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This Week in Yankees History July 24th-30th
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This Week in Yankees History July 24th-July 30th Part One

July 24th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 25th

1903- At Hill Top Park in New York, the Boston Pilgrims (aka Red Sox) bang out 7 doubles while beating the Highlanders by the score of 7-5. Buck Freeman and Marty Parent each have 2 doubles.

1904 – Before a crowd of 1,522 fans at Hill Top Park, veteran hurler Al Orth makes his 1st start for the Highlanders. He matches zeroes with White Sox Starter Yip Owen. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Patsy Dougherty leads off with a triple and scores on Willie Keeler's bouncer through the infield 

1908- With the Yankees leading the Tigers by the score of 3-2 in the 8th inning, Detroit scores 2 runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York's new Manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty P Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with 1B Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Jack Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Hal Chase's only Yankee pitching appearance as the Tigers win the game by a score of 5-3.

1920- The Red Sox turn a triple play against the Yankees, who win the game by a score of 8-2.  Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits his 35th HR of the 1920 AL season.

1939- Yankees Rookie Starter Atley Donald sets the AL Rookie Pitcher’s record for consecutive wins. "Swampy” beats the St. Louis Browns for his 12th straight victory, winning the game by a score of 5-1.

1947- Former Yankees MLB 1B Coach Mick Kelleher (2009-2014) was born.

Mick Kelleher had played in the MLB during the 1970’s with the Cubs, until a back injury forced to stop playing. He would join the Yankees MLB Coaching staff in 2009He was released by the team at the end of 2014 AL season. Previously, he was an MLB Coach with the Pirates and the Tigers.

1947- Former Yankees Minor League P Mickey Scott was born. (1947-2011)

The Yankees in the 17th round of the 1965 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Mickey Scott.  He made his pro debut that year. The following season, he went 15-5 with a 2.75 ERA for the AA Binghamton Triplets (NYPL). He led the NYPL in wins and strikeouts. After missing the 1967 AL season due to military service, he was back with the Triplets in 1968. Mickey would spend the 1969 season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 18,1969, Mickey was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the White Sox for veteran INF Pete Ward. Later, he would pitch for the Orioles and the Angels. Following his MLB playing days, he would work for the Yankees organization in various capacities. 

1948- In the tight 4-team 1948 AL Pennant race, Joe DiMaggio leads the Yankees to a sweep over the White Sox by scores of 5-3 and 7-3. Yankee Clipper is 3-for-3 in Game 1 to back Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat, then adds a triple and 2 doubles in the nightcap. His 3-RBIs in the nightcap, gives him an AL-high 86 RBIs. Both the Yankees and Indians are tied for 2nd place 1 1-2 games behind the 1st place Red Sox.

1959- Against Detroit, Yankees 1B Bill “Moose “Skowron reaching for a wide throw collides with Tigers’ baserunner Coot Veale. Bill Skowron's arm is broken in 2 places; he is out for the rest of the 1959 AL season. Yankees Rookie Marv Throneberry will fill in at 1B, while hitting .241 with 8 HRs and 22 RBIs for the team. The Yankees win the game by a score of 9-8, when Yogi Berra hits a HR in the 9th inning with Mickey Mantle on. Prior to the Yogi’s HR, Infielders Bobby Richardson and Fritz Brickell hit their 1st MLB HRs for the Yankees. Yogi Berra’s HR erases 5 Yankee errors, including 3 by 3B Hector Lopez. In 1960, he will eventually be moved to OF with Clete Boyer taking over 3B. Bill Skowron’s arm injury will be very costly for the Yankees, who will finish in 3rd place in the AL with a 79-75 record behind the 2nd place Indians and 1959 AL Champions White Sox.

1961- Yankees RF Roger Maris hits 4 HRs, tying the AL record for a twin bill (at least 1 in each game) as the Bombers beat the White Sox by the scores of 5-1 and 12-0. Also, Mickey Mantle HRs off of P Frank Baumann in the 1st game. He ends the day with 38 HRs to 40 HRs for Roger Maris. With his 4 HR performance in the doubleheader sweep over the White Sox, Roger Maris moves 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 60 HR pace. The Yankee slugger now has 40 HRs for the season; Roger Maris will finish the 1961 AL season with an MLB record of 61 HRs.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Doug Drabek (1986) was born.

On August 13,1984, Doug Drabek was sent by the White Sox to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on July 18,1984. The White Sox would send Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran INF Roy Smalley. The White Soxwould send 2 hurlers Doug Drabek and Kevin Hickey on August 13,1984 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Doug went 7-8 in 27 games for the 1986 Yankees. On November 26,1986, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Logan Easley and Brian Fisher to the Pirates for 3 Pitchers: Veteran Starter&nbs**** Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve INF Torey Lovullo (1991) was born.

On March 19,1991, INF Torey Lovullo was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for P Mark Leiter. He appeared in only 22 games as a Reserve INF for the 1991 Yankees, while hitting just .176. He would spend most of his season playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1966- Former Yankees MLB Manager and NL Player Casey Stengel is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by a special vote of the MLB Writers Association and the Old Timer’s Committee. The purpose was the special election vote was due to Casey Stengel being seriously injured in accident. The Press wanted him to be elected to the Hall of Fame, while he was still alive. As an MLB player, Casey had played in the MLB for 14 seasons, finishing with a lifetime BA of .284 with 60 HRs and 535 RBIs in 1,277 MLB games. On October 10,1923, he hit the 1st World Series HR in Game #1 at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Giants. Casey had played for the Dodgers, Pirates, Phillies, Giants and the Braves (1912-1925). He had appeared in 3 World Series as an MLB player with the 1916 Dodgers and the 1922-1923 Giants playing in 12 games, while hitting .393 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs.

1967- At Yankee Stadium, AL HR leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1-0 lead with a 1st inning HR off of Yankees Starter Al Downing. Twins Starter Jim Kaat holds the Yankees scoreless until 2-outs in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle clocks a ball over the 457 FT mark to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score tie at 1-1. It will be replayed on August 18th. The Yankees will win the replay by a score of 1-0.

1967- Former Yankees OF Mike “Shotgun” Chartak (1940) passed away. (1916-1967)

Mike Chartak was 25 years old, when World War II started. He had played for the Yankees, Senators and Browns in 1940 and from 1942-1944. He had 10 HRs in both 1942 and 1943, each seasons in which, that he had around 390 at-bats. In the 1944 World Series, he was a pinch-hitter for the St. Louis Browns in Games 5 and 6. Mike Chartak was an outfielder on the 1938 Newark Bears (IL), one of the great minor league teams with a record of 104-48. Mike only appeared in 16 games for the 1940 Yankees, just hitting .100. During 7 seasons in the Minors, he had posted a batting average of .306  along with a slugging percentage of .509. On May 10,1942, Mike was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees. In April of 1945, it was discovered that he had tuberculosis in his left lung. Mike had to stop playing pro baseball. Doctors discovered spots on Chartak's lungs during a pre-induction military examination. He had tuberculosis; he was sent to a sanatorium. Over the next 23 years, Chartak spent the majority of his time in sanatoriums. On July 25,1967, He died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis at a sanatorium in Oakdale, Iowa.

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Javier Vazquez (2004,2010) was born.

On December 16, 2003, starter Javier Vazquez was traded by the Expos to the Yankees for 1B Nick Johnson, OF Juan Rivera and LHP Randy Choate. He would have a 14-10 record in 32 games for the Yankees. On January 11, 2005, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Brad Halsey, C Dioner Navarro and cash to the  Diamondbacks for All Star starter Randy Johnson. On December 22, 2009, Javier was traded by the Braves along with P Boone Logan to the Yankees for P Arodys Vizcaino (Minors), OF Melky Cabrera, P Michael Dunn and Cash. His 2nd tour with the Yankees is a major disappointment; Vazquez goes only 10-10 in 31 games. Overall, as a Yankees starter, he had a 24-20 record with a 5.09 ERA in 63 games. The Yankees let him leave the team for MLB Free Agency. He was signed by the Marlins for the 2011 MLB season. He would retire from baseball in the Fall of 2011, finishing with a 165-160 record with a 4.22 ERA in 450 games.

1978- The Yankees named Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Lemon as their new manager replacing the recently resigned Billy Martin. His Bronx MLB managing debut is a 4-0 win against the Royals. He will restore order to the team and catch the Red Sox, who currently lead the Yankees by 14 ½ games for the AL East crown. He will win the 1978 World Series defeating the Dodgers.

1991- A Yankees baseball jersey once worn by Yankees Hall of Fame CF Mickey Mantle is sold for $71,500 at a Sports Auction in Manhattan.

1995- Yankees' 2B Randy Velarde strokes 5 hits in a Bombers 8-1 win over the Royals. Velarde's 5 hits in the game included 4 singles and a HR.

1996- Royals Rookie Starter Jose Rosado wins his 1st MLB game by the score of 7-0 by shutting down the Yankees on 4-hits at Yankee Stadium.

1997- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB OF Pete Incaviglia to a Minor League contract as a Free Agent and sent him to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He had hit .246 with 5 HRs with the 1997 Orioles before being released by the team. After 3 games with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), he was called up to the Bronx, where he as a DH for the team, hitting 4 singles in 16 at bats. On August 13, 1997, Pete was released by the team, when they had obtained veteran DH/1B/Catcher Mike Stanley from the Red Sox in a trade.

1998- Current Yankees Minor League Pitcher T.J. Sikkema was born.

Minor League Pitcher T. J. Sikkema was traded by the Reds to the Yankees in the 2019 Sonny Gray trade. He would spend the 2019 Minor League season with the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL), while posting a 0-0 record with a 0.84 ERA in 4 games for the team. However, he then missed all of the next 2 seasons: 2020 because the minor leagues were shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic and 2021, he didn’t pitch because of a shoulder injury.

1998- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton makes his 1st appearance at Yankee Stadium since 1970 at Old Timer’s Day. He is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing his baseball book, "Ball Four," which broke a long-standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players' extracurricular escapades. The Yankees had invited the Bulldog back after his son wrote a Father's Day article in the New York Times suggesting it. On his 1st pitch on the Yankee Stadium pitching mound, he did his famous hat-flying-off pitching delivery, which the Yankee fans cheered wildly about. His former Yankees teammate Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre had reminded him that the fans would he looking to see if he was going to do it again.

2011- The Yankees would extend the Mariners' franchise-worst losing streak to 16 games with a 10-3 win at Yankee Stadium. Yankees batters Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira hit a HR and have 3 RBIs each.

2014- Former Yankees Reserve OF Arthur “Dutch” Schult (1953) passed away. (1928-2014)

Art Schult had played 5 seasons in the MLB for 4 different teams. He was in 59 games at 1B and 56 in the outfield. He first came up with the Yankees; his next team was the Reds, moving on to the Senators. His last MLB season was with the Cubs. He hit for a .254 average, while playing in the MLB. He had appeared in only 7 games as a Yankee, all of them were as a pinch-runner, but he did score 3 runs.

2015- Alex Rodriguez continues his remarkable 2015 comeback season by hitting 3 HRs in an 8-5 Yankees win over the Twins. His 3rd long ball ties the score against Twins Closer Glen Perkins in the 9th inning then Rookie Catcher John Ryan Murphy follows with a 3-run game-winning HR shot.

2016- In a rare development, the Yankees become sellers at the July 31st MLB Trading Deadline approaches as they would send Closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in return for a very rich package of 3 Minor League Prospects that includes Outfielders Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney, INF Gleyber Torres and MLB P Adam Warren. The Yankees were dealing from a position of strength, with 2 other top-class MLB Relievers still on hand in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, while Chapman is headed for MLB Free Agency after the 2016 MLB postseason ends. He will help the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. He will resign a multi-year contract with the Yankees in the Fall of 2016.

2017- In his 1st plate appearance at home as a member of the Yankees, 3B Todd Frazier hits into one of the rarest plays in baseball: a triple play that actually scores a run. Batting with the bases loaded and none out in the 2nd, he hits a hard grounder to Reds Shortstop Jose Peraza, who steps on 2nd and throws to 1st for the 1st 2 outs. Meanwhile, Didi Gregorius, who was on 2nd base, freezes up between 2nd and 3rd, thinking Peraza may catch the ball on the fly. Reds 1B Joey Votto throws to 3rd and catches Gregorius in a rundown. He is called out for leaving the base line - but not before Yankees baserunner Matt Holiday has crossed home plate. Because the final out was not the result of a force out, the Yankees run stands. The Yankees will go on to beat the Reds by the score of 4-2.

2019- The Red Sox author another chapter in the long saga that is their rivalry with the Yankees by defeating them by a score of 19-3 at Fenway Park. Masahiro Tanaka allows 12 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, the most by a Yankee pitcher against the Sox. Xander Bogaerts sets the tone with a 3-run HR in the 1st as part of a 4-hit night in which he adds another long ball, against C Austin Romine pitching mop-up relief in the 8th. The 19 runs by the Red Sox are the most they have scored in the 117-year history of facing the Yankees.

July 26th

1892- Former Yankees Pitcher Samuel “Sad Sam” Jones (1922-1926) was born. (1892-1966)

On December 20,1921, Starter Sam Jones was traded by the Red Sox along with P Bullet Joe Bush and Shortstop Everett Scott to the Yankees for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 3 Pitchers: Rip Collins, Jack Quinn and Bill Piercy along with $100,000 Cash. He had been pitching in the AL since 1914, when he had started with the Indians, who later would trade him to the Red Sox. In 1921, Sam had posted a 21-16 record with a 3.22 ERA in 40 games for Boston. For the 1922-1926 Yankees, Sam would post a 67-56 record with a 4.06 ERA and 22 saves in 202 games. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1923, when he went 21-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 39 games. On September 4,1923, he had thrown a No-Hitter against the Philadelphia A’s. On February 8,1927, Sam was traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns for OF Cedric Durst and P Joe Giard. Jones would later pitch for the Senators and the White Sox, before retiring in 1936. He  had appeared in 4 World Series with the 1st was with 1918 Red Sox and then 1922-1923,1926 Yankees with 0-2 pitching record with a 2.05 ERA in 6 games. His final MLB pitching career mark was a 229-217 record with a 3.84 ERA and 31 saves in 647 games. 

1920- Former Yankees Reserve 3B Eddie Bockman (1946) was born. (1920-2011)

Reserve INF Eddie Bockman appeared in only 4 games for the 1946 Yankees before being traded on October 12,1946 by the team to the Indians for a Player to be Named Later and Cash. The Indians would send INF Dutch Meyer on December 5,1946 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Later, Eddie would become a Minor League Manager. He was a long-time MLB Scout for the Phillies.

1922- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and Hall of Fame MLB Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was born. (1922-2002)

Hoyt Wilhem was an MLB Pitcher for 21 seasons. He was named to the MLB All-Star teams in both leagues, 5 different times. He had won 2 ERA Titles during his MLB Pitching career. Hoyt appeared in his only World Series with the 1954 Giants, he had made 2 appearances against the Indians with no decisions. In 1958 with the Orioles, Hoyt had pitched a No-Hitter against the Yankees. He would start his pitching career in the MLB with the 1952 Giants, he would later pitch for the Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Royals, Angels, Braves, Cubs and finishing up his long MLB career with the 1972 Dodgers. Overall, Hoyt had posted a 143-122 record with a 2.50 ERA in 1,090 MLB games. He had finished his long MLB Pitching career with 228 saves. After his MLB playing days, Wilhelm had managed for 2 seasons in the Minor Leagues in the Braves organization with the Greenwood Braves. Also, Hoyt was a Minor League Pitching Coach in the Yankees organization: 1977 AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), 1978 AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL), 1979 AA West Haven Yankees (EL), 1982, 1983 and 1984 AA Nashville Sounds (SAL) and the GCL Yankees for several years, before he retired. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 7,1985. 

1922- In several pre-game fights between Yankees’ teammates, OF Bob Meusel and Catcher Wally Schang duke it out in the Yankees dugout. Then Babe Ruth and 1B Wally Pipp takes a turn at it. The riled-up Yankee players then turn on the St. Louis Browns beating them by the score of 11-6. Babe Ruth bangs out 2 HRs, while 1B Wally Pipp adds another HR and Catcher Wally Schang chips in with a 2-run triple.

1923- Former Yankees Minor League INF Leo Thomas was born. (1923-2001)

On June 15,1950, INF Leo Thomas was traded by the Browns along with Pitchers Tom Ferrick and Joe Ostrowski to theYankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, Veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000 Cash. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was assigned to AA Kansas City Blues (AA). On July 22,1950, Leo was purchased by the AAA Portland Beavers (PCL) from the Yankees.

1927- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Miller (1952-1954) was born. (1927-2003)

On August 1,1951, Bill Miller was purchased by the Yankees from the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). The Giants originally had signed him. Bill went 6-8 with a 3.95 ERA and 1 save in 36 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Orioles in the winter of 1954, as part of the huge 17-player trade. While pitching for the 1952-1953 Yankees, Bill didn’t appear in the World Series for the team.

1928- Tiger’s Rookie right-hander Vic Sorrell and the Yankees' veteran Starter Waite Hoyt are in 1-1 tie after 11 innings. Twelve hits and 2 walks in the 12th inning score 11 Yankees runs in the biggest extra-inning storm ever. Yankees OF Bob Meusel again hits for the cycle. The Yankees Outfielder becomes the 1st MLB player to accomplish the hitting feat for a 3rd time during his MLB playing career. The Yankees would lose the nightcap to the Tigers by a score of 13-10.

1930- Former Yankees Reserve OF Tommy Madden (1910) passed away. (1883-1930)

On August 23,1909, Tommy Madden was purchased by the Yankees from Utica (NY State). He would appear in 1 game for the 1910 Yankees with no hits.

1931- At Yankee Stadiumthe Bronx Bombers split a doubleheader with the White Sox, taking the 2nd game by the score of 22-5 with 9 Yankee batters scoring 2 or more runs each. The Sunday twin bill played in the Bronx had attracted a crowd of 40,000 fans. The Yankees would chase Chicago Starter Pat Caraway, who in 2 innings of work gives up 7 Yankees hits and while allowing 13 runs.  Red Ruffing is the winning pitcher for the Yankees with Reliever Lou McEvoy picking up his 1st save of the 1931 AL season. In the Opener, the White Sox had beaten the Bombers by the score of 5-4. Chicago Starter Red Faber throws a complete game victory. Hank Johnson takes the complete game loss for Yankees, he is now 9-5 for the 1931 AL season.

1933- Former Yankees Golden Glove Winner OF Norm Siebern (1956,1958-1959) was born. (1933-2015)

Before the start of the 1951 AL season, the Yankees had signed Norm Siebern as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would miss the 1954-1955 baseball seasons due military service. He had appeared with the Yankees briefly in 1956, then Norm joined the team full-time in 1958, being the 1st Yankees position player to win an AL Golden Glove for LF. In 1956, Norm was the 1st winner of James P. Dawson Award for best Yankee Rookie in MLB spring training camp. Back in the Minors with the AAA Denver Bears, the following year, he led the American Association with a .349 average, 24 HRs, 124 runs, 191 hits, 45 doubles, and 15 triples, as he was chosen by the Sporting News as their 1957 Minor League Player of the Year. In 1958, Norm had played in 134 games for the Yankees, while hitting .300 with 14 HRs and 55 RBIs. In 1959, Norm would play in 120 games for the team, while hitting .271 with 11 HRs and 35 RBIs. Norm was one of the young players who, Yankees Manager Casey Stengel, who openly criticized him in the NYC sports media. On December 11,1959, Norm was traded by the Yankeesalong with veteran OF Hank Bauer, Starter Don Larsen and Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City A’s for OF Roger Maris, veteran AL Shortstop Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley. Overall, as a Yankees player, he had played in 308 games, while hitting .273 with 29 HRs and 129 RBIs. He would play for Athletics from 1960 to 1963, being named to the AL All-Star team twice before being traded to the Orioles in the winter of 1963. Norm would later play for the Giants, Angels and the Red Sox before retiring in 1968. He had appeared in 3 World Series (1956, 1958 Yankees and the 1967 Red Sox), playing in 7 games, while hitting just .167 with No HRs and 1 RBI.

1933- Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig is thrown out of the 2nd game in a double-header against the Red Sox, had it been the 1st game, his MLB consecutive-game streak would have ended.

1935- An unusual double play occurs when a line drive hit by Yankees’ batter Jesse Hill bounces off the Pitcher's head Senators Ed Linke in the air to the Catcher Jack Redmond, who throws to 2nd to double off the Yankees base-runner Ben Chapman.

1936- Umpire Bill Summers is forced out the game after he was hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50,000 Chicago fans at a Sunday doubleheader played at Comiskey Park. The crowd is upset with an out call at 1B on Ray Radcliff in the 8th inning of the nightcap. Baseball Commissioner Judge Landis, on hand to watch the game, offers a $5,000 reward over the PA system for the culprit, but his PA announcement only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when White Sox Manager Jimmy Dykes pleads through the field amplifier. The Yankees would sweep a pair from the Sox, winning by scores of 12-3 and 11-8 in 11 innings. Lou Gehrig hits his 29th HR with 2 aboard to start the Yankees scoring in the opener. Then Joe DiMaggio and Tony Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy win for Yankees Starter Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing Chicago pitcher. In the nightcap, Lou Gehrig adds another HR, while Zeke Bonura HRs and drives home 4 runs for the White Sox. Yankees Rookie CF Joe DiMaggio has 1 hit, a triple for the Yankees. White Sox Starter John Whitehead, Relievers Clint Brown, Bill Dietrich and the loser Red Evans (0-2) are pounded by the Yankee hitters for 11 runs and 15 hits in the game. The Chicago hitters had chased Yankees Starter Bump Hadley for 7 runs and 10 hits, after 4 innings of work. Yankees’ veteran hurler Pat Malone comes in to shut down the White Sox batters allowing only 3 hits and 1 run in 4 innings of work, improving his 1936 pitching record to 10-4. The doubleheader sweep of Chicago increases the Yankees AL led to 9 1/2 games, they have a 62-32 record for the 1936 season. 

1937- Former Yankees INF (1970) and Minor League Manager Pete Ward was born.

Veteran INF Pete Ward was at the end of his MLB playing career, when he joined the Yankees suffering from neck and back problems, forcing him to switch from 3B to 1B.  Although originally signed by the Orioles, but he was traded to the White Sox in 1963. He was a member of the 1963 Topps All-Star team. He had finished 2nd in the 1963 AL ROY Award voting.  As a Yankees player, Pete had appeared in 66 games for the team, while hitting .260 with 1 HR and 18 RBIs. After his active MLB playing career ended in 1970, Pete would become a Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization. Later, he would work for the Braves Minor League organization.

1939- All-Star Catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs during the Yankees 14-1 victory against the St. Louis Browns. Meanwhile Yankee Starter Red Ruffing throws a 3-hitter against the Browns. The Yankees tied the MLB record by scoring every inning.

1940- Yankees Starter Spud Chandler beats the White Sox with his bat by knocking in 6 runs with a single and 2-HRs, one being a Grand Slam HR off of Chicago P Pete Appleton. The 6-RBI ties the AL record held by Pitchers Pete Appleton, George Uhle and Wes Ferrell.

1948- Yankees Hall of Fame OF Babe Ruth makes his last public appearance at the NYC premiere of the film “The Babe Ruth Story”, starting William Bendix as Babe Ruth. Ruth will pass away from Cancer 3 weeks later.

1948- The Yankees had waived veteran P Randy Gumpert (1946-1948) to the White Sox. Randy Gumpert’s best season as a Yankees hurler was in 1943, when he went 11-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 1 save in 33 games for the team. He would miss playing time in 1943 to 1945 due to military service. His final Yankees pitching career record was 16-4 with a 3.20 ERA and 1 save in 72 games after being obtained from the 1939 Philadelphia A’s. In 1957, Randy would return to the Yankees as an MLB Coach for 1 season.

1952- Yankees OF Mickey Mantle hits his 1st MLB career Grand Slam HR as the Bombers lose to the Tigers by a score of 10-6 in extra innings. Mickey’s Grand Slam HR  lands in the upper deck in Left-Centerfield of Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Grand Slam HR is 15th HR of the 1952 AL season for Mantle.

1957-  A crowd of 31,182 fans at Yankees Stadium watched as Tigers Starter Jim Bunning 2-hits the Yankees, winning the game by the score of 3-2; but 1 of the 2 hits that he allows is Mickey Mantle's 9th left-handed HR, the 200th HR of his MLB playing career. Yankees All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra gets the other hit, a triple. Jim Bunning is now 12-3 for the 1957 AL season, while Bronx Starter Bob Turley takes the loss, he is now 5-3.

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Marty Bystrom (1984-1985) was born.

On June 30,1984, P Marty Bystrom was traded by the Phillies along with Reserve OF Keith Hughes to the Yankees for Starter Shane Rawley. He had appeared in 15 games for the 1984-1985 Yankees, while posting a 5-4 record with a 4.37 ERA. He would retire after the 1985 AL season was finished due to pitching arm problems.

1959- The Yankees had purchased Rookie P Gary Blaylock from the Cardinals. Gary had gone 4-5 with a 5.13 ERA in 26 games as a Reliever and spot Starter for the 1959 Cardinals. In a roster move to make room for Blaylock, the Yankees would send Rookie Pitcher Jim Bronstad who had a 0-3 record to AAA Richmond (IL), ending his career with the Yankees. With the 1959 Yankees, Gary would post a  0-1 record with a 3.51 ERA in 15 games. The 1959 AL season would be the only season, that Gary would pitch in the MLB. He would spend the 1960-1966 baseball seasons, while pitching in the Yankees Minor League system.

1961- Yankees “Super Sub” John Blanchard ties an MLB record by hitting his 3rd and 4th HRs in 4 at bats over 3 games. He drives in 4 of the 5 Yankee runs in a 5-2 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees manage just 6-hits, but 4 of them are HRs, including 1 by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard's 1st-inning clout. Johnny Blanchard will end the 1961 AL season with 21 HRs in 243 at bats, becoming the 1st player in MLB history to hit 20 HRs or more in fewer than 250 at bats.

1962- In New York City, Red Sox veteran Starter Gene Conley and Reserve INF Pumpsie Green  would mysteriously disappear after a 13-3 Boston loss to the Yankees. They leave the Red Sox team bus in traffic to use a rest room and fail to return. Conley decides that he wants to fly to Israel, then goes to the airport, but he is refused a ticket because he does not have a travel visa. Conley was the loser in the game, pitching only 2-2/3 innings, while walking in 2 runs of the 8 earned runs that he allowed. Reserve INF Pumpsie Green did not play in the game. Rookie Starter Jim Bouton is the winner for the Yankees, shutting out the Red Sox for 6 innings.

1967- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees play their 2nd 18-inning game of the 1967 AL season, losing this one by the score of 3-2 to the Twins. Rod Carew walks, steals 2B, and continues to 3B on Yankee Catcher's Jake Gibbs errant throw and scores on Rich Rollins' single. Twins Closer Al Worthington wins the game over Yankees P Thad Tillotson in a game that lasted 4-hours, 20-minutes. Jim Roland picks up the save for the Twins. Tilloston’s 1967 pitching record drops to a 3-7-mark, Yankees Starter Fred Talbot had pitched 7 innings, giving up only 1 Twins run. 

1969- The Yankees would sell Reserve OF/1B/PH Billy Cowan to the Angels for Cash. On December 2,1968, Billy was drafted by the Yankees from the Phillies AAA team San Diego Padres (PCL) in the 1968 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. As a Reserve player, Billy would hit .167 with 1 HR in 32 games for the 1969 Yankees, before being sent to the Angels. Cowan would hit .304 in 28 games for the 1969 Angels, while filling in for the Angels injured OF Lou Johnson.

1977- The Yankees open their final series with Baltimore by tying the Orioles at 4-4 on a Cliff Johnson 2-run pinch HR in the 9th inning. Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson then leads off the 10th inning with a solo HR to win the game.

1987- Former Yankees and A’s Pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, long-time Cubs NL All-Star OF Billy Williams and Black Baseball League Star Ray Dandridge are inducted into the Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Vidal Nuno (2013-2014) was born.

Vidal Nuno was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2008. He had been a 48th round choice by the Indians in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft  out of Baker University in Baldwin City, KS). A prototypical long shot to make it to the show; he pitched 2 seasons in the Indians organization. In 2009, he went 5-0, with a 2.39 ERA between the AZL Indians (4 R in 7 IP) and Mahoning Valley Scrappers (5-0, 2.05 ERA), but in 2010, his record fell to 6-8 and his ERA rose to 4.96 in 21 games for the Lake County Captains, though he only walked 14 and fanned 94 in 94 1/3 IP. The Tribe released him. Nuno had to pitch in the independent leagues to continue his pro career, making 6 starts for the Washington Wild Things (Frontier League), in which he went 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA, before signing with the Yankees in June of 2011. He went back down to the New York-Penn League, where he had pitched in his 1st pro season, he dominated opponents to the tune of a 5-0 record with an 0.92 ERA and 1 save in 8 games for the Staten Island Yankees. That earned him a promotion to the Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), where he continued to do well, going 2-1with a 1.80 ERA in 7 starts. His combined record during the 2011 season was 9-4, 1.95 ERA, with 100 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings. Suddenly he was on the prospect radar screen. In 2012, Vidal continued to pitch very well in a couple of Minor League stops, 1st going 1-1, 2.96 in 11 games as a Reliever for the Tampa Yankees, and then 9-5 with a 2.45 ERA in 20 starts for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL).  He led Yankee farmhands in strikeouts (126, 2 ahead of Dellin Betances) and ERA (2.54, .46 ahead of Nik Turley) while he tied Turley for 3rd in wins. In winter ball, he was 4-3 with a save and a 2.52 ERA in 22 relief outings for the Aguilas del Zulia. He started the 2013 season with AAA Scranton; he had recorded a pair of wins with a 1.54 ERA in his 1st 4 starts, winning International League Pitcher of the Week, when he got the call to the Bronx. He made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on April 29, 2013, having been called up that day when Starter Ivan Nova was placed on the DL. In his MLB Pitching debut, he pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief in a 9-1 loss to the Astros, having come into the game in the 7th inning after both Starter Andy Pettitte and Reliever Adam Warren had been shelled by Houston. He gave up 4 hits but he didn’t issue any walks, while he struck out 2 Astros. He only pitched 5 times for the Yankees that season, including 3 starts, he went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings, as a strained groin cut his 2013 season short just after he had been sent back to AAA in early June. In 2014, he was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games for the Yankees, including 14 starts, when he was traded to the Diamondbacks on July 6th in return for MLB veteran Starter Brandon McCarthy. The Yankees had just learned that CC Sabathia would likely be out for the rest of 2014 AL season with a knee injury, they did not want to have a young starter like Vidal learning on the job, while they were trying to chase down a postseason slot in the AL East. 

1996- The Yankees unload a 21-hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals by the score of 15-1. This is the most hits the Yankees have collected in 9 innings since August 25,1984, when they had 23 hits against the Mariners. Yankees Starter Jimmy Key is the easy winner, giving up only 3 Royals hits in 7 innings. Yankees 2B Pat Kelly, who had been out most of the 1996 AL season with surgery, makes his 1996 AL season debut and promptly injures a hamstring.

1998- Former MLB P Don Sutton and OF Larry Doby are inducted into the Hall of Fame along with MLB Baseball Executive Lee MacPhail, George Davis and Joe Rogan. Former Yankees GM Lee MacPhail  joins his Father, former Yankees Team Co-Owner Larry MacPhail (1945-1947) to become the 1st Father and Son duo to be enshrined at Cooperstown. Larry Doby was the 1st Black MLB player in the AL breaking in with the 1948 Cleveland Indians.

2004- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Pitcher Ruben Gomez passed away. (1927-2004) 

On December 3,1951, Ruben Gomez was drafted by the Yankees from the St Jean (Canada: Provincial League) in the 1951 Minor League Player Draft. In June of 1952, Ruben was released by the team, when Yankees GM George Weiss decided he wasn’t the proper player to represent the Yankees as  their 1st MLB minority player. Weiss had settled on Catcher/OF Elston Howard for that role, releasing or trading away or releasing other minority players in the Yankees Minor League system. In January of 1953, the Giants would sign him as an MLB Free Agent. He would win 13 games for the 1953 Giants, then in 1954; he would win 17 games for NL Champs. He had won 1 game in the 1954 World Series as the Giants upset the Indians in 4 games. He would pitch for 10 seasons in MLB, while posting a 76-86 mark.

2008- The Pirates had send .330-hitting Xavier Nady and interim Closer Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens and injured OF prospect José Tabata. The Pirates are in desperate need of pitching depth with injuries to Phil Dumatrait and Matt Capps, the struggles of Ian Snell, Matt Morris and Tom Gorzelanny, ineffective call-ups by young Buc hurlers John Van Benschoten, Yoslan Herrera and an empty Minor League cupboard, while the Yankees need help for the 2008 AL pennant run, being in 3rd place in the AL East. MLB Free Agent Nady was considered unlikely to re-sign with the Pirates.

2009- Former Yankees/A’s OF&nbs****ey Henderson, Red Sox Slugger Jim Rice and Yankees/Indians 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon are inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.  Former 1942 AL MVP Joe Gordon is the 1st player to be voted in by the Veterans Committee since its rules were reformulated following the controversial election of Pirates 2B Bill Mazeroski in 2001. Joe Gordon was an MLB player with the Yankees and Indians and an MLB Manager with the Indians, Tigers, A’s and the Royals during his MLB Manager career.

2011- The Mariners lose their 17th consecutive game. They lose the game by the score of 4-1 to the Yankees Ace CC Sabathia. He fans 18 Mariner batters, CC allows only 1 Seattle hit; only 1 other hurler, Cubs Starter Kerry Wood on May 6,1998, had fanned 18 or more batters while allowing 1 hit or less in a game.

2013- The Yankees repatriate veteran OF Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs in return for Minor League P Corey Black. Soriano plays DH and bats 4th in the Yankees starting line-up in tonight's game against the Rays, but he goes 0-for-5 as the Yankees lose the game by the score of 10-6. He would appear in 58 games for the 2013 Yankees, while hitting .256 with 17 HRs and 50 RBIs.

2014- The Blue Jays snapped a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium. Toronto beats the Yankees by the score of 6-4 on a 3-run HR by Dan Johnson off of Yankees Reliever Jeff Francis. Yankees Carlos Beltran hits a 2-run HR in the 9th inning. 

2018- The Blue Jays had traded MLB veteran Starter A.J. Happ to the Yankees for Minor League OF Billy McKinney and MLB 3B Brandon Dury. He was excellent in his debut for his new team on July 29th allowing 1 run just 3 hits in 6 innings as the Yankees defeated the Royals by the score of 6-3. A couple of days later, however the Yankees announced that J.A. was temporarily sidelined because he had contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, a children's malady that does not often affect adults but that had also hit New York Mets Pitcher Noah Syndergaard a few days earlier. On August 19th, he would defeat his former team the Jays by the score of 10-2, to improve to 14-6 on the season and 4-0 since the trade, giving the Yankees every-thing they had been looking for. He would post a 7-0  record with a 2.69 ERA for the Yankees, finishing the season at 17-6 mark, along with a 3.65 ERA. However, he was the loser in his only 2108 AL Postseason appearance, as he gave up 5 runs in 2 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox. He would become an MLB Free Agent after the 2018 AL season had ended, but it was clear that the Yankees wanted him back for the 2019 AL season. On December 12th, the 2 sides would agree on a 2-year, $34 million contract.

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This Week in Yankees History July 24th-July 30th Part Two

July 27th

1898- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Benny Bengough (1923-1930) was born. (1898-1968) 

After the 1922 Minor League season had ended, Catcher Benny Bengough was acquired by the Yankees from AA Buffalo Bisons (IL). He had appeared in 2 World Series for the team, playing in 6 games, while hitting .176 with No HRs and 1 RBI with the 1927-1928 Yankees.  In 10 seasons of playing in the MLB with 2 World Series appearances, Benny failed to hit a HR as an MLB player. Overall, as a Yankees player, Ben would hit .257 with No HRs and 81 RBIs in 317 games. On October 24,1930, he was purchased by the AA Milwaukee Brewers (AA) from the Yankees. Also, he would manage in the YankeesMinor League system; 1934-1935 Class D Washington Generals (PSA), then he moved up to the 1936-1937 Class C Joplin Miners (WA). He was then a Minor League Coach for the 1938-1939 AA Newark Bears (IL). Next, Bengough was an MLB Coach for the 1940-1943 Senators. Then he would work for Braves during the 1944-1945 NL seasons. Then Benny was a long-time Phillies MLB Coach from 1946-1958.

1904- The Tigers had purchased Catcher Monte Beville from the Highlanders to replace Catcher Bob Wood, who dislocated an elbow yesterday, when he slipped trying to field a bunt against the Philadelphia A's. Monte had hit .194 in 82 games for the 1903 Yankees. This season he was 9 for 22 for the team. He will hit .207 in 54 games for the Tigers, which will be his last time playing in the MLB.

1905- Former Yankees INF and MLB Manager, Hall of Famer Leo “Lip” Durocher (1925-1929) was born. (1905-1991)

In August of 1925, INF Leo Durocher was purchased by the Yankees from the Hartford (EL) for $12,000 Cash. Leo played the infield for the Yankees in 210 games, while hitting .258 with No HRs and 63 RBIs. He appeared in 1 World Series with the 1928 Yankees, playing in 4 games with no hits. Also, he appeared in the 1934 World Series with the Cardinals. He was the 1st Yankee player to wear Yankees uniform #7. As Babe Ruth’s roommate, he stole some things from the Babe, who beat him up in their hotel room. Leo was banished from the AL by the Yankees GM Ed Barrow. On February 5,1930, the Reds selected Leo off of MLB waivers from the Yankees. During the 1933 NL season, Leo was traded by the Reds to the Cardinals. Later he became a successful MLB Manager in the NL with the Dodgers and the Giants. In 1941, his Dodgers team won the NL Pennant, but they lost to the Yankees in the 1941 World Series. He would take the Giants to the World Series in 1951 losing again to the Yankees. In 1954, his Giants team upset the Indians for the 1954 World Championship. Later in the late 1950’s, he was an MLB Coach for the Dodgers. Also, Leo would manage the 1966-1972 Cubs and then the 1972-1973 Astros. In 24 MLB seasons as an MLB Manager, he had a 2,008-1,709 record with a .540 WP. In 1994, Leo was elected to the Hall of Fame.

1922- St. Louis Browns Starter Elam Vangilder gives up a HR to Yankees 1B Wally Pipp in the 4th inning, but he leads by the score of 2-1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns Starter and Reliever Ray Kolp for 4 runs before the Browns tie with 3 runs in the 9th inning. Dave Danforth comes on Fred Hofmann on a pitch "that sailed a foot." When UmpireBrick Owens exams the ball, he rules it was doctored, earning Dave Danforth, an automatic 10-day suspension. Reliever Rasty Wright comes on and serves up a game-winning HR to Yankees Catcher Wally Schang. Yankees will win the game by a score of 6-5.

1933- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Kucks (1955-1959) was born. (1933-2013)

Before the start of the 1952 A season, Johnny Kucks was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He pitched in the 1952 Class B Piedmont League with the Norfolk Tars, going 19-6 with a 2.55 ERA. He was 2nd in the circuit in victories and 7th in ERA. He then missed 1953-1954 seasons due to military service. When he returned to pro baseball in 1955, he went straight to the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1956, when he went 18-9 and made the AL All Star team. He had appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees. Plagued by back troubles, Johnny would never be as effective as his great 1956 AL season. Overall, he had posted a 42-35 record with a 3.82 ERA in 143 games for the team. On May 26,1959, he was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe and P Tom Sturdivant to the Kansas City A’s for P Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the A’s (12-21) in 1960, finishing with an overall MLB 54-56 career record. Kansas City would sell him to the Orioles, where he pitched at AAA level. Then Orioles would sell him to the Cardinals in 1962, again, he would pitch at the AAA level. Johnny was the top pitcher on the 1962-1963 AAA Atlanta Crackers, winning 14 games both seasons before retiring from the game.

1936- Former Yankees Minor League OF Don Lock was born. (1936-2017)

In 1958, the Yankees had signed Don Lock as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. In the Yankees farm system, he was a HR king, who never had a chance to make the Yankees MLB 25-man roster. In 1959, he had played at Greensboro along with Tom Tresh. In 1960, he led the Eastern League in HRs with 35 and in RBIs with 117. From Tales from the Yankee Dugout, “Humorously reacting during spring training to the possibility that the Yankees would cut him, he crossed off his name from his locker, barricaded himself inside and "fired" at anyone who approached with his bat.”  On July 11,1962, Don Lock was playing for the Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), when he was traded to the Senators for veteran 1B Don Long. Later he would play for the Phillies and the Red Sox. He would become a Minor League Manager in the Red Sox system from 1971-1973.

1945- The Cubs had purchased Starter Hank Borowy from the Yankees in an unexpected waiver deal. Hank Borowy is currently 10-5 with the 1945 Yankees, he was put on waivers, apparently to solve a roster problem, he was passed over by 15 MLB teams. He was nursing a sore arm. The Cubs snatch him for $97,500 cash. Hank will help the Cubs win the 1945 NL pennant with an 11-2 record, including 3 wins over their rivals the Cardinals down the stretch.

1947- Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra starts an incredible 148-game errorless streak, an MLB record for catchers.

1948- In his MLB player debut with the Browns, St. Louis native Hank Arft bangs a triple and a HR off of Yankees P Frank Hiller. Arft drives in 3-runs as the Browns top Yankees by a score of 4-0. Tomorrow's cheers of "Arft, Arft" will give Hank his nickname "Bow Wow.

1951- The White Sox, who are just 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees and the Red Sox, open a 4-game series at Yankee Stadium. Trailing 3-1 in the 9th inning, the White Sox make it 3-2 before rain and the Yankees delay the game. Yankees INF Gil McDougald is thrown out of the game for stalling, while Yankees Manager Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally, the Yankees win as the game is called after 30 minutes.

1953- MLB All-Star Pitcher Dizzy Dean and OF Al Simmons are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Along with them, the Veterans Committee enshrines Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, 19th-century Manager Harry Wright, Yankees Executive and MLB Manager Edward Barrow and MLB Umpires Bill Klem and Tom Connolly. Edward Barrow was the Yankees General Manager from 1920-1945. As an MLB Manager, he had won the 1918 World Championship with the Red Sox. Before joining the Red Sox, he had managed the Tigers. He was the Red Sox Manager, who switched Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield to take advantage of his power hitting.

1955- Former Yankees Pitcher Shane Rawley (1982-1984) was born.

On April 1,1982, Shane Rawley was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later along with hurlers Bill Caudill and Gene Nelson. The Yankees would send Reserve OF Bobby Brown on April 6, 1982 to the Mariners to complete the trade. Shane would post a 27-27 record with a 4.11 ERA with 4 saves in 92 games as a Yankees hurler. On June 30,1984, he was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for P Marty Bystrom and Reserve OF Keith Hughes.

1956- Future Yankee 3B Hector Lopez and former Bronx farmhand 1B Vic Power of the Kansas City A’s, each have 5 hits including a HR each in a 14-inning game, a 10-9 loss to the Yankees. Yankees would get their HRs from C Yogi Berra, 3B Andy Carey and 1B Bill Skowron. On the pitching side, veteran P Tommy Byrne picks up the victory for the Yankees by throwing 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Both teams’ starters were knocked out early in the game.

1958- Former MLB Pitcher, Yankees Minor League Manager (1940-1941,1953-1956) and MLB Scout Phil Page passed away. (1905-1958)

Phil Page was MLB pitcher from 1928-1934. He was a pitcher for the Tigers and Dodgers with an overall MLB pitching record of 3-3 in 31 games. He would give up Lou Gehrig's 5th MLB career Grand Slam HR on September 10,1929. It was a 1st-inning blast hit at Yankee Stadium. After his MLB playing days were over, he would spent much of his time Managing and Scouting in the Yankees organization. He would manage the 1940 Augusta Tigers (SAL), 1940 Norfolk Tars (PL). the 1953 Binghamton Triplets (EL) and the 1955-1956 Birmingham Barons (SA). He was also the Reds' MLB Pitching Coach from 1947-1952. In 1958, Page would die at age of 52 from a heart attack in Springfield, MA, the place of his birth. 

1968- Former Yankees Minor League INF and Manager Steve Livesey was born.

The Yankees in the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected INF Steve Livesey in the 29th round. Instead Livesey went to college, the Yankees would draft him again, this time in the 35th round of the 1991 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He would play in the Yankees Minor League system in 1991-1992. Then he was loaned to the Co-Op team, the San Bernardino Spirit (CAL) in 1993 and 1994, but he only appeared in 4 games each season. In 2004, he was the Manager of the Class A Charleston Riverdogs (SAL). In 2005, he would join the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a Minor League Manager.

1970- The Yankees beat the Angels by the score of 5-2, behind veteran Ace Mel Stottlemyre, who is helped by Shortstop Gene Michael in the 9th inning. With the score tied, Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angels Pinch-Runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yankees would score 3-runs in 10th inning to win the game.

1970- Former Yankees CF Earle Combs, Player-MLB Manager Lou Boudreau, MLB Commissioner Ford Frick and Cardinals Pitcher Jesse Haines are inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Earle Combs was the 1st great Yankees Centerfielder (1924-1935). He was a lifetime .325 hitter for the Yankees in 12 seasons with the team. Earl would hit .340 with 4 World Series for the team. 

1973- Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson singles home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees, a 1-0 win over the Brewers Starter Jim Colborn.

1973- Former Yankees Reserve INF Enrique Wilson (2001-2004) was born.

On June 13, 2001, INF Enrique Wilson was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for Minor League P Damaso Marte. He would hit .216 in 264 games as a Reserve INF for the Yankees.

1975- In the 1st game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium, Red Sox CF Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for Starter Bill Lee, who wins the  game by the score of 1-0. In 2nd game, Roger Moret completes the Yankee whitewash with a 6-0-nightcap win. The 2 losses seem to finish the Yankees 1975 AL pennant hopes and Bill Virdon's Yankees Managing job. On August 1,1975, former Rangers Manager Billy Martin will replace Bill on August 1,1975. Bill will bounce back with an MLB Manager’s job with the Astros in August of 1975.

1975- Former Yankees 3B/DH Alex Rodriguez (2004-2016) was born.

Alex Rodriguez made his MLB player debut with the Mariners on July 8, 1994 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, becoming the only player to reach the MLB at age 18 since the 1970s. He spent less  than a month with the Mariners that strike-shortened season, and split time in 1995 between the club and their AAA Tacoma team (PCL). In 1996, he would play only 2 games with Tacoma, since then has been in the MLB full-time. He would remain with the Mariners through the 2000 AL season, making 3 All-Star teams and establishing himself as one of the game's best shortstops and one of its premier offensive players. His 1st great season was in 1996, when he would hit .358 with 36 HRs and 123 RBIs, while leading the AL in batting average, runs scored (141), doubles (54) and total bases (379). He had his 1st 40-HR season 2 years later in 1998, a year he also led the AL with 213 hits. Prior to the 2001 MLB season, A-Rod  would sign a 10-year/$252 million contract with the Rangers that made him MLB's highest-paid player. He continued to perform at the highest level with the Rangers, leading the AL in HRs all 3 years and winning his 1st AL MVP Award in 2003. He also would top 50 HRs for the 1st time in 2001, a total he would reach 2 more times, in 2002 and 2007. On February 16, 2004, Rodriguez was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Shortstop Alfonso Soriano and a Player to be Named Later (Minor League Player Joaquin Arias).  Although he had made his reputation as one of the greatest shortstops of his generation, he deferred to Yankee Captain (and Shortstop) Derek Jeter and accepted a move to 3B with the Yankees even though, he had won 2 Gold Gloves as a Shortstop while Jeter had won none. While playing in New York, he won 2 additional AL MVP Awards. In 2005, he would break the Yankees' single-season record for HRs by a right-handed hitter, held for more than 50 years by all-time Yankee great Joe DiMaggio, when he hit 48 HRs. He would raise the record to 54 HRs 2 years later in 2007. That season, he tied a record by hitting 12 HRs in his 1st 15 games. Despite continuing to achieve extraordinary success in the regular season, A-Rod's postseason performance was disappointing to his fans, batting .279 and slugging .483 with 7 HRs in 10 postseason series. He gained some measure of infamy during the 2004 ALCS the Red Sox when he "karate chopped" Boston P Bronson Arroyo, who was tagging him out at 1B. 

On October 28, 2007, Rodriguez opted out of the 10-year/$252 million deal, thus becoming a MLB Free Agent again. In November, he was re-signed with the Yankees after hearing advice from his friend Warren Buffett, the famous billionaire investor. His MLB Player Agent Scott Boras had encouraged him to ask for much more on the MLB Free Agent market, but Rodriguez did not heed his advice. On September 3, 2008, a HR, he hit to LF off of hurler Troy Percival became the 1st play to be reviewed under MLB's new instant replay rule; Brian Runge's HR call was upheld. He would missed the beginning of the 2009 MLB season because of hip surgery, but on August 7th, he became the 9th player in MLB history to hit at least 20 HRs in every year in a decade, and the 1st from the 2000s. He would finish the season with 30 HRs and 100 RBIs, although his batting average had slipped to .286, his lowest since 1999. 

To reach those totals, he had a great final game on October 4th, when he hit a pair of HRs and drove in 7 runs in a 10-run 6th inning against the Rays; the 7 RBIs were an AL record, although they fell short by 1 of Fernando Tatis' MLB record of 8 RBIs in a single inning. That season, he put to rest criticisms about his lack of hitting in the postseason, as he carried the Yankee offense on his shoulders in the 1st 2 rounds of the playoffs: he went 5 for 11 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in the ALDS against theTwins, then was 9 for 21 with 2 doubles, 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in the ALCS against the Angels. He was not as scorching in the World Series, but he still contributed  with 3 doubles, a HR and another 6 RBIs in the Yankees' defeated the Phillies. A-Rod's quest for 600 MLB HRs came true on August 4, 2010, off a 2-0 cutter from Blue Jays P Shaun Marcum at New Yankee Stadium. He had taken 10 days to hit the milestone HR, but he hit it on the 3-year anniversary of his 500th HR long ball. The constant attention seemed to affect him; it did not help that MLB had decided to introduce special numbered baseballs to mark the occasion, with the result that the game was interrupted every time he stepped to the plate in order to change the baseballs, bringing even more attention to his ongoing slump.

Rodriguez's 2011 season was interrupted by surgery on his right knee at the MLB All-Star break; he was hitting .295 with 13 HRs and 52 RBIs in 80 games at the time. He only returned to the line-up on August 21st. While on the DL in August, Rodriguez was involved in another off-field controversy. Stories came out that he had participated in illegal high-stakes poker games where drugs were present and fights may have occurred. MLB decided to investigate the allegations, based on its policy dating back to the Black Sox Scandal to eradicate any potential ties with gambling, given that it had already warned A-Rod about staying away from such occasions, after he was spotted at a poker parlor in New York in 2005. A-Rod vehemently denied the accusations, but a day after his return to the line-up, the New York Post published a story saying he had been spotted the previous week at a high-stakes poker game at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. He would finish the season with the worst numbers of his career:  just hitting 16 HRs with 62 RBIs and a .276 BA in 99 games. 

He was only 2 for 18 in the ALDS as the Yankees were upset by the Tigers. After the season, on the advice of his friend, NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant, he went to Germany for experimental treatment on his right knee receiving Orthokine therapy which involves taking blood from his arm, spinning it in a centrifuge, and then re-injecting it in the area of concern. The 1st half of the 2012 season was the healthiest in years for A-Rod, as he had played in 94 of the team's 1st 97 games. However, his production was way down, as he had a .274 BA with 15 HRs and 44 RBIs at that point, while batting in the middle of the batting order for a 1st-place team. He was left off the AL All-Star team. Then on July 24th, he suffered a freak injury when a change-up by Seattle's Felix Hernandez broke a bone in his left hand, sending him to the DL. It capped a bad day for Rodriguez, who had become the 5th player to reach 2,000 career strikeouts earlier in the contest. He was out for 6 weeks altogether, only returning to the line-up on September 3rd. He would finish the season hitting .272 in 122 games, with 18 HRs and 57 RBIs in 122 games. His RBI total was his lowest since his teenage years. He would slump badly in the ALDS, as the Yankees were involved in a closely played 5-game series with the  Orioles. He was only 2 for 16. He was benched at 2 key moments, giving way to pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez with the Yankees down by 1 run in the 9th inning of Game 3 - Ibanez hit a dramatic game-tying HR - and being left on the bench in favor of Eric Chavez in the decisive Game 5. After going 1 for 7 in the 1st 2 games of the ALCS - both losses at home to the Tigers, he was benched again for Game 3. What made things worse was that he had been seen flirting with female fans in the stands during Game 1, which the Yankees had lost in extra innings. By then, he was the favorite target of boo-birds at New Yankee Stadium. The benching’s and his poor play led to speculation that the Yankees may look to trade him in the off-season, with the Marlins being mentioned as a possible destination - although the Yankees would have needed to eat a large portion of his huge contract to make such a trade happen.

No trade happened in the early days of the 2012-2013 off-season, and then more bad news hit on December 3rd, when it was announced that Rodriguez had a hip tear and would need to undergo surgery on January 16th, which was likely to sideline him for the 1st half of the 2013 season at a minimum. It was the worst possible news for the Yankees, as they remained on the hook for his salary, needed to find a short-term replacement at 3B, and had no guarantee that he would be a productive hitter when he returned. They had signed veteran 3B Kevin Youkilis to a 1-year contract a few days later to ensure they would at least have an MLB-caliber hitter to play the hot corner. Indeed, a few days after the surgery, GM Brian Cashman stated publicly that there was a chance A-Rod would miss the entire season "because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he's trying to recover from". If things weren't bad enough for him, his name turned up in another PED-related matter, the Biogenesis Laboratories affair (see below), at the end of that month, prompting more speculation of an early retirement. This was immediately denied by persons close to him who added that Alex was "working diligently on his rehabilitation and [...] looking forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible". It then emerged that the Yankees were not so eager to see him return to action: on June 26th, he announced that he had received clearance from doctors to start playing ball again. That did not go well with Cashman, who reacted by stating, "Alex should just shut the (expletive) up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now", fueling speculation that the Yankees had unsuccessfully tried to convince A-Rod to call it a career in order for them to cash in the insurance on his huge contract, and that they were not pleased at all that he was planning on playing again. 

Instead, Alex would begin a rehab assignment with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs on July 2nd. Just after the All-Star break, the Yankees had announced he would be back in New York's line-up on July 22nd. But plans changed a day before he was set to return, as he went down again with a left quadriceps strain, delaying his return until at least the end of July. The injury report came out of the blue, that led to more speculation that the Yankees simply did not want to see A-Rod suit up again, even though in his absence the team's fill-in 3B had posted the worst OPS in the MLB at the position. Indeed, A-Rod claimed that he was not injured and went back to New York to seek a 2nd opinion to buttress his claim. Physician Michael L. Gross stated publicly 2 days later: "To be perfectly honest, I don't see any sort of injury there," hinting that the Yankees were trying to commit insurance fraud. Cashman then gave the soap opera another twist by stating that A-Rod's going to an outside specialist constituted a violation of his MLB player contract. 

While this was going on, the Biogenesis Scandal was hitting full steam, and Rodriguez was sent for another rehabilitation stint, this time with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), starting on August 2nd. He got some attention focused on his playing for a change by hitting a long 2-run HR off of Jesse Biddle in his 1st game. He would finally return to the Yankees line-up on August 5th, which was ironically the day MLB announced that he was being suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Because A-Rod immediately announced he was appealing the suspension, he was able to play that same day against the White Sox; he was booed mercilessly by the fans as he went 1 for 4 in an 8-1 Yankees loss. He would finally receive some ink for baseball reasons on August 11th, when he hit his 1st HR of the year off of Tigers Starter Justin Verlander the accompanying RBI was number 1,951 for Alex, moving him past Stan Musial into 5th place on the MLB All-Time list. 

On August 18th, he was hit by a pitch from Ryan Dempster in the 2nd inning of a game against the Red Sox in what was clearly seen as a gesture of displeasure with his involvement with PEDs; Rodriguez replied by hitting a HR in the 6th. On September 20th, he became the MLB All-Time leader for Grand Slam HRs, passing former Yankees great Lou Gehrig.

He would end his season a few games early, missing the Yankees' last series because of soreness in his legs. In 44 games, he had hit .244 with 7 HRs and 19 RBIs. He then focused on the appeal of his suspension, as the hearings on the matter were scheduled to start on September 30th at MLB's offices in New York.  However more soap opera followed shortly after the season ended, when Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Commissioner Bud Selig and other MLB officials, accusing them of engaging in a "witch hunt" against him. After keeping relatively quiet during the postseason, the day after the 2013 World Series ended he resumed exchanging barbs in the media, through his lawyers, with MLB counsel and future Commissioner Rob Manfred. His lawyer stated that Manfred "persistently attacks Alex's character with baseless, cowardly allegations", while Manfred replied that "Mr. Rodriguez's use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove that it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives, who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct." On November 20th, he stormed out of the hearings with arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in New York City, calling the whole process "abusive". He was expressing his displeasure because Horowitz had refused to force Commissioner Selig to testify. His lawyers then amended his statement of claim, adding Selig's refusal to appear at the hearing as another ground for grievance. Horowitz would issue his ruling on January 11,2014, reducing the suspension from 211 games to 162, or the full 2014 MLB season and postseason. On January 13th, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan against MLB and the MLB Players Association seeking to have the suspension overturned. However, in a major turnaround, he decided to drop the lawsuit on February 7th, in order to serve his suspension and attempt a comeback in 2015; he also decided not to attend the Yankees MLB spring training camp, even though he would have been allowed to, as his presence would have been a huge distraction for the Yankees, while serving little athletic purpose.

His suspension ended after the 2014 MLB season was completed. The Yankees were planning to give him a chance to play, although in December, GM Brian Cashman mentioned that he was being looked at as a DH, no longer as a full-time 3B, after re-signing veteran MLB 3B Chase Headley, who had been acquired during A-Rod's suspension to a lucrative 4-year contract. There was the expected media scramble, when he showed in spring training, 2 days ahead of schedule. He then began working out at 1B, given the Yankees were concerned about Mark Teixeira's health. He was in the Yankees' Opening Day line-up on April 6th, starting at DH and hitting 7th against the Blue Jays; he hit his 1st HR in 2 years on April 9th, a solo HR shot off of Toronto's Daniel Norris in a 6-3 loss. He quickly found his stroke to become one of the offensive leaders of the Yankees, who were able to battle for 1st place in the AL East, contrary to what had happened in his absence. His numbers at mid-season could have made him an All-Star, although he was passed over in favor of AL Sluggers Nelson Cruz and Prince Fielder as the AL's DH. On July 25th, he had a 3-HR game against the Twins, keying a comeback from a 5-0 deficit. His 3rd HR, off of Twins Closer Glen Perkins in the 9th, tied the score at 5, and Yankees teammate John Ryan Murphy gave the Yankees an 8-5 win with a 3-run HR later on that inning. 

On July 27th, he would join a small club of MLB players to have homered on their 40th birthday, when he went deep off of Rangers P Matt Harrison in a 6-2 Yankees win. That long ball also made him only the 4th player to HR before turning 20 and after turning 40, following Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield. On August 18th, he would add to his MLB record for Grand Slams by belting the 25th of his MLB playing career in an 8-4 win over the Twins. He slowed down some in the last month and a half and finished the season hitting .250 with 33 HRs and 90 RBIs, very good numbers given his age and the fact he had missed a full season and was struggling badly the year before. However, he was silenced in the ALWC against the Astros, going 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts. 

During spring training camp in 2016, he mentioned that he was considering retirement after the following season. It was not a huge surprise given he was going to turn 41 during the present season, but journalists were wary of taking him at his word, given he had changed in mind on a number of other matters before. On April 24th, he had to leave a game in the 6th inning because of a strained oblique muscle; the Yankees were very concerned and had him undergo an MRI immediately, bracing themselves for a long absence. However, it was just a scare, as A-Rod was back in the line-up after missing only 2 games. However, on May 4th, he was indeed placed on the DL, because of a strained hamstring muscle. He had been one of the most productive hitters on a team struggling to score runs. He would come back on May 26th as he struggled badly at first, with his batting average falling as low as .170 on May 29th. He hit slightly better in June, bring his average back to the .220s, but with only 2 HRs hit during the month. That is when Manager Joe Girardi began to bench him against right-handed pitchers, against whom he was batting only .200. The move was also aimed at improving the team's defense, as RF Carlos Beltran had replaced him at DH with Aaron Hicks getting to play the outfield. By the end of July, though, he was back to hitting .210. Girardi benched him for a full week as the Yankees were trying to claw their way back into the AL postseason picture. He did not help his cause when, in his 1st game back in the starting line-up on July 30th, he got to wear the so-called Golden Sombrero, by striking out 4 times in a 6-3 loss to the Rays. There were now calls for A-Rod to be released based on his inability to produce anymore, these getting louder as the Yankees were now clearly in reconstruction mode, having recently traded 3 MLB Stars –OF Carlos Beltran, Relief Pitchers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman at the July 31stMLB trading deadline. 

Rodriguez expressed a quiet and serene resignation when asked about that possibility: "I know that the organization has a brighter future today than it did last week. Hopefully I’m part of that equation. But if not, I can accept it very clearly." He was only 4 HRs away from being the 3rd player to reach 700 for his career, which was a possible incentive for the Yankees to keep him on board at least until he reached that MLB milestone. Speculation about his future increased when the Yankees called a press conference for August 7th, only a couple of days after teammate Mark Teixeira had announced he would be retiring at the end of the season. At the conference, Alex did announce his retirement, stating that his last game would be on August 12th. He was to be given his unconditional release as a player after the game and to fulfill the remainder of his player contract as a Special Adviser and Instructor with the team. His last week with the Yankees was no glamorous farewell tour, however, as Joe Girardi kept him largely confined to the bench, his only commitment to the declining superstar being that he would get to start at DH on his final day with the team. This did not sit well with a number of reporters, who thought that A-Rod, for all his flaws, deserved a more dignified exit. Thus, when Alex was unsuccessful in a pinch-hitting appearance against the Red Sox on August 10th, it was his 1st appearance in a game since August 2nd.

He finally got to start a game on his penultimate day with the team, August 11th, as the DH and clean-up hitter facing Red Sox P Eduardo Rodriguez; he went 0 for 4, but he did collect an RBI in the 4-2 win, although it came on a dribbler that barely traveled 15 feet. In his MLB final game against the Rays, he hit a 1st-inning RBI double off of Rays P Chris Archer for his final MLB hit, then he made outs in last 3 at-bats. The Yankees won the game, 6-3 and in the top of the 9th, Girardi let him play 3rd base for 1 final time, although he left the game after the 1st out without any fielding chances. He had ended the 2016 AL season at an even .200 with 9 HRs and 31 RBIs in 65 games. As September was winding down, he began the next phase of his Yankees career by serving as a Special Instructor for Yankees players in the Florida Instructional League. In 2017, he came to the Yankees' spring training camp to serve as a Special Guest Instructor. As a Yankees player, Alex had played in 1,509 games, while hitting .283 with 351 HRs and 1,096 RBIs. Overall, as an MLB player, he had hit .295 with 696 HRs along with 2,086 RBIs in 2,784 games.

1978- The Yankees win the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Indians by a score of 11-0, but the Tribe rebound to win the 2nd game by the score of 17-5. Indians Duane Kuiper ties the MLB record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap, only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century.

1979- The Brewers edged the Yankees by the score of 6-5 as Milwaukee Slugger Cecil Cooper becomes the 4th AL player this month to hit 3 HRs in a game.

1988- Veteran Bronx Starter Tommy John achieves what is believed to be a MLB 1st by committing 3-errors on 1-play during the Yankees' 16-3 rout of the Brewers. The feat ties the MLB record for errors in 1 inning by a pitcher.

1991- Current Yankees Reliever Wandy Peralta (2021-2022) was born.

On April 27, 2021 Reliever Wandy Peralta was traded by the Giants with a player to be named later to the Yankees for OF Mike Tauchman. On June 1, 2021, the Giants would send Minor League 1B Connor Cannon to the Yankees to complete the trade. The Yankees would assign him to Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL). Wandy would post a 3-3 record with a 2.95 ERA with 5 saves in 46 games for the 2021 Yankees.

1992- Former Yankees Minor League P Vincente Campos was born.

On May 14,2009, Vincente Campos was signed by the Mariners as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, when he was still only 16 years-old. Vicente was signed by the Mariners in his native Venezuela, he began playing with the 2009 VSL Mariners. He was 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 13 games in his 1st season, and then he improved to 8-2 record with a 3.16 ERA as a full-time starter in 2010. In 57 innings, he had walked 19 batters and struck out 59 batters. In 2011, he made the move to the United States, pitching for the Everett AquaSox (NWL). He would continue to improve, as in 14 games as a starting pitcher, he gave up only 66 hits in 81 1/3 innings with only 13 walks against 83 strikeouts. While his record was only 5-5, his ERA was a sparkling 2.32. Those results caught the eyes of scouts for the Yankees, who would acquire Campos on January 13,2012, along with Pitcher Michael Pineda in return for 2 of the Yankees' top Minor League Prospects, C/DH Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi. The trade was only finalized on January 23rd, as all 4 players needed to pass physical exams. He  had suffered a 1st setback in 2012, as after only 5 starts for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) during which he had gone 3-0, he was placed on the DL for the rest of the 2012 season. In 2013, he made 26 appearances for Charleston, including 19 starts, but he pitched only 87 innings, as the Yankees were being careful with him. He was 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA that season. He then had another injury setback, undergoing Tommy John surgery, missing all of 2014 season as a result. He had started back in the lowest levels of the Yankees organization in 2015, with the Class A GCL Yankees 1. He would eventually move up to the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), but Campos was only 3-7 with 7.25 ERA in 11 starts. The former top prospect found his way back in 2016, however, as he went a combined 9-3 in 20 starts between 3 teams: Class A Tampa, the AA Trenton Thunder and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. On July 31st, he was traded to the Diamondbacks straight up for veteran MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard. The D-backs would assign him to their AA team, the Mobile BayBears. 

2008- Former Yankees and MLB Closer Rich “Goose” Gossage is inducted into the Baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Reliever credits White Sox Slugger Richie Allen and Manager Chuck Tanner for their support early in his MLB pitching career. He is the 5th MLB Relief Pitcher enshrined in Cooperstown. Also inducted are former MLB Manager Richard Williams, Dodgers Team Owner Walter O'Malley, Pirates Team Owner Barney Dreyfuss, former MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and MLB Manager Billy Southworth; all but Williams are deceased. Larry Whiteside is honored with the J. G Taylor Spink Award and Dave Niehaus with the Ford Frick Award.

2010- With the spotlight on the All-Star 3B Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, sitting on 599 MLB career HRs on his birthday, Indians' Starter Josh Tomlin grabs the headlines by giving up only 3 Yankee hits in 7 innings in winning his MLB Pitching debut by the score of 4-1. A-Rod would finish the night with a 0 for 4 performance at the plate.

2011- The Mariners end a 17-game losing streak by beating the Yankees by the score of 9-2 at New Yankee Stadium. Seattle batters Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Carp collected 4 hits and Dustin Ackley gets 3, part of a 17-hit attack in support of Starter Felix Hernandez, who defeats Yankees Starter Phil Hughes. It's the M's 1st victory since July 5th. 

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher  Hideki Irabu with (1997-1999) passed away. (1969-2011)

Following the 1996 Japanese baseball season, Hideki Irabu had announced that he wanted to go to the MLB, so Chiba, which had a working agreement with San Diego, sold him to the Padres. Irabu, who stated that he would only pitch in the MLB for the Yankees. He ended up getting his way. He was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for OF Ruben Rivera, P Rafael Medina and $3 million in cash. Irabu signed a $12.8 million deal with the Yankees in May 1997. Irabu struggled in his 1st season with the Yankees, going 5-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 13 games. In 1998, Irabu blossomed into what would be his best MLB season, going 13-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 29 games. Finishing out his Yankees pitching career in 1999, Irabu went 11-7 with a 4.84 ERA in 32 games. Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner wasn't a big fan of Irabu, though, he once called him a "fat toad" for his poor fielding performance during a Yankees spring training game. The Yankees traded him to the Expos for 3 young Pitchers: Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly and Christian Parker. Hideki Irabu went 29-20 with 4.80 ERA in 74 games for the Yankees. In 2002, Irabu finished his MLB pitching career with a 34-35 record with a 5.15 ERA and 16 saves in 126 games pitching for the Yankees, Expos and the Rangers. On July 27, 2011, Irabu was found dead in his California home; the Los Angeles County Coroner announced that the cause of his death was hanging, as Irabu had apparently committed suicide at age 42. He did not leave a suicide note.

2013- For the 1st time since September 4,1965, 3 AL games would end with 1-0 scores. Rays P Chris Archer throws a 2-hitter at the Yankees, while Tribe P Justin Masterson and Wade Davis of the Royals need bullpen help for their victories over the Rangers and the White Sox, respectively.

2014- A huge crowd estimated at 48,000 fans are on hand for the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. This year's class is unusually large and prestigious, featuring 3 players elected on the 1st ballot: 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and Slugger Frank Thomas, a member of the 500 HR club. Joining them are 3 MLB Managers who stand at #3, 4 and 5 on the all-time win list are Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. Maddux, Glavine and Cox all found their greatest success in the great Braves teams of the late 1990s. Joe Torre was successful with the Yankees. LaRussa was successful with MLB teams in both leagues.

2015- Alex Rodriguez joins the small club of MLB players, who have homered on their 40th birthday, when he goes deep off of Texas P Matt Harrison in the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Rangers. Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius contributes with 3 hits, including a HR with 4 RBIs.

2017- The Rays make a couple of trades, acquiring Reliever Dan Jennings from the White Sox for Minor League Prospect Casey Gillaspie and MLB 1B Lucas Duda from the Mets for P Drew Smith. However, they lose a heartbreaker to the Yankees by the score of 6-5, as an apparently inoffensive ground ball hit by Bombers Catcher Gary Sanchez finds a hole between Shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria and 2B Tim Beckham to tie the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning and Brett Gardner on 3rd base. Gardner then goes yard off of Reliever Andrew Kittredge in the 11th inning to end the game.

2021- For their part, the Yankees send a couple of veteran relievers, Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson, to the Reds and only receive a player to be named later in return; it seems that they are clearing some salary space for an upcoming move meant to add some talent this time. The Reds would send Minor League Player Jason Parker on August 30, 2021 to the Yankees to complete the trade.

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This Week in Yankees History July 24th-July 30th Part 3

July 28th

1890- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elmer Miller (1915-1918,19221-1922) was born. (1890-1944)

On July 23,1915, Elmer Miller was purchased by the Yankees from the Cardinals. In between stints in the MLB, Miller had played for the 1919-1921 St. Paul Saints (AA). He hit .314 for the club in 1919, leading the league with 15 HRs. The 1920 AL season, he would hit .333 for team. In 1921, he hit .313 in 102 games before rejoining the Yankees. In his 6 seasons with the Yankees, Elmer had appeared in 357 games, while hitting .250 with 12 HRs and 132 RBIs. On July 23,1922, Elmer wastraded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, INF Chick Fewster, Shortstop Johnny Mitchell and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for INF Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith. On September 29,1922, the Yankees would send P Lefty O'Doul to the Red Sox to complete the trade.

1898- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher, MLB Manager and Scout Zack Taylor (1934) was born. (1898-1974)

Zack Taylor was a Reserve Catcher for the 1934 Yankees, who only appeared in 4 games for the team, while hitting just .143.  Later, he was an MLB Coach for the Dodgers, Browns and the Pirates. Taylor was the Manager for the St. Louis Browns (1946,1948-1951). Later, he was an MLB Scout for the Braves and Expos organizations.

1901-Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB P Freddie Fitzsimmons was born. (1901-1979)

Freddie Fitzsimmons had pitched 19 seasons in the MLB with the Giants and Dodgers. He was also a Dodgers MLB Coach in 1942. From 1943-1945, he would manage the Phillies. Later, he was a 1948 Braves MLB Coach. Fred was a member of the Giants MLB Coaching staff from 1949 to 1955. In 1956, Fred had joined the Yankees organization. He would manage the 1956 AA Binghamton Triplets (EL) to a 2nd place finish. He was a part of the Cubs MLB Coaching staff from 1957-1959. In 1960, Fred had worked for the Kansas City Athletics as an MLB Coach. In 1966, Fitzsimmons was once again a Cubs MLB Coach.

1922- The Yankees would move back into 1st place when Starter Sad Sam Jones beats Chicago P Ray Kolp by the score of 7-3. Kolp lasts just 2 innings before White Sox Reliever Bill Bayne takes over for the final 7 innings, allows only 2 Yankee runs. Chicago Slugger Ken Williams hits his 23rd HR of the 1922 AL season, but the Yankees OF Whitey Witt counters with a 3-run HR.

1924- After scoring 10 runs in the 1st inning, the Yankees barely hang on to edge the White Sox by a score of 12-10.

1931- The White Sox record an AL-record 12 hits in the 8th inning against the Yankees. They score 11 runs as Bob FothergillHRs and triples to win the game by a score of 14-12.

1936- In the 6th inning of a 16-6 Yankees victory in Detroit, the Tiger's Goose Goslin drives a ball in the gap in right center. RF Joe DiMaggio and CF Myril Hoag, in for a slumping CF Jake Powell, sprint for the ball and collide, the ball bounding by for an inside the park HR. Both players are knocked unconscious but he appear unhurt: DiMaggio stays in the game though Hoag is replaced. Hoag will play tomorrow and collect a single, then he collapse in his hotel room on the 30th with a brain clot. Hoag will be operated on successfully at Harper Hospital in Detroit. He will be out the rest of the 1936 AL season, but he'll return to play 6 more years in the MLB. The Bronx Bombers win the game on 20 hits, scoring 4 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings and 3 apiece in the 4th and 5th innings. Lou Gehrig's 2 doubles, single and HR  # 31 with 2-aboard pace the visitors. Detroit Starter Tommy Bridges is the loser, while Johnny Murphy, who relieves Yankees Starter Monte Pearson in the 4thinning, is credited with the win. George Selkirk adds a HR for the Yankees, who have now hit 122 HRs for the 1936 AL season. With this serious head injury to Myril Hoag, Rookie RF Joe DiMaggio will be move to Center Field, he will be coached by Yankees MLB Coach Earle Combs on how to play centerfield at Yankee Stadium.

1940- Bronx Bombers OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller clouts 3-HRs for the Yankees in a 10-9 Yankees win over the White Sox in the 1st game of a doubleheader split.

1943- Former Yankees Reserve OF Richard Simpson (1969) was born.

On December 4,1968, OF Richard Simpson was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for Veteran Reliever Dooley Womack. Dooley had pitched for the Yankees from 1966 to 1968. He had appeared in 152 games, while posting a 15-16 record with a 2.70 ERA with 24 saves for the team. Richard had only appeared in 6 games with the 1969 Yankees, while hitting .276. On May 19,1969, he was traded by the Yankees to the Seattle Pilots for OF Jose Vidal, who will never play for the Yankees at MLB level.

1958- At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium for the 6th time in his MLB playing career, Mickey Mantle hits HRs from both sides of the plate. Yankees beat the A’s by a score of 14-7.  Also, his Yankees teammate Gil McDougald, also hits 2 HRs in the game. Yankees Rookie Starter Zack Monroe picks up the win, with Johnny Kucks getting his 2nd save of the 1958 AL season. A’s Starter Richard Tomanck takes the loss.  

1959- The White Sox take over 1st place for good in the AL by toppling the Yankees by the score of 4-3 behind veteran Starter Billy Pierce. White Sox OF Al Smith hitting a 2-run HR in the 8th inning provides the winning margin for Chicago. The White Sox will go 13-9 against the Yankees this season, the 1st time since the 1925 AL season that Chicago is over .500 for the season against the Bronx Bombers. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry takes the complete game loss for the team.

1960With relief help from veteran hurler Bobby Shantz, Bronx Ace Whitey Ford, who leaves the game with an upset stomach, picks up a 4-0 victory over the Indians. Yankee batters Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle and Clete Boyer hit HRs for the Bombers. The Yankees sweep the doubleheader, winning the nightcap by a score of 9-2; they will take over 1st place in the AL by 3 percentage points. Tribe CF Jimmy Piersall sits behind the monuments during an Indians pitching change. The Game Umpires ask that he go back to his fielding position in Center field. He told them  “I was having a conservation with the Babe. Sorry about that.”

1961-The Yankees buy veteran 1B/OF Bob Hale from the Indians. This will make veteran 1B Earl Torgeson, who was signed on June 17th as an MLB Free Agent expendable. They'll release “Torgy” as a player in early September. Then the Yankees will sign him as an MLB 1B Coach for the rest of the 1961 AL season. Reserve 1B/OF Bob Hale will appear in only 11 games for the 1961 Yankees, while hitting .154 with 1 HR and 1 RBI. After the 1961 World Series had ended, Bob would retire from the MLB.

 1962- On 1962 Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, White Sox knuckle-baller Eddie Fisher loses a 3-0 shut out to the Yankees, when he surrenders 7th inning HRs to Mickey Mantle and Johnny Blanchard and loses the game by a score of 4-3.

1964- The Angels Shortstop Jim Fregosi hits for the cycle to assure a 3-1 win over the Yankees. New York's only score is a Mickey Mantle HR over the CF fence at Chavez Ravine, 1 of only 2-hits off of Angels Starter Dean Chance. It's the 1st HR given up by the Angels Starter in 69 innings.

1970- It’s a tough day for the Angels' Catcher Tom Egan as he is charged with 5 passed balls, all with different Angel pitchers. To make matters worse, the Angels backstop also commits an error allowing the winning run to score in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve OF Myril Hoag (1931-1932,1934-1938) passes away (1908-1971).

Myril Hoag had appeared in 474 games as a Yankees Outfielder, while hitting .284 with 11 HRs and 185 RBIs. During the 1936 AL season, his outfield run-in with Rookie RF Joe DiMaggio resulted in a season ending head injury. Myril would recover from the head-injury, he would continue to play in the MLB for 6 more seasons. His best Yankees season was in 1937, when he appeared in 106 games, while hitting .301 with 3 HRs and 46 RBIs. Myril would appear in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .320 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs in 8 games. On October 26,1938, he was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn to the Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills. He would play for the Browns, White Sox and the Indians before retiring in 1945. Later, he became a Minor League Manager.

1972- The Yankees would re-purchased veteran Reliever Ron Klimkowski from the Oakland for Cash. He would go 0-3 with 4.02 ERA and 1 save in 16 games for the team in his final MLB pitching season. He had originally come to the Yankees in 1967 as part of the Elston Howard trade with the Red Sox. He had appeared in 3 games with the 1969 Yankees. In 1970, he went 6-7 with a 2.65 ERA and 1 save in 45 games for the team. On April 9,1971, Ron was traded along P Rob Gardner for the Oakland A’s veteran 1B/OF Felipe Alou.

1977- At Yankee Stadium, a Thursday crowd of 40,918 fans cheer as the Yankees unleashes a 15-hit attack to down the Orioles by a score of 14-2. The Yankees hitting barrage includes HRs by Graig Nettles, Thurman Munson and Roy White.

1980- The Yankees had sold veteran P Ed Figueroa to the Rangers for $25,000 wavier price.  He never fully recovered his pitching elbow injury. He would leave the Yankees with an overall career record of 62-39 with a 3.53 ERA and 1 save in 132 games. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the team, while posting a 0-2 record.

1983- AL President Lee MacPhail decides that Royals 3B George Brett's 'Pine Tar' HR should count. The remainder of the game will played on August 18th at Yankee Stadium with the Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.

1985- Former Cardinals, Yankees, A’s and Braves OF Enos “Country” Slaughter, Lou Brock, Arky Vaughan and MLB Relief Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm are inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. Hoyt Wilhelm is the 1st pitcher to be inducted because of his role as an MLB Relief Pitcher.

1986- The Yankees had traded Catcher Ron Hassey, Class A Minor League Shortstop Carlos Martinez and a Player to be Named Later to the White Sox for OF Ron Kittle, Catcher Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. Hassey was hitting .298 with 6 HRs and 29 RBIs in 64 games for the team. Joel Skinner became the Yankees starting Catcher, with current starting Catcher Butch Wynegar went on the DL. Ron Kittle would become the Yankees righty DH. Veteran MLB INF Wayne Tolleson would replace weak hitting Paul Zuvella at Shortstop. The Yankees Player to be Named Later would be Class AA Minor League Catcher Bill Lindsey, who was at Class A Albany (EL). The Yankees will send him to the White Sox on December 24,1986.

1991- Former Yankees Reliever Caleb Smith (2017) was born.

Caleb Smith had been selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. The Brewershad selected him in the 2016 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, then immediately traded him to the Cubs. He failed to make the Cubs' team out of  their 2017 MLB Spring Training Camp. He had to be offered back to the Yankees as a result. He began the season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) before being called up to the Bronx when the Yankees played a 16-inning game followed by a doubleheader against the Red Sox in a span of 2 days, exhausting their bullpen corps. Caleb Smith was charged with a loss in his MLB Pitching debut for the team on July 17,2017, while facing the Twins, he had replaced Starter Bryan Mitchell in the 6th inning with the Twins leading 2-1, but the Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the frame. He had pitched a perfect 6th, then followed with a perfect 7th as well, but in the 8th inning, he gave up back-to-back singles to Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano and after 1 out, a single to Eduardo Escobar and a double to Eddie Rosario that resulted in 2 runs for a 4-2 loss. On November 20, 2017, he was traded to the Marlins by the Yankees along with 1B Garrett Cooper in return for Minor League Pitching Prospect Mike King and International Bonus Pool money. 

1995- The Yankees acquired veteran Starter David Cone from the Blue Jays in a trade for 3 Minor League hurlers: Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. Cone was 9-6 with a 3.38 ERA for the 1995 Blue Jays. He would go 9-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 games for the 1995 Yankees.

1995- The Yankees had traded veteran OF/DH Danny Tartabull to the A’s for veteran OF/DH Ruben Sierra and Minor League P Jason Beverlin. Tartabull leaves the Yankees with a .252 BA with 81 HRs and 282 RBIs in 3 seasons in Yankee pinstripes. He was only hitting .224 with 6 HRs. He had asked the Yankees front office for a trade in June. Ruben Sierra had worn out his welcome with A’s Manager Tony LaRussa with his “Me first” attitude, calling him the “Village Idiot.” In 7 seasons as an MLB Player with the Rangers and A’s, he had hit .273 with 213 HRs. He was hitting .265 with 12 HRs at the time of his trade to the Bronx. Minor League P Jason Beverlin was at Class A West Michigan (MWL), where he was 3-9 for the 1995 season. Sierra will hit .260 with 7 HRs in 56 games for the 1995 Yankees.

1996- Darryl Strawberry's 300th MLB career HR, a 2-run shot in the 9th inning, lifts the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the visiting Royals. The Yankees now lead the AL East by 12 games.

2000- Unable to win a game in 4 months, veteran Yankees Starter David Cone is sent to the team's Minor League camp in Tampa by Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. The struggling veteran will be under supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees Vice President of Player Personnel and former MLB Pitching Coach for the team.

2002- Former Yankees INF (1946,1948) and Minor League Manager Steven “Bud” Souchock passed away. (1919-2002)

Before the start of the 1939 AL Season, Steve “Bud” Souchock was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In 1942, he had won the Eastern League MVP Award, while playing for the Binghamton Triplets. He would appear in 91 games for the Yankees, while hitting .245 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs. On December 14,1948, Bud was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for OF Jim Delsing. Later, Steve would play for the Tigers before retiring from the MLB. He was a long-time Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization (1958-1963). He had managed Yankees Instructional League teams in 1958,1965 and again in 1967-1969. Also, he was MLB Scout for the Yankees. Later, Bud would work for the Tigers organization as an MLB Scout.

2013- “Hideki Matsui Day” is celebrated at Yankee Stadium. The former Yankees All-Star AL LF/DH Hideki Matsui (2003-2003) is honored by the team. He had played for the Bronx Bombers from 2003 to 2009, while appearing in 916 games, hitting .292 with 140 HRs and 597 RBIs. He had won the 2009 World Series MVP Award. A crowd of 47,714 fans had attend the Sunday afternoon game between the Yankees and Rays. The Yankees get a comeback win of 6-5.

2013- Former Yankees DH/1B George Scott (1979) passed away. (1944-2013)

George Scott was a major star in the AL, hitting 271 HRs, while winning 8 Gold Gloves at 1B. Scott was in the Minor Leagues from 1962-1965, with his slugging percentage going up each season. In 1965, He won an Eastern League Triple Crown. He was the 3rd player to do so, following Joe Munson (1925) and Bob Chance (1963). He would make his MLB player debut in 1966 as an everyday player, getting into 162 games, while hitting 27 HRs. He was 3rd in the 1966 AL Rookie of the Year Award voting, behind winner White Sox OF Tommie Agee. Scott would continue to appear in over 100 games in every season of his 14-year MLB career. He was with the 1966-1970 Red Sox hitting .303 in his 2nd MLB season and appearing in the 1967 World Series. After the 1970 season, he was traded by Boston to the Brewers in a 10-player trade. He was with the Brewers from 1972-1976. In 1973, he would hit .306 with 107 RBIs. In 1975, he hit 36 HRs with 109 RBIs. He would come back to Boston in the Cecil Cooper trade. He played for them from 1977 through part of 1979 AL season, hitting 33 HRs in 1977. After being traded to Royals, then released by team in August 1979, he was signed with the 1979 Yankees. He slugged .500 with them in 16 games, hitting .318 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. After his MLB playing days were over, he would play and manage in MexicoLeagues. An article, “George Scott is Alive and Well playing Mexico,” chronicled his life there. In 2013, Scott would pass away in his hometown of Greenville, MS, at the age of 69. 

2013- It is an unusual induction ceremony at Cooperstown as the Baseball Writers did not elect a single player to the Hall of Fame and, for the 1st time since 1965, the ceremony is conducted without a single living inductee present. Instead, those present hear tributes about 3 great figures from the 19th and early 20th Century: Catcher/INF Deacon White (1876-1890), Umpire Hank O'Day (1887-1911,1915-1927) and long-time Yankees Team Owner Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939). 

2015- The Rangers feel good after scoring 5 runs and chasing Yankees Starter Chris Capuano in the 1st inning, but it doesn't last as the Yankees answer by scoring 11 times in the 2nd inning, the most by any team in an inning this season. It features 10 hits including a bases-clearing triple by Shortstop Didi Gregorius. Yankees OF Chris Young then piles on with a Grand Slam HR in the 3rd. The Yankees end up winning the game by the score of 21-5, as Yankees Reliever Diego Moreno records his 1st MLB career win by pitching 5 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Capuano.

July 29th

1877- Former Yankees Pitcher Earl Moore (1907) was born. (1877-1961)

Earl Moore had pitched in the MLB from 1901-1914. He would originally come up to the MLB with the 1901 Cleveland team. On May 16,1906, Earl was traded by the Cleveland Naps to the Highlanders for P Walter Clarkson and OF Frank Delahanty. The Yankees were short on pitching, they were hoping that Moore would bounce back to his successful pitching form. Instead, he went 1-4 with a 4.84 ERA in 12 games for the 1906 Yankees. On August of 1907, Earl Moore was purchased by the AA Jersey City Skeeters (EL) from the Highlanders. Earl would finish his MLB Pitching career with a 163-154 record with a 2.78 ERA with 6 saves in 388 MLB games. He pitched in the AL, NL and the Federal League during his MLB Pitching career.

1899- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Beall (1924-1927) was born. (1899-1959)

On August 28,1924, Walter Beall was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Rochester Tribe (IL) for $50,000 Cash. Walter went 4-5 with 4.46 ERA and 1 save in 33 games for the 1924-1927 YankeesHe would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1929 Senators.

1903- Boston Starter Cy Young goes all the way as the Red Sox loses to the Highlanders by a score of 15-14. The Highlanders had been shut out in their 2 previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle, but Cy gets little defense as Boston makes 8 errors behind him. Highlanders’ Starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th inning for Harry Howell, while OF Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead their offense. The game lasts 2 Hrs,10 minutes.

1914- Former Yankees and MLB Baseball Executive Cedric Tallis was born. (1914-1991)

In 1961, Cedric Tallis joined the new AL expansion team, the Los Angeles Angels as a Business Manager. In 1965, he would become Vice President of Operations. Tallis was then the original General Manager of the AL expansion team, the Kansas City Royals from their inception in 1968 until June 1974. He  would move to the Yankees as Assistant General Manager in 1976-1977, General Manager in 1978-1979 replacing departed Gabe Paul and became the Yankees Team President from 1980-1983, replacing Al Rosen, who went to the Astros.

1919- The Yankees had traded Pitchers Bob McGraw and Allen Russell along with Cash to the Red Sox for Veteran Starter Carl Mays. Starter Carl Mays had gone 72-51 with Boston. He had 2 AL seasons with 20 wins or more: 1917 (22-9) and 1918 (21-13). In 1919, he was struggling with a 5-11 mark, he was unhappy with the team play and demanding a trade. The Boston front office decided to trade away Mays for another Pitcher. They turned down a deal with the White Sox. The Yankees Team Owners Ruppert and Huston offered 2 Pitchers and $40,000 Cash for Mays. The trade was made with the 2 teams. AL President Ban Johnson condemned the trade, he told the Yankees not to use Mays. The Yankees said they would pitch Mays. In the end, the Directors of the American League and the Courts, eventually upheld the legitimacy of the trade. Bob McGraw had pitched for the Yankees during the 1917-1918 AL seasons, posting a 0-2 record in 3 games. For the 1919 AL season, he had gone 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA in 6 games for the Yankees. He leaves the team with an overall record of 1-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 24 games. Allen Russell worked as Starter and Reliever for the Yankees, since the 1915 AL season with an overall mark of 26-36 with a 3.05 ERA in 59 games with 13 saves. He was 5-5 with a 3.47 ERA and 1 save in 23 games for the 1919 Yankees. Veteran Starter Carl Mays would go 80-39 in 4 ½ seasons with the Yankees, including a 26-11 record in 1920 and a 27-9 mark in 1921. Unfortunately, Carl and Yankees Manager Miller Higgins never got along, which included a fist fight on the streets of New York City, that their strained relationship, which resulted in his trade to the Reds in December of 1923.

1928- The Indians score 8 runs in the 1st inning and 9 runs in the 2nd inning in a 24-6 win over the Yankees at home. Indians hitter Johnny Hodapp becomes the 1st AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game. As he strokes 2 singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings of the game. The Yankees' lead in the AL shrinks from 11 1/2 games to just 6 games in 1 week.

1938- In a post-game radio interview with Bob Elson in Chicago, Yankees OF Jake Powell’s will make nationwide headlines with remarks about "beating up n******s and then throwing them in jail" as part of his off-season duties as a policeman. For his public statements, MLB Commissioner Judge Landis suspends Jake Powell for 10 days. The Yankees will trade him to the Senators in 1940.

1943- The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 11-1 on Tuesday afternoon game played at Yankee Stadium. Bronx Starter Marius Russo picks the victory, he is now 3-4 for the 1943 AL season, while Vern Kennedy takes the loss for the Tribe, he is now 4-4. Yankees hitting attack is led by HRs hit by Bud Metheny, Charlie “King Kong” Keller and Joe “Flash” Gordon. The 1943 Yankees team record is now at 54-34-1 mark.

1951- Former Yankees OF/DH Gary Thomasson (1978) was born.

On June 15,1978, OF/DH Gary Thomasson was traded by Oakland to the Yankees for Reserve OF Dell Alston, Reserve INF Mickey Klutts and $50,000 Cash. Gary had 3 game winning hits, while filling in for the injured Mickey Rivers in CF, while playing in 55 games hitting .276 with 3 HRs and 20 RBIs. On February 15,1979, Gary was traded to the Dodgers for Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden.

1951- Before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 70,972 fans, the Yankees would sweep the White Sox in a twin bill by scores of 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio powers 2 HRs off of Chicago P Lou Kretlow in the opener and ex-White Sox now a Yankee P Bob Kuzava out-duels Saul Rogovin to win the nightcap. With yesterday's game rained out, the White Sox are now 6 ½ games out of 1st place in the 1951 AL pennant race.

1954- Former Yankees INF Babe Borton (1913) passed away (1888-1954)

On June 1,1913, Babe Borton was traded by the White Sox along with INF Rollie Zeider to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Babe only appeared in 33 games for the 1913 Yankees, while hitting just .130 with 11 RBIs and No HRs. On July 7,1913, he was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to AA Jersey City (lL) for INF John Knight. He later played for the 1915 St. Louis Terriers (Federal League). He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1916 St. Louis Browns.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave LaPoint (1989-1990) was born.

In 1988, the Yankees had signed veteran P Dave LaPoint as an MLB Free Agent. He would post a 13-19 record with a 4.74 ERA in 48 games for the Yankees. In April of 1991,he was released by the team, he would be picked-up by the Phillies. Later, he became a Minor League Manager in the Independent Leagues.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League P Steve Frey was born.

The Yankees in the 15th round of the 1983 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Steve Frey. He would never appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 11,1987, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with C Phil Lombardi and OF Darren Reed to the Mets for Shortstop Rafael Santana and Minor League Player Victor Garcia. 

1966- The Yankees edge the White Sox by the score of 2-1 on Mickey Mantle's 14th HR in 24 games. Mickey Mantle moves ahead of Hall of Fame Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig into 6th place on the MLB career HR list with the blast.

1969- Yankees Reliever Jack Aker's string of 33 scoreless innings comes to an end as the A's rally for 3 runs to top the Yankees by a score of 6-5. Vida Blue, the Oakland Rookie Starter, receives credit for his 1st MLB career victory.

1977- Bronx Starter Ron Guidry and Closer Sparky Lyle combine for a 4-0 win as the Yankees streak to their 5th win in 6 games. Cliff Johnson and Graig Nettles, each hit HRs for the Yankees.

1978- The Yankee Stadium crowd is pleasantly surprised as recently resigned Skipper Billy Martin returns to join in on the 1978 Old Timers' Day festivities. Much to their delight, the fans are informed "Billy the Kid' will return as Yankees Skipper for the 1980 AL season, while current Yankees Manager Bob Lemon will become the team’s new GM.

1991- During a game at Yankee Stadium, A’s OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly Bronx fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll, a transistor radio and a head of cabbage. The A’s escape with a 10-8 victory, as Canseco strokes a double in 4 at bats.

1997- The Blue Jays would pick up veteran INF Mariano Duncan from the Yankees for Cash and Minor League OF Angel Ramirez. Duncan had played in 159 games for the 1996-1997 Yankees, while hitting .311 with 9 HRs and 69 RBIs. Angel Ramirez never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

2007- Former Yankees and MLB OF Bill Robinson (1967-1969) passed away. (1943-2007)

During the winter of 1966, OF Bill Robinson came to the Yankees from the Braves in the Clete Boyer trade. Bill won the 1967 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankee Rookie player in the MLB Spring Training camp. He was supposed to be the “black” Mickey Mantle, but he never adjusted to playing in New York City with all of the media pressure. His Yankees team mate Mickey Mantle try to help him out, but Bill couldn’t get settled in. He would hit .206 with 16 HRs with 96 RBIs in 310 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees. He was sent down to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Later, he would return to the MLB with the Pirates, who had drafted him from the Yankees organization in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He appeared in the 1979 World Series with the Pirates. He would later play for the Phillies and the Braves. After retiring as a player, he became an MLB Batting Coach for several MLB teams. In 1990-1991, he was an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight.” Also, he was a Minor League Manager for the Giants and the Phillies organizations. At the time of his death in 2007, he was the Batting Coach for the Dodgers AAA team at Las Vegas (PCL).

2018- The Yankees had traded MLB Reliever Chasen Shreve and Minor League P Givoanny Gallegos to the Cardinals for 1B Luke Voit and future considerations. Shreve went 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 40 games with 1 save for the Yankees. With the Cardinals, he will go 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA with no saves in 20 games. Givoanny had made 4 appearances with the 2018 Yankees with no record with a 4.50 ERA and 1 save. Luke Voit will take over the starting Yankees 1B position from struggling Greg Bird, while playing in 39 games, hitting .330 with 14 HRs and 33 RBIs. In the 2018 AL Postseason, he had appeared in 5 games, while hitting .235 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. With the 2018 Cardinals, he had played in 8 games, while hitting .182 with 1 HR with 3 RBIs, he had spent most of his 2018 season, playing for the Cardinals AAA team.

2018- The Yankees had traded Minor League Reliever Caleb Frare to the White Sox for future considerations. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Player Draft. He had pitch for the 2018 AA Trenton Thunder (EL), while posting a 4-1 record with a 0.62 ERA with 5 saves in 31 games. He made 1 appearance with AAA Scranton (IL) with no record. With the 2018 White Sox, he was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 11 games. He had spent time with their AAA team.

2021- The Yankees made the 2 biggest moves ahead of the MLB trade deadline tomorrow by acquiring Slugger OF Joey Gallo and P Joely Rodriguez in return for 4 prospects:  Trevor Hauver, Ezequiel Duran, P Glenn Otto and Josh Smith in a deal with the Rangers. Also they have obtained 1B Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs in return for 2 Minor League players:  Class A OF Kevin Alcantara and Class A+ P  Alexander Vizcaíno.

July 30th

1890- Former MLB player and HOF Yankees Manager Casey Stengel (1949-1960) was born. (1890-1975). 

Casey Stengel was an outfielder in NL for 14 seasons with a lifetime BA of .284 with 60 HRs and 535 RBIs in 1,277 games. He played for the Giants, Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and finishing with the Braves in 1925. As a player with the 1923 Giants, Casey hit the 1st World Series HR at Yankee Stadium. In 3 World Series as player, he hit .393 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Casey Stengel managed the great Yankees Dynasty teams of 1949-1960. Before joining the Yankees, Casey had managed in the NL with the Dodgers and Braves with no success. He had a long career as Minor League Manager with AA level teams, such as the Toledo Mud Hens, Milwaukee Millers and the 1948 Oakland Oaks (PCL). He won 5 straight World Championships with the Yankees (1949-1953). Also, he won World Championships in 1956 and 1958. He finished his Yankees Managing career with a record of 1,149-696, WP .619 with 10 AL Flags and 7 World Championships. He was let go by the Yankees after his Manager’s contract expired in October of 1960. That winter, he was hired as a Special Talent Consultant by Angels Team Owner Gene Autry, helping them with their AL Expansion Team Player Draft choices. Casey would return to NYC in 1962 to manage the new NL expansion team, the Mets, a position that he held until mid-1965 season, when he suffered a serious hip injury that forced him to retire from the MLB at the age of 76. Casey Stengel was elected in a special election after being injured in an auto accident by Baseball writers to the Baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 25,1966. He used his baseball earnings to buy a bank in California, and served late in life as the Bank President, deciding on loans and other banking matters.

1914- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Peek (1941) was born. (1914-1991)

Before the start of the 1937 AL season, the Yankees had signed Steve Peek, as an Amateur Free Agent. He will spend 4 seasons in the Minors (1937-1940), having his best season in 1940 with the AA Newark Bears (IL), while posting a 14-4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 144 innings, helping his team to the International League Play-off Championship. Steve looked strong in the Yankees 1941 spring training camp workouts. He made his MLB pitching debut with the Yankees on April 16th. He had appeared in 17 games, while pitching 80 innings, posting a 4-2 record before being sent back to Newark for the balance of the 1941 baseball season. Steve went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA for the Bears, missing his chance to play in a World Series, when the Yankees won the AL title by 17 games over the 2nd-place Red Sox. The Yankees would beat the Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the 1941 World Series. Peek did not pitch in the World Series. He never would return to the MLB. Steve will spend the next 4 years (1942-1945) with the Army during World War II. He would return from the service in time for the 1946 AL season, but at the age of 31, he would spend the rest of his pro baseball career playing in the high Minor Leagues. He would pitched for the AA Newark Bears (IL) again before he finished out his pro pitching career in 1948 with the AA Seattle Rainiers (PCL). Steve's 8 seasons in the Minor Leagues saw him post a 73-44 record, while appearing in 186 games and pitching 974 innings. 

1922- The 1922 AL Pennant race heats up with the Browns move to a 1 1/2 game lead beating the Red Sox by the score of 4-1, as the White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 6-5 in Chicago. 

1930- Former Yankees Reserve C/1B Augustus “Gus” Triandos (1953-1954) was born. (1930-2013)

In 1948, the Yankees had signed C Gus Triandos as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would miss the 1951-1952 MLB seasons due to military service. He had appeared in 20 games with the 1953-1954 Yankees, just hitting .171.  He was very successful in the Yankees Minor League system in 1953-1954 seasons. In 1953 playing with the AA Birmingham Barons (SA), Gus would hit .368 with 19 HRs and 75 RBIs in 97 games. In 1954, he had hit .296 with 18 HRs and 65 RBIs for the AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). He was unable to beat out Yankees Starting Catcher Yogi Berra. On November 17,1954, Gus was traded along with Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald, INF Willy Miranda, Catcher Hal Smith and OF Gene Woodling to the Orioles for Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen, INF Billy Hunter. Gus would become AL All-Star catcher for the Orioles during the 1957-1959 AL seasons. He had caught Hoyt Wilhelm’s No-Hitter against the Yankees in 1958. Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling would give the Orioles some power hitters in their 1955 starting line-up. In 1955, he would hit .277 with 12 HRs and 65 RBIs. Gus would play for the Yankees, Orioles, Tigers, Phillies and the Astros from 1953-1965.

1936- The Yankees with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Myril Hoag, drop a 5-4 decision to the Tigers. On August 1st, Powell will go to LF with Rookie OF Joe DiMaggio playing CF for the 1st time. George Selkirk will return to RF. The Yankees lose today, when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th inning as Burns scores the winning run. The Tigers Starter “Schoolboy” Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Yankees Starter Johnny Broaca.

1940- Former Yankees Reserve INF Cesar “Pepi” Tovar (1976) was born. (1940-1994)

Reserve INF Cesar Tovar played in 13 games hitting .154 in September 1976 for the Yankees. He had played for Manager Billy Martin, when he was managing the Twins. After the 1976 AL season, he had retired as an active player.

1941- Former Yankees Reserve OF Howie “Hawk” Shanks (1925) passed away. (1890-1941)

On December 10,1924, veteran OF Howie Shanks was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for INF Mike McNally. He had appeared in 66 games for the 1925 Yankees, while hitting .258 with 1 HR and 18 RBIs. On December 16,1925, Howie Shanks was released by the Yankees.  He had played for the Senators from 1912-1922, then for the Red Sox before being traded to the Yankees in 1924. From 1926-1929, Shanks would continue to play in the Minor Leagues.

1947- Former Yankees DH/1B Jim Spencer (1978-1981) was born. (1947-2002)

On December 12,1977, 1B Jim Spencer was traded by the White Sox along with P Bob Polinsky (Minors) and OF Tommy Cruz to the Yankees for Pitchers Stan Thomas, Ed Ricks (Minors) and Cash. Jim never hit as expected for the Yankees during his stay with the Bombers. His best Yankees season was in 1979, when he hit .279. Overall, as a Yankees player, he had appeared in 299 games, while hitting .246 with 45 HRs and 124 RBIs. On May 20,1981, Jim was traded by the Yankees along with P Tom Underwood to the Oakland A’s for 1B Dave Revering, hurlers Mike Patterson and Chuck Dougherty (Minors). After retiring from MLB, he would coach the U.S. Naval Academy Baseball team for several years. In 2002, Jim would pass away from Cancer.

1951- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio makes a rare defensive mental error against the Tigers, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep CF and, thinking it's the 3rd out of the inning, begins trotting in towards the Yankees dugout. But it's only the 2nd out and Tigers’ base runner George Kell scores from 2B to make the score 4-2 in the 8th inning. Despite the Yankee Clipper’s mental lapse, the Yankees win the game by a score of 5-4 with the Yankee Clipper knocking in the winning run in the 9thinning.

1952- Chicago Journeyman P Lou Kretlow fashions his 2nd consecutive 2-hitter, as the White Sox down the Yankees by the score of 7-0 at Comiskey Park. Yankees Starter Bob Kuzava takes the lost, he is now 5-7 for the 1952 AL season.

1954- Against Yankees veteran Starter Allie Reynolds, Orioles 3B Bob Kennedy hits the 1st Grand Slam HR for the new Baltimore Orioles MLB franchise. The Orioles surpass the top season attendance that the St. Louis Browns had in their 52 seasons, as they draw 27,385 for the game, giving them 7,000 more than the 712,918 fans that St. Louis Browns drew in 1922.


1955- The Orioles had obtained veteran P Ed Lopat from the Yankees for P Jim McDonald and Cash. The Yankees would send Jim McDonald down to their AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA), where he would post a 1-3 record in 5 games. He had previous pitched for the 1952-1954 Yankees, while posting a 16-12 record before being traded in the 17-player trade made by the Yankees and Orioles in the winter of 1954. He was replacing P Don Larsen at Denver, who had been called up to the Bronx. Lopat was at the end of his fine long MLB Pitching career. Ed “The Junkman” Lopat had posted a 113-59 record with a 3.19 ERA in 217 games for the 1948-1955 Yankees. In 1948, Lopat was obtained in a trade by the Yankees with the White Sox in a trade that saw the Yankees send All-Star Catcher Aaron Robinson along with 2 Pitchers: Fred Bradley and Bill Wight to Chicago. Eddie would throw 21 shutouts, while completing 91 games for the 1948-1955 Yankees. He had pitched in 5 World Series, while posting a 4-1 record with a 2.60 ERA in 7 games. For the 1955 Orioles, Lopat would appear in 10 games, while finishing with a 3-4 record, before released by the team after the 1955 AL season was completed. In winter of 1955, he would rejoin the Yankees organization, managing their new AAA farm club at Richmond (IL).  

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Steve Trout (1987) was born.

On July 13,1987, Starter Steve Trout was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for 3 young Pitchers: Bob Tewksbury, Rich Scheid and Dean Wilkins. Steve went 0-4 in 14 games with a 6.60 ERA for the Yankees, being a major disappointment for the team. On December 22,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve OF Henry Cotto to the Mariners for 3 Pitchers: Lee Guetterman, Clay Parker and Wade Taylor. Steve was the son of former 1940’s Tigers AL All-Star Pitcher Dizzy Trout.

1966- White Sox lefty P Gary Peters shuts down the Yankees by a score of 6-0, facing just 29 Yankee batters. The efficient Peters used just 75 pitches for the complete game win, allowing only 3 Yankee hits. Yankees Starter Mel Stottlemyre takes the loss allowing only 4 White Sox runs, he is now 9-12 for the 1966 AL season.

1977- Yankees Starter Don Gullett picks up his 10th win of the 1977 AL season, a 9-3 victory over the Oakland A's. But it will prove to be his final win of the 1977 AL season, when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.

1986- Veteran Catcher Ron Hassey is traded for the 3rd time in 8 months. He is traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Minor League OF Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for OF/DH Ron Kittle, INF Wayne Tolleson and C Joel Skinner. The Yankees will send Minor League C Bill Lindsey on December 24,1986 to the White Sox to complete the trade.

1990- In a surprisingly harsh ruling, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the Club's General Partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner's $40,000 payment to confessed Gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee All-Star OF Dave Winfield.

1993- The Yankees had obtained Reliever Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal, which sees Yankees Reliever John Habyan (2-1 with 4.04 ERA) go to the Royals and the Royals send Minor League AAA OF Karl Rhodes to the Cubs. John had lost his set-up role to Yankees Rookie P Bobby Munoz. Paul would go 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 36 games for the 1993 Yankees. On March 21,1994, he is traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for P Brian Boehringer.

1993- Former Yankees Minor League P Ty Hensley was born.

The  Yankees had selected Ty Hensley in the 1st round, with the 30th overall selection of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Though the Yankees and Hensley agreed on a $1.6 million signing bonus, a team physical examination discovered an abnormality in the shoulder of his pitching arm. As a result, the Yankees reduced the offered bonus to $1.2 million; Hensley agreed to the reduced bonus and signed with the Yankees rather than attend Ole Miss. After signing, Hensley made his pro pitching debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees in the Rookie Level, Gulf Coast League. He would pitch 12 innings for the Gulf Coast Yankees. He had suffered an abdominal muscle strain, while pitching winter league baseball in the Dominican Republic during the offseason. Though he rehabilitated the injury, he felt pain in his hip during spring training camp in 2013, which was diagnosed as a hip impingement. He would require surgery to repair both hip labrums and caused him to miss the entire 2013 baseball season. During the 2014 season, he would pitch for the Gulf Coast Yankees and the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season (NYPL). Between the 2 levels, he had a 2.93 ERA in   30 23 innings pitched across 11 appearances. Hensley began experiencing discomfort in his arm during spring training camp in 2015. An MRI and arthrogramfound a bone calcification inside a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow. Ty Hensley underwent Tommy John surgery missing the 2015 baseball season. While rehabilitating, the Yankees announced that Hensley would need a 2nd Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. At the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings, the Tampa Bay (AAA Durham Bulls) had selected Hensley from the Yankees in the Minor League phase of the MLB  Rule 5 Player Draft. Later, Ty was released by Tampa Rays organization. In 2018, he had pitched in the Independent Frontier League. He didn’t pitch in 2019.

1996- Darryl Strawberry's 300th MLB Career HR is a dramatic 9th inning, 2-run HR shot, which gives the Yankees a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Royals.

1997- Bronx Starter David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals by a score of 7-0.  Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hits his 36th HR of the 1997 AL season, while INF Luis Sojo has 4 hits

1999- At Fenway Park, the Yankees defeat the Red Sox by a score of 13-3, as 2B Chuck Knoblauch raps out 5 hits, including a double and HR as he drives home 4 runs. Yankees Starter Hideki Irabu throws a complete victory, picking up his 8th win of the season.

2001- The Yankees had reacquired veteran P Sterling Hitchcock from the Padre by sending 2 Minor League players: P Brett Jodie and OF Darren Blakely to the Padres. He will go 4-4 with a 6.49 ERA in 10 games for the Yankees. In the 2001 World Series, he will go 1-0 in 2 appearances against the Diamondbacks.

2008- The busy Yankees had traded veteran Reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Astros for Minor League INF Matt Cusick. Also, that day All-Star Catcher Jorge Posada underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, so the Yankees had acquired veteran AL All-Star Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez from the Tigers for veteran MLB Reliever Kyle Farnsworth.

2010- The 2 best teams in the MLB this year, the Yankees and the Rays begin a 3-game series before a rare sold-out crowd at Tropicana Field. Two batters into the game, the Bombers lead 2-0 on a HR by Nick Swisher, but that’s all the runs the Yankees will score in the game. Tampa Bay comes back with a 3-run HR shot by Matt Joyce in the 6th inning to win by the score of 3-2. Wade Davis beats Bronx Starter Phil Hughes with Rays Closer Rafael Soriano picking up the save. Yankees All-Star 3B Alex Rodriguez, who has been sitting on 599 MLB career HRs for a week, goes 0 for 4 in the loss.

2010- The Yankees snap up veteran OF/DH Austin Kearns from the Indians, although the bigger news is that they have tentatively reached a deal with the Astros for veteran 1B Lance Berkman. He gets an agreement with the Yankees that allows him MLB Free Agency after the 2010 MLB Post season ends. Berkman will appear in 37 games for the team, while hitting .255 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. He will be signed with the Cardinals for the 2011 NL season.

2011- The Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles with a huge 1st inning in the nightcap, after winning the opener by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers score 12 runs as they chase Orioles Starter Zach Britton, just back from the Minors, after only 1 out, but not before he gives up 9 Yankee runs. They roll to a 17-3 win, while accumulating 24 hits, as Yankees Starter Ivan Nova benefits from the outburst; Robinson Cano goes 5 for 5 with 5 RBIs, while Nick Swisher hits a 2-run HR in each game.

2015- The Yankees would send Minor League OF Ramon Flores and P José Ramírez to the Mariners to obtain MLB INF/OF Dustin Ackley. Dustin would hit .288 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs in 23 games for the team. In 2016, he would only .148 with No HRs and 14 RBIs in 28 games before being granted MLB Free Agency in November of 2016.

2017- The Yankees would trade 2 Minor League P Deterich Enns and Zack Littlell to the Twins for veteran P Jaime Garcia, who had started the 2017 MLB season with the Braves with a 4-7 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 games. He would go 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 8 games for the team. In the 2017 AL Postseason, Garcia made 1 appearance against the Indians, pitching 2 scoreless innings with no decision. On November 2, 2017, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

2018- The Twins had traded veteran Starter Lance Lynn and Cash to the Yankees for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and Minor League P Luis Rijo. The former Cardinals starter went 7-8 for the 2018 Twins with a 5.10 ERA in 20 games. Lynn will go 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 11 games for the 2018 Yankees. In 2018 AL Post Season, he had appeared in 2 games against the Red Sox with no record with a 11.57 ERA. He will become an MLB Free Agent at the end of the 2018 MLB Post season. Outfielder/1B Tyler Austin had appeared in 35 games for the 2018 Yankees, while hitting .236 with 9 HRs and 24 RBIs. With the 2018 Twins, Austin would play in 34 games, while hitting .223 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs.

2018- The Yankees had traded P Adam Warren to the Mariners for future considerations. For the 2018 Yankees, he had posted a 0-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in 24 games. With the 2018 Mariners, he would go 3-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 23 games. Adam had 2 tours with the Yankees finishing with an overall record of 20-20 with a 3.18 ERA with 6 saves in 246 games. He would become an MLB Free Agent at the end of the 2018 MLB season. He would sign an MLB Free Agent deal with the Padres.



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