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This Day in Yankees History: YES Network makes its debut

YES Network has only gotten bigger and better since March 19, 2002.

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With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different 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 (March 19)

45 years ago

In a three-team trade involving the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees, pitcher Jim Perry goes from the Tigers to Indians, joining his brother, Gaylord Perry in Cleveland. Detroit also sent Ed Farmer to the Yankees, who sent Jerry Moses to Detroit, and Cleveland sent Rick Sawyer and Walt Williams to the Yankees. The 1974 season was the first year as teammates for the Perrys’ during their major league careers. None of the players the Yankees received made a major impact for them.

18 years ago

The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) makes its debut as a regional cable TV channel. The team-owned network still carries Yankees games, and has even expanded further as it now also covers the Brooklyn Nets, NYCFC, and the New York Liberty.

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Happy Birthday

We have two Yankees birthdays today: Clyde Engle and Fritz Brickell.

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We thank Baseball-Reference,, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.