This Week in 1960s Baseball
(August 9, 1963) One loss shy of tying the major league record of 19 consecutive defeats in one season, New York Mets pitcher Roger Craig today switched his uniform number to 13 in an effort to change his luck.
Apparently, the move worked … and cost Craig (3-20) his shot at tying the record (set in by Cliff Curtis in 1910).
The Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-3 at the Polo Grounds. Jim Hickman, pinch hitting for Craig in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs in a 3-3 game, lofted a short fly ball to left field. The ball just ticked the upper-deck overhang for a grand slam. The losing pitcher was Paul Toth (3-7).
Craig would finish the 1963 season at 5-22 with a 3.78 ERA.