Sunday, August 28, 2011

Alfredo Aceves And Larry Corcoran

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Boston Red Sox middle reliever Alfredo Aceves may not be the most popular pitcher in the major leagues but one thing Aceves quietly NEVER does is LOSE games.

On Saturday, Aceves pitched 3 shutout innings in relief to earn a 4-0 win against the Oakland A's, improving his season record to 9-1. Ace (as his former manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees used to call him) is now 23-2 for his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 23-2 career record is the best record in major-league history by a pitcher in his first 25 career decisions. Aceves broke the old record of 22-3 held by Larry Corcoran of the, get this, 1880 Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs).

An 1887 baseball card of Larry Corcoran
That's right, Corcoran had held the record for 131 years, until Aceves broke it yesterday. And I don't care what anybody says, when you do something that hasn't been done in 131 years (the MLB was only 4 years old in 1880), that's a HUGE accomplishment. Aceves may not win a popularity contest any time soon, but he knows how to get the job done. No doubt.

Here's Aceves career won-lost record:

2008 Yankees 1-0
2009 Yankees 10-1
2010 Yankees 3-0
2011 Red Sox 9-1 (thus far)

131 years? Now that's a mighty LONG time. In order to break Aceves' new record, somebody is going to have to go 24-1 or 25-0 in their first 25 decisions. If it took Aceves 131 years, I wonder how long it'll take for someone to break his record?

Finally, for the record, Larry Corcoran and the 1880 Chicago White Stockings/Cubs were the World Champions that year.

....And who says the Cubs don't win world championships?!


  1. Thanks for posting this! As his great-granddaughter, I'm sorry to see Larry's record broken, but super-pleased somebody noticed. P.S. In the actual photo, Larry's standing on the far left; he's cropped out of the image above.

  2. OMG! You are so welcome, Penelope. I was actually stunned when I read that Aceves broke a record that had been around for such a long time and felt compelled to write about it. As a descendent, I can see why you are displeased but look at it this way: 1) records were made to be broken and Larry held it for a mighty long time; 2) at least, it gave some exposure to your great-grandfather. I'm sure more people know who he is today than before Aceves broke his record.

    Thank you so much for reading my post.

  3. P.S. That was the only photo I found of the 1880 Cubs. Wish I had the one where Larry isn't cropped out.

  4. Ya know, Larry held a MLB record for 131 years. Now THAT has to be a record that won't be broken for a long, long time. Right??

  5. Indeed Ethan. It's amazing he held it that long.