The 6'6" younger brother of Johnny Van Cuyk, who relieved in seven games for Brooklyn
in 1947-49, Chris won five games as a starter for the Dodgers in 1952. He had a reputation
for knocking down batters.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 30, 1951:
The Giants break an 11-game losing streak with an 8–5 win over the Dodgers. New York scores six runs in the first inning as Chris Van Cuyk lasts exactly 11 pitches before Earl Mosser, making his ML debut, takes over. After three walks, Mosser leaves for Joe Hatten, the 3rd of six pitchers. Sal Maglie wins, with relief help from Sheldon Jones.
»May 21, 1952: After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell, the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely three times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B, and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame, and coast at home, 19–1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four—two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith, while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.