This day in baseball: Welch’s consecutive strikeouts record

On August 28, 1884, New York Gothams pitcher Mickey Welch struck out the first nine Cleveland Blues hitters to come to the plate, establishing a major league record for consecutive strikeouts. Welch’s mark lasted until 1970, when New York Mets right-hander Tom Seaver would strike out the last ten San Diego batters he faced in a game at Shea Stadium.

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This day in baseball: Welch wins 300

Pitcher Mickey Welch of the New York Giants reached the 300-victory milestone on July 28, 1890, making him the third pitcher in baseball history to reach the mark.  Welch defeated Pittsburgh 4-2 that day, and would go on to record seven more victories before retiring from the game.

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This day in baseball: The first pinch hitter

The first pinch hitter in Major League history made his historic plate appearance on August 10, 1889 against the Hoosiers in Indianapolis.  Mickey Welch of the New York Giants would strike out in this at-bat, but the Giants still went on to win the game, 9-6.  Welch went on to become a 300-game winner as a pitcher.

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