Happy 44th birthday to Pedro Martínez, threw 9 perfect innings in ’95

Happy 44th birthday to Pedro Martínez, who threw nine innings of perfect baseball against the San Diego Padres on June 3, 1995.

Pedro Martinez's ball from his uncredited no-no in the Hall of Fame.
Pedro Martinez’s no-no ball

A ball from that game sits in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, even though Martínez is not credited with an official no-hitter. His Montreal Expos couldn’t score a run until the top of the 10th inning, and Martínez gave up a double to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning.

Mel Rojas took the ball in relief, and after throwing a wild pitch to allow Bip Roberts to advance to third, Rojas retired the side to preserve the combined one-hit shutout.

Martínez was elected to the Hall this year on his 219-100 career record and a lifetime ERA of 2.93. His 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th all-time.

Here’s a video of Roberts’ double: