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This Week in Yankees History June 20th-June 26th Part One

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June 20th

 1908- Former Yankees INF Billy Werber (1930-1933) was born. (1908-2009)

The former Duke University graduate, INF Billy Werber hit .250 in 7 games for the 1930-1933 Yankees. On May 12,1933, Billy and P George Pipgras were sold by the Yankees to the Red Sox for $20,000 Cash. Later, he played for the Philadelphia A’s and the Cincinnati Reds. While with the Reds, Werber became the 1st player to bat in the 1st televised MLB game, a contest against the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 26,1939. The next season, he batted leadoff for the Reds hitting .370 in the 1940 World Series. He finished his 11-season MLB playing career with the Giants. When Billy passed away in 2009, he was the last living teammate of HOF Player Babe Ruth.

1911- In a Bronx 3-2 win against the Senators, Highlanders 1B Hal Chase makes a MLB record of 21 putouts.

1913- After the Yankees win the opener of a twin-bill by the score of 9-3, Senators Starter Bert Gallia hits 3 of the 1st 4 Yankee batters that he faces in the 1st inning of the nightcap. Three more Yankee batters are plunked by Nats Relievers Joe Engel (2) and Tom Hughes (1) for a record 6 hit batters. The outcome is the same as the 1st game; Bombers win again by the score of 9-3. Yankees’ leadoff hitter Bert Daniels puts his name in the AL record book, when he gets hit 3 times.

 1916- Tilly Walker's HR over the Fenway Park LF wall is the only HR the Red Sox will hit this 1916 AL season, but it is the lone Boston score today as the Yankees win the game by a score of 4-1. Inserted as a defensive replacement late in the game, Red Sox Shortstop Everett Scott starts a string of 1,307 consecutive games, all played at that position. He will complete the streak as a Yankees player on May 6,1925. It will be the best in MLB history until Lou Gehrig's 2,130 games in 1939.

1918- The Yankees buy veteran P John Henry Robinson from Little Rock (SA) for Cash. He went 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 11 games, before the team released him.

1919- Former Yankees Co-Team Owner William “Bill” Devery (1903-1914) passed away. (1854-1919)

Frank Farrell and Bill Devery were the 1st team owners of the New York Highlanders - later to become the Yankees. They purchased the AL Baltimore Orioles franchise on January 3,1903 for $18,000. They were allowed to purchase the team and move it to New York City because of their ties with the local NYC politics. All previous attempts to move a team to Manhattan were blocked by the NL Giants with Manager John McGraw’s political connections. Devery had been an openly corrupt NYC Police Chief. He had been forced out of the department shortly before purchasing the team. After the 1914 AL season, the duo aided by help from AL President Ban Johnson sold the franchise to new Team Co-Owners Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Houston for $460,000. AL President Johnson was able to get rid 2 Team Owners who were questionable in character (aka gambling) for 2 businessmen, who had good character and money to build  a successful AL team franchise in New York City.

 1928- Former Yankees Pinch Runner Arthur “Dutch” Schult (1953) was born. (1928-2014)

Art Schult played 5 seasons in the MLB for 4 different teams. He was in 59 games at 1st base and 56 in the outfield. He was 1st up with the Yankees; his next  team was the Reds, then moving on to the Senators. Art’s last active MLB season was with the 1960 Cubs. Overall, he hit for a .264 BA with 6 HRs and 54 RBIs, while playing in 164 MLB games. He appeared in only 7 games as a Yankees player, all of them as a pinch-runner, but he scored 3 runs.

1929- Former Yankees Minor League P Wally Burnette was born. (1929-2003)

Before the start of  1948 AL season, the Yankees had signed P Wally Burnette as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. After spending 2 years of active duty in the Army; he won 21 games with the 1953 AA Binghamton Triplets (EL). In 1954, he was promoted to the AAA Kansas City Blues, posting a 12-13 record with a 4.50 ERA in 35  games. In 1955, he was with the AAA Denver Bears (AA) going 15-12 with a 5.62 ERA in 33 games. In 1956, he started the season with the AAA Denver Bears (AA), posting a 7-6 record  with a 4.08  ERA and 1 save in 20 games. On July 11,1956, Wally was traded by the Yankees to the A’s for P Tommy Lasorda, who was assigned by the Yankees to their AAA club, the Denver Bears (AA). Wally finished with a 6-8 record with 2.89 ERA as a KC rookie hurler in 1956, but he hurt his pitching arm in the A’s 1957 MLB Spring Training Camp. After 1958 AL season was over, Wally was gone from MLB finishing with an overall MLB pitching record of 14-21 with a 3.56 ERA and 1 save in 68 games for the A's.

1934- The AL leading Yankees trip the Indians twice by scores of 3-2 and 3-0 in a doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers tie the 1st game on Frank Crosetti's solo HR in the 8th inning off of Tribe P Bob Weiland; then they win the game on Lou Gehrig's 18th HR in the 9th inning. Lefty Gomez, in relief of Starter Johnny Broaca is the winner. In 2nd game, Hal Trosky Sr.'s single is the only hit off of Yankees Starter Red Ruffing, who also knocks in a run.

1939-The Yankees re-obtained on waivers veteran P Jimmie DeShong from the Senators. He went 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA and 6 saves in 60 games for the 1934-1935 Yankees. Jimmy had gone 0-3 with an 8.63 ERA in 7 games for the 1939 Senators. He didn’t appear in any games for the 1939 Yankees. He was assigned to their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL), where he went 1-1 in 6 games for the club.

1940- The Yankees lose to the White Sox by the score of 1-0 in 11 innings, their 6th straight loss, then protest a "catch" by Sox LF Moose Solters, contending he dropped the ball in the 2nd inning when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld. The game will be replayed September 18th, but for several seasons, all of today's records count including Monte Pearson's loss and Johnny Rigney's win, will count. It is the 1st time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by 1 pitcher: they lost on May 19,1935 in extra innings to 2 pitchers; Lefty Stewart and Lloyd Brown.

1946- A Fortune Magazine story gives some rare details of MLB finances, showing the 1945 New York Yankees revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306,000, cut to $201,000 after Minor League Team losses (15 teams). Of the gross income, $896,000 is from home game ticket sales.

1946- The Yankees purchased OF Hal Peck from Philadelphia for an undisclosed amount of Cash. He doesn’t play for the 1946 Yankees, because he suffered a nervous breakdown and never reported to the team. On December 6,1946, Hal was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Gene Bearden and MLB hurler Al Gettel to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and veteran INF Ray Mack.

1950- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000 MLB career hit, an 8th inning run-scoring single off of Tribe hurler Marino Pieretti during a Yankees 8-2 victory against Cleveland.

 1956- At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle poles 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into the Right CF bleachers, something no other player had done since the bleachers were built in the late 1930s. The Yankees win the game by a score of 7-4.

 1963- In the 1st annual Mayor’s Trophy Game between the Yankees and Mets, the Mets down the Yankees by the score of 6-2, before a crowd of 50,742 fans at Yankee Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for June 3rd, but rain postponed the game until June 20th. The Mets used 2 hurlers: Jay Hook and Carl Willey as their pitchers in the game. Mets Manager Casey Stengel allegedly looking to get back at his old employer the Yankees, insisted using his Willey, best pitcher rather than Reliever Ken Mackenzie. The Yankees hurler Stan Williams took the loss for the game. Most of the crowd were the “New Breed” of Mets fans, who had their banners confiscated by Yankee Stadium employees upon entering “The House that Ruth Built.” The profits of the game are annually turned over to the sandlot baseball programs of the New York City.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Scott Patterson (2008) was born.

On June 17,2006, P Scott Patterson was purchased by the Yankees from independent league team, Lancaster (AL). On October 15, 2006, Scott was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On November 1, 2006, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He spent the 2007 season at AAA. On October 29, 2007, Scott was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On November 20, 2007, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent with the team. He appeared in 1 game with no record for the 2008 Yankees. On September 11, 2008, he was selected off waivers by the Padres from the Yankees.

1983- AL All-Star Yankee OF/DH Bobby Murcer retires as an active MLB Player. (Yankees: 1965-1966,1969-1974,1979-1983); Giants (1975-1976); Cubs (1977-1979).

Bobby Murcer was groomed to be the next Mickey Mantle, but it didn’t work out that way, but he still had a very good career with the team. Yankees MLB Scout Tom Greenwade, the same MLB Scout, who had signed Mickey Mantle, signed him in 1964. The Dodgers offered him more money, but he felt he had a better chance to play in the World Series with the Yankees. Like Mickey, he started out as an infielder but he was converted into an outfielder. Bobby missed the 1967-1968 AL seasons due to the military service with the Army. He returned to the Yankees in 1969. He made the AL All-Star team in 1971-1974. He won AL Golden Glove in 1972. His best Yankees season with the bat was in 1971, when he hit .331 with 25 HRs and 94 RBIs. In the winter of 1974, he was traded by the team to the Giants for NL All-Star OF Bobby Bonds. In 1977, the Giants traded Bobby to the Cubs. Bobby would return to the Yankees in a trade with the Cubs during the 1979 MLB season to play the OF/ DH. His 1979 Yankees homecoming became bittersweet for Murcer as his close friend and team captain Catcher Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash in August 1979. Bobby Murcer and Lou Piniella gave the eulogy for Munson, and on the night of Munson's burial, Bobby Murcer homered and also drove in the winning run to give the Yankees a victory over the Orioles. He always considered that one of the shining moments of his MLB playing career. Bobby finished out his Yankees active playing career in 1983. He had played in 1,256 games for the team, while hitting .278 with 175 HRs and 678 RBIs. He appeared in 1 World Series with the Yankees (1981) with no hits. In 1987, he was a Yankees MLB Coach. Then Murcer was a Yankees Broadcaster until the date of his passing on July 12, 2008, except for 1989 AL season, when he was an Assistant General Manager for the club.

1983- Former Yankees DH/1B Kendrys Morales (2019) was born.

On May 14, 2019, 1B/DH Kendrys Morales was traded by the Oakland A’s to the Yankees for Player to be Named Later or Cash. He would appear in 19 games for the Yankees, hitting just .177 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. On July 2, 2019, he was released by the Yankees.

1984- In Detroit, Yankees Rookie Reliever Jose Rijo falls to a 1-7 record for the season, when he serves up a 2-out 3-run HR to Tigers 3B Howard Johnson in the 13th inning. Detroit wins the game by a score of 9-6. Alan Trammell, Lance Parrish and Chet Lemon also hit HRs for the Tigers, who draw their 3rd straight 40,000 plus crowd.

1998- The Indians retire Former Pitcher Bob Lemon's uniform number 21 prior to the team's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Lemon had been a Hall of Fame Pitcher for the Tribeduring the 1940’s and 1950’s. He was an MLB Pitching Coach and Manager for the Yankees.

1999- Current Yankees Minor League Catcher Anthony Seigler was born.

Anthony Seigler was the 23rd selection in the 1st round of the  2018 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He drew a lot of attention because, in addition to being a switch-hitter, he was also ambidextrous, pitching with both arms, while not catching at Cartersville HS in Cartersville, GA. The Yankees drafted him as a Catcher and not as a Pitcher, however, as he was recognized as one of the best all-around Catchers in the Draft, thanks to his excellent bat combined with catching skills and excellent athleticism. He had hit .182 for Team USA, when they won the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup, with 8 walks. He tied for 4th in the event in walks. He signed with the Yankees on June 9th for a signing bonus of $2.8 million. In his 1st pro baseball season in 2018, he split his time between 2 Rookie League teams: the Class A Pulaski Yankees (APPL) and the GCL Yankees West. He hit a combined .266 in 24 games. For the 2019 season, he had played for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). He did not play baseball in 2020 due COVIDS outbreak that canceled all Minor League seasons. In 2021, he is currently playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades (Hight- A East).

2001- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Keegan passed away. (1920-2001)

Before the start of the 1946 MLB season, the Yankees signed P Robert “Bob” Keegan, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was fresh out of the Army Air Corps, where he had been a Navigator on a B-24 bomber crew during World War II. The Yankees assigned him to the Binghamton Triplets (EL), where he posted a 5-6 record with a 3.87 ERA his 1st season of pro baseball. Keegan would struggle, while pitching in the 1946-1951 Yankees farm organization. He would have only 2 seasons above a .500 record during those seasons, going 8-6 in 1948 in a split minor league season with the 2 AA clubs: Kansas City Blues and the Newark Bears. He was 14-9 in 1951 with AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) and the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). It appears that the Syracuse club knew a good thing when they saw it. On April 3,1952, they purchased Bob from the Yankees. The right-hander went 20-11 with a 2.64 ERA. The 1952 International League season was hardly over when Syracuse sold Bob to the White Sox. He would pitch for Chicago for 6 AL seasons finishing with a 40-36 record with a 3.66 ERA and 5 saves in 135 games. In 1954, he posted a 16-9 record and made the AL All-Star team.

2006- Former Yankees 3B Billy “Bull” Johnson (1943,1946-1951) passed away. (1918-2006)

Before the start of 1936 AL season, 3B Billy Johnson was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. He reached the MLB with the 1943 Yankees, hitting .280 with 5 HRs and 94 RBIs in 155 games. Johnson missed the next 2 MLB seasons, when he entered the Merchant Marines in March 1944. Then he was inducted into the Army in September of 1944. In May of 1946, Billy was discharged from the Army. He returned to play for the Yankees. Billy appeared in a total of 4 World Series (1943,1947,1949-1950) with the club. In 1947, Billy was a member of the AL All-Star team. Johnson played in 735 games for the Yankees, while hitting .275 with 45 HRs and 388 RBIs. On May 14,1951, Billy Johnson was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for 1B Don Bollweg and $15,000 Cash.

2010- The Yankees are back in 1st place in the AL East, 1 game ahead of the surging Red Sox and the slumping Rays, after Starter CC Sabathia pitches 8 scoreless innings as the Bronx Bombers shut out the Mets and Starter Johan Santana by the score of 4-0. All the Yankees runs in the game come on Mark Teixeira's Grand Slam HR.  

June 21st

1879- Former Yankees Catcher Jake Zalusky (1903) was born. (1877-1935)

Catcher Jake Zalusky appeared in just 7 games for the 1903 Yankees. He hit .313 with No HRs and 1 RBI. He was traded along with P Eddie Quick to the AA Toledo (AA) for Rookie Catcher Red Kleinow.

1897- Former Yankees Reserve INF Spencer Adams (1926) was born. (1897-1970)

On January 20,1926, the Yankees purchased Reserve INF Spencer Adams from the Senators. As a Reserve INF for the 1926 Yankees, Adams hit .120 with No HRs and 1 RBI in 28 games. He is one of the 1st Mormons to play in the MLB. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1927 Cardinals.

1906- Former Yankees Pitcher Russell (Russ) “Sheriff” Van Atta (1933-1935) was born. (1906-1986)

On September 12,1932, Russ Van Atta was purchased by the Yankees from the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for Cash plus 2 Players to be Named Later. Russ went 15-9 with a 4.94 ERA with 1 save in 59 games for the 1933-1935 Yankees. Russ had an amazing MLB Pitching debut: he not only shut out the Senators by the score of 16-0; he also went 4 for 4 at the plate. During the winter of 1934, he injured his hand by cutting it. Russ was limited to relief with some Spot-Starts for the rest of his MLB Pitching career. On May 15,1935, Russ was purchased by the Browns from the Yankees. He went 18-32 with a 5.95 ERA in 45 games with 7 saves for the Browns. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, his career totals were a 33-41 record with a 5.60 ERA and 6 saves in 76 games.

1916- Red Sox Starter Rube Foster No-Hits the Yankees for the 1st No-hitter in Fenway Park, beating Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey by a score of 2-0. Harry Hooper leads the Red Sox offense with 3 hits.

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

The Yankees obtained veteran AL Starter Eddie Lopat from the White Sox on February 24,1948 for All-Star Catcher Aaron Robinson, Pitchers Fred Bradley and Bill Wight. Ed had gone 50-49 with a 3.18 ERA and 72 complete games in 4 seasons with Chicago. In 1947, he enjoyed a good season for White Sox by posting a 16-13 record with a 2.81 ERA in 31 games with 22 complete games. 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).  Ed helped a young Whitey Ford with his MLB pitching development, by using an 8MM camera to study the pitcher’s movements. Eddie was known, as “The Junkman.” He would be started by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel in-between Bronx 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 with a 2.91 ERA in 31 games for the Yankees. In 5 World Series (1949-1953) with the Yankees, Eddie went 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 7 games with 3 complete 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 with a 3.74 ERA in 16 games with the 1955 Yankees at the time of the trade. On October 10,1955, Eddie Lopat was released by the Orioles. He had a 3-4 record with a 4.22 ERA in 10 games with the 1955 Orioles. In the fall of 1955, he was released by the Orioles. Ed rejoined the Yankees organization. He 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 by the Yankees Front Office. He would go to the Reds Organization for the 1960 NL season. Eddie left the Yankees in October of 1960, when new Manager Ralph Houk took over the team; he had named former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Sain, as his new MLB Yankees Pitching Coach.  For the 1961 AL season, Eddie was an MLB Pitching Coach for the Twins. Then in 1962, he moved to the Kansas City A’s organization as their MLB Pitching Coach. In 1963-1964, he became 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. Eddie Lopat was one of the few baseball people, who got along with Kansas City A’s Team Owner Charley Finley. When the A’s moved to the West Coast, Eddie declined to go along the team’s move, instead he headed back East, joining the Montreal Expos organization working in their front office, handling their Player Development Department.

1928- At Yankee StadiumJourneyman Yankees P Hank Johnson blanks the star-studded Philadelphia A’s by the score of 4-0. In the game for Connie Mack's team are Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Lefty Grove, who were future Hall of Fame Player’s. Johnson is now 3-2 for the 1928 AL season. While Lefty Grove takes a complete game loss, he is now 8-3 for the season. Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri hits a HR for the team.

1930- Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth hits 3-HRs in 1 game for the 1st time in his MLB player career, but the Yankees still lose to Philadelphia by a score of 15-7. The Yankees had been leading the game by a score of 6-0, when the A’s scored 9 runs in the 7th inning.  Ruth’s 3rd HR of the game went out of Shibe Park over the RF wall landing 1 block away. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, the A’s win again beating the Yankees by a score of 4-1.

1936- Former Yankees Pitcher Ambrose “Putty” Puttmann (1903-1905) passed away. (1880-1936)

In September, 1903, P Ambrose Puttmann was drafted by the Highlanders from the AA Helena (PCL) in the 1903 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He went 6-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 1 save in 29 games for the team. In April, 1906, Ambrose was purchased by the Cardinals from the Highlanders, he went 2-2 for them in his last active MLB season.

 1939- The Yankees announced 1B Lou Gehrig's retirement as an active player, based on the medical report that he has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The 36-year-old All-Star 1B will remain with the team for the rest of 1939 AL season as the Team Captain. Lou will be in the Yankees dugout in uniform for the 1939 World Series against the Reds.

1950- Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th MLB career hit, a 7th-inning single off of Indians' P Marino Pieretti, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 8-2. Joe DiMaggio joins Luke Appling and Wally Moses as the only active MLB players with 2,000 or more hits. Eddie Lopat is the winning pitcher for the Yankees, running his AL Pitching career record against the Indians to a 25-6 mark.

 1951Former Yankees Minor League P Bob Polinsky was born.

In the 1st round of the January 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft (secondary phase) the Yankees selected P Bob Polinsky. After signing with the Yankees, Polinsky moved up the Yankees farm system, rather quickly pitching for AA West Haven (EL) in 1974-1975, then he moved the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) in 1976. On April 5, 1977, Polinsky was traded by the Yankees along with OF/DH Oscar Gamble, Minor League hurler La Marr Hoyt and $200,000 Cash to the White Sox for Shortstop Bucky Dent. He would return to the Yankees organization in 1978, pitching for the AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL). He pitched for the AA West Haven Yankees (EL) and the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) in 1979. Bob Polinsky never pitched in the MLB. 

1958- Tigers Starter Frank Lary pitches his 3rd straight shutout, beating the Yankees Starter Duke Maas by a score of 1-0. Tigers RF Al Kaline throws out Duke Maas at home plate; also, he hits his 7th HR of the 1958 AL season to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.

1960- Yankees Starter Whitey Ford out-duels Tigers “Yankee Killer” Frank Lary to give New York a 6-0 victory in Detroit. Yankees CF Mickey Mantle is 3-for-5 with 2 HRs off of Tigers Starter.

1964- The Yankees move into 1st place in the AL by 8 percentage points over the Orioles, as they out pitch the White Sox to win a doubleheader sweep by scores of 2-0 and 2-1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard solo HRs win the opener by the score of 2-0 for Bronx Starter Jim Bouton against White Sox veteran hurler Juan Pizarro. An error wins the nightcap 2-1 in the 17thinning. The Yankees sweep the 4-game series, with their pitching staff giving up just 1 run in 41 innings; they will take 9 games from White Sox in 11 days.

1966- In the 1st game of a Tuesday twin bill played at Yankee Stadium before a crowd 29,499 fans, there are 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning when Orioles RF Frank Robinson makes a spectacular catch against New York's Roy White, diving into the stands over the Short RF Fence and disappearing from view. He emerges with the ball and it is ruled a catch preserving a 7-5 Orioles victory, rather than 8-7 defeat. Orioles Starter Wally Bunker gets the win, while veteran Reliever Stu Miller gets the save. Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre takes the loss, dropping to a 6-7 mark. In the Nightcap, the Bronx Bombers bounce back with an 8-3 victory. Tom Tresh hits a HR for the Bombers, while Reliever Hal Reniff picks-up his 1st win of the season with 5 innings of scoreless work, who had replaced Starter Fritz Peterson in the 3rd inning, who gets a-201 no decision. The 1966 Yankees are now are 27-34-1 for the 1966 AL season.

1966- Minor League Note: Satchel Paige makes his final pro baseball pitching appearance, going the 1st 2 innings for the Peninsula Grays (CL) against the Greensboro Yankees. Satchel gives up 2 runs. As noted by historian Bill Deane, Peninsula's regular Catcher, Johnny Bench took the night off.

1967- In a weird doubleheader split between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park. In the 1st game the Yankees had a 5-2 lead in the 11th inning, only to lose the game by a score of 6-5. In the 2nd game, the Yankees are trailing in the 9th inning by the score of 3-2; they score 4 runs to win the game by a score of 6-3.

1981- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Garrett Jones (2015) was born.

On December 19, 2014, 1B/OF Garrett Jones was traded by the Marlins along with Minor League P Domingo German and MLB Starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Yankees for P David Phelps, INF Martin Prado and Cash. He appeared in 67 games for the team, while hitting .215 with 5 HRs and 17 RBIs. On August 20, 2015, Jones was released by the Yankees. He would play in Japan for the 2016-2017 baseball seasons.

1988- With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Tigers Shortstop Alan Trammell blasts a Grand Slam HR to give the Tigers, a 7-6 victory over the Yankees.

1989- The Yankees traded OF Rickey Henderson back to Oakland for Pitchers Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret and MLB OF Luis Polonia. Facing MLB Free Agency at the end of the 1989 AL season, the Yankees decided to trade him, rather let him walk away. In 3 seasons with the team, Rickey had hit .288 with 513 RBIs and 326 stolen bases. Plunk was a former Yankee Minor League Pitcher, who had been traded in the original Henderson trade with the A’s. Greg Cadaret was in his 2nd MLB season with the A’s. Luis Polonia was in his 3rd season with the team, he was hitting .286 for Oakland at the time of the trade.

1989- White Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk surpasses Yankees HOF Catcher Yogi Berra as the AL leader for career HRs by a Catcher as his 307th HR helps to beat the Yankees by a score of 7-3.

1994- Current Yankees Minor League P Brian Keller was born.

Brian Keller was drafted by the Yankees in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur  Player Draft from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI), where he posted a College baseball record of 18-17 with a 3.70 ERA in 60 games. He has worked his way up the Yankees Minor League system. In 2019, he pitched for 3 teams, Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL) for 1 game with no record; then the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) going 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 7 games, then he moved up to AAA Scranton (IL), posting a 1-2 record with a 6.91 ERA in 5 games. The Yankees gave him an invite to their 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He did not pitch in 2020 because of the Minor League’s season schedule being canceled because of the COVIDS outbreak. In 2021, he is currently pitching for Scranton (Triple-A East)

1996- The Yankees acquired lefty Reliever Billy Brewer from the Dodgers for Minor League Class AA Pitcher Mike Judd,while giving veteran MLB Reliever Steve Howe his player release. Brewer went 1-0 in 4 games for the 1996 Yankees before becoming an MLB Free Agent. He would sign with the Reds for 1997 NL season. 

 1996- In another MLB roster move the Yankees sent P Jim Mecir to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while calling up P Dale Polley, who went 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA in 32 games. He would be released by the team in the fall, then he signed a Minor League deal for the 1997 season with the Yankees. He would spend the 1997 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1997- Tribe Slugger Manny Ramirez has 6 RBIs, 4 on a Grand Slam HR to lead the host Indians to a 13-4 win over theYankees Starter Andy Pettitte.

1998- Tribe Starter Bartolo Colon coasts to an 11-0 shutout over the Yankees.

2000- Former Yankees OF Edward “Bud “Stewart (1948) passed away. (1916-2000)

In March of 1947, OF Bud Stewart was acquired by the Yankees, after hitting .358 for the 1947 AA Kansas City Blues (AA). Bud began the 1948 AL season in the Bronx, but after just 6 games with the team, he was traded to the Senators on May 13,1948 for OF Leon Culberson and $20,000 Cash.

2002- Minor League Note: During the New York-Penn League game between New Jersey Cardinals and Staten Island Yankees, a fan hops a fence goes and goes onto the field to argue an Umpire's call at 1B. The 38-yearold woman is at the game with her 8-year-old daughter's Brownie troop.

2005- After building 10-2 lead at Yankee Stadium, the Devil Rays lose to the Yankees by a score of 20-11, making it the 2nd time in franchise history the team is ahead by 8 or more runs and lose by 9 runs or more tallies. No other club history has ever achieved this dubious distinction as the D-Rays with their 1999 defeat to the Indians; the Tribe now have accomplished the feat twice.

2015Tigers Slugger J.D. Martinez hits 3 HRs and drives in 6 runs in Detroit's 12-4 win over the Yankees. Martinez victimizes Bronx Starter Masahiro Tanaka twice, also he adds the 3rd HR off of Rookie hurler Danny Burawa, who is making his MLB Pitching debut for New York.

June 22nd

 1890- Former Yankees Reserve OF/Pinch Hitter Michael “Mickey” Fitzgerald (1911) was born. (1890-1945)

Reserve OF/PH Mike Fitzgerald hit .270 in 19 games with the 1911 Yankees. On July, 1911, Mike was traded by the Yankees along with Pitcher Ed Klepfer and Cash to Sioux City (WL) for Minor League P Jeff Clarke.

1912- The Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 10-3 to complete a 5-game sweep, in which they score 55 runs against the Yankees pitching staff during the 5 game series.

1916- Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth almost duplicates his teammate Rube Foster's No-hitter, allowing just 3 singles, 2 by Frank Gilhooley in beating the Yankees in a 1-0 victory. The game takes only 1 hour, 18 minutes to play. 

1928- At Yankee StadiumJourneyman Yankees P Hank Johnson blanks the star-studded Philadelphia A’s by the score of 4-0. In the game for Connie Mack's team are Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Lefty Grove, who were future Hall of Fame Player’s. Johnson is now 3-2 for the 1928 AL season. While Lefty Grove takes a complete game loss, is now 8-3. Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri hits a HR for the team.

1930- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth ties an MLB record by hitting 5 HRs in 2 games and 6-HRs in 3 games. The Yankees Outfielder hits 3 HRs in the 2nd game of the doubleheader yesterday, 2 HRs in today's opener and 1 more HR in the nightcap.

1930- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in the 2nd game of doubleheader against the A’s. The Yankees sweep the doubleheader beating Philadelphia by scores of 10-1 and 20-13. His Yankees teammate OF Babe Ruth had hit 2 HRs in the opener, adds another HR in the nightcap. Babe will hit 6 HRs in the 3-game series against the A’s.

1934Former Yankees Minor League OF Russ Snyder was born.

Before the start of 1953 AL Season 19-yearold Russ Snyder signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent with the Yankees. A left hand hitter, who attended the University of Nebraska, he began pro ball in the Yankees organization in 1953 by hitting an astounding .432 for the Class D McAlester Rockets (SSL) with 240 base hits in 556 at-bats. One would think that this opening performance would get Russ a quick look at the "Show" but it took 6 more seasons in the Minors before he got inside an MLB stadium. On April 12,1959, the Yankees traded OF Russ Snyder and INF Tommy Carroll to the Kansas City A’s for OF Bob Martyn and INF Mike Baxes. His trade was a rare mistake by Yankees GM George Weiss. Both players received by the Yankees from the A’s were sent to their AAA Richmond team (IL). After hitting .336 for the 1959 AAA Portland Beavers (PCL), Russ was brought up by the A’s. He then hit .313 in 73 games for the team. After the 1960 AL season, Russ Snyder was traded by the team to the Orioles. From 1961-1967, he was a semi-regular in the Orioles outfield, hitting .305 in 1962 and .306 for the 1966 World Champions. Russ appeared in 3 games in the 1966 World Series against the Dodgers, he had 1 base hit with 1 RBI to help his club win the 1966 World Series. He closed out his 12-year MLB playing career with a lifetime .271 BA in 1,365 games, after wearing the uniforms of the White Sox, Indians and the Brewers in his last 3 MLB seasons. Russ had spent 7 seasons (1953-1959) in the Minor Leagues, where he hit for a .316 average in 761 games. Snyder had played an uninterrupted 18 consecutive years of pro baseball, a feat in itself. He started playing pro ball at age 19 in 1953 and finished his MLB playing career at age 36 in 1970. 

1934- The Tigers take over 1st place in the AL by beating the Senators by a score of 11-3, dislodging the Yankees, who lose their game by a score of 4-1 to the Indians.

1936- Former Yankees Pitcher James “Jim” Bronstad (1959) was born.

Before the start of 1955 AL season, P Jim Bronstad was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Jim Bronstad spent 10 years in pro baseball from 1955-1964, mostly pitching in the high minors after the 1958 season. His best season came with the 1957 AA Binghamton Triplets (EL), when he went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA. Jim's Minor League record showed that he appeared in 272 games, while posting an 86-95 record with a career 3.74 ERA. Jim Bronstad went 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA with 2 saves in 16 games with the 1959 Yankees. He spent the 1960-1963 seasons pitching for the Yankees AAA Club, the Richmond Virginians (IL). On March 23,1963, the Senators purchased Jim from the Yankees. He made it back to the MLB during the 1963-1964 AL seasons for stints as a Reliever for the Senators, finishing with a 1-7 record with an ERA in 45 games overall.

1953- Former Yankees OF Charlie “Eagle Eye” Hemphill (1908-1911) passed away. (1876-1953)

On November 5,1907, OF Charlie Hemphill was traded by the  Browns along with P Fred Glade and 2B Harry Niles to the Yankees for INF Hobe Ferris, OF Danny Hoffman and 2B Jimmy Williams. He appeared in 386 games for the 1908-1911 Yankees, while hitting .269 with 1 HR and 90 RBIs.

1959- At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle drives in 6 runs with a triple and 2 HRs to lead the Bronx Bombers to a 13-6 victory over the A’s.  Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron adds his 4th HR in 4 days to move Yankees to 3 games out of 1st place in the AL.

 1961- Yankees RF Roger Maris leads the Bronx Bombers on an 8-3 thrashing of the A’s by belting his 27th HR of the 1961 AL season. He adds 2 doubles and a single to game tally. Maris has now, has hit 20 HRs in the past 30 days (May 24th-June 22nd) to tie the MLB mark set by NL Slugger Ralph Kiner in 1947.

1965- Yankees Ray Barker's MLB-record-tying 2nd consecutive pinch-hit HR is wasted in a 1st-game, a 6-2 Yankees loss to the A's. Mickey Mantle adds an HR in the opener, but in the 4-2 nightcap win, he tries to score from 2nd on a wild pitch and snaps an upper-thigh hamstring. He will be out of action for 3 weeks. The June 21st Sports Illustrated cover features Mickey Mantle with the prescient title "New York Yankees: End of an Era?”

 1977- Yankees 3B Graig Nettles 3-run HR and Reggie Jackson’s 2-run triple snap the Yankees 5-game losing streak and create a comeback win coming from behind to a 12-11 win at Detroit.

 1996- In Cleveland, Bronx Slugger Ruben Sierra HRs from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians by a score of 11-9. One of Sierra's HRs comes in the 9-run, 6th inning by the Yankees. Tribe Slugger Albert Belle is back from a 2-game AL suspension, he is 3-for-5 with a HR, while veteran Eddie Murray adds his 488th MLB career HR for the Tribe. The game takes 4-hours, 10 minutes to play.

2010- Minor League Note: The GCL Yankees rip the GCL Pirates by the score of 11-4. In the 5th inning, the Bucs turn to Reliever Dovydas Neverauskas, who will allow 2 runs in 2 1/3 IP. of pitching. He becomes the 1st Lithuanian to play in the Minor Leagues.

2011- The Reds split a doubleheader with the Yankees as Chris Heisey hits 3 HRs in the nightcap for a 10-2 win. Johnny Cueto is the winner against Yankees journeyman Starter Brian Gordon. The Yankees had won the opener by the score of 4-2, when veteran Jorge Posada making a rare start at 1st Base, hits a 2-run HR, his 1st long ball since April 23rd.

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This Week in Yankees History June 20th-June 26th Part Two

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June 23rd

1894- Future Hall of Fame Yankees General Manager (1948-1960) and Minor League Farm Director (1932-1947) George Weiss was born. (1894-1972)

Baseball Executive George Weiss spent 29 years in the Yankees organization before retiring on November 2, 1960. Before becoming the Yankees General Manager in 1948, he helped establish and run the Yankees Farm System in 1932 for Yankees long-time GM Edward Barrow. He was tight fisted with the Yankee player salaries, caring only about getting his bonus money from the Yankee Team Co-Owners Del Webb and Dan Topping for bringing in the team under “budget.” The Yankee players did not like him. His search for the perfect Black Yankees player, delayed the team’s entry into the black baseball player talent market. After being retired by the Yankees front office in November of 1960, George would join the new NL Expansion Team, the New York Mets in the fall of 1961, as their 1st team General Manager and President (1961-1966), bringing along with him, former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel as the team’s 1st MLB Manager. George Weiss was elected as a Baseball Executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

1907- Former Yankees Reserve OF Allen “Dusty” Cooke (1930-1932) was born. (1907-1987)

Reserve OF Dusty Cooke hit .294 with 7 HRs and 35 RBIs in 122 games for the Yankees. On May 15,1933, Dusty was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for 2B Marv Olson, OF Cliff Watwood and Cash. In October of 1942, he joined the Navy. Cooke received training in the Navy for body conditioning; he became the MLB Trainer for the Phillies in 1946. Cooke was a Phillies MLB Coach from 1948-1952; also he was the club's Manager for a short time, when Manager Ben Chapman was fired and before Eddie Sawyer took over the team during the 1948 NL season.

1915- Former Yankees All-Star Catcher Aaron Robinson (1943,1945-1947) was born. (1915-1966)

Aaron Robinson was the Yankees Catcher from 1945-1947, sharing duties with Yogi Berra and Sherman Lollar in 1947 before being traded for White Sox Starter Eddie Lopat in February of 1948.  Robinson was recalled from the AA Newark Bears (IL) upon his entry into the Coast Guard in June 1943. He was discharged from his military service in July 1945. Robinson was an AL All-Star catcher in 1947. He played in the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers going 2 for 10, while hitting .200. However, Aaron Robinson became expendable because the team had a promising 22-year-old Rookie Catcher named Yogi Berra. Aaron played 8 seasons in the MLB, never appearing at any other position than Catcher. While he got into 1 game in 1943, he was 30 years old before he played his 2nd MLB game in 1945 at the age of 31 before he became the regular catcher for the Yankees. He had an excellent season in 1946, hitting .297 with a .506 slugging percentage. As a comparison, Joe DiMaggio, who was also 31 years old that season, slugged .511. Overall, as a Yankees player Aaron appeared in 233 games for the team, while hitting .284 with 29 HRs and 124 RBIs. 

1915- The Yankees a draw an AL record 16 walks in 1-9-inning game against Philadelphia A’s P Bruno P. Haas. It was Haas 1st MLB game, he added 3 wild pitches to the fire, which lead to a 15-0 defeat of the A’s. Haas breaks the AL record of 15 walks set by P Boardwalk Brown. He ties Bill George's MLB record. Haas will pitch in just 5 more games before ending up in the NFL as a halfback for Akron.

1917- The Yankees purchased Shortstop Aaron Ward and OF Howie Camp from Louisville (SL). Aaron Ward would play Shortstop for the Yankees for 10 seasons, while Camp hit .286 for the Yankees, but he was still released by the team in 1917.

 1924- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry “Lefty” Schaeffer (1952) was born. (1924-2008)

Harry Schaeffer served in the Navy during the War. The 22-year-old left-hander returned in time to put together a 12-6 record with the 1946 Class D Stroudsburg Poconos (NAL). Before the start of 1947 season, Harry was obtained by the Yankeesfrom Stroudsburg as part of a Minor League team working agreement. The Pa. native would spend until 1952 in the Minors, working his way up the Yankees farm system. One of his good seasons came in 1948 with the Class B Manchester Yankees(NEL), when he forged a league-leading 2.33 ERA; he put together a 12-9 record, while pitching 209 innings, plus making the League’s All-Star team. Harry went all-out for the 1951 Beaumont Roughnecks (TL), when he went 19-9 with a 2.59 ERA, while pitching 261 innings, opening the door for his trip to Yankee Stadium. Schaeffer's MLB Pitching career began and ended in 1952; when he lost his only decision in 5 games for the Yankees. He finished his Yankees pitching career with a 0-1 record with 5.29 ERA in 5 games. Harry would spend the rest of 1952 season splitting time with the AAA Kansas City Blues(AA) and the AAA Oakland Oaks (PCL), putting together a combined 7-5 record with a 3.07 ERA The left-hander would spend 2 more seasons in the Minor Leagues, spending the 1953 season with the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA); while winning 11 games. Finishing up his Minor League Pitching career in 1954 playing with both the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (AA) and the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). Harry ended his 9-season run with an 84-67 record with a 3.32 ERA, while pitching 1,241 innings in 248 games.

1927- In Boston, Lou Gehrig leads the Yankees to an 11-4 victory by hitting 3 HRs, a 1st at Fenway Park. Gehrig hits a 2-run HR in the 2nd inning, adding solo HR shots in the 6th and 8th innings off of Red Sox P Danny MacFayden. He adds a single to his total as Yankees veteran Starter Dutch Ruether coasts to the win.

1932- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 1,103rd successive game in a Yankees uniform, equaling INF Joe Sewell's record with 1 team (Cleveland Indians).

1935- The league-leading Yankees (37-22) lose their 3rd game in a row, dropping a 6-5 decision to the 2nd-place Indians. Yankees 3B Red Rolfe's error in the 8th inning allows the Tribe to tie the game. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez losses 2 wild pitches in a row in the 9th inning to allowing Tribe base runner Joe Vosmik to get to 3B. Abe Wright's single brings home the winning run. Indians Pitcher Mel Harder, pitching in relief in the 9th inning, wins his 11th game of the 1935 AL season.

1940- Detroit Starter Bobo Newsom wins his 9th game in a row, stopping the Yankees on just 4 hits. The Tigers move to a game and a half in back of the 1st-place Indians.

 1950- Eleven HRs, an MLB record drive in all the runs scored in a 10-9, Tigers win over the Yankees before a crowd of 51,000 Detroit fans at Briggs Stadium. Detroit has 4 HRs in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers connected. Pitcher Dizzy Trout's HR off of Yankees P Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd MLB Career Grand Slam HR. Hoot Evers hits another HR, an Inside-the-Park 2-run game winner in the 9th inning off of Yankees Closer Joe Page to win it. For Yankees, OF Hank Bauer connects for 2 HRs, including 1 in the 4th inning. Bronx Bomber hitters Joe DiMaggio, Jerry Coleman, Yogi Berra and PH Tommy Henrich, also belt round trippers. It is the 1st time that 9 different players connected for HRs in a game.

1957- Japanese Prime Minister Kishi wearing a Yankees baseball cap is one of 63,787 fans at Yankee Stadium to see the Bombers split a doubleheader with the White Sox, winning the 1st game by a score of 9-2; then dropping the 2nd game by a score of 4-3. Mickey Mantle goes 6-for-9 as the Yankees maintained their 1½ game lead over the White Sox. Mantle is leading the AL in hitting HR’s and he is 1 run behind the Senators' 1B Roy Sievers in RBIs.

1959- The Yankees ride on 2-run HRs from Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald for a 10-2 win over the A’s. Yankees Starter Whitey Ford throws a complete game victory, giving up only 5 A’s hits, allowing only 2 runs with 5 strikeouts for his 7th victory of the 1959 AL season.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Deshaies (1984) was born.

Jim Deshaies was selected by the Yankees in the 21st round of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He went 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in 2 games for the 1984 Yankees.  For the 1985 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) Jim was 8-6. On September 15,1985, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Minor League Players to be Named Later to the Astros for veteran MLB Starter Joe Niekro. The Yankees would send 2 Minor League players: INF Neder Horta on September 24,1985 and P Dody Rather on January 11,1986 to Houston to complete the trade. Both traded Minor League players never appeared with the Astros at the MLB level.

 1962- All-Star CF Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees starting lineup, he hits a HR against the Tigers veteran Starter Paul Foytack. But it is not enough as Detroit wins the game by a score of 5-4.

1963- An MLB fielding record is set by Red Sox 1B Richard Stuart, better known as “Dr. Strange Glove" handles 3 1st-inning grounders and tosses to P Bob Heffner for putouts. Stuart's teammates and Fenway Park fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 8-0 behind Bronx Starter Jim Bouton’s complete game victory. Bouton wins his 10th game of the 1963 AL season. While Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 14th HR of the 1963 AL season to lead the Yankees hitting attack.

1964- Charlie Lau ties an MLB record with 2 pinch-hits in the 8th inning of Orioles 9-8 win over the Yankees. The O's losing to the Yankees score 7 runs in the inning after 2 outs. Yankees Manager Yogi Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting Starter Roland Sheldon, who was leading by the score of 7-2, having allowed just 2-solo HRs by Boog Powell. The Yankees Rookie Reliever Pete Mikkelsen cannot hold the Yankees 7-2 lead as the Orioles move into 1st place.

1966- At Yankees Stadium, Orioles Starter Jim Palmer beats the Yankees for a 5-2 victory. Yankees Starter Al Downing takes the loss dropping his 5th decision of the 1966 AL season. Yankee hitters Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone, each hit solo HRs off of Orioles Starter Jim Palmer for the only Yankee runs scored in the game.

1967- Former Yankees INF/OF Hensley “Bam-Bam” Meulens (1989-1993) was born.

In 1985, Hensley “Bam-Bam” Meulens was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He really didn’t live up to his hype as a power hitter. In 1990, he was the International League’s MVP winner for his play with the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers. In 1991, he won the James P. Dawson award for best Yankee Rookie in MLB Spring Training Camp. After the 1993 AL season had ended, the Yankees organization released Hensley. Overall, as a Yankee player, he hit .221 with 12 HRs and 46 RBIs in 159 games for the team. Meulens would be signed by the Expos as an MLB Free Agent. Next, he would play for the Diamondbacks before leaving the MLB. He would play pro baseball in Korea, Mexico and in the Independent leagues before retiring as an active player. In 2016, Meulens was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. He is currently member of the Giants MLB Coaching staff.

1971- Former Yankees Minor League P Katsuhiro Maeda was born.

Katsuhiro Maeda was an unimpressive pitcher in both Japan and the USA, who made waves as one of the 1st Japanese players to cross the ocean. Clocked as fast as 96 mph while pitching for Prince Hotels in the Industrial Leagues, Maeda was picked by the Seibu Lions in the 2nd Round of the 1992 NPB Player draft. He was 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA for Seibu in 1993, striking out 21 but walking 17 in 17 innings over 12 games. In 1994, Katsuhiro went 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA. In 20 innings (11 games), he again had 21 K's and 11 walks, while allowing 25 hits, hardly the unhittable fireballer. He walked 6 and allowed 2 hits in 1 2/3 IP for the 1995 Lions to finish his NPB career with a 0-2,  record with a 4.89 ERA with 40 walks and 42 K in 38 2/3 innings. Maeda and his Agent Don Nomura demanded a trade to the US following the 1995 season, at which point Hideo Nomo was the lone Japanese player in America. Despite his poor track record, the Yankees, Giants and the White Sox all sought him out. The Yankees won the battle, acquiring Maeda for $350,000 Cash. They signed him to a $1.5 million bonus. It was the 1st trade between an NPB and MLB team in 32 years. Maeda dyed his hair hot pink, silver or purple at times during his 1st year in the US. He had a 1-1 with a  3.00 ERA for the GCL Yankees, a 4.22 ERA in 2 starts for the Class A Tampa Yankees. Then he went 3-2 with a 4.05 ERA for the AA Norwich Navigators (EL). He cut his walk total down to 21 in 53 1/3 IP but he only struck out 30 batters. Baseball America still rated him as the #5 prospect in the Yankees system, right ahead of Pitcher Eric Milton and INF Cristian Guzman. In 1997, he spent all season with Norwich (EL), where he had an 8-10 record with a 4.56 ERA. He walked 62 and fanned 76 batters in 124 1/3 innings of work. The next season, Kazuhiro was 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA and 1 save for Norwich, walking 31 and striking out 27 batters in 37 1/3 relief innings. Also, he made 13 appearances with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while posting a 0-1 record with a 2.51 ERA; he walked 8 and struck out 16 batters in 14 1/3 IP. Maeda spent all of 1999 season with AA Norwich, he went 3-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 1 save. He walked 40 and struck out 48 batters in 76 2/3 IP. In 2000, he split the year between AA Norwich (2-2, 4.80 ERA, 44 BB and 54 K in 50 2/3 IP) and AAA Columbus (2 runs in 2 innings). Returning to Japan, Katsuhiro signed with the Chunichi Dragons, but he failed to make the parent club and retired from Japanese pro baseball. 

1977- At Shea Stadium, the 1977 Mayor’s Trophy game was played, the game was rescheduled from May 9th. The Mets defeat the Yankees by the score 6-4 with HRs by Joel Youngblood and Rod Hodges. Both teams used their Triple A hurlers in the game, Mets Tom Makowski picks up the win, while Yankees P Roger Slagle takes the lost. The crowd of 15,510 fans was by far the smallest since the series resumed in 1963.

1982- Former Yankees Reliever Matt Daley (2013-2014) was born.

On December 13, 2011, Reliever Matt Daley was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Daley was originally signed by the Rockies. He went 1-0 with 3.54 ERA with no saves in 7 games with the 2013 Yankees. On December 2, 2013, the Yankees granted Matt MLB Free Agency. On December 19, 2013, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the team. In 2014, he had a 0-1 record with a 5.02 ERA record in 13 games for the Yankees.

1988- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner fires Manager Billy Martin for the 5th time, replacing him with former Manager Lou Piniella. In 1985, Lou Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985, Martin was fired and replaced by Lou Piniella. New York's 40-28 record is the 4th best in the MLB, but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip.

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Rick Anderson (1979) passed away. (1955-1989)

On January 12,1972, P Rick Anderson was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (5thpick) of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Rick Anderson was the 1979 International League Pitcher of the Year. With the Yankees' Columbus AAA farm club that season, he was 13-3 with a 1.63 ERA and 21 saves. Rick Anderson was 0-0 in 1 game with the 1979 Yankees. He was unable to crack into the Yankees bullpen of Goose Gossage, Ron Davis and others. On November 1,1979, Rick was traded by the Yankees along with P Jim Beattie, OF Juan Beniquez, and Catcher Jerry Narron to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and P Jim Lewis.

 1993- Toronto 1B John Olerud has his 26-game hitting streak snapped in the Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Bronx Starter Jimmy Key goes 6 innings for the victory, as the Yankees bullpen shuts down the Blue Jays batting line-up. Toronto Starter Todd Stottlemyre takes the loss. Yankees Closer Steve Farr pick-up his 18th save of the 1993 AL season.

1994- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF ‘Marvelous Marv' Marvin Throneberry (1955,1958-1959) passed away from Cancer at age 62. (1933-1995)

In 1952 at the age of 18, Marvin “Marv” Throneberry was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In the Yankees farm system, he was the 1956 MVP of the American Association, while playing for the AAA Denver Bears, while hitting 42 HRs. In 1957, he hit 40 HRs for the AAA Denver Bears. He had hit over 200 Minor League HRs. He made it to the MLB with the Yankees in 1955 for 1 game. Then Marv was a Reserve 1B/OF for the 1958-1959 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1958 World Series against the Braves. Overall, as a Yankees player, Marv played in 141 games, while hitting .238 with 15 HRs and 44 RBIs. After unable to beat out Bill Skowron at 1B or crack the Yankees starting outfield, Marv was part of Yankees player package in the Roger Maris trade with Kansas City in December of 1959. In 1960, he was the A’s regular 1B, replacing the recently traded Kent Hadley to the Yankees, hitting .250 with 11 HRs and 41 RBIs in 104 games, but in 1961, he was replaced at 1B by his former Yankees teammate, Norm Siebern. The A’s traded him to the Orioles in 1961. Marv was used primary as a pinch-hitter by the Orioles. He will become the 1st ex-Yankee MLB player to play for the 1962 New York Mets. During his MLB playing career, Marv played for the Yankees, A’s, Orioles and finished up with the 1962-1963 Mets. Overall, as an MLB player, Marv played in 480 games, while hitting .237 with 53 HRs and 170 RBIs. He retired from baseball in 1964. His older Brother Faye also played in AL, as an Outfielder for several AL teams during the 1950’s. Marv will later become a Minor League team Radio Announcer. During the 1980’s, Marv did appear in the Miller Beer commercials with other former Star MLB players, with his famous line, “I don’t know, why I am doing here.”

1995- Former Yankees Minor League INF/OF Jorge Mateo was born.

In January 2012, INF Jorge Mateo signed with the Yankees as an International Free Agent, receiving a $250,000 signing bonus.  He made his pro debut that season for the Dominican Summer League Yankees 2. He played for the Dominican Summer League Yankees 1 in 2013, then the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2014. In 2015, while playing for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) and the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), Mateo stole 82 bases. Mateo received a non-roster invitation to the 2016 Yankees MLB spring training camp. He began the 2016 Minor League season with Class A Tampa. He was named to appear in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game. On July 6, 2016, Mateo was suspended for 2 weeks due to violating the team's code of conduct policy, he could not participate in the 2016 Futures Game. Mateo finished the 2016 season with a .254 BA, 8 HRs and 47 RBI's. After the 2016 MLB season had ended, the Yankees added him to their 40-man MLB roster. He started out the 2017 Minor League season with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) in June, he was promoted to AA Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) On July 31, 2017, Jorge was traded along with Minor League players P James Kaprielian and OF Dustin Fowler to the Oakland A’s for MLB Pitcher Sonny Gray.

1996- The Yankees completed a 4-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland for the 1st time since the 1964 AL season.

1997- At Detroit, Yankees Starter David Cone strikes out 16 Tiger batters, his highest game total in 6 seasons, as Cecil Fielder hits a 3-run HR as the Bombers win the game by a score of 5-2. Cone, who had shoulder surgery to repair an aneurysm on May 10,1996, allows only 4 Tiger hits, including HRs by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley in 8 innings of work.

2000- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bob Tillman (1967) passed away. (1937-2000)

After coming from the Red Sox during the 1967 AL season, Reserve Catcher Bob Tillman hit .254 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 22 games for the Yankees. In the winter of 1967, Bob was traded to the Braves along with Minor League P Dale Roberts for Braves INF Bobby Cox. He would become a Reserve Catcher for the Braves.

2001- The Yankees attempt to shore up their bullpen by getting veteran Reliever Jay Witasick from the Padres for Minor League INF prospect D'Angelo Jimenez. The Yankees 1st choice, Montreal Expos Closer Ugueth Urbina, failed to pass a team physical, he will end up with their Eastern Division rivals, the Red Sox. Jay Witasick was a major disappointment for the Yankees, just going 3-0 with a 4.69 ERA in 32 games. On December 13, 2001, Jay was traded by the Yankees to the Giantsfor OF/1B John Vander Wal. 

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This Week in Yankeess History June 20th-June 26th Part Three

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June 24th

1889- Former Yankees OF Luther “Doc” Cook (1913-1916) was born. (18889-1973)

On July 23,1913, OF Luther "Doc" Cook was purchased by the Yankees from Austin (TL). Cook played for the Yankeesprimarily during the days when the rival Federal League existed. He was the regular team RF in both 1914 and 1915 AL seasons. On May 15,1916, Cooke was purchased by AA Oakland (PCL) from the YankeesIn 4 seasons with the team, he appeared in 288 games, while hitting .274 with 3 HRs and 75 RBIs. Cook made his MLB Player debut in auspicious fashion, leading off for the Yankees and going 3-for-4. The New York Times said that afterwards, he and another new Yankees player, Harry Williams would go see the sights of their new town. Cook had come from Austin, Texas. 

1907- Former Yankees Catcher Rollie Hemsley (1942-1944) was born. (1907-1942)

Catcher Rollie Hemsley was an All-Star 5 times during an MLB playing career that lasted nearly 2 decades. Hemsley reached the MLB in 1928 with the Pirates. He became their starting Catcher behind the plate in 1930. In 1931, he was traded to the Cubs, where he backed-up Catcher Gabby Hartnett and following the 1932 NL campaign; he was dealt to the Reds, where he was a backup to Catcher Ernie Lombardi. He was dealt to the St. Louis Browns late in the 1933 MLB season, Hemsley became a starting Catcher, once again. With St. Louis, he hit .309 in 1934. He was an AL All-Star in 1935 and 1936. His average dipped to .222 in 1937 and prior to the 1938 AL season, he was traded to the Indians for 4 players. With the Tribe, Hemsley initially backed up regular Catcher Frankie Pytlak, but after Pytlak was injured, he took over as the starter behind the plate. He earned another selection to the AL All-Star team in 1939. On Opening Day 1940, he caught Bob Feller's No-Hitter, he made the AL All-Star squad for the 4th time that summer. Following a brief stint with the Reds in 1942, he joined the Yankees on July 19,1942, when the veteran Catcher was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the team. He appeared in 174 games for the 1942-1944 Yankees, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 65 RBIs. In 1944, he was named to the AL All-Star team. In 1944, he went into the military service, serving in the Navy. On March 25,1946, he was purchased by the Philliesfrom the Yankees. After his active MLB playing career end in 1947, Hemsley was a successful Minor League Manager and an MLB Coach with the Philadelphia A’s before retiring from baseball.

1908- Charging that the New York Highlander Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery with refusing to spend money to build a winning team, Manager Clark Griffith resigns; Yankees Shortstop Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today's 6-6-tie game with the Philadelphia A's. The Highlanders fade fast and finished last in the AL with a club record of 103 losses.

1930- The Yankees sweep their 2nd consecutive doubleheader from Philadelphia by scores of 10-6 and 11-1, as Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits 2 more HRs and sets an MLB record with 8 HRs in 6 games.

1933- The Yankees signed veteran NL P George Uhle after his release by the Giants. George would go 8-5 with an ERA in 22 games with 1933-1934 Yankees.

1933- After being hitless in his last 21 at bats, Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth hits a Grand Slam HR in a 5-0 Yankees win over the White Sox.

1936- Bronx Bombers Rookie CF Joe DiMaggio ties 3 MLB records in the Yankees 10-run, 5th inning against the White Sox, hitting 2 HRs for 8 total bases. With 2 doubles, he equals the modern MLB record of 4 long hits in a game. Yankees OF Jake Powell hits a Grand Slam HR sandwiched between DiMaggio’s 2 HRs. The Yankees defeat the White Sox by the score of 18-11.

 1941- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers down the Browns 9-1 behind the complete game pitching of Lefty Gomez, who only gives up 5 Browns hits and 1 run with 4 strike outs. He is now 5-3 for the for the 1941 AL season. Yankees hitting attack is paced by 3 HRs by 3B Red Rolfe, OF Tommy Henrich and 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon. The Browns Starter Bob Muncrief takes the lost, giving up all 9 Yankees runs with 10 hits. He is now 4-2 for the 1941 AL season

1950- Detroit Starter Art Houtteman pitches the Tigers to a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Yogi Berra's HR is the only Yankees score, as they lose their 4th straight game and 8th game in 12 games. The Tigers now lead the AL by 3 games.

1958- The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 4th inning off of veteran Chicago Starter Early Wynn to beat the White Sox by a score of 6-2 at Comiskey Park. Mickey Mantle's clout into the CF bleachers leads off the 4th inning, followed by a single, walk and Jerry Lumpe's 1st MLB Career HR and an HR by LF Norm Siebern. Yankees Closer Ryne Duren strikeouts 6 of the last 9 White Sox batters that he faces to preserve Yankees Starter Bob Turley's win.

1962- A marathon game between the Tigers and Yankees ends in the 22nd inning at Tiger Stadium, when Jack Reed's HR, his only MLB Career HR gives Yankees Rookie Reliever Jim Bouton, a 9-7 victory. Reserve OF Jack Reed had replaced Joe Pepitone in the 13th inning. For the Tigers, Closer Phil Regan takes the loss, while Tigers OF Rocky Colavito has 7 hits. Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even 7 hours, the game is the slowest extra-inning contest in AL history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankees’ history. Veteran Yankees All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra, who is now 37 years old, catches all 22 innings of the game. Yankees Manager Ralph Houk had used his other 2 Roster Catchers Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard in different positions during in the game.

1967- Yankees All-Star Slugger Mickey Mantle breaks a 3-3 tie in the 9th inning with a HR off of Tigers Reliever Fred Gladding to give the 9th place Yankees, a 4-3 victory.

1970- During a doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig's record of 4 straight HRs. The Yankees lose the opener by a score of 7-2, despite Murcer's 9th-inning HR off of Tribe hurler Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off of Game 2 Tribe Starter Mike Paul by hitting a solo HR in the 1st inning. A walk in the 4th, then a 2-run HR off of P Mike Paul in the 5th inning and then a game-tying HR in the 8th inning off of Reliever Fred Lasher. Yankees scores in the bottom of the 9th inning to salvage a 5-4 win. Indians 1B Tony Horton hears a boo and literally crawls back to the Tribe dugout, after fanning on 2 of Yankees hurler Steve Hamilton's "folly floaters." Sensitive to fans' booing during the 1970 AL season, Horton will be hospitalized and at the age of 25, this will be his last active MLB season.

1977- Before a crowd of 54,940 fans at Yankee Stadium, Roy White launches a dramatic 2-out, 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Bronx Bombers, a 5-5 tie with the Red Sox. The Yankees score in the 10th inning on Reggie Jackson bases-loaded single to win the game by the score of 6-5. Roy White's key hit comes after Red Sox Closer Bill Campbell retires the 1st 2 Yankee batters in the 9th inning, then Willie Randolph triples to bring up Bobby Murcer. Closer Sparky Lyle picks up the win for the Yankees, handing the Red Sox their 1st loss in 8 games. With HRs from Yaz, Butch Hobson and George Scott, the Red Sox set an MLB record of 33 HRs in 10 games.

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Philip Hughes (2007-2013) was born.

Philip Hughes was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (23rdpick) of the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Philip Hughes was 9-1 with a 0.69 ERA as a HS Senior walking only 3 batters, while striking out 83 batters in 61 innings. He was chosen to Baseball America's All-American High School team. The Yankees took him with the 23rd pick in the 1st round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft. They signed him for $1.4 million. He pitched 3 starts for the GCL Yankees that season, only throwing a total of 5 innings, while striking out 8 batters with no walks. Hughes' 1st year as a full-time pro player came in 2005, when the right-hander went 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA for the Tampa Yankees (FSL), holding opponents to a .140 BA, he was 7-1 with a 1.97 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs, (SAL) allowing only a .192 average, 2.10 BB/9 and striking out 9.44 batters per 9 innings. Hampered by tendonitis and a tired arm, he didn't even reach 100 innings, but Baseball America still named him the Yankee Minor League Player of the Year. The publication also rated him the #6 prospect in the SAL. In 2006, Philip was 2-3 with a 1.80 ERA for Tampa and 10-3 with a 2.25 ERA for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He pitched in the 2006 Futures Game, but he was bombed for 3 runs in 1 inning of work, giving up a RBI double to Wladimir Balentien followed by a 2-run HR to George Kottaras. Hughes tied for the 10th lowest ERA (2.16) in the US-based Minor Leagues that season. He tied Matt Garza for the 2nd-lowest average allowed by a Minor League Starter (.179). Baseball America rated him the best pitching prospect, the most exciting player in the Eastern League and as possessing the best breaking pitch. Hughes started 2007 season with a 2-1 record with a 3.94 ERA for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barrie Yankees with 17 K and a .200 opposing batting average in 16 IP.  

Hughes made his MLB Pitching debut on April 26, 2007, in a losing effort against the Blue Jays at a time when the Yankee starting rotation was decimated by injuries. Hughes was the youngest player in the 2007 AL at the time of his MLB player debut, in which he allowed 7 hits and 4 runs in 4 1/3 IP. He was the 3rd Yankees Starting Pitcher to make his MLB pitching debut in the season's 1st 20 games, following Kei Igawa and Chase Wright; it had been 52 years since another team had done that - the 1955 Cardinals with Larry Jackson, Luis Arroyo and Floyd Wooldridge. In his 2nd start, against the Rangerson May 1st, he pitched 6 1/3 hitless innings, but he was forced to leave the game because of a pulled groin muscle. After the game, Hughes was placed on the DL. He did earn his 1st MLB victory though, as the Yankees finished with a 2-hit 10-1 victory. He came back in July with the Class A Tampa Yankees. In his 1st rehab stint, he allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings, walking 2, allowing no hits and striking out 3. He was back in the MLB shortly afterwards. He finished his 1st season with a 5-3 record and a 4.46 ERA in 13 starts. He also made 2 relief appearances in the ALDS, pitching 5 2/3 innings, allowing only 1 run and earning a win as the Yankees bowed out to the Indians. In 2008, he fought health problems all season, making only 8 starts in the MLB, while going 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA. He was back in the Yankees' Starting rotation to begin the 2009 AL season, but after 7 starts was moved to the Yankees bullpen because the team's relievers were regularly taking a beating. Hughes had trouble adjusting to the hitter-friendly New Yankee Stadium. After a few solid outings, he was installed as the 8th-inning bullpen set-up man for Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera; he thrived in the role. Hughes was 8-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 3 saves, while pitching 86 innings and striking out 96 batters, while walking 28.  He did not fare so well in the 2009 MLB postseason, being hit hard in both the ALDS and World Series, and pitching better but still being charged with a loss in the ALCS against the Angels. Still, the Yankees defeated the Phillies in the Fall Classic. After the 2009 Championship season, there was uncertainty about what Hughes's role would be in 2010- starter or reliever. Manager Joe Girardi decided to return him to the starting rotation and the move paid dividends. With veteran Starter A.J. Burnett struggling, Hughes became the Yankees 3rd Starter behind veterans CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Hughes was a big winner, going 18-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 29 starts. He had a great 1st half, going 11-2, with a 3.65 ERA. Phil was named to the 2010 AL All-Star team, but he slowed down noticeably in the 2nd half (7-6, 4.90 ERA). He won 1st postseason start of his MLB pitching career with 7 scoreless innings against the Twins in the ALDS, but he was hit hard by the Rangers in the ALCS: he lost both of his starts to the Rangers, giving up 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings.  Hughes started the 2011 season on the wrong foot, giving up 5 or more runs in each of his 1st 3 starts. On April 15, he was placed on the DL with a "dead arm" with his ERA standing at 13.94 and the velocity on his fastball noticeably down. Veteran Bartolo Colon, who had succeeded him on the mound in all 3 of his starts, he pitched much better than him, took his place in the Yankee starting rotation. Hughes was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in the Minors in late April, but his throwing sessions on the sidelines were unimpressive, as his velocity was still well down. Unable to pinpoint the source of the problem, the Yankees' trainers cancelled the assignment and had him undergo an MRI instead. Doctors feared that the cause of his problems was a rare blood disorder that could explain his lack of arm strength and of feeling, but medical tests came back negative for circulatory or vascular problems. That left the Yankees still puzzled about the source of his problems, but with no alternative other than have him return to the mound after some rest.  Hughes made a 1st rehab start on June 19th for the Staten Island Yankees (New York-Penn League). He pitched 4 1/3 innings against the Brooklyn Cyclones. After their game of July 3rd, the Yankees sent down Rookie Ivan Nova, owner of an 8-4 record as a starter all season, down to AAA to make room for Hughes in the starting rotation. He finally picked up his 1st MLB win of the season on July 17th, beating the  Blue Jays by the score of 7-2, pitching 6 effective innings. He had an immediate relapse of his early season trouble in his next start, however, as he gave up 7 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Rangers on July 22nd. Thus, even though the Yankees had scored 9 runs for him in the 3rd inning, he had to leave the game with a no-decision, with Rookie hurler Hector Noesi replacing him to pick up the win. Just as the Yankees were beginning to wonder whether everything was right with the young righty, he turned out his best game of the season, shutting out the White Sox, 6-0 in a rain-shortened start on August 2nd. He ended the 2012 season with a record of 16-13, with a 4.23 ERA in 32 games, having pitched a career-high 191 1/3 innings, while notching 165 strikeouts, also a personal best. He was solid in a Game 4 start against the Orioles in the ALDS on October 11th, giving up only 1 run in 6 2/3 innings. However, he left Game 3 of the ALCS after only 3 innings on October 16th, complaining of a stiff back, trailing 1-0; he was charged with the loss as the Yankees went on to lose the game, by the score of 2-1 on their way to being swept by the Tigers. There were more health concerns about Hughes at the start of 2013 spring training, as the back pain, caused by a bulging disk, had not abated. He was unable to take his regular turn on the mound and there were concerns that he would need to start the season on the DL. Those concerns were confirmed on March 27th, when the Yankees placed his name on the DL; although he was only expected to miss 1 or 2 turns on the mound. Indeed, he made his 1st start against the Tigers on April 6th, but he gave up 8 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings in an 8-4 loss. It was the start of a difficult 2014 season, in which his pitching record was only 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 30 games, including 29 starts. He pitched only 145 2/3 innings, a reflection of his inability to pitch deep into games. He became an MLB Free Agent after the 2014 AL season had ended. On November 30th, newspaper reports indicated that he had signed a 3-year contract with the Twins worth $24 million. His overall Yankees Pitching career record was a 56-50 record with a 4.53 ERA in 182 games with 3 saves. In May of 2018, the Twins traded Hughes to the Padres, where he was working as a Reliever for the team. On August 15, 2018, Hughes was released by the Padres. He has retired from the MLB.

1988- Indians’ Closer Doug Jones celebrates his 31st birthday by saving his 14th game in 14 appearances, breaking the MLB record for consecutive saves set last season by Steve Bedrosian. Jones retires all 7 Yankee batters that he faces to close out the Tribe’s 7-5 win over New York.

1991- Scott Erickson wins his 12th consecutive decision for the Twins, tops in the MLB, stopping the Yankees by the score of 5-0,  allowing only 2 Yankee hits. He retires 24 of the final 25 Yankee batters.

1992- MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent permanently bans Yankees’ veteran Reliever Steve Howe from MLB after having pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. It is Howe's 7th ban from the game, as he becomes the 1st player ever permanently banned from baseball because of drug usage, the ban will later be rescinded. Howe will be resigned by the Yankees; pitching for the team until his player release in June of 1996.

1996- Former Yankees veteran MLB Reliever Steve Howe released by the team just 2 days ago is arrested at JFK International Airport for carrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and received a sentence of 3 years’ probation with 150 hours of community service.

1997- Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hits 2 singles, a double and a pair of HRs, while driving in 4 runs as the Bronx Bombers top the Tigers by a score of 12-9. Chad Curtis adds 5 RBIs for the Yankees.

2005- Thanks to Yankees CF Bernie Williams dropping a ball in outfield; the Mets become the 1st NL team to hit 3 sacrifice flies in 1 inning. Catcher Ramon Castro's sac fly to right ties the game at 1-1 as David Wright advances to 3B; then the Yankee's CF then drops Jose Reyes deep fly ball allowing Wright to score; then Mike Cameron skies to right scoring runner Doug Mientkiewicz, who had advanced to 3B on an errant pick-off throw.

2007- Veteran Yankees Starter Roger Clemens makes his 1st relief appearance in 22 MLB seasons, 341 days, a new MLB record. Former MLB Starter Steve Carlton (15 years, 343 days) had held the record previously. Clemens had not pitched in relief since his 1984 AL Rookie season with the Red Sox. He volunteered to fill in when the Yankees had worn out their bullpen in 13 innings yesterday.

2008- For the 1st time since Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, the Yankees visit Pittsburgh. After Bill Mazeroski, the hero of that Game 7, throws out the 1st pitch, the home team pulls off a reenactment of their last meeting, upsetting New York. The Pirates top the Yankees by the score of 12-5, with 6 Pirate players getting multiple hits. Ryan Doumit goes 3 for 5 with a HR, 2 runs and 2 RBIs and Freddy Sanchez scores 3 times while Yankees star hitters Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi go a combined 1 for 12.

2011- Veteran Starter A. J. Burnett became the 1st pitcher in Yankees club history to strike out 4 batters in 1 inning during an MLB Inter-League game between the Yankees and the Rockies. Burnett’s MLB record tying performance came in the 6thinning of a 4-2 Yankees loss to the Rockies.

2012- The Yankees snap R.A. Dickey's streak of 44 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run with 4 3rd-inning runs on their way to a 6-5 win over the Mets. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano snaps a 5-5 tie with an 8th-inning HR off of Mets Reliever Miguel Batista. Dwight Gooden still holds the Mets franchise record with 49 consecutive innings without an earned run in 1985.

2019- The Yankees tie a record belonging to the 2002 Rangers by homering in their 27th straight game on their way to defeating the Blue Jays by the score of 10-8. Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton both go deep in the game, in support of CC Sabathia's pitching, but the Jays, who trail 10-2 after 6 innings, make it a game when they score 5 runs against Reliever Jonathan Holder, who does not retire a single batter in the 8th. The outburst is highlighted by a Grand Slam HR by Freddy Galvis that forces Yankee Manager Aaron Boone to use Closer Aroldis Chapman in the 9th, who gives up another run before notching the save. The Yankees will set a new record tomorrow.

June 25th

1879- Former Yankees Pitcher John Deering (1903) was born. (1878-1943)

On July 16,1903, P John Deering was traded by the Tigers to the Highlanders for INF Paddy Greene. John posted a 4-3 record with a 3.75 ERA in 9 games with the team.

1897- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elisha “Camp” Skinner (1922) was born. (1897-1944)

Reserve OF Elisha “Camp” Skinner played in 27 games hitting just .182 for the 1922 Yankees. On January 30,1923Skinner was traded by the Yankees along with OF Norm McMillan, P George Murray and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran AL Starter Herb Pennock.

1903- At Chicago, the White Sox bat 1st against the Highlanders. The 2 teams battle to an 18-inning tie at 6 apiece. The 2 teams have a total of 30 hits, but neither score in the extra inning game.

1904- At Boston, Highlanders Starter Jack Chesbro wins his 12th straight game beating veteran Red Sox Starter Cy Young by a score of 5-3. Patsy Dougherty has 3 hits against his former Red Sox teammates.

1915- At Boston’s Fenway Park, Babe Ruth blasts his 3rd HR of the 1915 AL season off of Yankees Starter Ray Caldwell. He is the 2nd player to hit a ball into the RF seats at Fenway Park. As a Boston Starter Babe Ruth strikes out 8 Yankee batters, while pitching a complete game, for a 9-5 win. He added a single off of Reliever Bill Donovan, Yankees Skipper and his former Manager.

1923- A crowd of 1,500 fans at Fenway Park watch the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 14-6. Sam Jones picks up the victory for the Yankees, while Reliever Bob Shawkey gets his 1st save of the 1923 AL season. Bill Piercy takes the loss for Boston, giving up 11 Yankee hits and 9 runs in his 7 innings of work, dropping his 1923 pitching record to 0-11.

1934- In an 11-2 victory over the White Sox, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle. Although Yankees Starter John Broaca ties an MLB record by striking out 5 consecutive times, he gets the victory for the Yankees. Not until Bernie Williams on August 21,1991, will another Yankee hitter fan 5 times (by Bret Saberhagen).

1935- Former Giants, Yankees and A’s MLB Announcer Hank Greenwald was born. (1935-2018)

Hank Greenwald was an MLB Baseball Announcer for many years. Greenwald started off with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs(IL) in the 1960s, doing game recreations for away games. He continued on to work with the AAA Hawaii Islanders (PCL). He was an announcer for the Giants from 1979 to 1986, briefly was with the Yankees, then he returned to the Giants working for the team until 1996. He came out of retirement to do part-time work for the Oakland A's in 2004-2005.

1947- The Yankees purchased veteran INF Lonnie Frey from the Cubs. Lonnie appeared in 25 games with the 1947-1948 Yankees, hitting just .179 with 0 HRs and 2 RBIs before being released by the team on May 17,1948. He appeared in 1 game of 1947 World Series against the Dodgers with no hits. The Giants would pick him up for the rest of the 1948 NL season.

1951- Before a crowd of 71,289 fans then a record for an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees defeat the Dodgers by the score of 4-3 in 10 innings, Yankees OF Gene Woodling hit a “grand single” off of Dodgers P Phil Haugstad to win the game. Although Woodling hit the ball into the RF seats, he had passed Yankees’ base runner Hank Bauer on the bases, as Bauer was loafing after watching teammate Phil Rizzuto score the winning run. Dodgers Catcher Roy Campanella won a wrist watch as Game’s MVP with a HR, double performance at the plate and behind the plate, he had caught 3 Yankees base runners trying to steal bases.

1954- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Shirley (1983-1987) was born.

The Yankees signed veteran NL P Bob Shirley as an MLB Free Agent. Bob went 14-20 with a 4.05 ERA and 5 saves in 145 games for the 1983-1987 Yankees.

1953- White Sox Manager Paul Richards uses 5 1st Basemen in beating the Yankees by the score of 4-2. He brings in Harry Dorish to face 2 batters, moving Pitcher Billy Pierce to 1B. The Sox 3-game sweep still leaves the Yankees 9 games up on the Indians and 9 ½ games on the White Sox in the 1953 AL Pennant race.

1963- Former Yankees Catcher/DH/1B Mike Stanley (1992-1995,1997) was born.

Mike Stanley was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent in 1992. He originally was signed by the Rangers organization. In 1993, he won AL Sliver Slugger Award for Catchers. Mike was named to the 1995 AL All-Star team. His final Yankees career totals was a .285 BA with 72 HRs and 263 RBIs in 426 games. He was the Yankees regular catcher until the arrival of new Yankees Manager Joe Torre, who replaced him with more defensive orientated Joe Girardi. In November 1995, the Yankees granted him his MLB Free Agency. He would sign an MLB Free Agent deal with the Red Sox. Mike was brought back to the Yankees on August 13,1997, when he was traded by Boston along with Minor League Player Randy Brown to theYankees for a Player to be Named Later and Minor League hurler Tony Armas Jr. The Yankees would later send P Jim Mecirto the Red Sox to complete the trade. Mike will hit .287 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs in 28 games for the 1997 Yankees. He will be granted MLB Free Agency by the team on October 27,1997. He will sign with Blue Jays for the 1998 AL season.

1964- Baltimore Starter Steve Barber's 3-hitter, a 3-0 shutout of the Yankees, gives the Orioles a 3-game sweep of New York and 1st place in the AL.

1967- Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a boxing clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. "All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy," he said from his training camp. "Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays." Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.

1971- The Montreal Expos traded veteran OF Ron Swoboda to Yankees, they received OF Ron Woods from the Yankees. Swoboda had been hitting .253 with No HRs for the Expos. Woods had been hitting .250 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 25 games for the 1971 Yankees. Ron Woods had .208 BA with 10 HRs and 36 RBIs in 192 games for the Yankees since being acquired from the Tigers for veteran INF Tommy Tresh in June of 1969.

1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez beats rival Boston Starter Luis Tiant to give the Yankees a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Yankees 3B Greg Nettles 3-run HR is the big blow of the game. The Yankees, now trail the Red Sox by 3 games in the AL Eastern Division race.

1984- At Yankee Stadium, Dave Winfield hits 5 singles and drives in 4 runs to lead the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Tigers. Yankees Starter Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield's hitting. Dave is now hitting .750 against the Tigers this season. Winfield has three 5-hit games this month, tying an AL record set by HOF Ty Cobb.

1985- Due to a Yankees batboy being hit by a line drive foul ball by Yankees batter Butch Wynegar. The Yankee officials enact a new rule mandating the team’s batboys will wear protective helmets during all games.

1999- During the Orioles' 9-8 loss to the Yankees, O's Reliever Jesse Orosco makes his 1,051th MLB Relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve's MLB record. Reliever Mike Tomlin, who takes the loss, succeeds him; when he serves up a 9th inning HR to Yankees OF Shane Spencer. Birds Slugger Harold Baines has a pair of HRs for the Orioles, while 1B Tino Martinez has 4 hits for the Yankees.

2011- Both leagues get their 1st 10-game winners of the 2011 MLB season today. CC Sabathia reaches the magic number with the Yankees in an 8-3 win over the Rockies; he is joined by the Tigers' Justin Verlander, who strikes out a career-best 14 batters over 8 innings in beating the Diamondbacks by the score of 6-0 and the Braves' Jair Jurrjens, a 10-1 winner over the Padres.

2019- The Yankees set a new MLB record by homering in their 28th consecutive game. They don't waste any time, either, as the 1st 2 batters in the bottom of the 1st inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge, both go deep against Blue Jays Starter Clayton Richard. The Yankees hit 2 more solo HR on the night, courtesy of Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacionand hang on for a 4-3 win.

2019- The Yankees DFA veteran 1B/DH Kendrys Morales since being acquired from the A’s earlier in the 2019 AL season, he was only hitting .177 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs in 19 games for the team. On June 15, 2019, the Yankees had acquired veteran DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion, making Morales, who was on the IL expendable.

June 26th

1912- The Yankees send future NL Star P Hippo Vaughn (2-8 with a 5.14 ERA in 15 games), winner of 1911 AL season Opener to the Senators for the waiver price. On May 26,1908, P Hippo Vaughn was purchased by the Highlanders from Hot Springs (AS). He went 23-29 with a 3.18 ERA with 1 save in 73 games for the Yankees. His best season for the team was in 1910, when he posted a 13-11 record with a 1.83 ERA and 1 save in 30 games. In late August, Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). He had gone 4-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 12 games for the Nats. In August of 1913, the Blues will trade him to Cubs. He will achieve his greatest MLB pitching success with the Cubs. In 9 MLB seasons with the team, he won 20 games 5 times. Vaughn finishes his MLB Pitching career with a 178-137 record with a 2.49 ERA and 5 saves in 390 games. 

1913- The Yankees sold Shortstop Claud Derrick to the Philadelphia A’s. Derrick had played for them in 1910-1912, appearing in 59 games for the team before being sent to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). In December of 1912, the Orioles sold him to the Yankees. He won the 1913 Yankees starting Shortstop job out of MLB Spring Training Camp. He had appeared in 23 games for the team, while hitting .292. They would send him to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL).

1920- Future Yankees HOF Player, Lou Gehrig gets his 1st national mention when, as a HS JR for New York City's School of Commerce, he steals the show in a HS Championship Game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His Grand Slam HR in the 8thinning gives the New York team a 12-8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of the National League park (later known as Wrigley Field). After graduating from High School, Gehrig will attend Columbia University, playing college baseball as a Pitcher and 1B for Columbia University before being signed by the Yankees.

1929- Former Yankees Reserve OF Richard “Tut” Tettelbach (1955) was born. (1929-1995)

In 1951, the Yankees signed OF Richard “Tut” Tettelbach as MLB an Amateur Free Agent. He had played college baseball at Yale University with future President George W.H. Bush. In 6 minor league seasons with the Yankees, he hit .302. Richard appeared in 2 games with the Yankees in September 1955, with no hits. On February 8, 1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews and P Bob Wiesler to the Senators for INF Bobby Kline and veteran P Mickey McDermott. The Yankees would send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to complete the trade. Richard appeared in 29 games for the 1956-1957 Senators, hitting just .150 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs. He was traded by the Nats to the Indians in 1957, but he didn’t appear in any games with them.

1939- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees play their 1st night game in their team franchise history losing to Connie Mack's A’s by the score of 3-2.

1941- Yankees Southpaw Ace Marius Russo throws no-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings before former Yankees 1B George McQuinn spoils the no-hit bid with a HR. It was the only St. Louis Browns hit in a 4-1 Yankees win.

1943- Former Yankees OF Bill Robinson (1967-1969) was born. (1943-2007)

Rookie OF Bill Robinson was brought to the Yankees from the Braves in the Clete Boyer trade in the winter of 1966. Bill struggled in New York, being labeled as the “Black Mickey Mantle” by the NYC sports media. Robinson couldn’t not relax while playing in the Bronx, despite his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle’s encouragement. He was sent down to the Yankees AAA team at Syracuse (IL). Later Bill would have a successful playing career in NL with the Pirates and Phillies. After his  MLB playing career ended, Robinson was hitting coach of the 1984-1989 Mets. In 1988, he managed the Leones del Caracas into the 1988 Caribbean Series. In 1990 and 1991, he was an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight". In 1992, he managed the Shreveport Captains in the Giants organization. From 1994-1998, he coached and managed in the Phillies Minor League system. He later spent time as MLB Batting Coach with the Marlins. Bill was selected out of all the hitting coaches in MLB to coach the series with the MLB All-Stars against Japanese All-Stars in Japan. In 2006, he was a Hitting Instructor in the Dodgers farm system. He died in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007, while working in a series between the AAA Las Vegas 51s (the Dodgers affiliate) and the Round Rock Express.

1944- At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the 3 New York MLB teams played against each other in a 6 inning 3-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other 2 teams then sat out an inning). The contest, which was played to raise money for US Govt. War Bonds ended with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1 and the Giants 0.

1946- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Chris Hartje died from injuries in a Team Bus Accident. (1915-1946)

Catcher Chris Hartje was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1934. He played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1934 to 1938. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He reached the AA level with the Kansas City Blues (AA) and the Oakland Oaks (PCL). On February 6, 1939, Chris was purchased along with P Kemp Wicker by the Dodgers from the Yankees for $50,000 Cash. He would appear in 9 games for the 1939 Dodgers, while hitting .313, it would be his only MLB appearance in his career. He was sent back to the Dodgers AA team, the Montreal Royals (IL). In 1946, he was playing for the Class B Spokane Indians (WIL), when the team bus skidded off the road, killing 8 players, Chris survive the bus crash, but he died from his injuries in the hospital 2 days later.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike Griffin (1979-1981) was born.

On June 8,1976, Mike Griffin was selected by the Rangers in the 3rd round of the 1976 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  On November 10,1978, he was traded by the Rangers along with Greg Jemison (Minors), MLB OF Juan Beniquez, Pitchers Paul Mirabella and Dave Righetti to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Mike Heath, Pitchers Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich, Reserve INF Domingo Ramos and Cash. Mike went 2-4 with an ERA with 1 save in 18 games for the Yankees. On August 5,1981, the Yankees sent P Mike Griffin to the Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on June 12,1981. On June 12,1981, the Yankees sent a Player to be Named Later, P Doug Bird and $400,000 Cash to the Cubs for veteran MLB Starter&nbs**** Reuschel.

1960- Former Yankees Minor League 1B/DH Pete Dalena was born.

On June 7,1982, 1B/DH Pete Dalena was selected by the Yankees in the 27th round of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Pete never played with the Yankees at the MLB level. He played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1982-1988, reaching the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He played for the team from 1984-1988. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency in the winter of 1988. Pete would be signed by the Indians organization for the 1989 MLB season. He appeared in 5 games as a Pinch-Hitter with the 1989 Tribe, while hitting only .143. Later, Peter became a Minor League Coach.

1961- The Yankees beat the new AL expansion team, the Angels by a score of 8-6, as Yogi Berra collects his 2000th MLB career hit, all as a Bronx Bomber. To celebrate the achievement a huge cake is rolled out in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Angels Reliever Art Fowler, who has allowed just 1 hit in his last 12 innings, serves up a 9th inning HR to Bill “Moose” Skowron as Yankees win the game by a score of 8-6. Mickey Mantle adds an earlier HR off of veteran Angels’ Starter Ken McBride, as Yankees Ace Whitey Ford wins his 13th game of the 1961 AL season.

1962- The Yankees sell veteran Reserve OF Bob Cerv to the new NL Expansion Team, the Houston Colt 45.’s. Bob was at the end of his fine MLB playing career, which included 3 separate tours with the Yankees. He was struggling with knee and leg injuries. He had hit .271 for the 1961 Yankees. His final Yankees playing career totals were a .266 BA with 26 HRs and 118 RBIs in 379 games. Bob had appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .258 with 1 HR and 1 RBI.

1969- Former Yankees Reliever Mike Meyers (2007-2008) was born.

Veteran MLB Reliever Mike Myers went 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 117 games with the Yankees before being released by the team on August 13, 2008. He would finish the 2008 AL season with the White Sox.

1972- Detroit's Rookie Starter  Bill Slayback makes his MLB Pitching debut a good one, allowing no Yankees hits for 7 innings against New York. Veteran Yankees OF Johnny Callison's single in the 8th inning is the 1st hit allowed by Rookie Slayback, but the Tigers hang on to a 4-3 win over the Yankees.

1974- Future Yankees Hall of Fame, AL All-Star Shortstop and Team Captain Derek Jeter (1996-2014) was born.

Derek Jeter was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (6thpick) of the 1992 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Derek had a Yankees lifetime BA of .310 with 3,465 MLB hits, hitting 260 HRs and 1,311 RBI’s. Jeter was an AL Shortstop Golden Glove winner in 2004-2006, again in 2009-2010. He was an AL Silver Slugger winner in 2006-2009. Jeter won the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner. He was named to the AL All Star team 14 times. Derek Jeter had appeared in 7 World Series for the Yankees, while hitting .321 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in 28 games. Jeter has appeared in 10 ALCS, hitting .257 with 3 HRs with 24 RBI’s. In 16 ALDS, Jeter has hit .341 with 10 HRs with 28 RBI’s. On July 9, 2011, Derek Jeter reached the 3,000-hit mark for the Yankees. He became the 1st Yankees player in team’s history to reach that MLB milestone. In December 2016, the Yankees announced that they would retire Jeter's Uniform Number #2, at a ceremony the following May 14th. The number's retirement meant that all Yankees uniform numbers from 1 to 10 were now retired by the team; a plaque was also dedicated in his honor in Monument Park. Since 2017, he has been involved in running the Miami Marlins as part of the new ownership group that acquired the team in 2017. Derek Jeter was elected on the 1st ballot to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020.

1977- In front of 55,039 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Boston, avenging the 3 losses last week to the Sox at Fenway Park. Yankees takes a 4-1 lead into the 9th inning, but the Red Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th inning, veteran Reserve OF Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of 3B Butch Hobson to pin the loss on Red Sox Closer Bill Campbell.

1979- The Yankees reacquired the popular OF Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for Minor League P Paul Semall and Cash. Bobby Murcer will once again thrive playing in Yankee Stadium, hitting .273 with 8 HRs for the 1979 Yankees. Pitcher Paul Semall was with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) posting a 6-3 record with a 3.88 ERA in 13 games; the Cubs would assign him to their AAA team, the Wichita Aeros (AA). He never pitches in the MLB.

1980- MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees' drafting of highly touted HS Shortstop Billy Cannon, Jr. 4 MLB teams had complained that Billy Cannon, Sr., College Football's Heisman Trophy winner in 1959, had misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to College, in the hopes that the Yankees would then draft him. In a special draft, the Indians will pick Cannon, but he chooses to attend Texas A & M to play College Football instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number #1 by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.

1987- Although the Red Sox have a 9-0, 2nd inning lead over the Yankees, Boston Starter Roger Clemens is unable to hold the lead with the Yankees winning the game by the final score of 12-11 in 10 innings. All-Star Red Sox 3B Wade Boggs sees his 25-game hitting streak come to an end. 

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny “Swede” Johnson passed away. (1914-1991)

In March of 1940Johnny Johnson was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had been originally signed by the Tigers organization in 1935. In 1944, Johnny appeared in 22 games for the Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 4.05 ERA and 3 saves as a Reliever. On December 15,1944, Johnny was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for P Jake Wade. He would pitch in relief for the 1945 White Sox, going 3-0 with 4 saves, before going into military service with the Navy.

1991- The Yankees traded P Steve Adkins to the Cubs for Minor League Reliever David Rosario. Steve Adkins went 1-2 with a 6.83 ERA in 5 games for the 1990 Yankees. In 1991, he was with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he had a 4-5 record with a 5.60 ERA in 14 games. The Cubs would send him to their AAA club, the Iowa Cubs (AA). Steve never appeared with the Cubs at the MLB level. Dave Rosario went 3-1 with 1 save for the Iowa Cubs (AA). The Yankees assigned him to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), he never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1999- Former Yankees Minor League P Tim Layana passed away. (1964-1999) 

On June 2,1986, P Tim Layana was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 4,1989, he was drafted by the Reds from the Yankees in the 1989 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft from the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He pitched in the MLB for the 1990-1991 Reds and the 1993 Giants, appearing in 78 games, while posting a 5-5 record with a 4.56 ERA and 2 saves. Tim was killed in auto accident in 1999.

2006- Former Yankees Minor League P Jack Urban passed away (1928-2006).

In 1949, the Yankees signed Jack Urban as an MLB Amateur Agent. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Jack Urban tossed a no-hitter for the Birmingham Barons (Southern League) in 1954. He led 1 Minor League in strikeouts and ERA and another in wins. Urban broke into pro baseball with the 1949 Belleville Stags, going 7-8 with a 4.11 ERA and batting .272 with a HR and 23 RBIs. He also briefly appeared with the McAlester Rockets, going 0-4 with a 4.50 ERA. In 1950, Urban had a big year, he was 23-5 with a 2.15 ERA for McAlester and he batted .319 as well with 8 HRs and 41 RBIs in only 135 AB. He was even used as a Pinch-Hitter at times. He led the Sooner State League in ERA and strikeouts, whiffing 279 batters in 247 innings. Jack completed 24 of 27 starts and also made 10 relief appearances. He only gave up 160 hits and 9 HRs, hitting nearly as many as he allowed. The only problem was control as he walked 158 batters, 3rd in the SSL in that walk-happy era. Jack split the 1951 season between the AA Binghamton Triplets (EL) (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and the Quincy Gems (17-8, 3.63 ERA). Urban's promising career came to a break for 2 years as he spent 1952-1953 seasons in military service during the Korean War. In 1954, Jack was 13-11 with a 4.95 ERA for the Birmingham Barons with the No-Hitter being the highlight of his season. In 1955, he made it to AAA with the Denver Bears (AA); where he had an 8-5 record with a 4.39 ERA. In 1956, he was 11-8 with a 5.27 ERA for the AAA Bears. He began 1957 season with the Bears, going 3-2 with a 4.04 ERA before his trade to the Kansas City A’s. On April 5,1957, Jack was sent by the Yankees as the Player to be Named Later to Kansas City to complete the Bobby Shantz trade that was made on February 19,1957. On April 8,1959, Jack was traded by the A’s back to the Yankees for P Mark Freeman. On May 12,1959, he was purchased by the Cardinals from the Yankees. Despite of all of this MLB trade activity, Jack managed to have MLB pitching career record of 15-15 with a 4.56 ERA and 1 save in 69 games with the A’s and the Cardinals. His best MLB season was in 1957, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.34 ERA for the A’s. Urban spent most of 1959 season in the Minors with the AAA Omaha Cardinals  with a 3-7, record and a 4.34 ERA) and the Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians (0-1). In 1960, he pitched in the Senators system for the Charleston Senators (2-1 with 4.76 ERA) and Little Rock Travelers (2-0). Overall, he was 89-61 in the Minor Leagues.

2009- Yankees OF Brett Gardner collects 5 hits, including a triple and a HR, as the Yankees beat the Mets by the score of 9-1, before a record-breaking crowd at Citi Field. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits HR # 564 of his MLB playing career, passing HOF Reggie Jackson on the all-time MLB HR list; Jackson was 6th at the time of his MLB retirement in 1987, but he now falls to 12th place now. Three errors by the Mets' infield in the 2nd inning led to 4 Yankee runs.

2015- Former Yankees Reserve INF Kal Segrist (1952) passed away. (1931-2015)

Before the start of the 1951 AL season, the Yankees signed INF Kal Segrist as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Kal only played 2 seasons in the Majors. He was with the 1952 Yankees appearing in 13 games; while hitting just .043 and played in 7 games with the 1955 Orioles, while hitting .333. Kal was part of the 17-player trade between the Yankees and Orioles in the winter of 1954. He had an 11-season Minor League playing career, ending in 1961. Later, he was a College Coach at Texas Tech University from 1965-1987, serving as Head Baseball Coach from 1968-1983.

2019- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Alex Cosmidis (1970) passed away. (1928-2019)

Alex Cosmidis was a Minor League Infielder from 1951-1961, he spent several partial seasons in AAA and was there all of 1959. Alex was a Minor League Manager from 1961-1970 for several MLB organizations. In 1970, he managed in the Yankees Minor League organization. He managed the 1970 Kinston Eagles (CL) to a 4th place finish. Then Cosmidis was a MLB Scout for the 1964 Giants, the 1982-1986 Angels and the 1987-2011 White Sox. He signed the following future MLB Players: Ray Durham, Bryan Harvey, James Baldwin, Roberto Hernández and Kent Anderson.


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