40 and Un-Hittable

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(April 28, 1961) – The Milwaukee Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 today on a no-hitter by left-hander Warren Spahn.

At age 40, Warren Spahn pitched his second career no-hitter, beating the San Francisco Giants 1-0.

At age 40, Warren Spahn pitched his second career no-hitter, beating the San Francisco Giants 1-0.

Five days past his fortieth birthday, Spahn became the second-oldest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter. Cy Young was 41 years and three months old when he threw his third no-hitter in 1908.

Spahn (2-1) struck out five Giants batters and walked two. It was his second career no-hitter. He pitched his first no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960.

The Braves managed only five hits against Giants starter Sam Jones (2-1). The game’s only run was scored in the bottom of the first inning when Hank Aaron singled to right field, scoring Frank Bolling.

Warren Spahn won 21 games in 1961 and finished the season with 21 complete games, leading the league in complete games for the fifth consecutive season.

Warren Spahn won 21 games in 1961 and finished the season with 21 complete games, leading the league in complete games for the fifth consecutive season.

Spahn would finish the 1961 season at 21-13 with a 3.02 ERA. He would lead the National League in complete games (21) and shutouts (4).

Young would remain the oldest pitcher to toss a no-hitter until 1991, when Nolan Ryan threw his seventh career no-hitter at age 44.

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