On May 6, 1998 history was made at one of baseballs most historic ballparks Wrigley Field. The game was between the visiting Houston Astros and the beloved home town heroes the Chicago Cubs. Pitching for the Cubs that days was a young right handed pitch named Kerry Wood. Wood had made his Major League debut just one month earlier and was about to shock the baseball world.
In front of the crowd of 15,758 fans Kerry Wood was set to face an Atros team with former All Stars and a couple of potential Hall Of Fame Players. Players like Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio headlined the line up for the Astros that day.
Wood struck out every player in the Astros line up at least once during the game. During his nine inning pitching clinic he gave up only one hit and his Cubs committed no errors. When the smoke cleared Wood had thrown a record tying 20 strike outs. The crowd was electrified from the excitement of this rare accomplishment.
Kerry Wood went on to have a respectable career with Cubs, Indians and the Yankees. He had two stints with the Chicago Cubs and in the last half of his career was a closer. He played his final game on May 18, 2012 with the Cubs, 14 years after making history. He became the 1998 National League Rookie Of The Year and a two time All-Star (2003, 2008). Wood retired with a career record of 86-75 , 3.67 and 1,582 strike outs.
The only other player to have struck out 20 batters in a single game was Roger Clemens, he did so in 1986 and 1996. Only Eight players have pitched 18 or more strike outs in a game. This record has not been matched or broken since Kerry Wood joined Roger Clemens on the top of this list.