Born: December 7, 1935|
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Died: January 14, 2008 (aged 72)|
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
|April 21, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Last MLB appearance
|September 27, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the Atlanta Braves|
|Earned run average||3.92|
Career highlights and awards
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
Cardwell began playing in the major leagues when he made his debut for the Phillies in
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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
St. Louis Cardinals
Cardwell slumped to 7-16 in
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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
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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.
- MLB All-Time Hit Batsmen List
- List of Major League Baseball no-hitters
- List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers
- Jack Quinlan and Jack Brickhouse for transcripts of final out of no-hitter
May 15, 1960
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