What I’m Reading: “Stranger to the Game” by Bob Gibson with Lonnie Wheeler

In Stranger to the Game: The Autobiography of Bob Gibson, the titular pitcher takes control of the story of his life, sharing with readers the inner thoughts of a pitcher who isn’t afraid to show his rough edges, but also isn’t nearly as mean as his reputation would have readers believe.  Stranger to the Game is theContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Stranger to the Game” by Bob Gibson with Lonnie Wheeler”

August 14, 1971: Bob Gibson pitches his ‘greatest game,’ no-hits the Pirates

Bob Gibson predicted many times throughout his career that he would never throw a no-hitter.[1] Before taking the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14, 1971, he still had never thrown one. Not in college. Not in the minors. Not even in the 1968, a season dubbed the “year of the pitcher,” in noContinue reading “August 14, 1971: Bob Gibson pitches his ‘greatest game,’ no-hits the Pirates”

April 16, 1978: Bob Forsch throws the most controversial no-hitter in Cardinals history

A misplayed ground ball by third baseman Ken Reitz and a judgment call by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Neal Russo led to the most controversial no-hitter in St. Louis Cardinals history. In a Sunday afternoon game on April 16, 1978, Bob Forsch worked around two walks and a disputed error call to no-hit the PhiladelphiaContinue reading “April 16, 1978: Bob Forsch throws the most controversial no-hitter in Cardinals history”

What I’m Reading: “The Memoirs of Bing Devine” by Bing Devine with Tom Wheatley

Through two stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, one with the New York Mets, and another with the St. Louis football Cardinals, Bing Devine has always enjoyed a reputation as one of baseball’s nice guys. That reputation certainly feels genuinely earned after reading “The Memoirs of Bing Devine: Stealing Lou Brock and Other Winning MovesContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Memoirs of Bing Devine” by Bing Devine with Tom Wheatley”

September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter

Bob Forsch wasn’t looking to make history. When the 33-year-old right-hander took the Busch Stadium mound on September 26, 1983, he was just looking to salvage a miserable season, both for himself and for the defending world champions. Heading into their second-to-last home stand of the season, the Cardinals were just 75-81, 11 games behindContinue reading “September 26, 1983: Bob Forsch throws his second no-hitter”