Monday, June 29, 2015

History in the making

Madison Bumgarner has become the third youngest Giants pitcher to get 1,000 strikeouts.

Per --  At 25 years and 331 days old, Bumgarner became the third-youngest Giants pitcher to strike out 1,000 batters behind Amos Rusie (21 years old in 1893) and Christy Mathewson (25 years, 12 days old in 1905).

You can call yourself a true baseball buff if you know that the Giants traded Rusie -- who'd been out of baseball for two years due to problems from being hit in the head and personal problems -- in 1900 to the Reds for Mathewson, who was just a rookie at that point.

Mathewson was one of the five five players selected for the Hall of Fame along with Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. He was only one who wasn't alive for the induction in 1936, as he'd inhaled poison gas during World War I.


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