This day in baseball: Marquard’s streak ends

Left-handed pitcher Rube Marquard of the Giants won 19 decisions in a row to start the 1912 season.  This tied a single-season mark set by Tim Keefe in 1888 and remains a record that stands to this day.    Marquard’s first loss of the season came on July 8th, when the Cubs defeated New York, 7-2.  Marquard went on to win a total of 26 decisions for the season, helping the Giants on their way to winning the NL pennant.


Rube Marquard, 1912 (Library of Congress)

This day in baseball: Keefe’s streak ends

On August 14, 1888, New York Giants pitcher Tim Keefe lost to Gus Krock and the White Stockings, 4-2, at the Polo Grounds.  This defeat marked the end of a nineteen-game winning streak for Keefe.  1888 proved to be the Hall of Fame pitcher’s best year, as he posted a 35-12 record and a 1.74 ERA with 335 strikeouts, earning him the Triple Crown that season.


Library of Congress