In '49 with Kansas City, Whitey phoned the Yanks.
He said he could help win the pennant. They laughed and said, "No thanks".
But 1 year later, Whitey helped them do just that by winning 9 out of 10 games as a Yankee.
HARRY GLADWIN BYRD
NEW YORK YANKEES
Born: Darlington, S. C., Feb. 3, 1925
Harry was voted the Rookie of the Year in the American League after winning 15 games for the Athletics in 1952. Although his 1953 record was comparatively disappointing, the Yankees went after him a of the biggest baseball trades armed strikeout special
FRANK JOHN LEJA, JR.
first base NEW YORK YANKEES
Home: Easthampton, Mass.
Born: February 7, 1936
A prize Big League prospect, Frank signed with the Yanks prior to the 1953 World Series for a sizeable bonus. A slugg first baseman, he has been likened by Yankee scouts to immortal Lou Gehrig, when he came out of Columbia University Frankie attracted the attention of the Big League teams his hitting at Holyoke High School.