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Wilhelm becomes first to pitch in 1,000 games

Updated: May 8, 2001, 5:32 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 10, 1970

At 46 and pitching for the Atlanta Braves, Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first in major league history to pitch in 1,000 games. While the appearance is a milestone, the reliever's performance is a failure.

Wilhelm enters with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth inning and tries to protect a 5-3 lead against the St. Louis Cardinals. But the knuckleballer allows one run to score on a groundout and after an intentional pass to Leron Lee refills the bases, he gives ...

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