Monday, September 21, 2009

Looking Back on Better Days: The Orioles' First No-Hitter

Weekend games in September weren't always so gloomy for the Orioles.

Yesterday was the 51st anniversary of the first no-hitter in modern franchise history.

Hoyt Wilhelm held the New York Yankees in check on Saturday, Sept. 20, 1958, recording eight strikeouts against two walks in the Orioles' 1-0 victory at Memorial Stadium. His was the first of five no-hitters in Orioles history.

Gus Triandos powered the O's to the win with his career-high 30th home run of the season in the seventh inning.

Don Larsen - just two seasons removed from a perfect Game 5 in the 1956 World Series - pitched six innings before yielding to Bobby Shantz, who took the loss for the Yankees.

The Orioles finished the 1958 season in sixth place in the eight-team American League with a record of 74-79.

Image source: Here.

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