Saturday, January 12, 2008

Jerry Reuss' 200th Win

This is my 200th post. That came up really quick. Yesterday, it occurred to me that this was approaching and I was racking my brain trying to think of something to make a subtle nod to 200.

I came up with Jerry Reuss' 200th win. Win number 200 is not nearly as impressive as win number 300, but it's nothing to sneeze at either. That's quite an accomplishment. A lot of great pitchers never reach 200 wins. To reach this plateau, you need to be pretty consistent.

Jerry was only on the White Sox for a season and a half. He pitched his 200th win on May 9, 1988 and hurled 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball in the process. The interesting note is that he is only the second player in MLB history to win 200 games without winning 20 games in a season. The first to do that was Milt Pappas.

Jerry and Milt have one other thing in common. They both threw no-hitters in their careers that came one batter away from being a perfect game. Jerry's perfect game was broken up by a Bill Russell throwing error, when he was with the Dodgers. Milt's perfect game was broken up by a walk to the 27th batter he faced, when he was with the Cubs.

1 comment:

Bart McClaughry said...

Man, you are going fast.
A Big Congratulations for your 200 Post

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