First Expo No-No

 

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.

Bill Stoneman tossed a no-hitter in only the Montreal Expos’ tenth game as a major league franchise. Stoneman finished the 1969 season at 11-19 with a 4.39 ERA.

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).

 

 

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Slugging from the Shadows

 

 

Homer Happy – Joe Adcock

There was never any controversy about Joe Adcock being only the third most dangerous slugger in the Milwaukee Braves’ lineup. With future Hall of Famers like Henry Aaron and Eddie Mathews batting in front of him, Adcock was not likely to be the Braves’ cleanup hitter.

But he was dangerous enough as a slugger to keep pitchers more honest with Aaron and Mathews … and his presence in the lineup helped assure that they would see more of the fastball strikes that would keep their slugging numbers up and Milwaukee in contention.

In 10 seasons with the Milwaukee Braves, Jow Adcock averaged 24 home runs and 79 runs batted in.

In 10 seasons with the Milwaukee Braves, Jow Adcock averaged 24 home runs and 79 runs batted in.

Adcock was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1947. He played for the Reds from 1950 through 1952, averaging ten home runs and 51 RBIs per season. In February of 1953, Adcock was part of a four-team trade that took him to Milwaukee, where he would play for the next decade.

Adcock’s hitting numbers steadily improved once he joined the high-powered Braves lineup. He hit .285 in 1953 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs in 1953. He upped those numbers in 1954 to a .308 average with 23 home runs and 87 RBIs. Injuries shortened his season in 1955, but Adcock made a major comeback in 1956 by hitting .291 with 38 home runs and 103 RBIs. He topped 100 RBIs one other season: in 1961, when he drove in 108 runs with 35 home runs.

Adcock averaged 24 home runs and 79 RBIs per season in his ten years with Milwaukee. His overall numbers might have been better had he not missed a large chunk from each of two seasons due to injuries.

In 1962, Adcock’s batting average slipped to .248, though he still drove in 78 runs and hit 29 homers. The Braves traded Adcock with Jack Curtis to the Cleveland Indians for Ty Cline, Don Dillard and Frank Funk.

His one season in Cleveland produced only 13 home runs and 49 RBIs, and after the 1963 season the Indians sent him to the Los Angeles Angels to complete an earlier trade that brought Leon Wagner to the Indians. In three seasons with the Angels, Adcock averaged 17 home runs and 53 RBIs per season. He retired after the 1966 season.

Adcock hit .277 over 17 seasons with 336 career home runs. He was an All-Star once, in 1960.