This Day In Sports History (June 5th) — Count Fleet
This Day In Sports History (June 6th) — Stump Merrill
It was on this day in 1990 that Stump Merrill replaced Bucky Dent as the manager of the New York Yankees. With the hiring, Merrill became the 31st manager in Yankees history.
Merrill replaced Dent, who had the Yankees out to an 18-31 record to start the 1990 season. Dent was hired late in the 1989 season, and he had a miserable 36-53 record in 89 games during his time in the Yankees dugout. In a rather controversial move, Dent was fired by owner George Steinbrenner during a road trip to Boston. Merrill was hired shortly after, but he didn’t fare too well, either, managing 275 games for the Yankees and putting together a 120-155 record before being fired at the end of the 1991 season. He was replaced by Buck Showalter in the offseason.
Of the 34 managers in Yankees history, only 11 have been unable to accumulate a record above the .500 mark. Both Dent and Merrill are on that list. As for the Yankees’ current manager, Joe Girardi, he is currently posting a .591 winning percentage.
Here is a look at Girardi being introduced as the 34th manager in Yankees history.
Bjorn Borg, Tennis – Born June 6, 1956 (age 57) in Sodertalje, Sweden
Frankie King, NBA – Born June 6, 1972 (age 41) in Baxley, Georgia
Olindo Mare, NFL – Born June 6, 1973 (age 40) in Hollywood, Florida