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This Week in Yankees History February 26th-March 4th
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This Week in Yankees History February 26th-March 4th Part One


February 26th

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Harry “Rip” Collins (1920-1921) was born. (1896-1968)

On August 20,1919, P Harry “Rip” Collins was purchased by the Yankees from Dallas (TXL). “Rip” Collins would post a 25-13 record with a 4.16 ERA and 1 save in 17 games for the Yankees before being traded to Red Sox. He had appeared in 1 game in relief for the team in the 1921 World Series against the Giants. On December 20,1921, Harry was traded by the Yankees along with Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, Pitchers Jack Quinn and Bill Piercy along with $100,000 Cash to the Red Sox for 2 Pitchers: “Bullet Joe” Bush, Sad Sam Jones and Shortstop Everett “Deacon” Scott. Also, Rip would pitch for the Tigers and the Browns, before retiring from the MLB in 1931.

1933- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF/C Johnny “Super Sub” Blanchard (1955,1959-1965) was born. (1933-2009)

Johnny Blanchard was a 3-Sport All-City whiz at Central HS in Minneapolis, MN; he not only attracted the attention of MLB Scouts as a 3B, but also the NBA Minneapolis Lakers, who made him a pro basketball player contract offer. On July 3, 1951, Blanchard was signed by Yankees MLB Scout Joe McDermott for $20,000 as an Outfielder. While playing in the Yankees Minor League system, he made the transition from OF to a Catcher. "I had to work my fanny off," said Blanchard. "I was not talented like Yogi or Elston. I think I got all the mileage I could out of my ability." Blanchard had served in the military during the Korean Conflict in 1953-1954. When he was released from active duty, Johnny was back in the Yankees 1955 MLB Spring Training Camp. After leading the Eastern League with 34 HRs in 1955, while playing for the Class A Binghamton Triplets, he would received a late season call-up to the Bronx. In 1957-1958, he would play for the AAA Denver Bears (AA) under Manager Ralph Houk. In the 1958 Yankees Spring Training Camp,  Johnny was named the 1958 James P. Dawson Award winner as the best Yankee rookie player in the camp, despite winning that award, he would return to the AAA Bears (AA). In 1959, he would return for good, he would stay in the Bronx, until he was sent to the A’s in May of 1965. In 1959, Yankees MLB Coach Ralph Houk had pushed for Johnny be given a chance to catch for the team with Manager Casey Stengel. Yogi Berra was going to play LF, while Elston Howard would become the starting catcher. Blanchard would be reserve catcher, play 1B and the OF The lefty-swinging Yankee loved hitting in Fenway Park, of his 1st 6 hits at Fenway Park, 5 were HRs. On July 21,1961, the Yankees trailed the Red Sox 9-8 going into the top of the 9th inning when Blanchard, pinch-hitting for 3B Clete Boyer, hit a Grand Slam HR off Boston veteran P Mike Fornieles giving the Bombers a 12-9 victory. The following day, the Yankees were again down 9-8, when Blanchard, pinch-hitting again for Boyer, hit a HR off of veteran Gene Conley to tie the score as the Yankees went on to win the game. A couple of days later against the White Sox, he homered in consecutive at-bats against veteran hurler Ray Herbert. His 4 HRs on 4 straight at-bats tied an MLB record. Blanchard hit 4 Pinch-Hit HRs during the regular 1961 AL season, only Yankee Sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris had more HRs per at bat. He continued his clutch hitting in the 1961 World Series against the Reds with a 2-run Pinch-Hit HR in game #3; another 2-run HR shot in the 5th and final game of the 1961 World Series, a game that he started. As a result, Blanchard is arguably one of the best-known 3rd-string Catchers in MLB history. Overall, he had appeared with the Yankees in the Fall Classic for 5 consecutive seasons from 1960-1964, he had hit .345, slugged at .690% with 2 HRs. Following the 1965 annual Mayor’s Trophy Exhibition game against the Mets that was played on May 3, 1965, he was called into Manager Johnny Keane's office; Blanchard was given the news he had been traded to the A’s. John was traded by the Yankees along with P Rolland Sheldon to Kansas City for Catcher Doc Edwards.  The Yankees had just lost starting Catcher Elston Howard to surgery on his right elbow. GM Houk had grown hard of waiting to for Blanchard to start hitting, he was hitting only .147  with 1 HR and 3 RBIs  in 12 games at the time of his trade. Johnny took the trade news very hard. He cried uncontrollably in the Yankees Clubhouse. His long-time Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle sat down next to Blanchard and attempted to cheer him up. "Don't take it so hard, John. Just think, in Kansas City you're going to get a chance to play." "Hell, I can't play Mick, that’s why I'm crying." After appearing in 52 games with the A's, he was purchased by the Braves. He would play the last 10 games of his MLB playing career with the Braves at the end of the 1965 NL season. In 1968, he tried to make a comeback with the Braves in MLB Spring Training camp, but he didn’t make the team and retired from the game. Overall, as an MLB player, he would hit .239 with 67 HRs and 200 RBIs. Johnny Blanchard's heavy drinking made it difficult to cope with the real world after his MLB baseball playing career was over. Aware that he had a problem, Johnny checked himself into the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis for 34 days for Alcohol treatment. He was then dry for over 25 years. On March 25, 2009, Johnny Blanchard had passed away from a fatal heart attack.

1935- The Yankees had released longtime Slugger OF/P Babe Ruth (1920-1934), freeing him to sign a $20,000 MLB player contract with the Boston Braves, also gives him a share of the team's profits. In 1934, Babe Ruth had endured one of his worst seasons with the Yankees-at least by his lofty standards-with a .288 BA, while hitting only 22 HRs and 84 RBIs. This coming 1935 NL season, he will play just only 28 games for the Braves before announcing his MLB player retirement on June 2nd at the age of 40. Ruth will hit the final 3 HRs of his Major League playing career on May 25th against the Pirates, giving him a MLB HR career total of 714. His last HR will clear the RF Grandstand at Forbes Field and will travel an estimated 600 feet.

1941- Former Yankees Minor League 1B George Kopacz was born.

On February 28,1973, 1B George Kopacz was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for Minor League 1B Tony Solaita. The long-time Minor League player never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. He will spend the 1973 season playing with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), hitting .238 with 7 HRs with 57 RBIs in 132 games. After the 1973 IL season had ended, he would retire from baseball.

 1968- Former Yankees Reserve 1B J. T. Snow (1992) was born.

The Yankees in the 5th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected 1B J. T. Snow. He would appear in only 7 games for the 1992 Yankees, batting just .143. He had won 1992 International League MVP Award, while playing for the AAA Columbus Clippers. He refused the Yankees front office request to learn how to play the Outfield, since AL All-Star Don Mattingly was already at 1B. This rejection by Snow to switch positions, resulted in him being put into a player trade package to the Angels for MLB Starter Jim Abbott.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve OF Matt Luke (1996) was born.

The Yankees in the 8th round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected OF Matt Luke. He would appear in only 1 game with the 1996 Yankees with no at bats before being picked up on waivers by the Dodgers in 1997.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Josh Towers (2009) was born.

Josh Towers was picked up the Yankees during the 2009 AL season. He had spent most of the 2009 baseball season playing for AAA Scranton (IL). He would appear in 2 games for the 2009 Yankees with no record along with a 3.38 ERA. After the 2009 World Series had ended, Towers elected to become an MLB Free Agent rather than accept an outright assignment to AAA Scranton (IL). Later, he would become a Minor League Coach for the 2013 Mets. 

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher George Uhle (1933-1934) passed away. (1898-1985)

On July 24,1933, veteran hurler George Uhle was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had previously pitched for the 1933 Giants. He will post an 8-5 record with a 6.17 ERA in 22 games for the 1933-1934 Yankees. On June 1,1934, George was released by the Yankees. Overall, George had pitched in the MLB from 1919-1936, while posting a 200-166 record with a 3.99 ERA and 27 saves in 513 games. He pitched for the Indians (twice), Tigers, Giants and finishing up his MLB Pitching career with the Yankees.

1988- Former Yankees INF/OF Dustin Ackley (2015-2016) was born.

In 2015, Dustin Ackley was hitting only .215 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs, when he was traded by Mariners to the Yankees in return for 2 Minor League Players: P José Ramírez and OF Ramón Flores. After a trip to the DL, Ackley would play in 23 games with the Yankees, while hitting .288 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs. In 2016, he was injured again, only appearing in 28 games for the team. He was only hitting .148 with 0 HRs and 4 RBIs. On November 18, 2016, the Yankees would grant Dustin MLB Free Agency. On February 4, 2017, he was signed an MLB Free Agent by the Angels. 

1991- Bill Veeck, the colorful MLB Owner of the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox (twice) and Yankees great 2B Tony Lazzeri are elected to the Baseball’s Hall Of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The AL All-Star 2B Tony Lazzeri played for the Yankees from 1926-1937, finishing with a lifetime BA of .293 with 169 HRs and 1,154 RBIs in 1,659 games.

 1991- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Jimmy Zinn passed away. (1895-1991)

Jimmy Zinn had pitched in pro baseball from 1915 to 1939. He would collect 295 Minor League wins along with a 3.52 ERA in 4,394 innings.  Also, he had batted .301 in 2,482 at bats. Zinn had managed the 1937-1938 El Paso Texans in the Yankees Minor League system. Later, he would manage for the Tigers, Braves and Senators Minor League organizations. In July, 1952, Jimmy Zinn was the 1st player named to the Kansas City Blues' Hall of Fame.

February 27th

1896- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher (1931) and MLB Coach (1932) Ralph “Cy” Perkins was born. (1896-1963)

On December 10,1930, veteran MLB Catcher Cy Perkins was purchased by the Yankees from the Philadelphia A’s. Perkins had played for the Athletics for 15 MLB seasons (1915-1930). He had batted .255 with No HRs and 7 RBIs in 16 games for the 1931 Yankees. He would finish his 17 MLB season playing career with a .259 BA with 30 HRs and 409 RBIs in 1,171 games. Cy had played in 2 World Series with the A’s without making an appearance. In 1932, Cy would become a Yankees MLB Coach on the World Championship team. Then he would move to the Tigers organization to become an MLB Coach, briefly the  1937 Tigers Interim Manager for 17 games. Later, he would become a Minor League Manager. Then Cy Perkins would become a long-time MLB Coach for the Phillies before retiring from baseball.

1907-The Yankees had acquired Catcher Branch Rickey from the St. Louis Browns in exchange for INF Joe Yeager. Rickey was recovering from a shoulder injury that hampered his throwing arm. Yeager had been the 1905 Yankees regular 3B, in 1906, he had hit .301 in 57 games as a Reserve INF. Rickey will appear in 52 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .182. After the 1907 AL season, the Yankees will send him back to the Browns. As noted by Baseball Writer Lyle Spatz, Branch Rickey will not play on Sundays because of his Mormon religious principles, while new Browns Catcher Fritz Buelow will. Branch Rickey will go on to have a more successful MLB career as an MLB Baseball Executive than as an MLB player. He was the man responsible for creating MLB Farm System concept with the St. Louis Cardinals. Then he broke the MLB Player Color Barrier with the player signing of Jackie Robinson with the 1947 Dodgers. Also, during his long baseball executive career, Branch will work in the front offices of the Pirates and the Mets organizations. He will be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Baseball Executive in 1967.

1912- The New York Yankees announced that they would begin to wear pinstriped uniforms for the 1912 AL season. In 1908, the Philadelphia Phillies had come up with an idea for a new style of uniform - white flannels with thin vertical stripes -, an innovation that predates the famed New York Yankees pinstripes by 4 years.

1935- Former Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth signs a $20,000 MLB player contract with the Boston Braves. Ruth's new player contract with the Braves also gives him a share of the team's profits. Ruth was released by the Yankees only 1 day earlier. Babe Ruth will serve with the Braves as a Player, Coach and Team Vice-President. In 1935, he will play just only 28 games for the Braves, before announcing his retirement on June 2nd at the age of 40. Ruth will hit the final 3 HRs of his MLB playing career on May 25,1935 against the Pirates at Forbes Field, giving him a final MLB HR career total of 714. His last HR will clear the RF Grandstand at Forbes Field and will travel an estimated 600 feet.

1947- Former Yankees Pitcher Ensign Cottrell (1915) passed away. (1888-1947)

On April 7,1915, P Ensign Cottrell was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves. He had made brief MLB appearances with the 1911 Pirates, 1912 Cubs, 1913 A’s and the 1914 Braves. Cottrell had spent most of the 1914 season pitching for the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). He did not appear in a game for the Braves in the 1914 World Series. He would appear in 7 games for the 1915 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA. It would be his last active MLB season.

1948- Newly elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame are former MLB Stars; Yankees Starter Herb Pennock and Pirates 3B Pie Traynor. Needing 91 votes for selection, Herb Pennock, who had died, just month before, gets 94 votes, while Pie Traynor gets 93 votes. Just missing in the Hall Of Fame voting are former A’s Slugger Al Simmons, Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer and Giants Player/Manager Bill Terry. Herb Pennock was the General Manager for the Phillies at the time of his death, a position that he had held since 1944.  He was helping the new Phillies Team ownership rebuilt the team and their farm system. He had suffered a fatal heart attack. As an MLB Pitcher, Herb had posted a 241-162 record with a 3.60 ERA with 37 saves in 617 games (1912-1934). Herb had pitched for the A’s, Red Sox (twice) and the Yankees. Pie Traynor had played 3B for the Pirates for 17 seasons (1920-1937), while hitting .329 with 58 HRs and 1,73 RBIs in 1,941 games.

1953- Former Yankees C/DH/1B Ron Hassey (1985-1986) was born.

On December 4,1984, C/DH/1B Ron Hassey was traded by the Cubs along with Pitchers Porfi Altamirano, Rich Bordi and OF Henry Cotto to the Yankees for INF/OF Brian Dayett and P Ray Fontenot. In 1985, he hit .296 with 13 HRs and 42 RBIs for the Yankees, while playing in 92 games. On December 12,1985, Ron was traded by the Yankees along with P Joe Cowley to the White Sox for Minor League Players: Glen Braxton, Mike Soper and MLB Starter Britt Burns. On February 13,1986, Ron was traded by the White Sox along with Minor League Players: Chris Alvarez, Eric Schmidt and Matt Winters back to the Yankees for Glen Braxton (Minors), P Neil Allen, C Scott Bradley and Cash. On July 30,1986, Ron was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later and INF/OF Carlos Martinez  back to the White Sox for OF/1B/DH Ron Kittle, C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. The Yankees would later  send Minor League C Bill Lindsey on December 24,1986 to Chicago to complete the trade. Ron had hit .298 with 6 HRs and 29 RBIs in 64 games for the 1986 Yankees. After his playing career ended, Hassey would spend a year as a Yankees MLB Scout before joining the expansion Rockies as a MLB Coach for their 1st 3 NL seasons (1993-1995). After spending a season as a Cardinals MLB Coach in 1996, he would work in the Diamondbacks front office for 7 seasons. He had managed the 2004 Class A Carolina Mudcats (SAL) for the Marlins. In 2005 and 2006, Hassey was a Mariners MLB Coach. From 2010-2013, he was a Minor League Manager in the Marlins organization.

1953- Former Yankees Pitcher Barney Wolfe (1903-1904) passed away. (1876-1953)

Barney Wolfe had appeared in 27 games with the 1903-1904 Yankees, while posting a 6-12 record with a 3.02 ERA in 27 games. On July 20,1904, Barney was traded by the Yankees along with Starter Tom Hughes to the Senators for veteran Starter Al Orth. He would post a 15-27 record with a 2.93 ERA in 49 games for the 1904-1906 Nats.

1956- The Class B Piedmont League disbands after 37 years of operation. The Yankees had a farm club in the league, the Norfolk Tars from 1935-1955. The Tars had been League Champions from 1951-1954. The Norfolk Tars had won 7 Piedmont League Championships with 2 Tars teams finishing as runner-up to the League championship team.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Greg Cadaret (1989-1992) was born.

Greg Cadaret came to the Yankees from Oakland in the Rickey Henderson trade. He had posted a 22-23 record with a 4.12 ERA and 7 saves in 188 games as a Yankees Pitcher before being sold to the Reds on November 6,1992.

1969- Former Yankees Pitcher Willie Banks (1997-1998) was born.

On January 3,1997, the Yankees had signed former MLB P Willie Banks as an MLB Free Agent. Willie didn’t pitch in organized baseball in 1996. He was a former New Jersey All-State HS Pitching star (St. Anthony’s HS in Jersey City), who had been originally been signed by the Twins. He was assigned to AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He would post a 14-5 record with a 4.27 ERA in 33 games for the Clippers. The Yankees would call him up to the Bronx, where he posted 3-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in 5 games. In 1998, he was 1-1 in 9 games with a very high 10.05 ERA. On June 4, 1998, he was traded to the Diamondbacks for P Scott Brow and Class A Minor League P Joe Lisio. Brow was assigned to AAA Columbus Clippers, while Lisio was sent to Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). Neither Pitcher appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. In 2003, Willie Banks was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees, but he didn’t appear with the team at the MLB level; he was later released by the team. He had been with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) posting a 2-3 record with a 3.89 ERA in 31 games. He would later pitch in the Independent Leagues with the Newark Bears (ATL) for several seasons, before retiring as an active player at the age of 41.

1985- Veteran INF Toby Harrah, an original Texas Rangers member is traded by the Yankees back to the Rangers for veteran OF/DH Billy Sample and a Player to be Named Later. Harrah was a major disappointment with the bat for the Yankees, after coming to the team in a trade with the Indians in 1984. He had appeared in 88 games for the team, while hitting just .217 with only 1 HR and just 26 RBIs. Veteran OF Billy Sample had hit .270 in 675 games for the Rangers. He will hit .288 with 1 HR and 15 RBIs for the Yankees. The Player to be Named Later was Rangers Class A Minor League P Eric Dersin, who the Yankees would assign to their Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees team (FSL)

1988- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1984-1985) and Minor League Manager Doug Homquist passed away. (1941-1988)

Doug Holmquist had managed for the Yankees in their Minor League system from 1978 to 1983. As the Yankees awarded World Series rings to their Minor League Managers as well, they gave Doug Holmquist one. While managing in the Minors, he had worked with future MLB players such as OF Willie McGee, INF Pat Tabler and 1B Steve Balboni.

February 28th

1947- Former Yankees Reserve INF Marty Perez (1977) was born. 

On March 14,1977, MLB Veteran INF Marty Perez was traded by the Giants to the Yankees for Reserve OF Terry Whitfield, who was out of Minor League options. Perez had played for the Angels, Braves and the Giants having a .249 MLB BA in 930 games. As a Reserve INF, he appeared in only 1 game with the team, going 2 for 4 before being traded on April 27,1977 by the Yankees along with veteran Starter Dock Ellis and Reserve OF Larry Murray to Oakland for veteran Starter Mike Torrez.

1958- Former Yankees MLB Scout Dave Pano was born.

Dave Pano had played HS baseball against future Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. After playing on the Eckerd College baseball team, Dave would spend time as a MLB Scout for the Yankees and the Pirates. Pano was the Head Coach at St. Petersburg College from 1998 to 2010. In 2002-2004, he was a coach for the Auburn Doubledays. He had managed of the 2005-2006 Pulaski Blue Jays (APPYL). Then he would manage the 2008 GCL Blue Jays and then he was would coach for the team in 2009-2010. Then he moved to the AAA Vancouver Canadians (PCL) in 2011-2017 as their Hitting Coach and the 2018-2019 Lansing Lugnuts as Position Coach.

1959- After 1 day, Yankees All-Star CF Mickey Mantle ends his 1959 MLB player contract holdout with the team. Mantle agrees to an MLB player salary of $72,000 with a bonus of $2,000. He had been asking the Yankees front office for $85,000, after hitting .304 with 42 HRs and 97 RBIs, and making the AL All- Star team, while playing in 150 games in 1958. In the 1958 World Series against the Braves, Mickey had hit .250 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs.

1970- On February 28,1970, the Yankees had acquired veteran INF Ron Hansen from the White Sox. Ron was at the end of his MLB playing career battling with back problems and being reduced to being a Reserve INF player. In 1969, Ron had hit .259 with 2 HRs in 85 games for the White Sox. He will hit .297 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs in 59 games for the 1970 Yankees, before fading in 1971 to a .207 BA with No HRs and 20 RBIs in 61 games. The Yankees would release him during their 1972 MLB Spring Training Camp. He would play briefly with 1972 Royals before retiring from the MLB. Ron Hansen had originally come up to the MLB with the 1960 Orioles as a Shortstop. He had played in 17 games in 1958-1959 AL seasons as a September roster call-up. He was named 1960 AL Rookie of the Year, while hitting .255 with 22 HRs and 86 RBIs playing in 153 games. While playing for the Orioles, Ron would appear on 2 AL All-Star teams (1960 and 1961) as a Shortstop.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Roy Sherid (1929-1931) passed away. (1907-1982)

Roy Sherid made a lot of pitching appearances during his 3 seasons with the Yankees. He had pitched in a total of 87 games (44 as a Starter) along with 6 saves in relief, while logging in 413 innings of work. His Yankees final pitching career record was a 23-24 mark with a 4.17 ERA on Bronx teams that were well over .500 (although none of the 3 won an AL pennant). OnSeptember 12,1931, the Yankees would send 2 Pitchers: Lou McEvoy and Roy Sherid to the AA St. Paul Saints (AA) to complete an earlier deal that was made on June 27,1931. On that date, the Yankees would send Players to be Named Later and Cash to the AA Saints for P Johnny Murphy and INF Jack Saltzgaver.

1983- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent OF Rowland Office. He will appear in 2 games for the 1983 Yankees with 2 at bats and no hits. He had spent majority of the 1983 baseball season playing with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On November 9,1983, Rowland was released by the Yankees.

1983- On February 24,1983, the Yankees had signed veteran MLB Free Agent INF Bert Campaneris, who had played for the Angels. Bert will appear in 60 games as a Yankee Reserve INF, while hitting .322 with No HRs and 11 RBIs in his final MLB player season. He had played in the MLB for 19 seasons starting with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, then he moved to the Texas Rangers as an MLB Free Agent in 1976. Then he was traded by the Rangers to the Angels in 1979 and finishing his MLB playing career with the 1983 Yankees. On November 7,1983, Bert was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Bert had retired from the MLB. In the Fall of 1976, Bert had become an MLB Free Agent leaving the A’s. Yankees Manager Billy Martin had asked the Yankees Front Office to sign him, to fix the team’s starting Shortstop problems; instead, they went out and signed the following players: P Don Gullet, OF Reggie Jackson and OF Jim Wynn. In the winter of 1976, Bert would be signed by the Rangers. The Yankees went into their 1977 MLB Spring Training Camp without a solid starting MLB Shortstop.

1988- Former Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman (2016-2022) was born.

In Cuba, Aroldis Chapman would debuted with Holguín in the 2005-2006 Serie Nacional, by going 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA. He would continue to pitch in Cuba from 2007-2009. Just before the 2009 World Port Tournament had started Chapman would defect from Cuba. Then he would establish legal residency in the small European principality of Andorra, making him a Free Agent eligible to be signed by any MLB team. On January 11, 2010, after auditioning for several MLB teams, he would sign a MLB player contract with the Reds on worth $30.25 million over 6 years. The Reds would assign him to the AAA Louisville Bats. In his Organized Baseball debut, he hit 101 mph 3 times on the radar gun as he fanned 9 batters in 4 2/3 IP versus the Toledo Mud Hens,  while allowing only 1 run. He gave up 5 singles and 1 walk, but Toledo Manager Larry Parrish  said "Today, he walked only 1. In the big leagues, he would've walked 8." He had  a 9-6 record with a 3.57 ERA and 8 saves for the Bats. On August 31, 2010, Chapman would join the Reds, the last day on which he could be eligible for 2010 MLB Postseason play. In his MLB Pitching debut, he would pitch 1 perfect inning in relief against the Brewers, while hitting 102 mph on the radar gun. The next day, he got his 1st MLB win with another perfect inning of relief; the Reds then scored 6 runs in the bottom of the frame to beat the Brewers 6-1; while topping out his fastball at 104 mph. On September 24th, he became the 1st hurler timed at 105 mph during an MLB game. He would end the 2010 NL season by posting a 2-2 record with a 2.03 ERA and 19 Ks (against only 9 hits) in 13 1/3 innings. He had pitched twice in the NLDS against the Phillies, giving up 3 unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings, being charged with a loss. Chapman began the 2011 NL season in the Reds' bullpen being the main Set-Up Man for Closer Francisco Cordero. He only gave up 6 hits in his 1st 13 innings over 16 games, but he struggled with his control, walking 20 batters during that span, against 15 strikeouts for a 6.92 ERA. On May 16th, he was placed on the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder. He came back on June 25th, he  pitched better the rest of the way, lowering his ERA all the way down to 3.60 ERA by the time the season had ended. He finished the year with a 4-1 record and 1 save in 54 games, having given up a mere 24 hits in 50 innings, while allowing 41 walks. There was no doubt about his raw stuff though, as he struck out 71 batters, which represents 12.8 strikeouts per 9 innings, the same as in his 1st season. He was still a set-up man for the Reds at the start of the 2012 NL season, in spite of Cordero having left through MLB Free Agency and his apparent replacement Ryan Madison being lost for the season to an pitching arm injury in the Reds MLB spring training camp. It was off-season acquisition Sean Marshall, who was tasked with closing out games. For his part, Aroldis pitched lights out as the season started, keeping a clean sheet over his 1st 17 games, during which he pitched 21 1/3 innings, allowing only 7 hits, while walking as many, while striking out 38 opponents.  He had picked up 3 wins, but had not yet had an opportunity to save a game, when Manager Dusty Baker gave him the ball to record the last 3 outs of a 5-2 win over the Yankees on May 20th for his 1st MLB save. That just left more questions open over what his most effective role on the Reds should be: Set-up man, Closer, or even a Starter, as he had been in Cuba.  

In 2012, Chapman was named to the NL All-Star team for the 1st time, he regained his dominance quickly. On August 12th, he would register his 28th save, having saved all 3 games in a weekend sweep of the Cubs. At that point, he had recorded a save in his last 16 appearances on the mound, breaking the Reds' team record of 15 set by Jeff Shaw in 1997. He had been unscored upon in 22 straight appearances. Not counting interleague games, his ERA was 0.17 (overall, it was 1.26) he had recorded at least 1 strikeout in 52 of 53 outings, and had 106 strikeouts against a mere 25 hits in 57 innings. He was well ahead of the record pace of 15.99 strikeouts per 9 innings set by Carlos Marmol in 2010. He began to show signs of fatigue in early September, with his velocity well down, and the Reds decided to rest him, as they held a sizable lead in the NL Central. He would pitch on September 11th, then he was rested until completing the 6-0 win over the Dodgers that clinched the NLCD title on September 22nd. He would finish the season with 38 saves and a 1.51 ERA, while striking out 122 batters in 71 2/3 innings against only 35 hits with 23 walks. 

However, he was not much of a factor in the 2012 postseason, giving up 1 run over 3 innings without a decision as the Reds were beaten by the Giants in 5 games in the 2012 NLDS. Going into the 2013 NL season, the Reds decided to convert Chapman to a starting role in order to maximize his value. That was how he was used in their MLB Spring Training Camp; however, he came out and said that he would have preferred to remain as a Closer, but that the matter was out of his hands. In the end, the Reds would relented, announcing on March 22nd that Chapman would again be their Closer, that Mike Leakewould take the vacant 5th starter spot. In the 2013 MLB  All-Star Game, Chapman had relieved Jose Fernandez in the top of the 7th with a 2-0 deficit. He walked Nelson Cruz, but he got Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to hit into a double play; then struck out Adam Jones. Kimbrel would relieve him in the 8th. Chapman finished the season with a 4-5 record with a 2.54 ERA and 38 saves, while allowing 37 hits, issuing 29 walks and 112 strikeouts in 63 2/3 IP. 

He earned a 3rd straight NL All-Star berth. On July 11th, he would set a record, when he recorded at least 1 strikeout in his 40th straight relief appearance in striking out the side while picking up his 20th save of the year over the Pirates. He recorded his 100th career save on July 29th in a 3-0 victory over the Diamondbacks and at the same time extended his streak of appearances with at least 1 strikeout to 45; in a typical effort, 15 of his 20 pitches were timed at over 100 mph. The record streak finally ended at 49 games after he failed to strike out anyone while picking up his 26th save against the Rockies on August 15th. He ended up establishing a new record for most K/9 IP for a pitcher with 50 or more innings, with 17.67; he also set marks for most strikeouts per hit allowed (5.05) as he ended up with 106 Ks in 54 innings, while allowing only 21 hits and 24 walks. His record was 0-3, but with an ERA of 2.00 and 36 saves in 38 opportunities. The Reds especially their bullpen, struggled in the 1st half of the 2015 season - but not Aroldis. He would pick up 18 saves, to go along with a 3-3 record and a 1.61 ERA, to be named to the NL All-Star team for the 4th straight year. During the game, he struck out the side in his only inning of work, hitting 100 mph on every one of his pitches. At that point of the season, he had thrown more pitches of 3-digit velocity than all other MLB pitchers combined! On July 19th, he set another record in recording 5 strikeouts over 2 innings in his 1st outing of more than 1 inning of the season, becoming the quickest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts. Number 500 came in his 292nd inning of work, beating the record of 305 innings set earlier that season by Craig Kimbrel. He finished the year with a 4-4 mark, along with a 1.63 ERA and 33 saves with 116 Ks in 66 1/3 innings. With 1 year remaining on his MLB player contract at the end of the season, the Reds in a rebuilding mode, he became the subject of numerous speculations regarding a possible trade to a contending team. 

On December 7th, a number of sources announced that he had been traded to the Dodgers, but that deal fell through. One of the reasons the trade did not happen is that that same day, media reports emerged that Chapman had been involved in a domestic violence incident on October 30th, in which a number of gun shots had been fired, while no charges had yet been laid, the matter was still being investigated by authorities and could also potentially lead to a suspension by MLB under its recently adopted domestic violence policy. On December 28th, the Reds did find a taker for Chapman, in spite of the pending MLB investigation, as he was traded to the Yankees for 4 Minor Leaguer Players: Infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda, Right-handed Pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis. He was joining a Bronx bullpen that already featured 2 power arms in Closer Andrew Miller and Set-up Man Dellin Betances, leading to speculation that the trio could put up ungodly strikeout numbers together. On January 11, 2016, Manager Joe Girardi made a surprise announcement, telling reporters that Chapman was his 2016 Closer heading into their MLB Spring Training Camp. A week after that, the Broward County, Fla. State Attorney's office issued a statement saying that after completing their investigation, they would not be filing charges against Chapman over the domestic violence incident. Still, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred judged the incident to be sufficiently serious to justify a 1st suspension under MLB's Domestic Violence Policy. His MLB player suspension was announced on March 1st was for 30 games from the start of the 2016 season and was worked out in consultation with the MLB Players Association. For his part, Chapman admitted that his actions had been regrettable; announced that he would not appeal it. In the end, he was given permission to return to the team after 29 games, because 1 of the Yankees' scheduled games had been cancelled. Thus, his return came on the day it had originally been scheduled to take place, May 9th. On July 18th, he had recorded a speed of 105.1 mph on the radar gun, while facing Oriole batter J.J. Hardy, matching his own record for the fastest pitch in MLB history. It was a ball, low and inside, forcing Hardy to bail out, Hardy then flied out. Chapman recorded his 19th save of the season that day. As the end of July 31st MLB trade deadline approached, rumors of an upcoming trade multiplied, as it was clear that the presence of 3 top-tier relievers on the Yankees was not an optimal use of resources with other areas of the team in need of much improvement. The Cubs were the team most mentioned as a likely destination for Aroldis. 

The rumored deal was completed on July 25th, with the Yankees receiving a nice haul in return:  3 Minor League players: OFs Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney, INF Gleyber Torres and MLB P Adam Warren. For the 2016 Yankees, Chapman had a 3-0 record along with a 2.01 ERA with 20 saves in 21 opportunities in his 31 games. On July 27th, he made his 1st appearance for the Cubs, he delivered a perfect 9th inning in front of a pumped-up sellout Wrigley Field crowd, although there was little pressure given the Cubs were leading the crosstown White Sox by the score of 9-1 at the time. It was a typical performance, as he threw 12 pitches of 14 pitches over 100 mph, the other 2 being nasty sliders, and struck out 2 batters; while former Reds’ teammate Todd Frazier could only manage a weak grounder to shortstop. He would pick up his 1st save as a Cub. The next day, when he recorded the last 4 outs of a 3-1 win over the White Sox. He went 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA and 16 saves in 28 outings for the Cubs, giving him a combined mark of 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves for the 2016 MLB season. He had struck out 90 batters in 58 innings.

In the MLB postseason, he played a key role in the Cubs clinching their 1st World Series title in over a century as he recorded 3 saves in 4 appearances against the Giants in the NLDS, won a game against the Dodgers in the NLCS, recorded another win and save in the Fall Classic, while facing the Indians. He was used for much longer stretches than he was accustomed during the postseason; he was clearly showing signs of fatigue by the time Game 7 of the World Series rolled around. In that game on November 2nd, he came out with 2 outs in the 8th, a runner on base and the Cubs leading 6-3, but he gave up a double to Brandon Guyer and a HR to Rajai Davis to tie the score. Still, he returned to pitch a perfect bottom of the 9th inning, setting the table for the Cubs' winning rally in the top of the 10th; he was credited with the historic series-clinching 8-7 win.After the 2016 MLB Postseason had ended, Chapman became an MLB Free Agent. On December 8, 2016, he cashed in on the high demand for proven MLB Closers, returning to the Yankees on a 5-year deal worth $86 million. After his July 25th departure, Dellin Betances had had some struggles as the team's new Closer, prompting the Yankees to splurge. After the signing was complete, Chapman told the media: "Personally, I don’t agree with the way he [Joe Maddon] used me [in the postseason]." He was referring in particular to what he felt was an unneeded outing when the Cubs had a huge lead in the final innings of Game 6, resulting in his coming in tired in a crucial situation in Game 7. 

Now back with the Yankees, he was named to the 2018-2019 AL All-Star teams. On May 14, 2017, Chapman went on the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder. He was 1-0 with a  3.55 ERA  with 7 saves in 14 games at the time, but he had given up 4 runs in his final 2 outings before going on the DL after only giving up 1 run in his 1st 12 appearances. He missed over a month of action, returning on June 18th, but was not his usual dominant self. This was apparent in a crucial series against theRed Sox in early August, when he gave up 3 walks and a run before saving a game on August 11th. Then, he blew a save 3 days later when he gave a game-tying HR to rookie Rafael Devers in the 9th, and the winning run in the 10th, at a point when the Yankees could have closed in within 2 1/2 games of 1st place. 

After a couple of other difficult outings, on August 19th, Girardi relented and stated that he was going to go with a Closer by committee. That only lasted so long, Chapman would finish the season with a record of 4-3 along with a 3.22 ERA and 22 saves in 52 outings. He was solid in the postseason, pitching a scoreless inning to close the Yankees' win over the Twins in the ALWCG and contributing 2 saves with a 0.00 ERA in their upset win over the Indians in the ALDS. In the ALCS against theAstros, he was charged with the loss in Game 2 on October 14th, when he replaced David Robertson in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at 1, after striking out Josh Reddick, allowed a singled to Jose Altuve and a double to Carlos Correa that ended the game. He did save a 6-4 win in Game 4 in his only other outing, his usage being limited by the fact that this was the only late-inning lead to be saved for the Yankees in the entire series. In 2020 short season, he would post a 1-1 record with a 3.09 ERA and 3 saves in 13 games. In 2021, he had a 6-4 record with a 3.36 ERA and 30 saves in 61 games. In 2022, Chapman would post a 4-4 record with a 4.46 ERA and 9 saves in 43 games. He had lost his Closer’s role with the team. In the 2022 Post Season, he didn’t take part in a scheduled practice at Yankee Stadium, so he was left off the Yankees post season team roster. Overall, as a Yankees Closer,  Aroldis Chapman had posted a 24-14 record along with 2.94 ERA and 153 saves. On November 6, 2022, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On January 27, 2023, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent for a 1-year deal by the Royals

2003- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Fridley passed away. (1924-2003)

On December 1,1954, OF Jim Fridley was sent by the Orioles to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 17,1954. The Orioles had sent Players to be Named Later, INF Billy Hunter, Pitchers Don Larsen and Bob Turley to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later, Pitchers Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, INF Willy Miranda, Catchers Hal Smith and Gus Triandos and MLB OF Gene Woodling. Jim never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. He would be sent by the team to their AAA team, the Denver Bears (AA). On May 30,1957, Jim was purchased by the Dodgers from the Yankees organization.

2009- Former Yankees Pitcher Tom “Snake” Sturdivant (1955-1959) passed away. (1930-2009)

After attending Capitol Hill HS in Oklahoma City, Tom Sturdivant was signed by the Yankees in 1948, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He began his pro baseball career that summer. Originally an Infielder, he hit in the .240-.250 range through 1950 Minor League season. Tom missed the 1951 baseball season due to military service. He returned to baseball in 1952. On advice of Yankees veteran Starter Allie Reynolds, he was converted to a Pitcher in the Texas League. 

Tom would reach the MLB with the 1955 Yankees, appearing in 2 World Series games that year, as Yankees lost to the Dodgers. In 1956, he would post a 16-8 record with a 3.30 ERA in 32 games for the Yankees. He would pitch a complete game in Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers. In 1957, he posted a 16-6 record with a 2.54 ERA for the Yankees in 28 games. Tom led the AL Pitchers with a .727 winning percentage. Then Sturdivant developed a sore arm during the 1958 AL season, losing his effectiveness of his sinkerball pitch, posting only a 3-6 record with a 4.20 ERA in 15 games. On May 26,1959, Tom was traded by the Yankees along with P Johnny Kucks and Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe to Kansas City for INF Hector Lopez and P Ralph Terry. At the time of his trade to the A’s, Tom had appeared in only 7 games with the 1959 Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record with a 4.97 ERA. His final Yankees pitching career totals was a 36-25 record with a 3.19 ERA with 13 complete games, 4 shutouts and 5 saves in 115 games. Tom had appeared in 3 World Series (1955-1957) for the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 4.34 ERA in 6 games. He never again won 10 games in an MLB season. Later, he would pitch for the A’s, Red Sox, 1961 Expansion Senators, Pirates, Tigers and finishing up his MLB Pitching career with Casey Stengel’s 1964 Mets, appearing in 16 games with no record with 1 save. Following his MLB playing career, Tom Sturdivant was a Business Executive for a trucking company in Oklahoma.

2015- Former Yankees OF/DH Alex “The Bull” Johnson (1974-1975) passed away. (1942-2015)
On September 10,1974, the Yankees had purchased veteran OF/DH Alex “The Bull” Johnson from the Rangers for Cash. Alex was the former 1970 Co-AL Batting Champion, who had hit .329 with the Angels. Outside of hitting a game winning Grand Slam HR at his 1st Yankee at bat in September of 1974, Alex’s hitting performance with the team was a major disappointment, hitting only .216 in 10 games in September of 1974. In 1975, he did hit .261, but with only 1 HR and 15 RBIs. On September 4,1975, Alex was released by the team. He would finish his MLB playing career with the 1976 Tigers. Overall, he had hit .288 with 78 HRs and 525 RBIs in 1,322 games. The Phillies originally signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1962. He had played in the MLB with the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Angels, Indians, Rangers, Yankees and the Tigers.

2022- The Yankees announce the hiring of former player and long-time MLB Coach Hensley Meulens has their new 3rd MLB Hitting Coach for the 2022 AL season. The former Yankees player had been a long-time MLB Coach for the Giants. He had been interviewed for the Manager position for the Yankees, before the Front Office had chosen current Manager Aaron Boone. At the end of the 2022 MLB season, he would leave the Yankees MLB Coaching Staff to become the new MLB Hitting Coach for the 2023 Rockies.

February 29th It only happens every 4 years

1920- Former Yankees INF/OF Ernie Courtney (1903) passed away. (1875-1920)

In 1902, INF/OF Ernie Courtney had been signed as an MLB Free Agent by the AL Baltimore Orioles. He had appeared in 25 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .266 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs. On June 10,1903, the Yankees had traded veteran MLB Shortstop Herman Long and INF Ernie Courtney to the Tigers for Shortstop Norman “Kid” Elberfeld in the Yankees 1stMLB trade. 

1924- Former Yankees President/General Manager, MLB Baseball Executive and AL All-Star Player Al Rosen (1978-1979) was born. (1924-2015) 

Al Rosen was an AL All-Star 3B with the 1947-1956 Indians. He had played in 1,044 AL games with a lifetime .285 BA, while hitting 192 HRs and 717 RBIs. He appeared in 2 World Series with the 1948 and the 1954 Indians. In 1953, he led the AL in HRs with 43, also in RBIs with 145, a slugging percentage of .613; he finished 2nd in AL Batting Title with a .336 mark. He was named the 1953 AL Most Valuable Player. After the 1956 AL season had ended and retiring as an active player, Al joined the Indians Front Office staff. In 1978,  Al Rosen took over as the Yankees President and General Manager duties after GM Gabe Paul had left the team after 1977 World Series had ended. During the 1978 AL Eastern Division race ,Rosen was making key personnel moves including bringing in Bob Lemon as Manager to replace the fired Manager Billy Martin, which allowed the Yankees to catch the Red Sox and win the AL Pennant. He would make several key player personnel moves bringing in players like MLB veterans Gary Thomasson and Jay Johnstone to help the team, when injuries occurred to the Yankees regular players. From 1978-1979, Al Rosen would serve as President of the Yankees. At the end of the 1979 MLB season, he  would leave the Yankees organization to take the position of the GM for the Astros; which he held from 1980-1985. Then Rosen would leave the Astros organization to take the same position with the 1985-1992 Giants Front Office. 

1976- Former Yankees Reserve OF Terrance Long (2006) was born.

Terrance Long was a former No. 1 1994 MLB Amateur Player Draft pick of the Mets. On May 18, 2006, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He would appear in only 12 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .167. On October 31, 2006, Terrance was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. 

1992- The Yankees had traded P Alan Mills to the Orioles for Players to be Named Later. Mills had posted a 1-5 record with a 4.10 ERA in 36 games for the 1990 Yankees. In 1991, he went 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in 6 games for the team; while spending most of the 1991 season with AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) as a Starter/Reliever, while posting a 7-5 record.  Overall, as a Yankee Pitcher, Mills had a 2-6 record with a 4.19 ERA and no saves in 42 games. The Yankees had acquired him on June 22,1987, when the Angels sent P Alan Mills to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 19,1986. On December 19,1986, The Angels sent a Player to be Named Later and P Ron Romanick to the Yankees for MLB Catcher Butch Wynegar. The Orioles would send 2 Minor League hurlers: Francisco de la Rosa and Mark Carper to the Yankees to complete the trade; both were assigned to the Yankees Minor League system. Neither player would ever appear with the Yankees at the MLB level.

2000- After being suspended yesterday by MLB for 1 year for testing positive for the use Cocaine, Yankees OF/DH Darryl Strawberry is invited to join the Newark Bears during his MLB player suspension. The New Jersey baseball franchise, which is a member of the Atlantic League, which is independent from organized baseball, that is located near Strawberry's Fort Lee, N.J. home.

March 1st

1944- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Klimkowski (1969-1970,1972) was born. (1944-2009)

Reliever Ron Klimkowski came to the Yankees during the 1967 AL season in the Elston Howard trade with the Red Sox.  At the time of the trade, Ron had pitching at AA Pittsfield (EL), while posting a 7-4 record. The Yankees would assign him to their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He had appeared in 48 games for the 1969-1970 Yankees, while posting a 6-8 record with 1 save before being traded to Oakland for veteran OF/DH Felipe Alou. After being released by Oakland in 1972, he would return to the Yankees. Ron went 0-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 1 save in 16 games in his final active MLB season. He would spend the 1973 season pitching in the Yankees Minor League system before retiring as an active player.

1947- The Yankees had purchased veteran INF Johnny Lucadello from the St. Louis Browns. He had missed the 1942-1946 MLB seasons because of military service with the Navy. Johnny would only appear in 12 games for the 1947 Yankees, he would spend most of the 1947 baseball season with the Yankees AA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA) playing in 34 games, while hitting just .170 with No HRs and 11 RBIs. For the 1948 season, he would play for the AA Newark Bears (IL) playing in 140 games, while hitting .275 with 12 HRs and 56 RBIs. The 1949 season saw him playing for the AA Blues again, while playing in 111 games, hitting .286 with 2 HRs and 24 RBIs. He left the Yankees organization in 1950, signing with the White Sox organization. He would never return to play in the MLB again, he continued playing Minor League baseball until his player retirement in 1955.

1947- New MLB Managers in 1947 MLB Spring Training Camps are Billy Herman with the Pirates, Muddy Ruel with the St. Louis Browns, Bucky Harris with the Yankees and Johnny Neun with the Reds. Johnny Neun had ended the 1946 AL season as Manager of the Yankees, after previous Managers Joe McCarthy and Bill Dickey had quit during the 1946 AL season. The Yankees front office brought in veteran Manager Bucky Harris to manage their 1947 club.

1953- Former Yankees Reserve OF Larry Murray (1974-1976) was born.

In the 5th round of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft, the Yankees had selected OF Larry Murray. He would appear in 20 games for the 1974-1976 Yankees as a Reserve OF, going 2 for 12 before being traded to Oakland on April 27,1977 as part of player package in the Mike Torrez trade. At the time of his trade, Murray was hitting .310 for the Yankees AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). His path to the Yankees was blocked with too many veteran outfielders on the MLB team roster.

1969- New York Yankees long time AL All-Star OF/1B Mickey Mantle announces his retirement as an MLB player (1951-1968) at the opening of the Yankees 1969 MLB Spring Training Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is the last active player of the Yankee stars from the dynasty teams of 1949-1964 to retire from MLB. Mantle, who had slumped to a .237 BA with 18 HRs and 106 RBIs in 144 games in 1968, finishes his 18-season MLB playing career with 536 HRs and a .298 career BA, numbers that would have certainly been higher if not for persistent leg and knee injuries. The Yankees will offer Mantle an MLB Coaching position on Manager Ralph Houk’s 1969 MLB Coaching staff, but Mantle declines the offer and goes home. 

1980- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Art Jorgens (1929-1930) passed away (1905-1980)

On August 24,1928, Catcher Art Jorgens was purchased by the Yankees from Oklahoma City (WL). Art holds the all-time record for World Series games in which he was on the team’s roster without ever appearing in a game. He was on the MLB post-season roster for the Yankees in 1932 and from 1936-1939 (23 games total), but he never appeared in a post-season game for them. He played his entire playing career of 11 MLB seasons with the Yankees. He had appeared in 307 games for the team, finishing with a .238 BA with 4 HRs and 89 RBIs. He was one of few players, who were born in Norway to play in the MLB.

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Mantiply (2019) was born.

The Yankees had acquired P Joe Mantiply from the Reds for Cash Considerations. He was not on the Yankees 40-man MLB Roster. He was assigned to AAA Scranton (IL). Joe was a the 27th round pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Tigers. He will appear in 1 game with the 2019 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with 9.00 ERA in 1 game. On November 4, 2019, the Yankees will grant him MLB Free Agency. On January 3, 2020, he will be signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Diamondbacks.

1993- Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated as General Partner of the team. MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent had banned Steinbrenner from day-to-day activities with the Yankees because of his relationship with convicted Gambler Howard Spira.

1996- The Yankees christen Legends Field at their new $30 million 31-acre complex in Tampa, Fla. The playing field has the exact dimensions of Yankee Stadium. On hand to see Phil Rizzuto toss out the 1st ball are former Yankees Stars Whitey Ford, Catfish Hunter, Ron Guidry and Chris Chambliss, who then watch the Yankees beat the 1997 AL Champions Cleveland Indians by the score of 5-2.

1999- Current Yankees INF Oswaldo Cabrera (2022) was born.

On July 2, 2015, Oswaldo Cabrera was signed as a Free Agent by the Yankees. Oswaldo has played on the Venezuelan National team before making his MLB player debut. In 2016, Cabrera made his pro debut playing for the DSL Yankees 2, while hitting .441 with 15 runs in 19 games and earning a quick promotion to the GCL Yankees East. In 7 games there, he would hit .455 with 9 runs and 6 doubles, then he would move up to the Class A Pulaski Yankees (APL), where he finally faced a challenge, producing at a .240 clip in 26 games; he had a .919 OPS for the year. In 2017, he was the youngest player to make an Opening Day roster in the South Atlantic League. Oswaldo would hit .242 for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs and spent part of the year with the short season Class A Staten Island Yankees (NYPL), while  hitting .289 in 23 games.

In 2018, his batting line for Class A Charleston was .229, while he split 2B and Shortstop playing time with Wilkerman Garcia. In 2019, he would improve his hitting to .260 mark with 29 doubles for the Class A Tampa Tarpons (FSL), bouncing around the infield other than 1B. He would tie Ryan McBroom for 5th in the Yankees chain in doubles and was 7th in hits. In the FSL, he had tied Carlos Cortes for 7th in hits, tied Blake Tiberi for 3rd in doubles and was 7th with 171 total bases. Cabrera would miss the 2020 season, when the minor league season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. Returning to play in 2021, he would hit .256 with 29 doubles, 24 HRs, 20 steals in 25 tries and 78 RBIs for the AA Somerset Patriots and briefly made it to AAA level with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (15 for 30, 2 2B, 3B, 5 HRs, 11 R, 11 RBIs, 5 BB for a .717 OPS). In the AA Northeast, he had tied Adley Rutschman for 10th in runs, led in hits, had tied David Villar and Mason Martin for 4th in doubles, was 2nd in HRs, led in RBIs, he led in total bases (215) and tied for 3rd in steals. That was despite missing part of the year playing for Venezuela in the Americas Olympic Qualifier. He only got into 1 game for Venezuela, pinch-hitting for Diego Rincones in the 9th against the Dominican Republic's Jairo Asencio and flying out. Venezuela did not make the Olympics. That year, he was among the Yankee chain leaders in runs (tied Michael Beltre and Elijah Dunham for 4th), hits (2nd, 11 behind Oswald Peraza), doubles (2nd, 4 behind Anthony Volpe), HRs (2nd, 2 behind Dermis Garcia), RBIs and total bases (249, tied Volpe for 1st).

2003- The Yankees had signed Catcher Francisco Cervelli as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.

2004- The Yankees had released veteran MLB 3B Aaron Boone. He had injured his leg during the off-season, while playing basketball, violating his MLB player contract. The Yankees had obtained AL All-Star Shortstop Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers in a trade, so Aaron Boone became expendable.  A-Rod would become the Yankees new starting 3B for the 2004 AL season. Also, the Yankees would also release 3B Minor League Prospect Drew Henson from his MLB Player contract, he would go on to playing pro football with the NFL. Also, the Yankees will trade away veteran 3B Mike Lamb in a few days, who had been signed by the team as well from their MLB Roster.

2016- MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of Domestic Violence as he issues a 30-game suspension to Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman in response to an incident on October 30th. The suspension comes even though Police declined to file charges in the case because of inconsistent evidence, however MLB goes ahead based on the severity of the allegations. Chapman announces that he will not appeal his 30-game suspension.

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This Week in Yankees History February 26th-March 4th Part Two


March 2nd

1880- Former Yankees OF Danny Hoffman (1906-1907) was born. (1880-1924)

On April 29,1906, OF Danny Hoffman was traded by the Philadelphia A’s to the Yankees for the player rights to OF/INF Dave Fultz (1903-1905). Fultz had retired from the MLB after the 1905 AL season. He had hit .243 in 305 games for the Yankees. The  A’s Owner/Manager Connie Mack is unable to get Fultz to come of retirement, he had become a Lawyer. Danny Hoffman will appear in 236 games for the Yankees; while hitting .254 with 5 HRs and 69 RBIs. During the 1905 AL season, he had been hit in the eye with a pitch from P Jesse Tannehill, he never fully recover from the eye incident. He had hit .256 and .254 for the Yankees, he led the team with 32 stolen bases in 1906. In 1907, he led the club with 5 HRs and 81 RBIs. On November 5,1907, Danny was traded by the Yankees along with INF Hobe Ferris and 2B Jimmy Williams to St. Louis Browns for P Fred Glade, OF Charlie Hemphill and 2B Harry Niles.

1917- Former Yankees Reliever James “Jim “Konstanty (1954-1956) was born. (1917-1976)

On August 22,1954, veteran NL P Jim Konstanty was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Phillies. Jim helped out the Yankees bullpen in 1955, with 7 wins and 11 saves. He was a member of the 1950 “Whiz Kids” Phillies, who won the 1950 NL Pennant. Jim started the 1st game of 1950 World Series against the Yankees Starter Vic Raschi, losing the game by the score of 1-0; while only giving up only 5 Yankee hits in 8 innings. He was voted the 1950 NL Most Valuable Player for posting a 16-7 mark with a 2.66 ERA with 22 saves for the Phillies. His final Yankees Pitching career totals was an 8-3 record with 2.36 ERA and 15 saves in 62 games. On May 18,1956, Jim was released by the Yankees. The Cardinals would sign Jim, finishing the 1956 NL season with them, while posting a 1-1 record with 4.58 ERA and 5 saves in 27 games.

1918- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frank Colman (1946-1947) was born. (1918-1983).

Frank Colman was a Reserve OF/1B for 6 MLB seasons during the 1940's. He had played for the 1942-1945 Pirates. On June 17,1946, Frank was purchased by the Yankees from the Pirates. He would appear in 27 games with the Yankees, while hitting just .163 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. When his MLB playing days ended due to an injury, he would play for the AA Seattle Rainers (PCL). Frank was a Player-Coach for the AA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) before returning to London as Player-Owner. Also, he played for the Yankees AA club, the Newark Bears (IL) at 1 point in his pro baseball playing career. Six seasons of his 13-year Minor League playing career were with AA Toronto Maple Leafs (IL). He is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the London Sports Hall of Fame. 

1921- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Starr (1947-1948) was born. (1921-2017)

In 1941, the Yankees had signed P Richard Starr as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He went 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 5 games before being traded on December 13,1948 by the Yankees along with P Red Embree, Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar and $100,000 Cash to the St. Louis Browns for Reserve Catcher Roy Partee and Starter Fred Sanford.

1927- Bronx Bomber Slugger Babe Ruth becomes the highest-paid player in MLB history, when the Yankees announce that he will earn $70,000 per season for the next 3 seasons. Babe Ruth will sign the historic MLB player contract on March 4th.

1934- Former Yankees Minor League Coach and MLB Scout Howard “Hopalong” Cassady was born. (1934-2019)

Howard “Hopalong” Cassady was the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner. He would set Ohio State Football records (since broken) for career rushing yards (2,466), points (222) and all-purpose yards (4,403). He led Ohio State's Baseball team in HRs in 1955 and steals in 1956. He turned a $10,000 player contract to play pro baseball for the Yankees, choosing to play in the NFL instead.  Cassidy was the 3rd pick overall in the 1956 NFL Player Draft, he was not as impressive in the pro ranks; but he did have over 4,000 all-purpose yards in 8 seasons, mostly with the Detroit Lions. Later, Cassady would scout for theYankees. He had coached for their 1991-2003 AAA Columbus Clippers team (IL).

1947- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jim Nettles was born.

On January 24,1980, OF Jim Nettles was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He was the younger brother of Yankees 3B Graig Nettles. Jim will spend the 1980 baseball season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). Later, he will become a Minor League Manager.

1949- The Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio leaves the Yankees 1949 MLB Spring Training camp in St. Petersburg, Fla. to have his ailing right heel examined at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is told by the Hopkins’ Doctors, that no surgery is needed for his right heel, so he returns to Florida; but the right heel will continue to bother him. The Yankees All-Star is hitting just 7-for-31 in the Grapefruit League play. In 1949, Joe will play in only 133 games for the club, while hitting .346 with 14 HRs and 55 RBIs.

1956- Former Yankees MLB Coach and Player Fred Merkle (1925-1926) passed away. (1888-1956)

On June 17,1925, veteran MLB INF Fred Merkle was purchased by the Yankees from AA Rochester (IL) for $6,000 Cash. Fred joined the Yankees as an MLB Coach, briefly appeared as a Reserve Player in 8 games, while hitting .333. He was star infielder for the 1907-1915 Giants, later playing with the Dodgers and the Cubs. He had appeared in 5 World Series as a NL player, while hitting .239 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs playing in 27 games.

1964- Former Yankees Minor League P Tim Layana was born. (1964-1999)

The Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Tim Layana. He never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On December 4,1989, Tim was drafted by the Reds from the Yankees organization in the 1989 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. While pitching in the MLB, he took the mound for the Reds and Giants. In 1999, Tim died from injuries in an auto accident.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League P Ed Martel was born. (1969-2018)

Pitcher Ed Martel was drafted by the Yankees in the 11th round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from De La Salle HS (New Baltimore, MI).  Ed Martel would pitch in the in the Yankees Minor League system from 1987 to 1992. He would reach AAA level twice. After pitching sparingly his 1st couple campaigns, he won 10 games in 1989. After a down year in 1990, he went 13-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the 1991 AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (EL). In 1992, he was promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), going 10-9 with a 5.56 ERA in 26 games (25 starts). After 2 years out of pro baseball, he returned to go 2-8 record with a 7.16 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) between 2 Independent League teams and the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (IL) in 1995. Overall, he went 46-47 with a 4.27 ERA in 132 games (120 starts) in 7 seasons. He died 18 years after he was 1st diagnosed with Cancer in 2000.

1994- Former Yankees Minor League P James Kaprielian was born. 

James Kaprielian was the top selection of the Yankees in the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft, with the 16th pick of the 1st round, out of UCLA. He had also been drafted out of high school in the 40th round in 2012 by the Mariners, but he had preferred to go to college instead. Kaprielian made his pro pitching debut with the GCL Yankees 2 in 2015, giving up 4 runs in 2 1/3 innings just to get his feet wet, then he was sent to the Class A short season Staten Island Yankees (NYPL). In 3 starts there, he was 0-1, but he gave up only 2 runs in 9 innings as the Yankees did not want him to pitch too much following a full college baseball season. In spite of his limited playing time, Baseball America named him the Yankees' #4 prospect after the season. In 2016, he would pitch for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), while posting a 2-1 record with a 1.50 ERA in 3 games; before being put on the shelf by a strained flexor tendon. He was recovered in time to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in the fall, where he made 7 starts and pitched 27 innings, but his career was derailed again in 2017, as he had to undergo Tommy John Surgery in April. While recovering from the surgery, he was traded to the Oakland A’s by the Yankees at the July 31st MLB Trade deadline alongside 2 other Minor League prospects in return for MLB Starter Sonny Gray. Ironically, another of the Yankee prospects sent to Oakland in the Gray trade was OF Dustin Fowler, who was also recovering from a season-ending leg injury at the time. 

1995- Former Yankees INF/OF Miguel Andujar (2018-2022) was born.

Before the start of the 2012 AL season, 3B Miguel Andujar was signed by the Yankees. He began his pro career with the GCL Yankees as a 17-year-old in 2012, and returned to the circuit with the GCL Yankees 2 in 2013; when he hit .323 with 4 HRs and 25 RBIs in 34 games. In 2014, he played a full season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs (SAL), hitting .267 with  25 doubles and 10 HRs, scored 75 runs and 70 RBIs in 127 games. After spending 2015 season with the Class A Tampa Yankees ( FSL), he split the 2016 season between Tampa and the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He had another good season, as he combined for a batting line of .273 in 130 games, while still being well below the average age for players in AA. He hit 26 doubles with 12 HRs and 83 RBIs. Andujar started the 2017 season back with Trenton, where he hit .312 with 23 doubles and 7 HRs in 67 games, He was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in late June, when top prospect Gleyber Torres, who was playing 3B for the team, was lost for the rest of the 2017 AL season due to an injury. He would hit .308 in 7 games, when he got another promotion, this one to the Bronx, a promotion that would certainly have gone to Torres had he not been injured. Taking advantage of the unexpected opportunity in his MLB Player debut on June 28th, he had 3 hits and 4 RBIs in a 12-3 win over the White Sox. He appeared in 5 games for the 2017 Yankees, while hitting .571 with No HRs and 4 RBIs. At AAA Scranton in 2017, he hit .317 with 9 HRs and 30 RBIs in 58 games. Andujar went to the Yankees 2018 MLB Spring Training Camp with considerable anticipation, as there were a couple of spots open in the team's Infield. He quickly emerged as a favorite by hitting 4 HRs and 2 doubles in his 1st 19 Grapefruit League at-bats. However, the Yankees were not quite prepared to hand him a starting job just now, hedging their bets by acquiring a couple of veteran MLB Infielders in Brandon Drury and Neil Walker, while a more experienced Minor Leaguer, Tyler Wade was on track to land a Reserve INF spot. So Andujar was sent down to AAA on March 18th, although he was now very much on the Yankees' radar for the future. However, when OF Billy McKinney was placed on the DL on April 1st, he was immediately called up. 

He made his  2018 AL season's debut as the Yankees' DH against the Blue Jays that day. He started off by going 0 for 12 in his 1st 3 games and was still hitting just .107 after 7 games, before he found his hitting stroke. Starting on April 13th, he had a streak of 6 games in which he hit at least 1 extra-base hit, with at least 2 hits in 5 of the 6 games. He went a combined 13 for 24 with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 2 HRs to improve to .308. In the 6th game, a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on April 22nd, he went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles. The burst of production came at a good time, as the Yankees had had to place starting 3B Brandon Drury on the DL with blurred vision and migraine headaches issues with no expected return date set. On April 23rd, he doubled and homered in a 14-1 beating of the Twins to extend his extra-base streak to 7 games. He hit his 1st  MLB career Grand Slam HR on June 5th, off of Blue Jays P Seung-hwan Oh to lead Bombers to a 7-2 win. It was his 7th HR of the season. He was named the AL Rookie of the Month for June, after hitting .264 with 24 hits, including 6 doubles and 7 HRs, while picking up 20 RBIs. In August, he won that honor for a 2nd time, when he hit .320 with 10 HRs and 29 RBIs. He hit his 47th double of the season in his final game, on September 30th, tying the AL Rookie mark set by Red Sox CF Fred Lynn in 1975. He would finish the 2018 AL season by hitting .297 with 27 HRs and 92 RBIs in 149 games for the Yankees. In the 2018 AL Post season, he appeared in only 4 games, while hitting just .200 with No HRs or RBIs. In 2019, he was injured, playing in only 12 games, while hitting just .128 with No HRs and 1 RBI before having season ending right shoulder surgery. In 2020 Spring Training Camp, he was learning to play the outfield and 1B, plus still working out at 3B as a back-up. In 2020, he would play in only 21 games for the team, hitting .242 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. Miguel was sent down to the Yankees Alternate Training site at Scranton during the season. In 2021, he would play in 45 games for the Yankees, hitting .253 with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs. Also, he spent some playing time with AAA Scranton. In 2022, he It was more of the same at the start of 2022, as he began the season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then was called up to Bronx at the end of April, when the team suffered a rash of injuries, and then going back down once and back up once in the next month. This started to frustrate him and after being option back to Scranton a 3rd time on June 4th, he requested a trade from the team, stating that he wanted to go to a team that would give him a chance to play regularly. He would hit just .229 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs in 27 games for the 2022 Yankees. On September 25, 2022, Miguel was selected off waivers from the Yankees by the Pirates. He would appear in 9 games for the 2022 Pirates, while hitting .250 with No HRs and 9 RBIs. In January of 2023, the Pirates would DFA Miguel. He is now an MLB Free Agent.

1998- Larry Doby, the 1st black to play in the American League is elected to the Hall of Fame along with former AL President Lee MacPhail. Also chosen by the Veterans Committee are Negro League Pitcher Bullet Joe Rogan and turn-of-the-century Shortstop Gorgeous George Davis. Lee MacPhail had been the Yankees General Manager from 1969-1973, before becoming the AL President replacing the retiring AL President Joe Cronin. He previously worked as a Baseball Executive with the Yankees (Farm Director) and Orioles (GM) organizations. He joins his father, Larry MacPhail, who was a Baseball Executive with the Reds and Dodgers and former Co-Owner of the 1945-1947 Yankees as the only Father-Son combo to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

2004- The Yankees had signed MLB Free Agent OF/1B/DH Travis LeeAfter injuring his shoulder during the 2004 MLB Spring Training Camp, he would appear in only 7 games for the 2004 Yankees, hitting just .105. After the 2004 AL season had ended, the Yankees will grant Travis Lee MLB Free Agency.

2018- One of the biggest stories in MLB Spring Training camps this year has been the presence of NFL Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson at the Yankees' Camp. Today, he gets to play in a game for the 1st time since he was a Rockies Minor League INF in 2011, as he pinch-hits for RF Aaron Judge in a Grapefruit League game against the Braves. He strikes out against Braves P Max Fried, but he does not look out of place as he takes a good cut to foul off a hard fastball and works the count to 2-2 before a swing and miss ends his lone at-bat. He will now return to his normal occupations.

March 3rd

1872- Future Yankees HOF INF/OF William “Wee Willie” Keeler (1903-1909) was born. (1872-1923)

Willie “Wee Willie” Keeler had a .295 lifetime BA as a 1903-1909 Yankees player, he had played in 873 games for the team. A remarkable hitter, Willie Keeler will hit over .300 16 times in 19 MLB seasons, he hit over .400 once. Willie hit .432 in 1897 with the Baltimore Orioles (NL). Keeler will finish with a .341 BA over his MLB playing career, currently 14th in all-time list. Overall, as an MLB player for 19 seasons, Willie hit .341 with 33 HRs with 810 RBIs in 2,133 games. Willie played in the MLB from 1892-1910, starting out and finishing with the Giants. He played for the Giants (twice), Brooklyn, Baltimore in the NL and with the Yankees in the AL. While playing for the 1903-1909 Yankees, Willie hit .308 (1903), .343 (1904), .302 (1905), .304 (1906), before tailing off to .234 in 1907. Keeler umpired 1 NL game in 1910. Later, he was a MLB Coach for the NL Brooklyn Tip-Tops in 1914. Then Willie scouted for the Boston Braves in 1915. Willie Keeler will be selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 with 75.55% of the vote. He was the ballplayer, who coin the phrase “Hit’em, where they ain’t.”

1886- Former Yankees OF Les Channell (1910,1914) was born. (1886-1954)

On September 1,1909, OF Les Channell was drafted by the Yankees from Fort Wayne (CL) in the 1909 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Les had appeared in just 7 games for the Yankees. His lifetime MLB BA was .350 (7-for-20). Les had played left field for the team. His suffering a broken leg, when he slid into 3B unfortunately shortened his 1910 MLB Player debut. Also, he played for the Denver team (WL) during the 1912-1913 seasons, then he was with the AA Buffalo Bisons (IL) in 1914-1917. While playing with Denver, Les led the Western League in HRs in 1913. 

 1895- Former Yankees Long-time MLB Scout Joe Devine (1932-1951) was born. (1895-1951)

Joe Devine was a long-time MLB Scout and Minor League Manager. As a Minor League player, Devine was 0 for 6 for the 1915 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL). By 1919, he was managing in the Northwest International League, he was only 24 years old.  In 1920-1921, he guided the Calgary Bronchos to a composite 143-72 record, while winning the Western Canada League titles, both times. Then he would scout for the Pirates, signing future Hall of Fame Slugger Paul Waner, most notably for the team. Then Devine would manage the AA Mission Reds for parts of 1931 and 1932 PCL seasons. Starting in 1932, Joe Devine became a was a Yankees MLB Scout who was signed by Head Scout Paul Krichell.  Devine was covering the West Coast, especially the San Francisco Bay area. He was most noted in the signing of young Joe DiMaggio. Also, Devine is credited with signing the following MLB players:  Infielders: Joe Gordon, Frank Crosetti, Johnny Lindell, Bobby Brown, Andy Carey, Jerry Coleman Ed Bahr, C Lou Berberet, P Milo Candini, Bernie DeViveiros, Bud Hafey, Tom Hafey, Bob Joyce, Frank Lucchesi (MLB Manager), Woody Main, INF Gil McDougald, INF Fenton Mole, OF Bill Renna, Hal Rhyne, Pitchers: Art Schallock, Bill Wight, Rugger Ardizoia, Tiny Bonham, Outfielders Wally Judnich and Frankie Kelleher, Catchers Gus Triandos and Charlie Silvera, OF Jackie Jensen and INF/OF Woodie Held. In 1937, Joe misjudge the talent skills of a young outfielder named Ted Williams, who was playing for the AA San Diego Padres (PCL), so the Yankees didn’t sign him. Later, Williams would be signed by their AL rivals the Red Sox. He continued working for the Yankees organization until his death on September 21,1951.

1904- The Yankees had traded veteran Starter Harry Howell and $8,000 Cash payment to the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Jack Powell. Howell had pitched for the 1901-1902 Baltimore Orioles (NL), while posting a 23-36 record. In 1903, he went 9-6 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 games with 13 complete games for the Yankees. In 1904, Jack Powell will post a 23-19 record with a 2.44 ERA in 47 games with 38 complete games for the team. Overall, with the 1904-1905 Yankees, he will go 31-32 with 2.81 ERA in 84 gamesOn September 11,1905, he will be re-purchased by the Browns from the Yankees.

1918- The Yankees had purchased 1B George “Tigoa” Burns from the Tigers for Cash, then the team traded him to Athletics for veteran MLB OF Ping Bodie. Burns had hit .226 for the 1917 Tigers. Yankees Manager Miller Huggins had been trying to acquire A’s OF Tilly Walker, but Connie Mack wanted Burns to replace recently traded away 1B Stuffy McInnis. The Yankees had to acquire 1B Burns from the Tigers to get an outfielder from the A’s. Veteran OF Ping Bodie had hit .291 for the 1917 A’s. The Yankees already had Wally Pipp as their regular 1B, who was acquired by the Yankees from the Tigers in 1915, as a Rookie with the Tigers when they started using George Burns as their 1915 starting 1B. Bodie will hit .256 with 3 HRs and 46 RBIs in 91 games for the 1919 Yankees, finishing out his MLB playing career with the team in 1921. Overall, Bodie will appear in 385 games for the team, while hitting .272 with 16 HRs and 194 RBIs.

1919- Former Yankees 1B/OF and Minor League Manager Steve “Bud” Souchock (1946,1948) was born. (1919-2002)

Steve Souchock had played semi-pro ball before being signed by the Yankees in 1939. He would play in the Yankees farm system for Greenburg, Easton, Akron, Norfolk Tars and the Binghamton Triplets, where he was Eastern League MVP in 1942. Souchock played a bit of service ball before becoming an Army Tank Commander. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his combat efforts during the Battle of the Bulge. He missed 3 seasons of pro baseball due to the war, but within 6 months of his discharge, he made his MLB Player debut with the 1946 Yankees at age 27, hitting .302 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs as a Rookie. In 1947, he returned to the AA Kansas City Blues (AA) hitting .294 with 17 HRs. He  would appear in 71 games for the 1948 Yankees, hitting .203 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs in 44 games. On December 14,1948, Steve was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for OF Jim Delsing. Most of his MLB playing career was spent with the Tigers, where he slugged .492 from 1951 to 1953. In each of those AL seasons, he had the 2nd-highest slugging percentage on the team. After his finishing his MLB playing career, Steve started managing in the Minor Leagues for the Tigers organization from 1955-1956. Then in 1957, he continued to managed in the Minor Leagues for the Yankees organization until 1963; then he was an MLB Scout for the team from 1964-1974.

1956- Former Yankees INF Dennis Sherrill (1978,1980) was born.

INF Dennis Sherrill was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (12th Pick) of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Dennis only appeared in 5 games with the Yankees, while hitting just .200. He was blocked at the Yankees starting Shortstop position by the presence of AL All-Star Shortstop Bucky Dent.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Chuck Cary (1989-1991) was born.

On January 26,1989, P Chuck Cary was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Cary had pitched for the Yankees from 1989 through 1991, but he was released by the team on October 28,1991, following elbow surgery that he had performed in September. His Yankees Pitching career record was 11-22 with a 4.19 ERA in 60 games.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Neal Heaton (1993) was born.

On February 2,1993, veteran P Neal Heaton was signed as a Minor League Free Agent by the Yankees. Neal made the 25-man team roster in MLB Spring Training Camp. He would post a 1-0 record with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games, before being released by the team on July 27,1993, ending his MLB Pitching career. Neal finishes his 12-season MLB Pitching career with an 80-96 record with a 4.37 ERA and 10 saves in 382 games.

1966- Former Yankees Minor League P Francisco de la Rosa was born. (1966-2011)

Originally signed by the Orioles as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, P Francisco de la Rosa was traded to the Yankees for P Alan Mills on February 29,1992. He would spend the 1992 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), while posting a 6-1 record with a 3.72 ERA in 48 games; but he did not make it back to the MLB. After the 1993 baseball season had ended, the Yankees would release him, when his ERA had ballooned to 6.45 mark.

1968- Former Yankees Pitcher Bobby Munoz (1993) was born. 

The Yankees in the 15th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft had selected P Bobby Munoz. He had posted a 3-3 record with a 3.52 ERA in 38 games for the 1993 Yankees. On February 9,1994, Bobby was traded by the Yankees along with 2 Minor League Players INF Kevin Jordan and P Ryan Karp to the Phillies for a Player to be Named Later and veteran MLB Starter Terry Mulholland. On November 8,1994, the Phillies would send Minor League P Jeff Patterson to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Frank “Stubby” Overmire (1951) passed away. (1919-1977)

After being obtained by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns for veteran Starter Tommy Byrne and $25,000 Cash. Stubby would post a 1-1 record with a 4.63 ERA in 15 games for the 1951 Yankees. At the time of the trade, he was 1-6 with the 1951 Browns. He did not appear in the 1951 World Series with the team against the Giants. In May of 1952, the Yankees traded him back to the Browns, where he finished out his 10-season MLB Pitching career (1943-1952). He would finish with an overall MLB Pitching record of 58-67 with a 3.96 ERA and 10 saves in 266 games. The Tigers had originally signed him as an MLB Amateur Free Agent, he reached the MLB with them in 1943. He appeared in the 1945 World Series with the team, while posting a 0-1 record in 1 game against the Cubs. After retiring as an active player, Stubby became a long-time Minor League Manager in the Tigers organization.

1980- Former Yankees INF Jerry Priddy (1941-1942) passed away. (1919-1980)

In 1937, Yankees MLB Scout Bill Essick had offered Jerry Priddy, a player contract, he signed because his family needed money. He would leave school at 17 to go to play Class-D ball in Rogers, Arkansas. While playing in the Yankees farm system, Jerry Priddy and Phil Rizzuto were touted as the new Yankees double play combo for the future. Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy was disappointed with Priddy’s weak bat. He was moved from starting 2B to Reserve INF by McCarthy.  Veteran Joe “Flash” Gordon was moved back to 2B from 1B, while Johnny Strum played 1B for the team. Jerry did appear in 3 games of the 1942 World Series with the Yankees against the Cardinals, hitting just .100 with no HRs and 1 RBI for the team. Jerry would appear in 115 games for the 1941-1942 Yankees, while hitting .248 with 3 HRs and 54 RBIs. On January 29,1943, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with P Milo Candini to the Senators for veteran P Bill Zuber and Cash. Priddy would enter the Army in December 1943; he was discharged  from the service in January of 1946.  After spending time with the Nats, he would later play for the Browns and the Tigers before retiring from MLB in the Fall of 1953. He finished his MLB playing career with a .265 BA, hitting 61 HRs and 544 RBIs in 1,296 games. 

1997- The Yankees would offer the Padres a choice of 1 from a list of players for the negotiating rights to Japanese Pitcher Hideki Irabu. The list includes Pitchers Brian Boehringer, David Weathers, Chris Cumberland, Reserve INF Andy Fox and OF Matt Luke. The Yankees also offer 1 player from a list of 5 Minor Leaguers, plus $3 million. The Padres are talking to several other MLB teams beside the Yankees.

1997- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Harry Davis passed away. (1908-1997)

On December 4,1937, 1B Harry Davis was traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Yankees for P Vito Tamulis. Harry never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He had played in the MLB for the Tigers and the Browns before joining the Yankees organization. In 1938, the Yankees would send him to their AA team, the Kansas City Blues (AA), where he hit .299. For the 1939 baseball season, Harry would join the Cardinals organization. After retiring as an active player, Harry became a Minor League Manager (1940-1945) for several MLB teams before retiring from the game.

2013- Former Yankees Minor League OF Ray Mantle passed away. (1936-2013)

The brother of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, OF Ray Mantle had played 2 seasons of Minor League baseball in the Yankees organization. In addition to Mickey, Ray had a twin brother Roy Mantle, who was his teammate during his playing career. Roy’s pro baseball career ended, when he was drafted into the Army. He never return to play pro baseball.

2021- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Coach (1981-1982) Joe Altobelli passed away. (1932-2021) 

Joe Altobelli was 1B/OF for the 1955,1957 Indians and the 1961 Twins. From 1966-1976, Joe was a long-time Minor-League Manager for the Orioles organization reaching AAA level with the Rochester Red Wings (IL). From 1977-1979, he would manage the Giants. In 1980, Altobelli led the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers to an International League title. Next, he served as a Yankees MLB Coach on the 1981-1982 teams. In 1983, he would manage the 1983 Orioles, replacing the retiring Manager Earl Weaver. In 1985, he was replaced mid-season by Cal Ripken Sr. He would return to MLB Coaching for the Yankees in 1986. He was a MLB Coach for the Cubs from 1988 until 1991, serving as Interim Manager for 1 game between Managers Don Zimmer and Jim Essian that season. Overall, Joe Altobelli's Minor League teams were 870-670 in 12 seasons, while winning 4 IL titles. Since 1998, Altobelli has been a Radio Broadcaster for the AAA Rochester Red Wings. He was inducted into the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

March 4th

1891- Former Yankees and HOF Pitcher Arthur “Dazzy” Vance (1915,1918) was born. (1891-1961)

During the 1915 AL season, P Arthur “Dazzy” Vance was acquired by the Yankees from the Pirates. He didn’t pitch for the Yankees during the 1916 or the 1917 AL seasons due to pitching arm injuries. He went 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 games with the Yankees. After being picked up by the Dodgers in 1922, he would recover from his pitching arm injuries. He was named the NL MVP in 1924. He had pitched a No-Hitter in 1925. Vance would lead the NL in wins twice, in NL Pitcher’s ERA 3 times during his MLB pitching career. He is the only pitcher to top the NL in strikeouts for 7 consecutive MLB seasons. in 1955, Dazzy Vance will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the BWAA with 205 votes on 251 ballots. He had posted a lifetime a 197-140 record with a 3.24 ERA in 442 games during his 16-season MLB pitching career. Dazzy had pitched for the Pirates, Yankees, Dodgers (twice), Cardinals and the Reds before retiring, after the 1935 NL season. He had appeared in 1 game of the 1934 World Series with the Cardinals with no record.

1897- Former Yankees P/OF Lefty O’Doul (1919-1920,1922) was born. (1897-1969)

On September 21,1918, Lefty O’Doul was drafted by the Yankees from AA Salt Lake City (PCL) in the 1918 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He started his MLB playing career as a Pitcher, playing 4 years in the AL with the Yankees and the Red Sox in his early 20's before hurting his arm. Lefty O’Doul went 0-0 a 3.65 ERA in 11 games as a Pitcher for the Yankees before being sent the Red Sox in a trade. As a Yankees hitter, he had appeared in 40 games, hitting .243 with No HRs and 6 RBIs. On September 29,1922, the Yankees sent P Lefty O'Doul to the Red Sox to complete an earlier deal made on July 23,1922, the Yankeessent a Player to be Named Later, INF Chick Fewster, OF Elmer Miller, INF Johnny Mitchell and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran 3B Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith. Lefty O'Doul was a .349 career hitter in the MLB, who won 2 MLB batting titles in the NL. His MLB career batting average puts him at # 4 on the all-time list, although his MLB career was short with only a bit more than 3,000 at-bats. For many years after he retired, he had stout proponents, who said he belonged in the Hall of Fame. In 2007 voting by the Veterans Committee, he received 18% of the vote. He became an Outfielder and returned to the MLB after some outstanding seasons in the PCL with AA teams in Salt Lake City and San Francisco. He was selected by the Giants in the 1927 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He would appear in a total of 970 MLB games, while hitting .341 with 113 HRs and 542 RBIs. Lefty had appeared in 1 World Series with the 1933 Giants against the Senators, hitting 1.000 (1 for 1). He was a long-time Manager in the PCL, starting with the 1935-1951 San Francisco Seals, 1952-1954 San Diego Padres, 1955 Oakland Oaks, 1956 Vancouver Mounties and the 1957 Seattle Rainiers. He had compiled a record of 2,094-1,970 over 23 seasons of Managing in the Minor Leagues. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. He also helped bring baseball to Japan, travelling there with MLB Player teams often before and after World War II.

1897- Former Yankees Pitcher Neal Brady (1915,1918) was born. (1897-1947)

Neal Brady went 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 4 games for the Yankees. He would pitch in the Minor Leagues for several seasons, before reappearing in the MLB with the 1925 Reds for 20 games, while posting a 1-3 record.

1913- The Yankees become the 1st MLB team to conduct Spring Training outside of the United States, when they begin their 1913 Spring Training Camp in Bermuda, where is projected a series of exhibition games.

1917- Former Yankees Minor League Player Clyde McCullough was born. (1917-1982)

Catcher Clyde McCullough made his pro debut as an 18-year-old with the 1935 Lafayette White Sox (EL), who would sell him to the Yankees organization. He spent the next 4 seasons in the Yankees Minor League system reaching AA level in 1938, splitting the season between the Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). Then in 1939, he only played for the AA Kansas City Blues (AA), hitting .277 with 11 HRs. On September 8,1939, Clyde was purchased by Cubs from the Yankees. Clyde’s path to the Yankees was blocked by several other young catchers in their farm system. He would spend most of 1940 season with AA Buffalo Bisons (IL), while hitting .324 with 27 HRs, also he saw action at the MLB level that year. He made his MLB player debut on April 28th, pinch hitting against Cardinals P Clyde Shoun in the 9th inning and striking out; but he did not play for the Cubs again until September. Overall, he had hit .154 in 9 games for the Cubs that season. In 1941, McCullough became Chicago's regular catcher as he posted career-highs with 9 HRs and 53 RBIs. He remained the team's starting backstop until entering the Navy in December 1943. He was discharged from the Navy in September 1945, just prior to the Cubs World Series against the Tigers. Commissioner Happy Chandler allowed the club to add him to their postseason roster. He made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Game #7, striking out while facing Tigers P Hal Newhouser. He is the only player ever to appear in a World Series without playing a regular season game in the same year. Despite hitting just .209, splitting time behind the plate with Bob Scheffing and Rube Walker in 1948. McCullough was selected to that year's All-Star Game. Following that season, he was dealt to the Pirates. After 4 years with the Pirates, he was traded back to the Cubs. He was again selected to the All-Star Game in 1953. He remained with Chicago through 1956. After his release from the Cubs, he would suit up for the semipro Alpine Cowboys as he was added to their team just before the National Semipro Tournament in Wichita, KS. Despite Alpine finishing in 3rd place, McCullough was named MVP of the 1957 Tournament. In 1957, he had played for the AAA Miami Marlins (IL) in his final season as an active player. Later, he became an MLB Coach and a Minor League Manager before passing away from a heart attack in 1982. At the time of his death, he was the MLB Bullpen Coach for the 1982 Padres.

1918- Former Yankees Pitcher Mel Queen Sr. (1942,1944,1946-1947) was born. (1918-1982)

In 1938, the Yankees had signed P Mel Queen, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent.  Queen spent nearly a decade in theYankees organization, having several cups of coffee with the club in the years during World War II. Mel had posted an 8-4 record with a 4.27 ERA in 33 games for the Yankees before being sold to the Pirates in 1947. In 1949, he would lead the American Association in wins (22), strikeouts (123) with an 2.57 ERA, while pitching for the AA Indianapolis Indians. Two years later, in 1951, Queen had his best MLB pitching season, going 7-9 with a 4.44 ERA in 39 games along with 123 strikeouts for the Pirates. His son, Mel Queen Jr. played for the Reds during the 1960’s.

1925- Former Yankees Minor League INF Leo Righetti was born. (1925-1998)

Leo Righetti was a Minor League INF for 12 seasons, 8 of them in either the AAA or Open classification. His son, Dave Righetti became an MLB Pitcher for the Yankees and Giants, while his other son, Steven Righetti played in the Minors. Leo debuted in 1944 with the Yankees farm club, the Binghamton Triplets (EL) hitting .232 in 67 games and fielding .887 at shortstop. He also was briefly with the AA Newark Bears, (IL) hitting .143 in 4 contests. He did not play in 1945. In 1946, Leo only managed a .166 batting line in 57 games for Binghamton Triplets, the lowest average that year by any Eastern League player with 100 at-bats, let alone 200 plate appearances. He fielded only .855 in 30 games at 3B and .915 in 10 at 2B. Righetti made strides in 1947, hitting .251 with a career-high 10 HRs and 81 RBIs for the Victoria A’s. In 1948, he batted .162 for Binghamton Triplets and .237 for the Augusta Tigers. Back with Augusta for the 1949 season, the Leo would hit .225 with 4 HRs and 46 RBIs. He did not play pro baseball in 1950. He would leave the Yankees organization and play AAA baseball out in the PCL before retiring from pro baseball.

1952- Former Yankees MLB Scout Jax Robertson (1977-1980) was born.

Jax Robertson was selected by the Indians in the 30th round of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team. In 1974,  he would be signed by the Cubs as an Undrafted Free Agent, he would hit .120 in 30 games for the Key West Conchs with 32 strikeouts in 85 AB; he was also 0 for 10 for the GCL Cubs to finish his pro baseball career with a .106 average. He became a MLB Scout with the Yankees from 1977-1980, most notably signing unheralded 1B Don Mattingly. Next. he was an Assistant Baseball Coach at Old Dominion Univ. in 1981. From 1982-1987, he was an MLB Scout with Tigers, signing shortstop Travis Fryman. From 1988-1991, Jax was the Tigers Director of Scouting. From 1992-1999, Robertson was the National Crosschecker for the Marlins. Next, he was a Pro Scout for the 2000-2001 Marlins. Then Jax would join thePirates as a Special Assistant to the General Manager.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher George Mogridge (1915-1920) passed away. (1889-1962)

In 1911-1912, George Mogridge had pitched for the White Sox, posting a 3-6 record with a 4.19 ERA in 21 games. Chicago would send him to AA Minneapolis Millers (AA) in February of 1915. During the month of August 1915, Mogridge was acquired by the Yankees from the AA Minneapolis Millers (AA). On April 24,1917, he pitched a No-hitter against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He had his Yankees pitching career season in 1918, when he posted a 16-13 record with a 2.18 ERA and 7 saves in 45 games. His final Yankees pitching record was a 48-57 record  along with a 2.73 ERA and 8 saves in 171 games. George’s 2.73 ERA in his 6 seasons with the Yankees is one of the 5 best pitching ERAs for a Yankees Pitcher in the 20th century. On December 31,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Duffy Lewis to the Senators for OF Braggo Roth. On February 6,1926, George was traded by the Browns along with Cash to the Yankees for Catcher Wally Schang. On February 15,1926, George was selected off waivers by the Braves from the Yankees. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with an overall record of 132-133 with a 3.23 ERA and 21 saves in 398 games.

1974- Former Yankees Minor League P and Coach Tommy Phelps was born.

Tommy Phelps had pitched in the MLB from 2003-2005 with the Marlins and the Brewers; posting a 4-5 record in 75 games. On April 20, 2006, Tommy was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He did not appear with the 2006 Yankees at the MLB level, pitching instead with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL), where he posted a 7-4 record with a 4.45 ERA in 17 games. On October 15, 2006, the Yankees granted Tommy MLB Free Agency. He was the Pitching Coach for the 2010-2014 Yankees AA Trenton Thunder (EL) In 2015, then he would coach for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2016-2019, he was the Pitching Coach for AAA Scranton (IL). He would have started his 5th season as the 2020 Pitching Coach for Scranton, but the 2020 Minor League season was canceled by the COVIDS-19 outbreak. Instead, he did work at the 2020 Yankees Alternate Training site held in Scranton. In the Fall of 2020, Tommy would leave the Yankees organization to work for the Marlins organization.

1983- Former Yankees Reserve OF George “Kiddo” Davis (1926) passed away. (1902-1983)

George "Kiddo" Davis made 8 stops during his 8-year MLB playing career as an Outfielder. He hit .381 in the 2 World Seriesthat he appeared in as a player. At the age of 24, George got his 1st taste of the MLB in 1926 appearing in 1 game with theYankees. The Yankees won the 1926 AL pennant, but Davis did not appear in the 1926 World Series against the Cardinals. After his 1 game with the Yankees in 1926, he disappeared from the MLB for 6 seasons until 1932, when he emerged as a regular outfielder for the Phillies, hitting .309 at the age of 30. He was in the top 10 in the NL in runs scored, in doubles, and in stolen bases. The .309 wasn't as impressive as it sounded, though, as the team hit .292 with 6 of the 8 regulars over .300. Fellow Phillies OF Chuck Klein hit .348. After 1 season with the Phillies, he was on to the Giants for 1 season, where he played in the outfield with Mel Ott. Davis hit only .258 on a team that hit .263, and he was on the move again. He started 1934 NL season with the Cardinals, but the Phillies decided they wanted him back; he played the bulk of 1934  NL season for them, he hit .293. In 1935, he was back with the Giants. Although he didn't play much, apparently being used often as a pinch-hitter, he was with the Giants for 1935, 1936 and part of 1937 NL seasons. Managed by his former teammate, Player/Manager Bill Terry, the Giants were very competitive in 1935, won the NL pennant in 1936. In the 1936 World Series, Davis appeared in 4 games against the Yankees, getting only 2 at-bats. His 1 hit was a pinch-hit single off of Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez in the 4th inning of the 2nd game of the World Series. In 1937, the Reds bought Davis in August from the Giants, who went on to win the NL pennant again. He finished out the 1937 NL season with Reds. Then, he had appeared in just 5 games with the 1938 Reds before being released by the team on August 1,1938.

1988- Former Yankees Pitcher Jose De Paula (2015) was born.

In 2015, the Yankees had signed P Jose De Paula as an MLB Free Agent. He would appear in 6 games with AAA Scranton (IL), while posting a 2-3 record with 5.20 ERA in 6 games. With the 2015 Yankees, he had appeared in 1 game with no record with a 2.70 ERA. In the fall of 2015, Jose was granted MLB Free Agency by the team.

1992- Former Yankees Reserve OF Larry Rosenthal (1944) passed away. (1912-1992)  

On April 3,1942, OF Larry Rosenthal was traded by the Indians to the Yankees for OF Buster Mills. Larry had appeared in 36 games for the 1944 Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder, while hitting just .198. On July 6,1944, Larry was purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics from the Yankees. He had been playing for the Yankees AA team, the Newark Bears (IL). 

1996- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tyler Hill was born.

Tyler Hill was selected by the Red Sox with their 20th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington, DE, where he was a 3-sport standout before graduating in 2014. During the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings, the Tigers had selected Hill from the Red Sox in the Minor League phase of the MLB Rule 5 Player Draft.  He was, in turn, they traded to the Yankees for Cash Considerations. In 2019, he would play for the Yankees Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL), while appearing in 51 games, hitting .242 with 5 HRs and 20 RBIs in 51 games. During the 2019 AL season, Tyler was traded by the Yankees to the Royals organization.

2004- The Yankees had signed 2 MLB Free Agents: Hansel Izuierdo and OF John Rodriguez. Neither player appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level in 2004.

2004- Veteran MLB INF Mike Lamb is traded by the Yankees to the Astros for Minor League player Juan De Leon. With A-Rod joining the Yankees in a trade with the Rangers as their new 3B, Mike became expendable.

2013- With the Yankees struck by a number of key players either injured, or trying to return from serious injuries, GM Brian Cashman joins the fray. He breaks his fibula and dislocates his right ankle, while making a charity parachute jump with the U.S. Army's Skydiving team, the Golden Knights at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.

2021- Commissioner Rob Manfred proclaims that June 2nd will now be Lou Gehrig Day, set to commemorate the life and legacy of Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and to raise funds in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the disease that claimed Gehrig's life in 1941.




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