7/19 in Yankee History


2008: Confusion erupts in a New York-Penn League game between the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones. Switch-hitting Brooklyn DH Ralph Henriquez Jr. steps to the plate from the right side against Pat Venditte, the minor leagues’ first ambidextrous  pitcher of the century. Henriquez then decides he will hit left-handed and Venditte promptly switches his glove to the right hand. Henriquez again calls time and switches sides. The shuffle continues several times before the umpires and managers decide that the batter must declare first from which side he will bat and that players can only switch once per at-bat. Venditte, throwing from the right side, winds up whiffing Henriquez on four pitches.




2007: Shelley Duncan hits his 25th homer for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees to break Wendell Magee’s franchise record for home runs. Duncan will be called up to the majors and hit three homers in his first three days in big leagues.



2001: In action at Detroit, Andy Pettite is somewhat less than dandy, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits before giving way to the bullpen in the 4th. The Tigers go on to an 11-2 victory.





1990: By coming in for the save in a 2-1 victory over the Twins, Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as Yankee, breaking Whitey Ford’s record for mound appearances for the club.




1987: Texas hand the Yankees one of their worst defeats in franchise history, with a 20-3 thrashing. Steve Buechle has 2 homers to pace the offense. In the 9th inning‚ catcher New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound and walks one but allows no runs. The only good news for the Bombers is that Don Mattingly sets an MLB record by getting an extra-base hit in his 10th straight game.




1979: Al Rosen resigns as Yankee club president after a year and a half on the job. The one-time Indian star’s tenure had been marred by continual disagreements with Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.



1975: The shape of things to come… Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout. The Yankees lose‚ 2-1.




1962: John W. Cox‚ owner and CEO of the General Packaging Company (who are the landlords of Yankee Stadium), donates the facility ‘lock‚ stock and barrel’ to Rice University‚ his alma mater. Cox has owned the Stadium since 1955. The university will derive the income from the rental of the Stadium‚ while the land underneath goes to the Knights of Columbus. Rice will relinquish ownership in 1971‚ when the city of New York will acquire it through eminent domain. New York will pay the university $2.5 million as compensation



1961: Baseball commissioner Ford Frick‚ an old friend of Babe Ruth’s, announces that should Ruth’s record be beaten after 154 games‚ the record will carry an asterisk. When asked about the ruling‚ Roger Maris replies‚ “A season is a season.”

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1960: The Yankees outslug the Indians 13-11‚ behind the bat of Moose Skowron,  Moose follows a Yogi Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the 8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11-8 lead. Skowron then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Roger Maris hits his 30th HR and Jimmy Piersall homers for the Tribe.



1959: Before 57‚000 at the Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting White Sox‚ winning the nitecap 6-4 on Mantle’s homer off Turk Lowin. In game 1‚ Yankee veteran Enos Slaughter (below) belts a pair of homers: at age 43‚ he is the oldest player this century to go long twice in one game. Carlton Fisk will top Slaughter in 1991.




1958: The Yanks Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month‚ against the Athletics‚ but New York lose 6-4.




1950: In the first game of a doubleheader, Ed Lopat tosses a 2-hitter as the Yankees romp to a 16-1 win. The nitecap will be a closer affair, but New York still complete the sweep, winning 4-3.



Off the field, the Yankees sign their first black players, Elston Howard (shown below)  and Frank Barnes. Obtained from the Kansas City Monarchs, both will be assigned to Muskegon of the Central League.




1940: The Yankee drive to salvage their season after a very slow start continues, as they roll over Cleveland 15-6. With Bill Dickey taking the day off, backup catcher Warren ‘Buddy’ Rosar hits for the cycle and Babe Dahlgren homers twice to lead the New York attack. Lefty Gomez and Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy combine for the win.




1937: Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for jumping the club. On the 13th‚ the Yanks had announced that Broaca had a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot.


1928: Babe Ruth leads the way again‚ with a pair of 2-run homers‚ to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Al Thomas takes the loss‚ his 13th consecutive to New York in as many games over the past 2 seasons.




1904: Mark Koenig, the longest surviving member of the Murderers’ Row starting eight, is born.




1896: Bob Meusel, starting left fielder for the Murderers’ Row club in 1927, and the first Yankee to hit for the cycle twice, is born .


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