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Filling the (MLB) Void: Tom Seaver’s No Hitter

Tom Seaver took the mound at Riverfront Stadium in 1978 and finally achieved the no hitter that had so far eluded him in his killer career.

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Filling the (MLB) Void: Tom Seaver’s No Hitter


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Having a hard time with the Major League Baseball lockout? Yeah – us too. Especially when Spring Training should have started and there are still so many questions left to answer before the season can begin. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease that tension. While we may not have any of the current MLB baseball to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconicnoteworthy, and remarkable baseball games we could find. We also found some mundanerun of the mill stories, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles an MLB game, right? Until the lockout ends, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.

Tom Seaver went the distance, shutting down the St. Louis Cardinals

On June 16, 1978, Tom Seaver took the mound at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati against the St. Louis Cardinals. At this point, Seaver had added plenty of notches to his belt over the course of his illustrious career. He managed three Cy Young Awards and a World Series Championship in his first decade in the league. But not a no hitter.

It took 11 years, but he was finally to get over the hump in 1978. What’s crazy is that leading up to this moment, Seaver had thrown 5 complete-game one-hitters. Close, but no cigar.

What impresses me about this mid-June pitching clinic is that Seaver only managed to strike out three batters. Nowadays I feel like you’re probably creeping closer to double digits. But Tom Terrific was able to pitch for contact and still get outs. The only pseudo-blemish on this performance was that he walked three batters. But in the end, that’s not what people are going to focus on.

They’re going to heap praise upon Seaver while wondering how this was the only no hitter he ever threw in his career. Is it worth the watch? You bet.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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