Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. The New Year is upon us, and the winter hot stove continues to percolate. 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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86 Years Ago
A group headed by NFL Brooklyn Dodgers owner Dan Topping, league exec Larry MacPhail, and real estate magnate Del Webb purchase the Yankees from former owner Jacob Ruppert’s estate, for the relatively paltry sum of $2.8 million. MacPhail would be forced out of the group after the 1947 World Series, when MacPhail reportedly turned off his fellow co-owners with unruly behavior. Webb and Topping would go on to own the team through 1964, overseeing the most successful era of baseball in Yankee history. The team won 15 pennants and 10 World Series. The pair then sold the team to CBS in 1964, and in 1973, George Steinbrenner would finally purchase the team.
13 Years Ago
In a move that was odd at the time for the Yankees, but ultimately extremely savvy, the Yankees sign Robinson Canó to an extension before he hits arbitration. The two sides agree to a deal that could be worth up to $55 million over six years, if all options are picked up. The Yankees, of course, picked up both team options at the end of Canó’s deal, as the second baseman ended up developing into a superstar. Across those final six years in pinstripes, Canó made four All-Star teams, earned MVP votes five times, and accumulated 27 WAR.
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Today is the 65th birthday of pitcher Dale Mohorcic. The right-hander played for the 1988 and 1989 Yankees, holding a 90 ERA+ in 80.1 innings. It also would have been the birthday of a pair of old-time players. Les Nunanaker was born 132 years ago today, and played for the Yankees from 1914 to 1917. He posted a 98 OPS+ over that span, and ended his career with nearly 12 WAR. Fred Glade was born 145 years ago today. He pitched just one year for the Yankees, in 1908, going 0-4 in five starts with a 59 ERA+.
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We thank Baseball Reference, and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.