Sports Talk with Mike - 10-20-2020

—The Pittsburgh Steelers have a rich history and have fielded a ton of great players. But, in last week’s win over the Eagles, Chase Claypool became the 1st Steeler rookie to score four touchdowns in one game. Amazingly, Claypool is the first Steeler to score four touchdowns in a game since Roy Jefferson did it in 1968. The win over the Eagles raised the Steelers record to 4-0; their best start in over 40 years. The last two times Pittsburgh won their first four games were in 1978 & 1979. Coincidentally, both of those seasons ended with Super Bowl wins.

—A few weeks ago, Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Gibson passed away at the age of 84. The Cardinals right-handed ace put up some pretty spectacular stats in his career. He sported a 251-174 career record, had a career ERA of 2.91 and had 3,117 strikeouts. Most amazing to me, though, was that out of his 482 starts, he pitched 255 complete games. Today, managers over-manage and a complete game has almost become a distant memory. Gibson pitched at least 20 complete games in 7 different seasons. In 1968, he went 22-9 with an ERA of 1.12 while pitching 28 complete games in his 34 starts. Talk about workhorses. In comparison, it has been since 2011 since a designated-hitter aided American League pitcher has had double digit complete games in a season (James Shields, 11) and 1999 since a National League pitcher has accomplished this feat (Randy Johnson, 12). The MLB leader for complete games in 2019 had three. All 30 teams combined for 45 complete games in 2019.

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