Happy 44th birthday to Pedro Martínez, who threw nine innings of perfect baseball against the San Diego Padres on June 3, 1995.

Pedro Martinez's ball from his uncredited no-no in the Hall of Fame.

Pedro Martinez’s no-no ball

A ball from that game sits in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, even though Martínez is not credited with an official no-hitter. His Montreal Expos couldn’t score a run until the top of the 10th inning, and Martínez gave up a double to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning.

Mel Rojas took the ball in relief, and after throwing a wild pitch to allow Bip Roberts to advance to third, Rojas retired the side to preserve the combined one-hit shutout.

Martínez was elected to the Hall this year on his 219-100 career record and a lifetime ERA of 2.93. His 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th all-time.

Here’s a video of Roberts’ double:


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