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JULY 28 (1976) - No-hits*
By Bill Grimes
Jul 28, 2007 - 12:15 AM

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A Lot of Walks, No Hits

 

OAKLAND , CALIFORNIA JULY 28, 1976 Chicago White Sox pitchers Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios combined to no-hit the Oakland As 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 As 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 Ernie 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, Ernie 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.

 

Sources:

http://www.baseballrace.com/races/MLB-1976-AL_West-Normal.asp

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Combined_No_Hitters

 

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