New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada signs a five-year contract with the club. Terms of the pact are not announced, but Posada was asking $7.75 million in arbitration, which would have made the 30-year-old the second best-paid catcher in MLB history.
1959 At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees win a pair from the visiting White Sox, winning the nitecap, 6 – 4, on Mickey Mantle’s homer. In game 1, Yankees veteran Enos Slaughter belts a pair of homers; at age 43, he is the oldest player this century to accomplish the feat. Carlton Fisk, a few months older, will top him in 1991.
Vic Raschi makes his first relief appearance in two years, limiting the Red Sox to three hits in four innings, as the Yankees win, 7 – 4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, keeping him out of action for three weeks, when Jim Piersall picks him up and lugs him off the field to break up Goody’s argument with umpire Jim…
Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees pitches a 14-inning, 1 – 0 shutout against the Washington Senators, giving up 8 hits while striking out 15. The Yankees win in the first half of the 14th inning on a Moose Skowron solo home run – the longest contest in MLB history ending 1 – 0 on a home run.
Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, suffering from a torn rotator cuff, is given his unconditional release by the New York Yankees. He compiled a 164-139 record and a 2.97 ERA as well as 40 shutouts in an eleven-season MLB career all with the Yankees.
Jerry Coleman, the San Diego broadcaster, is selected as the recipient of this year’s Ford C. Frick Award. The 80-year old play-by-play man, who was the MVP of the 1950 World Series, had spent 41 years in the booth working for the Yankees, Angels and Padres.
Free agent Reggie Jackson signs a four-year, nearly $4 million contract with the Angels, ending his five-year roller coaster ride with the Yankees. In 5 seasons as an Angel, Reggie belts 123 home runs, and has a memorable movie moment in “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”
1943 A wartime tone for the season is set when Red Ruffing, just months short of his 38th birthday, and minus four toes, is drafted into the Army Air Corp. The Hall of Fame hurler was 14-7 for the Yankees in 1942.
The Yankees fire long-time television and radio voice Mel Allen. The well-known broadcaster popularized the “going, going, gone” home run call and was known for his catchphrase “how about that” in reaction to happenings on the ball field.