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Bibby throws first Rangers no-hitter, 44 years ago today

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, 44 years ago today.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

Bibby, threw no-no, born on this day in ’44

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, was born on this day in 1944.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.

Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run, but he never appeared in a game.

Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.

Bibby throws first Rangers no-hitter, 43 years ago today

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, 43 years ago today.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

#19, the Texas Rangers

The NoNoHitters 30The No. 19 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown belongs to the Texas Rangers, a team that began as an expansion club in 1961 as the second incarnation of the Washington Senators. The franchise has five no-hitters in its history – and all came after the club moved to Arlington, Texas in 1972.

The new Senators began play in the American League after the original Sens moved to Minneapolis to become the Minnesota Twins for the 1961 season. Jim Bibby threw the first Rangers no-hitter in 1973, and Bert Blyleven followed it up in 1977. Nolan Ryan had the next two – his sixth and seventh of his career – when he was into his 40s.

Kenny Rogers threw a perfect game for the Rangers in 1994.

Here are the Rangers’ no-hitters:

1 Jim Bibby
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Monday, July 30, 1973
Texas Rangers 6, Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
2 Bert Blyleven
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Thursday, September 22, 1977
Texas Rangers 6, California Angels 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
3 Nolan Ryan
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Monday, June 11, 1990
Texas Rangers 5, Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(His sixth of seven no-hitters, adding to his major league record.
4 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.)
5 Kenny Rogers
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Thursday, July 28, 1994
Texas Rangers 4, California Angels 0
The Ballpark at Arlington (Texas)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 19 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


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
 

Top of post Photo by Rich Anderson