Happy 83rd birthday to Sonny Siebert, who threw a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 1966 after promising the feat to his wife.
Carol Siebert had been ribbing her husband about his pitching struggles, so Sonny had a retort before the June 10, 1966, game against Washington: “I told her, ‘If you don’t get off my back, I’ll go out and pitch a no-hitter,'” he told AP sportswriter Murray Chass.
And the Columbia, Missouri-native made good on his promise. Siebert no-hit the Senators for a 2-0 win at Cleveland Stadium, just missing a perfect game by a walk and a Chico Salmon throwing error.
Happy birthday to my old friend, Sonny Siebert.