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This Week in Yankees History August 1st-August 7th
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This Week in Yankees History August 1st-7th Part One

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August 1st

1890- Former Yankees Pitcher Edward “Slim” Love (1916-1918) was born. (1890-1942)

Yankees hurler Edward “Slim” Love had an ERA of 2.35 in 1916 and then in 1917, he won 13 games, 2nd highest on the Yankees Pitching staff. He was nicknamed “Slim” because of his height; he was 6’ 7”, making him one of the tallest MLB Pitchers of his playing era. His Yankees Pitching career record was 21-17 with a 3.05 ERA in 91 games. On December 18,1918, Slim Love was traded by the Yankees along with P Ray Caldwell, OF Frank Gilhooley, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for OF Duffy Lewis, 2 veteran MLB hurlers Dutch Leonard and Ernie Shore.

1903- Philadelphia A’s Starter Rube Waddell no-hits the Highlanders except for Kid Elberfeld, who has 4 singles. These, plus a lavish 6 walks, down the Mackmen by the score of 3-2. Waddell observes afterward, "If I would have walked him 4 times, I would have pitched a no-hitter."

1922- The Yankees purchased Catcher Benny Bengough (1922-1930) from the AA Buffalo Bisons (IL). Benny would share catching duties with other Yankee Catchers, until the arrival of Catcher Bill Dickey in 1928. He did spend the 1925 AL season as the Yankees regular Catcher, hitting .258 with No HRs and 23 RBIs in 95 games, but Yankees Manager Miller Higgins wasn’t happy with his lack of  HR power. He would remain the team’s Reserve Catcher until 1930. Also, his Yankee playing career was hampered by throwing arm injuries. Later, Benny would become a Yankees Minor League Manager.

1923- Stepping in against the Indians P Sherrod Smith in the 9th inning, Babe Ruth starts off batting right-handed. After taking a strike, he switches to LH and hits his 25th HR of the season. The Indians still win the game by a score of 5-3. The Babe will bat righty again 4 days later.

1925- The Yankees buy INF Tony Lazzeri from the AA Salt Lake City Bees (PCL) team for spring delivery in 1926. Tony Lazzeri will hit 60 HRs with 222 RBIs at AA Salt Lake City in 1925. Tony will earn the nickname of "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers while playing for the team at Yankee Stadium.

1928- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits HR No. 42 for the 1928 AL season; he is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 AL  season pace of hitting record of 60 HRs.

1932- The Tigers successfully protest a Yankees 6-3 victory, but they gain nothing when the rematch ends in an 8-8 tie and the game is called because of darkness.

1937- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the Browns, as the Yankees win the game by a score of 14-5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his MLB playing career.

1941- Yankees veteran Starter Lefty Gomez pitches a 9-0 shutout over the Browns despite walking 11 St. Louis batters, the most ever issued in a shutout. Fifteen base runners are left stranded by the Browns.

1952- The Yankees purchased veteran P Johnny Schmitz from the Dodgers for Cash. He would go 1-1 with a 23.28 ERA and 1 save in 8 games with the Yankees before being sent to the Reds on a conditional basis in September of 1952. The Reds returned him to the Bronx in the spring of 1953. On May 1, 1953, he would be selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. In addition to the $10,000 waiver price, the Yankees transferred Minor League P Wally Hood from the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) to the Dodgers AAA club in St. Paul (AA). Wally had appeared in 2 games for the 1949 Yankees, his only MLB pitching experience.

1961- Former Yankees Minor League OF Todd Demeter was born. (1961-1996)

The son of former MLB OF Don Demeter, 1B/OF Todd Demeter was selected in the 2nd round of the 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. He played in the Yankees organization from 1979 to 1983. He spent the last 2 seasons (1984-1985) of his Minor League playing career with the Cardinals organization. He finished his pro baseball playing career with a .243 BA with 73 HRs and 322 RBIs in 682 games.

1968- Against the Red Sox, Bronx Starter Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 Boston batters, the most ever by a Yankee Rookie Pitcher in posting his 1st MLB shutout, winning the game by a score of 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez K's 13 batters. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh, a steal and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off of Red Sox Starter Dave Morehead, who takes the loss.

1973- Catchers Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway Park. With a 2-2 score in the top of the 9th inning, Munson, attempting to score from 3rd base on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Red Sox win the game by the score of 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning.

1978- The Yankees and the Red Sox play a 14 inning, 5-5 tie game, which is suspended by AL curfew rules. The Yankees manage to blow a 5-run lead, while the Red Sox Relievers Bob Stanley and Tom Burgmeier stopped the Yankee hitting attack.

 1978- The Yankees purchased veteran Reliever Paul Lindblad from the Rangers for $100,000 cash. Paul will appear in 7 games with no decisions for the 1978 Yankees. His purchase gives Yankees Manager Bob Lemon another lefty in the Yankees bullpen to help out veteran Closer Sparky Lyle. In an MLB roster move, the Yankees send recently acquired P Ron Davis from the Cubs to their AA club, the West Haven Yankees (EL). On November 30,1978, the Yankees will sell Paul to the Mariners. Seattle will release him during their 1979 MLB spring training camp. Paul finished his MLB Pitching career with a 68-63 with a 3.29 ERA in 655 games with 64 saves.

1979- Following the Yankees 9-1 win over the White Sox; members of the Yankees create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman, who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park in Chicago.

1979- In an 8-player deal, the Rangers send veteran OF/DH Oscar Gamble, Minor League OF Amos Lewis, a former 1st pick in the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft and 2 Players to be Named Later to the Yankees. The Rangers finally have acquired MLB OF Mickey Rivers and 3 Players to be Named Later. On October 8, 1979, the Yankees sent 3 Minor League hurlers: Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch and Mark Softy to the Rangers to complete the trade. Mickey Rivers had been traded to the Rangers in June, but the deal had fell through. Both of the Players to be Named Later that came with OF Oscar Gamble will make the MLB: Pitchers Gene Nelson and Ray Fontenot, something that can't be said for the 3 Minor League Pitchers that the Yankees sent to the Rangers.

1980- Former Yankees Minor League C Jon-Mark Sprowl was born.

Jon Mark Sprowl was originally signed by the Cubs, later he played in the Diamondbacks organization. Following a 2003 mid-season trade along with OF David Dellucci and P Bret Prinz to the Yankees for MLB OF Raúl Mondesí. He was assigned to the Battle Creek Yankees (ML). Between the 2 clubs, he produced at a .321 with 30 doubles, 71 walks, 77 runs and only 39 strikeouts. He had 18 passed balls and 13 errors; he only threw out 22% of attempted base-thieves, defensive being the lone poor spot. He led the Midwest League in OBP, was 2nd in average, was 3rd in OBP and tied for the most passed balls. That offensive performance won him honors as the MWL's All-Star Catcher. Jon-Mark's hit .256 for the 2004 Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). He was a backup Catcher for 2005 Tampa Yankees; he fell to a .228 mark. In 2006, Jon spent his final pro baseball season in the Cubs system; as a utility man for the Class A Daytona Cubs, hitting just .118 in 17 Games, West Tenn. Diamond Jaxx (.205 in 26 Games) and the AAA Iowa Cubs (1 for 8, 2B). Overall, Sprowl hit .270 with 18 HRs and 200 RBIs in 505 Minor League games. He had a 6.35 ERA in his 4 pitching appearances, with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks in 5 2/3 IP. He fielded .988 at Catcher (with 56 passed balls in 281 games), .981 in 39 games at 1B, he played 26 error-free games in the outfield and fielded .625 in 8 games at 3B. 

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1934-1937) and MLB Manager Don “Jeep” Heffner passed away. (1911-1989) 

 In 1934, the Yankees had acquired INF Don “Jeep” Heffner from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for $25,000 Cash. He was a Reserve INF for the 1934-1937 Yankees. He had played in 161 games for the team, while hitting .251 with No HRs and 60 RBIs. Don didn’t appear in the 1936-1937 World Series for the Yankees. On February 15,1938, he was traded by the Yankees along with $10,000 Cash to the Browns for Reserve INF Bill Knickerbocker. St. Louis would give Heffner more playing time than the Yankees did. Later, Don was an MLB Coach for the 1962 Mets. In 1966, Don managed the Reds for 83 games, posting a 37-46 record before being replaced by Dave Bristol.

 1993- Former Yankees, A’s, Angels and Orioles OF/DH Reggie Jackson (1977-1981) is inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Reggie receives 396 votes out of 423 HOF ballots issued. With the Yankees, Reggie appeared in 658 games, while hitting 144 HRs with 461 RBIs. He finished MLB playing career with 563 HRs and a .262 lifetime BA. He originally came up with the Kansas City A’s. He would play for the A’s, Orioles, Yankees, Angels and finish up his MLB playing career with the Oakland A’s.

2010- In St. Petersburg, Rays Starter James Shields keeps the Yankees off the scoreboard for 7 innings in a 3-0 win that brings the Rays within a game of the AL East leaders.

2011- Yankees veteran Starter CC Sabathia wins his MLB-leading 16th game in the Yankees 3-2 defeat of the White Sox. The big lefthander is 9-1 over his last 10 starts of the 2011 MLB season.

2014- As the July 31st MLB trade deadline has ended, the Yankees make adjustments to their MLB 25-man roster for the new players joining the team with 2 Reserve players: OF Zolio Almonte and INF Zelous Wheeler being sent back to AAA Scranton (IL).

2016- On August 1, 2016, veteran All-Star OF/DH Carlos Beltran was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for 3 Minor League Pitchers: Nick Green, Erik Swanson and Dillon Tate. At the time of the trade, Carlos Beltran was hitting .304 with 22 HRs and 64 RBIs in 99 games for the 2016 Yankees. The Yankees will trade away Pitchers Erik Swanson (Mariners) and Dillon Tate (Orioles), while still holding on to P Nick Green, who pitched for the 2019 AA Trenton Thunder (EL).

August 2nd

1893- Former Yankees Reserve OF Angel Aragon (1914,1916-1917) was born. (1893-1952)

The Cuban-born OF Angel Aragon appeared in 32 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .118 with No HRs and 5 RBIs.  After playing for the 1917 Yankees, he would play in the Minor Leagues until 1927. He is the Father of MLB Player Jack Aragon (1941). Later, Angel became an MLB Scout for the Yankees.

1929- The A's 11-10 victory over the Tigers increases their AL lead to 11 1/2 games over the Yankees, who are losers today to the Indians by the score of 9-8. They will finish the 1929 AL season in 2nd place with an 88-66 record and failing to draw a million fans to Yankee Stadium for the 1929 AL season. They finish 1929 campaign with a Yankee Stadium season attendance of 960,148 fans.

1931- The Red Sox and the 3rd-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record crowd of 40,000 fans, played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway Park. Former Red Sox hurler Red Ruffing wins the opener by score of 4-1 for the Yankees and Ex-Yankees Reliever Wilcy Moore blanks his former teammates by the score of 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just 3 singles in topping Yankees Starter George Pipgras. The Yankees will go on to play 308 games before being shut out again.

1933- Philadelphia A's Catcher Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his MLB playing career against the Yankees in a 16-3 drubbing of the Bombers at Yankee Stadium. The A’s hitters chased Yankees Starter Red Ruffing and 3 other Bronx pitchers, early in the game to score the 16 runs.

1939- At Yankee Stadium, with his back to home plate, Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio runs down Tigers Slugger Hank Greenberg’s drive, which winds up behind the flagpole in centerfield. The Detroit superstar arounds 2B and stops in his tracks. The Yankees lose the game by the score of 7-2. The next day, the newspapers call it the greatest catch in Yankee Stadium history.

1942- At Yankee Stadium, a Negro League doubleheader is played. In the 1st game, Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith combine to pitch a 1-hit shutout over the New York Cubans (Negro League). The Monarchs win the game by a score of 9-0. In the 2nd game of the twin-bill, the Philadelphia Stars conquer the Baltimore Elite Giants by the score of 7-4. Stars Henry Spearman's Grand Slam HR sparks the Philly attack.

1951- Former Yankees Pitcher Guy “Rebel” Cooper (1914) passed away. (1893-1951)

On August 11,1913, P Guy Cooper was purchased by the Yankees from Class C Petersburg Goobers (VAL) for $1,500 Cash.He appeared in 1 game in relief for the 1914 Yankees with no record. On May 27,1914, he was purchased by the Red Soxfrom the Yankees. He had pitched in just 1 game in relief for the 1914 Yankees. With the 1914 Red Sox, he had appeared in 9 games and in 1915, just 1 game with Boston ending his MLB Pitching career with a 1-0 record with a 5.33 ERA in 11 games. He would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues until 1926.

1961- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers beat Kansas City by a score of 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a 1st inning HR off of their former Yankees Pitching teammate, now an A’s Starter Art Ditmar, who takes the loss. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry picks up his 7th win, while Rookie Reliever Hal Reniff gets his 1st save of the season. Yankees AL All-Star Sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris are now tie both at 40 HRs mark for the 1961 AL season.

1975- Former 1950’s Yankees All-Star player Billy Martin becomes the new 1975 Yankees Manager replacing current Manager Bill Virdon. Billy Martin had recently been let go by the Rangers. Bill Virdon was saddled with an injury-plagued team (OF Elliot Maddox, Starter Mel Stottlemyre and OF Bobby Bonds) for the 1975 AL Season. The former Yankee Minor League Player had been named The Sporting News Manager of the Year for his work with the Yankees in 1974, bringing the team to 2nd place finish in the AL East. The 1975 Yankees were 53-51 under Bill Virdon. Under Billy Martin, the Yankees went 30-26 for the remainder of the 1975 AL season, finishing in 3rd place with an 83-77 record in the East Division. Bill Virdon will soon become the Astros Manager in August. Also, the Yankees let MLB Pitching Coach Mel Wright go, he is replaced by Whitey Ford. Mel will join Virdon in Houston as his MLB Pitching Coach.

1977- The Yankees purchased P Stan Thomas from the Mariners. He was 2-6 with a 6.02 ERA for the AL Expansion Team, the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees will send him to their AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He would later appear in 3 games with the 1977 Yankees; while posting a 1-0 record with a 7.11 ERA, before being traded to the White Sox in the Jim Spencer trade on December 12, 1977.

 1978- The Yankees take a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston ties it in the 8th inning on 3-wild pitches, 2 bases-loaded walks and a collection of bloop hits. The game ends in a 14-inning tie at 5-5.

1979- Yankees Captain and AL All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson, 32, (1947-1979) perishes at Canton, Ohio airport in a crash of the jet plane, that he was piloting. A crowd of 51,151 fans will attend the memorial tribute for Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

1985- Ozzie Guillen scores from 2B on an infield hit in the 11th inning to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Yankees. Salazar's slow roller down the 1B line is fielded by Yankees Reliever Mike Bordi and with no play at 1B, Guillen keeps running. In the 7th inning, when White Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk tags out 2 Yankee runners at home plate during the same play. The unusual 8-6-2-2 double play results as both Yankee base runners Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra try to score on Rickey Henderson's double in the gap.

 1990- Yankees Rookie 1B Kevin Maas hits his 10th HR in just 77 at bats, the fastest any MLB player has ever reached that mark, but the Yankees lose to the Tigers by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings.

1999- MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announces that Yankees DH/OF Darryl Strawberry's reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th. He will appear in 24 games for the 1999 Yankees, while hitting .327 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. In the 2009 AL playoffs and World Series, he will hit .333 for the Yankees.

2005- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Executive Milt Graf passed away. (1930-2005)

INF Milt Graf was drafted by the Yankees in the 1955 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft from the Pirates organization. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Then Milt was traded to  Kansas City in February of 1957 as part of the Bobby Shantz trade. After retiring as an active MLB player, he would work for the Pirates as an MLB Infield Coach and then work in their front office. Also, he was an MLB Scout for the Giants and the Reds organizations.

2007The White Sox top the Yankees by the score of 13-9. Both teams score 8 times in the 2nd inning to set an MLB record for runs in that frame. It is the 2nd time in MLB history that this feat occurred. Chicago Slugger Jermaine Dye hits 2 HRs and double twice, including a go-ahead drive that gave the White Sox the lead to win the game. 

2009- Yankees OF Melky Cabrera hits for the cycle and drives in 4 runs in the Yankees' 8-5 win over the White Sox. He is the 1st Yankee batter to have hit a cycle since Shortstop Tony Fernandez in 1995. Cabrera hit a 3-run HR in the 2nd inning, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. He doubled in the 4th inning. Melky had an RBI-single in the 5th inning. He completed the cycle with a triple in the 9th inning

2010- In the Bronx, the Blue Jays lash out a MLB record-tying 6 doubles in the 5th inning, including 2 by Travis Snider to beat the Yankees by the score of 8-6. Toronto Starter Brandon Morrow beats former Blue Jays Starter A.J. Burnett, while Jays Closer Kevin Gregg retires Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez, after giving up a solo HR to Nick Swisher to end the game and earn his 24th save of the 2010 AL season.

2011- The Yankees' 6-0 win over the White Sox is shortened to 7 innings by rain at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, but not before Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira sets a record by hitting a HR from both sides of the plate for the 12th time of his MLB playing career. He hits a long ball right-handed off of Starter John Danks in the 3rd inning, then 1 left-handed in the pouring rain off of Reliever Jason Frasor in the 7th inning. Teixeira had been tied with MLB Sluggers Eddie Murray and Chili Daviswith 11 such games. Yankees Starter Phil Hughes is the winner in his best outing of the 2011 AL season.

2018- The Red Sox begin a 4-game series against the Yankees at home with an emphatic 15-7 win at Fenway Park. Steve Pearce homers 3 times and drives in 6 runs to lead the offense, as the Sox pound the Yankees' bullpen for 13 runs after Yankees Starter CC Sabathia leaves with a 4-2 lead after battling through the 1st 3 innings. Yankees Reliever Johnathan Holder is the worst offender, as he retires none of the 7 Boston batters that he faces and they all cross the plate as Boston scores 8 times in the 4th inning.

August 3rd

1914- Yankees Catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 consecutive Tiger base runners in 1st inning of Yankee 4-1 lost to Detroit. Each Tigers base runner had singled; they were thrown out at 2nd while caught trying to steal.

1917- Former Yankees Minor League P Marino Candini was born. (1917-1998)

Before the start of the 1938 AL season, P Milo Cardini was sent from El Paso (AZ-TX L) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. He pitched several seasons in their Minor League System, pitching on their 2 top AA teams, the Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). On January 29,1943, Milo was traded by the Yankees along with INF Jerry Priddy to theSenators for P Bill Zuber and Cash. He made his MLB Pitching debut during the 1943 AL season with the Senators He won his 1st 7 starts for the Nats, finishing the 1943 AL season with a 11-7 record. Milo remained with the team through 1949season with the exception of 1945, when he served in the Army during WWII from March 1945 to February 1946. On May 24,1949, Milo was traded by the Senators to AA Oakland Oaks (PCL) for P Lloyd Hittle. On November 17,1949, Milo was drafted by the Phillies from Oakland Oaks (PCL) in the 1949 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He pitched for the team for 2 seasons, while posting a 2-0 record. He did not appear with the Phillies in 1950 World Series against the Yankees. He returned to the Minor Leagues in 1952, pitching in the PCL until his retirement from baseball in 1957. His final MLB Pitching career record was 26-21 with a 3.92 ERA and 8 saves in 174 games. After his active baseball career ended, Candini owned a liquor store in his hometown. In 1998, he died of Prostate Cancer at age 80.

1920- Former Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach Jim Hegan (1961-1973) was born. (1920-1984)

Jim Hegan was an MLB Catcher from 1941-1960, mainly with the Indians, finishing with a .228 BA, 92 HRs and 525 RBIs in 1,666 MLB games. He was known for his outstanding defensive skills behind the plate and his handling of pitchers, especially with his time with Cleveland. He appeared in 2 World Series with the Indians (1948 and 1954) playing in 10 games, while hitting .188 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. Jim played for the Indians, Tigers, Phillies, Giants and the Cubs before joining the Yankees on September 2,1960, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent. He didn’t appear in any games for the 1960 Yankees, who release him on October 1,1960. In October of 1960, he was hired by new Yankees Manager Ralph Houk to become his new MLB Bullpen Coach for the 1961 AL season. Jim would hold his Yankees MLB Coaching position until the end of 1973 AL season. When former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk went to the Tigers in 1974, Jim Hegan joined him to be on his Tigers MLB Coaching staff. He would return to the Yankees for 2 more seasons, before becoming an MLB Scout before retiring from the game. His Son, Mike Hegan played for the Yankees (1964,1966-1967,1973-1974). They were the 1st Father-Son combination to appear in a World Series together in 1964 with the Yankees against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

1933- The Yankees 308-game scoring streak comes to an end when the Philadelphia A’s Starter Lefty Grove hangs a 5-hit, a 7-0 shutout win over the Yankees. They had tallied in 308 games in a row, during which they scored 1,986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1,434 runs for the opposition, which New York hurlers blanked 22 times. The Yankees responded by scoring at least 1 run in every game they played for the rest of the 1933 AL season.

1937- A Tuesday afternoon crowd of 66,767 fans watches at Yankee Stadium as 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 1,900th consecutive MLB game. The Yankees sweep a twin bill from the White Sox by the scores of 7-2 and 5-3. Yankee Pitchers Red Ruffing and Johnny Murphy pick up wins for the Bronx Bombers. Bronx hitters Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey and Tony Lazzeri (2) hit HRs for the Bombers in the doubleheader.

1940- Former Yankees Reserve OF Roger Repoz (1964-1966) was born.

Before the start of 1960 AL season, OF Roger Repoz was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Roger debuted in 1960 with the St. Petersburg Saints (.230, 3 HRs, 21 RBIs) and the Modesto Reds (.240, 1 HR, 4 RBIs). In 1961, Repoz was with Modesto, playing full-time, batting .287 with 5 HRs and 59 RBIs. Roger would play for the 1962 Augusta Yankees, hitting just .225 with 5 HRs and 53 RBIs. In 1963, he batted only .221, but he began to show power with 20 HRs for Augusta, placing him 3rd in the South Atlantic League. By 1964, Repoz had made his way to Class AA level with the Columbus Confederate Yankees. He batted .234 with 23 HRs and 76 RBIs for Columbus. He made his MLB Player debut with a September call-up to the 1964 Yankees, where he was used almost exclusively as a defensive substitute in RF. Repoz hit .287 with 14 HRs and 38 RBIs for the 1965 AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL) before joining the Yankees in late June. He batted .220 for the 1965 Yankees, showing good pop (12 HRs in 218 AB), but striking out 57 times. At the time of his trade by the Yankees to Kansas City, he was hitting .349 off the Yankees bench, but the team knew that he wasn’t in their future plans as a regular player. Overall, as a Yankee player, Roger appeared in 127 games, mostly as a Reserve Outfielder, while hitting .240 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs. On June 10,1966, Roger was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Pitchers: Gil Blanco and Bill Stafford to Kansas City for P Fred Talbot and C Billy Bryan. From 1964 to 1971, Roger would play in the MLB with the Yankees, A’s and the Angels, while appearing in 831 games; hitting .224 with 82 HRs and 268 RBIs. In 1972, he went to Japan to play pro baseball. In 5 seasons in Japan, Roger had hit .262 with 122 HRs in 526 games.  Clippers Note: The Yankees should have held on to veteran hurler Bill Stafford, because Fred Talbot was a major disappointment for the Yankees going 14-22 before finally being sold to the Seattle Pilots.

1940- Former Yankees Minor League C Willard Hershberger passed away. (1910-1940)

Catcher Willard Hershberger had previously played for the AA Newark Bears (IL) in the Yankees organization. He was on their team in 1937, that won over 100 games, while hitting .325. He was 28 when he broke into the majors. He had played in the Minor Leagues during most of the 1930s, hitting over .300 at most of his stopsOn December 3,1937, Willard was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for Eddie Miller and $40,000. With the Reds, he was the Reserve Catcher, backing up NL All-Star Catcher Ernie Lombardi. Willard was suffering from depression, when he took his life in his Boston Copley Hotel room. He had played 3 seasons for the Reds, while hitting .316 in 160 games. He appeared in the 1939 World Series against his former team the Yankees as a pinch-hitter.

 1947- The Yankees sold P Al Lyons to the Pirates. He had pitched for the 1944 Yankees, appearing in 11 games with no decisions. Al went in the Navy missing the 1944-1945 AL seasons. He returned to the club in 1946, pitching for their AA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA), posting a 7-12 record with a 3.67 ERA in 24 games. He was called up to the Bronx, where he went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 2 games for the team. He was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 6 games for the 1947 Yankees.

1964- Former Yankees Reserve INF Kevin Elster (1994-1995) was born.

Veteran MLB INF Kevin Elster appeared in only 17 games with the 1994-1995 Yankees hitting just .054. He originally came up to the MLB with the 1986 Mets.

1967- The Yankees obtained 2 hurlers Ron Klimkowski and Pete Magrini and Cash from the Red Sox for veteran AL MVP and All-Star Catcher Elston Howard. He could no longer hit the fastball. Ellie was at the end of the line of his fine MLB playing career; he helped the Red Sox win the AL flag in 1967. He handled their MLB Pitching staff during the 1967 AL pennant chase. He appeared in the 1967 World Series against the Cardinals. Overall, as a Yankees player, Howard hit .279 with 161 HRs and 733 RBIs. Howard stayed on with the Red Sox until the 1968 AL season had ended. He would return to the Yankees organization, becoming their 1st Black MLB Coach in 1969. Minor League P Ron Klimkowski and former MLB P Pete Magrini never did anything major for the Yankees.

1978- In the continuation of the previous evening’s suspended game the Red Sox score twice in the 17th inning to defeat the Yankees by a score of 7-5. Former Yankees Starter Mike Torrez defeats the Yankees by the score of 8-1 in a rain shorten regularly scheduled game. The double loss dropped the Yankees to 8 ½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

1979- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB INF Lenny Randle from the Pirates. They bring up Catcher Brad Gulden and OF Bobby Brown from the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Brad Gulden would share catching duties with Rookie Catcher Jerry Narron, due to the recent death of All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson in a plane crash. Randle will .179 in 20 games, playing mostly in the outfield for the team. In the off-season, he will leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency.

1982- The White Sox sweep a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium beating the Yankees by scores of 1-0 and 14-2, prompting Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to fire Yankees Manager Gene Michael replacing him with MLB Pitching Coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees' 3rd Manager of the 1982 AL season. The Yankees had started the 1982 AL season with veteran MLB Manager Bob Lemon, who was fired after 14 games (6-8). Then Gene “Stick” Michael took over the team, he went 44-42. King would finish the 1982 AL season with a 29-33 record. Former Yankees Manager Billy Martin will take over the team for the 1983 AL season. 

1983- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mark Reynolds (2013) was born.

On August 15, 2013, INF Mark Reynolds was signed as MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, who had struggled all season to find production from their corner infielders. He bounced back to some degree with the Yankees, hitting .236 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs in 36 games. In October of 2013, the Yankees granted Mark MLB Free Agency. He will sign with the Brewers for 2014 NL season. 

1984- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elmer Smith (1922-1923) passed away. (1892-1984)

On July 23,1922, veteran OF Elmer Smith was traded by the Red Sox along with veteran 3B Joe Dugan to the Yankees for INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, Shortstop Johnny Mitchell, P/OF Lefty O’Doul and $50,000 Cash. He appeared in 91 games for the Yankees, while hitting .290 with 8 HRs and 31 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1922 World Series for the Yankees, with no hits. On January 7, 1924, Elmer was traded by the Yankees along with $50,000 Cash and a Player to be Named Later to AA Louisville Colonels (AA) for future HOF CF Earle Combs. He would play the 1924 Colonels. He would return to the MLB for his final season with the 1925 Reds. He continued to play Minor League baseball from 1926 to 1932, retiring from the game at the age of 39.

1986- At Cleveland, the Yankees set an MLB record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5 walks, an HBP and 6 hits including 2 HRs to score off of Tribe hurlers. The Yankees win the game by the score of 10-6.

1987- Tribe Starter Tom Candiotti tosses a 1-hitter as the Indians beat the Yankees by the score of 2-0. Mike Easler's leadoff single in the 8th inning is the only Yankees hit of the game.

1990- The Indians Starter Tom Candiotti has his chance of a no-hitter spoiled in the 8th inning, when Yankees OF Oscar Azocar singles. Candy leaves the game then and takes the loss as the Tribe drops a 6-4 decision to the Yankees.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Player/Manager Harry Craft passed away. (1915-1995)

After his MLB playing career ended with the 1937-1942 Reds, OF Harry Craft played for the Yankees Top AA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA) for the 1942, 1946-1947 seasons. After his retirement as an active player, he became a Manager in the Yankees Minor League system, managing outfielder Mickey Mantle in his 1st years of pro baseball. Craft managed the 1949 Independence Yankees, then he moved to the 1950 Joplin Miners (WL), 1951-1952 Beaumont Roughnecks (TXL) and the 1953-1954 AA Kansas City Blues (AA). He is credited in helping Mickey Mantle becoming a better Outfielder, after being moved from his Shortstop position, while playing at Joplin. In 1955, Harry Craft joined the Kansas City A’s MLB Coaching staff. In 1957, Harry had replaced Lou Boudreau as the team's manager. He remained with the club through the 1959 AL season, before he joined the 1960 Cubs MLB Coaching staff. He helped managed the 1961 Cubs as a member of the club's College of Coaches. He left the Cubs in 1962, to manage the new NL expansion team, the Houston Colt .45s. Craft was fired as skipper of Colts near the end of the 1964 NL season. He remained in the game as an MLB Scout and Minor League Official for the Orioles and  Yankees organizations before retiring from baseball in 1991. Former Yankee Sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle give Harry Craft credit in helping in their player development in their early years of their careers. Craft had helped out OF Roger Maris, while he was with the 1958-1959 Kansas City A’s. 

1998- Leading off for the Yankees, 2B Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist's ribs and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland A’s Pitcher for 15 more hits, including 4 HRs, in 5 innings. The Yankees win the game by a score of 14-1, scoring all 14 earned runs off of Oquist, the most runs allowed since Bill Travers in August of 1977. Yankees Starter Orlando Hernandez picks up the win.

2010- The Blue Jays keeps banging out HRs by the bushel, hitting more 4 HRs in today's 8-2 win over the Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells, Travis Snider and José Bautista connect for the Jays. Toronto Starter&nbs****y Romero gives up a 2-run HR shot to Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira in the 1st inning, then limits the Bronx Bombers to an infield single the rest of the way to take the win with a complete game 2-hitter. The Jays have now had hit MLB-leading 167 HRs.

2011- The Yankees jump to a 13-1 lead over the White Sox in the 1st 3 innings, chasing Sox Starter Gavin Floyd early, but Yankees Starter A.J. Burnett can't make it through 5 innings, departing after 1 out in the 5th inning, having allowed his team's lead to narrow to 13-7. Yankees Reliever Codey Wade steps in to shut down the White Sox and pick up the victory, with the Yankees running the final score to 18-7 with some late scoring. Robinson Cano hits a 3-run HR in the 1st inning to set the tone. Veteran 3B Eric Chavez has a 2-run HR shot in the 3rd inning, his 1st as a Yankees player.

August 4th

1879- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher (1918) and MLB Coach (1918-1919) Paddy O’Connor was born. (1879-1950

Paddy O’Connor appeared in 1 game for the 1918 Yankees, going 1 for 3, before becoming an MLB Coach for the team for the 1918-1919 AL seasons. He had previous played in the NL with the Pirates and Cardinals. He had played 1 season with the 1915 Pittsburgh Rebels in the Federal League.

1905- The Yankees field a unique battery: Doc Newton Pitching and Mike "Doc" Powers Catching, but only Mike Powers is a real-life Doctor. The Yankees beat the Browns by a score of 7-3.

1910- Former Yankees OF George “Tuck” Stainback (1942-1945) was born. (1910-1992) 

On December 4,1941, the Tigers sent  INF Boyd Perry and OF Tuck Stainback to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on September 8, 1941. On September 8, 1941, the Tigers sent Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for Minor League 3B Billy Hitchcock. Tuck’s best Yankees season was in 1943, hitting .260 in 71 games. Tuck appeared in 2 World Series with the 1942-1943 Yankees, playing in 7 games, while only hitting .176. Overall, as a Yankee player, Tuck hit .252 with 5 HRs and 47 RBIs in 211 games for the team. On April 28,1946, he was release by the Yankees, the team had their regular players come back from WWII military service. Philadelphia A’s would sign him for the 1946 AL season, where he finished out his 13-year MLB playing career.

1920- Former Yankees Minor League P Bob Keegan was born. (1920-2001)

Before the start of the 1946 AL season, Right-hander Bob Keegan was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. The 25-year-old Keegan, a native of Rochester, NY, who had also attended Bucknell University, he was fresh out of the U.S. Army Air Corps; where he had been a Navigator on a B-24 Bomber during World War II. The Yankees assigned him to their Class A club, the Binghamton Triplets (EL), where he posted a 5-6 record with a 3.87 ERA his 1st  pro season. Keegan struggled while pitching in the Yankees farm system from 1946 to 1951. Bob, only had 2 seasons above .500 in those years, going 8-6 in 1948 in a split season with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) and the AA Newark Bears (IL) and 14-9 in 1951 with Kansas City Blues again and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). It appears that the Syracuse club knew a good thing when they saw it. On April 3, 1952, they purchased Keegan from the Yankees. The right-hander went 20-11 with a 2.64 ERA for the 1952 Chiefs. The 1952 IL season was hardly over, when Syracuse sold Bob to the White Sox. Bob would finish his MLB Pitching career with a 40-36 record with a 3.66 and 5 saves in 135 games. In 1954, he was named to the AL All-Star Pitching Staff.

1925- Every player in each team's lineup has at least 1 putout in the Indians-Yankees game.

1928- The Yankees purchased P Fred Heimach from the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for $20,00 Cash and Other Considerations. Fred will post a 13-9 record with a 3.77 ERA and 4 saves in 48 games with the 1928-1929 Yankees. On March 25,1930, Fred was purchased by the AA Toledo Mud Hens (AA) from the Yankees. The Mud Hens will sell Fred in July of 1930 to the Dodgers.

1929- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees take the opening game of a doubleheader from the visiting Indians, winning by a score of 12-0. Yankees Starter Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight game. In the 2nd game, after trailing 6-5 with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, the Tribe scores an AL record-tying 9 runs, to win the game by a score of 14-6.

1932- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Mummy” Coates (1956,1959-1962) was born. (1932-2019)

Before the start of the1952 AL season, after dropping out of school at age 16, the Yankees had signed right-hander P Jim Coates as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The 6' 4" pitcher was assigned to the Olean Yankees (PONY League) in his 1st pro season. Jim responded with a 13-15 record with a 3.19 ERA. The slender pitcher was in the Minor Leagues for the next 5 seasons, sharpening his game for his 1956 MLB Pitching debut. His best season came in 1955, when he went 14-8 with a 2.95 ERA in a split season with the Class A Binghamton Triplets (EL) and the AA Birmingham Barons (SA). This performance earned Jim his 1st stop at Yankee Stadium in 1956, where he appeared in 2 games, he pitched 2 innings, after spending the season with the 1956 AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). He back in Richmond for the 1957-1958 IL seasons, where he went 22-23 over the 3-season run. In 1958, he broke his arm and pitched in only 8 games that season before making the Bronx for good in 1959. From 1959 to 1962, Jim worked as a Spot Starter and Reliever for the Bronx Bombers. In 1960, he was selected to the AL All-Star Team in the 1st of 2 MLB All-Star games. He finished the 1960 AL season with a 13-3 record with a 4.28  ERA and 1 save in 35 games. In the 7th game of 1960 World Series against the Pirates, in the 8th inning Jim failed to cover at 1B on play, which allow the Pirates to extend the inning and scoring more runs. Several of the veteran Yankees players blamed him for the loss of the World Series Game 7, not young Reliever Ralph Terry. The lanky Virginian enjoyed his finest moment in Game 4 of the 1961 World Series, when the Yankees beat the Reds 7-0. Coates relieved veteran Starter Whitey Ford in the 6th inning because of a foot injury. He responded with 4 shutout innings allowing only 1 Reds hit, getting credit for a save. During the 3 World Series (1960, 1961 and 1962) that Coates was with the Yankees, he came upwith a 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA, while appearing in 6 games. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA and 12 saves in 167 games. On April 21,1963, the Yankees traded Jim to the Senators for lefty hurler Steve Hamilton. He hadn’t made any appearances for the 1963 Yankees.  9-seasonThe right-hander would also make MLB stops with the 1963 Reds and the 1965-1967 Angels during his MLB 9 seasons pitching career. 

Jim Coates was especially tough at Yankee Stadium. Of pitchers with at least 20 wins, Jim had the highest winning percentage (.794) at the "House That Ruth Built" going 27-7 during his Yankees pitching career. He is also the last Yankee Pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader. He had the reputation of knocking down batters. He threw with a side-arm delivery and turned his head away from the batter at the last second. It was downright nasty. Jim said: "If you have to knock a batter down, you knock him down." Coates finished up his 9-season MLB career run with a 43-22 record with an even 4.00 ERA with 17 saves in 247 games. After being cut loose from the Angels, Jim dropped down to the AAA Pacific Coast League; where he finished up his 15-year Minor League run with the AAA Hawaii Islanders at the age of 37 in 1970. His pitching record in the Minor Leagues shows a 131-104 record with a 2.81 ERA and 17 saves in 383 games. Overall, he spent 19 active seasons in pro baseball (1952-1970). Coates was an unforgettable character. Jim Bouton in his book Ball Four wrote of his skeletal former teammate. "Coates could pose as the illustration for an undertaker's sign. He has the personality to match..." Jim was also known as the only pitcher, who could sleep with his eyes open and pitch with them closed. Jim's nickname, to his Yankee teammates was "Mummy.”

1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey returns to the Bronx Bombers starting lineup after his month's suspension for fighting at home plate in a game. He had punched Carl Reynolds in the face, breaking the player’s jaw. Bill hits a Grand Slam HR and 3 singles, as Yankees beat the White Sox by a score of 15-3.

1934- Former Yankees Manager and MLB Manage/ Player Dallas Green (1989) was born. (1934-2017)

As an MLB Pitcher, Dallas Green pitched for the Phillies, Senators and the Mets finishing with an overall 20-20 record with a 4.26 ERA in 185 games. After his MLB playing career had ended, he became the Assistant Farm Director for the Phillies from 1970 to 1972. He was the Director of Player Development from 1973 to 1974 and Scouting Director from 1975 to 1979. Green went on to later manage the 1980 Phillies to the World Series Championship. He became General Manager of theCubs from October 1981 to 1987. Green also managed the 1989 Yankees and later the 1993-1996 Mets. Green spent the 2000s as a Senior Advisor to the GM of the Phillies. He still held that title as of 2011. The 1989 Yankees were 56-65 in 5thplace in the AL East, when Team Owner George Steinbrenner fired him. Green didn’t like Steinbrenner’s continuing interference with player transactions with the team. He was replaced by the Yankees front office with their AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) Manager Bucky Dent.

1939- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Meyer (1964) was born.

Before the start of the 1960 AL Season, the Yankees signed P Bob Meyer as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Bob went 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 7 games for the 1964 Yankees. On June 12,1964, Bob was purchased by the Angels from the Yankees. He later would pitch for the A’s, Pilots and the Brewers.

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

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

1952- The Yankees sell veteran P Bob Hogue to St. Louis Browns for Cash. On July 31,1951, Bob was purchased by the Yankees from the Browns. At the time of trade, Bob was 3-5 with a 5.32 ERA and 4 saves in 27 games for the Yankees. Overall, he went 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA and 4 saves in 34 games with the 1951-1952 Yankees, before being sent back to St. Louis. Bob had appeared in 2 games of the 1951 World Series for the Yankees against the Giants; he pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief with no decisions.

1953- Yankees Starter Vic Raschi sets an MLB record by driving in 7 runs in a Yankees 15-0 victory over the Tigers, still the record for most runs driven in by a Pitcher in 1 game. Raschi singled in 2 runs in 2nd inning, doubled home 3 more runs in the 3rd inning and then capped it off with 2-run single in the 8th inning. His Yankee teammates responded to his hitting feat by filling up his locker to the roof with bats after the game.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Roger “The Rocket” Clemens (1998-2003, 2007) was born. 

On February 18,1999, veteran AL Starter Roger Clemens was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for INF Homer Bush, Reliever Graeme Lloyd and Starter David Wells. Roger posted an 83-39 mark with a 4.01 ERA in 174 games with the Yankees. Overall, he was 5-5 in World Series play. With the Yankees, he went 3-0 in 6 games for the team. His best Yankees season was in 2000, when Roger went 20-3 with 3.51 ERA in 33 games for the team. After the 2003 AL season, Roger left the Yankees signing with his hometown Houston Astros along with Yankees MLB Free Agent Starter Andy Pettitte. In 2007, he returned to the Yankees during the mid-season, posting a 6-6 record with a 4.18 ERA in 18 games.

1963- After missing 61 games of the 1963 AL season, Yankees All-Star Slugger Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees lineup as a Pinch-Hitter for Bronx Reliever Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading the game by the score of 10-9 in the 7th inning, when the stiff-legged Mantle golf’s a line drive to tie the game at 10-10. The emotional Yankees win it by a score of 11-10, after the Orioles had taken the opener of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2.

1964- Kansas City A’s Starter John O’Donoghue gives up his 3rd HR to Mickey Mantle this 1964 AL season, but that's all of the Yankee runs that he allows in the game, as the A’s tops the visiting Yankees by a score of 5-1.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Johnson (1991-1993) was born.

The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Jeff Johnson. Jeff went 8-15 record with a 6.62 ERA in 38 games for the 1991-1993 Yankees. The Yankees released Jeff in September of 1993. He would be signed by the Indians as an MLB Free Agent, but he never returned to the MLB. He was a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Pirates organization.

1972- Yankees CF Bobby Murcer's Grand Slam HR in the 7th inning clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.

1973- Yankee veteran Reliever Lindy McDaniel hurls 13 innings of near perfect relief and comes out a winner, when 2B Horace Clarke’s 13th inning HR gives the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Bronx P Fritz Peterson had started the game, but he departed in the 1st inning with a muscle pull.

1975- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB P Eric Milton was born.

While a Minor League Pitcher in the Yankee's system, Eric Milton got a tattoo of the Yankees logo on his pitching shoulder. He never got into an MLB game with the Yankees. He was traded along with 3 other Minor League players (including INF Cristian Guzman, 1B/OF Brain Buchanan, P Danny Mota) for Twins 2B Chuck Knoblauch.

 1978- Orioles Starter Mike Flanagan hands Yankees Ace Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the 1978 AL season by stopping the Yankees by a score of 2-1.

 1980- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB 3B Aurelio Rodriguez from the Padres. He had played in 89 games for the 1980 Padres, while  hitting just .200. He would give the Yankees another 3B, while regular 3B Graig Nettles was on the DL with hepatitis. Currently, Eric Soderholm was hitting .322 for the team, but not as a defensive 3B as Rodriguez was in the MLB. He would hit .220 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 52 games for the 1980 Yankees.

1983- While warming up in the Outfield before the 5th inning of a Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, Yankees OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game, Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals. He is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.

1985- On “Phil Rizzuto Day” at Yankee Stadium, The Scooter’s Yankees Uniform No. 10 is retired and a plaque is dedicated to honor him.

1985- Veteran MLB starter Tom Seaver, now with the White Sox becomes the 17th MLB Pitcher to win 300 games. Seaver pitches the White Sox to 6-hit, 4-1 victory over the Yankees on “Phil Rizzuto Day” at Yankee Stadium as a crowd of 54,032 New Yorkers cheer him on.

1989- Hard-luck Starter Blue Jays Dave Stieb loses a perfect game, when Yankees OF Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning. He finishes the game with a 2-1 victory, a 2-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Dave Stieb has lost a No-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

1991- Former Yankees Minor League P Corey Black was born.

Corey Black was a 4th-round choice of the Yankees in the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Barely a year later, on July 26, 2013, he was traded straight up to the Cubs in return for veteran OF Alfonso Soriano. In the deal the Yankees also agreed to take on $6.8 million of the $24.5 million left on Soriano's MLB player contract. Black began his pro career with the GCL Yankees in 2012, then he was promoted to the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPEN) after only 1 game and ended the season with Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). Between the 3 stops, he posted a 2-2  record with a 3.08 ERA in 12 games as a Starter, while pitching 52 2/3 innings and striking out 50 batters against 15 walks. He was assigned to the Class A Tampa Yankees of the (FSL) to start 2013 season, he had gone 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 starts, when he was traded to the Cubs.

1992- Current Yankees Pitcher Domingo German (2017-2021) was born.

On December 19, 2014, P Domingo German was traded by the Marlins along with Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and 1B/OF Garrett Jones to the Yankees for Pitcher David Phelps, INF Martin Prado and Cash. On December 2, 2015, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. On December 11, 2015, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. During the 2017 AL season, appeared in 5 games for the team with no record, before being sent back to AAA Scranton (IL). He had made another 5 relief outings for the Yankees early in 2018 when he was tabbed to make his 1st MLB career start on May 6th, filling in for an injured Jordan Montgomery against the Indians. It was a beauty, as he pitched 6 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 9 Tribe batters, before leaving after having reached his pitch count limit. The game was still scoreless at that point, but Yankees Relievers Dellin Betances and Jonathan Holder gave up 4 runs over the next 2 innings, but the Yankees managed to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th and then 4 runs in the 9th off of Tribe Relievers Cody Allen and Dan Otero. A comeback capped by a walk-off 3-run HR by fellow Yankees Rookie Gleyber Torres off of Reliever Otero. With Montgomery undergoing season-ending surgery, he began to take a regular turn as a starting pitcher, but results were poor at 1st, as he gave up at least 4 runs in each of his next 4 starts, losing 3 of them. He finally recorded his 1st win on June 14th, when he allowed 3 runs in 6 innings in defeating the Rays by the score of 4-3, thanks once again to Torres, who hit a 3-run HR to propel the Yankees to a come-from-behind win. In 2019, he was called up to the Bronx, becoming a Starter, when injuries hit the Yankees Pitching staff. He went 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 27 games before he was suspended by the MLB for Domestic Violence issues. On January 2, 2020, MLB issued its ruling: a suspension of 81 games. With those he had already missed, he would have to sit out the 1st 63 games of the season. Then, the Coronavirus Pandemic intervened, shortening the 2020 MLB season to 60 games, meaning there was no way he would be able to pitch until 2021, although he could have been eligible to pitch in the postseason, as he had already missed the 2019 one. He took it hard, sending a message to his fans on July 17th stating, in Spanish: "I'm done with baseball. Thanks everyone". Immediately, reporters started speculating that he was retiring, but he corrected this with another message a few hours later, explaining that he was frustrated at not being able to be with his teammates this season, and that "Baseball is my life and I promise I am not walking away." After a strong spring, he finally made his return to the mound on April 4, 2021, when he started the Yankees' 3rd game of the season against the Blue Jays. He went only 3e innings, giving up 3 runs on a pair of HRs by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk, he was charged with a 3-1 loss. In his 2nd start on April 10th, he lasted 4 innings and gave up another pair of long balls, to Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena. He was charged with another loss, 4-0. After the game, he was sent down to the team's Alternate Training Site. It was only a brief absence as he returned on April 22nd, when he picked up his 1st win of the season, a 6-3 victory over the Indians, after which he took his regular turn in the starting rotation. Within a month, he had improved to a 4-2 record, 3.05 ERA with a win on May 20th, but he then hit a prolonged hard patch, as did the Yankees as a team; as he failed to win any of his next 7 starts, meanwhile his ERA rose to 4.50. On July 7th, he had a memorable day, although maybe for the reasons he would have liked, as he was pulled from a scheduled start on the road against the Mariners, because he had to undergo an emergency root canal treatment. He then became a poster boy for the wonders of modern dentistry when he was still used in the game, pitching 3 innings in relief during which he struck out 5 batters in a 5-4 Yankees win.

1998- Yankees Darryl Strawberry's Pinch-Hit Grand Slam HR is the big blow in Yankees 9-run rally in the 9th inning, as the Yankees come from behind to defeat  Oakland A's by a score of 10-5 in the 2nd game of a double header. It is his 2nd Pinch-Hitter Grand Slam HR of the 1998 AL season, setting a new AL record and tying the NL mark held by his former Mets Manager, Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, who both set the mark in 1978. The Bombers also win the 1st game of the twin bill by a score of 10-4.

2007- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 500 MLB Career HR. He becomes the youngest player in MLB history to reach the 500 MLB Career HR mark. His 3-run HR shot in the 1st inning off of Royals Starter Kyle Davies leads the Yankees to a 16-8 pounding of the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

2010-  On the 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career HR, Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits the 600th MLB career HR of his MLB playing career off of Toronto's Shaun Marcum, becoming the youngest player - and only the 7th all time - to reach the MLB HR milestone. The Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1 and with the Rays 2-1 loss to the Twins, regain a share of 1st place in the AL East.

2018- The Indians traded veteran MLB Reliever George Kontos to the Yankees for Cash. He appeared in 1 game for the team with no decisions. He had previous pitched for the 2011 Yankees, appearing in 8 games with no record with a 2.35 ERA. Kontos was drafted by the Yankees in the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was traded to the Giants on April 4, 2012 for Reserve Catcher Chris Stewart. After 2018 AL season had ended, George was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He would be signed by the Nationals to a Minor League deal.

2018- The Blue Jays traded 3B Gio Urshela to the Yankees, who assigned him to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He doesn’t appear with the 2018 Yankees, but he will become a key-part of the 2019 Yankees infield, when injuries occur early in the season. He finished the 2019 AL season as their Yankees Starting 3B, hitting .314 BA with 21 HRs and 74 RBIs in 132 games. He will start the 2020 AL season as the Yankees starting 3B.

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This Week in Yankees History August 1st-7th Part Two

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August 5th

1867- Former HOF Yankees Team Owner Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939) was born. (1867-1939)

The son of a brewing magnate, Jacob Ruppert, also called Colonel Ruppert or Jake, was already a well-known figure in New York City, when Ruppert and his Business Partner Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston purchased the New York Yankeesfrom Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and William Devery in January of 1915. Ruppert had briefly served in the National Guard, earning the title Colonel. He also served in 4 terms in Congress from 1899-1907. In 1918, he hired Miller Huggins to become Yankees Manager over his partner’s objections. In 1919, Jacob Ruppert purchased the land in the Bronx on which Yankee Stadium would eventually be built and open in April of 1923. In 1920, the Yankees purchased OF/P Babe Ruth from the Red Sox. In some accounts, Ruppert was known to dislike the Babe for his drinking and off-field behavior. Also, in the winter of 1920, he hired former Red Sox GM/Manager Edward Barrow to become the new Yankees General Manager. He bought out his Business Partner Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston in May of 1923 to become the sole owner of the Yankees. He owned the Yankees until his death in January of 1939, overseeing the franchise during one of its most glorious eras, during which the team won 9 AL pennants and 6 World Series titles. His estate headed by long time Yankees General Manager Edward Burrow will run the Yankees until when the club is sold to new Team Co-Owners, Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail in 1945. In December of 2013, Jacob Ruppert was voted into the Hall of Fame as an MLB Team Owner.

1872- Former Yankees Pitcher Merle “Doc” Adkins (1903) was born. (1872-1934)

In 1902, Doc Akins went 1-1 for the 1902 Red Sox. In 1903, Doc Adkins went 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 2 games for the Yankees. Later, he would practice medicine in Durham, N.C. He was a Medical School graduate of John Hopkins University.

1899- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam Gibson (1930) was born. (1899-1983)

Sam Gibson went 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA in 2 games with the 1930 Yankees. Before joining the Yankees, he had pitched for the 1926-1928 Tigers. In 1931, he pitched for the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) posting a 28-12 record with a 2.48 ERA in 41 games. In 1932, he was back in the MLB with Giants, posting a 4-8 record with a 4.85 ERA in 41 games. From 1933 to 1946, he would pitch in the Minor Leagues.

1904- The Highlanders beat the Indians by a score of 5-0, to send the 1904 AL pennant race into a virtual 3-way tie. New York is 1st (.614) with Chicago (.613) and Cleveland (.611) close behind.

1905- The Highlanders 1B Hal Chase has an MLB record 38 putouts in a doubleheader sweep versus the visiting Browns. The Highlanders sweep the doubleheader of the St. Louis by scores of 3-1 and 6-5.

1923- Against the Browns, Babe Ruth again bats right-handed. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th HRs off of P Ray Kolp, Reliever Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th inning and again in the 13th inning. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel's single wins the game for the Yankees by the score of 9-8.

1934- While 3 Yankees teammates stand watching a fly ball by Philadelphia A’s Slugger Jimmie Foxx drops in for a double, the only A’s hit given up by Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over Philadelphia.

1935- In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics because of the wet weather conditions, as a result AL President Heydler fines both team’s Managers, Red Sox Joe Cronin and Yankees Joe McCarthy $100 each. The Yankees win the game by the score of 10-2 with Yankees Starter Red Ruffing picking up the win.

1940- Former Yankees Minor League INF Ossie Chavaria was born.

INF Ossie Chavaria was originally signed by the Cubs in 1959. During the winter of 1959, he was traded to the A’s. He reached the MLB in 1966 with Kansas City. He played for the team in 1967. Overall, he appeared in 124 games for the A’s, while hitting .208 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs. On December 5,1969, Ossie was traded by the Oakland A’s along with 1B/3B Danny Cater to the Yankees for veteran Starter Al Downing and Catcher Frank Fernandez. He didn’t appear with the team at the MLB level. He played for the Yankees AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL) appearing in 241 games, while hitting .265 with 15 HRs and 89 RBIs. On December 6,1971, he was traded by the Yankees to Mexico City Tigers (Mexican League) for 3B Celerino Sanchez.

1946- The Yankees sold P Jake Wade to the Senators. Wade had spent 1945 AL season in the Navy. He had a 2-1 record with a 2.29 ERA in 13 games for the 1946 Yankees. Wade would appear in 6 games for the Nats in his last active MLB season.

1946- In another MLB roster move, the Yankees sent veteran P Marius Russo to their AA club, the Kansas City Blues (AA). He had posted a 45-32 record with a 3.13 ERA and 6 saves in 120 games for the Yankees during the 1939-1941 AL seasons; before spending 2 years in the Army. He had arm surgery in the winter of 1945. He was 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 8 games for the team. He would never return to pitch for the Yankees.

1946- The 2nd Game of the 1946 Mayor’s Trophy series is held at Yankees Stadium. A crowd of 25,067 fans see the Yankees edge the Giants by the score of 3-2. A 3rd game for the 1946 series will not be played since the Bronx Bombers lead the series 2-0. The Yankees score the game–winner in the bottom of the 9th inning and there was an altercation between Giants 1B Babe Young and AL Umpire Art Passarella on the final play. Young screamed that the AL Umpire had robbed the NL by calling Yankee base-runner Joe DiMaggio safe at home on a sacrifice by Gus Niarhos. In the 1st inning, Yankee hurler Joe Page broke Giants 1B Johnny Mize’s hand with a pitch. The Giants slugger would be out of action until September 13th, then he promptly broke a toe on his return. The winning pitcher for the Yankees was Cuddles Marshall, while Pitcher Woody Abernathy took the lost for the Giants, even though he held the Yankees batters hitless for 6 innings, he allowed just 4 Bronx hits in total and 2 of the runs that he had allowed were unearned.

1959- At Yankee StadiumAL All-Star CF Mickey Mantle breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between the Tigers Starter Don Mossi and Yankees Starter Bobby Shantz by belting an 8th inning HR with 1 on. The Yankees win the game by a score of 3-0.

1963- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Herb Compton (1945) passed away. (1911-1963)

On November 1,1944, Catcher Herb Compton was drafted by the Yankees from the Pirates organization in the 1944 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Herb appeared in 36 games for the 1945 Yankees, while hitting just .192 with No HRs and 12 RBIs. He had appeared in 50 games for the Yankees AA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA), while hitting .250. At the end of the 1945 AL season, Herb left the Yankees Minor League organization.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Jerry Nielsen (1992) was born.

The Yankees in the 18th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Jerry Nielsen. Jerry went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 20 games for the 1992 Yankees. On December 6,1992, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League 1B J.T. Snow and P Russ Springer to the Angels for MLB Starter Jim Abbott. He would appear in 10 games for 1993 Angels, before leaving the MLB.

1968- Former Yankees 1B/DH John Olerud (2004) was born.

Veteran 1B/DH John Olerud hit .280 with 4 HRs and 26 RBIs in 49 games for the Yankees before being injured in the 2004 AL Playoffs against the Red Sox. After 2004 AL season ended, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He finished out his MLB playing career with the 2005 Red Sox.

1977- Former Yankees INF/OF Eric Hinske (2009) was born.

On June 30, 2009, INF Eric Hinske was traded by the Pirates along with Cash to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Players: Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer. Hinske appeared in 39 games for the Yankees, while hitting .274 with 7 HRs and 38 RBIs. In November of 2009, he left the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. He signed with the Braves, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees could.

1978- Former Yankee Minor League OF Jamal Strong was born.

On April 9, 2007, OF Jamal Strong was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He was originally signed by the Mariners. He played 28 games for the team, hitting just .228. Strong was signed by the Yankees. He did not appear with the team at the MLB level. He spent the 2007 season split between the AAA Scranton (IL) and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). On October 29, 2007, the Yankees granted Strong MLB Free AgencyHe would play for the Independent Long Island Ducks (AL) in 2008 before leaving baseball.

1983- AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees Manager Billy Martin for the 2nd time in the 1983 MLB season because of continuing abuse of AL Umpires. Martin is suspended for 2 games for calling Umpire Dale Ford, "a stone liar" after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this season for kicking dirt on AL umpire Drew Coble.

1984- “Lou Piniella Day” is celebrated at Yankee Stadium. The former Yankees Outfielder (1974-1984) is honored by the team and fans.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Ben Heller (2016-2020) was born.

On June 8, 2013, Pitcher Ben Heller was selected by the Indians in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On July 31, 2016, Ben was traded by Indians along with 3 Minor League Players: Pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Justus Sheffield and OF Clint Frazier to the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Andrew Miller. In 2016, Ben appeared in 10 games for the team, while posting a 1-0 record with a 6.43 ERA in 10 games. In 2017, he went 1-0 with 0.82 ERA in 9 games. In 2018, he had Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm. He was on the 60 DL for the rest of the 2018 AL season. For the 2019 AL season, he has started his rehab pitching in the Yankees Minor League system. He did pitch for the team in 2019, appearing in 6 games with no decisions and a 1.23 ERA. In 2020, he appeared in 6 games with a 3.00 ERA and no decisions. On February 12, 2021, Ben was released by the Yankees. He finishes his Yankees pitching career with a 2-0 record with a 2.59 ERA in 31 games.  He would sign a Minor League contract with the 2021 Diamondbacks. He has yet to pitch this 2021 baseball season.

2001- Former Yankees and Padres OF Dave Winfield, Twins OF Kirby Puckett, Pirates 2B Bill Mazeroski and Negro League Star Hilton Smith are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Despite Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner’s money offers to Winfield to go in the Hall as a Yankee, but Winfield selects his original MLB team, the San Diego Padres for his Hall of Fame entry hat.

2011- The Yankees and Red Sox tied atop the AL East standing, meet for a 3-game series at Fenway Park. New York takes the opener by the score of 3-2, thanks a to a big performance by its bullpen. After Starter Bartolo Colon comes out in the 5thinning, with his team trailing by the score of 2-0. Bronx Relievers pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Yankees score 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning off of Red Sox Starter Jon Lester for the win. Yankees RF Nick Swisher drives in the winning run with a double; Yankees Reliever Boone Logan picks up the victory, while Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera picks up the save.

2013- The MLB hands out 13 suspensions in the Biogenesis Laboratories Scandal, in one of the largest disciplinary actions in MLB history. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is suspended for 211 games, until the end of the 2014 MLB season, but he decides to appeal, the only one of the 13 players to do so. Seven MLB players are handed 50-game suspensions that effectively end their 2013 MLB seasons, while 5 Minor Leaguers are also disciplined. Ironically, Rodriguez plays his 1st game of the 2013 AL season for the Yankees following off-season hip surgery; he goes 1 for 4 and is mercilessly booed by the fans as the Yankees lose to the White Sox by the score of 8-1 in Chicago.

2018- The Red Sox complete a 4-game sweep of the Yankees thanks a stunning 9th-inning comeback against Bronx Closer Aroldis Chapman, who allows 3 runs by walking the bases loaded with 2 outs, then allows a 2-run single to J.D. Martinez and sees the tying run score on an error by 3B Miguel Andujar. Andrew Benintendi then gives Boston a 5-4 win with a run-scoring single in the 10th. Boston now has a lead of 9 1/2 games after the 2 teams were neck-and-neck until late June.

2019-  With a 9th-inning single by Orioles batter Jonathan Villar, he hits for the cycle in the game, although he is unaware of his hitting feat until 1B MLB Coach Arnie Beyeler tells him why the Orioles fans are cheering him inordinately; given the O's are about to lose the game by the score of  9-6 to the Yankees. In the game, the Orioles set a record by allowing multiple HRs - 5 in this case - for the 10th straight game, something never done before. Ironically, barely a week earlier, they had set a record by becoming the 1st team to hit multiple homers in 10 straight games!  Meanwhile the Yankees had 4 HRs in the game, that were hit by C Austin Romine, Outfielders Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman and 1B Mike Ford. Veteran Reliever Adam Ottavino picks up his 5th win of the season, while Bronx Closer Chapman gets his 30th save of the 2019 campaign.

2020- Former Yankees INF Horace Clarke (1965-1973) passed away. (1939-2020)

In 1958, the Yankees had signed INF Horace Clarke as an MLB Free Agent. Mislabel by the sports media as a symbol of failure during the Yankee decline years (1965-1975). Fellow Yankee teammate OF Bobby Mercer describes him as “A 100% player. He wanted to play every day.” Horace led the AL 2B in assists for 6 straight seasons (1967-1972). In 1967, he led the AL 2B in fielding. Horace led the AL in bats in 1969 and 1970 AL seasons. His best Yankees player season was in 1969, when he hit .285 with 4 HRs and 48 RBIs. Although, he only hit 27 HRs  in his MLB playing career, his 1st 2-HRs were Grand Slam HRs. During the 1970 AL season, he ruined 3 no-hit game bids in 1 month by AL Pitchers Joe Niekro, Sonny Siebert and Jim Rooker. As Yankees player, Horace appeared in 1,820 games from 1965 to 1974, while hitting .257 with 2 HRs and 300 RBIs. He had stolen 151 bases for the team. On May 31,1974, Clarke was sold to the Padres. He had lost his starting 2B job to Yankees former starting Shortstop Gene Michal in 1974 MLB Spring Training camp, starting the season as a reserve infielder for the team. He would finish his MLB playing career in 1974 with the Padres with a lifetime MLB BA of .256 with 27 HRs and 304 RBIs. "I know I got a lot of criticism for playing Horace Clarke as much as I did, but he was a lot better ballplayer than anyone gave him credit for. He did a lot of things good but nothing great, and that was his problem... besides, I didn't have anyone else." – Former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk (1966-1973)

August 6th

1903- Former Yankees Pitcher (1942-1945) and Long-time MLB Pitching Coach Jim “Milkman” Turner (1949-1959,1966-1973) was born. (1903-1998)

Jim Turner spent 51 consecutive years in pro baseball. He began his pro pitching career in the Minor Leagues in 1922; he finally reached the MLB in 1937 with the Boston Braves, when he won 20 games as a Rookie. On July 16,1942, Jim Turner was traded by the Reds along with INF Joe Abreu and Cash to the Yankees for Minor League OF Frankie Kelleher. Jim “Milkman” Turner went 11-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 88 games with 19 saves for the 1942-1945 Yankees. He led the AL Relievers in 1945 with 10 saves. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Jim posted a 69-60 record with a 3.22 ERA with 20 saves in 231 MLB games. In addition to his 9-season MLB Pitching stint, Turner compiled a 204-132 record in the Minor Leagues with a 3.85 ERA. He led the 1929 Piedmont League with 25 wins. Turner earned his "Milkman" nickname because of his off-season job of delivering milk.  After his MLB playing career ended, he managed the 1946 Beaumont Exporters (TXL) for the Yankees, then 1947-1948 AA Portland Beavers (PCL). He was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach under Yankees Manager Casey Stengel from 1949-1959. In the winter of 1959, the Yankees front office fired Jim Turner as their MLB Pitching Coach, taking the blame for the team’s 3rd place finish. Former Yankees 1950’s Starter Eddie Lopat replaced him as the team’s AL Pitching Coach for the 1960 AL season. Jim went back to work for the Reds organization. In 1960, he managed the AA Nashville Vols(SA). Then Jim would spend the next 5 seasons as the Reds MLB Pitching Coach, including 1961 Reds NL Championship team before returning to the Yankees in May of 1966 to be Manager Ralph Houk’s MLB Pitching Coach, staying until the end of the 1973 AL season. He retired from baseball in the Fall of 1973.

1914- Former Yankees Minor League P Tommy Reis was born. (1914-2009)

Tommy Reis pitched in the MLB briefly with the 1938 Phillies and Braves appearing in just 8 games, while posting a 0-1 record. On October 27,1938, the Boston Bees (aka Braves) sent P Johnny Babich, INF Bobby Reis and P Tommy Reis to theYankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 10,1938. On August 10th, the Bees sent Players to be Named Later, INF Gil English, Catcher Johnny Riddle and Cash to the Yankees for INF Eddie Miller. Tommy Reis toiled in the Yankees organization from 1939-1946, while posting a 68-60 pitching record for their 2 top AA teams: Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1919- Former Yankees Minor League OF Leon “Lee” Culberson was born. (1919-1989)

Outfielder Lee Culberson came up to the MLB with the 1943 Red Sox, then he was traded to the Senators. On May 13,1948, Leon Culberson was traded by the Senators along with $20,000 Cash to the Yankees for OF Bud Stewart. He didn’t appear in an MLB game with the Yankees. He played for the 2 Yankees AA clubs the 1948 Newark Bears (IL) and the 1949 Kansas City Blues (AA), before going to the Giants organization.  

1929- After the visiting Senators out-slug the Yankees by a score of 13-11, New York earns a split by making the 2nd game by the score of 8-0 on 2 HRs by Babe Ruth. The 1st is a Grand Slam HR in the 5th inning, his 26th HR of the 1929 AL season. Yankees Starter Fred Heimach scatters 3 Nats hits to earn the nightcap win. Nats batter Buddy Myers has 4 hits, including 3 doubles in the opener, paces a 14-hit Nats attack. Also, Durst, Cronin and West hit HRs for the Senators.

1937- In a 10-inning game, Indian Outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. In the 10th inning, Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory. One Umpire calls it foul, so the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. But the other Umpire overrules the 1st, allowing the winning run to score because of the OF's idleness. The AL League office will uphold the Indians protest of the game.

1938- Former Red Sox and Yankees Pitcher George Pipgras (1923-1924,1927-1933) joins the American League Umpiring Staff.

1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Hardin (1971) was born. (1943-1991)

On May 28,1971, P Jim Hardin was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for P Bill Burbach. Jim went 0-2 with a 5.08 ERA in 12 games for the 1971 Yankees. He never fully recovered from arm injuries that made him an effective starter with the mid-1960’s Orioles. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the Braves. Jim Hardin died on March 9, 1991 when his Beechcraft Beech 35-C33A airplane crashed in Key West, FL. Shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport. The propeller of his aircraft failed due to fatigue, the engine stalled and the plane crashed, while Jim attempted to perform an emergency landing. It came to rest in a parking lot of the TGI Fridays Restaurant (which was under construction) located at 2710 North Roosevelt Boulevard. Jim is one of 3 Yankee players, who have died in aviation accidents, including All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson (1979) and Pitcher Cory Lidle (2006.)

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy Messersmith (1978) was born.

On December 7,1977, veteran MLB Starter Andy Messersmith was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves for $100,000.00.  He was recovering from a broken elbow injury that occurred during the 1977 NL season.  He had gone 5-4 for the 1977 Braves. As a Yankees hurler, Andy went 0-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 6 games. He had suffered a shoulder injury, while running into 1B Cliff Johnson during a play in an MLB spring training game. In fall of 1978, Yankees would release him, he would sign with the Dodgers for the 1979 NL season.

1946- Former Yankees Hall of Fame 2B Tony Lazzeri (1926-1937) passed away. (1903-1946)

Tony Lazzeri was epileptic; his untimely death in 1946 resulted from a fatal fall down the stairs, likely caused by an epileptic seizure. Tony Lazzeri set what were then organized baseball records with 60 HRs and 222 RBIs for the 1925 AA Salt Lake City Bees (PCL) along with a .355 BA. On August 1,1925, Tony was traded by the Bees to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and $50,000 Cash. The Yankees sent 2B Mack Hillis in March of 1926, Frank Zoellers (Minors) in March of 1926 and Curt Fullerton on March 23,1926 to the Bees to complete the trade. Tony had a lifetime BA of .293 with Yankees. He appeared in 7 World series hitting .262 with 4 HRs with 19 RBIs. His best Yankee season was in 1929, when he hit .354 with 18 HRs and 106 RBIs. Tony had seven 100 RBI Seasons: (1926,1927,1929,1930,1932,1933 & 1936). He was on the 1stAL All-Star team in 1933. On October 15,1937, Tony was released by the Yankees, upon his request to retire from MLB. He came back to play for the 1938 Cubs, then the Dodgers and finishing up with 1939 Giants. Tony was elected to Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1991. Quote: "(Tony) not only was a great ballplayer, he was a great man. He was a leader. He was like a manager on the field."  Former Yankees Player and Long-time 3B MLB Coach Frankie Crosetti.

1949- The Yankees sell Reserve 1B Jack Phillips to the Pirates for Cash. He was hitting .302 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs for the 1949 Yankees at the time of his trade to the Pirates. Overall, as a Yankees Reserve player, Jack hit .295 with 2 HRs and 12 RBIs in 62 games. Jack was sold to the Bucs to clear an MLB 25-man roster spot for Yankees Starter Bob Porterfield, who was being called-up from their AA Club, the Newark Bears (IL) to pitch in a critical series against the Red Sox.

1954- Former Yankees 1B/DH Ken Phelps (1988-1989) was born.

On July 21,1988, 1B/DH Ken Phelps was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, OF Jay Buhner and Minor League P Rich Balabon. The Yankees would send Minor League P Troy Evers on October 12,1988 to the Mariners to complete the trade. The Yankees had drafted Ken in 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team. Ken hit .224 and .249 with 14 HRs for the Yankees during the 1988-1989 AL seasons. On August 30,1989, Ken was traded by the Yankees to Oakland for Minor League P Scott Holcomb.

1955- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Davis (1978-1982) was born.

On June 12, 1978, P Ron Davis was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on June 10,1978. The Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran hurler Ken Holtzman. They would send Minor League P Ron Davis on June 12,1978 to the Yankees to complete the trade. As a Yankees Reliever, Ron went 27-10 with a 2.93 ERA and 22 saves in 144 games. Closer Rich Gossage and Ron Davis team-up to give the Yankees a power bullpen 1-2 duo for several AL seasons. On April 10,1982, the Yankees along with 2 Minor League players: P Paul Boris and INF Greg Gagne, the Yankees traded Ron Davis to the Twins for MLB Shortstop Roy Smalley. In 1981, Ron was named to the AL All-Star team. He appeared in the 1981 World Series, posting a 0-1 record against the Dodgers. Ron’s son, Ike Davis was an MLB player with the Mets and Yankees.

1961-  All-Star Slugger Mickey Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins by going 5-for-9 with 3 HRs and a double. His 4 RBIs gives him an even 100 for the 1961 AL season. His HR total for the season is now at 43. In the opener, Mantle's had 2 HRs off of his favorite AL Pitcher Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard's HR in the 10th inning that ties the game at 6-6. In the 15th inning, Yogi Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beat the throw at 1st to give the Yankees the win. The Yankees win the nightcap by a run as well, when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Yankees now lead the Tigers by 2 1/2 games in the 1961 AL pennant race.

1963- Yankees veteran Starter Stan Williams throws a 1-hitter against the Senators beating them by the score of 1-0 only giving up a double to INF Don Blasingame. He strikes out 11 Senators batters in the game, while only issuing only 1 Nats walk. Bronx Bombers Shortstop Tony Kubek’s triple scores the Yankees lone run in the game.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Johnny Ramos (1991) was born.

On June 2,1986, Catcher Johnny Ramos was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. As a Reserve C/DH, Ramos appeared in 10 games for the 1991 team, while hitting .310. He would play in the Yankees organization until 1993, later he was in the Padres and Blue Jays systems before retiring from the game. He is currently an Assistant Baseball Coach at University of Tampa.

1965- After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox, Mickey Mantle loops a HR off of Pitcher Mickey Lolich, but the Tigers still top the visiting Yankees by a score of 5-4. The Yankees will win tomorrow and Mickey will add another HR.

1971- The Yankees kayo Orioles Starter Pat Dobson in the 4th inning, beating the Birds by a score of 12-3. The loss ends Pat Dobson's winning streak of 12 games, his 9 consecutive complete games and his consecutive scoreless innings streak of 23 innings.

1974- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Vizcaino (2007) was born.

On January 9, 2007, Reliever Luis Vizcaino was traded by the Diamondbacks along with Minor League P Steven Jackson, INF Alberto Gonzalez and P Ross Ohlendorf to the Yankees for MLB All-Star Starter Randy Johnson and Cash. Luis went 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 77 games for the 2007 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in the Fall.

1979- After delivering a eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral in Ohio, Bobby Murcer, a teammate and close friend of the deceased Yankees Captain and Catcher, drives in all the runs in the Yankee 5-4 comeback victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees Outfielder hits a 3-run HR and wins the game with 2-run single in 9th inning.

1981- As a result of the nearly 2-month interruption in play because of the strike the MLB Team Owners elect to split the 1981 MLB season into 2 halves, with the 1st-place teams from each half in each division (or a wild-card team if the same club wins both halves) meeting in a best-of-5 divisional playoff series. The last time the MLB played a split season was 1892. The A's, Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers suddenly find themselves guaranteed MLB Playoff spots as 1st-half division champions in their leagues.

1982-  The Yankees trade 1978 play-off hero Bucky Dent to the Rangers for OF/1B Lee Mazzilli. In spite of hitting just .169, the popular Yankee infielder nearly was elected to the All-Star Game by the fans appreciative of his late-season heroics that year.

1996- Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off of P Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so, he becomes just the 8th MLB player to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Dave Kingman, Cory Snyder, Darnell Coles, Claudell Washington and Larry Parrish.

2000- The Mariners defeat the Yankees by the score of 11-1. Former Yankees Reserve OF Stan Javier goes 5-for-6 for the Mariners, including a double.

2001- Former Yankee Minor League OF Roy Mantle passed away. (1936-2001)

The younger brother of Yankees HOF Mickey Mantle, OF Roy Mantle played 3 seasons of Minor League ball in the Yankees organization. With the 1955 Monroe Sports, he hit .272 with 6 HR. He was a Cotton States League All-Star. In addition to Mickey, Roy had a twin brother Ray Mantle, who was his teammate during part of his Yankees Minor League playing career. 

2003- Three weeks after trading for veteran All-Star Reliever Armando Benitez from the cross-town Mets, the Yankees trade the much-maligned Closer to the Mariners. In return, the Yankees get back 36-year-old Relief Pitcher Jeff Nelson for his 2nd tour with the Bronx Bombers.

2009- After losing the 1st 8 contests between the 2 teams for this 2009 AL season, the Yankees beat their heated rivals, the Red Sox by the score of 13-6 before a capacity crowd at New Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers feast off of Red Sox veteran Starter John Smoltz, still struggling to regain his form after missing all of the 2008 AL season. Reliever Billy Traber, who was recalled earlier in the day from AAA Pawtucket (IL), lighting up the 2 Red Sox pitchers for 13 runs on 18 hits in 7 combined innings. Bronx Bomber Sluggers Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Melky Cabrera and Mark Teixeira all go deep for the Yankees, while the Boston’s batting line-up fails to take full advantage of 12 walks issued by 5 Yankee pitchers.

2010- The Red Sox may be reeling from injuries this season, but their rivalry with the Yankees endures. Today, they beat their nemesis by the score of 6-3 at New Yankee Stadium, taking advantage of a dropped pop-up by Yankees Catcher Francisco Cervelli that allows Boston to score 3 runs in the 2nd. Ryan Kalish hits his 1st MLB HR, a 2-run shot off of Yankees Starter Javier Vazquez to put the game away in the 6th inning. Red Sox Starter Clay Buchholz is the winner, while Red Sox DH David Ortiz, also hits one out for the Sox, as well as Mark Teixeira for the Yankees. Derek Jeter lines a single ahead of Mark Teixeira HR in the 1st inning for his 2,873rd MLB hit, tying Babe Ruth on the MLB All-time list.

2011- The Red Sox defeat the Yankees by the score of 10-4, in the 2nd game of a 3-game series at Fenway Park, to tie the 2 teams in 1st place in the AL East. Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 3-run HR off of Yankees Starter CC Sabathia and drives in 6 runs to power the Red Sox. Sabathia is 0-4 against Boston this season while he is 16-2 against all other teams in the AL.

2012- At Detroit, Tigers Starter Justin Verlander racks up 13 Yankee strikeouts to beat New York by the score of 7-2, a MLB career-best and the most in the AL this season.

August 7th

1886- Former Yankees INF (1913) and HOF MLB Manager James “Bill” McKechnie was born. (1886-1965)

On April 13, 1913, the Yankees purchased INF Bill McKechnie from the Braves. Bill hit only .134 in 45 games for the 1913 Yankees. He left the team in 1914, to play for the Indianapolis team in the Federal League. He would have a long successful career as an MLB Manager in the NL with the Pirates, Cardinals, Braves and the Reds appearing in 4 World Series (1925,1928 and 1939-1940). Bill faced his old team the Yankees in the 1928 and 1939 World Series and lost. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall Of Fame as a Manager in 1962. 

1915- Another Hall of Famer player takes a turn on the mound, as the Browns George Sisler pitches to 2 Yankees in the 6th inning, hitting 1 batter and walking the other. The Browns-Yankees game is called at the end of 10 innings with the score tied at 4-4.

1929- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (1955-1956) was born. (1929-2020)

Before the start of 1947 AL Season, Pitcher Don Larsen was signed by the St. Louis Browns as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Don Larsen went 45-24 with a 3.50 ERA and 3 saves in 128 games with the 1955-1959 Yankees; after coming to the team in the big 17-Player trade with the Baltimore Orioles in the winter of 1954. With the 1954 Orioles, Don had posted a 3-21 record with a 4.37 ERA in 29 games. The Yankees had obtained Starters Don Larsen and Bob Turley from the Orioles to rebuild their aging Yankees starting rotation for the 1955 AL season. His greatest moment as a Yankees Pitcher was his Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game #5 the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium.  In 1956, Don won the Babe Ruth Award and the 1956 World Series MVP Award. In World Series play, Don went 3-1 in 7 games for the Yankees. On December 11, 1959, Don was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Hank Bauer, Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and OF Norm Siebern for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMasteri and 1B Kent Hadley. Don would appear in 1 more World Series in 1962, as a member of the Giants, working out of their bullpen against his former Yankee teammates. He posted a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in 3 games in relief with the Giants. His final World Series Pitching record was a 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 1 save in 10 World Series games. Don finished his MLB Pitching career with an 81-71 record and a 3.78 ERA in 412 games. He had started out with 1953 St. Louis Browns, 1954 Orioles, then 1955-1959 Yankees, 1960-1961 A’s, 1961 White Sox, 1962-1964 Giants, 1964-1965 Colt 45s./Astros, he returned to the 1965-1966 Orioles, finishing his MLB Pitching career with the 1967 Cubs.

1929-  For the 2nd game in a row, Babe Ruth hits a Grand Slam HR as the Yankees roll to a 13-1 victory over the Philadelphia A's in the Opener. Mickey Cochrane’s HR in his 1 at bat for the A's only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the 1st 2 innings. Bronx Starter George Pipgras is the winner for the Yankees. The A's take the nightcap by a score of 4-2, as Starter George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the victory.

1938- Yankees Starter Red Ruffing’s no-hit bid ends in the 9th inning, when Indians OF Roy Weathery doubles with 1-out, but the Yankees still win the game by a score of 7-0.

1945- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Veach (1925) passed away. (1888-1945)

On May 5,1925, OF Bobby Veach was traded by the Red Sox along with P Alex Ferguson to the Yankees for P Ray Francis and $9,000 Cash. He appeared in 56 games, while hitting .353 for the 1925 Yankees. On August 9,1925, Bobby was a Pinch-Hitter for Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth. On August 17,1925, Bobby was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. He would hit .243 with No HRs and 8 RBIs in 18 games with the 1925 Senators. He went 0 for 2 for the Nats in the 1925 World Series. 

1948- Before a crowd of 66,000 fans, Yankees Starter Vic Raschi (14-4) allows only 4 Tribe singles, while stopping the Indians by a score of 5-0. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of doubles, he drives in 3-runs, and swipes home on the front end of a double steal.

1949- Line-up juggling is a Casey Stengel Manager’s forte as his Yankees suffer injury after injury this AL season. Against the St. Louis Browns, 13 different Yankees score a run in the 1st game of doubleheader, which Yankees win the game by a score of 20-2; the 2nd game ends in 2-2 tie.

1954- The Yankees waived veteran P Bob “Sarge” Kuzava (1951-1954) to the Orioles. At the time of the trade to the Orioles, Bob had gone 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA and 1 save in 20 games, as a Spot Starter and Long Reliever for Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. He had posted a 23-20 record with a 3.39 ERA and 13 saves in 104 games for the 1951-1954 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1951, going 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA and 5 saves in 23 games. He had been traded by the Senators to the Yankees for 3 Pitchers on June,15, 1951. He appeared in 3 World Series (1951-1953) with the Yankees with 2 saves in 3 games, while posting a 2.08 ERA with no decisions.

 1954- Former Yankees DH/OF Steve Kemp (1983-1984) was born.

In the winter of 1982, OF Steve Kemp was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He hit .264 with 19 HRs and 90 RBIs in 203 games for the Yankees. On December 20,1984, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with INF Tim Foli and Cash to the Pirates for INF Dale Berra, P Alfonso Pulido and Minor League OF Jay Buhner.

1955- After a 12-17 record in July, the Yankees are in a 4-team AL Pennant race. Tiger’s Starter Frank Lary beats the Yankees by a score of 4-2 in the game opener, the Yankees then earn a critical 3-2 10th-inning victory on a Mickey Mantle HR off of Tigers P Babe Birrer in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Yankees finish the day in a virtual tie with the White Sox, a half-game ahead of the Indians and 11 ½ games ahead of the Red Sox.

1956- The Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans, as the Red Sox edge the Yankees in 11 innings on Williams's bases-loaded walk. It is Williams's 3rd spitting incident in 3 weeks. The spitting started after the crowd of 36,350 fans, a record for night games at Fenway Park, started booing the Splendid Splinter for muffing Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle's windblown fly in the 11th inning. Immediately thereafter, the jeers turn to cheers when Williams redeems himself with a leaping grab of Yankees Slugger Yogi Berra's drive against the Fenway Park scoreboard. The Splinter, however, is not so easily appeased. Thus, the fickle Fenway patrons find themselves the target of Teddy's spittle repeatedly as he makes his way towards the Red Sox dugout. Before the game, former Yankee player, now a Red Sox RF Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by his teammates from going into the stands after a heckler. The previous season Jackie Jensen had challenged a fan to come out of the stands.

1957- Yankee veteran RF Hank Bauer hits his 2nd consecutive leadoff HR against the Senators, as the 1st-place Yankees lose to the Nats by a score of 3-2.

1962- Veteran Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek, in his 1st at bat after returning from active duty in the Army Reserves, homers in a 14-1 Yankees rout of the Twins at Yankee Stadium. Kubek plays left-field, returning to his regular Shortstop position the next game with Rookie Shortstop Tommy Tresh moving to leftfield.

1964-  Orioles Starter Steve Barber and veteran Reliever Harvey Haddix beat the Yankees by a score of 2-0 to boost the Orioles back into 1st place in the AL.

1967-  Former Yankees Pitcher Jason Grimsley (1999-2000) was born.

In 1999, the Yankees signed veteran P Jason Grimsley as an MLB Free Agent. He went 10-4 with a 4.41 ERA  with 2 saves in 118 games before being released by the team.

1968- The A's Joe Keough makes his MLB Player debut with a 1st-at bat HR in a 2nd-game 4-3 win over the Yankees. The Yankees win the opener the doubleheader by a score of 3-0.

1972- Ron Allen hits 3-HRs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 8-3 in the annual Hall of Fame game played at Doubleday field in Cooperstown, NY. The contest is preceded by inductions of 8 new Hall Of Fame members, which included 2 Yankee players; Catcher Yogi Berra and Pitcher Lefty Gomez.

1973- The Yankees obtained Reliever Wayne Granger from the Cardinals for 2 Players to be Named Later and Cash. The Yankees will send Minor League AAA P Ken Crosby to the Cardinals on September 12, 1972. The 2nd player was not sent; as the 2 teams agreed to a cash settlement, instead. Wayne would go 0-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 7 games for the 1973 Yankees. The team would release him during their MLB Spring Training Camp in March of 1974.

1977- Bronx Starter Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankees losing streak with his 3rd straight victory. The Yankees will win 20 of their next 23 games over Western Division AL opponents.

1978- Former MLB players 3B Eddie Mathews, Pitcher Addie Joss, MLB Baseball Executive and Co-Team Owner Larry MacPhail Sr. are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Larry MacPhail Sr. was one of the Co-Owners of the Yankees (1945-1947), who had bought the team from the Jacob Ruppert Estate. Also, Larry had been the General Manager of the Reds and the Dodgers before joining the Yankees. He was the Yankees President and General Manager (1945-1947) replacing long-time Yankees GM Edward Barrow (1920-1945). After the end of the 1947 World Series, he sold his team interest in the Yankees to his Co-Business Partners Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr.

1983- The New York Yankees honor long-time All-Star OF Bobby Murcer by giving him a day at the Yankee Stadium.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Wade LeBlanc (2014) was born.

On June 3, 2014, Reliever Wade LeBlanc was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Angels. He appeared in 1 game with the team with no record. On June 15, 2014, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Wade would sign with the Angels to finish the 2014 AL season. On January 17, 2018, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. On March 22, 2018, Wade was released by the team. On March 25, 2018, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Mariners, who converted him into Starter for the team during the 2018 AL season.

1984- The White Sox and Yankees split a doubleheader with Chicago’s 6-3 win in Game 1 stopping New York's 8-game winning streak. Former Yankees Minor League P LaMarr Hoyt is the winner for the White Sox. Veteran Bronx Starter Ron Guidry strikes out 13 White Sox batters to win the nightcap by a score of 7-0. The Gator finishes with a flourish, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning.

1989- Former Yankees Reliever Tommy Kahnle (2017-2019) was born.

Tommy Kahnle starred for Lynn University in the 2009 Division II College World Series, winning Most Outstanding Player in the tourney as Lynn won it. He did not allow a run in 12 2/3 postseason innings. He led the team in strikeouts and ERA as a sophomore. The Yankees made him the highest pick in school history, when they took him in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his pro debut with the Staten Island Yankees that summer and was nearly unhittable (3 Sv, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 25 K in 16 IP). With the 2011 Charleston RiverDogs, he was 3-5 with 2 saves and a 4.22 ERA, but he whiffed 112 in 81 IP (he also walked 49 batters). He tied D.J. Mitchell for 5th in the Yankee system in Ks despite being solely a Reliever; the next Reliever was Pat Venditte with 88. Tommy split the 2012 season between the Tampa Yankees (2-1, 6 Sv, 2.45 ERA, 72 K in 55 IP, .158 opponent average) and Trenton Thunder (0 R in 2 IP). He allowed the 4th-lowest average in the Minors, after A.J. Ramos, Mark Montgomery and Dane de la Rosa. In 2013, he remained hard to hit but wild with AA Trenton Thunder (1-3, 15 Sv, 2.85 ERA in 46 G; 45 BB, 74 K, .182 opponent average in 60 IP). He tied Danny Burawa, Hector Neris and Zech Zinicola for 8th in the Eastern League in games pitched and was 6th in saves. He tied Burawa for the most games pitched in the Yankees chain and led the organization in saves. The Rockies took the hard-throwing (98 mph fastball) reliever with the 4th pick of the MLB Rule 5 player draft. On April 3, 2014, Kahnle made his MLB Pitching debut with the Rockies giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief in a game against the Marlins. He became the 1st MLB player from Lynn Univ., when he relieved Franklin Morales with a 5-3 lead with 1 on and 1 out in the 6th. He fanned Reed Johnson and retired Christian Yelich. In the 7th, he got Jeff Baker to pop up, walked Giancarlo Stanton on a full count walk. Casey McGehee tripled in Stanton, but Kahnle got Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozunato prevent further harm. In the 8th, he was relieved by Matt Belisle, while DJ LeMahieu took his spot in the batting order. He picked up his 1st MLB win on April 5th against the Diamondbacks; he pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of Starter Jorge de la Rosa and was the beneficiary of his teammates erasing a 4-0 deficit to win, 9-4. He went 2-1, 4.19 ERA in 54 games as a Reliever as a Rookie, while logging 68 2/3 innings. In 2015, he was not as effective, pitching 36 times with a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 4.86 in 33 2/3 innings, but he did record his 1st 2 saves as a major leaguer. He also pitched 21 times for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL) going 1-3, 4.67 ERA with 6 saves. On November 24th, he was traded to the White Sox in return for Minor League P Yency Almonte. Kahnle pitched only 29 times in his 1st season with the 2016 White Sox, going 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 1 save. He spent the 1st half of the 2016 season shuttling between the Windy City and the AAA Charlotte Knights, where he was 1-1, 3.00 ERA with 7 saves in 33 games. However, he was with Chicago for the entire 1st half of 2017, going 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 37 games. Having demonstrated that he was a useful MLB reliever, he was included in a traded meant to strengthen 2 areas of needs with the Yankees, accompanying fellow Reliever David Robertson and 3B Todd Frazier to the Bronx in return for MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard and 3 Minor League Prospects - P Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Tito Polo and Blake Rutherford. He went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 32 games for the team. He pitched well in the 2017 AL Postseason play for the Yankees. He was at AAA Scranton for the start of the 2018 season to work on his pitching speed issues. He did come back up to the MLB level, appearing in 9 games, while posting a 1-0 record with a 6.30 ERA. In 2019, he enjoyed a successful season as a member of Yankees bullpen with a 3-2 record and a 3.67 ERA , while appearing in 72 games. Tommy will miss the 2020 AL season due to Tommy John Surgery. In the fall of 2020, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. Tommy would sign a MLB Free Agent deal with the Dodgers.

1998- Yankees Rookie OF Shane Spencer gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 HRs, while driving home 3 runs and scoring 4 in the Yankees 14-2 pasting of Royals in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the opener by a score of 8-2.

2000- The Yankees obtained veteran OF/DH Jose Canseco from the Devil Rays. The move, which mystifies even Yankees Manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high-priced slugger away from other AL East rivals. Jose appeared in 37 games for the club, while hitting .243 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs. In the 2000 World Series, he went 0 for 1 for the Yankees.

2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Mickey McDermott (1956) passed away. (1923-2003).

On February 8, 1956, veteran P Mickey Dermott was traded by the Senators along with INF Bobby Kline to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, C Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews, OF Dick Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler. On April 2, 1956, theYankees sent Minor League OF Whitey Herzog to the Senators to complete the trade. Mickey went 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 23 games for the 1956 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers, with no record. He was sent to the Kansas City in February of 1957 as part of the Bobby Shantz trade. Overall, pitching in the MLB for 12 seasons, Mickey had a 69-69 record with a 3.91 ERA in 291 games. Later, he was an MLB Pitching Coach for the Angels.

2009- The Yankees and Red Sox are locked in a scoreless tie for 14 innings until Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits a game-winning HR in the 15th off of Red Sox Reliever Junichi Tazawa, who was making his MLB Pitching debut for a 2-0 Yankees win. Tazawa took the place of veteran Starter John Smoltz, who was DFA earlier in the day after being roughed up in yesterday's 13-6 slugfest by the Yankees. Former Marlin teammates Pitchers Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett set the tone for the game by pitching 7 and 7⅔ scoreless innings respectively.

2011- The Red Sox win the rubber match of their 3-game series against the Yankees by the score of 3-2 to recapture 1st place by a game in front of New York in the AL East. Josh Reddick ends the game with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, after the Sox rally against Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera to tie the game in the 9th inning. The Yankees take a 2-1 lead on HRs by Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner, but Marco Scutaro leads off the 9th inning with a double - his 4th hit of the game – then he scores on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings. Also of note, veteran Jorge Posada is benched tonight amid talk that his job as the Yankees' starting DH may be in jeopardy.

2016- At a press conference, Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez announces that he will play his final MLB game on August 12th. Then he retire with a year and half still left on his huge MLB Player contract. A-Rod has been benched for the past month, or so as his skills have badly eroded, and unless he goes on an unlikely power spree in his final week. He will fall just short of 700 MLB HRs, although he is still 4th on the All-time MLB HR list. His announcement comes 2 days after his teammate All-Star 1B Mark Teixeira stated that he would retire at the end of the 2016 AL season.

2017- Former Yankees DH/1B (1983-1985) and MLB Manager Don Baylor passed away. (1949-2017)

Don Baylor played 19 seasons in the AL. He hit 338 MLB HRs. He won the 1979 AL MVP Award. He has also managed 9 seasons in the MLB. A versatile player, Baylor finished as high as 2nd in the league in HRs (1978) and as high as 4th in the AL in stolen bases (1976). He led the league once in sacrifice flies and 8 times in hit-by-pitch. He is 4th on the All-Time MLB list for most hit-by-pitch and until Craig Biggio passed him. Baylor held the modern record for the most hit-by-pitch. In 1986, Baylor logged a 30/30 season - 31 HRs and 35 HBP. He is the only Outfielder in MLB history who never doubled off or doubled up a runner. His career double play total is zero. Everybody else who has played 500 or more games had at least 2. On December 1, 1982, Don was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 420 games with the Bronx Bombers, playing 1B and DH. He hit .267 with 71 HRs and 265 RBIs. On March 28, 1986, Don was traded by the team to the Red Sox for OF/1B/DH Mike Easler. In the last 3 seasons of his MLB playing career, Baylor appeared in the World Series each year, each time with a different AL team (1986 Red Sox, 1987 Twins and 1988 A’s). After his MLB playing days were over, Baylor was a Brewers MLB Coach in 1990. In 1991, Don was a member of the Cardinals staff in 1992. In 1993, he became Manager of the NL Expansion Team, the Colorado Rockies, a job he would hold for 6 NL seasons. After spending 1999 season as an Braves MLB Coach. Baylor was Skipper of the Cubs for 2 and a half seasons, beginning in 2000. Next, he spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons on the Mets MLB Coaching staff. Don was a MarinersMLB Coach in 2005. He rejoined the Rockies as Hitting Coach in 2009, then in 2011, Don was Hitting Coach of the a Diamondbacks, keeping the job until the end of the 2013 NL season. In 2014, he moved to the Angels as Hitting Coach. In his 1st game back with the Angels, on Opening Day on March 31, 2014, he was given the honor of catching the ceremonial 1st pitch thrown by Vladimir Guerrero, who had signed a 1-day contract to retire as a member of the Angels. The choice was appropriate, given Baylor and Guerrero were the only 2 Angels ever to win the AL MVP Award. However, Baylor then suffered a freak injury as he moved to catch Guerrero's slow toss, buckling his leg and fracturing his femur. He had to be evacuated to a hospital to receive medical attention. He had to undergo an operation with a metal plate being inserted to hold up the bone. The Angels promoted Assistant Hitting Coach Dave Hansen to replace him during his recovery and brought up Minor League Hitting Instructor Paul Sorrento to the MLB club to assist Hansen. Baylor was able to resume his duties midway through the season and stayed on for a 2nd year in 2015, after which he was let go. Baylor was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of Cancer that attacks plasma in the bone marrow, when he was a Mets MLB Coach in 2003. This condition is usually fatal within 5 years of a diagnosis. However, he managed to beat the disease for many years and became a major fundraiser for research against the condition, particularly in trying to put together a database of patients in order to help doctors and researchers track trends and share information. He was working with former MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr., also a Multiple Myeloma survivor, on the fundraising efforts, with the 2 mindful of fellow MLB Coach Vern Ruhle, who had died of the disease at 55, a few years earlier. Baylor passed away from the disease in 2017.

2019- The Yankees put up some record numbers in completing a sweep of the Orioles at Camden Yards with a 14-2 win. The Yankees homer 5 times, to make it 16 during the 3-game series tying a record set by the 1977 Red Sox. They have gone 10-0 at the Orioles' home this season, while hitting an astonishing 43 long balls. They have hit 52 dingers against the O's which is already a record for most against 1 team in a season with another 4 games left to play at New Yankee Stadium and 11 different New York players have had a multi-HR game against the Birds. In the 5th inning, slumping Orioles Slugger Chris Davis nearly comes to blows with Manager Brandon Hyde in the dugout, he is immediately replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the frame; as it is possible his tenure with the team has come to an end





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