3/21 & 3/22 in Yankee History

On the 21st of March down through the decades…

2009: The Yankees option six righthanders the Yankees to AAA, AA or Minor League camp. Anthony Claggett, Phil Hughes and Sergio Mitre will pitch the big-league team this year, while Steven jackson, Humberto Sanchez and Jason Johnson will not.

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2001: The Yankees reobtain third base prospect Drew Henson‚ along with outfielder Michael Coleman, from the Reds for hot outfield prospect Wily Mo Pena and cash. Henson agrees to a 6-year $17 million dollar contract that calls for him to leave the University of Michigan football program and to bypass the NFL. The 21-year-old Henson‚ a QB‚ had been projected as a #1 draft choice. Henson will break his hand in April and be out of action till June 14.

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1986: The Yankees announce that their most heralded off-season acquisition‚ 26-year-old pitcher Britt Burns‚ will not pitch at all this season because of a chronic deteriorating hip condition.

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936: Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training record to 12-for-20‚ in an 11-2 Yankee victory over the Boston Braves. Before the next game is played‚ the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn is severe enough to end his spring training and delay his ML regular season debut until May.

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1897: ‘Broadway’ Bill Lamar, backup outfielder for the Yankees in 1917-18, is born.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Bill_Lamar

1892: Bill Stumpf, all-purpose bench player for the 1912 Highlanders and 1913 Yankees, is born.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stumpbi01.shtml

…and on the 22nd…

1992:  George Steinbrenner’s son in law Joseph A. Molloy is elected a general partner in the yankee organization. Molloy will remain a prominent figure in the Bomber boardroom until his divorce from Jessica Steinbrenner in 1997.

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At Sotheby’s in New York,  a 1952 Topps card of Mickey Mantle is auctioned off for $49‚500‚ tripling the pre-auction estimate‚ while a baseball‚ signed by 12 players (including Babe Ruth)  at the 1939 Hall of Fame induction ceremony‚ sells for $20‚900.

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1972: One of the greatest trades in Yankee history goes through, as New York send 1B/OF Danny Cater to the Red Sox for relief pitcher Sparky Lyle. In 7 seasons with the Yanks‚ Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA‚ win a Cy Young award‚ and help the team to 3 pennants and two Championships. The deal is completed when the Yanks toss in backup shortstop Mario Guerrero.

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Also on this day, Cory Lidle is born. R.I.P.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lidleco01.shtml/

 

1965: Glenallen Hill, part-time DH for the 2000 Championship team, is born. Happy 49th, GH!

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hillgl01.shtml

1960: Early ’30s Yankee pitcher Gordon Rhodes dies at the age of 52.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rhodego01.shtml

 

1931: American League founder and first president Ban Johnson dies at the age of 67. Although his relationship with the Yankee ownership was sometimes strained over the years, Johnson spearheaded the effort to bring an American League team to New York to compete with the Giants, resulting in the Baltimore Orioles’ move to Gotham in 1903 to become the NY Highlanders.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Johnson

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