This is stunning. We can’t imagine it today. It is hard to get one complete game now. Cardinals hurler Herman “Hi” Bell goes the distance in both games of a Sportsman’s Park doubleheader on July 19, 1924, beating the Boston Braves, 6-1 and 2-1.
The 27 year-old right-hander from Kentucky will be the last National League pitcher to win two complete game victories in one day.
For his career, he compiled a 32–34 record in 221 appearances, most as a relief pitcher, with an 3.69 earned run average and 191 strikeouts. Bell was a member of three National League pennant winners (1926, 1930 & 1933), winning two World Series with the 1926 Cardinals and the 1933 Giants. Don’t we all wish we could do that?
In World Series play, he recorded no decisions in three appearances, with a 4.50 earned run average and 1 strikeout.