February 11 – Happy Birthday Sammy Ellis plus top 5 Pinstriped Buckeyes

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Very slim pickings when it comes to Yankees born on this particular date. I remember when Sammy Ellis was a pretty talented starting pitcher for Cincinnati back in the sixties. He was good enough to win 22 games for the Reds during the 1965 season. After ending his playing career in 1969, Ellis got into coaching and was eventually hired as the Yankee pitching coach three different times between 1982 and 1986, serving under managers Gene Michael, Billy Martin and Sweet Lou Piniella. Since Ellis was born in Youngstown, Ohio, I thought I’d take a look and see what other Yankees were native Buckeyes. Here’s my list of the top five Ohio-born Pinstripers of all time:

Number 1 – Thurman Munson

Number 2 – Paul O’Neill

Number 3 – Miller Huggins

Number 4 – Roger Peckinpaugh

Number 5 – Gene Woodling

This Yankee reliever and  this utility outfielder were also born on February 11.

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