This Week in Yankees History January 12th-18th

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This Week in Yankees History January 12th-18th

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This Week in Yankees History January 12th-18th Part One

January 12th

1881- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Joe McCarthy (1905) was born. (1881-1937)
In September of 1905, Catcher Joe McCarthy was purchased by the Highlanders from Poughkeepsie (Hudson River League). He appeared in 1 game with the 1905 team with no hits. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1906 NL Cardinals.

1950- The Yankees sell their longtime AAA Newark Bears International League franchise to the Cubs, who will move the team to Springfield, Massachusetts. The once-proud Bears, owned by the Yankees since 1932, finished last in the International League in 1949. The Kansas City Blues (American Association) will become the Yankees top AAA team. The Springfield, MA team will be moved to Havana, Cuba in 1954, when the International League has 2 teams shift locations due to the arrival of the new Baltimore Orioles, formerly the St. Louis Browns to American League. The former Springfield team will have an MLB working agreement with Reds, the team will be known as the Havana Sugar Kings. They will play in Cuba until Castro takes over the country, banning professional baseball in 1959. The team will move to Jersey City, NJ and play at former minor league ballpark, Roosevelt Stadium.

1951- Former Yankees Reserve OF Terry Whitfield (1974-1976) was born.
Terry Whitfield was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (19th-pick) of the 1971 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He hit .335 with 18 HRs for Kinston in 1973. Terry spent 1974-1976 seasons with AAA Syracuse Chiefs (IL), hitting with moderate power. He was up in the Bronx for a bit in each of 1974-1976 AL seasons, getting in 81 at-bats with the 1975 Yankees. Terry will hit .276 in 31 games for the Yankees, before being traded on March 14,1977 to the Giants for veteran MLB INF Marty Perez. Terry got his chance to play more with the Giants, who made him the # 4 outfielder. In 1978-1980, he was the starting Leftfielder for the team. In all 4 of the NL seasons from 1977-1980, he hit around .290. In early March 1981, the Giants sold him to the Seibu Lions (Japan Pacific Coast League). He played 3 seasons in Japan, helping the Lions to a couple of championships. Then, saying he wanted to be closer to his family, he came back to the MLB as a Dodger in 1984. He was a Reserve OF on the 1984-1986 Dodger teams, appearing in the 1985 NLCS. He was released by the team in late May 1986, he played in the Minors in 1987-1988 with a team in the California League.

1954- The International League (AAA) makes 2 team franchise shifts as the Baltimore Orioles, the Minor League team is transferred to Richmond, Virginia, becoming the Richmond Virginians. Baltimore is receiving the old AL St. Louis Browns franchise for the 1954 AL season. The new MLB team will keep the long-time Minor League team name of the “Orioles.” The Richmond Virginians will become a Yankees AAA farm club. The Springfield, MA team, the former Newark Bears NJ team moves to Havana, Cuba, becoming the Havana Sugar Kings. They will have a working agreement with the Cincinnati Reds. The team will move back to Jersey City, New Jersey to play at Roosevelt Stadium, when Cuba becomes unsettled with the arrival of Fidel Castro to power in 1960. Cuba will ban American professional baseball from the island, replacing them with their own Cuban Baseball leagues.

1955- Former Yankees Minor League P Doug Heinold was born.
Pitcher Doug Heinold was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Player Draft. He played 6 seasons in their organization, reaching the AAA level for 4 years before his pro baseball career was ended by an arm injury. Heinold was taken 13th overall in the 1973 draft, between Joe Edelen and Lee Mazzilli; while he did not pan out for the Yankees, they did better later in the draft with INF Mike Heath, P LaMarr Hoyt and INF Garth Iorg. He made his pro debut with the 1973 Johnson City Yankees, going 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA. He struck out 73 batters and only walked 11 in 75 innings. The big right-hander was 9th in the Appalachian League in strikeouts and 10th in ERA. He also hit his only pro baseball career HR. Heinold dazzled for the 1974 Fort Lauderdale Yankees at 11-8, 2.26 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP. He tied for 8th in the Florida State League with 3 shutouts, ranked 9th in ERA (between Gary Christenson and Rick Anderson) and was 10th with 108 strikeouts. He was part of a staff that had a 2.58 ERA; joining him in the rotation with sub-3 ERAs were Michael Rusk (12-8, 1.80 ERA), Neal Mersch (14-4, 2.04 ERA), Anderson (13-8, 2.29 ERA) and Hoyt (13-4, 2.40 ERA). In 1975, Doug pitched for the AA West Haven Yankees (10-7, 2.29 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 36 BB in 169 IP) and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (3 R in 6 IP, 0-1). He was among the Eastern League leaders in ERA (5th, between William Davisand Mark Bomback) and hit batsmen (9, tied for 1st with Mike Armstrong. He joined Randy Lerch and Tom Farias in being picked as the EL's All-Star Pitchers. He split 1976 season between the same 2 clubs, going lights-out in AA for West Haven (7-3, 1.34 ERA, 10 BB in 74 IP) but proving to be human for the AAA Chiefs (4-9, with a 4.73 ERA). Due to injury, he missed much of 1978 season, going 1-2 with a save and a 2.31 ERA in 9 games for Syracuse. In 1978, he bounced between Class A Fort Lauderdale (4-3, 2.44 ERA), AA West Haven (2-1, 4.32 ERA) and the AAA Tacoma Yankees (1-2, 6.11 ERA). Overall, the Texan hurler went 45-40 with a 2.83 ERA in 117 Minor League games, while completing 44 of 108 starts. He issued just 162 walks in 756 innings, while allowing 724 hits and striking out 368. Since 2008, Heinold has been an Assistant Coach at the University of Houston-Victoria.

1971- Former Yankees Reserve INF Andy Fox (1996-1997) was born.
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected INF Andy Fox. Andy hit .200 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 135 games as a Reserve Infielder for the team before being traded on March 7,1998 to the Diamondbacks for 2 hurlers: Todd Erdos and Marty Janzen. Andy Fox is now a Minor League Executive with the Red Sox organization.

1972- The Yankees drafted Pitcher Rick Anderson in the 1st round (5th-pick) of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase). Also, the Yankees drafted Larry Wolfe in the 4th round of the MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.

1978- Former Yankees Reliever Luis Ayala (2011) was born.
On February 9, 2011, Reliever Luis Ayala was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 52 games for the 2011 Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and no saves. On October 30, 2011, Luis was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. The AL Eastern Division rivals, the Orioles would sign him for the 2012 AL season.

1982- The Yankees drafted OF Oddibe McDowell in the 1st round (9th-pick) of the 1982 MLB Amateur Player Draft (Secondary Phase), but they did not sign him.

1984- MLB Free Agent Closer Goose Gossage leaves the Yankees for MLB Free Agency. He signs with the San Diego Padres. The hard-throwing right-hander will save 25 games in 1984, he will help the Padres to their 1st appearance in the World Series. The Yankees will move Starter Dave Righetti to their bullpen to become the Yankees new Closer.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher Ivan Nova (2010-2016) was born.
In 2004, the Yankees signed hurler Ivan Nova. He made his pro baseball debut with the 2005 DSL Yankees 1, going 0-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, allowing 29 hits. With the 2006 GCL Yankees, the right-hander had a 3-0, 2.72 record for the GCL Yankees with 1 save; he fanned 36 batters, while walking only 7 in 43 innings. In 2007, he went 6-8 with a 4.98 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs, allowing a .306 average. That winter, he had 1 win in 1 2/3 shutout innings for the Leones del Escogido. Moving up to the 2008 Tampa Yankees, Nova had an 8-13 mark, with a 4.36 ERA with a .294 opponent average. He led the Florida State League in losses as well as losing more games than any other Yankees farmhand. That winter, the Padres chose Nova in the 2008 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft, but they returned him to the Yankees during the 2009 MLB spring training camp, after allowing 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings. Nova split the 2009 season between AA Trenton Thunder (5-4, 2.36 ERA) and AAA Scranton (1-4, 5.10 ERA). He was sharp in the 2009 postseason for the Yankees with a 1-0 record, with a 1.93 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA winter league play for Escogido. Nova began 2010 season with the Scranton going 2-0 with a 3.73 ERA. He was then called up to the MLB to replace Romulo Sanchez in the Yankees bullpen. After 3 shutout innings in his 1st 2 games in the MLB, Nova was returned to the minors, when veteran P Chan-Ho Park came off the DL. He finished the 2010 AL season with a 1-2 mark in 7 games for the Yankees. Nova made the Yankees' starting rotation out of spring training in 2011. He pitched very well over the 1st half, going 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 starts. In spite of a few hiccups, he was generally solid, and was in fact the 1st Yankee rookie to make 15 starts in the 1st half of a season since Doc Medich in 1973. However, on July 3rd, with Phil Hughes about to come back from the DL, he was sent down to Scranton to make room. He was called back to the Bronx on July 30th, he benefited from a huge offensive outburst in his 1st start, as the Yankees scored 12 runs in the 1st inning in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles; he cruising to an easy 17-3 victory. He finished the season with a 16-4 record with a 3.70 ERA in 165 1/3 innings, although he struck out only 98 batters. He tied for 4th in the 2011 AL in wins behind Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Jeff Weaver. He was 2nd to Verlander in winning percentage. Otherwise, he only made the top 10 in wild pitches and lowest HR rate. He took over for starter CC Sabathia in the 2nd inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers after the game, begun the previous day, had been suspended by rain. He pitched well over 7 1/3 innings of relief and earned the win. He was then picked to start the decisive Game 5, but left after 1 inning during which he had given up 2 runs, victim of a pulled groin muscle. He was charged with the Yankees loss that time. In 2012, Nova ran his streak of consecutive wins to 15, 1 shy of the Yankees franchise record, by winning his 1st 3 decisions of the year. The streak ended on May 2nd, when the Yankees were shut out by the Orioles' Jake Arrieta by the score of 5-0. On August 23rd, he was placed on the DL with inflammation in his rotator cuff. He was 11-7 with a 4.92 ERA, he had allowed an AL-leading 179 hits at the time.
The move was seen as a way to allow CC Sabathia to return to the active roster while giving the young Nova a rest for a couple of weeks, rather than the sign of anything seriously wrong. Indeed, he made 3 more starts in late September with the Yankees in a tight race with the Orioles, winning once and losing once to finish the season at 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts and 170 1/3 innings. He tied Dan Haren for 9th in the 2012 AL with 28 HRs allowed, Nova was 10th with 95 earned runs allowed and, on a more positive note, was 10th in K per 9 innings (8.08). He did not pitch in the 2012 AL postseason. He started 2013 AL season in the Yankees' starting rotation, going 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 4 April starts, but then Ivan was one of a slew of Yankees to make a trip on the DL, being out until May 25th. That day, he picked up a win in relief against the Rays, then in his next appearance, also in relief, on May 29th, he managed a rare feat, striking out the side on 9 pitches against the Mets in the 8th inning. It was the 50th time this had been accomplished in the MLB. However, with an ERA above 5.00, he was sent down to the minor leagues after that, only coming back a month later. He pitched much better after his return, as in July and August; he went 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.88. He pitched his 1st MLB career complete game in beating the Orioles on July 9th, then finished August with his 1st MLB career shutout, a masterful 3-hit whitewash of the same Orioles, 2-0 on August 31st. His excellent performance during the month was rewarded with the AL Pitcher of the Month Award, in recognition of his record of 4-0, 2.08 ERA in August.
On September 21st, he threw a 6-hit shutout against the Giants with the Yankees trying to hand on at the edge of the ALWC race. He finished the season at 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 23 games, including 20 starts, pitching 139 1/3 innings. Ivan was part of the 2014 Yankees' starting rotation at the beginning of the season. He was 2-1 after 3 starts, but in his 4th on April 19th, he suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Rays, giving up 4 HRs and 8 runs in 4 innings as the Yankees lost by the score of 16-1. That shot his ERA up to 8.27, he complained of pain in his elbow. An exam by Dr. James Andrews revealed a partially torn ligament. He opted to undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2014 MLB season. His return to the MLB took place on June 24, 2015; it was a successful one, as he allowed only 3 hits to the Phillies in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Nova received credit for a 10-2 win. He finished the 2015 season with a 6-11 record with a 5.07 ERA in 17 games. Ivan made 21 appearances for the 2016 Yankees, including 15 starts. Like the team itself, he was just middling, with a record of 7-6 and a 4.90 ERA. He gave up a lot of hits - 107 in 97 1/3 innings - but his K/W ratio was quite good at 75/25. On August 1st, he was traded to the Pirates in return for 2 Players to be Named Later. It was a bit of a surprising development because, while the Yankees were shedding high-priced talent at that point, they were doing so with a clear strategy of getting younger and stocking up their farm system with talented prospects. Not yet 30-years old, Nova was not getting on in years, his salary was quite reasonable, and the fact there was no return identified in the immediate made it unlikely the Yankees would be getting anyone of great value at the end of the day. Ivan finished his Yankees Pitching career with a 53-39 record with 4.41 ERA in 131 games. Nova turned things around with the Pirates, going 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts. He was among the NL leaders for complete games with 3, one of which was a no-decision when the Pirates played the Cubs to a 1-1 tie on September 29th. The Pirates were suitably impressed with his work and on December 22nd, re-signed him to a 3-year contract worth $26 million. He is currently an MLB Free Agent.

1988- Former Yankees Baseball Executive John H. Johnson (1947-1969) passed away. (1921-1988).
John Johnson joined the New York Yankees organization in 1947, serving as a Secretary to GM George Weiss. He rose through a series of posts, becoming the team's Farm Director and ultimately Vice President of Minor League Operations during the 1960s. When Bowie Kuhn was elected Commissioner in 1969, Johnson joined his staff and after serving there for 9 years, he became President of the National Association in 1978. He was credited with stabilizing the Minor Leagues and steering them through a period of growth. The President's Trophy, which is "presented annually to honor the complete baseball franchise -- based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community, and promotion of the baseball industry, has been presented since 1974, but was renamed The John H. Johnson President's Trophy after Johnson's death in 1988. John died of chest cancer. He was 66.
1997- The Padres acquired the rights to 27-year-old Japanese Starter Hideki Irabu from the Chiba Lotte Marines. Irabu says he only wants to play in the MLB for the Yankees. He will force a trade by the Padres to the Bronx Bombers.

2004- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent 1B/DH/OF Tony Clark. He will hit .221 with 16 HRs and 49 RBIs in 106 games for the Yankees in 2004, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency, signing with the Diamondbacks, who offered him more playing time than the Yankees.

2009- Former Yankees LF Rickey Henderson the All-time MLB Leader in Stolen Bases, Runs and Leadoff HRs, is elected to the Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot; at the time of his retirement, Henderson also held the MLB All-time Walk Record. Also elected to the Hall of Fame is former Red Sox Slugger Jim Rice, the 3rd player to go in on the 15th and final ballot (after Slugger Ralph Kiner and Pitcher Red Ruffing); Rice's long-time Red Sox teammate, Fred Lynn says that stats should be discarded in pushing his case.

January 13th

1915- Former Yankee INF Michael “Mollie” Milosevich (1944-1945) was born. (1915-1966)
Michael Milosevich was signed by the Yankees as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1935. He played in the Yankees Minor League system from 1935 to 1943. He reached the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) in 1942. He played for the 1943 Blues. He was brought up to the Yankees, when the regular players were drafted for military duty. Shortstop Mollie Milosevich hit .241 with 0 HRs and 31 RBIs in 124 games for the 1944-1945 Yankees. In 1946, he sent down to the AA Newark Bears (IL) and also, he spent time with the AA Kansas City Blues (AA). Mike left the Yankees organization in 1947. Later, he managed in the Minor Leagues for the Red Sox organization from 1947 to 1951.

1927- The Yankees obtained Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart from the White Sox for veteran INF Aaron Ward. They both would be reserve bench help for the 1927 World Championship team. Veteran 2B Aaron Ward had been the Yankees starting 2B since the 1921 AL season until the arrival of rookie 2B Tony Lazzeri in 1926. Ward became a Reserve Infielder for the team. Grabowski would appear in 70 games for the Yankees, while hitting .277 with 0 HRs and 25 RBIs. He played with the team until 1929, when he was traded to the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association). Ray Morehart appeared in 73 games for the 1927 Yankees, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He finished his pro career playing in the Minor Leagues from 1928 to 1933.

1931- The Yankees sold veteran AL OF Harry Rice to the Senators. He had hit .298 with 7 HRs and 74 RBIs in 100 games for the Yankees after being obtained from the Tigers in the Waite Hoyt trade during the 1930 AL season. Incoming new Yankees Manager Joe McCarthy felt that he wasn’t part of his team plans for the 1931 AL season.

1939- The New York Yankees long-time Team Owner Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939) dies from phlebitis at age of 62. (1867-1939)
In 1915, Jacob Ruppert and his Business Partner Col. Huston bought the Yankees from Team Co-Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery. AL President Ban Johnson wanted a stabilized Team Ownership with businessmen, rather than the questionable character of current Owners Farrell and Devery. The new team owners started improving the team by acquiring such players as 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, 1B Wally Pipp and Starter Bob Shawkey. Settling the Manager’s position with the hiring of Miller Huggins in 1918. In 1919, Jacob Ruppert purchased the land in the Bronx on which Yankee Stadium would eventually be built in 1922-1923. In 1920, they made the trade for Red Sox Pitcher/OF Babe Ruth. In the winter of 1920, they bought over Boston GM Edward Barrow to be the team’s new General Manager. In 1922, Jacob Ruppert bought out his business partner Col. Huston to become the sole Team Owner of the Yankees. After his death in January of 1939, his estate was headed by long-time Yankees General Manager Edward Barrow will run the Yankees until when the club is sold to new team Co-Owners Del Webb, Dan Topping Sr. and Larry MacPhail in 1945. He left the Yankees after disputes with Co-Team Owner Larry McPhail, who replaced him as Team President. He will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

1944- Former Yankees INF (1903-1909) and MLB Manager (1908) Norman “Kid” Elberfeld passed away (1875-1944).
Norman “Kid” Elberfeld went 27-71 as the Yankees Player/Manager in 1908, after Yankees Manager Clark Griffth quit the team in a dispute with Team Owners Frank Farrell and Bill Devery. On June 10,1903, he was traded by the Tigers to the Yankees for Shortstops Herman Long and Ernie Courtney. He helped stabilized the Yankees Infield. His best Yankees season was in 1906, when he hit .306 as the starting Shortstop. On December 14,1909, “Kid” was purchased by the Senators from the Yankees for $5,000 Cash. As a Yankees player, he appeared in 667 games, while hitting .268 with 4 HRs with 257 RBIs. He was also known as “The Tabasco Kid” for his hot temper on the playing field during his MLB playing career.

1954- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Comer was born.
On January 21, 1983, Veteran AL Reliever Steve Comer was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He had pitched for the Rangers for 5 AL seasons, while posting a 39-29 record with a 3.80 ERA with 13 saves in 151 games. The Yankees were hoping to use him in their 1983 Bullpen. With a poor spring training performance with the Yankees, he was released by the team on March 28, 1983.

1969- Former Yankees Minor League INF Orlando Miller was born.
The Yankees signed INF Orlando Miller as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1987. He never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On March 13,1990, he was traded by the Yankees to the Astros for a Player to be Named Later and INF Dave Silvestri. The Astros would send Minor League P Daven Bond on June 11,1990 to the Yankees to complete the trade.

1978- Former Yankees Hall of Fame Manager and MLB Manager Joseph “Marse Joe” McCarthy (1931-1946) dies at age of 90 in Buffalo, NY. (1887-1978)
As a young man McCarthy played baseball at Niagara College (now Niagara University) and then had a long Minor League playing career from 1907 to 1921. He started managing, while still an active player, he eventually moved up to the Majors in 1926 with the Chicago Cubs. He will lead the 1929 Cubs to a NL Pennant. While managing the Yankees, Joe was a 3-time Major League Manager of the Year Award (1936, 1938 and 1943). Joe McCarthy was the 1st MLB manager to win pennants with both National League team (1929 Cubs) and the American League team (1932 Yankees). He won a total of 9 League titles and 7 World Series championships with the Cubs and Yankees. His Yankees managing record was 1,460-867, with a WP .627 with 8 AL flags with 7 World Championships. He is the all-time wins leader as a Yankees Manager, followed by former Yankee Managers Joe Torre, Casey Stengel and Miller Huggins. In 1956, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. Joe McCarthy was elected as an MLB Manager to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

1981- Former Yankees Pitcher Darrell Rasner (2007-2008) was born.
Darrell Rasner was selected by the Montreal Expos as the 5th pick in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 MLB Player Draft. On February 10, 2006, Darrell was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Nationals. He appeared in 6 games for the 2007 Yankees, while posting a 1-3 record. On May 19, 2007, in a start against the Mets, Rasner was struck on the right hand by a ball hit by Endy Chavez, a former teammate with the Nationals. He fractured his right index finger. Rasner did not pitch in the AL again that season, though he pitched at several levels of the Yankees organization on rehab assignments. On December 12, 2007, he was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees. On December 14, 2007, Darrell was signed to a Minor League player contract by the Yankees. In 2008, he posted a 5-10 record with a 5.40 ERA for the Yankees in 24 games. Overall as a Yankees hurler, he went 9-14 with a 5.06 ERA in 36 games for the team. On November 15, 2008, he was purchased from the Yankees by Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japan Pacific League). Rasner has been a Set-up Man and Closer for the Golden Eagles for the 2011-2013 JPL seasons.

1983- Former Yankees Minor League P Andy Sisco was born.
On November 27, 2010, hurler Andy Sisco was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He had previously pitched in the MLB for the Royals and White Sox. He was originally selected by the Cubs in 2001 MLB Amateur Player Draft. On February 18, 2011, he was released by the team. On February 19, 2011, he was resigned as an MLB Free Agent with the Yankees. He did not appear with the 2011 Yankees at the MLB level. On May 27, 2011, he was released by the team.

1987- Former Yankees Pitcher (1951-1952,1954-1956), MLB Scout (1971) MLB Pitching Coach (1979), Tom “Plowboy” Morgan passed away. (1930-1987)
The Yankees signed hurler Tom Morgan as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1949. He joined the Yankees in 1951, going 9-3 with 3.68 ERA in 27 games as a spot Starter role with 4 complete games. In 1952, he saw limited action being called into the military service, going just 5-4 with a 3.07 ERA with 2 saves in 16 games. In 1954, he rejoined the team going 11-5 with a 3.34 ERA with 1 save in 32 games, his best Yankees season. In 1955, he went 7-3 with a 3.25 ERA with 11 saves in 40 games. In 1956, Tom slipped to a 6-7 mark with a 4.16. ERA in 41 games, but he had 11 saves, the best in AL. Overall as a Yankees hurler, Tom went 38-22 with a 3.48 ERA with 27 saves in 156 games. He appeared in 3 World Series with the team, posting a 0-1 record with a 5.59 ERA in 5 games. On February of 1957, Tom was traded to the Kansas City A’s in the Bobby Shantz deal. He would finish with MLB Pitching career in 1963, pitching with the Angels (1961-1963). He worked in the Angels Minor League system as a Coach and Manager. He would return to the Yankees organization in 1971 as an MLB Scout. His last job with the team was in 1979, when he was one of the MLB Pitching Coaches that season. He returned to the Angels organization afterwards.

1989- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ray Morehart (1927) passed away. (1898-1989)
The Yankees obtained Reserve Catcher Johnny Grabowski and INF Ray Morehart from the White Sox for veteran Shortstop Aaron Ward. Ray Morehart was Reserve INF on the 1927 World Champion Yankees. He appeared in 73 games as a Reserve 2B, while hitting .256 with 1 HR and 20 RBIs. He will play in the Minor Leagues from 1928 to 1933.

1991- The Yankees released veteran MLB Catcher Rick Cerone. He had appeared in 49 games as a Reserve Catcher for the team, while hitting .302 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. He will be signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Mets for the 1992 NL season.

1994- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent OF Daryl Boston. He will hit only .182 in 52 games for the 1994 Yankees as a Reserve Outfielder.

2005- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Free Agent OF/DH Ruben Sierra. He will only hit .229 in 61 games for the 2005 Yankees.

2005- The North Dakota House of Representatives approves a resolution proclaiming native son former MLB star Outfielder Roger Maris should be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. The lawmakers' action, which was sponsored by Rep. Andy Maragos, orders the Secretary of State to send a copy of the resolution to the 85 members of the Baseball Veterans' Committee, which includes the 60 living members enshrined in Cooperstown.

2009- Former Yankees Minor League Manager (1963-1964) and MLB Manager Preston Gomez passed away. (1922-2009)
Preston Gomez managed in the Yankees Minor League organization in 1963-1964. He was the Manager of the Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (IL). He finished in the 9th and 7th place in the IL with Richmond. Also, he was an MLB Coach for the Cardinals, Angels, Cubs, Astros and the Dodgers. He was the 1st MLB Manager for the NL San Diego Padres (1969-1972). Later, he managed the Astros (1974-1975). His last MLB manager job was in 1980 with the Cubs. His 1959 AAA Havana Sugar Kings team (International League) won the Junior World Series by defeating the AAA Minneapolis MilIers (American Association) by led by Manager Gene Mauch.

2011- The Yankees ink their 1st MLB Free Agent of the 2011 MLB off-season, signing veteran MLB Reliever Rafael Soriano to a 3-year contract worth $35 million. While Soriano will be the Set-up Man for Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera this season, he excelled as the Rays' Closer last season; he could be in line to take over for the great Rivera, when he eventually retires.

2012- The Yankees acquired AL All-Star Pitcher Michael Pineda and 19-year-old Minor-League P Jose Campos from the Mariners for C/DH Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi. Pineda went 9-10 for the 2011 Seattle Mariners. He was named to the 2011 AL All-Star Pitching staff. Catching prospect Jesus Montero had appeared in 18 games for the Yankees, while hitting .328 with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. Hurler Hector Noesi had appeared in 5 games with the Yankees, while posting a 2-2 record. Also, Jose Campos had arm problems, while pitching in the Seattle Minor League system during the 2012 baseball season.

2012- The Yankees signed MLB Free Agent Starter Hiroki Kuroda to a 1-year deal worth 10 million dollars. As a Starter for the 2011 Dodgers, he had posted a 13-6 record with a 3.07 ERA in 32 games. With the 2012 Yankees, he will go 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 games.

2014- Alex Rodriguez files a lawsuit in federal court against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association seeking to overturn the 162-game suspension handed out 2 days earlier by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

2016- Former Yankees Closer and MLB Scout Luis Arroyo (1960-1963) passed away. (1927-2016)
On December 5,1949, Luis Arroyo was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals from Greensboro (Carolina League) in the 1949 Minor League Player draft. In 1955, as a Rookie Pitcher with the Cardinals, Luis made the NL All-Star team. During that 1955 season, Luis Arroyo won 11 games for the Cardinals. On May 5,1956, Luis was traded by the Cardinals to the Pirates for MLB veteran hurler Max Surkont. On December 3,1958, Luis was traded by the Pirates to the Reds for 1B/OF Nino Escalera. On July 20,1960, Luis Arroyo was purchased by the Yankees from the Reds organization. He had been pitching with the Reds AAA team, Jersey City Jerseys (IL). He would go 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA with 7 saves in 29 games for the 1960 Yankees, giving their bullpen extra veteran lefty help. In 1961, he had his best MLB Pitching career season going 15-5 with a 2.19 ERA with 29 saves, leading the AL with 54 games finished. He was selected to the 1961 AL All-Star team. Luis was the 1961 AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner. In the winter of 1961, Luis did not follow his usual routine of pitching in Winter League baseball, instead attending various winter baseball dinners and awards meetings. During the 1962 AL season, he injured his pitching arm, just going 1-3 with 7 saves in 27 games for the Yankees. Later, he admitted that the arm injury was due to not following his normal Winter League pitching routine. In September of 1963, the team would release him. He had only pitched in 6 games for the 1963 Yankees with a 1-1 record and no saves. His final Yankees pitching career record was 22-10 with a 3.12 ERA with 43 saves in 127 games. Luis appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees with a 1-0 record in 3 games. He managed in the Mexican Baseball Leagues for 3 seasons. Then, he later would become a long-time MLB Scout for the Yankees. He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class.

2019- Former Yankees Pitcher (1964-1975) MLB Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr. passed away (1941-2019)
Before the start of the 1961 AL season, the Yankees signed Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Mel was called up from AAA Richmond Virginians (IL) during the 1964 AL season. He went 9-3 to help the Yankees win the 1964 AL pennant. He went 1-1 in 3 games in the 1964 World Series against the Cardinals, facing St. Louis Ace Bob Gibson in each start. Mel was a 20-game winner 3-times during his Yankees Pitching career. He finished with a lifetime 164-139 mark in 360 games with 40 shutouts and a career ERA of 2.97. Mel was a member of the AL All-Star teams in 1965-1966 and 1968-1970. Mel was hurt during the 1974 MLB season, appearing in only 16 games, while posting a 6-7 record with a 3.58 ERA. On March 29,1975, he was unable to recover from his arm injury from 1974 AL season, Mel was released by the Yankees. Former Yankees Manager Ralph Houk, now with the Tigers, gave him a tryout, but it proved to be unsuccessful, he retired as active MLB player. Mel had 2 sons, Mel Jr. and Todd, who pitched in the MLB. He was an MLB Pitching Coach for several MLB teams; including the Yankees, before retiring from baseball.

January 14th

1892- Long-time Yankees Minor League Manager and MLB Catcher Bill Meyer (1932-1947) was born. (1892-1957)
Billy Meyer was an MLB Catcher with the White Sox and A’s for 3 seasons. Billy managed the AA Louisville Colonels from 1926 to 1928. In 1932, he joined the Yankees Minor League system, where he would stay for the next 16 years. Among his stops were the 1936-1937 AA Oakland Oaks (PCL), 1938-1941 and the 1946-1947 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association) and the 1942-1945 AA Newark Bears (IL). By 1946, Meyer was considered the likely replacement for Yankees veteran Manager Joe McCarthy. During the 1945 MLB season, Bill had heart health issues and he wasn’t ready to manage the team. Later, Bill became the Pittsburgh Pirates Manager from 1948 to 1952. His MLB Manager record was 319-452, his Pirates team’s lack the talent to compete against the Braves, Dodgers, Phillies and the Giants. Overall, his Minor League teams were 1,605-1,325 in 19 seasons. In 1949, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. His Pirates team uniform number 1 was retired by the team in 1954.

1908- Former Yankees Closer and MLB Baseball Executive John “Grand Ma” Murphy (1932,1934-1943,1946) was born. (1908-1970)
On June 27,1931, Pitcher Johnny Murphy was traded by the AA St. Paul Saints (American Association) along with INF Jack Saltzgaver, cash and 2 Players to be Named to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later. The Yankees would send Reserve OF Jimmie Reese to the Saints to complete the trade. Johnny would go 93-53 with a 3.54 ERA in 383 games with 104 saves as the Yankees Closer. He appeared in 6 World Series for the Yankees with a 2-0 record, with 4 saves, a 1.10 ERA in 8 games. He was named to the AL All-Star team 3 times during his Yankees Pitching career. He missed the 1944-1945 AL seasons due to military service. After being released by the Yankees in 1946, John would finish his MLB Pitching career in 1947 with the Red Sox, posting a 0-0 record with a 2.82 ERA and 3 saves in 32 games. Overall, as an MLB Pitcher Johnny Murphy went 93-53 with a 3.50 ERA with 107 saves in 415 games. When his MLB playing days ended, Johnny Murphy stepped immediately into the Boston front office, when Team Owner Tom Yawkey appointed him Director of Minor League Operations. Murphy spent 13 seasons running the Red Sox' Farm and Scouting systems until his dismissal following the 1960 AL season. In 1961, he joined former Yankees Farm Director and General Manager George Weiss in the front office of New York's new NL Expansion Team, the Mets. He would work first as Director of Player Development, then as a General Manager in 1967-1969 until his death on January 14,1970 from a fatal heart attack.

1909- The Yankees sold 3B George Moriarty to the Tigers. He had played 3 seasons for the Yankees, while hitting .254 with No HRs
and 93 RBIs in 292 games for the team. With the Tigers, he would become their starting 3B.

1916- The Yankees purchased Player/Manager Lee Magee (1916-1917) from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for $25,000 Cash. Lee had hit .323 for the Tip-Tops. He hit .247 with 3 HRs and 53 RBIs in 182 games for the 1916-1917 Yankees. On July 15, 1917, he was traded to the St. Louis Browns for OF Armando Marsans. Later, he would be banned from MLB by Commissioner Judge Landis in 1920 for gambling on games during the 1918 NL season while playing for the Cincinnati Reds along with former Yankees 1B Hal Chase.

1932- The Yankees Star Slugger Babe Ruth rejects a Yankees player contract offer of $70,000, as the MLB vow to cut player salaries by $1 million. In 1931, Ruth had hit .373 with 46 HRs and 128 RBIs in 145 games for the Yankees.

1954- Former Yankees All-Star CF Joe DiMaggio marries Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe.

1959- Former Yankees 1B (1903-1904) and MLB Manager John Ganzel (1908) passed away. (1874-1959)
Veteran INF John Ganzel appeared in 259 games for the Yankees, while hitting .269 with 9 HRs and 119 RBIs. In 1908, he managed the Cincinnati Reds. In 1915, he managed the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) for 35 games. Also, he was a Minor League Manager in the International League with the AA Rochester Hustlers (1910-1915) and in the American Association with the AA Kansas City Blues (1917-1919). His last Manager’s job was with the 1938-1939 Class D Orlando Senators (FSL). His MLB playing career was from 1898-1908, playing for the Chicago Orphans, Reds, Giants, Highlanders and the Pirates. He had several brothers play in the MLB.

1966- The Indians traded OF Lou Clinton to the Yankees for Catcher Doc Edwards, who won't play in the MLB until 1970, with the Phillies. Doc Edwards was a major disappointment for the Yankees behind the plate and with the bat. After being acquired from the A’s in May 1965, Doc played in 45 games, while hitting just .190 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs. Lou Clinton would be a Reserve Outfielder for the 1967 Yankees, hitting .220 in 80 games. In 1968, the Yankees will sell him to the Phillies.

1970- Johnny Murphy, the Mets General Manager, who had seen his team rise from the NL cellar to the 1969 World Championship, dies of a heart attack at age of 61. Johnny Murphy was a top Relief Pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and the 1940s. Murphy was the Mets Director of Player development, before becoming the teams’ General Manager.

1974- Former Yankees Minor League OF Mike Frank was born.
Mike Frank never played for the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 12, 2000, he was traded by the Reds along with MLB Starter Denny Neagle to the Yankees for Pitcher Ed Yarnall, INF Drew Henson, Brian Reith and OF Jackson Melian (Minors).

1987- Former AL All-Star Starter Jim “Catfish” Hunter and NL All-Star OF Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Hunter made his name as the ace of the Oakland A’s pitching staff during their World Championship years and made his fortune as one of the 1st rated MLB Free Agents with the Yankees. Billy Williams set a NL record by playing in 1,117 consecutive games with the Cubs, accumulating 426 HRs and winning a NL batting title.

2004- The Yankees signed 2 MLB Free Agent Catchers Sal Fasano and Jim Mann. Neither player will play for the 2004 Yankees. The Yankees will release Jim Mann in June of 2004; he was playing with AAA Columbus Clippers (IL).

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

January 15th

1890- Former Yankees MLB Scout and Minor League Manager Johnny Nee was born. (1890-1957)
Johnny Nee was an MLB Scout and a Minor League Player-Manager. A young Minor League infielder of 22, Nee was chosen to Skipper the Terre Haute team in 1912 as a Player-Manager. He served as a Player-Manager at many of his Minor League stops including his last post as the leader of the 1925-1926 Virginia League Kinston Eagles. During that final managerial season, one of his young charges was future Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell. Starting in 1927, Johnny Nee began a long career as an MLB Scout for the Yankees. He was credited with discovering many future MLB Players including Bill Dickey, Gene Bearden, Marv Breuer, Ben Chapman, Atley Donald, Tommy Henrich, Chink Outen, Billy Werber, Johnny Allen, Dixie Walker, Spud Chandler, Billy Hitchcock and Willie Jones. He left the Yankees organization to work for the Phillies in 1946. At the end of the 1949 NL season, Nee was named head of the Phillies Minor League system.

1896- Former Yankees Pitcher Michael Cantwell (1916) was born. (1896-1953)
Hurler Mike Cantwell appeared in 1 game with the 1916 Yankees.

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

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

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

1947- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Tony Solaita (1968) was born. (1946-1990)
The Yankees signed Tony Solaita as an MLB Amateur Free Agent in 1965. In 1968, he appeared in only 1 game for the Yankees, while going 0 for 1. He had won the 1968 MVP Award in the Carolina League, while playing for the Yankees High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms team. He hit 49 HRs that season. On February 28,1973, Tony was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for Minor League 1B George Kopacz. He would later play pro ball in Japan, hitting 155 career HRs. He was murdered during in a dispute in 1990, in his native country of America Samoa.

1956- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and MLB Manager Jerry Narron (1979) was born.
The Yankees in the 6th round of the 1974 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Catcher Jerry Narron. In 1979, Jerry played in 61 games filling in for the late Thurman Munson, hitting just .161. On November 1,1979, Jerry was traded by the Yankees along with Pitchers Rick Anderson, Jim Beattie and MLB OF Juan Beniquez to the Mariners for OF Ruppert Jones and P Jim Lewis. As an MLB Manager, Jerry has managed the Rangers and Reds. In 2011, he was back in the MLB as Bench Coach of the Brewers under new Manager Ron Roenicke, staying until the end of the 2015 NL season.

1957- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Cooper (1985) was born.
The Yankees in the 17th round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected Pitcher Don Cooper. On December 8,1980, he was drafted by the Twins from the Yankees organization in the 1980 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. On March 13,1984, he was traded by the Blue Jays to the Yankees for Minor League OF Derwin McNealy. Don appeared in 7 games with no record with a 5.40 ERA for the 1985 Yankees. He is currently the MLB Pitching Coach for the White Sox.

1960- Former Yankees Pitcher Curt Brown (1984) was born.
On December 19,1983, hurler Curt Brown was traded by the Angels to the Yankees for Minor League P Mike Browning. Curt went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 13 games for the 1984 Yankees.

1980- Former Yankees DH Matt Holiday (2017) was born.
On December 7, 2016, veteran OF Matt Holiday was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. In November of 2016, he was granted MLB Free Agency the Cardinals. Matt had appeared in 110 games for the 2016 Cardinals, while hitting .246 with 20 HRs and 62 RBIs. In 2017, Matt had injury and health issues limiting his play for the Yankees to just 105 games, while hitting just .231 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs. On November 2, 2017, Matt was granted MLB Free Agency by the Yankees.

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

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

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

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

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

2009- Former Yankees Minor League Manager Tommy Jones passed away from brain cancer. (1954-2009)
A Minor League player in the Giants organization from 1976 to 1981. Tommy Jones had managed in the Yankees Minor League system at AA Albany-Colonie (Eastern League, 1987-1988). From 1998 to 2004, Jones was the Director of Player Development for the Diamondbacks. Jones also was the MLB 1B Coach for the Diamondbacks in 2004. He was an MLB Scout for the Mariners in 2005.

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

January 16th

1957- Former Yankees 1B/DH Steve “Bye-Bye” Balboni (1981-1983,1989-1990) was born.
The Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1978 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected 1B Steve Balboni. After seeing limited action with the Yankees, Steve Balboni was traded on December 8,1983 along with Pitcher Roger Erickson to the Royals for Reliever Mike Armstrong and Minor League Player Duane Dewey. On March 27,1989, Steve was traded by the Mariners to the Yankees for Minor League Pitcher Dana Ridenour. He only hit .232 and .219 before being released by the team in 1990. Overall as a Yankees player, Steve appeared in 295 games, while hitting .214 with 41 HRs and 116 RBIs. As an MLB player for 11 seasons, he appeared in 965 games, while hitting .229 with 181 HRs and 495 RBIs.

1963- Former Yankees Pitcher Tommy Thompson (1912) passed away. (1889-1963)
Tommy Thompson appeared in 7 games, posting a 0-2 record with a 6.06 ERA for the 1912 Yankees.

1966- Former Yankees Starter “Black “Jack McDowell (1995) was born.
On December 14,1994, Starter Jack McDowell was traded by the White Sox to the Yankees for a Player to be Named Later (OF Lyle Mouton) and Minor League Player Keith Heberling. He had posted a 91-58 record as a Starter, including 2 20-game win seasons for the White Sox. In 1993, he had won the AL Cy Young Award. Never afraid of controversy, McDowell's 1-year stay with the Yankees was overshadowed by a vulgar hand gesture made to fans at Yankee Stadium. When the Bronx crowd booed the right-hander for a poor performance against the White Sox, McDowell hoisted his middle finger and displayed it for all to see. He won 15 games during the 1995 AL season with the Yankees, but he was criticized for failing to win in the AL playoffs. For the 2nd time in 3 seasons, McDowell posted an 0-2 AL Postseason record as the Yankees fell to the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS. He went 15-10 with a 3.93 ERA in 30 games for the 1995 Yankees, before leaving the team for MLB Free Agency. He would sign with the Indians for the 1996 AL season.

1968- Former Yankees OF Liz Funk (1929) passed away. (1904-1968)
Liz Funk, born Elias Calvin Funk in Kansas in 1904, he was at the University of Oklahoma during the years of 1923-1928. A centerfielder by trade, he got into 1 game with the 1929 Yankees in April, spending most of the season in the Pacific Coast League. He became a regular with the 1930 Tigers. He was in the Minors in 1931, and in early 1932 AA Louisville (American Association), who traded him to the 1932 White Sox, where he became the regular Centerfielder on a team that lost 102 games. In 1933, the White Sox kept Manager Lew Fonseca, but changed numerous players, including the entire outfield. Funk played his last MLB game in May of 1933.

1970- Former Yankees Reliever Ron Villone (2006-2007) was born.
On November 16, 2005, veteran MLB Reliever Ron Villone was traded by the Marlins to the Yankees for Minor League Player Ben Julianel. Ron went 3-3 with a 4.77 ERA in 107 games for the Yankees.

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

1977- Former Yankees Pitcher Colter Bean (2005-2007) was born.
In 2000, the Yankees signed hurler Colter Bean as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. He went 0-1with a 6.00 ERA in 6 games for the Yankees. The Red Sox in the 2003 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft had selected Bean, but he was returned to the Yankees in Spring of 2004. After leaving the Yankees as an MLB Free Agent in the fall of 2007, he pitched in the Braves and the Rays organizations in 2008.

1979- Former Yankees Minor League player 1B/DH Jack Cust was born.
On March 28, 2012, 1B/DH Jack Cust was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Yankees. He previously played for the Oakland A’s. He did not appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. Jack was sent to AAA Scranton (IL) appearing in 98 games, while hitting .249 with 20 HRs and 66 RBIs. On August 1, 2012, Jack was released by the team. He would be signed by the Blue Jays organization, playing for their AAA team, Las Vegas 51s (PCL).

1986- Former Yankees Reserve INF Reid Brignac (2013) was born.
On May 18,2013, INF Reid Brignac was purchased by the Yankees from the Rockies. He appeared in 17 games for the Yankees, hitting just .114. On June 25, 2013, the Yankees granted him MLB Free Agency. He had refused assignment to AAA Scranton (IL). The Yankees wanted him to work on his hitting with their AAA Batting Coach, Butch Wynegar. On June 26, 2013, he was signed as an MLB Free Agent with the Rockies. He was sent to their AAA club in the Pacific Coast League. On November 5, 2013, the Rockies granted him MLB Free Agency. On November 20, 2013, Reid was signed as a MLB Free Agent with the Phillies with a MLB spring training invitation. Also. he has played in the Marlins organization in 2015. On November 5, 2015, Reid was signed as an MLB Free Agent by the Braves organization.

1987-Former Yankees Reserve INF Zelous Wheeler (2014) was born.
On November 12, 2013, the Yankees signed Minor League Free Agent INF Zelous Wheeler. The Brewers had originally signed him. He started the 2014 season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he hit .299 with 20 doubles and 7 HRs in 66 games before being called up to the Bronx on July 3rd. He replaced 3B Yangervis Solarte on the 25-man MLB roster and in the starting line-up, after Solarte had fallen into a deep batting slump following a hot start. In his Yankees MLB Player debut, Zelous went 2 for 4 including a solo HR off of former Yankees Starter Philip Hughes in a 7-4 win over the Twins. He finished the 2014 season with a .193 BA with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 29 games. On November 20, 2014, he was released by the Yankees, so he could be sold to Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles (JPL), where he would play for the 2015 baseball season.

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

2003- The Yankees signed veteran MLB Free Agent Catcher John “Flash” Flaherty. He will make the team in Yankees MLB spring training camp as the Reserve Catcher for the 2003 AL season, replacing 2002 Reserve Catcher Chris Wedger, who was released by the team at the end of the Yankees MLB spring training camp.
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This Week in Yankees History January 5th-12th Part Two


January 17th

1915- Former Yankees Minor League Manager, MLB Scout and MLB Manager Mayo Smith was born. (1915-1977)
For the 1949 baseball season, the Yankees hired him as a Player-Manager for the Class A Amsterdam Rugmakers (Canadian-American League). Smith led by example, hitting .297 with 19 HRs and 116 RBIs in 119 games. Never known for his power, he lit up that lower circuit, he was tied for 3rd in HRs and was 3rd in RBIs despite missing 20 games. His team went 67-71-1 and finished in 5th place. The next year he batted .323 with 10 HRs and 53 RBIs in only 66 games; the team finished in 4th place with a 72-65-1 record. They won in the 1st playoff round, but they lost in the finals. Smith would not play regularly again, getting into only 1 game in 1952; he had completed his 2-year run as a Player-Manager. In 1951, Mayo Smith was promoted to the Class B Piedmont League to manage the Norfolk Tars. He led the team to league titles in 1951-1952, when the 1952 team posted the 2nd-best winning percentage (.727) in the history of the Piedmont League. He moved up another rung in the Yankees organization. Mayo managed in the AA Southern Association for 2 seasons, leading the Birmingham Barons. He was an MLB Scout for the Yankees for 7 years. He managed in the MLB with the 1955-1959 Phillies, 1959 Reds and the 1966-1970 Tigers, winning the 1968 AL pennant and the World Series Championship. He was named the 1968 AL Manager of the year.

1922- Former Yankees and Giants OF Benny Kauff's suit for an injunction to restrain the decision to keep him out of baseball is rejected by the appellate court. Kauff was acquitted of auto theft in 1921, but MLB Commissioner Landis still barred him from baseball, stating, "That acquittal was one of the worst miscarriages of justice that ever came under my observation."

1931- Former Yankees Bench Coach, MLB Player and Long-time MLB Manager Don Zimmer was born. (1931-2014)
In 1949, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Shortstop Don Zimmer. After several seasons with the Dodgers as a reserve infielder, he was traded to the Cubs. Don appeared in 1955 and 1959 World Series with the Dodgers. Also, he played for the 1962 expansion Mets and the Reds, Dodgers and the Senators. He spent 1 season playing in Japan. He began his Minor League Manager career in 1967 working until 1970. In 1971, he became a MLB Coach with the Expos, 1972 Padres, 1974-1976 Red Sox, 1983 Yankees, 1984-1986 Cubs, 1987 Giants, 1992 Red Sox, 1993-1995 Rockies and the 1996-2003 Yankees. He was an MLB Manager with the following teams: 1972-1973 Padres; 1976-1980 Red Sox; 1981-1982 Rangers; 1988-1991 Cubs. In 1989, Don won NL Division championship with the Cubs. He was named 1989 NL Manager of the Year. With the Yankees, he was Manager Joe Torre MLB Bench Coach; he served as Interim Manager when Torre was being treated for cancer. Since 2004, Don worked as a Special Advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays until his death in 2014.

1936- The Yankees obtained Pitcher Irving “Bump” Hadley and OF Roy Johnson for Senators for Pitcher Jimmy DeShong and OF Jesse Hill. Hadley will go 49-31 with a 4.28 ERA in 140 games with 6 saves in 5 seasons with the Yankees. Bump will appear in 3 World Series for the team posting a 2-1 record with a 4.15 ERA in 3 games. Johnson will hit .256 With 1 HR and 25 RBIs in 75 games as a Reserve OF before being sent to the Braves in 1938. Jesse Hill was a Rookie Reserve CF for the Yankees, filling for the injured starting Centerfielder Earl Combs. He had hit .291 with 4 HRs and 33 RBIs in 107 games for the team in 1936. Hill will become a reserve OF for the Nats, while Jimmy DeShong will post a 37-36 record in 4 seasons as a Senators Starter, including an 18-10 record in 1936. He was a Yankees hurler for 2 seasons, while posting a 10-8 record with a 3.32 ERA with 6 saves in 60 games, as a Reliever.

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

1960- Former Yankees DH/OF Chili Davis (1998-1999) was born.
The Yankees signed veteran DH/OF Chili Davis as an MLB Free Agent in December of 1997. Davis appeared in 181 games for the team, while hitting .273 with 22 HRs and 87 RBIs. He appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, hitting .181 in 4 games. Overall as an MLB player, Davis played in 2,436 games, while hitting .274 with 350 HRs and 1.372 RBIs. He retired from the MLB after the 1999 World Series. He had originally come up to the MLB with the Giants.

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

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

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

1991- Former Yankees Pitcher Marv Breuer (1939-1943) passed away. (1914-1991)
Missouri native Marv Breuer spent 10 seasons in pro baseball from 1934 to 1943. He spent 6 of those years (1934-1939) in the Minor Leagues before getting his chance to pitch at the MLB level. Breuer made his MLB Pitching debut with the Yankees on May 4, 1939 appearing in 1 game with no decisions and spent the rest of the 1939 MLB season with the AA Kansas City Blues (American Association.) Marv led the league with a 2.28 ERA, as he helped his team to win the league championship with a 17-6 record. Marv spent the next 4 seasons (1940-1943) back with the Bronx Bombers, building a 25-26 record and a 4.03 ERA in 86 outings. His best year came in 1941, when he went 9-7 in 26 games. His final game with the Yankees and in pro baseball came on August 28, 1943. During his 6-year Minor League run, Breuer had 4 double-digit winning seasons. The 1st came in 1935 with the Class C Joplin Miners Class (Western Association), when he went 14-14 for a last-place team. In 1936 Marv threw an 18-9 record at the Class A New York-Pennsylvania League and helped his team, the Binghamton Triplets to win the League Championship. He went 12-12 for the 2nd-place 1938 AA Kansas City Blues (American Association), helping his club to the league playoff Title and then topped this off with the above-mentioned 17-6 record in 1939. Breuer left pro baseball after the 1943 MLB season with a 75-69 Minor League Pitching record in 196 games. His MLB pitching stats show a 25-26 record with a 4.03 ERA, while appearing in 86 games for the 1939-1943 Yankees. He appeared in 2 World Series games for the team with no decisions.

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

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

January 18th

1903- Former Yankees Reserve INF Clifford “Nolan “Richardson (1935) was born. (1903-1951)
Nolan Richardson appeared in 12 games as a Reserve INF for the 1935 Yankees, hitting .217. He played for the 1936-1937 AA Newark Bears (IL) in the Yankees Minor League system. On November 5,1937, Richardson was purchased by the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL) from the Yankees. He finished his MLB playing career with the 1938-1939 Reds. He was Head Baseball Coach at the University of Georgia in 1951.

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

1911- Former Yankees Minor League INF and Manager Pinky May was born. (1911-2000)
Pinky May signed with the Yankees in 1932 out of Indiana University. In the Yankees Minor League system, he played for the AA Newark Bears (IL) in 1938, hitting .331 in 146 games. He was drafted by the Phillies from the Yankees organization in 1938 MLB Rule 5 Player Draft. Pinky May played 5 seasons in the MLB, all with the Phillies. He is one of the few players who played at least 5 seasons; he had at least 100 games with 400 at-bats in each MLB season. He broke into the MLB in 1939, playing in 135 games. May led the NL in sacrifice hits. He made the NL All-Star team in 1940. He was in the Navy during World War II. After his MLB playing career ended, Pinky May was a Minor League skipper, managing more than a dozen clubs. In 1963, he managed the Yankees Fort Lauderdale Yankees (FSL) to a 60-60 record. Also, he managed for the Pirates, Indians and the Reds organizations. He compiled a record of 1658-1560 over 27 seasons (1947-1972) in the Minor Leagues. In 1970 his son, Catcher Milt May made it to the MLB with the Pirates. His Grandson Scott May played in the Minors. Pinky May’s real name was Merrill Glend May.

1954- Former Yankees Minor League P Scott McGregor (1975-1976) was born.
Scott McGregor was selected by the Yankees in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1972 MLB Amateur Player Draft. While pitching in the Yankees Minor League System, he was named the 1974 Pitcher of the Year International League, while pitching for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs posting a 13-10 record with an 3.44 ERA. He never appeared with the club at the MLB level. On June 15,1976, Scott was traded by the Yankees along with reserve C Rick Dempsey, pitchers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May and Dave Pagan to the Orioles for veteran MLB pitchers Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Grant Jackson, C Ellie Hendricks and minor league OF Jimmy Freeman. At the time of the trade, he was recovering from a broken collarbone injury. Scott will have a fine MLB Pitching career record of 138-108 with the Orioles (1976-1988). He is currently working in the Orioles Minor League system.

1974- Former Yankees Pitcher Pete Appleton (1933) passed away. (1904-1974)
Hurler Pete Appleton was with the 1933 Yankees, appearing in only 1 game with no record, he was sent back to AA Newark Bears (IL). He finally finished the rest of the 1933 baseball season with the AA Baltimore Orioles (IL). After finishing as an active MLB player, Pete managed in the Senators organization. Later, he was an MLB Scout for the Senators/Twins organizations.

1984- Former Yankees Pitcher Justin Thomas (2012) was born.
On May 12 2012, Reliever Justin Thomas was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Red Sox. He appeared in 4 games for the 2012 Yankees with no record. On October 17, 2012, Justin was granted MLB Free Agency by the team. He was signed by Oakland A’s for 2013 AL season.

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

1989- Former Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda (2012-2017) was born.
On January 13, 2012, the Mariners traded P Michael Pineda along with 19-year-old Minor-League Pitcher Jose Campos to the Yankees for C/DH Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi. Pineda went 9-10 for the 2011 Mariners. While with the Mariners, he was named to the 2011 AL All-Star pitching staff. At the end of his 1st Yankees spring training camp in 2012, Pineda complained of tightness in the back of his right shoulder. He had to start the season on the DL list after undergoing an MRI and being diagnosed with tendonitis. He had been battered around in his last practice start, giving up 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings to set off alarms, although there had been concern all spring that his velocity was noticeably down. The Yankees got more bad news on April 25th, when a further medical exam found a tear in the labrum muscle of Michael's throwing shoulder. The injury required season-ending surgery. While working out in Tampa, he was arrested by local police in the early hours of August 20th after being spotted driving his SUV erratically and at high speed. Pineda was charged with DUI, having tested for a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit.
When Pineda showed up for 2013 Yankees MLB spring training camp, he was still not ready to pitch, but at least the team was confident that he could be in their starting rotation by May or June, but that turned out to be way too optimistic. He began his minor league rehabilitation on June 9th with the Class A Tampa Yankees, before moving to the AA Trenton Thunder at the end of the month and the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on July 6th. He was 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts between the 3 levels when he was taken out of a game on August 2nd due to stiffness in his shoulder. He was shut down completely for 2 weeks. Then he resumed throwing from flat ground in mid-August. In spite of the setback, the Yankees were still hoping to finally have him in pinstripes before the end of the season. He didn’t pitch for the team. When Pineda showed up for 2014 Yankees spring training camp, he was finally healthy, he was able to earn the team's 5th starter job, beating out Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno. He finally made his belated debut in Yankee pinstripes on April 5th against the Blue Jays. He pitched well over 6 innings but he was charged with a 4-0 loss. He earned his 1st win on April 10th, 4-1 victory over the Red Sox; there was some controversy surrounding his performance, as the Red Sox's broadcasters claimed to have detected pine tar on his pitching hand. Pineda dismissed this, stating it was simply sweat mixed with dust, the matter was never brought to the attention of home plate umpire Brian O'Nora, who would have been the only person who could have properly investigated it. On April 16th, he followed Masahiro Tanaka's strong performance in the opening game of a doubleheader by holding the Cubs scoreless over 6 innings as the Yankees swept the twin-bill by the scores 3-0 and 2-0. It was the 1st time an MLB team had recorded 2 shutouts on the same day since 1988. On April 23rd, however, his pine tar antics caught up with him in another start against the Red Sox. This time, Boston Manager John Farrell brought a stain on the right side of Michael's neck to the attention of home plate umpire Gerry Davis in the 2nd inning. Davis promptly ejected Pineda from the game for using a foreign substance on the baseball. Pineda had given up a pair of runs in the 1st inning, he was charged with the 5-1 loss; after the game, he explained that he had had trouble gripping the ball because of the cold in the 1st inning, he had applied the substance to counter that. The following day Pineda was handed a 10-game suspension by the MLB, which he declined to appeal, given the circumstances. While he was serving the 10-day suspension, he felt tightness in his back during a simulated game; the diagnosis was a muscle tear that would lead to a stay on the DL as soon as the suspension was over. He finished the 2014 season with a 5-5 record in 13 games with 1.89 ERA. Michael came back in 2015, as a Yankees starter, he posted a 12-10 record with a 4.37 ERA in 27 games. In 2016, Pineda was only 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA for the Yankees, but he still managed to post the best K/9 ratio in team history, with 207 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings, or 10.6 strikeouts per 9 innings. Both his innings pitched and strikeouts were personal bests, and his ratio was also the best in the AL. He was the starter for the Yankees in their home opener against the Rays on April 10, 2017. He had a great performance, as he retired the 1st 20 Tampa batters he faced before giving up a double to 3B Evan Longoria. He lasted until 2 outs in the 8th before turning the ball over to Reliever Tyler Clippard and received credit for his team's 8-1 win. He had 11 strikeouts on the day. He went a solid 8-4, with a 4.39 ERA in 17 1st-half starts, but just as the 2nd half was set to begin on July 14th, the Yankees received some bad news, learning that Michael had a partially torn ligament in his elbow. It forced him to miss the 2nd half of the 2017 AL season as he underwent Tommy John surgery. He became an MLB Free Agent after the 2017 AL season ended. Overall as a Yankees Pitcher, Pineda went 31-31 with a 4.16 ERA in 89 games. On December 13th, he signed a 2-year deal with the Twins for $10 million, even though he was not expected to be back before the 2nd half of the 2018 AL season. He did not pitch for the 2018 Twins, but he appeared in 4 games in the Twins Minor League system. During the 2019 MLB off-season, he was resigned by the Twins.

2017- Former Yankees Pitcher Richard Starr (1947-1948) passed away. (1921-2017)
Twenty-year old Pitcher Richard Starr was signed as an MLB Amateur Free Agent by the Yankees before the start of the 1941 AL season. The right-hander would spend 2 seasons in the Minors Leagues (1941-1942) with the Butler Yankees and the Findlay Browns, while winning 33 games and losing 14 before being drafted by the Army to spend 3 years (1943-1945) during World War II. Home from the service in 1946, Starr would spend this season in the Minor Leagues, also going 19-10 for the Augusta Tigers, while leading the South Atlantic League in 3 categories with 19 wins, 233 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA. He would appear with the Yankees in 1947 for 4 games and win 1 decision. In 1948, the Yankees tried him again. He appeared in 1 game with no decisions. The Yankees then traded him to the St. Louis Browns on December 13, 1948 along with P Red Embree, Reserve Catcher Sherman Lollar and $100,000 Cash to the Browns for Catcher Roy Partee and Starter Fred Sanford. With the Browns, he stayed through the middle of 1951 AL season, going 10-17 before being traded to the Senators, where he finished out his MLB Pitching career in 1951 with a 1-7 effort. This finished up his MLB responsibilities. Richard finished with an MLB lifetime record at 12-24 with a 5.58 ERA. Starr went back to the Minor Leagues, where he spent the 1952-1956 seasons pitching in the International League, going 33-33 during this time frame and adding these numbers to his Minor League Pitching record (23-15) while he was in in and out of the MLB with his pre-major league stats (52-24) He wound up with a very decent 108-72 record with a 3.57 ERA, while plying his trade in the Minor Leagues.
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