Mike Kekich rears his strange head

Sandy Koufax has the best game score against the NYM at Dodger Stadium, courtesy of his no-hitter in 1962. It was far from a perfect game since Sandy walked five. It was also against one of the worst teams in baseball history, the newly formed NYM in 1962.

The game that catches my eye though, is the game by Mike Kekich. Mike Kekich was basically known for one thing and it wasn’t pitching. Kekich was involved in one of the stranger non baseball related activities when he and fellow Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson switched wives.

Mike Kekich Notes:

  • Kekich was a 23-year-old rookie for the Dodgers in 1968 and would be traded to the NYY on Dec 4th, 1968 for outfielder Andy Kosco.
  • The game that shows up on this leaderboard was the greatest game of his career.
  • It was his only major league shutout.
  • It was the only time he struck out over ten hitters.
  • It was the only time he had a game score greater than 90. He did have two other game scores over 80 in 1971.
  • Kekich would pitch 860 major league innings, make 112 major league starts, and still end his career with an ERA+ of only 73. It would seem he was a bad pitcher for a long time.

This might be the most game scores over 80 against any one franchise at Dodger Stadium.
Pete Richart also made the list. I wish I had not stumbled upon Mike Kekich cause I would have loved to have written about Pete Richart.  If you are read our comments you will find this tidbit by El Camino Gary:

I remember this game so vividly. On April 12, 1962 I was one month shy of my tenth birthday.
I was sitting in the kitchen listening to the radio by the stove and keeping score, with help from Vin.
My parents and sister had gone across the street to visit neighbors.
I was in the house alone, the only light on in the house was the bulb on the fan hood over the stove, shining on the score sheet of my program from a recent visit to Dodger Stadium.

From the outset of the broadcast, Vin was excited that Richert was now with the team and was ready to see him perform.

Williams faltered early and Richert was brought into the game.
Richert struck out the first batter he faced, Vada Pinson, to end the second inning.
In the third, Richert struck out four batters. Frank Robinson, Gordy Coleman, Wally Post, and John Edwards. John Roseboro had the third strike on Coleman get by him and Coleman made it to 1B.
Then Richert struck out Tommy Harper for the first out of the fourth inning.
Richert got the first twelve batters he faced out, a record for a rookie debut at the time.
Richert earned the win in this game.
Vin was excited! So I thought that the next great pitcher had arrived!

Of course, Richert is part of one of your favorite trades.
Richert, FRANK HOWARD, Ken McMullen, Dick Nen, and Phil Ortega for
Claude OSteen, John Kennedy, and $100,000

Richert played on four World Series teams. One with the Dodgers and three with the Orioles.

Player                         Date Opp  Rslt   IP H ER BB SO GSc
Sandy Koufax             1962-06-30 NYM W 5-0  9.0 0  0  5 13  95
 Mike Kekich           1968-08-04(2) NYM W 2-0  9.0 1  0  2 11  94
Clayton Kershaw          2016-05-12 NYM W 5-0  9.0 3  0  1 13  93
Don Sutton               1970-07-17 NYM W 1-0 10.0 5  0  3 12  91
Sandy Koufax          1965-06-20(1) NYM W 2-1  9.0 1  1  2 12  91
Fernando Valenzuela      1985-09-06 NYM L 0-2 11.0 6  0  3  5  87
Bill Singer              1968-08-03 NYM W 8-0  9.0 3  0  4 10  87
Sandy Koufax             1966-05-28 NYM W 7-1  9.0 3  0  2 10  87
Sandy Koufax          1963-05-19(1) NYM W 1-0  9.0 2  0  1  5  87
Burt Hooton              1977-05-03 NYM W 4-1  9.0 4  0  2 11  86
Don Sutton               1968-06-10 NYM L 0-1 10.0 5  1  3 10  85
Don Drysdale             1968-04-13 NYM W 1-0  9.0 4  0  1  7  85
Claude Osteen            1966-05-27 NYM W 4-0  9.0 3  0  2  6  85
Sandy Koufax             1965-04-22 NYM W 2-1  9.0 4  0  1  9  85
 Pete Richert             1964-09-12 NYM W 8-0  9.0 2  0  3  5  85
Don Drysdale             1962-07-01 NYM W 5-1  9.0 5  1  1 13  85
Andy Messersmith         1974-05-01 NYM W 2-1 11.0 6  1  2  5  84
Claude Osteen            1971-08-17 NYM W 4-0  9.0 3  0  2  5  84
Chan Ho Park             2000-08-19 NYM W 4-1  9.0 4  1  2 10  83
Hideo Nomo               1995-08-31 NYM W 6-5  7.1 2  0  2 11  83
Andy Messersmith         1975-08-30 NYM W 7-0  9.0 5  0  3  8  82
Don Drysdale          1966-07-24(1) NYM W 5-0  9.0 6  0  3 10  82
Burt Hooton              1980-09-03 NYM W 2-0  8.1 4  0  2  8  81
Claude Osteen            1973-08-09 NYM W 1-0  9.0 4  0  1  3  81
Claude Osteen            1965-06-21 NYM L 0-1  9.0 2  1  3  5  81
Don Drysdale             1962-05-23 NYM W 3-1  9.0 4  1  1  7  81
Tommy John               1972-07-18 NYM W 2-1  9.0 5  0  0  5  80
Claude Osteen            1967-09-28 NYM W 3-0  9.0 5  0  0  3  80

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/20/2017.

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