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1954 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub from Karl Spooner's Major League Debut - Record 15 Strikeouts!
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $120
On September 22, 1954, Dodgers pitcher Karl Spooner etched his name in the annals of baseball history by striking out a record fifteen batters in his major league debut against the New York Giants at Ebbets Field (a record later tied by J. R. Richard in 1971). In addition to the fifteen total strikeouts, Spooner also became the first pitcher in baseball history to strike out six consecutive batters in his major league debut as well, a feat he accomplished in the seventh and eighth innings of his 3-0 complete-game victory. Offered here is an exceedingly rare ticket stub from that memorable game. This is the first ticket from that game we have ever seen, let alone offered, and its rarity is almost certainly due to the fact that only 3,256 fans attended the game, which was a meaningless affair during the last week of the season. (The Giants had already clinched the pennant at that point.) A few days later, on the final day of the season, Spooner proved that his debut was no fluke, as he struck out twelve Phillies batters in a dominating 1-0 complete game victory. For the season, Spooner allowed just seven hits, no runs, and struck out twenty-seven batters in his eighteen innings of work. Unfortunately for Spooner, an arm injury during spring training in 1955 curtailed what might have been one of the greatest pitching careers in baseball history. Although he managed to win eight games in 1955, his injury prevented him from ever again appearing in a major league game. Spooner retired from professional baseball in 1959 at the age of twenty-eight. The ticket stub (1.25 x 2 inches) displays a roughly torn bottom border and a few light creases. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $120
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