Today in Sports History: August 23

By Jonah Sharf

On August 23, 1992, the legendary Dennis Eckersley became the first player to record 40 saves in four separate seasons. While he may be best known for giving up a walk off home run to an injured Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, he was one of the best closers of his generation. He started his career as a starter, and is one of only two pitchers to record a 20-win season as well as a 50-save season in his career. Eckersley finished the 1992 season with 51 saves on a 1.91 ERA and won both the AL Cy Young Award and the AL MVP.


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