This Historic display measuring 31 x 40 inches commemorates the accomplishments of four pitchers who on baseballs biggest stage struck out more players then any one previous in a single game

In the 1st game of the 1929 World Series, a little known but talented pitcher by the name of Howard Ehmke took the mound for the Philadelphia A's, and proceeded to strike out 13 Chicago Cubs to become the sole record holder of this coveted milestone. Ehmke was well past his prime when he accomplished this feat, having begun his professional baseball career in 1915 with Buffalo of the Federal League. By May of the 1930 season, Ehmke's career would be over.

Howard Ehmke's record would stand 24 years until the 3rd game of the 1953 World Series, when one of the game's finest pitchers, Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers stepped in to face the mighty New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers boasted a roster that included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, and Billy Martin, among others They would go on to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in this World Series. But they would not win this game.

Erskine easily handled the Yankees bats, and struck out 14 in the process. The Dodgers won the game by a score of 3 - 2. The record now rested in Carl Erskine's hands.

It would remain with Erskine for 10 more seasons, until another Dodger, even more famous than Erskine would take it a step higher. In Game 1 of the 1963 World Series, with the Dodgers, now of Los Angeles, again facing the New York Yankees, Sandy Koufax mowed down 15 Yankees as the Dodgers went on to a 4-game sweep of the Bombers.

The record, becoming ever harder to best, actually fell quicker here than any other time. Koufax would top the record books only for 5 seasons, until The St. Louis Cardinals faced the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 Fall Classic. Here the ferocious Bob Gibson took on the Tigers team and not only topped 15 strikeouts, he blew right by that number and took the record to 17. To this day, Gibson's number stands as the record, waiting for the day when a pitcher can strike out 18, which would amount to 2/3 of the opposing team's lineup.

This fine display of baseball history is graced with signed and authenticated photos of all for of the pitchers named in this description, the latter 3 of which all have plaques in the Hall of Fame, as well as the actual ticket to each of the 4 games detailed above.

Individual engraved plaques provide the game descriptions, and a large engraved plaque delineates the record itself.







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