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 - Face's Record Recalls Glory Of Rube Marquard...
Face's Record Recalls Glory Of Rube Marquard (19 in Row) New York, July 15 (AP) Elroy Face's dramatic assault on Kube. Marquard's consecutive game winning record has focused attention once more on tho sterling southpaw who amazed the baseball world in 1912 by capturing 19 straight victories for tbe New York Giants. The little Pittsburgh relief artist, with 14 straight victories under his belt, is the first pitcher since Kwoll Blackwoll won 16 in a row for Cincinnati in 1917 to challenge Marquard's mark. Marquard, a gangling, wry-necked s p c e d b a 1 1 pitcher, teamed up with the Immortal Christy Mathcwson to help bring three successive pennants to John McGraw's Giants In 1911, 1912 and 1913. Next to Carl Hubliell, h ranks ns tbe greatest lefthander In the Giants' history. Yet no pitcher ever made a more inauspicious debut or was on thf receiving end of more abuse than Richard William Lo Marquis, Marquard's real name. Le Marquis, or Marquard, was only 19 in the fall of 1908, when the Giants gave the Indianapolis club $11,000 for him an enormous expenditure for that period. Against tho advice of manager McGraw, owner John T. Brush ordered that Marquard pitch late that season, ttio one in which tho By JOE REICIILER Giants lost the pennant to the Chicago Cubs in a playoff. It was a Rad debut for the long slim kid who could throw bullets but didn't know where ihey were going. He hit the first big league batter to face him an walked the next two. Hans Lobcrt, the cleanup hitter, crashed a grand Klam homer and McGraw didn't use Rube any more that year. Marquard really began to collect abuse in 1909 when he lost 13 while winning five. From the $1.1,000 beauty," he was turned into the $11,000 lemon." Rube was 4-4 the next year and the "Lemon" tag hung on. McGraw hunjj on, too, determined to make the critics eat their words. They did. In 1911, Marquard won 24, In 1912 he won 2(5 and in 1913 he reached 23. His earned run averages in those thro years were 2.25, 2.57 and 2.50. His 19-game record streak started on opening day, 1912, with a one-sided victory over Brooklyn. From that April 11 day on, until the middle of tho season, he was unbeaten, defeating Boston and Philade-l-phia four times each, Brooklyn three times and each of the other four clubs twice. The end of the streak came on July 8 in Chicago, The op- Csing pitcher was Jimmy ivender, a spitballer who had been drafted from the Providence, R. I., club the year before and had remained with the Cubs through the grace of the National Commission, baseball's ruling body at the time. The Cubs had shipped him to Montreal as part payment for outfielder Ward Miller, bu the National Commission order him returned to the Cub roster. Lavender held the Giants to five hits and struck out seven. The Cubs won, 7-2, to end the longest winning streak in modern times. Marquard, who still is alive, always has maintained that he actually won 20 in succession. "I should have been credited with a victory over the Phillies on April 20 of that year," he argued. 'The game was played at the Polo Grounds. Jeff Tesreau was leading the Phils, 2 0, when they got to him for three runs in tbe ninth. McGraw sent me in with three runs in, two on base and none out. I managed to retire the side without further scoring. We won the game in the ninth when our catcher, Art Wilson, hit a home run with one on base. "The official scorer gave the victory to Terseau. Big Jeff was' already under the showers when Wilson hit the homer."

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  2. 15 Jul 1959, Wed,
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