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Baseball lost Lew Burdette, who threw ’60 no-no, 9 years ago today

Lew Burdette
Lew Burdette
Lew Burdette, who threw a 1960 no-no for the Milwaukee Braves, died nine years ago today.

Burdette, born in Nitro, West Virginia in 1926, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, August 18, 1960, for a 1-0 win at Milwaukee County Stadium. His no-no was one of 203 victories over an 18-year career, and Burdette posted no less than 17 wins per season between 1956 and 1961. He was 80 when he died of lung cancer in 2007.

Burdette’s grandson Nolan Fontana plays in the Houston Astros organization. The infielder drove in 40 runs for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies in 2015.

Baseball lost another no-no pitcher on this date. Frank “Noodles” Hahn, who died on February 6, 1960, tossed a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, July 12, 1900, for a 4-0 win over the Phillies at League Park.