This Week in Yankees History June 9th-15th

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This Week in Yankees History June 9th-15th

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This Week in Yankees History June 9th-June 15th Part One

June 9th

1902- Former Yankees and MLB Baseball Executive Roy Haney was born. (1902-1983)
Roy Hamey was a long time MLB front office executive. He spent time as a General Manager for the Kansas City Blues (Yankees top AA club), Pittsburgh Pirates (1945-1950), Philadelphia Phillies (1954-1958) and the New York Yankees (1959-1963). He was the 1st true General Manager of the Pirates, as the Pirates Team President had previously handled the GM duties. With the Yankees, he had served under George Weiss as Assistant GM and Farm Director. In October of 1960, he replaced retiring Weiss as the Yankees General Manager. In 1963, Roy stepped down as Yankees GM due to health reasons, with Yankees Manager Ralph Houk becoming the new Yankees GM. While Yankees Co-Team Owner Dan Topping named Player-Coach Yogi Berra to become the team’s manager for the 1964 MLB season.

1915- At the Polo Grounds‚ the White Sox pound the Yankees by the score of 13-0‚ as Chicago Starter Eddie Cicotte allows just 2 Yankee hits. Chicago OF Braggo Roth leads the Pale hose hitting attack with a HR‚ triple and a single.

1920- The Yankees come from behind to club the host Tigers by the score of 13-6. Pacing the Yankees are OF Bob Meusel with a double and 2 singles, hurler George Mogridge with a bases-loaded double before the Tigers knock him out. Bombers Slugger Babe Ruth has a single‚ 2 walks, he is hit with a pitch. The Tigers are playing without their Star player Ty Cobb‚ who is out 10 days with an injured knee.

1922- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park ‚ the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox. On a 2-out single to the Shortstop‚ Yankees Catcher Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning when he slides into 1st base‚ he is replaced by Reserve Catcher Al DeVormer. After the 3rd out‚ Wally Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th inning‚ DeVormer again runs for him‚ this time staying in to catch the rest of the game.

1927- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees win for the 3rd straight time over the White Sox winning the game by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers knock out Chicago Starter Ted Blankenship out of the box in the 7th inning. Yankees batter Ray Morehart hits Reliever Bert Cole's 1st pitch for a 3-run HR. Babe Ruth follows with a triple and then he steals home. The Yankees score 6 runs in the inning.

1928- Indians OF Charlie Jamieson starts his 2nd triple play in 3 weeks‚ this time against the Yankees in the 2nd inning. Ben Paschal is on 3rd base‚ and Tony Lazzeri on 1st‚ when Jamieson snags a line drive hit by Yankees batter Joe Dugan. Charlie's quick throw to 1B Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri‚ Ben Paschal is out at home when he tries to score. Again‚ the Tribe are on the losing end‚ as the Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 7-3.

1931- Former Yankees Minor League OF and MLB Player and Manager Bill Virdon (1974-1975) was born.
In 1950, the Yankees originally signed OF Bill Virdon; he played in the Yankees farm system from 1950 to 1953, reaching AA Kansas City Blues (AA). In the spring of 1954, he was later traded along with P Mel Wright and OF Emil Tellinger to the Cardinals for veteran All Star OF Enos “Country” Slaughter in 1954. In 1955, he won the NL Rookie Of Year award with the Cardinals. Bill would later go on to be an NL All Star OF with the Pirates. He hit .241 with the Pirates in the 1960 World Series against the Yankees. He managed the Pirates before coming to the Yankees to replace longtime Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, who resigned at the end of 1973 MLB season. He is the only modern era New York Yankees manager to not win a game at Yankee Stadium. Bill’s tenure as the Yankees Manager was when the team played their home games at Shea Stadium (1974-1975) during the remodeling of Yankee Stadium. In 1974, Bill was named The Sporting News American League Manager of the Year, for his 2nd place finish in the AL East with the Yankees. He helped Bobby Murcer become a better MLB outfielder in 1974. Bill had moved Elliot Maddox to CF, Bobby Murcer went to RF. The 1975 AL season was marred with injuries to key Yankees players such as Bobby Bonds, Lou Piniella and veteran starter Mel Stottlemyre. After being replaced by the Yankees in 1975 midseason by Billy Martin, Bill would later manage the Astros and Expos in the NL.

1933- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, A’s slugger Jimmie Foxx ties a MLB record with another HR‚ his 5th HR in 3 games and his 12th of the 1933 AL season‚ but the A's bow to the Yankees by the score of 7-6. Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig hits his 12th HR of the season; teammate Tony Lazzeri hits a 3-run HR in the 8th inning to ice it. The sweltering heat in the East (New York City sets a heat record for the date with 97 degrees) causes both teams starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter: after 5 innings Pitcher Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout, he has to be carried away.

1936- St. Louis Browns Manager Rogers Hornsby makes his 2nd and last appearance of the 1936 AL season as he replaces the injured Jim Bottomley at 1B. The Browns beat the league-leading Yankees by the score of 5-3‚ when “The Rajah” draws a walk to force in the winning run and Beau Bell follows with another walk.

1946- The New York Times reported that the Giants and the Yankees had agreed to a best of 3 exhibition series, with the winner to receive the William O’Dwyer Trophy. O’Dwyer was the Mayor of New York City from 1946 to 1950. Over the years the teams had play in exhibition series games but not on a regular basis. As early as 1912, the Yankees and Giants played a game at the Polo Grounds to raise funds for the American victims of the HMS Titanic disaster. There were a few games played during the 1930’s to help out NYC Depression Relief Funds. On June 26, 1944, there was a benefit’s game with all 3 New York MLB teams to raise funds for the War Relief effort.

1946- The Yankees draw 66,545 fans for their doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, breaking 1-million attendance mark in the earliest date in MLB history. The Tribe takes the opener by a score of 9-5, while the Yankees come back to win the nightcap by a score of 7-4.

1947- The 2nd place Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds issues 8 walks and Reliever Bill Bevens allows 3 more free passes. Yankees Closer Joe Page walks none in the 9th inning, but Yankees Catcher Aaron Robinson allows a pop-up drop in front of the plate for a single and 2 hits later‚ the White Sox score the winning run. Yankees Johnny Lindell and White Sox hitter Luke Appling hit matching HRs.

1959- At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s by the score of 9-8 in 13 innings. Mickey Mantle HR in the 4th inning‚ off of veteran MLB hurler Murry Dickson‚ but it is Hector Lopez's single that wins it for the Yankees in the 13th inning.

1961- In a rain-interrupted game in at Yankee Stadium‚ Yankees CF Mickey Mantle's 3-run HR in the 3rd inning is the difference in a 8-6 win over the A’s. His Yankees teammate, Roger Maris also HRs‚ the 3rd time during the 1961 AL season, that the M&M Boys have gone deep in the same game.

1969- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB knuckleball hurler Ken Johnson from the Braves for undisclosed amount of cash. Johnson appeared in 12 games for the 1969 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.46 ERA. In August of 1969, the Yankees sent Ken to the Cubs.

1973- At Kansas City‚ the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to stop the Royals by the score of 6-4. Newcomer Yankees hurler Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings in relief, he allows only 1 Royals hit to win the game. The Bombers move into 1st place in the AL East with the win.

1974- Former Yankees DH/OF Randy Winn (2010) was born.
On February 8, 2010, veteran OF Randy Winn was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. The Yankees released Randy Winn in May of 2010, after appearing in only 29 games, hitting just .213 with 1 HR and 8 RBI’s. He will finish the 2010 MLB season with the Cardinals.

1977- Bronx Shortstop Bucky Dent’s 3-hits highlight a Yankees 10-1 victory at Milwaukee County Stadium over the Brewers with Yankees Starter Don Gullet picking up his 5th victory of the 1977 AL season.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Jason Anderson (2003, 2005) was born.
On June 5,2000, Jason Anderson was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft. In 2003, Jason appeared in 22 games for the Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On July 16, 2003, Anderson was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League Players Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia to the Mets for NL All Star reliever Armando Benitez. On June 1,2004, Jason was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Indians. He appeared in 3 games for the 2004 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record. On February 15, 2006, Jason was selected off waivers by the Padres from the Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, Jason went
2-0 with a 5.47 ERA in 25 games for the team.

1981- At Royals Stadium, the Yankees beat the Royals by the score of 8-5 by using 4 relief pitchers. Jeff Nelson started the game, followed by Dave LaRoche, then Mike Griffin and the game was closed out by Rich Gossage, who picks up his 17th save of the 1981 season. LaRoche goes 4 plus innings, picking up his 3rd victory of the season. Yankees knock out Royals Starter Juan Berenguer, who was replaced by Reliever Renie Martin, who took the loss, dropping to 1-3 record. Yankees hitters Dave Winfield and Graig Nettles hit HRs for the Yankees.

1992- The Yankees traded hurler Lee Guetterman to the Mets in exchange for veteran MLB Pitcher Tim Burke. Lee Guetterman had pitched for the 1988-1992 Yankees, while compiling a 21-19 record with a 3.73 ERA with 2 saves in 233 games. Veteran hurler Tim Burke will appear in 23 games for the 1992 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 3.25 ERA. After the 1992 AL season ends, the Yankees will grant him MLB free agency.

1993- Current Yankees Pitcher Jonathan Holder (2016-2019) was born.
Jonathan Holder was drafted by the Yankees in the 6th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Player Draft from Mississippi State University. After pitching for AAA Scranton (IL) in 2016, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.65 ERA with 16 saves in 33 games, he made his MLB pitching debut with the team in September of 2016, appearing in 8 games in relief with no decisions. He has a 2-4 record in 105 games for the 2016-2018 Yankees.

1997- The Yankees traded Pitcher David Weathers to the Indians for OF Chad Curtis. Weathers went 0-3 with a 9.57 ERA in 21 games for the Yankees. Chad Curtis, he did improve his pitching in the 2006 Postseason with a 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA in 7 games. Curtis will hit .291 with 12 HRs and 50 RBIs in 93 games for the 1997 Yankees.

2002- At Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 55,335 fans, Yankees Starter Roger Clemens holds the Giants to just to 2 runs, 7 hits with 9 strikeouts in 8 innings. Yankees Reliever Steve Karsay closes the game for the Yankees picking up his 2nd save of the 2002 season with a scoreless 9th inning. Yankees DH Nick Johnson has 1 hit with 2 RBIs, also Robin Ventura and Rondell White drive in runs for the Yankees. Giants’ Starter Felix Rodriguez takes the lost.

2010- At Camden Yards in Baltimore, Yankees Ace CC Sabathia goes 7 innings allowing only 2 Orioles runs as the Yankees defeat the Orioles by the score of 4-2. Bronx Reliever Joba Chamberlain and Closer Mo Rivera close out the game with 2 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 Oriole hit. Rivera picks-up his 14 save of the 2010 AL season. Sabathia improves his 2010 AL season record to 6-3. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano leads the Yankees hitting attack with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate, while driving in 1 run. Baltimore Starter Chris Tillman takes the lost for the Birds; he is still winless for the 2010 AL season with a 0-2 mark.

June 10th

1870- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Pat McCauley (1903) was born. (1870-1917)
Pat McCauley only appeared in 6 games as a reserve catcher for 1903 Yankees, hitting just .053.

1892- Former Yankees Reserve OF Frank Gilhooley (1913-1918) was born. (1892-1959)
On August 25,1913, OF Frank Gilhooley was purchased by the Yankees from the Cardinals. Frank appeared 259 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 2 HRs and 55 RBI’s. On December 18,1918, Frank was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Ray Caldwell and Slim Love, Catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000 to the Red Sox for veteran MLB Starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and Pitcher Ernie Shore.

1894- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Fred “Bootnose” Hofmann (1919-1925) was born. (1894-1964)
Fred Hofmann appeared in 213 games as a Reserve Catcher with the Yankees, while hitting .245 with 7 HRs and 53 RBIs. He appeared in 2 games of the 1923 World Series for the Yankees against the Giants with no hits. On May 29,1925, Fred was traded by the Yankees with a Player to be Named Later, P Oscar Roettger and $50,000 cash to St. Paul Saints (American Association) for INF Mark Koenig. On October 28, 1925, the Yankees sent INF Ernie Johnson to St. Paul to complete the trade. Fred would return with the MLB, playing with the 1927-1928 Red Sox. After his MLB active playing career ended, Fred would become a Minor League Manager for the Cardinals organization. He then moved to the St. Louis Browns' organization as a MLB coach beginning in 1938. After a 12-year stint as a MLB coach for the Browns, Hofmann became a MLB Scout for the franchise from 1950 to 1964, staying with the team when they relocated and became the Baltimore Orioles. He filled in several times as a Manager for teams in the Orioles' farm system during the 1950s.

1900- Former Yankees Pitcher and Minor League Manager Garland Braxton (1925-1926) was born. (1900-1966)
Garland Braxton appeared in 40 games with the Yankees, while posting a 6-2 record with a 3.53 ERA and 2 saves. On October 19,1926, he was sent by the Yankees to the Senators to complete an earlier deal made on August 27,1926. The Yankees sent Players to be Named Later to the Senators for veteran MLB Starter Dutch Ruether. After retiring as an active MLB player, Garland managed in the Yankees Minor League System with the 1944-1945 Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) and the 1946 Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League).

1903- Detroit Tigers Shortstop Kid Elberfeld‚ who was suspended for abusing an Umpire‚ is traded to the Highlanders for veteran infielders Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. It is the 1st MLB trade in the team’s short AL franchise history. The Highlanders' 1st trade is a good one as "The Tabasco Kid"‚ currently hitting .341‚ will be a key ingredient in New York's rise as contenders in 1904. Elberfeld had been accused by the Tigers Manager Edward Barrow of deliberately throwing games recently, as a ploy to get him traded by the team. The veteran MLB shortstop Long was 37 years old at the end of his MLB playing career. He had played in 22 games for the 1903 team, hitting just .188. Courtney was in 2nd season in the MLB, he was playing Shortstop for the Yankees, while hitting .266 in 25 games for the club.

1905- Former Yankees Pitcher Danny “Deacon Danny” MacFayden (1932-1934) was born. (1905-1972)
On June 5, 1932, hurler Dan MacFayden was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees for 2 hurlers: Ivy Andrews, Hank Johnson and $50,000 in cash. Dan went 14-10 with a 4.68 ERA in 64 games with 1 save for the Yankees. On June 4,1935, he was selected off waivers by the Braves from the Yankees.

1906- The White Sox manage just 1 hit off of Bronx Starter Al Orth, but they still beat the Yankees by the score of 1-0‚ on an unearned run. In the 3rd inning‚ 2 errors and a hit batsman score the Chicago run. Fielder Jones has the lone White Sox hit‚ a 6th-inning single.

1909- Tigers Starter George Mullin's winning streak reaches 11 games with a 2-1 win over the Yankees. On June 15th‚ he will finally lose a game to the A’s by the score of 5-4.

1921- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth became MLB baseball's career HR leader by hitting his 120th HR off of Indians starter Jim Bagby Sr. in the 3rd inning. The Indians won the game by a score of 8-6. Former NL slugger Roger Connor (1880-1897) held the MLB HR record until that time.

1922- At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth's 2-run HR in the 3rd inning off of Browns Starter Urban Shocker‚ ties the game. Shocker then plunks Yankees 3B Frank Baker and a double‚ single‚ 2 errors on the same play and a sacrifice fly score 4 more Yankee runs. Shocker then sends Yankees Starter Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him‚ he fires his 1st pitch right at OF Whitey Witt. The Yankees score 6 runs off of Shocker‚ another 6 runs off of Browns relievers to win the game by the score of 14-5. A foul fly in the 7th inning beans St. Louis Browns Team Owner Phil Ball‚ sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires 4 stitches.

1929- Former Yankees Minor League C Hank Foiles was born.
In November of 1947, Catcher Hank Foiles was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Hank never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 19,1951, Hank was drafted by the Reds from the Yankees organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. He was a reserve catcher in the MLB from 1953-1964, playing for the Reds, Cubs, Pirates, Indians, Orioles, A’s and the Angels. His best MLB player season was in 1957 with the Pirates, hitting .270 and making the NL All Star team.

1933- He's not there for his hitting A’s Starter Lefty Grove strikes out 5 times‚ a MLB 1st in the 20th century‚ but his Philadelphia A’s team will beat the Yankees by the score of 9-5. Lefty will hit .086 this 1933 AL season.

1934- Philadelphia A’s OF Doc Cramer hits for the cycle‚ but the Yankees still beat the A's by the score of 7-3 on Lou Gehrig's 2nd Grand Slam HR of the 1934 AL season.

1941- At Comiskey Park in Chicago, the Yankees down the White Sox by the score of 8-3. The Bronx Bombers break open the Tuesday day game with 5 run rally in the 6-inning. They will get a complete game victory from their Starter Steve Peek; whose 1941 pitching record is now 3-1. Chicago Starter Johnny Rigney takes the loss for the White Sox, going 7 innings, while giving up 11 Yankees hits and 8 earn runs with 4 walks. The Yankees hitting attack is led by Frank Crosetti’s Grand Slam HR and a 2-run HR blast from Charlie “King Kong” Keller. The Yankees are now 29-22 with 2 ties for the 1941 AL season. The day game at Comiskey Park attracts only 2,832 Chicago fans.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Brad Gulden (1979-1980) was born.
On February 15,1979, Catcher Brad Gullen was traded by the Dodgers to the Yankees for OF/1B Gary Thomasson. He appeared in 42 games for the Yankees, while hitting .168. He was one of the 2 young catchers (Jerry Narron) used by the team after Thurman Munson’s death in August of 1979. He spent most of the 1980 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On November 18,1980, Brad was traded by the Yankees along with $150,000 to the Mariners for a Player to be Named Later and MLB INF Larry Milbourne. On May 18,1981, the Mariners sent Catcher Brad Gulden to the Yankees to complete the trade. On April 5,1982, Brad was traded by the Yankees to the Expos for Catcher Bobby Ramos. On October 26,1982, Brad was repurchased by the Yankees from the Expos. After the 1983 MLB season, he was granted MLB free agency by the team.

1957- Tigers Starter Frank Lary gives up a 3rd-inning HR to Mickey Mantle in Detroit‚ but he still beats the Yankees by the score of 9-4. Mickey Mantle now leads the AL with 13 HRs; Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams is 2nd in the AL with 10 HRs.

1960- At Yankee Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle cracks his 3rd HR in 3 days to ruin a good relief effort by Cleveland's Richard Stigman. The 8th-inning HR solo shot gives the Bronx Bombers a 4-3 win.

1961- At Yankee Stadium‚ ex-Yankees OF Hank Bauer, now playing for the Kansas City A’s, hits an inside-the-park HR over Mickey Mantle's head to the Centerfield Monuments, but Mantle's HR in the bottom of the 8th off Rookie A’s Reliever Bill Kunkel cements the Bombers 5-3 victory over the A’s.

1966- The Yankees obtained hurler Fred Talbot and Catcher Bill Bryant from the Kansas City A’s for OF Roger Repoz, hurlers Bill Stafford and Gil Blanco. Fred Talbot went 14-24 with a 3.99 ERA in 89 games for the Yankees before being unloaded to the Seattle Pilots in 1968. Jim Bouton wrote about him in his famous baseball book “Ball Four.” Reserve Catcher Bill Bryant will appear in 43 games for the 1966-1967 Yankees, while hitting .210 with 5 HRs and 7 RBIs. He will be selected in the 1967 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft by the Senators from the Yankees Organization. Rookie Gil Blanco went 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 17 games for the Yankees. He will go 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 11 games for the A’s. Veteran MLB starter Bill Stafford was recovering from arm injuries. At the time of trade, he was 5-0 with AAA Richmond (IL) expecting a call-up to the Bronx for a start in Detroit. Which raised some questions marks in the NYC sports media about need of the trade. Bill had gone 43-35 with a 3.48 ERA, 9 saves in 96 games for the 1960-1966 Yankees.

1973- Former Yankees Minor League Catcher Tom Padden passed away. (1908-1973)
On December 27,1939, veteran Catcher Tom Padden was purchased along with INF Alex Kampouris by the Yankees from the Giants organization. Tom never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level, instead he is sent to their AA team, the Newark Bears (IL). Tom had previously played in the MLB with the 1932-1937 Pirates. On March 26,1943, the Yankees sent P Al Gerheauser and C Tom Padden to the Phillies to complete an earlier deal made on January 22,1943. On January 22, 1943, the Yankees sent to the Phillies for unknown compensation, Pitcher Al Gettel and 1B/OF Ed Levy returned to original team on March 26,1943.

1975- The Yankees sponsor “Army Day” at their temporary home‚ Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute‚ glass is splintered‚ the park is filled with smoke‚ as part of the outfield fence is blown away and another part is set afire.

1977- Yankees Starter Ron Guidry does it again, stopping the Twins by the score of 4-1 with 9th inning help from Yankees Closer Sparky Lyle. The key Yankees hit in the game was a 2-run double by 2B Willie Randolph.

1978- The Yankees send former NL Starter Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs‚ his 1st MLB team‚ in exchange for Minor Leaguer hurler Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a major disappointment in New York, going 12-10 in 44 games for the team. He will not recapture his old form in Chicago. Reliever Ron Davis will blossom in 1979, when his 14-2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. He will form the Yankees bullpen duo of Gossage and Davis, being the set-up man.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve OF Zoilo Alomonte (2013-2014) was born.
Zoilo Almonte was signed as a 16-year-old in 2005, made his pro baseball debut in the 2006 Dominican Summer League. He came to the US in 2007, spending 2 summers with the GCL Yankees. He began 2013 season at the AAA level with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and was called up to the Yankees in June. He made his MLB player debut on June 19th as a pinch hitter against the Dodgers, the following night, he got his 1st MLB hit, a single off of Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth. He then hit his 1st MLB career HR on May 21st, against Rays hurler Roberto Hernandez, part of a 3-for-4 evening, and followed that with a 3-RBI game the following day. He finished the 2013 season with a .236 BA with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. In 2014, he only appeared in 13 games for the Yankees, while hitting only .139 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. After the 2014 MLB season, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency, and then he signed with the Braves. He was granted his MLB free agency by the Braves in the winter of 2015. He played for a pro team in the Mexican League in 2016-2017.

1998- Yankees OF Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his MLB playing career in New York's
6-2 victory over his old team, the Montreal Expos. He is the 5th player in MLB history to reach that milestone. The Yankees lose CF Bernie Williams to the DL when he injures his knee sliding.

2002- In MLB Inter-League play, the Yankees beat the Diamondbacks by the score of 7-5. On the 1st pitch he sees in the MLB‚ Yankees rookie OF Marcus Thames hits a HR off of D-backs Ace Randy Johnson.

2005-The 1919 MLB player contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings in a staggering $996‚000 at auction.

2007- Former Yankees Long-Time Minor League Manager Vern Hoschiet (1948-1960) passed away. (1922-2007)
In 1948, Vern Hoscheit took over as Manager for the Yankees farm club, the McAlester Rockets (Sooner State League), leading them to the best record in the league. He stayed with McAlester through 1951 Minor League season, taking league titles in 1950 and 1951. He moved up to the Joplin Miners (Western Association) in 1952, guiding them to the best record and playoff win. Vern moved to the Three-I League, the next taking over the 1953-1956 Quincy Gems and winning league titles in 1953 and 1954 (his 4th and 5th in a row). When the Yankees switched their affiliate from Quincy to the Peoria Chiefs, he moved to Peoria in 1957. In 1958, he moved to the Greensboro Yankees (Carolina League), he guided them for 2 seasons. Vern Hoscheit was the last President of the Three-I League in 1960-1961. Vern was then an Orioles MLB scout from 1962-1967. In 1968, he was an Oriole MLB coach. From 1965-1967, he also was in charge of the Orioles team in the Florida Instructional League. He was then a member of the 1969-1974 Oakland A’s MLB coaching staff. In 1976, he joined the Angels organization. In 1983, Hoscheit guided the GCL Mets and from 1984-1987, he was a Mets MLB coach.

2010- He may not be accompanied by the hoopla that surrounds the Nationals young hurler Stephen Strasburg but the Orioles' Jake Arrieta matches the Nats phenom in at least one respect: by winning his MLB pitching debut, a 4-3 victory over the Yankees. He gives up 3 Bronx runs in 6 innings before the Orioles bullpen takes over, with David Hernandez picking up his 1st MLB career save. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez leaves the game with a groin strain in the 2nd inning, 4 days after suffering a similar problem in a game against the Blue Jays.

June 11th

1886- Former Yankee INF Claud “Deek” Derrick (1913) was born. (1886-1974)
On September 18,1912, INF Claud Derrick was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for Catcher Red McKee. He appeared in 23 games for the Yankees, while hitting .292 with1 HR and 7 RBIs. He originally came up with the Philadelphia A’s, from the University of Georgia. While playing for the 1913 Yankees, he was spiked by base runner Zack Wheat in an exhibition game on his throwing hand. On June 26,1913, Claud was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles (IL). In 5 MLB seasons, he hit .242 with 1 HR and 33 RBIs in 113 games.

1912- Former Yankees Team Co-Owner Dan Topping Sr. (1945-1966) was born. (1912-1974)
Dan Topping became part team owner of the New York Yankees in 1945, when he was part of a group that purchased the team from the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert. This group included Businessman Del Webb and former MLB Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail Sr. (1945-1947). In the winter of 1957, Dan stopped Yankees GM George Weiss from trading OF Mickey Mantle to the Indians for P Herb Score and OF Rocky Colvatio during a salary dispute. In October of 1963, Dan Topping named Player/Coach Yogi Berra as Manager of the Yankees, when Ralph Houk became the new Yankees General Manager. Del Webb and Topping sold their majority interest in the club to CBS, Inc. in November 1964. Dan Topping Sr. sold his remaining 10% stake in the Yankees to CBS, Inc. in 1966. Topping also owned the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL in the 1930s. When the football New York Giants refused to allow Topping to move the team to Yankee Stadium, he did so anyway and moved his team to the rival AAFC and renamed the team the New York Yankees. Topping was married 6 times, including to Olympic figure-skating champion and Actress Sonja Henie from 1940 to 1946. He served in the Marines during World War II, achieving the rank of Colonel. In 1974, Dan passed away from lung disease at age 61. His son Dan Topping, Jr. was a General Manager for the Yankees, for a short period of time (1966).

1915- The Yankees finally beat the White Sox‚ winning the game by the score of 10-9. Yankees P Ray Caldwell hits a pinch HR for his 2nd pinch HR in 2 days. He hit a HR yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Nobody else in the AL repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow, Caldwell will hit another long ball‚ but he is on the mound in that game.

1919- New York's veteran Starter Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers by the score of 7-0. Yankees Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is 2 for 3 at the plate to start his 29-game hitting streak.

1922- Insisting on another start‚ Urban Shocker is again beaten by the Yankees by the score of
8-4. New York scores 3 runs in the 7th inning on a walk‚ 3 hits and a OF Ken Williams throwing error. Gene Robertson‚ a substitute, adds the game's topper in the 7th inning when he lifts a high fly behind the Browns' dugout and the ball strikes Browns Team Owner Phil Ball on the cheek, giving him a mild concussion and requiring 4 stitches. Following the game‚ Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury‚ but he still racks up a season total of 348 innings pitched‚ 2nd in the AL.

1927- At Yankee Stadium‚ Bronx slugger Babe Ruth clouts 2 consecutive HRs (#19 and 20) off of Tribe hurler Garland Buckeye‚ but in his next time up Ruth is set upon by Cleveland Catcher Luke Sewell, who demands that the umpires inspect the Bambino's bat. The umps find nothing illegal‚ but the crowd of 30‚000 fans cheer the Babe‚ who then strikes out. Tony Lazzeri adds a HR the Bronx Bombers, who win the game by the score of 6-4. Cleveland 1B George Burns is 3 for 3 with 2 doubles for the Tribe.

1934- The Yankees thrash West Point US Army baseball team by the score of 7-0 in their annual exhibition game held at West Point. Yankees Starter Jimmie DeShong provides the whitewash.

1948- The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees by the score of 10-8‚ as reliever Bob Feller fans Yankees batter Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar with the bases full to end the game. Joe DiMaggio had led off the 9th inning with a HR. Game highlights include Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra getting tossed by Umpire Cal Hubbard; young Bobby Brown being replaced at 2B in the 8th inning by veteran INF George Stirnweiss‚ a move that will remain permanent for the rest of 1948 AL season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th inning by striking out - his 1st K in 42 games. The game - interrupted by rain and a fans' missile barrage – finally ends at 12:20 a.m.

1953- Behind the pitching of Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald and Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds‚ the 1st-place Yankees beat the Tigers by the score of 6-3, to run its winning streak to 14 games. The Bombers get a game-winner HR from Mickey Mantle off of Tigers hurler Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in Right CF at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. Mantle has now hit in 16 straight games‚ but he will go hitless tomorrow‚ when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today‚ Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the 1953 AL season. The Yankees get another tape measure HR blast, when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning HR that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.

1961- The Yankees sweep 2 games from the expansion Angels‚ winning the opener by the score of 2-1 behind starter Ralph Terry's 5-hitter. Yogi Berra clouts a pair of solo HRs. In the nightcap‚ Mickey Mantle's 1st inning HR #19‚ gives him the AL HR lead‚ but Roger Maris adds a pair of HRs‚ his 19th and 20th of 1961 AL season‚ as Bronx Bombers win the game by the score of 5-1. The Yankees have won 10 of 11 games.

1964- After a 2-week absence, Bronx Bombers slugger Mickey Mantle is back in the Yankees starting lineup and clouts 2 HRs at Fenway Park off of Red Sox Starter Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win the game easily by the score of 8-4.

1967- Before the largest crowd of the 1967 AL season‚ 62‚582 fans are at Yankee Stadium for “Bat Day‚” the White Sox regain 1st place in the AL from the Tigers by sweeping a twin bill from the Yankees by the scores of 2-1 and 3-2. They will stay in 1st place in the AL until August 12th.

1973- Former Yankees Pitcher Kemp Wicker (1936-1938) passed away. (1906-1973)
Kemp Wicker appeared in 24 games for the 1936-1938 Yankees, while posting a 9-5 record with a 4.95 ERA. He appeared in 1 game of 1937 World Series against the Giants, pitching 1 inning with no record. On February 6,1939, Kemp was purchased along with Minor League Catcher Chris Hartje by the Dodgers from the Yankees for $50,000. He pitched 1 season for the Dodgers, while posting a 1-2 record with 3.6 ERA in 16 games. Later, Wicker managed in the Minor Leagues between 1946 and 1954. He was an MLB Scout for the 1950-1951 Cardinals.

1974- Yankees veteran All Star Starter Mel Stottlemyre made his 272nd consecutive start, with no relief appearances to set an AL pitching record. In the 4th inning‚ Stottlemyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to veteran Indians slugger Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: he'll throw just 2 more innings‚ his MLB pitching career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher for the Indians.

1976- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Konstanty (1955-1956) passed away. (1917-1976)
After being acquired from the Phillies during the 1954 MLB season, Jim Konstanty posted a 1-1 mark in 9 games with 2 saves. In 1955, Jim went 7-2 for the Bombers with 11 saves in 45 games. In 1956, he was 0-0 with 2 saves in 8 games before being released by the Yankees. Jim will finish the 1956 MLB season with the Cardinals, appearing in 27 games, while posting a 1-1 record. In 1950, he was the NL MVP with the Phillies, posting a 16-7 record with 22 saves. He appeared in 3 games with the Phillies against the Yankees in the 1950 World Series. He lost the Opening Game by a score of 1-0 to Yankees Starter Vic Raschi. Overall for his MLB pitching career, Jim went 66-48 with a 3.46 ERA in 433 games. As an MLB reliever, he went 51-35 with 74 saves.

1980- Former Yankees Minor League OF/P Yhency Brazoban was born.
On July 10,1997, Yhency Brazoban was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Brazoban started his pro career as an outfielder but his cannon arm, as well as his offensive ineptitude, prompted the Yankees to convert him to the mound. On December 13, 2003, he was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League P Brandon Weeden, MLB Starter Jeff Weaver and cash to the Dodgers for veteran MLB Starter Kevin Brown. The Dodgers released him at the end of 2008 MLB season.

1981- The White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 3-2 handing Yankees hurler Doug Bird his 1st MLB loss since August 16‚ 1978. The journeyman right-hander had won 12 consecutive decisions.

1987- Having traded for him last December‚ the Phillies traded veteran MLB OF/1B Mike Easler back to the Yankees for a pair of Minor League players; OF Keith Hughes and OF/INF Shane Turner.

1988- Yankees veteran hurler Rick Rhoden became the 1st pitcher to start a game as a DH since the AL adopted the DH rule in 1973. Batting 7th in the Yankees line-up‚ ahead of Shortstop Rafael Santana and Catcher Joel Skinner‚ Rhoden hits a sacrifice fly in Yankees 8-6 win over the Orioles. Later‚ Jose Cruz replaces him as the DH in the Yankees line-up.

1993- The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 seagulls who swoop down onto the field‚ apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5-4‚ winning in the 9th inning on a 2-run pinch HR by Kevin Maas. While no players or seagulls are hurt‚ Yankees 3B Wade Boggs calls the situation "terribly dangerous. “The seagulls will return for tomorrow night's game‚ but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds. “Gus the Wonder Dog‚” on loan from the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association‚ will keep them away from the playing field.

2003- Six Astros Pitchers: Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for the 1st no-hitter against the Yankees in 45 years, winning the game by the score of 8-0, and stopping New York streak at 6,980 games with at least 1 hit. Orioles Starter Hoyt Wilhelm accomplished the feat in 1958, beating the Yankees by the score of 1-0. The Houston sextet also set a record for the highest number of pitchers to throw a no-hitter in MLB history (4 accomplished the feat twice).

2004- The Yankees lose to the Padres by the score of 10-2 to end New York's 13-game MLB inter-league winning streak‚ the longest such streak since the advent of MLB Inter-League play.

2007- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Vern Hoscheit passes away. (1902-2007)
Vern Hoscheit took over as manager for the Yankees farm club, the McAlester Rockets (Sooner State League) in 1948, leading them to the best record in the league. He stayed with McAlester through the 1951 season, taking league titles in 1950 -1951. He moved up to the 1952 Joplin Miners (Western Association), guiding them to the best record and playoff win. He moved to the Three-I League the next taking over the Quincy Gems from 1953-1956 and winning league titles in 1953-1954 (his 4th and 5th in a row). When the Yankees switched their affiliate from Quincy to the Peoria Chiefs, Hoschiet moved to Peoria in 1957. In 1958, he moved to the Greensboro Yankees (Carolina League) and guided them for 2 seasons. Hoscheit was the last President of the Three-I League in 1960-1961. Hoscheit was then a MLB Orioles scout from 1962-1967 and an Oriole MLB coach in 1968. From 1965-1967, he also was in charge of the Orioles team in the Florida Instructional League. He was then a member of the Oakland A’s MLB coaching staff in 1969-1974. In 1976, he joined the Angels. In 1983, Hoscheit guided the GCL Mets and from 1984 to 1987, then he was a Mets MLB coach.
2009- Former Yankees Reserve INF/OF Woodson “Woodie” Held (1954,1957) passed away from brain cancer. (1932-2009)
In 1951, Woodie Held was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees. Woodie appeared in 4 games with the 1954 Yankees and 1 game during the 1957 AL season. Former Yankees teammate 2B Bobby Richardson called him “a natural shortstop,” one of the best that he had seen. He was unable to break into the regular Yankees infield or outfield. On June 15,1957, he was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with INF Billy Martin, P Ralph Terry and OF Bob Martyn for P Ryne Duren, Outfielder’s Jim Pisoni and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. He would be the Indians starting shortstop from 1959-1964. Held would play with the Yankees, A’s, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels and the Senators during his MLB playing career, which lasted until 1969.

2010- Bronx Starter Andy Pettitte records his 200th victory in Yankee pinstripes in the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Astros at Yankee Stadium. Hall of Fame Yankee Pitchers Whitey Ford (236 wins) and Red Ruffing (231 wins) are the only other members of this exclusive Yankees pitchers club.

2011- The Yankees keep pace by shutting out the Indians by the score of 4-0 behind veteran Starter Bartolo Colon's 5th win of the 2011 MLB season. However, the win proves costly as the big pitcher, who is making a remarkable comeback from a year away from baseball must leave the game in the 7th with a strained hamstring. He will be placed on the DL after the game; 3B Alex Rodriguez is hit in the hip by Tribe hurler Mitch Talbot after blasting 1 of 3 Yankee solo HRs on the day - Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira hit the others - and must also leave the game, although the injury is minor. Talbot also leaves early, being ejected from the game by the umpires for throwing at A-Rod.

June 12th

1907- The Yankees commit 11 errors in their 14-6 loss to the Tigers. The unlucky Yankee players were Shortstop Kid Elberfeld with 4 errors and with 1 apiece: 1B Hal Chase, 3B Frank LaPorte, 2B Jimmy Williams, 2B George Moriarty, LF Bill Conroy, Pitchers Al Orth and Bill Hogg. After game, Yankees Manager Clark Griffith assaulted a spectator, a merchant named Mr. Frank and the police charged him with assault, and in court Griffith argued self-defense and was merely fined.

1922- St. Louis Browns hurler Hub Pruett struck out Yankees slugger Babe Ruth 3 consecutive times as the Browns beat the Yankees by the score of 7-1.

1928- At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig collects 14 total bases with 2 triples and 2 HRs in a 15-7 Bronx victory over the White Sox. Yankees HR’s in hit the game were hit by Lou Gehrig (2), Babe Ruth, Earl Combs and catcher Pat Collins.

1938- A Sunday crowd of 43,702 fans at Yankee Stadium, watch the Bronx Bombers score 2 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and defeat the Indians by a score of 7-6. Yankees starter Red Ruffing picks up a complete game victory, he is now 8-2 for the 1938 AL season. Home Runs by 2B Joe Gordon and hurler Red Ruffing high light the Yankees hitting attack. Former Yankees hurler Johnny Allen starts for the Tribe, while reliever Bob Feller takes the loss.

1939- The Baseball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated at Cooperstown, N.Y. The greatest-ever gathering of members and future inductees of the Hall of Fame accepted their player plaques: Pitcher Grover Alexander, OF Ty Cobb, INF Eddie Collins, Pitcher Walter Johnson, INF Nap Lajoie, MLB Team Owner/Manager Connie Mack, OF/P Babe Ruth, 1B George Sisler, OF Tris Speaker, INF Honus Wagner and Pitcher Cy Young.

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Gary Jones (1970-1971) was born.
Gary Jones was 0-0 in 14 games with 1970-1971 Yankees, before being traded to the Rangers along with Pitcher Terry Ley for veteran MLB INF Bernie Allen.

1947- The Game #1 of the 1947 Mayor’s Trophy game series is held at the Polo Grounds with the Yankees winning the game by the scoring of 7-0. Yankees Joe DiMaggio has a 2-run double in the 3rd inning. Bronx Catcher Aaron Robinson hits a HR in the 4th. Mel Queen picks up the victory for the Bombers, while Bill Ayers takes the loss for the Giants. The Polo Grounds game attendance was 39,970 fans. The 2nd Game of the series will be played on August 18, 1947 at Yankee Stadium. Next year the Mayor’s Trophy game will be only 1 game, instead of the original 3 game series due to the 3 team’s scheduling difficulties during the MLB season.

1953- The Yankees obtained INF Willie Miranda from the St. Louis Browns from cash above the waiver price. He would back up Phil Rizzuto at Shortstop for 2 seasons before being traded to the Orioles in the winter of 1954 in the big 17-player trade that featured Orioles Pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen coming to the Yankees. Phil Rizzuto called him one of finest fielding infielders that he had played with or against in the MLB.

1962- The Yankees obtained OF Tom Umphlett and cash from the Red Sox for veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner. It was a trade of weak reserve players. Tom never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level; he is sent to the Yankees AAA team in Richmond (IL). Veteran Reserve INF Billy Gardner became expendable with the presence of rookie INF Phil Linz on the team.

1964- The Yankees sold Pitcher Bob Meyer to the Angels. The Yankees Rookie Pitcher had gone 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 7 games for the team. The Yankees would recall Pitcher Rollie Sheldon who was 4-2 with 1.81 ERA for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL).

1968- Current Yankees Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Former MLB Player Scott Aldred was born.
After finishing his MLB pitching career of 10 seasons, Scott Aldred became a Minor League Coach. In 2006, he joined the Yankees organization, becoming the Pitching Coach for the Class A Charleston Riverdogs (SAL). In 2007-2008, Scott moved up to AA level, becoming the Pitching Coach for the Trenton Thunder (Eastern League). In 2009, Scott moved up to AAA level to become the Pitching Coach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (IL), a position that he held until 2015. In 2016, Scott Aldred became the Yankees roving Minor League Pitching Coordinator.

1969- The Yankees obtained hurler Rob Gardner from the Indians for Reserve Catcher John Orsino, who had been playing for the Yankees AAA team. Rob will go 1-0 with 4.91 ERA in 1 game before being traded to the A’s. He will return to the Yankees for the 1971-1972 AL seasons, before being traded back to A’s. His final Yankees pitching record was 9-5 record with a 3.19 ERA in 24 games.

1973- The Yankees obtained hurler Lowell Palmer from the Indians for P Mike Kekich. The days as a Yankees player for Kekich were numbered since the pre-spring training announcement of his wife-family swap with Yankees teammate Starter Fritz Peterson, who will be traded to the Tribe on April 27,1974 in the Chris Chambliss trade. Kekich had compiled a 30-31 record as an Yankees Pitcher. Palmer never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. On May 31,1974, he was purchased along with veteran INF Horace Clarke by the Padres from the Yankees.

1974- Former Yankees OF/DH Hideki Matsui (2003-2009) was born.
On December 19,2002, Hideki Matsui was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. Matsui had been an All-Star player in Japan with the Tokyo Giants. He was a 2-time AL All Star team member (2003-2004). He won the 2009 MLB MVP winner for his hitting performance for the Yankees against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. Matsui hit .615, going 8 for 13, with 3 HRs and 8 RBI’s. His final Yankees playing career totals were a .292 BA in 916 games, while hitting 140 HR’s with 597 RBI’s. In the winter of 2009, Hideki left the Yankees for MLB free agency signing with the Angels. In December of 2012, Matsui announce his retirement from the MLB as an active player. In July of 2013, the Yankees honored him with a special day at Yankee Stadium.

1981- The Yankees traded Pitcher Doug Bird, a Player to be Named Later and Cash to the Cubs for veteran MLB Starter Rick Reuschel. Rick would go 4-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 games for the 1981 Yankees. Doug Bird had gone 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 39 games with 1 save for the team. On August 5, 1981, The Player to be Named Later was named and sent to the Cubs. It was Yankees Pitcher Mike Griffin, who had a 2-4 record with a 4.60 ERA and 1 save in 18 games for the team.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher George Kontos (2011) was born.
George Kontos was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his pro pitching debut that summer. On December 9,2010, George was drafted by the Padres from the Yankees in the 2010 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On March 14,2011, he was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Padres to the Yankees organization. He appeared in 7 games with no record for the 2011 Yankees. On April 4, 2012, George Kontos was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for Catcher Chris Stewart. In 6 NL seasons with the Giants, he has gone 15-14 with a 3.05 ERA in 300 games. During the 2017 NL season, he was put on waivers by the Giants, he claimed by the Pirates. He went 3-4 with 3.67 ERA in 56 games with 2 saves. On May 28, 2018, he was released by the Bucs. On June 3, 2018, he was signed with the Indians to help their bullpen.

1996- The Yankees traded Reliever Rich Monteleone to the Angels for OF Mike Aldrete. Rich had gone 17-9 working out of the Yankees bullpen from 1990-1993. He was signed by the Yankees as MLB Free Agent in winter of 1995, he was at their AAA club, the Columbus Clippers (IL). He had a 4-3 record in 23 games for the Clippers. Aldrete hit .250 with 3 HRs in 32 games for the 1996 Yankees. The Yankees make a roster spot move for Mike, sending out Rookie OF Ruben Rivera to Columbus Clippers to play every day.

2010- Yankees All Star Shortstop Derek Jeter homers twice and Catcher Jorge Posada hits a Grand Slam HR in Bronx Bomber's 9-3 win over the Astros. Houston hurler Wandy Rodriguez (3-9) is the victim of the Bombers offensive HR surge, which was accomplished in the absence of All Star 3B Alex Rodriguez, who is still bothered by a groin injury.

2012- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez ties Lou Gehrig's MLB record by hitting his 23rd MLB career Grand Slam HR off the Braves' Jonny Venters. A-Rod's 8th-inning HR blast allows the Yankees to tie the score, his Yankees teammate Nick Swisher hits a 2-run HR shot later that inning for a 6-4 Yankees victory.
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This Week in Yankees History June 9th-15th Part Two

June 13th

1913- The Yankees notch their 13th win of the 1913 AL season at this incredibly late date. They had already lost 36 games. The 1913 Yankees win finish in 7th place in the AL with a 57-94 record.

1914- The Yankees traded OF Jimmy Walsh to the Philadelphia A’s for OF Tom Daley. Walsh was hitting .191 in 43 games for the Yankees, he was unhappy playing in New York for the losing Yankees team. He was sent back to the A’s, who sent Daley, who would hit .251 with No HRs and 9 RBIs in 69 games for the team.

1919- The Yankees sold Reserve OF Bill Lamar to the Red Sox. On August 14, 1917, Bill Lamar was purchased with INF Chick Fewster and Pitcher Hank Thormahlen by the Yankees from the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) for $20,000. He had appeared in 50 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .228 with No HRs and 5 RBIs.

1921- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits a 460 FT HR into the CF bleachers in the Polo Grounds, for the 1st MLB HR ever hit to that spot. Ruth added his 21st HR of the 1921 season, also he pitched 5 innings in the 13-6 win over the Tigers, while giving up 4 runs, but striking out Tigers batter Ty Cobb. The next day, Babe Ruth will hit 2 more HRs, his 6th and 7th in 5 games in a 9-6 win over the Bengals.

1924- A riot by 18,000 fans at Detroit caused a forfeiture of a game to the Yankees. The trouble occurred, when Tigers hurler Bert Cole hit Yankees batter Bob Meusel with a pitch. Then Meusel charged the mound, swung at Cole but he missed, but it was followed both team’s benches clearing brawl. Tigers Ty Cobb and Yankees Babe Ruth got into it. Meusel and Ruth were both ejected from the game. When they went out on field to get their gloves, fans poured out onto the playing field. Umpires not able to restore peace with the crowd, ruled forfeit of the game. Yankees players Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel were fined $1,000 each, while Tigers Ty Cobb received a formal reprimand. The Yankees were leading the game by a score of 10-6, when the fighting incident occurred.

1937- Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at St. Louis. The game ended in an 8-8 tie with the game called because of darkness. Rules allowed the all records from the game to count. The Yankees won the 1st game by a score of 16-9, when they scored 7 runs in the 9th inning to break a 9-9 tie with the Browns.

1939- The Yankees obtained INF Roy Hughes and Cash from the St. Louis Browns for Reserve OF Joe Gallagher, who had hit just .244 in 14 games for the team, before being sent down to AA Newark (IL) on June 2, 1939. Roy Hughes never plays for the Yankees at the MLB level; he was sent to AA Newark Bears (IL). In July of 11939, he would be traded in a Minor League deal to the Phillies for Pitcher Al Hollingsworth.

1948- An ailing Hall of Fame Yankees slugger Babe Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium. With the crowd of 49,641 fans singing Auld Lang Syne with members of the 1923 Yankees team (the 1st to play in the stadium) looking on, the New York Yankees retired Ruth's uniform No. 3 during ceremonies that also commemorated the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium’s opening. Fewer than 2 months later, the 53-year-old Babe Ruth will pass away from throat cancer.

1972- Former Yankees Pitcher Darrell May (2005) was born.
On July 2, 2005, Darrell May was traded by the Padres along with P Tim Redding and cash to the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Paul Quantrill. He went 0-1 in 2 games for the 2005 Yankees.

1975- The Yankees purchased veteran Shortstop Ed Brinkman from the Tigers for cash. He played 44 games, hitting just .175 for the 1975 Yankees before retiring as an active MLB player.

1975- The Yankees sold Pitcher Mike Wallace to the Cardinals. In 1974, Mike had posted a 6-0 record with a 2.41 ERA in 23 games for the team. His sale to the Cardinals cleared a roster space for returning OF/1B/DH Ron Bloomberg.

1978- Yankees veteran OF Roy White hits a HR from each side of the plate during a Yankees 5-3 win at Oakland. It was the 5th time in Roy White’s Yankees playing career does this feat.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League C David Parrish was born.
The Yankees selected catcher David Parrish in the 10th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft. David was the son of former MLB Catcher Lance Parrish. In May of 2004, Parrish spent a brief time on the Yankees' 25 MLB man roster. On May 12th, Jorge Posada suffered a broken nose, when a thrown ball while trying to break up a double play struck him. Parrish, who was assigned uniform #57, provided insurance behind John Flaherty. However, he never got into a game, and Posada was back in the lineup on May 18th. In 2006, he was released by the Yankees organization. After leaving the Yankees, he played in the Pirates, Rockies and the Padres Minor League organizations. In 2008, he retired as an active player.

1988- In a 12-6 loss to the Yankees, Red Sox slugger Jim Rice hits his 200th MLB career HR in Fenway Park, joining Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only 3 Red Sox players to do it.

2000- Former Yankees Reliever Bobby Tiefenauer (1965) passed away. (1929-2000)
After being acquired from the Braves for Yankees Minor League hurler Tom Dukes on June 16,1965, veteran reliever Bobby Tiefenauer went 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 10 games with 2 saves for the Yankees. On August 11,1965, Bobby was purchased by the Indians from the Yankees. After his MLB pitching career ended in 1968, Tiefenauer spent 2 decades with the Phillies organization as a Minor League and later as an MLB Coach. Overall, in 10 MLB seasons, Bobby went 9-25 with a 3.84 ERA in 179 MLB games and 23 saves.

2003- Yankees veteran Starter Roger Clemens reached his 300th MLB career win. He became the 3rd pitcher in MLB history with 4,000 strikeouts, leading the Yankees over the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory in an MLB inter-league game. Cardinals batter Edgar Renteria became his 4,000th MLB victim in the 2nd inning. Clemens, the 21st MLB pitcher to make it to 300 wins, allowed 2 Cardinals runs in 6 2-3 innings of work as he struck out 10 St. Louis batters, raising his total MLB pitching career total to 4,006. Clemens joined Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) in the select MLB 4,000-strikeout pitchers club.

2010- Jorge Posada hits a Grand Slam HR for the 2nd consecutive game as the Yankees completed a series sweep of the Astros at Yankee Stadium, winning the game by the score of 9-5. In 1937, Catcher Bill Dickey had been the last Yankee player to hit Grand Slam HRs in back-to-back contests.

2011- Just 6 hits shy of joining the 3,000 MLB Hit Club, Yankees Captain and Shortstop Derek Jeter must put his quest on hold as he exits today's 1-0 Yankees loss to the Indians with a sore right calf and goes on the DL. Jeter gets MLB hit number 2,994 with a 1st-inning single off of Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco, but he leaves in the 5th inning after feeling a strain while running to 1B. Escaping a none-out, bases loaded jam in the 1st inning, Carrasco settles down by pitching 7 scoreless innings for the win. The Indians' lone run off of Yankees starter A.J. Burnett comes in the 4th inning, courtesy of a triple by Michael Brantley followed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera.

2015- Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez collects his 2000th MLB career RBI with a 2-run HR in the Yankees' 9-4 loss to the Orioles. He is the 4th MLB player to reach the milestone, following Hall of Famer’s Cap Anson, Babe Ruth and all-time MLB leader Hank Aaron.

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1925- Former Yankees Reserve 1B Fenton “Muscles” Mole (1949) was born.
Reserve 1B Fenton Mole appeared in just 10 games for the 1949 Yankees, while hitting just .189. with no HRs and 2 RBIs. He did not appear in the 1949 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers. Mole had started out in the Yankees minor league system playing from 1946-1947. In 1948, he played with Portland (PCL), while hitting .283 with 22 HRs and 83 RBIs. The Yankees brought him back to play in their farm system. He played most of the 1949 season with the AA Newark Bears (IL), while appearing in 107 games, hitting .269 with 16 HRs and 53 RBIs. He remained playing in the Yankees Minor League system until 1952.

1928- Former Yankees Minor League INF Herb Plews was born. (1928-2014)
In 1950, the Yankees signed INF Herb Plews as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He spent the 1951-1952 seasons in the military. After his military service was completed, Herb returned to the Yankees organization. He put in 2 excellent Minor League seasons: with the 1954 AA Binghamton Triplets (Eastern League) hitting .299 and with the 1955 AAA Denver Bears (American Association), while hitting .302. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On February 8,1956, Herb was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later, C Lou Berberet, OF Richard Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler to the Senators for MLB starter Mickey McDermott and reserve INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to complete the trade. Herb played in the MLB from 1956-1959 with the Senators and Red Sox, while hitting .262 with 4 HRs and 82 RBIs in 346 games.

1932- The Yankees pull a rare triple steal led by Yankees OF Ben Chapman on 3B during a 7-6 win over the Indians. The Yankees had the bases loaded, when Chapman broke for home plate and the other Yankee base runners also moved up.

1933- Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak stay intact, even though he and Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy were thrown out of a game. Manager Joe McCarthy was suspended for 3 games but Gehrig's streak, now at 1,249 consecutive MLB games continues.

1934- Yankees Starter Johnny Broaca allows only 1-hit, a 3rd inning single by the Browns OF Sammy West during the Yankees 7-0 victory at St. Louis Sportsman Park.

1936- The Yankees obtained OF Al “Jake” Powell from the Senators for veteran OF Ben Chapman. Several racial remarks made by Ben Chapman during the 1936 AL season cause embarrassment to the Yankees front office forcing a trade. Later in 1947, Ben Chapman was the Manager of the Phillies, who taunted Dodgers black player Jackie Robinson with racial slurs. Jake Powell would play for the 1936-1940 Yankees appearing in 272 games, while hitting with 13 HRs and 124 RBIs. Asked by WGN radio announcer Bob Elson how he stayed in shape during the offseason during an dugout interview in a July 1938 game against the Chicago White Sox, Powell replied to Elson that he was a policeman in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio (in reality he had only applied), and that he "beat n-----s over the head with my blackjack." MLB Commissioner Judge Landis subsequently suspended him for 10 days, for making "an uncomplimentary reference to a portion of the population. He appeared in 3 World Series (1936-1938) for the Yankees, playing in 8 games while hitting .438 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs. On December 5,1940, Jake Powell was purchased by San Francisco Seals (PCL) from the Yankees.

1939- The Yankees recalled Pitcher Spud Chandler from the AA Newark Bears (International League). Spud will go 3-0 in 11 games with 2.84 ERA for the 1939 Yankees.

1946- The Yankees sell veteran 3B Hank Majeski to the Philadelphia A’s for cash. On May 25,1941, Hank was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves. He spent the 1942-1945 MLB baseball seasons in the military. Hank appeared in just only 8 games for the 1946 Yankees, while hitting just .083.

1953- The Yankees sweep the Indians in a doubleheader by scores of 6-2 and 3-0, before a crowd of 74,708 fans to extend their winning streak to 18 games.

1954- The 1954 Mayor’s Trophy game is held at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 28,084 fans see the Dodgers beat the Yankees by the score of 2-1, despite getting just 2-base hits. Duke Snider’s 4th inning HR was the only hit that Yankees Starter Harry Byrd allowed in 7 innings of work. Dodgers Jim Gilliam’s 8th inning single drove Dodgers base runner Don Hoak in all the way in from 1st base. Dodgers’ starter Billy Loes gets the win for Brooklyn, while Yankees reliever Tom Gorman takes the loss for the Bombers. Neither team will make it to the 1954 World Series, which feature the NL Giants and AL Indians.

1956- The Yankees obtained P Moe Burtschy, OF Bill Renna along with Cash from the Kansas City A’s for Reserve OF/3B Lou Skizas and veteran 1B Eddie Robinson. Skizas would hit .316 in 83 games for the 1956 A’s, before fading in 1957. The Yankees sent both players received from the A’s to their AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL) neither players would play for the team at the MLB level. Also, the Yankees recalled rookie OF Norm Siebern from Richmond.

1961- The Yankees obtained veteran Starter Bud Daley from the Kansas City A’s for Starter Art Ditmar and Rookie OF/INF Deron Johnson. Bud Daley would help out the 1961 Yankees pitching staff as a Swingman. He would pick up a win for the Yankees in the 1961 World Series against the Reds. Art Ditmar was a sore-armed pitcher, who had won 15 games for the team in 1960, but he pitched poorly for the Yankees in the 1960 World Series, losing 2 games to the Pirates. Meanwhile Rookie INF/OF Deron Johnson was blocked at 3B by the presence of Clete Boyer and at 1B by All Star Bill Skowron. Also, he couldn’t crack the Yankees starting regular outfield of Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris-Yogi Berra/ Hector Lopez, either. He would later have a successful MLB playing career in the NL, starting with the 1964 Reds, later Deron played for the Braves and Phillies during his 16-season MLB playing career. Bud Daley will pitch for the Yankees from 1961-1964, posting an 18-16 record with a 3.89 ERA in 80 games with 6 saves. He appeared in 1961-1962 World Series for the Yankees with a 1-0 record in 3 games. Bud missed the entire 1963 AL season due to an arm injury. After the 1964 World Series, the Yankees sold him to the Indians.

1961- The Yankees traded veteran hurler Danny McDevitt to the Twins for Reserve INF Billy Gardner. With the acquisition of veteran Starter Bud Daley from the A’s, McDevitt became expendable. He had appeared in 8 games for the 1961 Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record. Billy Gardner would join veteran Joe DeMasteri as an infield reserve player for the 1961 Yankees bench.

1968- The Yankees sold Reserve 1B Mike Hegan to the Seattle Pilots. He had played for the Yankees in 1964,1966 and 1967. He had appeared in 86 games, while only hitting .148. he was the son of Yankees MLB Coach Jim Hegan.

1969- The Yankees obtained Tigers OF Ron Woods for veteran INF/OF Tom Tresh.
Tommy Tresh was at the end of his MLB playing career, never having to fully recover from his collision with Yankees Shortstop Ruben Amaro Sr. during the 1966 AL season that seriously injured both of his knees. Tresh had won 1962 AL Rookie of the Year Award by hitting .286 with 20 HRs and 93 RBIs. He had become the 1962 Yankees regular Shortstop, while Tony Kubek was away on active duty with the Army Reserves. He was switched to the outfield as the regular LF, when Kubek returned from active duty during the 1962 AL season. He returned to Shortstop in 1968.

1975- Former Yankees Minor League P Peter Munro was born.
On April 3,2005, veteran hurler Peter Munro was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. The Astros had released him. He was one of the 6 Astros pitchers, who combined to no-hit the Yankees during a 2003 MLB Inter-League season game. Pete spent the 2005 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL.) He appeared in 42 games with the Clippers, while posting a 10-7 record with a 4.56 ERA. On October 15, 2005, Pete was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.

1976- The 1976 Mayor’s Trophy game is held at remodeled Yankee Stadium. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-4 before a crowd of 36,361 fans. Six of their 8 runs were unearned, thanks to 3 Mets errors. Yankees rookie pitcher Jim Beattie gets the win, while Rick Baldwin takes the lost for the Mets. Rookie Mets catcher Jay Kleven who would go 1 for 5 in the MLB, made the impression that earned him his cup of coffee with 2 hits in the game.

1977- The Yankees Starter Don Gullet wins his 5th straight start as the Yankees win a 6-5 come-from–behind victory over the Twins.

1978- The Yankees obtained OF/1B Jay Johnstone and Minor League OF Bobby Brown from the Phillies for reliever Rawly Eastwick. Jay would hit .262 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs as a pinch hitter/1B for the 1978 Yankees. On June 15,1979, Jay was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for P Dave Wehrmeister. Overall as a Yankees player, Johnstone appeared in 59 games as an OF/1B, while hitting .239 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.

1978- The Yankees repeatedly rally to defeat the Mariners by the score of 10-9 in 11 innings. Yankees trailed into 8th inning, when Cliff Johnson’s pinch-hit HR ties the game. The Yankees then spotted the Mariners an extra inning lead before; Reserve OF Paul Blair hits a 2-out, 3-run HR in the 10th inning to win the game.

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Chase Whitley (2014-2015) was born.
The Yankees selected hurler Chase Whitley in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Whitley split the summer of 2010 between the Staten Island Yankees (4-2, 15 Sv, 1.31 ERA, 44 K in 34 1/3 IP) and Tampa Yankees (1 R in 3 IP). He tossed 3 1/3 shutout playoff innings for Tampa, fanning 5 batters. He tied another Chase, Chase Johnson for 2nd in the New York-Penn League in saves (1 behind Jordan Conley), was 2nd in games pitched (28, 2 behind Conley) and was 3rd in opponent average (.157). In 2011, Whitley pitched for Tampa (0-1, 6 Sv, 1.68 ERA in 23 G) and the Trenton Thunder (3-4, 3.38 ERA in 19 G). He tied Eric Wordekemper for 6th in the Yankees system in games pitched. In 2012, he did well with AA Trenton (no Runs in 4 IP) and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (9-5, 3.25 ERA in 41 G). He tied for 6th in the Yankees chain in wins. He was 8th in pitching appearances. He was 3-2 with 3 saves and a 3.06 ERA in 29 games for the 2013 AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team. He opened the 2014 season with Scranton, going 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 32 K in 26 1/3 IP. Chase was called up to the Yankees, when starter CC Sabathia went on the DL. In his MLB pitching debut for the Yankees on May 15, 2014, Whitley faced another pitcher making his MLB pitching debut, Mets Jacob DeGrom. Both young pitchers did very well, with Chase giving up no runs on 2 hits in 4 2/3 innings before Dellin Betances relieved him, while DeGrom gave up a single run in 7 frames. The 2 young pitchers both also collected their 1st MLB hit off of one another. The Yankees won the game by the score of 1-0, with Whitley ending up with a no-decision. He recorded his 1st MLB career win on June 6th against the Royals winning the game by the score of 4-2. Chase will finish the 2014 season with a 4-3 record with a 5.23 ERA in 24 games. Whitley started the 2015 season in the minors, with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International League); he went 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 3 starts. He was called up to the Bronx in late April to join the Yankees starting rotation. He went 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 4 starts, but he had to leave the last of these, on May 14th, in the 2nd inning with pain in his elbow. He underwent an MRI the next day and elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, putting him out for at least a year. On November 20, 2015, Chase was selected off waivers by Tampa Bay from the Yankees. He is currently on the 2018 Braves roster.

2010- Former Yankees Reserve OF Oscar Azocar (1990) passed away. (1965-2010)
On November 22,1983, Oscar Azocar was signed as a Free Agent for the Yankees by MLB Scout Fred Ferreira. Originally a Pitcher in the Yankees farm system from 1984-1986, he went 14-5 with a 2.31 ERA. He began playing the outfield in 1987; he hit .359 for the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) that season. In 1990, Azocar played 94 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He was called up to the Bronx. He made his MLB player debut on July 17th, getting a pinch-hit single in his 1st MLB at-bat against the Royals. The following day, he homered, doubled, and singled against the Royals. Overall, he appeared in 65 games for the Yankees that summer, he was used more than any other player in LF by the Yankees, who also played Mel Hall, Hensley Meulens, Claudell Washington, Deion Sanders, Dave Winfield and others at the position that year. He hit for a good average, but Oscar hardly drew any walks, which diminished his value as a player significantly, especially as he had little power as a hitter. After the 1990 season, he was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for OF Mike Humphreys. He appeared in 38 games for San Diego in 1991, while also playing 107 games for their AAA Las Vegas Stars (PCL). In 1992, he was in the MLB for the whole season with the Padres, appearing in 99 games, although only 37 were in the field. In 2 seasons with the Padres, he hit .204 with no HRs and 17 RBIs. Azocar holds the record for career-stolen bases without being caught with 10, although caught stealing records are incomplete before 1951. Azocar also played in the Venezuelan League, becoming a star with Magallanes. He later played several years in the Mexican League, ending his active playing career in 2001. In 2010, he was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. He died later that year in Venezuela.

June 15th Old MLB Trade Deadline Day

1912- Former Yankees 1B Ellsworth “Babe” Dahlgren (1937-1940) was born. (1912-1996)
On May 1, 1939, Babe Dahlgren replaced Lou Gehrig at 1B, when his ALS illness forced him to stop playing in Detroit. On February 17,1937, Babe was purchased by the Yankees from the Red Sox. Babe had been blocked at 1B with the Red Sox, because the presence of future HOF 1B slugger Jimmy Foxx. He appeared in 327 games for the 1937-1940 Yankees, while hitting .248 with 27 HRs and 163 RBIs. He appeared in 1939 World Series against the Reds, while hitting only .214. His MLB career was shaken by an unfounded rumor that he was a marijuana smoker. This explains why the Yankees sold him to the Boston Braves before the start of 1941 AL season, without giving an explanation. Manager Joe McCarthy claimed that his fielding was lacking, which went against the observations of anyone who had watched him play. He was leading the Braves in HRs and RBIs when they traded him to the Cubs later that year, again without a valid explanation. In 1942, he played for 3 different teams. On May 13th, the Cubs sold him to the Browns, but they returned him 6 days later, after he had made only a couple of pinch-hitting appearances. On that same day, the Cubs sent him to the Dodgers, again for cash. The explanation was that there was uncertainty about whether he would be entering the US military (this was a few months after Pearl Harbor), but again, it makes little sense on its own. In any case, he never got going that season and eventually was sent down to the AAA Montreal Royals, but he refused to report. The Dodgers turned around and sold the unwanted Dahlgren to the Phillies before the start of the 1943 NL season. The Phillies were a woeful team that needed all the help it could get, and did not mind adding a player who had become a pariah because of the drug rumors. It turned out to be a wise move, as Dahlgren could still play. He played in 136 games, while hitting .287 with 56 RBIs and was named to the All-Star team. Babe took a drug test to prove that he was clean. However, his season was cut short when he was inducted into the military on September 16th, but he failed his physical exam because of a sinus condition. Before the start of the 1944 NL season, he was traded again, this time to the Pirates. He played every game for the Bucs that year, hitting .289 with 101 RBIs. In 1945, his 115 double play and .996 fielding percentage both led the National League, and he hit .250 with 75 RBIs Babe played in the MLB from 1935-1946 for the Red Sox, Yankees, Braves, Cubs, Browns (twice), Dodgers, Phillies and the Pirates. In 1964, he was an MLB Coach for the A’s, earlier he had been an MLB scout for the team from 1956 to 1958. He later scouted for the Orioles. He became a pioneer in using film to study batters' swings and as a teaching device, working on this with the A's and with the Cardinals in 1965. He had amassed a tremendous collection of film materials on hitters dating back to the 1940s, but all of these were lost when his home burnt down in 1980.

1916- Former Yankees Reserve OF Edward “Bud” Stewart (1948) was born. (1916-2000)
In March of 1947, the Yankees acquired OF Edward “Bud” Stewart. He began the 1948 AL season in the Bronx, after hitting .358 for the 1947 Kansas City Blues (American Association). After appearing in just 6 games with the 1948 Yankees, he was traded to the Senators on May 13,1948 for OF Leon Culberson and $20,000.

1923- Future HOF 1B Lou Gehrig makes his MLB player debut with the Yankees as a Pinch Hitter. He had been a college baseball star at Columbia University.

1926- The Yankees obtained OF Roy Carlyle on waivers from the Red Sox. He hit .385 with no HRs and 11 RBIs in 35 games for the 1926 Yankees before retiring from baseball. He did not appear in the 1926 World Series for the Yankees.

1928- Former Yankees Minor League Player (1955-1958) and Manager (1968-1974) Gene Hassell was born.
Gene Hassell played the infield in the Yankees Minor League system with the 1954-1959 AAA Denver Bears (American Association). In 1961, he retired as an active player. He was a Minor League Manager for the Yankees organization at Johnson City, Manchester and Kinston teams from 1968-1974.

1929- The Yankees sold Pitcher Myles Thomas to the Senators. He went 14-12 with a 4.70 ERA in 70 games with 1 save for the team. They sold him to clear a roster spot to the for-college Pitcher Bots Nekola, who they just had signed. The graduate of Holy Cross College would just last 9 games with no decisions for the 1929 Yankees.

1935- The Reds returned hurler Dan MacFayden to the Yankees upon the expiration of the “try-out” period allowed for in the deal, which sent him to the Reds in 1934. The Yankees return around and sell him to the St. Louis Browns for cash.

1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Al Closter (1971-1972) was born.
Before the start of the MLB 1965 Season, hurler Alan Closter was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On November 29,1965, he was drafted by the Indians from the Yankees in the 1965 MLB Rule 5 player draft. Alan Closter went 2-2 in 16 games with the Yankees. On September 5, 1973, the Yankees sent Al Closter to the Braves to complete an earlier deal made on June 7,1973. On June 7,1973, the Yankees sent players to be named later, INF/OF Wayne Nordhagen and 1B/OF Frank Tepedino to the Braves for veteran MLB starter Pat Dobson.

1950- The Yankees obtained Pitchers Joe Ostrowski, Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht, 3B Leo Thomas from St. Louis Browns for veteran INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss, OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson and Duane Pillette along with $50,000 cash. Tom Ferrick would help the 1950 Yankees bullpen by going 8-4 with 9 saves. Joe Ostrowski would become a valuable long man for the 1950-1953 Yankees, going 9-7 in 27 games with 3 saves. Pitcher Sid Schacht and 3B Leo Thomas never appeared with the team at MLB level.

1951- The Yankees obtained 2 Pitchers: Bob “Sarge” Kuzava and Bob Ross from the Senators for 3 hurlers: Fred Sanford, Bob Porterfield and Tom Ferrick. Bob Kuzava would go 8-4 with 5 saves for the 1951 Yankees. In World Series play for the Yankees, Bob had a 0-0 record with 2 saves in 3 games. Overall for the Bombers, “Sarge” would post a 23-20 record with a 3.39 ERA with 13 saves in 103 games. Bob Ross never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. The trading of hurler Bob Porterfield was a rare Yankees trade mistake; he would recover from his back problems, winning 22 games for the 1953 Senators. As a 1948-1951 Yankees hurler, Bob posted an 8-9 record with 1 save and a 5.06 ERA in 40 games. He would win 67 games in 5 seasons for the Nats. Veteran Pitchers Fred Sanford and Tom Ferrick were ineffective with the Senators.

1951- The Yankees obtained veteran hurler Stubby Overmine from the St. Louis Browns for Starter Tommy Byrne and $25,000 cash. Stubby went 1-1 in 15 games for the 1951 Yankees, before being traded back to the Browns. Tommy Byrne would return to Yankees in September of 1954, after being acquired from the AAA Seattle Rainers (PCL). He would enjoy 4 good seasons with the 1954-1957 Yankees, posting a 30-16 record before retiring from MLB.

1957- The Yankees obtained P Ryne Duren, OF’s Jim Pisoni and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson from the Kansas City A’s for P Ralph Terry, INF/OF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin and OF Bob Martyn. Ryne Duren would become the 1958-1960 Yankees Bullpen Closer, while battling his serious drinking problems. He would be sent to the Yankees AAA team, the AAA Denver Bears (AA). Ralph Terry would return to the Yankees during the 1959 AL season, becoming a successful Yankees Starter in the early 1960’s. In 1958, INF Billy Martin suffered a serious head injury while playing with the Indians, he would never be the same player that he was with the Yankees, bouncing from team to team in both leagues until his player release by the Twins in the Spring of 1962. Woodie Held would become the starting shortstop for the Indians during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Harry Simpson would play the OF/1B for the Yankees for 99 games, while hitting .233 before being traded back to the A’s in 1958. Jim Pisoni spent most of his time with the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). Bob Martyn played in 94 games for the 1957-1959 A’s, while hitting .263. On April 12,1959, Bob was traded by the A’s along with INF Mike Baxes to the Yankees for Reserve INF Tom Carroll and Minor League OF Russ Snyder. He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level. The Yankees would send him to their AAA Richmond team, where he appeared in 110 games, while hitting .295. In 1960, he split his last pro season playing in AAA for the Yankees Richmond Virginians (IL) and the Reds AAA club, the San Diego Padres (PCL) before retiring from the game.

1958- The Yankees obtained hurlers Virgil Trucks and Duke Maas from the Kansas City A’s for Reliever Bob Grim and OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Veteran hurler Virgil “Fire “Trucks went 2-1 in 25 games before retiring from MLB. Reserve OF/1B Harry Simpson had appeared in 99 games for the Yankees, while hitting just .233. Former 1954 AL ROY hurler Bob Grim went 45-21 with 27 in 146 saves for the Yankees. In 1958, Bob lost his effectiveness as a reliever going 0-1 in 11 games for the 1958 Yankees before the trade was made with the A’s. Duke Maas went 7-3 in 28 games for the 1958 Yankees. Then in 1959, he posted a 14-8 mark with a 4.43 ERA in 38 games. In 1960, he went 5-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 35 games, before being selected by the Angels in the 1960 AL Expansion Teams Player Draft. Duke never appears in an MLB game with the 1961 expansion Angels. He is returned to Yankees on April 4, 1961 in a trade with the Angels, that saw the Yankees send Reserve INF Fritz Brickell to the West Coast, but an injury to his pitching arm made him ineffective and he didn’t pitch again in the MLB, despite surgery and several rehab attempts in the Yankees Minor League system. Duke had appeared in the 1958 and 1960 World Series for the Yankees with a 0-0 record in 2 games.

1958- Former Hall of Fame Yankees 3B Wade Boggs (1993-1997) was born.
The Yankees signed former All Star 3B Wade Boggs as an MLB free agent in 1992. He had played for the Yankees eastern division rivals, the Red Sox from 1982 to 1992. He hit over the .300 in 4 of the 5 seasons that he played for the Yankees. Wade appeared in 602 games for the Yankees, while hitting .313 with 24 HRs and 246 RBIs. He hit .273 in the 1996 World Series against the Braves for the Yankees. He left the Yankees over his sharing playing time dispute at 3B, opting for MLB free agency. He signed with his hometown team: The Tampa Bay Rays. With the Rays, Wade collected his 3,000 MLB career hit. In 2005, Wade Boggs was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1966- The Yankees sell veteran MLB hurler Bob Friend to the Mets for $20,000 waiver price. He was washed up. On December 10,1965, Bob was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees for Reliever Pete Mikkelsen and cash. He went 1-4 in 12 games for the 1966 Yankees before his trade to the Mets.

1968- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent veteran All Star OF Rocky Colvaito, after his release by the Dodgers. Rocky would appear in 39 games for the 1968 Yankees, just hitting .220 with 5 HRs with 13 RBIs. Also, he pitched in 1 game for the Yankees in relief getting the victory. The Yankees asked him to come back for the 1969 MLB season as a relief pitcher and pinch-hitter, but Rocky decided to retired from MLB instead.

1968- The Yankees sell veteran MLB Reliever John Wyatt to the Tigers for $30,000. After being obtained from the Red Sox, John had appeared in just 7 games with the 1968 Yankees, while posting a 0-2 record. He had been a star in the Negro Leagues before signing with the Kansas City A’s during the 1950’s. John appeared in the 1967 World Series with the Red Sox. He will not make any appearance for Tigers in their 1968 World Series with the Cardinals.

1972- Former Yankees 1B/DH and MLB/Union Executive Tony Clark (2004) was born.
In 2004, Veteran 1B/DH/OF Tony Clark was signed as an MLB free agent by the Yankees. Tony hit .221 with 16 HRs and 49 RBIs for the Yankees. He was granted MLB free agency by the team. He would sign with the D-Backs, who offered him more playing time. After retiring from the game, he became active in the MLB Players Association in 2010 as Director of Player Relations. He had been a player representative for many years while playing in the MLB and was already familiar with union business. He was named Deputy to Executive Director Michael Weiner when he was struck by brain cancer in July of 2013, and replaced him on an interim basis after his passing on November 21, 2013. On December 3rd, he was confirmed in the position of Executive director, although his nomination still needed to be ratified by a vote of the membership. A few days later, he named Hall of Fame OF Dave Winfield as his Deputy.

1972- Former Yankees Pitcher Ramiro Mendoza (1996-2002, 2005) was born.
Ramiro Mendoza went 54-34 with 20 saves in 277 games with the Yankees. Ramiro was one of the key bridges in the 1996-2002 Yankees bullpens to Yankees Closer Marino Rivera. He was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees in 2002. Ramon would sign with the Red Sox. He suffered arm injuries that ended his MLB pitching career in 2005, while trying to make a comeback with the Yankees.

1972- Former Yankees All Star Starter Andy Pettitte (1995-2003, 2007-2010, 2012) was born.
In 1990, the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Andy Pettitte, but he waited instead until 1991 to sign with the Yankees as a draft-and-follow. From 1991 to early 1995, he pitched in the Yankees minor league organization. He never had a losing season. In the rookie league, he had a 0.98 ERA. At Oneonta and Greensboro, he had ERA’s around 2.20. In 1993, in Single A and Double A, he had a record of 12-9. In 1994, Andy split time between AA and AAA levels. Andy went 14-4. In 1995, after 11 2/3 innings in Triple A without giving up a run, the Yankees brought him up. As a rookie that season, he went 12-9; he was 3rd in the voting for the 1995 AL Rookie of the Year Award. In 1996, his 2nd season in the MLB, Andy was 2nd in the Cy Young Award voting after posting a season record of 21-8. In 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2005, he was in the top 6 in the Cy Young Award pitcher voting. He went 19-9 in 2000 and 21-8 in 2003. He was on the AL All-Star teams in 1996, 2001 and 2010. In his return to the Yankees in 2007, he became the team's elder anchor on the mound, continually giving the team solid performances as teammates such as Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang, Carl Pavano and Philip Hughes battled inconsistency and injuries. He passed the 200-inning mark in both 2007 and 2008. That season, he was given the honor of starting the last game ever played in Yankee Stadium on September 21st - a fitting tribute for one of the winningest pitchers in the history of the famed ballpark. He pitched 5 + innings against the Orioles to earn credit for his team's 7-3 win. In 2009, he was a key figure in his team's conquest of another World Series title, going 14-8 during the season, getting the series-clinching win in all 3 rounds of the 2009 postseason, including Game 6 of the World Series against the Phillies. His 2010 AL season was cut short by injury, as he went 11-3 in 21 starts, with a 3.28 ERA, his best since 2005. He came back in time for the 2010 MLB postseason, but after the season said he was thinking about retirement. He hesitated for months before making his decision to retire known at a press conference on February 4, 2011. It seemed not to have missed a step, as it barely took a month of extended spring training and a few minor league assignments to get him ready to pitch in pinstripes again.
He was called up to the Bronx on May 8th, he was handed the assignment as the team's starter for May 13th, against the Mariners. His return came at an opportune time, shortly after the Yankees had learned that prize off-season acquisition Michael Pineda would be lost for the season; with Yankee starters struggling to a 5.54 ERA in the season's early going. He was a loser in his 1st start on May 13th, giving up 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings to the Mariners, including long balls to Justin Smoak and Casper Wells. He was then outstanding in his 2nd start, pitching 4-hit ball over 8 innings for a 4-0 win over the Reds on May 18th. He was then outstanding in his 2nd start, pitching 4-hit ball over 8 innings for a 4-0 win over the Reds on May 18th. He suffered a big setback on June 27th; however, when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Indians' batter Casey Kotchman, breaking his fibula. Hoping to return to action quickly, he began throwing off flat ground at the end of July, but pushed himself too hard, delaying his return until September. He finally came back on September 19th, pitching 5 innings and earning the win over the Blue Jays, 4-2, in the opener of a doubleheader sweep. He picked up another win in his next start on September 24th, pitching 6 scoreless innings over the Twins to improve to 5-3. He finished the season at 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts, and then Andy made a couple of starts in the postseason.

He lost Game 2 of the ALDS to the Orioles, 3-2 in spite of a solid start, and then he got a no-decision in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers, pitching 6 2/3 innings in a game the Yankees lost in extra innings. In 2013, Pettitte was back with the Yankees; he registered the team's 1st win of the season in its 3rd game, facing the Red Sox on April 4th. He gave up only 1 run in 8 innings, before turning the ball over to Mariano Rivera, who, just like in the good old days, recorded the save in his return from a serious knee injury that had almost ended his MLB pitching career the previous year. He also won his 2nd start, but then he had to have his next outing pushed back by a few days because of back spasms. He generally pitched well over the 1st 6 weeks of the season, as he was 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 7 starts on May 16th. That day, however, he had to leave a game against the Mariners in the 5th inning with a back injury, bleak news for a Yankees team reeling with injuries (although still playing well at that point). Pettitte was placed on the DL the next day. He returned on June 3rd, with a chance to earn his 250th MLB win against the Indians, but he ended up 1 out short of the mandatory 5 innings required and reliever Shawn Kelley was credited with the 7-4 win. He did win the milestone contest on June 8th, when he defeated the Mariners, 3-1. What made that day more memorable was that his son Josh, a standout HS pitcher was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round of the 2013 amateur draft that day; Josh was expected to forego the pros for now in order to enroll at Baylor University, however. On July 1st, he recorded his 1,957th strikeout to pass Whitey Ford and become the Yankees' all-time leader in that department. On September 20th, he announced that he would retire at the end of the MLB season, joining his long-time Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera, although with his announcement coming late in the season, he received none of the extended tributes from opposing teams that were handed to Mo throughout the year. His last MLB career start was a beauty; facing his former team, the Astros on September 28th, he pitched a complete game and won by the score of 2-1 to finish the 2013 season with an 11-11 record with a 3.74 ERA in 30 starts. It was his 1st complete game since the 2006 MLB season, but Rivera had indicated that he had already pitched his last game, so Pettitte got to finish his own work. The Yankees had been eliminated from 2013 MLB postseason contention a few days earlier, so there would be no more encores. Pettitte and Mariano Rivera set the record for win-save combinations by a pitcher duo, with 58 breaking the mark held by Oakland A’s pitchers Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley. That mark was pushed to 69 by the time, Pettitte recorded his 1st win of 2013 with Mariano's help, and the 2 combined their efforts 3 more times during the season, pushing the mark to 72. The Yankees retire his player uniform number, 46 on August 23, 2015, and dedicated a plaque with his name in Monument Park. His was 1 of 3 numbers worn by members of the great Yankees teams of the late 1990s to be retired that year, alongside number 20 worn by catcher Jorge Posada and the 51 of Bernie Williams; Rivera's 42 had received the honor at the end of the 2013 season, when he pitched his last game, and still waiting was Derek Jeter's number 2, to complete the 4 core of outstanding teammates who had played together with tremendous success for over a decade. In 15 seasons with the Yankees, Andy posted a 219-127 record with a 3.94 ERA in 447 games. In World Series play with the Yankees, he posted a 5-4 record. Overall was an MLB pitcher with the Yankees and Astros, he posted a lifetime 256-153 record with a 3.85 ERA in 531 games.

1974- The Yankees purchased lefty hurler Rudy May (1974-1976,1980-1983) from the Angels for Cash. On June 15,1976, Rudy was traded by the Yankees along with reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey, Pitchers Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to the Orioles for P Doyle Alexander, OF Jimmy Freeman, Catcher Elrod Hendricks, Pitchers Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson. His best Yankees season was in 1980; Rudy went 15-4, while leading the AL pitchers in ERA with a 2.46 mark. Overall Rudy would go 54-45 with a 3.12 ERA in 184 games and 7 saves with Yankees in 2 tours with the team. He appeared in 1 World Series for the Yankees, posting a 0-1 record. In 16 MLB seasons, Rudy posted a 152-156 record with a 3.46 ERA in 535 games with 12 saves.

1976- Oakland A’s Team Owner Charlie Finley sold 3 of his AL All Star players at the MLB trade deadline. OF Joe Rudi and Reliever Rollie Fingers were sent to the Red Sox for $1 million apiece while Starter Vida Blue was send to the Yankees for $1.5 million. Three days later, MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn will void the moves, saying they are "not in the best interests of baseball." This was one of the worst baseball decisions made by Kuhn, who had numerous run-ins with the 2 AL team Owners A’s Charlie Finley and the Yankees George Steinbrenner. All 3 A’s players will become MLB free agents at the end of the 1976 MLB season.

1976- The Yankees obtained veteran MLB Starters Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander and Reliever Grant Jackson, Reserve Catcher Elrod Hendricks and Minor Leaguer OF Jim Freeman from the Orioles for Yankees hurlers Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott MacGregor and Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey. This was a classic Yankees trade for “today and forget about the future.” Alexander and Grant would be gone at the end of the 1976 MLB post season. Alexander leaving the team for MLB Free Agency, while Grant was lost in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft to Seattle Mariners. Martinez and MacGregor would be major improvements for the Orioles MLB pitching staff, the type of pitchers that the Yankees would later need and didn’t have. At the time of the trade, young reliever Tippy Martinez was in Yankees Manager Billy Martin’s doghouse, while Yankees Minor League hurler Scott MacGregor was recovering from a broken collarbone injury.

1977- The Yankees obtained veteran C/1B Cliff Johnson from the Astros for 3 Yankees Minor Leaguer Players: P Randy Niemann (Class AA), INF Mike Fischlin (Class A, FSL) and a Player to be Named Later. Minor League 1B/OF Dave Bergman would be sent to the Astros on November 23, 1977. Johnson would DH, play 1B and Catch for the Yankees before being traded away to the Indians during the 1979 AL season.

1977- Former Yankees Reliever Bret Printz (2003-2004) was born.
On July 29, 2003, Bret Prinz was traded by the Diamondbacks along with John Prowl (minors) and MLB OF/1B David Dellucci to the Yankees for veteran OF Raul Mondesi and cash. Bret went 1-0 in 28 games for the Yankees. On March 29, 2005, Bret was traded by the Yankees to the Angels for reserve Catcher Wil Nieves.

1978- The Yankees obtained OF/1B Gary Thomasson from the Oakland A’s for 2 Minor League Players: OF Dell Alston and INF Mickey Klutts. Gary would hit .276 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs in 51 games for the 1978 Yankees, while filling in for the injured CF Mickey Rivers. During the 1979 Yankees MLB spring training camp, Gary was traded by the Yankees to the Dodgers for Reserve Catcher Brad Gullen.

1978- Former Yankees Minor League P Zach Day was born.
In 1996, the Yankees in the 5th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Zach Day. He never pitched for the team at the MLB level. He was one of the 3 young Yankee players traded to the Indians as part of the Dave Justice trade.

1979- On June 15,1979, OF/1B Jay Johnstone was traded by the Yankees to the Padres for P Dave Wehrmeister. Overall as a Yankees player, Johnstone appeared in 59 games as an OF/1B, while hitting .239 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.

1979- Former Yankees Pitcher Matt Smith (2006) was born.
On June 5, 2000, Matt Smith was selected by the Yankees in the 4th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He appeared in 12 games with the 2006 Yankees with no decisions. On July 30, 2006, he was traded by the Yankees along with minor league players C.J. Henry, Carlos Monastrios and Jesus Sanchez to the Phillies for OF Bobby Abreu and P Cory Lidle.

1980- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Eric Kratz (2017) was born.
On August 31, 2017, Catcher Eric Kratz was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. He was sent to AAA Scranton. He had been with the Indians AAA team at Columbus, hitting .270. He appeared in 4 games for the 2017 Yankees, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. On November 2, 2017, Erick was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. On December 7, 2017, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He started the 2018 season with AAA Scranton, hitting .269 with 4 HRs and 5 RBIs in 17 games. On May 25, 2018, Erick was purchased by the Brewers from the Yankees. On June 7, 2019, Erik was signed by the Yankees to a Minor League contract and was sent to AAA Scranton.

1983- The Yankees traded 1B Marshall Brant, Minor League Pitcher Ben Callahan and Cash to the A’s for Pitcher Matt Keough. Matt would go 3-4 in 12 games for the 1983 Yankees. Marshall was a AAA 1B at Columbus (IL), who only saw action in 3 games with the Yankees with no hits. Callahan was an AA hurler for the Yankees Nashville Sounds (Southern League).

1987- Former Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez (2012-2014) was born.
Yankees MLB Scout Vic Mata signed INF Eduardo Nunez in 2004. He debuted that year as a pro, hitting .249 for the DSL Yankees 1. In 2005, he batted .313 for the Staten Island Yankees as the 3rd youngest position player in the New York-Penn League. Nunez was 3rd in the NYPL in hits (88), tied for 3rd in triples (6) and 9th in average. He led the league's shortstops in double plays (46) but also in errors (28). Baseball America rated him as the Yankees' 6th-best prospect and 4th-best in the NYPL (behind Nolan Reimold, Chris Volstad and Wade Davis and ahead of Radhames Liz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie; Clay Buchholz was 13th). In 2006, Eduardo struggled with the Tampa Yankees (.184) and Charleston RiverDogs (.227). He did steal 32 bases in 42 tries overall, one positive. The Dominican infielder took the opposite course in '07, starting with Charleston (.238, 20 SB in 28 tries over 91 G) before being returned to Tampa (.285 in 30 Games). Nunez missed time in 2008 with sprains to both thumbs. He hit .271 for Tampa while healthy, but was just 14-for-24 in steal attempts. He fielded .952 at short. In 2009, the 22-year-old showed his 1st signs of serious talent in 4 seasons, putting up a .322 BA for the Trenton Thunder. He stole 19 bases in 26 tries. The youngster was 2nd in the Eastern League with 160 hits (4 behind Neil Sellers) and was 3rd in batting average behind Brock Bond and Josh Thole. He made 33 errors at short, most in the entire EL. He was still named the All-Star shortstop for the league. Baseball America did not list him as one of the league's top 20 prospects, though. That winter, he was 2 for 10 for the Toros del Este. The Santo Domingo native began 2010 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, hitting .289 in 118 games with 23 steals in 28 tries while fielding .976 at short. He was called up to the MLB, when Alex Rodriguez was injured. In his MLB player debut, he was a defensive substitute for Derek Jeter and turned 2 double plays in 3 innings. In his 1st trip to the plate, he was retired on a pop-up by Jose Valverde. His 1st MLB hit was on August 21, a single off of Jason Vargas to break a 4-4 tie in the 7th; it was the game-winning hit. A week later, he drilled his 1st MLB HR, a 2-run shot off of P John Dakes. He went 14 for 50 (.280) with the 1 HR and 7 RBIs in 30 games in pinstripes that season. Nunez got a lot of playing time for the Yankees in mid-season in 2011 as he got most of the starts at 3B when Alex Rodriguez went on the DL in July. He played 112 games overall, hitting .265 with 18 doubles in 309 at-bats; he was also successful 22 of 28 times in stealing bases while splitting his time between shortstop and 3B. His 20 errors were 4th in the 2011 AL, behind Mark Reynolds, Elvis Andrus and Cliff Pennington, despite his part-time role; he spent the entire season with the Yankees. In 2012, Nunez was sent back to the minors for part of the season, as Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix were the main reserve infielders for the Yankees. He was injured for a time. He played 38 games with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while hitting only .227, in addition to short rehabilitation stints with the GCL Yankees and Tampa. In the MLB, he hit .292 in 38 games, but in only 89 at-bats. He went 1 for 5 with a double and a pair of runs scored against the Orioles in the ALDS, then 2 for 6 with a triple and a HR in the ALCS against the Tigers. With Jeter out at the start of the 2013 season with the sequels of the broken ankle suffered in the previous year's ALCS, Nunez started at shortstop in the 1st month of the 2013 season. However, he injured a rib on May 5th, after a few days of rest were not enough to cure him, Nunez was placed on the DL on May 12th, one in a very long series of injuries suffered by the Bronx Bombers at the start of the season. He was hitting .200 in 27 games, with 3 errors and 4 RBIs. Finally he stayed out until July 6th, when he was back in the Yankees' starting line-up after a brief rehabilitation assignment in the minors. He marked his return with his best game of the season, going 2 for 3 with a run with a pair of RBIs in a 5-4 win over the Orioles. He then stayed with the team until the end of the 2013 season, as Jeter was only healthy for brief stints. He played in 90 games, while batting .260 with 3 HRs and 38 RBIs in addition to 17 doubles. With Jeter having announced that 2014 would be his last MLB season, Nunez was expected to share the shortstop job with him before eventually taking it over full time. In a surprise move however, Nunez failed to make the team out of Yankees 2014 MLB spring training camp. He was optioned to AAA Scranton, as the more versatile Yangervis Solarte took the job of utility infielder. On April 7th, it was confirmed unequivocally that he no longer figured in the Yankees' plans as he was traded to the Twins in return for P Miguel Sulbaran. The Twins would later trade him to the Giants. The Giants traded him during the 2017 season to the Red Sox for 2 minor league prospects. He hit .321 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs in 38 games for Boston, until knee problems ended his 2017 season. He is currently playing for the 2019 Red Sox.

1992- Boston Closer Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers' MLB career save mark of 341 games when he preserves a 1-0 victory for the Red Sox with 1 scoreless inning against the Yankees.

1992- Former Yankees Pitcher, MLB Pitching Coach, MLB Manager and Baseball Executive Edward “Steady Eddie” Lopat (1948-1955) passed away. (1918-1992).
The Yankees obtained starter Eddie Lopat from the White Sox in February of 1948 for Catcher Aaron Robinson, Pitchers Fred Bradley and Bill Wight. From 1948 to 1954, Eddie won 113 games for the Yankees as part of the Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi, Whitey Ford (1950,1953) starting rotation that won 5 straight World Championships (1949-1953). Ed helped a young Whitey Ford with his MLB pitching development, using an 8MM camera to study the pitcher’s movements. Lopat was known, as “The Junkman” would be started by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel in-between fastball starters Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi, to throw off the timing of opposition club’s hitters. Some Eddie’s Yankees pitching career highlights are 113 wins with a .657 WP, with 20 career shutouts and 91 complete games. His Yankees career ERA was 3.21. In 1951, he was 21-9 for the Yankees. In 5 World Series (1949-1953) with the Yankees, Eddie went 4-1 in 7 games. In 1951, he was named to the All-Star team pitching staff. In 1953, he led the AL pitchers with a 2.42 ERA. On July 30,1955, Eddie was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles for P Jim “Hot Rod” McDonald. Eddie had a 4-8 record in 16 games with the 1955 Yankees at the time of the trade. On October 10,1955, Eddie Lopat was released by the Orioles. He had a 3-4 record in 10 games with the Orioles. In the fall of 1955, he rejoined the Yankees organization. Eddie managed in the Yankees Minor League system with the 1956-1958 AAA Richmond Virginians (IL). In 1959, he was a Yankees MLB Scout. In 1960, he was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach for Manager Casey Stengel, replacing long time Pitching Coach Jim Turner, who had been fired. Eddie left the Yankees in October of 1960, when new Manager Ralph Houk took over the team; he had named former Yankees hurler Johnny Sain, as his new MLB Yankees pitching coach. For the 1961 MLB season, Eddie was an MLB Pitching Coach for the Twins. Then in 1962, he moved to the Kansas City A’s. In 1963-1964, he was the Manager of the A’s, while posting a 90-124 record. He would later work for the A’s front office as their General Manager. Lopat was one of the few baseball people, who got along with A’s Owner Charley Finley. When the A’s moved to Oakland, Eddie declined the move and joined the Montreal Expos organization working in their front office, handling the Player Development Department.

2008- After back-to-back 19-win MLB seasons, Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang, who is 8-2, breaks his right foot running the bases in an Inter-League game against the Astros, spoiling a 13-0 Yankees rout. Wang will miss the remainder of the 2008 MLB season and the injury will completely derail his MLB pitching career with the Yankees.

2008- Former Yankees Minor League P and MLB Player Billy Muffett passed away. (1930-2008)
Billy Muffett pitched for the 1962-1963 AAA Richmond Virginians (International League). The Yankees had signed the lefty hurler as an MLB free agent. He had previously pitched in the MLB, with the Cardinals, Giants and the Red Sox. In 1962, he went 10-6 in 28 games with a 2.42 ERA. The next season with Richmond, he went 9-9 in 31 games with a 4.24 ERA. The Yankees released him in the winter of 1963.

2011- Bronx Bombers 1B Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate in a 12-4 Yankees win over the Rangers. It is his 11th time doing so, tying Eddie Murray and Chili Davis for the all-time MLB record.

2011- Former Yankees Pitcher Ted Gray (1955) passed away. (1924-2011)
On June 30,1955, veteran MLB hurler Ted Gray was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. Ted only appeared in only 1 game with the 1955 Yankees with no record. On July 20,1955, Ted was released by the Yankees. He would finish the 1955 AL season with the Orioles.
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