- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

300th VICTORIES IN THE EXPANSION ERA

Date Pitcher, team Opp., score IP H R ER BB K

Aug. 11, 1961 Warren Spahn, Braves* Cubs, 2-1 9 6 1 1 15

July 13, 1963 Early Wynn, Indians A’s* 7-4 5 6 4 4 3 3

May 6, 1982 Gaylord Perry, Mariners* Yankees, 7-3 9 9 3 3 1 4

Sept. 23, 1983 Steve Carlton, Phillies Cardinals*, 6-2 8 7 2 2 1 1 2

Aug. 4, 1985 Tom Seaver, White Sox Yankees*, 4-1 9 6 1 1 1 7

Oct. 6, 1985 Phil Niekro, Yankees Blue Jays*, 8-0 9 4 0 0 3 5

June 18, 1986 Don Sutton, Angels* Rangers, 5-1 9 3 1 1 0 3

July 31, 1990 Nolan Ryan, Rangers Brewers*, 11-3 7 2/3 6 3 1 2 8

June 13, 2003 Roger Clemens, Yankees* Cardinals, 5-2 6 2/3 6 22210

Aug. 7, 2004 Greg Maddux, Cubs Giants*, 8-4 5 7 4 4 3 3

Aug. 5, 2007 Tom Glavine, Mets Cubs*, 8-3 61/3 6 2 2 1 1

* home team

BY THE NUMBERS

1 Former Nationals catcher who caught a 300th victory. Paul Lo Duca framed pitches for Tom Glavine when he won No. 300 in 2007.

2 Umpires who have worked more than one 300th victory. Jerry Neudecker umped the bases for Gaylord Perry and Phil Niekro, and Dave Phillips did likewise for Niekro and Nolan Ryan.

3 Pitchers with 300 wins, a no-hitter and a Cy Young Award on their resumes. Warren Spahn, Tom Seaver and Perry are the only members of the club. If Randy Johnson wins Wednesday, he would become the fourth.

4 Years it had been since Steve Carlton spoke to the media when he won his 300th. Carlton agreed to break his silence and appear on broadcaster Harry Kalas’ postgame show (where he answered questions submitted to Kalas by reporters).

4-14-66 Was the date of Don Sutton’s major league debut and Greg Maddux’s birth.

90 Times Early Wynn was used as a pinch hitter in his career.

$487.17 Winning bid in 2002 for an autographed ball used in Sutton’s 300th win.

145 Pitches Tom Seaver threw to win his 300th.

382 Complete games thrown by Warren Spahn, most of any 300-game winner in the expansion era.

55,214 In attendance at Yankee Stadium for Roger Clemens’ 300th victory — the largest crowd for any 300th victory.

300TH VICTORY MINUTIAE

*Willie Randolph is the Forrest Gump of 300th victory games. He played in three with the Yankees (Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver, Phil Niekro) and managed in another with the Mets (Tom Glavine). On top of that, Randolph grounded out to end Perry’s 300th and made the next-to-last out in Seaver’s 300th.

• Ernie Banks would have made the last out in Warren Spahn’s 300th, but Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews made a throwing error on Banks’ ground ball.

• Joe Adcock played first base for Spahn and Early Wynn when they notched their 300th victories. Gary Pettis played center field for Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan when they won their 300th. Moises Alou played left for Greg Maddux and Glavine when they won their 300th.

• Who — among the 11 300-game winners in the expansion era — was the best pitcher at the time he won his 300th? Probably Spahn. He had 21 victories that year (1961), threw a no-hitter, led the National League in ERA (3.02) and finished second in the Cy Young voting (back when only one award was given in major league baseball). He also hit four homers, tying his career high. Ryan was still going strong, too, when he won No. 300. He led the American League with 232 strikeouts that year (1990) and threw a no-hitter seven weeks before racking up No. 300.

• The White Sox waived Early Wynn after the 1962 season when he had 299 victories. He had to catch on with the Indians to win his 300th. The Braves released Perry after the 1981 season when he had 297 wins. So he signed with the Mariners — his seventh team — and reached the milestone with them.

• Perry wasn’t the only future 300-game winner Atlanta let get away. Niekro won his first 268 games with the Braves… and his 300th with the Yankees. Glavine won his first 244 with the Braves… and his 300th with the Mets. And Maddux had 289 wins when he left the Braves and went back to the Cubs, with whom he won No. 300.

• Speaking of which, Maddux is one of just two 300-game winners in the expansion era to win his 300th with the team he broke in with. The other is Spahn (Braves). But Spahn is the only one to win all 300 games with the same club.

• Richard Nixon attended Seaver’s 300th victory at Yankee Stadium — he sat in George Steinbrenner’s box — and called Perry in the clubhouse the night he won his 300th to wish him good luck.

• Roger Clemens struck out his 4,000th batter in the same game he recorded his 300th victory.

• White Sox manager Tony La Russa got tossed from Seaver’s 300th victory for arguing a call. Afterward he said, “The rules say I’ve got to be in the clubhouse, but I wasn’t gonna miss this game. I watched it from the runway. This is Seaver going for 300, for history. I had to be there.”

• Seaver won No. 300 on Phil Rizzuto Day. In pregame festivities, the Yankees retired Rizzuto’s No. 10. One of the gifts the Scooter received was a Holy Cow (his trademark expression) — a cow with a makeshift halo around its head). At one point, the cow stepped on Rizzuto’s foot and sent him tumbling to the ground.

*The Rangers’ Pete Incaviglia hit a homer on Ryan’s behalf when he won his 300th and a homer off Sutton when he won his 300th.

• Niekro (Jeff Burroughs) and Sutton (Gary Ward) both wrapped up their 300th victories with strikeouts.

• Joe Torre was Spahn’s catcher when he won his 300th and Clemens’ manager when he won his 300th.

• When Perry won No. 300 at the age of 43, Ferguson Jenkins (who would finish with 284 victories) sent him a telegram that read: “CONGRATULATIONS, YOU OLD GOAT.”

- Dan Daly

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