Two days after 24-year-old Don Cardwell was traded from Philadelphia to Chicago the right-hander tossed a no-hitter against the rival Cardinals at Wrigley Field on May 15, 1960. It marked the first time in major league history a pitcher spun a no-no in his first start after being traded.
Aside from a first inning walk to Alex Grammas, Cardwell retired the final 26 batters with the help of two splendid defensive plays in the ninth inning. The first a fine snag by right fielder George Altman on a line drive, and the second coming from left fielder Moose Moryn who made a shoe string catch to end the game.
It was one of the few Cubs highlights in a season that saw the arrival of rookie Ron Santo and the hiring of Lou Boudreau to replace Charlie Grimm as manager after just 17-games. Nonetheless, the team sank to an overall
(60-94) record with Cardwell struggling through the campaign (8-14, 4.37) in his 32 starts with the Cubs.
In the following season, however, Cardwell bounced back with the best season of his career posting 15-wins in a league high 38 starts. But the success was short lived as Cardwell slumped again in 1962 going (7-16, 4.92). Ironically, the Cubs later traded him to St. Louis following the season in October.
Funny enough, it was Cardwell who later helped the Mets overtake the Cubs in the NL East late in the summer of 1969. He won five games (four as a starter) heading into August allowing one run, including a 28 scoreless innings streak.
The Mets of course went on to win the World Series against Baltimore as Cardwell made one relief appearance in the Fall Classic pitching a single scoreless inning.
“He was a tremendous mentor to the young guys on our staff, when he said something, you listened. He was the ultimate professional.” -Tom Seaver
If you don’t have time to view the entire video I’d recommend joining the action at the 13:30 mark to see the final out of the game!