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November 10 – Happy Birthday Chick Fewster

fewsterIt would not take too long for just about any Yankee fan to corresctly guess who hit the first World Series home run in franchise history. That would be the one and only Babe Ruth. The Bambino hit the historic blast in Game 4 of the 1921 World Series versus the Yankees’ Polo Grounds landlord at the time, the mighty New York Giants. But even the most astute fan of Bronx Bomber baseball could keep guessing for the next ten years and not come up with the name of the second Yankee to perform that same feat.

The correct answer of course, is today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant, Wilson Lloyd “Chick” Fewster. His two-run blast in the top of the second inning of that same Fall Classic’s very next game, gave the Yankees a temporary 5-3 lead they would eventually lose. Its no wonder the name “Chick Fewster” means nothing to Yankee fans. After all, his entire Yankee career consisted of just 228 games spread over six lackluster seasons beginning in 1917. Back then, Yankee manager Miller Huggins was predicting great things for his young outfielder, telling the New York sports press that he had never seen a better prospect than this new kid from Baltimore. But Fewster would never fulfill that promise and he almost didn’t live long enough to hit that World Series home run either.

In a 1920 spring training game against the Brooklyn Robins, Fewster was hit in the head by a pitch and nearly died. They put a plate in his head and doctors told him he’d never play baseball again. Miraculously, he was back in action by early July of that same season.

He shares his birthday with this former Yankee pitcher and this one-time Yankee DH.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1917 NYY 11 41 36 2 8 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 .222 .317 .222 .539
1918 NYY 5 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
1919 NYY 81 295 244 38 69 9 3 1 15 8 34 36 .283 .386 .357 .743
1920 NYY 21 36 21 8 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 2 .286 .464 .333 .798
1921 NYY 66 247 207 44 58 19 0 1 19 4 28 43 .280 .382 .386 .768
1922 NYY 44 162 132 20 32 4 1 1 9 2 16 23 .242 .324 .311 .635
11 Yrs 644 2308 1963 282 506 91 12 6 167 57 240 264 .258 .346 .326 .672
NYY (6 yrs) 228 783 642 113 174 33 4 3 45 15 90 109 .271 .372 .349 .721
BOS (2 yrs) 113 424 367 40 91 14 2 0 24 15 45 45 .248 .337 .297 .634
BRO (2 yrs) 109 397 338 54 82 16 3 2 24 9 45 49 .243 .340 .325 .666
CLE (2 yrs) 194 704 616 75 159 28 3 1 74 18 60 61 .258 .327 .318 .645
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Generated 11/9/2013.

November 10 – Happy Birthday Jack Clark

Jack Clark loved being a Cardinal and after hitting 35 home runs and driving in 106 for Manager Whitey Herzog’s 1987 Pennant-winners, the New Brighton, PA native had every reason to believe he’d be staying in St Louis for the next few seasons. One word explains why that didn’t happen, collusion. That was the off season when big league owners decided to band together to reverse the upward spiral of salaries during the free agency era and star players in their prime, like Clark, paid the price.  The Cardinals actually asked their All Star first baseman to take a cut in pay so instead, his agent got him an offer from George Steinbrenner and Clark came to New York for the 1988 season after playing thirteen seasons in the National League, including the first ten with the Giants. He belted 27 home runs and drove in 93 during his single season in Pinstripes. He then signed with the Padres. During his eighteen-year big league career, Clark hit 340 home runs. Since leaving the game, Clark has become a vociferous critic of players who took steroids. He has said that players like Mark McGuire, A-Rod, Bobby Bonds and Roger Clemens are all “cheaters” who belong in a “Hall of Shame” but “not baseball’s Hall of Fame. Clark has also experienced personal financial setbacks since leaving the game. According to accounts I’ve read, his addiction to expensive cars forced him into personal bankruptcy, in 1992.

Also born on this date was this Yankee starting pitcher who tied Jimmy Key for second in most regular season wins on the team’s 1996 pitching staff and this long-ago outfielder, who hit the second home run in Yankee postseason history.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1988 NYY 150 616 496 81 120 14 0 27 93 3 113 141 .242 .381 .433 .815
18 Yrs 1994 8230 6847 1118 1826 332 39 340 1180 77 1262 1441 .267 .379 .476 .854
SFG (10 yrs) 1044 4300 3731 597 1034 197 30 163 595 60 497 556 .277 .359 .477 .836
STL (3 yrs) 322 1371 1093 198 299 61 6 66 216 3 264 288 .274 .413 .522 .935
BOS (2 yrs) 221 907 738 107 174 29 1 33 120 1 152 220 .236 .366 .412 .778
SDP (2 yrs) 257 1036 789 135 199 31 2 51 156 10 236 236 .252 .423 .490 .914
NYY (1 yr) 150 616 496 81 120 14 0 27 93 3 113 141 .242 .381 .433 .815
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Generated 11/9/2013.

November 10 – Happy Birthday Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers was a very good Major League pitcher for two decades. New York signed him to a four-year $20 million free agent contract in December of 1995, when the left hander was thirty years old. He was the second best starting pitcher on the Yankee staff during the 1996 regular season, winning 12 of his 20 decisions. What Kenny Rogers wasn’t able to do, was pitch well for the Yankees in the postseason. If you can’t pitch well in pinstripes in October and you get paid $5 million per season, you’re in trouble. In 1996, Rogers had one of the worst postseason performances of any Yankee starting pitcher in history. He started three games, one each in the ALDS, ALCS and the Series. He did not last longer than three innings in any of them and he gave up 11 total runs for an ERA of 14.14.

Even though New York won all three of those series, Rogers became a player Yankee fans loved to hate. When he followed his disastrous postseason up by going 6-7 in 1997, he was jettisoned to Oakland for a player to be named later, who turned out to be Scott Brosius. From the date of that trade until he retired from baseball at the end of the 2008 season, Rogers went 131-77 for five different teams. In 2006 he went 3-0 in a great postseason performance for Detroit that featured a seven-plus inning shutout victory over the Yankees in the 2006 ALDS. Rogers was born in Savannah, GA, on November 10, 1964.

Kenny shares his November 10th birthday with this former Yankee DH and this long-ago Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1996 NYY 12 8 .600 4.68 30 30 0 2 1 0 179.0 179 97 93 16 83 92 1.464
1997 NYY 6 7 .462 5.65 31 22 4 1 0 0 145.0 161 100 91 18 62 78 1.538
20 Yrs 219 156 .584 4.27 762 474 133 36 9 28 3302.2 3457 1739 1568 339 1175 1968 1.403
TEX (12 yrs) 133 96 .581 4.16 528 252 128 21 6 28 1909.0 1997 986 882 195 686 1201 1.405
DET (3 yrs) 29 25 .537 4.66 75 74 1 0 0 0 440.2 472 251 228 53 158 217 1.430
OAK (2 yrs) 21 11 .656 3.54 53 53 0 10 1 0 358.0 350 162 141 27 108 206 1.279
NYY (2 yrs) 18 15 .545 5.11 61 52 4 3 1 0 324.0 340 197 184 34 145 170 1.497
MIN (1 yr) 13 8 .619 4.57 33 31 0 0 0 0 195.0 227 108 99 22 50 116 1.421
NYM (1 yr) 5 1 .833 4.03 12 12 0 2 1 0 76.0 71 35 34 8 28 58 1.303
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Generated 11/9/2013.