Sandy Koufax pitched a complete game on June 22, 1959 to defeat Philadelphia at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The Dodger left-hander struck out sixteen Phillies to set, at that time, a new record for strikeouts in a night game.
Two events are supremely beautiful: the strikeout and the home run. Each is a difficult and unlikely thing flawlessly achieved before your eyes.
Jack Taylor of the Chicago Orphans (Cubs) began an extraordinary streak of 187 consecutive complete game starts on June 20, 1901, when he took the loss against the Boston Beaneaters. The streak did experience a brief interruption after the first 39 games, when Taylor appeared as a relief pitcher for 15 games, before resuming his role as a starter. If one factors in his relief appearances, Taylor thus had 202 consecutive appearances in which he was not relieved by another pitcher. The total streak ran from June 1901 to August 1906, during which Taylor accrued 1,727 innings of work.
My dad gave me my first baseball glove, taught me how to hold a bat, played catch, hit fly balls to me to practice, and attended as many of my games as he could. To all the dads who’ve done these kinds of things for their own kids, I hope your day is wonderful!
I have to confess, I got a chuckle out of this one. Happy Friday!
As you get older, you slow down and the infielders back up because they’ve got more time to throw you out at first. At the same time, you lose a little power, so the outfielders move in because you aren’t hitting the ball so far. When they shake hands, you’ve had it.
The Yankees won 11-8 over the Tigers on June 13, 1921 as Babe Ruth pitched the first five innings and hit two home runs at the Polo Grounds. Ruth would not appear again as a starting pitcher for the Yankees during the 1921 season. However, he did break his own record by hitting 59 homers for the season.