Cliff Curtis (baseball)

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Cliff Curtis
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Born: (1881-07-03)July 3, 1881
Delaware, Ohio
Died: April 23, 1943(1943-04-23) (aged 61)
Utica, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 23, 1909, for the Boston Doves
Last MLB appearance
August 16, 1913, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 28–61
Earned run average 3.31
Strikeouts 236

Clifton Garfield Curtis (July 3, 1881 in Delaware, Ohio – April 23, 1943 in Utica, Ohio) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. His middle name, Garfield, is assumed to derive from that of U.S. president and fellow Ohio native James A. Garfield, who was fatally shot the day before Curtis was born.

Curtis had an extensive minor league pitching career, winning 151 games in the minors between 1902 and 1918. His largest stint was with the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched for them for six full season from 1904 to 1909, and in his first season won 24 games for the Brewers.[1] His major league career lasted from 1909 to 1913, where he never had a winning season.

While pitching for the last-place Boston Doves (later known as the Rustlers, and later still as the Braves) in 1910 and 1911, Curtis set a record of 23 consecutive losses.[2] The record was eventually broken in 1993, when New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young lost 27 consecutive games in which he had a decision.[3]

During his lengthy losing streak, Curtis also failed to pick up a win in 28 consecutive starts, which also established a Major League record. This record was tied by Matt Keough (1978–79) and Jo-Jo Reyes (2008–2011), but to date it has not been broken.[4][5]

He died from a heart attack aged 61.[6]


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ Kepner, Tyler (May 25, 2011). "Hapless but Not Hopeless, Blue Jays' Reyes Carries On". The New York Times. p. B11. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jo-Jo Reyes equals winless start record". May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on May 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lee, Bill (2005). The Baseball Necrology. McFarland. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-7864-4239-3. 

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