On this day in Yankees history five years ago, another Yankees-Tigers-Diamondbacks three-team trade occurred, and the defending champions' lineup only grew stronger with the addition of home run threat Curtis Granderson. The slugging center fielder crushed 115 homers with a 120 OPS+ in four seasons, including 41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012. Not bad at all, Grandy Man!
On this day in Yankees history two years ago, a long-awaited deserving member of the Hall of Fame finally got his due. Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee on December 3, 2012. A beer distributor, Ruppert teamed Cap. Til Huston to buy the then-dismal Yanks for $480,000 in 1915, and by the time he passed away in 1945, his team of stars featuring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio playing at a new baseball cathedral, Yankee Stadium, had become the most famous team in the country with 10 World Series titles. Happy anniversary, Col. Huston!