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New state strikeout record set by game played more than 60 years ago

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Eddie Gordon didn't think he pitched a record back in 1953, he said he was just focused on beating Arab that day. Eddie Gordon didn't think he pitched a record back in 1953, he said he was just focused on beating Arab that day.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Guntersville High School baseball pitcher now holds the state record for the most strikeouts in an 11 inning ball game. However, his achievement wasn't recognized until more than 60 years later.

Eddie Gordon didn't think he pitched a record back in 1953, he said he was just focused on beating Arab that day. He said he is now looking at the paperwork that put his efforts back in 1953 finally in the state record books. He said his step-daughter began inquiring about his record and later with state officials to see if it was.

After getting it documented, it was finally put into the books. After losing to Arab twice that season, Gordon said he really wanted to beat them that year which was his junior year. The game went scoreless until Marshall County scored a thrilling home run to win 1-0. Gordon's efforts helped win the game. Recognized six decades later, Gordon said better late than never.

Gordon attributed his abilities to the coach, Coach Percy Lee. Lee was fortunate to find out about Gordon's record a few weeks ago, as he passed away just days later.

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