March 13 in Yankee History

  • “We Play Today; We Win Today” It’s rare that I would want to lead off with a salute to a player who spent years with the Dodgers (of all teams) and just a year and a half with the Yankees. But I make an exception for Mariano Duncan, who was born on March 13, 1963. The Yanks have had a great run, and they did in the seventies too, but among all those teams (even the ’78 team with the comeback), few would disagree that the Championship year that surprised most people, the one title fewest fans expected the team to win, was 1996. Obviously some guys played over their heads, and who did so more than Mr. Duncan, who hit .340, and who became famous for the saying that serves as today’s subtitle? Another Duncan claim to fame is that he and Luis Quinones of the Reds tied a major league record on August 3, 1989, by each coming to the plate three times in the same inning during a first-inning, 14-run outburst against the Astros. (The final was 18-2.) The Yanks signed Duncan as a free agent in December 1995, and traded him to the Blue Jays for minor leaguer Angel Ramirez in July 1997. Continue reading
  • March 11 in Yankee History

  • Johnny Mize and Rube Foster were elected to the Hall of Fame on March 11, 1981. Rube was a star pitcher, manager, and organizer in the Negro Leagues; Johnny finished his career as a part-time first baseman, super sub, and pinch hitter for the Yanks in 1949-1954. Mize was the World Series MVP in 1952, hitting .400 with three home runs in the seven-game series. He played for the Bombers five years, and earned five Championship rings. Continue reading
  • March 10 in Yankee History

  • The most recent and biggest baseball-related March 10 news for Yankee fans occurred in 1999, as it was that day it was announced that Joe Torre was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Yanks finished the spring and began the season under interim Manager Don Zimmer, as Joe took care of himself and, thankfully, got well. He returned to the team on May 10, in Boston. Continue reading
  • March 9 in Yankee History

  • The good times continued to roll in Tampa as the Yankees outlasted the visiting Rays, 4-3, on March 9, 2015, behind stellar pitching from Michael Pineda, Nate Eovaldi, David Carpenter, and Justin Wilson, but the best news of the day was two hits and an rbi from DH Alex Rodriguez and an rbi double from Greg Bird. Continue reading
  • March 8 in Yankee History

  • We felt privileged and lucky to be in Tampa on March 8, 1999, when we heard the sad news that Joe DiMaggio had passed on. Had we been home when we heard it, we would have had nowhere to turn, as the Ballpark in the Bronx was not up to speed yet. Things were handled in a pretty dignified manner at Legends Field, and a painting of Joe was placed in front of his number and plaque in the southern wing, if you will, of Monument Park. It made it easier to spend a moment honoring and remembering “the Greatest Living Ballplayer.” Continue reading
  • March 7 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees displayed some great pitching in George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on March 7, 2016, but the bats were lacking in a 1-0 loss to the Astros. Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, and Andrew Miller pitched six scoreless among them, but despite recording his signature two strike outs, Dellin Betances gave up the lone tally on back-to-back doubles in the seventh. Pinch hitter Chris Parmalee got the crowd amped with a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth, but died on base when Cesar Puello grounded into a game-ending double play. Continue reading