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This Week in Yankees History October 17th-23rd Part One

October 17th

1908- Former Yankees 3B, MLB Coach and MLB Manager (1949-1952) Robert “Red” Rolfe (1931,1934-1942) was born. (1908-1969). 

Red Rolfe was a college baseball player, who had played at Dartmouth College from 1928 to 1931. On June 25,1931, Red signed with New York and attained his dream: “Ed Barrow outbid his rivals and landed Rolfe for a $6,000 dollar signing bonus, a fairly hefty amateur bonus at the time.” He came up to the 1931 Yankees for 1 game at shortstop. Then he played in the Minor Leagues from 1931-1933. In 1933, he won the International League MVP Award, while playing for the AA Newark Bears. Then in 1934, he played two-thirds of his games at shortstop, but from 1935, on he was chiefly a 3B for Manager Joe McCarthy’s starting infield. In 1935, he would hit .300 in 149 games. He would hold down the 3B position through the 1942 AL season. Red Rolfe finished his 10-year Yankees playing career by hitting .289 with 69 HRs and 497 RBIs in 1,175 games. He led the AL 3B in fielding (1935-1936). He led the AL in hits (139) and runs (213) in 1939, posting his highest MLB season BA of .329. Red was named to AL All-Star team 4 times as a Yankees player. During his Bronx playing career, Red had suffered from Colitis health issues, which led to his MLB retirement in 1942. Rolfe had appeared in 6 World Series with the Yankees, playing in 28 games; while hitting .284 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. After his MLB playing career had ended, Rolfe had coached Baseball and Basketball at Yale Univ. from 1943 to 1946. In 1946, he was a Yankees MLB Coach.  Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy thought that Red would become an MLB Manager, possibility replacing him, when he decided to retire as the team’s manager. New Yankees Team management in 1945, changed that idea with Joe McCarthy leaving the team in during the 1946 season. In August of 1947, Red left the Yankees organization in August of 1947 to join the Tigers organization to become their Chief MLB Scout. Then he was Farm Director of the Tigers in 1948, then he was the Tigers Manager from 1949 to 1952. Red finishing with an overall AL Manager record of 278-256 with a WP of .521 in 539 MLB games. His best season as an MLB Manager was in 1950, when he finished in 2nd place with the Tigers to the 1st place Yankees (with a 95-59 mark.)  He was named the 1950 AL Manager of the Year. Also, he was a coached the Toronto Huskies Pro Basketball team in the NBL in 1946, a predecessor of the NBA. From 1954 to 1967, Rolfe was the Athletic Director at Dartmouth College. In 1967, Red retired due to his health issues. One of the divisions of the Ivy League Baseball League is named the Rolfe Division in his honor. The other is the Gehrig Division, named after Lou Gehrig, who went to Columbia; he was Red's teammate with the Yankees (1931-1939). As part of 100th MLB anniversary, the Yankees conducted a fan survey in 1969, to determine their “all-time” greatest team; Red Rolfe was voted the 3rd baseman.

1926- "Ruth, by Losing 36 Baseballs, Breaks Up Game in Montreal." The barnstorming Babe Ruth and his buddy Pitcher Urban Shocker are the Yankee ringers infiltrating this exhibition bout north of the border. The Associated Press reports: "Babe Ruth stopped a perfectly good ball game here today when, knocking 36 balls out of the grounds, he forced the game to be called shortly after the start of the 9th inning because the management had no more spheres. Ruth enjoyed a Roman holiday to the delight of 3,000 fans, who braved a chilling wind to see the home-run hero's mighty bat give Guybourg, a 4-3 victory over Beaurivage. Ruth's performance included 2 HRs. He also played shortstop, 1st base, pitched and umpired."

1929- The Yankees sell veteran OF “Long Bob” Meusel to Reds for Cash. He had hit .261 with 10 HRs with 57 RBIs in 100 games for the  2nd place 1929 Yankees. Bob had a .311 lifetime BA with 146 HRs with 1,005 RBIs for the 1920-1929 Yankees. He had 7 seasons with the team hitting .300 or better. Meusel had appeared with the Yankees 6 World Series. In 1925, he led the AL in HRs with 33 and in RBIs with 133. He led the team in stolen bases 5 times; finishing his Yankees playing career with 131 stolen bases. Besides being a good hitter, he had a strong throwing arm in the outfield. He would finish out his MLB playing career with the 1930 Reds, while hitting .289 with 10 HRs and 62 RBIs in 113 games. When the 1930 NL season had ended, Bob would retire from the MLB. His older brother, Irish Meusel had played the Outfield for the 1921-1926 Giants. They had faced each other in 3 World Series (1921-1923.)

1929- The Yankees had signed former long-time Starter and MLB Pitching Coach Bob Shawkey as their  Manager for the 1930 AL season. Yankees Interim Manager Art Fletcher, who finished the 1929 AL season with 6-5 record after Manager Miller Huggins illness and his death on September 25,1929 returns to Yankees MLB Coaching Staff; he will remain a Yankees MLB Coach until 1945; when he leaves the team due to serious heart problems. The Yankees GM Ed Barrow has already begun to reshape the 1930 Yankees by announcing the sale of veteran OF Bob Meusel to the Reds. He will continue his veteran player changes through the 1930 AL season, with many of the Yankee veterans being traded away, as the team began to bring in younger players.

 1961- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Dan Pasqua (1985-1987) was born.

On June 7,1982, OF/1B Dan Pasqua was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Dan’s best season with the Yankees was in 1986, hitting .283 with 16 HRs and 45 RBIs. He never reached that mark again in the MLB. On November 12,1987, Dan was traded by the Yankees along with P Steve Rosenberg and C Mark Salas to the White Sox for 2 hurlers: Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen. As a Yankees player, Dan had appeared in 275 games, while hitting .251 with 42 HRs and 112 RBIs. He will play for the White Sox from 1988-1994. Overall, as an MLB player, he played in 905 games, while hitting .244 with 117 HRs and 390 RBIs.

1976- On a cold Sunday night at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, a crowd of 54,816 fans watching the Reds gang up on Yankees veteran Starter Catfish Hunter for 3 runs, but the Yankees battle back to tie it up at 3-3. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Yankees Shortstop Fred Stanley throws Ken Griffey's easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Reds to win Game 2 of the 1976 World Series by the score of 4-3.

1978- At Dodger Stadium, a crowd of 55,985 fans watched the Yankees win their 4th straight game by the score of 7-2 to clinch their 2nd consecutive World Championship over the Dodgers. Yankees Infielders Brian Doyle and Shortstop Bucky Dent have 3 hits apiece. Yankees Shortstop Bucky Dent would be named 1978 World Series MVP.  Bronx veteran Starter Catfish Hunter gets his final World Series career win with relief help from Closer Rich Gossage. Dodgers Starter Don Sutton takes the loss, finishing the 1978 World Series with a 0-2 record.

1985- Former Yankees Player and MLB Coach Lou Piniella is named the 1986 Manager of the Yankees replacing veteran Manager Billy Martin, who had piloted the 1985 Yankees to 2nd place finishing with a 91-54 record in the AL East. Lou will guide the 1986 Yankees to a 90-72 record for 2nd place finish in the AL East.

1993- Former Yankees Reliever Brody Koerner (2021) was born.

On June 10, 2015, P Brody Koerner was drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On August 3, 2021, the Yankees called him up to the Bronx, when the team was hit with pitching staff injuries. He worked out of the Yankees bullpen. In 2021, he was pitching at AAA Scranton for his 2nd season at that level. He had posted a 3-3 record with a 2.95 ERA in 16 games. Brody did not pitch in 2020 due to the COVIDS-19 shutting down the 2020 Minor League season. In 2019, he was with AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 4-6 record with a 5.63 ERA in 21 games. He had started the season with AA Trenton Thunder (EL), while posting a 0-2 record with a 2.36 ERA in 6 games. On August 3,2021, Brody Koerner was 1 of 3 pitchers to make their MLB Pitching debuts for the Yankees against the Orioles. The Yankees had to make some emergency call-ups, when that day's scheduled starter, Gerrit Cole, and a number of mounds-mates were placed on the COVID-19 List. Luis Gil made the start for Bronx Bombers, and after 6 scoreless innings; was followed by Stephen Ridings, who added a scoreless frames. Brody, the oldest and most experienced of the trio, handled the final 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk as the Yankees registered an easy 13-1 win over the Birds. All 3 had been pitching for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, until that time. He would appear in 2 games for the 2021 Yankees, with no decisions with 3.00 ERA. On October 13, 2021, Brody was granted MLB Free agency by the Yankees.

2000- In a come-from-behind victory by the score of 9-7 over the Mariners, Bronx Slugger David Justice propels the Yankees with a 3-run HR to their record 37th AL Pennant setting up the for the 1st time in 44 years a Subway Series (Yankees vs. Mets) in New York City. The last NYC Subway Series that was played was in 1956, in a World Series featuring the Yankees facing the Dodgers.

2003- Early editions of the New York Post include an editorial claiming the Yankees lose to the Red Sox, that the team couldn't get the job done in Game 7 of the ALCS. Although the Yankees did trail the Red Sox, the team rallies to beat their archrivals in 11 innings by the score of 6-5.

2009- The Yankees take a 2-0 lead over the Angels in the 2009 ALCS by winning a 13-inning marathon by the score of 4-3 at New Yankee Stadium. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez HRs off of Angels Reliever Brian Fuentes in the bottom of the 11th inning to tie the game and the winning run scores, when INF Maicer Izturis throws the ball away, while trying to start an inning-ending double play, allowing Yankees base runner Jerry Hairston to score the winning-run from 2nd base.

2017-  At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 48,804 fans watched the Yankees even the 2017 ALCS with a 6-4 win over the Astros in Game 4. The Astros head into the bottom of the 7th inning leading the Yankees by the score of 4-0, thanks in part to a bases-clearing double by Yuli Gurriel, but Bronx Slugger Aaron Judge gets the Yankees on the scoreboard with a huge HR, then adds a run-scoring double that ties the game in a 4-run 8th inning during which the Bronx Bombers bats around against 3 Houston relievers. Bronx Bomber Catcher Gary Sanchez drives in 3 runs for the Yankees. Yankees Starter Sonny Gray starts the game, but Reliever Chad Green picks-up the win, while Bronx Closer Chapman picks-up the save closing out the Astros batters in the 9th.

2019- The Astros take a 3 games to 1 lead in the 2019 ALCS by defeating the Yankees by the score of 8-3 at Yankee Stadium in Game 4, following a 1-day rain postponement. Astros hitters George Springer and Carlos Correa deliver the key blows, each hitting a 3-run HR, while Yankees Catcher Gary Sanchez replies with a 2-run HR shot for the Bronx Bombers.

October 18th

1901- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Executive Parke Carroll was born. (1901-1961)

Parke Carroll was a front-office baseball executive in Minor Leagues and MLB, who was perhaps best known, in baseball circles for his 2-year stint as the General Manager of the 1959-1960 Kansas City A’s. During those 2 years, he engineered a few trades that sent key players to the Yankees, but his most notable deal came on December 11,1959, in which Carroll sent OF Roger Maris to the Yankees along with 2 other players for P Don Larsen (author of a 1956 World Series Perfect Game), Reserve1B/OF Marv Throneberry, MLB Outfielders Hank Bauer and Norm Siebern. First, he had tried to trade RF Roger Maris to the Pirates for Shortstop Richard Goat, but the Bucs Manager Danny Murtaugh nixed the trade. With the aid of the short RF Porch in Yankee Stadium, Maris set a single-season MLB HR record with 61 HRs in 1961 in just 2-seasons after leaving the A's. Only Norm Siebern would pay dividends for the A's however, as he was their regular 1B from 1960-1963. Pat Carroll did pickup 2 good young players from the Yankees during the 1959 AL season, INF Jerry Lumpe and OF Russ Snyder, who did help the A’s before they were traded away by the team in the early 1960’s. Carroll's dealings with the Yankees were controversial because the A’s, under Team Owner Arnold Johnson, sent many top players to New York in apparently 1-sided trades during the mid-to late-1950s. Johnson and the Team's Director of Player Personnel, George Selkirkhad previously traded quality players such as veteran hurler Bobby Shantz, Bonus Baby Rookie INF Clete Boyer, Veteran MLB OF/1B Harry "Suitcase" Simpson and Minor League Reliever Ryne Duren to the Yankees. Also, Johnson had business ties with Yankees Co-Team Owner Del Webb; he had owned Yankee Stadium in the Bronx prior to purchasing the A’s in the winter of 1954 from the Connie Mack family. All these factors led to charges from fans, Sportswriters and other MLB teams that Johnson and Carroll ran the team as a Yankees farm team at the MLB level. Actually, the A’s traded away many of the former Yankee good players that they had acquired like INF Billy Martin, Reliever Tom Morgan, 1B/OF Vic Power and INF/OF Woody Held to other AL teams; that the Yankees didn’t trade with especially the Indians and Tigers. Carroll came to the A’s directly after working in the Yankees organization as Business Manager for the Bombers' 2 top AA  farm clubs: the Kansas City Blues (AA) and the Newark Bears (IL). A former Sportswriter who served as Sports Editor of the Kansas City Journal Post. Carroll entered baseball; when that newspaper ceased publication during World War II. He joined the team in their 1st season in Kansas City in 1955 as Vice President and Business Manager. After the end of the 1958 AL season, Parke was promoted to General Manager by A’s Team Owner Arnold Johnson. The A’s Owner previously had not handed the GM title to a specific Baseball Executive, preferring to divide the GM’s job responsibilities among himself, George Selkirk and Carroll. However, Johnson died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage during the A’s 1960 MLB Spring Training camp. His unexpected death forced the sale of the team to a Chicago Insurance Executive named Charlie Finley, who fired Carroll at the end of the 1960 AL season, replacing him with former MLB GM Frank "Trader" Lane. Ironically, only months later, on February 4,1961, Parke Carroll, also died suddenly of a heart attack at age 56 in Kansas City.

1903- Former Yankees Reserve INF George “Yats” Wuestling (1930) was born. (1903-1970)

On May 30,1930, Reserve INF George Wuestling was traded by the Tigers along with Pitcher Ownie Carroll and veteran OF Harry Rice to the Yankees for veteran P Waite Hoyt and INF Mark Koenig. George “Yats” Wuestling hit only .190 in 25 games with the 1930 Yankees. He would play in the Minor Leagues from 1931 to 1934, before retiring from baseball.

1914- Former Yankees Reserve OF Roy Cullenbine (1942) was born. (1914-1991)

On August 31,1942, switch-hitting OF Roy Cullenbine was selected off waivers for $7,500 Cash by the Yankees from theSenators. The Yankees had just lost OF Tommy Henrich to the Coast Guard for wartime service. He had appeared in 21 games for the 1942 Yankees, while hitting .364 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. The pennant-winning Yankees thought enough of him to put him 3rd in the batting lineup in all 5 games of the 1942 World Series against the Cardinals, batting him ahead of AL All-Star Slugger Joe DiMaggio. He hit .263 with 2 RBIs in the 1942 World Series. On December 17,1942, Roy was traded by the Yankees along with AL All-Star Catcher Buddy Rosar to the Indians for INF Oscar Grimes and OF Roy Weatherly.

1931- Former Yankees 3B Andy Carey (1952-1960) was born. (1931-2011)

Before the start of the 1950 AL season, the Yankees had signed Andy Carey as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had received a $60,000 Bonus from the team. Carey had played College baseball at St. Mary’s College in California. He reached the Yankees in 1952. Andy was a Reserve INF on the 1953 team. He became the Yankees regular 3B in 1954. Andy appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, his best one was in 1957, when he hit .286 against the Braves. Overall, he hit .175 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 16 Series games. His best Yankees regular season was in 1954, when he hit .302 with 8 HRs and 65 RBIs. In 1955, Andy married Hollywood Actress Lucy Marlow. In 1956 World Series, Andy made 1 of 2 Yankees defensive plays (CF Mickey Mantle was the other) in Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers. Andy did clash with Manager’s Casey Stengel platoon system of playing different infield positions, saying” I rather be a good 3B than average 2B”, hence Stengel never selected him for a spot of the AL All-Star teams that he managed during the 1950’s. Later part of his Yankee playing career, Andy was bothered by back and hand problems. During the 1959 AL season, the Yankees started using Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer at 3B over the veteran Carey, who had been dealing with several injuries at the time. On May 19,1960, Andy was traded by the Yankees to Kansas City for veteran OF Bob Cerv. Athletics would trade him to the White Sox during the 1961 AL season. The White Sox had tried to trade Andy to the Phillies during the 1962 MLB Spring training camp, but he refused to report to the team. Instead, he ended up going to the Dodgers instead. Andy would end his MLB playing career as a Reserve Infielder with the 1962 Dodgers, appearing in 53 games, while hitting .232 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs. Andy finished his MLB playing career with a lifetime .260 BA with 64 HRs and 350 RBIs in 938 games. His favorite hobby was photography. After retiring from the MLB, he went into the brokerage business in California.

1942- Former AL All-Star OF and Yankees MLB Coach (1985) Willie Horton was born.

Long time AL All-Star Tigers OF Willie Horton joined the 1985 Yankees MLB Coaching staff. Later, he was an MLB Coach for the 1986 White Sox.

1949- Former Yankees Reliever, MLB Player and Broadcaster Ed Farmer (1974) was born. (1949-2020)

On March 19,1974, Reliever Ed Farmer was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Tigers to the Yankees. The Yankees sent C/DH/1B Jerry Moses to the Tigers. While Detroit sent veteran Starter Jim Perry to the Indians. Then the Tribe sent P Richard Sawyer and OF Walt Williams to the Bronx. Ed’s stay in Yankees pinstripes was very short, just 2 days, never appearing in a game with the team. He had been assigned to AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) by the team, he refused to report to the club. On March 21,1974, the Phillies would purchase Ed from the Yankees. He pitched in the MLB with the Indians, Tigers, Yankees, Phillies (twice), Orioles, Brewers, Rangers, White Sox and finished his pitching career with the A’s. Ed had posted a 30-43 record with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves in 370 games.  He was on the 1980 AL All-Star team. Farmer was an MLB Scout in the Orioles organization between 1988-1990, also he briefly had a White Sox front office role. In 1991, Farmer took a part-time role on White Sox radio broadcasts, then he was a full-time color commentator from 1992 to 2005. He became well-known among fans by the nickname "Farmio". In 2006, he took over play-by-play from John Rooney, he served in that role through the 2019 AL season, with Broadcast partners; Chris Singleton (2006–2007), Steve Stone (2008) and Darrin Jackson (2009–2019). Farmer served a total of 29 seasons as a White Sox Broadcaster; 28 of them full-time and 14 giving play-by-play. On April 1, 2020, Ed Farmer died of kidney disease at the age of 70. His final broadcast had been a Cactus League game during White Sox MLB Spring Training camp in February 2020.

1952- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jerry Royster (1987) was born.

On August 26,1987, INF Jerry Royster was traded by the White Sox along with INF Mike Soper (Minors) to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and P Ken Patterson. On September 19, 1987, the Yankees would send Minor League P Jeff Priesto the White Sox to complete the trade. The Yankees would release INF Juan Bonilla to clear an MLB roster spot for Royster. Jerry would appear in 18 games for the 1987 Yankees as a Reserve INF, while hitting .357 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. On April 4,1988, Jerry was released by the Yankees. He would rejoin the Braves for his final MLB season. Jerry originally came up to the MLB with the 1973 Dodgers, then he was traded to the Braves during the winter of 1975, where he became a full-time player. Later, Royster played for the Padres before joining the White Sox.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve INF Steve Kiefer (1989) was born.

After leaving the Brewers organization as an MLB Free Agent, Reserve INF Steve Kiefer moved to the Yankees organization. He hit .276 for the 1989 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Steve was 1 for 8 with 5 strikeouts for the 1989 Yankees to conclude his MLB playing career.

1960- Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65, the New York Yankees Team Co-Owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieved veteran Yankees Manager Casey Stengel of his duties. He had posted a 1,149-696 managerial  record for the 1949-1960 Yankees, including winning 10 AL pennants and 7 World Championships. Casey turns the tables on the 2 Yankees Co-Team Owners at his retirement press conference, saying he was fired as their Manager because of his age.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Alan Mills (1990-1991) was born.

On June 22,1987, P Alan Mills was sent by the Angels to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal that was made on December 19,1986. The Angels had sent a Player to be Named Later and P Ron Romanick to the Yankees for C Butch Wynegar.  On June 22,1987,  the Angels would send P Alan Mills to the Yankees to complete the trade. Alan would post a 2-6 mark with a 4.19 ERA in 42 games for the Yankees. On February 29,1992, Alan was traded to the Orioles for Players to be Named Later. The Orioles would send the Yankees 2 Minor League Pitchers: Francisco De la Rosa (March 5,1992) and Mark Carper (June 8,1992) to complete the trade.

1977- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 56,407 fans watched Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson became known as "Mr. October" when he hits 3 consecutive HRs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. His 3-HRs shots came on the 1st pitch off of Dodger Pitchers; Starter Burt Hooton, Relievers Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough. Jackson led the Yankees to an 8-4 victory and the 1977 World Championship over the Dodgers. He drove in 5 runs and earning 1977 World Series MVP honors for his performance. Yankees Starter Mike Torrez pick-up a complete game victory, his 2nd of the Series, while Dodgers Starter Burt Hooton takes the loss.

1990- Former Yankees 1B Nick Etten (1943-1946) passed away. (1913-1990).

On January 22,1943, 1B Nick Etten was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for 2 Players: 1B Ed Levy and P Al Gettel along with $10,000 Cash. On March 26,1943, both players were returned to the Yankees by the Phillies. The Yankees would then send Minor League C Tom Padden and P Al Gerheauser on March 26,1943 to the Phillies to complete the trade. Nick would  hit .271, .293 and .285 for the 1943-1945 Wartime Yankees before fading in 1946 to a .232 mark. During the 1945 AL season, Nick was named to the AL All-Star team. Overall, as a Yankees player, Nick appeared in 568 games, while hitting .275 with 63 HRs and 358 RBIs. He appeared in 5 games for the Yankees in the 1943 World Series against the Cardinals, while hitting just .105 with only 2 RBIs. On April 14,1947, Nick was re-purchased by the Phillies from the Yankees. In May, the Phillies returned him to the Yankees, after he had appeared in only 14 games for the team. He spent the rest of the 1947 season splitting time between the 2 Yankees AA teams; the Newark Bears (IL) and the Oakland Oaks (PCL). He would continue to play in the Minor Leagues until 1950.

1997- Current Yankees Minor League 3B James Nelson was born.

On January 15, 2020, Yankees traded Reliever Stephen Tarpley to the Marlins for Minor League 3B Jam Nelson and Cash. Nelson has appeared in 328 games; while playing at the 2019 Class A level Jupiter Hammerheads (FSL) in the Marlins Minor League system, hitting .259 with 14 HRs and 147 RBIs. He didn’t play in 2020 season since the Minor Leagues were shut down due to the COVIDS outbreak. In 2021, he played for the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades hitting .246 with 6 HRs and 40 RBIs in 77 games.

2004- Former Yankees and MLB Scout Rip Tutor passed away. (1913-2004)

Rip Tutor was a long-time MLB Scout (1956-2004). Rip had scouted for the A’s, Yankees, Orioles (1968-1975), Mariners (1977-1989), Brewers (1990-1991), Angels (1993-? ) and the Braves. His signees included Greg Briley, Roy Clark, Wayne Garland, Erik Hanson, Pat Lennon, Ron Musselman, Donell Nixon and Jim Presley.

2004- After 5 hours, 49 minutes and 471 pitches, the Red Sox outlasts the Yankees, winning the game by a score of 5-4, in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Boston's DH David Ortiz, who is the 1st player history to hit 2 walk-off HRs in during the postseason, ends the longest game in ALCS series history at 1:22 a.m. with a 2-out single into center field scoring base runner Johnny Damon from 2nd base in the 14th inning at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, down 3 games to none at the start of the game, stage a remarkable 9th-inning comeback just to get to extra innings, when pinch-runner Dave Roberts steals 2nd base with Bronx Closer Mariano Rivera on the mound before scoring the tying run on Bill Mueller's single.

2007- Long-time Yankees Manager Joe Torre ends his 12-season Manager’s job with the team, when he turns down a new Manager contract offer with a pay cut made by Yankees front office. He finishes 2nd on the Yankees All-time Managers list with a 1,173-767 record with a WP .605 in 1,942 games (1996-2007). He won World Championships with the Yankees in 1996,1998-2000. He would join the Dodgers in 2008 as their MLB Manager. In September 2010, Joe retired as the Manager of the Dodgers. He would later work in the MLB Commissioner’s Office. In 2014, Joe was elected to the Hall of Fame as Manager.

2012- The Tigers complete a 4-game sweep of the Yankees in the 2012 ALCS with an 8-1 win at home. The Tigers build a 6-0 lead after 4 innings, chasing Yankees Ace CC Sabathia, as Tigers Starter Max Scherzer cruises to an easy win. Delmon Young, who is named 2012 ALCS series MVP, drives in the winning run for the 4th straight game while the Tigers batters hit HR’s 4 times off of Bronx hurlers. The Yankees were thoroughly outplayed, never leading once in the 4 games, scoring only 6 runs and hitting a mere .157.

2017- In the 2017 ALCS, the Yankees win their 3rd straight game at Yankee Stadium to take a 3 games to 2 lead over the Astros. A crowd of  49,647 fans watched Veteran Yankees Starter Masahiro Tanaka baffles the Astros' hitters over 7 innings, giving up just 3-Houston hits and a walk; while the Yankees take a lead in the 2nd on an RBI single by Greg Bird. The Yankees added a 5th and final run in the 7th inning, when Catcher Gary Sanchez connected for a HR against Astros Reliever Brad Peacock, while Yankees Reliever Tommy Kahnle pitched the final 2 innings of the game, allowing  just 1 Astro hit.

2019- In Game 5, the Yankees extend the 2019 ALCS with a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium over the Astros. All the scoring takes place in the 1st inning: Astro baserunner George Springer scores on a wild pitch by Bronx Starter James Paxton for the Astros. While Yankees 1B D.J. LeMahieu hits a lead-off HR against Astros Starter Justin Verlander for the Yankees, followed by a 3-run HR shot by Yankees CF Aaron Hicks. The 2 starters then pitch deep into the game as they give up no more runs. Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman gets credit for the save.

October 19th

1943- Former Yankees Reserve INF Sandy Alomar Sr. (1974-1976) was born.

On July 8,1974, veteran MLB INF Sandy Alomar was purchased by the Yankees from the Angels for $50,000 Cash. Sandy provided excellent infield help at 2B for the Yankees during his 2-season stay with the team. He had replaced the weak hitting veteran Gene Michael at 2B. As a Yankees player, he had appeared in 294 games, while hitting .248 with 4 HRs and 76 RBIs. With the arrival of Rookie 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates in 1976, Sandy lost his starting job at 2B, he became a Reserve INF hitting .239 in 38 games. On February 17,1977, Sandy was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for 2 Minor League Infielders: Greg Pryor, Brian Doyle and Cash. He is the Father of 2 former MLB Players: Sandy Jr. and Roberto Alomar. After retiring as an active player, he became a Minor League Manager.

1961- Former Yankees Minor League P Tim Belcher was born.

Tim Belcher was the 1st overall pick in the 1983 MLB Amateur Player Draft by Twins, but he did not sign with the club. He instead joined the USA National Team, playing in the 1983 Pan American Games. He was eligible for the MLB Amateur Player Draft again in January 1984, he was selected 1st overall by the Yankees; in what was considered a major coup. However, because of a Yankees front office mix-up, his name was left off the team's protected players' list for the Free Agent Signing Compensation Draft. Tim was selected by Oakland on February 8,1984. The Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner was livid over this development, blaming the Yankees young GM Murray Cook for this administrative mistake that he fired him shortly afterwards. Tim would pitch 14 seasons in the MLB for 6 teams, posting a 146-140 record. Ironically, Tim never pitched an MLB inning for the A’s; they had traded him to the Dodgers in 1987.

1965- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Scout Wade Taylor (1991) was born.

On December 22,1987, Wade Taylor was traded by the Mariners along with hurlers Lee Guetterman and Clay Parker to the Yankees for Starter Steve Trout and Reserve OF Henry Cotto. Wade was regarded as one of Yankees top prospects at that time and no one realized what was to be. In the next 4 seasons, Wade would spend time with the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) going 4-11. Then he moved up to the Class A Prince Williams Cannons at 9-8; then on to the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL) for a 6-4 and then to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), again at 6-4. In 1991, he got his 1st and only tryout at the MLB level, when the Yankees gave him a chance. Taylor would go 7-12, while appearing in 23 games, pitching 116 innings and with a 6.27 ERA. Also, Wade spent time during that season with AAA Clippers again, going 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA. During the 1992 season, he would spend time with 3 different clubs, but he appeared in only 5 games, pitching 13 innings, while posting a 0-1 record. In 1993, he was back with AAA Columbus, posting a 3-1 mark in 30 innings with a 4.45 ERA. He would later work in the Yankees Scouting Department, as an Advance MLB Scout. After the 2006 AL playoffs loss to the Tigers ,Wade was fired by the Yankees front office.

1966- The Yankees released 2 veteran MLB Players: Pitcher Whitey Ford and OF Hector Lopez. The CBS, Inc. controlled Yankees front office starts cutting cost of the team payroll. Veteran All-Star Starter Whitey Ford had season ending arm surgery, he wasn’t expected to pitch again for the team. He did come back in the spring of 1967 for just 7 games for the team, while posting a 2-4 record with a 1.64 ERA before retiring from baseball. Veteran OF Hector Lopez’s hitting had faded to just .214 in 54 games; despite his ability to play both the INF/OF; the Yankees could not afford his weak bat in their daily line-up. Next 2 veteran Yankees stars to go; would be 3B Clete Boyer and RF Roger Maris in bad trades made by the Yankees front office during the winter, which were basically MLB player salary dumps.

1976- Before a Yankee Stadium night game crowd of 56,667 fans, the Reds took a commanding 3-0 lead over the Yankees in the 1976 World Series with a 6-2 victory. Cincinnati's DH Dan Driessen had a single, double, HR and a walk to lead the attack. Bronx Bombers Shortstop Jim Mason had a solo HR in the 7th inning for the only HR hit by the Yankees in the 1976 World Series. Yankees Starter Dock Ellis takes the loss, lasting only 4 innings, while Reds Starter Pat Zachry gets the win. The game is the 1st World Series played at night in Yankee Stadium history.

1982- Former Yankees Starter J. A. Happ (2018-2020) was born.

J. A. Happ was originally signed by the Phillies, who later traded him to the Astros in the 2010 Roy Oswald trade. The Astros would trade him to the Blue Jays, who in return later traded him to the Mariners in 2014. In 2015, he was traded by the Mariners to the Pirates. He later became an MLB Free Agent in the Fall of 2015, signing a 36-million-dollar contract with the Blue Jays for 3 years. He finished the 2016 AL season with a 20-4 record with a 3.18 ERA; then he won his only start against the Rangers in Game 2 of the ALDS, by the score of 5-3. He also started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Indians, but Happ was charged with a 2-1 loss as he gave up both runs in 5 innings. He started the 2017 AL season on the wrong foot as he was charged with a loss in his 1st 3 starts then he was placed on the DL on April 18th. He only returned on May 30th, getting a no-decision, then he lost another start before finally notching his 1st win of the  2017 AL campaign on June 11th; when he pitched 6 scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the  Mariners. He won more games in the second half, ending up at 10-11 record with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts, although his ERA was constant all season. In 2018, he was selected to be the Jays' Opening Day Starter after Marcus Stroman was set back a few days by shoulder inflammation; Happ was the logical choice to take the young ace's place. He lost that Opening Day game on March 29th,  by the score of 6-1 to the  Yankees, but then he pitched very well, finishing April at 4-1,  with a 3.50 ERA as the Jays got off to a good start. After losing his 1st 2 starts in May, he came back with a great performance on May 16th, when he limited the Mets to 2 baserunners in 7 inning while striking out 10 batters and himself reaching base 3 times with a pair of singles and a walk. He received credit for a 12-1 win. On June 8th, he defeated the Orioles 5-1, for his 100th MLB career win. He was at a 10-5 mark with a 4.44 ERA on July 8th, when he was selected as the Blue Jays' sole representative at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game; his 1st time going to the Mid-Summer Classic at the age of 35. On July 26th, the long-rumored trade materialized as Happ was sent to the Yankees in return for INF Brandon Drury and Minor League OF Billy McKinney. He was excellent in his Yankees pitching debut for his new team on July 29th, allowing 1 run just 3 hits in 6 innings as the Yankees defeated the Royals by the score of 6-3. A couple of days later, however the Yankees announced that J.A. was temporarily sidelined because he had contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, a children's malady that does not often affect adults but that had also hit  Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard a few days earlier. On August 19th, he defeated his former team, the Jays by the score of 10-2 to improve his pitching record to 14-6 on the year and 4-0 since the trade, giving the Yankees, everything they had been looking for. He finished his 2018 Yankees season with a 7-0 record with a 2.69 ERA in 11 games. In the 2018 ALDS against the Red Sox, he lost his only start in the Opening Game lasting only 2 innings. Happ resigned with the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent during the winter of 2018, signing a 2-year contract. In 2020, he went 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA with another disappointing AL Post season for the team, going 0-1. Overall, as a Yankees Starter, he went 21-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 51 games. In the AL Postseason, Happ had a disappointing 0-3 record for the team. He became an MLB Free Agent, signing with the Twins.

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher and AL Umpire George Pipgras (1923-1933) passed away(1889-1986) 

In 1922, the Red Sox had acquired P George Pipgras from the Class B Charleston Pals (SAL), after he had posted a 19-9 record with a 2.94 ERA in 42 games. On January 3,1923, George was traded by the Red Sox along with Minor League OF Harvey Hendrick to the Yankees for Catcher Al DeVormer and Cash. His best Yankees season was in 1928, when he went 24-13 with a 3.38 ERA in 46 games. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, going 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA. George finished out his Yankee Pitching career with a 93-64 record with a 4.04 ERA and 13 saves along with 84 complete games in 247 games. On May 12,1933, George was purchased by the Red Sox along with Reserve INF Billy Werber from the Yankees for $100,000 Cash. George was dealing with pitching elbow problems in 1933. Pipgras would post a 9-9 record with a 4.54 ERA and 1 save in 29 games for the 1933-1935 Red Sox. He was released by the team on June 2,1935, ending his pitching career in the MLB. Pipgras would pitch in the Minor Leagues in 1935, finishing with the Giants Class A team, the Nashville Volunteers (SA). He finished MLB Pitching career with an overall record of 102-73 with 4.09 ERA and 14 saves in 276 games. After retiring from MLB as an active player, George became an MLB Umpire. He was an Umpire in the Minor Leagues from 1936 to 1938. In 1938, George joined AL Umpire Staff working until the late 1940’s. Also, he was an MLB Scout for the Red Sox, before retiring from baseball.

1987- Controversial Billy Martin is named Manager of the Yankees for a 5th time, replacing Lou Piniella, who had previously replaced Billy Martin. Lou Piniella is moved up to the Yankees front office, as the team’s new General Manager. Piniella had led the 1987 Yankees to an 89-73 record, a 4th place finish in the AL East.

1992- Former Yankees Pitcher Atley “Swampy” Donald (1938-1945) passed away. (1910-1992)

Atley “Swampy” Donald posted a 65-33 record with a 3.52 ERA and 1 save in 153 games with the 1938-1945 Yankees. He had 54 complete games with 6 shut outs as a Yankees starter. He led the AL in WP with .813 in 1939, while posting a 13-3 record. Atley was 1-1 in 2 games in the 1941-1942 World Series for the Yankees. Donald was a key part of the Yankeesstarting rotation from 1938-1945. He was never the # 1 starter, but his lifetime winning percentage of .663 shows that he was an important winner for them practically every season. Also, he was a big winner on the great 1938-1939 Newark Bearsteams, 2 of the Minor Leagues' greatest teams. In 1936, he led Class A Binghamton Triplets (EL) in strikeouts. He was the leading pitcher for the 1937 AA Newark Bears (IL) with a record of 19-2. After getting into 2 games with the Yankees in 1938, he came back to AA Newark to post a 16-7 record. In 1939, he won 12 straight games, setting the AL record for most wins by a Rookie hurler. He ended the 1939 AL season with 13-3 record. Also, also he helped with his bat, hitting .250. The 1939 Yankees won 106 games. He did not appear in the either the 1938 or 1939 World Series for the team. In 1939, the US Army Corps of Engineers using a speed gun measured Atley throwing a pitch at a then-record 94.7 mph clocked him. Except for 1944, he never got into more than 24 games in a season. In 1940, he appeared in 24 games, while posting an 8-3 record with a 3.03 ERA. Unlike most of his seasons, in 1940 he appeared in slightly more games as a Reliever than as a Starter. In 1941, he went 9-5 as the team won the AL pennant. In 1942, he went 13-3 as the team won another AL pennant. He pitched in both World Series against the Dodgers and Cardinals, but he was not particularly effective as he posted a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA in 2 games. In 1943, He was 6-5, and then he went 13-10 in 1944 as he appeared in the most games of his MLB pitching career in 1 season with 30 appearances that season. He did not appear in the 1943 World Series against the Cardinals. In 1945, he went 5-4 with a 3.52 ERA, but his Yankee pitching career was over due to injuries. After retiring from MLB as an active player, he was a long-time Yankees MLB Scout. 

2004- Red Sox Starter Curt Schilling, pitching on a dislocated ankle tendon held down by 3 sutures put in the day before, gave up 1 run over 7 innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-2 to save their 2004 AL season for the 3rd day in a row and force a winner-take-all Game 7 in their ALCS and a trip to the 2004 World Series.

2009- The Angels beat the Yankees at home by the score of 5-4 in 11 innings in Game 3 of the 2009 ALCS. Jeff Mathis drives in baserunner Howie Kendrick from 1st base with a double as the Angels over comes 4 solos HRs hit by Yankees batters.

2014- Former Yankees Minor League P Frank Barnes passed away. (1926-2014)

On July 19,1950, Pitcher Frank Barnes and OF Elston Howard were purchased by the Yankees from the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro American League). They were assigned to Yankees Class A club, the Muskegon Clippers (CL). He posted an 8-4 record with a 2.23 ERA in 15 games for the team.  In 1951, he returned to the Clippers, improving to a 15-6 record with a 3.22 ERA in 25 games. The Yankees promoted him to their AA San Francisco Seals farm team in the PCL. He appeared in only 2 games with no record for the Seals. In August of 1951, Frank was sent from the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns in an unknown transaction. He was transferred from the Seals to the Browns AA team; the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL), appearing in just 2 games with a 0-1 record. Before the start of the 1953 AL season, the Browns returned him to the Maple Leafs after expiration of their Minor League team working agreement.  After the 1956 season, he was traded by Toronto to the Cardinals for Jim Pearce, Cash and a Player to be Named Later, which turned out to be 1B Rocky Nelson. In 1957, Barnes led the American Association with a 2.41 ERA for the Omaha Cardinals before being called up to St. Louis in September. He also led the league with 6 shutouts and pitched a record-setting 41 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. On August 4,1958, he pitched the 1st No-hitter in Omaha Cardinals American Association history. It was not the 1st No-hitter for Barnes, who had pitched 1 for the Oklahoma City (TXL) in 1955. He pitched in the MLB for the 1957-1958,1960 Cardinals. On May 19,1960, the White Sox purchased Barnes from Cardinals. After the 1961 AL season, he was traded by the White Sox along with veteran 3B Andy Carey to the Phillies for C Bob Sadowski and P Taylor Phillips. However, veteran INF Andy Carey refused to report to his new team before the start of the 1962 NL season. Thus, to complete the trade the White Sox would  send veteran P Cal McLish to Phillies. while they sent a Minor League player to the White Sox. Overall, as an MLB pitcher, Frank had posted a 1-3 record with a 5.89 ERA and 1 save in 57 games for the Cardinals. After his MLB Pitching career had ended, Barnes pitched in the Mexican Summer League, with the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol team. In 1965, where he led the circuit in both WP with a 13–5 record, WP of .722 and a league leading ERA of 1.58.  Additionally, Barnes pitched winter ball for the Licoreros de Pamperoclub (Venezuelan PBL) during the 1955–1956 seasons.

2019- In Houston, the Astros punch their ticket to the 2019 World Series with a 6-4 win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS. With both teams using an Opener after losing a travel day due to a rainout before Game 4 in New York City, the Astros take an early lead on a 3-run HR by Yuli Gurriel off of Yankees Opener Chad Green in the 1st, but the Yankees claw their way back, tying the game on a 2-run HR shot by D.J. LeMahieu off of Astros Closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the 9th. With 2 outs in the bottom of the inning, Jose Altuve ends the game with a walk-off 2-run HR off of Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman. Altuve is named the winner of the 2019 ALCS MVP Award.

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This Week in Yankees History October 17th-23rd Part Two

October 21st

1885- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Augustus “Gus” Fisher (1912) was born. (1885-1972)

On April 9,1912, Catcher Gus Fisher was purchased by the Yankees from the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) to become their Reserve Catcher for the 1912 AL season. Current staring Catcher Jeff Sweeney was staging a player contract holdout. The Yankees were left only with veteran Catcher Gabby Street as their 1912 starting Catcher. As a Naps Rookie Catcher in 1911, Gus had hit .261 in 70 games for the team. Gus appeared in only 10 games for the 1912 Yankees, going 1 for 10. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1912 to 1922. Later, he was a Minor League Manager.

 1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Floyd “Bill” Bevens (1944-1947) was born. (1916-1991)

Bill Bevens pitched in the Minor Leagues from 1937 to 1944, he had joined the Yankees organization in 1938. Bill went 40-36 with a 3.08 ERA in 96 games for the 1944-1947 Yankees. In 1945, he posted a 13-9 record with a 3.67 ERA in 29 games. His best Yankees season was in 1946, when he posted a 16-13 record with a 2.23 ERA in 31 games. Bill nearly pitched the 1st No-Hitter in World Series history. Pitching for  Yankees with 2 out and 2 on (both via walks) in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 1947 World Series, Bevens allowed a 2-run double to Dodgers PH Cookie Lavagetto, losing the No-Hitter and the game on his last pitch. He came back in Game 7 to relieve Bronx Starter Frank “Spec” Shea in the 2nd inning, pitching 2 2/3 innings; he kept his team in the game long enough for his successor on the mound; Yankees Closer Joe Page to claim a 5-2 Series-clinching victory. Overall, he gave up only 3 hits in 11 1/3 innings in that, his only World Series appearance; but he had walked 11 Dodger batters. In 1948, he returned in the Minor Leagues, never to pitch in MLB again. On January 17,1949, he was purchased by the White Sox from the Yankees. On March 28,1949, Bill was returned to the Yankees by the White Sox. On April 18,1949, Bill was released by the Yankees. He would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues before retiring from the game in 1952.

1928- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Pitcher and Pitching Coach Edward “Whitey” Ford (1950, 1953-1967) was born. (1928-2020)

In 1947, the Yankees signed hurler Whitey Ford as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Ford pitched for the Yankees for 16 seasons. He missed the 1951-1952 AL seasons, because of he was serving in Army. Whitey was named the 1955 AL Sporting News Pitcher. Also, he won the AL Pitchers Award in 1956 and 1958 as the League’s Top Pitcher. In 1961, Whitey Ford was the Cy Young Award winner after going 25-4 with 3.21 ERA in 39 games. Also, that 1961 AL season, he won the Babe Ruth Award. He was the 1961 World Series MVP. Whitey was selected for AL All-Star team 8 times. He won 20 games only twice in his Yankees Pitching career; in 1961 going 25-4 and 24-7 in 1963. In 1961, he broke Babe Ruth’s 29 2/3 scoreless innings pitched World Series record with a total of 33 innings. In 1964, he served as Manager Yogi Berra’s MLB Pitching Coach. When Whitey retired in 1967, as the Yankees All-time Pitching Wins’ Leader with 236 games, passing former Yankees Starter Charles “Red” Ruffing, who had 231 Yankees career wins. In the World Series play with the team, Whitey had posted a 10-8 record with a 2.71 ERA along with 7 complete games and 3 shutouts in 22 World Series games. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 236-106 record, WP .690 with a 2.75 ERA with 11 saves and 45 shutouts in 498 games. Ford had 1,956 MLB career strikeouts in 3,171 innings pitched. On January 16,1974, Whitey Ford was elected along with long-time Yankees teammate OF/1B Mickey Mantle to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. On October 8, 2020, Whitey Ford passed away at the age of 91.

1934- An MLB All-Star team led by Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth and Philadelphia A’s Owner/Manager Connie Mack sails on tour to Hawaii and Japan. Major League Players with wives on the baseball tour included 1B Lou Gehrig, OF Jimmie Foxx, 2B Charlie Gehringer, Pitcher Lefty Gómez, Catcher Earl Averill and OF Lefty O'Doul. Nats Catcher Moe Berg joins the tour. It will later be revealed that Moe Berg was doing photo intelligence work for the U.S. Military.

1946- The Yankees had obtained P Art Cuccurullo from the Pirates for veteran Starter Ernie “Tiny” Bonham. The veteran P Bonham had gone 79-50 with a 2.73 ERA and 6 saves in 158 games as a Pitcher for the 1940-1946 Yankees before he had pitching arm problems in 1946. Art had posted a 3-5 record with a 4.55 ERA and 5 saves in 62 games for the Pirates. Cuccurullo never appears in a game for the Yankees. The team would send him to their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL).

1959- The MLB Players Association approves 2 MLB All-Star Games to be played in 1960, one to be held at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium and the other game at Yankee Stadium. The players would like to have them played within 4 days of each other. The extra MLB All-Star games are used to build up the MLB Players Pension funds. The 1960 MLB All-Star game at Yankee Stadium will only draw 38,682 fans, a major disappointment for the MLB and the Yankees. They will not host another MLB All-Star game until after Yankee Stadium is remodeled in 1974-1975. They will host the game in 1977, drawing a crowd of 56,683 fans.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Player Agent Casey Close was born.

Casey Close had 2 productive seasons in AAA after being a College Baseball star, but he never made it to the MLB. He eventually made his name as an MLB Player Agent. Close hit .440 with 19 HRs for the Univ. of Michigan in 1986, where he had future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin's roommate. He was 12th in NCAA Division I in average and tied for 21st in HRs, even with Dave Hollins and Chris Hoiles among others. Close, also had 15 steals, 68 runs and 72 RBIs. He was named a 1st-team All-American outfielder by both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association, beating out Albert Belleand Paul Sorrento among others. He was also named the Baseball America Player of the Year, beating out Robin Ventura,Greg Swindell, Matt Williams, Jeff King, Jack McDowell and George Canale among other All-Americans. Close fell to the 7th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player draft before the Yankees chose him; the next round, they take Hal Morris. Casey had a rough pro debut with the 1986 Class A Oneonta Yankees, hitting .245 though his 38 RBIs led the club, beating out future MLB regulars Jim Leyritz, Morris, Kevin Maas and Turner Ward. In 1987, he batted .279 for the AA Albany Yankees (EL), jumping straight to AA from low A level. The Ohio native split 1988 season between Albany (.169 in 25 Games) and the AAAColumbus Clippers (IL) hitting .188 in 81 Games. The former Michigan superstar was with the 1989 Calgary Cannons (PCL), a Mariners AAA affiliate. He hit .330 to outperform outfield mates Mike Kingery and Mickey Brantley; Jay Buhner had a lower average, but he had more power while Bruce Fields led the PCL in average. Had he qualified, Close would have ranked 4th in the league in average. In 1990, Close ended his active career as a player by hitting .270 with 30 doubles, 71 runs, 69 RBIs and 15 steals in 21 tries for Calgary. He had 12 outfield assists, tied for 6th in the PCL. He later became a Player Agent and head of the baseball division of CAA Sports with clients including Derek Jeter, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard, Zach Greinke and Ben Sheets. He was particularly active before the 2014 MLB season, negotiating a huge contract extension for P Clayton Kershaw and handling the negotiations that brought Japanese Superstar P Masahiro Tanaka to the Yankees, alongside deals for P Homer Bailey and 1B Freddie Freeman, which both topped $100 million. He oversees Player Agents Jeff Berry, Nez Balelo, Greg Landry, Joe Urbon and Brodie Van Wagenen. 

1967- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher John “Flash” Flaherty (2003-2005) was born.

On January 16, 2003, the Yankees signed veteran Catcher John Flaherty as an MLB Free Agent. In the Yankees 2003 MLB Spring Training Camp, he beats out current Reserve Catcher Chris Wedger for the Reserve Catcher spot on the 25-man MLB roster. He would appear in 134 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 2003-2005 Yankees, while hitting .226 with 12 HRs and 41 RBIs. On January 3, 2006, John was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Red Sox. On March 7, 2006, John retired from the Red Sox, the team that had originally signed him in 1988. In 14 MLB seasons, he had played in 1,047 games, while hitting .252 with 80 HRs and 395 RBIs. John, now works for the Yes Network, covering the Yankees.

1968- After playing 2 seasons with the 1967-1968 Red Sox, former AL MVP and All-Star Catcher for the Yankee Elston Howard announces his MLB player retirement. Elston Howard was the 1st black player to play for the Yankees at MLB Level in 1955. Ellie would join the Yankees MLB Coaching staff in 1969, becoming their 1st Black MLB Coach. Elston Howard played in the Outfield in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs for 3 seasons. He was switched from an Outfielder to Catcher in 3 seasons in the Yankee Minor League system. The Yankees felt that his lack of speed would hurt him in the outfield. In 1951-1952, Elston would serve in the Army. In 1953, Ellie had played for the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA) mostly as an Outfielder. Howard was named the 1954 MVP International League, while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs as a Catcher and Outfielder. He played for 14 seasons for the Yankees and the Red Sox. In 1955, he became the 1stBlack MLB player for the Yankees. He hit a HR in his 1st World Series at bat in 1955 against the Dodgers. Because of Yogi Berra, one of the greatest catchers in MLB history, Howard played primarily in the Outfield for the Yankees from 1955-1957 and more at 1B than at Catcher in 1959. In 1959 and from 1960 onwards, he was mostly as a Starting Catcher, as the veteran Berra moved to the Outfield to accommodate him. Howard tied the following World Series records: most hits, inning, 1960, (2); most-long hits, in a 5-game series, 1961 (4); most passed balls, game, 1964 (2). He established AL catcher's records for PO (939) and TCA (1006) in 1964. In 1958, Howard won the Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the World Series against the Braves. 

1968- The Yankees purchased veteran NL Reliever Don Nottebart from the Reds in a conditional trade, in which the team had 30 days in 1969 to keep him or send him back to Reds. Don had a lifetime record of 35-40 record, while pitching in the NL with the Braves, Astros and the Reds. After Don had appeared in only 4 games in relief, he had only worked 6 innings for the 1969 Yankees. The team would send him back to the Reds on April 26,1969, he would be sold by the Reds to the Cubs later in the season.

1976- With a 7-2 victory at Yankee Stadium before a disappointed crowd of 56,700 fans, the Reds won the 1976 World Series completing a 4-game sweep of the Yankees. It was the Reds' 2nd straight World Championship. Catcher Johnny Bench hit 2 HRs for 5-RBIs. He finished the Series with a .533 BA. Bench was named 1976 World Series MVP. Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson had 6 straight singles to tie a World Series record as he hit .435 for the Yankees, going 10 for 23 at the plate. Bronx Starter Ed Figueroa takes the loss for the Yankees, while Reds Starter Gary Nolan picks-up the win. The Reds became the 1st MLB team ever to go through an entire LCS and WS without a defeat. The Yankees only hit 1 HR in the Series, that was by Shortstop Jim Mason. The Yankees World Series sweep by the Reds, will push Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner into the MLB Free Agent market searching for a big bat to help the team to win it all, his choice will be AL All-Star Slugger OF-1B Reggie Jackson.

1981- At Yankee Stadium, Yankees shut out the Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1981 World Series. Yankees veteran Starter Tommy John and Closer Goose Gossage gets the credit for the 4-hit, 3-0 victory, as the Bronx Bombers, now lead the 1981 World Series 2 games-none. Yankees 1B Bob Watson hits a 3-run HR in the 1st inning to give the Yankees the winning lead.

1993- Former Yankees Minor League INF Wayne Belardi passed away. (1930-1993)

In 1949, the Dodgers had signed INF Wayne Belardi as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He spent 6-years in MLB from 1950-1956 with the Dodgers and the Tigers as a back-up 1B and Pinch-Hitter. Big and powerful, he came up to the Dodgers in 1950 at age 19. He hit 11 HRs in limited play in each of 1953 and 1954 NL seasons. He appeared in the 1953 World Series with the Dodgers in 2 games. Strangely, he was out of the MLB at age 26, despite hitting .279 in 1956. On February 19,1957, Wayne was traded by the A’s along with Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz and INF Jack McMahan to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later; INF Milt Graff and 1B Billy Hunter, Pitchers Rip Coleman, Mickey Dermott, Tom Morgan and veteran OF Irv Noren. The Yankees sent Minor League P Jack Urban on April 5,1957 to the Athletics to complete the trade. On April 4,1957, they would send INF Curt Roberts to the Yankees. On June 4,1957, the A’s sent INF Clete Boyer to the Yankees to complete the trade. After hitting only .220 with the Yankees Class AA team, the New Orleans Pelicans (SA), Wayne Belardi concluded his pro baseball career in 1957.

1996- At Yankee Stadium, Atlanta Starter Greg Maddux holds the Yankees to just 6 hits in 8 innings as Braves 1B Fred McGriff drives in 3 runs in a 4-0 win in Game 2 of the 1996 World Series. The Braves now lead the Series 2 games to none.

1998- The Yankees closed out their historic 1998 AL season with 3-0 win against the Padres, sweeping San Diego in 4 games to win their record 24th World Series Championship. Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte gets the victory, while 3B Scott Brosius is named the World Series MVP. The Game 4 victory gave the Yankees 125 wins against 50 losses for a .714 winning percentage, the best in the MLB since their Murderers' Row club of 1927, as their AL record of 114 regular-season victories were the most ever for an MLB World Champion team. They were 11-2 in the 1998 MLB Post season.

2000- The Yankees defeat the Mets by the score of 4-3 in 12 innings in Game 1 of the 2000 World Series. It is the 1st Subway Series game in New York City since the 1956 World Series with the Yankees and Dodgers playing. The longest game in World Series history (4 Hours, 51 minutes) is ended on Jose Vizcaino's single which drives home Yankees baserunner Tino Martinez. It is Vizcaino’s 4th hit of the night. The Mets lead the game by a score of 3-2, going into the 9th inning, but Mets Closer Armando Benitez surrenders the tying run on a sacrifice fly by 2B Chuck Knoblauch. The victory is the Yankees 13th in a row in World Series play for a new record. Mets batter Todd Pratt of the Mets ties a World Series record by being hit by pitches 2 times.

2001- The Yankees take a 3-1 lead in their ALCS match-up with the Mariners defeating them by a score of 3-1. Seattle’s Bret Boone's 8th inning HR broke a scoreless tie, but Bernie Williams hits a HR in the bottom half of the 8th inning to tie the score. Yankees win the game on 2B Alfonso Soriano's 2-run HR in the 9th inning; Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera gets the victory in relief.

 2003- At Pro Player Stadium in Miami, the Yankees defeat the Marlins by the score of 6-1 in Game 3 of the 2003 World Series. Yankees Sluggers Aaron Boone and Bernie Williams hits HRs for the team, as Starter Mike Mussina is the winning pitcher with help of Closer Mariano Rivera in relief. Marlins Starter Josh Beckett is the loser. The Yankees, now lead the 2003 World Series by a 2-1 margin.

2015- Former Yankees Minor League C Jim Robertson passed away. (1928-2015).

Before the start of the 1949 AL season, C Jim Robertson was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had played in their Minor League system from 1949-1953. Robertson never appears with the Yankees at MLB level. Jim was one many young catchers in the Yankees organization, who were blocked by the presence of AL All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra and others at the MLB level, who would be traded by the team. In 1949, he played for the Grand Forks Chiefs, while hitting .248 in 44 games. Then he played for the 1950 Quincy Gems, while hitting .295 in 109 games. With the 1951 Muskegon Reds, he hit .288 in 104 games. With the 1952 Binghamton Triplets (EL), he hit .303 in 117 games. Jim split the 1953 Minor League season between the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) and the AA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). With the Blues, he hit .278 with 2 HRs and 25 RBIs in 77 games. In 28 games with the Chiefs, Jim hit .264 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. On December 16, 1953, Jim Robertson was traded by the Yankees along with INF Don Bollweg, 3B Jim Finigan, P Johnny Gray, Minor League Star OF/1B Vic Power and OF Bill Renna to the Philadelphia A’s for Starter Harry Byrd, veteran 1B Eddie Robinson, 3B Babe Loren, Outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro. On April 15,1954, he made his MLB player debut with the A’s. He spent the entire 1954 AL season with the team, hitting just .184 in 63 games. In 1955, he played in 6 games for the now Kansas City A’s, hitting .250. He spent most of that season with the AAA Portland Beavers (PCL) hitting .229 in 319 at-bats. Overall, he played in 69 MLB games, while hitting .187 with No HRs and 8 RBIs in 155 at-bats. Although his MLB playing career was over, he still played in the Minor Leagues until 1956. On December 2, 1955, Jim was purchased from the A’s by the AAA Seattle Rainiers (PCL). With the 1956 Rainers, he hit .250 with 19 games. On June 1,1956, he was released by the team. On June 15,1956, Jim was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Tigers. He played in 45 games with the AAA Charleston Senators, while hitting .246 with 4 HRs and 18 RBIs. On December 6, 1956, he was traded by the Tigers along with P Bobby Tiefenauer to the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) for OF Archie Wilson and Minor Leaguer Don Griffin. He never played with the AAA Maple Leafs, retiring after that season.

2017- The Astros win Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS by the score of 4-0 over the Yankees to clinch their-1st ever AL pennant. Having also won 1 in the NL in 2005, they become the 1st team to have done so in both major leagues. In the game, the Astros get a great combined pitching performance by Starter Charlie Morton, who goes the 1st 5 innings, then Lance McCullers, who pitches the last 4 innings, limiting the Yankees to just 3 hits. Houston hitters Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit solo HRs and former veteran Yankees Catcher now with the Astros, Brian McCann drives in the other 2 runs, as veteran Bronx Starter CC Sabathia is charged with the loss.

October 22nd

1887- Former Yankees Pitcher Myles Thomas (1926-1929) was born. (1887-1963)

On December 16,1925, Pitcher Myles Thomas was traded by the AA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) to the Yankees for Cash and Players. Myles posted a 14-12 record with a 4.70 ERA and 1 save in 71 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Senators on June 15,1929. After leaving the Senators in 1930, he returned to the Yankees organization, but he did not pitch at the MLB level with the team. On January 19,1932, Myles was traded by the Yankees along with OF George Quellich and Cash to the AA Hollywood Stars (PCL) for OF Jesse Hill. He would continue to pitch in the Minor Leagues until 1940, before retiring from the game. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, he had a 23-22 record with a 4.64 ERA and 3 saves in 105 games.

1942- Former Yankees Reliever Cecil Upshaw (1974) was born. (1942-1995)

On April 26,1974, Reliever Cecil Upshaw was traded by the Indians along with 1B Chris Chambliss and P Richard Tidrow to the Yankees for Pitchers Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline, Fred Beene and Tom Buskey. Cecil was a major disappointment for the Yankees, only going 1-5 with a 3.02 ERA and 6 saves in 36 games. On December 5,1974, he was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for Reserve INF Eddie Leon. 

1943- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Mitchell (1970) was born. (1943-2019)

On December 2,1968, OF Bobby Mitchell was drafted by the Yankees from the Red Sox organization in the 1968 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. In 1970, Bobby had hit .220 with No HRs and 4 RBIs in 10 games for the Yankees. On October 23,1969, Bobby was sent to the Braves by the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On March 26,1970, Bobby was returned by the Braves to the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On June 7,1971, he was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve 1B Frank Tepedino to the Brewers for OF Danny Walton. Bobby managed to stay in one place with Brewers until 1975.

1954- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jamie Quirk (1989) was born.

On December 20,1988, veteran AL Catcher Jamie Quirk was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Jamie appeared in only 13 games for the 1989 Yankees, while hitting just .083. On May 16,1989, he was released by the Yankees. He originally came up to the MLB with the Royals.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Fulton (1987) was born.

On June 6,1983, Pitcher Bill Fulton was drafted by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1983 MLB Amateur Player Draft (June Secondary). His 1st MLB outing was memorable; on September 12, 1987, he gave up back-to-back-to-back HRs to the Blue Jays batters Ernie Whitt, Jesse Barfield and Kelly Gruber. Bill appeared in 3 games with the 1987 Yankees, he posted a 1-0 record with a 11.57 ERA. He would pitch in the Yankees Minor League organization until 1989, before retiring from the game.

1973- Former Yankees OF/DH Ichiro Suzuki (2012-2014) was born.

On July 23, 2012, veteran All-Star OF Ichiro Suzuki was traded by the Mariners along with Cash to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Pitchers: D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. He was hitting .288 in 95 games for Seattle, leading the AL with 402 at-bats and 5 triples. The Yankees had recently announced that LF Brett Gardner was out for the rest of the 2012 AL season. In his 1st game for the Bronx Bombers, facing his former teammates less than 4 hours, after the deal was announced, he started in RF and batted 8th, singling off of P Kevin Millwood in his 1st at-bat in pinstripes as the Yankees beat  Mariners by the score of 4-1. He had a rebirth with the Yankees, hitting a solid .322 with 5 HRs and 27 RBIs in 67 games as the Yankees managed to finish ahead of the Orioles in the AL East. In his 1st AL postseason action in over a decade, he was 5 for 23 (.217) as the Yankees defeated the O's in the ALDS, and then 6 for 17 (.353) with a HR as the Yankees' best hitter in their 4-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers in the ALCS. After the 2012 season, he re-signed with the Yankees for 2 years. Suzuki went into spring training with the Yankees in 2013 guaranteed to be the starter in RF, following his solid performance down the stretch the previous season. Indeed, with the Yankees struggling with age and injuries, and having lost a number of key players to MLB Free Agency, he was counted on as a cornerstone of the team's offense. However, things almost went very bad for him on March 2nd, when his sports utility vehicle was totaled in a 3-car wreck a couple of miles from the Yankees'  MLB spring training complex in Tampa, FL. He was not at fault as another driver plowed into him as he was making a left turn, and his airbags deployed properly to save him from serious injury. He was one of the mainstays of the Yankees' line-up in the season's early months as the Yankees got off to a much better start than expected in spite of a slew of player injuries. On August 21st, he hit a 1st-inning single against Blue Jays Starter R.A. Dickey for the 4,000th hit of his pro baseball career between Japan (1,278) and the United States (2,722). He was the 3rd player to reach the milestone at such a high level of play, following Ty Cobb and Pete Rose, who had gotten all of their hits in the U.S. Major Leagues. His Yankees Manager, Joe Girardi, put the feat in perspective: "I didn't have 4,000 hits in my whole career and you can go back to T-ball. To me it's an unbelievable feat, and he's some kind of hitter." After the 2014 MLB season had ended, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. On January 23, 2015, he signed a 1-year contract with the Marlins. He played in 153 games, hitting only .229 by far his worst average as a major leaguer. He finished the season with 2,935 MLB hits, amid speculation that he would not return for another season that could give him a chance to join the 3,000 hit club. On the final days of the 2017 NL season, on October 4th, he made the 1st pitching appearance of his MLB playing career, pitching the 8th inning of a 7-2 loss to thePhillies, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. In May of 2018, he retired from the game, while playing for his original MLB team, the Mariners. He became a Special Coach for the team.

 1974- The Yankees and Giants traded their popular MLB All-Star Outfielders, both drawing the ire of their loyal fans. The Giants send OF Bobby Bonds to Yankees for OF Bobby Murcer. Bonds production for the 1974 Giants had slipped to a .256 BA with 21 HRs and 71 RBIs in 150 games. He did will a NL Golden Glove for Outfielders. While with the 1974 Yankees, Bobby Murcer had hit .274 with 10 HRs and 88 RBIs in 156 games. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner breaks his promise to Bobby Murcer that he’ll always be a Yankee player, while he owns the team. Bobby Bonds will play 1 season for the Yankees before being traded to the Angels for OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa. Meanwhile Murcer will last only 2 seasons with the Giants before being dealt to the Cubs in February of 1977. Bobby was very unhappy playing in Giants cold and windy Candlestick Park. During the 1979 MLB season, he will return to the Yankees. 

1982- Former Yankees All-Star 2B Robinson “Robbie” Cano (2005-2013) was born.

In 2001, the Yankees signed INF Robinson “Robbie” Cano, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He is the son of former MLB P Jose Cano, who originally was signed by the Yankees, later he pitched in MLB with the Astros. Robbie has appeared in 1,374 games with the 2005-2013 Yankees, while hitting .309 with 204 HRs with 822 RBI’s. In 2006, he won the AL Silver Slugger award for 2B. He was named to the 2006, 2010-2013 AL All-Star teams. In 2010 and 2012, Robbie won AL Golden Glove for 2B. In the post season with the Yankees, Robbie has appeared in 51 games, while hitting just .222 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs. He finished the 2013 AL season, appearing in 160 games, while hitting .314 with 27 HRs and 107 RBIs. He signed a 10-year contract as an MLB Free Agent with the Mariners. In the winter of 2018, he was traded by the Mariners to the Mets.

1996- In the 1996 World Series, Yankees Starter David Cone holds the Braves hitters, while CF Bernie Williams drives in 3 runs in a 5-2 win in Game 3 played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Braves, now lead the 1996 World Series, 2 games to 1.

2000- In Game 2 of 2000 World Series, the Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games defeating the Mets by the score of 6-5 in a contest, which is overshadowed by Bronx Starter Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat to Mike Piazza as the Mets Catcher runs to 1st base. The eagerly awaited at bat, due to the Clemens' beaning of Piazza in July, results in the 2 players confronting one another and the emptying of both team benches.

2002- Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak being broken by Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995 is voted as baseball's most memorable moment by the fans participating MLB and MasterCard promotion. Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time HR record, Jackie Robinson becoming the 1st black to play in MLB, Mark McGwire breaking Yankees Roger Maris' single-season HR record and Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig's farewell speech, were also in the top 5 events selected by the fans

2003- The Marlins win in dramatic fashion by the score of 4-3 over the Yankees in Game 4 of the 2003 World Series behind a leadoff HR by Alex Gonzalez in the bottom of the 12th inning. Miguel Cabrera also hits a HR for the Marlins as Closer Braden Looper had the win in relief.

2009- The Angels stave off elimination in Game 5 of the 2009 ALCS by beating the Yankees by the score of 7-6. California overcomes a 6-run Yankees rally in the 7th inning by coming back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Halos Reliever Brian Fuentes ends the tense contest by getting the Yankees batter Nick Swisher to fly out with the bases loaded in the 9thinning.

 2018- Former Giants and Yankees (1987-1988) Radio Sports Announcer Hank Greenwald passed away at the age of 83. (1935-2018)

Hank Greenwald was an MLB Sports Announcer on the West Coast, who had worked on the Giants and A’s games. In 1986, he joined WABC-770 AM Radio to work on Yankees Radio broadcasts with Tommy Hutton. In 1989, he returned to the  West Coast to work for the Giants.

October 23rd

1882- Former Yankees OF/INF William “Birdie” Cree (1908-1915) was born. (1882-1942)

Outfielder William “Birdie” Cree played in 742 games for the Yankees, hitting .292 with 11 HRs and 332 RBIs. His best Yankees seasons were in 1911 and 1912, when he hit .348 and .332 for the team. On February 19,1914, he was purchased by AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) from the Yankees for $2,500. On July 8,1914, Cree was traded by the Orioles back to the Yankees for OF Bill Holden and $5,000 Cash. After the 1915 AL season, he retired as an active player.

1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee “Lefty” Grissom (1940) was born. (1907-1998)

On January 4,1940, Pitcher Lee Grissom was traded by the Reds to the Yankees for Pitcher Joe Beggs. Lee went 0-0 with No ERA in 5 games with the Yankees. On May 15,1940, Lee was selected off waivers by the Dodgers from the Yankees.

1922- Former Yankees Pitcher Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell (1952-1953) was born. (1922-1996)

On August 26,1952, the Yankees purchased veteran NL Pitcher Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell from the Reds for $35,000 Cash and 4 players: Pitchers: Johnny Schmitz and Ernie Nevel and Minor league Outfielder’s: Bob Marquis and Jim Greengrass. Blackwell will go 3-0 with 2 saves in September of 1952 and the 1953 AL season. He missed most of the 1954 AL season with arm injuries. On March 30,1955, he was purchased by Kansas City from the Yankees for $50,000 Cash.

1923- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth makes a postseason appearance in a New York Giants uniform as the Giants defeat the Minor League AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) by the score of 9-0. Ruth hits a HR over the RF Roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former New York Giants Team Owner John Day.

1965- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Leiter (1987-1989, 2005) was born.

The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected Pitcher Al Leiter. He would appear in 22 games with the Yankees, going 7-8 before being traded to the Blue Jays for veteran OF Jesse Barfield on April 30,1989.Barfield would replaced injuried OF Dave Winfield, who was out for the season with an injury. He would pitch for the Blue Jays, Mets and the Marlins before rejoining the Yankees. On July 16,2005, Al was sent to the Yankees by the Marlins as part of a conditional deal, going 4-5 with a 5.49 ERA in 16 games. In the 2005 AL Postseason, he was 1-0 in 4 games. On March 19, 2006,Leiter announced his retirement from the MLB. Al would work for the Yes Network covering the Yankees. Overall, as a Yankee hurler, Al finished with an 11-13 record with a 5.17 ERA in 38 games. As an MLB hurler for 19 seasons, he had appeared in 419 games, finishing with a 162-132 record with a 3.80 ERA. He had appeared in 3 World Series (Blue Jays, Marlins and the Mets) posting a 1-1 record with a 4.59 ERA in 7 games. Also, Al’s older brother Mark had pitched for the 1990 Yankees. Al would work with the MLB network. In 2019, he was named a Baseball Operations Adviser by the Mets.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Monk” Dubiel (1944-1945) passed away. (1912-1969)

Before the start of the 1941 AL season, the Yankee had signed P Walter “Monk” Dubiel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. "Monk" would spend 1941 season with the Class C Akron Yankees and the Erie Sailors. The right-hander would appear in a combined 28 games, while posting a 14-8 record with a 2.44 ERA. Dubiel came by the name of "Monk" in his 1st year of pro baseball in the Minor Leagues, when a teammate noted that his uniform was so small for him that he looked like an organ grinder's monkey. After winning 16 games in the for the AA Newark Bears (IL), including a No-Hitter over the Syracuse Chiefs in 1943, "Monk" became a dependable wartime hurler for the Yankees, winning a career high 13 games in 1944, then he won 10 games in 1945. Dubiel's MLB pitching career was hindered by a hip and recurring back ailment that kept him from serving in the military service during WW II.  His overall Yankees Pitching career record was a 23-22 record with a 3.87 ERA in 56 games; with 28 complete games and 4 shutouts. On December 14,1946, Monk was purchased by the AA Seattle Rainers (PCL) from the Yankees. He would return to the MLB with the 1948 Phillies and then again with the 1949-1952 Cubs finishing his MLB pitching career with a 45-53 record with a 3.87 ERA in 187 games.

1979- Yankees Manager Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota Marshmallow Salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip. The fight will result in Martin being fired as the Yankees Manager for the 2nd time.

1981- In Game 3 of the 1981 World Series, the Dodgers beat the Yankees by the score of 5-4, narrowing the Yankees' World Series lead to 2-1.

1981- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ben Francisco (2013) was born.

On March 11, 2013, OF Ben Francisco was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. At the end of Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, he was sent to AAA Scranton (IL). Ben appeared in only 21 games for the team, while hitting just .114 with 1 HR and 1 RBI. On June 4, 2013, Ben was released by the Yankees. On June 18, 2013, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Padres organization. The Indians in the 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft had originally selected him. After leaving the MLB in 2013, he would play in the Independent Leagues and the Mexican Leagues before retiring from the game

1996- At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves jump to a 6-0 lead, but the Yankees mount their biggest comeback in World Series history with a 3-run HR by Jim Leyritz that ties the game in the 8th inning. After Bronx batter Bernie Williams is intentionally walked with runners on 1st and 2nd bases in the 10th inning, Braves P Steve Avery walks Yankees 3B Wade Boggs to bring in the deciding run.

1996- Former Yankees Pitcher Bob Grim (1954-1958) passed away. (1930-1996)

In 1948, the Yankees had signed P Bob Grim as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1954, after spending 2 years on active duty in the Army, Bob Grim comes into the 1954 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp as a non-roster player; he makes the team’s pitching staff. Bob posted a 20-6  record with a 3.26 ERA with 8 complete games in 37 games to win the 1954 AL Rookie of Year Award. During the 1954 AL off-season, he injured his arm working at his winter job; the Yankees would convert Bob into a relief pitcher. His best Yankees Reliever season was in 1957, when he went 12-8 with a 2.63 ERA and 19 saves in 46 games. He was named to 1957 AL All-Star team. On June 15,1958, Bob was traded by the Yankees along with veteran OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson to Kansas City for 2 Pitchers; Duke Maas and Virgil Trucks. As a Yankees hurler, Grim had posted a 45-21 record with a 3.35 ERA and 28 saves in 146 games. He had appeared in the 1955 and 1957 World Series for the Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 4.91 ERA and 1 save in 5 games. Overall, he pitched in the MLB for the Yankees, A’s (twice), Indians, Reds and the Cardinals finishing his MLB Pitching career with a 61-41 record with a 3.61 ERA and 38 saves in 268 games.

2004- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald (1951-1954) passed away. (1927-2004)

The Red Sox had originally signed P Jim McDonald, then he was later was traded to the St. Louis Browns. On November 23,1951, Jim McDonald was traded by the Browns to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Clint Courtney. Jim had appeared in 69 games for the Yankees, while posting a 16-12 record with a 3.57 ERA. His best Yankee pitching season was in 1953, when he went 9-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 games for the team. He had started Game 5 of the 1953 World Series for theYankees against the Dodgers. He pitched 7 and 2/3 innings, giving up 12 Dodger hits and 6 earned runs; he didn't walk anyone, while he struck out 3 Dodger batters. Also, he had an RBI double in the game off of Dodgers Reliever Russ Meyer. The Yankees won the game by the score of 11-7 with McDonald receiving credit for the victory. On November 17,1954, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with Players to be Named Later, P Harry Byrd, INF Willy Miranda, Catchers Hal Smith and Gus Triandos, MLB OF Gene Woodling to the Orioles for Players to be Named Later, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers Don Larsen and Bob Turley. The Yankees  would send P Bill Miller, INF Kal Segrist, INF Don Leppert and OF Ted Del Guercio (Minors) on December 1,1954 to the Orioles to complete the huge player trade. The Orioles would send P Mike Blyzka, Catcher Darrell Johnson, OF Jim Fridley and 1B Dick Kryhoski on December 1,1954 to the Yankees to complete the trade. On July 30,1955, Jim was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for veteran All-Star Starter Eddie Lopat. Jim was sent down to the Yankees AAA club, the Denver Bears (AA). Before the start of the 1956 AL season, he was sent by the Yankees back to the Orioles in an unknown transaction. In 1958, Jim would finish his MLB pitching career with the White Sox. Overall, as an MLB hurler, he had posted a 24-27 record with a 4.27 ERA and 1 save in 136 MLB games.



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