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


August 14th

1888- Former Yankees 1B Babe Borton (1913) was born. (1888-1954)

In 1912, Babe Borton would burst onto the MLB scene by hitting .371 in 105 at-bats for the White Sox. Except for part of a season that he spent with the 1913 Yankees (.133 in 33 games). He was an above-average hitter in the MLB. On June 1,1913, 1B Babe Horton was traded by the White Sox along with INF Rollie Zeiderto the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. On July 7,1913, Babe was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to AA Jersey City Skeeters (IL) for INF John Knight. In 1914, he would sign to play for the Chicago Whales in the Federal League. He was a leader in a couple offensive categories in the 1915 Federal League,while he hit only .224 in the 1916 AL, he made up for it with lots of walks. He holds the record for the most walks in a season (92) in the Federal LeagueHis last active MLB season was with the 1916 St. Louis Browns. Later, he was kicked out of the AA Pacific Coast League in 1920, after admitting that he had conspired with gamblers to throw games. 

1919- The Yankees overcome Catcher Muddy Ruel's hitting into a triple play as they beat the Tigers in 15 innings by the score of 5-4.

1919- The Yankees get a court injunction to barring further interference by the AL Team Owners, who had sought to prevent Starter Carl Mays from playing with the Yankees for the rest of 1919 AL season. The Red Sox had traded the troubled hurler to the Yankees for 2 players and $40,000 cash, after a personnel dispute with Mays; who felt that the team hasn’t giving him enough support on the field when he pitched. Mays had walked off the playing field during a Red Sox game.

1924- The Yankees had purchased OF Ben Pascual and P Ray Francis from the Atlanta Crackers (SL) for an undisclosed amount of Cash. Ben Pascual will become a Reserve OF for the Yankees, hitting over .300, 4 times, while playing with the team. Hurler Ray Francis will go 0-0 in 4 games for the 1924 Yankees before being sent to Boston in a trade in 1925.

1929- Former Yankees Reserve OF Jim Pisoni (1959-1960) was born. (1929-2007)

On June 15,1957, OF Jim Pisoni was traded by the A’s along with P Ryne Duren and OF Harry Simpson to the Yankees for INF Billy Martin, P Ralph Terry, INF/OF Woodie Held and OF Bob Martyn. Jim was a weak hitting outfielder, who appeared only in 37 games with the Yankees, while hitting just .143. While with the Yankees organization, he spent most of his time at AAA team level (Denver and Richmond). On December 1,1958, Jim was drafted by the Braves from the Yankees organization in the 1958 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On May 7,1959, Jim was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Braves to the Yankees. 

1929- It is “Charlie Gehringer Day” in Detroit, and the popular Tigers 2B handles 10 chances in the field, at the plate he hits 3 singles, a HR and steals home in a 17-13 win over the visiting Yankees.

1934- The largest weekday crowd in history watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium. It is the Tigers' 14th straight win. Tiger’s Starter “Schoolboy” Rowe has won 13 games in a row. The next day the Yankees will end the Tigers winning streak.

1937- The Yankees had purchased P Ivy Andrews from the Indians for $7,500 waiver price. He was 3-4 for the Tribe as a Reliever. Ivy was originally with the 1931-1932 Yankees, going 4-2 in 11 games before being traded to the Red Sox. For the 1937, Ivy would go 3-2, with a 3.12 ERA and 1 save in 11 games for the team. In his 2nd tour with the Bombers, he went 4-5 and 2 saves in 30 games during the 1937-1938 AL seasons. To make a 25-man MLB roster move, the Yankees will send down Rookie P Spud Chandler to their AA club, the Newark Bears (IL).

1938- On August 12,1938, the Yankees signed MLB Free Agent P Wes Farrell, who had been released by the Senators. He was a former 3-time 20-game winner in the AL with the Indians and Red Sox. He had posted a 13-8 record with a 5.92 ERA for the 1938 Nats. With the Yankees, Wes would go 2-2 with an 8.10 ERA in the last weeks of the 1938 AL season. In 1939, he would go 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 3 games before being released by the team on May 28th.

1942- The Yankees turn MLB-record 7-douple plays in an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey guns down 2 A’s runners following called 3rd strikes, 3 are started by the DP combo of Phil Rizzuto and Joe Gordon, Reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another and 3B Red Rolfe initiates another one. The 7 DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190 DPs for the 1942 AL season, just missing the (since surpassed) MLB mark they set in the 1941 AL season with 194.

1944- Former Yankees INF (1966,1968), MLB Coach and MLB Manager Mike Ferraro (1983-1986) was born.

In 1962, the Yankees had signed INF Mike Ferraro as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In limited play of 33 games, Mike hit .170 with No HRs and 1 RBI for the Yankees. On October 15,1968, Mike was selected by the Seattle Pilots from the Yankees organization as the 57th pick in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. In 1972, he was the Brewers starting 3B, until the team had acquired had veteran 3B Don Money from the Phillies in the winter of 1972. On May 7,1973, Mike was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, he did not play for the team at MLB level, instead spending the 1973 season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). In April of 1974, Mike was released as an active player, he would join the Yankees Minor League system, later becoming a Yankees MLB Coach before taking the Manager’s job with the 1983 Indians. Later, he would finish out the 1986 AL season as the Manager of the Royals, replacing current Manager Richard Howser, who was batting Brain Cancer.

1950- Former Yankees Shortstop Jim Mason (1974-1976) was born.

On December 6,1973, Shortstop Jim Mason was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers for $100,000 Cash. In 1974, Jim would hit .250 with 5 HRs and 37 RBIs in 152 games before fading during the 1975-1976 AL seasons. Overall, Jim had appeared in 339 games with the Yankees, while hitting .208 with 8 HRs and 67 RBIs. Mason was the 1st MLB player to hit a HR in the only World Series plate appearance of his MLB playing career in the 1976 World Series against the Reds. It would be only Yankees HR hit in the 1976 World Series. On November 5,1976, Jim was selected by the Blue Jays from the Yankees as the 30th pick in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. He had played for during his 9-season MLB active career with the Senators/Rangers Yankees, Blue Jays and the Expos.

1957- Former Yankees OF Tim Hendryx (1915-1917) passed away. (1891-1957)

In 1911, Tim Hendryx would make his 1st  MLB appearance with the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians). Then he was sent down by the Naps to Class A New Orleans Pelicans (SA). On August 15,1915, OF Tim Hendryx was purchased by the Yankees from New Orleans (SA). Tim was a Reserve OF on the 1915-1916 teams, while appearing in only 18 games. Also in 1916, he would spend some time playing at AA Richmond (IL). In1917, he was a semi-regular OF for the club, while hitting .249 in 125 games. He would play in 168 games for the Yankees, while hitting .251 with 5 HRs and 50 RBIs. On March 18,1918Tim was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees to the Browns. Then the Reds would send a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees. Next, St. Louis would send veteran OF Lee Magee to the Reds.Meanwhile the Reds would sent C Tommy Clarke on April 25,1918 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Clarke would never appear with the Yankees. Later, Tim would play for the 1919 Browns, then the 1920-1921 Red Sox before returning to play in the high Minor Leagues until 1926.

1959- The veteran Red Sox 1B Vic Wertz hits a pinch-hit Grand Slam HR off of Yankees Closer Ryne Duren to pace the 11-6 Boston win. Red Sox 2B Pete Runnels walks twice in 1 inning to tie an MLB record.

1960- The Yankees would lose a doubleheader to the Senators and fall to 3rd place in the AL, a half-game behind the Orioles and the White Sox. Nats Starter Camilo Pascual's Grand Slam HR is the difference in a 5-4, 1st-game win for the Senators. In the 2nd inning, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs, jogs to 1B on a grounder to 3B. The Senators turn a DP, with Yankees Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at 2B. Maris will miss 18 games as a result of the rib injury. Yankee Stadium fans heavily boo Mickey Mantle; Manager Casey Stengel replaces him in the starting lineup with Reserve OF Bob Cerv. The clubs would set an MLB record by using 17 pinch-hitters, 9 by the Yankees and 8 by the Nats in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings), while playing an MLB record 24 errorless innings.

1966- The Yankees would sweep 2 games from the Tribe, by winning the nightcap by a score of 6-4. The Indians help in the 2nd game by making 6 errors in 1 inning, 1 short of the record. Mickey Mantle helps with a HR off of  P Jack Kralick, but he'll sit the next 12 days after re-injuring his knee. Tom Tresh hits his 16th HR of the 1966 AL season. Steve Hamilton picks-up the win in relief of Bronx Starter Fred Talbot.  Indians Reliever Tom Kelly in relief of Tribe Starter Sam McDowell takes the loss. In the 2nd game, the Yankees beat the Tribe by the score of 7-3 with Yankees Reliever Dooley Womack gaining the victory, Fritz Peterson had started the game for the Yankees. Joe Pepitone hits his 27th HR of the1966 AL season. A crowd of 31, 948 fans had attended the doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium.

1969- In a 3-2 win over the White Sox, the Yankees 2B Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th inning, then he scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss for the White Sox, while Yankees Reliever Jack Aker is the winner. 

1977- The Yankees collect 15 hits, including HRs by Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles to swamp the Angels by a score of 15-3. Yankees Starter Richard “Dirt” Tidrow allows just 2 Angels hits in 6 innings of work for the win.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Esmil Rodgers (2014-2015) was born.

On July 31, 2014, P Esmil Rogers was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Blue Jays. He had appeared in 36 games for the 2014-2015 Yankees, while posting a 3-1 record with 5.59 ERA for the team. On July 31,2015, Rogers was released by the team.

1990- The Angels post a 9-5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an Inside-the-Park Grand Slam HR by Luis Polonia. Yankees veteran RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoestring catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner for the Angels. Jesse Barfield will misplay another drive into a 4-run IPHR in 2 weeks 

1991-Former Yankees Pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (2017-2018) was born. 

In 2012, Mexican born P Giovanny Gallegos was signed with the Yankees as an International Free Agent. After the 2016 AL season, the Yankees will add him to their 40-man MLB roster. Gallegos had played for the Mexican National Baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. On May 12, 2017, he made his MLB Pitching debut for the Yankees against the Astros. As Yankees hurler, Gallegos would post a 0-1 record with a 4.76 ERA and 1 save in 20 games. On July 29, 2018, he was traded by the Yankees along with MLB Reliever Chasen Shreve to the Cardinals for 1B Luke Voit and International Bonus Slot money.

1995- Current Yankees Minor League Pitcher Stephen Ridings (2021) was born.

Stephen Ridings was drafted by the Cubs in the 8th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Haverford College (Haverford, PA). He never appears with the Cubs at the MLB level. On March 9, 2019, he was traded by the Cubs to the Royals for Minor League OF Donnie Dewees. Steve never pitches for the Royals at the MLB level. In 2020, he did not pitch due the Minor League season being canceled due to the COVIDS-19 outbreak. On November 4, 2020, he was released by the Royals. On January 6, 2021, Ridings was signed as a Free Agent with the Yankees. On July 21st, he combined with Luis Gil and Reggie McClain in no-hitting the Rochester Red Wings, 8-0. Two weeks later, on August 3rd, he was called up to the Bronx when the Yankees had to place a number of pitchers on the COVID-19 list. His teammates in both AA Somerset and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Gil, started the game against the  Orioles in place of Starter Gerrit Cole, and after he had pitched 6 scoreless innings, Stephen would take over and struck out the side, while allowing just 1 hit in the 7th as the Yankees went on to win easily by the score of 13-1.  Stephen would finish the 2021 season in the Bronx with a 0-0 record with a 1.80 ERA in 5 Games. He has not pitched this season, due to pitching arm issues, but he is still rehabbing. He is expected to start pitching in the Minors Leagues soon. He was the 1st alumnus of Haverford College to reach the MLB.

2002- The Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals by the score of 3-2. Bombers CF Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Yankee P Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.

2010- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs taking over the 2010 AL RBI lead with 97, as the Yankees defeat the Royals by the score of 8-3. Yankees Starter Phil Hughes is the winner.

2012- Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda pitches a 2-hitter, while shutting out the Rangers by the score of 3-0. All 3 Yankees runs score in the 7th inning, when Nick Swisher homers off of Rangers P Alexi Ogando with Derek Jeter on base and then Mark Teixeira follows with a solo HR blast.

2013- Veteran Bronx Bomber OF Alfonso Soriano goes 3-for-3 with a pair of HRs and a MLB career-high 7 RBIs in the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Angels. Yesterday, Soriano had another 2-HR game with 6 RBIs. His 13 RBIs in 2 games are the 2nd-most in Yankees history: Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri had drove in 15 runs in 2 games during the 1936 AL season.

2014- The Rays shut out the Yankees by the score of 5-0 behind the pitching of  Starter Alex Cobb to reach the .500 mark at 62-62. What is remarkable is that they were 18 games below .500 on June 10th, making them only the 4th team in MLB history to return to parity from such a deficit.

August 15th

1912- Little-known Yankees OF Guy Zinn steals home twice in a 5-4 win at Detroit; this will add to last-place New York's MLB record of 18 steals of home for the 1912 AL season. The Yankees will win tomorrow game by the score of 9-8, when Zinn hits a 9th inning double. 

1930- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Martyn was born. (1930-2015)

In 1952, OF Bob Martyn was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. An impressive Minor League player, he was named to 3 All-Star teams, while playing in the Yankees farm system. In the 1956 American Association All-Star Game, he would hit 2 HRs, winning the MVP Award for the game. That season, Bob was playing for Manager Ralph Houk’s AAA Denver Bears (AA). On June 15,1957, he was sent to  Kansas City in a trade. On June 15,1957, the Yankees would send OF Bob Martyn, INF/OF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin and P Ralph Terry to KC for P Ryne Duren, OF Jim Pisoni and MLB OF Harry Simpson. On April 12,1959, he was traded back to the Yankees along with INF Mike Baxes by KC for Minor League OF Russ Snyder and Reserve INF Tom Carroll. Mike was sent down by the team to the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), he would never appear with the Yankees in an MLB game. He would retire from baseball in 1960.

1948- Before a crowd of 72,468 fans, the largest home game attendance of the 1948 AL season at Yankee Stadium, the A's sweep a pair from the Yankees by 5-3 scores as they regain 2nd place in the AL. The A's win the opener in 10 innings, after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th HR of the 1948 AL season. Also, DiMaggio triples home a run in the extra frame, but Reliever Lou Brissie preserves the win for A’s Starter Carl Scheib. The Mackmen had a total of 20 hits in the 2 games, including a triple and double by Sam Chapman. The Yankees are now in 4th place, 5 games back in the 1948 AL pennant race.

1955- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate in the same game for the 2nd time in his MLB playing career, tying the MLB mark. The Yankees beat the Orioles by the score of 12-6 in Game 2 as they sweep the doubleheader from the Birds to move back into 1st place in the AL 

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Cowley (1984-1985) was born. 

On November 22,1983, P Joe Cowley was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. In 2 seasons with the Yankees, Joe had posted a 21-8 record with a 3.81 ERA in 46 games. On December 12,1985, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Ron Hassey to the White Sox for veteran Starter Britt Burns and 2 Minor League Pitchers: Glen Braxton and Mike Soper.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tom Dodd was born

From 1977-1979, Tom Dodd was college baseball player at the Univ. of Oregon. The Yankees had selected him in the 1st round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had played in the Yankees Minor League organization, before being traded on May 20,1982 to the Blue Jays as part of the John Mayberry trade. On December 9, 1982 Tom would return to the Yankees in a trade, when Blue Jays would send Tom back to the Yankees as part of the OF David Collins for Reliever Dale Murray trade. In 1982, Tom had played at the AA level with the Nashville Sounds (SL) and with the Blue Jays’ Knoxville team (SL). He had hit .235 for the season. The Yankees would assign him with AA Nashville Sounds (SL) for the 1983 season. He would finally reach the MLB in 1986, with a brief stay of 8 games with the Orioles. Tom’s MLB playing career finished with .231 BA with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 8 games. He continued to play in the Minor Leagues from 1987 to 1990 before retiring as an active player.

1960- Behind Yankees veteran Starter Art Ditmar's 5-hitter aided by Mickey Mantle's 2-HRs, off of Orioles hurlers Jerry Walker and Hoyt Wilhelm, as the Yankees get a 4-3 win and 1st place in the AL. The 2nd HR comes after Birds Catcher Clint Courtney had dropped a Mickey Mantle foul ball pop-up. The Orioles loss is only its 2nd in their last 15 games. The Orioles and the defending 1959 AL Champs White Sox, now trail the Yankees by a half-game.

1961- At a game played at Yankee Stadium, Bronx RF Roger Maris hits his 46th HR off of Chicago Starter Juan Pizarro for the Yankees only run in a 2-1 loss to the visiting White Sox. The veteran lefty hurler Pizarro allows just 4 Yankee hits, as Yankees Ace Whitey Ford loses in his bid for his 21st win of the 1961 AL season.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Karl Drews (1946-1948) passed away. (1920-1963)

Pitching for the 1946-1948 Yankees, P Karl Drews had posted an 8-10 record with 4.76 ERA and 2 saves in 52 games before being sold to St. Louis Browns on August 9,1948. Karl had made 2 appearances in the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers with no decisions. The Browns would trade him to the Phillies during the 1951 MLB season; where he had his best MLB pitching season in 1952 by posting a 14-15 record with a 2.72 ERA in 33 games for the Phillies. In 1954, Drews finished his MLB pitching career with a 44-53 record with a 4.76 ERA and 7 saves in 218 games. His Grandson, Matt Drews had pitched in the Yankees organization during the 1990’s before being traded to the Tigers. He was a No.1 draft pick by the Yankees in 1993 MLB Amateur Player Draft.

1966- Former All-Star Yankees 3B Scott Brosius (1998-2001) was born.

On November 18,1997, INF Scott Brosius was sent by Oakland to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal that was made on November 7,1997. The A’s sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran MLB Starter Kenny Rogers and Cash.Scott’s best season for the Yankees was in 1998, when he hit .300 and made the AL All-Star team. He was the 1998 World Series MVP and won AL Babe Ruth Award. In 1999, he won an AL Golden Glove for 3B. After the 2001 World Series, Scott retired as an active player from the Yankees. Overall, as a Yankee player, Scott had hit .267 with 65 HRs with 282 RBIs in 540 games. As an MLB player, he would play in 1,146 MLB games, while hitting .257 with 141 HRs and 531 RBIs. After his MLB playing career had ended, Brosius returned to Linfield College as an Assistant Coach from 2003-2007, then he became the Head Coach in 2008, taking the school to the 2008 Division III College World Series, 2010 Division III College World Series, 2013 Division III College World Series and 2014 Division III College World Series, winning it all in 2013. He was named NWC Coach of the Year 5 times. He had a 270-96 record through the 2015 college season, when he stepped down to look for other coaching roles. In 2016, he was hired by Mariners to be the Hitting Coach for their AAA team, the Tacoma Rainiers (PCL). In 2017, he would join the parent Mariners as the Assistant Hitting Coach. In 2018, he was moved to MLB 3B Coach, replacing Manny Acta, who was moved to MLB Bench Coach.

1968- The Yankees would edge the Oakland by the score of 4-3. The A’s hurler Blue Moon Odom gives up a triple to Tommy Tresh, a walk, then he serves up a 3-run HR to Slugger Mickey Mantle for the difference in the game.

1971- Oakland Ace Vida Blue raises his 1971 pitching record to a 22-4 mark as the A's beat the Yankees by a score of 6-4. He would scatter 10 Yankee hits, at the plate, he scores the tie breaking run on a wild pitch.

1972- Former Yankees Minor League OF Chris Singleton was born

On November 11,1997, OF Chris Singleton was traded by the Giants along with P Alberto Castillo to the Yankees for veteran 3B Charlie Hayes and Cash. Singleton had played only 1 season in the Yankees farm system, hitting .254 for the 1998 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On December 8,1998, Chris was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for a Player to be Named Later. On January 10,1999, the White Sox would send Minor League P Rich Pratt to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Ben Ford (2000) was born.

In 1994, the Yankees had originally drafted HS Pitcher Ben Ford. He would pitch in the Yankees Minor League system from 1994-1997, reaching AA Norwich (EL) in 1997. Then he was selected by the Diamondbacks from the Yankees Organization in the 1997 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft. Returning to the Yankees on March 30,1999, when the D-Backs traded P Ben Ford and C Izzy Molina to the Bronx for MLB P Darren Holmes. He would spend the 1999 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) as a Reliever. With the Yankees in 2000, Ben would post a 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA in 4 games with the team. On July 21,2000, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with P Oswaldo Mairena to the Cubs for veteran OF Glenallen Hill.

1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez throws his 5th straight complete game of the season, a 6-2 win over the White Sox. Yankees are now just 4 1/2 games in back of the Red Sox.

1991- Yankees All-Star 1B Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair, but the Yankees still beat the Royals by the score of 5-1. He will get one 2-days later and the cut hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3,000 to benefit a children's charity. Mattingly is not alone; Yankees Reliever Steve Farr, C Matt Nokes and P Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club’s hair policy. OF Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games, is warned his appearance is "borderline."

2002- The Yankees top the Royals by the score of 7-5 as Yankees CF Bernie Williams gets 5 hits in the game, including a double.

2007- Yankees Rookie OF Slugger Shelley Duncan hits a dramatic 3-run HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game but the Orioles rally with 3 runs of their own in the 10th inning off of Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera to win the game by a score of 6-3.

2014- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe (1956-1959) passed away. (1933-2014)

In 1951, INF Jerry Lumpe was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Player. Lumpe had played in the Yankees farm system from 1951-1956, when he was called up by the team from AAA Richmond (IL). He was one of many young Yankee infielders, who couldn’t break into the Yankees infield lineup of Manager Casey Stengel. He had played Shortstop for the Yankees at Shortstop during their 1956 baseball tour of Japan, when regular Shortstop Phil Rizzuto stayed home for his daughter’s birth that fall. He did appear in the 1957-1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, hitting .231 in 12 games. Billy Martin and Bobby Richardson had blocked Jerry at 2B. He did gain some playing time at 2B, when Martin was traded to KC on June 15,1957. He was lost in Stengel’s infield platoon system at Shortstop, 2B and 3B. He was one of the young Yankee players along with OF Norm Siebern, 1B Marv Throneberry, who were openly criticized by Manager Casey Stengel in the NYC sports media; as he stopped being a supporter of the Yankee youth movement, instead relying on veteran players on the MLB team roster. Casey on Lumpe to the NYC sports media “Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup.” Also, Jerry also had some player contract money problems in dealing with Bronx GM George Weiss, which Jerry commented, “They really know how to make you feel not wanted.” His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle helped him out 1 season by loaning him free use of his house in New Jersey for the season; when Jerry has facing serious family medical problems. MLB players didn’t have health care then, like today’s modern players do now.

On May 26,1959, Jerry has able to leave the Yankees, when he was traded along with 2 veteran Pitchers: Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to Kansas City A’s for P Ralph Terry and INF Hector Lopez. With the A’s, he became their regular 2B playing for them until 1963. On November 18,1963, Jerry was traded the A’s along with Pitchers Ed Rakow and Dave Wickersham to the Tigers for veteran Reliever Bob Anderson, All-Star OF Rocky Colavito and $50,000 Cash. Jerry would play 2B for the Tigers until 1967. He would finish his MLB playing career with a .268 BA, while hitting 47 HRs and 454 RBIs in 1,371 games. His best MLB playing season would be with the 1962 A’s, hitting .301 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs in 156 games. In 1964, he was named to the AL All-Star team. Later, he would become an MLB Coach for the Oakland A’s, when Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and other players teased about his MLB playing career; Jerry just showed them his 1956 Yankees World Championship Ring and the joking by the A’s players immediately stopped, because he had a World Series Championship Ring that they didn’t have.

August 16th

1889- Former Yankees Pitcher Henry “Rube” Robinson (1918) was born. (1889-1965)

On June 20,1918, P Henry “Rube” Robinson was purchased by the Yankees from the Cardinals. Rube would post a 2-4 record with a 3.00 ERA in 11 games for the 1918 Yankees.

1903- Toledo native George Mullin pitching for the Tigers helps the game attendance today with 6,000 fans showing up as the Tigers take on Yankees in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is racked for 8 runs, but Detroit scores 12 runs led by the hitting of Sam Crawford, who is 5-for-6 for the game.

1913- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernest “Tiny” Bonham (1940-1946) was born. (1913-1949). 

Bronx P Tiny Bonham went 79-50 with a 2.73 ERA and 6 saves in 158 games for the 1940-1946 Yankees. He was a member of 1942-1943 AL All-Star teams. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1942, when he posted a 21-5 record with a 2.27 ERA along with an AL leading 22 complete games for the team. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.21 ERA in 4 games. On October 24,1946, Tiny was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for P Cookie Cuccurullo. In 1947, he went 11-7 with 3.85 ERA for the Bucs. In 1948, he dropped to a 6-11 mark with a 4.31 ERA. On September 15,1949, Bonham passed away, following having stomach surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital. At the time of his death, he had a 2-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 18 games for the 1949 Pirates. Overall, Tiny had posted a 103-72 record with a 3.06 ERA and 9 saves in 231 MLB games.

1920- At the Polo GroundsIndians Shortstop Ray Chapman, 29 is beaned by a Yankees Starter Carl Mays pitch. Chapman is a right-handed batter, who likes to crowd the plate, Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the May’s submarine delivery. He is carried from the field and dies the next day from a fractured skull. Carl Mays, a surly, unpopular pitcher is the target of fans' and MLB players' outrage. Ray Chapman, a Cleveland favorite since breaking in with the team in 1912, had been married the previous year. In October, his wife will receive a full World Series share, of $3,986.34. The incident has no effect on Carl Mays's pitching. One week later, he will blank the Tigers by the score of 10-0 and go on to win 26 and lose 11 games during the 1920 AL season. Joe Sewell will be called up by the Indians to take Chapman's place at 2B, for 14 MLB seasons, he will be the hardest man to strike out in MLB.

1922- Former Yankees OF (1949-1954) and MLB Scout Gene Woodling was born. (1922-2001).

Gene Woodling had originally come up to the MLB with the 1943 Indians. In 1944-1945, he had spent time serving in the military. In 1946, the Tribe had traded him to the Pirates for veteran Catcher Al Lopez. In 1947, Gene was on loan from the Pirates to the Yankees, where he played for the AA Newark Bears (IL); where he hit .289 with 8 HRs and 54 RBIs in 128 games. At the end of 1947 season, Pirates would trade Gene to the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL). On September 30,1948, OF Gene was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Seals (PCL). In 1948, he had hit .385 with 22 HRs and 107 RBIs in 146 games for the Seals (PCL), winning the 1948 Minor League Player Award. 

He would play in the Outfield on 5 straight Yankees World Championship teams (1949-1953). Gene would hit .318 in 5 World Series for the Yankees. He hit over .300 in 1952 and 1953 AL seasons. During the 1954 AL season, Gene broke his thumb ending his season. He had appeared in 97 games for the team, while hitting .250 with 3 HRs and 40 RBIs. Yankees Manager Casey Stengel would platoon Gene with fellow Yankees teammate Hank Bauer in the Yankees Outfield. As Yankees player from 1949-1954, he had played in 698 games, while hitting .285 with 51 HRs and 336 RBIs. After the 1954 AL season, Gene was part of the big 17-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees. He was named to the 1959 AL All-Star team. Gene would play in the MLB for 17 seasons, while appearing in 1,796 games, while hitting .284 with 147 HRs with 830 RBIs. After his retirement as an active player in 1962, after playing for the expansion Senators and the Mets; Woodling was a Mets 1B MLB Coach in 1963. Later, he worked as an Orioles MLB Coach from 1964-1967 under his old Yankees OF teammate, now Orioles Manager Hank Bauer. Later, he became a Yankees and Indians MLB Scout. Gene was responsible for signing college Catcher Thurman Munson for the Yankees.

1927- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth becomes the 1st MLB Player to hit a ball over Chicago’s Comiskey Park’s Roof. 

1929- Former Yankees Minor League INF Curt Roberts was born. (1929-1969)

Curt Roberts was the 1st Black MLB player for the Pirates. He played 2B briefly for the Bucs; until Rookie 2B Bill Mazeroski had replaced him. In 1956, Curt was picked up by KC. On April 4,1957, he was traded by the team to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made in February of 1957. On February 19,1957, the A’s had sent players to be named later, INF Wayne Belardi, INF Jack McMahan, Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, P Rip Coleman, Infielders Milt Graff and Billy Hunter, Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and MLB OF Irv Noren. Curt never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. He was sent to their AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA) in 1957. Later he would play for the other Yankees AAA club, the Richmond Virginians (IL.) 

1948- After a 2-year struggle battling Throat Cancer, New York Yankees Hall of Fame OF/Pitcher Babe Ruth (1920-1934) dies at age 53 in New York City. After his funeral mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, his body would be put on public display at Yankee Stadium, where it will be viewed by more than 100,000 fans. After his public viewing at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth was buried at Gate Haven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

1952- Former Yankees Reliever Al Holland (1986-1987) was born.

Veteran MLB Reliever Al Holland was signed and released as an MLB Free Agent with the team during the 1986-1987 AL seasons. Al had posted a 1-0 record with a 6.32 ERA in 28 games as a Reliever for the Yankees.

1961- Yankees Slugger Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th HR in his 6th straight game, as the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 5-4 in the 9th inning. His 2 HR blasts were off of veteran Starter Billy Pierce to give him 48 HRs, 3 more than his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle.

1963- Former Yankees MLB Coach (2008-2017) and Current Phillies Manager Rob Thomson (2022) was born.

Catcher Rob Thomson had played for Team Canada in the 1984 Olympics. He was selected by the Tigers in the 32nd round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Rob would play in the Minor Leagues from 1985 to 1988. He was 0 for 5 for the 1985 Bristol Tigers and hit .187 for the Gastonia Jets that year, playing 3B as well as Catching. In 1986, Thomson hit .252 for the Gastonia Tigers. He was 4 for 22 with a HR for the Class A Lakeland Tigers (FSL). By 1987, he was full-time with Lakeland, managing only show a .228 in 71 games. In 1988, Rob went 0 for 7 for Lakeland in 1988 to finish his active playing career. Thomson was a Minor League Coach for the Tigers organization in 1988-1989. Then he would join the Yankees organization as Coach for the 1990 Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL). He would spend the 1992 season as a Coach with the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL). He would coach through the 1994 season, then he would manage the Class A 1995 Oneonta Yankees (EL) to a 34-41 record. Thomson was a Minor League Coach for the 1996-1997 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He would serve as the Minor League Field Coordinator in 1998-1999, Director of Player Development from 2000 to 2002 and VP of Minor League Development in 2003. In 2007, Thompson was the Yankees' MLB Field Coordinator, acting as a bridge between the Yankees' Advance Scouts and their MLB Coaching Staff. In 2008, he was appointed MLB Bench Coach by new Yankees Manager Joe Girardi. For the 2009 AL season, he was reassigned to the position of 3B Coach. In 2015, he moved back to being the Yankees MLB Bench Coach. After the 2017 AL season had ended, Rob was released by the team. He been interviewed by the Yankees front office for the Yankees Manager job opening. Rob was hired by the Phillies to be their MLB Bench Coach for the 2018 NL season. During the 2022 NL season, Rob would replace Joe Girardi as the Phillies Manager.

1965- Former Yankees Reliever Xavier Hernandez (1994) was born.

On November 27,1993, Reliever Xavier Hernandez was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for 2 players: P Domingo Jeanand Reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz. He would post a 4-4 record with a 5.85 ERA and 6 saves in 31 games for the 1994 Yankees. In the fall of 1994, the Yankees would grant him MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Reds for the 1995 NL season.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve OF Michael “Prime Time” Coleman (2001) was born.

On March 21, 2001, OF Michael Coleman was traded by the Reds along with INF Prospect Drew Henson to the Yankees for Minor League OF Prospect Wily Mo Pena. He had appeared in 12 games with the 2001 Yankees, hitting just .211. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency in October of 2001. On July 17, 2005, Michael Coleman was purchased by the Yankees from the Independent League team, the Bridgeport Bluefish (AL). He would spend the 2005 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On October 15, 2005, the Yankees would grant him MLB Free Agency.

1976- Yankees CF Mickey Rivers hits an Inside-the-Park HR against Rangers veteran Starter Gaylord Perry as the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1. Yankees Reserve INF Fred “Chicken” Stanley, who also HRs in the game.

1977- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees would blow a 9-4 lead in the top of the 9th inning, when the White Sox would score 6-runs, but a 2-run HR by 1B Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the 9th inning gives the Yankees an 11-10 comeback win.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Brian Gordon (2011) was born.

Capping a journeyman's pitching career, Brian Gordon got a chance to return to the MLB in June 2011, when the Yankees' starting rotation was crippled by injuries. In his 1st MLB appearance since 2008, he held his former team, the Rangers to 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings on June 16th. He had been signed by the Yankees from the Phillies’ AAA affiliate, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL), where he was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA, the best record in the International League. The Yankees went on to win the game by the score of 3-2 in extra innings. The developing fairy tale came to a crashing stop in his next MLB start, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Reds on June 22nd. He gave up a HR to the 1st batter he faced, Chris Heisey, who would go on to hit 3 in the Reds' 10-2 win. Gordon would give up 2 more long balls while taking the loss. Gordon didn't last long in the MLB. He would finished the 2011 season with the SK Wyverns (Korea Baseball Organization), where he  would posted a 6-4 record with a 3.81 ERA in 14 games. After doing well in the postseason, he was called on to start game 5 of the 2011 Korean Series. He would  lose a 1-0 duel to Woo-Chan Cha, serving up a 4th-inning HR to the Samsung Lions' Bong-kyu Kang. That gave Samsung its 5th title, beating defending champions SK 4 games to 1. 

1989- Yankees OF/DH Luis Polonia is arrested in his hotel room for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. After the 1989 MLB season was completed, he will be sentenced to 60 days in jail.

2000- The Rangers shut out the Yankees by the score of 5-0, as Starter Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his MLB pitching debut. Rangers OF Gabe Kapler goes hitless in the game, ending his 28-game AL hitting streak.

2006- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner helps break ground for the new Yankee Stadium, is dubbed by some as “The House The Boss Built.”

2009- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter hits an RBI double off Seattle's Starter Doug Fister in the 3rd inning for his 2,674th hit as a Shortstop, surpassing Luis Aparicio's all-time leading total for the position. The Yankees lose the game, however by the score of 10-3 as Fister records his 1st win in the majors.

2010- Yankees Minor League Closer Jonathan Albaladejo earns his 39th save of the 2010 International League season for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in a 7-4 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens, breaking the IL single-season mark held by Matt Whiteside since 2004. In October, he will be sold by the Yankees to a Japanese League team.

2016- The Blue Jays score 8 runs in the 8th to mount a come-from-behind 12-6 win over the Yankees, as they take over 1st place from Baltimore in a tightly-fought AL East race. C Russell Martin's 2nd HR of the contest puts the Jays ahead to stay. While his catching counterpart for the Yankees, Gary Sanchez, also HRs twice, making it the 1st time in AL history that both starting catchers have done so. Troy Tulowitzki has 4 hits and also HRs for Toronto, while Scott Feldman earns his 1st win since being acquired in a mid-season trade.

2017- Short of infielders because of injuries, the Mets start Catcher Travis d'Arnaud at 3B in their game against the Yankees. However, as d'Arnaud has never played the position professionally, Manager Terry Collins decides to switch him and starting 2nd baseman Asdrubal Cabrera every time a right-handed batter comes up, in order to minimize the chance of a ball actually being hit towards the improvised infielder. The 2 end up exchanging positions 18 times as the Yankees prevail by the score of 5-3, making for an unusual box score that reads "Cabrera 2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b" and "d'Arnaud 3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b".

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


August 17th

1908- The Yankees would trade 2B Harry Niles to the Red Sox for 2B Frank LaPorte, who had played for the Yankees in 1905-1908. Niles was a major disappointment for the Yankees, hitting only .249 with 4 HRs and 24 RBIs in 95 games. He had come to the team in a trade in November of 1907 that saw Yankees regular 2B Jimmy Williams (1903-1907) go to the Browns. Frank La Porte was hitting .237 in 62 games for the Red Sox. He would become the Yankees Reserve Infielder, also he could play in the outfield as well. He would hit .276 with 6 HRs and 227 RBIs in 516 games for the Yankees before being traded to the Browns on February 11,1911.

1915- Yankees base runner Fritz Maisel steals 2B, 3B and home in the 9th inning against the Philadelphia A’s.

1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernest Nevel (1950-1951) was born. (1919-1988)

In 1946, Ernie Nevel was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Nevel was farmed out by the Yankees to the Augusta Tigers (SAL), where the 27-year-old would post a 5-3 record with a 4.85 ERA in 36 appearances. This would be the 1st season of 9; that he would spend in the Minor Leagues. After 4 more seasons of Minor League baseball and tying for the league lead with a 21-win performance with the pennant-winning Beaumont Roughnecks (TXL) in 1950; Ernie would make it to the Bronx. He got a very short look by the Yankees in late September, making 3 appearances, losing 1 game, while posting a 9.95 ERA. The AA Kansas City Blues (AA) would be Ernie's home for the biggest part of the 1951 season. The 32-year-old hurler would go 14-11 with a 3.86 ERA. He would show up again in Yankee Stadium, appearing in 1 game, pitching 4 innings with no decision; that was it for his 2nd shot at the MLB hitters. It was back to the AAA Blues in 1952, where he went 7-6 in 22 appearances. On August 28,1952, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Minor League Players OF Jim Greengrass, OF Bob Marquis, MLB P Johnny Schmitz and $35,000 Cash to the Reds for veteran All-Star Starter Ewell Blackwell. Nevel would be with the 1953 Reds for 10 appearances, all in relief; he would have no decisions along with a 6.10 ERA.

1920- Cleveland Indians Shortstop Ray Chapman dies as a result of being hit by a pitch thrown by Yankees Submariner Hurler Carl Mays. The Ray Chapman tragedy remains the only on-field fatality in MLB history.

1923-  After 111 games of the 1923 AL season are played, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth is hitting .401 with 31 HRs. He will finish the 1923 AL season with league leading 41 HRs.  He'll wind up with his highest BA, .393 with 205 hits, an MLB record 170 walks and 4 times hit by pitches, Babe Ruth will reach base a record 379 times.

1925- Yankees had released OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson to the Senators for future considerations and the $4,000 waiver price. Since being obtained by the Yankees from the Red Sox, Bobby Veach had hit .353 in 56 games for the team. He would hit .243 in 18 games with the Nats in his last MLB active season. With the Senators, Alex Ferguson would go 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 7 games. In the 1925 World Series with the Nats against the Pirates, he went 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in 2 games. He had gone 4-2 with a 7.79 ERA with 1 save in 21 games for the 1925 Yankees.

1929- The Yankees had purchased Pitcher Lefty Gomez from the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) for delivery in September 1930. Lefty Gomez would post a Yankees Pitching career record of 189-101 with a WP of .649 with 1,468 strikeouts and 173 complete games from 1930-1942. He was the 1st Starter for the AL team in the 1st All-Star Game in 1932.

1933- On his way establishing the MLB record mark of playing in 2,130 consecutive games, Bronx Bombers 1B Lou Gehrig quietly surpasses former Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott's previous MLB record of 1,308 games. The 1st baseman's single and triple doesn't prevent the last place Browns from beating the Yankees in 10 innings by the score of 7-6 at St. Louis Sportsman's Park.

1943- Yankees 1B Nick Etten singles twice off of White Sox P Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch, in which Etten didn't single. Six of the 17 games were hitless, but Etten either doubled or HR in the other games. The Yankees AL lead is now at 9 1/2 games with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series, most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel restrictions. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators.

1944- Former Yankees Minor League INF Ron Boyer was born. 

Infielder Ron Boyer was the younger brother of former MLB players Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer, Cloyd Boyer and Minor Leaguers Lynn Boyer, Wayne Boyer and Len Boyer and the Uncle of Dave Boyer and Mickey Boyer.  Ron would spend 8 seasons as an infielder in the Yankees Minor League system playing from 1962-1969. He only hit above .200 twice. Ron Boyer never hit double-digit HRs. In 1967, Ron made it to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL)  for just 23 games. Boyer spent the rest of 1966-1969 seasons playing at AA level baseball for the Yankees.

1944- Yankees OF Johnny Lindell, who was converted from a Pitcher by the team in 1943, hits 4 straight doubles to share an MLB hitting mark. The Yankees defeat the Tribe by a score of 10-3.

1946- Former Yankees Pitcher Skip Lockwood (1975) was born.

On December 3,1974, P Skip Lockwood was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for veteran DH/C Bill Sudakis. On April 7,1975, Skip Lockwood was released by the Yankees. Oakland would pick him up, who would later trade him to the Mets during the 1975 MLB season.

1948- A day after Babe Ruth dies, Yankees OF Tommy Henrich hits his 4th Grand Slam HR of the 1948 AL season off of Senators P Sid Hudson to join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Rudy York and, later Al Rosen and Ray Boone for the AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit a Grand Slam HR before the 1948 AL season. Yankees Rookie Starter Bob Porterfield wins the game for the Yankees by the score of 8-1.

1948- An estimated crowd of 100,000 fans passes by the body of New York Yankees Hall of Fame Slugger Babe Ruth that is on display at Yankee Stadium.

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

Reserve C Paddy O’Connor appeared in 1 game for the 1918 Yankees, going 1 for 3 at the plate, then becoming an MLB Coach for the team for the 1918-1919 AL seasons. He had previously played in the NL with the Pirates and Cardinals. He had played 1 season with the 1915 Pittsburgh Rebels (Federal League).

1951- Former Yankees Reserve INF Butch Hobson (1982) was born.

On March 24,1982, INF Butch Hobson was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Reliever Bill Castro. Butch only appeared in 30 games with the 1982 Yankees, while hitting only .172 after spending most of the 1982 season playing with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1953- In the 2nd game of a twin-bill at Shibe Park in PhiladelphiaVeteran Yankees hurler Bob “Sarge” Kuzava shuts out the Mackmen by the score of 9-0, allowing 11 A’s hits along the way. He receives run support from Yankee Hitters: Joe Collins, who hits 2 HRs and Billy Martin’s solo HR. Joe Coleman takes the loss for the A’s. In the Opener, the Yankees win by the score of 10-3 as Yankees Starter Whitey Ford picks-up his 15th win of the 1953 AL season with relief help from Tom Gorman. AL All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra hits a 2-run HR in the game.

1967- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell (1910-1918) passed away. (1888-1967)

In August of 1910, P Ray Caldwell was purchased by the Yankees from McKeesport (O-PAL) for $2,000 Cash. Ray would post a 96-97 record with a 3.00 ERA in 248 games for the Yankees. The spit-ball starter had 2 fine seasons for the club; 1914 (17-9) and 1915 (19-16). On December 18,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Pitchers: Frank Gilhooley, Elmer “Slim” Love, C Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran Starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and P Ernie Shore.

1971- Former Yankees All-Star Catcher Jorge Posada (1995-2011) was born.

Jorge Posada was the starting catcher of the 1998-2010 Yankees. During that time, the Yankees won 4 World Series. Posada staked a claim as one of the best hitting catchers of all-time. Posada was selected in the 24th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player draft. While he grew up in Puerto Rico, he attended junior college in the U.S, where scouts noticed him. He was actually a 2B during his 1st pro season with the 1991 Oneonta (NYPL). He hit .235 in 71 games, but he walked 51 times, already showing signs of superior plate discipline.  Also, Jorge also played 11 games behind the plate that season. By 1992 was a full-time backstop. He hit .277 in 101 games for the Greensboro Hornets (SAL) that year, banging 22 doubles and 12 HRs. 

In 1993, he played 118 games with the Class A Prince William Yankees (CL) and another 7 games with the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL) batting .260 with 27 doubles and 17 HRs. Now a top prospect, he would skipped the AA level in 1994, landing the starting job behind the plate with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he hit .240 with 11 HRs in 92 games. Back with Columbus in 1995, he would hit .255 in 108 games. The Yankees called up Jorge for the 1st time in September of 1995. With the team set to return to the postseason for the 1st time since 1981, there was little opportunity for the youngster to get much playing time, so he mainly watched, getting into only 1 game on September 4th, when he caught 1 inning. In spite of his lack of playing time in the MLB, the Yankees added his name to the postseason roster as a 3rd-string Catcher behind Starter Mike Stanley and Reserve INF Jim Leyritz. The team's fans probably 1st became aware of his existence, when he was called to pinch-run for 3B Wade Boggs in the 12th inning of Game 2 of the ALDS against the Mariners. He came in to score on Ruben Sierra's double, as the Yankees went on to win the game on Leyritz's 15th-inning HR. In 1996, he was back at AAA Columbus for 1 more season, hitting .271, along with 11 HRs, 22 doubles and 6 triples in 106 games. He was back with the Yankees for 8 games, going 1 for 14, but this time he was not on the 1996 Postseason roster. The Yankees went on to win their 1st World Series title since 1978 that season, while he was technically part of that team; his contribution was almost non-existent. In 1997, Posada made the team out of MLB spring training camp, he would spend the season splitting catching duties with veteran Starting Catcher Joe Girardi. He got into 60 games hitting .250 with 12 doubles and 6 HRs; he also drew 30 walks for a solid .359 OBP. That combination of better than average OBP and power would hold over the years and make him an extremely valuable member of the Yankees' line-up, as he turned the catcher position, usually the weakest in the batting order, into one of the most productive. However, his defense would always a bit of an Achilles heel, especially his relatively weak throwing arm. He hit his 1st MLB HR on May 4th, off the Royals' Jim Converse. That 1st season, Girardi got most of the playing time as a result of his better defense, including in the ALDS, when the Yankees lost to the Indians. 

In 1998, Jorge was the starter, however, he would not relinquish the job for 13 seasons, except for a brief time late in 2008, when he was injured and needed season ending surgery. He played 111 games in 1998 as the Yankees had a superlative season, winning 114 games on their way to a World Series sweep of the Padres. On May 17th, he caught David Wells' perfect game against the Twins. Posada hit 17 HRs and drove in 63 runs that year, hitting HRs in both the ALCS and World Series. The Yankees repeated as World Champions in 1999, although Posada had one of his weakest seasons, hitting just .245 with 12 HRs in 112 games. He was still sharing playing time with Girardi in the postseason, but he started 2 of the 4 games in the World Series, going 2 for 8 with a double against the Braves.  Posada emerged as a true star in 2000, when the Yankees won their 3rd straight championship. Now the uncontested starter following Girardi’s MLB Free Agency departure, while hitting .287 with 35 doubles, 28 HRs and 86 RBIs, as he played in 151 games. He was named to the AL All-Star teamfor the 1st of 5 times. Also, he won his 1st of 5 Silver Slugger Awards as the AL's best-hitting Catcher. The Yankees beat the cross-town Mets in the World Series that year, with Posada starting all 16 postseason games. In 2001, he hit .277 with 22 HRs with 95 RBIs, returning to the AL All-Star Game, won the Silver Slugger Award again. He played in the World Series for the 4th straight season, again starting every postseason game behind the plate. On September 2nd, he caught Veteran Starter Mike Mussina's bid for a perfect game against the Red Sox, when Moose struck out 13 and finally gave up a single to Carl Everett with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Jorge had a great series against the A’s in the 2001 ALDS, going 8 for 18 to make the difference in a tightly fought series in which the Yankees trailed 2 games to none. In the 3rd game on October 13th, he hit a 5th-inning solo HR off of A’s Starter Barry Zito for the Yankees' only run, then in the 7thinning, he caught Derek Jeter's amazing flip throw that nailed Jeremy Giambi at the plate to preserve the win. However, the Yankees lost the Fall Classic in 7 games to the Diamondbacks. He had another All-Star, Silver Slugger season in 2002, banging out 40 doubles with 20 HRs, while driving in 99 runs, but the Yankees stumbled in the postseason, losing to the Angels in the ALDS. In 2003, the Yankees returned to the World Series for the 5th time in 6 years, Posada was again at the center of things. He reached 100 RBIs and hit 30 HRs for the only time of his career, finishing with 101 RBIs, while hitting .281 with a .401 OBP in 142 games. He was 8 for 27 with 4 doubles and a HR in the memorable 7-game win over the  Red Sox in the 2003 ALCS. In Game 7 on October 16th, he hit a 2-out double off a tired Pedro Martinez in the 7th inning, scoring Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui to tie the game which the Bronx Bombers would win on Aaron Boone's HR in extra innings. But like the rest of the Yankees' hitters, he fell flat in the Fall Classic as the Yankees lost to the Marlins. His 2004-2006 MLB seasons were still very good, but not quite at the level of the previous 4 seasons, he failed to make the AL All-Star team or win a Silver Slugger during that stretch. He hit between 19 and 23 HRs, with a BA between .262-.277, but the Yankees did not manage to go deep in any of the 3 AL postseasons. In 2007, he put it all together for 1 last time, though, hitting an amazing .338 at age 35 - the 4th best average in the AL - with 42 doubles and 20 HRs. He was an AL All Star team selection for the final time, he won the Silver Slugger Award also for a 5th and last time, but it all came to naught when the Yankees were surprised by the Indians in the ALDS, during which he hit only .133.  

The 2008 AL season was the Yankees' last season in historic Yankee Stadium. The team would have wanted to leave the hallowed confines of the "House that Ruth Built" as a winner under new skipper Joe Girardi, but it wasn't to be. Posada was injured for much of the 2nd half, playing in only 51 games and being limited to a mere 3 HRs as MLB veterans Jose Molinaand Ivan Rodriguez closed out the season as the team's 2 backstops. The Yankees missed the postseason for the 1st and only time of Posada's playing career that year, and there was much speculation in the off-season that he was done, coming off an injury-filled season at 37, with his throwing arm - never particularly powerful - just about gone. However, he made a great comeback in 2009, playing 111 games - 100 of them as the Catcher - and hitting .285 with 22 HRs and 81 RBIs. Not only did the Yankees return to the post-season, but also they inaugurated New Yankee Stadium with another World Championship, defeating the Phillies in 6 games. Posada was the 1st Yankee to hit a HR in the new ballpark, connecting off of Starter Cliff Lee on April 16th. Like in the good old days, Jorge played in all of the postseason games, being the DH in those Jose Molina caught for starter A.J. Burnett, who seemed to have irreconcilable differences with Posada's pitch selection. 

Jorge was still the starter in 2010, although catching only in 83 games and making 2 trips on the DL, during which young Catcher Francisco Cervelli got a lot of playing time. His BA fell to .248, but the power was still there with 18 HRs with 23 doubles. One major highlight came on June 12-13th, when he tied an MLB record by hitting a Grand Slam HR in consecutive games.

The Yankees now had a difficult decision to make for 2011 season: let Posada catch again for the final year of his contract, release him, or find some other solution. Encouraged by his good power numbers, they decided to make Posada a full-time DH, with Catcher Russell Martin being brought in as an MLB Free Agent to handle catching duties. Jorge was in fact the starting DH against right-handed pitchers for most of the season, but the end of the line was clearly drawing closer. His BA fell to a .235 mark. Jorge went for long stretches when he was contributing almost nothing with the bat.  A few power spurts during the season helped him finish with 14 HRs and as many doubles, but he was benched increasingly frequently as the season progressed, especially after top prospect Jesus Montero was called up in September and showed a live bat. He played a few games in the field, the most memorable being the only game at 2B of his MLB playing career; it came in the 9th inning on August 25th, in the game in which the Yankees became the 1st MLB team to hit 3 Grand Slams HRs in 1 game. Another highlight was on August 13th, when he hit the 10th and last Grand Slam HR of his MLB career as he drove in 6 runs in a win over the Rays at New Yankee Stadium. Finally, he had a last hurrah in the ALDS, as he hit .429 against the Tigers. The Yankees bowed out in 5 games, though, and after the season, rumors began mounting that he would announce his retirement before the following spring, rumors which were confirmed when Jorge Posada confirmed his player retirement at a press conference organized at New Yankee Stadium on January 24, 2012. Jorge Posada was a teammate of Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter for all 17 seasons he played in the MLB, more seasons than any other trio of teammates in history. It is likely that all 3 will eventually be enshrined in Cooperstown. Jorge probably faces the most difficult task of the 3, as he was often overshadowed by stars more prominent in the sports media during his playing career, but his numbers do not lie: 1,829 games - over 1500 of them behind the plate - and a career batting line of .273 with 275 HRs, 379 doubles and over 1,000 RBIs. His career OPS+ was an excellent 121. 

Also worthy of notice is that he retired having played the 2nd highest number of postseason games in history, 125, trailing only Jeter, and was well ahead of anyone for postseason games as a catcher - 119 to 63 for Yogi Berra. Only Bill Dickey had played more games at Catcher in Yankees history. He was in the franchise top 10 for both doubles and HR. He was also remarkably consistent during his career, being durable and productive year after year. Very few catchers have been able to put up such brilliant offensive numbers for such a long period. Ironically, 20 of them - Berra and Dickey - also spent their entire career (or just about) with the Yankees, had he played with almost any other franchise; Posada would be recognized as the greatest catcher in team history without an argument.

1978Former Yankees Pitcher Chad Qualls (2012) was born.

On July 1, 2012, veteran MLB Reliever Chad Qualls was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for Player to be Named or Cash. He appeared in 8 games with the 2012 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 6.14 ERA. On July 31, 2012, Chad was traded by the Yankees to the Bucs for veteran INF Casey McGehee.

1986- Former Yankees Reserve OF Sammy Vick (1917-1920) passed away. (1895-1986)

Sammy Vick was a Reserve Outfielder for the 1917-1920 Yankees. Sammy had appeared in 169 games for the Yankees, while hitting .246 with 2 HRs and 41 RBIs. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the team along with 2B Del Pratt, C Muddy Ruel and P Hank Thormahlen to the Red Sox for  2 Pitchers: Waite Hoyt and Harry Harper, Catcher Wally Schang and INF Mike McNally.

1987- Former Yankees Reserve OF Thomas Neal (2013) was born.

On January 18, 2013, OF Thomas Neal was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He only appeared in 4 games with the team, hitting just .182, while spending most of the 2013 season with AAA Scranton (IL). On August 5, 2013, Neal wasselected off waivers by the Cubs from the Yankees.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League Player and Manager Ray White (1937-1940) passed away. (1910-1995)

Ray White was a Minor League baseball Pitcher and Manager. He pitched from 1933-1940, going 55-37 in 170 games. Over the course of his 6-season career, he threw 877 innings. In 1934, he went 17-9 while splitting the season between the Norfolk Tars and Binghamton Triplets. From 1937-1940, he managed in the Yankees Minor League system with the Bassett Furnituremakers (Bi-State League), Norfolk Tars (PL) and the Augusta Tigers (SAL).

1997- The Yankees had traded Minor League P Frisco Parotte to the Cubs for 2B Rey Sanchez. The Yankees traded for Sanchez to give them infield insurance at Shortstop and 2B. Reserve INF Luis Sojo was out with a broken forearm. Rey was hitting .249 in 72 games for the 1997 Cubs. With the trade being made, the Yankees would send back young INF Homer Bush to AAA Columbus (IL) to play him regularly. Rey Sanchez will take over 2B from Pat Kelly by hitting .312 in 38 games. The Yankees will lose him to MLB Free Agency; when he signs with the Giants for the 1998 NL season. Hurler Frisco Parotte was former 1993 MLB Amateur Player Draft pick by the Yankees, he was 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA at Class A Greensboro (SAL).

2002- At Seattle’s Safeco Field, after hitting a HR in the 7th inning off of Mariner Reliever James Baldwin, Yankees All-Star Alfonso Soriano becomes the 1st 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in the same MLB season. Bobby Bonds was the only other Yankees player to post a 30/30 season accomplishing the feat in 1975. Bronx CF Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He makes an out his next time up to fall 1 short of the MLB record. The Yankees would win the game by the score of 8-3 behind veteran AL Starter Mike Mussina, who picks up his 15th victory of the 2002 season. While Seattle Starter Ryan Franklin takes the loss, he is now at 4-3 mark. A crowd of 46,174 fans had watched this Saturday game.

August 18th

1893- Former Yankees and HOF Pitcher Burleigh “Old Stubblebeard” Grimes (1934) was born. (1893-1985)

Veteran MLB Starter Burleigh Grimes went 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 10 games with the 1934 Yankees in his final MLB season as an active player. He will finish the 1934 MLB season with the Pirates. Grimes finished his 19-season MLB Pitching career with a 270-212 record with a 3.53 ERA and 18 saves in 616 games. After his active playing career had ended, Grimes was Manager of the 1937-1938 Dodgers. Later, he was a Kansas City A’s MLB Coach in 1955. Also, Grimes had scouted for theYankees, A's and the Orioles (until 1971). He was Scouting for the Yankees in 1948, when he led the Independence Yankees on an interim basis. In 1964, Burleigh Grimes was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1906- Yankees batter Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the 2nd time this 1906 AL season, both times by spit-baller White Sox Starter Ed Walsh. 

1907- Detroit's 1st Sunday game at home since 1902, and the 1st at Bennett Park is a 16-3 victory over the Yankees.

1912- At Hilltop Park, the Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 9-4. Ty Cobb steals home in the 1st inning, the 3rd time this 1912 AL season, he's swiped home and all are in the 1st inning.

1931- At Detroitin a Yankees 5-4 loss to the Tigers, 1B Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1,000th consecutive MLB game. He is 307 games short of former Yankees Shortstop Everett  “Deacon” Scott's MLB consecutive games played record streak.

1926- The Yankees had purchased P Wilcy Moore from Greenville (SAL) for Cash Considerations. He would become the great relief ace of the 1927 Yankees team by going 19-7 with 13 saves. He is considered to be the 1st of the great Yankee Closers in the team’s history.

1940- The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its Sports Editor, Jimmy Powers, suggesting that the 5th place Yankees had been hit by a "mass polio epidemic." Powers charges that Lou Gehrig's "infantile paralysis" had infected the other Yankee players, accounting for the team's uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and baseball fans. At Lou Gehrig's request, Milton Eisenberg, a Brooklyn Attorney brings a lawsuit for $1 million against Powers and the newspaper charging that Lou Gehrig's reputation and credit had been hurt, that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankee players, including Catcher Bill Dickey, also file suit against the Daily News, causing the newspaper to issue a public apology on September 26,1940. The 3 1/2 column story appears under the headline "OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES." In his apology, Jimmy Powers admits he had no business getting “snarled up in medical controversy," stating "Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club." Lou is a personal hero, Powers adds. "Hurting his feelings was far from my mind.”

1945Former Yankees Player (1966,1968), MLB Coach and MLB Manager Mike Ferraro was born.

The Yankees had signed INF Mike Ferraro in 1962. Mike would appear in 33 games for the team, while hitting just .165. In the1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft, the Seattle Pilots had selected him from the Yankees. He would play in 129 games for the Pilots/Brewers, while hitting .252. In 1973, Mike was replaced as the Brewers starting 3B by MLB veteran Don Money. After his MLB playing career had ended, Mike Ferraro became a Yankees Minor League Manager. He was in charge of the Class A 1974-1975 Oneonta Yankees (NYPL), 1976 Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL), 1977 Class A West Haven Yankees (EL) and the 1978 AAA Tacoma Yankees (PCL). From 1979 to 1982, he was a Yankees MLB Coach. During the 1980 ALCS, he was the victim of one of Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner's patented tirades, when the Boss blamed him, as the Yankees' 3B Coach for Yankees base runner Willie Randolph having been thrown out at home plateduring Game 2. Steinbrenner wanted to have Ferraro fired on the spot, but just about everyone else who followed MLB jumped in to Ferraro's defense. Yankees Manager Richard Howser found the episode, so distasteful that he would resign as Yankees Manager after the 1980 MLB post season was completed. 

In the Fall of 1982, Mike would leave the Yankees, when he took over as the Manager of the 1983 Indians; but he was replaced by Pat Corrales after just 100 games - Corrales had earlier been fired as Manager of the Phillies with his team his 1st place in NL East. The Indians' brass jumped at the chance to hire a "proven manager,” leaving Ferraro holding the short end of the stick. In 1984, he had joined the Royals MLB Coaching staff, working again with Manager Howser. He was with the team in its 1985 World Champion victory over the Cardinals. Later, he would take over the club for the 2nd half of the 1986 AL season after Skipper Howser was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor. Ferraro would return to the Yankees MLB Coaching staff from 1987-1991. Also, he would spend the 1993 AL season as an MLB Coach for the Orioles.

1946- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Magnuson (1973) was born. (1946-1991)

On November 29,1971, Jim Magnuson was drafted by the Yankees from the White Sox organization in the 1971 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He would spend all of 1972 season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), while posting a 9-7 record with a 3.48 ERA and 3 saves for the team. He was 10th in the International League in ERA and led his team club. In 1973, He would finish his pro baseball career by going 7-4 with a 4.04 ERA for AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL).  In 1973, Jim would post a 0-1 record with a 4.28 ERA in 8 games for the Yankees.

1950- Philadelphia A's lefty hurler Lou Brissie gives up just 1 Yankee hit in the last 5 innings, but it's a critical one. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th inning, Joe DiMaggio cracks his 22nd HR of the 1950 AL season to give the 3rd place Yankees, a 3-2 win and hand the A’s their 6th straight loss.

1962- The A’s top the Yankees for the 2nd day in a row by the score of 5-4. Once again, All-Star CF Mickey Mantle homers in the losing cause for the Yankees.

1965- Former Yankees OF Marcus Lawton (1989) was born.

On July 10,1989, OF Marcus Lawton was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for P Scott Nielsen. Marcus appeared in only 10 games with the 1989 Yankees, just hitting .214. He is the older brother of former Yankees Reserve OF Matt Lawton.

1973- The Yankees had purchased veteran 1B/DH Mike Hegan from Oakland for Cash. He had been hitting .183 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs in 75 games for the A’s. Mike will play in 37 games for the 1973 Yankees, while hitting .275 with 6 HRS and 14 RBIs. The Yankees had originally signed Mike Hegan in the early 1960’s. Mike was the son of long-time Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach Jim Hegan. He was fine defensive 1B with occasional power.

 1973- The Yankees had released veteran All-Star OF Johnny Callison to clear a 25-man MLB roster spot for recently acquired 1B Mike Hegan from the A’s. After coming from the Cubs in a trade for veteran Reliever Jack Aker, Johnny had hit.258 in 92 games in 1972, but he faded to .176 BA in 45 games at the time of his player release. Overall, as a Yankees player, he had appeared in 137 games for the team, while hitting .231 with 10 HRs and 44 RBIs. As a Phillies NL All-Star OF Johnny had hit the winning HR for the NL team in the 1964 MLB All-Star Game played at Shea Stadium.

1976- In the Yankees 8-6 victory over the Rangers, veteran OF Roy White homers from each side of the plate.

1979- The Yankees would sell veteran P Ray Burris to the Mets. They had obtained him from the Cubs for veteran P Richard “Dirt” Tidrow. He had posted a 1-3 record with a 6.18 ERA in 15 games for the team. 

1983- In the continuation of the "Pine Tar Game," Hal McRae strikes out for the last Royals out. While Kanas City Closer Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th inning to preserve the Royals' 5-4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and, as the only game scheduled at the Stadium, is witnessed by a crowd of 1,245 fans. An odd feature of the game is that lefty 1B Don Mattingly playing 2B and P Ron Guidry in CF, as the Yankees try to cover all the options.

1987- Former Yankees Reliever Justin Wilson (2015, 2021) was born.

Justin Wilson had hit .350 in high school as a 1B/P. The Dodgers had selected him in the 37th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he went on to college instead. In 2006, Justin struck out 34 in 25 innings as a Freshman along with a 3.60 ERA and no decisions. He would hit .412 in 19 plate appearances.  He was moved full-time to pitching in 2007, he would respond by going 9-5 with a 3.19 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 101 2/3 IP. He would lead the Western Athletic Conferencein ERA and made the All-Conference team. Wilson fell to an 8-5 record, with a 4.34 ERA in 2008, but he saved his best for last. Called on in the final game of the 2008 College World Series, he held the Univ. of Georgia scoreless for 7 before a Gordon Beckham solo HR. He got the win as Fresno State won its 1st College World Series. Wilson was named to the All-Tournament team. Prior to the 2008 CWS, the Pirates had selected Wilson in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. After his 2008 CWS gem, Wilson and the Pirates apparently failed to come to terms. Pirates GM Neal Huntington said "He's decided he's worth a lot more than 5th-round money because of his heroics." He was scouted by Sean Campbell, the club and Wilson would work out their differences as Wilson signed for a $195,000 bonus, typical for a 5th Round Draft Pick. On April 10, 2009, Wilson debuted as a pro for the Lynchburg Hillcats. He would allow 3 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings in a win over the Potomac Nationals. 

On August 20,2012, Wilson was called up to make his MLB Pitching debut with the Pirates, 1 day after the Pirates had played a 19-inning marathon against the Cardinals that had depleted their pitching staff. He was called on to pitch in relief on his 1st day in the MLB, succeeding on the mound Kyle McPherson, who had made his own MLB Pitching debut earlier in the game against the Padres. Justin would record all 3 outs by strikeout in his 1st MLB appearance, wrapped around a pair of singles. On November 12, 2014, he was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees in return for Catcher Francisco Cervelli. He had a solid season for the 2015 Yankees, making 74 appearances out of the Bronx bullpen along with a 5-0 record along with a 3.10 ERA. Also, he struck out 66 batters in 61 innings. However, on December 9th, he was traded again this time by the Yankees to the Tigers for 2 Minor League Pitching Prospects: Luis Cessa and Chad Green. On July 30, 2018, Wilson was sent to the Cubs along with C Alex Avila by the Tigers in return for 2 Minor League Prospects: Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes. In 2020, Justin was a Reliever with the Mets. The Yankees would sign him as an MLB Free Agent for the 2021 AL season. On July 27, 2021, the Yankees would trade him along with P Luis Cessa to the Reds for Minor League Player to be Name Later. For the 2021 Yankees, Justin Wilson had posted a 1-1 record with 7.50 ERA in 21 games. Overall, as a Yankees Reliever Justin Wilson would post a 6-1 record in 95 games with no saves. In 2022, Wilson’s season with the Reds ended with him having Tommy John Surgery ending his season.

1989- Dallas Green is fired as Manager of the Yankees with the team in 5th place in the AL East, with a 56-65 team record. He is replaced by former Yankees All-Star Shortstop Bucky Dent, who was the Minor League Manager with the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). Dallas Green went through numerous personnel issues with Yankees Front Office and Team Owner George Steinbrenner. It is the 17th time the Yankees have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the ownership of the club in 1973. The former 1978 AL Play-Off hero Dent loses his MLB Managerial debut to the Tigers in Detroit by a score of 7-3.

1990- Former Yankees Minor League P Jose Campos was born.

Minor League P Jose Campos was obtained from the Mariners in the Jesus Montero-Mike Pineda trade. He would never appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. He had pitched in the Yankees Minor League System from 2012 to 2016. On July 26, 2016, he was traded to the DiamondBacks by the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard.

1995- Longtime Yankees Announcer and Former AL All-Star Shortstop, Phil Rizzuto retires as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend his former Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle's funeral in Dallas, Texas. Mickey Mantle’s 2 Sons convince him into returning to the Yankees WPIX-TV Broadcasting team. Phil Rizzuto eventually will return to WPIX-TV for the 1996 AL season. He had started his longtime Yankees Broadcasting team career in 1957, replacing veteran Jim Woods, joining veterans Mel Allen and Red Barber in the WPIX-TV booth.

1996- In a wild contest played at Yankee Stadium, the Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The Bombers would strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to edge within 1 run. Seattle scores twice in the 6th inning, but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the 6th inning with 3 runs of their own. The game score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle would score 3 runs in the top half of the 12th inning, 2 runs on 1B Paul Sorrento's 2nd HR of the game. The Bronx Bombers would fight back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 12th inning, but they fall 1-run shy, losing the game by the final score of 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles in the AL East, while the Mariners stay 6 games behind the Rangers in 2nd place in the AL West.

2000- The Angels defeat the Yankees by the score of 9-8 in 11 innings. Anaheim scores 5-runs in the 9th inning to tie the game before Darin Erstad's HR wins it in the 11th inning.  Then Angels OF makes a 10th inning game-saving catch, it is the 1st time in 12 years that the Yankees blow a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.

2004- The Yankees honor new Hall of Famer Outfielder/DH David Winfield, but his Yankees player uniform number is not retired. Winfield goes into the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre, despite Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrennerattempts of getting him to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee player.

2006- From August 18th to 21st: After 4 days of punishing the Red Sox, the Yankees were 5-0, outscoring the Red Sox by 47-25 in the 5-game series.

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This Week in Yankees History August 14th-20th Part Three

August 19th

1891- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/Catcher Al DeVormer (1920-1921) was born. (1891-1966)

In 1921, Catcher Al DeVormer came to the Yankees, after being a Star player for the AA Vernon Tigers in the PCL. He had previously played in the MLB for the 1918-1919 White Sox; as a Reserve Catcher for Starting Catcher Ray Schalk. He had hit .347 in 22 games for the Yankees as a Rookie 3rd-string Catcher, but he fell off to a .203 mark in 24 games in 1922. Overall, he would hit .269 with No HRs and 18 RBIs in 46 games with the Yankees before being traded on January 3,1923, along with Cash to the Red Sox for 2 Minor League Players; P George Pipgras and OF Harvey Hendrick.

 1908- The Yankees veteran Starter Jack Chesbro allows 11 Tiger hits, but he still shuts out the Tigers by a score of 7-0.

1910- Former Yankees Pitcher and MLB Scout Atley “Swampy” Donald (1938-1945) was born. (1910-1992)

In 1934, hurler Atley Donald was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would pitch in the Yankees Minor League system from 1934 to 1938. In 1936, he would lead the Class A Binghamton Triplets (NYPL) in strikeouts. In 1937, he was the leading pitcher for the AA Newark Bears (IL) with a 19-2 record. After getting into 2 games with the Yankees in 1938, he came back to the 1938 AA Newark Bears, posting a 16-7 record. In 1939, as a Yankees Rookie Starter, he led the AL in WP with .813, while posting a 13-3 record.  Atley was 1-1 in 2 games in the 1941-1942 World Series with the Yankees. In 1945, he went 5-4 with a 3.52 ERA, but his MLB Pitching career was over due to pitching arm injuries that occur in 1946. He had posted a 65-33 record with a 3.52 ERA and 1 save in 153 games, along with a .663 WP with the 1938-1945 Yankees. He had 54 complete games along with 6 shutouts. Other than in 1938, when he only appeared in 2 games, he never had a losing season. Joe McCarthy was the only Yankee Manager under which he ever played. After his active playing days; Donald was a long-time MLB Scout for the Yankees.

1915- The Yankees had sold OF Ed Barney to the Pirates. The team had acquired him from AA Jersey Skeeters (IL) in July. He went 7 for 36 for the Yankees, with all 7 hits being singles. He would end his MLB playing career in 1916 with the Pirates.

1920- The Indians beat the Yankees by a score of 3-2. They leave town with a half-game lead over the White Sox and 1 1/2 over the Yankees, in what will be the tightest AL pennant race since the 1908 AL season.

1922- With the A’s and Browns splitting their doubleheader in Philadelphia, as the Yankees win over the White Sox, this allows them to get back into 1st place in AL. 

1928- Former Yankees Minor League INF Jim Finigan was born. (1928-1981)

In 1948, the Yankees had signed INF Jim Finigan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Working his way up through their farm system, he would miss the 1951-1952 seasons due to military service. Jim would never play for the Yankees at the MLB level. Prior to the start of the 1954 AL season, he was traded to the Philadelphia A’s in the Vic Power trade, where he spent his Rookie year, hitting .302 and playing 3B for the A’s. He was named to the 1954 AL All-Star team. When the team moved to Kansas City, he went with them, playing for them during the 1955-1956 AL seasons. In 1955, he was an AL All-Star again, with 30 doubles (4th in the AL) and 7 triples (8th in the AL). In both 1955-1956, he would play more 2B than 3B, as Hector Lopez became the A’s regular 3B. After the 1956 AL season was completed. Jim had hit only .216 in 1956; he was traded by KC to the Tigers. In 1957, he shared the 3B spot on the Tigers with Reno Bertoia. Finigan hit .270 on a team whose BA was .257. In 1958, Bertoia would keep the Tigers 3B job while Finigan was traded to the Giants, where he appeared in only 23 games in 1958; only 12 of which were in the field. In 1959, Jim was then sent by the Giants to the Orioles, where he finished out his MLB playing career by hitting .252 in 119 at-bats as a 3B, filling in for 3B Brooks Robinson, who was only 22, but he was already in his 5th MLB season for the franchise. In 1961, he played for the Orioles AAA team, the Rochester Red Wings(IL). Then Jim managed Quincy's entry in the Midwest League in 1964. Two years before his death in 1981, he had coached College Baseball team at Quincy College. 

1935- Former World Series MVP and All-Star 2B Bobby Richardson (1955-1966) was born.

On June 12,1953, INF Bobby Richardson was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would join the team in 1955. In 1959, Bobby would become the Yankees Regular 2B, while hitting .301 with 2 HRs and 33 RBIs in 134 games, being the only Yankee regular to hit over .300 during the 1959 AL season. He would be an AL All-Star 2B in 1957, but he didn’t play in the game. He was named to the 1959,1962-1966 AL All-Star teams. In 1962, Bobby would hit .302 with 8 HRs and 59 RBIs in 161 games. He would lead the AL in singles in 1961-1962, and again in 1964. Bobby led the AL in Sac hits with 20 in 1962 and 16 in 1964. Bobby won the AL Golden Glove for 2B from 1961-1965. In 1963, he won the MLB Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Bobby hit .307 in 36 games with 1 HR (Grand Slam-1960) and 15 RBIs in 7 World Series for the Yankees. With his best World Series was in 1960, winning the World Series MVP Award, after hitting .367 with 1 HR (Grand Slam HR) and 12 RBIs against the Pirates. He won the Sports Magazine’s MVP Award, winning a new 1960 Corvette convertible. Overall, Bobby Richardson as Yankees player, hewould hit .266 with 34 HRs and 390 RBIs in 1,412 games. In 1987, Richardson had replaced former MLB P Al Worthington as Head Baseball Coach at Liberty Univ. He would stay at the college through the 1990 college season. Prior to working at Liberty, Richardson was the Head Baseball Coach at the Univ. of South Carolina (1970-1976) and the Univ. of South Carolina Coastal Carolina College (1985-1986). Richardson, also ran for Congress in 1974 as a Republican, but he lost his election bid.

1945- The Yankees win the 1st game of a doubleheader with the White Sox by the score of 4-2, to break their 9-game losing streak, the longest under veteran Manager Joe McCarthy. Chicago takes the nightcap, winning the game by the score of 2-0, as Starter Lefty Grove gives up just 5 Bronx hits, including 3 hits by Yankees OF Bud Metheny.

1947- Former Yankees Minor League P Lowell Palmer was born.

On June 12,1973, P Lowell Palmer was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for veteran P Mike Kekich. Lowell never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 1974, he will post a 5-1 record along with 3.06 ERA in 8 games for the Yankees AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). On May 31,1974, Powell was purchased along with veteran AL 2B Horace Clarke by Padres from the Yankees.

1962- Kansas City A’s hitters Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey and Billy Bryan hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning, but Yankees batters respond with the following: Elston Howard has 2 HRs and 8 RBIs; Bill “Moose” Skowron, a HR with 4 RBIs; Mickey Mantle, a Grand Slam HR and 7 RBIs, as the Yankees rout KC by the score of 21-7. Mantle adds 2 stolen bases before Reserve OF Jack Reed takes over CF and has 2 at bats in the game.

1977- Backed by HRs from Bronx Sluggers Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, Yankees Starter Mike Torrez hurls his 6th complete game in a row as the Bronx Bombers beat the Rangers by a score of 8-1. The Yankees are now 2-1/2 games in back of the Red Sox.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Chris Capuano (2014-2015) was born

On July 24, 2014, Chris Capuano was purchased by the Yankees from the Rockies. He posted a 2-3 record with a 4.25 ERA in 12 games for the team. On October 30, 2014, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On December 16, 2014, Chris was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. In 2015, he would post a 0-4 with a 7.97 ERA in 22 games for the team. On November 2, 2015, Chris was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Brewers for the 2016 NL season.

1981- The Yankees had traded Minor League Prospect 3B Pat Tabler to the Cubs for a Player to be Named Later. He had been a top Infield prospect for the team, until a leg injury had occurred in the Minor Leagues. He was originally signed as a 2B, but with the arrival of Willie Randolph at the MLB level, he would have to change positions in the infield, while playing in the Yankees farm system. The Yankees would get 2 players for 3B Pat Tabler; Pitchers Bill Caudill and Jay Howell.

1996- Former Yankees Minor League P Artur Strzalka was born in Poland.

Artur Strzalka was signed by the Yankees in July 2013, becoming the 1st player signed by a MLB team that was born and raised in Poland. He attended the MLB European Academy in 2013. In the 2013 B-Level European Championship, the lefty was the worst hurler for the Polish national team. He allowed 9 hits, 5 walks and 8 runs (6 earned) in 4 2/3 IP in a loss to the Ukrainian national team. Strzalka, 21, was the 1st Polish-born and developed player to sign a pro contract with an MLB team. After signing in 2013, Artur spent 2 seasons with the Yankees Minor League organization. He owned a 3-2 record with a career 5.28 ERA in 21 games out of the bullpen with 29 innings pitched. He struck out 25 batters and walked 23 batters, while opposing hitters hit .238 against him. On February 10, 2017, he was released by the team.

2000- For only the 3rd time in MLB history and the 2nd time this 2000 MLB season by the Yankees, a team is credited with 3 sacrifice flies in 1 inning. Bronx Bombers batters Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger join Yankee teammates Jose Vizcaino, Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams (June 29, 2000) and the White sox trio of Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith, who accomplished the feat against the Indians on July 1,1962. The Yankees beat the Angels by a score of 9-1.

2001- Seattle routs the Yankees by the score of 10-2, as Mariners OF Mike Cameron gets 4 hits including 2-HRs as he drives in 8 runs in the game. OF Ichiro Suzuki stretches his 2001 AL hitting streak to 16 games, giving him 3 streaks of 15 or more games this season. He's the 1st MLB player with 3 15-game hitting streaks in the same season since Brewers Cecil Cooper in 1980.

2010- The Yankees use a 9-run 6th inning to blow away the Tigers by the score of 11-5. Yankees 2B Robbie Cano hits a double and HR, as he collects 3 RBIs in the inning. The Yankees are now a game in front of Tampa Bay, who lose 4-3 to the A’s, but the Yankees place newly-acquired veteran 1B Lance Berkman from the Astros on the DL with a sprained ankle.

August 20th

1895- Former Yankees Pitcher Pete Schneider (1919) was born. (1895-1957)

After being purchased from the Reds, hurler Pete Schneider would post a 0-1 record with a 3.41 ERA in 7 games for the 1919 Yankees. He would return to the Minor Leagues in 1920, pitching until 1922, mostly in the AA Pacific Coast League.

1923- AL President Ban Johnson bans a 4-piece bat used by Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth because of the glue used on it. A protest is made against Browns' Slugger Ken Williams for using a bat with a wooden plug in it. Ban Johnson rules that all bats must be 1 piece with nothing added except tape extending to 18 inches up the handle.

1923- Yankees Starter Waite Hoyt is suspended for 10 days after attacking AL Umpire Marv Owens. Hoyt’s “victim” was Home Plate Umpire Marv Owens during the previous day’s 4-3 loss to the White Sox. The incident involved a close play at home, in which Hoyt claimed that he tagged the White Sox runner out, but Owens called the play safe. Hoyt never touched Owens, thanks to the 5 Yankee teammates, who had restrained him.

1931- In St. Louis, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits his 33rd HR in the 4th inning to tie his Bronx teammate Babe Ruth for the MLB HR lead, but the Babe answers back in the 9th inning with his 34th HR, a Grand Slam HR over RF roof at Sportsman Park to give the Yankees a 7-3 win over the Browns. Bronx Starter Lefty Gomez almost has New York's 1st shutout of the 1931 AL season, but he weakens in the 9th inning, giving up 3 Browns runs.

1938- Yankees All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig hits a 1st-inning Grand Slam HR, the 23rd and last of his MLB playing career for a still-standing MLB record. It comes off of A’s P Buck Ross in an 11-3 victory over the Mackmen.

1944- Former Yankees All-Star 3B Graig Nettles (1973-1983) was born.

INF Graig Nettles was originally signed by the Twins, who later traded him to the Indians in the winter of 1969. On November 27,1972, 3B Graig Nettles was traded by the Indians along with Catcher Jerry Moses to the Yankees for C/1B/DH Johnny Ellis, INF Jerry Kenney, Outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres. Graig’s arrival from the Tribe would settle the Yankees long standing 3B problems, that existed since the trade of Clete Boyer in the winter of 1966 to the Braves. Nettles would be an AL All-Star 3B in 1975, 1977-1980 for the Yankees. He would win the AL Golden Glove for 3B in 1977-1978. In 1976, his 32 HRs would lead the AL. In 1981, he won the ALCS MVP Award. He wrote a book about his Yankees playing experience titled “Balls”, which greatly upset Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner. Graig Nettles was given the nickname of “Puff “ by his Yankee teammates. "Puff" referred to the way Graig disappeared, after playing a practical joke or starting trouble with a fellow teammate. As Yankees player, Graig would hit .253 with 250 HRs and 834 RBIs in 1,535 games. He had played in 6 ALCS for the Yankees, while hitting .288 with 5 HRs and 17 RBIs. In 5 World Series for the team, he would hit .250 with No HRs and 5 RBIs in 21 games. On March 30,1984, Graig was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for a Player to be Named Later and MLB P Dennis Rasmussen. On April 26,1984, the Padres would send Minor League P Darin Cloninger to the Yankees to complete the trade. Overall, Graig Nettles had appeared in 2,700 MLB games, while hitting .248 with 390 HRs with 1,314 RBIs. His younger brother Jim had played in the MLB for the Twins, Tigers Royals and the A’s. Also, he played in the Yankees Minor League system at the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). His only experience of managing in the Minor Leagues was pretty disastrous however: he led the unaffiliated Bakersfield Blaze to a dreadful 39-101 record and last place in the 1996 California League. "When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join the circus. With the Yankees I have accomplished both." – Graig Nettles

1954- Yankees veteran OF Gene Woodling crashes into the wall, breaking a thumb. He is lost for the rest of 1954 AL season. The Yankees will trade Gene in the winter of 1954 to the Orioles as part of a 17-player trade, which the Yankees would obtain MLB Starters Bob Turley and Don Larsen. He would finish the 1954 AL season for the Yankees, by hitting .250 with 3 HRs and 40 RBIs.

1957- Yankees Starter Bob Turley pitches a 2-hitter against the Kansas City A’s, but he loses the game by a score of 1-0.

1962- At Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris homer in the twin-bill sweep of the Tribe.  Mickey Mantle's 1st inning 3-run HR (#46), Roger Maris 49th HR in the 3rd inning to make it easy for Yankees Starter Ralph Terry, who only allows 4 Tribe hits. In the nightcap, Bill Skowron hits his 21st HR in the 2nd inning as the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-2. In the 6th inning, after Tribe P Gary Bell allows a single and then hits 2 Yankee batters: Billy Gardner and Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle collects his 101st walk of the 1962 AL season to force home a run.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Brad Arnsberg (1986-1987) was born.

On June 6,1983, Pitcher Brad Arnsberg was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1983 MLB Amateur Player Draft (2ndary Phase). In 1985, he was named the Eastern League Pitcher of Year, while Pitching for the Class A Albany-Colonie Yankees. In 1987, he was named International League Pitcher of the Year, while Pitching for the AAA Columbus Clippers. Brad went 1-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 8 games with the 1986-1987 Yankees. On November 10,1987, he was sent by the Yankees to the Rangers to complete an earlier deal made on November 2,1987. The Yankees had sent a Player to be Named Later to the Rangers for Catcher Don Slaught. On November 10,1987, the Yankees would send P Brad Arnsberg to the Rangers to complete the trade. Brad would be plagued by arm injuries during his MLB Pitching career. Arnsberg spent 1 season as Player/Coach of the 1994 Wei-Chen Dragons in Taiwan, going 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA and 1 save. After his active playing career had ended, Arnsberg has been a Pitching Coach of the Expos (2000-2001), Marlins (2002-2003), Blue Jays (2005-2009) and the Astros (2010-2011). Arnsberg was the Minor League Pitching Coach for the 1995-1996 Class A Charleston River Dogs (SAL), 1997-1998 Tulsa Drillers, 1999 Oklahoma Red Hawks and the 2004 AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs (IL).

1964- On the Yankees team bus following a 5-0 loss to the White Sox, Reserve INF Phil Linz begins to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on his harmonica. Yankees Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop. Phil Linz asks what Berra said to him, his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle tells him to play it louder. Yogi Berra comes back to Linz then slaps the instrument out of his hands, when he continues playing. The harmonica accidentally hits Joe Pepitone in the knee; he over reacts by holding his knee complaining of an injury. The incident is reported by the NYC sports media as indicating dissension on the club and Berra's lack of control of his players, as well as the level of Linz's humor. Phil Linz would later get a $10,000 endorsement from Horner Harmonica Company to promote their products. Yankees GM Ralph Houk would use the incident as one of his reasons to fire Yogi Berra as Yankees Manager, after the 1964 World Series lost to the Cardinals. Berra will win 99 games with the team to capture the 1964 AL Pennant.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Henry ‘“Hank” Johnson (1925-1926,1928-1932) passed away. (1906-1982)

Hank Johnson had posted a 37-36 record with a 4.84 ERA and 7 saves in 157 games as Yankees hurler. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1928, when he went 14-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 31 games. On June 5,1932, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Ivy Andrews and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for P Danny MacFayden

1984- Former Yankee Minor League OF Jamie Hoffmann was born.

Jamie Hoffmann made his MLB player debut with the 2009 Dodgers. On December 10, 2009, he was the 1st overall selection in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, selected by the Nationals, who immediately sent him to the Yankees to complete an earlier trade that had brought Yankees Reliever Brian Bruney to the Nats. However, he failed to make the Yankees' 25-Man MLB roster in their MLB Spring Training Camp, so he was returned to the Dodgers.

1986- Yankees All-Star OF Dave Winfield hits his 300th MLB career HR in a losing cause as the Yankees fall to the Mariners by a score of 5-2. Starter Mike Trujillo wins his 1st game for Seattle.

2000- The most victorious Pitcher in franchise history is honored by the Yankees during “Whitey Ford Day” ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. The crafty Hall of Fame lefty holds the team record for most victories (236), innings pitched (3,170 1/3), strikeouts (1,956) and shutouts (45). Whitey Ford broke hurler Red Ruffing’s mark of 232 victories to become the all-time team leader. A crowd of 49,491 fans attend the game. In the regular season game, the Yankees beat the Angels by the score of 9-1. Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte throws a complete game victory, improving his 2000 AL season record to a 15-6 mark. Yankee hitters Luis Sojo and David Justice hit HRs to pace the Bronx Bomber’s hitting attack.

2010- At Yankee Stadium, Seattle’s Ace Felix Hernandez stymies the Yankees, leading the Mariners to a 6-0 win with 8 scoreless innings in which he strikes out 11 Yankee batters.

2013- Yankees 2B Robinson Cano hit his 200th MLB career HR in an 8-4 win over the Blue Jays. In the game he went 4 for 4 with the HR and 4 RBIs. Cano now has 23 HRs for the 2013 AL season, reaching the 20 HR plateau for the 5th straight MLB season.

2018- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Doc Edwards (1965) and MLB Manager (1987-1989) passed away. (1936-2018)
On May 3,1965, Catcher Doc Edwards was traded by Kansas City to the Yankees for veteran C/1B/OF Johnny Blanchard and P Rollie Sheldon. He had played in 45 games for the 1965 Yankees, while hitting just .190 before being sent down to AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL). On January 14,1966, Doc was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for OF Lou Clinton. After retiring as an active player, Doc would became a Minor League Manager for the Yankees at AA West Haven (EL) in 1973-1974.  Then he was the Indians MLB Manager (1987-1989). Later, he would manage in the Cubs, Expos, Orioles the Indians Minor League organizations. In 1993-1994, he would manage in the Pirates Minor League system. From 1998-2012, he was a Manager in the Independent Leagues for several teams, including the Atlantic City Surf (Atlantic League).



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