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April 26 – Happy Birthday Shawn Kelley

shawn-kelleyComing out of their 2013 spring training camp, I thought the Yankees made a mistake going north without former Mariner closer David Aardsma and choosing to take along today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant instead. Granted, the new season is less than a month old, but thus far, right-hander Shawn Kelley has not pitched especially well in his seven appearances in pinstripes.  Meanwhile though, Aardsma is not getting a chance to show if he’s again ready for prime time because he  started this season pitching in the Marlins’ farm system.

Like Aardsma, Kelley pitched out of the Mariner bulllpen before he came to New York, but not as a closer. When announcing they were cutting Aardsma and going with Kelley, Yankee manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman explained they wanted a reliever who could pitch more than one inning. If it was up to me, I’d rather have the pitcher who can get the biggest outs in my bullpen instead of the one who can throw the most pitches. No disrespect to Kelley, its just that Aardsma saved over 30 games twice with Seattle before injuring his arm and if that arm is fully healed, the Yanks had enough other pitchers in their pen to not have to extend his appearances beyond an inning.

Kelley turns 28-years-old today.He was born in Louisville, KY and was Seattle’s 13th round draft pick in 2007. He spent his first four big league seasons in Seattle and was traded to New York in February of 2013 for Abraham Almonte, a 23-year-old outfield prospect.  Though he got off to a slow start this season, he did pick up his first win as a Yankee against Toronto last week and two nights ago he pitched two scoreless inning against the Rays. I’d love to see him get hot and make me completely wrong about the management decision that got him on this Yankee team.

He shares his April 26th birthday with this former Yankee pitcher who gained most of his fame pitching for another team and this one too.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2013 NYY 1 0 1.000 6.52 7 0 3 0 0 0 9.2 9 7 7 4 4 14 1.345
5 Yrs 11 9 .550 3.73 127 0 34 0 0 0 137.2 130 61 57 23 43 136 1.257
SEA (4 yrs) 10 9 .526 3.52 120 0 31 0 0 0 128.0 121 54 50 19 39 122 1.250
NYY (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 6.52 7 0 3 0 0 0 9.2 9 7 7 4 4 14 1.345
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Generated 4/25/2013.

April 26 – Happy Birthday Virgil Trucks

At one time, Virgil Trucks was one of the premier pitchers in the American League. The right-hander from Birmingham, AL won 177 big league games during his seventeen season career that began with the Tigers in 1941 and he’s one of just four pitchers to have thrown two no-hitters in the same season. The others are Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds and Nolan Ryan.

By the time he joined the Yankees however, just minutes before the 1958 regular season trading deadline, Trucks was 41 years old and his best days were behind him. The Yankees got the veteran pitcher and reliever Duke Maas from the A’s for outfielder Harry Simpson and pitcher Bob Grim.

Trucks would appear in 25 games for Casey Stengel’s AL Pennant winners during the second half of the ’58 season, finishing his brief Yankee career with a 2-1 record and a single save. Though he was left off of the team’s World Series roster, his Yankee teammates still voted him a full $8,759.10 winners’ share after they knocked off the Braves in that year’s Fall Classic.

Trucks never again played a big league ball game. He did stay in the game as a coach for the Pirates and then a scout for the Tigers, retiring in 1990. He turns 95 years-old today and is currently the oldest ex-Yankee still living. Update: Trucks passed away on March 23, 2013 in Alabama.

Trucks shares his April 26th birthday with this veteran pitcher the Yankees released to make room for Trucks on their 1958 roster. This current Yankee reliever also shares their birthday.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1958 NYY 2 1 .667 4.54 25 0 13 0 0 1 39.2 40 24 20 1 24 26 1.613
17 Yrs 177 135 .567 3.39 517 328 113 124 33 30 2682.1 2416 1124 1009 188 1088 1534 1.306
DET (12 yrs) 114 96 .543 3.50 316 229 53 84 20 13 1800.2 1618 786 700 123 732 1046 1.305
CHW (3 yrs) 47 26 .644 3.14 96 80 10 36 11 4 616.0 551 225 215 46 223 345 1.256
KCA (2 yrs) 9 8 .529 2.87 64 7 35 0 0 10 138.0 124 52 44 14 77 70 1.457
NYY (1 yr) 2 1 .667 4.54 25 0 13 0 0 1 39.2 40 24 20 1 24 26 1.613
SLB (1 yr) 5 4 .556 3.07 16 12 2 4 2 2 88.0 83 37 30 4 32 47 1.307
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Generated 4/25/2013.

April 26 – Happy Birthday Sal Maglie

maglie.jpgBaseball pundits knew this right-hander was something special when he made his big league debut with the Giants in 1945 and three of his five wins were complete game shutouts. But instead of returning to the Polo Grounds, Maglie went south of the border for more money to pitch in the Mexican League. That move got him banned from the Majors until 1949. Nicknamed “the Barber” because he had a tendency to throw up and in close shaves at opposing batters, Maglie rejoined the Giants in 1950 and during the next three seasons was one of the very best pitchers on the League. When he turned 38, the Giants released him and after some time with the Indians, he joined Brooklyn in 1956, went 13-5 and finished second in that year’s Cy Young and MVP votes.

He didn’t put on the pinstripes until 1957, when he was 40 years of age. He still had enough in that right arm to pitch his 25th career shutout as a Yankee. He retired after the 1958 season and passed away in 1992 at the age of 75.

The Yankees ended up releasing the 41-year-old Maglie on June 14 of 1958 and the next day acquired another 41-year-old pitcher named Virgil Trucks. Trucks, like Maglie was one of baseballs better right-handers in the 1950′s with both Detroit and the White Sox. Trucks and Maglie were also both born on April 26, 1917. Maglie went on to become a big league pitching coach who was featured prominently in Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” book, which chronicles Bouton’s 1969 season as a pitcher with the old Seattle Pilots. Suffice it to say that the “Bulldog” was not a fan of the “Barber’s” coaching methodology.

This current Yankee reliever also was born on April 26th.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1957 NYY 2 0 1.000 1.73 6 3 3 1 1 3 26.0 22 6 5 1 7 9 1.115
1958 NYY 1 1 .500 4.63 7 3 4 0 0 0 23.1 27 12 12 3 9 7 1.543
10 Yrs 119 62 .657 3.15 303 232 35 93 25 14 1723.0 1591 684 603 169 562 862 1.250
NYG (7 yrs) 95 42 .693 3.13 221 171 23 77 20 8 1297.2 1216 512 451 117 434 654 1.272
BRO (2 yrs) 19 11 .633 2.89 47 43 1 13 4 1 292.1 248 107 94 33 78 158 1.115
CLE (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 3.82 12 2 4 0 0 2 30.2 32 16 13 1 9 13 1.337
NYY (2 yrs) 3 1 .750 3.10 13 6 7 1 1 3 49.1 49 18 17 4 16 16 1.318
STL (1 yr) 2 6 .250 4.75 10 10 0 2 0 0 53.0 46 31 28 14 25 21 1.340
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Generated 4/25/2013.