If Your Birthday is June 2nd...
We also remember a pair of long-time Yankees:
Gene Michael, who deserves a plaque in Monument Park.Hockey uses the term "builder" to describe outstanding front office talent, and in Yankee history, that's the best way to describe "Stick"'s contribtions. This onetime shortstop excelled in scouting and personnel decisions. Along with Buck Showalter, Gene is credited with restoring order to the organization during George Steinbrenner's 1990s suspension, trading for Paul O'Neill, signing Mariano Rivera out of Panama, drafting Derek Jeter and laying the groundwork for the Yanks' most recent dynasty.
Horace Clarke, often and unfairly derided as the symbol for the dozen lost years between the end of the Mantle/Ford dynasty and the team's late 1970s revival as the free agent era began. Succeeding Bobby Richardson as the club's 2nd baseman, he was dependable and durable, if not flashy. The native of the U.S. Virgin Islands passed away in 2020.
It's also the birthday of Jerry Mathers... so all these players share their birthday with the iconic star of TV's Leave It to Beaver!!