Today’s “Turn Back the Clock” card celebrates those two straight magical days in September, 1968, when Gaylord Perry no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals, only to have Cardinals pitcher Ray Washburn return the favor the very next day:
Of course, being the “year of the pitcher”, anything regarding pitching
feats was possible (can you imagine if Koufax was still playing that
season?!), but two straight no-no’s? Just amazing!
On September 17th, Gaylord Perry faced none other than pitcher of the universe that season, Bob Gibson.
But it would be Perry to come out on top that day, (helping to explain
just HOW Gibson could have lost nine games that year), allowing only two
balls hit out of the infield that day, winning the game 1-0 on a home
run by none other than Ron Hunt in the first inning!
Perry walked two, while striking out nine on his way into the baseball
record books, collecting his 15th win of the season and lowering his
earned run average to 2.46.
Not to be outdone, and with the National League pennant already in the
bag for the Cardinals, Ray Washburn took to the mound the very next day
and kept the Giants hitless himself, though walking five batters.
Curt Flood and Mike Shannon each drove in a run, giving Washburn all the offensive support he needed that historic day.
What is amazing is that he lowered his ERA to a sparkling 2.28 to go
along with Gibson’s incredible 1.13, yet the Giants losing pitcher that
day was none other than Bobby Bolin, who allowed two runs to the
Cardinals, “ballooning” HIS ERA to 1.96!
Again, the “year of the pitcher” indeed!
Imagine getting to see that season unfold! Wish I could have...