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Niekro no-hits Padres, 44 years ago today

Phil Niekro
Phil Niekro
Knuckleballer Phil Niekro threw the Braves’ first no-hitter after the club’s move to Atlanta, 44 years ago today.

Sticking with his trademark knuckler from the seventh inning on, Niekro no-hit the San Diego Padres for a 9-0 win at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Sunday, August 5, 1973. Niekro had been mixing in fastballs and sliders in the earlier innings.

Five Padres reached base during the game, three on walks and two on errors.

Miami Hurricanes avoid no-hitter vs. Gators, extend streak

Phil Niekro threw 3 innings of a Milwaukee Braves exhibition no-hitter against the University of Miami Hurricanes in February 1964.
Phil Niekro threw 3 innings of a Milwaukee Braves exhibition no-hitter against the University of Miami Hurricanes in February 1964.
The Miami Hurricanes narrowly avoided falling victim to a no-hitter on Sunday, extending the school’s 52-year-old no-hit streak to 3,181 games.

In the ninth inning of the Canes’ game against the Florida Gators, Carl Chester led off by reaching base on an error before Chris Barr lined a single over short, according to the Miami Herald. The comeback attempt fell short at Mark Light Field as Florida topped Miami 7-3.

The last time the Hurricanes were no-hit was on April 18, 1964, when Florida Southern’s Ken Huebner no-hit Miami in Lakeland.

But there was also a lesser-known no-no against the Hurricanes earlier that year. On Saturday, February 29, 1964, three Milwaukee Braves pitchers no-hit the Hurricanes for a 1-0 win during an exhibition at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium. Those pitchers were Dick Kelley (3 innings), Larry Maxie (3 innings) and a young rookie named Phil Niekro (3 innings).

The Canes got beat 5-1 during an exhibition game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. The squad looks to extend its college no-hit streak to 3,182 Wednesday night at home against Florida Gulf Coast University.

Knucksie’s no-no, first for Atlanta, 42 years ago today

Knuckleballer Phil Niekro threw the Braves’ first no-hitter after the club’s move to Atlanta, 42 years ago today.

Sticking with his trademark knuckler from the seventh inning on, Niekro no-hit the San Diego Padres for a 9-0 win at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Sunday, August 5, 1973. Niekro had been mixing in fastballs and sliders in the earlier innings.

Five Padres reached base during the game, three on walks and two on errors.

#7, the Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves

The NoNoHitters 30The Braves’ franchise, which began in Boston under a variety of early nicknames before settling on the Braves, spent 12 years in Milwaukee before landing at its present home of Atlanta.

"Salida" Tom Hughes threw a no-hitter for Boston in 1916.
“Salida” Tom Hughes threw a no-hitter for Boston in 1916.
The franchise notched its first seven no-hitters in Boston, threw four in Milwaukee and have three to date in Atlanta. Warren Spahn is the only Braves pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter for the franchise, although Kent Mercker threw six innings of a combined no-no in 1991 and then notched his own in 1994.

Here’s the full list of the 14 no-hitters thrown by the Braves:

1 Jack Stivetts
  Boston Beaneaters (NL)
  Saturday, August 6, 1892
Boston Beaneaters 11, Brooklyn Grooms 0
Eastern Park (Brooklyn)
2 Vic Willis
  Boston Beaneaters (NL)
  Monday, August 7, 1899
Boston Beaneaters 7, Washington Senators 1
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
(There’s some doubt if this game truly was a no hitter, but it’s officially recognized as one.)
3 Frank "Big Jeff" Pfeffer
  Boston Doves (NL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1907
Boston Doves 6, Cincinnati Reds 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
4 George Davis
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Wednesday, September 9, 1914 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
5 "Salida" Tom Hughes
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Friday, June 16, 1916
Boston Braves 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Braves Field (Boston)
6 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
7 Vern Bickford
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Friday, August 11, 1950
Boston Braves 7, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
8 Jim Wilson
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Sunday, June 12, 1954
Milwaukee Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
9 Lew Burdette
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Thursday, August 18, 1960
Milwaukee Braves 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
10 Warren Spahn
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Friday, September 16, 1960
Milwaukee Braves 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His first of two no-hitters)
11 Warren Spahn
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Friday, April 28, 1961
Milwaukee Braves 1, San Francisco Giants 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His second of two no-hitters)
12 Phil Niekro
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, August 5, 1973
Atlanta Braves 9, San Diego Padres 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
13 Kent Mercker (6 inn.)
Mark Wohlers (2 inn.)
Alejandro Pena (1 inn.)
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Wednesday, September 11, 1991
Atlanta Braves 1, San Diego Padres 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
14 Kent Mercker
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Friday, April 8, 1994
Atlanta Braves 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

Here’s our list so far from 7 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


14 Atlanta Braves
  (Boston Red Caps/Boston Beaneaters/Boston Doves/Boston Rustlers/Boston Bees/Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves)
13 Chicago Cubs
  (Chicago White Stockings/Chicago Colts/Chicago Orphans)
12 Philadelphia Phillies
  (Philadelphia Quakers)
11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
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
 

Niekro no-nos Padres, 41 years ago today

41 years ago today, Knuckleballer Phil Niekro threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.

The Aug. 5, 1973 game at Atlanta Stadium marked the Braves franchise’s first no-hitter since moving from Milwaukee. Niekro walked three and struck out four, and the AP’s account of the game said that all of the plays behind him were routine. Niekro went exclusively with the knuckleball in the ninth inning and finished it out by getting Cito Gaston to ground out to third.

The final score was Atlanta Braves 9, San Diego Padres 0.