Joe, Vince, and Dom DiMaggio played together professionally for the first time on November 6, 1938, as they comprised the outfield in an all-star game for charity on the West Coast. Joe had started with the Yankees in 1936, Vince with the Boston Braves one year later, and Dom would make his major-league debut with the Red Sox in 1940.
The White Sox released Sad Sam Jones, who had pitched for five years in the Bronx after starting in Boston, on this day in 1935. In 22 years, Sam went 229-217, while his count with the Yanks was 67-56.
On November 6, 2009, the Tigers outrighted outfielder/DH Marcus Thames to the minors, which led to New York signing him to a free agent deal. Thames, who had debuted with the 2002 Yankees, for whom he homered off Hall of Famer Randy Johnson in his first at bat, surprised most by making the 2010 Opening Day pinstriped roster. He hit 12 home runs with 33 rbi’s that year in part-time play.
The Yankees gave up on the Andy Messersmith experiment on November 6, 1978, as they gave him his release after a season in which he posted an 0-3 mark in six games, five of them starts. More famous for challenging the Reserve Clause than for what he did on the mound, Andy’s ’78 season with the Yanks got off to a bad start when he was injured covering first base in a game during the last week of Spring Training.
Perhaps the club’s first player with superstar status based on a record 41-win season, righthander Jack Chesbro is one of two Yankee players who have died on November 6 (1931). In 269 games (227 starts) with the 1903-1909 Highlanders, Chesbro won 128, lost 93, and saved two. Lefty-hitting third baseman and outfielder Roy Hartzell (1961) ended his two-stop career by playing in 699 games for the 1911-1916 Yankees. He netted seven home runs and 266 rbi’s on 617 hits in 2,055 at bats.
The seventh member of the Yankees born November 6, southpaw starter James Paxton (1988), was acquired from Seattle in a trade of minor leaguers led by prospect Justus Sheffield in November 2018. He posted a 15-6 mark in 2019, including having won 10 straight down the stretch. But an off-season injury, and then another in-season one in 2020, have damaged the chances the free agent will return with the Yankees in 2021. Chad Curtis (1968) was a serviceable left fielder and a World Series hero in 1999, as he hit two homers in one game, one a walk-off, and 27 homers with 130 rbi’s in 2.5 years in the Bronx. John Candelaria (1953), “The Candy Man,” a devastating lefty with some injury problems, amassed a 16-10 mark with a fading Yankee team in 1988-1989.
Third baseman Leo Hernandez (1959) ended his big-league career by playing 22 games with the 1986 Yankees, garnering one homer and four rbi’s. Carlos Almanzar (1973) only went 0-1 in 10 games for the 2001 Yanks, but the loss derived from a crushing, game-losing walk-off home run he surrendered to Mike Piazza in an ESPN Sunday night game vs. the Mets. DH Bubba Trammell (1971) struggled with the 2003 Yanks, but he did drive in five runs in 55 games. And righthander Caleb Cotham (1987) posted one win and no losses in 12 games with the ’15 club, all in relief, until he was one of four players traded to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman in December 2015.