Monday, November 18, 2013

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #530 JIM MALONEY


BIG JIM WAS ARMED, DESPITE APPEARANCES.



IN '65: 20-9, 2.54 ERA, 244 K's. 


WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Jim Maloney doesn't automatically come to mind when discussing the top pitchers of the 1960s. He should, however, for during a seven-year stretch from '63-'69, he was one of the best, tossing two no-hitters and averaging 17 victories, 190 strikeouts with a 2.90 ERA. He was especially at his best in '65, getting selected to his lone All-Star team. 

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • Sleeveless jersey. Although not seen, his name below the jersey number. Need I say more?

GROOVY BITS

  • Credited with two official no-hitters, it could be argued Maloney threw a third. He pitched 10 hitless against the Mets on June 14, 1965, striking out 10, walking one before allowing Johnny Lewis' leadoff homer in the 11th and lost 1-0.
  • A little more than two months later, Maloney completed the deal on Aug. 19, no-hitting the Cubs 1-0 in 10 innings despite 10 walks. #437 Leo Cardenas hit the game-winner.
  • The second official no-no took place on April 30, 1969, against Astros. This time, he received much better run support. The Reds won 10-0, and Maloney struck out 13 and walked five. The next day, the Astros' Don Wilson answered Maloney with a no-hitter.

BACK IN '65 ...

  • And now for a real treat and the reason Maloney's card was selected today: A WGN broadcast of the last three innings of that no-no against the Cubs, commercials included. Jack Brickhouse and Lloyd Pettit call the action in the first game of a doubleheader with the wind blowing in at 14 mph. Brickhouse even co-stars in a Hamm's Beer commercial. Note in the top of the 10th inning how he says almost in passing that Maloney has thrown 173 pitches and had 13 full counts. Maloney ended up tossing 187 pitches. It looks like his arm is still attached to his body in the postgame interview. Enjoy.





1 comment:

  1. That was great! I love how Lou and Vince get to Maloney while he's still on the mound. I miss the way the park used to look, especially the Baby Ruth sign in right.

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