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 a few key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
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This Day in Yankees History (May 5)
90 years ago
The Red Sox traded Red Ruffing to the Yankees for $50,000 and Cedric Durst. Ruffing would go on to play 15 season with New York, including six All-Star seasons and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1967. On the other hand, Durst hit .245 in 102 games during his only season in Boston.
43 years ago
The Yankees acquired shortstop Bucky Dent from the White Sox in exchange for Oscar Gamble, LaMarr Hoyt, Bob Polinsky and an estimated $200,000. Dent solidified New York’s middle infield and helped the Yankees reach the World Series in both 1977 and 1978, especially counting his go-ahead three-run home run in the AL East playoff game in Boston.
25 years ago
The Yankees traded Fernando Seguignol and cash to the Montreal Expos for closer John Wetteland. Wetteland would help the Yankees to their World Series victory in 1996 as he played a key role in the team’s run and took home the World Series MVP award that year.
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Happy birthday to Bob Cerv and Hideki Irabu!
Cerv played nine seasons for New York, slashing a .266/.350/.444 in 379 games.
Irabu pitched three seasons in pinstripes from 1997-1999. He recorded a 4.80 ERA in 395.2 innings. He won two championships with the team.
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We thank Baseball-Reference, Nationalpastime.com, and FanGraphs for providing background information for these posts.