This Week in Yankees History August 11th-17th

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This Week in Yankees History August 11th-17th

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This Week in Yankees History August 11th-17th Part One

August 11th

1906- Before a crowd of 15‚000 fans at Hilltop Park‚ the White Sox whip the Highlanders by the score of 8-1. New York’s 3B George Moriarty gets into a fight with a fan in the 8th inning before NYC police break it up.

1907- Former Yankees Pitcher Norman “Bobo” Newsome (1947) was born. (1907-1962)
After being obtained from the Senators on July 11, 1947, veteran hurler Bobo Newsome went 7-5 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 games (15 Starts) for the Yankees before being released to the Giants in the spring of 1948. He had been 14 games for the 1947 Nats, while posting a 4-6 record with a 4.09 ERA. In the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers, Bobo went 0-1 with a 19.29 ERA for the Yankees in 2 games. He had pitched for 1940 Tigers; he was 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 3 games in the 1940 World Series for the Tigers against the Reds. With the 1939-1941 Tigers, Newsome won 20 games in an AL season, 3 times. He finished his 20-season MLB pitching career (1929-1953) with a 211-222 record with a 3.98 ERA in 600 games. He had pitched for the Dodgers (twice), Cubs, Browns (3 times), Senators (4 times), Red Sox, Tigers, the A’s (twice), Yankees and the Giants.

1907- Former Yankees Pitcher John Gordon “Dusty” Rhoades (1929-1932) was born. (1907-1960)
Pitcher Gordon “Dusty” Rhoades went 7-9 with 4.57 ERA in 41 games with the Yankees before being traded by the team to the Red Sox on August 1,1932 for veteran MLB Reliever Wilcy Moore. His best Yankees season was in 1931, going 6-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 games. He finished his MLB Pitching career with a 43-74 record with a 4.85 ERA and 4 saves in 200 games.

1912- In an 8-3 victory over the Yankees‚ Cleveland's Joe Jackson becomes the 2nd AL player to steal home twice in a game. He steals home in the 1st inning‚ then in the 7th inning‚ he steals 2nd base‚ 3rd base and home.

1919- Indians Tris Speaker ties an AL record‚ scoring 5 runs in a 15-9 win at New York.

1921- The Yankees move 1 percentage point ahead of the Indians with a 7-3 win over the A's.

1923- The Tigers beat the Yankees by the score of 10-4‚ in a series that features the top 2 hitters in the AL. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8 against the Tigers‚ while Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10 against the Yankees. The 2 players are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Babe Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is "four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together." On August 21‚1923, Ban Johnson rules that only 1-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects St. Louis Browns Slugger Ken Williams‚ who is also using a plugged bat.

1929- Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits his 500th MLB career HR, this one off of the Indians' hurler Willis Hudlin. Second place all-time MLB HR list is currently Phillies Slugger Cy Williams with 237 HRs.

1934- At Fenway Park‚ Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth hits a HR and then departs in the 9th inning with the Yankees leading by the score of 2-1. The Sox tie it up‚ and in the 13th inning Tony Lazzeri lands a HR to put the Bombers ahead again. Wes Ferrell‚ batting for Fritz Ostermueller‚ wins the game for Boston‚ 3-2.

1936- Former Yankees Pitcher (1967-1968) and Yankees MLB Pitching Coach (1985-1986) Bill Monbouquette) was born. (1936-2015)
On May 31,1967, veteran Starter Bill Monbouquette was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, after being released by the Tigers. Bill went pitched well for them, with a 6-5 record with a 2.36 ERA in 33 games. Overall Bill went 11-12 in 50 games with the Yankees. On July 12,1968, Bill was traded by the Yankees to the Giants for veteran Reliever Lindy McDaniel. Overall in 11 MLB seasons, Bill went 114-112 with a 3.68 ERA and 3 saves in 343 games. He started out with the Red Sox in 1958, pitching for them until his trade to the Tigers in the fall of 1965. He was named to the AL All-Star Pitching staff in 1960,1962-1963. After retiring as an active player in 1968, he managed in the Minor Leagues. He would become an MLB Pitching Coach, having a stint with the 1982-1983 Mets, after managing in their farm system for 5 seasons. Bill was the Yankees MLB Pitching Coach for the 1985-1986 AL seasons.

1943- Former Yankees Starter, now with the St. Louis Browns, “Smokey” Steve Sundra stops the Bronx Bombers on just 1-hit‚ a HR by Yankees OF Charlie “King Kong” Keller. The Browns win the game by the score of 9-1.

1946- Former Yankees Reserve INF Eddie Leon (1975) was born.
On December 5,1974, INF Eddie Leon was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for veteran MLB Reliever Cecil Upshaw. Eddie only appeared in 1 game with the 1975 Yankees before being released by the team on May 5,1975.

1950- Hitting just .279‚ Yankees veteran CF Joe DiMaggio is benched for the 1st time in his MLB playing career by Yankees Manager Casey Stengel. He is currently languishing in a 4 for 38 batting slump. His replacement‚ Reserve OF Cliff Mapes wallops a 7th-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia A's.

1951- Philadelphia A’s batter Eddie Joost hits a HR in the 9th inning to tie the game at 4-4‚ but the Yankees win in 11th inning by the score of 7-4. Sloppy fielding by the A’s and a 2-run single by Yogi Berra account for the Bombers late game scoring. The win goes to new Yankees Reliever Bob “Sarge” Kuzava‚ who was acquired from the Senators‚ while A’s hurler Alex Kellner takes the loss.

1952- At Yankee Stadium‚ the 3rd place Red Sox trailing 1st-place Yankees by 4 games‚ manage just 2 hits off of veteran Starter Allie Reynolds‚ as the ”Super Chief” wins the game by the score of 7-0. For Allie Reynolds‚ it's his 4th 2-hitter of the 1952 AL season. Mickey Mantle's 1st inning HR‚ off of veteran Starter Sid Hudson‚ is all the scoring the Bombers need‚ but Mantle adds a double in the 4th inning, with a 2-run HR against the lefty in the 5th inning off of Red Sox hurler Ralph Brickner.

1955- At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams hits a single off of Yankees Starter Bob Turley for his 2,000th MLB career hit despite his milestone hit, the Red Sox lose the game anyway to the Yankees by a score of 5-3. Turley picks-up his 13th win of the 1955 AL season, while veteran Bronx hurler Tommy Byrne gets his 1st save of the season. Red Sox Starter Frank Baumann is the losing pitcher for Boston, being chased for 4 runs in the 1st inning of the game. The Thursday game draws at crowd of 18, 572 fans to Yankee Stadium.

1956- Mickey Mantle hits his 40th HR of the 1956 AL season off of Orioles hurler Hal “Skinny” Brown‚ as the Yankees clip the Birds by the score of 10-5. Mantle is the 1st Yankee player since Joe DiMaggio in 1937 to hit 40 HRs in a season.

1960- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Al Pedrique (2013-2017) was born.
After his active playing career ended, Al Pedrique spent several seasons as a Minor League Coach and Manager. He managed the 1995 Spokane Indians, 1996-1997 GCL Royals, 1999-2000 Michigan Battle Cats, 2001 El Paso Diablos and the 2002-2003 Tucson Sidewinders. He was a Coach for the 1998 New Orleans Zephyrs. He served as an Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Coach in 2004 before being promoted to interim manager in midseason. The D-Backs were having an awful season, when he was named to the job and did not improve at all under his leadership. After the 2004 MLB season ended, he joined the Astros organization and worked in the team's front office as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. He was the Director of Latin American Operations in 2007. In 2009, he became the Astros' Minor League Field Coordinator. Pedrique was an MLB Coach for the 2010-2012 Astros. Then he returned to the Minor Leagues as Manager for the Yankees organization with the 2013 Charleston RiverDogs (SAL). He moved over to the 2014 Tampa Yankees (FSL). In 2015, he moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). Al was the Manager of the 2017 Yankees AAA team at Scranton (IL). After the 2017 MLB season, Al left the Yankees organization. He had been one of the candidates to replace recently fired Yankees Manager Joe Girardi. In 2018, he returned to the MLB, when he was named MLB 1B Coach of the A’s after having been considered for several MLB managerial openings that off-season.

1963- Former Yankees Minor League OF Van Snider was born.
On December 12,1989, Reserve OF Van Snider was traded by the Reds along with veteran hurler Tim Leary to the Yankees for Minor League P Rodney Imes and 1B/OF Hal Morris. Van never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. After leaving baseball in 1996, he became a policeman in Ohio.

1965- Former Yankees Minor League INF Carlos Martinez was born. (1965-2006)
The Yankees signed INF Carlos Martinez as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1983. He never appeared in an MLB game with the Yankees. On July 30,1986, he was traded by the Yankees with a Player to be Named Later and Catcher Ron Hassey to the White Sox for a Player to be Named Later, OF/DH Ron Kittle, C Joel Skinner and INF Wayne Tolleson. The Yankees would send Minor League Catcher Bill Lindsey on December 24,1986 to the White Sox to complete the trade.

1966- It is déjà vu all over again‚ as Orioles OF Frank Robinson makes another game saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning HR‚ preserving a 6-5 Orioles' win. Robby did it 2 months earlier against the Bombers.

1967-In the 2nd inning of the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Indians‚ Yankees Starter Al Downing strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. Downing becomes the 12th MLB pitcher in history to accomplish this rare pitching performance. The Yankees beat the Indians by the score of 5-3.

1969- The Yankees sell veteran MLB hurler Ken Johnson to the Cubs for $20,000 waiver price. Ken went 1-2 in 12 games for the Yankees. He will go 1-2 in 9 games for the 1969 Cubs. He had started the 1969 MLB season with the Braves going 0-1 in 9 games before being sent to the Yankees.

1976- Former Yankees Reserve OF Bubba Crosby (2004-2006) was born.
On July 31,2003, OF Bubba Crosby was traded by the Dodgers along with P Scott Proctor to the Yankees for veteran 3B Robin Ventura. Bubba would win the 2003 James P. Dawson Award for the best Yankee rookie in spring training camp. Bubba would hit .211 with 4 HRs and 19 RBIs in 196 games for the team before being granted MLB Free Agency after the 2006 MLB season had ended.

1977- Oakland A’s batter Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid. His lone hit is off of Yankees Starter Mike Torrez, who finishes the game with a 3-0 shutout, while throwing a 2-hitter.

1980- Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson hits his 400th MLB career HR off of Chicago Starter Brit Burns during the Yankees 3-1 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

1984- Former Yankees OF Melky “The Milkman” Cabrera (2005-2009) was born.
The Yankees signed Melky Cabrera as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 2001. He has a lifetime BA of .269 with 36 HRs and 228 RBIs in 569 MLB games for the Yankees. On December 22, 2009, Melky was traded by the Yankees along with P Arodys Vizcaino (Minors), P Michael Dunn and Cash to the Braves for Reliever Boone Logan and veteran Starter Javier Vazquez. The Braves would release him in the winter of 2010. He spent the 2011 AL season with the Royals, who traded him in the Winter of 2011 to the Giants. He played for the 2011-2012 Giants. On August 15, 2012, All-Star OF Melky Cabrera of the Giants sees his outstanding season come to a crashing end with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. Cabrera was hitting .346 with a NL leading 159 hits, but he will not be eligible to return to play this year unless the Giants make it to the 2nd round of the NL Postseason; the Giants will indeed make it all the way to the World Series, but they will have cut off all remaining ties with their disgraced star by then. Since then, he has played for the Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, he is currently playing for 2019 Pirates.

1995- The Yankees traded veteran OF Luis Polonia to the Braves for Minor League OF Troy Hughes. Luis had hit .311 for the 1994 Yankees. In 1995, he was hitting .261 in 67 games for the team, but with the Free Agent signing of OF/DH Darryl Strawberry, the Yankees decided to trade Luis. In exchanged for Luis, the Braves send them Class AA Outfielder Tory Hughes, who was hitting .255 for AA Greenville (Southern League). The Yankees will send him to AA Norwich Navigators (Eastern League). He never appears with the Yankees at the MLB level.

1998- Yankees veteran Starter David Wells stops the Twins on a 4-hitter to win by the score of 7-0. In his last start, the Yankee lefty had pitched a perfect game against the Twins.

2001- Led by the 2 Giambi Brothers‚ the Oakland A’s beat the visiting Yankees by the score of 8-6 for its 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run HRs‚ the 2nd time they've both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last season as well.

2003- The Royals beat the Yankees by the score of 12-9‚ as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. Kansas City strokes 11 of the 2-baggers‚ just 1 shy of the AL mark.

2012- The Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of 5-2 behind the pitching of Ivan Nova and a 3-run HR by Casey McGehee. Derek Jeter collects his league-leading 150th hit of the 2012 AL season, joining Hall of Famer OF Hank Aaron as the only 2 MLB players to have 17 MLB seasons of 150 or more hits.

2013- It's an eventful afternoon at New Yankee Stadium as the Yankees defeat the Tigers by the score of 5-4. First, Alex Rodriguez hits his 1st HR of the 2013 AL season off of Tigers Starter Justin Verlander in the 2nd inning and in the process passes Hall of Famer Stan Musial for 5th place on the all-time MLB RBI list with 1,951. Then, leading off the 4th inning, Alfonso Soriano also goes deep off of Verlander for the 2,000th hit of his MLB playing career. The Yankees hand a 4-2 lead to Closer Mariano Rivera in the top of the 9th inning, but for the 3rd straight time, Mariano blows the opportunity by allowing solo HRs to Tiger Sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Rodriguez. However, Yankees OF Brett Gardner homers in turn, off of Tigers Reliever José Veras with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, ending the game.

August 12th

1906- An Sunday afternoon crowd estimated at 30‚000 fans are on hand in Chicago to watch the red-hot White Sox beat the Yankees by the score of 3-0. The gates are closed an hour before game time‚ locking many fans outside.

1918- At Fenway Park‚ the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the AL leaders by beating Boston by the score of 2-1. Getting his opportunity because of the war‚ lefty Hank Robinson is making his 1st MLB start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Red Sox Starter Babe Ruth‚ who gives up 4 Yankee hits. Jack Fournier scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt‚ while Babe Ruth‚ hitless on the afternoon‚ pops out for the last out of the game.

1932- AL President Will Harridge upholds Detroit's protest of its August 1st game against the Yankees. He orders the game to be replayed on September 8th. The Tigers had protested because Yankee hitters Tony Lazzeri's and Ben Chapman's batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.

1934- A crowd of 41,766 fans turns out to Fenway Park to see what will probably be Babe Ruth's last MLB game being played in Boston. In Game 1 of the double-header, Ruth goes 2-5 with a double, but he misplays a Billy Werber line drive into a triple. Ruth is 0-1 with 2 walks in the 2nd game, before leaving the game in the 6th inning. In 1935, Babe will return to Boston as a member of NL Boston Braves.

1937- In the 1st of 2 games with the Yankees‚ Red Sox Slugger Jimmie Foxx hits one way out of Fenway Park‚ the ball leaving the park to the right of the CF flag pole. The shot comes off New York's Kemp Wicker and helps the Red Sox overpower the Yankees by the score of 16-10, stopping the Yankees winning streak at 10 games. The Red Sox overcome a 6-run deficit. Buck Newsom is credited with his 11th win. In Game 2‚ Yankees Starter Bump Hadley out-pitches Red Sox Starter Archie McKain to push Bronx Bombers lead to 11 1/2 games over Boston.

1939- At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Yankees bombard the feeble A's by the score of 18-4, as Bronx Starter “Smokey” Steve Sundra (6-0) coasts to the win. Bombers 1B Babe Dahlgren has 4 hits‚ including a solo HR in the 6th inning and a Grand Slam HR in 7th inning. He drives in 6 runs. Yankees 2B Joe “Flash” Gordon adds his 18th HR of the 1939 AL season.

1945- In the lid-lifter at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, former Boston Braves hurler Jim Tobin acquired on MLB waivers‚ pitches 3 scoreless innings against the Yankees. Tobin clubs a 3-run game-ending HR in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the game by a score of 9-6. Another former Braves pitcher‚ now with the Yankees, Reliever Jim Turner serves up the HR. The Tigers win the nightcap by the score of 8-2‚ behind Starter Hal Newhouser's 18th win of the 1945 AL season.

1950- Yankees Starter Allie Reynolds hits a bases-loaded single and hurls the Bronx Bombers to a 7-2 win over the A’s. The loss goes to Philadelphia Starter Carl Scheib‚ but Reliever Bobby Shantz pitches the last 6 2/3 innings and clouts his only MLB career HR off of the Super Chief.

1951- The Yankees lose a pair to Philadelphia. The A's use 17 hits to win the opener by the score of 9-5, and then they use Pennsylvania's Sunday Blue Law, which calls for a 7:00 PM curfew to win the nightcap by the score of 7-4. New York starts an 8th-inning 5-run rally at 6:37 PM and take a 9-7 lead‚ but the curfew wipes it out before A’s batter Pete Suder can hit. Beginning next season‚ the AL will adopt the 40-year-old suspended game policy of the NL.

1953- Playing without the injured CF Mickey Mantle, who is out for 10 days with a sprained knee - the Yankees explode for 28 hits off of Senators pitching‚ 2 hits shy of the AL record. The Bombers roll to a 22-1 victory over the Nats. Yankees Rookie hurler Steve Kraly‚ relieving Starter Whitey Ford‚ gives up a run to avert the largest shutout win in history. Ford has 4 hits‚ while Yogi Berra and Billy Martin each collect 5 RBIs. Hank Bauer scores 5 runs for the Bronx Bombers.

1956- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle hits his 41st HR of the 1956 AL season‚ his 7th HR in 8 days to pace the Bronx Bombers to a 6-2 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles.

1958- The Yankees top the Orioles by the score of 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle's 33rd HR of the 1958 AL season off a Ken Lehman knuckleball‚ gives him the AL HR lead.

1961- At Griffith Stadium‚ Roger Maris belts his 43rd HR off of expansion Senators veteran hurler Richard Donovan‚ but it's the Bronx Bombers only score as they lose the game by the score 5-1‚ the Yankees 1st loss in 10 games. For the expansion Nats, it is their 1st win in 8 games. Gene Green's Pinch-Hit Grand Slam HR off of Yankees Reliever Luis Arroyo is the big blow for the Nats.

1962- Former Yankees Pitcher Dave Pavlas (1995-1996) was born.
In 1984, the Cubs signed hurler Dave Pavlas as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. On February 8,1995, Dave Pavlas was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. Dave went 0-0 with a 2.51 ERA with 1 save in 20 games with the 1995 Yankees.

1964- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle sets an MLB record, when hits a HR from both sides of the plate for the 10th time in his MLB playing career. Mantle hits a left-handed HR off of veteran hurler Ray Herbert over the 461 FT marker in CF, the ball lands 15 rows into the bleachers, 502 FT from home plate. The Yankees 7-3 victory over the White Sox marks the 1st start and MLB Pitching Career victory by New York Rookie hurler Mel Stottlemyre, who was called up from AAA Richmond (IL) to booster the Yankees starting rotation.

1969- Citing "personal problems‚" Yankees AL Golden Glove winner 1B Joe Pepitone goes AWOL from the team. He will come back to the team, but the Yankees front office will trade him in the fall to the Astros for former Yankees Minor Leaguer C/1B/OF Curt Blefary.

1973- The Oakland A's are 6 runs behind in the 7th inning‚ but they rally to beat the Yankees by the score of 13-12, and move to within 1 game of the 1st-place Royals in the AL West.

1974- Former New York Yankees OF/1B Mickey Mantle and his long-time Yankees teammate Pitcher Whitey Ford head a group of 6 Hall of Fame inductees at Cooperstown. Their Former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel is on hand to see his “boys” entered the Hall of Fame.

1977- Yankee Starters Catfish Hunter and Ed Figueroa combine to sweep the Angels by scores of 10-1 and 9-3, as the Yankees bang out 25 hits. Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss hits 2 HRs in the Opener, while Reggie Jackson hits 2 HRs in the nightcap. Both of the Yankee Starters throw 6-hitters in their victories over the Angels.

1985- At Chicago‚ veteran Starter Phil Niekro goes the route to pick up his 295th MLB career win as the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 10-4. The Bombers have a 7-run 7th inning to break the game open with Ron Hassey belting a 2-run HR and RBI single to lead the scoring in the frame.

1988- Former Yankees Minor League OF Jose Tabata was born.
OF Prospect Jose Tabata signed with the Yankees on his 16th birthday. He made his pro debut with the 2005 GCL Yankees hitting .314, while stealing 22 bases in 28 tries. He led the Gulf Coast League in steals and was 9th in batting average. He made the league All-Star outfield alongside Matt Kutler and Francisco Guzman. Baseball America rated him as the league's #7 prospect, 3rd among outfielders after Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce and ahead of teammate Austin Jackson. They also ranked him as the #3 prospect in the Yankees system. In 2006, the teenager hit .298 with 15 swipes in 20 attempts for the Charleston RiverDogs despite 3 stints on the DL. He played center field and hit 9th for the World team in the 2006 Futures Game in an 8-5 loss. BA rated him as the #2 prospect in the South Atlantic League, behind Andrew McCutchen. Had he qualified, Tabata would have tied for 8th in the SAL in average. BA ranked him as the #2 Yankees prospect and as the best batting prospect in the 2006 SAL. That winter, he played for the Caribes de Oriente, hitting .275. Tabata was the RF for the 2007 Tampa Yankees, hitting .307 with 15 steals in 21 tries. He placed 4th in the FSL in average and made the FSL All-Star outfield. BA ranked him as the #9 prospect in the FSL. In August, he had surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right wrist, which had been damaged by a pitch in July of 2006. BA rated Tabata as the #3 Yankees prospect after P Joba Chamberlain and OF Austin Jackson. In 2008, Tabata battled more injuries; he only batted .248 in 79 games for the AA Trenton Thunder (EL). He was then traded along with Pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens to the Pirates in exchange for OF/1B Xavier Nady and P Damaso Marte. He ended his MLB playing career in 2015. He finish his MLB playing career that lasted 6 seasons with a .275 BA with 17 HRs and 126 RBIs in 509 games.

1994- MLB players go on strike. The Yankees are in 1st place in the AL East. The Yankees in AL East and the Montreal Expos in NL East have the best MLB team records. This MLB player strike will cancel the 1994 World Series for MLB.

1997- Dean Palmer homers and drives in 4-runs as the Royals end the Yankees' 3-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory. Palmer‚ who is 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position, he has 16 RBIs in 18 games since coming over in a trade with the Rangers‚ singles home a run in the 4th inning‚ opens the 6th inning with his 17th HR‚ then he hits a go-ahead‚ 2-run double in the 7th inning. Mike Perez (2-0) ‚ the 2nd of 5 Royals' pitchers is the winner. Royals Closer Jeff Montgomery pitches the 9th inning for his 8th save‚ the 250th of his MLB pitching career. He retires 32 consecutive batters‚ 1 shy of the Royal franchise record‚ before Yankees CF Bernie Williams singles with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

2002- Former Yankees, A’s, Braves and Cardinals OF and Hall of Famer Enos “Country” Slaughter (1954-1955,1956-1959) passes away. (1916-2002)
Veteran OF Enos Slaughter came up to the MLB with the 1938 St. Louis Cardinals, playing for them until 1953. He had missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons due to military service. As a Cardinal, he appeared in 1,820 games, while hitting .306 with 146 HRs and 1,148 RBIs. On April 11,1954, veteran OF Enos “Country” Slaughter was traded by the Cardinals to the Yankees for 3 Minor League Players: OF Bill Virdon, P Mel Wright and OF Emil Tellinger. His 1st tour with the 1954-1955 Yankees was unsuccessful with Enos only hitting .249 in 69 games. On May 11,1955, he was traded by the Yankees along with veteran P Johnny Sain to the A’s for P Sonny Dixon and Cash. On August 25,1956, Enos was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the A’s. His return to the Yankees brought the release of long-time Yankees Shortstop Phil Rizzuto. Enos performed better for the team with his 2nd tour as a Pinch-Hitter and Reserve OF before fading during the 1959 AL season, being sold to the Braves. Enos retired as an active player at the end of 1959 MLB season. After his MLB days, Slaughter was a Player-Manager in the Minor Leagues in 1960-1961, still hitting for a good average. Later, he was Head Baseball Coach at Duke University from 1971-1977. He played on 4 World Champion teams: the 1942 and 1946 Cardinals and the 1956 and 1958 Yankees teams, appearing in 27 games; hitting .291 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. His best World Series for the Yankees was in 1956, when Enos hit .350 in 6 games with 1 HR and 4 RBIs against the Dodgers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

2011- Yankees veteran Starter CC Sabathia gives up 5 HRs, while facing the Rays. Casey Kotchman, Kelly Shoppach, Johnny Damon, Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria all hit solo HRs off the Yankees ace, accounting for all of the Rays' runs in a 5-1 victory. Rays Starter David Price is the winner.

2012- Blue Jays LF Rajai Davis drives in 5 runs and makes a tremendous catch in the 7th inning, scaling the 10-FT fence to deprive Yankees hitter Casey McGehee of a HR as the Blue Jays defeat the Yankees by the score of 10-7. Edwin Encarnacion hits a 2-run HR and adds a double and a single in support of Davis's heroics.

2015- The Blue Jays overtake the Yankees for 1st place in the AL East after registering their 10th straight win, a 10-3 victory over the A's combined with a Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Indians, their 5th loss in a row.

2016- As announced a week earlier, Alex Rodriguez plays his final game for the Yankees today, going 1 for 4 with a 1st-inning RBI double off of Rays Starter Chris Archer in a 6-3 Yankees win. The Yankees indulge him by letting him play at his old position, 3rd base, in the 9th inning; he then leaves the game under the crowd's applause after 1 out, ending his MLB playing career only 4 HR short of 700 MLB HR mark, but he is done as an MLB active player at 41.

August 13th

1875 – Former Yankees Shortstop (1903-1909) and Player-Manager (1908) Norman “Tabasco Kid” Elberfeld was born. (1875-1944)
On June 10,1903, Shortstop Norman ”Kid” Elberfeld was traded by the Tigers to the Highlanders for 2 Shortstops: Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. The Kid’s best Yankees season was in 1906, when he hit .306 with 2 HRs and 31 RBIs in 99 games for the team as their starting Shortstop. During the 1908 AL season, he managed the Yankees to a poor 27-71 record (8th Place), after Manager Clark Griffth had quit as the Manager in a dispute with Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery. The Kid finished his Yankees playing career with a lifetime BA of .268 with 4 HRs and 257 RBIs in 268 games. On December 14,1909, he was purchased for $5,000 by the Senators from the Yankees. The Yankees had tried to trade him to the Nats for P Walter Johnson and C Gabby Street, the Nats didn’t want to make a trade and instead bought Elberfeld from New York.

1906- Former Yankees Pitcher Kemp Wicker (1936-1938) was born. (1906-1973)
Kemp Wicker went 9-5 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 1 game of the 1937 World Series for the Yankees against the Giants with no record. On February 6,1939, Kemp Wicker was purchased along with Minor League C Chris Hartje by the Dodgers from the Yankees for $50,000.

1921- At Shibe Park, a crowd of 33,000 fans, the largest crowd to watch a game in Philadelphia since the 1914 AL season, they see Yankees Starter Carl Mays win his 15th straight game over the A’s as the Yankees prevail by a score of 7-2 in Game 1. Bombers Starter Bob Shawkey coasts home to a 13-7 win in the nightcap. Yankees OF Bob Meusel hits HRs in each game.

1922- Yankees Shortstop Everett Scott nears 1,000 MLB consecutive games played, but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is wrecked.

1924- The Yankees regain the AL lead with 1-0 and 2-1 victories in a doubleheader with the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. In the Opener, Yankees Starter Herb Pennock picks-up his 16th win of the 1924 AL season, pitching a 4-hit shutout of the Browns. Loser Ernie Wingard is now 11-8 for the 1924 Browns. In the 2nd game, Bullet Joe Bush defeats Browns Starter Urban Shocker in a 2-1 victory. Bush is now 11-11 for the 1924 season, while Shocker is now at 10-10 for the season.

1930- Former Yankees Pitcher Robert “Bob” Wiesler (1951,1954-1955) was born. (1930-2014)
Bob Weiser was a 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, he 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. With the 1951 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 to Yankee Stadium on August 3, 1951, he lost his only 2 decisions in 4 games. Bob Wiesler was then called up for Military Service, missing the 1952 AL season, while serving with in the Army. Bob had MLB stints with the 1954-1954 Yankees, going 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 6 games (1954) and 0-2 with a 3.91 ERA 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 the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later, C Lou Berberet, INF Herb Plews and OF Richard Tettelbach to the Senators for veteran AL Starter Mickey McDermott and INF Bobby Kline. The Yankees would later send AAA Minor League OF Whitey Herzog (Denver Bears) on April 2,1956 to the Nats to complete the trade. Bob had a record of 3-12 with a 6.44 ERA in 37 games for the Senators that season, and then he went 1-1 with 4.41 ERA for the Nats in 1957. He finished out his MLB pitching career with the 1958 Nats with no decisions in 4 appearances. This would finish out Wiesler's 6-season MLB Pitching career with a 7-19 record and a 5.74 ERA, while appearing in 70 games.

1932- It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken, but Yankees Starter Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 10th inning to beat Senators hurler Al Thomas by a score of 1-0. Tom Hughes in 1906, was the last MLB pitcher to hit an extra-inning, game-winning HR.

1939- Former Yankees Pitcher William “Bill” Stafford (1960-1965) was born. (1939-2001)
Before the start of the 1957 MLB Season, the Yankees signed hurler William “Bill” Stafford as an MLB amateur free agent. Bill came up to the Yankees in 1960, as a 20-year old rookie posting a 3-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA in 11 games. In 1961, he went 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA in 36 games for the Yankees. He was the winning pitcher of Roger Maris HR #61 game, winning a 1-0 shutout of the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Bill appeared in the 1960-1961-1962 World Series for Yankees going 1-0 in 4 games with a 2.08 ERA. He would go 14-9 in 35 games with a 3.67 ERA as a regular starter for the 1962 AL season. In the April of 1963, while starting the Yankees season opener at Kansas City, Bill hurt his pitching arm in cold weather. In 1964, he bounced back to go 5-0 with 4 saves, with a 2.67 ERA in 31 games for the Yankees. In 1965, he had arm problems dropping to a 3-8 mark with 3.56 ERA in 22 games. On June 10,1966, Bill was traded by the Yankees along with P Gil Blanco and OF Roger Repoz to Kansas City for Pitcher Fred Talbot and Catcher Billy Bryan. At the time of his trade, Bill was 5-0 at AAA Richmond (IL). He was supposed to start 1 of the games in the up-coming series against the Tigers in Detroit. Overall as an MLB Pitcher, Stafford went 43-40 with a 3.52 ERA in 186 games with 9 saves. Clippers Note: The Yankees should have held on to Bill Stafford, because Fred Talbot was a failure (14-24 with 3.00 ERA in 89 games) as a Starter and Catcher Bill Bryant never hit very much for the Yankees. In 2001, Bill passed away from heart problems. His Son, Mike is a Pitching Coach for the Blue Jays Minor League system and a former Minor League Pitcher.

1939- The Yankees beat the Philadelphia A's by a score of 21-0 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader to equal the MLB record for lopsided shutouts. Yankee hitters Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren each have 2-HRs, 1 each an Inside-the-Park HR. Yankees Starter Red Ruffing collects 4 hits along with the victory. The Yankees had dropped the 1st game to the A’s by a score of 12-9.

1940- Former Yankees MLB Bullpen Coach (1992-2001) and MLB Pitcher Tony Cloninger was born. (1940-2018)
Former MLB hurler Tony Cloninger was the 1992-2002 MLB Bullpen Coach for the Yankees in 2003; he left the team for a bullpen job with the Red Sox (2003-2004). After, he recovered from cancer, he served as a Scout in the Class A Carolina League in 2005. As of 2011, he was a Player Development consultant for the Red Sox. As an MLB player, Tony Cloninger pitched for the Braves, Cardinals and the Reds during his 12-season MLB pitching career, while posting an overall 113-97 record. On June 16, 1966 against the Mets, he clubbed a pair of HRs in a game. Several weeks later, on July 3rd, he hit 2 Grand Slams in 1 game against the Giants at Candlestick Park, as the Braves won the game by the score of 17-3. Overall, during a 6-game stretch from June 16th to July 3rd, he had 4 HRs and 18 RBIs, appearing in 2 games with a 0-1 pitching record. He appeared in the 1970 World Series with the Reds against the Orioles, pitching in 2 games with a 0-1 record.

1947- Former Yankees Reserve INF (1972-1980) and MLB Baseball Executive Fred “Chicken” Stanley (1973-1980) was born.
On October 24,1972, INF Fred Stanley was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for Catcher George Pena. Fred played a key role as infield reserve for the Yankees. He appeared in 3 World Series with the 1976-1978 Yankees. On November 3,1980, he was traded by the Yankees to the Oakland A’s for Starter Mike Morgan. After retiring as an active MLB player in 1983, he worked in the Oakland A’s front office. Then he joined the Giants organization. On October 12, 2007, he was appointed as the Giants Director of Player Development.

1957- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs as the Yankees edge the Red Sox by the score of 3-2. Mantle improves his BA to .384 while rival Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams, with 1-for-2 is at .388. A week later, Mantle will hurt himself when he angrily swings a golf club at a branch and gouges his shinbone. This injury will effectively take him out of the running for a 2nd-straight AL Triple Crown. Yankees GM George Weiss will use this incident with Mantle in a player contract dispute during the winter. Weiss will try to scare Mantle by telling him; that he will trade him to the Indians for Starter Herb Score and OF Rocky Colavito, he doesn’t sign with the team. Yankees Co-Team Owner Dan Topping will step in and get a Mantle a new 1958 MLB player contract. This incident will mark the beginning of the end of George Weiss career as the Yankees GM, who will be forced into retirement in October of 1960.

1961- In the 1st of 2 games with the expansion Senators, Roger Maris belts his 44th HR to tie his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle. An inning later, Mantle, hits a Bennie Daniels offering for his 45th HR, but that's all Daniels allows winning by the score of 12-2. Roger Maris adds his 45th HR in the 1st inning in Game 2, as the Yankees win the game by the score of 9-4.

1964- CBS Inc. buys 80 % of the New York Yankees from team Co-Owners Del Webb and Dan Topping Sr., effective November 2,1964. Dan Topping Sr. will sell his remaining 20% of the Yankees to CBS Inc. in the fall of 1966.

1964- Former Yankees OF Jay Buhner (1987-1988) was born.
On December 20,1984, 19-year-old Class A Minor League OF Jay Buhner was traded by the Pirates along with INF Dale Berra and P Alfonso Pulido to the Yankees for OF Steve Kemp, INF Tim Foli and Cash. Jay only appeared in 32 games for the 1987-1988 Yankees, just hitting .198 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs. On July 21,1988, Jay was traded by the Yankees along with a Player to be Named Later and Minor League P Rich Balabon to the Mariners for veteran 1B/DH Ken Phelps. The Yankees would later send Minor League P Troy Evers on October 12,1988 to the Mariners to complete the trade.

1969- AL Golden Glove Award Winner 1B Joe Pepitone returns to the Yankees, but he does not play in their 5-2 loss to Minnesota. Twins INF Rich Reese is 4-for-4 with 2-HRs and 2 singles to drive in 4-runs for the Twins as Starter Jim Kaat is the winner over Yankees’ Mel Stottlemyre (16-9). Reese will have hits his 1st 3 at bats tomorrow before flying out.

1972- Former Hall of Fame and Yankees Farm Director (1932-1947) General Manager George Weiss (1948-1960) passed away. (1899-1972)
Baseball Executive George Weiss spent 29 years in the Yankees organization before being retired in October of 1960. Before becoming the Yankees General Manager in 1948, he helped run the Yankees Minor League system (1932-1947) as Farm Director under Yankees long-time GM Edward Barrow (1920-1945). Weiss had previously run the Hartford Minor League franchise before being hired by Yankees GM Edward Barrow in 1932. He would join the NL expansion team; New York Mets in 1961, as their 1st team President and General Manager, along with former Yankees Manager Casey Stengel as the team’s 1st MLB manager. He was elected Baseball HOF as a Baseball Executive in 1971.

1973- Veteran Bronx OF Roy White hits HRs from both sides of the plate as the Yankees top the Angels by a score of 6-0.

1973- The Yankees sell veteran MLB Reserve INF Bernie Allen to the Montreal Expos for $25,000 Cash. Allen had appeared in 17 games for the Yankees, while hitting .228. He will close out his MLB playing career with the Expos by hitting .180 in 16 games.

1978- The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 7th inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains force a delay of the game. Thanks to stalling tactics of Manager Earl Weaver and some slow-moving Baltimore groundskeepers, the game is called, and the score reverts to the last complete inning. The Orioles win the game by a score of 3-0; with former Yankees Minor League P Scott McGregor is the winner for the O’s. This rule will be changed by MLB in 1980, and the game, today would have been suspended.

1980- The Yankees traded Pitcher Ken Clay and a Player to be Named Later to the Rangers for 41-year old veteran MLB Starter Gaylord Perry. Clay had pitched for the 1977-1979 Yankees, while posting a 6-14 record in 79 games. He appeared 2 World Series with the Yankees with no record. Ken will go 2-3 in 8 games for the Rangers. He will finish his MLB pitching career with the 1981 Mariners, posting a 2-7 record in 22 games with a 4.63 ERA. Overall Ken went 10-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 111 games. Gaylord Perry will go 4-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 10 games for the 1980 Yankees, before becoming an MLB Free Agent; signing with the Braves for the 1981 NL season. The Player to be Name Later in the trade by Yankees would be AAA Minor League OF Marvin Thompson (Columbus), who was sent to the Rangers on October 1, 1980. Before the trade was made by the Yankees, they had called up P Mike Griffin from AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He was sent back to Columbus to make room for Perry on the Yankees 25-man MLB roster.

1984- Former Yankees Reliever Boone Logan (2010-2013) was born.
Boone Logan was selected by the White Sox in the 20th round of the 2002 MLB amateur player draft. He made his pro debut the following year with the Great Falls White Sox, the 1st of 3 seasons with the Rookie-level club. After finishing the 2005 season in Class A, he made the jump to the MLB in 2006, when he made the Sox Opening Day roster. He posted a 5.68 ERA in his 1st 12 contests in the MLB before being demoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights. After going 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 11 saves at AAA Charlotte, he rejoined the White Sox bullpen in September. He spent most of the 2007 season with the White Sox, going 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA in 68 games out of the bullpen. After spending the majority of 2008 season with the White Sox as well, he was dealt to the Braves along with veteran Starter Javier Vazquez following the end of the 2008 MLB season. After the 2009 MLB season ended, Boone Logan was traded again along with hurler Javier Vazquez by the Braves; this time to the Yankees. As a Reliever for the Yankees, he appeared in 256 games, while posting a 19-7 record with a 3.38 ERA and 1 save. In 2012, he led the AL in appearances with 80 games. In the AL post-season action with the Yankees, Boone went 0-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 games. After the 2013 MLB season, Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would be signed by the Rockies. He started the 2018 NL season with the Brewers, but he was released by the team in June, ending his MLB Pitching career.

1995- Flags fly at half-mast at Yankee Stadium as New York Yankees Hall of Fame CF legend Mickey Mantle (1951-1968) dies of liver cancer at the age of 63 (1931-1995) in Dallas, Texas.

1996- White Sox 3B Robin Ventura belts his team-record 9th Grand Slam HR to pace the White Sox to an 8-4 win over the Yankees. Bombers P David Weathers serves up the gopher ball.

1997- The Red Sox traded veteran C/DH/1B Mike Stanley and INF Randy Brown to the Yankees in exchange for Minor League hurler Tony Armas Jr. and a Player to be Named Later. Mike Stanley would hit .287 with 3 HRs in 28 games for the team, before leaving for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Blue Jays for the 1998 AL Season. On September 29, 1998, the Yankees sent Reliever Jim Mecir to the Red Sox. He had a 1-5 record in 51 games with no saves. That November, the Red Sox left him exposed to the MLB Expansion Player Draft, he was selected by the Tampa club was their 36th draft pick. Armas and Brown remained in the Minor Leagues, switching teams in their new organizations.

1998- Yankees Starter Orlando Hernandez sets a Yankees Rookie Pitching record by striking out 13 Texas batters, while the beating the Rangers by a score of 2-0. The original Yankees Rookie Pitching record was 12 strikeouts set by Yankees Rookie Starter Stan Bahnsen in 1968.

2003- Former Yankees Pitcher Charlie Devens (1932-1934) passes away. (1910-2003).
Former Harvard University Baseball star hurler Charlie Devens went 5-3 with 3.42 ERA in 16 games for the 1932-1934 Yankees. He did not appear in the 1932 World Series with the Yankees against the Cubs. Charlie spent parts of 1933-1934 baseball seasons with the AA Newark Bears (International League), going 19-13 during those seasons.

2007- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Shortstop (1941-1956) and Long-Time Yankees Broadcasting Announcer Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto passes away. (1917-2007)
In 1937, the Yankees signed infielder Phil Rizzuto as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He won the Minor League player of the Year Award in 1940 with the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association). In 1941, he played his 1st season as a Yankee appearing in 133 games, while hitting .307. Phil would miss the 1943-1945 AL seasons, while serving with the Navy during WWII. As a Yankees player, Phil would appear in 9 World Series, while hitting .242 in 52 games. He was named to the AL All Star squad 5 times. He led the AL Shortstops in fielding in 1949-1950. In 1950, Phil had his best Yankees player career season as he won the AL MVP Award, while hitting .324 in 155 games with 200 hits, while scoring 100 runs. Also, in 1950, he won the MLB Best Player Award. In 1951, Phil won the Babe Ruth Award hitting .320 against the Giants in the 1951 World Series. During 1955-1956 seasons, Phil was slowed down by injuries and age; he was no longer the Yankees starting Shortstop. On August 25,1956, Phil was released by the Yankees during Old Timer’s Day. Phil turned down a player contract offer from the Brooklyn Dodgers, who wanted him spend some time with their AAA Montreal Royals (International League) to get in playing shape, before joining the MLB team. Also, he turned a chance to manage the Washington Senators for the 1957 AL season. In 1957, Phil started his long-time broadcasting career with the Yankees joining Mel Allen and Red Barber in the broadcasting booth, replacing Jim Woods. In 1994, the Veteran’s Committee elected Phil into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Former Red Sox HOF Slugger Ted Williams led the push for his election in the HOF, saying that he could beat you with his bat or glove. That if the Red Sox had him on their team, they would have beaten the Yankees teams.

2011- Back in the line-up after being benched for a week, Yankees DH Jorge Posada drives in 6 runs, including 4-runs on a 5th-inning HR and the Yankees win the game by the score of 9-2 over the Rays. Bronx Starter Phil Hughes is the winner over Blue Jays Starter Jeremy Hellickson, while Yankees OF Curtis Granderson hits his 33rd HR of the 2011 AL season, catching Blue Jays Slugger Jose Bautista atop the MLB HR board.

2012- The Yankees use a couple of scrubs to defeat the Rangers by the score of 8-2. Reliever David Phelps starts in place of the injured veteran Starter CC Sabathia. He pitches 5 innings for the victory, while veteran MLB hurler Derek Lowe, making his 1st appearance for the Bronx Bombers after being released by the Indians last week, adds 4 scoreless innings to pick up his 1st MLB save since 2001. Nick Swisher hits a Grand Slam HR to propel the Yankees' offense, while Texas Starter Ryan Dempster gives up 8 runs for the 2nd time since being acquired by the Rangers at the July 31st MLB trading deadline.

2016- Rookies Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back HRs in their respective 1st MLB at-bats in the 2nd inning to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the Rays. No teammates had ever homered in their 1st at-bat in the same game, let alone back-to-back. The Yankees hit 3 more HRs later in the game by Starlin Castro, Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius to put the game away; in a sign that the team's youth movement is going well, not one of these players is over 25.
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This Week in Yankees History August 11th-17th Part Two

August 14th

1888- Former Yankees 1B Babe Borton (1913) was born. (1888-1954)
Babe Borton burst onto the MLB scene in 1912, hitting .371 in 105 at-bats for the 1912 White Sox. Except for part of a season spent with the 1913 Yankees (.130). He was an above-average hitter in the MLB. On June 1,1913, 1B Babe Horton was traded by the White Sox along with INF Rollie Zeider to the Yankees for 1B Hal Chase. On July 7,1913, Babe was traded by the Yankees along with Cash to Jersey City (International League) for INF John Knight. He was a leader in a couple offensive categories in the 1915 Federal League, while he hit only .224 in the 1916 AL, he made up for it with lots of walks. He was kicked out of the Pacific Coast League after admitting he conspired with gamblers to throw games. He holds the record for the most walks in a season (92) in the Federal League.

1919- The Yankees overcome Catcher Muddy Ruel's hitting into a triple play and beat the Tigers in 15 innings by the score of 5-4.

1919- The Yankees get a court injunction to barring further interference by the AL Team Owners, who had sought to prevent Starter Carl Mays from playing with the Yankees for the rest of 1919 AL season. The Red Sox had traded the troubled hurler to the Yankees for 2 players and $40,000, after a personnel dispute with the pitcher, who felt that the team hasn’t giving him enough support on the field when he pitched. Mays had walked off the playing field during a Red Sox game.

1924- The Yankees purchased OF Ben Pascual and P Ray Francis from Atlanta Crackers (Southern League) for an undisclosed amount of Cash. Ben Pascual will become a Reserve OF for the Yankees, hitting over .300, 4 times, while playing with the team. Hurler Ray Francis will go 0-0 in 4 games for the 1924 Yankees before being sent to Boston in a trade in 1925.

1929- Former Yankees Reserve OF Jim Pisoni (1959-1960) was born. (1929-2007)
On June 15,1957, OF Jim Pisoni was traded by the A’s along with P Ryne Duren and OF Harry Simpson to the Yankees for INF Billy Martin, P Ralph Terry, INF/OF Woodie Held and OF Bob Martyn. Jim was a weak hitting outfielder, who appeared only in 37 games with the Yankees, while hitting just .143. While with the Yankees organization, he spent most of his time at AAA team level (Denver and Richmond). On December 1,1958, Jim was drafted by the Braves from the Yankees organization in the 1958 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On May 7,1959, Jim was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Braves to the Yankees. Jim passed away in February of 2007.

1929- It is “Charlie Gehringer Day” in Detroit, and the popular Tigers 2B handles 10 chances in the field, at the plate he hits 3 singles, a HR and steals home in a 17-13 win over the visiting Yankees.

1934- The largest weekday crowd in history watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium. It is the Tigers' 14th straight win. Tiger’s Starter “Schoolboy” Rowe has won 13 games in a row. The next day the Yankees will end the Tigers winning streak.

1937- The Yankees purchased hurler Ivy Andrews from the Indians for $7,500 waiver price. He was 3-4 for the Tribe as a Reliever. Ivy was originally with the 1931-1932 Yankees, going 4-2 in 11 games before being traded to the Red Sox. For the 1937, Ivy would go 3-2, 3.12 ERA with 1 save in 11 games for the team. In his 2nd tour with the team, he went 4-5 and 2 saves in 30 games during the 1937-1938 AL seasons. To make a 25 MLB roster move, the Yankees send down Rookie Pitcher Spud Chandler to their AA club, the Newark Bears (IL).

1938-The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Pitcher, who had been released by the Senators on August 12, 1938. He was a former 3-time 20-game winner in the AL (Indians and Red Sox). He had posted a 13-8 record with a 5.92 ERA for the 1938 Nats. With the Yankees, Wes would go 2-2 with an 8.10 ERA in the last weeks of the 1938 AL season. In 1939, he would go 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 3 games, before being released by the team on May 28th.

1942- The Yankees turn MLB-record 7-douple plays in an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia A’s. Yankees Catcher Bill Dickey guns down 2 A’s runners following called 3rd strikes, 3 are started by the DP combo of Phil Rizzuto and Joe Gordon, Reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another and 3B Red Rolfe initiates another one. The 7 DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190 DPs for the 1942 AL season, just missing the (since surpassed) MLB mark they set in the 1941 AL season with 194.

1944- Former Yankees INF (1966,1968), MLB Coach and MLB Manager (1983) Mike Ferraro (1983-1986) was born.
In 1962, the Yankees signed INF Mike Ferraro as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. In limited play of 33 games, Mike hit .170 with No HRs and 1 RBI for the Yankees. On October 15,1968, Mike was selected by the Seattle Pilots from the Yankees organization as the 57th pick in the 1968 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. He was the Brewers starting 3B in 1972, until the team acquired veteran 3B Don Money from the Phillies in the winter of 1972. On May 7,1973, Mike was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees, he did not play for the team at MLB level, instead spending the 1973 season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL). Mike was released as an active player in April of 1974, he joined the Yankees Minor League system, later becoming an Yankees MLB Coach before taking the Manager’s job with the 1983 Indians. Later, he finished out the 1986 AL season as the Manager of the Royals, replacing Manager Richard Howser, who was batting cancer.

1950- Former Yankees Shortstop Jim Mason (1974-1976) was born.
On December 6,1973, Shortstop Jim Mason was purchased by the Yankees from the Rangers for $100,000 Cash. Jim hit .250 with 5 HRs and 37 RBIs in 152 games in 1974, before fading during the 1975-1976 AL seasons. Overall, Jim appeared in 339 games with the Yankees, while hitting .208 with 8HRs and 67 RBIs. Jim Mason was the 1st MLB player to hit a HR in the only World Series plate appearance of his MLB playing career in the 1976 World Series against the Reds. It would be only Yankees HR hit in the 1976 World Series. On November 5,1976, Jim was selected by the Blue Jays from the Yankees as the 30th pick in the 1976 AL Expansion Team Player Draft. He played for the Senators, Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays and the Expos during his 9- season MLB playing career.

1957- Former Yankees OF Tim Hendryx (1915-1917) passed away. (1891-1957)
OF Tim Hendryx was purchased by the Yankees from New Orleans (Southern Association). He appeared in 168 games for the Yankees, while hitting .251 with 5 HRs and 50 RBIs. On March 18,1918, Tim was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Yankees to the Browns. The Reds sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees. St. Louis sent veteran OF Lee Magee to the Reds. While the Reds sent Catcher Tommy Clarke (April 25,1918) to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1959- The Red Sox 1B Vic Wertz hits a pinch-hit Grand Slam HR off of Yankees Closer Ryne Duren to pace the 11-6 Boston win. Red Sox 2B Pete Runnels walks twice in 1 inning to tie an MLB record.

1960- The Yankees lose a doubleheader to the Senators and fall to 3rd place in the AL, a half game behind the Orioles and the White Sox. Washington Starter Camilo Pascual's Grand Slam HR is the difference in a 5-4, 1st-game win for the Nats. In the 2nd inning, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs, jogs to 1B on a grounder to 3B. The Senators turn a DP, with Yankees Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at 2B. Roger Maris will miss 18 games as a result of the rib injury. Yankee Stadium fans heavily boo Mickey Mantle; Manager Casey Stengel replaces him in the starting lineup with Reserve OF Bob Cerv. The clubs set an MLB record by using 17 pinch-hitters, 9 by the Yankees and 8 by the Nats in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings), while playing an MLB record 24 errorless innings.

1966- The Yankees sweep 2 games from the Indians, winning the nightcap by a score of 6-4. The Tribe help in the 2nd game by making 6 errors in 1 inning, 1 short of the record. Mickey Mantle helps with a HR, off of lefty hurler Jack Kralick, but he'll sit the next 12 days after re-injuring his knee. Tom Tresh hits his 16th HR of the season. Steve Hamilton picks-up the win in relief of Bronx Starter Fred Talbot. Indians Reliever Tom Kelly in relief of Tribe Starter Sam McDowell takes the loss. In the 2nd game, the Yankees beat the Tribe by the score of 7-3 with Yankees Reliever Dooley Womack gaining the victory, Fritz Peterson had started the game for the Yankees. Joe Pepitone hits his 27th HR of the1966 AL season. A crowd of 31, 948 fans attend the doubleheader played at Yankee Stadium.

1969- In a 3-2 win over the White Sox, the Yankees 2B Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th inning, then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss for the White Sox, while Yankees Reliever Jack Aker is the winner.

1977- The Yankees collect 15 hits, including HRs by Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles to swamp the Angels by a score of 15-3. Yankees Starter Richard “Dirt” Tidrow allows just 2 Angels hits in 6 innings of work for the win.

1985- Former Yankees Pitcher Esmil Rodgers (2014-2015) was born.
On July 31, 2014, hurler Esmil Rogers was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Blue Jays. He appeared in 36 games for the Yankees, while posting a 3-1 record with 5.59 ERA for the 2014-2015 Yankees. On July 31, 2015, Rogers was released by the team.

1990- The Angels post a 9-5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an Inside-the-Park Grand Slam HR by Luis Polonia. Yankees RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoestring catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner for the Angels. Jesse Barfield will misplay another drive into a 4-run IPHR in 2 weeks.

1991-Former Yankees Pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (2017-2018) was born.
Mexican born Pitcher Giovanny Gallegos signed with the Yankees as an International Free Agent in 2012. The Yankees added him to their 40-man MLB roster after the 2016 MLB season, Gallegos played for the Mexican national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He made his MLB Pitching debut on May 12, 2017 for the Yankees against the Astros. As Yankees hurler, Gallegos went 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 20 games with 1 save. On July 29, 2018, he was traded by the Yankees along with MLB Reliever Chasen Shreve to the Cardinals for 1B Luke Voit and International Bonus Slot money.

2002- The Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals by the score of 3-2. Bombers CF Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Yankees hurler Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.

2010- Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez hits 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs taking over the 2010 AL RBI lead with 97, as the Yankees defeat the Royals by the score of 8-3. Yankees Starter Phil Hughes is the winner.

2012- Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda pitches a 2-hitter in shutting out the Rangers by the score of 3-0. All 3 Yankees runs score in the 7th inning, when Nick Swisher homers off of Rangers P Alexi Ogando with Derek Jeter on base and then Mark Teixeira follows with a solo HR blast.

2013- Alfonso Soriano goes 3-for-3 with a pair of HRs and a MLB career-high 7 RBIs in the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Angels. Yesterday, Soriano had another 2-HR game with 6 RBIs. His 13 RBIs in 2 games are the 2nd-most in Yankees history: Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri drove in 15 in 2 games in 1936.

2014- Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Yankees by the score of 5-0 behind Starter Alex Cobb, to reach the .500 mark at 62-62. What is remarkable is that they were 18 games below .500 on June 10th, making them only the 4th team in MLB history to return to parity from such a deficit.

August 15th

1912- Little-known Yankees OF Guy Zinn steals home twice in a 5-4 win at Detroit; this will add to last-place New York's MLB record of 18 steals of home for the 1912 AL season. The Yankees will win tomorrow game by the score of 9-8, when Zinn hits a 9th inning double.

1930- Former Yankees Minor League OF Bob Martyn was born. (1930-2015)
In 1952, OF Bob Martyn was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. An impressive Minor League player, he was named to 3 All-Star teams while playing in the Yankees farm system. In the 1956 American Association All-Star Game, he hit 2 HRs, winning the MVP Award for the game. That season, Bob was playing for Manager Ralph Houk’s AAA Denver Bears (American Association). He was sent to the Kansas City A’s in a trade that took place on June 15,1957. The Yankees sent OF Bob Martyn, INF/OF Woodie Held, INF Billy Martin and P Ralph Terry to the A’s for P Ryne Duren, OF Jim Pisoni and OF Harry Simpson. On April 12,1959, he was traded back to the Yankees along with INF Mike Baxes by the A’s for Minor League OF Russ Snyder and Reserve INF Tom Carroll. Mike was sent down to AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) never appearing with the Yankees in an MLB game. He retired from baseball in 1960.

1948- Before 72,468 fans, the largest crowd of the 1948 AL season at Yankee Stadium, the A's sweep a pair from the Yankees by 5-3 scores and regain 2nd place in the AL. The A's win the opener in 10 innings, after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th HR of the 1948 AL season. Joe DiMaggio also triples home a run in the extra frame, but Reliever Lou Brissie preserves the win for A’s Starter Carl Scheib. The A's total 20 hits in the 2 games, including a triple and double by Sam Chapman. The Yankees are now in 4th place, 5 games back in the 1948 AL pennant race.

1955- Yankees Slugger Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate in the same game for the 2nd time in his MLB playing career, tying the MLB mark. The Yankees beat the Orioles by the score of 12-6 in Game 2 and sweep the doubleheader from the Birds to move back into 1st place in the AL.

1958- Former Yankees Pitcher Joe Cowley (1984-1985) was born.
On November 22,1983, hurler Joe Cowley was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. Joe went 21-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 46 games for the Yankees. On December 12,1985, Joe was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Ron Hassey to the White Sox for Starter Britt Burns, and 2 Minor League Pitchers: Glen Braxton and Mike Soper.

1958- Former Yankees Minor League OF Tom Dodd was born
Tom Dodd was college baseball player at the University of Oregon from 1977-1979. The Yankees selected him in the 1st round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played in the Yankees Minor League organization, before being traded to the White Sox. He would finally reach the MLB in 1986, with a brief stay of 8 games with the Orioles.

1960- Behind Yankees Starter Art Ditmar's 5-hitter aided by Mickey Mantle's 2-HRs, off of Orioles hurlers Jerry Walker and Hoyt Wilhelm, the Yankees get a 4-3 win and 1st place in the AL. The 2nd HR comes after Catcher Clint Courtney drops a Mickey Mantle foul pop-up. The Orioles loss is only its 2nd in their last 15 games. The Orioles and the defending 1959 AL Champs White Sox, now trail the Yankees by a half-game.

1961- Yankees RF Roger Maris hits his 46th HR off of White Sox Starter Juan Pizarro for the Yankees only run in a 2-1 loss to the visiting White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Pizarro allows just 4 Yankee hits, as Yankees Ace Whitey Ford loses in his bid for his 21st win of the 1961 AL season.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Karl Drews (1946-1948) passed away. (1920-1963)
Karl Drews went 8-10 with 4.76 ERA in 52 games with the 1946-1948 Yankees before being sold to St. Louis Browns in 1948. His Grandson, Matt Drews pitched in the Yankees organization during the 1990’s before being traded to the Tigers. He was a No. 1 pick by the Yankees in 1993 MLB Amateur Player Draft.

1966- Former All-Star Yankees 3B Scott Brosius (1998-2001) was born.
On November 18,1997, INF Scott Brosius was sent by the Oakland A’s to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 7,1997. The A’s sent a Player to be Named Later to the Yankees for veteran MLB Starter Kenny Rogers and Cash. Scott’s best season for the Yankees was in 1998, when he hit .300 and made the AL All-Star team. He was the 1998 World Series MVP and won AL Babe Ruth Award. In 1999, he won an AL Golden Glove for 3B. After the 2001 World Series, Scott retired from the Yankees. Overall as a Yankees player, Scott hit .267 with 65 HRs with 282 RBIs in 540 games. As an MLB player, he appeared in 1,146 MLB games, while hitting .257 with 141 HRs and 531 RBIs. After his MLB playing career ended, Brosius returned to Linfield College as an Assistant Coach from 2003-2007, then he became Head Coach in 2008, taking the school to the 2008 Division III College World Series, 2010 Division III College World Series, 2013 Division III College World Series and 2014 Division III College World Series, winning it all in 2013. He was named NWC Coach of the Year 5 times. He was 270-96 through the 2015 college season when he stepped down to look for other coaching roles. In 2016, he was hired by the Seattle Mariners to be the Hitting Coach for their AAA team, the Tacoma Rainiers (PCL). In 2017, he joined the parent Mariners as the Assistant Hitting Coach. In 2018, he was moved to 3B Coach, replacing Manny Acta, who was moved to MLB Bench Coach.

1968- At Oakland, the Yankees edge the A's by the score of 4-3. A’s hurler Blue Moon Odom gives up a triple to Tommy Tresh, a walk, then he serves up a 3-run HR to Mickey Mantle for the difference in the game.

1971- Oakland A’s Ace Vida Blue raises his 1971 pitching record to 22-4 as the A's beat the Yankees by a score of 6-4. Blue scatters 10 Yankee hits, he scores the tie breaking run on a wild pitch.

1972- Former Yankees Minor League OF Chris Singleton was born
On November 11,1997, OF Chris Singleton was traded by the Giants along with Pitcher Alberto Castillo to the Yankees for 3B Charlie Hayes and Cash. Singleton played only 1 season in the Yankees farm system, hitting .254 for the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). On December 8,1998, Chris was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for a Player to be Named Later. The White Sox would send Minor League Player Rich Pratt on January 10,1999 to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1975- Former Yankees Pitcher Ben Ford (2000) was born.
In 1994, the Yankees originally drafted High School hurler Ben Ford. He was selected by the Diamondbacks from the Yankees Organization in the 1997 MLB Expansion Team Player Draft. Returning to the Yankees on March 30, 1999, the Diamondbacks had traded P Ben Ford and Catcher Izzy Molina to the Bronx for MLB Pitcher Darren Holmes. He spent the 1999 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL) as a Reliever. Ben went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 4 games with the 2000 Yankees. On July 21, 2000, Ben was traded by the Yankees along with Pitcher Oswaldo Mairena to the Cubs for veteran OF Glenallen Hill.

1977- Yankees Starter Mike Torrez throws his 5th straight complete game, a 6-2 win over the White Sox. Yankees are now just 4 1/2 games in back of the Red Sox.

1991- Yankees All Star 1B Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair, but the Yankees still beat the Royals by the score of 5-1. He will get one 2-days later and the cut hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3,000 to benefit a children's charity. Mattingly is not alone; Yankees Reliever Steve Farr, C Matt Nokes and hurler Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club’s hair policy. OF Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games, is warned his appearance is "borderline."

2002- The Yankees top the Royals by the score of 7-5 as Yankees CF Bernie Williams gets 5 hits in the game, including a double.

2007- Yankees Rookie Slugger Shelley Duncan hits a dramatic 3-run HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game but the Orioles rally with 3 runs of their own in the 10th inning off of Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera to win the game by a score of 6-3.

August 16th

1889- Former Yankees Pitcher Henry “Rube” Robinson (1918) was born. (1889-1965)
On June 20,1918, hurler Henry “Rube” Robinson was purchased by the Yankees from the Cardinals. Rube went 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 11 games for the 1918 Yankees.

1903- Toledo native George Mullin pitching for the Tigers helps the game attendance today (6,000 fans) as the Tigers take on Yankees in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is racked for 8 runs, but Detroit scores 12 runs led by the hitting of Sam Crawford, who is 5-for-6.

1913- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernest “Tiny” Bonham (1940-1946) was born. (1913-1949).
Tiny Bonham went 79-50 for the 1940-1946 Yankees. He was a member of 1942-1943 AL All Star teams. His best Yankees pitching season was in 1942, when he went 21-5 with a 2.27 ERA and league leading 22 complete games for the team. He appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees, while posting a 1-2 record with a 3.21 ERA in 4 games. On October 24,1946, Tiny was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for Cookie Cuccurullo. In 1947, he went 11-7 with 3,85 ERA for the Bucs. In 1948, he dropped to a 6-11 mark with a 4.31 ERA. Tiny Bonham passed away on September 15,1949, following stomach surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital. At the time of his death, he had a 2-1 record with a 4.25 ERA for the 1949 Pirates in 18 games. Overall, Tiny went 103-72 with a 3.06 ERA in 231 MLB games.

1920- At the Polo Grounds, Indians Shortstop Ray Chapman, 29 is beaned by a Yankees Starter Carl Mays pitch. Chapman is a right-handed batter who likes to crowd the plate, Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the May’s submarine delivery. He is carried from the field and dies the next day from a fractured skull. Carl Mays, a surly, unpopular pitcher is the target of fans' and MLB players' outrage. Ray Chapman, a Cleveland favorite since breaking in with the team in 1912, had been married the previous year. In October, his wife will receive a full World Series share, $3,986.34. The incident has no effect on Carl Mays's pitching. One week later, he will blank the Tigers by the score of 10-0 and go on to win 26 and lose 11 games during the 1920 AL season. Joe Sewell will be called up by the Indians to take Chapman's place at 2B, for 14 MLB seasons, he will be the hardest man to strike out in MLB.

1922- Former Yankees OF and MLB Scout Gene Woodling (1949-1954) was born. (1922-2001).
On September 30,1948, Gene Woodling was purchased by the Yankees from the San Francisco Seals (PCL). He would play outfield on 5 straight World Championship teams (1949-1953). Gene hit .318 in 5 World Series for the Yankees. He hit over .300 in 1952 and 1953 seasons. During the 1954 season, Gene broke his arm. After the 1954 season, Gene was part of the big 17-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees. He was named to the 1959 AL All Star team. After his retirement as an active player in 1963, Woodling was a Mets 1B MLB Coach. Then he worked as an Orioles Coach. Later, he became a Yankees and Indians MLB scout. Gene was responsible for signing Catcher Thurman Munson for the Yankees.

1929- Former Yankees Minor League INF Curt Roberts was born. (1929-1969)
Curt Roberts was the 1st Black MLB player for the Pirates. He played 2B briefly for the Bucs; then rookie 2B Bill Mazeroski replaced him. Curt was picked up by the Kansas City A’s in 1956. On April 4,1957, he was traded by the A’s to the Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on February 19,1957. On February 19,1957, the A’s sent players to be named later, INF Wayne Belardi, P Art Ditmar, INF Jack McMahan and P Bobby Shantz to the Yankees for a player to be named later, P Rip Coleman, Infielders Milt Graff and Billy Hunter, Pitchers Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and MLB OF Irv Noren. Curt never appeared with the Yankees at MLB level. He was sent to AAA Denver Bears (American Association) in 1957, later he played for the Yankees AAA club, the Richmond Virginians (IL.)

1948- New York Yankees Hall of Fame OF/Pitcher Babe Ruth (1920-1934) dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York City. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium and will be viewed by more than 100,000 fans.

1952- Former Yankees Reliever Al Holland (1986-1987) was born.
Al Holland was signed and released as an MLB Free Agent with the team in the 1986-1987 AL seasons. Al went 1-0 with a 6.32 ERA in 28 games as a Reliever for the Yankees.

1961- Yankees Slugger Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th HR in his 6th straight game, as the Yankees beat the White Sox by the score of 5-4 in the 9th inning. His 2 HR blasts off of veteran Starter Billy Pierce give him 48 HRs, 3 more than his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle.

1963- Former Yankees MLB Coach Rob Thomson (2008-2017) was born.
Catcher Rob Thomson played for Team Canada in the 1984 Olympics. He was selected by the Tigers in the 32nd round of the 1985 MLB Amateur player draft. He played in the Minors from 1985 to 1988. He was 0 for 5 for the 1985 Bristol Tigers and hit .187 for the Gastonia Jets that year, playing 3B as well as catching. In 1986, Thomson hit .252 for the Gastonia Tigers. He was 4 for 22 with a HR for the Lakeland Tigers. By 1987, he was full-time with Lakeland, managing only a .228 in 71 games. He went 0 for 7 for Lakeland in 1988 to finish his active playing career. Thomson was a Minor League Coach for the Tigers organization in 1988-1989. He joined the Yankees organization as Coach for the 1990 Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL). He spent the 1992 season as a Coach with the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (Eastern league). He coached through the 1994 season, then he managed the 1995 Oneonta Yankees (Eastern League) to a 34-41 record. Thomson was a Coach for the 1996-1997 AAA Columbus Clippers (IL). He served as the Minor League Field Coordinator in 1998-1999, Director of Player Development from 2000 to 2002 and VP of Minor League Development in 2003. In 2007, Thompson was the Yankees' MLB Field Coordinator, acting as a bridge between the Yankees' Advance Scouts and the MLB Coaching Staff. In 2008, he was appointed MLB Bench Coach by new Yankees Manager Joe Girardi. For the 2009 AL season, he was reassigned to the position of 3B coach. In 2015, he moved back to being the Yankees MLB Bench Coach. After the 2017 MLB season had ended, Rob was released by the team. He been interviewed by the Yankees front office for the Yankees Manager job opening. Rob was hired by the Phillies to be their MLB Bench Coach for the 2018 NL season.

1965- Former Yankees Reliever Xavier Hernandez (1994) was born.
On November 27,1993, Reliever Xavier Hernandez was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for hurler Domingo Jean and Reserve INF Andy Stankiewicz. He went 4-4 with a 5.85 ERA in 31 games with 6 saves for the 1994 Yankees. The Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Reds for the 1995 MLB season.

1975- Former Yankees Reserve OF Michael “Prime Time” Coleman (2001) was born.
On March 21,2001, OF Michael Coleman was traded by the Reds along with INF Prospect Drew Henson to the Yankees for Minor League OF prospect Wily Mo Pena. He appeared in 12 games with the 2001 Yankees, hitting just .211. The Yankees granted him MLB agency in October of 2001. On July 17,2005, Michael Coleman was purchased by the Yankees from Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League). He spent the 2005 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers. On October 15, 2005, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency.

1976- Yankees CF Mickey Rivers hits an inside the park HR against Rangers Starter Gaylord Perry as the Yankees win the game by the score of 5-1. Yankees Reserve INF Fred “Chicken” Stanley, who also HRs in the game.

1977- At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees blow a 9-4 lead in the top of the 9th inning, when the White Sox score 6-runs, but a 2-run HR by 1B Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the 9th inning gives the Yankees an 11-10 comeback win.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Brian Gordon (2011) was born.
Capping a journeyman's career, Brian Gordon got a chance to return to the MLB in June 2011, when the Yankees' starting rotation was crippled by injuries. In his 1st MLB appearance since 2008, he held his former team, the Rangers, to 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings on June 16th. He had been signed by the Yankees from the Phillies’ AAA affiliate, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, where he was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA, the best record in the International League. The Yankees went on to win the game, 3-2 in extra innings. The developing fairy tale came to a crashing stop in his next start, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Reds on June 22nd. He gave up a HR to the 1st batter he faced, Chris Heisey, who would go on to hit 3 in the Reds' 10-2 win. Gordon gave up 2 more long balls in taking the loss. Gordon didn't last long in the MLB. He finished the 2011 season with the SK Wyverns ( Korea Baseball Organization). He went 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 14 games. After doing well in the postseason, he was called on to start game 5 of the 2011 Korean Series. He lost a 1-0 duel to Woo-chan Cha, serving up a 4th-inning HR to the Samsung Lions' Bong-kyu Kang. That gave Samsung its 5th title, beating defending champions SK 4 games to 1.

1989- Yankees OF/DH Luis Polonia is arrested in his hotel room for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He will be sentenced to 60 days in jail after the 1989 MLB season is completed.

2000- The Rangers shut out the Yankees by the score of 5-0, as Starter Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his MLB pitching debut. Rangers OF Gabe Kapler goes hitless in the game, ending his 28-game AL hitting streak.

2009- Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter hits an RBI double off Seattle's Starter Doug Fister in the 3rd inning for his 2,674th hit as a Shortstop, surpassing Luis Aparicio's all-time leading total for the position. The Yankees lose the game, however by the score of 10-3 as Fister records his 1st win in the majors.

2010- Closer Jonathan Albaladejo earns his 39th save of the 2010 International League season for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in a 7-4 win over Toledo Mud Hens, breaking the International League single-season mark held by Matt Whiteside since 2004. He will be sold by the Yankees to a Japanese League team in October.

2014- Former Yankees Reserve INF Jerry Lumpe (1956-1959) passed away. (1933-2014)
In 1951, the Yankees signed INF Jerry Lumpe, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Jerry was one of many young Yankee infielders of the 1950’s, who couldn’t break into the regular Yankees starting infield lineup of Manager Casey Stengel. On the 1956 Yankees trip to Japan, he played Shortstop for the team, while veteran Shortstop Phil Rizzuto stayed home for the birth of his daughter. He did appear in the 1957-1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, appearing in 12 games, while hitting .231 with no HRs and 2 RBIs. In the 1957 World Series against Braves, Jerry hit .286 in 6 games. With the Yankees, Bobby Richardson blocked Jerry Lumpe at 2B. He was one of the young Yankee players along with Norm Siebern, Marv Throneberry, Tom Carroll, who were openly criticized by Casey Stengel in the NYC sports media, as he stopped being a supporter of the Yankee youth movement, relying on aging veteran players instead. Casey on Lumpe to the NYC sports media “Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup.”
Also, Jerry also had some player contract money problems dealing with cold-hearted Yankees General Manager George Weiss, which Jerry commented, “They really know how to make you feel not wanted.” His Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle helped him out 1 season by loaning him free use of his house in New Jersey for the season, when he was dealing with family medical issues, MLB players didn’t have modern health plans that today’s players have. On May 26,1959, Jerry has able to leave the Yankees, when he was traded along with 2 veteran Pitchers: Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to the Kansas City A’s for hurler Ralph Terry and INF/OF Hector Lopez. As a Yankees player, Jerry had appeared in 159 games, while hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 49 RBIs. With the Kansas City A’s, he became their regular 2B. On November 18, 1963, Jerry was traded by the A’s along with Pitchers Ed Rakow and Dave Wickersham to the Tigers for Reliever Bob Anderson, OF Rocky Colavito and $50,000. His best MLB season would be with the 1964 Tigers, while hitting .302 with 6 HRs and 46 RBIs in 128 games. Also, that season, Jerry was named to the AL All Star team. Overall as an MLB player for 12 seasons, Jerry Lumpe appeared in 1.371 games, while hitting .232 with 47 HRs and 454 RBIs. He would later become an MLB coach for the Oakland A’s, when Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and others teased him about his MLB playing career, Jerry just showed them his 1956 Yankees World Championship ring and the joking immediately stopped. He had something that they didn’t have, a World Championship ring.

2017- Short of infielders because of injuries, the Mets start Catcher Travis d'Arnaud at 3rd base in their game against the Yankees. However, as d'Arnaud has never played the position professionally, Manager Terry Collins decides to switch him and starting 2nd baseman Asdrubal Cabrera every time a right-handed batter comes up, in order to minimize the chance of a ball actually being hit towards the improvised infielder. The 2 end up exchanging positions 18 times as the Yankees prevail by the score of 5-3, making for an unusual box score that reads "Cabrera 2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b" and "d'Arnaud 3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b".

August 17th

1908- The Yankees traded 2B Harry Niles to the Red Sox for 2B Frank LaPorte. Niles was a disappointment for the Yankees hitting only .249 for the team. La Porte was hitting .237 in 62 games for the Red Sox. He would become the Yankees Reserve Infielder, also he could play in the outfield as well.

1915- Yankees base runner Fritz Maisel steals 2B, 3B and home in the 9th inning against the Philadelphia A’s.

1919- Former Yankees Pitcher Ernest Nevel (1950-1951) was born. (1919-1988)
In 1946, Pitcher Ernie Nevel was signed by the Yankees, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Nevel was farmed out to the Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic League), where the 27-year-old would go 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 36 appearances. This would be the 1st season of 9; that he would spend in the minors. After 4 more seasons of minor league baseball and tying for the league lead with a 21-win performance with the pennant-winning Beaumont Roughnecks (Texas League) in 1950, Ernie would make it to the Bronx. He got a very short look by the Yankees in late September, making 3 appearances, losing 1 game and while posting a 9.95 ERA. The AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) would be Ernie's home for the biggest part of the 1951 season. The 32-year-old hurler would go 14-11 with a 3.86 ERA. He would show up again in Yankee Stadium, appearing in 1 game, pitching 4 innings with no decisions, that was it for his 2nd shot at the MLB hitters. It was back to the Blues in 1952, where he went 7-6 in 22 appearances. On August 28,1952, he was traded by the Yankees along with OF Jim Greengrass, OF Bob Marquis, P Johnny Schmitz and $35,000 to the Reds for veteran All Star Starter Ewell Blackwell. Nevel would be with the 1953 Reds for 10 appearances, all in relief; he would have no decisions along with a 6.10 ERA.

1920- Cleveland Indians Shortstop Ray Chapman dies as a result of being hit by a pitch thrown by Yankees Submariner Hurler Carl Mays. The tragedy remains the only on-field fatality in MLB history.

1923- After 111 games of the 1923 AL season played, Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth is hitting .401 with 31 HRs. He'll wind up with his highest BA, .393, with 205 hits, an MLB record 170 walks and 4 times hit by pitches, Babe Ruth will reach base a record 379 times. He will hit 41 HRs.

1925- Yankees released OF Bobby Veach and hurler Alex Ferguson to the Senators for future considerations and the $4,000 waiver price. Since being obtained by the Yankees from the Red Sox, Bobby Veach had hit .353 in 56 games for the team. He would hit .243 in 18 games with the Nats in his last MLB active season. Alex Ferguson would go 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 7 games for the Senators. In the 1925 World Series with the Nats against the Pirates, he went 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in 2 games. He had gone 4-2 with a 7.79 ERA with 1 save in 21 games for the 1925 Yankees.

1929- The Yankees purchased hurler Lefty Gomez from San Francisco Seals (PCL) for delivery in September 1930. Lefty Gomez would post a Yankees pitching career record of 189-101 with a WP of .649 with 1,468 strikeouts and 173 complete games from 1930-1942. He was the 1st Starter for the AL team in the 1st All Star Game in 1932.

1933- On his way establishing the MLB mark of playing in 2,130 consecutive games, Lou Gehrig quietly surpasses former Yankees Shortstop Everett Scott's previous MLB record of 1,308 games. The 1st baseman's single and triple doesn't prevent the last place Browns from beating the Yankees in 10 innings by the score of 7-6 at St. Louis Sportsman's Park.

1943- Yankees 1B Nick Etten singles twice off of White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch, in which Etten didn't single. Six of the 17 games were hitless, but Etten either doubled or HR in the other games. The Yankee lead is now at 9 1/2 games with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series, most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel restrictions. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators

1944- Former Yankees Minor League INF Ron Boyer was born.
Ron Boyer was the younger brother of former MLB players Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer, Cloyd Boyer and minor leaguers Lynn Boyer, Wayne Boyer and Len Boyer and the Uncle of Dave Boyer and Mickey Boyer. Ron spent 8 seasons as an infielder in the Yankees Minor League system from 1962-1969. He only hit above .200 twice. Ron Boyer never hit double-digit HRs. He made it to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL) in 1967 for just 23 games. Boyer spent the rest of 1966-1969 seasons playing at AA level baseball for the Yankees.

1944- Yankees OF Johnny Lindell converted from a Pitcher in 1943, hits 4 straight doubles to share an MLB mark. The Yankees defeat the Indians by a score of 10-3.

1946- Former Yankees Pitcher Skip Lockwood (1975) was born.
On December 3,1974, hurler Skip Lockwood was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for veteran DH/C Bill Sudakis. On April 7,1975, Skip Lockwood was released by the Yankees. The A’s would pick him up, who would later trade him to the Mets during the 1975 MLB season.

1948- A day after Babe Ruth dies, Yankees OF Tommy Henrich hits his 4th Grand Slam HR of the 1948 AL season off of Senators P Sid Hudson to join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Rudy York and, later Al Rosen and Ray Boone for the AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit a Grand Slam HR before the 1948 MLB season. Yankees Rookie Starter Bob Porterfield wins the game for the Yankees by the score of 8-1.

1948- An estimated crowd of 100,000 fans passes by the body of New York Yankees Hall of Fame Slugger Babe Ruth that is on display at Yankee Stadium.

1951- Former Yankees Reserve INF Butch Hobson (1982) was born.
On March 24,1982, INF Butch Hobson was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Reliever Bill Castro. Butch only appeared in 30 games with the 1982 Yankees, hitting only .172, spending most of the 1982 season with the AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

1953- In the 2nd game of a twin-bill at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Veteran Yankees hurler Bob “Sarge” Kuzava shuts out the Philadelphia A’s by the score of 9-0, allowing 11 A’s hits along the way. He receives run support from Yankee Hitters: Joe Collins, who hits 2 HRs and Billy Martin’s solo HR. Joe Coleman takes the loss for the A’s. In the Opener, the Yankees win by the score of
10-3 as Yankees Starter Whitey Ford picks-up his 15th win of the 1953 AL season with relief help from Tom Gorman. Yogi Berra hits a 2-run HR in the game.

1967- Former Yankees Pitcher Ray Caldwell (1910-1918) passed away. (1888-1967)
In August of 1910, hurler Ray Caldwell was purchased by the Yankees from McKeesport (Ohio-Pennsylvania League) for $2,000 Cash. Ray went 96-97 with a 3.00 ERA in 248 games for the Yankees. On December 18,1918, he was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Frank Gilhooley, Elmer “Slim” Love, C Roxy Walters and $15,000 Cash to the Red Sox for veteran Starter Dutch Leonard, OF Duffy Lewis and P Ernie Shore.

1971- Former Yankees All Star Catcher Jorge Posada (1995-2011) was born.
Jorge Posada was the starting catcher of the 1998-2010 Yankees. During that time, the Yankees won 4 World Series. Posada staked a claim as one of the best hitting catchers of all-time. Posada was selected in the 24th round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player draft. While he grew up in Puerto Rico, he attended junior college in the United States, where scouts noticed him. He was actually a 2B during his 1st pro season with the 1991 Oneonta (New York-Penn League). He hit .235 in 71 games, but he walked 51 times, already showing signs of superior plate discipline. Also, Jorge also played 11 games behind the plate that season. By 1992 was a full-time backstop. He hit .277 in 101 games for the Greensboro Hornets (South Atlantic League) that year, banging 22 doubles and 12 HRs. In 1993, he played 118 games with the Prince William Yankees (Carolina League) and another 7 games with the AA Albany-Colonie Yankees (Eastern League) batting .260 with 27 doubles and 17 HRs. Now a top prospect, he skipped AA in 1994, landing the starting job behind the plate with the AAA Columbus Clippers, where he hit .240 with 11 HRs in 92 games. Back with Columbus in 1995, he hit .255 in 108 games. The Yankees called up Jorge for the 1st time in September of 1995. With the team set to return to the postseason for the 1st time since 1981, there was little opportunity for the youngster to get much playing time, so he mainly watched, getting into only 1 game on September 4th when he caught 1 inning. In spite of his lack of playing time in the MLB, the Yankees added his name to the postseason roster as a 3rd-string catcher behind Starter Mike Stanley and Reserve Jim Leyritz. The team's fans probably 1st became aware of his existence, when he was called to pinch-run for Wade Boggs in the 12th inning of Game 2 of the ALDS against the Mariners. He came in to score on Ruben Sierra's double, and the Yankees went on to win the game on Leyritz's 15th-inning HR. He was back at Columbus for 1 more season in 1996, hitting .271 in 106 games, with 11 HRs, 22 doubles and 6 triples. He was back with the Yankees for 8 games, going 1 for 14, but this time he was not on the 1996 postseason roster. The Yankees went on to win their 1st World Series title since 1978 that season, and while he was technically part of that team, his contribution was almost non-existent. In 1997, Posada made the team out of spring training camp, he spent the season splitting catching duties with veteran Starting Catcher Joe Girardi. He got into 60 games hitting .250 with 12 doubles and 6 HRs; he also drew 30 walks, for a solid .359 OBP. That combination of better than average OBP and power would hold over the years and make him an extremely valuable member of the Yankees' line-up, as he turned the catcher position, usually the weakest in the batting order, into one of the most productive. However, his defense would always a bit of an Achilles heel, especially his relatively weak throwing arm. He hit his 1st MLB HR on May 4th, off the Royals' Jim Converse. That 1st season, Girardi got most of the playing time as a result of his better defense, including in the ALDS, when the Yankees lost to the Indians.

In 1998, Jorge was the starter, however, he would not relinquish the job for 13 seasons, except for a brief time late in 2008, when he was injured and needed season ending surgery. He played 111 games in 1998 as the Yankees had a superlative season, winning 114 games on their way to a World Series sweep of the Padres. On May 17th, he caught David Wells' perfect game against the Twins. Posada hit 17 HRs and drove in 63 runs that year, hitting HRs in both the ALCS and World Series. The Yankees repeated as World Champions in 1999, although Posada had one of his weakest seasons, hitting just .245 with 12 HRs in 112 games. He was still sharing playing time with Girardi in the postseason, but he started 2 of the 4 games in the World Series, going 2 for 8 with a double against the Braves. Posada emerged as a true star in 2000, when the Yankees won their 3rd straight championship. Now the uncontested starter following Girardi’s MLB free agency departure, he played in 151 games, while hitting .287 with 35 doubles, 28 HRs and 86 RBIs. He was named to the All-Star team for the 1st of 5 times. Also he won his 1st of 5 Silver Slugger Awards as the AL's best-hitting catcher. The Yankees beat the cross-town Mets in the World Series that year, with Posada starting all 16 postseason games. In 2001, he hit .277 with 22 HRs with 95 RBIs, returned to the All-Star Game, won the Silver Slugger Award again. He played in the World Series for the 4th straight season, again starting every postseason game behind the plate. On September 2nd, he caught Veteran Starter Mike Mussina's bid for a perfect game against the Red Sox, when Moose struck out 13 and finally gave up a single to Carl Everett with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

Jorge had a great series against the Oakland A’s in the ALDS, going 8 for 18 to make the difference in a tightly fought series in which the Yankees trailed 2 games to none. In the 3rd game on October 13th, he hit a 5th-inning solo HR off of A’s Starter Barry Zito for the Yankees' only run, then in the 7thinning, he caught Derek Jeter's amazing flip throw that nailed Jeremy Giambi at the plate to preserve the win. However, the Yankees lost the Fall Classic in 7 games to the Diamondbacks. He had another All-Star, Silver Slugger season in 2002, banging out 40 doubles with 20 HRs, while driving in 99 runs, but the Yankees stumbled in the postseason, losing to the Angels in the ALDS .In 2003, the Yankees returned to the World Series for the 5th time in 6 years, Posada was again at the center of things. He reached 100 RBIs and hit 30 HRs for the only time of his career, finishing with 101 RBIs, while hitting .281 with a .401 OBP in 142 games. He was 8 for 27 with 4 doubles and a HR in the memorable 7-game win over the Red Sox in the 2003 ALCS. In Game 7 on October 16th, he hit a 2-out double off a tired Pedro Martinez in the 7th inning, scoring Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui to tie the game which the Bronx Bombers would win on Aaron Boone's HR in extra innings. But like the rest of the Yankees' hitters, he fell flat in the Fall Classic as the Yankees lost to the Marlins. His 2004-2006 MLB seasons were still very good, but not quite at the level of the previous 4, he failed to make the AL All-Star team or win a Silver Slugger during that stretch. He hit between 19 and 23 HRs, with a batting average between .262-.277, but the Yankees did not manage to go deep in any of the 3 AL postseasons. In 2007, he put it all together for one last time, though, hitting an amazing .338 at age 35 - the 4th best average in the AL - with 42 doubles and 20 HRs. He was an AL All Star team selection for the final time, he won the Silver Slugger Award also for a 5th and last time, but it all came to naught when the Yankees were surprised by the Indians in the ALDS, during which he hit only .133.

The 2008 MLB season was the Yankees' last season in historic Yankee Stadium. The team would have wanted to leave the hallowed confines of the "House that Ruth Built" as a winner under new skipper Girardi, but it wasn't to be. Posada was injured for much of the 2nd half, playing only 51 games and being limited to a mere 3 HRs as MLB veterans Jose Molina and Ivan Rodriguez closed out the season as the team's 2 backstops. The Yankees missed the postseason for the 1st and only time of Posada's playing career that year, and there was much speculation in the off-season that he was done, coming off an injury-filled season at 37, with his throwing arm - never particularly powerful - just about gone. However, he made a great comeback in 2009, playing 111 games - 100 of them as the catcher - and hitting .285 with 22 HRs and 81 RBIs. Not only did the Yankees return to the post-season, but also they inaugurated New Yankee Stadium with another World Championship, defeating the Phillies in 6 games. Posada was the 1st Yankee to hit a HR in the new ballpark, connecting off of Starter Cliff Lee on April 16th. Like in the good old days, Jorge played in all of the postseason games, being the DH in those Jose Molina caught for starter A.J. Burnett, who seemed to have irreconcilable differences with Posada's pitch selection. Jorge was still the starter in 2010, although catching only 83 games and making 2 trips on the DL during which young Catcher Francisco Cervelli got a lot of playing time. His batting average fell to .248, but the power was still there, with 23 doubles and 18 HRs. One major highlight came on June 12-13th, when he tied a MLB by hitting a Grand Slam HR in consecutive games.
The Yankees now had a difficult decision to make for 2011 season: let Posada catch again for the final year of his contract, release him, or find some other solution. Encouraged by his good power numbers, they decided to make Posada a full-time DH, with Catcher Russell Martin being brought in as a MLB Free Agent to handle catching duties. Jorge was in fact the starting DH against right-handed pitchers for most of the season, but the end of the line was clearly drawing closer. His batting average fell to .235. Jorge went for long stretches when he was contributing almost nothing with the bat. A few power spurts during the season helped him finish with 14 HRs and as many doubles, but he was benched increasingly frequently as the season progressed, especially after top prospect Jesus Montero was called up in September and showed a live bat. He played a few games in the field, the most memorable being the only game at 2B of his MLB playing career; it came in the 9th inning on August 25th, in the game in which the Yankees became the 1st MLB team to hit 3 grand slams HRs in 1 game. Another highlight was on August 13th, when he hit the 10th and last grand slam HR of his MLB career as he drove in 6 runs in a win over the Rays at New Yankee Stadium. Finally, he had a last hurrah in the ALDS as he hit .429 against the Tigers.
The Yankees bowed out in 5 games, though, and after the season, rumors began mounting that he would announce his retirement before the following spring, rumors which were confirmed when Jorge Posada confirmed his retirement at a press conference organized at New Yankee Stadium on January 24, 2012. Jorge Posada was a teammate of Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter for all 17 seasons he played in the MLB, more seasons than any other trio of teammates in history. It is likely that all 3 will eventually be enshrined in Cooperstown. Jorge probably faces the most difficult task of the 3, as he was often overshadowed by stars more prominent in the sports media during his playing career, but his numbers do not lie: 1,829 games - over 1500 of them behind the plate - and a career batting line of .273 with 275 HRs, 379 doubles and over 1,000 RBIs. His career OPS+ was an excellent 121. Also worthy of notice is that he retired having played the 2nd highest number of postseason games in history, 125, trailing only Jeter, and was well ahead of anyone for postseason games as a catcher - 119 to 63 for Yogi Berra. Only Bill Dickey had played more game at catcher in Yankees history. He was in the franchise top 10 for both doubles and HR. He was also remarkably consistent during his career, being durable and productive year after year. Very few catchers have been able to put up such brilliant offensive numbers for such a long period. Ironically, 2o of them - Berra and Dickey - also spent their entire career (or just about) with the Yankees. Had he played with almost any other franchise; Posada would be recognized as the greatest catcher in team history without an argument.

1978- Former Yankees Pitcher Chad Qualls (2012) was born.
On July 1, 2012, veteran MLB Reliever Chad Qualls was traded by the Phillies to the Yankees for Player to be Named or Cash. He appeared in 8 games with the 2012 Yankees, while posting a 1-0 record with a 6.14 ERA. On July 31,2012, Chad was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for INF Casey McGehee.

1986- Former Yankees Reserve OF Sammy Vick (1917-1920) passed away. (1895-1986)
Sammy Vick was a Reserve Outfielder for the 1917-1920 Yankees. Sammy appeared in 169 games for the Yankees, while hitting .246 with 2 HRs and 41 RBIs. On December 15,1920, he was traded by the Yankees along with 2B Del Pratt, C Muddy Ruel and P Hank Thormahlen to the Red Sox for Pitchers Waite Hoyt and Harry Harper, C Wally Schang and INF Mike McNally.

1987- Former Yankees Reserve OF Thomas Neal (2013) was born.
On January 18, 2013, OF Thomas Neal was signed as a MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He only appeared in 4 games with the team, hitting just .182, spending most of the season with AAA Scranton (IL). On August 5, 2013, Neal was selected off waivers by the Cubs from the Yankees.

1995- Former Yankees Minor League Player and Manager Ray White (1937-1940) passed away. (1910-1995)
Ray White was a Minor League baseball Pitcher and Manager. He pitched from 1933-1940, going 55-37 in 170 games. Over the course of his 6-season career, he threw 877 innings. In 1934, he went 17-9 while splitting the season between the Norfolk Tars and Binghamton Triplets. From 1937-1940, he managed in the Yankees Minor League system with the Bassett Furnituremakers (Bi-State League), Norfolk Tars (Piedmont League) and the Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic League).

1997- The Yankees traded Minor League Pitcher Frisco Parotte to the Cubs for 2B Rey Sanchez.
The Yankees traded for Sanchez to give them infield insurance at Shortstop and 2B. Reserve INF Luis Sojo was out with a broken forearm. Rey was hitting .249 in 72 games for the 1997 Cubs. With the trade being made, the Yankees send back young INF Homer Bush to AAA Columbus (IL). Sanchez will take over 2B from Pat Kelly, hitting .312 in 38 games. The Yankees will lose him to MLB Free Agency, when he signs with the Giants for the 1998 MLB season. Hurler Frisco Parotte was former 1993 MLB Amateur Draft pick by the Yankees, he was 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA at Greensboro (SAL).

2002- At Seattle’s Safeco Field, after hitting a HR in the 7th inning off of Mariner Reliever James Baldwin, Yankees All-Star Alfonso Soriano becomes the 1st 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in the same MLB season. Bobby Bonds was the only other Yankees player to post a 30/30 season accomplishing the feat in 1975. Bronx CF Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He makes an out his next time up to fall 1 short of the MLB record. The Yankees win the game by the score of 8-3 behind Starter Mike Mussina, who picks up his 15th victory of the 2002 AL season. While Seattle Starter Ryan Franklin takes the loss, he is now at 4-3 mark. A crowd of 46,174 fans watched this Saturday game.
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