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Category Archives: This Day In Yankees History
December 21, 1995 - After hearing of an offer from the Baltimore Orioles, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner decides to stop fooling around with righty David Cone and signs him for 3-years and $18 million. The deal couldn't have worked out better for the Yankees especially considering the fact that Cone missed most of '96 with an ...
December 18, 2007 - Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens denies having used steroids in a statement released through his attorney, Randy Hendricks. In the Mitchell Report his former trainer Brian McNamee admitted to injecting Clemens with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times while he was a member of the Blue Jays ...
December 15, 1980 - Continuing his trend of signing the biggest free agent stars on the market, George Steinbrenner and the Yankees make Dave Winfield the richest player in baseball when they signed him to a deal that ended up being worth $23 million over 10 years. Initially happy with the deal, Steinbrenner grew furious with ...
December 14, 1985 - Former Yankee outfielder Roger Maris dies of lymphatic cancer in Houston at the age of 51. Maris played seven seasons with the Yankees from 1960 until 1966 and won two World Series in '61 and '62. He is most famous for breaking Babe Ruth's single season home run record with 61 in ...
December 13, 2001 - In a move that would perhaps be an omen for the next seven years, the Yankees signed Jason Giambi to a seven-year $120 million deal. The slow footed, overpaid, and soon to be outed steroid user would come to be the embodiment of what went wrong with the team over this ...
December 11, 1951 - 58 years ago on this day, The Yankee Clipper, Joltin Joe DiMaggio, officially retires from Major League Baseball after a legendary 13-year career that sees him play in 1,736 games. In those 13 years, DiMaggio won nine World Series titles (1936, '37, '38, '39, '41, '47, '49, '50, '51), played in 13 ...
December 10, 2008 - The Yankees added a big piece to their eventually 2009 World Series run when they signed CC Sabathia to a 7-year $161 million deal. Sabathia finished forth in the Cy Young voting in his first year and lead the Yankees to glory when he pitched and beat the Twins once in ...
December 8, 2008 - the Hall of Fame veterans committee gets something right when they elect former Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon into Cooperstown. Gordon played on the Yankees for seven seasons from 1938-1946 taking a break in the middle to fight in WWII. He helped to win four World Series with the Yankees in '38, ...
December 7, 1973 - The Yankees traded pitcher Lindy McDaniel, who had gone 12-6 with a 2.86 ERA in 1973, to the Royals in exchange for outfielder Lou Piniella and pitcher Ken Wright. Wright only pitched 5.2 innings in total with the Yankees in 1974, but Lou Piniella went on to play for the Yankees for ...
December 5, 1984 - The Yankees trade for future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson as they send five players, pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, outfielder Stan Javier, and minor leaguer pitchers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk, to Athletics. Henderson spend four and a half seasons as a Yankee and despite being labeled as lazy he ...