Monday, July 19, 2010
July 19: a good day for pitcher debutsPosted by Chris Jaffe
Today, July 19, marks the anniversary of some rather impressive MLB pitching debuts.
It was on July 19, 1936 that teenager Bob Feller first stepped on a MLB mound. 74 years later, he's still with us. How many people can say they're still around 74 years after they stepped on a MLB diamond? There can't be too many.
On July 19, 1960, Juan Marichal made his MLB debut, pitching a complete game one-hitter with 12 Ks. His Game Score of 96 is the highest known one for a MLB debut.
If you look at that list of highest Game Scores just linked to, you'll see another July 19 game in the top ten. On July 19, 1964, Luis Tiant made his MLB debut, throwing a complete game shutuout.
Still, the best player to debut on July 19 wasn't a pitcher. It was Honus Wagner.
History instructor by day, statnerd by night, Chris Jaffe leads one of the most exciting double lives imaginable; with the exception of every other double life possible to imagine. Despite his lack of comic-book-hero-worthiness, Chris enjoys farting around with this stuff. His new book, Evaluating Baseball's Managers is available for order. Chris welcomes responses to his articles via e-mail. Oh, and now he's on twitter.