45 years ago today: Alou tags Selma for lead-off single, no no-no count begins

pad145 years ago today, Padres Opening Day starter Dick Selma gave up a lead-off single to the Houston Astros’ Jesus Alou to begin the San Diego Padres no no-hitters count.

Earlier that day, on April 8, 1969, the New York Mets’ no no-hitters count reached 1,137 when Bob Bailey of the Montreal Expos tagged Tom Seaver for a first-inning RBI double. The Mets’ count would climb to 8,019 games over that franchise’s 50-year history before finally halting on June 1, 2012, with Johan Santana’s no-no.

The Padres count, meanwhile, has since climbed to 7,172 games.

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