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November 30 – Happy Birthday Matt Lawton

LawtonMarcus was the first of the two Lawton brothers to make it to the big leagues but it was younger brother Matt who became an All Star. Marcus Lawton made his ten-game Major League debut as a Yankee during the 1989 season and then never played another game in the big leagues. What he did too was spend lots of time with his younger sibling teaching him everything he knew about the game. The lessons paid off.

Matt Lawton enjoyed a solid twelve season career, with his best years coming  with the Twins and the Indians. He was an AL All Star with Minnesota in 2000 and again with Cleveland in 2004. The Yankees got him in a late August trade with the Cubs in 2005, just a few days after Hurricane Katrina demolished Lawton’s hometown of Gulfport,Mississippi and did severe damage to the outfielder’s home. He got off to a horribly slow start with New York but on September 21 of that season, he hit a huge 2-run home run that beat the Orioles and propelled the Yankees into first place.

During Lawton’s short time as a Yankee he tested positive for steroids and immediately admitted he took the drug and apologized. The Yanks released him in late October  He then signed with Seattle and after serving a ten-game suspension at the beginning of the 2006 season, he lasted just two months with  the Mariners, before hanging up his glove for good.

Lawton shares his birthday with this former Yankee starting pitcher and this former Yankee reliever.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2005 NYY 21 57 48 6 6 0 0 2 4 1 7 8 .125 .263 .250 .513
12 Yrs 1334 5570 4763 756 1273 267 17 138 631 165 681 613 .267 .368 .417 .785
MIN (7 yrs) 771 3150 2672 423 739 163 13 72 384 96 408 335 .277 .379 .428 .808
CLE (3 yrs) 363 1593 1381 237 355 63 2 50 180 41 180 165 .257 .352 .414 .767
NYM (1 yr) 48 213 183 24 45 11 1 3 13 10 22 34 .246 .352 .366 .718
PIT (1 yr) 101 445 374 53 102 28 1 10 44 16 58 61 .273 .380 .433 .813
CHC (1 yr) 19 83 78 8 19 2 0 1 5 1 4 8 .244 .289 .308 .597
SEA (1 yr) 11 29 27 5 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 .259 .310 .259 .570
NYY (1 yr) 21 57 48 6 6 0 0 2 4 1 7 8 .125 .263 .250 .513
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Generated 11/30/2013.

November 30 – Happy Birthday Bob Tewksberry

In the late eighties, the Yankee starting rotation included promising prospects, Doug Drabek and Bob Tewksbury. Although scouts predicted both would become solid Major League starters, the ever impatient George Steinbrenner dealt them both. Drabek went on to win a Cy Young Award with the Pirates and Bob Tewksbury, who was born on today’s date in 1960, in Concord, NH, won 66 games during a five-season span with the Cardinals. “Tewks” is now a sports psychologist working for the Boston Red Sox. He had a chronically sore pitching arm throughout his big league career forcing him to experiment with different pitches and deliveries that he could use without stressing his right arm. These experiments included an eephus pitch he threw twice to Mark McGuire in a 1997, getting the slugger out each time.

Today also happens to be the birthday of another Yankee pitcher who used the eephus pitch successfully during his career and also this one-time Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1986 NYY 9 5 .643 3.31 23 20 0 2 0 0 130.1 144 58 48 8 31 49 1.343
1987 NYY 1 4 .200 6.75 8 6 1 0 0 0 33.1 47 26 25 5 7 12 1.620
13 Yrs 110 102 .519 3.92 302 277 8 31 7 1 1807.0 2043 884 787 142 292 812 1.292
STL (6 yrs) 67 46 .593 3.48 154 142 4 18 4 1 968.2 1047 424 375 71 125 409 1.210
MIN (2 yrs) 15 26 .366 4.49 52 51 0 6 2 0 317.0 374 165 158 31 51 152 1.341
CHC (2 yrs) 0 4 .000 6.75 8 4 3 0 0 0 21.1 38 20 16 2 15 11 2.484
NYY (2 yrs) 10 9 .526 4.01 31 26 1 2 0 0 163.2 191 84 73 13 38 61 1.399
TEX (1 yr) 8 7 .533 4.58 21 21 0 4 1 0 129.2 169 75 66 8 20 53 1.458
SDP (1 yr) 10 10 .500 4.31 36 33 0 1 0 0 206.2 224 116 99 17 43 126 1.292
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Generated 11/30/2013.

November 30 – Happy Birthday Steve Hamilton

When I was a kid, we’d eat dinner at my Grandmother’s house most Sundays with our entire extended family. As a result, I watched plenty of Sunday afternoon televised Yankee games with my uncle. I was a much more passionate Yankee fan than he was and once the Yankee dynasty crumbled in 1965, he would annoy me by making snide derogatory comments about how bad the team was playing. For example, if a Yankee starter faltered and a reliever was inserted, no matter who came out of the bullpen I could count on my uncle to exclaim, “Not this guy for God’s sakes, even I can hit this guy!”

I’ll never forget the game in late June during the 1970 season when that statement was actually made truthfully. Steve Hamilton had been a very good bullpen pitcher for New York since he was acquired from the Washington Senators in a 1963 trade for Jim Coates. He was 6’7″ tall and a superb athlete, good enough to have played two seasons of NBA basketball in the late fifties for the Lakers. He had performed a variety of pitching roles for New York during his career in pinstripes. He pitched parts of eight seasons for the Yankees, accumulating a 34-20 record, with 36 saves and a 2.78 ERA in 486 innings of work. Manager Ralph Houk would give the big guy a start every now and then and in 1968, used him as New York’s closer and Hamilton led the team with 11 saves that year.

On this particular June day, Sam McDowell and the Indians were killing the Yankees. Houk put Hamilton into pitch the top of the ninth. Hamilton, who was born in Columbia, KY in 1935, was a very funny guy in the clubhouse and on that day, with the game already lost, he decided to have some fun on the field as well. The first hitter he faced was Tony Horton. He had been working on a blooper pitch, which had been nicknamed the “Folly Floater” and had used it against Horton successfully in an game earlier that same season. He decided to employ the pitch again against the Indian first baseman. Hamilton threw Horton two straight folly floaters and Horton almost came out of his spikes trying to hit the softly tossed lobs. Horton fouled both of them off weakly and Thurman Munson caught the second one for an out. Horton’s reaction was hilarious as he tossed his helmet high in the air and actually crawled back into the Indian’s dugout on his hands and knees.

I was amazed to find out that the above clip of this event was actually available on You Tube. Take a look for yourself and see why I finally could agree that a Yankee pitcher threw a pitch even I could hit.

Hamilton shares his November 30th birthday with this one-time Yankee starting pitcher and this one-time Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1963 NYY 5 1 .833 2.60 34 0 17 0 0 5 62.1 49 19 18 3 24 63 1.171
1964 NYY 7 2 .778 3.28 30 3 11 1 0 3 60.1 55 24 22 6 15 49 1.160
1965 NYY 3 1 .750 1.39 46 1 13 0 0 5 58.1 47 12 9 2 16 51 1.080
1966 NYY 8 3 .727 3.00 44 3 17 1 1 3 90.0 69 32 30 8 22 57 1.011
1967 NYY 2 4 .333 3.48 44 0 19 0 0 4 62.0 57 25 24 7 23 55 1.290
1968 NYY 2 2 .500 2.13 40 0 24 0 0 11 50.2 37 13 12 0 13 42 0.987
1969 NYY 3 4 .429 3.32 38 0 23 0 0 2 57.0 39 22 21 7 21 39 1.053
1970 NYY 4 3 .571 2.78 35 0 16 0 0 3 45.1 36 16 14 3 16 33 1.147
12 Yrs 40 31 .563 3.05 421 17 181 3 1 42 663.0 556 244 225 51 214 531 1.161
NYY (8 yrs) 34 20 .630 2.78 311 7 140 2 1 36 486.0 389 163 150 36 150 389 1.109
WSA (2 yrs) 3 9 .250 3.95 44 10 13 1 0 2 109.1 108 54 48 10 41 84 1.363
CHC (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 4.76 22 0 12 0 0 0 17.0 24 9 9 1 8 13 1.882
CLE (1 yr) 0 0 3.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 1 1 0 3 4 1.667
SFG (1 yr) 2 2 .500 3.02 39 0 16 0 0 4 44.2 29 15 15 4 11 38 0.896
CHW (1 yr) 0 0 6.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 4 2 2 0 1 3 1.667
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Generated 11/30/2013.