This Week in 1960s Baseball
(April 17, 1969) In only the tenth game of the franchise’s history, Montreal Expos hurler Bill Stoneman today pitched a no-hitter, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0.
Stoneman (1-2) faced 31 Phillies batters, walking five and striking out eight. The shutout lowered his season ERA to 2.50.
The losing pitcher was Phillies starter Jerry Johnson (0-2).
The hitting star for the Expos was right fielder Rusty Staub. Staub drove in three runs on four hits, including three doubles and his third home run of the season. The Expos also got RBIs from Ty Cline and Coco Laboy.
Stoneman was selected by the Expos as the 19th pick in the 1968 expansion draft after going a combined 2-5 in two seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He would follow his no-hit performance with another shutout five days later, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 with a six hitter. He would pitch three more shutouts by season’s end.
Stoneman emerged as the ace of the Expos’ pitching staff in the team’s inaugural season. He finished 1969 with a record of 11-19 with a 4.39 ERA. Stoneman led the team in starts (36), complete games (8), innings pitched (235.2) and strikeouts (185).