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This Week in Yankees History January 8th-14th Part One


January 8th

1913- The Yankees had signed former Cubs Manager Frank Chance to be their 1913 AL season Manager. Chance had previously won 2 World Series and 4 NL pennants as the Manager of the Cubs. He told the Yankees front office that he felt that Yankees 1B Hal Chase was suspected of cheating, which led to his trade to the White Sox. His Yankees managing record would be a 118-170 record (1913-1914). His 1913 team would finish in 7th in AL with a 59-74 record. He would improve the Yankees in 1914, to a 70-84 record with a 6th place in the AL. He would be replaced by former Tigers’ hurler “Wild Bill” Donovan. As an MLB player, Frank Chance was a 1B, who had a lifetime MLB .297 BA for the Cubs (1905-1912), he was part of the famous Cubs DP combo of  “Evers-Tinker to Chance.” Frank Chance would play for the Yankees in 12 games, hitting just .208, these 12 games cost him his chance for a lifetime MLB .300 BA mark. He would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

1941- The BWAA in The Sporting News poll names the 1940 MLB All-Star team: Hank Greenberg (LF), Yankees Joe DiMaggio (CF), Ted Williams (RF), Frank McCormick (1B), Yankees Joe Gordon (2B), Luke Appling (SS), Stan Hack (3B) and Harry Danning (C) are the position players, while Bob Feller, Bucky Walters and Paul Derringer are named the Pitchers.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League OF Shane Turner was born.

The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1985 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected OF Shane Turner. He had never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. On June 10,1987, Shane was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve OF Keith Hughes to the Phillies for veteran OF/1B Mike Easler. He had played professionally for 11 years as an OF in the Minor Leagues, while seeing MLB service with the Phillies, Orioles and Mariners, finishing with a lifetime .236 BA over a 56-game span from 1988 to 1992. Since 1996, Shane has work with the Giants organization as a Minor League Roving Batting Coach and Minor League Manager.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Brian Boehringer (1995-1997) was born.

On December 14, 2000, P Brian Boehringer was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He would post a 5-10 record with 4.97 ERA and 1 save in 78 games before being traded on July 4, 2001 to the Giants for Catcher Bobby Estalella and Minor League Player Joe Smith. In July of 2005, the Yankees had signed Brian as an MLB Free Agent, but he was released at the end of the month with no MLB appearances with the team. He had been pitching for the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (IL).

1971- Former Yankees All-Star DH/1B Jason Giambi (2002-2008) was born.

Former AL MVP 1B Jason Giambi was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees in 2001. He originally came up to the MLB with the Oakland A’s. Jason’s best Yankees season was in 2002, when he hit .314 with 34 HRs and 122 RBIs. Jason was named to the 2002-2004 AL All-Star teams. He would appear in 897 games for the 2002-2008 Yankees, while hitting .260 with 209 HRs and 604 RBIs.

1976- The Yankees had purchased P Jim York from the Astros. He would split the 1976 season between the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) going 6-1 with a 5.34 ERA and with the Yankees going 1-0 in 3 games for the team.

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Carl Pavano (2005-2007) was born.

MLB Free Agent P Carl Pavano was 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in limited action (26 games) for the 2005-2007 Yankees due to various pitching arms injuries during his stay with the team. He was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He was signed by the Twins.

1981- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Francis (2014) was born.

On July 11, 2014, Reliever Jeff Francis was traded by the A’s along with Cash to the Yankees for Player to be Named Later. He had appeared in only 2 games for the team with a 1-0 record with a 5.40 ERA. On August 5, 2014, he was released by the Yankees. On October 31, 2014, Jeff was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Blue Jays. In December of 2015, Jeff had announced retirement from the MLB.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Kevin Whelan (2011) was born.

The Tigers had originally signed P Kevin Whelan in 2005. On November 10, 2006, Kevin was traded by the Tigers along with Pitchers Anthony Claggett and Humberto Sanchez to Yankees for veteran MLB All-Star OF/DH Gary Sheffield. He had appeared in 2 games with no record for the 2011 Yankees. On November 3, 2012, Kevin was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1985- The Yankees had reacquired Reserve Catcher Juan Espino from the Indians. He would spend the 1985 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Dutch” Hiller (1946,1948-1949) passed away. (1920-1987)
Before the start of the 1943 AL season, 22-yearold Frank Hiller was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. "Dutch" as he was sometimes called, was out of Lafayette College in Pa, where he starred on the mound with a 22-2 record. Frank would start out his pro career with his hometown AA Newark Bears (IL). He would win 39 games for the AA Bears from 1943-1945. After a short trial with the 1946 Yankees, he went 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 3 games. "Dutch" was a 15-game winner with the 1947 AA Kansas City Blues (AA) before heading back to Yankee Stadium going 5-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 22 games for the 1948 Yankees. He was back in the Bronx in 1949, going 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 4 appearances. He would finish out the 1949 season with the AA Blues with an 11-8 record with a 5.79 ERA. Dutch will have a 5-6 record with 4.32 ERA and 1 save in 29 games for the Yankees. On February 10,1950, he was purchased by the Cubs from the Yankees. Frank would proceed to have his best MLB season going 12-5 for the Cubs in 1950, but he fell to a 6-12 record for the 1951 Cubs. On January 3,1952, he was traded to the Reds for Willie Ramsdell. Hiller would spend the 1952 NL season with the Reds, posting a 5-8 record with a 4.63 ERA. At the end of the 1952 NL season, the Reds would deal him to the Giants for Gail Henley. Frank Hiller would pitch 19 innings for the 1953 Giants, while posting a 2-1 record with a 6.15 ERA; this would be the end of his 7-season MLB Pitching career.  He would finish out with a 30-32 record with a 4.42 ERA. "Dutch" at age 33 would give it one more chance with the 1954 AAA San Francisco Seals (PCL); he had an 11-8 record, but he had a high 5.79 ERA. He decided it was time to seek other avenues. He finished out his 8 seasons in the Minor Leagues with an 82-54 record and a 3.18 ERA

1987- Former Yankees Minor League INF Bobby De Jardin was born.

Infielder Bobby De Jardin played in the Minor Leagues from 1988 to 1995. He was selected by the Yankees in the 8th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He possessed limited power, hitting just 13 HRs in 3,003 plate appearances - or 1 HR every 231 appearance. Bobby could steal bases, with a high of 38 for the 1989 Class A Prince William Cannons (CL). He would reach AAA level for the 1st time in 1992, he would remained there for almost the rest of his pro baseball career, which concluded in Orioles system in 1995. He had batted .268 with 112 stolen bases in 726 games. He later became a MLB Scout in the Anaheim Angels organization from 2000-2013, signing, among others: Hank Conger, Mike Kenney, Chris Pettit, Tyler Skaggs, Jake Woods and Jered Weaver. He then became a Scouting Supervisor for the Yankees.

1988- Faced with a Midnight deadline to re-sign with the Yankees, veteran starter Bill Gullickson agrees to a 2-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants (JBL) instead. Clippers Note: The Yankees front office really dropped the ball on Bill Gullickson; the team should have resigned him for their 1989 starting rotation.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve INF Breyvic Valera (2019) was born.

On May 12, 2019, Reserve INF Breyvic Valera was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Giants. He was with the 2019 Yankees, appearing in 12 games, while hitting just .219 with No HRs and 3 RBIs before being sent down to AAA Scranton (IL). On September 20, 2019, he was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays from the Yankees.

1992- The Yankees had traded P Darrin Chapin to the Phillies for a Player to be Named Later, which would later be 3B Charlie Hayes. Chapin had appeared in 3 games for the 1991 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. He had been a Reliever posting a 10-3 record in 55 games for the 1991 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1998- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Ken Waldichuk was born.

 Ken Waldichuk was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2019 MLB Amateur Player Draft out of St. Mary's College of California. He began his professional career that same year with the Pulaski Yankees  (APL) by going 0-2, 3.68 ERA in 10 games as a starter. After sitting out the 2020 season when the minor leagues were shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic, he would return to action in 2021 with the AA Hudson Valley Renegades, then after 7 games of scoreless ball totaling 30 2/3 innings.  Ken would earn a promotion to the AA Somerset Patriots. There, he posted a 4-3 record with a  4.20 ERA in 16 games, with 108 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings. After the season, he was named an organizational All-Star. At the start of 2022 season, he was back at AA Somerset, going 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 6 starts to earn a promotion to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. He continued to pitch well there, by going 2-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts and being named to play in the 2022 Futures Game with the American League team. In the game played at Dodger Stadium on July 16th, he earned the save by recording the final out in the bottom of the 7th, getting Jackson Chourio to fly out to RF Denzel Clarke. Two weeks later, on August 3rd, he was traded by the Yankees to the Athletics along with INF Cooper Bowman, Pitchers Luis Medina and JP Sears in return for starting Pitcher Frankie Montas. He was assigned to the AAA Las Vegas Aviators (PCL), where he went 0-1, 4.38 ERA in 4 starts. Ken was called up to the MLB on September 1, 2022, when teams were allowed to add 2 players to their MLB roster and made his debut that same day as the starting pitcher against the Washington Nationals. He did well, allowing 1 run in 4 2/3 innings before being replaced by Joel Payamps, but he was not involved in the final decision as Oakland lost the game by the score 7-5, in 10 innings.

2008- Former Yankees Closer Rich “Goose” Gossage is voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA on his 9th try. Gossage had a 126 ERA+; he was a 9-time MLB All-Star while saving over 300 MLB games. He is the 5th Reliever voted into the Hall, but the 3rd in the past 5 years. He joins Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Sutter as MLB Relief Pitchers enshrined in Cooperstown. As a Yankees Closer Rich Gossage (1978-1983,1989), he had posted a 42-28 record with a 2.14 ERA and 151 saves in 319 games.

2020- The Yankees had signed former MLB P Nick Tropeano to a Minor League contract with an invitation to their 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He has previously pitched in the MLB with the Astros and the Angels, while posting a 12-14 record with a 4.51 ERA in 42 games. He didn’t pitch for the team at the MLB level. On August 9, 2020, he was DFA by the Yankees. Nick would be claimed by the Pirates.

January 9th

1854Former Yankees Team Co-Owner Bill Devery (1903-1914) was born. (1854-1919)

Frank Farrell and Bill Devery were the 1st  team owners of the New York Highlanders - later to become the Yankees. They had purchased the AL Baltimore Orioles franchise on January 9,1903 for $18,000. They were allowed to purchase the team and move it to New York City because of their ties with the local politics. All previous attempts to move a team to Manhattan had been blocked by the Giants Ownership and Manager John McGraw, who had political connections in City Hall. Devery had been an openly corrupt N.Y. City Police Chief. He had been forced out of the Police Department shortly before purchasing the team. After the 1914 AL season, the duo will sell the team to 2 New York City Businessmen: Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Houston for $460,000.

1876- Former Yankees Pitcher Barney Wolfe (1903-1904) was born. (1876-1953)

Barney Wolfe had appeared in 27 games for the Yankees, while posting a 6-12 record with 3.02 ERA. In his 1903 rookie season with the Yankees, he went 6-9 with a 2.97 ERA in 20 starts for the team. On July 20,1904, Barney Wolfe (0-3 in 7 games) was traded by the Yankees along with Starter Tom Hughes (7-11 with a 3.70 ERA) to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Al Orth (3-4). 

1903- The defunct AL Baltimore Orioles franchise is purchased by 2 New York City Businessmen Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $18,000. Then the team is moved to Manhattan, where they will become known as the New York Highlanders, which marked the genesis of the Yankees. Despite attempts by John T. Brush and Andrew Freedman to use their political influence to prevent the American League from finding suitable grounds in New York, League President Ban Johnson, aided by baseball writer Joe Vila, finds new backers. Also, Johnson also finds a ballpark site at 165th Street and Broadway. They will build wooden grandstand seating 15,000 on the highest point of Manhattan. The team, logically, will be called the New York Highlanders. The team will play their AL season games at Hilltop Park from 1903 to 1912, before moving to the Polo Grounds in 1913, when their lease on the ballpark grounds wasn’t renewed by the land owners.

1919- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher and MLB Scout Ed Dunn was born. (1919-1990)
Ed Dunn was 7 for 31 as a Catcher for the 1940 Amsterdam Rugmakers (CANAM) in the Yankees Minor League organization. Later, he would an MLB Scout for the 1959-1990 Senators/Twins organization; signing future MLB Players Dave Boswell, Randy Bush, Lenny Webster and Willie Banks among others.

1936- Former Yankees Pitcher Ralph Terry (1956-1957,1959-1964) was born. (1936-2022)

 In 1953, the Yankees had signed Pitcher Ralph Terry as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would pitch in 10 games for the 1956-1957 Yankees, going 2-3 before being traded on June 15,1957 to Kansas City in the Billy Martin trade. In 2 seasons with the A’s, Ralph would post an 17-28 record. On May 26,1959, Ralph would return to the Yankees being traded by the A’s along with INF/OF Hector Lopez for veteran Pitchers Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe. Ralph would become a Yankees regular starter in 1960, posting a 10-8 record with a 3.40 ERA in 35 games. He gave up the 9thinning HR to Maz in Game #7 of the 1960 World Series loss to the Pirates. In 1961, he would post a 16-3 record with a 3.15 ERA in 31 games. The 1962 AL season was Ralph Terry best MLB pitching season by going 23-12 with a 3.19 ERA in 43 starts. He was named to the 1962 AL All-Star team. He won the AL Babe Ruth Award and MLB World Series MVP Award. Ralph went 2-1 in the 1962 World Series against the Giants. In 1963, he had a 17-13 record with a 3.22 ERA in 40 games. In 1964, he was slowed down by pitching arm injuries, slipping to a 7-11 mark with a 4.54 ERA in 27 games. He was pulled out of the Yankees starting rotation and was working out of the Yankees bullpen. Ralph had appeared in 5 World Series for the Yankees, while posting a 2-4 record along with a 2.93 ERA along with 31 Ks. His overall Yankees Pitching career record was 78-59 with .569 WP, along with a 3.44 ERA in 210 games with 615 strikeouts, 56 complete games and 16 shutouts. After the 1964 World Series, he was sent along with P Bud Daley to complete the Pedro Ramos September 1964 trade with the Indians. After playing for the Tribe, Ralph was briefly with the A’s again before he would be finishing his MLB Pitching career with the 1966-1967 Mets. Ralph Terry had finished his MLB Pitching career with an overall 107-99 record with a 3.62 ERA in 338 games. He had struck out 1,000 MLB batters. After baseball, Terry became a Professional Golfer. Based on his status as a PGA of America Sectional Champion, he qualified for and played in 4 PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he started playing on the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the 1989 Showdown Classic.

1953- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ivan De Jesus (1986) was born.

On May 1,1986, veteran MLB INF Ivan De Jesus was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He would only appear in 7 games with the Yankees before being released by the team on June 24,1986.

1959- Former Yankees Reserve OF Otis Nixon (1983) was born.

Otis Nixon was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (3rd Pick) of the 1979 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). He appeared in only 13 games for the 1983 Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, while batting just .143. On February 5,1984, Otis was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later (P Guy Elston) and MLB Reliever George Frazier to the Indians for a Player to be Named Later (Rick Browne) and MLB INF Toby Harrah. 

1964- Former Yankees Reserve OF Stan Javier (1984) was born.

After being obtained from the Cardinals along with INF Bobby Meacham, Stan would hit .143 in 7 games in 1984 before being sent to Oakland in the Rickey Henderson trade. He was the son of former NL All-Star INF Juan Javier, who had played 2B for the 1960’s Cardinals.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Domingo Jean (1993) was born.

On January 10,1992, P Domingo Jean was traded by the White Sox along with Pitchers Melido Perez and Bob Wickman to the Yankees for AL All-Star INF Steve Sax. He would go 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 10 games for the Yankees before being traded on November 27,1993, along with Reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz to the Astros for veteran MLB Reliever Xavier Hernandez.

1973- Former Yankees INF Lynn “Broadway” Lary (1929-1934) passed away. (1906-1973)

In 1928, INF Lynn Lary was purchased from the AA Oakland Oaks (PCL). He had 3 good seasons with the Yankees, before slipping in 1932. He had appeared in 496 games for the team, while hitting .274 with 21 HRs and 237 RBIs. On May 15,1934, he would be traded to the Red Sox for INF Fred Muller and $20,000 Cash. He would later play for the Browns and Indians before retiring from MLB.

1990- Former Yankees AL MVP and All-Star Pitcher Spurgeon “Spud” Ferdinand Chandler (1937-1947) passed away. (1907-1990)

Spud Chandler had pitched for the Yankees from 1937-1947, finishing with a pitching career record of 109-43 (.717). His best Yankees season was in 1943, when he went 20-1 (.833 WP) with a 1.64 ERA. He was named to the 1943 AL All-Star team. Spud was the winner of the 1943 AL MVP and MLB MVP Awards. In April 1944, Chandler had entered the Army Air Corps. He was discharged from service in September 1945. He would appear in the 1941-1943 and 1947 World Series with the Yankees, posting a 2-2 record with 1.62 ERA. At the age of 38 in 1946, he went 20-8 for the Yankees. After the 1947 World Series, he retired as an MLB active player. After his MLB Pitching career had ended, Spud Chandler was a Kansas City A’s MLB Pitching Coach for the 1957-1958 AL seasons. Also, he was also a longtime MLB Scout for the Indians and Twins organizations. 

1992- Former Yankees Minor League Reliever Joe Harvey (2019) was born.

Joe Harvey was drafted by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from Univ. of Pittsburgh. On November 20, 2018, the Yankees added Minor League Reliever Joe Harvey to their 40-man MLB roster. The young Reliever has a 5-6 lifetime career record with 1.75 ERA with 25 saves in 102 games. He split the 2018 baseball season between the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 3-2 record with a 1.67 ERA and 11 saves in 43 games. In 2019, he split playing between AAA Scranton and the Yankees. With the 2019 Yankees, he had appeared in 9 games, while posting a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA. On July 31, 2019, Joe was traded by the Yankees to the Rockies for Minor League P Alfredo Garcia.

1997- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent OF/DH/1B Mark Whiten. He would hit .265 with 5 HRs and 24 RBIs, while appearing in 67 games as a Reserve Player for the 1997 Yankees.

2007- Former Yankees Minor League Pitcher Ben Callahan passed away. (1957-2007)

The Yankees in the 31st round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Ben Callahan. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On June 15,1983, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with 1B/DH Marshall Brant and Cash to Oakland for veteran Starter Matt Keough.

2020- The Yankees had signed former MLB veteran Catcher Chris Iannetta to a Minor League player contract with an invitation to their 2020 MLB Spring Training Camp. He had hit .222 with 6 HRs last season with the Rockies. Chris joins fellow veteran MLB Catcher Erik Katz in the completion to be a back-up Catcher to AL All-Star starting Catcher Gary Sanchez.  He will retire from the MLB on August 8, 2020.  At the time, he was playing at the 2020 Yankees Alternate Training Site at Scranton.

2020- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Hal Smith passed away. (1930-2020)

In 1949, the Yankees had signed Catcher Hal Smith as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was blocked at starting catcher’s spot the presence by Yogi Berra and other Yankees Catching Minor League prospects. Hal would play in the Yankees Minor League system from 1949 to 1953, reaching the Class AA Birmingham Barons (SA). After the 1954 AL season, Hal was involved in a huge player trade made, whereby 17 players changed teams between the Yankees and the Orioles. He came up with to the MLB  for 1st time in 1955 with the Orioles in their 2nd season in Baltimore. Smith immediately became a regular player as a Rookie, appearing in 135 games, while hitting .271 with 4 HRs and 52 RBIs. In August 1956, he was traded by the Orioles to the A’s. In 1957, Hal had one of his best MLB career seasons with the bat, hitting .303 and slugging .483, 101 points above the AL Slugging average. For the 1958-1959 AL seasons, Smith played a lot of 3B, as the A's tried to keep his bat in the regular lineup, when he wasn't catching. After the 1959 AL season, he was traded to the Pirates for 2 players in time to be part of their 1960 World Series team. During the regular season, he slugged .508. During the 1960 World Series, he hit a 3-run HR in Game 7 that keyed a Pirates comeback in the 8th inning. Smith's HR put the Pirates ahead by the score of 9-7 before the Yankees tied the game with 2 runs in the 9th inning. Bill Mazeroski’s Memorable HR in the bottom of the 9th inning won the 1960 World Series for the Pirates. In 1962, Hal became one of the original members of the new NL Expansion Team, the Houston Colt .45s. In 1964, he would finish out his MLB playing career with the Reds.

2021- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher George Pena passed away at age 76 from COVID-19 Virus. (1944-2021)

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

2022- Rachel Balkovec was named the 1st female manager in affiliated professional baseball, after she was tabbed by the Yankees on Tuesday to manage the Low-A Tampa Tarpons this season. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Rachel on this historic milestone," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "As manager of the Tampa Tarpons, she will continue to demonstrate her expertise and leadership in the Yankees’ organization. We wish Rachel well in this new capacity and appreciate her mentorship to the growing network of women in baseball operations and player development roles. “When Kim Ng was hired as the general manager of the Marlins prior to the 2021 season, it was a meaningful step forward. I am pleased to see the game continue to make important progress at various levels. Major League Baseball is committed to providing a supportive environment for women and girls to pursue our sport as players, coaches, umpires and executives. We are proud of Rachel, new director of player development Sara Goodrum of the Astros and all the women across our sport who are setting a positive example for our next generation of fans and proving, on and off the field, that Baseball is a game for everyone.” Rachel Balkovec, aged 34, was serving as a Hitting Coach in the Yankees organization's Rookie-level Florida Complex League. She has been a Coach in pro baseball for 10 years; becoming the 1st female full-time Hitting Coach in an MLB organization, when she took on her previous role in 2019.

 January 10th

1888- Former Yankees 2B Del Pratt (1918-1920) was born. (1888-1977)
On January 22,1918, 2B Del Pratt was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with veteran P Eddie Plank to the Yankees for P Nick Cullop, INF Joe Gedeon, 2B Fritz Maisel, C Les Nunamaker, P Urban Shocker and $15,000 Cash. Del became the starting 2B for the 1918-1920 Yankees, replacing the recently traded 2B Fritz Maisel. His best Yankees season was in 1920, when he hit .314 with 4 HRs and 100 RBIs in 154 games. He led the AL in games played that season. Also, he had led the AL in games played in 1911-1914 and 1916, while playing with the Browns. With the Yankees, Del would appear in 420 games, while hitting .295 with 10 HRs and 219 RBIs. On December 15,1920, Del was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Muddy Ruel, P Hank Thormahlen and OF Sammy Vick to the Red Sox for Pitchers Harry Harper, Waite Hoyt, INF Mike McNally and Catcher Wally Schang. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1923-1924 Tigers. Overall, he had appeared in 1,836 MLB games, while hitting .292 with 43 HRs and 979 RBIs. Later, he would become a Minor League Manager in the Texas League.

1903- Despite attempts by Giants Management John T. Brush and Andrew Freedman to use their political influence to prevent the American League from finding suitable grounds for a club to play in New York City. AL Commissioner Ban Johnson is aided by Baseball Writer Joe Vila, who finds financial backers for a team. Also, Johnson finds a ballpark site at 165th Street and Broadway, they leased the land from the Owners. Frank Farrell and Bill Devery pay $18,000 for the Baltimore Orioles AL team franchise. They will build a wooden grandstand ballpark seating 15,000 people on the highest point of Manhattan. The team logically will be called the New York Highlanders. The new ballpark will be called Hill Top Park; it will be the team’s home field from 1903 to 1912. At the end of the 1912 AL season, the team will move to the Polo Grounds, when the landowners refused to renew the lease of the land, where the ballpark was located.

1924- The Yankees had released future Hall of Fame 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, he had retired from MLB. On February 15,1916, 3B Frank Baker was purchased by the Yankees from Philadelphia Athletics for $37,500 Cash. Baker had sat out the 1915 AL season due to an MLB player contract dispute with A’s Owner/Manager Connie Mack. He would appear in 676 games for the 1916-1922 Yankees, while hitting .288 with 48 HRs and 375 RBIs. In 1920, he sat out the AL season due to death of his wife to take care of his 2 young children. He returned to the team in 1921. Frank “Home Run” Baker will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

1956- Former Yankees MLB Scout Phil Rossi (1997-2000) was born.

Phil Rossi has been a Minor League player (2 years) and a long-time MLB Scout (over 30 years). His twin brother, Bob Rossi has also scouted. The Cubs selected Rossi in the 36th round of the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft. The Infielder would split the summer between the GCL Cubs (12 for 29, 3B, 3 BB) and the Geneva Cubs (.274 in 43 G). He had stolen 10 bases in 11 tries for the summer and only struck out in 7 of 164 AB. In 1978, he was a utility man for the Pompano Beach Cubs, backing up 2B Dan Rohn and also seeing action at SS, 3B, C and OF. He hit .246 with only 4 strikeouts in 122 AB, but also only one extra-base hit (a double). In 156 minor league games, he had batted .276 with just 11 strikeouts in 286 at-bats. He had fielded .945 in 34 games at Shortstop, .932 in 34 in the OF, .974 in 18 at 2B, .917 in 5 at 3B and had 1 putout and no errors at Catcher. Rossi has scouted for several MLB teams; the Red Sox (1981-1997), Yankees (1997-2000), Indians (2000-2005) and the Marlins (2006- ). He had signed John Marzano and Frank Herrmann.

1959- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Dotson (1988-1989) was born.
On November 12,1987, AL All-Star hurler Richard Dotson was traded by the White Sox along with P Scott Nielsen to the Yankees for OF Dan Pasqua, C/DH/1B Mark Salas and P Steve Rosenberg. Rich would go 14-14 with a 5.13 ERA in 43 games before being released by the team in 1989.

1960- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bob Brower (1989) was born.
On December 5,1988, OF Bob Brower was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Reserve INF Bobby Meacham. Bob would appear in 26 games as a Reserve OF for the 1989 Yankees, while hitting .232 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. It would his last active MLB season. Since 2000, he has been working for the Scott Boras Corporation.

1968- Yankees Minor League Manager Carlos Mota was born.

A former Minor League Catcher Carlos Mota had played in the Indians organization from 1987 until 1993. He finished active playing career with the 1994-1999 Independent League team, the St. Paul Saints. He had been a Player/Coach with the Saints in 1999. Then he joined the Diamondbacks organization working for them from 2000-2001. He left the Arizona Organization to join the Yankees Organization from 2002-2009 working as a Yankees Minor League Coach or Manager with the 2010  Manager DSL Yankees 1, 2012-2013 Manager DSL Yankees 2 and then he was the 2014-2015 Rehab Manager for the Yankees Latin Béisbol Academy.

1973- Pitcher Doug Heinold was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. While he did not pan out for the Yankees, they did better later in the Amateur Player Draft with the selections of INF Mike Heath, P LaMarr Hoyt and INF Garth Iorg.

1983- A preliminary injunction is issued by New York Supreme Court barring the Yankees from playing their 1983 AL Opening Season games against the Tigers in Denver, Colorado. The Yankees sought to move their home games fearing the renovations to the Yankee Stadium would not be completed on time and be unsafe for the fans.

1989- The Yankees had traded veteran MLB Starter Rick Rhoden to the Astros for 3 Minor League players: OF John Fishel, Pitchers Pedro Deleon and Mike Hook. Rhoden had posted a 12-12 record with a 4.29 ERA in 30 games for the 1988 Yankees. In 2 seasons with the team, Rick had posted a 28-22 record with a 4.09 ERA in 60 games. Fishel was assigned to AAA Columbus (IL), while the 2 Pitchers were assigned to AA Albany (EL). All 3 players obtained in the trade never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1992- The Yankees had traded veteran All-Star 2B Steve Sax to the White Sox in exchange for 3 Pitchers: Melido Perez, Domingo Jean and Bob Wickman. Sax had appeared in 471 games for the Yankees, while hitting .294 with 19 HRs and 161 RBIs. He was named to the AL All Star team twice. The Yankees Front Office felt that young Pat Kelly should give a chance to play regularly at 2B. Perez was bothered by injuries during his stay with the 1993-1995 Yankees. He will post a 33-39 record with a 4.06 ERA in 93 games. Wickman and Jean were both Class A Minor League Pitchers, who were assigned to the Yankees Minor League system. Bob Wickman would go 31-14 with a 4.21 ERA and 11 saves in 223 games before being traded by the Yankees to the Brewers during the 1996 AL season. Jean would appear with the 1993 Yankees going 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 10 games before being traded to Astros in the winter of 1993.

2002- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Starter David Wells to a 2-year, $7-million contract to re-join the team. After posting a 34-14 record including a Perfect Game from 1997-1998, David Wells and 2 other players were traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for AL All-Star Starter Roger Clemens. With the Blue Jays, Wells had his only 20-win season of his MLB Pitching career.

2014- MLB Reliever Matt Thornton completes his 2-year $7 million deal with the Yankees. To make room for him on their 40-Man MLB Roster, the Bronx Bombers designate veteran OF/DH Vernon Wells for assignment. With the 2014 Yankees, Matt would post a 0-3 record with a 2.55 ERA with no saves in 46 games. On August 5, 2014, he was selected off waivers by the Nationals from the Yankees.

2021- Former Yankees Reserve INF Pedro Gonzalez (1963-1965) passed away from lung disease. (1937-2021)

Before the start of 1958 AL Season, the Yankees had signed INF Pedro Gonzalez as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was the winner of the 1963 James P. Dawson Award for best Yankees Rookie in MLB Spring Training Camp. Pedro would hit .266 with No HRs and 6 RBIs in 101 games for the Yankees. In 1964, he had appeared in 80 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277. He had played in 1 game of the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals with no hits. On May 10,1965, Pedro was traded by the Yankees to the Indians for 1B Ray ”Buddy” Barker. Pedro would hit .240 with 8 HRs and 64 RBIs  in a 116 games for the Tribe. Overall, as an MLB Player, Pedro would play in 407 games; while hitting .244 with 8 HRs and 70 RBIs.

January 11th

1911- Former Yankees Minor league INF Roy Hughes was born. (1911-1995)
On June 13,1939, INF Roy Hughes was traded by the Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for OF Joe Gallagher, who was hitting .244 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 14 games with the Bombers. Roy never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He was assigned to the AA Newark Bears (IL). On July 13,1939, Roy was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for P Al Hollingsworth.

1915- Two New York Businessmen Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston buy the New York Yankees from current Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $460,000. Jacob Ruppert, who owns a local brewery, is thinking of renaming the team the “Knickerbockers” to promote his NYC Beer Brewery product, but he is dissuaded by local newspapermen to keep the “Yankees” name instead.

1928- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1952-1953) and MLB Coach (1967) Loren “Bee Bee” Babe was born. (1928-1984)
In 1945, INF Babe Loren was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would only appear in only 17 games, hitting .205 with 2 HRs and 26 RBIs for the 1952-1953 Yankees. He had been buried in the Yankees Minor League system with so many talented infielders around their organization. In the spring of 1953, he was sold to the Philadelphia A’s. With the A’s Babe would play 3B, while appearing in 103 games, while hitting .224 with No HRs and 20 RBIs. In December of 1953, the Yankees would reacquire Babe in the Vic Power trade. He remained in the Minor Leagues playing at the AAA level from 1954 until 1958, before retiring as an active player. From 1961-1966, he would manage in the Yankees Minor League system at different levels, reaching AAA in 1966 and again in 1976. In 1967, Loren was an MLB Coach for the Yankees. He moved on to the White Sox as a Special Assignment Scout in 1977-1979, then as a MLB Coach in 1979, 1980 and 1983. When it was found in April of 1983 that Babe was suffering from cancer, fellow White Sox Coach Charley Lau voluntarily gave up his spot on the MLB coaching staff, so that Babe could qualify for MLB pension benefits. Babe would pass away from cancer at age 56. Lau was diagnosed with cancer a month after Babe, and he would passed away 5 weeks after him.

1934- The Yankees had released Reserve INF Edward “Doc” Farrell. He had appeared in 70 games as a Reserve Infielder for the 1932-1933 Yankees, while hitting .231. Farrell had been part of the Joe DiMaggio trade with the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL), but he refused to go to the team, instead he will play briefly for the 1934 Red Sox before leaving the MLB.

1962- Former Yankees Reliever Don Pall (1994) was born.

On January 16,1994, Reliever Don Pall was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Don had posted a 1-2 record with a 3.60 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees before being released on July 29,1994. He would finish the 1994 MLB season with the Cubs.

1965- Former Yankees 1B Wally Pipp (1915-1925), the predecessor of Lou Gehrig at 1B for the Yankees dies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was 71 years old. (1893-1965)
Rookie 1B Wally Pip was acquired from the Tigers in 1915. He had been beaten out of the Tigers starting 1B job by Tigers teammate George “Tigoa” Burns. Pipp, who in 1925, he had asked out of the Yankees starting lineup with a headache, he had been hit by a ball in the head the previous day. After giving way to Rookie 1B Lou Gehrig, Pipp will never again played a game at 1B for the Yankees. In January of 1926, Wally was sold to the Reds for $7,500 Cash. He would finish up his fine MLB playing career with the 1926-1928 Reds. Wally had appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while hitting .224 in 19 games. He hit over .300 in 3 seasons with the Yankees, with 1922 being his best Yankees player season with a .329 mark. He had appeared in 1,488 games for the Yankees, hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 826 RBIs. In 1916 and 1917, Wally Pipp led the AL in HRs with 12 and 9. He led the AL in fielding for 1B in 1915 and 1924.

1973- MLB Team Owners approve one of the game's most controversial rules: Designated Hitter. The team owners decide to allow AL teams to implement the rule on an experimental 3-year basis, but the DH Rule will become a permanent addition to the American League. The Yankees Ron Bloomberg will become the 1st DH in MLB History to appear in a game against the Red Sox in April of 1973.

1977- The Yankees had drafted OF Willie McGee in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 1977 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Willie will never play for the Yankees at the MLB level. On October 21,1981, Willie was traded by the Yankees to the Cardinals for P Bob Sykes.

1980- The Yankees had drafted OF/1B Tom Dodd in the 1st round (7th selection) of the1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Todd never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 5,1982, he was traded by the Yankees along with 3B Jeff Reynolds (Minors) and 1B/DH Dave Revering to the Blue Jays for veteran 1B/DH John Mayberry. On December 9,1982, Tom was traded by the Blue Jays along with veteran Reliever Dale Murray to the Yankees for 1B/OF Dave Collins, Minor League Class A 1B Fred McGriff, P Mike Morgan and Cash.

1983- The Yankees named Billy Martin their Manager for the 3rd time in 8 years. Martin takes over for Clyde King, who is bumped upstairs to the Yankees front office. Billy Martin will lead the Yankees to a record of 91-71 in 1983 AL season.

1983- Ellis Burks is one of the few good players to be drafted and also signed in the January Free Agent Draft. Burks is picked on the 1st round by the Red Sox as the Yankees picked and signed Ozzie Canseco, who was a Pitcher with their 4th pick.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve OF Rico Noel (2015) was born.

Beginning in 2010, CF Rico Noel had played in the Padres organization. He was selected by the club in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. The owner of blazing speed, Noel stole 17 bases in 44 games his 1st season, and followed that with a 62-steal campaign in 126 games in 2011. Entering 2012, he was ranked the best defensive Outfielder in the Padres system by Baseball America. He stole 90 bases in 113 tries for the Lake Elsinore Storm that year. In 2013, he stole 59 bases in 131 games for the San Antonio Missions. He began 2014 season with the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas (PCL). He stole 32 bases while playing there. Back with El Paso in 2015 after being a non-roster invitee to the Padres' Spring Training Camp, the Padres released him on June 28th. On July 2nd, he was signed by the Yankees. He would spend time 1st with the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and then with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He was called up to the Bronx, when team rosters expanded on September 1st. He made his Yankees player debut the next day as a late-game defensive replacement for RF Carlos Beltran, although he did not have a chance to bat in the game. He would appear in 15 games with the 2015 Yankees, while hitting .500. On October 16, 2015, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On December 17, 2015, the Dodgers would sign him.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League INF Nick Solak was born.

Second baseman Nick Solak was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees, out of the Univ. of Louisville. He began his pro career that season with the Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL), hitting a solid .321 in 64 games. In 2017, he began the season in the Florida State League with the Class A Tampa Yankees, for whom he played 100 games, then he was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL ) for an additional 30 games. Between the 2 stops, his batting line was .297 with 72 runs, 26 doubles,12 HRs and 53 RBIs. On February 20, 2018, just after the opening of MLB Spring Training Camp, he was traded by the Yankees 1st to the Diamondbacks along with P Taylor Widener in return for MLB 2B/3B Brandon Drury, then immediately by the D-Backs to the Rays along with P Anthony Banda and 2 Players to be Named Later (Sam McWilliams and Colin Poche) in return for OF Steven Souza. The Rays had suddenly decided, as their MLB Spring Training Camp opened, to shed some salary and Souza was the 3rd veteran to be dealt by the team in the span of 4 days in return for prospects. Nick had played for the 2018 AA Montgomery Biscuits (SL).

1999- Former Yankees Minor League OF/INF Jim Dyck passed away. (1922-1999)
In 1941, the Yankees had signed INF/OF Jim Dyck as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He played in the Yankees farm System from 1941-1942, (1943-1945 WWII Service time) and the 1946-1949 seasons. He would reach AA level with 1947 Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 5,1949, Jim was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Yankees organization in the 1949 Minor League Player Draft. In 1952-1953, he was the Browns starting 3B. From 1951-1956, he would play in the MLB with the Browns, Orioles, Indians and the Reds; while hitting .246 with 26 HRs and 114 RBIs in 350 games. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1957-1961, retiring as an active player at the age of 39.

2000- Former Hall of Fame MLB Pitcher and Yankee/ MLB Manager Bob Lemon died at the age of 79. (1922-2000)
Bob Lemon was a 7-time 20-game winner with the Indians. He teamed with Bob Feller, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia to form one of the game's greatest starting rotations. In 1954, Bob Lemon went 23-7 with a 2.72 ERA in 36 games with 21 complete games, helping the Indians to an AL record 111-win season. After retiring as an active player in 1958, he worked for the Indians organization as an MLB Scout and then as a Minor League Manager.  In 1970, Lemon became an MLB Manager for the 1st time, when he assumed leadership of the Kansas City Royals, replacing Manager Joe Gordon. Later, he managed the White Sox before enjoying his greatest success with the Yankees. On July 25,1978, Bob Lemon replaced the fired Billy Martin and helped the Yankees orchestrate a miraculous 14 game comeback against the Red Sox. Under Bob Lemon's calming hand, the Yankees won their 2nd straight World Championship in 1978. He was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.Midway through the 1979 season, Martin replaced him as Yankees Manager. In 1981, when the MLB Player strike split the season into 2 halfs, Gene Michael managed the Yankees to a 1st-half division lead, but when the team faltered in the 2nd half after the strike, Lemon returned as Manager. Even though the Yankees had a losing record under his helm, he took them to victory in the divisional playoff with 2nd-half winner Milwaukee Brewers and then to a 3-game sweep of the Oakland A’s in the ALCS. The Yankees lost the World Series to the Dodgers in 6 games, as Lemon was widely criticized for a managerial decision he made in the last game, when he called in Bobby Murcer to pinch hit for ace pitcher Tommy John with 2 on and 2 outs in the 4th inning; Murcer flied out to right field, and the bullpen imploded after John's departure, giving the game and the series away to the Dodgers. When  the Bombers started slowly in 1982, Lemon was again replaced as Manager after 14 games only, this time by Gene Michael. He did not even get to manage the AL team in the 1982 MLB All-Star Game, a traditional perk of the previous year's World Series Manager, he was replaced by Billy Martin, whose A’s had been swept by Lemon's Yankees in the ALCS. Bob Lemon died at age 79 from a Heart Attack/Stroke after a long period of failing health at Palmcrest Convalescent Home in San Bernardino, CA. He was later cremated. Bob was survived by his wife, Jane and 2 sons. The hard-drinking, easygoing Lemon had been seriously ill and housebound, a virtual recluse in his native Long Beach, CA, but he was nevertheless still on the Yankees payroll as an MLB Scout. It was a "lifetime contract" reward from George Steinbrenner for winning the 1978 Yankee World Championship.

2001- Former Yankees Starter David Cone agrees to a 1-year contract with the Eastern Division rivals, the Red Sox. The former Cy Young Award winner could make between $4 million and $5 million with the Red Sox, compared to $500,000 guaranteed-offer made by the Yankees, if he makes the MLB 25-man Roster and pitches regularly during the 2001 season. He will win just 9 games in 25 starts for Boston during the 2001 AL season.

2005- The Diamondbacks had traded 5-time Cy Young Award Winner Randy Johnson to the Yankees in a 3-team deal that includes the Dodgers OF Shawn Green, P Javier Vazquez and Rookie Catcher Dioner Navarro, also move in the transaction. Arizona will receive MLB Starter Javier Vazquez, Catcher Dioner Navarro and Rookie Pitcher Brad Halsey from the Yankees. Then the D-Backs will send Catcher Dioner Navarro along with 3 Minor League Prospects to Dodgers for All-Star OF Shawn Green.

2012- The Yankees would sign OF Preston Mattingly, the son of franchise great Don Mattingly to a Minor League contract. Ironically, Preston was under employment of the Dodgers, the team his father is now managing. He never appears with the team at the MLB level.

2013- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Talbot (1965-1969) passed away. (1941-2013)

On June 10,1966, P Fred Talbot was traded by the A’s along with Catcher Billy Bryan to the Yankees for P Gil Blanco, OF Roger Repoz and MLB P Bill Stafford. Fred would post a 14-24 record with a 3.99 ERA in 89 games for the 1965-1969 Yankees. On May 20,1969, Fred was traded by the Yankees to the Seattle Pilots for veteran Reliever Jack Aker. Fred had appeared in 8 games all in relief with no decisions for the 1969 Yankees.  He would finish his MLB Pitching career with Oakland in 1970. In 1959, the White Sox had signed Fred Talbot as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would pitch for the White Sox, Indians, the A’s, Yankees, Pilots and the A’s again, who were now in Oakland; posting an overall MLB Pitching record of 38-56 record with a 4.12 ERA in 195 games. Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton wrote about Fred in his famous baseball book “Ball Four.”

2014Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz&nbs****ues his ruling on Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension for PED use, originally issued on August 5th, reducing it to 162 games, or the entire 2014 MLB Season and Postseason, costing him $25 million in salary. Rodriguez says he will appeal the decision in federal court. For its part, the Players Association says it disagrees with the decision, but will respect it as it was reached through due process.

2019- The Yankees add another veteran MLB Infielder to their MLB Roster by signing MLB Free Agent INF D.J. LeMahieu for 2 years and $24 million. The former Rockies 2B D.J. will hit .327 with 26 HRs and 102 RBIs in 143 games for the 2019 Yankees. Also, he was on the 2019 AL All-Star team.

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January 12th

1881- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe McCarthy (1905) was born. (1881-1937) 

In September of 1905, Catcher Joe McCarthy was purchased by the Highlanders from Poughkeepsie (HRL). He had appeared in 1 game with the 1905 team with no hits. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1906 NL Cardinals.

1950- The Yankees sell their longtime AAA Newark Bears (1936-1954) International League franchise to the Cubs, who will move the team to Springfield, Massachusetts. The once-proud Bears, owned by the Yankees since 1936, had finished last in the International League in 1949. The Kansas City Blues (AA) will become the Yankees top AAA team. The Springfield, MA team will be moved to Havana, Cuba in 1954, when the International League has 2 teams shift locations due to the arrival of the new Baltimore Orioles, formerly the St. Louis Browns to American League. The former Springfield team will have an MLB working agreement with Reds, the team will be known as the Havana Sugar Kings. They will play in Cuba until Castro takes over the country, banning professional baseball in 1959. The team will move to Jersey City, NJ and play their home games at the former Minor League ballpark, Roosevelt Stadium.

1951Former Yankees Reserve OF Terry Whitfield (1974-1976) was born. 

Terry Whitfield was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (19th-pick) of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He will hit .335 with 18 HRs for Kinston (CL) in 1973. Terry would spend the 1974-1976 seasons with AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), hitting with moderate power. He was called up to the Bronx for a bit in each of 1974-1976 AL seasons, getting in 81 at-bats with the 1975 Yankees. Terry will hit .276 in 31 games for the Yankees, before being traded on March 14,1977 to the Giants for veteran MLB INF Marty Perez. Terry got his chance to play more with the Giants, who made him their # 4 outfielder. In 1978-1980, he was the starting Leftfielder for the team. In all 4 of the NL seasons from 1977-1980, he hit around .290. In early March 1981, the Giants had sold him to the Seibu Lions (JPCL). He would play 3 seasons in Japan, helping the Lions to win a couple of championships. Then, saying he wanted to be closer to his family, he came back to the MLB as a Dodger in 1984. He was a Reserve OF on the 1984-1986 Dodger teams, appearing in the 1985 NLCS. He was released by the team in late May 1986. Terry would play in the Minor Leagues in 1987-1988 with a team in the California League.

1954- The International League (AAA) makes 2 team franchise shifts as the Baltimore Orioles, the current Minor League team is transferred to Richmond, Va. becoming the Richmond Virginians as Baltimore is receiving the old AL St. Louis Browns franchise for the 1954 AL season. The new MLB team will keep the long-time Minor League team name of the “Orioles.” The Richmond Virginians will become a Yankees AAA Farm Club. The Springfield, MA team, the former Newark Bears NJ team moves to Havana, Cuba, becoming the Havana Sugar Kings. They will have a working agreement with the Reds. The team will move back to Jersey City, NJ to play their games at Roosevelt Stadium; when Cuba becomes unsettled with the arrival of Fidel Castro to power in 1960. Cuba will ban American professional baseball from the island, replacing them with their own Cuban Baseball leagues.

1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Doug Heinold was born.

Doug Heinold was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had pitched 6 seasons in their organization, reaching the AAA level for 4 years before his pro baseball career was ended by a pitching arm injury. Heinold was taken 13th overall in the 1973 draft; while he did not pan out for the Yankees, they did better later in the draft with the selections of INF Mike Heath, P LaMarr Hoyt and INF Garth Iorg. He made his pro debut with the 1973 Johnson City Yankees, going 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA. He had struck out 73 batters and only walked 11 in 75 innings. The big right-hander was 9th in the Appalachian League in strikeouts and 10th in ERA. He also hit his only pro baseball career HR. Heinold dazzled for the 1974 Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) with a 11-8 record with a 2.26 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP. He tied for 8th in the FSL with 3 shutouts, ranked 9th in ERA (between Gary Christenson and&nbs**** Anderson) and was 10th with 108 strikeouts. He was part of a staff that had a 2.58 ERA; joining him in the rotation with sub-3 ERAs were Michael Rusk (12-8, 1.80 ERA), Neal Mersch (14-4, 2.04 ERA), Anderson (13-8, 2.29 ERA) and Hoyt (13-4, 2.40 ERA). In 1975, Doug would pitch for the AA West Haven Yankees (EL) with a 10-7 record, 2.29 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 36 BB in 169 IP) and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (3 R in 6 IP, 0-1). He was 5th among the Eastern League leaders in ERA) and hit batsmen (9, tied for 1st with Mike Armstrong. . He would split the 1976 season between the same 2 clubs, going lights-out in AA for West Haven (7-3 record with a 1.34 ERA, 10 BB in 74 IP) but proving to be human for the AAA Chiefs (4-9 record with a 4.73 ERA). Due to injury, he would missed much of the 1978 season, going 1-2 with 1 save with a 2.31 ERA in 9 games for AAA Syracuse. In 1978, he bounced between Class A Fort Lauderdale (4-3 record, 2.44 ERA),  AA West Haven (2-1, 4.32 ERA) and the AAA Tacoma Yankees (1-2 record, 6.11 ERA). Overall, the Texan hurler went 45-40 with a 2.83 ERA in 117 Minor League games, while completing 44 of 108 starts. He issued just 162 walks in 756 innings, while allowing 724 hits and striking out 368 batters. Since 2008, Heinold has been an Assistant Coach at the Univ. of Houston-Victoria.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve INF Andy Fox (1996-1997) was born.
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected INF Andy Fox. As a Reserve Infielder for the team, Andy would hit .200 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 135 games before being traded on March 7,1998 to the Diamondbacks for 2 hurlers: Todd Erdos and Marty Janzen. Andy Fox is now a Minor League Executive with the Red Sox organization.

1972- The Yankees had drafted Pitcher Rick Anderson in the 1st round (5th-pick) of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Also, the Yankees had drafted Larry Wolfe in the 4th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.

1973- The Yankees had selected Pitcher Scott McGregor in the 1st Round (14th-pick) of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). He will pitch in the Yankees Minor League system from 1972-1976, while posting a 38-35 record in 86 games. On June 15,1976, the Yankees will trade him to the Orioles in the Doyle Alexander trade.

1978- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Ayala (2011) was born.
On February 9, 2011, Reliever Luis Ayala was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had appeared in 52 games for the 2011 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and no saves. On October 30, 2011, Luis was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Their Eastern Division rivals, the Orioles would sign him for the 2012 AL season.

1982- The Yankees had drafted OF Oddibe McDowell in the 1st round (9th-pick) of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.

1984- MLB Free Agent Closer Goose Gossage leaves the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. He signs a new deal with the Padres. The hard-throwing right-hander will save 25 games in 1984, he will help the Padres to their 1st appearance in the World Series. The Yankees will move Starter Dave Righetti to their bullpen to become the new Yankees Closer.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Ivan Nova (2010-2016) was born.
In 2004, the Yankees had signed P Ivan Nova. He made his pro baseball debut with the 2005 DSL Yankees 1, going 0-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, allowing 29 hits. With the 2006 GCL Yankees, the right-hander had a 3-0, 2.72 record for the GCL Yankees with 1 save; he fanned 36 batters, while walking only 7 in 43 innings. In 2007, he went 6-8 with a 4.98 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs, allowing a .306 average. That winter, he had 1 win in 1 2/3 shutout innings for the Leones del Escogido. Moving up to the 2008 Tampa Yankees, Nova had an 8-13 mark with a 4.36 ERA and a .294 opponent average. He led the Florida State League in losses as well as losing more games than any other Yankees farmhand. That winter, the Padres had chosen Nova in the 2008 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but they returned him to the Yankees during the 2009 MLB Spring Training Camp, after allowing 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings. Nova would split the 2009 season pitching for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL) posting a 5-4 record, with a 2.36 ERA and AAA Scranton (IL) with a1-4 record with a 5.10 ERA. He was sharp in the 2009 AL Postseason for the Yankees with a 1-0 record with a 1.93 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA Winter League play for Escogido. Nova began 2010 season with AAA Scranton going 2-0 with a 3.73 ERA. He was then called up to the MLB to replace Romulo Sanchez in the Yankees bullpen. After 3 shutout innings in his 1st 2 games in the Bronx, Nova was returned to the Minors, when veteran P Chan-Ho Park came off the DL. He would finish the 2010 AL season with a 1-2 mark in 7 games for the Yankees. Nova made the Yankees' starting rotation out of the  2011 MLB Spring Training Camp. He would pitch very well over the 1st half, going 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 starts. In spite of a few hiccups, he was generally solid, and was in fact the 1st Yankee Rookie Pitcher to make 15 starts in the 1st half of a season since Doc Medich in 1973. However, on July 3rd, with Phil Hughes about to come back from the DL, he was sent down to Scranton to make room. He was called back to the Bronx on July 30th, he benefited from a huge offensive outburst in his 1st start, as the Yankees scored 12 runs in the 1st inning in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles; he cruising to an easy 17-3 victory. He finished the 2011 AL season with a 16-4 record with a 3.70 ERA in 165 1/3 innings, although he struck out only 98 batters. He tied for 4th in the 2011 AL in wins behind Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Jeff Weaver. He was 2nd to Verlander in winning percentage. Otherwise, he only made the top 10 in wild pitches and lowest HR rate. He took over for Starter CC Sabathia in the 2nd inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers after the game, begun the previous day, had been suspended by rain. He pitched well over 7 1/3 innings of relief and earned the win. He was then picked to start the decisive Game 5, but left after 1 inning during which he had given up 2 runs, victim of a pulled groin muscle. He was charged with the Yankees loss that time. In 2012, Nova ran his streak of consecutive wins to 15, 1 shy of the Yankees franchise record, by winning his 1st 3 decisions of the year. The streak ended on May 2nd, when the Yankees were shut out by the Orioles' Starter Jake Arrieta by the score of 5-0. On August 23rd, he was placed on the DL with inflammation in his rotator cuff. He had a 11-7 record with a 4.92 ERA, he had allowed an AL-leading 179 hits at the time.

The move was seen as a way to allow CC Sabathia to return to the active roster; while giving the young Nova a rest for a couple of weeks, rather than the sign of anything seriously wrong. Indeed, he made 3 more starts in late September with the Yankees in a tight race with the Orioles, winning once and losing once to finish the season at 12-8 record with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts and 170 1/3 innings. He had tied Dan Haren for 9th in the 2012 AL with 28 HRs allowed, Nova was 10th with 95 earned runs allowed and, on a more positive note, was 10th in K per 9 innings (8.08). He did not pitch in the 2012 AL postseason. He started 2013  AL season in the Yankees' starting rotation, going 

His excellent performance during the month was rewarded with the AL Pitcher of the Month Award, in recognition of his record of 4-0, record with a 2.08 ERA in August. On September 21st, he threw a 6-hit shutout against the Giants with the Yankees trying to hand on at the edge of the ALWC race. He finished the season at 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 23 games, including 20 starts, pitching 139 1/3 innings. Ivan was part of the 2014 Yankees' starting rotation at the beginning of the season. He was 2-1 after 3 starts, but in his 4th on April 19th, he suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Rays, giving up 4 HRs and 8 runs in 4 innings as the Yankees lost by the score of 16-1. That shot his ERA up to 8.27, he complained of pain in his elbow. A medical exam by Dr. James Andrews revealed a partially torn ligament. He opted to undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2014 AL season. His return to the Bronx took place on June 24, 2015; it was a successful one, as he allowed only 3 hits to the Phillies in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Nova received credit for a 10-2 win. He finished the 2015 season with a 6-11 record with a 5.07 ERA in 17 games. Ivan made 21 appearances for the 2016 Yankees, including 15 starts. Like the team itself, he was just middling, with a record of 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA. He gave up a lot of hits - 107 in 97 1/3 innings - but his K/W ratio was quite good at 75/25. On August 1st, he was traded to the Pirates in return for 2 Players to be Named Later. It was a bit of a surprising development because, while the Yankees were shedding high-priced talent at that point, they were doing so with a clear strategy of getting younger and stocking up their farm system with talented prospects. Not yet 30-years old, Nova was not getting on in years, his salary was quite reasonable, and the fact there was no return identified in the immediate made it unlikely the Yankees would be getting anyone of great value at the end of the day. Ivan had finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 53-39 record with 4.41 ERA in 131 games. Nova turned things around with the Pirates, going 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts. He was among the NL leaders for complete games with 3, one of which was a no-decisionwhen the Pirates played the Cubs to a 1-1 tie on September 29th. The Pirates were suitably impressed with his work. On December 22nd, they would re-signed him to a 3-year contract worth $26 million. 

1988- Former Yankees Baseball Executive John H. Johnson (1947-1969) passed away. (1921-1988).

John H. Johnson had joined the New York Yankees organization in 1947, serving as a Secretary to GM George Weiss. He rose through a series of posts, becoming the team's Farm Director and ultimately Vice President of Minor League Operations during the 1960s. When Bowie Kuhn was elected Commissioner in 1969, Johnson joined his staff and after serving there for 9 years, he became President of the National Association in 1978. He was credited with stabilizing the Minor Leagues and steering them through a period of growth. The President's Trophy, which is "presented annually to honor the complete baseball franchise -- based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community, and promotion of the baseball industry, has been presented since 1974, but was renamed The John H. Johnson President's Trophy after Johnson's death in 1988. John died of chest cancer. He was only 66 years old.

1997- The Padres had acquired the rights to 27-year-old Japanese Starter Hideki Irabu from the Chiba Lotte Marines. Irabu says he only wants to play in the MLB for the Yankees. He will force a trade by the Padres to the Bronx Bombers.

2004- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent 1B/DH/OF Tony Clark. He will hit .221 with 16 HRs and 49 RBIs in 106 games for the Yankees in 2004, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency He signed with the Diamondbacks, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees could.

2009- Former Yankees and A’s LF Rickey Henderson the All-time MLB Leader in Stolen Bases, Runs and Leadoff HRs is elected to the Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot; at the time of his retirement, Henderson also held the MLB All-time Walk Record. Also elected to the Hall of Fame is former Red Sox Slugger Jim Rice, the 3rd player to go in on the 15th and final ballot (after Slugger Ralph Kiner and Pitcher Red Ruffing); Rice's long-time Red Sox teammate, Fred Lynn says that stats should be discarded in pushing his case.

2022- The Yankees have promoted former MLB Outfielder (and longtime Minor-Leaguer) Kevin Reese to the position of Vice President of Player Development. Since retiring after spending the 2007 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Reese would join the Yankees organization as a Minor League Scout. Before this promotion, he had served as the Yankee’s Director of Professional Scouting since 2017. In an extremely small sample (16 plate appearances between 2005 and 2006), Reese had posted a .385/.500/.385 batting line in the MLB.

January 13th

1915- Former Yankee INF Michael “Mollie” Milosevich (1944-1945) was born. (1915-1966)

In 1935, INF Michael Milosevich was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1935 to 1943. He would reach the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) in 1942. He played for the 1943 Blues. Mollie was brought up to the Bronx, when the regular players were drafted for military duty. Shortstop Mollie Milosevich hit .241 with 0 HRs and 31 RBIs in 124 games for the 1944-1945 Yankees. In 1946, he was sent down to the AA Newark Bears (IL) also, he would spend time with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). In 1947, Mike leave the Yankees organization. Later, he would manage in the Minor Leagues for the Red Sox organization from 1947 to 1951.

1927- The Yankees had obtained Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart from the White Sox for veteran INF Aaron Ward. They both would be reserve bench help for the 1927 World Championship team. Veteran 2B Aaron Ward had been the Yankees starting 2B since the 1921 AL season until the arrival of rookie 2B Tony Lazzeri in 1926. Ward became a Reserve Infielder for the team. Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski would appear in 70 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 0 HRs and 25 RBIs. He will play for the team until 1929, when he was traded to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA). Ray Morehart had appeared in 73 games for the 1927 Yankees, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He finished his pro baseball career playing in the Minor Leagues from 1928 to 1933. 

1931- The Yankees had sold veteran AL OF Harry Rice to the Senators. He had hit .298 with 7 HRs and 74 RBIs in 100 games for the Yankees after being obtained from the Tigers in the Waite Hoyt trade during the 1930 AL season. Incoming new Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy felt that he wasn’t part of his outfield plans for the 1931 AL season.

1939The New York Yankees long-time Team Owner Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939) dies from phlebitis at age of 62. (1867-1939) 

In 1915, Jacob Ruppert and his Business Partner Col. Huston had bought the Yankees from Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery.  AL President Ban Johnson wanted a stabilized Team Ownership with Businessmen, rather than the questionable character of current Owners Farrell and Devery. The new team owners started improving the team by acquiring such players as 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, Rookie 1B Wally Pipp and Starter Bob Shawkey. Settling the Manager’s position with the hiring of Miller Huggins in 1918. In 1919, Jacob Ruppert will purchase the land in the Bronx on which Yankee Stadium would eventually be built in 1922-1923. In 1920, they made the trade for Red Sox Pitcher/OF Babe Ruth. In the winter of 1920, they bought over Boston GM Edward Barrow to be the team’s new General Manager. In 1922, Jacob Ruppert bought out his business partner Col. Huston to become the sole Team Owner of the Yankees. After his death in January of 1939, his estate was headed by long-time Yankees General Manager Edward Barrow, who will run the Yankees until when the club is sold to new team Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and Larry MacPhail in 1945. He left the Yankees after disputes with Co-Team Owner Larry McPhail, who had replaced him as Team President. He will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

1944- Former Yankees INF (1903-1909) and MLB Manager (1908) Norman “Kid” Elberfeld passed away (1875-1944). 

Norman “Kid” Elberfeld went 27-71 as the Yankees Player/Manager in 1908, after Yankees Manager Clark Griffth quit the team in a dispute with Team’s 2 Owners: Frank Farrell and Bill Devery. On June 10,1903, he was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for 2 Shortstops: Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. He helped stabilized the Yankees Infield. His best Yankees season was in 1906, when he hit .306 as the team’s starting Shortstop. On December 14,1909, “Kid” was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees for $5,000 Cash. As a Yankees player, he had appeared in 667 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs with 257 RBIs. He was also known as “The Tabasco Kid” for his hot temper on the playing field during his MLB playing career.

1954- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Comer was born.

On January 21,1983, Veteran AL Reliever Steve Comer was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had pitched for the Rangers for 5 AL seasons, while posting a 39-29 record with a 3.80 ERA with 13 saves in 151 games. The Yankees were hoping to use him in their 1983 Bullpen. With a poor spring training camp performance with the Yankees, he was released by the team on March 28,1983.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League INF Orlando Miller was born.

In 1987, the Yankees had signed INF Orlando Miller as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On March 13,1990, he was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for a Player to be Named Later and INF Dave Silvestri. On June 11,1990, the Astros would send Minor League P Daven Bond to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1978- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Manager and MLB Manager Joseph “Marse Joe” McCarthy (1931-1946) dies at age of 90 in Buffalo, NY. (1887-1978)

As a young man McCarthy played baseball at Niagara College (now Niagara Univ.) and then he had a long Minor League playing career from 1907 to 1921. He started managing, while still an active player, he eventually moved up to the MLB in 1926 with the Cubs. He will lead the 1929 Cubs to a NL Pennant. While managing the Yankees, Joe was a 3-time Major League Manager of the Year Award (1936, 1938 & 1943). Joe McCarthy was the 1st MLB manager to win pennants with both NL (1929 Cubs) and the AL team (1932 Yankees). He would win a total of 9 League titles and 7 World Series championships with the Cubs and Yankees. His Yankees Managing record was 1,460-867, with a WP .627 with 8 AL flags along with 7 World Championships. He is the all-time wins leader as a Yankees Manager, followed by former Yankee Managers Joe Torre, Casey Stengel and Miller Huggins. In 1956, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. In 1957, Joe McCarthy was elected as an MLB Manager to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1981Former Yankees Pitcher Darrell Rasner (2007-2008) was born.

Darrell Rasner was selected by the Montreal Expos as the 5th pick in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 MLB Player Draft. On February 10, 2006, Darrell was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Nationals. He had appeared in 6 games for the 2007 Yankees, while posting a 1-3 record. On May 19, 2007, in a start against the Mets, Rasner was struck on the right hand by a ball hit by Endy Chavez, a former teammate with the Nationals. He fractured his right index finger. Rasner did not pitch in the AL again that season, though he pitched at several levels of the Yankees organization on rehab assignments. On December 12, 2007, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On December 14, 2007, Darrell was signed to a Minor League player contract by the Yankees. In 2008, he had posted a 5-10 record with a 5.40 ERA for the Yankees in 24 games. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, he would have a 9-14 record with a 5.06 ERA in 36 games for the team. On November 15, 2008, he was purchased from the Yankees by Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (JPL). Rasner has been a Set-up Man and Closer for the Golden Eagles during the 2011-2013 JPL seasons.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League P Andy Sisco was born.

On November 27, 2010, P Andy Sisco was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had previously pitched in the MLB for the Royals and White Sox. He was originally selected by the Cubs in 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On February 18, 2011, he was released by the team. On February 19, 2011, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He did not appear with the 2011 Yankees at the MLB level. On May 27, 2011, he was released by the team.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher (1951-1952,1954-1956), MLB Scout (1971) MLB Pitching Coach (1979), Tom “Plowboy” Morgan passed away. (1930-1987)

In 1949, the Yankees had signed hurler Tom Morgan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would join the Yankees in 1951, going 9-3 with 3.68 ERA in 27 games as a spot Starter role with 4 complete games. In 1952, he saw limited action being called into the military service, going just 5-4 with a 3.07 ERA with 2 saves in 16 games. In 1954, he would rejoin the team posting a 11-5 record with a 3.34 ERA and 1 save in 32 games, his best Yankees season. In 1955, he went 7-3 with a 3.25 ERA and 11 saves in 40 games. In 1956, Tom had slipped to a 6-7 mark along with a 4.16 ERA in 41 games; but he still had 11 saves, the best in AL. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, Tom had posted a 38-22 record with a 3.48 ERA and 27 saves in 156 games. He had appeared in 3 World Series with the team, while posting a 0-1 record with a 5.59 ERA in 5 games. On February 19,1957, Tom was traded to Kansas City in the Bobby Shantz deal. He would finish with MLB Pitching career in 1963, pitching with the Angels (1961-1963). He would work in the Angels Minor League system as a Pitching Coach and Manager. In 1971, he would return to the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout. His last job with the team was in 1979, when he was one of the MLB Pitching Coaches that season. Afterwards, Morgan would return to the Angels organization.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ray Morehart (1927) passed away. (1898-1989)

The Yankees had obtained Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart from the White Sox for veteran Shortstop/2B Aaron Ward. Ray Morehart was Reserve INF on the 1927 World Champion Yankees. He played in 73 games for the team as a Reserve 2B, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He will continue to play in the Minor Leagues from 1928 to 1933, before retiring.

1991- The Yankees had released veteran MLB Catcher&nbs**** Cerone. He had appeared in 49 games as a Reserve Catcher for the team, while hitting .302 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. He will be signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Mets for the 1992 NL season.

1994- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent OF Daryl Boston. He will hit only .182 in 52 games as a Reserve Outfielder for the 1994 Yankees.

2005The Yankees had signed veteran MLB Free Agent OF/DH Ruben Sierra. He will only hit .229 in 61 games for the 2005 Yankees.

2005- The North Dakota House of Representatives approves a resolution proclaiming native son former MLB star Outfielder Roger Maris should be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. The lawmakers' action, which was sponsored by Rep. Andy Maragos, orders the Secretary of State to send a copy of the resolution to the 85 members of the baseball veterans' committee, which includes the 60 living members enshrined in Cooperstown.

2009Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1963-1964) and MLB Manager Preston Gomez passed away. (1922-2009)

Preston Gomez had managed in the Yankees Minor League organization in 1963-1964. He was the Manager of the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). He would finish in the 9th and 7th place in the IL with Richmond. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the Cardinals, Angels, Cubs, Astros and the Dodgers. He was the 1st MLB Manager for the NL San Diego Padres (1969-1972). Later, he would manage the Astros (1974-1975). His last MLB manager job was in 1980 with the Cubs. His 1959 AAA Havana Sugar Kings team (IL) won the Junior World Series by defeating the AAA Minneapolis MilIers (AA) by led by Manager Gene Mauch.

2011- The Yankees ink their 1st MLB Free Agent of the 2011 MLB off-season by signing veteran MLB Reliever Rafael Soriano to a 3-year contract worth $35 million. While Soriano will be the Set-up Man for Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera this season, he excelled as the Rays' Closer last season; he could be in line to take over for the great Rivera, when he eventually retires.

2012- The Yankees had acquired AL All-Star Pitcher Michael Pineda and 19-year-old Minor-League P Jose Campos from the Mariners for C/DH Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi. Pineda had posted a 9-10 record for the 2011 Seattle. He was named to the 2011 AL All-Star Pitching staff.  Catching prospect Jesus Montero had appeared in 18 games for the Yankees, while hitting .328 with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. Hector Noesi had appeared in 5 games with the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record. Also, Jose Campos had arm problems, while pitching in the Seattle Minor League system during the 2012 baseball season.

2012The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Starter Hiroki Kuroda to a 1-year deal worth 10 million dollars. As a Starter for the 2011 Dodgers, he had posted a 13-6 record with a 3.07 ERA in 32 games. With the 2012 Yankees, he will go 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 games.

2014- Alex Rodriguez files a lawsuit in federal court against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association seeking to overturn the 162-game suspension handed out 2 days earlier by Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

2016- Former Yankees Closer and MLB Scout Luis Arroyo (1960-1963) passed away. (1927-2016)

On December 5,1949, Luis Arroyo was drafted by the Cardinals from Greensboro (CL) in the 1949 Minor League Player draft.In 1955, as a Rookie Pitcher with the Cardinals, Luis made the NL All-Star team. During that 1955 season, Luis Arroyo won 11 games for the Cards. On May 5,1956, Luis was traded by the Cardinals to the Pirates for MLB veteran P Max Surkont. On December 3,1958, Luis was traded by the Pirates to the Reds for 1B/OF Nino Escalera. On July 20,1960, Luis Arroyo was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds organization. He had been pitching with the Reds AAA team, Jersey City Jerseys (IL). He would go 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA with 7 saves in 29 games for the 1960 Yankees, giving their bullpen extra veteran lefty help. In 1961, he had his best MLB Pitching career season going 15-5 with a 2.19 ERA with 29 saves, leading the AL with 54 games finished. He was selected to the 1961 AL All-Star team. Luis was the 1961 AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner. In the winter of 1961, Luis did not follow his usual routine of pitching in Winter League baseball, instead attending various winter baseball dinners and awards meetings. During the 1962 AL season, he injured his pitching arm, just going 1-3 with 7 saves in 27 games for the Yankees. Later, he admitted that the arm injury was due to not following his normal Winter League pitching routine. In September of 1963, the team would release him. He had only pitched in 6 games for the 1963 Yankees with a 1-1 record and no saves. His final Yankees pitching career record was 22-10 with a 3.12 ERA and 43 saves in 127 games. Luis had appeared in the 1960-1961 World Series with the Yankees posting a 1-0 record in 3 games. He would manage in the Mexican Baseball Leagues for 3 seasons. Then, he later would become a long-time MLB Scout for the Yankees. He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 Class.

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher (1964-1975) MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr. passed away (1941-2019)

Before the start of the 1961 AL season, the Yankees had signed Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Mel was called up from AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) during the 1964 AL season. He would post a 9-3 record with a 2.06 ERA in 13 games to help the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant. He went 1-1 in 3 games in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, facing St. Louis Ace Bob Gibson in each start. Mel was a 20-game winner 3-times during his Yankees Pitching career. He would finish with a lifetime 164-139 mark in 360 games along with 40 shutouts and a career ERA of 2.97. Mel was a member of the AL All-Star teams in 1965-1966 and 1968-1970. Mel was hurt during the 1974 AL season, appearing in only 16 games, while posting a 6-7 record with a 3.58 ERA. On March 29,1975, he was unable to recover from his pitching arm injury from 1974 AL season, Mel was released by the Yankees. Former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, who was now with the Tigers, gave him a tryout, but it proved to be unsuccessful; he would retire as active MLB player. Mel had 2 sons, Mel Jr. and Todd, who both had pitched in the MLB. He was an MLB Pitching Coach for several MLB teams; including the Yankees before retiring from baseball.

January 14th

1892- Long-time Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Catcher Bill Meyer (1932-1947) was born. (1892-1957)

Billy Meyer was an MLB Catcher with the White Sox and the Athletics for 3 seasons. Billy had managed the AA Louisville Colonels from 1926 to 1928. In 1932, he joined the Yankees Minor League system, where he would stay for the next 16 years. Among his stops were the 1936-1937 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), 1938-1941 and the 1946-1947 AA Kansas City Blues(AA) and the 1942-1945 AA Newark Bears (IL). By 1946, Meyer was considered the likely replacement for Yankees veteran Manager Joe McCarthy. During the 1945 MLB season, Bill had heart health issues. He wasn’t ready to manage the team. Later, Bill would became the Pirates Manager from 1948 to 1952. His MLB Manager record was 319-452, his Pirates team’s lack the of MLB talent to compete against their rivals, the Braves, Dodgers, Phillies and the Giants. Overall, his Minor League teams were 1,605-1,325 in 19 seasons. In 1949, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. His Pirates team uniform No. 1 was retired by the team in 1954.

1908- Former Yankees Closer and MLB Baseball Executive John “Grand Ma” Murphy (1932,1934-1943,1946) was born. (1908-1970)

On June 27,1931, Pitcher Johnny Murphy was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) along with INF Jack Saltzgaver, Cash and 2 Players to be Named to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would later send Reserve OF Jimmie Reese to the Saints to complete the trade. Johnny would record a 93-53 mark with a 3.54 ERA and 104 saves in 383 games as the Yankees Closer. He had appeared in 6 World Series for the Yankees posting a 2-0 record, along with a 1.10 ERA and 4 saves in 8 games. He was named to the AL All-Star team 3 times during his Yankees Pitching career. He had missed the 1944-1945 AL seasons due to military service. After being released by the Yankees in 1946, John would finish his MLB Pitching career in 1947 with the Red Sox; posting a 0-0 record with a 2.82 ERA and 3 saves in 32 games. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher Johnny Murphy went 93-53 with a 3.50 ERA with 107 saves in 415 games. When his MLB playing days had ended, Johnny Murphy stepped immediately into the Boston front office, when Team Owner Tom Yawkey appointed him Director of Minor League Operations. Murphy had spent 13 seasons running the Red Sox' Farmand Scouting systems until his dismissal following the 1960 AL season. In 1961, he would join former Yankees Farm Director and GM George Weiss in the front office of New York's new NL Expansion Team, the Mets. He would work first as Director of Player Development, then as a General Manager in 1967-1969 until his death on January 14,1970 from a fatal heart attack.

1909- The Yankees would sell 3B/1B George Moriarty to the Tigers. He had played 3 seasons for the Yankees, while hitting .254 with No HRs and 93 RBIs in 292 games for the team. With the 1909 Tigers, he would become their starting 3B replacing veteran 3B Bill Coughlin. 

1916- The Yankees had purchased Player/Manager Lee Magee (1916-1917) from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for $25,000 Cash. Lee had hit .323 for the Tip-Tops. He will hit .247 with 3 HRs and 53 RBIs in 182 games for the 1916-1917 Yankees. On July 15, 1917, he was traded to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans. Later, he would be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis in 1920 for gambling on games during the 1918 NL season, while playing for the Reds along with former Yankees 1B Hal Chase.

1932- The Yankees Star Slugger Babe Ruth rejects a Yankees player contract offer of $70,000, as the MLB vow to cut player salaries by $1 million. In 1931, Ruth had hit .373 with 46 HRs and 128 RBIs in 145 games for the Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio marries Hollywood Actress Marilyn Monroe.

1959Former Yankees 1B (1903-1904) and MLB Manager John Ganzel (1908) passed away. (1874-1959)

Veteran INF John Ganzel had appeared in 259 games for the Yankees, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 119 RBIs. In 1908, he would manage the Reds. In 1915, he would manage the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for 35 games. Also, he was a Minor League Manager in the International League with the AA Rochester Hustlers (1910-1915) and in the American Association with the AA Kansas City Blues (1917-1919).  His last Manager’s job was with the 1938-1939 Class D Orlando Senators (FSL). His MLB playing career was from 1898-1908, playing for the Chicago Orphans, Reds, Giants, Highlanders and the Pirates. Also, he had several brothers play in the MLB.

1966- The Indians had traded OF Lou Clinton to the Yankees for Catcher Doc Edwards, who won't play again in the MLB until 1970, with the Phillies. Doc Edwards was a major disappointment for the Yankees behind the plate and with the bat. After being acquired from Kansas City on May 3,1965, Doc would play in 45 games, while hitting just .190 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. Lou Clinton would become a Reserve Outfielder for the 1967 Yankees, hitting .220 in 80 games. In the spring of 1968, the Yankees will sell him to the Phillies, who will send him to their AAA team, the San Diego Padres (PCL).

1970- Johnny Murphy, the Mets General Manager, who had seen his team rise from the NL cellar to the 1969 World Championship, dies of a heart attack at age of 61. Johnny Murphy was a top Relief Pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and the 1940s. Murphy had been the Mets 1st Director of Player Development, before becoming the teams’ General Manager.

1974- Former Yankees Minor League OF Mike Frank was born.

On July 12, 2000, OF Mike Frank was traded by the Reds along with MLB Starter Denny Neagle to the Yankees for Pitcher Ed Yarnall, 3B Prospect Drew Henson, Brian Reith and Minor League OF Jackson Melian. Mike Frank never played for the Yankees at the MLB level

1987- Former AL All-Star Starter Jim “Catfish” Hunter and NL All-Star OF Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Hunter made his name as the ace of the Oakland A’s pitching staff during their World Championship years and made his fortune as one of the 1st rated MLB Free Agents with the Yankees. Billy Williams had set a NL record by playing in 1,117 consecutive games with the Cubs, accumulating 426 HRs and winning a NL batting title.

2004- The Yankees had signed 2 MLB Free Agent Catchers: Sal Fasano and Jim Mann. Neither player will play for the 2004 Yankees. The Yankees will release Jim Mann in June of 2004; he was playing with AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher Eli Grba (1959-1960) passed away. (1934-2019)

In 1952, the Red Sox had signed P Eli Grba as an MLB Amateur Player. He didn’t appear with the Red Sox at the MLB level. On March 14,1957, he was traded by the Red Sox along with OF Gordie Windhorn to the Yankees for OF Bill Renna. He would spend the 1957-1958 AL seasons in the military. Grba would post an 8-9 record with a 4.74 ERA and 1 save in 43 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, before being selected in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft as the #1 Draft Pick by the Angels in December of 1960. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel was working for the team as a Special Talent Advisor had recommended him to the Angels Front Office. With the Yankees, he had appeared in 1 game of the 1960 World Series against the Pirates, not as a Pitcher, but as a Pinch-hitter. He would lead the 1961 Angels Starters in team wins with 11. With the Angels, he would post a 20-24 record with a 4.40 ERA and 3 saves in 92 games. His serious drinking problems ended his MLB Pitching career, he would continue to pitch in in the Minor Leagues for several seasons before retiring from the game. Elia would overcome his drinking problems, rejoining organized baseball. He would later work in the Brewers Farm System as a Pitching Instructor. Also, he would become a Minor League Manager. Grba was honored by the Angels during their 50th anniversary team celebration as the “Original Angel.”

2022- The Yankees have announced the Minor League signings of 2 former MLB Pitchers: Reliever Ryan Weber and former Yankees Pitching Prospect Manny Banuelos, who has pitched in the MLB with the Braves and the White Sox. 



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