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This Week in Yankees History November 14th-20th
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This Week in Yankees History November 14th-20th Part One

November 14th

1876- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry Howell (1903) was born. (1876-1956)

Veteran MLB hurler Harry Howell had posted a 9-6 record with a 3.53 ERA in 25 games for the 1903 Yankees. On March 6,1904, Harry was traded by the Yankees along with $8,000 Cash payment to the St. Louis Browns for veteran P Jack Powell.

1885- Former Yankees OF/1B Jack Lelivelt (1912-1913) was born. (1885-1941)

On August 23,1912, OF/1B Jack Lelivelt was traded by AA Rochester (IL) to the Highlanders for a Player to be Named Later and OF Guy Zinn. The Highlanders would send Minor League OF Klondike Smith on August 28,1912 to AA Rochester (IL) to complete the trade. Jack would hit .339 with 2 HRs and 27 RBIs with in 54 games for the Yankees. On May 25,1913, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with INF Bill Stumpf to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. Later, he would manage in the Minor Leagues from 1920 to 1940.

1938- Former Yankees Catcher Les Nunamaker (1914-1917) passed away. (1898-1938)

On May 13,1914, Catcher Les Nunamaker was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. On August 3,1914, as a member of the Yankees, Nunamaker threw out 3 Tiger baserunners trying to steal 2nd base in the same inning. He is the only catcher since the turn of the 20th century to accomplish the feat. Les had appeared in 369 games for the Yankees, while hitting .262 with 2 HRs and 107 RBIs. On January 22,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Pitchers: Urban Shocker and Nick Cullop, INF Joe Gedeon, 2B Fritz Maisel and $15,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt. 

1940- Former Yankees Pitcher George Clark (1913) had passed away. (1891-1940)

Pitcher George Clark had appeared in 11 games for the Yankees, finishing the 1913 AL season with a 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League INF Curt Roberts passed away. (1929-1969)

On April 4,1957, the Kansas City A’s sent Players to be Named Later and INF Curt Roberts to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal that was made on February 19,1957.  On February 19, 1957,  the A’s sent Players to be Named Later, Infielders Wayne Belardi, Jack McMahan and Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, MLB OF Irv Noren, 1B Milt Graff, INF Billy Hunter, 3-Pitchers: Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and Rip Coleman. He had originally come up to MLB as a 2B to the Pirates, being their 1st Black player. Curt would never appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. He would play for their top AAA team: the AAA Denver Bears (AA). Curt would continue to play in the high Minor Leagues until his retirement in 1963. 

1973- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ruben Rivera (1995-1996) was born.

In 1990, OF Ruben Rivera was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was the cousin of Yankees Closer Mario Rivera. Ruben had appeared in 54 games for the Yankees, hitting .281 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs. He had injured his shoulder in 1996. On April 22,1997, Ruben was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Rafael Medina and $3 to the Padres for Players to be Named Later, 2B Homer Bush and Minor League OF Gordon Amerson. The Padres would send P Hideki Irabu to the Yankees on May 29,1997. Minor League Player Vernon Maxwell was sent on June 9,1997 to the Bronx to complete the trade. During the 2002 MLB Spring Training camp, Ruben was trying to make a comeback with the Yankees; when he was involved in an incident taking Derek Jeter’s glove from the Yankees clubhouse in Tampa. The Yankees would give him his unconditional player release. In 2002, he would play for the Rangers, then in 2003 with his MLB final team, the Giants. From 2004 to 2015, he would play pro baseball in Mexico.

1978- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Xavier Nady (2008-2009) was born.

On July 26, 2008, OF/1B Xavier Nady was traded by the Pirates along with Reliever Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Minor League players: P Daniel McCutchen, OF Prospect Jose Tabata, MLB hurlers Jeff Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf. After just playing 7 games of the 2009 AL season, Nady went down with a season ending injury. He was hitting .286 at the time. His overall Yankees season batting record was .270, while hitting 12 HRs with 42 RBIs in 66 games. After the 2009 AL season was finished, he left the team for MLB Free Agency.

1979- The Yankees had obtained 3B/DH Eric Soderholm from the Rangers for a Player to be Named Later and Cash. On December 13,1979, the Yankees would send 2 Minor League Players: OF Amos Lewis and P&nbs****y Burdette to the Rangers to complete the trade. As a Reserve 3B/DH for the 1980 Yankees, Eric would hit .287 with 11 HRs and 35 RBIs in 95 games for the team. Eric was the back-up for Yankees All-Star 3B Craig Nettles. He was playing with bad knees as a result of accident in off-season job a construction worker. He would miss the 1981 AL season due to an illness. In October of 1981, Eric was released by the team ending his MLB playing career. He had played for the Twins, White Sox and the Rangers before being traded to the Yankees. He had appeared in 894 MLB games, while hitting .264 with 102 HRs and 383 RBIs.

1991- Current Yankees Reliever Joely Rodriguez (2021) was born.

On July 29, 2021, the Yankees had acquired OF Joey Gallo and Reliever Joely Rodriquez from the Rangers for 4 Minor League prospects. In 2021, veteran MLB Reliever Rodríguez, 29, had posted a 1-3  record with a 5.93 ERA and 1 save in 31 relief appearances with the Rangers. The left-handed pitcher had missed the 1st 13 games of the 2021 AL season, while on the IL with a left ankle sprain (March 29th–April 16th). In 4 MLB seasons with the 2016-2017 Phillies and the 2020-2021 Rangers, he had posted a 2-5 record with a 5.05 ERA in 81 relief appearances. Also, he spent 2 seasons with the 2018-2019 Chunichi Dragons (JPL), going 3-7 with a 1.85 ERA in over 90 relief appearances in that time span. On March 31,2009, the Santo Domingo, D.R., native was originally signed by the Pirates as a Non-Drafted Free Agent. On December 10, 2014, he was acquired by the Phillies from the Pirates in exchange for P Antonio ****o. In 2017, Rodríguez was acquired by the Rangers from the Phillies in exchange for a Player to be Named Later or Cash Considerations. For the 2021 AL season , that was split between with the Rangers and Yankees, he had posted a 2-3 record with a 4.66 ERA and 1 save in 52 games. On November 7, 2021, the Yankees had turned down his 3-milliondollar club option, he received a $500,000 dollar buyout from the team. On November 9, 2021, he was resigned by the Yankees for a new 2-Million dollar player contract for 1-year.

1991- Former Yankees Minor League C Wynston Sawyer (2020) was born.

Catcher/1B Wynston Sawyer was drafted by the Orioles in the 8th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Scripps Ranch HS (San Diego, CA). In 10 minor league seasons, he has appeared in 641 games, while hitting .248 with 41 HRs and 288 RBIs. He never appeared at the MLB level with the Orioles. In the winter of 2019, he was signed by the Yankees, as a Minor League Free Agent. Sawyer received an invite to the Yankees 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. In 2020, he was at the Yankees Alternate Training site at Scranton. He was called up to the Bronx, but he did not appear in any games for the Yankees. On October 27,2020, he was outrighted by the Yankees to AAA Scranton (IL). 

1996-  Blue Jays Starter Pat Hentgen is named the 1996 American League Cy Young Award winner. Hentgen had posted a 20-10 record with 177 strikeouts and a 3.22 ERA, while Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte, who had a 21-8 record with 162 strikeouts and a 3.87 ERA finishes 2nd place in the AL award voting.

2000- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Len Gabrielson passed away. (1915-2000)

In 1934, 1B Len Gabrielson was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would play in the Yankees Minor League system from 1934 to 1939. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On April 8,1939, Len was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for P Pete Sivess and Cash. During the 1939 NL season, he would play in 5 games for the Phillies, while hitting .222 with No HRs and 1 RBI, before returning to the Minor Leagues. His son Len Gabrielson Jr. would later play in the MLB.

2004- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jesse Gonder (1960-1961) passed away. (1936-2004). 

In 1955, the Reds had originally signed Jesse Gonder as an Outfielder; later, he would be converted into a Catcher. He never appeared with the Reds at the MLB level. Before the start of the 1960 NL season, Jesse was sent from the Reds to the Yankees in an unknown player transaction. On September 30,1960, Jesse he made his MLB Player Debut with the Yankees, he would hit a pinch-hit HR at Yankee Stadium off of Red Sox Starter Bill Monbouquette for his 1st MLB hit. Jesse would briefly play for the Yankees during the 1960-1961 AL seasons, appearing in 22 games, while hitting .309 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. He was a member of the Yankees for the 1st weeks of the 1961 AL season as a Pinch-Hitter, before being sent back to AAA Richmond (IL) for the rest of the 1961 season. He did not make any World Series appearances with the 1960-1961 Yankees. He was the starting catcher for their 1960-1961 AAA club, the Richmond Virginians team (IL). On the 1960-1961 Yankees MLB 25-man roster, he blocked by the presence of veteran Catchers Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard. On December 14,1961, Jesse was traded back to the Reds by the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Marshall Bridges. Jesse was a Reserve Catcher for the 1962-1963 Reds. Also, Gonder would play for the 1963-1965 Mets, 1965 Braves and the 1966-1967 Pirates before finishing his MLB playing career with a lifetime BA of .251 with 26 HRs and 94 RBIs in 395 games. In 1963, as a member of the Mets, he was named to the Topps Rookie All-Star Team. After retiring as an MLB player in 1967, Jesse wrote a book about the racism that he faced while being a pro black baseball player in the 1950-1960’s.

2005- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, whose 48 HRs set an AL record for that position, breaking a 68-year-old Yankees team mark for right-handed hitters, earned his 2nd AL MVP Award in the closest vote since 2001. Rodriguez edged Red Sox DH/1B David Ortiz, 331-307 in voting by the BBWAA. He had received 16 of 28 1st place votes, while Ortiz earned 11 votes, with 2004 AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels collecting the other to finish 3rd with 196 points. The margin of victory is the smallest since Mariner's Ichiro Suzuki edged out the A's Jason Giambi by a vote of 289-281, 4 years ago.

2006- Former Yankees Minor League Player and MLB INF Pete Suder passed away. (1916-2006) 

Before the start of the 1935 AL season, the Yankees had signed INF Pete Suder as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. The 19-yearold got his 1st taste of pro baseball with the Class D Washington Generals (PSA). Where he played the 3B and fielded at a .947 clip in 98 games, while hitting for a .294 BA. In 1936, Pete would hit .309 with 18 HRs for the Yankees Class C Akron Yankees (MAL), while playing the shortstop position at a .951 percentage. In 1937, Pete would play 3B for the Norfolk Tars (PL) field at a .962 pace; he hit an even .300 with 22 HRs, while making the League’s All-Star team. The Binghamton Triplets (EL) would have Pete Suder on their 1938 team roster. He helped them win the 1938 EL pennant by hitting .278 with 10 HRs. Pete made the EL All-Star team at 3B by fielding at a .945 clip in 135 games. He would be with Triplets again for the 1940 season, playing at the 3B position, as he fielded .945 in 138 games; while batting .301 with 16 HRs. Pete helped the 2nd place Triplets win the EL playoffs, while making the EL All-Star team. Also, Pete was named the 1940 Eastern League MVP. On October 1,1940, the Yankees would lose him to the Philadelphia Athletics in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. In 1941, he would play 3B for the A’s, while appearing in 139 games, hitting .245 with 4 HRs and 52 RBIs. Pete would remain with the A’s until he played his last MLB game at Kansas City in 1955. Overall, he had appeared in 1,421 MLB games.

2020- Former Yankees Reliever Lindy McDaniel passed away from COVID-19 Virus at the age of 84. (1935-2020)

Pitcher Lindy McDaniel had been originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1950’s. In 1960, he was named to the NL All-Star team. McDaniel led the NL in saves in 1959-1960 and 1963. His best MLB season was in 1959, as a St. Louis Cardinals Starter, when he posted a 15-9 record with a 3.41 ERA in 30 games. On July 12,1968, veteran NL hurler Lindy McDaniel was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for veteran AL Starter Bill Monbouquette. He had been infective for the 1968 Giants, having an ERA over 7.00. With the 1968-1973 Yankees, Lindy will post a 38-29 record with a 2.89 ERA along with 58 saves in 265 games. He would replace Reliever Dooley Womack as Manager Houk’s top right-hand Reliever. Lindy McDaniel, Jack Aker and Steve Hamilton gave the team a good bullpen trio for several seasons. As a rare Yankees Starter, Lindy had pitched 1 complete game for the team.  McDaniel was the last Yankees Pitcher to hit a HR. On September 28, 1972, he hit a HR at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. On December 7,1973, Lindy was traded by the Yankees to the Royals for OF Lou Piniella and P Ken Wright. He would post a 6-5 record along with 2 saves with the Royals, before retiring from the game in 1975. His Brother Von McDaniel, also pitched in the MLB in the 1950’s with the Cardinals, they were teammates. McDaniel had pitched in the MLB for 21 seasons (1955-1975), finishing with a 141-119 record with a 3.45 ERA and 174 saves in 987 games. He had pitched for the Cardinals, Cubs and the Giants in NL, while in the AL, he hurled for the Yankees and the Royals. Lindy never appeared in the MLB Postseason during his long MLB playing career.

November 15th

1916- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe “Professor” Ostrowski (1950-1952) was born. (1916-2003)

On June 15,1950, Pitcher Joe Ostrowski was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with fellow hurlers Tom Ferrick, Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. He would finish the 1950 AL season with a 1-1 record with a 5.15 ERA and 3 saves; while appearing in 21 games for the Yankees. In 1951, Joe, who contributed to a 6-4 record with a 3.49 ERA, plus 5 saves; he had appeared in 1 game in the 1951 World Series that season. He pitching 2 innings with no decision against the Giants. Joe did not appear in the 1950 or 1952 World Series games for the Yankees. Ostrowski had a 2-2 record with a 5.62 ERA and 2 saves in 20 games for the 1952 Yankees. Overall, Joe had a 9-7 record with a 4.37 ERA and 11 saves in 75 games for the 1950-1952 Yankees. Joe would end his 5-year MLB Pitching career with a 23-25 record along with a 4.54 ERA and 16 saves in 150 games. He was called “Professor” because he wore glasses and taught high school in the off-season in Pennsylvania. He was originally signed by the Red Sox in 1941. He never appeared with them at the MLB Level.

1951-The BWAA named Yankees INF Gil McDougald as 1951 AL Rookie of the Year. Gil hit .306 for the Yankees in 1951, the leading the club with his .306 BA with 14 HRs and 63 RBIs in 131 games. He had 23 team leading doubles. The White Sox object to Gil McDougald's ROY award, offering the statistical accomplishments of their great Rookie OF Minnie Miñoso, who hit .281 with 10 HRs and 76 RBIs in 146 games, leading the AL in triples with 14 and 31 stolen bases.

1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Randy Niemann was born. 

On June 3,1975, P Randy Niemann was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft (June Secondary). He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 15,1977, Randy was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later and INF Mike Fischlin to the Astros for veteran C/1B Cliff Johnson. The Yankees would later send 1B/OF Dave Bergman on November 23, 1977 to the Astros to complete the deal. After his MLB playing career was over, Randy became a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Mets. He was the MLB Bullpen Coach for the 2009-2010 Mets, then in 2011, Randy was named the organization's Pitching Rehab Coordinator, working closely with Mets Ace Johan Santana. Randy finished the 2012 season as the Red Sox MLB Pitching Coach for the Manager Bobby Valentine. In 2013, he joined the Cardinals Minor League system. Niemann was the Pitching Coach for the 2013-2014 Springfield (MO) Cardinals and the 2015 Class A Palm Beach Cardinals (FSL).

1959- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frederick “Klondike” Smith (1912) passed away. (1887-1959).

In July of 1912, OF Frederick “Klondike” Smith was purchased by the Yankees from Brockton (NEL). He only appeared in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees, while hitting only.185, before being traded to AA Rochester (IL). Despite his western nickname of “Klondike”, he was actually born in London, England; he would continue to play in the high Minor Leagues until 1916.

1961- For the 2nd consecutive AL season, Yankees RF Roger Maris is named the AL MVP Player. The new single-season MLB HR record holder with 61 HRs, edges out his fellow Yankees teammate CF Mickey Mantle by 4 votes, 202-198. The Orioles All-Star 1B Jim Gentile finished in 3rd place with 157 votes.

1995- Former Yankees Manager Buck Showalter is signed by the new NL Expansion team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will not begin play until the 1998 NL season. They had sign him to a 7-year contract as their 1st MLB team manager. Showalter had guided the Yankees to an ALWC berth in 1995, but he left the team because of disagreements with Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner, after the team lost its 1st 2005 AL playoff series to the Mariners. He would be replaced by former NL Manager Joe Torre.

2001- Yankees Starter Roger Clemens, who posted a 20-3 record with a 3.51 ERA  and 213 strikeouts; wins the 2001 AL Cy Young Award for an unprecedented 6th time. Previously, Roger Clemens captured the award with the Red Sox in 1986,1987,1991 and then with the Blue Jays in 1997-1998. He becomes the 1st Yankees Pitcher to win the award since 1978, when Ron Guidry won the honor.

2005- All-Star LF Hideki Matsui and the Yankees agreed on a new 4-year player contract worth $52 million to the Japanese Outfielder. Both sides had faced a November 15th deadline after which Matsui would go on waivers and be prevented from rejoining the Yankees until May 15, 2006.

2016- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Addis passed away. (1925-2016)

Outfielder Bob Addis was signed by the Yankees from Barberton HS, when he graduated in 1943. He played for the Class D Wellsville Yankees (PONYL) that year. After being drafted in March 1944, he joined the Marines before being sent to Guam for artillery training. He would serve in China with the Allied Occupation Forces. He was discharged from the Marines in 1946. Bob returned to pro baseball, spending that season with Wellsville and the Class A Binghamton Triplets (EL.) In 1947, Addis was with the Class A Augusta Tigers (SAL) and the Class B Norfolk Tars (PL). On November 17,1947, Bob was drafted by the Dodgers from the Yankees organization in the 1947 Minor League Player Draft.  For the 1948 season, he played for the AA St. Paul Saints (AA). In 1949, Bob was with the Saints and the AA Montreal Royals (IL). In the winter of 1948, the Dodgers traded him to the Braves. In 1950, he played with the AAA Milwaukee Brewers (AA) before being called up and making his MLB Player debut with the Boston Braves on September 1,1950. He remained in the MLB until the 1953 NL season, when he was sent to the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). He had played in 208 MLB games for the Braves, Cubs and the Pirates.

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

After dropping out of school at age 16, the Yankees signed right-hander Jim Coates as an MLB Amateur Free Agent before the start of the1952 AL season. The 6' 4" pitcher was assigned to the Olean Yankees (PONY League) in his 1st pro season. Jim responded with a 13-15 record with a 3.19 ERA. The slender pitcher was in the Minor Leagues for the next 5 seasons, sharpening his game for his 1956 MLB Pitching debut. His best season came in 1955, when he went 14-8 with a 2.95 ERA in a split season with the Binghamton Triplets (EL) and the Birmingham Barons (SAL). This performance earned Jim his 1st stop at Yankee Stadium was in 1956; where he appeared in 2 games, pitched 2 innings, after spending the season with the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). He was also in Richmond for the next 2 seasons, where he was 22- 23 over the 3-season run. He broke his arm in 1958, he pitched in only 8 games that season before making the MLB for good in 1959. From 1959 to 1962, Jim worked as a Spot Starter and Reliever for the Bronx Bombers, going 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA and 15 saves in 167 games, as a Yankees Reliever. He had a 13-3 mark with a 4.28 ERA with 1 save in 35 games. In 1960, a year in which he was selected to the AL Team in the 1st of 2 MLB All-Star games. Jim Coates was especially tough at Yankee Stadium, of pitchers with at least 20 wins, Jim had the highest winning percentage (.794) at the "House That Ruth Built" going 27-7 during his Yankees pitching career. He is also the last Yankee Pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader. 

In the 7th game of 1960 World Series against the Pirates, in the 8th inning Jim failed to cover at 1B, which allow the Pirates to extend the inning scoring more runs. Several of the Yankees players blamed him for losing of the World Series Game 7, not young Reliever Ralph Terry. He was confronted by Clete Boyer and other Yankee players during the 1961 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp. The lanky Virginian enjoyed his finest moment in Game 4 of the 1961 World Series, when the Yankees beat the Reds by the score of 7-0. Coates relieved Starter Whitey Ford in the 6th inning because of a foot injury. He responded with 4 shutout innings allowing only 1-Reds hit, getting credit for a save. During the 3 World Series (1960, 1961 and 1962) that Coates was with the Yankees, he came up with a 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA, while appearing in 6 games. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA and 15 saves in 167 games, as a Yankees Reliever. The right-hander also made MLB stops with the 1963 Senators, 1963 Reds and the 1965-1967 Angels during his MLB pitching career. He had the reputation of knocking down batters. He threw with a side-arm delivery and turned his head away from the batter at the last second. It was downright nasty. Jim said: "If you have to knock a batter down, you knock him down." Coates finished up his 9-season MLB run with a 43-22 record with an even 4.00 ERA in 247 games. After being cut loose from the Angels, Jim dropped down to the PCL; he finished up his 15-year Minor League run with the AAA Hawaii Islanders at the age of 37 in 1970. His record in the Minor Leagues shows a 142-113 record with a 2.81 ERA. Overall, he spent 19 active seasons in pro baseball (1952-1970). Coates was an unforgettable character. Jim Bouton in his book Ball Four wrote of his skeletal former teammate. "Coates could pose as the illustration for an undertaker's sign. He has the personality to match..." Jim was also known as the only pitcher who could sleep with his eyes open and pitch with them closed. Jim's nickname, to his Yankee teammates was "The Mummy.”

2019- Former Yankees All-Star OF Irv Noren (1952-1956) passed away. (1924-2019)

Outfielder Irv Noren was originally signed by the Dodgers, who later traded him to the Senators. On May 3,1952, Irv was traded by the Nats along with OF Tom Upton to the Yankees for OF Jackie Jensen, P Frank “Spec” Shea, INF Jerry Snyder and OF Archie Wilson. Irv could play all 3 Outfield positions, which made him perfect match for Yankees Manager Casey Stengel’s platoon system. Outfielder Irv Noren had 3 good out of 4 seasons, while playing for the 1952-1956 Yankees; including hitting .319 in 1954, despite being troubled with 2-bad knees. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Bombers with the 1952 World Series being his best, hitting .300 against the Dodgers. Irv was on the 1954 AL All-Star team. While playing for the Yankees, Irv appeared in 488 games, while hitting .272 with 31 HRs and 198 RBIs. After hitting just .216 for 1956 team due to injuries on February 12,1957,  Irv was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Minor League 1B Milt Graff, MLB INF Billy Hunter, MLB Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Rip Coleman and Tom Morgan to the Kansas City A’s for Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, Infielders Jack McMahan and  Wayne Belardi. Yankees would send Minor League P Jack Urban on April 5,1957 to the A’s to complete the trade. The A’s would send Reserve INF Curt Roberts on April 4, 1957. Also, the A’s would send Rookie INF Clete Boyer on June 4,1957 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Irv had played for the Senators, Yankees, A’s, Cardinals, Cubs and finished up with the 1960 Dodgers. He finished his MLB playing career with a lifetime .275 BA with 65 HRs and 453 RBIs. Later, he was a Minor League Manager for the Dodgers. He managed their AAA team, the Hawaii Islanders (PCL) in 1962 and 1963. It being the Hawaiian Islands, Noren had a $50 fine for any player who showed up too sunburned to play. He said 1 player came to Hawaii and got off the plane carrying a snorkel and flippers. In 1964, Noren was an MLB Scout for the Senators. Then he was out of baseball from 1965 to 1969. In 1970, he managed the Niagara Falls Pirates, then he returned to MLB Coaching. Also, he served as an MLB 3B Coach for the 1972-1974 Oakland A’s. He was a member of the Cubs MLB Coaching staff in 1975. He was also a horse owner, who participated in races at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and elsewhere in southern California.

November 16th

1883- Former Yankees INF/P Rollie “Bunions” Zeider (1903) was born. (1883-1967)

On June 1,1913, INF Rollie Zeider was traded by the White Sox along with 1B Babe Borton to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Rollie hit .233 with No HRs and 12 RBIs in 50 games for the Yankees. Before the start of 1914 AL season, Rollie jumped from the Yankees to play for the Chicago Chi-Feds in the Federal League. He was the one of the 2 MLB players to play for all of 3 Chicago MLB teams, the White Sox, Cubs,  the Chi-Feds and Whales (Federal League). Later, he would become a Minor League Manager.

1932- Former Yankees Minor League C Harry Chiti was born. (1932-2002)

On December 14,1956, the Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later and C Harry Chiti to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 11th. On December 11,1956, the Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran Reserve Catcher Charlie Silvera, Cash and another Player to be Named. Harry never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent to the AAA Denver Bears (AA) for the 1957 baseball season. On December 2,1957, Harry was drafted by the Kansas City A’s from the Yankees organization in the 1957 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Also, he would later play for the Tigers and the 1962 Mets before leaving baseball.

 1950- The Yankees had selected P Bob Muncrief from the Cubs organization in the 1950 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Bob went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 2 games with the 1951 Yankees. He previously pitched in the MLB with the Browns and Indians, appearing in the 1944 and 1946 World Series with the 2 teams. Overall, Bob had posted an 80-82 record with a 3.80 ERA in 273 MLB games.

1962- Former Yankees OF Hugh “Bunny” High (1915-1918) passed away. (1876-1962)

Outfielder Hugh “Bunny” High played 6 seasons during the deadball era for the Tigers and Yankees. In 1913-1914, he was the 4th outfielder to the Tigers' regular outfield of Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach. High had hit .247 in 171 games for the 1913-1914 Tigers. On February 4,1915, Hugh High was purchased along with 1B Wally Pipp by the Yankees from the Tigers for $10,000 Cash. He would appear in 345 games for the Yankees, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs with 90 RBIs.

 1964- Former Yankees Pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden (1996-1997, 2000) was born.

Veteran MLB All-Star Starter “Doc” Gooden went 24-12 with a 4.67 ERA in 67 games with the Yankees, including throwing a No-Hitter against the Mariners in 1996. In the fall of 1997, he left the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Indians. In 1984, as a Mets Rookie Starter, he was voted the NL Rookie of Year. Then he won the 1985 NL Cy Young Award with the Mets. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, he went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA in 430 MLB games.

1976- Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson is named the 1976 AL MVP. He had hit .302 with 17 HRs and 105 RBIs, earning 18 out of 24 1st-place MVP votes.

1998- Former Yankees Special Pitching Coach and MLB Player Russ “Mad Monk” Meyer passed away. (1923-1998) 

Russ Meyer had appeared with the 1950 Phillies and 1953,1955 Dodgers against the Yankees in the World Series with a 0-1 record. He finished his MLB Pitching career with the 1959 Kansas City A’s. Meyer served as a Minor League Pitching Coach with the Yankees in the 1980’s, working with Manager Buck Showalter with the Class A teams: the Oneonta Yankees (NYPL), Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) and the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL). In 1992, Russ Meyer and Buck Showalter were promoted to the Bronx, where he spent the 1992 AL season as a Yankees Bench Coach. 

1998- The Yankees traded Minor League 3B Allen Butler to the Twins for MLB Reliever Dan Naulty, who had 4-5 record with a 4.61 ERA and 5 saves in 97 games in 3 seasons for the Twins. In 1998, Dan would go 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in 33 games before ending on the DL with a season ending injury. Allen Butler had hit .268 with 19 HRs and 81 RBIs for the Class AA Greensboro Bats (SAL). On December 14,1999, Dan was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Minor League 1B Nick Leach. 

2002- The New York Yankees and the Yomiuri Giants sign an agreement to form a working relationship. Being the most successful teams in their respective pro baseball leagues, the organizations hope to establish scouting and marketing ties, which will benefit both teams.

2017- The AL MVP Award is announced, as Astros 2B José Altuve easily outpolls Yankees RF Aaron Judge. It is the 1st time winning the AL MVP Award for Altuve.

2018- Former Yankees Batting Practice Pitcher and MLB Player (1958) Nick Testa passed away. (1929-2018)

Catcher Nick Testa would appear in 1 MLB game with the 1958 Giants, later that season, he became the Giants Bullpen Coach. He played in 1 game as a Catcher, but he didn’t get a chance to bat in the game. Nick  had played in the Minor Leagues from 1947-1964 playing for the Giants, Cardinals and Braves Minor League organizations. In 1962, Nick went to Japan to play baseball. That season, he played in 57 games for the Daimai Orions, only batting .136 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. Testa later served as a Coach for the St. Lucie Legends in the Senior Professional Baseball Association during their lone year of existence in 1989. He also coached Baseball at Lehman College. After retiring from Lehman, Testa joined the Yankees as their Batting Practice Coach, serving on 5 World Championship Teams. Also, Nick worked behind the plate at the Yankees winter fanasty baseball camps. Nick Testa died on November 16, 2018 at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, at the age of 90. 

November 17th

1867- Former Yankees Manager George Stallings (1909-1910) was born. (1867-1929)

George Stallings reached the MLB as a player in 1890, going hitless in 4 games with the NL Brooklyn Bridegrooms. He was soon back in the Minor Leagues, he began his pro baseball managing career with the Augusta Electricians (SL) in 1893. He was also the Head Baseball Coach at Mercer University from 1893-1896. He became the Phillies Manager in 1897, also appeared in 2 games as the club finished in 10th place in the NL. He played in 1 game with the team the next summer, but he was replaced by Bill Shettsline at the helm on June 18th. Stallings led the Tigers to a 3rd place finish in 1901. Then he found success with the AA Buffalo Bisons (IL), leading the club to 2 Eastern League titles. He took over the job as Yankees Manager for the 1909 AL season. The 1909 Yankees finished in 5th place with a 74-77 record. With the 1910 Highlanders, the team was in 2nd place late in the season, before he resigned on September 21st.  Stallings had a disagreement with Yankee Co-Team Owners Farrell and Devery over 1B Hal Chase’s play. He strongly felt that that Chase was trying to throw games and gambling on them as well. Ironically, Stallings was replaced by the team’s Co-Owners with 1B Hal Chase. Overall, George Stallings Yankees Manager record was 153-138. After 2 more seasons back with Buffalo, Stallings became Manager of the Boston Braves in 1913. He took the club from last place to a NL pennant the next summer. The Miracle Braves, as the 1914 squad was known, were in last place for much of the 1st part of the 1914 NL season and as late as July 18th. On August 4th, they had climbed to 4th place, but they didn't reach 1st until August 25th. They dropped back into 2nd, but by September 5th they were atop the NL standings for good. They went on to sweep the Philadelphia A’s in the 1914 World Series. Under Stallings' leadership, the Braves finished in 2nd in 1915, he continued to manage the team through the 1920 NL season. In 1959, Stallings was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

1913- Former Yankees Pitcher Lee Stine (1938) was born. (1913-2005)

On December 19,1936, P Lee Stine was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds. He had previously pitched for the White Sox before being traded to the Reds. Lee had pitched 4 seasons in the MLB, while he was young, finishing up with the 1938 Yankees, for whom he appeared in 4 games with no record with a 1.04 ERA at age 24. He did not pitch in the 1938 World Series for the Yankees against the Cubs. In 1937, he pitched for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), posting a 7-14 record. In 1938, Lee had appeared with the Yankees AA team, the Newark Bears (IL), posting a 11-8 record for IL Pennant winning Bears. As an MLB Pitcher, Stine had a 3-8 record along with a 5.09 ERA and 2 saves in 49 games. In 1940, he was pitching for the AA LA Angels (PCL).

1961- Former Yankees Reserve OF Benny Kauff (1912) passed away. (1890-1961)

Benny Kauff was an outfielder for 12 MLB seasons, including 8 with the Yankees, Giants and in the Federal League; Semipro and Minor League Baseball. He was a World War I Veteran. Heralded as the "Ty Cobb of the Federal League", Kauff never lived up to his braggadocio about what he could do if he played for the Giants. After playing briefly for the Yankees in 1912, he led the Federal League in hits, doubles, runs and batting average (.370) in 1914. Transferred to Brooklyn, while his Newark team moved west, he hit a 3-run HR on opening day in 1915. Feeling overworked and underpaid, he tried to jump back to the Giants, but he was thwarted in that attempt by opposition teams, who cited contractual responsibilities. He finished the season in the Federal League, but he was sold to the Giants for $30,000 Cash upon the League's disbandment in 1915. He became a good, but not great performer, topping .300 in 2 of 5 seasons. He turned down a $500 bribe from teammates Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman to throw a game, reported the incident to Giants Manager John McGraw. He remained in the team's good graces, until he ran afoul of the law in February 1920 for accepting stolen cars in a used car business that he and his brother ran. MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis banned him from organized baseball before the 1921 MLB season got underway, calling his subsequent acquittal a "miscarriage of justice".

1964- The Mets named former Yankees great Yogi Berra to their MLB Coaching staff. Berra signs a 2-year contract with the team. He will work under another former Yankees legend and his former long-time boss, Casey Stengel, who is current the Mets' Manager.

1966- Former Yankees Reliever Jeff Nelson (1996-2000, 2003) was born.

Pitcher Jeff Nelson was signed by MLB Scout Bob Carter for the Dodgers as a 22nd round pick in the MLB Amateur Player Draft. On December 9,1986, Jeff was drafted by the  Mariners from the Dodgers in the 1986 Minor League Player Draft. On December 7,1995, P Jeff Nelson was traded by the Mariners along with 1B Tino Martinez and P Jim Mecir to the Yankees for INF Russ Davis and Starter Sterling Hitchcock. On August 6, 2003, Jeff was traded by the Mariners back to the Yankees for veteran MLB Closer Armando Benitez. Nelson went 1-0 in 24 games with 1 save in his last MLB season with the 2003 Yankees. As a set-up man with the Yankees, Nelson had posted a 23-19 record with a 3.47 ERA and 9 saves in 331 games. He had pitched for 4 World Champion Yankee teams, appearing in 16 World Series games, while posting a 1-0 record with 1.69 ERA. As an MLB Pitcher, Jeff went 48-45 with a 3.41 ERA and 33 saves in 798 games, pitching for the Mariners (3 times), Yankees (twice), White Sox and the Rangers.

1977- Former Yankees Shortstop and MLB Manager Roger Peckinpaugh (1913-1921) passed away. (1891-1977) 

On May 25,1913, Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh was traded by the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) to the Yankees for INF Bill Stumpf and OF Jack Lelivelt. He stabilized the Yankees infield with his steady play at Shortstop. Roger’s best Yankees season was in 1919, when he hit .309 with 89 RBIs. During the 1914 AL season, he managed the team for 17 games, going 9-8. Overall as a Yankees player, Roger hit .257 with 36 HRs and 428 RBIs in 1,219 games. He appeared in 1 World Series for the team; in 1921, Roger hit .179 in 8 games against the Giants. On December 20,1921, Roger was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Harry Collins, veteran MLB Starter Jack Quinn and Minor League P Bill Piercy to the Red Sox for Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott, Pitchers Joe Bush and Sam Jones. During the 1921 AL off-season, he would be traded by the Red Sox to the Senators. He became an MLB Manager again with the 1929-1933 and 1941 Indians, while posting an overall of 992-499 record.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Alex Graman (2004-2005) was born.

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Alex Graman. He had appeared in 5 games with the Yankees with no record. On July 29, 2005, the Yankees would release Alex; the Reds would pick him up in August of 2005. Alex was released by the Reds in September of 2005. From 2006-2011, he would pitch in Japan with the Seibu Lions (JPL). Alex pitched in 140 games, while posting a 11-17 record with 52 saves as Reliever.

1980- Former Yankees OF Hersh Martin (1944-1945) passed away. (1909-1980)

Hersh Martin played 6 seasons in the MLB from 1937-1940 as a CF with the Phillies and from 1944-1945 as a LF with the Yankees. He was an NL All-Star player in 1938. He stole a few bases; he had moderate power and drew a fair number of walks. In 1938, when he hit .298, the team hit .254. On June 20,1944, Hersh Martin was traded by the AA Milwaukee Millers (AA) to the Yankees for 1B Ed Levy and Cash. With the 1944 Yankees at the age of 34, he hit .302 on a team that hit .264 for the season. He had the 2nd-highest batting average among the Yankee regulars, behind 2B “Snuffy” Stirnweiss. Playing with the Bronx Bombers, Hersh would appear in 202 games, while hitting .283 with 16 HRs and 100 RBIs. In 1955 and 1956, Martin would be an MLB Scout for the Phillies. In 1958, he would be an MLB Scout for the Cubs. From 1961 to 1979, Martin was an MLB Scout for the Mets.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Shawn Green (2014) was born.

Shawn Greene was undrafted out of high school. He had attended the Univ. of West Florida on scholarship, but he blew out his elbow late in his freshman season. After Tommy John surgery, he lost his baseball scholarship; he would transfer to Daytona Beach Community College. in the 15th round in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft, Green was selected by the Yankees. Pitching for the 2009 GCL Yankees, he was 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 13 relief appearances in his rookie season. After converting to starting pitching in 2010, he went 2-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 14 starts for the Staten Island Yankees (2-6, with a 4.59 ERA) and the Charleston RiverDogs (0-2 with 4.58 ERA). In 2011, the hurler was 5-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 27 starts for Charleston. He led the South Atlantic League in losses, tied for 5th in runs allowed (88), was 5th in walks (68), was 4th in strikeouts with 128, and tied for 10th with 14 wild pitches. Among Yankee farmhands, he had the most defeats (2 more than Jose Ramirez), tied for 2nd in runs allowed with Craig Heyer, was 4th in walks (between Dellin Betances and D.J. Mitchell), was 2nd in strikeouts (14 behind Betances), tied Heyer and Betances for 3rd in hit batsmen (10) and tied for 7th in wild pitches. In 2012, he was 4-7 with a 5.22 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) for the Tampa Yankees, walking 63 batters in 112 IP.  Among Yankee farmhands, he was 4th in that department, between Bryan Mitchell and Brett Marshall. He went 12-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) split time between Class A Tampa (FSL) (4-6, 3.60 ERA, 13 starts) and the AA Trenton Thunder (8-4, 3.18 ERA) in 2013. His control was much sharper, with 30 walks in 154 1/3 IP and only 10 HRs allowed. He led Yankee minor leaguers in wins, 1 ahead of Nik Turley and Scottie Allen, tied Marshall and Mikey O'Brien for 3rd in losses, allowed the most hits (175, 17 ahead of Bryan Mitchell) and was 3rd in Ks (behind De Paula and Turley). His performance with Tampa earned him a spot in the Florida State League All-Star Game, while named him an Organization All-Star following the season. Greene was added to the Yankees 40-man MLB roster following the season. He was in a notable spring training game in 2014, because it was against Florida State University and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Greene retired Winston on a grounder. He started the season in the minors, but he saw little action with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (4 H, 1 BB, 2 R, 5 K in 2 2/3 IP). With Michael Pineda suspended, the Yankees called up Bruce Billings and Greene for arm reinforcement, sending down INF Dean Anna and P Preston Claiborne to open 25-man roster space. He would make his MLB Pitching debut on April 24th, when he gave up 3 unearned runs on 3 walks in a third of an inning against the Red Sox. He came into the game in the 7th with the Yankees leading, 12-2, but he walked Jackie Bradley and allowed Dustin Pedroia to reach on an error. A passed ball scored Bradley from 3B and he then struck out veteran Shane Victorino. He walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera and Mike Napoli to load the bases, at which point he was replaced by Adam Warren; 2 more runs scored on a sacrifice fly and a double by Xander Bogaerts before the inning ended. After the 1 outing in the MLB, he was sent down in favor of Chris Leroux. He only came back to the MLB on July 7th, when he started against the Indians in place of Vidal Nuno, who had been traded the day before. Things went much better this time, as he kept the Indians hitless until the 5th inning, when Nick Swisher touched him for a solo HR; he left after allowing 2 runs in 6 innings and he was credited with his 1st MLB victory, a 5-3 win. He finished the 2014 season with a 5-4 record with a 3.78 ERA in 15 games for the Yankees. On December 5, 2014, Shawn Greene was involved in a 3-team trade that allowed the Yankees to acquire the heir apparent to Shortstop Derek Jeter as they landed INF Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks. For his part, Greene was immediately flipped by the D-Backs to the Tigers in exchange for 2 Minor League Prospects; P Robbie Ray and INF Domingo Leyba. Shawn has pitched for the 2015-2018 Tigers; while posting a 17-21 record with a 5.20 ERA and 43 saves in 205 games. In 2019, he pitched for the Braves, posting a 0-3 record with a 2.30 ERA and 23 saves in 65 games. He returned to the Braves in 2020, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.60 ERA in 28 games.

1992-  The MLB holds the Player Expansion Team Draft to stock the rosters of the NL’s 2-new teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. The Yankees lose the following players: Minor League OF Carl Everett (Marlins): veteran MLB 3B Charlie Hays (Rockies), Minor League Catcher Brad Ausmus (Rockies). Former Number #1 Draft Pick OF Carl Everett was let go because the Yankees felt that his mental playing attitude wasn’t right. Despite his playing talent, he would have a troubled MLB playing career because of his mental attitude, bouncing around from team to team in the MLB. Hayes who was left unprotected in the player draft due to the Yankees signing MLB Free Agent 3B Wade Boggs. Charlie would later return to the Yankees in August of 1996. Catcher Brad Ausmus would have a decent MLB playing career, the Yankees felt that he wasn’t going to be a power hitter, so they left him exposed to the player draft. Later, he would become an MLB Manager for several teams. 

1994- Former Yankees Pitcher Adonis Rosa (2019-2020) was born.

On December 9, 2013, P Adonis Rosa was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had been pitching at the 2020 Yankees’ Alternate Training Site at Scranton. Rosa has a 3.35 ERA, with a 3.79 K/BB rate and 7.8 K/9 over 515 1/3 career Minor League innings, starting 74 of his 114 career games in New York’s farm system. Rosa’s MLB resume consists of a 1 game with a 2-inning relief appearance for the Yankees on August 13, 2019 against the Orioles. On September 5, 2020, he was released by the team. 

2013- Former Yankees Reserve OF John “Zeke” Bella (1957) passed away. (1930-2013)

In 1951, the Yankees had signed OF John “Zeke” Bella as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in only 5 games for the 1957 Yankees, while hitting just .182. He had played for the 1955-1958 AAA Denver Bears (AA), hitting over .300 each season for Bears Manager Ralph Houk. On August 22,1958, John was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to Kansas City for veteran P Murry Dickson. Overall, as an MLB player, with the 1957 Yankees and the 1959 A’s, Zeke had appeared in 52 games; he had 18 hits in 92 at-bats finishing his MLB playing career with a .196 BA. He finished out his pro baseball playing career in 1960, playing with the A’s AAA club in Dallas.

2020- The Yankees had signed Free Agent OF Michael Beltre to a Minor League Contract. He will receive an invitation to the Yankees 2021 MLB Spring Training Camp. Beltre, 25, owns a Minor League career .258 (411-for-1,595) BA with 240 Runs, 63 doubles, 26 triples, 17 HRs, 160 RBIs and 226 BB in 487 games over 7 Minor League seasons in the Reds organization (2013-2019). The Santo Domingo, D.R., native was originally signed by the Reds as a non-drafted Free Agent on Feb. 7, 2013.

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This Week in Yankees History November 14th-20th Part Two

November 18th

1863- Former Yankees C/1B and MLB Manager Deacon McGuire (1904-1907) was born. (1863-1936)

Deacon McGuire played pro baseball for 26 years (1884-1912). On February 21,1904, 41-year-old Catcher was purchasedby the Highlanders from the Tigers. He played for the Yankees from 1904 to 1907. He appeared in 225 games for the team, while hitting .230 with No HRs and 67 RBIs. He shared the Yankees catching duties with Red Kleinow. On June 7,1907, Deacon was selected off waivers by the Boston Americans (aka Red Sox) from the Highlanders. He became the 1907 Red Sox Manager. Overall, as an MLB player, he had appeared in 1,781 games; while hitting .278 with 45 HRs and 840 RBIs. As an MLB Manager, he led the 1898 Senators, 1907-1908 Red Sox and the 1909-1911 Cleveland Naps (aka Indians).

1922- Former Yankees Minor League INF Kermit Wahl was born. (1922-1987)

Kermit Wahl graduated from Columbia HS, where he starred in baseball and basketball in 1940 at age 17. Then he attended Indiana University, where he played Big-10 college baseball. In the summers, he played in the independent Western Canadian League. He served in the U.S. Army Enlisted Reserve Corps for 7 months during World War II before receiving a medical discharge for a knee injury suffered in his Sr. year of basketball (OB). He went back to school and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He was signed by the Reds as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1944. Wahl broke into Organized Baseball at age 21 with the Class A Birmingham Barons (SA). In his pro debut with the Barons, he hit .231 with 3 RBIs. Wahl was 21-years old, when he broke into the MLB on June 22, 1944 with the Reds. He played for the 1944 Reds that season. Also in 1945, when he was a utility infielder, appearing in 71 games. With the 7th-place team, he hit .201 in 194 at bats with 8 doubles and 2 triples. The 1st postwar year of 1946 found Kermit with the AA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). The Chiefs finished 2nd as he hit .271 with 7 HRs and 58 RBIs. The next season, Kermit was again spent  time with the Reds as their utility infielder. He played in 39 games. His BA dropped to .173 in 81 at bats. For the 5th-place Reds, he hit his 1st MLB HR run on June 27th off of Howie Pollet, but that was his only extra-base hit of the season. In 1948, he was back at AA Syracuse, where he had a good power year hitting .255 with 20 HRs and 95 RBIs. The team finished 3rd, Kermit was sent from the Reds to the Dodgers. In 1949, he played for the Dodgers' top farm team, the AA Montreal Royals (IL). They finished 3rd in the IL as Kermit hit 286 with 11 HRs and 83 RBIs.  On September 28,1949, he was traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia A’s for Bill McCahan and $25,000 Cash. He played for the A’s in 1950 and 1951, as 2 good years in the International League had earned him a promotion to the MLB, albeit with the last-place A’s, who won only 52 games for Manager/Owner Connie Mack in 1950. Again, he was a utility INF making the lineup cards 89 times. He hit better then in his previous MLB seasons (.257) with 280 at bats and with more power (12 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HRs and 27 RBIs. Kermit played just 3B for the 1951 A's, he batted 59 times, hitting only .186 in 20 games; later in the season, the A’s traded him along with Paul Lehner and Cash to the Browns for Don Lenhardt. His stay was short in St. Louis, appearing in only 8 games, as he batted 27 times and got 9 hits, while playing 3B in 6 games and playing his final MLB game on July 29th at age 28. On July 31st, he was purchased from the Browns by the Yankees. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to wear the Yankee pinstripes as he was sent to their AAA American Association affiliate in Kansas City. For the 1951 AAA Blues, he would hit .275 with 9 RBIs. The next 2 seasons, he was still stuck playing for the Blues. In 1952, he hit for his highest career average at .302 hitting 5 HRs with 43 RBIs. If he had been in another MLB organization, he would have had a much better chance at playing for an MLB club. In 1953, he spent another year on the "farm" hitting only .240 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs. His pro baseball career was obviously fading. In 1954, he finally escaped the Yankees farm system, when he played for the Milwaukee Braves' AAA team, the Toledo Mud Hens (AA). Kermit hit well for average (.305), he had only 5 HRs along with 20 RBIs; ending his pro baseball career at age 31.

1932- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny McDevitt (1961) was born. (1932-2010)

The Yankees had originally signed P Danny McDevitt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1951. However, after giving up 76 walks in 43 innings that year in the low minor leagues, he was released by the Yankees,before the start of 1952 AL season. Then the Dodgers would sign him as an MLB Free Agent. On December 16,1960, Danny was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers. He was projected to replace Bobby Shantz as the lefty swingman for the 1961 Yankees pitching staff. Danny went 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA and 1 save in 8 games with the Yankees, before being traded on June 14,1961 to the Twins for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. Dan’s claim to MLB fame was being the last Brooklyn Dodger Pitcher to start, throw a shutout and win at Ebbets Field in September of 1957 against the Pirates. His best MLB season was in 1959, when he went 10-8 for the World Champion Dodgers. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series for the Dodgers against the White Sox. Danny finished MLB Pitching career with a 21-27 record with a 4.40 ERA with 7 saves in 155 games with the Dodgers, Yankees, Twins and the 1962 A’s.

1938- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Marion “Bud” Zipfel was born.

Before the start of the 1956 AL season, the Yankees had signed Bud Zipfel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 14,1960, Bud was selected by the new Washington Senators from the Yankees in the 1960 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. Bud replaced veteran INF Gil McDougald on the Yankees Expansion Draft Player list, when Gil refused to go to the new Senators. Bud was being groomed to be a possible replacement for veteran Bill Skowron at 1B. With his departure, Deron Johnson and Joe Pepitone moved up in the Yankees farm system as possible Moose’s future 1B replacements.

1943- Former Yankees Minor League P Jim Shellenback was born.

Before the start of 1962 AL season, lefty P Jim Shellenback was signed by Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would spend the 1962 Minor League pitching for the Yankees Class C Idaho Yankees (PL) and the Class D Harlan Smokies (APLY). With the Idaho Yankees, Jim had posted a 0-2 record with a 6.00 ERA. His Smokies pitching record was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 28 games. On November 26, 1962, Jim was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees Organization in the 1962 1st-year Minor League Player Draft. He would have an MLB pitching record of 16-30 with a 3.81 ERA and 2 saves in 165 games. Jim had pitched for the Pirates, Senators, Rangers and the Twins. When he retired as a player, he would work in the Twins Minor League organization; he would become an MLB Bullpen Coach for the Twins.

1954- In an enormous 2-part MLB trade that will begin today, the Yankees and Orioles will exchange a total of 17 players. The 2nd part of the trade will be announced after the 1954 MLB Rule 5 Draft is held in December. Included in the trade are 1B Richard Kryhoski, Pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen, Catcher Darrell Johnson and INF Billy Hunter being obtained by the Yankees from the Orioles. The Yankees would send veteran OF Gene Woodling, Reserve INF Willie Miranda, Pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald along with Reserve Catchers Gus Triandos and Hal Smith. This trade will give the Orioles a chance to rebuild their team, which was formerly the St. Louis Browns, one of the poorest MLB team franchises. By the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the Orioles farm system will start producing their own stars such as Brooks Robinson, John “Boog” Powell, Milt Pappas and other young players. The Yankees will plug Don Larsen and Bob Turley into their 1955 starting rotation, joining Whitey Ford, Eddie Lopat and Tommy Byrne. Veteran Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds had retired from the team due to serious back problems that occurred in a team bus accident in Baltimore during the 1954 AL season.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ron Coomer (2002) was born.

The Yankees had signed veteran INF Ron Coomer as an MLB Free Agent in 2001. As a Reserve INF for the Yankees, Ron would appear in 55 games for the team, while hitting .264 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs during the 2002 AL season. He had appeared with the Yankees in the 2002 ALDS, getting 1 hit in 2 at-bats in his only taste of MLB postseason play. Ron would finish his MLB playing career with the 2003 Dodgers. He is now a TV Baseball Announcer for the Cubs.

1964- Baltimore Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson is voted the 1964 AL MVP, outpolling the Yankees CF Mickey Mantle by a vote of 269 to 171. In 1964, Mantle had hit .303 with 35 HRs and 111 RBIs in 143 games for the AL Pennant winning Yankees. It was Mickey’s last season as a productive slugger for the Yankees, as his decline would be starting with his bad legs. In 1965, he would be switched from CF to LF, then he would be moved to 1B the following season.

1967- Former Yankees Reliever Tom “Flash” Gordon (2004-2005) was born.

 In the winter of 2003, the Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Closer Tom “Flash” Gordon. He had been a Closer with the Red Sox. He was set-up man for Yankees Closer Mo Rivera during the 2004-2005 AL seasons, going 14-8 with a 2.38 ERA and 6 saves in 159 games, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He would be sign by the Phillies to become their 2006 Team Closer.

1968- Former Yankees Assistant GM and MLB Executive Kim Ng (1998-2002) was born.

Kim Ng was the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Dodgers from 2001 to 2011. On March 8, 2011, she was named Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations for MLB reporting to newly-named Executive Vice-President Joe Torre, previously the Dodgers' Manager. On November 13, 2020, she was named General Manager of the Miami Marlins, becoming not only the 1st woman to be a General Manager in MLB, but the 1st in North American men's sports. Of Vietnamese origin, Ng was born in Indianapolis, IN, but she grew up in Queens, NY. The oldest of 5 girls, she attended the University of Chicago, where she played softball and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. She applied for a variety of sports-related jobs after graduation, she was accepted for an internship with the White Sox in 1991. She was talented in the nascent field of computers and data analysis and impressed the organization with her skills, landing her a full-time entry-level job. To her surprise, she ended up in the baseball operations side of the business, and not in marketing, where she had expected to work. White Sox GM Dan Evans was impressed by her analytical ability and attention to detail; he quickly pegged her as someone who could aspire to senior positions, and he took her under his wing. She was also lucky in starting out at a time when front offices were starting to hire persons with different profiles, which would result in a class of highly-educated young GMs, who had never played the game.

In 1997, she took a job with MLB as Director of Waivers and Records for the American League office. The position required her to know all the arcane details of the Major League rules and help interpret them for General Managers. This allowed her to meet all of the league's GMs, including Yankees Brian Cashman, who was so impressed with her that he hired her as Assistant General Manager in 1998. At the time, Kim was the youngest Assistant General Manager in the game. She was put in charge of the Yankees' salary arbitration cases and proved very talented in this sensitive file, both in assessing the value of players, and in conducting negotiations to avoid the cases having to actually be argued before an Arbitrator. She was also involved in contract negotiations with star players. She was the 2nd woman to have the title of Assistant General Manager, following Elaine Weddington Steward, who was hired by the Red Sox in 1990.

In 2002, her former mentor Evans, now GM of the Dodgers, lured her away from the Yankees. She worked under a succession of bosses, including Paul DePodesta and Ned Colletti, until leaving for her senior position with MLB. In 2005, Ng was interviewed by the Dodgers for their vacant GM job, but  she was passed over for Colletti. She also interviewed for the Mariners' GM job in 2008 and with the  Padres in 2009. In her position with MLB, Ng was put in charge of implementing some of the changes to the signing of players not subjected to the Amateur Draft that were included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached at the end of 2011. These included a reform of how Latin American Amateur Players could be signed, and meant a greater involvement by MLB in setting up showcases and an "International Talent Committee" that aimed to curb the rampant abuse of young players by Scouts and other intermediaries. In 2014, her name surfaced again as one of the top candidates to replace fired Padres GM Josh Byrnes, being 1 of 4 contenders to be asked for a 2nd interview, out of an initial pool of 14 candidates. She lost out to A.J. Preller, however. She finally was appointed to the top job in 2020, when the Marlins selected her to replace GM Michael Hill, who had been let go after the Marlins had surprised everyone by making it to the postseason during the shortened 2020 NL season. She was taking the reins of an up-and-coming team loaded with young talent. Her reaction was as follows: "This challenge is one I don’t take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead an MLB team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals." Her appointment was extremely well received around the industry, as many pointed out that Ng's credentials were impeccable, that she would likely have acceded to the GM ranks years earlier had she not been a woman and a member of a racial minority to boot.

1968- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Clay Bellinger (1999-2001) was born.

INF/OF Clay Bellinger was signed as an MLB Free Agent to helped out the Yankees bench; he had appeared in 182 games, hitting only .189 for 3 seasons. He could play many positions, but he had a very weak bat. His son, Cody is a currently an MLB player with the Dodgers.

1968- Former Yankees OF/DH Gary Sheffield (2004-2006) was born.

In the winter of 2003, the Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner had signed veteran MLB Slugger Gary Sheffield as an MLB Free Agent. Gary was a good power hitter, but he was injured in 2006. He appeared in 347 games for the 2004-2006 Yankees, while hitting .291 with 76 HRs and 269 RBIs. After the Yankees picked up his MLB player contract option on November 10, 2006, Gary was traded by the team to the Tigers for 3 Minor League Pitchers: Anthony Claggett, Humberto Sanchez and Kevin Whelan.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Allen Watson (1999-2000) was born.

On July 3,1999, Veteran Reliever Allen Watson was signed as an MLB Free Agent. He was assigned to AAA Columbus (IL).He had pitched for the Mariners and the Mets, while posting a combined record of 2-3 in 17 games. Watson had MLB lifetime record of 47-55. He would post a 4-0 record with a 2.10 ERA in 21 games. In 2000, he had no record, while appearing in 17 games for the Yankees. He finishes his Yankees Pitching career with a 4-0 record with a 5.27 ERA in 38 games.

1976- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Starter Don Gullett for $2 million. He had gone 91-40 with a 3.03 ERA and 11 saves in 236 games with the 1970-1976 Reds. Gullett will have a 14-4 record with a 3.59 ERA in 22 games in 1977, but he will spend most of the next 3 Yankee seasons on the DL, before being forced to retire from MLB. Overall as a Yankees Starter, Don went 18-6 in 30 games for the team. He appeared in 1 game in the 1977 World Series, posting a 0-1 record against the Dodgers. His final MLB Pitching record was a 109-50 mark with a 3.11 ERA in 266 games. His World Series record was 2-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 10 games (8 with the Reds and 2 with the Yankees.)

1979- Former MLB Pitcher, MLB Manager and Yankees Minor League Manager Freddie Fitzsimmons (1956) passed away from self-inflected gunshot wound to the head. (1901-1979)

In 1956, Freddie Fitzsimmons had managed the Yankees AA farm team, the Bingham Triplets (EL), leading them to an 81-53 record. He was a Special MLB Spring Training Instructor for the Yankees. As an MLB player, he had pitched for the Giants and Dodgers. Fred would finish his 19-season MLB Pitching career with a 217-146 record with a 3.51 ERA and 13 saves in 513 MLB games. He had 19-season appeared in 3 World Series, while posting a 0-3 record. He managed the Phillies from 1943-1945. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the Dodgers, Braves, Giants, Cubs and the A’s.

1980- The Yankees traded Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden and Cash to the Mariners for INF Larry Milbourne and a Player to be Named Later. With the recent trades of Reserve Infielder’s Fred Stanley and Brian Doyle to the Oakland A’s, the Yankees need a new Reserve Infielder for their MLB bench. Milbourne had hit .278 and .264, for  the past 2 seasons for Seattle. Gulden had hit .163 in 40 games for the 1979 Yankees, while sharing the catching duties with Jerry Narron following Munson’s tragic death in August of 1979. He had started the 1980 season with AAA Columbus (IL), he only hit .157 in 14 games, then he was sent to AA Nashville Sounds (SL), where he hit .237 in 85 games. The Player to be Named Later for the Yankees, would turn out to be Catcher Brad Gulden, who will rejoin the team on May 18,1981. He would be sent to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1986- Former Yankees Pitcher Bruce Billings (2014) was born.

On December 20, 2013, P Bruce Billings was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Bruce had posted a 5-5 record with AAA Scranton (IL) before being called up to the Bronx. He appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees with no record. On August 2, 2014, the team released him. Bruce would be picked-up by the Dodgers organization. Later, he would finish out his pro pitching career with the Nationals organization in 2015. He was a Minor League Coach in the Phillies organization.

1991- Current Yankees Starter Jameson Taillon (2021) was born.

Jameson Taillon was the #2 pick of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Pirates. On January 24, 2021, the Pirates had traded him to the Yankees in return for 4 Minor League prospects: P Miguel Yajure, P Roansy Contreras, OF Canaan Smith and Shortstop Maikol Escotto. He had pitched for the Pirates from 2016-2019, while posting a 29-24 record with a 3.67 ERA in 82 games. He had missed playing time with the team due to injuries and TJ Surgery, costing him playing time in 2014-2015, then again in 2019 and 2020. His 2021 trade would reunite him with his former Pirates teammate Gerrit Cole, now the Yankees' ace. He made his return to the mound on April 7th, pitching 4 2/3 innings against the Orioles. He recorded his 1st win in 2 years on May 1st, when he gave up 1 run in 5 innings and struck out 8 batters in a 6-4 win over the Tigers. He pitched better as the season advanced and in July, he was named the American League Pitcher of the Month, when he had a 1.16 ERA in 5 starts covering 31 innings. Cole had won the honor in April. Taillon would finish out his 2021 AL season with the Yankees, posting an 8-6 record with a 4.30 ERA in 29 games.

1997- The Yankees had obtained INF/OF Scott Brosius from the Oakland to complete the Kenny Rogers deal that was made earlier in the month. He will have a chance to become the Yankees 1998 Starting 3B in Yankees 1998 MLB Spring training camp, completing against Minor League 3B prospect Mike Lowell.

1997- MLB holds the 1997 Expansion Team Player Draft to stock the rosters of the 2 new MLB teams; the NL Arizona Diamondbacks and the AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Yankees will lose Pitcher Ben Ford to the NL Diamondbacks, meanwhile the AL Devil Rays had selected Pitcher Brian Boehringer and Reserve OF Luke Wilcox from the Yankees.

2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Brett (1976) passed away from Cancer. (1948-2003)

Ken Brett was George Brett’s older brother. He had appeared in 2 games the 1967 World Series with the Red Sox. In 1974, he was named to the NL All-Star team, while pitching for the Pirates. Ken had appeared in 2 NL post-season series with the Bucs, pitching in 3 games with no decisions. On December 11,1975, Ken Brett was traded by the Pirates along with P Dock Ellis and Rookie 2B Willie Randolph to the Yankees for MLB Starter George “Doc” Medich. He only appeared in 2 games with the 1976 Yankees with no record, before being traded on May 18th by the Yankees along with OF Rich Coggins to the White Sox for OF/DH Carlos May. His brother George complained to the MLB media that the Yankees Manager Billy Martin never gave his brother a chance to prove himself with the team. As an MLB Pitcher, Ken posted an 83-85 record with a 3.93 ERA and 11 saves in 349 games. He was a good hitter for Pitcher; he finished with MLB playing career with a .262 BA with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs in 385 games. Later, Ken became a Minor League Team Owner with his 2 brothers.

November 19th

1881- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bill Bailey (1911) was born. (1881-1967)

Reserve Outfielder Bill Bailey appeared in only 5 games for the 1911 Yankees, while hitting just .111.

1892 – Former Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott (1922-1925) was born. (1892-1960)

On December 20,1921, Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott was traded by the Red Sox along with Pitchers Joe Bush and Sam Jones to the Yankees for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Jack Quinn, Harry Collins and Minor League P Bill Piercy. Deacon would give the Yankees a solid 3 seasons as their starting Shortstop, including leading the AL in fielding in 1922-1923. Shortstop Everett Scott played in 1,307 consecutive MLB games, the MLB consecutive games record until Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig came along and broke it. He began his streak on June 20,1916, while playing for the Red Sox. Following the 1921AL season, he was traded to the Yankees. On May 6,1925, he was benched by Yankees Manager Miller Huggins in favor of Shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger. Ironically, less than a month later, his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig began his own consecutive MLB game streak, when he entered a game as a Pinch-Hitter for Wanninger. In 3 seasons with the team, Scott appeared in Scott's streak is still the 3rd longest streak in MLB history behind Orioles Cal Ripken and Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig. He appeared in 481 games for the Yankees, while hitting .254 with 13 HRs and 174 RBIs. In 2 World Series with the Yankees, he played in 11 games, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. On June 17,1925, Scott was selected off waivers by the Senators from the Yankees. The Nats would use him as a Reserve INF, since they already had former Yankees player Roger Peckinpaugh as their starting shortstop. The Red Sox had traded him to the Senators during the during the winter of 1924.

1908- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn (1932-1933,1935-1938) was born. (1908-1985)

Joe Glenn was a long-time back-up catcher for Yankees All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey. He had appeared in 138 games for the Yankees, while hitting .252 with 1 HR and 52 RBIs. He never appeared in a World Series game with the team. On October 26,1938, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with OF Myril Hoag to the St. Louis Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills.

1938- The Yankees sold veteran Starter Johnny Broaca to the Indians. Johnny had been a successful college pitcher at Yale University. In 1933, he pitched for the AA Newark Bears (IL), posting a 7-2 record with a 2.04 ERA in 10 games. He joined the Yankees in 1934, posting a 12-9 record with 4.16 ERA in 34 games. In the next 2 seasons, he went 15-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 35 games in 1935, the 12-7 with a 4.24 ERA in 36 games in 1936. He left the team in September of 1936 to take up a career in pro boxing. He missed a chance to pitch in the 1936 World Series for the team. He returned to the team in 1937, going 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 7 games, before leaving the team again. Fed up with his leaving the team again, Yankees GM Edward Barrow suspended him for the rest of 1937 AL season and the whole 1938 AL season as well. His actions cost him a chance to pitch in the 1937-1938 World Series. In November of 1938, he was reinstated by the team in order to trade him. Overall, as a Yankees Starter, Johnny had posted a 40-27 record with a 4.04 ERA and 3 saves in 99 games. With the 1939 Indians, he will go 4-2 with a 4.70 ERA in 22 games. In 1940, he left MLB.

1953- The Yankees signed Pitcher Ralph Terry as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.

1964- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred “Bootnose” Hofmann (1919-1925) passed away. (1894-1964)

Reserve Catcher Fred Hofmann  would appear in 213 games with the 1919-1925 Yankees, while hitting .245 with 7 HRs and 53 RBIs. He had played in 2 games of the 1923 World Series for the team against the Giants with no hits. On May 29,1925, Fred was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, P Oscar Roettger and $50,000 Cash to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for INF Mark Koenig. On October 28,1925, the Yankees  would send INF Ernie Johnson to the AA Saints to complete the trade. Fred would return with the MLB, playing with the 1927-1928 Red Sox. After his MLB active playing career had ended, Fred would become a Minor League Manager for the Cardinals organization. He then moved over to the St. Louis Browns' organization as a MLB Coach beginning in 1938. After a 12-year stint as an MLB Coach for the Browns, Hofmann became an MLB Scout for the franchise from 1950 to 1964, staying with the team when they relocated and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. He filled in several times as a Manager for teams in the Orioles' farm system during the 1950s.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Rodney Imes was born.

The Yankees in the 16th round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Rodney Imes. He would pitch in the Yankees farm system from 1987 to 1989. On December 12,1989, Rodney was traded by the Yankees along with OF/1B Hal Morris to the Reds for veteran MLB Starter Tim Leary and Reserve OF Van Snider. He never appears in the MLB with the Reds.

1968- Yankees Rookie Starter Stan Bahnsen, who had posted a 17-12 record along with a 2.05 ERA and 162 strikeouts is named 1968 AL Rookie of the Year. Bahnsen easily outdistances Senators OF Del Unser in the AL Rookie Player Award voting.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League OF/DH John Ford Griffin was born.

John-Ford Griffin was drafted by the  Yankees in the 1st Round (23rd overall) of the 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Griffin had played college baseball at Florida State Univ. He was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Scott Pleis, making his pro baseball debut that summer. John never appears with the team at the MLB level. On July 5, 2002, he was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees along with MLB starter Ted Lilly, Minor League P Jason Arnold to the A’s. Oakland would send a Player to be Named Later, P Franklyn German and 1B Carlos Pena to the Tigers. Detroit would  send MLB Starter Jeff Weaver to the Yankees. The Tigers sent Cash to Oakland in return. On August 22, 2002, Oakland would send P Jeremy Bonderman to the Tigers to complete the trade. John will make his MLB Player debut with the 2005 Blue Jays.

1993- Current Yankees OF Joey Gallo (2021)  was born. 

Joey Gallo was a supplemental 1st-round selection for the Rangers in the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his MLB player debut 3 years later. He was a 3rd baseman at the time, but he has since been switched to the outfield. On July 29,2021, the Yankees had obtained AL All-Star OF Joey Gallo along with MLB Reliever Joely Rodriguez from the Rangers for 4 Yankee Minor League Prospects; 3 Infielders: Ezequiel Duren, Josh Smith and Trevor Hauver along with Pitcher Glenn Otto. Gallo comes to the Bronx with MLB lifetime BA of .211, while hitting 145 HRs and 317 RBIs in 568 games. He has been named to the AL All-Star team twice, while playing for the 2015-2021 Rangers. He would win the 2021 AL Golden Glove Award for Right Field. 

2007- Yankees All-Star 3B Alex Rodriguez wins the 2007 AL Most Valuable Player Award with a .314 BA, hitting an MLB leading 54 HRs, along with 156 RBIs and 143 runs scored.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Sonny Dixon (1956) passed away. (1924-2011)

Before the start of 1941 AL season at the age of 16, Sonny Dixon was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by theSenators. He would spend 6 seasons in Minor Leagues before appearing in the MLB. Sonny went 5-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 43 games for the 1954 Senators, but he was traded to the White Sox for Gus Keriazakos on June 11th. On the very same date, the White Sox traded Sonny along with Al Sima, Bill Wilson and $20,000 to the A’s for Ed McGhee and Morrie Martin. Sonny finished out the 1954 AL season with the Philadelphia A’s; posting a 5-7 record with a 4.86 ERA; after his 1-2 season start with the Senators. The 1954 AL season saw Dixon lead the league in appearances with 54 games. He would start the 1955 season with the A’s who, where now playing in Kansas City, getting into only 2 games with no decisions. On May 11th, he was traded to the Yankees along with Cash for 2 veteran MLB players: Pitcher Johnny Sain and OF Enos Slaughter. He would finish out the 1955 season with the Yankees AAA club, the Denver Bears (AA) going 3-3 with a 4.19 ERA. He was with the 1956 Yankees for a short time, going 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 3 appearances, this would be his last trip to the mound in the MLB. He would be sent down by the  Yankees to their other AAA club, the Richmond Virginians (IL). In the 4 seasons that he was in the MLB, Sonny had posted a 11-18 record with a 4.17 career ERA, while appearing in 102 games. Dixon pitched in the high Minor Leagues through the rest of his pro baseball career that ended with the 1961 Class AA Nashville Volunteers (SA). 

2018- Mariners Starter James Paxton was traded by the team to the Yankees for 2 Minor League Players: Pitcher Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams and MLB Pitcher Justus Sheffield. Paxton, who was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 games for Seattle in 2018, including a No-Hitter will join the 2019 Yankees starting rotation. He has an MLB pitching career record of 41-26 with a 3.42 ERA in 102 games. Justus Sheffield was the Yankees Top Pitching Prospect, who made his MLB Pitching debut in 2018; appearing with the team in 3 games as a Reliever with a 0-0 record with a 10.30 ERA. He went 7-6 with a 2.48 ERA in 20 games in the Yankees Minor League system in 2018. He had been 1 of the 3 Minor League players obtained in the July 31, 2016 trade with the Indians for veteran MLB Reliever Andrew Miller. Outfielder Dom Thompson Williams had played in the Yankees Minor League system for 3 seasons, while appearing in 220 games, hitting .270 with 28 HRs and 118 RBIs, while playing at the Class A level. Erik Swanson was obtained from the Rangers in the Carlos Beltran trade at the July 31st MLB Deadline of 2016, along with fellow Minor League Pitchers Dillon Tate and Nick Green. While pitching in the Yankees Minor League organization from 2016-2018, he had a 15-6 record in 73 games.

November 20th

1869- Former HOF Yankees Pitcher (1903-1907) MLB Manager and Team Owner Clark “The Old Gray Fox” Griffith was born. (1869-1955)
Veteran Starter Clark Griffth would take the Yankees to a 419-370 record as their 1st team Manager from 1903-1907. In 1903, he went 14-11 with a 2.70 ERA in 25 games for the Yankees. As a pitcher, Clark posted had a 32-24 record in 77 games for the team. In 1946,  he was elected to the Hall of Fame as a Pioneer and Baseball Executive. He was the team owner of the Washington Senators from 1912 until his death in 1955. Overall, Clark Griffith had posted a 240-141 record with a 3.31 ERA in 453 games during his 21 MLB season Pitching career (1891-1914).

1882- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy Coakley (1911) was born. (1892-1963)

 Veteran MLB Starter Andy Coakley had posted a 0-1 record with 5.40 ERA in 2 games for the 1911 Yankees. He had previously had pitched for the 1902-1906 A’s,1907-1908 Reds and the 1908-1909 Cubs. He appeared in 1 game in the 1905 World Series for A’s, losing 1 game. He would later become a college baseball coach at Williamson, later he was with Columbia Univ., where he coached a young Pitcher/1B named Lou Gehrig.

1888- Former MLB player (1913-1924) and Yankees Minor League Manager Ray Powell (1939-1942) was born. (1888-1962)

Former MLB player Ray Powell managed in the Yankees Minor League organization from 1939 to 1942. He was the Manager of the 1939-1940 Easton Yankees (ESL), 1941 Norfolk Yankees (NSL) and the 1942 Fond Duc Panthers (WSL). In the MLB, he had played the Outfield for the Tigers and the Braves.

1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Rugger Ardizoia (1947) was born. (1919-2015)

At the time of his death in 2015, 96-year-old Rinaldo "Rugger" Ardizoia was the oldest living ex-Yankees player. He pitched 1 game in the MLB, he spent 12 seasons in the Minors, mostly with various teams in the Pacific Coast League. He was born in Italy, but he grew up in San Francisco. After graduating from high school. In 1937, Rugger began playing for the AA San Francisco Missions in the (PCL). When the Missions moved to Hollywood for the 1931 PCL season; they became the Hollywood Stars. He pitched 2 seasons for the Stars until being signed for the Yankees by West Coast MLB Scout Joe Devine. The Yankees sent him to their AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1941. When World War II started, he was considered an enemy alien, since he was Italian-born. Rugger was not allowed to travel to the league’s 2 Canadian cities (Montreal and Toronto) with the team. So, in 1942, he was assigned to the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), which had no Canadian city based teams. In 1943, he was drafted into the Army Air Force. Rugger was sent to McClelland Field in Sacramento, Ca., as an aircraft maintenance person. Later, he was sent to Hawaii with the 7th Air Force as a Tow Target Operator; then he went to Tinian and Iwo Jima with the 20th Air Force. Ardizoia was discharged from the Air Force in December 1945. He went to the 1946 MLB Spring Training Camp with the Yankees, but Rugger spent that season with the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL); where he won 15 games. Ardizoia’s MLB Pitching career consisted of just 2 innings of relief pitching on April 30,1947. Yankees Manager Bucky Harris tabbed him to relieve Karl Drews in the 7th inning of the Yankees' game against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Browns already held a 13-4 lead over the Yankees, so his MLB Pitching career amounted to nothing more than MLB mop-up duty. Ardizoia started out well, pitching an uneventful 7th inning. In the top of the 8th inning, Yankees 1B George McQuinn's RBI double chipped away at the Browns' lead, but in the bottom of the 8th, Ardizoia gave up 2 runs on Browns 1B Wally Judnich's 2nd HR of the game. In the top of the 9th inning, Johnny Lindell pinch-hit for him and his MLB pitching career with the Yankees came to an end. Ardizoia spent 1948 season back with the AA Hollywood Stars (PCL), later he was with the 1949 AA Seattle Rainiers (PCL) and in the 1951 season, he was with the Dallas Eagles (TXL) before retiring from baseball.

1929- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Lou Berberet (1954-1955) was born. (1929-2004)

In 1950, the Yankees had signed Catcher Lou Berberet as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He appeared in just 7 games for the 1954-1955 Yankees, while hitting .400. He was blocked by the presence of All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra and Rookie Elston Howard, like many other young Yankees Minor League Catchers in the 1950’s; the team would trade Lou. On February 8,1956, he was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, INF Herb Plews, Outfielders Richard Tettelbach and Bob Wiesler to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog to the Senators to complete the trade. Lou would hit .261 for the 1956-1957 AL seasons for the Senators before being traded to the Red Sox in 1958. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1959-1960 Tigers. Overall, he had appeared in 468 MLB games, while hitting .230 with 31 HRs and 153 RBIs.

1930- Former Yankees Minor League INF Don Leppert was born. 

The Yankees had signed INF Don Leppert as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1949. He never appeared with the team at the MLB level. Don would be traded to the Orioles in the big 17-player trade in November of 1954. In 1955, he would play in 30 games for the Orioles, hitting just .141 with No HRs and 2 RBIs. During the 1956 baseball season, he would return to the Yankees organization, playing 2B for Birmingham Barons (SA), while hitting .278 in 68 games before retiring from pro baseball at the end of the season.

1934- A 17-year-old Japanese Pitcher named Eiji Sawamura gives up 1-hit, a HR to Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig, as the touring MLB All-Stars, win in Japan by the score of 1-0. At one point, Sawamura strikes out 4 future MLB Hall of Famer players in a row: Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer, Yankees OF Babe Ruth, A’s 1B Jimmie Foxx and Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig. 

1940- Former Yankees Minor League P Gil Downs was born. (1940-2019)

Gil Downs had a successful Minor League Pitching career, playing in 3 MLB organizations from 1963 to 1967. He made it to AAA in part or all of 3 seasons, though he never ascended to the MLB. He began in theWhite Sox system, going 13-3 with a 1.37 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) between the Lynchburg White Sox (3 Games, with a 1.13 ERA) and the Sarasota Sun Sox (24 Games, 1.38 ERA) in 1963. With the Sun Sox, he tossed 13 complete games and 6 shutouts; between both teams, he allowed just 140 hits and 48 walks in 191 innings for a 0.984 WHIP. He had 174 strikeouts. On June 20, he tossed a 7-inning No-Hitter against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees (FSL). The Yankees took him in the $8,000 1st Year portion of the 1963 Rule 5 Player Draft. For the 1964 Greensboro Yankees (SAL), he went 9-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), while completing 4 games and 1 shut out. In 127 innings, he allowed 97 hits and 46 walks, while striking out 118 batters. He also went 4-1 with  0.87 ERA in 9 games (6 starts) with 4 complete games and 3 shutouts for the Yankees (FECIL) that season. Shifting to the bullpen in 1965, Downs went 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 42 games (3 starts) between the 2 teams. Most of his work came with the AA Columbus Confederate Yankees(SL) (42 Games, 1.18 ERA), though he made 2 starts for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL), going 0-1 with a 8.00 ERA in 9 innings. In 1966, his only full season at AAA, he went 10-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 34 games (11 starts) for the Mud Hens. In 109 innings, he allowed only 82 hits, but he surrendered 61 walks. On December 20,1966, he was traded along with Cash by the Yankees to the Indians for veteran MLB Shortstop Richard Howser. He spent 1 season in the Indians farm system, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings in 1967. Overall, Downs went 39-19 with a 2.30 ERA in 134 games (61 starts) in 5 Minor League seasons. He had 19 complete games with 8 shutouts. In 528 innings, he allowed 390 hits and 217 walks, while striking out 430 batters. Including his winter league statistics, he went 43-20 with a  2.17 ERA with 23 complete games and 11 shutouts. He was 10-10, with a 3.94 ERA in 40 games (13 starts) at AAA. He had served in the Army prior to starting his pro baseball playing career in 1963.

1945- Former Yankees DH/OF Jay Johnstone (1978) was born. (1945-2020)
On June 14,1978, OF Jay Johnstone was traded by the Phillies along with Minor League OF Bobby Brown to the Yankees for MLB Reliever Rawly Eastwick. Jay would hit .262 in 32 games for the 1978 Yankees. On June 15,1979, Jay was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for P Dave Wehrmeister. In 1979, he had only played in 23 games for the, while just hitting .208 for the team, when he was traded to the Phillies. Overall, Jay had appeared in 59 games for the Yankees, while hitting .239 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs.

- Yankees CF Mickey Mantle collects his 3rd AL MVP Award of his MLB playing career. Mantle, who had hit .321 with 30 HRs, also led the AL in walks (122) with a slugging percentage (.605), while helping the Yankees to win the 1962 World Championship against the Giants.

1967- The Yankees obtained INF and future MLB Coach Bobby Cox from the Braves for P Dale Roberts and Reserve Catcher Bob Tillman. He will be the Yankees starting 3B for the 1968 AL season, appearing in 132 games, while hitting .229 with 7 HRs and 41 RBIs. Overall, Bobby will play in 220 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees, while hitting .225 with 9 HRs and 58 RBIs. He will become an MLB Coach for the Yankees in 1977, before joining the 1978 Braves as their MLB Manager. He would also be an MLB Manager for the Blue Jays, before returning to the Braves.

1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Alex Arias (2002) was born.

On June 6, 2002, veteran MLB INF Alex Arias was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He only appeared in 6 games for the 2002 team with no hits. On October 28, 2002, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

1969- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Charles “Paddy” Baumann (1915-1917) passed away. (1885-1969)

On March 3,1915, INF/OF Paddy Baumann was sent from AA Providence (IL) to the Yankees in an unknown transaction. Charles “Paddy” Bauman hit .276 with 3 HRs and 61 RBIs in 204 games for the 1915-1917 Yankees. Paddy had started his MLB playing career with the 1911-1914 Tigers, as a Reserve player, while appearing in 95 games, hitting .272 with 1 HR and 40 RBIs. After leaving the Yankees in 1917, Paddy would play in the Minor Leagues until 1928, retiring at the age of 42.

1971- Former Yankees Reliever Gabe White (2003-2004) was born.

On July 31, 2003, the Reds sent P Gabe White to the Yankees as part of a conditional deal. On December 7, 2003, Gabe was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Gabe went 2-2 with a 6.82 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees during the 2003-2004 AL seasons. On June 18, 2004, the Yankees sent Gabe back to the Reds for Minor League P Charlie Manning and Cash.

1985- Yankees 1B Don Mattingly, who hit .324, with 35 HRs and 145 RBIs, easily wins the 1985 AL Most Valuable Player Award over the Royals 3B George Brett (.335, 30 HRs, 103 RBIs). He becomes the 1st player on a non-championship team to win the AL MVP Award since Red Sox OF Jim Rice won in 1978.

1995-The Yankees traded Minor League P Mike DeJean and a Player to be Named to the Rockies for Catcher Joe Girardi.  He will solidify the catching position for the Yankees, while DeJean will set an MLB mark for most appearances without a loss. DeJean will post a 7-0 record through 1998, while making 88 appearances, breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine from 1951-1958. Joe Girardi will replace Mike Stanley as the Yankees starting catcher for the 1996 AL season. Stanley will be signed an MLB Free Agent by the Red Sox. The Player to be Named Later was Yankees Minor League P Steve Shoemaker, who went 4-5 in Class A ball with the Tampa (FSL) and Greensboro (SAL).

2001- The Yankees lose veteran Reserve INF Jose Vizcanio to MLB Free Agency, as he signs with the Astros. On June 20, 2000, Jose was traded by the Dodgers along with Cash to the Yankees for Catcher Jim Leyritz. He would hit .276 with 0 HRs and 10 RBIs in 73 games. Jose Vizcaino had the game-winning hit in Game 1 of the 2000 World Series between theYankees and Mets. He would hit .235 in 4 Series games for the 2000 Yankees

2010- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny McDevitt (1961) had passed away. (1932-2010).

The Yankees had originally signed P Danny McDevitt as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1951. However, after giving up 76 walks in 43 innings that year in the low Minors, he was released by the Yankees, before the start of 1952 AL season. Then the Dodgers signed him as an MLB Free Agent. On December 16,1960, Danny was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers. He was projected to replace Bobby Shantz as the lefty swingman for the 1961 Yankees pitching staff. Dan went 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA and 1 save in 8 games with the Yankees, before being traded on June 14,1961 to the Twins for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. Dan’s claim to MLB fame was being the last Brooklyn Dodger Pitcher to start, throw a shutout and win at Ebbets Field in September of 1957 against the Pirates. His best MLB season was in 1959, when he went 10-8 for the World Champion Dodgers. He didn’t appear in the 1959 World Series for the Dodgers against the White Sox. Danny finished MLB  Pitching career with a 21-27 record with a 4.40 ERA with 7 saves in 155 games with the Dodgers, Yankees, Twins and the 1962 A’s.

2012- The Yankees re-sign veteran MLB Starter Hiroki Kuroda for 1 year for $15 million, giving him a big raise, after he had posted a 16-11 record with a 3.32 ERA in 33 games for the club in 2012.

2018- The Yankees added Minor League Reliever Joe Harvey to their 40-Man MLB roster. On June 7, 2014, Joe Harvey was drafted by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft.The young reliever has a 5-6 lifetime career record with 1.75 ERA with 25 saves in 102 games. He split the 2018 season between AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 3-2 record with a 1.67 ERA and 11 saves in 43 games. On July 31, 2019, Harvey was traded by the Yankees to the Rockies for Minor League P Alfredo Garcia. In 2020, he appeared in only 4 games for the Rockies with no decisions. On November 2, 2020, Joe was granted MLB Free Agency by the Rockies.

2020- The Yankees selected the player contract of Pitcher Alexander Vizcanio from the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL), then they will select the player contracts of Pitcher Yoendrys Gomez and Shortstop Oswald Peraza from the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) adding them to their 40-Man MLB Roster.


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