June 2010

June 29 – Happy Birthday Rick Honeycutt

In 1995, this veteran starter turned reliever joined the Yankees appearing in three games out of the bullpen. He gave up three runs during his one cumulative inning of work and then never pitched again in pinstripes. Honeycutt pitched in the big leagues for 21 seasons, with six different teams. He retired in 1997 with a 109-143 lifetime record.

In 1903, the Baltimore Orioles became the New York Highlanders. The Orioles Manager and starting catcher in 1902, was Wilbert “Uncle Robbie” Robinson. He had succeeded John McGraw as skipper in Baltimore after “Little Napoleon” got the Managerial position for the New York Giants. Robinson was in line to become the first Yankee skipper when the team was moved but he instead accepted an offer from McGraw to join the Giants’ coaching staff. In 1914, Robinson became manager of the Brooklyn Robins where he remained for the next 19 seasons. Why am I bringing this up? Because Uncle Robbie is technically part of the Yankee’s All-time franchise roster and he too was born on June 29, way back in 1863, in Bolton, MA.

Sharing Honeycutt’s and Robinson’s June 29th birthday is the only Yankee to ever pinch hit for Babe Ruth.


June 27 – The June-born All-time Bronx Babies Team

There are a few days during the calendar year for which I can find no
current or former Yankee player, manager, coach, front office exec,
announcer etc. celebrating a birthday. June 27 happens to be one of
those dates. So instead, let’s look at the all-time best starting
lineup of Yankees who celebrate their birthday in June:

1B – Lou Gehrig – June 19
2B – Horace Clarke – June 2
3B – Phil Linz – June 19
SS – Derek Jeter – June 26
C – Bill Dickey – June 6
OF – Hideki Matsui
OF – Don Baylor – June 28
OF – Vic Mata – June 17
DH – Thurman Munson – June 7
P – Andy Pettitte – June 15
RP – Eddie Lopat

This month’s All-Pinstripe-Birthday team is strong at catcher. In
addition to Dickey and Munson, Mike Stanley and Jose Molina were also
June-born babies. The team is weak at third. I could have used “the
Stick,” Gene Michael, Fernando Gonzalez or Gary Templeton at the hot
corner but in the end went with Linz. The June-born Bronx Babies was
also one player short of having a great outfield and I was forced to
use the crafty starter, Eddie Lopat in this team’s bullpen for lack of
a closer.

June 20 – Happy Birthday Art Schult

They called him Dutch. He was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1928 and a quarter century later he was a 6’4″ slugging outfield prospect of the New York Yankees. The problem for Schult was the Yankees’s system was loaded with great outfielders, so after a very short 7-game trial with the 1953 New York team, he never again wore the pinstripes. He did eventually play parts of four more seasons in the big leagues.

According to a Baseball Digest article from March, 1957, Schult’s most famous moment as a Yankee minor leaguer took place during a home game for Kansas City against the Indian’s Indianapolis affiliate. He hit a home run and was loudly booed by his own fans as he circled the bases. Why? The blast came with two outs in the final inning and was the first and only hit given up by a young phee-nom fireballer named Herb Score. That day’s Kansas City crowd evidently was really hoping to see Score complete the feat.

June 15 – Happy Birthday Andy Pettitte

When this big lefthander admitted he’d taken a human growth hormone and then went 14-14 during his second season back with the Yankees in 2008, I thought we’d seen the last of Andy Pettitte. But instead, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native persevered and his 14-8 regular-season performance in 2009 and his absolutely amazing 4-0 run in that year’s postseason cemented his place as one of the great starters in Yankee team history. He then got off to a great start in 2010 and became just the third Yankee pitcher ever to win 200 games for the franchise. He was already 11-2 when he took the mound on July 18, 2010 against Tampa Bay. In the third inning, Pettitte pulled a groin muscle while pitching to the Ray’s catcher, Kelly Shoppach. He did not pitch another game until September 19th and finished what would become his final season in pinstripes with an 11-3 record. Yankee fans were praying Andy would come back in 2011, especially after New York did not sign Cliff Lee but Pettitte announced instead that he was retiring. Personally, I think he should get into Cooperstown some day but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

This former Yankee teammate of Pettitte did make it into Cooperstown and shares Andy’s June 15th birthday. This Yankee utility infielder and this former Yankee first baseman do too.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1995 NYY 12 9 .571 4.17 31 26 1 3 0 0 175.0 183 86 81 15 63 114 1.406
1996 NYY 21 8 .724 3.87 35 34 1 2 0 0 221.0 229 105 95 23 72 162 1.362
1997 NYY 18 7 .720 2.88 35 35 0 4 1 0 240.1 233 86 77 7 65 166 1.240
1998 NYY 16 11 .593 4.24 33 32 0 5 0 0 216.1 226 110 102 20 87 146 1.447
1999 NYY 14 11 .560 4.70 31 31 0 0 0 0 191.2 216 105 100 20 89 121 1.591
2000 NYY 19 9 .679 4.35 32 32 0 3 1 0 204.2 219 111 99 17 80 125 1.461
2001 NYY 15 10 .600 3.99 31 31 0 2 0 0 200.2 224 103 89 14 41 164 1.321
2002 NYY 13 5 .722 3.27 22 22 0 3 1 0 134.2 144 58 49 6 32 97 1.307
2003 NYY 21 8 .724 4.02 33 33 0 1 0 0 208.1 227 109 93 21 50 180 1.330
2007 NYY 15 9 .625 4.05 36 34 0 0 0 0 215.1 238 106 97 16 69 141 1.426
2008 NYY 14 14 .500 4.54 33 33 0 0 0 0 204.0 233 112 103 19 55 158 1.412
2009 NYY 14 8 .636 4.16 32 32 0 0 0 0 194.2 193 101 90 20 76 148 1.382
2010 NYY 11 3 .786 3.28 21 21 0 0 0 0 129.0 123 52 47 13 41 101 1.271
2012 NYY 5 4 .556 2.87 12 12 0 0 0 0 75.1 65 26 24 8 21 69 1.142
2013 NYY 5 4 .556 3.95 11 11 0 0 0 0 68.1 70 32 30 6 19 52 1.302
18 Yrs 250 146 .631 3.86 512 502 3 25 4 0 3199.0 3320 1519 1371 277 1002 2372 1.351
NYY (15 yrs) 213 120 .640 3.95 428 419 2 23 3 0 2679.1 2823 1302 1176 225 860 1944 1.375
HOU (3 yrs) 37 26 .587 3.38 84 83 1 2 1 0 519.2 497 217 195 52 142 428 1.230
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/15/2013.