Lot of Walks, No Hits
JULY 28, 1976
– Chicago White Sox pitchers Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios combined to no-hit the
Oakland A’s on this date in 1976. Odom started the game against his old team. Barrios came in in the 6th. So why would a pitcher throwing a no-hitter be lifted? Let me count the ways; 1) because he walked 9 batters in 5 innings, 2) it was a close 2-1 game, 3) it was a key divisional rivalry (the White Sox and A’s were both in the American League West in ’76). The Sox ended up winning the contest 2-1.
The Odom-Barrios no-hitter was the fourth combined no-no in major league baseball history at the time. The first was by pitcher Babe Ruth and
Shore. Ruth started the game in 1917. He walked the first batter, but protested the call so vehemently he was kicked out without retiring a batter. His replacement,
Shore proceeded to retire the next 27 hitters for a no-hitter.
There have been five more combined no-hitters as of this writing. The last one required the most pitchers. The Houston Astros used six pitchers to no-hit the New York Yankees in 2003 interleague play.