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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Reulbach tosses two shutouts on same day
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 26, 1908

Chicago Cubs right-hander Ed Reulbach has a day for the baseball ages.

In the opener of a doubleheader against Brooklyn, he pitches a 5-0 shutout in Washington Park. With his pitching staff tired, manager Frank Chance uses Reulbach in the nightcap as well, and the pitcher responds with another shutout, 3-0. Reulbach allows just eight hits and five walks, while striking out 10, in becoming the only pitcher to ever throw two shutouts in the same day. The two victories by Reulbach, whose eyesight is so poor his catchers use white-painted gloves, are among his 20th century National League record nine victories against Brooklyn this season. He goes on to post a 24-7 record (.774 winning percentage), and for the third consecutive season leads in winning percentage, another still-standing National League record.

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