Happy 72nd birthday to George Culver, threw ’68 no-no
Happy 72nd birthday to George Culver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds in 1968.
Culver, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Salinas, California, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies during the second game of a July 29, 1968 doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium for a 6-1 win. Culver walked five batters and the Reds committed 3 errors.
Dirk Lammers is a veteran journalist who began rooting for the New York Mets in the early-1970s when the team’s no no-hitter count was barely 2,000 games old. Lammers has since turned his research into Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats (Unbridled Books) and NoNoHitters.com, where he maintains the Internet's largest archive of no-hitter information.
I thought the phrase “no-no” means a game with no hits or runs. If this is the case, then Culver did not throw a no-no. If I thought wrong, please let me know so that I can adjust my use of this term and extend it to Culver, Darryl Kile, Joe Cowley, and especially Ken Johnson, among others.
The term no-no might have at one time used as an abbreviation of a no-hit, no-run game, but in its modern usage it is really just short for no-hitter.