One Day Yankee – Floyd Newkirk

(This passage comes from my upcoming book, “The Least Among Them,” a unique and original history of the New York Yankees.  The manuscript is in the editing stage.  Literary agents and/or publishers interested in learning more about this project are encouraged to reach me at drpaulsem AT hotmail dot com.)

Mordecai Brown was an ace pitcher on the Chicago Cubs teams that dominated baseball in the earliest days of the Twentieth Century.  Brown won twenty or more games in six consecutive seasons between 1906 and 1911.  One of baseball’s great pitchers, Mordecai Brown won 239 games.  He was elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 1949.  But none of that is why he is remembered today…

As a youngster, Mordecai lost one finger and damaged another during an accident with a feed chopper on a farm.  It was because of these “deformities,” that he became known as “Three Finger” Brown.  Many believed that the unique grip he had on a baseball contributed to his success. But Mordecai Brown was not baseball’s only three-fingered pitcher.

In 1934, the New York Yankees had a prospect named Floyd Newkirk.  Like the great “Three Finger” Brown, Newkirk had only three fingers on his pitching hand.  Like Brown, Floyd lost his two fingers in a childhood accident of his own.  Also like Brown, the injury did not dissuade Floyd Newkirk from playing, and ultimately achieving success, through pitching a baseball.

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NY Yankee – Honey Barnes (1926)

NOTE – The following passage comes from a draft of my book The Least Among Them which presents an original and unique history of the New York Yankees.  The Least Among Them is currently in the research and editing stages.  It is hoped that the final research for this text will be completed in 2017.  I have  targeted a 2018 publication date.

HONEY BARNES

            John Francis “Honey” Barnes began his professional baseball career after graduating from Colgate University in 1925.  During his last two season at Colgate, Barnes displayed outstanding batting skills hitting .385 as a junior in 1924 and .350 as a senior in 1925.  Barnes was usually the #4 batter in the Colgate lineup as well as serving as the team’s captain.   After college, Barnes was signed by baseball scout Paul Krichell who certainly left his mark on Yankees history. 

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NY Yankee – Harry Hanson (1913)

NOTE – The following passage comes from a draft of my book The Least Among Them which presents an original and unique history of the New York Yankees.  The Least Among Them is currently in the editing stage.  It is hoped that the final research for this text will be completed in 2017 with a targeted 2018 publication date.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN – HARRY HANSON (1913)

            It has been seen that the 1912 Highlanders were not a very impressive squad.   In 1913, the results on the field for this franchise did not change dramatically.  As a baseball team, they were still not very good.  In 1912, the Highlanders won 50 games and finished in last place in the eight team American League.  The 1913 squad fared only slightly better, earning 57 wins and a seventh place finish in the eight team league.  One member of the 1913 team was a man who set a Major League record that still stands today – a catcher by the name of Harry Hanson.

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Mark Koenig and a Legend

The following is an excerpt from a book, The Least Among Them, I am writing about the Yankees that is currently in development:

            Mark Koenig was the Yankees starting shortstop for three seasons from 1926 through 1928.  Koenig was an erratic fielder, leading the league in errors in 1926 and 1928.  As a batter, he  usually served as the number two batter in the line-up,  hitting just before Babe Ruth.  After batting .319 in 1928 and .292 in more limited duty in 1929, Koenig got off to a slow start in 1930.  By the end of May, he was batting only .230.  On May 30, 1930, the Yankees traded Koenig, along with future Hall-of-Famer Waite Hoyt to the Detroit Tigers for Ownie Carroll, Harry Rice, and Yats Wuestling.  Of the three, only Harry Rice, who played 100 games for the Yankees in 1930 (batting .298) had any significant impact on the team.  After the trade, Koenig bounced between four teams over the remaining six years of his career, but during that time he influenced one pennant race and, in an indirect way, one of the most legendary moments in the history of baseball.

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NY Yankees in WWII

The following is an excerpt from a book, The Least Among Them, I am writing about the Yankees that is currently in development:

Over five hundred Major League baseball players enlisted or were drafted into the United States Armed Forces during World War II.  Of course, not all of these players saw combat or dangerous action.  In fact, during the war years there was some criticism that star players, being very athletic, were not more involved in combat.  This certainly wasn’t true of all big league players.  Former (and future) professional baseball players were present at most of the important engagements of the war.  This includes numerous players who wore the Yankee pinstripes.  The following list summarizes some of the battlefield action faced by Yankees players in World War II.

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Missing From Monument Park – Part III (Conclusion)

The following is the third (and final) installment in my series examining the greatest third basemen in Yankees history.

For Part I, please click here: https://drpaulsem.com/2016/03/13/missing-from-monument-park-part-i/

For Part II, please click here: https://drpaulsem.com/2016/03/15/missing-from-monument-part-part-ii/

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Missing From Monument Part – Part II

The following is the second of a three part series examining the greatest third basemen in Yankees history.  To read Part I, please click here:

https://drpaulsem.com/2016/03/13/missing-from-monument-park-part-i/

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