Strangely, Bob Friend almost helped the Yankees win the 1960 World Series. I use the word strangely because Friend did not become a Yankee until 1965. At the time of the ’60 Fall Classic he was still the ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ staff, who had won 18 games during that regular season and would end up winning 192 decisions before being traded by the Bucs to New York for reliever Pete Mikkelsen. The veteran right-hander, who was nicknamed “The Warrior,” started the second and sixth games of the Series and was plastered by the very talented Yankee lineup. Friend pitched a total of just six innings in those two appearances, surrendering thirteen hits and nine earned runs in the process. He would never again pitch in the postseason. When he started his one and only season in pinstripes losing four of his first five decisions, the Yankees sold him to the Mets. The Lafayette, IN native finished that season with a 5-8 record for the Amazin’s and then retired.
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|NYM (1 yr)||5||8||.385||4.40||22||12||8||2||1||1||86.0||101||52||42||11||16||30||1.360|
|NYY (1 yr)||1||4||.200||4.84||12||8||2||0||0||0||44.2||61||25||24||2||9||22||1.567|
The first player to do it was pitcher Bob Friend, back in 1966. The last guy to do it was infielder, Angel Berroa, who accomplished it during the 2009 season. In between them, sixteen other guys who at one time played baseball for a Big Apple team have done it during their Major League careers including today’s Pinstripe Birthday celebrant, Darren Bragg. Bragg was born in Waterbury, CT, on September 7, 1969 and is the only member of the Yankee’s all-time roster to celebrate his birthday on this date. He broke into the big leagues with Seattle, in 1994. The Red Sox acquired him from the Mariners in 1996 and he was a starter in the Boston outfield for the next two-and-a-half seasons. In all, he played for nine teams during his 11 year career in the Majors, including the Yankees, in 2001. The Yankees released him before the end of that season. So the question remains, what feat did Friend, Berroa, Bragg and fifteen other players accomplish during their Major League careers? Each of them appeared in games for both the Yankees and Mets during the same regular season.
Bragg shares his September 7th birthday with this first woman play-by-play announcer in Yankee broadcast history.
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|SEA (3 yrs)||129||426||359||60||90||18||2||10||39||17||53||77||.251||.351||.396||.747|
|ATL (2 yrs)||213||421||374||55||96||20||3||3||24||7||37||90||.257||.329||.350||.680|
|NYM (1 yr)||18||63||57||4||15||6||0||0||5||3||4||23||.263||.323||.368||.691|
|COL (1 yr)||71||169||149||16||33||7||1||3||21||4||17||41||.221||.296||.342||.638|
|STL (1 yr)||93||325||273||38||71||12||1||6||26||3||44||67||.260||.369||.377||.746|
|SDP (1 yr)||9||9||7||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||.143||.333||.143||.476|
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|NYY (1 yr)||5||4||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250||.250||.500||.750|