In lieu of actual baseball, I’ll be posting snippets that were cut from The Baseball Codes as a way of amusing myself and, hopefully, you. Today’s theme: Talking during a no-hitter.
Oscar Gamble: “When Rick Wise threw that no-hitter, in about the sixth or seventh inning, Pete Rose realized what was happening. He was saying that he was going to break it up. ‘I’m coming back up. It’s gonna be broke up. I know you have a no-hitter going!’ He’d talk real loud and let him know. ‘I’m gonna break it up! I’m gonna break it up!’
“When he was playing third base he’d yell into their dugout: ‘I know he’s got a no-hitter—I’m coming up again and I’m going to break it up.’
“He did come up again, and ended up hitting a line drive … right to Mike Schmidt. He was a great player, and it felt like he was going to get a hit all the time, anyway.”
[Not only did Wise complete the no-no, but he hit two homers on the day in a 4-0 victory over Cincinnati.]