Bo Belinsky, the Los Angeles Angels rookie whose 1962 no-hitter thrust him into the Hollywood spotlight, was born 82 years ago today.
On Saturday, May 5, 1962, the former Trenton pool shark no-hit the Baltimore Orioles at Dodger Stadium for a 2-0 win. Belinsky quickly became a darling of the tabloids, spending his nights drinking on the town and getting photographed with numerous female stars.
After retiring in 1970 and hitting rock bottom in 1976, Belinsky got clean and built a second career working in customer relations for a car-dealership chain in Las Vegas.
Five months after the AAA Las Vegas 51s honored the former major leaguer with a “Bo Belinsky Night,” Belinsky succumbed to a heart attack on Nov. 23, 2001.