Boston starter Max Surkont matches goose eggs with Reds’ Ken Raffenberger during the first eight innings in a scoreless duel at Braves Field on August 1, 1952. The hard-luck right-hander will lose the game when he uncorks two wild pitches in the ninth inning that allows two unearned runs to score.
Max played for the Braves from 1950 to 1953. In 1953, the Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves. Against the Cincinnati Reds on May 25, 1953, he recorded eight consecutive strikeouts. Following his seventh straight strikeout, Surkont was forced to endure a thirty-five-minute rain delay. Afterward he struck out Andy Seminick to lead off the fifth inning. Surkont struck out thirteen batters in the game, a 10–3 Braves victory. He was 11–5 for the season and recorded a 61–76 career record. The record stood until Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Tom Seaver, struck out ten in a row in 1970.