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Seventeen years ago, Kerry Wood threw 20 strikeouts and rendered the letter 'K' meaningless

On May 6, 1998, Kerry Wood was 20 years old. He was less than a month into his MLB career and making his fifth start for the Cubs. Facing off against the Astros, Wood threw 20 strikeouts, tying the MLB record for the most in a nine-inning game.

You know how when you say a word over and over again, it loses all meaning? Seventeen years ago, Kerry Wood did that to the letter K.

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That means there were only seven outs in the entire game that weren't strikeouts.

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In 1998, the average number of strikeouts per nine innings was 6.61 -- Wood more than tripled that.

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He struck out the side four times.

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Really, it's a wonder that the letter K even exists anymore, considering Wood exhausted the English language's supply.