Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 27, 1937: King Carl Locks Down His 24th Consecutive Win

     On May 27, 1937, New York Giants screwballer Carl Hubbell extended his record setting consecutive winning streak to 24, by firing two scoreless innings during a 3-2 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. Hubbell came into the contest in the eighth with the score knotted at two, and he made quick work of the Reds batters by setting them down 1-2-3. Mel Ott led off the top of the ninth with a big blast that provided Hubbell with all he needed to secure the victory. The man they called "King Carl" matched his eighth inning by retiring the side in quick succession. This was the eighth win of the '37 season for Hubbell who had not lost a game since July of '36. He had recorded only three of the wins in relief, while the other 21 came as a starter. The streak came to an end on May 31st against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hubbell posted a 22-8 record that season for the pennant winning Giants who fell to the New York Yankees in the Fall Classic. Hubbell's historic streak has yet to be matched.

Check out the box score here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN193705270.shtml

Stats of a legend: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hubbeca01.shtml

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