Kralick No-Hitter Starts with 25 Outs

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(August 26, 1962) At Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota Twins‘ left-hander Jack Kralick threw the team’s first no-hitter since the franchise moved from Washington D.C. following the 1960 season.

Kralick’s no-no was the fifth pitched in the major leagues this season.

Left-hander Jack Kralick faced only 28 batters – retiring the first 25 – in pitching a 1-0 no-hitter against the Kansas City Athletics. It was the first no-hitter ever by a Minnesota Twins pitcher.

Left-hander Jack Kralick faced only 28 batters – retiring the first 25 – in pitching a 1-0 no-hitter against the Kansas City Athletics. It was the first no-hitter ever by a Minnesota Twins pitcher.

Kralick (10-8) faced only 28 batters in pitching the 1-0 shutout over the Kansas City Athletics.

The Twins southpaw retired the first 25 A’s batters he faced before a walk to George Alusik ended his bid for a perfect game. Stranding Alusik at first, Kralick retired the next two batters to complete the no-hitter, facing only one batter more than the minimum. Kralick struck out three and walked one in pitching the no-hit gem.

The Twins scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh inning off the A’s starter Bill Fischer (4-6). Second baseman Bernie Allen opened the inning with a single to right field, and moved to second base when Zoilo Versalles was safe on a bunt and fielder’s choice. Kralick bunted the runners to second and third, and center fielder Lenny Green lofted a fly ball to deep center field, scoring Allen on the sacrifice fly.

In three seasons with the Twins. Jack Kralick was 26-26 with a 3.74 ERA and four shutouts. He won 51 games for the Twins and Cleveland Indians from 1961-1964.

In three seasons with the Twins. Jack Kralick was 26-26 with a 3.74 ERA and four shutouts. He won 51 games for the Twins and Cleveland Indians from 1961-1964.

Kralick would finish the 1962 season at 12-11 with a 3.86 ERA. His no-hitter against the Athletics would be his only shutout of the season, and one of seven complete games.

It would be Kralick’s last full season with the Twins. In May of 1963, he would be traded to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Jim Perry.

 

 

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