Saturday, June 25, 2016

This Day in New York Yankees History 6/25: Bat Boys Wear Helmets

On this day in 1985 the Yankees bat boy Butch Wynegar is hit by a line drive foul ball. The line drive caused the Yankees to instate a new rule mandating that the team's bat boy must wear a helmet while on the field for all games.

Also on this day in 1934 Lou Gehrig, the Yankees first basemen, would complete one of his two career cycles in his career, the other coming in 1937. Also in the game John Broaca tied a major league record by striking out five consecutive times in the game but still gets the victory over the Chicago White Sox by the score of 11-2 in Yankee Stadium.


  1. Butch Wynegar was never THAT bad to be demoted to ballboy...well in '86 he probably would have been better off as one.

    You may have forgotten him as the more popular Rick Cerone was also on the team for most of the same years. Like Roy Smalley, Butch was a pretty popular Twin but Yank fans forget that they were ever on our team.

    I don't think we ever got the name of the ballboy, but it was indeed a ball that Butch hit that got the poor ballboy.

    1. Vamp,

      Welcome to the site. I hope you enjoy your time here. I'll have to take your word on Butch, in 1986 I was less than a year old :)


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