Frank Viola is now a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization.
Boston Red Sox pitchers Frank Viola and Corey Bailey combined to no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game, 23 years ago today.
On Friday, April 2, 1993, at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, Viola threw 7 innings of no-hit ball, striking out six batters and walking one. Bailey, Boston’s Double-A closer, finished the game with 2 no-hit innings, issuing one base on balls in the 10-0 win.
Viola had just taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning during his final start of the 1992 season for the Red Sox. On Wednesday, September 30, 1992 at the SkyDome against the Toronto Blue Jays, Viola tossed eight innings of no-hit ball before Devon White led off the ninth with an infield hit. Viola settled for a 1-0, one-hit victory.
Author: Dirk Lammers
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.