4/19 in Yankee History

On the 19th of April over the years…

2001: The Yankees defeat the Blue Jays‚ 6-5‚ in 17 innings and almost 6
hours. Six relievers pitch 11 scoreless innings before Chuck Knoblauch
walks and Jeter singles him to second. O’Neill’s 4th hit of the game
finally ends it. Both teams total 14 pitchers‚ who throw 538 pitches
(336 Ks) and strand 35 runners.



1979: Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles‚ Goose Gossage and Cliff
Johnson brawl in the Yankee clubhouse. Gossage sustains a sprained
ligament in his left thumb‚ and will be sidelined until July 12th.
After the fight‚ Reggie Jackson predicts that Cliff Johnson’s days as a
Yankee are numbered. He is proved correct when Johnson is traded to
Cleveland on June 15th for Don Hood.



1974: The Yankees obtain Walt ‘No Neck’ Williams and pitchers Ed Farmer
and Rick Sawyer from the Tigers for catcher Gerry Moses. Moses had come
to New York in the Graig Nettles trade.


1962: Mickey Mantle’s homer in the fourth off Chuck Estrada jumpstarts the Yanks to a 3-1 win over the Orioles.


1960: On Patriots’ Day (editor’s note: for the anniversary of the
beginning of the American revolution, not the football team) at Fenway
Park‚ Roger Maris makes his debut with the Yankees a smash as he goes
4-for-5‚ including 2 home runs‚ and drives in 4 runs. The Yanks spoil
Boston’s Opener with an 8-4 win as Jim Coates goes all the way for New
York. Tom Brewer is the loser. Red Sox catcher Haywood Sullivan has his
first Major League hit after 5 seasons and 16 at bats. Mayor John
Collins‚ wheel-chair bound because of polio‚ tosses out the first ball



1954: On Patriots’ Day in Boston‚ the Yankees sweep a doubleheader
from the Red Sox. Boston win the morning game‚ 2-1‚ on Willard Nixon’s five-hitter. In the afternoon game‚ the Yankees top Mel
Parnell 5-0 behind Jim McDonald‚ as Mickey Mantle belts his first
homer of the year.



1953: In the second game of a doubleheader, Alex Kellner of the A’s blanks the Yankees‚ 3-0 on 2 hits.
Kellner shut out the Bombers on Opening Day and is the first pitcher to
shutout New York on consecutive starts since Schoolboy Rowe in 1934.



1949: At pregame ceremonies marking the season opener with the Senators
at the Stadium‚ a granite monument to Babe Ruth‚ who died on August 16‚
1948‚ is unveiled in center field. Plaques honoring Lou Gehrig and
Miller Huggins are also presented. Mrs. Babe Ruth‚ Mayor William
O’Dwyer‚ Governor Thomas E. Dewey‚ and the current baseball team from
St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore are at the game. Gary
Simpson‚ the St. Mary’s captain‚ throws out the first ball.


The Yanks‚ who went just 13-14-1 in spring training‚ tie it at 2-2
in the 7th on Yogi Berra’s 2-out pinch single. New York win 3-2 when
Tommy Henrich hits a dramatic 9th inning two-out homer off starter Sid
Hudson. Henrich will hit another one out in tomorrow’s 3-0 win. Ed
Lopat gives up 8 hits – three by Gil Coan – in going the distance for
New York. Gene Woodling‚ the PCL’s leading hitter in 1948 with a .385
average‚ plays center field in place of the injured Joe DiMaggio.

1948: At Griffith Stadium‚ President Harry Truman tosses out the first


Fans might have thought Truman had stayed on the mound as the
Yankees bat around in the opening inning against Nats starter Early
Wynn. The second man up‚ Tommy Henrich‚ belts a two run homer‚ and a
few batters later Allie Reynolds hits his first major league homer‚ a
three run shot‚ that makes the score 7-0. Wynn gives up 16 hits and all
12 runs before leaving in the 9th for Ramon Garcia. Reynolds wins 12-4‚
allowing 11 hits‚ four by Leon Culberson. The Yanks like what they see
in Culberson‚ acquiring the first baseman on May 13th‚ but he will
never play another game in the majors.


1946: The Yankees open at home on Good Friday‚ a perceived conflict
that is vociferously protested by the New York chapter of the Catholic
War Veterans. Because of their objections, Mayor William O’Dwyer (a
Dodger fan) passes up the honor of throwing out the first ball. A WW II
Medal of Honor winner substitutes‚ and Joe Page and the Yanks beat
Washington‚ 7-6.



1928: The Yankees are out of first place for the first time since May
1926 when they lose‚ 7-6‚ the morning Patriots’ Day game in Boston.
Boston have just one hit in 5 innings off Al Sheeley but the Sox
overcome a 6-0 deficit to win. Pat Collins homers for the Sox‚ with
Slim Harriss picking up the relief win over Cy Moore. Behind Herb
Pennock‚ New York take the nitecap‚ 7-2‚ in a game rained out after 6


Hooks Wiltse is the losing pitcher, Ken Williams and Babe Ruth
exchanging homers.


1919: In the annual Patriots’ Day twinbill in Boston, new Red Sox
pitcher Joe Bush debuts with a 2-1 four-hit win over the Yankees’
saliva slinger Allan Russell in the a.m. game. The Red Sox (5-0)
complete the sweep in the afternoon with a 9-5 win behind Babe Ruth’s
pitching. Ruth further contributes a single and a long sacrifice fly to
right that scores Everett Scott from second after the Frank Gilhooley
catch. The Yankees help with six errors in the game, three by Del
Pratt, who offsets them with four hits.


                      Del Pratt

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