And Here’s The Batter’s Box…

Gil McDougald Needs to Be Reminded Where He Can Stand

Photo © Bill Nehez

New York Yankee third baseman Gil McDougald had one of the most unorthodox batting stances of all time.  He would face the pitcher with both feet pointing towards the mound in an open stance.

At Municipal Stadium on June 12, 1953 the Cleveland Indians were upset with where McDougald was standing, claiming his right foot was over the line of the batter’s box. Twice the Indians protested and here in the fifth inning Umpire Bill Summers draws a line in the front of the plate to where McDougald could legally stand and McDougald backed up an inch. Looking on are Indians catcher Jim Hegan and manager Al Lopez. The Indians picher Early Wynn was tossed from this game by Summers in the 7th inning for arguing balls and strikes. The Yankees won the game 4-2. Whitey Ford picked up his seventh win of the season with no defeats.

Ira Berkow wrote a terrific piece about McDougald in the July 10, 1994 New York Times.

One of the true gentlemen of baseball, Gil McDougald passed away November 28, 2010 at the age of 82.

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