He was the only person in Yankee franchise history to spend 31 seasons playing in Yankee Stadium without getting an official at bat. Born in Philadelphia on October 10, 1925, Eddie Layton began playing the organ when he was just twelve years old. Five decades later he was spinning tunes for Yankee, Knick and Ranger fans as the official organist at both Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. When CBS purchased the Yankees in the mid sixties, then Yankee President, Mike Burke found Eddie playing organ for CBS daytime soap operas and hired him to play Yankee Stadium’s 50,000 watt Hammond Organ. Layton was not a baseball fan and knew nothing about the game when he accepted the job, but like PA announcer Bob Sheppard and Star Spangled Banner singer Robert Merrill, he became an important part of the Yankee Stadium experience for millions of Bomber fans. Layton died in 2004.The only non-musician Yankee player to celebrate his birthday on this day was this almost unknown reliever.
Bobby Tiefenauer is the only member of the Yankee all-time roster to celebrate a birthday on this date. He was born in Desloge, MO, in 1929. He lasted parts of ten seasons in the Majors. His specialty was the knuckleball. In 1965, this right-hander pitched ten games in relief for the Yankees. During that season New York sent him to Cleveland and the Indians then traded Bobby for another former Yankee pitcher named Rob Gardner. Though Tiefenauer’s career had few highlights I did turn up something interesting about Gardner’s. Only passionate, long-time Yankee fans will remember that Rob Gardner won eight games as a part-time starter for the 1972 Yankees. The Yankees traded him to the Oakland A’s at the beginning of the 1971 season for one-time All-Star Felipe Alou. New York then reacquired Gardner from the A’s eight weeks later. Then, after the 1972 season, the Yankees traded Gardner back to the A’s for Felipe’s brother, Matty Alou, making Gardner the only Yankee in history traded for two brothers.
Meanwhile, Tiefenauer wore number 29 during his brief tenure in pinstripes, the same digit worn currently by Francisco Cervelli. Other notable Yankee number 29’s included Rafael Soriano, Mike Stanton and Hall of Famer, Catfish Hunter.
Tiefenauer died in June of 2000. Though he is the only member of the Yankee all-time player roster to be born on this date, he does share his October 10th birthday with this great performer who played in Yankee Stadium for 31 seasons.
|MLN (3 yrs)||5||8||.385||2.95||64||0||54||0||0||15||109.2||89||44||36||8||22||77||1.012|
|STL (3 yrs)||1||4||.200||5.20||27||0||8||0||0||0||45.0||52||31||26||7||21||22||1.622|
|CLE (3 yrs)||0||7||.000||3.16||26||0||17||0||0||4||42.2||41||22||15||3||16||21||1.336|
|CHC (1 yr)||0||1||.000||6.08||9||0||5||0||0||1||13.1||20||12||9||2||2||9||1.650|
|NYY (1 yr)||1||1||.500||3.54||10||0||5||0||0||2||20.1||19||10||8||3||5||15||1.180|
|HOU (1 yr)||2||4||.333||4.34||43||0||20||0||0||1||85.0||91||42||41||6||21||60||1.318|