Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, who pitched for the San Diego Padres in 1978 and 1979, threw his only career no-hitter 46 years ago today.
Perry, a San Francisco Giants starter with a reputation for doctoring the baseball, had an impressive 2.45 ERA during the 1968 season but run support obviously was an issue as that yielded him just a 16-15 record.
Perry would need just one run of support on Sept. 17, 1968, courtesy of a Ron Hunt first-inning homer, as he no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 victory at Candlestick Park. Another eventual Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson, took the loss in that game despite yielding just four hits and a walk over his eight innings of work.
Perry seemed to get better with age over his storied 22-year career. After being dealt before the 1978 season by the Texas Rangers to the Padres for Dave Tomlin and $125,000 cash, Perry won his second Cy Young award with a 21-6 record and a 2.73 ERA. Perry also pitched for the Padres in the 1979 season before he was sent back to Texas.