On May 25, 1953, Milwaukee Braves right-hander Max Surkont sets a new major league record by striking out eight consecutive batters as he defeats the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 at County Stadium. Surkont's feat surpasses the old mark of seven straight strikeouts shared by Dazzy Vance (1924) and Van Lingle Mungo (1936). Tom Seaver of the Mets will shatter this record in 1970 when he strikes out 10 San Diego Padres in succession.
Impressive feat from a pitcher that was not known for strikeouts and was a mediocre pitcher. 1953 was, by far, Surkont's best season in his 9 year career.