3/23 & 3/24 in Yankee History

On the 23rd of March over the  years…

2012: Joba Chamberlain dislocates his ankle  while playing on a trampoline with his son. Already recovering from Tommy John surgery, he  undergoes  an emergency operation for an open dislocation. Doctors report that he lost so much blood that there was concern for his life and that he will need to stay hopitalised for several days. The injury precludes any return this year, and there is speculation as to whether or not it will be career-ending

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2009: In what became a regular rite of spring during the Japanese lefty’s troubled tenure with the team, the Yankees reassign Kei Igawa to Minor League camp.

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1990:  Gambler Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from George Steinbrenner, who paid Spira $40,000 in January to dig up dirt on Dave Winfield. (Spira is shown holding of the cheque that he received from the Boss).  MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent  will suspend Steinbrenner because of his relationship with the unsavory character.

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1988: Dellin Betances is born. Happy 26th, DB ~ hope to see more of you in the Bronx this year!

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/betande01.shtml

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.

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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 refer to the final home game of the 2008 season.

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1952: Late ’30s Yankee pitcher Steve Sundra dies of cancer at the age of 41.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sundrst01.shtml

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 70th to the Boomer!

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scottge02.shtml

1941: Joe DiMaggio, a hold out and late arrival in spring training‚ plays his first Grapefruit League game of the year.

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..and on the 24th…

2010: Former Cy Young Award winner and member of the 1996 Yankees Championship team Dwight Gooden is back in trouble with the law. He faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident, after a 9 AM crash in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Gooden’s problems with substance abuse in the ’80s and ’90s were well-publicized, but he had apparently turned his life around in recent years, serving as a senior vice-president of the Atlantic league’s Newark Bears until last November.

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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,

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1983: Chad Gaudin is born. Happy 31st to a two-time Yankee who is now a free agent.

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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.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tillmbo01.shtml

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.

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