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Robin Roberts

Curt Simmons

Jim Bunning
Identical Phillies One-Hitters
Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia: May 13, 1954
  • Phillies' ace P Robin Roberts took the hill against the Cincinnati Reds sporting a record of 3-3.
  • One of the victories was a one-hitter at Milwaukee April 29. C Del Crandall stroked the only hit, a double to lead off the 3rd.
  • This day, the suspense of a possible no-hitter was removed immediately when Redlegs 3B Bobby Adams led off the game with a homer.
  • Roberts then proceeded to retire the next 27 batters in order for his second one-hitter in 16 days. He struck out eight and seemed stronger at the finish.
  • The Phillies won 8-1 in 1:59 before a Thursday night crowd of 6,856.
  • The victory kept Philadelphia in first place by a half game over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • Roy Hamey, former executive with the Yankees with a keen eye for a bargain, said 12 days earlier (after the previous one-hitter) that Roberts would bring the Phils $750,000 on the open market. After the 27-year-old hurler's second one-hitter, Hamey acknowledged that he may have been guilty of an understatement.

Amazingly, Robin's feat almost duplicated an effort by a Phil teammate in 1953.

  • Southpaw Curt Simmons, the other half of the "Gold Dust Twins," twirled a one-hitter on May 16 that year.
  • Facing the Braves, Simmons yielded a single to Bill Bruton on his first pitch of the game, then mowed down the next 27 Milwaukee batters in succession to win 3-0.
  • When asked after his latest one-hitter if he was trying to outdo his friend Curt, Roberts replied, You can't let your neighbors get ahead of you. Robin added that the pitch that Adams belted out of the park went just where I wanted it to go. I knew it was really tagged when it left his bat. He said he was disappointed over the swat but only because it put the Phils behind 1-0 and not because I lost a no-hitter.

At that point, the last perfect game in the major leagues had been thrown in 1922.

  • Charles Robertson of the Chicago White Sox accomplished the feat against Detroit.
  • Three perfectos had been achieved in the modern era before that, all in the American League.
  • So Roberts and Simmons both came within one pitch of becoming the first NL hurler to retire all 27 batters without a single one reaching base.
  • Another Phillie, Jim Bunning, would finally do the trick in the Senior Circuit against the New York Mets in Shea Stadium June 21, 1964.

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Odd Baseball Facts - I
Fours Are Wild | Non-K King | Four Inside-the-Parkers | CF HRs at Polo Grounds | Yankees' Chaotic '82 | Atlanta Bookends | WWII Slugger | Salary Comparison | Leader on All Inside-the-Park HRs | Standing O for Dr. Strangelove

Odd Baseball Facts - II
I Pinch Hit for Ted and Yaz | Three-Team Doubleheader | Games = Hits | 500 ABs, Then 0 | K and E Leader | Two Steals of Home in One Game | Only All-Sar At-Bat | Games Played: 0; Ejections: 1 | AL MVP 1-2 1941 | One At-Bat, Two Ejections

Odd Baseball Facts - III
Statistical Anomalies | Staged Triple Play
Homer into Another Ballpark | Player Traded for Himself? | Kicked Out of His Very First Game? | Out with Old, In with New | One Hit Allowed in 18 Innings | From P to 1B | Ejected While Warming Up | HR Leader with 6

Odd Baseball Facts - IV
Five Shutouts vs One Team | Baseball to Bassist | Nearly Beat VanderMeer to the Punch | Best Two-Strike Hitter | Worst Pitching Staff Ever | Who Won the ERA Crown? | One Game Pitchers | One Game Batters | Three-Pitch Inning | First Game Called by Darkness; Let's Play Two

Odd Baseball Facts - V
HR in First ML AB | Ott Oddities | Franchises with Zero No-Hitters | Consecutive Almost No-Hitters | Perfect Game Drought | Double Culprit | Unique Four-Bagger | Brief Record
2 HRs in 3,372 AB | Same WP/LP Both Ends of DH

Odd Baseball Facts - VI
Odd Facts from 2010 Season | HR in First AB of Season | Strange Trades | Exact Same Records | 34 Runs with Only Two Extra-Base Hits | Player-Managers | Two-Out Run Streak
Three Pitches, Three HRs | Complete Game Streak | Bonham Begins and Ends

Odd Baseball Facts - VII
Save in 30-3 Game | No Grand Slams | 28 Assists in One Game | Same Runner Out at Plate Twice | Same Home/Road Record; Proliferation of Playoffs | Surprise Grand Slam Leader | Boston Braves And Their "Gigantic" Home Field | A Confluence of Threes | Last Two Suits in Dugouts

Odd Baseball Facts - VIII
Back-to-Back Slam Days | Staff of Losers
Four Hrs in Season - by a Team
The Game Is Not Over Until the Last Man Is Out | Four for Four
Thomson Had Another Chance to Be a Hero
Labine's Three HRs in '55
38 Starts, 27 Passed Balls
Strange Winning Pitcher Decisions

Odd Baseball Facts - IX
Player-Managers Rule!
38 Starts, 27 Passed Balls
Strange Winning Pitcher Decisions
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