Forgotten New York Yankees of the Past 4 Decades: "G"

Christopher WoodleyContributor IIIFebruary 29, 2012

Aaron Guiel (right)
Aaron Guiel (right)Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and Jeter are some of the greatest names in New York Yankees history.

However, Cary, Moreno and Heaton are the names of some of the forgotten Yankees.

This series will focus on the less remembered players to wear pinstripes over the last four decades (1970s-2000s).

Today's letter of the day is "G."

Aaron Guiel (2006)

Infielder/outfielder Aaron Guiel had the good fortune in 2006 to go from last place Kansas City to the first place Yankees.

Guiel, who set career highs with 15 home runs and 52 RBI with the Royals in 2003, was only hitting .220 when the Yankees selected him off waivers from Kansas City on July 5, 2006.

In his first game with New York on July 6, the British Columbia native recorded his first Yankees hit and scored three runs in a 10-4 win at Cleveland.

Later in the month, Guiel hit home runs in consecutive games at Texas.

In the later of the two games on July 25, Guiel was hit by a pitch on a 10-pitch at bat to load the bases with two outs and the Yankees trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth.

New York went on to score three runs in the inning. In the top of the fifth, Guiel drilled a two out, three-run home run en route to the Yankees 7-4 win.

In 44 games with New York, Guiel batted .256 with four home runs and 11 RBI.

However, he was left off the postseason roster for the ALDS against Detroit.

Guiel was granted free agency at the end of the season and played in Japan from 2007 to 2011. On Feb. 18, 2012, he was signed as a free agent by Kansas City.

Mike Gallego (left) with Oakland in a 1991 game against New York. The following year, Gallego signed a free agent contract with the Yankees.
Mike Gallego (left) with Oakland in a 1991 game against New York. The following year, Gallego signed a free agent contract with the Yankees.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Mike Gallego (1992-1994)

Infielder Mike Gallego went from three consecutive A.L. pennants in Oakland from 1988 to 1990 to a Yankees squad looking to rebuild in the early 1990s.

The 5 foot, 7 inch Gallego signed with New York as a free agent on Jan. 9, 1992. He appeared in 53 games in his first season, which included a pair of three-hit games against Milwaukee in May. 

He finished the season batting .254 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

Gallego had his best season in 1993. He batted .283 with 10 home runs and career-highs with 20 doubles and 54 RBI in 119 games. He tallied a 13-game hitting streak from May 29 to June 28. Gallego also recorded a pair of three-hit games in wins over eventual World Series champion Toronto.

While his playing time decreased in 1994, Gallego still put together productive numbers by batting .239 with six home runs and 41 RBI. In his second game of the season against Texas on April 7, Gallego homered twice and drove in three runs in an 18-6 triumph.

He also recorded a four-hit game in a 7-4 loss to Kansas City on June 3.

After the season, Gallego returned to Oakland as a free agent. He played his final three seasons with the Athletics and St. Louis. 

Bill Gullickson (1987)

New York was looking for a pitcher to help them win the A.L. East in 1987. On Aug. 26, the Yankees acquired pitcher Bill Gullickson from Cincinnati for pitcher Dennis Rasmussen.

Gullickson had won at least 12 games each season from 1982 to 1986. He arrived in the Bronx with a 10-11 record and a 4.85 ERA with the Reds.

Gullickson won his first two Yankee starts against Seattle and California.

He struck out a season-high 11 Brewers in a complete game, 6-4, loss to Milwaukee on Sept. 14. Five days later, Gullickson limited Toronto to two runs on three hits over seven innings in a 4-2 win.

While Gullickson pitched well for New York, the Yankees finished fourth in the A.L. East. In eight games, he was 4-2 with a 4.88 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 11 walks.

After playing in Japan from 1988 to 1989, Gullickson resumed his major league career with Houston in 1990. He was a 20-game winner with Detroit in 1991.

Larry Gura (1974-1975)

Larry Gura was one of Kansas City's top pitchers from the late 1970s to mid 1980s. Before he relocated to the Midwest, Gura pitched in the Bronx for two seasons.

Texas traded Gura to New York for catcher Duke Sims on May 7, 1974. In his first start after being called up from AAA Syracuse, Gura tossed a complete game in a 2-1 win over California on Aug. 25. He also pitched a pair of complete game shutouts against Detroit and Cleveland in September. Gura finished the season 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

As the No. 5 starter and relief pitcher in 1975, Gura posted a 7-8 record with a 3.51 ERA. He posted five complete game victories, however, Gura failed to win consecutive starts at any point during the season.

Gura started the 1976 season in New York, but manager Billy Martin did not use him in the early part of the season.

On May 16, Gura was traded to Kansas City for catcher Fran Healy.

From 1976 to 1984, Gura won 111 games for the Royals. During that time, he was 11-6 against New York and pitched a complete game victory against the Yankees in Game 1 of the 1980 ALCS.      


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