Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19, 1965: Jim Maloney No Hits The Cubs In Chicago

On August 19, 1965, Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was the tenth no-hitter in the history of the organization. The fireballer had pitched a no-no through 10 on the 14th of June against the Mets in Cincy, then lost it with an 11th inning home run off the bat of Johnny Lewis. Maloney walked just one man and struck out 18 in that heartbreaking loss in Cincy, his luck changed for the better on that day at Wrigley. It was nowhere near the performance he turned in against the Mets, Maloney needed 187 pitches and walked 10 men which led to him having to pitch out of multiple jams. The 10 walks is a modern day record for walks in a no-no, while it wasn't pretty,  there was nothing but a zero in the hit column for the Cubs. Once again Maloney's bid for a no-no would head to extra innings, this time Leo Cardenas put the ball over ivy in the tenth, then all Maloney had to do was retire the side to give him the elusive feat. He walked the first man, got a flyball out, then Ernie Banks hit into the classic 6-4-3 double play and Maloney had just added a no-hitter to his resume.

Here's the box score:

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