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This Day in Yankees History: Yanks deal Sparky Lyle and Gary Sheffield

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On this day, the Yankees traded Sparky Lyle to the Rangers in 1978 and Gary Sheffield to the Tigers in 2006.

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Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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This Day in Yankees History (November 10)

42 years ago

In a major trade, the New York Yankees send former Cy Young Award winner Sparky Lyle, along with four players, to the Texas Rangers. In return, Texas packs up pitcher Dave Righetti and four players to the Yankees. Righetti, considered the top left-handed pitching prospect, will win Rookie of the Year honors in 1981.

14 years ago

The Tigers trade three pitching prospects, Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett, to the Yankees for Gary Sheffield. The deal, which includes a two-year, $28 million contract extension through 2009, reunites the outfield slugger with his 1997 World Series champion Marlins general manager (Dave Dombrowski) and field manager (Jim Leyland).

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Birthdays

Happy birthday to Kenny Rogers!

He pitched most of his career in a Texas Rangers uniform, but he did sport the pinstripes for a couple seasons from 1996-97. The southpaw appeared in 324 innings with a 5.11 ERA and captured a World Series victory with the Yankees in ‘96 (though he was not much help in the Fall Classic himself). After the ‘97 season, Rogers was traded to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later in Billy Beane’s first trade as general manager. That PTBNL turned out to be a pretty good one: ‘98 World Series MVP Scott Brosius.

In addition to being known for winning five Gold Glove Awards throughout his career, Rogers also threw the 14th perfect game in MLB history.

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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.