Thursday, October 7, 2010

1971 Topps #598 Rick Wise

Other Game 1 Stuff

The last time the Cincinnati Reds were no-hit? Back on June 23, 1971, when Phillies' pitcher Rick Wise no-hit the Reds and hit two home runs in the process. The Phillies also won that game by a score of 4-0. Pete Rose lined out to third baseman John Vukovich for the final out of the game.

In a postgame interview, former manager and current special assistant to the GM Dallas Green revealed he was at Yankee Stadium when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. How many other people can claim to have personally attended both of these historic games? Pretty cool.

I wonder why the Phillies didn’t wear their alternate home day uniforms? The official start time for the game was 5:07, so I guess this crossed the day-night threshold? The Phils took the field in their traditional home white pinstriped uniforms.

Doug asked me tonight why we root against the Yankees.  The only way I could think to explain this so that he would understand:  "It's because the Yankees use the Dark Side of the Force."  He gets it now.


John Bateman said...

That in my opinion is the greatest performance by any individual in one baseball game. 2 Home Runs and a no-hitter - Nothing has ever top it (no perfect games or 4 hr games).

(Added Note) On the back of Tito Fuentes 1972 Topps in action cards there is a written highlight of this game.

Jim said...

I agree - I don't how you could top Wise's performance!