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Twins’ Kralick Hurls 1962’s Fifth No-Hitter Against Athletics

Aug. 26, 1962 - Jack Kralick, the Minnesota Twins’ slim left-hander, pitched the fifth no-hitter of the major league season today, a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Athletics. He barely missed a perfect game when, with one out in the ninth inning, he walked a pinch-hitter, George Alusik. It was the fourth no-hitter pitched in the American League this season. The others were posted by Earl Wilson and Bill Monbouquette of the Boston Red Sox and Bo Belinsky of the Los Angeles Angels. Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers has pitched the National League’s only no-hitter. The last perfect game was pitched by Don Larsen of the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 world series. Only eight perfect games have been recorded in major league history. The last in regular-season play was by Charlie Robertson of the White Sox when he shut out Detroit in 1922. Harvey Haddix of the Pirates pitched 12 perfect innings against the Braves in 1959, but lost the game in the 13th on Joe Adcock’s home run.


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