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This Week in Yankees History June 6th-June 12th
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This Week in Yankees History June 6th-June 12th Part One

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June 6th  D-day (Normandy Invasion)

1887- Former Yankees 2B/3B Del Paddock (1912) was born. (1887-1952)

On July 21,1912, INF Del Paddock was purchased by the Highlanders from Dubuque (3-I League). He played 2B/3B in 46 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting .288 with 1 HR and 14 RBIs. It was his only final MLB season as a player. He had briefly appeared in 1 game with the White Sox. On December 20,1912, Del was purchased by AA Rochester (IL) from the Yankees.

1907- Former Yankees HOF Catcher, MLB Coach and Manager Bill Dickey (1928-1946) was born. (1907-1993)

Bill Dickey was the 1st great Yankees Catcher. He was a tough as nails player. Bill had a lifetime BA of .313 with 202 HRs and 1,209 RBIs in 1,789 games for the Yankees. In World Series play for the team, he appeared in 38 games, while hitting .255 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs. He hit .300 or better 10 times during his 13 MLB seasons as player. His best Yankees player season was in 1936, when he hit .362 with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs in 112 games. Bill topped the 100 RBI’s mark for 4 years (1936-1939.) He was AL All-Star Catcher (1933-1943, 1946.) Bill led the AL in fielding as a Catcher in 1931,1935, 1937,1939 and 1941. During the 1946 AL season, he managed the Yankees to a 57-48 record, after longtime Manager Joe McCarthy had resigned for health reasons. He served as an MLB Coach for Yankee Manager’s Bucky Harris (1947-1948) and Casey Stengel (1949-1957,1960). Bill Dickey was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1954. HOF Catcher Yogi Berra credits Bill with teaching him the fundamentals of catching. Also, he taught Yankee Catchers Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard in the 1950’s as well. Later, he would come to the Yankees Spring Training Camps as a Special Advisor and work with the team’s organization catchers, including Jake Gibbs, Thurman Munson and Johnny Ellis.

1913The Yankees were defeated for the 13th consecutive time in the 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians).

1931- On a Saturday day game played at Yankee Stadiumthe Yankees turn a triple play; but they lose the game to the Indians by a score of 7-5. Both team’s starters are knocked out early in the game. Tribe Relievers Milt Shoffner and Mel Harder hold off the Yankee batters to win the game. Shoffner picks-up his 1st win, while Harder earns his 1st save of the season. Yankees Reliever Lefty Weinert gets the loss, he is now 1-2 for the season. The Yankees are now 24-19-1 for the 1931 AL campaign.

1934Yankees OF Myril Hoag hit a MLB record of 6 singles in the Yankees' 15-3 rout of the Red Sox, in the 1st game of a Wednesday double header played at Fenway Park. Yankees Starter Johnny Murphy picks up the complete game victory, he is now 4-2. While Boston Ace Lefty Grove is chased for 13 Yankee hits and 8 runs in 4 innings of work. He is now 2-3 for the 1934 AL season. In the 2nd game, the Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 7-4. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing takes the loss for the Yankees, he is now 5-3 for the 1934 AL season. While Boston P Johnny Welch is the winner, improving his 1934 AL season pitching record to 6-2.

1937- Bronx hurler Red Ruffing’s pinch-hit HR leads the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tigers.  Ruffing, who was the Ace on Yankees pitching staff, also was a dangerous hitter and frequently got the call by Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy, when the Yankees need an extra bat off the bench. He hit .269 lifetime, including .254 as a pinch-hitter (58 pinch-hits in 228 pinch-hit bats.) Ruffing, also hit 36 MLB Career HRs.

1944- All scheduled MLB games were canceled as the country's focus is turned towards Europe, while Allied forces invade Axis occupied France, (Normandy Beach Invasion, D-Day).

1949- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jim Deidel (1974) was born. 

Catcher Jim Deidel was selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 1967 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was a 3-sport athlete at Mullen HS. He had planned to play college football at Colorado State Univ. until the Yankees drafted him. In the Yankees farm system, he played at Johnson City, Oneonta, Kinston, West Haven and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), where he played several seasons. He usually started ahead of teammate&nbs**** Dempsey in the Minors during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Deidel had the misfortune to play in an era prior to the implementation of Free Agency in MLB and during a time when the Yankees had a near-Hall of Fame Catcher (Thurman Munson) on their MLB roster. When he was sent back to the Minor Leagues by the team in 1976, he asked to be released. He had found a good paying job in Denver and compared it to the lack of security and pay as a pro ballplayer.

1954- Former Yankees OF/1B Dave Bergman (1975,1977) was born. (1954-2015)

The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected OF/1B Dave Bergman. He appeared in only 12 games with the Yankees, while hitting only .048 for the team in 1975 and 1977. The Yankees would send Dave to the Houston as part of 3 Minor League player package involved in the Cliff Johnson trade with the Astros on June 15,1977.

1955In Detroit, a crowd of 9,528 fans watched Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits the 1st HR to go over the Center Field screen at Briggs Stadium. The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 7-5. Bronx Starter Johnny Kucks picks-up his 5thvictory, with help from veteran Reliever Jim Konstanty, who gets his 5th save of the 1955 AL season.

1958- Former Yankees OF Bert Daniels (1910-1913) passed away. (1882-1958)

During the month of August 1909, OF Bert Daniels was purchased by the Yankees from Altoona (TSL). Bert played the outfield for the 1910-1913 Yankees. He appeared in 455 games, while hitting .261 with 5 HRs and 111 RBIs. On August 8,1913, Bert was traded by the Yankees along with OF Ezra Midkiff and $12,000 Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for INF Fritz Maisel. Daniels managed the 1918 St. Joseph Saints (WL). At the time the league suspended its operations in early July, his team had a 30-38 record and was in 7th place. Later, he coached the Manhattan College’s Baseball team from 1931-1938.

1963- Former Yankees INF Charlie Mullen (1914-1916) passed away. (1889-1963)

INF Charlie Mullen appeared in 192 games for the 1914-1916 Yankees, while hitting .263 with No HRs and 69 RBIs. On July 14th that year, he had the Yankees' lone hit in a 6-inning win over the Naps in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees would not win another game in which they were limited to 1 hit for over a century, the next instance coming on May 29, 2016 against the Rays. Later, Charlie became a Minor League Manager.

1965In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Yankees switch-hitter OF Tom Tresh connected for 3 consecutive HRs in the 12-0 rout of the White Sox. Tresh hit his 1st HR right-handed off of Starter Juan Pizarro in the 1st inning, then went to the other side of the plate and hit 2 HRs against Chicago Reliever Bruce Howard in the 3rd and 5th innings. The Yankees won the 1stgame of the doubleheader by a score of 6-1.

1965- The Yankees claimed Shortstop Bill Bethea on waivers from the Twins. He never plays for the Yankees at the MLB Level. He was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Toledo Mud Hens (IL). He had played in 10 MLB games for the 1964 Twins, while hitting .167.

1972- The Yankees obtained veteran NL P Wade Blasingame from the Astros for a Player to be Named Later. Wade’s claim to fame as Yankee Pitcher was during a start against the Tigers, when he walked the 1st batter and then he surrendered 3 consecutive HRs with the last HR being a shot over the roof in Left Center Field at Tiger Stadium. Overall, Wade went 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 games for the Yankees. On March 30,1973, he was sent to the Cardinals by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. He never appears with the Cardinals at the MLB level.

 1977- Veteran Yankees Starter Catfish Hunter comes off the DL, he pitches a 6-hit, complete game 9-2 win over the Rangers. Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson hits his 10th and 11th HRs of the 1977 AL season.

1980- At Seattle’s Kingdome, the Yankees beat the Mariners by the score of 3-0 with the complete game shutout by Bronx Veteran Starter Tommy John. He is now 8-2 for the 1980 AL season. On the losing side for Seattle, former Yankees Starter Jim Beattie takes the loss, he is now at the 3-5 mark. Yankee’s hitters Bobby Murcer and Bobby Brown hit HRs in the game. The Yankees are now 31-18 for the 1980 AL season.

1990- Longtime Yankees Minor League Manager Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as the 1990 Yankees Manager. The 1990 Yankees are currently in 7th place in the AL East with a dismal 18-31 record. Bucky Dent’s Yankees Managing career overall record was 36-53 (1989-1990).

1993- Former Yankees Minor League Reliever James Reeves was born.

James Reeves was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from The Citadel (Charleston, SC). He had posted a 20-7 record with a 2.30 ERA and 8 saves in 137 games; while playing in the Yankees Minor League system from 2015-2019. On January 6, 2021, the Yankees traded him to the Padres for OF Greg Allen.

 1994At the Ball Park in Arlington, Texas, 36,733 disappointed Texas fans see the Yankees crush the Rangers by the score of 17-6. The Yankees hitting attack is led by CF Bernie Williams, who hits 2 HRs, also 3B Wade Boggs and Shortstop Mike Gallego hit HRs in the game. Yankees Starter Jimmy Key picks-up his 8th victory of the 1994 AL season. While Texas Starter Greg Pavlik takes the loss, lasting only 1 inning, while giving up 7 Yankees runs in the 1st inning of the game. He is now 1-3 for the 1994 season.

2001At a Wednesday day game played at Yankee Stadium, 25,137 fans watched the Yankees 4-run comeback beat the Orioles by the final score of 7-4. The Orioles had broken a 3-3 tie to have a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning, but the Bronx Bombers take back the game with a 4-run 8th inning featuring a 3-run HR by Yankees Pinch-Hitter Jorge Posada. The Yankees had a HR from starting Catcher Todd Greene earlier in the game. Yankees Starter Ted Lilly gets a no decision, while veteran Reliever Mike Stanton gets the win, he is now 5-1. Bronx Closer Marino Rivera picks-up his 17th save of the 2001 AL season. For the Orioles, Starter Jose Mercedes gets a no decision, while Reliever Buddy Groom takes the loss, he is now 1-1. He had given up the winning runs in the Yankees 8th inning rally. The Bronx Bombers are now 32-25 for the 2001 AL season

June 7th

1900- Former Yankees Pitcher Ed Wells (1929-1932) was born. (1900-1986)

On August 28,1928, P Ed Wells was purchased by the Yankees from the Class A Birmingham Barons (SA). As a Yankees hurler, Ed went 37-20 with a 4.59 ERA and 4 saves in 107 games. He didn’t appear in the 1932 World Series against the Cubs. On April 14,1933, Ed was purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees. Before joining the Yankees in 1928, he had pitched for the Tigers from 1924 to 1927. He spent the 1928 season in the Minor Leagues. In 1934, Ed finishes MLB Pitching career with a 68-69 record with a 4.65 ERA and 13 saves in 292 games. Wells would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1935-1937 before retiring from the game.

1907- The Yankees sold Veteran MLB Catcher Deacon McGuire to the Red Sox. Catcher McGuire had played for the Yankees from 1904 to 1908, appearing in 225 games, while hitting .230 with No HRs and 67 RBIs. The Red Sox had acquired him from the Yankees to become their Manager for the 1907 AL season.

1909- The Yankees sold INF Joe Ward to the Phillies. The team had purchased him from the Altoona Mountaineers (TSL) in 1908. He appeared in 9 games for the 1909 Yankees, while only hitting .179.

1911- Former Yankees Reliever Ralph “Buck” Buxton (1949) was born. (1911-1988)

On July 22,1949, P Ralph “Buck” Buxton was traded by the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, Minor League P George Toolson and Cash. On August 23,1949, the Yankees had sent Minor League P Ernest Groth, who was with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) to complete the trade. In 1949, 38-yearold Ralph “Buck” Buxton went 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 2 saves in 14 games for the Yankees. He originally came up to the MLB in 1938 with the Philadelphia A’s. Later, he pitched in the Minor Leagues from 1939-1948.

1913- At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally win a game over the White Sox by the score of 3-2. The Yankees end their 13–game winless streak (12 loses,1 tie.)  It was the club’s longest winless streak ever. The 1913 Yankees are now 10-34 for the season. They will finish the 1913 AL season in 7th place with a 57-94 record.

1927- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber Sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back HR’s in the 4th inning off of Chicago P Tommy Thomas to beat the White Sox by the score of 4-1; increasing the Yankees' lead over Chicago in the AL to 2 games. Also, Yankees Catcher Pat Collins hits a HR for the team, while Bud Clancy matches HRs for the White Sox.

1936- A HR by Yankees OF George Selkirk in the 16th inning, gives Bronx Starter Red Ruffing and the Yankees; a 5-4 win over Indians P Oral Hildebrand. At the plate, Red Ruffing has 3 hits, including a HR. In creditably, there are no strikeouts in the 16-inning game.

1939- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, his 1st at bat for the Yankees since April 29th, Joe DiMaggio hit a triple to pace theBronx Bombers to a 5-2 victory over the White Sox.

1944- The MLB returns to full action after shutting down for Monday for “D-Day,” June 6, 1944. The Yankees play the Red Sox for Wednesday afternoon game at Fenway Park in Boston. A small crowd of 4,237 fans are on hand to watch the game. The Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 8-1. Boston chased Yankees Starter Hank Borowy for 9 hits and 6 runs; his 1944 pitching record is now 7-2. Red Sox Starter Tex Hughson throws a complete game victory. He is now 7-2 for the 1944 AL season. The 1944 Yankees are now at the 22-19 mark for the 1944 AL season.

1945- Former Yankees MLB Coach George Mitterwald (1988) was born.

Catcher George Mitterwald spent all of his MLB playing career with the Twins and Cubs, playing for 11 seasons. On April 17,1974 in only his 5th game as a member of the Cubs, he had the best day of his MLB playing career in leading the Cubbies to an 18-9 win over the Pirates; he went 4 for 4 with a walk, a double and 3 HRs, while driving in 8 runs. He would be the last Cubs Catcher to have a 3-HR game until Dioner Navarro on May 29, 2013. George was a 1988 Yankees MLB Coach.

1947- Former AL All-Star Yankees Catcher and Team Captain Thurman Munson (1969-1979) was born.  (1947-1979)

Catcher Thurman Munson was selected in the 1st round (4th Pick) of the 1968 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He was signed by former Yankees OF Gene Woodling, who was now an MLB Scout for the team. He was a graduate of Kent State University, where he played College Baseball. Munson, who died in aircraft crash in August of 1979, finished his Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .292 with 113 HRs and 701 RBIs in 1,423 games. He was named the 1970 AL Rookie of Year. In 1976, he won the AL MVP Award. He was named Yankee Team Captain. Munson was an AL All-Star Catcher in 1971,1973-1978. He won AL Golden Glove as a Catcher from 1973-1975. Thurman was a modern-day version of Bill Dickey. His World Series lifetime BA was .373 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 16 games, while in the AL Playoffs Series his BA was .339 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 14 games. In August of 1979, he was killed in a jet aircraft crash in Ohio.

1967- The last-place Yankees have the 1st pick in the 1967 MLB Free-Agent Player Draft, they use it to select 1B Ron Blomberg from Atlanta, Ga. In April of 1973, Ron “Boomer” Blomberg will become the 1st Designated Hitter in MLB history.

1968- The Yankees selected Kent State University Catcher Thurman Munson in the 1st round (4th selection) of the 1968 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Yankees MLB Scout Gene Woodling will sign him.

 1971- The Yankees obtained OF Danny Walton from the Brewers for 2 Reserve Players: INF/OF Frank Tepedino and OF Bobby Mitchell. For the 1971 Brewers, Dan was hitting .203 with 2 HRs, but he had fanned 22 times. Walton never turned out to be the power hitter, that the Yankees were hoping for; because he struck out too much. In the fall of 1972, he would be traded to the Twins for Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey. Tepedino was drafted by the Yankees in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft from the Orioles organization, he had appeared with the team during the 1967,1969-1970 AL seasons. In 1971, he was recalled from AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), Frank had gone 0 for 6 for the Yankees. OF Bobby Mitchell had appeared in 10 games hitting with the 1970 Yankees, he had been an MLB Rule 5 Player Draft pick from the Red Sox organization.

1972- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB P Wade Blasingame from the Astros. He had no record for the 1972 Astros. He went 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 games for the team. On March 30,1973, Wade was sent to the Cardinals by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. He never appeared in an MLB game again.

1973- In 2 separate MLB player transactions; Yankees purchased veteran Starter “Sudden Sam” McDowell from the Giants for $100,000 Cash. Then they obtained veteran Starter Pat Dobson from Braves for 2 Reserve players: 1B/OF Wayne Nordhagen, OF/1B Frank Tepedino, 2 Minor League Pitchers David Cheadle and Alan Closter. Former AL All-Star hurler Sam McDowell was still batting serious drinking problems; he was a major disappointment with the Yankees. Meanwhile Pat Dobson went 9-8 in 1973. Then he posted a 19-15 record in 1974, before fading in 1975, that resulted in his being traded in November to White Sox for OF/DH Oscar Gamble. The 4 Yankee players sent to the Braves did nothing as MLB players.

1982- In the 1982 MLB Free Agent Player Draft, the Yankees select 2-Sport Star Bo Jackson in the 2nd round, but Bo instead opts to attend  Auburn College to play College Football rather than pro baseball. Later, he will sign an MLB player contract with the Kansas City Royals in 1986.

1990- At Fenway Park in Boston, 2 Red Sox Pitchers: Starter Greg Harris and Closer Jeff Reardon combine to hurl a 1-hitter beating the Yankees by a score of 3-0.

 1998- Yankees veteran Starter David Cone strikes out 14 Florida batters, as he hurls a 2-hitter to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 decision over the Marlins.

1998- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom Buskey (1973-1974) passed away in Harrisburg, PA from injuries involving an auto accident. (1947-1998)

In 1969, the Yankees signed P Tom Buskey as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. His Yankees Pitching record was 0-2 with 5.64 ERA and 2 saves in 12 games. Tom was a short relief man out of the 1973-1974 Yankees bullpen. He was traded by the team to the Indians in the Chris Chambliss deal made on April 27,1974.

2007- Recording his 2,000th MLB Manager career victory with a 10-3 win over the White Sox, Yankees Manager Joe Torre becomes only the 10th MLB Manager to reach that mark. Also, Torre becomes the 1st to have 2,000 or more hits as an MLB player and 2,000 or more wins as an MLB Manager.

2008- Outfielder Johnny Damon goes 6 for 6 in the Yankees 12-1 victory vs the Royals matching the franchise record for hits in a 9-inning game (June 6,1934 OF Myril Hoag: had hit 6 singles) becoming the only Yankee in the original Yankee Stadium history to record 6 hits in a game of any length. Damon’s final hit in the game is a “walk-off” single. 

2011- On the day he is handed a 3-game suspension for losing his cool with an Umpire on June 4th, Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon notches the 200th save of his MLB Pitching career in Boston's 6-4 win over the Yankees. He has needed only 259 MLB appearances to reach the milestone, beating Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera, who had been fastest,  by doing it in 382 games.

June 8th

1887-  Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Delmar “Del” Paddock (1912) was born. (1887-1952)

In 1911, Del Paddock played for the Dubuque Hustlers (3-I League). The White Sox had purchased him from the Hustlers, they tried him for 1 game and then the team returned him to Dubuque; which sold him during the same season to the Highlanders. Paddock showed that he could use the bat, hitting .288 in 46 games, also adding 23 walks for a .393 on-base percentage. That would have been good enough for 7th in the AL in on-base percentage, if he had had enough plate appearances. His .378 slugging percentage was also 44 points above the team average. However, on the field at 3rd base, he made 14 errors in 41 games. Roy Hartzell was the Yankees regular 3rd baseman, a decent hitter, who made 20 errors in 56 games at the position; while also playing quite a bit at other positions (Hartzell played more outfield in his MLB career than 3B). In December of 1912, the Yankees sold Del Paddock to the AA Rochester Hustlers (IL).

1899- Long-time Yankees MLB Scout Lou Majuolo was born. (1899-1977)

Lou Majuolo was a MLB Scout for the St. Louis Browns and the Yankees, he was best known for signing Yankee greats 1B Bill Skowron, INF/OF Tony Kubek, Pitchers Fritz Peterson, Jim Bouton and Catcher Elston Howard. He is credited with signing at least 40 athletes, who eventually played in the MLB, 10 of them for the Browns, including P Al LaMacchia, INF/OF Don Lenhardt, P Marlin Stuart, OF/PH Fuzz White, INF Jackie Juelich, OF/INF/C Babe Martin, INF George Hausmann and OF/1B Roy Sievers. Other players that he signed for the Yankees included: OF Whitey Herzog, C Cal Neeman, OF Norm Siebern, OF Lee Thomas, C Jim Robertson, OF Jay Ward, P Bob Keegan, INF Herb Plews, INF Lou Skizas, P Bob Wiesler, OF Al Pilarcik, 1B Bud Zipfel, P Paul Hinrichs, P Zach Monroe, P Lloyd Merritt, P Steve Kraly, P Tom Metcalf, P Mike Jurewicz, P Hal Stowe, OF Jim Finigan, P John Gabler, P/OF Joe Pactwa, OF Larry Murray, INF Jerry Lumpe, INF Jerry Kenney, 1B Dave Bergman and INF Dennis Werth. 

Maguolo was Head MLB Scout for the Browns and Chief Midwest MLB Scout for the Yankees. His territory usually covered the St. Louis area of Missouri, all of Illinois and Wisconsin, the western half of Kentucky and western half of Indiana. He was based out of  St. Louis, Missouri. Though only 5'5" tall and 112 pounds, Maguolo made the all-city team in St. Louis as an Outfielder at Yeatman HS; where he also Quarterbacked the football team. He played both Baseball and Football for Washington University in St. Louis. He was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball team in 1921,1922 and 1923. His father, however, often told him, "Baseball is a bum's game, and so is football," and withheld his allowance in High School and financial assistance for college. Maguolo helped pay for college on barnstorming baseball teams with other college players, including future MLB Player and Manager Eddie Dyer. Maguolo performed under the name "Meyers" to avoid losing his college athletic eligibility. He graduated from Washington University with a degree in Civil Engineering, but he pursued a baseball career instead, at first as Baseball Coach for McKinley and Beaumont High Schools in St. Louis. While coaching, he began working as a "bird dog" or Assistant Scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  At the urging of his childhood friend Andy High, an infielder for the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, he became an MLB Scout for the St. Louis Browns in 1936. Soon after, the Browns made him Head MLB Scout, a position that he held until 1942; when he went into the Army for World War II. During World War II, Maguolo served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Northwest. His duties were primarily in Special Services Recreation, he attained the rank of Major. In 1947, the Yankees hired him as an MLB Scout. The Yankees' mandatory retirement policy required him to step down as Chief Midwest MLB Scout in 1970, but he continued to scout part-time for the Yankees until October 1975. The son of a furniture maker, Maguolo spent his off seasons working at Century Skilcraft Co., the family furniture factory in St. Louis, where he built back bars, stools, lamps, chairs, and stairways out of broken bats and other types of sports equipment. In the 1950s, Maguolo hired and trained legendary Yankee MLB Scout Art Stewart. He reportedly gave Stewart this advice: "Keep your eyes open. Keep your ears open. Keep your mouth shut." Then, the story goes, Maguolo zipped his mouth, for emphasis.

1927- Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HR’s during the Yankees come from behind win against the White Sox 12-11 in 11 innings. Tony hit 2 HR’s off of White Sox Starter Red Faber; he hit a game tying 2-run HR in the 9th inning off of White Sox Reliever George Connally.

1933- Philadelphia A’s Slugger Jimmie Foxx hit 3 HRs in his 1st 3 at-bats as the A’s outscore the Yankees by a score of 14-10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him 4 consecutive HRs.

1935- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig collides with Red Sox base-runner Carl Reynolds on a play at 1B. Lou leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. His MLB consecutive game-playing streak is preserved in part by a rainout of the next day's game and an open date in the 1935 Yankees AL season schedule.

1941- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey makes unassisted double play in the 1st game of a doubleheader again the Browns and thereby ties the MLB record for unassisted double plays in 1 game by a Catcher. The Yankees sweep the Browns in a doubleheader by the scores of 9-3 and 8-3 to bring their 1941 AL season record to 28-22-2. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing and Reliever Marv Breuer pick-up wins in the twin bill sweep, while Browns Starters Elden Auker and Bob Harris take the losses. The Yankees Sluggers Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Keller, Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich hits HRs in the Sunday doubleheader played in St. Louis that drew only 10,546 fans.

1954- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lenn Sakata (1987) was born.

The Yankees signed veteran MLB INF Lenn Sakata as an MLB Free Agent. Lenn had previously played in the AL for the Brewers and Orioles. He appeared in 19 games for the team, while hitting .267 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs as a Reserve Infielder during the 1987 AL season. On November 2,1987he was released by the Yankees. Later, he became a Minor League Manager for the Giants organization.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Britt Burns (1986) was born.

On December 12,1985, Starter Britt Burns was traded by the White Sox along with 2 Minor League Players: OF Glen Braxtonand Shortstop Mike Soper to the Yankees for P Joe Cowley and C/DH/1B Ron Hassey. Britt never pitched for the Yankees due to a serious hip injury that ended his MLB Pitching career. He later became a Minor League Pitching Coach for several MLB organizations.

1969- New York Yankees' Uniform No. 7 is officially retired on “Mickey Mantle Day.” A crowd of 60,096 fans come to Yankee Stadium to honor Mickey Mantle and watched the Yankees sweep the White Sox in a doubleheader by scores of 3-1 and 11-2. Yankees Hall Of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio is present to the wall plaque to his former Yankees teammate. In turn Mantle surprises the Yankee Clipper with a wall plaque to celebrate Joe’s being named “Greatest Living Player in Baseball History” as part of MLB’s 100th Anniversary season (1869-1969). The surprised Joe DiMaggio remarks ‘I’m out here in great company.”

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Ownie Carroll (1930) passed away. (1902-1975)

On May 30,1930, veteran P Ownie Carroll was traded by the Tigers along with OF Harry Rice and Reserve INF Yats Wuestling to the Yankees for veteran P Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. Ownie appeared in only 10 games for the 1930 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On September 13,1930, he was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would finish MLB pitching career with the 1934 Dodgers. Carroll had been a star HS Baseball player in New Jersey, then attending Holy Cross College, while posting a 50-2 record college pitching record before signing with the Tigers. Overall, he went 65-89 with a 4.43 ERA in 248 games in 9 seasons (1925,1927-1934.) as an MLB Pitcher. From 1948-1972, he was the Head Baseball Coach at Seton Hall University located in New Jersey.

1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez’s 5-hit, 9-2 victory against the Brewers, puts the Yankees into 1st place in the AL East, the 1st time since May 20th.

1981- The Yankees use their 1st round player draft pick to select College Football QB John Elway, who will only play 1 season of Minor League Baseball with the Class A Oneonta Yankees (NY-PA League) for the Yankees before going on to a long successful NFL playing career.

1986- In the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history, the Orioles beat the Yankees by a score of 18-9. The game features a total of 9 pitchers, who allowed 36 hits and 16 walks. It takes 4-hours,16-minutes to complete the game.

1997- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ken Hunt (1959-1960) passes away (1934-1997)

In 1952, the Yankees signed OF Ken Hunt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 32 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, while batting .294 with No HRs and 2 RBIs. He was unable to crack the regular Yankees starting outfield of Mantle, Bauer, Siebern, later Maris, Lopez and Berra. He played for the Yankees 1960 AAA Richmond team (IL), appearing in 113 games, while hitting .272 with 23 HRs and 60 RBIs. In December of 1960, Ken Hunt was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who helped the Angels Front Office with MLB Scouting Reports on the AL players placed in the draft, recommend him to the Angels. In 1961, Ken Hunt hit .255 with 25 HRs and 84 RBIs in 149 games with the Angels. In 1962, he missed playing time with a collar bone injury, playing in only 13 games for the team. In 1963, the Angels traded him to the Senators. Ken had never fully recovered from his injuries. He would finish out MLB playing career with the 1964 Senators. As an MLB Player OF Ken Hunt had appeared in 310 games, while hitting .226 with 33 HRs and 111 RBIs. He didn’t play in 1965. In 1966, Ken finished his active playing career playing for the Cubs AAA team, the Tacoma Cubs (PCL). Ken Hunt was the stepfather of Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the classic 1960s CBS-TV sitcom “The Munsters.” He was a close friend to his former Yankees teammate OF Roger Maris; the 2 players are buried next to each other at Holy Cross Trinity Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota.

2005- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 400-HR MLB Career club, when he hit a solo HR in the 8th inning of Bomber’s 12-3 victory over the Brewers.

2011- The Red Sox take over 1st place in the AL East by dropping the Yankees by the score of 11-6 at New Yankee Stadium. Veteran Red Sox P Tim Wakefield continues to do well in filling for injured members of the Boston starting rotation by picking up his 3rd win; after being staked an early 7-0 lead. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew all hit HRs as Yankees Starter A.J. Burnett takes the loss. But not all is rosy for Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia heads home after the game to have his ailing right knee examined, but the problem turns out to be only a bone bruise. The Yankees are not so lucky as they place Pitcher Joba Chamberlain on the DL before the game with what turns out to be a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery; Boston Reliever Bobby Jenks also goes on the DL, but his outlook is not as dire as Joba's.

2013- On the day, when his son Josh is selected by the Yankees in the 37th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft, Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte wins the 250th game of his MLB Pitching career beating the Mariners by the score of  3-1.

June 9th

1902- Former Yankees and MLB Baseball Executive Roy Haney was born. (1902-1983)

Roy Hamey was a long-time MLB Front Office Executive. He spent time as a General Manager for the Kansas City Blues(Yankees top AA club), Pirates (1945-1950),  Phillies (1954-1958) and the Yankees (1959-1963). He was the 1st true General Manager of the Pirates, as the Pirates Team President had previously handled the GM duties. With the Yankees, he had served under GM George Weiss as Assistant GM and Farm Director. In October of 1960, he replaced retiring Weiss as the new Yankees General Manager. In 1963, Roy stepped down as Yankees GM due to various health reasons, with Yankees Manager Ralph Houk becoming the new Yankees GM. Meanwhile Yankees Co-Team Owner Dan Topping named MLB Player-Coach Yogi Berra to become the team’s manager for the 1964 AL season. It was a decision that Houk didn’t like, because he wanted his own man to manage the 1964 Yankees.

1915- At the Polo Grounds‚ the White Sox pound the Yankees by the score of 13-0‚ as White Sox Starter Eddie Cicotte allows just 2 Yankee hits. Chicago OF Braggo Roth leads the Pale hose hitting attack with a HR‚ triple and a single.

1920- The Yankees come from behind to club the host Tigers by the score of 13-6. Pacing the Yankees are OF Bob Meusel with a double and 2 singles, hurler George Mogridge with a bases-loaded double before the Tigers knock him out. Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth has a single‚ 2 walks, he is hit with a pitch. The Tigers are playing without their Star player Ty Cobb‚ who is out 10 days with an injured knee.

1922- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park‚ the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox. On a 2-out single to the Shortstop‚ Yankees Catcher Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning, when he slides into 1st base‚ he is replaced by Reserve Catcher Al DeVormer. After the 3rd out‚ Wally Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th inning‚ DeVormer again runs for him‚ this time staying in to catch the rest of the game.

1927- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees win for the 3rd straight time over the White Sox winning the game by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers knock out Chicago Starter Ted Blankenship out of the box in the 7th inning. Yankees batter Ray Moreharthits Reliever Bert Cole's 1st pitch for a 3-run HR. Babe Ruth follows with a triple and then he steals home. The Yankees scored 6 runs in the inning.

1928- Indians OF Charlie Jamieson starts his 2nd triple play in 3 weeks‚ this time against the Yankees in the 2nd inning. Yankees Ben Paschal is on 3rd base and Tony Lazzeri on 1st‚ when Jamieson snags a line drive hit by Yankees batter Joe Dugan. Charlie's quick throw to 1B Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri‚ Ben Paschal is out at home, when he tries to score. Again‚ the Tribe are on the losing end‚ as the Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 7-3.

1931- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Player and Manager Bill Virdon (1974-1975) was born. 

In 1950, the Yankees had originally signed OF Bill Virdon as an MLB Amateur Player; he played in the Yankees farm system from 1950 to 1953; reaching AA Kansas City Blues (AA). In the spring of 1954, he was traded along with P Mel Wright and OF Emil Tellinger to the Cardinals for veteran All-Star OF Enos “Country” Slaughter in 1954. In 1955, he won the NL Rookie Of Year Award while playing for the Cardinals. Bill would later go on to be an NL All-Star OF with the Pirates. He hit .241 with the Pirates in the 1960 World Series against the Yankees. He managed the Pirates before coming to the Yankees to replace long-time Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, who resigned at the end of 1973 AL season. He is the only modern era Yankees Manager to not win a game at Yankee Stadium. Bill’s tenure as the Yankees Manager was when the team played their home games at Shea Stadium (1974-1975) during the remodeling of Yankee Stadium. In 1974, Bill was named The Sporting News American League Manager of the Year, for his 2nd place finish in the AL East with the Yankees. He helped Bobby Murcer become a better MLB Outfielder in 1974. Bill had moved Elliot Maddox to CF, Bobby Murcer went to RF. The 1975 AL season was marred with injuries to key Yankees players such as Bobby Bonds, Lou Piniella and veteran Starter Mel Stottlemyre. After being replaced by the Yankees in 1975 midseason by Billy Martin, Bill would later manage the Astros and Expos in the NL.

1933- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, A’s Slugger Jimmie Foxx ties a MLB record with another HR‚ his 5th HR in 3 games and his 12th of the 1933 AL season‚ but the A's bow to the Yankees by the score of 7-6. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits his 12th HR of the season; his Bronx teammate Tony Lazzeri hits a 3-run HR in the 8th inning to ice it. The sweltering heat in the East (New York City sets a heat record for the date with 97 degrees) causes both teams starters to end early; A’s Starter Jim Petersonleaves after walking the leadoff batter: After 5 innings, Bronx Starter P Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout, he has to be carried away to the clubhouse.

1936- St. Louis Browns Manager Rogers Hornsby makes his 2nd and last appearance of the 1936 AL season as he replaces the injured Jim Bottomley at 1B. The Browns beat the league-leading Yankees by the score of 5-3‚ when “The Rajah” draws a walk to force in the winning run and Beau Bell follows with another walk.

 1946- The New York Times reported that the Giants and the Yankees had agreed to a best of 3 exhibition series with the winner to receive the William O’Dwyer Trophy. O’Dwyer was the Mayor of New York City from 1946 to 1950. Over the years the teams had play in exhibition series games, but not on a regular basis. As early as 1912, the Yankees and Giants played a game at the Polo Grounds to raise funds for the American victims of the HMS Titanic disaster. There were a few games played during the 1930’s to help out NYC Depression Relief Funds. On June 26,1944, there was a benefit’s game with all 3 New York MLB teams to raise funds for the War Relief effort.

1946- The Yankees draw 66,545 fans for their doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, breaking 1-million attendance mark in the earliest date in MLB history. The Tribe takes the opener by a score of 9-5, while the Yankees come back to win the nightcap by a score of 7-4.

1947- The 2nd place Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Yankees Starter Allie Reynold issues 8 walks and Reliever Bill Bevens allows 3 more free passes. Yankees Closer Joe Page walks none in the 9th inning, but Yankees Catcher Aaron Robinson allows a pop-up drop in front of the plate for a single and 2 hits later‚ the White Sox score the winning run. Yankees Johnny Lindell and White Sox hitter Luke Appling hit HRs in the game.

1959- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees edge Kansas City by the score of 9-8 in 13 innings. Mickey Mantle HR in the 4th inning‚ off of veteran MLB P Murry Dickson‚ but it is Hector Lopez's single that wins it for the Yankees in the 13th inning.

1961- In a rain-interrupted game in at Yankee Stadium‚ Yankees CF Mickey Mantle's 3-run HR in the 3rd inning is the difference in an 8-6 win over the A’s. His Yankees teammate, Roger Maris also HRs‚ the 3rd time during the 1961 AL season, that the M&M Boys have gone deep in the same game.

1969- The Yankees purchased veteran Knuckleball P Ken Johnson from the Braves for undisclosed amount of cash. He had a 0-1 record with 1 save in 9 games with the 1969 Braves. Johnson appeared in 12 games for the 1969 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.46 ERA. In August of 1969, the Yankees sold Ken to the Cubs for the waiver price of $20,000 Cash.

1973- At Kansas City‚ the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to stop the Royals by the score of 6-4. Newcomer Yankees hurler Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings in relief, as he only allows 1 Royals hit to win the game. The Bombers move into 1st place in the AL East with the victory.

1974- Former Yankees DH/OF Randy Winn (2010) was born.

On February 8, 2010, veteran OF Randy Winn was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. The Yankees will release Randy Winn in May of 2010, after he had appeared in only 29 games for the team,  while hitting just .213 with 1 HR and 8 RBI’s. He will finish the 2010 MLB season with the Cardinals.

1977- Bronx Shortstop Bucky Dent’s 3-hits highlight a Yankees 10-1 victory at Milwaukee County Stadium over the Brewers with Yankees Starter Don Gullet picking up his 5th victory of the 1977 AL season.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Jason Anderson (2003, 2005) was born.

On June 5, 2000, P Jason Anderson was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 2003, Jason appeared in 22 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On July 16, 2003, Anderson was traded by theYankees along with Minor League Players Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia to the Mets for NL All-Star Reliever Armando Benitez. On June 1, 2004, Jason was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in 3 games for the 2004 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 recordOn February 15, 2006, Jason was selected off waivers by the Padres from the Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, Jason went 2-0 with a 5.47 ERA in 25 games for the team.

 1981- At Royals Stadium, the Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 8-5 by using 4 relief pitchers. Jeff Nelson started the game followed by Dave LaRoche, then Mike Griffin and the game was closed out by Closer Rich Gossage, who picks up his 17th save of the 1981 AL season. LaRoche goes 4 plus innings, picking up his 3rd victory of the season. Yankees knock out Royals Starter Juan Berenguer, who was replaced by Reliever Renie Martin, who took the loss, dropping to 1-3 record. Yankee’s hitters Dave Winfield and Graig Nettles hit HRs for the Yankees.

1992- The Yankees traded Reliever Lee Guetterman to the Mets in exchange for veteran Reliever Tim Burke. Lee Guetterman had pitched for the 1988-1992 Yankees, while compiling a 21-19 record with a 3.73 ERA and 2 saves in 233 games. In 1992, Lee Guetterman was 1-1 with a 9.53 ERA for the 1992 Yankees. Tim Burke was 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA for the 1992 Mets. Neither Pitcher had a save for their teams. Burke was a former Yankees Minor League Pitcher, who had been traded to the Expos. Reliever Tim Burke will appear in 23 games for the 1992 Yankees; while posting a 2-2 record with a 3.25 ERA. After the 1992 AL season ends, the Yankees will grant him MLB Free Agency. He will be signed by the Reds, but Tim will never appear with 1993 Reds at the MLB level, ending his MLB pitching career.

1993- Former Yankees Pitcher Jonathan Holder (2016-2020) was born.

Jonathan Holder was drafted by the Yankees in the 6th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Mississippi State University. After pitching for AAA Scranton (IL) in 2016, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.65 ERA and 16 saves in 33 games. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the team in September of 2016, appearing in 8 games in relief with no decisions. In 2020, he posted a 3-0 record with 4.98 ERA in 18 games. In December 2, 2020, Jonathan was nontendered by the team becoming an MLB Free Agent. On December 17, 2020, he signed a 1-year MLB deal with the Cubs for the 2021 NL season. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a record of 10-6 with a 4.38 ERA and no saves in 151 games.

1997- The Yankees traded P David Weathers to the Indians for OF Chad Curtis. In 1997, Weathers was 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA for the team, before being sent down to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Overall, Dave posted a 0-3 record with a 9.57 ERA in 21 games for the Yankees. After being obtained from the Marlins for P Mark Hutton, he went 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA. Weathers did improve his pitching in the 2006 AL Postseason with a 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA in 7 games. Overall, Dave posted a 0-3 record with a 9.57 ERA in 21 games for the 1997-1998 Yankees. Chad Curtis will hit .291 with 12 HRs and 50 RBIs in 93 games for the 1997 Yankees. He was originally with the Angels, then he was traded by the team to Tigers, who then traded him to the Dodgers in July of 1996. In the winter of 1996, he was signed by the Tribe as an MLB Free Agent. For the 1997 Indians, Chad had hit .207 in 22 games. An excellent fielder and base runner, Curtis had a lifetime .268 BA with 161 stolen bases in his MLB playing career.

2002- At Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 55,335 fans, Yankees Starter Roger Clemens holds the Giants to just to 2 runs, allowing just 7 hits along with 9 strikeouts in 8 innings of work. Yankees Reliever Steve Karsay closes the game for the Bombers picking up his 2nd save of the 2002 AL season with a scoreless 9th inning. Yankees DH Nick Johnson has 1 hit with 2 RBIs, also Yankees batters Robin Ventura and Rondell White drive in runs in the game. Giants’ Starter Felix Rodriguez takes the lost.

2010- At Camden Yards in Baltimore, Yankees Ace CC Sabathia goes 7 innings allowing only 2 Orioles runs as the Yankees defeat the Orioles by the score of 4-2.  Bronx Reliever Joba Chamberlain and Closer Mo Rivera close out the game with 2 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 Oriole hit. Rivera picks-up his 14 save of the 2010 AL season. Sabathia improves his 2010 AL season pitching record to 6-3. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano leads the Yankees hitting attack with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate, while driving in 1 run. Baltimore Starter Chris Tillman takes the lost for the Birds; he is still winless for the 2010 AL season now with a 0-2 mark.

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This Week in Yankees History June 6th-June 12th Part Two

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June 10th

1870- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Pat McCauley (1903) was born. (1870-1917)

Reserve Catcher Pat McCauley only appeared in 6 games, while hitting just .053 for 1903 Yankees.

1892- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frank Gilhooley (1913-1918) was born. (1892-1959)

On August 25,1913OF Frank Gilhooley was purchased by the Yankees from the Cardinals. Frank will appear in 259 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 2 HRs and 55 RBI’s. On December 18,1918, Frank was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell and Slim Love, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran Starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and P Ernie Shore.

1894- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred “Bootnose” Hofmann (1919-1925) was born. (1894-1964)

Reserve Catcher Fred Hofmann appeared in 213 games with the Yankees, while hitting .245 with 7 HRs and 53 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1923 World Series for the team against the Giants with no hits. On May 29,1925, Fred was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, P Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for INF Mark Koenig. On October 28,1925, the Yankees sent Reserve INF Ernie Johnson to the Saints to complete the trade. Fred would return with the MLB, playing with the 1927-1928 Red Sox. After his MLB active playing career ended, Fred would become a Minor League Manager for the Cardinals organization. He then moved to the St. Louis Browns' organization as a MLB Coach beginning in 1938. After a 12-year stint as an MLB Coach for the Browns, Hofmann became an MLB Scout for the franchise from 1950 to 1964, staying with the team when they relocated and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. He filled in several times as a Manager for teams in the Orioles' farm system during the 1950s. 

 1900- Former Yankees Pitcher and Minor League Manager Garland Braxton (1925-1926) was born. (1900-1966)

Garland Braxton appeared in 40 games with the Yankees, while posting a 6-2 record with a 3.53 ERA and 2 saves. On October 19,1926, he was sent by the Yankees to the Senators to complete an earlier deal made on August 27,1926. The Yankees sent Players to be Named Later to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Dutch Ruether. After retiring as an active MLB player, Garland managed in the Yankees Minor League System with the 1944-1945 Norfolk Tars (PL) and the 1946 Binghamton Triplets (EL).

1903- Detroit Tigers Shortstop Kid Elberfeld‚ who was suspended for abusing an Umpire‚ is traded to the Highlanders for 2 Infielders: Herman Long and Ernie Courtney.  It is the 1st MLB trade in the team’s short AL franchise history. The Highlanders' 1st trade is a good one as "The Tabasco Kid,” currently hitting .341‚ will be a key ingredient in New York's rise as contenders in 1904. Elberfeld had been accused by the Tigers Manager Edward Barrow of deliberately throwing games recently, as a ploy to get him traded by the team. The veteran MLB Shortstop Herman Long was 37 years old at the end of his MLB playing career. He had played in 22 games for the 1903 team, hitting just .188. Ernie Courtney was in 2nd season in the MLB, he was playing Shortstop for the Yankees, while hitting .266 in 25 games for the club.

1905- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny “Deacon Danny” MacFayden (1932-1934) was born. (1905-1972)

On June 5,1932, P Dan MacFayden was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for 2 hurlers: Ivy Andrews, Hank Johnson and $50,000 in Cash. Dan went 14-10 with a 4.68 ERA and 1 save in 64 games for the Yankees. On June 4, 1935, he was selected off waivers by the Braves from the Yankees.

1906- The White Sox manage just 1 hit off of Bronx Starter Al Orth, but they still beat the Yankees by the score of 1-0 on an unearned run. In the 3rd inning‚ 2 errors and a hit batsman score the Chicago run. Fielder Jones has the lone White Sox hit‚ a 6th-inning single.

1909- Tigers Starter George Mullin's winning streak reaches 11 games with a 2-1 win over the Yankees. On June 15th‚ he will finally lose a game to the Philadelphia by the score of 5-4.

1921- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth became MLB’s Career HR leader by hitting his 120th HR off of Tribe Starter Jim Bagby the 3rd inning. The Indians won the game by a score of 8-6. Former NL Slugger Roger Connor (1880-1897) held the MLB HR record until that time.

1922- At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth's 2-run HR in the 3rd inning off of Browns Starter Urban Shocker‚ ties the game. Shocker then hits Bombers’ batter 3B Frank Baker and a double‚ single‚ 2 errors on the same play and a sacrifice fly score 4 more Yankee runs. Shocker then sends Yankees Starter Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him‚ he fires his 1st pitch right at OF Whitey Witt. The Yankees score 6 runs off of Shocker‚ another 6 runs off of Browns Relievers to win the game by the score of 14-5. A foul fly in the 7th inning beans St. Louis Browns Team Owner Phil Ball‚ who was sitting behind the Browns dugout. He has a slight head concussion that requires 4 stitches. 

1929- Former Yankees Minor League C Hank Foiles was born.

In November of 1947, Catcher Hank Foiles was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Hank never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He played in the Yankees farm system from 1947 to 1951. On November 19,1951Hank was drafted by the Reds from the Yankees organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He was a Reserve Catcher in the MLB from 1953-1964, playing for the Reds, Cubs, Pirates, Indians, Orioles, A’s and finishing with the 1964 Angels. His best MLB player season was in 1957 with the Pirates, hitting .270 and making the NL All-Star team.

1933- He's not there for his hitting, A’s Starter Lefty Grove strikes out 5 times‚ a MLB 1st in the 20th century‚ but his Philadelphia A’s team will beat the Yankees by the score of 9-5. Lefty will hit .086 this 1933 AL season.

1934- Philadelphia A’s OF Doc Cramer hits for the cycle‚ but the Yankees still beat the A's by the score of 7-3 on Lou Gehrig's 2nd Grand Slam HRs of the 1934 AL season.

1941- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, the Yankees down the White Sox by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers break open the Tuesday day game with 5 run rally in the 6-inning. They will get a complete game victory from their Starter Steve Peek; whose 1941 pitching record is now 3-1. Chicago Starter Johnny Rigney takes the loss for the White Sox, going 7 innings, while giving up 11 Yankees hits and 8 earn runs along with 4 walks. The Yankees hitting attack is led by Frank Crosetti’s Grand Slam HR and a 2-run HR blast from OF Charlie Keller. The Yankees are now 29-22 with 2 ties for the 1941 AL season. The day game played at Comiskey Park attracts only 2,832 Chicago fans.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden (1979-1980) was born.

On February 15,1979, Minor League C Brad Gullen was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for OF/1B Gary Thomasson. In 1978, Brad had played for the Dodgers AAA club, the Albuquerque Dukes, hitting .294. He led all PCL Catchers in assists, putouts and double plays. He appeared in 42 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1979-1980 Yankees, while hitting .168.After Thurman Munson’s tragic death in August of 1979, Brad was one of the 2 young Catchers (other; Jerry Narron), who were used by the club. He spent most of the 1980 season playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On November 18,1980, Brad was traded by the Yankees along with $150,000 Cash to the Mariners for a Player to be Named Later and Reserve INF Larry Milbourne. On May 18,1981, the Mariners sent Catcher Brad Gulden back to the Yankees to complete the trade. On April 5,1982, Brad was traded by the Yankees to the Expos for Reserve Catcher Bobby Ramos. On October 26,1982, Brad was repurchased by the Yankees from the Expos. After the 1983 AL season, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

1957- Tigers Starter Frank Lary gives up a 3rd-inning HR to Mickey Mantle in Detroit‚ but he still beats the Yankees by the score of 9-4. Mickey Mantle now leads the AL with 13 HRs; Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams is 2nd in the AL with 10 HRs.

1960- At Yankee Stadium‚ Bronx Slugger Mickey Mantle cracks his 3rd HR in 3 days to ruin a good relief effort by Indians Richard Stigman. The 8th-inning HR solo shot gives the Bronx Bombers a 4-3 win over the Tribe.

1961- At Yankee Stadium‚ ex-Yankees OF Hank Bauer, now playing for the Kansas City A’s, hits an inside-the-park HR over Mickey Mantle's head to the Centerfield Monuments, but Mantle's HR in the bottom of the 8th off Rookie A’s Reliever Bill Kunkel cements the Bombers 5-3 victory over the A’s.

 1966- The Yankees obtained P Fred Talbot and C Bill Bryant from the Kansas City A’s for OF Roger Repoz, hurlers Bill Stafford and Gil Blanco. Fred Talbot went 14-24 with a 3.99 ERA in 89 games for the Yankees before being unloaded to the Seattle Pilots in 1968. Jim Bouton wrote about him in his famous baseball book “Ball Four.” Reserve Catcher Bill Bryant will appear in 43 games for the 1966-1967 Yankees; while hitting .210 with 5 HRs and 7 RBIs. He will be selected in the 1967 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft by the Senators from the Yankees Organization. Rookie P Gil Blanco went 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 17 games for the Yankees. He will go 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 11 games for the A’s. Veteran Yankees Starter Bill Stafford was recovering from pitching arm injuries. At the time of trade, he was 5-0 with AAA Richmond (IL) expecting a call-up to the Bronx for a start in Detroit. Which raised some questions marks in the NYC Sports Media about need of the trade for P Fred Talbot. Bill had gone 43-35 with a 3.48 ERA and 9 saves in 96 games for the 1960-1966 Yankees. Bill appeared in the 1960-1962 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 2.08 ERA in 4 games.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League C Tom Padden passed away. (1908-1973)

On December 27,1939, veteran Catcher Tom Padden was purchased along with INF Alex Kampouris by the Yankees from the Giants organization. Tom never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead he is sent to their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL). Tom had previously played in the MLB with the 1932-1937 Pirates. On March 26,1943, the Yankees sent P Al Gerheauser and C Tom Padden to the Phillies to complete an earlier deal made on January 22,1943. On January 22,1943, the Yankees sent to the Phillies for Unknown Compensation, P Al Gettel and 1B/OF Ed Levy returned to original team on March 26,1943.

1975-The Yankees sponsor “Army Day” at their temporary home‚ Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute‚ glass is splintered‚ the ballpark is filled with smoke‚ as part of the Outfield fence is blown away and another part is set afire.

1977- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry does it again, stopping the Twins by the score of 4-1 with 9th inning help from Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle. The key Yankees hit in the game was a 2-run double by 2B Willie Randolph.

1978- The Yankees send former NL Starter Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs‚ his 1st MLB team in exchange for Minor Leaguer P Ron Davis. Holtzman proved to be a major disappointment in New York, going 12-10 with a 4.64 ERA in 44 games for the team. He didn’t get along with Yankees Manager Billy Martin, who at times just let him sit in the Yankees bullpen. Ken will not recapture his old pitching form with the Cubs. Minor League Reliever Ron Davis will blossom in 1979, when his 14-2 mark sets a record for most wins by a Rookie MLB Reliever. He will form the Yankees bullpen duo of Gossage and Davis, being the set-up man.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve OF Zoilo Alomonte (2013-2014) was born.

Outfielder Zoilo Almonte was signed as a 16-year-old in 2005, made his pro baseball debut in the 2006 Dominican Summer League. He came to the U.S. in 2007, spending 2 summers with the GCL Yankees. He began 2013 season at the AAA level with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He was called up to the Yankees in June. He made his MLB Player debut on June 19th as a pinch-hitter against the Dodgers, the following night, he got his 1st MLB hit, a single off of Rays Reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Then he hit his 1st MLB career HR on May 21st against Rays P Roberto Hernandez, as part of a 3-for-4 evening and followed that with a 3-RBI game the following day. He finished the 2013 AL season with a .236 BA with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. In 2014, he only appeared in 13 games for the Yankees, while hitting only .139 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. After the 2014 AL season, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would be sign by the Braves. In the winter of 2015, he was granted his MLB Free Agency by the Braves. He played for a pro team in the Mexican League in 2016-2017.

1998- Yankees OF Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his MLB playing career in New York's 6-2 victory over his old team, the Montreal Expos. He is the 5th player in MLB history to reach that milestone. The Yankees lose CF Bernie Williams to the DL, when he injures his knee sliding.

2002- In MLB Inter-League playthe Yankees beat the Diamondbacks by the score of 7-5. On the 1st pitch he sees in the Majors‚ Yankees Rookie OF Marcus Thames hits a HR off of D-backs Ace Randy Johnson.

2005- The 1919 MLB Player contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings in a staggering $996‚000 at auction.

2007- Former Yankees Long-Time Minor League Manager Vern Hoschiet (1948-1960) passed away. (1922-2007)

In 1948, Vern Hoscheit took over as Manager for the Yankees farm club, the McAlester Rockets (SSL), leading them to the best record in the league. He stayed with McAlester through 1951 Minor League season, taking league titles in 1950 and 1951. He moved up to the Joplin Miners (WA) in 1952, guiding them to the best record and playoff win. Vern moved to the Three-I League, the next taking over the 1953-1956 Quincy Gems and winning league titles in 1953 and 1954 (his 4th and 5th in a row). When the Yankees switched their affiliate from Quincy to the Peoria Chiefs, he moved to Peoria in 1957. In 1958, he moved to the Greensboro Yankees (CL) guided them for 2 seasons. Vern Hoscheit was the last President of the Three-I League in 1960-1961. Vern was then an Orioles MLB Scout from 1962-1967. In 1968, he was an Oriole MLB Coach. From 1965-1967, he also was in charge of the Orioles team in the Florida Instructional League. He was then a member of the 1969-1974 Oakland A’s MLB Coaching staff. In 1976, he joined the Angels organization. In 1983, Hoscheit guided the GCL Mets. From 1984-1987, he was a Mets MLB Coach.

2010- He may not be accompanied by the hoopla that surrounds the Nationals young hurler Stephen Strasburg but the Orioles' Jake Arrieta matches the Nats phenom in at least one respect: by winning his MLB Pitching debut, a 4-3 victory over the Yankees. He gives up 3 Bronx runs in 6 innings before the Orioles bullpen takes over, with David Hernandez picking up his 1st MLB career save. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez  leaves the game with a groin strain in the 2nd inning, 4 days, after suffering a similar problem in a game against the Blue Jays.

2020- Former Yankees OF/DH Claudell Washington (1986-1988,1990) passed away from Prostate Cancer at age of 65. (1954-2020)

On June 30,1986, veteran OF Claudell Washington was traded by the Braves along with Minor League INF Paul Zuvella to the Yankees for veteran OF/1B Ken Griffey Sr. and Reserve INF Andre Robertson. His best Yankees season was in 1987, when he hit .308 with 13 HRs and 42 RBIs.  After the 1988 AL season, Claudell left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Angels. On April 29,1990, Claudell was traded by the Angels along with P Rich Monteleone to the Yankees for OF/DH Luis Polonia. As a Yankees player, Washington appeared in 315 games, while hitting .277 with 26 HRs and 130 RBIs. Claude hit the Yankees 10,000th franchise Home Run. He finished his 17-year MLB playing career with the 1990 Yankees, appearing in only 33 games, just batting .162 with no HRS and 6 RBIs. Overall, he appeared in  1,912 MLB games, while hitting .278 with 164 HRs and 824 RBIs. He originally came up to the MLB with the 1974 Oakland A’s.

June 11th

1886- Former Yankee INF Claud “Deek” Derrick (1913) was born. (1886-1974)

On September 18,1912, INF Claud Derrick was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for Catcher Red McKee. He will appear in 23 games for the Yankees, while hitting .292 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs. He originally came up with the A’s after playing college baseball at the Univ. of Ga. While playing for the 1913 Yankees, he was spiked by Dodgers base runner Zack Wheat in an exhibition game on his throwing hand. On June 26,1913, Claud was purchased by the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). In 5 MLB seasons, he had hit .242 with 1 HR and 33 RBIs in 113 games.

1912- Former Yankees Team Co-Owner Dan Topping Sr. (1945-1966) was born. (1912-1974)

Sports Businessman Dan Topping Sr. became part Team Owner of the New York Yankees in 1945, when he was part of a business group that purchased the team from the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert. This group included Construction and Real Estate Businessman Del Webb and former MLB Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail Sr. (1945-1947). After the Yankees 1947 World Series win over the Dodgers, the MacPhail sold his team shares to his Business Partners Webb and Topping The 2 co-team owners sold their majority interest in the club to CBS Inc. in November 1964. Dan Topping Sr. sold his remaining 10% stake in the Yankees to CBS Inc. in the fall of 1966. Topping also owned the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL in the 1930’s. When the football New York Giants refused to allow Topping to move the team to Yankee Stadium, he did so anyway and moved his team to the rival AAFC. Topping renamed the team the New York Yankees. Dan was married 6 times, including to Olympic Figure-Skating Champion and Actress Sonja Henie from 1940 to 1946. He served in the Marines during World War II, achieving the rank of Colonel. In 1974, Dan passed away from lung disease at age 61. His son, Dan Topping, Jr. was a General Manager for the 1966 Yankees for a short period of time taking over from GM Ralph Houk, who had resigned from the position to return to managing the club, after the firing Manager Johnny Keane.

1915- The Yankees finally beat the White Sox‚ winning the game by the score of 10-9. Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell hits a pinch-hit HR for his 2nd pinch-hit HR in 2 days. He hit a HR yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Nobody else in the ALrepeats the feat until Red Sox Shortstop Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow, Caldwell will hit another long ball‚ but he is on the mound in that game.

1919- Yankees veteran Starter Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers by the score of 7-0. Yankees Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is 2 for 3 at the plate to start his 29-game hitting streak.

1922- Insisting on another start‚ Browns Starter Urban Shocker is again beaten by the Yankees by the score of 8-4. The Bronx Bombers scores 3 runs in the 7th inning on a walk‚ 3 hits and a OF Ken Williams throwing error. Gene Robertson‚ a substitute, adds the game's topper in the 7th inning, when he lifts a high fly behind the Browns' dugout and the ball strikes Browns Team Owner Phil Ball on the cheek, giving him a mild concussion and requiring 4 stitches. Following the game‚ Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury‚ but he still racks up a season total of 348 innings pitched for 2nd in the AL.

1927- At Yankee Stadium‚ Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth clouts 2 consecutive HRs (#19 and #20) off of Tribe P Garland Buckeye‚ but in his next time up Ruth is set upon by Indians C Luke Sewell, who demands that the Umpires inspect the Bambino's bat. The umpires find nothing illegal‚ but the crowd of 30‚000 fans cheer the Babe‚ who then strikes out. His Yankees teammate Tony Lazzeri adds a HR for the Bronx Bombers, who win the game by the final score of 6-4. Cleveland’s veteran 1B George Burns is 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 doubles.

1934- The Yankees thrash West Point U.S. Army Baseball team by the score of 7-0 in their annual exhibition game held at West Point. Yankees Starter Jimmie DeShong provides the whitewash of the Army Cadets team.

1948- The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees by the score of 10-8‚ as Reliever Bob Feller fans Yankees batter Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar with the bases full to end the game. Leading off the 9th inning, Yankees Joe DiMaggio had hit a HR. Game highlights include Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra getting tossed by Umpire Cal Hubbard; young Bobby Brown being replaced at 2B in the 8th inning by veteran INF George Stirnweiss‚ a move that will remain permanent for the rest of 1948 AL season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th inning by striking out - his 1st K in 42 games. The game - interrupted by rain and a fans' missile barrage – finally ends at 12:20 A.M.

1953- Behind the pitching duo of Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald and Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds‚ the 1st-place Yankees beat the Tigers by the score of 6-3 to extend its winning streak to 14 games. The Bombers get a game-winner HR from Mickey Mantle off of Tigers P Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in Right CF at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. Mantle has now hit in 16 straight games‚ but he will go hitless tomorrow‚ when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today’s game, Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the 1953 AL season. The Yankees get another tape measure HR blast, when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning HR that lands on the 98 Ft. high press box over the 370-FT sign.

1961- At Wrigley Field in LA, Yankees sweep 2 games from the new 1961 AL Expansion Team, the Angels‚ winning the opener by the score of 2-1 behind Starter Ralph Terry's 5-hitter. Yogi Berra clouts a pair of solo HRs. In the nightcap‚ Mickey Mantle's 1st inning HR #19‚ gives him the AL HR lead‚ but Roger Maris adds a pair of HRs‚ his 19th and 20th of 1961 AL season‚ as Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 5-1. The Yankees have won 10 of 11 games.

1964- After a 2-week absence, Bronx Bombers Slugger Mickey Mantle is back in the Yankees starting lineup, as he clouts 2 HRs at Fenway Park off of Red Sox Starter Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win the game easily by the score of 8-4.

1967- Before the largest crowd of the 1967 AL season‚ 62‚582 fans are on hand at Yankee Stadium for “Bat Day‚” the White Sox regain 1st place in the AL from the Tigers by sweeping a twin bill from the Yankees by the scores of 2-1 and 3-2. They will stay in 1st place in the AL until August 12th.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Kemp Wicker (1936-1938) passed away. (1906-1973)

Kemp Wicker appeared in 24 games for the 1936-1938 Yankees, while posting a 9-5 record with a 4.95 ERA. He appeared in 1 game of 1937 World Series against the Giants, pitching 1 inning with no record. On February 6,1939, Kemp was purchased along with Minor League C Chris Hartje by the Dodgers from the Yankees for $50,000 Cash. He pitched 1 season for the Dodgers, while posting a 1-2 record with 3.6 ERA in 16 games. Later, Wicker managed in the Minor Leagues between 1946 and 1954. He was an MLB Scout for the 1950-1951 Cardinals.

1974- Yankees veteran AL All-Star Starter Mel Stottlemyre made his 272nd consecutive start, with no relief appearances to set an AL pitching record. In the 4th inning‚ after throwing a curve ball to veteran Tribe Slugger Frank Robinson, Mel Stottlemyre feels a pop in his right pitching shoulder. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: he'll throw just 2 more innings‚ his MLB Pitching career will be over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher for the Indians.

 1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Konstanty (1955-1956) passed away. (1917-1976)

After being acquired from the Phillies during the 1954 AL season, veteran P Jim Konstanty posted a 1-1 mark with 2 saves in 9 games. In 1955, Jim went 7-2 for the Bombers with 11 saves in 45 games. In 1956, he was 0-0 with 2 saves in 8 games before being released by the Yankees. He will finish the 1956 MLB season with the Cardinals, appearing in 27 games, while posting a 1-1 record. In 1950, he was the NL MVP with the Phillies, posting a 16-7 record along  with 22 saves. He appeared in 3 games with the Phillies against the Yankees in the 1950 World Series. He lost the Opening Game by a score of 1-0 to Yankees Starter Vic Raschi. Overall, for his MLB Pitching career, Jim went 66-48 with a 3.46 ERA in 433 games. As an MLB Reliever, he went 51-35 with 74 saves.

1980- Former Yankees Minor League OF/P Yhency Brazoban was born.

On July 10,1997, Yhency Brazoban was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Brazoban started his pro career as an Outfielder, but his cannon arm, as well as his offensive ineptitude, prompted the Yankees to convert him to the mound. On December 13, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Brandon Weeden, MLB Starter Jeff Weaver and Cash to the Dodgers for veteran MLB Starter Kevin Brown. The Dodgers released him at the end of 2008 NL season.

1981- The White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 3-2 handing Yankees P Doug Bird his 1st MLB loss since August 16‚1978. The journeyman right-hander had won 12 consecutive decisions.

1987- Having traded for him last December‚ the Phillies traded veteran MLB OF/1B Mike Easler back to the Yankees for a pair of Minor League players; OF Keith Hughes and OF/INF Shane Turner. After being used as a DH with the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL with the 1987 Phillies, he was playing Leftfield. Mike had hit .282 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs in 33 games. He will hit .281 with 4 HRs and 21 RBIs in 65 games with the Yankees. OF Keith Hughes had appeared with the Yankees going 0 for 4, before being returned to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Shane Turner was at AA level with the Yankees. The Phillies will send back Hughes to AAA club, the Maine Guides (IL) and Turner to their AA club, the Reading Phillies (EL). At the end of the 1987 AL season, the Yankees will release Mike Easler. With the arrival of Easler, Yankees make an MLB team roster move by sending C Joel Skinner to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He lost his starting Catcher job to Veteran MLB C Rick Cerone. He was hitting just .137 the team.

1988- Yankees veteran P Rick Rhoden became the 1st pitcher to start a game as a DH since the AL adopted the DH rule in 1973. Batting 7th in the Yankees line-up‚ ahead of Shortstop Rafael Santana and Catcher Joel Skinner‚ Rhoden hits a sacrifice fly in Yankees 8-6 win over the Orioles. Later‚ Jose Cruz replaces him as the DH in the Yankees line-up.

1993- The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 seagulls, who swoop down onto the field‚ apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5-4‚ winning in the 9th inning on a 2-run pinch-hit HR by Kevin Maas. While no players or seagulls are hurt‚ Yankees 3B Wade Boggs calls the situation "terribly dangerous.” The seagulls will return for tomorrow night's game‚ but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds. “Gus the Wonder Dog‚” on loan from the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association‚ will keep them away from the playing field.

 2003- Six Astros Pitchers: Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for the 1st no-hitter against the Yankees in 45 years, winning the game by the score of 8-0 and stopping New York streak at 6,980 games with at least 1 hit.  Orioles Starter Hoyt Wilhelm accomplished the feat in 1958, beating the Yankees by the score of 1-0. The Houston sextet also set a record for the highest number of pitchers to throw a No-Hitter in MLB history (4 accomplished the feat twice).

2004- The Yankees lose to the Padres by the score of 10-2 to end New York's 13-game MLB inter-league winning streak‚ the longest such streak since the advent of MLB Inter-League play.

2007- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Vern Hoscheit passes away. (1902-2007)

Vern Hoscheit took over as Manager for the Yankees farm club, the McAlester Rockets (SSL) in 1948, leading them to the best record in the league. He stayed with McAlester through the 1951 season, taking league titles in 1950 -1951. He moved up to the 1952 Joplin Miners (WA), guiding them to the best record and playoff win. He moved to the Three-I League, the next taking over the Quincy Gems from 1953-1956 and winning league titles in 1953-1954 (his 4th and 5th in a row). When the Yankees switched their affiliate from Quincy to the Peoria Chiefs, Hoschiet moved to Peoria in 1957. In 1958, he moved to the Greensboro Yankees (CL) and guided them for 2 seasons. Hoscheit was the last President of the Three-I League in 1960-1961. Hoscheit was then an MLB Orioles Scout from 1962-1967 and an Oriole MLB Coach in 1968. From 1965-1967, he also was in charge of the Orioles team in the Florida Instructional League. He was then a member of the Oakland A’s MLB Coaching staff in 1969-1974. In 1976, he joined the Angels. In 1983, Hoscheit guided the GCL Mets. From 1984 to 1987, he was a Mets MLB Coach.

2009- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Woodson “Woodie” Held (1954,1957) passed away from Brain Cancer. (1932-2009)

Before the start of the 1951 AL season, INF/OF Woodie Held was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. Woodie appeared in 4 games with the 1954 Yankees and 1 game during the 1957 AL season with no hits. Former Yankees teammate 2B Bobby Richardson called him “a natural shortstop,” one of the best that he had seen. He was unable to break into the regular Yankees Infield or Outfield. On June 15,1957, he was traded by the Yankees to the Kansas City A’s along with INF Billy Martin, Pitcher Ralph Terry and OF Bob Martyn for Pitcher Ryne Duren, Outfielder’s Jim Pisoni and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. He had been playing for the Yankees AAA Club, the Denver Bears (AA), hitting .279. On June 15,1958, the A’s traded 1B/OF Vic Power and Woodie Held to the Indians for OF Roger Maris, P Richard Tomanek and INF/OF Preston Ward. He would become the Indians starting Shortstop from 1959-1964. Woodie Held would play with the Yankees, A’s, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels and the Senators during his active MLB playing career, which lasted until 1969. He finished his MLB playing career with .240 BA, while hitting 179 HRs and 559 RBIs in 1,390 games.

2010- Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte records his 200th victory in Yankee pinstripes in the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Astros at Yankee Stadium. Hall of Fame Yankee Pitchers Whitey Ford (236 wins) and Red Ruffing (231 wins) are the only other members of this exclusive Yankees Pitchers club. 

2011- The Yankees keep pace by shutting out the Indians by the score of 4-0 behind veteran Starter Bartolo Colon's 5th win of the 2011 AL season. However, the win proves costly as the big pitcher, who is making a remarkable comeback from a year away from baseball must leave the game in the 7th with a strained hamstring. He will be placed on the DL after the game; 3B Alex Rodriguez is hit in the hip by Tribe hurler Mitch Talbot after blasting 1 of 3 Yankees solo HRs on the day - Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira hit the others - and must also leave the game, although the injury is minor. Talbot also leaves early, being ejected from the game by the umpires for throwing at A-Rod.

June 12th

1907- The Yankees commit 11 errors in their 14-6 loss to the Tigers. The unlucky Yankee players were Shortstop Kid Elberfeld with 4 errors and with 1 apiece: 1B Hal Chase, 3B Frank LaPorte, 2B Jimmy Williams, 2B George Moriarty, LF Bill Conroy, Pitchers Al Orth and Bill Hogg. After game, Yankees Manager Clark Griffith assaulted a spectator, a merchant named Mr. Frank and the Bronx Police charged him with assault. In NYC court, Clark Griffith argued self-defense. He was merely fined by the Judge for his actions.

1922- St. Louis Browns P Hub Pruett struck out Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth 3 consecutive times as the Browns beat theYankees by the score of 7-1.

1928- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig collects 14 total bases with 2 triples and 2 HRs in a 15-7 Bronx victory over the White Sox. Yankees HRs that were in hit the game were by Lou Gehrig (2), Babe Ruth, Earl Combs and Catcher Pat Collins.

 1938- A Sunday crowd of 43,702 fans at Yankee Stadium, watch the Bronx Bombers score 2 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and defeat the Indians by a score of 7-6. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing picks up a complete game victory, he is now 8-2 for the 1938 AL season. Home Runs by 2B Joe Gordon and P Red Ruffing highlight the Yankees hitting attack. Former Yankees P Johnny Allen starts for the Tribe, while Reliever Bob Feller takes the loss.

1939- The Baseball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated at Cooperstown, N.Y. The greatest-ever gathering of members and future inductees of the Hall of Fame accepted their player plaques: P Grover Alexander, OF Ty Cobb, INF Eddie Collins, P Walter Johnson, INF Nap Lajoie, MLB Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack, OF/P Babe Ruth, 1B George Sisler, OF Tris Speaker, INF Honus Wagner and P Cy Young.

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Gary Jones (1970-1971) was born.

Before the start of the 1967 AL Season, P Gary Jones was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Gary was 0-0 with 7.88 ERA in 14 games with 1970-1971 Yankees before being traded to the Rangers along with P Terry Ley for veteran MLB INF Bernie Allen.

1947- The Game #1 of the 1947 Mayor’s Trophy game series is held at the Polo Grounds with the Yankees winning the game by the scoring of 7-0. Yankees Joe DiMaggio has a 2-run double in the 3rd inning. Bronx Catcher Aaron Robinson hits a HR in the 4th.  Mel Queen picks up the victory for the Bombers, while Bill Ayers takes the loss for the Giants. The Polo Grounds game attendance was 39,970 fans. The 2nd Game of the series will be played on August 18,1947 at Yankee Stadium. Next year, the Mayor’s Trophy game will be only 1 game, instead of the original 3 game series due to the 3 team’s scheduling difficulties during the regular MLB season.

1953- The Yankees obtained INF Willie Miranda from the St. Louis Browns for Cash, above the waiver price. He had previously played for the Senators, White Sox and the Browns in the AL. He would back up the aging Phil Rizzuto at Shortstop for 2 seasons before being traded to the Orioles in the winter of 1954 in the big 17-player trade that featured Orioles Pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen coming to the Yankees. Miranda will play in 140 games for the team, while hitting .241 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. He didn’t make any World Series appearances for the team in 1953. Bronx Bomber Shortstop Phil Rizzuto called him one of finest fielding infielders that he had played with or against in the MLB during his playing career.

1962- The Yankees had obtained Reserve OF Tom Umphlett and Cash from the Red Sox for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. It was a trade of weak Reserve players. Tom never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level; he is sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). Veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner became expendable with the presence of Rookie INF Phil Linz on the team. In another MLB Roster move, the Yankees recall Reliever Hal Reniff, who had just completed his military commitment. He had been on the National Defense List. In 1961, Hal had gone 2-0 with a 2.58 ERA and 2 saves in 25 games as a Yankee Rookie Reliever.

1964- The Yankees sold P Bob Meyer to the Angels. The Yankees Rookie lefthander had gone 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 7 games for the team. The Yankees would recall veteran P Rollie Sheldon, who was 4-2 with 1.81 ERA for the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). Sheldon will go 5-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 1 save for the 1964 team. He will appear in 2 games of the 1964 World Series with no decisions.

1968- Current Yankees Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Former MLB Pitcher Scott Aldred was born.

After finishing his MLB Pitching career of 10 seasons, Scott Aldred became a Minor League Pitching Coach. In 2006, he joined the Yankees organization, becoming the Pitching Coach for the Class A Charleston Riverdogs (SAL). In 2007-2008, Scott moved up to AA level, becoming the Pitching Coach for the Trenton Thunder (EL). In 2009, Scott moved up to AAA level to become the Pitching Coach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL), a position that he held until 2015. In 2016, Scott Aldred became the Yankees roving Minor League Pitching Coordinator.

1969- The Yankees obtained P Rob Gardner from the Indians for Reserve C John Orsino, who had been playing for the Yankees AAA team. Rob will go 1-0 with 4.91 ERA in 1 game before being traded to the A’s. He will return to the Yankees for the 1971-1972 AL seasons before being traded back to A’s. His final Yankees Pitching record was a 9-5 mark with a 3.19 ERA in 24 games.

1973- The Yankees obtained P Lowell Palmer from the Indians for P Mike Kekich. The days as a Yankees player for Kekich were numbered since the pre-MLB spring training camp public announcement of his Wife-Family swap with Yankees teammate Starter Fritz Peterson, who will be traded to the Tribe on April 27,1974 in the Chris Chambliss trade. Mike Kekich had compiled a 30-31 record with 4.31 ERA and 1 save in 125 games as a Yankees Pitcher. Palmer never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 31,1974, he was purchased along with veteran INF Horace Clarke by the Padres from the Yankees.

1974- Former Yankees OF/DH Hideki Matsui (2003-2009) was born.

On December 19, 2002, OF Hideki Matsui was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Matsui had been an All-Star player in Japan with the Tokyo Giants. He was a 2-time AL All-Star team member (2003-2004). He won the 2009 MLB MVP winner for his hitting performance for the Yankees against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. Matsui hit .615, going 8 for 13 with 3 HRs and 8 RBI’s. His final Yankees playing career totals, while hitting .292 BA with 140 HRs with 597 RBIs in 916 games. In the winter of 2009, Hideki left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency signing with the Angels. In December of 2012, Matsui announce his retirement from the MLB as an active player. In July of 2013, the Yankees honored him with a special day at Yankee Stadium.

1981-The Yankees traded P Doug Bird, a Player to be Named Later and Cash to the Cubs for veteran MLB Starter Rick Reuschel. He would go 4-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 games for the 1981 Yankees. As a Yankees P Doug Bird had gone 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 1 save in 39 games. On August 5,1981, the Player to be Named Later was named and was sent to the Cubs. It would be Yankees P Mike Griffin, who had a 2-4 record with a 4.60 ERA and 1 save in 18 games for the team.

 1985- Former Yankees Pitcher George Kontos (2011, 2018) was born.

George Kontos was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his pro pitching debut that summer. On December 9, 2010, George was drafted by the Padres from theYankees in the 2010 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On March 14, 2011he was returned (earlier draft pick) by thePadres to the Yankees organization. He appeared in 7 games with no record for the 2011 Yankees. On April 4, 2012, George was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for Catcher Chris Stewart. In 6 NL seasons with the Giants, he has gone 15-14 with a 3.05 ERA in 300 games. During the 2017 NL season, he was put on waivers by the Giants; he was claimed by the Pirates. He went 3-4 with 3.67 ERA and 2 saves in 56 games. On May 28, 2018, he was released by the Bucs. On June 3, 2018, he was signed with the Tribes to help out their bullpen. On August 4, 2018, George was purchased by Yankees from the Indians. He only appeared in 1 game for the team with no decision. He didn’t appear in 2018 AL Postseason for the team. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency in the fall.

1996- The Yankees traded Reliever Rich Monteleone to the Angels for OF Mike Aldrete. Rich had gone 17-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 120 games working out of the 1990-1993 Yankees bullpen. He was signed by the Yankees as MLB Free Agent in winter of 1995, he was at their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). He had a 4-3 record in 23 games for the Clippers. Mike Aldrete hit .250 with 3 HRs in 32 games for the 1996 Yankees. The Yankees make an MLB roster spot move for Mike, sending out Rookie OF Ruben Rivera to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) to play every day, rather than sit on the MLB team bench.

2010- Yankees All-Star Shortstop Derek Jeter homers twice, while Catcher Jorge Posada hits a Grand Slam HR in Bronx Bomber's 9-3 win over the Astros. Houston P Wandy Rodriguez (3-9) is the victim of the Bombers offensive HR surge, which was accomplished in the absence of All-Star 3B Alex Rodriguez, who is still bothered by a groin injury.

2012- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez ties Lou Gehrig's MLB record by hitting his 23rd MLB career Grand Slam HR off the Braves' P Jonny Venters. A-Rod's 8th-inning HR blast allows the Yankees to tie the score, his Yankees teammate Nick Swisher hits a 2-run HR shot later that inning for a 6-4 Yankees victory.



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