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.