With spring training just around the corner, I’m getting Yankee fever. The answers to all of the following questions are former New York Yankees who were born on January 21.
Player number one led the Yankee pitching staff with 15 victories in 1989. Who is player number one?
Player number two finished second behind closer Mo Rivera in most appearances for the 2003 AL Champion Yankees.
Player number three backed up Yankee starting catcher, Rick Cerone during both the 1980 and 1981 seasons before retiring and eventually becoming a big league manager. He managed against New York in both the 1998 and ’99 playoffs, losing each time. Who is player number three?
Although player number four has never played for the Yankees, he gave up three of the most dramatic home runs in pinstripe history. Who is player number four?
You’ll find the answers below:
Player number one is Andy Hawkins. Unfortunately, Andy also led that year’s Yankee pitching staff with 15 losses. He had signed a $3.6 million, three-year free-agent contract with New York before that 1989 season and finished his stay in pinstripes with a mediocre 20-29 record. Andy was born on January 21, 1960, in Waco, TX.
Player number two is Chris Hammond. He was born in Cleveland, OH, on January 21, 1966. He had already pitched for four different clubs when New York signed him as a free agent before the 2003 season. The left-hander finished that season with a 3-2 record, 1 save and a 2.68 ERA. After the Yankees lost to the Marlins in the 2003 World Series, Hammond was traded to the A’s.
Player number three is Johnny Oates. He was a nine-year veteran when the Yankees signed him to back up Cerone. He managed for both Baltimore and Texas and his Ranger teams were swept twice by New York in postseason play. Johnny was born in Sylva, NC on January 21, 1946. He died in December of 2004.
Player number four is Byung-Hyun Kim. No Yankee fan who witnessed the fourth and fifth games of the 2001 World Series will ever forget the home runs Kim gave up to Tino Martinez, Derek Jeter and Scott Brosius in games 4-5 at Yankee Stadium. Kim was born on January 21, 1979, in Gwagju, South Korea.