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This Week in Yankees History October 30th-November 5th
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This Week in Yankees History October 30th-November 5th Part One



October 30th

1888- Former Yankees Pitcher Marty McHale (1913-1915) was born. (1888-1979)

On August 11,1913, P Marty McHale was purchased by the Yankees from AA Jersey City (IL) for $6,000. He made his MLB pitching debut with the 1910-1911 Red Sox , posting a 0-2  record in 6 games before the team had traded him to AA Jersey City (IL). McHale will post a 11-27 record with 3.28 ERA and 1 save in 51 games for the Yankees. He would finish his MLB Pitching career pitching for the 1916 Red Sox and Indians.

1941- Former Yankees DH/3B James “Jim Ray” Hart (1973-1974) was born. (1941-2016)

On April 16,1973, veteran 3B Jim Hart was purchased by the Yankees from the Giants for Cash. He had suffered several leg injuries, while playing with the Giants. As the 1973 Yankees primary DH, Jim would hit .254 with 13 HRs and 52 RBIs in 114 games. On June 7,1974, Hart was released by the team, he was only hitting just .053 in 10 games.

1948- Former Yankees OF Mickey “Mick the Quick” Rivers (1976-1979) was born.

Mickey “Mick the Quick” Rivers had a solid 15-year career in the MLB, but he was best known as a colorful character, who uttered many humorous remarks. His entire MLB career was spent with 3 AL teams, and although he was with the Yankees for less than the other 2 teams, many of the funny remarks date from that period of his career. After attending Miami Dade College (where Bucky Dent was a teammate), Rivers was drafted by the Braves in 1969. He made his pro debut that year with the Magic Valley Cowboys, hitting .307. At the end of the summer, he was traded along with Clint Compton to the Angels for veteran Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Priddy. He would split the next 4-seasons between the Minors and the Angels, hitting well over .300 at every minor league stop. In 1974, Rivers stay in the MLB for good as the Angels' center fielder. In his 1st full MLB season, he would hit .285 with 30 stolen bases as he led the AL with 11 triples, despite playing in just 118 games. In 1975, he would  hit .284, while leading the AL with 13 triples and 70 steals (the most in the AL since Ty Cobb had stolen 96 in 1915). On December 11,1975, Mickey was dealt to the Yankees along with Pitcher Ed Figueroa for MLB All-Star OF Bobby Bonds. In his 1st season in the Bronx, Rivers would hit .312 with 43 stolen bases and 67 RBIs. He would finish 3rd in 1976 AL MVP voting. Mickey was the leadoff hitter for the AL in the MLB All-Star Game that summer, but he could not be located as the National Anthem was being played. The team searched and found Rivers sleeping in a space between the dugout and clubhouse. He had hit .348 in the 1976 ALCS against the Royals, but he struggled in that fall's World Series, hitting only .167 as the Yankees fell to the Reds in 4 games. In 1977, Rivers would miss 24 games due to injuries, but he hit .326 with MLB career bests in 12 HRs with 69 RBIs. He drove in the winning run in the deciding Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS against the Royals but again he would struggle in the 1978 World Series, hitting just .222 as the Yankees captured the World Championship over theDodgers. His BA dropped from .326 to .265 in 1978, but he performed well in the MLB postseason by hitting .455 in the ALCS and .333 in the World Series as the Yankees repeated as World Champs, once again defeating the Dodgers. On August 1,1979, Mickey was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers as part of an 8-player deal that included him, plus 3 Players to be Named Later for Rangers for MLB OF Oscar Gamble, 3B Amos Lewis (Minors) and 2 Players to be Named Later.  As a Yankee player, Mickey would hit .299 with 34 HRs and 209 RBIs along with 93 stolen bases in 490 games. With the 1980 Rangers, he would posted MLB career highs with a .333 BA, 210 hits, 96 runs scored, and 32 doubles, plus he put together a 24-game hitting streak. In 1981, He would hit .286, but Rivers missed most of 1982 AL season due to injuries. After that, he played 2 more seasons for Texas as a part-timer, hitting .300 in his final year in 1984. He would retire from the MLB, after the Rangers had released him prior to the start of the 1985 AL season. Mickey Rivers would finish his 15-season MLB playing career with a .295 BA with 61 HRs and 494 RBIs and 267 stolen bases in 1,468 games. He had played for the Angels, Yankees and the Rangers.

1962- Former Yankees OF/DH Danny Tartabull (1992-1995) was born.

Danny Tartabull was the son of former MLB Player OF Jose Tartabull. On January 6,1992, the Yankees would sign OF/DH Danny Tartabull as an MLB Free Agent. Danny had originally come up to the MLB with the Royals. His best Yankees player season was in 1992, when he hit .262 with 25 HRs and 85 RBIs for the team. As a Yankees player, he had appeared in 424 games, while hitting .252 with 81 HRs with 282 RBIs. On July 28,1995, Danny was traded by the team to Oakland for veteran OF/DH Ruben Sierra and P Jason Beverlin.

1982- Former Yankees Reliever Jonathan Albaladejo (2008-2010) was born.

In the fall of 2007, P Jonathan Albaladejo was traded by the Nationals to the Yankees for Reliever Tyler Clippard. Albaladejo was injured for most of 2008 AL season, but he did make 7 appearances for the Yankees. He wasn't as good as the previous season, allowing 15 hits and 6 walks in 13 ⅔ innings, being charged with a loss in his only decision. Still, he did strike out 13 batters, demonstrating that his fastball still has some bite. Also, he had pitched in 6 games in the Minors, 2 rehabilitation starts for the Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL) and 4 games with the AAA Scranton (IL), totaling only 11 innings of work between the 2 teams. Back with 2010 AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL), Albaladejo was dominant as a Closer, beating the old International League mark of 38 saves in a season that had been held by Matt Whiteside since 2004. As a Yankees hurler, he had posted a 5-2 record with a 4.70 ERA in 49 games. In the fall of 2010, he was sold by the Yankees to a team in Japan.

1984- Former Yankees Reserve OF Shane Robinson (2018) was born.

OF Shane Robinson was selected by the Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He would play in the MLB for the Cardinals, Twins and the Angels. On February 9, 2018, Shane was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had appeared in 25 games for the team, when the it was hit with injuries to their starting outfielders, hitting just .143 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs. With AAA Scranton, Robinson had played in 50 games, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 14 RBIs. On October 10, 2018, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would be signed by the Phillies for the 2019 season, playing for their AAA Club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL).

2001- George W. Bush becomes the 8th President of the United States to attend a World Series game, the 1st since President Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch. Wearing a New York Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11th attacks, the President walks to the mound by himself gives a thumb up and throws a perfect strike much to the delight of the Yankee Stadium faithful. In Game 3, the Yankees will win by the score of 2-1 over the Diamondbacks, behind the strong pitching by veteran starter Roger Clemens and Closer Mariano Rivera.

2007- Former Yankees Catcher and MLB Manager Joe Girardi is named the 32nd Manager in Yankees franchise history. He replaces the currently departed Manager Joe Torre (1996-2007), who turned down the Yankees front office offer of a reduce pay with certain incentives to stay on as Manager. Joe had recently managed the Miami Marlins. He had been fired by Marlin’s Team Owner Jeffrey Laurie, who was causing constant problems for the team and him.

2011- Former Yankees Minor League P Mickey Scott had passed away. (1947-2011)

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

2012- Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira picks up his 5th AL Golden Glove Award, although they have not been consecutive.

2015- Former Yankees OF Norm Siebern (1956-1959) had passed away. (1933-2015)

Norm Siebern had a 12-year career in the MLB starting with the 1956 Yankees. He was a 3-time AL All-Star player. In 1951, he was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. Norm would make his pro debut that year with the McAlester Rockets by hitting .331 in 50 games. During the off-seasons, he had attended Southwest Missouri St. Univ., where he played basketball. Along with future MLB teammate Jerry Lumpe, he led the school to NAIA basketball championships in 1952 and 1953. He spent the 1952 campaign with the Joplin Miners (WA). He hit .324 with 13 HRs and led the circuit with 33 doubles and 115 runs scored. After hitting .281 with 21 HRs for the Birmingham Barons in 1953, he would missed the next 2 seasons, while serving in the Army. Back on the diamond in 1956, Siebern won the 1st James P. Dawson Memorial Award, an award given to the top rookie in the Yankees' MLB Spring Training Camp, but he suffered a knee injury just before the beginning of the 1956 AL season. Despite missing a good portion of the season, he did make it to the Bronx in June, about a month shy of his 23rd birthday, Norm went on to play in 54 games for Bombers that year. Also, he had appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, which the Yankees won. Back in the Minors with the 1957 AAA Denver Bears, he would lead the American Association by hitting .349, 124 runs, 191 hits, 45 doubles and 15 triples. Norm was chosen by The Sporting News as their Minor League Player of the Year. In 1958, Siebern returned to the Yankees as their regular LF. In his 1st full MLB season, he would hit .300 along with 14 HRs and a .388 on-base percentage, while winning an AL Gold Glove; the 1st Yankee regular position player to do so. In 1958 World Series, he got 1 hit (off of Braves P Lew Burdette) in 8 at-bats, but he made 2 key misplays in left in Game 4 that cost Bronx Bombers the game (but not the Series, as the Yankees won the Series in 7 games). His play left him in Casey Stengel’s doghouse for young players, joining  INF Jerry Lumpe and 1B/OF Marv Throneberry. For the 1959 AL season, Norm will play in 120 games for the 3rd place Yankees, while hitting .271 with 11 HRs and 53 RBIs. On December  7,1959, Siebern was traded to the A’s along with veteran RF Hank Bauer, P Don Larsen and Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry in the trade that brought OF Roger Maris, veteran INF Joe DeMaestri and 1B Kent Hadley to the Yankees. Norm had appeared in 308 games with the Yankees, while hitting .273 with 29 HRs and 129 RBIs. He would spend 4 seasons with the A's, hitting a peak in 1962 with numbers of .308 BA with 117 RBIs. He led the AL in Runs Created. It was quite a performance considering that the A’s lost 90 games, they had no players other than Siebern that drove in or scored 100+ runs. For his performance, he was an AL All-Star in 1962 and 1963. Following the 1963 AL season, Siebern was traded by the Athletics to the Orioles for AL All-Star 1B Jim Gentile. In 1964, his BA dipped to .245, but he had an AL-high 106 walks and thus still was able to score 92 runs, which was 2nd on the team behind Luis Aparicio's 93 runs scored. Also, He was an AL All-Star for the 3rd and final time in his MLB playing career that season. After the 1965 AL season, he was dealt to the Angels for OF/1B Dick Simpson. In 1966, he would hit .247, but he drew enough walks that he was close to leading the team in OBP. After 1 season with the Angels, Siebern was sent to the Giants for 1B/OF Len Gabrielson. He would appear in just 46 games for the 1967 Giants, primarily backing up NL All-Star 1B Willie McCovey, before being purchased by the Red Sox in July. He would hit just .205 with No HRs and 7 RBIs with 7 walks in 33 games for Boston that season, but Norm went 1-for-3 (with a hit coming off of Cardinals Ace Bob Gibson) in pinch-hitting appearances in the 1967 World Series. After going just 2-for-30 for Boston in 1968, he was released by the team and his MLB playing career was now over. Norm Siebern had a 12-season playing career in the MLB with 6 teams; while hitting .272 with 132 HRs and 636 RBIs in 1,406 games. Following his playing days, Siebern was an MLB Scout for a time, later he would work as an insurance agent.

2020- In their, major 2nd 2020 MLB Off-Season move, the Yankees have declined their 2021 Club Options with long-time team OF Brett Gardner and veteran Starter J. A. Happ, making them MLB Free Agents. J.A. Happ would be signed by the Twins. Brett Gardner would return to the Yankees for the 2021 AL season by signing a 1-year deal in January.

October 31st

1882- Former Yankees OF Bert Daniels (1910-1913) was born. (1882-1958)

In August of 1909, OF Bert Daniels was purchased by the Highlanders from Altoona (TSL). Daniels would hit .257 with 5 HRs and 111 RBIs in 455 games with the 1910-1913 Yankees. On August 8,1913, Burt was traded by Yankees along with OF Ezra Midkiff and $12,000 Cash to the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for INF Fritz Maisel. Daniels would managed the St. Joseph Saints (WL) in 1918. At the time the league suspended its operations in early July, the team had a 30-38 record and was in 7th place. Later, Bert would become the Head Coach of the Manhattan College baseball team from 1931-1938.

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

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

1957- Yankees All-Star Catcher Yogi Berra says the team had returned fine money to the Yankee players involved in the Copacabana Nightclub fight in May of 1957. Former Yankees 2B Billy Martin, who is now with the Kansas City Athletics doesn’t get a refund of the player fine money by Yankees GM George Weiss.

1958- Former Yankees Reserve INF Paul Zuvella (1985-1986) was born.

On June 30,1986, Minor League INF Paul Zuvella was traded by the Braves along with OF Claudell Washington to the Yankees for 1B/OF Ken Griffey Sr. and Reserve INF Andre Robertson. He had been playing for the AAA Richmond Braves (IL).  Paul will appear in only 35 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .172, then he would spend most of his 1986 season with the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). On October 15,1987, Paul was released by the Yankees.

1960- Former Yankees INF Mike Gallego (1992-1994) was born.

On January 9,1992, INF Mike Gallego was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. His best season as a Yankees player was in 1993, when he hit .283 with 10 HRs and 54 RBIs in 119 games. He would appear in 261 games as a Yankee, while hitting .262 with 19 HRs and 109 RBIs for the team. On October 24,1994, Mike was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. In the spring of 1995, he would resign with his old team, the Oakland  A’s.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Fred McGriff was born.

The Yankees had signed 1B Fred McGriff as a 9th round selection in the 1981 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On December 9,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Dave Collins, P Mike Morgan and Cash to the Blue Jays for Reserve OF Todd Dodd and Reliever Dale Murray. In 1982, he had played in 62 games, while hitting .272 with 9 HRs and 41 RBIs for the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (Gulf).

1963- Former Yankees C/1B/DH Matt Nokes (1990-1994) was born.

On June 4,1990, veteran Catcher Matt Nokes was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for 2 Pitchers; Lance McCullers and Clay Parker. Matt will appear in 452 games for the Yankees, while hitting .249 with 71 HRs and 222 RBIs. He was the Yankees starting Catcher during the 1991-1992 AL seasons. In 1993, he had lost his starting job to Mike Stanley. In 1994, Matt spent time on the DL. After the 1994 AL season had ended, the Yankees had granted Mike MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Orioles. After retiring as an active player, Matt has worked as a Minor League Coach and Manager for several MLB organizations.

1964- Former Yankees Minor League P Steve Rosenberg was born.

In 1985, Steve Rosenberg was 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA for the Univ. of Florida, then he followed with a 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA for the 1986 college season. The Yankees had selected him in the 4th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. After signing with the team, he was assigned to the Class A Oneonta Yankees (NYPL), where he saved 3 of 3 games; while striking out 10 batters and allowing only 4-hits and 1 run in 9 innings. Next,  Steve was promoted to the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FLS). He would post a 6-1 record with a 2.12 ERA and 3 saves in 25 games. Rosenberg continued his rapid rise through the Yankees farm system in 1987 by going 4-4 with a 2.25 ERA and 15 saves for the Class AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL). He was soon promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). The 22-year-old hurler did okay with the Clippers by posting a 4-1 record with a 4.08 ERA and 2 saves. On November 13,1987, Steve was dealt by the Yankees along with 1B/OF Dan Pasqua, C/DH/1B Mark Salas for 2 White Sox hurlers: Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen.

1973- Former Yankees OF/DH David Dellucci (2003) was born.

On July 29, 2003, OF David Dellucci was traded by the Diamondbacks along Minor League 1B/OF John Prowl and P Bret Prinz to Yankees for MLB OF Raul Mondesi and Cash. He would appear in just 21 games for the team, hitting .176 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. At the end of 2003 AL season, David would leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency signing with the Rangers, who had offer him more playing time than the Yankees could have in 2004.

1979- Orioles Starter Mike Flanagan, who had posted a 23-9 record is named the winner of the 1979 AL Cy Young Awardby a comfortable margin over veteran Yankees Starter Tommy John, who had a 21-9 record with a 2.97 ERA in 37 games.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF (1919) and longtime NFL Chicago Bears Owner/Coach George Halas passed away. (1895-1983)

George Halas was better known as a legendary NFL Football Coach and Team Owner of the Chicago Bears. He had only played 1 season in the MLB. George had been a 3-sport athlete at the Univ. of Illinois. On December 18,1918, the Yankees had signed OF George Halas as an MLB Free Agent. After playing Minor League ball, he came up to the 1919 Yankees as an Outfielder. It was the season before Babe Ruth came to the Yankees, and their starting outfield consisted of Sammy Vick, Ping Bodie and Duffy Lewis. In 22 MLB at-bats with the Yankees, George Halas' MLB career batting average was .091, while appearing in just 12 games for the team. He was sent down to the Minor Leagues by Yankees Manager Miller Huggins to learn how to hit the curveball. He never  would play at the MLB level again. Instead, he would leave pro baseball in 1920 to start a career in pro football.

1998- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Thurman passed away. (1917-1998)

On July 29,1949, it was announced that the Yankees had purchased OF Bob Thurman’s player contract from the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro League). He was one of the 1st black players in the Yankees Minor League system along with INF Artie Wilson, P Ruben Gomez, 1B/OF Vic Power, P Frank Barnes and OF Elston Howard. He was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (IL), where he hit 3 HRs in his 1st week with the team. For rest of the 1949 Minor League season, he hit .317 for the Bears in 59 games, before a hand injury would sideline him. In 1950, the Yankees would sell him to the Cubs. Bob would reach the MLB in 1955, playing for the Reds. He would play for the 1955-1959 Reds, while appearing in 334 games, hitting .246 with 35 HRs and 106 RBIs.

2001- For the 1st time since the Philadelphia A’s Mule Haas hit a game-tying 2-run HR in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series, a team comes from behind to tie a Fall Classic game in the 9th inning and goes on to win in extra innings. A 2-out, 2-run HR by Yankees 1B Tino Martinez in the bottom of the 9th inning ties the game. Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter hits a HR in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Yankees, a 3-2 victory over the D-Backs that knots the 2001 World Series at 2 games apiece. Both HRs come off of D-Backs Closer Byung-Hyun Kim, who had relieved Starter Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees. World Series Game #4 was played at Yankee Stadium that draws a crowd of 55,683 fans.

2005- MLB Silver Slugger Award winners are announced for each league. In the AL, Jason Varitek (C), Mark Teixeira (1B), Yankees Alfonso Soriano (2B), Joe Crede (3B), Miguel Tejada (SS), Manny Ramirez (OF), Yankees Gary Sheffield (OF), Vladimir Guerrero (OF) and David Ortiz (DH) are the winners.

2009- The Yankees would take the a 2-1 lead in the 2009 World Series by winning Game #3, with a 8-5 win over the Phillies in a game in which 6 HRs are hit -3 by each team. Yankees veteran Starter Andy Pettitte is the winner over Phillies Starter Cole Hamels. Bronx Bombers Sluggers A-Rod, Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui would hit HRs.  World Series Game #3 was played at Philadelphia’s Citizens Park, which drew a crowd of 46,061 fans.

2010- Former Yankees Minor League INF Artie Wilson passed away. (1920-2010)

Artie Wilson first played pro ball in 1944, the 1st of his 5 seasons with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro Leagues). He was selected to play in their All-Star game 4 times, the only season he missed; the Shortstop chosen was a Kansas City Monarchs Rookie, named Jackie Robinson. Also, he had played in the Negro World Series 3 times, including the last one in 1948, each time losing to the powerful Homestead Grays. During the 1948 season that Wilson helped mentor another Alabama native, 17-year-old Baron’s Rookie OF Willie Mays. During the 1948 regular season, Wilson would hit .402 for the Barons. He is credited with being the last player in a top league to hit .400 as he did it 7 years after Ted Williams hadhit .406 for the 1941 Red Sox. A speedster on the bases, Wilson was a singles hitter, who often hit to the opposite field. After the 1948 Series, Wilson went to Puerto Rico to play winter ball, where he led the Mayaguez Indians to the Puerto Rican Winter League title, by hitting .379. Cleveland's flamboyant Team Owner, Bill Veeck, flew to Puerto Rico; he would sign Wilson, 28 to play for the Indians, who had won the 1948 World Series that season with former Negro League stars OF Larry Doby and P Satchel Paige on their team roster. Unfortunately for Wilson, the Yankees would protest the signing, as the Yankees believed they had secured the right to sign Wilson from the Barons' Team Owner. At the same time a contract dispute arose between the Tribe and Yankees over the Yankees signing another former Negro Leagues star, OF Luis Marquez. MLB commissioner Happy Chandler resolved the conflict by voiding both player contracts. The Indians would receive Marquez. The Yankees promptly traded Wilson to the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), where he played his 1st season of integrated pro baseball. Artie led the PCL in BA in 1949 with a .348 mark and 47 stolen bases. A slick-fielding middle INF, he had 6 seasons of hitting over .300 in the PCL. In 1950, he led the league in runs (168) and in hits (264). He made PCL All-Star teams in at least the following seasons: 1950, 1952 and 1953. In 1952, he led the PCL in hits again. In 1953, he led the league with 14 triples and his .332 BA was 2nd to Bob Dillinger. He played for several PCL teams during his prime - the Oakland Oaks, San Diego Padres, Seattle Rainiers and the Portland Beavers. On October 11,1950, Artie was traded by Oakland along with P Al Gettel and C Ray Noble to the Giants for P Wes Bailey (Minors), P Bill Ayers, INF/OF Bert Haas,1B/OF Joe Lafata and $125,000 cash. In 1951, Artie Wilson finally got the opportunity to play in the MLB, when the Giants had signed him. He would shine in their MLB Spring Training Camp held in St. Petersburgh, Florida. The Giants Manager Leo Durocher was quoted in the N.Y. Times as saying he didn't see how he could keep Artie out of the Giants starting lineup, once the 1951 NL season had begun. Wilson only played sparingly for the Giants, getting just 22 at-bats, while hitting just .182 in 19 games. He was sent down to the Minors in May, when the Giants brought up a stellar OF from their AAA Minneapolis Millers club, named Willie Mays. On December 10,1951, he was sent to AA Seattle Rainers (PCL) by the Giants as part of a conditional deal. In 1956-1957, he  would manage Mexicali team (MWL) to an overall 114-149 record. He would finish his active playing career in the PCL in 1957. In 1962, he returned as an active player at the age of 41, to play for 2 teams in the Kansas City A’s Minor-League organization. In 2003, he was elected to the PCL Hall of Fame.

2013- Former Yankees Pitcher Johnny Kucks (1955-1959) passed away (1933-2013)

Before the start of the 1952 AL season, the Yankees had signed P Johnny Kucks as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was playing in the 1952 Class B Piedmont League, pitching for the Norfolk Tars, posting a 19-6 record with a 2.55 ERA. He was 2nd in the circuit in victories and 7th in ERA. Then Johnny missed 1953-1954 baseball seasons due to military service. When he returned to baseball in 1955, he went straight to the Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1956, when he recorded a 18-9 record with a 3.85 ERA in 34 games. He made the 1956 AL All-Star team. He had appeared in 4 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in 8 games. Plagued by back troubles, Johnny would never be as effective as his great 1956 AL season. Overall, he had posted a 42-35 record with a 3.82 ERA in 143 games for the Yankees. On May 26,1959, he was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe and PitcherTom Sturdivant to the A’s for Pitcher Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the 1959-1960 A’s (12-21 in 64 games), finishing with an overall MLB Pitching career record of 54-56 with a 4.10 ERA in 207 games. The Athletics would sell him to the Orioles, where he pitched at AAA level. Then Orioles will sell him to the Cardinals in 1962; again, he pitched at AAA level. Johnny was the top pitcher on the 1962-1963 AAA Atlanta Crackers, winning 14 games, both seasons before retiring from the game.

2014- Former Yankees Pitcher Brad “Admiral” Halsey (2004) passed away. (1981-2014)

The Yankees in the 8th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Brad Halsey. He had posted a 1-3 record with a 4.67 ERA in 8 games for the 2004 Yankees; before being traded to the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson trade. Brad had pitched in MLB with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and the A’s. In 2011, he would rejoin the Yankees organization pitching in the Minor Leagues. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher, Brad had a 14-19 record with a 4.84 ERA in 88 MLB games. He had passed away in October of 2014 at the age of only 33. He died after falling from a 100-ft cliff near his home in Texas, although it was not clear if he fell or jumped to his death. His body was found on October 31st on a private property at the base of the cliff, but his death was not reported until a few days later. A judge was appointed to investigate the circumstances of his death, although close family friends stated that it was most likely a recreational climbing accident.

2020- Right-hander Reliever Tommy Kahnle declined an outright assignment by the Yankees to AAA Scranton (IL), instead he chose to become a MLB Free Agent, the team had announced. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in August, Kahnle will miss most and quite possibly all of the 2021 AL season, making him a logical non-tender candidate. Headed into his 3rd trip through the arbitration process, Kahnle was projected to earn $2.7MM, or a minimal raise on his $2.65MM salary from 2020 given that he pitched a single inning this season.

November 1st

1884- Former Yankees OF/1B Robert “Ham” Hyatt (1918) was born. (1884-1963)

On June 19,1918, the Yankees had purchased INF/OF Bob Hyatt from the Braves. Bob would hit .229 in 53 games with the 1918 Yankees. He had started playing in the MLB with 1909-1914 Pirates. In 1909, he had played in 2 games of the 1909 World Series with the Pirates. Later, he would play for the 1915 Cardinals, before joining the Braves. On January 28,1921, the Yankees would send C Truck Hannah, OF Ham Hyatt, Pitchers Bob McGraw and Ernie Shore to AA Vernon Tigers (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made during September, 1920. In September, 1920, the Yankees would send Players to be Named Later and OF Howie Camp to Vernon (PCL) for Shortstop Johnny Mitchell.

1893- Former Yankees OF Alex Burr (1914) was born. (1893-1918)

Outfielder Alex Burr had appeared in 1 game with the 1914 Yankees with no plate appearances. On October 12,1918, Alex Burr was killed in an airplane accident, while serving in the United States Air Service in Cazaux, France. Burr's plane crashed into a lake in flames; his body was not recovered. He had been serving in France since November of 1917. Alex was only 24 years old at the time of his death. Burr was one of 5 MLB players, who were killed during World War I. The 4 other players were: Bun Troy‚ Larry Chappell‚ Eddie Grant and Ralph Sharman.

1894- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and Scout Joe McDermott was born. (1894-1978)

Catcher Joe McDermott had played for 9  Minor League seasons, later he would manage in the Minor Leagues. Also, McDermott would own Minor League teams in Norfolk and Grand Island in the Class D Nebraska State League. Joe was a MLB Scout for the Cardinals (1941-1945), Yankees (1946-1962), Mets (1962-1964). He would return to the Yankees organization again working from 1965 to 1969. Then he was Scout for the MLB Scouting Bureau until his retirement in the 1970's.

1927- Former Yankees Minor League/MLB 1B/OF Vic Power was born. (1927-2005)

Before the start of the 1951 AL season, 1B/OF Vic Power was purchased by the Yankees from Drummondville (Canadian Provincial League). Vic was sent to AAA Syracuse (IL) to play in the Yankees organization for the 1951 Minor League season. In 1952, he was with the Yankees AAA Kansas City Blues (AA). In 1953, he would lead the American Association in batting. Since Vic was flashy and very outspoken, Yankees GM George Weiss felt that Vic Power was not going to be the 1st MLB Black Yankee player. He had decided on Catcher/OF Elston Howard, so Vic Power and other black players in the Yankees Minor League organization were soon traded away by the him. On December 16,1953, Vic was traded by Yankees along with 1B Don Bollweg, P Johnny Gray, C Jim Robertson, 3B Jim Finigan to Philadelphia for INF Loren Babe, Starter Harry Byrd, Outfielders Tom Hamilton, Carmen Mauro and veteran 1B/PH Eddie Robinson. Vic would play 12 seasons in the MLB, hitting .284 with 126 HRs, while winning 7 AL Golden Gloves at 1B. He hit .300 3-times during his MLB playing career. Former Yankees 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron was asked, who was the best MLB 1B, he played against during his MLB playing career, he quickly replied “Vic Power.” When Power was traded away, Skowron was with the AAA Kansas City Blues, he eventually would replace the Yankees regular 1B Joe Collins during the 1956 AL season.

1943- Yankees AL All-Star Starter Spud Chandler is named AL Pitching ERA leader with a 1.64 ERA. Spud had posted a 20-4 record for the 1943 World Champion Yankees.

1961- Former Yankees Pitcher “Salida Tom” Hughes (1906-1910) passed away. (1884-1961)

In August of 1905, P Tom Hughes was drafted by the Yankees from Class C Topeka (WA) in the 1905 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. With the 1906-1910 Yankees, he would post a 17-17 record with a 3.14 ERA and 2 saves in 54 games. Later, he would later pitch in the NL with the 1914-1918 Boston Braves. He would finish his MLB Pitching record with a 56-39 record with a 2.56 ERA and 17 saves in 160 games. He would continue to pitch in the high Minor Leagues until 1926, retiring at the age of 42.

1967- Former Yankees Reserve INF Carlos Rodriguez (1991) was born.

On March 20,1987, INF Carlos Rodriguez was purchased by the Yankees from Mexico City Tigers (ML). He had appeared in 15 games as a Reserve Infielder, while hitting just .189 for the 1991 Yankees. On October 15,1993, Carlos was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He would sign be by the Red Sox organization. He would play for them in 1994-1995, before leaving the MLB, returning to Mexico.


1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush (1922-1924) passed away(1892-1974)

The Philadelphia Athletics had originally had signed Pitcher Joe Bush. Then they would trade him to the Red Sox. On December 20,1921, the Red Sox would trade him along with P Sam Jones and INF Everett “Deacon” Scott to the Yankees for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 3- Pitchers Rip Collins, Bill Piercy and Jack Quinn. Joe had posted a 62-38 record with a 3.44 ERA and 4 saves in 115 games for the Yankees. The 1922 AL season was his best Yankees pitching career season, when Joe recorded a 26-7 mark with WP of .788 in 39 games. He had appeared in 1922-1923 World Series with the Yankees, while recording a 1-3 record. On December 17,1924, Joe was traded by the team along with fellow hurlers Milt Gaston and Joe Giard to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Urban Shocker. Bush would end his MLB Pitching career with the 1928 A’s, finishing with an overall MLB pitching record of 196-184 with a 3.51 ERA in 488 games.

1978- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry is the unanimous choice for the 1978 AL Cy Young Award. Ron Guidry led the AL in Wins (25), Winning Percentage (.893), Shutouts (9) and ERA (1.74).

1979- The Yankees make 2 major trades today with the Blue Jays and the Mariners. In the 1st trade, they would send veteran 1B Chris Chambliss, Reserve 2B Damaso Garcia and Pitcher Paul Mirabella to the Blue Jays for Catcher Rick Cerone, Pitcher Tom Underwood and Reserve OF Ted Wilborn. Cerone will become the team’s starting catcher for the 1980 AL season, replacing the 2-rookie Catchers duo of Jerry Narron and Brad Gulden, who  had stepped in after Thurman Munson’s death in August of 1979. Tom Underwood would join the 1980 Yankees starting rotation; he had gone 9-16 with the 1979 Blue Jays. In the 2nd trade of the day, the Yankees had acquired MLB OF Ruppert Jones and P Jim Lewis from the Mariners for Pitchers Jim Beattie, Rich Anderson, C Jerry Narron and MLB OF Juan Beniquez, who had hit .254 in 62 games for the Yankees, missing playing time due to injuries. Ruppert Jones would become the Yankees starting CF for the 1980 AL season. He had hit .267 with 21 HRs and 78 RBIs for the 1979 Mariners. Jim Beattie had a good 1978 AL season, winning several key games for the team, but he was hurt in 1979, winning only 3 games. Reliever Rick Anderson couldn’t break into the Yankees MLB bullpen, despite being successful with the 1979 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) with a 13-3 record with 21 saves. Ted Wilborn and Jim Lewis would make brief appearances with the Yankees. Chris Chambliss would be traded by the Blue Jays to the Braves, who be played 8 seasons with them before retiring as an active player. He later became the Yankees MLB Batting Coach in 1988.

1987- Former Yankees Minor League INF Walter Ibarra was born.

Walter Ibarra had signed with the Yankees at age 17. He would make his pro debut with the 2006 GCL Yankees by hitting .264. His 19 games at Shortstop led the team; he had fielded .957 there. In 2007, he struggled offensively as a backup middle infielder for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) (5 for 28, 2 BB, 2B) and GCL Yankees (8 for 39, 4 BB, 2 2B). The next season, Walter struggled with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) hitting just .198 in a utility role. Then he was demoted to the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL),  where he was 11 for 49 with 3 doubles, 2 HRs and 2 walks. Then he was moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL), batting .268 in 18 games. He sprained his left ankle in late August, then he would miss the rest of the 2007 EL season. That winter, he would hit .188 in 37 games for the Hermosillo (MWL). In 2009, Ibarra produced at a .265 with 11 steals in 16 tries as Tampa's starting Shortstop (fielding .955 there). He was also 7 for 29 with 2 walks for Class A Charleston (SAL). Back with Hermosillo for more winter ball play, he would hit .250 as the backup to Jose Luis Sandoval. In the summer of 2010, Ibarra battled injuries to his hamstring, left hand and left shoulder, but he had his best season yet, hitting .301 for Class A Tampa (FSL), while going 15-for-22 in steal attempts. Among players with 70+ games, he was 5th in the FSL in average. He would split the Hermosillo Shortstop role with Sandoval in the winter ball, batting .303 with 30 runs in 56 games. In 2011, Walter would hit .297 for Tampa (FSL). He had led the FSL with 14 sacrifice hits and tied for the league lead with 8 sacrifice flies as well. He would field .970 at shortstop at AA and AAA levels. After the 2013 Minor League season had ended, he would leave the Yankees organization, joining the Dodgers organization, playing at AA and AAA levels. 

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (2014-2020) was born.

On January 22, 2014, Pitcher Masahiro Tanka was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees for a $155 million, 7-year contract. Tanaka would make his MLB Pitching debut as the Yankees' Starter against the Blue Jays on April 4th, with dozens of Japanese baseball journalists having made the trip from Japan for the special occasion. He started with a misstep as he gave up a lead-off HR to Melky Cabrera, but then he settled down to earn a 7-3 win, while pitching 7 solid innings. He gave up only 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked none and struck out 8 batters. On April 16th, he gave up only 2 bunt singles over 8 innings while striking out 10 batters in the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Cubsthat the Yankees won, 3-0. When Michael Pineda followed him with another strong performance in the 2nd game, leading to a 2-0 shutout, it was the 1st time since 1988 that that the Yankees had recorded 2 whitewashings in 1 day. On May 14th, he pitched his 1st complete game shutout, defeating the Mets by the score of 4-0 for the Yankees' 1st win over their cross-town rivals after 6 straight losses. He lost in the MLB for the 1st time on May 20th, when Tanka was beaten by the Cubs by the score of 6-1, on a drizzly night game played at Wrigley Field. By then, his streak of unbeaten regular season starts had reached 42 games between NPB and MLB. 

He was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for May, thanks to a 5-1 record and a 1.88 ERA. On June 11th, he threw a complete game while striking out 11 batters in beating the  Mariners by the score of 4-2, becoming the 2nd MLB pitcher to 10 wins that season, after Mark Buehrle. When he won his 11th game of the season, a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays on June 17th, he took over the MLB lead for wins with 11. His 2nd loss of the season came on June 28th, courtesy of 2-out solo HR by Red Sox hitter Mike Napoli in the 9th inning for a 2-1 defeat. He was named to the All-Star team in early July, but a couple of days later, on July 9th, went on the DL with inflammation in his elbow, forcing him to miss the MLB Mid-season classic. He had complained of soreness following his worst outing of the season the day before, a 5-3 loss to the Indians. The diagnosis was of a partially torn ligament; the Yankees decided to have him rest for 6 weeks, although the possibility of Tommy John surgery was very much present as well and questions were asked about why the Yankees had not decided to go straight to surgery, given the poor success record of rehabilitation in similar cases. Masahiro gave signs that he would be ready to return in early September after some throwing sessions in August went very well, but on August 29th, he experienced a setback when he felt "general soreness" after a simulated game, making a return before the end of the season unlikely. However, he beat the odds by coming back on September 21st, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. While his return was encouraging, many observers wondered what was the point of getting him back on an MLB mound with the Yankees eliminated from the 2014 AL Postseason contention and just a week left to play on the season schedule. Tanaka finished the 2014 season with a 13-5 record along with 141 strikeouts and a 2.77 ERA in 20 games. He had thrown 3 complete games. Tanaka was the Yankees' 2015 Opening Day starting pitcher, facing the Blue Jays again, but he was tagged for 5 runs in 4 innings to suffer a 6-1 loss. In the media cauldron that is New York City, this led to immediate questions about whether he had lost crucial velocity on his fastball, or was just deliberately relying more on his off-speed pitches and had simply had a bad day. On April 28th, he was put on the DL with what the Yankees described as a "mild strain in his right forearm" he was expected to miss a month. He was 2-1 with  a 3.22 ERA in 4 starts at the time. 

He would return to the mound on June 3rd, when he was credited with a 3-1 victory over the Mariners, needing just 78 pitches to go through 7 innings of 1-run ball. He pitched his 1st complete game in over a year in a key situation on August 15th, facing the Blue Jays on the road with the Yankees trying to hold on to half-game lead and the team's 2 late-game Relievers, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, were unavailable. He limited the Jays to just 5 hits in a 4-1 win. He pitched another great game against the Jays on September 13th, holding them scoreless for 7 innings in a 5-0 win. It was a key game, as the Yanks had lost the 1st 3 games of the series, while giving up 30 runs, they were in danger of being caught by several teams in the race for an ALWC slot. He finished the season at 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts; while logging in 154 innings. He then started the ALWC against the Astros on October 6th, but  he allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, he was a 3-0 loser against Astros Starter Dallas Keuchel.

In 2016, Masahiro made an MLB career-high 31 starts. He had another solid season, by going 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts, while coming just a third of an inning short of the 200 innings mark. He was designated once again as the  2017 Opening Day starter, but he gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Rays on April 2nd, he was saddled with a 7-3 loss. After a no-decision in his 2nd start, he ended the month on a strong note, however, winning his next  3 starts, including his 2nd MLB career shutout on April 27th, when he defeated the Red Sox, 3-0 on a 3-hitter. On May 14th, however, he had the worst outing of his career in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Astros. George Springer led off the game with a solo HR, Josh Reddick added another solo HR shot and Alex Bregman then hit a Grand Slam HR - all in the 1st inning. After Springer hit another HR to lead off the 2nd, he gave up an RBI double to Carlos Beltran and left after 1 2/3 innings, having allowed 8 runs. He was charged with the 10-7 loss. That was not his only poor performance during the month: in 6 starts in May, he gave up 48 hits in 31 innings, 11 of them HRs, and had posted a bloated 8.42 ERA. On June 9th, Manager Joe Girardi announced that he was pushing back Tanaka's next start by a day, in order to avoid having him face the Orioles for a 3rd time after having already been hit hard by that team the last 2 times that he had faced them. He pitched a lot better in the 2nd half and ended the regular season on a positive note on September 29th, when he recorded a career high 15 strikeouts in 7 innings in a 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. That gave him a record of 13-12 for the season, along with an ERA of 4.74. He had gone 6-4. 3.77 in the 2nd half after having been 7-8, 5.47 ERA at the All-Star break. He had a great start in Game 3 of the ALDS against the  Indians on October 8th, giving up no runs on 3 hits in 7 innings and getting credit for a 1-0 win. After losing Game 1 of the ALCS against theAstros, 2-1, in spite of another solid start, he was excellent again in Game 5 on October 18th, duplicating his ALDS performance with 7 scoreless innings, this time for a 5-0 win. He started off the 2018 season well, even if his ERA was on the high side. Taking advantage of the Yankees' great bats, he was 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA at the end of May. On June 8th, however, he left an interleague game against the Mets with stiffness in both hamstrings, the result of scoring a run in the 6th inning. He was placed on the DL the next day. He would miss a month of action, returning on July 10th. He went overall  with a 12-6 record with a 3.75 in 27 starts, while pitching 156 innings. He had started Game 2 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on October 6th at Fenway Park. He was the only Yankees' pitcher to record a win in the series, as he gave up just 1 run in 5 innings and Yankees won the game, 6-2. The Yankees got off to a great start that year in spite of a rash of injuries, but as one of the only starters not to miss a turn, he was just 3-5, after a loss on June 4th. He then beat the Mets in spite of a shaky outing on June 11th, despite allowing 5 runs in 6 2/3 innings, but his next start was a gem, as he shut down the Yankees' main rivals that season, the Rays on a complete game 2-hitter, 3-0. He had struck out 10 Rays batters and walked only 1 in a dominating performance. On June 29th, he had a rough outing when he started for the Yankees against the Red Sox at London Olympic Stadium in the 1st MLB game to be played in Europe; he was chased after just 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st, having allowed 6 Red Sox runs. His opponent on the mound that day,&nbs**** Porcello, had also failed to make it through the 1st inning, marking the 1st time since 1989 that both starting pitchers had failed to complete the 1st inning. He again would face Porcello at Fenway Park on July 25th, and this time he allowed 7 runs in the 1st. With a tired bullpen, Manager Aaron Boone left him in the game, and that allowed him to give up another 5 runs before being lifted with 1 out in the 4th. The 12 earned runs he allowed that day were the most ever by a Yankees pitcher against the Red Sox. While Yankees had managed to win the London game, 17-13, it lost that one badly, 19-3. He would finish the season with a 11-9, record with a 4.45 ERA in 32 games. In the postseason, he won his Division Series start in Game 2 against the Twins, giving up 1 run in 5 innings. In the ALCS, he won Game 1 against the Astros 7-0, with 6 brilliant innings of 1-hit ball, but he allowed 4 runs in 5 innings in Game 4, which the Yankees lost, 8-3. 

On July 4, 2020, in his 1st outing of Spring Training Camp after the long break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, he was hit on the side of the head by a ball off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton in a simulated game. He fell in a heap to the ground, and while he got up on his own power, he was hospitalized as a precaution. For some reason, the Yankees were not using a protective screen in front of the pitcher. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion, but he was released from hospital quickly. He was able to rejoin the team the next day; although he needed to sit out a few days before taking the mound again. Tanka would finish the shorten 2020 AL season with a 3-3 record with a 3.56 ERA in 10 appearances. In the 2020 AL Postseason, he went 0-1 in 2 games against the Indians and the Rays. After the 2000 MLB Postseason had ended, he had finished his 7-year contract left with the Yankees to return to pitch in Japan for his old team. In 2021, when he his opt out came up from his current contract, he decide to stay with his team in Japan, rather than return to the USA to pitch in the MLB, ending rumors that he would resign with his old team, the Yankees.

2001- The 1st MLB game ever started in the month of November is a memorable one as the Yankees, for the 2nd consecutive night at Yankee Stadium, they make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and go on to a victory in extra innings. In an amazing case of history repeating itself, Diamondbacks Closer Byung-Hyun Kim is again victimized, this time by Yankees 3B Scott Brosius, who hits a game-tying 2-out, 2-run HR to knot the game at 2-2 in the 9th inning; as Alfonso Soriano’s hit an RBI single with Chuck Knoblauch scoring the winning run in the 12thinning to give the Yankees, a 3-2 victory and 3-2 lead over the Diamondbacks in the World Series. D-Backs hitters Steve Finley and Rod Barajas had hit HRs in the 5th inning for Arizona's 2 runs. World Series Game #5 was played at Yankee Stadium that draws a crowd of 56,018 fans.

2005- The Yankees had hired Larry Bowa as their MLB 3B Coach for the 2006 AL season. A 5-time NL All-Star Shortstop Bowa, who had managed in the NL with the Padres and the Phillies. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the Angels, Mariners and the Phillies. Bowa is the 1st addition to Yankees Manager Joe Torre’s MLB Coaching staff, which recently lost long-time MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre (who had retired) and MLB Bench Coach Joe Girardi (who left to become Manager of the Marlins). Luis Sojo, who coached 3B the last season is expected to be offered another position in the organization by the Yankees.

2005- AL Gold Glove Award winners are announced. Players Kenny Rogers (P), Jason Varitek (C), Mark Teixeira (1B), Orlando Hudson (2B), Eric Chavez (3B), Yankees Derek Jeter (Shortstop), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), Torii Hunter (OF) and Vernon Wells (OF) earn honors.

2007- The Dodgers had hired Joe Torre as their new manager, replacing Grady Little. Torre has just been let go by the Yankees Front Office despite leading them to the MLB Postseason for 12 straight seasons. He had turned down the Yankees new Manager contract offer that had a reduced salary and included performance incentives.

2009- The Yankees take a 3 games to 1 lead in the 2009 World Series with a 7-4 win over Philadelphia. The Yankees had score 3 runs off of Phillies Closer Brad Lidge with 2 outs in the 9th inning, after the Phillies had rallied to tie the game with HRs by Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz. World Series Game #4 drew a crowd of 46,145 fans to Philadelphia’s Citizen Park.

2012- Former Yankees and MLB Pitcher Pascual Perez (1990-1991) was murdered during a home robbery. (1957-2012)

In November of 1989, the Yankees had signed veteran hurler Pascual Perez as an MLB Free Agent. However, he was never really healthy to pitch effectively for the Yankees, going only 3-6 in 17 games over the next 2 seasons (although his ERA during that period was an excellent 2.87). He was suspended for drug use by the MLB. He had 2 brothers Carlos and Melido, who also had pitch in the MLB.

2013- The Yankees would resign their long-time Team Captain and All-Star Shortstop Derek Jeter for a 12 million 1-year deal. He was injured most of the 2013 AL season, appearing in only 17 games, while  just hitting .190 with 1 HR.

2016- Former Yankees Minor League C John Orsino passed away. (1938-2016)

In 1957, Catcher John Orsino was signed by the Giants as an MLB Amateur Player. He had appeared in 332 MLB games, while hitting .249 with 40 HRs with 123 RBIs with the Giants, Orioles, Indians and Senators. On August 23, 1961, he was 1 of a record 5 Giants players who homered in the 9th inning against the Reds in a 14-0 win. The other Giants HR hitters were Orlando Cepeda, Felipe Alou, Willie Mays and Jim Davenport. His 3-run HR blast was the last of the 5 HRs hit in the game. He appeared in 1 game of the 1962 World Series against the Yankees with no hits for the Giants. On January 8,1969, John was purchased by the Yankees from the Senators. He never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. On June 12,1969, he was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for Pitcher Rob Gardner. He never appears with the Tribe at the MLB level. They would have him playing the 1969 season at AAA, before retiring as a player. In 1970-1976,John Orsino was the Head Baseball Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.  He then would manage in the Indians' chain for a 1 ½ years at the AA level with the Jersey City Indians (EL) in 1977. Then he was with the Chattanooga Lookouts (SAL) for part of 1978 season. In 1980, Orsino would return to FDU for 1 more season as Head Coach for their baseball team.

2021- The Yankees have announced the signing of the following free agent players to Minor League contracts: Pitcher Wilfrido Bido, 3B Johan Ferreira, Shortstops Andry Javier, Luis Ogando and Edward Sanchez. None of these players would appear with the 2022 Yankees at the MLB level.

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This Week in Yankees History October 30th-November 5th Part Two


November 2nd

1888- Former MLB and Yankees Minor League Manager (1935-1937, 1951) Dutch Zwilling was born. (1888-1978)

Despite finding no real success in the MLB beforehand or afterwards, OF Dutch Zwilling was one of the biggest stars of the short-lived Federal League. After a cup of coffee with the  White Sox in 1910, he would join the Chicago Whales (Federal League) in 1914. He would hit .313 and led the circuit with 16 HRs as the club finished in 2nd place that season. His numbers would fell a bit in 1915 to .286 and 13 HRs, but he still led the league with 94 RBIs as the Whales captured the League title. He holds the Federal League record for most career HRs with 29. After the league had folded, he would join the Cubs (who had just been purchased by Whales Owner Charles Weeghman), but Zwilling failed to hit his weight in 35 games with them in 1916. He would spend many years as an MLB Scout and Minor League Manager, after his active playing career had ended. He was skipper of the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) for 9 seasons (1927-1932 and 1935-1937) including 1929, when they won the Junior World Series. His 1935-1937 AA Blues teams were part of the new Yankees farm system. Also, he was a member of the 1941 Indians MLB Coaching staff. In 1951, he would manage the Yankees Minor League team, the Quincy Gems (3-IL).

1937- AL Batting Champ Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer is named the 1937 AL MVP receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio, who hit .346 is a close 2nd with 4 points behind in the player voting, while Charlie’s Tigers teammate 1B Hank Greenberg, who had 183 RBI’s is a distant 3rd in the voting. Gehringer also becomes the 3rd Tiger player in 4 years to be named AL MVP Award winner. 

1938- Red Sox 1B Jimmie Foxx is voted the AL MVP for the 3rd time with Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey, who had hit .313 with 27 HRs and 115 RBIs, finishing in 2nd place in the AL MVP voting. Fox had hit .349 with 50 HRs and 179 RBIs in 149 games for the 1938 Red Sox.

1941- Former Yankees MLB Pitching Coach and Instructor Bill Connors was born. (1941-2018)

Bill Connors had started 1 game in his MLB Pitching career. It was on September 2,1967 as a member of theMets against the Cubs. He went 4 innings, gave up 4 hits, allowed 4 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 3 Cub batters. He did not get a decision. Connors was the 3rd baseman and #5 batter on the National team of Schenectady, NY that won the 1954 Little League World Series; one of his teammates was Jim Barbieri. Connors later had a long MLB Coaching career, starting out as a member of the 1980-1981 Royals MLB Coaching staff. Then he was a CubsMLB Pitching Coach from 1982 to 1986. Then he was a part of the Mariners MLB Coaching staff for the 1987-1988 AL seasons. In 1989 and 1990, he was with the Yankees before returning to the Cubs from 1991-1993. He would spend the next 2 seasons, 1994-1995 back with the Yankees. Then he returned to the Yankees for a 3rd stint in 2000. From 1996-2012, he had served as Vice-President of Player Personnel for the Yankees.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League OF Willie McGee was born.

OF Willie McGee was selected by the Yankees in 1st round (15th pick) of the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Willie never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. With the 1981 AA Nashville Sounds, he had hit .322 with 7 HRs and 63 RBIs in 100 games. On October 21,1981, Willie was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for P Bob Sykes. He turned out to be injured and Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner was furious that such a talented young player as McGee had gone away essentially for nothing. He threatened to take action to cancel the trade, eventually the Cardinals quieted him by sending 2 good Minor League prospects: OF Stan Javier and former #1 pick Shortstop Bobby Meacham to the Yankees to even things up. The Yankees Outfield was tied up with Major League Players, blocking Willie’s chance to play at the MLB level. Willie McGee won the NL MVP Award in 1985, also he won the NL Batting Title with a .353 average. Willie was a 4-time NL All-Star player, representing the Cardinals in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1988. He had won 3 NL Gold Glove Awards in 1983, 1985 and 1986. In 2018, he was added to the Cardinals MLB Coaching Staff.

1960- The Yankees make it official by announcing that GM George Weiss will retire after 29 years of service with the organization. George Weiss had run the Yankee Farm System under General Manager Ed Borrow, before becoming the Yankees General Manager in 1946. His Assistant Roy Hamey Jr. is named as his successor. Weiss tells the NYC sports media that the Yankees have a good run of 5 years left, before the Yankees farm system talent is finished. In 1961, he will join his former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel in running the new 1962 NL Expansion Team in NYC, the Mets as their 1st General Manager and Team President (1961-1965).

1960- The Yankees All-Star RF Roger Maris defeated his fellow Yankees teammate CF Mickey Mantle for the 1960 AL MVP Award by 225-222, (3 votes), the 2nd-closest AL MVP vote ever, behind the Yankees Joe DiMaggio and Red Sox Ted Williams in the 1947 AL MVP election. Roger Maris 1st Yankees season is a success hitting .283, while hitting 39 HRs with 112 RBIs in 136 games. Also, he wins the AL Golden Glove Award for Right Fielders, beating out  AL All-Star Tigers RF Al Kaline. Also, Maris finishes 2nd in the 1960 AL HR race, with his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle taking the AL HR Crown with 40 HRs.

1960- Former Yankees Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott (1922-1925) passed away. (1892-1960)

Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott had played in 1,307 consecutive games, the MLB record until Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig came along and broke it. He would begin his MLB playing streak on June 20,1916, while playing for the Red Sox. On December 20,1921, the Red Sox would trade Scott along with 2 hurlers Sam Jones and Bullet Joe Bush to the Yankees for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Rip Collins, Bill Piercy and Jack Quinn. On May 6,1925, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins had benched Scott in favor of Pee Wee Wanninger. Ironically, less than a month later, his Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig began his own streak, when he entered a game as a Pinch Hitter for Wanninger. Scott's streak is still the 3rd longest MLB streak behind Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig. His Yankees player career totals were a .254 BA with 13 HRs and 173 RBIs in 481 games. He had appeared 11 World Series games with the Yankees, while hitting .230 with 4 RBIs. On June 17,1925, the Senators had selected Scott off waivers from the Yankees. He will appear in 33 games for the Nats, while hitting .273 with No HRs and 18 RBIs. The Senators would trade him to the White Sox in 1926. After playing in only 44 games with the 1926 White Sox and the Reds, when the 1926 MLB season had ended, he would retire from the game. Overall, Everett “Deacon” Scott had appeared in a total of 1,654 MLB games along with a .249 lifetime BA, while hitting 20 HRs with 549 RBIs. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the 1915-1916,1918 Red Sox before being traded to the Yankees during the 1922 AL off-season. With the Yankees, he would play in 11 games in the 1922-1923 World Series against the Giants.

1964- CBS Inc. purchases 80% of the New York Yankees Team Ownership for an estimated $11,2000,000 from Yankees Co-Owners Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr. The network would later purchase the remaining 20% of team’s stock from Dan Topping Sr. in the fall of 1966.

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Sidney Ponson (2006, 2008) was born.

In 2 tours with the 2006 and 2008 Yankees, veteran MLB Starter Sidney Ponson had posted a 4-5 record with a 6.63 ERA in 21 games.

1981- Former Yankees Reserve INF Wilson Betemit (2007-2008) was born. 

On July 31,2007, INF Wilson Betemit was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for P Scott Proctor. He had appeared in 124 games for the Yankees, while hitting .253 with 10 HRs with 49 RBI’s. On November 13, 2008, Wilson was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Pitchers Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez to the White Sox for MLB 1B/OF Nick Swisher and Minor League P Kanekoa Texeria.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Bill Zuber (1943-1946) passed away. (1913-1982)

On January 29,1943, the Senators traded P Bill Zuber along with Cash to the Yankees for P Milo Candini and INF Jerry Priddy. Bill had posted an 18-23 record with 3.88 ERA and 2 saves in 66 games for Yankees, as a Spot Starter. He didn’t appear in the 1943 World Series for the Yankees against the Cardinals. On June 18,1946, he was purchased by the Red Sox from the Yankees. He would go 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 15 games for Boston in 1946. He made 1 appearance with no decision in the 1946 World Series for the Red Sox. After the 1947 AL season had ended, Bill would retire from the MLB with a lifetime pitching record of 43-42 with a 4.88 ERA and 6 saves in 224 games.

 1984- Former Yankees Reliever Tommy Layne (2016-2017) was born.

Tommy Layne was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never pitched for the D-Backs at the MLB level. On May 2, 2012, Layne was purchased by the Padres from the D-Backs. He went 2-3 with a 2.84 ERA with 2 saves in 40 games. The Red Sox had signed Tommy as an MLB Free Agent in 2014. With Boston, Tommy posted a 4-3 record with a 3.30 ERA and 1 save in 138 games before being released by the team during the 2016 AL season. The Yankees would sign Tommy as an MLB Free Agent.  As a Yankee Reliever, he went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA with 1 save in 29 games. After going 0-0 with a 7.62 ERA in 19 games, he was released by the team on July 5, 2017. The Dodgers would sign him, later he would be released by the team in August of 2017. He would be signed with the Cardinals, pitching in their Minor League system during the 2018-2019 seasons, before being released by the team in August of 2019.

1987- The Yankees had acquired Catcher Don Slaught from the Rangers for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would send former Pitching Prospect Brad Arnsberg (1-3 in 8 games) to the Rangers as the Player to be Named Later. Don Slaught will take over the starting catcher’s job from weak hitting Joel Skinner by hitting .283 with 9 HRs and 43 RBIs in 97 games for the 1988 Yankees.

1994- Current Yankees Reliever Jonathan Loaisiga (2018-2022) was born.

Jonathan Loaisiga was originally signed by the Giants in September of 2012. He had a great season with the DSL Giants in 2013, going 8-1 with a  2.75 ERA in 13 starts, but then he missed the next 2 years. He was released by the team in September 2015. The Yankees had signed him early in 2016. After 1 game with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) on May 13th, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. He did not pitch again until the end of June, 2017. However, he had done well for the Nicaraguan national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers before suffering the injury. After those various career interruptions, Jonathan got to pitch in earnest with 3 teams in 2017, the GCL Yankees East, the GCL Yankees West and the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL). He went a combined 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 11 starts; logging 32 2/3 innings. Given how little he had pitched thus far, no one expected to see him rise quickly in 2018, but he was dominant with the Class A Tampa Tarpons at the start of the FSL season, going 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 4 starts; so he was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). In his 1st 6 starts there, he was 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA. Pitching between the 2 teams, he had a combined 58 strikeouts, with just 4 walks in 45 innings. That prompted the Yankees to call him up to the Show on June 12th, slotting him to make his MLB Pitching debut in a start on June 15th, taking the place of the injured Starter Masahiro Tanaka. The fact he was already on the 40-man MLB roster, as opposed to other top pitching prospects in the organization, explained why he was the one picked for the assignment. In his 1st game against the Rays, he did very well, with no runs allowed on 3 hits in 5 innings,  he received credit for a 5-0 win. On June 25th, he mystified the Phillies for 5 1/3 innings, allowing just a hit and 2 walks to gain credit for a 4-2 win. He was perfect through the 1st 4 innings, walked Carlos Santana to start the 5thinning, but he left him stranded and only allowed his 1st hit when Jorge Alfaro led off the 6th with a single; after a walk and a ground out, he was replaced by Reliever David Robertson, who did not allow either runner to score. Overall, he was 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in 9 games for the Yankees, including 4 starts, logging 24 2/3 innings. He was one of a number of players, who received an unexpected chance to play in the MLB at the start of the 2019  AL season because of a rash of injuries affecting the Yankees. He went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 4 games, including 3 starts, before being himself added to the IL on May 13th, the cause being a strained rotator cuff. The next day, he was transferred to the 60-day list in order to make room on the Yankees' roster for newly-acquired DH Kendrys Morales, a clear sign that his injury was serious. He did make it back to the team, finishing the 2019 AL season with a 2-2 record with a 4.55 ERA in 15 games. He had 3 appearances in 2019 AL Postseason with no decisions. In the 2020 short AL season, he went 3-0 with a 3.56 ERA in 10 games. In the 2020 AL postseason, he had no decisions in 2 relief appearances for the team. In 2021, he had a very successful season for the team working out of the Bronx Bullpen by posting a 9-4 record with 2.17 ERA along with 5 saves in 57 games. In 2022, he went 2-3 with a 4.13 ERA with 2 saves in 50 games.

1995- The Yankees would name Joe Torre as their new Manager, replacing the recently departed Manager Buck Showalter. Joe Torre, a former Braves, Cardinals' NL All-Star and NL Batting Champion, will guide the Yankees to 4 World Championships in his 1st 5 seasons with the team. This will erase the NYC sports media of the nickname “Clueless Joe.” He will manage the Yankees until 2007. 

2005- Former Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli rejoined the Yankees as Joe Torre's MLB Bench Coach. He had been a Yankees MLB Coach before accepting the Orioles Manager job.

2007- Former Yankees Player and MLB Coach Joe Girardi signs a 3-year, $7.8 million deal with a $3000,00 signing bonus and $2.5 million per season through 2010 AL season. He becomes the 32nd manager in Yankees History, replacing the recently departed Joe Torre. The Marlins Team Owner Jeff Lurie had fired Joe, despite his winning the 2007 NL Manager of the Year Award.

2009- The Phillies send the 2009 World Series back to Yankee Stadium with an 8-6 win over the Yankees in Game #5. Chase Utley hits 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs as the Phillies jump to a 6-1 lead against Yankees Starter A.J. Burnett. Phillies NL All-Star hurler Cliff Lee wins his 2nd start of the 2009 World Series. World Series Game #5 is played at Citizen’s Park in Philadelphia drawing a crowd of 46,178 fans.

2010- Former Yankees Manager, Baseball Executive, MLB Coach and MLB player Clyde King had passed away. (1924-2010)

In 1978 and 1981, Clyde King was a member of the Yankees MLB Coaching Staff. He had managed the Yankees for part of the turbulent 1982 AL season. In 1985-1986, he would serve as the Yankees General Manager. King was a member of the team's MLB Coaching staff again in 1988. From 1998 to 2005, he was a Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Yankees. Clyde King had pitched in the MLB for the Dodgers and the Reds (1944-1953). He had managed the Giants and Braves during his MLB Manager career. Also, he had worked for the Reds, Pirates and the Cardinals organizations.

2011- The 2011 AL Silver Slugger Awards are announced, the Yankees have 3 Award winners; 2B Robinson Cano, Shortstop Derek Jeter and OF Curtis Granderson.

November 3rd 

1878- Former Yankees Pitcher Walter Clarkson (1904-1907) was born. (1878-1946)

During the month of August 1905, P Walt Clarkson was purchased by the Highlanders from the Class AA Jersey City Skeeters (EL). Clarkson had pitched college baseball with Harvard before turning pro. Walt would post a 14-10 record with a 3.46 ERA and 2 saves in 59 games with the Yankees. On May 16,1907, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Frank Delahanty to the Cleveland Naps (aka Indians) for P Earl Moore. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with an 18-16 record with a 3.17 ERA in 78 games. He made his MLB Pitching debut in 1904 with the Highlanders, pitching 78 games exclusively in the American League. His finest season would be in 1906, when he was 9-4 along with 3 shutouts and a 2.32 ERA in 32 games. Walter had blanked the Cleveland Naps twice that season, finishing his MLB pitching career with parts of 2 seasons as a spare arm on their staff. Walter's 3.17 ERA places him 1st among pitchers from Harvard (through 2019), while his 18 victories place him 2nd behind Pitcher Jeff Musselman. During his MLB pitching career, he was the 1905 Head Baseball Coach of the U.S. Military Academy.

1911- Former Yankees and MLB Manager John Keane (1965-1966) was born. (1911-1967) 

After he left the Cardinals in October of 1964, Johnny Keane replaced Yankees Manager Yogi Berra. Keane had managed in the Cardinals Minor League organization for 1938 to 1958, before joining the team as an MLB Coach. On July 6, 1961, he took over the Manager’s job in St. Louis, replacing Manager Solly Hemus. In 1965, the Yankees plagued by injuries to their starting line-up ended with a 77-85 record finishing in 6th place in the AL. Johnny Keane was 81-101 with the Yankees before being replaced in May of the 1966 AL season with a 4-16 start by former Manager Ralph Houk. He was disliked by many of the veteran Yankees players. Keane was the wrong man to manage a veteran Yankee team. In the spring of 1967, while he was working as an MLB Scout for the Angels, Johnny suffered a fatal heart attack.

1934- After hitting .363 BA with 49 HRs and 165 RBIs, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig wins the 1934 AL Triple Crown; but Lou will not win the 1934 AL MVP Award. Philadelphia A’s Catcher Mickey Cochrane, who had hit .320 with 2 HRs and 76 RBIs is named 1934 AL Most Valuable Player.

1942- The BWAA had selected Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon as the 1942 AL MVP Award winner over Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams, who had won the 1942 AL Triple Crown. Williams had finished the 1942 AL season with a .356 BA, while hitting 36 HRs and 137 RBIs. Joe Gordon had hit .322 with 18 HRs and 103 RBIs. Gordon leads the AL in strikeouts (95), most ground balls hit into double plays (22) and the most errors at 2B base with 28.

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holtzman (1976-1978) was born.

On June 15,1976, MLB All-Star Starter Ken Holtzman was traded by the Orioles along with P Doyle Alexander, OF Jimmy Freeman, Reserve Catcher Ellie Hendricks and Reliever Grant Jackson to the Yankees for 4 Pitchers; Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey. In the fall of 1976, he would sign a 5-year deal with the Yankees. Ken had a 12-10 record with a 4.64 ERA in 44 games with the Yankees; he was a major disappointment for the team, being pulled out of the starting rotation several times and put in the bullpen. He didn’t appear in any AL Postseason or World Series games, while pitching for the team. He had been with Oakland for 3 World Series, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.55 ERA in 8 games. Yankees Manager Billy Martin didn’t get along with Ken Holtzman, so he buried him in the Yankees bullpen. On June 10,1978, Ken was traded by the Yankees back to his original MLB team, the Cubs for a Player to be Named Later. The Cubs would later send Minor League P Ron Davis on June 12,1978 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Holtzman had finished his MLB Pitching career with a 174-150 record with a 3.49 ERA along with 3 saves in 451 games.

1955- The 1955 Yankees would tour Japan and draw a record crowd of 64,000 fans, when they play the 1st game against the All-Japan Stars in Osaka. Yankees starting Shortstop Phil Rizzuto stays home for the birth of his child, giving young Yankees Infielders like Rookie Jerry Lumpe a chance to play. Yankees 3B Andy Carey slugs 13 HR’s during the tour. Yankees C/OF Elston Howard bats .468 on the 25-game tour. According to "Elston and Me" by Arlene Howard (Univ. of Missouri Press, 2001), the goodwill baseball tour of Japan took place in 1955, immediately following the Yankees loss to the Dodgers in the 1955 World Series. The amount of the HRs hit in Japan by Andy Carey affects his MLB batting swing, he tries to be a HR hitter in AL, but he fails and later causes him back problems.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League P Mike Christopher was born.

The Yankees in the 7th round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Mike Christopher. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 5,1989, Mike was drafted by the Dodgers from the Yankees in the 1989 MLB Rule 5 Minor League Player Draft.

1963- Former Yankees Reserve OF Marcus Lawton (2005) was born.

On August 27, 2005, OF Marcus Lawton was traded by the Cubs to the Yankees for Minor League P Justin Berg. He had appeared in 21 games for the team, hitting just .125 before being released by the club. He is the older brother of former Yankees Reserve OF Matt Lawton.

1968- Former Yankees Reliever Paul Quantrill (2004-2005) was born.

Paul Quantrill had pitched in the MLB from 1992 until 2005 as a Pitcher with Red Sox, Phillies, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees, Padres and finishing his MLB pitching career with the Marlins. Quantrill was 1st drafted in 1986 in the 26th round of MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Dodgers; he went again in the 6th round of the 1989 draft by the Red Sox. His 1st appearance with the Red Sox was on July 20,1992. He was the Blue Jays Pitcher of the Year in 2001.  Also, Paul was named to the AL All-Star team that season. Between 2001 and 2004, no pitcher appeared in more MLB games than Paul. On December 17, 2003, the Yankees had signed veteran Reliever Paul Quantrill as an MLB Free Agent. He will post an 8-3 record with a 5.23 ERA with 1 save in 108 games for the Yankees. On July 2, 2005, Paul was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for 2 hurlers: Darrell May and Tim Redding along with Cash. 

1973- Former Yankees Reliever Armando Benitez (2003) was born.

On July 16, 2003, Closer Armando Benitez was traded by the Mets to the Yankees for 3 Pitchers; Ryan Bicondoa (Minors), Jason Anderson and Anderson Garcia. With the 2003 Mets, Beneitez had a 3-3 record with a 3.10 ERA with 21 saves in 45 games. He had posted a 1-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in 9 games for the 2003 Yankees. On August 6, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for veteran Reliever Jeff Nelson.

1976- The 1st mass-market MLB Free Agent re-entry draft is held at the New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Among those MLB players available are OF Reggie Jackson,1B  Willie McCovey, OF Joe Rudi, P Don Gullett, OF Nate Colbert, P Rollie Fingers,1B Don Baylor and INF Bobby Grich. The Yankees will sign P Don Gullet on November 18th, then on November 29th, they will sign Slugger Reggie Jackson. McCovey and Colbert are the only 2 players not selected, but Willie McCovey will catch on with his old team, the Giants in their MLB Spring Training Camp. He will have a banner year for the Giants at his old 1st base position. 

1977- The 2nd MLB Free Agent re-entry draft is held at the New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Big name MLB players include OF Lyman Bostock, P Goose Gossage, OF Larry Hisle, P Mike Torrez and OF Oscar Gamble. The Yankees will sign Reliever Goose Gossage on November 22,1977.

1978- In the 3rd annual MLB Free Agent re-entry draft held at the New York Plaza Hotel in New York City, INF Pete Rose, P Tommy John, P Mike Torrez and INF Darrell Evans are the biggest names among the eligible MLB players. The Yankees will sign former Dodgers Starter Tommy John on November 21,1978, they had already signed veteran AL Starter Luis Tiant on November 13,1978 to replace Mike Torrez, who had signed with the Red Sox, as the Yankees start to rebuild their 1978 Starting Pitching staff.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Fisher (1911-1918) passed away at the age of 95. (1887-1982)

In August of 1909, Ray Fisher was purchased by the Yankees from Hartford (CSL). Ray had posted a 76-78 record with a 2.91 ERA and 5 saves in 219 games for the Yankees. On March 15,1919, Fisher was selected off waivers by theReds from the Yankees. He appears in the 1919 World Series with the Reds. In 1921, the Reds cut Ray Fisher's player salary by $1,000. Rather than take the pay cut, Fisher asked for his player release, then he quit the MLB to coach College Baseball at the University of Michigan; when the Reds wouldn't release him. For this offense, CommissionerLandis banned Ray Fisher from organized baseball. Ray Fisher finished MLB Pitching career posting a 100-94 record with a 2.82 ERA and 7 saves in 278 games. In 1980, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reinstated him back into baseball. In 1951, Fisher was one of a number of baseball figures, who had testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Study of Monopoly Power in its investigation of baseball's business practices. His testimony focused primarily on the circumstances surrounding his leaving the Reds to take the college baseball coaching position at Michigan and his subsequent blacklisting by the Commissioner Landis. Ray Fisher will coach college baseball at Michigan for 38 seasons (1921-1958), while winning 9 Big 10 Conference titles outright, while sharing 4 more. His 1953 Michigan baseball team won the College World Series. Shortly before his death, he was honored at Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. Prior to his death in 1982, he was the oldest-living former MLB player of the Yankees and Reds franchises.

1992- The Yankees make one of their best modern era trades ever by acquiring OF Paul O'Neill from the Reds for AL All-Star OF Roberto Kelly. Paul O'Neill will help the Yankees win World Championships in 1996,1998,1999 and the 2000 MLB seasons. The Yankees front office had asked Roberto Kelly to move to RF to make room for Rookie OF Bernie Williams, he refused to do so and so the team traded Kelly to the Reds.

2001- In Game #6 of 2001 World Series is played at Bank One Park in Phoenix, AZ, the Diamondbacks get 21 hits in the 1st 6-innings against the Yankees to set a record for hits in a World Series game. The 1921 Giants in Game #3 against the Yankees and the 1946 Cardinals in Game #4, against the Red Sox, established the previous WS record of 20 hits. The D-Backs win by a score of 15-2, forcing a decisive Game 7. D-backs Starter Randy Johnson is the winning pitcher, while veteran starter Andy Pettitte is the losing pitcher for the Yankees. Game #6. was played at Bank One Field would draw a crowd of 49,707 fans.

2005- The Yankees would hire Former Royals Manager Tony Peña as their 1B MLB Coach. Tony tells the NYC Sports media that he would withdraw as a candidate to manage the Dominican Republic team in next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic to focus on his new job with the Yankees.

2011- Former Yankees DH/OF/1B Matty Alou (1973) passes away from complications from diabetes at the age of 72. (1938-2011).

Matty was the brother of Felipe and Jesus Alou; they came up together with the Giants. After his trade by the Giants to the Pirates, Manager Harry Walker and OF Roberto Clemente worked on his batting swing by having him choke up on the bat. He won the 1966 NL Batting Championship with a .342 BA. Although, he had little power, the middle Alou brother was a .307 hitter in 15 MLB seasons (1960-1974). On November 24,1972, Matty was traded by the A’s to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later and P Rob Gardner. The Yankees would send INF Rich McKinney on December 1,1972 to the A’s to complete the trade. As a Yankees player, Matty had hit .296, but he showed very little power hitting only 1 HR with 28 RBIs. On September 6,1973, Matty was purchased by the Cardinals from the Yankees. Also, the Yankees sold his brother Felipe to the Expos that same day. Matty would finish his 15 season MLB playing career with the 1974 Padres.

2021- The Yankees have announced that MLB Players: 1B Anthony Rizzo and Starter Corey Kluber have elected MLB Free Agency. Later in the month, Corey Kluber will sign an MLB Free Agent deal with the Rays. Anthony Rizzo will resign with the Yankees for the 2022 AL season.

November 4th

1910- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Beggs (1938) was born. (1910-1983)

In 1936, Joe Beggs had won 20 games for the Class B Norfolk Tars (PL). In 1937, Joe would post a 21-4 record for the Yankees AA farm team, the Newark Bears (IL). In 1938, Joe would record a 3-2 mark with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games for the Yankees. In 1939, he would spend the season back in the Minor Leagues with the AA Newark Bears (IL), while posting a 12-10 record with a 3.80 ERA in 33 games. On January 4,1940, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Reds for veteran lefty P Lee Grissom. He will have a 12-3 record with a 2.23 ERA in 37 games for the 1940 Reds. Joe will appear in 1 game in relief in the 1940 World Series with the Reds. He would continue to pitch in the MLB until 1948 season, finishing his pitching career with the Giants. He would end his MLB pitching career with an 48-35 record with a 2.96 ERA and 29 saves in 238 games.

1931- The Yankees had purchased OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk from the AA Jersey City Skeeters (IL). He would join the Yankees in 1934, spending 9-seasons (1934-1942) with the team, while hitting .290 with 108 HRs and 576 RBIs for them. After Babe Ruth leaves the team in 1934, he will wear the Yankees player Uniform No. 3. George Selkirk batted over .300 5-times, twice drove home more than 100 RBIs. He had played on 5 World Championship teams (1936-1939 and 1941). He had appeared in 21 World Series games, while hitting .265 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs. He would make the AL All-Star team in 1936 and 1939. In 1942, he would join the Navy, served during World War II. On February 11,1946, he was released by the Yankees. He would play in 31 games with their AA Newark Bears team (IL), while hitting .300 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. During the 1946 IL season, he would become the Bears Manager.George was a Minor League Manager for the Yankees (1946-1952) and the Braves (1953-1956) organizations. In 1957-1958, he was the General Manager for the Kansas City A’s. He would later work as General Manager for the 1963-1968 new Washington Senators. After leaving the Senators in 1968, when they moved to Texas; he would rejoin the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Lloyd Colson (1970) was born.

On June 6,1967, the Yankees in the 28th round of the 1967 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Lloyd Colson. He appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees on September 25, 1970 with no record. He would return to pitch in the Minor Leagues, playing in the Yankees organization until 1973 before leaving baseball.

1948- Former Senators and Yankees OF Jake Powell (1936-1940) shoots and kills himself in a Washington, D.C. police station, he was only 40 years old. (1908-1948) 

Outfielder Jake Powell had played for the Senators (1930,1934-1936 and 1943-1945), 1936-1940 Yankees and finishing with the 1945 Phillies. On June 14,1936, Jake Powell was traded by the Senators to the Yankees for OF Ben Chapman. He helped the Yankees win the World Series every season from 1936-1939. His final Yankees player career totals was a .271 BA with 13 HRs and 124 RBIs in 272 games. He had appeared 8 games in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .435. In 11 MLB seasons, he appeared in 688 games, hitting .271, 116 doubles, 26 triples, 22 HRs and 327 RBIs. On July 29,1938, in a pre-game radio interview, White Sox Broadcaster Bob Elson asked Powell what he did in the off-season. He replied (falsely) that he was a police officer in Dayton, Ohio. When Elson asked what Powell did to stay in shape, Powell responded that he "cracked n#####s over the head with [his] nightstick." After a surge of public outrage, including calls that Powell be banned for life, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspended Jake Powell for 10 games. On December 5,1940, Jake was purchased by the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL) from the Yankees. He would return to MLB with the 1943 Senators as a Reserve OF, finishing up his MLB playing career with the 1945 Phillies. On November 4,1948, Jake Powell was arrested in Washington, D.C, for passing bad checks. Distraught and mentally unstable, while in police custody, Jake pulled out a gun and committed suicide.

1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Roy Slagle (1979) was born.

Roy Slagle was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1976 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). He had appeared 1 game in relief for the 1979 Yankees, while throwing 2 scoreless innings. He hung on as a pro, while battling pitching arm problems through the 1982 season before retiring from the game.

1961- Former Yankees Minor League P Logan Easley was born.

On June 8,1981, P Logan Easley was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 1981 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Logan never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 26,1986, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Doug Drabek and Brian Fisher to the Pirates for 3 Pitchers: Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements.

 1965- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Mitchell (1921-1922) passed away. (1894-1965)

On January 27,1921, Shortstop John Mitchell was traded by AA Vernon Tigers (PCL) to the Yankees for OF Howie Camp, Pitchers Ernie Shore, Bob McGraw and Catcher Truck Hannah. He had appeared in 17 games for the Yankees as Reserve Shortstop, while hitting .239 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. On July 23,1922, John was traded by the Yankeesalong with INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, P Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for 2 MLB veterans: 3B Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith.

1967- Former Yankees Reserve OF Ryan Thompson (2000) was born.

Veteran reserve OF Ryan Thompson had hit .260 in 33 games for the 2000 Yankees. After the 2000 AL season had ended, Ryan was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. 

1981- The Reds had traded veteran NL All-Star OF Ken Griffey Sr. to the Yankees for P Fred Toliver and Minor League P Brian Ryder. The veteran Ken Griffey was about to become an MLB Free Agent, so the Reds traded him for 2 young pitching prospects rather than he let walk away for nothing. Both Pitchers didn’t pitch for the Reds at the MLB level.

1982- Yankees MLB Coach Mike Ferraro lands his 1st MLB Managing job, signing a 2-year contract to lead the Indians. The Tribe will fire him before the end of the 1983 AL season.

1996- New York Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as American League Rookie of the Year. Jeter becomes the 8th Yankees player to win the award and the 5th unanimous choice in American League history.

2001- In Game #7 of a classic World Series, the Diamondbacks rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning defeating the Yankees and their usually unbeatable Closer Mariano Rivera by the score of 3-2. Rivera throws a potential double-play ball into centerfield allowing the D-Backs to rally back into the game. The 4-year-old D-Backs are the youngest MLB franchise to win a Fall Classic, they have ended the Yankees string of 3 consecutive World Championships. A crowd of 49,589 fans watched the game being played at Bank One ballpark. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling shared the World Series MVP honors. The 2 D-Backs pitchers are the 1st multiple winners since the Dodgers trio of Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager shared the MVP Award in the 1981 World Series. 

2003- Former Yankees All-Star 1B Don Mattingly is named as the MLB Hitting Coach of the Yankees replacing recently departed MLB Hitting Coach Rick Down, who will be sign with the cross-town NL Mets. 

2009- At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of  50,310 fans watched as the Yankees defeat the Phillies by the score of 7-3 in Game #6 to win the 2009 World Series. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui drives in a record 6 runs to earn the 2009 World Series Most Valuable Player Award. Matsui ties Yankees Bobby Richardson’s 1960 record of most RBIs in a World Series  game He had ended the 2009 World Series with a .615 average, 3 HRs and 8 RBIs to earn the World Series MVP Award. Yankees Veteran Starter Andy Pettitte picks up the victory, while Phillies Starter Pedro Martinez takes the loss. Phillies Slugger hits a HR in the game.

2013- The recently retired Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera is named the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year in the AL, while Francisco Liriano wins the Award in the NL. Liriano had won in the 2010 AL and becomes the 1st MLB player to win it in each league. Mariano had finished the 2013 AL season with a record of 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 44 saves in 64 appearances.

2021- The Yankees had announced that they have declined the club options on 2 Veteran MLB Players: long-time team OF Brett Gardner and Reliever Darren O’Day, in return they have declined their own Player Options, they have become MLB Free Agents. Darren O’Day will later sign an MLB Free Agent deal with the Dodgers. Brett Gardner will not be resigned by the Yankees for the 2022 AL season.

November 5th

1883- Former Yankees Shortstop Otis Johnson (1911) was born. (1883-1915)

During the month of August,1909, Shortstop Otis Johnson was purchased by the Yankees from AA Portland (PCL) for $4,000 Cash. Johnson had appeared in 71 games with the 1911 Yankees, while hitting .234 with 3 HRs and 36 RBIs. It would be his only active MLB season; he would continue to play in the Minor Leagues until 1915.

1892- Former Yankees C/OF Alfred “Roxy” Walters (1915-1918) was born. (1892-1956)

On July 23,1915, Catcher Roxy Walters was purchased by the Yankees from Waco (TXL). He will hit .265 with No HRs and 49 RBIs in 193 games for the Yankees. On December 18,1918, Roxy was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell, Slim Love, OF Frank Gilhooley and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for 2 Pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard and OF Duffy Lewis.

1907- The Yankees had traded 2B Jimmy Williams and OF Danny Hoffman to the St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, 2B Harry Niles and OF Charlie Hemphill. Niles will hit .289 for the team, while veteran OF Charlie Hemphill will hit .297. Veteran MLB Starter Fred Glade will pitch in just 5 games for the 1908 Yankees, going 0-4 before retiring from MLB.

1924- Former Yankees Pitcher John “Sonny” Dixon (1956) was born. (1926-2011)

The Yankees had acquired P Sonny Gray from Kansas City for veteran P Johnny Sain and OF Enos Slaughter. He would finish the 1955 season with the AAA Denver Bears (AA) posting a 3-3 record with a 4.18 ERA in 18 games. In 1956, Dixon had posted a 0-1 record with a 2.08 ERA and 1 save in 3 games for the Yankees, before being sent down to AAA Richmond Virginians (IL), where he posted a 6-5 record with a 2.88 ERA in 46 games. He continued to pitch in the Minor Leagues with the Yankees, White Sox and Senators Organizations before retiring as an active player in 1961. Overall, as an MLB P Sonny Dixon went 11-18 with a 4.17 ERA and 9 saves in 102 games with the Senators, A’s and the Yankees.

1955- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Bobby Ramos (1982) was born.

On April 5,1982, the Expos traded Catcher Bobby Ramos to the Yankees for Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden. Bobby will appear in only 4 games for the 1982 Yankees, while hitting just .091. He had played 62 games with the Yankees AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while hitting .232. Bobby was sold back to the Expos in November of 1982.

1973- Former Yankees OF/DH Johnny Damon (2006-2009) was born. 

Johnny Damon had appeared in 576 games for the Yankees, while hitting .285 with 125 HRs and 296 RBI’s. The Royals originally had signed him; then he was traded to the A’s during the 2001 AL season. Damon was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Red Sox in the fall of 2001, making the AL All-Star team and appearing in the 2004 World Series. In 2006, he signed with the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. Damon drove in 115 runs for the Yankee, while slugging 24 HRs from the leadoff spot in their batting order. It marked the 9th consecutive MLB season in which, he had scored at least 100 runs. He was a major contributor to the Yankees' 2009 World Championship season as their leadoff hitter, hitting .282, while scoring 107 runs. He made a particularly dramatic impact in Game 4 of the World Series against the Phillies, when he hit a single after a drawn-out battle with Closer Brad Lidge in the 9th inning, then he stole 2 bases on 1 play against the Phillies in a defensive shift against 1B Mark Teixeira, and then he scored the winning run on Alex Rodriguez's double. In the winter of 2009, Johnny would leave the Yankees for MLB Free Agency, who refused to give him a multi-year contract, signing with the Tigers.

1976- The 2 new AL team franchises, the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays had selected 30 players apiece from other AL team rosters in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player DraftThe Yankees would lose veteran Reliever Grant Jackson and Rookie OF/INF Juan Bernhardt to the Mariners. They will lose veteran Shortstop Jim Mason, Minor League 3B Garth Iorg and Reserve OF/DH Otto Velez to the Blue Jays in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player Draft.

1992- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Scurry (1985-1986) passed away. (1956-1992)

On September 14,1985, Reliever Ron Scurry was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He would post a 2-2 record with a 3.46 ERA with 3 saves in 36 games for the 1985-1986 Yankees. On November 22,1986, Ron was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On December 6,1986, Ron was resigned as an MLB Free Agent by the team. On March 27,1987, Ron was released by the club. During his MLB playing career, Rod Scurry was plagued by drug problems; particularly cocaine addiction. He died at age 36 of an apparent drug overdose, a week after collapsing during an altercation with the police.

2000- Yankees All-Star Catcher Jorge Posada wins a 2000 AL Silver Slugger Award. He is only Yankees regular player to win the 2000 AL Silver Slugger Award. Jorge had appeared in 151 games for the Yankees, while hitting .287 with 28 HRs and 86 RBIs.

2021- The Yankees had announced that veteran MLB Catcher Bob Brantly has declined his outright assignment to AAA Scranton; he has become an MLB Free Agent. He didn’t appear in any games for the 2021 Yankees. Also, that former MLB hurler Adam Warren had become an MLB Free Agent, he didn’t appear with the team this season. At AAA Scranton for the 2021 season, he had posted a 3.59 ERA with no decisions. He had signed a 2-year deal with the Yankees, Adam had been recovering from his pitching arm injuries. Meanwhile on the MLB waiver list, the Yankees had Reserve INF Andrew Velazquez claimed by the Angels, meanwhile veteran OF Greg Allen was claimed by the Pirates. He had hit .270 in 15 games for the Bombers. At AAA Scranton, he had hit .326. Reserve OF Tim Locastro, who was recovering from a season ending ACL Injury, after playing in just 9 games for the Yankees. On July 1, 2021, he had been obtained from the Diamondbacks for P Keegan Curtis. Tim has been claimed by the Red Sox. The Yankees will regain Locastro, when Boston puts him on waivers.

2021- The Yankees have announced that they have signed 3 Free Agent players to Minor League player contracts; they are Pitchers Chalniel Arias and Alexi Paulino and OF David Beckles. The 3 players signed will not appear with the 2022 Yankees at the MLB level.














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