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First AL Pitcher With Two Complete Game Victories in One Day: Frank Owen

Frank Owen
(Library of Congress)

Nicknamed “Yip” because he hailed from Ypslanti, Michigan, Owen became, on July 1, 1905, the first American League pitcher to have two complete game victories in the same day, a feat unfathomable by modern standards. (The last pitcher to accomplish this was Cleveland’s Dutch Levsen in 1926.) Owen was part of the quartet of talented White Sox pitchers (including Nick Altrock, Ed Walsh and Doc White) who led their team to 77 wins in 1906.


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