Lights Out: Jim Maloney Pitches a 10-Inning No-Hitter for the Second Time this Year
When: August 19, 1965
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Game Time: 2:51
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney had the kind of stuff that made every start a potential no-hitter.
Earlier in the 1965 season – on June 14 – Maloney took the mound against the New York Mets and pitched no-hit baseball for 10 innings. Unfortunately, the Reds failed to score in those same 10 innings. In the eleventh inning, Johnny Lewis led off for the Mets with a home run off Maloney, taking away both his no-hitter and the game, which Maloney and the Reds lost 1-0.
At the time, Maloney was credited with a no-hitter for holding the Mets hitless through nine innings. A rules change in 1991 officially denied Maloney that no-hitter. But on August 19, 1965, Maloney would not be denied.
It was the first game of an afternoon double header in Wrigley Field. Maloney retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the first inning. And in the second inning.
Maloney walked the bases loaded in the third, but escaped without giving up any hits or runs. He gave up two more harmless walks in the fourth, struck out the side in the fifth, and retired the Cubs in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
Cubs’ starter Larry Jackson was nearly as effective against the Reds. Through the first eight innings, he allowed no runs on only six hits.
Was Maloney on the verge of another no-hit effort wasted?
In the top of the ninth, Ernie Banks bobbled a ground ball that allowed Pete Rose to reach first base safely. The next Reds batter, Vada Pinson, bunted and reached first safely. Rose took advantage of the error and moved to third. But Jackson retired Frank Robinson, Gordy Coleman and Deron Johnson in order to end the inning without denting the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the ninth, Maloney put the first two batters on base without benefit of a hit. Ron Santo was hit by a pitch and Ed Bailey walked. Maloney struck out Glenn Beckert and got Jimmy Stewart to fly out to Pinson in center field. Maloney walked Jackson to load the bases again, but Don Landrum popped up to end the inning.
In the top of the tenth, shortstop Leo Cardenas snapped the tie game with a home run to the bleachers in left field. That run was more than Maloney had had to work with in any no-hitter he had pitched all year. In the bottom of the ninth, he walked Doug Clemens to open the inning – his tenth free pass of the game. Then Billy Williams flied out to left, and Banks hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the game.
Maloney’s 10-inning no-hitter came with 12 strikeouts and 10 walks. It wasn’t pretty, but this time it was – at least – official.