2 Complete Game Victories by 1 Pitcher in 1 Day

Pitchers With Complete Game Wins During a Doubleheader

As times and traditions of the game change, some things die out. The doubleheader has been one of them. Seldom do teams plan a doubleheader in their schedules, the few that we now see are often regularly scheduled games followed by some sort of make-up game due to a rain out or other reason.

Another tradition that has changed is the use of a pitcher. In the past, it was not uncommon to see a pitcher throw a complete game, even if he wasn’t doing well, something that would NEVER happen now, as bullpens were not as developed.

Pitchers would sometimes pitch on back-to-back days or even back-to-back games of those more-common doubleheaders. These two factors made our next feat possible: two complete game victories by one pitcher in one day.

Just let that sink in. Not only did one pitcher pitch in two games back-to-back, but on the same day. Not only did they start these games, they finished both of them, going anywhere from 10 to 21 innings in the process. And finally, not only did they finish these two games, they won BOTH of them! This feat, while mostly forgotten and now virtually impossible, deserves recognition among the most fabulous baseball feats of all time.

Items of interest: You will notice just how much times have changed, as you see that the last time this was achieved was in 1926. Also of note are the extraordinarily fabulous feats of Ed Reulbach, Joe McGinnity, and Dupee Shaw. Reulbach threw both of his complete games for shutouts, while McGinnity and Shaw achieved this feat more than once in one month, with three and two instances, respectively.

"Too many pitchers, that's all, there are just too many pitchers. Ten or twelve on a team. Don't see how any of them get enough work." - Cy Young
Two Complete Game Victories
by One Pitcher on the Same Day

American League Instances

AL #
ML #
Name
Date / Box
Team
Gm 1 Score
Gm 2 Score
Length
Length
1.
25.
07-01-1905
Chicago
3-2
2-0
07-01-1905
9 Innings
9 Innings
2.
26.
09-26-1905
Chicago
10-5
3-1
09-26-1905
9 Innings
8 Innings
3.
28.
09-22-1906
Detroit
5-3
4-3
09-22-1906
9 Innings
9 Innings
4.
29.
09-25-1908
Detroit
7-2
1-0
09-25-1908
9 Innings
10 innings
5.
31.
09-29-1908
Chicago
5-1
2-0
09-29-1908
9 Innings
9 Innings
6.
32.
09-22-1914
Boston
5-3
5-0
09-22-1914
9 Innings
8 Innings
7.
33.
St. Louis
3-1
3-2
9 Innings
9 Innings
8.
40.
Boston
12-0
4-1
9 Innings
9 Innings
9.
44.
St. Louis
6-2
6-2
9 Innings
9 Innings
10.
45.
Cleveland
6-1
5-1
9 Innings
9 Innings
AL #
ML #
Name
Date / Box
Team
Gm 1 Score
Gm 2 Score
Length
Length
Two Complete Game Victories
by One Pitcher on the Same Day

National League Instances

NL #
ML #
Name
Date / Box
Team
Gm 1 Score
Gm 2 Score
Length
Length
1.
1.

09-09-1876

Hartford

14-4

8-4

09-09-1876

9 Innings

9 Innings

2.
2.

08-09-1878

Providence

12-6

8-5

08-09-1878

9 Innings

9 Innings

3.
3.

07-12-1879

Buffalo

4-3

5-4

07-12-1879

9 Innings

12 Innings

4.
4.

07-04-1881

Troy

8-0

12-3

07-04-1881

9 Innings

9 Innings

5.
5.

07-04-1882

Buffalo

9-5

18-8

07-04-1882

9 Innings

9 Innings

6.
6.

05-30-1884

Providence

12-9

9-2

05-30-1884

9 Innings

9 Innings

7.
7.

10-07-1885

Providence

4-0

6-1

10-07-1885

5 Innings

5 Innings

8.
8.

10-10-1885

Providence

3-0

7-3

10-10-1885

6 Innings

5 Innings

9.
9.

10-09-1886

Philadelphia

5-1

6-1

10-09-1886

9 Innings

6 innings

10.
10.

08-20-1887

Washington

3-1

4-3

08-20-1887

9 Innings

9 Innings

11.
11.

09-12-1889

Boston

3-2

5-0

09-12-1889

9 Innings

9 Innings

12.
12.

05-30-1890

Chicago

6-4

11-7

05-30-1890

9 Innings

9 Innings

13.
13.

10-04-1890

Cleveland

5-1

7-3

10-04-1890

9 Innings

9 Innings

14.
14.

09-12-1891

Pittsburgh

13-3

8-4

09-12-1891

9 Innings

9 Innings

15.
15.

09-26-1891

New York

10-4

13-5

09-26-1891

9 Innings

6 innings

16.
16.

05-30-1892

Pittsburgh

11-1

4-3

05-30-1892

9 Innings

9 Innings

17.
17.

09-05-1892

Boston

2-1

5-2

09-05-1892

11 Innings

9 Innings

18.
18.

10-04-1892

New York

6-4

9-5

10-04-1892

9 Innings

9 Innings

19.
19.

05-30-1893

Brooklyn

3-0

6-2

05-30-1893

9 Innings

9 Innings

20.
20.

06-03-1897

New York

6-1

10-6

06-03-1897

9 Innings

7 Innings

21.
21.

10-13-1898

Philadelphia

5-1

9-6

10-13-1898

9 Innings

5 Innings

22.
22.

08-01-1903

New York

4-1

5-2

08-01-1903

9 Innings

9 Innings

23.
23.

08-08-1903

New York

6-1

4-3

08-08-1903

9 Innings

9 Innings

24.
24.

08-31-1903

New York

4-1

9-2

08-31-1903

9 Innings

9 Innings

25.
27.

10-03-1905

Brooklyn

4-0

3-2

10-03-1905

9 Innings

9 Innings

26.
30.

09-26-1908

Chicago

5-0

3-0

09-26-1908

9 Innings

9 Innings

27.
34.

09-09-1916

New York

3-1

3-0

09-09-1916

9 Innings

9 Innings

28.
35.

09-20-1916

Philadelphia

7-0

3-2

09-20-1916

9 Innings

9 Innings

29.
36.

09-23-1916

Philadelphia

7-3

4-0

09-23-1916

9 Innings

9 Innings

30.
37.

07-01-1917

Cincinnati

4-1

5-1

07-01-1917

9 Innings

9 Innings

31.
38.

09-03-1917

Philadelphia

5-0

9-3

09-03-1917

9 Innings

9 Innings

32.
39.

09-18-1917

St. Louis

2-0

12-4

09-18-1917

9 Innings

9 Innings

33.
41.

Boston

4-3

8-0

9 Innings

9 Innings

34.
42.

St. Louis

11-1

6-3

9 Innings

9 Innings

35.
43.

St. Louis

6-1

2-1

9 Innings

9 Innings

NL #
ML #
Name
Date / Box
Team
Gm 1 Score
Gm 2 Score
Length
Length
2 Complete Game Victories by 1 Pitcher in 1 Day by Baseball Almanac


Joe McGinnity has accomplished this more times than any other pitcher, AND he did it all three times during the same season and the same month.

On July 12, 1879, Pud Galvin became the first to accomplish this feat with an extra inning game and his combined twenty-one innings are the most ever during a doubleheader win. The last pitcher who could have joined this list (pitching two complete games victories on the same date) was Jack Scott of the Phillies who won the first game 3-1 of a doubleheader versus the Reds on June 19, 1927, then lost the second game 3-0.

This incredible pitching feat has also occurred in the defunct Players League by: Henry Gruber on July 26, 1890, Bert Cunningham on August 20, 1890, and Ed Crane on September 27, 1890; as well as in the defunct American Association by Tim Keefe on July 4, 1883, Guy Hecker on July 4, 1884, Matt Kilroy on July 26, 1887 & October 1, 1887, and Tony Mullane on September 20, 1888.

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