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1963 Topps FINAL Card Negative. DUKE SNIDER GIL HODGES

3/21/2009 4:14 AM

1970 Topps Orig Color Negative. Vada Pinson INDIANS
1970 Topps Orig Color Negative. Vada Pinson INDIANS

1971 Topps Orig Color Negative. Willie McCovey GIANTS
1971 Topps FINAL Coin Negative. Rusty Staub EXPOS

1971 Topps Orig. Color Negative. Balor Moore EXPOS ( Edit - Did not display image )

3/21/2009 4:31 AM
My word how times have changed. Mickey Vernon Tom Cheney out there to throw 16 innings and face 62 batters while striking out 21 in September 1962 in his first full year as a starter for a team that would lose 101 games.

Lot of 'famous' folks were in that game Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell started for the Orioles. Dick Williams and Charlie Lau both appeared as pinch hitters. Dick Hall who has a couple of decent WIS seasons pitched 8.1 innings of 1 run 5 hit ball and took the loss while managing to account for 3 of Cheney's 21k's. Jerry Adair who was a childhood hero for his role with the 'Impossible Dream; Sox back in '67 led-off for the O's and was a K victim as well.

Claude Osteen who would go on to win 20 games a couple of times for the Dodgers managed to get in the game as a pinch runner for the Senators.

All of this because doggie posted that first picture that included Cheney striking out 21 guys. It is amazing to me how little history has recognized that feat. I grew up a serious baseball fan and I'm not sure I'd ever really heard of him before reading this post.
Thanks doggie!

3/21/2009 4:54 AM

Thanks combalt

Sports Illustrated April 21, 1997

The King Of K's Nobody Knows

Tom Cheney struck out a major league record 21 hitters in one game in '62
article by Brad Herzog

Few fans would have guessed that Washington Senators pitcher Tom Cheney was on the verge of something special that late-summer evening 35 years ago. The skinny 27-year-old righthander was playing for his third team in five major league seasons and had only six career victories to his credit. But as Cheney prepared to take the mound against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 12, 1962, George Susce, the Senators' 54-year-old bullpen coach, saw something in the pitcher's warmup throws.

"Kid," he said as Cheney began to walk toward the field, "if you don't pitch a no-hitter tonight, it'll be your own fault."

Cheney didn't pitch a no-hitter. Instead, he set a record that has never been matched, striking out 21 batters in a game—in this case, a 16-inning complete game, which the Senators won 2-1. Nolan Ryan never struck out as many in a game. Neither did Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton or Tom Seaver. Roger Clemens, who last season equaled his own mark for the most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, has fallen one whiff short of 21.

And yet, while most of these other pitchers are in Cooperstown, the 62-year-old Cheney is driving a propane tank truck around south Georgia, with only his scrap-books and an occasional invitation to a card show as reminders of his major league days.

Why is he forgotten? Maybe it's because only 4,098 people at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium witnessed his feat. Perhaps it's because the Senators were lousy, in the second of what would be four straight 100-loss seasons. Or it could be because Cheney had fewer wins (19) and strikeouts (345) in his eight-year career than Koufax did in 1965 alone.

Most likely, Cheney's obscurity is due to a bias against records set in extra-inning games. But consider this: 42 pitchers have hurled at least 18 innings in a game, including Hall of Famers Carl Hubbell, Walter Johnson and Cy Young, and only eight reached double figures in strikeouts.

Cheney certainly could pitch. He had a live fastball, an excellent curve, a slider, a changeup, a screwball, even a knuckleball. "The guy had probably the best curveball I ever saw," claims Jimmy Piersall, Washington's centerfielder in 1962. "When he was right and kept it down, he was tough, no matter who he faced."

"Tom always threw pretty hard," remembers former Orioles third baseman and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, one of Cheney's victims, "but on this night he had a little extra."

Cheney had 13 strikeouts by the time the game went into extra innings, tied 1-1. In the 13th inning, manager Mickey Vernon asked him if he wanted to come out. "I just said I was going to win or lose it," recalls the soft-spoken Cheney. "The further I went, the stronger I got."

By fanning Baltimore relief pitcher Dick Hall to end the 14th inning, Cheney matched the single-game record of 19 strikeouts set by two pitchers, Charlie Sweeney and Hugh (One Arm) Daily, in 1884. Cheney added a 20th strikeout in the 15th, and in the top of the 16th, backup first baseman Bud Zipfel put the Senators ahead with a solo homer. After allowing a single to Dave Nicholson, Cheney got future big league manager Dick Williams with a called third strike to end the game. It was his 228th pitch and his 21st strikeout.

Aside from some newspaper coverage, there was little fanfare over Cheney's feat. Ten months later Cheney injured his elbow against those same Orioles. He pitched sparingly over the next several seasons before returning to south Georgia.

It was there, at his home in Albany last September, that he happened to be watching television when Clemens, who was barely a month old when Cheney set his record, made his latest assault on it. Cheney found himself rooting for the Rocket.

"I've always felt that records were made to be broken," Cheney says. "Even mine."

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Manager Bill Virdon - Montreal Expos Postcard
1971 Topps Super FINAL Card Negative. Rusty Staub EXPOS

3/23/2009 8:53 AM

1967 Topps Orig. Color Negative. Brock Flood CARDINALS

3/25/2009 2:09 AM

Another example of the 1969 - 70 White Sox uniforms.
Catchers Duane Josephson and Don Pavletich

3/27/2009 3:41 PM

1971 Topps FINAL Card Negative. Ed Kranepool METS
1972 Topps FINAL Card Negative. Ed Kranepool METS

3/27/2009 3:56 PM
Steady Eddie Kranepool . . . Monroe High in the Bronx. . . . I think. . . .
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1960 Topps FINAL Card Negative. Nellie Fox WHITE SOX
1960 Topps Orig. Color Negative Luis Aparicio WHITE SOX

3/29/2009 9:34 AM

1961 Bazooka FINAL Card Negative. Ted Kluszewski REDS
1957 Topps FINAL Card Negative. Ted Kluszewski REDS

3/29/2009 9:40 AM

1970 Topps FINAL Color Negative Luis Aparicio WHITE SOX
1962 Topps Orig. Color Negative. Lou Brock CUBS

4/3/2009 6:28 AM
Quote: Originally Posted By ooooohdoggie on 3/21/2009

1970 Topps Orig Color Negative. Vada Pinson INDIANS
1970 Topps Orig Color Negative. Vada Pinson INDIANS
Great pics. Some of the years are not correct though. Klu wasn't with the Reds in 61, and neither was Pinson in 1970 (above, the one on the right is with Cleveland, the one on the is with the Reds)

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