On this day in 1960 the Milwaukee Braves beat the Phillies 4-0 behind a performance for the ages by starting pitcher Warren Spahn. He went 1-for-3 in the game and scored a run while also pitching a complete game no-hitter. He walked two and struck out 15 in the game.
The win was Spahn's 20th of the season and the 287th of his major league career. It was the first no-hitter of his career, and at the time he was the second oldest pitcher ever to throw one:
|Sal Maglie||Dodgers||September 25, 1956||39 years, 152 days|
|Warren Spahn||Braves||September 16. 1960||39 years, 146 days|
|Bob Keegan||White Sox||August 20, 1957 (second game)||37 years, 16 days|
|Hoyt Wilhelm||Orioles||September 20, 1958||36 years, 56 days|
|Virgil Trucks||Tigers||August 25, 1952||35 years, 121 days|
Spahn would later move to the top of this list when he threw his second no-hitter the following April. He held that record for 29 years before Nolan Ryan broke it in 1990.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 1998 Brewer Bronswell Patrick, who turns 42.
- Hall of Famer and 1974-93 Brewer Robin Yount, who turns 57. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 1973-76 Brewer Ed Sprague, who turns 67.