The New York Yankees were American League champions in 1957, but some individuals that were not fond of the Yankees claimed that they finished seventh as well as first.
These were the eight Yankees regulars:
1B Bill Skowron
2B Bobby Richardson
3B Andy Carey
SS Gil McDougald
LF Enos Slaughter
CF Mickey Mantle
RF Hank Bauer
C Yogi Berra
These were the eight Kansas City Athletics regulars in 1957:
1B Vic Power
2B Billy Hunter
3B Hector Lopez
SS Joe DeMaestri
LF Gus Zernial
CF Woodie Held
RF Lou Skizas
C Hal Smith
Zernial was the only player among the Kansas City regulars that never played for the Yankees. Each of the other eight players either had played for the Yankees before playing for the Athletics or would play for the Yankees in the future.
It was believed that Power was going to be the first black Yankee, but despite denials from management, he was too flashy and considered a "hot dog." The Yankees sent him to the Athletics in Dec. 1953
Hunter had been with the Yankees in 1955-56, Held was included in the 1957 trade to the Athletics that punished Billy Martin, Skizas appeared in six games for the Yankees in 1956 before being shuttled off the Kansas City and Hal Smith was sent to the Baltimore Orioles in the Bob Turley trade. The Birds sent Smith to the Athletics in 1956.
Lopez became a Yankee in 1959 when the Yankees were struggling, while DeMaestri was part of the Roger Maris trade in Dec. 1959.
Eight of the Kansas City regulars played for the Yankees, but there is more.
Bob Cerv, Billy Martin, Harry Simpson, Milt Graff (minors), Irv Noren, Bob Martyn, Jim Pisoni and Clete Boyer were on the Kansas City roster. All played for Yankees with the exception of Graff.
The 1957 Athletics pitching staff didn't take a back seat to the non-pitchers.
Ralph Terry (twice), Tom Morgan, Tom Gorman, Jack Urban, Virgil Trucks, Wally Burnette, Mickey McDermott, Rip Coleman and Ryne Duren had been or would become Yankees. Only Urban and Burnette were traded from the minors before they played for the Yankees.
Athletics owner Arnold Johnson and Yankees owners Dan Topping and Del Webb were business associates. Topping and Webb helped the other American League team owners decide in favor of Johnson purchasing the Athletics from the Mack family.
I was in my sixth season as a Yankees fan in 1957. My friends and I didn't question why the Yankees and Athletics made so many trades with almost all of them favoring the Yankees. We just wanted the Yankees to win.
Of greater importance was the fact that almost none of the baseball writers played down the scandal.
In 2012, the Yankees don't have one "farm" team. They have their choice of free agents from any of the other 29 teams.
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