give up just 1 Angel hit in 12 innings. Yankees Starter Whitey Ford leaves after 7 innings because of back spasms,  Reliever Jim Coates gives up the lone Angels hit, a 1-out 9th-inning single to Rookie Catcher Buck Rodgers.

1963- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees blow a 7-0 lead that allows the Kansas City A’s to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mickey Mantle, leading off the 11th inning, is fooled by A’s Reliever Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2-2 pitch that almost clears the Yankee Stadium RF roof. "The hardest ball I ever hit," Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, was still rising when it struck a foot below the top. It I s conservatively estimated by a physicist Dr. James McDonald, who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet, if it had not struck the Yankee Stadium facade. "That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands," Mantle tells his Yankees teammate veteran Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.

1974- Former Yankees MLB Catching Coach Jason Brown (2018-2019) was born.

Catcher Jason Brown played 12 seasons in the Minor Leagues, with parts of 5 seasons played at the AAA level. He was Assistant Coach at Palos Verdes High School in 2009 and at USC in 2012. In 2016, Jason was the Minor League Bullpen Coach for the Yankees AAA team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). From 2018-2019, he was the MLB Catching Coach for the Yankees. In the winter of 2019, he left the Yankees to become a 2020 MLB Bullpen Coach for the Angels. 

1977- After 3 straight losses to the Orioles, the Yankees give the starting assignment to a young lefthander named Ron Guidry, who throws a 4-hitter defeating the Birds by a score of 8-2.

 1996- The visiting Oakland A’s spoiled  “Dwight Gooden Day” at Yankee Stadium by hitting 5 solo HRs, including 3 by Yankees-killer Geronimo Berroa to beat the Yankees by the score of 5-1. The A’s 5 runs, all-coming on HRs, tie the MLB mark.

 1997- The visiting Red Sox collect 19 hits, but they strand 16 base runners, while beating the Yankees by the score of 8-2. Former Yankees Catcher/DH Mike Stanley hits a 3-run HR and Wil Cordero adds 5 hits; Tim Naehring has 4 hits and Mo Vaughn belts his 10th HR of the 1997 AL season in the 8th inning.

1999- The Yankees defeat the White Sox by the score of 10-2 in the 1st game of a double header. Roger Clemens gets the win for the Yankees, giving him an AL record 19 consecutive victories over the course of 2 MLB seasons; he will extend the streak by 1 game before losing. This win was delayed by a stint on the DL and a rainout. The White Sox come back to take the nightcap by a score of 2-1.

2014- White Sox Ace Chris Sale is sparkling in his return from the DL, as he retires 18 of 19 Yankees batters, that he faces over 6 innings to lead the Sox to a 3-2 win. Bronx  batter Zoilo Almonte soils the no-hit bid with a 2-out single in the 6th inning as Sale improves his 2014 AL season record to 4-0.





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