Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cubs 365, May 20

On this day in 1946, Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau did something he almost never did. He made an error. It was his first error since September 21, 1941. In that 4 1/2 years of errorless ball, Passeau fielded 273 consecutive errorless chances.

That's still the all-time record for a big league pitcher.

They didn't hand out Gold Glove awards yet in those days, but if they did, Claude Passeau would have won five of them. He also won no fewer than 14 games in each of those seasons.