This day in baseball: The first official save

The first officially-recorded save took place on April 7, 1969 by Bill Singer as the Dodgers defeated Cincinnati, 3-2, in the season opener at Crosley Field.  The game had started with Don Drysdale giving up two back-to-back home runs  on the first two pitches he threw for the season to Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan.  Drysdale managed to calm down enough for the Dodgers to make a comeback, and Singer did not give up a hit in the final three innings to close out the game.

Bill Singer

Bill Singer (ESPN.com)


2 Comments on “This day in baseball: The first official save”

  1. wkkortas says:

    And then we went to make 40 starts for the rest of the season. Ah, baseball back in the day.


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