The final curtain on Bo Belinsky
NOVEMBER 23, 2001
– Bo Belinsky died on this date in 2001.
He was a media sensation for a fleeting moment in the early 1960’s as a rising star on the California Angels pitching staff, and a glib, flamboyant
Hollywood playboy. Belinsky debuted in April 1962 and pitched the California Angels’ first no hitter a month later. He also had a much publicized romance with movie star Mamie Van Doren, and dated Ann Margaret, Connie Stevens and Tina Louise.
Sportswriters and gossip columnists loved Belinsky’s quotes, such as,
"If I'd known I was gonna pitch a no-hitter today, I would have gotten a haircut."
Bo Belinsky & Mamie Van Doren
Belinsky’s pitching career took off fast, going 7-1 to start his rookie season, including the May 2nd no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles. But Belinsky faded just as quickly, finishing the ’62 season 3-10. His career was derailed by inconsistency, and his act grew tiresome. He only had one winning season when he went 9-8 in 1964. His major league career ended in 1970 with an overall record of 28-51. His hard-drinking playboy lifestyle continued for a few years until he moved to
Las Vegas and, of all things, became born again.
Belinsky had bouts with bladder cancer, and died of heart attack in his
Las Vegas home at the age of 64.
Author/publisher Bill Grimes is a member of SABR
(Society for American Baseball Research)