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Jim Whitney from the Chronology
Jun 14, 1952 - Warren Spahn of the Braves ties the NL record of Jim Whitney (set on this date 68 years ago) with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in a 15-inning complete game effort. Hal Jeffcoat's 2-run triple wins it 3-1 for the Cubs while Spahn's HR is the only Boston score. The Braves manage just 4 hits.
Mar 28, 1889 - Indianapolis trades P Jim "Egyptian" Healy to Washington for veteran P Jim Whitney.
May 19, 1888 - Senator owner Robert C. Hewitt recalls acting manager Burkett to Washington after the team loses its 7th straight on the road. Jim Whitney and the owner's son are left in charge.
Aug 20, 1887 - Vet pitcher Jim Whitney pitches the Senators to 2 wins in Boston the town where he achieved his greatest glory. Bill Stemmeyer picks up both losses for Boston 3-1 and 4-3.
Sep 18, 1886 - Chicago beats Kansas City and Jim Whitney the 13th straight defeat for the pitcher at the hands of Chicago. It is a since-topped ML record but it will stand as a Chicago record vs. a pitcher: the Dodgers Don Sutton will match Whitney's record against the Cubs in the 1960s.
Jun 16, 1884 - Two days after his 15-inning loss in which he struck out 18 Providence batters Boston (NL) hurler Jim Whitney fans 11 New York Maroons for a 2-game total of 29 stopping New York on one hit 6-1. Whitney will end the year with 270 strikeouts and just 27 walks a ratio of 10:1. Not till Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will anyone with 100 K's better this mark.
Jun 14, 1884 - P Charlie Radbourn of Providence and P Jim Whitney of Boston-rivals in the NL's longest game 8 days earlier-face each other in a 15-inning 4-3 Providence win. The victory starts the Grays on a 10-game win streak that will lift them over Boston into first place.
Jun 7, 1884 - Charlie Sweeney of Providence (NL) strikes out 19 Boston Red Stockings to establish a ML record for a 9-inning game. It will be tied a month later but not broken until Roger Clemens fans 20 on April 29 1986. Providence's 2-1 win moves it into first place but Boston will take the next 4 from the Grays to regain the lead. Sweeney's mound opponent a tired Jumbo Jim Whitney subbing for a sore-armed Charlie Buffinton is almost Sweeney's equal at the start striking out 6 straight batters over the first three innings. Sweeney allows 2 unearned runs in the 8th inning to lose.
Jun 6, 1884 - Boston remains a game ahead of Providence at the top of the NL after a 16-inning 1-1 pitchers' duel between Red Stocking Jumbo Jim Whitney and the Grays' Charlie Radbourn. The game will be the season's longest in the NL.
May 24, 1884 - Boston (NL) P Jim Whitney blanks Philadelphia for the 2nd time in 5 days and helps power the Red Stockings to their 13-0 win with 4 hits.
Aug 11, 1883 - Boston P Jim Whitney muffs a popup but catcher Mike Hines catches it before it hits the ground and starts a. triple play. All the runners had taken off with the apparent error. Providence still wins 6-2.
Jun 20, 1883 - Boston mauls Philadelphia 29-4 as Sam Wise goes 6-for-7 with 4 extra-base hits. Wise Ezra Sutton and Joe Hornung each score 5 runs and Jim Whitney has 8 plate appearances. Philadelphia helps by committing 21 errors.
Jun 9, 1883 - After falling behind 5-2 in the 2nd inning‚ Boston rallies to whip Detroit 30-8. Paul Radford and Jim Whitney each get 5 hits‚ and Whitney sets a ML record by scoring 6 runs. Four players have 8 plate appearances. This record will stand until 1886. Boston has 28 hits, good for 46 runs‚ off Stump Wiedman and outfielder Tom Mansell. Mansell's 6 2/3 innings pitched marks his only major league appearance on the mound. He gives up 18 runs, 14 earned.
Jun 2, 1883 - Boston overcomes "stupid base-running" by Jim Whitney leading to a 6th inning triple play to defeat Buffalo 2-1.
May 22, 1883 - Future evangelist Billy Sunday playing for the Chicago White Stockings has a miserable ML debut going 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts against Spider Jim Whitney. But Chicago wins 4-3 behind the pitching of Larry Corcoran at Lakefront Park.
May 1, 1882 - In the season opener in Boston the Red Stockings defeat Worcester 6-5 in the bottom of the 10th as John Morrill scores on a wild pitch. Jim Whitney is the winner.
May 4, 1881 - Boston new P Jim Whitney shuts out Providence 4-0. The hardworking righthander will wind up leading the NL in both wins and losses (with a 31-33 record) a feat not repeated in the ML until Phil Niekro does it in 1979.
Nov 11, 1880 - Boston signs P Jim Whitney considered one of the best hurlers in California at a salary of $150 per month.
Mar 19, 1880 - Boston signs P Jim Whitney considered one of the best hurlers in California at a salary of $150 per month The California Base Ball League opens the season. This league and the Pacific Base Ball League both based in the San Francisco area can offer enough to lure some big-name Eastern pro players.