The Yankees and Rangers made a major trade on November 10, 1978. The Bombers sent Sparky Lyle, catcher Mike Heath, infielder Domingo Ramos, and pitchers Larry McCall and Dave Rajsich south and in return received pitchers Dave Righetti, Mike Griffin, and Paul Mirabella along with outfielders Juan Beniquez and Greg Jamison. In Sparky and Rags, the Yanks spent a former Cy Young Award winner for a future Rookie of the Year (which Righetti would cop in 1981).
Prospects vs suspects. There were big hopes in Yankee camp that the November 10, 2006, trade that sent slugging veteran outfielder Gary Sheffield to the Tigers for righthanded pitchers Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett would start paying big dividends in the Bronx soon. It didn't. Each of these men would pitch two games for the Yankees: Sanchez, threw two innings in 2008, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out one and allowing one run. Whelan threw an inning each in two games in 2011, allowing one run on no hits, one strike out, but five walks. And Claggett threw 1.67 innings in relief of an injured and not recovering Chien-Ming Wang in early 2009. He allowed eight runs while surrendering nine hits, two walks with two strike outs, and two home runs. The Yanks fell to Cleveland 22-4.
The DiMaggio brothers showed how dangerous they could be playing on the same side on November 10, 1951. On that day in front of 50,000 in a game pitting an American all-star team against a home-standing Japanese Central League all-star team, Joe DiMaggio hit a 400-foot, eighth-inning home run to tie the game at one. Then Dom DiMaggio smacked an rbi triple in the ninth and scored and the visitors came away with a 3-2 victory. The American record on that trip advanced to 12 wins and a tie.
On the strength of 24 home runs, 137 rbi’s, and a .363 batting average, St. Louis Cardinal Joe Torre won the 1971 NL Most Valuable Player Award, besting Willie Stargell in the vote, on November 10. The eventual 12-year Yankee manager would not win a ring for yet another 25 years.
Roger Clemens won his first of back-to-back AL Cy Young Awards during his two years in Toronto on November 10, 1997.
The only Yankee player to have died on November 10 is outfielder Ben Paschal (1974), who played 346 games for the club from 1924 to 1929. He hit 24 home runs and drove in 133 runs while collecting 232 hits in 738 at bats. Short stints with the 1915 Indians and the 1920 Red Sox increased Paschal’s rbi total to 138.
Four guys who have played for the Yankees were born on November 10. Jorge DePaula (1978) flirted with a no-hitter and Perfect Game in his first start with the Yanks in 2003, but he went under the knife in early ’04 with an overall record of 0-1 in seven games; he pitched in three games in 2005. As mentioned the other day, Kenny Rogers (1964), while posting an 18-15 record with the 1996-1997 Yanks, failed miserably in the postseason. Rogers threw a Perfect Game for the Rangers in 1994. Power hitter Jack Clark (1955) played 10 years with the Giants and three with the Cardinals before hitting 27 homers with 93 rbi’s DH’ing for the 1988 Yanks. Clark was signed to a Yankee free agent contract in January 1988. He hit a tater in his first Yankee at bat in Spring Training, and then hurt himself rounding first in his home run trot. Second baseman/outfielder Chick Fewster (1895) debuted with the Yanks from 1917 to 1922 with two homers and 45 rbi’s, before playing two seasons each with Boston, Cleveland, and Brooklyn.