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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

A 27-strikeout no-hitter? ‘No big deal’

Ron Necciai, now 88 years old and living in Florida, almost seemed amused that I, and others, still want to talk about an unreal game he pitched back in 1952.

“I still get cards, letters and pictures to sign,” Necciai told me over a recent phone call. “Yeah, surprisingly. It’s unbelievable. I haven’t played in 70 years.”

I mean, Necciai really can’t blame anybody for reaching out. 69 years ago, he pitched one of the more ridiculous games in organized baseball history.

The Pirates Minor Leaguer, at just 19 years old, struck out 27 batters, while giving up no hits, in a regulation nine innings. It’s the only time that’s ever been done at the professional level.

Necciai was as shocked as anybody that he pulled it off, always thinking he was too wild to ever have success on the mound.

“I called myself a thrower,” Necciai told me. “It was marked ‘P’ on the program, but I was never a pitcher.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2021 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: May 18, 2021 at 10:33 AM (#6019378)
1. Holy crap I would have never guessed Necciai was still alive.

2. Based on the photo and the interview he looks and sounds great. We should all be so robust at that age.

3. Just generally it's a great interview. Necciai comes across really well here.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 18, 2021 at 10:40 AM (#6019379)
1. Holy crap I would have never guessed Necciai was still alive.
Harry Dunlop, who caught the game, too!
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 18, 2021 at 11:54 AM (#6019393)

A college softball pitcher threw a perfect game with all Ks last month, the first time it's been done. Link.
   4. sanny manguillen Posted: May 18, 2021 at 12:29 PM (#6019403)
Looks he threw 219 innings at age 20. The Pirates used six pitchers ages 18-21 in 1952, combining for about 400 innings.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: May 18, 2021 at 01:25 PM (#6019412)
His minor league manager, George Detore, was one of a handful of upstate NY natives (in his case, Utica) to have played in the majors in the mid-20th century. A number of people in my neighboring hometown knew him well.
   6. winnipegwhip Posted: May 19, 2021 at 11:33 AM (#6019629)
I thought this was a headline to a current MiLB game when I saw it. Of course it would have involved 5 pitchers.

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