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This Week in Yankees History July 18th-July 24th Part One

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July 18th

1916- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Johnny “Hippity” Hopp (1950-1952) was born. (1916-2003)

On September 5,1950, veteran 1B/OF Johnny Hopp was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He would hit .333 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in 19 games for the Yankees. Due to his late trade date was in September, he could not play for the Yankees in the 1950 World Series against the Phillies. In 1951, he faded to a .206 mark with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in 46 games. He was only hitting .160 in  with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs in 15 games, when the Yankees released him during the 1952 AL season. Johnny had appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, playing in 4 games with no hits. The Tigers would pick him up finishing his 14-season MLB playing career with them. Johnny had been in the MLB from 1939 to 1952, playing for the Cardinals, Braves, Pirates, Yankees and the Tigers. He finishes his MLB playing career with a .296 BA, while hitting 46 HRs and 458 RBIs in 1,393 games.

1918- Former Yankees Pitcher AL Lyons (1944,1946-1947) was born. (1918-1965)

Al Lyons had posted a 1-1 record with a 5.49 ERA in 19 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates in 1947. He had appeared in 11 games for the 1944 Yankees with no decisions. He was called into the Navy, serving on active duty until 1946. He went 7-12 for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) with a brief call up to the Bronx going 0-1 in 2 games. In 1947, he had appeared in 6 games for the team posting a 1-0 record. Al’s finial Yankees career pitching record was a 1-1 mark with a 5.49 ERA in 19 games.

1921- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits the 139th HR of his MLB playing career, passing Roger Connor to become baseball's all-time home run leader. The HR blast off of Tigers P Bert Cole at Navin Field in Detroit, MI is estimated by some to have traveled upwards of 575 feet, the longest in MLB history.

1933- The Yankees win their 9th straight game taking the AL lead from the Senators by beating the White Sox by a score of 5-4.

1934- Twenty-two players hit safely in the Indians’ 15-14 win over the Yankees. Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth is hit in the leg by a ball. He will be out of the Yankees starting line-up for 10 days. It is the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this 1934 AL season.

1937- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/C Fred Jacklitsch (1905) passed away. (1876-1937)

On September 15,1905, 1B/C Fred Jacklitsch was sent from AA Providence (EL) to the Highlanders in an unknown transaction. Fred only appeared in 1 game with no hits for the 1905 team. Before the start of the 1906 AL Season, Fred was sent from the Highlanders to York (TSL) in an unknown transaction. Jack would play in the MLB for 13 seasons (1900-1917) with the Phillies (twice), Dodgers, Yankees, Braves and with Baltimore in the Federal League before retiring from the game. He finished with .243 BA hitting 5 HRs and 153 RBIs in 490 MLB games.

1940- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Manager and MLB Player Joe Torre (1996-2007) was born.

Joe Torre served as the Yankees Manager under the controversial Team Owner George Steinbrenner, who was famous for frequently firing his team's managers. Torre lasted 12 full seasons, managing 1,942 regular season games (with a won-loss record of 1,173–767). He took the team to the AL post-season playoffs every 1 of his 12 seasons with the club, winning 6 AL pennants and 4 World Series Championships. This was by far the longest tenure for a Yankees skipper in the Steinbrenner era. Joe Torre's era was the 2nd-longest managerial tenure in the club's history: only Joe McCarthy lasted longer (1931-1946). Joe would manage the 2008-2010 Dodgers before retiring from the MLB. He came back to the game working in the MLB Commissioner’s office, working as Vice-President for On-Field Operations. In December of 2013, Joe was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame as an MLB Manager (Mets, Cardinals and the Yankees). As an MLB player, he had a .297 lifetime BA along with 2,342 hits, while playing for the Braves, Cardinals and Mets. He was 9-time member of the NL All-Star team.  In 1971, he was named the NL MVP Award winner and NL Batting Champ. His older Brother, Frank Torre had played 1B for the Braves and Phillies during the 1950-1960’s.

1944- Former Yankees Pitcher Rudy May (1974-1976,1980-1983) was born.

On June 15,1974, P Rudy May was purchased by the Yankees from the Angels for Cash. Rudy had posted a 26-19 mark in 60 games with the Yankees. On June 15,1976, he was traded along with Reserve C&nbs**** Dempsey, Pitchers Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to the Orioles for 4 Pitchers Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Grant Jackson, Jimmy Freeman and Reserve C Ellie Hendricks. Rudy would return to the Yankees in 1980, posting a 15-5 mark along with an AL leading ERA of 2.46. He will go 28-27 in 124 games with the 1980-1983 Yankees. Overall, Rudy May’s Yankees career pitching totals was a 54-46 record  along with a 3.12 ERA and 7 saves in 184 games during his 2 tours with the team.

1947- The Yankees 19-game winning streak comes to an end, when Tigers Starter Fred Hutchinson shuts out the team by a score of 2-0.

1954- After winning 13 games in a row, the Yankees lose the 2nd game of a doubleheader to the Tigers by the score of 8-6. They now trail the Indians in the 1954 AL pennant race by 1/2 game.

1957- In what will later be revealed as false testimony, Kansas City A's Team Owner Arnold Johnson denies before the Celler Senate Committee that he had any ties to the current Yankees Team Ownership (Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr.) or has favored them in any MLB baseball trades made by the A’s. This Congressional Committee was looking into MLB legal activities including Anti-Trust Laws and the MLB Players Reserve Clause. 

1957- Team Owner Horace Stoneham says that the Giants will quit New York City after the 1957 NL season ends. He says he has not heard anything more from the city of San Francisco and that his move is not contingent on that of the Dodgers move to the West Coast. He sees a new stadium or joint occupancy with the Yankees as the only solution that could convince the Giants to stay in New York City. The Yankees will not share Yankee Stadium with the Giants for the 1958 MLB season. Stoneham has his eye towards his AAA Franchise, the Minneapolis Millers in the American Association, who played in Bloomington, MN, whose current Metropolitan Stadium was built in the 1955. It will be later used by the Twins in 1961. Stoneham finally agrees with the Dodgers to go to the West Coast, as he settles in San Francisco. In the fall of 1961, the Yankees will refuse to allow the NL’s new NYC baseball team, the 1962 Mets to play at Yankee Stadium. They will have to use the Giants old ball park, the Polo Grounds. 

1960- The Yankees score 5 runs in the 3rd inning off of Indians Starter Richard Stigman, as veteran Bronx starter Whitey Ford coasts to a 9-2 complete game victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. Ford allows only 2 runs on 8 Tribe hits.  While Stigman lasts only 5 innings for the Tribe, as veteran Reliever Barry Latman finishes the game. The Yankee hitting attack is led by the M&M boys (Mantle and Maris), who hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers. 

1961- At Griffth Stadium, Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle poles 2 HRs off of Rookie Nats hurler Joe McLain to pace the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the expansion Senators. A crowd of 17,695 fans watch the Tuesday game played in Washington, D.C. Yankees Rookie Starter Rollie Sheldon goes 6 innings, while Yankees Closer Arroyo picks the win, he is now 5-3 for the 1961 AL season. In pre-game ceremonies, Mickey Mantle teamed with NY Congressman Eddie Dooley to win the HR-hitting contest against other US Congressional-MLB Player duos.

1985- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ramiro Pena (2009-2012) was born.

Reserve INF Ramiro Pena appeared in 46 games in 2009 AL season, while hitting .267 before being sent back to AAA Scranton (IL). Overall, he appeared in 180 games for the 2009-2012 Yankees, hitting .233 with 2 HRs and 32 RBIs. After the 2012 AL season, Pena became an MLB Free Agent signing with the Braves organization for 2013 NL season. He last played in the MLB with the 2016 Giants. In 2017, he played pro ball in Japan. 

1987- Yankees 1B Don Mattingly hits a HR in his 8th consecutive game, tying the MLB record set by former NL Slugger Dale Long in 1956, but the Yankees lose the game to the Rangers by a score of 7-2. His consecutive game HR streak will end tomorrow, when he goes 2-for-4, but he hits no HRs.

1995- The White Sox blast the Yankees Starter “Black” Jack McDowell for 13 hits and 9-runs in 4 2/3 innings in their 11-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. McDowell makes an obscene gesture to the fans as he is booed walking off the field.

1999- On “Yogi Berra Day” at Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in MLB history and the 3rd Yankees starter in team history to toss a perfect game by beating the Montreal Expos by a score of 6-0. In pre-game ceremonies, former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial 1st pitch to his former Catcher Yogi Berra commemorating his 1956 World Series Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

2008- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent veteran 1B/DH Richie Sexton, who had been released by the Mariners. He would only appear in 22 games with the 2008 Yankees. Sexton hit .250 before being released by the team in August of 2008.

2017- In a major deal before the July 31st MLB trade deadlinethe Yankees acquired veteran MLB INF Todd Frazier and Relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox in exchange for MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard, along with 3 Minor League Players: P Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo. The Yankees will use veteran MLB INF Todd Frazier at 3B. Meanwhile Former Yankees Closer David Robertson and Reliever Tommy Kahnle will become part of  the 2017 Yankees bullpen.

July 19th

1886- Former Yankees Pitcher Charles “Butch” Schmidt (1909) was born. (1886-1952)

On September 1,1908, P Butch Schmidt was drafted by the Yankees from the Class AA Baltimore Orioles (EL) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Butch appeared in only 1 game with the 1909 Yankees with no record.

1888- Former Yankees C/1B/OF Ed Sweeney (1908-1915) was born. (1888-1947)

Outfielder/C/1B Ed Sweeney played in 627 games for the 1908-1915 Yankees, while hitting .235 with 3 HRs and 151 RBIs.

1896- Former Yankees OF Bob “Long Bob” Meusel (1920-1929) was born. (1896-1977)

On August 17,1917, OF Bob Meusel was purchased by the Yankees from AA Veron (PCL). Bob played in 1,294 games for the 1920-1929 Yankees, finishing his Bronx Bomber playing career by hitting .311 along with 146 HRs and 1,009 RBIs. He was known for his strong throwing arm in the Outfield. In 1925, he was the AL HR King with 33 HRs and the AL RBIs leader with 138. He played in 6 World Series for the Yankees, while appearing 34 games; while hitting .225 with 1 HR and 17 RBIs. During his Yankees playing career, he hit for the cycle 3 times. His Brother, Irish Meusel played for the NL cross-town rivals the Giants. On October 17,1929, Bob was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees. He would play only 1 season for the Reds, while hitting .289 with 10 HRs and 62 RBIs. When the 1930 NL season had ended, he retired as active MLB player.

1902- Former Yankees INF Mark Koenig (1925-1930) was born. (1902-1993)

On May 29,1925, INF Mark Koenig was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Fred Hofmann, P Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash. He would become the Yankees Starting Shortstop from 1925 to 1930. On October 28,1925, the Yankees would send Reserve INF Ernie Johnson to the Saints to complete the trade. Mark was the starting Shortstop for the 1927 World Champion Yankees. His best Yankees player season was in 1928, when he hit .319 with 4 HRs and 63 RBIs in 132 games. As a Yankees player, he appeared in 567 games, while hitting .285 with 15 HRs and 244 RBIs. He had appeared in 15 World Series games for the team, while hitting .231 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. On May 30,1930, Mark was traded by the Yankees along with veteran P Waite Hoyt to the Tigers for P Owens Carroll, OF Harry Rice and Reserve INF Yats Wuestling. In 12 MLB seasons, Mark had played for the Yankees, Tigers, Cubs, and the Reds; finishing up his MLB playing career with the 1936 Giants as a Reserve Infielder. He appeared in the 1932 World Series with the Cubs and the 1936 World Series with the Giants, both times he faced his old Yankees teammates and his NL team lost the World Series.

1914- Former Yankees Pitcher Marius Russo (1939-1943,1946) was born. (1914-2005)

Marius Russo went 45-34 with a 3.13 ERA in 120 games for the Yankees. In 1940, he had a 14-8 mark with 3.28 ERA and 1 save in 30 games for the team. His best Yankees Pitching season was in 1941, when he posted a 14-10 mark with 3.09 ERA and 1 save in 28 games. Also, he was named to the 1941 AL All-Star team, but he didn’t appear in the MLB Mid-Season Classic. In the 1941 World Series, he won a duel with Dodgers Starter Freddie Fitzsimmons, knocking the veteran out of the box with a line drive to the pitcher’s knee. After the 1943 AL season, Russo spent 2 years in the Army during World War II; entering the service in February 1944; being discharged from active duty in January 1946. He appeared in 2 World Series for the Yankees, while posting a 2-0 mark. In 1946, he went 0-2 with 4.34 ERA in 8 games for the Yankees; Marius was sent back to the AA Newark Bears (IL). He would pitch in the Yankees Minor League system at the AA Level until 1947. In 1948, he joined the Tigers Minor League system as he finished his pro pitching career with the AA Seattle Rainers (PCL).

1919- The Yankees purchased Pitcher Jack Quinn from AA Veron (PCL) for P Joe Finneran, 1B Zinn Beck and other considerations. Jack spent 2 tours with the Yankees (1909-1912) and (1919-1921) going 83-67 with a 3.15 ERA in 228 games, before being traded to the Red Sox. He appeared in 1 game of the 1921 World Series against the Giants, losing the decision in relief. Overall, John pitched in the MLB from 1909 to 1933, including several seasons with the Baltimore Terrapins (Federal League). Overall, he posted a 247-218 pitching record with a 3.29 ERA in 756 games.

1920 Babe Ruth becomes the 1st player in MLB history to hit 30 HRs in 1 season. The HR shot off of White Sox P Dickey Kerr breaks his record of 29 HRs from the previous AL season. He added a 2nd HR later in the game, but the Yankees still lose to Chicago at the Polo Grounds by the score of 8-5. Babe Ruth finished with an astounding 54 HRs in 1920, outhomering every other MLB team except the Phillies (64).

1922- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Ray Yochim (1958) was born.

Ray Yochim managed the Yankees AA team, the New Orleans Pelicans (SA) for part of the 1958 baseball season, before being replaced by Charlie Silvera. Ray also pitched for the team that season. Before joining the Yankees organization in 1958, Ray had pitched in the Cardinals Minor League system.

1927- Former Yankees Reserve INF and MLB Manager Billy Gardner (1961-1962) was born.

On June 14,1961, Veteran INF Billy Gardner was traded by the Twins to the Yankees for lefty P Danny McDevitt. Billy had appeared in 45 games for the 1961-1962 Yankees, while hitting just .210 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game of the 1961 World Series for the Yankees against the Reds with no hits. On June 12,1962, Billy was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for OF Tom Umphlett and Cash. After retiring as an active MLB player in the fall of 1963, Billy became an MLB Coach for the Red Sox. Later, he managed the 1981-1985 Twins and the 1987 Royals finishing with an overall 330-417 MLB manager record.

1937- The Yankees hurler Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees GM Edward Barrow for jumping the club. He had jumped the Yankees during the 1937 AL season; he sat out the rest of the season, as well as all of 1938 AL season. At the time of his player suspension, Johnny was 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 7 games for the 1937 Yankees. Broaca had pitched for the 1934-1936 Yankees, while posting a 40-27 record with a 4.04 ERA and 3 saves in 99 games. In November of 1938, after restoring Johnny to their MLB player roster, the Yankees placed him on waivers. The Indians claimed him on waivers from the Yankees. He would post a 4-2 record with a 4.70 ERA in 22 games for 1939 Indians before leaving the MLB.

1940- Yankees Catcher Buddy Rosar hits for the cycle; Red Sox Shortstop Joe Cronin will do it on August 2nd and the Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordo will repeat the cycle on September 8th.

1942- After being released by the Reds, the Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Catcher Rollie Hemsley. He hit .294 in 31 games for the 1942 Yankees. Hemsley would appear in a total of 174 games with the 1942-1945 Yankees, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 50 RBIs. On March 25,1946, Rollie was purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees.

1949- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Gene Locklear (1976-1977) was born.

On July 10, 1976, OF Gene Locklear was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. Gene only appeared in 14 games with the Yankees, while hitting .270 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. On July 31,1976, the Yankees would send P Rick Sawyer to the Padres to complete the trade.  In 1977, Gene played for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL); he appeared in 121 games, while hitting .290 with 20 HRs and 84 RBIs. In 1978, Gene would play pro baseball in Japan with the Nippon Hamfighters. He hit .240 with 8 HRs and 38 RBIs in 108 games. Locklear is a full-blooded member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. Since his retirement from pro baseball, he has become a well-known commercial artist

1950- The Yankees obtained their 1st black players, OF Elston Howard and P Frank Barnes. They had the 2 players purchased from the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro Leagues). They were both assigned to Muskegon (CL). The Yankees would later release P Frank Barnes. He would make it to MLB with the Cardinals, while Elston Howard will become the 1st black MLB Yankees player in 1955.

1950- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx veteran Southpaw Eddie Lopat wins his start by the score of 16-1 over the St. Louis Browns by throwing a 2-hitter in the 1st game of a doubleheader sweep by the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers chased the 4 St. Louis pitchers for 21 hits, 16 runs with 13 of them being earned. In the 2nd game, the Yankees beat the Browns by the score of 4-3. Yankees Closer Tom Ferrick picks-up the victory, he is now 3-4 for the 1950 AL season. Browns Starter Ned Garver takes the loss; he is now 8-9 for the season. Yankees Slugger Johnny Mize hits a solo HR in the game.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Kurt Kaufman (1982-1983) was born.

The Yankees signed P Kurt Kaufman as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1979. He went 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 games for the 1982-1983 Yankees. On December 7,1983, Kurt was traded by the team along with Cash to the Angels for veteran MLB INF Tim Foli.

1958- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees LF Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month against the Kansas City A’s, as the Yankees lose the game by a score of 6-4. He has 1 RBI in the game. Meanwhile A’s hitters Bob Cerv, Roger Maris and Bill Tuttle hit HRs in the game. Kansas City Reliever Bud Daley picks-up the victory, while Ralph Terry gets his 1st save of the season for the A’s. Yankees Closer Ryne Duren takes the loss in a 4 innings of work, while giving up 4 A’s hits and 3 runs. Yankees Starter Duke Maas went 7 innings giving up 4 hits with 2 runs; Yankee hurlers Bob Turley and Bobby Shantz had followed him. 

1959- Before a crowd of 57,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the visiting White Sox, winning the nightcap by the score of 6-4 on Mickey Mantle's HR off of veteran Reliever Turk Lown. In the 1st game, Yankees veteran OF Enos Slaughter belts a pair of HRs: at age 43, he is the oldest player this century to accomplish the feat. Carlton Fisk, a few months older, will top Enos Slaughter’s HR mark in 1991.

1960- The Yankees out-slug the Indians by a score of 13-11 behind the hitting of AL All-Star 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron. The “Moose” follows, a Yogi Berra HR blast with his 2nd HR in the 8th inning, but the Tribe answers back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning for an 11-8 lead. Then “Moose” hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th inning to win the game. Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 30th HR of the 1960 AL season, as veteran Tribe CF Jimmy Piersall hit a HR.

1961- MLB Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, an old friend of Babe Ruth's, announces that should Ruth's HR record be beaten after 154 games, the new HR record will carry an asterisk. When asked about the ruling, Yankees All-Star Slugger Roger Maris replies, "A season is a season." New York Sportswriter Dick Young suggests an asterisk, which is later claimed to be Frick's idea. No such designation is ever used in the MLB Record books, though but the incident leads to a myth that an "official record book" lists Roger Maris HR record with an asterisk. The myth is still popularly believed over 45 years later.

1961- The Yankees drop a doubleheader to the expansion Senators by scores of 8-4 and 12-2. In the Opener, the Nats down the Yankees by the score of 8-4 with Bud Daley taking the lost for the Yankees. Washington Starter Bernie Daniels is the winner, bringing his 1961 record to the 5-5 mark. In the 2nd game, Nats veteran AL hurler Richard Donovan is the winner, while Yankees Rookie hurler Al Downing takes the loss lasting only 1 inning, while giving up 5 Senators runs. Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle belts a 500 FT HR in the 4th inning over the RF wall.

1962- John W. Cox, the current owner of Yankee Stadium property, donates the sports facility to Rice University.

1964- Tribe Rookie Starter Luis Tiant in his MLB Pitching debut allowing only a 4-Yankee hits, while 11- Bronx batters strikeout, giving him a 3-0 victory for the Indians at Yankee Stadium. The losing pitcher is Yankees Ace Whitey Ford. Tiant was brought up yesterday by the Tribe, after posting a 15-1 record with the Indians AAA Portland team (PCL).

1975- Yankees Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Twins Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the credit for the putout. The Yankees lose the game by a score of 2-1.

1977- At the remodeled Yankee Stadium, the NL scores 4 times in the opening inning off of Orioles Starter Jim Palmer en route to a 7-5 MLB All-Star Game victory. The Dodgers hurler Don Sutton, throwing 3 scoreless innings, is named the game's 1977 MVP.  A crowd of 56,683 fans attended the 1977 MLB All-Star game. Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson, OF Reggie Jackson, 3B Graig Nettles, 2B Willie Randolph and Reliever Sparky Lyle were on the 1977 AL All-Star squad managed by Billy Martin.

1978- Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa limits the Twins to just 6-hits, as the Yankees open a 5-game winning streak. This winning streak starts the remarkable comeback of the 1978 Yankees to catch the Red Sox in the AL East and win the 1978 AL Championship.

1982- Former Yankees Reliever Phil Coke (2008-2009, 2016) was born.

Phil Coke was drafted by the Yankees in the 26th round (786th overall) of 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He began his pro baseball career with the GCL Yankees in 2003. By 2007, Coke had also pitched for the short season Staten Island Yankees, Class-A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) and Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees (FSL). He made his Double-A pitching debut with the 2008 Trenton Thunder (EL), going 9–4 with a 2.54 ERA in 23 games (20 starts). Later that season in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL), he pitched in 13 games (starting 1) while posting a 2–2 record with a 4.67 ERA. He made his MLB Pitching debut on September 1, 2008 for the Yankees against the Tigers with a scoreless inning with strikeoutsof Tigers Sluggers Curtis Granderson and Miguel Cabrera. He finished the 2008 AL season with a 1-0 record in 12 games for the Yankees. In 2009, Phil went 4-3 with 2 saves in 72 games. On December 8, 2009, Phil was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees with Minor League OF Prospect Austin Jackson to the Tigers. Detroit sent MLB OF Curtis Grandersonto the Yankees. The Tigers sent P Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. The Yankees sent Starter Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks. The D-Backs would send Pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers. In 2016, Phil Cooke returned to the Yankees, pitching in 3 games with no record. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency, so he could sign to pitch for 2017 Orix Buffalos (JPL), where he was used as a Starter and Reliever. For the 2018 baseball season, Phil pitched in the Mexican Leagues for 6 games, before retiring from the game.

1983- Former Yankees Reliever Joe Beggs (1938) passed away. (1910-1983)

Before coming to the Bronx, P Joe Beggs had pitched for the 1937 AA Newark Bears team (IL) that won 109 games. He came close to pitching a No-hitter, with the only hit being a smash that caromed off his leg. Beggs went 21-4 that 1937 IL season with the Bears team. In 1938, Beggs pitched 12 more games for the AA Bears, going 6-3, but when he pitched at the MLB level with the 1938 Yankees; he went 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games. Joe did not appear in the 1938-1939 World Series for the team. On January 4,1940, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for veteran P Lee Grissom.

1987- The Rangers win a 20-3 laugher over the Yankees. Rangers’ hitter Steve Buechele has 2-HRs to pace the Rangers offense out-burst. In the 9th inning, Yankees Catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound and walks 1 Ranger batter, but he allows no Texas runs.

1998- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elmer Valo (1960) passed away (1921-1998)

On December 11,1959, the Yankees signed veteran AL OF Elmer Valo as an MLB Free Agent. He had hit .292 with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 34 games for the 1959 Indians.  Elmer will appear in only 8 games for the 1960 Yankees with no hits before being waived to the Senators on May 23,1960. With the arrival of veteran Reserve OF Bob Cerv from the A’s, made him expendable to the team. He had spent 20 seasons playing in MLB, starting out with the Philadelphia A’s and finishing up with the Phillies in 1961. He later became an MLB Coach for the Phillies.

2002- Former Yankees All-Star Pitcher Frank “Spec” Shea (1947-1951) passed away (1920-2002).

In 1940, the Yankees signed P Frank “Spec” Shea as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Spec was in the Yankees farm system from 1940-1942, he might have made his MLB Pitching debut earlier; but he missed playing time due to military service duty for World War II. In 1941, he went 16-10 for Norfolk Tars (PL). After the war, Frank Shea came back to pitch for the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) in 1946, going 15-5 under future Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. He went 29-21 with a 3.68 ERA and 3 saves in 100 games with the 1947-1951 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1947, when he went 14-5 for the Yankees. He was named to the 1947 AL All-Star team. In the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers, he won 2 games (Game # 1 and #5), also Spec hit .400. He started the decisive 7th game against the Dodgers, but he was taken out after only an inning and a third: Bill Bevens replaced him; the Yankees eventually won the game and the 1947 World Series. In 1950, he suffered from pitching arm issues, spent time pitching in the Minor Leagues. On May 3,1952, “Spec” was traded by theYankees along with Reserve OF Jackie Jensen, Minor League INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson to the Senators for Outfielders Irv Noren and Tom Upton.

2007- Yankees Minor League OF Shelley Duncan hits his 25th HR for the AAA Scranton Yankees (IL) to break Wendell Magee's Scranton franchise record for HRs. When Duncan will be called up to the Yankees, he will hit 3 HRs in his 1st 3 days as an MLB Player.

2008- Confusion erupts in a NY-Penn League game between the Class A Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones. Switch-hitting Brooklyn DH Ralph Henriquez Jr. steps to the plate from the right side against Pat Venditte, the Minor Leagues' 1st ambidextrous Pitcher of the century. Henriquez then decided he would hit left-handed and Venditte promptly switched his glove to the right hand. Henriquez again called time and switched sides. The shuffle continued several times before the Umpires and Managers decided that the batter must declare first from which side he will bat and that players can only switch once per at-bat. Venditte, throwing from the right side, winds up whiffing Henriquez on 4 pitches.

2015- Former Yankees Pitcher Rugger Ardizoia (1947) passed away. (1919-2015)

At the time of his death in 2015, 96-yearold former P Rinaldo "Rugger" Ardizoia was the oldest living ex-Yankees player. He pitched 1 game in the MLB and he spent 12 years in the Minor Leagues, mostly with various teams in the Pacific Coast League. He was born in Italy, but he grew up in San Francisco. After graduating from high school, Rugger began playing for the AA San Francisco Missions (PCL). When the Missions moved from San Francisco to Hollywood, the next season to become the Hollywood Stars. He played 2 seasons for the Stars until being signed for the Yankees by West Coast MLB Scout Joe Devine. The Yankees sent him to their AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1941. When World War II started, he was considered an enemy alien, since he was Italian-born. Rugger was not allowed to travel to the league’s 2 Canadian cities (Montreal and Toronto) with the team. So in 1942, he was assigned to the AA Kansas City Blues in the American Association, which had no Canadian City based teams. In 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force. Rugger was sent to McClelland Field in Sacramento, Ca., as an aircraft maintenance person. Later he was sent to Hawaii with the 7th Air Force as a tow target operator, and then he went to Tinian and Iwo Jima with the 20th Air Force. In December of 1945, Ardizoia was discharged from the Army Air Force. He went to MLB Spring Training with the 1946 Yankees, but Rugger spent that season with the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), where he won 15 games. Ardizoia’s MLB Pitching career consisted of just 2 innings of relief pitching on April 30,1947. Yankees Manager Bucky Harris tabbed him to relieve P Karl Drews in the 7th inning of the Yankees' game against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Browns already held a 13-4 lead over the Yankees, so his MLB Pitching debut amounted to nothing more than mop-up duty. Ardizoia started out well, pitching an uneventful 7th inning. In the top of the 8th inning, Yankees 1B George McQuinn's RBI double chipped away at the Browns' lead, but in the bottom of the 8th, Ardizoia gave up 2 runs on Browns 1B Wally Judnich's 2nd HR of the game. In the top of the 9th inning, Johnny Lindellpinch-hit for him and his MLB Pitching career with the Yankees came to an end. Ardizoia spent the 1948 season back with AA Hollywood Stars (PCL), later  he pitched with the 1949 AA Seattle Rainiers (PCL) and the 1951 season with the AA Dallas Eagles (TXL) before retiring from baseball.

July 20th

1877- Former Yankees Catcher Red Kleinow was born. (1877-1929)

Catcher Red Kleinow spent most of his MLB playing career with the New York Highlanders at a time when the team's performance fluctuated wildly. In the period from 1904-1910, the team was 2nd in the AL 3 times, but was also under .500 4 times, losing a record 103 games in 1908. On January 5, 1904, Catcher Red Kleinow was traded by AA Toledo (AA) to the Highlanders for 2 Rookies: P Eddie Quick and C/1B Jack Zalusky. Red became the Yankees starting Catcher from 1905 to 1909. Red played in 522 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .219 with 2 HRs and 127 RBIs. On May 26,1910, Red was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees. Red was dealing with a sore throwing arm problems, he had lost his starting Catcher job to Catcher Jeff Sweeney. He would become a Reserve Catcher for the 1910 Red Sox.

1904- The Yankees traded 2 Pitchers: Long Tom Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for veteran Starter Al Orth (3-4).  Orth will regain his pitching form in the Bronx, going 11-6 in 20 games of 1904 AL season, followed by an 18-16 mark with a 2.86 ERA in 1905. He will go 27-17 with a 2.34 ERA in 45 games, while completing a league leading 36 games for the 1906 Yankees. Overall, Al Orth would go 72-61 with a 2.72 ERA in 172 games with 11 shutouts and 102 complete games for the 1904-1909 Yankees.

1912- In the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Indians, Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell is inserted as a pinch-runner, then he steals home for the tying run in an eventual 4-3 win over the Tribe. Ray then pitches a 4-0 victory in the 2nd game. 

1923- The Yankees hit into a triple play, but still beat Philadelphia A’s  by the score of 9-2 behind veteran MLB Starter Carl Mays, who threw a 4-hitter.

1936- In an exhibition game played in Pittsburgh, former Yankees Starter Waite Hoyt stops his old Yankee teammates by a score of 7-2. Lou Gehrig's 6th inning HR is the 1st score for the Yankees. Ted Kleinhaus is cuffed in his 8-innings. While Hoyt wins, another old pitcher loses as the Pirates hand veteran hurler Guy Bush his release. The NL Bees (aka the Boston Braves) will sign him.

1941- The Yankees end a 17-inning game with the Tigers by scoring 6 runs in the last inning to win the game by a score of 12-6.

1956- Yankees Starter Whitey Ford ties an AL record for consecutive strikeouts by fanning 6 straight Kansas City A’s batters. Ford will finish the game with 8 strikeouts in a 6-3 win over the A’s.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Mike Witt (1991-1993) was born.

On May 11,1990, veteran MLB Starter Mike Witt was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for MLB All-Star OF Dave Winfield. Mike went 8-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 27 games for the Yankees.

1960- At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, with the Indians in the lead by the score of 8-2. Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits a Gary Bell pitch over the auxiliary scoreboard into the distant upper deck in RF, matching Luke Easter as the only MLB players to reach that spot. The Indians will hold on for an 8-6 win over the Bronx Bombers.

1962- Yankees CF Mickey Mantle hits a HR in the 1st inning off of Senators Starter Steve Hamilton to propel the Yankees to a 3-2 victory. Mantle goes 3-for-4 at the plate and his 1962 AL season on-base percentage is now at .516 mark.

1965- Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre becomes the 1st pitcher to hit an Inside-the-Park Grand Slam HR since Deacon Phillippe did it for the 1910 Pirates. Stottlemyre's bases-loaded drive in the 5th inning off of Boston Starter Bill Monbouquette that assures him a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.

1970- The Yankees obtained veteran NL All-Star Starter Mike McCormick from the Giants for P John Cumberland. Mike will post a 2-0 mark with a 6.10 ERA in 9 games for the 1970 Yankees before being released during their MLB Spring Training Camp in March of 1971.  He would be signed by the Royals. John Cumberland had appeared in 18 games for the 1968-1970 Yankees, while posting a 3-4 record with a 4.11 ERA.

1973- White Sox Starter Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader against the Yankees by scores of 12-2 and 7-0.

1985- Scattering just 7-Twins hits, Yankees starter Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight game of the 1985 AL season beating the Twins by the score of 8-3.  Bronx 1B Don Mattingly has a 2-run HR and a 2-run double for the team.

1987- Yankees 1B Don Mattingly ties another MLB record, this time in the field with his glove, as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Twins. Highlanders 1B Hal Chase last accomplished this fielding feat by a 1B in the AL in 1906.

1990- Former Yankees Reliever Tyler Webb (2017) was born.

Pitcher Tyler Webb began his pro career in 2013, after being selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 2012, the Reds had previously selected Webb, but he did not sign with the team The relief pitcher averaged more than 12 strikeouts per 9 innings in each of his 1st 2 pro baseball seasons. In 2014, he reached AA AScranton for the 1st time. With the 2014 AA Trenton Thunder (EL), Tyler was an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star. He earned a spot in the Arizona Fall League in 2015. The Pirates drafted him in the 2016 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but they returned him to the Yankees on April 1, 2017. Three months later, Tyler then made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on June 24th, 2017, when he pitched an inning and a third of scoreless relief in a loss to the Rangers. Less than a month later, on July 13, 2017, Webb was traded to the Brewers in return for Minor League 1B Garrett Cooper. His final 2017 Yankee pitching totals was a 0-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in 7 games for the team. In 5 Minor League seasons in the Yankees organization, Webb was 15-14 with a 3.45 ERA (248.0IP, 223 H, 105R/95ER, 67 BB, 312 K, 21 HR) in 150 appearances with 5 starts. 

1998- The Tigers take the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4-3 score in 17 innings. The Yankees will bounce back to take the 2nd game from the Tigers by the identical score. This doubleheader of 26 innings takes nearly 9 hours to play.

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July 21st

1890- Former Yankees INF/OF Howard “Hank” Shanks (1925) was born. (1890-1941)

On December 10,1924, veteran INF/OF Hank Shanks was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for INF Mike McNally. Shanks had played for the 1912-1922 Senators, then he joined the Red Sox in 1923. Hank will appear in 66 games for the 1925 Yankees, while hitting .258.

1891- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Keating (1912-1916,1918) was born. (1891-1963)

In September of 1912, the Yankees purchased P Ray Keating for $12,000 Cash from the Lawrence Barristers (NEL). He had won 26 games for Lawrence in 1912. Overall, as a Yankees Starter and then a Reliever, Ray went 24-40 with a 3.36 ERA in 108 games. On March 6, 1919, Ray was sold to the Boston Braves. 

1910- The Yankees take advantage of 8 Browns errors to down St. Louis by the score of 19-2.

1921- The Indians batters bang out 9 doubles, while the Yankees hit 7 doubles for an AL record 16 doubles in the Indian's 17-8 win. The Indians cling to a 2-game lead in the AL.

1929- Former Yankees Minor League INF Jerry Snyder was born.

In 1947, INF Jerry Snyder started out his playing career in pro baseball in the Yankees organization. He had 5 solid Minor League seasons from 1947-1951. He hit .302 for Class B, Quincy Gems  (3-IL) in his 2nd season of pro ball. In 1951, he played with the Class AA Beaumont Exporters (TXL) and the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA), he hit .290 for the combined season. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 3,1952, he was traded by the Yankees along with MLB OF Jackie Jensen, veteran P Frank  “Spec” Shea and Reserve OF Archie Wilson to the Senators for 2 Outfielders: Irv Noren and Tom Upton. Snyder would spend his entire 7-season MLB playing career with the 1952-1958 Senators. He hit for a .339 average for the 1953 AL season, he wound finish his overall MLB playing career with a .230 average in 266 games. 

1941- Former Yankees Pitcher Gary Waslewski (1970-1971) was born.

On May 15,1970, P Gary Waslewski was traded by the Expos to the Yankees for Reserve 1B/OF Dave McDonald. Gary went 2-3 with 1 save in 50 games for the Yankees. On April 3,1972, Gary was released by the Yankees. Gary had originally come up to the MLB with the 1967 Red Sox. Gary Waslewski holds the record for the fewest career wins at the time of a World Series start. He had only 2 MLB career wins before starting Game 6 of the 1967 World Series against the Cardinals for the Red Sox. He lasted 5.1 innings, but he didn’t get a decision, veteran Red Sox Reliever John Wyatt picked up the victory.

1942- Former Yankees and long-time MLB Announcer 1B/DH Mike Hegan (1964,1966-1967,1973-1974) was born. (1942-2013)

In 1961, the Yankees had signed Mike Hegan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in 5 games with the team in 1964 with no hits. He was on the Yankees' roster for the 1964 World Series, shortly after making his MLB Player debut, as a replacement of the injured Shortstop Tony Kubek. He appeared in 3 games in the 1964 World Series with 3 at bats with no-hits. Mike hit .205 in 13 games in 1966 and .136 in 68 games in 1967. On June 14,1968, he was purchased by the expansion Seattle Pilots from the Yankees. On August 18,1973, Mike was sent to the Yankees by Oakland as part of a conditional deal.Mike hit .275 in 37 games for the Yankees for the rest of the 1973 AL season. With the arrival of 1B Chris Chambliss from the Indians on April 16,1974 made him expendable on the team.  Mike requested a trade. He was hitting only .226 in 18 games, when the Yankees would send him to the Brewers. Mike’s Dad, Jim Hegan was former Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach and MLB Catcher. In 1964, they were the 1st MLB Father and Son combination to appear in a World Series together with the Yankees against the Cardinals. After retiring as a active player, Mike became a Sports Broadcaster for the 1977-1989 Brewers, then he was with the Indians Broadcasting team from 1989-2013.

1947- The Boston Braves edge the Yankees by a score of 4-3 in the annual Baseball Hall of Fame game held at Doubleday Field at Cooperstown, NY 

1952- At Yankee Stadium, the 1952 Mayor’s Trophy game is held. A crowd of 48,263 fans watched the Yankees beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-3. Yankees young Slugger Mickey Mantle hit a 2-run HR in the 8th inning to snap a 3-3 tie, and the game was called after that inning because the Yankees had to catch a train west! The winning pitcher for the Yankees was veteran Reliever Joe Ostrowski, while Dodgers P Clyde King took the loss.

1961- At Fenway Park, Bronx Sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris slam back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning for the Yankees, but it takes a 2-out, 9th-inning pinch-hit Grand Slam HR by Johnny Blanchard to finally subdue the Red Sox by a score of 11-8. Johnny Blanchard’s pinch-hit Grand Slam HR is the AL 6th of the 1961 season, setting a new AL record.

1969- A gala 1969 MLB All-Star Game banquet is held in Washington, D.C., is one of baseball's great events. The MLB is celebrating its 100th year Anniversary. An All-Time Team and All-Time Living Team are announced by the MLB. Babe Ruth is selected as the Greatest All-Time MLB Player, while the Yankees Hall of Fame CF Joe DiMaggio, as the Greatest Living MLB Player.

1972- The Yankees sweep doubleheader from the Angels, winning by scores of 6-0 and 3-0 over the Angels. Yankees veteran starters Fritz Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre apply the whitewash of the Angels.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League OF/1B Brian Buchanan was born

Brian Buchanan was selected in the 1st Round (24th Pick) of the 1994 MLB Amateur Player Draft. by the Yankees. The team assigned him initially to the Class A Oneonta Yankees, he hit just .226. In 1995, he hit a solid .302 for the Class A Greensboro Bats (SAL) with 7 steals in 8 tries but he only played in 23 games, presumably due to an injury. In 1996, the Yankees placed Brian with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL); where he batted .260 with 23 steals in 31 attempts. In 1997, Buchanan was 8th in the Eastern League in BA, after hitting .309 for the AA Norwich Navigators (EL); then moving up to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he hit .279. On February 6,1998, he was traded along with Yankee Minor Leaguers INF Cristian Guzman, Pitchers Eric Milton and Danny Mota along with Cash to the Twins for MLB 2B Chuck Knoblauch. Brian would make his MLB Player debut with the 2000 Twins, hitting just .232. Later, he played for the Padres, Mets, including 1 season in Japan. After retiring as an active player in 2008, Brian became a Minor League Manager in the Royals organization. 

1976- Former Yankees Hall of Fame OF and MLB Coach Earl “The Kentucky Colonel” Combs (1924-1935) passes away. (1899-1976)

Earl Combs was the 1st of the great Yankee Centerfielders. He was a lifetime .325 hitter, who hit in the leadoff spot for the Yankees batting lineup. Combs hit .380 for the 1923 Louisville Colonels (AA). He had his Minor League player contract purchased by the Yankees prior to the following season for $50,000, a huge sum at the time. He quickly became the Yankees regular Centerfielder, but a broken ankle caused him to miss most of his 1924 AL Rookie season. He came back the next season, scoring over 100 runs in each season from 1925-1932, also leading the AL in triples 3 times during that span. At the same time, he managed to hit under .300 in just once while playing fulltime in the MLB and at that, he was just under hitting .299 in 1926. Earl Combs' best MLB campaign came with the 1927 Yankees, when he hit .356, scored 137 runs and led the AL with 231 hits. He also starred in the postseason, hitting .350 over the course of 4 World Series from 1926-1932, with the Yankees winning 3 World Championships. A broken finger limited him to 1 plate appearance in the 1928 World Series, but he made the most of it, hitting a sacrifice fly that drove in a run. In 1934, Combs suffered a serious injury that could have cost him his life, fracturing his skull after running into the wall at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. He was carried unconscious from the field. Earl remained in the hospital for 2 months afterwards, but miraculously he returned to the field in 1935. However, his MLB playing career was shortly thereafter ended by another injury, this time it was a broken collarbone. He was replaced in 1936 as the Yankees Centerfielder by future another Hall of Famer, Joe DiMaggio. As a Yankees MLB Coach, Earl taught young Joe DiMaggio how to handle Centerfield at Yankee Stadium. Although he was a very good player, Combs was famous for his weak-throwing arm. After his MLB playing days were over, Combs was a Yankees MLB Coach from 1936-1944. In 1947, he was a member of the St. Louis Browns MLB Coaching staff. Later, he coached for the 1948-1952 Red Sox.  In 1954, he spent the season as an MLB Coach for the Phillies.

1977- Veteran Bronx Starter Catfish Hunter tosses a 7-0 shut out against the Brewers to snap a Yankees 3-game losing streak. The Brewers come back in the nightcap to win by a score of 5-4 in 10 innings.

1980Former Yankees All-Star Pitcher C.C. Sabathia (2009-2019) was born.

In December 2008, C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees agreed on a 7-year deal for $161 million, a new record for an MLB Pitcher. He was picked as the Yankees' 2009 Opening Day Starter in Baltimore on April 6th, but he had a rough go of it, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4⅓ innings while not striking out a batter; he was charged with the Yankees' 10-5 loss. However, he soon settled down into the role of ace of the Yankees' rotation, picking up a league-leading 19 wins, while pitching 230 innings with a 3.37 ERA. He won his 1st 3 starts of the AL Post Season, by beating the Twins in the opener of the ALDS, then disposing of the  Angels twice in the ALCS. He started 2 games in the World Series against the Phillies; he was out-dueled by his former Tribe teammate, Cliff Lee, in Game 1, then left with a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning of Game 4 only to see the Phillies tie the game against Reliever Joba Chamberlain, before the Yankees put the game away with a 9th-inning rally. The Bronx Bombers went on to win the 2009 World Series, 4 games to 2 to claim their 1st World Championship title since 2000. Sabathia led the AL with 21 wins in 2010, finishing with a 21-7 record with a 3.18 ERA and 197 strikeouts. On July 26, 2010, Sabathia struck out 18 Mariner batters and allowed only 1 hit in a win against Seattle. Only one other pitcher had ever fanned 18 or more batters while tossing a 1-hitter or No-hitter - Kerry Wood in 1998. He went on to win the AL's Pitcher of the Month Award for July, as he went 4-1 with a 0.92 ERA with 50 strikeouts during the month. He was named to the 2010 AL All-Star team, but he had to bow out under the "Sunday Starter" rule. For the season, he went 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA. He started Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers' Justin Verlander, but the game was suspended by rain in the middle of the 2nd inning. He came back to start Game 3, but C.C. was not involved in the decision, then came on in relief of Ivan Nova in the 2nd inning of Game 5, as the Yankees vainly tried to save their 2010 AL season. At the end of the 2010 MLB season, he had an option to decline the remaining years on his contract and become a MLB Free Agent - and his success in Yankee pinstripes would have made him a highly coveted one - but he agreed to a deal with the Yankees on the last day to do so, October 31st. The deal reportedly added $30 million to his existing contract. He was resigned by the Yankees for the 2019 season, announcing that he would retire at the end of the season. During this 2019 AL season, CC reached 2 MLB Pitching Milestones his 250th career victory and 3,000 strikeouts. After the 2019 AL Post Season, he retired after the 2019 AL season had ended. As a Yankees Pitcher C.C. finished with a 134-88 record with a 3.81 ERA in 307 games. Overall, as an MLB hurler, he finished with a pitching career record of 251-161 with a 3.74 ERA in 561 games. In the MLB Post Season, he went 10-6 in 24 games. He appeared in 1 World Series with the 2009 Yankees, while posting a record of 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 2 games.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Diego Moreno (2015) was born.

Diego Moreno is a pitcher who made his MLB Pitching debut with the 2015 Yankees. Diego had signed with the Pirates at age 19. He debuted as a pro with the 2007 VSL Pirates, going 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 2 saves. With the same club in 2008, he improved to 3-1 record with a 0.87 ERA. He helped his team take the title. Had he qualified, he would have paced the Venezuelan Summer League in ERA. In 2009, Diego made his US pitching debut with the State College Spikes, allowing 1 run in 4 innings and going 1-3 with a 2.60 ERA and 5 saves for the West Virginia Power (holding opponents to a .182 average and whiffing 57 batters in 45 innings). His fastball was being timed with a peak of 97 mph. Moreno began the 2010 season with the Bradenton Marauders, he was excellent (3-0 record, 1.37 ERA). He was promoted to the AA Altoona Curve(EL), but he was soon put on the DL with a right rotator cuff injury, having gone 0-0 with a 7.04 ERA in 7 2/3 innings. He returned to Bradenton in 2011 and had another good season with a  2-4 record with a 3.21 ERA and 5 saves in 31 games in relief. Later in the year, he was promoted once again to AA Altoona (EL), where he put up a 4.91 ERA in 7 games. Overall, in 44 2/3 innings that season, he struck out 45 batters and gave up 18 walks. On February 17, 2012, Diego and Exicardo Cayones were traded to the Yankees in return for veteran MLB Starter A.J. Burnett. In his 4th season in the Yankees' organization, he finally received the call to the MLB, making his MLB pitching debut on June 22, 2015 as he pitched a scoreless inning in an 11-8 loss to the Phillies. It was an eventful effort, however, as he gave up a pair of hits and hit a batter with a pitch, but he also struck out 2 batters. He was the 3rd Yankees reliever to make his MLB pitching debut in 2 days, as Danny Burawa and Jose De Paula had both done so the previous day. After returning to the Minor Leagues, he recorded his 1st career win in his 3rd appearance on July 28th, after relieving starter Chris Capuano with 2 outs in the 1st inning after had already given up 5 runs to the Rangers. Moreno stopped the bleeding, pitching 5 1/3 hitless innings as the Yankees' bats came alive in the 2nd, exploding for 11 runs. Yankees OF Chris Young then added a Grand Slam HR in the 3rd. Diego received credit for the 21-5 beat-down of the Rangers. Then Adam Warren succeeded him and pitched the final 3 innings to earn a save. He also did not allow a hit and it was only the 2nd time in MLB history that 2 relievers had each pitched 3 or more hitless innings for 1 team in a 9-inning game, after Ewald Pyle and Mickey Haefner had done so for the Senators against the St. Louis Browns on July 3, 1943. On August 19, 2016, Diego was released by the Yankees. He had posted a 1-0 record with a 5.23 ERA in 4 games. On December 8, 2016, he signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Rays.

1988- The Mariners sent veteran DH/1B Ken Phelps to the Yankees for MLB OF Jay Buhner and 2 Minor league Pitchers: Rich Balabon and Troy Evers. Ken Phelps would hit .244 in 1988 and .249 for the Yankees before being traded on August 30,1989 to the A’s for Minor League P Scott Holcomb. The Yankees had previously drafted Ken Phelps twice, while he was in college, but he didn’t sign with the team.  With the Mariners, Jay Buhner will hit .254 with 310 MLB career HRs, while throwing out AL base runners with his strong arm.

1993- Former Yankees player, now a Mariner OF Jay Buhner collects 5 hits in Mariners 10-3 win over the Yankees. Seattle Starter Erik Hanson goes all the way, allowing no earned runs to beat Yankees Starter Jimmy Key (12-3). The Yankees had traded Jay Buhner, 5 seasons earlier to the Mariners veteran DH/1B Ken Phelps.

1997- Four days after the birth of his 2nd child, Yankees' OF/DH Mark Whiten is arrested in Milwaukee, he is charged with 2nd-degree sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman.

2000- Wasting no time in his new capacity as Chicago’s new GM, Cubs President Andy MacPhail sends the popular OF Glenallen Hill to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Pitchers: Ben Ford and Ozwaldo Mairena. Hill would hit .333 for the Yankees in 30 games, before being traded on March 28, 2001 to the Angels for Minor League P Darren Blakely.

2009- Yankees hurler Sergio Mitre earns his 1st MLB win since the 2007 MLB season as the Yankees beat Orioles by the score of 6-4. Mitre underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008, then he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance; he allows 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings in his 1st MLB start after being called up from AAA Scranton (IL) to replace the injured Starter Chien-Ming Wang. A 2-run HR by Robinson Cano off of P Rich Hill and a 2-run single by Alex Rodriguez are the big hits for the Bronx Bombers. Combined with a Red Sox 4-2 loss at Texas, the win gives the Yankees sole possession of 1st place in the AL East for the 1st time this season.

2010- Former Yankees player, MLB Coach, Manager and General Manager Ralph Houk passed away. (1919-2010)

Prior to the start of the 1939 MLB season Ralph Houk signed with the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Following 3 seasons in the Minor Leagues, he enlisted in the Army on February 22, 1942 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During World War II, as an Army Ranger, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Houk earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart, seeing combat under the command of General George S. Patton. On one occasion, he took a bullet through the helmet, but Houk was not seriously wounded. He left the Army with the rank of Major. After the war, Houk returned to baseball in 1946. He reached the MLB in 1947 as the team's 3rd-string catcher behind Starter Aaron Robinson and Rookie C Yogi Berra. He hit .272 in a career-best 41 MLB games that season. Ralph got a hit in Game 6 of 1947 World Series against the Dodgers.  He split the next 2 seasons moving between the Yankees and the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). Then he spent the next 5 seasons in the Bronx, seeing very limited playing time behind Yankees Catchers Yogi Berra and Charlie Silvera. Nevertheless, he was on the Yankees' World Series roster 4 times during his MLB playing career (1947-1953). Following his MLB playing days, Houk returned to the Minor Leagues in 1955, as the skipper of the AAA Denver Bears (AA). He spent 3 seasons managing the team, winning an American Association title in his final season. Then Houk went on to spend 3 seasons on the Yankees MLB Coaching staff before succeeding Casey Stengel at the helm of the club from 1961-1963. He took the team to the World Series all 3 years. The Yankees won the Fall Classic twice (1961-1962). In October of 1963, Houk was then named the team's new General Manager. Yankees Co-Owner Dan Topping Sr. promoted Player/Coach Yogi Berra to Manager. After the Yankees 1964 World Series lost to the Cardinals, Houk fired Manager Yogi Berra, despite winning 99 games and the 1964 AL flag replacing him with former Cardinals Manager Johnny Keane. After the Yankees got off to a slow start in May of 1966 under Keane, he stepped down as team’s GM to manage the club again. From 1966-1973, Houk would have only 1 good season in 1970, bringing the Yankees to 2nd place finish behind the Orioles in the AL Eastern Division with a 96-69 record.  After the Yankees were sold by CBS, Inc. to an Ohio investment group that included George Steinbrenner in January of 1973, he resigned his Manager post at the end of the 1973 AL season. Ralph didn’t trust new head Team Owner George Steinbrenner despite his promises to spend money on players for the team to be winners. Overall, as a Yankees MLB Manager, Houk went 309-176 (1961-1963) with 2 World Championships and a 635-630 record (1966-1973). For an overall team record of 934-806 (.530 WP). Ralph Houk went on to manage the 1974-1978 Tigers. Only once did the team finish above the .500 mark in 1978 with an 86-76 record. He was instrumental in rebuilding the team with young players, like Infielders Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell. In fall of 1978, Houk was replaced by Les Moss as the 1979 Tigers Manager. In the fall of 1980, Houk was named the new Manager of the 1981 Red Sox. The team had fired Manager Don Zimmer during the season with MLB Coach Johnny Pesky taking over for the rest of 1980 AL season. Ralph Houk would manage the Red Sox from 1981-1984, having only 1 season under .500. His last MLB job, he was a Baseball Executive for the Twins working in their Player Development Department. Despite his success in the 1st 3 seasons of his MLB managerial career with the Yankees, he never returned to the MLB postseason again. Ralph Houk‘s MLB Manager record for 20 seasons was 1,619-1,531 in 3,156 MLB games.

2013- Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli hits a pair of HRs, the 2nd of the walk-off variety in the 11th inning as the Red Sox edge the Yankees by the score of 8-7. The nationally televised ESPN Sunday night game ends at 12:53 AM.

2017- The Yankees traded Minor League P Dillon McNamara to the Giants for an undisclosed return. He was the Yankees' 27th-round pick in 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft out of Adelphi University on Long Island, NY. He was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA with 9 saves in 26 relief appearances this 2017 season between AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and Class-A Advanced Tampa (FSL). Dillion had posted a 2.79 overall ERA across 3 levels during his 5 seasons of pitching in the Yankees organization.

2019- The 2019 Hall of Fame Class is inducted in Cooperstown, NY, with 6 former players being honored: Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith. All are present, save for Halladay, who passed away in a plane crash in 2017 and, who is represented by his wife, Brandy. Rivera, the 1st player to be elected unanimously to the Hall, gets the honor of speaking last, befitting his status as the greatest closer in MLB history.

July 22nd

1918- At the Polo Grounds, Yankees and the St. Louis Browns battled to a 15-inning a 4-4 tie. Browns Starter Rasty Wright and Reliever Bryon Houck, each pitch 7 innings in the game with no decision. Yankees Starter Hank Thormahlen goes 7.1 innings, while allowing 3 Browns runs. He is followed by Reliever Happy Finneran, who allows the Browns to tie the game with a run. He is followed by Reliever George Mogridge, who posts a scoreless inning. Next, the Yankees P Ray Keating throws 6 scoreless innings.

1925- The Yankees buy Shortstop Leo “Lip” Durocher from Hartford Senators (EL) for $12,000 Cash. Leo appeared in 210 games with the 1925,1928-1929 Yankees, while hitting .261 with no HRs and 63 RBIs in 210 games. Leo appeared in 4 games of the 1928 World Series against the Cardinals with no hits. After the 1929 AL season, the Yankees waived him because he had a fight with his Yankees roommate, Babe Ruth for allegedly for stealing the Babe’s watch. Reports say that the Babe really smacked Leo around their hotel room. On February 5,1930, he was selected off waivers by the Reds from the Yankees. He would find success in the NL playing for the Reds, Cardinals and the Dodgers. Leo later became a successful MLB Manager in the NL with the 1939-1948 Dodgers and the 1948-1955 Giants. He appeared in 3 World Series as a Manager: 1941 Dodgers, 1951 and 1954 Giants. His 1954 Giants team upset the Indians in the World Series with a 4-game sweep. He returned to Dodgers, working as an MLB Coach for Manager Walter Alston. Also, he later managed the 1966-1972 Cubs and the 1972-1973 Astros, before retiring from the game. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1994.

1926- The Yankees obtained veteran Catcher Hank Severeid on waivers from the Senators. Yankees starting Catcher Pat Collins had injured his elbow. Hank will hit .268 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 41 games for the Yankees. In the 1926 World Series for the team, Hank appeared in 7 games, while hitting .273 with No HRs and 1 RBI. After the World Series had ended, Hank retired from baseball. Overall, he had played in 1,390 MLB games, while hitting .289 with 17 HRs and 539 RBIs. During his MLB playing career, he had been with the Reds, Browns, Senators and then finishing up with the 1926 Yankees. He had appeared 1 game of 1925 World Series for the Senators, hitting .333 (1 for 3).

1928- White Sox P Red Faber comes up to bat in the 8th inning with 2 runners on base and the game with the Yankees tied at 4-4. He swings twice right-handed against Bronx righty Reliever Wilcy Moore and misses. He then switches to the left side of the plate and knocks in the winning runs with a single to centerfield.

1944- Former Yankees Cy Young Award Winner Reliever Sparky “The Count” Lyle (1973-1978) was born

On March 22,1972, Reliever Sparky Lyle was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and MLB 1B Danny Cater. The Yankees would send Minor League INF Mario Guerrero on June 30,1972 to the Red Sox to complete the trade.  Lyle had complied a 22-17 record with a 2.85 ERA with 69 saves in 260 games with the 1967-1972 Red Sox. He became the Yankees Bullpen Closer in 1973, while posting a 5-9 record with a 2.51 ERA and 27 saves in 51 games. He was named to the 1973 AL Star team. Sparky won the 1977 Cy Young Award with a 13-5 record with a 2.17 ERA, while appearing in 72 games with 26 saves. He was a 3-time AL All Star team member. With the arrival of MLB Free Agent Closer Rich Gossage in 1978, Sparky was no longer the team’s Closer. He would finish his Yankees Pitching career with a 57-40 record with a 2.41 ERA in 420 games with 151 saves.  Lyle had appeared in 3 World Series with the team posting 1-0 record, he didn’t pitch in 1978 World Series against the Dodgers. On November 10,1978, he was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Mike Heath, Pitchers Larry McCall and Dave Rajsich, Reserve INF Domingo Ramos and Cash to theRangers for  Minor League P Dave Righetti, MLB OF Juan Beniquez, Pitchers Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella and Greg Jemison (Minors).  After the Rangers, Sparky pitched for the 1980-1982 Phillies and finished up his MLB Pitching career with the 1982 White Sox. Lyle’s final MLB Pitching totals were a 99-76 record with a 2.88 ERA with 238 saves in 899 games (1967-1982). In 1998, he became the Manager of the Somerset Patriots, an Independent League team based in Bridgewater, NJ. He managed the team to Atlantic League pennants in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008. From 1998 to 2012, Lyle had a Manager record of 1,374-1,215 in 2,593 games with the Patriots. He retired from the team after the 2012 season had ended.

1947- Former Yankees C/DH/1B Clifford “Heathcliff” Johnson (1977-1979) was born.

On June 15,1977, Cliff Johnson was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, along with P Randy Niemann and INF Mike Fischlin. The  Yankees would send 1B/OF Dave Bergman on November 23,1977 to the Astros to complete the trade. Cliff was a power bat off the bench for the Yankees during his stay with the team. After a clubhouse fight with Yankees Closer Rich Gossage, in which Gossage hurt his pitching hand, the team traded him. On June 15,1979, Cliff was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for P Don Hood. As a Yankees player, Johnson appeared in 160 games for the team, while hitting .239 with 20 HRs with 56 RBIs.

1948- The Yankees take the rubber game of the series with the Indians as Vic Raschi earns the 6-5 win over the Tribe’s Ace Bob Feller. Joe DiMaggio's Grand Slam HR is the big blow for the Bronx Bombers: he has hit 4 HRs and a triple in Feller's 4 starts against the Yankees. His 8 RBIs in the 3 games against the Indians gives him an AL-leading 82.

1954- The Yankees signed veteran MLB P Ralph Branca as an MLB Free Agent. Branca had been released by the Tigers on July 15,1954. He had posted a 3-3 record with a 5.76 ERA with Detroit. The Yankees used him 5 games, making 3 starts and posting a 1-0 record with a 2.48 ERA. He would be released by the Yankees in October of 1954.

1954- In an attempt to put more pop in the Yankees starting lineup, Yankees Skipper Casey Stengel inserts Mickey Mantle in the infield as the Shortstop, while veteran Phil Rizzuto plays 2B. The experiment works as the “Commerce Comet” HRs in the 10th inning giving the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the White Sox.

1956- Former Yankees Pitcher Scott Sanderson (1991-1992) was born. (1956-2019) 

After being purchased on December 31,1990 from the Oakland A’s, Scott Sanderson went 28-22 with a 4.35 ERA in 67 games for the Yankees. In 1991, Scott went 16-10 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 games for the Yankees. In 1992, Sanderson went 12-11 with a 4.93 ERA in 33 games for the team, before leaving the club in December of 1992 for MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Angels. He finished his MLB Pitching career in 1996 with a 163-143 record with a 3.84 ERA in 472 MLB games.

1960- The Yankees purchased veteran 33-year-old Pitcher Luis Arroyo from the Reds AAA team, the Jersey City Jerseys (IL). Luis had previously pitched in the MLB for the Cardinals, Pirates and the Reds. He will be a key pitcher in the Bronx bullpen for their 1960 AL Pennant run. Luis will eventually replace Ryne Duren as the Yankees Closer out of the bullpen in the spring of 1961. He will become an AL All-Star Closer in 1961 with 15 wins with 29 saves. 

1961- The Yankees “Super-Sub” John Blanchard does it again with a solo pinch-hit HR to start a 3-run 9th-inning Bronx Bombers rally to tumble the Red Sox by a score of 11-9.

1966- Former Yankees OF Frank “Pudgie” Delahanty (1905-1906,1908) passed away. (1885-1966)

Frank Delahanty was one of 5 Delahanty brothers to play in the MLB. He played 6 seasons in the MLB as an outfielder: 4 in the AL from 1905-1908 and 2 in the Federal League (1914-1915). On August 22,1905, Frank was purchased by the Highlanders from Birmingham (SA). He was the starting LF for much of the 1906 AL season for the Yankees appearing in 86 games there and getting 307 at-bats. Although his batting average was below the team average, he showed some power with 8 doubles and 2 HRs (no player on the team had more than 10 doubles or 4 HRs). On May 16,1907, he traded by the Highlanders along with P Walter Clarkson to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) for P Earl Moore. On December 3,1907, Frank was purchased by New Orleans (SA) from the Naps. On July 9,1908, Frank was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, playing 36 games in LF, while getting 125 at-bats. His .256 BA was 20 points higher than the team average. His overall Yankees player career totals were a .242 BA with 2 HRs and 53 RBIs in 138 games.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Scout Mike Thurman (2002) was born.

The Yankees signed MLB P Mike Thurman as an MLB Free Agent. The Expos had originally signed him, where he had a 25-36 record with a 5.04 ERA in 93 games. He appeared 12 games for the 2002 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 5.18 ERA. Also, he pitched for the 2002 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while recording a 7-3 record with a 3.52 ERA in 12 games. He spent the next 2 seasons with the AAA Clippers. In 2006, Mike Thurman was the Pitching Coach for the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL). In 2007, he became a Yankees MLB Scout for the Pacific Northwest.

1989- The Yankees traded the popular 3B Mike “Pags” Pagliarulo and P Don Schulz to the Padres for 2 Pitchers: veteran MLB Starter Walt Terrell and Fred Toliver, who won't report to the Yankees until September 27th.  Walt Terrell went 6-5 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 games for the Yankees. After the 1989 AL season is over, veteran Starter Terrell will sign with the Pirates, as an MLB Free Agent. The Yankees originally had signed P Freddie Toliver; but he was traded to the Reds in the Ken Griffey Sr. trade in the fall of 1981. He doesn’t appear with the team; he was released on April 2,1990.  “Pags” was only hitting .197 with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs in 74 games for the 1989 Yankees. He will be replaced at 3B by veteran MLB INF Tom Brookens for the remainder of the 1989 AL season. Mike leaves the Yankees after playing 6 seasons for the team, while hitting .229 with 105 HRs and 337 RBIs in 703 games. Don Schulze was 8-4 for AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He had a 1-1 record with a 4.09 ERA in 2 games for the 1989 Yankees. He had been signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees in November of 1988.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Jake Barret (2019) was born.

On April 4, 2019, Pitcher Jake Barret was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Pirates. He only appeared in 2 games for the 2019 Yankees, as he posted no decisions along with a 14.73 ERA. He went on the IL for pitching arm issues. On November 4, 2019, the Yankees granted Jake Barrett MLB Free Agency.

1998- The Yankees deflate the Tigers by the score of 13-2 to run their 1998 AL season record to 71-25, an MLB record percentage after 96 games.

2011- The Yankees score 9 runs in the 3rd inning, on their way to an emphatic 17-7 win over the Oakland A’s. Yankees Slugger Nick Swisher hits a 3-run HR, while 1B Mark Teixeira blast a Grand Slam HR during the Bronx Bombers big inning.

2012- The A’s complete a 4-game sweep of the Yankees at The Coliseum in Oakland, a 1st since the team moved to the city in 1968. The win comes in the 12th inning as Coco Crisp singles in Derek Norris with 2 outs. It comes after the A's spot the Yankees a 4-0 lead after 4 innings, then come back for the 5-4 win.

2014- The Yankees acquired veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley from the Padres in return for INF Yangervis Solarte and P Rafael De Paula. Headley joins his new team in time to enter today's game in the 9th inning and to be the hero, when he drives in Yankees base-runner Brian Roberts with the winning run in the 14th inning as the Yankees beat the Rangers by the score of 2-1.

2019- In a meeting of AL division leaders, the Twins pull a number on the Yankees as they turn a triple play and hit 5 HRs in an 8-6 win. Yankees 1B Edwin Encarnacion hits into the triple killing in the 1st, while Mitch Garver homers twice for Minnesota. The Yankees also hit 3 HRs in a losing cause as Lewis Thorpe, in relief of starter Martin Perez gets credit for his 1st MLB win.

July 23rd

1880- Former Yankees Pitcher Lew Brockett (1907,1909,1911) was born. (1880-1960)

During the month of August of 1906, P Lew Brockett was purchased by the Yankees from AA Buffalo (EL). He appeared in 50 games for the Yankees, while posting a 13-14 pitching record with a 3.43 ERA and 1 save.

1901- Former Yankees 2B Malcolm “Mack” Hillis (1924) was born. (1901-1961)

After coming up from the Atlanta Crackers (SA). INF Mack Hillis appeared in 1 game with the 1924 Yankees. In 1925-1926, he was involved in a 2-part trade that sent INF Tony Lazzeri to the Yankees organization. Hillis was sent to the AA Salt Lake City Bees (PCL).

1903- In a doubleheader played at New York’s Hilltop Park, Boston veteran Starter Cy Young wins the opener by the score of 6-1 in a match that takes 1 hour, 35 minutes. New York wins the nightcap by the score of 4-2.

1917- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Scarborough (1952-1953) was born. (1917-1982)

After being obtained from the Red Sox, veteran P Ray Scarborough went 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 2 saves in 33 games for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He had originally come up with the Senators during the 1940’s. The Yankees released him in August of 1953; he would finish out his MLB pitching career with the 1953 Tigers. Ray later became an MLB Scout for the Orioles, Angels and the Brewers organizations.

1922- The Yankees start planning for the 1922 World Series, when they pick up 3B Joe Dugan and one-time Indians World Series hero Elmer Smith from the Red Sox, giving up OF Elmer Miller, Shortstops Chick Fewster and John Mitchell, later Pitcher Lefty O'Doul. The contending St. Louis Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to an MLB rule barring non-waiver trades after June 15th by MLB Commissioner Judge Landis. Joe Dugan will replace the aging veteran Frank Baker at 3B. He will appear in 60 games for the team, while hitting .286 with 3 HRs and 26 RBIs. Joe will appear in the 1922 World Series against the Giants, playing in 4 games, while hitting .250

1925- The Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits the 1st of his record 23 MLB career Grand Slam HRs as the Bronx Bombers beat the Senators by the score of 11-7.

1933- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny James (1958,1960-1961) was born.

Johnny James played only 1 game in his MLB Pitching debut season in 1958. Appearing in relief for Art Ditmar (who had given up 7 earned runs in 6 innings of work) on September 6th.  James pitched 3 innings of scoreless baseball. He did walk 4 batters, while he strikeout only 1 batter. He also had 1 at-bat in that game, in which he struck-out. He spent all of the 1959 season at AAA Richmond (IL). He earned a spot on the 1960 Yankees pitching staff by being a part of a Spring Training gameno-hitter. Johnny went 5-1 with a 4.36 ERA and 2 saves in 28 games for the 1960 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankee P Johnny James went 5-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 2 saves in 36 games for the Yankees. On May 8,1961, he was traded by the Yankees along with veteran Reliever Ryne Duren and Rookie OF/1B Lee Thomas for Angels veteran Reliever Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv. In 36 games with the 1961 Angels, he had posted a 0-2 record with a 5.30 ERA. Overall that season, he walked 54 batters and struck out only 43 batters. James gave up the 20th HR of Roger Maris' then record-setting 61 HR season. Before the start of the 1962 AL season, Johnny would injure his pitching arm; he never pitched in the MLB again. He had a 5-3 record in 66 MLB games, starting only 3 of them. In 119 innings of work, he walked 84 and struck out 73 batters, finishing with a 4.76 ERA. Although he did not collect a single hit in 17 at-bats (he struck out 8 times), he did score 3 runs so one can assume he was used as a pinch-runner a few times in his MLB playing career. He spent the 1962 season in the Minor Leagues before retiring from the game.

1950- Tigers P Saul Rogovin hits a 2nd inning Grand Slam HR off of Bronx starter Eddie Lopat as the 1st-place Bengals nip onrushing Yankees by the score of 6-5.

1957- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle and adds a stolen base against White Sox hurlers Bob Keegan, Paul LaPalme, Dixie Howell, Jack Harshman and Gary Staley. The Yankees win the game by a score of 10-6. Don Larsen started for the Yankees followed by Tommy Byrne, Art Ditmar picks up his 7th win of the season by going 1.1 innings, when Bob Grim pitches 2 scoreless innings of relief gaining his 11th save of the 1957 AL season.

1966- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees celebrate the 1966 Old-Timers' Day, but they lose to the Angels by a score of 7-6, despite a Grand Slam HR from Mickey Mantle. The Grand Slam HR, off of Angels hurler Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey's 9th. He ties Babe Ruth -- not in HRs, but in games played as a Yankees player.

1969- The Giants Willie McCovey hits 2 HRs as the NL Squad beats the AL team by the score of 9-3 for their 7th straight MLB All-Star Game win. Yankees P Mel Stottlemyre Sr. starts the game for the AL Squad, when Tigers Starter Denny McLain is late arriving from a dental appointment.

1977- Bronx Bombers veteran Reserve OF Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run HR to give the Yankees Starter Ron Guidry a 3-1 victory over the Brewers.

1978- Bronx Slugger Reggie Jackson returns to the team as the Yankees win their 5th game straight by the score of 3-1 over the White Sox. The next day, Yankees Manager Billy Martin will resign under pressure, giving way to veteran AL Manager Bob Lemon. At the Chicago O’Hara Airport, Martin, reacting to reporters' questions about Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson and Team Owner George Steinbrenner, replies, "The two deserve each other. One's a born liar; the other's convicted." His public remarks to the sports media will cost Billy his Yankees Manager’s job. The next day, Martin resigns under pressure, giving way to veteran MLB Manager Bob Lemon, after a 1-game interim by Yankees MLB Coach Richard Howser.

1984- Kansas City Closer Dan Quisenberry registered his 200th MLB career save as the Royals beat the Yankees by the score of 5-2. Quisenberry reached the 200 MLB save plateau in his 409th MLB appearance, the quickest in MLB history.

2012- The Mariners send long-time AL All-Star OF Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees in return for 2 Minor League Pitchers: D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. He was hitting .288 in 95 games for Seattle, leading the AL with 402 at-bats with 5 triples. The Yankees had recently announced that LF Brett Gardner was out for the 2012 AL season with an injury. He had a rebirth with the Yankees, hitting a solid .322 with 5 HRs and 27 RBIs in 67 games as the Yankees managed to finish ahead of the Oriolesin the AL East. In his 1st postseason action in over a decade, he was 5 for 23 (.217) as the Yankees defeated the O's in the ALDS, and then he went  6 for 17 (.353) with a HR as the Yankees' best hitter in their 4-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers in the ALCS. After the 2012 MLB season, he re-signed with the Yankees for 2 years. 

2012- Hours after being acquired in a trade, now a Yankee player, OF Ichiro Suzuki singles off of Mariners P Kevin Millwood in his 1st at-bat as a Yankee player in a 4-1 win over his former team, the Mariners. Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda is the winner, while 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 15th HR of the 2012 AL season.

2014- The Yankees continued to juggle their MLB 25-man roster with INF/OF Kelly Johnson going on the 15-day DL, while purchasing Reliever Chris Leroux from AAA Scranton (IL). Veteran hurler Bruce Billings at AAA Scranton is DFA; he would go to the Korea Baseball League to pitch.

2014- Former Yankees Minor League 2B and MLB Scout Paul Tretiak passed away. (1926-2014) 

Infielder Paul Tretiak spent 8 seasons in the Minor Leagues, playing from 1947 to 1954. He was with the Yankees organization from 1947-1952. He finished his playing days in the Cubs organization from 1953-1954. In 3,027 at-bats, he hit only 8 HRs and 91 doubles, while slugging .312 overall. He averaged 1HR every 378 at-bats and didn't hit a single dinger from 1948 to 1950, during which time he had 1,216 ABs. Perhaps his best season was 1948, when he hit .279 with 131 hits, 19 doubles, 7 triples and 164 total bases in 122 games for the Joplin Miners (WL). Overall, he hit .251 in 811 games. He managed the Florida Instructional League Mets in 1968 and 1969.  As well, he spent a year as Assistant Baseball Coach at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Paul spent time Coaching and MLB Scouting for the 1960-1963 Pirates, 1965-1977 Mets and the 1975-1978 Brewers Minor League systems.

2019- The Yankees defeat the Twins by the score of 14-12 in 10 innings in a game that features 5 lead changes and the Yankees coming back from 6 runs down at one point. Bronx Shortstop Didi Gregorius has 5 hits and 7 RBIs, while OF Aaron Hicks ends it with a great diving catch in centerfield, robbing Twins batterMatt Kepler of game winning hit with the bases loaded. Both Team Closers Taylor Rogers and Aroldis Chapman blow save opportunities in the 9th inning to force the game into extra innings.

2020- In the most belated opening day in MLB history, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Yankees defeat the Nationals by the score of 4-1 in an interleague game ended in the 6th inning by a violent thunderstorm. Without any spectators present, the nation's Chief Immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, throws a wild ceremonial 1st pitch at Nationals Park, before Yankee Slugger Giancarlo Stanton hits a 2-run HR off of Nats Starter Max Scherzer to put New York ahead to stay in the top of the 1st. The Yankees' prize off-season signing, Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole, allows just 1 hit, a solo HR by Adam Eaton, in pitching an abbreviated complete game. As a reminder that the health crisis is still a reality, the Nationals play without LF Juan Soto, who tests positive for COVID-19 on the morning of the game.

July 24th

1922- Former Yankees Pitcher Duane “Dee” Pillette (1949-1950) was born. (1922-2011)

Before the start of the 1946 AL season, P Duane “Dee” Pillette was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Duane went 5-9 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 games for the 1949-1950 Yankees. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series for the team. On June 15,1950, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Delsing, P Don Johnson, INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for 2 hurlers: Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski and 3B Leo Thomas.

1923- Yankees Starter Carl Mays wins his 23rd consecutive game against the Philadelphia A’s.

1926- Yankee Sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on a double steal with the Babe in a victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.

1933- The Yankees sign MLB Free Agent veteran P George Uhle after he was released by the Giants. He will go 6-1 with a 5.16 ERA in 12 games for the 1933 Yankees, before fading to a 2-4 mark with a 9.92 ERA in 10 games with the 1934 Yankees. He will be released by the team on June 1, 1934.

1934- Yankees CF Earle Combs crashes into the outfield wall at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, he suffers a fractured skull. The Yankees call up OF George Selkirk, but the team learns he broke his arm the same day, while playing for the AA Newark Bears (IL). This injury will eventually end Earl Combs great Yankees MLB playing career in 1935. He will become a Yankees MLB Coach, helping Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio to learn how to play CF at Yankee Stadium, when he is moved from RF to CF by Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy.

1935- The Tigers shut down the Yankees by the score of 4-2 to go ahead by one-half game, but are a fraction of a percentage point behind in AL.

1954- After Yankees Manager Casey Stengel pulls starting Shortstop Phil Rizzuto in the 8th inning for a pinch-hitter. He brings in CF Mickey Mantle again to play Shortstop with Willie Miranda at 2B against left-handed hitters. Against right-handed batters, Miranda and Mantle switch their infield positions. The Indians win the game by a score of 5-4 to go 2 ½ games up on the Yankees in the 1954 AL pennant race.

1960- White Sox 3rd straight win at Yankee Stadium and 8th straight overall, a 6-3 victory behind veteran lefty Starter Billy Pierce, gives the White Sox a 2-game lead atop the AL. Yankees Starter Eli Grba beats White Sox P Herb Score in the 2nd game by the score of 8-2 to give Yankees, a twin-bill split.

1961- In an unusual mid-season night exhibition match at Yankee Stadium, the Giants beat their former cross-town rivals by the score of 4-1. Mickey Mantle's HR accounts for the only Bronx Bombers run, while Willie Mays has 2 RBIs for the visiting "Jints.”  His 2-run single gave the Giants the lead in the game, and they held on the rest of the way. Giants P Bobby Bolin pitched 6 innings for the win with Mantle’s HR the only run he gave up to the Yankees batting order. Veteran Giants P  Billy O’Dell finished up the game for the Giants. Yankees Rookie hurler Al Downing took the loss. The attendance for the game was 47,346 people. The next time the 2 teams play at the Yankee Stadium; but it will be in the 1962 World Series.

1964- Tigers veteran Starter Hank Aguirre gives up 5 runs on 3 HRs to the Yankees in the 1st 4 innings, but the Tigers overcome a 5-2 deficit to win the game by a final score of 10-5.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe Oliver (2001) was born.

On November 21,2000, Catcher Joe Oliver was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in only 12 games for the team, while hitting .250. On June 20, 2001, Joe was released by the Yankees, but he would be picked up by the Red Sox for the rest of the 2001 AL season.

1966- The Yankees beat the Angels by the score of 9-1 in Game 1, as Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd HR in 2 days. The Mantle HR, his 493rd MLB career HR shot, ties him with HOF Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig for 6th place on the All-time MLB HR Leaders list.

1978- In Kansas City, a sobbing Billy Martin reads a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankees Manager. New York MLB Coach Richard Howser will fill in that night as acting Manager, as the Yankees lose the game to the Royals by a score of 5-2. The new Yankees skipper Bob Lemon will take over the next day, he will pilot the Yankees to the 1978 World Championship, which included the 14-game come-back for the Yankees to catch the Red Sox to win the AL East Division crown, eventually the AL Pennant and 1978 World Series victory over the Dodgers.

1983- In the memorable "Pine Tar Game" at Yankee Stadium, Royals 3B George Brett hits an apparent 2-run HR off of Yankees Closer Rich Gossage to give Kansas City a 5-4 lead with 2 outs in the 9th inning, only to have it taken away when Yankees Manager Billy Martin at the urging of  MLB Bench Coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett's bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the MLB rules. As a result, Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball, giving New York, a 4-3 victory. George Brett goes ballistic and the Royals immediately protest, AL President Lee MacPhail overrules his Umpires for the 1st time saying that, while the rules should certainly be rewritten and clarified, the HR will stand and the game will be resumed from that point on August 18th.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Ted Kleinhans (1936) passed away. (1899-1995)

Ted Kleinhans appeared in 19 games for the 1936 Yankees; while posting a 1-1 record with a 5.83 ERA and 1 save. Ted had joined the Yankees organization in 1935, pitching for AA Newark Bears (IL). He had a 17-8 record with a 2.82 ERA in 40 games for the 1935 Bears. In 1936, Ted was with the Bears again, posting a 4-2 record in 8 games, before being called up by the Yankees. In 1937, he pitched for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), having a 15-9 record with a 4.03 ERA in 37 games. On September 4,1937, Ted was purchased by the Reds from the Yankees Organization. Later, he coached College Baseball for 20 years at Syracuse University, before retiring in 1966. He originally came up with the 1934 Phillies before being traded to the Reds during the 1934 NL season.

1991- In a game against the Mariners, the Yankees score 3 runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out in the 4th inning, Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to P Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Yankees” base runner Kevin Maas in a rundown between 3B and home, but Kevin Maas scores, when 3B Edgar Martinez's throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the 1B line in foul territory, where Catcher Dave Cochrane, who throws home to head off  the Yankees base runner Alvaro Espinoza, who is also attempting to score, recovers it. The throw goes into the Mariners' dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the 2nd and 3rd runs of the inning.

1992- MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that New York Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner can resume active control of the Yankees on March 1, 1993.

1999- The Yankees pound the Indians by the score of 21-1. The Bronx Bombers are led by DH Chili Davis, who bangs out 5 hits, including a double and HRs, while driving home 6 runs.

2001- The Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 6-5, despite an 8th inning moon shot by Tiger's Juan Encarnacion off of Yankees Reliever Ramiro Mendoza, that lands in the 2nd row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left centerfield. It is believed to be the 1st ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodeled in 1976.

2004- Another saga is added to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry as a bench-clearing brawl breaks out after Red Sox Starter Bronson Arroyo hits Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez, who hit last night's game-winning HR, with a pitch. As A-rod stares out at the mound on his way to 1B, Boston's Catcher Jason Varitek, after a verbal exchange, pushes the All-Star 3B in the face causing a series of fights with players in both team's dugouts and bullpens involved.

2009- The Yankees extend their winning streak to 8 games with an 8-3 defeat of the Oakland A's. Yankees Starter Joba Chamberlain is the winner.

2012- Seattle Starter Felix Hernandez breaks Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez's hand with a pitch in the 8th inning of a 4-2 victory over the Yankees. The Yankees make history by becoming the 1st team since the 1927 Philadelphia A’s have 3 players with 2,500+ MLB career hits in the starting lineup. New York uses Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and the newly acquired OF Ichiro Suzuki to pull that feat off.

2014- The Yankees continuing making deals before the 2014 July 31st MLB Trade deadline. They purchased P Chris Capuano from the Rockies for Cash. He had started the 2014 AL season with the Red Sox, going 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 games before being released by the team. The Rockies would pick him up as an MLB Free Agent. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi tells the NYC sports writers, that he will use him as a starter. Capuano will go 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA in 34 games for the 2014-2015 Yankees. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He signed with the Brewers for the 2016 MLB season.

2017- The Yankees acquired 1B Ryan McBroom from the Blue Jays in exchange for Reserve INF/OF Rob Refsnyder. He will be assigned to AA Trenton Thunder (EL). 

2018- The Orioles traded veteran MLB Reliever Zach Britton to the Yankees for 3 Minor League Pitchers: Cody Carroll, Dillon Tate and Josh Rogers. Britton will help out the Yankees bullpen during the 2018 AL Wild Card race. Britton posted a 1-0 record with a 2.88 ERA with 3 saves in 25 games for 2018 Yankees. He made 3 appearances in the 2018 AL Post season with no decisions. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He was resigned by the Yankees.

2018- Former MLB Pitcher and Yankees Bullpen Coach Tony Cloninger passed away. (1940-2018)

Tony Cloninger pitched a 12 years in the MLB, most notably for the Braves. Despite hitting just .192 during his MLB playing career, he is well remembered for some feats with the bat during the 1966 NL campaign. Cloninger was signed by theBraves in 1958 and made his pro debut that summer. In 1959, while playing for the Cedar Rapids Braves (3-IL), he had one of the worst stretches of any pitcher to eventually become a successful MLB Pitcher. Over a 10-game span with the team, he went 0-9 with a 9.59 ERA, allowing 58 walks in only 46 innings. Despite his early struggles, Cloninger reached the MLB with Milwaukee in 1961. In 1964, he led the Braves staff with 19 wins. In 1965, he was 24-11, but he didn’t get any votes for the Cy Young Award because Dodgers Sandy Koufax, who won 26 games, was the unanimous winner of the award. The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, and Cloninger tied Ken Johnson for the team lead with 14 victories. However, he is perhaps most famous for his feats with the bat that summer. On June 16th, against the Mets, he clubbed a pair of HRs in a game. Several weeks later, on July 3rd, he hit 2 Grand Slams in 1 game versus the Giants at Candlestick Park, as the Braves won by the score of 17-3. He became the 1st NL player to accomplish that feat, and also the only NL pitcher. As of 2009, only 12 other MLBer’s have done the same. He also had an RBI single in the game, for a total of 9-runs batted in. Overall, during a 6-game stretch from June 16th to July 3rd, he had 4 HRs and 18 RBIs. Later, Cloninger pitched for the Reds and the Cardinals. With the Reds, he made 2 appearances in the 1970 World Series, taking the loss in Game 3 as his team fell to the Orioles in 5 games. He ended his playing career in the Atlanta chain, pitching for the 1972 AAA Richmond Braves (IL). Cloninger was a member of the Yankees MLB Coaching staff from 1992 to 2001. Also, he worked as the MLB Pitching Coach for the 2002-2003 Red Sox. When he was diagnosed with Cancer, Tony was forced to take a leave of absence from the team. After he recovered, he served as a Scout in the Class A Carolina League in 2005. In 2011, he was a Player Development Consultant for the Red Sox.


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