Author Archives: Mike Sommer

Classic Yankees: Clete Boyer

He had one brother that could hit, won an MVP award, got HOF consideration and who had his number retired. He also had another brother who pitched in the majors. He was one of fourteen children. When he became a … Continue reading

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Classic Yankees: Red Rolfe

Before Graig Nettles, before A-Rod, the general consensus was that Robert Abial “Red” Rolfe was the best Yankees third baseman ever. Rolfe, a lefty hitter who wore #2, came up to the Yanks in 1931 for one game at shortstop. … Continue reading

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Classic Yankees: Johnny Sain

Spahn and Sain and pray for rain… Although Johnny Sain is famous for that phrase associated with the 1948 Boston Braves, he also made a considerable impact on the Yankees, both as a player and as a coach. In 1942, … Continue reading

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Classic Yankees: Dave Righetti

In the most previous Classic Yankees, I wrote about Luis Arroyo and Joe Page, two Yankees who at one time held the single season saves record (Page set it in 1949, it was tied in 1953, Arroyo broke it in … Continue reading

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