3/23 & 3/24 in Yankee History
On the 23rd of March over the years…
2009: In what has become a regular rite of spring over the last few years, the Yankees reassign Kei Igawa to Minor League camp.
1974: The Yankees purchase outfielder Elliot Maddox from the Rangers for $60‚000. Maddox will prove to be a great defensive outfielder as well as hitting .303 over the ’74 campaign.
1972: The Yankee ownership agree in principle to continue playing in the Bronx.
Later this year, they will put it in writing by signing a
30-year lease contingent on renovations to be completed in time for
the 1976 season. Old-school Yankee fans point to this renovation as the
true end of the original ballpark, though younger fans point to the final
game in September 2008.
1952: Late ’30s Yankee pitcher Steve Sundra dies of cancer at the age of 41.
1944: George Scott, who played most of his career with the Red Sox and Brewers but finished his career with the ’79 Yankees as a free agent, is born. Happy 67th to the Boomer!
1941: Joe DiMaggio, a hold out and late arrival in spring training‚ plays his first Grapefruit League game.
…and on the 24th…
1996: The battle for the starting Yankee shortstop job in ’96 comes to an end when veteran Tony Fernandez fractures a bone in his right elbow in a game with the Astros. The injury gives Derek Jeter the
unexpected opportunity to start on a notoriously rookie-phobic Yankee team,
1983: Chad Gaudin is born. Happy 28th to a two-time Yankee who is now with the Nationals.
1937; Late ’60s Yankee backup catcher Bob Tillman is born. Tillman will be the player whom the Yanks give up in order to bring third baseman (and future iconic Braves manager) Bobby Cox from Atlanta to the Bronx.
1933: Babe Ruth signs his final Yankee contract. In an austerity move occasioned by the Depression times, he will take a considerable pay cut, agreeing to 2 years at $52,000 a year.