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Hey, remember when the Yankees signed Hiroki Kuroda, which prompted questions about whether he could handle the American League? It was a legitimate concern. I recall years ago Lou Piniella telling me to beware of the records of pitchers on teams from southern California.
“The ball doesn’t carry well in night games in Los Angeles and San Diego,” Sweet Lou said. “A lot of those guys go elsewhere and their good numbers don’t transfer well.”
Kuroda was only so-so in his four seasons with the Dodgers, a 41-46 record despite a 3.45 ERA, so it was fair to wonder how he would do in a league that has an extra hitter in the lineup and in a division – the AL East – that has hitter-friendly venues and some dangerous lineups.
Is anyone questioning Kuroda now? Probably not even Piniella.
The Japanese righthander may have been the Yankees’ most reliable pitcher last year and has been their top starter this season as well. Kuroda improved his 2013 record to 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA Sunday in the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over the Royals. After the Yankees overcame a 1-0, first-inning deficit with a three-run third powered by a two-run home run by Robinson Cano and a solo shot by Vernon Wells in successive at-bats off Kansas City starter Ervin Santana, Kuroda did not allow another run until the eighth, his last inning.
It was not an overpowering outing by Kuroda, who had only one strikeout, but it was no less formidable. Kuroda got 16 outs in the infield and kept the Royals hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position. KC would make it 0-for-4 in the eighth when David Robertson retired Billy Butler on a fly to center stranding a runner on second base.
Kuroda is now 21-13 with a 3.13 ERA during his time with the Yankees. His adjustment to the AL has been extraordinary.
The Yankees’ sweep of the Royals ran their winning streak to five games heading into a makeup doubleheader Monday at Cleveland. It was a far more pleasant experience at Kauffman Stadium this year than last for Mariano Rivera, who was honored by the Royals in a pre-game ceremony featuring Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett. Rivera, who tore up his left knee in KC last May, earned his 15th save in 15 opportunities this season and his 29th in a row against the Royals. Mo was 37-for-39 in save chances against them in his career.
In addition to his ninth home run, Wells had two other hits, both singles, and a stolen base. Wells has had a strong trip, batting .360 with three home runs and seven RBI in 25 at-bats and overall is hitting .295 with 20 RBI. With Curtis Granderson close to returning to active duty with the Yanks, Wells promises to give manager Joe Girardi some headaches trying to figure out how his outfield will look on a daily basis.
Considering all the difficulty Girardi has had dealing with an abundance of Yankees injuries, he probably won’t mind that challenge.
Lee MacPhail, whose ties to the Yankees go back more than 60 years, died Thursday night of natural causes at his home in Delray Beach, Fla., two weeks after his 95th birthday. MacPhail had been the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a distinction that belongs now to former Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr, 94.
Born Oct. 25, 1917 in Nashville, Tenn., Lee MacPhail was the son of another Hall of Fame executive, Larry MacPhail. They are the only father-son combination in Cooperstown. Lee followed in his father’s footsteps by serving as a front office executive in baseball for 45 years.
“Baseball history has lost a great figure in Lee MacPhail, whose significant impact on the game spanned five decades,” Hall of Fame board chairman Jane Forbes Clark said. “As a Hall of Fame executive, Lee developed one of the game’s strongest farm systems for the New York Yankees before serving as American League president for 10 years. He will always be remembered in Cooperstown as a man of exemplary kindness and a man who always looked after the best interests of the game.”
MacPhail began his career with the Yankees in 1949. He served as farm director and player personnel director for 10 years and built a system that resulted in the team winning nine AL pennants and seven World Series championships during his tenure.
“Lee MacPhail was a good man, and I had a great relationship with him for many, many years,” Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford said. “I was pleased to see him elected to the Hall of Fame because he was so talented at building winners. As farm director, he was integral in maintaining the Yankees’ championship run.”
MacPhail left the Yankees in 1959 to become general manager of the Orioles. In Baltimore, he laid the groundwork for the 1966 World Series championship squad that began a decade-long stretch of success for that franchise.
In 1965, MacPhail became the chief administrative assistant to newly-elected commissioner William Eckert. After being named Executive of the Year in 1966 by The Sporting News, MacPhail returned to the Yankees as general manager and served in that capacity from 1967 to 1973 before being elected president of the AL.
From 1974 to 1983, MacPhail oversaw expansion in Toronto and Seattle, helped develop the designated hitter rule and ruled on George Brett’s famous pine tar home run in 1983. MacPhail was not popular with Yankees fans for that decision which upheld Brett’s home run. Principal owner George Steinbrenner felt strongly that Brett had broken baseball’s rule for how much pine tar could be used on a bat, but MacPhail ruled that the spirit of the rule was violated by negating the home run. The incident still causes debates today nearly 30 years later.
MacPhail resigned after the 1983 season but continued his work in baseball as the president of Major League Baseball’s Player Relations Committee. He was elected to the Hall of Fame’s board of directors in 1974, making him the longest-tenured member of the current board, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998 by the Veterans Committee.
“Lee was one of the nicest, most considerate general managers I ever dealt with,” Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick said. “And as president of the American League, he was one of the most professional individuals with whom I have ever worked.”
No services are planned at this time. A memorial will be held at a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the MacPhail family has asked that donations in his memory be made to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Here is the reading on Lee MacPhail’s Hall of Fame plaque:
Leland Stanford MacPhail Jr.
One of the leading executives in baseball history, his name is synonymous with integrity and sportsmanship. As farm director and player personnel director of the Yankees (1949-58), helped build a system which yielded seven world championships. As Orioles general manager (1959-65), helped lay the groundwork for one of the game’s most consistently successful franchises; and he later rejoined the Yankees in the same capacity. Served admirably as American League president (1974-83) before concluding his 45-year career as president of the Player Relations Committee. He and his father Larry form the first father son tandem in the Hall of Fame.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bernie Williams’ first experience as a manager was bitter, to say the least. The former Yankees center fielder was the skipper for the World Team in the All-Star Futures Games Sunday at Kauffman Stadium that blew a 4-0 lead and got slammed, 17-5, by the U.S. Team that was managed by Hall of Fame third baseman and Kansas City icon George Brett.
Typical of Brett, who haunted the Yankees throughout his career in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, he stepped it up against an opponent who played his entire career for the Yankees.
“I wanted us to step on their throats,” Brett said, “and we did.”
Brett has his tongue wedged deeply in his cheek but couldn’t help being excited about winning a game in the city where he played his whole career for a Royals team which he still serves as a special adviser.
As for Williams, well, he would just as soon get back to his guitar, although he does not rule out the possibility of managing in the future.
“It is something that I might consider because it is a great mental challenge,” he said. “It is kind of intriguing at this point for me.”
Former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams will be back in baseball action during All-Star Game Week when he will serve as manager of the World Team against Hall of Famer George Brett, who will manage the U.S. Team, in the Futures Game July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, two days before the All-Star Game.
“I am very excited to be managing the World Team in the Futures Game,” Williams said. “This game has grown in stature so much through the years, and it is remarkable how many of the young men who have played and starred in this game have become stars in the game today. That will be the case with hopefully many of the players I will have the honor of managing in Kansas City.”
Williams was a member of four World Series-winning teams in his 16-season career with the Yankees. The Puerto Rico native was a four-time Gold Glove Award winner and has more RBI (80) than any player in postseason history.
The Royals have not been the host club for an All-Star Game since 1973, which was the same year that Brett made his major league debut. The former third baseman won three batting titles in three separate decades and ranks 16th on the all-time hits list (3,154). Brett, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, has spent 19 seasons as KC’s vice president of baseball operations.
Brett, a 13-time All-Star, also managed the Futures Game in 2005, and said last month that he’s looking forward to being a part of the All-Star Game again.
“I’m excited to share the city and stadium I love with today’s All-Stars and baseball fans around the world,” said Brett, who played in 13 All-Star Games. “It’s an honor to be a part once again of the Midsummer Classic and baseball’s special celebration.”
The switch-hitting Williams batted .297 with 287 home runs. He won won the American League batting title with a .339 mark in 1998. Williams has not managed at any level. He said that he played for two of the best in Joe Torre and Buck Showalter. Torre even let Williams manage one game down the stretch as part of a tradition in which he allowed players to sit in his seat.
“I got to help make out the lineup and go to the mound and make the pitching changes, and make some decisions like to hit and run or lay down a bunt,” Bernie said. “It was a lot of fun, but I also saw how hard it was to manage, where you have to be following every pitch, but also thinking ahead a couple of innings and worrying about every player on the other bench. So, I have a great appreciation of what it takes to manage every single day.”
Brett and Williams will have plenty of help from experienced coaches. Brett will be assisted by minor-league Duane Espy, Tony Franklin, Mike Jirschele and Jim Pankovits. The pitching coach for the U.S. team will be Tom Filer, who works in that capacity for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Williams will have minor-league managers Arnie Beyeler, Steve Buechele, Darren Bush and Turner Ward on his staff, along with Double A Akron hitting coach Rouglas Odor and Triple A Columbus pitching coach Ruben Niebla.
Williams has said that he may consider managing at some point in the future, but for now he is busy pursuing his musical passions as both a touring and recording guitarist. The Futures Game, a one-day celebration of the game’s coming generation, provided an opportunity to get back into the game.
“Being from Puerto Rico, I have a special appreciation how the game of baseball has grown to truly be a global game,” he said. “I know I will have the honor of managing players from many different countries. What really made me want to do this was after being invited, I was told that the players who will be playing in this game grew up following players like me in my era. While it makes me feel old, it also brought a smile to my face. This is a great showcase of the stars of tomorrow, and I am just thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to spending a couple of days with these kids.”
Derek Jeter continues to pass Hall of Famers as he climbs up the all-time hits list. The Captain’s leadoff single Sunday at Oakland was career hit No. 3,155 as he jumped past George Brett to take over 14th place.
Brett issued a statement, which was not only congratulatory and appreciate of Jeter’s standing but also somewhat somberly reflective of his own.
“I’m always kind of bummed out when guys pass you because you had your own place in the records book for a while, and I had that one there for a while,” he said. “But a guy like Derek comes around and passes you, really, I think it all depends on the type of person that did it. I have the upmost respect for him.
“I’ve only met him one time, very briefly, but for a guy to play as long as he has in New York, and I’ve never heard one bad thing said about the guy, he’s definitely a team player, he’s a clutch player. He has been the backbone of this organization for a long, long time and when a guy like that passes you, I’d like to shake his hand and look him in the eye and say congratulations.”
That is a major compliment from Brett, whose heyday with the Royals was back in the 1970s and ‘80s when they were as fierce a rival of the Yankees as the Red Sox in any era. They faced each other in four of five American League Championship Series from 1976-80 with the Yanks taking the pennant three times.
I have come to know George very well from our time together at the annual induction weekend at Cooperstown, and I know his feelings about Jeter and his close pal, Jorge Posada, are genuine. At the same time, there was a sense from Brett that falling down that list is tough to take. I think we can all understand that.
I remember when I covered mostly National League ball in the 1980s, and it seemed that Pete Rose was breaking one of Stan Musial’s records every year. Musial was always gracious in his comments about Rose, yet there was a tinge of remorse when Rose replaced “The Man” as the player with the most hits in NL history.
Stan took his time giving his thoughts that night and said to writers, “I know records are meant to be broken, guys, but I must admit that I really liked this one.”
It is becoming clear by now that the Yankees hit rock bottom with that embarrassing, 6-0 loss to the Royals in the rain Monday night at Yankee Stadium following a series when they lost two of three games to the Reds. The Yankees’ failure with runners in scoring position was an issue that simply would not go away.
That sure seems like a long time ago now, doesn’t it? The Yankees haven’t lost since, stringing together four victories for only the second time this year. The other time was the first week of the season when they swept a three-game set at Baltimore and won the home opener against the Angels.
Several hitters that Yankees fans were worried about have broken out during the winning streak, none more so than Mark Teixeira, who may finally be over the bronchial condition that lingered for a month and appeared to sap much of his strength. Tex wasn’t kidding when he told reporters earlier this week that he is going to start swinging for the fences. He has three home runs and seven RBI over the past four games while going 7-for-15 (.467) to get his batting average to a respectable .248 and out of the dreary .220s. Saturday’s 4-for-5 performance in the Yankees’ 9-2 victory over the Athletics included two homers and five RBI.
Robinson Cano didn’t sit around and gloat after becoming the third Yankees second baseman to reach the 150-homer plateau Friday night, joining Tony Lazzeri (169) and Joe Gordon (153), a couple of Hall of Famers. Nice company that, but Cano wasted no time getting to No. 151 with a solo shot leading off the second inning Saturday to begin the Yankees’ assault on ex-teammate Bartolo Colon. Cano has 5-for-15 (.333) with three homers and four RBI in the winning streak.
Alex Rodriguez, who contributed a sacrifice fly Saturday, has 5-for-16 (.313) with two homers, four RBI and two stolen bases over the past four games. Nick Swisher has also shown signs of working out of a May-long slump during the winning streak with 4-for-14 (.286), two doubles, one homer and two RBI.
The Yanks made it a long afternoon for Colon, who did such a splendid job for them last year, by knocking him around for six earned runs and nine hits in six innings. Two of the hits were by Derek Jeter, who tied George Brett for 14th place on the career list with 3,154. DJ is 30 hits shy of 13th place where sits one of his idols, Cal Ripken Jr. In fact, if the Captain can get another 130 hits this year, which is not out of the question, he might move into the all-time top 10 by passing Willie Mays (3,283). How rarified would that air be?
Saturday’s offensive explosion by the Yankees was more than enough support for CC Sabathia, who evened his career record against the A’s to 8-8. That was important to CC. He grew up in nearby Vallejo, Calif., where the local high school named its baseball facility after him this past off-season. Despite the reputation of Oakland’s O.co Coliseum (I wish they’d stop changing the name of that place) as a pitcher’s yard, Sabathia has struggled there but with Saturday’s victory is within a game of .500 for his career there at 4-5.
CC has a reputation as well; that of a staff ace that can be counted on to end losing streaks and extending winning streaks. He was touched for a first-inning run on a two-out single by Jonny Gomes and a solo homer by Josh Reddick leading off the third. Sabathia allowed only two hits and a walk after that through the seventh and watched his teammates keep piling on.
The Coliseum poses few problems to most of the current Yankees. They have won eight in a row there, 12 of their past 13 games and 23 of 32 since the start of 2004. They might never want to leave.
The Yankees could not have picked a better way to end the homestand Wednesday night before departing for an 11-day, 9-game trip to Oakland, Anaheim and Detroit. Plane rides, especially those to the West Coast, seem to go a lot smoother after a satisfying victory.
The $2.5 million contract the Yankees gave Andy Pettitte is looking like one terrific bargain as the lefthander continued to look like a pitcher who never went away in maintaining his career dominance over the Royals. The Yankees’ 8-3 victory improved Pettitte’s lifetime mark against Kansas City to 14-3, including 6-1 at Yankee Stadium.
For the second straight game, Pettitte pitched into the eighth inning. After allowing a leadoff walk to Alex Gordon, Pettitte came out of the game and once again was accorded a thunderous ovation, this time from a Stadium crowd of 40,407. He earned every bit of the applause by limiting the Royals to two runs on solo homers by Billy Butler and Mitch Maier over the seven-plus innings. The walk to Gordon was the only one yielded by Pettitte, who had eight strikeouts and improved his record to 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA.
“I think he actually pitched better than the numbers indicated,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Three of the hits off him were in the infield. His slider was outstanding.”
While not all the Yankee broke out of their hitting doldrums, Alex Rodriguez sure did with a pair of impressive home runs that helped spoil the major-league debut of lefthander Will Smith, who was also taken deep by Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira, who moved up to the third spot in the batting order, walked three times, driving in one run, and scored twice.
The Yankees still did not light up the sky with runners in scoring position (1-for-6), but they took advantage of wildness by KC pitchers, who combined to walk seven batters and hit two. All those walks were a positive sign because the Yanks got back to taking pitchers into deep counts.
They scored three runs in the fifth despite only one hit, a bunt single by Derek Jeter. It was one of three hits for Jeter, the last of which was career No. 3,152, which ties him with Hall of Famer Paul Waner for 15th place on the all-time list. No. 14 at 3,154 is another Hall of Famer, George Brett, who was in town with the Royals this week.
Considering how low the Yankees’ spirits were Monday night after the 6-0 loss dropped them to .500, coming back the next two nights was precisely the tonic they needed.
The Yankees slushed their way through the rain for an 8-5 victory Monday night in Baltimore that dropped the Orioles into a first-place tie with the Rays in the tightly-bunched American League East where the Bombers are only 1 ½ games out of first. It was a painful triumph, however.
Starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who had an uneven outing, took a hot shot off his right foot on a single by Nick Markakis in the third inning and had to come out of the game one out in the sixth after spraining his right ankle while fielding a chopper by Wilson Betemit. X-rays were negative, which is a positive sign but Nova was definitely in pain and is not definite to make his next start.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game that David Robertson has been bothered by a sore left ribcage, which is why Rafael Soriano closed out the game and chalked up his second save. Robertson will undergo tests Tuesday.
Left fielder Raul Ibanez also had to come out of the game in the ninth inning when he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Orioles lefthander Dana Eveland.
The obvious replacement if Nova needs to be skipped in the rotation would be David Phelps, who earned his first major-league victory as part of an ensemble bullpen effort from five relievers who combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits but no walks and six strikeouts.
Another positive combination came from 3-4-5 hitters as Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira teamed up to go 7-for-14 with 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBI and 7 runs. The doubles were by Cano and Teixeira, and the homer was by Teixeira, who really needed it. Girardi has been facing questions recently about whether Tex should be buried deeper down the lineup. There were no such questions Monday night.
For the second straight game, Derek Jeter passed a Hall of Famer on the career hit list and grounded into two double plays (although replays of the second twin killing indicated he was really safe). The Captain’s third-inning single was career hit No. 3,143, breaking a tie with Robin Yount to put him in 16th place alone, nine hits behind No. 15 Paul Waner and 11 back of No. 14 George Brett.
Curtis Granderson, who played in his 1,000th game Sunday, homered in his 1,001st game. The center fielder’s 12th home run of the season was his second this year at Camden Yards. The other 10 have all been at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are 4-0 at Camden Yards this season.
The Yankees have 10 players on their roster, including the disabled list, who have played in more than 1,000 games. In addition to Granderson, the others are Jeter, Rodriguez, Ibanez, Teixeira, Cano, Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, Nick Swisher and Mariano Rivera). That is the most since 2009 when the Dodgers had 11 players with 1,000 or more games.
The good news is that the Yankees will have six players on the American League roster, four in the starting lineup, for the All-Star Game July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The bad news is that several deserving players from the Yankees will not be making the trip next week to Arizona.
Let’s start with the positive. The Yankees will make up three-quarters of the AL starting infield for the third time in franchise history with second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter.
The only other time the Yankees had three infielders elected to the starting unit was for the 2004 game at Minute Maid Park in Houston with Rodriguez, Jeter and first baseman Jason Giambi.
The Yankees also had three starting infielders in 1980 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, but only one – shortstop Bucky Dent – had been elected by the fans. Graig Nettles started at third base as a replacement for injured George Brett of the Royals. The Brewers’ Paul Molitor was voted the starter at second base but had to be replaced due to injury as well. The Angels’ Bobby Grich was added to the roster, but the Yankees’ Willie Randolph started the game at the position.
This will mark the 10th time that the Yankees have had at least three infielders on the All-Star roster. First baseman Mark Teixeira’s failure to make the squad this year cost the Yankees the chance to have four infielders overall for the third time. The Yankees had four infield All-Stars in 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee (Jeter, Giambi, 2B Alfonoso Soriano, 3B Robin Ventura) and in 1939 at Yankee Stadium (1B Lou Gehrig, 2B Joe Gordon, 3B Red Rolfe, SS Frankie Crosetti). Giambi and Soriano were starters in 2004 and Gordon in 1939.
Other years in which the Yankees had three All-Star infielders were 1950 at Comiskey Park in Chicago (1B Tommy Henrich, 2B Jerry Coleman, SS Phil Rizzuto), 1957 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (1B Moose Skowron, 2B Bobby Richardson, SS Gil McDougald), Game 1 in 1959 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh (Skowron, Richardson, SS Tony Kubek), Game 2 in 1959 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles (Skowron, Kubek, McDougald) and 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh (Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez).
Yankees catcher Russell Martin had led in the voting until the last week when he was passed by the Tigers’ Alex Avila. At least Martin made the team as an alternate. His handling of the Yanks’ pitching staff has been superb.
Mariano Rivera was an obvious choice for the staff despite his blown save Sunday, which ended a 26-save streak against National League clubs in inter-league play.
Now for the head-scratching stuff – why no Teixeira or CC Sabathia? And has anyone other than Yankees fans been paying attention to the season David Robertson is having?
Tex fell out of the balloting lead at first base last month behind the Red Sox’ Adrian Gonzalez, an admitted Most Valuable Player Award candidate, but still ran a strong second in the voting. The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera cannot compare with Teixeira defensively and trails him in homers, 25-17, and RBI, 65-56, but his .328 batting average is 80 points higher than Tex’s.
Now, here’s the rub. Teixeira has been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby. Nice. He can’t be on the team but he can fly all the way to Phoenix and take part in an exercise that could ruin his swing. Ask Bobby Abreu or David Wright about that? Say no, Tex.
All Sabathia has done is lead the AL in victories with 11 and posted a 3.05 ERA. Oh, that’s right. Pitching victories do not count anymore. I guess that’s why there was room for Felix Hernandez on the staff. The word is that CC pitching Sunday before the Tuesday night All-Star Game hurt his chances of making the team. Dumb reason.
To his credit, AL manager Ron Washington of the Rangers said nice things about Robertson when Texas was in town and that he was given him strong consideration. With so many other Yankees on the team, Robertson didn’t stand much of a chance, particularly since every team needs to be represented. When you see the Royals’ Aaron Crow in the pre-game announcements, think of Robertson. Crow, also a set-up reliever, is Kansas City’ lone representative.
It is a tough break for Robertson, but he is no more deserving than Sabathia, so it is hard to say he was snubbed. A lot of people don’t like the baseball rule about All-Star Games having to have players from each team, but I think it is a good thing. The 2012 game is supposed to be in Kansas City. It would be a shame if someone from the Royals was not on the team.
Each club no matter where it is in the standings has someone who deserves All-Star recognition. That the Yankees have so many is a testament to the terrific season the team is having.
It doesn’t take long for the guys and girls at Baseball.Reference.com, a sensational web site, to dig up history related to a contemporary event. Less than 10 hours after Yankees rookie Kevin Whelan had walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning Friday night against the Indians, Steve Lombardi had posted a list of 12 pitchers since 1919 who had pitched two-thirds of an innings or less and walked four batters in their big-league debuts.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi tried to comfort his young pitcher Friday night when he removed him from the game, smiling at Whelan as he took the ball and saying, “Hey, we have all gone through this.” He meant fighting the heart-pounding that comes with playing in the majors for the first time.
Whelan might also be comforted with knowing that the list included several pitchers who went on to some success in the major leagues. In fact, Friday marked the 67th anniversary of the first game pitched by the youngest player to appear in a big-league game. Lefthander Joe Nuxhall gave up six runs on two hits and five walks June 10, 1944 for the Reds against the Cardinals in an 18-0 Cincinnati loss.
It was understandable, considering Nuxhall was only 15 years old at the time. His appearance was among the oddities during the World War II years when rosters were depleted because of military service. Nuxhall returned to the majors in 1952 and had a 135-117 record over a 16-season career before becoming a fixture behind the microphone as a long-time broadcaster of Reds games.
The only other Yankees pitcher on the list was Karl Drews, who gave up six runs on two hits and four walks in the second game of a doubleheader Sept. 8, 1946 in a 9-8 loss to the Washington Senators. His contract was sold to the St. Louis Browns during the 1948 season. The righthander from Staten Island went on to pitch also for the Phillies and Reds and compiled a 44-53 record in eight seasons.
The best pitcher of the lot was Fred Hutchinson, who broke in with the Tigers May 2, 1939 and was clocked for eight runs, five hits and four walks in a 22-2 shelling by the Yankees. “Hutch” lost five seasons to military duty during WW II but returned to post a 95-71 record and 3.73 ERA in 10 big-league seasons, all with Detroit.
He later became a manager, notably with the Reds, and was their skipper when Cincinnati lost the 1961 World Series in five games to the Yankees. Hutchinson was diagnosed with cancer during the 1964 season but continued to manage the team. He died after that season at the age of 45.
The Hutch Award has been presented annually since 1965 to a player who has embodied the spirit and determination of Hutchinson as a fund raiser for cancer research. The first recipient was Mickey Mantle. Other former Yankees honored have been Tommy John, David Cone, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi and manager Joe Torre. In addition to the Mick, other Hall of Famers who have been recipients were Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, George Brett, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor and Andre Dawson.