It’s been 111 years since a rookie 20 years or younger opened their career with a hit in 12 consecutive games.
Now, Jordan Walker can etch his name in the Major League Baseball history books.
Walker, who headed into the ninth inning 0-3 with two strikeouts, hit a single against the Colorado Rockies just past the infield. And it played a role in the Cardinals coming back to win against the Rockies 7-4.
If, let’s say, he is in the lineup for the series opener against the Pirates in St. Louis — he’s played in every game thus far in 2023 — Walker will aiming to break his tie with Murphy on Thursday night. For reference, here is the updated list of those longest hitting streaks to begin a career by a hitter age 20 or younger:
T-1. Eddie Murphy, 1912 Philadelphia Athletics: 12 games
T-1. Jordan Walker, 2023 St. Louis Cardinals: 12 games and counting
- Ted Williams, 1939 Boston Red Sox: 9 games
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