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This Week in Yankees History July 4th-July 10th Part One

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1884- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Jack” Warhop (1908-1915) was born. (1884-1960)

Pitcher Jack Warhop joined the Yankees in 1908, quickly became a mainstay in the New York rotation, but he was often plagued by a lack of offensive support, when he was on the mound. In 1912, he posted a 2.86 ERA, but he only went 10-19. In 1914, he was 8-15 with an even-better 2.36 ERA mark. Also, during the 1914 AL season, he shut the White Sox out for 12 innings only to lose the game 1-0 in the 13th inning. During the 1915 AL season, his last season in the MLB, Warhop was taken deep by Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth for his 1st 2 MLB career HRs, on May 6th and June 2nd. Warhop also is one of only 4 pitchers to steal home twice during their MLB playing careers. Overall, Jack Warhop posted a 69-93 record with 3.12 ERA and 7 saves in 221 games for the 1908-1915 Yankees.

1904- Jack Chesbro, the Highlanders Spitball Starter, wins his 14th game in a row, an AL pitching record until the Senators Walter “The Big Train” Johnson wins 16 straight games in 1912. Philadelphia A’s lost both of their games today, as the Highlanders sweep the 3-game series.

1925- Philadelphia A’s Lefty Grove battles the Yankees' Herb Pennock for 15 innings before taking a 1-0 loss. Yankees Starter Pennock is a model of control, issuing no walks while giving up only 4 A’s hits. A’s Starter Lefty Grove falls to a 7-8 record, while Herb Pennock is now 8-9 for the 1925 AL season. Yankees Reserve Catcher Steve O’Neill knocks in the winning run.

1927- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 74,000 fans watched the Yankees sweep the Senators in a 4th of July doubleheader, winning the 2 games by scores of 12-1 and 21-1. In the 1st game, Bronx Starter George Pipgras throws a complete game; he is now at 2-0 mark for the 1927 AL season. While Nats Sloppy Thurston takes the loss, dropping to his record to a 10-7 mark. The Bronx Bombers hitters 1B Lou Gehrig and Catcher Pat Collins hit HRs in the game. In the 2nd game, Wilcy Moore throws a complete game victory. He allows just 10 Nats hits and 1 run. He is now 9-4 for the 1927 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs by 1B Lou Gehrig, INF Tony Lazzeri and INF Julius Wera.

1930- Former Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner (1973-2010) was born. (1930-2010).

George Steinbrenner became Owner of the New York Yankees, when he and a group of investors bought the team from CBS, Inc. for $10 million. Steinbrenner is well known for his love of firing managers. He hired and fired Billy Martin 5 times. In more recent times, he has changed that reputation sticking with Joe Torre as Manager from 1996-2007. Since he has owned the club, the Yankees have won the World Series 6 times. Steinbrenner was routinely parodied on the hit TV show “Seinfeld.” The show’s co-creator Larry David portrayed his voice. Also, in 1990, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent banned him from MLB baseball for associating with gamblers to damage the reputation of former Yankees player All-Star OF Dave Winfield. He was re-instated by MLB in 1993. After the 2008 AL season, he stepped down and handed control of the team to his son Hal Steinbrenner. George Steinbrenner was also an Assistant Football Coach at both Northwestern University and Purdue University.

1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey punches and breaks Senators OF Carl Reynolds's jaw after the player collides with him on a close play at home plate. The AL suspends the Yankees Catcher for 30 days and fines him $1,000 for his 1-punch fight.

1933- The Senators widen their lead over the 2nd-place Yankees to 2 1/2 games with a double-bill victory before a crowd of 77,365 holiday fans at Yankee Stadium. In the 1st game, a 6-5 victory in 10 innings and the in the nightcap is a 3-2 Nats win. The Yankees would finish in 2nd place in 1933 AL pennant race with a 90-59 record.

1934- The 1934 AL pennant race has seesawed between the Yankees and Tigers with the Bronx Bombers only 1 game ahead. The improved Red Sox are 6 1/2 games behind and the Senators, last year's AL Champions are 7 games back and dropping fast in the 1934 AL pennant race. The Yankees would finish in 2nd place in the 1934 AL pennant race with a 94-60 record.

1937- After the July 4th AL games are finished; the Yankees have opened a 3 1/2 game lead over the White Sox in the 1937 AL pennant race. The Yankees will finish the 1937 AL season with a 102-52 record, winning the AL pennant for the 2ndseason in a row.

1939- It's “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day” at Yankee Stadium with "The Iron Horse's” Yankees Uniform Number 4 will be the 1st MLB uniform ever to be retired. After emcee Sid Mercer informs the sell-out crowd the man of the hour is too moved to speak, then Lou Gehrig changes his mind, when Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy encourages him, and he delivers the keynote address history describing himself as "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."  The Yankees play a doubleheader with the Senators, losing the Opener by the score of 3-2, then they bounced back to take the nightcap by the score of 11-1 with Bronx Starter “Smokey” Steve Sundra picking up a complete game victory.

1942- Former Yankees Reserve INF and MLB Manager Hal Lanier (1972-1973) was born.

On February 2,1972, veteran INF Hal Lanier was obtained by the Yankees from the Giants for Cash. Hal was a good fielding INF with very a weak bat. He was son of former 1940’s NL Pitching Star Max Lanier. He appeared in 95 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .213 with 0 HRs and 11 RBIs. On December 10, 1973, the team released Hal, ending his MLB active playing career (1964-1973). From 1986-1988, Hal was the Manager of the Astros. In 1986, he won the NL Manager of the Year Award. Also, he was an MLB Coach with the Cardinals and Phillies.

1948- Former Yankees Minor League player OF/DH/C Wayne Nordhagen was born. 

On June 7,1968, Wayne Nordhagen was selected by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 1968 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 7,1973, he was traded by the Yankees along with Players to be Named Later and OF/1B Frank Tepedino to the Braves for Veteran MLB Starter Pat Dobson. The Yankees would send P Dave Cheadle on August 15,1973 and P Al Closter on September 5,1973 to the Braves to complete the trade.

1954- The Yankees purchased veteran P Marlin Stuart from the Orioles on waivers. He went 3-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 1 save in 10 games for the 1954 Yankees. He was released by the team; when they purchased NL Veteran hurler Jim Konstanty from the Phillies on August 22,1954, Marlin never pitched in the MLB again. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 23-17 record with 4.65 ERA and 12 saves in 196 games, while pitching for the Tigers, Browns, Orioles and the Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees Pitcher (1978-1979) and MLB Baseball Executive Jim Beattie was born.

The Yankees in the 4th round of the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Jim Beattie. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College. In 1978 ALCS, he won a game against the Royals. In the 1978 World Series, Jim picked up a complete game victory in Game 5 over the Dodgers.  In 1979, he started out the season with the AAA Columbus Clippers, going 5-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 8 games, before rejoining the Yankees MLB pitching staff, going 3-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 15 games. He went 9-15 in 40 games with the 1978-1979 Yankees. On November 1,1979, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with P Rick Anderson, OF Juan Beniquez and C Jerry Narron to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and Minor League P Jim Lewis. His MLB Pitching career would end due to shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff problems. Overall, he was 52-87 with a 4.17 ERA, while pitching with the 1978-1979 Yankees and the 1980-1986 Mariners. After his active MLB Pitching career had ended, Jim Beattie went on to serve as Farm Director and Director of Player Development for the Mariners from 1990-1995. He moved on as General Manager of the Expos from October 1995-2001. Next, he was Executive Vice President/Co-GM of the Orioles beginning in 2003. After the 2005 AL season, the O’s Owner removed him from his position. In 2007, he was a Marlins MLB Bullpen Coach. Since the 2010 MLB season, Jim has been working as an MLB Scout for the Blue Jays organization.

 1956- In the July 4th Edition of The Sporting News, Baseball writer Dan Daniel wrote, “The annual game for the Mayor’s Trophy has not yet been scheduled for this season. August 13th seems to be the only open date. Perhaps the clubs plan to skip a year and wet the appetites of the customers.” In the August 15th edition of The Sporting News, Daniel’s colleague Joe King confirmed that no suitable date could be found.

1959- The Yankees and the Senators play 4th of July Saturday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium as a crowd of 31,126 fans watch the 2 teams split the games. In the Opener, the Nats beat the Yankees by the score of 10-6 with Senators Starter Pedro Ramos picking up the win, while Yankees Starter Art Ditmar takes the lost, going only 2 innings of work while giving up 5 runs and 7 hits to the Nats batting line-up.  Senators Sluggers Harmon Killebrew and Roy Sievers hit HRs in the game. Enos Slaughter hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers. In the 2nd game, Yankees Starter Bob Turley turns in another 1-hit masterpiece along with 9 Nats strikeouts. A lazy fly ball in the 9th inning hit by Nats Pinch-Hitter Julio Becquer drops in front of Yankees 1958 AL Golden Glove winner LF Norm Siebern for the only Senators hit. Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek goes 8-for-10 in the doubleheader. The Yankees hitting attack features doubles by Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle, Hector Lopez and Yogi Berra.

1960- Mickey Mantle's 3-run 1st-inning HR off of Nats hurler Hal Woodeshick is the 300th HR of his MLB Playing career. Mantle becomes the 18th MLB player to join the 300 HR MLB club, but the Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to Senators.

1961- Before a crowd of  74,246 fans, the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since 1947, see the Yankees split a 4th of July Tuesday double-header with the Tigers, winning the opener 6-2 before losing the nightcap 4-3 in 10 innings. In 1st game, the Yankees beat Detroit by score of 6-2. Whitey Ford picks up his 15th victory of the 1961 AL season, allowing the Tigers, only 2 runs with 5 hits, while striking 11 Detroit batters. Veteran hurler Don Mossi takes the lost for Tigers, dropping to a 9-2 mark. In the 2nd game, the Tigers edge the Yankees by the score of 4-3. Roger Maris hits his 31st HR of the season off of Yankees killer Frank Larry in the 8th inning to tie the game. With relief help from Reliever Terry Fox, he gets his 12th victory; while Fox pickups his 6th save. The Yankees used 6 pitchers in the extra inning game; Reliever Bill Stafford takes lost dropping to a 6-4 record for the 1961 AL season.

1964- At Yankee Stadium, the Twins are leading the Yankees by a score of 5-4, when Mickey Mantle parks a 3-run HR shot off of Minnesota Reliever Al Worthington in the 8th inning to win the game by a score of 7-5.

1967- At Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota, Twins Starter Jim “Mudcat” Grant stops the Yankees to give the Twins, an 8-3 victory. Mickey Mantle drives in all 3 Yankees runs with 2 HRs.

 1967-  The Yankees obtained veteran AL Starter Steve Barber from the Orioles for 1B Ray “Buddy” Barker and Minor League Players to be Named Later (INF Chet Trail and OF Joe Brody). Steve Barber was washed up, never fully recovering from his pitching arm problems with the Orioles. He went 12-14 with a 3.58 ERA in 37 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees before being selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. Neither of the Yankees Minor League Players traded appeared in the MLB with the Orioles.

1974- Former Yankees Co-Team Owner Del Webb (1945-1964) passed away. (1899-1974).

Del Webb became part Team Owner of the New York Yankees in 1945, when he was part of a business group that purchased the team from the Jacob Ruppert Estate for 2.8 million dollars. This business group included Dan Topping Sr. and MLB Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail. After the 1947 World Series victory over the Dodgers, Dan Topping and Del Webb bought out Larry McPhail’s share of the team. Del Webb was a successful businessman in the Real Estate and Construction Business. He is known for founding and developing the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona and for many works of his building firm, Del E. Webb Construction Company. After Larry MacPhail left the team in October of 1947, he let Dan Topping Sr. oversee the baseball operations of the team along with George Weiss as the Yankees General Manager. Dan Topping and Del Webb sold the club to CBS, Inc. in November of 1964. Topping would be a Minority Owner of the team and Team President until 1966, when he sold his remaining 10% interest in the team to CBS, Inc.

1977- Yankees stay 1 game ahead of the Red Sox by edging the Indians by a score of 7-5. The Yankees get key HRs from Bronx hitters Chris Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles.

1978-Former Yankees Pitcher Joe “Sandy” Vance (1937-1938) passed away. (1905-1978)

Joe “Sandy” Vance posted a 1-0 record with a 4.78 ERA in 5 games for the 1937-1938 Yankees. He didn’t make any World Series appearances for the team. In 1939, he spent the season with the Yankees AA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA), while posting a 10-4 record with a 4.32 ERA in 32 games. The next season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Reds organization.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Amaury Sanit (2011) was born.

Amaury Sanit pitched for 7 seasons in Cuba. He went 25-25 with 58 saves and a 4.11 ERA in 226 games. He was 3rd all-time in the Cuban Serie Nacional in saves behind Euclides Rojas and Orestes González through 2003-2004. Sanit led the league in games pitched (39) in 1998-1999. Amaury left Cuba in 2003. In 2008, he signed with the Yankees. He tossed 2 shutout innings for the DSL Yankees that year, saving a game. He had a 5.19 ERA in 7 relief stints for the Licey Tigers (Dominican League) that winter. In 2009, Sanit pitched for 3 Yankees farm teams – the Class A Tampa Yankees (0 R, 6 IP), the Class AA Trenton Thunder(1-2, 10 Saves, 2.95 ERA, 13 H in 21 IP) and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the IL, posting 0-3 record with a 4.12 ERA in 19 games. In 2010, he was suspended for 50 games for failing a PED test. When he did pitch, he was hit hard, putting up a 7.75 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, during which he gave up 47 hits. He was back with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL) the next season, putting up a 4.96 ERA over his 1st 16 1/3 innings. He then replaced Ramiro Pena on the Yankees roster to give them more pitching depth. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on May 12, 2011, coming in relief of Starter Ivan Nova with the Yankees down 8-0 to the Royals in the 4th inning. He managed to stop the bleeding and pitched into the 8th inning, although he tired at the end and gave up 3 runs altogether in his 4 2/3 innings of work. Still, his effort gave the Yankees' bullpen a much-needed respite. After the 2011 AL season, Sanit left the Yankees organization to pitch in the Mexican Leagues (2012-2015).

1980- Former Yankees INF Jack Martin (1912) passed away.

INF Jack Martin appeared in 71 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting .225 with No HRs and 17 RBIs. On August 12,1912, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with P Jack Quinn to AA Rochester (IL) for Shortstop Tommy McMillan. He would return to the MLB in 1914, playing for the Braves and Phillies.

1983- Lefty Starter Dave Righetti pitches the Yankees' 1st No-Hitter since Don Larsen's Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, handcuffing the Red Sox by a score of 4-0 before a Fourth of July holiday crowd of 41,077 fans at Yankee Stadium. It's the 1st No-Hitter by a Yankee lefty Starter since George Mogridge in 1917.

1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Sergio Santos (2015) was born.

After being released by the Dodgers during the 2015 NL season, Reliever Sergio Santos was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had pitched in 12 games for the 2015 Dodgers with no record with a 4.73 ERA; when the club released him on June 6th. The Yankees signed him 3 days later on June 9th, but after only 2 MLB appearances with the team, his 2015 MLB season ended, as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. On November 2, 2015, the Yankees activated Sergio Santos from the 60-day DL; Santos elects to take MLB Free Agency.

1984- Yankees Veteran Starter Phil Niekro strikes out 5 Ranger batters in the Yankees 5-0 win over Texas to become the 9th pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 MLB career strikeouts.

1986- At Comiskey Park in Chicago with the score 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, White Sox OF John Cangelosi leads off with a drive to the RF corner. A fan leans out of the stands and appears to touch the ball as he tumbles onto the field. Anticipating an interference call, Yankees OF Claudell Washington slows down, while the speedy Cangelosi easily makes 3B. The Umpires don't see any interference and John remains on 3B, then he scores on a sac fly. White Sox win the game by a score of 2-1.

1986- Former Yankee P/INF Oscar Roettger (1923-1924) passed away. (1900-1986)

Although a Pitcher, he appeared in 6 games as a Pinch-Hitter for the Yankees. On June 16,1924, Oscar was traded by theYankees to AA St Paul Saints (AA) for P Cliff Markle. On May 29,1925, Oscar was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, C Fred Hofmann and $50,000 Cash to the AA St Paul Saints (AA) for INF Mark Koenig. The Yankees would send Reserve  INF Ernie Johnson on October 28, 1925 to the Saints to complete the trade. 

1988- Rangers veteran MLB knuckleball Starter Charlie Hough strikes out 4 Yankee batters in the 1st inning of a 13-2 loss to the Yankees.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve OF Jabari Blash (2018) was born.

On December 12, 2017, OF Jabari Blash was traded to the Yankees by the Padres in return for 3B Chase Headley and P Bryan Mitchell. With 2017 Padres, he had hit .213 with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs in 61 games. It was a deal conceived to allow the Yankees to shed payroll (Headley’s contract) in the wake of having acquired the mega-contract of former Marlins NL All-Star OF Giancarlo Stanton the day before, and it appeared that Blash would not get a chance to be more that someone, who provides organizational depth at the AAA level. On February 21, 2018, before he had had a chance to show anything in the Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, he was sent to the Angels in return for Future Considerations, in order to free up a spot on the Yankees MLB 40-man roster. He has played 7 games as Reserve OF/PH for the 2017 Angels, spending bulk of 2018 season playing for their AAA club Salt Lake City (PCL).

1992- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Tim Locastro was born.

On June 7, 2013, OF Tim Locastro was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On July 2, 2015, he was traded by the Blue Jays along with P Chase De Jong to the Dodgers for 2 International Bonus Slots. On November 21, 2018, the Yankees acquired INF/OF Tim Locastro from the Dodgers for Minor League P Drew Finley and Cash. He’s a .283 hitter through 626 AA plate appearances. With the 2017-2018 Dodgers, he has appeared in 21 games, while hitting only .167. On January 16, 2019, the Yankees traded Tom to the Diamondbacks for Minor League P Ronald Roman and Cash.

 1992- Former Yankees 1st Baseman Mike Ford (2019-2021) was born.

Mike Ford played college baseball at Princeton University for the Tigers from 2011 to 2013. He was both a 1st Baseman and a Pitcher. In 2013, he became the 1st player in Ivy League history to be named both the Player and Pitcher of the Year, after batting .320 and ranking in the top 10 in the Ivy League in walks (#1, with 31), HRs  (#2, with 6), RBIs (#3, with 38), and on-base percentage (#4, at .443), while going 6-0 on the mound with a league-leading 0.98 ERA. After going undrafted in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Ford signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent. He made his pro debut in 2013 with the Staten Island Yankees and spent the whole season there, batting .235 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs in 33 games. Ford started 2014 season with the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). In May, he hit 4 HRs in 1 game against the Hickory Crawdads. He was promoted to the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) in August and he finished the season there. In 105 total games between, both teams he batted .292 with 13 HRs and 56 RBIs. He was named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All Star. In 2015, he played for Tampa Yankees, where he batted .260 with 62 runs (10th in the league), 6 HRs, 55 RBIs, and 60 walks (4th) in 123 games. He was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. In 2016, he played with Staten Island Yankees, Tampa, and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), where he slashed .289 with 8 HRs, 43 RBIs, and 41 walks (while striking out only 29 times) in 56 games between the 3 teams. The Mariners selected Ford from the Yankees in the 2017 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.  They returned him to the Yankees on March 24th.  He spent 2017 season with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), where he led the Eastern League with 76 walks (while striking out only 56 times) and was 2nd in the league in OBP, as he batted a combined .270 with 20 HRs and 86 RBIs in 126 games. He was named an MiLB Yankees Organization All-Star and an Eastern League Mid-Season All Star. He spent almost all of 2018 season with AAA Scranton, while batting .253 with 15 HRs and 52 RBIs in 102 games. In total, Ford has a .269 average with 71 HR and 328 RBIs in 561 Minor League games. The Yankees invited Ford to MLB  spring training as a non-roster player in 2019. They assigned him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the 2019 season. The Yankees promoted Ford to the MLB, when 1B Greg Bird went on the injured list on April 16th. He made his MLB player debut on April 18th. After going 0 for 6 at bat in his 1st 2 games, on April 21st, Ford got his 1st MLB hit; a double to left-center field off of Royals hurler Jorge Lopez in a 7-6 win against the Royals. On April 23rd, he hit his 1st MLB HR off of Angels P Chris Stratton. He appeared in 10 games for the team, while hitting .179 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs before returning to AAA Scranton. Mike was by recalled the team again, he finished the 2019 AL season appearing 50 games for the team, while hitting .259 with 12 HRs and 25 RBIs. Also, he pitched in 2 games for the team, he had been a successful college pitcher at Princeton.  On  June 17, 2021, Mike Ford was traded by the Yankees to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations and a Player to be Named Later (Minors). He finished his Yankees playing career with a .199 BA with 17 HRs and 41 RBIs in 101 games. The Rays would assign him to their AAA club, the Durham Bulls. 

1996- The Yankees provide the fireworks by signing MLB Free Agent OF Darryl Strawberry. On June 24th, Yankee GM Bob Watson said 5 times to the NYC sports media that Strawberry "doesn't fit" with the Yankees. Strawberry will be assigned to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

2002- The Yankees defeat the Indians by a score of 7-1. Tribe Slugger Jim Thome has his streak of consecutive games hitting a HR stopped at 7 games, 1 short of the MLB record.

2003- In a 10-3 victory over the Yankees, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball hitting a record 7 HR’s off of the Yankees pitchers. Prior to today's Independence Day fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up 6 HRs in a game 4 times including 2 to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970).

2004- AL Manager Joe Torre selects 7 of his Yankees players for the 2004 MLB All-Star Game to played in Houston. He selects the following Yankees Players to the AL All-Star team roster; Starters Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, Relievers Mariano Rivera and Mike Stanton, Shortstop Derek Jeter, CF Bernie Williams and Catcher Jorge Posada.

2006- Indians’ batter Victor Martinez went 5 for 6 with teammates Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner each hit 2 of the Indian’s 6 HRs, giving Cleveland a 19-1 rout over the Yankees. The win was Cleveland’s largest at home in more than 56 years, since their 21-2 victory over  the Philadelphia A’s on June 18,1950.

2011- Yankees All-Star Shortstop Derek Jeter resumes his quest for 3,000 MLB career hits, after missing 3 weeks being on the DL with a strained calf muscle. However, the Indians' hurler Josh Tomlin keeps him hitless, while defeating the Yankees by the score of 6-3. Jeter is still 6 hits away from the magic MLB Career hit number.

2014- The Yankees 2B Brian Roberts hits 3 doubles and a triple leading the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Twins.

July 5th

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Hank “Lefty” Thormahlen (1917-1920) was born. (1896-1955) 

Hank Thormahlen went 28-20 with a 3.06 ERA in 76 games for the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1919, when he went 12-8 with a 2.62 ERA in 30 games. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Del Pratt, Catcher Muddy Ruel and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang.

1904- Former Yankees Pitcher Irving “Bump” Hadley (1936-1940) was born. (1904-1963)

 0n January 17,1936. The Yankees traded P Jimmie DeShong and OF Jesse Hill to the Senators for 2 veteran players; P Irving “Bump” Hadley and OF Roy Johnson. Hadley had been in AL since 1926, pitching for the Senators, White Sox, the Browns returning to Nats in January of 1935. He had posted a 10-15 record for the 1935 Nats, bringing a lifetime MLB Pitching record of 107-128 to the Yankees. Veteran Starter “Bump” Hadley went 47-31 with a 4.28 ERA and 6 saves in 140 games for the Yankees. He went 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 3 World Series with the team. His best Yankees season was in 1936, going 14-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 31 games. During the 1937 AL season, Bump Hadley threw a pitch that struck Tigers Catcher Mickey Cochrane, leaving him unconscious for 10 days and ending his fine MLB playing career. In 1939, he posted 12-6 mark with a 2.98 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees. Bump appeared in 3 World Series with the team, while posting a 2-1 record in 3 games. In 1940, he was sold to the Giants for the waiver price of $7,500 Cash. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1941 A’s. Later, he became an MLB Baseball TV announcer.

1906- The Yankees exploit 9 Boston errors to beat the Red Sox by a score of 8-3 at Fenway Park.

1917- In the 2nd game of a doubleheader played at the Polo Grounds, Yankees 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker hits a 13th inning Inside-the-Park HR off of Senators Reliever Walter Johnson to give the Yankees, a 5-4 win. It is Baker's 5th HR off of Senators Ace Walter Johnson. Both team Starters, Bronx P Slim Love and Nats Bert Gallia went 10 innings without a decision. Yankees Reliever Allen Russell picks up the victory, bringing his 1917 AL record to a 3-5 mark. In the Opener, Nats Starter Jim Shaw (8-6) outduels Yankees Ray Fisher (2-5) in a 2-1 game.

1930- The New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox split a doubleheader played before 20,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. It is the 1st time that the Negro League teams play there.

1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits an Inside-the-Park Grand Slam HR, as the Yankees beat the Senators by a score of 8-3. It is his 4th Grand Slam HR of the 1934 AL season, his 17th MLB career Grand Slam HR overall, passing Babe Ruth's MLB career total.  Lou Gehrig will eventually set an MLB career record of 23 Grand Slam HRs.  Lou Gehrig now has 321 MLB career HRs to Babe Ruth's 698 MLB Career HRs.

 1937- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio hits his 1st MLB career Grand Slam HR in the 6th inning off of Red Sox P Rube Walberg to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees had won the 1st game by a score of 15-0.

1939- At Yankee Stadium, before a Wednesday day game crowd of 3,874 fans, Yankees Rookie Starter Atley Donald wins his 10th game of the 1939 AL season without a loss. He throws a complete game win over the Senators, beating them by the score of 6-4.  At the plate, he hits a triple. Joe DiMaggio hits a 2-run HR, he finishes the game with 3 RBIs. The Yankees are now 53-17 for the 1939 AL season. Donald will finish the season with a 13-3 record with .813 WP and a 3.73 ERA in 41 games for the Yankees.

1943- Former Yankees OF/INF/C Curt “Clank” Blefary (1970-1971) was born. (1943-2001) 

Before the start of the 1962 AL season, the Yankees signed OF Curt Blefary as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Curt was removed from the 40-man Yankees roster, when they acquired veteran INF Harry Bright from the Reds in April of 1963. The Orioles immediately claimed him.  He had been playing for Yankees Class A team at Greensboro. In 1965, he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award as a player for the Orioles. Also, in 1965, he was a Topps All-Star Rookie Team member. He played in the 1966 World Series for the Orioles against the Dodgers. On December 4,1969, Curt was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for All-Star 1B/OF Joe Pepitone. He played in 120 games for the 1970-1971 Yankees, while hitting just .210 with 10 HRs and 39 RBIs. On May 26,1971, he was traded by the Yankees to the A’s for 2 Pitchers: Rob Gardner and Darrell Osteen. Overall, as an MLB Player, Curt appeared in 974 games, while hitting .237 with 112 HRs and 382 RBIs. He would play for the Orioles, Astros, A’s, Padres and the Yankees during his 8-season MLB playing career.

 1948- Despite a hitless day at the plate by AL All-Star Slugger Ted Williams, the Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees, winning the twin-bill by scores of 6-5 and 8-7. Denny Galehouse wins the Opener for the Red Sox; he saves the win in Game 2. But his 9th inning sac bunt results in his tripping over 1B, he will be out of action for 3 weeks.

1950- In a sloppy game that features 18 walks, OF Cliff Mapes drives in 5 runs with a HR and single to pace the Yankees to an 11-8 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Tommy Byrne (9-3) is the winner despite giving up 6 A’s hits and 6 walks in 5 innings (he walks 2 in the 6th inning). He also hits 4 batters to tie the MLB Pitching record. A’s Starter Alex Kellner pitches 4 innings, giving up 6 Yankee runs in the loss. Philadelphia loses veteran INF Eddie Joost, who tears ligaments in his left knee in a collision with Yankee base runner Cliff Mapes at 2B in the 7th inning.

 1951- Former Yankees HOF Closer Rich “Goose” Gossage (1978-1983,1989) was born.

On November 22,1977, MLB Reliever Rich “Goose” Gossage was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent in a 6-year MLB Player deal worth $3.6 million. He had gone 11-9 with a 1.62 ERA and 26 saves in 72 games for the 1977 Pirates. His arrival and success in 1978 made the Yankees Current Cy Young Award Closer Sparky Lyle expendable; leading to the 1978 off-season trade of Lyle to the Rangers. In 1978, Lyle had gone 9-3 with 9 saves, while Goose taking over the Yankees Closer spot, went 10-11 with a 2.01 ERA in 63 games with an AL leading 27 saves. Goose won the 1978 AL Rolaids Award. Goose was named to the AL All-Star teams in 1978,1980-1982. Rich “Goose” Gossage went 53-37 with an 2,14 ERA and 151 saves in 319 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 2 World Series for the Bombers; he posted a 1-0 record in 6 games. After the 1983 AL season had ended, Rich left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Padres. He helped the Padres win the 1984 NL Pennant and trip to the 1984 World Series. He would be named to the 1984-1985 NL All-Star teams. He pitched for several MLB teams; also, he pitched for the Daiei Hawks in Japan for 1 season. On August 10, 1989: Gossage was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Giants. He appeared in 11 games for the 1989 team, while posting a 1-0 record with a 3.77 ERA and 1 save. In the Fall, Rich was granted MLB Free agency by the Yankees; he would sign with the Rangers for the 1990 AL season. Gossage finished with MLB Pitching career in 1994 with Mariners. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 124-107 record with a 3.01 ERA and 310 saves in 1,002 MLB games. Rich was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris cracks a 7th inning solo HR against the Indians, also he is credited erroneously, as it turns out with a 3rd inning RBI on a single. The 2 RBIs are officially recorded, though just 1 appears in the game's box score, and the error will not be noted until 1995. With the correction, Roger Maris and the Orioles 1B Jim Gentile become Co-Leaders in RBIs for the 1961 AL season

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher (1988,1991,1995) and MLB Pitching Coach (2008-2010) Dave Eiland was born. 

The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1987 MLB Player Amateur Player Draft selected P Dave Eiland. He was successful pitcher in the Minor Leagues, but Dave couldn’t repeat that success in the MLB with the Yankees. In 1990, he won the International League Pitcher of Year Award with the AAA Columbus Clippers posting a 16-5 record with a 2.87 ERA in 27 games. He posted a 6-10 record with a 5.23 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees. The team released him in 1992. Then he later pitched for the Padres and the Rays. Overall, as an MLB pitcher, Dave went 12-27 with 5.74 ERA in 92 games. Eiland appeared in the baseball movie “For the Love of the Game,” playing the fitting role of “Yankees Relief Pitcher." After retiring as an active player in 2000, Dave worked in the Yankees organization; as a Pitching Coach for the 2003 GCL Yankees, then he was the Pitching coach for 2004 Staten Island Yankees. In 2005-2006, Dave was the AA Pitching coach for the 2005-2006 Trenton Thunder (EL), then he moved up to become the Pitching coach with the 2007 AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees(IL). Eiland replaced Ron Guidry as the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 2008. It was speculated that his relationships with many of the young pitchers contributed to him being chosen as the new Pitching Coach for the Yankees. He took a personal leave of absence from the Yankees beginning on June 4, 2010, and returned to the team on June 29th. "Besides being in my home, this is the most comfortable place in the world for me," he said upon returning. "This is what I do; this is what I have a passion for.” On October 25, 2010, Eiland was fired by the Yankees front office. In 2011, Dave was a Special Assistant to the GM Tampa Bay Rays. From 2012-2017, he was the MLB Pitching Coach for the Royals. Dave had been the 2019 MLB Pitching Coach for the Mets, until he was fired. 

1971- The Yankees and Red Sox, each collect 16 hits, but for the 2nd day in a row the Red Sox hit 4 HRs to win the game by a score of 12-7. The Red Sox score 6 runs in the 6th inning, when 3B Rico Petrocelli hits a bases loaded triple, the next 2 Red Sox batters 1B George Scott and OF Joe Lahoud follow up with HRs.

1980- At Cleveland Stadium, the Yankees edge the Indians by the score of 3-2. Yankee runs are scored on 2 Bronx HRs, a solo HR shot by Rookie OF Joe Lefebvre and a 2-run HR shot by veteran Bobby Murcer. Bronx Starter Tommy John goes 8 innings, while giving up only 4 Tribe hits while allowing only 2 runs. Yankees Closer Goose Gossage picks up his 13th save of the 1980 AL season. Indians Starter Dan Spillner takes the loss.

1998- After defeating the Orioles by the score of 1-0, the 1998 Yankees improved their team record to 61-20 equaling the best 81-game start in MLB history. The mark matches the MLB record of the 1902 Pirates and the 1907 Cubs.

2002- The Yankees obtained Starter Jeff Weaver from the Tigers in a 3-team deal. Yankees send Starter Ted Lilly to Oakland, while the A’s send INF Carlos Pena to Detroit. The Tigers also acquired P Franklin German and a Player to be Named Later from Oakland, while the A's get 2 Yankees Minor League players: OF John Ford Griffin and P Jason Arnold. The A’s sent Minor League P Jeremy Bonderman on August 22, 2002 to the Tigers to complete the trade. Jeff Weaver will be a major disappointment for the Yankees. The 2 Yankee Minor League players traded to the A’s, do not find success at the MLB level.

 July 6th

1881- Former Yankees INF/OF Roy Hartzell (1911-1916) was born. (1881-1961)

On February 11,1911, INF Roy Hartzell was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for 3B Jimmy Austin and INF/OF Frank La Porte. Roy played every position for the Yankees except for Catcher and Pitcher. He appeared in 699 games for the team, while hitting .261 with 8 HRs and 266 RBIs. In 1916, Roy split playing time with the Yankees and AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). In 1917, he played his last active season as a player with 2 teams: AA Toledo Iron Men (AA) and the Class A Denver Bears (WL). He would become the Manager for the Denver Bears during the 1917 season. 

1891- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Steve O’Neill (1925) was born. (1891-1962)

On December 15,1924, veteran MLB Catcher Steve O’Neill was selected off $4,000 waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox. As the team’s 3rd-string Catcher Steve appeared in 36 games for the team, while hitting .286 before being released on July 31,1925. After retiring as an active MLB player, he will become an MLB Manager for the Indians, Tigers, Red Sox and the Phillies. His Detroit Tigers team won the 1945 World Series beating the Cubs.

1914- The Philadelphia A's sell hurler Carroll “Boardwalk” Brown, who had a 17-13 record last season to the Yankees. Brown will go 9-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 39 games for the Yankees. The Bombers also bring back veteran OF Birdie Cree by sending OF Bill Holden and Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). Birdie had hit .348 in 1911 and .332 (1912) before injuring his leg. He slumped to .272 in 1913, he was sold by the Yankees to the AA Orioles (IL), but this season, he will hit .309 with No HRs and 40 RBIs in 77 games for the 1914 Yankees.

1914- The Yankees make several team roster moves beside the “Boardwalk” Brown purchase from the A’s. They send 2 Players and Cash to the Class A Lincoln Tigers (WL). The 2 Yankee Players that were traded to Lincoln were Harry Williams, a .192 hitter in 84 games for the 1913-1914 Yankees and Harry Kingman, who was hitless in 3 games for the 1914 Yankees. Both players would never return to MLB again. Also, coming to the Yankees was INF/OF Charlie Mullens, who would play in 192 games for the team in 1914-1916, while hitting .263 with No HRs and 69 RBIs. Also, the team signed 21-yearold Catcher Pi Schwert, who will play in 11 games for the 1914-1915 Yankees.

1917- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Kenneth “Ziggy” Sears (1943) was born. (1917-1968)

Ken “Ziggy” Sears hit .278 with 2 HRs and 28 RBIs in 60 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1943 Yankees. Afterwards, he returned to the Minor Leagues, he briefly returned to the MLB in 1946 with the St. Louis Browns for 7 games, while hitting .333. He returned to the Minor Leagues in 1947 before retiring from the game in 1949.

1920- At a Tuesday afternoon game played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Yankees score 14 runs in the 5th inning of the game beating the Senators by a final score of 17-0. It's the biggest inning ever until the Red Sox score 17 runs in a 1953 AL season game. Yankees Starter Carl Mays throws a complete game shutout, bringing his 1920 pitching record to 10-7. In the 5th inning with the Yankees scoring 14 runs, only 1 HR is hit by the Bombers; Bronx 2B Del Pratt hits a 3-run HR. Nats Starter Erick Erickson takes the loss, allowing 8 Yankee hits, 8 runs, 4 walks and 1 strikeout in 4.1 innings of work, he is now 7-6 for the 1920 AL season.

1928- Veteran Yankees hurler Urban Shocker (1916-1917,1925-1928), who is in very poor health, resulting from a swollen heart condition; he is released by the team after 1 appearance on the mound. He retires as an active MLB player. On September 9,1928, Shocker will pass away from his heart condition at the age of 38. His Yankees Pitching career record is a 61-37 record with a 3.14 ERA in 152 games. His overall MLB Pitching career record was 187-117 with a 3.17 ERA with 25 saves in 412 games (13 seasons): with the Yankees and Browns. His trade in 1918 by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns was considered to be one of the worst mistakes made by the Yankees front office in the club’s history.

1929- After watching the Tigers belt 8 HRs on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings of a game, the Browns use the off-day to erect a screen in front of the RF pavilion at Sportsman Park in St. Louis. The screen stretches 156 feet from the foul pole toward CF, 310 feet down the line from home-plate. In the next day' game, the Browns Heinie M****h will hit 3 balls off the screen against the Yankees veteran Starter Waite Hoyt, while Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth will hit 2 off it in the series. This screen will remain in place into the 1940s, the only stadium with extended OF seating, where it is impossible to catch a HR ball.

1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey is suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 by the AL for assaulting Senators OF Carl Reynolds and breaking his jaw. Reynolds has bowled over on a successful squeeze play to score the tying run in 2nd game of a doubleheader. Dickey got up and attacked Reynolds, breaking his jaw with 1 punch. Technically, the suspension was until Reynolds recovered. The Yankees lose the doubleheader to the Senators by scores of 5-3 and 12-6.

1933- The 1st MLB All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Yankees OF Babe Ruth is the hitting star for the AL team. His 2-run HR is the margin of victory in the AL squad’s 4-2 win over the NL team. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez is the winning pitcher for the AL squad.

1934- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Francis (1925) passed away. (1893-1934)

On August 13,1924, P Ray Francis was traded by Atlanta Crackers (SA) to the Yankees for 4 players and $50,000 Cash.Ray appeared in only 4 games for the 1925 Yankees, while posting a 0-0 record with a 7.71 ERA. On May 5,1925, he was traded by the Yankees along with $9,000 Cash to the Red Sox for P Alex Ferguson and OF Bobby Veach.

1938- At Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Yankees' hurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the 1st time in 4 All-Star Game starts as the NL team wins the MLB All-Star game by a score of 4-1. NL Shortstop and former Yankees INF Leo Durocher becomes the 1st Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a “bunt” home run.

1941- A Center Field monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig is unveiled by the team at Yankee Stadium. The memorial is a tribute by his Yankees teammates of their beloved team captain who died last month of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease.

1944- The Yankees sell Reserve OF Larry Rosenthal (1944) to the Philadelphia A’s for Cash. Larry was hitting just .198 in 36 games for the 1944 Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees All-Star 2B, MLB Coach and MLB Manager Willie Randolph (1976-1988) was born.

INF Willie Randolph was drafted by the Pirates in the 7th round of the 1972 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Tilden HS (Brooklyn, NY). He reached the MLB with the Pirates during the 1975 NL season, appearing in 30 games, while hitting just .164. His path to being a full-time 2B for the team, was blocked by the presence of NL All-Star Rennie Stennett. Rookie 2B Willie Randolph was obtained on December 11,1975 from the Pirates along with 2 MLB hurlers: Ken Brett and Dock Ellis to the Yankees for Starter George “Doc” Medich. Willie was the Yankees regular starting 2B until 1988 AL season. Willie finishes his Bronx playing career with a lifetime BA of .275, while hitting 48 HRs and 549 RBIs in 1,694 games. In 1980, he won the Silver Award for AL 2B. He appeared on 5 AL All-Star teams as 2B for the Yankees. He left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency in 1988, signing with the Dodgers. He was on the 1989 NL All-Star team. Willie would spend 18 seasons playing in MLB staring with 1975 Pirates followed by the Yankees, Dodgers, A’s, Brewers and finishing up his MLB playing career with the 1992 Mets. In 2005, Willie became the MLB Manager of the Mets. He was Manager of the Mets until his firing in June of 2008. Since then, Willie has been MLB Coach for several MLB teams.

1962- At Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Yankees edge the Twins by a score of 7-5, as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, each hit a pair of HRs. The M&M boys hit back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning, off of Twins veteran Starter Camilo Pascual (12-4), the 3rd time in 4 games that they've hit back-to-back HR shots. For Mantle, who hit HRs in his 1st 2 at bats in the game, when combined with 2 consecutive HRs in his last 2 bats in the last game the he played, he tied the MLB record 4 consecutive HRs. Yankees are now, a half-game in back of the Indians in the 1962 AL pennant race.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League OF and Manager Bill Masse was born.

Bill Masse was signed by the Yankees Scout Jeff Taylor as the 7th round pick in the June MLB 1989 Amateur Player Draft. Billy was assigned to the 1989 Prince William Cannons, where he batted .239 with a league-high 89 walks. He split the 1990 season between the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) hitting .274 and the AA Albany Yankees (EL) hitting only .188. Getting a full season with Albany in 1991, Masse solved AA  Pitching with a .295 year, and leading the Eastern League in OBP. In 1992, Bill got promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). In 1992, he hit .266 for the Clippers, but he found himself stuck behind International League All-Stars Gerald Williams and Bernie Williams and fellow OF prospect Mike Humphreys in the outfield. He was used at DH often to get his bat into the lineup. Masse did a fine job at AAA in 1993. With the Clippers, he hit .316, while he scored 81 runs, drove in 91, while hitting 19 HRs and 35 doubles. Billy stole 17 bases in 24 tries and led the IL with 82 walks. He was 4th in the IL in average and presumably 2nd to Jim Thome in OBP. He made the IL All-Star team as an Outfielder, but the 27-year-old was stuck at AAA as the Yankees MLB OF included Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill, Danny Tartabull and a red-hot Dion James. In 1994, Masse slipped to .258  in his 3rd season with Columbus and in his 4th year as a Clipper, his decline continued to .224. Nearing age 30, he was no longer considered a prospect and was past his prime. Thanks to the franchise's depth, he had missed out on a shot at the MLB. After his player release by the Yankees, he returned to Wake Forest University for 2 years as an Assistant Baseball Coach. He then spent 4 years as a Minor League Coach and Manager in the Montreal Expos system. He was a Coach for the 1997 AA Vermont Expos (EL) and the 1998 AAA Ottawa Lynx (IL). He rejoined the Yankees organization as Coach of the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) in 2001.  Then he managed the 2002 Class A Greensboro Bats (SAL) and the 2003-2004 Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2005 and 2006, he was Manager of the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). Re-joining the Expos organization in 2007, Masse managed the 2007 AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (EL) and the San Antonio Missions in 2008. In 2009, Masse was Hitting Coach of the AA Bingham Mets (EL) before being moved up to the Mets AAA club, the Buffalo Bisons (IL). In 2010, Masse was an MLB Scout for the Mariners. In 2011-2013, he moved up to the position of Eastern Supervisor of Pro Scouting for the Mariners.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam “Sad Sam” Jones (1922-1926) passed away. (1892-1966)

On December 20,1921, veteran Starter Sam Jones was traded by the Red Sox along with P Joe Bush and Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott to the Yankees for Pitchers Rip Collins, Bill Percy, Jack Quinn and Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. Sam went 67-56 with a 4.06 ERA and 22 saves in 202 games for the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1923, when he posted a 21-8 mark with 3.83 ERA in 39 games. Jones appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record in 5 games. He appeared in the 1918 World Series with the Red Sox. On February 8,1927, Sam was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for OF Cedric Durst and P Joe Giard. In 22 MLB seasons, Sam posted a 229-217 record with a 3.84 ERA in 647 games.

1966- The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees with veteran MLB Reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 innings in the Opener and another 2 innings in the Nightcap. The only other AL Pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the St. Louis Brown’s Dave Davenport in 1916, in which he had thrown 2 complete game victories.

1970- Former Yankees OF/P Harold “Harry” Wolter (1910-1913) passed away. (1884-1970)

On January 18,1910, OF/P Harry Wolter was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox for $1,500 Cash. Harry will hit .277 with 10 HRs and 122 RBIs in 396 games for the Yankees. Even though he was a Pitcher, the Yankees never used him as one in his 4 seasons with the team. After playing for the Yankees, Harry returned to the Minor Leagues, playing in the Pacific Coast League, before returning to the MLB, finishing out his playing career with the 1917 Cubs. Overall, as an MLB Player with the Reds, Pirates, Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees and the Cubs, Harry played in 588 games, while hitting .270 with 12 HRs and 67 RBIs.

1971- At Detroit, the Tigers 1B Norm Cash belts a pair of 3-run HRs to power the Tigers to a 12-7 victory over the Yankees. Bengals’ Starter Mickey Lolich goes all the way for the win for his 13th victory of the 1971 AL season. Yankees Starter Stan Bahnsen gave 7 runs in 1st inning.  Roy White and Ron Hansen hit HRs for the Yankees.

1990- In his 1st start since losing a No-Hitter in Chicago, Yankees Starter Andy Hawkins pitches 11 2/3 innings of shutout ball only to lose in the 12th inning by a score of 2-0 to the Twins. Andy Hawkins is now 1-6 as a Yankees Starter.

 1991- Current Yankees Minor League  Reliever Nick Goody (2015-2016) was born.

The Yankees selected P Nick Goody in 6th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had pitched college baseball at LSU. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the 2015 Yankees as a Reliever, while appearing 7 games with no record with a 4.70 ERA. For the 2016 AL season, Nick went 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 27 games. On December 20, 2016, Nick was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for a Player to be Named Later. The Indians would send Minor League P/C Yoiben Marquina on May 5, 2017 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Goody would pitch for the Tribe from 2017-2019. Then in 2020, he joined the Rangers, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 17 games. In 2021, he signed a Minor League deal with the Yankees, along with an invite to the team’s MLB Spring Training camp. He is currently with AAA Scranton. As an MLB pitcher, Nick has a 4-8 record with a 4.19 ERA in 158 MLB games.

1996- During the Yankees 2-0 win over the Brewers, the team announces the purchasing of veteran OF Darryl Strawberry's Minor League player contract from the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Yankees Closer John Wetteland preserves Starter Jimmy Key's win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance, breaking Lee Smith's MLB Reliever record.

1997- Toronto Starter Roger Clemens becomes the AL 1st 13-game winner, pitching a 4-hitter as the Blue Jays beat the Bombers by a score of 2-0. Clemens has 10 Yankee strikeouts and issued 1 walk in his 1st shutout of the 1997 AL season. Ramiro Mendoza takes the loss for the Yankees.

2002- The Yankees clip the Orioles by a score of 13-9, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to come back from a 7-run deficit. Orioles Starter Sidney Ponson helps with 4 straight walks in the inning. The Yankees 3B Scott Brosius ties the MLB fielding record for 3B by starting 4 Double Plays in the game.

2010- Bronx 3B Alex Rodriguez hits the 21st Grand Slam HR of his MLB Playing career and adds a solo HR to bring his MLB HR career total to 597. The Yankees defeat  Oakland by the score of 6-1. Yankees Starter CC Sabathia wins his 7th consecutive start to improve to 11-3 for the 2010 AL season. A-Rod's Grand Slam HR ties him with Manny Ramirez for 2nd place on the MLB All-Time list, 2 behind Yankees Hall Of Fame Legend Lou Gehrig.

2014- The Yankees announced they have acquired veteran Starter Brandon McCarthy and Cash considerations from the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Vidal Nuno. McCarthy has a 45-60 record with a 4.21 ERA in 193 games (139 starts) over 9 seasons with the White Sox (2005-2006), Rangers (2007-2009), the A’s (2011-2012) and the Diamondbacks (2013-2014). In 2002, the White Sox selected McCarthy in the 17th round of the MLB 1st-Year player draft. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts with 2014 Diamondbacks. He will go 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 games with the 2014 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. Brandon signed an MLB Free Agent player contract with the Dodgers for $48 million for 4 years. Vidal Nuno was 3-7 with a 4.78 ERA in 22 games (17 starts) over 2 seasons with the 2013-2014 Yankees. In 2011, the Yankees had signed Nuno as a Minor League Free Agent.

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This Week in Yankees History July 4th-July 10th Part Two

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July 7th

1884- Former Yankees INF/OF George Moriarty (1906-1908) was born. (1884-1964)

On August 8,1905, INF/OF George Moriarty was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Toledo Mud Hens (AA). He had briefly played in the MLB with the 1903-1904 Cubs. He hit .249 in 290 games for the Yankees, while playing at 3B and then at 1B. On January 14,1909, George was purchased by the Tigers from the Yankees. With the 1909 Tigers, he became their starting 3rd baseman.

1903- In a game with the Highlanders, White Sox OF Danny Green is called out at 1B by Umpire John Sheridan, and after returning to the bench, he continues to yell at the Umpire. Sheridan finally rushes the White Sox bench and hits Green with his mask, which in return Green belts the umpire. The Umpire is taken from the grounds and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later, he is released after Highlander’s President Joseph Gordon posts his bail.

1904- Highlander Starter Jack Chesbro's winning streak of 14 games comes to an end as the Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 4-1. Happy Jack Chesbro will win 41 games this season to set an MLB Pitching record and Yankees team record. Newly acquired OF Kip Selbach drives in 3 runs for the Red Sox.

1913- On August 20,1908, INF John Knight was purchased by the Yankees from AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). John played for the Yankees from 1909-1911, then spending 1 season with the Senators before returning to the Yankees in 1913. On February 17,1912, he was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later to the Senators for a Player to be Named Later and Catcher Gabby Street. The Yankees sent Catcher Rip Williams on February 22,1912 to the Senators to complete the trade. John Knight played in 435 games for the Yankees, while hitting .267 with 6 HRs and 171 RBIs.

1915- Philadelphia A's Team Owner Connie Mack continues to dismantle his former AL Championship team by shipping front line Starter Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $85,000. He would go on to win 186 games for the Yankees, before retiring as an active player.

1921- Major League-leading Slugger Babe Ruth brings the Yankees but apparently little else – least of all his A-game – to Forbes Field for an exhibition bout vs. the NL-leading Pirates. Ralph Davis of the Pittsburgh Press is clearly not at all impressed: "Bambino Didn't Shine. Babe Ruth didn't have a batting average yesterday. His strikeout average was .500. The King of Swatters didn't look good against Carlson's pitching. He struck wide at several pitches and fanned twice. His other efforts were flies to Carey and Robertson. Rip Collins, the Yankee pitcher, witnessed the game from the press box. As Robertson captured Ruth's fly, he remarked: 'you can't make me believe that the NL ball is as lively as the AL sphere. If Ruth had cracked one like that in our league, the ball would have gone to kingdom come.' As a fielder, Ruth was a joke yesterday. Luckily for the Yankees, he didn't have many chances, but he surely looked slow and bad on those he had." One of those chances is Charlie Grimm's 2nd-inning triple, which bounces over Ruth's head, scoring the Pirates' 1st run and setting up the 2nd, which ties the contest at 2 all. One inning later, Dave Robertson unties it with a tape measure; 2-run HR blast and the Pirates never look back.

1936- The NL after having losing the 1st 3 All-Star Games, wins the game by the score of 4-3 played at Boston's Braves Field with 4 different Cub Players (Galan, Herman, Hartnett, and Demaree) scoring runs. The 1936 All-Star Game is played before a crowd of 25,556 fans. After NL Pitchers Cardinals Dizzy Dean and Giants Carl Hubbell, each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints, Curt Davis is hammered by the AL, including Lou Gehrig's HR, but then Lon Warneke shuts the door on the AL line-up. Meanwhile, the NL team is helped by the Yankees Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio's loose fielding and error and Augie Galan's HR. Yankees OF Joe DiMaggio is the 1st MLB Rookie to play in an MLB All-Star game.  Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio are the only Yankees in the AL starting line-up. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy has Catcher Bill Dickey, 3B Red Rolfe, OF George Selkirk, Shortstop Frank Crosetti, Pitchers Lefty Gomez and Monte Pearson on the AL All-Star team. Both Yankee Pitchers don’t appear in the game.

 1936- Former Yankees Reliever (1963) and AL Umpire Bill Kunkel was born. (1936-1985)

Reliever Bill Kunkel went 3-2 with an ERA in 22 games for the 1963 Yankees, working out of their bullpen. Bill had previously pitched in the MLB for the Kansas City A’s. In the winter of 1962, he was drafted by the Yankees in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft from the Milwaukee Braves organization. After retiring as an active MLB player, Bill became an Umpire. He would be last former MLB Player to become an MLB Umpire in 1968. Kunkel was an Umpire in the Florida State League in 1966. Then he moved to the Southern League in 1967-1968. Bill became an MLB Umpire in the AL in 1968. Twice during his MLB Umpire career, he took leaves from the game to undergo Cancer surgery and twice he returned. He umpired in 2 World Seriesin 1974 and 1980 and worked in the 1972 and 1977 MLB All-Star Games, serving as Home Plate Umpire in the latter. He was the Father of former Rangers and White Shortstop Jeff Kunkel (1984-1992). In 1985, Bill Kunkel passed away from Cancer.

1937- With President Franklin D. Roosevelt in attendance, 31,391 fans watched the AL squad beat defeat the NL team by the score 8-3 at the game being played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs with a HR and a double to lead the AL team to an 8-3 victory over the NL squad in the 1937 MLB All-Star Game. Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez picks up the win, as AL hurlers Tommy Bridges and Mel Harder hold off the NL hitters. NL Starter Cardinals Dizzy Dean takes the loss. The AL Squad features the following Yankees Players: Catcher Bill Dickey, OF Joe DiMaggio, 1B Lou Gehrig, 3B Red Rolfe, Pitchers Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing.

1940- Former Yankees Announcer John Gordon (1982-1986) was born.

John Gordon has been a longtime sports announcer. He was with the Spartanburg Phillies (1965-1969), Baltimore Orioles (1970-1973), Columbus Clippers (1977-1981), New York Yankees (1982-1986) and Minnesota Twins (1987- ). In 2001, he was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame.  He originally had attended Indiana University on a baseball scholarship, but he quickly switched his focus to a Broadcast Journalism major and began working for WFIU, the university's radio station on football and basketball broadcasts. During a summer job at WSAM in Saginaw, MI, he adopted "John Gordon" as a professional name, although he kept his legal name of John Gutowsky. He then moved to a similar job for Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. He got his start doing baseball broadcasts in Spartanburg when the team's General Manager, Pat Williams, a former minor league player, who had been his broadcasting partner at WFIU, needed an announcer for his team. 

1948- The Indians stun the baseball world by signing Satchel Paige, a veteran Negro League Pitcher. The player signing is ridiculed by some as a Bill Veeck publicity stunt and A.G. Spink in The Sporting News editorializes, "Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity. To sign a hurler at Paige's age is to demean the standards of baseball in the big circuits." The 42-year-old Paige will answer the critics in tomorrow, getting a relief decision in an 8-6 win over Yankees in a DH sweep. He will finish the 1948 AL season with a 6-1 record with a 2.48 ERA and 1 save in 21 games. Paige is the oldest player to debut in the MLB, but not the 1st 40-year-old: Chuck Hostetler in 1944 was 40.  

1951- At Fenway Park, the Yankees lose to Boston by a score of 10-4 with the Red Sox attack being led by Clyde Vollmer's Grand Slam HR in the 1st inning. Vollmer had a 2-run triple in yesterday's 6-2 win over the Bombers. Yankees Rookie OF Mickey Mantle, a late inning defensive replacement, hits a 9th inning HR off of Red Sox Starter Ellis Kinder, who pitches a complete game for the 6-2 win.

1954- Former Yankees MLB Scout and Trainer Charles “Doc” Barrett passed away. (1877-1954)

For over half a century, Charles "Doc" Barrett was a trainer, 1st at Williams College and then he was at Columbia University. Barrett was involved with many sports, but while at Williams he did double duty as an MLB Scout for the Highlanders. He also trained the Highlanders from 1910-1914 by which time they had officially become known as the Yankees. It's no coincidence that 4 of the 9 Williams Ephmen who made it to the MLB appeared during this period, and that 3 of them – Bill Otis, George Davis and Tom Burr, who played for New York. It's also likely (although direct evidence is lacking) that Barrett signed Larry McClure out of Amherst College for the Yankees in 1910. Barrett later scouted for the Giants and the A’s. He made at least 1 notable signing for the A’s, INF "Whispering" Bill Barrett (no relation). 

1966- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 2 runs to tie the Red Sox at 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Then with 2 base runners on and 2 outs, Mickey Mantle breaks a 1-for-17 slump with a 3-run HR shot into the Yankee Stadium RF stands.

1968- Former Yankees 2B/OF Chuck Knoblauch (1998-2001) was born.

On February 6,1998, 2B Chuck Knoblauch was traded by the Twins to the Yankees for 4 Minor League Players: OF/1B Brian Buchanan, INF Christian Guzman, Pitchers Eric Milton, Danny Mota and Cash. Chuck spent 4 seasons with the Yankees, while hitting .272 with 49 HRS and 112 RBIs. He was switched from 2B to LF, when he developed throwing problems at 2B. He was switched to the Outfield. He finished his MLB playing career with the 2002 Royals.

 1970- Former Yankees OF Harry Wolter (1910-1913) passed away. (1884-1970)

On January 18,1910, OF Harry Wolter was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox for $1,500. He appeared in 396 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 10 HRs and 122 RBIs. He would return to the Minors Leagues playing in the PCL during the 1914-1920. He would return to the MLB for 1 season with the 1917 Cubs, playing in 117 games, while hitting .249 with No HRs and 29 RBIs. In 1926-1927, Harry was the Manager of the Class C Logan Collegians (UIL).

1970- Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson cracks a 10th inning Grand Slam HR off of Yankees veteran Reliever Lindy McDaniel to give the Birds, a 6-2 win.

 1977- The Yankees completes a 3-game sweep of Indians behind the 4-hit pitching of veteran AL All-Star Starter Catfish Hunter. The Yankees win the game by a score of 8-2.

1978- In the battle of the team pitching acesthe Brewers Mike Caldwell beats Yankees Ron Guidry by a score of 6-0. For Guidry (13-1), it is his 1st loss of the 1978 AL season. Caldwell had shut out the Yankees 9 days earlier, he will shut them out again on September 19th.

1982- Former Yankees 3B/ 2B “Jumping” Joe Dugan (1922-1928) passed away. (1897-1982)

In July of 1917, INF Joe Dugan was signed by the Philadelphia A’s as an MLB  Amateur Free Agent. He played for the Philadelphia A’s from 1917 to 1922. On January 10, 1922, he was traded by Philadelphia to the Senators for P Jose Acosta, veteran OF Bing Miller and $50,000 Cash. On January 10, 1922, Joe was traded by the Senators along with INF Frank O'Rourke to the  Red Sox for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. On July 23,1922, INF Joe Dugan was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Elmer Smith to the Yankees for Outfielder’s Chick Fewster, Elmer Miller, INF Johnny Mitchell, P Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 Cash. He had replaced the aging veteran Frank “Home Run” Baker as the Yankees starting 3B. Dugan played in 60 games for the 1922 Yankees, while batting .286 with 3 HRs and 25 RBIs. In the 1922 World Series against the Giants, Dugan batted .250, with 1 double. After joining the Yankees, Joe Dugan suffered with a "trick knee" that began to give him trouble. The knee would lock and interfere with his playing. In 1925, he had a very delicate operation and was in bed for 6 weeks of recovery. The Knee surgery had helped him, but Dugan never played without the knee acting up on occasion.  In his last season of playing over 100 games, he was the 3rd baseman for the mighty 1927 Yankees team, considered by many to be the greatest MLB team of all-time. He hit .269 with 2 HRs and 43 RBIs that season. He went 3 for 15 as the Yankees swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in 4 games in the 1927 World Series. Dugan appeared in only 94 games with the Yankees in 1928, hitting .276 with 6 HRs and 34 RBIs. Joe had a Yankees playing career BA of .286, while playing in 785 games, hitting 22 HRs with 320 RBIs. In 1923, he had led AL 3B in fielding. Joe appeared in 5 World Series with the Yankees (1922-1923,1926-1928), hitting .267 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in 25 games. On December 24,1928Joe Duggan was selected off waivers by the Boston Braves from the Yankees. With the 1929 Braves, he batted .304 in 60 games. After the 1929 NL season had ended, Dugan retired from the game, but he came out of MLB retirement briefly to play 8 games with the Tigers in 1931. Dugan was an MLB Scout for the Red Sox from 1955 to 1966.

1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Brandon McCarthy (2014) was born.

Brandon McCarthy was one of the principal victims of the Diamondbacks' struggles early in the 2014 NL season, as he went 0-5 in April. That was in spite of setting a personal best mark with 12 strikeouts against the Phillies on April 27th, in a game he lost by the score of  2-0. He was at 3-10, with a 5.01 ERA after 18 starts on July 6th when he was traded to the Yankees in return for Minor League hurler Vidal Nuno, a couple of days after the Yankees learned that CC Sabathia was likely lost for the  2014 AL season because of a knee injury. His arrival gave the Yankees an immediate shot in the arm, as in his 1st 3 starts with the team, he was 2-0 with a 2.45. ERA. He then won his next 2 starts as well. On August 21st, he pitched a 4-hit shutout against the Astros walking none and striking out 9 batters, to improve his record to 5-2 since the trade. On September 17th, he pitched an immaculate inning - striking out the side on 9 pitches - in the course of defeating the Rays by the score of 3-2. He was only the 5th pitcher in Yankees’ history to accomplish the rare feat. He ended up with an excellent record of 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts for the 2014 Yankees, which gave him a combined mark of 10-15, with a 4.05 ERA. He set personal bests for wins, starts (32), innings (200) and strikeouts (175). His very good 2nd half made him much sought-after pitcher, when he became an MLB Free Agent after the 2014 season had ended. On December 16th, he signed a 4-year deal with theDodgers worth $48 million, to become the team's 4th starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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

He began his pro baseball career in the Twins Minor League system, but he never played for them at the MLB level. Following the 2011 season, he became an MLB Free Agent signing with the Rangers. He was the main 2B for the 2012 Round Rock Express, while hitting .288. Solarte led the PCL in double plays at 2B (93) and being the 2nd-hardest batter to fan in the league. Back with AAA Round Rock for 2013 season, he hit .276 with 31 doubles and 75 RBIs. Following the 2013 AL season, the Rangers granted him MLB Free Agency. He signed with the Yankees organization as a MLB Free Agent with an invitation to MLB Spring Training camp. Solarte made the Yankees' 25-man roster out of 2014 MLB spring training camp, beating Eduardo Nunez out of a Reserve INF job. He made his pinstripes player 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 2-0, with runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Facing Astros hurler  Kevin Chapman, he grounded into a double play, scoring 1 run but also killing the budding rally. He stayed in the game at 3B, Vangervis had another at-bat in the 9th, popping out to 1B against P Josh Fields to end the game as the Astros won by the score of 3-1. Then he made his 1st start the next day at 3B, he had 3 hits and a walk, scored 2 runs and drove in 1 run to lead Yankees to its 1st win of the 2014 AL season, a 4-2 victory 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, when 3B Kelly Johnson was moved to 1B and he took over at 3B. He put up back-to-back 2-hit games on April 4-5th for a red-hot start of 7 for 13 to his Yankees 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 BA was still at .299, but he went through a dry stretch after that, hitting only .073, even though he was still getting regular playing time as the Yankees starting 3B. 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 (IL), when the Yankees called up INF Zelous Wheelerto take his place on the team roster. On July 22, 2014, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Rafael De Paula to the Padres for veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley and Cash. He had appeared in 74 games for the 2014 Yankees, while hitting .254 with 6 HRs and 31 RBIs. With the 2014 Padres, Solarte played in 56 games, while hitting .267 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs.

1991- Yankees Rookie Outfielder Bernie Williams makes his MLB Player debut against the Orioles, starting in Centerfield and batting 8th in the Yankees starting line-up. He was 1-for-3 at the plate with 2 RBIs. The Yankees lost the game to the Orioles by the score of 5-3.

1993- Former Yankees All-Star OF (1930-1936) and MLB Manager (Phillies: 1945-1948) Ben Chapman passed away. (1908-1993)

Ben Chapman was a member of the AL All-Star teams from 1933-1935. Overall, as a Yankee player, he appeared in 910 games, while hitting .305 with 60 HRs and 589 RBIs with 184 stolen bases. He appeared in 1 World Series with the team in 1932 against the Cubs playing in 4 games, while hitting .294. On June 14,1936, Ben was traded by the Yankees to the Senators for OF Jake Powell. Ben played for the Yankees, Senators (twice), Red Sox, Indians, Dodgers and he finished his active playing career with the 1946 Phillies. In 1944, Ben pitched in 11 games for the Dodgers, he posted a 5-3 record with a 3.40 ERA. Ben was the Phillies Manager, who gave Dodgers Black Player Jackie Robinson problems in 1947, Ben was a racist; it was one of the reasons that the Yankees traded him to the Senators for OF Jake Powell during the 1936 AL season. Overall, as an MLB player, he appeared in 1,717 games, while hitting .302 with 90 HRs and 977 RBIs. He stole 287 bases during his 15-season MLB playing career.

1994- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Jimmy Key picks up his 13th win of the 1994 AL season beating the Angels by the score of 5-2. Yankees Relievers Bob Wickman and Steve Howe hold California bats scoreless. Howe picks up his 9th save of the 1994 AL season. Key goes 7 complete innings, giving up only 6 Angel hits, allowing only 2 runs with 6 strikeouts. Angels Starter Mark Langston takes the loss. He is now at the 5-5 mark for the 1994 AL season. Yankees hitting attack is led by a solo HR by Randy Velarde along with doubles by Matt Nokes and Gerald Williams.

2000- The Yankees begin an MLB Inter-League series with the Mets at Shea Stadium. Before a crowd of 54,132 fans the Yankees edge the Mets by the score of 2-1 behind the pitching of Starter Orlando Hernandez and Closer Mariano Rivera. Hernandez goes 8 innings, allowing only 5 Mets hits, 1 run with 5 Mets strikeouts. El Duque’s 2000 pitching record improves to an 8-6 mark, while Rivera picks up 19th save of the 2000 AL season. Mets Starter Al Leiter takes the loss giving up 2 Yankee runs, 6 hits, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. Mets Closer Franco pitches a scoreless 9th inning. The Yankees will sweep the 3 game weekend series with the Mets by winning the games by of the scores of 4-2 in the next 2 games.

2009- At the Metrodome, Yankees beat the Twins by the score of 10-2. Bronx Starter CC Sabathia goes 7 innings, allowing only 3 Twins hits, 2 runs with 3 strikeouts. Yankee Reliever Brett Tomko pitches 2 scoreless innings to finish the game. Twins Starter Scott Baker takes the loss, dropping to a 6-7 mark for the 2009 AL season. The Yankees hitting attack was led by Brett Gardner’s triple, doubles hit by Robbie Cano and Frank Cervelli; they each drive in 2 runs apiece.

2017- In the 5th inning of the Yankees' series opener against the Brewers, 25-year-old Bronx Rookie OF Aaron Judge blasted his 30th HR of the 2017 AL season to straightaway CF off of Brewers’ Starter Josh Hader. Judge's solo HR shot extended the Bombers' lead to 4-2 in the ballgame, but more importantly, made him the most prolific rookie HR hitter in Yankees’ franchise history. Joe DiMaggio's 1936 record of 29 HRs had remained the high watermark for any New York Rookie, but Judge has broken that long-standing record before the MLB All-Star Break. It took DiMaggio 128 games to reach 29 HRs in his rookie 1936 AL season, but Judge eclipsed it in his 82nd game this year. The Brewers come back to win the game by the score of 9-4.

July 8th

1904- In the fight for 1st place in the AL, the Red Sox continue to roll beating the Yankees by the score of 12-3, as veteran OF Kip Selbach has a single and triple

1929- Former Yankees INF/OF Hector Lopez (1959-1966) was born.

 In 1952, Hector Lopez was purchased by Philadelphia A’s from Drummondville (Provincial League, Canada) for $1,500. With the A’s, he played INF/OF. On May 26,1959, Hector was traded by the Kansas City A’s with along P Ralph Terry to the Yankees for Pitchers Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe. Hector would appear in in 112 games for the 1959 Yankees, while hitting .283 for with 16 HRs and 69 RBIs, while playing 3B. After the 1960 Yankees had made several position changes in their starting line-up, Hector was moved to LF, when Clete Boyer took over at 3B. His best Yankees season was in 1960, when he appeared in 131 games, while hitting .284 with 9 HRs and 42 RBIs. He appeared in 5 World Series with Yankees (1960-1964), while hitting .286 in 15 games. On October 19,1966, after only hitting only .214 with 1 HR and 16 RBIs in 54 games during the 1966 AL season, veteran Hector Lopez was released by the team. As a Yankees player, Lopez had appeared in 864 games, while hitting .262 with 69 HRs and 322 RBIs. In 1967-1968, he played at AAA level with Hawaii Islanders (PCL) and the Buffalo Bisons (IL) in the Senators organization. He would become a Player-Manager for their 1969 AAA Buffalo Bison’s team (IL) before retiring as an active player. Also, Lopez managed in the Minor Leagues during the 1994-1995 seasons with the Yankees Class A Gulf Coast team (FSL). In 2009, Hector managed the Panama team in the World Baseball Classic.

1931- Former Yankees Pitcher Zach Monroe (1958-1959) was born.

After signing as an Amateur Fee Agent before the start of the 1952 AL season, Right-hander Zack Monroe made a steady climb through the Minor Leagues in the Yankees organization. He started his pro ball career with the Quincy Gems (3-IL) in 1952, going 7-6 with a 5.04 ERA in just 16 appearances. Monroe would miss the 1953-1954 seasons being inducted into the military service during the Korean War. Back from the service, he would spend both 1955-1956 seasons with the AA Binghamton Triplets (EL) going 12-11 in 1955. He revved up his motor to a 16-7 record with a 2.67 ERA in 1956. Zach would win 16 games again with the 1957 AAA Denver Bears (AA). After going 10-2 with the same club in 1958; he got the call to Yankee Stadium. He made his MLB Pitching debut on June 27,1958; he would go 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 21 games for the 1958 AL World Champions, including 1 relief appearance against the Braves in the 1958 World Series. Zach was in 3 more games for the 1959 Yankees, which would conclude his MLB time with a 4-2 record with a 3.38 ERA in 24 appearances. Monroe would finish out the 1959 season with the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) with a 10-11 record with a 2.51 ERA, while pitching 172 innings. Zach spent the next 3 seasons (1960-1962) with AAA Richmond again. Zack would finish up his pro baseball career in the Reds Minor League organization with the 1960-1961 AAA Havana Sugar Kings, Jersey City Jerseys (IL) and the 1962 AAA San Diego Padres (PCL) was his last stop. He ended his 9-year Minor League run with a 99-77 record and a 3.74 ERA in 256 games. 

1935- The AL All-Star team winning streak reaches 3 games as the Junior Circuit beats the NL team in MLB All-Star Game action at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland by the score of 4-1. The new pitching rule that no pitcher can throw more than 3 innings unless the game goes extra innings will be instituted after Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez pitches 6 outstanding innings in the 1935 Mid-Summer Classic. The Yankees had 3 players on the 1935 AL squad; OF Ben Chapman, 1B Lou Gehrig and Pitcher Lefty Gomez.

1939 - Prior to the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, a wall of Japanese beetle’s form in front of the home dugout. Although over 5,000 insects will be captured, the beetle problem will return later in the month. A crowd of 27,531 fans will see the Red Sox sweep Yankees in the Saturday doubleheader by the scores of 4-3 and 3-1.

1943- Former Yankees Minor League P George Culver was born.

On May 9,1963, George Culver was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 2,1963, George was drafted by the Indians from the Yankees in the 1963 1st-year Minor League Player Draft. He would pitch for several NL teams during his MLB pitching career.

1946- In a special meeting of MLB clubs deals with Mexican League defections and attempts by players to gain new rights. Some results: $5,000 minimum salary, $25-per-week training-camp expenses, a fixed period for spring training, 25 days for post-season barnstorming, maximum pay cut of 25 percent. A pension fund aimed at providing $100 a month for retired 10-year players will be funded by World Series Broadcast rights and net proceeds from MLB All-Star Games. Each league will have a Player Representative to baseball councils. The 1st MLB Player Representatives named are Yankees Reliever Johnny Murphy and the Dodgers OF Dixie Walker.

 1947- Clutch pinch-hits by Luke Appling and Stan Spence lead the AL squad to a 2-1 victory over the NL squad in the 1947 MLB All-Star Game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Schoolboy Rowe pinch-hits for Johnny Sain, becoming the 1st MLB player to appear for each side. Rowe had pitched 3 innings for the AL in 1936, as a member of the Tigers. Yankees Starter Frank “Spec” Shea is the 1st winning Rookie Pitcher in MLB All-Star game history. The 1947 AL squad featured the following Yankees:  P Spud Chandler, OF Joe DiMaggio, OF Tommy Henrich, 3B Billy Johnson, 1B George McQuinn, P Joe Page, C Aaron Robinson, P Spec Shea and OF Charlie Keller.

 1951-The feud between Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio and Manager Casey Stengel reaches a head in the 2nd inning in a game against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the 1st inning, Casey Stengel sends Reserve OF Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper, after he had already taken his centerfield position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees by the score of 6-3, as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a 2-run HR. Also, a Yankee pitcher fails to complete a game for the 20thstraight time at Fenway Park.

1958- The AL team edges the NL squad by the score of 4-3 in the 1958 MLB All-Star Game played at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Yankees 2B Gil McDougald singles to score Red Sox 3B Frank Malzone with the deciding run. Orioles Billy O'Dell pitches perfect ball for 3 innings and gets the save. This is the 1st MLB All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit (12 singles). The following Yankees were on the 1958 AL squad: C Yogi Berra, Pitchers Ryne Duren, Whitey Ford, and Bob Turley, C Elston Howard, Shortstop Tony Kubek, OF Mickey Mantle, 2B Gil McDougald and 1B Bill Skowron.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Ace Whitey Ford tops the Red Sox by a score of 8-5. Mickey Mantle hits a HR in the 4thinning, off of Rookie Boston Starter Tracy Stallard for his 10th HR this year in support of Ace Bronx Starter Whitey Ford.

1962 - The Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Twins in Minnesota, winning by a score of 9-8 to regain 1st place in the AL. They will remain there the rest of the 1962 AL season finishing with a 96-66 record.

1964- Former Yankees Minor League P Ken Patterson was born.

On June 3,1985, Ken Patterson was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On August 26,1987, Ken was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later to the White Sox for P Mike Soper (Minors) and veteran MLB INF Jerry Royster. The Yankees sent Minor League Player Jeff Pries on September 19,1987 to the White Sox to complete the trade. 

1966- At Yankee Stadium, the Senators win the Opener of a doubleheader by the score of 7-6, then they blow a 4-run lead in the Nightcap to lose the game by a score of 7-5. Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle is 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, including a HR in each game. The 2nd HR, off of Nat’s hurler Jim Hannan is a 461 FT sky shot over the CF Monuments into the CF Stadium Bleachers. Mickey follows with a sure double in the 5th inning, but then he tears a hamstring muscle rounding 1B and will be sidelined for 2 weeks.

1969- Former Yankees All-Star 3B (1931,1934-1942) and MLB Manager Red Rolfe (1949-1952) passed away. (1908-1969). 

INF Red Rolfe, who had been College Baseball player at Dartmouth College from 1928 to 1931. He came up to the Yankees for 1 game at Shortstop in 1931. He played for the Yankees AA Club, the Newark Bears (IL) for the 1932-1933 seasons. He hit .330 in 147 games for the 1932 Bears, then in 1933, he hit .326 in 156 games, winning the International Leagues MVP Award. Then he played two-thirds of his games at Shortstop in 1934, but from 1935 on, he was chiefly a 3rd baseman for the Yankees. He held down the position through the 1942 AL season. Frankie Crosetti had held the starting Shortstop job during most of those seasons. AL All-Star 3B Red Rolfe finished his 10-year Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .289 hitting 69 HRs with 497 RBIs in 1,175 games. He led the AL 3B in fielding (1935-1936). Red was named 4 times to AL All-Star team. He led the AL in hits (139) and runs (213) in 1939, posting his highest career season BA of .329 with 14 HRs and 80 RBIs. He appeared in 6 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .284 with No HRs and 6 RBIs in 28 games. He retired from the Yankees in 1942.  After his 4-year Coaching stint at Yale University, Rolfe coached the 1946-1947 Toronto Huskies of the BAA. He returned to the Yankees in 1947 as an MLB Coach. After the 1947 AL season ended, Rolfe joined the Detroit Tigers as Director of Minor League System, but he returned to the field after only 1 season at the job; when he succeeded veteran Manager Steve O'Neill as the Tiger Manager after the 1948 AL campaign was completed. Red was the 1949-1952 MLB Tigers Manager for 539 games, finishing with a record of 278-256 with a WP of .521. His best season as an MLB Manager was in 1950, finishing 2nd place in the AL to the Yankees with a 95-59 mark. He was let go by the Tigers during the 1952 AL season. Rolfe then returned to Dartmouth College as the Athletic Director of his alma mater from 1954 to 1967. The College's baseball diamond is named in his honor. 

 1970- The Orioles again wait until the late innings to beat the Yankees, this time striking in the 9th inning on a Birds Slugger Frank Robinson HR and a 2-out single by Don Buford. The O's overcome an 8-6 deficit to win the game by the final score of 9-8.

1974- Yankees Shortstop Jim Mason ties the MLB record with 4 doubles in a 12-5 victory over the Rangers. Off the field, the Yankees purchased veteran INF Sandy Alomar Sr. from the Angels for Cash to strength their infield at 2B. He had been hitting just .222 for the Angels, he had lost his starting 2B job with the Angels to Denny Doyle. He was expected to replace light hitting veteran Gene Michael at 2B. He would the hold the team’s 2B job until Rookie 2B Willie Randolph joined the team in 1976.

1977- The Yankees led by HRs off the bats of Catcher Thurman Munson and 3B Graig Nettles beat the Orioles by the score of 7-5. Yankees Starter Don Gullett wins his 7th victory of the 1977 AL season.

1980- At Dodger Stadium, the 51st MLB All-Star Game features Astros J.R. Richard (10-4) and the Orioles Steve Stone (12-3) are the game starters; with Richard going just 2 innings because of various back and shoulder problems he's been having this season. The game draws a crowd of 56,088 fans to Dodger Stadium. The NL squad battles back to wins its 9th consecutive All-Star Game by the score of 4-2, pinning the loss on Yankees’ hurler Tommy John, who had followed Steve Stone. Reds OF Ken Griffey Sr. goes 2-for-3 with a solo HR to win the game's MVP Award. Yankee starters for the game were Shortstop Bucky Dent and OF Reggie Jackson. Also, the Yankees players: P Rich Gossage, 3B Graig Nettles and 2B Willie Randolph were on the team, they would appear in the game.

1982- Oakland A’s Manager Billy Martin records his 1,000th MLB career win as an MLB Manager as the A's beat the Yankees by the score of 6-3. The A’s batters chase Yankees Starter Doyle Alexander for 4 runs in the 1st inning of game. A’s Starter Mike Norris picks up the win, despite giving up 2 Yankees HRs to John Mayberry and Oscar Gamble.

1984- Yankees Former Reserve INF/OF Kevin Russo (2010) was born.

On June 6,2006, INF Kevin Russo was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had played College Baseball at Baylor University. Kevin made his MLB Player debut with the 2010 Yankees, appearing in 31 games as Reserve INF, while hitting just .184. On November 3, 2012, Kevin was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On November 18, 2012, Kevin was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Tigers.

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Jaime Garcia (2017) was born.

Jaime García was selected in the 30th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Orioles, but he did not sign with the team. The Cardinals chose him in the 22nd round of the  2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was inked to a deal this time by MLB Scout Joe Almaraz, the same scout who had scouted him for the Orioles in 2004. He made 2 appearances in 2011 World Series for the Cardinals with no record. Jamie pitched for the Cardinals (2008, 2010-2016), then he was traded to the Braves on December 1, 2016, who later on July 24, 2017, traded him to the Twins along with Catcher Anthony Recker for Minor League Pitching Prospect Huascar Ynoa. He made just 1 appearance for the 2017 Twins, defeating the A’s by the score of 6-3 on July 28th, then he was traded again, this time heading to the Yankees in return for 2 Minor League Pitching prospects; Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell. He went 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 8 games for the team. He pitched in 1 game of the AL  2017 Post season against the Indians, pitching 2 scoreless innings of relief with no decision. On November 2, 2017, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On February 15, 2018, he signed a 1-year deal with the  Blue Jays, worth $10 million.

1986- Former Yankees Reserve OF Johnny Cooney (1944) passed away. (1901-1986)

Johnny Cooney, whose MLB playing career stretched from 1921 to 1944, essentially had 2 MLB careers. He first arrived began as a Pitcher with the Braves, winning 14 games in 1925 with 20 complete games, 2 shutouts and 245 2/3 innings. He was no longer able to manage that load the following season, dabbling in some position play and mound work through to 1930. After 4 years back in the Minor Leagues, rebuilding himself in the American Association, he returned to the MLB with the  Dodgers in 1935 as a full-time outfielder, not making a single pitching appearance henceforth. Johnny hit .318 and .319 in back-to-back seasons back in Boston (1940 and 1941), finishing his MLB playing career in a split season with the Braves and  Yankees during World War II With the 1944, John only appeared in 10 games for the team, hitting .125 with No HRs and 1 RBI. The Yankees would release him. Johnny hit only 2 MLB HRs, which remarkably came on consecutive days with the Boston Bees: September 24-25, 1939. He also umpired 1 MLB game; a June 28, 1941 NL contest between the Dodgers and the Braves, when the regular NL Umpire crew was unable to arrive on time for the game. He went on to be a long-time member of the Braves' MLB Coaching staff from 1946 to 1955, even managing them for part of the 1949 NL season. He remained with the club for 3 years, after they became the Milwaukee Braves. Later, he spent 8 seasons as a White Sox MLB Coach from 1957 to 1964, while Al Lopez managed the team.

1993- Former Yankees Minor League P Caleb Frare was born.

Caleb Frare was drafted by the  Yankees in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Player Draft. On July 29, 2018, the Yankees traded Minor League Reliever Caleb Frare to the White Sox for future considerations. He had pitched for the 2018 AA Trenton Thunder (EL), while posting a 4-1 record with a 0.62 ERA with 5 saves in 31 games. He made 1 appearance with AAA Scranton (IL) with no record. With the 2018 White Sox, he was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 11 games. He had spent time with their AAA team. He was released by the White Sox Organization on June 27, 2020. He is now an MLB Free Agent.

2000- The Yankees defeat the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the 1st game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap played at Yankee Stadium, it is the 1st time since 1903, that 2 teams played 2 games in different stadiums on the same day. Veteran Starter Dwight Gooden wins the 1st game with a 6-inning effort in his 1st start since returning to the Yankees. Veteran All-Star Starter Roger Clemens wins the nightcap and precipitate a near brawl, when he drills Mets Catcher Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.

2002- Yankees AL All-Star 1B Jason Giambi out-homers NL All-Star Cubs OF Sammy Sosa by the score of 7-1, in the final round to take the 2002 MLB All-Star Game HR Derby Crown.

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July 9th

1874- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Jack” Powell (1905-1906) was born. (1874-1944)

On March 6,1904, P Jack Powell was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Highlanders for INF/P Harry Howell and Cash. Powell went 23-19 with a 2.44 ERA in 47 games for the 1904 Yankees. John posted a 31-32 record with a 2.81 ERA in 84 games for the Yankees before returning to the Browns in 1906. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Jack Powell finished with a 245-254 record with a 2.97 ERA in 578 games in a 16-season Pitching career (1897-1912) starting with the Cleveland Spiders (NL), Cardinals, Browns (twice) and the Yankees.

1932- Former Yankees Reliever Tex Clevenger (1961-1962) was born. (1932-2019)

Veteran MLB Reliever Tex Clevenger work out of the 1961-1962 Yankees bullpen, appearing in 42 games, while posting a 3-1 record with a 3.75 ERA and no saves. On May 8,1961, Tex was traded by the new expansion Angels along with veteran OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for Rookie OF Lee Thomas, Pitchers Ryne Duren and Johnny James. In 1953, the Red Sox originally had signed Tex as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, later he pitched for the 1956-1960 Senators. In the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft, the Angels selected him from the original Washington Senators. With the Angels, he had appeared as a Reliever in 12 games, while posting a 2-1 record with a 1.69 ERA and 1 save. With their bullpen already having veteran relievers Art Fowler and Tom Morgan, Tex was made available for a trade. He went 1-1 with no saves in 21 games for the 1961 Yankees. Tex didn’t make any World Series appearances with the 1961-1962 Yankees. In 1962, Tex went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 21 games. He spent the 1963 season with the AAA Richmond (IL), while posting a 4-9 record in 47 games. He retired from pro baseball at the end of the 1963 Minor League season. In 8 AL seasons, Tex had posted a 36-37 record with 4.18 ERA in 307 games. As an AL Reliever, Tex was 19-15 with 30 saves.

1932- Yankees OF Ben Chapman has 3 HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Two HRs are Inside-the-Park HRs, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 14-9. He finished the game with 3-HRs with 6 RBIs. In the Opener, the Yankees had beaten the Tigers by a score of 7-6 with HRs hit by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Swell.

1936 - The temperature is 106 degrees in Central Park, the hottest July 9th on record in New York City as the Indians take on the Yankees at the Stadium. The temperature at the ballpark is 102. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1st inning, but the Tribe come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits, including 5 HRs, to win the game by a score of 11-4. Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik, all homer in the 2nd inning to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits another HR to tie for the AL lead with 23 HRs. Also, the Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig and Indians Earl Averill each hit HRs in the game.

1937- Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle, as he delivers 2-HRs, a triple, double and single helping the Yankees maul the Senators by a score of 16-2. The “Yankee Clipper” will accomplish this feat only once again in his MLB playing career during the 1948 AL season.

1939- The Red Sox win a doubleheader by scores of 4-3 and 5-3 to sweep a 5-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees AL lead is now 6 1/2 games. Boston Shortstop Joe Cronin drives in runs in both games, giving him 12 games in a row with an RBI.

1940- At the 1940 All-Star Game played in Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, 5 NL hurlers combine to throw the 1st shutout in All-Star Game history. Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French and Carl Hubbell 3-hit the AL squad by the score of 4-0 with the help of Max West's 3-run HR. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing starts the game, giving 5 hits and 3 NL runs for the loss. On Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy’s AL squad are starting Outfielders Charlie Keller and Joe DiMaggio, Catcher Bill Dickey and 2B Joe “Flash: Gordon. On the AL Reserve Bench is Yankees 3B Red Rolfe. Monte Pearson was the 2nd Yankee hurler to be named to the AL All-Star pitching staff, but he doesn’t appear in the game.

1947- The Yankees sell veteran P Mel Queen Sr. (1942,1944,1946-1947) to the Pirates for cash. Mel went 8-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 43 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates. He is the father of former MLB player Mel Queen Jr. Queen’s spot on the Yankees roster, will be filled by Pitcher Vic Raschi, who had been pitching for AA Portland (PCL) with a 7-2 record.

 1947- Yankees Relief Ace Joe Page hits his 2nd MLB game winning HR in the 9th inning to beat the Browns by the score of 4-3 at Sportmans Park in St. Louis.

1955- Bronx Bomber Slugger Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 at the plate, as Yankees Starter Bob Turley tosses a 2-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Senators. Also Mantle hits a double and 4 singles in the game.

 1958- On Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C., Yankees Manager Casey Stengel and All-Star CF Mickey Mantle appear in front of the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee which is investigating the baseball monopoly power in regards to sport's Antitrust Exemption. After “The Old Professor'” gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Senator Estes Kefauver laughs, when Mickey Mantle's answers his inquiry about the topic with, "My views are just about the same as Casey's."

1959The Red Sox club the Yankees by a score of 14-6 before 30,253 fans; the largest crowd at Fenway Park so far, this 1959 AL season. Red Sox Starter Frank Sullivan is the winner. The Boston batting line-up rocks Yankee Starter Bob Turley and Reliever Jim Coates for 14 runs and 10 hits. Red Sox Sluggers Vic Wertz, Ted Williams and Bobby Avila club HRs. Williams and Avila, both drive in 6 runs in the game. Yankees Reliever Jim Bronstad pitches 1 scoreless inning of relief.

1960- Yankees Starter Jim Coates suffers his 1st loss after 9 straight wins and 14 straight wins over 1959-1960 AL seasons, as the Red Sox beat the Bombers by a score of 6-5. The Red Sox are led by veteran 1B Vic Wertz, who slugs a HR, double and single to drive in 4 runs. Jim Coates' MLB pitching career record is now 17-2.

1972- The Twins lose to the Yankees by a score of 9-6, despite Rich Reese's pinch-hit Grand Slam HR. For Reese, it is his 3rd pinch Grand Slam HR, tying Ron Northey's MLB record. Yankees Starter Steve Kline picks up his 8th victory with relief help from Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle, who gets his 19th save of the 1972 AL season.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League Player and Manager Nick Ortiz was born.

The Red Sox selected Nick Ortiz in the 34th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Debuting with the 1991 GCL Red Sox, the youngster hit .260 with 21 walks in 35 games. He split 1992 between the Elmira Pioneers (5 for 28, 3 2B, 5 BB, 13 K) and the GCL Red Sox (.264/.370/.356). He fielded .921 as the starting shortstop of the GCL Red Sox. In '93, Nick played for the Utica Blue Sox (.269) and Fort Lauderdale Red Sox (.205). With the 1994 Sarasota Red Sox, he hit .269, while moving primarily to 3rd base. Back with Sarasota in 1995, he put up a .247line and fielded only .887 at the hot corner. For the 1996 campaign, Ortiz made appearances with the Michigan Battle Cats (.302 in 73 G) and AA Trenton Thunder (.223 in 38 G). Starting at 2nd for Trenton in 1997, he hit .281, one of his best seasons. Ortiz then began a stretch of bouncing from team to team, splitting 1998 between the Boston and Montreal chains. He appeared for the Thunder (.229 in 39 G), Harrisburg Senators (.270 in 56 G) and the AAA Ottawa Lynx (3 for 32, 2B, 6 BB). In 1999, he was with the  Dodgers' San Antonio Missions (7 for 40, 2B, 3 BB) and the Cleveland Indians' Akron Aeros (.267in 55 G) and Buffalo Bisons (.255 in 22 G). In 2000, Nick was with the  Yankees' AA Norwich Navigators (EL) (6 for 37, 7 BB) and the  Royals' Wichita Wranglers (.294). Back at shortstop, he led Texas League players at that position in both fielding percentage (.980) and double plays (84). Spending his only full year at AAA, he hit .250 for the 2001 Omaha Golden Spikes, fielding .975 as their main shortstop. The Cidra native sat out 2002 season then he returned in 2003 with Wichita (.230 in 35 G) and the Cubs' West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (.297 in 43 G). In 2004, Ortiz hit .229 for the Independent Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League). He played for 3 Atlantic League clubs in 2006, putting together a composite line of .303. He was 6th in the league in average, but he lost All-Star Shortstop honors to Raul Marval. The veteran hit .318 for the 2006-2007 Criollos de Caguas, 3rd in the Puerto Rican League, then had a big season with the 2007 Bridgeport Bluefish, batting .297 with 28 doubles, 93 runs and a career-high 20 steals in 28 tries. He finished 3rd in runs, tied for 8th in doubles and 8th in steals. Ortiz played for the Puerto Rican National Team in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. Nick Ortiz became a Manager with the Class A Pulaski Yankees (AL) in 2018. Then he moved to the GCL Yankees West in 2019. In 2020, Ortiz left the Yankees organization to become a Quality Control Coach with the Giants.

1985- Yankees veteran Starter Ron Guidry works 8 2/3 innings to win his 10th straight start of the 1985 AL season, beating the Royals by a score of 6-4. Guidry allows only 9 hits and strikes out 1 Royals batter.

1986- The Padres traded veteran Reliever Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for veteran MLB Starter Ed Whitson, who had become the target of such fan abuse in New York City, that Yankees Manager Lou Piniella could no longer pitch him at Yankee Stadium. Whitson had been with the Padres, before signing an MLB Free Agent deal with the Yankees.  Ed Whitson’s Yankees Pitching career ends with a 15-10 mark with 5.38 ERA in 44 games. Stoddard will go 10-6 with a 4.38 ERA and 11 saves in 109 games for the 1986-1988 Yankees.

1989- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Avilan (2020) was born.

Veteran MLB Reliever Luis Avilan was signed by the Yankees was MLB Free Agent on February 3, 2020. He appeared in 10 games in relief for the 2020 Yankees, posting a 0-0 record with a 4.32 ERA. He was released by the Yankees on August 28, 2020 in an MLB roster move. He had been sidelined by pitching shoulder injury.

1999- The Yankees Uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous "luckiest man on earth" speech on July 4,1939 is sold for $451,541 at auction. Leland's spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame 1B was purchased by a South Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the telephone. 

2000- The Yankees lose to the Mets Starter Mike Hampton by the score of 2-0. Benitez closes for the Mets, while Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yankees also lose regular LF Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee on a play in the outfield that ends his 2000 AL season. The game at Shea Stadium draws a crowd of 54,283 fans, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since the 1970 NL season. Newly acquired veteran OF Dave Justice from the Indians will take over the regular LF position for the Yankees, with Spencer out for the 2000 AL season.

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

On May 10,1953, INF Frank Verdi made his only MLB appearance with the Yankees in a game against the Red Sox. He entered the game playing shortstop in the bottom of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning, the Yankees were up by the score of 5-3. Red Sox hurler Ken Holcombe entered the game to relieve Ellis Kinder; Yankees Manager Casey Stengel replaced Frank Verdi with Pinch-Hitter Bill Renna. Verdi never appeared in another MLB game again. After his active playing career was over, he became a Minor League Manager in 1961, managing for the 1961 Twins and 1962 Mets organizations. He was with the Yankees Minor League organization from 1963-1972. He won 2 International League crowns with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs in 1969 and 1970. In 1974, Frank managed the AAA Denver Bears (AA) for Houston organization.  From 1977-1980, he managed the AAA Tidewater Tides (IL) for the Mets organization. He returned to the Yankees Minor League system to manage the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) in 1981-1982. He won the 1981 International League Championship with the Clippers. He returned to Rochester to manage the 1984-1985 Orioles AAA Red Wings teams. From 1993-1995, he managed several teams in the Independent Leagues. In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

 2011- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter becomes the 28th member of the 3,000 MLB Career Hit club with a 5-for-5 day against Tampa Bay Rays at New Yankee Stadium. The 2nd of the 5 hits, a HR off of Ray’s Starter David Price in the 3rd inning, gets him to the MLB hitting milestone. He is the 1st player to collect his 3,000 hit for the Yankees, the 1st to do it at Yankee Stadium. He then adds 2 singles and a double as the Yankees defeat the Rays by the score of 5-4.

July 10th

1908- The Red Sox purchased veteran 1B/OF Jake Stahl from the Yankees. On October 13,1907, 1B/OF Jake Stahl was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the White Sox to the Yankees. The Yankees sent INF/OF Frank LaPorte to the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox). The Americans sent INF Freddy Parent to the White Sox. Jake will appear in 75 games for the 1908 Yankees, while hitting .255 with 2 HRs and 45 RBIs.

1916- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916) again.

Rube had appeared in 43 games with the 1916 Yankees, while hitting just .234. In 1905, he had appeared in only 8 games for the Yankees, while hitting .300. It was revealed later by his son, that he was on loan by the Connie Mack’s A’s, who took him back in 1906, rather let him stay with the Yankees. He had spent most of his MLB playing career with the Philadelphia A’s.

1917- Thanks to Bronx hurler Ray Caldwell's 9-2/3 innings of no-hit relief, the Yankees beat the Browns in St. Louis by a score of 7-5 in a 17-inning game. 

1934- The 2nd annual MLB All-Star Game produced Giants Starter Carl Hubbell's amazing feat of striking out 5 future HOF Players in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 men on base in the 1st inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan AL Sluggers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmy Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the 2nd inning. After 3 scoreless innings, he leaves with the NL, ahead by a score of 4-0. The AL batting lineup rallies, scoring 9 runs off of NL Pitchers Warneke, Mungo, and Dean, while Tribe hurler Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of Yankees Starter Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe Medwick hit HRs for the NL squad. The Indian’s Earl Averill's 3-RBIs are decisive for the AL squad’s 9-7 victory.

1936- The Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Indians, as Bronx Starter Red Ruffing takes the shutout, winning the game by a score of 18-0. Lloyd Brown, the 1st of 3 Tribe pitchers used in the game is the loser. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig has a pair of HRs to take over the 1936 AL HR lead with 23.

1951Using 4 HRs from NL Sluggers Stan Musial, Bob Elliott, Ralph Kiner and Gil Hodges, the NL All-Stars defeat the AL team at Detroit's Briggs Stadium in the 1951 All-Star Game. Pirates Ralph Kiner hits a HR for the 3rd year in a row. The only starting Yankee player on the All-Star starting team is Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel had veteran All-Star OF Joe DiMaggio and Shortstop Phil Rizzuto on his Reserve Player list. Yankees hurler Eddie Lopat relieves St. Louis Browns Starter Ned Garver in the 4th inning, he gives up 3 NL runs and hits takes the loss for the AL squad. The 1951 MLB All-Star day game in Detroit draws a crowd of 52,075 fans. Giant’s veteran Starter Sal “The Barber” Maglie is the winner for the NL squad.

1956- In the 1956 MLB All-Star Game played Griffth Stadium in Washington, D.C., Cardinals 3B Ken Boyer makes 3 sparkling defensive plays and gets 3 hits as the NL defeats the AL squad by a score of 7-3. Yankees CF Mickey Mantle and Catcher Yogi Berra are in the AL starting line-up. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel has 2B Billy Martin and Shortstop Gil McDougald as Reserve Players. He selected Whitey Ford and Johnny Kucks to the AL All-Star Pitching staff.  A crowd of 26,843 fans attended the day game in the Nation’s capital. MLB All-Stars Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Stan Musial hit HRs in the game. Willie Mays's pinch-hit 2-run HR off of Yankees hurler Whitey Ford is his 7th straight hit against the Bronx pitching ace. Mickey Mantle hits his HR off of veteran Braves Starter Warren Spahn. Ford pitches 1 inning for the AL squad, while giving up 3 NL hits and 2 runs. White Sox Starter Billy Pierce starts for the AL team and takes the AL loss. Pirates Bob Friend is the winning pitcher for the NL squad.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Giard (1927) passed away. (1898-1956)

On December 17,1924, P Joe Giard was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers “Bullet” Joe Bush and Milt Gaston to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Urban Shocker. He would go 13-15 with a 5.74 ERA in 52 games for St. Louis. On February 8,1927, Joe Giard traded by the Browns along with OF Cedric Durst to the Yankees for veteran hurler Sad Sam Jones. He appeared in 16 games for the 1927 Yankees with no record. He didn’t appear in the 1927 World Series against the Pirates. He would pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1928-1929 before retiring from the game.

1962- At newly-opened D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy becomes the 1st U.S. President ever to throw the ceremonial 1st pitch at an MLB All-Star Game. Thanks to the game's MVP Maury Wills scoring 2 of the NL team's 3 runs and Willie Mays' amazing game-ending catch, the NL beats the Junior circuit by the score of  3-1 in the 1st of 2 Mid-Summer Classics to be held this summer, the extra games were played to increase the MLB Player’s Pension Funds. Yankee Manager Ralph Houk has his M& M boys (Mantle & Maris) in the AL starting line-up. Maris gets an RBI for the AL team. He has 2B Bobby Richardson, Catcher Elston Howard and Rookie Shortstop Tom Tresh on the AL bench. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry is selected for the All-Star team Pitching staff. He doesn’t appear in the game. Giants Starter Juan Marichal is the NL winner with relief help from Braves Bob Shaw, who gets the save.

1965- Former Yankee Reliever Buddy Groom (2005) was born.

On February 9, 2005, Reliever Buddy Groom was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 24 games working out of the 2005 Yankees bullpen, while posting a 1-0 mark with a 4.91 ERA. On July 31, 2005, Buddy was sent to the Diamondbacks by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal.

1977- A 5-0 loss to the Orioles drops the Yankees into 2nd place in AL East, ½ game behind the Red Sox. The Yankees would not re-enter 1st place until August 23,1977, they would soon fall 5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam Marsonek (2004) was born.

On December 13,1999, P Sam Marsonek was traded by the Rangers along with P Brandon Knight to the Yankees for OF/DH Chad Curtis. Sam appeared in 1 game with the 2004 Yankees with no record, before becoming an MLB Free Agent in the winter of 2004.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernie Nevel (1950-1951) passed away (1919-1988)

Before the start of the 1946 AL season, the Yankees signed P Ernie Nevel, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Nevel was farmed out to the Augusta Tigers (SAL), where the 27-year-old would go 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 36 appearances. This would be the 1st year of 9 seasons that he would spend in the Minor Leagues. After 4 more years of Minor League baseball and tying for the league lead with a 21-win performance with the pennant-winning Beaumont Roughnecks (TXL) in 1950, Ernie would make it to the Yankees. He got a very short look by the Yankees in late September of 1950, making 3 appearances, losing 1 game and having a 9.95 ERA. The AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) would be Ernie's home for the biggest part of the 1951 season; he would go 14-11 with a 3.86 ERA. He would show up again in Yankee Stadium, appearing in 1 game, pitching 4 innings with no decision and that was it for his 2nd shot at the MLB hitters. It was back to the AAA Blues in 1952, where he went 7-6 in 22 appearances before being traded to the Reds. Ernie appeared in a total of 4 games with the Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On August 28,1952, Ernie was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League players: Outfielders Jim Greengrass and Bob Marquis, MLB P Johnny Schmitz and $35,000 Cash to the Reds for veteran NL All-Star Starter Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell.

1996- Former Yankees Minor League P Drew Finley was born.

Pitcher Drew Finley was a 3rd-round pick of MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees in 2015. Finley, a 22-year-old righty, has yet to move past the low A level despite 3 attempts. In 120 innings as a pitcher over 4 seasons, he carries an unsightly 5.48 ERA with a 2-11 record in 42 games in the Yankees organization. On November 21, 2018, he was traded along with Cash to the Dodgers for INF/OF Tim Locastro.

1997- Yankees Rookie Starter Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 Tiger batters and gets the win in his MLB Pitching debut as the Yankees defeat the Tigers by a score of 10-3.

1999- The Yankees' winning streak of 124 consecutive games when they led entering the 9th inning ends as Mets PH Matt Franco singles off of Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera giving the Mets a dramatic come-from-behind Subway Series MLB Inter-League 9-8 victory.

2001- In his final MLB All-Star Game appearance, Orioles 3B Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. His HR along with consecutive HRs from fellow AL teammates Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez power the AL team to its 5th victory in a row beating the NL squad at Seattle's Safeco Field by a score of 4-1. Yankees Pitcher Roger Clemens was the starter for the AL team, also Bronx Pitcher Andy Pettitte pitched 1 scoreless inning for the AL team. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera was selected to the AL team, but didn’t play due to injury. The 2001 MLB Mid-Summer Classic played in Baltimore, draws a crowd of 47,364 fans.

2011- Bronx Starter CC Sabathia wins his 13th game of the 2011 AL season for the Yankees, as they eke out a 1-0 win over theRays. The only run scores on a couple of miscues, after Robinson Cano starts the 7th inning with a single off of  Rays Starter James Shields. B.J. Upton makes a nice catch on Jorge Posada's fly ball to centerfield, but his throw to 1st to double-up Cano sails into the 1st base dugout. Cano moves to 3rd base on the play, then he scores when Shields' pick-off attempt is above 3B Sean Rodriguez's head. The game takes only 2:11 tied for quickest for 2011 MLB season.

2017- Yankees RF Aaron Judge adds another flourish to his outstanding  2017 AL Rookie season, as he wins the MLB All-Star Game HR Derby, staged at Marlins Park on the eve of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game with a total of 47 HRs, including 4 HR shots measured at over 500 feet. He defeats Marlins Miguel Sano for the title as local favorite and defending MLB All-Star HR Champion Giancarlo Stanton is eliminated in the 1st round.

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Bull Dog” Bouton  (1962-1968) passes away at the age of 80. (1939-2019)

Jim Bouton pitched at West Michigan University before signing with the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1958. He reached the Bronx in 1962. Bouton was the winning pitcher of the 22-inning game against the Tigers in 1962. He finished his MLB Rookie season with an 7-7 record with a 3.99 ERA and 2 saves in 36 games. He didn’t appear in the 1962 World Series against the Giants. In 1963, Jim went 21–7 with a 2.53 ERA in 40 games for the Yankees. He was named to the 1962 AL All-Star team to pitching staff. In 1964, he posted an 18-13 record with a 3.02 ERA in 38 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 2 World Series for the 1963-1964 Yankees, going 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA in 3 games; winning 2 games against the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals; losing a 1-0 shutout, a 4-hitter to the Dodgers Starter Don Drysdale in 1963 World Series. He injured his pitching arm in 1965, he was never being effective again for the Yankees. His Yankees Pitching career record was a 55-51 record with a 3.36 ERA and 4 saves in 197 games. In October of 1968, he was sold by the Yankees to the AAA Seattle Angels (PCL), who would become the new AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Pilots.  Bouton resurfaced in the MLB as a knuckleball relief pitcher in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots and later the Astros. This period is well documented his baseball book in “Ball Four”. Although he was moderately successful, after the backlash against “Ball Four”, Bouton disappeared from the MLB. He continued to pitch for pro and semipro teams, he eventually made it back to the MLB with the Braves for 5 games in 1978, pitching at the age of 39. Bouton had gone 11-9 with a 2.82 ERA with the 1978 Savannah Braves, and some thought that Braves Team Owner Ted Turner recalled Bouton largely as a way of selling tickets to some September games. Bouton, however, turned people's heads, pitching much better than anyone expected. On September 14th, he threw a 3-hitter over 6 innings to record a victory over the Giants. On September 24th, he worked 8 innings, while giving up only 2 runs in a hard luck loss against the Reds in Atlanta. He retired from baseball after the 1978 NL season was completed. His last comeback is documented in “Ball Five”, which was published as an addition to his more famous book. Jim Bouton finished MLB Pitching career with a 62-63 record with a 3.57 ERA and 6 saves in 304 games. Also, he worked as a Sportscaster for WABC-TV and WCBS-TV in New York City. He briefly acted in movies and had a comedy TV Show called “Ball Four.” Also, he was creator of the “Big Chew” bubble gum company.

Bouton, despite his successful baseball career, will forever be better known for “Ball Four”, which consists of diary entries describing daily life in the game. It was edited by Sports Journalist Leonard Shecter, a long-time friend of Bouton's. Perhaps the biggest controversy involving Bouton and his book, which was published in 1970, was his description of the habitual use of amphetamines by many MLB players. In addition to the controversy surrounding amphetamines, the book was seen by some members of the baseball establishment as a blight on the game because it depicted "the nation's heroes" acting human and doing immoral - but still entirely normal - things like drinking, swearing and chasing women.  MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn even tried to get Bouton to sign a written apology and claim that the book's events were faked and entirely concocted by Schecter. Bouton, true to his nickname of "Bulldog", refused to cave in to pressure from Kuhn and others, and stood by his story. A follow-up volume, “I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally”, was issued in 1971, and was dedicated by Bouton to his detractors. Bouton would go on to write several other books, both fiction and non-fiction, and become a fan favorite. The baseball establishment always seemed to distance itself from Bouton, although he was finally invited back to an Old-Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium in 1998. 





3 months ago  ::  Jul 01, 2021 - 2:17PM #4
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Yes Admin,

I posted the thread for the coming week early, because I am having hand surgery tomorrow morning. I will be offline for the weekend.


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