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History Highlights for January 21

Yankee fans have as much of an axe to grind as anyone when it comes to Hall of Fame selection, at least as it plays out among players elected in their first year of eligibility, specifically on January 21. On this day in 1971, Yogi Berra was denied entry in his first year of eligibility. In years gone by since, Kirby Puckett made it, and both Ozzie Smith and Willie Stargell were voted in on their first tries. How is it possible that the three-time American League Most Valuable Player Yankee catcher wasn’t? Continue reading

History Highlights for January 6

Considering the two reports that follow this one, Yankee land can utter a sigh of relief that the January 6, 2009 signing of first baseman Mark Teixeira worked out fairly well. Tex was not signed solely for his switch-hitting or power prowess, although it was hardly a surprise that he tied for the American League lead in home runs that year. A wizard at first base with his glove work, solid decision-making and stellar arm, Tex continued to give Yankee ownership and fans alike a good feeling that he signed, even though he has suffered significant injury issues the last few years. Hard-working Shelley Duncan was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster, but Shelley would be back in the Yankee fold shortly, though he was onto Cleveland for 2010. Continue reading

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