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This Week in Yankees History June 13th-June 19th Part One

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June 13th

1913- The Yankees notch their 13th win of the 1913 AL season at this incredibly late date. They had already lost 36 games this season. The 1913 Yankees win finish in 7th place in the AL with a 57-94 record.

1914- The Yankees traded OF Jimmy Walsh to the Philadelphia A’s for OF Tom Daley. Walsh was hitting .191 in 43 games for the Yankees, he was unhappy playing in New York City for the losing Yankees team. He was sent back to the A’s, who will send OF Tom Daley, he would hit .251 with No HRs and 9 RBIs in 69 games for the team.

1919- The Yankees sold Reserve OF Bill Lamar to the Red Sox. On August 14,1917, OF Bill Lamar was purchased along with INF Chick Fewster and P Hank Thormahlen by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for $20,000 Cash. He had appeared in 50 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .228 with No HRs and 5 RBIs.

1921- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits a 460 Ft. HR into the CF bleachers in the Polo Grounds for the 1st MLB HR ever hit to that spot. Ruth added his 21st HR of the 1921 AL season, also he pitched 5 innings in the 13-6 win over the Tigers, while giving up 4 runs; but striking out Tigers batter Ty Cobb. The next day, Babe Ruth will hit 2 more HRs, his 6th and 7th in 5 games in a 9-6 win over the Bengals.

1924- A riot by 18,000 fans at Detroit caused a forfeiture of a game to the Yankees. The trouble occurred, when Tigers’ P Bert Cole hit Bronx batter Bob Meusel with a pitch. Then Meusel charged the mound, swung at Cole; but he missed, but it was followed both team’s benches clearing brawl. Tigers Ty Cobb and Yankees Babe Ruth got into it. Meusel and Ruth were both ejected from the game. When they went out on field to get their gloves, the fans poured out onto the playing field. Umpires not able to restore peace with the crowd, ruled forfeit of the game. Yankees Players Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel were fined $1,000 each, while Tigers Ty Cobb received a formal reprimand. The Yankees were leading the game by a score of 10-6, when the fighting incident occurred.

1937- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at St. Louis. The game ended in an 8-8 tie with the game called because of darkness. Rules allowed the all records from the game to count. The Yankees won the 1st game by a score of 16-9, when they scored 7 runs in the 9th inning to break a 9-9 tie with the Browns.

1939- The Yankees obtained INF Roy Hughes and Cash from the St. Louis Browns for Reserve OF Joe Gallagher, who had hit just .244 in 14 games for the team, before being sent down to AA Newark Bears (IL) on June 2, 1939. Roy Hughes never plays for the Yankees at the MLB level; he was sent to AA Newark Bears (IL). In July of 1939, he would be traded in a Minor League deal to the Phillies for P Al Hollingsworth.

1948- An ailing Hall of Fame Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium. With the crowd of 49,641 fans singing Auld Lang Syne with members of the 1923 Yankees team (the 1st to play in the stadium) looking on, the New York Yankees retired Ruth's Uniform No. 3 during ceremonies that also commemorated the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium’s opening. Fewer than 2 months later, the 53-year-old Babe Ruth will pass away from throat cancer.

1972- Former Yankees Pitcher Darrell May (2005) was born.

On July 2, 2005, P Darrell May was traded by the Padres along with P Tim Redding and Cash to the Yankees for veteran Reliever Paul Quantrill. He went 0-1 with 16.71 ERA in 2 games for the 2005 Yankees, before being sent back to AAA.

 1975- The Yankees purchased veteran AL Shortstop Ed Brinkman from the Rangers for Cash. Brinkman had started the 1975 MLB season with the Cardinals, then he was traded to the Rangers. To make room for Brinkman on the Yankees MLB roster, the team sent Reserve OF Larry Murray back to AA West Haven (EL). He played 44 games as a Reserve INF, hitting just .175 for the 1975 Yankees before being released by the team in March of 1976.

1975- The Yankees sold P Mike Wallace to the Cardinals. In 1974, Mike had posted a 6-0 record with a 2.41 ERA in 23 games for the team. He had appeared in 3 games for the 1975 Yankees with no record. His sale to the Cardinals cleared an MLB Roster space for returning OF/1B/DH Ron Bloomberg from the DL.

1978- The Yankees veteran OF Roy White hits a HR from each side of the plate during a Yankees 5-3 win at Oakland. It was the 5th time in Roy White’s Yankees playing career does this feat.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League C David Parrish was born.

The Yankees selected Catcher David Parrish in the 10th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft. David was the son of former MLB Catcher Lance Parrish. In May of 2004, Parrish spent a brief time on the Yankees' 25 MLB man roster. On May 12th, Jorge Posada suffered a broken nose, when a thrown ball while trying to break up a double play struck him. Parrish, who was assigned uniform #57, provided insurance behind John Flaherty. However, he never got into a game, and Posada was back in the lineup on May 18th. In 2006, he was released by the Yankees organization. After leaving the Yankees, he played in the Pirates, Rockies and the Padres Minor League organizations. In 2008, he retired as an active player.

1988- A 12-6 loss to the Yankees, Red Sox Slugger Jim Rice hits his 200th MLB Career HR in Fenway Park, joining Ted Williamsand Carl Yastrzemski as the only 3 Red Sox players to do it.

2000- Former Yankees Reliever Bobby Tiefenauer (1965) passed away. (1929-2000) 

After being acquired from the Braves for Yankees Minor League P Tom Dukes on June 16,1965, veteran Reliever Bobby Tiefenauer went 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 2 saves in 10 games for the Yankees. On August 11,1965, Bobby was purchased by the Indians from the Yankees. After his MLB Pitching career ended in 1968, Tiefenauer spent 2 decades with the Phillies organization as a Minor League Coach and later as an MLB Coach. Overall, in 10 MLB seasons, Bobby went 9-25 with a 3.84 ERA and 23 saves in 179 MLB games.

2003- Yankees veteran Starter Roger Clemens reached his 300th MLB career win. He became the 3rd pitcher in MLB history with 4,000 strikeouts, leading the Yankees over the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory in an MLB Inter-league game. St. Louis  hitter Edgar Renteria became his 4,000th MLB victim in the 2nd inning. Clemens, the 21st MLB Pitcher to make it to 300 wins;  he allowed 2 Cardinals runs in 6 2-3 innings of work as he struck out 10 St. Louis batters, raising his total MLB Pitching career total to 4,006 batters. Roger Clemens joined Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) in the select MLB 4,000-strikeout pitchers club.

2010- Yankees Catcher Joe Posada hits a Grand Slam HR for the 2nd consecutive game as the Yankees completed a series sweep of the Astros at Yankee Stadium, winning the game by the score of 9-5. In 1937, AL All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey had been the last Yankees player to hit Grand Slam HRs in back-to-back contests.

2011- Just 6 hits shy of joining the 3,000 MLB Hit Club, Yankees Captain and Shortstop Derek Jeter must put his quest on hold as he exits today's 1-0 Yankees loss to the Indians with a sore right calf and goes on the DL. Jeter gets MLB hit No. 2,994 with a 1st-inning single off of Tribe Starter Carlos Carrasco, but he leaves in the 5th inning after feeling a strain, while running to 1B. Escaping a none-out, bases loaded jam in the 1st inning, Carrasco settles down by pitching 7 scoreless innings for the win. The Indians' lone run off of Yankees Starter A.J. Burnett comes in the 4th inning, courtesy of a triple by Michael Brantleyfollowed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera.

2015- Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez collects his 2000th MLB career RBI with a 2-run HR in the Yankees' 9-4 loss to the Orioles. He is the 4th MLB Player to reach the milestone; following Hall of Famer’s Cap Anson, Babe Ruth and All-time MLB Leader Hank Aaron.

2020- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike McCormick (1970) passed away. (1938-2020)

On July 20,1970, Veteran NL All-Star P Mike McCormick was obtained from the Giants for Yankees P John Cumberland was 3-5 in 15 games for the 1970 Yankees. Mike was a former 1950’s Giants’ bonus baby signing. He had appeared on the 1960-1961 NL All-Star teams. In 1960, he was the NL ERA leader with a 2.70 mark. In 1962, Mike was with the Giants, but he did not appear in the World Series against the Yankees. Mike had won the 1967 NL Cy Young Award with the team, while posting a 22-10 record with a 2.85 ERA in 40 games. As a Yankees hurler, he went 2-0 with a 6.10 ERA in 9 games before being released by the team in the spring of 1971. The Royals would pick him up for the 1971 AL season. Overall, as an MLB hurler, Mike had posted a 134-128 record with a 3.73 ERA and 12 saves in 484 games with the Giants (twice), Orioles, Senators, Yankees and finished with the 1971 Royals, appearing in only 4 games with no decisions.

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1925-Former Yankees Reserve 1B Fenton “Muscles” Mole (1949) was born. 

Reserve 1B Fenton Mole appeared in just 10 games for the 1949 Yankees, while hitting just .189 with No HRs and 2 RBIs. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers. Mole had started out in the Yankees Minor League system playing from 1946-1947. In 1948, he played with the AA Portland (PCL), while hitting .283 with 22 HRs and 83 RBIs. The Yankees brought him back to play in their farm system. He played most of the 1949 season with the AA Newark Bears (IL), while appearing in 107 games, hitting .269 with 16 HRs and 53 RBIs. He remained playing in the Yankees Minor League system until 1952

1928- Former Yankees Minor League INF Herb Plews was born. (1928-2014)

In 1950, the Yankees signed INF Herb Plews as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He spent the 1951-1952 seasons serving in the military. After his military tour was completed, Herb returned to the Yankees organization. He put in 2 excellent Minor League seasons: with the 1954 AA Binghamton Triplets (EL) hitting .299 and with the 1955 AAA Denver Bears (AA), while hitting .302. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On February 8,1956, Herb was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, C Lou Berberet, OF Richard Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler to the Senators for veteran P Mickey McDermott and Reserve INF Bobby Kline. On April 2,1956, the Yankees would later send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog to the Senators to complete the trade. Herb played in the MLB from 1956-1959 with the Senators and Red Sox; while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 82 RBIs in 346 games.

1932- The Yankees pull a rare triple steal led by Yankees OF Ben Chapman on 3B during a 7-6 win over the Indians. The Yankees had the bases loaded, when Chapman broke for home plate and the other Yankee base runners also moved up.

1933- The Red Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 13-5 at Fenway Park. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy and 1B Lou Gehrig were thrown out of a game by the Umpires for arguing that Red Sox hitter Rick Ferrell had run out of the baseline between 1st and 2nd base. Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak stays intact, even though Lou and Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy were thrown out of a game. He had gone 1 for 3 with a triple during the game. Manager Joe McCarthy was suspended for 3 games, but Gehrig's streak, is now at 1,249 consecutive MLB games continues.

1934- On a Tuesday day game played at Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Johnny Broaca allows only 1-hit, a 3rd inning single by the Browns OF Sammy West during the Yankees 7-0 win. Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth hits a 3-run HR off of Browns Starter Ivy Andrews to start the Yankees scoring. Broaca picks up his 1stvictory of the 1934 AL season. Ivy Andrews takes the loss for St. Louis. The 1934 Yankees are now at the 29-20 mark for the season.

1936- The Yankees obtained OF Al “Jake” Powell from the Senators for veteran OF Ben Chapman. Several racial remarks made by Ben Chapman during the 1936 AL season cause embarrassment to the Yankees front office forcing a trade. Later in 1947, Ben Chapman was the Manager of the Phillies, who taunted Dodgers Black player Jackie Robinson with racial slurs. Jake Powell would play for the 1936-1940 Yankees appearing in 272 games, while hitting with 13 HRs and 124 RBIs. Asked by WGN radio announcer Bob Elson how he stayed in shape during the offseason during a dugout interview in a July 1938 game against the Chicago White Sox, Powell replied to Elson that he was a policeman in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio (in reality he had only applied), and that he "beat n-----s over the head with my blackjack."  MLB Commissioner Judge Landis subsequently suspended him for 10 days, for making "an uncomplimentary reference to a portion of the population.” He had appeared in 3 World Series (1936-1938) for the Yankees, playing in 8 games while hitting .438 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. On December 5,1940, Jake Powell was purchased by the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) from the Yankees.

1937- The Yankees recalled Rookie P Spud Chandler from the AA Newark Bears (IL). Spud will go 7-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 games for the 1937 Yankees.

1946- In an MLB roster move, the Yankees sell veteran 3B Hank Majeski to the A’s  for $7,500 Cash. Manager Bill Dickey decided to us other infielders on the team roster. On May 25,1941, Hank was purchased by the Yankees from the Boston Braves. He had spent the 1942-1945 MLB baseball seasons serving in the military. Hank appeared in just only 8 games for the 1946 Yankees, while hitting just .083. He will become the A’s starting 3rd baseman. In another roster reduction move, the Yankees send P Frank Hiller to the AA Newark Bears (IL).

1953- The Yankees sweep the Indians in a Sunday doubleheader played in Cleveland by scores of 6-2 and 3-0 before a crowd of 74,708 fans to extend their current AL winning streak to 18 games. In the Opener, the Yankees win by the score of 6-2 with Catcher Yogi Berra hitting a 3-run HR. Bob Kuzava relieves Starter Johnny Sain to pick-up his 2nd win of the season. Tribe Starter Bob Lemon takes the loss, he is now 7-6. In the Nightcap, Bronx veteran Starter Vic Raschi throws a complete game victory, he now 5-3 for the season. Meanwhile, Veteran Tribe Starter Mike Garcia throws a complete game, but he takes the loss bring his pitching record to a 7-4 mark. With the twin bill sweep of Tribe, the Yankees are now 41-11 for the 1953 AL season.

1954- The 1954 Mayor’s Trophy game is held at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 28,084 fans see the Dodgers beat the Yankees by the score of 2-1, despite getting just 2-base hits. Duke Snider’s 4th inning HR was the only hit that Yankees Starter Harry Byrd allowed in 7 innings of work. Dodgers Jim Gilliam’s 8th inning single drove Dodgers’ base runner Don Hoak in all the way in from 1st base. Dodgers’ Starter Billy Loes gets the win for Brooklyn, while Yankees Reliever Tom Gorman takes the loss for the Bombers. Neither team will make it to the 1954 World Series, which will feature the NL Giants and AL Indians.

1956- The Yankees obtained P Moe Burtschy, OF Bill Renna along with Cash from the Kansas City for Reserve OF/3B Lou Skizas and veteran 1B/PH Eddie Robinson. Skizas would hit .316 in 83 games for the 1956 A’s before fading in 1957. The Yankees sent both players that they had received from KC to their AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL) neither players would play for the team at the MLB level. Also, the Yankees recalled Rookie OF Norm Siebern from Richmond.

1958- The Yankees traded veteran MLB P Sal Maglie to the Cardinals for Minor League P Joe McClain and Cash. Sal Maglie had appeared in 7 games for the 1958 Yankees, while posting a 1-1 record with a 4.63 ERA. McClain was sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA) when the Yankees brought up P Zack Monroe to replace Maglie on the Yankees 25-man MLB roster. McClain never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1961- The Yankees obtained veteran Starter Bud Daley from the Kansas City for veteran Starter Art Ditmar and Rookie OF/INF Deron Johnson. Bud Daley would help out the Yankees pitching staff as a swingman. He would pick up a win for the Yankees in the 1961 World Series against the Reds. Art Ditmar was a sore-armed pitcher, who had won 15 games for the team in 1960; but he pitched poorly for the Yankees in the 1960 World Series; losing 2 games to the Pirates. Meanwhile Rookie INF/OF Deron Johnson was blocked at 3B by the presence of Clete Boyer and at 1B by AL All-Star Bill Skowron. Also, he couldn’t crack the Yankees starting regular outfield of Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris-Yogi Berra/ Hector Lopez, either. Later, he would  have a successful MLB playing career in the NL, starting with the 1964 Reds. Then Deron played for the Braves and Phillies during his 16-season MLB playing career. Bud Daley will pitch for the Yankees from 1961-1964, posting an 18-16 record with a 3.89 ERA with 6 saves in 80 games. He appeared in 1961-1962 World Series for the Yankees with a 1-0 record in 3 games. Bud missed the entire 1963 AL season due to an arm injury. After the 1964 World Series, the Yankees had sold him to the Indians. He never recovers rom his pitching arm injury problems.

1961- The Yankees traded veteran lefty P Danny McDevitt to the Twins for Reserve INF Billy Gardner. With the acquisition of veteran P Bud Daley from the A’s, McDevitt had become expendable. He had appeared in 8 games for the 1961 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record. Billy Gardner would join veteran Joe DeMasteri as an infield reserve players along with Rookie INF Phil Linz for the 1961 Yankees MLB bench.

1968- The Yankees sold Reserve 1B Mike Hegan to the  Seattle Pilots. He had played for the Yankees in 1964,1966 and 1967. Hegan had appeared in 86 games for the Bronx Bombers, while only hitting .148. He was the son of Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach Jim Hegan.

1969- The Yankees obtained Tigers OF Ron Woods for veteran INF/OF Tom Tresh. Yankees Tom Tresh was at the end of his MLB playing career, never having to fully recover from his collision with Yankees Shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. during the 1966 AL season that seriously injured both of his knees. Tresh had won 1962 AL Rookie of the Year Award by hitting .286 with 20 HRs and 93 RBIs. He had become the 1962 Yankees regular shortstop, while Tony Kubek was away on active duty with the Army Reserves. He was switched to the outfield as the regular LF, when Kubek returned from active duty during the 1962 AL season. He returned to the Shortstop position in 1968.

1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Peter Munro was born.

On April 3, 2005, veteran P Peter Munro was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. The Astros had released him. In 2003, he was one of the 6 Astros pitchers, who combined to no-hit the Yankees during an MLB Inter-League season game. Pete spent the 2005 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL.) He appeared in 42 games with the Clippers, while posting a 10-7 record with a 4.56 ERA. On October 15, 2005, Pete was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1976- The 1976 Mayor’s Trophy game is held at remodeled Yankee Stadium. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-4 before a crowd of 36,361 fans. Six of their 8 runs were unearned, thanks to 3 Mets errors. Yankees Rookie P Jim Beattie gets the win, while Rick Baldwin takes the lost for the Mets. Rookie Mets Catcher Jay Kleven, who would go 1 for 5 in the MLB, made the impression that earned him his cup of coffee with 2 hits in the game.

1977- The Yankees Starter Don Gullet wins his 5th straight start as the Yankees win a 6-5 come-from–behind victory over the Twins.

1978- The Yankees obtained OF/1B Jay Johnstone and Minor League OF Bobby Brown from the Phillies for Reliever Rawly Eastwick. Jay would hit .262 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs as a PH/1B for the 1978 Yankees. OnJune 15,1979, Jay was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for P Dave Wehrmeister. Overall, as a Yankees player, Johnstone appeared in 59 games as an OF/1B, while hitting .239 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.

1978- The Yankees repeatedly rally to defeat the Mariners by the score of 10-9 in 11 innings. Yankees trailed into 8th inning, when Cliff Johnson’s pinch-hit HR ties the game. The Yankees then spotted the Mariners an extra inning lead before; Reserve OF Paul Blair hits a 2-out, 3-run HR in the 10th inning to win the game.

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Chase Whitley (2014-2015) was born.

The Yankees selected P Chase Whitley in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Whitley split the summer of 2010 between the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (4-2, 15 Saves, 1.31 ERA, 44 K in 34 1/3 IP) and the Class A Tampa Yankees (1 R in 3 IP). He tossed 3 1/3 shutout playoff innings for Tampa, while fanning 5 batters. He tied another Chase, Chase Johnson for 2nd in the NY-Penn League in saves (1 behind Jordan Conley), was 2nd in games pitched (28, 2 behind Conley) and was 3rd in opponent average (.157). In 2011, Whitley pitched for Tampa (0-1, 6 Saves, 1.68 ERA in 23 Games) and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) going 3-4, with a 3.38 ERA in 19 games. He tied Eric Wordekemper for 6th in the Yankees system in games pitched. In 2012, he did well with AA Trenton (no Runs in 4 IP) and then the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees posting a 9-5 record with a 3.25 ERA in 41 Games. He tied for 6th in the Yankees chain in wins. He was 8th in pitching appearances. He was 3-2 with 3 saves and a 3.06 ERA in 29 games for the 2013 AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team. He opened the 2014 season with Scranton, going 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 32 K in 26 1/3 IP. Chase was called up to the Yankees, when starter CC Sabathia went on the DL. In his MLB pitching debut for the Yankees on May 15, 2014, Whitley faced another pitcher making his MLB pitching debut, the Mets Jacob DeGrom. Both young pitchers did very well, with Chase giving up no runs on 2 hits in 4 2/3 innings before Dellin Betances relieved him, while DeGrom gave up a single run in 7 frames. The 2 young pitchers both also collected their 1st MLB hit off of one another. The Yankees won the game by the score of 1-0 with Whitley ending up with a no-decision. He recorded his 1st MLB career win on June 6th against the Royals winning the game by the score of 4-2.  Chase will finish the 2014 season with a 4-3 record and a 5.23 ERA in 24 games. Whitley started the 2015 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL); he went 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 3 starts. He was called up to the Bronx in late April to join the Yankees starting rotation. He went 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 4 starts, but he had to leave the last of these, on May 14th in the 2nd inning with pain in his elbow. He underwent an MRI the next day, he elected to undergo Tommy John surgery; putting him out for at least a year. On November 20,2015, Chase was selected off waivers by Tampa Bay from the Yankees. 

2010- Former Yankees Reserve OF Oscar Azocar (1990) passed away. (1965-2010) 

On November 22,1983, OF Oscar Azocar was signed as a Free Agent for the Yankees by MLB Scout Fred Ferreira. Originally a Pitcher in the Yankees farm system from 1984-1986, he went 14-5 with a 2.31 ERA. He began playing the outfield in 1987; he hit .359 for the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) that season. In 1990, Azocar played 94 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He was called up to the Bronx. He made his MLB player debut on July 17th, getting a pinch-hit single in his 1st MLB at-bat against the Royals. The following day, he homered, doubled, and singled against the Royals. Overall, he appeared in 65 games for the Yankees that summer, he was used more than any other player in LF by the Yankees, who also played Mel Hall, Hensley Meulens, Claudell Washington, Deion Sanders, Dave Winfield and others at the position that year. He hit for a good average, but Oscar hardly drew any walks, which diminished his value as a player significantly, especially as he had little power as a hitter. After the 1990 season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Padresfor OF Mike Humphreys. He appeared in 38 games for San Diego in 1991, while also playing 107 games for their AAA Las Vegas Stars (PCL).  In 1992, he was in the MLB for the whole season with the Padres, appearing in 99 games, although only 37 were in the field. In 2 seasons with the Padres, he hit .204 with no HRs and 17 RBIs. Azocar holds the record for career-stolen bases without being caught with 10, although caught stealing records are incomplete before 1951. Azocar also played in the Venezuelan League, becoming a star with Magallanes. He later played several years in the Mexican League, ending his active playing career in 2001. In 2010, he was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. He died later that year in Venezuela.

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This Week in Yankees History June 13th-June 19th Part Two

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June 15th Old MLB Trade Deadline Day

1912- Former Yankees 1B Ellsworth “Babe” Dahlgren (1937-1940) was born. (1912-1996)

On May 1,1939, 1B Babe Dahlgren replaced Lou Gehrig at 1B, when his ALS Illness forced him to stop playing 1B in Detroit. On February 17,1937, Babe was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox.  Babe had been blocked at 1B with the Red Sox, because the presence of future HOF 1B slugger Jimmy Foxx. He appeared in 327 games for the 1937-1940 Yankees, while hitting .248 with 27 HRs and 163 RBIs. He appeared in 1939 World Series against the Reds, while hitting only .214. His MLB playing career was shaken by an unfounded rumor that he was a marijuana smoker. This explains why the Yankees sold him to the Boston Braves before the start of  1941 AL season, without giving an explanation. Manager Joe McCarthy claimed that his fielding was lacking, which went against the observations of anyone who had watched him play. He was leading the Braves in HRs and RBIs, when they traded him to the Cubs later that year, again without a valid explanation. In 1942, he played for 3 different teams. On May 13th, the Cubs sold him to the Browns, but they returned him 6 days later, after he had made only a couple of pinch-hitting appearances. On that same day, the Cubs sent him to the Dodgers, again for cash. The explanation was that there was uncertainty about whether he would be entering the US military (this was a few months after Pearl Harbor), but again, it makes little sense on its own. In any case, he never got going that season. He was eventually was sent down to the AA Montreal Royals (IL), but he refused to report. The Dodgers turned around and sold the unwanted Dahlgren to the Phillies before the start of the 1943 NL season. The Phillies were a woeful team that needed all the help it could get, and did not mind adding a player who had become a pariah because of the drug rumors. It turned out to be a wise move, as Dahlgren could still play. He appeared in 136 games, while hitting .287 with 56 RBIs. Babe was named to the NL All-Star team. He took a drug test to prove that he was clean. However, his season was cut short when he was inducted into the military on September 16th, but he failed his physical exam because of a sinus condition. Before the start of the 1944 NL season, he was traded again, this time to the Pirates. He played every game for the Bucs that year, while hitting .289 with 101 RBIs. In 1945, his 115 double plays and .996 fielding percentage both led the NL, he hit .250 with 75 RBIs. Babe played in the MLB from 1935-1946 for the Red Sox, Yankees, Braves, Cubs, Browns (twice), Dodgers, Phillies and the Pirates. In 1964, he was an MLB Coach for the A’s, earlier he had been an MLB Scout for the team from 1956 to 1958. Later, he was an MLB Scout for the Orioles. He became a pioneer in using film to study batters' swings and as a teaching device, working on this with the A's and with the Cardinals in 1965. He had amassed a tremendous collection of film materials on hitters dating back to the 1940’s, but all of these were lost when his home burnt down in 1980.

1916- Former Yankees Reserve OF Edward “Bud” Stewart (1948) was born. (1916-2000)

In March of 1947, the Yankees acquired OF Edward “Bud” Stewart from the Pirates. He had previously played in the MLB with the 1941-1942 Pirates. Then Bud spent time in the service from 1943-1944. After hitting .358 for the 1947 AA Kansas City Blues (AA), he began the 1948 AL season in the Bronx. After appearing in just 6 games with the 1948 Yankees, he was traded to the Senators on May 13,1948 for veteran OF Leon Culberson and $20,000 Cash.  

1923- At Yankee Stadium, a Friday day crowd of 10,000 fans, see Future HOF 1B Lou Gehrig make his MLB player debut with the Yankees as a substitute player in a 10-0 blow-out of the St. Louis Browns. He had replaced 1B Wally Pipp as a defensive replacement in the Yankees starting line-up with no at bats. He had been a College Baseball star Pitcher and 1B at Columbia University. Lou will play in 13 games for the 1923 Yankees, while hitting .423 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs.

1926- The Yankees obtained veteran OF Roy Carlyle on waivers from the Red Sox. He was used by the club as a left-handed pinch-hitter. Roy would hit .385 with No HRs and 11 RBIs in 35 games for the 1926 Yankees before retiring from baseball. He did not appear in the 1926 World Series for the Yankees.

1928- Former Yankees Minor League Player (1955-1958) and Manager (1968-1974) Gene Hassell was born.

Gene Hassell played the infield in the Yankees Minor League system with the 1954-1959 AAA Denver Bears (AA). In 1961, he retired as an active player. Gene was a Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization at Johnson City, Manchester and Kinston teams from 1968-1974.

1929- The Yankees sold P Myles Thomas to the Senators. He went 14-12 with a 4.70 ERA and 1 save in 70 games for the team. They sold him to clear a roster spot for College Pitcher Bots Nekola, who they just had signed. The graduate of Holy Cross College would just last 9 games with no decisions for the 1929 Yankees.

1935- The Reds returned P Dan MacFayden to the Yankees upon the expiration of the “try-out” period allowed for in the deal, which sent him to the Reds in 1934. The Yankees return around and sell him to the St. Louis Browns for Cash.

 1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Alan Closter (1971-1972) was born.

Before the start of the 1965 AL Season, P Alan Closter was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On November 29,1965, he was drafted by the Indians from the Yankees in the 1965 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Alan went 2-2 with a 5.58 ERA in 16 games with the Yankees. On September 5,1973, the Yankees sent P Al Closter to the Braves to complete an earlier deal made on June 7,1973. When the Yankees sent Players to be Named Later, Reserve  Players: INF/OF Wayne Nordhagen and 1B/OF Frank Tepedino to the Braves for veteran MLB P Pat Dobson.

1950-The Yankees obtained 3 Pitchers: Joe Ostrowski, Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht, 3B Leo Thomas from St. Louis Browns for veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss, OF Jim Delsing, 2 Pitchers: Don Johnson and Duane Pillette along with $50,000 Cash. The Yankees had traded 4 players that they didn’t plan to use in 1950 for the Browns players. Don Johnson had gone 5-3 with a 4.23 ERA in 23 games for the Yankees; while Duane Pillette had posted a 2-4 record with a 3.86 ERA in 16 games. Veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss was no longer a regular 2B being replaced by a young Jerry Coleman. Pitcher Tom Ferrick would help the 1950 Yankees bullpen by going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 9 saves. Joe Ostrowski would become a valuable long man for the 1950-1953 Yankees by going 9-7 with 4.37 ERA and 3 saves in 27 games. Pitcher Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas never appeared with the team at MLB level. They both were assigned to the Yankees AA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA).

1951- The Yankees obtained 2 Pitchers: Bob “Sarge” Kuzava and Bob Ross from the Senators for 3 hurlers: Starters Fred Sanford, Bob Porterfield and Reliever Tom Ferrick. Bob Kuzava would go 8-4 with 5 saves for the 1951 Yankees. In World Series play for the Yankees, Bob had a 0-0 record with 2 saves in 3 games. Overall, for the Bombers, “Sarge” would post a 23-20 record with a 3.39 ERA and 13 saves in 103 games. Bob Ross never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level; he was sent to AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). Starter Fred Stanford was a major disappointment for the Yankees, who had hope that he would be become a successful starter, after pitching well for the lowly Browns. He went 12-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 66 games. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel never used him in the 1949-1950 World Series. The trading of P Bob Porterfield was a rare Yankees trade mistake; he would recover from his back problems, winning 22 games for the 1953 Senators. As a 1948-1951 Yankees hurler, Bob had posted an 8-9 record with 1 save and a 5.06 ERA in 40 games. He would win 67 games in 5 seasons for the Nats. Veteran Pitchers Fred Sanford and Tom Ferrick were ineffective with the Senators.

1951-The Yankees obtained veteran AL P Stubby Overmine from the St. Louis Browns for Starter Tommy Byrne and $25,000 Cash. Stubby went 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 15 games for the 1951 Yankees, before being traded back to the Browns. Tommy Byrne had been a good starter for the 1949-1950 Yankees going 30-16, despite having control problems, walking a lot of hitters. He had been dropped from the Yankees starting rotation by Manager Casey Stengel. He had appeared in 9 games for the 1951 Yankees, going 2-1 with a 6.86 ERA. Tommy Byrne would return to Yankees in September of 1954, after being acquired from the AAA Seattle Rainers (PCL). He would enjoy 4 good seasons with the 1954-1957 Yankees, while posting a 30-16 record before retiring from MLB.

1957- The Yankees obtained P Ryne Duren, Outfielders Jim Pisoni and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson from Kansas City for P Ralph Terry, INF/OF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin and OF Bob Martyn. Ryne Duren would become the 1958-1960 Yankees Bullpen Closer, while battling his serious drinking problems. Ryne had gone 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA in 14 games with the 1957 A’s. He would be sent to the Yankees AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA). Ralph Terry would return to the Yankees during the 1959 AL season, becoming a successful Yankees Starter in the early 1960’s. Billy Martin was hitting .241 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs for the Yankees, He would hit .257 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs in 73 games for the A’s before being traded by the team in 1958 for the Indians. Woody Held had appeared in 1 game with no hits for the 1957 Yankees. With the A’s, he would hit .239 with 20 HRs and RBIs in 92 games. After being traded by team to the Indians in 1958, he would become the starting shortstop for the Indians during the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s. Veteran OF Harry Simpson would play the OF/1B for the Yankees in 99 games, while hitting .233 before being traded back to Kansas City in May of 1958. Jim Pisoni spent most of his time with the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). Bob Martyn had played in 94 games for the 1957-1959 A’s, while hitting .263. On April 12,1959, Bob was traded by the A’s along with INF Mike Baxes to the Yankees for Reserve INF Tom Carroll and Minor League OF Russ Snyder. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. The Yankees would send him to their AAA Richmond team, where he appeared in 110 games, while hitting .295. In 1960, he split his last pro season playing in AAA for the Yankees Richmond Virginians (IL) and the Reds AAA club, the San Diego Padres (PCL) before retiring from the game. 

1958- The Yankees obtained hurlers Virgil Trucks and Duke Maas from the Kansas City for veterans Reliever Bob Grim and OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Veteran hurler Virgil “Fire “Trucks went 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA and 2 saves in 25 games for the Yankees before retiring from MLB. Reserve OF/1B Simpson had appeared in 99 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .244 with 7 HRs, 7 triples and 45 RBIs. He appeared in 5 games of the 1957 World Series against the Braves, while playing in 5 games, while hitting just .083. Former 1954 AL Rookie of the Year hurler Bob Grim went 45-21 with a 3.35 ERA and a 5.51 ERA in 28 saves in 146 games for the Yankees. In 1958, Bob lost his effectiveness as a Reliever going 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA in 11 games for the Yankees before the trade was made with the A’s. Duke Maas had posted a 4-5 record with a 3.90 ERA in 10 games for the 1958 A’s. He went 7-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 28 games for the 1958 Yankees. 

1958- Former Hall of Fame Yankees and MLB 3B Wade Boggs (1993-1997) was born.

The Yankees had signed former All-Star 3B Wade Boggs as an MLB Free Agent in 1992. He had played for the Yankees Eastern Division rivals, the Red Sox from 1982 to 1992. He hit over the .300 in 4 of the 5 seasons that he played for the Yankees. Wade appeared in 602 games for the Yankees, while hitting .313 with 24 HRs and 246 RBIs. He hit .273 in the 1996 World Series against the Braves for the Yankees. He left the Yankees over his sharing playing time dispute at 3B, opting for MLB Free Agency. He signed with his hometown team: The Tampa Bay Rays. With the Rays, Wade collected his 3,000 MLB career hit. In 2005, Wade Boggs was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1966- The Yankees sell veteran MLB P Bob Friend to the Mets for $20,000 waiver price. He was washed up. On December 10,1965, Bob Friend was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for Reliever Pete Mikkelsen and Cash. He went 1-4 with a 4.84 ERA in 12 games for the 1966 Yankees before his trade to the Mets.

1968- After his player release by the Dodgers, the Yankees signed MLB Free Agent veteran All-Star OF Rocky Colavito. Rocky would appear in 39 games for the 1968 Yankees, just hitting .220 with 5 HRs with 13 RBIs. Also, he pitched in 1 game for the Yankees in relief getting the victory. The Yankees asked him to come back for the 1969 AL season as a Relief Pitcher Reserve OF and Pinch-Hitter, but Rocky decided to retired from MLB instead. He had hoped to be offered a chance to play by one of the 2 new AL Expansion Teams: the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots. That didn’t happen, he stayed in MLB retirement.

1968- On June 15,1968, Yankees sold veteran P Jim Bouton to the AAA Seattle Angels (PCL), who would later become the new AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots in 1969. He had been in 12 games for the 1968 Yankees, while posting a 1-1 record with a 3.68 ERA. His Yankees Pitching career ended with a 55-51 record with a 3.36 ERA and 4 saves in 197 games. Jim had pitched in the 1963-1964 World Series for the Yankees, posting a 2-1 record with a 1.48 ERA in 3 games. In 1963, he was named to the AL All-Star team and appeared in the game, pitching 1 inning.

1968- The Yankees sell veteran MLB Reliever John Wyatt to the Tigers for $30,000 Cash. After being obtained from the Red Sox, John had appeared in just 7 games with the 1968 Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 2.16 ERA. John was moved by the team to make room for veteran lefty P Al Downing, who was coming off the DL. Wyatt had been a star in the Negro Leagues before signing with the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s. John appeared in the 1967 World Series with the Red Sox. He will not make any appearance for Tigers in their 1968 World Series with the Cardinals.

1972- Former Yankees 1B/DH and MLB/Union Executive Tony Clark (2004) was born.

In 2004, Veteran 1B/DH/OF Tony Clark was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Tony hit .221 with 16 HRs and 49 RBIs for the Yankees. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would sign with the D-Backs, who offered him more playing time. After retiring from the game, he became active in the MLB Players Association in 2010 as Director of Player Relations. He had been a Player Representative for many years, while playing in the MLB. Clark was already familiar with union business. He was named Deputy to Executive Director Michael Weiner when he was struck by brain cancer in July of 2013, and replaced him on an interim basis after his passing on November 21, 2013. On December 3rd, he was confirmed in the position of Executive Director, although his nomination still needed to be ratified by a vote of the membership. A few days later, he named Hall of Famer Dave Winfield as his Deputy.

1972- Former Yankees Pitcher Ramiro Mendoza (1996-2002, 2005) was born.

Ramiro Mendoza went 54-34 with a 4.10 ERA and 16 saves in 278 games with the Yankees. Ramiro was one of the key bridges in the 1996-2002 Yankees bullpens to Yankees Closer Marino Rivera. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees in 2002. Ramon would sign with their Eastern Division Rivals, the Red Sox. He suffered arm injuries that ended his MLB pitching career in 2005, while trying to make a comeback with the Yankees.

1972- Former Yankees All-Star Starter Andy Pettitte (1995-2003, 2007-2010, 2012) was born. 

In 1990, the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Andy Pettitte, but he waited instead until 1991 to sign with the Yankees as a draft-and-follow. From 1991 to early 1995, he pitched in the Yankees Minor League organization. He never had a losing season. In the Rookie League, he had a 0.98 ERA. At Oneonta and Greensboro, he had ERA around 2.20. In 1993, in Single A and AA, he had a record of 12-9. In 1994, Andy split time between AA and AAA levels.  Andy went 14-4. In 1995, after 11 2/3 innings in AAA without giving up a run, the Yankees brought him up. As a Rookie that season, he went 12-9; he was 3rd in the voting for the 1995 AL Rookie of the Year Award. In 1996, his 2nd season in the MLB, Andy was 2nd in the Cy Young Award voting, after posting a season record of 21-8. In 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2005, he was in the top 6 in the Cy Young Award pitcher voting. He went 19-9 in 2000 and 21-8 in 2003. He was on the AL All-Starteams in 1996, 2001 and 2010. In his return to the Yankees in 2007, he became the team's elder anchor on the mound, continually giving the team solid performances as teammates such as Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang, Carl Pavano and Philip Hughes battled inconsistency and injuries. He passed the 200-inning mark in both 2007 and 2008. That season, he was given the honor of starting the last game ever played in Yankee Stadium on September 21st - a fitting tribute for one of the winningest pitchers in the history of the famed ballpark. He pitched 5 + innings against the Orioles to earn credit for his team's 7-3 win. In 2009, he was a key figure in his team's conquest of another World Series title, going 14-8 during the season, getting the series-clinching win in all 3 rounds of the 2009 postseason, including Game 6 of the World Series against the  Phillies. His 2010 AL season was cut short by injury, as he went 11-3 in 21 starts, with a 3.28 ERA, his best since 2005. He came back in time for the 2010 MLB postseason, but after the season said he was thinking about retirement. He hesitated for months before making his decision to retire known at a press conference on February 4, 2011. It seemed not to have missed a step, as it barely took a month of extended spring training and a few minor league assignments to get him ready to pitch in pinstripes again. He was called up to the Bronx on May 8th, he was handed the assignment as the team's starter for May 13th, against the Mariners. His return came at an opportune time, shortly after the Yankees had learned that prize off-season acquisition Michael Pineda would be lost for the season; with Yankee starters struggling to a 5.54 ERA in the season's early going. He was a loser in his 1st start on May 13th, giving up 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings to the Mariners, including long balls to Justin Smoak and Casper Wells. He was then outstanding in his 2nd start, pitching 4-hit ball over 8 innings for a 4-0 win over the Reds on May 18th. He was then outstanding in his 2nd start, pitching 4-hit ball over 8 innings for a 4-0 win over the  Reds on May 18th. He suffered a big setback on June 27th; however, when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Indians' batter Casey Kotchman, breaking his fibula. Hoping to return to action quickly, he began throwing off flat ground at the end of July, but pushed himself too hard, delaying his return until September. He finally came back on September 19th, pitching 5 innings and earning the win over the Blue Jays, 4-2, in the opener of a doubleheader sweep. He picked up another win in his next start on September 24th, pitching 6 scoreless innings over the Twins to improve to 5-3. He finished the season at 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts, and then Andy made a couple of starts in the postseason. 

He lost Game 2 of the ALDS to the Orioles, 3-2 in spite of a solid start, and then he got a no-decision in Game 1 of the ALCSagainst the Tigers, pitching 6 2/3 innings in a game the Yankees lost in extra innings. In 2013, Pettitte was back with the Yankees; he registered the team's 1st win of the season in its 3rd game, facing the Red Sox on April 4th. He gave up only 1 run in 8 innings, before turning the ball over to Mariano Rivera, who, just like in the good old days, recorded the save in his return from a serious knee injury that had almost ended his MLB pitching career the previous year. He also won his 2nd start, but then he had to have his next outing pushed back by a few days because of back spasms. He generally pitched well over the 1st 6 weeks of the season, as he was 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 7 starts on May 16th. That day, however, he had to leave a game against the Mariners in the 5th inning with a back injury, bleak news for a Yankees team reeling with injuries (although still playing well at that point). Pettitte was placed on the DL the next day. He returned on June 3rd, with a chance to earn his 250th MLB win against the Indians, but he ended up 1 out short of the mandatory 5 innings required and reliever Shawn Kelley was credited with the 7-4 win. He did win the milestone contest on June 8th, when he defeated the Mariners, 3-1. What made that day more memorable was that his son Josh, a standout HS pitcher was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round of the 2013 amateur draft that day; Josh was expected to forego the pros for now in order to enroll at Baylor University, however. On July 1st, he recorded his 1,957th strikeout to pass Whitey Ford and become the Yankees' all-time leader in that department. On September 20th, he announced that he would retire at the end of the MLB season, joining his long-time Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera, although with his announcement coming late in the season, he received none of the extended tributes from opposing teams that were handed to Mo throughout the year. His last MLB career start was a beauty; facing his former team, the Astros on September 28th, he pitched a complete game and won by the score of 2-1 to finish the 2013 AL season with an 11-11 record with a 3.74 ERA in 30 starts. It was his 1st complete game since the 2006 MLB season, but Rivera had indicated that he had already pitched his last game, so Pettitte got to finish his own work. The Yankees had been eliminated from 2013 MLB postseason contention a few days earlier, so there would be no more encores. Pettitte and Mariano Rivera set the record for win-save combinations by a pitcher duo, with 58 breaking the mark held by Oakland pitchers Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley. That mark was pushed to 69 by the time Pettitte recorded his 1st win of 2013 with Mariano's help, and the 2 combined their efforts 3 more times during the season, pushing the mark to 72. The Yankees retired his player Uniform No. 46 on August 23, 2015, they dedicated a plaque with his name in Monument Park. His was 1 of 3 numbers worn by members of the great Yankees teams of the late 1990’s to be retired that year, alongside Uniform Number 20 worn by Catcher Jorge Posada and the No. 51 worn by OF Bernie Williams; Rivera's 42 had received the honor at the end of the 2013 AL season; when he pitched his last game, still waiting was Derek Jeter's No. 2 to complete the 4 core of outstanding teammates, who had played together with tremendous success for over a decade. In 15 seasons with the Yankees, Andy posted a 219-127 record with a 3.94 ERA in 447 games. In World Series play with the Yankees, he posted a 5-4 record. Overall, was an MLB Pitcher with the Yankees and Astros, he posted a lifetime 256-153 record with a 3.85 ERA in 531 games.

1974- The Yankees purchased lefty P Rudy May (1974-1976,1980-1983) from the Angels for Cash. On June 15,1976, Rudy was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher&nbs**** Dempsey, Pitchers Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to the Orioles for 3 veteran Pitchers: Doyle Alexander, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson, OF Jimmy Freeman and Reserve Catcher Elrod Hendricks. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1980; when Rudy went 15-4, while leading the AL pitchers in ERA with a 2.46 mark. Overall, Rudy would go 54-45 with a 3.12 ERA and 7 saves in 184 games with Yankees in 2 tours with the team. He appeared in 1 World Series for the Yankees, posting a 0-1 record. In 16 MLB seasons, Rudy posted a 152-156 record with a 3.46 ERA and 12 saves in 535 games.

1976- Oakland A’s Team Owner Charlie Finley sold 3 of his AL All-Star players at the MLB trade deadline. OF Joe Rudi and Reliever Rollie Fingers were sent to the Red Sox for $1 million dollars apiece, meanwhile Starter Vida Blue was send to theYankees for $1.5 million. Three days later, MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn will void the moves, saying they are "not in the best interests of baseball." This was one of the worst baseball decisions made by Kuhn, who had numerous run-ins with the 2 AL Team Owners A’s Charlie Finley and the Yankees George Steinbrenner. All 3 A’s players will become MLB Free Agents at the end of the 1976 AL season, leaving Finley with nothing to show for. 

1976- The Yankees obtained veteran MLB Starters Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander and Reliever Grant Jackson, Reserve Catcher Elrod Hendricks and Minor League OF Jim Freeman from the Orioles for Yankees hurlers Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott MacGregor and Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey. This was a classic Yankees trade for “today and forget about the future.” Alexander and Grant would be gone at the end of the 1976 MLB Post Season. Doyle Alexander leaving the team for MLB Free Agency, while Grant was lost in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft to the new Seattle Mariners. Martinez and MacGregor would be major improvements for the Orioles MLB pitching staff, the type of pitchers that the Yankees would later need and didn’t have. Jim Freedman never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.  At the time of the trade, young Reliever Tippy Martinez was in Yankees Manager Billy Martin’s doghouse, while Yankees Minor League P Scott MacGregor was recovering from a broken collarbone injury.

1977- The Yankees obtained veteran C/1B Cliff Johnson from the Astros for 3 Yankees Minor Leaguer Players: P Randy Niemann (Class AA), INF Mike Fischlin (Class A, FSL) and a Player to be Named Later. Minor League 1B/OF Dave Bergman would be sent to the Astros on November 23,1977. Johnson would DH, play 1B and Catch for the Yankees before being traded away to the Indians during the 1979 AL season.

1977- Former Yankees Reliever Bret Printz (2003-2004) was born.

On July 29,2003, Bret Prinz was traded by the Diamondbacks along with Minor League Player John Prowl and MLB OF/1B David Dellucci to the Yankees for veteran MLB OF Raul Mondesi and Cash. Bret went 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA in 28 games for the Yankees. On March 29,2005, Bret was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for Reserve Catcher Wil Nieves.

1978- The Yankees obtained OF/1B Gary Thomasson from Oakland for 2 Minor League Players: OF Dell Alston and INF Mickey Klutts. Gary would hit .276 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs in 51 games for the 1978 Yankees; while filling in for the injured CF Mickey Rivers. OF Dell Alston had appear in 22 games for the Yankees, while hitting .325. Mickey Klutts had been a top Yankees Shortstop prospect, who had hit .319 at AAA in 1976. In the 1977 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, he had a chance to win the starting shortstop job, but he had suffered a broken finger, after his recovery; he was returned to play in AAA. He had played in 1 game for the 1978 Yankees. During the 1979 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, Gary was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Reserve Catcher Brad Gullen. The Yankees were trying to rebuilding their catching corps in their farm system.

1978- The Yankees make an MLB roster move with Reserve INF George Zeber being sent to their AAA Club, the Tacoma Yankees (PCL) and bringing up INF Brian Doyle. In 1977, as a Yankees Rookie INF George Zeber hit .323 in 25 games, but he was 0 for 6 for the 1978 Yankees. 

1978- Former Yankees Minor League P Zach Day was born.

In 1996, the Yankees in the 5th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Zach Day. He never pitched for the team at the MLB level. He was one of the 3 young Yankee players traded to the Indians as part of the Dave Justice trade.

1979- On June 15,1979, veteran OF/1B Jay Johnstone was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for P Dave Wehrmeister. Overall, as a Yankees player, Johnstone had appeared in 59 games as an OF/1B; while hitting .239 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs. Dave will appear in 5 games for the 1981 Yankees posting a 0-0 record with a 5.14 ERA in 5 games.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Matt Smith (2006) was born.

On June 5, 2000, P Matt Smith was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He had appeared in 12 games with the 2006 Yankees with no decisions. On July 30, 2006, he was traded by the Yankees along with 3 Minor League Players; C.J. Henry, Carlos Monastrios and Jesus Sanchez to the Phillies for OF Bobby Abreu and P Cory Lidle.

1980- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Eric Kratz (2017, 2020) was born.

On August 31,2017, Catcher Eric Kratz was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He was sent to AAA Scranton (IL). He had been with the Indians AAA team at Columbus (IL), hitting .270. He appeared in 4 games for the 2017 Yankees, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. On November 2, 2017, Erick was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On December 7, 2017, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He started the 2018 season with AAA Scranton (IL), hitting .269 with 4 HRs and 5 RBIs in 17 games. On May 25, 2018, Erick was purchased by the Brewers from the Yankees. On June 8, 2019, after being released by the Rays, Erik was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He didn’t appear with the team at the MLB level. in winter of 2019, Eric signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees in winter of 2019, with an invitation to their 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. In 2020, he was on the field for 16 games as a 3rd-string Catcher and occasional 1st baseman (he also pitched twice, to give him 7 games and as many innings for his career as he showed off a rather impressive knuckleball). He bonded particularly well with young P Deivi Garcia, who was half his age, but thrived under his mentorship. He hit .321 with No HRs and 4 RBIs, but he did not appear in the AL postseason, although he was on the roster for the ALWCS. After the MLB post season, he announced that he was retiring, making good on a promise he had made to his young daughter to buy her a puppy, when he finally hanged up his spikes. As a Yankees player, Kratz appeared in 20 games for the Bronx Bombers, while hitting .367 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. As an MLB player for 11 seasons, he finished with a .209 BA with 31 HRs and 105 RBIs in 332 games. He was originally signed by the Blue Jays 2002, but he didn’t appear with them at the MLB Level.

1983- The Yankees traded 1B Marshall Brant, Minor League P Ben Callahan and Cash to Oakland for veteran P Matt Keough. He would go 3-4 in 12 games for the 1983 Yankees. Marshall was a 1B at AAA Columbus (IL), who only saw action in 3 games with the Yankees with no hits. Callahan was a hurler for the Yankees Class AA team, the Nashville Sounds (SL.)

1987- Former Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez (2012-2014) was born. 

Yankees MLB Scout Vic Mata signed INF Eduardo Nunez in 2004. He debuted that year as a pro, hitting .249 for the DSL Yankees 1. In 2005, he batted .313 for the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees as the 3rd youngest position player in the NY-Penn League. Nunez was 3rd in the NYPL in hits (88), tied for 3rd in triples (6) and 9th in average. He led the league's shortstops in double plays (46), but also in errors (28). Baseball America rated him as the Yankees' 6th-best prospect and 4th-best in the NYPL.  In 2006, Eduardo struggled with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) hitting just .186 and with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) hitting just .227. He did steal 32 bases in 42 tries overall, one positive. The Dominican infielder took the opposite course in '07, starting with Charleston (.238, 20 SB in 28 tries over 91 Games) before being returned to Tampa (.285 in 30 Games). Nunez missed time in 2008 with sprains to both thumbs. He hit .271 for Tampa while healthy, but was just 14-for-24 in steal attempts. He fielded .952 at short. In 2009, the 22-year-old showed his 1st signs of serious talent in 4 seasons, putting up a .322 BA for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He stole 19 bases in 26 tries. The youngster was 2nd in the Eastern League with 160 hits (4 behind Neil Sellers) and was 3rd in batting average behind Brock Bond and Josh Thole. He made 33 errors at short, most in the entire EL. He was still named the All-Star Shortstop for the league. Baseball America did not list him as one of the league's top 20 prospects, though. That winter, he was 2 for 10 for the Toros del Este. The Santo Domingo native began 2010 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, hitting .289 in 118 games with 23 steals in 28 tries while fielding .976 at short. He was called up to the MLB, when Alex Rodriguez was injured. In his MLB Player debut, he was a defensive substitute for Shortstop Derek Jeter and turned 2 double plays in 3 innings. In his 1st trip to the plate, he was retired on a pop-up by Jose Valverde. His 1st MLB hit was on August 21, a single off of Jason Vargas to break a 4-4 tie in the 7th; it was the game-winning hit.  A week later, he drilled his 1st MLB HR, a 2-run shot off of P John Dakes. He went (14 for 50) .280 with the 1 HR and 7 RBIs in 30 games in pinstripes that season. Nunez got a lot of playing time for the Yankees in mid-season in 2011 as he got most of the starts at 3B when Alex Rodriguez went on the DL in July. He played 112 games overall, hitting .265 with 18 doubles in 309 at-bats; he was also successful 22 of 28 times in stealing bases while splitting his time between Shortstop and 3B. His 20 errors were 4th in the 2011 AL, behind Mark Reynolds, Elvis Andrus and Cliff Pennington, despite his part-time role; he spent the entire season with the Yankees. In 2012, Nunez was sent back to the Minors for part of the season, as Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix were the main reserve infielders for the Yankees. He was injured for a time. He played 38 games with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while hitting only .227, in addition to short rehabilitation stints with the GCL Yankees and Class A Tampa (FSL). In the MLB, he hit .292 in 38 games, but in only 89 at-bats. He went 1 for 5 with a double and a pair of runs scored against the Orioles in the ALDS, then 2 for 6 with a triple and a HR in the ALCS against the Tigers. With Jeter out at the start of the 2013 season with the sequels of the broken ankle suffered in the previous year's ALCS, Nunez started at shortstop in the 1st month of the 2013 season. However, he injured a rib on May 5th, after a few days of rest were not enough to cure him, Nunez was placed on the DL on May 12th, one in a very long series of injuries suffered by the Bronx Bombers at the start of the season. He was hitting .200 in 27 games, with 3 errors and 4 RBIs. Finally, he stayed out until July 6th, when he was back in the Yankees' starting line-up after a brief rehabilitation assignment in the minors. He marked his return with his best game of the season, going 2 for 3 with a run with a pair of RBIs in a 5-4 win over the Orioles. He then stayed with the team until the end of the 2013 season, as Jeter was only healthy for brief stints. He played in 90 games, while batting .260 with 3 HRs and 38 RBIs in addition to 17 doubles. With Jeter having announced that 2014 would be his last MLB season, Nunez was expected to share the shortstop job with him before eventually taking it over full time. In a surprise move however, Nunez failed to make the team out of Yankees 2014 MLB Spring Training Camp. He was optioned to AAA Scranton, as the more versatile Yangervis Solarte took the job of utility infielder. On April 7th, it was confirmed unequivocally that he no longer figured in the Yankees' plans as he was traded to the Twins in return for P Miguel Sulbaran. 

1992- Boston Closer Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers' MLB Career Save mark of 341 games, when he preserves a 1-0 victory for the Red Sox with 1 scoreless inning against the Yankees.

1992- Former Yankees Pitcher, MLB Pitching Coach, MLB Manager and Baseball Executive Edward “Steady Eddie” Lopat (1948-1955) passed away. (1918-1992). 

The Yankees obtained Starter Eddie Lopat from the White Sox in February of 1948 for Catcher Aaron Robinson, Pitchers Fred Bradley and Bill Wight. From 1948 to 1954, Eddie won 113 games for the Yankees as part of the Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi, Whitey Ford (1950,1953) starting rotation that won 5 straight World Championships (1949-1953).  Eddie helped a young Whitey Ford with his MLB pitching development, using an 8MM camera to study the pitcher’s movements. Lopat was known, as “The Junkman” would be started by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel in-between fastball starters Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi, to throw off the timing of opposition club’s hitters. Some Eddie’s Yankees pitching career highlights are 113 wins with a .657 WP. with 20 career shutouts and 91 complete games. His Yankees pitching career ERA was 3.21. In 1951, he was 21-9 for the Yankees. In 5 World Series (1949-1953) with the Yankees, Eddie went 4-1 in 7 games. In 1951, he was named to the AL All-Star team pitching staff.  In 1953, he led the AL pitchers with a 2.42 ERA. On July 30,1955, Eddie was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles for P Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald. Eddie had a 4-8 record in 16 games with the 1955 Yankees at the time of his trade. On October 10,1955, Eddie Lopat was released by the Orioles. He had a 3-4 record in 10 games with the Orioles. In the fall of 1955, he rejoined the Yankees organization. Eddie managed in the Yankees Minor League system with the 1956-1958 AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). In 1959, he was a Yankees MLB Scout. In 1960, he was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach for Manager Casey Stengel, replacing long-time Pitching Coach Jim Turner, who had been fired taking the blame for the team’s poor 3rd place finish. Eddie left the Yankees organization in October of 1960, when new Manager Ralph Houk took over the team; he had named former Yankees P Johnny Sain, as his new 1961 Yankees MLB Pitching Coach. For the 1961 AL season, Eddie was the MLB Pitching Coach for the Twins. Then in 1962, he moved to the Kansas City A’s organization. In 1963-1964, he was the Manager of the A’s, posting a 90-124 record. He would later work for the A’s front office as their General Manager. Lopat was one of the few baseball people, who got along with A’s Team Owner Charley Finley. When the A’s moved to Oakland, Eddie declined the move. Instead, he joined the Montreal Expos organization working in their front office; handling their Player Development Department.

2000- Current Yankees Minor League Shortstop Oswald Peraza was born.

Shortstop Oswald Peraza was a 2017 International Player signing by the Yankees. In 2019, the he played for 2 Yankee Minor League teams: Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) and the short-season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL). With Charleston, he appeared in 46 games, while hitting .273 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs. At Staten Island, he played in 19 games, while hitting .241 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. He received an invite to the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He did not play in 2020, because of the Minor League season being cancel by the COVIDS outbreak. For the 2021 Minor League season, he is currently playing for AA Somerset (Northeast League). He had started the 2021 Minor League season with the A Hudson Valley (High -A East League) before receiving a promotion.

2008- After back-to-back 19-win MLB seasons, Yankees Starter Chien-Ming Wang, who is 8-2, breaks his right foot running the bases in an Inter-League game against the Astros, spoiling a 13-0 Yankees rout. Wang will miss the remainder of the 2008 AL season and the foot injury will completely derail his MLB Pitching career with the Yankees.

2008- Former Yankees Minor League P and MLB Player Billy Muffett passed away. (1930-2008)

Veteran MLB P Billy Muffett pitched for the 1962-1963 AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). The Yankees had signed the lefty hurler as an MLB Free Agent. He had previously pitched in the MLB with the Cardinals, Giants and the Red Sox. In 1962, he went 10-6 with a 2.42 ERA in 28 games. The next season, he was still with Richmond, where he posted 9-9 record with a 4.24 ERA in 38 games. The Yankees released him during the winter of 1963.

2011- Bronx Bombers 1B Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate in a 12-4 Yankees win over the Rangers. It is his 11th time doing so, tying Eddie Murray and Chili Davis for the All-time MLB HR record.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Ted Gray (1955) passed away. (1924-2011) 

On June 30,1955, veteran P Ted Gray was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Ted only appeared in only 1 game with the 1955 Yankees with no record. On July 20,1955, Ted was released by the Yankees. He would finish the 1955 AL season with the Orioles.

2019- The Yankees acquired veteran MLB 1B/DH Edwin Encarncion from the Mariners for Minor League P Juan Then. On November 18, 2017, Pitcher Nick Rumbelow was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for 2 Minor League Pitchers: JP Sears and Juan Then. In 2018, Juan went 0-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 11 games for Yankees East in the Gulf League. He has not pitched this season. Juan Then was originally signed by the Mariners. To make move room for Encarncion on the Yankees 40-Man MLB roster, they have moved P Jake Barrett to the 60-Day IL.

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This Week in Yankees History June 13th-June 19th Part Three

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June 16th

1882- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Keefe (1907) was born. (1882-1964)

On August 20,1905, P Robert Keefe was purchased by the Highlanders from the AA Tacoma Tigers (PCL).  Keefe had appeared in 19 games for the 1907 Yankees, while posting a 3-5 record with a 2.50 ERA. He would return to the Minor Leagues, pitching from 1908-1910 AA Montreal Royals (EL). He would return to the MLB with the 1911-1912 Reds posting a 14-16 record in 56 games, finishing out his MLB Pitching career. In 1913, he would return to the Minor Leagues.

1903- The Yankees register their 1st shutout victory ever, a 1-0 game against the White Sox with veteran MLB P Clark Griffith as the winning pitcher for New York. 

1908- Former Yankees Pitcher Ned Gavin (1904) passed away. (1874-1908)

On September 9,1904, veteran MLB P Ned Garvin was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the NL Brooklyn Superbas (aka the Dodgers). Ned appeared in only 2 games for the 1904 Yankees with a 0-1 record in September of 1904. He had been 5-15 with a 1.68 ERA in 23 games for the Superbas. Garvin had pitched in the MLB from 1896-1904, finishing with an MLB Pitching career record of a 58-97 with a 2.72 ERA and 3 saves in 181 games. He retired from the MLB after the AL 1904 season had ended. In 1908, Ned died from consumption.

1920- Former Yankees Minor League C Eddie Malone was born. (1920-2006)

In 1938, the Cardinals had signed C Eddie Malone as MLB Amateur Free Agent. He made his MLB Player debut with the 1949 White Sox against the Yankees. He played for the 1950 White Sox. As an MLB player, he appeared in 86 games with Chicago, while hitting .257 with 1 HR and 26 RBIs. On June 28,1950, Malone was purchased by the Yankees from the White Sox. He didn’t appear with the team at the MLB level. On July 5,1950, the Yankees sent Eddie Malone to AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on October 13,1949. On that day, the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later and Cash to AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) for Minor League Players: OF Jackie Jensen and INF Billy Martin. On July 12,1951, he was repurchased by the Yankees from AA 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 Reserve OF Art Schallock. From 1951-1954, Eddie played in the PCL with the AAA Hollywood Stars. Later, he appeared in the Baseball TV Show “Home Run Derby” as the show’s catcher.

1923- Former Yankees Reserve OF Alfred “Allie” Clark (1947) was born. (1923-2012)

Before the start of the 1941 AL Season, the Yankees signed OF Alfred “Allie” Clark, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Clark missed most of 1943 and all of 1944-1945 AL seasons, while serving in the military. Allie Clark was a Reserve Outfielder, who had played for 7 seasons in the MLB. As a Rookie, he played on the 1947 Yankees, while appearing in 24 games, hitting .373 with 1 HR and 14 RBIs. On December 11,1947, Allie Clark was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for veteran P Red Embree. In his 2nd MLB season, he played for the 1948 Indians, hitting .310. He appeared in 2 World Series: 1947 (Yankees) and 1948 (Indians). Also, Allie would play for the A’s and the White Sox. Following his MLB playing days, he was with the AAA Rochester Red Wings (IL) from 1953-1957; hitting .306 with 75 HRs and 340 RBIs over that span. 

1925- The Yankees signed veteran MLB 1B Fred Merkle (1925-1926) after his player release by the Cubs. Fred had hit .266 for the 1925 Yankees in 8 games, before becoming a Yankees MLB Coach for the team.

1933- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Johnson (1969) was born.  (1933-2015)

After being obtained from the Braves, veteran knuckleball P Ken Johnson went 1-2 with 3.46 ERA in 12 games for the 1969 Yankees before being sold to the Cubs. He originally came up to the MLB with the 1958 Kansas City A’s. He appeared in the 1961 World Series with the Reds, pitching 1 scoreless inning against the Yankees in 13-5 lost for the Reds.

1945- Red Sox Starter Dave Ferriss loses to the Yankees by the score of 3-2, after starting his MLB Pitching career with 8 victories, 4 of them shutouts.

1950- The Yankees waived Reserve Catcher Gus Niarhos to the White Sox. He had appeared in 153 games for the 1946-1950 Yankees, while hitting .257 with no HRs and 27 RBIs. Gus appeared in 1 game of the 1949 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers with no hits.

1953- St. Louis Browns Starter Duane Pillette ended the Yankees' winning streak at 18 games and the Browns' team record 14-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Johnny Mize became the 93rd player in MLB history to get 2,000 career hits, when he singled in the only Yankees' run in the 5th inning. Pillette was a former Yankees Pitcher, who was with the team in 1949-1950 before being traded to the Browns.

1962- A injured Mickey Mantle returned after a 1-month layoff and hit a dramatic 3-run pinch-hit HR in the top of the 8th inning. Although Mantle's HR blast gave the Yankees a 9-7 lead, but the Indians came back to score a run in the bottom of the 8th inning; they won the game in the 9th inning by the score of 10-9 on a 2-run HR by 2B Jerry Kendall.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Clint “Scrap Iron” Courtney (1951) passed away of a fatal heart attack. (1927-1975)

The Yankees had signed Catcher Clint Courtney as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1947. Clint appeared in only 1 game with the 1951 Yankees before being sold to the St. Louis Browns. Clint was one of many young Yankee catchers during the 1950’s, who were blocked by the presence of starting Catcher Yogi Berra. He was one of the 1st modern MLB catchers to wear glasses behind the catcher’s mask. Clint played for the Yankees, Browns, Orioles, White Sox, Senators and the A’s during his 11-season MLB playing career (1951-1962) finishing with a .268 BA. Courtney was the Manager for AAA Richmond Braves (IL) for the Braves organization at the time of his fatal heart attack.

1977- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Ron Guidry hurls his 1st MLB complete game, a 7-0 shutout over the Royals. He allows only 3 Royals hits and strikes out 7 batters. Royal Starter Dennis Leonard takes the loss, giving up all 7 Yankees runs in the game and dropping his 1977 AL season pitching record to a 4-7 mark. Guidry is now 5-2 for the 1977 AL season. At the plate, Mickey Rivers leads the Yankees hitting attack with a HR and double, while 2B Willie Randolph hits a triple. The game attendance for the game is 26,391 fans.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Kerry Wood (2010) was born.

On July 31, 2010, veteran MLB Reliever Kerry Wood was traded by the Indians along with cash to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later. On October 21, 2010, the Yankees sent 2 Minor League Pitchers Andrew Shive and Matt Cusick to the Indians to complete the trade. Reliever Kerry Wood went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 24 games for the Yankees. In 2010 AL postseason, he appeared in 7 games with no record. On November 1, 2010, the Yankees granted Kerry Wood MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Cubs for the 2011 NL season.

1994- Former Yankees Pitcher Marlin Stuart (1954) passed away. (1918-1994)

On July 4,1954, P Marlin Stuart was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Orioles. He went 3-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 games for the 1954 Yankees. Marlin had previously pitched for the Tigers, Browns, Yankees and the Orioles (twice) during his 6-season MLB Pitching career finishing with a 23-17 record with a 4.65 ERA, while appearing in 196 games.

1996- Legendary Hall of Fame Baseball Yankees Broadcaster Mel Allen (1939-1964) died at the age of 83. (1913-1996)

Mel Allen was born “Melvin Avrom Israel” in 1913. Mel had a 60-year career in broadcasting that started in 1935, while in college at the University of Alabama. He graduated with 2 degrees: Political Science and Law. He passed his Law Bar Exam. In 1936, CBS Radio signed Mel Allen as a Sports Announcer. In 1939, Allen started doing play-by-play for both the Yankees (1939-1964) and the Giants home games. First, he covered the team on radio, then moved over to TV booth for game coverage. Allen covered 20 World Series and 24 All-Star games during his long broadcasting career. In the fall of 1964, the Yankees fired Mel Allen. In 1965, he joined the Milwaukee Braves broadcast team. In 1968, Allen was play-by-play man for the Indians. Yankees brought him back in 1967 for Old Timer’s Day game events and play by play of the annual Old Timer’s Day games. Allen did this work for over 2 decades. Then Allen turned to doing voice over work.  In 1978, Mel joined the Sports Channel Network doing 40 games a season from 1978 to 1985. In 1986, he became the Host for MSG Network’s “Yankees Magazine. In 1977, Mel begins his narrator work for the long-running sports television show, “This Week in Baseball.” In 1978, Mel Allen received the 1st Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, along with his former Yankees Broadcast Partner Red Barber. Many considered to 2 men to be the finest broadcast team in MLB History.

2001- Former Yankees Pitcher Wally Hood (1949) passed away. (1924-2001)

On June 29, 1948, Wally Hood was a pitcher for the USC baseball team, when he was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. The 22-year-old right-hander was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (IL). Wally would chalk up a 6-5 record with a 4.19 ERA, while pitching 86 innings in his 1st season in pro baseball. Hood, who would never pitch below AA ball during his 7-year run in the Minor Leagues. Wally was with the AA Newark Bears (IL) and the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) in 1949; his 2nd season in the Minors, he put together an 8-8 record with a 4.92 ERA, while pitching 161 innings. Wally would receive a call from the Yankees in late September of 1949. The Californian made his MLB pitching debut on September 23rd of this same season. In his 2 appearances, he allowed no hits and runs with no decisions; he never appeared in the MLB again. Wally Hood would spend 5 more seasons in baseball, all in the Minor Leagues. The right-hander would go from a 7-16 record with a 5.42 ERA with the AA 1950 Kansas City Blues (AA) to a 11-9 record in a split 1951 season with the AAA San Francisco Seals and the Hollywood Stars in the PCL. The Yankees would send Hood to the Dodgers during the 1952 MLB season in a presently unknown transaction. Wally reported to the Dodgers farm team, the Fort Worth Cats, Wally had the best numbers of his baseball career, going 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in the final months of the 1952 season. Wally would hold on through to 1954, when he went 4-5 with a 5.43 ERA for the AAA Montreal Royals (IL). He called it quits at the age of 28 with a 7-year career pitching record of 52-62 with a 4.61 ERA in 951 innings.

2019- An authentic Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey from 1928-1930 sets a record for a piece of Baseball Memorabilia as it sells for $5.64 million at auction.

June 17th

1903- Former Yankees Pitcher Benjamin “Big Ben” Shields (1924-1925) was born. (1903-1982)

Ben Shields went 3-0 with a 6.58 ERA in 6 games for the 1924-1925 Yankees. On February 6,1926, Ben was placed on the “voluntarily retired list” due to health problems and needed time for recovery. He had been hit in the chest during BP by Babe Ruth, the chest infection problem turned out be TB. He wouldn’t pitch again in the MLB until 1930 AL season with the Red Sox.

1904- The Yankees traded Rookie INF Bob Unglaub to the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) for OF Pasty Dougherty, who would hit a combined .280 with 113 RBIs for the 1904 AL season. 

1917- The Giants and Yankees played the 1st Sunday game in New York City for a War Charity in front of 21,000 spectators at the Polo Grounds.

1918- The Yankees play an 8-inning 5-5 tie with the Tigers, called because the team had to catch a train to Cleveland.

1925- The Yankees sold veteran Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott to the Senators. The former starting Shortstop for the 1922-1925 Yankees was only hitting .212 at the time of his trade to the Nats. In May of 1925, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins had benched Scott ending his MLB Consecutive games streak at 1,307 games. He had been replaced as Starting Shortstop by Pee Wee Wanninger. The Senators would use him as a Reserve INF. Scott had hit .254 with 13 HRs and 174 RBIs for the 1922-1925 Yankees.

1936- Yankees Starter Red Ruffing set an AL record for Pitchers by recording up to 10 total bases. Ruffing hit 2 HRs as part of a 4-hit day (2-singles), helping the Yankees to a 15-4 crushing of the Indians.

1941- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio was credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to shortstop bounced up and hit Luke Appling on the shoulder. The White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 8-7.

1944- The Yankees signed veteran NL OF Johnny Cooney as an MLB Free Agent. He had been released by the Dodgers. The 43-year-old Outfielder would appear in 10 games for the team, getting 1 hit, hitting just .125 before he was released by the team on August 4, 1944.

1944- The Yankees traded OF Ed Levy to the AA Milwaukee Brewers (AA) for OF Hersh Martin. Levy was hitting .242 with 4 HRs in 40 games for the 1944 Yankees. The former 1937-1940 Phillies OF Hersh Martin, was now playing for the AA Brewers, he was hitting .358 in 58 games. He would become the 1944 Yankees Regular LF, hitting .302 in 85 games. In 1945, he would hit .267 in 117 games. Overall, as a Yankees player, he had appeared in 202 games, while hitting .286 with 16 HRs and 100 RBIs.

1946- The Yankees purchased OF Frank Colman from the Pirates. Colman would appear in 5 games for the 1946 Yankees, while hitting .267 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs before being sent down to the AA Newark Bears (IL). In 1947, he would in 22 games for the team, while hitting .107 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs, before returning to AA Newark again. He never returned to play in the MLB again.

1956- A Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium draws a crowd of 41,765 fans as the Bronx Bombers beat the Indians by the score of 9-4. Yankees 1st inning HRs by Rookie OF Norm Siebern (1) and Catcher Yogi Berra (18th) as the Bombers chase veteran Tribe Starter Early Wynn in a 4-run Yankees 1st inning. Wynn takes the loss for the Tribe dropping his 1956 AL season record to 6-4. Yankees Starter Whitey Ford goes only 1 2/3 innings, while giving up 2 hits and 1 Tribe run. He is followed by Reliever Tom Morgan, who goes 1 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 Indian runs. He is followed by hurler Rip Coleman, who finishes the game off by going 6 innings allowing only 2 Tribe hits with 1 run. Coleman picks-up the victory, improving his 1956 Yankees pitching record to 2-1. Veteran RF Hank Bauer hits a 3-run HR in 7th inning, its his 14th HR of the 1956 AL season. The 1956 Yankees have a 37-20 record for the AL season.

1961- The Yankees signed veteran 1B Earl Torgeson as an MLB Free Agent. He had been released by the White Sox. He will hit .111 in 22 games for the Yankees, who released him as a player on September 2,1961, then they signed him as an MLB Coach for the rest of the 1961 AL season.

1961- Former Yankees Reserve OF (1984-1985), MLB Scout, Minor League Manager Vic Mata was born.

The Yankees signed OF Vic Mata as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1978. He appeared in 36 games for the 1984-1985 Yankees, while hitting .312 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs as a Reserve Outfielder. Mata managed the DSL Yankees/Padres. He has also scouted for the Yankees. Vic had been the Yankees' Latin American Field Coordinator. He signed the following players: Ivan Nova, Hector Noesi, Yhency Brazoban, Melky Cabrera, Maximo Nelson, Joaquín Arias, Jose Valdez, Jimmy Paredes, Eduardo Nunez and Rudy Guillen for the Yankees organization. 

1977- The Yankees open a 3-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Bronx Starter Jim “Catfish” Hunter is bomber by 4 1st inning HRs by Red Sox batters: Rick Burleson, Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk and George Scott. The Red Sox win the game by a final score of 11-1.

1978- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry struck out 18 California batters in a 4-hit, 4-0 shutout of the Angels, to set an AL record for a left-handed pitcher in a single game. Guidry, who struck out 15 Angel batters in the 1st 6 innings of the game. Ron posted his 11th consecutive victory of the 1978 AL season without a loss. The performance will help coin a new nickname for Guidry as the team's Announcer, Phil Rizzuto, began to refer to him as  'Louisiana Lightning', inspiring a new Yankees tradition as the fans began to clap rhythmically, each time there was 2 strikes on the batter.

1979- Former Yankees OF Duffy Lewis (1919-1920) passed away. (1888-1979)

Veteran OF Duffy Lewis was traded by the Red Sox along with front-line Pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard for Yankees hurlers Ray "Slim" Caldwell and Slim Love, Catcher Roxy Walters, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 Cash. The Boston Post reports, "It will take a lot to convince Boston fans that they got the best of this one".  Duffy will hit .272 with 11 HRs and 148 RBIs in 248 games for the 1919-1920 Yankees. On December 31,1920, Lewis is traded by the Yankees along with veteran P George Mogridge to the Senators for OF Braggo Roth.

1984- Former Longtime Yankees Bullpen Coach and MLB Scout Jim Hegan (1961-1973,1979-1980) passed away. (1920-1984)

Jim Hegan was a Catcher with legendary defensive skills, who played 17 years in the MLB, appearing in 5 MLB All-Star Games, "When you can catch like Hegan, you don't have to hit." – Yankees HOF Catcher Bill Dickey. As testament to his defensive skills, he never once appeared at any position but catcher in his MLB playing career. He threw out an amazing 50 percent of base stealers, more than Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench or Yogi Berra. Jim was the Indians starting catcher from 1946-1956. He handled the classic 1950’s Indians pitching staff, including the 1954 staff that won 111 games. He caught 3 no-hitters by Tribe starters Don Black, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. Jim joined the Yankees organization in 1960 as an MLB Bullpen Coach. From 1974-1978, he was an MLB Coach for Tigers Manager Ralph Houk. He was an MLB Scout for the Yankees for 2 years before retiring from baseball. Jim’s son Mike Hegan played for the Yankees during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. They were the 1st MLB Father-Son duo to appear in the World Series together (1964).

1985- Former Yankees Minor League INF Mitch Hilligoss was born.

The Yankees selected INF Mitch Hilligoss in the 6th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Mitch had been a college baseball star with Purdue University. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On January 26, 2010, Mitch was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for Reserve OF Greg Olson. He never appears at the MLB level with the Rangers. 

1987- Former Yankees Player (1967-1968), MLB Coach (1968-1979) and Manager (1980) Richard Howser died from Brain Cancer at the age of 51. (1937-1987)

As an MLB player, he came to the Yankees at the end of his MLB playing career dealing with bad back problems. He came up with the Kansas City A’s, later he played for the Indians. On December 20,1966, Richard was traded by the Indians for Yankees Pitcher Gil Downs and Cash. Howser hit .267 in 1967 for the Yankees, but he slipped in 1968. Upon his retirement as an MLB active player in the fall of 1968, the Yankees hired him to be an MLB Coach (1969-1978). In 1979, he left the Yankees to coach a college baseball team.  In 1980, he returned the Yankees as their MLB Manager leading them to a 103-59 record in AL East before losing to the Royals in the ALCS. After leaving the Yankees, he managed their AL Western Division rivals, the Kansas City Royals. The popular Howser, who led the Royals to the 1985 World Championship, fell ill to brain cancer during the 1986 AL season. He attempted to return to managing in Royals MLB spring training camp in 1987, only to give up his comeback attempt because of his weakened health condition. His Royals Uniform No. “10” was retired by the club.

1992- The Yankees signed P Curt Young as an MLB Free Agent. He had been released by the Royals on June 10th, after posting a 1-2 record with a 5.18 ERA in 10 games. The team sent him to their AAA Club, the Columbus Clippers (IL), where he won 3 games. Curt was promoted by the Yankees. He went 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 games for the 1992 Yankees, before becoming an MLB Free Agent again; re-signing with his old team, Oakland for the 1993 AL season.

2015- Yankees Starter Michael Pineda makes a bid for a no-hitter until Marlins batter Christian Yelich leads off the 7th inning with a HR; Pineda leaves after 2 more outs, getting credit for a 2-1 Yankees win, although, even if he had not given up a hit; he would likely not have had the chance to pitch any deeper into the game due of pitch count concerns. Miami almost ties the game in the 8th inning, but Adeiny Hechevarria's run on a fielder's choice by Dee Gordon is overturned after Yankees Manager Joe Girardi successfully challenges the call. Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez has a pair of hits for the team, bringing him within 3 of the 3,000 MLB hit club.

2018- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach and Baseball Executive Bill Connors passed away. (1941-2018)

Bill Connors started 1 game in his MLB Pitching career. It was on September 2,1967, as a member of the Mets against the Cubs. He went 4 innings, gave up 4 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 3 Cub batters. He did not get a decision. Bill Connors was the 3rd baseman and #5 batter on the National team of Schenectady, NY that won the 1954 Little League World Series; one of his teammates was Jim Barbieri. Connors later had a long MLB Coaching career, starting as a member of the 1980-1981 Royals staff. Then he was a Cubs MLB Pitching Coach from 1982 to 1986. Then he was a part of theMariners MLB Coaching staff the next 2 seasons, 1987-1988. In 1989 and 1990, he was with the Yankees, before returning to the Cubs from 1991-1993. He spent the next 2 seasons, 1994-1995 back with the Yankees. Then he returned to the Yankees for a 3rd stint in 2000. He served as Vice-President of Player Personnel for the Yankees from 1996-2012.

June 18th

1918- The Yankees score in every inning except for the 8th inning as they beat the Indians by a score of 19-3.

1946- The Yankees waived veteran P Bill Zuber to the Red Sox. Bill went 18-23 with a 3.88 ERA in 64 games as a Spot Starter for the 1943-1946 Yankees. He would go 5-1 for the 1946 Red Sox.

1975- Former Yankees Reliever Felix Heredia (2003-2004) was born.

On August 25, 2003, Reliever Felix Heredia was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Reds. Felix went 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 59 games as a Yankees Reliever, before being traded to the Mets for veteran MLB Reliever Mike Stanton in 2004

1976- MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the sales of Oakland A’s Stars Pitchers Vida Blue (Yankees), Rollie Fingers and OF Joe Rudi (Red Sox). Kuhn ordered the 3 players to return to Oakland, but A’s Team Owner Charlie Finley will not allow the A’s Manager Chuck Tanner to use any of them in a game until June 27th. Kuhn cited “that the trades were not in the best interest for baseball,” as he completely ignores the long A’s team history of selling off star players to keep the franchise running dating back to the days’ of Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack in Philadelphia.

1977- Yankees OF Reggie Jackson and Manager Billy Martin became involved in a dugout confrontation that is seen on national television during a NBC-TV “Game of the Week” broadcast being played at Boston’s Fenway Park. After Martin removed Jackson for loafing on a ball hit to the outfield, replacing him with Reserve OF Paul Blair. Jackson questioned Manager Billy Martin actions in the Yankees dugout.  The dugout discussion became more heated, with the 2 men in each other’s face, they were eventually separated by Yankees MLB Coaches Elston Howard and Yogi Berra. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner was in Tampa watching the game on TV, he tells Yankees GM Gabe Paul to fire Martin. Instead, Paul talked George out of it, then Gabe Paul told George that he was quitting the team and left for Cleveland. George eventually talked Gabe Paul into coming back to the team, but his stay would be short as Gabe Paul resigned after the 1977 World Series victory over the Dodgers. Al Rosen would replace Gabe as Yankees President/General Manager for the 1978 AL season. As for Martin and Reggie situation, in August George would instruct Billy to play Reggie and bat 4th in the Yankees starting line-up, Reggie responded with his bat and the Yankees won the AL Flag and 1977 World Series victory over the Dodgers.

1981- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Honey Barnes (1926) passed away. (1900-1981)

Honey Barnes was a Reserve Catcher on the 1926 Yankees, who appeared in 1 game and walked as a Yankees batter. He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1927-1932.

1993- The Yankees signed P Paul Gibson as an MLB Free Agent. Gibson had been released by the Mets. He was signed to a Minor League contract by the Yankees, who assigned him to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He would be called up by the team in 1993, posting a 2-0 record with a 3.06 ERA in 20 games.

2007- The Yankees signed Chinese Catcher Zhenwang Zhang and Pitcher Kai Liu. It is touted as the 1st time an MLB organization has signed Chinese players. This is not the case, as the Mariners had signed Chao Wang in 2001. Neither player will appear with the Yankees at the MLB level.

2009- In a start delayed by rain for over 5 hours at New Yankee Stadium, Washington Rookie Starter Craig Stammen earns his 1st MLB career victory when the Nationals shut out the Yankees by the score of 3-0. It is the 1st HR-less game at the ballpark since it’s opening in April.

2010- The Mets extend their winning streak to 8 games when Rookie Starter Hisanori Takahashi, with bullpen help from Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez, shuts out their cross-town rivals the Yankees by the score of 4-0.

2011- A violent collision at home plate between Cubs’ base-runner Carlos Pena and Yankees Catcher Russell Martin is the highlight of the Yankees' 4-3 win. With the Bombers up by the score of 3-2 in the 6th inning, Geovany Soto hits a bases-loaded line drive to left which OF Brett Gardner catches as he is charging; he fires a 1-hop strike to Martin, which arrives just before Pena crashes into him, sending his helmet flying and the catcher rolling on the ground. But Martin holds on the ball for an inning-ending double play. Yankees Starter A.J. Burnett is the winner over Cubs Starter Ryan Dempster, with Bronx Closer Mariano Rivera picking up the save.

2012- The Yankees beat the Braves by the score of 6-2; behind the pitching of Starter CC Sabathia for their 10th straight win. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers. All 10 wins have come in MLB Inter-League play.

June 19th

1903- Future Yankees Hall Of Fame 1B Lou Gehrig (1923-1939) was born in New York City. (1903-1941)

Lou Gehrig will make his MLB Player debut with the Yankees in 1923. He was signed by the team, right out of Columbia University, where he was a Star Pitcher and 1B. During the 1925 AL season, he will become the Yankees' everyday 1Breplacing veteran 1B Wally Pipp. He will set a record for the longest MLB consecutive games played streak, while combining with Babe Ruth to form one of the greatest run-producing tandems of all time. He finished his Yankees playing career with a .340 BA with 493 HRs with 1,991 RBIs in 2,164 games for the Yankees. Lou won the AL MVP Award 3 times during in his MLB playing career. In 1934, Lou won the AL Triple Crown with a .363 BA, 49 HRs with 165 RBI’s. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1939. In May of 1939, Lou stopped playing baseball for the Yankees because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); he would pass away from the disease in 1941. On June 17, 1939, the Yankees announced that Lou Gehrig had officially retired from MLB, because of his ALS disease. On July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees retired his Yankees Uniform No. 4 and honored him with a special day. He spent the rest of the 1939 AL season in uniform being the Yankees Team Captain until the end of the 1939 World Series against the Reds.

1912- Former Yankees MLB Scout (1971-1974), MLB Player, Coach and Manager Don Gutteridge was born. (1912-2008)

Don Gutteridge was an MLB player, who later became a Minor League Manager for the White Sox Organization. He was an MLB Scout in 1968 for the Royals, helping the team prepare for the Player Expansion Team Draft. In July of 1968, he rejoined the White Sox working on Manager Al Lopez’s MLB Coaching staff. He took over the White Sox Manager’s job in May of 1969, running the team until September of 1970, while posting a 109-172 record. He joined the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout in 1971, holding that position until 1974. He finished up his MLB Scouting career with the Dodgers working for them from 1975-1992.

1913- Former Yankees Pitcher Eddie Quick (1903) passed away. (1881-1913)

Rookie P Eddie Quick appeared in only 1 game for the 1903 Yankees, pitching only 1 inning with no decision. He was traded along with Rookie Catcher Jack Zalusky to the AA Toledo (AA) for Rookie Catcher Red Kienow.

1918- The Yankees purchased veteran OF Ham Hyatt from the Braves for Cash. Ham would hit .229 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 53 games before the team released him.

1929- The Yankees sold veteran 1B George “Tioga” Burns (1928-1929) to the Philadelphia A’s. George had played briefly with the 1928-1929 Yankees appearing in only 13 games as a Reserve 1B for Lou Gehrig, hitting just .154 before finishing his long MLB playing career with the 1929 A’s. The Yankees had acquired him from the Indians on September 13,1928. He was a lifetime .300 hitter, who was now 35 years old. The team would use him as a Reserve 1B for Lou Gehrig. George had won the 1926 AL MVP Award; while playing with the Tribe, hitting .358 with 4 HRs and 115 RBIs in 151 games. In 1914 with the Tigers, he beat out fellow Rookie teammate Wally Pipp for the Tigers 1B job. The Tigers would trade Rookie 1B Wally Pipp to the Yankees in February of 1915. The Yankees had acquired George Burns in a trade with the Tigers in March of 1918; but then they turn around and traded him to the Philadelphia  A’s for veteran OF Bing Bodie.

1941- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio hit in his 32nd consecutive game, en route to his record breaking MLB 56 consecutive games hitting-streak by going 3-for-3, including a HR against the White Sox.

1949- Former Yankees Reserve OF Gene Locklear (1976-1977) was born.

Gene Locklear was obtained on July 10,1976, when he was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would send P Richard Sawyer on July 31,1976 to the Padres to complete the trade. Gene only appeared in 14 games for the Yankees, while hitting .270 with No HRs and 3 RBIs, spending most of his time at AAA Syracuse (IL). In 1978, he left the Yankees organization to play baseball to play in Japan. He hit .240 with 8 HRs and 38 RBIs in 108 games for the Nippon Hamfighters (JPPL) before retiring from the game.

1950- Former Yankees Reserve INF Fernando Gonzalez (1974) was born.

On May 5,1974, Reserve INF Fernando Gonzalez was purchased by the Yankees from the Royals. Gonzalez appeared in 61 games for the team, while hitting .215 with 1 HR and 7 RBIs for the Yankees. On March 5,1975, he was released by the Yankees.

1951- Yankees Rookie OF Mickey Mantle hits HRs in both games of a Tuesday doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium for the 1sttime in his MLB playing career. The Yankees take the Opener by the score of 11-9. Catcher Yogi Berra and OF Mickey Mantle each hit 3-run HRs for the Bombers. The White Sox had chased Yankees newly acquired Starter Stubby Overmire for 6 hits and 5 runs in 2 innings work. Yankee bullpen settles down the Chicago batters, with Reliever Joe “Professor” Ostrowski picking up the win, he went 4 innings allowing only 1 Chicago run. He is now 3-2 for the team. Yankees had chased Sox Starter Marv Rotblatt for 5 runs. Reliever Lou Kretlow takes the loss, he is now at 2-2. In the Nightcap, the White Sox edge the Yankees by the score of 5-4. Sox Pitcher Randy Gumpert gets his 7th victory of the season. While Yankees Starter Vic Raschi takes the loss, he is now 10-4 for the season. Rookie OF Mickey Mantle hits a solo HR for the team. The Yankees are now 35-21 for the 1951 AL season.

1961- Yankees RF Roger Maris hit a 9th-inning HR off of A's P Jim Archer, his 25th HR of the 1961 AL season, putting him 7 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 60th HR pace of 1927. After the game, A's Team Owner Charlie Finley makes his 1st MLB managerial change, replacing the recently-hired Joe “Flash” Gordon (26-43) in favor of veteran Ex-Yankees OF Hank Bauer, who will guide Kansas City to a 35-47 record. The team will finish in 9th place in the AL with a 61-100 record

1974- Former Yankees 1B/DH Doug Mientiewicz (2007) was born.

The Yankees signed 1B/DH Doug Mientiewicz as an MLB Free Agent in January of 2007. He would appear in 72 games for the 2007 Yankees, while hitting .277 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs before breaking his wrist in a run-in at 1B with Red Sox base runner Mike Lowell that ended his 2007 AL season. After the 2007 MLB Post season, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. Doug would sign with the Pirates for the 2008 NL season.

1975- The Yankees obtained OF Rich Coggins (1975-1976) from the Montreal Expos for Cash. Rich hit .237 for the Yankees. To make room for him on the Yankees 25-man roster, the Yankees sent down Rookie OF Kerry Dineen to AAA Syracuse (IL). On May 18,1976, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Ken Brett to the White Sox for OF/DH Carlos May.

1977- Red Sox hitters Carl Yastrzemski (2), Bernie Carbo (2), and George Scott (1) hit 5 HRs in an 11-1 triumph over the Yankeesat Fenway Park. The 5 HRs give the Red Sox an MLB record 16 in 3 games. Boston hit 6 HRs on June 17th and 5 more HRs on June 18th, also against the Yankees. The Yankees had hit no HRs in the 3-game series.

1979- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 36,211 fans showed up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankees Manager in a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays. Martin had been named to replace Manager Bob Lemon the previous day and began his 2nd stint as Yankees Skipper, a season earlier than previously announced by the team.

1985- Former Yankees Reliever Blake Parker (2016) was born.

On August 9, 2016, Reliever Blake Parker was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Mariners. Parker went 1-0 with a 4.96 ERA and 1 save in 16 games for the 2016 Yankees. In October of 2016, Blake was claimed on waivers by the Angels from the Yankees.

1995- The Yankees signed veteran MLB OF Darryl Strawberry as an MLB Free Agent. The team sends him to AAA Columbus (IL) to get in shape to play. He would appear in 32 games as a DH/OF for the 1995 Yankees, while hitting .276 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.

2000- At Fenway Park, a crowd of 33,370 fans see the Yankees romp over the Red Sox by the score of 22-1. This is Boston’s most lopsided home loss ever. The Yankees score 16 runs in the last 2 innings of the game. Yankees had 2-run HRs hit by the following hitters; Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Shane Spencer, Felix Jose and Scott Brosius. Yankees Starter Ramiro Mendoza picks up his 6th win of the season with relief help from Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton. Red Sox Starter Brian Rose takes the loss, he is now 3-4 for the 2000 AL season. The 4 Red Sox pitchers used in the game give up a total of 19 hits and 22 runs. The 2000 Yankees are now 35-29 for the season. 

 2014- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bill “Big Bill” Renna (1953) passed away. (1924-2014)

Before the start of the 1949 AL season, the Yankees signed OF Bill Renna as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Bill hit .314 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs in 61 games for the 1953 Yankees; he did not appear in the 1953 World Series against the Dodgers for the team. On December 16,1953, Bill was traded along with INF Don Bollweg, OF Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, OF/1B Vic Power and Catcher Jim Robertson for P Harry Byrd, 1B Eddie Robinson, OF Tom Hamilton, OF Carmen Mauro and INF Loren Babe. He would play for the A’s until 1956, when he was traded back to the Yankees along with Minor League P Moe Burtschy for veteran 1B Eddie Robinson and INF Lou Skizas. Bill never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead he was sent down to the AAA Denver Bears (AA). The Yankees would trade him to the Red Sox in 1959, where he finished his MLB playing career. Overall, as an MLB player, Bill had appeared in 370 games, while hitting .239 with 28 HRs and 199 RBIs.

2014- The Blue Jays may be in 1st place in the AL East, but the Yankee remained a nemesis. Today, they lose their 16th straight game at New Yankee Stadium by the score of 6-4, a streak dating back to 2012. David Phelps is the winner as the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep that brings them to within a game and a half of Toronto in the AL East standings.

2015- Yankees Alex Rodriguez joins the MLB 3,000 hit club with a 1st-inning HR off of Tigers Starter Justin Verlander. He becomes the 29th member of the 3,000 MLB hit club, the 3rd player to do so with a long ball, after Wade Boggs and his former Yankees teammate Derek Jeter, who had been the last player to collect the milestone hit in 2011.






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