2. Carl Hubbell – July 14, 1934
If I had to put Pedro Martinez’s pitching performance on this list, then Carl Hubbell’s game has been etched in baseball lore forever. Hubbell started the game for the National League and pitched the first three innings.
The Giants hurler threw 3 innings, and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks and no runs in a game the National League would eventually lose 9-7. But it wasn’t Hubbell’s fault, because he struck out six batters in 3 innings. In the first inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Charlie Gehringer and walked Heinie Manush. Not too dominant….I know.
Here’s why he’s number two on this list.
Hubbell then strikes out five consecutive batters in the form of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. Five Hall of Famers, five consecutive strikeouts.
He added a sixth strikeout by whiffing Lefty Gomez, but those five batters in a row has stayed ingrained in the minds of baseball historians to this day.