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40th anniversary of Candelaria’s no-hitter – first in Pittsburgh since 1915

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria threw the city of Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter since the old Federal League, 40 years ago today.

The 23-year-old southpaw dominated the Dodgers on Monday, August 9, 1976, using 101 pitches to no-hit Los Angeles for a 2-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Candelaria faced 30 batters, with two Dodgers reaching on errors and another reaching on a walk.

It was the first no-hitter in Pittsburgh since the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales’ Claude Hendrix no-hit the Pittsburgh Rebels on Saturday, May 15, 1915 for a 10-0 win at Exposition Park. The Pirates’ longtime home of Forbes Field (1909–1970) never hosted a no-hitter.