The American League MVP Award for 1943 was won by Yankee righthander Spud Chandler over Luke Appling of the White Sox in a fairly close vote. Chandler, whose 20-4 record led the Yanks to that year’s Championship, was one of four Yankees receiving enough votes to finish in the Top 10, and Charley “King Kong” Keller came in 13th. To this day, Spud is the only Yankee pitcher to cop an MVP Award.
Third baseman Charley Hayes‘s second tour of duty with the Yankees came to a close on November 11, 1997. They shipped him to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Chris Singleton and pitcher Alberto Castillo.
Two days ago I shared that in 2003 Yankee first base coach Lee Mazzilli was hired away to manage the Orioles. On November 11, 1982, Yankee coach Joe Altobelli was hired away to…manage the Orioles. (Third base coach Mike Ferraro had been hired to manage the Cleveland Indians just a week or so earlier.) Altobelli immediately led Baltimore to a world title, but Mazzilli did not fare nearly as well.
On November 11, 2015, the Yankees traded utility player Jose Pirela to the San Diego Padres for righthander Ronald Herrera. Herrera pitched 24 games (all starts) in the upcoming season for AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (just one game) to a 10-8 record. He appeared in two games for the Yankees in 2017, both in relief, taking one loss. Herrera was traded in November 2017 to the Rangers for minor leaguer Reiver Sanmartin. Pirela had appeared in 44 games in New York, having hit one home run with eight rbi’s. Playing with the Padres, then briefly the Phillies, since, he now has 17 long balls and 82 rbi’s.
All three November 11 birthdaying ballplayers who have played for the Yankees were righthanded pitchers. Also none of the three played many games for the New Yorkers. Ownie Carroll (1902), the seniority leader, appeared in only 10 games for the 1930 club, for whom he posted an 0-1 mark. Carroll was a college sensation for Holy Cross where he notched a 50-2 record over three seasons. Perhaps the most memorable thing about Harry Billiard (1883), aside from his decisionless six games pitching for the 1908 Highlanders, is the two Federal League clubs where he spent the rest of his big-league time. They were named the Indiana Hoosiers (his 1914 club) and the Newark (NJ) Pepper (1915). And young Danny Rios (1972) had no record (and a 19.29 era) in two games for the 1997 Bombers before finishing up with five appearances for the 1998 Kansas City Royals. The Yanks signed Rios as an amateur free agent in June 1993, and lost him to K.C. on waivers in March 1998.