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This Week in Yankees History September 11th-17th Part One



September 11th


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 Nik Turley would pitched in the Yankees farm system from 2008 through the 2014 season. He is a distant relative to former Yankees 1950’s hurler Bob Turley. He was taken by the club as the 3rd-to-last pick of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had turned down a scholarship to Brigham Young Univ. Turley would pitch for the 2008 GCL Yankees, by going 2-1 with a 1.12 ERA in 4 games (1 start). He also had 13 strikeouts in 8 innings. In 2009, he was 2-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for the 2009 GCL Yankees. On August 28, 2009, he would pitched the 1st part of a rain-shortened 8-inning no-hitter against the GCL Blue Jays. He was relieved by P Manny Barreda in the 7th, having allowed only 1 walk and 1 hit batsman. In 2010, he was 4-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) split between the GCL squad (0-2, 7 R, 1 ER in 10 2/3 IP) and the Class A Staten Island Yankees (4-4 with a 4.38 ERA). In 2011, he was 4-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 17 starts split between the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) (4-6, 2.51 ERA) and the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) (8 R in 7 1/3 IP). Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the Yankees chain as he walked only 22 batters in 89 2/3 IP. He was a FSL All-Star in 2012, after going 9-5 with 116 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA in 23 games (21 starts; 112 IP) for Tampa. He also started a game for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) that season, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. He had led the FSL in ERA; also, he tied for 8th in wins and was 4th in whiffs. Baseball America put him down as the #18 prospect in the loop, between Slade Heathcott and Wilmer Flores and as the Yankees' 14th-best prospect. Among Yankee farmhands, he had finished 2nd to Vidal Nuno in ERA, tied Nuno for 4th in wins. Nik was 5th in strikeouts. In 2013, he was 11-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He also got his 1st taste of AAA action, making a start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), while allowing only 1 run in 6 innings. He tied Scottie Allen for 2nd in wins and the franchise's minor leaguers, 1 behind Shane Greene. Nik was also 2nd with 141 whiffs. Nik led the EL with 16 hit batsmen, he was 2nd with 73 walks, he was 5th in strikeouts and led with 6 balks. After spending the 2014 season with AAA Scranton, where he had posted a 5-3 record, Nik was released by the Yankees organization. 


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


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


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


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


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


2014- Rays Starter Alex Cobb makes a bid for a no-hitter against the Yankees, keeping them hitless until Chris Young doubles with 1 out and Bombers trailing 4-0 in the 8th. Pinch-Hitter Martin Prado follows with a Pinch-Hit HR off of Rays Reliever Brad Boxberger that cuts the lead in half. Not content with having spoiled Cobb's big night, Young then hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of Rays Reliever Jake McGee in the 9th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 win.


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


2021- On the  20th anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks at the World Trade Center, the Yankees would play the Mets at Citi Field. A crowd of 43,144 fans would attend this night game. The Yankees will stage a comeback win to capture an 8-7 victory. Mets Starter Walker had held the Bronx Bombers in 6 innings to work to just 5 runs, 8 strikeouts and 1 walk, before the Yankees came back to win the game. Mets Reliever May is charged with a blown save (3rd of season) in the loss. Yankees starter Corey Kluber goes 4 innings, while allowing 5 Mets hits, 4 runs 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The Yankees bullpen would hold the Mets, with Reliever Clay Homes and Closer Chapman, who gets his 26th save of the season. Yankees offensive is provided by Reserve Catcher Higashioka and RF Aaron Judge, each hitting 2 HRs and veteran CF Brett Gardner provided a solo HR.


September 12th


1903- Red Sox Starter Tom Hughes defeats the Yankees by the score of 10-1 for his 20th win of the 1903 AL season.


1907- In a 2-0 win against the Yankees at Hilltop Park, Senators Starter Walter Johnson strikes out 5 Yankees batters, though it'll be recorded as 4 K's. Researcher John Schwartz, in the 1990s, will find the extra K, resulting in Johnson's lifetime total of 3,509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day 2001, when Roger Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.


1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Sprugeon “Spud” Chandler (1937-1947) was born. (1907-1990) 


Spud Chandler would pitch for the Yankees from 1937-1947, with an MLB Pitching career record of 109-43 (.717 WP) along with a 2.84 ERA and 6 saves in 211 games. His best Yankees season was in 1943, when he posted a 20-1 record (.833) with a 1.64 ERA. He was named to the AL All-Star team. Spud was the winner of the 1943 AL MVP and MLB MVP awards. He had appeared in the 1941-1943 and 1947 World Series with the team, while posting a 2-2 record with 1.62 ERA in 6 games. After making just 1 start in 1944, Chandler would enter the Army. He was discharged in September 1945; he recorded a 2-1 mark in 4 late-season starts for the team. In 1946, he would put together another fine season by going 20-8 with a 2.10 ERA. The following season, 1947, his final year in the MLB, he was 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA. He made 1 relief appearance in that year's World Series, giving up 2 earned runs in 2 innings of work against the Dodgers. After his MLB playing career ended, Chandler would manage in the Minor Leagues. He was a Kansas City A’s MLB Pitching Coach for the 1957 and 1958 AL seasons. He was also a long-time MLB Scout for the Indians and the Twins organizations.  


1914- Yankees Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, replaces fired Manager Frank Chance. He becomes the All-Time MLB youngest Manager, and the 7th in the club's 12-year existence. He will win 9 of 17 games. In 1915, Roger will return to his starting Shortstop job, when the Yankees will bring in veteran MLB hurler “Wild Bill” Donovan to manage the team. Roger’s next chance to manage in the AL will be with the 1923 Indians.


1916- Former Yankees OF and MLB Coach Charlie “King Kong” Keller (1939-1949,1952) was born. (1916-1990) 


In 1937, the Yankees had signed Charlie Keller as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He began his pro career by winning the Minor League Player of the Year award from The Sporting News after hitting .353 with 13 HRs and 88 RBIs for the AA Newark Bears (IL), helping the 1937 Bears become one of the greatest Minor League teams ever. He led the International League in average, runs (120), triples (14) and hits (189). A year later, with no openings in the Yankee outfield of DiMaggio, Henrich and George Selkirk, King Kong returned to AA Newark and did even better. He would hit .365 with 22 HRs and 129 RBIs; he paced the IL in hits (211), runs (149), walks (108) and OBP. In 1939, Charlie came up to the Yankees at the age of 22. He would hit .334 with 11 HRs and 83 RBI’s in 111 games. In 1940, he would hit .286 with 106 walks, giving him a .411 on-base percentage. He had 21 HRs and 15 triples. He was named to the All-Star team, led the AL in walks and was 2nd in triples. 


In 1941, DiMaggio's big year with the 56-game hitting streak, Keller had hit 33 HRs (his MLB career high) with 10 triples and 122 RBIs. He had a .298 BA with 102 walks, for a .416 on-base percentage and a .580 slugging percentage. On the AL All-Star team again, he was 5th in the AL MVP voting. He continued to hit in the war years, although the league averages went down. In 1942, he had hit 26 HRs and 108 RBIs, with 114 walks and a .417 on-base percentage. He was 2nd in the AL in on-base percentage and also in slugging percentage. He was 3d in the AL in HRs and RBIs. In 1943, he had hit 31 HRs and had 106 walks. He was named again to the All-Star team, he was again in the top 3 in on-base percentage and slugging percentage and was in the top 3 in runs scored, total bases, HRs, triples and walks. He would miss the 1944 MLB season and much of the 1945 season. He would serve in the Merchant Marines in World War II, entering the service in January of 1944 and being released in August of 1945. Coming back for 44 games in 1945, he had hit 10 HRs with a .301 BA, a .412 on-base percentage with a .577 slugging average. Both the on-base percentage and the slugging percentage would have led the AL, if he had had enough plate appearances to qualify. In 1947, he was named as part of the inaugural class of the International League Hall of Fame. Charlie Keller would finish his Yankees playing career with a .285 BA, 184 HRs, 723 RBI’s and 69 Triples in 1,060 games. Charlie had appeared in 4 World Series for the Yankees (1939,1941-1943) while hitting .306 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs in 19 games. After the 1949 World Series, the Yankees had released Charlie, who would be picked-up by Tigers as a PH and Reserve OF for the 1950-1951 AL seasons. He had played 104 games for them, while hitting .286 with 5 HRs and 37 RBIs. He came back to the Yankees in September of 1951 for 2 games with no hits and then he would retire from MLB. He had a good MLB playing career despite being troubled by back problems. His younger brother Hal, who was a Catcher played for the 1949-1950,1952 Senators. He later became an MLB Baseball Executive. Charlie’s Grandson, Charlie Keller II played in the Yankees farm system in the early 1960’s. Charlie was MLB Coach for the Yankees (1957,1959), Giants and the Tigers. Afterwards, he became a successful horse breeder in Maryland.


1943- The 1st place Yankees sweep a doubleheader from Boston, mathematically eliminating the Red Sox from 1943 AL Pennant contention. The twin victory completes a Yankees 5-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.


1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Cy Pieh (1913-1915) passed away. (1886-1945)


On August 11,1913, P Cy Pieh was purchased by the Yankees from Dayton (CL) for $1,500. He would appear in 43 games for the Yankees, while posting an 8-9 record with 3.78 ERA.


1950- The Yankees blow a 6-run lead, as the Indians score 4 runs in the 9th inning off of Starter Allie Reynolds to win the game by a score of 8-7. Luke Easter's 3-run HR his 2nd of the game is the big blow, as the Yankees skid to 2nd place, a half-game behind the Tigers and a half game ahead of the Red Sox.


1954- At Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, a standing-room-only crowd of 84,587 fans, which establishes the record for the largest crowd to have ever watch an MLB game, witness the 1954 AL pennant-bound Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees by scores of 4-1 and 3-2. On this bright sunny day, over 12,000 fans are without seats and stand 10-11 rows deep behind the outfield fences as well as 3-5 rows deep in walkways. The 1954 Yankees would finish in 2nd place in the AL with a 103-51 record, 8 games behind the Indians, who finished in 1st place with a 111-53 record.


1961- In a rain shorten game played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, the Yankees would edge the White Sox. Yankees Starter Ralph Terry picks up his 14th victory of the 1961 AL season, as the Yankees gain their 100 victory of the 1961 AL season.


1962- At Cleveland, Yankee Starter Whitey Ford and CF Mickey Mantle lead the way to a Yankees 5-2 win. Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run HR in the 5th inning off of Tribe hurler Pedro Ramos, his 2nd favorite all-time cousin (12 HRs allowed).


1963- Former Yankees Reserve OF Keith Hughes (1987) was born.


On June 30,1984, OF Keith Hughes was traded by the Phillies along with P Marty Bystrom to the Yankees for P Shane Rawley. Keith would appear in 4 games for the Yankees with no hits in 1987, before being traded by the team on June 10,1987 along with OF Shane Turner to the Phillies for veteran OF/1B Mike Easler.


1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Rollie Zeider (1913) passed away. (1883-1967)


On June 1,1913, INF Rollie Zeider was traded by the White Sox along with 1B Babe Borton to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. Rollie had appeared in 49 games for the 1913 Yankees, while hitting .233 with No HRs and 12 RBIs. Before the start of the 1914 AL Season, Rollie will jump from the Yankees to the Chicago Chi-Feds (Federal League).


1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Pat Listach (1996) was born.


On August 23,1996, INF Pat Listach was traded by the Brewers with a Player to be Named Later and P Graeme Lloyd to the Yankees for P Bob Wickman and OF Gerald Williams. On August 29, 1996, the  Brewers would send P&nbs****y Bones to theYankees to complete the trade. Pat never played a game for the 1996 Yankees. He was returned to the Brewers by the Yankees on October 2, 1996. 


1976- Former Yankees Minor League Player and Hitting Coach James Rowson (2006-2011) was born.


In 1912, former Minor League OF James Rowson joined the Cubs MLB coaching staff. He had been selected by theMariners in the 9th round of the 1994 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Rowson had played 2 years in the Mariners organization and another season in the Yankees farm system. Then He spent the 1998 season with the Cook County Cheetahs of the independent Heartland League. From 2002 to 2005, Rowson was a Minor League Hitting Coach in the California  Angels organization. Then he would be Minor League coach for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels and the 2004-2005 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Next, James would spend 6 years in the Yankees system as a Hitting Coach before joining the Cubs as Minor League Hitting Coordinator prior to the 2012 NL season. In June of that year, he was promoted to the team's MLB Coaching staff, replacing Rudy Jaramillo on an interim basis. After the season, he was confirmed as the team's Permanent MLB Hitting Coach. He stayed with the team until the end of the 2013 NL season. After his stint with the Cubs, Rowson would return to the Yankees as a Minor League Hitting Instructor. In 2017, he was named MLB Hitting Coach for the Twins. In 2020, he would join the MLB Coaching staff of the Marlins as their Bench Coach.


1979- Red Sox OF Carl Yastrzemski reaches the 3,000 MLB career hits milestone, when he singles off of Yankees hurler Jim Beattie during a 9-2 Red Sox victory.


1981- Red Sox Rookie P Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8-innings at Yankee Stadium before Bronx hitters Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th inning with back-to-back doubles. Boston Reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2-1 win for the Red Sox.


1982- For the 2nd time this 1982 AL season, the Brewers would get 3 consecutive HRs from Cecil Cooper, Ted Simmons and Ben Oglivie in a losing cause as the Yankees win the game by the score of 9-8. Six HRs are hit in the game. Yankees Rookie Starter Curt Kaufman wins his 1st MLB decision and his only win as a Yankees pitcher.


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


1990- Yankees Rookie Starter Steve Adkins doesn't allow a hit in his MLB Pitching debut, but he walks 8 Ranger batters in just 1 1/3 innings, as the Rangers win the game by the score of 5-4. Adkins walks the 1st 3 batters and then he retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd inning, he walks the next 5 batters before being lifted, 2 shy of Dolly Gray's consecutive walk record.


1996- Yankees CF Bernie Williams drives home 8 runs in the Yankees 12-3 win over the Tigers. Bernie Williams hits 2 HR’s and a single in the Yankees romp over the Tigers.


1999- Before a crowd of 50,027 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox would finish their 3-game series with a 4-1 win for a sweep. It is the 1st 3-game sweep at Yankee Stadium for the Red Sox since the 1986 AL season.


2000- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers would pound the Blue Jays by the score of 10-2 as Bronx Starter Danny Neagle picks up his 7th victory of 2000 MLB season. Yankees DH Jose Canseco hits a HR for the Yankees to lead the Bombers hitting attack.


2000- Suspended Yankees DH/OF Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 2 years' house arrest after admitting that he had violated probation by driving under the influence of medication and leaving the scene of an accident.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees would beat the Orioles by the score of 7-3 behind veteran starter David Wells’ 17thvictory of the 2002 AL season. Yankees 1B Nick Johnson leads the Bombers hitting attack with a 3-run HR.


2009- In a rare win for the Orioles over the Yankees by the score of 7-3, Baltimore 2B Brian Roberts hits a Grand Slam HR and his club-record 51st double of the 2009 AL season.


2012- The Yankees remain tied with the Orioles in the AL East with a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Shortstop Derek Jeter has to leave the game in the 8th inning with a strained hamstring, although the injury does not appear to be serious. An inning earlier, Boston's Dustin Pedroia also exited the game, but for a different reason: his wife Kelli, who is attending the game at Fenway Park, goes into labor to deliver the couple's 2nd child.


2013- The Yankees would defeat the Orioles by the score of 6-5, as their newest player, Shortstop Brendan Ryan, acquired in trade 3 days earlier scores the winning run in the 9th inning. He opens the inning with a single and reaches 3rd base, when O's Closer Jim Johnson throws Chris Stewart's bunt into center field. Johnson then bounces a pitch to the screen to allowing Ryan to score. The loss is a big letdown for Baltimore, as Danny Valencia had tied the game with a 3-run HR off of Yankees Reliever David Robinson in the 8th inning.


2014- The Orioles would move closer to clinching the AL East title with a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees by the scores of 2-1 and 5-0. But they also get bad news as Slugger Chris Davis is handed a 25-game suspension by the MLB for testing positive for amphetamines.


2015- At New Yankee Stadium, the Blue Jays would sweep a doubleheader against the Yankees to increase their lead in the AL East to 4 1/2 games. In the 1st game, 7 HRs are hit, including a pair by Jays slugger Jose Bautista, but the game is decided in the 11th inning when Toronto scores 4 runs on only 1 hit as Yankees Relievers Bryan Mitchell and Chasen Shrevecombine for 5 walks and a hit batsman to win by the score of 9-5. In the 2nd Game, Bronx Starter Ivan Nova can't get out of the 2nd inning as the Blue Jays prevail by the score of 10-7, after a lengthy rain delay. Marcus Stroman is the winner in his 1st game since suffering a knee injury in their MLB spring training camp. For the Yankees, Brett Gardner hits 3 HRs in the twin bill, including a pair of 3-run shots in the 2nd game, but it's all for naught.


2018- Twins Starter Jake Odorizzi has a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings of work before Yankees 1B Greg Bird laces a run-scoring double. He still beats the Yankees by the score of  3-1.


2020-  Former Yankees Baseball Executive Mark Ryan Newman (1989-2014) passed away. (1949-2020) 


Mark Newman had served as the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for the New York Yankees. He would spend 26 years in high-level Player Development and Player Personnel posts with their organization. In 1989, he would join the Yankees, after 18 years as a College Baseball Pitching and Head Coach. After graduating from HS in Wheeling, Illinois, Newman had attended So. Illinois Univ., where he had played College Baseball as a Pitcher and 2B for the So. Illinois Salukis. He then embarked on his Coaching career, 1st as Pitching Coach at So. Illinois from 1972 through 1980, then as Head Baseball Coach at Old Dominion Univ. (ODU) from 1981–1989. In 9 seasons at ODU, Newman's teams compiled a win–loss record of 321–167–3, won 1 league championship and advanced to 4 conference finals and 2 NCAA Baseball Regionals. He was named Coach of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference and in the Commonwealth of Va. in 1985 and 1987. Newman would earn a Law Degree from So. Illinois Univ. in 1978. He was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both So. Illinois (2000) and Old Dominion (1997) Universities. After the 1989 college season, Newman was appointed the Yankees' Coordinator of Minor League Instruction, serving in that role through 1996 before his job promotion to Vice President, Player Development and Scouting. During Newman's 1st decade with the Yankees, the team's farm system produced the core of its Joe Torre-era dynasty that won 4 world championships in 5 seasons: Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte and others. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations. In 2010, Minor League Baseball selected him as the winner of the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award, which honors individuals for their distinguished service in Player Development. Newman would retire from the Yankees at the conclusion of the 2014 AL season. On September 12, 2020, the New York Post had announced that Newman had passed away. A person familiar with the situation said Newman had died in his sleep.


September 13th


1893- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter “Dutch” Ruether (1926-1927) was born. (1893-1970).


After being obtained from the Senators on waivers, veteran Starter Dutch Ruether would post a 15-9 record with a 3.40 ERA in 32 games for the 1926-1927 Yankees, including winning 13 games in 1927. He had appeared in 1 game of the 1926 World Series for the Yankees, losing his only start, a 4-0 loss to Cardinals Starter Jessie Hanes. His 1st World Series appearance was in the 1919 World Series for the Reds. He had pitched in 2 games with a 1-0 record. After the 1927 World Series sweep of the Pirates by the Yankees, Dutch would retire from MLB. In 11 MLB seasons, Dutch had posted a 137-95 record with a 3.50 ERA and 8 saves in 309 games.


1893- Former Yankees Catcher Pat Collins (1926-1928) was born. (1893-1966) 


On August 30,1925, Catcher Pat Collins was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to the Yankees for INF Pee Wee Wanninger and Cash. He had first reached the MLB with the 1929 St. Louis Browns, Pat would played with them until 1924, hitting .238 over 6 seasons. He was never a regular, peaking at 85 games and 181 at bats in 1923. The increased playing time did not do him any good, as he hit a paltry .177, after hitting .307 in 63 games in 1922. On June 8,1923, he made history by becoming the only man to pinch-run and pinch-hit in the same game. Facing the A's at Shibe Park, Pat had briefly ran for teammate Homer Ezzell in the 3rd inning, when he needed to use the restroom. In the 9th inning, Connie Mack allowed the Browns to let him pinch-hit for P Ray Kolp, drawing a walk. Ultimately, he was kept around as the backup to starting Catcher Hank Severeid during this time-span. In 1925, he was waived by the Browns to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA). Pat had a good season at AA, level hitting .316 in 132 games. The Yankees would acquire  him at the end of the 1925 season in a trade for veteran INF Pee Wee Wanninger, although he did not make his Yankees player debut until the 1925 season. In 1925, Benny Bengough won the Yankees' catching job, taking over for Wally Schang and Collins was acquired to be his backup in 1926. Bengough was bothered by a sore arm, so Collins got the bulk of the playing time, while appearing in 102 games, during which he hit .286 with 7 HRs and 35 RBIs. He was there for his defense, as the team had plentiful other sources of offense, but he too began to develop a sore arm. With Bengough's health also in doubt, the Yankees had acquired veteran Hank Severeid from the Browns. He ended up catching in the 1926 World Series. After the 1926 AL season, Severeid was released by the team. For the 1927 AL season, the catching duties were shared among 3 players: Collins, Bengough and newly-acquired Johnny Grabowski. Pat Collins had played in 92 games, hitting .275 with 7 HRs and 36 RBIs. He got to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Pirates, Bengough got the assignment in Game 2, then Grabowski in Game 3 and Collins again in Game 4. The 3 catchers were hitless in the 1st 3 games, but Collins came through with a 3-hit performance in the finale as Murderers Row completed an emphatic sweep of the Bucs. The same trio was back in 1928, Collins would play in 70 games (136 at bats) and hitting .221 with 6 HRs. The Yankees had repeated as AL pennant winners, but Bengough started all 4 games of the World Series against the Cardinals. Collins got to catch the final innings of Game 4, hitting a double in his only World Series at bat. It was his last game as a Yankee, as future Hall of Famer Bill Dickey came up in 1929, making him expendable. On December 13,1929, he was sold to the Braves. He would finish his MLB playing career with 7 games in 1929. Pat’s Yankee playing career stats were a .264 BA with 20 HRs and 85 RBIs in 269 games. As an MLB player, he was a .254 hitter with 33 HRs and 168 RBIs in 543 games.


1920-The Yankees hurler Carl Mays, ­who had started yesterday’s game, he starts again today for the Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective, stopping the Tigers on 2 runs. Bronx Slugger Babe Ruth hits his 49th HR of the 1920 AL season, while Carl Mays drives in the final run of the game for a 4-2 win.


1927- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits 2-HRs, as the Yankees win a pair from the Indians to clinch the 1927 AL pennant with a 98-41 record with a 17-game lead. It is Yankees Manager Miller Huggins' 5th AL pennant, tying him with Philadelphia A’s Manager Connie Mack.


1931- The Yankees would sweep the Tigers in a doubleheaderYankees 2B Tony Lazzeri steals 2B, reaches 3B, then steals home in the 12th inning to give Starter Lefty Gomez, a 2-1 win over the Tigers in the Opener. The Yankees would edge the Tigers by the score of 4-3 in nightcap, although Detroit Starter Earl Whitehill holds them to just 6 hits. One of the 6 Yankees hits is a 2-run HR by Yankees Slugger Lou Gehrig in the 6th inning.


1932- The Yankees would clinch the 1932 AL Pennant; Joe McCarthy is the 1st MLB Manager to win pennants in both leagues. He had previously won a NL Pennant in 1929, while managing the Cubs.


1934- At Cleveland’s League Park, Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter against the Indians for his 25th win of the 1934 AL season. He stops the Tribe by the score of 3-1. Yankees OF George Selkirk hits a 2-run HR off of Tribe Starter Oral Hildebrand. Both team’s starters would pitch complete games.


1949- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Tim Jordan (1903) passed away. (1879-1949)


Tim Jordan had 1st played  in the MLB for the 1901 Senators before being released by the team. As a Yankees player, Tim would only appear in 2 games, while hitting just .125. Later, Jordan would play for the 1906-1910 Dodgers as their regular 1B. He would play in the AA Minor Leagues from 1911-1920.


1949- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Richard Dempsey (1973-1976) was born.


Richard Dempsey was the back-up catcher for Thurman Munson, before he was traded to the Orioles on June 15,1976. The Yankees had obtained him from the Twins for OF/1B Danny Walton on October 27,1972. Dempsey had appeared in 141 games with the team, while hitting .231 with 1 HR and 24 RBIs.


1951- Rookie Yankees leadoff hitter Mickey Mantle drives a Virgil Truck's pitch deep into the RF Upper Deck to start the Yankees scoring. Witnesses say that if Mantle had hit it more to CF, the ball would've traveled 600 feet. Then Mantle strike-outs in his next 3-times at bat in the game, as Trucks drives over the Yankees for a 9-2 Tigers victory. At the plate, Trucks adds a pair of RBIs for the Tigers.


1955- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike Fischlin (1986) was born.


The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1975 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected INF Mike Fischlin. On June 15, 1977, Mike was part of a Yankees trade player package with the Astros that bought veteran OF/1B Cliff Johnson to the team. On December 11,1985, Mike was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. On April 11,1986, the Yankees would send Class A Minor League P Kevin Trudeau to the Tribe to complete the trade. He had appeared in 71 games for the 1986 Yankees as a utility player, while just hitting .206. After the 1986 AL season had ended, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Mike would be signed by the Braves.


1959- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees would sweep a doubleheader from the Tribe. In 1st game, Yankees Starter Bob Turley goes 10 innings, but he doesn’t get the decision as the Yankees win the game in the 11th inning on a Mickey Mantle HR. Reliever Eli Grba picks up the victory for the Bombers. In the 2nd game, the Yankees would win by the score of 1-0, as Hank Bauer drives in Yogi Berra for the only run of the game. Yankees Starter Duke Maas pitches a 6-hit shutout for his 13thwin of the 1959 AL season. Meanwhile, Tribe Rookie P Jim Perry is the loser; he is now at the 11-8 mark.


1963- Yankees Starter Jim Bouton's 20th victory of the 1963 AL season is a 2-0 shutout victory over Minnesota, as the Yankees had clinched their 28th AL pennant and the 3rd one for Manager Ralph Houk (1961-1963).


1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny Neagle (2000) was born.


Veteran MLB Starter Danny Neagle was obtained from the Reds along with Reserve OF Mike Frank for 4 Yankees Minor Leaguer Players: P Ed Yarnall, 3B Drew Henson, Brian Reeth and OF Jackson Melian. Danny had posted a 7-7 record with a 5.81 ERA in 16 games for the 2000 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in the fall of 2000. He was signed by the Rockies.


1968- Former Yankees All-Star OF/DH Bernie Williams (1991-2006) was born.


In 1985, the Yankees had signed OF Bernie Williams as an MLB Free Agent. His 1st MLB season with the Yankees was in 1991. As a Yankees Centerfielder, Bernie was a 5-time AL All-Star team member, who had won 4 Golden Gloves and was a 2002 AL Silver Slugger Award winner. In 1998, he won the AL Batting Crown with a .339 BA. His best Yankee season was in 1999, when he hit .342 with 25 HRs, 100 walks, scored 116 runs, while driving in 115 RBIs. In MLB postseason play for the Yankees, Bernie would hit 22 HRs along with 122 hits. Bernie would finish his Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .297 with 287 HRs and 1,257 RBIs in 2,026 games. He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class. On May 24, 2015, the Yankees would retired Williams' Uniform Number 51 as they dedicated a plaque for him in Monument Park. In 2015, He would make the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame alongside former players Juan Gonzalez, Roberto Clemente, Hector Villanueva, Connie Marrero and Nap Reyes. 


1969- Former Yankees Reserve INF Russ Davis (1994-1995) was born.


The Yankees in the 29th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected INF Russ Davis. He would play in the Yankees farm system from 1988-1995. He would appear in 44 games for the Yankees, while hitting .259 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs. In 1995, he had appeared in 40 games for the team, playing 1B, 3B and DH; while hitting .276 with 2 HRs. He was blocked at 3B by the presence of AL All-Star Wade Boggs. After the 1995 AL Post Season had ended, Russ was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners along with P Sterling Hitchcock for 1B Tino Martinez, Pitchers Jeff Nelson and Jim Mecir. Russ would finish his MLB playing career with the 2001 Giants.


1977- Before a crowd of 55,269 fans at Yankee Stadium, Bronx CF Mickey Rivers hits a 2-run HR in the 5th inning that is the game winner, as Bronx Starter Ron Guidry throws a 5-hitter as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox.


1978- The Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 7-3 and move into 1st place, 1/2 game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.


1980- The Yankees would score 4 runs in the 4th inning to beat the Red Sox by the score of 4-3. Yankees veteran Starter Tommy John picks up his 21st victory of the 1980 AL season, his 288th MLB career win.


1985- On his 17th Birthday, OF Prospect Bernie Williams signs with Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.


1996- Blue Jays Catcher Charlie O'Brien unveils a hockey-style Catcher's mask in the game against the Yankees. The mask is a success, but the Blue Jays lose to the Yankees by a score of 4-1. Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte wins his 21st game of the 1996 AL season.


2000- The Yankees would edge the Blue Jays by the score of 3-2 at Yankee Stadium as Bronx Starter Roger Clemens picks up his 13th victory as Yankees Closer Mo Rivera gets his 34th save of the 2000 AL season. Esteban Loaiza takes the loss for the Blue Jays.


2001- Due the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17th. The 91 missed games, the most regular-season contests not played since World War I forced the cancellation of the final month of the 1918 MLB season, are re-scheduled for the week after the regular season was supposed to end, meaning the World Series is likely to extend into November for the 1st time in MLB history.


2009- Former Yankees Reserve INF Lonnie Frey (1947-1948) passed away. (1910-2003)


On June 25,1947, former NL All-Star 2B Lonnie Frey was purchased by the Yankees from the Cubs. Lonnie would appear in just 25 games for the 1947-1948 Yankees, while hitting just .179 with No HRs and 12 RBIs. He had appeared in 1 game of the 1947 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers with no hits. On May 17,1948, Lonnie was released by the team. On May 21,1948, the Giants would sign him as an MLB Free Agent, finishing the NL season with them.


2010- Rays batter Reid Brignac hits a walk-off HR in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a 1-0 win over the Yankees, the victory puts Tampa Bay into 1st place in the AL East. Brignac enters the game in the 9th inning, after OF Carl Crawford is ejected for arguing a called 3rd strike, but his blast off of Yankees Reliever Sergio Mitre ends a great pitching duel that started with Yankees Ace CC Sabathia and Rays Ace David Price facing each-other.


2011- Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera becomes the 2nd MLB Relief Pitcher to record 600 saves; 1 season after Trevor Hoffman, in preserving New York's 3-2 win over the Mariners with a scoreless 9th inning. "Mo" is only 1 save behind Hoffman's All-Time MLB record, as Trevor Hoffman, who had retired from the Padres, after the 2010 MLB season had ended.


2019- Former Yankees Minor League INF and MLB Player/Manager Alex Grammas (1953) passed away.(1926-2019)


Shortstop Alex Grammas was in the Yankees organization playing for the 1953 AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). He was with the Reds organization; apparently Alex was loaned to the Yankees AAA team, the Kansas City Blues. He would play Shortstop for the team. He would appear in 140 games, while hitting .307 with 2 HRs and 62 RBIs. The White Sox originally had signed him in 1949, who later traded him to the Reds. The Reds would trade him to Cardinals in the winter of 1953. Alex would play in the MLB from 1954-1963 with the Cardinals (twice), Reds (twice) and the Cubs. He later became an MLB Manager with the 1969 Pirates and the 1976-1977 Brewers.




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This Week in Yankees History September 11th-17th Part Two



September 14th


1884- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy O’Connor (1908) was born. (1884-1980)


Andy O’Connor went 0-1 in 1-game with the 1908 Yankees, before being sold to AA Rochester (IL). He would pitch in the Minor Leagues from 1909-1910. Later, he was an MLB Scout for the Red Sox.


1904- The Pilgrims (aka the Red Sox) with a half-game lead over the Yankees send Bill Dineen to the mound. Yankees batter Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off of Dineen, then Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that Catcher Lou Criger fires into the crowd allowing Patsy to score, then Keeler scores a play later. The Red Sox only tally comes in the 9th inning on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. Yankees would win the game by a score of 3-1. The nightcap is called after 5 innings with a 1-1 tie score.


1907- Senators Rookie P Sam Lanford, who is only 21, in one of the worst MLB Pitching debuts any pitcher ever endures. Lanford walks 2 Yankee batters, hits 2 others, including Frank LaPorte in the head, throw’s a wild pitch and then balks-all in the 1st inning, allowing 6 Yankees runs score, but it is not all Lanford's fault. Two errors by his fielders and a passed ball by the Catcher, add to his MLB debut pitching woes.


1920- The Yankees will increase their AL led to 1-1/2 games by topping the Tigers by a score of 13-3. The Indians and the White Sox are both shut out, the A's beating the Tribe by the score of 8-0 and the Nats whitewashing the White Sox by a score of 7-0. The White Sox are now 2 1/2 games back in the 1920 AL pennant race.


1924- Former Yankees INF (1949-1957) and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jerry Coleman was born. (1924-2014) 


In 1942, Jerry Coleman was signed by the Yankees as a 17-year-old. He began his pro career that summer by hitting .304 in 83 games with the Wellsville Yankees (PONYL). He then would miss the next 3 seasons, while serving in the Marines as a fighter pilot during World War II. During the conflict, he was a fighter pilot, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was piloting SBD Dauntless dive-bombers on 57 missions in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. After the war, Coleman would return to baseball, despite modest batting averages in the Minor Leagues, he took over from Snuffy Stirnweiss as the Yankees' regular 2B in 1949. That summer, he would hit .275 as a Rookie and finished 3d in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting as his club were World Series champs. In 1950, he made the AL All-Star team for the only time in his MLB playing career. He was the World Series' MVP, although the formal award did not yet exist. He also played in the Fall Classic in 1951. Coleman would miss most of the following 2 seasons, being recalled by the Marines during the Korean War. During that conflict, he attained the rank of Captain as he flew 63 missions in F4U Corsairs. During his Marine military career, he had earned 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 20 Air Medals. When he returned to the Yankees, it was as a utility infielder, but he did appear in the World Series 3 more times, from 1955 to 1957. Jerry would play in 6 World Series with the Yankees finishing with a .275 BA with No HRs and 9 RBIs in 26 games. As a Yankees player for 9 seasons, Jerry had a lifetime MLB BA of .263, while hitting 16 HRs with 217 RBIs in 723 games. After retiring in 1957 as an active MLB player, Jerry worked in the Yankees front office as an assistant to Yankees GM George Weiss. Later, Coleman began work as broadcaster on NBC-TV’s “Game of the Week” in 1960;  then he was the Yankees Play-by-Play Broadcaster working with his old Bronx teammate Phil Rizzuto from 1963 to 1969. It was not a career choice, that he had necessarily contemplated, but he was encouraged by old friend Howard Cosell to get into the profession. He moved to the West Coast in 1970, worked briefly for the AngelsBroadcasting team, then he would move to his hometown San Diego, to become a Padres Broadcaster in 1972 and aside from 1980, when he managed the team to a 73-89 record; Jerry was a member of their Broadcasting team until the end of the 2013 NL season, when he was 89. He was known for a series of unintentional malapropisms that put him in a class with his former Yankees teammate Yogi Berra. Nonetheless, he was the recipient of the 2005 Ford Frick Award. He was elected to the Padres' Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2012; the Padres honored him with a statue outside of PETCO Park. 


1925- The Yankees had acquired P Herb McQuaid from the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) for Cash. Herb would post a 1-0 record with a 6.10 ERA in 17 games for the 1926 Yankees. In 1923, Herb had appeared in 12 games for the Reds, while posting a 1-0 record. Before the start of the 1927 AL season, Hern was reacquired by the AA Saints from the Yankees.


1935- The Yankees would split a doubleheader with the AL-leading Tigers, winning the 1st game by the score of 2-1; then losing the nightcap by the score of 5-1. Yankees Starter Johnny Broaca is the winner in the Opener over Tiger’s Al Crowder, meanwhile Detroit Starter Roxie Lawson tops Yankees hurler Jumbo Brown in Game 2. The Tigers Slugger Hank Greenberg, leading the AL in hitting with a .346 mark, is 0-for-the afternoon with 5-strikeouts. "The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn't much of a tribute to the sportsmanship of his home town," writes a baseball sportswriter from the New York American.


1935- Yankees INF Frankie Crosetti returns to New York City after having an operation at Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital to remove floating cartilage in his right knee. He'll soon return to his home in California to rest and recover for the 1936 AL season, in which he will make a comeback season by hitting .288 with 15 HRs and 78 RBIs, while playing in 151 games and being named to the 1936 AL All-Star team.


1936- Former Yankees Hurler and MLB Pitching Coach Stan Williams (1963-1964) was born. (1936-2021)


Stan Williams was obtained by the Yankees from the Dodgers in winter of 1962 for veteran Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron. He had pitched for the Dodgers since 1958. He had appeared in the 1959 World Series against the White Sox in 1 game with no decision. In 1963, the Yankees had won the AL pennant, Stan Williams went 9-8 with a 3.21 ERA. In the 1963 World Series, he had pitched 3 innings in relief against his old team, the Dodgers, who swept the World Series from the Yankees in 4 games. In 1964, he would appear in 21 games with the Yankees, starting 10 games, he had a record of 1-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 21 games. Williams incurred an injury one day, when he threw a pitch and landed wrong off the mound. It hurt his ability to throw fast after that injury. Overall, Stan would post a 10-14 record with a 3.43 ERA in 50 games for the Yankees. After the 1964 World Series, he was traded to the Indians, where he appeared in only 3 games in 1965, none in 1966 and just 16 in 1967 (with an ERA of 2.62). He would spend much of 1965-1967 in the Minor Leagues with AAA teams in the PCL: Seattle, Spokane and Portland. In 1966 with the Spokane Indians, he had a 1.65 ERA, mostly as a Reliever (the team ERA was 3.53). Finally, in 1968, he became a regular pitcher in the MLB again. He went 13-11, a fact which masks that he started 24 games, but also Stan was a Reliever, who had finished 16 games; while saving 9. In 1969, Stan was more of the same, as he went 6-14, while starting 15 games, finishing 26 games, while saving 12 games. In 1970 with the Twins, he became a full-time Reliever, going 10-1 with 15 saves as Twins won their AL Division. In 1971, he was a Reliever most of the season with the Twins getting 4 saves, before moving to the Cardinals for the end of the season. In 1972, he would finish out his MLB pitching career in Boston with 3 appearances. He spent much of 1972 season in the Minor Leagues with AAA Louisville (AA) and Salt Lake City (PCL). His 2.73 ERA with Louisville was much lower than the team ERA of 3.48. Overall, Stan William had appeared in 482 MLB games, while posting a 109-04 record with a 3.48 ERA and 42 saves. After retiring as an active player, Williams would manage the 1974 AA Bristol Red Sox (EL); then he was a MLB Coach with the 1975-1976 Red Sox, 1977-1978 White Sox, 1980-1982 Yankees,1984 Reds, Yankees again in 1987-1988, moving back to the Reds again in 1990-1991 and finishing with the 1998-1999 Mariners. 


1938- Former Yankees Minor League P Frank Carpin was born.


In 1959, the Yankees had signed P Frank Carpin, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never would appear in an MLB game with the team. On November 30,1964, Frank was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees organization in the 1964 MLB Minor League Player Draft. Carpin would go 4-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 49 games with the 1965 Pirates and the 1965 Astros.


1942- The Yankees had clinched their 13th AL pennant behind the hitting of Joe DiMaggio and the pitching of Starter Tiny Bonham. The Yankee Clipper hits a HR and 3 singles to lead the Bombers to an 8-3 win. Bronx Starter Tiny Bonham picks up his 20th victory of the 1942 AL season.


1950- At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Veteran Bronx Starter Vic Raschi posts his 20th win of the 1950 AL season to give the Yankees a hard-fought 7-5 victory. Raschi walks in 2 runs in the opening inning as the Tigers tallies for 4-runs, but Yankees come back as Joe DiMaggio cracks his 29th HR of the 1950 AL season, while Johnny Mize follows with a walk then Hank Bauer hits his 10th HR. The Yankees will take over 1st place in the AL by a half game.


1951- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers move into 1st place with a 5-1 win over the Indians. Joe DiMaggio triples in the 5th inning with 2 men on to send the Yankees on their way.


1952- The Yankees win a crucial showdown with the Indians, as Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat out-pitches Yankees nemesis Tribe hurler Mike Garcia, who had a 4-0 record against the team during the 1952 AL season. The Indians had closed the gap to 1/2 game behind the front-running Yankees. The 1952 AL season ends with the Yankees finishing in 1st place with a 95-59 record, 2 games ahead of the Tribe.


1953-  At Yankee Stadiumthe Yankees clinched their 5th straight AL pennant (1949-1953) with an 8-5 win over the Indians. Yankees 2B Billy Martin has 4 RBIs with 2 doubles and a single. Catcher Yogi Berra hits his 27th HR of the season, a 2-run shot to win the game. Veteran Reliever Johnny Sain picks up his 14th win of the AL season. Both team’s starters Tribe’s Early Wynn and the Yankees Whitey Ford were knocked out early in the game.


1958- The Yankees win their 24th AL pennant and their 9th AL pennant under Manager Casey Stengel by winning Game #1 of a doubleheader against Kansas City by the score of 5-3. This victory ties Casey for 1st with HOF Philadelphia A’s Manager Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. Yankees complete the sweep of the Athletics with a 12-7 victory, 14-inning win in Game # 2. Yankees veteran Starter Virgil Trucks allows only 2 A’s hits over the last 6 innings for the win.


1965- In Washington, D.C., the Yankees behind Rookie Starter Rick Beck wins his 1st MLB victory defeating the Senators by the score of 3-1. Yankees Closer Pedro Ramos picks up his 17th save of the 1965 AL season. Yankees Rookie Bobby Murcer hits a HR for the Yankees. Rick Beck would appear in 3 games for the 1965 Yankees, going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA. After the 1965 AL season had ended, Rick was drafted into the military, he would never return to pitch in the MLB.


1965- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Draper was born.


On June 1,1988, Mike Draper was selected by the Yankees in the 26th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the team at the MLB level. On December 7,1992, Mike was drafted by the Mets from the Yankees in the 1992 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.


1971- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bill Holden (1913-1914) passed away. (1889-1971)


Reserve OF Bill Holden appeared in 68 games for the Yankees, just hitting .211 with No HRs and 20 RBIs. On July 8,1914, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with $5,000 Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for veteran MLB OF Birdie Cree. Bill was picked up by the Reds during the 1914 NL season, playing his last MLB games. He would continue to play in the Minor Leagues from 1915 to 1927. Later, he would become a Minor League Manager for 2 seasons. 


1974- The Yankees 3B Graig Nettles HRs in the 1st inning, while his brother OF Jim Nettles HRs for the Tigers in the 2ndinning. This is the 2nd time that the 2 brothers have hit a HR in the same game for different teams, having done it on June 11,1972, when Graig was with the Indians, while Jim was with the Twins. The Yankees win the game by a score of 10-7.


1977- Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning off of Red Sox starter Reggie Cleveland gives the Yankees, a 2-0 win, putting the Bronx Bombers 3 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East Division race. Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa went the distance, scattering just 7 Red Sox hits, as he picked up his 15th win of the 1977 AL season.


1978- The Yankees would defeat the Tigers by the score of 4-2 to take a 1-1/2 game lead into their weekend series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.


1980- At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox by a score of 5-3. Ron Davis relieves veteran Starter Gaylord Perry in the 4th inning and picks up the victory, by allowing no hits in 4 innings of work. Yankees hitting attack is led by Bucky Dent and Eric Soderholm, who both hit HRs. Red Sox Starter Dennis Eckersley takes the loss.


1999- The Yankees rally with a pair of Grand Slam HRs, just the 3rd time in club history to beat the Blue Jays by the score of 10-6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a Grand Slam HR in the 8th inning. Paul O'Neill wins it in inning with another Grand Slam HR in the 9th.


2001- Former Yankees Baseball Executive George Bradley (1988-1990) passed away from Heart Attack. (1942-2001)


George Bradley was a longtime Baseball Scout who served as Scouting Director of the Tigers from 1983-1985. During his career, he scouted for the Tigers in 1981-1982,  also he  would worked for the Oakland A's (1969-1972),  Phillies (1973-1981), White Sox (1986),  Angels (1988), Yankees (1989-1991). While working as a MLB Scout, he was responsible for signing Champ Summers, Jim Abbott, Mark Lee, Jim Walewander and Kevin Ritz among others. He was briefly a top executive with the Yankees from 1988 to 1990. In that confusing era, when Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner would shake up responsibilities in the front office every couple of months; he was appointed as Vice-President of Player Development and Scouting in 1988, then of Player Personnel in the fall of 1989, but in fact was a senior GM overseeing the titular holder of the office, Harding Peterson. The two were often at odds, though, and in any case, it was Steinbrenner who was ultimately calling the shots. When Steinbrenner was forced by MLB to step away from actively running the team on August 20,1990, because of his association with gambler Howard Spira; he named Gene Michael as GM in his last move and switched Bradley to V-P for Baseball Operations, reporting to Michael. He was fired by the team in February of 1991. He would move to the White Sox Front Office, working with them in various positions until his death.


2002- The Yankees would beat the White Sox by the score of 8-4 in a rain-shortened affair. Rookie White Sox Catcher Miguel Olivo hits a 3-run HR at his 1st MLB at bat.


2013- Boston Starter Jon Lester brings the Red Sox closer to a AL East Division title with a 5-1 win over the Yankees, pitching 8 solid innings and allowing only 3 Yankee hits in defeating Bronx Ace CC Sabathia.


September 15th


1881- Former Yankees Pitcher Judd “Slow Joe” Doyle (1906-1911) was born. (1881-1947) 


In August  of 1906,  P Joe Doyle was purchased by the Highlanders from Wheeling (CL). Judd “Slow Joe” Doyle went 22-21 with a 2.70 ERA and 1 save in 77 games during his Yankees Pitching career. He was nicked–named “Slow Joe” because of long time that he took between his pitches. On May 31,1910, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for $2,000 Cash. He was 0-2 in 3 games for the 1910 Yankees. Joe would pitch in 5 games for the 1910 Reds with no decisions, ending his MLB Pitching career. Doyle would finish his MLB Pitching career with a 22-21 record with 2.86 ERA in 82 games.


1904- The Red Sox would edge the Yankees by the score of 3-2 to move back into 1st place in the AL. Red Sox Starter Jesse Tannehill only allows 9 Bronx hits in besting the Yankees Starter Al Orth. The nightcap is called after 9 innings with the score tied at 1-1.


1908- The Yankees Rookie Starter Pete Wilson makes his MLB Pitching debut by shutting out the Red Sox by the score of 1-0.


1917- At the Polo Grounds, Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth takes an 8-0 lead into the 9th inning before allowing 3 Yankees runs. He finishes with a complete game with 8-3 win and slugs his 2nd and last HR of the 1917 AL season.


1921- At the Polo Grounds, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits his HR # 55 of the 1921 AL season during the Yankees 10-6 win over the St. Louis Browns. Yankees Starter Carl Mays picks up his 24th win of the AL season. Also, Outfielders Elmer Miller and Bob Meusel hit HRs for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees take the 2nd game of the doubleheader by a score of 13-5. Bronx Starter Bill Piercy picks-up his 4th win of the 1921 AL season. Yankees 1B Wally Pipp hits his 8th HR of the campaign. Browns Slugger Ken Williams hits a HR in each game, bringing his 1921 season total to 23 HRs.


1924- Former Yankees Player/Manager and HOF Frank Chance (1913-1914) passed away. (1898-1924) 


Frank Chance came to the Yankees at the end of his fine Hall of Fame MLB playing career. He was a Player/Manager during the 1913-1914 AL seasons. In 1913, Chance finished in 7th place with a 57-94 record. In 1914, he was in 6th place with a 60-74 record before being replaced by Yankees Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh for the last 20 games of the 1914 AL season. Chance and the Team Owners had disagreements over player personnel matters. He was paid off for the remaining time left on his 3-year Managers contract. He appeared in 13 games for the Yankees as Player-Manager, hitting just .208. Playing for the Yankees, Frank Chance lost the chance of finishing with an MLB lifetime BA of .300; he finishes his MLB playing career with a .297 mark. Frank spent most of his MLB active career with the Cubs in the NL, Chance was part of the Cubs famous “Evers to Tinker to Chance” DP trio. He was a Player/ Manager of the Cubs from 1905 to 1912. His Cubs teams won the NL Pennants in 1906-1908 and 1910. His Cubs teams never finished below 3rd place in the NL. Frank Chance was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.


1926- The Yankees would beat the Tribe by the score of 6-4. As veteran Yankees RF Bob Meusel drives home 3 runs with 3 sacrifice flies. This ties the MLB record set by Cubs Harry Steinfeldt in 1909. Veteran Bronx Starter Bob Shawkey is the winning pitcher for the Yankees.


1937- AL President Will Harridge upholds Indian's protest of the August 6th Yankees win and the entire game is replayed as the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all game stats retained except those following the disputed call.


1937- Former Yankees 3B Charlie Smith (1967-1968) was born. (1937-1994) 


On December 6,1966, INF Charlie Smith came to the Yankees from the Cardinals in a trade for AL All-Star OF Roger Maris. He was going to be the Yankees new 3B for 1967 AL season, since the team had recently traded veteran 3B Clete Boyer to the Braves. This trade is considered to be one of the worst modern trades made in Yankees team history. Charlie would appear in 181 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .224 with 10 HRs and 45 RBIs. He was traded to the Giants for Reserve INF Nate Oliver in December of 1968. Smith had played in the MLB from 1960-1969 starting with the Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees and the Cubs. He never appears with the Giants, who traded him to the Cubs before the 1969 NL season had started. As an MLB player, Charlie would hit .239 with 69 HRs and 281 RBIs in 771 games.


1938- Former Yankees Pitcher Gaylord Perry (1980) was born.


Veteran MLB Starter Gaylord Perry was obtained from the Rangers for Pitcher Ken Clay and a Minor League Player to be Named Later. Minor League INF Marvin Thompson would be sent to the Rangers in October of 1980 to complete the trade. Perry went 4-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 10 games before leaving the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent in the fall of 1980. Gaylord’s older brother Jim Perry had pitched in the MLB (1959-1974).


1947- The Yankees would clinch their 15th AL pennant, when the White Sox beat the Red Sox by the score of 6-3, while the Yankees are idled by rain.


1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Pagan (1973-1976) was born.


In 1970, the Yankees had signed P Dave Pagan as an MLB Free Agent. He had appeared in 40 games for the team, while posting a 2-4 record with 4.01 ERA and 1 save before being traded to the Orioles on June 15,1976, as part of the Doyle Alexander trade. He had been moving back and forth between the Yankees and their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL) since 1973.


1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernest “Tiny” Bonham (1940-1946) passes away at the age of 36. (1913-1949) 


Tiny Bonham would join the Yankees in 1940, as a 26-year-old Rookie going 9-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 12 games. His best season for the Yankees was in 1942, when he went 21-5 with 2.27 ERA with 6 shutouts and 22 complete games. He was 1942 AL All-Star team member. Tiny finished his Yankees pitching career record with a 79-50 mark (WP.612). He had appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, going 1-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 4 games. In 1946, Bonham was dealing with injuries, he posted a 5-8 record with a 3.70 ERA for the 1946 Yankees. On October 24,1946, the team traded Tiny to the Pirates for P Cookie Cuccurullo. He went 11-8 and 6-10 for the 1947-1948 Pirates. After a 1-4 start in 1949, Tiny Bonham won 6 straight games for a floundering Pirates club, including an 8–2 victory over the Phillies on August 28th in his final MLB appearance. Eighteen days later, Bonham died in a Pittsburgh hospital at the age of 36, following an appendectomy and stomach surgery. Mrs. Bonham will receive the 1st benefits under the MLB Players Pension Plan, $90 a month for 10 years.


1950- For an MLB-record 6th time, veteran MLB Slugger Johnny Mize hits 3-HRs in 1 game, but the Yankees still lose the game by the score of a 9-7 in Detroit. Johnny Mize matches Babe Ruth's mark of doing it in both leagues, but the Babe only had 2 3-HR games. With the victory, the Tigers recapture 1st place in the AL from the Yankees.


1956- Former Yankees Pitcher John Pacella (1982) was born.


On March 31,1981, P John Pacella was traded by the Padres along with OF Jerry Mumphrey to the Yankees for OF Ruppert Jones, OF Joe Lefebvre, 2 Minor League hurlers: Tim Lollar and Chris Welch. John had appeared in 3 games for the 1982 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 7.20 ERA. On May 12,1982, John was traded by the Yankees along with P Pete Filson, Reserve INF Larry Milbourne and Cash to the Twins for P Roger Erickson and Catcher Butch Wynegar.


1958- Former 1945 AL Batting Champion and Yankees INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss (1943-1950) is killed in a train wreck in New Jersey. (1918-1958)


 Former Yankees INF George Stirnweiss was killed at age 39 when the passenger train that he was on plunged off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne, New Jersey.  He was a college football and baseball star at the Univ. of No. Carolina. The Chicago Cardinals of the NFL drafted him, but George chose to pursue baseball instead, signing with the Yankees in 1940. In the Yankees farm system, he would play with the Norfolk Tars (PL) in 1940 and then the Newark Bears (IL) from 1940 to 1942. Gastric ulcers and hay fever prevented him from serving in the military during World War II. He had played in the infield for the Yankees from 1943-1950. He did appear in the 1947 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .259 with 8 walks while playing in all 7 games. In 1949, he was also in the World Series, but he only appeared in 1 game with no at-bats. George had led the AL 2B in fielding in 1944 and 1948. He led the AL in hitting in 1945 with a .309 BA. As a Yankees player, George would hit .274 in 884 games with 27 HRs and 253 RBIs. On June 15,1950, he was traded to St. Louis Browns, along with OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson, Duane Pillette and $50,000 cash for 3 Browns’ Pitchers Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski, Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas. He would finish his MLB active playing career with the 1951-1952 Indians. As an MLB player, George would hit .268 with 29 HRs and 281 RBIs in 1,028 MLB games. After his playing days, he was a Manager for the 1954 Schenectady Blue Jays in the Phillies organization. In 1955, he was managed the Binghamton Triplets (EL) in the Yankees organization. At the 1956 Old Timer’s Day game, he took his close friend and Yankees teammate Phil Rizzuto home after his unconditional players release by the Yankees front office. He had told Phil, who was deeply trouble by his player release actions by Yankees GM George Weiss and Yankees Manager Casey Stengel to keep quiet about it to the NYC Sports Media. He then went into banking, but George had to temporarily retire when he had a heart attack in 1957. In 1958, he had begun to be involved in youth baseball. At the time of his death in 1958, George left a wife and 6 children. Two explanations are given for the nickname "Snuffy". First, it is said he had a football injury that affected his breathing. Second, he had sinus problems that he treated with snuff.


1959- At Yankee Stadium, veteran Starter Whitey Ford makes a rare relief appearance against the White Sox, going 1/3 inning giving up 2 runs in the 8th inning as the White Sox score 2 in the 8th inning and 1 in the 9th inning to beat the Yankees by the score of 4-3. Mickey Mantle hits 2 HRs in the Bombers loss, a 2-run shot in 1st inning off of veteran Starter Billy Pierce and a solo HR shot in the 9th inning off of Reliever Bob Shaw, who gets his 3rd save of the 1959 AL season, while lefty Starter Billy Pierce picks up his 14th victory of the season. Ralph Terry had started for the Yankees, going 7 innings, while giving up 8-Chicago hits and allowing only 1-run.


1960-The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4 games series with the Bird’s just .002 in back of New York. Yankees hitters Hector Lopez and Roger Maris crack HRs to back veteran Starter Whitey Ford's 4-2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off of Starter Whitey Ford were the 1st the Birds have scored off him at Yankee Stadium in 33.2 innings. Veteran Bronx Reliever Bobby Shantz rescues Whitey Ford in the 9th inning for his 10th save of the 1960 AL season.


1961-The Yankees set a new AL record for most HRs in a season (222), as they split a doubleheader in Detroit, winning the opener by the score of 11-1 and then losing the nightcap by the score of 4-2. Yankees HR blows by Bill Skowron and Yogi Berra in the Opener, help Starter Whitey Ford win his 24th victory of the season and increase the 1961 Yankees HR total to 222. This breaks the old MLB HR mark set by the 1947 Giants and later tied by the 1956 Reds. Norm Cash and Steve Boros hit HRs in the nightcap to back Tigers Starter Ron Kline's 7-hitter.


1963- At Metropolitan Stadium, Yankees Ace Whitey Ford throws a 2-hitter defeating the Twins by the score of 2-1. Twins Starter Lee Stange takes the loss, giving up 8-Yankee hits, while allowing  the 2 Yankee runs. Clete Boyer gets the key hit of the game, scoring both Yankees runs. The victory is the 23rd win of the 1963 AL season for Whitey Ford, who is now at 23-7 mark.


1969- At Yankees Stadium, Tigers Starter Denny McLain records his 9th shutout of the 1969 AL season, a Tiger club pitching record beating the Yankees by a score of 2-0. McLain picks-up his 23rd win of the AL season, meanwhile Yankees Starter Stan Bahnsen drops to a 9-15 record for the 1969 season.


1976- Former Yankees Reliever Matt Thornton (2014) was born.


On January 10, 2014, Reliever Matt Thornton was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 46 games for the 2014 Yankees. On August 5, 2014, Matt was selected off waivers by the Nationals from the Yankees.


1978- The Yankees are now 1 1/2 games in front of the Red Sox; open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Yankee Starter Ron Guidry again gives up only 2-Red Sox hits as he wins a 4-0 shutout. Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles hit successive HRs off of Boston Starter Luis Tiant in the Yankees 4-run 4th inning.


1985- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner calls All-Star OF Dave Winfield, “Mr. May,” after the Yankees lose 3 key games to the Blue Jays.


1985- The Yankees had traded Minor League P Jim Deshaies along with 2 other Minor Leaguer Players to be Named Later to the Astros for 40-year-old veteran MLB Starter Joe Niekro, who was 9-12 in 32 games for the 1985 Astros. Jim Deshaies had appeared in 2 games with the 1985 Yankees with a 0-1 record. This move reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the 1st time since the 1974 NL season, when they were both with the Braves. Niekro will go 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA in 3 games for the 1985 Yankees. The Yankees would send 2 Minor League Players; INF Neder Horta and P Dody Rather to the Braves, neither player reached the MLB with the Braves.


1999- At the Sky Dome in Toronto, the Yankees would defeat the Blue Jays as Starter Andy Pettitte picks up his 13th victory by going 8 innings, while Yankees Closer Mo Rivera gets his 41st save of the 1999 AL season. Jays Starter Pat Hentgen takes the loss. The Yankees offensive is led by HRs by 1B Tino Martinez and CF Bernie Williams.


2002- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score 4 runs to break a 4-4 tie with the White Sox in the 6th inning. The Yankees win the game by the final score of 8-4 with Starter Andy Pettitte picking up his 11th victory of the 2002 AL season. The Bronx Bombers hitting attack is led by HRs by Jason Giambi with 1 on and solo HR shots by Bernie Williams and Alfonso Soriano.


2008- Yankees Closer Mo Rivera passes MLB Closer Lee Smith for 2nd place on the All-Time MLB Save List behind Trevor Hoffman as the Yankees top the White Sox by the score of 4-2 to try to keep their 2008 AL Playoff hopes alive; The White Sox lead in the AL Central falls to a game and a half.


2010- At Tropicana Field, the Rays will take back 1st place in their seesaw battle with the Yankees for top spot in the AL Eastwith a 4-3 win. Rays hitter Dan Johnson hits a pair of 2-run HRs off of Yankees Starter Phil Hughes to account for all of Tampa Bay's runs.


2012- In his return start from the DL, Yankees Starter Ivan Nova is a winner with a 5-3 victory over the Rays. Yankee hitters Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back HRs in the 2nd inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead and they never look back. Out 3 weeks with a shoulder inflammation, Nova picks up his 12th win of the 2012 AL season as he puts the Bronx Bombers 1 game ahead of their main AL East Division rivals, the Orioles, who lose to the A's by the score of 5-2.


2021- Former Yankees DH/1B Bill “Suds” Sudakis (1974) passed away. (1946-2021)


On December 9,1973, the Yankees had purchased veteran INF Bill Sudakis from the Rangers. He had hit .255 along with an MLB career high of 15 HRs for Texas. He had originally come up to the MLB with the Dodgers in 1969 as their starting 3B, hitting .234. He had played for the Dodgers and Mets before joining the Rangers. For the 1974 Yankees, Bill will hit. .232  with 7 HRs and 39 RBIs in 89 games. On December 3,1974, the Yankees will trade him to the Angels for Reliever Skip Lockwood.





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This Week in Yankees History September 11th-17th Part Three



September 16th


1877- Former Yankees Pitcher George McConnell (1909,1912-1913) was born. (1877-1964) 


George McConnell would post a 12-28 record with 2.97 ERA in 61 games for the Yankees. In September of 1913, the Yankees would send him to the Cubs for Cash. With the Cubs, he went 0-1 with 1.29 ERA. He would leave the Cubs to pitched for the 1915 Chicago Chi-Feds (Federal League), while posting a 25-10 record with 2.22 ERA in 44 games. He would return to the Cubs in 1916, finishing up his MLB Pitching career with a 41-51 record with a 2.60 ERA in 133 games with the Yankees, Cubs and the Chi-Feds. 


1905-The Yankees find themselves a little short on infielders, so RF Willie Keeler, who is left-handed, plays 2B in both games of a twin bill. The talented Keeler had played 2 games at Shortstop for the Yankees in 1903.


1905- Former Yankees Pitcher Joseph “Sandy” Vance (1937-1938) was born. (1905-1978) 


Joseph “Sandy” Vance went 1-0 with a 4.78 ERA in 5 games for the 1937-1938 Yankees. Before joining the Yankees, he had pitched for the 1936 Cubs, while posting a 2-2 record with a 6.68 ERA in 10 games. In August of 1938, Vance had pitched for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), when he was called up to the Bronx. Joe had to have a season-ending appendectomy.


1908- Former Yankees Reserve OF Colonel “Buster” Mills (1940) was born. (1908-1991)


On December 26,1938, the Yankees had obtained OF Buster Mills and P Oral Hildebrand in a trade with the Browns for veteran OF Myril Hoag and Reserve Catcher Joe Glenn. He had played in 34 games with the 1940 Yankees, while hitting .397 (25 for 63). On April 3,1942, Buster was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for OF Larry Rosenthal. He would later become an MLB Coach with 4 teams. In 1951, he would manage in the Minor Leagues for the White Sox organization.


1909- Former Yankees INF Herman Long (1903) passed away. (1866-1909)


Veteran MLB Shortstop Herman Long joined the Yankees in 1903. At the age of 37, his best seasons were behind him. He would appear in only 22 games for the team, hitting just .188 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. On June 10,1903, he was traded to the Tigers in the team’s 1st MLB Trade, which included Shortstop Ernie Courtney for Tigers Starting Shortstop “Kid” Elberfeld. Long had played in the MLB from 1889 to 1904. He would finished his MLB playing career by hitting .277 with 9 HRs and 1,055 RBIs, while playing in 1,875 games.


1914- At the age of 23, Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh (1913-1921) is hired as the Manager of the Yankees to finish out the 1914 AL season. He would go 10-10 in the last 20 games of the 1914 AL season. The Yankees would finish in 6th place.  Roger would return to playing Shortstop, as William “Wild Bill” Donovan would be named Yankees Manager for the 1915 AL season. In December of 1921, Roger was traded to the Red Sox, as part of the Joe Bush-Sam Jones Trade. Everett “Deacon” Scott, who was obtained in the trade, would replace him at Shortstop. Then the Red Sox would trade Roger to the Senators before the 1922 AL Season had started.


1920- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, a crowd of 25,000 fans watch White Sox Starter Richard Kerr top the Yankees by the score of 8-3. Yankees Starter Jack Quinn takes the loss dropping his pitching record to 18-9 for the 1920 AL season. This loss drops Yankees to 2nd place behind the Indians in the 1920 AL Pennant race.


1922- AL Pennant fever rages in St. Louis, as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead over the Browns. Veteran Bronx Starter Bob Shawkey beats former Yankees Starter Urban Shocker by the score of 2-1. The Browns’ George Sisler ties Ty Cobb's 1911 AL hitting record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a fly ball in the 9th inning, Yankees OF Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. AL League President Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1,000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then, to calm the crowds, the AL offers the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in all AL ballparks.


1939- The Yankees would clinch their 4th successive AL pennant with an 8-5 victory over the Tigers. Yankees Starter Marius Russo picks up the complete game victory, he is now 7-3 for the 1939 AL season. Tigers Starter Cotton Pippen takes the loss, allowing 8 Yankee runs in the game; dropping to his season record to a  4-12 mark. AL Sluggers Hank Greenberg and Joe DiMaggio hit HRs in the game for their teams. A crowd of 10,626 fans had watched this Saturday game played at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees will finish the 1939 AL season with a 106-45 record, 17 games ahead of the 2nd place Red Sox (89-62).


1940- St. Louis Rookie Johnny Lucadello hits HRs from each side of the plate against the Yankees in a 16-4 Browns win. Only Catcher Wally Schang of  the 1916 Philadelphia A’s, had accomplished the same feat in the AL. Yankees CF Mickey Mantle in 1955, will be the next AL player to do it. These are the only HRs that Lucadello will hit all season for the 1940 Browns. 


1944- Former Yankees Minor League C George Pena was born. (1944-2021)


Catcher George Pena would play in 13 seasons in the Minor Leagues, reaching the AAA level for most of those years. After graduating from Montebello HS, Pena was signed by the Angels and began his pro career with the 1963 Quad Cities Angels, hitting .204 in 40 games with the club. After a stint in the Cubs farm system, he would move on to play for theYankees organization in 1970. That summer, he would hit .246 with 15 HRs for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Pena drove in the winning run in Game 6 of the 1970 Junior World Series. He had his best season in 1971, hitting .284 with 22 HRs for AAA Syracuse Chiefs and earning a spot on the International League All-Star team, joining Johnny Oates as the team catchers. On October 24,1972, the Yankees had traded George to the Padres INF Fred Stanley. The trade was done at the AAA level with the Syracuse Chiefs getting Stanley for the 1973 IL season. He would later played in the Tigers, Indians, Twins and the Astros organizations, never reaching the MLB level. Away from the diamond, Pena had served in the U.S. Marine Reserves. On January 9, 2021, he would pass away from COVID-19 at age 76.


1948- Joe DiMaggio hits his 300th MLB Career HR joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg, as the only MLB players to reach this MLB career hitting milestone. The Yankees lost the 1st game of a double header by the score of 2-1 with DiMaggio’s 36th HR of the season being the Yankees only run. Yankees Starter Vic Raschi (18-7) and Tigers Fred Hutchinson (12-9), both throw complete games. In the 2nd game, the Yankees bounce back with an 8-4 victory behind the pitching of Starter Allie Reynolds and Closer Joe Page, who picks up his 5th win; meanwhile the Tigers Starter Dizzy Trout takes the loss.


1950- Rookie Bronx Starter Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit, winning by the score of 8-1 and move them back into 1st place. Joe DiMaggio hits his 30th HR of the 1950 AL season as the Yankees score 7 runs in the 9th inning as Ford drives to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Yankees into Detroit and sweep 3 games from the Tigers.


1951- At Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio's long triple off of veteran Tribe Starter Bob Feller scores 2 runs in the 5th inning, meanwhile Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds holds on for a 5-1 Yankees victory. The Yankees will take over 1st place in the AL for good by a margin of .003 points over the Indians.


1955- The Yankees open a key series with the Red Sox. The day starts with the Yankees trailing 1st place Indians by 1/2 game with 11 games remaining in the 1955 AL season. The Indians supposedly had the easier schedule because they did not have to play the Red Sox. In Game #1 of the series, Yankees open with an early 3-0 lead. Only to fall behind by the score of 4-3 to the Sox in the 8th inning. Addition to losing their lead, the Yankees lose 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron, after he breaks a toe kicking a water cooler in the dugout, after a close call out. Mickey Mantle gets hurt after running out a bunt. In the bottom of the 9th inning with 1 out, RF Hank Bauer hits a HR off of Red Sox Reliever Ellis Kinder to tie the score at 4-4. One out later, Yankees Yogi Berra hits a game winning HR. Meanwhile the Indians would lose to the Tigers and the Yankees would be in 1stplace for the rest of the 1955 AL season.


1955- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle, while running out a bunt in a game against the Red Sox. He will make just 2 Pinch-Hit appearances for the Yankees in September of 1955. Mickey will go to bat in the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers, just 10 times including hitting a HR in Game 3.


1958- Yankee-Killer Frank Lary is the 3rd AL Pitcher to beat them 7 times in the same AL season, as the Tiger star defeats them by the score of 4-2. Ed Walsh (9-1 in 1908) and Ed Cicotte (7-1 in 1916) were the other AL Pitchers to do this feat. Frank Lary would finish with an MLB lifetime pitching record of 28-13 (.683) against the Yankees, which would allow him to have an overall .500 MLB Pitching career winning percentage.


1959- Former Hall of Fame Yankees and MLB OF/DH Tim “Rock” Raines (1996-1998) was born.


On December 28,1995, OF Tim Raines was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. On February 6,1996, the Yankees would send Minor League P/3B Blaise Kozeniewski to the White Sox to complete the deal. Tim would hit .299 with 18 HRs and 118 RBIs in 242 games with the Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He would appear in the 1996 World Series against the Braves, hitting just .214.


1960- With Hall of Fame Ty Cobb among the 49,055 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium, All-Star OF Mickey Mantle cracks a 2-run HR, his 35th of the 1960 AL season off of Orioles’ Starter Chuck Estrada to give the Yankees, a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Bronx Catcher Yogi Berra adds a HR. In the last of the 8th inning, 2B Bobby Richardson's hit off of Orioles hurler Chuck Estrada's glove drives in 2 runs for a 5-3 Yankees win.


1960- Former Yankees DH/OF Mel Hall (1989-1992) was born.


On March 19,1989, OF Mel Hall was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for Catcher Joel Skinner and OF/INF Turner Ward. He would hit .273 with 63 HRs and 265 RBIs in 519 games for the Yankees. In his best season with the Yankees was in 1991, when he hit .285 with 19 HRs. In 1992, he drove in an MLB career-high 81 runs. He would leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. Mel would go to Japan to play pro baseball for several seasons.


1961- At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Yankees Roger Maris connects for HR #57 off of Yankee-Killer Tiger Starter Frank Lary to stay a game ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 HR pace. Frank Lary wins his 21st game of the 1961 AL season, a 10-4 victory over the Yankees Starting Pitcher Ralph Terry. 


1964- The White Sox move into a 1st-place tie (88-61) with the Orioles by besting the Tigers by the score of 4-1, while the Orioles lose to the Twins by the score of 2-1. The Yankees are 1 percentage point behind in the AL standings.


1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Draper was born.


On June 1,1988, Mike Draper was selected by the Yankees in the 26th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Mike never appeared in an MLB game with the team. On December 7,1992, Mike was drafted by the Mets from the Yankees organization in the 1992 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. 


1967- Veteran Tigers 1B Norm Cash drives in 5 runs, while Bengals Starter John Hiller goes the distance, enabling Detroit to take the AL lead with a 9-1 win over the Yankees.


1972- The Yankees had purchased Reliever Steve Blateric from the Reds for waiver price. Steve  would appear in 1 game with the 1972 Yankees with no record. In March of 1973, he was returned by the Yankees to the Reds.


1975- Former Yankees Baseball Executive Billy Eppler (2011-2015) was born.


Billy Eppler had worked in the Rockies Scouting Dept. from 2000-2004, signing Ryan Spilborghs. In November 2004, he would move to the Yankees as their Assistant Director of Baseball Operations. From 2006-2009, he was the Yankees' Director of Professional Scouting and then he was Senior Director of Professional Personnel from 2010-2011 before becoming an Assistant GM under Brian Cashman. On October 4, 2015, Eppler was named General Manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, replacing Bill Stoneman who had occupied the position on an interim basis since July. He had been a finalist for the same job in 2011, when the Angels had instead hired Jerry Dipoto. He was joining an organization with high expectations, after the team had missed the postseason by a single game in spite of Team Owner Arte Moreno's profligate spending. He also knew he had little margin of maneuver concerning Manager Mike Scioscia, whose return for a 17th season in 2016 had just been confirmed: Dipoto's early departure came about because he had lost a power struggle with the long-time Manager. Having worked for the Yankees all those, years, he explained that he was used to pressure and high expectations. Eppler was particularly active in the off-season following the 2017 AL season. He signed the most-prized Free Agent of the off-season, Japanese P/DH Shohei Ohtani, then followed that by orchestrating a trade to acquire 2B Ian Kinsler and signed Zack Cozart to play 3B, all in an 8-day span. His contract was recently renewed by the team.


1977- The Yankees would rally for 4 runs in the 8th inning to come-from-behind win over the Tigers by the score of 5-4. Bronx Reserve OF Paul Blair’s 2-run HR provided the margin of victory. Yankees Starter Don Gullett went the distance for his 12thwin of the 1977 AL season.


1977- The Yankees had sold OF/DH Carlos May to the Angels. He was hitting a disappointing .227 with 2 HRs and 16 RBIs for the 1977 Yankees. He had hit .278 in 87 games for the 1976 Yankees. May would finished his Yankees playing career with a .258 BA with 5 HRs and 62 RBIs in 152 games for the team.


1978- With 55,091 fans looking on, the Yankees would snap a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox by the score of 3-2. The Yankees, now lead the Red Sox by 3 1/2 games in the AL Eastern Division race. The Yankees 1st score on a Reggie Jackson 2-run HR blast in the 5th inning. Both teams’ Starters, Catfish Hunter and former Yankees Pitcher Mike Torrez go the distance for their teams.


1979- At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold “Catfish Hunter Day” to honor their future HOF Pitcher, who will be retiring from baseball at the end of the 1979 AL season at the age of 33. A 20-year-old left-hander Rookie Pitcher named Dave Righetti makes his MLB Pitching Debut for the Yankees.


1980- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees behind the pitching of Starter Ron Guidry and Closer Goose Gossage beat the Blue Jays by a score of 5-4. The Gator picks up his 14th win of the 1980 AL season, while going 6-innings, allowing 8-Blue Jay hits, 4-runs and 4 strikeouts. Yankees Closer Rich Gossage gets his 28th save of the 1980 AL season, pitching 2 innings allowing only 1-hit with 5 Toronto strikeouts.


1987- Former Yankees Minor League INF Kermit Wahl passed away. (1922-1987)


On July 31,1951, INF Kermit Wahl was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Pitchers Bobby Hogue, Lou Sleater, INF Tom Upton and $10,000 Cash to the Yankees for OF Cliff Mapes. Kermit had played for 1944-1947 Reds, he had briefly played in the Dodgers organization with the AA Montreal Royals (IL) then with the 1950-1951 Philadelphia A’s, before joining the Browns in 1951. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to wear the Yankees pinstripes. He was sent to their American Association affiliate, the AA Kansas City Blues. For the Blues, he would hit .275 with No HRs, 9 RBIs in 28 games. The for next 2 seasons, he was stuck at Kansas City. In 1952, he hit for his highest career batting average at .302 with 5 HRs and 43 RBIs. Had he been in another MLB organization, he would have had a much better chance at playing for the big club. In 1953, he spent another year on the "farm" hitting only .240 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs. His pro career was obviously fading. In 1954, he would finally escape the Yankees farm system; he would played for the Braves' AAA team Toledo Sox. Kermit hit well for average .305, he had 5 HRs with 20 RBIs, ending his pro baseball career at age 31. As MLB player, Kermit had appeared in 226 games, while hitting .231 with 3 HRs and 50 RBIs.


1992- White Sox 1B Frank Thomas gets 5 hits, all singles in Chicago's 9-6 win over the Yankees. The Yankees Rookie Starter Sterling Hitchcock loses his 1st MLB pitching decision.


1996- Backed by 2, 3-run HRs from Tim Raines, who is celebrating his 37th birthday, Yankees Starter Jimmy Key stops the Blue Jays by the score of 10-0. Raines 2nd HR is a 457 FT blast to the Stadium CF, is the longest hit by a Yankee player this season. The Yankees are now 3 games up in the AL East Division.


1997- The Yankees would sweep a doubleheader from the Red Sox, winning by scores of 2-0 and 4-3. Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte pitches 8 innings in the Opener, while striking out career-high of 12 Red Sox batters. Willie Banks is the winner for the Yankees in the nightcap with 6 2/3 innings pitching performance.


2000- Before a crowd of 55,097 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees would defeat the Indians by a score of 6-3. Yankees Starter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez goes the distance to pick up his 12th victory of the 2000 AL season, giving up only 4-Tribe hits, while allowing 3-runs and 6-strikeouts. The Bronx Bombers hitting attack was led by solo HRs by Glenallen Hill and Jorge Posada.


2008- In the last home stand at Yankee Stadium II, Derek Jeter passes HOF Lou Gehrig for the most career hits at the storied stadium. He collects his 1,270th hit in the ballpark, a single past  INF Juan Uribe, while facing Chicago P Gavin Floyd. The Yankees still lose the game by the score of 6-2 to the White Sox.


2012- In the AL East race, 1st-place Yankees beat the Rays by the score of 6-4 behind Starter Hiroki Kuroda and Closer Rafael Soriano's 40th save of the 2012 AL season. At the end of the day, the Bombers would lead the Orioles by 1 game and 5 games over the falling Rays in the AL East race.


2020- Trailing the Blue Jays by half a game at the start of a 3-game series at New Yankee Stadium, the Yankees leapfrog over their rivals with a pair of drubbings, 20-6 yesterday and 13-2 today, hitting a team-record 13 HRs over the 2 games. Today, D.J. LeMahieu propels Tanner Roark's 1st pitch of the game over the fence and the Yankees will hit 6 more before the game ends, with LeMahieu hitting a 2nd one, Kyle Higashioka having the 1st 3-HR game of his MLB playing career and Luke Voit hitting his MLB-leading 19th long ball. Yankees Ace Gerrit Cole does not allow a hit over the 1st 5 innings before lifting his foot off the gas pedal and cruising to his 6th win of the year and the 100th of his MLB pitching career.


September 17th


1887- Former Yankees Pitcher Nick Cullop (1916-1917) was born. (1887-1961)


On January 21,1916, Nick Cullop was purchased by the Yankees from the Kansas City Packers (Federal League). Nick would post a 18-15 record with 2.64 ERA and 2 saves in 58 games for the Yankees. On January 22,1918, Nick was traded by the Yankees along with INF Joe Gedeon, Pitcher Urban Shocker, 2B Fritz Maisel, Catcher Les Nunamaker and $15,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for veteran MLB Starter Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt.


1904- More than 23,000 fans, reputedly the largest crowd in Red Sox history, show up for the showdown twin bill with the Yankees. New York scores 3 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings against Red Sox Starter Bill Dineen. Bronx Starter Jack Chesbro (35-8) holds on for a 6-4 win, his 7th victory in a row. The Yankees briefly take over 1st place in the AL. Veteran Starter Cy Young tops the Yankees by the score of 4-2 in the nightcap, beating veteran MLB Starter Ned Garvin, who was recently acquired from the Dodgers. The 2 teams complete their 3 doubleheaders with a 2-2-2 mark.


1917- Former Yankees Pitcher Allen “Two Gun” Gettel (1945-1946) was born. (1917-2005)


In 1936, the Yankees had signed hurler Al Gettel as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Al went 15-15 with a 3.53 ERA with 3 saves in 53 games for the Yankees. On January 22,1943, Al was traded by the Yankees along with 1B Ed Levy and $10,000 Cash to the Blue Jays (aka Phillies) for 1B Nick Etten. On March 26,1943, P Al Gettel and 1B Ed Levy were returned to the Yankees. Then the Yankees would send Catcher Tom Padden and P Al Gerheauser on March 26,1943 to the Blue Jays to complete the trade. On December 6,1946, Al was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Gene Bearden and Reserve OF Hal Peck to the Indians for Catcher Sherman Lollar and Reserve 2B Ray Mack. Al had appeared in several Grade B Western movies, while he was playing baseball in the PCL. He was given the nickname of “Two Gun.”


1917- The Yankees Fritz Maisel’s 7th inning single breaks up Indians Starter Stan Coveleski’s no-hit bid during a 2-0 loss to the Tribe.


1920- The 1st-place Indians top the A's, 9-3, while the White Sox behind Red Faber are again beating the Yankees by the score of 6-4. Faber gets 1st-inning help from White Sox hitters Eddie Collins, Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, who all hit 2-out triples: Collins and Jackson triple later as Chicago totals an AL record 6 triples.


1922- St. Louis Browns Southpaw Hub Pruett, who has fanned Babe Ruth 9 of 10 times over the 1922 AL season, is reached for a HR by the Bambino, but he still beats the Yankees by the score of 5-1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation, but the partisan crowd in CF is quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning for Yankees Pinch-Hitter McMillan. Police make them stop. Browns hitter George Sisler has a single to extend his AL hitting streak to 41 games, breaking his tie with Ty Cobb’s 40 game streak. 


1928- Wilcy Moore, the Yankees pitching hero of 1927 World Championship season, goes home with an ailing arm after working just 60 innings in 35 games for the 1928 Yankees. He had posted a 4-4 record with a 4.18 ERA and 3 saves. He will return to the 1929 Yankees healthy, posting a 6-4 record with a 4.06 ERA and 8 saves in 41 games.


1928- The Yankees had purchased veteran MLB 1B George “Tigoa” Burns from the Indians. He was a 35-yearold AL player, who had been a lifetime .300 hitter with the A’s and Indians. At first, he didn’t want to report to the Yankees without any assurance of plans for him for 1929 AL season, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, announce that he would be a Reserve 1B for Lou Gehrig in 1929. Then Burns reported to the team, appearing in 4 games, while going 2 for 4 at the plate. In 1918, the Yankees had acquired Burns from the Tigers, but then they had traded him to the A’s  or veteran OF Ping Bodie, since they already had Wally Pipp starting at 1B for the team.


1929- The Yankees had sold veteran AL 3B Gene Robertson to the Braves for the waiver price of $7,500 Cash. He had played 3rd base for the team in 1928, when veteran 3B Joe Duggan went down with an injury. He had appeared in 83 games, while hitting .291 with 1 HR and 36 RBIs. In 1929, he had played in 90 games, while hitting .298 with No HRs and 35 RBIs. Once the Yankees were out of the 1929 AL Pennant race, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, started using Rookie Lyn Larry at 3B, making the veteran Robertson expendable.


1931- In the 1st of 2 games, the Yankees and Red Ruffing rough up the St. Louis Browns and their Starter George Blaeholder by the score of 17-0. Bill Dickey's Grand Slam HR is the big blow in the game. The Yankees would take the nightcap by the score of 6-1 behind Lefty Gomez's 3-hitter, along with Babe Ruth's 41st and 42nd HRs of the 1931 AL season.


1934- The Yankees would reach Detroit for a last-chance series with the Tigers. They lose the opening game, as veteran Detroit Starter Al Crowder beats Bronx Starter Lefty Gomez with a 3-0 shutout.


1936- Former Yankees Reserve INF Tommy Carroll (1955-1956) was born. (1936-2021)


In 1955, Tommy Carroll was a Yankees Bonus Baby signing. Tom had played college baseball at Notre Dame. Like many of his fellow bonus earners, Carroll spent most of his time sitting on the bench and watching, while occasionally being used as a Pinch-Runner (33 times over the 2 seasons), he was forced to spend in the MLB (2-seasons). He was used twice as a Pinch-Runner in the 1955 World Series, which the Yankees lost to the Dodgers. He would later call this the greatest thrill of his short MLB playing career. He didn’t appear in the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers. He had played Shortstop and 3B for the 1955-1956 Yankees, while appearing in 50 games, hitting .287. Then he spent the next couple of seasons playing in the Minor Leagues. Originally signed as a Shortstop, he was judged too tall for the position at 6' 3"; Tom was moved to 3B. In 1957, while playing for the AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), he hit only .213, although with some power. It is not surprising that Carroll was somewhat overmatched; as the league's caliber was quite high with his pro experience up to that point had been minimal. Seeing this, the Yankees  would send him down to their AA team, the New Orleans Pelicans (SA) at the start of the 1958 season, after which he was promoted to the AAA Denver Bears (AA); overall, he hit .283 that season. However, his pro baseball career was derailed once again, when he had to spent 6 months in military service for the Army after the 1958 AL season, slowing any momentum, he was starting to build up. On April 12,1959, he was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with Minor League OF Russ Snyder for OF Bob Martyn and INF Mike Baxes. He played little for his new team, however by early June, he was back in the Minor Leagues. He also played in the winter leagues in Venezuela during those years, but he failed to develop any more as a prospect. After spending the entire 1960 season in the Minor Leagues, Tom would retire from baseball. Overall, Carroll was a poor fielder- he had a career fielding percentage of .905, but he finished his brief MLB playing career with a .300 BA in his limited playing opportunities. Later, Tom became a member of the U.S. Diplomat Services for the State Department.


1937- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1992-1993) and Minor League Manager (1976-1977) Ed Napoleon was born. (1937-2020)


Ed Napoleon had played in the Minor Leagues from 1956 to 1970. Napoleon was a Yankees MLB Coach (1992-1993) and a Minor League Manager and Coach. Before joining the Yankees organization, he had been working with the Pirates Minor League system. In 1976, he was the Class A Oneonta Yankees (EL) Manager; then he was moved to the 1977 Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) Manager. In 1978, he was a AAA Tacoma Yankees Coach and in 1979, he was a AA West Haven Yankees (EL) Coach and the 1980-1982 AA Nashville Sounds (SL) Coach. Then Ed would work for other MLB organizations. He would return to the Yankees as one of their MLB Coaches for the 1992-1993 seasons. He would leave the organization again, working for other MLB teams before retiring in 2002. Ed return to work for the Reds in 2002-2004, as a Special Instructor. 


1939- AL President Will Harridge overturns the Umpires' decision to call the September 2nd, Yankees-Red Sox game and a forfeit. He orders the contest to be replayed from the 7th inning, as a 5-5 tie. After the Red Sox fans had thrown a barrage of garbage onto playing field at Fenway Park due to the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 PM Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard had ruled that the Boston crowd's action made it impossible to continue the game. He awarded the game to the Yankees by the forfeit score of 9-0.


1950- Newly acquired from the Pirates, veteran NL hitter Johnny Hopp Pinch-Hits a Grand Slam HR off of St. Louis Browns P Al Widmar during a 5-run, 9th inning Yankees rally that carried the team to a 6-1 win.


1950- The Yankees announce that “The highly touted Mickey Mantle, brilliant 18-yearold shortstop prospect, also will join the Yankees on this road trip.” “Nothing like giving these kids a first-hand demonstration of what it’s like on a ball club shooting for a pennant.” Yankees Manager Casey Stengel tells the Baseball writers covering the team.


1951- The Yankees would break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 9th inning when, with the bases loaded, when Phil Rizzuto squeezes home Yankees baserunner Joe DiMaggio with the winning run. The run scored off of Indian's Bob Lemon, gives Yankees Starter Eddie Lopat his 20th win of the 1951 AL season. The Yankees, now lead the Indians by 1 game and the Red Sox by 2 1/2 games in the 1951 AL Pennant race.


1955- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/DH Marshall Brant (1980) was born. 


On April 1,1980, 1B/DH Marshall Brant was purchased by the Yankees from the Mets. He had won the 1980 International League MVP Award, while playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers, hitting .298 with 23 HRs with 93 RBIs. Marshal had appeared in 3 games for the 1980 Yankees with no hits. On November 4,1980, he was released by the team. On February 3,1981, Brant was resigned as a Minor league Free Agent with the Yankees; he would play for the AAA Columbus (IL). On June 15,1983, Marshall was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Ben Callahan and Cash to Oakland for MLB veteran P Matt Keough. He would later play pro baseball in Japan. 


1958- Despite with a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle poles a Jim Bunning pitch down the RF line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue, some 500 feet away. The Mantle 2-run HR is all that Detroit Starter Jim Bunning allows the Yankee hitters as the Tigers win the game by a score of 5-2.


1961- At Detroit, Roger Maris triples off of Reliever Terry Fox in the 7th inning to put the Yankees ahead, the Tigers ties it and, then in the 12th inning, Roger Maris faces Terry Fox again with Tony Kubek on 2B.  Roger Maris steps out of the box to watch a long skein of Canadian geese fly over Tiger Stadium, then he steps back in the batter’s box, Roger belts the 1st pitch from Fox for his 58th HR of the 1961 AL season.


1964-The Yankees would whip the Angels by the score of 6-2 to lock on to 1st place in the AL for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and the Orioles. Bronx Bomber Sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle each have 3 hits. Mickey Mantle's hits include his 2,000th MLB career hit and his 450th MLB career HR, his 31st HR of the 1964 AL season. Yogi Berra’s Yankees have won 2 in a row and will run their winning streak to 11 games.


1966- “Bobby Richardson Day” is held at Yankee Stadium to honor the retiring Yankees All-Star 2B.


1968- The Tigers clinch the 1968 AL pennant with a 2-1 victory over the Yankees.


1970- With the Yankees losing to the Red Sox, the Orioles clinch the AL East Division despite losing to the Senators by the score of 2-0. Dick Bosman is the winner, allowing only 5 Orioles hits.


1976- At Milwaukee's County Stadium, 40,383 fans are on hand to celebrate "Hank Aaron Day." Among those gathered are MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Jack Ford, representing his father, President Gerald Ford. Hank goes hitless in 5 at-bats. The 1st-place Yankees spoil the night by winning the game by a score of 5-3 in 11 innings. Graig Nettles hits a solo HR in the 11th inning for the game winner, an insurance run scores on a suicide bunt. Yankees Starter Ed Figueroa tallies for his 19th win of the 1976 AL season, as the Yankees increase their AL East led to 11 games.


1977- The Yankees slam 5 HR’s, including 2 by Reggie Jackson and 1 by newly acquired Slugger Dave Kingman, as they collect 17 hits in route to a 9-4 win against the Tigers.


1978- The Red Sox finally win a game against the Yankees, taking a 7-3 victory in Yankee Stadium as Dennis Eckersley and Andy Hassler combine to stop the Yankees hitters on 4 hits. The Yankees will score 2 unearned runs in 8th inning on Butch Hobson’s 2nd error of the game (and his 42nd of the 1978 AL season). Yaz is playing CF in place of the injured Fred Lynn collects his 14th HR of the season in the 9th inning.


1985- Former Yankees Reserve OF Greg Golson (2010-2011) was born.


On January 26,2010, OF Greg Golson was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Minor League P Mitch Hilligoss and Cash. He would appear in 33 games for the Yankees as a Reserve OF, while hitting .235. On December 8, 2011, Greg was released by the Yankees. Golson was a former 2004 #1 MLB Amateur Player Draft selection of the Phillies. 


1989- Former Yankees Minor League OF Leon Culberson (1948-1949) passed away. (1919-1989)


On May 13,1948, OF Leon Culberson traded by the Senators along with $15,000 Cash to the Yankees for OF Bud Stewart. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was sent the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), where he would hit .259. In 1949, the Yankees would send him to AA team, the Newark Bears (IL). During mid-season of 1949, Leon was traded by the Yankees to the Giants, who will assign him to their AA Jersey City Giants team (IL). Leon would play in the Minor Leagues until 1952. He had originally come up with the 1943 Red Sox. He had played for Boston from 1943-1947. He had appeared in the 1946 World Series with the Red Sox, appearing 6 games, while hitting .222. On December 10,1947, Leon was traded by the Red Sox to the Senators for OF Stan Spence. Leon would finish his MLB career playing in 370 games, while hitting .266  with 14 HRs and 131 RBIs.


1990- At the Sky Dome in Toronto, the Blue Jays 6-4 win over the Yankees with 49,902 fans watching giving Toronto a MLB season attendance record. The Blue Jays will finish the 1990 AL season with 58 consecutive sellouts with a total attendance of 3,885,284 fans.


1993- In a last try for the 1993 AL Pennant, the Yankees had obtained 40-year-old veteran Starter Frank Tanana from the Mets for Minor League P Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0-2 with the Yankees to finish out his MLB Pitching career with a 240-236 record and setting an MLB record for most wins without racking up a single 20-win MLB season.


1998- Red Huff, the oldest ex-MLB player, dies at the age of 107. Chet Hoff is the longest-lived ex-Major Leaguer ever. He was the last person alive to have played in the 1910’s. Huff pitched for the 1911-1913 Yankees and the 1915 St. Louis Browns. Red had struck out the 1st MLB batter, he ever faced, the Tigers future HOF Ty Cobb. He would finished his MLB pitching career with a 2-4 record with a 2.49 ERA in 23 games.


2002- Yankees 2B Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits, including a double and HR, as the Yankees fall to the Devil Rays by a score of 9-7. Bernie Williams scores his 100th run in the loss to reach that mark for the 7th straight season. He is the 4th Yankee to score 100 runs this season, the 1st Yankee team to do so since the 1941 AL season. Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter combine to tie the MLB record for consecutive years for teammates both having 100+ runs.


2011- Yankees Closer Marino Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman's MLB record with his 602nd MLB career save in the Yankees 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays. Rivera is backed by HRs from Alex Rodriguez, playing in his 1st game since aggravating a wrist injury on September 9th. Curtis Granderson, who becomes the 1st Yankees CF since Mickey Mantle in 1961 to hit 40 HRs in a season.


2020- The Yankees continue to be nearly unstoppable winning their 8th straight in completing a 3-game sweep of the Blue Jays, while setting a bunch of records in the process. In today's 10-7 win; they tie the MLB mark with 5 HRs off of Chase Anderson in the 4th inning. With another HR later in the game, they become the 1st team to hit at least 6 long balls in 3 consecutive games and their 3-game total of 19 is another record. With 1 of the 5 4th-inning HR - 3 of which come on consecutive pitches - Luke Voit is the 1st player to reach the total of 20 HRs this season.


 


 


 





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