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The Longest Streaks without a Strikeout to Start a Career, 1919-1949 Pitchers Who Never Appeared In Relief
Yesterday, I took a look at the players
In the table below, “1st Gm” is the date of the players’ 1st major league plate appearance (not necessarily their debut), and “Last K-less Gm” is the date of the game before the strikeout-free streak was broken. The “Games” column provides links to the streaks in the players’ game logs. The table is sorted by the most PAs in the streak. I also included the number of walks drawn and the players’ teams.
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After striking out just once in 85 PAs in his first year, Harvey Kuenn
Hardy also drew 8 walks, which is tied for the second-most walks drawn before a player’s first career strikeout. That indicates he had a fair number of deep counts, which adds to his degree of difficulty. In fact, I went back and counted, and Hardy had 12 counts with two-strikes before the first one that ended in a strikeout. That includes at least two 0-2 counts.Chico Carrasquel
The Ozzie Virgilson
Overall, combining this list with the one for 1919-1949, we can see that despite this list covering twice as many seasons, the lengths of the streaks are just not as long. In fact, the #1 streak on this list (Barnes’ 65-gamer) would rank at best in a tie for 6th if both lists were combined; at worst, Barnes’ streak would rank as only the 9th-best in history. Unser’s 63-game streak, 2nd on this list, ranks no better than a tie for 9th overall, and could possibly be as low as a tie for 12th. And those are the only two streaks in the modern era that could even be in the top 10 since 1919.
In short, it’s a lot harder to have a strikeout-free streak when both pitchers and batters are more prone to striking out.
Tagged with: Bob Bailor Casey Kotchman Chico Carrasquel Dan Quisenberry Del Unser Dick Ruthven Ed Herrmann Garry Maddox Harvey Kuenn J.J. Hardy Jim King Johnny Temple lack of strikeouts Larry Bowa Luis Cruz Lute Barnes Mike Scmidt Ozzie Virgil (Jr.) Ozzie Virgil (Sr.) Paul Splittorff start of career streaks strikeouts
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