This Day In Sports History (September 3rd) — Bobby Thigpen

Bobby Thigpen

It was on this day in 1990 that Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen set the record for most saves in a single season.  Thigpen recorded his 47th save of the season to pass Dave Righetti’s old record of 46.

In the two years prior to breaking the record (1988, 1989) Thigpen showed a lot of promise of becoming an elite closer.  In both seasons he tallied 34 saves and was well on his way to being one of the more consistent closers in the Majors.  Than in 1990 he broke out with a remarkable 57 saves, to set the new Major League record, one which held up for 18 years.

In 2008, Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels broke Thigpen’s record when he finished the season with 62 saves.  Rodriguez’s record will most likely stand for quite awhile, but he has more important things on his mind as he was recently arrested for assaulting his girlfriends father after a game as well as needing season-ending surgery on his right thumb.

Here is Francisco Rodriguez getting save # 58

Notable Birthdays

Damon Stoudamire, NBA – Born September 3rd 1973 (age 40) in Portland, Oregon

Jevon Kearse, NFL – Born September 3rd 1976 (age 37) in Fort Myers, Florida

Nate Robertson, MLB – Born September 3rd 1977 (age 36) in Wichita, Kansas

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