It was a normal Saturday evening at The Q during an ab- normal baseball season.
A team came in for the second game of a double header. Earlier in the day, The A’s won the game by their usual double digit margin.
Except, this evening, Au- gust 31st, 2019, with The A’s 33-0 and looking to get to 34-0, a young 21yr old pitcher from Pacoima, Ca. took the mound.
They called him “Bucky.”
He wore glasses and looked very studious on the mound, warming up and seemingly nonchalant.
Bucky threw a curve ball and a 2-seam fast ball that caught The A’s off guard. Bucky was looking to make a statement with his pitches.
The A’s, after winning easily in the morning game, made a crucial error, well, two crucial errors. The coaching staff can be said to have underestimated the Southern California Baseball Association after their performance just 6 hours earlier.
The A’s batted 14 players, way too many.
Minor League Baseball, Salt Lake City Trappers of the Pioneer League: 29 games.
Then, there was Bucky.
The Southern California The 71-72 Los Angeles Lakers Baseball Association ended the San Quentin Athletics win streak and Bucky was given the game ball by team in a show of their usual good sportsmanship.
The A’s are now 35-2 as they’ve started another streak.
Let’s put the winning streak into perspective:
NCAA Division I, Univer- sity of Connecticut Women’s Basketball: 111 games.
NCAA Division II, Ash- land University Women’s Basketball: 73 games.
NCAA Division III, Wash- ington (MO) Women’s Bas- ketball: 88 games.
NCAA Division I, UCLA Men’s Basketball: 88 games.
NCAA Division II, Wi- nona State University Men’s Basketball: 57 games.
Julio Caesar Chavez started his streak on Feb. 5, 1980 and was ended Sept. 10, 1993, going 87 straight wins.
ers went 33-0 from 11/5/1971 – 1/9/1972…
The San Quentin Athletics may never be recognized by “legitimate” sporting outlets for their accomplishment, The A’s are the best team that The Q has seen in its sports life- time, and they have set a gold standard for the other sports teams to aim for.