At County Stadium on August 4, 1963, Roger Craig suffers his 20th loss of the season when the Mets lose to Milwaukee, 2-1.
The defeat is the right-hander’s 18th consecutive setback, tying Cliff Curtis’ National League mark set in 1910 with the Braves, and one loss shy of A’s Jack Nabors’ 1916 major league record.
Clifton Garfield Curtis was born in Utica, Ohio. His middle name, Garfield, is assumed to derive from that of U.S. president and fellow Ohio native James A. Garfield, who was fatally shot the day before Curtis was born.
Curtis had an extensive minor league pitching career, winning 151 games in the minors between 1902 and 1918. His largest stint was with the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched for them for six full season from 1904 to 1909, and in his first season won 24 games for the Brewers. His major league career lasted from 1909 to 1913, where he never had a winning season.
While pitching for the last-place Boston Doves (later known as the Rustlers, and later still as the Braves) in 1910 and 1911, Curtis set a record of 23 consecutive losses. The record was eventually broken in 1993, when New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young lost 27 consecutive games in which he had a decision.
During his lengthy losing streak, Curtis also failed to pick up a win in 28 consecutive starts, which also established a Major League record. This record was tied by Matt Keough (1978–79) and Jo-Jo Reyes (2008–2011), but to date it has not been broken