⭐ On September 19, 2017, Sabathia struck out Chris Gimenez of the Minnesota Twins, the 2,833th K of his big league career.
The whiff sent Sabathia past legendary Detroit Tigers left hander Mickey Lolich on the All-Time left handers career strike ou list, and C.C is now 3rd All-Time in MLB career punch outs by a lefty (3,093), behind Hall of Fame greats Steve Carlton (4.136), and Randy Johnson (4,875).
Lolich, 40 years after he last pitched, is still 20th All-Time in career K's, and is the best left hander to pitch for the Tigers in my lifetime.
🔥 On June 6, 1975, Lolich struck out four Oakland Athletics batters to become the All-Time left handed leader, with 2,679 K's, passing HOFer Warren Spahn.
1976 Topps #3 '75 Record Breakers
👉 I always liked this card.
When your favorite big league pitcher breaks a record and it gets on a baseball card, well, heck, that's pretty special.
Look at all those great southpaw pitchers Mickey passed!
Lolich was a strike out machine for the Tigers back in the 1960s and 70s.
The portly lefty K'd 200+ batters seven times, and in 1971 he led the American League with 308 punch outs, on his way to 25 wins, which also led the league.
Sabathia's retirement leaves Chicago Cubs lefty Cole Hamels as the current lefty K King, with 2,558.
Have a fantastic day, and PLAY BALL! 🐯⚾️