3/25 & 3/26 in Yankee History
On the 25th of March over the years…
2012: The Brewers send outfielder Chris Dickerson to the Yankees in return for pitcher Sergio Mitre, who is expected to take the place of the injured Zack Greinke in the Brewers’ rotation when the season begins. Dickerson serves as insurance for the Yanks, who are concerned over a rib injury to starting center fielder Curtis Granderson, but unfortunately, he will pull a muscle in his first game for his new team. Mitre’s departure means that three pitchers are now competing for the last two spots in the Yanks’ starting rotation ~ rookie Ivan Nova, and veterans Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. They also sign veteran hurler Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract as further insurance in case the trio fail to perform up to expectations, but his services will not be required as all three will prove up to the task.
2010: The Yanks release pitcher Chad Gaudin, who was competing for the team’s fifth starter position, and, failing that, was expected to make the staff as a long reliever. Phil Hughes, who shone as a set-up man in 2009, is announced as the winner of the fifth starter competition, while Joba Chamberlain. Gaudin will sign a minor league deal with Oakland on March 28th.
2004: The Yankees ship infielder Mike Lamb to the Astros in exchange for pitcher Juan DeLeon. Lamb had originally been acquired to compete for the starting job at third base after Aaron Boone damaged his knee in a pickup basketball game, but became trade bait once Alex Rodriguez was signed.
1955: Lee Mazzilli, who spent one season with the Yankees before going on to serve with the team as a first base coach after his playing days, is born. Happy 58th, Mazz!
1937: Babe Ruth signs an endorsement deal with Quaker Oats worth $25,000 annually.
1920: In a spring training match between the Yankees and Dodgers‚ a sweeping inside curve ball by Brooklyn’s Jeff Pfeffer beans Chick Fewster, striking the Yankee shortstop behind the ear and flattening him. Fewster comes to 10 minutes later but soon loses the ability to speak. Taken to the hospital with a skull fracture and a blood clot on the brain‚ Fewster will recover slowly and return to play in mid-season.
…and on the 26th:
2005: Robinson Cano is reassigned to minor league camp and appears destined for another year in AAA.
Marius Russo, pitcher for three Yankees championship teams in the late ’30s and early ’40s, dies at the age of 91.
1968: Jose Vizcaino is born. Happy 45th to the man who delivered the game-winning hit in game 1 of the 2000 World Series!
1952: The Yankees sell future longtime MLB manager Gene Mauch to the Cardinals.
1951: In an exhibition game at USC‚ rookie sensation Mickey Mantle launches a homer that travels an estimated 660 feet. The shot clears Bovard Field and then goes the width of a practice football field before landing. The Mick has two homers‚ a bases loaded triple‚ and 7 RBI on the day as the Yanks flunk the Trojans 15-1.
1937: Joe DiMaggio tells the Sporting News that he is going to take Ty Cobb’s advice to use a 36- or 37-oz. bat rather than the 40-ouncer he had been swinging. Joe will hit .346 this year, and his 46 homers will be his highest season total in the bigs.
1936: Red Ruffing ends a holdout by signing with the Yankees for $12,000 this year.
1935: The Yankees acquire Pat Malone from the Cubs. Working out of the bullpen, the former Chicago ace will go 19-13 with 18 saves over the next three seasons, picking up three World Series rings in the process.