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Don Cardwell

Don Cardwell
Born: (1935-12-07)December 7, 1935
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Died: January 14, 2008(2008-01-14) (aged 72)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 27, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
Wins-losses 102-138
Earned run average 3.92
Strikeouts 1211
Career highlights and awards
  • No-hitter (May 15, 1960)
  • World Series champion team (1969)
  • Donald Eugene Cardwell (December 7, 1935 – January 14, 2008) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed pitcher who played for five National League (NL) teams from 1957 to 1970. He was the first pitcher in major league history to pitch a no-hitter in his first game after being traded. He pitched a no-hit, 4-0 winning game for the Chicago Cubs on May 15, 1960, just two days after being traded from the Philadelphia Phillies. After winning 15 games for the Cubs in 1961, he won 13 games twice for the Pittsburgh Pirates before helping the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series title.

    Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Cardwell signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in

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    Major League career

    Philadelphis Phillies

    Cardwell began playing in the major leagues when he made his debut for the Phillies in

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year. He struggled during his three seasons with the team, winning 16 games while losing 24 as a spot starter.

    Chicago Cubs (no-hitter)

    Cardwell was traded to the Cubs on May 13, 1960, for Tony Taylor. Two days later, he no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field—the first no-hitter ever thrown by a pitcher in his first start with a new team. The lone baserunner for the Cardinals was by a walk from Cardwell to Alex Grammas with one out in the first inning; Cardwell then retired the next 26 batters. Two ninth-inning catches enabled Cardwell to secure the no-hitter: the first catch by Cubs right fielder George Altman on a Carl Sawatski line drive for the first out of the inning, and the second catch by Cubs left fielder Walt "Moose" Moryn on Joe Cunningham's sinking line drive to end the game, Moryn catching the ball just inches off the ground. Cardwell finished the season 9-16 and the Cubs 60-94 despite his no-hitter. Cladwell also showed his hitting ability in 1960, getting 16 hits including five home runs in 77 at bats for a .208 batting average.

    Cardwell's best major league season was for the Cubs in

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    St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardwell slumped to 7-16 in

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year. On October 12, he was traded with George Altman to the St. Louis Cardinals. However, his stay in St. Louis ended before he even pitched a game for the St. Louis team. In September, the Cards traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Dick Groat.

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Cardwell won 13 games for the Pirates in

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    New York Mets

    Pitching mostly as a spot starter, Cardwell went 12-22 in his first two seasons with the Mets. In the

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year season, he went 8-10 in a rotation with pitchers Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan and Gary Gentry, helping them win the World Series. In late July of that year, he had a 3-9 record, then won five straight, including a 1-0 shutout in the second game of a September 12 doubleheader against the Pirates (in the first game, Koosman had also blanked the Pirates 1-0; both pitchers drove in the only run in their respective games). This victory, the ninth of a ten-game winning streak for the Mets, came two days after the Mets had taken over first place for good in the National League East (in 1969 the two leagues had been split into two divisions) by leapfrogging past the Chicago Cubs, who had been in first place for much of the season, only to stumble late in the season.

    Atlanta Braves

    Cardwell was sold to the Atlanta Braves in midseason in 1970, where he ended his major league career. In his 14 major league seasons, he won 102 games while losing 138 games with 1211 strikeouts in 2122⅔ innings pitched.


    Cardwell died on January 14, 2008 of Pick's disease in Winston-Salem. He had lived in Clemmons at the time of the death.[1]

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    Preceded by
    Hoyt Wilhelm
    No-hitter pitcher
    May 15, 1960
    Succeeded by
    Lew Burdette