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New York Yankees late 1960s


This list is by no means complete, probably way less than 1 percentage of the young players signed by the New York Yankees during the mid to late 1960. The information is mostly from records, old magazines, newspapers, or whatever


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Almost all of the baseball players listed below played in professional baseball for more than one season. The year listed below is just a start of their profiles


The Players

Jerald Albin, Dennis Baldridge, Ron Boyer, Joe Brady, Jerry Branch, Billy Bryan, Michael Clark, Archie Dawson, Raymond DeRiggi, Tom Frondorf, Ed Gagle, Leroy Gardner, Jake Gibbs, Dave Kent, Ricky Kriz, Bill Olsen, Richard Ordway, Ed Pacheco, Cecil Perkins, Walter Peto, Larry Pyle, Wesley Rhea, Hal Reniff, Jerry Schultz, Neil E Swanson, Joe Verbanic, Gary Washington, and James Yawn


The Players


Jerald Albin,  Righthanded Infielder. Played 2 seasons in NY Yankees organization, 1967 and 1968. Averaged .280 in batting. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana USA. 


Dennis Baldridge, Righthanded Outfielder and Third Baseman. Born in Eugene, OR USA. At age 24 in 1969, he was already into a fine professional baseball career. That season, 1969,  Baldridge compiled a .284 batting average, laced 16 doubles and 16 homers, which were second  and third highest, and d rove in 50 runs on the Manchester Yankees. 


Ron Boyer, 24 years old Third Baseman. Born in Alba, Missouri USA on 8/17/1944. Played on 1969 Manchester Yankees Class AA of the Eastern League.


Joe Brady, 25 years old, Infielder. 6 ft 10 inches, 185 lbs. He averaged almost one extra base hit in 11 at bats for the 1968 Manchester Yankees AA.


Jerry Branch came over to New York Yankees via a trade involving mostly young players on October 10, 1970.


Billy Bryan, 29 years old, Catcher, Bats LH T RH. A 6 foot, strong armed backstop he was a long time pro baseball player, in 1967 he was on Manchester Yankees team.

Billy Bryan played in the major leagues from with 4 different teams from 1961 thru 1968, including 16 games with Yankees in 1967.


Michael Clark, Lefthanded Relief Pitcher. Born in Petoskey, Michigan. Clark was hurling from the mound in pro baseball already even thou he was just 18 years old. Yankees scouts like his ability to work the corners of the plate. In1967 Mike had a 2 wins and 3 losses record with a very fine 2.39 ERA, posted 32 Ks, walked 25 in 41 innings, spanning 23 games as a reliever in the New York Penn League under the guidance of manager Frank Verdi. 


Archie Dawson, 23 years old, Lefthanded Pitcher. Archie Dawson was the main mound master for manager Jerry Walker. Archie led the 1969 Manchester Yankees with a 12 and 7 win loss record for a team that lost more games than it won, a 64 and 75 record. He mixed up his pitches using curves, fastballs and change up and completed 5 of 22 starts, plus one relief appearance.


Raymond DeRiggi, Lefthanded Pitcher. He was the drafted in the first round in the 1969 Amateur Draft by the New Yorkers after a solid career for Seton Hall University.


Tom Frondorf, Righthanded Pitcher. The 6 ft 5 inches, 210 pound hard thrower pitched his first pro seasons with Cincinnati, 1963 thru 1968, prior to be traded to the New Yorkers. Was in the Yankees organization from 1969 thru 1972. Tom Frondorf posted a solid pro career 66 and 42 win and loss record with a 3.27 career ERA, in 111 games started, 265 games, 7 completed, including one shutout.


Ed Gagle, Righthanded Third Baseman. A native of California, he attended the U of Southern California and played on its 1963 National Collegiate Championship Baseball Team. Edward signed his first pro baseball with the NY Mets 1967 and played in their minor league system 2 years before being traded to the Yankees organization in 1968. At Binghamton AA of the Eastern League he played in 104 prior to joining Manchester of the same AA League. A power hitting third baseman, Gaglebatted .266 and led the Manchester Yankees in the following, 17 doubles, 23 homers, 72 Runs, 80 RBIs, 163 Ks, 123 walks. He played in pro baseball thru 1971.


Leroy Gardner, 19 years old, Outfielder. Lined 14 extra base hits in 273 at bats and hit a solid .293 in 75 games as a rookie minor leaguer for the 1969 Oneonta of the New York Pioneer League. Gardner was star pitcher on Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma USA.


Jake Gibbs, 29 years old, Catcher, Bats Lefthanded and Throws RH. The 6 ft backstop shared catching duties on the 1967 Manchester Yankees of the Eastern League AA. He was a long time major league baseball player with the NY Yankees from 1962 thru 1971. 


Dave Kent, Infielder and Outfielder. Born in Tampa, Florida USA. Played with NY Yankees affiliates from 1968 thru 1970, then one season in Pirates farm club, and after one with Cardinals affiliates in Double AA, Dave Kent played in Mexican League in 1973.


Ricky Kriz, 21 years old Outfielder. Had the talent to play professional baseball. For the Oneonta Yankees in 1969, Ricky Kria batted .254 in 61 games under the helm of manager George Case.


Bill Olsen, 21 years old Pitcher. He posted a perfect 8 wins and 0 loss record for  Oneonta in 1969. That season he tallied a misery 1.23 earned run average per 9 innings, ERA, and using his fastball notched 87 strikeouts in just 73 innings, 9 starts plus one relief game. Bill Olsen pitched in the pro ranks from 1968 thru 1973. In 1972 with Kingston of the Carolina League he had a 7 win and 1 loss record. 


Richard Orway, Righthanded Pitcher. He was a leading at Maine University prior to being chosen in the 1967 Amateur Draft by the NY Yankees. Dick Ordway pitched 4 years in pro baseball, 1967 thru 1970 and was hurling in the Eastern League in 1969 for the Manchester Yankees. There at age 25 in 1969, his numbers were 5 wins and 8 losses plus 6 saves with a 4.95 ERA in 32 games including 11 starts. Born in Boston, MA USA.


Ed Pacheco. He was signed by New York Yankees. 


Cecil Perkins, 26 years old Pitcher. He was well regarded by teammates of the 1967 Manchester Yankees. Pitched long time in minors.


Walter Peto, Shortstop. Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1967 after a stellar college career for Seton Hall University.


Larry Pyle, Righthanded Outfielder. Born in Mount Tabor, New Jersey USA. A standout batsman, Lawrence Pyle is choice for 1969 All American Baseball while starring at Miami University. There he played as a freshman, sophomore and junior from 1967 thru 1969. As a junior he set a still unbroken single season batting average of .431, and his career slugging of .623 is still tops, as we leave year 2012. He was the New York Yankees second round pick in 1969 at age 21 and was sent to Double A with the Manchester Yankees of the Eastern League. His rookie season in pro baseball, 1969, he batted .230 posted a fine .303 on base percentage with 16 extra base hits in 73 at bats. Pyle went on to play in Triple A pro ball. He is a member of the University of Miami Hall of Fame.  


Wesley Rhea, Lefthanded Pitcher. The 6 ft 190 lbs lefty had been pitching awhile by the 1969 rolled around. He was 26 yrs old and split his pitching with another team and with the Manchester Yankees squad. Born in Tacoma, WA USA. Wes Rhea racked up many favorable memories during his play days in pro baseball.


Hal Reniff, 29 years old, Relief Pitcher. Pitched many years in major league baseball, 1961 thru 1967, all with the NY Yankees, and posted a solid 3.27 ERA in 276 major league games. In 1967 he spent time hoping to strengthen his pitching arm with the Yankees affiliate for the Manchester Double AA.  


Jerry Schultz, Bats LH, T RH, Second baseman and Outfielder. Born in Wheaton, Minnesota USA. He was 23 years old and split his 1969 season in Class A and with the Manchester Yankees of the Eastern League Double A minors. For Manchester he showed considerable defensive talent at 2nd base, handling 83 assists, 104 putouts, was in 27 double plays, made just 6 errors in 31 games. That year he batted .214 with 10 doubles, 1 Hr scored 36 runs. Jerry Schultz played long time in pro baseball and  had many Days of Glory on the Diamond.


Neil Swanson, Lefthanded Pitcher. The lanky 6 ft 3 inch, 170 lbs pitcher broke into professional baseball at age 18 for Fort Lauderdale of the Florida League Single A minors, in affiliation with the NY Yankees. That season Neil posted a sterling 8 wins and 2 loss record with a fine 2.81 ERA, notching 67 strikeouts in 109 innings. Swanson born in New York City USA pitched in pro baseball from 1967 thru 1970, all in the Yankees organization. His last year he hurled for Kinston of the Carolina League AA.


Joe Verbanic, Pitcher. He broke into the majors with the Phillies in 1966, then was traded during the offseason to the Yankees. His first year in NY, he posted a 4 and 3 record in 6 starts plus 22 relief appearances. Armed with a mix of slow stuff, including curves, change up and the ability to throw strikes, Joe Verbanic

pitched with NY Yanks 1967 and 1968 and 1970, He pitched in 92 games, 17 starts, 207 innings and 2 complete game shutouts.


Gary Washington, Lefthanded, First Baseman. Born in Paragould, Arkansas USA. A sought after star first baseman at Mississippi State University and was drafted by the Yankees. Played first pro season in 1967 with Oneonta A of the NY Pioneer League and hit .284 in 76 games, 261 at bats. Also showed talent with Manchester Yankees Double A of the Eastern League in 1969 and 1970 then in October was traded to Pittsburgh on October 15, 1970. Gary Washington also played with Pirates organization. 


James Yawn, 24 years old, Second Baseman. Born in Vicksburg, MS USA on August 29, 1944. A solid fielder, Yawn was the starting second baseman on the 1969 Manchester Yankees. That year he batted a lofty .311 in 209 at bats, including 6 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers and compiled a very fine .345 on base pct. Played long time in minors.


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