1995 New York Yankees season
|1995 New York Yankees|
|1995 AL Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Gene Michael|
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Paul Olden)
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)|
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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The New York Yankees' 1995 season was the 93rd season for the Yankees, their 71st playing home games at Yankee Stadium. Managed by Buck Showalter, the team finished with a record of 79-65, seven games behind the Boston Red Sox. They won the first American League Wild Card. In the playoffs, they would squander a 2–0 series lead, losing three straight games at The Kingdome and succumb to the Seattle Mariners in five games.
- December 14, 1994: Jack McDowell was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later and Keith Heberling (minors). The New York Yankees sent Lyle Mouton (April 22, 1995) to the White Sox to complete the trade.
- December 15, 1994: Tony Fernández was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- On May 29, 1995, Derek Jeter made his major league baseball debut. It was in a game against the Seattle Mariners. Jeter had 5 At-Bats and had 0 Hits.
- On September 11, 1995, pitcher Jack McDowell threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs. This was accomplished in the ninth inning.
|Boston Red Sox||86||58||0.597||—||42–30||44–28|
|New York Yankees||79||65||0.549||7||46–26||33–39|
|Toronto Blue Jays||56||88||0.389||30||29–43||27–45|
Record vs. opponents
1995 American League Records
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- April 12, 1995: Randy Velarde was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- June 5, 1995: Josías Manzanillo was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the New York Mets.
- June 8, 1995: Kevin Elster was released by the New York Yankees.
- June 19, 1995: Darryl Strawberry was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- July 1, 1995: Kevin Maas was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- July 16, 1995: Dave Silvestri was traded by the New York Yankees to the Montreal Expos for Tyrone Horne (minors).
- July 28, 1995: David Cone was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis (minors), and Mike Gordon (minors).
- July 28, 1995: Danny Tartabull was traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Rubén Sierra and Jason Beverlin.
- August 5, 1995: Luis Polonia was traded by the New York Yankees to the Atlanta Braves for Troy Hughes (minors).
- June 1, 1995: Donzell McDonald was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed July 22, 1995.
- June 1, 1995: Future NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round (730th pick) of the 1995 amateur draft. Culpepper was drafted out of Vanguard High School.
|1995 New York Yankees|
Death of Mickey Mantle
Shortly before his death, Mantle videotaped a message to be played on Old-Timers' Day, which he was too ill to attend. He said, "When I die, I wanted on my tombstone, 'A great teammate.' But I didn't think it would be this soon." The words were indeed carved on the plaque marking his resting place at the family mausoleum in Dallas.
Mantle received a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, on June 8, 1995, after his liver had been damaged by years of chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis and hepatitis C. In July, he had recovered enough to deliver a press conference at Baylor, and noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model. "This is a role model: Don't be like me", he said. He also established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. Soon, he was back in the hospital, where it was found that his liver cancer spread throughout his body.
Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 63 years old. During the first Yankee home game after Mantle's passing, Eddie Layton played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the Hammond organ at Yankee Stadium because Mickey had once told him it was his favorite song. The Yankees played the rest of the season with black mourning bands topped by a small number 7 on their left sleeves.
Phil Rizzuto, angered over the refusal of television station WPIX to give him a day off to attend his former teammate's funeral, abruptly resigned from his play-by-play announcing job with the station on August 19. He would return to call a partial schedule for the station in 1996 before retiring for good.
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|1||Seattle 6, New York 9||Oct 3, 1995|
|2||Seattle 5, New York 7||Oct 4, 1995|
|3||New York 4, Seattle 7||Oct 6, 1995|
|4||New York 8, Seattle 11||Oct 7, 1995|
|5||New York 5, Seattle 6||Oct 8, 1995|
- Jack McDowell Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- 3 Pitch Inning
- David Cone Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Danny Tartabull Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007