Sept 15, 1990: 50 Saves
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sat, 09/15/2012 - 7:00am
First to 50
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox became the first pitcher in major league history to record 50 saves on this date in 1990. He went on to set a record for saves in a season with 57. Thigpen finished his 8-year career with 201 saves. He kept the saves in a season record until Francisco Rodriguez, K-Rod, of the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim broke it in 2008.
So what is the history of the save?
The save is a relatively new baseball statistic. It was officially adopted in 1969 after a decade of research and lobbying by Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, a member of the Hall of Fame. It is the premier benchmark to gauge the effectiveness of closers. The save rule, officially Rule 10.19, basically states that to get a save a pitcher must satisfy one of these three conditions:
1. Enter the game with a lead of no more than three runs.
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