Here are some trivia questions related to Monday's calendar question: Who threw 21 strikeouts in a ML game? Why is he not listed next to Wood, Clemens, Johnson? What is the sort-of connection to the Cubs?
I vaguely remember this. Seems like he pitched like 15 or 16 innings in the early 60's, but I cannot remember his name. I think he was on the Pirates' 1960 championship team a few years before. Hints?
Stop the presses! Spriggs wants a hint!
Of course, he already has a lot of it: 16 innings, the year was 1962. The player went from the Cardinals to the Pirates---greatly improving after the trade. He won the WS with the Pirates in 1960.
A hint to the name: think of a Vice President.
Spelled different though, right? Tom ? Cheney ?
Tom Cheney it is, and it's spelled the same way as Dick Cheney.
For the sort-of connection with the Cubs, let me give some details on the Wikipedia article on Cheney (Tom, not Dick). http://en.wikipedia....eney_(baseball)
On 12 September 1962, while pitching for the Washington Senators, Cheney struck out 21 Baltimore Orioles. Washington finally won 2-1 in the 16th inning. Cheney had struck out 13 after 9 innings, but insisted on staying in the game.
I started this damn game, I'm finishing it.
He pitched eight straight hitless innings toward the end and struck out his 21st batter with his 216th and last pitch.
Cheney pitched really well the next year until he suffered a serious elbow injury in July. He was never the same pitcher after that and soon retired.
His daughter said:
"He was angry that he had such a great career one day and the next day it was gone. He pretty much blames that (record-breaking) game for the decline of this arm. When he pitched, he pitched hard."
I suggest that anyone on this board who reads this story, about a player pitching a great game with an outrageous number of pitches and subsequently suffering an injury probably related to overuse, cannot help but cringe and think of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.