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This Week in Yankees History June 27th-July 3rd Part One




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June 27th


1904- Patsy Dougherty has another 3 hits as the Highlanders beat their old teammate Starter Jesse Tannehill and the Red Sox by a score of 8-4. Boston leads the AL by just a half game. Red Sox Starter Long Tom Hughes will win tomorrow to stretch their AL lead to 1 1/2 games.


1925- Former Yankees Minor League INF and Manager Wayne Terwilliger was born. (1925-2021)


Veteran INF Wayne Terwilliger came to the Yankees from the Kansas City A’s during the 1960 AL season. He was assigned by the Yankees to their AAA Richmond Virginians team (IL), where he hit .206 in 93 games. In 1961, Wayne became a Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization at Greensboro (CL). Then in 1962, he would start to manage in the Senators-Rangers Minor League system for many seasons.


1950- The Yankees sold 3rd-string Catcher Gus Niarhos to the White Sox. He had appeared in 84 games as a Reserve Catcher for the team, while hitting .268 with No HRs and 19 RBIs. He showed no power with his bat compared to the other young Yankee Catchers Yogi Berra or Charlie Silvera. His spot on the Yankees 25-player roster would be taken by Rookie Lefty Pitcher White Ford, who had been 6-3 for the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). He will go 9-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 1 save in 20 games for the team.


1963- White Sox veteran Starter Ray Herbert allows only 5 Bronx singles to beat the Yankees by a score of 6-0 to give the White Sox a virtual tie for 1st place. The White Sox assaulted Yankees young Starter Jim Bouton (10-3) for all their 10 runs during the 1st 5 innings of the game.


1964- The Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 5-4 beating Starter Denny McLain. Yankees CF Mickey Mantle's HR in the 4th inning makes it, a 4-1 game.


1972- Tigers Starter Mickey Lolich is staked to an early 4-0 lead over the Yankees, when the Tigers hit 3 consecutive 1st-inning HRs against New York's Starter Wade Blasingame making his AL pitching debut. Tony Taylor leads off with a walk before Aurelio Rodriguez, Al Kaline and Willie Horton wade in with HRs to finish off Blasingame’s disappointing Yankees pitching debut. Lolich, who is pitching on 2 days' rest, notches his 12th win of the 1972 AL season, winning the game by the score of 5-2. Bobby Murcer's HR accounts for 1 of the Yankee runs.


1978- Bronx 3B Graig Nettles belts a 2-run HR in the 14th inning to give the Yankees, a 6-4 win over the Red Sox. Boston Reliever Dick Drago serves up Nettles' 13th HR of the 1978 AL season. Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle, wins the game in relief, he is now 6-1 for the 1978 AL season. Yankees’ hurler Ron Guidry (13-0) starts the game for the Yankees, giving up only 8 Red Sox hits in 6 innings of work.


1979- Former Yankees Reserve OF Pat Maloney (1912) passed away. (1888-1979)


Outfielder Pat Maloney appeared in 25 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting just .215 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. It would be his only playing time in the MLB, he would return to the Minor Leagues. He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1913 to 1920 before retiring from the game.


1989- Former Yankees Minor League OF Abraham Almonte was born.


Originally signed by the Yankees in 2005, Abraham Almonte made his pro debut the following summer with the DSL Yankees 1. He missed the majority of the 2010 campaign due to a torn labrum, but he bounced back with the Class A Tampa Yankees(FSL) in 2011, playing in 131 games and putting together a 34-game hitting streak. Prior to the start of the 2013 AL season, Almonte was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for P Shawn Kelley. 


1990- Brewers Veteran DH Dave Parker gets his 2,500th MLB career hit in a 5-4 win over the Yankees.


1996- Current Yankees Minor League Reliever Daniel Alvarez was born.


Daniel Álvarez was signed by the Yankees in April of 2014. He was 4-1 with a 4.55 ERA for the DSL Yankees 2 that season, allowing only .184 average, but walking 23 batters in 27 2/3 IP. In 2015, he was with the DSL Yankees 2 (3-2, 2.48, 62 K in 58 IP) again, cutting his walks down to 20 despite more than doubling his innings pitched. He also pitched once for the GCL Yankees 1 (1 ER in 4 2/3 IP, 7 K). At age 19, he made the Spanish team for the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He was their last pitcher to be used, finishing off their loss to France by relieving former MLB P Rhiner Cruz with 2 outs in the 9th and a 5-3 deficit. He struck out veteran Ernesto Martínez, 23 years his elder. That summer, the Barquisimeto native was excellent for the GCL Yankees East (5-1, 1.74, 0 3B or HR in 57 IP) and pitched 5 shutout frames for the Class A Pulaski Yankees for a win there. He led all Yankees farmhands in ERA. He was 3rd in the Gulf Coast League in ERA, behind Sixto Sanchez and Nick Fanti. He tied for 4th in the GCL in wins. He was back with Spain for the 2016 European Championship, their youngest player, almost 2 years younger than Luis Guillorme, who was next. He was roughed up in his 1st start, against Italy (2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 R) and Antonio Noguera had to take over in the 3rd inning, but Spain rallied to win. His next outing was dominant, though. Facing Germany, pitched 7 no-hit innings, with 1 walk and 2 hit batsmen. Cruz took over in the 8th with the game scoreless and pitched 2 more no-hit innings, while Spain finally scored. The combined no-hitter gave Spain their 1st spot in a European Championship finals since 1955. They came close to a Gold Medal, losing in extra innings to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but Álvarez clearly had pitched 1 of the big games in Spanish National Team history. While he did not have a win or finish in the tourney's top 10 in ERA, his .125 opponent average was 2nd to Enorbel Marquez. He has worked up his way in the Yankees Farm System. In 2019, he pitched for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), posting a 7-2 record with 2.31 ERA with 21 saves in 46 games. He pitched 1 game for AAA Scranton (IL) with no decision. The Yankees invited him to their 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He didn’t pitch in 2020, because of the Minor League seasons being canceled due to the COVIDS outbreak.


2008- In a 15-6 Mets win in the 1st game of a  Friday doubleheader played at Shea Stadium with the Yankees; Mets Slugger Carlos Delgado drives in 9 runs, setting a Mets franchise record. Delgado hits a Grand Slam HR (the 12th of his MLB playing career), a 3-run HR and a 2-run double. In the Nightcap, the Yankees bounce back with a 9-0 win against Mets Starter Pedro Martinez, who drops to a 2-2 pitching record. For the Yankees Veteran Starter Sidney Ponson improves his 2008 AL pitching record to a 5-1 mark. The Yankees get a HR from 2B Robbie Cano. The Friday Night doubleheader at Shea Stadium attracts a crowd of 56,308 fans.


2009- Yankees Starter A. J. Burnett throws a 1-hitter against their cross-town NL rivals the Mets, defeating them by the score of 5-0. The lone Mets hit in the game was a single by Alex Cora, who lined a clean single to centerfield to lead off the 6thinning. Cora had been 0 for 21 with 8 strikeouts against Burnett.


2010- Trailing by the score of 6-2 in the 9th inning, the Yankees rally for 4 runs against Dodger Closer Jonathan Broxton to tie the game, then win it with a 2-run HR by Robinson Cano against Reliever George Sherrill in the 10th inning. In the 4-run rally, Robbie Cano drives in the 1st of the runs with a 1-out double, next Reserve OF Chad Huffman sends 2 more runs home on his 1st MLB hit. Curtis Granderson slides home ahead of James Loney's throw on Colin Curtis's grounder to 1st to tie the game.


2012- The Yankees lose 2 starting pitchers on the same day. First, they place Starter CC Sabathia's name on the DL with a groin strain. Then in their scheduled game against the Indians, veteran Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte is hit by a line drive off the bat of Tribe hitter Casey Kotchman in the 5th inning, breaking an ankle. Small consolation, the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-4.


2019- The 2019 MLB All-Star Team starters are announced today. The Yankees have 2 players on the 2019 AL All-Star starting team, Catcher Gary Sanchez and 2B D.J. Le Mahieu earn starting spots. Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres is named to the team as a Reserve player. Two Yankees Pitchers Closer Aroidis Chapman and Starter Masahiro Tanaka are named to the AL All-Star Team Pitching staff.


June 28th


1907- The last place Senators stole a record 13 bases off of Bronx Catcher Branch Rickey in a 16-5 win over the Yankees. Rickey, acquired last February from the St. Louis Browns is pressed into service despite having a bad shoulder because of the injury to starting Catcher Red Kleinow. Rickey's 1st throw to 2B ends up in RF and his subsequent tosses are not much better. He almost nips Jim Delahanty on a steal of 3B. In his 8 innings, Reliever Lew Brockett helps the Nats with a deliberate windup. Only Pitcher Tom Hughes and 2B Nig Perrine are steal-less, while1B Hal Chase swipes 1 for the Yankees.


1915- The Yankees purchased Starter Bob “Sailor Bob” Shawkey from Connie Mack Philadelphia A’s for $85,000 Cash. Bob would pitch for the Yankees from 1915-1927. His purchase signal that the new Yankees Team Co-Owners Jacob Ruppert and Col. Huston were going to spend money on acquiring quality players to build the NYC franchise into a winner for the AL. He would win 168 games for the Yankees, while appearing in 415 games with 1,163 strikeouts in 2,489 innings. On April 18,1923, Bob started the 1st game for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium beating the Red Sox by a score of 4-1. He was a 20-game winner for the Yankees in 4 seasons. Shawkey would complete a total of 161 games and have 26 shutouts. His Yankees Pitching Career ERA was 3.10. Bob became the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach for the 1928-1929 teams. In 1930, he would manage the Yankees finishing in 3rd place in the AL with an 86-68 record. Former Cubs Manager Joe McCarthy would succeed him in 1931.


1915- The Yankees purchased Minor League P George Mogridge from Des Moines (WL). He had a 13-4 record for the team. He had briefly pitched in the MLB with the 1911-1912 White Sox. He would go 2-3 with a 1.76 ERA in 6 games as a Starter for the 1915 Yankees. He would pitch for the team from 1915 to 1920, posting a 48-57 record with a 2.73 ERA and 9 saves in 171 games.


1916- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Yankees CF Lee Magee collects a record-tying 4 assists as the Yankees defeat the Mackmen by the score of 9-7.  Also, Magee enjoys a good game at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.


1919- Red Sox Submariner Starter Carl Mays hurls 2 complete games in a doubleheader beating the Yankees by a score of 2-0 in the 1st game and losing the nightcap by the score of 4-1.


1922- Senators Ace Walter Johnson wins another 1-0 battle, this one over the Yankees for his 3rd straight shutout and 97th in his MLB Pitching career. “The Big Train” strikes out 9 Yankee batters. Bronx Starter Waite Hoyt loses a tough one for the Yankees, just allowing just 2 Senator hits in the 1st 8 innings. Earl Smith's double in the 9th inning drives home the winning run.


1927- The Yankees build a 9-0 lead against the A's; withstand an 8-run rally by the Mackmen in the 9th inning to win the game by the score of 9-8. The Yankees now lead the AL by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the 1927 AL season, belting his 23rd HR with 1 on. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth, nursing a sore right knee, sits out his 3rd straight game.


1928- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits 2-HRs to lead the Bronx Bombers to a 10-4 victory over the Philadelphia A’s, as the veteran OF Ty Cobb appears in his 3,000th MLB career game as a member of the 1928 A’s. He had started his MLB playing career with the 1905 Detroit Tigers.


1939- The Yankees hit 8 HRs in the 1st game of a twin bill with the Philadelphia A's and 5 more HRs were hit in the nightcap. Both are MLB records, as is the 53 total bases in a doubleheader. Yankee batters CF Joe DiMaggio and 1B Babe Dahlgren, each hit 2 HRs in the 1st game. Other Yankee HRs that were hit in the 1st game:  2B Joe “Flash” Gordon, Catcher Billy Dickey, Outfielders George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk and Tommy Henrich; final score for the Yankees was 23-2. In the 2nd game: Joe Gordon hits 2 HRs, other Yankees HRs were hit by Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren and Frank Crosetti. The Bronx Bombers take the nightcap from the Mackmen by a score of 10-0.


1941- Bronx Bomber hitter Joe DiMaggio reaches across the plate and hits a single off of A’s P Johnny Babich. The Yankees Clipper’s AL hitting streak continues with 40 games. Babich had attempted to walk DiMaggio in his previous at bats in the game to end his current AL games hitting streak.


1941- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Downing (1961-1969) was born.


Al Downing was the 1st black Yankees Starter that came up through the Yankees Minor League system. In November of 1960, the Yankees had signed P Al Downing, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared with the team briefly during the 1961-1962 AL seasons. In 1963, he made the Yankees starting rotation as a Rookie, while posting a 13-5 record with 2.56 ERA in 24 games. In 1964, Al went 13-8 with 3.47 ERA in 37 games. Downing led the AL pitchers in strikeouts with 217 and in walks with 120. In 1965, Al went 12-14 with a 3.40 ERA in 35 games. For the 1966 AL season, he went 10-11 with 3.56 ERA in 30 games. His best Yankees season was in 1967, posting a 14-10 record with a 2.63 ERA in 31 games, making the AL All-Star team pitching staff. During the 1968 AL season, he suffered an arm injury, just going 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 15 games. His last Yankees season was in 1969, he went 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games. Al appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees (1963-1964), while posting a 0-2 record in 4 games. Overall, as a Yankees Pitcher, Al Downing went 72-37 with a 3.23 ERA with 2 saves in 208 games. During his Yankees playing career, Doctors found out in 1968 that Downing suffered from Narcolepsy. On December 5,1969, Al Downing was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Frank Fernandez to the Oakland A’s for 2 Infielders: 1B Danny Cater and 3B Ossie Chavarria. Al would later pitch for the Brewers and Dodgers before ending his 17-season MLB Pitching career in 1977. In 1971 with the Dodgers, he won 21 games. Al gave up Hank Aaron’s 716 MLB HR to break Babe Ruth’s MLB Career HR of 715. He finished with an overall MLB Pitching record of 123-107 with a 3.22 ERA and 3 saves in 405 games. He currently works for the Dodgers organization on their cablecasts. Al has his own LA radio talk show and runs a Baseball School.


1941- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Talbot (1966-1969) was born. (1941-2013)


On June 10,1966, P Fred Talbot was traded by the A’s along with Catcher Billy Bryan to the Yankees for Rookie P Gil Blanco, OF Roger Repoz and veteran MLB P Bill Stafford. Fred would replace veteran All-Star Starter Whitey Ford, who was going to have season ending surgery; in the 1966 Yankees Starting rotation. Talbot went 14-24 with a 3.99 ERA in 89 games for the 1966-1969 Yankees before being unloaded to the Seattle Pilots for Reliever Jack Aker in May of 1969. Former Yankees hurler Jim Bouton wrote about him in his book “Ball Four.” In 1959, the White Sox had originally signed P Fred Talbot as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In January of 1965, he was traded by the White Sox to the A’s before joining the Yankees in 1966. He will finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1970 Oakland A’s.


1941- Former Yankees Reserve INF Len Boehmer (1969,1971) was born.


In September of 1967, the Yankees purchased INF Len Boehmer from the Reds for Cash. Len Boehmer’s best showing with the Yankees was in 1969, hitting .179 in 45 games. He was sent back down to the Minors playing for the 1970-1971 AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1949- Former Yankees 1B/DH Don Baylor (1983-1985) was born.


On December 1,1982, former AL MVP 1B/DH Don Baylor was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 420 games for the Yankees as a 1B/DH, while hitting .267 with 71 HRs and 265 RBI’s. On March 28,1986, Don was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for OF/DH/1B Mike Easler.


1949- After missing the 1st 69 games of the 1949 AL season because of an ailing heel, Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio wakes to find the heel pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankees starting lineup with a single and a HR that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-4 in a night game at Fenway Park. He will hit 4 HRs in a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.


1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Clay Christiansen (1984) was born.


On June 3,1980, P Clay Christiansen was selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 1984, Clay went 2-4 with a 6.05 ERA and 2 saves in 24 games for the Yankees. He spent the 1985-1986 seasons in the Minor Leagues. In June of 1986, the Yankees would release him. In July of 1986, he would be signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Twins, but he never appeared with them at the MLB level. In June of 1987, the Twins would trade him to the Astros. Clay never appeared at the MLB level with Houston.


1960- Former Yankees Minor League OF John Elway (1982) was born.


College Outfielder John Elway was selected by the Royals in the 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the club. In 1981, he was selected in the MLB Amateur Player Draft, but this time he was taken by the Yankees. He signed with the team. John played RF for the 1982 Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPAL). He hit .318 in 42 games for the team before giving up pro baseball for NFL Pro Football player career that lasted 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos.


1961- Angels Starter Ryne Duren goes 8 innings and strikes out 12 former Yankee teammates to give the expansion Angels, a 5-3 victory over New York. Mickey Mantle drives in all 3 Yankees runs, including 2 runs on a HR. The Angels had decided to use Duren as a starter, since their bullpen already had a group of veteran AL Relievers.


1962- Bronx Bomber Sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle break a 0-0 tie in the 4th inning with back-to-back HRs to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Twins.


1963- Former Yankees and A’s Hall of Fame 3B John Frank “Homerun” Baker (1916-1919,1921-1922) passes away. (1886-1963). 


On February 15,1916, veteran 3B Frank Baker was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s for $37,500. Frank Baker and A’s Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack were locked in a player salary dispute. He had already sat out the 1915 AL season. Mack sold him to the Yankees than rather give into his salary demands. Baker had won the AL HR titles from 1911-1914 and the 1909 AL Triples Crown with 19. Baker won the AL RBIs Crown in 1912 with 122 and again in 1913 with 126.  He would play 3B for the Yankees for 6 seasons. After his wife’s death in 1920, Frank had stayed home for during the 1920 AL season to care for his children. He came out of retirement in 1921 to help solidified the Yankees infield, until the arrival of veteran INF Joe Dugan in July of 1922. Frank would lead the Yankees in hitting during the 1917-1918 seasons (.282 and .306). He would also lead the 1917-1919 Yankees in hits. As a Yankees player, Baker appeared in 676 games, while .288 hitting with 48 HRs and 379 RBIs. He was originally acquired in a trade by Connie Mack in September of 1908, playing for them from 1908-1914. He appeared in 2 World Series for the Yankees (1921-1922) and 4 series with the 1910-1911,1913-1914 Philadelphia A’s hitting an overall .363 in 25 games with 3 HRs and 18 RBIs. Frank “Home Run” Baker was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1955.


1966- At Fenway Park, the last place Red Sox cash in 5 Yankee errors to top the visitors by a score of 5-3. All of New York's scoring comes from veteran Slugger Mickey Mantle, who blasts a 2-run HR in the 1st inning and an opposite field HR on the LF Green Monster screen in the 8th inning.


1967- The Yankees sell veteran Reliever Hal Reniff to the Mets. He had appeared in 247 games as a Yankee Reliever. Hal had posted a 18-20 record with a 3.26 ERA, while saving 41 games in 7 seasons for the team. His best season as a Yankees Reliever was in 1963, when he had 18 of 31 team’s saves.


1976- Tigers' Rookie Starting Pitcher Mark 'the Bird' Fidrych amuses a national “Game of the Week” audience on NBC-TV by talking to the baseball, as he pitches a complete game, allowing only 7-Yankee hits in a 5-1 Tigers win.


1978- Former Yankees long-time MLB Coach and MLB Player Johnny Schulte (1934-1948) passed away. (1896-1978)


The former NL Catcher/Pinch-Hitter joined the Yankees as MLB Coach in 1934, staying until the team until 1948. John had played in the NL for 5 seasons with the Cardinals, Phillies, Cubs and the Braves. He spent the last 2 years of his long-time MLB Coaching career with the 1949-1950 Red Sox working for former Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy.


1987- Red Sox DH Don Baylor moves ahead of Ron Hunt on the all-time MLB Hit-by-Pitch list when the Yankees hurler Rick Rhoden plunks him during a 6-2 loss. It is the 244th time that Baylor has been hit by a pitch. He'll end his MLB playing career with 267, putting him 3rd on the MLB career list behind turn-of-the-century star Hughie Jennings.


1996- Darryl Strawberry's 300th MLB career round-tripper is a dramatic 9th-inning, 2-run dinger which gives the Yankees a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Royals.


1997- Bronx hurler David Wells starts the game against the Indians wearing Babe Ruth's autographed cap from the 1934 AL season. Yankees Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning, since it doesn't conform to the team's current uniform. Without the cap, Wells blows a 3-0 lead as the Tribe goes on to a 12-8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack, as CF Marquis Grissom accounts for 5 of the 19 Tribe hits, while 3B Matt Williams gets 4 hits, including a pair of HRs and drives home 6 runs.


 2009- Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera earns his 500th MLB Career save as the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the cross-town rival Mets with a 4-2 win at Citi Field. Rivera, who is the 2nd MLB Pitcher to reach the milestone, after NL Closer Trevor Hoffman, also draws a bases-loaded walk in the 9th inning for his 1st MLB Career RBI.


 June 29th


 1899- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Veach (1925) was born. (1899-1945)


On May 5,1925, veteran OF Bobby Veach was traded by the Red Sox along with P Alex Ferguson to the Yankees for P Ray Francis and $9,000 Cash. As a Yankees player, Bobby appeared in 56 games for the team; while hitting .353 with No HRs and 16 RBIs. On August 9,1925, he became the only Yankee batter to pinch hit for Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth. On August 17,1925, Bobby was selected off waivers from the Yankees by the Senators. He appeared in 2 games of the 1925 World Series with the Nats before retiring from the MLB. He had played in the MLB for 14 seasons (1912-1925), while  hitting .310 with 64 HRs and 1,166 RBIs in 1,822 games.


1909- While pitching against the Yankees, Senators Starter Walter Johnson gives up a solo HR to Ray Demmitt in the 7thinning, the 1st HR, he's allowed since his MLB pitching debut in 1907. Demmitt's HR shot is the only score for the Yankees, as “The Big Train” beats them for the 2nd time in 10 days. 


1912- At Fenway Park, the Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees, winning by the scores of 13-6 and 6-0. Boston Starter Smokey Joe Wood wins the nightcap, his 2nd shutout in a row, allowing just 1 Yankee hit in winning by the score of 6-0 in 7 innings. Dutch Sterrett’s single is the lone Yankee hit. In the nightcap, Hick Cady makes 2 hits in 1 at bat. His single scores Jake Stahl from 3B, but Umpire Silk O'Loughlin rules that Stahl was balked home. In Cady's 2nd chance, he doubles.


1915- Led by OF Tris Speaker's 5-for-5 performance at the plate, the Red Sox trip the Yankees by the score of 4-3 in 10 innings. Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth gets the win, going all the way before Sheriff Gainer hits for him in the 10th inning.


1928- Former Yankees Batting Practice Pitcher and MLB Player Nick Testa was born. (1929-2018)


Catcher Nick Testa appeared in 1 MLB game with the 1958 Giants, later that season, he became the Giants Bullpen Coach. He played in 1 game as a Catcher, but he didn’t get a chance to bat in the game. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1947-1964 playing for the Giants, Cardinals and Braves Minor League organizations. He served as the Catcher for the TV series “Home Run Derby.” In 1962, Nick went to Japan to play baseball. That season, he played in 57 games for the Daimai Orions, only batting .136 with 5 RBIs. Testa later served as a Coach for the 1989 St. Lucie Legends in the Senior Professional Baseball Association during their lone year of existence. Also, he coached College Baseball at Lehman College. After retiring from Lehman, Testa joined the Yankees as their Batting Practice Coach, serving on 5 World Championship Teams. Also, Nick worked at the Yankees Fanasty Baseball Camps. Nick Testa died on November 16, 2018 at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, at the age of 90. 


1932- The Yankees signed Ivy League hurler Charles Devens straight out of Harvard University. Charles Devens went 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 16 games for the 1932-1934 Yankees.


1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig is beaned in an exhibition game played in Norfolk, Virginia, he suffers a head concussion.


1941- Former Yankees Reserve C/OF John Boccabella was born.


On December 2,1967, Catcher John Boccabella was purchased by the Yankees from the Cubs. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In April of 1968, John was returned to the Cubs by the Yankees. He would later play in MLB for the Montreal Expos.


1941- In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the AL Consecutive Game-Hitting streak of 41 games established by George Sisler. In the Opener, he knots the record with a double off of Nats veteran hurler Dutch Leonard. In the nightcap the 'Yankee Clipper” tops the record with a 7th inning single against the Nats P Walt Masterson.


1947- At Griffth Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Yankees began a 19-game winning streak by beating the Senators by a score of 3-1 in the 2nd game of a Sunday doubleheader. They had lost the Opener to Nats by the score of 5-1. A crowd of 27,883 fans watched the twin-bill split.


 1951- Former Yankees Minor League P Jimmy Freeman was born.


Jimmy Freeman was originally signed by the Braves. Later, he was traded by the team to the Orioles organization. On June 15,1976, he was part of the trade that sent veteran MLB Starters Doyle Alexander and Ken Holtzman to the Yankees. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent by the team to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1958- Former Yankees hurler Ralph Terry gets 12 run support from his Kansas City A’s teammates to top the Yankees by a score of 12-6. Mickey Mantle gets his 1st hit in his last 17 at bats against the A's, a 3rd inning HR.


1965- The Yankees lose All-Star OF Roger Maris for 49 games with bone chips in the heel of his right hand. The hand injury will affect Roger’s hitting for the rest of his MLB playing career. His 1965 AL season will end with a .239 BA with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs in 46 games.


1966- At Fenway Park, Mickey Mantle opens the Yankees scoring in the 1st inning with a 3-run HR shot, then sandwiches a HR between round trippers by Bronx teammates Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone in the 3rd inning in Bomber’s 6-5 win over the Red Sox. The consecutive trifecta was last done for the Yankees in 1947, when Charlie Keller, Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Lindell connected for HRs. Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson is 5 for 5 in the game. Mantle's 2 HRs today, are his 37th and 38th at Fenway Park, will be his last HR hit in Boston; it ties him with Babe Ruth for most HRs hit by a Red Sox opponent.


1968- In the 1st game of a Saturday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle ties the score with a 2-run HR in the 6th inning, but Oakland Rookie OF Reggie Jackson breaks the tie in the 8th inning with his 9th HR of the 1968 AL season. The A's win the game by a score of 5-2. Veteran Bronx Starter Mel Stottlemyre takes the complete game loss for the Yankees, while A’s P Ed Sprague picks up the win. In the nightcap, the Yankees score 2 runs in the 8th inning to win the game by the score of 5-4. Yankees Reliever Thad Tillotson picks up the victory with 2 innings of scoreless relief work. Fritz Peterson had started the game for the Yankees going 7 innings, giving up 4 A’s runs. Veteran A’s P Diego Segui takes the loss.


1972- Baltimore Starter Jim Palmer's 8-game pitching winning streak ends as the Yankees chase the Orioles Ace in the 2ndinning of a 4-3 victory. Yankees veteran Starter Mel Stottlemyre, with relief help from Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle, gains his 7th win of the 1972 AL season.


1986- The Yankees traded veteran OF/1B Ken Griffey to the Braves for Outfielder Claudell Washington and Reserve Shortstop Paul Zuvella. Griffey had hit .285 with 49 HRs and 251 RBIs in 551 games for the Yankees. For the 1986 AL season, he was hitting .303 with 9 HRs and 26 RBIs for the team. Paul Zuvella had been a Reserve INF for the 1985 Braves, he was now playing for their AAA club at Richmond (IL) hitting .317 for the 1986 season. Washington was hitting .270 in 40 games for the 1986 Braves. The Yankees would give Paul Zuvella a chance a Shortstop, but he failed to hit for the team, he was sent down to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).


1987- Eight HRs were hit in Toronto as the Yankees outlasted the Blue Jays by a score of 15-14. Don Mattingly leads the Bronx Bombers power outage with a pair of HRs, while Closer Dave Righetti gets the win for the Yankees.


1991- The visiting Yankees score 3 runs in the 9th inning off of Closer Dan Plesac to beat the Brewers in a 9-8 victory. Kevin Maas and Jesse Barfield hit HR for the Bombers. Teddy Higuera (3-2), in the 1st year of a $13 million, 4-year contract pitches 7 innings, allowing 3 Yankees runs. Higuera, who started the season on the DL, will go on the DL again, when a significant tear to his rotary cuff is discovered. This is will be his last MLB Pitching career appearance.


1997- At Yankee Stadium, the Indians score 7 runs off of the usually stingy Bronx Starter David Cone, but the Yankees outlast the Tribe by a score of 11-10. With his 9th-inning single, Tribe batter Sandy Alomar extends his current hitting streak to 26 games, the 6th longest in Tribe club history.


2000- After trying to acquire MLB Sluggers Juan Gonzalez and Sammy Sosa to bolster their failing offense, the Yankees acquired veteran OF David Justice from the Indians for OF&nbs****y Ledee and 2 Minor League Pitchers: Zach Day and Jake Westbrook. When OF Shane Spencer goes down for the season with a leg injury in 10 days, Justice will take over as the Yankees Regular LF. The trade occurs minutes before the start of the game against the Tigers, an 8-0 Yankees victory, OF Ricky Ledee is scratched from the Yankees starting lineup. The Yankees tie an MLB record with 3 sacrifice flies in 1 inning.  


2013- Orioles’ Slugger Chris Davis hits a pair of HRs, including his MLB-leading 30th to lead the Birds to an 11-3 win over the Yankees. Davis's 5 RBIs give him 79, just 6 shy of his MLB playing career high for a season.


2017- In an episode bringing back memories of Moonlight Graham, whose abbreviated MLB playing career took place on this day 112 years ago, the Yankees'  Rookie OF Dustin Fowler  makes his MLB Player debut as the starting RF in a game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The top of the 1st inning ends with him in the on-deck circle, and in the bottom of the frame, he vainly tries to track down a foul ball hit by White Sox batter Jose Abreu down the RF Foul line and he crashes into a wall, badly injuring his knee. He has to be carted off the field, his 2017 MLB player season is now over. Yet, he will be traded by the team to the Oakland in July as part the Yankees Prospects package for MLB Starter Sonny Gray.


2019- The 1st MLB game to ever be played in Europe results in some major offensive fireworks as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 17-13, in front of just shy of 60,000 spectators at London Olympic Stadium. The tone is set quickly as for the 1st time since 1989, both starting pitchers do not make it through the 1st inning:Richard Porcello is replaced by Colten Brewer after giving up 6 runs in just one-third of an inning, and Masahiro Tanaka lasts exactly twice as long, but he also gives up 6 runs before Chad Green takes over. The 2 teams combine for 30 runs on 37 hits and 6 HRs. Among the main contributors are, for the Yankees, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit, who both get 4 hits and Jackie Bradley who has 4 for Boston, while teammate Michael Chavis drives in 6 runs. The game lasts 4 hours and 42 minutes and between-innings entertainment includes a mascot race among 4 random figures from British culture: King Henry VIII; Winston Churchill; Rock Singer Freddie Mercury and the Lock Ness Monster.


 June 30th


1905- At Hill Top Park, Philadelphia A’s Starter Eddie Plank is removed with no outs in the 9th inning with the A’s leading the Yankees by the score of 7-4. Rube Waddell comes in, he retires the Yankee batters to preserve the A's victory.


1908- Veteran Red Sox Starter Cy Young’s 3rd MLB Career No-Hitter is an 8-0 win over New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just 1 batter -Yankees leadoff hitter Harry Niles, who is then caught stealing and the next 26 Yankee batters make outs. Young also tallies 3 hits and drives in half the Red Sox runs off of Yankees P Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, Young is the oldest MLB Pitcher to turn the No-Hit trick. In 1990, Nolan Ryan will beat him at the age of 43.


1924- At Yankee Stadium, 2B Max Bishop and 3B Sammy Hale, the 1st 2 men in the A's batting order, draw 8 of the 9 walks issued by Yankee Pitchers in Philadelphia’s 10-3 win. A .271 hitter for 12 years, "Camera Eye" Bishop will draw 1,153 bases on balls, giving him a walk percentage of .204, which is higher than Babe Ruth's and just behind Ted Williams's .207.


1927- A crowd of 3,000 fans at Yankee Stadium sees the Yankees hand the Red Sox their 12th straight loss by beating the visitors by the score of 13-6 on 19 hits. Lou Gehrig takes over the AL HR lead, when he clouts his 25th HR in the 1st inning, a bounce HR off of Starter Slim Harriss, but Babe Ruth, back in the starting lineup, golf’s his 25th HR of the 1927 AL season in the 4th inning, also off of Harriss. Lou Gehrig has 3 hits, also he swipes home. The Yankees now at 49-20, win their 5th straight game, while Boston loses its 12th straight game. 


1928- The Yankees take 2 from the Red Sox and close out the month of June 1928 having an 11 1/2 game lead in front of the Philadelphia A's. Yankees game attendance lags, as the 1928 AL pennant race appears to be over. The Bronx Bombers will finish the 1928 AL season with a 101-53 record with 2 ½ games over of the 2nd place A’s, who finish the season with a 98-55 record.


1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays and hits 3 triples at Griffth Stadium in Washington, D.C. However, the game is rained out after 4 1/2 innings, depriving Lou Gehrig of a record.


1937- Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez has another No-hit bid foiled this time in the 5th inning with a HR by A’s Ron Johnson, as Gomez settles for a 1-hitter in a 5-1 win.


 1944- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Ron “Rocky” Swoboda (1971-1973) was born.


On June 25,1971, veteran OF Ron Swoboda was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Yankees for OF Ron Woods. The Former Mets Outfielder, Ron will hit .235 with 4 HRs and 34 RBIs in 152 games for the 1971-1973 Yankees. After the 1973 AL season, he retired from MLB. He will become a local TV sports newscaster in NYC.


1945- Former Yankees INF Jerry Kenney (1967,1969-1972) was born.


Before the start of the 1964 AL Season, the Yankees signed INF Jerry Kenney, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in 460 games for the Yankees, finishing with a .237 BA with 7 HRs and 101 RBIs. Jerry missed the 1968 AL season due to military service. On November 27,1972, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with C/1B/3B John Ellis, Outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres to the Indians for Catcher Jerry Moses and 3B Graig Nettles. On May 4,1973, Jerry was released by the Indians. He had only appeared in 5 games with the Tribe, playing 2B, while hitting .250. On July 30,1973, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Jerry was assigned to the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He never appears with the Yankees again at the MLB level.


1950- At Fenway Park, the 2 DiMaggio Brothers, Joe and Dom DiMaggio, both hit HRs in a 10-2 Red Sox victory over Yankees in the nightcap of a doubleheader. It has been 15 AL seasons since the 2 brothers homered in the same game. In the Opener, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 9-6.


1950- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Lake (1908-1909) passed away. (1908-1950)


Joe Lake pitched for 6 seasons in the MLB. In 1907, he had won 25 games for AA Jersey City (IL). In his 1st MLB season, he led the 1908 AL in losses (9-22) by a Pitcher. In 1909, although his team was still a bit under .500, Joe finished with a 14-11 record with a 1.88 ERA in 31 games; leading the Yankees' Starters in both wins and in ERA. Overall, as Yankee Starter, Joe Lake went 23-33 with a 2.60 ERA and 1 save in 69 games. On December 9, 1909, the Yankees traded him and OF Ray Demmitt to the St. Louis Browns for MLB Veteran Catcher Lou Criger. With the Browns, Lou pitched 2 1/2 seasons for them. The Browns lost over 100 games in each of 1910-1912 AL seasons. Lake had a losing record each season as well. When he was traded during the 1912 AL mid-season to the Tigers, his ERA improved in the last half of the season to 3.10 (the team ERA was 3.75). In 1913, his last season in the MLB, he went 8-7 with a 3.28 ERA for the Tigers. Lake, also pitched part of 1913 baseball season for AA Minneapolis (AA), going 5-3. In 1914, he went 16-13 for the team. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Joe Lake posted a 62-90 record with a 2.85 ERA and 5 saves in 199 games.


1954- Yankees Starter Tom Morgan hits 3 Red Sox batters in the 3rd inning of a 6-1 loss. Mickey Mantle's HR against Red Sox P Willard Nixon is the only Yankees run. Also, the game was the last MLB game that INF Bobby Brown played as a Yankees player, going 2 for 4, then retiring from baseball to practice medicine. He would become a successful Heart Specialist.


1955- With Pitcher Bob Grim being placed on the DL 30-day list, the Yankees needed another hurler to replace him on their MLB 25-man roster. The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent P Ted Gray; he had been just released by the Indians. He made 1 start for the team, pitching 3 innings with no decision before being released by the Yankees on July 26,1955. He would be picked up the Orioles, finishing the 1955 AL season with a 1-2 record, ending his MLB Pitching career.


1960- The Yankees beat up on their cousins from Kansas City by banging out 5 HRs to win the game by a score of 10-5. Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron leads the Bronx Bombers attack with 2 HRs, along with 1 each from his Bronx teammates Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Tony Kubek.


1961- Bronx long-time Ace Whitey Ford (14-2) tops the expansion Senators by the score of 5-1 to give the 2nd place Yankees their 22nd win of the month. Roger Maris drives in 3 runs, while teammate Mickey Mantle lines shot over Nats CF Willie Tasby's that rebounds for an Inside-the-Park HR.  Whitey Ford becomes the 1st pitcher in AL history to win 8 games in 1 month.


1962- Former Yankees INF Tony Fernandez (1995) was born. (1962-2020)


The Yankees signed former AL All-Star Shortstop Tony Fernandez as an MLB Free Agent on December 15,1994. He had played for 1994 Reds as a 3B, hitting .279 in 104 games. He played in 108 games for the 1995 Yankees, while batting .245. He missed the entire 1996 AL season because of an elbow injury; he had been the starting Shortstop for the 1995 Yankees, but his injury opened the door for Rookie Shortstop Derek Jeter to take over for him. After the 1996 AL season ended, Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Indians for the 1997 AL season.


1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Chan Ho Park (2010) was born.


In February of 2010, the Yankees signed veteran MLB P Chan Ho Park as an MLB Free Agent. Park went 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 27 games working out of the 2010 Yankees bullpen. On August 4, 2010, Park was selected off of waivers by the Pirates from the Yankees.


1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Judd was born.


The Yankees in the 9th round of the 1995 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Mike Judd. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB Level. On June 22,1996, he was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Reliever Billy Brewer. Judd had been pitching for the Class A Yankees Greensboro (SAL), where was 2-2 with 10 saves. The Dodgers assigned him to their Class A team in the South Atlantic League.


1975- The Brewers trip the Yankees by the score of 5-4 by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. Bobby Darwin's 8th HR of the 1975 AL season is the big blow. Bill Travers (4-0) takes the win. The Brewers, winners of 15 out of their last 21 games, are now in 3rd place in the AL East.


1977- Yankees batter Cliff Johnson becomes the 2nd player in 3 days to hit a pair of HRs in an inning. He hits 3 consecutive HRs, including 2 HRs in the 8th inning, as the Yankees rout the Blue Jays by the score of 11-5. New York (42-33) is a half-game behind the Red Sox in the AL Eastern Division race. During the 1977 AL season, Cliff Johnson would hit .381 with 6 HRs against the Blue Jays pitching staff.


1984- The Yankees traded P Shane Rawley to the Phillies for P Marty Bystrom and Class AA Minor League OF Keith Hughes. Rawley was a former Mariners Reliever, who was turned into a starter by the Yankees. He went 27-27 with a 4.11 ERA and 4 saves in 92 games with the 1982-1984 Yankees. He was 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA at the time of his trade to the Phillies. Bystrom was 4-4 with a 5.08 ERA with the 1984 Phillies. He would go 5-4 in 15 games in 2 seasons with the Yankees, before pitching arm problems ended his MLB Pitching career. Keith Hughes, who was hitting .261 for the Phillies AA Reading Phillies (EL), he was assigned to the Yankees AA team, the Nashville Sounds (SL).


1985- Former Yankees Minor League P Pat Venditte was born.


As of 2014, Pat Venditte is pro baseball's only ambidextrous pitcher. A natural right-hander, Venditte threw with both arms since he was a child, and his father encouraged it. After attending Creighton University, he was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.  Pat made his pro debut that summer with the Staten Island Yankees. With Staten Island, he allowed just 3 earned runs in 30 appearances, posting a 0.83 ERA. Pat led the New York-Penn League with 23 saves. Following the season, he was named MiLB.com Short-Season Relief Pitcher of the Year. He began 2009 with the Charleston Riverdogs; he saved 13 games and gave up only 2 earned runs in his 1st 18 outings. Venditte uses a 6-fingered glove with 2 thumbs. In 2008, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation created a new rule pertaining the ambidextrous pitchers stating that a "pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter" because of Venditte. Pat started the 2014 season with AAA Scranton, working out of their bullpen. During the winter of 2014, the Yankees granted Pat MLB Free Agency. He would sign with Oakland for the 2015 AL season.  After only 4 MLB appearances with the 2015 A’s, in which he allowed no runs on 1-hit, he was placed on the DL on June 12th with a strained right shoulder. He finished the 2015 AL season for Oakland with a 2-2 record with 4.40 ERA in 26 games. When the A’s released him, he would be signed by the Blue Jays for the 2016 AL season. During the 2016 AL season, he was traded to the Mariners. In the 2017 MLB off-season, Seattle traded him to the Phillies. In November of 2018, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Giants. He has pitched for the 2019 Giants and their AAA club in the PCL.


1987- Former Yankees Reserve INF Cole Figueroa (2014) was born.


On December 12, 2014, INF Cole Figueroa was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in only 2 games for the 2014 Yankees,  while hitting .250. He had spent most of the season with the Yankees AAA team in Scranton. On November 6, 2015, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Pirates.


2000-The Yankees tie an MLB record when 3 players (Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino) each hit sacrifice flies in the 4th inning against the Tigers. The MLB record was set by the White Sox on July 1,1962, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Indians.


2009- The Pirates send veteran 3B/1B Eric Hinske along with Cash to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Players: Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer. Hinske played for part of 2009 MLB season with the Pirates, hitting .255 in 54 games with 106 at bats. He would then join the Yankees in June for the second part of the 2009 season, hitting .226 in 39 games with 84 AB. Hinske was dropped from the Yankees' October roster for the 1st 2 rounds of the 2009 MLB Postseason, as they opted to go with a faster runner (Freddy Guzman) instead, but he was reinstated in time for the 2009 World Series, where he once again faced the Phillies; making his 3rd Fall Classic appearance in 4 seasons, with his 3rd different MLB team (previously with the Red Sox and Rays). This time, he ended up on the right side of the ledger as the Yankees win the 2009 World Series in 6 games. Eric drew a walk and scored a run in his only 2009 World Series plate appearance. He would leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Braves, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees could.


2010- For the 2nd straight night in a row, the Yankees' bats are stymied again by a Mariners Starter. One day after Cliff Lee'scomplete game victory, Felix Hernandez pitches a 2-hitter while striking out 11 Yankee batters in a 7-0 win. Michael Saunder**** 2 HRs for the Mariners.


2014- The Rays set a MLB record when Brad Boxberger strikes out Yankees batter Ichiro Suzuki in the 12th inning of a 4-3 win. Ichiro's is the 287th strikeout by a Rays’ pitcher in June, beating by 1 for the record for most K's in a month, which was set by the Cubs in August of 2002.


2017- The MLB conclude the month of June with a record of 1,101 HRs hit during the month. This beats the previous record of 1,069 set in May 2000. The sluggers doing the most damage are Dodgers Rookie Cody Bellinger, who led all batters with 13, Astros George Springer who hit 11 and Blue Jays Justin Smoak and Yankees Rookie OF Aaron Judge, smashing 10 HRs each. A total of 77 batters had multi-HR games, including a 4 HR game by the unlikely Reds INF Scooter Gennett on June 6th.


2019- The Yankees complete their MLB in London Series with a 2-game sweep of the Red Sox by beating Boston by the score 12-8. On Saturday Night, they had beaten Boston by the score of 17-13. The Yankees now lead now the Red Sox in the AL East by 11 games. The Yankees hit another HR in today’s game, bringing their MLB Consecutive HR record streak to 31 games.


 

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This Week in Yankees History June 27th-July 3rd Part Two


 


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July 1st


1883- Former Yankees Pitcher Jack Quinn (1909-1912,1919-1921) was born. (1883-1946)


On September 1,1908, Jack Quinn was drafted by the Highlanders from Richmond (VAL) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On August 12, 1912, he was traded by the Yankees along with INF Jack Martin to AA Rochester (IL) for INF Tommy McMillan. In 1913, he jumped from the NL Braves to the Baltimore Terrapins (Federal League). He won 15 games in 1919; then he went 18-10 for the 1920 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of 1921 World Series, losing to the Giants. His final Yankees Pitching career record was an 81-65 mark with a 3.15 ERA in 228 games. He completed 83 games for the Yankees along with 6 shutouts and 6 saves. He was one of few Yankees, who played with the team in its earliest days and be with the team when they played in their 1st World Series in 1921. On December 20, 1921, Quinn was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Rip Collins and Bill Piercy, Veteran Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh and $100,000 Cash to the Red Sox for 2 Pitchers: Bullet Joe Bush, Sad Sam Jones and MLB Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott. Jack would pitch in the MLB until 1933 finishing up his MLB pitching career with Reds. He finished his long MLB Pitching career with a 247-217 record with a 3.27 ERA in 755 games. He had appeared in 3 World Series, 1 with the 1921 Yankees and 2 with the 1929-1930 Philadelphia A’s, finishing with a 0-1 record in 3 games.


1893- Former Yankees OF Howie Camp (1917) was born. (1893-1960)


On June 23,1917, OF Howie Camp was purchased along with INF Aaron Ward by the Yankees from Charleston (SA). Heappeared in 5 games for the 1917 Yankees, while hitting .286. In September 1920, Camp was traded by the Yankees along with Players to be Named Later to AA Vernon (PCL) for INF Johnny Mitchell. On January 28,1921, the Yankees sent P Ernie Shore, Catcher Truck Hannah, P Bob McGraw and OF Ham Hyatt to Vernon (PCL) to complete the trade. He was a long-time Minor League star, hitting .313 in the Minors along with 2,370 hits. In 1921, he played for the Memphis Chicks, who won 104 games, as he hit .345 for them. He was 33 at the time. Howie played with the 1919 Toledo Mud Hens. Camp managed in the Minors for 2 seasons. In 1928, he managed the Meridian Mets to a 2nd place finish (71-52), playing in the CSL. He stayed in the Cotton States League in 1929, but he switched over to the Talladega Indians, who finished in 4th place with a .500 record.


1915- The Yankees purchased P Dan Tipple from the AA Indianapolis Indians (AA) for undisclosed amount of cash. Dan went 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA with 2 complete games in 3 games for the 1915 Yankees. He would return to Minor Leagues in 1916, he would continue to pitch in Minors until the 1928 season.


1934- Giants 1B Bill Terry is the top vote getter in the MLB All-Star player balloting. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth leads all ALoutfielders.


1935- The Yankees OF George Selkirk suggests a cinder path aka “warning track”, 6 feet wide, to be installed in the outfield, so a player knows when he is nearing the outfield walls. The MLB team owners ignored his suggestion.


1938- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey drives in 7 runs during an 8-0 victory over the Senators. Bill hits 3-HR in the 4th inning off of Nats Starter Harry Kelly. In the 5th inning, he strikes again with a Grand Slam HR off of Kelly. The Yankees final run was score by a HR hit by Frank Crosetti.      


1941- Before a crowd of  52,832 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio leads a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox with scores of 7-2 and 9-2. The 2nd game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2 hits in the 1st game and 1 hit in the 2nd game to tie Willie Keeler's MLB Batting Streak of 44 games. The Yankees have 25 hits in the 2 games, but they fail to hit a HR in the 1st game, ending their AL streak of 25 consecutive games with at least 1 HR. The previous record set by the 1940 Tigers was 17 games.


 1950- At Fenway Park, Yankees Starter Tommy Byrne takes the loss, but Rookie Reliever Whitey Ford does little to help to help the cause. In his MLB Pitching debut, Whitey Ford throws 4 2/3 innings, while allowing 7 Red Sox hits, giving up 6 walks and 5 earned runs. The Red Sox roll to a 13-4 win.  Red Sox Rookie 1B Walt Dropo hits a Grand Slam HR for Boston to dump the Yankees into 3rd place in the 1950 AL standings. Before his MLB call-up by the Yankees, Rookie Lefty White Ford, had been 6-3 for the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). For the rest of the 1950 AL season, Ford will go 9-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 1 save in 20 games for the team. He will make 1 start in the 1950 World Series against the Phillies.


1951- Before a crowd of 58,815 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees top the Red Sox by the score of 5-2 behind veteran starter Eddie Lopat’s 6-hitter. The victory moves the Yankees ahead of the White Sox by 4 percentage points. Yankees INF Jerry Coleman hits a HR off of Boston P Mel Parnell, while  INF Johnny Pesky connects for the Red Sox. Bobby Doerr singles for his 2,000th MLB career hit in the game.


1952- Former Yankees Reserve OF Kerry Dineen (1975-1976) was born. (1952-2015)


Kerry Dineen was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had been a college baseball star at San Diego State. Kerry made his pro debut that summer with the Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPAL), hitting .352 in 66 games. He made his MLB player debut in 1975, hitting .364 in 7 games for New York. He played in 4 games for the 1976 Yankees, the 1st of which was a May 21st contest against the Red Sox. In that game, just hours after being recalled from the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), he drove in the game winning run of Boston Reliever Jim Willoughby the bottom of the 10th inning. Prior to the start of 1977 AL season, Dineen was dealt to the Phillies for Reserve INF Sergio Ferrer. He spent all of that year and most of the next season with the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers (AA); in 1978, he hit .345 and was an American AssociationAll-Star. Kerry earned a September call-up to Philadelphia in 1978, going 2-for-8 in 5 games. He played 1 more pro season in the Phillies organization before retiring due to back injuries.


1956- Yankees All-Star CF Mickey Mantle hits switch-hits HRs in the same game for the 4th time in his MLB playing career. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-6 over the Senators.


1956- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Brian Sabean (1987-1992) was born.


Brian Sabean was the General Manager of the Giants from September 1996 to 2015. He also served the Giants as a Senior Vice-President of Player Personnel in 1995 and assistant to the GM in Scouting/Player personnel in 1993-1995. Prior to joining the Giants, he worked in the Yankees organization as Scouting Director in 1987-1990, then as Director of Player Development in 1991-1992. Brian was an Assistant Coach at Saint Leo University in 1979 and the University of Tampa in 1980-1982. He was the Head Coach at Tampa in 1983-1984.


1957- Orioles' Starter George Zuverink and Catcher Frank Zupo form the 1st “Z” battery in MLB history as the Yankees still beat the Birds by a score of 3-2.


1961- The Expansion Senators stake their Rookie Starter Carl Mathias to a 3-0 lead over the Yankees, but a Mickey Mantle solo HR shot, a few feet left of the 456-ft sign in LF at Yankee Stadium, puts the Bombers on the scoreboard. The Nats run up the score to 5-1, but Mantle then bangs a 3-run HR to make it 5-4 and knock out Mathias, who in his 11 MLB games will give up 3 HRs to Mantle. In the 9th inning, Roger Maris hits a 2-run HR, his 28th of the 1961 AL season to give the Yankees, a 7-6 victory.


1962- Angels OF Albie Pearson becomes the 1st player to go hitless in 11 at bats in a double-header (both 9-inning games). The Angels split a doubleheader with the Yankees, losing the opener by a score of 6-3 before winning the nightcap by the score of 12-5. The Angels veteran Reliever Art Fowler helps himself to a win in the nightcap by driving in 4 runs on a pair of singles. The Yankees take over 1st place.


1964- It's "Taxi Day" at Yankee Stadium with nearly 5,000 cabbies and their families are on hand as the Kansas City A’s runs up the meter to win a 5-4 victory over the Yankees.


1966- In Washington, D.C., Mickey Mantle HRs in the 1st inning off of Nats Starter Phil Ortega, as Yankees edge the Senators by a score of 8-6. Mickey scores another run, when Joe Pepitone cracks a 2-run HR.


1970The return of Tigers Starter Denny McLain following his MLB suspension is witnessed by a gathering of 53,863 fans and 71 MLB writers. He is knocked out of the box in the 6th inning, but the Tigers rally to beat the Yankees in the 11th inning by the score of 6-5.


1979- The Yankees hit 5 HRs off of Red Sox Starter Dennis Eckersley to win the game by the score of 6-5. The Red Sox loses speedster Jerry Remy, who is batting .304 for the 1979 AL season, when he injures a knee sliding home. He will appear in only 7 more games for the team for the 1979 AL season. Remy will never swipe more than 16 bases in a season, after averaging 35 steals his 1st 4 MLB seasons.


1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Scarborough (1952-1953) passed away. (1917-1982). 


On August 22,1952, veteran P Ray Scarborough was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. Ray went 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 2 saves in 33 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game in the 1952 World Series for the team against the Dodgers. On August 4,1953, Ray was released by the team. He would finish the 1953 AL season with the Tigers, retiring from baseball at the end of the season.


1990- Yankees Starter Andy Hawkins throws the 1990 MLB season's 6th No-Hitter, but he still loses the game by the score of 4-0 to the White Sox. With 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning, Yankees 3B Mike Blowers misplays Sammy Sosa's routine grounder for an error, then Hawkins walks 2 batters to load the bases. Yankee Outfielders Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield drop back-to-back fly balls to allow all 4 runs to score. Jesse Barfield loses Ivan Calderon's fly ball in the sun and the ball bounces off his glove. A’s knuckleball Starter Ken Johnson in 1964, was the last pitcher to lose a no-hitter.


1996- At Yankee Stadium, the Key outguns the Rocket, as Yankees Starter Jimmy Key out pitches Red Sox P Roger Clemens by a score of 2-0. Mike Aldrete's solo HR in the 7th inning is the 1st score for the Yankees.


 2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill “Hooks” Miller (1952-1954) passed away (1926-2003)


Pitcher Bill Miller was originally signed by the Philadelphia A’s, then he went to the Giants organization. On August 1,1951, Bill was purchased by the Yankees from the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Bill appeared in 35 games with the 1952-1954 Yankees, while posting a 6-7 record with a 6.35 ERA and 2 saves, before being traded to the Orioles in the big 17-player trade of December 1954. He went 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in 5 games for the 1954 Orioles before leaving the MLB as an active player.


2005In the game of the 2005 MLB season, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4 in 13 innings. The score was tied 3-3 after 9 innings and both teams had to wiggle their way out of many jams to keep it that way. In the 12th inning, the Red Sox had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, when Trot Nixon lifted a fly ball to shallow left field. Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter raced out and caught the ball before diving headfirst into the stands and bloodying his face, forcing him to leave the game. In the top of the 13th inning, Manny Ramirez homered to give the Red Sox the lead, but the Yankees staged a 2-out rally in the bottom half of the 13th inning. Ruben Sierra singled, then he came around to score on Miguel Cairo's game-tying RBI double. Pinch-hitter John Flaherty, the last man off the Yankees' bench, followed that up with a game-winning ground-rule single to score Cairo. The Yankees 5-4 victory over the Red Sox gives the Bronx Bombers an 8 ½ game lead in the AL Eastern Division race.


2013- Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte has broken Whitey Ford's record for career strikeouts by a Yankees Pitcher. Pettitte struck out Twins’ batter Justin Morneau in the 5th inning against Minnesota on Monday night to give him 1,958 for his MLB Pitching career. Ford has held the mark since he retired in 1967 with 1,956. Pettitte entered the game needing 2 strikeouts to break the club record. He fanned Clete Thomas in the 2nd inning to tie it; Andy got Morneau swinging in the 5th inning. The 3-time All-Star broke into the MLB with the 1995 Yankees; he has spent all but 3 of his 18 MLB seasons in pinstripes. Whitey Ford had passed Red Ruffing as the club leader with 1,526 and Lefty Gomez with 1,468 career strikeouts as a Yankees Pitcher (1950,1953-1967).


2018- The Yankees beat down the Red Sox by the score of 11-1 with a 6-HR barrage, including 3 HRs by Aaron Hicks and 1 HR by Reserve Catcher Kyle Higashioka that is also his 1st MLB hit. Yankees Starter Luis Severino becomes the 1st 13-game winner in the MLB, while Red Sox Starter David Price, who gives up 5 of the long balls, is the loser. The Yanks have now hit 137 HRs, setting a new club record for most before the MLB All-Star Game break.


July 2nd


1904- Highly touted Rookie Walter Clarkson, who was a top college (Harvard) pitcher and the brother of 2 MLB players, makes his MLB Pitching debut for the Highlanders. He limits the Senators to just 8 hits, but the Highlanders manage just 4 hits and lose the game by the score of 3-2 in the 1st of 2 games.


1912- At Hill Top Park in New York City, Red Sox batter Larry Gardner legs out 2 inside-the-park HRs, but the Red Sox still lose the game by the score of 9-7 to the Yankees.


1922- The A’s OF Tilly Walker hits 2 HRs giving him 4 HRs in 2 days, as Philadelphia loses to the Yankees by the score of 9-3. He will finish with 37 HRs for the 1922 AL season, 2 HRs ahead of Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth. The A’s, with the AL's wins’ leader pitcher in Eddie Rommel (27-13) and loses leader in Slim Harriss (9-20) will lead the league with 114 HRs and climb out of the AL cellar.


1930- White Sox Slugger Carl Reynolds hits 3 consecutive HR in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Two of them are hit were Inside-the-Park HRs. The feat is second-billed, as headlines tell of Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth tearing a nail off his finger on the outfield screen.


1931- Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth homers to drive in a run for the 11th consecutive game as the Yankees drub the Tigers by a score of 12-1. Ruth has 18 RBIs in the 11-game streak.


1938- Former Yankees Reliever Hal “Porky” Reniff (1961-1967) was born. (1938-2004)


In 1956, the Yankees signed P Hal Reniff as MLB Amateur Free Agent. In the Minor Leagues, Hal was a Starter, but the Yankees used him as a Reliever at the MLB level. An effective Reliever for the Yankees AL pennant winners of 1963-1964, Reniff saved 18 games in 1963 and 9 saves with 6 wins in 1964. In 1963, his best season in MLB, he posted a 4-3 record with a 2.62 ERA along with 30 games finished and 18 saves, 56 strikeouts and 42 walks in 89.1 innings pitched and a WHIP of 1.175 in 48 games. Reniff is the only pitcher to have pitched for both current New York teams (Yankees and Mets), but he not pitch for any other team during his MLB pitching career. He appeared in 247 games with Yankees, while posting an 18-20 record with a 3.26 ERA along with 41 saves out of the Yankees bullpen, before being sold to the Mets in June of 1967. He had pitched in the 1963 and the 1964 World Series for the team. Hal was on Yankees' Roster for their 1961 World Series win over the Reds, but he was not used in the Series. Hal would pitch for the Yankees AAA team the Syracuse Chiefs (IL) from 1968-1972, before retiring as an active player at the age of 34.


1941- On sweltering Wednesday day game in front of 52,832 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio breaks Wee Willie Keeler's 1897's MLB record consecutive game hitting streak of 45 games with a 3-run HR off of Red Sox hurler Richard Newsome as the Yankees defeat Boston by the score of 8-4.  Also, in the game, his Yankees teammate, OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller hits a HR. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez pitches for 5 innings for the win, he is now 6-3 for the 1941 AL season. Yankees Closer Johnny Murphy comes in for the final 3 innings to earn his 5th save of the season.


1946- The Bronx Bombers nip the Red Sox by the score of 2-1 before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 69,107 fans. Yankees Starter Spud Chandler walks 9 Boston batters in the 1st 4 innings of the game, but he takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning before Red Sox INF Bobby Doerr hits a 1-out single.


 1948- The Senators beat the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in 12 innings as Nats Starter Walt Masterson allows only 3 Bronx hits and goes all the way for the win. Tom McBride makes 12 putouts to set the AL record for PO in LF in extra innings. The Yankees drop 2 games behind 1st-place Indians and 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia A's in the 1948 AL pennant race.


1950- The Yankees gain a split of their 4-game series at Fenway Park by trouncing the Red Sox by a score of 15-9. Veteran Johnny Mize plays 1B for the Yankees, as he contributes with a HR and a single to the team’s hitting attack against Boston pitching. Yankees batters Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra hits HRs for the Bombers. Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds picks up his 7th victory by going 8 innings, Closer Joe Page who finishes the game, picks up his 11th save of the 1950 AL season.


1954- Former Yankees Bullpen Catcher Dom Scala (1976-1986) was born.


Dom Scala has been a College Coach, MLB Scout, Minor League Player for the Oakland A’s and MLB Bullpen Catcher. From 1976-1986, Scala was Bullpen Catcher for the Yankees, when they won the 1978 World Series. He was MLB Advance Scout of the Pirates from 1987-1990, including a trip to the 1990 NLCS. He was Assistant Coach at St. Mary HS, then he was appointed Head Coach at Adelphi University in 2004, succeeding long-time Coach Ron Davies (1966-2003).


1961- The Yankees hit 5 HRs including HR #28 by Mickey Mantle and HRs #'s 29 and #30 by Roger Maris to easily beat the new AL Expansion Team, the Washington Senators by a score of 13-4. 


1962- At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle deposits a 6th inning HR halfway up the 3rd tier in RF to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the A's. Mickey walks his other 3 times up.


1964- Former Yankees DH/OF Jose Canseco (2000) was born.


Veteran DH/OF Jose Canseco was claimed on waivers by the Yankees from the Devil Rays during the 2000 AL season. He appeared in 37 games for the Yankees, while hitting .243 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs. He made 1 at bat appearance for the team in the 2000 World Series. After the 2000 MLB Post season was completed, Jose was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.


1964- Former Yankees Minor League P/OF Ozzie Canseco was born.


Ozzie Canseco was signed as a Pitcher by the Yankees as a 2nd round draft choice in 1983 MLB Player Draft. He was primarily used a Pitcher in 1983-1985 Minor League seasons. His best performance was in 1985 in 9 games with the Gulf Coast Yankees, where his ERA was 1.57. The Yankees converted him to an Outfielder. He never appear with the team at the MLB level. Ozzie was the brother of former A’s Slugger Ozzie Canseco. He was released by the Yankees organization on July 4,1986.


1966- Nats hitters Frank Howard, Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 6th inning, as Senators veteran MLB Starter Mike McCormick pitches a complete game. The Senators defeat a winless Whitey Ford and the Yankees by a score of 10-4. Mike McCormick is the winner for the Nats, giving up only 5 Yankee hits including a Mickey Mantle HR, his 14th of the 1966 AL season in the 9th inning.


1970- Tigers Starter Joe Niekro no-hits the Yankees until 2B Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning. The Tigers win the game by the score of 5-0. This is the 3rd time in the month that Horace Clarke has broken up a no-hitter, having spoiled bids by Kansas City's Jim Rooker (June 4th) and Boston's Sonny Siebert (June 19th).


1978- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry wins his 13th consecutive game, the best start in Yankees team pitching history by beating the Tigers by a score of 3-2. With the Yankees down 2-0, Mickey Rivers long drive to right is caught by a fan reaching down to take it away from Detroit's Mickey Stanley. The fan drops the ball and Stanley, waiting for an interference call from the Umpires, fails to retrieve the ball. “Mick the Quick” motors for an Inside-the-Park HR and the Yankees tie the game at 2-2, eventually winning it. 


1986- The Yankees purchased INF Bryan Little from the White Sox. He was playing for the White Sox AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons (IL). The Yankees would assign him to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Later in 1986, he would appear with the Yankees, playing in 14 games, while hitting just .194. The Yankees would release him in October of 1986, ending his MLB playing career,


1989- Brewers OF Robin Yount, now 33 years old, collects his 2,500th MLB hit in a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron and Mel Ott are the only players to reach that milestone at a younger age.


1994- Seattle OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-6 win over the Yankees by getting 5 singles.


1996- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 7-5. Bernie Williams leads the Yankee hitting attack with a HR, while Mariano Duncan and Gerald Williams hit doubles. Bronx Starter Kenny Rogers goes 5 innings. Reliever Jeff Nelson picks up the win, when the Yankees score 3 runs in the 7th inning. Yankees Set-up Man Marino Rivera and Closer John Wetteland shut down the Red Sox hitters. Wetteland picks up his 27th save of the 1996 AL season. Reliever Joe Hudson takes the lost for the Red Sox.


2002- The Yankees obtained veteran OF Raul Mondesi from the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League P Scott Wiggins. He would appear in 169 games for the Yankees, while hitting .250 with 27 HRs and 92 RBIs. On July 29, 2003, the Yankees traded Raul along with Cash to the Diamondbacks for INF/OF David Dellucci, P Bret Prinz and Minor League Player Jon-Mark Sprowl.


2007- Yankees veteran Starter Roger Clemens allows only 2 Twins hits in 8 innings against the Twins in route to his 350th win in the MLB. The last pitcher to reach 350 victories in MLB was veteran NL hurler Warren Spahn in 1963.


2011- The Mets' Jose Reyes, leading the MLB with a .354 BA, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today's MLB Inter-League game with the Yankees.  He is headed for the DL at a time when MLB trade rumors are swirling around the soon-to-be MLB Free Agent. The Mets also lose the game by the score of 5-2, as veteran Yankees Starter Bartolo Colon wins in his 1st start since returning from a hamstring injury of his own. CF Curtis Granderson homers for the Yankees.


 2019- The Yankees' record streak of consecutive games with at least 1 HR ends at 31 in a 4-2 loss to the Mets that coincides with 1B Luke Voit, one of the major contributors to the streak, going on the Injured List with an abdominal strain. Michael Conforto is the hero for the Mets, with a go-ahead 2-run double off of Yankees Reliever Zack Britton in the 8th.


 July 3rd


 1896- Former Yankee PH William “Curt” Walker (1919) was born. (1896-1955)


Curt Walker appeared in 1 game with the 1919 Yankees as a Pinch-Hitter with no hits.


1911- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, A's 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker hits for the cycle in a 5-1 victory over the Yankees in 2nd game of a doubleheader.


1912- Washington Starter Walter “The Big Train” Johnson picks up a win and is given a rare rest in the 6th inning as Senators coasts to a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Johnson will rack up an AL record 16 straight wins, before he is defeated.


1914- Philadelphia A’s Starters Chief Bender and Bob Shawkey whitewash the Yankees by the scores of 2-0 and 1-0 for an A's doubleheader sweep.


1914- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Buddy Rosar (1939-1942) was born. (1914-1994).


Buddy Rosar was a Reserve Catcher for the 1939-1942 Yankees. He hit .387 with the 1938 AA Newark Bears to win the International League Batting Crown despite missing several weeks, after being hit on the head by a pitched ball. In 1939, he joined the Yankees. During the 1940 AL season, Buddy hit for the cycle against the Indians. In 1942-1943, Buddy was selected to AL All-Star team. He played 4 seasons with the Yankees, while hitting .273 with 7 HRs and 119 RBIs in 252 games. On December 17,1942, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Roy Cullenbine to the Indians for OF Roy Weatherly and INF Oscar Grimes. He would later play for the A’s and Red Sox during his 13-season MLB Playing career.


1922- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (1975-1978) and MLB Pitcher Art Fowler was born. (1922-2007)


Art Fowler was longtime MLB Pitching Coach for MLB Manager Billy Martin. He had stints with the 1971-1973 Tigers and the 1973-1975 Rangers. He became the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 1977. He remained with the team through 1979 AL season. He followed Martin to the 1980-1982 A’s. He returned to the Yankees as Pitching Coach in 1983 and again in 1988; both times with Billy Martin as the Team's Manager. Art had been an MLB Reliever for the Reds, Cubs, Dodgers and the Expansion Angels during his MLB Pitching career (1954-1964). He finished with a 54-51 record with a 4.03 ERA and 32 saves in 362 games.


1922- Yankees OF Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his MLB playing career to pace the Bronx Bombers to a 12-1 whipping of the Philadelphia A’s. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th inning as Bronx Starter Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the A’s. As noted by Baseball Historian Ted Farmer, all of Carl Mays wins against the A’s have been complete games. 


1923- For the 2nd time of the 1923 AL season, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits a 15th inning game-winning-HR, as Yankees Starter Joe Bush going all 15 innings gets a 2-1 victory over the Senators. Besides the complete game victory for Bush, he helps his own cause at the plate with an 8th inning HR to tie the game. Nats Starter George Mogridge takes the complete game loss. Bush is now 11-7 for the 1923 AL season, while Mogridge drops to a 3-5 record.


1925- The Yankees released veteran Reserve OF/INF Whitey Witt (1922-1925).


On April 17,1922, veteran OF/INF Whitey Witt was purchased by the Yankees from Philadelphia A’s for $16,000 Cash. He would be a lead-off hitter and CF for the Yankees until the 1925 season, when he was released by the team. Witt was hitting just .200 in 31 games at the time of his player release.  He had appeared in 464 games for the Yankees, while hitting .300 with 11 HRs and 132 RBIs. Whitey appeared in the 1922-1923 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .233 in 11 games. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1926 Brooklyn Robins (aka Dodgers). He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1927-1929 before retiring from the game.


1930- Former Yankees Minor League OF Al Pilarcik was born. (1930-2010)


Before the start of the 1948 AL season, OF Al Pilarcik began his pro playing career in the Yankees organization, when he signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The lefty-hitting outfielder had great speed and a strong throwing arm. Al once raced Mickey Mantle. "We had a match race in training camp which he said he beat me by 10 feet, but it was more like 10 inches," recalled Pilarcik. Al would spend 7 active seasons in the Minor Leagues (1948-1956). He would spend 1953-1954 seasons in the military service. Pilarcik had 3 good seasons out of the 7; his 1st was in 1949 with the Class C Joplin Miners (WA), when he hit .304 in 107 games. The year before he served in the military, in 1952, he hit .305 for the AA Beaumont Roughnecks (TXL)in 137 games. In October of 1955, he was sent to the Kansas City A’s by the Yankees as part of a conditional agreement, playing for their 1956 AAA Columbus Jets team (IL).  He would later play in the MLB with the A’s, Orioles and the White Sox, hitting .256 with 22 HRs and 143 RBIs, while appearing in 668 games.


1932- With a Boston Law restricting games within 1,000 feet of a Church on Sundays is no longer in effect, the 1st Sunday game is played at Fenway Park with a crowd of  9,000 fans, watching the Red Sox losing to the Yankees by a score of 13-2. Yankees hitters Earle Combs and Lyn Lary each hit a pair of doubles in 1 inning (6th), thereby tying the AL record for most players hitting more than 1 double in the same inning. Also, Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth hits a double in the game. Yankees Starter George Pipgras hit 2 singles in the 6th inning as the Yankees scored 9 runs in the inning. He pitches a complete game victory, allowing only 5 Boston hits. He is now 9-5 for the 1932 AL season; Red Sox losing hurler Ivy Andrews drops to a 3-5 record.


1940-Former Yankee Reserve INF Cesar Tovar (1976) was born. (1940-1994)


On September 1,1976, veteran INF Cesar Tovar was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He was only in 13 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .154. He had played for Billy Martin, when he managed the Twins and Rangers. On December 17,1976, he was released by the team.


1941- Former Yankees Reliever Casey Cox (1972-1973) was born.


On August 30,1972, veteran MLB Reliever Casey Cox was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for P Jim Roland. Casey appeared in 6 games for the 1972-1973 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 4.91 ERA. On April 17,1973, the Yankees released him. In 8 MLB seasons with Senators, Rangers and the Yankees, Casey Cox went 39-42 with a 3.70 ERA and 20 saves in 308 games.


1950- Yankees Rookie 1B Joe Collins is not hitting well, along with veteran OF/1B Tommy Henrich still injured. Yankees Co-Team Owner Dan Topping asks Veteran CF Joe DiMaggio to play 1B in an experiment. In a 7-2 Yankees loss, he handles 13 plays cleanly, but he is clearly not happy with the move. He goes back into outfield, when RF Hank Bauer sprains his ankle. After this 1-game experiment, Joe returns to the outfield. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel was hoping the new position for Joe DiMaggio would extend his MLB playing career with the team. Joe never forgave Casey for not asking him to his face to play 1B for the team. Fortunately, veteran Tommy Henrich returns from his injury, he plays an excellent 1B for the 1950 Yankees.


1951- Former Yankees and Dodgers Reliever Hugh Casey (1949) shoots himself in a hotel room in Atlanta, GA. (1913-1951)


Veteran MLB Reliever Hugh Casey was 37-years old at the time of his death, he was pitching for the AAA Atlanta Crackers, a Minor League team. Hugh Casey spent most of his MLB Pitching career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. On September 4,1949, Hugh was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 4 games with 1-0 record for team. On October 13,1949, Hugh Casey was released by the Yankees. He never appeared in the MLB again.


1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank Tanana (1993) was born.


On September 17,1993, Veteran MLB Starter Frank Tanana was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for Minor League P Kenny Greer. Frank went 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 3 games for the 1993 Yankees. He retires from baseball at the end of the 1993 AL season with a 246-236 record with a 3.66 ERA in 638 games. He never had won 20 games in an MLB season.


1955- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher, MLB Executive Matt Keough (1983) was born. (1955-2020)


On June 15,1983, hurler Matt Keough was traded by Oakland to the Yankees for 2 Minor Leaguer Players: P Ben Callahan and 1B/DH Marshall Brant.  Matt was a former A’s Starter, who was now being used as a Reliever by the A’s Manager Steve Boros. Matt had 2-3 record with a 5.52 ERA in 14 games this season. When Billy Martin led the A’s, Matt had become a successful starter for the team. He was the son of former MLB Player Marty Keough. Matt went 3-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 games for the 1983 Yankees. He continued to struggle, putting up a 5.33 ERA in 99 2/3 innings. In 1984, he voluntarily went down to the Yankees AA team, the Nashville Sounds (SL) in the spring, in an unsuccessful attempt to learn a knuckleball and finally succumbed to the shoulder pain. Matt was placed on the DL with a strained rotator cuff; the Yankees would release Matt at the end of the 1984 AL season. Matt had posted a 2-4 record with the AA Nashville Sounds. He would later pitch in the MLB for the Cardinals, Cubs and the Astros before retiring, finishing with a 58-84 record with a 4.17 ERA in 215 games. Matt would pitch in Japan for 3 seasons, posting 45-44 record with a 3.73 ERA in 107 games. Later, he worked with the Oakland as a Special Assistant to the team’s GM Billy Beane.


1960- Before a crowd of 50,556 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep 2 games from the Tigers, winning by scores of 7-6 and 6-2. In the opener, Yankees Closer Ryne Duren fans Tigers OF Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th inning. Detroit is ahead by the score of 2-1 in the nightcap, when Norm Cash argues at length with the Umpires about a call at 1B, he finally gets tossed from the game. When play resumes, Tigers Reliever Pete Burnside serves up a 3-run HR to Mickey Mantle, who is batting righty. The Yankees are 23-5 since June 5th; now lead the AL by 3 games.


1962- The Yankees need all 5 HRs, 2 each by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, plus 1 by 2B Bobby Richardson to edge Kansas City A's by the score of 8-7. Mantle's 2nd HR, in the 8th inning, is the tiebreaker in the game.


1965- Former Yankees Pitcher Hank Robinson (1918) passed away. (1887-1965)


On June 20,1918, P Hank Robinson was purchased by the Yankees from Little Rock Travelers (SA). He posted a 2-4 record with a 3.00 ERA in 11 games for the 1918 Yankees. He would return to Little Rock in 1919, pitching for them until 1928. He finished his last pro season with the 1929 Atlanta Crackers.


1966- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning HR, and for the 2nd time this week, he has hit 3 HRs in consecutive times at bat. Yankees blow a 5-0 lead in the 8th inning as the Senators storm back. Bobby Richardson HRs in the 11th inning to give the Bombers, a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Paul Casanova goes is on 1B, when a sac bunt moves him to 2B. He overruns the bag and decides to head to 3B, where he knocks the ball away from INF Tom Tresh. He then continues to home plate, where he is thrown out by a mile.


1967- Current Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (1998-2021) was born.


Brian Cashman has been the Yankees General Manager since 1998. Under his leadership, the Yankees have won 3 World Series championships and 5 AL pennants. He previously served as the Yankees Assistant General Manager from 1995-1997 working for Yankees GM Bob Watson. In 1998, when Bob Watson left the Yankees organization, Brian was named to replaced him.


1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Christian Parker (2001) was born.


Pitcher Christian Parker went 0-1 with a 21.00 ERA in 1 game the 2001 Yankees. On March 22, 2000, he was sent by the Montreal Expos to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 22,1999. The Expos sent Players to be Named Later and P Jake Westbrook to the Yankees for MLB Starter Hideki Irabu. The Expos will send Pitchers Ted Lilly on March 17, 2000 and Christian Parker on March 22, 2000 to the Yankees to complete the trade.


1977- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry pitches his 2nd consecutive shutout of the 1977 AL season, a 6-hit, 2-0 win over the Tigers. Yankees Roy White broke up the scoreless duel with a run-scoring double in the 8th inning.


1978- At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski strokes a run-scoring double in the 3rd inning, his 2,800th MLB career hit, as the Red Sox pummel the Yankees by the score of 9-5. Yaz adds 2 singles in Boston's 12-hit attack, as Red Sox Starter Dennis Eckersley (9-2) tops Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa. The win moves Red Sox ahead of 2nd place Brewers by 7 1/2 games with the Yankees now trailing by 8 games in the AL East Division race.


1980- The MLB's largest crowd in 7 years (73,096 fans) watches Tribe Starter Wayne Garland 2-hit the Yankees in a 7-0 victory played at Cleveland Stadium.


1987- Former Yankees INF Yangervis Solarte (2014) was born.


INF Yangervis Solarte was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Solarte made the Yankees'  MLB 25-man roster out of  the Yankees 2014 MLB Spring Training Camp beating Eduardo Nunez out of a Reserve INF job. He made his debut in the team's 2nd game of the season, pinch-hitting for 3B Kelly Johnson in the 7th inning with the  Astros ahead by the score of 2-0 with runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Facing Kevin Chapman, he grounded into a double play, scoring 1 run but also killing the budding Yankees rally. He stayed in the game at 3rd base and he had another at-bat in the 9th, popping out to 1st base against Josh Fields to end the game as the Astros won by the score of 3-1. He then made his 1st start the next day at 3B. Hed had 3 hits and a walk, scored 2 runs and drove in 1 to lead the Yankees to its 1st win of the year, 4-2 over Houston. His 1st MLB hit came off of Astros P Brett Oberholtzer. When 1B Mark Teixeira went on the DL the next day, it gave Yangervis more opportunity to play, as 3B Kelly Johnson moved to 1st and he took over at the hot corner. He put up back-to-back 2-hit games on April 4-5th for a red hot 7 for 13 start to his MLB playing career. He continued to hit very well through the next couple of months while getting a lot of playing time. On June 8th, his average was still at .299, but he went through a dry stretch after that, hitting .073, even though he was still getting regular playing time as the starting 3rd baseman. On July 3rd, he was hitting .260 with 6 HRs and 30 RBIs in 71 games, when he was sent down to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) as the Yankees called up INF Zelous Wheeler to take his place. He hit an amazing .600 (12 for 20) in 5 games to earn a quick call-back. On July 22nd, he was traded to the Padres along with P Rafael De Paula in return for veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley. It was a move that showed that the Yankees were willing to make a postseason push, that they considered that Solarte was a flash in the pan. He was hitting .254 in 75 games, having gone only 1 for 10 since his return from AAA. 


1994- The Yankees signed veteran MLB P Greg Harris as an MLB Free Agent. He had been released by the Red Sox last week. He had a 3-4 record with an 8.28 ERA in 35 games with Boston. Also, the Yankees make several MLB roster moves, they send down P Sterling Hitchcock to AAA Columbus (IL), then released former Pitching prospect Sam Militello, who had dealing with pitching arm problems. He had posted a 4-4 record with 3.89 ERA for the 1992-1993 Yankees in 12 games. Veteran Greg Harris would appear in 3 games in relief with 1 loss for the Yankees, the team would release him on July 13th.


1996-The Yankees signed Venezuelan OF Jackson Melian, who had just turned 16, to a player contract for $1.6 million. His bonus is a record for Latino ball players. He never reaches the MLB as a player, despite playing for several MLB organizations after leaving the Yankees organization.


1999- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Reliever Allen Watson. He had a 2-3 record in 17 games for the1999 Mariners and Mets. The Yankees will send him to their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). To add him to their MLB roster, the Yankees moved P Mike Jerzembeck to the 60-day DL.


2010- The Yankees score all 11 of their runs in the 3rd inning as they defeat the Blue Jays by the score of 11-3. Yankees OF Brett Gardner hits his 1st MLB career Grand Slam HR in the outburst.


2013-The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent INF Luis Cruz. He had appeared in 45 games with the 2013 Dodgers before being DFA on June 28th, while batting .127 (15-for-118) with 2 doubles, 1 HR and 6 RBIs. He made 30 starts (20 at 3B and 10 at shortstop), committing just 3 errors in 136 total chances in all games played. A right-handed batter, Cruz is a career .240 (133-for-555) hitter with 26 doubles, 1 triple, 7 HRs and 52 RBIs in 179 games over parts of 5 MLB seasons with the 2006-2009 Pirates, 2010 Brewers and the 2012-2013 Dodgers. In 2012, he set career highs in BA (.297), runs (26), at-bats (283), hits (84), doubles (20), HRs (6), RBI (40), on-base percentage (.322) and slugging percentage (.431). A native of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, he was named the MVP of the 2011 Mexican Winter League, for batting .340 with 17 HRs and 47 RBIs in 62 games with Tomateros de Culiacan. He also appeared in the 2013 and 2006 World Baseball Classics with Team Mexico. Originally signed by Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2000, Cruz was acquired by Padres on December 16, 2002 in exchange for INF Cesar Crespo. Cruz had played 5 seasons in the Padres' Minor League system from 2003-2007. In a corresponding move to make room on the 25-man active roster, INF Jayson Nix was placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to July 2nd) with a right hamstring strain. Luis will appear in 16 games for the 2013 Yankees, while hitting only .182 with No HRs and 5 RBIs before being released by the team on August 17, 2013.  Since the 2014 MLB season, he has played pro baseball in Japan.


2016- Yankees 1B Mark Texeira becomes the 9th player to hit his 400th MLB Career HR as a Yankees player. He joins fellow Yankee players: OF Babe Ruth, 1B Lou Gehrig, CF Mickey Mantle, RF Reggie Jackson, OF/DH Gary Sheffield, 3B A-Rod and OF/DH Carlos Beltran.


 

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