Saturday, March 18, 2017

1953 Bowman Black & White #48 Steve Ridzik

Phillies 2, Orioles 2
Spring Training Game 21 - Thursday Night, March 16th in Sarasota
Record - 9-9-3

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies nearly no-hit the Orioles in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie.

What It Means:  Phillies beat write Meghan Montemurro tweeted out that the Phillies one and only spring training no-hitter came from Steve Ridzik in 1952.

What Happened:  Michael Mariot allowed a one-out single to Chris Dickerson in the ninth and then a two-run home run to Sean Coyle.  Vince Velasquez (3 2/3 innings), Jake Thompson (2 1/3 innings) and Colton Murray (1 2/3 innings) had previously pitched eight hitless innings.  Thompson was perfect in his appearance.

Featured Card:  We're going vintage with this post to feature a card of the only Phillies pitcher to have thrown a no-hitter in spring training.  This is Ridzik's first Phillies card and he'd also appear in the 1954 and 1955 Bowman sets with the club.

Camp Head Count:  51.  Pat Venditte arrived in camp before this game, and the ambidextrous reliever will wear #52.

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