This Date in Baseball History – June 3

Ken Holtzman

On August 19, 1969, Ken Holtzman had a day to remember when he threw his first career no-hitter, a 3-0 win over Atlanta on the back of a Ron Santo three-run home run against Phil Niekro. On this date in 1971, his day was even more memorable: a no-hitter where he scored the only run.

More red-letter days followed for Holtzman, who pitched in the rotation for the dynastic Oakland A’s teams of the early 1970s, grabbing two All-Star nods along the way. Mick Gillispie told Holtzman’s story in the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Birmingham Barons on Tuesday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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