Busby retired the side in order in the first, walked George Scott to lead off the second and then retired each of the next 24 batters he faced in order to close out a near perfect game. He struck out just three in the contest, but all 24 of the balls batters put into play against him were turned into outs.
Despite the fact that he was only 24 years old this was already Busby's second career no-hitter. By the end of his age 25 season Busby had already accumulated 114 starts, pitched 831 innings (including 292 in 1974 and 260 more in 1975) and made two All Star appearances. The following year he started to break down with shoulder and knee injuries, pitched just 229 innings over the next five seasons and was out of baseball at age 30.
It's worth noting that the Brewer lineup he shut out on this day was no powerhouse: The 1974 team only had one player score more than 80 runs (Don Money), only had two players with more than 140 hits (Money and George Scott) and Scott and John Briggs tied for the team lead with 17 home runs.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Nashville Sound and 2007 and 2009-10 Brewer Claudio Vargas, who turns 34.
- 1987 Brewer Steve Stanicek, who turns 51.
- 1983-86 Brewer Bob Gibson, who turns 55.
- 1971-77 and 1979-83 Brewer Jim Slaton, who turns 62. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 1989 Brewer Jerry Reuss, who turns 63.