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King Carl's record win streak comes to end
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

May 31, 1937

A sellout crowd of 61,756 jams the Polo Grounds, most to watch Carl Hubbell, who has won his last 24 decisions. But the scroogie isn't working for the Giants' Meal Ticket and he is devoured by the Brooklyn Dodgers. His record winning streak ends when he's pounded for five runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Dodgers romp, 10-3, in the first game of a doubleheader.

King Carl takes the defeat gracefully. "The streak was great while it lasted," he says, "but this day had to come. Nobody can go on winning forever."

Hubbell allows seven hits, walks three, hits a batter and throws a wild pitch before he's removed. As he strolls to the clubhouse in center field, he receives cheers from Giants fans and jeers from Dodgers supporters. The defeat is the slender southpaw's first since July 13, 1936, when he lost 1-0 to the Chicago Cubs despite pitching a two-hitter.

In between games of the doubleheader, Hubbell receives The Sporting News award as the star player of 1936, when he won his last 16 decisions. Babe Ruth makes the presentation to him.

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