Pitching Complete Games

On August 13, 1906, Chicago Cubs pitcher John William “Jack” Taylor put an end to his game completion streak after leaving the pitcher’s mound in the third inning. The game against the Boston Beaneaters (Boston Braves and later the Atlanta Braves) resulted in a 7-3 win for the Cubs.

The 202 game streak included 187 complete games as well as 15 games where he finished the game as a reliever. This is said to be one of the most remarkable streaks in baseball history. The streak started midway through 1901. Unfortunately, Taylor was never introduced into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for his accomplishment.  He started playing for the Chicago Orphans, who became the Cubs, after the 1902 season. He went to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1904 and back to the Cubs in 1906.

At the end of his 10 year career, Taylor had pitched in 311 games. He had 152 wins and 139 losses. He pitched 300 or more innings five consecutive seasons. The legendary pitcher finished his career in 1907 at age 33. Pitchers today do not work through full games like they used to. His great accomplishment has since been forgotten, but he deserves recognition along with other players.

Come back tomorrow to find out who the oldest player to win a game was in 1932.

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