The Kansas City Athletics notched the team’s only no-hitter 50 years ago today, though the no-no came during a spring training game.
Although the A’s had five regular season no-nos during the team’s stint in Philadelphia and six while based in Oakland, the franchise couldn’t notch a single one during the club’s 13 years in Kansas City.
But on Friday, April 1, 1966, the Athletics’ Paul Lindblad (6 innings) and John Wyatt (3 innings) combined to no-hit the Houston Astros for a 4-0 win at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Bert Campaneris helped save the no-no with a diving catch in the later innings.
The effort by Lindblad and Wyatt marked the second spring no-hitter in less than a week, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bob Veale and Luke Walker no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers just four days earlier.