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Wilson, threw 2 Astros no-nos, born 72 years ago today

Don Wilson
Don Wilson
Today would be the 72nd birthday of Don Wilson, who threw no-hitters for the Houston Astros in 1967 and 1969. The right-handed flamethrower, who pitched one game in 1966, was a mainstay of the Houston rotation from 1967 to 1974, winning 104 games.

He died of accidental asphyxiation in his home on Jan. 5, 1975, when he left his car running after pulling into his garage. His son, who was upstairs, also died.

The Astros retired Wilson’s No. 40 in 1975.

Here are Wilson’s no-nos.

  • Sunday, June 18, 1967
    Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
    Astrodome (Houston)
  • Thursday, May 1, 1969
    Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
    Crosley Field (Cincinnati)

Today would be no-no thrower Don Wilson’s 71st birthday

Don Wilson
Don Wilson
Today would be the 71st birthday of Don Wilson, who threw no-hitters for the Houston Astros in 1967 and 1969. The right-handed flamethrower, who pitched one game in 1966, was a mainstay of the Houston rotation from 1967 to 1974, winning 104 games.

He died of accidental asphyxiation in his home on Jan. 5, 1975 when he left his car running after pulling into his garage. His son, who was upstairs, also died.

The Astros retired Wilson’s No. 40 in 1975.

Here are Wilson’s no-nos.

  • Sunday, June 18, 1967
    Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
    Astrodome (Houston)
  • Thursday, May 1, 1969
    Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
    Crosley Field (Cincinnati)

Pitcher’s mound lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today

The pitcher's mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the '69 season.
The pitcher’s mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the ’69 season.
Major League Baseball lowered the pitcher’s mound height from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today.

The rule change was part of a response to the issue of pitching becoming too dominant in the NL and AL, as evidenced by five no-hitters thrown during the ’68 season:

163 Tom Phoebus
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 1968
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
164 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
165 George Culver
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Monday, July 29, 1968 (Second game of doubleheader)
Cincinnati Reds 6, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
166 Gaylord Perry
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1968
San Francisco Giants 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
167 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

How did the changes work? They resulted in six no-hitters in the ’69 season:

168 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Thursday, April 17, 1969
Montreal Expos 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His first of two no-hitters)
169 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Cincinnati Reds 10, Houston Astros 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
170 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
171 Jim Palmer
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Wednesday, August 13, 1969
Baltimore Orioles 8, Oakland Athletics 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
172 Ken Holtzman
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Tuesday, August 19, 1969
Chicago Cubs 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
(His first of two no-hitters; Holtzman becomes the second MLB pitcher to throw a no hitter without a single strikeout.)
173 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)

So much for that theory!

Nolan Ryan’s 7th no-hitter, 24 years ago today

Nolan Ryan threw his major league record seventh no-hitter, 24 years ago today.

Seven of Nolan Ryan's caps signifying his seven no-hitters in the Baseball Hall of Hame.
Seven of Nolan Ryan’s caps signifying his seven no-hitters in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ryan, pitching for the Texas Rangers at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991, struck out 16 Blue Jays and held the others to no hits as the Rangers topped Toronto 3-0.

Three other no-hitters were thrown on May 1 in other years – Al Atkinson, Johnny Lush and Don Wilson.

Here are the May Day no-nos:

21 of 287 Al Atkinson
  Philadelphia Athletics (AA)
  Saturday, May 1, 1886
Philadelphia Athletics 3, New York Metropolitans 2
Jefferson Street Grounds (Philadelphia)
(His second of two no-hitters)
53 of 287 Johnny Lush
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Brooklyn Superbas 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
170 of 287 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
225 of 287 Nolan Ryan
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Wednesday, May 1, 1991
Texas Rangers 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Arlington Stadium (Texas)
(His seventh of seven no-hitters, finalizing his major league record.)

#12, the Houston Astros

The NoNoHitters 30The Houston Astros franchise, which joined the National League as an expansion franchise in 1962 under the name Houston Colt .45’s, have 11 no-hitters over the team’s history. That No. 12 ranking is pretty impressive, considering several franchises that have been around much longer haven’t reached that mark.

astroscoltsjerseysIn one of the oddest no-hitters in major league history, the Astros’ Ken Johnson no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in 1964 but lost the game 1-0 due to errors. Johnson remains the only single pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter.

The Astros also set the record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (six), although the mark has since been tied.

Here are the Houston Astros’ no-hitters:

1 Don Nottebart
  HOUSTON COLT .45’s (NL)
  Friday, May 17, 1963
Houston Colt .45s 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Colt Stadium (Houston)
(Mets’ expansion partner gets first no hitter early in second season; the Mets would have to wait 49 more years.)
2 Ken Johnson
  HOUSTON COLT .45’s (NL)
  Thursday, April 23, 1964
Cincinnati Reds 1, Houston Colt .45s 0 (a loss)
Colt Stadium (Houston)
3 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Sunday, June 18, 1967
Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(His first of two no-hitters)
4 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
5 Larry Dierker
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Friday, July 9, 1976
Houston Astros 6, Montreal Expos 0
Astrodome (Houston)
6 Ken Forsch
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Saturday, April 7, 1979
Houston Astros 6, Atlanta Braves 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Ken and Bob Forsch become the first brothers to pitch MLB no-hitters.)
7 Nolan Ryan
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Saturday, September 26, 1981
Houston Astros 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(His fifth of seven no-hitters, setting a new major league record with one more than Sandy Koufax.)
8 Mike Scott
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, September 25, 1986
Houston Astros 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Game clinches National Leauge West division for Astros.)
10 Darryl Kile
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Wednesday, September 8, 1993
Houston Astros 7, New York Mets 1
Astrodome (Houston)
11 Roy Oswalt (1 inn.)
Peter Munro (2 2/3 inn.)
Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 inn.)
Brad Lidge (2 inn.)
Octavio Dotel (1 inn.)
Billy Wagner (1 inn.)
  Houston Astros (NL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Houston Astros 8, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(Most pitchers used in a no hitter in MLB history.)

Here’s our list so far from 12 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
10 St. Louis Cardinals
  (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Perfectos)
9 Baltimore Orioles
  (Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns)
7 Minnesota Twins
  (Washington Senators)
7 Detroit Tigers
6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

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