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Rik Aalbert Says "No!"

Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox

by "Bleacher Bum"
All Time League correspondent
All Time League Press

History Is Made!

Chicago (ATLP) - The pomp and spectacle of yesterday's Opening Day ceremonies had faded from memory by the time the players took the field today. The hometown Chisox had dropped a heartbreaker of a game to the visiting Athletics that day.  Carl Yastrzemski, or Yaz, as the Philly faithful have labeled him, had doubled down the third base line in the 8th, scoring two teammates and ruining a sparkling performance by Tom Seaver. Pedro Martinez took the W that day with a gem of his own.

Bert BlylevenSo now it's back to baseball. Today would again pit two extraordinary pitchers against each other with the wind blowing out to center field with a vengeance. Bob "Hoot" Gibson for the Philadelphia club and Bert Blyleven for the Chicago nine. And Hoot was certainly on his game this day. The menacing hurler allowed but seven hits and struck out 10 Pale Hose swingers, the first ATL pitcher to reach that plateau. However, the day did not belong to Gibby. No, this day will forever be known as the day Rik Aalbert "Bert" Blyleven, the pride of Zeist, Holland, made his mark on the ATL. Bert Blyleven, that master of the curve, that trickster of the pitcher's box, was not to be beaten this day. Leading off the second inning of a scoreless game, Philly's Marvelous Melvin Ott strode to the plate, and then strolled to first after accepting a 5 pitch free pass from the Chicago twirler. That was it for the game, faithful readers. Not another Athletic was destined to touch a base safely this day. Yes, discerning reader, you have that right. Bert Blyleven had become the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the DMBATL.

Bert eased through the lineup with what seemed like relative ease, and even yesterday's hero, the man they call Yaz, could not save this day for the Athletics. Yaz did his level best, though. He pinch hit for Hoot in the final frame and lined a shot down the third base line. But on this day, Dick 'Crash' Allen, the Chisox' sullen slugger, was there to spear the smash and throw a bb to big Hank Greenburg at first, leaving Yaz with nothing but a oh-fer one for today's resume. And leaving the Philly gang one out away from becoming the first team to be no hit. Then Craig Biggio strode to the dish, and on a 3-2 count the feisty second sacker grounded one to his counterpart on the Sox, whereupon Nellie Fox calmly tossed him out. Bert had the win, the shutout, the no-hitter, and a piece of history!

4/6/2004, PHA05-CWS05, Comiskey Park (1971-75)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2005 White Sox 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 x 2 7 0 10 0

Athletics AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Biggio 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 2 3 0 0
Boggs 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0
Terry,B 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 6 1 0 0
Ott rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3 0 0 0
Matsui,H cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 0 0 0 0
Lyons, Ji lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0 0
Matsui,K ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0 0
Meyers c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 10 0 0 0
Gibson,B p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0
Yastrzemski ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 0 0 0 0
27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7 0 0

White Sox AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Lundy ss 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .571 1 4 0 0
Waner,P rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143 2 0 0 0
Allen,D 3b 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 4 0 0
Greenberg 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 13 2 0 0
Berger cf 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 3 0 0 0
Donlin lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143 2 0 0 0
Campanella c 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 3 0 0 0
Fox 2b 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 2 3 0 0
Blyleven p 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 2 0 0
27 2 7 2 1 0 0 6 10 1 0 1 0 2 1 27 15 0 0

Athletics INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Gibson,B L 0-1 8.0 7 2 2 6 10 144 79 36 0 1 0 0 1 2.25
8.0 7 2 2 6 10 144 79 36 0 1 0 0 1
 
White Sox INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Blyleven W 1-0 9.0 0 0 0 1 3 99 62 28 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
9.0 0 0 0 1 3 99 62 28 0 0 0 0 0

PHA: Yastrzemski batted for Gibson,B in the 9th

GWRBI: Berger
Temperature: 48, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 17 MPH.
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