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Tulsa Drillers outfielder Dan Collier homered in seven consecutive Texas League games in 1997. (Tulsa Drillers)
Saturday, June 19, 1971
Umpires suspended a California League contest between the Bakersfield Dodgers and Visalia Mets at 1:05 a.m. due to curfew. The game was resumed the next day and lasted a total of seven hours as the Oaks won, 11-9, in 22 innings.
Wednesday, June 19, 1985
MacArthur Stadium in Syracuse hosted a 27-inning marathon between the hometown Chiefs and the Pawtucket Red Sox. Syracuse scored once in the third inning, but the PawSox answered in the seventh. The game continued long into the night as both teams squandered countless chances to snap the 1-1 deadlock. Finally, with two outs in the top of the 27th, center fielder Ed Jurak delivered a bases-loaded single to put Pawtucket ahead, 3-1. PawSox pitcher Jim Dorsey, who had entered in the 24th, closed the door on the Chiefs, who totaled 22 hits but stranded 28 runners. The game lasted seven hours, seven minutes.
Thursday, June 19, 1997
Tulsa Drillers left fielder Dan Collier became the first Texas League player to homer in seven consecutive games when he blasted a two-run shot in the fifth inning. More >
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Kinston Indians posted all their runs in the second inning of an 13-8 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Indians smacked nine hits, drew four walks and sent 18 batters to the plate in the frame. 10 runs scored before Lynchburg recorded an out. More >

Ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte made his professional debut for Staten Island against the Brooklyn Cyclones when he faced switch-hitting catcher Ralph Henriquez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. A standoff ensued as both pitcher and batter repeatedly switched from left to right and back seeking an advantage. After a prolonged conference between umpires and both teams' coaching staffs, Venditte was ordered to pitch right-handed to a right-handed-hitting Henriquez, who struck out on four pitches. The confrontation, which made nationally televised highlight reels, forced the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation to come up with official rules for ambidextrous pitchers on July 2. More >