1961: Joey Jay Pitches Complete Game

On this day, Middletown native Joey Jay of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a complete game four hit 6 – 2 victory against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in Game 2 of the World Series, the only game that the Reds won. Jay won 21 games that season. In a career that lasted 13 years with the Milwaukee Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Atlanta Braves his record was 99 – 91 and he had 999 strike-outs and an ERA of 3.77. He was the first former Little Leaguer to make the majors and was one of the first “bonus babies”.

Contributed by Deborah Shapiro.

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