July 19, 1946: 14 ejected!
Submitted by BTGrimes on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 9:00am
Boston, Massachusetts - Fourteen Chicago White Sox were ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox on this date in 1946. It all started when White Sox pitcher Joe Haynes put Red Sox slugger Ted Williams on his fanny, the result of a pitch too far inside. Umpire Red Jones gave Haynes a warning. Here's how the Associated Press described what happened next, "A chorus of yammering from the Chicago bench resulted in [Umpire] Jones ordering four White Sox players from the bench - Ralph Hodgin, Dario Lodigianl, Ed Smith and Bling Miller." The "yammerin" didn't stop. Before the game was over 14 White Sox were ordered from the dugout for making derisive comments about Jones' vision and judgment. The Red Sox went on to win easily 9-2, and increase their lead against the second place New York Yankees to 11½ games.
A story surfaced some days after the mass exodus of White Sox players that it wasn't the players doing the yammering. It was, get this, a ventriloquist in the stands. If you read John Branch's 2006 story from the New York Times you'll find that the facts kind of get in the way of a good story.
The Red Sox went on to win the American League pennant in 1946 (this was before division play) before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
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