» March 27, 1987: In what will turn out to be an extremely lopsided trade, the Mets send C Ed Hearn and minor leaguers Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo to the Royals in exchange for David Cone and minor leaguer Chris Jelic. Cone will blossom into one of the National League's better starters, posting a 20-3 record for the Mets in 1988.
» May 22, 1988: Pedro Guerrero throws his bat at David Cone after being hit by a pitch in the Dodgers' 5–2 loss to the Mets and will be suspended for four games by National League president Bart Giamatti.
» September 30, 1988:
New York's David Cone beats St. Louis 4–2 to improve his record to 20-3.
» October 11, 1988: David Cone's 5-hitter evens the NLCS at three apiece. New York wins 5–1.
» October 6, 1991:
It's Fan Appreciation Day as David Cone of the Mets ties an National League record by striking out 19 Phillies in a 7–0 Mets win. The total gives Cone 241 for the year, as he leads the league for the 2nd straight season. Teammate Howard Johnson ends the season with 117 RBIs to lead the NL, the first Mets player to do so. He's also the first NL switch-hitter to lead in ribbies.
» March 27, 1992:
A lawsuit is filed against Mets P David Cone by three women charges him with exposing himself to them while in the bullpen at Shea Stadium.
» May 3, 1992: Eddie Murray of the Mets hits his 400th career home run in NY's 7–0 win over the Braves. David Cone hurls the 5–hit shutout.
» August 23, 1992: In his last outing as a Met, David Cone (13-7) gives up four runs in seven innings in losing to the Padres, 4-3. Cone gives up just three hits. Mets Bobby Bonilla homers in his fourth consecutive game, tying the club mark.
» August 27, 1992: The Mets trade P David Cone to the front runner Blue Jays in exchange for IF Jeff Kent and OF Ryan Thompson. Cone will miss leading the NL in strikeouts by one as John Smoltz registers a K on the final day of the season. Cone, who led the NL in strikeouts the past two seasons, would have been the first NL pitcher in 50 years to lead in strikeouts for three consecutive years.
» October 8, 1992: The Blue Jays even the ALCS at one game apiece with a 3–1 win over the A's. Kelly Gruber's 2–run home run in the 5th inning is the decisive blow, as David Cone records the victory.
» December 8, 1992:
The Royals sign free agent P David Cone and free agent SS Greg Gagne to 3-year contracts.
» May 22, 1994: Kansas City P David Cone hurls a 1-hit, 4-0 shutout over the Angels. Chili Davis' opposite-field single in the 5th inning is California's only safety.
» April 6, 1995: The Blue Jays acquire David Cone (16-5) from the Royals in exchange for infielders Chris Stynes and Anthony Medrano, and P David Sinnes.
» July 28, 1995: The Yankees get P David Cone from the Blue Jays in a trade for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis, and Mike Gordon. The team also trades OF-DH Danny Tartabull to the Athletics for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Jason Beverlin.
» April 27, 1996:
New York's David Cone misses his first start in nine years when he experiences a numbing in the fingers off his pitching hand. His replacement, Dwight Gooden, fashions a decent outing, allowing one run in six innings against the Twins. He has seven strikeouts using a shorter stride off the mound. But the Yankee bullpen can't match the Doc and the Twins score four runs on six hits off Bob Wickman in the 10th to win, 8–6.
» May 2, 1996:
After missing his first start in nine years because of a numbed finger on his pitching hand, David Cone tosses a complete game, 5–1 win over the White Sox. Jim Leyritz and Paul O'Neill back him with homers.
» May 7, 1996:
The first-place Yankees score eight runs in the 6th inning to beat the hapless Tigers, 12–5. Paul O'Neill is 2-for-3 to raise his average to .384, and Ruben Sierra drives home four runs. After the game, the Yankee players learn that clubhouse leader David Cone has an aneurysm in the front of his right shoulder that will require surgery on May 10th. Cone has experienced numbness in his pitching hand as a result.
» May 10, 1996:
Yankees' P David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.
» September 2, 1996:
In his first game back in action since undergoing surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder in May, Yankees' P David Cone hurls seven hitless innings in New York's 5-0 victory over the Athletics. Mariano Rivera gives up one hit in two innings as he finishes up for Cone. Cone's remarkable return sends Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.
» September 25, 1996: The Yankees clinch the American League East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The New Yorkers score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating four in the opening frame. Tino Martinez leads with five RBIs and David Cone (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yanks take the nitecap, 6–2.
» October 1, 1996:
The Rangers top the Yankees, 6-2, in the 1st game of their American League Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.
» October 22, 1996: The Yankees take Game 3, 5-2, behind the pitching of David Cone. John Wetteland gets the save as Bernie Williams drives in three runs for the winners.
» May 29, 1997:
In Toronto, Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer—his third in three games—and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto, 4–0. Jeff Nelson strikes out three Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.
» June 18, 1997: At a packed Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Mets, 3–2 on a 10th-inning RBI single by Tino Martinez. Solo home runs by Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder off Rick Reed gives the Yankees their lead and Yankee starter David Cone dominates his former team and does not allow a hit until John Olerud's leadoff double in the seventh. The three games at Yankee Stadium draw 168,719.
» June 23, 1997:
In Detroit, Yankee righty David Cone strikes out 16, his highest total in six years, and Cecil Fielder hits a three-run homer as New York wins, 5–2. Cone, who had shoulder surgery to repair an aneurysm on May 10, 1996, allows four hits, including homers by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley, in eight innings.
» June 29, 1997:
In New York, the Indians score seven runs off the usually stingy David Cone, but the Yankees outlast the Indians, 11–10. With his 9th-inning single, Sandy Alomar extends his hitting streak to 26 games, 6th longest in Tribe history.
» April 18, 1998: The Yankees set a team record for the longest win streak in Detroit as they win their 12th straight, beating the Tigers, 8–3. It is their 8th straight win overall and David Cone's 1st of the year. Greg Keagle takes the loss. The Tigers beat the Yanks tomorrow, 2–1.
» April 24, 1998: Yankee Stadium is cleared to reopen, so a series that was originally scheduled to be in Detroit opens in New York. Darryl Strawberry homers to complete a four run rally in the 1st in the Yankees 8–4 win. David Cone earns the win, his 150th, over Greg Keagle.
» June 7, 1998:
David Cone fans 14 Marlins as he hurls a 2–hitter to lead the Yankees take a 4–1 decision over Florida.
» June 14, 1998: By defeating the Indians, 4–2, the Yankees tie the major league mark for most consecutive non–losing series at 24. The 1912 Red Sox and 1970 Reds also accomplished the feat. David Cone fans 12 in recording the win.
» September 26, 1998:
The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 3–1, for David Cone's 20th win of the year. Cone sets a record for the most years (10) between 20–win seasons, having won 20 for the Mets in 1988. Jim Kaat held the previous record at 9. Shane Spencer homers, his 6th in nine days and his 7th in the month, a Yankee rookie record.
» July 18, 1999: Don Larsen, who hurled a perfect game for the New Yorkers in the 1956 World Series, throws out the first pitch prior to New York's game against the Expos. The Yankees then defeat the Expos, 6-0, as David Cone caps an emotional day by hurling a perfect game. Cone fans 10 batters as not a single Montreal player reaches base.
» October 2, 1999:
In a 3–2 Yankee win by David Cone over Tampa Bay, Bernie Williams draws his 100th walk of the year. He is the first player since Stan Musial (1948, 1953) to reach 200 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI, and 100 walks in a season. Bernie finishes with 202: 116: 115: 100 respectively.
» October 14, 1999: The Yankees go two games up on the Red Sox with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game of the ALCS. David Cone gets the win for NY, with help from a Tino Martinez home run. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run roundtripper.
» October 24, 1999: The Yankees defeat Braves, 7-2, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the Series. David Cone holds Atlanta to one hit and no runs in seven innings. Bernie Williams gets three hits for NY, while five of his teammates get two apiece. Braves' starter Kevin Millwood gets battered for eight hits and five runs (4 earned) in two innings of work.
» January 12, 2001: The Red Sox sign free agent P David Cone to a contract. Cone, 4–14 in 2000, had turned down a Yankee offer to try and make the team as the 5th starter.
» May 23, 2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 7-3 as SS Derek Jeter gets five hits, including a double and home run. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss, going five innings and giving up three runs. Andy Pettitte is the winner.
» July 24, 2001:
David Cone runs his record to 6–1 as the Red Sox get past the visiting Blue Jays, 6–4. The Sox have won the last 10 games that Cone has started.
» September 2, 2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 1–0, as P Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett's two–out, two–strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina's gem. It is the 3rd time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson's double. Opposing hurler David Cone, who takes the loss, is the most recent pitcher to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first seven inning of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves pitching coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland, who was promoted from bullpen coach to pitching coach last month when Joe Kerrigan became manager, said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team's training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. ''I'm not going,'' Cumberland said. ''That's official, that's for damn sure. That's OK. We've had a lot of good people leave this organization, and now it's going to be me because I'm not going to be reassigned.''