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This Week in Yankees History January 15th-21st Part One


January 15th

1890- Former Yankees MLB Scout and Minor League Manager Johnny Nee was born. (1890-1957)

Johnny Nee was an MLB Scout and a Minor League Player-Manager. A young Minor League infielder of 22, Nee was chosen to Skipper the Terre Haute team in 1912 as a Player-Manager. He served as a Player-Manager at many of his Minor League stops including his last post as the leader of the 1925-1926 Kinston Eagles (VAL). During that final managerial season, one of his young charges was future Hall of Famer&nbs**** Ferrell.  Starting in 1927, Johnny Nee began a long career as an MLB Scout for the Yankees. He was credited with discovering many future MLB Players including Bill Dickey, Gene Bearden, Marv Breuer, Ben Chapman, Atley Donald, Tommy Henrich, **** Outen, Billy Werber, Johnny Allen, Dixie Walker, Spud Chandler, Billy Hitchcock and Willie Jones. In 1946, he would leave the Yankees organization to work for the Phillies. At the end of the 1949 NL season, Nee was named head of the Phillies Minor League system.

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Michael Cantwell (1916) was born. (1896-1953)

Mike Cantwell had appeared in 1 game with the 1916 Yankees, while pitching 2 innings in relief with no decision. 

1926- The Yankees would sell veteran 1B Wally Pipp to the Reds. He had been the Yankees starting 1B from 1915 to mid-1925, before being replaced by Rookie 1B Lou Gehrig. The Yankees had purchased him from the Tigers in 1915. He had hit over .300 in 3 seasons with the Yankees, with 1922 being his best Yankees season with a .329 mark. He would appear in 1,488 games for the Yankees, while hitting .282 with 80 HRs and 826 RBIs. In 1916 and 1917, Wally Pipp led the AL in HRs with 12 and 9. He had led the AL in fielding for 1B in 1915 and 1924. Pipp would play in 3 World Series with the team, hitting .224 with No HRs and 6 RBIs in 19 games. Wally would play 3 seasons for the Reds (1926-1928) before leaving the MLB, later, he continued to play in the Minor Leagues until the 1930’s.

1934- Veteran Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth signs a 1-year MLB contract worth $35,000. While the player contract is considered a lucrative one for the times, it represents a pay cut of $17,000 for "The Babe". He will only hit .288 with 22 HRs and 103 RBIs in 125 games for the 1934 Yankees. 

1946- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Tony Solaita (1968) was born. (1946-1990)

The Yankees had signed Tony Solaita as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1965. In 1968, he appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees, while going 0 for 1. He had won the 1968 MVP Award in the Carolina League, while playing for the Yankees High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms team. He had hit 49 HRs that season. On February 28,1973, Tony was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for Minor League 1B George Kopacz. He would later play pro ball in Japan, hitting 155 career HRs. He was murdered during in a dispute in 1990 in his native country of America Samoa.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Jerry Narron (1979) was born.

The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected Catcher Jerry Narron. In 1979, Jerry played in 61 games filling in for the late Thurman Munson, while hitting just .161. On November 1,1979, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Rick Anderson, Jim Beattie and MLB OF Juan Beniquez to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and P Jim Lewis. As an MLB Manager, Jerry has managed the Rangers and Reds. In 2011, he was back in the MLB as Bench Coach of the Brewers under new Manager Ron Roenicke, staying until the end of the 2015 NL season.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Cooper (1985) was born.

The Yankees in the 17th round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Don Cooper. On December 8,1980, he was drafted by the Twins from the Yankees organization in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On March 13,1984, he was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for Minor League OF Derwin McNealy. Don had appeared in 7 games with no record with a 5.40 ERA for the 1985 Yankees. He was the MLB Pitching Coach for the 2002- 2020 White Sox, before being released by the team.

1958- The Yankees had announced that 140 games would be televised on WPIX-TV this season. The TV Broadcast deal is worth over 1 million dollars. Six days later, the Phillies agree to televise 78 games into the New York City area, which is without NL Baseball for the 1st time since the National League’s inception in 1876. When the Yankees threaten to televise their games into the Philadelphia TV market, the Phillies quickly change their minds. The Pirates and Cardinals had similar TV plans for the NYC Market, but they dropped their plans as well.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Curt Brown (1984) was born.

On December 19,1983, P Curt Brown was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Minor League P Mike Browning. Curt would post a 1-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in 13 games for the 1984 Yankees.

1980- Former Yankees DH Matt Holiday (2017) was born.

On December 7, 2016, veteran OF Matt Holiday was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the  Yankees. In November of 2016, he had been granted MLB Free Agency the Cardinals.  Matt had appeared in 110 games for the 2016 Cardinals, while hitting .246 with 20 HRs and 62 RBIs. In 2017, Matt had injury and health issues limiting his play for the Yankees to just 105 games, while hitting just .231 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs. On November 2, 2017, Matt was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

1994- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Reliever Donnie Pall. He would go 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 26 games for the team before being released on July 29,1994. Don would finish the 1994 MLB season with the Cubs.

1998- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent All-Star OF Tim Raines. He will hit .296 with 5 HRs and 47 RBIs in 109 games for the 1998 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He will be signed by Oakland for the 1999 AL season.

2005- The Yankees had traded veteran Starter Orlando Hernandez to the White Sox for Reliever Antonio Osuna and Minor League P Eddi Candelario. Orlando Hernandez had pitched for the Yankees from 1998 to 2004, while posting a 61-40 record with a 3.96 ERA and 1 save in 139 games. His post-season record for the Yankees was 9-3 in 19 games. He had appeared in 5 World Series with the team, going 2-1; 5 ACLS, he was 4-1 and in 5 ALDS, he was 3-1.

2007- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Catcher Ben Davis. The former Dodgers Catcher was recovering a from an elbow injury. He would play for the Yankees at AAA Scranton (IL) in 2007, before being released by the team during the 2008 MLB spring training camp. He later became a Minor League Manager.

2008- The Yankees had signed the following MLB Free Agents, most of them will be playing for 2008 AAA Scranton (IL): INF Bernie Castro, P Dan Giese, INF Nick Green, P Heath Phillips, INF Cody Ransom, Pitchers Darrell Rasner, Scott Strickland and Billy Traber.

2009- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Tommy Jones passed away from Brain Cancer. (1954-2009)

 A Minor League player in the Giants organization from 1976 to 1981. Tommy Jones had managed in the Yankees Minor League system at AA 1987-1988 Albany-Colonie (EL). From 1998 to 2004, Jones was the Director of Player Development for the Diamondbacks. In 2004, Tommy was the MLB 1B Coach for the Diamondbacks. In 2005, he was an MLB Scout for the Mariners.

2013- The Nationals had signed former Yankees 2012 Closer Rafael Soriano to a 2-year contract for $28 million. He had optioned out of his Yankees player contract. Soriano became the Yankees 2012 Closer, when Closer Mariano Rivera had a broken ankle in Kansas City that ended his 2012 AL season. Soriano went 2-1 with a 2.26 ERA and 42 saves in 69 games for the 2012 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees Reliever, he went 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA and 44 saves in 111 games.

2020- The Yankees had traded Reliever Stephen Tarpley to the Marlins for Class AA 3B James Nelson and Cash. Earlier in the week Tarpley had been DFA by the team to clear an MLB Roster spot for OF Brett Gardner, who had been resigned by the club for the 2020 AL season.

2021- The Yankees break their own MLB Free Agent ice with the resigning of AL All-Star 2B D.J. LeMahieu to a 6-year, 95-Million-dollar deal, which allows the team to have more money to spend on  MLB Pitching Free Agents this winter. The Yankees immediately use this money budget move to sign MLB Free Agent Starter Corey Kluber to a 1-year deal worth 11-million dollars. He will join the 2021 Yankees Starting Rotation.

2021- The Yankees and OF Aaron Judge avoided Arbitration by signing a 10.175-million-dollar deal. The Bombers have successfully avoided Arbitration with the following players P Chad Green (2.15), C Gary Sanchez (6.35),1B Luke Voit (4.&) 3B Gio Urshela (4.65), Shortstop Gleyber Torres (4.00) and OF Clint Frazier (2.1) Also, the trade talks between the Yankees and the Reds for Starter Luis Castillo break down, when the 2 teams can’t agree on which Yankees players are to be involved in the trade for the Reds young starter. The Reds had been asking for Yankees Current Shortstop Gleyber Torres, who Bronx GM Brian Cashman has refused to trade away. Other Yankees players mention in the baseball media were OF Clint Frasier and former starting 3B Miguel Andujar, as well several of the top Yankees Minor League Pitching Prospects such as Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia and Mike King.

January 16th

1957- Former Yankees 1B/DH Steve “Bye-Bye” Balboni (1981-1983,1989-1990) was born. 

The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected 1B Steve Balboni. As a young player in the Yankees Farm System, he led the 1979 Florida State League with 26 HRs and the 1980 Southern League with 34 HRs, while playing for with the Nashville Sounds.  Next, Steve was playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he led the International League in HRs during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. After seeing limited action with the 1981-1983 Yankees, Steve Balboni was traded on December 8,1983 along with Pitcher Roger Erickson to the Royals for Reliever Mike Armstrong and Minor League C Duane Dewey. Before this trade was made, Yankees starting 1B Don Mattingly had approached the Yankees Front Office with the idea of him going back to the outfield, while allowing Balboni more playing time at 1st base, but his position change offer was turned down by the Yankees Front Office. On March 27,1989, Steve was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for Minor League P Dana Ridenour. He had only hit .232 and .219 in his last 2 seasons in Bronx before being released by the team in 1990. Overall, as a Yankees player, Steve had appeared in 295 games, while hitting .214 with 41 HRs and 116 RBIs. In the 1992-1993, he would play for the AAA Royals team and winning back -to-back HR Crowns in the American Association. In 1993, Steve would briefly play for the Rangers. As an MLB player for 11 seasons, he would play in 965 games, while hitting .229 with 181 HRs and 495 RBIs. He had appeared in 1 World Series with the 1985 Royals. Steve batted .320 with 3 RBI in the 1985 World Series. In 2011, he was elected to the International Hall of Fame. Steve later coached in the Royals organization, developing their younger hitters. He was Minor League Coach of the 1998 Spokane Indians and the 1999-2000 Wilmington Blue Rocks. After 3 years with the Royals, he would join the Expos organization, where he ran their extended spring training program. Then he would managed the 2001 Vermont Expos. Next, Steve would move to the Cardinals' chain, where he was a Minor League Coach of the 2002 New Haven Ravens and then the 2003-2004 Tennessee Smokies. As of 2010, Balboni was an MLB Scout for the Giants. He still coaches part time at the Steve Balboni Baseball School and resides in Berkeley Heights, NJ with his wife. 

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy Thompson (1912) passed away. (1889-1963)

Tommy Thompson had pitched in 7 games for the 1912 Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 6.06 ERA.

1966- Former Yankees Starter “Black” Jack McDowell (1995) was born.

On December 14,1994, Starter Jack McDowell was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later (OF Lyle Mouton) and Minor League P Keith Heberling. He had posted a 91-58 record as a Starter, including two 20-game win seasons for the White Sox. In 1993, he had won the AL Cy Young Award.  Never afraid of controversy, McDowell's 1-year stay with the Yankees was overshadowed by a vulgar hand gesture made towards the fans at Yankee Stadium. When the Bronx crowd booed the right-hander for a poor performance against the White Sox, McDowell hoisted his middle finger and displayed it for all to see. He had won 15 games during the 1995 AL season with the Yankees, but he was criticized for failing to win in the 1995 AL playoffs. For the 2nd time in 3 seasons, McDowell posted an 0-2 AL Postseason record as the Yankees fell to the Mariners in the 1995 ALDS. He had posted a 15-10 record with a 3.93 ERA in 30 games for the 1995 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Indians for the 1996 AL season.

1968- Former Yankees OF Liz Funk (1929) passed away. (1904-1968)

Liz Funk, born Elias Calvin Funk in Kansas in 1904. He was at the Univ. of Oklahoma during the years of 1923-1928. A centerfielder by trade, he got into 1 game with the 1929 Yankees in April, spending most of the season playing in the Pacific Coast League. He would become a regular with the 1930 Tigers. He was in the Minor Leagues in 1931. In early 1932.  AA Louisville (AA), who would trade him to the 1932 White Sox, where he became the regular Centerfielder on a team that lost 102 games. In 1933, the White Sox kept Manager Lew Fonseca, but changed numerous players, including the entire outfield. Funk would play his last MLB game in May of 1933.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Villone (2006-2007) was born.

On November 16, 2005, veteran MLB Reliever Ron Villone was traded by the Marlins to the Yankees for Minor League P Ben Julianel. Ron would post a 3-3 record with a 4.77 ERA in 107 games for the 2006-2007 Yankees.

1974- The BWAA selects 2 former 1950-1960’sYankees teammates: OF/1B Mickey Mantle and Pitcher Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. Mickey Mantle becomes only the 7th player to make it in his 1st try. His 536 MLB career HRs with the Yankees ranked 2nd only to Babe Ruth. Mantle had played in more games (2,401) than any other Yankees player, including HOF 1B Lou Gehrig. Whitey Ford was arguably the greatest Yankees pitcher of all-time, retiring with more wins (236), more innings pitched (3,171), more strikeouts (1,956), and more shutouts (45) than any pitcher in the club’s history.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Colter Bean (2005-2007) was born.

In 2000, the Yankees had signed P Colter Bean as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He would post a 0-1 record with a 6.00 ERA in 6 games for the Yankees. In the 2003 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, the Red Sox had selected Bean, but he was returned to the Yankees in their  2004 MLB Spring Training Camp. In the fall of 2007, after leaving the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent, he would pitch in the Braves and the Rays organizations for the 2008 season.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League player 1B/DH Jack Cust was born.

On March 28, 2012, 1B/DH Jack Cust was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He previously played in the MLB with the A’s. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. Jack was sent to AAA Scranton (IL) appearing in 98 games, while hitting .249 with 20 HRs and 66 RBIs. On August 1, 2012, Jack was released by the team. He would be signed by the Blue Jays organization, playing for their AAA team, the Las Vegas 51s (PCL). 

1986- Former Yankees Reserve INF Reid Brignac (2013) was born.

On May 18, 2013, INF Reid Brignac was purchased by the Yankees from the Rockies. He would appear in only 17 games for the Yankees, hitting just .114. On June 25, 2013, the Yankees would grant him MLB Free Agency. He had refused an assignment to AAA Scranton (IL). The Yankees wanted him to work on his hitting with their AAA Batting Coach, Butch Wynegar. On June 26, 2013, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Rockies. He was sent to their AAA club in the PCL. On November 5, 2013, the Rockies would grant him his MLB Free Agency. On November 20, 2013, Reid was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Phillies with an MLB Spring Training Camp invitation. Also, he has played in the Marlins organization in 2015. On November 5, 2015, Reid was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Braves organization. He will be working in the Mets Minor League system as an AA Team Manager for the 2022 season.

1987- Former Yankees Reserve INF Zelous Wheeler (2014) was born.

On November 12, 2013, the Yankees had signed Minor League Free Agent INF Zelous Wheeler. The Brewers had originally signed him. He had started the 2014 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL), where he hit .299 with 20 doubles and 7 HRs in 66 games before being called up to the Bronx on July 3rd. He had replaced 3B Yangervis Solarte on the 25-man MLB roster and in the starting line-up, after Solarte had fallen into a deep batting slump following a hot start. In his Yankees MLB Player debut, Zelous went 2 for 4 including a solo HR off of former Yankees Starter Philip Hughes in a 7-4 win over the Twins. He would finish the 2014 season with a .193 BA with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 29 games. On November 20, 2014, he was released by the Yankees, so he could be sold to Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles (JPL), where he would play for the 2015 baseball season. 

2001- Outfielders Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Hall of Fame in their 1st year of eligibility. The formerTwins are the 4th pair of teammates selected by BBWAA in the same year. Dave Winfield was originally signed by the Padres in 1973, then he played for the 1980-1990 Yankees. On December 15,1980, Winfield signed a record 10-year, $23 million contract with the Yankees. It was the longest and richest contract at the time. However, after a solid strike-shortened season in 1981, he had a terrible World Series, going 1 for 22 as the Yankees lost to the Dodgers in 6 games, prompting Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner to call him sarcastically “Mr. May,” in a demeaning comparison with superstar Reggie Jackson, who always seemed to save his best performances for the limelight. In spite of frequent highlights and occasional sustained excellence, the Yankees went into a downward cycle after Winfield's arrival in the Bronx. He was considered a disappointment by many Yankees fans. Despite his Yankees Career performances that included a career-high 37 HRs in 1982, a .340 batting average in 1984 and just 3 RBIs short in 1987 of topping 100 RBIs in 7 straight years from 1982 to 1988. Still, the home-grown Don Mattingly emerged as the Yankees fan favorite, foreshadowing  the Alex Rodriguez experience 2 decades later. As a Yankees player, Dave had appeared in 1,172 games, while hitting .290 with 205 HRs and 818 RBIs.

2003- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB Free Agent Catcher John “Flash” Flaherty. He will make the team in Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp as the Reserve Catcher for the 2003 AL season, replacing the Team’s 2002 Reserve Catcher Chris Wedger, who was released by the team at the end of the Yankees 2003 MLB Spring Training Camp.

January 17th

1915- Former Yankees Minor League Player, Manager, MLB Player and Scout, Manager Mayo Smith was born. (1915-1977)

Mayo Smith was a long-time Minor League player from 1933 to 1948. He had 1 season in the MLB with the 1945 Philadelphia A’s, hitting only .215. He return to the Minor Leagues in 1946, playing at the AA level in the PCL until 1948. For the 1949season, the Yankees had hired him as a Player-Manager for their Class A team, the Amsterdam Rugmakers (CANAM). Smith led by example, by hitting .297 with 19 HRs and 116 RBIs in 119 games. Never known for his power, he lit up that lower circuit, he was tied for 3rd in HRs, also he was 3rd in RBIs despite missing 20 games. His team went 67-71-1 and finished in 5th place. The next Season, he batted .323 with 10 HRs and 53 RBIs in only 66 games; the team finished in 4th place with a 72-65-1 record. They won in the 1st playoff round, but they lost in the League Finals. Smith would not play regularly again, getting into only 1 game in 1952; he had completed his 2-year run as a Player-Manager. In 1951, Mayo Smith was promoted by the Yankees to the Class B Piedmont League to manage the Norfolk Tars. He led the team to League titles in 1951-1952; when his 1952 team posted the 2nd-best winning percentage (.727) in the history of the Piedmont League. Then he was moved up to another level in the Yankees organization. Mayo managed in the Class AA Southern Association for 2 seasons; leading the Birmingham Barons. He was an MLB Scout for the Yankees for 7 years. He had managed in the MLB with the 1955-1959 Phillies, 1959 Reds and with the 1966-1970 Tigers, winning the 1968 AL pennant and the World Series Championship. He was named the 1968 AL Manager of the Year by “The Sporting News.” In 1969, the Tigers won 90 more games, but they finished in 2nd place again to the Orioles. The team slipped in 1970, finishing 4th place, while playing under .500 and Smith was fired, bringing his career as an MLB Manager to an end.

1917- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Pat McCauley (1903) passed away. (1887-1917)

Pat McCauley was a Catcher, who played 3 times in the MLB, but several years apart. He had played 5 games for the 1893 St. Louis Browns, then after 3 years, he had appeared in 26 games with the 1896 Washington Senators; and then 7 years later, Pat would play in 6 games with the 1903 New York Highlanders. His MLB playing career had ended with a .193 BA with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs in 37 games. In addition to his playing time, he umpired 1 National League game during the 1896season. McCauley's Minor League playing career ran from 1892-1910, mostly playing in the New England League, the Western League and the Eastern League. He was a player in the Eastern League 11 seasons.

1922- Former Yankees and Giants OF Benny Kauffs’ suit for an injunction to restrain the decision to keep him out of organized baseball is rejected by the Appellate Court. Kauff was acquitted of auto theft charges, while running a used car business with his Brother in 1921; but MLB Commissioner Landis still barred him from organized baseball, stating: "That acquittal was one of the worst miscarriages of justice that ever came under my observation."

1931- Former Yankees Bench Coach, MLB Player and Long-time MLB Manager Don Zimmer was born. (1931-2014)

In 1949, the Dodgers had signed Shortstop Don Zimmer as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. After several seasons with the Dodgers as a Reserve Infielder. In 1960, he was traded by the team to the Cubs. Don had appeared in 1955 and 1959 World Series with the Dodgers. Also, he had played for the 1962 NL Expansion Mets, then the Reds, Dodgers and the Senators. He spent the 1966 season playing baseball in Japan with the Toei Flyers (JJPL), hitting only .182 with 9 HRs and 20 RBIs in 87 games. In 1967, Don began his Minor League Manager career working in the Minors until 1970. In 1971, he became a MLB Coach with the Expos, then with the 1972 Padres, 1974-1976 Red Sox, 1983 Yankees, 1984-1986 Cubs, 1987 Giants, 1992 Red Sox, 1993-1995 Rockies and the 1996-2003 Yankees. He was an MLB Manager with the following teams: 1972-1973 Padres, 1976-1980 Red Sox, 1981-1982 Rangers and the 1988-1991 Cubs. His 1978 Red Sox team blew a 14-game lead in the AL East Division to the Yankees, resulting in a 1 game play-off game with the Yankees winning. In 1989, Don had won NL Division Championship with the Cubs. He was named 1989 NL Manager of the Year. With the Yankees, he was Manager Joe Torre MLB Bench Coach; he served as Interim Manager, while Torre was being treated for Cancer. After the 2003 AL season, Don left the Yankees following a dispute with the Front Office. From 2004-2014, Don worked as a Special Advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays Front Office.

1936- The Yankees had obtained  2 veteran players: Pitcher Irving “Bump” Hadley and OF Roy Johnson from the Senators for P Jimmy DeShong and Rookie OF Jesse Hill. Hadley will post a 49-31 record with a 4.28 ERA and 6 saves in 140 games in 5 seasons with the Yankees. Bump will appear in 3 World Series with the team; while posting a 2-1 record with a 4.15 ERA in 3 games. Johnson will hit .256 with 1 HR and 25 RBIs in 75 games as a Reserve OF, before being sold to the Braves on May 11,1937, to make room on the MLB 25-man roster for Rookie OF Tommy Henrich, who had been called up by the team. Rookie OF Jesse Hill was a Reserve CF for the Yankees, filling for the injured starting CF Earl Combs. He had hit .291 with 4 HRs and 33 RBIs in 107 games for the team in 1936. Hill will become a Reserve OF for the Nats, while Jimmy DeShong will post a 37-36 record in 4 seasons as a Senators Starter; including an 18-10 record in 1936. He was a Yankees hurler for 2 seasons, posting a 10-8 record with a 3.32 ERA and 6 saves in 60 games, mostly as a Reliever.

1939- The New York Yankees elected long-time General Manager Edward Barrow as the Club President. Barrow replaces Team Owner Jacob Ruppert, who had died 4 days earlier. Barrow will remain as the Yankees President until January of 1945, when the team is bought by new Team Owners Dan Topping, Larry Mc Phail and Del Webb from the Jacob Ruppert Estate. Ed will retire from the Yankees in December of 1945.

1960- Former Yankees DH/OF Chili Davis (1998-1999) was born.

On December 10,1997, the Yankees had signed 38-yearold veteran DH/OF Chili Davis as an MLB Free Agent. He had played for the Royals in 1997 as their DH, while hitting a career  high of 30 HRs. Chili will become the Yankees DH for the next 2 seasons, he replaces veteran Cecil Fielder. Davis will play in 181 games for the team, while hitting .273 with 22 HRs and 87 RBIs. He would appear in 2 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .181 in 4 games. Overall, as an MLB player, Davis had played in 2,436 games, while hitting .274 with 350 HRs and 1,372 RBIs. After the 1999 World Series, he retired from the MLB. He had originally come up to the MLB with the Giants, later playing with the Twins, Angels before joining the Royals.

1970- MLB teams had selected a record 357 players in the January phase of the annual Free-Agent Player Draft, including top pick 1B Chris Chambliss by the Indians and Shortstop Chris Speier. OF Fred Lynn, who was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round, but he will not sign with the team.

1984- The Yankees had drafted Pitcher Tim Belcher in the 1st round (1st Pick) of the 1984 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). In a Yankees front office paperwork mistake, the Yankees would lose Belcher to Oakland as a Free Agent Compensation Pick on February 8,1984. 

1989- MLB Free Agent OF/DH Claudell Washington leaves the Yankees to sign a 3-year player contract with the Angels.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Marv Breuer (1939-1943) passed away. (1914-1991)

Marv Breuer spent 10 seasons in pro baseball from 1934 to 1943. He spent 6 of those years (1934-1939) in the Minor Leagues before getting his chance to pitch in the Bronx. Breuer made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on May 4,1939 appearing in 1 game with no decisions. Marv spent the rest of the 1939 season with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA.) Marv led the League with a 2.28 ERA, as he helped his team to win the League championship with a 17-6 record. Marv spent the next 4 seasons (1940-1943) back with the Bronx Bombers, building a 25-26 record with a 4.03 ERA in 86 games. His best Yankees pitching season came in 1941, when he went 9-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 26 games. His Yankees final game and in pro baseball came on August 28,1943. During his 6-year Minor League run, Breuer had 4 double-digit winning seasons. The 1st came in 1935 with the Class C Joplin Miners Class (WA), when he went 14-14 for a last-place team. In 1936, Marv had an 18-9 record with the Class A Binghamton Triplets (NYPL) as he helped his team to win the NYPL Championship. He went 12-12 for the 2nd-place 1938 AA Kansas City Blues (AA), helping his club to the AA Playoff Title and then he topped this off with the above-mentioned 17-6 record in 1939. After the 1943 AL season, Breuer left pro baseball with a 75-69 Minor League Pitching record in 196 games. His final MLB pitching stats shows a 25-26 record with a 4.03 ERA and 3 saves, while appearing in 86 games for the 1939-1943 Yankees. He had appeared in 2 World Series games for the team with no decisions.

2002- The Yankees had released Reserve INF/OF Clay Bellinger. Despite his ability to play many positions on the field, Clay could not hit for any kind of average at the MLB playing level. He had appeared in 181 games for the team, while hitting only .194 with 12 HRs and 35 RBIs. He would be signed by the Angels for the 2002 AL season. His Son, Cody is a current MLB player with the Dodgers.

2002- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB Free Agent Starter David Wells. He will go 19-7 and 15-7 records for the 2002-2003 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in the winter of 2003. He will sign with his San Diego hometown MLB team, the Padres.

January 18th

1903- Former Yankees Reserve INF Clifford “Nolan “Richardson (1935) was born. (1903-1951)

Nolan Richardson appeared in 12 games as a Reserve INF for the 1935 Yankees, hitting .217 with No HRs and 5 RBIs. He had originally come up to the MLB with the 1929 Tigers. He had played for the 1936-1937 AA Newark Bears (IL) in the Yankees farm system. On November 5,1937, Richardson was purchased by the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) from the Yankees. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1938-1939 Reds. In 1951, Nolan was Head Baseball Coach at the Univ. of Georgia.

1910-The Yankees had purchased P/INF Harry Wolter from the Red Sox for $1,500 Cash. The Yankees would never use him as a Pitcher in his 4 seasons with the team. He would be used as an Outfielder by the team. He had appeared in 396 games as a Yankees player from 1910-1913, while hitting .277 with 10 HRs and 122 RBIs. After playing for the Yankees, Harry returned to the Minor Leagues, playing in the Pacific Coast League, before returning to the MLB finishing out his MLB playing career with the 1917 Cubs. 

1911- Former Yankees Minor League INF and Manager Pinky May was born. (1911-2000)

Pinky May had signed with the Yankees in 1932, coming out of Indiana Univ. In the Yankees Minor League system, he played for the AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1938, hitting .331 in 146 games. He was drafted by the Phillies from the Yankees organization in 1938 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Pinky May would play 5 seasons in the MLB, all of them with the Phillies. He is one of the few players who played at least 5 seasons; he had at least 100 games with 400 at-bats in each MLB season. He broke into the MLB in 1939, while playing in 135 games. May would lead the NL in sacrifice hits. He made the NL All-Starteam in 1940. He had served in the Navy during World War II. After his MLB playing career had ended, Pinky May was a Minor League skipper, managing more than a dozen clubs. In 1963, he managed the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) to a 60-60 record. Also, he managed in the Pirates, Indians and the Reds organizations. He had compiled a record of 1,658-1,560 over 27 seasons (1947-1972) in the Minor Leagues. In 1970 his son, Catcher Milt May made it to the MLB with the Pirates. His Grandson Scott May played in the Minors. Pinky May’s real name was Merrill Glend May.

1954-Former Yankees Minor League P Scott McGregor (1975-1976) was born.

Scott McGregor was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft. While pitching in the Yankees Minor League System, he was named the 1974 Pitcher of the Year International League, while pitching for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs posting a 13-10 record with an 3.44 ERA. He never appeared with the club at the MLB level. On June 15,1976, Scott was traded by the Yankees along with Reserve C Rick Dempsey, Pitchers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May and Dave Pagan to the Orioles for veteran MLB Starters Ken Holtzman and Doyle Alexander, Reliever Grant Jackson, Reserve C Ellie Hendricks and Minor League OF Jimmy Freeman. At the time of the June 15th trade, he was recovering from a broken collarbone injury. Scott will have a fine MLB Pitching career record of 138-108 with the 1976-1988 Orioles. He is currently working in the Orioles Minor League system.

1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Pete Appleton (1933) passed away. (1904-1974)

 Pete Appleton was with the 1933 Yankees, appearing in only 1 game with no record; he was sent back to AA Newark Bears (IL). He finally finished the rest of the 1933 baseball season with the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). After retiring as an active MLB player, Pete would manage in the Senators organization. Later, he was an MLB Scout for the Senators/Twins organizations.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Justin Thomas (2012) was born.

On May 12, 2012, Reliever Justin Thomas was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox. He appeared in just 4 games for the 2012 Yankees with no record. On October 17, 2012, Justin was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He was signed by Oakland for 2013 AL season.

1988-The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent Starter John “Candy Man” Candelaria. John will post a 13-7 mark with a 3.38 ERA and 1 save in 25 games with the 1988 Yankees. In 1989, he was 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 10 games, when he was traded to the Expos for INF Mike Blowers. His MLB Pitching career was hampered by pitching hip problems.

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda (2012-2017) was born.

On January 13, 2012, the Mariners had traded P Michael Pineda along with 19-year-old Minor-League P Jose Campos to the Yankees for C/DH Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi. Pineda had posted a 9-10 record for the 2011 Mariners. While with Seattle, he was named to the 2011 AL All-Star Pitching staff. At the end of his 1st Yankees Spring Training Camp in 2012, Pineda complained of tightness in the back of his right shoulder. After undergoing an MRI and being diagnosed with tendonitis, he had to start the season on the DL list. He had been battered around in his last practice start, giving up 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings to set off alarms, although there had been concern all spring that his velocity was noticeably down. The Yankees got more bad news on April 25th, when a further medical exam found a tear in the labrum muscle of Michael's right throwing shoulder. The injury required season-ending surgery. While working out in Tampa, he was arrested by local police in the early hours of August 20th, after being spotted driving his SUV erratically and at high speed. Pineda was charged with DUI, having tested for a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit. When Pineda showed up for 2013 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, he was still not ready to pitch, but at least the team was confident that he could be in their starting rotation by May or June, but that turned out to be way too optimistic. He began his Minor League Rehab on June 9th, with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), before moving up to the AA Trenton Thunder(EL) at the end of the month. On July 6th, he joined the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL). He was 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts between the 3 levels, when he was taken out of a game on August 2nd due to stiffness in his shoulder. He was shut down completely for 2 weeks. Then, he resumed throwing from flat ground in mid-August. In spite of the setback, the Yankees were still hoping to finally have him in pinstripes before the end of the season. He didn’t pitch for the team. When Pineda showed up for 2014 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, he was finally healthy. Pineda was able to earn the team's 5th starter job, beating out Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno. He finally made his belated debut in Yankee pinstripes on April 5thagainst the Blue Jays. He pitched well over 6 innings, but he was charged with a 4-0 loss. He earned his 1st win on April 10th, a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox; there was some controversy surrounding his performance, as the Red Sox's Broadcasters claimed to have detected pine tar on his pitching hand. Pineda dismissed this, stating it was simply sweat mixed with dust, the matter was never brought to the attention of Home Plate Umpire Brian O'Nora, who would have been the only person who could have properly investigated it. On April 16th, he followed Masahiro Tanaka's strong performance in the opening game of a doubleheader by holding the Cubs scoreless over 6 innings as the Yankees swept the twin-bill by the scores 3-0 and 2-0. It was the 1st time an MLB team had recorded 2 shutouts on the same day since 1988. On April 23rd, however, his pine tar antics caught up with him in another start against Boston. This time, Boston Manager John Farrellbrought a stain on the right side of Michael's neck to the attention of Home Plate Umpire Gerry Davis in the 2nd inning. Davis promptly ejected Pineda from the game for using a foreign substance on the baseball. Pineda had given up a pair of runs in the 1st inning, he was charged with the 5-1 loss; after the game, he explained that he had had trouble gripping the ball because of the cold in the 1st inning, he had applied the substance to counter that. The following day Pineda was handed a 10-game suspension by the MLB, which he declined to appeal, given the circumstances. While he was serving the 10-day suspension, he felt tightness in his back during a simulated game; the diagnosis was a muscle tear that would lead to a stay on the DL as soon as the suspension was over. He finished the 2014 season with a 5-5 record with 1.89 ERA in 13 games. In 2015, Michael came back, as a Yankees Starter, when he posted a 12-10 record with a 4.37 ERA in 27 games. In 2016, Pineda was only 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA for the Yankees, but he still managed to post the best K/9 ratio in team history, with 207 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings, or 10.6 strikeouts per 9 innings. Both his innings pitched and strikeouts were personal bests and his ratio was also the best in the AL. He was the Starter for the Yankees in their home opener against the Rays on April 10, 2017. He had a great performance, as he retired the 1st 20 Tampa hitter that he faced before giving up a double to 3B Evan Longoria. He lasted until 2 outs in the 8th before turning the ball over to Reliever Tyler Clippard and received credit for his team's 8-1 win. He had 11 strikeouts on the day. He posted a solid 8-4 record with a 4.39 ERA in 17 1st-half starts, but just as the 2nd half was set to begin on July 14th, the Yankees received some bad news, learning that Michael had a partially torn ligament in his elbow. It forced him to miss the 2nd half of the 2017 AL season as he underwent Tommy John surgery. After the 2017 AL season had ended, he became an MLB Free Agent. Overall, as a Yankees Pitcher, Pineda would post a 31-31 record with a 4.16 ERA in 89 games. On December 13th, he would sign a 2-year deal with the Twins for $10 million; even though, he was not expected to be back before the 2nd half of the 2018 AL season. He did not pitch for the 2018 Twins, but he appeared in 4 games in the Twins Minor League system. During the 2019 MLB off-season, he was resigned by the Twins.

2017- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Starr (1947-1948) passed away. (1921-2017)

Before the start of the 1941 AL season, 20-year-old P Richard Starr was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. The right-hander would spend 1941-1942 seasons in the Minors Leagues with the Butler Yankees and the Findlay Browns; while going 33-14 before being drafted by the Army; where he spend 3 years of service during World War II. Released by the Army in 1946, Starr would spend the season in the Minor Leagues, going 19-10 for the Augusta Tigers(SAL); while leading the South Atlantic League in 3 categories with 19 wins, 233 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA. He would appear with the 1947 Yankees in for 4 games and winning 1 decision.mIn 1948, the Yankees tried him again, he appeared in 1 game with no decisions. He had a 14-9 record and 158 strikeouts with the 1948 AA Newark Bears (IL). On December 13,1948, the Yankees traded him to the St. Louis Browns along with P Red Embree, Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar and $100,000 Cash to the Browns for Catcher Roy Partee and P Fred Sanford. He would finish his Yankees Pitching career with a 1-0 record with a 1.88 ERA in 5 games. With the Browns, he stayed with the team through the middle of 1951 AL season, while going 10-17 before being traded to the Senators for P Fred Sanford, where he finished out his MLB Pitching career in 1951 with a 1-7 effort. This finished up his MLB Pitching career, finishing with a 12-24 record with a 5.25 ERA and 2 saves in 95 games. Starr went back to the Minor Leagues, where he spent the 1952-1956 seasons pitching at the AAA level in the International League by going 33-33 during this period and adding these numbers to his Minor League Pitching record (23-15), while he was in in and out of the MLB with his pre-MLB stats (52-24). He wound up with a very decent 108-72 record with a 3.57 ERA, while pitching in the Minor Leagues.

January 19th

1944- Former Yankees Minor League INF Chester “Chet” Trail was born.

Chet Trail was the only player ever, who was on an MLB Postseason roster, but who never appeared in a regular MLB Season or Postseason game. This strange occurrence happened when the Yankees put him on their 25-man roster for the 1964 World Series. He was their 25th player during the AL season under a special 1964 rule permitting 1 bonus player to play in the Minors, while being charged to the 25-man MLB roster. Commissioner Ford Frick ruled that Trail was eligible for the World Series roster, but he was not formally activated, and the Yankees played with 24 players during the 1964 World Series, which they lost to the Cardinals in 7 games. Chet Trail's Minor League career lasted from 1963 to 1969. He spent all or part of every season from 1966-1969 in AAA. Chet was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles to complete the Steve Barber trade. On July 4,1967, Steve Barber was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later, MLB 1B Ray “Buddy” Baker and Cash. The Yankees would send 2 Minor League players: INF Chet Trail and OF Joe Brady on December 15,1967 to the Orioles to complete the trade. He never appears with the Orioles at the MLB level.

1971- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Juden (1999) was born.

Jeff Juden would appear in 2 games for the 1999 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 1.59 ERA. He spent most the 1999 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while posting a 11-12 record with a 5.56 ERA in 27 games. Then in offseason, the Yankees would grant him MLB Free Agency. He would not pitch again in the MLB.

1971- Former Yankees 3rd Base MLB Coach Phil Nevin (2018-2021) was born.

Phil Nevin, who played 12 seasons in the MLB, competed for the US at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He was selected by the Astros with the 1st overall pick in in the 1991 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made the 2001 NL All-Star team, a season in which he hit 41 HRs for the Padres. Nevin was at California State Univ., Fullerton at the same time as Frank Charles, Steve Sisco, and Dan Naulty. He was also a Punter and Placekicker on the school's football team. On May 31, 2006, he was traded to the Cubs for Jerry Hairston Jr.. He would play for 3 teams that season, while hitting 22 HRs, but it was his last season in the MLB. In 2009,  Nevin had managed the Orange County Flyers, then he moved to the Tigers organization. He was the Skipper of the  2010 AA Erie SeaWolves (EL). Then Phil would manage the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL) from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, he would move to the Diamondbacks organization as Manager of the AAA Reno Aces (PCL). He was one of the candidates in the running for the position of Manager of the parent Diamondbacks after the 2016 NL season had ended, but he lost out to Torey Lovullo. A few days later, he accepted a position as the MLB 3B Base Coach for the Giants in 2017, but Phil was let go by the team after the 2017 NL season had ended. In 2018, he joined the Yankees as the MLB 3rd Base Coach for new Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. He was released by the team in the fall of 2021, who didn’t renew his MLB coaching contract. 

1972- The Yankees had obtained P Fred Beene (1972-1974) from the Orioles in a Minor League trade. In 2 seasons with the 1972-1973 Yankees, Fred would post a 7-3 record with a 1.99 ERA and 5 saves in 54 games, before being traded by the team to the Indians in the Chris Chambliss trade on April 26,1974.

1972- The BWAA elects Dodgers Pitcher Sandy Koufax (344 votes), Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra (339 votes), and AL Pitcher Early Wynn (301 votes) to the Hall of Fame. One year earlier, the BWAA had failed to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame. The Dodgers Ace Sandy Koufax makes it in his 1st try and, at age of 36 is the youngest honoree in Hall of Fame history

1975- Former Yankees 1B/DH Fernando Seguignol (2003) was born.

Fernando Seguignol was 1st signed by the Yankees 10 days after his 18th birthday. He was assigned to the 1993 GCL Yankees, where he struggled, batting only .217 as an OF. In 1994, the teenager improved to a .289 BA, though he struck out 61 times in 266 AB’s. He led the NYPL with 9 triples that season. In 1995, he was traded to the Expos for veteran Reliever John Wetteland. In 2003, Fernando returned from Japan to play in the USA, signing with the Yankees organization. He was 5 for 7 in limited appearances with the Yankees. He was 5 for 13 with the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). He spent most of 2003 season, producing at a .341 clip with 28 HRs in 402 at bats for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He led the International League in HRs and BA, led all of full-season MIL baseball in slugging percentage. He was named the DH on the International League All-Star team. Fernando would win the IL MVP Award. In 2004, he went back to play in Japan, where he was active player until the 2009 season.

1987- Former Yankees All-Star OF (1934-1942), Minor League Manager and MLB Executive George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk passed away. (1908-1987) 

On November 4,1931, the Yankees had purchased OF George Selkirk from Jersey City (IL.)  George - succeeded Babe Ruth as the Yankees Right Fielder, after Ruth was sent to the Braves following the 1934 AL season. He wore Ruth’s No. 3 uniform number. He hit over .300 in his 1st 4 summers in the Bronx. In 1936, he hit .308 with 18 HRs and 107 RBIs, as he added 8 hits (including 2 HRs and a triple) in the 1936 World Series as the Yankees defeated the cross-town NL rivals Giants. He only played in 78 games the following season due to a broken collarbone, but he had one of his best MLB seasons, hitting .328 with 18 HRs and a slugging average of .629, nearly as high as Lou Gehrig's. In that season's Fall Classic, he led his club with 6-runs scored and 5 driven in, as the Yankees again beat the Giants. Selkirk's average dropped to .254 in 1938, as he hit just 10 HRs, but he drove in the 1st run of that year's World Series, a 4-game sweep of the Cubs. He rebounded in 1939, hitting .306 with 21 HRs and 101 RBIs. He only recorded 2 hits in the World Series that fall, but the Yankees went on to sweep the Reds for their 4th consecutive title. By 1940, a trio of younger Yankee outfielders - Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich and Charlie Keller - saw most of the playing time, Selkirk only appeared in 118 games. His playing time continued to decline the next 2 summers, but he did make a total of 3 Pinch-Hit appearances in the World Series between 1941-1942. Overall, George played for 9 seasons with the Yankees finishing with lifetime BA of .290 with 108 HRs and 576 RBIs in 846 games. He was a member of AL All-Star team twice (1936 and 1939). George hit .265 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 6 World Series with the Yankees. He served in the Navy during WWII (1942-1945). When he was release by the Yankees in February of 1946, he would become a Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization (1946-1952). He managed a young Mickey Mantle with the AAA 1951 Kansas City Blues (AA), helping him make the fielding adjustment from Shortstop to an Outfielder. He moved to the Boston Braves organization to manage from 1953-1956 seasons. During the 1957-1958 AL seasons, he worked in the Kansas City A’s front office as one of team’s General Managers. In 1958, Selkirk was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. Also, he is also a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Then he would become the General Manager of Washington Senators in 1963, holding the position until 1968. He left the team when they moved to Texas. He would rejoin the Yankees organization as an MLB Scout.

1991- Former Yankees Reserve OF Roy Weatherly (1943,1946) passed away. (1915-1991)

On December 17,1942, OF Roy Weatherly and INF Oscar Grimes were obtained from the Indians for AL All-Star Catcher Buddy Rosar and OF Roy Cullenbine. In 1943, Roy would hit .264 as a Reserve Outfielder for the Yankees. Overall, Roy would hit .266 with 7 HRs and 28 RBIs in 79 games for the Yankees. He had appeared in 1 game of the 1943 World Series for the team with no hits. On June 20,1946, Roy was purchased by the Braves from the Yankees.

1992- The Yankees had released veteran Pitcher Dave Eiland (1988-1991).

On June 2,1987, Dave Eiland was drafted by the Yankees in the 7th round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Dave went 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA in 36 games with the Yankees. After retiring as an active player, Dave would rejoin the Yankees organization, as a Minor League Pitching Coach. He was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach in 2009-2010. In December of 2010, he would join the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a Special Advisor.

1996- The Yankees had signed 2 MLB Free Agents: INF Matt Howard and P Dave Pavlas. Howard will be a Reserve INF appearing in 35 games, while hitting .204 for the 1996 Yankees. Pavlas will appear in 16 games as a Reliever with no record and 1 save for the 1996 Yankees.

 2001- Former Yankees Minor League P Johnny Babich passed away. (1913-2001).

Johnny Babich grew up in the San Francisco area. In 1931, he began his pro baseball career with the AA San Francisco Seals (PCL). In 1933, he was traded by the Seals to the San Francisco Missions. Johnny went on to win 20 games. He won 10 games the next season before being acquired by the Dodgers, for whom, he was 7-11 as an MLB Rookie hurler. After posting a 6.66 ERA for the Dodgers the next season, he was sent back down to the Minors. The following season, Babich spent most his playing time in the PCL; he did play in 3 games for the Boston Bees (aka the Braves). After going 19-17 with a 3.27 ERA for the 1938 AA Hollywood Stars (PCL), he was acquired by the Yankees, who sent him to their AA Minor League team; the Kansas City Blues (AA). One year later, Philadelphia Athletics would select him in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. With the 1940 A’s, he would post a 14-13 record with a 3.73 ERA. Also, Johnny would post a 5-0 record against the 1940 Yankees. He would play 1 more season in the MLB, going 2-7 for the 1941 Philadelphia A’s. Following his MLB playing career, Babich would manage in the Minor Leagues; he continued to pitch as well. He led the 1947 Stockton Ports to the California League title, while going 5-2 on the mound. 

2003- Former Yankees Minor League INF Dutch Meyer passed away. (1915-2003)

On December 5,1946, the Indians had sent INF Dutch Meyer to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on October 12,1946. Indians would send a Player to be Named Later and Cash to the Yankees for INF Eddie Bockman. Dutch had been the primary 2B for the 1946 Indians, once they had obtained All-Star 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon from the Yankees in a trade for P Allie Reynolds; Dutch became expendable. He did not appear with Yankees at the MLB level. Instead, he was sent to the AA Newark Bears (IL). He only played 20 games for the AA Bears before being sent to Tigers organization, finishing the 1947 season playing for their AA Buffalo Bisons team (IL). In the early 1950s, he was a Manager in the Indians organization.

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This Week in Yankees History January 15th-21st Part Two


January 20th

1907- Former Yankees OF Jesse Hill (1935) was born. (1907-1993)

On January 19,1932, OF Jesse Hill was traded by the AA Hollywood Stars (PCL) to the Yankees for P Myles Thomas, OF George Quellich and Cash. As a Yankees Rookie OF Jesse Hill would hit .293 with 4 HRs and 33 RBIs in 107 games in 1935 as a replacement for the injured Yankees CF Earle Combs. On January 17,1936, Jesse was traded by the Yankees along with P Jimmie DeShong to the Senators for veteran Starter Bump Hadley and OF Roy Johnson.

1912- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank Makosky (1937) was born. (1912-1987)

In 1937, Reliever Frank Makosky had posted a 5-2 record with a 4.97 ERA with 3 saves in 26 games for the Yankees.

1921- The Yankees had obtained Veteran OF Bob “Braggo” Roth from Senators for veteran OF Duffy Lewis and P George Mogridge. Roth would hit .283 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 43 games, while having injury issues during the 1921 AL season before the Yankees would release him in August. Duffy Lewis had hit .271 with HRs and 61 RBIs in 107 games, while missing a month with a knee injury. After 2 seasons with the Yankees, he leaves the team with a .272 BA, while hitting 11 HRs and 145 RBIs in 248 games. Veteran Starter Mogridge had a 5-9 record with a 4.31 ERA and 2 saves in 26 games in 1920. He would win 65 games for the Nats in the next 4 AL seasons. He finishes his Yankees Pitching career with a 48-57 record with a 2.73 ERA and 9 saves in 171 games.

1926- The Yankees had obtained Reserve INF Spencer Adams from the Senators for Cash. He would hit .120 in 28 games as a Reserve INF in 1926. In 1927, he would finish his MLB playing career with the Cardinals.

1931- After the 1930 AL season had ended Veteran INF Joe Sewell, who had been released by the Indians; signs with the Yankees. The future HOF Infielder with a .312 MLB career BA, he will finish his 14-season MLB player career in 1933. He will hit .302 for the Yankees in 1931. With the Bronx Bombers, Joe will be their regular 3B for the 1931-1933 teams. Overall, as a Yankees player for 3 seasons, Joe would play in 390 games, while hitting .282 with 19 HRs and 186 RBIs. In the 1932 World Series against the Cubs, he played in 4 games, while hitting .333 with No HRs and 3 RBIs. He would be elected to the HOF in 1977.

1936- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Jesse Gonder (1960-1961) was born. (1936-2004)

In 1955, Jesse Gonder was signed as an MLB Amateur Player by the Reds. From 1955 to 1959, he would play in their Minor League system. In March, 1960, Jesse Gonder was traded by the  Reds along with Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later. The Reds would send veteran Pitchers Luis Arroyo (July 20,1960) and Ted Wieand (October 20,1960) to the Yankees to complete the trade. Then the Yankees would send P Zach Monroe (October 20,1960) and Cash (October 20,1960) to complete the trade. In 1960, he was the starting catcher for the Yankees AAA team at Richmond (IL). Jesse had appeared in only 17 games for the Yankees as a Reserve Catcher/Pinch-Hitter before being traded on December 14,1961 to the Reds for veteran MLB Reliever Marshall Bridges. With the Yankees, veterans Elston Howard, Yogi Berra and Johnny Blanchard were already on the 25-man Yankees MLB roster blocked Jesse Gonder from getting playing time. In 1962, he will win the PCL MVP Award, while playing for the Reds AAA club, the San Diego Padres. Jesse would later play in the MLB for the Reds, Mets, Pirates Braves and Padres, before retiring as an active player in 1969. He would become a bus driver for the City of Oakland, working for 20 years and then retiring. Later, he wrote a book about his experiences with racism as a Black baseball player during the 1950-1960’s.

1941- Former Yankees OF Jack Lelivelt (1912-1913) passed away. (1885-1941)

Veteran OF Jack Lelivelt had appeared in 54 games for the 1912-1913 Yankees, while hitting .339. On May 25,1913, Jack was traded by the Yankees along with INF Bill Stumpf to the Cleveland Naps for Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh. After his active playing career ended, Jack became a Minor League Manager. In 20 seasons as a Minor League Manager between the 1920-1940, his teams won 1,861 games against 1,439 losses.

1944- Former Yankees 1B/DH Kevin Maas (1990-1993) was born.

Kevin Maas appeared as the heir apparent to Don Mattingly in the summer of 1990. He was recalled from AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) in June, hitting many HRs. He set a record for fewest games to reach 10 HRs. He was helped by a 3-game series at Texas, when he homered in each game of the series. Maas became the 1st MLB player to hit 20+ HRs, all from July 1st onwards; it would be 19 years until Garrett Jones became the 2nd. The Yankees had signed Kevin Maas as a 22nd round pick in the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He moved his way up the Yankee Minor League system from 1986 to 1989 hitting 45 HRs in 365 games, but he also had 321 strikeouts. By the end of the 1990 AL season, Maas had hit 21 HRs in 79 MLB games. The following season, he was installed as the Yankees Designated Hitter. He would also spell Mattingly at 1B on occasion. He did not hit HRs at the same pace as in 1990, but he did hit a respectable 23 HRs for the 1991 AL season. Unfortunately, he hit only .220 along with 128 strikeouts. By 1992, Maas was back playing in the Minor Leagues. Kevin would hit .231 with 65 HRs with 164 RBIs in 384 games with the Yankees. Kevin’s older Brother Jason Maas, also played in the Yankees Minor League organization (1985-1991) before retiring as an active player. The Yankees would release Kevin in March of 1994. Then he would bounce around between the Padres, Reds and the Twins organizations. In 1995, he briefly returned to the MLB with the Twins, but it was clear he was a "one hit wonder." Maas then signed with the Hanshin Tigers(JPL) in 1996 to replace MLB All-Star Glenn Davis, but he hit only .245 and did not return to the team for another season. 

1972- The Yankees had traded a Player to be Named Later to the Cubs for veteran NL All-Star OF Johnny Callison. The Yankees will have until May 1st to keep him or to send him back to the Cubs. John had only hit .210 with 8 HRs and 38 RBIs for the 1971 Cubs. On May 1st, the Yankees decided to keep him. He would play in 92 games for the team, with 72 games in the outfield, while hitting .258 with 9 HRs and 34 RBIs. On May 17,1972, the Yankees would send veteran MLB Reliever Jack Aker to the Cubs. He had posted a 16-10 record with a 2.23 ERA and 31 saves in 124 games for the team from 1969 to 1972.

1977- The Yankees had obtained veteran AL Golden Glove OF Paul Blair from the Orioles for veteran OF Elliot Maddox and Minor League OF Rich Bladt. Veteran OF Paul Blair will prove a fine defensive addition to the Yankees outfield. He will be used as a late inning defensive replacement for Reggie Jackson in RF. Paul will appear in 172 games for the team, while hitting .223 with 6 HRs and 38 RBIs. He had appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees playing in 12 games, while hitting .331. Maddox was dealing with knee injuries in 1975-1976. Reserve OF Rich Bladt had appeared in 52 games with the Yankees, while hitting .222 with 1 HR. The Orioles would assign him to their AAA club, Rochester Red Wings (IL).

1978- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jon Weber was born.

Minor League Free Agent OF Jon Weber had signed with the Yankees for 2010. In the 2010 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp, Jon had won the James P. Dawson Award for best Yankee Rookie player in the camp. Jon never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He would bat .258 in 47 games for AAA Scranton (IL) and then the Yankees released him. Signing with the Tigers organization, he hit .256 in 21 games for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL); he retired as an active player. Shortly thereafter, in July 2010, it was announced that he had the 3rd positive Drug/Steroid Test of his pro baseball career, resulting in a 100-game suspension should he return to the diamond.

1981- Former Yankees Reserve OF Freddie Guzman (2009) was born.

On August 31,2009, veteran OF Freddie Guzman was purchased by the Yankees from the Orioles. He had appeared in 10 games for the 2009 Yankees hitting only .167 as a Reserve Outfielder and Pinch-Runner. On November 11, 2009, Freddie was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He would sign with the Phillies for 2010 NL season.

1998- The Yankees had selected INF Hector Ramirez off of waivers from the Orioles. On January 30,1998, Hector would be selected off waivers by the Orioles from the Yankees.

2000- The 30 MLB Team Owners vote to give all their Internet rights to the MLB Commissioner's office. Bud Selig is expected to parcel out monies in equal amounts. The Yankees lose their great web site to MLB’s cookie cutter web site format. Now gone are Eddie Layton’s organ playing of “Take me out to the Ballgame” and Bob Shepard’s “Welcome to Yankee Stadium” greeting at the team’s web site.

2002- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent P David Manning. The team will release David during their 2002 Yankees MLB Spring Training Camp.

2011- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB OF Andruw Jones to a 1-year contract. Jones almost washed out of MLB after a terrible 2008 NL season that saw him hit .158 with no power, but he has since bounced back to being a useful player again, although his days of stardom are apparently over. He will appear in 77 games for the 2011 Yankees as a DH/OF, while hitting .247 with 13 HRs with 33 RBIs. The Yankees resigned him for the 2012 AL season. He will be granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Andrew will go to Japan to play for the 2013 season. 

2011- Former Yankees Minor League Player and Manager, MLB Scout Lamar North passed away. (1929-2011)

Catcher Lamar North spent 13 seasons playing in the Minor Leagues. He debuted in 1948 with the Eastman Dodgers, hitting .271. In 1949, he batted .322 for Eastman. He was among the Georgia State League's top 10 in batting average. North moved up to the Portsmouth Cubs in 1950, hitting.262. He missed 1951-1952 seasons, presumably due to military service. North returned to Portsmouth in 1953 and batted .216, showing rust. He did lead all catchers in the Piedmont League with 73 assists. In 1954, Lamar hit .249 for Portsmouth, followed by .258 in 1955. In 1956, the veteran backstop batted .256 for the Yankees farm club, the AA Binghamton Triplets (EL). With Binghamton in 1957, he hit .260. In 1958, Lamar hit .256 with a career-high 18 HRs, slugging .424, for the AA New Orleans Pelicans (SL). North played 1 game with the AAA RichmondVirginians (IL). Lamar hit .247 in 60 games for the 1959 AA Binghamton Triplets (EL). Also he spent time with the AA Houston Buffs (7 for 47) and the Yankees AAA Richmond Virginians (4 for 20), getting his longest looks at AAA. He batted .235 for 2 Texas League clubs in 1960. He was 6 for 33 for the 1962 Class A  Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) and 0 for 1 for the 1963 AAA Richmond (IL) to end his active playing career. Now, Lamar became a Minor League Manager for the Yankees. He managed the 1963 Harlan Smokies, 1964 Johnson City Yankees, 1965 Greensboro Yankees and the (1966,1970) Fort Lauderdale Yankees. Later, he was a MLB Scout for the 1968-1971 Yankees, 1973-1975 Dodgers and the Orioles (1977-?), signing future MLB players: Ken Gerhart, Gregg Olson and Nick Markakis among others.

2014- Former Yankees MLB Coach Vern Benson (1965-1966) passed away. (1924-2014) 

Vern Benson was the MLB Coach for Yankees Manager Johnny Keane during the 1965-1966 AL seasons. He had worked with Keane on the 1961-1964 Cardinals MLB Coaching staffs. He would leave the Yankees on May 7,1966, when Keane was fired and was replaced by Ralph Houk. The Yankees did pay him his full 1966 season salary. He had been an MLB Infielder for the A’s and Cardinals during the 1940-1950’s. Later, he managed for the Cardinals organization until 1961, when he joined Johnny Keane on the MLB Coaching staff in St. Louis. Vern had worked for the Cardinals, Reds, Braves and the Giants as an MLB Coach. He will manage in the Blue Jays organization during the 1976-1977 seasons, working at AAA level. He would return to the Cardinals organization working as an MLB Scout before retiring from baseball.

January 21st

1916- The Yankees had purchased lefty P Nick Cullop from the Kansas City Packers (Federal League); where he had gone 22-11 with 2.44 ERA with 22 complete games for the team. Also, they acquired 2 Infielders: INF Joe Gedeon from the AA Salt Lake Bees (PCL) and OF/1B Germany Schaefer from Newark Peppers (Federal League). Schaefer will announce that he is changing his nickname to "Liberty" because of the World War I. He noticed that "sauerkraut" had been renamed "liberty” cabbage. He would later become a Yankees MLB Coach. Joe Gedeon had hit .317 with 19 HRs for the Bees. He would become the Yankees starting 2nd baseman for the 2016 AL season, hitting only .216, he would be replaced by Fritz Maisel in 1917.

1938- The Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio begins a MLB player contract holdout that will last for nearly 3 months. After meeting with Yankees Team Owner Jacob Ruppert and GM Edward Barrow, Joe DiMaggio rejects a 1-year offer of $25,000. DiMaggio counters their offer by asking for $45,000 player contract. Helping out Joe with his MLB salary dispute with the Yankees Front Office was HOF player Ty Cobb. His MLB player contract holdout with the Yankees will last until April 20th, 2 days after the start of the 1938 AL season. Joe will appear in 145 games for the 1938 Yankees, while hitting .324 with 32 HRs and 140 RBIs. He was named to the 1938 AL All-Star team. Joe was selected by “The Sporting News” for their 1938 MLB All-Star Team.

1941- Former Yankees Pitcher Rick Beck (1965) was born.

In 1962, the Yankees had signed P Rick Beck, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He was drafted by the Phillies from the Yankees organization in 1962 MLB 1st Year Player Draft. Rick had never appeared at the MLB level with the Phillies. On April 12,1965, Beck was purchased by the Yankees from the Phillies. He had appeared in 3 games for the 1965 Yankees, while posting a 2-1 record with 2.14 ERA, before going into the Army for 2 years of active duty. After finishing his Army active-duty time, Rick never returned to play pro baseball.

1946- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher, Minor League Manager and MLB Manager Johnny Oates (1980-1981) was born. (1946-2004) 

Johnny Oates appeared in only 49 games, as a Reserve Catcher for the 1980-1981 Yankees, while hitting only .190. Oates quickly became a Minor League Manager in the Yankees organization, managing with the 1982 AA Nashville Sounds (SA) and with the 1983 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Then he was an MLB Coach for the 1984-1987 Cubs. He then managed the AAA Rochester Red Wings (IL) for a season in the Orioles organization in 1988, before moving up to become an MLB Orioles MLB Coach for the 1988-1991 AL seasons. Oates was named manager of the Orioles in May of 1991. From 1991 to 2001, he managed the team. Then he moved over to the Rangers (2000-2001). Seven of his 11 teams had played over .500, while he managed them.

1953- The BWAA passes over former Yankees AL All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio in his 1st year of Hall of Fame eligibility. The baseball writers also elected former NL All-Star Pitcher Dizzy Dean and A’s Slugger OF Al Simmons to the Hall of Fame. Joe DiMaggio finishes 8th place in the 1953 BWAA voting. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

1959- Former MLB Pitcher and Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (1925) Hooks Wiltse passed away. (1879-1959)

Hooks Wiltse had pitched a 12 seasons in the MLB, mostly for the Giants Manager John McGraw in the dead-ball era. He would win 139 MLB career games. He had appeared the World Series in 2 different seasons. In his 12-year MLB pitching career, Wiltse’s lifetime pitching ERA was 2.47. Hooks never had an ERA above 3.27. In 1925, he was an MLB Pitching Coach for the Yankees. His Brother Lewis “Snake” Wiltse had pitched for the 1903 Yankees.

1959- Former Yankee Minor League INF and MLB player Jose Uribe was born. (1959-2006)

In 1977, Yankees had signed INF Jose Uribe, but he spent the season on the Disabled List. He was released by the Yankees organization that same year. Three years later, Jose was signed by the Cardinals. In 1985, he was traded by the Cardinals to the Giants, where played in until the 1992 NL season. In 1993, Jose finished his MLB playing career with the Astros. In 2006, Jose was killed in an auto accident, when he was thrown from his jeep, because he was not wearing his safety seat belt. Jose had died from injuries from the jeep accident.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy Hawkins (1989-1991) was born

After an MLB Free Agent signing with the Yankees, the former Padres Starter Andy Hawkins went 20-29 with a 5.21 ERA in 66 games for the team. Hawkins threw 8 innings of no-hit ball on July 1,1990 against the White Sox but he still lost the game by the score of 4-0. Although Hawkins allowed no hits, his Yankees fielders failed him by making 3 errors that allowed 4 unearned runs to score in the 8th inning. Since it was a road game, the White Sox did not bat in the bottom of the 9th. By only pitching 8 innings, it was deemed unofficial a year later when the definition changed. In his next start after the no-hitter on July 6th, Hawkins took a shutout into the 12th inning, but the Yankees had 10 hits and left 12 runners on base, 7 men in scoring position, over the 1st 11 innings. In the 12th inning, Hawkins let in 2 runs to lose the game by the score of 2-0. Twelve days after his "no-hitter," Andy was on the losing end of White Sox Starter Melido Perez’s 6-inning, rain-shortened "No-Hitter". On May 9,1991, Andy was released by the Yankees, after he had posted a 0-2 record with a 9.95 ERA in 4 games. On May 18,1991, he would be signed by the A’s, finishing out his MLB Pitching career with them. He went 4-4 with a 4.79 ERA in 15 games, before being released by the team in August. After his MLB playing career was over, Andy became a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Rangers organization.

1966 – Former Yankees Reliever Chris Hammond (2003) was born.

Veteran MLB Reliever Chris Hammond had posted a 3-2 record with a 2.83 ERA and 1 save in 62 games for the 2003 Yankees. On December 18, 2003, Chris was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to Oakland for 2 Minor League Players: P Eduardo Sierra and INF J.T. Stotts. Both Players received in the trade never appeared at the MLB level with the Yankees. 

1969- The Yankees had signed P Tom Buskey as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He had posted a 0-2 record with a 5.64 ERA and 2 saves in 12 games with the 1973-1974 Yankees. On April 26,1974, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Fred Beene, Steve Kline and Fritz Peterson to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss, P Richard “Dirt” Tidrow and veteran Reliever Cecil Upshaw. In 1998, Tom died from auto accident injuries in Harrisburg, Pa.

1971- No player receives 3/4 of the necessary votes to be elected into Baseball Hall of Fame, with Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra (242) and White Sox/Indians Starter Early Wynn (240) coming the closest in the voting. Yogi Berra and Early Wynn will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

1975- The Yankees had released veteran Shortstop Gene “Stick” Michael. He had been the Yankees regular Shortstop from 1968-1974. The Yankees had obtained Gene Michael from the Dodgers in November of 1967 for Cash. Gene originally came up with the Pirates. He would finish his MLB playing career with the Tigers in 1975, hitting just .214 in 56 games. Michael’s Yankees playing career stats were a .233 BA with 12 HRs and 204 RBIs in 789 games. After his MLB playing career was over in 1975, he rejoined the Yankees organization becoming a Minor League Coach, eventually a Manager.

1980- Former Yankees Minor League INF J.T. Stotts was born.

On December 18, 2003, veteran Reliever Chris Hammond was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to Oakland for 2 Minor League Players: INF J.T. Stotts and P Eduardo Sierra.  J. T. Stotts never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Stotts batting production was down in 2004, while playing for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), hitting only .233 in 36 games and the AA Trenton Thunder ((EL) hitting .233 in 54 games. In 2005, he hit only .211 as a utility man for the AA Thunder, also pitching 1 inning and allowing a run. He ended his Minor League playing career in 2006, hitting only .228 in 86 games for the Thunder and .241 in 22 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He rejoined the A’s organization as an MLB Scout.

1983- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent P Steve Comer. The Yankees will release him during their MLB Spring Training Camp in March of 1983.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Preston Claiborne (2013-2014) was born.

The Yankees had selected Preston Claiborne in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He had pitched in college at Tulane Univ. Claiborne split the summer of 2010 with the Class A Staten Island Yankees (1-2, 2 Saves, 2.28 ERA) and the Class A Tampa Yankees (0-1, 3.68 ERA in 5 games). He went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in the FSL Playoffs for Tampa. He spent all of 2011 with Tampa, going 3-7 with a 3.11 ERA and 5 saves in 38 games. He was 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the AZL. In 2012, Preston was with the AA Trenton Thunder (2-2, with 5 Saves, 2.22 ERA in 30 Games) and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (4-0, 4.05 ERA, 1 save in 20 Games). He was 2nd in the Yankees chain in games pitched (50, behind Juan Cedeno). He opened 2013 season in AAA, where he had 3 saves and a 3.48 ERA in 8 games. He was then promoted by the Yankees to replace the injured P Joba Chamberlain. In his MLB Pitching debut for the Yankees on May 5, 2013, Claiborne relieved veteran starter Andy Pettitte in the top of the 6th inning with a 4-1 deficit against the A’s. He retired Luke Montz, Seth Smith and Michael Taylor in order. After the Yankees tied the game in the top of the 7thinning, Claiborne had another 1-2-3 inning, getting Adam Rosales, Derek Norris and Jed Lowrie. He was replaced by Reliever Boone Logan, who gave up the game-losing HR to negate his standout effort. He finished the season with the Yankees with a 0-2 record with a 4.11 ERA in 44 games. Preston Claiborne had his 1st MLB plate appearance on May 21, 2014 in the 13th inning of a tie game against the Cubs. He laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt against veteran Reliever Jose Veras, moving 2 Yankee runners along as they both came in to score, giving him credit for a 4-2 win. He finished the 2014 AL season with a 2-0 record with a 3.00 ERA in 18 games. On December 23, 2014, Preston was selected off waivers by the Marlins from theYankees. He would finish his Yankees Pitching career with a 3-2 record with a 3.79 ERA in 62 games.

1990- Former Yankees P Jose Ramirez (2015) was born.

In 2008, José Ramírez had joined the Yankees organization. He first made it to AAA in 2013, he returned there for the 2014 season. On May 18, 2014, the Yankees called him up from the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to serve as insurance during a doubleheader under the 26th Man Rule, a special 1-day roster expansion that was negotiated into the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2011 that allowed the addition of an extra player on the roster for twin bills. Ramírez was not used in either game, he was returned to AAA. He would returned to the Bronx, 3 weeks later and this allowed him to make his MLB Pitching debut on June 4th, when he pitched 2 innings in relief against the A’s, he gave up a run and was charged with a loss. Ramírez has a power arm, having struck out 8.6 men for every 9 innings pitched in his Minor-League Pitching career. Although he was mainly a starter through 2013, the Yankees focused him on bullpen work starting in 2014. He was 0-2, 5.40 ERA in 8 relief appearances for the Yankees that year, working 10 innings. In the Minors, he went 3-0, 1.46 ERA in 9 games; he did not pitch before May and made his last appearance of the season on July 6th, as he struggled with various physical ailments. In 2015, José was healthy again, he made 32 appearances for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL), posting a 3-0  record with a 2.90 ERA and 10 saves. He was also called up to the Bronx, a couple of times, getting into 3 games with no record with an ERA of 15.00. On July 30th, he was traded to the Mariners along with OF Ramón Flores in return for MLB Utility player Dustin Ackley. Overall, his Yankees Pitching record was 0-2 mark with a 7.62 ERA in 11 games. 

1992- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent C/DH/1B Mike Stanley. He had played for the Rangers. Mike would become the Yankees regular catcher, until the arrival of new Yankees Manager Joe Torre in winter of 1995. He was a switch-hitter, who had played in 426 games for the team, while hitting .285 with 72 HRs and 263 RBIs. Torre would let him go as an MLB Free Agent and bring in Joe Girardi to become the team regular catcher, despite being the weaker hitter; he was a better defensive catcher than Stanley. Mike will sign with the Red Sox. He would return to the Yankees in a trade with the Red Sox during the 1997 AL season.

1998- The Yankees had signed veteran MLB Free Agent Catcher Phil Hiatt. He never plays for the Yankees. He will be cut during the 1998 Yankees MLB Spring Training camp.

2005- The Yankees had signed 2 MLB Free Agents INF Damian Rolls and P Aaron Small. Minor League P Aaron Small will go 10-0 for the Yankees in 2005. Small’s overall Yankees Pitching career record will be 10-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games before arm injuries force him to retire from MLB in 2006. Rolls will never play for the Yankees at the MLB level. He will spend the 2005 season playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). The Yankees will grant him MLB Free Agency in the fall.

2017- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Wright (1974) passed away. (1944-2017)

Ken Wright was signed by the Red Sox out of high school. Wright had pitched 6 seasons in the Boston Minor League organization. He won 12 games for the AA Pittsfield Red Sox (EL) in 1969. That fall, he was selected by the Royals in the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.  He pitched parts of 4 seasons in the MLB with the Royals. Following the 1973 AL campaign, P Ken Wright and OF Lou Piniella were traded to the Yankees for veteran hurler Lindy McDaniel. After appearing in 3 games for the Yankees on May 4, 1974,  he was dealt to the Phillies for P Mike Wallace. He never pitched in the MLB again.

2019- The Yankees get rid of an unwanted member of their 2018 Pitching Starting staff by sending veteran Starter Sonny Gray to the Reds in return for Minor League INF Shed Long and a Compensation Round A Pick in the 2019 MLB Amateur Player Draft. The Yankees, then turn around and trade Long to the Mariners for OF Josh Stowers. For their part, the Reds immediately sign Sonny Gray to a 3-year contract extension worth $30.5 million. Josh Stowers never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

2020- The results of the 2020 Hall of Fame Election are in, and as expected, Derek Jeter is elected easily, falling just 1 vote short of repeating long-time teammate Mariano Rivera's feat of being elected unanimously on his 1st presence on the ballot. Joining him is Larry Walker, in his 10th and final year of eligibility by the BBWAA, who clears the 75% threshold by 6 votes. It completes a remarkable journey for his candidacy, that had fallen to only 10% support after 3 years. before a concerted lobbying campaign on his behalf bore fruit. Walker is only the 2nd Canadian elected to the Hall, after P Ferguson Jenkins.



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