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08-27-01, 02:59 PM
Which feat do you think would rank as the greatest pitching performance of all time? Don't be a homer, be honest.
08-27-01, 04:30 PM
I have two:
In 1944, Charley Barrett of the Boston Braves threw only FIFTY-EIGHT pitches during a nine inning complete game. He shutout the Reds 2 - 0 and the game set a major league record for least number of pitches thrown by a single pitcher in a complete game.
In 1926, Dutch Levsen threw two complete games in one day in a double header. He won the first game 6-1 and the second 5-1. Urban Shocker also did this but he gave up four runs in a day instead of two.
08-27-01, 04:49 PM
"Old Hoss" Radburn pitched every game of the 1889(?) season for Providence. :cool:
Two of my favorite all time pitching feats were;
1. The 26 inning 1-1 tie between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Bees on May 1 1920. Both pitchers pitched the whole game. I believe (but may be wrong) that Old Hoss Radburn was one of the pitchers involved.
The other was;
2 The 51 minute game between the Giants (6) and the Phillies (1) on Sept 28, 1919.
# 21 Forever
08-27-01, 07:38 PM
I chose Don Larson's perfect game only because he is a personal favorite of mine! Not a good reason but my reason! :)
08-27-01, 09:16 PM
Juan Marichal vs. Warren Spahn (July 2, 1963)
The Giants beat the Braves 1-0 in 16 innings in one of the greatest pitching duels ever as San Francisco's Juan Marichal and Milwaukee's Warren Spahn each pitched complete games. Willie Mays won the game with a solo homer with one out in the 16th.
Spahn, 42, allowed nine hits and one walk, striking out two. He entered the game with five consecutive wins, and the loss dropped his record to 11-4. Mays' homer ended a streak of 27 consecutive shutout innings by Spahn. Marichal allowed eight hits and four walks, striking out 10. The win was his eighth in a row and improved his record to 13-3.
- Shamelessly cut-and-pasted from http://www.sportingnews.com/archives/sports2000/moments/181409.html
Hey, I wasn't even born when this happened, but I wish I'd been there to see Spahn and Marichal battle to the last!
Marichail was one of my favorite pitchers. He was a joy to watch. I will always rank him as one of the all time greats.
08-28-01, 10:38 AM
1978 playoff game Yankees vs Red Sox
Big Ed Reulbach, Sept. 26, 1908
Pitched both games of a doubleheader against Brooklyn.
Won the 1st game 5-0, and won the 2nd game 3-0.
08-29-01, 05:29 AM
I chose Larsen's, since he's still alive and he went to the same HS (Louma?) in San Diego as David Wells, who pitched a Perfect Game on Beanie Baby Day.
On Yogi Berra Day, Don was there when Coney pitched another Perfect Game. Probably more to do with familiarity, so that's my cheap excuse for today. :p
09-01-01, 11:31 AM
I voted for Don. I mean, think of the pressure put on someone in the WS. And then to pitch a perfect game. Rare. ONly a Yankee could do it.
09-10-01, 08:18 PM
Radbourn started 75 of the 112 games for the Providence Grays in 1884. He compiled over 675 IP, won the triple crown (imagine having an ERA of 1.38 over so many innings! He threw 75 complete games- ridiculous.
This can never even be thought of- it's doubtful you could have three starters on a team throw 675 IP- Radbourn simply won FIFTY-NINE games.
09-22-01, 05:47 PM
Opening Day at the original Polo Grounds, 1880's. Team photo. Radbourne is there. . . clearly giving the finger to the cameraman!
Historical note: I guess that proves it didn't come from Italy as there were very few Italians in the U.S. then.
09-24-01, 01:39 PM
I've got an "other".
Lefty Grove's 1931 season of 31 wins and 4 losses. He also had 27 complete games that year. Amazing!
09-24-01, 04:47 PM
darn I thought you said feet
10-15-01, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by jiffyjeff
darn I thought you said feet
oooooook Thats pretty sad.
10-17-01, 11:54 PM
This pitching feat is along the lines of Hoss Radbourne. In 1884 while pitching for Louisville of the American Association pitcher Guy Hecker started 73 of his teams 112 games that year and compiled 52 wins with a league leading 1.80 ERA He also logged 670.2 innings that year and even made made 3 relief appearances while throwing 72 complete games. He also struck out 385 batters that year. But on the negative side he also lost 20 times and gave up 526 hits that year.
10-18-01, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by bobdude57
This pitching feat is along the lines of Hoss Radbourne. In 1884 while pitching for Louisville of the American Association pitcher Guy Hecker started 73 of his teams 112 games that year and compiled 52 wins with a league leading 1.80 ERA He also logged 670.2 innings that year and even made made 3 relief appearances while throwing 72 complete games. He also struck out 385 batters that year. But on the negative side he also lost 20 times and gave up 526 hits that year. 526 hits in 670.2 innings is not all that terrible!!
10-19-01, 09:50 AM
I also picked Larsen's perfect game. Think of the pressure he was under and the team he faced...the Dodgers who had several future hall of famers playing for them that day. I also had the opportunity to meet him this summer at the annual yanks old timers game and found him a pleasure to speak to. I also had the good fortune to be present on Yogi Berra day and witnessed Cone's masterpiece! What luck for this old yankee fan!!!:) :) :) :NY: :NY: :NY: :NY:
Nothing was mentioned about this being a single game record.
Well here are a few;
Cy Young's 511 wins
Jack Chesbro's 41 wins in 1904
Babe Ruth's and Whitey Fords WS records (ERA and consecutive Shutout innings)
The 56 minute game between the Giants (6) and the Cubs (0) in (I believe) the 30's.
Haddix's 12 inning perfecto only to finally lose the game.
A 26 inning game where both pitchers had complete games (I've forgotten the details)
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