On October 1, 1978, NL Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry becomes the third major league league pitcher, joining Walter Johnson (1923) and Bob Gibson (1974), to record 3,000 career strikeouts. Now this is not easy to do.
So … what is the Braves connection? The 40 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander fans Joe Simpson, who will later become better know as a Braves’ broadcaster, in the eighth inning to reach milestone.
Later he will strike out the LA left fielder again in the tenth to finish the season with 3001.