LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2013 — Today is Turn Back the Clock Tuesday and the Wells On Baseball time machine travels back to 1967. The date is April 30. Paul Revere and the Raiders are on Ed Sullivan tonight. U.S. troops are fighting in Vietnam and the #1 song on the Billboard chart is “Somethin’ Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra.
If you are from Minnesota, this day would later become known as Black Sunday. Nine tornadoes wreaked havoc on the southern areas of the state on this night.
Something else also happened on this day in 1967. The Baltimore Orioles’ Steve Barber and Stu Miller combined to no-hit the Detroit Tigers in Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. Detroit’s lineup included future Hall of Famer Al Kaline, while Baltimore’s lineup boasted three future HoFers, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, and Luis Aparicio.
It is the top of the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles are leading, 1-0. Steve Barber is on the mound for the Orioles trying to complete his no-hit shutout of the Tigers. He has walked seven batters up to this point.
Norm Cash leads of the inning getting walked by Barber. Detroit manager Mayo Smith lifts Cash for a pinch runner, Dick Tracewski. Next up is shortstop, Ray Oyler, and he too receives a walk from Barber. The Tigers now have runners on first and second with no outs and Barber has given up nine walks.
The Tigers’ next batter is the pitcher, Earl Wilson, who sacrifices the runners to second and third with a bunt. Jake Wood comes in to pinch run for Oyler and Willie Horton pinch hits for Dick McAuliffe. Horton pops up in foul territory and Steve Barber is now one out away from completing his no-hit shutout.
Mickey Stanley represents the last out that Barber needs. Barber throws a wild pitch that allows Dick Tracewski to score the tying run. So much for the no-hit shutout, but the no-hitter is still intact. Mickey Stanley then draws a walk and Steve Barber’s day is finished with the score tied, 1-1.
Orioles manager, Hank Bauer, brings in Stu Miller from the bullpen to pitch to Detroit third baseman, Don Wert. Tigers have two outs with runners on first and third. Wert grounds to shortstop Luis Aparicio, who then throws to second baseman, Mark Belanger to get the force out at second to end the inning.
Except Belanger drops the ball and allows Jake Wood to score from third. The Tigers now lead, 2-1, and have yet to get an actual hit. Al Kaline comes up next and grounds into a fielder’s choice to finally end the inning.
Fred Gladding comes in to close the game for Detroit. He gets both Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson to fly out before striking out Mike Epstein to end the game. Detroit wins the game, 2-1, without ever getting a hit.
Baltimore starter Steve Barber nearly completed what is now known as an Edwin Jackson no-hitter. Barber went 8 2/3 innings giving up no hits, but walking an astonishing 10 batters. In 2010, Edwin Jackson completed a no hit shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays, but did so with 149 pitches and eight walks.
The Detroit Tigers finished the 1967 season a game behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League with a 91-71 record. Baltimore, a team with four future Hall of Famers, finished with a 76-85 record in 1967.
Future Tigers manager, Jim Leyland, was playing in Detroit’s minor leagues during the 1967 season. Baltimore manager, Hank Bauer, would be replaced the following season by legendary manager, Earl Weaver.
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