This Week in Yankees History August 4th-10th

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This Week in Yankees History August 4th-10th

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This Week in Yankees History August 4th-August 10th Part One

August 4th

1905- The Yankees field a unique battery: Doc Newton Pitching and Mike "Doc" Powers Catching, but only Mike Powers is a real-life Doctor. The Yankees beat the Browns by a score of 7-3.

1910- Former Yankees OF George “Tuck” Stainback (1942-1945) was born. (1910-1992) On December 4, 1941, the Tigers sent INF Boyd Perry and OF Tuck Stainback to theYankees to complete an earlier deal made on September 8, 1941. On September 8, 1941, the Tigers sent Players to be Named Later to the Yankees for Minor League INF Billy Hitchcock. His best Yankees season was in 1943, hitting .260 in 71 games. Tuck appeared in 2 World Series with the 1942-1943 Yankees, playing in 7 games, while only hitting .176. He was sold to the Philadelphia A’s on April 28,1946, where he finished out his 13-year MLB playing career.

1925- Every player in each team's lineup has at least 1 putout in the Indians-Yankees game.

1928- The Yankees purchased hurler Fred Heimach from the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) for $20,00 Cash and Other Considerations. Fred posted a 13-9 record with a 3.77 ERA with 4 saves in 48 games with the Yankees in 2 seasons. On March 25, 1930, Fred was purchased by the AA Toledo Mud Hens (American Association) from the Yankees. The Mud Hens will sell Fred in July of 1930 to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1929- The Yankees take the opening game of a doubleheader from the visiting Indians, winning by a score of 12-0. Yankees Starter Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight game. In the 2nd game, after trailing 6-5 with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, the Tribe scores an AL record-tying 9 runs, to win the game by a score of 14-6.

1932- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim “Mummy” Coates (1956,1959-1962) was born.
After dropping out of school at age 16, the Yankees signed right-hander Jim Coates as an MLB Amateur Free Agent before the start of the 1952 MLB season. The 6' 4" pitcher was assigned to the Olean Yankees (PONY League) in his 1st pro season. Jim responded with a 13-15 record with a 3.19 ERA. The slender pitcher was in the Minor Leagues for the next 5 seasons, sharpening his game for his 1956 MLB Pitching debut. His best season came in 1955, when he went 14-8 with a 2.95 ERA in a split season with the Binghamton Triplets and the Birmingham Barons. This performance earned Jim his 1st stop at Yankee Stadium in 1956, where he appeared in 2 games, pitched 2 innings after spending the season with the AAA Richmond Virginians (International League). He was also in Richmond for the next 2 seasons, where he won 22 and lost 23 over the 3-season run. He broke his arm in 1958 and pitched in only 8 games that season before making the MLB for good the following season. From 1959 to 1962, Jim worked as a Spot Starter and Reliever for the Bronx Bombers, going 37-15 with a 3.84 ERA in 167 games. He had 15 saves as a Yankees Reliever. He had a 13-3 mark with a 4.28 ERA with 1 save in 35 games. In 1960, a year in which he was selected to the AL Team in the 1st of 2 MLB All-Star games. Coates was especially tough at Yankee Stadium. Of pitchers with at least 20 wins, Jim had the highest winning percentage (.794) at the "House That Ruth Built" going 27-7 during his Yankees pitching career. He is also the last Yankee Pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader.

In the 7th game of 1960 World Series against the Pirates, in the 8th inning Jim failed to cover at 1B, which allow the Pirates to extend the inning scoring more runs. Several of the Yankees players blamed him for the lost of the World Series Game 7, not young Reliever Ralph Terry. He was confronted by Clete Boyer and other Yankee players during the 1961 Yankees MLB spring training camp. The lanky Virginian enjoyed his finest moment in Game 4 of the 1961 World Series when the Yankees beat the Reds 7-0. Coates relieved Starter Whitey Ford in the 6th inning because of a foot injury. He responded with 4 shutout innings allowing only 1 Reds hit, getting credit for a save. During the 3 World Series (1960, 1961 and 1962) that Coates was with the Yankees, he came up with a 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA, while appearing in 6 games. He finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 37-15 record with a 3.84 ERA in 167 games. He had 15 saves as a Yankees Reliever. The right-hander also made MLB stops with the 1963 Senators, 1963 Reds and the 1965-1967 Angels during his MLB pitching career. He had the reputation of knocking down batters. He threw with a side-arm delivery and turned his head away from the batter at the last second. It was downright nasty. Jim said: "If you have to knock a batter down, you knock him down." Coates finished up his 9-season MLB run with a 43-22 record with an even 4.00 ERA in 247 games. After being cut loose from the Angels, Jim dropped down to the Pacific Coast League; he finished up his 15-year Minor League run with the AAA Hawaii Islanders at the age of 37 in 1970. His record in the Minor Leagues shows 142-113 losses with a 2.81 ERA. Overall, he spent 19 active seasons in pro baseball (1952-1970). Coates was an unforgettable character. Jim Bouton in his book Ball Four wrote of his skeletal former teammate. "Coates could pose as the illustration for an undertaker's sign. He has the personality to match..." Jim was also known as the only pitcher who could sleep with his eyes open and pitch with them closed. Jim's nickname, to his Yankee teammates was "The Mummy.”

1932- Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey returns to the Bronx Bombers starting lineup after his month's suspension for fighting at home plate in a game. He had punched Carl Reynolds in the face, breaking the player’s jaw. Bill hits a Grand Slam HR and 3 singles, as Yankees beat the White Sox by a score of 15-3.

1934- Former Yankees Manager and MLB Player and Baseball Executive Dallas Green (1989) was born. (1934-2017)
The 1989 Yankees were 56-65 in 5thplace in the AL East, when Team Owner George Steinbrenner fired him. Green didn’t like Yankees Team Owner Steinbrenner’s continuing interference with player transactions with the team. As an MLB pitcher, Dallas Green pitched for the Phillies, Senators and the Mets finishing with an overall 20-20 record with a 4.26 ERA in 185 games. After his MLB playing career ended, he worked for the Phillies front office, then with the Cubs as General Manager. Also, he had managed the Phillies before joining the Yankees. He will manage the Mets in the 1990’s.

1939- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Meyer (1964) was born.
Before the start of the 1960 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Bob Meyer as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Bob went 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 7 games for the 1964 Yankees. On June 12,1964, Bob was purchased by the Angels from the Yankees. He later pitched for the A’s, Pilots and Brewers.

1944- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elisha “Camp” Skinner (1922) passed away. (1897-1944)
Reserve OF Camp Skinner appeared in 27 games for the 1922 Yankees, hitting just .182. On January 30,1923, Camp Skinner was traded by theYankees along with OF Norm McMillan, P George Murray and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran Starter Herb Pennock.

1947- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Al Lyons to the Pirates. Al went 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 19 games for the 1944-1946 Yankees before being sent to the Bucs. At the time of the trade, he had appeared in 6 games for the team with 1 win.

1952- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Bob Hogue to St. Louis Browns for Cash. On July 31,1951, Bob was purchased by the Yankees from the Browns. At the time of trade, Bob was 3-5 in 27 games for the Yankees. Overall, he went 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA with 4 saves in 34 games with the Yankees, before being sent back to the Browns. Bob had appeared in 2 games of the 1951 World Series for the Yankees against the Giants, he pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief with no decisions.

1953- Yankees Starter Vic Raschi sets an MLB record by driving in 7 runs in a Yankees 15-0 victory over the Tigers, still the record for most runs driven in by a Pitcher in 1 game. Raschi singled in 2 runs in 2nd inning, doubled home 3 more runs in the 3rd inning and then capped it off with 2-run single in the 8thinning. His Yankee teammates responded to his hitting feat by filling up his locker to the roof with bats after the game.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Roger “The Rocket” Clemens (1998-2003, 2007) was born.
On February 18,1999, veteran MLB Starter Roger Clemens was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for INF Homer Bush, Reliever Graeme Lloyd and Starter David Wells. Roger posted an 83-39 mark in 174 games with the Yankees. Overall, he was 5-5 in World Series play. With the Yankees, he 3-0 in 6 games for the team. His best Yankees season was in 2000, when Roger went 20-3 with 3.51 ERA in 33 games for the Yankees. After the 2003 MLB season, Roger left the Yankees signing with his hometown Houston Astros along with Yankees MLB Free Agent Starter Andy Pettitte. In 2007, he returned to the Yankees during the mid-season, posting a 6-6 record with a 4.18 ERA in 18 games.

1963- After missing 61 games, Yankees All-Star Slugger Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees lineup as a Pinch-Hitter for Bronx Reliever Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning, when the stiff-legged Mantle golf’s a line drive to tie the game at 10-10. The emotional Yankees win it by a score of 11-10, after the Orioles had taken the opener of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2.

1964- Kansas City A’s Starter John O’Donoghue gives up his 3rd HR to Mickey Mantle this 1964 AL season, but that's all of the Yankee runs that he allows in the game, as the A’s tops the visiting Yankees by a score of 5-1.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Johnson (1991-1993) was born.
The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected hurler Jeff Johnson. Jeff went 8-15 record with a 6.62 ERA in 38 games for the 1991-1993 Yankees. The Yankees released Jeff in September of 1993. He would be signed by the Indians as an MLB Free Agent, but he never returned to the MLB. He was a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Pirates organization.

1972- Yankees CF Bobby Murcer's Grand Slam HR in the 7th inning clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.

1973- Yankees veteran Reliever Lindy McDaniel hurls 13 innings of near perfect relief and comes out a winner, when 2B Horace Clarke’s 13thinning HR gives the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Yankees hurler Fritz Peterson had started the game, but he departed in the 1st inning with a muscle pull.

1975- Former Yankees Minor League and MLB Pitcher Eric Milton was born.
While a Minor Leaguer in the Yankee's Minor League system, Eric Milton got a tattoo of the Yankees logo on his pitching shoulder. He never got into an MLB game with the Yankees. He was traded along with 3 other Minor League players (including INF Cristian Guzman, 1B/OF Brain Buchanan, P Danny Mota) for Twins 2B Chuck Knoblauch.

1978- Orioles Starter Mike Flanagan hands Yankees Starter Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the 1978 AL season by stopping the Yankees by a score of 2-1.

1980- The Yankees purchased veteran MLB 3B Aurelio Rodriguez from the San Diego Padres. He had played in 89 games for the 1980 Padres, hitting just .200. He would give the Yankees another 3B, while regular 3B Graig Nettles was on the DL with hepatitis. Currently, Eric Soderholm was hitting .322 for the team, but not as a defensive 3B as Rodriguez was in the MLB. He would hit .220 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 52 games for the 1980 Yankees.

1983- While warming up in the outfield before the 5th inning of a Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, Yankees OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game, Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals. He is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.

1985- Veteran MLB Starter Tom Seaver becomes the 17th MLB pitcher to win 300 games. Seaver pitches the White Sox to 6-hit, 4-1 victory over the Yankees on “Phil Rizzuto Day” at Yankee Stadium as a crowd of 54,032 New Yorkers cheer him on.

1989- Hard-luck Starter Blue Jays Dave Stieb loses a perfect game, when Yankees OF Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 outs in the 9th inning. He finishes the game with a 2-1 victory, a 2-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Dave Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

1991- Former Yankees Minor League P Corey Black was born.
Corey Black was a 4th-round choice of theYankees in the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Barely a year later, on July 26, 2013, he was traded straight up to theCubs in return for veteran OF Alfonso Soriano. In the deal the Yankees also agreed to take on $6.8 million of the $24.5 million left on Soriano's MLB contract. Black began his pro career with the GCL Yankees in 2012, and then he was promoted to the Staten Island Yankees after only 1 game and ended the season with Charleston RiverDogs(SAL). Between the 3 stops, he went 2-2, 3.08 ERA in 12 games as a starter, while pitching 52 2/3 innings and striking out 50 batters against 15 walks. He was assigned to the Tampa Yankees of the (FSL) to start 2013 season, he had gone 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 starts, when he was traded to the Cubs.

1992- Current Yankees Pitcher Domingo German (2017-2019) was born.
On December 19, 2014, Domingo German was traded by the Marlins with Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and 1B/OF Garrett Jones to theYankees for Pitcher David Phelps, INF Martin Prado and Cash. On December 2, 2015, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. On December 11, 2015, he was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. During the 2017 MLB season, appeared in 5 games for the team with no record, before being sent back to AAA Scranton. He had made another 5 relief outings for the Yanks early in 2018 when he was tabbed to make his first career start on May 6th, filling in for an injured Jordan Montgomery against the Cleveland Indians. It was a beauty, as he pitched 6 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 9 batters, before leaving after having reached his pitch count limit. The game was still scoreless at that point, but Yankees relievers Dellin Betances and Jonathan Holder gave up 4 runs over the next 2 innings, but the Yankees managed to score 3 in the bottom of the 8th and then 4 runs in the 9th off Cody Allen and Dan Otero, a comeback capped by a walk-off 3-run HR by fellow Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres off of Otero. With Montgomery undergoing season-ending surgery, he began to take a regular turn as a starting pitcher, but results were poor at 1st, as he gave up at least 4 runs in each of his next 4 starts, losing 3 of them. He finally recorded his 1st win on June 14th, when he allowed 3 runs in 6 innings in defeating the Rays by the score of 4-3, thanks once again to Torres, who hit a 3-run HR to propel the Yankees to a come-from-behind win. In 2019, he was called up to the Bronx, becoming a succesful MLB Starter when injuries hit the Yankees Pitching staff.

1998- Yankees Darryl Strawberry's Pinch-Hit Grand Slam HR is the big blow in Yankees 9-run rally in the 9th inning, as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Oakland A's by a score of 10-5 in the 2nd game of a double header. It is his 2nd Pinch-Hitter Grand Slam HR of the 1998 MLB season, setting a new AL record and tying the NL mark held by his former Mets Manager, Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, who both set the mark in 1978. The Bombers also win the 1st game of the twin bill by a score of 10-4.

2007- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits his 500 MLB Career HR. He becomes the youngest player in MLB history to reach the 500 MLB career HR mark. His 3-run HR shot in the 1st inning off of Royals Starter Kyle Davies leads the Yankees to a 16-8 pounding of the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

2010- On the 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career HR, Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits the 600th MLB career HR of his MLB playing career off of Toronto's Shaun Marcum, becoming the youngest player - and only the 7th all time - to reach the MLB HR milestone. The Yankeeswin the game by the score of 5-1 and with the Rays 2-1 loss to the Twins, regain a share of 1st place in the AL East.

2018- The Indians traded veteran MLB Reliever George Kontos to the Yankees for Cash. He appeared in 1 game for the team with no decisions. He had previous pitched for the 2011 Yankees, appearing in 8 games with no record with a 2.35 ERA. Kontos was drafted by the Yankees in the 2006 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He was traded to the Giants on April 4, 2012 for Reserve Catcher Chris Stewart. After 2018 MLB season had ended, George was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. He would be signed by the Nationals to a Minor League deal.

2018- The Blue Jays traded 3B Gio Urshela to the Yankees, who assigned him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL). He doesn’t appear with the 2018 Yankees, but he will become a key-part of the 2019 Yankees infield, when injuries occur.

August 5th

1867- Former HOF Yankees Team Owner Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939) was born. (1867-1939)
The son of a brewing magnate, Jacob Ruppert, also called Colonel Ruppert or Jake, was already a well-known figure in New York City, when Ruppert and his business partner Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston purchased the New York Yankees from Team Owners Frank Farrell and William Devery in January of 1915. Ruppert had briefly served in the National Guard, earning the title Colonel. He also served in 4 terms in Congress from 1899-1907. In 1918, he hired Miller Huggins to become Yankees Manager over his partner’s objections. In 1919, Jacob Ruppert purchased the land in the Bronx on which Yankee Stadium would eventually be built and open in April of 1923. In 1920, the Yankees purchased OF/P Babe Ruth from the Red Sox. In some accounts, Ruppert was known to dislike the Babe for his drinking and off-field behavior. Also, in the winter of 1920, he hired former Red Sox GM/Manager Edward Barrow to become the new Yankees General Manager. He bought out his business partner Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston in May of 1923 to become the sole owner of the Yankees. He owned the Yankees until his death in January of 1939, overseeing the franchise during one of its most glorious eras, during which the team won 9 AL pennants and 6 World Seriestitles. His estate headed by long time Yankees General Manager Edward Burrow will run the Yankees until when the club is sold to new Team Co-Owners, Del Webb, Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail in 1945. In December of 2013, Jacob Ruppert was voted into the Hall of Fame as an MLB Team Owner.

1872- Former Yankees Pitcher Merle “Doc” Adkins (1903) was born. (1872-1934)
In 1902, Doc Akins went 1-1 for the 1902 Red Sox. In 1903, Doc Adkins went 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 2 games for the Yankees. Later, he would practice medicine in Durham, N.C. He was a graduate of John Hopkins University.

1899- Former Yankees Pitcher Sam Gibson (1930) was born. (1899-1983)
Sam Gibson went 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA in 2 games with the 1930 Yankees. Before joining the Yankees, he had pitched for the 1926-1928 Tigers. In 1931, he pitched for the San Francisco Seals (PCL) posting a 28-12 record with a 2.48 ERA in 41 games. In 1932, he was back in the MLB with Giants, posting a 4-8 record with a 4.85 ERA in 41 games. From 1933 to 1946, he would pitch in the Minor Leagues.

1904- The Highlanders beat the Indians by a score of 5-0, to send the 1904 AL pennant race into a virtual 3-way tie. New York is 1st (.614) with Chicago (.613) and Cleveland (.611) close behind.

1905- TheHighlanders 1B Hal Chase has an MLB record 38 putouts in a doubleheader sweep versus the visiting Browns. The Highlanders sweep the doubleheader of the St. Louis by scores of 3-1 and 6-5.

1923- Against the St.Louis Browns, Babe Ruth again bats right-handed. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th HRs off of P Ray Kolp, Reliever Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th inning and again in the 13th inning. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel's single wins the game for the Yankees by the score of 9-8.

1934- While 3 Yankees teammates stand watching a fly ball by Philadelphia A’s Slugger Jimmie Foxx drops in for a double, the only A’s hit given up by Yankees Starter Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over the A's.

1935- In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics because of the wet weather conditions, as a result AL President Heydler fines both team’s Managers, Red Sox Joe Cronin and Yankees Joe McCarthy $100 each. The Yankees win the game by the score of 10-2 with Yankees Starter Red Ruffing picking up the win.

1940- Former Yankees Minor League INF Ossie Chavaria was born.
INF Ossie Chavaria was originally signed by the Cubs in 1959. During the winter of 1959, he was traded to the A’s. He reached the MLB in 1966 with Kansas City. He played for the team in 1967. Overall, he appeared in 124 games for the A’s, while hitting .208 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs. On December 5,1969, Ossie was traded by the Oakland A’s along with 1B/3B Danny Cater to the Yankees for veteran Starter Al Downing and Catcher Frank Fernandez. He didn’t appear with the team at the MLB level. He played for the Yankees AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs (IL) appearing in 241 games, while hitting .265 with 15 HRs and 89 RBIs. On December 6, 1971, he was traded by the Yankees to Mexico City Tigers (Mexican League) for 3B Celerino Sanchez.

1946- The Yankees sold Pitcher Jake Wade to the Senators. Wade had spent 1945 AL season in the Navy. He had a 2-1 record with a 2.29 ERA in 13 games for the 1946 Yankees. Wade would appear in 6 games for the Nats in his last MLB season. In another MLB roster move, the Yankees sent veteran hurler Marius Russo to their AA club, the Kansas City Blues (American Association). He had posted a 45-32 record for the Yankees during the 1939-1941 AL seasons, before spending 2 years in the Army. He had arm surgery in the winter of 1945. He was 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 8 games for the team. He would never return to pitch for the Yankees.

1946- The 2nd Game of the 1946 Mayor’s Trophy series is held at Yankees Stadium. A crowd of 25,067 fans see the Yankees edge the Giants by the score of 3-2. A 3rd game for the 1946 series will not be played since the Bronx Bombers lead the series 2-0. The Yankees score the game–winner in the bottom of the 9thinning and there was an altercation between Giants 1B Babe Young and AL Umpire Art Passarella on the final play. Young screamed that the AL Umpire had robbed the NL by calling Yankees base-runner Joe DiMaggio safe at home on a sacrifice by Gus Niarhos. In the 1st inning, Yankees hurler Joe Page broke Giants 1B Johnny Mize’s hand with a pitch. The Giants slugger would be out of action until September 13thand then he promptly broke a toe on his return. The winning pitcher for the Yankees was Cuddles Marshall, while Pitcher Woody Abernathy took the lost for the Giants, even though he held the Yankees batters hitless for 6 innings, he allowed just 4 Bronx hits in total and 2 of the runs he allowed were unearned.

1959- At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between the Tigers Starter Don Mossi and Yankees Starter Bobby Shantz by belting an 8th inning HR with 1 on. The Yankees win the game by a score of 3-0.

1963- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Herb Compton (1945) passed away. (1911-1963)
On November 1,1944, Catcher Herb Compton was drafted by the Yankees from the Pirates organization in the 1944 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Herb appeared in 36 games for the 1945 Yankees, while hitting just .192 with no HRs and 12 RBIs. He had appeared in 50 games hitting .250 for the Yankees AA team, the Kansas City Blues (American Association). At the end of the 1945 MLB season, Herb left the Yankees Minor League organization.

1966- Former Yankees Pitcher Jerry Nielsen (1992) was born.
The Yankees in the 18th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected P Jerry Nielsen. Jerry went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 20 games for the 1992 Yankees. On December 6,1992, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with Minor League 1B J.T. Snow and P Russ Springer to the Angels for Starter Jim Abbott. He would appear in 10 games for 1993 Angels, before leaving the MLB.

1968- Former Yankees 1B/DH John Olerud (2004) was born.
Veteran 1B John Olerud hit .280 with 4 HRs and 26 RBIs in 49 games for the Yankees before being injured in the 2004 AL Playoffs against the Red Sox. After 2004 MLB season ended, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He finished out his MLB playing career with the 2005 Red Sox.

1977- Former Yankees INF/OF Eric Hinske (2009) was born.
On June 30, 2009, INF Eric Hinske was traded by the Pirates along with Cash to theYankees for Minor League Players: Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer. Eric appeared in 39 games for the 2009 Yankees, while hitting .274 with 7 HRs and 38 RBIs. In November of 2009, he left the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent. He will sign with the Braves, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees for the 2010 MLB season.

1978- Former Yankee Minor League OF Jamal Strong was born.
On April 9, 2007, OF Jamal Strong was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He was originally signed by the Mariners. He played 28 games for the team, hitting just .228. Strong was signed by the Yankees. He did not appear with the team at the MLB level. He spent the 2007 season split between the AAA Scranton (IL) and AA Trenton Thunder (EL). On October 29, 2007, the Yankees granted Strong MLB Free Agency. He would play for the 2008 Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League) before leaving baseball.

1983- AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees Manager Billy Martin for the 2nd time in the 1983 MLB season because of continuing abuse of AL umpires. Martin is suspended for 2 games for calling Umpire Dale Ford, "a stone liar" after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this season for kicking dirt on AL umpire Drew Coble.

1991-Yankees Current Pitcher Ben Heller (2016-2019) was born.
On June 8, 2013, hurler Ben Heller was selected by the Indians in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On July 31, 2016, Ben was traded by Indians along with 3 Minor League players: Pitchers J.P. Feyereisenand Justus Sheffield and OF Clint Frazier to the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Andrew Miller. In 2016, Ben appeared in 10 games for the team, while posting a 1-0 record with a 6.43 ERA in 10 games. In 2017, he went 1-0 with 0.82 ERA in 9 games. In 2018, he had Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm. He was on the 60 DL for the rest of the 2018 AL season. For the 2019 MLB season, he has started his rehab pitching in the Yankees Minor League system.

2001- Former Yankees and Padres OF Dave Winfield, Twins OF Kirby Puckett, Pirates 2B Bill Mazeroski and Negro League Star Hilton Smith are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Despite Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner’s money offers to Winfield to go in the Hall as a Yankee, Winfield selects his original MLB team the San Diego Padres for his hall entry hat.

2011- The Yankees and Red Sox tied atop the AL East standing, meet for a 3-game series at Fenway Park. New York takes the opener, 3-2, thanks a to a big performance by its bullpen. After Starter Bartolo Colon comes out in the 5thinning, with his team trailing by the score of 2-0. Bronx relievers pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Yankees score 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning off of Red Sox Starter Jon Lester for the win. Yankees RF Nick Swisherdrives in the winning run with a double; Yankees Reliever Boone Logan picks up the victory, while Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera picks up the save.

2013- The MLB hands out 13 suspensions in the Biogenesis Laboratories Scandal, in one of the largest disciplinary actions in MLB history. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is suspended for 211 games - until the end of the 2014 MLBseason – but he decides to appeal, the only one of the 13 players to do so. Seven MLB players are handed 50-game suspensions that effectively end their 2013 MLB seasons, while 5 Minor Leaguers are also disciplined. Ironically, Rodriguez plays his 1st game of the 2013 MLB season for the Yankeesfollowing off-season hip surgery; he goes 1 for 4 and is mercilessly booed by the fans as the Yankees lose to the White Sox by the score of 8-1 in Chicago.

2018- The Red Sox complete a 4-game sweep of the Yankees thanks a stunning 9th-inning comeback against Bronx Closer Aroldis Chapman who allows 3 runs by walking the bases loaded with 2 outs, then allows a 2-run single to J.D. Martinez and sees the tying run score on an error by 3B Miguel Andujar. Andrew Benintendi then gives Boston a 5-4 win with a run-scoring single in the 10th. Boston now has a lead of 9 1/2 games after the 2 teams were neck-and-neck until late June.

August 6th

1903- Former Yankees Pitcher (1942-1945) and long time MLB Pitching Coach Jim “Milkman” Turner (1949-1959,1966-1973) was born. (1903-1998)
Jim Turner spent 51 consecutive years in pro baseball. He began his playing career in the Minor Leagues in 1922; he finally reached the MLB in 1937 with the Boston Braves, when he won 20 games as a Rookie Starter. On July 16, 1942, Hurler Jim Turner was traded by the Reds along with INF Joe Abreuand Cash to the Yankees for OF Frankie Kelleher. Jim “Milkman” Turner went 11-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 88 games with 19 saves for the 1942-1945 Yankees. He led the AL in 1945 with 10 saves. Overall as an MLB pitcher, Jim posted a 69-60 record with a 3.22 ERA with 20 saves in 231 MLB games. In addition to his 9-season MLB pitching stint, Turner compiled a 204-132 record in the minor leagues with a 3.85 ERA. He led the 1929 Piedmont League with 25 wins. Turner earned his "Milkman" nickname because of his off-season job of delivering milk. After his MLB playing career ended, he managed the 1946 Beaumont Exporters (Texas League) for the Yankees, then 1947-1948 AA Portland Beavers (PCL). He was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach under Yankees Manager Casey Stengel from 1949-1959. In the winter of 1959, the Yankees front office fired Jim Turner as their MLB pitching Coach, taking the blame for the team’s 3rdplace finish. Former Yankees 1950’s Starter Eddie Lopat replaced him as the team’s MLB Pitching Coach for the 1960 AL season. Jim went back to the Reds organization. He managed the 1960 AA Nashville Vols(Southern Association). In 1961, he became the Reds MLB Pitching Coach. Jim would spent the next 5 seasons as the Reds MLB Pitching Coach, before returning to the Yankees in May of 1966 to be Manager Ralph Houk’s MLB Pitching Coach, holding the position until the end of the 1973 AL season. He retired from baseball in the Winter of 1973.

1914- Former Yankees Minor League P Tommy Reis was born. (1914-2009)
Tommy Reis appeared in the MLB briefly with the 1938 Phillies and Braves appearing in just 8 games, while posting a 0-1 record. On October 27, 1938, the Boston Bees (aka Braves) sent P Johnny Babich, INF Bobby Reis and P Tommy Reisto the Yankeesto complete an earlier deal made on August 10, 1938. On August 10th, the Bees sent Players to be Named Later, INF Gil English, Catcher Johnny Riddle and Cash to the Yankees for INF Eddie Miller. Tommy Reis toiled in the Yankees organization from 1939-1946, while posting a 68-60 pitching record for their 2 top AA teams: Newark Bears (IL) and the Kansas City Blues (AA). He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1919- Former Yankees Minor League OF Leon “Lee” Culberson was born. (1919-1989)
Outfielder Lee Culberson came up to the MLB with the 1943 Red Sox, then he was traded to the Senators. On May 13, 1948, Leon Culberson was traded by the Senators along with $20,000 Cash to the Yankees for OF Bud Stewart. He didn’t appear in an MLB game with the Yankees. He played for the 2 Yankees AA clubs the 1948 Newark Bears (IL) and the 1949 Kansas City Blues (AA), before going to the Giants organization.

1929- After the visiting Senators out-slug the Yankees by a score of 13-11, New York earns a split by making the 2nd game by the score of 8-0 on 2 HRs by Babe Ruth. The 1st is a Grand Slam HR in the 5th inning, his 26th HR of the 1929 AL season. Yankees Starter Fred Heimach scatters 3 Nats hits to earn the nightcap win. Buddy Myers 4 hits, including 3 doubles in the Opener, paces a 14-hit Nats attack. Durst, Cronin and West hit HRs for the Senators.

1937- In a 10-inning game, Indian Outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. In the 10th inning, Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory. One umpire calls it foul, so the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. But the other umpire overrules the 1st, allowing the winning run to score because of the OF's idleness. The AL league office will uphold the Indians protest of the game.

1938- Former Yankees and Red Sox hurler George Pipgras (1923-1924,1927-1933) joins the American League Umpiring Staff.

1943- Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Hardin (1971) was born. (1943-1991)
On May 28, 1971, Jim Hardin was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees for hurler Bill Burbach. Jim went 0-2 in 12 games for the 1971 Yankees. He never fully recovered from arm injuries that made him an effective starter with the mid-1960’s Orioles. He would finish his MLB Pitching career with the Braves. Jim Hardin died on March 9, 1991, when his Beechcraft Beech 35-C33A airplane crashed in Key West, FL. Shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport. The propeller of his aircraft failed due to fatigue, the engine stalled and the plane crashed, while Jim attempted to perform an emergency landing. It came to rest in a parking lot of the TGI Fridays restaurant (which was under construction) located at 2710 North Roosevelt Boulevard. Jim is one of 3 Yankee players, who have died in aviation accidents, including All Star Catcher Thurman Munson (1979) and Pitcher Cory Lidle (2006.)

1945- Former Yankees Pitcher Andy Messersmith (1978) was born.
On December 7, 1977, veteran MLB Starter Andy Messersmith was purchased by the Yankees from the Braves for $100,000. Andy went 0-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 6 games. He had suffered a shoulder injury while running into 1B Cliff Johnson during a MLB spring training game. In fall of 1978, Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency, he would sign with the Dodgers.

1946- Former Yankees Hall of Fame 2B Tony Lazzeri (1926-1937) passed away. (1903-1946)
Tony Lazzeri was epileptic; his untimely death in 1946 resulted from a fatal fall down the stairs, likely caused by an epileptic seizure. Tony Lazzeri set what were then organized baseball records with 60 HRs and 222 RBIs for the 1925 Salt Lake City Bees (PCL) along with a .355 BA. On August 1,1925, Tony was traded by the Bees to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and $50,000 Cash. The Yankees sent 2B Mack Hillis in March of 1926, Frank Zoellers (Minors) in March of 1926 and Curt Fullerton on March 23,1926 to the Bees to complete the trade. Tony had a lifetime BA of .293 with Yankees. He appeared in 7 World series hitting .262 with 4 HRs with 19 RBIs. His best Yankee season was in 1929, when he hit .354 with 18 HRs and 106 RBIs. Tony had seven 100 RBI Seasons: (1926,1927,1929,1930,1932,1933 & 1936). He was on the 1st AL All Star team in 1933. On October 15,1937, Tony was released by the Yankees, upon his request to retire from MLB. He came back to play for the 1938 Cubs, then the Dodgers and finishing up with 1939 Giants. Tony was elected to Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1991. Quote: "(Tony) not only was a great ballplayer, he was a great man. He was a leader. He was like a manager on the field." Former Yankees player and long-time 3B MLB Coach Frankie Crosetti.

1949- The Yankees sell Reserve 1B Jack Phillips to the Pirates for Cash. He was hitting .302 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs for the 1949 Yankees at the time of the trade to the Pirates. Overall as a Yankees Reserve player, Jack hit .295 with 2 HRs and 12 RBIs in 62 games. Jack was sold to the Bucs to clear an MLB roster spot for Yankees Starter Bob Porterfield, who was being called-up from their AA Club, the Newark Bears (IL) to pitch in a critical series against the Red Sox.

1954- Former Yankees 1B/DH Ken Phelps (1988-1989) was born.
On July 21,1988, 1B/DH Ken Phelps was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, OF Jay Buhner and Minor League P Rich Balabon. The Yankees would send Minor League P Troy Evers on October 12,1988 to the Mariners to complete the trade. The Yankees had drafted Ken in 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft, but he did not sign with the team. Ken hit .224 and .249 with 14 HRs for the Yankees during the 1988-1989 AL seasons. On August 30, 1989, Ken was traded by the Yankees to the Oakland A’s for Minor League P Scott Holcomb.

1955- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Davis (1978-1982) was born.
On June 12, 1978, Pitcher Ron Davis was sent by the Cubs to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on June 10,1978. The Cubs sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran hurler Ken Holtzman. They would send Minor League P Ron Davis on June 12, 1978 to the Yankees to complete the trade. As a Yankees reliever, Ron went 27-10 in 154 games with 27 saves. Closer Rich Gossage and Ron Davis team up to give the Yankees, a power bullpen 1-2 duo for several seasons. On April 10,1982, the Yankees along with 2 Minor League players, the Yankees traded Ron Davis, P Paul Boris and INF Greg Gagne to the Twins for MLB Shortstop Roy Smalley. Ron’s son, Ike Davis was an MLB player with the Mets and Yankees.

1961- Mickey Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins by going 5-for-9 with 3 HRs and a double. His 4 RBIs gives him an even 100 for the 1961 AL season. His HR total for the season is now at 43. In the opener, Mantle's had 2 HRs off of his favorite AL pitcher Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard's HR in the 10th inning that ties the game at 6-6. In the 15thinning, Yogi Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beat the throw at 1st to give the Yankees the win. The Yankees win the nightcap by a run as well, when 3B Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Yankees now lead the Tigers by 2 1/2 games in the 1961 AL pennant race.

1963- Yankees veteran Starter Stan Williams throws a 1-hitter against the Senators beating them by the score of 1-0 only giving up a double to INF Don Blasingame. He strikes out 11 Senators batters, while only issuing only 1 Nats walk. Bronx Bombers Shortstop Tony Kubek’s triple scores the Yankees lone run in the game.

1965- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Johnny Ramos (1991) was born.
On June 2, 1986, Catcher Johnny Ramos was selected by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft. As a Reserve C/DH, John appeared in 10 games, while hitting .310 for the 1991 Yankees. He played in the Yankees organization until 1993, later he played in the Padres and Blue JaysMinor League systems before retiring from the game. He is currently an Assistant Baseball Coach at University of Tampa.

1965- After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox, Mickey Mantle loops a HR off of Mickey Lolich, but the Tigers still top the visiting Yankees by a score of 5-4. The Yankees will win tomorrow and Mickey will add another HR.

1971- The Yankees kayo Orioles Starter Pat Dobson in the 4th inning, beating the Birds by a score of 12-3. The loss ends Pat Dobson's winning streak of 12 games, his 9 consecutive complete games and his consecutive scoreless innings streak of 23 innings.

1974- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Vizcaino (2007) was born.
On January 9,2007, Reliever Luis Vizcaino was traded by the Diamondbacks along with P Steven Jackson (Minors), INF Alberto Gonzalez and P Ross Ohlendorf to the Yankees for MLB All-Star Starter Randy Johnson and Cash. Luis went 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 77 games for the 2007 Yankees before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency in the Fall.

1979- After delivering a eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral in Ohio, Bobby Murcer, a teammate and close friend of the deceased Yankees Captain and Catcher, drives in all the runs in the Yankee 5-4 comeback victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees Outfielder hits a 3-run HR and wins the game with 2-run single in 9th inning.

1981- As a result of the nearly 2-month interruption in play because of the strike the MLB Team Owners elect to split the 1981 MLB season into 2 halves, with the 1st-place teams from each half in each division (or a wild-card team if the same club wins both halves) meeting in a best-of-5 divisional playoff series. The last time the MLB played a split season was 1892. The A's, Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers suddenly find themselves guaranteed playoff spots as 1st-half division champions in their leagues.

1982- The Yankees trade their 1978 AL Playoff hero Shortstop Bucky Dent to the Rangers for OF Lee Mazzilli. Dent was hitting only .169; Bucky had lost his starting shortstop job to Roy Smalley, who had been acquired from the Twins. Lee Mazzilli was a former Mets outfielder. He will hit .266 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 37 games for the 1982 Yankees.

1996- Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off of P Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so, he becomes just the 8th MLB player to hit 3 HRs in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Dave Kingman, Cory Snyder, Darnell Coles, Claudell Washington, and Larry Parrish.

2000- The Mariners defeat the Yankees by the score of 11-1. Former Yankees Reserve OF Stan Javier goes 5-for-6 for the Mariners, including a double.

2001- Former Yankee Minor League OF Roy Mantle passed away. (1936-2001)
The younger brother of Yankees Hall of Fame OF Mickey Mantle, OF Roy Mantle played 3 seasons of Minor League ball in the Yankees organization. With the 1955 Monroe Sports, he hit .272 with 6 HR. He was a Cotton States League All-Star. In addition to Mickey, Roy had a twin brother Ray Mantle, who was his teammate during part of his Yankees Minor League playing career.

2003- Three weeks after trading for veteran MLB Reliever Armando Benitez with the cross-town Mets, the Yankees trade the much-maligned Closer to the Mariners. In return, the Yankees get back 36-year-old Relief Pitcher Jeff Nelson for his 2nd tour with the Bronx Bombers.

2009- After losing the 1st 8 contests between the 2 teams for this 2009 AL season, the Yankeesbeat their heated rivals, the Red Sox by the score of 13-6 before a capacity crowd at New Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers feast off of Red Sox veteran Starter John Smoltz, still struggling to regain his form after missing all of the 2008 MLB season. Reliever Billy Traber, who was recalled earlier in the day from AAA Pawtucket (IL), lighting up the 2 Red Sox pitchers for 13 runs on 18 hits in 7 combined innings. Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Melky Cabrera and Mark Teixeira all go deep for the Yankees, while Boston fails to take full advantage of 12 walks issued by 5 Yankee pitchers.

2010- The Red Sox may be reeling from injuries this season, but their rivalry with the Yankees endures. Today, they beat their nemesis by the score of 6-3 at New Yankee Stadium, taking advantage of a dropped pop-up by Yankees Catcher Francisco Cervelli to score 3 runs in the 2nd. Ryan Kalish hits his 1st MLB HR, a 2-run shot off of Yankees Starter Javier Vazquez to put the game away in the 6thinning. Red Sox Starter Clay Buchholz is the winner, while Red Sox DH David Ortiz also hits one out for the Sox, as well as Mark Teixeirafor the Yankees. Derek Jeterlines a single ahead of Mark Teixeira HR in the 1st inning for his 2,873rd MLB hit, tying Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

2011- The Red Sox defeat the Yankees by the score of 10-4, in the 2nd game of a 3-game series at Fenway Park, to tie the 2 teams in 1st place in the AL East. Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 3-run HR off of Yankees Starter CC Sabathia and drives in 6 runs to power the Red Sox. Sabathia is 0-4 against Boston this season and is 16-2 against all other teams in the AL.

2012- At Detroit, Tigers Starter Justin Verlander racks up 13 Yankee strikeouts to beat New York by the score of 7-2, a MLB career-best and the most in the AL this 2012 season.
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This Week in Yankees History August 4th-10th Part Two

August 7th

1886- Former Yankees INF and HOF MLB Manager James “Bill” McKechnie (1913) was born. (1886-1965)
Infielder Bill McKechnie hit only .134 for the 1913 Yankees. He would have a long successful career as an MLB Manager in the NL with the Pirates, Cardinals, Braves and the Reds appearing in 4 World Series (1925,1928 and 1939-1940). Bill faced his old team the Yankees in the 1928 and 1939 World Series and lost. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall Of Fame as a Manager in 1962.

1915- Another Hall of Famer player takes a turn on the mound, as George Sisler pitches to 2 Yankees in the 6th inning, hitting 1 batter and walking the other. The Browns-Yankees game is called at the end of 10 innings with the score tied at 4-4.

1929- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (1955-1956) was born.
Don Larsen went 45-24 in 121 games with the 1955-1959 Yankees after coming to the Yankees in the big 17-Player trade with the Orioles in the winter of 1954. The St. Louis Browns originally signed him. His greatest moment as a Yankees Pitcher was his Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game #5 the 1956 World Series. In World Series play, Don went 3-1 for the Yankees. After the 1959 AL season, Don was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Hank Bauer, Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and OF Norm Siebern for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMasteri and 1B Kent Hadley. Larsen had gone 6-7 for the 1959 Yankees, while dealing with arm issues. Don would appear in 1 more World Series in 1962, as a member of the Giants, working out of their bullpen against his former Yankee teammates. He was 1-0 in 3 games in relief with the Giants. Don finished his MLB pitching career with an 81-71 record with a 3.78 ERA in 412 games. He had started out with 1953 Browns, 1954 Orioles, then 1955-1959 Yankees, 1960-1961 A’s, 1961 White Sox, 1962-1964 Giants, 1964-1965 Astros returned to the 1965-1966 Orioles, finishing his MLB pitching career with the 1967 Cubs.

1929- For the 2nd game in a row, Babe Ruth hits a Grand Slam HR as the Yankees roll to a 13-1 victory over the Philadelphia A's in the Opener. Mickey Cochrane’s HR in his 1 at bat for the A's only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the 1st 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner for the Yankees. The A's take the nightcap by a score of 4-2, as Starter George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the victory.

1938- Yankees Starter Red Ruffing’s no-hit bid ends in the 9th inning, when Indians OF Roy Weathery doubles with 1-out, but the Yankees still win the game by a score of 7-0.

1945- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Veach (1925) passed away. (1888-1945)
On May 5, 1925, OF Bobby Veach was traded by the Red Sox along with hurler Alex Ferguson to the Yankees for Pitcher Ray Francis and $9,000 Cash. He appeared in 56 games, while hitting .353 for the Yankees. On August 8,1925, Bobby was a Pinch-Hitter for Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth. On August 17, 1925, Bobby was selected off waivers ($4,000) by the Senators from the Yankees.

1948- Before a crowd of 66,000 fans, Yankees Starter Vic Raschi (14-4) allows only 4 Tribe singles, while stopping the Indians by a score of 5-0. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of doubles, drives in 3-runs, and swipes home on the front end of a double steal.

1949- Lineup juggling is a Casey Stengel Manager’s forte as his Yankees suffer injury after injury. Against the St. Louis Browns, 13 different Yankees score a run in the 1st game of doubleheader, which Yankees win the game by a score of 20-2; the 2nd game ends in 2-2 tie.

1954- The Yankees waived veteran hurler Bob “Sarge” Kuzava (1951-1954) to the Orioles. At the time of the trade to the Orioles, Bob had gone 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA in 20 games with 1 save, as a Spot Starter and Long Reliever for Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. He posted a 23-20 record with a 3.39 ERA in 104 games with 13 saves for the 1951-1954 Yankees. His best Yankees season was in 1951, going 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA with 5 saves in 23 games. He had been traded by the Senators to the Yankees for 3 Pitchers on June,15, 1951. He appeared in 3 World Series (1951-1953) with the Yankees with 2 saves in 3 games, posting a 2.08 ERA with no decisions.

1954- Former Yankees DH/OF Steve Kemp (1983-1984) was born.
In the winter of 1982, OF Steve Kemp was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He hit .264 with 19 HRs and 90 RBIs in 203 games for the Yankees. On December 20, 1984, Steve was traded by the Yankees along with INF Tim Foli and Cash to the Pirates for INF Dale Berra, P Alfonso Pulido and Minor League Class A OF Jay Buhner.

1955- After a 12-17 record in July, the Yankees are in a 4-team AL pennant race. Tiger’s Starter Frank Lary beats the Yankees by a score of 4-2 in the game opener, the Yankees then earn a critical 3-2 10th-inning victory on a Mickey Mantle HR off of Tigers hurler Babe Birrer in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Yankees finish the day in a virtual tie with the White Sox, a half-game ahead of the Indians and 11 and half games ahead of the Red Sox.

1956- The Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans, as the Red Sox edge the Yankees in 11 innings on Williams's bases-loaded walk. It is Williams's 3rd spitting incident in 3 weeks. The spitting started after the crowd of 36,350, a record for night games at Fenway Park, started booing the Splendid Splinter for muffing Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle's windblown fly in the 11th inning. Immediately thereafter, the jeers turn to cheers when Williams redeems himself with a leaping grab of Yankees slugger Yogi Berra's drive against the Fenway Park scoreboard. The Splinter, however, is not so easily appeased. Thus, the fickle Fenway patrons find themselves the target of Teddy's spittle repeatedly as he makes his way towards the Red Sox dugout. Before the game, former Yankee player, now a Red Sox RF Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by teammates from going into the stands after a heckler. The previous season Jackie Jensen had challenged a fan to come out of the stands.

1957- Yankees veteran RF Hank Bauer hits his 2nd consecutive leadoff HR against the Senators, as the 1st-place Yankees lose to the Nats by a score of 3-2.

1962- Veteran Yankees Shortstop Tony Kubek, in his 1st at bat after returning from active duty in the Army Reserves, homers in a 14-1 Yankees rout of the Twins at Yankee Stadium. Kubek plays left-field, returning to his regular Shortstop position the next game with Rookie Shortstop Tommy Tresh moving to leftfield.

1964- Orioles Starter Steve Barber and veteran Reliever Harvey Haddix beat the Yankees by a score of 2-0 to boost the Orioles back into 1st place in the AL.

1967- Former Yankees Pitcher Jason Grimsley (1999-2000) was born.
In 1999, the Yankees signed veteran MLB hurler Jason Grimsley as an MLB Free Agent. He went 10-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 118 games with 2 saves before being released by the Yankees.

1968- The Oakland A's Joe Keough makes his MLB Player debut with a 1st-at bat, HR in a 2nd-game 4-3 win over the Yankees. The Yankees win the opener by a score of 3-0.

1972- Ron Allen hits 3-HRs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 8-3 in the annual Hall of Fame game at Doubleday field in Cooperstown, NY. The contest is preceded by inductions of 8 new Hall Of Fame members.

1973- The Yankees obtained Veteran MLB Reliever Wayne Granger from the Cardinals for 2 Players to be Named Later and Cash. The Yankees will send Minor League AAA hurler Ken Crosby to the Cardinals on September 12, 1972. The 2ndplayer was not sent; the 2 teams agree to a cash settlement. Wayne would go 0-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 7 games for the 1973 Yankees. The team would release him during their MLB Spring Training Camp in March of 1974.

1977- Bronx Starter Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankees losing streak with his 3rd straight victory. The Yankees will win 20 of their next 23 games over Western Division AL opponents.

1978- Former MLB players 3B Eddie Mathews, Pitcher Addie Joss, MLB Baseball Executive and Co-Team Owner Larry MacPhailSr. are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. Larry MacPhail Sr. was one of the Co-Owners of the New York Yankees (1945-1947) who had bought the team from the Jacob Ruppert Estate. Also, Larry had been the General Manager of the Reds and the Dodgers before joining the Yankees. He was the Yankees President and General Manager (1945-1947) replacing long-time Yankees GM Edward Barrow (1920-1945). After the end of the 1947 World Series, he sold his team interest in the Yankees to his Co-Business Partners Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr.

1983- The New York Yankees honor long-time All Star OF Bobby Murcer by giving him a day at the Yankee Stadium.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Wade LeBlanc (2014) was born.
On June 3, 2014, Reliever Wade LeBlanc was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Angels. He appeared in 1 game with the team with no record. On June 15, 2014, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. Wade would sign with the Angels to finish the 2014 MLB season. On January 17, 2018, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. On March 22, 2018, Wade was released by the team. On March 25, 2018,he was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Mariners, who converted him into Starter for the team during the 2018 AL season.

1984- The White Sox and Yankees split a doubleheader with Chicago’s 6-3 win in Game 1 stopping New York's 8-game winning streak. Former Yankees Minor League hurler LaMarr Hoyt is the winner for the White Sox. Veteran Bronx Starter Ron Guidry strikes out 13 White Sox batters to win the nightcap by a score of 7-0. The Gator finishes with a flourish, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9thinning.

1989- Current Yankees Reliever Tommy Kahnle (2017-2019) was born.
Tommy Kahnle starred for Lynn University in the 2009 Division II College World Series, winning Most Outstanding Player in the tourney as Lynn won it. He did not allow a run in 12 2/3 postseason innings. He led the team in strikeouts and ERA as a sophomore. TheYankees made him the highest pick in school history, when they took him in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He made his pro debut with the Staten Island Yankees that summer and was nearly unhittable (3 Sv, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 25 K in 16 IP). With the 2011 Charleston RiverDogs, he was 3-5 with 2 saves and a 4.22 ERA, but he whiffed 112 in 81 IP (he also walked 49 batters). He tied D.J. Mitchell for 5th in the Yankee system in Ks despite being solely a Reliever; the next Reliever was Pat Venditte with 88. Tommy split the 2012 season between the Tampa Yankees (2-1, 6 Sv, 2.45 ERA, 72 K in 55 IP, .158 opponent average) and Trenton Thunder (0 R in 2 IP). He allowed the 4th-lowest average in the minors, after A.J. Ramos, Mark Montgomery and Dane de la Rosa. In 2013, he remained hard to hit but wild with AA Trenton Thunder (1-3, 15 Sv, 2.85 ERA in 46 G; 45 BB, 74 K, .182 opponent average in 60 IP). He tied Danny Burawa, Hector Neris and Zech Zinicola for 8th in the Eastern League in games pitched and was 6th in saves. He tied Burawa for the most games pitched in the Yankees chain and led the organization in saves. The Rockies took the hard-throwing (98 mph fastball) reliever with the 4th pick of the MLB Rule 5 player draft. On April 3, 2014, Kahnle made his MLB Pitching debut with the Rockies giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief in a game against theMarlins. He became the 1st MLB player from Lynn University, when he relieved Franklin Morales with a 5-3 lead with 1 on and 1 out in the 6th. He fanned Reed Johnson and retired Christian Yelich. In the 7th, he got Jeff Baker to pop up, walked Giancarlo Stanton on a full count walk. Casey McGehee tripled in Stanton, but Kahnle got Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozunato prevent further harm. In the 8th, he was relieved by Matt Belisle, while DJ LeMahieu took his spot in the batting order. He picked up his 1stMLB win on April 5th against theDiamondbacks; he pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Jorge de la Rosa and was the beneficiary of his teammates erasing a 4-0 deficit to win, 9-4. He went 2-1, 4.19 ERA in 54 games as a reliever as a rookie, while logging 68 2/3 innings. In 2015, he was not as effective, pitching 36 times with a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 4.86 in 33 2/3 innings, but he did record his 1st 2 saves as a major leaguer. He also pitched 21 times for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL) going 1-3, 4.67 ERA with 6 saves. On November 24th, he was traded to the White Sox in return for Minor League Pitcher Yency Almonte. Kahnle pitched only 29 times in his 1st season with the 2016 White Sox, going 0-1, 2.63 ERA with 1 save. He spent the 1st half of the 2016 season shuttling between the Windy City and the AAA Charlotte Knights, where he was 1-1, 3.00 ERA with 7 saves in 33 games. However, he was with Chicago for the entire 1st half of 2017, going 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 37 games. Having demonstrated that he was a useful MLB reliever, he was included in a traded meant to strengthen 2 areas of needs with the Yankees, accompanying fellow Reliever David Robertson and 3B Todd Frazier to the Bronx in return for MLB Reliever Tyler Clippard and 3 Minor League Prospects - P Ian Clarkin, Outfielders Tito Polo and Blake Rutherford. He went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 32 games for the team. He pitched well in the 2017 AL post season play for the Yankees. He was at AAA Scranton for the start of the 2018 season to work on his pitching speed issues. He did come back to the MLB level, appearing in 9 games, while posting a 1-0 record with a 6.30 ERA. In 2019, he is enjoying a successful season as a member of Yankees bullpen.

1998- Yankees Rookie OF Shane Spencer gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 HRs, while driving home 3 runs and scoring 4 in the Yankees 14-2 pasting of Royals in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the 1st contest by a score of 8-2.

2000- The Yankees obtained veteran OF/DH Jose Canseco from the Devil Rays. The move, which mystifies even Yankees Manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high-priced slugger away from other AL East rivals.

2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Mickey McDermott (1956) passed away. (1923-2003).
On February 8, 1956, veteran hurler Mickey Dermott was traded by the Senators along with INF Bobby Kline to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews, OF Dick Tettelbach and P Bob Wiesler. The Yankees sent Minor League OF Whitey Herzog (April 2, 1956) to the Senators to complete the trade. Mickey went 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 23 games for the 1956 Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1956 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers, with no record. He was sent to the Kansas City A’s in February of 1957 as part of the Bobby Shantz trade. Overall in 12 MLB seasons, Mickey had a 69-69 pitching record with a 3.91 ERA in 291 games. He later was an MLB Coach for the Angels.

2009- The Yankees and Red Sox are locked in a scoreless tie for 14 innings until Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits a game-winning HR in the 15th off of Red Sox Reliever Junichi Tazawa, who was making his MLB pitching debut for a 2-0 Yankees win. Tazawa took the place of veteran MLB Starter John Smoltz, who was DFA earlier in the day after being roughed up in yesterday's 13-6 slugfest by the Yankees. Former Marlin teammates Pitchers Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett set the tone for the game by pitching 7 and 7⅔ scoreless innings respectively.

2011- The Red Sox win the rubber match of their 3-game series against the Yankees by the score of 3-2 to recapture 1st place by a game in front of New York in the AL East. Josh Reddick ends the game with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, after the Sox rally against Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera to tie the game in the 9thinning. The Yankees take a 2-1 lead on HRs by Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner, but Marco Scutaroleads off the 9thinning with a double - his 4th hit of the game – then he scores on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings. Also of note, veteran Jorge Posada is benched tonight amid talk that his job as the Yankees' starting DH may be in jeopardy.

2016- At a press conference, Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez announces that he will play his final MLB game on August 12th and then retire with a year and half still left on his huge player contract. A-Rod has been benched for the past month or so as his skills have badly eroded, and unless he goes on an unlikely power spree in his final week, will fall just short of 700 MLB HRs, although he is still 4th on the all-time MLB HR list. His announcement comes 2 days after teammate All-Star 1B Mark Teixeira stated that he would retire at the end of the 2016 MLB season.

2017- Former Yankees DH/1B (1983-1985) and MLB Manager Don Baylor passed away. (1949-2017)
Don Baylor played 19 seasons in the AL and hit 338 HRs. He was the 1979 AL MVP. He has also managed 9 seasons in the MLB. A versatile player, Baylor finished as high as 2nd in the league in HRs (1978) and as high as 4th in the AL in stolen bases (1976). He led the league once in sacrifice flies and 8 times in hit-by-pitch. He is 4th on the all-time MLB list for most hit-by-pitch and until Craig Biggio passed him. Baylor held the modern record for the most hit-by-pitch. In 1986, Baylor logged a 30/30 season - 31 HRs and 35 HBP. He is the only outfielder in MLB history who never doubled off or doubled up a runner. His career double play total is zero. Everybody else who has played 500 or more games had at least 2. On December 1, 1982, Don was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 420 games with the Bronx Bombers, playing 1B and DH. He hit .267 with 71 HRs and 265 RBIs. On March 28, 1986, Don was traded by the team to the Red Sox for OF/1B/DH Mike Easler. In the last 3 seasons of his MLB playing career, Baylor appeared in the World Series each year. Each time with a different AL team (1986 Red Sox, 1987 Twins and then the 1988 A’s). After his MLB playing days were over, Baylor was a Brewers MLB Coach in 1990. In 1991, Don was a member of the Cardinals MLB Coaching staff in 1992. In 1993, he became Manager of the new NL Expansion Team, the Colorado Rockies, a job he would hold for 6 seasons. After spending 1999 season as an Braves MLB Coach. Baylor was Skipper of the Cubs for 2 1/2 seasons, beginning in 2000. Next, he spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons on the Mets MLB Coaching staff. Don was aMarinersMLB coach in 2005. He rejoined the Rockies as Hitting Coach in 2009, then in 2011, Don was Hitting Coach of the a Diamondbacks, keeping the job until the end of the 2013 NL season. In 2014, he moved to the Angels as Hitting Coach. In his 1st game back with the Angels, on Opening Day on March 31, 2014, he was given the honor of catching the ceremonial 1st pitch thrown by Vladimir Guerrero, who had signed a 1-day contract to retire as a member of the Angels. The choice was appropriate, given Baylor and Guerrero were the only 2 Angels ever to win the AL MVP Award. However, Baylor then suffered a freak injury as he moved to catch Guerrero's slow toss, buckling his leg and fracturing his femur. He had to be evacuated to a hospital to receive medical attention. He had to undergo an operation with a metal plate being inserted to hold up the bone. The Angels promoted Assistant Hitting Coach Dave Hansen to replace him during his recovery and brought up Minor League Hitting Instructor Paul Sorrento to the MLB club to assist Hansen. Baylor was able to resume his duties midway through the season and stayed on for a 2nd year in 2015, after which he was let go. Baylor was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of cancer that attacks plasma in the bone marrow, when he was a Mets MLB Coach in 2003. The condition is usually fatal within 5 years of diagnosis. However, he managed to beat the disease for many years and became a major fundraiser for research against the condition, particularly in trying to put together a database of patients in order to help doctors and researchers track trends and share information. He was working with former MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr., also a Multiple Myeloma survivor, on fundraising efforts, with the 2 mindful of fellow MLB Coach Vern Ruhle, who had died of the disease at 55 a few years earlier. Baylor passed away from the disease in 2017.

August 8th

1897- Former Yankees Pitcher Ken Holloway (1930) was born. (1897-1968)
On June 30, 1930, veteran hurler Ken Holloway was purchased by the Yankees from the Indians. Ken went 0-0 with a 5.24 ERA and 1 save in 16 games with the 1930 Yankees. On November 28,1930, Ken was traded by the Yankees along with Jack Hopkins (Minors) and Cash to AA Baltimore Orioles (International League) for Catcher Thomas Patten (Minors) and Pitcher Jim Weaver.

1904- In Cleveland‚ with the Naps ahead of Highlanders by the score of 7-1 in the 4thinning‚ Dave Fultz and Manager Clark Griffith argue a strike call with Umpire Silk O'Loughlin. When they refuse to go back to the Highlander’s bench‚ Silk orders a policeman to escort them off the playing field. Tomorrow‚ Silk will throw out Pitcher Jack Powell and have the police escort 2B Jimmy Williams off the field. Griffith and Williams will receive suspensions from the American League. Highlander Co- Owner Frank Farrell vows Umpire O'Loughlin will not be allowed to enter Hilltop Park again.

1913- The Yankees obtained 3B Fritz Maisel (1913-1917) from the AA Baltimore Orioles (International League) for 3B Ezra Midkiff and OF Bert Daniels. He was the Yankees 1stgreat base stealer, leading the AL in 1914 with 74. In 5 seasons with the team, he will have a total of 184 stolen bases. As a Yankees Player, Fritz appeared in 502 games, while hitting .243 with 6 HRs and 132 RBIs. Prior to the start of the 1918 AL season, Fritz will be traded by the Yankees to the St. Louis Browns along with Pitchers Urban Shocker, Nick Cullop and Catcher Les Nunamaker for Browns 2B Del Pratt and Veteran Pitcher Eddie Plank. He was the 3B for the AA Baltimore Orioles from 1911 to 1913 and 1919 to 1928, and he managed the team from 1929 to 1932. He scouted for the MLB Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to 1967. In 1959, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

1913- St. Louis hurler Earl Hamilton in his last start of the 1913 AL season pitches the Browns to a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Hamilton is 3-0 against the Yankees this 1913 AL season‚ with 2 of the wins were 1-hitters.

1918- Former Yankees Pitcher Marlin Stuart (1954) was born. (1918-1994)
On July 4,1954, veteran MLB hurler Marlin Stuart was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Orioles. He posted a 3-0 record with a 5.40 ERA and 1 save in 10 games for the 1954 Yankees.

1920- The Yankees lose shortest game in AL history, 1-0 played in just 1 hour and 13 minutes to the Tigers behind Starter Howard Ehmke. Yankees CF Ping Bodie added to embarrassment by falling for the hidden ball trick, when Yankees had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs in 5thinning.

1924- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth has a pair of HRs - his 37th and 38th of the 1924 AL season - plus a triple and 2 walks‚ but it is not enough as the Yankees fall to Indians by the score of 10-8. Bronx hurlers Joe Bush and Bob Shawkey do the bleeding. George Myatt's 2-run HR is the difference in the 3-run 9th inning. Also, Myatt has a single and double in the game.

1936- Former Yankees MLB Coach, Minor League Manager, MLB Player and Manager Frank Howard was born.
Frank Howard was a Yankees MLB Coach. Howard briefly managed in the Yankees farm system during the 2002 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He was an MLB Manager for the Padres and the Mets. As an active MLB player, he played for the Dodgers, Senators/Rangers and the Tigers during his MLB playing career (1959-1973). Also, Frank played pro ball in Japan, before knee injury forced him to retire as an active player.

1940- At Fenway Park‚ 27-year-old Tiny Bonham makes his MLB Pitching debut for the Yankees and loses the game by the score of 4-1 to Boston’s Fritz Ostermueller. Bonham‚ brought from the AA Kansas City Blues (10-4, 2.32 ERA, 16 games) to replace the veteran sore-armed Lefty Gomez‚ will still end the 1940 AL season with a 9-3 mark‚ completed 10 games and toss 3 shutouts in 12 games. His ERA will be 1.90, but Indians starter Bob Feller will lead the AL at 2.61, although some will consider Bonham the ERA title-holder.

1948- In Cleveland‚ 73‚484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for 2 games. Trailing in the opener‚ an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases-loaded pinch single in the 7thinning to tie the game‚ veteran Negro League hurler now with the Tribe, Satchel Paige wins it in relief by the score of 8-6. Indians Starter Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nightcap to give the Indians a 2-1 win over Yankees Rookie Starter Bob Porterfield‚ who was making his MLB Pitching debut.

1952- Former Yankees Minor League player and MLB Baseball Executive Doug Melvin was born.
Doug Melvin pitched in the Minor Leagues for 6 seasons, going 29-19 with a 3.43 ERA. He spent 1972-1973 seasons in the Pirates farm system. He missed the 1974 season due to injury. Then Doug played in the Yankees organization from 1975-1978. Melvin worked with the Yankees as a Baseball Operations Assistant from 1983-1984. Also, he was the Yankees Director of Scouting in 1985. In 1987, he moved to the Orioles organization as the Special Assistant to former GM Roland Hemond before being named the Orioles Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel, which he held from 1988-1993. Melvin was then General Manager of the 1994-2001 Rangers. He worked as a Consultant in the Red Sox Minor League Operations Department before being hired by the Brewers in 2002. Melvin stepped down as GM of the Brewers at the end of the 2015 MLB season.

1953- Yankees Southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava hurl 1-0 and 3-0 shutouts against the White Sox. Veteran hurler Bob “Sarge” Kuzava gives up only Bob Boyd's double in the 9th inning for 1-hitter.

1954- The Yankees spot the host Tigers a 4-run lead‚ tie it up‚ then watch as Detroit wins it 10-8 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle has 1 HR off of Tiger hurler Billy Hoeft‚ he just misses on a titanic opposite field drive that curves foul before leaving the stadium.

1956- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle's opposite field HR off of Senators hurler Camilo Pascual in the 1st inning of the game, jump starts the Yankees to a 12-2 win over the Senators. Mantle is now 9 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 HR record pace.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Fontenot (1983-1984) was born.
On October 8,1979, Ray Fontenot was sent by the Rangers to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 1,1979. The Rangers sent Players to be Named Later, MLB OF Oscar Gamble and Minor League OF Amos Lewis to the Yankees for Players to be Named Later and MLB OF Mickey Rivers. The Rangers sent hurlers Ray Fontenot and Gene Nelson on October 8, 1979 to the Yankees to complete the trade. The Yankees sent 3 players on October 8,1979, who were Minor League players: Pitchers Bob Polinsky, Neal Mersch and Mark Softy to complete the trade. Ray went 16-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 50 games for the 1983-1984 Yankees. On December 4,1984, Ray was traded by the Yankees along with OF/INF Brian Dayett to the Cubs for Pitchers Porfi Altamirano and Rich Bordi, OF Henry Cotto and Catcher Ron Hassey.

1960- Before an afternoon crowd of 48‚323 fans‚ the largest day crowd ever at Comiskey Park‚ veteran lefty Starter Billy Pierce pitches a 4-hit victory over the Yankees, winning the game by the score of 9-1. Pierce faces just 31 Yankee batters.

1967- The Yankees purchased Catcher Bob Tillman from the Red Sox for $20,000. Bob would become the back-up Catcher for Starting Catcher Jake Gibbs. He will hit .254 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 22 games for the 1967 Yankees. At the time of trade, he had only appeared in 30 games for the Red Sox, while hitting .188. He had been Boston’s Starting Catcher during the 1963-1965 AL seasons. During the winter of 1967, he was traded by the Yankees to the Braves along with Pitcher Dale Roberts for 3B Bobby Cox.

1970- The Yankees honor former Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel at the 1970 Old-Timers Day in Yankee Stadium. Casey Stengel's Yankees Uniform No. 37 is retired, then the Orioles beat the Yankees by a score of 4-2. Casey told the Yankees front office that he didn’t want the number retired; he wanted another younger Yankees player have the chance to wear the Number 37.

1972- The Yankees signed a 30-year lease to play in city owned Yankee Stadium to commence in 1976. The plans called for 24-million-dollar remodeling for 2 years. The actual cost ends up being close to 55 million dollars. The Yankees will play at Shea Stadium during the 2-year remodeling of Yankee Stadium.

1973- Against the Rangers, Yankees Starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single hit by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson. He is replaced by Reliever Fred Beene, who pitches 9 innings‚ allowing only 4 Ranger hits and winning the game by the score of 3-2 on Gene Michael's 2-out single in the 9th inning off Rangers Starter Jim Merritt.

1982- The Yankees traded Shortstop Bucky Dent to the Rangers for 1B Lee Mazzilli. The former 1978 AL Play-Off game hero was sharing the Yankees Shortstop position with newcomer Roy Smalley, who was acquiring by the team from the Twins before the 1982 Opening Day. Bucky was hitting only .169 with No HRs and 9 RBIs in 59 games for the team. Dent finished his Yankees career with a .239 BA with 27 HRs and 201 RBIs in 695 games. He played in 2 World Series for the team. In 1978, he was the 1978 World Series MVP, hitting .417 with No HRs and 7 RBIs against the Dodgers. While Lee Mazzilli was a former Mets star, who had been traded to Rangers. He was hitting .241 With 4 HRs and 17 RBIs in 58 games for Texas. Lee will appear in 37 games for the 1982 Yankees, while hitting .266 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs.

1982- Former Yankees Pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (2007-2008) was born.
On January 9, 2007, Ross Ohlendorf was traded by the Diamondbacks along with Minor League P Steven Jackson, INF Alberto Gonzalez and P Luis Vizcaino to the Yankees for veteran All-Star Starter Randy Johnson and Cash. Ross went 1-1 with a 6.02 ERA in 31 games for the 2007-2008 Yankees. On July 26, 2008, Ross Ohlendorf was traded along with Minor League OF Prospect Jose Tabata and P Jeff Karstens were dealt to the Pirates in exchange for OF Xavier Nady and P Damaso Marte. Ross had played college baseball at Princeton University under former Yankees Reserve Catcher Scott Bradley.

1989- The Yankees claimed veteran MLB Reliever Goose Gossage on Waivers from the Giants. The veteran MLB closer would appear in 11 games for the 1989 Yankees with 1 win with a 3.77 ERA and a save. He had appeared in 31 games for the 1989 Giants, while posting 2-1 record with a 2.68 ERA and 4 saves. After the 1989 MLB season, the Yankees granted Gossage MLB Free Agency, he would sign with a Japanese team, the Daiel Hawks in the Japan Pacific League.

1995- Yankees' DH Ruben Sierra drives home 7 runs to lead the Yankees to an 11-4 win over the Orioles. Sierra's 3 hits include a single‚ double and HR.

1996- Veteran Slugger Darryl Strawberry powers a pair of HRs to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the White Sox. The former NL All Star slugger Strawberry now has 5 HRs in his last 9 at bats.

2005- Former Yankees Minor League player, MLB player and Manager Gene Mauch passed away. (1925-2005)
Gene Mauch was an infielder, who was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers during the mid-1940’s. On November 19,1951, Gene was drafted by the Yankees from the Boston Braves organization in the 1951 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Gene never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On March 26,1952, Gene was selected off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Yankees organization. Later, Gene was MLB Manager for the Phillies, Expos, Twins and the Angels during his long MLB Manager career. He was the brother-in-law of former MLB player Roy Smalley Jr. and the Uncle of former Yankees Shortstop Roy Smalley III.

2009- Former Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Manager Cal Ermer passed away. (1923-2009)
Cal Ermer managed in the Yankees Minor League system for 1 season. He managed the AAA Richmond Virginians in 1961, finishing with a 71-83 record for 6thplace in the International League. In 1962, he moved to the Twins organization. He managed the Twins in 1967-1968, before returning to manage again in their Minor League system.
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Re: This Week in Yankees History August 4th-10th

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This Week in Yankees History August 4th-10th Part Three

August 9th

1894- Former Yankees Shortstop John Mitchell (1921-1922) was born.(1894-1965)
On January 27, 1921, Shortstop John Mitchell was traded by Vernon (PCL) to the Yankees for Pitchers Ernie Shore and Bob McGraw, Catcher Truck Hannah and a Minor League player. He appeared in 17 games for the 1921-1922 Yankees as a Reserve Shortstop, while hitting .262. On July 23,1922, John was traded by the Yankees along with Outfielders Chick Fewster and Elmer Miller, P/OF Lefty O'Doul and $50,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran 3B Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith.

1919- Former Reserve Yankees Catcher (1947-1954), Yankees Minor League Manager (1956-1957) MLB Coach (1955,1958-1960), Manager (1961-1963,1966-1973) General Manager (1964-1966), Ralph “The Major” Houk was born. (1919-2010)
The Yankees signed Ralph Houk as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1939. He was a Yankees reserve catcher (1947-1954) appearing in 91 games, while hitting 272 with no HRs and 12 RBIs. He had appeared in 2 World Series with the team in 1947 and 1952, while playing in 2 games with 1 hit, batting .500. He became a Yankee MLB Bullpen Coach in 1955, before going to the AAA Denver Bears (American Association) to manage in the Yankees farm system (1956-1957). He returned to the Yankees as an MLB Coach under Manager Casey Stengel in 1958. He replaced Stengel as Yankees Manager in October of 1960, winning 3 AL Flags from 1961-1963 and winning 2 World Championships (1961-1962). His Yankees Manager record was 309-176 with a .637 Pct. In October of 1963, he became the Yankees General Manager with Yogi Berra taking over as Yankees 1964 Manager. Yankees Co-Owner Dan Topping had chosen Berra as Manager. Ralph Houk fired Manager Yogi Berra after the 1964 World Series loss to the Cardinals, despite winning 99 games during the season replacing him with ex-Cardinals Manager Johnny Keane. He replaced Manager Johnny Keane in May of 1966, staying with the team in end of the 1973 AL season, resigning because of communications problems concerning player moves with new Yankees Team Owner George Steinbrenner, who had promised him that he would spend money on free agents to build a championship team again. Ralph Houk had been with the Yankees organization for since 1939 as an MLB player, Minor League Manager, MLB Coach and Manager, working as the team’s General Manager from October of 1963 until May of 1966. Houk’s 2nd tour as a Yankees Manager ended with a 635-630 record with a .501 Pct. He would later manage in the MLB again, with the 1974-1978 Tigers and then finishing with his long MLB manager’s career with the 1981-1984 Red Sox. Ralph finished with an overall MLB Manager record of 1,619-1,531 in 3,156 games (1961-1984). Then he worked in the Twins front office in Player Development Department before retiring from baseball. Ralph Houk was called “The Major” from his WWII combat experience as an Army Ranger during the Battle of Bulge in Europe, in which he was awarded The Bronze Star and a field promotion to the rank of Major.

1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Fred Sanford (1949-1951) was born. (1919-2011)
On December 13,1948, Starter Fred Sanford was traded by the St. Louis Browns along with Catcher Roy Partee to the Yankees for Catcher Sherman Lollar, P Red Embree, INF Richard Starr and $100,000 Cash. Fred went 12-10 in 46 games with the 1949-1951 Yankees. A lot was expected from the Utah native in the Bronx by the NYC Sports Media, had pitched well for poor Browns teams and especially against the Yankees. The New York fans were soon all over him when it was apparent, he wasn't going to succeed. He did have winning records of 7-3 and 5-4 in his 2 full seasons with the Yankees, but he wasn't used in either the 1949 or the 1950 World Series by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. New York Daily News Sports Writer Joe Trimble dubbed him the "$100,000 Lemon." Sanford, who called the 2 seasons with the World Champions "the worst 2 years of my life." On June 15, 1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with hurlers Tom Ferrick and Bob Porterfield to the Senators for veteran hurler Bob Kuzava. Fred had been 0-3 in 11 games for the 1951 Yankees. Overall, as a Yankees hurler, Fred went 12-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 66 games. He didn’t make any World Series pitching appearances for the team. He went 2-3 in 7 games for the Nats before he was sent to the Browns going 2-4 in 9 games and finishing his MLB pitching career. Overall as an MLB hurler, Fred went 37-55 with a 4.55 ERA in 164 games.

1925- Yankees Reserve OF Bobby Veach pinch-hits for Slugger Babe Ruth. This was only time in Babe Ruth’s Yankees playing career that another Yankee battled in his place. He flied out; the Yankees lose the game by the score of 4-3 in 12 innings.

1934- Former Yankees Pitcher Eli Grba (1959-1960) was born. (1934-2019)
In 1952, the Red Sox signed hurler Eli Grba as an MLB Amateur Player. He didn’t appear with the Red Sox at the MLB level. On March 14,1957, he was traded by theRed Sox along with OF Gordie Windhorn to the Yankees for OF Bill Renna. He spent the 1957-1958 seasons in the military. Grba went 8-9 with a 4.74 ERA and 1 save in 43 games for the 1959-1960 Yankees, before being selected in the AL Expansion Team Player Draft as the #1 draft pick by the Angels in December of 1960. His former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel working for the team as a Special Talent Advisor recommended him to the Angels front office. With the Yankees, he appeared in 1 game of the 1960 World Series against the Pirates, but not as a Pitcher, but as a Pinch-hitter. He would lead the 1961 Angels starters in team wins with 11. With the Angels, he posted a 20-24 record with a 4.40 ERA in 92 games with 3 saves. His serious drinking problems ended his MLB pitching career, he would pitch in in the minor leagues for several seasons before retiring from the game. Later, he would overcome his drinking problems, rejoining organized baseball. He would later work in the Brewers farm system as a Pitching Instructor. Also, he would become a Minor League Manager. He was honored by the Angels during their 50thanniversary celebration as the original Angel player.

1939- Yankees 3B Red Rolfe begins an 18-game scoring streak. The Penacook, New Hampshire native will score 30 runs during this period of time.

1940- "Smokey "Steve Sundra posts his 1st win of the 1940 AL season for the Yankees. The Yankees at 51-51 mark seem certain to be out of the running for their 5th straight AL Championship. However, they will go 37-15 the rest of the way and actually make the top for a few hours on September 11th. The Yankees will ultimately finish 3rd place, losing 3 straight games to the St. Louis Browns on September 15-16th.

1941- Former Yankees Reliever Paul Linblad (1978) was born.
Veteran MLB Reliever Paul Linblad was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers on August 1,1978. Paul appeared in 7 games for the 1978 Yankees with no record with an ERA of 4.42. He was released to the Mariners after the 1978 MLB season ended.

1944- The St. Louis Browns win their 9th straight game for the 2nd time this season in a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. They lead AL by 6 1/2 games. St Louis's other MLB team, the Cardinals, after winning 26 games in July, now leads the NL by 16 1/2 games. They will both meet in the 1944 World Series.

1946- Former Yankees Reserve C/DH Jerry Moses (1973) was born. (1946-2018)
On November 27, 1972, Catcher Jerry Moses came to the Yankees in the Graig Nettles trade from the Indians. He hit .254 in 17 games for the 1973 Yankees. On March 19, 1974, Jerry Moses was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees to the Tigers. The Tigers sent P Ed Farmer to the Yankees. The Tigers sent veteran hurler Jim Perry to the Indians. The Tribe sent P&nbs**** Sawye and OF Walt Williams to the Yankees.

1948- Former Yankees Minor League P Gary Timberlake was born.
On June 7,1966, hurler Gary Timberlake was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1966 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. On October 15,1968, Gary was selected by the Seattle Pilots from the Yankeesorganization as the 48th pick in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft (Royals and Pilots). Gary Timberlake had 2 games in the MLB at the age of 20, with the Seattle Pilots in their only season. He is immortalized as the youngest Pilot. He was soon thereafter called to active duty in the military. Gary never returned to pitch in the MLB.

1948- The Yankees waived Pitcher Karl Drews (1946-1948) to the St. Louis Browns. Karl Drews went 8-10 with a 4.76 ERA and 2 saves in 52 games with the 1946-1948 Yankees. He will finish with a 3-2 record in 20 games for the 1948 Browns. His Grandson, Matt Drews pitched in the Yankees Minor League system during the 1990’s, before being traded to the Tigers in the Cecil Fielder trade on July 31, 1996.

1949- Boston’s Dom DiMaggio's 34-game hitting streak is on the line against Yankees starter Vic Raschi. Hitless in his 1st 4 at bats, Dom hits a sinking line drive in the 8th inning that his brother Joe catches at his shoe tops. The Red Sox win the game by a score of 6-3 to move 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees. Dom had started his streak after going hitless against Yankees Starter Vic Raschi.

1967- Former Yankees OF Deion “Neon” Sanders (1989-1990) was born.
Outfielder Deion Sanders was selected by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Deion would hit .173 with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs in 71 games before being released by the Yankees. On September 24, 1990, he would sign with the Braves.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve INF Mike Lamb (2004) was born.
On February 5, 2004, INF Mike Lamb was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for P Jose Garcia. After the Yankees acquired All-Star Shortstop Alex Rodriquez from Rangers, Mike became expendable, when the Yankees announced that A-Rod would become the Yankees regular 3B. On March 25, 2004, Mike was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for Minor League Player Juan DeLeon. In July of 2011, Mike signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees. He played at AAA Scranton, appearing in 53 games, while hitting .276 with 6 HRs and 26 RBIs. He did not appear with the 2011 Yankees at the MLB level.

1978- The Yankees rallied for 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Brewers by a score of 8-7 at Yankee Stadium.

1985- In a 15-4 Tigers mauling of the Yankees, Bronx Catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound. Again, he walks 1 Tiger batter and allows no runs, the 2nd time in 3 weeks he's caught and pitched in the same game.

1986- Former Yankees long-time MLB Scout Tom Greenwade passed away. (1904-1986)
Tom Greenwade was a noted MLB baseball scout for 50 years. He signed Mickey Mantle and Elston Howardf or the Yankees. Later, he signed Bobby Murcer, who replaced Mantle in the outfield. He also scouted the Negro Leagues; he gave the scouting report to Dodgers Baseball Executive Branch Rickey that convinced Rickey that Jackie Robinsonwas his man. Greenwade started out as a Minor League Pitcher for the 1923 Fort Smith Twins. He managed in the Minors for the St. Louis Browns, winning the Northeast Arkansas League Pennant with the 1940 Paragould Browns before the Browns Team Owner Bill DeWitt made him a MLB scout. He then moved to the Dodgers organization, then he followed Baseball Executive Larry MacPhail to the Yankees in 1945. He would stay with the Yankees until his retirement from baseball.

1991- Former Yankees Reserve INF Hank Majeski (1946) passed away. (1916-1991)
On May 25,1941, INF Hank Majeski was purchased by the Yankees from the Boston Braves. He missed playing time due wartime duty with the Coast Guard. Hank only appeared in 8 games with the 1946 Yankees, just hitting .083. On June 14,1946, Hank was purchased by the Philadelphia A’s for $7,500 waiver price from the Yankees. He would become the A's starting 3B for the 1946 A's.

1992- Yankees Rookie Starter Sam Militello allows just 1-hit in 7 innings as he defeats the Red Sox by the score of 6-0 in his MLB pitching debut. The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Sam. His MLB pitching career record would be 4-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 games for the 1991-1992 Yankees. He really never over came his arm problems.

1993- Current Yankees Minor League Pitcher Brady Lail was born.
Pitcher Brady Lail was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He started with a 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings his 1st season and followed that with a 5-1 record and a 2.92 ERA in 61 2/3 innings in 2013. He had his 1st double-digit victory season in 2014, going 11-5. In 2015, he was 10-6. He reached Triple A Scranton for the 1st time that year. He was a Mid-Season All-Star in 2014 and 2015. Going into 2016 season, he was ranked the #19 prospect in the Yankees system by Baseball America. He has split the 2019 baseball season with Class A Tampa (FSL), AA Trenton Thunder (EL) and AAA Scranton (IL)

1996- The Tigers defeat the Bronx Bombers by a score of 5-3, as DH Ruben Sierra, who was traded 9 days ago from the Yankees, drives home all 5 Tiger runs with a double and 3-run HR.

1997-The Yankees beat Twins Starter Brad Radke by the score of 4-1, stopping Radke's 12-game winning streak. Yankees Reserve INF Luis Sojo snaps the 1-1 tie in the 8th inning with a 2-run HR. Since 1950, only 3 pitchers have won 12 straight games.

1999- For the 1st time in MLB history, 5 Grand Slams HRs are hit in a single day. Cardinals Fernando Tatis, Expos Jose Vidro, Marlins Mike Lowell,Yankees Bernie Williams( against the Oakland A’s) and the Mariners Jay Buhner, all connect to set the MLB record.

2001- Yankees hurler Ted Lilly is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim's Scott Spiezio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. Yankees Manager Joe Torre rips into baseball's Dean of Discipline, Frank Robinson for the decision. The Umpires did not throw Ted Lilly out of the game, when the incident occurred.

2009- The Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 5-2 victory at New Yankee Stadium. Starters Andy Pettitte and Jon Lester keep the game scoreless for 6 innings until Alex Rodriguez leads off the bottom of the 7th inning with a HR. Victor Martinez gives Boston the lead with a 2-run HR shot off of Yankees Reliever Phil Coke in the 8thinning, breaking a 31-inning scoring drought. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yankees batters Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeria hit back-to-back HRs against Red Sox Reliever Daniel Bard to put the Yankees ahead and Nick Swisher hits a 2-run single to seal the Yankees victory.

2015- The Blue Jays complete a 3-game sweep of the Yankees with a 2-0 shutout at New Yankee Stadium, to move within 1 1/2 game of 1st place in the AL East. Toronto Starter Marco Estrada pitches 6 1/3 innings ,while Jays hitters Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo HRs off of Bronx Starter Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees score 1 run over the 3 game series, they are shut out in back-to-back games for the 1st time since May 12-13,1999, ending a MLB record streak of 2,665 games between the 2 instances.

2017- Former Yankees Reserve OF Danny Walton passed away. (1947-2017).
On June 9, 1971, the Yankees obtained OF Danny Walton from the Brewers for INF/OF Frank Tepedino and OF Bobby Mitchell. Walton never turned out to be the power hitter the Yankees were looking for. He spent most of his playing time in the Yankees organization at the AAA level with the Syracuse Chiefs (IL). He appeared in only 5 games for the team, hitting just .143 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs. He would be traded to the Twins for Reserve Catcher Rick Dempsey in the fall of 1972.

2018- Former Yankees Reserve INF John Kennedy (1967) passed away. (1941-2018)
After being obtained from the Dodgers for Reserve OF/1B John Miller and Minor League P Jack Cullen, John had hit .196 with 1 HR and 17 RBIs in 78 games for the 1967 Yankees before being purchased by the Seattle Pilots in November of 1968. He was not the answer to the Yankees infield problems. He had spent the 1968 baseball season at Triple A.

August 10th

1904- Yankees Starter Jack Chesbro is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 complete games in a row. For the 1904 AL season, he will win 41 games, while pitching 48 complete games out of 51 starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455 innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh's 464 innings in 1908.

1923- Former Yankees Pitcher Erwin “Bob” Porterfield (1948-1951) was born. (1923-1980)
Before the start of 1946 MLB season, Pitcher Bob Porterfield was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. While pitching for the Yankees, he was bothered by back problems; he went 8-9 with a 5.06 ERA and 1 save in 40 games with the Yankees. On June 15, 1951, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Tom Ferrick and Fred Sanford to the Senators for veteran hurler Bob "Sarge" Kuzava. Once healthy, Bob would win 22 games with the Senators in 1953. His trade to the Senators was a rare mistake made by Yankees GM George Weiss.

1926- The Yankees dropped a scheduled 7-inning game with the Senators by the score of 5-3 in at Griffith Stadium. The game was shortening to 7 innings to allow the Yankees to meet travel requirements by train (aka getaway game).

1933- Former Yankees OF/P Rocky Colavito (1968) was born.
In June of 1968, the Yankees signed veteran All-Star OF Rocky Colavito as an MLB Free Agent after being released by the Dodgers. Rocky hit .220 with 5 HRs and 13 RBIs in 39 games for the Dodgers. He won a game pitching in relief for the Yankees during the 1968 AL season. The Yankees asked him to come back as a Pitcher and OF/PH for the 1969 AL season; instead he chose to retire as an MLB player.

1934- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth announces that 1934 AL season is definitely his final season as a regular MLB player. He says he will seek a managerial role and will pinch-hit for the 1935 MLB season. The Yankees will offer him a chance to manage the AA Newark Bears in the International League, but he turns it down and is released by the Yankees. The Boston Braves will sign him.

1935- Yankees OF George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk drives in 8-runs, 1 short of Slugger Jimmie Foxx's AL record, with 2 HRs and a single.

1953- Former Yankees Reserve INF Tom Brookens (1989) was born.
On March 23,1989, INF Tom Brookens was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for P Charles Hudson. Tom hit .226 in 66 games for the 1989 Yankees.

1957- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle blasts a 460-foot HR to become the 1st player to clear the CF hedge at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore as the Yankees beat the Orioles by the score of 6-3.

1964- Former Yankees Reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz ( 1992-1993) was born.
Andy Stankiewicz was selected in the 12th round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Player Draft by the Yankees. Andy hit .262 with 2 HRs and 25 RBIs in 132 games for the Yankees, as a Reserve INF. On November 27,1993, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Domingo Jean to theAstros for Reliever Xavier Hernandez. After scouting for the Yankees, Stankiewicz became an Assistant Baseball Coach at Arizona State University in 2007.

1965- At Yankee Stadium, Minnesota Starter Jim Kaat benefits from sloppy Yankees fielding as the Twins score 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees by the score of 7-3.

1966- Former Yankees MLB Coach (1947-1948) and MLB Manager Charles “Chuck” Dressen passed away from at heart attack at the age of 68. (1898-1966)
Charlie Dressen had managed the Reds in the 1930’s; He managed in the Minor Leagues before coming to the Yankees as an MLB Coach under Yankees Manager Bucky Harris for the 1947-1948 seasons. He managed the 1951-1953 Dodgers, winning the 2 NL pennants. He was fired by the Dodgers front office in 1954 for asking a 2-year managing contract. Future HOF Manager Walter Alston replaced Charlie. He managed the Senators during the 1955-1957 AL seasons. Charlie led the Milwaukee Braves in 1960-1961, and then he moved back to the AL to manage the Tigers from 1963-1966. He was the Manager of the Tigers at the time of his death in 1966.

1966- Former Yankees OF Gerald “Ice” Williams (1992-1996, 2001-2002) was born.
OF Gerald Williams was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He won the 1992 James P. Dawson Award as the best Yankees rookie in spring training camp. Overall, Gerald appeared in 379 games with the Yankees, while hitting .241 with 18 HRs and 85 RBIs. On August 23,1996, he was traded by the Yankees along with P Bob Wickman to the Brewers for a Player to be Named Later, Pat Listach and Reliever Graeme Lloyd. The Brewers would later send P&nbs****y Bones on August 29,1996 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Pat Listach was returned to the Brewers on October 2,1996, because of injury questions. Gerald would play for the Yankees (twice), Brewers, Braves, Rays, Marlins and finishing his MLB playing career with the 2005 Mets. He had appeared in the MLB Post Season with the 1995 Yankees and the 1998-1999 Braves.

1968- On Old Timers' Day 1968 at Yankee Stadium, the Twins stop the Yankees by a score of 3-2. The Yankees only runs are 2 solo HR shots by Mickey Mantle off of Twins Starter Jim Merritt. It is the Mickey's 46th 2-HR MLB career game.

1969- Yankee hitters Bobby Murcer, Thurman Munson and Gene Michaels hit consecutive HRs in the 6thinning off of Royals Starter Lew Krause during a Yankees 5-1 win over the Expansion Royals.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Sal Fasano (2006) was born.
On July 26, 2006, Catcher Sal Fasano was traded by thePhillies to theYankees for Minor League Player Hector Made. After being obtained from the Phillies, Sal hit .143 in 28 games for the Yankees as a back-up Catcher.

1977- Yankees Manager Billy Martin installs slugger Reggie Jackson as the Yankees' regular clean-up hitter in the Yankees starting line-up. The Yankees beat the Oakland A's by a score of 6-3 as Ron Guidry out-pitches A’s Starter Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts his 26th HR of the 1977 AL season. The Yankees will win 40 of final 53 games of the 1977 AL season with Reggie Jackson contributing with 13 HRs and 49 RBIs.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Dan Johnson (2013) was born.
MLB Free Agent Dan Johnson signed with the Yankees for 2013, and there should have been a lot of opportunity for him to help out the team, what with starting 1B Mark Teixeira missing the 1st 2 months of the 2013 AL season with a wrist injury, and the Yankees turning to apparently over-the-hill veterans such as Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells to play at the spots, where Johnson could lend a hand. However, the 3 MLB veterans hit well in the early going, and Johnson found himself yet again in AAA, starting at 1st base for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees(IL). He hit .253 with 21 HRs and 69 RBIs in 133 games. On August 30th, he joined the Orioles as a MLB Free Agent, he went 0 for 5 in 3 games for them at the MLB level.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Jeff Marquez (2011) was born.
Pitcher Jeffrey Marquez was the Yankees 1st round selection in the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft with the 41st pick. Marquez had previously pitched at Sacramento City College. After signing, Marquez was assigned to the GCL Yankees. After 4 games (2 starts) Marquez put together a 2-0 record with a 0.63 ERA, he was promoted to the Staten Island Yankees. At Staten Island, Marquez went 2-4 with a 3.02 ERA. He spent all of the 2005season with the Charleston River Dogs, where he struggled with a 9-13 record, but he has only a 3.42 ERA. In 2006, Marquez was back in the Gulf Coast League for 2 games, taking a loss, before going up to the Tampa Yankees(FSL). With Tampa, Marquez put up a 7-5 mark with a 3.61 ERA and 82 strikeouts. Baseball America ranked him as the 9th best prospect in the Yankees Minor League system in 2006. He started the 2007 season with the AA Trenton Thunder(Eastern League). Jeff never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On November 13, 2009, he was traded to the White Soxalong with MLB INF Wilson Betemit in return for OF/1B/DH Nick Swisher. On June 8, 2011, Jeff was selected off waivers by theYankees from the White Sox. He appeared in 3 games with the 2011 Yankees with no record. On November 2, 2011, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency.

1986- During “Billy Martin Day” at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers retire Uniform #1 to honor their former scrappy 2nd baseman and 4-time Manager.

1994- Current Yankees Pitcher Chance Adams (2018-2019) was born.
Pitcher Chance Adams was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Player Draft. He pitched in the Yankees Minor League system compiling a 35-12 record with a 3.98 ERA in 93 games, before being called up to the 2018 Yankees. He went 0-1 with a 7.40 ERA in 3 games for the team. He recorded his 1stMLB career win on May 25, 2019, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader sweep over the Kansas City Royals, when he was called up from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to serve as the 26th man. It was a bullpen game in which Chad Green pitched the 1st 2 innings, and he followed him with 4 innings to earn credit for the 6-5 win. He was sent back to AAA Scranton (IL). Adams has been called up several times to the Bronx to be the 26th man and spot starts this 2019 AL season.

1995- Yankees' Catcher Mike Stanley hits 3 HRs and drives home 7-runs, but it's not enough to prevent the Yankees from losing to the Indians by a score of 10-9.

2000- Winning for the 1st time in 16 starts, veteran Bronx Starter David Cone ends the worst slump of his MLB pitching career as the Yankees beat the Oakland A's by the score of 12-6. Newly acquired DH/OF Jose Canseco hits a 3-run HR into the upper deck to help David Cone stop his skid.

2005- After being released from the hospital, an 18-year old fan appears in court to face criminal charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief stemming from his 40-FT plunge last night from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the netting behind home plate. Team owner George Steinbrenner called the incident ``... the only exciting thing that happened today,” after his struggling club loses to the 1st-place White Sox by the score of 2-1.

2009- The Blue Jays ends the Yankees' 8-game winning streak with a 5-4 win, thanks to 5 2/3 innings of scoreless work from its bullpen.

2011- Yankees CF Curtis Granderson, otherwise having a tremendous season, is embarrassed when he falls for the "play that never works", when the opposing pitcher fakes a throw to 3rd base, then throws to 1stbase. Granderson is picked off by Jordan Waldenof the Angels to end the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Halos. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is philosophical about the blunder though: "Our aggressiveness has won us a lot of ballgames; tonight it cost us", adding that base runners were 15 for 15 in steal attempts against the Angels Closer this year.

2014- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Wiesler (1951,1954-1955) passed away. (1930-2014)
Bob Weiser wasa hard throwing left-hander, who was signed by the Yankees out of high school in St. Louis, MO before the start of the 1949 MLB season. He would go on to lead his loop in strikeouts 3 seasons in a row. He was assigned to the Independence Yankees (Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League) his 1st pro season and helped his team to the league pennant and playoffs with a 12-11 record with a league-leading 240 strikeouts, while pitching 185 innings. Bob came right back the following season with the Joplin Miners (Western Association), helping his team to the 1950 league pennant, while leading the league with a 2.35 ERA and 277 strikeouts. He was also chosen for the All-Star team. In 1951, Bob pitched for the AAA Kansas City Blues (American Association); he went 10-9 with a 2.92 ERA and again led the league with 162 strikeouts in 194 innings. He was called up to Yankee Stadium on August 3, 1951, Bob lost his only 2 decisions in 4 games. Wiesler was then called up for Military Service, missing the 1952 MLB season, serving with the Army during the Korean War. He had stints with the 1954-1955 Yankees, going 3-2 in 5 starts in 1954 and 0-2 in 16 games in 1955. Overall, Bob went 3-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 26 games for the Yankees. On February 8,1956, he was traded by theYankees along with a Player to be Named Later, Catcher Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Senators for veteran hurler Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send Minor League OF Whitey Herzog on April 2,1956 to the Senators to complete the trade. Bob had a record of 3-12 for the 1956 Senators, then he went 1-1 for the team in 1957. He finished out his MLB Pitching career run with the Nats in 1958, with no decisions in just 4 appearances. This would finish out Wiesler's 6-season MLB Pitching career with a 7-19 record with a 5.74 ERA, while appearing in 70 games.
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