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This Week in Yankees History September 5th-11th Part One






September 5th


1872- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Orth (1904-1909) was born. (1872-1948)


On July 20,1904, veteran Starter Al Orth was traded to the Yankees by the Senators for 2 Pitchers; Tom Hughes and Barney Wolfe. Al would finish the 1904 AL season with the Yankees by posting an 11-6 record with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games. In 1905, he posted a 18-16 record with a 2.86 ERA in 40 games for the Yankees. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1906, when he had a 27-17 mark with a 2.34 ERA in 45 games; while leading the AL pitchers in wins. As a Yankees Pitcher from 1904-1909, Al Orth had a 72-73 record with a 2.72 ERA in 163 games. Orth’s MLB Pitching record was a 202-184 record in 440 games with the Phillies, Senators and the Yankees (1895-1909).


1908- Senators Ace Walter “The Big Train” Johnson tops the Yankees by the score of 6-0, as they manage just only 4 hits off of the Nat’s Ace.


1911- Former Yankees 1B John “Buddy” Hassett (1942) was born. (1911-1997) 


The Yankees originally signed 1B John “Buddy” Hassett as an MLB Amateur Player, but he was traded to the Dodgers in 1936 for OF Buzz Boyle. With the Yankees, he was blocked at 1B by the presence of Lou Gehrig. He has re-obtained by the Yankees from the Braves in the Tommy Holmes trade that was made on February 5,1942. Buddy was the regular Yankees 1B for the 1942 AL season, while playing in 132 games hitting .284, while hitting 5 HRs with 48 RBI’s. His last MLB appearances were in the 1942 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals; when he went 3-for-9. His last hit was in the 9th inning of Game 2 off of Cardinals Starter Johnny Beazley. He went into the military service in 1942. He was released by the Yankees in May of 1946. As an MLB player, Buddy had appeared in 929 games, while hitting .292 with 12 HRs and 343 RBIs.After his playing days, he managed in the Yankees Minor League System from 1947 to 1950 with the following teams: Class A Norfolk Tars (PL), Class A Binghamton Triplets (EL) and the AA Newark Bears (IL) and then he moved  to the Class A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (WL) with the White Sox organization.


1920- Former Yankees Minor League P Gene Bearden was born. (1920-2004)


During June of 1942, Gene Bearden was sent from Savannah (SAL) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. He had been a promising Minor League lefty pitcher for the Yankees, while posting a 15-5 record for the 1946 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL). On December 6,1946, Gene was traded by the Yankees along with P Al Gettel and OF Hal Peck to the Indians for Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar and veteran Reserve INF Ray Mack.


1921- In the Labor Day afternoon game played at Fenway Park, won by the Red Sox by the score of 8-2. The YankeesOutfield makes an AL-record 5 assists: 4 by Bob Meusel, with one of the strongest arms in the MLB, will lead the AL outfielders in assists in 1921 and 1922.


1926- At Baltimore, the Minor League team, the AA Orioles (IL) embarrassed the Yankees by the score of 18-9 in an exhibition game. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth is 0-for-5 as he tangles with teammate INF Mark Koenig in the Yankees dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig of loafing on several plays in the infield.


1927- The Red Sox edge the Yankees by the score of 12-11 in an 18-inning battle during the 1st game of a doubleheader played at Fenway Park, Red Ruffing, a future Yankee starter, had pitched 15 innings for Red Sox, but he got a no decision; but he made a permanent impression on Yankees front office. The Yankees won the 2nd game of the doubleheader with a 5-0 shutout.


1930- Former Yankees Minor League INF Wayne Belardi was born. (1930-1993)


On February 19,1957, INF Wayne Belardi was traded by the Kansas City A’s along with Players to be Named Later, INF Jack McMahan, Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later; OF Irv Noren, INF Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, 3 Pitchers: Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and Rip Coleman. The Yankees would later send Minor League P Jack Urban on April 5,1957 to the A’s to complete the trade. Kansas City  would send Reserve INF Curt Roberts on April 4,1957. Then they would send Bonus Baby Rookie INF Clete Boyer on June 4,1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Wayne would spend the 1957 baseball season with the Yankees AA club, the New Orleans Pelicans (SA) before retiring from baseball.


1936- On a day the Yankees would just as soon forget, the Yankees drop a 3-2 decision to the Red Sox in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Then they throw away the 2nd game by allowing the Red Sox to come-behind and tie the score in time for darkness to end it at 7-7 tie. Adding to their 2nd game woes were 2 errors apiece for Rookie CF Joe DiMaggio and Catcher Bill Dickey and a triple plays against the Yankees.


1950- Purdue University Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old Baseball star Pitcher/Shortstop Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting Right Halfback on the Boilermakers' 1950 Big 10 Football squad.


1950- The Yankees acquired veteran 1B Johnny Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 BA from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yankees believe that Johnny Hopp will provide late season pennant insurance. Johnny will hit .333 in 19 games for the month of September of 1950. Due to the September 5th trade date, he was unable to play for the Yankees in the 1950 World Series against the Phillies.


1952- After his player release by the Tigers, the Yankees resigned veteran OF/PH Charlie “King Kong” Keller (1939-1949). After the 1952 World Series, he will retire as an active player.


1952- Yankees Manager Casey Stengel makes his famous “bus ride speech” to his “loafing Yankees.” The team had just dropped 2 out of 3 games to the hapless Philadelphia A’s (normally easy prey), while their AL rivals, the Indians were on a hot streak and the result was the possibility that the 1st place Indians might break the 1952 AL pennant race open. Fortunately, the Old Professor’s speech had the right effect on the Yankee players, who went on to win 15 of their next 18 games.


1955- Former Yankees hurler (1977) and Minor League Pitching Coach Gil Patterson was born.


Gil Patterson was a 1st round 7th pick by the Yankees in the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Gil appeared in 10 games for the 1977 Yankees, going 1-2 with a 5.45 ERA. His MLB pitching career was ended by arm injuries, Gil had 8 arm operations.He began his pro career in fine form in the 1975 New York-Penn League, going 8-4 with a 1.95 ERA for the Oneonta Yankees. He was 3rd in the league in wins, 4th in ERA and his 97 strikeouts (in 106 innings) led the NY-PL. In 1976, Gil moved up to the AA West Haven Yankees (EL). In AA, he was 9-2 with a 2.07 ERA and allowed only 67 hits in 100 innings, throwing the Eastern League's only no-hitter of the season on June 28th against the Williamsport Tomahawks; had he qualified; he would have been 4th in the league in ERA. Then Gil was promoted to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs; Patterson was 7-2 with a 2.92 ERA and completed 6 of 10 starts. He was 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA for the Chiefs in 1977 mixed in with his season in the MLB. He tried to come back in the low minors in the early 1980's, even trying to learn to pitch left-handed. The comeback started on a strong note, as he was 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA for the Class A 1980 GCL Yankees, finishing 4th in the Gulf Coast League in ERA. He was 1-4 with a 3.20 ERA for the 1981 Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) and then 1-1, with a 1.33 ERA for the 1982 Fresno Giants to complete his comeback bid. He was 33-16 in his Minor League Pitching career. He took a job parking cars at a restaurant that George Steinbrenner went to. Steinbrenner offered him a job as a Minor League Coach in the Yankees Minor League system. He began coaching in 1984 with the Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPL) but he was fired after the season for refusing to let Al Leiter pitch with a sore arm. In 1991, he moved to the Oakland A’s organization. He was the Pitching Coach for the 1992-1993 Madison Muskies and the 1994 West Michigan Whitecaps. In 1996, he was the A’s Roving Minor League instructor. He joined the Diamondbacks organization as Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, he got a job with the Blue Jays as their 2001 MLB Bullpen Coach and then as their MLB Pitching Coach (2002-2004). In 2005, he was a Pitching Coach for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). In 2006, Patterson rejoined the Yankees organization coaching with the GCL Yankees. In 2010-2011, he was the Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Oakland A's. In 2012, he rejoined the Yankees organization to become their Minor League Pitching Coordinator holding the position until November of 2015, when he left to rejoin the A’s organization to become their Minor League Pitching Coordinator. "He's one of the best pitching coaches anywhere, because he knows how hard pitching is, and he knows what a pitcher goes through to get to the big leagues." - Al Leiter, speaking about Gil Patterson. 


1960- Former Yankees Minor League P Tim Birtsas was born.


The Yankees signed Tim Birtas in 1984 as 2nd round MLB Amateur Player Draft pick. He never appeared in a game for the Yankees. He was traded to Oakland in 1984 as part of the Yankees player package for A’s All-Star OF Rickey Henderson.


1961- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 16,917 fans watch the expansion “new” Senators lose to the Yankees by the score of 6-1. Yankees Starter Jim Coates throws a complete game shutout, while picking up his 10th victory of the season. Nats Starter Joe McClain takes the loss, dropping to an 8-16 record. He gives up HR #51 to Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle in the 2ndinning. Then he gives a up HR to Catcher Elston Howard, his 16th HR of the 1961 season in 5th inning. The 1st place Yankees are now 93-45-1 for the 1961 AL season.


1964- The Yankees acquired veteran Reliever Pedro Ramos from the Indians as 1964 AL pennant insurance. The Indians get 2 Players to be Named Later: P Ralph Terry on October 12th and P Bud Daley on November 27th. Pedro Ramos will help the Yankees win the 1964 AL Flag, but he will be unable to appear in the 1964 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals. Indians GM Gabe Paul had delayed the trade until after the August 31st MLB Trade Deadline for MLB post-season play. Letting go veteran Starter Ralph Terry will be a big mistake; he will win 18 games for the Indians in 1965. Veteran Pitcher Bud Daley was washed up; he had never fully recovered from his pitching arm injuries.


1964- Kansas City A’s Rookie hurler Blue Moon” Odom makes his MLB Pitching debut, as Bronx Bomber Slugger Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field HR in the 1st inning. The Yankees hang on to win to the game, again beating KC by a 9-7 score.


1971- The Tigers tie an MLB record by using 6 Pinch-Hitters in the 7th inning, but they still lose the game by the score of 6-5 to the Yankees anyway.


1973- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Fournier (1918) passed away. (1889-1973)


Reserve INF John Fournier appeared in 27 games for the 1918 Yankees. He hit .350 with No HRs and 7 RBIs. He had played for the 1918 AA Los Angeles Angels (PCL) before joining the Yankees in August of 1918. He only played with the Yankees for 30 days. In 1919, he returned to the PCL to play for the AA Angels. In 1920, he was acquired by the Cardinals from the AA Angels (PCL).


1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Randy Choate (2000-2003) was born.


Randy Choate was a 5th round draft pick by the Yankees in 1991 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Randy went 3-2 with 4.43 ERA in 82 games for the Yankees, before being traded in the winter of 2003 to the Expos as part of the Javier Vasquez deal. He pitched in the MLB from 2000-2016, finishing his pitching career with a 16-14 record with 3.90 ERA and 7 saves in 672 games.


1977- The Indians break an 18-game losing streak by sweeping a doubleheader from the Yankees by the scores of 4-3 and 5-4. The Indians stage their 1st “Hate The Yankees Hanky Night,” which increases the team’s game attendance to 28,184 fans, triple of the normal Indian home game attendance.


1978- The Yankees win 4-2 over the Tigers, bringing the team within 4 games of 1st place Red Sox in the AL East Division title race.


1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF Chris Young (2014-2015) was born.


On August 28, 2014, OF Chris Young was signed by the Yankees to a Minor League contract. He had started the 2014 MLB season with the Mets before being placed on waivers and released by the team. The Yankees assigned him to AAA Scranton (IL). He came up to the Yankees on Sept 1st. He got to play the hero on September 11th, when the Rays' Alex Cobb was cruising along in the 8th inning with a 4-0 lead at New Yankee Stadium, not having allowed a hit yet. Young broke that no-hit bid with a 1-out double; he came to score when PH Martin Prado followed with a HR. But he wasn't done; in the 9th inning, he hit a walk-off 3-run HR against Rays Reliever Jake McGee to give the Yankees an improbable 5-4 win. He pulled off more heroics on September 13th, when he doubled and stole home in a double steal with Antoan Richardson to score a key run in a 3-2 win over the Orioles. He ended the 2014 season with a .282 average in 23 games for the Yankees. He became an MLB free agent in the winter, Chris re-signed with the Yankees for 1 year on November 9th. Young played 140 games for the 2015 Yankees, taking advantage of various injuries to OF starters Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to get a lot more playing time than the Yankees had initially planned for him. He did well, hitting .252 with 20 doubles and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats, good for a slugging percentage of .453, with 53 runs and 42 RBIs. He started games at all 3 OF positions, with more starts in LF, but more games in RF, where he often replaced Carlos Beltran late in games. He was selected to start the ALWC game against the Astros on October 6th in CF, taking the place of Ellsbury against Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel. He went 0 for 2 with a walk as the Yankees were shut out. As a Yankees player, Chris had played in 163 games, while hitting .257 with 17 HRs and 52 RBIs. After the 2015 AL season had ended, he became an MLB Free Agent again. Chris would be sign by the Red Sox on November 30th. 


1989- Deion Sanders, the 5th player selected overall in the 1989 NFL Player Draft, hits a HR as the Yankees rout the Mariners at the Kingdome by the score of 12-2. Five days later in his NFL player debut with the Atlanta Falcons, the Yankees Rookie returns a punt 68 yards for a TD.


1999- Yankees Starter Ed Yarnell goes 6 innings against the Angels to pick up his only Yankees pitching career victory, winning the game by the score of 8-3. Derek Jeter and DH Darryl Strawberry lead the Yankees hitting attack with solo HRs.


2000- At Kansas City, Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 10-5 behind veteran P Doc Gooden’s 5-inning relief job for Bronx Starter David Cone. The Yankees’ hitting attack is led by HRs from Clay Bellinger, David Justice and Scott Brosius. Royals Starter Jeff Suppan takes the loss.


2001- At the Sky Dome in Toronto, Yankees Ace Starter Roger Clemens picks up his 19th victory of the 2001 AL season by defeating the Blue Jays by the score of 4-3. Yankees Closer Mo Rivera picks up his 44th save of the 2001 AL season. Yankees OF David Justice hits a 2-run HR to pace the Yankees hitting attack.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, Starter David Wells picks up his 16th victory of the 2002 AL season, by pitching a complete game defeating the Tigers by the score of 8-2. Yankees 1B Jason Giambi goes 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 RBIs to lead the Bronx Bombers hitting attack.


2004- The Yankees defeats the Devil Rays by the score of 7-4 behind Starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who gives up just  2 hits, 2 runs along with 5 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. Yankees Reliever Paul Quantrill finishes up the game, picking up his 1st save of the 2004 AL season.


2008- Mariners Rookie Starter Brandon Morrow does not allow a hit until 2 outs in the 8th inning in his MLB pitching debut. Yankee hitter Wilson Betemit spoils the no-hit bid as Morrow tops the Bombers by the score of 3-1.


2010- The Blue Jays end the Yankees 8-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory at New Yankee Stadium. Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill hit 2-run HRs to give the Blue Jays an early lead while Jays Starter Brett Cecil out-pitches Yankees Starter Phil Hughes for the victory.


2013- The Red Sox win a wild 9-8 game over the Yankees at Fenway Park. Trailing 7-2 in the 7th inning, the Yankees take the lead with a 6-run inning, but Boston ties the game in the top of the 9th inning, when Mike Napoli starts a rally with 2 out and nobody on against Closer Mariano Rivera. Quintin is inserted as a pinch-runner and promptly steals 2nd and then he moves to 3rd on Catcher Austin Romine's wild throw, before Stephen Drew's single drives him in to tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Yankees base-runner Alfonso Soriano is thrown out in an ill-fated steal attempt. Jacoby Ellsbury then singles and steals 2nd in the 10th inning before Shane Victorino drives him in for the deciding run. Red Sox Reliever Craig Breslow is the winner over Yankees Reliever Joba Chamberlain. 


2017- The New York Times reports that the Red Sox are being investigated for possible sign-stealing during a series against their eternal rivals the Yankees last month. The team's Assistant Athletic Trainer is suspected of having used a smart watch to capture signs and relay them to players on the field. While trying to decode the other team's signs is a long-standing tradition in baseball, using any type of electronic equipment to do so is strictly prohibited by the MLB.


September 6th Labor Day Holiday


1894- Former Yankees Reserve OF Joseph “Shags” Horan (1924) was born. (1894-1969)


Reserve OF Joe Horan hit .290 with No HRs and 7 RBIs in 22 games for the 1924 Yankees.


1912- Former Yankees Minor League OF/1B Vince DiMaggio was born(1912-1986)


OF/1B Vince DiMaggio was the older brother of MLB Stars Joe and Dominic DiMaggio. In 1937, Vince originally came up with the Boston Braves. He had played in the Minor Leagues with the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL). He was traded to the Yankees, Joe's team in February of 1939, but he never appeared in an MLB game for the team. He was blocked by Lou Gehrig, later Babe Dahlgren. Most of his 1939 baseball season was spent at the high level (AA) Minor Leagues, where he showed substantial power for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). He cranked out 46 HRs, the 2nd-highest total to that point by a right-handed hitter in the American Association; leading the AA by 13 HRs over Phil Weintraub. As the top power threat on the most successful AA team ever (judging by total wins), Vince also led the AA with 136 RBIs, 2 more than Ab Wright. He was traded to the Reds by the Yankees in August of 1939, where he played just in 8 games for the Reds, hitting only .071. Later, he would play for the Pirates, Phillies and the Giants before finishing his MLB playing career in 1946.


1915- Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless till the 8th inning‚ before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Veteran hurler Dutch Leonard relieves Ruth and the Red Sox win the game by the score of 5-2‚ sweeping the Yankees in a doubleheader. Babe Ruth is 2 for 3 at the plate.


1920- At the Polo Grounds‚ the 3rd-place Yankees win an AM-PM doubleheader from the Philadelphia A’s. Bronx starter Hank Thormahlen wins the morning game by the score of 4-1 beating Dave Keefe‚ who K's Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth 3 times in the game. In the afternoon game‚ Bob Shawkey tosses a 3-hitter to shut out his former teammates the A’s by the score of 5-0.


1921- Former Yankees 1B Jack “Stretch” Phillips (1947-1949) was born.


In 1943, 1B Jack Phillips was signed by the Yankees, spending that summer with the Norfolk Tars (PL). He missed nearly all of 1944-1945 AL seasons due to military service. After World War II, he returned to pro baseball spending the next several seasons with the Yankees AA club, the Newark Bears (IL). He reached the MLB with the 1947 Yankees. He won a World Series ring in his Rookie campaign. Jack appeared in the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers; he had 2 at bats with no hits. He played in 63 games at 1B for the Yankees, before being sold to the Pirates in August of 1949. He was hitting .302 at the time of the trade to the Bucs. Following his playing days, Phillips managed for several seasons in the Minor Leagues. Then in 1965, Jack became the Head Baseball Coach for 24 years at his alma mater, Clarkson University before retiring after the 1988 Spring season. On May 3, 2008, Clarkson honored Phillips by re-naming its baseball facility "Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field."


1924- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Fridley was born. (1924-2003)


On December 1,1954, OF Jim Fridley was sent by the Orioles to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 17,1954. The Orioles had sent Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Don Larsen and Bob Turley, INF Billy Hunter to theYankees for Players to be Named Later; Pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, Reserve INF Willy Miranda, Minor League Catchers Hal Smith and Gus Triandos plus veteran MLB OF Gene Woodling. Jim never played for the Yankees at the MLB level; he would play for the Yankees AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA). On May 30,1957, Jim was purchased by the Dodgersfrom the Yankees.


1927- At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair‚ with the Bombers rolling to a 14-2 win in the Opener behind Slugger Babe Ruth. His teammate 1B Lou Gehrig takes the AL HR lead with a 5th-inning HR off of Sox P Tony Welzer. But the Babe responds with 2 HRs‚ in the 6th and 7th innings‚ the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called "the longest ever hit at Fenway". Both Ruth HR shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd HR of the day‚ #47 of the 1927 AL season in the nightcap‚ off of P Jack Russell‚ but the Boston terrier nips the Yankees by the score of 5-2. There will be 34 HRs hit at Fenway Park this season‚ but only 5 HRs were hit by the Red Sox players. Babe Ruth will hit 8 HRs‚ while his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig will hit 6 HRs‚ are the only Yankees HRs hit there.  


1936- At Fenway Park, the Yankees drop a doubleheader to the Red Sox by the scores of 14-5 and 4-2. In the Opener, Red Sox Starter Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 Yankee hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Red Sox Slugger Jimmie Foxx's 37th HR of the 1936 AL season starts the Boston scoring. In Game 2, Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri's HR deprives Red Sox veteran Starter Lefty Grove of a shutout.


1946- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and Yankees Broadcaster Fran Healy (1976-1978) was born.


On May 16,1976, Catcher Fran Healy was obtained by the Yankees from the Royals for P Larry Gura. He was one of the back-up catchers for Thurman Munson during the 1976-1978 AL seasons. He appeared in 74 games, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 16 RBIs before being released by the Yankees in May of 1978. Also, Fran became a close friend to Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson. After retiring as MLB active player, Fran would later, become a Broadcaster for the Yankees.


1954- The Yankees used a record 10 pinch-hitters during a doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Yankees came from behind to capture the Opener by the score of 6-5, thanks to a pinch-hit HR by Joe Collins, but they dropped the 2nd game by the score of 7-6, after blowing a 6-0 lead.


1954- Former Yankees MLB Coach and Minor League Manager Gary Tuck (1996) was born.


Gary Tuck played 3 seasons as a Catcher in the Expos organization. After his active playing days ended, he was an Assistant Baseball Coach at Arizona State University. He was a Minor League Manager and Coach for the Astros. With the Yankees organization, Gary Tuck managed the 1996 Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPL). In 2006, Gary was an MLB Bench Coach for the Marlins. In 2007, he became the Red Sox MLB Bullpen Coach, staying with the team until 2013. In 2014, he rejoined theYankees as MLB Bullpen Coach, replacing Mike Harkey, who had left the club. Gary stayed on for the 2015 AL season, then he lost his job to Harkey, who returned to the Yankees after spending 2 seasons as MLB Pitching Coach with the Diamondbacks.


1961- Yankees Slugger Roger Maris hits his HR #54 off of Senators Starter Tom Cheney as the Yankees win the game by a score of 8-0. Yankees Starter Whitey Ford hurls a 5-hit shutout, while striking out 7 Nats batters; while picking up his 23rdvictory of the 1961 AL season. Yankees “Super Sub” Johnny Blanchard hits 2 HRs, while Bill “Moose” Skowron and Reserve 1B Bob Hale, each hit HRs in the game.


1963- In a lefty pitching duel at Yankee Stadium, Bronx Starter Whitey Ford beats the Tigers Hank Aguirre by a score of 2-1. Ford picks up his 21st victory in a complete game, giving up only 6 Tiger hits, allowing only 1 run, while striking out 4 Tiger batters. Reserve INF Harry Bright hits a HR in the 5th inning for the Yankees. The Yankees score a run in the 9th inning to win the game.


1964- At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, the Yankees edge A’s by a score of 3-2. Yankees Rookie Starter Roland Sheldon picks up his 4th win of the 1964 AL season. Newly acquired veteran AL Reliever Pedro Ramos makes his 1st relief appearance for the 1964 Yankees. He picks up his 1st save for his new team. Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek hits a HR for the Bronx Bombers.


1971- The Red Sox use 2 entirely different 9-man lineups in a doubleheader with the Yankees, but neither Red Sox starting line-up succeeds. The Yankees prevail, winning the doubleheader by the scores of 5-3 and 3-0.


1973- The Yankees sell the 2 older Alou brothers to 2 different NL teams on the same day. Felipe was sold to the Expos, while Matty was sent to the Cardinals. Felipe Alou had hit .289 in 131 games in 1971, then .278 in 120 games in 1972, before he faded in 1973.  Matty was a major disappointment for the Yankees, while hitting .296 in 123 games, but he only had 5 HRs with only 28 RBI’s.


1975- At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium‚ the Orioles top the Yankees by the score of 7-6 in 13 innings though neither Yankees Manager Billy Martin or Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end of the game. Both Yankees were tossedout of the game in the 9th inning dispute with Umpires.


1977- The Yankees rebound from a doubleheader loss the night before when they clobber the Indians by the score of 8-3. The Yankees big hit of the game is Reggie Jackson’s 3-run HR. The victory keeps the Yankees 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.


1978- The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 8-2 with Starter Ed Figueroa picking up his 15th victory of the 1978 AL season. Mickey Rivers leads the Yankees hitting attack by going 3 for 4, while driving in 3 runs. After the game, the Yankees head up to Boston for an important AL East 4 game division series with their rivals at Fenway Park.


1980- The Yankees defeat the Angels by the score of 7-4 behind the starting pitching of Tommy Underwood with relief help from Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage. Underwood picks up his 12th victory, while Closer Rich Gossage records his 23rd save of the 1980 AL season. The Yankees’ hitting attack is led by HRs by Oscar Gamble and Bobby Brown.


1981- Despite having won the 1st-half AL pennant, Yankees Manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who had managed the club in 1978-1979. The Yankees are under .500 in the 2nd half of the 1981 AL season.


1991- Former Yankees OF/1B Tyler Austin (2016-2018) was born.


Tyler Austin was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He went 0 for 2 with 2 times hit-by-pitch that summer for the GCL Yankees before a left-hand fracture ended his season. In 2011, he played for the GCL Yankees (.390, 22 RBI in 20 G) and Staten Island Yankees (.323 in 27 games). Overall, he had 29 runs and 36 RBIs in 47 games while stealing 18 bases in 18 tries. He fielded .983 at 1B and .906 at 3B base. Baseball America ranked him as the 8th-best prospect in the (NYPL) Tyler moved to RF with the Class A 2012 Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), but he remained red-hot at the plate. He hit .320 with 69 runs and 14 HRs in his 1st 70 games, with 17 steals in 19 tries. He then was chosen for the US team in the 2012 Futures Game but he did not play in their 17-5 romp over the World squad. He was then promoted to the Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2013, he started the season with Class A Tampa (FSL); he was moved to AA Trenton Thunder (EL). In his MLB player debut for the Yankees on August 13, 2016, he played 1st base and batted 6th in the Yankees line-up against the  Rays, one day after former superstar Alex Rodriguez played his farewell game for the Bronx Bombers. In his 1st MLB career at-bat, coming in the 2nd inning facing Matt Andriese, he homered to RF to open the score. Fellow Yankee Rookie OF Aaron Judge, also making his MLB player debut, following him by also going deep in his 1st at-bat, something unprecedented in MLB history. Tyler went 2 for 4 in his MLB player debut and the Yankees were 8-4 winners. On September 8th, he hit a walk-off HR off of Rays Reliever Erasmo Ramirez with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Yankees a 5-4 win. It was the 5h straight victory by the Yankees, who had been playing very well since starting their youth movement and were now in the thick of the chase for a wild card slot. In 31 games for the 2016 Yankees, he hit .241 with 5 HRs and 12 RBIs. Heading into 2017, with 1B Mark Teixeira having retired, he was expected to compete for the Yankees' 1B job with Greg Bird, coming back from a 1-year layoff due to injury. However, things hit a snag when spring training started as he was diagnosed with a small fracture in his left foot, putting him on the shelf for 6 weeks. He was called up for 4 games in June, going 2 for 13 with a HR before returning to the Minors. His injuries prevented him from seizing an opportunity to establish himself in the MLB, given that Bird was injured as well and potential replacements such as veteran Chris Carter and Ji-Man Choi had failed to take over the spot at 1B. The Yankees went out and acquired a very similar player in Garrett Cooper, another minor league veteran with power and he had some success in early August, but he was injured as well. Austin thus came back on August 17th, he did not waste his chance, going 2 for 4 in his 1st game and then on August 19th, connecting for a 3-run HR against Red Sox starter Chris Sale in his 1st at-bat of the game, before slugging a ball to the deepest part of Fenway Park his next time up, only to see CF Jackie Bradley deprive him of extra bases with a leaping catch against the wall. He added a double in the 9th as the Yankees won the game by the score of 4-3. He ended up hitting .225 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs in 20 games. Bird was finally healthy down the stretch and took over 1B for the final few weeks of the season and for the postseason. Austin was considered an outsider to make the 2018 Opening Day roster, but another injury to Bird resulted in his starting at 1B on Opening Day. Facing Blue Jays lefthander J.A. Happ on March 29th, he did not collect a hit. He had to wait for his next start, on March 31st, to do so, when he homered twice in a 5-3 loss to the Jays. On April 11th, he was at the center of 2 incidents in a 10-7 win over the  Red Sox. In the 3rd inning, he slid hard into SS Brock Holt in an attempt to break up a double play, leading to the 2 benches emptying, then in the 7th inning, he was plunked in the back by a 97 mph fastball from Joe Kelly. He had no doubt that this was in retaliation for the earlier play, he charged the mound, resulting in both team benches emptying again. Both he and Kelly were ejected, as were his 3rd Base Coach, Phil Nevin and Reliever Tommy Kahnle. He was suspended for 5 games and Kelly for 6, although his suspension was reduced to 4 games on appeal. He hit .223 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs in 34 games but he was sent back to AAA Scranton (IL) in mid-June. On July 30th, he was traded to the Twins along with Pitching prospect Luis Rijo in return for MLB starter Lance Lynn. The Yankees had acquired another 1B, Luke Voit from the Cardinals in another trade the day before, making Austin redundant. 


1991- Former Yankees Reliever Nick Rumbelow (2015-2016) was born.


Reliever Nick Rumbelow made his MLB Pitching debut during a particularly tough stretch for the 2015 Yankees' bullpen, as he was the 4th pitcher to make his MLB Pitching debut out of the Bronx bullpen in 3 days. He came into a game against the Phillies in the 9th inning on June 23, 2015, after the usually unhittable Dellin Betances had allowed the Phillies 2 runs to take the lead; with 2 men on, he walked the 1st batter he faced, Domonic Brown, then allowed a bases-clearing triple to Andres Blanco to put the score completely out of reach at 11-6. On June 21st, Danny Burawa and Jose De Paula had made their MLB Pitching debuts in a 12-4 loss to the Tigers, and on the 22nd, it was Diego Moreno who had received his baptism of fire in an 11-8 loss to the Phillies. Nick earned his 1st MLB career win on August 18th, when he relieved CC Sabathia to record the final out of the 7th inning with the Yankees trailing the Twins by the score of 4-1. He was the beneficiary of Alex Rodriguez's 25th MLB career Grand Slam HR off of Twins P J.R. Graham in the bottom of the 7th inning, getting credit for the eventual 8-4 win. He finished the 2015 AL season with a 1-1 record with 4.02 ERA in 17 games. On November 18,2017, Nick was traded to the Mariners in return for 17-year-old Pitching Prospect Juan Then and P J.P. Sears.


1992- Current Yankees Minor League OF Socrates Brito was born.


On January 6, 2021, OF Socrates Brito was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had previously played in the MLB with the 2015-2016, 2018 Diamondbacks and the 2019 Blue Jays. He was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the 2020 Pirates, spending the season at their Alternate Training Site. At the end of the 2020 MLB season, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Pirates. He has appeared in 99 MLB games, while hitting .179 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs. The Yankees invited him to their 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp as a non-roster invitee. He is currently playing the 2020 Minor League season at AAA Scranton. He was originally signed by the Diamondbacks.


1993- Texas 1B Rafael Palmeiro has his 2nd game of the 1993 AL season with 4 extra-base hits as he paces the Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees. Palmeiro has 2 HRs and 2 doubles; the 2 such games this season ties an MLB record.


1994- Current Yankees OF Clint Frazier (2017-2021) was born.


Clint Frazier was selected by the Indians in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB amateur player draft with the 5th overall pick. He soon agreed to terms with the Tribe for a $3.5 million bonus and made his pro debut with the AZL Indians on June 25th, going 2-for-5 with a triple and a HR against the AZL Brewers. He hit .297in 44 games that season. In 2014, Frazier was assigned to the Lake County Captains (MWL) where he hit .266 in 120 games. He showed good power potential with 18 doubles, 6 triples and 13 HRs and also scored 70 runs. In 2015, he played 133 games for the Lynchburg Hillcats (CL), hitting .285 with 36 doubles and 16 HRs, 88 runs scored and 72 RBIs. He was basically doing everything that could be expected of a 1st-rounder by that point, and prospect watchers took note, with Baseball America putting him at #44 on its top 100 prospect list heading into 2016, and mlb.com being even more upbeat by placing him 27th. The Indians were flush with outfield prospects however, with Tyler Naquin breaking into the everyday line-up that season and Bradley Zimmer poised to make his MLB player debut. For his part, Clint was assigned to the AA Akron Rubber Ducks, hitting .276 with 13 HRs and 48 RBIs in 89 games. On July 26th, he was promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), but after 5 games, he was the key player in a major trade with the Yankees on July 31st. The Indians acquired MLB Closer Andrew Miller in return for 4 Minor League Players; Frazier and  3 Pitchers J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. After having started the 2017 season in AAA with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), Clint Frazier made his MLB player debut with the Yankees on July 1, 2017.  He was called up after fellow OF Dustin Fowler had suffered a season-ending injury in his 1st MLB game with the Yankees 2 days earlier. It was an excellent game as, starting in right field and batting 9th in the Yankees batting line-up; he went 2 for 4 with a double and a HR off of Francis Martes and Tony Sipp respectively. He scored twice and drove in a run, but the Yankees lost the game by a score of 7-6 to the Astros. On July 8th, he hit the 1st walk-off HR of his MLB player career, a 3-run shot off of Brewers Closer Corey Knebel to give the Yankees, a comeback 5-3 win. Frazier hit a solid .298 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs over his 1st 13 games, but GM Brian Cashman was quick to throw cold water on the notion that he had earned a permanent spot with the team: Cashman stated on July 20th that Frazier would return to AAA as soon as Aaron Hicks, who was having a career year until sidelined by an oblique injury in late June, was ready to return to the line-up. In all, Frazier played 39 games for the Yankees, hitting .231 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs. Heading into the 2018 season, Frazier would normally have been expected to compete for a spot on the team, and possibly as a starter, but these were made more complicated by the Yankees' off-season acquisition of  NL All-Star OF Giancarlo Stanton. With Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury all still on hand, he was looking at a very crowded outfield picture to break into. His prospects were further dimmed when he suffered a concussion after running into the outfield fence during a Grapefruit League game on February 24th. As a result of the injury, he was limited to 54 games in the Minor Leagues and 15 in the MLB. He did manage to hit a solid .311 with 10 HRs and 21 RBIs in 48 games for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders; he went 9 for 34 (.265) with the Yankees. In 2019, he failed to make the team out of MLB spring training camp in spite of the fact both Hicks and Ellsbury were injured, but when Stanton joined a crowded IL on April 1st, he was called up to the Bronx. He hit .324 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 18 games, making a very strong case that he should be in the mix for regular playing time even after all the injured players returned, but on April 25th, he became the 15th member of the team to be placed on the IL, the result of a sprained left ankle. He was later sent down to AAA Scranton. After Stanton and Aaron Judge were both placed on the IL in the 1st 3 weeks, he was called back. Clint had 3 fabulous games starting on August 12th, going a combined 7 for 11 with 3 doubles, 2 HRs and 8 RBIs. Not surprisingly, the Yankees won all 3 games, not a missing a beat in spite of not having their 2 big boppers in the line-up. In 2021, he has been plagued by various injuries, appearing in only 66 games; while hitting only .186 with 5 HRs and 15 RBIs.


1996- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Blue Jays by the score of 4-3 on Cecil Fielder’s 8th inning HR off of Jays Reliever Risley. Veteran Bronx Starter Jimmy Key starts the game for the Yankees, going 6 innings, while giving up only 1 Toronto run. Yankees Closer Mo Rivera goes 3 innings in relief, picking up the victory.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees veteran Starter David Wells picks up his 16th victory of the 2002 AL season, pitching a complete game defeating the Tigers by the score of 8-2. Bronx Bombers 1B Jason Giambi goes 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 RBIs to lead the Yankees hitting attack.


2003- At Yankee Stadium, veteran knuckleball P Tim Wakefield allows only 4 Yankees hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Bronx Starter Roger Clemens to move 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Boston Shortstop Nomar Garciaparrahits a 2-run HR to ignite a 6-run 4th inning. Luis Sojo‚ who appeared in the Yankees' Old-Timers Day game earlier in the year‚ pinch-hits for Jason Giambi in the 9th inning and he fouls out.


2004- The Yankees defeat the Rays by the score of 7-4 behind Starter Orlando “El   Duque” Hernandez, who gives up 2 hits, 2 runs with 5 strikeouts in 7 innings. Veteran Reliever Paul Quantrill finishes up the game for the Yankees, picking up his 1stsave of the 2004 AL season.


2012- The Orioles use the long ball to defeat the Yankees, while belting out 6 HRs in a 10-6 win, including 3 HRs in the 8th inning. Adam Jones leads off the frame with a solo blast off of Yankees Reliever David Robertson to break a 6-6 tie. Then Mark Reynolds then hits a 2-run HR, next Birds Slugger Chris Davis follows with a solo HR to seal the outcome of the game. The 2 teams are again tied for the lead in the AL East.


2013- The Red Sox score 9 runs starting in the 7th inning, coming back from an 8-3 deficit to defeat the Yankees by the score of 12-8. Mike Napoli's Grand Slam HR is the key blow of the 7th inning, tying the score against Bronx Reliever Boone Logan, then Shane Victorino hits a 2-run HR shot in the 8th inning to put the Red Sox ahead to stay.


2020- AL East Division rivals the Blue Jays and Yankees finally meet for the 1st time this season, with 2nd place in the AL East at stake at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY. The Jays erase a 5-2 deficit with a 10-run 6th inning, their biggest frame since 2010; battering Yankee Relievers Chad Green and Adam Ottavino, with Danny Jansen hitting his 1st  MLB career Grand Slam HR to top things off. Toronto goes on to win the game by the score of 12-7, to take a full 2-game lead over the Yankees, who are now only 1 game above .500 after a great start.


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This Week in Yankees History September 5th-11th Part Two



September 7th


1879- Former MLB Pitcher and Yankees MLB Coach (1925) Hook Wiltse was born. (1879-1959)


Hooks Wiltse pitched a dozen seasons in the MLB, mostly for the Giants under Manager John McGraw in the dead-ball era. He won 139 games during his MLB pitching career. Hook had appeared the World Series in 2 different seasons. In 1925, he was a Yankees MLB Coach. After his MLB Pitching days, Wiltse continued as a Minor League Player-Manager for another decade, with much of that time was spent with the AA Buffalo Bisons (IL). In 1952, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.


1889- Former Yankees OF William “Bill” Holden (1913-1914) was born. (1889-1971)


Outfielder Bill Holden hit .211 with No HRs and 20 RBIs in 68 games for the 1913-1914 Yankees. On July 8,1914, he was traded by the Yankees along with $5,000 Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for veteran OF Birdie Cree. On September 15,1914, Bill was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Reds.


1908- On Labor Day, Senators Manager Joe Cantillon starts Walter “The Big Train” Johnson in place of 1 pitcher who is sick, and another hurler who has returned to Washington, D.C. to be with his sick wife. Only 3 Senators' pitchers made the trip to New York City. Walter Johnson shuts out the Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days by the score of 4-0, topping veteran Bronx Starter Jack Chesbro and allowing just 2-Yankees hits and no walks. In the 3 games, Walter allows 12 hits, walks 1 and strikes out 12 Yankee batters. Johnson will pitch 130 shutouts during his HOF MLB pitching career, 23 more than runner-up HOF hurler Grover Alexander. This is one of a record (that was later topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today, out of 16 MLB games played.


1917- Former Yankees Minor League C Roy Partee was born. (1917-2000)


On December 13,1948Catcher Roy Partee was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Starter Fred Sanford to theYankees for Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar, Pitchers Red Embree and Richard Starr along with $100,000 Cash. Roy never appeared with the Yankees at MLB Level; he was sent by the team to their AA club, the Newark Bears (IL).


1925- After apologizing to his Yankee teammates yesterday, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth makes his 1st appearance in a week, collecting 1 hit in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.


1926- The Red Sox lose their 17th game in a row losing by the score of 4-2 to the Yankees.


1927- After blasting 3 HRs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox the day before, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits 2 more HRs in a 12-10 win, giving him a record-tying 5 HRs in 3 games. He leads his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig with 49 HRs to 45 HRs in the 1927 AL HR title race.


1928- The stumbling Yankees drop a pair to the Senators losing by scores of 11-0 and 6-1. Nats Starter Bump Hadley tosses the shutout and adds 3 singles at the bat. Fred Marberry wins the 2nd game over Waite Hoyt, for his 2nd win over the Yankees in 5 days. Yankees, which led the AL by 13 1/2 games on July 1st, are now tied with the Philadelphia A's


1931- In the morning game of a doubleheader played at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the 1st inning on only 2 hits. Rommel, the 4th A’s hurler in the 1st inning, then retires Yankee batters Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman on strikes. The Yankees win the game by a score of 15-3. In the 2nd game, Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning HRs off of former Yankees Starter Waite Hoyt. Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth adds another Hoyt HR blow in the 9th inning, his 40th HR of the 1931 AL season. The Yankees roll to a 9-4 victory over the 1st-place Philadelphia A's.


1932- Yankees veteran Slugger Babe Ruth is hospitalized with pains in his side. The Yankees Slugger will be out of action for 5 days.


1934- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig and the A’s OF Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth's AL HR championship role are in battle for the 1934 AL HR title. Lou Gehrig hits his 44th HR in Chicago, while Jimmy Foxx hits his 41st HR in Detroit.


1943- Former Yankees Minor League INF Tommy Matchick was born.


On April 5,1973, INF Tommy Matchick was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for Reserve INF Frank Baker. Tommy was assigned to the Yankees AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He appeared in 87 games, while hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 35 RBIs. He was released by the Yankees. He would be sign by the Pirates organization. He briefly rejoined the Yankees organization in 1976, playing 6 games with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL).


1946- Current Yankees Announcer Suzyn Waldman (2005-2021) was born.


Suzyn Waldman was the 1st woman to hold a regular job as a commentator on a MLB team's broadcasts when she was hired to partner with John Sterling on the radio broadcasts of the Yankees on WCBS-AM beginning in 2005. She began her career working as an actress and in musical theater. A gifted singer, she performed the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium numerous times while holding engagements on Broadway. A sports fan her whole life, she started working for WFAN, New York's 1st all-sports radio, when it began broadcasting in 1987. She first did episodic work for the Yankees as a play-by-play announcer on local television broadcasts in the mid-1990s. She also worked for the YES Network as a pre-game and post-game reporter on Yankees telecasts. She also did play-by-play broadcasts for the New York Knicks of the NBA during those years. She then was named to the prestigious regular radio gig in 2005. While she was not the 1st woman to hold a broadcasting job in baseball, her few predecessors as play-by-play announcers and color commentators only worked stints of a year or less, or were confined to sideline reporting. She celebrated her 10th anniversary in the booth in 2015. She has given no hint that she plans to move elsewhere. She and Sterling were both retained when the broadcasting contract moved from WCBS-AM to WFAN-AM after 2013 AL season. She was a close friend of Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. In 1999, she helped to resolve a feud with former Yankees great Yogi Berra, who had vowed never to speak to "the Boss" again after being unceremoniously fired in 1985. She has sometimes been criticized for showing excessive emotion or enthusiasm for the Yankees, especially in her 1st years on the job, but then again, she was no worse than her partner Sterling in this regard. The criticisms became less as having woman broadcasting games became less of a novelty and it became clear that she was a competent MLB announcer.


1952- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Johnny “Big Cat” Mize pinch-hits a Grand Slam HR giving the Yankees, a 5-1 victory over the Senators. Johnny Mize has now HR in all 15 MLB ballparks presently in use (Sportsman Park in St. Louis is used by both the Cardinals and the Browns).


 1955- Bronx Starter Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his 2nd consecutive 1-hitter by beating the Kansas City by the score of 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th inning for the A' s only hit.  Whitey Ford is the 5th MLB pitcher to throw consecutive 1-hitters.


1961- Yankees RF Roger Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th HR of the year in the 3rd inning as the Yankees beat the Senators by the score of 7-3. All of Washington's scores come in the 6th inning on an Inside-the-Park HR by Tito Francona, off of Bronx Starter Ralph Terry. When asked by sports writers after the game why he bunted, a testy Maris replies, "Trying to win the game, you stupid *****s*u*c*k*e*r*. Why do you think?”


1963- With a 3-game lead, the Yankees purchased some pennant insurance by acquiring veteran righty hurler Hal “Skinny” Brown from the Orioles. Brown had a gone 6-4 for the 1962 Orioles. Hal would go 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 2 games for the Yankees. On April 21, 1963, the Yankees will sell him to the Houston Colt 45s.


1969- Former Yankees Reserve OF/DH Darren Bragg (2001) was born.


On June 12, 2001, veteran OF Darren Bragg was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Mets. He appeared in only 5 games with the 2001 Yankees, while hitting .250.


1972- The Yankees sell P Rich Hinton to the Rangers. Rich had gone 1-0 in 7 games with 1972 Yankees. He had spent time with AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), while posting a 3-9 record. On October 13,1971, he was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for Reserve OF Jim Lyttle.


1972- Two Boston hitters Tommy Harper and Rico Petrocelli club 3-run HRs to lead the Red Sox to a 10-4 win over the Yankees as they move into 1st place in the AL East ahead of the Tigers. Red Sox hurler Sonny Siebert adds a HR, as he wins his 12th game of the 1972 AL season.


1974- In a game with the Tigers, Graig Nettles loses a single, when it is discovered that he is using a corked bat. The Yankees win 1-0 on Nettles' earlier HR in the game. He had used a different bat for the HR.


1976- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 4-2 as Starter Dock Ellis picks up his 15th victory of the 1976 AL season with Reliever Richard “Dirt” Tidrow gets his 8th save. Oscar Gamble’s 2-run HR is the difference in the game, as Yaz and Fisk, each hit solo HRs for the Red Sox off of Yankees Starter Dock Ellis.


 1977- In Cleveland, the Yankees edge the Indians by the score of 4-3 in 10th innings. Yankees Starter Ron Guidry pitches 10 innings, while giving up 3 Tribe runs, 10 hits, 4 walks with 5 strikeouts; while picking up his 13 victory of the 1977 AL season.


1978- The Yankees, who are 4 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yankees begin the "Boston Massacre" with a 15-3 rout as 2B Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the 15  Bronx runs. The Yankees had collected 21-hits off of 4 Red Sox pitchers, including 3 hits apiece by Willie Randolph, Thurman Munson and Roy White. Former Yankees, now s Red Sox starter Mike Torrez, with 1 inning of work, takes the loss. Ken Clay, in relief of Yankee Starter Catfish Hunter, is the winner.


1985- Yankees baserunner Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in a Yankees 3-2 win over the A's. Following a pitchout in the 7th inning, Winfield gets hung up in a rundown, but he escapes to score the game’s winning run.


1996- Former Yankees Reserve INF Willy Miranda (1953-1954) passes away. (1926-1996) 


On June 12,1953, Shortstop Willy Miranda was purchased by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns. He had appeared in 140 games for the Yankees, while hitting .237 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. He was known as a superb glove man with a weak bat; Yankees Shortstop Phil Rizzuto, whom Willy backed up with the Yankees, called Miranda one of the best fielding shortstops, he had ever seen. After the 1954 AL season was over, he was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles in the big 17-man trade in November of 1954.


2001- The Yankees beat the Red Sox by a score of 3-2 as Starter Orlando Hernandez goes 7 innings for his 2nd win, as Closer Mo Rivera picks up save #45 of the 2001 AL season. Boston Starter Pedro Martinez goes only 3 innings in his start for the Red Sox.


2002- The Tigers defeat the Yankees by the score of 2-1. Detroit 1B Eric Munson hits a HR in his 1st MLB at bat.


2004- At Royals Stadium, the Yankees score 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Royals by the score of 7-3. Bronx Starter Danny Neagle picks up his 6th victory by going 8 innings as Yankees Closer Mo Rivera picks up his 33rd save of the 2004 AL season. David Justice leads the Yankee hitting attack in the 9th inning with a 2-run HR.


2004- Former Yankees Reliever Hal “Porky” Reniff (1961-1966) passes away. (1938-2004.)


Hal Reniff broke into organized baseball in 1956 at age 17. He had played for Kearney (NSL,1956), Modesto (CAL,1957-1959), Salem (NWL,1958), Greensboro (CL,1959), Binghamton (EL,1960), Amarillo (TXL,1960) and AAA Richmond (IL, 1961). In 1959, he led the California League in wins with 21. Overall that season, was his best in the Minors, he was 21-7 with 12 complete games out of 20 starts, 143 strikeouts, 94 walks and 2 shutouts in 186 innings pitched, with an ERA of 3.19 and a WHIP of 1.366 in 35 games. Hal Reniff was 22 years old, when he made his MLB pitching debut in 1961 with theYankees. He bounced back and forth between the Yankees and AAA Richmond during the 1961-1962 AL seasons but he then stayed with the Yankees from 1963 until June 28, 1967, when he was sold to the Mets. He pitched for the Yankees in the 1963-1964 World Series against the Dodgers and Cardinals. Hal was on the Yankees' player roster for their 1961 World Series win over the Reds, but he was not used in any games. In the World Series play, he was not involved in a decision, but he pitched 3.1 innings in 4 games without yielding an earned run. He returned to the Minor Leagues with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) from 1968-1972, ending his baseball career at age 34. An effective Reliever for the 1963-1964 Yankees AL pennant winners, Reniff had saved 18 games in 1963, Hal had 9 saves along with 6 wins in 1964. In 1963, his best season in MLB, he was 4-3 with 18 saves and 30 games finished. He had 56 strikeouts and 42 walks in 89.1 innings pitched, with a 2.62 ERA in 48 games. Hal Reniff is the only pitcher to have pitched for both current New York teams (Yankees and Mets), but he not pitch for any other team during his MLB Pitching career (1961-1967). As an MLB reliever, he was 21-23 with a 3.27 ERA along with 45 saves with 148 games finished; 314 strikeouts and 242 walks in 471.1 innings pitched in 276 games. In the Minor Leagues, he was 84-70 with an ERA of 3.99 with 37 complete games out of 90 starts, 28 saves, 932 strikeouts, 687 walks and 5 shutouts in 1,205 innings pitched in 419 games. Hal was a starter in the Minor Leagues, the Yankees turned him to a reliever in 1961.


2008- Former Yankees MLB Scout (1971-1974), MLB Player, Coach and Manager Don Gutteridge was born. (1912-2008)


Don Gutteridge was a former MLB player, who later became a Minor League Manager for the White Sox organization. In 1968, he was an MLB Scout for the new AL expansion team, the Kansas City Royals, helping the team prepare for the AL Expansion Team Player Draft. In July of 1968, he rejoined the White Sox working on Manager Al Lopez’s MLB Coaching staff. He took over the White Sox Manager’s job in May of 1969, running the team until September of 1970, while posting a 109-172 record.  In 1971, Don joined the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout, holding the position until 1974. He finished up his MLB Scouting career with the Dodgers organization working for them from 1975 to 1992.


2009- Rays 1B Carlos Pena breaks 2 fingers on his left hand when hit by a pitch from Yankees Starter CC Sabathia in the Opener of a doubleheader swept of Tampa Bay by the Yankees by scores of 4-1 and 11-1.


2014- The Yankees put on a special day to honor their Team Captain, longtime Shortstop Derek Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season after a brilliant 20- MLB seasons playing career. A 45-minute ceremony prior to today's game features surprise appearances by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken and NBA great Michael Jordan.  A Yankee Stadium crowd of 48,100 fans watch the event. However, the Royals go on to shut out the Yankees by the score of 2-0 to dim their already slim MLB postseason chances even further. This may not the last tribute to Jeter, as the Yankees are expected to retire his Uniform Number 2 and put up a plaque in his name in Monument Park before the 2014 AL season ends.


2017- Former Yankees Player, Coach, Manager, General Manager and Special Advisor Gene “Stick” Michael (Player 1968-1973, MLB Coach 1975-1978, Manager (1981-1982), General Manager (1980-1981,1991-1995) MLB Manager: Cubs (1986-1987) passed away. (1938-2017)


On November 30,1967, the Yankees purchased Gene “Stick” Michael from the Dodgers for $30,000 Cash. He had hit .202 with No HRs in 98 games for the 1967 Dodgers. In 1959, the Pirates had signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Michael was a graduate of Kent State University. Gene reached the MLB with the 1966 Pirates. On December 1,1966, he was traded by the Pirates along with INF Bob Bailey to the Dodgers for veteran All-Star Shortstop Maury Wills. Also, Gene had briefly played Minor League basketball. In 1969, he would hit .272 for the Yankees. He remained as the Yankees regular Shortstop through the 1973 AL season. In 1974, he was sharing the Shortstop position with Jim Mason. In January of 1975, Gene was released by the team. As a Yankees player, Gene had appeared in 789 games, while hitting .233 with 12 HRs and 204 RBIs. He would finish his MLB playing career with the Tigers, playing for his old Yankees Manager Ralph Houk. He had gone to 1976 Spring Training camp with the Red Sox, he made the team, but he was released in May of 1976, without appearing in a single game for Boston. Gene finished his MLB playing career with a .229 BA along with 15 HRs and 226 RBIs in 973 games. His favorite fielding trick as a Yankee Shortstop, as the “hidden ball trick,” which caught quite a few AL base runners. After his active playing days were over, he rejoined the Yankees organization as Coach and Manager in their farm system. Then Gene later worked in the Yankees front office. He left the Yankees organization to manage the 1986-1987 Cubs. He returned to the Yankee organization in 1988. In 1991-1995, he helped rebuild the Yankees farm system that developed the “Core 4” players. Gene was a Special Advisor to the Yankees front office. On September 7, 2017, Gene had suffered a fatal heart attack in his home in Florida. He was 79 years old.


2019- Former Yankees Reserve C/3B and Minor League Manager Charlie Silvera (1948-1956) passed away. (1924-2019)


In 1942, the Yankees signed Catcher Charlie Silvera as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He missed the 1943-1945 AL seasons serving in the military. Charlie had appeared in 221 games for the 1948-1956 Yankees, while hitting .292 with 1 HR and 30 RBIs. His best Yankees player season was in 1949, when he played in 58 games, while hitting .315 with 13 RBIs. He made 1 appearance with no hits in the 1949 World Series against the Dodgers for the Yankees. On December 11,1956, Charlie was traded by the Yankees along with Cash and another Player to be Named to the Cubs for a Player to be Named Later. The Cubs sent C Harry Chiti on December 14,1956 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Chiti never appears with the team, he would be drafted by Kansas City in the 1957 MLB Rule 5 Minor League Player Draft.  After retiring as an active player, Silvera managed and coached in the Minor Leagues (1958-1960,1970); he scouted for the AL expansion Senators (1961-1968). Then he was an MLB Coach for the 1969 Twins, 1971-1972 Tigers and the 1973-1975 Rangers. He worked with his former Yankees teammate Billy Martin at all 3 of his MLB Coaching stops, before retiring from baseball. 


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This Week in Yankees History September 5th-11th Part Three



September 8th


1896- Former Yankees MLB Coach Johnny Schulte (1934-1948) was born. (1896-1978)


Johnny Schulte was Catcher in MLB, playing for the Braves, Cardinals, Browns and the Phillies; finishing his MLB playing career with the 1932 Cubs. After his MLB playing career had ended in 1932, Johnny was a Cubs MLB Coach in 1933. Then Schulte was a longtime MLB Coach for Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy from 1934-1946. He ended his MLB Coaching career working with Manager Joe McCarthy again with the 1949-1950 Red Sox. 


1916- In front the smallest crowd in AL history, Philadelphia A's C/OF Wally Schang, with 23 fans attending the game; he becomes the 1st switch-hitter in MLB history to HR from both sides of the plate in the same game against the Yankees.


1917- The Yankees traded shutouts with the Senators, winning 2-0 in the Opener, before losing, 5-0 in the nightcap. Nats Starter Doc Ayers wins the nightcap, his 2nd shut out in a row over the Yankees and the 3rd time, he's beaten them in 8 days. Nick Cullop takes the loss for New York. In the Opening game, Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell fires his only shut out of the 1917 AL season.


1919- Red Sox Slugger Babe Ruth hits HR #26 of the 1919 AL season off of Yankees P Jack Quinn at the Polo Grounds, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 MLB HR record mark of 25 in a season.


1920- On their way to Cleveland, the Yankees play an exhibition game against the Pirates and suffer injuries to their starting players, Catcher Muddy Ruel (split finger) and OF Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Yankees Starter Carl Mays skipping the Indians series to avoid any scenes, the Yankees are short-handed. On August 16th, Yankees Starter Carl Mays had beaned Indians Shortstop Ray Chapman in the head at the Polo Grounds, who would later die from his head injury the next day.


1922- The Yankees go back on top of the AL, this time to stay by beating the Senators by a score of 8-1 behind Starter Carl Mays. Meanwhile the Browns lose to the Tigers by the score of 8-3. The Yankee win is triggered by Wally Pipp's 6th inning 3-run HR off of Nats Ace Walter Johnson, the 2nd HR Wally has dinged off the Senator's ace in 9-days.


1925- In the Nightcap of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits his 300th MLB career HR off of Boston southpaw Buster Ross as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 7-4. Yankees Starter Herb Pennock wins his 14th game of the 1925 season, while Ross falls to a 3-7 mark. Yankees RF Ben Paschal hits 2 HRs in the game. In the Opener, the Yankees edge the Red Sox by the score of 5-4 with Yankees Starter Bob Shawkey beating Boston’s Red Ruffing. Shawkey is now 6-14 for the 1925 AL season, while Ruffing falls to a 7-18 mark. Bronx Reliever Waite Hoyt picks up his 5thsave of the season.


1928- At Yankee Stadium, behind Babe Ruth's 3-run HR, the Yankees take the Senators by the score of 6-3, but it is not enough as the Yankees drop to 2nd place in AL. Yankees Starter Hank Johnson throws a complete game victory, his 10th win of the 1925 season, while Nats Starter Garland Braxton takes a complete game loss, dropping his pitching record to a 10-10 mark.


1932- The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader, but it ends in a 7-7 tie. After the game, Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the Yankees starting-lineup indefinitely. Yankees Reserve OF Sammy Byrd, subbing for Babe Ruth in the Opener, collects 5 hits for the Yankees including 2-HRs in a 5-4 win.


1937- Trailing the Red Sox by the score of 6-1 in the 9th inning, the Yankees rally for 8 runs with 2 outs and trailing the Sox by the score of 9-6, in a 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees rally started when Don Heffner tripled home 2 runs. PH Billy Dickey doubled Don Heffner home; Jack Saltzgaver (pinch running for Bill Dickey) came home, when Red Sox Shortstop Joe Cronin bobbled Frank Crosetti’s ground ball. Yankees 3B Red Rolfe walked, then Joe DiMaggio singled home Crosetti to kayo Boston P Jack Wilson. Then Red Sox Reliever Al Thomas threw 1-pitch to Lou Gehrig and watched it sail over the wall for a game-winning HR. In the 1st game, Yankees OF Myril Hoag’s 9th inning single scored the winning run in a 3-2 Yankees victory.


1939- In another wild adventure at Yankee Stadium with Boston, the Yankees take 4-1 lead into 7th inning, and they are declared the winners, when a terrible thunderstorm causes the Umpires to declare the playing field unsafe. Contemporary sources said the lightning show was the best they’d ever seen. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing picks-up his 21st victory of the 1939 AL season. INF Frank Crosetti’s HR in the 1st inning starts the Yankees hitting attack against Red Sox Starter Denny Galehouse, who falls to a 7-9 record for the 1939 AL season.


1951- At the 1951 Old Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium, former long-time Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy (1931-1946) is honored by the team. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning, Rookie OF Mickey Mantle belts a Bob Porterfield pitch into the last row of the RF bleachers, some 460 feet away to break the scoreless tie. Bob Porterfield had started the 1951 AL season with the Yankees, but he was traded to the Senators for veteran hurler Bob Kuzava. Yankees veteran Starter Ed “ The Junkman” Lopat shuts out the Nats for a 4-0 win.


1952- Former Yankees Pitcher Larry McCall (1977-1978) was born.


On April 10,1976, Larry McCall was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Larry posted a 1-2 record with a 6.17 ERA in 7 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Rangers. On November 10,1978, Larry was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Mike Heath, Closer Sparky Lyle, P Dave Rajsich, Reserve INF Domingo Ramos and Cash to theRangers for Minor League OF Greg Jemison, MLB OF Juan Beniquez, 3 Pitchers: Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella and Dave Righetti. Later, he became a Minor League Pitching Coach.


1961- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees rout the Tribe by a score of 9-1 as Mickey Mantle hits HR #52 off of P Gary Bell. Also, Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek hits a 2-run HR in the game. Yankees Starter Bill Stafford throws a complete game victory to bring his 1961 pitching record to a 13-7 mark. The Yankees win for their 9th straight game, while the Tigers lose their 8th game in a row to drop 10 games in back in the 1961 AL pennant race. The Tigers purchased veteran 1B Vic Wertz from the Red Sox to shore up their offense.


1963- Former Yankees Reserve INF William “Bill” Knickerbocker (1938-1940) passed away. (1911-1963)


On February 15,1938, INF Bill Knickerbocker was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for Reserve INF Don “Jeep” Heffner and $10,000 Cash. Bill appeared in 97 games as a Reserve INF for the 1938-1940 Yankees, while hitting .222, with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs. On December 31,1940, Bill was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for Reserve Catcher Ken Silvestri.


 1973- Light hitting Yankees Reserve INF Fred “Chicken” Stanley hits the final Grand Slam HR in Old Yankee Stadium. A LF foul pole shot off of Brewers hurler Kevin Kobel during a 15-1 Yankees win.


1977- Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss’ 5th inning sacrifice fly provides the margin of victory as the Yankees edge the Indians by the score of 4-3 behind Starter Ed Figueroa. The victory opened a 3 1/2 game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East Division race.


1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Oral “Hildy” Hildebrand (1939-1940) passed away. (1907-1977)


On October 26,1938, Oral Hildebrand was traded by the Browns along with OF Buster Mills to the Yankees for Catcher Joe Glenn and OF Myril Hoag. Oral went 11-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 34 games for the 1939-1940 Yankees. He had started Game #4 game of the 1939 World Series against the Reds, with no decision. On March 30,1941, Oral was purchased by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) from the Yankees. After the 1942 Minor League season, he retired from baseball.


1978- The Yankees continues their rampage of the Red Sox at Fenway Park by scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning then 6 more runs in the 2nd inning. Boston makes 7 errors to ease the Yankees to a 13-2 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run HR and Lou Piniella adds a double, triple and HR to back Jim Beattie's pitching. Red Sox players OF Dwight Evans and Catcher Carlton Fisk both make a pair of errors. The Yankees are now 2 games in back of the Red Sox in AL East Division title race.


1979- Yankees 3B Greg Nettles hits an 8th inning HR to help the Yankees and starter Ron Guidry beat the Tigers by a score of 5-4. It is Guidry's 10th straight win of the 1979 AL season.


1983- Yankees OF Steve Kemp will miss the rest of the 1983 AL season with a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by Yankees teammate Omar Moreno line drive during batting practice at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Kemp had hit .242 with 12 HRs and 49 RBIs in the 1st year of his 5-year, $5.45 million player contract. The Yankees win the game beating the Brewers by a score of 6-5.


1984- The Yankees break a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the 6th inning to roll over the Red Sox by the score of 12-6. Bronx 3B Toby Harrah paces the Yankees 15-hit attack with 4 hits, as Dave Winfield with 1 of the game's 12 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, which is and will be an MLB career high for him.  Lefty hurler Joe Cowley is the winner for the Yankees.


1990- Current Yankees Pitcher Geritt Cole (2020-2021) was born


The 1st overall pick of the 2011 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Pirates. In the NL, he had pitched for the Pirates, then with the Astros in the AL. Gerrit Cole is a 3-time MLB All-Star, who came of age with theAstros, striking out 326 hitters in 2019. In the ensuing offseason, he signed the richest MLB Free Agent deal for a Pitcher in MLB history, agreeing to a $324 million deal with the Yankees. The Yankees were said to be interested in him for months, especially after his convincing performance against them in the ALCS. So, it was to no one's surprise that that Yankees won the MLB Free Agency sweepstakes. They signed him on December 10th to a 9-year contract worth $324 million. The MLB player contract was the longest ever for a pitcher, as well as the richest in total and per annum ($36 million). These last 2 figures broke the previous record established only 2 days earlier when Stephen Strasburg had re-signed with the Nationals. His 1st appearance with the 2020 Yankees was delayed when the start of the season was postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. That did not keep him from helping his new hometown, as he made a significant donation through the "Gerrit and Amy Cole Foundation" that he set up with his wife to Direct Relief, an organization that assists health workers in the New York area dealing with the pandemic. He was the Yankees' 2020 Opening Day starter, when the season finally started on July 23rd. He ended up pitching a rain-shortened 1-hitter against the Nationals as the game was ended by a violent thunderstorm in the 6th inning. He was as good as advertised, needing only 75 pitches to get through 5 innings, and allowing only a solo HR by Adam Eaton in the bottom of the 1st. He won his next 2 starts as well to stretch his regular season winning streak to 19 straight, dating back to the previous season, now the 6th longest in MLB history. He finally lost a game on August 26th, 5-1 to the Braves, his 1st defeat in 28 starts and his 1st loss after 20 straight wins. While he did not win every start, he continued to prove an Ace pitcher and on September 16th, he recorded the 100th win of his MLB pitching career by defeating the  Blue Jays, 11-2. He held them hitless for 5 innings, by which time the Yankees had built a huge lead, then let up a bit over the next 2 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits. He finished the season at 7-3, with a 2.84 in 12 starts, leading the AL with 2 complete games and 1 shutout. He struck out 94 batters in 73 innings. He finished 4th in the Cy Young Award voting. In the 2020 AL postseason, he made 3 starts posting a 2-0 record with a 2.95 ERA, while striking out 30 batters in 18 1/3 innings. In 2021, Cole was again the Yankees' Opening Day starter, facing the Blue Jays on April 1st. While he had a no-decision that day, he had a great 1st month, being named the AL Pitcher of the Month, the 4th time he had won it in the last 7 times it had been given out dating back to 2019. He went 4-1 with 1.43 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings in his 6 starts. On May 12th, he recorded the 1,500th strikeout of his MLB pitching career, as he struck out 12 in 8 dominant innings in blanking the Rays. He was the 4th fastest pitcher to reach the milestone. With his final strikeout of that game, he tied Curt Schilling's MLB record, dating back to 2002, of striking out 56 batters without issuing a walk. The following day, Corbin Burnes of the  Brewers broke the mark by bringing his own streak, dating back to the start of the season, to 58 K's before issuing his 1st walk of the year. However, Cole had a chance to pass him in his next start as his streak was still active, which he did on May 17th, when he struck out 5 batters before issuing a walk to Nate Lowe of the Rangers in the 5th inning. Thus, the new record, of which he now had sole ownership, was 61 batters. Unfortunately, he also had his worst start of the season that day, losing 5-2 for his 2nd loss of the year against 5 wins. Shortly after that, he unwittingly found himself at the center of a growing scandal about pitchers doctoring the baseball by applying foreign substances to the ball. When asked in early June whether he had himself ever used such substances, he could only answer: ""I don't know if, uh ... I don't quite know how to answer that to be honest," which many interpreted as a tacit admission of guilt. He then added that there were "certain practices" that were passed down from older pitchers to younger generations, but hinted that this was not clearly illegal as, in his view: "If MLB wants to legislate some more stuff, then that's a conversation we should all have." Whatever the case may be, his numbers fell off visibly after the crack-down began, to the point where many observers were wondering whether that Yankees were going to regret giving him a big contract for years to come. He was still selected for the All-Star team, and shut down many of his detractors in his final start before the game, on July 10th, when he pitched a complete game shutout to defeat the Astros, 1-0, striking out 12 batters and only giving up 2 hits. He needed 129 pitches - the most thrown by anyone that season - to get through the 9 innings, but his fastball was still timed at 99 mph as he struck out Yordan Alvarez to end the game.


1992- Yankees OF Danny Tartabull goes 5 for 5 with 2-HRs and a double; he drives in 9 runs as the Bronx Bombers defeat the Orioles by the score of 16-4. Scott Sanderson is the winner for the Yankees.


2000- The Yankees defeat the Red Sox by the score of 4-0 behind veteran Starter Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Red Sox hurler Bryce Florie is hit in the face with a line drive off the bat off of Yankees Reserve OF Ryan Thompson. The Red Sox hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket, the bone that surrounds the eye, and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery ending his 2000 AL season.


2007-  Bronx Bomber 3B Alex Rodríguez continues to lead the Yankees in their 2007 AL playoff hopes. He homers twice off of P Brian Bannister. The 1st of the HRs is his 49th of the 2007 AL season and breaks the record for HRs by a 3B baseman. Previously the Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt with 48 HRs in 1980 and Rodriguez in 2005 had shared the record. The Yankees win the game by the score of 11-5. A-Rod had already held the single-season record for Shortstops, giving him the high-water mark at 2 positions.


2012- Former Yankees Reserve OF/1B Bob Hale (1961) passed away. (1933-2012)


On July 28,1961, veteran 1B/OF Bob Hale was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in only 11 games for the 1961 Yankees, while hitting .154, before retiring from MLB at the end of the 1961 World Series. He did not appear in the 1961 World Series against the Reds for the Yankees. In 1952, Bob was signed by the St. Louis Browns as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played for the Orioles and the Indians, who used him primary as a 1B/OF and Pinch-Hitter during his MLB playing career (1955-1961). In the MLB off-season, he played in the winter baseball leagues to earn extra money to support his family.


2012- The Orioles defeat the Yankees by the score of 5-4 to tie the Bronx Bombers for 1st place in the AL East once again, but the win is costly. RF Nick Markakis breaks his left thumb when hit by a CC Sabathia pitch in the 5th inning, putting him out of action for 6 weeks. Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy hit HRs for the Orioles. O’s Closer Jim Johnson almost blows a 5-3 lead, when he loads the bases on 3 singles with none out in the 9th inning; Nick Swisher brings the Yankees within 1 on a force out, before Mark Teixeira is declared out when sliding head-first into 1B while vainly trying to avoid a game-ending double play. Teixeira and Manager Joe Girardi blast Umpire Jerry Meals for his call after the game.


2015- DH Alex Rodriguez hits the 30th HR of his excellent 2015 comeback season with the Yankees. He ties Hank Aaron's record of 15 MLB seasons of 30 or more HRs. It is his 1st time reaching the mark since 2010, before his MLB playing career almost ended because of a string of injuries and a 1-year suspension for PED use.


September 9th


1877- Former Yankees 1B and HOF MLB Player and Manager (1913-1914) Frank Chance (1913-1914) was born. (1877-1924)


On December 11,1912, Veteran 1B Frank Chance was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Reds. He had appeared in 13 games for the Yankees as Player-Manager, while hitting just .208. As a Yankees Manager, he went 57-94 in 1913 for a 7th place finish. In 1914, Frank went 70-84 for a 6th place tie with the White Sox; then Yankee Team Owners dismissed him. Frank Chance played in the MLB from 1898 to 1914 with the Cubs and finishing out with the 1913-1914 Yankees. He hit .297 with 20 HRs and 596 RBIs in 1,286 games. His playing time with the Yankees cost him a chance to finish out his MLB playing career with a lifetime BA of over .300. He appeared in 4 World Series with the Cubs, while hitting .310 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs in 20 games. He was part of the Cubs famous double-play combo of “Tinkers to Evans to Chance.” In 1946, Frank Chance was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


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


In September of 1903, Ambrose “Putty” Puttmann was drafted by the Yankees from AA Helena (PCL) in the 1903 MLB Rule 5 Player draft. He appeared in 29 games for the Yankees, while posting a 6-7 record with 3.38 ERA and 1 save. During the month of April of 1906, the Cardinals purchased him from the Yankees. He would go 2-2 with the 1906 Cardinals in his last active season as an MLB player.


1892- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike McNally (1921-1924) was born. (1892-1965)


On December 15,1920, INF Mike McNally was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt and Catcher Wally Schang to the Yankees for 2B Del Pratt, OF Sammy Vick, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Herb Thormmahlen. Mike had appeared in 202 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 43 RBIs. On December 10,1924, Mike was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for OF/INF Howie Shanks. 


1895- Former Yankees PH Daniel “Dashing Dan” Costello (1913) was born. (1895-1936)


In 1913, Dan Costello was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He only appeared in 2 games for the team, while hitting .500. In January of 1914, Dan was selected off waivers by the Pirates from the Yankees.


1899- Former Hall of Fame Yankees Pitcher and Baseball Broadcaster Waite “School Boy” Hoyt (1921-1930) was born. (1899-1984.) 


Waite Hoyt originally had played for the 1918 Giants, appearing in 1 game. He joined the Red Sox in 1919. Waite Hoyt was obtained by the Yankees from the Red Sox on December 15,1920. The Yankees traded 2B Del Pratt, OF Sammy Vick, Catcher Muddy Ruel and P Herb Thormmahlen for Pitchers Waite Hoyt, Harry Harper and Catcher Wally Schang. He was with the Yankees from 1921-1929, winning 157 games, while losing 98 games (.618 WP) with a 3.48 ERA in 365 games with 29 saves. His best Yankees season was in 1927, when he went 22-7 with. A 2.63 ERA in 36 games, being the only 20 game-winner on the 1927 World Championship team. The next season, he went 23-7 with a 3.36 with 8 saves in 42 games. for the team. He would appear in 5 World Series for the Yankees, going 6- with a 1.83 ERA. With the 1931 Philadelphia A’s, he went 0-1 in 1 game in the World Series against the Cardinals. On May 30,1929, the Yankees obtained OF Harry Rice, P Ownie Carroll and Reserve INF Yats Wuestling from the Tigers for P Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. He later pitched for the A’s, Dodgers (twice), Giants and the Pirates. He finished his MLB pitching career with a 237-182 record with a 3.59 ERA and 53 saves in 674 games. After retiring as active MLB player in 1938, Hoyt would become a long-time Radio and Television broadcaster for the Reds. In 1969, Waite Hoyt was elected to the Hall of Fame.


1916- The Yankees released veteran Shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916).


Shortstop Rube Oldring had played for the 1905 Yankees appearing in just 8 games, while hitting .300. He joined the A’s the next season playing for them, until July of 1916. He had been on loan to the Yankees by the A’s, Manager/ Owner Connie Mack wanted him back. On July 13,1916, Rube signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 43 games for the Yankees, while hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs.


1928- A total of 85,265 fans jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep 2 games from the Philadelphia A's by the scores of 3-0 and 7-3, to move back into 1st place in the AL to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the 1st game, while the Yankees star of the nightcap is OF Bob Meusel, who takes an Ed Rommel knuckleball pitch out of the stadium for a Grand Slam HR in the 8th inning. Veteran Yankees Starter Waite Hoyt picks-up the victory.


1928- At the of age of 38, veteran Yankees hurler Urban Shocker dies of pneumonia in Denver, Co.; where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart, he was unable to sleep lying down for 2 years. Shocker, who never had a losing season on his MLB Pitching career, he was 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 31 games for the 1927 Yankees, but he appeared in only 1 game for the 1928 Yankees, before leaving the team for recovery from his health problems. Urban went 61-37 with a 3.14 ERA with 5 saves in 152 games for the Yankees.  He appeared in 2 games of the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals, posting an 0-1 record. Overall, as an MLB pitcher, he went 187-117 with 3.17 ERA and 25 saves in 412 games with the St. Louis Browns and the Yankees (1916-1928).


1931- To raise funds to help the unemployed in the Depression, the Yankees, Giants, and the Robins (aka the Dodgers) agree to play a series of benefit games. A crowd of 60,000 fans, paying regular prices, raise $59,000 in the 1st match-up, as Babe Ruth HRs and the Yankees beat their cross-river rivals the Giants by the score of 7-2.


1932- The Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which 1B Lou Gehrig hits a Grand Slam HR and drives in 8-runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Yankees INF Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game, including twice in 1 inning. The Tigers also tops the Yankees by the score of 4-1 in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st, and the tie of yesterday. The Yankees score their lone run in the 3rd inning off of Tigers P Buck Marrow with their only 2 hits of the game.


1936- The Yankees sweep the Indians by scores of 11-3 and 12-9 to clinch the 1936 AL Pennant on the earliest date ever. With the double-header sweep over the Tribe, the Yankees clinch their 8th AL pennant. The Bronx Bombers will finish the 1936 AL season 19.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Tigers with a 102-51 AL season record.


1938- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig plays his 2,100th consecutive MLB game; he has 4 hits to bring his 1938 AL season batting average over .300.


1938- Former Yankees Minor League INF/OF and MLB Coach (1987) Jay Ward was born. (1938-2012)


In 1956, the Yankees had signed INF/OF Jay Ward as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 2,1958, Jay was drafted by Kansas City from the Yankees organization in the 1958 Minor League Player Draft.  Athletics would trade him to the Dodgers, who later sent him to the Twins. He made his MLB Player Debut with the 1963 Twins. In 1966, he traveled to Japan to play pro baseball . His last MLB appearance was in 1970 with the Reds. In 1972, he managed a team in the Twins organization. Then he left pro baseball for 10 years to help raise a family. During the 1980’s, he was a Manager for the Phillies, Reds, Pirates and the Mariners organizations. He was an MLB Hitting Coach for the 1987 Yankees for Manager Lou Piniella. During the 1991-1992 NL seasons, Jay was MLB Hitting Coach for the Expos. Later, he worked for the Braves organization. From 1996-2001, Ward had been a Manager in Independent Leagues. 


1951- The Yankees hit 5 HRS, 4 off the Nats' P Richard Starr to win the game by a score of 7-5. Rookie OF Mickey Mantle's leadoff HR on the 1st pitch, which starts the scoring, slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the Yankee Stadium RF stands. Yankees Starter Vic Raschi then wins the nightcap by the score of 2-0 in a game called after the 6th inning because of "darkness." Though Yankee Stadium has lights, unlike the NL, these cannot be used on Sunday. The 1951 Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).


1952 Former Yankees OF Jerry Mumphrey (1981-1983) was born.


On March 31,1981, OF Jerry Mumphrey was traded by the Padres along with P John Pacella to the Yankees for Outfielders Ruppert Jones, Joe Lefebvre, hurlers Tim Lollar and Chris Welsh. Jerry had appeared in 286 games for the Yankees, while hitting .293 with 22 HRs and 136 RBIs. On August 10,1983, Jerry was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for OF Omar Moreno.


1953- Mickey Mantle's 2-run HR off of White Sox veteran Starter Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 9-3 at Yankee Stadium. Returning to CF after the 5th inning, Mantle is photographed by the press, blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick, who will apologize for the indiscretion. However, Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum Company.


1961- Former Yankees Minor League P Jim Corsi was born.


The Yankees in the 25th round of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected Jim Corsi. He never appeared in an MLB game for the Yankees. On April 3,1984, he was released by the team. He would go on to pitch in the MLB with the A’s (twice), Astros, Marlins, Red Sox and finishing his MLB pitching career with the 1999 Orioles. Jim had posted a 22-24 record with a 3.25 ERA and 7 saves in 368 MLB games.  


1961-Former Yankees Shortstop Rube Oldring (1905,1916) passed away. (1884-1961)


Shortstop Rube Oldring had played for the Yankees in 1905 appearing in 8 games, hitting .300. Rube's son, in an article states, however, that his Father was actually owned by the A’s, while he played for the Highlanders and that the A's Owner/Manager Connie Mack would not let him stay with the Highlanders for the 1906 AL season. He rejoined Philadelphia in 1906, playing for them until his release by the team in July of 1916. On July 13, 1916, Rube signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 43 games for the Yankees, hitting .234 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. As an MLB player, Rube had played in 1,239 games, while hitting .270 with 27 HRs and 471 RBIs. With the A’s, he appeared in 3 World Series, while playing in 15 games, hitting .194 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. He later became a Minor League Manager for 3 seasons before retiring from baseball.


1961- On “Whitey Ford Day” at Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber Slugger Roger Maris hits his 56th HR of the 1961 AL season off of Indians' Jim “Mudcat” Grant, as the Yankees come from behind to win the game by a score of 8-7. Yankees score 4 runs in the 9th inning to enable Closer Luis Arroyo to pick up his 12th relief win in a row. 


1962- Red Sox OF Lou Clinton makes 4 stellar catches in the outfield and adds a HR, triple and single as the Red Sox trip the Yankees by the score of 9-3 in 16 innings at Yankee Stadium. Boston Reliever Richard “The Monster” Radatz takes over for Red Sox Starter Hal Kolstad, as he pitches 9 innings of relief before leaving in the 16th inning for a Pinch-Hitter.


1965- Former Yankees DH/INF Todd Zeile (2003) was born.


Veteran INF/DH Todd Zelie hit .210 with 6 HRs and 23 RBIs in 66 games for the 2003 Yankees before being released by the team. He would be picked up by the Exposfinishing the rest of 2003 MLB season with them. 


1970- Former Yankees Reliever Dan Miceli (2003) was born.


On June 25, 2003, Reliever Dan Miceli was sent to the Yankees by the Indians, as part of a conditional deal. Dan went 0-0 with a 5.71 ERA and 1 save in 7 games for the 2003 Yankees, before being sent to the Astros.


1970- The Yankees placed veteran Reliever Steve Hamilton on waivers. He is claimed by the White Sox. Steve had joined the Yankees on April 21,1963, coming from the Senators in a trade for Yankees veteran P Jim Coates. He went 34-20 with a 2.78 ERA and 36 saves in 311 games as a Yankees Reliever (1963-1970). He had appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees with no decisions in 2 relief appearances.


1974- At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-3 for their 1st win in Boston since July 31,1973. The Yankees have won 2 of 24 games at Fenway Park since 1972.


1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez notches a 3-hitter, a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. Cliff Johnson hits a HR for the Yankees, who maintain a 3-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.


1978- Yankees Ace Starter Ron Guidry (21-2) gives up 2 singles in the 1st inning and that's it. The Yankees send 12 batters to the plate and score 7 runs in the 4th inning to win the game by a score of 7-0 against Boston Starter Dennis Eckersley cutting the Red Sox lead to a single game. For Ron Guidry, it is his 7th shutout of the 1978 AL season, and the 1st lefty shutout in Fenway Park since 1974 (Ken Holtzman of the A’s, August 5th). With the Brewers’ victory over the Twins, the Brewers trail by just 4 1/2 games.


1990-The A’s beat the Yankees by the score of 7-3 to complete a 12-game sweep of the Yankees this season. The season sweep is a 1st for the Yankees.


1997-The Red Sox lose to the Yankees by the score of 8-6, despite 2 RBIs for Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. The RBI’s give Garciaparra a total of 87 on the season for a new MLB record for leadoff men. Former AL Batting Champion Harvey Kuenn held the old AL mark with 85 in 1956, while playing with the Tigers.


1998- With the Yankees defeating the Red Sox by a score of 7-5, the Yankees move 20.5 games ahead of 2nd-place Red Sox. They have clinched the 1998 AL East Division title. It is the earliest date in AL history in which a Division Title has been captured.


1999- Former Yankees Hall OF Fame Pitcher James “Catfish” Hunter (1975-1975) passes away from ALS. (1946-1999.) 


On December 31,1974, Jim  “Catfish” Hunter was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. His best Yankees season was in 1975, going 23-14 with 30 complete games and 7 shutouts. From 1975-1979, Jim went 63-33 with a 3.58 ERA in 137 games as a Yankees Pitcher. He was originally signed by the Kansas City A’s, making MLB Pitching debut in 1965, while posting an 8-8 record with a 4.26 ERA in 32 games. As an MLB pitcher, Catfish Hunter had posted a 224-166 record with a 3.26 ERA in 500 games. In the ALCS with the A’s and Yankees, Jim had posted a 4-3 record with a 3.25 ERA in 10 games. In World Series play with the A’s and Yankees, Jim went 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 12 games. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.


2009- Shortstop Derek Jeter ties the Yankees franchise record for hits held by Lou Gehrig, with his 2,721st hit in the 7th inning against Tampa Bay. He will pass Lou Gehrig in 2 days. In the game, Jorge Posada belts a 3-run Pinch-Hit HR in the 8thinning to give the Yankees a 4-2 win. The Rays, the 2008 AL East champions last year, have now lost 8 straight and are almost out of the 2009 AL Playoff race.


2012- With the Yankees beating the Orioles by the score of 13-3, the standings in the AL East have New York 1 game in front of Orioles and 2 ahead of Rays.


2019- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Greengrass passed away. (1927-2019)


Before the start of the 1944 AL season, the Yankees had signed Jim Greengrass as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, as a 16-yearold outfielder. He spent 1944-1945 seasons playing in the low Minor Leagues before going into the military for 2 years (1946-1947). After his military service was over, Jim worked his way up in the Yankees Minor League organization to the AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1949, but then he was sent back to the lower Minors to work on becoming a Pitcher. But after losing 5 games, Jim was switched back to the outfield. In 1951, Jim would have his best pro season yet for the Muskegon Reds (CL), hitting a league leading .379 with 18 HRs. In 1952 for the Beaumont Roughnecks (TXL), he would hit .276 with 22 HRs. On August 28,1952, he was traded by Yankees along with Pitchers Johnny Schmitz and Ernie Nevel, OF Bob Marquis along with $35,000 Cash to the Reds for veteran MLB P Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell. Jim would play for the Reds, then with the Phillies until 1956. He finished MLB playing career hitting .269 with 69 HRs and 282 RBIs in 504 games.


2019- Following a 10-6 loss to the Yankees but less than a year after winning the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox fire President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski, the architect of that World Series triumph. He has received significant criticism for the large player contracts handed out before the season to Pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Sale, who have both failed to deliver and for not re-signing Closer Craig Kimbrel or even looking for an adequate replacement.


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This Week in Yankee History September 5th-11th Part Four



September 10th


1880- Former Yankees INF/OF Harry Niles (1908) was born. (1880-1953)


On November 5,1907, INF/OF Harry Niles was traded by the Browns along with P Fred Glade and OF Charlie Hemphill to the Yankees for 2B Hobe Ferris, OF Danny Hoffman and 2B Jimmy Williams. Harry would appear in 96 games, while hitting .249 with 4 HRs and 24 RBIs for the 1908 Yankees. On August 17,1908, Harry was traded by the Yankees to the Red Sox for 2B Frank LaPorte.


1910- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Manager Eddie Sawyer was born. (1910-1997)


Yankees MLB Scout Paul Krichell discovered OF Eddie Sawyer. He hit .361 for the Norfolk Tars in 1934, for 3rd in the Piedmont League. The next season, Sawyer hit .314 for the Tars; he hit .325 for the Binghamton Triplets (EL). In 1936, he batted .313 for the Triplets, while he drove in 98 runs, 8th-most in the NY-Penn League. After starting the 1937 season at  Binghamton hitting .345, he went up to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), hitting .284 there. Injuring his shoulder, Sawyer returned to Binghamton to bat .299 as an outfielder there in 1938. In 1939, he became a Player-Manager for the Amsterdam Rugmakers (CAML). He only struck out 7 times in 458 AB, led the Canadian-American League with 103 RBIs and batted .363. His team won the league title. The next season, Sawyer hit .329 with 99 RBI in 120 games. Returning to old stomping grounds, Eddie hit .277 for Norfolk Tars as Player-Manager in 1941; he hit .267 and .280 the next 2 seasons in the same role with Binghamton to finish his active playing career. Moving from the Yankees farm system, where he had been since 1939, he was hired by the Phillies GM Herb Pennock in 1944 to manage the Utica Blue Sox. In 1948, he became the Phillies MLB Manager. In 1950, he would lead the Phillies to NL championship defeating the Dodgers, facing his old team in the World Series, the Yankees losing in 4 straight games. He managed the Phillies during the 1950’s, returning to the team briefly in 1960, before quitting and being replaced by Gene Mauch after 1 game.


1919- Indian’s hurler Ray "Slim" Caldwell, struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier, no-hits his former Yankees teammates by the score of 3-0 at the Polo Grounds.


1921- Yankees Catcher Wally Schang has 5 of the Yankees' 21 hits as the Bronx Bombers wallop Connie Mack’s Athletics by the score of 19-3. An MLB record-tying 5 Yankees collect 2 hits in the 9th inning: Wally Schang, Carl Mays, Elmer Miller, Roger Peckinpaugh and Babe Ruth. The Babe’s 2nd hit, a single, hits Peck for the 3rd out. Yankees Starter Carl Mays gives up 13 hits to the A’s in winning his 16th straight game over them. The Yankees outfield makes a record of 5 assists, with 4 of them by OF Bob Meusel.


1922- The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds against the A’s. An estimated crowd of 40,000 fans overflow the ballpark with another 25,000 fans are turned away. Yankees Starter Joe Bush beats Philadelphia by the score of 10-3 in the Opener, while Waite Hoyt edges the Mackmen in the 2nd game by the score of 2-1. Plans are in the works to expand the Polo Grounds to a 56,000-seat capacity, but this is the last AL regular season game for the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees will play their next 18 games on the road, and then they will open the 1923 AL season in their new Yankee Stadium in April of 1923.


1925- Yankee Sluggers Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit successive HRs in the 4th inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Philadelphia A's, all off of P Sammy Gray, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 7-3. Then Babe Ruth and Ben Paschal hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th inning in Game 2, but the Yankees still lose the game to the Mackmen by the score of 5-4. It was the 1st game that Babe and Lou Gehrig have hit a HR in the same game.


1934- Former All-Star and AL MVP OF Roger Maris (1960-1966) was born. (1934-1985)


Before the start of the 1953 AL season, the Indians had signed Roger Maris as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On June 15,1958, Roger was traded by the Indians along with P Dick Tomanek and INF Preston Ward to the Kansas City A’s for former Yankee Minor League players, who were traded to the A‘s: INF/OF Woodie Held and 1B Vic Power. On December 17,1959, Roger Maris was obtained by the Yankees in a trade with the A’s. The Yankees sent OF Norm Siebern, Pitcher Don Larsen, Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and veteran OF Hank Bauer to the A’s for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley. In 1960-1961, he won the AL MVP Award, as well establishing a new HR record for MLB in 1961 with 61 HRs. He was selected for the AL All-Star teams in 1960-1962. A fine defensive outfielder, Roger Maris won an AL Golden Glove for RF in 1960. Roger would appear with the Yankees in 5 World Series from 1960-1964. He was traded to the Cardinals in winter of 1966 for 3B Charley Smith. Overall, with the Yankees, he had appeared in 850 games, while hitting .265 with 203 HRs with 547 RBIs. Roger would appear in the 1967-1968 World Series with the Cardinals, before retiring as an active player. In World Series play with the 1960-1964 Yankees and the 1967-1968 Cardinals, Roger hit with .217 with 6 HRs and 18 RBIs in 41 games. The Yankees would retire his Yankees No. 9 Uniform Number. On December 14,1985, Roger Maris would pass away from cancer at the age of 51.


1950- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio becomes the 1st player to hit 3 HRs in 1 game at spacious Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., as the Bombers beat the Senators by the score of 8-1. Also, Joe adds an RBI double to pass the 100-RBI mark for the 9th time in his MLB playing career. The Senators lead the 2nd game by the score of 6-2, when rain-washes it out in the 4th inning. Yankees are now a half-game in back of the Tigers with the Red Sox a half game behind the Yankees.


1955- Yankees veteran OF Hank Bauer, pressed into emergency service as a Catcher by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, permits a passed ball setting up the winning run in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox. It would be the only time that the veteran OF Hank Bauer would appear behind the plate for the Yankees.


1957- The Yankees obtained Reserve OF Bobby Del Greco (1957-1958) from the Cubs for the waiver price. Bobby would hit .429 for the remainder of the 1957 AL season. He hit .200 in only 12 games in 1958 for the Yankees, when he was sent down to AAA Richmond (IL). On April 13,1959, Bobby was purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees.


1958- At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, a crowd of 50,021 Tribe fans turn out for "Back the Indians" night. It is Cleveland's largest crowd since the 1955 AL season, but the Yankees dampen the Indian fans enthusiasm with an 8-3 victory over the Tribe. Yankees Rookie Starter Zack Monroe picks up his 4th victory of the 1958 AL season with relief help from Relievers Ryne Duren and Art Ditmar, who gets his 3rd save. Yankee hitters Hank Bauer, Elston Howard and Tony Kubek have 2 RBIs apiece in the game.


1959- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-6; including a HR in a 12-1 romp over Kansas City played at Yankee Stadium. Bronx starter Ralph Terry picks up a complete game victory, his 5th for the 1959 AL season, by allowing only 1 run and 4 hits, while striking out 4 A’s batters. Ray Hebert takes the loss for the A’s, lasting only 2 innings in his start against the Yankees. He is now 10-11 for the 1959 AL season. Terry had started out the 1959 season with the A’s before being traded to the Yankees on May 26,1959.


1960- At Detroit, Mickey Mantle unloads a HR cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning, the ball clearing the RF roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. Yankees pin a 5-1 loss on Tigers Starter Paul Foytack that moves them a half game in 1st place ahead of the Orioles, who are losers today. In June of 1985, Mantle's HR was retroactively measured at 643 feet; it will be listed in The ****ss Book of World Records at that distance.


1961- The Yankees sweep the Tribe in a doubleheader by scores of 7-6 and 9-3, their 12th win in a row at home and for the Indians; it’s their 20th loss in a row at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle gets HR # 53 in the nightcap, while Roger Maris is homer-less, stays at the 56 HR mark. The official scorecard credits Mantle with 2 runs scored: it will be discovered in 1995, that 1 of the 2 runs should go to Bill Skowron. In the 2nd game, Clete Boyer sends Jim Perry pitch into the LF corner that hits the lower deck of the Grand Stand and bounces back into play. While home plate Umpire Joe Linsalata calls it a HR, the other 2 umps agreed with Tribe CF Jimmy Piersall, who contends the ball is in play. Boyer's HR is interrupted at 3B with a tag out. Piersall’ contribution in Game 1 is fighting with a fan, who had climbed onto the Yankee Stadium playing field.


1962- Against Tigers veteran P Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle clouts a 4th inning HR, the 400th of his MLB playing career to tie the game at 1-1. The Yankees score 2 runs in the 9th inning off of Aguirre to beat the Tigers by the score of 3-1. The victory, combined with a Twins loss, gives the Yankees a 3 1/2 game lead over Minnesota. The surprising Angels are in 3rd place in the AL, just 4 games back.


1963- Former Hall of Fame Yankees and MLB Pitcher Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson (2005-2006) was born.


The Diamondbacks traded veteran starter Randy Johnson in the winter of 2004 to the Yankees for 2 hurlers: Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, Minor League Catcher Dioner Navarro and Cash. He pitched well in 2 seasons in Yankee pinstripes, going 17-8 (2005) and 17-11 (2006), but he was still considered a disappointment as the Bronx Bombers failed to return to the World Series. He personally failed to record a win in the postseason (running his  lifetime MLB postseason record to 7-9, 5 of the wins having come in 2001). The fact that his ERA reached an even 5.00 in that 2nd Bronx season, also wore out his welcome in the NYC. On January 9, 2007, Randy was traded back by the Yankees along with Cash to the Diamondbacks for INF Alberto Gonzalez, 2 Pitchers: Steven Jackson and Ross Ohlendorf and MLB INF Luis Vizcaino. In 2007, he was 4-3 in 10 starts for the D-Backs as he was bothered by back problems. As a Yankees Starter, Randy had posted a 34-19 record with a 4.37 ERA in 67 games along with 6 complete games. Randy ended his MLB pitching career in 2009 with the Giants. His final MLB pitching totals was a 303-166 record with a 3.29 ERA in 618 games. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.


1966- The Yankees obtained P Thad Tillotson and Cash from the Dodgers for veteran MLB Shortstop Richard “Ducky” Schofield. Thad went 4-9 in 2 seasons with the Yankees.


1973- Former Yankees Reserve OF Roy Johnson (1936-1937) passed away. (1903-1973)


On January 17,1936, OF Roy Johnson was traded by the Senators along with P Bump Hadley to the Yankees for P Jimmie DeShong and OF Jesse Hill. He had appeared in 75 games for the 1936-1937 Yankees, while hitting .273 with 1 HR and 25 RBIs. Roy had appeared in 1 game of the 1936 World Series with the Yankees with no hits. On May 11,1937, Roy was selected off waivers by the Boston Bees (aka Braves) from the Yankees. He had appeared in only 12 games for the 1937 Yankees, while hitting .294 with No HRs and 6 RBIs.


1974- Former AL Batting Champion Alex Johnson is purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers yesterday, he arrives in Boston during the Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th inning, Johnson socks a Pinch-hit HR to win it for the Yankees by the score of 2-1.


1977- At Yankee Stadium, Blue Jays 3B Roy Howell leads the way with 13 total bases (2 HRs, 2 doubles and a single) and 9 RBIs as the expansion Blue Jays rout the Yankees by the score of 19-3. Yankees Starter Jim “Catfish” Hunter takes the loss to finish the 1977 AL season at 9-9. He will not pitch again for the Yankees until the 1977 World Series starts against the Dodgers.


1978- The Red Sox throw 22-year-old Rookie P Bobby Sprague at the Yankees and the lefty last just two-thirds of an inning walking 3 batters and allowing 1 Yankees hit. The Yankees take the lead and top the Red Sox by the score of 7-4 behind the pitching of Starter Ed Figueroa and Closer Rich Gossage. The Red Sox collect just 5 hits, including Fred Lynn's 21st HR. The Yankees out-hit the Red Sox 67-21, and outscore them 42-9, in a sweep that will become known in lore as the "Boston Massacre" that leaves the teams in a tie for 1st place in the AL East, and caps a remarkable Yankees march to the top from 4th place, 14 games out.


1978- Former Yankees Reserve INF Nick Green (2006) was born.


Nick Green was seleced by the Braves in the 32nd round of the 1998  MLB Amateur Player Draft. On May 24, 2006, Nick was purchased by the Yankees from the Rays. On July 2, 2006, Green made his 1st start for the Yankees at 2nd base. He contributed at the plate and in the field, hitting his 1st Yankee HR and throwing out a runner at the plate on a strong relay throw. Green would hit .240 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in 46 games as a Reserve INF for the 2006 Yankees. In October of 2006, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. In 2007, he resigned with the Yankees organization, but he didn’t play with the team at the MLB level. 


1983- Former Yankees Pitcher Lance Pendleton (2011) was born.


The Yankees in the 4th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Lance Pendleton. He was the 2nd pitcher taken by the Yankees that year, following J. Brent Cox. Lance had a 3.93 ERA as a college freshman, walking 19 in 18 1/3 IP. In his sophomore year, he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 3 2/3 IP, he was 1-0. He pitched in the 2004 College World Series with Rice University. He was 5-3 with 2 saves and a 3.69 ERA his junior year. He made his pro debut with the Class A 2005 Staten Island Yankees, going 1-0, 2.33 ERA in 9 games. He then underwent surgery on his right elbow and missed the entire 2006 season. Starting back at square one, he made 8 appearances with the 2007 GCL Yankees, the lowest rung in the Yankees' Minor League ladder, before being assigned to the Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) in 2008.  With Charleston, he was 7-9, 3.52 ERA in 28 games, while striking out 119 batters in 128 innings. He had a very good 2009 season split between the Tampa Yankees (FSL) and Trenton Thunder (EL); in 28 games (26 starts), he was 12-8 with a 3.14 ERA in 149 innings, striking out 130 batters, the highest total in the Yankees organization that year. He made the end-of-season Florida State League All-Star team. Pendleton continued to stake his place as one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects in 2010, reaching AAA on the strength of a combined 12-5 record and a 3.61 ERA between Trenton (EL) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). He struck out 111 batters while allowing only 95 hits at Trenton before his promotion to AAA. He tied Hector Noesi for the most starts (27) by a Yankee farmhand; Lance was 2 wins shy of Noesi, the leader. Pendleton finished 5th in the Eastern League in ERA.  He started the 2011 season at AAA, where his 1st 2 appearances were in long relief. The Houston native had given up only 1 run in 5 2/3 innings when the Yankees gave him the call to "The Show". In his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on April 15, 2011, Pendleton pitched 3 perfect innings in relief of Starter Ivan Nova against the Rangers; he had been called up from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL) earlier in the day when Phil Hughes was placed on the DL. In all he  had pitched 11 games for the Yankees, with a good 3.21 ERA; but he had more walks than strikeouts. The Yankees placed him on waivers in September in order to add some other prospects to their MLB roster and the Astros claimed him once again. He made 4 appearances for his hometown team, but he gave up 9 runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. After the 2011 AL season, he became an MLB Free Agent. On April 18, 2012, Lance was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Rays.


1985- Former Yankees Reliever Anthony Swarzak (2016) was born.


Anthony Swarzak was selected by the Twins in the 2nd round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Swarzak made his MLB Pitching debut with the Twins in 2009, when he went 3-7, 6.25 ERA in 12 starts. He then spent all of 2010 season in the Minor Leagues before coming back as a swingman in 2011. That season, he was 4-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 27 games; including 11 starts, while pitching 102 innings. His ability to pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen and give the team the occasional start came in handy again the next season, 2012, when he made 5 starts in 44 appearances and ended up with a 3-6 record with a 5.03 ERA, while logging 96 2/3 innings. He was strictly used as a long reliever in 2013, he had his best year thus far, finishing with a 3-2 record with a 2.91 ERA, while logging 96 innings in relief, one of the highest totals in the MLB. He was back in the same role in 2014, he made his 1st 30 appearances out of the bullpen before being called upon for an emergency start against the Indians on July 23rd when Kyle Gibson was scratched because of stiffness in his lower back. In spite of working with a low pitch count limit, he pitched 5 excellent innings, allowing a single run on 2 hits, to earn a 3-1 win in his 1st MLB start in a year-and-a-half. In 2015, he pitched in the Indians organization, who will release him at the end of the season. In January of 2016, the Yankees signed Anthony as an MLB Free Agent. He went 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games for AAA Scranton. The Yankees used him in their 2016 bullpen. He finished the 2016 AL season with the team with a 1-2 record with a 5.52 ERA in 26 games. In October of 2016, the Angels claimed him on waivers from the Yankees.


1985- Former Yankees INF/OF Neil Walker (2018) was born.


In 2004, he was selected by the Pirates in the 1st round, with the 11th overall pick, with taking the local kid perhaps a key element as well in their decision-making process. In the minors, the Bucs converted him from a catcher into an infielder. He played the infield with the Pirates from 2010 to 2015. On December 9, 2015, he was traded by the team to the Mets in return for P Jonathon Niese. On August 12, 2017, he was traded by the Mets to the  Brewers in return for a Player to be Named Later. He had played 38 games for Brewers, hitting .267 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. After the 2017 season was finished the Brewers granted him MLB Free Agency. On March 12, 2018, he signed a 1-year deal with the Yankees for $5 million, after having waited all winter for a long-term MLB contract that never materialized. The Yankees had gone into spring training camp with 2 raw rookies penciled in to start at 2B and 3B, but with a team otherwise expected to contend for a World Series title, they decided to hedge their bets by bringing on board a couple of veterans, who could start if required, 1st Brandon Drury and now Walker. Walker stayed with the team, while Dury was traded to the Blue Jays. Neil has played in the OF/INF for the 2018 Yankees, while hitting .219 with 11 HRs and 46 RBIs in 113 games. After the season had ended, Walker was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees; he would be signed by the Marlins for 2019 NL season.


1989- Five days after hitting a HR for the Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in his NFL Player debut with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders hit .234 in 14 games for New York this year in his 1st attempt at playing 2 sports professionally.


1999-The Red Sox trip the Yankees by the score of 3-1, as Starter Pedro Martinez hurls an impressive 1-hitter for his 21st victory of the 1999 AL season. Martinez strikes out 17 Yankee batters, the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game. DH Chili Davis' 2nd inning HR is Bronx Bombers only score. Chuck Knoblauch leading off the game gave the Yankees their only other base runner; he was caught stealing, so Martinez faces just 1 batter over the minimum of 27 batters.


2010- The Yankees and the Rangers set a MLB record by using a combined 19 pitchers in 13-inning game, won 6-5 by the Rangers in Arlington. Scott Feldman, normally a Starter, records the win by pitching a scoreless 13th inning as the 11th hurler used by Texas, which itself ties a MLB record. The Rangers win the game when Nelson Cruz leads off the bottom of the 13th inning with a HR off of Yankees Reliever Chad Gaudin.


2011- Angels Starter Dan Haren pitches a 4-hit shutout denying Yankees Ace CC Sabathia his bid for his 20th win of the 2011 MLB season, as the Angels blank the Yankees by the score of 6-0. The win moves the Halos to within 1 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Rangers. The Angels score their last 5 runs off of Yankee Rookie Pitchers Hector Noesi and George Kontos, after Sabathia departs after 6 innings of work, trailing 1-0. Veteran All Star Catcher Jorge Posada is pressed into service behind the plate for the 1st time this season for the Yankees after Catcher Russell Martin leaves the game with a bruised thumb in the 2nd inning.


September 11th


1905- The Highlanders sell workhorse P Jack Powell (8-13) to the St. Louis Browns. Powell had posted a 23-19 record with a 2.44 ERA in 47 games in 1904, while pitching 390 1/3 innings. He was 8-13 in 36 games for the 1905 team before the trade was made. With the 1905 Browns, Powell will go 2-1 in 3 games.


1911- The Red Sox claim on waivers on veteran Yankees P Happy Jack Chesbro (0-4). He will pitch 1 game for Boston going 0-1. He will retire from the MLB at the end of the 1911 AL season.


1912- At Sportsman Park in St. Louis, veteran Browns Starter Jack Powell leaves after 7 innings, losing 3-0 to his former team the Yankees. Reliever George Baumgartner gives up 2 more runs in the 8th inning, but the Browns score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to cut the losing margin to 5-4. The New York Times reports the loss to Baumgartner, who pitched poorly.


1923- After Yankees leadoff hitter Whitey Witt reaches 1B on a controversial infield hit that is ruled a single. Red Sox Starter Howard Ehmke retires the next 27 Yankee batters that he faces for a 3-0 win, his 20th of the 1923 AL season. The Yankees crowd exhorts the scorer Fred Lieb to reverse his call on the hard grounder that 3B Howard Shanks booted, but the 1 hit stood. Ehmke has now given up just 1 hit in his last 2 games.


1926- Bronx OF Bob Meusel ties an MLB record for sacrifice flies in 1 game; when he hits 3 during a 6-4 Yankees win at Cleveland. In the same game, Yankees Shortstop Mark Koenig handles 16 chances without an error, 1 short of the record set by the Browns Shortstop Bob Wallace in 1902.


1927- After losing 21 games in a row to the Yankees, the St. Louis Browns win their last meeting of the 1927 AL season winning the game by the score of 6-2 behind Starter Milt Gaston's 5-hitter. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series. One NL team, the 1909 Chicago Cubs, went 21-1 against the Boston Braves.


1928- In the Yankees 5-3 win at the Stadium, veteran Ty Cobb makes his last appearance as an MLB batter, popping out against Yankees hurler Hank Johnson to Shortstop Mark Koenig as a Pinch-Hitter in the 9th inning. Babe Ruth's 2-run HR clout off of A’s Starter Lefty Grove in the 8th inning, seals the win for the Yankees. Also, the Yankees seal the fate of  Philadelphia A's with their 4th straight win over the Quakers, leaving them in 2nd place in the AL, 2 1/2 games back.


1932- With their 100th victory of the 1932 AL season, the Yankees clinched the 1932 AL pennant with veteran Starter George Pipgras beating the Indians at Cleveland Stadium by the score of 8-3. The Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy, who had captured a NL flag with the 1929 Chicago Cubs, he becomes the 1st MLB manager to win pennants in both major leagues. 


1936- Former Yankees OF Braggo Roth (1921) passed away. (1892-1936)


On December 31,1920, OF Braggo Roth was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Duffy Lewis and P George Mogridge. In his final MLB playing season, he had appeared in 43 games for the 1921 Yankees, while hitting .283 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs. His Brother Frank Roth was the Yankees MLB pitching Coach that season.


1940-In a doubleheader with the Tribe, the Yankees' 1st-game win at Cleveland puts them in 1st place, the only time they reach that spot during the 1940 AL season. A 2nd game loss drops them out of 1st place. The 1940 Yankees will finish the AL season in 3rd place with an 88-66 record, 2 games behind the 1st place Tigers and 1 game behind the 2nd place Indians.


1949-  The Senators face the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in Game #1 of a doubleheader showcasing the wildest pitching staffs in the AL. Nats hurlers in the game walking Yankees batters 17 times, as the Bombers win the game by the score 20-5.


1950- The Yankees move back in 1st place with a twin bill win over the Senators by scores of 5-1 and 6-2. Yankee Rookie’s Starter Whitey Ford and OF Jackie Jensen lead the way in the Opener as Whitey wins his 6th straight game. Rookie OF Jackie Jensen has 3 hits including his 1st MLB career HR. Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat wins his 16th game of the 1950 AL season in the 2nd game.


1955- Red Sox OF Ted Williams collects his 2,000th MLB career hit in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees


1955- In a move to shore up their bullpen pitching down the 1955 AL pennant stretch; the Yankees buy Relief Pitcher Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price. He went 0-0 in 3 games (1955-1956) before being sent to the White Sox on waivers during the 1956 AL season.


1956- Yankees Yogi Berra ties the MLB career record for HRs by a Catcher in the Yankees' 9-5 victory over the A’s. His 236thHR and the Yankees' 177th HR of the 1956 AL season to tie him with Cubs HOF Great Gabby Hartnett.


1958- Former Yankees Catcher Don “Sluggo” Slaught (1988-1989) was born.


On November 2,1987, Catcher Don Slaught was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would send P Brad Arnsberg on November 10,1987 to the Rangers to complete the trade. Don hit .266 with 14 HRs and 81 RBIs in 214 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Pirates for 2 hurlers: Jeff Robinson and Willie Smith.


1958- Former Yankees Minor League P Scott Patterson was born.


On April 23,1982, the Yankees received Minor League P Scott Patterson from the Braves for veteran 1B Bob Watson. Scott never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues until 1986. He had been with the Braves AAA team at Richmond (IL), the Yankees would assign him to their AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL).


1960- The Yankees sweep the Indians in a double-header by scores of 5-0 and 3-2. In the 1st game, Yankee Starter Ralph Terry throws a complete game, a 5-0 shutout. Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 38th HR of the 1960 AL season. Hector Lopez hits a triple and HR. In the 2nd game, Mickey Mantle’s HR in the 11th inning giving the Yankees a 3-2 victory. Eli Grba is the winner, while Yankees Closer Ryne Duren picks up his 8th save of the 1960 AL season.


1963- At Muncipal Stadium in Kansas City, Yankees Starter Whitey Ford beats A's by the score of 8-2, as Mickey Mantle's HR in the 1st inning provides all the scoring Whitey needs. Mantle is 3-for-4 at the plate for the Yankees, while collecting 4 RBIs in the game.


1966- Rookie 1B John Miller becomes the 1st Yankee player to ever hit a HR in his 1st MLB at bat. He contributes 2-runs in a 4-2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It will be Miller's only HR in Yankee pinstripes, but as a Dodger in 1969, he will hit a HR in his last MLB career at-bat.


1978- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike Gazella (1923-1928) passed away. (1895-1978). 


Mike Gazella appeared in 160 games as a Reserve Infielder for the 1923-1928 Yankees, while hitting .241 with No HRs and 33 RBIs. He appeared in 1 game of 1926 World Series against the Cardinals with no hits.  After leaving the Yankees in 1928, He would play in the Class AA Pacific Coast League for several seasons. Mike play in the Minor Leagues until 1939. From 1935-1939, he was a Player-Manager for several teams. 


1980- Former Yankees Pitcher Matt DeSalvo (2007) was born.


Matt DeSalvo was one of the greatest pitchers in NCAA Division III history. He debuted in the MLB in 2007. Matt graduated college with a degree in Environmental Science, but he went undrafted. He had a dazzling 5-year career in NCAA Division III(he was red-shirted 1 year) and set NCAA Division III records for career wins (53) and strikeouts (603). As a Senior in 2003, he went 13-2 with 1 save with a 1.31 ERA and led the Division with 157 strikeouts in 96 IP, allowing only 46 hits. He was an ABCA All-American for the 3rd time, won the ABCA Player of the Year Award for Division III and was picked as the Baseball America Small College Player of the Year and as a Small College All-American. Matt DeSalvo was signed by Yankees Scout Mike Gibbons as an undrafted free agent in May 2003. At the time, DeSalvo was still working on a circle change, which would later be cited as his best pitch. The 1st time he had thrown it was in a Division III College World Series game - he hit the batter. He would be the 2nd ABCA Player of the Year from Division III to make the majors, following Eric Owens. DeSalvo began his pro career with the Class A short season Staten Island Yankees (3-3, 1.84 ERA, 52 K in 49 IP) before he was promoted to the Class A Battle Creek Yankees (2-0, 0.82 ERA). Had he qualified (he was 12 innings shy), he would have led the New York-Penn League in ERA, beating out Yoann Torrealba's 2.04. Matt started 2004 season on an exceptional note, with a 6-3 record, 1.43 ERA for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) In 75 1/3 IP, he allowed only 48 hits (a .176 BA) and fanned 80 batters, while walking 30. He move up to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). Matt struggled with a 2-2, record with 6.59 ERA. In 2005, DeSalvo was named the Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year, beating out top prospect Philip Hughesamong others. He was 9-5 with a 3.02 ERA for AA Trenton, allowing a .202 average and striking out 151 batters in 149 IP. He finished 3rd in the Eastern League in ERA, trailing Jon Lester and Yusmeiro Petit. He failed to make the EL All-Star team as Joel Zumaya was selected as the top right-handed starter. DeSalvo had a rough 2006 season. He was dropped from the Yankees 40-man roster due to a personal issue that plagued him all year - it is unknown what it was, but it was known not to involve a woman, substance problems or health. He led Yankee farmhands with 93 walks as he posted a 6-10 record with a 6.40 ERA. With the Class AA Trenton Thunder, he was 5-4 with a 5.77 ERA and 59 BB in 78 IP. Then he pitched for the AAA Columbus Clippers, DeSalvo went 1-6 with a 7.68 ERA,  while walking 34  batters and allowing a .303 average in 38 2/3 IP. He was 3rd in the affiliated Minors in walks. He rediscovered the joy of baseball while playing whiffle ball with old friends in the off-season after 2006. The Yankees waived Matt that season, but no one had claimed him. DeSalvo went 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA to begin 2007 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, allowing 15 hits in 25 2/3 IP. With the 2007 Yankees struggling for help, he was called up to replace a struggling pitcher Kei Igawa. He made his MLB Pitching debut by starting a May 7th game against the Mariners, giving up just 3 hits in 7 innings. He went 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA in 6 games for the 2007 Yankees before being sent back down. He helped the Yankees become the 1st team in MLB history to use 10 starters in the 1st 30 games of the season, joining Kei Igawa, Chase Wright, Hughes, Andy Pettitte, Darrell Rasner, Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and Jeff Karstens. On December 12, 2007, the Yankees granted Matt MLB Free Agency. 


1983- Former Yankees OF Jacob Ellsbury (2014-2019) was born.


Jacob Ellsbury was selected in the 1st round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Red Sox. He would play for the Red Sox from 2007 to 2013, appearing in 715 games, while hitting .297 with 65 HRs and 314 RBIs. He would leave the Red Sox for MLB Free Agency. On December 7, 2013, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees to a 7-year 153-million-dollar deal. He would only play in 520 games for the team, due to various injuries, costing him 2 seasons of playing time. He finished out his Yankees playing career with a .264 BA with 39 HRs and 198 RBIs. On November 20, 2019, he was released by the team.


1985- The Brewers beat the Yankees by a score of 4-3 to end the Yankees' winning streak at 11 games. The Yankees, now trail the 1st-place Blue Jays by 2 1/2 games in the AL East Division race.


1987- Former Yankees Reserve INF Brandon Laird (2011) was born.


The brother of Gerald Laird, 3B Brandon Laird was selected by the Yankees in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, hitting .339 with 8 HRs and 29 RBIs in 45 games, making the Gulf Coast League All-Star team. He was 5th in the GCL in BA, he was only 40 points behind slugging leader Michael Burgess. In the 2003 World Youth Championship, Brandon batted .323 with 7 runs as a 3B-OF for the USA Team as they won Gold. Laird hit .208 for the USA in the 2004 World Junior Championship as the starting 2B,forming a middle infield combo with Justin Upton. Brandon made his MLB player debut at 3B for the Yankees on July 22, 2011, taking over for Shortstop Derek Jeter, while 3B Eduardo Nunez moved to Shortstop. He walked in his 1st plate MLB appearance, then he got a hit, drove in a run and scored 1 in a 17-7 Yankee win over the A’s. On September 1, 2012, Brandon was selected off waivers by the Astros from the Yankees. He has been playing pro baseball with the Chiba Lotte Marines (JPPL).


1988- The Yankees edge the Tigers by the score of 5-4 in 18 innings. Yankees Reliever Steve Shields gets the win in relief. Yankees OF Rickey Henderson ties a 1948 AL record for extra innings with 12 putouts in LF.


1989- Former Yankees Minor League P Nik Turley was born.


Nik Turley had pitched in the Yankees system from 2008 through the 2014 season. He is a distant relative to former Yankees 1950’s hurler Bob Turley. He was taken by the club as the 3rd-to-last pick of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He turned down a scholarship to Brigham Young University. He was signed by MLB Scout Stewart Smothers. Turley pitched for the 2008 GCL Yankees, going 2-1 with a 1.12 ERA in 4 games (1 start). He also had 13 strikeouts in 8 innings. In 2009, he was 2-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for the 2009 GCL Yankees. On August 282009, he pitched the 1st part of a rain-shortened 8-inning no-hitter against the GCL Blue Jays. He was relieved by hurler Manny Barreda in the 7th, having allowed only 1 walk and 1 hit batsman. In 2010, he was 4-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) split between the GCL squad (0-2, 7 R, 1 ER in 10 2/3 IP) and the Class A Staten Island Yankees (4-4, 4.38 ERA). In 2011, he was 4-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 17 starts split between the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) (4-6, 2.51 ERA) and Class A Tampa Yankees  (FSL)(8 R in 7 1/3 IP). Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the Yankees chain as he walked 22 batters in 89 2/3 IP. He was a FSL All-Star in 2012, after going 9-5 with 116 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA in 23 games (21 starts; 112 IP) for Tampa. He also started a game for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) that season, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. He had led the FSL in ERA; also, he tied for 8th in wins and was 4th in whiffs. Baseball America put him down as the #18 prospect in the loop, between Slade Heathcott and Wilmer Flores and as the Yankees' 14th-best prospect. Among Yankee farmhands, he had finished 2nd to Vidal Nuno in ERA, tied Nuno for 4th in wins. Nik was 5th in strikeouts (between Brett Marshall and Adam Warren). In 2013, he was 11-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for AA Trenton Thunder (EL).  He also got his 1st taste of AAA action, making a start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) while allowing only 1 run in 6 innings. He tied Scottie Allen for 2nd in wins and the franchise's minor leaguers, 1 behind Shane Greene. Nik was also 2nd with 141 whiffs (5 behind Rafael De Paula). Nik led the EL with 16 hit batsmen, was 2nd with 73 walks, he was 5th in strikeouts and led with 6 balks. After spending the 2014 season with AAA Scranton, posting a 5-3 record, Nik was released by the Yankees organization. He has appeared in the MLB briefly with the 2017 Twins and the 2020 Pirates, posting a 0-5 record with a 7.78 ERA and 1 save in 35 games. For the 2021 season, Nik is pitching in the White Sox Minor League system. 


1990- The Yankees beat the Rangers by a score of 5-4 to snap Texas Starter Bobby Witt's personal 12-game winning streak. The Yankees score 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Yankees Closer Dave Righetti saves his 31stgame of the 1990 AL season.


1995- At Jacobs Field in Cleveland, the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians with no assists. Bronx Starter ‘Black” Jack McDowell allows 4 hits, walks 4 and strikes out 8 Tribe batters in the 9 innings of work as the Yankees register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. “Black Jack” retires the side in the 9th inning on 3 pitches. The outfield makes 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the MLB in a Mets-Phillies game on June 25,1989, the only time in the NL.


2001-In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City's World Trade Center, Flight 93 and the Pentagon Building in Washington, D.C., MLB cancels all games for security reasons and for the deep mourning for all the lives that have been lost. Yankee Stadium is evacuated as a precautionary measure. MLB Games will not resume regular play until Monday September 17th.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, in a 50-minute pre-game ceremony, Yankees HOF legends Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor of the heroes and victims of horrific events of a year ago. The Orioles wear 5-sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings, before Yankees Nick Johnson ends the game with an RBI single. The Yankees win the game by the score of 5-4, despite striking out 14 times. Bronx Starter Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8th inning, when he goes to his mouth on a 3-2 count while standing on the mound. It was the 1st walk in 6 full games (65 innings) by a Yankees Pitcher, the longest streak since WWII, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Yankees Reliever Steve Karsay, later hands out another walk.


2013- Yankees Manager Joe Girardi wins his 557th game as a Manager of the team, passing former Yankees Manager Billy Martin for 6th place on the team’s all-time list.


2014- Rays Starter Alex Cobb makes a bid for a no-hitter against the Yankees, keeping them hitless until Chris Youngdoubles with 1 out and Bombers trailing 4-0 in the 8th. Pinch-Hitter Martin Prado follows with a Pinch-Hit HR off of Rays Reliever Brad Boxberger that cuts the lead in half. Not content with having spoiled Cobb's big night, Young then hits a walk-off3-run HR off of Rays Reliever Jake McGee in the 9th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 win.


2017- In a game moved from Tropicana Field to Citi Field in Queens, NY because of Hurricane Irma, Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury breaks Pete Rose's career mark for reaching base on Catcher's Interference. It is the 30th time that Ellsbury has managed the otherwise rare manner of making it to 1st base. The Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1 over the Rays thanks to a 3-run HR  hit by Todd Frazier.


 


 

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