Nabors tied the ML record for consecutive losses with 19 for the 1916 Athletics,
the worst team of the 20th century (36-117, .235). In 14 of those losses, the A's
scored 2 runs or less, and Nabors finished 1-20 with a 3.47 ERA, the fifth-highest
ERA in the league among pitchers with 150 innings.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 25, 1909: Washington rookie Bob Groom loses his 15th consecutive game, an AL record that will be surpassed by John Nabors (1916) and Mike Parrott (1980) He will lead the AL with 26 losses.
»April 12, 1916: On Opening Day the Red Sox scratch Ernie Shore as their starter and Babe Ruth goes eight innings for a 2–1 win over the Athletics at Boston. The A's score their only run following Babe's throwing error, and Rube Foster gets the last three outs. The Babe hands the loss to poor Jack Nabors. A poor throw by Charlie Pick, A's 3B, is the first of his 42 errors—worst for any 20th-century 3B. This contributes to his overall .899 fielding average, a mark that Butch Hobson would equal in 1978.
»April 22, 1916: The A's Jack Nabors tops the Red Sox, 6–2. His only victory of the season evens his record at 1–1. He will follow with 19 straight losses to set a major-league record. Teammate Tom Sheehan will be right behind him at 1–16.