The Philadelphia Phillies traded no-no pitcher Rick Wise to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Carlton, 44 years ago today.
The February 25, 1972, trade came in the off-season following Wise’s no-no. On Wednesday, June 23, 1971, at Riverfront Stadium, Wise no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 Phillies win.
Wise pitched 11 more years in the majors, posting a 113-105 record with the Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres.
Carlton, who was elected to the Hall of Fame, posted a 241-161 record during 15 season with with the Phillies before finishing out his career with brief stints with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins.
But Carlton never threw a no-hitter, settling for the modern-day National League record for one-hitters with six.