1960: Cuban pitching phenom Camilo Pascual’s curve ball was super on opening day

Like many of you, I grew up trying to throw a curve ball like my idol Camilo Pascual. 

On this day in 1960, Camilo Pascual of the Washington Senators (now The Minnesota Twins) set an opening day record of 15 strike-outs. In other words, 15 of the 27 outs were either a called strike three or swing and miss.

The opening day record still stands. Randy Johnson came close twice with 14.

From 1959 to 1965, Pascual won 100 games and led the AL in complete games and strike outs 3 times.   He retired with 176 wins and a 3.63 ERA. Pascual pitched for the 1965 AL champs Twins. Unfortunately, injuries limited him that season. He did start game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers. 

But on this day in 1960, Camilo’s curve ball was the talk of baseball.

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