Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 17, 1970: Gibby Flirts With a No-No In San Diego

     On June 17, 1970, Bob Gibson came oh so close to pitching a no-hitter against the Padres on San Diego, only to have it come to an end with just four outs to go in the contest, as the Friars left fielder Ivan Murrell ripped a two out single in the eighth. The offensive heroes of the day were Jose Cardenal and Dick Allen. Cardenal picked up three doubles and stole a base, and Allen knocked him in twice, which included the first run of the ballgame in the first. It was the only run Gibby needed, as he mowed down the San Diego lineup in quick succession. At the end of the day, the man who donned the 45 on his back had struck out 13 men, faced just 29 batters, and recorded his tenth victory in a row with the one-hit performance. Murrell spared San Diego of being no-hit twice in a week, as Dock Ellis had done the deed while high on LSD on June 12th (all kinds of crazy). Back to the star of this day, Gibson had come close to tossing a coveted no-hitter several times before, and at this point in his career he was an aging veteran who was 34-years-old. He began to doubt it was going to ever going to happen. Then came August 14, 1971, and Gibby finally added a no-no to his long list of accomplishments.

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