In this edition of Orioles101's Baltimore Orioles Classics series, we hit the way back machine to 1958 when Orioles' pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm threw the first no-hitter in Baltimore Orioles franchise history against the New York Yankees.
September 20, 1958 had the Baltimore Orioles (68-77) hosting the powerhouse New York Yankees (89-58) at Memorial Stadium with the O's sending Hoyt Wilhelm to the mound against New York's pitcher, and former Oriole Don Larsen. The numbers were certainly not on Baltimore's side, but that's why baseball is the greatest game in the world because anybody can beat anybody on any given day and you never know when something special is going to happen.
Wilhelm would throw Baltimore's first ever no-hitter, and against the Yankees of all teams, while walking two and striking out eight and O's catcher Gus Triandos drilled a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to account for the only run in the game in the 1-0 Baltimore victory.
Unlike many no-hitters that we see today, Wilhelm was locked in a pure pitcher's duel the entire game. Yankees' starter Don Larsen threw six shut-out innings while allowing just one hit himself with two walks and two strikeouts. Larsen was relieved after the sixth inning and the first batter Yankees' reliever Bobby Shantz faced, Triandos, nailed a solo homer to give the Birds a 1-0 lead.
Hoyt's no-no could be one of the biggest "out of nowhere" no-hitters of all time. He came into the game with a 2-10 record and was facing a very potent New York team that had a 10.5 game lead in the American League pennant race and would eventually win the 1958 World Series over the Milwaukee Braves, while the O's were in next to last place at the time and finished the season 6th (out of eight). Wilhelm never had more than one runner on base at one time, and no-hit a Yankees line-up that included such players as Yogi Bera, Hank Bauer and Mickey Mantle. The Baltimore Orioles have had five no-hitters in their history.
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