In 1928 the Yankees paid Oakland (Pacific Coast League) the then-exorbitant sum of
$125,000 for their sensational double-play combo, Lyn Lary and Jimmy Reese. Shortstop
Lary was a Yankee until May 1934. In 1931 Lary had 107 RBI, the most ever by a Yankee
shortstop, and was one of six Yankees to score 100 runs. He also cost Lou Gehrig
that season's home run title when, incorrectly thinking a ball Gehrig hit out had
been caught, Lary left the basepath and was passed by Gehrig, who was declared out.
Playing for the 1936 Browns, Lary led the AL with 37 stolen bases.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»January 4, 1928: The Yankees buy SS Lyn Lary and IF Jimmy Reese from Oakland (Pacific Coast League) for a reported $150,000.
»December 14, 1933:
The Browns acquire OF Smead Jolley, P Ivy Andrews, and $40,000 from the Red Sox for P Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley, plus SS Jim Levey, and P Wally Hebert to Hollywood (PCL) for SS Alan Strange. Strange will go to Washington for veteran SS Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey, meanwhile, will return east in the fall to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will play halfback for three seasons.