Sports Illustrated, September 02, 1957

Events & Discoveries

 

It wasn't until late afternoon, at the ball park, that Keegan learned that he, and not Harshman, would pitch the second game of the twi-night double-header against the Senators. Warming up with Coach Ray Berres, he had the pitcher's not infrequent pre-game feeling that he "had nothing."

"My motion was bad. I was rushing it and I didn't have a good follow-through. Berres was disgusted with me. He didn't say anything, but he made faces that expressed his view."

But by the eighth inning everybody in Comiskey Park knew that Bob Keegan was on his way to a no-hitter. Keegan knew it too—he could see the scoreboard (Senators: 0 hits) as well as anybody else. He had disposed of 19 batters, given only two walks. In the eighth, Second Baseman Nellie Fox made a one-handed stop of a hard ground ball, and the crowd sighed.

"I was very relaxed at the start of the ninth," Keegan says, "I knew we had a six-run lead and that we'd win the game even if I didn't get the no-hitter." Pinch Hitter Jim Lemon led off the inning and grounded out on the first pitch, a low slider. Another pinch hitter, Julio Bequer, came up.

"He's supposed to be a low-ball, first-ball hitter, so I knew I had to keep the ball up and that I had to get it in a good spot." Bequer fouled off the first two pitches, took two balls and struck out on a changeup.

Eddie Yost stepped up—and Keegan remembers, "Something in the back of my mind told me I was going to get him out. I remembered he hit into a double play in the sixth on a fast ball, so I gave him one, a little high because I think he likes them down a little. Then I gave him the slider." Yost swung and hit a foul pop up near the stands, and the White Sox first baseman squeezed it in his big glove. At 36, Bob Keegan (9 won, 6 lost for the season) had pitched the only no-hitter in the majors this year.

Back home after midnight, Keegan sat up for a while with his wife Lois over sandwiches and milk.