May 3, 1986
Three Reds pitchers have more than one career no-hitter: Jim Maloney, Johnny Vander Meer, and 2004 1st round draft pick Homer Bailey from La Grange, Texas. Bailey blanked the Pirates in Pittsburgh in 2012, then the Giants in Cincinnati in 2013. He is currently on the 60-day disabled list, projected to return to action in June.
Only one walk…that was all that separated Homer Bailey from a perfect game in July. TWJ contributor Patrick commemorates the third Reds pitcher to pitch multiple no-hitters with a “fun card” of a set you don’t see very often: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops.
Joining Nolan Ryan as the only other pitcher to throw the last no-hitter of one season and the first no-hitter of the next, Homer Bailey keep the Giants at bay in Cincinnati Tuesday night for his second career no-no. Only two other Reds pitchers have thrown multiple no-hitters: Johnny Vander Meer and Jim Maloney.
The seventh no-hitter of the 2012 season was pitched by none other than Homer Bailey of my Cincinnati Reds! The Pittsburgh Pirates fell victim to the Reds pitcher, who walked only one batter while striking out ten. It’s the first Reds no-no since Tom Browning threw a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.
I’m getting kinda tired of writing about these games…even if it’s only one or two sentences. So unless something amazing happens, I’m just going to post the cards.
I hope the next month-and-a-half flies by. I’m getting really sick of the pathetic play. This is why I love baseball history…you can’t get too disappointed, because it has already happened. You know the outcome.
I recently sent a few cards to Lifetime Topps, some to help out with his set-building conquests and a few Reds just because. He returned the favor with a nice package featuring a Hall of Famer (Tony Perez), a future Cooperstown resident (Barry Larkin), and some other current and former Reds. Here are just a few of the goodies he sent:
All of those cards are great, but my favorite card in the package, hands-down, was this 1984 O-Pee-Chee Dave Parker:
I miss the Cobra and his 20-minute home run trot.
Thanks for the cards Chuck!
With the good (Zack Cozart‘s debut) comes the bad (another Reds loss). Another heartbreaker, the Reds have now lost 19 one-run contests (winning only 13). Homer Bailey tried to help himself out with the bat, doubling and scoring in the third inning. He couldn’t keep the Brewers from scoring, though, giving up 5 runs in 6 innings.