This day in baseball: Immaculate inning
Posted: July 1, 2016 Filed under: 20th Century, This day in baseball | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, history, Jack Croning, Major League Baseball, MLB, Philadelphia Athletics, Rube Waddell, sports
On July 1, 1902, A’s pitcher Rube Waddell became the first American League pitcher to throw an immaculate inning. In the third* inning, Waddell struck out Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and Jack Cronin on nine consecutive pitches. He gave up only two hits over the course of the game, facing the minimum 27 batters en route to a 2-0 victory.
*I’ve also seen that Waddell accomplished the feat in the sixth inning. I went with the third here, because that’s what I’ve found indicated most frequently in my search.
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