This Day In Baseball May 19
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Events for May 19
5/19/1913 – The Yankees scored seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat the Browns, 8-6. In that inning Frank Chance ground out as a pinch hitter for the pitcher, Ray Fisher, who was in the ninth spot in the lineup. When the New Yorkers approached the bottom of the order again in the same inning, Chance hit in the eighth spot instead of shortstop Claud Derrick. This time Chance singled and knocked in two runs. St. Louis protested to umpire Hildebrand after the inning was over but he correctly told them that it was too late.
The Senators play the District’s first Sunday game, beating Cleveland in a dramatic, 1-0 twelve-inning contest in front of the largest crowd in the history of American League Park. The 17,000 spectators packed into the Washington D.C. ballpark include 2,000 soldiers, who are guests of the team, several U.S. Senators, and a Justice from the Supreme Court.
For the first time in major league history, brothers on opposite teams hit home runs in the same game. Boston Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell homers off his brother Wes Ferrellin the 2nd inning, but the Cleveland Indians pitcher returns the favor as he homers in the 3rd on a pitch called by his sibling. It is the only time that the Ferrell brothers homer in the same game.
Dale Long’s eighth-inning Forbes Field’s two-run round-tripper against Chicago is the first in a string of eight consecutive games in which the Pirates’ first baseman will homer. The Adam, MA native’s major league mark will also be accomplished by Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (Mariners, 1993).
In a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente injures his right elbow. Pittsburgh Press reporter Les Biederman writes: “The Puerto Rican lasted three innings last night as the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 8 – 2, retiring in favor of Roman Mejias after making an underhanded throw while pitcher Larry Jackson waltzed from first to third on an ordinary single in the 3rd inning. Clemente complained of pains in the right elbow in Chicago but X-rays taken there failed to reveal anything wrong. Clemente says he injured the arm making a sliding catch in Los Angeles and simply aggravated an old ailment.” Pittsburgh’s banged-up ball hawk will not return to the starting lineup until July 9th.
At Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Billy O’Dell hits a weird 120-foot home run against the Chicago White Sox. His shot hits the foul line and bounces over the head of right fielder Al Smith, allowing O’Dell to circle the bases. Thanks to O’Dell’s two-run, inside-the-park home run, the Orioles win the game, 2 – 1. Billy Pierce is the loser.
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