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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Homer Bailey Adds to Reds Celebration of No-Hitters

Homer Bailey pitched the 16th no-hitter in Cincinnati Reds' history on Tuesday night in a 3-0 win.  He is the third pitcher in franchise history to throw two no-hitters in his career with the Reds.


The club had been celebrating no-hitters this summer.  June 11 and June 15 of this year marked the 75th anniversary of Johnny Vander Meer's no-hitters in consecutive starts against the Boston Bees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

This Sunday the Reds will celebrate the third pitcher to pitch two no-hitters in a Reds' uniform. Jim Maloney will be the guest at a luncheon at Great American Ball Park.  Maloney pitched no-hitters on August 19 - a 10 inning no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  In that game the right-hander, who threw the baseball nearly 100 mph, struck out 12 batters but walked 10 and hit a batter. Shortstop Leo Cardenas hit a home run in the 10th inning to provide the 1-0 win.

Earlier that year on June 14, Maloney also had a no-hitter for 10 innings against the New York Mets.  Johnny Lewis led off the 10th with a home run.  Maloney was credited with a no-hitter at the time but there was a rule change that excluded no-hitters broken up after nine innings from being considered official no-hitters.

Maloney pitched his second official no-hitter against the Houston Astros at Crosley Field on April 30, 1969, a 10-0 win.  He walked five and struck out 13 batters.  Don Wilson of the Astros returned the favor with a no-hitter against the Reds the next night, May 1.

The catcher that caught both no-hitters, John Edwards, will also attend the luncheon.

The 73-year old Maloney is a yearly visitor to the Reds' spring training.  Manager Dusty Baker asked Maloney, who signed for $100,000 with the Reds at the age of 19, to shadow Bailey during the spring visits.

Bailey was told about Maloney's no-hitter in which he walked 10 by a reporter.

"So, what? It was still a no-hitter wasn't it?" Bailey responded at the time.

Now Bailey has garnered two no-hitters and is the owner of the last two no-hitters in major league baseball.  The last one to do that was Nolan Ryan, a fellow Texan and Bailey's childhood hero.  Ryan pitched the last no-hitter in 1974 and the first in 1975.  Bailey pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh on September 28 last season at PNC Park.

Bailey was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 2004 draft. In September he became the fourth pitcher in that round of the draft to pitch a no-hitter.  Justin Verlander, Phillip Humbert and Jared Weaver from that first round pitched no-hitters before Bailey's.  Bailey joins Verlander as members of that round to pitch two.

It was the 16th time the Giants have suffered a no-hitter.  The last three prior to Bailey's were named Kevin.  Kevin Gross pitched a no-hitter for the Dodgers on August 17, 1992.  Kevin Brown did it to the Giants on June 10, 1997 for the Florida Marlins.  The last was on April 27, 2003 when Kevin Millwood of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hit the Giants.

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