1906 Chicago Cubs -Best Pitching Staff Ever?
The 1906 Chicago Cubs became had the first and last pitching staff with 6 pitchers with 140 or more innings pitched and an earned run average under 2.25. Mordecai Brown, Jack Pfiester, Ed Reulbach, Carl Lundgren, Jack Taylor and Orval Overall would have an overall record of 106 wins and 30 losses for an unbelievable .779 win percentage.
These very same Cubbies also became the first pitching staff to have 5 of its starters finish a season with an earned run average below 2.00. The only other team since then… the 1907 Chicago Cubs. Not too bad for a pitching staff with only one Hall of Famer.
This Day in Baseball
At Exposition Park in Pittsburgh, Nick Maddox no-hits the Dodgers, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and ten months, the Pirate hurler becomes the second rookie and remains the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues.
On Babe Ruth Day in Boston, the Bambino scores the winning run in both ends of the doubleheader. Ironically, it will be the last game he plays for the Red Sox in Fenway.
For the first time in 19 years, Gabby Street appears in a major league game. The 48-year old Cardinal skipper is 0-for-1, but the backstop displays his old catching skills when he nails Brooklyn runner Babe Herman trying steal a base.
Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit 20 home runs for two different teams in the same season. ‘Big Mac’ had hit 34 with the A’s before being traded to St. Louis.
Oriole infielder Mike Bordick sets a major league record playing his 102nd successive game at shortstop without committing an error. Rey Ordonez, playing shortstop for the Mets, had established mark in 1999-2000.