Starting Nine: 10 from 19
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Cito Gaston of the San Diego Padres hit a Tom Seaver pitch into the glove of the New York Mets' Art Shamsky in right field.
Ten batters later, no other San Diego batter had managed to hit another fair ball against the New York ace. And when the game was over, Seaver walked off the Shea Stadium mound with 19 strikeouts and a National League pitching masterpiece.
Seaver’s cap from his record-setting game is on display in the Museum’s Whole New Ballgame exhibit.
Seaver finished his career with 3,640 strikeouts, sixth on the all-time list. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Hall of Fame's Starting Nine is a lineup of must-see artifacts from our vast collection containing tens of thousands of pieces that preserve the magical moments and memorable stories of our National Pastime. Our curators have spent countless hours hand-picking special objects from every major league team to create a lineup of pieces you simply won’t believe we have!