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History Highlights for February 21

In case you think the Yankees’ penchant for trading younger players for older ones began with King George’s ascension to the pinstriped ownership throne, consider that on February 21, 1904, the Highlanders (as they were called at the time) purchased 40-year-old catcher Deacon McGuire from the Detroit Tigers. McGuire would drive in 67 runs and steal eight bases in New York over the next four years. Continue reading

History Highlights for February 20

Lefty outfielder Tommy Henrich (1913) is definitely number one on the list of February 20 Yankee birthdays, on a day when the 10 guys total represent one of the biggest groups of any day on the calendar. Tommy played only for the Bronx-based club, smacking 183 taters, while driving in 795 runs and stealing 37 bases from 1937-1950. Known as “Old Reliable,” he led the League in triples twice, in extra base hits and runs scored once each, and homered in each of the four World Series in which he played, all of them Yankee victories. Continue reading

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