The Night The Loss Streak Ended, In Remembrance of New York Pitcher Anthony Young

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The passing of former pitcher Anthony Young has inevitably led to recollections of his unenviable record for consecutive losses, a streak which Young handled with humor and dignity on late night TV talk shows. Back in the 1992-1993 seasons Young, who passed away on June 27 at age 51 after suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, lost 27 straight decisions as both a starter and a reliever for the New York Mets.
His streak ended on July 28,1993 at Shea Stadium against the Florida Marlins, who came just one out shy of extending the pitcher's misery to 28 straight losses. Young got the victory after relieving former Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen, who had started the game for the Mets. Also starting for New York was future Hall of Fame first baseman Eddie Murray, who drove in the winning run with a double in the bottom of the ninth.
Young had entered the game with the score tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, and it immediately looked as if he was in store for a 28th straight loss. He yielded a single to Florida catcher Benito Santiago, and the next hitter reached on an error.
Former Rookie of the Year and future manager Walt Weiss then laid down a bunt to sacrifice the two runners to second and third. Another future manager, current White Sox skipper Rick Renteria, came up to pinch hit with the go ahead run ninety feet away and just one out.
The third pitch to Renteria proved to be the one that helped Young snap his dubious streak, for it led to a third to home to first double play. Unfortunately, Young gave up an RBI single to the next hitter, which allowed the Marlins to take a 4-3 lead and left Young in line to lose the game.
A couple of singles and a sacrifice bunt allowed the Mets to tie it up, when Murray came to the plate with two outs. As has been so often true throughout the history of baseball, it took a genuine Hall of Fame slugger to bring an end to the losing streak.
Young earned the win, which proved to be his only one of the season. After losing his next three decisions, he finished with a record of 1-16 and was traded to the Chicago Cubs that winter for infielder Jose Vizcaino.
After two losing seasons with the Cubs, Young finished out his career with a season in Houston. He endured neither a losing season nor a winning one, as he ended up going 3-3 for the Astros before leaving the sport for good.
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