12 April, 2023
COLORADO — With a hit in his first 12 consecutive games in the majors, Jordan Walker tied a record that had held for almost a century in Wednesday’s 7-4 series-clinching triumph in Colorado.
After waiting until the ninth inning, Walker continued his record-setting run by hitting a powerful broken-bat grounder past the diving shortstop and into left field.
Walker is the second AL/NL player since 1900 (the first being Eddie Murphy of the 1912 Philadelphia Athletics) to accomplish the accomplishment before turning 21. During the first game of the series in Colorado, Walker moved past Hall of Famer Ted Williams into second place on the all-time list. Walker will have a chance to move into first place when the Cardinals host the Pirates beginning on Thursday.
The hitting streak by Walker and Bryson Stott of the Philadelphia Phillies is now the longest in the Majors.
Having surpassed Magneuris Sierra on Monday, Walker now holds the Cardinals rookie record for a hitting streak to begin a career, and he’s within striking distance of the Cardinals rookie record for any hitting streak, established by current Cardinals bench coach Joe McEwing with a 25-game run in 1999.
In 2016, David Dahl of the Rockies and Chuck Aleno of the Reds both had 17-game hitting streaks to start their careers.