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Yankee Connections to 2014 World Series Teams

The Yankees did not make the 2014 World Series and have just two members of their all time roster participating as players in this year’s Fall Classic, both with the Royals; Raul Ibanez & Jayson Nix. Ex Yankee closer Dave Righetti is the Giants’ very successful pitching coach. There have been however, many former and current Yankees who also played for the Royals or Giants. Here’s my all-time lineups for such players:

All Time Lineup of Yankees who were also Royals
1b Steve Balboni
2b Chuck Knoblauch
3b Wilson Betemit
SS Bucky Dent
C   Don Slaught
OF Carlos Beltran
OF Lou Piniella
OF Johnny Damon
DH Raul Ibanez
P   David Cone, Lary Gura
CL Steve Farr
MGR Dick Howser

All Time Lineup of Yankees who were also Giants
1b Dave Kingman
2b Jose Vizcaino
3b Jim Ray Hart
SS Hal Lanier
C   Chris Stewart
OF Bobby Bonds
OF Bobby Murcer
OF Melky Cabrera
DH Jack Clark
P   Don Larsen
CL Dave Righetti
MGR John McGraw

New York Yankees Born in October

Frankie copy 2My name is Francesca Cinquanti. My Poppi writes this Pinstripe Birthday Blog.

Poppi’s a big Yankee fan, so big that he’s taken the time to sort the entire all-time Yankee roster by birth dates. He then started this blog and every day of the year, he’d post a story about the Yankee player born on that day.

Poppi’s all-time lineup of Yankees with October birthdays looks like this:
1B – Joe Pepitone
2B – Robinson Cano
3B – Red Rolfe
SS – Frank Crosetti
C – Joe Girardi
OF – Mickey Rivers
OF – Mickey Mantle
OF – Dave Winfield
DH – Dr. Bobby Brown
P – Whitey Ford
RP – Joe Page
MGR - Wild Bill Donovan

If you want to find out what Yankees were born on your birthday and learn more about them,  enter the date in the search box underneath the ad that appears in the right hand column of this page and click the “search” button. The WordPress search engine that is provided with this blog has some design inefficiencies. For example if you enter the date “October 2″ your search results will start with a player born on October 29 at the top and you’ll have to keep scrolling down through the results to find October 2 birthday celebrants. This will be true for any search you do for the first three days of every month.  (You can also search by the player’s name.)

On most dates, more than one Yankee celebrates a birthday so be sure to keep clicking on the “older posts” links that appear at the bottom of your search results to make sure you find every Yankee born on that date.

I’m being raised a Yankee fan. Even my first name has something to do with the Bronx Bombers. My Nonni was watching a Yankee game on TV a few years ago and asked my Poppi who the Yankee catcher was. When my Poppi told her the guy’s name was Francisco Cervelli, Nonni called my Mommy and Daddy to ask them if they liked the name Francesca for the new baby girl they were expecting. All I can say is I’m thankful it wasn’t Yogi Berra behind the plate that night.

June 29 – Happy Birthday Wilbert Robinson

Back in the first part of the twentieth century, managerial changes were pretty much a rarity when it came to Big Apple baseball teams. The Giants had the legendary John McGraw as their skipper for thirty years. For the Yankees, it was Miller Huggins from 1918 until 1929 and it took the death of “Hug” for the Yankees to make a change. In Brooklyn, it was “Uncle Robbie.” Before he got the field skipper’s job with Brooklyn, however, today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant had been a very good catcher with the old Baltimore Orioles teams of the 1890’s, when that franchise was part of the original National League. He was sold to the Cardinals in 1900. Just a year later, the new American League was formed and Baltimore was granted a franchise.  Robinson’s old Oriole teammate, John McGraw was named manager and he convinced Wilbert to return to Baltimore and play for the new team. The catcher did so but when McGraw was later suspended by AL President Ban Johnson, he left the league and took a job as the manager of the New York Giants. Robinson then became the Orioles’ player Manager in 1902. The Orioles finished 24-57 that season prompting Wilbert to accept McGraw’s invitation to become the Giant pitching coach, a job he held for over a decade. That same season, the Orioles AL franchise was relocated to New York and became the Highlanders.

In 1914, Brooklyn hired Robinson to replace Bill Dahlen as Dodger skipper. He stayed in that job for eighteen seasons and helped bring respectability to a franchise that had pretty much become a laughing stock for its ineptness. Under Robinson, Brooklyn won the NL pennant in both 1916 and 1920 and he compiled a 1,375 – 1,341 career record. He shares his birthday with this long-ago Yankee outfielder and this former Yankee reliever who also played in pinstripes.

Robinson’s Yankee(Orioles) seasonal and MLB career playing stats:

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1901 BLA 68 254 239 32 72 12 3 0 26 9 10 16 .301 .335 .377 .711
1902 BLA 91 352 335 38 98 16 7 1 57 11 12 17 .293 .321 .391 .712
17 Yrs 1371 5430 5075 637 1388 212 51 18 722 196 286 323 .273 .316 .346 .662
BLN (10 yrs) 780 3073 2838 361 836 129 27 10 456 81 187 195 .295 .341 .370 .711
PHA (5 yrs) 372 1527 1453 180 330 50 13 7 155 88 66 75 .227 .265 .294 .558
BLA (2 yrs) 159 606 574 70 170 28 10 1 83 20 22 33 .296 .327 .385 .712
STL (1 yr) 60 224 210 26 52 5 1 0 28 7 11 20 .248 .291 .281 .572
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/29/2014.

Robinson’s Yankee(Orioles) seasonal and MLB career managing record:

Rk Year Age Tm W L W-L% G Finish
1 1902 38 Baltimore Orioles 2nd of 2 24 57 .296 83 8
Baltimore Orioles 1 year 24 57 .296 83 8.0
Brooklyn Robins 18 years 1375 1341 .506 2736 4.7
19 years 1399 1398 .500 2819 4.9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/29/2014.