During a winter league game (November 3, 1965), A’s pitcher Lew Krausse strikes out a record 21 Lara batters, tossing a one-hitter for Caracas. The right-hander will average 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings during his dozen years in the major leagues, which will also include stops with the Brewers, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Braves (1974).
Krausse’s father, Lew Sr., pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1931–32. The younger Krausse was a schoolboy star from Little League through high school, and in 1961, he signed a $125,000 bonus contract with the Athletics.
A week after signing, he pitched a three-hit shutout against the expansion Los Angeles Angels in his major league debut. Krausse was the youngest player in the major leagues that season.
In his one season with the Braves in 1974, he had a 4-3 record.