The Milwaukee Braves’ Lew Burdette no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies, 60 years ago today.
On Thursday, August 18, 1960, at Milwaukee County Stadium, Burdette faced the minimum 27 batters and allowed only one baserunner for a 1-0 no-hit win. He would have had a perfect game if he hadn’t hit Tony Gonzalez’s right shoulder with a slider in the fifth inning, but Gonzalez was retired on a double play.
“I was mixing up sliders, screwballs, curves and an occasional fastball,” Burdette told Associated Press sportswriter Ed Wilks. “The big thing was I was putting the ball where I wanted — hitting (catcher Del) Crandall’s target.”
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the eighth, when Burdette led off the inning with a double to left. Billy Bruton followed with a double to right, letting Burdette to score the game’s only run.