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Dazzy Vance

Dazzy Vance (Baseball.  Born, Orient, IA, Mar. 4, 1891; died, Homosassa Springs, FL, Feb. 16, 1961.)  Given up on by the Yankees, Clarence Arthur Vance became a Brooklyn legend and nearly pitched the Dodgers to the 1924 pennant.  After being 0-4 with Pittsburgh and the Yankees (1915, 1918) and knocking around the minors, Vance was […]

Joe Torre

Joe Torre (Baseball.  Born Brooklyn, NY, July 18, 1940.) On November 2, 1995, Joseph Paul Torre became the 31st field manager of the Yankees and, within less than a year, he was only the eighth to manage the team to a World Series championship. The Yankees won four World Series and six A.L. pennants in his […]

Jacob Ruppert

Jacob Ruppert (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 5, 1867; died, New York, NY, Jan. 13, 1939.)  Col. Jacob Ruppert was a sportsman of many parts, maintaining a racing stable and a dog kennel, but gained his fame for being the man whose money and vision built the Yankees into the dominant force in New […]

Red Ruffing

Red Ruffing (Baseball.  Born, Granville, IL, May 5, 1904; died, Mayfield Heights, OH, Feb. 17, 1986.)  Another pitcher who traveled the well-worn road from Boston to New York, Charles Herbert Ruffing was traded to the Yankees by the Red Sox May 6, 1930, for outfielder Cedric Durst.  Ruffing promptly became one of the mainstays of […]

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, July 27, 1975.)  On Feb. 17, 2004, the Yankees announced what was viewed at the time by most observers as the most significant trade in the major leagues in nearly 85 years – the acquisition of Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez.  Not since the same team acquired Babe Ruth (q.v.) […]

Dave Righetti

Dave Righetti (Baseball.  Born, San Jose, CA, Nov. 28, 1958.)  A tall (6’4”) lefthander, David Allen Righetti pitched the Yankees’ first regular-season no-hitter in 32 years (in 1983) and then became a dominant closer.  Righetti joined the Yankees in 1979, getting a no-decision on “Catfish Hunter Day” at Yankee Stadium, and was 0-1 in three […]

Arthur Richman

Arthur Richman (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 21, 1926; died, New York, NY, March 25, 2009.)  A sportswriter with the Daily Mirror for the last two decades of the paper’s existence, Arthur Sherman Richman then became an executive with the Mets and, later, the Yankees.  Richman’s career in New York sports spans more than […]

Allie Reynolds

Allie Reynolds (Baseball.  Born, Bethany, OK, Feb. 10, 1915; died, Oklahoma City, OK, Dec. 27, 1994.)  One of the great money pitchers of his era, Allie Pierce Reynolds appeared in 15 World Series games for the Yankees. He had a 7-2 record with a 2.79 e.r.a. and four saves.  Among those saves was a memorable […]

Vic Raschi

Vic Raschi (Baseball.  Born, West Springfield, MA, Mar. 28, 1919; died, Groveland, NY, Oct. 14, 1988.)  A hard-throwing righthander whom Mel Allen called “the Springfield Rifle,” Victor John Angelo Raschi was a 21-game winner three straight years (1949-51).  Raschi began his minor league career in 1941 but began to hit his stride after three years […]

Snuffy Stirnweiss

Snuffy Stirnweiss (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 1919; died, Newark Bay, NJ, Sept. 15, 1958.)  Even though he hit .264 and .270 in his two full seasons at Newark of the International League, George Henry Stirnweiss wasn’t draft-eligible.  Stirnweiss thus became the Yankees’ regular second baseman during World War II.  Against that watered-down competition, […]

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