Today in Orioles History: Gregg Olson Becomes the Youngest Pitcher with 100 Saves

Gregg Olson became the youngest pitcher in major league history to reach 100 saves as the Baltimore OriolesGregg Olson card.jpg defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-6 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on this day in Orioles history, May 3, 1992.

The Otter, age 25 years, 204 days, broke the record previously owned by Bruce Sutter with 1.2 innings of work behind Mike Mussina, Todd Frohwirth, and Mike Flanagan. Olson held the Mariners hitless, struck out two, and walked none for his fifth save of the season.

Olson, the 1989 Rookie of the Year (beating out Ken Griffey Jr., among others) finished the 1992 season with 36 saves, his third season of 30+ saves to that point, and the second-highest total of his career behind the 37 saves he had in 1990. A member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, he totaled a franchise-best 160 saves during his time in Baltimore.

Olson held the record for youngest pitcher with 100 saves until 2006 when K-Rod, Francisco Rodriguez, reached 100 saves at age 24.


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