It's Tom Seaver's birthday, so here's video of him striking out 10 consecutive batters
Tom Seaver had a spectacular career that included three Cy Young Awards, a World Series championship, a no-hitter and the highest vote percentage for a first-ballot Hall of Famer in history. On top of all that, he did something against the Padres on April 22, 1970 that no one else has done in MLB history: He struck out 10 straight batters.
He had 19 total in that game, which was also a nine-inning record then, which has since been eclipsed. But his consecutive punchouts mark is one of those records which makes you wonder if it will ever be broken. A few starters have come close to matching it in recent years, though -- the Dodgers' Aaron Harang and Tigers' Doug Fister both K'd nine in a row in 2012.
What makes Seaver's mark even more impressive? Incredibly, his 10 K's were the final 10 outs of the game. Happy 69th birthday to Tom Terrific, and watch video of his record-setting game above.