Dierker no-hits Expos, 39 years ago today

The Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker tossed a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos 39 years ago today.

Dierker on Friday, July 9, 1976 no-hit the Expos for a 6-0 win at the Astrodome. He walked four and struck out eight, and was aided by key defensive plays by second baseman Rob Andrews and center fielder José Cruz.

Dierker’s gem marked the first no-hitter against the Expos franchise, which has since moved to Washington as the Nationals. The Nats have yet to be no-hit as residents of the nation’s capital.