This morning I was going through the 1910 Chicago Tribune and ran across a rarity, so to say, a 5 strikeout game. This one belonged to Donie Bush, who struck out 5 times in a 15 inning game on May 1, 1910 in Chicago. Ed Walsh struck out 13 batters that day (Cobb twice) as he went the distance to win 4-3.
This reminded me that in my research, I have only run across a 5 strikeout game five other times.
1. Bill Damman, Cin (P), September 21, 1898; at Washington, 9 inn; Win Mercer (2), Jack Sutthoff (3); Washington Post
2. Pete Dowling, Lou (P), August 15, 1899 - vs. NY, 9 inn; Ed Doheny (5); New York Times
(Louisville Courier Journal lists only 2 k's for Doheny, while NYT lists 8 - both papers have C Warner w/ 9 PO's).
3. Bill Bernhard, Cle (P), August 11, 1904 - vs. Phil, 13 inn; Rube Waddell (5); Cleveland Leader
4. George Winter, Bos(A) (P), September 5, 1905 - vs.Phil, 13 inn; Rube Waddell (5); Boston Globe
5. Slim Sallee, St.L (N) (P), July 21, 1908 (game 1), vs. NY, 12 inn; Christy Mathewson (5); New York Evening World
As you will quickly notice, Bush's 5 k outing was the 1st I have encountered by a position player. Granted it was in a 15 inning game, but still a dubious distinction.
There have been over 100 occurrences of a batter striking out 4 times that I have turned up. 12 players have done it twice (no one has done it more than that).
The most interesting of these has to be Ed Cermak, who struck out 4 times on September 9, 1901. These would be Mr. Cermak's ONLY 4 At-Bats in the majors.
Not sure what the record is for the most at-bats with all strikeouts is. If anyone knows, please let me know.
Also, you may notice a name that appears twice as the author of the 5 strikeouts games, Rube Waddell.
I will have more on him in an upcoming post - a breakdown of his 1903 and 1904 seasons, by batter.
- Jonathan Frankel
- I am a long time baseball fan who became interesting in documenting the "missing" batter strikeouts a few years back as an outgrowth of my interest in the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Grew up w/ the Big Red Machine. I now follow them and my new hometown, Detroit Tigers. Member of SABR off and on since 1979.
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