On a Sunday afternoon before 8,748 fans at Fulco, Phil Niekro recorded the first no-hitter in Atlanta Braves history, blanking the woeful Padres 7-0. Future Brave Cito Gaston recorded the historic final out, grounding out to Darrell Evans, 41 years ago today.
Three days later, the staff ace recorded his third save of the season, retiring all 3 Cardinals batters he faced. Then, on Aug. 10, Knucksie took his scheduled turn in the rotation and hurled a complete game victory over Dock Ellis and the Pirates.
That’s a no-hitter, save and two complete games in six days.
It would be 18 years before another Brave, or Braves, in this case, hurled a no-no, as Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena combined to hold San Diego hitless. Three years later, Mercker no-hit the Dodgers in the season’s fifth game — the last no-hitter by a Brave.
Maybe we’ll see the Bravos held hitless tonight as King Felix toes the slab for Seattle.