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From BR Bullpen
Matthew Constantine Surkont
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 205 lb.
- Debut April 19, 1949
- Final Game May 1, 1957
- Born June 16, 1922 in Central Falls, RI USA
- Died October 8, 1986 in Largo, FL USA
 Biographical Information
Max Surkont, a right-hander from Rhode Island shut out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on three hits on opening day in 1953 in the first game in the Milwaukee Braves' history. By mid-May, he was 5-0 taking the team into the league lead after a seventh-place finish the previous season in their last year in Boston.
Max struck out a big-league record eight in a row against the Reds on May 25 in a game nearly wiped out by rain. After striking out the last batter in the second inning and setting down the sides on strikes in both the third and fourth, the rains came, forcing a 33 minute delay.
The modern day major league mark of seven in a row held by Hooks Wiltse of the 1908 Giants and Dazzy Vance (1924) and Van Lingle Mungo (1936), both of the Dodgers, had been equaled. When play resumed, Surkont struck out Andy Seminick to establish a new record, but another 40-minute delay nearly wiped out the game and the record. Play eventually resumed and the game was completed, with Max finishing with 13 strikeouts in the 10-3 victory.
His 31st birthday on June 16, 1953, was designated as "Max Surkont Night" at County Stadium and he ran his record to 9-1. But he would win just twice more in July and finished the year with a record of 11-5.
Max, who was just 15 when he began in pro ball in 1938, first came up to the majors with the 1949 Chicago White Sox. He was acquired by the Boston Braves after going 18-5 with the Sacramento Solons of the PCL in 1950 and won a dozen games in both 1951 and 1952. He was also with the Pirates, Cardinals, and the New York Giants through 1957, finishing 61-76.
Max began his pro career in 1938. He missed the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service.