Tom Seaver received his 1969 Cy Young Award in a pregame ceremony on April 22, 1970–fifty years ago today. He was the starter that day for the New York Mets against the San Diego Padres. How’d he do? Well, he pitched a complete game, a 2-1 victory with the only run against him being a solo homer in the second inning. He struck out 19 batters—at the time the most ever in a single game that the pitcher’s team won (Steve Carlton also struck out 19 against the Mets in 1969 while pitching for the Cardinals, but his team lost that game 4-3). Seaver’s record stood for 16 years until Roger Clemens had 20 in a game in 1986.
Seaver also set another MLB record that day, one that still stands: he struck out 10 batters in a row. This happened to be the last 10 Padres batters of the game too.