This day in baseball: Rucker dominates the Cardinals

On July 24, 1909, Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Superbas struck out 16 Cardinal batters as Brooklyn defeated St. Louis, 1-0.  Rucker asserted that he actually collected 17 K’s that day, but a careless official scorer forgot to record one of them.  The southpaw finished the year second in the National League with 200 strikeouts (some sources say 201 strikeouts), in spite of Brooklyn’s dismal 55-98 season record.

Nap Rucker, 1913 (The Sporting News/public domain)

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