LINEDRIVER'S April 19th Baseball History picks
APRIL 19, 1970...Reds' pitching phenom Wayne Simpson makes his third major league start and allows a first inning double to outfielder Ken Henderson before no-hitting the Giants over the final eight and one-third innings. Cincinnati third baseman Tony Perez takes Gaylord Perry deep for a first-inning 2-run HR and goes 3-for-3 on the day with 4 RBI’s. The Reds improve their season's record to 11-4 with today's 6-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.
Simpson's record now stands at 3-0 with an 0.36 ERA. The right-hander has allowed just 7 hits in 26 innings of big league pitching.
While making his major league debut on April 9th, Simpson threw a complete game two-hit shutout against the Dodgers in Dodger Stadium.
APRIL 19, 1965...The Cincinnati Reds win, 2-0, behind the one-hit pitching of fireballer Jim Maloney in Milwaukee. Maloney, making his first start of the season, allows a harmless single to Denis Menke in the eighth-inning. Reds' third-sacker Deron Johnson provides the game's only offensive excitement with a two-run homer off Braves' lefty Wade Blasingame in the second-inning.
APRIL 19, 1975...The ‘Big Red Machine’ Cincinnati Reds treat the home crowd to a thrilling come from behind victory over the Houston Astros at Riverfront Stadium. After being down, 8-3, after six innings, the Reds score two runs in the 7th, and one run in the 8th. In the bottom of the 9th, Tony Perez scores on his solo homer, Ken Griffey scores on Pete Rose’s single, and Danny Driessen scores the winning run on Davey Concepcion’s single. Final score, Cincinnati 9, Houston 8.
APRIL 19, 1949...During pre-game festivities on Opening Day in Yankee Stadium, the Yankees' unveil a granite monument honoring Babe Ruth. Ruth died on August 16, 1948. The monument sits in center field next to the plaques of former manager Miller Huggins and Yankee legend Lou Gehrig.
APRIL 19, 1960...Roger Maris plays his first game in a Yankees' uniform after coming to New York in a trade with Kansas City in the off-season. The left-handed hitting Maris belts a pair of homers and knocks in four runs. New York wins in Boston, 8-4.
APRIL 19, 1965...The clear panels in the roof of the brand new Houston Astrodome are painted at a cost of $20,000 after fielders have difficulty seeing fly balls and pop-ups. The new coat of paint blocks the sunlight and will eventually cause the natural grass to die. The solution to the problem will be the installation of a green carpet, complete with padding and made to resemble natural grass. It will be called ‘Astroturf’.
APRIL 19, 1979...Ace reliever Goose Gossage and catcher/designated-hitter Cliff Johnson fight in the Yankees' clubhouse after the 6-3 loss to the Orioles. Gossage injures his thumb and will miss the next three months of the season. Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner is not a happy camper.
APRIL 19, 1986...Twenty-year-old pitcher Jose Rijo sets an Oakland team record by fanning 16 batters as the A’s defeat the Mariners, 7-2.
DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that Mike Jorgenson was the only MLB player born on the day that Babe Ruth died? Jorgenson, born August 16, 1948, played in the big leagues in 1968 and 1970-1985 with the Mets, Expos, A’s, Rangers, Braves, and Cardinals. Jorgenson appeared in 1633 games, hit .243 in 3421 at-bats, drove in 426 runs, and hit 95 HR’s. Jorgenson was a Gold Glove first baseman with the Montreal Expos in 1973.