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This Week in Yankees History May 23rd-May 29th Part One

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May 23rd

1901- Former Yankees (1940) and Long-time Senators Broadcasting Announcer Arch McDonald was born. (1901-1960)

Arch McDonald was a longtime broadcaster for the Washington Senators (1934-1939,1941-1959). Also, he broadcast games for New York Yankees in 1940. McDonald is remembered for his recreations. “The Ol' Pine Tree” died on a train coming home from a 1960 Washington Redskins-New York Giants football game in New York City.

1919- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, White Sox Starter Eddie Cicotte overwhelms the Yankees as the he wins the complete game by the score of 5-0. Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey takes the complete game loss, he is now 3-3 for the 1919 AL season. Cicotte is now at a 7-1 mark for the 1919 AL Season.

1920- After a week in bed with illness‚ Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth returns the Yankees line-up to  belt a 2-run HR in the 6thinning‚ off of Browns hurler Carl Weilman to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the visiting St. Louis Browns. Baby Doll Jacobson's 2-run HR in the 4th inning is the only Browns scoring off of Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey.

1922- George Sisler and Frank Baker match HRs as the Browns and the Yankees go into the 7th inning tied at 3-3. Browns Slugger Ken Williams hits his 12th HR of the 1922 AL season with 2 men on‚ giving St. Louis, a 6-3 lead. The Browns add 5 runs more off of Yankees Reliever Lefty O'Doul to win the game by the score of 11-3. Former Yankees Starter Urban Shocker is the winner for the Browns. 

1923- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher William “Dutch” Drescher (1944-1946) was born(1923-1968)

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

1924- Former Yankees MLB Coach, Manager and General Manager Clyde King was born. (1924-2010)

Clyde King was a Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1978 and 1981. King managed the team for part of the turbulent 1982 AL season. He then served as the Yankees General Manager in 1985-1986. He was a member of the team's MLB Coaching staff again in 1988. From 1998 to 2005, he was a Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Yankees. As an MLB Pitcher from 1949 to 1953 with the Dodgers and Reds, he posted a 32-25 record with 4.14 ERA and 11 saves in 200 games.

1927- Despite 1st inning back-to-back HRs by Yankee Sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig off of Nats Starter Sloppy Thurston‚ the Senators edge the Yankees by the score of 3-2.

1936- Yankees INF Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs; 2 HRs in the nightcap‚ good for 4 RBI’s as the visiting Bronx Bombers pound the Philadelphia A’s by the scores of 12-6 and 15-1. The crowd of 24‚240 fans‚ one of the largest in several seasons‚ pelts the Shibe Park playing field with cushions‚ bottles and other articles‚ making play difficult. Bill Dickey‚ Ben Chapman‚ Red Rolfe and Frank Crosetti also hit HRs for the Yankees.

1946- Three Yankee batters CF Joe DiMaggio, 1B Nick Etten and 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon hit consecutive HRs during the Yankees 8-run, 5th inning rally against the Tigers. Detroit Starter Virgil Trucks gave up the 1st–2 HR shots, then Reliever Hal White gives up Joe Gordon’s HR shot. The Yankees win the game by a score of 12-6.

1946- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Johnny “Nig” Grabowski (1927-1929) passed away from fatal injuries suffered in a house fire. (1900-1946)

Catcher John Grabowski spent all of the 1925-1926 AL seasons with the White Sox, hitting .304 in 1925 and then .262 in 1926. The unexpected came about on January 13,1927, when he was traded along with Reserve INF Ray Morehart to the Bronx for veteran INF Aaron Ward. With the Yankees, Johnny became a Reserve Catcher for the duo of Pat Collins and Benny Bengough. Known more for his defense then his hitting, Johnny did have 25 RBIs in 70 games in 1927 along with a .277 batting mark. In 1928, he got into 75 games for the Yankees, but his BA dropped off to .238 with 21 RBI's. In 1929, Grabowski was not used much by the Yankees, getting into only 22 games, while hitting just .203. Bill Dickey had just become the Yankees new starting catcher. When his MLB playing stint with the Yankees was over, he played for the 1930 AA St. Paul Saints (AA), Grabowski got into 102 games with 339 at bats, while hitting .289. 

1948- Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs in a 6-5, 1st game of a doubleheader victory over theIndians. Two of his HRs came off of Tribe’s veteran Starter Bob Feller. The 3rd HR came off of Tribe Reliever Bob Muncreif, which proved to be the game-winner. The Tribe would bounce back in the nightcap with a 5-1 win over the Yankees.

1954- At Yankee Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle's 3-run HR in the 3rd inning ties the game for the Yankees‚ but Mickey strikes out for the final out of the game‚ as the Red Sox win the game by the score of 10-9.

1956- Former Yankees Minor League player, MLB Coach and Manager, Yankees Manager Buck Showalter (1992-1995) was born.

1B/OF Buck Showalter was an All-American outfielder in 1977. In the 5th round of the 1977 MLB Amateur player draft, he was selected by the Yankees. Buck would spend 7 seasons as a player in the Yankees farm system, hitting .324 for the 1980Nashville Sounds while leading the Southern League with 178 hits. During his playing days, he picked up the nickname "Buck" from a minor league manager's comment on his tendency to walk around the clubhouse "buck naked.” He retired as an active player after the 1983 season. He became a Minor League Coach in the Yankees farm system. From 1985 to 1989, he was a Manager in their organization. When he took over the Oneonta Yankees in 1985, he was only 28 years old. In his 2 seasons with the O-Yanks, he set new league records for wins each season. It is also where he began his long working relationship with Pitching Coach Monk Meyer. In 1990, he became a Yankees MLB Coach, and 2 years later, he took over as the club's manager. He led the 1995 Yankees to the AL post-season, but they lost to the Mariners in the ALCS. After 4 seasons as their skipper, he left the team. Buck joined the new NL expansion Arizona Diamondbacks as their 1st  MLB Manager. He spent 2001 and 2002 MLB seasons as an ESPN Broadcaster before returning to the MLB dugout in 2003 as Manager of the Rangers. After 4 seasons at the helm of the team, he was fired on October 4, 2006. Only in 2004 MLB season, did he lead the Rangers to a winning record. Since being fired by Texas, Showalter has worked in the Indians front office. On July 29, 2010, he was hired by the Orioles to be their new Manager, replacing interim skipper Juan Samuel. On May 1, 2012, he won his 1,000th game as a MLB Skipper; his record at that point was 1,000-958, rather remarkable given that he had regularly taken the helm of losing MLB teams, or even an MLB expansion team. He became the 4th MLB Manager to win 250+ games with 4 different clubs, following former MLB Managers Joe Torre, Gene Mauch and Richard Williams.

1957- At Ebbets Field‚ the Yankees top the Dodgers by the score of 10-7 in the 1957 Mayor's Trophy Game. Yankees Starter Al Cicotte allows only 2 Dodger hits in 6 innings of work‚ while at the plate, he smacks 2 hits himself. Hurler Ken Lehman took the loss for the Dodgers. Yankees All-Star Slugger Mickey Mantle is 4 for 5 in the game. A HR derby preceded the night game, in which Mickey Mantle homered and had 3 singles.

1960- The Yankees released Veteran MLB OF Elmer Valo. He was at the end of his long MLB playing career. On December 11,1959, Elmer Valo was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in only 8 games for the 1960 Yankees with no hits. With the return of veteran OF Bob Cerv from the A’s, Elmer became expendable. The Senators would pick him up for the rest of the 1960 AL season.

1962- Yankees Rookie OF/1B Joe Pepitone hits 2 HRs in the 9-run 8th-inning of the Yankees' 13-7 triumph over the Kansas City A’s. With his 2 HRs, Joe becomes the only other Yankee Player besides Joe DiMaggio to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning. Pepitone led off the 8th inning with a HR off of A’s Starter Dan Pfister, later he hit a HR 3-run HR off of A’s Closer John Wyatt. Also, Yankees Rookie INF Phil Linz gets his 1st MLB career hit, a HR.

1964- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Angels score 4 runs in the 1st inning‚ and the Yankees counter with 5 in the bottom of the inning off of Halos lefty Starter Bo Belinsky. That's all the scoring for the Bronx Bombers as the Angels win the game by the score of 9-5. This is the only 2nd game of the 1965 AL season that the injury-plagued Yankees have started their regular outfield of LF Mickey Mantle‚ RF Rogers Maris and CF Tom Tresh. Mantle will pull a muscle on the 26th‚ which will keep him out of the Yankees starting lineup for 2 weeks.

1979- The Yankees traded pitchers with the Cubs‚ sending veteran hurler Richard “Dirt” Tidrow to Chicago for veteran MLB Starter Ray Burris. Tidrow was 2-1 with a 7.94 ERA in 14 games at the time of his trade, he will regain his form in the Windy City. Ray Burris had no decisions with a 6.23 ERA in 14 games for the 1979 Cubs. Burris go just 1-3 with a 6.18 ERA in 15 games as a Reliever in Yankees pinstripes before being banished to the Mets on August 20,1979.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike Dunn (2009) was born.

On June 7, 2004, P Mike Dunn was selected by the Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He appeared in 4 games for the 2009 Yankees with no record. On December 22, 2009, Mike was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Arodys Vizcaino, MLB OF Melky Cabrera and Cash to the Braves for 2 MLB Pitchers: Reliever Boone Logan and veteran Starter Javier Vazquez.

1990- Former Yankees All-Star OF (1939-1949,1952) and MLB Coach (1957,1959) Charles “King Kong” Keller passed away. (1916-1990).

Charlie’s Keller’s successful Yankees’ playing career was cut short by bad back injuries. He finished his Yankees MLB career with a lifetime BA of .285 hitting 184 HR’s and 723 RBI’s. He was on the AL All-Star team in 1940-1941,1943,1946-1947. He appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees hitting .306 with 7 HRs and 11 RBIs in 19 games. Keller was a standout player in a short time in the Minor Leagues. He began his pro career by winning the Minor League Player of the Year Award from The Sporting News, after hitting .353 with 13 HRs and 88 RBI’s for the 1937 AA Newark Bears (IL), helping the Bears become one of the greatest Minor League teams ever. He led the International League in BA average, 120 runs, 14 triples and 189 hits. A season later, with no openings in the Yankees starting outfield of Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich and George Selkirk; King Kong was returned to Newark, he did even better, hitting .365 and paced the IL in hits (211), runs (149), walks (108) and OBP. He was 2nd to Buddy Rosar in BA, 2nd to Ollie Carnegie in RBI’s with 129, he struck out just 56 times, was 3rd in the league in HRs with 22. Charlie had 15 outfield assists. Keller appeared in 111 games as an MLB Rookie with the 1939 Yankees, hitting .334 with 81 walks, giving him an on-base percentage of .447 and had a slugging percentage of .500. As a rookie, his BA was 5th in the AL; his Yankees teammate Joe DiMaggio was 1st. His on-base percentage was 4th in the AL (1 point behind DiMaggio's .448). In 1940, he hit .286 with 106 walks, giving him a .411 on-base percentage. He had 21 HRs along with 15 triples. He was named to the AL All-Star team, led the AL in walks and was 2nd in the league in triples. In 1941, Keller had 33 HRs (his MLB career high), with 10 triples and 122 RBIs. He had a .298 BA with 102 walks, for a .416 on-base percentage and a .580 slugging percentage. On the AL All-Star team again, he was 5th in the AL in the MVP voting. He was in the top 5 in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was 2nd in the AL in HRs and 3rd in the league in RBIs. He continued to hit during the war years, although the league averages went down. In 1942, he had 26 HRs with 108 RBIs, 114 walks and a .417 on-base percentage. He was 2nd in the AL in on-base percentage, also in slugging percentage. He was 3rd in the AL in HRs and RBIs. In 1943, he hit 31 HRs with 106 walks. 

Charlie was again in the top 3 in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was in the top 3 in the AL with runs scored, total bases, HRs, triples and walks. He missed 1944 and much of 1945 MLB seasons, as he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II, entering in January of 1944 and being released from active duty in August of 1945. Coming back for 44 games in 1945, he hit 10 HRs with a .301 BA, a .412 on-base percentage with a .577 slugging average. Both the on-base percentage and the slugging percentage would have led the AL, if he had had enough plate appearances to qualify.  In 1946, as the AL resumed play after the war, Keller hit 30 HRs with 101 RBIs. He added 10 triples and 101 walks. Charlie was named to the All-Star team once more. He was again in the top 3 in the AL in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as in triples, HRs, and walks. It was, unfortunately, to be his last full Yankee season. He was only 29 years old. In 1947, he appeared in only 45 games for the Yankees with a .238 BA. However, he produced value with a .404 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage. Those percentages would have been in the top 3 in the AL, if he had had enough plate appearances to qualify. In 1947, he was named as part of the inaugural class of the International League Hall of Fame. In 1948, he appeared in 83 games for the Yankees: his hitting slipped to a .267 mark with just 6 HRs and 44 RBIs. In 1949, he appeared in only 60 games for the Bombers, hitting just .250 with 3 HRs and 16 RBIs. He didn’t appear in the 1949 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers. That winter, the team released Charlie. He joined the 1950 Tigers playing for his former Yankees teammate 3B Red Rolfe, who was now the Detroit Manager, as a bench player. He appeared in 50 games with 51 at-bats hitting .314, 2 HRs and 16 RBIs with a .453 on-base percentage with a .569 slugging percentage. Those great numbers represented his last hurrah in the Majors. The next season, he didn't perform as well for the 1951 Tigers in 62 at-bats, hitting just .258 with 3 HRs and 21 RBIs, he was released by the team. He came back to the Yankees in September of 1952 for 1 final at-bat (a strikeout); his MLB active playing career was over. After retiring from the MLB, Charlie Keller was a Yankees MLB Coach in 1957 and 1959. He was also a successful horse breeder in Maryland. His younger Brother, Hal was an MLB Catcher (1949-1950,1952 Senators), his son and Grandson played in the Minor Leagues. His Grandson, Charlie Keller III was signed by the Yankees in 1959, he played outfield in the Yankees Minor League system until 1962.

1995- Yankees Rookie Starter Mario Rivera makes his MLB Pitching debut for the team, starting against the Angels. Mo only lasts 3 ½ innings, while giving up 8 hits, 3 walks in a 10-0 loss to the Angels.

2001- The Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 7-3 as Shortstop Derek Jeter gets 5 hits‚ including a double and HR. Former Yankees Starter now with the Red Sox, David Cone takes the loss by going 5 innings and giving up 3 Yankee runs. Bronx veteran Starter Andy Pettitte is the winner.

 2010- The Mets win their 1st subway series against the cross-town Yankees since 1998 with a 6-4 victory. Jason Bay homers twice - only his 2nd and 3rd HRs of the 2010 NL season – against Yankees Ace C.C. Sabathia. Johan Santana is the winner for the Mets, meanwhile Mets Closer Francisco Rodriguez picks up the save by striking out Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez with 2 men on to end the game.

May 24th

1876- Former Yankees Catcher Fred Jacklitsch (1905) was born. (1876-1937)

On September 15,1905, Catcher Fred Jacklitsch was sent from the AA Providence (EL) to the Highlanders in an unknown transaction. He appeared in 1 game for the 1905 Yankees. Before the start of 1906 AL Season, he was sent by the Highlanders to the York (Tri-State League) in an unknown transaction.

1900- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Shealy (1928) was born. (1900-1967)

The Yankees acquired P Al Shealy from the 1927 AA St. Paul Saints (AA). He went 8-6 with a 5.06 ERA and 2 saves in 23 games for the 1928 Yankees. The Yankees would send him back to the St. Paul Saints in 1929. On October 7, 1929, Al was drafted by the Cubs from the St Paul Saints in the 1929 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He appeared in 24 games with the 1930 Cubs with no decisions and an 8.00 ERA in his last active MLB season. Shealy would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1931 to 1939, before retiring from baseball.

1918- Indians Starter Stan Coveleski pitches a 19-inning, complete game to defeat the Yankees by the score of 3-2. Former Starter Joe Wood hits a HR in the 19th inning - his 2nd of the game - to end the 3:45 marathon. For the Yankees‚ 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker’s 11 assists tie the AL record for a 3B in an extra-inning game.

1924- It is “Babe Ruth Day” and the Sultan of Swat receives the AL Most Valuable Player Award for his playing performance in 1923. Babe Ruth had hit .393 with 41 HRs and 170 RBIs in 152 games for the 1923 Yankees. Due to the current AL MVP Award rules, Ruth can’t win the MVP Award again; repeat winners were not allowed during the 1920’s, the AL MVP Award rules would be changed in the 1930’s.

1926- Former Yankees Reserve INF Willie Miranda (1953-1954) was born. (1926-1996)

On June 12,1953, INF Willie Miranda was purchased by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns. Willie was a slick fielding Reserve Infielder for the Yankees, who appeared in 130 games; while hitting .241 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs for the team before being sent to the Orioles in the big 17-man trade in December of 1954. He did not appear in the 1953 World Series for the team against the Dodgers. He was originally signed an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Senators. Willy Miranda hit .250 for the Cuban National team in the 1946 Central American and Caribbean Games. He was known as a superb glove man, but a weak hitter; Phil Rizzuto, whom Willy backed up with the Yankees, called Willie Miranda as one of the best fielders that he had ever seen.

1928- In the 1st game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, a record 12 future Hall of Famers played in the Yankees 9-7 win over the A’s. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Pitchers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, Managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor AL umpire Tom Connolly. The A’s comeback in the 2nd game beating the Yankees by the score of 5-2 behind the complete game by their Starter Ossie Orwoll, who gives up solo HRs to Babe Ruth and Tony Lazzeri. Yankees Starter George Pipgras takes the complete game loss, dropping his pitching record to 7-1 for the 1928 AL season.

1930- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits HRs in both games of a doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium, giving him 9 HRs in 1 week. New York sweeps the Mackmen in doubleheader by scores of 10-6 and 11-1. In the Opener, Veteran Starter Herb Pennock throws a complete game win, he is now 2-1 for the season. Veteran Starter Jack Quinn takes the loss for the A’s; he is now 3-3 for the season. Newly acquired Starter Charles “Red” Ruffing from the Red Sox is the easy winner for the Yankees in the 11-1 nightcap win. Red is now 2-3 for the 1930 season, it’s his 2nd win for his new team, he will finish the 1930 AL season with a 15-5 record as a Yankees Starter. 

1932- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx  Starter Lefty Gomez allows only 3 A’s hits while he strikes out 13 batters as the Yankees stop Philadelphia by the score of 3-1. Babe Ruth hit a solo HR in the game. 

 1936- Yankees INF Tony Lazzeri, batting 8th in the Yankees lineup, posted an AL record with 11 runs batted in, while hitting 3 HRs -2 of them Grand Slams - and a triple in a 25-2 rout of the Philadelphia A’s. His Yankees teammate, OF Ben Chapman sets the modern MLB record of reaching 1B safely, 7 times in a 9-inning game. Chapman receives 5 walks as the Yankees are handed a total of 16 walks by A’s hurlers in the game. Also, Yankees INF Frank Crosetti hits 2-HRs and Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio has a solo HR shot. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig exits the game early, he is replaced by his favorite sub‚ Jack Saltzgaver. Yankees Starter Monte Pearson is the winner over A’s Starter George Turbeville in the laugher.

 1946- The Yankees announced the resignation of long-time Manager Joe “Marsh” McCarthy (1931-1946); his replacement was 39 year-old veteran AL All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey, who is named as the team’s Interim Manager. McCarthy had resigned because of reported gall bladder health troubles. Also, there were rumors that long-time Manager McCarthy and the new Co-Team Yankees Owner/President Larry MacPhail didn’t get along about Yankees personnel decisions being made, since as Team President MacPhail stuck in nose into everything with the team. Previous Yankees GM Edward Barrow (1920-1945) had left Manager Joe McCarthy alone to handle issues concerning the team on the field. During his 15-season run with the 1931-1946 Yankees, he had guided the team to 8 AL pennants (1932,1936-1939,1941-1943) and 7 World Series Championship titles (1932,1936-1939,1941,1943). His final Yankees Manager record was 1,460-867 with a .627 WP. His 1,460 wins still leads the Yankees Managers all-time victory list. He had previously managed the 1926-1930 Cubs, appearing in the 1929 World Series against the A’s before joining the Bombers in 1931. Joe McCarthy will return to the MLB dugout with the 1948-1950 Red Sox. Overall, Joe posted a 2,126-1,335 record with a .614 WP in 3,489 MLB games. His overall World Series Manager’s record was 30-13 in 43 games with a .698 WP with the 1929 Cubs and his Yankees teams. He was elected to Hall of Fame in 1964.

1946- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Ellie Rodriguez (1968) was born.

On November 30,1964, Catcher Ellie Rodriguez was selected by the Yankees from the Kansas City A’s organization in the 1964 1st Year MLB Player Draft. Ellie played for the 1968 Yankees appearing only in 9 games, while batting .208 with No HRs and 1 RBI before going in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft to the Kansas City Royals. His 67 assists in 1971were tied for 2nd with Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson among AL backstops. He was a member of the 1969 and 1971 AL All-Star teams. The former MLB Catcher is now a consultant for the Independent Atlantic League.

1947- Matching teammate Allie Reynolds' game the day before‚ veteran Bronx Starter Spud Chandler gives the Yankees a 5-0 win over the Red Sox, allowing only 2 Boston hits. A crowd of 42,219 fans attended this Saturday game played at Yankee Stadium.

1951- Yankees Rookie OF Mickey Mantle is 0 for 5, but he reaches base twice, after striking out on a wild pitch. The 2nd time‚ in the 6th inning‚ he reaches 2B before Tigers Catcher Joe Ginsberg can retrieve the ball‚ Joe DiMaggio follows with a HR to deep left field. Yankees win the game by the score of 11-1 behind pitching of hurler Joe Ostrowski, who is now 2-1 for the season. A crowd of 9,048 fans watched this Thursday day game played at Yankee Stadium.

1952- Red Sox OF Jimmy Piersall and Yankees 2B Billy Martin 1st exchange insults before a game in Boston‚ then they exchange punches in the tunnel under the Fenway Park stands. It takes MLB Coaches Bill Dickey (Yankees) and Oscar Melillo (Red Sox)‚ along with Red Sox Starter Ellis Kinder to break up the fight. Piersall goes to the Red Sox clubhouse to change his bloody uniform shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate hurler Mickey McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yankees by the score of 5-2.

1954- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Brown (1979-1981) was born.

On June 14,1978, OF Bobby Brown was traded by the Phillies along with OF Jay Johnstone to the Yankees for P Rawly Eastwick. Bobby’s best season with the Yankees was in 1980, when he hit .260 with 14 HRs and 47 RBIs in 137 games. Overall, Bobby Brown hit .245 with 14 HRs and 56 RBIs in 198 games for the Yankees. On April 6,1982, he was sent by the team to the Mariners to complete an earlier deal made on April 1,1982. The Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later, Pitchers Bill Caudill and Gene Nelson to the Mariners for hurler Shane Rawley. The Yankees sent Reserve OF Bobby Brown on April 6,1982 to Seattle to complete the trade.

1956- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle goes 5 for 5 with an intentional walk in an 11-4 victory against the Tigers. Mantle is now hitting .421 for the 1956 AL season. He combines with Yankees’ teammate 1B Joe Collins for back-to-back HRs off of Tigers hurler Duke Maas.

1958- The Tigers snap a 9-game losing streak while breaking the Yankees' 10-game win streak with a 3-2 win behind Starter Frank Lary. Lary is now has an 11-4 MLB Pitching career record against the Bronx Bombers. His victories against the Yankees will allow him to have MLB Pitching career mark of over .500, finishing with a 128-116 mark. He will finish with a 28-13 MLB Pitching career record against the Yankees.

1964- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd HR in 2 days off of Angels Starter Fred Newman to start the scoring for theBronx Bombers. The Yankees top the Angels by the score of 8-5.

1967- The Yankees top the Orioles by the score of 2-0. Bronx Slugger Mickey Mantle’s 3rd-inning drive to the outfield wall is caught by Orioles OF Frank Robinson, but the ball pops out of Robinson’s glove and over the outfield fence for a HR.

1970- Tribe Slugger Tony Horton hits 3 HRs against the Yankees‚ but the Bombers win the game anyway by the score of 8-7 in 11 innings.

1970- Former Yankees Reserve OF William “Goodtime Bill” Lamar (1917-1919) passed away. (1897-1970)

On August 14,1917, 20-year old OF Bill Lamar was purchased along with INF Chick Fewster and P Hank Thormahlen by theYankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for $20,000 cash. As a Reserve LF for the 1917-1919 Yankees, he hit .228 with 0 HRs and 5 RBIs in 50 games, before being sold to the Red Sox on June 13,1919. From 1917-1921 and from 1924-1927, he played the outfield in 550 MLB games for the Yankees, Red Sox, Brooklyn Robins (aka Dodgers) and the Philadelphia A’s, while hitting .310 with 19 HRs and 245 RBIs. He pinched-hit in 3 games for the Robins in the 1920 World Series against the Indians.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Bartolo Colon (2011) was born.

After being out of the MLB for the entire 2010 season, Colon impressed Yankees MLB Bench Coach Tony Pena during the 2010-2011 Dominican League season. He was offered an invitation to the team's 2011 MLB spring training camp. He earned a spot in the bullpen and made his 1st 3 appearances of 2011 in relief of a struggling  starter Phil Hughes, doing a solid job in long relief. When Hughes was placed on the DL on April 15th, after 3 ineffective starts, Colon took his place in the Yankees starting rotation. Colon's remarkable return to form prompted questions about the experimental surgery that was performed on his shoulder and elbow in 2010 particularly rumors that human growth hormone, which is banned by the MLB, was used as part of the procedure. Surgeon Joseph Purita, who performed the surgery, which also involves the use of stem cells, denied that HGH had been used or that there was anything wrong with a procedure that he described as "the future of sports medicine". On May 30th, he pitched his 1st MLB shutout in almost 5 seasons, blanking the A's by the score of 5-0. However, Colon was placed on the DL on June 11th after leaving a start against the Indians with a strained right hamstring. He was 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA at the time. He returned in winning form on July 2nd by beating the Mets by the score of 5-2. He finished the 2010 season with an 8-10 record, with a 4.00 ERA in 29 games (26 starts), having pitched 164 1/3 innings for the Yankees and making an important contribution to an AL Eastern Division title. He did not play in the AL postseason however. After the season, it was clear that the Yankees, while happy that Colon and fellow MLB veteran Freddy Garcia had bailed them out in 2011, were looking to build a younger and more reliable starting rotation for the future. As a result, they did not seriously pursue re-signing Bartolo. On January 15, 2012, he moved to the Oakland A’s as a MLB Free Agent, signing a 1-year deal worth $2 million. 

1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Cliff Markle (1915-1916,1924) passed away. (1894-1974)

Cliff Markle pitched for the 1915-1916 Yankees. On March 21,1919, Cliff was purchased by AA Salt Lake City (PCL) from theYankees. He pitched for the 1921-1922 Reds. He joined the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) in 1923. On June 16,1924, Cliff was traded by the Saints to the Yankees for P Oscar Roettger. On July 22,1924, Cliff was purchased by St. Paul from the Yankees. Cliff went 25-12 with a 3.36 ERA while leading the American Association with 184 strikeouts. He pitched briefly for the 1924 Yankees again,before returning to the Saints. Overall, he went 211-144 with a 3.69 ERA during his Minor League pitching career. His Yankees Pitching career totals were a 6-6 record with a 4.60 ERA in 21 games. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, he went 12-17 with a 4.10 ERA in 56 games.

1977- At Fenway Park, Bronx hitters 3B Graig Nettles and OF Carlos May slam back-to-back HRs in the 7th inning during the Yankees 6-5 come-back victory over the Red Sox.

1981- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner rips into Bombers AL All-Star OF/DH Reggie Jackson, after the Indians had defeated the Yankees by a score of 12-5. Reggie was mired in a 4 for 28 batting slump that has dropped his 1981 AL season batting average to .197.

1989- Yankees Reliever Lee Guetterman gave up 5 runs in the 9th inning of a Bronx 11-4 loss to the Angels, ending his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 30 2/3 innings. It is the longest season-opening streak in the MLB since Harry Brecheen's in 1948 and the longest season-opening streak ever by a Reliever.

1991- Current Yankees Pitcher Chad Green (2016-2021) was born.

Chad Green was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the 37th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft, He did not sign (though he was the 1st draftee from that round to make the MLB). He was next selected by the Tigers in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He inked a contract and was also the 1st player from that round to make the MLB. Green pitched for the GCL Tigers and Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2013, going 4-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. In 2014, with the West Michigan Whitecaps, he went 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 23 starts, while striking out 125 batters. He allowed only 121 hits and 28 walks in 130 1/3 innings. With the Erie SeaWolves in 2015, Green went 5-14 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 starts, averaging 8.3 strikeouts per 9 innings. On December 9, 2015, he was traded  along with Pitcher Luis Cessa to the Yankees for MLB Reliever Justin Wilson.  After going 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA in 7 starts for the AA A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to begin the 2016 season, the he was promoted to the MLB to make a spot start. Facing the Diamondbacks on May 16th, he went 4 innings, allowing 4 earned runs (6 total) on 8 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 5 batters. He surrendered 2 HRs, to Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, respectively. He was relieved by Nick Goody, who was then relieved by Conor Mullee, who was also making his MLB Pitching debut that day. He was on a shuttle between the Bronx and Scranton over the next few months, making 3 more trips back and forth, then on August 15th was called up to make another spot start, this time against the  Blue Jays. It turned out to be the best game of his young MLB Pitching career as he went 6 innings during which he did not allow a run and struck out 11 Blue Jay batters, getting credit for a 1-0 win over Jays  Starter R.A. Dickey. He finished the 2016 AL season with a 2-4 record with a 4.73 ERA and 1 save in 12 games. He started the 2017 season with AAA Scranton as a Starter. He finished that 1st season with a record of 2-4, 4.73 ERA and 1 save in 12 MLB games, including 8 starts. Given his mediocre rookie season, Green was not considered a major element of the Yankees' pitching staff coming into 2017, and it was expected that he would continue to move between AAA and the Majors, filling out where needed. But that is not how things turned out. He made only 1 start in the MLB after being called up to the Bronx in May, and then never went back down. In 40 appearances, he put up excellent numbers as he progressively assumed a more and more important role out of the Yankees' bullpen. He went 5-0 with an excellent ERA of 1.83 and an amazing 103 strikeouts in 69 innings, against a mere 34 hits and 17 walks. By the time the 2017 AL Postseason rolled around, he was commonly referred to as the Yankees' "secret weapon" out of the bullpen and a potential difference maker. That is exactly what happened in the AL Wild Card Game against the Twins, as he was called in to relieve Starter Luis Severino with only 1 out in the 1st, 3 runs already in, and runners on 2nd and 3rd. He probably saved the Yankees' season by quickly striking out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro, stranding the 2 runners and keeping his team within striking distance. Indeed, his teammates rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st, and he followed that with an overpowering 1-2-3 2nd inning, before the Yankees took their 1st lead of the game in the bottom of the 2nd. While he had experience as a starter and was seen as a potential long man out of the bullpen, his recent experience had been in short outings, and he began to show signs of fatigue in the 3rd, loading the bases before ceding the ball to David Robertson. The Twins managed to score the tying run on a ground ball, but he had done the job: the Yankees scored in the bottom of the inning to take the lead again and never looked back after that, going on to an 8-4 win. In 2018, he went 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 63 games. In 2019, Chad posted a 4-4 record with a 4.17 ERA and 2 saves in 54 games. In 2020, he went 3-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 1 save in 22 games.

1996- In Seattle‚ Ken Griffey‚ Jr sinks the Yankees with 3 HRs‚ scoring 5 runs and driving in 6 runs as the Mariners win the game by the score of 10-4. It is the 1st 3-HR game for Griffey. Bronx Starter Scott Kamieniecki takes the loss; his last MLB game with the Yankees. His 1996 season will end in a month, when he goes on the AAA disabled list.

2011- The Yankees end an AL record run of 341 games without a complete game, when veteran Starter CC Sabathia goes the distance in a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

2013- Just 10 days after coming back from a broken arm sustained in a spring training game, Yankees OF Curtis Grandersonbreaks a bone in his hand when hit by a pitch by Tampa Bay's Cesar Ramos in the 5th inning. He will be out for another month. The Yankees still win the game beating the Rays by the score of 9-4.

2015- On the day they retire Bernie Williams' Uniform No. 51 and unveil a plaque in his honor in Monument Park, the Yankees suffer their 10th loss in 11 games to fall to .500 mark. The Rangers' 5-2 win completes a 3-game sweep, as a 2-run HR by Adam Rosales off of  Bronx hurler Chris Capuano and 2 RBIs by Prince Fielder, account for the bulk of the Rangers damage.

May 25th

1922- After being thrown out at 2B, trying to stretch a single, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth throws dirt in the face of AL Umpire George Hildebrand, then he goes after a fan. Ruth is ejected from the game. He is eventually fined $500 and suspended for 1 game by AL President Ban Johnson.

1937- Detroit Tigers future HOF Catcher Mickey Cochran’s MLB Playing career is brought to a jarring premature end, when he is struck in the side of the head by a Yankees Pitcher Bump Hadley fastball at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Cochrane suffered a bad head concussion and probable fracture and never really came back to the form that made him an AL All-Star Catcher for the Tigers and the A’s.

1941- Veteran Boston hurler Lefty Grove yields a single to Bronx CF Joe DiMaggio as he becomes the 1st pitcher to take part in 2 of the greatest records in MLB history. Joltin Joe’s single locks Grove into Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. Fourteen years earlier, Grove had also given up 1 of the 60 HRs hit by Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth during the 1927 AL HR record breaking season.

1950- Former Yankees Pitcher John “The Count” Montefusco (1983-1986) was born. 

John Montefusco went 10-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 games with the Yankees, before serious hip problems ended his MLB Pitching career. On August 26,1983, John was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and $200,000 cash. The Yankees would send 2 hurlers: Dennis Rasmussen and Edwin Rodriguez on September 12,1983 to the Padres to complete the trade.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 13,0879 fans watched the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-4. Whitey Ford gains his 6th victory of the season with relief help from Closer Luis Arroyo, who earns his 7th save of the season. Boston Starter Billy Buffett takes the loss, he is now 0-4 for the 1961 AL season. Veteran OF Jackie Jensen hits a HR for the Red Sox. The Yankees get HRs from Catcher Johnny Blanchard and Shortstop Tony Kubek. The Yankees are now 20-15-1 for the 1961 AL season.

1974 - The Yankees obtained P Larry Gura from the Rangers for Reserve C/DH Duke Simms. Larry would go 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 8 games for the Yankees in 1974, before being traded away to the Royals for Catcher Fran Haley by Yankees Manager Billy Martin during the 1976 AL season. His overall Yankees Pitching record was 12-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 games. Larry Gura and Yankees Manager Billy Martin did not get along, as a Royals Starter he would give the Yankees constant trouble.

1978- Former Yankees Reserve OF Mike Vento (2005) was born.

The Yankees selected OF Mike Vento In the 40th round of the 1997 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 2005, he would appear in 2 games with the Yankees with no BA. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency in the winter of 2005. He would be signed by the Nationals for the 2006 NL season.

1982- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 20,127 fans watched the Yankees shutout the Blue Jays by the score of 8-0. Yankees Veteran Starter Tommy John throws a complete game shutout, improving his 1982 AL season record to 4-4. Blue Hays Starter Jim Gott takes the loss, he is now 0-2. Yankee hitters Shortstop Roy Smalley and OF Oscar Gamble hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers. Gamble’s HR shot is good for 3 Yankee runs. The Yankees are now at the 21-19 mark for the 1982 AL season. 

1994- Yankees Current Minor League INF Kyle Holder was born.

Infielder Kyle Holder was the 30th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft, having been selected by the Yankees. He slashed .213 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 56 games for the Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPENN) in his 1st pro baseball campaign, then he hit .290 for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) in 2016. He played the 2017 season with the Tampa Yankees (FSL), he hit .271 in 104 games with 4 HRs and 44 RBIs. In 2019, he played for AA Trenton Thunder (EL), playing in 112 games, while hitting .265 with 9 HRs and 40 RBIs. He received an invitation to the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. The Yankees had lost him to the Reds in 2020 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but he was returned to the team by the Reds during 2021 MLB spring training camp. He is currently playing for the Yankees AAA team at Scranton (IL).

1995- Current Yankees Pitcher Mike King (2019-2021) was born.

Mike King was the 261st and last player to make his MLB player debut during the 2019 MLB season, when he pitched 2 innings for the Yankees on September 27th in a 14-7 win over the  Rangers. It was his only MLB pitching appearance of the year. His 1st MLB appearance came after 4 years pitching in the Miami Marlins and the Yankees organizations. Most notably, in 2018 he had a record of 11-5 largely as a starter with an ERA of 1.79. In 2019, he appeared in only 11 games at 4 Minor League levels before coming to the MLB, as he was injured for much of the season. After the 2017 MLB season had ended, he was acquired by the Yankees in return for Reserve 1B Garrett Cooper and Pitcher Caleb Smith. In 2020, Mike went 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA in 9 games for the Yankees.

2011- Royals Starter Jo-Jo Reyes puts his name in the MLB record books with his 28th consecutive winless start, tying Cliff Curtis and Matt Keough, when the Blue Jays lose to the Yankees by the score of  7-3. Reyes is now at  0-4 this season, but he has pitched well: his ERA was 3.06 over his last 6 starts prior to last night's effort, yet wins have proved elusive. His last victory came on June 13, 2008, while a member of the Braves, his record since is 0-13. Also in the game, Closer Mariano Riveramakes his 1000th pitching appearance for the Yankees; he is the 15th MLB player to reach the mark, and the 1st pitcher to do it with only 1 team.

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This Week in Yankees History May 23rd-May 29th Part Two


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May 26th

1910- The Yankees sold Veteran MLB Catcher Red Kleinow to the Red Sox. The Yankees had acquired him in 1903 from AA Toledo (AA) for Reserve Catcher Jack Zalusky. Kleinow was the team’s starting Catcher from 1905 to 1909, until he developed throwing arm problems. In 1910, he become the Yankees 3rd string catcher, he will be the same for the 1910 Red Sox. Red had appeared in 522 games for the team, while hitting .219 with 2 HRs and 127 RBIs.

1926- The Yankees runs its winning streak to 16 games by nipping the Red Sox at Fenway Park by the score of 9-8, sweeping Boston, putting them ahead in the AL standings by 8 ½ games.

1928- In Philadelphia, the hometown A’s kick in 6 errors to lift the Yankees to a 7-4 win. A’s 3B Sammy Hale makes 4 errors in the Saturday game played at Shibe Park. At the plate, he fairs better by going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Veteran Bronx Starter Stan Coveleski picks-up his 4th win of the season for the Bombers. While Reliever Al Shealy gets 2nd save. For the Yankees, Tony Lazzeri hits a double and HR, Babe Ruth gets 2 RBIs in the game. The Yankees are now 30-7 for the 1928 AL season.

1932- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Coach (1981-1982) Joe Altobelli was born. (1932-2021) 

Joe Altobelli was 1B/OF for the 1955,1957 Indians and the 1961 Twins. From 1966-1976, Joe was a long-time Minor-League Manager for the Orioles organization reaching AAA level with the Rochester Red Wings (IL). From 1977-1979, he managed the Giants. In 1980, Altobelli led the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers to an International League title. Next, he served as a Yankees MLB Coach on the 1981-1982 teams. He would later manage the 1983 Orioles, replacing the retiring Manager Earl Weaver. In 1985, he was replaced mid-year by Cal Ripken Sr. He returned to MLB Coaching for the Yankees in 1986. He was a MLB Coach for the Cubs from 1988 until 1991, serving as Interim Manager for 1 game between Managers Don Zimmer and Jim Essian that season. Overall, Joe Altobelli's Minor League teams were 870-670 in 12 seasons, while winning 4 IL titles. Since 1998, Altobelli has been a Radio Broadcaster for the AAA Rochester Red Wings. He was inducted into the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

1947- Former MLB Player and Yankees MLB Coach Darrell Evans (1990) was born.

Darrell Evans was selected by the Yankees in 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he didn’t sign with the team. He would eventually sign with Oakland in 1967. He would play in the MLB for 21 seasons (1969-1989), while hitting 414 MLB Career HRs. He played for the Tigers, Braves and the Giants. In 1990, Darrell was a member of the Yankees MLB Coaching Staff. He later managed in the Minor Leagues.

1952- The Yankees released veteran Reserve OF/1B/PH Johnny Hopp. On September 5,1950, Johnny Hopp was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He hit .333 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in 19 games for the 1950 Yankees. He appeared in 3 games of the 1950 World Series against the Phillies with no hits. In 1951, he hit .206 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in 46 games as a Reserve 1B and Pinch-Hitter. He appeared in 1 game of the 1951 World Series against the Giants with no hits. At the time of his player release, he was hitting only .160 in 16 games for the 1952 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees Reserve player, he hit .226 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs. He would be signed by the Tigers, hitting just .217 before retiring from MLB at the end of the 1952 AL season. The Yankees called up Pitcher Bill Miller from AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) to take Hopp’s spot on the Yankees MLB 25-man roster.

1959- The Yankees re-obtained P Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez from Kansas City for 2 veteran hurlers: Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe. Terry had his MLB seasoning with the A’s, was now ready to pitch for the Yankees. He had been traded on June 15, 1957 to Kansas City as part of the Billy Martin trade. He had gone 17-28 in 3 seasons with the team, but A’s Manager Harry Craft wasn’t impressed with him as a Starter. He was 2-4 with a 5.24 ERA in 9 games for the 1959 A’s. Johnny Kucks and Tommy Sturdivant were battling arm and back problems, causing them to be ineffective on the mound. Sturdivant had won 16 games in 1956 and 1957 for the team, but in 1958, he battled arm problems slipping to a 3-6 record with a 4.20 ERA in 15 games. In 1959, he was 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 7 games for the Yankees at the time of the trade. He had compiled a 36-25 record with a 3.19 ERA and 5 saves in 115 games for the team. He went 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA in 6 games in 3 World Series for the team. In 1956, Johnny Kucks had a 18-9 record with a 3.84 ERA in 34 games. He had gone 16-19 with the team as Manager Casey Stengel had begun to use him as a swingman. As a Yankees Pitcher, he went 42-35 with a 3.82 ERA and 6 saves in 143 games. Yankees Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe was a good infielder, because of his lack of consistent hitting, but he was unable to unseat Tony Kubek at Shortstop or Bobby Richardson at 2B. He was hitting .222 with no extra base hits and 2 RBIs in 18 games for the 1959 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees Reserve INF player, he hit .271 with 3 HRs and 49 RBIs in 159 games. He would become a regular 2B with the A’s, later with the Tigers. The Yankees would use Hector Lopez at 3B, until they moved him to the outfield in 1960, where he would play for his final 8 MLB seasons with the Yankees. He would hit .262 with 69 HRs during the regular AL season. In World Series play for the Bronx Bombers, he hit .286 in 15 games. At the time of the trade, the Kansas City had him playing at 2B, he was hitting .281 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs. Starter Ralph Terry would go 3-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 24 games for the 1959 Yankees, improving to a 10-8 record in 1960 as a regular starter for the team.

1962- At Yankee Stadiuma crowd of 29,487 fans watched Tigers AL All-Star RF Al Kaline fractured his collarbone while making a dramatic game-saving catch in right field. Kaline helped preserve a Tigers 2-1 victory over the Yankees, but he will miss 2 months of the 1962 AL season with the collarbone injury. Tigers Starter Hank Aguirre picks-up the complete game victory, while Yankees Starter Roland Sheldon takes the loss. Both hurlers have 2-2 records for the 1962 AL season.

1971- The Yankees obtained Pitchers Rob Gardner and Darrel Osteen from the Oakland A’s for 1B/C Curt Blefary. The Yankees assigned both Pitchers to their AAA Club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Osteen, never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level, In 1970, Rob went 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 1 game for the Yankees before being traded back to Oakland for veteran OF Felipe Alou. Gardner would go 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 20 games for the 1972 Yankees. Curt Blefary was a former Yankees Minor League player (1963), who couldn’t hit anymore, when he returned to the team in 1969 in a trade with the Astros for veteran AL All-Star 1B/OF Joe Pepitone.

1973- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Chicken Hawks (1921) passed away. (1896-1973)

On July 27, 1920, 1B/OF Chicken Hawks was purchased by the Yankees from Calgary (WC). Hawks would hit .280 with 2 HRs with15 RBIs in 41 games for the 1921 Yankees. From 1922 to 1924, he played in the Minor Leagues. In 1925, he returned to the MLB with the Phillies as a 1B, appearing in 105 games, while hitting .322 with 5 HRs and 45 RBIs. He returned to the Minor Leagues in 1926, playing at the high levels until 1931, when he retired from the game.

1975- Former Yankees DH/1B Travis Lee (2004) was born.

DH/1B Travis Lee spent most of his 2004 Yankees stay on DL with a major shoulder injury that occurred in 2004 MLB spring training camp. At the end of 2004 AL season, the Yankees granted Lee MLB Free Agency.

1977- Former Yankees Minor League P Johnny Kucab passed away. (1919-1977)

Johnny Kucab had pitched for the 1950-1952 Philadelphia A’s, while posting a 5-5 record with a 4.44 ERA and 3 saves in 59 games. He joined the Yankees Minor League organization in 1953, pitching until the 1958 season. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. Johnny posted an overall 52-31 record, as a Yankees Minor League Pitcher. He pitched for the AAA Kansas City Blues and then the AAA Denver Bears in the American Association. He retired as an active player after the 1958 Minor League baseball season had ended.

1980- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 28,170 fans watched the Yankees rip the Tigers by the score of 13-5. Yankees Starter Tommy Underwood picks-up his 4th victory of the season, he is now 4-3. Bronx Closer Rich Gossage gets his 4th save of the 1980 season. Yankee hitters Catcher Rick Cerone and OF Bobby Brown hit HRs in the game. The Yankees are now 25-15 for the 1980 AL season.

1996- Former Yankees 1B Don Bollweg (1953) passed away. (1921-1996).

On May 14,1951,1B Don Bollweg was traded by the Cardinals along with $15,000 Cash to the Yankees for veteran 3B Billy “The Bull” Johnson. Commending about the 1951 trade, “He's been knocking around the minors for a long time. His name is Boll... Boll... Boll Weevil, or something like that."-Casey Stengel. In 1942, the Cardinals had signed Don as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Bollweg served in the Army, missing the 1943-1945 MLB seasons. He reached the Cardinals during the 1950-1951 NL seasons, appearing in just 10 games, while hitting only .150. While playing for the 1952 AAA Kansas City Blues (AA), Don won the MVP Award in the American Association for hitting .325 with 23 HRs and 81 RBIs. He hit .297 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs in 70 games for the 1953 Yankees. Don appeared in 3 games of 1953 World Series against the Dodgers with no hits. On December 16,1953, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, 1B/OF Vic Power, OF Bill Renna and Catcher Jim Robertson to the Philadelphia Athletics for INF Loren Babe, Starter Harry Byrd, Outfielders Tom Hamilton, Carmen Mauro and veteran 1B Eddie Robinson. He played for the 1954-1955 A’s, hitting just .220 in 115 games. In 1955-1956, Don Bollweg was with the AAA Minneapolis Millers (AA), he appeared in the 1955 Junior World Series with them. He retired as an active player in 1956.

2006- Angel Berroa hit a 3-run HR in the 8th inning, as the Royals escaped a jam in the bottom of the 9th inning after a near 2-hour rain delay, edging the Yankees by the score of 7-6 to halt a 13-game losing streak and 14-game streak at Yankee Stadium since 2005. The Royals' 19-game losing streak from July 28th-August 19th last season was the only mark longer in Royals’ franchise history. Reggie Sanders hit his 299th MLB career HR for the Royals. After his next HR, he will become the just the 5th player in MLB history with at least 300 HRs with 300 stolen bases, joining Bobby and Barry Bonds, Andre Dawsonand Willie Mays. For the Yankees, Derek Jeter got his 2,000th MLB career hit in the contest, becoming the 8th player in Yankees club history to reach the MLB milestone.

2010- The Yankees take 2 games from the Twins at Target Field. First, in a resumption of yesterday's game, which was suspended by rain with no score, they win the game by the score of 1-0 on a HR by Derek Jeter. They then win the regularly scheduled game by the score of 3-2 on a HR by Nick Swisher against Twins hurler Jon Rauch in the 9th inning that gives veteran Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte the win. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera saves both games.

2018- Angels Slugger Mike Trout has the 1st 5-hit game of his MLB playing career as he drives in 4 runs to lead the Angels to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. His 5 hits include 3 doubles and a HR which ties him for the AL lead. For the Yankees, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge lead off the bottom of the 1st with back-to-back HRs off of Angels Starter Jaime Barria, the 2nd of these making Judge the fastest player to reach 70 MLB at Yankee career homers. He has needed only 231 MLB games, 2 fewer than previous record holder former Phillies 1B Ryan Howard.

May 27th

1914- The Yankees sell Rookie Pitcher Guy “Rebel” Cooper to the Red Sox for Cash. The Yankees had asked for a Player for Cooper, but the Red Sox wanted a Cash deal only. Cooper had appeared in only 1 game for the 1914 Yankees with no record. He will go 1-1 in 10 games from the 1914-1915 Red Sox.

1933- On a Saturday afternoon game played at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers enter the 8th inning trailing White Sox Starter Ted Lyons by a score of 11-3, when they score 12 runs in that inning to win the Saturday afternoon game by a score of 15-11. The Yankees 12-run 8th inning rally was capped by a Grand Slam HR by Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey to win the game. Bronx hurler Jumbo Brown picks the victory, his 1st win; while Herb Pennock gets his 2nd save of the season. White Sox Reliever Jake Miller takes the loss, he is now 1-1. The Yankees are now 21-12 for the 1933 AL season

1939- In the 1st game of a Saturday doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 30,358 fans watched the Bombers score 5 runs in the 1st inning off of A’s Starter Roy Paramelee to coast to 8-2 victory. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez goes the distance, allowing the A’s only 2 runs, 6 hits, 5 walks with 5 strikeouts to even his 1939 AL season pitching record to 2-2. The Bronx Bombers scoring attack was led by Slugger Charlie Keller’s 2-run HR shot in the 1st inning. In the 2nd game, Yankees beat  A’s by the score of 11-9. The Yankees hitters rock A’s Relief Pitcher Chubby Dean for 6 runs and the A’s loss. Yankees Reliever Steve Sundra picks-up the win for his 3rd of the season, while Closer Johnny Murphy gets his 6th save. The Yankees are now 26-6 for the 1939 AL season. 

1949- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Ed Lopat picks up his 5th victory of the 1949 AL season with a 3-0 complete game shutout of the A’s. Lopat allows just 6 A’s hits, 6 strikeouts and 4 walks in the game. At the plate, he hits a double in the game. Yankees hitters Tommy Henrich and Yogi Berra hit HRs off of A’s Starter Joe Coleman, who takes the loss.

1949- Former Yankees MLB and Minor League Pitching Coach Mark Connor was born.

Mark Connor had pitched in the Twins farm system in 1971 and 1972 before his pro baseball career was ended by an pitching arm injury. He went 4-5 with 3 saves and a 2.78 ERA for the 1971 Auburn Twins with 57 K in 55 IP. The next season, he had a 5-2 record with a 3.83 ERA in 32 relief appearances for the Wisconsin Rapids Twins. After his playing days had ended, Connor was the Pitching Coach at the University of Tennessee from 1974 to 1978. He was the Pitching Coach for the 1978 Independent League, Paintsville Highlanders. In 1979, Connors hooked on with the Yankees organization, serving as an MLB Scout for the 1st year. Next, he was the Pitching Coach for the 1980-1982 AA Greensboro Hornets (SAL), 1983-mid-1984 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) and the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) mid-1985. He also served the 1st 2 of 3 stints as an MLB Pitching Coach for the Yankees (mid-1984 to mid-1985, May,1986-1987). In 1988 and 1989, Connor was Head Baseball Coach of the University of Tennessee. He was the Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach in 1990 and 1993. Mark was the team’s MLB Pitching Coach in 1991-1992. Moving to the Blue Jays organization, Connor was Pitching Coach for the 1994-1995 Knoxville Smokies.  Hooking up with the new NL Expansion Team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mark was the team's Pitching Coordinator in 1996 and 1997, Scouting and preparing for the MLB Expansion Team Player Draft. He was Pitching Coach of the MLB Diamondbacks from 1998 to 2000 under Manager Buck Showalter. He held the same post with the Blue Jays in 2001 and part of 2002 AL season. He joined the Rangers as MLB Bullpen Coach in 2003 and in 2006,  Connor became the team's MLB Pitching Coach. Less than 3 months later, he was hired by the Rangers as a Special Advisor to Baseball Operations. In 2011, he again worked under Showalter, after doing so in Arizona and Texas, becoming his MLB Pitching Coach with the Orioles. He resigned on June 14th of that year, citing personal reasons. He was replaced by Orioles Bullpen Coach Richard Adair. 

1952- The Yankees beat the Senators by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 25,391 fans watched the day game. Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds throws a complete game victory, picking-up his 5th win of the season, he is now at 5-3 mark. Nats Starter Connie Marrero takes the loss, he is now at the 4-1 mark. Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra hits 2 solo HRs in the game. Meanwhile, Bronx OF Irv Noren hits a 2-run HR. The Yankees are now 17-15 for the 1952 AL season.

1960- Orioles Catcher Clint “Scraps” Courtney used an oversized catchers’ mitt in an effort to handle the knuckleball pitches of veteran MLB Starter Hoyt Wilhelm. This catcher’s mitt was designed by Orioles Manager Paul Richards; a former MLB Catcher, it was 50 percent larger than the standard MLB catcher’s mitt. Courtney handled Wilhelm's pitches flawlessly in a 3-2 win over the Yankees. The AL league office will later ban the oversized catchers’ mitt. Clint Courtney was a former Yankees Minor League catcher, who had been blocked by AL All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra. Also, he was one of the 1st modern MLB Catchers to wear glasses behind the catcher’s mask during the 1950’s.

 1968- At Shea Stadium, the Mets defeated the Yankees by the score of 4-3 to win the 1968 Mayor’s Trophy game. A crowd of 35,198 fans attended the game. In the 8th inning, Mets’ batter Don Bosch hit a ball that turned into a triple as it bounced over Yankees OF Bill Robinson’s head. Former Yankees hurler Bill Short, who is now with the Mets picks up the win, while Yankees Reliever Dooley Womack takes the loss for the team

1970- At Tigers Stadium in Detroit, the Yankees beat the Tigers by the score of 4-2. Yankees Starter Fritz Peterson gains his 7th victory of the 1970 AL season, with relief help from Jack Aker, who picks-up his 9th save of the season. Tigers Starter Joe Niekro takes the loss, he is now 4-4 for the year. A crowd of 12,161 fans attended the game.

1982- The 1982 Mayor’s Trophy Game was played at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 41,614 fans watched the Mets beat the Yankees by the score of 4-1. This was the best crowd was drawn at Yankee Stadium at that point of the season. In early April, the series revival was announced at City Hall, Mayor Koch presented “crying towels” to the representatives of both teams, saying “one of you will need these.” The winning Mets pitcher was Steve Ratzer, who never appeared in a regular season game with the team, he arrived from AAA Tidewater Tides, just 6 hours before the game. His name was sewn on his Mets uniform so hurriedly that the “A” fell off in the 8th inning. Mets Catcher John Stearns doubled off of Yankees losing hurler Roger Erickson, then the next batter Joel Youngblood drove him in with a tie-breaking single. After the game Mets Team Owner Nelson Doubleday lifted the trophy high and toured the Mets clubhouse to congratulate his players.

1995- Oakland A’s Starter Steve Ontiveros holds the Yankees to just 1 hit by Luis Polonia in his 3-0 shutout of the Yankees.

2001- At Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Yankees Starter Ted Lilly goes 7 innings just allowing 7 Tribe hits, 2 runs and 6 strikeouts for a 6-2 victory over the Indians. Bronx Relievers Mike Stanton and Mo Rivera close out the game for the Yankees, Rivera picks up his 14th save of the 2001 AL season. Yankees CF Bernie Williams hits a solo HR off of Tribe Starter Bartolo Colon, who drops to a 4-5 record for the season.

 May 28th

1910- Former Yankees Minor League C Willard “Bill” Hershberger was born (1910-1940)

Bill Hershberger had previously played for the AA Newark Bears (IL) in the Yankees Minor League system from 1932-1937. His path to the Yankees was blocked the presence of future HOF Catcher Bill Dickey. On December 3,1937, Bill was traded by theYankees to the Reds for INF Eddie Miller and $40,000 Cash. Hershberger had been an excellent hitter, especially for a Catcher, hitting .316 lifetime (1938-1940) in 160 games for the Reds. Willard Hershberger died on August 3, 1940, a victim of suicide. He sliced his jugular vein in the shower at the team hotel. He had been suffering from a long-standing depression, after his father killed himself using a shotgun that minutes before Willard set down after a hunting trip. Hershberger, dealing with the loss of his father, was ill-equipped to accept the weight of leadership when the Reds starting Catcher Ernie Lombardi was injured late in the season and left the Reds in the middle of a NL pennant drive without their starting catcher. He was only 30, he remains the only player ever to end his MLB playing career by committing suicide during the regular season.

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

In 1941, the Indians signed P Bob Kuzava as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had served in the Army during World War II,where he rose to the rank of Sergeant (1943-1945). He pitched for the Indians, White Sox, Senators, Yankees, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates and the Cardinals from 1946-1957.  On June 15,1951, Bob “Sarge” Kuzava was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for 3 Pitchers: Fred Sanford, Tom Ferrick and Bob Porterfield. Bob posted a 23-20 record with 3.39 ERA and 13 saves in 104 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 3 World Series for the Yankees (1951-1953), going 0-0 in 3 games with 2 saves, while posting a 2.08 ERA. On August 7,1954, he was selected off waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees. Bob would finish his MLB Pitching career in 1957, ending with a 49-44 record with a 4.05 ERA and 13 saves in 213 games.

1927- In his 1st starting assignment for the 1927 Yankees, Reliever Wilcy Moore loses a heartbreaker to the Senators by the score of 3-2 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Yankees Lou Gehrig is spiked at 1B by Senators base runner Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scored the winning run. The Yankees won the Opener by the score of 8-2, as Babe Ruth hit his 12th HR of the 1927 AL season, a 3-run HR shot. Senators OF Tris Speaker played most of Game 1 for the Nats despite fracturing his left thumb in batting practice.

1939- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 1st inning off of A’s Starter Roy Paramelee to coast to 8-2 victory. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez goes the distance, allowing the A’s only 2 runs, 6 hits, 5 walks and 5 strikeouts to even his 1939 AL season pitching record to 2-2. The Bronx Bombers scoring attack was led by Slugger Charlie Keller’s 2-run HR shot in the 1st inning.

1941- The Yankees defeated the Senators by a score of 6-5 in the 1st night game played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Wednesday Night game draws a crowd of 25,000 fans. Bronx hitters Tommy Henrich and George Selkirk hit HRs in the game. Yankees Starter Steve Peek gets the win, he is now 2-0 for the 1941 AL season. Yankees Reliever Marv Breuer picks-up his 1st save of the season. Nats hurler Sid Hudson takes the loss, he is now 3-5.

1946- The 1st night game is played at Yankee Stadium as the Senators beat the Yankees by a score of 2-1. The crowd of 49,917 fans came to the 1st night game by Yankees, showing the value of night games over daytime games, especially on weeknights, that draw more fans.

1956- The Yankees waived veteran MLB Pitcher Gerry Staley to the White Sox.

On September 14,1955, Pitcher Gerry Staley was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Reds. He would only appear in 3 games for the 1955 Yankees with no record. He would become one of the main bullpen pitchers of the 1959 White Sox AL Championship team’s pitching staff.

1960- Veteran Yankees Manager Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus, forcing MLB Coach Ralph Houk to take over the team for 13 games. Houk made several changes that were retained, when Casey came back to the team, including by putting Clete Boyer at 3B, which clearly helped the Yankees rally from 3rd place to win the 1960 AL pennant. The other changes included moving Hector Lopez from 3B to LF and letting Reserve Catcher Johnny Blanchard share some of the catching duties with Elston Howard and Yogi Berra. The Yankees went 7-6 under Ralph Houk’s control. Houk had passed his MLB audition for the Yankees Managers job, because Casey Stengel’s Yankees Manager contract would expire in October of 1960. Also, this was a sign that the platoon system in the Yankees Infield was about to be expiring.

1968- The AL Team Owners agreed to divide itself into 2 divisions and reduced its regular season schedule from 162 to 156 games. The following divisional alignment is set for the 1969 AL season: Eastern Division: Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, Yankees and the Senators. The AL Western Division would be: Angels, White Sox, Royals, Twins, A’s and the Mariners.

1968- Former Yankees Minor League P Rickey Rhodes was born.

Brother of MLB Reliever Arthur Rhodes, Pitcher Ricky Rhodes was selected in the 35th round by the Yankees in the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In his 4 Minor League seasons in the Yankees farm system, he posted a 20-26 record with a 4.20 ERA in 82 games. He returned to baseball in 1995 to pitch for the Surrey Glaciers in the Western League (Independent league). He appeared in 17 games, while posting a 6-9 record with a 6.33 ERA.

1971- Former Yankees 3B Clete Boyer, involved in a dispute with the Braves Owner Paul Richards and Manager Lum Harrisover alleged silly rules and mismanagement is released, he retires from MLB. Boyer had hit safely in the last 9 games of his 16-season MLB playing career, including 5 HRs with 14 RBIs. A Gold Glove 3B Boyer was a .242 hitter with 162 HRs with 654 RBIs in 1,725 games for the A’s, Yankees and the BravesClipper Notes: Why the Yankees never made a serious attempt to re-obtained Clete Boyer is still puzzling, because they were still having very serious defensive problems at 3B, which would not be solved until the arrival of Graig Nettles in a trade from the Indians in November of 1972. Clete Boyer would go on to play pro baseball in Japan, before finally retiring as an active player. He would become an MLB Coach for Manager Billy Martin with the A’s and the Yankees.

 1971- The Yankees obtained veteran MLB P Jim Hardin from the Orioles for P Bill Burbach, who was a failed 1st pick MLB Amateur Player Draft choice. In 1969, he was Co-Winner of the James P. Dawson Award, sharing with INF Jerry Kenney. He had gone 6-8 with a 3.31 ERA in 31 games for the 1969 Yankees. Bill went 0-3 with an ERA over 10.60 in 6 games during the 1970-1971 AL seasons, while spending most of his time pitching at AAA level. The Orioles would send him to their AAA club the Rochester Red Wings (IL). Jim Hardin was still recovering from pitching arm problems. He went 0-2 with a 5.08 ERA in 12 games with the 1971 Yankees before being released by the team. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1972 Braves. The Braves would send him to their AAA club the Richmond Braves (IL).

1977- Before a “Yankee Jacket Day” crowd of 54,881 fans at Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Ron Guidry has a rare bad outing dropping a 9-4 decision, a 16-hit loss to the White Sox.

1983- Former Yankees Reliever Cory Wade (2011-2012) was born.

On June 13, 2011, Reliever Cory Wade was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. The Tampa Bay had released him.He posted a 7-2 record with a 4.23 ERA in 79 games for the Yankees. Cory Wade was originally signed by the Dodgers in 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On October 17, 2012, Corey was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays from the Yankees.

1991- Former Yankees Reserve OF/INF Roy Cullenbine (1942) passed away. (1914-1991)

On August 31,1942, OF Roy Cullenbine was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Senators. Roy appeared in 21 games with the 1942 Yankees, while hitting .364. Roy appeared 5 games of the 1942 World Series against the Cardinals, hitting .263 for the Yankees. On December 17,1942, Roy was traded by the Yankees along with AL All-Star Catcher Buddy Rosar to theIndians for INF Oscar Grimes and OF Roy Weatherly.

1995- Bronx Rookie Starter Mario Rivera makes his 2nd MLB start for the Yankees, picking up a 4-1 victory over the Oakland A’s. It is the only Yankees victory in a 10 game West Coast road trip. Rivera had lost his MLB Pitching debut start on May 23rdto the Angels, losing the game by a score of 10-0, lasting only 3 1/3 innings.

2004- Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera posted his 300th MLB Career save in a Yankees 7-5 victory over the Devil Rays. He also became the 1st Yankee and 17th reliever in MLB history to reach the 300 MLB save milestone.

2012- The Angels lose their  pitching Ace, Jered Weaver, after he had thrown only 12 pitches, when he is forced to leave his start against the Yankees with a back injury in the 1st inning, but they hold on for a hard-fought 9-8 win, that was capped by Mark Trumbo's walk-off HR. The victory puts the Angels at .500 for the 1st time since April 9th. Howie Kendrick and Kendry Morales drive in 3 runs each and Mike Trout homers to lead the offense. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira hit HRs for the Yankees, while Russell Martin hits a 2-run double in the 7th to tie the game at 8-all, but Trumbo's 9th-inning HR off of Yankees Reliever Cory Wade ends it, giving struggling Angels Closer Jordan Walden his 1st win of the 2012 AL season.

2013- The Mets honor Yankees great Mariano Rivera, who has announced his MLB retirement at the end of the 2013 AL season by having him throw the ceremonial 1st pitch before the game between the 2 teams from the Big Apple at Citi Field, with retired Mets Closer John Franco acting as his Catcher for the occasion. However, the night doesn't end so well for Mo, as Daniel Murphy leads off the bottom of the 9th inning with a double then David Wright and Lucas Duda follow up with RBI singles to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. It is the 1st time of Mariano's illustrious MLB Pitching career that he blows a save without retiring a single batter; it is also his 1st blown save of the 2013 AL season.

May 29th

1875- Former Yankees OF/3B David Fultz (1903-1905) was born. (1875-1959)

In March of 1903, the Highlanders had purchased INF/OF Dave Fultz from the Philadelphia A’s. Dave hit .243 with 2 HRs and 99 RBIs in 305 games for the Yankees, before being traded back to the A’s for OF Danny Hoffman. Fultz had become a Lawyer; he didn’t want to play MLB baseball anymore. Later, he would serve as the President of the International League in 1919-1920.

1910- Former Yankees 1B George Mc Quinn (1947-1948) was born. (1910-1978)

On November 22,1935, 1B George Mc Quinn was sent from the Yankees to the Reds in an unknown transaction. After appearing 38 games for the 1936 Reds, he was returned to the Yankees. On October 5,1937, he was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees organization in the 1937 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. George had a good playing career with the 1938-1945 Browns, after leaving with the Yankees, where he was blocked by the presence of future HOF Lou Gehrig at 1B. On January 25,1947, George was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. The Philadelphia A’s had released him, as their Owner/Manager Connie Mack thought that he was too old and finished as a regular player. For the 1947 Yankees, George would .308 with 13 HRs and 80 RBIs in 144 games. In the 1948 AL season, he slumped to .248 BA with 11 HRs and 41 RBIs in 94 games. George had appeared in 2 World Series during his MLB playing career; with the 1944 Browns and with the 1947 Yankees, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs in 13 games.

1921- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits HR over the Right Field roof at the Polo Grounds in a 9-4 Yankees win over the Philadelphia A’s.

1922- In a game played at the Polo Grounds against the Philadelphia A’s‚ the Yankees score 7 runs in the 7th inning to beat them by the score of 7-4. Yankees Starter Carl Mays is the winner‚ notching his 20th straight victory over the A's.

1927- In a loosely played Sunday game at Yankee Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers swamp the Red Sox by the score of 15-7‚ by scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning. A crowd of 35,000 fans see Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth propels his 13th HR off of Red Sox hurler Danny MacFayden‚ while Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski is 4 for 4 with a walk. Veteran Bronx Starter Dutch Ruether is ineffective‚ serving up gopher ball to the Red Sox's Grover Hartley in the 2nd inning and Fred Haney in the 3rd. The Red Sox give it back in the 4th inning with 3 walks‚ 2 errors‚ a single by Bob Meusel and a double by Mark Koenig to make 4 runs. Ted Wingfield‚ pitching 2/3 of the 4th inning‚ takes the loss for Boston. Yankees Reliever Myles Thomas pitched 7 innings of relief allowing only 3 Boston hits and 3 runs; to pick-up his 1st win of the season. He is now 1-1 for the 1927 Yankees.

1928- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Senators by the scores of 3-2 and 12-3. In the Opener, Yankees INF Leo Durocher’s bases-loaded triple gives Yankees Starter George Pipgras (8-1) the victory. In the nightcap, Bronx Sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, both hit a pair of HRs: Lou hits his 9th HR of the 1928 AL season in the 3rd inning‚ off of Nats Starter Milt Gaston‚ then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th inning off of Nats Reliever Lloyd Brown. Babe Ruth adds his 18th HR off of Brown in the 7th inning. Also, Yankees CF Earle Combs hits a HR in the game.

1934- The Yankees purchased “some would say rent” veteran 41-year-old spit-baller Starter Burleigh Grimes from the Pirates. After 10 appearances with the 1934 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 5.50 ERA, the team will release Grimes and the Pirates will re-obtain him.

1934- The Yankees sold P Harry Smythe to the Dodgers for $7,500 Cash. He was sold to create an MLB 25-man roster spot for newly acquired veteran MLB hurler Burleigh Grimes from the Pirates. Harry had gone 0-2 with a 7.08 ERA in 8 games for the 1934 Yankees.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Kennedy (1967) was born. (1941-2018)

After being obtained from the Dodgers for Reserve OF/1B John Miller and Minor League P Jack Cullen, John had hit only .196 with 1 HR and 17 RBIs in 78 games for the 1967 Yankees before being purchased by the Seattle Pilots in November of 1968. He was not the answer to the Yankees infield problems. He had spent the 1968 baseball season at Triple A. 

1941- Despite scoring 5 runs in the top of the 6th inning‚ the Yankees and Senators end in a tie at 2-2 in a game that is called after 5 innings. Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio has a hit and a strikeout‚ just his 3rd this season.

1942- Yankees veteran Starter Lefty Gomez‚ self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in MLB‚ bangs out 4 hits, while pitching a 4-hit‚ a 16-1 Yankees victory over the Senators. They are his last MLB playing career hits. Also, Yankees 1B Buddy Hassett adds 4 hits in the game as well.

 1956- At Yankee Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle's walk in the 7th inning is the 1st Yankees base runner against Red Sox Starter Willard Nixon. Mantle's 2-out 9th inning HR deprives the Boston righty of a shutout. The  Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 7-3.

 1957-At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.‚ Nats Starter Camilo Pascual gives up 2 solo HRs to Yankee Sluggers Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer‚ but the Senators still win the game by the score of 6-2. Senators Starter Camilo Pascual will groove 43 gopher balls during the 1957 AL season.

 1961-At Fenway Park‚ veteran Boston Starter Ike Delock out-duels Bronx Ace Whitey Ford to beat the Yankees by the score of 2-1. New York's only scoring is Mickey Mantle's 1st HR in 2 weeks.

1965- Former Yankees 3B Charlie Hayes (1992,1996-1997) was born.

On February 19,1992, INF Charlie Hayes was sent by the Phillies to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on January 8,1992. The  Phillies sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for Minor League P Darrin Chapin. Charlie hit .257 with 18 HRs and 66 RBIs in 142 games for the Yankees. On November 17,1992, Hayes was drafted by the Colorado Rockies from theYankees as the 3rd pick in the 1992 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft. On August 30,1996, Charlie was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees sent Minor League P Chris Corn on August 31,1996 to the Pirates to complete the trade. He shared the Yankees 3B duties with AL All-Star Wade Boggs. He appeared in 1996 World Series against the Braves, hitting only .188. In 1997, he hit .258 with 11 HRs and 53 RBIs for the team. With the 1997 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft coming up, the Yankees had decided not to protect Hayes in the player draft, instead they elected to trade him. On November 11,1997, Charlie was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Giants for 2 Players: Catcher Alberto Castillo and OF Chris Singleton. Overall, with 2 tours with the Yankees, Hayes hit .259 with 31 HRs and 132 RBIs.

1965- Former Yankees INF Mike McNally (1921-1924) passed away. (1892-1965)

INF Mike McNally played for the Red Sox from 1915-1920. He appeared in the 1916 World Series with Boston. On December 15,1920, Mike was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt and Catcher Wally Schang to theYankees for 2B Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel, Pitcher Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick. He appeared in 202 games with the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 43 RBIs. He appeared in 2 World Series with the 1921-1922 Yankees. On December 10,1924, Mike was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for OF Howie Shanks.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Hippo Vaughn (1908-1912) passed away. (1888-1966)

Hippo Vaughn began his MLB Pitching career with the 1908 Yankees. He was traded to the Senators in the middle of the 1912 AL season. However, he achieved his greatest success after joining the Cubs in the NL in 1913. In 9 NL seasons with Chicago, he won 20 games in a season 5 times. His best season for the Yankees was in 1910, when he posted a 13-11 record. His Yankees Pitching career totals was a 23-29 record with a 3.18 ERA and 1 save in 73 games. His overall MLB Pitching career record was 178-136 with 2.36 ERA in 390 games.

1976- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Jerry Hariston Jr. (2009) was born.

Jerry Hairston is the son of Jerry Hairston Sr., Brother of Scott Hairston, Grandson of Sammy Hairston and Nephew of Johnny Hairston and Sam Hairston Jr. He is part of only 3 three-generation MLB families, the Boones and Bells being the other 2. On July 31, 2009, Jerry was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for Minor League P Chase Weems. Jerry appeared in 45 games for the 2009 Yankees, while hitting .237 with 2 HRs and 12 RBIs. He appeared in 3 games of the 2009 World Series against the Phillies, while hitting .167. On November 10, 2009, the Yankees granted Jerry MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Padres for the 2010 NL season.

1977- Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa wins his 7th straight complete game of the 1977 AL season, as he defeated the White Sox by a score of 5-2. Bombers 1B Chris Chambliss supplied most of the Yankees run support with a 2-run HR and a rare steal of home plate.

1980- Yankees Starter Luis Tiant is fined $500 for dropping the ball to the ground and throwing his glove into the stands in what appeared to be an act of defiance after Manager Richard Howser had removed him from the game. Tiant had pitched shutout ball for 6 2/3 innings before giving up a triple to Barry Bonnell and then walking Al Woods. Yankees Manager Howser brought in Closer Rich Gossage from the bullpen and the "Goose" recorded his 5th save of the 1980 AL season. According to Tiant, he went to hand the ball to Howser while looking upward and he did not see that the Manager’s hands had returned to his hip pockets.

 1982- At Minnesota‚ the Yankees put runners on 1B (Graig Nettles) and 2B (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Yankees batter Roy Smalley strikes out on a wide 3-2 pitch from Twins’ hurler Terry Felton‚ Murcer attempts to steal 3rd base. But Twins Catcher Sal Butera’s throw beats him so badly he retreats to 2nd, only to find Nettles already there. Twins Shortstop Gary Gaetti tags Murcer, who is standing safely alone on the base and then throws to 1B Kent Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to 1st. Murcer then tries for 3B, Ken Hrbek's throw to Felton, covering the bag, completes the triple play. Alas‚ Felton‚ 0-8 coming into the game gets a no-decision‚ and he will lose another 5 games to finish his MLB pitching career with a 0-16 record.

1987- Former MLB Player, Scout and Yankees Minor League Manager Jack Sheehan passed away. (1893-1987)

Jack Sheehan played 2 MLB seasons with the 1920-1921 Dodgers. He was a long-time Minor-League Manager. He was in the Yankees organization in 1933-1934, managing the Wheeling Stogies (MAL). Later, he became an MLB Scout working with the Cubs, Indians, Senators and the Rangers organizations before retiring.

1997- The Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese hurler Hideki Irabu‚ signing the fire-baller to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

1997- At Toronto‚ Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hits his 20th HR - his 3rd in 3 games as veteran Bronx Starter David Cone strikes out 12 Blue Jays batters to lead the Yankees over Toronto by the score of 4-0. Reliever Jeff Nelson strikes out 3 more Blue Jays batters. Martinez raises his RBI total to 56 with a single in the 1st of off of veteran MLB Starter Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo HR shot in the 3rd inning.

2000- Oakland A’s  2B Randy Velarde turned an unassisted triple play, just the 11th in MLB history, on a line drive hit by Yankees batter Shane Spencer. With runners on 1st and 2nd bases running with the pitch, Velarde tagged Jorge Posada as he neared 2nd base, then touched the base to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995 spring training game, while playing with the Yankees, Velarde had turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers.

2002-Yankees Starter Roger Clemens becomes the 3rd MLB Pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters in at least 100 games. Nolan Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (175) are the other 2 MLB hurlers to have accomplished this pitching feat.

2007- The Yankees, a season-low 8 games under .500 on May 29th, go 73-39 in a stretch run leading the MLB in wins and winning percentage.

2009- On the road, the Yankees top the Indians by the score of 3-1. Bronx Closer Mariano Rivera saves an Andy Pettitte win for the 58th time, setting a new record for a pitcher duo; the old mark had been held by Oakland A’s hurlers Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch.

2016- For the 1st time in over a century, the Yankees win a game in spite of being limited to only 1 hit. Yankees 2B Starlin Castro hits a 2-run HR off of Rays’ hurler Jake Odorizzi in the 7th inning and it is enough to procure a 2-1 win. The last time the Yankees had won a game while collecting a single hit was on July 10,1914, when Charlie Mullen had the only safety in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Indians, shortened to 6 innings by darkness.

2018- Former Yankees 1B/OF Ray” Buddy” Barker (1965-1967) passed away. (1937-2018)

On May 10,1965, 1B/OF Ray “Buddy” Barker was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for Reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez. Buddy hit .222 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs in 176 games for the 1965-1967 Yankees. On July 4,1967, Buddy was traded by theYankees along with Players to be Named Later and Cash to the Orioles for veteran MLB Starter Steve Barber. On December 15, 1967, the Yankees would send 2 Minor League Players: Infielders Chester Trail and Daniel Bailey to the Orioles to complete the trade. Buddy never appears at the MLB level with the 1967 Orioles, he was sent to their AAA team, the Rochester Red Wings (IL).



6 months ago  ::  May 23, 2021 - 12:08PM #3
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Thanks for posting Clipper... lots of good stuff!
5 months ago  ::  May 29, 2021 - 2:16PM #4
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May 23, 2021 -- 12:08PM, Lola wrote:

Thanks for posting Clipper... lots of good stuff!


Thanks for your kind words. Sometimes, I wonder how many of the Yes Board members really care about the weekly history thread that I up up.


5 months ago  ::  May 29, 2021 - 5:49PM #5
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May 29, 2021 -- 2:16PM, FW57Clipper51 wrote:

May 23, 2021 -- 12:08PM, Lola wrote:

Thanks for posting Clipper... lots of good stuff!


Thanks for your kind words. Sometimes, I wonder how many of the Yes Board members really care about the weekly history thread that I up up.


I check it out all the time Clipper ... just haven't posted ... you do a great job with this thread.  Thanks

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