1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons
On this day in 1975, Tom Seaver became the first pitcher in major league history to collect 200 or more strikeouts in eight consecutive seasons.
Showing off the remarkable ability to be a consistent and healthy performer, Seaver’s ability to dominate batters was unmatched during this time.
Here is a closer look at the numbers from those eight seasons:
1968 – 205
1969 – 208
1970 – 283
1971 – 289
1972 – 249
1973 – 251
1974 – 201
1975 – 243
And just for good measure, Seaver collected 235 hitters in 1976 extending the record to nine straight seasons!
How did he do in 1977? 196!!!
Happy Anniversary to ‘Tom Terrific’!!!
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1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!
On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.
In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game. It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.
The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.
His line from the game Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.
One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
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Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!
Rollie Fingers turns 68 years old today.
While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.
A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.
His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves. He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched. And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13. Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!
Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion. His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!
With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record. For his career, he is 114-118. So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13. I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!
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1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Sets Record With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons
On this day in 1992, Dennis Eckersley recorded his 40th save of the 1992 baseball season.
And while there was nothing extra-special about this particular game or the circumstance of the save, ‘Eck’ made history with this closing appearance. This save gave Eckersley 40 or more saves in four different seasons – a major league record!!
The first player to ever accomplish this feat, ‘Eck’ tallied 45 saves in 1988, 48 in 1990, 43 in 1991, and 52 in 1992. And with 33 saves during the 1989 season, Eckersley capped that 5-year span with 221 total saves.
Truly dominant and a great competitor.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Eckersley!!!
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1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300
On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.
Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982. And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.
On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume. Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners.
Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout. Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!
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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base
Last week I showed you the base card of Fergie Jenkins that I picked up from the new 2014 Allen & Ginter release.
And today, I have the mini version of that same card.
Have a look:
The minis are neat, but I am still not that happy with the card as a whole. The image is tired and has been used in way too many recent issues to get me going.
Still, as a Fergie Jenkins collector, I will try to grab a few more A&G singles as I can. If the feature image was different, and unique, I would certainly be more excited about the hunt ahead of me, but I have to be thankful that Mr. Jenkins’ name was included in the checklist to begin with…
On to the next!
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1980 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Captures 2,000th Strikeout Of Career
On this day in 1980, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer collected the 2,000th strikeout of his major league career.
At home and facing the new York Yankees, Palmer entered the game with 1,998 career strikeouts.
Reggie Jackson! Yep, the Hall of Famer!
In the top of the 6th inning, Jackson became Palmer’s career 2,000 strikeout. Palmer would end up having just 2 K’s in the contest, but was able to capture his 13th victory in the 6-5 win.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Palmer!!!
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