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This Week in Yankees History October 16th-22nd Part One

October 16th  

1895- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bill Skiff (1926) was born. (1895-1976)

Bill Skiff had appeared in 6 games as a Reserve Catcher for the 1926 Yankees with .091 BA. Bill would later work for the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout and long-time Minor League Manager (1933-1937,1948-1949 and 1951). Also, Bill would work for the Brewers organization before retiring from baseball in the early 1970’s.

1900- Former Yankees Pitcher/PH Henry “Tomato Face” Cullop (1926) was born. (1900-1978)

Henry Cullop had only appeared in 2 games for the 1926 Yankees as a pinch-hitter, before being sent on October 19,1926 to the Senators to complete an earlier deal made on August 27,1926. The Yankees would send Players to be Named Later to the Senators for veteran Starter Dutch Ruether. On October 19,1926, the Yankees would send hurlers Garland Braxton and Nick Cullop to Washington to complete the trade. Later, Nick would become a long-time Minor League Manager for several MLB teams.

1921- In defiance of MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ban on World Series participants playing in post-season exhibitions, Yankee Outfielders Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and Pitcher Bill Piercy launch a barnstorming tour in Buffalo, NY. Five days later, they cut it short in Scranton, Pa. In the meantime, Babe Ruth openly challenges MLB Commissioner Judge Landis to act. The Judge does, fining the players their World Series shares ($3,362.26) and suspending them until May 20th of the 1922 AL season. The 2 Yankee players will miss 33 games of the 1922 AL season. On December 20,1921, Bill Piercy was traded by the Yankees along with P Rip Collins, INF Roger Peckinpaugh, P Jack Quinn and $100,000 Cash to the Red Sox for 2 hurlers: Bullet Joe Bush, Sad Sam Jones and Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott. In the 110 games that Babe Ruth played for the 1922 Yankees, he would hit .315 with 35 HRs and 99 RBIs. He was suspended 2 more times during the 1922 AL season. Meanwhile OF Bob Meusel would appear in 121 games for the 1922 Yankees, while hitting .319 with 16 HRs and 88 RBIs. Now with the 1922 Red Sox, hurler Bill Piercy would post a 3-9 record with a 4.67 ERA in 29 games.

1923- Soon after Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth receives his 1923 World Series winner's share of $6,160.46, MLB player (Tigers) and Insurance Agent Harry Heilmann, who beat Babe Ruth for the AL batting title by 10 points, sells him a $50,000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted their daughter, Dorothy.

1936- Yankees AL All-Star 1B Lou Gehrig, who hit .354 with 49 HRs, 167 runs, and 152 RBIs is voted the 1936 AL Most Valuable Player. He had previously won the AL MVP Award in 1927. Until  the AL rule change in the early 1930’s, a player could win the AL MVP Award, only 1 time.

1949- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Hood (1979) was born.

On June 15,1979, P Don Hood was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for DH/C/1B Cliff Johnson. Don would post at 3-1 record with a 3.07 ERA and 1 save in 27 games for the Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency during the 1979 off-season 

1956- The Yankees would sell Reserve OF Bob Cerv to Kansas City for Cash. Bob would get a chance to play full-time in the Outfield with Kansas City, including having a great 1958 AL season by hitting .305 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs; plus making the 1958 AL All-Star team as the starting LF. On May 19,1960, he would return to Yankees in trade for veteran 3B Andy Carey. There are several reports that the 1956 Bob Cerv deal was the 2nd part of the Enos Slaughter wavier claim by the Yankees made during the 1956 AL season. Originally the Yankees were going to send P Don Larsen as the player, but his 1956 World Series Perfect Game performance against the Dodgers had changed Yankees GM George Weiss trade plans.

1961- The Yankees had purchased veteran All-Star Pitcher Robin Roberts from the Phillies for $100,000 Cash. The Yankees made a major mistake when they wrote him off as a washed up in their 1962 MLB Spring Training Camp. Clippers Note: They should have kept him and dumped veteran P Bob Turley instead. Robin Roberts would be signed by the rival AL Orioles, going 10-9 in 1962, then he won 14 games in 1963. If the Yankees had kept him, he would have a better chance to win 300 games during his great MLB pitching career. 

1962- At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, a crowd of 43,9848 fans watched as the tying and winning runs are in scoring position, Giants Slugger Willie McCovey hit a hard-liner drive at 2B Bobby Richardson for the final Series out as the Yankees won Game 7 of the 1962 World Series by a score of 1-0 for their 20th World Series Championship. The game winning pitcher for the Yankees is Starter Ralph Terry, who after being the goat in 1960 and losing a game in 1961 World Series is finally becomes a Yankees World Series hero. Ralph Terry posted a 2-1 record for the Yankees in the Series. While Giants veteran Starter Jack Sanford is the loser, he would finish the 1962 World Series with a 1-2 record. The 1962 World Series had been delayed by 3-days of rain, which gave the Yankees Pitching staff a much-needed rest. Also, the World Series had 2 of the lowest batting averages in Series History; Yankees hitting just .199, while the Giants hitting .226.

1962- Former MLB Player and Yankees Minor League Manager Ray Powell passed away. (1888-1962)

Former MLB Player Ray Powell had managed in the Yankees organization from 1939 to 1942. He was the Manager of the 1939-1940 Easton Yankees (ESL), 1941 Norfolk Yankees (NSL) and the 1942 Fond Duc Panthers (WSL). In the MLB, he had played the Outfield for the Tigers and the Braves (1913-1924).

 1964- Despite guiding the Yankees to a 99-63 record; winning the 1964 AL pennant, the Yankees had fire Manager Yogi Berra, after losing the 1964 World Series to the Cardinals in 7 games. Yankees GM Ralph Houk feels that Yogi Berra didn’t have enough control over the veteran Yankee players; since many of them were his former teammates. The truth is that Yogi Berra was selected by the Yankees Co-Owners Dan Topping and Del Webb to manage the 1964 team. Yankees GM Ralph Houk wanted his own choice to manage the team. Meanwhile in St. Louis, Manager Johnny Keane of the World Championship Cardinals resigns unexpectedly. He will take Yankees Manager job, which opens as the result of the firing of Yogi Berra. Johnny Keane will be very unpopular Manager with several of the Yankees veteran players, as the team falls from a 1964 1st place finish of 99-63 with Manager Yogi Berra to a 6th place finish under Keane with a 77-85 record in 1965. He will be let go by the team in early May of 1966 with Ralph Houk returning to the Yankees dugout as the team’s manager. The 1966 Yankees will fall to last place in the AL with a 70-89 record. Yogi will be signed by the Mets as an MLB Coach.

1965- Former Yankees Minor League OF Darren Reed was born.

On June 4,1984, OF Darren Reed was selected by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Darren never appeared at the MLB level with the Yankees. In 1987, he would split time playing with the AA Albany-Colonie (EL) and the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On December 11,1987, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Steve Frey and C Phil Lombardi to the Mets for MLB Shortstop Rafael Santana and Minor League Player Victor Garcia. He would play in 82 MLB games with the Mets, Expos and the Twins.

1976- At Riverfront Stadium, a crowd of 54,826 fans watched Reds Starter Don Gullett and Reliever Pedro Borbon combine for a 5-hitter as the Reds win the Opening Game of the 1976 World Series over the Yankees by the score of 5-1. Three hits by Reds Slugger Tony Perez, who is the 1st DH in World Series history and 2B Joe Morgan with a HR supply the Reds offense. Yankees Starter Doyle Alexander took the loss.

1977- At Dodger Stadium, a crowd of 55,955 fans watched the Dodgers stay alive with a 10-4 victory in Game 5 of the 1977 World Series against the Yankees. Dodgers hitters Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith would hit HRs, while veteran Dodgers Starter Don Sutton pitches a complete game. Yankee Starter Don Gullet only goes 4 innings, while allowing 4-Dodger runs. Late inning HRs by Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson provide the Yankees offense.

 1993- Former Yankees Pitcher Jimmie DeShong (1934-1935) passed away. (1909-1993).

On September 15,1933, P Jimmie DeShong was purchased by the Yankees from the AA Sacramento Senators (PCL). He had previously pitched in 6 games for the 1932 A’s. In 1933, Philadelphia Manager Connie Mack had sent him to the AA Sacramental Senators (PCL). He went 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA and 6 saves in 60 games for the Yankees. On January 17,1936, Jimmie was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jesse Hill to the Senators for P Bump Hadley and OF Roy Johnson. With the Nats, he would win 18 and 14 games in a season, before fading in 1939. The Yankees would re-obtained Jimmie from the Senators in June of 1939, but he did not appear with them at the MLB level, instead he would be pitching for their AA club, the Newark Bears (IL).

1995- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB Pitcher Dwight Gooden was an MLB Free Agent. He would go 11-7 with a 5.01 ERA in 29 games for the 1996 World Champion Yankees. He would throw his 1st MLB Pitching career No-Hitter. After a 9-5 season with a 4.91 ERA in 20 games in 1997, he would leave the team for MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Indians. He will return to the Yankees in 2000 finishing his MLB Pitching career.

1999- The Red Sox roll over the Yankees by the score of 13-1 behind a strong pitching of Starter Pedro Martinez. Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for the Red Sox, while John Valentin gets 5 RBIs. Garciaparra, Valentin and Brian Daubach, all hit HRs for the Red Sox. The Yankees now lead the 1999 ALCS 2-games-to-1.

2003- The Yankees would capture their 39th AL pennant beating the Red Sox by the score of 6-5, thanks to Aaron Boone's 11th inning HR off of veteran P Tim Wakefield at Yankee Stadium. Aaron Boone becomes the 5th player to end an MLB Post-Season series with a HR joining Pirates Bill Mazeroski (1960 WS), Yankees Chris Chambliss (1976 ALCS), Blue Jays Joe Carter (1993 WS) and the Mets Todd Pratt (1999 NLDS 2).

2009- At New Yankee Stadium, the Yankees take Game 1 of the 2009 ALCS with a 4-1 win over the Angels. The Yankees would take advantage of 3 Angel fielding errors to score their runs, but the critical play is a 2-out pop-up that falls untouched between Angels 3B Chone Figgins and Shortstop Erick Aybar in the 1st inning, allowing Yankees base-runner Johnny Damon to score the Yankees' 2nd run. Bronx Starter CC Sabathia pitches 8 innings for the victory, while Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera gets the save.

2012- Detroit takes a 3 games to none lead in the 2012 ALCS behind another strong performance by Ace Starter Justin Verlander. He gives up no runs through the 1st 8 innings before allowing a lead-off HR to Eduardo Nunez in the 9th inning, but he needs relief help from Reliever Phil Coke, who gets the last 2 outs in a 2-1 win. Delmon Younghomers off of Yankees Starter Philip Hughes for the Bengals' 1st run in the 4th inning, then Quintin Berry scores the 2nd run on a double by Miguel Cabrera in the 5th inning.

2017- The Yankees notch their 1st win in the 2017 ALCS by defeating the Astros by the score of 8-1 in Game 3 played at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 49,373 fans watched 3-run HRs by Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge help New York build an 8-0 lead by the end of the 4th inning, as they cruise from there as veteran Yankees Starter CC Sabathia is the winner over Astros Starter Charlie Morton.

2019- At Yankee Stadium, Game #4 of the 2019 ALCS is rained out. This rainout will cost the Yankees and Astros a travel day back to Houston for Game# 5, if needed to be played.

2020- Former Yankees Minor League P Jack McMahan passed away. (1932-2020) 

Before the start of the 1952 AL Season, P Jack McMahan was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would never appear with the team at the MLB level. On November 27,1955, Jack was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees in the 1955 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. The Pirates would trade Jack to the Kansas City during the 1956 season. Between the 2 clubs, he had posted a 0-5 record with a 3.04 ERA in 34 games. On February 19, 1957, he was traded by the Athletics with Players to be Named Later, INF Wayne Belardi, Pitchers Art Ditmar and Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, MLB OF Irv Noren, INF Milt Graff, Shortstop Billy Hunter, Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and Rip Coleman. On April 5,1957, the  Yankeeswould send P Jack Urban to the Athletics to complete the trade. The Kansas City would send INF Curt Roberts (April 4,1957) and INF Clete Boyer (June 4,1957) to the  Yankees to complete the trade. With the Yankees, Jack would pitch for 1957-1958 AAA Denver Bears (AA) and the 1959 AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) before finishing up his pro pitching career with a 1960 Braves AA team.

October 17th

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

Red Rolfe was a college baseball player, who had played at Dartmouth College from 1928 to 1931. On June 25,1931, Red signed with New York and attained his dream: “Ed Barrow outbid his rivals and landed Rolfe for a $6,000 dollar signing bonus, a fairly hefty amateur bonus at the time.” He came up to the 1931 Yankees for 1 game at shortstop. Then he played in the Minor Leagues from 1931-1933. In 1933, he won the International League MVP Award, while playing for the AA Newark Bears. Then in 1934, he played two-thirds of his games at shortstop, but from 1935, on he was chiefly a 3B for Manager Joe McCarthy’s starting infield. In 1935, he would hit .300 in 149 games. He would hold down the 3B position through the 1942 AL season. Red Rolfe would finish his 10-year Yankees playing career by hitting .289 along with 69 HRs and 497 RBIs in 1,175 games. He had led the AL 3B in fielding (1935-1936). He led the AL in hits (139) and runs (213) in 1939, posting his highest MLB season BA of .329. Red was named to AL All-Star team 4 times as a Yankees player. During his Bronx playing career, Red had suffered from Colitis health issues, which led to his MLB retirement in 1942. Rolfe had appeared in 6 World Series with the Yankees, playing in 28 games; while hitting .284 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. After his MLB playing career had ended, Rolfe had coached Baseball and Basketball at Yale Univ. from 1943 to 1946. In 1946, he was a Yankees MLB Coach.  

Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy thought that Red would become an MLB Manager, possibility replacing him, when he decided to retire as the team’s manager. New Yankees Team management in 1945, changed that idea with Joe McCarthy leaving the team in during the 1946 season. In August of 1947, Red left the Yankees organization in August of 1947 to join the Tigers organization to become their Chief MLB Scout. Then in 1948, he was Farm Director of the Tigers, then he was the Tigers Manager from 1949 to 1952. Red finishing with an overall AL Manager record of 278-256 with a WP of .521 in 539 MLB games. His best season as an MLB Manager was in 1950, when he finished in 2ndplace with the Tigers to the 1st place Yankees (with a 95-59 mark.)  He was named the 1950 AL Manager of the Year. Also, he was a coached the Toronto Huskies Pro Basketball team in the NBL in 1946, a predecessor of the NBA. From 1954 to 1967, Rolfe was the Athletic Director at Dartmouth College. In 1967, Red retired due to his health issues. One of the divisions of the Ivy League Baseball League is named the Rolfe Division in his honor. The other is the Gehrig Division, named after Lou Gehrig, who went to Columbia; he was Red's teammate with the Yankees (1931-1939). As part of 100th MLB anniversary, the Yankees conducted a fan survey in 1969, to determine their “all-time” greatest team; Red Rolfe was voted the 3rd baseman.

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

1929- Former  Yankees General Manager (1990) and MLB Player Hardy Peterson was born. (1929-2019)

Hardy "Pete" Peterson was an All-American Catcher at Rutgers Univ. who had played in the 1950 College World Series. He was signed by the Pirates that year, he would make his 1st appearance in the MLB in 1955. He would appeared in 32 games in 1955, 30 games in 1957 (when he hit .301), and a couple of games each in 1958 and 1959 NL seasons. His playing career was cut short due to a collision at home where he suffered a severe arm fracture. He was never the same throwing afterwards and retired as a player after several unsuccessful attempts to come back. Later, Peterson was the Farm Director for the 1968 Pirates and the Scouting Director from 1969 to 1976. He was Co-General Manager of the Pirates, with Joseph O'Toole, in 1977-1978 and GM from 1979 to 1985. Peterson was General Manager of the Yankees in 1990 and Special Assistant to the GM in 1991. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 18th

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

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

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

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

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

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

1918- Former Yankees MLB Scout Rush Schon (1977-1979) was born. (1918-1988)

Second baseman Russ Schon had played in the Minor Leagues on-and-off from 1940 to 1949. Not much of a power hitter -- as records indicate, he hit only 1 HR in 1,773 career at-bats -- but he still wasn't completely anemic with his bat, hitting .289 in 540 at-bats for the 1940 Class D DeLand Red Hats  and .300 in 490 at-bats for the same club in 1941. After missing 1942 to 1945 seasons to service in the Navy during World War II; he would return to hit .306 in 112 games for the 1946 Jackson Senators.  Also, he had played for the Evansville Braves that year. In 1947, he would hit .310 in 255 at-bats for the Selma Cloverleafs. After not playing in 1948 to serve as the Univ. of Kansas baseball team’s Head Coach, he would hit .328 with a .408 on-base percentage in 67 at-bats for the 1949 Hutchinson Elks. He was also the 1st of 3 managers for the Elks that season, being replaced by Howard McCormick on May 24th. Later he would become a longtime MLB Scout, working for the Phillies (1950-1953),  Braves (1954-1961),  Angels (1961-1965),  Mets (1966-1976) and the Yankees (1977-?). He had signed, among others, Yankees Pitcher Clay Christiansen.

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

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

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

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

1944- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Jack” Powell (1905-1906) had passed away. (1874-1944)

On March 6,1904, P Jack Powell was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Highlanders for INF/P Harry Howell and Cash. Powell would post a 23-19 record with a 2.44 ERA in 47 games for the 1904 Yankees. Overall, John would post a 31-32 record with a 2.81 ERA in 84 games for the Yankees before returning to the Browns in 1906. As an MLB Pitcher, Jack Powell had finished his pitching career with a 245-254 record with a 2.97 ERA in 578 games in a 16-season Pitching career (1897-1912) starting with the Cleveland Spiders (NL), Cardinals, Browns (twice) and the Yankees.

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

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

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

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

1955- Former Yankees Pitcher George “Smiler” Murray (1922) passed away. (1898-1955)

In 1920, George Murray was signed out of No. Carolina St. College by the Yankees. He had pitched for the AA Rochester Colts (IL) before joining the team in May of 1922. As a 24-yearold Rookie, George had posted a 4-2 record with a 3.97 ERA in 22 games with the 1922 Yankees. On January 30,1923, he was traded to the Red Sox along with Outfielder’s Norm McMillian and Camp Skinner for veteran AL Starter Herb Pennock. The Yankees needed a veteran lefty for their Starting pitching staff for 1923 season, with several veteran righty starters already on the staff; young Murray would have been sitting on the bench according to Yankees Manager Miller Huggins. He will post a 9-20 record with a 5.48 ERA in 67 games with the 1923-1925 Red Sox, then he had a 7-4 record with a 5.89 ERA in 15 games with the 1926-1927 Senators. After pitching in Minor Leagues from 1928-1933. He would appear in 2 games with no decisions for the 1933 White Sox.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On January 15, 2020, Yankees had traded Reliever Stephen Tarpley to the Marlins for Minor League 3B James Nelson and Cash. Nelson has appeared in 328 games; while playing at the 2019 Class A level Jupiter Hammerheads (FSL) in the Marlins Minor League system, hitting .259 with 14 HRs and 147 RBIs. He didn’t play in 2020 season since the Minor Leagues were shut down due to the COVIDS outbreak. In 2021, he would play for the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades hitting .246 with 6 HRs and 40 RBIs in 77 games. During the 2022 season, he was released by the Yankees, after hitting just .222. He would finish the season playing for the Lexington Legends (AL).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in Yankees History October 16th-22nd Part Two

October 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021-The New York Yankees announced that they have re-signed Manager Aaron Boone to a 3-year contract through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025. Boone, 48, has compiled a career 328-218 managerial record. He has led the Yankees to a postseason berth in each of his 1st 4 seasons at the helm (2018-2021). Over his 1st 3 full seasons as manager (2018-2019, 2021), he has averaged 98 wins per season. The La Mesa, Calif., native is just the 2nd manager in baseball history to reach the postseason in each of his 1st 4 managerial seasons, joining Mike Matheny (2012-2015 with St. Louis, also 4 straight). He is the 3rd manager to make the playoffs in each of his 1st 4 seasons with the Yankees, joining Casey Stengel (1st 5 from 1949-1953) and Joe Torre (1st 12 from 1996-2007).

October 20th

1897- Former Yankees Reserve OF Tom Connelly (1920-1921) was born. (1897-1941)

 In June, 1920, OF Tom Connelly was purchased by the Yankees from Tulsa (WL). Connelly would patrolled the outfield for the Yankees in 5 games divvied up between 1920 and 1921 AL seasons. His lone hit (1-for-6) was a single off Hall of Famer Starter Red Faber. After leaving the Yankees, Tom would play in the Minor Leagues from 1921 to 1928. Later, he  would manage the Amarillo Texans (WL) for part of the 1928 season (the 2nd of 3 managers of the team that season).

1903- Former Yankees Pitcher Archie Campbell (1928) was born. (1903-1989)

On August 20,1927, P Archie Campbell was purchased by the Yankees from Wichita (WL). The Rookie hurler Campbell would post a 0-1 record  with a 5.25 ERA and 1 save in 13 games for the 1928 Yankees. On October 3,1928, Archie was drafted by the Senators from the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) in the 1928 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He would pitch for the 1929 Senators and the 1930 Reds before leaving the MLB.

1910- The Former Voice of Yankee Stadium Robert “Bob” Sheppard was born. (1910-2010)

The long-time Public Address Announcer of the New York Yankees, Bob Sheppard is the most famous PA Voice in sports history. His slow, deep cadence has rung out from "Now batting for the Yankees, number five, Joe DiMaggio" to "Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter." He graduated from St. John's University in the class of 1932. At St. John's, he spent 4 years on the football team, also he was the 1st baseman for the baseball squad. He joined the New York Yankees in DiMaggio's last season on April 17,1951. He has been at the microphone high above Yankee Stadium ever since. He has announced thousands of players over more than 4,000 MLB games. Of course, being the Announcer for the Yankees meant that Sheppard was the PA Announcer for dozens of World Series games. He has worked 20 World Series in all. He has also been the Public-Address Announcer for the New York Football Giants, a position he has held from 1956-2005. Since announcing is a part-time, seasonal job, 81 games a year plus the MLB postseason, Sheppard also taught speech at St. John's Univ. for 25 years.  During his winter stay in Florida, Sheppard reads at daily Mass. He is often approached after Mass by fans that say, "You sound like the guy at Yankee Stadium..." He then stops them and confirms he is the voice of Yankee Stadium. Sheppard has kept his age a guarded secret through the years but the combination of his college graduation date (1932); his 1910 birth date given on seems plausible. His last season of regular work at Yankee Stadium was 2007; he officially retired in 2009. 

1910- The Giants win the City Series against the Yankees in the 6th game, as Giants Ace Christy Mathewson is victorious over the Yankees Starter Jack Warhop by the score of 6-3. Giants Larry Doyle’s 3rd-inning 3-run HR is the big blow in the game.

1926- Stuffy McInnis is named new manager of the Phillies, succeeding Art Fletcher, who will sign on with the Yankees as a MLB Coach. Art will be a Yankees MLB Coach from 1927 to 1945, when he left the team because of heart health issues. After Manager Miller Higgin’s death in September, Fletcher will briefly manage the 1929 Yankees to a 6-5 record. He will return to being an MLB Coach, when former Yankees Pitching Coach Bob Shawkey taking over the Manager’s job for the 1930 AL season.

1931- Former Yankees HOF, AL MVP, MLB Coach (1970), All-Star OF/1B Mickey Charles Mantle (1951-1968) was born. (1931-1996)

Before the start of the 1949 AL season, Mickey Mantle was signed by the Yankees Super MLB Scout Tom Greenwade,as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in only 3 seasons in the Yankees Minor League system, joining the team in 1951. He was briefly with the 1950 team the last month of the AL season, but he did not play in any games. Mickey Mantle was the greatest switch-hitter of all time. He hit 536 MLB Career HRs; including 18 HRs in 230 at bats in 65 games in the World Series play. He won the AL Triple Crown in 1956 (BA .353, 52 HRs, 130 RBIs). For his 1956 AL Triple Crown season, he was named the 1956 Major League Player of the Year. Mantle was selected for 20 AL All-Star games. He was the AL MVP 3 times (1956-1957 and 1962). He was the AL HR leader 4 times in his playing career. Mickey Mantle played in 2,401 games as a Yankees player, while hitting a lifetime .298. With all of Mantle's power, he suffered thought an assortment of leg and knee injuries and his bones were beset by osteomylitis; a disease that weakened his bone structure. The 1st of his leg injuries occurred in the 1951 World Series against the Giants, when he got his spikes caught in a drainage valve cover in the Yankee Stadium Outfield; while chasing a fly ball hit by future long-time NL CF rival Willie Mays. He was never really the same after that injury. In 1959, Mickey won his only AL Fielding Award. Mantle was named the Sporting News All-Star team 4 times during his MLB playing career. In the 1961 Babe Ruth 60 HR record chase, he hit 54 HRs before injuries stopping him in the HR race, while his Yankees teammate Roger Maris would finish the 1961 AL season with 61 HRs. Mickey won his only AL Glove Award for Outfield in 1962. In 1965, he won the Hutch Award. Mickey Mantle along with his long-time Yankees teammate Pitcher Whitey Ford were elected on January 16, 1974 to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. On February 2,1983, Hall of Famers Mantle and Willie Mays accepted Greeter positions at a casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The next day, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn banned both of them. On March 18,1985, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstated both men. 

1934- Former Yankees Reserve INF Paddy Greene passed away. (1875-1934)

After being purchased by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (EL), Reserve INF Paddy Greene appeared in 4 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .308. On July 16,1903, Patty was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to the Tigers for the player rights to P John Deering, who would go 4-3 in 9 games for the team.

1940- Former Yankees Pitcher Thad Tillotson (1967-1968) was born. (1940-2012)

On September 10,1966, P Thad Tillotson was traded by the Dodgers along with Cash to the Yankees for veteran INF Richard “Ducky” Schofield. Tillotson had been pitching for the Dodgers AAA team, the Spokane Indians (PCL). The Yankees will send him to their AAA club, the Toledo Mud Hens (IL) to finish out the 1966 baseball season. Thad went 4-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 50 games for the 1967-1968 Yankees. From 1968 to 1970, he pitched for their AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL), going 31-21 in 131 games. In 1970, he would leave the Yankees organization to pitch in Japan with the Nankai Hawks (JPL), posting a 3-4 record with a 6.35 ERA in 18 games for the team.

1951- Yankees long-time AL All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio accompanies Lefty O'Doul's All-Stars on a baseball tour of Japan. They will win 13 of the 15 games played in Japan. He will retire officially from the Yankees as an MLB player on December 11,1951.

1952- Former Yankees OF/1B/DH Dave Collins (1982) was born.

On December 23,1981, Dave Collins was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He hit .253 with 3 HRs and 25 RBIs in 111 games for the 1982 Yankees. On December 9,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with Class A Minor League 1B Fred McGriff, MLB P Mike Morgan and Cash to the Blue Jays for veteran MLB Reliever Dale Murray and Reserve OF Tom Dodd.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher (1947-1954) and MLB Coach Ralph “The Major” Houk is named to succeed veteran Casey Stengel as Manager of the Yankees. He signs a 2-year contract to manage the team. He briefly led the team during the 1960 AL season, going 7-6, while Casey Stengel was hospitalized. Ralph Houk had managed the Yankees top AAA team, the Denver Bears from 1955-1957, winning championships in the American Association. Ralph Houk will replace Casey Stengel’s platoon infield system with a set INF of 3B Clete Boyer, Shortstop Tony Kubek,  2B Bobby Richardson and 1B Bill Skowron. He will have veteran Bronx Starter Whitey Ford on a 4-day pitching schedule. Houk replaces veteran Eddie Lopat as Yankees MLB Pitching Coach with former Yankees teammate P Johnny Sain. Former AL hitting star Wally Moses becomes the new Yankees MLB Batting Coach/1B Coach. Ralph Houk keeps former Tribe Catcher Jim Hegan as his MLB Bullpen Coach, while long-time MLB Coach Bill Dickey will become a Special Catching Instructor for the Yankees Minor League system. Long-time Yankees 3B Coach Frank Crosetti stays with the Yankees MLB Coaching staff.

1960- The Yankees named Baseball Executive Roy Hamey, as the new Yankees General Manager replacing retiring Yankees GM George Weiss successor. Hamey had worked as an Assistant GM under George Weiss. The change of the Yankees front office is now completed with a new team GM (Hamey) and Manager (Houk) for the 1961 AL season. Haney’s 1st task with the Yankees is to oversee the Yankees Roster plans for the December AL Expansion Team Player Draft being held in December. In the fall of 1961, George Weiss would return to NYC with the NL’s new expansion team, the Mets along with his new team’s Manager Casey Stengel. 

1964- Three days after resigning as Manager of the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Johnny Keane replaces Yogi Berra as the new Yankees' field boss for 1965 AL season. It is one of the worst personnel moves made by Yankees General Manager Ralph Houk. Co-Team Owner Dan Topping had selected former Yankees Player/Coach Yogi Berra in the fall of 1963; as the 1964 Manager;  he was not Houk’s own choice for Manager. In 1965, Johnny Keane would finish in 6th place (77-85) in AL with an injury riddled veteran Yankees team, with many of the veteran players did not like him. He will start the 1966 AL season with a 4-16 record, before being replaced by former Manager Ralph Houk, who steps down as Yankees GM in order to return to the Yankees dugout. He will post a 635-630 as the team’s manager from 1966 to 1973, never appearing in the AL Post Season with the team.

1978- Just days after the 1978 Yankees World Series victory against the Dodgers, rumors circulate that the Yankees plan to trade veteran All-Star Reliever Sparky Lyle and other players to the Rangers for OF Juan Beniquez and Minor League Pitching Star Dave Righetti. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner denies the trade rumors of a possible trade of veteran Closer Sparky Lyle and Catcher Thurman Munson for Pirates NL All-Star Slugger OF Dave Parker. Also, he said that Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson would remain as Yankee players for the 1979 AL season. Munson had shown a desired to play for the Indians to finish out his MLB playing career, in order to be closer to his family, who lived in Canton, Ohio. Only Yankees Reliever Sparky Lyle will be traded by the Yankees in a trade to the Rangers for Minor League Pitching Star Dave Righetti and MLB OF Juan Beniquez.

1980- Former Yankees Reliever Jose Veras (2006-2009) was born.

On December 12, 2005, the Yankees had signed veteran Reliever Jose Veras as an MLB Free Agent. He would appear in 106 games for the Yankees, while posting an 8-4 record with a 4.43 ERA and 3 saves. On June 24, 2009, the Indians would purchase Jose from the Yankees.

1981- In a World Series rematch of the 1978 teams, the Yankees take Game 1 over the Dodgers by the score of 5-3. Yankees Bob Watson hit a 3-run HR in the 1st inning as Bronx Starter Ron Guidry goes 7 innings for the victory. Yankees Closer Goose Gossage shuts down a Dodgers rally in the 8th inning.

1992- Former Yankees Pitcher Allen “Rubber Arm” Russell (1915-1919) passed away. (1893-1992)

Allen "Rubber-Arm" Russell pitched 11 seasons in the MLB. He was sometimes used as a Starter, with 112 MLB starts and sometimes a Closer with 154 games finished. Although "Saves" was not an official stat at the time, he twice led the league in saves. Allen won 26 games in the Minor Leagues in 1913, when he won 21 games in 1915. In between in 1914, he played for Minor-League AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). He was a year older than his Orioles teammate Babe Ruth. Russell had an off-season with a record of 11-16, while Ruth went 22-9. Ruth came up to the  Red Sox for a number of years before going over to the Yankees. Russell did the opposite, spending 4 1/2 seasons with the Yankees before going over to the Red Sox for 3 1/2 years. Overall, for the Yankees, Russell had posted a 26-36 record with 3.05 ERA in 114 games. On July 29,1919, Allen was traded by the Yankees along with P Bob McGraw and $40,000 Cash to the Red Sox for a Player to be Named Later. The Red Sox  would send veteran Starter Carl Mays (July 30, 1919) to the Yankees to complete the trade. The 2 players were together for 1/2 season on the 1919 Red Sox. In his 1st season, 1915, he would allow 21 hits, walk 21 batters and strike out 21 batters. He is the only pitcher to ever have at least 20 hits, walks and strikeouts in a season with all being equal amounts. Russell would closed out his MLB Pitching career with the Senators, spending 3 years with them and appearing in the 1924 World Series, which the Nats won. He would pitch 3 innings in Game 3. After his MLB days, he spent a couple of years pitching in the Minor Leagues. Russell was one of the pitchers, who were allowed to keep using the spitball after it was largely outlawed by MLB. An article in the New York Times from July 22, 1917 called him “the young spit-baller,” so clearly, he was identified with the pitch.

1996-  In the 1996 World Series Opener, the Braves continue to pound the ball, as they defeat the Yankees by the score of 12-1. At age 19, the Braves Rookie OF Andruw Jones puts himself in the MLB record books as the youngest player to hit a HR in a World Series game. He hit 1-HR in the 2nd inning off of Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte and another HR in the 3rd inning. Braves Starter John Smoltz gains the easy win.

2004- After losing the 1st 3 games of the ALCS, the Red Sox became the 1st team in MLB history to win a best-of-7 series by beating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium by a score of 10-3. Johnny Damon hits 2 HRs, including a Grand Slam HR in the 4th inning, backing up a solid pitching work of Red Sox Starter Derek Lowe. The Red Sox joined the NHL’s 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams in the history of pro sports to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a 7-game series.

2009- The Yankees take a 3-1 lead in the 2009 ALCS by crushing the Angels by the score of 10-1 in Anaheim. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez continues his AL post season red-hot hitting with a 2-run HR off of Angels P Jason Bulger in the 5th inning, giving him an RBI in 8 consecutive AL Postseason contests.

2017- In the 2017 ALCS, the Astros force a Game 7 by defeating the Yankees by the score of 7-1 in Game 6 played in Houston. Veteran AL Starter Justin Verlander has another great pitching performance by throwing 7 scoreless innings, as the Astros score 3 times in the 5th inning against Yankees Starter Luis Severino on a double by Catcher Brian McCann and a 2-run single by 2B Jose Altuve. Yankees Rookie Slugger Aaron Judge brings the Yankees close with a monster HR off of Houston Reliever Brad Peacock in the 8th, but Altuve leads off the bottom of the inning with a solo HR shot off of Bronx Reliever David Robertson, starting a 4-run inning that puts the game away for Houston.

 October 21st

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

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

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

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

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

In 1947, the Yankees had signed hurler Whitey Ford as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Ford will pitch for the Yankees for 16 seasons. He would miss the 1951-1952 AL seasons, because he was serving on active duty in Army. In 1955, Whitey was named the  AL Sporting News Pitcher, while posting a 18-7 record with a 2.63 ERA in 39 games. Also, he  would win the AL Pitchers Award in 1956 and 1958 as the League’s Top Pitcher. In 1961, Whitey Ford was the Cy Young Award winner after going 25-4 with 3.21 ERA in 39 games. Also, that 1961 AL season, he won the Babe Ruth Award. He was the 1961 World Series MVP. Whitey was selected for AL All-Star team 8 times. He won 20 games only twice in his Yankees Pitching career; in 1961 going 25-4 and 24-7 in 1963. In 1961, he broke Babe Ruth’s 29 2/3 scoreless innings pitched World Series record with a total of 33 innings. In 1964, he served as Manager Yogi Berra’s MLB Pitching Coach. When Whitey retired in 1967, as the Yankees All-time Pitching Wins’ Leader with 236 games, passing former Yankees Starter Charles “Red” Ruffing, who had 231 Yankees career wins. In the World Series play with the team, Whitey had posted a 10-8 record with a 2.71 ERA along with 7 complete games and 3 shutouts in 22 World Series games. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 236-106 record, WP .690 with a 2.75 ERA with 11 saves and 45 shutouts in 498 games. Ford had 1,956 MLB career strikeouts in 3,171 innings pitched. On January 16,1974, Whitey Ford was elected along with long-time Yankees teammate OF/1B Mickey Mantle to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. On October 8, 2020, Whitey Ford passed away at the age of 91.

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

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

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

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

Casey Close had 2 productive seasons in AAA after being a College Baseball star, but he never made it to the MLB. He eventually made his name as an MLB Player Agent. Close hit .440 with 19 HRs for the Univ. of Michigan in 1986, where he had future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin's roommate. He was 12th in NCAA Division I in average and tied for 21st in HRs, even with Dave Hollins and Chris Hoiles among others. Close, also had 15 steals, 68 runs and 72 RBIs. He was named a 1st-team All-American outfielder by both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association, beating out Albert Belle and Paul Sorrento among others. He was also named the Baseball America Player of the Year, beating out Robin Ventura, Greg Swindell, Matt Williams, Jeff King, Jack McDowell and George Canale among other All-Americans. Close fell to the 7th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player draft before the Yankees chose him; the next round, they take Hal Morris. Casey had a rough pro debut with the 1986 Class A Oneonta Yankees, hitting .245 though his 38 RBIs led the club, beating out future MLB regulars Jim Leyritz, Morris, Kevin Maas and Turner Ward. In 1987, he batted .279 for the AA Albany Yankees (EL), jumping straight to AA from low A level. 

The Ohio native would split the 1988 season between Albany (.169 in 25 Games) and the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) hitting .188 in 81 Games. The former Michigan superstar was with the 1989 Calgary Cannons (PCL), a Mariners AAA affiliate. He hit .330 to outperform outfield mates Mike Kingery and Mickey Brantley; Jay Buhner had a lower average, but he had more power, while Bruce Fields led the PCL in average. Had he qualified, Close would have ranked 4th in the league in average. In 1990, Close would end his active career as a player by hitting .270 with 30 doubles, 71 runs, 69 RBIs and 15 steals in 21 tries for Calgary. He had 12 outfield assists, tied for 6th in the PCL. He later became a Player Agent and head of the baseball division of CAA Sports with clients including Derek Jeter, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard, Zach Greinke and Ben Sheets. He was particularly active before the 2014 MLB season, negotiating a huge contract extension for P Clayton Kershaw and handling the negotiations that brought Japanese Superstar P Masahiro Tanaka to the Yankees, alongside deals for P Homer Bailey and 1B Freddie Freeman, which both topped $100 million. He oversees Player Agents Jeff Berry, Nez Balelo, Greg Landry, Joe Urbon and Brodie Van Wagenen. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1996Current Yankees Minor League P Carlos Espinal was born.

Carlos Espinal was signed by the  Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 5.9:1 K:BB ratio for the 2015 DSL Yankees 2, finishing 8th in the Dominican Summer League in K:BB ratio. He did not pitch in 2016. In 2017, he was 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA for the Class A short season Pulaski Yankees (NYPL). He would split 2018 season between the DSL Yankees (1 R in 3 2/3 IP), Pulaski (3-0, Sv, 0.43 ERA, 8 H, 4 BB, 26 K in 21 IP) and the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (1-2, 4 Sv, 2.51 ERA). That winter, he had a 4.66 ERA in 7 games for the Leones del Escogido. In 2019, he was 1-2 with 5 saves and a 2.41 ERA for the Class A Charleston (SAL), with a 1.02 WHIP and 75 K in 59 2/3 IP. He then was with the Dominican squad for the 2019 Premier 12, but did not get into a game. In 2021, Carlos would have a split season pitching for Class A Hudson Valley and AA Somerset . In 2022, he was moved up to AA Somerset (2-0 with a 3.11 ERA 1sv, 24 games) and AAA Scranton (0-2 with a 3.47 ERA 1sv, 13 games).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021- The New York Yankees have announced that 1B Coach and Outfield Instructor Reggie Willits will be leaving the club at the conclusion of his contract to join the Univ. of Oklahoma baseball program as a volunteer Assistant Coach. Willits, 40, has spent 7 years in the Yankees organization, including the last 4 seasons (2018-2021) as the Yankees’ 1B Coach and Outfield Instructor. He had spent his 1st 3 years (2015-2017) in the Yankees organization as the club’s Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator.

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This Week in Yankees History October 16th-22nd Part Three

October 22nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the 2014 MLB season had ended, the Yankees would grant him MLB Free Agency. On January 23, 2015, he had signed a 1-year contract with the Marlins. He would play in 153 games, hitting only .229 by far his worst average as a major leaguer. He would finish the season with 2,935 MLB hits, amid speculation that he would not return for another season that could give him a chance to join the 3,000 hit club. On the final days of the 2017 NL season, on October 4th, he made the 1st pitching appearance of his MLB playing career, pitching the 8th inning of a 7-2 loss to the Phillies, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. In May of 2018, he would retire from the game, while playing for his original MLB team, the Mariners. He became a Special Coach for the team.  

1974- The Yankees and Giants had traded their popular MLB All-Star Outfielders, both teams drawing the ire of their loyal fans. The Giants would send OF Bobby Bonds to Yankees for OF Bobby Murcer. Bonds production for the 1974 Giants had slipped to a .256 BA with 21 HRs and 71 RBIs in 150 games. He did win a NL Golden Glove for Outfielders. While with the 1974 Yankees, Bobby Murcer had hit .274 with 10 HRs and 88 RBIs in 156 games. Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner breaks his promise to Bobby Murcer that he’ll always be a Yankee player, while he owns the team. Bobby Bonds will only play 1 season for the Yankees before being traded to the Angels for OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa. Meanwhile Murcer will last only 2 seasons with the Giants before being dealt to the Cubs in February of 1977. Bobby was very unhappy playing in Giants cold and windy Candlestick Park. He enjoyed playing for the Cubs, especially they didn’t have night games at Wrigley Field. During the 1979 MLB season, he will return to the Yankees in a trade with the Cubs. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hank Greenwald was an MLB Sports Announcer on the West Coast, who had worked on the Giants and the Oakland A’s games. In 1986, he would join WABC-770 AM Radio in New York City to work on Yankees Radio broadcasts with Tommy Hutton. In 1989, he would return back to the West Coast to work the Giants again.



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