Imagine reaching one of the heights of pitching magic in the Major Leagues and yet LOSING the game?
Today we look back at the first pitcher to LOSE an official no-hitter that he pitched, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45’s:
On April 23, 1964, Johnson took the mound for the then-known Colt .45’s against the Cincinnati Reds.
With the score at 0-0 into the ninth-inning, Pete Rose reached second
base on an error by Ken Johnson himself, went to third on a ground-out,
then scored on another error, this one committed by future Hall of Fame
second baseman Nellie Fox on a Vada Pinson grounder.
After opposing pitcher Joe Nuxhall retired the side in the bottom of the
ninth, Johnson became the first pitcher to ever lose a complete-game
By the time Johnson retired after the 1970 season with the Montreal
Expos, he left with a 91-106 record, primarily with losing teams, along
with a 3.46 earned run average and 1042 strikeouts over 1737.1 innings
and 334 appearances, 231 of them starts.