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  • Ken Johnson dies at 82, was only pitcher to throw nine-inning no-hitter and lose

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    Ken Johnson, the pitcher behind one of baseball's most notable anomolies, has died at age 82.

    Johnson's son, Kenneth Jr., confirmed the news to the New York Times on Wednesday, stating his father had battled Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in his later years and ultimately died from a kidney infection on Nov. 21.

    Johnson leaves behind a notable legacy in baseball, though not necessarily for the totality of his career. Johnson spent parts of 13 seasons (1958-70) in the big leagues, suiting up for seven different teams (Athletics, Reds, Astros, Braves, Yankees, Cubs and Expos) while posting a respectable 3.46 ERA over 1,737.1 innings.

    It's a career worthy of a cap tip, but it's his remarkable performance on April 23, 1964 that will be most remembered in baseball lore.

    While pitching for the Houston Colts .45's, Johnson allowed no hits to the Cincinnati Reds, yet still took the loss in the game. That marks the only time in MLB history that a pitcher lost despite throwing a nine-inning no-hitter.

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  • Win your Christmas party with the Jose Bautista bat flip sweater

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago

    Ladies and gentleman, behold the one item that needs to be on everyone's holiday shopping list.

    Courtesy of Fresh Brewed Tees, we present the Jose Bautista bat flip Christmas sweater, which commemorates Bautista's epic bat flip following his ALDS-clinching home run in Game 5 against the Texas Rangers.

    Sweater of the year. via @FreshBrewedTees @JoeyBats19

    This is real and it's absolutely spectacular.

    [Related: AL MVP Josh Donaldson emerges as face of baseball and a nation]

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