On August 19, 1965, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Jim Maloney pitched one of the most unusual no-hitters in baseball history in a Reds 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. Maloney went the distance in the outing, holding the Chicago Cubs out of the hit column for 10 full innings (they ultimately won on a Leo Cardenas home run). But it wasn't just the length of the game that made it unusual. Maloney also walked 10 — the most ever in a no-hitter — and hit one batter. He was far from perfect, but he was still overpowering enough to strikeout 12.
Simply put, it was a performance unlike any other in MLB. You could even classify it as a game you'd have to see to believe. In that case, we have some good news. Thanks to Al Yellon, one of his readers over at Bleed Cubbie Blue, and the power of Youtube, we actually can relive the final three innings of this historic game through extremely rare color footage.
According to Cut4, this represents some of the oldest surviving color footage ever recorded. Commercials are included, which makes it even better. It's also cool to hear the voices of Cubs broadcasters Lloyd Pettit and Jack Brickhouse. It's basically a lost treasure of baseball history, and it would be awesome if more classics like these were uncovered and digitally remastered. MLB Network would do well with gems like this available to air during the winter months.
We can dream, can't we?
Getting back to the game itself and its historical significance, here are a few other worthwhile notes:
• On June 14 of the same season, Maloney carried a no-hitter into the 11th inning, only to lose it and the game on a Johnny Lewis home run. The game was originally recognized as a no-hitter, but was later changed when it was determined no-hitters could be lost in extra innings.
• Had the rule not changed, Maloney would be one of five pitchers with multiple no-hitters in one season. The others: Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952), and Nolan Ryan (1973).
• Maloney had a big day at the plate as well, collected a pair of singles in four at-bats.
• Maloney finished the season with a career best 14 victories and 255 innings pitched.
• Cubs starter Larry Jackson also went the distance, allowing nine hits with no walks or hit batters.
• It was Game 1 of a doubleheader.
• Just three weeks later on Sept. 9, Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against Chicago. Incredibly, that's the last time the Cubs have been no-hit — a span covering 48 years and 7,663 regular season games.
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