More ’69’s

1 02 2009

First, the two Reds that came in the lot:

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Maloney threw two no hitters (three if you count nine inning affairs broken up in extras) in his career and could hit 99 MPH.  Arm injuries shortened his career.  May was NL rookie of the Year in 1967 and hit the last home run at Crossley Field.  I was happy to see them both.

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Ken looks a bit drunk there, though I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’s merely hungover.  He was probably out trying to forget the fact that he’s the only guy to pitch a complete game no hitter and still lose.

In the ninth inning of a 0-0 game, Pete Rose tried to bunt his way on base and reached second when Ken made a bad throw to first.  Rose moved to third on a ground out and scored on a ground ball that was bobbled by Nellie Fox.  Joe Nuxhall pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Reds won the game while Ken won his own little place in history.

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And finally, how can you not like a guy whose name translates to “beautiful mouth” from Italian?  You can’t, that’s how.  I’m not sure what’s so special about it, though.  Looks pretty normal to me.

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