The Philadelphia Phillies have an illustrious historical past of no-hitters. Perhaps so unimaginable, that we repeatedly neglect about probably the most wonderful particular person performances in MLB historical past, one put collectively by a Phillies righty.
There are two good video games in Phillies historical past: Hall of Famer Jim Bunning on Father’s Day 1964 and Hall of Famer Roy Halladay on May 29, 2010. Later in that very same season, Halladay joined Don Larsen as the one pitchers to throw no-hitters within the postseason. For as unimaginable as these three no-hitters are — two of which, once more, have been good video games — there’s an argument to be made that one other no-hitter is probably the most spectacular in Phillies historical past.
While Halladay’s postseason no-hitter got here towards a Cincinnati Reds crew that included 2010 National League MVP Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips, Phillies righty Rick Wise no-hit a lineup that featured core items of what would grow to be “The Big Red Machine” on June 23, 1971 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincy.
Granted, the Reds solely went 79-83 in a disappointing 1971 season, however Sparky Anderson’s squad had gained 102 video games the earlier season and would win 95 or extra video games in every of the following 5 years en path to turning into probably the most dominant groups in MLB historical past.
On that day, Wise pitched to contact about in addition to you probably can. He solely struck out three batters the whole recreation, and but he managed to carry a lineup that consisted of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, George Foster, Lee May, Hal McRae, Tommy Helms and Dave Concepcion hitless. Over the course of their respective careers, the lineup that Wise no-hit mixed for 3 Rookie of the Year Awards, 4 MVPs and a staggering 60 All-Star Game appearances. Bench and Perez are Hall of Famers, and Rose, after all, could be if evaluated solely on his manufacturing as a participant.
If no-hitting that kind of lineup wasn’t sufficient, Wise helped his trigger on the plate that day. While it’s spectacular that the aforementioned Halladay drove a run in throughout his postseason no-hitter, Wise drove in three of the Phillies 4 runs throughout his no-hitter, slugging two residence runs. The solely different run the Phillies scored that day got here off the bat of future Wall of Famer John Vukovich, who additionally caught a line drive hit by Rose to 3rd base for the ultimate out of the sport.
1971 wasn’t precisely a banner season for the Phillies, who would go simply 67-95. However, Wise, a yr earlier than Steve Carlton joined the Phillies, put collectively a robust marketing campaign. Across 272.1 innings, Wise went 17-14 with a 2.88 ERA, 3.08 FIP and 4.6 fWAR. Wise was the Phillies lone consultant for the 1971 All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium, the place he was teammates on the National League crew with Bench, Rose and May, all of whom have been within the lineup when he no-hit the Reds. Reds reliever Clay Carroll, who gave up Wise’s second residence run of the sport, was additionally an All-Star.
In MLB historical past, there are 302 documented no-hitters. Is Wise’s probably the most dominant efficiency merely primarily based on how he pitched? Probably not. However, in a sport that now has a common DH, it’s unlikely that anybody will ever be part of Wise within the no-hitter/two residence run membership.
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