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This Week in Yankees History May 30th-June 5th Part One

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May 30th   Traditional Memorial Day Double Headers!

1884- Former Yankees INF/OF Rube Oldring (1905,1916) was born. (1884-1961)

Rube Oldring came up to the MLB originally as a Shortstop with the 1905 Highlanders, for whom the regular Shortstop that season was Kid Elberfeld. He would stick around with the Yankees, while the A’s would select Oldring. His son, in an article states, however that Oldring was actually owned by the Philadelphia A’s, while he played for the 1905 Highlanders. The A's would not let him stay with the team for the 1906 AL season. With the 1916 Yankees, Rube played in the Outfield, while hitting .234 and appearing in 43 games. Overall, Rube would hit .245 with 2 HRs and 18 RBIs in 51 games for the Yankees in 2 tours with the team.

1894- Former Yankees Pitcher and Minor League Manager Al Mamaux (1924) was born. (1894-1963)

Al Mamaux pitched 12 seasons in the MLB. He won 21 games with the Pirates in 1915 and 1916. He appeared in the 1920 World Series with the Dodgers. On July 12,1924, Al Mamaux was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Reading (IL). He appeared in 14 games with the 1924 Yankees, while posting a 1-1 record. He sat out 1925 season, following his final season in the MLB, but he returned to the mound for the 1926 AA Newark Bears (IL). He led the International League with a 2.22 ERA that season. He paced the IL circuit with 25 wins with a 2.61 ERA in 1927. Al later managed the AA Newark Bears (IL) in the Yankees Minor League system. He managed the Senators IL AA entry, the Albany Senators for 2 seasons. Al was the Head Baseball Coach at Seton Hall University from 1937 to 1942. His teams had an overall record of 69-19 and the 1942 Pirates team went undefeated. In 1951, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. In 1975, Al was selected for the Seton Hall University Sports Hall of Fame and the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

1902- Former Yankees Pitcher Louis McEvoy (1930-1931) was born (1902-1953)

Lou McEvoy went 1-3 with a 7.79 ERA and 4 saves in 34 games for the 1930-1931 Yankees.

1905- The Yankees sold OF/1B John Anderson to the Washington Nationals. The team had acquired him from the Browns during the 1903 AL season; he hit .282 for the team, while driving in 82 runs. After the 1st 32 games of the 1905 AL season, he was only hitting .232 for the team.

1907- The Yankees purchased veteran P Frank Kitson from the Senators. Kitson was 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA in 5 games for the 1907 Senators. He would go 4-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 games for the Yankees in his final MLB active season.

1912- After a minor fire at Hilltop Park, the Yankees play a separate admission, day-night doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees had lost the morning game by a score of 7-1; the 2nd game of the doubleheader was rained out.

1912- Former Yankees MLB Scout Eddie Dancisak was born. (1912-1966)

Outfielder Eddie Dancisak had played Minor League baseball from 1937 to 1942, almost entirely at the C and D class levels. Dancisak entered the Army in February, 1944, being discharged in May, 1946. Eddie had scouted for the St. Louis Browns (1946-1948), Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves (1949-1959), Philadelphia Phillies (1960-1962), New York Yankees (1963), and the New York Mets (1964-1966).

1913- The Yankees purchased 2B Bill McKechnie from the Braves for Cash. Bill hit .134 in 45 games for the 1913 Yankees before jumping to the Federal League for the 1914-1915 seasons. Bill would return to the NL in 1916, playing for the Giants and Reds. He remained in the MLB until 1920, finishing his playing career with the Pirates. He had appeared in 845 games, while hitting .251 with 8 HRs and 240 RBIs. He would become a successful MLB Manager in the NL with the Pirates, Cardinals, Braves and the Reds. In 1925, he led the Pirates to a World Championship beating the Senators. Bill was on the losing side with the 1928 Cardinals and 1939 Reds to the Yankees in the World Series. In 1940, he led the Reds to a World Championship beating the Tigers. In 1962, Bill was elected as an MLB Manager to the Hall of Fame.

1922- Former MLB Pitcher Bob Hooper (1950-1955) was born in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. (1922-1980)

Clippers Note: He was my High School Gym teacher at New Brunswick Senior High School in New Jersey. He was the 1st MLB player that I ever met. He spoke very highly of the New York Yankee players that he had played against during the early 1950’s. In 1969, when he spoke at the Senior Sports Dinner, saying how proud he was to be MLB player, when there were only 16 teams. He felt that expansion and big money was corrupting the game. We talked many times about baseball, it was an honor to meet and know such a man. Although he was born in Canada, Bob Hooper served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He pitched 6 seasons in the MLB for the Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds and another 10 seasons in the Minor Leagues. Before the start of the1941 MLB season, the New York Giants signed Bob Hooper. He did not appear with them at the MLB level. As a 28-year-old Rookie in 1950, he was the Philadelphia A’s Closer, posting a 15-10 record with a 5.02 ERA and 5 saves in 45 games. In 1951, he became a Starter for the A’s, posting a 12-10 record with a 4.38 ERA and 5 saves in 38 games. In 1952, Bob went 8-15 with a 5.18 ERA with 6 saves in 45 games. In December of 1952, the A’s traded him to Indians for 2 players. With the 1953 Indians, he went 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA with 7 saves in 43 games. With the Indians, he was Early Wynn’s roommate. He was on the 1954 Indians, pitching in 17 games with no record, he was dealing with pitching arm issues, but he didn’t appear in the 1954 World Series against the Giants. In 1955, he pitched in his final MLB season with the Reds, appearing in 8 games with a 0-2 record with a 7.62 ERA. His final MLB Pitching career record was 40-41 with a 4.80 ERA and 25 saves in 194 games. Bob Hooper managed in the Orioles Minor League System from 1957-1960. Then he was an MLB Scout for the 1963 Mets. One of his Orioles Minor League teams included future MLB Players: 3B Brooks Robinson, Pitcher Dean Chance and 1B John “Boog” Powell. He was a Physical Education teacher at New Brunswick Senior High School in Central New Jersey until his retirement in 1980. On March 17, 1980, Bob Hooper passed away at age of 57 from a heart attack in his home in New Brunswick, N.J.

1923- The Yankees celebrate Memorial Day 1923 in Washington, D.C. playing at Griffith Stadium before a crowd of 14,000 fans with a twin-bill sweep of the Senators by scores of 6-4 and 9-5. In the 1st game, the Yankees beat the Nats by the score of 6-4. Yankees Starter Herb Pennock throws a complete game win to bring his 1923 AL season pitching record to 6-0. Senators Ace Walter Johnson only goes 3 innings before being replaced by Reliever Bonnie Hollingsworth, who is charged with the Nats loss, he is now 1-5 for the season. Babe Ruth hits a HR off of Nats Ace Walter Johnson in the 1st inning. In 2nd game, the Yankees beat the Nats by the score of 9-5. Yankees Starter “Bullet Joe Bush improves his 1923 pitching record to 7-4. Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth hits a HR in the game.

1930- The Yankees obtained P Owen Carroll, Reserve INF George Wuestling and OF Harry Rice for the Tigers for veteran Starter Waite Hoyt and Shortstop Mark Koenig. Harry Rice would hit .298 with 7 HRs and 74 RBIs in 100 games for the 1930 Yankees; while George Wuestling was a weak hitting utility infielder, who hit .200 in 54 games for the team. Veteran Starter Waite Hoyt would continue to pitch successfully in the MLB for the next 8 seasons. Shortstop Mark Koenig would end up with the 1932 Cubs. Ownie Carroll would go 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA in 10 games with the Yankees before being sent to the Reds on September 13,1930. On January 13, 1931, veteran OF Harry Rice was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. The new 1931 Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy had decided that he didn’t have any plans for the veteran outfielder on the 1931 team.

1932- In memory of former Yankees Manager Miller Huggins (1918-1929), the 1st plaque is attached to a monument in Yankee Stadium is dedicated.

1932- The Yankees celebrate Memorial Day 1932 with a twin-bill sweep of the Red Sox. A crowd of 45,000 fans watched the 2 Monday games played at Yankee Stadium. In the Opener, Yankees Veteran Starter Herb Pennock throws a complete game victory. He is now 3-0 for the 1932 AL season. Former Yankees hurler Wilcy Moore takes the loss for Boston, he is now at 1-4 mark. He will be traded back to the Yankees on August 1,1932. In the 2nd game, the Bombers beat by the Red Sox by the score of 13-3. Yankees hitting star was Shortstop Lyn Lary, who goes 3 for 5 at the plate with a HR and 3 RBIs in the game. Yankees Starter Hank Johnson throws a complete game win, bringing his 1932 pitching record to a 2-1 mark. The Yankees now have a 28-11 record for the 1932 AL season.

1938- Before a crowd of 83,533 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep a Monday Memorial Day Doubleheader from the Red Sox by scores of 10-0 and 5-4.  More than 6,000 fans are turned away; 511 are given refunds. In the 1st game Red Ruffing throws a complete game shutout for his 6th win of the season. While Boston Starter Lefty Grove his handed his 1st loss of the 1938 AL season, he is now 8-1. In the 2nd game, Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez throws a complete game, picking up his 3rd victory of the season, while Boston Starter Jack Wilson, is now at the 3-5 mark. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits his 4th HR of the season, a 2-run HR shot. Yankee hitters Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey hit doubles in the game. The game also featured a fistfight under the Stadium stands between Yankees OF Jake Powell and Red Sox Player-Manager Joe Cronin, after they had been both thrown out of the game. Powell had charged the Red Sox hurler Archie Mc Kain, after he had hit him in the stomach. Joe Cronin came in from his Shortstop position to protect his pitcher. That fight lasted for several minutes. The both players were separated by the Umpires and thrown out of the game. The visitors in those days had to approach their clubhouse through the Yankees dugout. The Players and Umpires broke up this 2nd fight. Joe Cronin and Jake Powell were later fined and suspended for 10 days for their actions by the AL President’s office.

1941- The Red Sox and Yankees split a Friday Memorial Day Doubleheader played at Fenway Park. A crowd of 34,500 fans attend the 2 games. The Yankees win the Opener by score of 4-3 by scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning to win the game. Bronx Bomber 3B Red Rolfe hits a HR. In the Nightcap, the Red Sox bounce back with 13-0 win over the Yankees. The Red Sox cap it off with a triple steal. Boston Slugger Ted Williams laces 6 hits, while Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio continues his consecutive game hitting streak with a hit in each game, he is now at 16 games mark.

1943- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 53,685 fans watched a Sunday Memorial Doubleheader played between the Yankees and the Indians. The Bronx Bombers sweep the Tribe by scores of 4-3 and 3-2. In the Opener, Yankees Starter Spud Chandler and Closer Johnny “The Milkman” Murphy hold the off the Indians for a 4-3 win. Chandler gets his 5th win of the season, while Bronx Closer Murphy gets his 1st save of the season. Bronx hitter Joe “Flash” Gordon hits a HR and has 3 RBIs in the game. Pitcher Spud Chandler enjoys a good day with the bat, going 3 for 3 including a double. Tribe 2B Ray Mack hits a 2-run HR to make the game close in the 9th inning. Tribe Starter Al Smith takes the loss, he is now 3-1 for the season. In the 2nd game, Bronx Starter Butch Wensloff throws a complete game victory for his 2nd win of the season, he is now 2-2. Tribe Starter Joe Heving gets a no decision. While Indians Reliever Allie Reynolds gets the loss, he is now 0-3 for the season. Yankees OF Roy Weatherly hits a solo HR in the game.

1950- The Yankees sweep the Red Sox in a Tuesday Memorial Day Doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium by the scores of 11-7 and 5-3. In the 1st game Yankees Starter Tommy Byrne gets the 11-7 victory. Byrne is now 5-1; while Closer Joe Page picks-up his 8th save of the season. Red Sox Starter Mel Parnell takes the loss, he is now 5-3. Bronx veteran 1B Tommy “Old Reliable” Henrich goes 2 for 5 at the plate. “Old Reliable” has a double and a triple with 2 RBIs in the game. Yankees Pitcher Tommy Byrne enjoys a good game at the plate by going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. In the 2nd game, the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-3. Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat gets his 6th win of the season with relief help from Yankees Pitcher Allie Reynolds, who gets his 1st save of the season. Red Sox Starter Ellis Kinder throws a complete game loss, he is now 3-5 for the season. Joe Collins hits a HR in the game. The Yankees are now 19-16 for the 1950 AL season.

1956- In a Wednesday Memorial Day Doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 29,825 fans watch as Mickey Mantle launches his 1st facade HR shot off of Senators Starter Pedro Ramos in Game 1. The HR Ball misses going out of Yankee Stadium by 18 inches; reporters estimate it would’ve gone at least 600 feet. Bronx Starter Johnny Kucks picks up his 6th victory of the season with relief help from Tom Morgan in the Yankees 4-3 victory. The Mantle HR ball hit the face of the upper deck in Right Field, 370 feet from home plate and 117 feet in the air. Mantle also became the 1st player in MLB history to hit 20 HRs by the end of May. In Game 2, he clouts a 450-footer HR off of Nats Starter Camilo Pascual that goes half-way up the bleachers in Right Field to lead the Yankees 12-5 win to complete to a twin-bill sweep over the Senators. Bronx Starter Bob Turley picks up the Yankees victory, he is now 2-2 for the season. While Nats Starter Pascual falls to a 2-6 record. Yankee hitters Eddie Robinson and Hank Bauer hit HRs in the 2nd game. The 1956 Yankees now have a 28-13 record.

1959- The Yankees sweep the Senators in a Saturday Memorial Day Doubleheader played at Griffith Park in Washington, D.C. In 1st game, the Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 11-2 with HRs hit by Elston Howard, Hector Lopez and Mickey Mantle. Yankees Starter Art Ditmar throws a complete game victory, bringing his record up to 2-4 for the season. In the 2nd game, the Yankees Starter Don Larsen throws a complete game win, improving his pitching record to 5-0. With the Memorial Day sweep of the Nats, the Yankees trying to climb back into the 1959 AL Pennant race are now 18-23.

1960- The Memorial Day Doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium on a Monday, draws a crowd of 43,699 fans. The Yankees split the doubleheader with the Nats. The Senators take the Opener with a 2-1 win. Nats Starter Chuck Stubbs wins his 2nd game of the year, getting relief help from Closer Tex Clevenger, who gets his 2nd save of the season. Yankees Starter Art Ditmar goes 7 innings, allowing 2 Nats runs, he gets the lost, he is now 2-2 for the season. Bronx Reliever Johnny James goes 2 scoreless innings to end the game. In the 2nd game, the Bronx Bombers bounce back with a 3-2 win over the Nats. Yankees Batters RF Roger Maris (solo) and Catcher Yogi Berra (2-runs) hit HRs in the game. Nats Starter Pedro Ramos throws a complete game loss, he is now 2-6 for the season. Bronx Starter Ralph Terry goes 7 innings, but he doesn’t get the decision, Yankees veteran Reliever Bobby Shantz picks-up the win, he is now 1-1. The 1960 Yankees are now 19-16 for the season.

1961- At Fenway Park, Yankees hitters Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Bill “Moose” Skowron each hit 2 HRs to lead the Yankees to a 12-3 rout over the Red Sox in a single game played for the Memorial Day. Also, Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry was the winning pitcher, while veteran Starter Gene Conley was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.

1967- Veteran Yankees Starter Whitey Ford announced his retirement from MLB baseball because of an elbow injury. His final Yankees appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21st, but he lasted just 1 inning for the Yankees. He finished his Yankees MLB Pitching career with a 236-106 record to become the All-Time Yankee Pitcher’s wins’ leader. He had passed former team leader Red Ruffing, who had 232 Yankee career wins during the 1966 AL season.

1974- The 1974 Mayor’s Trophy game was held at Shea Stadium, since Yankee Stadium is being remodeled. The Yankees won the game by the score of 9-4 behind a 3rd inning Grand Slam HR by Infielder Fernando Gonzalez off of Mets P Mike Wegener.  Yankees hurler Dave Pagan picks-up the win. The game attendance or the game played at Shea Stadium was 35,984 fans.

1977- Bronx Bomber Sluggers 3B Graig Nettles and RF Reggie Jackson hit back-to back HRs in 2nd inning to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox by a score of 5-4.

1980- The Yankees play the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 24,319 fans watched the Friday Memorial Day game. Yankees veteran Starter Luis Tiant picks-up his 4th win of the season, while Closer Rich Gossage gets his 5th save. Blue Jays Starter Jim Clancy takes the loss. Clancy is now 3-3 for the season. Yankee Hitters OF Bobby Brown, Pinch-Runner and DH Dennis Werth hit HRs in the game. The Yankees are now 27-16 for the 1980 AL season.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Magnuson (1973) passed away. (1946-1991)

The Yankees claimed P Jim Magnuson from the White Sox organization in the 1971 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He spent all of 1972 baseball season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), while posting a 9-7 record with a 3.48 ERA and 3 saves for the team. He was 10th in the International League in ERA and led his club. Jim finished his pro baseball career in 1973, going 7-4 with a 4.04 ERA for AAA Syracuse. Jim went 0-1 with a 4.28 ERA in 6 games for the 1973 Yankees.

1992- Yankees Starter Scott Sanderson became the 9th MLB Pitcher to beat all 26 MLB teams, as the Bronx Bombers defeated the Brewers by a score of 8-1. Scott Sanderson joined MLB hurlers Doyle Alexander, Rich Gossage, Tommy John, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez and Rick Wise, as MLB Pitchers, who had defeated every MLB club during their Pitching careers.

2011- Yankees Veteran Starter Bartolo Colon pitches his 1st MLB shutout since the 2006 MLB season in blanking the Oakland A’s by the score of 5-0. The 38-year-old Yankees Pitcher has made a remarkable comeback after being out of the majors all of last year.

2013- The Mets complete a 4-game sweep of the Yankees with a 3-1 win behind the pitching of their Starter Dillon Gee, who strikes out a MLB career-high 12 Yankee batters in 7 1/3 innings. It is the 1st time the Mets have ever swept a Subway Series against the Bronx Bombers, as those are the only 4 games the 2 teams will play against each other this 2013 MLB season.

2017- A Memorial Day Game played at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, a crowd of 16,126 fans see the Birds lose to the Yankees by the score of 8-3. Yankees Starter Luis Severino picks-up his 4th win of the 2017 AL season with bullpen help from Yankee Relievers Tommy Layne, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell and Tyler Clippard. While Orioles Starter Chris Tillman is loser for the Birds, he is now 1-2 for the 2017 AL season. The Yankees hitters Brett Gardner and Matt Holiday hit HRs in the game. The Yankees are now at the 30-19 mark for the 2017 AL season.

May 31st

1907- On a Friday day game played at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Highlanders Shortstop Kid Elberfeld steals home twice in game against the Americans (aka the Red Sox). The Highlanders beat the Boston by the score 4-1. Bronx Starter Frank Kitson picks-up his 1st victory of the 1907 AL season, he is now 1-3. The Americans P George Winter takes the lost, he is now 0-4 for the 1907 season. The Yankees now have a 19-16 record for the 1907 AL Season.

1910- The Yankees sold Pitcher “Slow” Joe Doyle to the Reds. He had posted a 22-21 record with a 2.75 ERA and 1 save in 70 games for the 1906-1910 Yankees. He was 0-2 for the Yankees at the time of his trade to the Reds. He was nicked-named “Slow” because the amount of time that he took in throwing his pitches in a game.

1913- The Yankees obtained INF Rollie Zeider and 1B Bill Borton from the White Sox for 1B Hal “Prince” Chase. Yankees Manager Frank Chance had 1B Hal Chase traded because he thought that Chase was betting on Highlanders games. In 1920, Hal Chase would later be banned from MLB for gambling on games along with his former Reds teammate OF Lee Magee during the 1918 NL season by MLB Commissioner Judge Landis, costing him his pro baseball playing career and a chance of being to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1923- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB Shortstop Ernie Johnson from the White Sox for $4,000 Cash. The Yankees planned to use the veteran shortstop as a Reserve Infielder. He appeared in 19 games for the 1923 team, while hitting .447 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in 19 games. He would hit .353 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs in 64 games in 1924. Then in 1925, he would hit .282 with 5 HRs and 17 RBIs, while playing in 76 games for the team. On October 28,1925, Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to AA St Paul Saints (AA) to complete an earlier deal made on May 29, 1925; the Yankees would send a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Fred Hoffman, P Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash to the AA St Paul Saints (AA) for Shortstop Mark Koenig.

1933- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent P Johnny Broaca (1934-1937). He was a successful College Pitcher at Yale University. He would join the Yankees on June 2,1934. Johnny Broaca went 40-27 with a 4.04 ERA and 3 saves in 99 games in 4 seasons with the Yankees before being picked up by the Indians on waivers from the Bombers in the fall of 1938. Johnny had several disputes with the Yankees GM Edward Barrow and Manager Joe McCarthy, which resulted in several suspensions by the team. He would go 4-2 for the 1939 Indians in his last active MLB season.

1938- At a Tuesday day game played at Yankee Stadium, Bronx P Joe Beggs gives up the 1st of 3-Grand Slam HRs to Red Sox Slugger Jimmy Foxx would hit off of him during the 1938 AL season. Yankees AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig played in his 2000th consecutive MLB game. Lou collected a RBI single. The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 12-5, as a crowd of 6,317 fans watched the day game. Yankees Starter Beggs gets a no decision, while Reliever Johnny Murphy gets the victory for his 3rdwin of the 1938 AL season. Boston Starter Johnny Marcum takes the loss, he is now at 3-3. Yankee hitters 3B Red Rolfe, OF Tommy Henrich and Catcher Bill Dickey hit HRs in the game.

1944- Al Unser hits his only HR of the 1944 AL season, a pinch-hit Grand Slam HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, helping the Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 6-2

1950- Former Yankees Pitcher Tippy Martinez (1974-1976) was born.

On July 22,1972, P Tippy Martinez was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. His Yankees Pitching career record was 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 10 saves in 44 games. Tippy and Yankees Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along. On June 15,1976, Tippy was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey, Pitchers Rudy May, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to the Orioles for 3 veteran Pitchers: Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander and Grant Jackson, Reserve Catcher Ellie Hendricks and OF Jimmy Freeman. This was a classic Yankees trade of “trade for now and forget about the future.” Tippy Martinez and Scott McGregor would have good MLB player careers with the Orioles; they were players that the Yankees could have use.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox Pinch-hitter Carroll Hardy batting for OF Carl Yastrzemski bunts for a single in the 8th inning of 7-6 loss to the Yankees. Hardy will be the only MLB player to pinch-hit for both Red Sox Hall Fame Outfielders: Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams.

1967- The Yankees signed Veteran AL Starter Bill Monbouquette as an MLB Free Agent. The Tigers had released him on May 15,1967. He would replace ineffective Starter Jim Bouton, who the team had sent down to AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) to get work on a regular basis. Bill will go 6-5 with a 2.36 ERA and 1 save in 33 games for the 1967 Yankees.

1967- Former Yankees OF Kenny Lofton (2004) was born.

On January 6, 2004, veteran MLB OF Kenny Lofton was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 83 games for the 2004 Yankees, while hitting .275 with only 3 HRs and 18 RBIs. On December 3, 2004, he was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for P Felix Rodriguez.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League P Marty Janzen was born.

On August 8,1991, P Marty Janzen was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 28,1995, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 other Minor League hurlers: Mike Gordon and Jason Jarvis to the Blue Jays for veteran MLB Starter David Cone. On March 7,1998, Marty was traded by the Diamondbacks along with P Todd Erdos to the Yankees for Reserve INF Andy Fox. Once again, Marty never appears with the Yankees at MLB level. Later, he became a Minor League Pitching Coach.

1974- The Yankees sold Veteran 2B Horace Clarke (1965-1974) to the Padres. In 1974, Yankees Manager Bill Virdon had replaced Horace as the team’s 2B with former Yankees starting Shortstop Gene Michael, who would be later replaced by veteran INF Sandy Alomar, when he was acquired from the Angels. Clarke had appeared in 1,230 games for the team. He became the Yankees regular 2B in 1967, holding the starting 2B position until 1973 AL season. He had hit .257 with 27 HRs and 300 RBIs and stole 151 bases for the 1965-1974 Yankees. He had led the AL 2B in assists for 6 seasons (1967-1972) and in putouts for 4 AL seasons (1968-1971). Horace appeared in 42 games for the Padres, while hitting only .189. After the 1974 NL season had ended, Clarke retired from baseball.

1983- AL President Lee MacPhail suspended Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner for 1 week, citing "repeated problems" with the outspoken Team Owner's public criticism of AL Umpires. Steinbrenner, who had been fined $50,000 by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn during MLB spring training for berating some NL umpires, he cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the 1 week suspension period.

1984- Former Yankees Reliever Andrew Bailey (2015) was born.

In 2014, the Yankees signed former MLB All-Star Closer Andrew Bailey, who was recovering from pitching arm surgery. He has started pitching again in 2015 season. He appeared in 10 games for the 2015 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with 5.19 ERA. After the 2015 AL season had ended, the Yankees granted Bailey MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Phillies for the 2016 NL season.

 1986- Former Yankees Minor League INF C. J. Henry was born.

In 2005, Shortstop C.J. Henry was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft. Henry made his 2005 pro baseball debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, where he hit .249 in 48 games. He began 2006 season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), hitting .240 in 77 games. In July, he was traded to the Phillies as part of the trade that brought MLB Players OF Bobby Abreu and P Cory Liddle to the Bronx. After the July trade, he played for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws (SAL), while hitting .253 in 25 games. After being released outright by the Phillies in 2007, he returned to the Yankees organization, who had signed him to a Minor League contract.  He would leave pro baseball in 2008 to begin a basketball career. Henry's father, Carl Henry, played in the NBA and C.J. would have been a recruited walk-on to play basketball at the University of Kansas, where his Father and Mother both played. His brother, Xavier Henry also played at Kansas and in the NBA. In 2015, he played pro baseball with the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent baseball team in the American Association before being released, ending his pro baseball career.

 1996- At Oakland Coliseum, the Yankees beat the A’s by the score of 4-1; as Starter Jimmy Key improves his 1996 AL season record to 2-5 mark, while Bronx Closer John Wetteland gets his 10th save of the 1996 AL season. Oakland Starter Doug Johns takes the loss, dropping to a 4-6 season record. A crowd of 13,279 fans attend the Friday Night game played at the Oakland Coliseum. Yankees Outfielders Ruben Rivera and Paul O’Neill hit HRs in the game.

2010- Yankees All-Star 3B Alex Rodriguez may not be his usual superhuman self this season, but it's still a bad idea to issue an intentional walk to face him with the bases loaded. The Indians find this out the hard way, as A-Rod connects for a Grand Slam HR in the 7th inning, turning a 2-1 Yankees close lead into an 11-2 rout of the Tribe. The Grand Slam HR is the 20th of his MLB playing career, placing him 3rd on the All-time MLB list, behind Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21).

June 1st

1891- Former Yankees Catcher Hank Severeid (1926) was born. (1891-1968)

Hank Severeid started playing in the MLB with the 1911 Reds in the NL, then he moved to the AL to play for the Browns and the Senators before joining the Yankees in 1926. On July 22,1926, veteran Catcher Hank Severeid was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Senators. He hit .268 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 41 games for the 1926 Yankees, before retiring from the MLB. Hank did appear in 2 World Series: 1925 Series with the Senators and the 1926 Series with the Yankees. In the 1926 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals, Hank appeared in 7 games as the starting Catcher, while hitting .273 with No HRs and 1 RBI. After his playing days, he managed for 4 seasons in the St. Louis Browns Minor League system (1932-1935) and for 2 years for Independent  Minor League teams (1936-1937). Later, he worked in the Reds farm system (1938-1940). Then he was an MLB Scout for the 1943 Cubs and for the Red Sox organization (1944-1968).

1914- On May 31,1914, OF Charles Meara was purchased by the Yankees from the Class D Perth Amboy Pacers (AL) for Cash. Charles played in 4 games for the 1914 Yankees, while hitting .286 with No HRs and 1 RBI before being released by the team and returning to the Minor Leagues.

1915- Former Yankees Reserve OF Art “Bud” Metheny (1943-1946) was born. (1915-2003)

Outfielder Art “Bud” Metheny was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees in 1938. He worked his way up the Yankees Minor League system, reaching AA playing level with the Kansas City Blues (AA) and the 1942 Newark Bears (IL). He would hit .247 with 31 HRs and 156 RBIs in 376 games as an Outfielder for the wartime 1943-1945 Yankees. He appeared in 2 games of the 1943 World Series for the team against the Cardinals, hitting just .125. On May 3, 1946, the Yankees sent him to their AA Kansas City Blues team. He had appeared in 3 games with no hits for the 1946 Yankees, ending his MLB playing career with the team. After leaving pro baseball, Bud Metheny was the Baseball Coach at Old Dominion University from 1948 to 1980. Also, he coached their college Basketball team (1948-1965) and he served as the ODU Athletic Director (1963-1970).

1918- Losing 5-4 against the Yankees, the White Sox loaded the bases in the 9th inning with no outs. As Chicago batter Chick Gandil lined a shot to Yankees 3B Frank Baker, who turned it into a game ending triple play.

1925- Rookie 1B Lou Gehrig of the Yankees pinch-hits for veteran Shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger, beginning his streak of playing in 2,130 consecutive MLB games. The next day, veteran-starting 1B Wally Pipp showed up with a headache, after being hit in the head with a ball during batting practice, Rookie Lou Gehrig took over at 1B for the Yankees.

1934- The Yankees released veteran P George Uhle (1933-1934). The Veteran MLB hurler came to the Yankees at the end of his long MLB Pitching career. On July 24,1933, Uhle was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He would appear in 22 games for the 1933-1934 Bronx Bombers, going 8-5 with a 6.17 ERA before finishing out his MLB Pitching career with the 1936 Indians. Overall, George went 200-166 with a 3.99 ERA in 513 MLB games (1919-1936).

1935- In a rare display of solo HR’s, the Yankees hit 6-solo HRs against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in a 7-2 victory. The Yankee HR Sluggers were Catcher Bill Dickey (2), while Shortstop Frank Crosetti, OF Ben Chapman, OF George Selkirk and 3B Red Rolfe. Mel Almeda scored the 2 Red Sox runs on a 2-run HR in the 8th inning.

1936- The Yankees score 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but they wind up on the short end of an 11-9 score against the White Sox in a game played at Yankee Stadium.

1941- A Sunday doubleheader played at Cleveland Stadium sees the Yankees shutout the Indians by the score of 2-0 in the 1st game behind Yankees Starter Red Ruffing’s complete game shutout. Tribe hurler Al Milnar takes the loss, he drops to a 6-5 record, while Ruffing improves his 1941 AL season pitching record to 5-3. In the 2nd game, Bronx Bombers complete the twin-bill sweep of the Tribe with a 5-3 win. Yankees veteran Starter Lefty Gomez improves his 1941 pitching record to 4-3 with a relief help from Marv Breuer, who picks-up his 2nd save of the season. Yankee hitters 1B Johnny Strum and OF George Selkirk, each hit 2-run HRs in the game. The Yankees are now 25-19-2 for the 1941 AL season.

1950- On a Thursday game played at Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 17,554 fans see the Bronx Bombers score 4 runs in the last 3 innings of game to comeback from a 5-2 White Sox lead to win the game in the 9th inning by the score of 6-5. Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds goes 7 innings but he gets a no-decision; Bronx Reliever Bob Porterfield shuts down the Chicago bats for 2 innings. Closer Joe Page pitches a scoreless 9th, gets the win, he is now 3-3 for the 1951 AL season. Veteran White Sox Starter Billy Pierce gets the no-decision, while Reliever Bill Wight gets the loss, he is now 3-6 for the season. The Yankees are now 27-10 for the 1950 AL season.

1962- A crowd of 51,584 fans see the Yankees play the Angels at Dodger Stadium. The Angels had moved from their old PCL ballpark, Wrigley Field to play at Dodger Stadium for the 1962 AL season. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry throws a complete game 6-2 victory; allowing only 2 Angels runs, 4 hits and 8 strikeouts, picking-up his 6th victory of the 1962 AL season. Angels Starter Bo Belinsky drops to a 6-2 record by allowing 5 Yankee runs on 10 hits in the game. Veteran Angels Reliever Tom Morgan gives up a Bill “Moose” Skowron HR in the 9th inning. The Yankees are now 26-18 for the 1962 AL season.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Derek Lowe (2012) was born.

Derek Lowe was reborn in Cleveland in the early stages of the 2012 AL season. On May 15th, he ran his record to 6-1 by throwing his 1st shutout in nearly 7 seasons, beating the Twins by the score of 5-0. Throwing almost exclusively sinkers, he did not strike out a single batter in the game, becoming the 1st pitcher to record a shutout without the benefit of a strikeout since Scott Erickson on April 28, 2002. His revival was short lived, however. On August 1st, the Indians announced that he had been DFA. His 2012 record was now 8-10, with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts, he had lost 4 straight decisions. Lowe’s ERA in his last 3 starts was a stratospheric 15.88 - not much worse than the 8.80 ERA he had put up in his last 12 games. Rookie hurler Corey Kluber was called up to take his place in the Tribe starting rotation. He cleared MLB waivers. On August 13th, Derek Lowe officially signed with the Yankees, having agreed to pitch out of the bullpen for the Bronx Bombers. In his 1st appearance with his new team was that same day; he pitched 4 shutout innings of relief, taking over for emergency Starter David Phelps. He earned his 1st MLB save since 2001 in preserving the Yankees' 8-2 win over the Rangers. He did well for the 2012 Yankees, pitching 17 times with a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings and adding 3 outings in the 2012 AL Postseason. After the Postseason was over, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Heimach (1928-1929) passed away. (1901-1973)

Fred Heimach broke into MLB at age of 19 with the 1920 Philadelphia A’s. He went 14-12 for a below-.500 1924 A’s team. On August 6,1928, Fred was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for $20,000 Cash and a Player to be Named Later. In 1928, he was part of an  AL pennant-winning 1928 Yankees team and in 1929, he went 11-6 for the  Yankees. Overall, for the Yankees, Fred was 13-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 48 games. On March 25,1930, Fred was purchased by the AA Toledo Mud Hens (AA) from the Yankees. In 1931 and 1932, he went 9-7 and 9-4 for above-.500  Dodgers teams. Heimach was used as a pinch-hitter 52 times in the MLB, getting 20 hits for a .385 average. His MLB lifetime BA was .236 (in 542 at-bats). One source claim that he served in the Army in WWI. He was in the Minor Leagues in Raleigh before coming to the MLB. In 1927 and part of 1928 seasons, he pitched for the AA St. Paul Saints. He was with the AA Toledo Mud Hens for part of 1930 season. In 1934, he was with AA St. Paul Saints (AA). In 1940, he managed the Miami Beach Tigers during their only season in the Florida East Coast League. The team finished with a 60-51 record and in 3rd place.

1980- A Sunday crowd of 52,049 fans at Yankee Stadium, watched the Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of 11-7. Yankees Starter Tommy Underwood picks-up his 5th win of the 1980 AL season against his former team. Former Yankees Pitcher Paul Mirabella, who is now with the Blue Jays takes the loss, he is now at the 4-4 mark. Yankee hitters OF Bobby Brown and 3B Graig Nettles hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers in the game. Yankees Closer Rich Gossage had a rough relief appearance for the team, giving up 3 Blue Jays runs in the 9th inning. The Yankees are now 29-18 for the 1980 AL season.

1996- A Saturday game played in Oakland before a crowd of 21,354 fans, see the Yankees beat the A’s by the score 6-3. Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte picks-up his 8thwin of the 1996 AL season with relief help from Yankee Bullpen Relievers: Bob Wickman, Jeff Nelson, Steve Howe and Closer John Wetteland, who gets his 11th save of the season. Oakland Starter Bobby Chouinard takes the loss, he is now at the 0-2 mark. The Yankees are now 30-21 for the 1996 AL season.

2001- At Yankee Stadium, Indians defeated Yankees, just in 5 ½ innings, when the game was called because of rain with Tribe ahead by the score of 7-2. In a rarity, Indians Starter C.C. Sabathia earned a win despite pitching only 4 innings. Reliever Ricardo Rincón got the save retiring the side in the 5th inning. The baseball rules state that in a 5-inning game, a starter need not go the full 5 innings to earn a victory. Baseball historian David W. Smith noted that there are just 5 other cases since 1978 to match the Sabathia feat.

2003- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B/PH Johnny Hopp (1950-1952) passed away (1916-2003).

On September 5,1950, veteran OF/1B John Hopp was purchased from the Pirates by the Yankees for Cash. Johnny would hit .333 down the stretch drive to help the 1950 Yankees win the AL Pennant. In 1951, he hit only .206 in 46 games for the Yankees. In 1952, he started off poorly, hitting only .160 in 15 games. then he was sold to the Tigers. Johnny Hopp retired from MLB at the end of the 1952 AL season. He originally came up to the MLB with the Cardinals, he appeared the in 1942, 1943, 1944 World Series with them. He was member of the 1946 NL All-Star team. He appeared in 2 World Series with the 1950-1951 Yankees. Overall, Johnny appeared in 80 games with the Yankees, while hitting .226 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs. He had spent 14 seasons in the MLB, playing for the Cardinals, Pirates (twice), Dodgers, Braves, Yankees before finishing his MLB playing career with the 1952 Tigers.

2006- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Eddie Malone passed away. (1920-2006)

Catcher Eddie Malone played 2 seasons as a Reserve Catcher with the 1949-1950 White Sox. He appeared in 86 games, while hitting .257 with 1 HR and 26 RBIs. On June 28,1950, he was purchased by the Yankees from the White Sox. He never appears with the team at the MLB level. On July 5,1950, the Yankees sent C Eddie Malone to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on October 13,1949; the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later and Cash to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) for OF Jackie Jensen and INF Billy Martin. On July 12,1951, Eddie was purchased by the Yankees from the AAA Oakland Oaks (PCL). On July 12,1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Bob Landeck and Cash to the Dodgers for P Art Schallock.

2009- The Yankees play their 18th straight game without an error, breaking the AL record held by the 2006 Red Sox. The Yankees were playing the Indians before a crowd of 23,651 fans on a Monday game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, winning the game by the score of 5-2. Yankees Starter Joba Chamberlain picks up his 3rd win, while Closer Mo Rivera earn his 11th save of the 2009 AL season. Tribe Reliever Greg Aquino is charged with the loss, he is now 1-1. The Yankees are now 30-21 for the 2009 AL season

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This Week in Yankees History May 30th-June 5th Part Two

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1915- At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth and the well-traveled Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 7-1. It was the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Red Sox. Ruth allowed 5 hits and hits his 2nd MLB career HR, a 3-run shot off of Yankees Starter Jack Warhop in the 2nd inning. After hitting his HR, Ruth received 2 intentional walks from Yankee hurlers. He ended up kicking the bench and breaking his toe, sidelining him for 2 weeks.

1925- A 21-year-old Rookie 1B named Lou Gehrig started a game for the Yankees, when regular 1B Wally Pipp was hit in the head during batting practice and complained of a headache- in fact it was a head concussion. The Yankee Rookie collected 3 hits in 5 at-bats, helping the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Senators. Lou Gehrig will go on to play in an MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games. Pipp would never start another game at 1B for the Yankees, he would become Reserve 1B and Pinch-Hitter for the team. After the 1925 AL season was over, Wally would be sold to the Reds. He gave the Yankees 10 strong seasons (1915-1925) at 1B, after being obtained from the Tigers in 1915.

1926- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1953) and Long-time Yankees Minor League Manager Frank Verdi was born. (1926-2010)

Prior to the start of 1946 AL season, INF Frank Verdi was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. Verdi played parts of 4 seasons with the 1949-1952 Binghamton Triplets (EL). He hit .303 for the club in 1950. Frank batted .313 in 1952, 3rd best in the Eastern League that season. Frank Verdi made his only MLB appearance in a game for the Yankees against the Red Sox on May 10,1953. He entered the game playing shortstop in the bottom of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning, the Yankees were up 5 to 3. Then Red Sox Reliever Ken Holcombe entered the game to relieve Ellis Kinder; Yankees Manager Casey Stengel replaced Verdi with Bill Renna. Verdi never appeared in an MLB game again. After his active playing career was over, he became a Minor League Manager. He was with the Yankees organization from 1963 to 1972. He returned to the Yankees farm system to manage the AA Columbus Clippers (IL) in 1981-1982. He won the 1981 International League Championship with the Clippers. In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame as a Manager.

1931- Former Yankees Reliever Marshall “Sheriff” Bridges (1962-1963) was born. (1931-1990)

Marshall Bridges was a 1B/Pitcher with the Memphis Red Sox (Negro Leagues). In 1953, the Giants signed Marshall. After hitting just .233, but going 14-1 on the mound for the Amarillo Gold Sox in 1955, he concentrated on making the MLB as a Pitcher.  After winning 16 games, leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts for the 1958 Sacramento Solons, Marshall was acquired by Cardinals from the Giants: During the 1959 NL season, the Cardinals used Bridges primarily in relief. Then again by the Reds, who had acquired him in 1960. In fall of 1961, he was traded to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Jesse Gonder. In 1962, the Yankees were looking for bullpen help. "Sheriff", as he was sometimes called, came to the rescue. The hard-throwing southpaw won 8 games, while saving 18 games in 52 appearances to help lead the Yankees to the pennant. He was not as effective in the 1962 World Series against the Giants, allowing the 1st Grand Slam HR ever hit by a National Leaguer in a World Series by Giants 2B Chuck Hiller. Bridges was at the Pride of Fort Lauderdale Elks Lodge on February 13 1963, when he was shot with a small caliber weapon in the leg just below the knee. 21-year-old Carrie Lee Raysor claimed Bridges had repeatedly offered to drive her home and, after repeatedly not taking "No" for an answer, "took out [her] gun and shot him." He recovered from his gunshot wounds to pitch for another season with the Yankees. The Senators purchased him from the Yankees in November of 1963. His final Yankees Pitching career totals was a 10-4 record with 19 saves in 75 games. He spent 2 seasons with the Senators, concluding his 7-year MLB Pitching career with a 23-15 record, with 25 saves and a 3.75 ERA. Bridges spent 3 more seasons in pro ball playing with the AAA Hawaii Islanders (PCL) from 1965-1967; he decided to call it a career after this last run. Marshall had spent 15 years in pro baseball from 1953-1967. His Minor League stat sheet shows that he appeared in 243 games, while posting a 74-57 record with a 3.94 ERA, while pitching 1,138 innings.

1932- Former Yankees Reserve OF/3B Louis “The Nervous Greek” Skizas (1956) was born.

Before the start of 1949 AL season, Lou Skizas was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Lou appeared in just 6 games with the 1956 Yankees, while hitting .167. On June 14,1956, Lou was traded by the Yankees along with veteran 1B Eddie Robinson to the  A’s for P Moe Burtschy, OF Bill Renna and Cash. He would hit .316 with 11 HRs in 89 games for the 1956 A’s before fading. In 1958, he was traded by A’s to the Tigers. He started the 1959 season with the White Sox, but Lou was traded to the Reds. He played in the MLB from 1956-1959 with the Yankees, A’s, Tigers, White Sox and the Reds, while appearing in 239 games, hitting .270 with 30 HRs and 86 RBIs.

1933- Former Yankees INF Jerry Lumpe (1956-1959) was born. (1939-2014)

Jerry Lumpe was one of many young Yankee infielders, who couldn’t break into the regular Yankee starting infield lineup of Manager Casey Stengel. He played for the Yankees at Shortstop during their 1956 baseball tour of Japan. He did appear in the 1957-1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, hitting .231 in 12 games. Billy Martin and Bobby Richardson blocked Jerry at 2B. He was lost in Stengel’s infield platoon system at Shortstop and 3B. He was one of the young Yankee players along with OF Norm Siebern, 1B Marv Throneberry, who were openly criticized by Casey Stengel in the NYC sports media, as he stopped being a supporter of the Yankee youth movement, instead relying on veteran players on the team roster. Casey on Lumpe to the media “Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup.” Also, Jerry also had some contract money problems dealing with Bronx GM George Weiss, which Jerry commented, “They really know how to make you feel not wanted.” His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle helped him out 1 season by loaning him free use of his house in New Jersey for the season, when Jerry has facing serious family medical problems. On May 26,1959, Jerry has able to leave the Yankees, when he was traded along with 2 veteran Pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to Kansas City A’s for hurler Ralph Terry and INF Hector Lopez. With the A’s, he became their regular 2B playing for them until 1963. In 1964, he was traded to the Tigers, playing for them until 1967. His best MLB season would be with the 1962 A’s, hitting .301 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs. He would later become an MLB Coach for the Oakland A’s, when Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and other players teased about his MLB playing career, Jerry just showed them his 1956 Yankees World Championship Ring and the joking by the A’s players immediately stopped, because he had a World Series Championship Ring that they didn’t have.

1934- The Yankees released veteran P George Uhle (1933-1934). The Veteran hurler Uhle came to the Yankees at the end of his long MLB Pitching career. On July 24,1933, Uhle was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees, he had previous pitched for the 1933 Tigers and the Giants. He appeared in 22 games for the 1933-1934 Bronx Bombers, while posting an 8-5 record with a 6.17 ERA before finishing out his MLB Pitching career with the 1936 Indians. The Yankees had released George to clear an MLB roster spot for College Pitcher Johnny Broaca, who was about to graduate from Yale University and join the team. As an MLB Pitcher from 1919 to 1936, George went 200-166 with a 3.99 ERA in 513 games.

1938- Former Yankees Player, Coach, Manager, General Manager and Special Advisor Gene “Stick” Michael (Player 1968-1973, MLB Coach 1975-1978, Manager (1981-1982), General Manager (1980-1981,1991-1995) MLB Manager: Cubs (1986-1987) was born. (1938-2017)

In the fall of 1967, the Yankees had obtained Gene “Stick” Michael from the Dodgers for Cash. In 1959, the Pirates had signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Michael was a graduate of Kent State University. Gene reached the MLB with the 1966 Pirates. On December 1,1966, he was traded by the Pirates along with INF Bob Bailey to the Dodgers for veteran NL All-Star Shortstop Maury Wills. Also, Gene briefly played Minor League basketball. On November 30,1967, he was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers, becoming the team’s regular Shortstop in 1968. His best Yankee season was in 1969, when he hit .272 with 2 HRs and 31 RBIs. He remained the Yankees regular Shortstop through the 1973 AL season. In 1974, he was sharing the Shortstop position with Jim Mason. As a Yankees player, Gene appeared in 789 games, while hitting .233 with 12 HRs and 204 RBIs. He was released by the team at the end of the 1974 AL season. He would be signed as MLB Free Agent by the Tigers in January of 1975. He would play for the Tigers for 1 season, before being released by the team. In 1976, he signed with the Red Sox, but Gene didn’t make any appearances with the team. Gene was released in May of 1976 ending his MLB playing career. His favorite fielding trick as a Yankee Shortstop, as the “hidden ball trick,” which caught quite a few AL base runners. After his active playing days were over, he rejoined the Yankees organization as Coach and Manager in their farm system. Then later he worked in the Yankees front office. Gene left the Yankees organization to manage the 1986-1987 Cubs and then he returned to the Yankees organization in 1988. In 1991-1995, he helped rebuild the Yankees farm system that developed the “Core 4 “players; Gene was a Special Advisor to the Yankees front office before he passed away in 2017.

1939- Former Yankees INF Horace Clarke (1965-1973) was born.(1939-2020)

In 1958, the Yankees signed INF Horace Clarke as an MLB Free Agent. Mislabel by the sports media as a symbol of failure during the Yankee decline years (1965-1975). Fellow Yankee teammate Bobby Mercer describes him as “A 100% player. He wanted to play every day.” Horace led the AL 2B in assists for 6 straight seasons (1967-1972). In 1967, he led the AL 2B in fielding. Horace led the AL in bats in 1969 and 1970 AL seasons. His best Yankees season was in 1969, when he hit .285 with 4 HRs and 48 RBIs. Although, he only hit 27 HRs  in his MLB playing career, his 1st 2-HRs were Grand Slam HRs. During the 1970 AL season, he ruined 3 no-hit game bids in 1 month by AL Pitchers Joe Niekro, Sonny Siebert and Jim Rooker. As Yankees player, Horace appeared in 1,820 games from 1965 to 1974, while hitting .257 with 2 HRs and 300 RBIs. He had stolen 151 bases for the team. On May 31,1974, Clarke was sold to the Padres. He had lost his starting 2B job to Yankees former starting Shortstop Gene Michal in 1974 MLB Spring Training camp, starting the season as a reserve infielder for the team. He would finish his MLB playing career in 1974 with the Padres with a lifetime MLB BA of .256 with 27 HRs and 304 RBIs.

1941- Former Yankees AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 37 in New York City. From that time on, the illness was known primarily as “Lou Gehrig's Disease.” Gehrig had seen his MLB record of 2,130 consecutive games end in May of 1939 because of the disease. It was on this day exactly 16 years ago, he broke into the Yankees starting line-up.

1948Former Yankees Minor League OF/P Joe Pactwa was born. (1948-2009)

On June 7,1966, OF Joe Pactwa was drafted by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Joe never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1970, Joe Pactwa hit 25 HRs in the Eastern League, tying him for 4th in the circuit. Remaining at AA for the 1971 season, he hit 20 more HRs for the Charlotte Hornets, 5th in the Southern League. In 1973, Pactwa began pitching in addition to playing the outfield. He hit .378 for the AA West Haven Yankees. Joe went 12-6 on the mound with a 3.18 ERA. He was part of a 5-way tie for the Eastern League lead in victories. He led the Eastern League in ERA. Joe Pactwa was a full-time pitcher in 1974 for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), but he went just 4-9 with a 4.41 ERA. On December 3,1974Joe was purchased by Tampico (Mexican League) from the Yankees organization. At the end of the 1975 Mexican League season, Joe received a brief tryout as a pitcher with the Angels. He pitched in 4 games, 3 of them starts, winning 1 game with a 3.86 ERA; however, his K/W ratio was a very poor 3/10 in 16 2/3 innings. Joe would return to play in Mexico League from 1976-1982.

1958Yankees AL All-Star Starter Whitey Ford struck out 6 batters in a row to tie an AL record as he shut out the White Sox by a score of 3-0. Meanwhile Chicago Starter Jim Wilson allowed just 6 Yankee hits, but 3 of them were HRs by Hank Bauer (2) and Mickey Mantle (1). On a botched hit-and-run attempt, White Sox baserunner Luis Aparicio was thrown out at 2B, ending his streak of 26 consecutive stolen bases.

1967- Former Yankees Reliever Mike Stanton (1997-2002, 2005) was born.

Pitcher Mike Stanton was selected as a 13th round pick in the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Braves. Stanton pitched in every MLB Postseason from 1991 through 2002, except for the 1994 MLB strike season. He made a total of 552  MLB relief appearances before making his 1st MLB career start in 1999 with the Yankees. As a Yankees Reliever, Mike Stanton went 30-12 with a 3.77 ERA and 12 saves in 428 games. He was one key of the bullpen bridges to Yankees Closer Mo Rivera from 1997-2002.

1972- Former Yankees OF/DH Raul Ibanez (2012) was born.

While by no means a good defensive outfielder, Ibáñez has always managed to keep out of being typecast as a DH; in Philadelphia, he replaced the equally defensively challenged Pat Burrell in LF. He was helped by the presence at his side of 2 excellent defensive players in Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth. In 2009, he did indeed cool down, finishing at .272 with 34 HRs and 93 RBIs. In both the 2009 NLCS and 2009 World Series, he hit an HRs and had 4 RBIs. In 2010, Ibanez played 155 games for the Phillies, hitting .275 with 16 HRs and 83 RBIs. He completed his 3-year pact with a season of .245 with 20 HRs and 84 RBIs in 2011. With the Phillies having a number of promising young outfielders in their farm system, such as John Mayberry and Dominic Brown, they showed little interest in re-signing him for 2012 NL season. Indeed, there was little demand for his services, given his age and declining offensive numbers. Raul had to wait until MLB spring training camps were already under way to land a job with the Yankees on February 20th. The Bronx Bombers were looking for him to be their left-handed DH in 2012, replacing the recently retired DH/C Jorge Posada. Despite having a very poor spring training performance with the bat, he made the Yankees MLB 25-man player roster. He would a clutch hitter for the 2012 Yankees. Raul appeared in 130 games for the team, while hitting .240 with 19 HRs and 62 RBIs. After the 2012 AL season had ended, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He resigned with his old team the Mariners for 2013 AL season. After the 2014 AL season, he retired from the game.

1978Former Yankees Pitcher Bob McGraw (1917-1919,1920) passed away. (1895-1978)

Bob McGraw appeared in 24 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 4.14 ERA. On July 29,1919, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with INF Allen Russell and $40,000 Cash to the Red Sox veteran Starter Carl “Sub “Mays. He would return to the Yankees in 1920, appearing in 15 games with no record. In January of 1921, he was traded by the team to AA Vernon (PCL).

1981- On a Tuesday game played at Yankee Stadium, before a crowd of 25,057 fans watched the Yankees beat the Orioles by the score of 5-3. Yankees Starter Ron Guidry goes 7.1 innings of work, getting a no decision. Bronx Closer Rich Gossage throws 3.1 innings of relief work for the win, he is now 2-1 for the 1981 AL season. Orioles Starter Mike Flanagan gets a no decision, while Birds Reliever Sammy Stewart takes the loss; he is now 2-2 for the season. Orioles Slugger Eddie Murray hits a 2-run HR for the Birds. While Yankees Slugger Dave Winfield and 1B Dave Revering hit HRs in the game. The Yankees are now 27-20 for the 1981 AL season.

1993- Former Yankees, Giants and Cardinals HOF 1B/PH Johnny “Big Cat” Mize (1949-1953) passed away. (1916-1993).

Johnny Mize finished his long MLB playing career with a lifetime BA of .312. He hit 356 MLB Career HR’s. He had the 8th best slugging percentage in MLB history .562. Johnny had 9 consecutive .300 plus seasons. He was a 4-time NL HR Champion, including a 51 HR season in 1947. Johnny was one of the greatest pinch hitters in MLB history, including 3 AL leading seasons with the Yankees, finishing with a lifetime mark of .283. Johnny Mize came up with the Cardinals (1936-1941), later he played for the Giants (1942,1946-1949) before joining the Yankees during the 1949 MLB season. He spent 1943-1945 MLB seasons in the Navy during World War II, before being discharged in October 1945. Mize holds the MLB record for the most times hitting 3 HRs in 1 game, a feat that he performed 6 times.  He also was the only player to do it in both leagues — 5 times in the NL and once in the AL with the Yankees. On August 22,1949, John was acquired on waivers from the Giants for $40,000 Cash. As a Yankees player, Johnny hit .264 with 44 HRs with 179 RBIs in 375 games. In World Series play with the 1949-1953 Yankees, Mize hit .286 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs. After 1953 World Series with the Yankees, Mize retired from the MLB. Later, Johnny was an MLB Coach for the 1961 Kansas City A’s. In 1981, the Veteran’s Committee elected Johnny into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. "His bat doesn't travel as far as anybody else's. He just **** it and slaps, and when you're as big as he is, you can slap a ball into the seats. That short swing is wonderful. ..." - Yankees Casey Stengel.

2001- Former Yankees OF (1949-1954) and MLB Scout Gene Woodling passed away (1922-2001).

In 1940, OF Gene Woodling was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Indians, appearing with them in 1943. He spent the 1944-1945 seasons serving in the Navy. In 1947, the Indians traded him to the Pirates organization. On September 30,1948, the Yankees purchased OF Gene Woodling from the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL).  He had been named the Pacific League’s MVP for 1948 season. With the 1948 Seals, Gene had hit .385 with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs in 146 games. He would hit the following during his Yankees playing career starting in 1949, .270, .283, .281, .309, .306 before dropping off to .250 due to a broken arm injury that ended his 1954 AL season early. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel would often platoon Gene Woodling and Hank Bauer in OF. As a Yankee player, Gene appeared in 698 games, while hitting .285 with 51 HRs and 336 RBIs. In 5 World Series with the Yankees, Gene hit .318. The Yankees would send him to the Orioles in the big 17-player trade in the winter of 1954, thinking he was washed up at the age of 31. But he wasn’t, Gene would go on to hit .300, 3 more times while playing in the AL. He played for the Indians (twice), Pirates, Yankees, Orioles, the 1961 AL Expansion Senators and finishing his MLB playing career with the 1962 Expansion Mets. Gene would finish up his MLB 17 seasons playing career with his old Manager Casey Stengel, who was managing the new 1962 NL Expansion Team, the Mets. After being released as an MLB active player by the Mets in March of 1963, he became an MLB Coach for the Mets. He would leave the team after a dispute with the Mets front office over player contract talks with former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry. Later, Gene was an MLB Coach for the Orioles under his old Yankees teammate, Manager Hank Bauer. Also, he was an MLB Scout for the Indians and the Yankees. As a Yankees MLB Scout, Gene had signed Catcher Thurman Munson, who had played college baseball at Kent State.

2005- The Yankees were swept by the team with the worst record in MLB (16-37) falling 5-2 to the Royals for their 1st 5-game losing streak in more than 2 seasons. Royals’ pitchers allowed just 6 Yankee runs in the series. It was the 3rd time in their storied history the Yankees had been swept in 3 games by the team with the worst record in MLB. The other times were in 2000 by the Tigers and in 1937 by the A’s. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the MLB since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-1997.

2009- The Yankees see their AL record of playing 18th straight errorless games played stop in Yankees Stadium during their 12-3 win over the Rangers. Yankees Catcher Jorge Posada makes 2 errors in the game to end the streak.

June 3rd

1919- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees edge the A’s by the score of 10-9. Yankees Starter Jack Quinn gets a no decision, while Bronx Relievers George Mogridge, Ernie Shore and Bob Shawkey follow him in the game. The Yankees score 6 runs in the last 3 innings to win the game by the score of 10-9. Bronx Reliever Ernie Shore picks-up the win, he is now 1-1; while Bob Shawkey gets his 2nd save of season. The lone HR in the game is a solo HR by A’s 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker. A's Starter Bill Grevell gets a no decision, while Reliever Walt Kinney is tagged for the loss, he is now 2-3 for the1919 season. The Yankees are now 18-11-2 for the 1919 AL season.

1926- The Yankees beat the Red Sox in Thursday day game played at Yankee Stadium by the score of 8-5. Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth enjoys an excellent day at the plate hitting 2 HRs that score 4 runs. Bronx Starter Myles Thomas picks-up the victory, he is now 4-3 for the season. Yankees Reliever Sam Jones completes the game for his 2nd save of the 1926 AL season. Boston Starter Hal Wiltse takes the loss, he is now at the 3-5 mark. The Yankees are now 34-12 for the 1926 AL campaign.

1932- Yankees Slugger Lou Gehrig hit 4 consecutive HRs in a game and narrowly missed a 5th HR; his Bronx teammate Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle as the Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s by a score of 20-13. The Yankees set an MLB record for total bases with 50; both teams set a still-standing record for extra bases with 41.

1933- In a wild Saturday afternoon game played at Yankee Stadium, Bronx fans watched Yankees Starter Don Brennan and Reliever Dan MacFayden giving up 11 runs to the Philadelphia A’s  in the 2nd inning, then the Yankees will rebound in the 5th inning by scoring 10 runs, as they out-slug the A’s by the score of 17-11. Meanwhile Yankees veteran Reliever Jumbo Brown throws 6 scoreless innings for the win, he is now 2-1 for the 1933 AL season. In the 8th inning, Babe Ruth will cap off the Yankees comeback with a 3-run HR. Also, in the game Yankee Sluggers Tony Lazzeri (solo) and Ben Chapman (2-run) hit HRs. A’s Reliever James Peterson takes the loss, he is now 0-2 for the season.

1947- The Yankees purchased INF/OF Ted Sepkowski from the Indians. He appeared in 2 games for the 1947 Yankees as a Pinch-Runner before he was sent to AA Newark Bears (IL). He never returned to the MLB.

1956- Former Yankees Catcher Roxy Walters (1915-1918) passed away. (1892-1956)

On July 23,1915, Catcher Roxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (TL). He appeared in 193 games for the 1915-1918 Yankees, while hitting .243 with No HRs and 49 RBIsOn December 18, 1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran MLB Starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and P Ernie Shore.

1968- The Yankees turn their 21st triple play in their team’s history, but lose to the Twins by the score of 4-3. With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run already across the plate, Yankees Pitcher Dooley Womack catches a lined shot by Twins Catcher Johnny Roseboro, who threw to 3B Bobby Cox and then he watched in awe as when Cox’s throw to Mickey Mantle at 1B was in time to complete the triple play.

1971Former Yankees Minor League OF Carl Everett was born.

Outfielder Carl Everett was a former No. 1 round 1990 MLB Amateur Free Agent Draft pick by the Yankees. While playing in the Yankees Minor League system, Carl was label as a troublemaker. So, Carl was left unprotected by the Yankees front office in the 1992 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft for the Marlins and Rockies. Outfielder Carl Everett was selected by the Marlins from the Yankees in 1992 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft.

1971- Former Yankees Minor League C Izzy Molina was born.

On March 30,1999, the Yankees traded P Darren Holmes to the Diamondbacks for P Ben Ford and C Izzy Molina. Izzy was sent to the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL), where he appeared in 97 games, while hitting .246 with 4 HRs and 51 RBIs. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. After the 1999 AL season had ended, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Royals.

1972The Yankees score 8 runs in the 13th inning, 6 of which scored on 3-run HR by Thurman Munson and Bobby Murcer to down the White Sox by a score of 18-10. Bobby Murcer had 4 hits, scored 5 runs and 3 runs batted in. There was one other unusual happening; Yankees Reliever Sparky Lyle actually hit a double.

1975 Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jose Molina (2008-2009) was born.

A Reserve Catcher for most of his MLB playing career, José Molina had a chance to play almost regularly with the Yankees in 2008, when starting Catcher Jorge Posada missed a large part of the season with a serious shoulder injury. He played good defense, but he hit very little, prompting the Yankees to obtain veteran Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers late in the season. Still, he started the last game ever played at Yankee Stadium on September 21st, he hit the last HR in the House that Ruth Built, a 2-run HR shot off of Orioles Pitcher Chris Waters in the 4th inning which proved to be the difference in a 7-3 Yankees win over the Orioles. He returned to the 2009 Yankees as Posada's back-up. He spent 2 months on the DL early in the season with a strained quad muscle, but he got some playing time late in the season as the preferred catcher of Bronx Starter A.J. Burnett. This arrangement extended into the 2009 MLB Postseason, where he was behind the plate for all 5 of Burnett's starts as the Yankees won the 2009 World Series defeating the Phillies. After the 2009 World Series was completed, Jose Molina was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1977- Former Yankees DH Travis “Pronk” Hafner (2013) was born.

The Yankees hit by player injuries and departures through MLB Free Agency since the end of the 2012 AL season, expressed interest in his services and signed him to a 1-year contract for $2 million on February 1, 2013. Travis had previously played for the Rangers and Indians before joining the Yankees. He appeared in 82 games for the Bronx Bombers, while hitting .202 with 12 HRs with 37 RBIs. In October of 2013, the Yankees granted Travis MLB Free Agency.

1978- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Juan Rivera (2002-2004) was born.

On April 12,1996, OF Juan Rivera was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 88 games as Reserve OF with the Yankees, while hitting .262 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs. On December 16, 2003, Juan was traded by the Yankees along with P Randy Choate and 1B Nick Johnson to the Montreal Expos for NL Starter Javier Vazquez. Juan has played for the Yankees, Expos, Angels, Blue Jays and the Dodgers during his MLB playing career. He came into 2013 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, but he cut by the team on March 28, 2013. He would be signed by the Diamondbacks.

1981- At Yankee Stadium, 30,162 fans watch the Yankees and Orioles play an extra inning game. The Yankees win the extra inning game with a 2-run HR shot by Yankees 3B Graig Nettles off of Orioles Reliever Tippy Martinez in the 11th inning. Dave Righetti started the game for New York, going 8 innings, while Orioles veteran Starter Dave Martinez goes 10 innings with no decision. Yankees Reliever Ron Davis picks up the victory; his 1981 pitching record is now 2-2; pitching 2 scoreless innings of relief. Former Yankees Reliever Tippy Martinez takes the loss for the Orioles, he is now 2-2 for the 1981 AL season.

1998- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Devil Rays by the score of 7-1. Yankees Starter Orlando Hernandez goes 7 innings, allowing only 1 Tampa Bay run, while giving up 5 Rays hits with 7 strikeouts. Veteran MLB Reliever Mike Stanton finishes the game for the Yankees. Tampa Starter Tony Saunders takes the loss for the Rays. Yankees hitting attack is led by 3B Scott Brosius, who goes 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs.

1998- Current Yankees Minor League P Luis Gil was born.

In 2015, the Twins had signed P Luis Gil as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On March 16, 2018, the Twins traded Minor League P Luis Gil for Minor League OF Jake Cave. In 2019, Gil had pitched for 2 Yankee Minor League teams: Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) and the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL). With the Riverdogs, he went 1-0 with a 4.85 ERA in 3 games. At Tampa, Luis went 4-5 with a 2.39 ERA in 17 games. He received an invitation to attend the Yankees 2020 MLB spring training camp.

2003- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter is named the 11th Team Captain in club’s history.

2010- At Yankees Stadium, a crowd of 44,927 fans watched a Bronx Starter C. C. Sabathia go 7 innings, while allowing only 3 Orioles runs, striking out 7 Baltimore batters. He picks up his 5th victory of the 2010 AL season. The 3 Orioles runs came on 2 HRs off Yankees Starter Sabathia. Orioles Starter Kevin Millwood drops his 6th game, he is now 0-6 for the 2010 AL season. Yankees Relievers Joba Chamberlain and Marino Rivera keep the Birds off the scoreboard to finish the game at 6-3. Bronx Closer Rivera picks-up his 12 save of the 2010 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by A-Rod and Brett Gardner, hitting HRs for the team.

2011- Angels Starter Jered Weaver, who had won 6 games in April, earns his 1st victory since then in beating the Yankees by the score of 3-2. The Angels starter is now 7-4 for 2011 AL season.

2015- At Safeco Field in Seattle, Yankees Starter Masahiro Tanaka goes 7 innings holding the Mariners to 1 run on 3 hits with 9 strikeouts, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 3-1.  He gets his 3rd victory of the 2010 season. Yankees Closer Andrew Miller picks-up his 17th save of the season. Mariners Starter Tajuam Walker takes the lost, he is now 2-6 for the 2015 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack was led by HRs by Mark Teixeira and Garrett Jones.



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1885- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bobby Vaughn (1909) was born. (1885-1965)

Infielder Bobby Vaughn was a college baseball player at Princeton University between 1904-1909, then he made his MLB Player debut on June 12, 1909 with the Yankees.  As a Reserve INF Bobby played in 5 games for the team, just hitting .143.  A few years later, in 1915, he came back to the MLB, playing in the last season of the Federal League for the pennant-winning 1915 St. Louis Terriers as their regular 2B. In 1917, he played for the AA Los Angeles and Vernon teams in the PCL. In 1920, he managed the AA Tacoma Tigers (PCL.) The Tigers finished 4th in the PCL with a 66-53 WL record.

1899- Former Yankees INF/OF Leo “Lee” Magee (1916-1917) was born. (1899-1966)

On February 10, 1916, the Yankees purchased veteran OF Lee Magee for cash from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League). Lee had been the Player/Manager for the Brooklyn team in 1915. He would hit .238 with 3 HRs and 53 RBIs, while appearing in 182 games with the 1916-1917 Yankees. On July 15, 1917, the Yankees traded Lee to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans. In 1920, Lee would be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis for his involvement on betting games during the 1918 NL season with his Reds teammate 1B Hal Chase, who also would be banned by Judge Landis, ending their MLB playing careers.

1915- Tigers Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of  a 3-0 Detroit win‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his MLB playing career. Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call, he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by Umpire Silk O'Loughlin. It is Cobb's 2nd steal of home, while Caldwell is on the mound (the 1st was on May 12th‚ 1911).

1922- At the Polo Grounds‚ Yankees Starter Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the Philadelphia A's for the 21st straight time. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-3. Babe Ruth clouts a 3-run HR over the Polo Grounds RF fence for the Bronx Bombers.

1928- Former Yankees INF, MLB Coach and MLB Manager Billy Hunter (1955-1956) was born.

INF Billy Hunter was acquired from the Orioles in the big 17-man trade of December 1954. Billy became the regular Shortstop on the 1955 Yankees, appearing a bit more often than the 38-year-old veteran Phil Rizzuto at the position. He was a Reserve INF for the 1956 Yankees. In February of 1957, he was traded to A’s in the Bobby Shantz trade. After his active playing career ended, Billy Hunter was an MLB Scout for the 1961 Indians. Moving to the Orioles organization, he managed the 1962-1963 Bluefield Orioles. Billy was an Orioles MLB Coach from 1964-1976, before becoming skipper of the Rangers. In 1977-1978, Billy was the MLB Manager of the Rangers, finishing 2nd place in AL West twice. From 1979-1987, Hunter coached the College Baseball team at Towson University. Also, he was also the long-time Athletic Director at Towson University.

1931- After hitting safely in his last 8 times at bat‚ Oscar Melillo‚ the slick-fielding, but light-hitting 2B of the Browns is stopped by Yankees Starter Red Ruffing. St. Louis wins the game by the score of 8-6.

1933- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 65,000 fans watched Bronx Starter Johnny Allen’s no-hit bid is spoiled in the 1st inning on Philadelphia A’s Ed Coleman’s single. Allen did not allow another A’s hit in the game, as he wins it by a score of 6-0. The game was 1-0 for the Yankees, until the 8th inning, when the Bronx Bombers scored 5 more runs to put the game away. Johnny Allen picks up his 4th victory of the 1933 AL season.

1939- Former Yankees INF Phil “Super Sub” Linz (1962-1965) was born. (1939-2020)

In 1957, the Yankees signed Shortstop Phil Linz as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would play in the Yankees Minor League system from 1957 to 1961.  He made the team in 1962, along with  2 other Yankee Rookies, who were known as the “Amarillo Gang” (1B Joe Pepitone, Pitcher Jim Bouton and Linz). Phil was beaten out for the Yankees starting Shortstop job in 1962 Spring Training camp by Rookie teammate Tom Tresh. This happen because Yankees regular Shortstop Tony Kubek was away from the team for Army Reserve active duty. Phil became the 1962 Yankees infield utility man, he could play the OF and INF. Phil is most known for the 1964 harmonica incident on the team bus in Chicago, with Manager Yogi Berra, following a tough Yankee loss on August 20, 1964. Following a 4-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox capped by a 5-0 shutout, Linz pulled out his harmonica as the team bus was delayed leaving for Chicago’s O'Hare Airport. That infuriated Manager Yogi Berra, who at 1st told him to stop. Linz, however, couldn't hear him and asked his teammate Mickey Mantle what he said. Mantle, ever playful, said "He said play it louder." So, Linz did. Then Yankees 3B Frank Crosetti apparently said, "That's the worst thing I've ever heard!" By then Berra completely lost his cool, charging Linz to have him stop the noise (Linz could barely play the instrument). The incident degenerated into a loud shouting match, and then Berra swiped at the instrument. It landed on Joe Pepitone, who apparently then shouted, "Corpsman! Oh, my knee, get me a corpsman!" and with a number of reporters on the bus, it was all over the next day's newspapers. Fans then began to throw harmonicas on the field at every game. Linz received a $10,000 cash endorsement from the Hohner Harmonica Company. Then he was featured on the back page of the Yankees' 1965 Yearbook with the line "Play it again, Phil". The Chicago team bus incident sparked the 1964 Yankees to regain the AL Championship by winning 99 games. Not a big HR hitter normally, he hit 2 HRs in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson. The 2nd HR was off of Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson in the 9th inning of the 7th game. Linz batted leadoff in all 7 games of the 1964 World Series. With the retirement of Tony Kubek at the end of the 1965 AL season due to back and neck injuries, the Yankees were left without a starting shortstop. Would the team bring in Tom Tresh from the Outfield to play Shortstop again or try to use Linz or make a trade? On November 29,1965, Yankees GM Ralph Houk traded Phil to the Phillies for former NL Golden Glove Shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. The Yankees should have kept Linz because Amaro despite being a better infielder, was a complete disaster for the Yankees including a collision with Tom Tresh in the outfield during the start of the 1966 AL season that ruined Tresh knees and his MLB playing career. Linz’s final Yankees player career totals was a .246 BA with 10 HRs and 67 RBIs in 354 games. His stay in Philadelphia would last only 63 games as Phil hit .205 with 1 HR and 11 RBIs. The Phillies would trade Linz to the Mets, where he played in 102 games, while hitting .208 with No HRs and 18 RBIs in 102 games. As an MLB player, Phil appeared in 519 games, while hitting 11 HRs and 96 RBIs finishing his MLB playing career with a lifetime .235 BA. Later, he managed in the Orioles Minor League system for 1 season.

1944- In Hawaii‚ Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio, now serving in the Army, hits a 435-foot HR‚ but the 7th Army Baseball team loses by the score of 6-2 to a Navy team‚ as former MLB hurler Bob Harris throws a 4-hitter for the Navy.

1953- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park‚ Mickey Mantle's HR in the 4th inning off of White Sox Starter Billy Pierce‚ gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead‚ but Chicago comes back to tie the game. Mick's leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a Bomber Bronx rally as they win the game by the final score of 9-5.

1957- Former MLB Catcher, Manager and Yankees MLB Coach Tony Pena (2006-2017) was born.

Tony Pena was known for his unique style of catching. He would sit on the ground with one knee tucked to the side while his other leg was straight out to the other side. He could even throw out would-be base stealers from this position with an incredibly strong arm. He ended his MLB playing career with 1,950 games behind the plate, 4th most of all catchers. He was named to the 1981 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. He was a 5-time NL All-Star (1982,1984-1986 and 1989) Tony Pena was a 4-time Gold Glove Winner (1983-1985 in NL and in 1991 in the AL).  As a Manager with the Royals, he won the 2003 AL Manager of the Year Award. In the off-season, Tony manages in one of the Winter Leagues. For the 2015 AL season, Tony was moved from MLB Dugout Coach to 1B Coach. After the 2017 AL postseason was over, he was released by the team.

1957- Former MLB Player and Long-time Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell passed away. (1882-1957)

Paul Krichell was an MLB Catcher for the 1911-1912 St. Louis Browns. He appeared in 87 games, while just hitting only .222. Krichell was a key MLB Scout for the Yankees during their rise to baseball prominence beginning in the early 1920s. He is credited with signing such Yankee standouts as 1B Lou Gehrig, Pitcher Johnny Allen, Catcher Bill Dickey and Shortstop Phil Rizzuto. A sarcastic award called the Paul Krichell Talent Scout Award is featured in Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract and is awarded in each of the decade overviews to a team or scout, who passed on a player that would go on to have a great MLB career. Rizzuto was turned down by both the Dodgers and Giants in their player tryout camps as for being too small, but Krichell saw something special in the youngster.

1958- After 32 scoreless innings, the White Sox score in the 3rd inning, and go on to win 7-4 over the 1st place Yankees. Veteran White Sox Starter Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon-shot HR to Yankees CF Mickey Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. Mantle’s HR drive is measured at 478 feet.

1961- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher George “Iron” Davis (1912) passed away. (1890-1961)

Between 1912 and 1915, George Davis pitched in 36 games for the Highlanders and the Braves. As a 1912 Yankees hurler, he appeared in 10 games for the team, while posting a 1-4 record with a 6.50 ERA. In December of 1912, he was acquired by the Boston Braves along with OF Guy Zinn from the Yankees. MLB Pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer MLB career victories than Davis (7). After MLB baseball, he returned to Harvard Law School, where he was enrolled, while pitching his no-hitter for the "Miracle Braves" of 1914. Later, he became a real estate attorney in Buffalo. His final MLB pitching record was a 7-10 mark with a 4.48 ERA in 36 games.

1963- Baltimore Orioles Ace Steve Barber tops the Yankees by the score of 3-1. Mickey Mantle accounts for the only Bronx score with an opposite field HR into the RF bleachers.

1966- At Fenway Park in Boston, Jim Gosger hits a game-ending 3-run HR in the 16th inning off of Bronx Reliever Dooley Womack to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees.

1972- In Game 2 of a doubleheader played at Comiskey Park in Chicago‚ White Sox PH Dick Allen connects with 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning, he drives a Sparky Lyle pitch into the LF upper deck for a dramatic 5-4 White Sox win over the Yankees. The White Sox had won the Opener by the score of 6-1.

1977- Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson hits a pair of run-scoring doubles to highlight a 7-run 2nd inning in Yankees 8-6 victory over the White Sox. Yankees Starter Don Gullet was the winner, while Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle notched his 10th save of the 1977 AL season.

1980- The Yankees with no draft picks in Rounds 1 and 2‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick in the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft. After protests from at least 2 other MLB teams‚ MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams, but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play college football. A Special Draft (excluding the Yankees) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But the younger Cannon elects to play college football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman Winning Dad‚ Cannon will be the Number #1 pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his NFL playing career.

1986- Yankees veteran Starter Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 7 2/3 innings before Angels batter Gary Pettis hits a double. Niekro combines with Yankees Reliever Al Holland for an easy 11-0 shutout, 1-hitter. AL All-Star Slugger Dave Winfield homers twice in the game for the Yankees.

1988- Yankees LF Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York's 7-6 14-inning loss to the Orioles‚ giving him a franchise record of 249 stolen bases as a Yankees player, breaking former 1B Hal Chase’s club record of 248.

1990- The Yankees traded 2 Pitchers: Lance McCullers and Clay Parker to the Tigers for Catcher Matt Nokes. Matt would hit .238 with 8 HRs and 22 RBIs in 92 games for the 1990 Yankees. He would become the Yankees starting Catcher in 1991-1992. In 1993, he lost his starting Catcher’s job to Mike Stanley. Lance McCullers went 5-3 with a 4.42 ERA and 3 saves in 63 games for the Yankees. Clay Parker had posted a 5-6 record with a 3.80 ERA in 27 games for the team.

1997- For the 2nd straight night‚ Orioles Slugger Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling Yankees‚ as the Birds trip the Yankees by the score of 9-7. The Yankees had tied the game at 7 apiece on Charlie Hayes' pinch-hit Grand Slam HR. The O's Chris Hoiles has 2 RBIs and Cal Ripken‚ showing no effects from signing (a major-league record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night's game‚ hits a HR. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3:01 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to 7 games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the 2nd-place Yankees in the AL East.

1998- The Yankees traded Pitcher Willie Banks to the Diamondbacks for 2 Minor League Pitchers: Scot Brow and Joe Lisio. Willie Banks went 4-1 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 games for the 1997-1998 Yankees. The Yankees assigned Scot Brow to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) and Joe Lisio to Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). Neither Pitcher appears with the Yankees at the MLB Level.

2006- At Camden Yards, the Orioles play small ball, cuffing Yankees Starter Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, then Reliever Scott Erickson is hit for another 4 runs. The O's win the game by the score of 11-3. The Birds hit 3 HRs off of Aaron Small, 1 by Javy Lopez, who also HRs off of Scott Erickson. The Yankees will release the veteran hurler Scott Erickson on June 19th.

2007- Former Yankees INF and MLB Coach Clete Boyer (1959-1966) passed away. (1937-2007)

INF Clete Boyer was originally signed as a bonus player by the 1955 Kansas City A’s. He was traded by the A’s to the Yankees in February of 1957 in the Bobby Shantz trade. He had to stay with the 1957 A’s until his bonus player period expired in June of 1957, before he was allowed to be sent to the Yankees. He would play in the Yankees farm system during the 1957-1958 seasons, before joining the team in 1959. Manager Casey Stengel used him in his infield platoon system. Clete Boyer took over the regular Yankees 3B job from veterans Andy Carey and Hector Lopez during the 1960 AL season. He would become, one of finest 3B to play for the Yankees (1960-1966). He was over shadowed in the MLB by the presence of Orioles All-Star 3B Brooks Robinson. In 1967 with the Braves, he won a NL Golden Glove for 3B. Clete appeared in 5 World Series with the Yankees (1960-1964). In the winter of 1966, he was traded by the Yankees to the Braves for Rookie OF Bill Robinson and a Minor League Pitcher. The Yankees 3B position would not be solid again until the arrival of Graig Nettles from the Indians in winter of 1972. As a Yankees player, Boyer hit .241 with 95 HRs and 393 RBIs in 1,068 games. He appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees, playing in 27 games, while hitting .233 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. Overall, as an MLB Player, he played in 1,725 games, while hitting .245 with 162 HRs and 654 RBIs. Boyer played pro ball in Japan for 5 seasons. After his active playing days, Boyer was an Oakland A’s MLB Coach from 1980 to 1985. He was a member of the Yankees MLB Coaching staff in 1988 and again from 1992 to 1994. He was the younger brother of former MLB Player’s 3B Ken Boyer (Cardinals) and Pitcher Cloyd Boyer (Cardinals and the A’s), who later was Yankees MLB Pitching Coach.

2014Former Yankees Bench Coach, MLB Player and Longtime MLB Manager Don Zimmer passed away at the age of 83. (1931-2014)

In 1949, the Dodgers signed Shortstop Don Zimmer as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1953, while playing for the Dodgers organization, he suffered a serious head-injury that almost ended his pro baseball career. After several seasons with the Dodgers as a Reserve Infielder, he was traded to the Cubs in 1960. Don had appeared in 1955 and 1959 World Series with the Dodgers. Also, he played 3B for the 1962 Mets and the Reds, Dodgers and finishing up with the 1962-1965 Senators. He spent 1966 season playing in Japan. As an MLB player, Don appeared in 1,095 games, while hitting .235 with 91 HRs and 352 RBIs. He began his Minor League Manager career in 1967 with the Reds AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons (IL) working in the Reds organization until 1970. In 1971, he became a MLB Coach with the 1971 Expos, then with the 1972 Padres, 1974-1976 Red Sox, 1983 Yankees, 1984-1986 Cubs, 1987 Giants, 1992 Red Sox, 1993-1995 Rockies and the 1996-2003 Yankees. Don Zimmer was a MLB Manager with the following teams: 1972-1973 Padres; 1976-1980 Red Sox; 1981-1982 Rangers; 1988-1991 Cubs. In 1989, he won NL Division Championship with the Cubs. He was named 1989 NL Manager of the Year. With the Yankees, he was Manager Joe Torre MLB Bench Coach; he served as Yankees Interim Manager, when Torre was being treated for cancer. After the 2003 MLB post season, Don left the Yankees organization after a dispute with Yankees front office. From 2004 to 2014, Don had worked as a Special Advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

2018- In a doubleheader split with the Tigers, the Yankees' Aaron Judge sets a record by striking out 8 times, including 5 times in the nightcap. The twin bill is played on what was supposed to be an off day for both teams, to make up games wiped out by foul weather in April.

2018- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Kline (1970-1974) passed away. (1947-2018)

The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected hurler Steve Kline. He went 40-37 with a 2.96 ERA in 97 games for the Yankees; with 1972 being his best Yankees season, while posting a 16-9 mark with a 2.40 ERA in 32 games. On April 26,1974, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with hurlers Fred Beene, Tom Buskey and Fritz Peterson to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss, Pitchers Richard Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Steve went 43-45 with a 3.26 ERA and 1 save in 129 games, while pitching for the Yankees, Indians and the Braves.

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1874- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack “Happy Jack” Chesbro (1903-1909) was born. (1874-1931)

Pitcher Jack Chesbro began his Minor League pitching career in 1895. He broke into the MLB in 1899 with the NL Pirates, going 6-9 for the club. After going 15-13 in 1900, he won 21 games the next summer, while leading the NL with 6 shutouts. He began throwing a spitball the next season (spitballs were legal in the MLB until 1920) Jack went an astonishing 28-6 with a 2.17 ERA, leading the circuit in wins and shutouts. After finishing the 1902 NL season with 28 wins for the Pirates, Jack jumped to the AL, joining the New York Highlanders. Chesbro holds the MLB and Yankees team record for most wins in a season with 41 wins (1904). Also, he had 48 complete games that season. From 1903-1909, Jack won 129 games as a Yankees Pitcher, while appearing in 269 games with 169 complete games, throwing 1,953 innings, with a .577 WP and a 2.58 ERA with 16 shutouts and 913 strikeouts. Overall, he finished his 11-season MLB Pitching career with a 198-132 record with a 2.68 ERA in 392 games. Jack Chesbro was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.

1878- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred Mitchell (1910) was born. (1878-1970)

On August 23, 1909, Catcher Fred Mitchell was purchased by the Highlanders from the AA Toronto Maple Leafs (EL). The Veteran catcher appeared in 68 games for the 1910 Yankees, while hitting .230 with No HRs and 18 RBIs. Fred Mitchell, is known primarily as the Manager for the pennant-winning NL 1918 Cubs. He played 7 seasons in the MLB. He was mostly a Pitcher, but he came back in 1910 to be a Catcher in 62 games. His MLB playing career ran from 1901 to 1913; he appeared as an MLB Pitcher in 97 games, Fred recorded a 31-49 record with a 4.10 ERA. At the plate, he was a .210 hitter in 572 at-bats spread across 201 games. After his active playing career ended, Mitchell was a 1914-1916 Braves MLB Coach. He went on to manage the 1917-1920 Cubs, winning a NL pennant in 1918. Fred piloted the Boston Braves from 1921 to 1923. He then moved to Harvard University, where he coached their College Baseball team until his retirement in 1939.

1898- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher James ‘Truck” Hannah (1918-1920) was born. (1898-1982)

Catcher James “Truck” Hannah was a pro baseball player for an amazing 30 seasons, playing in 2,267 games. In the MLB, he caught for the 1918-1920 Yankees, getting over 200 at-bats each season “Truck” Hannah hit .235 with 5 HRs and 66 RBIs in 244 games with the Yankees. He later became a Manager in the PCL in 1925. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. On January 28, 1921, the Yankees sent C Truck Hannah, OF/1B Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to AA Vernon (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on September, 1920. In September of 1920, the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later and OF Howie Camp to AA Vernon (PCL) for Shortstop Johnny Mitchell.

1926- The Indians add insult to injury by turning a triple play against the Yankees in 15-3 win a Saturday day game played before a crowd of 20,000 fans at Cleveland’s Dunn Field. The Tribe chased Bronx veteran Starter Herb Pennock for 7 runs and 12 hits for the loss, he is now at 10-2 mark for the 1926 AL season. Tribe Starter Garland Buckeye throws a complete game win, he is now 1-4 for the 1926 AL season.

1932- Yankees obtained veteran hurler Dan MacFayden from the Red Sox for 2 Pitchers: Ivy Andrews, Henry Johnson and $50,000 Cash. Dan went 14-10 with a 4.68 ERA and 1 save in 64 games for the 1932-1935 Yankees. Henry Johnson went 47-33 with a 4.84 ERA with 7 saves in 157 games for the 1925-1932 Yankees. Ivy Andrews went 4-1 in 11 games with the 1931-1932 Yankees.

1936- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bomber 1B Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,700th consecutive MLB game, as they beat the Tribe by the score of 4-3. Lou hits his 6th HR of the 1936 AL season. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez throws a complete game victory, bringing his 1936 AL season record to 6-1. Tribe Starter Lloyd Brown, also throws a complete a game, his pitching record is now 4-4 for the 1936 season.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Duane “Duke” Sims (1973-1974) was born.

On September 24, 1973, the Yankees obtained veteran C/1B/DH Duke Simms on waivers from the Tigers. Duke Simms hit the last Yankees HR at the original Yankee Stadium in September of 1973. He only appeared in 9 games for the 1973-1974 Yankees, while hitting .208. On May 8,1974, the Yankees traded Duke Simms to the Rangers for P Larry Gura and Cash.

1946- The Yankees sold P Charley Stanceu to the Phillies. Charley was a 1941 Yankee Rookie Pitcher, who went 3-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 22 games. He spent the next 3 seasons serving in the Army. In 1946, he had appeared in only 3 games for the Yankees with no decisions. With the Phillies, he would go 2-4 for the 1946 NL season. Also, in another MLB 25-player roster move, the Yankees exchanged Catchers with their AA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA) with veteran MLB Catcher Bill Drescher going to the Blues, while bringing up Rookie Catcher Gus Niarhos.

1951- Former Yankees OF/DH Darryl Jones (1979) was born.

Darryl Jones was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played 18 games with the 1979 Yankees in June, the 1st part of July. He was mostly used a DH. He was 28 years old at the time. The regular DH that year for the Yankees was Jim Spencer, having his best season by far with a .593 slugging percentage in 295 at-bats. Jones had gotten the Yankees attention by hitting .330 for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) in 1977 and .322 for the 1978 AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL). Also, he spent 3 seasons with the AA West Haven Yankees (EL) from 1974-1976. He was the Brother of Lynn Jones, who also made his MLB Player debut in 1979.

1955- In the 2nd game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a HR off of White Sox hurler Billy Pierce that traveled an estimated 550 Feet. A crowd of 37, 561 fans watched the doubleheader. The ball cleared the Left Field Upper Deck at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The Yankees win the game by the score 3-2. Bronx Starter Whitey Ford gets a no decision, Reliever Tom Morgan picks-up the victory, while Closer Jim Konstanty gets his 4th save of the 1955 AL season. Yankee Hitters 3B Andy Carey and Shortstop Billy Hunter, also hit HRs for the Yankees in the game. The Bombers lost the 1st game to the White Sox by the score of 5-3. Yankees Starter Tommy Byrne takes the loss, he is now 2-1. While White Sox Starter Richard Donvan is the winner with a complete game, bringing his 1955 season pitching record to 6-2. Yankee hitters 3B Andy Carey and 2B Gil McDougald hit HRs in the game. The Yankees are now 35-15 for the 1955 AL season.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Pete Wilson (1908-1909) passed away. (1894-1957)

On September 1,1908, Pitcher Pete Wilson was selected by the Yankees from Hartford (CT. ST.) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He went 9-8 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 games for the 1908-1909 Yankees. On December 27,1909, Pete was purchased by AA Montreal Royals (IL) from the Yankees.

1958- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees rout veteran White Sox Starter Early Wynn for a 12-5 victory in the opener of a doubleheader. In the 3rd inning, Mickey Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park HR  in a month. Yankees Starter Don Larsen picks-up his 4th victory of the 1958 AL season. Ryne Duren closes the game for the Yankees, picking-up his 8th save of the year. In the 2nd game, the White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 3-2. The Yankees rallied for 2 runs in the 9th inning, but fell short for the win. White Sox Starter Ray Moore picks-up the complete game victory, he is now 2-1. Yankees Starter Bobby Shantz takes the loss for the Bombers, he is now 4-2 for the season. Veteran hurler Sal Maglie appears in relief for Shantz in the 8th inning and finishes the game. A crowd of 14,102 fans attended this Thursday doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium.

1963- At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Yankees CF Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. Reserve OF Jack Reed takes over for Mantle in Centerfield. Mantle will be out of the Yankees starting lineup for 61 games. Yankees Ace Whitey Ford beats Orioles Starter Milt Pappas by the score of 4-3, as the Yankees return to 1st place. Ford throws a complete game victory; he is now 7-3 for the 1963 AL season. LF Tom Tresh will take over the CF position, while Mantle is on the DL.

1977- Six Yankee batters Carlos May, Bucky Dent, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Craig Nettles and Rookie INF George Zeber, each hit a HR during the Yankees 8-6 win over the White Sox. The 6 HRs were the most the Yankees hit in 1 game in 3 seasons. Rookie INF George Zeber’s HR shot was the game winner.

1981A crowd of 35,707 fans watched a Friday night game played at Yankee Stadium, as the Bombers edge the White Sox by the score of 6-5. Yankees Starter Rudy May goes 6.1 innings with no decision. Bronx Reliever Dave LaRoche comes into the game, going 5.2 innings of relief work. He gains the win, his season pitching record is now 2-0. Yankees Catcher Rick Cerone hits a 2-run HR in the game. Chicago Starter Britt Burns gets a no decision, while Reliever Kevin Hickey takes the loss. The Yankees are now 30-20 for the 1981 AL season.

1984- Current Yankees Minor League C Robinson Chirinos was born.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos has played in the MLB for 9 seasons. He has an MLB lifetime .231 BA with 86 HRs and 269 RBIs in 602 games. In 2020, he played briefly for the Rangers and the Mets. On February 13, 2021, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees and was invited to their 2021 MLB Spring Training Camp as a non-roster player. On March 27, 2021 Robinson was released by the team. On March 28, 2021, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Robinson is currently playing for AAA Scranton.

1998- A crowd of 28,085 fans watched a Friday night game played at Yankee Stadium as the Bombers beat the Marlins by the score of 5-1. Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte throws a complete game win, bringing his 1996 AL season record to 7-5. Marlins Starter Joe Fontenot takes the loss for the Marlins, he is now at 0-3 mark. Yankees Slugger Daryl Strawberry hits a HR in the game. The Yankees have a 42-13 record for the 1998 AL season.

2006- Yankees batters Jason Giambi and Andy Phillips, each hit a 3-run HR in a 7-run 2nd inning, as the host Yankees roughed up their old nemesis Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett in a 13-5 rout of Boston. The Bronx Bombers had 11 hits for its 12th consecutive game with at least 10, breaking the franchise record of 11 straight games set in May of 1937.

2010- The surprising Blue Jays keep giving their main AL Eastern Division rivals trouble. In tonight's game against the Yankees, the Jays' Bullpen pitches 6 scoreless innings while Aaron Hill drives in Edwin Encarnacion with a single against Yankees Reliever Chad Gaudin in the 14th inning for a 3-2 win. Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo HRs, bringing Toronto's MLB-leading HR total to 96. For the Yankees, the struggling 1B Mark Teixeira goes 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts to see his BA fall to .215.

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