End of an ERA
SEPTEMBER 17, 1980
Ė An era came to an end on this date in 1980.
got the hook after giving up a two-run homer to the
Texas Rangersí Rusty Staub
Langford had pitched 22 consecutive complete games (he was one out from his 23rd). Langford would finish the 1980 season with 28 complete games.
had 24 in 1985, but no one in either league has come close since.
Langford was a ways from the consecutive complete games record of 39 set by
St. Louis Cardinals
has an interesting list of complete game leaders throughout history at
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/pitching/picomg4.shtml. Thirty and forty complete games by a starting pitcher were not uncommon in the early 20th century.
threw 48 for the New York Highlanders in 1904. The list is full of twenty and thirty complete games throughout most of the 1900ís until the late 80ís. No one in either league has reached double digits since
ís 12 in 1999. In 2006, the leaders in both leagues had 6,
C. C. Sabathia
in the American and
in the National.
The stat thatís gone up since complete games have gone down is Saves.