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Sat, 1978-06-17

On June 17, 1978, Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees sets an American League record for most strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher in a single game. Guidry strikes out 18 California Angels in picking up a 4-0 win-his 11th consecutive victory without a loss. The performance will help coin a new nickname for Guidry as the team's announcer, Phil Rizzuto, begins to refer to him as "Louisiana Lightning", inspiring a new Yankees tradition as the fans begin to clap rhythmically each time there are two strikes on the batter.

 

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