» December 11, 1975: In two separate deals, the Yankees acquire pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for P Doc Medich; OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa from the Angels for OF Bobby Bonds. Randolph will hold down 2B for a decade while Rivers will provide fine CF. Medich will go 8–11 before being traded.
» May 28, 1976: Yankees Ed Figueroa and Tippy Martinez beat the Tigers 9–5 and hold Ron LeFlore hitless for the first time since April 17th. LeFlore had hit safely in 30 straight games, tying the 3rd longest streak in club history.
» September 17, 1976: At Milwaukee's County Stadium, 40,383 fans are on hand to celebrate "Hank Aaron Day." Among those gathered are commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Jack Ford, representing his father Gerald. Hank goes hitless in five at-bats, and the first-place Yankees spoil the night by winning, 5–3, in 11 innings. Graig Nettles hits a solo homer in the 11th for the game winner, and an insurance run scores on a suicide bunt. Ed Figueroa tallies his 19th win, and the Yanks pad their lead to 11 games.
» October 21, 1976:
The Reds take a 3-0 lead against Ed Figueroa,
but the Yankees close it to 3-2. A 4-run splurge
in the 9th, topped by Johnny Bench's 2nd HR of the
game, ices the Reds 7-2 win, completing a 4-game
sweep of the Yankees. WS MVP Johnny Bench has 2 HRs
and 5 RBI,and demolishes the Yankees with .533 hitting.
Opposing C Thurman Munson had 6 straight singles to
tie a WS mark. The 1976 Reds become the first
team ever to go through an entire LCS and WS without
» May 13, 1977: Ed Figueroa pitches his 4th straight complete game, and Thurman Munson cracks a 7th inning homer to lead New York to a 3–0 win over the Angels.
» July 3, 1978: At Fenway, Carl Yastrzemski strokes a run-scoring double in the 3rd, his 2,800th career hit, as the Sox pummel the Yankees, 9–5. Yaz adds two singles in Boston's 12-hit attack, as Dennis Eckersley (9-2) tops Ed Figueroa. The win moves Boston ahead of 2nd place Milwaukee by seven 1/2 games with New York now trailing by eight games.
» September 10, 1978: The Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprague at the Yankees and the lefty last just two-thirds of an inning walking three and allowing one hit. The Yankees take the lead and top the Red Sox 7–4 behind Ed Figueroa and Rich Gossage. Boston collects just five hits, including Fred Lynn's 21st homer. The Yankees outhit the Red Sox 67-21, and outscore them 42-9, in a sweep that leaves the teams in a tie for first place, and caps a remarkable march to the top from 4th place, 14 games out.
» September 30, 1978:
The Yankees top the Indians, 7–0, behind Ed Figueroa's 20th win of the year. The Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant.