1958- Former Yankee pitcher Tim Leary (1990-92) was born Tim was a former 1 draft pick by the Mets in 1979. On
1981-The Yankees sign free agent OF/1B Dave Collins for a reported $750,000 a year for at least 3 seasons. Collins, who stole 79 bases for the Cincinnati Reds in 1979, will end up a bust in
2005- Former Red Sox AL All Star CF free agent Johnny Damon signs a 4-year contract with the Yankees.
1986- Free agent OF Gary Ward signs with the Yankees.
2002- In a deal which prompts a Boston Red Sox official to call the New York Yankees an "evil empire", Cuban defector Jose Contreras agree to terms on a 4-year contract with Yankees. Contreras, who was considered the top pitcher on
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1908- Former Yankee Al All Star OF (1930-1936) and MLB Manager (Phillies 1945-1948) Ben Chapman was born. Ben was a .305 Lifetime hitter for the Yankees. He was a member of the AL All Star teams from 1933-35. On
1919- Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee makes a secret agreement to sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000 (one-fourth cash, plus $25,000 a year at 6 percent) plus guaranteeing a $300,000 loan with
1953- Former Yankee minor league pitcher Richard Anderson was born. Rick Anderson was the 1979 International League Pitcher of the Year. With the New York Yankees'
1958- Former Yankee AL ALL Star LF Rickey Henderson (1985-1988) was born. On
1989- Billy Martin, an AL All-Star infielder with the Yankees (1950-1957) and former manager of the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s, dies in a car accident in Johnson City, NY, at the age of 61. Martin, a 5-time Yankees manager under owner George Steinbrenner, was rumored to be a candidate to replace current Yankees skipper Bucky Dent. During his 18-year managerial career in the
1995- The Associated Press selects Cal Ripken, Jr. as the top sports story of the year, followed by the death of Yankee Hall Of Fame CF Mickey Mantle.
1971- Former Yankee pitcher Jay Tessmer (1998-2000, 2002) was born. Jay was drafted by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 1995 amateur player draft. Although he was very successful coming out the pen at
1992- Former Yankee pitcher Tom Gorman (1952-54) passed away. Tom went 10-7 in 75 games with 9 saves for the Yanks before being sold to the
1994- Former Yankee HOF and AL All Star pitcher Allie “Super Chief “Reynolds (1947-1954) passed away. Allie was obtained from the Indians, he went 19-8 .704 in 1947. He was one of the mainstays of the Yankee starting rotation that won 5 straight World Championships (1949-1953) with Eddie Lopat, Vic Raschi, and later Whitey Ford. His World Series pitching record was 7-2. Allie went 131-60 in 8 seasons with the Yankees, including a 20-8 with an ERA 2.06 in 1952. During the 1951 season, he pitched 2- no-hitters, including one against the Red Sox. A back injury during a bus accident during the 1954 season forced Allie to retire at the end of the season. He later became the Baseball Commissioner of the American Association (AAA).
1963- Former Yankees C/DH/INF Jim Leyritz (1990-96,1999-2000) was born. Jim was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1985. With the arrival of catcher Joe Gardli, Jim became expendable. On
1984- Free agent pitcher Ed Whitson, who went 14-8 for the NL champion San Diego Padres, begins a nightmarish association with the Yankees by signing a 5-year $4.4 million contract. By the middle of his 2nd year with the club, Whitson gets so rattled in Yankee Stadium that manager Lou Piniella will refuse to use him in Yankee Stadium games. He can only pitch on the road. His Yankee pitching record will be 15-10 in 44 games. The Yankees ship him back to
2001- After 21 years being heard on WABC-AM radio, the Yankees will broadcast its spring training, regular-season and postseason games on all -news station WCBS-AM, which is owned by Infinity Broadcasting. The 5-year deal with the Yankees' YES Network, created earlier this year, is worth approximately about $50 million.
1992- Former Yankee pitcher and long-time NL post-season rival (Dodgers and Giants) Sal “The Barber” Maglie (1957-58) passed away. (1917-1992) Sal was purchased by the Yankees from the Dodgers for $25,000 cash and 2 minor league players in September of 1957. Sal went 2-0 with 4 saves for the Yankees. In 1958, he faded going 1-1 in 7 games and was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1995- The Chicago White Sox trade veteran OF Tim Raines to the Yankees in exchange for future considerations. The New York Yankees sent Blaise Kozeniewski (minors) (February 6, 1996) to the Chicago White Sox to complete the trade.
2001- Outgoing NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces the Yankees and Mets have reached a tentative agreement with the city to build a pair of $800 million, retractable-roof stadiums. Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, who is concerned if the city can afford what is believed to be the largest private-public venture history, will have final word on the $1.6 billion cost of the proposed new ballparks agreements.
2005- Yankees LF Hideki Matsui has decided not to play for
1928- Yankees waived veteran 3rd Joe Dugan to the Boston Braves.
1933- New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert refuses to release All Star OF Slugger Babe Ruth from his contract, thus preventing him from becoming the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Ruth will never receive another chance to manage a MLB team.
1952- Former Yankee reserve INF Dennis Werth (1979-1981) was born. Dennis was drafted by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 1974 amateur player draft. He hit .222 in 76 games with the Yankees. His best Yankee season was in 1980, hitting .308 in 39 games On
1972 – Former Yankee Pitcher Jim Brower (2007) was born. Jim appeared in 3 games in 2007 with no record, before returning to Scranton (AAA).
1975- Former Yankee Pitcher Jaret Wright (2005-6) was born.December 28, 2004; he was Ssigned as a Free Agent with the Yankees. He went 16-12 in 43 games with the Yankees.
1977- Melissa Ludtke, female Sports Illustrated sports writer, files suit against MLB, the Yankees and NYC officials for denying her access to the locker room to interview players during the 1977 World Series.
2004- Former Yankee reserve catcher Gus Niarhos (1946, 1948-1950) passed away. (1920-2004). He was attending
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