Monday, June 25, 2012
On this day in 1953, Harry Dorish is brought in to relieve Billy Pierce to start the ninth, retires two batters and is relieved by Billy Pierce.
The brainchild of manager Paul Richards, Pierce is moved from the pitching mound to first base to start the ninth, while Dorish was brought in Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald. Harry Dorish replaced third baseman Bob Elliot. First baseman Fred Marsh was moved to third. Pitcher Billy Pierce moved into first base. The Yankees countered by replacing Hank Bauer with Don Bollweg. Bollweg singled off of Dorish and McDougald grounded out. Billy Pierce then moved back to the pitching mound and Dorish was replaced by Sam Mele, who took over first base. Pierce then gave up a walk, but managed a force out and a strikeout to end the game and sweep the Yankees in New York.
Harry Dorish was credited with a hold and Pierce won the game, but a few may argue that Pierce earned the win and the save, since Dorish did pitch between his pitching appearances in that game.