Wendell Ray York

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Wendell Ray York

Also Known As: "Lefty"
Birthplace: Mark, Davis, Iowa, United States
Death: October 21, 1959 (49)
Newark, Hudson, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Newton Elbert York and Ada Owens York
Husband of Margaret Halpin York
Father of Linda York Janesko; Doctor Pamela York Klainer; Barbara Wendell York and Private User
Brother of Alvin Lowell York; Owen Edwin York; Icle Pauline Briedwell and Harold Francis York

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About Wendell Ray York

Wendell Ray York was one of five children of Newton and Ada York of Bloomfield,Iowa. He had three brothers: Alvin, Owen,and Harold, and one sister, Pauline. They were raised on a farm and Wendell, like all of the York children helped out on the farm from an early age, becoming proficient in varied chores, especially milking the cows. But Wendell was different and although he went to a one room schoolhouse he had a desire for higher education. He went to Bloomfield High School, boarding in town away from the farm. He was academically gifted and very talented in athletics and played many sports, but baseball was his best sport and he became an outstanding pitcher. He continued his education at Monmouth College in Galesburg Illinois, where he was a fraternity member and set many records in baseball. He had to leave after his sophmore year, but continued to play ball in the semi-pro Leagues of the Midwest until an arm injury cut short his promising career. He came East to help His friend Neil Sands coach football at Kearny High School in Kearny, New Jersey and went to work for the DuPont Company. He met and fell in love with Margaret Halpin. They married in 1940 and had four daughters Linda, Pamela, Barbara and Wendy. Barbara died at eight months old from spinal menengitis. The remaining York girls went through the Kearny School system. Wendell left Dupont when the plant in Kearny closed and became the personel manager of the Standard Tool and Manufacturing Company in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Wendell suffered a massive heart attack and died an untimely death at the age of 49, leaving behind a loving and grieving family to remember him. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey. His spirit, intelligence, and loving kindness lived on in his children and his three grandchildren: Jordan Janesko, Sara Klainer, and Matthew Klainer.


During the baseball season last spring, “Scots Scoop” went back in time to report on the record-breaking 19-strikeout game by Monmouth pitcher Wendell York in 1933.

Thanks to some summer research, it was learned that York also holds the single-season strikeout record at MC, as he fanned 104 batters in approximately 77 innings. With that discovery, York moves past the credited strikeout record of 95 set by recent Hall of Fame inductee Jake Libby in 1991.

York pitched in 10 games for Monmouth’s 8-4 team in 1933, posting a record of 6-4. He fanned 10 batters or more in seven of those appearances, and if not for troubles against a dominant Illinois College team, he might have posted one of the best seasons on the mound in MC baseball history.

The Blueboys, who finished with an 11-1 record in 1933, topped Monmouth 8-0 and 18-6, with York surrendering much of the damage. But he was lights out against almost everyone else, including a 12-strikeout performance in Monmouth’s only all-time victory against the University of Iowa. York also recorded three victories over Western Illinois University and one over Bradley.

In fact, York might have broken his three-week-old record of 19 strikeouts in one of the WIU games has it not been shortened by rain. Through five innings, York had whiffed 12 Leatherneck batters.

In his record-breaking strikeout game vs. Eureka, York fanned nine of the final 10 batters. He also closed his win against Bradley in style, retiring the side in order from the third inning on. He got the game-winning hit in the eighth inning, then struck out the side in the ninth as Monmouth won 3-1.

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Wendell Ray York's Timeline

March 13, 1910
Mark, Davis, Iowa, United States
April 25, 1949
October 21, 1959
Age 49
Newark, Hudson, New Jersey, United States